Called away from campus to serve in the Korean War, Thomas Kienzle never got a chance to finish his work toward a St. Ambrose degree.
Yet, he never lost his affection for St. Ambrose.
On June 6, the father of 10 and Catholic school volunteer was presented an Honorary Alumnus Award in Chicago.
Kienzle is a steadfast supporter of a Catholic education, and he made certain all 10 of his children went to Catholic grade schools and high schools. He served as a coach and board member of his children's Catholic grade school for several years. In retirement, he volunteered as an assistant golf coach, athletic booster club leader and security guard at Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago.
In bestowing the honor, Jim Stangle '82, SAU vice president for advancement, lauded Kienzle's "strong Catholic ideals and community involvement," and noted his continued support for St. Ambrose University as a frequent attendee of Chicago area alumni functions.
Kienzle was recommended for recognition by his children, the Mt. Carmel High School principal and the St. Ambrose Office of Admissions.