The Kevin DeVaan Memorial Award

Kevin DeVaan ’78 lived by the mantra, “it’s about effort and attitude.” DeVaan’s influential work, infectious spirit and exceptional example of service to alma mater set him apart as an Alumni Association Board volunteer until his unexpected passing in 2012.

The Kevin DeVaan Award is presented annually in June to an Alumni Association Board Volunteer whose efforts and attitude inspire others to do more for Saint John’s University.

Alumni Association Board members whose service to alma mater most embodies Kevin's mantra are selected by the Alumni Association Board Office of the President to receive the award.



Dick Howard ’72 received the inaugural award in 2013. Howard is the President of Fairview Foundation, and has served as a leader on the Board for many years. Additionally, he co-founded the Board’s Benedictine Way Committee, which focuses on keeping alumni connected with Saint John’s through Benedictine Values-based programming.