Pictured in photos left to right: Teresa Garland Lew '12, F. Bradford Morse '38, Rosalind Elias '47, George Duncan '57, Kendall Wallace '59.
Theresa Garland Lew graduated from Lowell High School in 1912 as the Class Salutatorian and a Carney Medal winner. Teresa and her family were leaders in civil rights and breaking the color barrier. After graduating from high school, Theresa continued her education at the Lowell Normal School and was the first African American hired by the Lowell Public School system. Theresa taught at the Bartlett School for 21 years. Furthering her education, she became one of the first African American women to obtain a Law Degree from Portia Law School in Boston in 1930.
Frank Bradford Morse graduated from Lowell High school in 1938. He furthered his education at Boston University and Boston University School of Law. Brad Morse was elected to the Lowell City Council but left for employment for the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. After the death of Edith Nourse Rogers in 1960, Brad Morse was elected as a Republican to Congress and was re-elected for five succeeding terms before becoming Under Secretary General at the United Nations. Mr. Morse was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 1994.
Rosalind Elias graduated from Lowell High School in 1947. The American mezzo-soprano began her training at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she sang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After singing with the New England Opera, Rosalind Elias completed her training in Italy. Following engagements in Milan and Naples, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York in 1954. Rosalind originated roles in Barber’s Vanessa as Erika in 1958, and in Antony and Cleopatra as Charmian in 1966, and remained on its roster for over 30 years.
George L. Duncan graduated from Lowell High School in 1957. He is the founding Chairman of Enterprise Bank, which opened for business in 1989. In 18 years, the bank grew to the tenth largest commercial bank in Massachusetts. Mr. Duncan was appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis to serve on the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission. George received the National Private Sector Initiative Commendation from President Ronald Reagan and the New England Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young, Inc. Magazine & Merrill Lynch.
Kendall Wallace graduated from Lowell High school in 1959 and immediately went to work for The Sun, Greater Lowell's daily newspaper. Kendall began his career as a copy boy and later became a reporter, city editor, managing editor, general manager and publisher. The newspaper supported the building of Lowell’s baseball park and arena and the city being designated an urban national park. Kendall was involved in the sale of the Sun to Media News of Denver and supervised The Sun's recent move to its’ new facilities at the American Textile History Museum.