Fordham Law alumnus Joseph Geoghan ’64 was honored at this year’s Golden Rams Luncheon with not one but two awards: the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Milton Fisher ’42 Second Harvest Award.
This year’s Golden Rams Luncheon, held on September 12, marked ten years of honoring graduates who are 50 or more years out of law school. The Lifetime Achievement Award and the Milton Fisher ’42 Second Harvest Award recognize a loyal alumnus who has made exceptional contributions to the legal profession and to society.
“As his many dear friends, classmates, and colleagues would agree, Joe has spent his entire life contributing to society—whether through his sustained involvement with the Fordham Law Alumni Association, his dedicated work at Union Carbide, or his honorable commitment to the Diocese of Brooklyn,” said Dean Matthew Diller before presenting the awards. “For Joe, Fordham Law School represents unparalleled excellence and, more important, uncompromising values; the School is an intimate academic home that has influenced him personally and professionally.”
Prior to attending Fordham Law School, Geoghan earned his bachelor’s degree in business from St. John’s University. He spent his entire professional career at Union Carbide, working his way through the ranks and eventually serving as the company’s vice president and general counsel.
Since retiring from Union Carbide in 1998, Geoghan has devoted his time to nonprofit and church-related organizations, primarily in the areas of financial and strategic planning, development, and Catholic school education. He has been active in the Diocese of Brooklyn since 1975.
“The 1964 class—day and evening—was terrific and a number of my classmates are here today. The world and Fordham have both moved on, but in many ways, the foundational experiences at Fordham in 1964 are still present today,” Geoghan said upon accepting his awards. “In fact, as I look back over 50 plus years of involvement with the Fordham Law School community, I’m convinced that, while preparing students to become first-rate lawyers, those foundational experiences also serve as a nurturing incubator for leaders—effective leaders—and there are many examples in this room.”