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Concord College Grad Andy Paterno Honored by Washington, D.C. Organization

Concord College Grad Andy Paterno Honored by Washington, D.C. Organization

Athens, W.Va. - Each year, the West Virginia Society of Washington, D.C., selects and honors a West Virginia Son of the Year and a Daughter of the Year. The list of these accomplished West Virginians is an impressive roll call of men and woman who have distinguished themselves by service in and for the Mountain State and thus have brought honor to West Virginia.

The Son and Daughter for 2000 are Andrew J. Paterno, President and CEO of Acordia Mid-Atlantic (Charleston), and the Honorable Irene M. Keeley, Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia (Clarksburg). The Year 2000 Son and Daughter Dinner and Award Ceremony honoring Judge Keeley and President Paterno will be held Tuesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grant Hyatt Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Born in Charleston, Paterno graduated from South Charleston High School in 1965, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Geography from Concord College in 1970 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of South Charleston in 1974. He was employed in the West Virginia State Government from 1972 to 1978, then with the McDonough Caperton Insurance Group, now Acordia Mid-Atlantic, from 1978. He has been the President and CEO of the growing company with more than 1,200 employees since 1994.

Andy’s commitment to West Virginia and West Virginians through creation of employment, education, and recreational opportunities, along with his support of local, regional and statewide organizations, are reasons for his selection. Andy and his wife, Mary Jo, have two children, Nikole Marie and Anthony Joseph.

Daughter of the Year Judge Irene M. Keeley was a secondary school teacher in Maryland and in Harrison County, West Virginia, before returning to law school. She received her MA degree from WVU in 1977 and her JD degree from WVU’s College of Law in 1980. She practiced law with the firm Steptoe and Johnson in Clarksburg from 1989-92, specializing in health care and defense of medical and hospital liability claims. In 1992, she was named Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Judge Keeley is the chair of the WVU Institutional Board of Advisors, has served on the board of the WVU Alumni Association, the Visiting Committee for the WVU College of Law, and as adjunct professor in the College of Law. She has received numerous awards for community service, and her commitment to education in West Virginia is pronounced.

She and her husband, John Paul Keeley III, reside in Clarksburg and have three daughters, Irene Patricia, Mary Katherine, and Ann Meaghan.

You can join the West Virginia Society of Washington, D.C., in this tribute to Andy Paterno and Irene Keeley. Call in a reservation before May 6 to: President, Gary L. Crayton; West Virginia Society of Washington, D.C.; Phone, 1-301-249-6666; E-mail, Send your check for $75.00 per ticket ($60.00 for society members) to: Gary L. Crayton, 12207 Blaketon Street, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774-1605.

Profits in excess of final costs of the awards dinner will be used to purchase textbooks for financially needy West Virginia students attending colleges and universities in the West Virginia system. This book scholarship program has been operating for seven years under Clayton’s leadership and has created more than 100 scholarships to date.

The West Virginia Society of Washington, D.C., is proud to sponsor the prestigious Son and Daughter of the Year event and appreciates the support shown by West Virginians residing in or outside of the Mountain State.

For more information, call 1-301-249-6666, or e-mail


Photo: Andrew J. Paterno, President and CEO of Acordia Mid-Atlantic (Charleston)