As with the inaugural inductees in 2015, those inducted into the Assumption College Hall of Excellence in 2018 are recognised for the outstanding contributions they have made in their chosen careers or endeavours.
The eight inductees into the College Hall of Excellence were:
Jane Pearce – Class of 1978- Humanitarian – currently Director of Performance Management and Monitoring for the World Food Program (WFP), Jane has held various positions within this organisation and been part of the sudden onset emergency team deployed to areas of humanitarian crises such as the Rwanda genocide, the 2003 Iraq War and the Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Kevin Butler OAM – Class of 1970 – Humanitarian – Kevin and his wife Rhonda are the driving force behind ‘BlazeAid’, the volunteer organisation that provides physical aid through fencing, clean up, repairs and support to rural families across Australia affected by natural disasters.
Fr John Wallis AM – Class of 1926 - Religion – (Posthumous). Ordained in 1932, Fr Wallace was instrumental in the establishment of the Missionary Sisters of Service who reached out to Australians in remote locations as a ‘convent on wheels.’ He contributed to enlightened attitudes within the Australian Catholic Church and was ‘a true pastor for his people.’
Damian McMahon – Class of 1976 – Medicine – (Posthumous) A dedicated and passionate trauma surgeon, Damian was a driving force behind the establishment of the Snowy-Hydro Helicopter Rescue Service and a fierce advocate for public hospitals. His tireless efforts to develop trauma systems and improve training have led to increased critical care survival rates in Australia and New Zealand.
Charles Williams – Class of 1999 – Film and Television – A writer and director whose films have won awards at more than 100 of the world’s most prestigious fil festivals including Cannes, Telluride, New York and Tropfest, Charles was most recently the winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for his most recent film All These Creatures.
Angelo Katsapis – Class of 1989 – Fashion – Described by Vogue ‘as one of Australia’s most talented designers,’ Angelo has dressed some of the world’s leading ladies including Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry and Beyonce while a senior designer at fashion house Georgio Armani. He now heads his own label Angelo Katsapis and creative consultancy across fashion, interiors and furniture design.
Jack Keenan – Class of 1953 – Law – Jack was the first Assumption alumnus to attain the prestigious rank of Queens Counsel, which he did in 1989. He was known as the ‘plaintiff’s barrister’ as he sought justice for ordinary citizens seeking compensation for serious physical injuries and trauma. He was an inaugural inductee into the Victorian Bar Association’s ‘Living Legends of the Bar.’
Neale Daniher AM– Class of 1978 – Philanthropy - Neale has left a lasting legacy since publically announcing his diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2014. He has campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness and funds to combat this incurable disease. He was been made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2016 for his efforts to educate Australians about MND.