Three individuals to be recognized at President’s Dinner April 23

Mon, 04/20/2009 (All day)

April 20, 2009

MOBILE, Ala. – Spring Hill College will recognize Margaret “Peggy” A. Rolando, Dr. Joseph B. Miller, and Irving Silver at the annual President’s Dinner. The dinner is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.

Rolando of Miami, Fla., is the recipient of the Gautrelet Award, presented to an individual of high integrity who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement. After graduating from Spring Hill College in 1972, Rolando went on to earn her master’s degree in English from Florida State University in 1974, and her Juris Doctor from Florida State University in 1978. She has been a partner in the real estate department of Shutts & Bowen, LLP since 1984.

A Board-Certified Real Estate Attorney, Rolando is active in both state and national real estate law groups and is a sought-after speaker and lecturer. She is a member of the Board of Governors for the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, and a longtime member of The Florida Bar Committee on Condominiums and Planned Development. She has been a featured speaker at seminars sponsored by The Florida Bar, the American Bar Association, ALI-ABA, and the University of Miami School of Law. Rolando is completing her ninth year as a member of the Spring Hill College Board of Trustees.

Miller of Mobile is the a recipient of the Ignatian Award, presented to an alumnus, alumna or friend of the College in recognition of community service in keeping with the ideals set forth by St. Ignatius of Loyola and reflected in selfless acts of humanitarianism. A 1942 graduate of Spring Hill College, Miller is a retired physician and researcher. After graduating from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, he served two years in the Army. He later returned to Mobile and practiced as a Board Certified Pediatrician and Allergist for 48 years, until his retirement in 1998. Miller is distinguished in his field by his many contributions in pediatrics, internal medicine, allergy and immunology. Most notably, Miller developed Alevaire®, a mucus-dissolving aerosol detergent used to treat the highly fatal I.R.D.S. (Infant Respiratory Distress Syndrome), C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder), asthma, tracheo-bronchitis, and post-operative pneumonia. Miller also discovered that a newly available treatment for allergies, the Provocative-Neutralizing Treatment. He then found that a variation in this same treatment could be used to provide rapid and long-lasting relief from reproductive disorders and conditions.

Miller and his late wife, Annice, founded the Miller Foundation, Inc., which supports research and educational projects in allergy and immunology. The Millers also established an endowed scholarship at Spring Hill College for pre-medical students. Miller was one of the founding members of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, which recently nominated him for its most prestigious award for having made the most significant contributions to the field of environmental medicine.

Silver of Mobile is also a recipient of the Ignatian Award. A native of Holyoke, Mass., and veteran of the United States Air Force, Silver is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Commerce and Business Administration and the University Of Alabama School Of Law. He is the managing principal of Silver, Voit & Thompson, Attorneys at Law, P.C., in Mobile and is considered by many to be one of the nation’s top experts in his field. For more than four decades clients have sought his counsel on a wide range of legal issues including complex business and estate planning matters, lhughesistration of estates and trusts, succession and business planning, and the formation and operation of charitable foundations.

Silver is one of only three lawyers from Alabama elected to membership in the Special Needs Alliance, a national, not-for-profit organization of attorneys with extensive experience and skill in providing counseling and planning for individuals with disabilities and their families. He is a Trustee and Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, and a charter member of the Foundation’s Atticus Finch Society, which is devoted to helping provide the needy of Alabama with access quality legal advice and representation in civil matters. Sliver also recently concluded a nine-year term as a Trustee of Spring Hill College.