Century Club Awardees
The Century Club was established during Duquesne's 100th anniversary in 1978 to recognize graduates with exemplary records of professional achievement and service to the University and their communities. Of more than 100,000 alumni since 1878, only 330 have been admitted to its elite ranks. The 2016 class of Century Club inductees includes:
Robert S. Barker, A'63, L'66, GA'74
Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus
Robert S. Barker earned his undergraduate degree in history and political science at Duquesne, during which time he also captained the debate team. He graduated in 1966 from Duquesne University School of Law, where he was case editor of the Duquesne University Law Review. Following his admission to the Pennsylvania bar, he served for two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. Upon his return to western Pennsylvania, he worked as an attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services, an official of the City of Pittsburgh's Model Cities Program, an associate of the law firm of Rose, Schmidt and Dixon, and assistant dean and assistant professor at Duquesne University School of Law. In 1974, he earned a master's degree in American History at Duquesne.
Thereafter, as assistant Allegheny County solicitor, he was legal counsel to Pittsburgh International Airport for six years, and served as vice chairman and, later, chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Airport Law. Barker returned to the full-time Duquesne Law faculty in 1982. Since then he has written and spoken throughout the Western Hemisphere, in English and Spanish, on a wide range of constitutional law topics. He was for 12 years chairman of the Constitutional Law Committee of the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), and for five years was the IABA's general reporter. In 1995 he was a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor of constitutional law at the University of Buenos Aires.
His books include La Constituciόn de Los Estados Unidos y su dinámica actual, Constitucional Adjundication: The Costa Rican Experience, and El Precedente y su Significado en al Derecho Constitucional de los Estados Unidos. In 2001 he was awarded the rank and title of Duquesne University distinguished professor of law, and in 2014 he was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad Nacional de Cajamarca (Perú).
Hon. Maureen Kelly, L'87
Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Judge Kelly was appointed in June 2011 to serve as Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Prior to her appointment, Kelly worked as a shareholder, chairing the Employment and Labor Services Group at Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir. She had previously worked as an associate and then partner at Thorp, Reed & Armstrong.
As a trial lawyer, Kelly was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Council of America. She was elected to the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and is a Fellow in the Academy of Trial Advocacy. She served in leadership roles as a member of the Pennsylvania State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Board of Governors of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County.
Judge Kelly currently serves as co-chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) Gender Equality Committee and has previously acted as Chair of the Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Board, Chair of the Merit Selection Panel for the Selection and Appointment of Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and chair of the ACBA's Civil Litigation Section Council.
On a statewide level, Judge Kelly served as co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Task Force on Student Loan Forgiveness and as an appointed member on the Task Force on the Delivery of Legal Services to the Poor. She has been dedicated to the delivery of civil legal aid to those in need, having served as President and board member of the Neighborhood Legal Services Association. She has also been active in civic and charitable organizations including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.
Judge Kelly has been the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her professional accomplishments, including honors from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Women's Bar Association, Neighborhood Legal Services Association, and Duquesne University School of Law.
Francis Marchilena, A'67
Retired Executive Vice President and General Manager, Raytheon Company
Francis "Frank" Marchilena retired as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Raytheon Company, a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity markets throughout the world. He joined Raytheon shortly after his graduation from Duquesne and held positions of progressive responsibility throughout nearly 40 years with the company, including Manager of Patriot International Programs. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing all international patriot missile programs.
Marchilena testified before Congress on two occasions in 2001 about the state of the air traffic control system and plans for its modernization. He also served on the Defense Science Board's Task Force on 21st Century Defense Technology Strategies, which was convened by the Secretary of Defense to examine national security challenges and provide technology strategy recommendations.
While at Raytheon, Mr. Marchilena helped lead the company's philanthropic program. In this role, he helped to direct support to Merrimack College to be used for a program to assist middle school students in developing their math and science skills. He also is an emeritus board member of Merrimack College, and has endowed the Marchilena Family Scholarship, which provides support for engineering students with demonstrated need.
At Duquesne, he has established the Francis and Marlene Marchilena endowed scholarship to benefit incoming need-based freshmen enrolled in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences who participate in the Bayer Scholars/Intern experience.
Marchilena continues to give back to the community in a variety of ways, including active support of the Massachusetts Science Museum, the Greater Boston Food Bank, the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and the American Textile History Museum.