"The Hames Alumni Honors Award recognizes alumni who have exemplified the ideals of Saint Thomas Academy while distinguishing themselves in their communities. Honorees are chosen for their advancement of the goals of the Academy and enriching the lives of those around them through professional and civic leadership, intellectual and cultural pursuits, and human welfare activities."
2020 Hames Award REcipient Dr. Dennis Zachary '75
Dr. Zachary is a family practice doctor providing care to patients in all stages of life from delivering babies to nursing home care. Dr. Zachary is one of the few remaining doctors that will make house calls when the need arises.
Dr. Zachary was the winner of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP).
The IAFP Lifetime Achievement Award, instituted in 2000, is given to one or more Academy members based on nomination by another member, both of whom are in good standing. The criteria includes the recipient being a member of the IAFP for at least ten years, involvement in significant community service and civic activities, a resident of Iowa, and a role model for family physicians, residents and/or students.
Dr. Zachary has practiced family medicine at Mercy for 22 years.
“I have never met someone more truly compassionate in life than him. He dedicates his life to serving his family, patients and the Lord,” said Amanda Parker, a referral specialist who works with Dr. Zachary at Family Medicine South. “He is here to take care of his patients and will go to any length to make sure they are taken care of the way they deserve. He is one of the very few family practice providers in the Mercy system to still do hospital rounds as well as nursing home rounds.”
He has been recognized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for his long-time commitment to improving the lives of central Iowa residents, and he was honored by the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) in 2011 for contributing to the health and safety of the athletes after providing medical coverage for the state wrestling championships for more than a decade.
2021 Hames Award REcipient Dr. Peter Matlon '63
Dr. Peter Matlon, STMA class of 1963, has pursued a career in international development helping to improve food security and agriculture in Africa, where he lived for 25 years.
To prepare for his development work, Dr. Matlon earned a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service at Georgetown, a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton, and a PhD in agricultural economics at Cornell. Throughout his university training Dr. Matlon spent considerable time in Africa, which reinforced his commitment to public service on the continent. Before completing his education, he also served in the US Army and completed a tour of duty in Vietnam for which he was awarded a Bronze Star.
After several years on the faculty at Michigan State, Dr. Matlon relocated to Africa to conduct research for several international agricultural research institutes. In Burkina Faso, he worked closely with farmers to help develop improved sorghum and millet production technologies. And in the Ivory Coast he was Director of Research at a rice research center that functioned as an intergovernmental organization of West and Central African states.
Following nearly 20 years in West Africa, Dr. Matlon was invited to return to the US to lead the global food security division of the United Nations Development Program in New York. He then joined The Rockefeller Foundation to become its Managing Director for Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. In that role he directed Rockefeller support across Africa in agriculture, health and education. He also served on several global advisory panels and collaborated with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to design, launch and then lead the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.
Now retired, Dr. Matlon continues his public service as a board member for a number of organizations in Africa and in the US. His domestic service includes assisting homeless veterans and working to improve race relations.
To instill and preserve pride in the rich tradition of Saint Thomas Academy by celebrating the outstanding athletic accomplishments or contributions to the athletic history and traditions of the Academy by alumni athletes, their coaches, directors, advisors and loyal supporters.
- Participation in athletics enhances the educational program in preparing students for future success.
- Involvement in athletics cultivates pride in Saint Thomas Academy and our community, nurtures respect for others and promotes cooperation and teamwork.
- Work ethic, skill, values and friendships attained through athletics are enduring and establish a life long bond with Saint Thomas Academy.
- Participants who have attained excellence by virtue of their involvement in athletics are deserving of recognition.
- The Athletic Hall of Fame seeks to instill Saint Thomas Academy alumni and students with pride in and awareness of the high level of excellence in competition of Saint Thomas Academy athletes, coaches and loyal supporters.
- Host an annual event for the purpose of recognizing and inducting nominees to the Saint Thomas Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.
- Establish an Athletic Hall of Fame site at Saint Thomas Academy that is designed with dignity and good taste and displays appropriate memorials and commemorations of inductees.Maintain a network of friends, acquaintances and supporters having in common the ideals and excellence, which the Saint Thomas Academy Athletic Hall of Fame represents.