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Brock graduate Dr. Mary Guerriero Austrom, a world-renowned Alzheimer’s researcher, is the 2009 recipient of Brock University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
She was presented with the award at the Black and White Reunion Dinner, held Sept. 19 as part of Alumni Reunion Weekend.
“I just love Brock,” Austrom said upon hearing about the honour. “The feel of the campus, the interaction it gives to students, it just prepared me so well for my career, and for the greater academic world.”
Austrom is a social psychologist at Indiana University. As the Wesley P. Martin Professor of Alzheimer Disease Education at the Indiana University School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry, she holds the first and only endowed professorship for Alzheimer’s disease education in the world.
She graduated with a BEd (’80) and honours BA in Psychology and Italian (’81). Other graduates to be recognized by individual Faculties at the dinner were: Marty Calder (BPhEd ’92), a seven-time national wrestling champion and Commonwealth champion; Ted Palmer (MEd ’84), executive director of the Business Education Council of Niagara (BEC); David MacKenzie (BA ’74), an actor, director and playwright with the Carousel Players theatre company; and John Zoccoli (BAdmin ’86), a former Brock administrator who now oversees operations of his family’s eight Tim Hortons franchises across Niagara region.