Alumni Judy Hemberger and Terrance Gainer to be Honored at 2019 Reunion | Benedictine College

Honored Alumni 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Benedictine College will honor two alumni during the upcoming Reunion Weekend. Judy Hemberger ’69 will receive the Offeramus Medal and Terrance Gainer ’69 will receive the Kansas Monk Award. The honors will be presented on June 8, 2019, during the Alumni Reunion Banquet on the college campus in Atchison, Kan. Registration and more information is available on the Alumni Reunion website.

All-female Mount St. Scholastica College established the Offeramus Medal in 1957 for alumnae who had distinguished themselves in their profession, showed a prominence of service to the civic community, demonstrated outstanding loyalty to the alma mater, and reflected honor on the college through family, work and social life. In 1960, all-male St. Benedict’s College established the corresponding Kansas Monk Award for its graduates. The Mount and St. Benedict’s joined in 1971 to form co-educational Benedictine College, which continues to award the honors to this day.

Judy Hemberger - Offeramus Medal RecipientJudy Badstieber Hemberger graduated from Mount St. Scholastica College in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She earned a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an MBA from Rockhurst University. Judy taught in the medical school at UMKC before joining Marion Laboratories (later Hoechst Marion Roussel). It was there that she came under the mentorship of the great Ewing Kauffman, founder of Marion Laboratories and the Kansas City Royals. She eventually became their Global Head of Regulatory Affairs.

Hemberger became the co-founder and COO of the Pharmion Corporation. Upon Pharmion’s sale to Celgene in 2008 for $2.9 billion, Judy joined Nomura, a venture capital firm. Today, she’s the President and CEO of SuviCa, Inc., a research group out of the University of Colorado, developing new treatments for blood cancers.

She has served on 16 for-profit boards, as well as the boards of Benedictine College and The Parkinson’s Institute. She has created two charitable foundations and has a passion for mentorship of young people, particularly helping young women in career path development.

Hemberger gives credit for her success to the outstanding liberal arts education she received from the Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica College, particularly the mentorship of Sister Mary Collins, OSB ’57. That education remains her guiding light when faced with difficult decisions, such as weighing the benefits of highly effective medications that improve people’s lives against potential serious side effects.

“I never came into a situation where the education I received was inferior to anyone,” she said. “On my own, I would have chosen only science courses. But in studying the fine arts, philosophy, theology, and English—the foundation of spiritual and ethical principles given to me by the Benedictines have remained front and center in my personal and professional life.”

Terrance Gainer - Kansas Monk HonoreeTerrance W. Gainer credits his Benedictine education, particularly the guidance of Fr. Terence Sullivan, OSB ’53, professor of sociology, for preparing him for over 44 years in law enforcement.

“What I learned at Benedictine truly prepared me to become a street corner sociologist,” said Gainer.

He also earned a Master of Science in Management of Public Service and Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University of Chicago and graduated from the FBI National Executive Institute. He is a decorated veteran who served in Vietnam and retired as a Captain in the United States Naval Reserve in 2000. After Vietnam, Gainer’s career saw him serve on the Chicago Police Department, rise to Director of the Illinois State Police, become the Chief of U.S. Capitol Police in Washington, D.C., and serve as the United States Capitol Senate Sergeant-at-Arms—the chief law enforcement officer on Capitol Hill. He still consults for the U.S. Department of Justice, assisting police chiefs in troubled cities to create more peaceful environments through relationships with their citizens.

Gainer and his high school sweetheart, Irene, will celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer. They have six children and 14 grandchildren, two of which are considering Benedictine College for the fall 2019 semester. The Gainers are Eucharistic ministers in their home parish in Chicago.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.