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Founders Award Honorees Announced

Fontbonne University held the annual Founders Award dinner on Thursday, Oct. 17, during which the 2013 Founders Award recipients were recognized. The following individuals were honored for living the mission and values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, our founders and sponsors.

Jane Kehoe Hassett, CSJ, a past president of Fontbonne, also served as a professor, chairperson of history, , records researcher, writer for the advancement division and library archivist during her nearly 50 years of service to the university. She has also written two books about Fontbonne: “As Strong as the Granite” and “A Decade of Growth.” For her commitment to the service in CSJ values and mission, Sister Jane merits a Founders Award.

Marie Zucchero ’42 has been a dedicated volunteer at Bethesda Dilworth nursing community since her mother was a resident in 1980. Her volunteer efforts include creating the “Dinaglings,” a singing group in which long-term residents can participate. She puts in more than 200 volunteer hours every year and has accumulated more than 6,000 hours of service during the last 32 years. For her commitment to service and dedication through music, Marie Zucchero merits a Founders Award.

Kathleen Coco ’66 dedicated her life to service to others, including her involvement in the founding of the Fontbonne Community Connection. She was a charter member of the FCC and held the offices of vice chair and membership chair. Coco taught in St. Louis for many years, volunteered at her children’s schools and traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to help repair homes. For her commitment to serving the dear neighbor, Kathy Coco merits a Founders Award (posthumous).

Karen DeGuire Gedera ’65 is a charter member of the Fontbonne Community Connection and has served as chair for three terms. She is a member of Fontbonne’s Council of Regents and the LePuy Society. Gedera worked as an executive at Boeing Corporation, and after her retirement she started her own business. For her commitment to the service of Fontbonne University, Karen DeGuire Gedera merits a Founders Award.

Daniel J. Ferry, Jr., served on Fontbonne’s Board of Trustees for 14 years, seven as chairman. Under his leadership, the university withstood many challenges and advancements including the renovation of the science building and its renaming as Anheuser-Busch Hall. He is a recognized leader and volunteer in the community and has been knighted in the Order of the Holy Sepulcher. For his commitment to service in leadership, Daniel Ferry merits a Founders Award.