Mooney honors Diorio, McGregor as distinguished alums

Staff report


Cardinal Mooney High School Alumni Association named Dr. Mary Lou Kachmer McGregor, a 1979 Cardinal Mooney graduate, and Dr. William S. Diorio, who graduated in 1960, its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at a prayer service last week.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented annually. The criterion requires that the awardee “demonstrate a continuing concern and dedication for others by embracing the Cardinal Mooney motto of Sanctity, Scholarship and Discipline.”

Dr. Diorio has been involved with Cardinal Mooney High School for 57 years, first as a student, then as an alumnus, a parent and finally, as a grandparent.

He entered Mooney in 1956 from St. Charles Elementary School. A participant in speech and debate and a member of the football and track teams, he was involved in student government and dramatics and was an altar server.

After graduation, he did his undergraduate work at John Carroll University in Cleveland and Youngstown State University. Dr. Diorio received his professional training at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, having earned his doctorate degree in 1968. He has been in private practice in Poland for 44 years.

He is certified by the National Board of Podiatry Examiners and the Academy of Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is affiliated with St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, Valley Health Network Hospital and the Surgery Center of Canfield. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Diorio was director of Podiatric Education for The Foot Clinic of Youngstown for 20 years, provided podiatric services to the Ohio State Penitentiary from 1998 to 2003 and to the Community Action Agency of Lisbon for nearly three years.

Dr. Diorio said there have been three driving forces in his life: his family, his profession and Cardinal Mooney High School. He and his wife, Charlotte, are the parents of seven children, all Mooney graduates: Tina ’86, Mary ’88, Billy ’92, Gina ’94, Dominic ’95, Cheryl ’98 and Patty 2000.

His faith and Catholic values led him to send his children to Catholic schools. Catholic education is a tradition that has continued in the Diorio family.

In 2012, his oldest grandchild, Christine, graduated from Cardinal Mooney and his oldest grandson is a sophomore.

Dr. Diorio was one of the first members of the Cardinal Mooney Alumni Board when it was established 30 years ago.

He served on the Cardinal Challenge phonathon and on the Career Day committees. In addition, he has volunteered as team physician for both the football and soccer teams at Cardinal Mooney. He has supported the auction since its inception.

In the letter nominating Dr. Diorio for this award, a member of his family noted that “he instilled in us the value of a Catholic education and of living our Catholic faith every day.”

Dr. McGregor entered Mooney in 1975 from Holy Family Elementary School. Her list of activities included class officer, math team, National Honor Society, tennis team, ski club and dramatics. She was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.

Dr. McGregor earned her medical degree at the Northeastern Ohio Medical University in 1985. After interning at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, she completed an ophthalmology residency at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She completed a Pediatric Ophthalmology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and another fellowship in London, England.

Today she is a member of the Department of Ophthalmology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

She is the Director of the Ophthalmology residency program at Nationwide Hospital; in 2007 she was elected president of the hospital’s medical staff. Throughout her professional career, she has demonstrated a strong interest in caring for children with multiple handicaps and genetic syndromes.

Dr. McGregor has always found time to give generously of her time for her parish and her children’s schools.

For 10 years, she volunteered for the children’s liturgy program at Our Lady of Victory parish.

While her children attended Trinity Catholic Elementary School, Dr. McGregor volunteered for 14 years and co-founded the Legacy of Learning campaign, an annual fund that helps to support improvements to the school.

Dr. McGregor also donated her time as a coach for her three daughters’ softball teams.

Dr. McGregor is married to Dr. John McGregor, a Clinical Associate Professor in Neurosurgery at The Ohio State University Hospital. They are the parents of four children: Daniel, a graduate of St. Charles Prep in Columbus, Molly, Emma and Maddie.

Cardinal Mooney President Rev. Gerald DeLucia noted: “Both Dr. Diorio and Dr. McGregor reflect the ideals of Cardinal Mooney in all that they have undertaken. They always find time to reach out to benefit those in need and particularly work to benefit the students of the schools where they have volunteered. Both Dr. Diorio and Dr. McGregor have been positive role models for their families and the students that they have touched in their entire communities. We are proud to name them as our Distinguished Alumni for 2013.”

This is the 17th year that the Distinguished Alumni Awards have been presented by the association.

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