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Couple receives honorary doctor of law degrees


June 13, 2013
Grosse Pointe Park residents Bud and Sue Ozar received honorary doctor of law degrees from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, May 11. They were recognized as founders of Friends of Kenyan Orphans and for their work in the Samoa Islands.

The Friends of Kenyan Orphans is a nonprofit organization supporting the Children’s Village in Kenya, East Africa, a school and home dedicated to feeding, sheltering and educating abandoned children who live on the streets, victims of extreme poverty and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Sue Horrigan Ozar is a retired Grosse Pointe Public Schools teacher and a 1963 Chestnut Hill College graduate. Her husband, Francis “Bud” Ozar, is retired from the Family and Youth Program with the Archdiocese of Detroit.

In the Samoa Islands, Sue Ozar was principal of the Catholic high school there and Bud Ozar directed the diocesan social service program. In Kenya, Sue Ozar taught in the Children’s Village and Bud Ozar was diocesan development director, serving as missionaries as part of the Lay Mission Helpers, a community of Catholic lay people sharing their talents with the poor in other countries.

“I am thrilled to be receiving this honor from Chestnut Hill College,” Sue Ozar said. “I know Chestnut Hill is a fine school, where I received an excellent education within a value system I respected. Now, for the college to recognize me and my husband for living these values years later is a real honor.”

As founders of the Friends of Kenyan Orphans, the Ozars have impacted thousands of lives through their missionary and philanthropic work, raising more than $1.3 million for the Children’s Village.

“I feel like a tagalong for the whole idea of serving in the developing world was really Sue’s idea,” Bud Ozar said. “I am so grateful to Chestnut Hill College for the recognition they have given us. They definitely instilled in Sue a real sense of mission and dedication to the poor and marginalized, which I share.”

The college awarded 404 bachelor degrees and 221 graduate degrees, as well as 19 doctoral degrees that May day.

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