Elaine Donovan Blair Receives Angela Merici Medal
NEW ROCHELLE, NY, July 1, 2014 – Elaine Donovan Blair of Ossining, NY a graduate of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) class of 1964, received the Angela Merici Medal at CNR's 76th Annual Alumnae/i College Weekend in June. Judith Huntington, president of the College presented the Medal, the highest alumnae/i award given by the College.
The Angela Merici Medal is bestowed upon outstanding alumnae/i for their exceptional loyalty to the church and to the College as well as for distinctive achievement in their careers. Since its creation to mark the 50th Anniversary of the College, more than one hundred CNR alumnae/i have received this distinguished award.
Stone sculptor and artist Elaine Donovan Blair was honored for her support for the arts through her own work and affiliations with art entities, her local philanthropic involvement and her commitment to CNR.
Blair graduated from CNR with a bachelor's degree in art and returned years later to explore a teaching career. Instead she fell in love with stone sculpture after a class with Bob Wolfe, and went on to earn her master's degree in art from the College. In 2004 she was invited to join the board of Castle Gallery at The College of New Rochelle, has exhibited her own work in the gallery, and hosted a CNR reception in her home.
Blair works with a number of local organizations, including the Ossining Children's Center, which offers high quality childcare to working families at every income level, where she has served on the board and chaired fundraising events. She is also active in the Interfaith Council for Action in Ossining, which provides housing assistance and social services to the local community, the Ossining Food Pantry, the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and the Homeless, The Food Bank for Westchester, and the Ossining Historical Society, which helps to preserve the history and historical artifacts associated with Elaine's hometown. She is also a member of the Katonah Museum of Art and the League of Women Voters.