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Seton Hill to honor Pittsburgh businesswoman

| Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 1:18 p.m.
Katherine Donahue Freyvogel photographed for Seton Hill University in her Fox Chapel home on May 18, 2018.
Barry Reeger
Katherine Donahue Freyvogel photographed for Seton Hill University in her Fox Chapel home on May 18, 2018.

Seton Hill University officials announced Wednesday that the university will honor Pittsburgh businesswoman Katherine Donahue Freyvogel for her dedication to Catholic education with the school's highest honor, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal.

During her early career, Freyvogel held leadership positions at Federated Investors. Later, the mother of seven turned her attention to the work of advancing Catholic education and volunteering with Catholic organizations.

She was the founding president of the board of directors of Oakland Catholic High School, a women's high school formed by the merger of Saint Paul Cathedral High School and Sacred Heart High School. She became the president of Oakland Catholic in 1997. Today she is president emerita of the school.

Previous recipients of the medal named for Elizabeth Ann Seton, the founder of the Sisters of Charity and the first U.S. woman to be canonized as a saint, include:

• author Mary Reed Newland;

• Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy;

• Julia Montgomery Walsh, the first woman to earn a seat on the New York Stock Exchange;

• Corinne “Lindy” Claiborne Boggs, former congresswoman and U.S. ambassador to the Holy See;

• Pittsburgh philanthropist Catharine Murray Ryan; and

• Pittsburgh attorney Rosemary Corsetti.

Freyvogel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Chatham University and received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Carlow University in 2013.

She and her husband, Thomas J. “Ty” Freyvogel, Jr., have been married for 46 years. They are the parents of seven children and grandparents of 27 and are members of Saint Scholastica Parish in Pittsburgh.

Freyvogel will receive the medal at a celebration during the Greensburg university's centennial celebration on September 13, 2018 at the Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh.

Debra Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-320-7996 or or via Twitter @deberdley_trib

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