Julie (Schofield) McNamara
Memorial Award Biographies
(Alphabetically by last name)
Permanent Funds **
Please take a few minutes to read about the very special people who are remembered through the memorial scholarships. Though it is very difficult, if not impossible, to capture the essence of a person in a short paragraph, we have attempted to do just that. The many people who contribute these scholarships and the individuals in whose honor these awards are given are an important part of what makes Reading the caring community that it is. Unfortunately, we were not able to get biographical information on some of those in whose name memorial scholarships are made.
LOUIS ADREANI **
Lou Adreani began his teaching career in Reading in 1955 at the Highland School, later at Parker Junior High. In 1961 he became Assistant Principal at Coolidge Junior High School, eventually leading its transition to a middle school. During his 43 years of service, he was well known as a compassionate and caring mentor to students, faculty and parents. Lou was the recipient of many awards including the Outstanding Service Award and Assistant Principal of the Year Award for 1991-92. Lou coached Reading Youth Hockey, and Little League, and organized YMCA dances for middle school students.
HELEN BRADBURY AUSTIN **
Helen Austin was a Reading resident since the 1930’s. The wife of Horace R. Austin, she retired in 1970 after working for 45 years for Arkwright Mutual Insurance Co. where she used her love of finance and working with statistics. She was an avid reader and also loved to do handwork. Helen was very interested in education and eager to help people advance their educational opportunities. She was a 60-year member of the Old South Methodist Church. In 2001 the Foundation received a bequest from the estate of Mrs. Austin, which established this award and was the largest single bequest ever received as of that date.
ANNE & CLIFFORD BAKER **
Anne and Cliff Baker were Reading residents for 55 years. A graduate of Boston University where he earned a BA in English and an MEd, Cliff’s first love was mathematics and he delighted in studying theories and challenging himself with manipulating numbers. In retirement, he taught part-time at Middlesex Community College and assisted the elderly with tax returns. He served on the Board of Directors for the Reading Scholarship Foundation from 1979-2001. Anne, a graduate of Danbury Normal School, taught second grade at Joshua Eaton School. They were both active members of the First Congregational Church. She loved family gatherings, baking apple pies and cookies for all, and sharing her optimistic attitude with her children and grandchildren. Together they cherished their family and teaching careers. They would be pleased to know that they are now helping a Reading student to follow an academic dream.
MICHAEL A. BALTIER **
Mike Baltier, a resident of Reading for over 50 years, was a highly decorated veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was a member of the K of C Council 1031 and the Scholarship Foundation Board. He coached in Reading Little League for 30 Years, and was President of the Holy Name Society at St. Athanasius. Even with all these and many other accomplishments, Mike will be remembered as a quiet man who believed every person deserves to live as he did, with dignity and respect.
DOROTHY BERGER **
A native and lifelong resident of Reading, Dorothy Berger was a graduate of Reading High School. She was a member of the Congregational Church of Reading where she sang in the choir. She devoted twenty years of her life to child development as a kindergarten teacher. This memorial scholarship was established by her husband, Arnold Berger.
SHERRI A. BLAMIRE **
(Sept. 21, 1980 – Aug. 4, 1996) Sherri lived in Reading for a short while until her death when she was only 15 years old. Sherri was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone; even after her death, she is still helping people through organ donorship and this scholarship. Sherri had a bubbly personality and made friends with everyone she met. She loved to cook and had hoped to go to a culinary arts school and eventually open her own catering business. Sherri would have been a member of the RMHS Class of 1999. This scholarship is in loving memory of Sherri and was established by her father, family and friends
JAMES & LINDA BILLER **
James Biller came to Massachusetts from his native California to attend MIT, earning a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1972. He remained at MIT as a research scientist for the next 22 years, later joining Biogen and then Pfizer. Moving to Reading in 1977, he quickly became involved in many aspects of the life of the town. He was a Town Meeting member and served on the Conservation Commission. Jim was instrumental in the installation and day to day functioning of computers in the schools, especially at Birch Meadow and Coolidge. He was an ardent supporter of the Coolidge Science Olympiad team as well as serving as Cubmaster for Troop 702 for two years. Jim’s firm belief was that one should always do the best job possible in whatever one undertakes.
JOEY BOLIVAR **
Joey, RMHS 1998, was enrolled at the University of MA at Lowell. He developed a love for photography while at RMHS and dreamed of capturing life’s “moments” with his camera and print them for everyone to enjoy. His love of the outdoors was the result of camping with Boy Scouts as a member of Troop 702 and with his family across the United States. He was an active participant in Youth Baseball, Soccer and Pop Warner and eventually a member of the RMHS football team. One of his biggest thrills was being part of the back-to-back Super Bowl Championship Teams of 1995 and 1996. He was known for his compassion, sense of humor and his willingness to help anyone in need. Funds for this Scholarship were donated by his family and many friends.
JAMES & JUNE BOYD **
James Boyd, a graduate of Boston English High School and Northeastern University, moved to Reading with his family and met June Clark, a lifelong resident of Reading and a graduate of Reading High School. They married in 1941 and raised four children who also graduated from RMHS. During World War II James served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater. James was Supervisor of the Mails for the U.S. Postal Service while June cared for their family and home. After retiring from the Postal Service, James served as Treasurer for the Town of Reading. They made great sacrifices to provide college educations for all their children and watched with pride as their grandchildren pursued higher education. The Boyd children, in honoring their parents’ memory, hope that each recipient benefits from their college education and remembers that James and June Boyd played a small part in helping them realize their dreams.
MICHAEL BOYD **
Both as player and coach, Michael Boyd had a direct impact on the success of RMHS athletics for over a decade. A standout athlete in football, basketball and track, Mike was a key contributor to the success of the Rockets in the late 1990’s and captained the 1998 football team to a Super Bowl championship. After graduating in 1999 and completing a successful football career at Bentley University, he returned to the sidelines as an assistant football coach for the Rockets. Not long after his return, Coach Boyd was diagnosed with lung cancer. Despite the debilitating effects of the disease, Mike continued to coach with the same passion and determination that he once played with. In 2009, the RMHS football team honored their coach, who passed away a month before the season began, by going undefeated and capturing the Division II Super Bowl championship. Boyd’s spirit lives on at RMHS, and a plaque in his honor is the last thing players see in the locker room before they take the field for each home game.
DONALD G. BRADFORD
“Brad” Bradford valued education. To earn his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, he worked full-time to pay his tuition, support himself, and contribute financially to his parents. He accomplished this as he did everything in his life, with a great deal of hard work, humor and love, believing that nothing was impossible with hard work. Brad retired relatively young due to the development of an illness that attacked his brain, lessening his ability to process information or communicate. Despite this, Brad never stopped trying to learn, hoping that he could help to unlock the mysteries of his disease. He fought his illness for over 13 years, eventually succumbed to its effects at the age of 67. He would urge you to always seek and speak the truth, stand firm in your beliefs, and pursue your dream, especially in the face of adversity.
JOHN J. & MARY F. BRADY **
John J. Brady was a member of the Mass. Bar Assoc. for over 50 years and a soldier who served during W.W.II before continuing in the Army Reserves for 21 years retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He was a loving husband, father and doting grandfather who encouraged his family members and others to get an education. Mr. Brady moved to Reading in 1958. He began his career with American Mutual as a Claim Representative, rising through the ranks eventually becoming Vice President/General Counsel. Mr. Brady had been the beneficiary of a full scholarship to Boston College and to his first year at B.C. Law School–the G.I. Bill took over after the war. This fund was established by his family to honor a man who valued education and believed in its power to change things. It is a way to pass on in scholarship money some of the help he received along the way.
ELEANOR NOYES MARSH BROWN **
Eleanor Noyes Marsh Brown came to Reading in 1925. A Cum Laude graduate of Radcliffe College in 1930, she was active in the Reading community for many years. She was a longtime member of the Reading College Club. Her enjoyment of children, her wish to inspire them with her love of books, and her belief in education were born out by serving as superintendent of the Sunday school at the First Baptist Church, her service as a founding and long time member of the Reading Scholarship Foundation, and, in her senior years, her correspondence with the fifth grade classes at the Barrows School. Eleanor lived to the age of 92 with her intelligence, spirit and humor intact.
LEE & CHARLIE BYRON **
Leontine Byron (“Lee”) was a long-time member of the Reading Scholarship Foundation and the Reading community at large. She worked for many years as the Secretary of the Foundation in addition to her responsibilities through the years at Baybank in Reading Square. She was a tremendous source of energy, happiness and friendship in the community, always sharing a smile or a story with her colleagues and customers. As a mother, wife, aunt, sister and friend she took an interest in everyone around her and never stopped giving of herself. She would be pleased and proud to know that her family honored her request to continue to give to others through the establishment of this scholarship in her name.
STEVEN CALLA **
Steve Calla (May 12, 1988-February 14, 2004) was diagnosed with cancer near the end of his freshman year in high school. He was determined to live as normal a life as he could while he fought the disease. He attended school as often as possible considering his frequent hospital stays. He remained active in music, playing drums for both the high school jazz band and for his own punk rock band. Months of surgery and chemotherapy didn’t diminish his sense of humor. His keen wit enabled others to travel his journey alongside him. He used his baldness to augment his sense of fashion and style, adding leopard-print sneakers and a jaguar-topped cane to complete his look. He never asked “Why me?” and lived every day to the fullest. Our hope is that the recipient of this scholarship will follow Steve’s example of passion and creativity and find success in life by following his or her own dreams.
JOSEPH CHAMPA **
Although he grew up in Stoneham playing for the high school football team, Joseph Champa was a die-hard Reading fan ever since he moved here in 1960. He was a fixture at every game, rain or shine. He and his wife, Ann, were the parents of Jo-Marie and Bill, who attended Reading schools. Joseph worked as an accountant for Commonwealth Auto Reinsurers for 41 years attending Bentley College at night and graduating in 1969. A kind and quiet man, he was dedicated to providing his family with a loving home. His family believes it is fitting to dedicate this scholarship to him as a testament to his love of football and his belief in the opportunities provided through higher education. Their hope is that this scholarship is awarded to someone who shares Joe’s love of the game and his willingness to work hard to achieve his goals.
MALCOLM C. CHOATE **
Malcolm Choate was a Reading resident for 30 years. Graduating from Harvard in 1934, he worked for the United Fruit Company until World War II. During the War, Mr. Choate served in the U. S. Transportation Corps in France. He was an active member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Middlesex Canal Association. In retirement, Mr. Choate joined the Retired Men’s Club of Wakefield and that group’s Camera Club. He was active in the Meals on Wheels program and Reading Library book delivery program for shut-ins.
RITA COATES **
Rita Coates graduated from Reading Memorial High School in 1976. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the Class Executive Board, as well as an active participant in the Drama Club. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Salem State College, Rita worked as a computer programmer for the Town of Wakefield. Rita enjoyed both the spirit of competition and the camaraderie of playing soccer in the Reading Women’s Soccer League. The funds to establish this scholarship were raised through various fundraising activities by the Reading Women’s Soccer League.
ROBERT & VIRGINIA “JEAN” COLLINS **
Bob (1929-2010) and Jean Collins were residents of Reading for nearly 40 years (1957-1995). They were fiercely dedicated to education believing that a strong education is the foundation for success. Bob and Jean raised eight children in Reading, all attending Reading schools and continuing graduate from college with the help of Reading Scholarship funds. Bob, a graduate of Boston College with a B.S. in Physics, and held a Master’s degree in Education. He spent his career working as an engineer, with a few years spent as a high school physics and math teacher. Jean held a B.A. and M.A. in Education from the University of Lowell and taught for 30 years, most spent teaching at Killam School and Parker Middle School in Reading. Their eight children established this scholarship in memory of their parent’s lifelong focus on education and know that Bob and Jean would be thrilled to provide Reading students with the same opportunity as was given to the Collins Family.
JOSEPH & ELIZABETH CONDON *
A combat veteran of World War I, Joseph Condon was a member of the Boston Police Department for 30 years. He earned numerous commendations, including the Department Medal of Honor for outstanding performance of duty. Elizabeth Condon taught handicrafts classes prior to her marriage. Mrs. Condon was the strength of her family and a constant source of love, understanding and patience. Together, they provided a beautiful example of devotion to each other and to their family and their friends. Due to the economic necessity of helping support their families, neither attended high school. Mr. and Mrs. Condon firmly believed that hard work, determination, and faith were the keys to prevailing over difficult times and to providing a better life for their child and grandchildren. The Davidson family has established this scholarship with a strong sense of gratitude for the love and encouragement that they received.
SCOTT MICHAEL CONNOLLY **
Scott Connolly (7-2-89 – 3-17-06) lived in Reading and attended the Killam Elementary and Coolidge Middle Schools. He played lacrosse, hockey, baseball and soccer for the Reading Youth Sports programs. His passion for life, friends and sports was secondary to the love he had for his family especially his brother, Tanner. Scott went on to attend St. Johns Preparatory School in Danvers where he was a junior in the graduating class of 2007. He was a popular member of the freshman and junior varsity lacrosse teams, as well as among his classmates. His teammates were quoted as saying Scott was a fierce competitor and the heart and soul of the teams. Scott worked at Hillview Country Club in No. Reading for three years where he developed a passion for golf. During that time he could be found before or after work hitting balls on the practice tee or playing golf until dark. Scott will always be remembered for his amazing smile and will be forever missed by family and friends.
DOUGLAS A. COWELL **
Doug Cowell is remembered as a man who was devoted to his family, community, and church. Over the course of almost twenty-five years, Mr. Cowell served townspeople on the Reading Scholarship Foundation, the Finance Committee, the Board of Public Works, and as a Town Meeting representative. As an usher at St. Athanasius Church, Mr. Cowell’s friendly face was among the first that parishioners would see upon entering. He played a leading role in the Church through his participation in the Parish Council and the religious education program. Mr. Cowell’s family and friends donated the funds for this award.
JOAN DALY CURTIS **
Joan Daly Curtis (1935-1973) grew up in Melrose, graduated from St. Mary’s High School and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School and worked as a private secretary for a State Street law firm. Joan’s two sons graduated from Reading High School. In her late twenties she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and soon became bedridden. She passed away at the age of thirty-eight. This scholarship is given by her family as a way of saying “thank you” to the many people of Reading for the many kindnesses extended to them during her illness.
BARBARA DALY **
Barbara Daly was a Reading resident for many years. Born in Melrose, she graduated from St. Mary’s High School and North Adams College. As a teacher, and later as a librarian, she worked in the Wakefield School System throughout her career. In her leisure time, Barbara enjoyed reading, gardening and traveling. She is remembered as a devoted daughter and aunt, a good friend and a reliable associate.
DONALD W. DAVIDSON, SR. **
Don Davidson (1925-1992) was born and raised in Roslindale, MA. His college education was interrupted by World War II, in which he served proudly in the 10th Armored Division under Gen. George Patton. He returned home to complete his Bachelor’s degree at Boston College and his Master’s degree at Boston Teacher’s College. A Reading resident since 1955, Mr. Davidson served on the Planning Board, Finance Committee, Town Meeting, and school advisory boards. Mr. Davidson was an avid tennis player and reader. He is remembered for his quick wit and love of the English language. The Davidson Family established this scholarship in memory of a dedicated, compassionate and loving husband, father and friend as a testimony to his commitment to education and helping others.
ALYSSA DION **
Alyssa was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, spending six and a half months of her first year in the Special Care Nursery at the N.E. Medical Center. Resolving not to let CF be her identity, she sought to be recognized in the same manner as her peers. Regardless of many hospital stays, she maintained her academics and other tasks. She participated in sports always with a big smile and giving it her all. Alyssa admired the nurses who took care of her and dreamed to do the same realizing that her compassion would be genuine because of her own experience with a chronic disease. Sadly, she was not able to pursue her dream. Alyssa passed away during her senior year in high school at the age of 18. She touched many lives and her courage and spirit will live on with them.
JENNIFER M. DIREENO **
(May12, 1978-June 11, 1999), Jen was a 1996 RMHS graduate who was very much into the social scene. She was active in sports all 4 years and was part of the peer leadership program. She attended URI for 2 years, a member of Phi Sigma Sigma. A business major, she hoped to pursue a career in marketing/advertising. She was always there for her friends, willing to drop everything if needed. Jen will always be remembered for her outgoing personality and distinctive laugh. This scholarship, in loving memory, was established by her friends and family.
PAUL DOHERTY **
Paul Doherty served the Reading community for many years as the owner/director of the Doherty Funeral Home. He was a decorated Vietnam veteran with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with a V for valor. A lifelong resident of Reading, Paul belonged to the K of C, VFW, DAV and American Legion. He played basketball and football at RMHS, the football team was undefeated and won the Middlesex League championship for the ’65-’66 season. This scholarship in loving memory of Paul was donated through the generosity of his friends, family, wife Carol (RMHS’72) daughter Kate (RMHS ’98) and son Michael (RMHS ’00) to support Reading students.
LEO & PATRICIA DOOLEY **
Leo and Patricia (Burns) Dooley were brought up in Everett and Charlestown respectively. Leo was a graduate of Cathedral High School and Northeastern University. Pat was a graduate of Charlestown High School. After graduation, Leo served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army and spent some of his active duty in Korea. Leo and Pat married in 1969 and bought a home in Reading. Family members have fond memories of gatherings and holiday celebrations at their Reading home. They were a very generous couple that was always helping people. This scholarship has been established in loving memory of Leo and Pat Dooley to help Reading students experience the invaluable opportunity of a college education.
KATHLEEN M. ( CONNORS ) DUMAS **
Kathy Dumas, a Reading resident with her husband, Jay, since 1969, was an extraordinary teacher of young children. A 1965 graduate of Salem State College, Kathy taught in the Medford School System for five years before leaving teaching to raise her daughters. In 1981, she returned to teaching at Reading’s Sandra Lane Nursery School, where she was known as “Miss Kathy”. For the next twenty-two years, until her retirement in 2003, Kathy distinguished herself as an exceptional teacher and was held in highest esteem by the parents of her students. Kathy combined her love of children, her creativity, and her rare talent as a teacher to nurture the early educational development of hundreds of Reading children. The staff and families of the Sandra Lane Nursery School led the effort to establish this scholarship in Kathy’s memory. This living tribute honors Kathy’s commitment to children and continues her legacy on their behalf.
E COMPANY & MEDICAL DETACHMENT **
IN MEMORY OF PARKER C. KIMBALL AND CHARLES C. PARRY
“E” Company and the Medical Detachment were units in the 182nd Infantry, Massachusetts National Guard, Wakefield, MA. Parker Kimball joined E Company on 12/20/40 and Charles Parry joined on 10/28/40. At the outbreak of World War II, the 182nd Infantry Regiment was shipped out for overseas duty. On March 12, 1942, the Regiment landed on the island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific. Here it joined two other National Guard Regiments and these three Regiments became the Americal Division. On March 16, 1942, while serving as Corporal of the Guard, Corporal Parker C. Kimball at age 24 was killed in the line of duty. On November 26, 1942, while serving on the front line on Guadalcanal, Charles E. Parry, age 26, was killed in action. Both of these men enlisted from Reading and are buried in the Soldiers Lot in the Reading Cemetery.
MICHELE EBERT **
Michele was always eager to be involved in school activities despite her heart ailment. At Coolidge Middle School, she particularly enjoyed learning about computers, writing her own programs and sharing them with other students. Michele made a dulcimer instrument and participated in the dulcimer music program in the 8th grade. She was awarded the Coolidge Principal’s Award. Michele would have been a member of RMHS Class 1993. This scholarship in loving memory of Michele was established by her parents, with generous contributions from her family, friends and classmates at Coolidge Middle School.
THURSTON C. ENGLUND **
Thurston C. Englund (1916-2001) was a lifelong Reading resident and a graduate of Reading High School in 1933. An Army veteran of World War II, he saw action on Guadalcanal and the Philippines. After the war he returned to Reading where he married his wife of 52 years, the former Alice Pratt, also of Reading. He attended Lincoln Technical Institute, where he received an associates degree in Electrical Engineering and worked for Boston Edison for over 30 years. He was an avid follower of Reading sports and spent many hours following his son as he participated in youth baseball and hockey. This scholarship was established by his son, Richard, daughter-in-law, Carol and his friends and family members.
LLOYD SAMUEL EVANS
Lloyd Samuel Evans, a native of Everett, was a graduate of Everett High School and Northeastern University, Class of 1936, College of Business Administration. Mr. Evans was also a charter member of the Northeastern University Huskies Associates. As president of the Samuel L. Evans Steel Erecting Company, which his father founded, Mr. Evans was proud of being a member of Local Union #7 Ironworkers of America for over 50 years. He moved to Reading in 1985 to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Richard Smith, Sr., and two grandchildren, Richard, Jr., and Kimberley, both graduates of Reading Memorial High School. This scholarship in his memory was donated by his family and many friends.
JAMES J. & ALMA FANNON
Jim Fannon was born and educated in Lynn, serving our country during World War II as a radio control operator. Alma (Morandi) Fannon grew up in Somerville. During WWII she was employed at the Boston Naval Shipyard where she met Jim after his service. Faithful and active members of St. Athanasius Parish, Jim was a lector, extraordinary minister and for years the principal of the CCD religious education program. Alma contributed her creative talents to the “Craft Ladies” for the Holiday Bazaar and her culinary talents were appreciated when she volunteered at Rosie’s Place on behalf of the church. The Fannons truly cared about the well-being of the young people of their community. Originally, St. Athanasius Parish established this scholarship in honor of one of its earliest and most gifted lay leaders
JACK FASCIANO **
For more than 30 years, Jack Fasciano taught Reading students. A graduate of Salem State Teacher’s College in 1959, he began his career at Parker Junior High School moving Coolidge when it opened and remaining there as a science teacher and department head until his retirement in 1991. Mr. Fasciano consistently challenged, encouraged and advised the children in his classroom, as well as those he coached in Reading Youth Basketball and Little League. Mr. Fasciano lived in Reading for 41 years with his wife, Sara, and three children, and was well-known about town where he could be spotted running and riding his bike as well as at St. Athanasius Church where he sang in the choir. This scholarship was established with great love and pride by Mr. Fasciano’s family and has been generously supported by his family and friends so that Reading students will continue to benefit in his name.
JASON FILIPPONE **
Jason graduated from RMHS, Class of 1992. Jason, a former Boy Scout, participated in Reading Youth Soccer and Little League Baseball and was an RMHS wrestler. He obtained a Microsoft Windows NT Administration certificate from Boston University in 1999. He was employed by Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary. Many close friends organized a benefit to raise funds for this scholarship. Jason’s family will be forever grateful to Reed Wax, a former employer of Jason, and to the many young people of Reading for their deep commitment to honor this young man. It is his family’s hope that the young people who receive this award over the years will have the benefit of a very secure, rewarding future.
NEIL FOOHEY **
Neil Foohey was a 1979 graduate of Reading High School and a student at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was gifted with a keen mind and cared deeply about issues such as social justice and world peace, and our country’s participation in these issues. Neil’s greatest asset, however, was his wit. His classmates recognized his sense of humor, selecting Neil to be Master of Ceremonies of the Senior Class Talent Show. He had the ability to see an outrageous side to any situation. The memories that Neil left always seem to bring a smile to the faces of all who knew him. Neil’s family has established this scholarship in his memory.
ROBERT E. FOWLE **
Robert E. “Doc” Fowle was born in Reading and spent most of his life here. In later years he made his home in Augusta, Maine and Florida. In his teenage years he was a national champion target shooter with .22 rifles. Attending medical school for three years, he was unable to finish his medical education because of the Wall Street crash of 1929 and the ensuing Depression. He became interested in the steel business and became a part owner of a large Boston steel company. He died in 1981 and is buried in Reading. His love of his native town and its citizens is exemplified by his bequest to the Reading Scholarship Foundation in his will.
EDWARD I. & LAURENE A. GADBOIS *
Edward I. Gadbois (1933-1992) was born in Reading where he spent his entire life with the exception of two years served during the Korean War. A graduate of RHS, he received the Henry Ingersoll Trophy in recognition of his achievements on the gridiron and in the classroom. Laurene Boyd Gadbois (1934-2016) moved to Reading as a child. She graduated from RHS as valedictorian of her class and continued her education at Northeastern University and UMass receiving a degree in engineering. After many years in the engineering field, she retired in 2000 from Frequency & Time Systems. They were both active in veterans affairs: Edward, a life member and past Commander of Post 685 VFW and Reading Chapter 37 DAV, Laurene as a DAV Auxilary Officer. Laurene also served on the Board of Directors of the Reading Scholarship Foundation. They both believed in the importance of education and their desire to help others in the pursuit of their dreams.
EMILY JEAN GALE **
Emily (1971-1994) graduated from RMHS in 1989. While in school, she participated in indoor and outdoor track, the first RMHS varsity girls swim team, and MADD Advisory Board. She attended college at Colby Sawyer and UMass-Amherst. A competitive swimmer from the age of 5, she also taught swimming for several years during summer vacations. With a bubbly personality and constant smile, she made friends wherever she went. She loved children and children loved her. Her family has established this scholarship in loving memory of Emily.
ROBERT GIROUARD **
Robert Girouard, a graduate of Northeastern University, became a helicopter pilot during his five years of service in the Marines. Mr. Girouard was instrumental in forming the New England Helicopter Pilots Association, with the goal that the Association would promote safety standards within the helicopter industry. A highly respected pilot, he was Millipore’s corporate helicopter pilot. This scholarship was established through the efforts of the New England Helicopter Pilots Association, with generous contributions from Millipore and his many friends.
FRANCIS P. GORGONE **
Frank, a long time resident of Reading, was a member of the Charter Commission and a Town Meeting member. His interest in town government and his volunteer work extended beyond town hall. He contributed his time and expertise to the Shadow Day Program, was a loyal spectator for the girls’ sports program at RMHS and an active member of the RMHS band parents group. To Frank, education was a concept which extended far beyond the classroom. His wife, Linda, wishes to honor his memory by providing a permanent scholarship designed to aid a financially needy Reading Memorial High School student who has the work ethic and academic promise to excel in college.
RICHARD C. HART**
Coach, colleague, husband, Dad and friend, these were some the many titles that were used to refer to Dick Hart. A resident of Reading for over 30 years, he and his wife Janice raised their 3 sons, Bob, Tim and Greg in this town. Many parents and children knew Dick from his many hours spent in hockey rinks as a coach for Reading Youth Hockey. Additionally he was Past President of the Reading Jaycees, Reading United Soccer Club and the Barrows Elementary PTA. In particular Dick was very proud of having put himself through Bentley College, while working full time at night at what was then Merchants National Bank. This scholarship given in loving memory of Dick has been established by his colleagues, friends and family to enable a deserving student to pursue a career in business.
A graduate of Bowdoin College, Luke Halpin began his teaching career at RHS in 1922. During his tenure he taught Math, was Assistant Principal and the first guidance counselor. He also taught math at Boston University afternoons and evenings. He introduced calculus into the curriculum at a time when other high schools did not offer it. His method of teaching was to improve study and thinking skills. One former student calls him “The best teacher I ever had.” His colleagues remember him as a shy person, but with his friends he showed a deft wit and a great sense of mischief. To his students, he was kind and merciful. This scholarship is donated by a former student to honor a truly extraordinary teacher.
FC3 WILLIAM R. HANSEN**
As a member of the RMHS Class of 1983, Bill Hansen was easy going and fun loving. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy, using his electronics degree in the service of his country. On May 17, 1987, Bill and thirty-six of his shipmates lost their lives when USS Stark(FFG-31) was attacked while on patrol in the Persian Gulf. This scholarship was established in Bill’s memory to provide assistance to a student interested in studying science, electronics or astronomy.
RALPH G. ISACSON**
Ralph G. Isacson was a native of Malden, attending the Malden schools and graduating without being absent a single day. In 1942, Mr. Isacson enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard serving until the end of World War II. In 1946, he reenlisted. He retired as a Lt. Commander with over 22 years of service. During the 17 years that Mr. Isacson lived in Reading, he was an active member of the Old South Methodist Church. Mr. Isacson is lovingly remembered by his wife and two daughters by this scholarship they have donated in his memory.
JAY JELLISON **
In March 2000 Reading lost one of its favorite sons. Jay Jellison was a devoted husband, loving father and stellar athlete. His love for sports and his care for the children that he coached was evident every season. A former winter and spring track star and football player at RMHS, Class of ’65, his long jump stood for 32 years until his own son Mark broke it in 1997. Jay loved to play and played to win, but that didn’t color his devotion to the idea that all youngsters deserve a chance to shine at their game. His style is greatly missed on the fields of Reading and his unique sense of humor is missed in the homes of his friends and family. They hope that the recipient of this award will further his/her education and remember what an inspiration Jay was to all.
DAVID & SUSAN JOHNSON **
David and Susan Johnson were Reading residents for over 33 years. They touched many lives and were very involved in the community including Jaycees, school programs, youth sports and the boy scouts. David and Susan had three children who all graduated from RMHS. Their children created the David K. Johnson Foundation where the mission is “to promote awareness and support for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia”. This memorial scholarship is one of a number of beneficiaries of the foundation.
MOLLY KENNEDY **
Molly Kennedy (Feb. 22, 1974 March 30, 1990) was a member of the Reading Memorial High School Class of 1992. She is remembered as a scholar, a poet, and an athlete. The talent and sensitivity she possessed are apparent in these lines of poetry she wrote:
“A word fell from frozen lips, I stooped over to pick it up And drank the knowledge in gentle sips.”
This scholarship in loving memory of Molly was contributed by her family and many friends.
SCOTT S. KLEIN **
Scott S. Klein (1957-2016), at the time of his death, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Reading Scholarship Foundation. Scott, after serving as Treasurer, became a member of the Investment Committee where his background in finance was an asset. A native of Kansas, he held degrees from Kansas State University as well as from Bentley University where he held the position of Adjunct Professor in addition to his career as a financial planner. He was an enthusiastic college basketball and football fan who also enjoyed traveling, reading and music. Scott’s outgoing personality and sense of humor were one of the many traits that made him a wonderful co-worker, friend and father. Harrison, his son, has established this scholarship in loving memory of Scott.
Strong communities like Reading have intangible assets in people like Mr. Koulouris who quietly and without fanfare make a difference in the world. He served our country for 18 years in the Air Force, worked tirelessly for the kids of Reading in youth hockey, football and baseball, served the Church in many capacities, but above all was devoted to his family in ways we can’t begin to describe. We love him and miss him and may his example always be an inspiration to the recipient of this award to also make a difference in the world.
KAY K. KREKORIAN **
Kay K. Krekorian (1927-2006) was a first generation Armenian American who lived the American Dream. Born and raised in Medford, he was a graduate of Medford High School and Northeastern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and was a member of the varsity basketball team. Kay was an honorably discharged World War II Navy veteran. His professional accomplishments were many, but he will be remembered most for his love of life and devotion to family. A loving husband of fifty years, a father of three and grandfather of ten, he was an avid fan of each child and their many activities. Kay spent 48 years of his life in Reading and loved everything about the community, especially the people and the sports. His family and friends have established this permanent scholarship in an effort to perpetuate his legacy.
C. BRUCE LATHAM **
C. Bruce Latham, a life-long resident of Reading, graduated from RMHS in 1959. He graduated from the Massachusetts State Police Academy and received a B.S. from Suffolk University in Criminology. As Staff Sergeant, he earned much recognition for his investigative expertise working as a detective under then District Attorney, Scott Harshbarger. Not only was Bruce committed to his job, but to family and community. He coached and sponsored senior league baseball, sang in the choir at the Unitarian Universalist Church, and was always available for anyone needing his help. .
IRENE & EARLE LATHAM **
Earle, Irene and Patricia Latham were longtime Reading residents. Earle, his parents and three brothers moved to Reading in 1916. He was educated in the Reading school system and graduated from Reading High School in 1925. Through further education and hard work, Earle became the First Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Irene was raised in Malden and moved to Reading when she married Earle. They raised their two children on Prescott Street. Irene was elected as the first woman Trustee of the Reading Public Library and served for a decade. Earle and Irene’s daughter, Patricia, graduated from RMHS in 1956 and attended college for one year before dying from Hodgkins disease. Earle, Irene and Patricia valued education, and this scholarship is established to honor that commitment
KENNETH C. LATHAM, SR. **
Kenneth C. Latham, Sr., was raised in Reading. He graduated from Reading High School in 1932 and served as President of his class. He was the youngest person elected to the Reading Board of Selectmen. He served as Selectman for 15 years (1942-1957) and as Town Meeting Moderator for 21 years (1957-1978). Ken served on many local and statewide boards including Winchester Hospital of which he was president and the YMCA of Reading. He had the vision to see the town’s future growth needs and was instrumental in the town’s acquisition and development of both the Birch Meadow complex and the Haven Street and uptown municipal parking lots. Ken formed the Reading law firm that still bears his name.
MARION H. LATHAM **
Marion Latham was a Reading resident from her birth in 1912 until her death in 1988. She loved music and was a gifted pianist since childhood. For years, Mrs. Latham taught piano to many Reading youngsters. A number of her former students have distinguished careers in the field of music today. This musical scholarship in her memory was established by her family in order to enable deserving young people to continue their musical careers.
CHARLES J. LAURILLIARD **
Chuck Laurilliard was born in Reading in 1959, graduating from RMHS in 1976. Chuck earned a Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Following graduation in 1980, he joined GTE Sylvania as an industrial engineer. He was an outstanding performer in both the Reading Men’s Softball League and in an industrial league with GTE. Chuck’s brother Jim summed up the feelings of all who knew Chuck, stating in his eulogy, “Chuck was considered as family by his friends, and as a friend by his family.” The Laurilliard family donated the funds for this scholarship.
EDWARD C. LEE **
Ever since he was a boy working in his grandfather’s cellar darkroom, Ed Lee’s life was photography. In World War II, he was an Air Force photographer in Italy. After the war, Mr. Lee returned home to a career in commercial photography for General Electric and New England Power Service Company. In retirement, he ran his own photographic business for fifteen years. He never tired of sharing his photographic expertise with young people and local artists. This scholarship was donated by his family and friends.
MICHAEL P. LENIHAN **
Michael P. Lenihan (July 23, 1964 – Sept. 21,.2002) was a life-long resident of Reading who graduated from Austin Preparatory School in 1982. He furthered his education at the University of Lowell earning a degree in Civil Engineering. As an employee of the Mass. Highway Dept. he advanced to Project Manager of the Rte. 3 widening from Burlington to New Hampshire. Mike was a loving husband and proud and devoted dad who enjoyed spending time with each of his children, family and friends. Taking a keen interest in education, as a Town Meeting member he worked tirelessly to see that his children would benefit from the best education possible. Mike would be pleased to have someone receive an award to further his/her education. He touched many lives during his illness and is most remembered for being patient, kind and a true gentleman.
DOUG and IRIS LINCOLN
Iris Birnie Lincoln was a lifelong resident of Reading, graduate of Burdett College and an active seventy year member of Old South Methodist Church. She was executive secretary at the Reading Municipal Light Co. for many years. Iris was a long-time member of the Reading Woman’s Club and Priscilla Chapter 52 Order of Eastern Star. Douglas Beebe Lincoln, born in Walton, New York, graduated from Northeastern University and taught at Burdett College. A certified public accountant, he worked at the Frost Co. in Arlington for over thirty years. A dedicated member of Old South Methodist Church, Doug served as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer in addition to many other vital positions. Their children, Janet of Poway, CA and Bob of Tolland, CT, established this scholarship in memory of all the love, humanitarian, and benevolent qualities their parents exhibited throughout their lives.
THOMAS T. LYONS
Tom Lyons, RHS’52, was a member of the National Honor Society, student council,yearbook staff, football quarterback,basketball and baseball captain and a 2003 inductee into RMHS Hall of Fame. In his junior year at Brown University, he was diagnosed with polio and spent the next nine months in the hospital. Finishing his undergraduate studies at Harvard as well as a Master’s, he began a pursuit of a life of the mind that led to a distinguished teaching career at Phillips Academy. Lyons authored numerous books and articles, served as a member of the Fulbright Scholarship Board and earned a distinguished teaching award from Harvard and the New England History Teacher’s Association. This award was the generous gift of Tom’s RHS classmate, Peter Parsonson and his wife, Sally.
LT. STEVEN D. MANTIA **
A sense of reliability and duty, a desire to do things well qualities inherent in Steven Mantia. Whether it was as the starting center on the 1974 RMHS Super Bowl team or as an Army Lieutenant, Steve Mantia was a consummate team player. A quiet leader, Steve was awarded the football team’s coveted Man and Gentleman Award in his senior year at RMHS. He attended Bridgewater State College, where he played football, graduating in 1980. Steve served the U. S. Army in the 193rd Infantry Brigade in Panama. In 1985, he lost his life in an airplane accident while on duty. Steve’s parents donated the funds for this scholarship.
STEPHEN MAXWELL **
Stephen Maxwell, an honor student in the Class of 1992 of RMHS, evidenced a love of reading and a passion for writing during his short life. He had already composed a number of short stories and was a member of the Literary Board of IMPRESSIONS. He led a life rich in friendship and love. Everyone who came in contact with Stephen was impressed by his appreciation of good humor, his trusting nature, and his genuine interest in intellectual pursuits. When he was asked to write a metaphor about himself, Stephen compared himself to a knight on a “long quest to slay many…dragons and to gain experience from them.” The scholarship established by his family in his memory may enable other students to pursue this dream.
MARGARET MCGONAGLE **
A Reading resident for 30 years, Margaret McGonagle was a member of the Reading Scholarship Foundation (1987-2002). She greeted many new residents to Reading as the former Welcome Wagon Hostess in the 1970’s. She was the Past President of St. Joseph’s Mothers’ Club in Medford as well as Past President of the Reading Business and Professional Women’s Club..
SECOND LT. THOMAS J. MCGRATH, JR. **
A member of the RMHS Class of 1991, TJ was a member of the National Honor Society, Production Editor of “Impressions” and an avid student of historic and current events. A 1995 Dean’s List graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, TJ was commissioned a 2nd Lt. and was assigned to General Custer’s old cavalry unit: the 2nd of the 7th, 1st Cavalry at Ft. Hood, TX. Remembered for his deep sense of integrity and sharp wit, TJ epitomized the values of a West Point graduate: “Duty, Honor, Country.” This scholarship was established by TJ’s family and friends in memory of a young man who, in his short life, showed much purpose and great promise.
STEPHEN MELESHUK **
A member of the RMHS Class of 2000, Stephen will be remembered by his family and friends as a caring, loving individual who could not do enough to help those in need. His upbeat humor made him very popular with his friends. He was a member of the RMHS 1999 Super Bowl team and played basketball for many years. He enjoyed music and collected CD’s as a hobby. He attended Fisher College where he studied Criminal Justice. This scholarship in his memory was donated by his loving friends and family.
SALLY MERCHANT **
Sally Merchant exuded warmth and friendliness to all who knew her. She combined her two great loves, music and teaching, in her career. A 1964 graduate of UNH, she was the music teacher at the Birch Meadow and Joshua Eaton elementary schools for twelve years. Students looked forward to her fun music classes, and everyone enjoyed her upbeat personality and lovely, big smile. Mrs. Merchant enjoyed sports and was her sons’, Bob Jr. and John, biggest fan, especially at their hockey games. She was also an active member of the Congregational Church, at one time serving as a deaconess. Reading’s teachers led the effort to establish this scholarship in Mrs. Merchant’s memory.
JOHN F. MORABITO **
John F. Morabito grew up in Winchester and attended Tufts University. He met his wife, Betty Reese, at the Boston Conservatory of Music and the two sang professionally throughout the region, including at the Mount Washington Hotel. He auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera Company but decided his true career goal was education. He was principal at the Pearl Street School before helping to design and staff the newly built Killam Elementary School. Beloved by students, parents, and staff, he was principal there from its opening in 1969 until his death in May 1980. He was passionate about his family and active in the community. He also loved boating, water skiing, and fishing on Little Squam Lake in NH with his wife, Betty, and children Jenny Lou and Freddie. This scholarship was established in his memory by the Killam PTO to assist a graduating RMHS senior who is pursuing a degree in Education.
BRIAN J. MORSE **
Brian Morse will always be remembered by his family and friends as a lively and caring person with a great sense of humor. He enjoyed attending concerts (he was a particular fan of the band Phish) and spending time with his friends. A generous young man, he was always willing to help others. He made a lasting impact on the many people he met during the day-to-day routine in his position working for the local cable company. Brian grew up in Reading graduating from RMHS where he was active. By establishing this scholarship, Brian’s family hopes to extend some of his generosity to the Reading community.
NEWELL MORTON **
It is difficult to think of an aspect of life in Reading that was left untouched by “Newt” Morton. He devoted his life to teaching and Reading town affairs. Mr. Morton was a charter member of the Reading Scholarship Foundation and the Y’s Men’s Club, which formed the Reading YMCA. He did far more than lend his name to the numerous organizations he joined, a partial listing of which included the Reading Boosters Club (past president), the Council on Aging, Friends of the Reading Public Library, and VFW Post 685 in Reading. He also served as a member of the Reading School Committee. Mr. Morton was tirelessly interested in children and education. After he retired from Belmont Hill School, he spent many hours tutoring students at Reading High School.
BEVERLY A. MOYNIHAN-WISWALL **
A graduate of RMHS Class of 1960, Mrs. Wiswall was a resident of the town of Reading for over 30 years. Tragically, she was widowed when her three sons, Jim, Tim and Brian were only 1, 2, and 4. Despite this tragedy, Mrs. Wiswall loved life and her many friends in Reading. She has a special place in the hearts of Reading’s young people, which she earned through countless hours of volunteer work in Reading’s recreation, scouting, and church youth programs. Like her first husband, she knew her sons briefly before her young life was taken by cancer. Inspiring all who knew her with her warmth, love and laughter, she was a model of morality and family unity.
SALLY J. MUCICA **
Sally J. Mucica (February 27, 1948 – July 5, 2015) made a difference in hundreds of young lives during the course of her teaching career. She taught four generations of children during her 39 years in the Reading Public Schools. Any of these students could tell you how deeply she cared for them and how special she made them feel. Mrs. Mucica appreciated all children for their gifts and talents. Parents speak fondly of her dedication to children and the importance she placed on working together to develop each child’s unique strengths. Sally’s family and friends attest to her gifts of humor, compassion, and generosity. This scholarship is established in loving memory and with deep appreciation for Sally J. Mucica.
AMANDA L. NADEAU **
Amanda L. Nadeau (1989-2006) was a gifted athlete at RMHS. She swam on the girls’ varsity swim team for 3 years and was the proud keeper of the Lois Margeson pot. Her true love was hockey, playing on the girls’ varsity hockey team for 3 years. A natural skater and a fierce competitor, she shined on the ice. The only thing that shined brighter was her smile. Her love for family and friends was always first to her. She made everyone she touched a better person. Amanda’s family and her friends have established this scholarship in her memory.
YUSAKU NAKANO **
Yusaku Nakano (1981-2000) born in LaGrande, Oregon, moved to Reading in 1996 as a sophomore at Reading Memorial High School. He fully enjoyed his school life in Reading. He was a pole-vaulter as well as a high-jumper on the track team and served as a captain in 1998-1999. He did not like English and literature but liked math and science. He aspired to become an engineer and started his study at Georgia Tech in 1999.
JUDGE ALFRED VICTOR NIGRO
Judge Alfred Nigro was the third child of seven born to Mary and Eugene Nigro. While working at Eugene’s, the family business, he graduated from Boston English High School and received bachelor and masters in law degrees from Northeastern University. He left private practice to serve in the Air Force in WWII. After his discharge, he worked for the Veterans Administration. Later, as an official with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, he was one of the early developers of the Social Security disability program and the establishment of medical and legal standards for the uniform adjudication of disability claims. He became an administrative judge in California and was instrumental in setting up hearing facilities in the West and Hawaii. In addition to his career, Judge Nigro loved art, music and acting and was active in the Quannapowitt Players and in helping to acquire its playhouse.
DR. ANTHONY V. NIGRO
Dr. Anthony V. Nigro was a longtime Reading pediatrician and the founder of the Reading Medical Center. In 1951, he was the first physician in Reading to introduce the Salk vaccine, holding community clinics for adults and children to help ward off the scourge of polio at the time. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, he helped to establish the Head Start Program in eastern Massachusetts, recognizing that support for the development and education of young children was critical to the future of our society. In the 1960s, he recruited specialists to the Reading Medical Center in order to offer comprehensive medical care as well as X-ray and laboratory services to the community. Dr. Nigro was dedicated in his work as a pediatrician and regarded the children and families in his care with fondness and warmth, taking pride in seeing his young patients grow into healthy and successful adults.
EUGENE & MARY NIGRO
Eugene and Mary Nigro moved to Reading from Boston in the early 1930’s aware of the more positive values found in a small town and also appreciating the superior school system. Mr. Nigro founded Eugene’s Shoe Store, which became Eugene’s when it expanded to include men and women’s clothing. Its location and name is still embedded in sidewalk tiles in the heart of Reading Square. Mr. Nigro was a Rotarian and a member of the early Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Nigro was a stay-at-home mother who instilled in her children the importance of education. Mr. Nigro’s philosophy was that as a member of a community there is an inherent obligation to give to that community which he generously followed with donations to local youth activities and town projects.
HELEN A. NIGRO
Helen A. Nigro was a lifelong resident of Reading, a graduate of RHS and Mt. Ida College. As a career businesswoman, she carried on the operation of Eugene’s of Reading founded by her father, Eugene A. Nigro. In 1992, she was awarded Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the downtown Christmas Lighting Festival. The Business and Professional Women’s Club named her its Outstanding Woman of the Year. She was involved in a number of philanthropic activities including the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Reading Public Library Foundation. Having a special fondness for children and the importance of education in their lives, she sponsored the Children’s Room at the Library. She is remembered as loving Reading and making it a better place in which to live.
DANIEL EMMETT O’MALLEY **
Dan O’Malley was a Reading resident from the age of 10. He graduated from St. Agnes School, Central Catholic High School and Newman Prep. He was a hard worker and made many sacrifices to achieve his goal of owning his own business and making a good life for his family. A devoted father and husband, Dan loved sports and supported his children’s efforts by attending every game in which they participated. He was a man of great faith who loved his church and his country. Dan’s wife donated this memorial award as an expression of their family’s gratitude for the support they received from the Reading Scholarship Foundation.
JOHN B. & MARJORIE PACINO **
John and Marjorie Pacino were educators and promoters of recreation and sports in the town of Reading. John was a teacher, athletic coach and guidance counselor for 40 years, Superintendent of Recreation from 1946-1987, President and Director of the Reading YMCA in the 1950’s. He also worked in various educational and athletic capacities at Austin Preparatory School. He served as Reading’s representative to the Northeast Regional Vocational Technical School in Wakefield from 1972-1997. Marjorie Pacino grew up in Reading. A graduate of RHS, Syracuse University and Tufts University, she retired from the Reading school system as head of the Math Dept. at Coolidge. Her involvement in community clubs was extensive as a member of the College Club, Christian Women’s Group, Friends of Austin Prep and the Reading Scholarship Foundation.
GILMAN L. PARKER * **
Gilman Parker (1847-1924) was a lifelong Reading resident. He was active in many community affairs, serving as a church deacon, a member of the School Committee and chairman of the building committees that oversaw the construction of the present Congregational Church, the public library, Town Hall, and several schools. He was successful in business as a wholesale coffee dealer. Upon his death, Mr. Parker became a true benefactor of Reading residents, providing a legacy to establish both a local hospital and a scholarship fund.
PATRICK S. PRATO **
Patrick Prato’s family and friends will always remember his kindness, smile, laughter and love of life. Pat loved his family, enjoyed music, gardening, attending and participating in sporting events and helping others in need. He entered into the business field specializing in the printing industry, leading to the knowledge of purchasing, sales and facility management for major corporations. Education was very important to Pat; knowing this, it is fitting to establish this memorial scholarship in his memory.
ROBERT & BEULAH PRATT **
Bob and “Boo” Pratt were both lifelong residents of Reading. Bob was the retired Chief of the Reading Fire Department and Boo made their house a warm caring home for the 54 years they were married. They realized that the future is in the education of our students. To this end, after seeing first hand through their grandchildren the benefits of the Reading Scholarship Foundation, they requested this scholarship be established in their memory to help others.
HELEN & LYMAN RICHARDSON **
Helen and Lyman Richardson were born in Reading and were lifelong residents. Helen studied at the N.E. Conservatory of Music and was well known locally for her powerful soprano voice. Lyman loved to gather friends and neighbors around a piano or organ and entertain them with popular songs of the 1930’s and 40’s. He was especially fond of Big Band music and often remarked that his favorite experience while serving in WWII was getting Glen Miller’s autograph. This award was established in loving memory by their daughter and son-in-law so that other families may share the gift of music.
ELMER A. RISING **
In his words and through his life Elmer Rising displayed the gifts of a natural storyteller. A native of Rockland, Maine, Mr. Rising was a resident of Reading from 1927 until his death in 1987. For 42 years he developed his art as a technical illustrator in the Physics Dept. at Harvard University. Only after retirement did he pursue subjects that celebrate both nature and New England. Because he was color-blind, all of his works were done in black and white.
KATHLEEN MARIE ROBICHAUD **
Kathleen Marie Robichaud was raised in Reading from the age of eight. She loved sports, animals, and helping the underprivileged. A graduate of RMHS Class of 1967, she pursued a career in sales. In 1974 she enrolled at Salem State College working on a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology degree. She worked with chronically mentally ill and developmentally disabled children and had a goal of becoming a counselor or psychologist. She did not attain her goal having tragically died on March 31, 1976, leaving her mother, father, sister and four brothers.
ALICE SMITH ROGERS **
Alice Smith Rogers, a person of great integrity and courage, moved to Reading after her marriage to Howard L. Rogers, Jr. Mrs. Rogers became a widow in 1950 while her three children were very young. In 1952, she joined the staff of Mechanics Savings Bank as secretary to the president, eventually elected as Asst. Treasurer. In her retirement Mrs. Rogers volunteered in the office of the Old South Methodist Church. Through this scholarship, Mrs. Rogers is lovingly remembered as a giving person – to her family, her co-workers, and her community.
JOSEPH RONAN **
A member of the RMHS Class of 2007, Joe will be remembered for his big smile, sense of humor and ability to make people feel good. Ice hockey was his passion. He was a former captain of the RMHS varsity hockey team, the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award, an avid golfer, fisherman and an active member of the Reading community. He played a post graduate year of hockey at Worcester Academy and later captained the hockey team at Middlesex Community College. Joe was scheduled to leave for Camp Lejeune to serve in the U.S.M.C., but was taken away from this earth four weeks before achieving his dream. His passing was a tragic loss for his family and friends but it showed the influential and positive impact he made on the lives of everyone he met. This scholarship was donated by The Joseph Ronan Memorial Fund.
CARL B. SAWYER * **
Active in Reading for many years both as a local businessman and in several civic organizations, Carl and his wife, Helen, left a lasting mark on Reading. Mr. Sawyer was President of Francis Brothers, a local hardware store. He was active in the Unitarian Church, the Auxiliary Police Assoc., Reading Rotary Club and was a charter member of the Reading Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sawyer established this scholarship in his will.
KENNETH E. SAWYER, JR. **
Ken, born in Reading, was a proud, lifelong resident. After graduating Reading High School, he enlisted in the US Army Air Force, serving during WWII as a Flight Officer on a B-24 Liberator. He graduated Bentley College and worked in finance. A devoted husband and father, Ken enjoyed participating in town activities with his three children, teaching them various sports, especially tennis, one of many sports at which he excelled. All three children are Reading Memorial High School alumni. The family is pleased that this permanent memorial award is available to a deserving Reading student.
MARY ANN (POLLY) COX SEGUIN **
Mary Ann (Polly) Cox Seguin was a graduate of RMHS Class of 1975 serving as class treasurer during her junior and senior years. A 1979 graduate of North Adams State College, she was a generous supporter of the Mass. State College system. She was employed as an internal auditor for the General Account Office for 9 years. Whether her concern for others was shown as a volunteer at the Holliston Manor Nursing Home or at home with her two small children, Daniel and Amy, Polly was a woman who always had a kind word or a helping hand to give to children, the elderly and animals. This scholarship was established with donations from Polly’s family and many friends.
S. EDWIN SHIN **
Edwin Shin, a member of RMHS Class of 1982 where he was a member of the National Honor Society, approached each endeavor with a desire to excel. He enjoyed scouting for a number of years, ultimately attaining the Eagle Scout rank. Edwin was an active member of the RMHS band and played the fife for the Reading Minutemen. He was elected to participate in both the Northeast District and Mass. All-State Bands. He was an engineering major at Northeastern University where he attained Dean’s List with highest honors. Edwin lost his life in an industrial accident in 1982 while working at a part-time job.
MICHAEL R. SKULSKI
Michael R. Skulski (RMHS 1999) was a devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend. He was an especially caring son to his mother, who began a two year battle with cancer when Michael was nine. As a teen, Michael dreamed of going to college and having a successful career so he could one day take care of his father as his father had done for him. Michael earned an associate degree from Fisher College in 2001. He was pursuing his bachelor’s degree when he passed away from cancer in 2002. Michael enjoyed movies, science fiction, Boston sports and travel, and became fascinated with Europe on a family trip. He chose part-time jobs at cinemas, video stores and with the Boston Red Sox. He was proud of his sister, brother and best friend, and loved spending time talking with family members and friends of all ages. Michael was a gentle young man with a rare generosity of spirit, and he would be happy to know that this award will help others achieve their educational dreams.
JAMES SLOSS **
Jim Sloss was an avid student and encouraged his children and others to further their educations. He began working at the State Street Bank at the age of 15 as a messenger and eventually became a Vice President. He attended Northeastern University Evening Division earning Bachelor and Master degrees and working toward his Doctorate. Whether it was camping and hiking with the scouts or tutoring neighborhood children in math, he was always eager to encourage “his kids.” This scholarship was established in honor of a man who knew that an education and hard work are the keys to accomplishment and success.
Arthur Spencer, a native of Milton, MA, graduated from Amherst College. He received a Masters’ Degree in Classics from Boston University in 1947. His teaching career in Reading spanned 1938 to 1972. During his career at RMHS, Mr. Spencer was head of the Foreign Language Dept., sponsored the local chapters of the National Honor Society and the American Field Service (AFS) and directed the drama program. His colleagues noted that his love for his pupils even surpassed his love for his subject. He transmitted to his pupils a fondness and enthusiasm for Latin akin to his own. In the classroom he consistently combined understanding, compassion and friendliness with a firm demand for scholarship and achievement. This award was donated by a former student to honor a most admired teacher.
JOHN SPIGNESE **
John Spignese, graduated from Malden High School and furthered his education at Bryant & Stratton Business School in Boston. He met his wife, Jeanne Whitney of Reading, while working in a bank and eventually moved to Reading where they raised their four children. John was a fun loving husband and father who enjoyed watching and working with the youth of Reading . He was an active member of the RMHS Band Parents and served on the Board of Directors of the Reading Scholarship Foundation (1983-2002) holding positions as Asst. Treasurer, Vice President and two terms as President. This scholarship was established by Jeanne Spignese and John’s family and friends.
ALDANA STEELE **
Aldana E. Steele was a strong believer in continuing one’s education throughout life. She grew up in Reading, graduating from RHS. At the age of 50, this grandmother of eighteen graduated from Malden Business School. She was Asst. Treasurer of Management Analysis Center in Cambridge. In retirement she formed her own bookkeeping-consulting firm. She was a past president of the Reading Business & Professional Women’s Club, which established this scholarship in 1985 with donations from Management Analysis Center, her family and friends.
SALLY STEMBRIDGE **
Sally was a life-long Reading resident, a true “Readingite”, born November 17, 1927. Her maternal family lines date back to early 1700’s Reading, and include the surnames of Merrow, Nichols and Damon. She graduated RHS, Class of 1946, and from Boston University in 1951. For 37 years she worked for the Reading School Department, most spent teaching English at the High School. Sally loved driving and during her senior year in high school helped support her family by driving her father, who had eye-sight problems, to his client appointments. She enjoyed teaching – especially those students with unrecognized potential. She was an insatiable reader (her favorite being mystery novels), devoured crossword puzzles, and relished beating all at Scrabble. Sally appreciated her education and recognized the financial burden it had been for her family and funded this scholarship to help fulfill her hopes and the dreams of its recipients. Miss Stembridge passed away May 22, 2015.
RUTH STEVENSON **
Ruth Stevenson was a caring and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was proud of her career as a dental hygienist and was also a talented artist. Her family, friends and the community benefitted greatly from her efforts on their behalf. Ruth’s enthusiasm and sincerity made all who came in contact with her feel valued and appreciated. Her sense of humor and positive outlook enriched the lives of many. Her husband, Fred, established this scholarship in her memory.
JOLENE TEWKSBURY **
Jolene Tewksbury (August 5,1981 – July 5, 2016), who we came to know and love, will be remembered in so many ways: as a wife, mother, teacher, friend, and leader. Her radiant smile and compassionate spirit created an atmosphere of happiness, joy, and kindness. The warmth that she demonstrated inspired both children and adults alike to think in a positive way and see the good that each day carried. She brought compassion and dedication to everything she did both in and out of the classroom.
Mrs. Tewksbury’s enthusiasm for life will live on forever in our hearts and inspire a new generation of teachers to follow in her footsteps to bring joy to the hearts of the children in their classrooms and motivate students to love learning as she did each and every day. Mrs. Tewksbury touched the lives of so many and her light will shine on forever in our hearts and minds. This scholarship is established in loving memory and with deep appreciation for Jolene Tewksbury.
FRANK J. & MATHILDA M. TORRE * **
For over thirty years, Frank and Mathilda Torre owned a popular ice cream and candy shop on Main Street in Reading. “Torre’s” was known as a comfortable gathering place for the friendly exchange of news. During the many years that the Torres operated their business in Reading, they developed a love of the town and its residents. Mr. Torre established this scholarship in his will.
B. FREDERICK, SR. & A. LUCILLE VAN MAGNESS **
Fred Sr. and Lucille Van Magness were products of the Great Depression and WWII. Children during years of great economic need and a country at war, they grew up in families unable to fund their attending college. As loving parents, both worked tirelessly to provide for their sons and, as they were acutely aware of the value of education, they encouraged their children to obtain the degrees that eluded them. At Lucille’s passing, Fred Sr. set up a scholarship funded with gifts from family and friends, so it seems only fitting that after Fred’s death at age 90, his loving family, all here in Reading honor him and Lucille in the same way. Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the B. Frederick and A. Lucille Van Magness Scholarship
PETER R. VINCENT **
Peter grew up in Reading, graduating from RHS in 1955. He was a member of Reading High’s first official hockey team. After graduation, he joined the Reading Fire Department serving as a firefighter for over 30 years. Upon retirement, he assumed the role of Fire Alarm Superintendent for 15 years. A fan of all sports, especially the N.Y. Giants, Chicago Cubs and Boston Bruins, his greatest pleasure was watching Reading High play hockey. Each year he studied junior varsity and varsity team rosters, knew each player’s strengths, and attended home and away games. It was particularly exciting for Peter to watch college hockey on TV and say, “That player went to Reading High…look at him now!” Peter Vincent was a wonderful husband, dad, grampy and friend. His smile would light up a room. Last June after waging a courageous battle against leukemia, Peter passed away. His daughter summed up his character: “My Dad was a simple man and I mean that as a compliment. He told me to keep your car clean, pay your bills on time and when you shovel snow from your front walk, make it wide enough for a fire hose to fit down…it could save your life.” This hockey scholarship was his wish. Many thanks to our family and friends for their help in making this wish a reality.
FRANK E. & MARION P. WARD **
Frank and Marion Ward moved to Reading in 1919. Mr. Ward, the youngest child of a Civil War veteran and like many of his era, had little formal education before he went work. After attending school through the fifth grade, he worked at a local general store. With the help of his employer Mr. Ward attended one year of business school and became a bookkeeper retiring at the age of 72. Mrs. Ward also left school after the fifth grade, in order to help support her family by working as a livein maid, earning about $5 per week.
BETTE WASSERBOEHR **
A highly acclaimed, widely known artist, who specialized in watercolor and pastel, Bette (Merrill) Wasserboehr was a 1939 RHS graduate and a Reading resident for 56 years. Her love for art and for her subjects drove her to paint every day of her life. Bette and Paul, her husband of 47 years, were the parents of seven children, including three sets of twins, who also graduated from Reading High. Bette would be honored today in our presenting this award because she was dedicated to teaching young people and the young at heart about the wondrous field of art.
PAULA M. WELIN **
Paula Welin lived her thirty years to the fullest. She loved reading about, discovering and exploring new ideas. Paula became fascinated with Russia in a sixth grade class. Her great interest in that country continued through high school, and Russian languages in college, finally culminating in a trip to Russia in 1984 to explore Russian art museums and other cultural sites. She would want to pass on an opportunity for intellectual growth, creative development and adventure to another aspiring student.
PHILIP R. WHITE, JR. **
Philip “Rocco” White’s family and friends will always remember his quick, yet subtle wit and his innate kindness. He graduated from RHS, the University of Maine and Boston University Law School. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar at the age of 23. After his army service, Mr. White practiced law for 33 years with the firm of Hutchins & Wheeler. He was a past president of the Reading Boosters Club, the Reading YMCA and the Boston Chapter of the University of Maine Alumni Association. He served as chairman of the Reading Board of Appeals and the Reading Housing Authority, and was a town meeting member for 32 years. It is fitting that Mr. White’s family and friends have remembered him by establishing this scholarship, which will benefit so many Reading students.
H. ALAN & RUTH B. WHITNEY **
Alan and Ruth “Bunky” Whitney were longtime residents of Reading. Al graduated with the RHS Class of 1942 and was a charter member of the Reading Scholarship Foundation. Married for almost sixty years, the Whitneys shared a lifelong eagerness to learn, explore and create. Al’s handiwork can be found in many of Reading’s homes and throughout the Old South Church. Ruth’s countless handmade quilts, braided rugs and other crafts continue to brighten the lives of their family and friends.
CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS **
Christopher Williams (1987-2011) was a loving son, brother and friend. He was a 2006 graduate of RMHS. Chris continued his education at Northeastern University and graduated in 2011 with a degree in BioMedical Physics. With his dry sense of humor and unassuming nature, people gravitated toward him. Chris taught all who knew and loved him to seize the moment. This scholarship is established by family and friends to honor a wonderful person.
WILLIAM H. WILLIS, JR. **
William Willis was born in Wakefield in 1858. After graduating from Phillips Andover Academy in 1878, he joined his father at Willis Pharmacy. At the time of his death in 1947, he had been in business longer than any other Reading businessman. He was a longstanding member of the Masonic Fraternity, holding membership in the Good Samaritan Lodge and the Reading Royal Arch Chapter. Mr. Willis generously set aside the funds for this scholarship in his will.
RONALD L. WOOD **
Ronald L. Wood spent thirty-five years teaching the children of Reading at the Birch Meadow School. Mr. Wood was devoted to “his kids”; he kept a picture of every student he ever taught, and would have been honored to be helping Reading youth with a scholarship. When Ronnie was not in the classroom, he was at some athletic event coaching, refereeing or just supporting the local athletes. He dedicated his life to the betterment of the young people who came in contact with him. This memorial scholarship was established by Ronnie’s family and friends.
PAUL E. ZUREK, JR. **
Paul E. Zurek, Jr., RMHS 1998, Assumption College 2002, was an outstanding hockey player, athlete and person. Paul was best known for putting his best effort into building strong, supporting relationships with family, friends and colleagues. Tragically, Paul lost his life in October 2016 after completing a marathon with his wife, leaving behind his loving family including his high school sweetheart and two young sons. As a member of the RMHS hockey team (1996-1980), he participated in its championship games. After graduation from Assumption College, he became a highly valued employee at Medtronic, Inc., a medical device company. Paul’s family seeks to award this scholarship to a person who emulates the principles of caring for others, doing one’s very best, loving family and friends, and always striving to live a full life.
GEORGE & NANCY LARSON **
George and Nancy Larson, lifelong residents of Reading, met while attending RMHS. They raised their children in town, sent them through the Reading school system, and saw their two granddaughters continue in the same tradition. George and Nancy have always valued the opportunities that the foundation of an education from the Reading Public Schools made available to their family. They have been engaged citizens in town working with school related groups, the Lions Club, the library, and at town elections, participating fully in town life to make Reading a desirable place to live and raise a family. This scholarship was established by their family as a fitting recognition of their efforts, which can now continue for future generations.
READING LIONS CLUB
The Reading Lions Club was chartered in 1938 and has since become an integral part of the Reading community by serving those less fortunate and in need. Reading Lions members make friends everywhere we work. Our mission is “to serve” and we do this wholeheartedly. Those we help include children who may be dealing with vision or hearing impairment, illnesses and disabilities. We also assist the Massachusetts Lions Eye research, Joslin Diabetics Center, Visual Aids for the Visual Impaired, the Reading Food Pantry, Camp Sunshine, and Reading Elder Services programs such as Adopt-a-Family for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are proud to sponsor this scholarship for a Reading Memorial High School student who seeks to further their education.
RMHS “BOYS OF ’79” ANNUAL FRIENDSHIP AWARD
The “Boys of ’79” are members of the RMHS Class of 1979 who grew together as a result of the untimely death of their classmate, Neil Foohey, and a series of golf tournaments in his memory. With trips throughout New England and numerous dinners and events, this fine group has grown from boys to gentlemen while becoming close friends. To honor this friendship, we established this award for a student who has been and continues to be a good friend and demonstrated that commitment through participation in activities that serve others.