DAMEN AWARD: SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
Aledo native receives Loyola University award
CHICAGO — Since 1967, Gertrude “Trudy” Mack (master of social work, Class of 1946) has worked for the Department of Mental Health at the Madden Health Center as a part-time clinical social worker, specializing in psychosocial assessments; individual, family and group therapy; and discharge planning. She is certified to practice the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, a holistic touch therapy that integrates emotional and mental health with physical and spiritual therapy.

DAMEN AWARD: SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
Aledo native receives Loyola University award
CHICAGO — Since 1967, Gertrude “Trudy” Mack (master of social work, Class of 1946) has worked for the Department of Mental Health at the Madden Health Center as a part-time clinical social worker, specializing in psychosocial assessments; individual, family and group therapy; and discharge planning. She is certified to practice the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, a holistic touch therapy that integrates emotional and mental health with physical and spiritual therapy.
In 1940, Mack earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Inspired by Loyola University’s focus on peace, truth and charity, she chose Loyola to earn a master’s degree in social work. She is an active member of Loyola’s School of Social Work Alumni Board and received the school’s Siedenburg Award for being an outstanding and involved alumna. She’s a valued contributor to the University and member of the Damen Society.
Mack plays the piano, participates in a weekly bridge group, enjoys walking, and loves to attend the theatre and the opera. She used to sing in the Holy Name Cathedral choir.
About the Damen Award
Named for Loyola University Chicago’s primary founder, Arnold J. Damen, S.J., this award is granted to an alumnus(a) from each of Loyola’s schools and colleges. It recognizes the qualities of leadership in industry, leadership in the community and service to others.
In 1870, Father Damen founded St. Ignatius College, the predecessor school to Loyola University Chicago. Several aspects of the University’s life bear the name of and honor Fr. Damen, Loyola’s first president, in addition to this award.
Such tributes include the Damen Student Center and the Damen Society, a Loyola donor honor society for those who support Loyola with cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more each year.