1999 Ignatius Award Recipient

Saint Ignatius Award Photo

The inscription on the reverse of the medallion reads:

TAKE, LORD, AND RECEIVE ALL MY
LIBERTY, MY MEMORY, MY
UNDERSTANDING AND MY ENTIRE
WILL. ALL THAT I HAVE AND POSSESS,
YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO YOU, O LORD,
I RETURN IT. ALL IS YOURS, DISPOSE OF IT
WHOLLY ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL. GIVE ME
YOUR LOVE AND YOUR GRACE, FOR THIS IS
SUFFICIENT FOR ME.

ST. IGNATIUS

The award was presented
at the Founder's Week Mass on
February 10, 1999 in St. John's Church.

Marilyn Crane

Department of Pathology
Ignatian Award Citation

Creighton University continues to be founded by people whose own spirit reflects the intentions of all those who have kept the Ignatian vision alive these past 121 years.  We thank God this day for the gift of Marilyn Crane, who is the mortar that holds the bricks together in her particular area of the Medical Curriculum for the second-year medical students.

Since 1962, Marilyn has been caring for the professional, academic and personal development of the students who soon become her close friends and quickly members of her vast extended family.  Marilyn has the most amazing gift of making any student, male or female, feels as if they were her most important and favored.  She has been a blessing for all the students and faculty who know her to be indispensable to their work and education.

Marilyn Crane lives her faith with constancy, kindness and universal concern.  Her life is her mission and her mission is preparing those who will extend that caring kindness to the needy of the world.  She practices what she believes and believes that love of God is expressed in personally loving others with kind words and explicit gestures.  She herself visits weekly a nursing home where she and her kitten, Kitty, extend her healing touch.

For Marilyn, Creighton exists for students and learning.  This is her mission and without her constant effort, her kindness and her gentle giving manner, of which overlay her professional competent performance, this aspect of Creighton's mission would be seriously diminished.  Those who work with her, or who are taught by her, are also challenged to reflect on the transcendent values, including their relationship with God in her own atmosphere of freedom of inquiry and religious worship.

Marilyn Crane redefines the word "professional."  As a woman educator, her having held positions of leadership for many years at Creighton, has strengthened the absolutely necessary place of women within the Creighton family.  As a woman of faith, she has simply displayed the power and gentleness of the God of her belief.  As a university, as a medical school, as class after class, as each person whom she has instructed, counseled and guided, we all say as one, "I am a better person for having know Marilyn Crane."

Lawrence Raful

School of Law
Ignatian Award Citation

A man of the law of God.  A man of the law of society.  A man of the law of love.  Larry Raful has lived the mission of his Jewish faith and heart as dean of the Creighton Law School since 1998.

He continues the founding of Creighton University by living his desires for understanding among all of God's people.  Larry is a person of a faith which includes a strong demand for legal, social and informed justice.  He is a person who is loyal to the Law School and the University, and understands how to treat each student and members of the staff and faculty with care and dignity.

Larry Raful is a caring administrator who leads by example, who supports his staff and faculty in their times of need and who is compassionate to a fault.  While being aware of the needs of those around him, he makes those around him aware of the needs of the poor around them in our world.  By his words, and much more by his actions, others are made conscious of their responsibilities towards those in economic and social need.

Larry is motivated sincerely to use the law and legal education as a vehicle for teaching the law and ethical behavior.  His desire and practical urge to assist the poor and needy in our society has led to the founding of a legal clinic within the Law School.  The greater Omaha and Creighton communities, and especially the Law School, have been enriched by Larry's spirit of generosity and passion for justice.

Larry, his wife Dynah, and three daughters also welcome students, faculty and staff into their home.  At work, Larry makes people feel at home in his office as well with an open-door style of welcome.

Larry Raful's concern for people extends to the whole family of God.  As a teacher of professional responsibility, he challenges aspiring lawyers to make the ideal of justice a reality.  His professional involvements at Creighton University as well as his involvements within the Omaha community, including his work in the Anti-Defamation League express this man's being a "man for all others in the Ignatian spirit."