Four Fordham employees received the 1841 Award, which honors 20 or more years of service to the University, at a ceremony on Nov. 27 in the Duane Library on the Rose Hill campus.
The honorees, joined by their families and former 1841 Award recipients, were lauded by their supervisors and given medals by Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham.
“They are generous of heart, they are sticklers in what they do, and they are humble,” McShane said. “They’ve truly endowed the University with their great spirit and we’re grateful for their extraordinary work.”
Honored were Ramon Mateo of Facilities Operations for 40 years of service to the University. Linda Johnson of Enrollment Services; Frederica “Freddy” Patterson of the Quinn Library; and Antonio “Tony” Sberna of Custodial Services received medals for 20 years of dedication. Mateo and Patterson could not attend the ceremony, so their supervisors accepted the medals on their behalf.
The 1841 Award was established in 1982 by former president James C. Finlay, S.J., in honor of the year Fordham was founded by Archbishop John Hughes.