At Commencement 2011, Thomas Aquinas College extended membership in the Order of St. Albert the Great to one its most exceptionally generous friends, Miss Kathleen Burke of Los Alamitos, Calif., a longtime member of both the President’s Council and the Legacy Society.

It was through her onetime pastor in San Diego — the College’s first chaplain, Msgr. John Gallagher — that Kathleen Burke first became aware of Thomas Aquinas College more than two decades ago. Drawn by the College’s strong Catholic identity and the morally healthy student life it informs, she became a member of the President’s Council in 1990, and she has been making provision for the College and its students ever since.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Louis University in 1944, Miss Burke moved to California, where she has worked in the healthcare field throughout her adult life. She has held positions in numerous organizations as a health nutritionist, helping to provide for the physical needs of people of all ages and walks of life.

“Miss Burke’s profession has afforded her the opportunity to perform innumerable corporal works of mercy,” said Chairman Wensley. “And through her many gifts to Thomas Aquinas College, she has also been engaged in a spiritual work of mercy for our students.” Added President McLean, “We are blessed by her friendship, and we are profoundly grateful for her kindness.”