Loyola Blakefield is pleased to announce Victor Corbin ‘58 as the 2023 recipient of the Reverend Joseph M. Kelley, S.J., Medal—the highest form of recognition awarded to a Loyola Blakefield alumnus.
Victor has devoted much of his life in service to others through his mentorship, coaching, and teaching. His commitment to service began when he took part in the pilot program instituted by the Peace Corps in the early 1960s. This led to an assignment as a teacher in Costa Rica as well as temporary assignment to assist with operations in other parts of Central America. While stationed in the coastal town of Puntarenas, Victor met his future wife, Sibella Juana Medina.
Upon returning to the United States, Victor began a career in education that would eventually lead him back to Baltimore, where he and Sibella have resided for the past 56 years. Together, they have raised a family of four, and he coached and taught thousands of students from across the metro area.
After teaching Spanish and coaching football at Cardinal Gibbons for several years, Victor joined the Mount Saint Joseph High School community where he remained for 25 years. During his time at Mount Saint Joseph, he taught in the Foreign Language Department, also serving as Chair. Additionally, he served as an assistant coach with the football team and as a diving coach. A respected and admired educator, Victor was the recipient of the Ryken Award in 2008, which is awarded annually to the teacher who exemplifies the spirit of the Xavierian Brothers and St. Francis Xavier.
“Regarded as an academic leader at the Mount, no one represents their school in a more positive way than Vic Corbin,” said George Andrews, President of Mount Saint Joseph High School. “During his quarter century at the Mount, he challenged his students to achieve excellence with his hard work and quiet leadership while epitomizing what it means to be a man for others.”
Victor immigrated to the United States from Venezuela at the age of four. His adoptive father passed away when Victor was 13, and he witnessed his mother striving and sacrificing in order to make ends meet. When the opportunity to attend Loyola Blakefield presented itself, Victor embraced it and thrived as a student. He was a member of the football team and later traded the gridiron for the pool while attending Loyola University Maryland (then College) where he served as team captain during the 1961–62 season and was crowned the South Atlantic and Mason Dixon Diving Champion.
Over the course of 49 years, Victor served as a devoted Catholic school educator, inspiring countless young people to reach for greater heights. A proud Loyola Don, Victor believes strongly in the power of prayer, invites his faith to guide his actions, and possesses an unrelenting commitment to lifelong learning and spiritual growth. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Victor’s legacy as a legendary Catholic school educator is forged through the vibrant and faith-filled learning experience he inspired for so many.
Mr. Corbin will be honored during our annual Kelley Medal Breakfast in Knott Hall on Thursday, March 9.
About the Award
Named in honor of Rev. Joseph M. Kelley, SJ, the Kelley Medal recognizes his dedication and commitment to educating Loyola students in physics and mathematics for nearly 40 years. As such, the Kelley Medal is regarded as the highest form of recognition awarded to a Loyola Blakefield alumnus. It recognizes an alumnus who is outstanding by reason of distinction gained in business, profession, or by his outstanding participation in ecclesiastical or civic affairs. In addition, the alumnus is recognized for how his personal, family, and public life serves as a role model and example to the students and graduates of Loyola Blakefield.