Stephen T. Lanctot of Alameda, California is the recipient of the 2016 St. Thomas More Award. This prestigious award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the legal community, the Catholic community, or the Society and/or have dedicated themselves to public service or charitable works. Past winners have included United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, California Supreme Court Justices Carol Corrigan and Ming Chin, Ninth Circuit Judges Carlos Bea and John Noonan, former United States Attorneys Joseph Russoniello and Kevin Ryan, and Fr. Louie Vitale, the founder of St. Anthony’s Dining Room.
St. Thomas More Society President Matthew Graham remarked, “The Society is delighted to present this year’s award to Steve Lanctot, who has contributed to the community so selflessly and with such great humor over the years, especially in the area of Catholic education.” Lou Giraudo, Senior Managing Partner of GESD Capital Partners and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco, added, “The selection of Steve Lanctot brings joy to my heart. He is a man with a deep understanding of and commitment to his faith, and he knows the human condition better than any. He helps so many without accolade. For Steve, it is all about integrity and dignity.”
A native son of San Francisco, Mr. Lanctot attended St. Agnes grammar school and St. Ignatius College Preparatory before receiving his undergraduate degree in history from Santa Clara University and his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is currently a partner at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass, LLP, where he has practiced since 1983.
Mr. Lanctot, who has been an active parishioner at St. Philip Neri in Alameda for 40 years, has been a dedicated servant of the community, particularly of Catholic institutions, throughout his life. He has served as a member of the St. Philip Neri School Board, the Board of Governors of USF School of Law, the USF Alumni Board, the St. Mary’s Cathedral Board, the Board of Directors of the National Brain Tumor Society, the American Auxiliary of the Paris Foreign Missions, and the Guardsmen Board of Directors.
Perhaps most significantly, Mr. Lanctot was instrumental in helping to save San Francisco’s Immaculate Conception Academy. He was the Chairman of ICA’s board of directors for 10 years, including during the school’s successful transition to a Cristo Rey school, and he was recently honored with ICA’s Cristo Rey Leadership Award for his dedication and service to the school. Mr. Lanctot is particularly involved with programs to foster Catholic education in the inner city, including his current involvement in the exploration of a Cristo Rey school in Oakland.
Mr. Lanctot and his wife, Mary, have three adult children, and they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, Maddock and Beatriz.
Mr. Lanctot will be honored at the St. Thomas More Society’s Red Mass on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Church located at 666 Filbert Street in San Francisco with a reception and dinner to follow at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton Street.