2019 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients


1999    Fr. William M. Eichhoff ’56
1999    Larry Shaw ’55
2000    Linda Cavanaugh Clark ’70
2001    Greg Burns ’65
2002    Dr. Louis V. Lepak, Jr. ’61
2002    Dr. William H. Bernauer ’65
2003    William R. Cathey ’76
2004    Judy McCarthy Love ’55
2005    Michael J. Milligan ’73
2006    Jerry Kelley ’70
2007    Tom Ward ’65
2008    Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic ’67, U.S. Navy
2009    Dr. J. Peter Kierl ’72
2010    James A. Connelly, Jr. ’73
2010    Jack  O’Meara ’66
2011    Lil Ross ’56
2012    Fr. Joseph Uhen ’76
2013    David Riesenberg ’75
2014    Carol Scanlon Lester ’74
2015    Richard Tuohy ’69
2016    Chris Engel ’78
2017    Greg Love ’80
2018    Amy Feighny ’86
2019    Ryan Maxwell ’98

Please note: March 27, 2020 is this year’s deadline for nominations.

2019 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Ryan Maxwell

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School selected Ryan J. Maxwell ‘98 as the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Alumni Board President John Edwards presented the award to Ryan during graduation ceremonies. Maxwell was born and raised in Oklahoma City. While not raised in a Catholic family, he attended Villa Teresa, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, and graduated from Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in 1998. During his senior year at BMCHS, he made the decision to become Catholic and was baptized and confirmed in April 1998. He attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and earned his bachelor of arts degree in organizational management from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. He works in revenue accounting for Enable Midstream Partners in downtown Oklahoma City.

He was one of the early members of Kairos retreats and is still a Kairos boys trailblazer every year. He participated as a leader for the last five years out of his love for its impact upon his own life and our school community. A lector at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ryan is an active member of the RCIA core group helping connect to others joining the Church. By far, the aspect of service we hope catches in the hearts of our students can be seen in Ryan almost every Saturday and Sunday as he helps prepare and serve the homeless community as part of Sister Barbara Joseph’s food pantry. “He has the heart of true servant of God and the mercy, love, and kindness of Mother Teresa and truly embodies our Patron Blessed Pier Giorgi Frassati,” Edwards said.

His hobbies include staying fit, bowling, attempting to play golf, and he is an avid reader.

“The commitment to his faith, family, and Bishop McGuinness makes Ryan an inspiration to all alumni and a role model for everyone,” Edwards said. “We are proud to have such a ‘person for others’ as our 2019 Alumnus of the Year.”