Leading up to the UA's 100th Homecoming, we are highlighting UA alumni who are being honored by their colleges with alumni of the year awards.
Her religious community, the Sisters of St. Joseph, led Adele Marie O'Sullivan to the UA to study toward becoming a "sister doctor" with a career focused on caring for the poor and homeless.
In 1996, O'Sullivan found that there was no place for respite care for the homeless once they were released from a hospital. She had just become medical director of Maricopa County’s Health Care for the Homeless clinic in downtown Phoenix.
O'Sullivan began to rally support from St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and Hospice of the Valley. She also petitioned support from the Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Cardinals. She reached out to numerous other faith, philanthropic and business organizations, eventually opening Circle the City, a 50-bed medical respite center. The center opened in 2012, and O'Sullivan now serves as medical director and president for the nonprofit, which also provides job counseling and other support. Today, 70 percent of its patients leave for permanent housing and employment.
O’Sullivan will receive the UA College of Medicine's Alumna of the Year award.
Other UA alumni being honored are:
- Architecture Alumnus of the Year: James Edward Richärd
- Agriculture Alumnus of the Year: P. Andrew 'Andy' Groseta
- Education Alumna of the Year: Colleen Niccum
- Eller Alumna of the Year: Sarah Brown Smallhouse
- Engineering Alumnus of the Year: David Hutchens
- Fine Arts Alumnus of the Year: Jeffrey Haskell
- Honors College Alumnus of the Year: Nick T. Spark
- Humanities Alumnus of the Year: Eric Scott Baker
- Nursing Alumnus of the Year: Rudy Valenzuela
- Optical Sciences Alumnus of the Year: Jacobus "Jim" Oschmann
- Pharmacy Alumnus of the Year: Kevin Boesen
- SBS Alumna of the Year: Melody S. Robidoux
- Science Alumnus of the Year: Kenneth Krane