Duquesne University Century Club Inducts New Members in 40th Year
Four new members were inducted into the Century Club of Distinguished Duquesne University Alumni at an Oct. 5 dinner and ceremony.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, 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 University alumni since 1878, only 338 have been admitted to its elite ranks.
The 2018 inductees are:
The Very Rev. Jeffrey T. Duaime, C.S.Sp., Arts 1980
Provincial Superior for the United States, Congregation of the Holy Spirit
Duaime discerned his calling to the priesthood as a student at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem, Pa.-inspired and guided to follow in the footsteps of the Spiritans who taught him there. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy at Duquesne and made his first profession to the order in 1980. He made his perpetual profession in 1985. Duaime 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. Duaime 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, Duaime began serving as parochial vicar and administrator of St. Stanislaus and St. Patrick's parishes in Pittsburgh, holding that position until 1995.
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, he was named superior of the newly merged Spiritan province encompassing the entire United States. Duaime was most recently re-elected in June 2018.
As provincial superior, Duaime is also chair of the Duquesne University Corporation and an ex-officio member of the University's board of directors. He resides at the Congregation's United States headquarters in Bethel Park, Pa.
Jeffrey S. Fisher, Pharmacy 1985
Founding Partner, Vivaleas
Fisher joined Thrift Drug in 1985, spending six years as a pharmacist and manager. In 1991, he founded the first of what would become many businesses, Fisher's Pharmacy. He remained president and chief executive officer of that venture until its sale in 2004 to Care Capital Management. In 2008, he branched out into specialty compounding pharmacy, founding Fisher's SPS, Inc., and leading that firm until 2003 when he sold it to MedMark Inc.
In addition, Fisher was a founding member and served on the board of directors of Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a privately held pharmaceutical drug manufacturing company.
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 nationally based health care information technology company, until its sale to Inovalon in 2016. 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 (2014-2016).
Currently, Fisher is 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 founded in 2016.
Fisher's entrepreneurial ventures have developed innovative treatments for cancers, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, hepatitis C, infertility, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
A member of the School of Pharmacy Dean's Advisory Board, Fisher also is 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.
Fisher and his wife Janis, a 1989 Duquesne pharmacy graduate, reside in Gibsonia, Pa.
Don B. Gibson, Jr., Music 1972, Graduate Music 1973
Dean Emeritus, College of Music, Florida State University
Gibson received his B.M. and M.M. from Duquesne and his Ph.D. from Florida State University, where he served as dean of the College of Music from 2005-2013.
Now dean emeritus at Florida State, Gibson previously served as professor and director of the music school at The Ohio State University. Before that, he held faculty and administrative positions in the music schools at Western Michigan University, Baylor University, Elon University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Gibson was accepted to the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., at age 17, eventually assuming the position of principal flute and featured soloist. While in the band, he also served as flutist in the critically acclaimed Concertante Woodwind Quintet and taught part-time as a faculty member at Howard University. Gibson later served as principal flute of the Greensboro Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony.
Following completion of his Ph.D., Gibson's focus turned to research. His studies utilized computers to examine the correlation between theoretical relatedness and the perception of contemporary pitch structures. At Ohio State, he joined with other music theorists, psychologists, brain scientists, linguists and philosophers to establish the nation's premiere interdisciplinary music cognition research program.
Gibson served as president and executive director of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national collegiate honor society for music; as president of the National Association of Schools of Music, the designated accrediting agency for more than 650 music units across the United States; and as a member of the scholarship committee for the Presser Foundation.
Currently a member of the Dean's Executive Advisory Council for the Mary Pappert School of Music, Gibson is a benefactor of the James Hunter Scholarship Fund. He and his wife, Kyung-Ae Cho-a pianist and 1972 Duquesne music graduate-reside in Tallahassee, Fla.
Charlotte S. Jefferies, Law 1980
Retired Senior Partner, Horty, Springer & Mattern, P.C.
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 across the United States. She is an expert in legal and ethical issues ranging from regulatory compliance to professional staff development, from human subject research and investigation to all aspects of delivering quality and safe care. Jefferies also 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.
A native of Duquesne, Pa., Jefferies 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 interned with Neighborhood Legal Services as a student and served as law clerk to the U.S. Attorney's office and federal judge Donald Ziegler before joining Horty Springer.
In addition to being a member of the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Selection Panel, Jefferies is a past chair of the merit selection panel that recommends candidates for U.S. magistrates. She formerly served on the hearing committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and as a member of the board itself. Jeffries also was a subcommittee member of a state Supreme Court panel examining racial and gender bias in Pennsylvania's justice system.
Jeffries spent 14 years as a member of Duquesne City Council and currently serves on the University's board of directors and the School of Law Advisory Committee. She and her husband, Jackie Jones, reside in Forest Hills, Pa.
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