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Mark Gearan honored for service to the community

Mark Gearan honored for service to the community

Mark Gearan, President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was the 14th Director of the Peace Corps.

Mark Gearan honored for service to the community

Four honored for service

(Publication Date: 06-18-2005)

Jennifer Burke/Catholic Courier

Each year at its Sharing the Light dinner, Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes honors a handful of people for their commitment to community service. Those recognized don't have to be Catholic, but they must be from the five-county area Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes serves.

There have been times in the past when none of the honorees were Catholic, but that wasn't the case this year, according to Richard Fowler, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes. Mark Gearan and Eugene McFadden of Geneva and Don and Corry Stork of Penn Yan were recognized for their community-service efforts June 7 at the 11th annual Sharing the Light dinner, which was held at Club 86 in Geneva.

"This year, all four of the recipients just happen to be Roman Catholic," Fowler said. "These are individuals who through their lives within the Finger Lakes region have done a great deal in terms of service for the benefit of the community."


Gearan, who belongs to St. Stephen's Parish, has been president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1999. The colleges' strong interest in community service was one of the first things that attracted Gearan to Hobart and William Smith, and he has further strengthened that commitment to service during his time in Geneva.

After becoming president Gearan expanded the colleges' public-service office, added more opportunities for post-graduate work in service organizations and added a service component to new-student orientation sessions. Gearan said service is an important piece of the colleges' mission -- educating 21st-century citizens.

"I believe that the 21st-century citizens will need to understand that service is an important part of the equation. Making service an everyday part of your life is a value that I think is important," Gearan said.

A number of students, faculty, staff and board members from the colleges accompanied Gearan to the dinner, and Gearan said he accepted the award on behalf of the colleges' work in the community.

"I have attended these dinners in past years, and I felt very humbled to receive it, particularly with the others. I was very honored," Gearan said.

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