The Notre Dame Alumni Association is proud to announce that Joseph I. O’Neill III ’67 is the recipient of the 2013 Rev. Edward Frederick Sorin, C.S.C., Award.
The award will be presented October 5 in Arlington, Texas, when the Fighting Irish play Arizona State in Cowboys Stadium.
A member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, O’Neill is managing partner of O’Neill Properties, Ltd., in Midland, Texas. A 1967 graduate of Notre Dame, he earned a master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan in 1968, and went on to serve in the U.S. Army Special Forces. In civic life, O’Neill is chair of the Midland Memorial Hospital Foundation and serves on the board of governors for Midland Memorial Hospital, the board of governors for the High Sky Children’s Ranch, and the executive committee of the Texas Oil and Gas Association and the U.S. Oil and Gas Association.
O’Neill is also a past president of the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s Board of Directors; in that capacity, he served as an ex officio member of the University’s Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1993. He served for nine years on the advisory council for Notre Dame’s College of Engineering and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2001. Mr. O’Neill received an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University in 2012.
O’Neill and his wife, Jan, have been married since 1972 and have two children, both of whom are Notre Dame graduates.
O’Neill Family Hall, a men’s dorm on Notre Dame’s West Quad, was underwritten with a gift from O’Neill’s father, Joseph I. O’Neill, Jr. ’37; O’Neill’s sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Charles Schwab; and O’Neill and his wife, Jan. The building was dedicated to his father, a monogram winner in football and baseball who went on to found O’Neill Properties. Like his son, O’Neill Jr. also served as president of the Notre Dame Alumni Association and as a University trustee.
“Joe’s work on behalf of his community and the University has been outstanding,” said Dolly Duffy ’84, the executive director of the Alumni Association. “He is part of a true Notre Dame family. Joe’s service — along with the service of his father and family — to the Alumni Association over generations has positively impacted us beyond measure.”
Established in 1965, the Sorin Award is conferred on an alumnus/alumna, living or deceased, who is not a current employee of Notre Dame but has rendered distinguished service to the University.