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 2018 class of Century Club inductees includes:
Very Rev. Jeffrey T. Duaime, C.S.Sp., A’80
Fr. Duaime discerned his calling to the priesthood as a student at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pa—inspired to follow in the footsteps of the Spiritans who taught him there.
He received his Master of Divinity with a specialization in mission work from the Catholic Theological Union in 1986, and was ordained to the priesthood that year.
His first assignment was to the Bahamas, where he administered the Spiritan mission to the Haitian community in Freeport. He then spent two years as parochial vicar of the Spiritan mission in Port Sonde, Haiti, before returning to Duquesne as director of vocations for the Spiritans’ eastern United States province from 1988-1993.
While based at Laval House, he began serving as parochial vicar and administrator of St. Stanislaus and St. Patrick’s parishes in Pittsburgh, holding that position until 1995.
Fr. Duaime moved to Arlington, Va. in 1995 and served until 2002 as pastor of Our Lady, Queen of Peace parish before returning to Holy Ghost Prep as president. During his 11 years there, he concurrently served as superior of the U.S. East province from 2004-2009.
In 2012, Fr. Duaime was named superior of the newly-merged Spiritan province encompassing the entire United States and was re-elected in June 2018. As provincial superior, Fr. Duaime is also chair of the Duquesne University Corporation and an ex-officio member of the University’s Board of Directors.
Jeffrey S. Fisher, P’85
Fisher is currently a founding partner of Vivaleas, a global company providing customers with a range of patient-centric support and consulting services. He also serves as manager and general partner of 653 Investments, a boutique investment company.
His entrepreneurial ventures over more than 25 years have developed innovative treatments for cancers, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, hepatitis C, infertility, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
In 1991, he founded Fisher’s Pharmacy, where he served as president and CEO until its sale in 2004. In 2008, he founded Fisher’s SPS, Inc., a specialty compounding pharmacy, and led that firm until its sale to MedMark Inc. in 2003. Fisher served as vice president of purchasing and manufacturer relations for MedMark until its sale to Walgreen’s in 2006.
He then became a partner and board member for Creehan & Co., a health care information technology company, until its sale to Inovalon in 2015. During this period, he also served as president of Fisherx Consulting (2006-2010), chief operating officer of AcariaHealth (2011-2013) and executive vice president for business development with AcariaHealth (2014-2015).
Fisher was also a founding member and served on the Board or Directors of Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a privately held pharmaceutical drug manufacturing company.
Fisher is a member of the School of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Board and a leadership benefactor supporting multiple school and university initiatives. He received the Pharmacy School’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2005 and the regional Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in health and life sciences in 2006.
Don B. Gibson, Jr., M’72, GM’73
After completing two degrees at Duquesne, Gibson earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University, where he went on to serve as dean of the College of Music from 2005-2013.
Now Dean Emeritus at Florida State, Gibson has served as professor and director of the music school at The Ohio State University. He has also held faculty and administrative positions at Western Michigan University, Baylor University, Elon University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He was accepted to the United States Navy Band at age 17, eventually assuming the position of principal flute and featured soloist. While in the band, Gibson also served as flutist in the Concertante Woodwind Quintet and was a part-time faculty member at Howard University. He later served as principal flute of the Greensboro Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony.
Gibson’s academic research has focused on examining the correlation between theoretical relatedness and the perception of contemporary pitch structures. At Ohio State, he partnered with music theorists, psychologists, brain scientists, linguists and philosophers to establish the nation’s premiere interdisciplinary music cognition research program.
Gibson has served as president and executive director of Pi Kappa Lambda, as president of the National Association of Schools of Music and as a member of the scholarship committee for the Presser Foundation.
He is currently a member of the Dean’s Executive Advisory Council for the Mary Pappert School of Music and a benefactor of the James Hunter Scholarship Fund.
Charlotte S. Jefferies, Esq., L’80
Jefferies recently retired as a senior partner in the Pittsburgh-based law firm of Horty Springer & Mattern, where she practiced for 37 years as a legal consultant, counselor and educator to community hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations.
She is an expert in legal and ethical issues ranging from regulatory compliance to professional staff development, from human subject research and investigation to the delivery of quality and safe care. She served as research editor for the firm’s publications and a senior fellow of the Estes Park Institute, a national educational organization for health and health care issues and innovations.
She earned her undergraduate degree at Howard University and worked for more than 10 years in a variety of positions—including associate director of career development at Brown University—before pursuing her legal studies. She served as law clerk to the U.S. Attorney’s office and federal judge Donald Ziegler before joining Horty Springer.
Jefferies is a past chair of the merit selection panel recommending candidates for U.S. magistrates and a member of the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Selection Panel. She formerly served on the Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania and as a member of the Disciplinary Board itself. She was also a subcommittee member of a state Supreme Court panel examining racial and gender bias in Pennsylvania’s justice system.
She spent 14 years as a member of Duquesne City Council and currently serves on Duquesne University’s Board of Directors and School of Law Advisory Committee.