The 2010 Awardees

Dr. Bernard S. Jay, MD FACS
MD 1971
Madison, CT

Dr. Bernard S. Jay, a New haven-based radiologist, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC, on May 1, 2010.

The awards release on Dr. Jay noted the following: "After he completed his internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at Georgetown, Bernie entered the Army and served as chief of hematology at Fort Jackson. Following his service, he completed a diagnostic radiology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and opened a diagnostic radiology practice, Madison Radiology, which he has run for more than 30 years.

"Since 1971, he has chaired his class communications and fundraising committees and run his class reunions. He has served on the Medical Alumni Board since 1992. An admissions interviewer, webinar leader, reunion speaker and participant in countless alumni-student events, Bernie maintains strong relationships with every facet of the Georgetown community. He has served on the Board of Governors for two terms, as an active senator and as chairman of the Medical Annual Fund, and has hosted radiology residents at his practice for years. In recognition of his countless commitments to Georgetown, he received the Founder's Award for outstanding service to the School of Medicine in 1995."

Theodore J. Leonsis
AB 1977
McLean, VA

Theodore J. ("Ted") Leonsis, former vice chairman of America Online and the owner of three Washington pro sports franchises, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC, on May 1, 2010.

Leonsis was born in Brooklyn and attended high school in Lowell, MA. While on a summer job mowing lawns, he met James Shannon, himself a 1972 John Carroll awardee. Impressed by the young Leonsis, Shannon encouraged him to apply to Georgetown.

" That changed my life," Leonsis said.

The awards release on Leonsis noted the following: "While researching his junior thesis [at Georgetown] , Ted received an early introduction to computers that led to his work in the emerging industry. After his start at Wang Laboratories, he founded the first software publishing company, List, at age 24. He then began the first new media company, Redgate Communications, which later merged with [America Online]. After 14 years as president or vice chairman at AOL, he embarked on his transformative leadership of sports enterprises as owner of the NHL's Washington Capitals, the WNBA's Washington Mystics, the NBA's Washington Wizards and DC' s Verizon Center.

"Throughout his endeavors, Ted has focused on building community. He is a member of Georgetown's board of directors, creator of the Leonsis Endowed Fund for American Studies and a loyal supporter of the basketball program. Instrumental in the building of the Davis Performing Arts Center, he formerly served on the Board of Regents and the College's Board of Advisors. He frequently shares his work and advice with alumni and students as an active participant in the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance, among countless other programs.

"The Jesuit ideal - the development of heart, head and soul and being there for others - is the magic of Georgetown and has guided my life's work and career," he says.

Dennis I. Meyer
LLB 1961, LLM 1962
Alexandria, VA

Dennis Meyer, a Washington area attorney and former chairman of the Law Center Board Of Visitors, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC, on May 1, 2010.

The awards release on Meyer noted the following: While pursuing his master's in federal taxation at Georgetown, he clerked for the chief judge of the U.S. Tax Court and began his career in tax law. He joined the D.C. office of Baker & McKenzie in 1962, where he has specialized in international taxation for the past 45 years. As managing partner during the 1970s, he directed the firm's expansion in Asia. Now senior counsel, he advises multinational corporations and has been the lead counsel in litigation cases involving transfer pricing, including the Bausch & Lomb case, considered one of the top 10 notable tax cases of the last 20 years.

He is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and the American Bar Foundation, a member of the International Fiscal Association and former chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers. A director of several companies, he is the founding general partner of Potomac Investment Associates.

" In 1999, he received the Paul R. Dean Award for his dedication to Georgetown Law. An avid golfer and Hoya fan, he has held season men's basketball tickets since the 1960s."

"Georgetown offers the most international law courses of any school nationwide and, based on my international experience, I hope to assist in its global growth," he says.

Ellen M. Morrell
Professor, Alumni Volunteer
BSBA 1966
Washington, DC

Dennis Meyer, a Washington area attorney and former chairman of the Law Center Board Of Visitors, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC, on May 1, 2010.

The awards release on Morrell noted the following: " Ever since she was among the first women to graduate from the McDonough School of Business, Ellen Morrell has been a leader in her professional, volunteer and charitable pursuits.

Early in her career, Ellen co-founded the business program at Marymount College in Virginia and at Mount Vernon College, where she also chaired its business faculty. During this time, she completed her master's in education at Virginia Tech. Ellen subsequently returned to Georgetown, where she served as assistant to the dean of the business school and taught marketing until 1981. During her tenure, she helped establish Georgetown's MBA program and began the Executive-in-Residence Program that brings industry leaders to campus...In the 1980s Ellen discovered a second calling in residential real estate, rising to her current role as vice president and associate broker with Washington Fine Properties. For the past four years, The Wall Street Journal has named Ellen and her partner one of the top 50 U.S. residential brokerage teams.

For more than 45 years, Ellen has stayed close to Georgetown students, alumni and friends. She has long mentored undergraduates and served on the board of governors and MSB's board of advisors. In 1994, she received the William Gaston Alumni Award for her service and leadership. Ellen and her husband, Michael (C'65, L'68, L'85, a 1989 John Carroll awardee)...are the sixth husband and wife to receive the John Carroll Award."

Bruce W. Simmons
Business Executive, Alumni Volunteer
BSBA 1969
Atlanta, GA

Bruce Simmons, a Atlanta area business executive and a founding board member of Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, received the John Carroll Award in ceremonies held at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC, on May 1, 2010.

The awards release on Simmons noted the following: " Beginning with his finance studies and position as quarterback and co-captain of Georgetown's football team, Bruce Simmons has lived out a well-rounded commitment to excellence and service.

"After graduation, Bruce served as a U.S. Navy officer on the USS Albany before earning his MBA at Columbia. He then began a 29-year career with Citigroup Inc., responsible for the firm's global relationships with corporate finance clients throughout the southeastern United States. In 2003, he retired as a managing director and senior credit officer in the Corporate and Investment Bank at Citigroup in Atlanta.

"A volunteer with Saint Joseph's Hospital since 1983, he recently retired as chair of the hospital board and now chairs the board of Saint Joseph's Translational Research Institute. He also serves as a director of the Gwinnett Technical College Foundation and a member of the Stewardship Committee of Catholic Health East, and travels the country in support of Georgetown's athletic teams.

"The recipient of the 2005 Hoyas Unlimited Award for outstanding service to Georgetown Athletics, Bruce was an early supporter of the Multi-Sport Facility and co-chair of its fundraising committee. Together with his brothers, Brad (B'74) and Brian (B'81), who also played football at Georgetown, Bruce established the Mary Jane and Winsor Simmons Athletic Scholarship for football student-athletes in the McDonough School of Business, in honor of his parents.

Bruce mentors student-athletes and has interviewed prospective students as part of the Alumni Admissions Program since 1974. He has served on the board of regents and as president of the Georgetown Club of Georgia, and received the William Gaston Alumni Award in 2005."

In the intervening years since the 2009 award, Simmons served as president of the Georgetown Gridiron Club, the support and fundraising organization for Georgetown football. He is a vice president for Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, building corporate relationships in the Atlanta business community to support work study opportunities for its 525 students in grades 9 through 12.