2011 Honorees

2011 Honorees

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2011 Distinguished Alumni Pictured Above from right to left:
Robert Goldberg Class of 1968
Patti Flemming Quigley Class of 1982
George Tsapatsaris Class of 1949
Paul Kirk (former US Senator D-MA, accepting for his grand uncle) William H O'Connell Class of 1876
Margaret Stack (accepting for her father) John Stack Class of 1924
Image William Henry O’Connell, Class of 1876 was ordained in 1884, He served as Archbishop of Boston from 1907, was elevated to Cardinal in 1911 and his 36 year-long tenure is the longest in the history of the Archdiocese of Boston.  During this period, often called the Golden Age of Catholicism the American Catholic Church came of age with thousands of children enrolled in parochial schools taught by nuns and brothers. Grand nephew former United States Senator Paul Kirk, D- MA. will accept the award for the O’Connell family.

Image John Stack, Class of 1924 graduated from MIT, was named a Fulbright Scholar and worked at the Langley Research Center as a scientist. In 1947 he was presented with his first Collier Trophy, given annually for the greatest achievement in aeronautics for his conception of transonic research airplanes. His research contributed to the X-1 breaking the sound barrier with pilot Charles Yeager. John was awarded a second Collier Trophy in 1951 for his work developing a transonic wind tunnel and was recognized with a Wright Brothers Trophy in 1962 for his outstanding career and reputation advancing supersonic flight regimes.
Image George Tsapatsaris, Class of 1949, second longest serving Superintendent in Lowell Public School history will be remembered as the primary individual responsible for ensuring equal educational opportunities for all students attending the Lowell Public Schools. George served the Lowell Public Schools as a teacher, administrator and Superintendent for more than four decades. As Superintendent, George oversaw the most ambitious and comprehensive school building program in the history of Lowell and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Image Robert Goldberg, Class of 1968, serves as Professor and Director of the Division of Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. A graduate of John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Dr Goldberg has taught for more than 25 years at the UMMS and is actively involved in community based surveillance projects and observational studies examining the natural history of coronary heart disease, heart failure and other chronic diseases. He has published more than 325 peer review scientific articles since the late 1970’s.
Image Patti Quigley Fleming, Class of 1982, earned a BA in Finance from UMass Lowell and went on to a successful career at various commercial lending organizations around the country. After her husband Patrick was killed on September 11, 2001 she was overwhelmed by the enormous outpouring of support she received. Patti soon became aware of the vast differences between her experience and the treatment of her counterparts in Afghanistan and teamed with Susan Retik, also widowed on September 11th to establish “Beyond the 11th”, a nonprofit organization to support projects that provide sustainable income to Afghan widows and their families.