2003-03-08 / Community

Bishop Kearney High School Honors Friends

Snowy weather did not deter almost two hundred people from attending Bish-op Kearney’s Hall of Fame Dinner Dance, held at Gar-giulo’s Restaurant on Feb-ruary 7.


Pictured at the Hall of Fame Dinner are standing (left to right): Lawrence Lograno, Susan Mullaly Fisher, Jerry Franza, Kelly Connaghan Dengler, Philip Altheim; seated: Sister Victorine, Sister Jean William, Riota McGonagle Bird and Sister Joan McAvoy.Pictured at the Hall of Fame Dinner are standing (left to right): Lawrence Lograno, Susan Mullaly Fisher, Jerry Franza, Kelly Connaghan Dengler, Philip Altheim; seated: Sister Victorine, Sister Jean William, Riota McGonagle Bird and Sister Joan McAvoy.

Three Sisters of St. Joseph were among those honored. Alumnae from the 1960’s nominated Sisters Jean Will-iam, Theresa Elizabeth and Victorine (Neponsit), because they had encouraged and challenged them, in and out of the classroom, as teacher, mentor and life-long friend.

Sister Jean was remembered for her work in the English department; Sister Theresa as French teacher; and Sister Victorine as Latin teacher.

The other honorees included parents, teachers, alumnae and friends of the Kearney community.

Philip Altheim, CEO of Forest Elec-tric Company, was honored for the support he has given many of Kear-ney’s fundraising events and for his example of generosity and involvement.

Lawrence Lograno, a Kearney parent who is chairman of the Stock Exc-hange’s Members Handicapped Child-ren’s Fund, was honored for the support he has given Kearney in addressing the needs of physically or learning disabled students.

Mr. Joseph Navin, Sr. is the founder of Navin Bros. Food Services, Inc., which provides cafeteria service to many Catholic schools in the tri-state area. Kearney was proud to honor Mr. Navin for supporting their many fundraising events.

Jerry Franza, a member of Kea-rney’s faculty since 1969, was honored for the patience and understanding he has shown over the years as a member of the Catholic Studies department and as head of Kearney’s drivers education program.

Three alumnae were also among the honorees. Rita McGonagle Bird, class of 1968, was recognized for the generous use of her talents in designing Kearney’s printed materials, including the alumnae newsletter, annual reports and Hall of Fame journal.

Susan Mullaly Fisher, class of 1976, a member of the Breezy Point Jones/Mullaly/Talbot family, is president of Nayes Partners, Inc., a Wall Street investment firm. Susan and her family have always been strong Kearney supporters. In 1998, Susan became a member of Kearney’s Board of Trustees.

Kelly Connaghan Dengler, class of 1985, along with her sisters make up another large Kearney family. Kelly was an undefeated swimming champ during her Kearney years, as well as an outstanding swimmer for Fordham University. In fact she was the first woman inducted into Fordham Uni-versity’s Hall of fame.

Sister Joan McAvoy, in her opening remarks to the Hall of Fame Dinner, noted, "The Kearney community is very fortunate to know such special people who have played significant roles in the history of a great school."


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