News Release
Oct. 17, 2001

O'CONNOR RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts Lowell presented Thomas C. O’Connor with the 2001 Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Award for Arts & Sciences in recognition of achievements in his profession and his service to the university and community.

O’Connor is senior vice president of marketing and capacity management for Duke Energy Gas Transmission, Duke Energy’s business unit responsible for operating about 12,000 miles of interstate natural gas pipeline in the United States. Additionally, he serves as president of M&N Management Co., overseeing the development of the U.S. portion of the 650-mile Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline natural gas transportation system.

At the university, O’Connor earned his bachelor of science degree in biology, cum laude, in 1977. He earned his master of science degree in environmental studies in 1980. Since graduating, he has been a strong supporter of the university and its alumni activities.

Each year, the University of Massachusetts Lowell Alumni Relations Council selects recipients for the Francis Cabot Lowell Alumni Awards who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment while making significant contributions to their professional fields, their communities and the university. The award was presented to O’Connor at a dinner honoring this year’s recipients.

A Lawrence, Mass., native, O’Connor lives in Houston with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Caitlin, Abby and Bud. He is the son of Thomas and Mary O’Connor of Coconut Creek, Fla.

Duke Energy, a diversified multinational energy company, creates value for customers and shareholders through an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. Duke Energy manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses -- generating revenues of more than $49 billion in 2000. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 100 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.

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