The Hank Center's 2014 Living Tradition Award honors Dr. Marcel Fredericks

The Hank Center

Every year the Hank Center presents the Living Tradition Award to a Loyola University Chicago emeritus faculty member who exemplified the integration of Catholic thought into their work, research, and teaching.

The 2014 Living Tradition Award honors Dr. Marcel Fredericks.

About Marcel Fredericks

"Marcel Fredericks, Ph.D. was connected to Loyola University Chicago for 60 years, ten as a student and 50 as a full-time faculty member. Educated through the University of Cambridge and the University of London before coming to Chicago, he received his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Loyola. Along the way he was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School, a Research Associate in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Boston, and Research Associate in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Fredericks joined the Loyola Sociology faculty in 1963 and established the Office of Research in Medical Sociology, where he served as Director for 50 years. He was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1969, and promoted to Full Professor in 1974.

With research and teaching interests in Medical Sociology and the Sociology of Health Care, Dr. Fredericks' curriculum vitae lists over 20 books and monographs, several of which have multiple editions, and over 125 articles, reports, and chapters in edited collections - in journals in many different fields of research, including sociology, psychology, education, genetics, theology, and medical and dental education.

Along with all the research recognition Dr. Fredericks has received over many years, perhaps the most notable part of his career has been his connection to his students. Many former students stay in touch with Dr. Fredericks or the department, and have written letters and notes reporting on the significant impact he had on their lives. That he touched so many lives through his teaching and mentoring is a highlight of a long and storied career."

~ Dr. Rhys H. Williams,
Chair, Department of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago

To read Dr. Fredericks' remarks on the Catholic intellectual heritage and Catholic education, please click on the following link: Marcel Fredericks Remarks 2014 Living Tradition Award.