A society of prominent Drexel University alumni all of whom are recipients of the Mary S. Irick Drexel Award; Drexel’s oldest, continually awarded alumni honor. The award, named in honor of Mrs. George W. Childs Drexel and first awarded in 1932, has traditionally been given to an outstanding alumnus/a of the Goodwin, formerly ’Evening ”College.
Alumni recipients are vetted by active members of the Irick Society. Criteria for selection includes: past contributions of measurable benefit which will enhance and perpetuate the work of Drexel today and into the future; personal attainments reflecting credit to the University; contributions to civic and community life; a continuing, active interest/participation in Drexel activities and in its development in all areas.
Mary S. Irick Drexel became the Director of the Red Cross Canteen Service in Philadelphia during the First World War and was known for her charity and humanitarian work. George W. Childs Drexel, the youngest child of AJ Drexel, decided he would create an award that would highlight and encourage a continuation of such activities among alumni.