Loyola High School of Los Angeles, the oldest secondary school in Southern California, awarded Lewis Stueck ’53, Robert A. Buschelman ’57, Dr. Clarence L. Shields Jr. ’58, and the Hon. Paul Boland ’59 (posthumously) the prestigious Cahalan Award during the 13th annual Alumni Awards Dinner at Xavier Center on the Loyola campus on October 4. Proceeds from the evening benefited faculty endowment.
The Cahalan Award is presented annually to Loyola alumni to honor the enduring contributions of former president, Father Patrick J. Cahalan, SJ, during his 27 years of service at the high school. It is in recognition of his belief in the ideals of Loyola and the Ignatian spirit of the Magis as exemplified through distinguished and meritorious service to Loyola and its community, the city of Los Angeles, the state of California, and the United States. Fr. Cahalan is now chancellor at Loyola Marymount University.
“On the eve of our celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of this great institution, these four illustrious alumni demonstrate so clearly what it means to be a graduate of Loyola. They are men who have pursued careers of service and excellence and, most importantly, have shown passion in who they are, what they do, and in all that they have accomplished,” said Fr. Gregory Goethals, SJ, ’73, president of Loyola High School.
“Lew, Bob, Clarence, and Paul have all been standouts in their fields of sports, education, medicine, and the law. Loyola is blessed to have them as part of our school community. We are proud of the example they set for our students, proud of all of their good works and their profound contributions to the city of Los Angeles.”
Mr. Lewis Stueck ’53
Recruited at 23 by Loyola to be head football coach, Lewis Stueck turned around the Cub team by implementing high standards and discipline but more importantly, by incorporating Jesuit philosophy into the football program. A Loyola High and UCLA football standout, Coach Stueck laid the foundation for two CIF championships, a string of 35 straight victories and two CIF players of the year – Paul Horgan ’62 and Steve Grady ’63. Coach Stueck went on to coach UCLA and the University of Wisconsin as well as establishing the football program at La Salle High School and teaching at Verbum Dei High School.
Mr. Robert Buschelman ’57
Even though Bob Buschelman needed to hitchhike daily from Santa Monica to study at Loyola, he knew that it was the school for him. A much-loved chemistry/science teacher at Loyola, Mr. Buschelman began his career in the aerospace industry. After three very successful years at Douglas Aircraft, he decided to apply for a job at his alma mater. Once hired, he never looked back. Remembered for his famous teaching methods, Mr. Buschelman was an integral part of the science department at Loyola for 50 years.
Dr. Clarence L. Shields Jr. ’58
Growing up on Berendo and attending neighboring St. Thomas School, Dr. Shields always knew he wanted to go to Loyola where he learned the importance of giving back. An orthopedic surgeon at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic most of his career, he also served as team physician for the Los Angeles Rams from 1973 to 1995 as well as his alma mater, Loyola Marymount University, since 1980 and at Loyola High School. He is the founder and medical director for TeamHEAL (Helping Enrich Athletes Lives), a non-profit foundation that provides medical care, athletic trainers, and rehabilitation centers for underserved high school athletes.
The Hon. Paul Boland ’59 (posthumously)
Deeply influenced by the turbulent ‘60s, Justice Boland chose law as his profession in order to help his generation achieve a more just society. He began his legal career at the Western Center on Law and Poverty, litigating class action suits on behalf of the poor. A natural motivator and educator, Justice Boland went on to teach at UCLA Law for 11 years where he co- founded the first clinical education program which enabled law students to try dependency court cases. Later, as an Associate Justice of the State Court of Appeal, Justice Boland was known for mentoring law students through an externship program as well as his work as the presiding judge of both the Child Dependency and the Juvenile Delinquency Court.
The Alumni Awards Dinner has garnered more than $1,000,000 in faculty endowment for Loyola High School since the event’s inception in 2002. With these funds, Loyola teachers have taken sabbaticals, enrolled in technology training, participated in workshops as well as courses throughout the U.S., Europe, the Near East, Africa, and Latin America. These include an Amnesty International seminar in El Salvador, in-depth studies of Shakespeare, a Gallo-Roman archaeological dig in Switzerland, workshops in active physics, and teaching English in Africa.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary as the oldest educational institution in Southern California, Loyola High School will launch a year-long, event- and initiative-driven commemoration of its past, present, and future starting on November 16. The academically rigorous Jesuit college preparatory is located just west of downtown Los Angeles. Ninety-nine percent of Loyola graduates go on to college or university. Loyola’s student body of 1,270 young men represents a remarkable geographic diversity, drawing on 220 zip codes from throughout and beyond Los Angeles County. The school is also ethnically diverse with 48 percent of the student body of Latino, Asian-Pacific or African-American descent. To enable students to achieve the goal of being “men for others,” Loyola students must complete at least 150 hours of community service work before graduation. Over the past two decades, Loyola students have donated more than 1.3 million hours of community service, primarily to inner-city schools, neighborhoods and agencies. More information on Loyola High School may be found atwww.loyolahs.edu.