Outstanding Alumnus Award

2017 Recipient - Albert C. Horton '62

The Outstanding Alumnus Award was established by the Saint Xavier Alumni Association in 1967. Its purpose is to honor annually a graduate (or graduates) who, on a regional, national, or international level, through achievements in his profession or work, has made a significant contribution to the betterment of his fellow man and, in doing so, has brought credit to himself, to his associates and to Saint Xavier High School

Al Horton lives the spirit of Saint Xavier High School and the mission of Xaverian Brothers’ education in his commitment to hard work, faith, and family.  St. X honors him today for those commitments, for his long leadership and service to the Saint Xavier Board of Directors and for his wise counsel and supportive friendship to each President or Principal at St. X for more than 30 years. 

Al’s love for the Xaverian Brothers and for St. X grew during his early years as a student at the Broadway campus and as a member of the first graduating class on Poplar Level Road.  A formidable swimmer while at St. X, Al was a four-year member of the team, specializing in distance freestyle and butterfly events.  From 1960-62, he individually placed among the top five swimmers in Kentucky and helped the Tigers claim three state championships.

Following graduation from Saint Xavier in 1962, Al served as a key swimmer on the St. Bonaventure University team. While there, he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and continued his studies at the American University School of Business in Washington, D.C. Al returned to Louisville in 1968 to join the family business and became President in 1979.

Serving as Chairman and CEO of The Horton Fruit Company for nearly three decades, Al’s leadership brought continued success to his family’s business.  Likewise, for more than 40 years, he has brought business acumen and expertise to the produce industry, having served as President of the Board of Directors of the Louisville Produce Association. His other past board memberships include the American Printing House for the Blind, the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Finance Council and multiple terms on Saint Xavier’s Board of Directors, including continued service as an Emeritus Director to the Finance Committee.  Al currently serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Bonaventure University.

Al’s success, tireless efforts and community involvement have earned him recognition within the Catholic community, including the Catholic Education Foundation’s Salute to Catholic Alumni Award and the Sacred Heart Schools’ Volunteer Leadership Award.  Additionally, he was inducted into the Saint Xavier High School Alumni Hall of Honors in 2012.  The St. X campus bears the Horton Family name on the Media Center’s Lecture Hall and Al’s son’s name on the Football Locker Room and The Gray Horton Fieldhouse, each dedicated in loving memory of  Gray, a 1988 St. X graduate who passed away in 1993.

Al and Barbara have been married 48 years, and they are blessed with their two daughters, sons-in-law and six grandchildren. 

Roster of Saint Xavier Outstanding Alumni

1967   William J. O'Sullivan '33
1968   Frank J. Beard '57
           Robert H. Nichols '54
1969   Dr. James E. LaFollette '40
1972   William P. Kelly, Sr. '10
1973   George M. Goetz '29
1974   Brother Conrad Callahan, C.F.X. '38
1975   Frank W. Burke '38
1976   Msgr. Raymond J. Treece '30
1977   John B. Voor '42
1978   Cletus A. Ratterman '38
1979   Dr. George F. Dwyer, Jr. '44
1980   Arthur J. Deindoerfer '23
1981   Brother Cornelius E. Hubbuch, Jr., C.F.X. '54
1982   John L. Hoeck '44
1983   Hon. Romano L. Mazzoli '50
1984   Rev. John J. O'Callaghan, S.J. '49
1985   Thomas O. Eifler, Sr. '60
1986   Brother John Heckel, S.V.D. '49
1987   Emil J. Raque, Jr. '53
1988   William T. Heavrin '61
1989   Michael A. Dorris '63
1990   Rev. Clyde F. Crews '62
1991   B. Leo Burmester '62
1992   Eugene C. Ulrich '56
1993   Robert A. Edwards '65
1994   James F. McDonald '58
1995   Bernard A. Crimmins '38
           Michael H. Holland '65
1996   Louis A. "Lew" Miller '35
1997   T. O. "Jack" Hall '49
1998   Paul B. Browne '65
1999   Dr. Orest Hurko '66
2000   Paul R. Charron '60
2001   Brother George Willenbrink, C.F.X. '44
2002   Harry J. Rothgerber '65
2003   Thompson M. Faller, Ph.D. '56
2004   James W. Stuckert '55
2005   Raymond J. Weis '61
2006   C. Eugene Steuerle, Ph.D. '64
2008   Walter D. Gahm, Jr. '63
2009   Joseph P. Viviano '55

2010   Nicholas X. Simon ’77

2011   Thomas A. Musselman, Sr. ’54

2012   Paul C. Varga '81

2013   Robert L. Jones, Jr. '76

2014   Dr. John J. Guarnaschelli '59

2015   W. Kip Viscusi, Ph.D. '67

2016   Dr. William J. Godfrey III '55


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