St. Mary’s Dominican High School honored alumnae Patricia J. “Pat” Blanchard, class of 1956, and Sandra Lozano Somerville, class of 1964, during its recent homecoming weekend.
Homecoming events included a thanksgiving Mass on campus and a luncheon at the Metairie Country Club.
Blanchard was honored as 2015 Alumna of the Year, having retired from the school after 16 years as its vice president of Dominican Catholic identity. By choosing her as Alumna of the Year, her peers recognized her as a woman who instills Christian moral values while urging the practice of ethical behaviors as demonstrated through her dedication to family, public service and career.
Somerville received the 2015 Sister Mary Angela Mulhern, O.P., Service Award for embracing the Dominican graduate ideals and giving generously of her time and talents to her alma mater and the community.
At St. Dominic Parish, Somerville helped form the first group of women to serve as eucharistic ministers, a commitment that has lasted 20 years. She and her husband, Ron, opened their home and hosted evenings for engaged couples, sharing their insights into married family life.
The Somerville home also is where the Supper and Substance program began. The program has lasted more than 15 years. Somerville has served on Dominican’s Alumnae Association board and was alumnae director for 10 years.
The class of 1965, celebrating their 50th graduation anniversary, received wood bowls carved from Spanish cedar and personalized by Dominican students who are members of the National Art Honor Society.