Philadelphia, PA – The La Salle University Alumni Association will honor La Salle Academy and William Matthews III, Esq., ’90 on November 9 at the Association’s annual Awards Dinner. The Signum Fidei Medal will be presented to La Salle Academy, a school dedicated to educating children in third through eighth grades whose potential is limited by financial, social, academic, or emotional challenges, and whose parents and guardians desire, but cannot afford a Catholic education. Matthews, a distinguished attorney, devoted husband and father, committed civic leader, and dedicated La Salle Explorer, is the recipient of the John J. Finley, ’24 Award.
The Signum Fidei Medal, the Alumni Association’s highest form of recognition, has been given annually since 1942 to individuals or groups who have “made most noteworthy contributions to the advancement of humanitarian principles in keeping with the Christian-Judeo tradition” and “in harmony with the established aims of La Salle University and the objectives of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.” The Medal derives its name from the motto of the Christian Brothers: Sign of Faith.
The Finley Award is presented each year to an alum who has exhibited outstanding service to La Salle University or the Alumni Association. John J. Finley, ’24, held the positions of President, Vice President, and, at the time of his death in 1961, Treasurer of the Alumni Association. To his contemporaries he was known as “Mr. La Salle” for his dedication to the University. The Alumni Association strives to honor those who have made significant contributions of their expertise and time to advance the Lasallian mission. These awardees are known to be outstanding volunteers who have taken on leadership roles among fellow alumni volunteers.
For more information about the honorees, visit La Salle University’s website >