Tuesday, 05 December 2017 09:47

2017 St. Luke John Foster Burden Awards Recognize Community Leaders

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Pictured (left to right) is 2017 St. Luke John Foster Burden Award recipients Rev. James Tschudy; Kathleen Dyer with St. Luke CEO and Administrator Terrence Gorman; and Richard Stephenson, accepting the award posthumously on behalf of his brother, the late Rev. Robert Stephenson. The St. Luke Family of Caring presented the awards to each in recognition of their selfless dedication in working to achieve a lasting positive contribution to our aging population in the greater-Oswego County community. Pictured (left to right) is 2017 St. Luke John Foster Burden Award recipients Rev. James Tschudy; Kathleen Dyer with St. Luke CEO and Administrator Terrence Gorman; and Richard Stephenson, accepting the award posthumously on behalf of his brother, the late Rev. Robert Stephenson. The St. Luke Family of Caring presented the awards to each in recognition of their selfless dedication in working to achieve a lasting positive contribution to our aging population in the greater-Oswego County community. Submitted photo

“Caring”, “generous” and “dedicated to their community”, were phrases heard often when describing the 2017 John Foster Burden Award recipients at a recent reception held at Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence in Oswego.

Receiving John Foster Burden Awards were Kathleen Dyer, Rev. James Tschudy and the late Rev. Robert Stephenson. Each have shared their time and talents on behalf of not only those served by the St. Luke organization, but throughout the community.

The St. Luke Family of Caring presents the John Foster Burden Award to an individual or group in our community who has demonstrated integrity, creative ability, and has served selflessly with dedication in working to achieve a lasting positive contribution to our aging population in the greater-Oswego County community.

The John Foster Burden Award is named in memory of the late Dr. Burden, an Oswego physician and community activist who for decades gave selflessly of his time and talents. Among the many organizations in which he played a leading role, Dr. Burden was the first president of the Board of Directors of the St. Luke Nursing Home, today known as St. Luke Health Services.

“We are pleased to be able to recognize and honor three very special individuals, each of whom clearly demonstrates the spirit of volunteerism and a dedication to their community,” said Brian Caswell, President of the St. Luke Board of Directors. “Our three award recipients have made lasting contributions to the St. Luke organization, benefitting the many we have cared for, or will serve in the future.”

2017 John Foster Burden Award Recipients:

Kathleen Dyer - A retired schoolteacher, Ms. Dyer shared her time and talents as an active member of our Board of Directors here at St. Luke from 1988 to 2016. During tenure, Ms. Dyer helped guide the organization through several expansions both on the healthcare campus and through the various programs now serving the community. Ms. Dyer contributed numerous hours to the care and betterment of St. Luke, to the continued enjoyment of residents and families alike. She currently serves as Executive Secretary to Diocesan Pastoral Council of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

James Tschudy - Rev. Tschudy, an ordained Protestant Minster for fifty years, has been servant to the local faith community while contributing untold hours as a volunteer to a number of community organizations. Rev. Tschudy currently serves as Adjunct Professor in SUNY Oswego’s Curriculum and Instruction Department. Prior to this, Tschudy served as a teacher and Administrator in the Oswego City School District before elected to the City School District’s Board of Education. A true leader and visionary in the community, Rev. Tschudy has served the St. Luke organization for over forty years and continues to be an inspiration to all those with whom he interacts.

Rev. Robert Stephenson (posthumously) - Father Bob was ordained a priest on May 13, 1978. He served as an Associate Pastor and Pastor at churches throughout Central New York. Among his duties, Father Bob served at the Chancery in Syracuse as Director of Catholic Charities from 1987-1999, as administrator and as a Parochial Vicar until his retirement in 2016. He served on the board of directors and as Chaplain at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego from 1982-2017 and was an active member of a number of community organizations. Father Bob passed away earlier this year. His leadership, dedication and service to the St. Luke organization and his community continue to be warmly felt.

The three will join a group of distinguished John Foster Burden Award recipients. Past recipients include Father William Brown; Frances T. Sullivan; Dr. David O’Brien; Francis Boyce; Steven and Mary Link; Rev. Jeffrey and Gail Knox; Ernst and Mary Hamer; Mary Runeari and the employees of Exelon (Constellation) Energy Nuclear Group - Nine Mile Point Station.

The St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund is the fundraising and development corporation benefiting the St. Luke Family of Caring, an affiliation of community-based, not-for-profit healthcare providers serving the greater-Oswego County area. Affiliates include St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living Residence and St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence. Together we provide care and services to over 300 in our community.

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