Angela Boyle ’53 Award for Service
The Angela Boyle ’53 Award for Service is presented to an alumna who demonstrates service to the community and who fully represents the Ursuline spirit. Given annually during the spring Alumnae Weekend luncheon, this award is one of the event’s highlights that is not only shared with the classmates of the recipient but family and friends alike. Angela Boyle’s history with Ursuline dates back to her graduation from the school in 1953. Post-graduation, Angela was a beloved English teacher at Ursuline for many years before becoming the Assistant Principal. Her devotion to the school continued as she was named the first lay President of Ursuline Academy. After years of continued dedication and service for Ursuline, this award was named as her legacy. Despite the distance, Angela remains active in the Ursuline sisterhood from her home in Florida.
2020 Award Recipient: Judy Williams Sharp ’60
After graduating from Ursuline in 1960, Judy attended the Wilmington General Hospital School of Medical Technology. Following graduation from Wilmington General Hospital School of Medical Technology, she worked in the Blood Bank at Wilmington General. Over the years, Judy worked at Wilmington Hospital where she served as a Supervisor of Chemistry and Hematology. After raising her three children, Robyn, Jennifer and Michael, she found time to attend Springfield College where she majored in Human Services.
Judy continued to support Ursuline Academy through her participation in the Alumnae Board starting in 1973, working with Sister Marguerite and Sister Catherine. She served a term as President of the Board starting in 1975, and continued participation through 1983. During her tenure as President, the Alumnae Board instituted the Ursuline Academy Fashion Show and Card Party as a major fundraiser.
Starting in the early 1980s, Judy began volunteering at Delaware Hospice. It is during this time that Judy developed her passion for helping the terminally ill, particularly those affected with HIV/AIDS. After overcoming many obstacles, she followed this calling to volunteer in Kenya starting in 2004. Judy retired from Christiana Care Health Systems in 2005 to allow her to spend more time in Kenya. From the first day she put her feet on Kenyan soil, she knew she was called by God to help there.
Along with working with the HIV/ AIDS patients in a Kikuyu village, she also started a club for adolescent children who were living with HIV-infected parents. The Adventurers Club (so named by the participating children) met every other Saturday, focusing on fun and educational endeavors. Activities included planting 200 tree seedlings which had been donated by a local nursery. While planting the trees, they also discussed their importance to the environment. The Adventurers Club would also clean up litter in the village and spend time talking about hygiene. Judy arranged for speakers to come and talk with the children about dealing with their home environment, educating them on HIV and on ways to prevent it. The Adventurers Club always ended with lunch at a local restaurant, which often served as the children’s only meal of the day. Between 2004 through 2008, Judy spent more than 28 months in Kenya working with terminally ill cancer and HIV/AIDS patients and their families. During this time, she also managed a guest house called St. Julian’s Center. Judy has told stories of her time in Kenya, but what resonates is the closeness to God that she felt when working side by side with people who had nothing, yet were so joy-filled and God-centered.
During several months in 2006 when she was not in Kenya, Judy volunteered her time in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans serving in a medical aid unit and assisting with rebuilding houses that were gutted by Hurricane Katrina. Since that time, she has also volunteered locally at Friendship House as well as Sojourners House, and is an active member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.