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A Philosophy of Distinction

Kruszynski FamilyThere are two distinctions about Angela and Rich Kruszynski’s membership in the Heritage Club. They are the youngest members who have provided notification that Clarke is included in their estate plan, and while they both attended Clarke, they are among the handful of Heritage Club members who are not actual graduates…but that doesn’t mean they’re not passionate about the education they received here.

“It was life changing and helped us todevelop a very distinct life philosophy,” said Angela. “Clarke taught us what it means to apply socially just principles to our lives. Rich and I believe that leaving this world a better place is what we’re called to do. It’s a major factor in how we choose our professional work and how we distribute our money. Our philosophy is that it’s more than just your own backyard, it’s more than just your community. That’s how we live and we work hard at modeling for our three children.”

While life circumstances and job relocations prompted Angela and Rich to complete their studies and pursue careers outside of Dubuque, Clarke left an indelible mark on them. They attended in the early 1990s, and they describe the personal attention they received from professors like Sister Virgina Spiegel and Judy Biggin “as a centering experience.”

“They took an active personal interest in us,” Angela said. “A day doesn’t pass that I don’t hear Judy Biggin in my head. She was the inspiration for me to go to law school and I will work hard every day to make her proud of me.”

Now residing in Arizona, Rich works in social services and public administration while Angela practiced in child welfare legal advocacy for five years before opening her own practice and teaching higher education law classes. They are pictured with their children Alex, Matthew and Carolyn.

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