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Hames award

"Saint Thomas Academy, in creating the Alumni Honors Award, seeks to give due recognition to those alumni who have exemplified the ideals of Saint Thomas Academy, and in doing so distinguished themselves in their communities. Such alumni enrich the lives of those about them through their personal and family lives, or their professional occupations, or their civic leadership, or human welfare activities, or their intellectual or cultural pursuits, or their efforts to advance the goals of the Academy. In presenting this award, Saint Thomas hopes the example of the alumnus so honored will be a source of edification and encouragement to alumni, students, and their communities we all serve." 

2017 Dr. Wayne Thalhuber, M.D. '56
2016 T. Michael McNulty, S.J. '58
2015 T.J. Ryan '78
2014 William Culbertson (Honorary Alumnus)
2013 James Garberg '41
2012 John "Buzz" Myser '52
2011 Tom Lee '55
2010 Justin McCarthy '41
2009 William Fallon '49
2008 Roger Swenson '51
2007 William Gabler '63
2006 Thomas Schreier (Honorary Alumnus)
2005 Michael OConnell '59
2004 Gerald Brown '58
2003 Thomas Krebsbach '41
2002 Lawrence McGough '47
2001 Brian Short '68
2000 Timothy Kelly '52
1999 Christopher Cox '70
1998 Charles Denny '48
1997 Felix Bettendorf '41
1996 James Whalen '42
1995 Ronald Smith '51
1994 James Shannon '38
1993 Walter Kurtz (Honorary Alumnus)
1992 William Foussard '72
1991 Robert Hamel '41
1990 Thomas Gainor '51
1989 Paul Vincent '44
1988 Michael Wright '56
1987 John Hoffen '53
1986 Robert Courteau '41
1985 Gerald Donovan '48
1984 Lawrence O'Shaughnessy '39
1983 J. Jerome Plunkett '42
1982 J. Peter Ritten '51
1981 Joseph O'Neill '49
1980 Richard Murphy '42
1979 Alan Ruvelson '32
1978 Herbert Mischke '45
1977 Thomas Carlin '39
1976 Clarence Rowe '34
1975 Frank Mullaney '39
1974 Emmet Murphy '18
1973 L. Fallon Kelly '26
1972 Alfred Gruenther '16
1971 Patrick Towle '25
1970 William Fallon '15
1969 John Lee '51

Opus Sancti Thomae award

The Opus Sancti Thomae award was established in 1992 to honor friends and affiliates of Saint Thomas Academy. This award recognizes both men and women who have made outstanding contributions to business, civic, church, educational and professional communities.

We honor their respective characters and achievements with a medal (above), designed by the Reverend Thomas Kolar. Its centerpiece is an encircled Jerusalem cross. Embedded sapphires grace each cross and representations of the two Academy logos denote its place of origin.

The Opus Sancti Thomae Committee selects a recipient every year and the award is presented in the Fall.


Recipient: Michael V. Cries '64


Recipient: Father Dennis Dease


Recipient: Thomas S. Schreier, Sr., Honorary Alumnus

Recipient: Thomas S. Schreier, Jr.


Recipient: F. John Campbell


Recipient: Tom Gainor '51


Recipient: James M. Keane


Recipient: Charles "Chuck" Denny '48


Recipient: Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn


Recipient: John '52 & Patricia Myser


Recipient: George Schnell


Recipient: Michael Wright '56


Recipient: Gerald '48 & Maurna Donovan


Recipient: Reverend Michael O'Connell '59


​​​Recipient: Walter Kurtz


Recipient: Reverend Thomas Kolar


Recipient: Lawrence O'Shaughnessy '39


Recipient: Sylvester Turbes


Recipient: Alan Ruvelson '32


Recipient: J. Peter '51 & Mary Ritten


Recipient: Gerry & Hanky Rauenhorst


Recipient: Archbishop John R. Roach


Recipient: Clara Glenn


Recipient: Frank Mullaney '39

The Myser Family Foundation Teaching Excellence Award

John T. Myser, Class of 1952, believes that his personal development, as well as that of his classmates, was powerfully influenced by the excellence of the teachers with whom he came in contact while a cadet at Saint Thomas Military Academy.

He created the Myser Family Award to acknowledge the achievements of current and former faculty members who are identified by alumni as excellent role models and as having a life-long positive influence on the lives of the alumni.

A plaque and cash prize is presented to a retired or current faculty member on an annual basis.  It is the preference of John Myser that the recipients be free to use the prize as they wish.

There are two prizes awarded based on polling from a group of current faculty members, parents, students and select alumni.  There are two prizes awarded based on polling of the current reunion classes.


Recipients: Michael Byrne '63, John Myser '77, & Father Gordon Doffing
Season Honored: Fall

Recipients: Tom Klein '89 & 1SG Fern Hernandez
Season Honored: Spring 


Recipients: David Ekstrand '54, Pat Myser, Joe Reymann '57, & John Myser '77
Season Honored: Fall

Recipients: SGM (Ret.) Myles McDowell & Cheryl Hanson
Season Honored: Spring


Recipients: LeRoy Brown & Gerry Brown '58 with John Myser '77
Season Honored: Fall

Recipients: Jean Williams & Mark Westlake
Season Honored: Spring


Recipients: Jim Keane, Jack Campbell, & John Myser '77
Season Honored: Fall

Recipients: Bill McCarthy, Dr. Thomas Mich, & Christine Brunkhorst
Season Honored: Spring


Recipients: John Myser '77, Bill Culbertson, & George Schnell
Season Honored: Fall

Recipients: Erick Westerback '82, Dr. Thomas Mich, & Ann Girres
Season Honored: Spring


Recipients: Frank Blankley & Tom Weber with John Myser '77
Season Honored: Fall

Recipients: Father Thomas F.A. O'Brien, Dr. Thomas Mich & Jane Doyle
Season Honored: Spring


Recipients: John Brennan & Julius Tangwe, Rebecca Benz & Mike Byrune '63
Season Honored: Fall

ST(M)A Fleming Alumni Veterans Award

In 2008, a new, annual tradition began at Saint Thomas Academy – the Fleming Alumni Veterans Award. As a ROTC charter military institute, our list of graduates who have served this nation in our armed forces is long and distinguished. As a result, the STA administration approved a new award to honor our veteran graduates. The award is officially named the “Fleming Alumni Veteran Award,” or simply the “Fleming Medal” after Captain Richard Fleming, Class of 1935, and recipient of the Medal of Honor and our highest decorated graduate.  
A design competition was held for cadets to create a medal that would capture the themes of STA, military service and country. After a difficult selection process, Cadet Andrew Sheaffer, Class of 2008, won the competition. His design superimposed the Maltese cross worn on the Cadet Class A lapel, with the school crest, crossed rifle and saber, and four blue stones to symbolize the pillars of STA. On the top of the medal, a Latin phrase reading PRO DEO et PATRIA, “for God and Country,” is inscribed.

Col. Richard Walsh

Year awarded: 2017
Class of: STMA ’44, United States Air Force ((MIA/KIA – Vietnam)

A popular cadet while at Saint Thomas Military Academy, Walsh was member of the crack drill squad and commanded Echo Company. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In 1946 was admitted the U.S. Naval Academy Prep School, followed by the Naval Academy a year later. After graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Throughout his career, he was a command pilot of numerous ghter and ghter-bomber aircraft. In 1968, he deployed to Thailand and ew numerous combat sorties in the A-1 Skyraider over Laos, South Vietnam and North Vietnam. On Feb. 15, 1969, he led a 2-ship mission to provide close air support for the pilots of a downed F-4 Phantom. His aircraft was struck by 37mm anti-aircraft re and crashed into the jungle. He was immediately declared Missing in Action (MIA) and declared Killed in Action (KIA) in 1979. Walsh was awarded the Silver Star, multiple Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart and numerous other decorations. His remains have not been located. He was 43 and left behind a wife and 5 children.

Maj. Patrick Murray

Year awarded: 2017
Class of: '60, United States Marine Corps (MIA/KIA – Vietnam)

Murray was a star hockey player while at the Academy. After graduation, he attended Saint Thomas College graduating in 1965. He was selected for and completed Marine Corps Of cer Candidate School (OCS), then completed ight training as a bombardier/navigator on the A-6 Intruder. He trained for a year at Cherry Point Naval Air station in North Carolina — then was deployed with his squadron to Da Nang Air Base in South Vietnam. For almost a year, he flew bombing and close air support missions over North Vietnam. On Jan. 18, three weeks before he was to rotate home, he was shot down by heavy anti-aircraft fire northwest of Hanoi. His remains were found in 1974 and finally identifed in 1986. He is buried at both Ft. Snelling and Arlington National Cemeteries. He was awarded several Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart and numerous other decorations.

Lt. Trevor Tarsa

Year awarded: 2017
Class of: ’03, United States Navy 

Tarsa was a standout athlete and student during his time at Saint Thomas Academy. He received a 4-year Naval ROTC scholarship to Marquette University. After graduation in 2007, he became a surface warfare of cer in the U.S. Navy with the Paci c Fleet. He served in several guided missile destroyers and cruisers as part of the U.S.S. George Washington Carrier Strike Group. He has served in the South China Sea, the Sea of Japan, the Philippine Sea, the Coral Sea, the Indonesian Java Sea and the Singapore Straits. Currently, he is an expert in the AEGIS weapon system stationed in San Diego, where he oversees the war ghting readiness of ships throughout the Paci c Fleet. He has attained numerous awards and decorations.

John William Battis

Year awarded: 2014
Class of: STMA Class of 1942, United States Army 

As with many of his class, he entered the United States Army shortly after graduation. Due to his military training at STMA he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the infantry. He arrived in Italy in 1944 and was assigned to the 45th Infantry Division holding the Anzio beachhead. After months of fighting in Italy, he participated in Operation Dragoon– the invasion of Southern France. He fought with the 45th Division through Southern France and into the heart of Germany. He holds the Bronze Star for valor, the Purple Heart for wounds received in Italy, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. In 2013, the nation of France decorated him with the National Order of the Legion of Honor, Chevalier for his service in the liberation of France. Mr. Battis currently resides in Arizona. 

Capt. Nicholas McAdams

Year awarded: 2017
Class of: '03, United States Marine Corps 

While at the Academy, McAdams was also a superb student athlete, who was named all-conference in football. After the Academy, he attended the University of Saint Thomas and later enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, in which he was named the number one trainee in his class. In 2007, he was selected for Of cers Candidate School (OCS), where he placed in the top 10 percent of his class. He commissioned as a Marine second lieutenant serving in the military police. He had multiple assignments at Camp Pendleton, Calif. before deploying to Afghanistan in 2011 to train the Afghan police force. He participated in several combat patrols and survived an IED attack. He has attained numerous awards and decorations, including the USMC Combat Action Ribbon. Currently, he is a special agent with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Lt. Col. (Ret) Russell James Jensen

Year awarded: 2014
Class of: STMA Class of 1949, United States Air Force

After his graduation from STMA, Lieutenant Colonel Jensen entered the College of Saint Thomas, graduating in 1953 and receiving his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He became an air traffic controller, then a fighter pilot in the F-89 Scorpion. Ultimately, a command pilot in the C-97 Stratocruiser and C-130 transport aircraft. He served in multiple assignments in the active Air Force and the Minnesota Air National Guard. These assignments included, The Republic of Korea, flying interdiction missions over the North Pole, flying support missions into Berlin during the Berlin Airlift crisis, support missions into South Vietnam and Philippines during the Vietnam War. His last assignment was as the Commander, 109th Squadron, Minnesota Air National Guard. He retired in 1991. When not serving in the Minnesota Air Guard, he practiced law in the Twin Cities. 

LTC (Ret) Robert Clarence Green

Year awarded: 2014
Class of: STMA Class of 1963, United States Army

After his graduation from STMA, Lieutenant Colonel Green enlisted in the United States Army as an infantryman. In 1966, he completed Officer’s Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned as a 2LT in the infantry. He immediately attended parachute school, Special Forces school, and Vietnamese language training. In Vietnam, he served as a Green Beret with the 5th Special Forces Group conducting combat operations in Laos and North Vietnam. During his second assignment in Vietnam, he commanded N Company, 75th Ranger Regiment and conducted combat operations in the central highlands of South Vietnam. In his 24 years of service, his postings included; Vietnam, Germany, Ft. Benning, Georgia, Fort Lewis, Washington, and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His military decorations include; the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star for heroism, the Combat Infantryman’s badge, plus numerous other decorations. He currently resides in Oregon.

J. Jerome Plunkett

Year awarded: 2013
Class of: STMA Class of 1942

Mr. Plunkett entered the Army in 1943 as a young, 19 year old, Army infantry second lieutenant with the 2nd Infantry Division. He landed on Omaha Beach on June 7th 1944 and was immediately engaged in horrific ground combat for the next two months. He sustained serious wounds from German artillery in August 1944 and was evacuated to England for medical treatment. After recovery, he returned to his unit in time to face German forces advancing through Belgium in what became known as the Battle of the Bulge. He returned home in 1945 where he finished college and law school. He served as a city attorney for St. Paul and a Minnesota district judge until his retirement. He holds the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Bronze Star, the and the Purple Heart. Mr. Plunkett passed away in 2000.

COL (Ret) John Stewart

Year awarded: 2013
Class of: STMA Class of 1952

Colonel Stewart served in the United States Army as a field artillery officer and aviator. In 30 years of service, he was assigned in 29 locations, including the Continental United States, Europe, Asia and two tours of duty in Vietnam. In 1966, as a light observation pilot, he called for artillery and air strikes against enemy forces attempting to capture two American base camps. His actions, directly resulted in saving countless American lives. After his military service he obtained a PhD in Political Science and currently teaches at Penn State University. He holds the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

Eric Aberg

Year awarded: 2012
Class of: STMA Class of 1959

Aberg was commissioned as a second lieutenant by Sen. Hubert Humphrey and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1963. He completed infantry, airborne training and was selected for Special Forces and Vietnamese language training. In 1967, he was serving as a Special Forces adviser in the Mekong Delta. He commanded a Special Forces A-Team and approximately 600 South Vietnamese and Montengard soldiers. He spent the next 25 years serving in the Army in a multitude of Special Forces command assignments and staff assignments. Aberg retired from the Army in 1988, after receiving the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master parachutist badge, the Green Beret and numerous other decorations. Today he operates his winery, the Kristin Hill Winery, in Amity, Oregon.

Robert Bauleke

Year awarded: 2012
Class of: STA Class of 2003

After graduating from Saint John’s University in 2007, on an ROTC scholarship, Robb Bauleke was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and branched Field Artillery. After his initial officer’s training, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery of the 2nd Infantry Division, serving as a fire direction officer and a 155mm howitzer platoon leader. He later transferred to the famous 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment – the “Tomahawks” – serving as a fire support and intelligence officer. During a 2009 deployment in Iraq, the Tomahawks coordinated aviation and artillery strikes supporting several infantry operations, and helped develop the infrastructure, economy and local government of Diyala province, 25 miles north east of Baghdad. Robb Bauleke coached community leaders and citizens how to conduct free and fair elections, and how to overcome corruption. He now commands the Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion – 6th Field Artillery of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division, which he is preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan in January. The unit will provide close support artillery fire for allied forces and train the Afghan Army on the use of weapons. During his short Army career, Robb Bauleke has received the Bronze Star, the Army Accommodation medal, the Combat Action badge and numerous other decorations.

Peter Bauleke

Year awarded: 2012
Class of: STA Class of 2006

Peter Bauleke is the youngest graduate to receive the Fleming Medal. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2010 and was commissioned as an infantry officer. After infantry training, he completed Ranger and Airborne schools and was assigned as a platoon leader in Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division, the Army’s premiere unit in mountain warfare. Soon after, Bauleke and his unit deployed to Afghanistan, where they trained and fought with Afghan soldiers, and helped build and open a new school. In addition to being an infantry platoon leader, he also served as a local “mayor,” acting as a liaison between rival tribes and village elders, convincing them to work together against the Taliban. For his efforts and leadership, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He recently returned to Ft. Drum and assumed new duties as the executive officer for Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment. He plans to stay in the Army and attend the Infantry Officer Advanced course next year.

John Crowley

Year awarded: 2011
Class of: STA Class of 1971

Crowley served as the operational commander for the Great Lakes region, where he oversaw the more than 7,700 regular, reserve, auxiliary and civilian men and women who secured 6,500 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of international border by providing search and rescue, marine safety and environmental protection and maritime law enforcement. As a retired Rear Admiral, Crowley is one of the Academy's highest ranking alumnus.

Bertram Maas

Year awarded: 2011
Class of: STMA Class of 1949

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Maas was a fighter pilot and helicopter pilot prior to and during the Vietnam war. On Aug. 19, 1968, Maas and the unit he commanded, the Marine Gunship and Observation Squadron 6 of the 1st Marine Air Wing, flew in and out of landing zones, under heavy enemy fire to evacuate wounded Marines. Maas, attacked North Vietnamese Artillery emplacements and advancing North Vietnamese Infantry, allowing many Marines to be saved and reinforcements to join the fight, while reducing enemy in the area. He is a recipient of the Silver Star for Gallantry, the Bronze Star, 23 Air Medals, and many other awards. He retired from the Marines in 1980, with 27 years of service, and passed away in 2011. Accepting the medal is his sister Jeanne Maas Schiefelbein.

Julian McFadden

Year awarded: 2011
Class of: STMA Class of 1949

McFadden joined the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant in 1954 and later graduated from pilot training as a fighter pilot, flying the F-102 Delta Dagger interceptor and the famous F-4 Phantom. He served several tours in the Pacific and Asia, flying over 341 combat missions from the bases of Da-Nang, South Vietnam and Udorn Air Base in Thailand. His missions included combat strikes and close air support sorties in North Vietnam, Laos and South Vietnam. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and 17 Air Medals. After Vietnam, he became rated in the A-10 Thunderboldt and was awarded command of the largest fighter group in the Air Force – the 18th Tactical fighter group based out of Kedena Air Base in Okinawa. He passed away in 2010. Accepting for him are his wife Deanna and daughter LTC NahaKu McFadden.

Eugene Hanousek

Year awarded: 2010
Class of: STMA Class of 1931

Hanousek worked as a rancher in South Dakota and a baker in Illinois after graduation. As the nation prepared for war, he attended Army Officer Candidate School and received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1941. As a 1st Lieutenant in late 1944, he was a platoon leader assigned in France, charged with the mission to push the Germany Army out of the Colmar pocket. With flat terrain and snow, there was little cover for the attacking infantry and Hanousek was killed by direct German artillery fire. His Infantry Division eventually secured the area and advanced into Germany; his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for Valor.

Thomas [O'Kane] Gramith

Year awarded: 2010
Class of: STA Class of 2000

Gramith graduated from North Dakota State University in 2005 with a degree in mechanical engineering, obtained a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and was selected for weapon systems officer training. He completed navigator training and was awarded his wings in 2007. In April 2009, Gramith was deployed to Afghanistan and for three months flew countless missions in support of NATO and American ground forces engaged in combat operations. On 17 July, 2009, he experienced a fatal aircraft accident near Ghazni, Afghanistan. He was awarded The Bronze Star, The Air Medal (with one Oak Leaf Cluster) and numerous other decorations.

Kelly Hinz

Year awarded: 2010
Class of: STA Class of 1993

Hinz attended the University of St. Thomas after graduation and worked with his father on the Red Tail Project - designed to celebrate and honor African American pilots of WWII. He eaerned his private pilot's license and entered the Marine Corps as an officer. After two years of training, he became a qualified pilot in the F/A - 18 Hornet. In the winter and spring of 2005, Captain Hinz flew numerous missions in support of US ground troops fighting in Iraq. On 5 May, 2005, Hinz and wingman MAJ John Spahr experienced a fatal aircraft accident over south central Iraq.

Matthew Michaud

Year awarded: 2010
Class of: STA Class of 1993

Michaud enlisted in the MN Air National Guard after graduation. He studied aviation management at the University of Minnesota-Mankato and was accepted for USAF Officers Training School. Over the last ten years, Major Michaud has attained more than 3,700 hours of flight time in numerous aircraft, most notably the B-2 stealth bomber. He has flown globally in the B-2 in support of numerous combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Michaud is currently the Assistant Director of Operations and weapons officer, 325th Operations Squadron, at Whiteman AFB in Missouri.

Jack Clarke

Year awarded: 2009
Class of: STMA Class of 1948

Clarke enlisted in the Army after graduation and qualified for a number of positions, including jungle warfare expert, and was a graduate of Special Forces school. He commanded infantry units in the U.S., Korea, Vietnam, Germany and Okinawa. He served in Vietnam; his Silver Star Citation reads in part "Throughout long hours of battle and while under fierce enemy small arms and grenade fire, Major Clarke repeatedly exposed himself to evacuate wounded men." In addition, Clarke was awarded two Bronze Stars for Valor, several Air Medals and Purple Hearts, and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallentry.

Ken Deans

Year awarded: 2009
Class of: STMA Class of 1930

Deans was called to active duty in the Army reserve in 1939. He defended his country at Pearl Harbor and was then stationed in the South Pacific for two years. He was part of the foundation that developed the Army's rocket and nuclear missle program. For the past few years, LTC Deans has shared his Pearl Harbor story with high schools in the Twin Cities. He served as the honorary captain for the 2009 Cadets football team at Homecoming.

Robert Lee

Year awarded: 2009
Class of: STMA Class of 1943

Lee turned down a Naval Academy appointment to enlist in the Army and fight for his nation. As a commissioned second lieutenant, he became a platoon leader and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He led his men in attacks against the Sigfried Line, crossed the Rhine River and headed into Germany. In March 1945, he led an attached on the town of Olk, Germany, and was fatally wounded at the age of 19; his actions enabled his unit to take their objective. First Lieutenant Lee was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for Valor.

George Monahan

Year awarded: 2009
Class of: STMA Class of 1951

Monahan accepted an appointment to West Point and after graduation was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. In 1963, he served on the launch crew for the Gemini manned space flight program and flew in support of space and missle testing. He flew 122 combat sorties during Vietnam and received the Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit and numerous Air medals. In the 1980s, General Monahan was assigned as the Director of the Strategic Defense Initiative, responsible for developing technology to defend the U.S. against Russian nuclear attack. He passed away in 1993.

Carl Baumgaertner

Year awarded: 2008
Class of: STMA Class of 1942

Baumgaertner was surprised to also receive his Silver Star medal, which was bestowed on him by Gen. George S. Patton Jr., commander of the 3rd U.S. Army for his acts of heroism and gallantry in 1945 during WWII. Due to combat, Baumgaertner never received the medal. In his remarks, Baumgaertner deferred the accolades stating that all of the U.S. military service personnel are deserving of recognition.

James Garberg

Year awarded: 2008
Class of: STMA Class of 1941

Garberg is a highly decorated WWII veteran as well, having received the nation’s second highest award for heroism – the Distinguished Service Cross. The last sentence of his award nomination reads: “His gallant, determined heroism, and aggressiveness were inspiring to us all.”