Rabbi James Rudin, commencement speaker
more than thirty years Rabbi James Rudin was a key staff member of the
American Jewish Committee. During his tenure as director of
Interreligious Affairs, the organization became the internationally
acknowledged leader in Christian-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish relations. In
the course of his work, he participated in ten meetings with Pope John
Paul II, as well as meetings with the World Council of Churches in
Geneva and with Eastern Orthodox Christian leaders in Greece.
currently serves as a member of the New York State Task Force on Life
and the Law, an interdisciplinary group that focuses on bioethical
legislation and issues. He was a member of the Camp David/ Presidential
Retreat Interfaith Chapel Committee and the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Federal Holiday Commission.
In 1997 the Polish Council of Christians and Jews
presented Rabbi Rudin with its “Person of Reconciliation Award”. Two
years later he received the Golden Medallion Award from the
International Council of Christians and Jews.
He is the author of eight books including, Twenty
Years of Catholic Jewish Relations and his latest work, The
Baptizing of America: The Religious Right’s Plans for the Rest of Us.
A prolific writer, his articles have appeared in numerous publications
and he has lectured around the world. He has appeared as a frequent
guest on television and radio programs, including NBC, CBS, ABC, BBC and
He was a United States Air Force chaplain in Japan
and Korea. In 1964 he participated in an interreligious, interracial
voting rights drive in Hattiesburg, MS. He attended Wesleyan University
and graduated with academic distinction from George Washington
University. He received his master’s degree and rabbinical ordination
from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and has done
graduate work in American history at the University of Illinois. He has
received honorary degrees from HUC-JIR and Saint Leo University in
Florida where he is a distinguished visiting professor.
Harold J. Marcus, L.H.D. ’00, University Medal
Harold J. Marcus has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of
Saint Martin’s University for twenty years. Marcus chaired the Board
from 1991-1993. Together with his wife, Inge ’82, he chaired the
successful campaign to raise $10.5 million dollars for a new library for
the University. The O’Grady Library, designed by world renowned
architect Michael Graves, was dedicated in 2001.
Marcus was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane
letters by Saint Martin’s University in 2000. He has been recognized for
his philanthropy by his alma mater, Penn State University, and by
Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology.
Today he receives the inaugural University Medal of
Saint Martin’s University in recognition of his exceptional service to
the University on behalf of its students.