This morning, at its Thanksgiving Liturgy, St. Charles honored four graduates with the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award: Frank E. Murphy ’54 and Class of 1972 “brothers” Gerard M. Barrow, Sr., Philip C. Caito, and Deacon Marion E. Smithberger.
Mass was celebrated by Fr. Bill Arnold ’70, who serves as the pastor of Holy Spirit and St. Philip parishes here in Columbus. Afterward, honorees and guests enjoyed a light breakfast catered by Bosc + Brie, in the St. Charles Advisory Board Emeritus Conference Room in the Student Service & Fine Arts Center’s Guidance Suite.
This award, established in the spring of 2005 by the St. Charles Advisory Board, recognizes alumni who have honored St. Charles Preparatory School by their outstanding volunteer activities, professional achievements, and community organization advocacy. They have shared their affection for the St. Charles community and have been shining examples of high moral and ethical standards. St. Charles has specifically chosen the Mass of Thanksgiving as the forum at which to honor these men because it enables the school to publicly acknowledge their achievements and to present them as visible role models for our student body to emulate.
The 2018 Honorees:
Frank E. Murphy is a member of the St. Charles Preparatory School Class of 1954. He has earned an excellent reputation for the service he has performed over his lifetime. Frank has always been active in supporting education for those of all ages. He began as a high school teacher and holds multiple university honorary degrees. He established The Murphy Group, utilizing his forty years of experience in designing and constructing healthcare facilities nationwide. He also established University Housing Solutions, a company that has become known as one of the premier developers of college and university residential facilities. The school also wished to acknowledge Frank’s quiet philanthropic generosity, shown through The Frank E. Murphy Trust, as well as being a shining example for others as one who is “his brother’s keeper.”
(Photo, left) Honoree Frank Murphy ’54 was unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony, but several family and friends were on hand to accept on his behalf. (From left) Mary Murtha (niece); Lisa Colosimo (niece, holding award); classmate John Mullin ’54; and the Honorable Dale Crawford.
The school also honored three other very special (and inseparable) alumni… representatives of the St. Charles Preparatory School Class of 1972: Gerard Barrow, Sr., Phil Caito, and Deacon Marion Smithberger. These men were being honored for their numerous professional accomplishments and successes and for earning the respect of colleagues, clients, and the public through their work with numerous volunteer groups, including Kiwanis and the Diocese of Columbus.
(Photo, left, from far left to right) Laura and Natalie Caito with their father, honoree Phil Caito ’72; classmate Jack Kramer ’72; honoree Gerard Barrow, Sr. ’72; classmate Joe Iannarino, Jr. ’72; and honoree Deacon Marion Smithberger ’72 with his wife, Carol.
St. Charles wished to especially share our deep admiration and appreciation for their long-time service to their alma mater which has been manifested in several different ways. These men have tirelessly served the St. Charles Alumni Association since the group was re-established prior to the school’s 75th Anniversary celebration. They have been an integral part of the association, serving as its top officers, and volunteering at the group’s sponsored annual events including the Spaghetti Dinner, the Father/Son Mass and Breakfast, and the Alumni Golf Outing. In addition, these three have displayed nearly five decades of brotherhood, leadership, and devotion to fellow members of the Class of 1972, going back to their time together as students; for coordinating class reunions, group social gatherings at events such as the Cardinal Christmas; and their involvement in alumni activities. They, too, are shining examples of serving “as their brother’s keeper”!
We wish to once again extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation to these four alumni for all they have done on behalf of our St. Charles Preparatory School and Central Ohio communities.
We are very proud of you, Loyal Carolians!