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Duquesne University Century Club Welcomes Four New Members

The Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni inducted four new members at a ceremony earlier this month. The 2011 inductees are Honorable Cynthia A. Baldwin, William J. Lyons, Diane Mead and the late James J. Schaming.


Honorable Cynthia A. Baldwin graduated from the law school in 1980 and became Allegheny County’s first African-American female judge and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s second.  She also serves as the first in-house general counsel for Pennsylvania State University. Justice Baldwin is resides in White Oak.

William J. Lyons of Bridgeville graduated in 1970 with a degree in business. After serving two years on active duty assignment in the Air Force, he earned his master’s degree in accounting from Duquesne as well. Lyons is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for CONSOL Energy Inc. and chief financial officer and principal accounting officer for CNX Gas Corp.

Diane Mead was president of her graduating nursing class in 1989. She has had careers as a staff nurse for West Penn Hospital, director of nursing for Manor Health Care and regional vice president of Odyssey Health Care. In 2005, she founded Bethany Hospice Inc. and today serves as president and chief executive officer.  Meade lives in Oakdale.

James J. Schaming passed away on Jan. 24, 2011, at age 78, and was inducted posthumously. After graduating with a business degree in 1955, Schaming served as president of Magic Investments Inc. and helped take the Mr. Magic Car Wash from a single location to a chain stretching across the Pittsburgh region. He had lived in Upper St. Clair.

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 community. Of the more than 96,000 alumni since 1878, only 314 have been admitted to its elite ranks.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.