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Three New Members Join Duquesne University Century Club, One Alumna Named Mind, Heart and Spirit Award Winner

The Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni welcomed three new members as part of the annual President's Dinner on campus.

The Century Club, established during Duquesne's 100th anniversary in 1978, recognizes alumni with exemplary records of professional achievement and service to the University and to their communities. Of the more than 100,000 alumni, only 330 have been admitted to the Century Club's elite ranks.

The 2016 inductees are:

Robert S. Barker, Arts 1963, Law 1966, Graduate Arts 197, distinguished professor emeritus, Duquesne University School of Law

Robert S. Barker earned his undergraduate degree at Duquesne, where he majored in history and political science, and was captain of the debate team. He graduated in 1966 from the School of Law, where he was case editor of the Duquesne University Law Review.

Barker, of Bethel Park, returned to the full-time Duquesne law faculty in 1982. Since then, he has written and lectured-in English and Spanish-throughout the Western Hemisphere on a wide range of constitutional law topics. He served 12 years as chairman of the Constitutional Law Committee of the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA) and for five years as the IABA's general reporter. In 1995, Barker was a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor of constitutional law at the University of Buenos Aires.

The Honorable Maureen P. Kelly, Law 1987, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Chief Magistrate Judge Maureen P. Kelly earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame before attending Duquesne University School of Law. Following law school, Kelly, of Mt. Lebanon, worked at Thorp, Reed & Armstrong, where she specialized in commercial and employment litigation. In 1999, she joined Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir, chairing the Employment and Labor Services Group.

Kelly's professional accomplishments have earned her the Sylvia H. Rambo Award from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law; the Outstanding Leadership in Support of Legal Services Award from the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network; the Women's Bar Association's Susan B. Anthony Award; and the Dorothy Ann Richardson Award from the Neighborhood Legal Services Association.

Francis S. Marchilena, Natural Sciences 1967, retired executive vice president and general manager, Raytheon Company

Francis S. Marchilena majored in mathematics at Duquesne, but also took a range of scientific coursework-especially in physics-that prepared him to join the Raytheon Company immediately after graduation.

While at Raytheon, Marchilena championed the cause of drawing more women and minorities to pursue careers in math, science and technology, and provided support that would help them succeed. Marchilena, of Westford, Mass., facilitated a partnership between Raytheon and Merrimack College-where he served on the board of directors-to help middle school students develop their math and science skills through after-school and summer programs.

Ginelle G. McPherson, a two-time graduate of Duquesne University, was presented with the 2016 Mind, Heart and Spirit Award.

Offered under the auspices of Duquesne's Young Alumni Council, the award recognizes young alumni (fewer than 10 years since their most recent degree) who exemplify the University's mission in their daily lives. Their achievements are not only demonstrated through career successes but also through community activity and service to others.

McPherson, of Wethersfield, Conn., has volunteer service which includes board work for the Foundation for Educational Opportunities, Inc., and the Ron Foley Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, Inc. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Epsilon Omicron Omega Chapter) and The Links, Inc. (Greater Hartford Chapter).

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