Gonzaga Alumni Association Honors

It is a tradition that during the Father-Son Communion Breakfast the Gonzaga Alumni Association bestows its two biggest honors. This year, the GAA is excited to announce that Thomas Buchanan '72 will be awarded the Alumnus Man of the Year Award and Gael Delany '66 will receive the Father Novotny Service Award.

Father of two Gonzaga alums (Tom '07 and Jimmy '11), Tom Buchanan '72 has served Gonzaga in formal and informal ways for decades. A chief ambassador of our mission on Eye Street, Tom currently serves as the school's General Counsel having completed his tenure as a trustee. The Buchanan name is synonymous with Gonzaga for reasons far beyond our field's namesake. Tom's father and six older brothers are Gonzaga graduates. He shares this honor with his father, William B. Buchanan '23 who received the award in 1981, and his older brother Patrick J. Buchanan '56 was named Man of the Year in 2006. Tom's prolific legal career at Winston & Strawn led him to become the firm's managing partner and after thirty years with the firm, Tom retired in January 2022. Gonzaga is grateful to Tom for his loyalty and faithfulness, as well as his commitment as a trustee, Gonzaga father, alumnus, and major benefactor. 

This year's Fr. Novotny Service Award honoree is Gael Delany, D.D.S., M.S.D., of the Gonzaga Class of 1966. Gael prides his life on devotion to his family, faith, and living in pursuit of being a man for others. An endodontist who has been practicing in Washington, D. C. for 50 years, he regularly provides pro bono dental services, including through trips to Utah to care for the Navajo Nation; at the Smith Island Dental Clinic; on Somos Amigos Medical Mission trips; on a Red Cross Navy ship; and to countless local patients through the Spanish Catholic Center. He has also partnered with an Archdiocesan health care network provider for over thirty years. "These professional community service experiences never failed to enrich me both personally and professionally throughout my career and I believe provided the impetus for me to continue to say yes whenever I was asked to help those less fortunate than me and my family," says Dr. Gael Delany.

Current families can register to attend the Father-Son Communion Breakfast, which is coming up on Sunday, April 16, by clicking here.     

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