Ethics Award Honorees

The Marymount University Ethics Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the pursuit and support of ethics in their fields. Recipients are publicly recognized and invited to speak about the importance they attach to fostering ethical value systems.


Sara Ganim

Correspondent for CNN and Pulitzer Prize Winner (2012)
Honored for her courageous work in reporting difficult and unpopular stories in advocacy of the truth.


Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS

Executive Director of NETWORK, a Catholic lobby organization, which, in accordance with the Catholic Social Justice tradition, acts to create a society that promotes justice and the dignity of all in the shared abundance of God’s creation.
Honored for all her work on behalf of the marginalized and oppressed.


Peter Phan, Ph.D.

The Ellacuria Professor of Catholic Social Thought in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University.
Honored for his service to the church and the academy in crossing borders of race, religion, and immigration status.


Bradley Myles

Executive director and CEO of Polaris Project, an organization that combats human trafficking
Honored for his work to bring modern slavery into the light, where it can be eradicated, and survivors can reclaim their lives


Richard E. Grant

MD, professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University Medical School, Cleveland, OH.
Honored for his uncompromising commitment to the ethical practice of medicine, his compassionate service to those in need, and his groundbreaking leadership that has opened doors for underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in orthopaedic surgery.


Sr. Helen Prejean

CSJ, anti-death penalty activist and author, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States


Carol R. Taylor

RN, MSN, PhD, director of the Georgetown University Center for Clinical Bioethics
Honored for her leadership in health care ethics and her passion to “make health care work.”


Ben Bradlee

Vice president at large for The Washington Post
Honored for his distinguished career of journalistic accomplishment and his commitment to the profession’s highest ethical standards. Throughout his career, Mr. Bradlee has been willing to make tough decisions, based on his conviction that journalists have a duty to find the truth and keep the public informed.


The Most Reverend Desmond Mpilo Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa; 1984 Nobel Peace Prize recipient
Honored for his lifelong dedication to human rights and human dignity and his efforts to promote understanding and reconciliation in South Africa and around the world.


Charles H. Epps, Jr.

MD, chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine for 24 years
Honored for his uncompromising commitment to the ethical practice of medicine, his compassionate service to those in need, and his ground-breaking leadership that opened doors for African-American physicians


Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino

Noted bioethicist and professor emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Georgetown University Medical Center
Honored for his vision and leadership in fostering medical ethics


Sir John M. Templeton

Wall Street legend and philanthropist
Honored for his support of initiatives through the Templeton Foundation that promote spiritual and ethical development


Norman R. Augustine

Former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation
Honored for his commitment to business ethics and development of a ground-breaking corporate ethics program at Lockheed Martin