Col. Jack Lauer (Retired) was honored by Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School on May 7, as the 2018 Charlie Harbin Distinguished Service Award winner for his service to the school. The Charlie Harbin Distinguished Service Award was established by the Harbin family and is awarded by the school to recognize those selfless individuals who have significantly served Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School and exemplified its values in their lives.
Montgomery Catholic’s president, Mrs. Anne Ceasar, presented Jack with an engraved clock to begin the 2018 Montgomery Catholic High School Academic Awards Night, in appreciation for the gift of his time.
The 22nd recipient of the Harbin Award, Jack is a great supporter of Catholic education and well known for his dedicated service and integrity. Col. Lauer has served Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School in a variety of ways over the last ten years.
A military father of two Catholic graduates, Kim Lauer ’84 Martin of Montgomery and Kevin Lauer ’88 of Virginia, Col. Lauer wanted to “give back” to the school that had given so much to his family, and he quickly found himself teaching religion AND acting as Dean of Students, filling a need for the school for a year.
After his teaching job finished, Jack wanted to stay involved and asked the AD in 2007, Jim Tolbert, if he could try announcing the basketball games, which led to announcing other sporting events, mounting up over 1200 service hours in announcements alone. In addition, he spent many years working the gate for football games and acted as the official welcoming committee at all of our home games, welcoming guests and fans. He has served as a substitute teacher, provided gifts to graduates, been an athletic booster, volunteered for FCA’s Jason Armstrong Baseball Tournament, he was a member of The Knights of Columbus and acted as Grand Knight for several years helping to serve the school through the Knights fundraising efforts.
Whether you call him Colonel, the Voice of Montgomery Catholic sports, the “unofficial” Ambassador of Montgomery Catholic or Grand Knight, we are grateful that he is a friend to Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School.