2012 Recipients of the Anselm Moons, OFM, Award

About the Award


Ambassador Thomas P. Melady and his wife Dr. Margaret Badum Melady have worked to build bridges of peace and reconciliation between cultures, races and governments for more than 50 years. We recognize in particular their ambassadorial service to Burundi, Uganda and the Holy See. Their experience in international relations has allowed them to make important contributions to American diplomacy, public and ecclesial affairs, and education.

In the 1950s and ’60s, Ambassador Melady noticed that Africa was on the brink of change and independence. He enthusiastically sought ways to become active in African affairs, first with the Africa Service Institute. Sponsored by the Catholic Interracial Council of New York, ASI strengthened the relationship between U.S. and Africa and supplemented weak American outreach to developing countries. Through ASI, the Meladys assisted African diplomats and officials living in the New York area, in addition to helping African students find housing and part-time jobs during in an era of strong American racial tensions.

Today, Ambassador Melady serves as Senior Diplomat in Residence at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. Dr. Margaret Melady is president of Melady Associates, a firm specializing in public affairs and educational consulting. Together they recently authored “Ten African Heroes: The Sweep of Independence in Black Africa” (Orbis, 2011), in which they discuss their experiences in Africa from 1961 to 1967.

Video of Ambassador and Dr. Melady accepting their award:

Update: Ambassador Melady passed away on Jan. 6, 2014 at the age of 86. Our prayers are with Dr. Melady and their family.