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St. Viator names two Distinguished Alumni

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  • John Aiello

      John Aiello

  • Maureen O'Hara

      Maureen O'Hara

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St. Viator High School will introduce two graduates as its latest Distinguished Alumni at a Mass 5 p.m. Sunday to mark the start of Catholic Schools Week in the Chicago Archdiocese.

Maureen O'Hara, a 1971 graduate of Sacred Heart of Mary High School, which later merged with Viator, is a finance professor at Cornell University and has served as a consultant to Microsoft, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and the New York Stock Exchange.

John Aiello, a 1986 Saint Viator graduate, served as director of recruiting for his alma mater before forging a successful business career. He helped grow the web-based software company he co-founded, SAVO, from a two-person shop into a 200-person enterprise. Its software is used each day by multinational companies, including IBM, American Express, J.P. Morgan Chase, Disney, General Electric, and nearly 1.5 million salespeople and marketers worldwide.

Rev. Corey Brost will conduct the family Mass in the Cahill Gymnasium and a reception will follow in the Red Lion Room. Nonperishable food items will be accepted for donation to Catholic Charities.

The liturgy is student driven. Members of the Student Liturgy Team helped plan it with Campus Ministry officials. Choral and instrumental students from Kristina Sandrock's Music Ministry class will be featured, as well as student Eucharistic ministers, ushers and lectors.

Aiello, who lives in Arlington Heights, and O'Hara, who lives in Lansing, N.Y., also will meet with students during an informal question and answer session on Monday. They are expected to reflect on their careers and the roles that Catholic education played in their formative years.

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