Saint Martin's will honor distinguished alums,
athletics standouts at Homecoming, Jan. 26-31
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Lacey, Wash. - Saint Martin’s will
present its Distinguished Alumni Awardees and newest Athletic Hall of
Fame inductees at its 2004 Homecoming celebration Jan. 26-31 on the
The week of activities will include an
honors and awards dinner and dance on Jan. 30 and, honoring the theme of
“Martinopoly,” a Monopoly tournament Jan. 28. The week also will be
highlighted by basketball games, a bonfire with entertainment, a fun
run/walk, scholarship/endowment celebration and many other events.
Receiving 2004 Distinguished Alumni
Awards will be:
neurologist Dr. Robert Aigner, Seattle, for professional
achievement. Aigner is a 1945 graduate of Saint Martin’s High
School, closed in 1974, and a 1949 graduate of Saint Martin’s
automobile dealer Robert P. Mallon, Tacoma, for professional
achievement and service to Saint Martin’s. Mallon is a 1951 graduate
of the high school.
resident Kathie Gallagher Perz, Olympia, for service to Saint
Martin’s. Perz is a 1971 graduate of the college.
host and General Manager Dick Pust, Olympia for professional
achievement and community service. Pust is a 1975 graduate of Saint
Lawrence Vogel, O.S.B., Lacey, Saint Martin’s Abbey, who will
receive the award for Benedictine Service.
Being inducted into the college’s
Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are:
player Victor “Skip” Olson, Dallas, Texas, a 1957 graduate of the
player Jack Day, Terre Haute, Ind., a 1959 graduate of the college.
basketball coach Ray Peters, Tumwater, who coached the team from
More information on those being honored follows.
Saint Martin’s students also will name their Student Leader of the Year
Award and the Homecoming court at the Jan. 30 Homecoming Dinner.
Saturday’s Homecoming doubleheader will
pit the Women Saints basketball team against Seattle Pacific University
and the Men Saints against University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The games
will be at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, at Saint Martin’s Pavilion.
More details are available by calling
Saint Martin’s College
Distinguished Alumni Awards, 2004
Jan. 22, 2004
B. Robert "Ag" Aigner, M.D.
Professional Achievement Award
Born in Bavaria, Germany, and raised in
Hoquiam and Bremerton, Dr. Robert Aigner graduated from Saint Martin's
College in 1948, the first step toward an exceptional career as a
Aigner, a graduate of St. Louis
University School of Medicine, completed his internship and residency at
Seattle's Providence Hospital. Following service with the U.S. Air
Force, he received a fellowship in neurology at the Mayo Clinic in 1956.
In 1960, he began a private practice in Seattle.
A member of numerous national and
Northwest medical organizations, he has served as an examiner on the
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and presided over the North
Pacific Society of Neurology and Psychiatry.
At Providence Medical Center, he served
terms as chief of medicine, president-elect of the medical staff,
president of the center's hospice advisory board and chief of the
department of medicine. He also is a past trustee of the King County
As a member of the Saint Martin’s Board
of Trustees and board president, he has given a great deal back to his
alma mater, as well.
Aigner said he has warm memories of Saint
Martin’s, where he roomed with Tom Gaffney. He particularly remembers
playing ping pong with Father Meinrad Gaul, chemistry classes with
Father Bede Ernsdorff and basketball games coached by Mike Contris.
Aigner and his wife, Martha Ann, are the
parents of five children.
David R. "Dick" Pust
Professional achievement; Community service
From the time he was a child, KGY-Radio’s
Dick Pust wanted to be on the radio. He’s lived out that dream for more
than 40 years - with distinction. In 2001, his outstanding professional
achievements were honored when he was chosen Washington State
Broadcaster of the Year.
Pust, now station manager of Olympia’s
KGY-AM, began his career in 1959 as a receptionist and began hosting
KGY’s “Morning Show” in 1967.
His show is the state’s longest-running
radio program and has been nationally recognized by the National
Association of Broadcasters as one of the best radio programs in the
nation. In 1997, it was labeled a “legend in broadcasting” in a House
resolution honoring KGY’s 75th anniversary.
When Pust decided to pursue a degree, he
chose Saint Martin’s, fitting studies around his work schedule. It seems
natural that a Saint Martin’s grad would eventually manage the station
founded at the school in 1914 by Father Sebastian Ruth. Officially
licensed in 1922, KGY is one of the oldest stations in the world. For
years, it has been the place the community turns to for local news and
Nor is it surprising Saint Martin’s
should be one of the many recipients of Pust’s dedicated community
service. After taking more than 9 years to graduate, he was attached to
the place and the people he found here. The 1975 graduate has performed
many volunteer services for the College, including serving as Southwest
Washington coordinator on the New Library Campaign’s steering committee.
He also has invested countless hours
volunteering for local schools and nonprofit groups.
His many honors include two nominations
for Thurston County Citizen of the Year; an award for outstanding
service from Community Youth Services; and a Real Hero "Spirit of the
Red Cross" Award from the South Sound chapter of the American Red Cross
for "his unflinching updates and 12-hour broadcasts for South Sound
residents caught up in the Nisqually Earthquake."
Pust and his wife Pam have two grown
sons. Son Jeff is a 1986 Saint Martin's graduate.
Robert P. "Bob" Mallon
Professional Achievement; Service to Saint Martin's
As a Saint Martin’s High School student,
Bob Mallon took the Benedictine motto - “Ora et Labora” (prayer and
work) - to heart. Armed with the motto and a strong belief that each
person can make a difference, he has lived a life of unrelenting
leadership and service since his graduation in 1951.
A University of Notre Dame graduate,
Mallon sandwiched a hitch in the army between stints of working at his
father’s Tacoma automobile dealership, Mallon Motors.
By 1961, he was president of the Tacoma
Auto Dealers Association; by 1966, president of the Washington State
Automobile Dealers Association, the latter, an office he has filled more
As first vice president of the National
Automobile Dealers Association, he chaired its industry-relations
committee. In 1972, he was elected to the association’s board and is a
past chairman. He was instrumental in establishing the National
Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation that has funneled millions of
dollars in contributions for private higher education, emergency medical
training and economic education. The foundation he chaired for years
donated more than $1 million in relief to families directly affected by
the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
His community leadership includes a term
as director of the Tacoma Chamber of Commerce and chair of the St.
Joseph Hospital and Health Care Center board.
Mallon has long been a friend to his alma
mater, where his many good works earned him the first Saint Martin’s
President’s Medal, conferred in 1971 for outstanding service to the
College and community. His years on the Saint Martin’s board and on the
New Library Campaign’s steering committee are emblematic of the devotion
to the college, as are the Mallons’ generous donations.
Among his many honors are those for
Washington Dealer of the Year and the Time magazine Quality Dealer
Mallon and his wife, Roney, are the
parents of two children.
Kathie Gallgher Perz
Service to Saint Martin's Award
For more than two decades, Kathie Perz
has been a stalwart supporter of the Saint Martin’s College athletics
Although she doesn’t golf, she has long
served on the organizing committee of the popular Saint Martin’s College
Golf Tournament, which raises money for athletic scholarships. Among her
jobs is registering the 200-plus golfers who annually take part in the
event. When the annual Saint Martin’s Athletic Auction, a more recent
athletic scholarship fundraiser, was initiated, she donated her time to
the auction, as well. As a member of the Saint Martin’s Athletic
Foundation board, she was instrumental in dissolving the foundation and
placing the money at the college’s disposal to initially hire a
development officer for athletic fundraising.
Perz, a 1971 graduate and a former alumni
relations director at Saint Martin’s, says her volunteerism is a way to
show her gratitude for the grant and scholarship aid she received as a
student. Her work on behalf of Saints athletics is just as gratefully
“Kathie is one of those volunteers who
has boundless energy and enthusiasm when it comes to supporting her alma
mater,” said Kurt Kageler, director of alumni relations. “She gets
involved in something she believes in and gives it 110 percent. She’s
like having a paid staff member, but doesn’t charge for her services.”
Perz and her husband Paul are the parents
of three children.
Brother Lawrence Vogel, O.S.B.
Benedictine Service Award
Saint Martin’s Abbey, Wash.
Down-to-earth, warm-hearted, friendly,
straight-forward. Brother Lawrence Vogel, O.S.B., has been described by
all these adjectives.
But perhaps the best word for Brother
Lawrence is generous, for he is legendary for his generosity of spirit,
time and deed.
“Something I admire about Lawrence more
than anything else is all he does for people,” says Father Kilian
Malvey, O.S.B. “You can ask him to do anything and he’ll help.”
Those who are elderly, especially retired
Saint Martin’s employees, and those in need can count on Brother
Lawrence to take them shopping, do errands, shop for them, look after
their pets - whatever needs done.
“He’s very faithful to people. He never
loses contact with them, especially if they’re needy or need help. He
looks after them.”
That caring spirit extends to animals.
For many years, Brother Lawrence had a dog on campus and helped with the
farm animals that once were part of Saint Martin’s. He was known for his
gentleness with four-legged creatures and for his ability to calm those
who were frightened or agitated.
Brother Lawrence has held many jobs at
Saint Martin’s. For many years, he supervised the mailroom as campus
postmaster. He also worked on the maintenance crew. A talented
carpenter, he uses his skills to create beautiful items from wood,
crafting prayer kneelers, reading stands and shelving for Abbey members
or the church.
The extraordinary sense of caring that is
so particularly Brother Lawrence’s trademark is the same quality he
values most about Saint Martin’s itself.
His able and friendly service earned him
Saint Martin’s Father Philip Bagan Award for service in 1990.
Saint Martin’s College
Athletic Hall of Fame honorees, 2004
Jan. 22, 2004
John W. "Jack" Day
Terre Haute, Ind.
During the 1950s, before the building of
Saint Martin’s Pavilion, basketball was played at the old Armory near
downtown Olympia, and shin splints were part of every game, recalls Jack
“We had a pretty good team at the time,”
he says, and despite the shin splints, “We had a good time playing.” He
says that the priest were among their biggest fans. “Father Bertrand was
really a basketball fan.”
Day led the team in scoring and
rebounding in the 1956-57 and 1957-58 seasons, scoring 18.4 points per
game and 17.9 points per game, respectively. In 1957-58, he rebounded an
average 13.1 times per game and completed 82.6 percent of his free
throws, the fifth highest in the nation.
Day graduated in 1959 with a degree in
sociology. Eventually hired as a correctional officer at McNeil Island
Penitentiary by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, his
career with the federal prison system moved him around the country. He
retired as an associate warden in 1985, returning to Olympia as a
bailiff and chief security officer for the Washington State Supreme
Court until another retirement in 1997.
What he remembers most about Saint
Martin’s is the dedication of the College staff and the efforts of the
monks: “I felt they were always interested in the students and tried to
be helpful as they could.”
He and his wife Judy raised two children
and now make their home in Terre Haute, Ind., where Day enjoys watching
several of his six grandchildren play basketball.
Coach, Women Saints Basketball, 1988-96
In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, the Lady
Saints basketball team became a hot ticket, packing the stands with
enthusiastic fans. Led by Head Coach Ray Peters from 1988 to 1996, the
teams stacked an impressive record of wins with seven consecutive 20-win
seasons and playoff appearances.
Peters was the first Saints coach to lead
a team to a national tournament, the 1995 NAIA Tournament, winning the
first round of the tournament, one of his best memories. During his
eight seasons at Saint Martins, Peters’ teams compiled a 150-win-73-loss
record, 68 percent.
In 1996, Peters left Saint Martins for
Montana State University - Northern and continued to compile wins: 93,
with 34 losses over a three-year period, three national tournaments
trips, and, in 1998-99, a team ranking of seventh in the nation in NAI
Division 1 women’s basketball. He was recognized as “Conference Coach of
the Year” three consecutive times and as “Regional Coach” for the
Peters judges his trademark as a coach to
be not in terms of wins, losses and athletic prowess, but rather in his
players’ social and academic development.
“Wins and losses come and go, but the
real gratification comes from seeing people grow,” Peters says.
To be closer to his family, Peters left
coaching in 1999 to become deputy executive director for the Squaxin
Island Tribe, of which he is a member. He now is executive director,
overseeing all aspects of governance for the tribe, now the largest
employer in Mason County.
Victor "Skip" Olson
“For my size, I was a pretty good player.
I had a little bit of jump,” says Victor “Skip” Olson, who lead the
Saint Martin’s basketball team in scoring, stolen balls and free throw
completion percentage from 1954 to 1956. He was nominated to the Parade
Magazine All-Catholic All-American Team and was twice named to Who’s Who
in American Colleges and Universities.
The Olympia High School graduate and devoted basketball player recalls
playing with much older teammates. “I played varsity ball as a freshman,
played ball with a lot of young men from Fort Lewis - men five or six
years older in ability and maturity. It was an eye-opening experience.”
Graduating from the college in 1957 with a degree in industrial
relations and personnel management, Olson joined the J.C. Penney Corp.
as a management trainee. His career with the company took him from
Washington to California, New York and Texas. He retired in 1995.
He says of his years at Saint Martin’s:
“The love and concern expressed by the monks and teachers strengthened
my Christian faith. Father Dunstan’s philosophy studies introduced me to
a world that continues to fascinate me.”
He and his wife, Barbara, have three
children and two grandchildren.
For more information:
Kurt Kageler, director
360-438-4583 or email@example.com
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Saint Martin’s Office of Communication
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