Elizabeth P. Hoisington '40 Distinguished Alumna Award

The Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40 Distinguished Alumna Award is presented to a graduate who, through achievements in career and or community service, embodies the principles of Notre Dame.

Winners, who have graduated no fewer than five years ago, have demonstrated loyalty to the University and achievements in career and or community.


After her death in 2007, the award was dedicated to Brig. Gen. Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40, who served our nation with leadership and vision—particularly as one of the first women to attain the rank of U.S. Army general. The 2008 award was the first given under the new name.

2016 Award Winner

The Honorable Audrey J.S. Carrion '81
Associate Judge, Circuit Court for Baltimore City

When Audrey Carrion left Puerto Rico to enroll at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in law. Even then, the teen was intrigued by politics and the importance of public service. “I was already involved on a smaller scale, as much as an 18 year old can be involved with political movements in Puerto Rico,” she said. At College of Notre Dame she majored in political science, took on campus leadership positions and gave the student speech at her Commencement. “If there were any leadership skills that I came with, they were honed even further at the College,” she said.

Today, Judge Carrion applies those skills each day in her work as judge in charge of the family division of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Judge Carrion serves as chair of the Baltimore City Female Task Force, which addresses the needs of young, at-risk girls through gender-responsive programming. “Our goal is to promote awareness of the unique issues that the girls face when they’re involved in the juvenile court system,” she said.  When Judge Carrion was appointed as a judge for the District Court of Maryland in 1996, she felt certain that serving as a judge would fit in with the goals she had as a College of Notre Dame student. 

I had the legal education, and I had worked with the public before in different bar associations, my community association and at the College, and I thought that it was—and I know that it is—the best way to serve the public. Whatever experience I may have, and whatever talents I may have, I want to put them to work in this fashion.

Past Winners

Year Winner
1991 Patricia Ann Denny Bathon ’49
1992 Veronica Walker Hackett ’67
1993 Mildred Buzek Otenasek ’36, Ph.D. 
1994 Margaret Dempsey McManus ’41
1995 School Sisters of Notre Dame
1996 Margaret Dougherty ’41
1997 Dorothy Brown, Ph.D. ’54
1998 Donna Ringger Easton ’70
1999 Suzanne Janes Peck ’64
2000 Alice El Koury ’39
2001 Margaret J. Steinhagen’54, Ph.D.
2002 Anne Bruggy Deming ’61, Ph.D.
2003 Mary Lu Schroeder McNeal ’50
2004 Regina McKeowne Hubbard ’43
2005 Candee Morici Swenson ’69, Ph.D.
2006 Dr. Doris Ann Trauner ’66, M.D.
2007 Kathleen Carney Buetow ’50, Ph.D.
2008 Dolores Warwick Frese ’58, Ph.D.
2009 Jo Trueschler '49
2010 Edith McParland Donohue '60
2011 Patricia Knott Smyth '51
2012 Kathleen O'Ferrall Friedman '62
2013 Margaret Haskell Farnham '92
2014 Mary Kay Shartle Galotto '64, Ph.D.
2015 Frances Hanna Flanigan '65
The Hon. Irene Murphy Keeley '65
2016 The Hon. Audrey J.S. Carrion '81