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Holliday, Iacovangelo, Robach, Hetzler Receive President’s Medals


Holliday, Iacovangelo, Robach, Hetzler Receive President’s Medals

During the College’s 60th Commencement ceremonies, Dr. Donald Bain, President, honored four individuals with President's Medals. Susan R. Holliday, President and Publisher of the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ), received the President’s Medal for Service to the Rochester Community. Frank B. Iacovangelo, Esq. ’62, Founder and Senior Partner of Gallo and Iacovangelo, LLC, Senator Joseph E. Robach, and Rev. Leo A. Hetzler, CSB, all received the President’s Medal for Service to St. John Fisher College and the Rochester Community.

After spending ten years in agricultural finance, Holliday switched careers and purchased the RBJ in 1988.  She orchestrated a financial turnaround of the company and today the weekly newspaper enjoys a readership of more than 70,000.  During the past decade, the scope of the company has grown with the addition of contract publishing and an extensive events division.

The RBJ plays an important role in recognizing the achievements of individual business leaders through its signature programs, including the annual Forty under 40 Awards (now in its 20th year), the Greater Rochester Awards, and the Health Care Achievement Awards.  Under Holliday’s leadership, the national Alliance of Area Business Publications twice awarded the RBJ its prestigious General Excellence Award. The National Newspaper Association and New York Press Association have both recognized RBJ’s superior reporting, photography, and design with numerous top awards.

Holliday serves as a member of the corporate board of directors of Financial Institutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISI), where she chairs the Risk Oversight committee.  In addition, she is Board Chair-Elect of the University of Rochester Medical Center, serves on the Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement for the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, and is a member of the board of the Healthcare Trustees of New York State. 

She also serves as a member of the board and executive committee of Rochester Institute of Technology, is the immediate past chairman of the board of the Rochester Business Alliance (the first woman elected to that role), and served a five year tenure as chairman of the board of the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Over the years, Holliday has been recognized with honors including the Outstanding Alumni Award from Rochester Institute of Technology, the Outstanding Alumni Award from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, an honorary Athena Award from the Rochester Business Alliance, the Galanis Award for Excellence in Family Business from Alfred University, and the Mother of the Year Award from the March of Dimes.

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Susan Holliday and President Bain.

Iacovangelo, a member of the College’s class of 1962, went on to pursue and receive his law degree from Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1965. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1967 and is a member of the Monroe County and New York State Bar Associations. In 1969, he was admitted to the Federal District Court and, in 1972, to the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 1971, after sharing office space with Louis Gallo for several years, Iacovangelo and Gallo formalized their working relationship and built the foundation for what has become Gallo & Iacovangelo, LLP. As the firm grew throughout the 1980s and 1990s, thanks in large part to their singular focus on the client and their results-driven style, they became a full-service law firm. Today, the areas of practice that the firm handles are residential and commercial real estate; business services; estate planning, administration, and litigation; and municipal law.

In 2002, Iacovangelo and several of his fellow alumni from Fisher, decided to create the College’s first alumni affinity group for members of the judiciary and the law. The Justinian Order of St. John Fisher College was formed as an academic and legal society intended to create collegiality among Fisher graduates professionally involved with the law. Today, the group is comprised of over 400 judges, attorneys, and other law professionals—all Fisher graduates.

In 2008, Iacovangelo himself received the College’s Justinian Medal for outstanding service to his profession and the community.

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Frank Iacovangelo with President Bain.

Robach is the New York State Senate representative for the 56th Senatorial District which encompasses the Towns of Brighton, Clarkson, Gates, Greece, Hamlin, Parma, and parts of the City of Rochester, including Charlotte, Historic Maplewood and the University of Rochester. Before his election to the Senate, Robach served as an Assemblyman for 11 years filling the seat vacated by the unfortunate passing of his father, Roger Robach.

A graduate of Aquinas Institute and the State University of New York College at Brockport, where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees, Robach has been a lifelong resident of the Rochester area, and has an exceptional record of community and civic involvement. He has been recognized by many organizations, police departments, healthcare facilities, businesses and not-for-profits both locally and statewide for his outstanding record in the Legislature. He has worked diligently to expand economic development in Rochester as a member of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, increase funding for education, cut taxes and improve and protect our healthcare system. During his tenure in the Senate, he has secured an unprecedented amount of resources for the Rochester area which has funded the expansion of the emergency departments for Highland and Unity Hospitals, and provided funding for hundreds of local charities and all the school districts in the 56th District. He was also instrumental in securing funding for the new Simulation Center in the Wegmans School of Nursing.

In the Senate, he serves as the Deputy Majority Conference Whip and Chairman of the Transportation Committee. In addition, he is a member of 10 standing committees.

Commencement 2014

Senator Robach receives the President's Medal from President Bain.

Hetzler, born and raised in Rochester, graduated from Aquinas Institute on the eve of World War II and enlisted in the U.S. Army, becoming a combat infantryman in the 86th Division. He traveled extensively during the war, from Germany to Austria and then to the Philippines and Japan.

In 1947, Hetzler returned to the United States with the intention of studying engineering. His plans changed, and in September 1947, he entered the Congregation of St. Basil. He subsequently enrolled in the University of Toronto, where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Literature. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from St. Michael’s College and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Cornell University. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1955.

Commencement 2014In 1959, the Basilian Order sent Hetzler to Fisher as the Chair of the English Department. In 1964, he became a Resident Assistant and, under his tutelage, the first student RA was tested. During that time, he was the first recipient of the Rev. Joseph Dorsey Faculty Award for Service to Students.

In the late 1960s, he spent several years teaching in Canada, where he began what would become his lifelong interest in the Chesterton Society. In 2002, he inaugurated the annual Chesterton Conference at Fisher, and in 2007, he became the first recipient of the Life Achievement Award presented by the American Chesterton Society.

Hetzler retired from teaching in 1994, and has since written extensively on the work of poet and novelist Frederick Schiller Faust, who died in action as a war correspondent in Italy in World War II. He has also begun to correspond with prison inmates across the country, which he credits with giving him more than they receive. In 1995, Hetzler became the National Chaplain for the Combat Infantry Association, and in 1998, he became a member of the Board of Trustees of Aquinas Institute.

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