Marian High honors alumnae, leaders

More than 130 people were on hand as Marian High School in Omaha honored six people with service and leadership awards at its Esprit de Corps Awards Banquet Sept. 5 at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha.

Mary Ann Luby Kilgore, a 1974 graduate, was named Alumna of the Year. The retired attorney served on the Marian Board of Directors for six years, and on communications, marketing and executive committees, said Susan Rosenlof, marketing and communications director at the school. Luby Kilgore helped Marian through leadership changes and served as chair of the board, Rosenlof said.

Rose Ann Shannon received the Sister Marcella Leadership Award, named for Marian’s first principal, Sister Mary Marcella Sitzmann of the Servants of Mary. Shannon, a retired news director at KETV in Omaha, is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She’s also a board member of Media of Nebraska, a consortium of news organizations that serves to protect the news media’s watchdog role.

John and Carolyn Gehring received the Marian Award. They were lauded for volunteering and financially supporting their children’s schools and a number of other community and education causes.

Bill Ervin was given the Spirit of Marian Award. The marketing executive developed a comprehensive brand guide for Marian in 2010 and has designed the logo and print communications for MarianFEST since 2006.

Ann Schumacher received an honorary Marian diploma. The president of CHI Health’s Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha and Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, has served on boards for the American Hospital Association, and in the Omaha area for the Nebraska Spine Hospital, Catholic Charities, Charles Drew Health Center, Marian, Lasting Hope Recovery Center and CUES, an organization that supports inner- city Catholic schools.

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