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New York City
May 2003

Distinguished New Yorkers Honored At Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) will present the 2003 President’s Medal to Dr. Stephen B. Colvin, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York University Medical Center and Kate McEnroe, President of AMC Networks. This year’s celebration will feature the presentation of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Kitty Carlisle Hart, legendary entertainer and New York arts advocate.

The President’s Medal is awarded to outstanding individuals who have distinguished records of excellence in their profession and who are dedicated to the support of humanitarian concerns in the community and society at large. This year’s honorees have championed child advocacy and the arts.

Dr. Stephen B. Colvin is internationally renowned for his work in mitral valve reconstruction, a recognized expert in congenital heart surgery and a pioneer in the use of state-of-the-art intraoperative video photography. Dr. Colvin and his team have led the world in perfecting minimally invasive heart surgery, performing complicated heart surgery with remarkably accelerated recovery.

Dr. Colvin has performed heart surgery on children from around the world in collaboration with several international organizations. His vision and passion to help young children with heart disease led him to co-found Project Kids Worldwide, which provides life-saving heart surgery and medical treatment for impoverished children with heart disease from medically underserved countries. To date, children from India, China, Guyana, Nigeria, Jordan, Kosovo and Jamaica have undergone successful heart surgery and returned to their homelands with renewed hope.

Kate McEnroe, President of AMC and WE (Women’s Entertainment) cable networks, has been hailed as one of cable’s most powerful women. At the helm of AMC, McEnroe was responsible for building the cable service, now seen in 84 million homes. In 2001, WE was launched to fulfill the need for inspirational programming for women. WE has become one of the fastest growing cable networks, now in 52 million homes. Kate’s greatest personal accomplishment is the adoption of her two children from Romania, Christian and Caitlin. Kate is now dedicated to the plight of children in orphanages overseas and her personal passion is to assist families in navigating the difficult political process of international adoption.

Kitty Carlisle Hart’s career as an actress and singer spans over seven decades and includes Hollywood movies, leading Broadway and opera roles and work with such composers as Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. Her most recent Broadway appearance was in the 1984 revival of “On Your Toes.” In opera, she created the role of Lucretia in the American premiere of Benjamin Britten’s “Rape of Lucretia.” Mrs. Hart’s early roles include a starring role in the classic “A Night at the Opera” with the Marx Brothers and “She Loves Me Not” and “Here is My Heart,” both with Bing Crosby. Later film appearances include “Radio Days” and “Six Degrees of Separation.” In recent years Mrs. Hart has lectured extensively throughout the United States, and was a regular panelist on the long-running television show, “To Tell the Truth.” An active supporter of arts & culture, she served for twenty years as Chairwoman of the New York State Council on the Arts. In 1996, Governor George E. Pataki named Mrs. Hart Chairwoman Emeritus and dedicated the Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre in honor of her commitment to the arts in New York State.

Mrs. Hart was awarded the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush. She has received appointments to the Visiting Committee of the Board of Overseers of Harvard’s Music School and MIT. She penned her own story, “Kitty: An Autobiography.”#


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