2009 Alumni

2009 Alumni

Stephen Hershey, MHS 1956 

For extraordinary achievement as an award-winning sports writer. While attending American University, Hershey began covering high school sports for the Northern Virginia Sun  and the ( now defunct) Washington Star, He quickly advanced, covering Bowl games, Super Bowls, World Series, NBA championships and other major events.  After two years at the Washington Post, he joined the staff at the newly formed USA Today.  In his last 15 years, he covered PGA Tour events, plus The Masters, British Open and Ryder Cup.  He was twice voted Sportswriter of the Year in Washington, D.C. He is a past president of the Pro Basketball Writers Association and the Golf Writers Association of America.  Hershey authored numerous sports articles and a book for Doubleday on the origin of the Senior Tour called “The Senior Tour”. He resides in Ormond-by-the-Sea with his wife Jan. The Hershey’s are proud parents of son’s Steve Jr. and James.

Richard R. Kelly, BHS 72

For extraordinary achievement as a career officer in the United States Coast Guard. Rear Admiral Kelly assumed his duties as Director Global Maritime Intelligence Integration on July 10, 2006. As Director, he is responsible for developing maritime security intelligence policy & coordination. He has also served as Director Joint Interagency Task Force for the US Pacific Command Counter-Drug Activities. A sponsor representative for the Deepwater Program, the program to replace the Coast Guards aging fleet.  Kelly was responsible for updating Deepwater mission analysis to meet post 9-11 threats and challenges. He has served extensively as a cutterman and a judge advocate.  He is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and holds a law degree from Georgetown and is a member of the Virginia Bar. Kelly and his wife Mary support the Oglala, SD Sioux Reservation by collecting clothing and necessities. They provide monthly financial support for two reservation schools

Alan D. Steinman, MHS 1975

For extraordinary achievement as an aquatic ecologist.  Al received his BS degree from U of Vermont (Phi Beta Kappa), a MS from U of Rhode Island and a PhD from Oregon State.  Currently, he is Director of Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon, MI. In the late 90’s he was responsible for oversight of the restoration of Lake Okeechobee in Fl. He is an author of over 100 scientific articles and chapters, and has been invited to speak throughout the world, including The Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Sweden and Russia. Steinman is a specialist in nutrient cycling in aquatic ecosystems and restoration ecology. He is a member of the US EPA Science Advisory Board and serves at the international, national and regional levels. Steinman is the recipient of national awards from the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Audubon Society. Al lives in Norton Shores, MI with his wife Annoesjka.  His son, Seth, attends the University of Rhode Island.

Dr. James Marzec, BHS 1974.

For extraordinary achievement as a physician. After Hofstra, he earned his medical degree from Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Medical College in 1982.   A pioneer in arthroscopic surgery, he performed the first knee arthroscopy under local anesthesia in New York City and was the first surgeon to perform arthroscopic elbow, ankle and shoulder surgeries in Brooklyn. He is on the staff of five (5) LI hospitals and two (2) surgical centers. James is the team physician for the LI Ducks Baseball, LI Rough Riders Soccer, the Harlem Globetrotters and West Islip H.S. Marzec is an Adjunct Professor at NY College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He received community services awards in Philadelphia. Currently, the Vice President & Dir. of Research of Prostar Athletics, he developed a football helmet system that drastically reduces the rate of cerebral concussions. He is the President and Medical Director of South Shore SurgiCenter, a free standing multi specialty ambulatory surgery center. He and his wife Laura live in West Islip` with their 11 year old son Jude.

Gordon V. Kelly, MHS 1956.

For extraordinary achievement in the fields of physical education, coaching, and administration.  Kelly graduated from Springfield College and has a Masters degree from the Univ. of Buffalo.  A brief HS teaching/coaching stint in NJ was followed by a 43 year career in athletics at MIT.  As the head coach of track, after 11 years as an assistant, he compiled a record of 183-48-3 over 17 years plus 13 conference championships and a runner-up finish in the 1990 NCAA Div. lll indoor championship.  He was voted New England Div.3 Coach of the Year 11 times and served as president of four coaching associations.  Kelly was an Associate Professor of Physical Education at MIT and served as Director of Physical Education for 14 years.  He provided exemplary community service to many area youth organizations including Jr. Olympics, Special Olympics, Bay State Games as well as his church.  Gordon is retired and lives in Northborough MA with his wife Carol MHS ’58.  They have three sons, Scott (MA), Gregg (MD), and Kyle (AL).

Linda Hoffman, MHS 1959.

For extraordinary achievement as a Massapequa High School mathematics teacher from 1966 to 1996.  As a teacher of all levels of mathematics, Linda earned the respect of pupils, parents and colleagues for her ability to present the curriculum in a meaningful comprehensive manner. Her straight forward problem solving style assisted her students in acquiring lasting skills in mathematics.  She was considered a highly skilled and dedicated educator by all members of the school community. A member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amityville, she has volunteered as a church office assistant since 1999,  sung in the choir and played in the handbell choir for over 20 years and directed a youth handbell choir for 15 years.  Linda has served as a substitute organist and pianist in several area churches. As a member of the Babylon Chorale and Babylon Chorale Ensemble, she has participated in performances in area nursing homes and libraries.  Hoffman, a long time Director of the Hall of Fame, assumed the office of Vice President in 2002. She also has been a member of the Scholarship Selection Committee and has served as Chairperson since 2006.

William Colfer, BHS 1966.

For extraordinary achievement in public sector administration.  After serving in the US Army as a Sgt. in the Vietnam War, Bill attended SUNY Farmingdale and Adelphi University.  In 1969, he joined the Village of Massapequa Park Public Works Department. His titles over a thirty-three year period ranged from Superintendent of Public Works to Chief Operating Officer / Village Administrator.  Over a forty-year period, he served the community as President of St Rose RC Church Parish Council, Chairman of the Bishop’s Appeal and a religious education teacher. Colfer is a member of the VFW, the Knights of Columbus, has been active in local Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops. A member of the Massapequa Fire Department (1968-76), he served as a Captain and one of the leaders that spearheaded the Firefighters Memorial. He serves as a Cornea Transporter for the MPK Lions Club. Bill is currently the Chairman of Massapequa Cares and President of the Historical Society. Colfer and his wife, Karen, reside in Massapequa Park. New York.  Their children Eileen, William Jr. (deceased), Kevin, and Brendan are graduates of MHS and all live locally.

Karen Prendergast LauckhardtBHS 1966.

For extraordinary achievement in the field of medicine. Karen is a pioneer in the field of physical therapy for the upper extremity to include care of hands that have been reattached surgically.  She was trained by hand surgeon, Robert W. Beasley, MD during the period that microscopic procedures were being developed.  In 1981, she was appointed Director of the new Hand Center at the Medical College of Virginia.  She and her colleagues developed the Center, which offers both patient care and Masters level training for hand therapists.  Karen was a founder of the American Society of Hand Therapists and served as President in 1979.  In 2008, she was awarded the “Natalie Barr Lectureship” prize.  Since retirement, she has focused on volunteer teaching and training therapists in foreign countries with particular focus on Spanish-speaking populations.  Karen is active in her church and PEO, a national philanthropic organization.  She and her husband, Charles (Chip), BHS 1966, West Point 1970, live in New Canaan, CT.

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