Couple to Receive 2010 Fidelia Award

For the first time in 29 years, Notre Dame College’s Fidelia Award will be given to a couple. Alumna Stella Corbett Hetzer ’59 and her husband John will receive the 2010 Fidelia Award, one of the College’s highest honors, on Wednesday, Sept. 29. 

Stella and John Hetzer with former NDC president and Fidelia Award recipient Sr. Mary Marthe Reinhard. Photo: ArchivesThe Hetzers have been extraordinary supporters of the College over the years. They were instrumental in helping renew Christ the King Chapel, the spiritual heart of the campus; and thanks to their generous donation, the College was able build a new altar and ambo from the chapel’s communion railing.

The couple also established the Edward J. and Stella Gunn Corbett Award in honor of Stella Hetzer’s parents. This scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior who requires financial assistance to continue his or her education.

"Stella and John Hetzer represent everything good about Notre Dame – responsible, generous and humble,” said Dr. Andrew P. Roth, president of Notre Dame College. “They are good people who live the College's mission. The College is deeply grateful for their support."

“They have been most generous to the College,” said Marilyn Cunin, vice chair of Notre Dame’s board of directors. “This is a very appropriate recognition of their loyalty to the College as a couple.”

Stella Corbett Hetzer graduated from Notre Dame College with a degree in business administration in 1959 and has served on the College’s board of directors; she became an honorary member of the board in 2002. Together with her husband John she owns Fluid Line Products, Inc., which designs and manufactures fluid power components in Willoughby, Ohio. They have three children – Stella Lynn, Jean Marie and John Jr. – and seven grandchildren. 

Notre Dame College presents the Fidelia Award to those who have rendered distinguished service and demonstrated outstanding fidelity to the college. The Fidelia Award is similar in scope to the Laetare Medal presented by the University of Notre Dame and the Cardinal Gibbons Medal presented by the Catholic University of America. The recipients are determined by Notre Dame’s board of directors.

The Fidelia Award was first presented in 1981 to Joseph H. Keller, patron of NDC’s recreational indoor facility. Other recipients include the Most Reverend Anthony M. Pilla, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Cleveland, former National City Bank CEO Edward B. Brandon, and the Hugh M. O’Neill Family.

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