2014 Honorees

2014 Honorees

Lowell High School's Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2014


The Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2014 honorees. Nominees must have graduated or attended Lowell High School a minimum of twenty years prior to be eligible.


The new inductees include:


  • James F Linnehan, Class of 1939
  • John J Lardner, Class of 1949
  • Marilyn Swartz-Lloyd, Class of 1962
  • Robert J Kilmartin, Class of 1976
  • Michael J Kuenzler, Class of 1979




The formal induction ceremony was held in the Cyrus Irish Auditorium at Lowell High School on Thursday, November 6th from 12:45-2:45PM.




James F Linnehan graduated from Lowell High School and went on to serve his country during World War II. He graduated from Bentley College, Northeastern University and Suffolk University with degrees in Accounting and a Doctorate of Law. He began his professional career as a CPA in Boston and served as an Assistant Attorney General taking a lead role in the Boston Common Garage Sandal, Mailtand Bank Scandal and served as a charter member of the Massachusetts Industrial Board.  Jim was a Life Trustee of Suffolk University and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1987 until 1997. He was the Vice President of the John J Moakley Charitable Foundation for his good friend Congressman Joe Moakley.


John Joseph Lardner enrolled at Northeastern University and after graduation enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Jack joined the Secret Service in 1959 and after working in the Department of Forgery and Counterfeiting for several years moved on to become a field agent and served on Presidential details from Dwight Eisenhower through Ronald Reagan. Jack had a special attachment to President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy- Onassis.  Jack also served as Special Agent in Charge of the State of Rhode Island and Bristol County in Massachusetts.


In Marilyn Swartz-Lloyd’s 40 year career she has been a visionary- identifying the City of Boston’s economic growth centers and playing a role in their success. Marilyn has worked with elected officials, community members and private business leaders to build and maintain the infrastructure, leadership, employee base and civic support needed to enhance those centers and the people in them.

Marilyn serves as President and CEO of MASCO (Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization) in Boston. For the past decade Marillyn has sustained collaboration among the leaders of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area’s, major institutions in dozens of initiatives critical to the area’s wellbeing.


Robert J Kilmartin is a graduate of UMass Lowell, was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps and deferred his full time military career while attending the University of Villanova Law School.  Robert practiced law and then returned to the military. A few days after the 9-11-2001 tragedy, Robert was ordered to Washington, DC. where he mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Bob was also appointed to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Kentucky.  In 2004 Bob was enroute to Iraq when his ship was re-directed to Indonesia and Sri Lanka as first responders to the Tsunami, the largest natural disaster in history.


Michael J Kuenzler has deep roots in the Lowell and Greater Lowell community as an athlete, coach, businessman and non- profit fundraiser.  Michael graduated from UMass Lowell with a degree in Criminal Justice and served in the LPD with distinction for many years. Michael founded the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program including the DARE Flag Football League receiving the Shawmut Bank Award for creating a program that positively affected the youth and families in a community. Michael also was awarded the George Hannah Award, the highest medal of honor a Massachusetts law enforcement officer can receive. Michael founded All Sports Promotions in 1998 building the business into a multi-faceted sports and law enforcement provider that now employs 40 full time greater Lowell residents.





Previous honorees include General Benjamin Butler, Jack Kerouac, Paul Tsongas, Ted Leonsis, Elinor Lipman, Herbert Zarkin ,George Behrakis, Marty Meehan, Ken Wallace, George Duncan and Milton Bradley.