On Tuesday, June 23rd, the American Jewish Committee awarded IWP Senior Diplomat in Residence, Amb. Thomas P. Melady, the 2009 Human Relations Award for his lifetime of work as a proponent of greater understanding among diverse populations and religions. Timothy May of Patton Boggs spoke about his longtime friendship with Amb. Melady, and Melady’s daughter, Monica Melday Micklos, delivered a moving address on the impact her father had on her life while at the same time advancing human rights and tolerance in his various professional and diplomatic positions. AJC President Roberta Baruch presented the award, and praised Amb. Melady, among other things, for his work in encouraging the Vatican to recognize the state of Israel. The program was opened with an invocation by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, and closed with a benediction by Rev. Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, the Rector of St. Matthew’s Cathedral. The event was well attended by friends, family, and colleagues of Amb. Melady, and took place in the beautiful rotunda of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C.