Education: Medals for Iggy

In the south ballroom of Washington's Willard Hotel one night last week, a stocky, wavy-haired Dominican priest rose from his seat at the head table. As 800 guests burst out cheering, he made his way to the speaker's stand to receive the highest honor Catholic University alumni can pay. At 69, the Very Rev. Ignatius Smith, dean of C.U.'s School of Philosophy, became the ninth recipient of the Cardinal Gibbons medal, "for distinguished and meritorious service to the United States of America, the Catholic Church or the Catholic University of America." Though better-known men have won the medal before him,...

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