On Monday November 6, 2006, The
Breukelein Institute once again
conferred its Gaudium Award upon a quartet of remarkable men and
women. Held during its annual fund raising dinner at the Yale Club,
this year’s honorees included:
A Jesuit Catholic priest, Robert Frederick
Drinan holds degree in Law and Theology. Fr. Drinan ran for
the U. S. House of Representatives and was re-elected four times
from the 4th District, MA serving from 1971 to 1981. His recent
books include: Can God and Caesar Co-Exist? Balancing Religious
Freedom and International Law (2004) and The Mobilization
of Shame: A World View of Human Rights (2001). Since 1981,
Fr. Drinan has taught law, legal ethics and international human
rights at Georgetown University. The recipient of over twenty-two
doctorates for hiscommitment to justice and human rights, he was
presented with the 2006 Distinquished Service Award on behalf ofthe
U. S. House of Representatives.
Native New Yorker Donna Murphy
made her debut in the Broadway hit,
They’re Playing Our Song. Her credits include Edwin
Drood in The Mystery
of Edwin Drood, Hello Again and Wonderful Town
(City Center Encores!).
For her performance in HBO’s Someone Had To Be Benny,
a Daytime Emmy. She has been a guest star on Law and Order,
and The Practice. Her films include, Star Trek: The
Insurrection, The Astronaut’s Wife, Spider
Man-2, and World Trade Center. Ms. Murphy received
the Tony Award for Best Actress for the Sondheim musical Passion.
She received her second Tony Award for her portrayal of Anna in
the acclaimed revival of The King and I. Her third Tony
nomination was for the recent revival of Wonderful Town.
Marilynne Robinson, a native of
Idaho, graduated from Brown University. While writing her doctoral
dissertation, she began work on her first novel, Housekeeping
(1981). The novel received the PEN/Hemingway award for best first
novel and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. In 1989, Marilynne
wrote the controversial book Mother Country, The Welfare State
and Nuclear Pollution. She has been a faculty member at the
University of Iowa in the Writers’ Workshop since 1991. In
1998, Ms. Robinson published a critically acclaimed collection of
essays entitled The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought.
Her eagerly awaited second novel, Gilead, received the
2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
The youngest of nine children and congenitally blind, George
Shearing was born in London. He began his career with little
formal musical training. His friendship with noted jazz critic Leonard
Feather led to his first recordings and his first appearance on
BBC Radio. Before long, George was considered Britain’s most
popular jazz pianist. Immigrating to America, he scored a major
recording hit with his quintet in 1949 with “September
in the Rain”. In 1952, Shearing wrote the famous jazz
standard, “Lullaby of Birdland”. For the next
three decades, the George Shearing Quintet enjoyed consistent popularity.
After more than six decades, George continues to record, most recently
with Michael Feinstein with the Hopeless Romantics album.
His biography Lullaby of Birdland was published in 2004.