Loyola University Chicago

Founders’ Dinner

James L. Centner

Felice Award: John Felice Rome Center

Mr. James L. Centner Jr., JFRC ’66–’67

James L. Centner Jr. (JFRC ’66–’67) attended the Rome Center as a sophomore and spent the summer of 1967 working for John Felice. The experience transformed his life. He and his wife, Karen, are passionate global citizens and have lived and traveled abroad extensively for nearly 45 years. After graduating from Marquette University, Centner served as an army counterintelligence agent. He later became a career naval officer, serving in aviation and intelligence. In addition to numerous foreign detachments and deployments, he was assigned to five requested overseas tours.

Centner’s most memorable stateside tour was as an assistant professor of military history at West Point. In retirement, he continues to use his military expertise, frequently visiting the Rome Center to help conduct its World War II Program. He has been a member of the Rome Center Alumni Board for nearly 20 years, and most recently he chaired the Alumni Wall Initiative to raise money for the center’s Building Fund.