2010-11-19 / Community

Xaverian Honors Distinguished Grads

Sisters Mary Mercedes Somma and Mary Terence Mullin with Xaverian President Robert Alesi (right) and members of the Mullin family as they receive the St. Francis Xavier Award. Sisters Mary Mercedes Somma and Mary Terence Mullin with Xaverian President Robert Alesi (right) and members of the Mullin family as they receive the St. Francis Xavier Award. Citing the education he received from the Xaverian Brothers during his high school years as the foundation for many of his life accomplishments, Belle Harbor’s Bill Lavin, Class of 1961, was honored last week by his alma mater as the recipient of “The Spirit of Xaverian Award.” Joining Lavin as honorees were Sister Mary Terence Mullin, R.S.M. and Sister Mary Mercedes Somma, R.S.M., both of whom were presented the St. Francis Xavier Award for their volunteer service to Xaverian and the community. Xaverian alums John and Terence Mullin were among the family members on hand to celebrate with the Sisters.

The Awards Dinner, which also saw Walt Disney Company CFO James Rasulo, Class of 1974, recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus along with State Supreme Court Justice Robert Collini, Class of 1975 and Captain Stephen Matts, USN (Ret) Class of 1976, was held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Staten Island and attended by 375 alumni, family and friends.

Bill Lavin, Class of 1961, accepts Spirit of Xaverian Award. Bill Lavin, Class of 1961, accepts Spirit of Xaverian Award. “As a member of the Class of 1961, a respected and influential Trustee and parent of three alums, (William ’90, James ’96 and Robert ’05), Bill has certainly been a driving force behind the success that Xaverian has enjoyed over the course of its first half-century,” noted school President Robert Alesi ’78.

Warmly introduced by his son, William, Lavin, in his remarks, made special mention of the Xaverian Brothers, current and former faculty and the evening’s honorees, asking each group to stand and receive an ovation for all they’ve meant to the school while also reminding them of the importance of their continued support.

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