Peter J. Gomes Memorial Honors 2014

The HDS Alumni/Alumnae Council established the Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 Memorial Honors in 2013 to celebrate the outstanding contributions that HDS alumni make to their fields and to society, across the broad spectrum of professions and vocations HDS graduates pursue.

Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, MTS '84, was appointed by President Obama as the first United States ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, where she served until October 2013. During a period of transformative change at the Human Rights Council, she worked to ensure that the voices of human rights defenders from around the globe were protected and that the council took action on the most egregious, chronic and critical human rights situations, including Libya, Syria, Iran, Sri Lanka, DPRK (North Korea), and beyond. By working with creative cross-regional coalitions, she helped build successful UN resolutions on freedom of peaceful assembly and association, internet freedom, freedom of religion and belief, LGBT rights, freedom of expression, and the empowerment of women, among others. Donahoe recently joined Human Rights Watch as the director of global affairs, where she will undertake foreign policy advocacy, especially in emerging democracies, and focus on the human rights implications of mass surveillance and other global issues.

Elizabeth A. Eaton, MDiv '80, was elected as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) fourth presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh. She is the first woman to hold this post. Her experience in local ministry and issues of global concern reflect the ELCA’s commitment to working as a partner and influencer across denominations, faiths, and organizations, as a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Eaton is involved in a number of boards and committees. She is a board member of Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Capital University, both based in Columbus, Ohio. She is a member of the Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee and also serves on the Conference of Bishops Domestic Ready Bench. She also has roles with the ELCA Malaria Campaign, the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, PORTICO Philosophy of Benefits Task Force, Ohio Council of Churches, and Lutheran Planned Giving in Ohio.

William A. Graham, AM '70, PhD '73, served as dean of Harvard Divinity School from 2002 to 2012. He has been a member of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 1973 and a member of the Faculty of Divinity since 2002. He has served as director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, master of Currier House, and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Committee on the Study of Religion, and the Core Curriculum Committee on Foreign Cultures at Harvard. He is also former chair of the Council on Graduate Studies in Religion (North America). His scholarly work has focused on early Islamic religious history and textual traditions (Qur’an and Hadith), and on topics in the global history of religion. In 2000, he received the quinquennial Award for Excellence in Research in Islamic History and Culture from the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), the research institute of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. He has held John Simon Guggenheim and Alexander Von Humboldt research fellowships and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many books, Divine Word and Prophetic Word in Early Islam was awarded the American Council of Learned Societies History of Religions prize in 1978. He is also the author of numerous articles and reviews. Graham is a summa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Simon Xavier Guerrand-Hermès, MTS '93, is the chairman and founder of the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, an international think tank and research organization with the goal of helping "humanity to flourish within each individual and to promote broader social transformation." He is also the chairman of Eden Development. Currently, he is an honorary fellow of Oxford University and treasurer of Religions for Peace. In 2006, he was awarded the Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour in France. Since 2008, he has been a commander in the Moroccan Order Wissam Alaoui. He is a longstanding member of the HDS Dean's Council.

Peter J. Isely, MDiv '88, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse, is a founding member, international spokesperson, and longtime Midwest director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the world's oldest and largest organization of victims of childhood sexual assault by clergy (founded in 1989, with more than 14,000 members in chapters across the globe). A psychotherapist in private practice in Milwaukee, Isely established and directed the only inpatient treatment program for victims of clergy sexual trauma at Roger’s Memorial Hospital. He is currently co-founding a new organization, the Survivors and Clergy Leadership Alliance (SCLA), an activist partnership of ordained clergy and survivors of church-based sexual violence.

Go to the 2014 Dean's Report