Michael Dowd '68, '71: 2002 Medallion of Merit Recipient
recognition of his service to Moravian College, the Alumni Association
honored J. Michael Dowd with its 2002 Medallion of Merit following
the Reunion Luncheon on June 1, 2002.
received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the College in 1968 and
his Master of Divinity from the Seminary in 1971.
voice could be heard over Steel Field for 30 years as leader in
the singing of Moravian's alma mater and as the official announcer
at every home football game. He is a vital presence on the Alumni
Weekend Planning Committee, generating ideas to bring alumni back
to campus, and helping to organize the Moravian College Alumni Choir
to the delight of reunion classes who enjoyed their music during
the gala celebration dinner.
was a class agent for the Annual Fund from 1995 to 1997, a task
force member for the Commission on the Future of Moravian College
and Moravian Theological Seminary, and the General Alumni Campaign
Chair twice during the 1980s.
and his wife Kathleen '68 co-chaired the 25th and 30th reunions
for their class. Together they have also hosted freshmen for the
Alumni Association's Take a Freshman to Dinner Program and
acted as table hosts at the Freshman Orientation Dinner. Mike was
a member of the Business and Industry Committee for three years,
a participant in the Employers Forum in 1998, and an Antiques Show
sponsor for several years. His other Moravian volunteer activities
have included acting as a mentor for student interns, serving as
a Homecoming volunteer, and participating in the Business Etiquette
Dinner. The Alumni Association recognized him with its Unsung Hero
Award in 1999.
dedication and energy Mike devotes to the Moravian community is
even more impressive when considering his extensive involvement
in the Easton community and the Lehigh Valley at large. Aside from
his current occupation as chief operating officer of the Children's
Home in Easton, he is president of Northampton County Council, secretary/treasurer
of the Easton Economic Development Corporation, and Dale Carnegie
trainer for the Leadership Institute of the Lehigh Valley. He received
the Jack Cook Excellence in Economic Development Award in 2000,
recognizing his significant contributions to the economic vitality
of the city of Easton.