Peoria Notre Dame High School announced during Homecoming festivities on September 28, 2012 that the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Distinguished Alumnus for 2012 is Dr. Gerald McShane.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to those alumni who stand out because of their exceptional service and dedication to the principles and values of Peoria Notre Dame. This is the twenty-first time Peoria Notre Dame High School has had the honor of presenting The Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Dr. McShane graduated from Bergan High School in 1967. An Alumnus of The University of Notre Dame and The University of Illinois College of Medicine, he serves as President and CEO of O.S.F. Medical Group and the chairman of the O.S.F. Ethics Committee. He and his wife Kathleen, a 1971 graduate of The Academy of Our Lady, have three children.
Introducing Dr. McShane from the podium at the Peoria Notre Dame Homecoming Mass and Convocation was Sister Diane Marie McGrew, O.S.F., President of O.S.F. Healthcare System. Quoting Kevin D. Schoeplein, CEO of O.S.F. Health Care System, Sister Diane Marie described Dr. McShane as an admired physician and “a blessing to O.S.F. and the Peoria Area.”
Addressing the Peoria Notre Dame students and guests, Dr. McShane reflected on the variety of his experience as a Catholic High School student in Peoria. Remembering a stint as an intrepid candy salesman, he related as his greatest marketing triumph attracting the attention of the “sweet Irish girl downtown,” Kathleen McQuellon, who would become his wife.
Dr. McShane initially described his profound gratitude for having been formed in Catholic Parochial Schools. Citing this critical foundation, McShane reminded his audience that even from his earliest experiences, his Catholic education had determined for him and his classmates “who we are, what we value, and how we act.”
Commending the current students, Dr. McShane ended his remarks with the admonition to “Go Irish!”