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2019 Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumni Excel in Human Endeavor

 Date published: Dec. 5, 2018


The University of Dallas will celebrate the extraordinary achievements of four alumni with its 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards. Award recipients Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, MTS ’00, Laura Felis Quinn, BS ’86 MBA ’18, Judy Kelly, BA ’63, and John Parker, BA ’83 MBA ’89, will be honored for their contributions to their professions, communities and the University of Dallas.

The annual reception and dinner will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Since 1992, UD’s National Alumni Board has presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to a number of outstanding alumni.  

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, a Neuhoff School of Ministry graduate, serves as president and CEO of Servant Enterprises Inc., and is one of the most sought-after speakers in the church today. He is the author of The Mass in Sacred Scripture and is a frequent Eternal Word Television Network contributor.

A devoted member of the UD community, Laura Felis Quinn serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and lends her knowledge to the board’s marketing committee. Before her role as trustee, Quinn served on the National Alumni Board. She leads a pharmaceutical market research consultancy, a field in which she and her husband, Peter, have been experts for nearly 20 years.

Professor Emerita of Drama Judy Kelly founded UD’s Drama Department along with her husband, Professor Emeritus Patrick Kelly. A passionate member of the Dallas/Fort Worth performance arts community, Kelly continued her career in theater after retiring from the university. She has produced and directed a number of award-winning independent television productions and art features.

John Parker is the deputy general counsel for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He leads a staff that provides legal advice on a variety of issues including ethics, procurement, fiscal, and administrative support. Prior to that, he served as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas where he was responsible for all federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigations for a district with a population of over eight million people.  

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are hosted by the National Alumni Board and the DAA committee. All alumni and friends of the university are invited to attend the celebration, held at the Omni Hotel in Dallas on Saturday, May 4, 2019. For more information, please email or call the Alumni Relations Office at 972-721-5012.