2008 Honorees

2008 Honorees



Pictured in photos from left to right: William H. Sullivan, Jr '33, Janet Lambert Moore '56, Deborah Hopkinson '69, Martin T. Meehan '74, Luis Pedroso '80.

William H. Sullivan Jr., one of the great visionaries in the history of college and professional sports, was the founder and original owner of the New England Patriots. Mr. Sullivan worked his way through Lowell High and Boston College writing for the Lowell Courier Citizen Evening Leader. In 1959, Mr. Sullivan started the Boston (New England) Patriots. He found a fan base and eventually a home in Foxboro where he built a stadium with private funds, a first in America during that era. Mr. Sullivan married Mary Malone of Jamaica Plain, MA and during their 58 years of marriage had six children and 15 grandchildren. Mrs. Sullivan is now the proud great-grandmother of 13 children.

Janet Lambert Moore has been painting and exhibiting in the Lowell area since her first prize at the Whistler House in 1948.  She received a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts College of Art, her master’s degree from Salem State College and later became Art Supervisor at Dracut Senior High School. Known for the hundreds of paintings and drawings of Lowell and surrounding towns, Janet has had many solo shows including the inaugural exhibit at the Parker Gallery in 1961. She is the mother of two sons, Joseph and Chauncey and the widow of Richard Moore – also a member of the LHS Class of 1956.

Deborah Hopkinson, a LHS Carney Medal winner, is the author of more than 30 picture books, short fiction, and nonfiction for young readers. Her award-winning works include Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the 1994 International Reading association Award; A Band of Angels, an ALA Notable, winner of the Golden Kite Award, and Jane Addams award honor book; and Under the Quilt of Night, winner of the Washington State Book Award. In addition to her writing, Deborah is director of grants for Whitman College in Washington and director of foundation relations for Oregon State University.

Marty Meehan is the current chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A UMass Lowell alumnus, Meehan graduated cum laude in 1978, having studied education and political science. He received a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University in 1981 and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1986 and holds honorary degrees from Suffolk and Green Mountain College in Vermont. A resident of Lowell, Meehan represented the fifth congressional district of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 2007. He served on the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. Meehan is married to Ellen T. Murphy. They have two sons, Robert Francis born in 1999 and Daniel Martin born in 2002.

Luis Pedroso was president and chief executive officer of Qualitronics in Lowell from 1984 to 2000. In 2004, he co-founded Accutronics, Inc. in Chelmsford, MA.  Dedicated to promoting education in the Portuguese community, Mr. Pedroso was the largest private donor to the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/ Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at the UMass Dartmouth. The Chair, named in honor of his immigrant parents, brings distinguished scholars from over the world to lecture on topics of importance in Portuguese studies. Mr. Pedroso and his family immigrated to California in 1969. Upon the untimely death of his father in 1973, Mr. Pedroso and his family moved to Massachusetts.