About the Award
The Woerner Kollmorgen Award for Community Service, administered through the Center for Civic Engagement, has been awarded for four consecutive years. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community, thereby improving the quality of life in the greater Rochester area.
Honorees demonstrate a dedication to the values espoused by Nazareth College: a concern for commitment to undeserved individuals; ethical personal and professional behavior; and leadership. This award was made possible by a generous donation from Louise Woerner and Don H. Kollmorgen.
Louise Woerner and Don H. Kollmorgen
Louise Woerner is the founder, chair, and CEO of HCR, a Medicare-certified home health care agency. She founded HCR Cares, a non-profit agency that conducts research and educational activities related to independent living. Her dedicated work has earned her many honors, including the Presidential Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence and induction into Rochester Business Hall of Fame. Her work to advance nursing includes founding the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. She is the first non-nurse to be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.
Don H. Kollmorgen has dedicated his life to public and community service. Over the past 35 years he has held leadership positions in the federal government at the U.S. Public Health Service, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service, and the National Institutes of Health. Committed to improving the quality of the life in the communities in which he lives, Mr. Kollmorgern is the founder of the American Chestnut Land Trust, was appointed by former Governor George Pataki to the board of visitors at the Industry School, serves as a trustee at the Strong National Museum of Play, and from 2007-2012 was a member of the Nazareth College board of trustees.
Woerner Kollmorgen Award Recipients
2010, J. Christine Wilson
For years, J. Christine Wilson has demonstrated sincere loyalty to acting on behalf of the community. Wilson was chair of the board of the Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation when Wilson Commencement Park (WCP) was founded in 1992. WCP is a housing program with the mission of offering holistic support for low-income, single-parent families to become and remain economically and socially self-sufficient. That same year, Wilson initiated a small grass roots group to start a full service grocery store in the northeast sector of Rochester that is now known as Partners Through Food and is part of the Community Development Corporation. Wilson is a co-founder and former board member of the Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley.
Wilson currently serves on the boards of the Marie C. & Joseph C. Wilson Foundation, Greater Rochester Enterprise, and Monroe Community College Foundation. She is a past vice president of the board of trustees of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Mass. Wilson has received numerous awards such as the Rochester Women's Network "W" Award, Women of Valor Award from the American Diabetes Association of Rochester and the YWCA Women First Award, among others.
2009, Justin Vigdor
Justin Vigdor is a senior partner at Boylan, Brown, Code, Vigdor & Wilson, LLP. Mr. Vigdor concentrates his practice on corporate and securities law and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. He received his L.L.M. from New York University, his L.L.B. (magna cum laude) from St. John's University, and his B.S. from the University of Maryland.
Mr. Vigdor has served on the boards of the Al Sigl Center for Rehabilitation agencies, the RCSD Testing Review Panel, the Ames-Amzalak Memorial Trust, among many others. He has also served as director for the United Way of Greater Rochester and Monroe County, the Rochester chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Mary Cariola Children's Center, to name but a few.
Mr. Vigdor has been listed on The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the World, and New York Super Lawyers for many years and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Rodenbeck Award for Service to the Community and Legal Profession; the Nathaniel Award for Community Service and Professional Accomplishments; the Board Leadership Award for the United Way and Rochester Business Journal; the Humanitarian Award from the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar; and awards from the Al Sigl Center, Mary Cariola Children's Center, and Quad A for Kids, among others. An annual Justin L. Vigdor Award to New York State banks has been established in his honor by the New York IOLA Fund.
2008, Dr. T. Franklin Williams, M.D.
Dr. T. Franklin Williams is a distinguished teacher and researcher, his pioneering work has led one peer to call him "the father of academic geriatrics in this country." His accomplishments have changed, at a national level, what we look at and how care for those who are aging. As a professor of medicine and preventive and rehabilitative medicine and medical director of Monroe Community Hospital, a post he held for 15 years, Dr. Williams led the development of the University's program in care, teaching, and research in chronic illness and aging. For his extensive work there, The Monroe Community Hospital Foundation is proudly named in his honor. From 1983 to 1991 he was the director of the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health. In 1992 he began ten years of service as scientific director of the American Federation for Aging Research, and has since returned to Monroe Community Hospital as Professor of Medicine Emeritus and Veterans Administration Distinguished Physician.
Dr. Williams was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1976 and served for three years as a member of the Institute Council. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American Association for Advancement of Science, Gerontological Society of America, American Public Health Association, and a member of the Association of American Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, and American Society on Aging.
2008, Carter Catlett Williams, C.S.W., A.C.S.W.
Carter Catlett Williams graduated from Wellesley College in 1945 and earned her master of social work degree from Simmons College School of Social Work. She is a certified social worker in New York State and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She is a distinguished lecturer and the author of many papers, and formerly was an editor of the journal Aging and the Human Spirit.
A long-time worker for the transformation of nursing homes, Carter Williams' advocacy began in the 1980s with her pioneering call to banish physical restraints, a movement in which she became a national leader. In order to maintain hope, she sees people who live in nursing homes and those who work in them as needing control over their daily lives as well as recognition as stakeholder. She is a founder of the Pioneer Network, a national organization which promotes the transformation of nursing homes into communities where relationships and individual choices are valued and used to shape traditional systems in new and life-promoting ways.
Likening elders to explorers without maps, she has written, "...the days of our loves, even the days and years in a nursing home, are for living, not merely for safekeeping. They are days for nurture of mind and spirit as well as body, and for the richness of community. To live these days in all their potential it is necessary for all of us to be known and responded to as individual people who have life experiences and daily patterns of many sort."
Mrs. Williams' many honors include the National Leadership Award given by the Older Women's league in Washington, D.C., and the President's Award of the American Society on Aging, presented jointly to Dr. and Mrs. Williams.