Notre Dame Presents Fidelia Award to Therese Buettner Hummer

Notre Dame College (NDC) will present alumna Therese Buettner Hummer ’46 with the 2009 Fidelia Award, one of the college’s highest honors, on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Mrs. Hummer of Gates Mills, Ohio will be recognized for more than six decades of service to Notre Dame College.

Therese Buettner Hummer '48 is the 2009 recipient of the Fidelia Award.Mrs. Hummer has been characterized as a woman of many accomplishments who successfully combines the roles of mother, career woman and community leader. In these roles, she has been recognized by her colleagues and peers as a woman of integrity, a thoughtful listener, a creative thinker, and an effective collaborator.

Mrs. Hummer graduated from Notre Dame with a dietetics degree in 1946. Over the past six decades she has remained a close friend and supporter of the college. In 1969/1970, she served as the President of the Alumnae Association, and in 1972 was named the Alumnae Association’s Woman of the Year. She has an endless devotion to the college, the alumni and the nuns, whom she loves dearly.

In 1991, after retiring from a long, successful career as a commercial marketing food service representative with the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, Mrs. Hummer joined the college as Director of Alumnae Affairs. After leaving that position in 1993, she continued to support NDC through volunteer work in the Development Office, participating in phonathons and other special events.

Most recently, Mrs. Hummer and her family very generously contributed to the renewal of Notre Dame’s Christ the King Chapel. Through her commitment of time, talent and treasure, Mrs. Hummer has embodied the ideals and values of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the college.

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 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.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Karen Poelking, vice president for board and community relations, at 216.373.5239 or kpoelking@ndc.edu.