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NCC's President Huszagh Honored With University of Chicago Award

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Elenie Huszagh, the first Orthodox woman to serve as president of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC), was awarded the University of Chicago Alumni Award for Professional Achievement in a ceremony in the University’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on June 2.

For the past three decades, Huszagh has been a leader in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and of the American Hellenic community. A lawyer by profession, Huszagh has served for many years as legal advisor to the Archdiocese and is currently legal counsel to the Dioceses of Chicago and San Francisco.

In 1974 she was one of the first five women appointed to the U.S. Archdiocesan Council. In 1979, the Archdiocese appointed her a member of its delegation to the NCC General Assembly. The NCC is an organization of Protestant and Orthodox denominations that represents 50 million Christians in the United States.

She subsequently served as recording secretary and as a force for strengthening the organization’s work for unity, reconciliation, peace and justice, both in churches and in society. Huszagh also served as legal counsel in organizing the World Council of Hellenes Abroad founded in 1995 to represent hundreds of organizations of Hellenes residing outside of Greece.

Huszagh’s award was presented during the annual Alumni Assembly attended by several hundred alumni attending the University of Chicago Reunion. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Kennedy Library Director Deborah Leff, and television news correspondent Ray Suarez were among the other recipients of alumni awards.


Story courtesy of the University of Chicago

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