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Fontbonne Honors Alumni at Reunion Weekend

Fontbonne University recently honored five alumni for their service and achievements during reunion weekend.

 Joan Buxton Falk of University City, a 1965 Fontbonne graduate, received the Service to the Community Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions made to the local community. For the past 17 years, she has served as the executive secretary of the St. Louis branch of the English-Speaking Union, which promotes scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English.

Falk is a member of the archdiocesan training team for Catholics Returning Home and is an active lector, Eucharistic minister and liturgy committee chair at Cathedral Basilica. In addition, she volunteers for the Veiled Prophet Parade and produces and edits films for local and national non-profit organizations at no charge.

Linda L. Shapiro of Webster Groves, a 1973 Fontbonne graduate, received the Professional Achievement Award for her business success. She has worked for Thompson Coburn LLP, one of the area's largest law firms, for 22 years. She currently serves at the firm as an attorney, partner, member of the management committee, chair of the employment committee, vice chair of the government contracts practice group, chair of the business immigration practice group and charter member of the women's initiative steering committee. Shapiro was recognized in the St. Louis Business Journal's eighth annual "Most Influential Business Women" issue.

In addition, she is involved with several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, National Contract Management Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

Mildred "Mil" Galvin Shegog of Normandy, a 1992 Fontbonne graduate, received the Young Alumni Award, which recognizes a traditional-aged Fontbonne alumnus or alumna who graduated within the last 15 years.  It is given for outstanding achievement in a career field, service to the university or community service.

Shegog, who earned her bachelor's degree in public relations, is senior vice president and partner of talent development for Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, one of the world's largest public relations firms. In addition, Shegog sits on the board for Independence Center, which helps mentally disabled adults, as well as serves on the evangelism committee at Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church.

Maurice E. Quiroga of Ladue, a 1998 Fontbonne graduate, received the OPTIONS Alumni Award for serving as a professional inspiration to others, for distinction in business and for leadership.  Quiroga earned his master's in management from Fontbonne OPTIONS, the adult evening program, and is the Missouri market executive and senior vice president for National City Bank's St. Louis Private Client Group. He has 14 years experience in the financial services industry.

Quiroga also serves on the board of directors of The Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, The Kilo Diabetes and Vascular Research Foundations, The Hispanic Republican Society of St. Louis and the Eliot and Thompson Society at MICDS.

Mary Ann Kuhlman Stohr of Des Peres, a 1953 graduate of Fontbonne, received the University Award for outstanding loyalty, service and dedication to the university and to the Fontbonne Alumni Association. After earning her bachelor's degree in theatre, Stohr taught elementary school and worked as a speech coach. She previously served on the alumni association board of directors and was the class agent for her 50th reunion class.

Stohr has served as president for organizations, including the St. Joseph's Academy Mothers' Club, Delta Gamma Mothers' Club and St. Louis Bar Association Auxiliary. She also volunteered her time to St. Joseph's Academy advisory board, Visitation Academy Mothers' Club, KMOX's "Call for Action," Judicial Conferences committees, The Wednesday Club and St. Clement Catholic Church and School.