Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary
recently awarded the 2003 Founder's Day
Medal to Joseph F. Horning, Jr. The annual
award was presented to Horning on Monday,
December 8, during a 4:30 p.m. mass held
in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
on the Mount campus.
A Washington, D.C.
native, Horning earned a Bachelor of Arts
degree from the Mount in 1953 and a
Master's Degree in 1958 from American
University. In 1958, he founded the D.C.
construction firm, Horning Brothers, with
his brother Larry, also a Mount alumnus.
The firm specializes in building and
operating rental apartments in the
District of Columbia. These 2,500 units of
housing provide homes to over 5,000
Besides serving as
president of Horning Brothers, Horning
plays an active role on the boards of
numerous non-profit organizations,
including DC Action for Children and
Jubilee Housing, the Charter School Board,
and the D.C. Center City Consortium. He is
particularly committed to making
improvements in the District's
neighborhoods. Horning has served as
president of the Metropolitan Builder's
Association, the D.C. Housing Industry
Corporation, and the Higher Achievement
Horning has also
demonstrated exceptional commitment to the
Mount, involving himself in numerous
alumni and fundraising activities. In
1978, he received the Mount's
Distinguished Alumnus Award; in 1980 the
President's Medal. The Mount presented him
with an honorary doctorate in 1990.
Horning served on the Board of Trustees
from 1980 until 1990 and chaired the Board
for two years.
The Mount St.
Mary's College Founder's Day Medal honors
Mount founder, Father John DuBois, and was
established in 1983 as part of the college
and seminary's 175th anniversary
celebration. The medal recognizes a
Catholic individual whose actions have a
significant, positive impact on the lives