Gregory P. Meredith ’80 received the 2012 Harvey G. Foster Award last week from the Notre Dame Alumni Association.
The award, established in 1982, recognizes his distinguished involvement in civic and University initiatives, particularly his work to support children, young adults, and the disabled.
Meredith was a senior captain and All-American who established a career goal scoring record for Notre Dame’s hockey team, and he went on to play four seasons with the National Hockey League’s Atlanta Flames and its affiliates when the team moved to Calgary.
After retiring in 1984, he earned a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School and began his business career with Salomon Brothers Inc. Since leaving Salomon Brothers in 1993, Meredith has started partnerships with firms such as NationsBank, HSBC, and Proctor NBF Capital Partners, a venture formed with National Bank of Canada.
In 1997, Meredith and his wife, Audrey, formed the Meredith Family Foundation. In honor of his late grandfather, John Proctor, the foundation’s core mission is to support the education and development of children and young adults as well as institutions providing services to people with disabilities.
The foundation has provided funding for the Paul E. Meredith Scholarships at Notre Dame and supported South Bend-based programs at the LOGAN Center, the St. Joseph County Special Olympics, and Camp Millhouse, a summer camp for persons with serious disabilities. Audrey has broadened the mission of the foundation through her work with, and contributions to, the Center Against Domestic Violence in New York.
Mr. Meredith is currently a member of the Mendoza School of Business Graduate Advisory Board. He has been married to Audrey for 20 years and they have two children, Kristen, a sophomore at Middlebury College, and J.P., a senior at the Collegiate School in New York.
“I am deeply honored to be receiving this award from the Alumni Association. It is truly extraordinary to be recognized by such an accomplished group of Notre Dame men and women,” he said. “Recognition carries special meaning when it comes from an institution which has played such an important role in my life, and from people who share the core beliefs and spirit of that institution. This award is even more special to me when I think about the honor of joining a list of previous winners of this award, some of whom I know and all of whom I respect immensely for their accomplishments and their character.
“This award is possible because of the efforts of the people who set me on the path to my endeavors or make those endeavors possible with their love and support. I would like to accept this honor on behalf of my late father, Paul, my mother, Dianne, my wife and family, and on behalf of the many people who dedicate so much of their lives to working with, and supporting, men, women, and children with disabilities.”