Alumni & Graduates of Distinction

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In 1994, the Canandaigua City School District Board of Education established the Canandaigua Academy Graduates of Distinction program, designed to recognize distinguished lifetime achievement by graduates of Canandaigua Academy.

The Canandaigua community is invited to nominate persons deserving of this high honor. Seventy-seven honorees have been inducted in the 21 years of the program. Their plaques hang in the main corridor at Canandaigua Academy.

The personal and professional accomplishments of the CA Graduates of Distinction are outstanding. Their contributions to community and society are profound. Their example will shine as a beacon to all students of the Academy, and indeed, to the entire Canandaigua community.

The Induction Dinner & Ceremony is no longer an annual event. It is held only if the Graduate of Distinction Selection Committee determines an appropriate number of honorees. However, nominations are welcome at any time or call 396-3714 for more information on how to nominate a CA Graduate of Distinction.

The Canandaigua Academy Graduates of Distinction are:

John B. Anderson, 1963

John B. Anderson
Class of 1963
Graduate of Distinction 1995
Teacher, Researcher, Author

Ph.D., Cornell University. Professor of Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and visiting professor in Germany, Canada, Sweden and the United States.

Holder of numerous patents, made fundamental contributions to digital communication and transmission of speech, data and video over telecommunication networks.

Consultant to universities, corporations and governments.

Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Stephen B. Ashley, 1958

Stephen B. Ashley
Class of 1958
Graduate of Distinction 1997
Banker, Civic Leader, Humanitarian

M.B.S., B.S., Cornell University. President and CEO, Sibley Mortgage Corp.; President, Empire State Mortgage Bankers Association. Director: Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Genesee Corp., Hahn Automotive Inc.

As President of Mortgage Bankers Association of America, championed practices to end lending discrimination to lower income and minority groups.

Trustee for Rochester Museum & Science Center, International Museum of Photography, Genesee Hospital, Center for Governmental Research. Fundraiser and benefactor for numerous community agencies.

Frank C. Ball, 1880

Frank C. Ball
Class of 1880
Graduate of Distinction 1998
Industrialist, Inventor, Philanthropist

Founder Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Co. with brother shortly after graduation. Patented many glass manufacturing machines and processes. Moved production of Ball Mason Jars to Muncie, Indiana, becoming the world's largest manufacturer of glass fruit jars. Ball Mason Jars made possible profound improvements to diet and health of millions of Americans. President of Ball Glass 63 years until death in 1943.

As President of Ball Brothers Foundation, was major benefactor to Muncie and countless civic, fraternal and religious institutions. Established Ball State University. As Director of Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Borg-Warner Co. and Muncie & Western Railroad, had major impact on Midwestern economy.

John L. Bills, 1966

John L. Bills
Class of 1966
Graduate of Distinction 2011
Operatic Tenor, Philanthropist, Mentor

John L. Bills

M.A., Indiana State University School of Music; B.A., SUNY Oswego. Opera Study: Chatauqua Institution, Syracuse University, Eastman School of Music.

World class opera tenor; soloist and chorister for New York City's Metropolitan Opera, 1977-2004. Tenor in over 5000 Metropolitan Opera performances at Lincoln Center and worldwide. Features performer in CD and DVD recordings of many classical operas. At the Met, sang over 150 solo performances under every major conductor; soloist alongside artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Leontyne Price.

Cancer survivor; founding board member of THANC (Thyroid, Head & Neck Cancer) Foundation, world's largest private funder of research on those specific cancers. Founder & Publisher, Long Island Wine Gazette, Artistic Director, Opera de San Miguel, Mexico. Co-founder of Concurso San Miguel, nationwide program to identify and support Mexico's most talented and needy young artists.

Mark L. Blazey, 1966

Mark L. Blazey
Class of 1966
Graduate of Distinction 1999
Educator, Civil Servant, Entrepreneur

Ed.D., M.A. SUNY Albany, George Washington U., Harvard, B.A. Syracuse University.

Headed U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Policy Studies, 1981-84. Professor, Dean of Training & Professional Development, RIT, 1985-91. A leader in Quality Criteria Design, served as Senior Examiner for Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and lead judge for other wuality awards. Founded own company providing consultant service and training for Fortune 500 companies worldwide, and for federal and state agencies. Has influenced application of quality management principles in diverse public and private sectors.

Prominent author on quality. Recipient of many state, national and international awards.

Alan D. Blowers, 1976

Alan D. Blowers
Class of 1976
Graduate of Distinction 2015
Research Scientist, Inventor

Alan D. Blowers

Ph.D. (1986), M.S. (1982), University of Rochester; B.S. magna cum laude, Houghton College, 1980. Post-doctoral fellow, Harvard University, 1986-1989.

International reputation in plant biotechnology and molecular biology in both university and corporate settings. Research led to first "transplastome"; successful, stable integration of foreign DNA into chloroplast chromosome. Characterized genetic element from a rice gene subsequently deployed in genetically-modified corn grown worldwide. Devised technical strategy to genetically re-program marigolds for extraction of zeaxanthin; used to prevent blindness in human eye caused by age-related macular degeneration. International authority in ornamental plant genomics, DNA markers and invasive plant species identification/prevention strategies using recombinant DNA technology.

Holder of seven U.S. biotechnology patents. Co-inventor, gene technology creating "black and other novel-colored petunias; major breakthrough in floriculture.

Klaus Leo Bluxbaum, 1949

Klaus Leo Bluxbaum
Class of 1949
Graduate of Distinction 1996
Physician, Teacher, Author

M.D., University of Rochester, B.S., Cornell University. Director of Endoscopy and Department of Gastroenterology, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier, CA. Clinical Instructor, USC Medical Center.

Gifted endoscopist and expert in fiber optic imaging for diagnosis and treatment. Mentor to young physicians; provider of countless hours of free medical care to the needy. Author of many professional articles.

Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology and American College of Internal Medicine.

Christopher J. Bolan, 1976

Christopher J. Bolan
Class of 1976
Graduate of Distinction 2011
Army Officer, Foreign Policy Advisor, Professor

Christopher J. Bolan

Ph.D. 2009; M.A.A.S. 1990, Georgetown University. Distinguished graduate, U.S. Military Academy, 1980. U.S. State Department Advanced Arabic School, 1991.

Thirty-year Army career; served with distinction at every level of command and staff. U.S. Liaison Officer to Multinational Peacekeeping Force, Sinai, Egypt, 1983-84. Outstanding strategic analytical skills led to highest level assignments in intelligence and foreign policy. Senior Intelligence Officer at Pentagon for Balkans Task Force. 1994-1997. Middle East and South Asia Policy Advisor to two time Vice-Presidents: Albert Gore and Richard Cheney, 1997-2003. Earned doctorate in International Relations after leaving White House service. Retired as Colonel, 2010; award Defense Distinguished and Superior Service Medals and Legion of Merit.

Professor of National Security Studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Donald J. Bolger, 1953

Donald J. Bolger
Class of 1953
Graduate of Distinction 2000
Business Executive, Civic Leader

B.S., Babson College. Attended college after serving four years in Navy.

Hired as receiving clerk at Kordite, rose during 35-year career with same corporation to become Vice President and General Manager of Mobil Chemical's Plastics Fabricating Division in Canandaigua. Oversaw all operations of major regional industry. Local executive for Mobil Foundation. Model of honesty, integrity and perseverance throughout career.

Director of many civic organizations, including Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce and Highland Hospital. Directed 1991 Rochester area United Way campaign. Current Trustee, Nazareth College.

Richard M. Buxbaum, 1946

Richard M. Buxbaum
Class of 1946
Graduate of Distinction 1997
International Lawyer, Teacher, Author

L.L.B., A.B., Cornell University, L.L.M. University of California at Berkeley. Professor of Law and International Law, U.C. Berkeley; Director, U.C. Center for German and European Studies; Chair, Center for Western European Studies; Dean, International and Area Studies, U.C. Berkeley.

Recognized authority and author of texts on European and American corporate law. Recipient of numerous national and international awards.

Editor-in-Chief of The American Journal of Comparative Law.

Burrall S. Case, 1932

Burrall S. Case
Class of 1932
Graduate of Distinction 2004
Businessman, Civic Leader, Volunteer

Burrall S. Case

Founded Seneca Dairy upon graduation from high school; owned and operated dairy for 45 years until retirement, 1977.

Impeccable reputation for modesty, generosity, and quiet competence; compete dedication to community service throughout career and retirement. Founder, Canandaigua Kiwanis Club, 1943; first President of club. Fifty-year member, YMCA Board of Directors. Original board member. Volunteer of Decade, Sonnenberg Gardens. Served on Canandaigua Common Council, 1964-75. Laymen of Year, St. Johns Episcopal Church. Charter member, Canandaigua Elks Club. Board member, Ontario County Historical Society and Granger Homestead.

Named Mr. Canandaigua, 1963; third year of award. Died in 1999.

Evalyn A. Clark, 1920

Evalyn A. Clark
Class of 1920
Graduate of Distinction 2004
Historian, Scholar, Professor

Evalyn A. Clark

Ph. D., John Hopkins; A.B., Vassar. Post-doctoral studies at Harvard and Columbia. Professor, Associate Dean and Acting Dean, Vassar College.

Pioneering woman historian; beloved teaching professor. Attended Vassar on scholarship from Mary Clark Thompson, Sonnenberg. Assistant professor, Douglass and Sarah Lawrence Colleges. Returned to alma mater in 1939; authored stellar career in academia. International expert in madern European history, incisive analyst on emerging Nazi threat. During war, advised Military Intelligence Division of U.S.War Department on Nazi leadership. Championed cause of women in society and education; inspired entire generation of women students who moved into major professions during post-WWII period. Many vital contributions to Vassar during 29-year career. Died in 2001, age 98.

John Mason Clarke, 1874

John Mason Clarke
Class of 1874
Graduate of Distinction 1999
Scientist, Professor, Author

B.S., M.A. Amherst College, University of Gottingen (Germany), Honorary doctoral degrees from U. of Marburg (Germany), Amherst, Colgate, John Hopkins, U. of Chicago and Princeton.

Authority on the mastodon, Devonian geology and paleontology; widely published author and influential New York State Geologist and Palentologist. Respected professor at Smith College, U. of Massachusetts and RPI. As New York Director of Science and the State Museum from 1904-1925, elevated pioneer state museum into a national showcase of science and natural history.

Member, trustee and officer of many scientific and preservationist organizations.

Eugene C. Ciccarelli, 1949

Eugene C. Ciccarelli
Class of 1949
Graduate of Distinction 1995
Physician, Teacher, Author

M.D., Harvard Medical School Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School.

Chief of Surgery, Cape Cod Hospital. Associate Surgeon, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Leader in various local, state and national medical societies.

Fellow, American College of Surgeons, American Board of Ophthalmology certified.

Gifted surgeon has restored sight to thousands.

Rose Ann Comella, 1942

Rose Ann Comella
Class of 1942
Graduate of Distinction 2001
Humanitarian, Volunteer

After graduation, worked at Sampson Naval Base, 1943-46. Employed 37 years by Rochester Gas & Electric; confidential secretary to District Director.

Extraordinary dedication to wide range of community causes. Volunteer service to most major area agencies, principally to Veterans Administration Hospital and American Legion Auxiliary. Held numerous leadership offices at Local, County & District levels of Auxiliary. Contributed over 4000 hours of recorded volunteer service at V.A. Hospital. tapped for unexpired City of Canandaigua Common Council term in 1966; subsequently elected to another term, one of first to break Council gender barrier.

Chair, Canandaigua Bicentennial Committee. Miss Canandaigua, 1977.

Robert J. Craugh, 1939

Robert J. Craugh
Class of 1939
Graduate of Distinction 2006
Banker, Philanthropist, Civic Leader

U.S. Marine Corps, Pacific, 1942-45; Korea, 1950-51

Self-made man; one of eleven children in family of limited means. Outstanding 41-year career at Canandaigua National Bank; climbed corporate ladder from first job as teller to become chief internal auditor, accountant, and influential leader in organization's growth. Reputation for impeccable character; mentor to many in current bank management team. Head of Bank Operations; retired in 1987.

Dedicated to community; active civic and philanthropic leader. Co-Founder, Canandaigua Community Chest, now West Ontario United Way. Board member of numerous local organizations, including F.F. Thompson Hospital and Wood Library. President, Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club.

Mr. Canandaigua, 1989.

Joseph W. Cribb, 1932

Joseph W. Cribb
Class of 1932
Graduate of Distinction 2002
Judge, Preservationist, Humanitarian

L.L.B., Cornell Law School; A.B. Cornell University. Justice: Ontario County Surrogate Court, 1951-1981.

Distinguished law career spanned over fifty-five years. Hallmarks of compassion and fairness; elected Surrogate Court Judge three times. Founded Granger Homestead Society in 1946. Led successful effort to save home of first Postmaster General of U.S., which became important regional House and Carriage Museum. Led purchase, renovation and opening of historic Hubbell Law Office on Homestead grounds.

Important benefactor to community. Director & trustee of numerous charitable organizations. Accomplished horseman. Notable personal horse & carriage collection. Mr. Canandaigua, 1998.

William J. Cross, 1945

William J. Cross
Class of 1945
Graduate of Distinction 1998
Business Executive, Civic Leader, Humanitarian

M.C.C. with Distinction, A.B. Cum Laude, Dartmouth College.

Rose through financial ranks to become President and Chief Operating officer of Reader's Digest, a billion dollar Fortune 500 company employing over 10,000 people in the United States and 14 other countries. Director, Executive Committee member and Trustee of Reader's Digest Foundation and Wallace Trusts.

Active in many civil and charitable organizations. Director/Trustee, Westchester Heart Association, Westchester Legal Aid Society, United Way of Northern Westchester, John Jay Homestead, Bedford Historical Society.

Joseph G. Delforte, 1952

Joseph G. Delforte
Class of 1952
Graduate of Distinction 2000
Civic Leader, Humanitarian, Volunteer

U.S. Army, 1953-1955. After service, returned to open hair salon he operates on South Main Street.

Champion of the Canandaigua community, has touched lives of hundreds of individuals and many groups. As Director, President or active volunteer, has contributed service and fundraising to a host of local organizations: Rotary Club, YMCA, Wood Library, Granger Homestead, Sonnenberg Gardens, Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society, Merrill Hose Volunteer Firemen. Founder, St. Mary's Festival.

Rotary Club Paul Harris Award, 1989. Mr. Canandaigua, 1992. Ontario County United Way Volunteer of the Year, 1999.

James E. Dewhirst, 1968

James E. Dewhirst
Class of 1968
Graduate of Distinction 2006
Executive, Humanitarian, Advocate

B.S., University of Findlay; Post-graduate studies, SUNY Cortland. Nursing Home Administration certification, C.W. Post Center, Long Island University.

Stellar national reputation as leader in field of long-term care services for aging at local, state and national levels. Since 1989, President/CEO, The Friendly Home, a multicorporate, private, not-for-profit health care, housing and community service organization in Rochester. National Chairman of American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, 1995-97. Influential in federal policy initiatives on Medicare and Medicaid. Tireless champion of ethical business practices and quality of care standards for nursing home states and nationwide.

Member, NYS Task Force on nursing home reimbursement policy. Winner, Lawrence E. Larsen Award, high honor for humanitarian achievement and professional vision in field of aging.

Lauren Dixon-Schwabl, 1973

Lauren Dixon-Schwabl
Class of 1973
Graduate of Distinction 2002
Entrepreneur, Media Personality, Civic Leader

B.S., Kent State University.

Extraordinary energy and dedication to career and community. Began career as television Investigation reporter. Hosted WOKR "PM Magazine" for four years. Founded award-winning advertising agency in 1987; now a $78 million business with national reputation for innovation and excellence in communications field.

Contributor to wide range of community causes in Rochester region. Host of galas and fundraising charitable events. Creative force behind Rochester "Horses on Parade" and FLCC "Deer on Parade". Numerous awards for community and professional mentoring initiatives.

Craig J. Doran, 1982

Craig J. Doran
Class of 1982
Graduate of Distinction 2008
Judge, Assemblyman, Advocate

Craig J. Doran

J.D., Albany Law School, 1989. B.S., SUNY-Albany.

Elected to NYS Assembly, 1994. During tenure, held leadership roles on many issues, including health care and state educational standards.

Elected to Ontario County Court Judge, 1999. Impeccable judicial record; presides over County Court, Family Court, and Acting NYS Supreme Court Justice. Appointed Supervising Judge of Family Courts in 7th Judicial District, 2006; oversees court operations serving 1.5 million people in eight counties. Founder and first presiding judge of innovation Felony Drug Treatment Court; presides over Juvenile Drug Treatment Court. Tireless advocate for better justice alternatives for troubled juveniles and families.

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Keuka College. Winner, Honored Peacemaker Award, Center for Dispute Settlement.

James W. Doran, 1956

James W. Doran
Class of 1956
Graduate of Distinction 2008
Banker, Administrator, Civic Leader

James W. Doran

Upon graduation from Academy, hired as teller by Lincoln Rochester Trust Bank in Rochester. Transferred to Canandaigua, promoted to Branch Manager, 1971. Brilliant 33-year banking career, singular dedication to community; retired Senior V.P. and Regional Manager for Ontario, Wayne and Yates bank branches.

Outstanding civic leader. Chairman, F.F. Thompson Hospital Board of Directors, 1987-1991; distinguished fund-raiser. Joined hospital administration as President of Hospital Properties, 1992. Visionary force in creation of current integrated Thompson Health System. Oversaw development of Ferris Hills at West Lake & Clark Meadows, Sands Cancer Center, M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center and construction of physicians office building. Retired in 2006.

Leader in regional economic development agencies and countless charitable organizations. Champion of affordable senior housing.

Stephen A. Douglas, 1833

Stephen A. Douglas
Canandaigua Academy 1833
Graduate of Distinction 1996
Judge, U.S.Senator, Candidate for President

Powerful Democratic political figure of mid 19th century. Known as "The Little Giant".

Staunch supporter of the Union. Proponent of national expansion and "popular sovereignty". Authored landmark Senate Bills: Compromise of 1850 and Kansas-Nebraska Act.

Debated Abraham Lincoln numerous times, defeated him for U.S. Senate in 1858. Without support of Southern Democrats, lost bid for presidency to Lincoln in 1860.

Loyal to Lincoln in Civil War, died rallying support for Union cause.

Marcia Eames-Sheavly, 1978

Marcia Eames-Sheavly
Class of 1978
Graduate of Distinction 2015
Horticulturist, Educator, Artist

Marcia Eames-Sheavly

M.P.S., Community Development (1989); B.S. Floriculture & Ornamental Horticulture (1983), Cornell University.

Internationally renowned horticulturist. Inspirational teacher; expert in reflective practice and experimental learning, Cornell University, Center for Courage & Renewal facilitator. As Leader of Cornell Garden-Based Learning, developer of curricula aimed particularly at youth and community development. Creator of award-winning community outreach projects from New York to Belize. Innovative Teaching Award, Cornell College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, 1999. Great American Gardener Teaching Award, American Horticulture Society, 2014.

In-demand mentor to Cornell students regardless of area of study. Author of many scholarly publications applying horticulture to teaching and learning. Prolific painter and illustrator exhibited widely in galleries across New York State.

Gordon J. Estey, 1974

Gordon J. Estey
Class of 1974
Graduate of Distinction 2006
Artist, Volunteer, Educator

After high school, began theatre lighting design career in Broadway summer stock. In mid-1970's, became co-owner of thriving local florist business; maintained theatre career. Hired, Canandaigua Academy, 1991.

Pre-eminent creative contributor to succession of award-winning high school productions over 17 years. Vast technical expertise has benefited thousands of Canandaigua students. Innovative apprenticeship program for students is foundation of numerous careers in Theatre Tech for CA graduates.

Technical director for Rochester City Ballet, Mercury Opera Rochester and Rochester Broadway Theatre League. Recipient, Community Star Award from F.F. Thompson Hospital for continuing volunteer service directing Annual Benefit Gala.

Incalculable contributions to the arts in Canandaigua and Rochester communities.

Linda M. Farchoine Janczak, 1966

Linda M. Farchoine Janczak
Class of 1966
Graduate of Distinction 1998
Administrator, Innovator, Civic Leader

M.S., St. Xavier College; B.S., SUNY Brockport. R.N., C.E.O./President, F.F. Thompson Health System.

Began career as staff nurse, now manages multi-corporation health system recognized as a leader in innovative community health care delivery. Dedicated to total quality principles. Governor's appointee in NYS Rural Health Council. Member, Network/Managed Care and Partnership for Community Health Task Forces of Healthcare Association of New York. Diplomat, American College of Healthcare Executives.

Board member Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce, Ontario County United Way. recipient of Canandaigua Athena Award.

Richard F. Feathers, 1946

Richard F. Feathers
Class of 1946
Graduate of Distinction 2002
Innovator, Entrepreneur, Professor

Ph.D., New York University; M.A., University at Albany. Professor, Rutgers University, 1956-1970.

Innovator thinker; championed new business management techniques via application of cutting-edge behavioral development theories. Parallel to outstanding outstanding university career, established private consulting firm. Designed and conducted acclaimed management training programs in U.S., Canada, Europe, and South America for major corporations and multinational business associations. Basics of program provide a supervision framework adopted in many sectors of business world.

Avid painter, hiker, mountain climber. Member, Adirondack Forty-Sixers Club.

Melvin E. Frarey, 1938

Melvin E. Frarey
Class of 1938
Graduate of Distinction 1995
Humanitarian, Social Worker, Administrator

Assisted Korean government in managing 500 orphanages and establishing community and rural projects. Save the Children Regional Director for Asia, coordinated programs for refugees in seven countries. Administered training programs for 200,000 refugees as Indochina Refugee Director.

Consultant to United Nations' Guidelines for Care of Refugee Children. Decorated by governments of Korea and Vietnam.

Recipient Lifetime Achievement Award, Save the Children.

John V. (Jack) Geise, 1972

John V. (Jack) Geise
Class of 1972
Graduate of Distinction 2003
U.S. Attorney, Legal Policy Analyst

John V. Geise

J.D., Harvard Law School; B.A., Havard. Editor, Harvard Law Review.

Brilliant, dedicated prosecutor. Entered public service as trial attorney in Narcotics Section of the Criminal Division. U.S. Department of Justice in 1984. Became Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1987. Lead prosecutor in several criminal drug prosecutions. Master of courtroom law and ethics in trial settings led to position as Principal Associate Director for Policy, Office of Enforcement, Criminal Division of Department of Justice. Deeply involved in legal policy analysis surrounding federal laws passed in response to 9/11 attacks.

Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, 2002.

Richard S. Gilbert, 1954

Richard S. Gilbert
Class of 1954
Graduate of Distinction 1998
Minister, Author, Social Activist

D. Min., Colgate Rochester Divinity School; M. Div. Cum Laude, St. Lawrence University Divinity School; B.S. Magna Cum Laude, St. Lawrence; Phi Beta Kappa.

Eminent theological and spiritual leader in community and nation. Minister, First Unitarian Church of Rochester. Founder, Social Responsibility Council on hunger, homelessness, racism and children's rights. Chair of Peace, Justice and Human Rights Commission of International Association for Religious Freedom.

Prolific writer on theology, ethics, education, social and economic justice. Internationally known speaker and workshop leader. Respected for intellectual rigor and high ethical standards.

Christine Gilbert Henehan, 1964

Christine Gilbert Henehan
Class of 1964
Graduate of Distinction 1997
Artist, Humanist, Social Commentator

B.S., Cornell University, further studies at Finger Lakes Community College and University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery.

Began art career while raising four children, now one of the foremost artists of upstate New York. Work features intense realism and powerful commentary on the human experience. Excellence recognized with many prestigious awards from juried national and regional exhibits throughout New York State. Strong popular appeal confirmed by frequent People's Choice honors.

Dedicated to life-long learning.

Brooks J. Harral, 1928

Brooks J. Harral
Class of 1928
Graduate of Distinction 2005
War Hero, Admiral, Businessman

Brooks J. Harral

U.S. Naval Academy, 1932. Commander of submarine. U.S.S. Ray, 1943-1944.

Dynamic commander; earned Navy Cross, the service's highest award, two Silver Stars, and two Bronze Stars for battle exploits. Under his command, U.S.S. Ray sank a number of enemy ships and narrowly escaped several intense depth charge attacks; sub awarded seven battle stars. After WWII, served as Commander in Panama, Key West, New London and Coronado, California. Chief of Staff, Mine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Department Head of English, History and Government at Naval Academy, 1955-59. Authored definitive book on military etiquette, still issued to entering Naval Academy midshipmen and West Point cadets. Retired from Navy as Rear Admiral, 1959.

After retirement, worked in oil and shipbuilding businesses and 17 years as a stockbroker with Wall Street firm. Died in 1999.

Frederic T. Henry, 1915

Frederic T. Henry
Class of 1915
Graduate of Distinction 1996
Judge, Author, Humanitarian

L.L.B., Cornell Law School. Justice: New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Court and Court of Appeals.

Devoted to a Law, respected for integrity, distinguished career spanned fifty-seven years, over thirty as judge. Co-authored definitive civil law treatise Pattern Jury Instructions.

Civic leader; Director of F.F. Thompson Hospital, Granger Homestead, Ontario County Historical Society. Adopted blood brother by Seneca Indians. Noted local author and historian.

Frederic T. Henry Jr., 1949

Frederic T. Henry Jr.
Class of 1949
Graduate of Distinction 2003
Judge, Civic Leader, Local Historian

Frederic T. Henry Jr.

L.L.B., Cornell Law School; B.A. Hamilton College Justice: Ontario County Surrogate Court 1981-2001.

Sterling reputation as one of New York's most learned judges. Outstanding forty-three year law career included service as Acting Canandaigua City Court Judge, County Court Judge, Family Court Judge and Acting NYS Supreme Court Justice. Elected twice without opposition as Ontario County Surrogate Judge.

Throughout career, leader in Canandaigua community. Important roles on numerous civic boards; including Ontario County Historical Society, Canandaigua YMCA, Wood Library Association and Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce. Writer of many articles on local history.

Carol J. Hirschmugl, 1983

Carol J. Hirschmugl
Class of 1983
Graduate of Distinction 1999
Research Scientist, Professor, Author

After undergraduate degrees from FLCC and SUNY Stony Brook, earned Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Yale; Postdoctoral Fellowships to Fritz Haber Institute (Germany) and U. of Cal. Berkeley.

Pioneer in the study of far infrared synchrontron radiation utilizing beamline at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Groundbreaking research demonstrated that several long-accepted approximations on electrons were invalid under certain conditions. Numerous articles in still burgeoning career have established national reputation as researcher in solid state physics.

Professor of Physics at U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Humboldt Fellowship Honoree.

Eric F. Hobday, 1978

Eric F. Hobday
Class of 1978
Graduate of Distinction 2006
Engineer, Environmentalist

B.S., University of Rochester, 1982 Mechanical Engineer, Texas Instruments and Raytheon corporations.

Manager of numerous defense electronics and high-tech programs for U.S. government and NATO and Middle East allies. Superb technical, organizational and people skills led to current position as Manager, McMurdo Station, Antarctica; polar research station for the National Science Foundation. As "Mayor" of McMurdo, manages facilities and team of several hundred staff in support of scientific study of Antarctic biology, earth science, meteorology, upper atmosphere science, global warming and other disciplines in harshest climate on earth.

Expert rock climber. Founder, Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition, Board member, The Access Fund, largest climbers advocacy group in U.S. Has hiked and climbed wilderness areas on many countries.

Frank Townsend Hutchens, 1884

Frank Townsend Hutchens
Canandaigua Academy 1884
Graduate of Distinction 2003
Landscape & Portrait Artist

Frank Townsend Hutchens

Born in 1869 in Canandaigua; attained worldwide reputation for landscapes and portraiture.

At age 17, exhibited watercolors and crayon portraits in Canandaigua storefront windows. Traveled and painted extensively in Europe, North Africa, Southwest U.S. and Connecticut; studied art in New York City, Paris, Italy and Holland. Commissioned work included portrait of John North Willys, developer of Jeep. Paintings exhibited at Paris Salon, New York's National Academy of Design, Royal Academy of Arts, London and Amsterdam International Exhibition. Important contributor to development of art in America; works are in many museums and major private collections.

Died in 1937; buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Ethel S. Johnson, 1924

Ethel S. Johnson
Class of 1924
Graduate of Distinction 1996
Teacher, Humanitarian, Volunteer

M.A., Columbia University, B.S. magna cum laude, Trinity College. Canandaigua Academy mathematics teacher for 34 years.

Master teacher and National Honor Society advisor; Inspired excellence, love of learning and high standards of achievement.

Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, enlisted Canandaiguans to provide much needed books, clothing and medical supplies. Founding volunteer, Sonnenberg Gardens.

Beloved mentor and role model for generations of Academy students.

Daniel Paul Joseph, 1977

Daniel Paul Joseph
Class of 1977
Graduate of Distinction 2003
Retinal Surgeon, Researcher, Professor

Daniel Joseph

M.D., Wayne State School of Medicine; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; B.S., Cornell Surgeon, Barnes Retina Institute, St. Louis, Missouri.

Brilliant research scholar, surgeon and inventor of surgical instruments. Initiated breakthrough clinical research ophthalmology and field of retinal surgery. Pioneer of laser tools and new surgical techniques for treatment of retinal scar tissue. Won patent for surgical device to remove objects that injure eye through penetration. Has saves or improved eyesight of countless patients.

Professor of ophthalmology, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis. Published widely. Eminent speaker to community ophthalmologists and optometrists.

Michael Joseph, Jr., 1952

Michael Joseph, Jr.
Class of 1952
Graduate of Distinction 2001
Educator, Civic Leader, Administrator

Graduate, Geneseo State Teachers College, 1959. Social Studies teacher and high school principal. M.S., Syracuse University, 1962.

Champion of equity in public education. Preeminent leader on rural education issues. Superintended of Schools, Marathon, N.Y. for 23 years. Civic leader on all issues in Marathon community; co-founder of famed Marathon Maple Festival. Founding member, current Executive Director of NYS Rural Schools Program, Cornell University. Exerts major influence on development of policy affecting rural school children. Governor's Appointee, NYS Senate Rural Education Advisory Committee.

NYS Council of School Superintendents Distinguished Service Award, 1992.

Bruce M. Kennedy, 1950

Bruce M. Kennedy
Class of 1950
Graduate of Distinction 2002
Business Executive, Civic Leader

B.A., Syracuse University. U.S. Air Force, 1955-57.

Succeeded father as manager of family furniture and funeral businesses in 1957. Champion of downtown Canandaigua business core for forty-five years until retirement. Instrumental in creation of numerous commercial improvements and business retention strategies downtown. Respected mentor to downtown business colleagues. President, Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce and Canandaigua Area Development Corporation. Board member, Canandaigua Business Improvement District.

Active in community service. Chair of many civic and charitable organizations and activities. Winner, New York State Commitment to Community Award, 1983. Mr. Canandaigua, 1983.

Ronald E. Laird, 1984

Ronald E. Laird
Class of 1984
Graduate of Distinction 2004
Scientist, Inventor, Engineer

Ronald E. Laird

B.S., University of Rochester. Optical engineer; named among Top 200 research scientists in world, 2002.

Innovative conceptual scientist; unique ability to translate theory to product and manufacturing process. Designer-developer or world's leading optical thin-film glass coatings with residential, commercial and automotive applications. Holder of many U.S. patents, including on Pella and Hurd windows. Invented silver reflective film used on mirrors in world's major telescoped. Designed window glass for new World Trade Center structures in New York City. Traveled worldwide to launch products and oversee startup manufacturing procedures.

Active in community and church; dedicated to family. Tragic death in automobile accident while on business, 2003; age 37.

Stephen S. Lewandowski, 1965

Stephen S. Lewandowski
Class of 1965
Graduate of Distinction 1965
Conservationist, Educator, Poet

B.A., Hamilton College. Studies at Washington University and Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Principal advocate in creation of Canandaigua Lake and watershed preservation and protection plan that exists today. Champion of regional approach; vision and dedication to lake environment has impacted lives of all area residents. Founder, Canandaigua Lake Watershed task Force, 1989. Conservation Educator for community and schools, Ontario County Soil & Water Conservation District, 1976-2000. Author/editor of many watershed studies and monographs. Numerous awards for environmental stewardship activites from diverse organizations across New York State.

Author of eight collections of poetry.

John E. Masten, 1929

John E. Masten
Class of 1929
Graduate of Distinction 1996
Attorney, Executive, Public Servant

L.L.B Yale Law School, A.B. summa cum laude, Dartmouth College; Phi Beta Kappa.

Associate, N.Y. law firm. Consultant, Hoover Commission on Government Corporations; Counsel, Metals Reserve Co,; Counsel, Special Joint Committee to Investigate attack on Pearl Harbor.

Vice President, Phelps Dodge Corporation. Longtime member, Council of Foreign Relations.

Community benefactor to both Rye, N.Y. and Canandaigua. Director, Granger Homestead.

Lea Boyle Masters, 1915

Lea Boyle Masters
Class of 1915
Graduate of Distinction 2000
Educator, Child Advocate, Administrator

M.A., B.S., Columbia University. Teaching Certificate, Brockport Normal School. Known professionally as Lea Cowles Masters.

Pioneer in field of Early Childhood Education. Forty-five year teaching career spanned North America, including all aspects of new field of child development and parenting education. Served as elementary school teacher, college instructor, Director of Nursery School for U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and States of Alabama & Virginia. Developer and Director of the United Nations Nursery School, Lake Success, N.Y., 1947-48. Professor of Child Development & Home Economics, University of Alabama. Consultant to Parent-Child Center Program, Papago Indian Tribe, Arizona.

Douglas B. McNeal, 1963

Douglas B. McNeal
Class of 1963
Graduate of Distinction 2000
Foreign Service Diplomat, Linguist

B.A., Rice University. Peace Corps volunteer, Korea.

Appointed to U.S. Foreign Service in Japan, 1973. Served subsequent tours of duty in Korea, China, Czechoslovakia, and Ethiopia. Linguistic fluency and poise led to role as interpreter for President Carter in Korea; for President Reagan in Washington during Korean presidential visit.

Environment, Science, Technology (EST) Officer in Prague and Addis Ababa for U.S. State Department. Led establishment of new Regional Environment Hub serving fourteen East African countries with focus on biosafety, water conservation, HIV/AIDS, energy and biodiversity.

Edward H. Meath, 1939

Edward H. Meath
Class of 1939
Graduate of Distinction 1939
Radio & Television Personality, Humanitarian

Columbia University School of Broadcasting. Radio announcer NBC and DuMont networks. Morning host, WHEC Radio; news and interview WHEC-TV. Anchored first broadcast of Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

Set standard for community service by broadcast personality. Founded Eddie Meath Children's Christmas Fund to provide gifts for hospitalized children. Averaged 200 charity appearances yearly.

Recipient of many honors and awards for distinguished community service.

Charles Francis Milliken, 1872

Charles Francis Milliken
Class of 1872
Graduate of Distinction 2011
Publisher, Civic Leader, Public Servant

Charles Francis Milliken

Upon graduation from Academy, joined father at Ontario County Times, influential newspaper of record. Culminated 53-year career in 1929 as esteemed editor and publisher.

Champion of progressive government, equal rights, and county's development. Active in state Republican politics. Financial clerk of NY State Senate, 1888-89. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention, 1900. Strong opponent of state's corrupt "spoils system"; appointed to NYS Civil Service Commission, 1903. President of Commission, 1905-1911.

Instrumental in founding of Ontario County Historical Society and construction of present facility; served many years as 1st President of OCHS. Authored definitive A History of Ontario County, NY and its People, 1911. Published Ontario Count postcards, now an important historical resource. President, Clark Manor Home, 1908-1930. Executive Committee Member, Thompson Hospital. Died in 1933.

John Bacon Munson, 1950

John Bacon Munson
Class of 1950
Graduate of Distinction 2003
Scientist, Professor, Author

John Bacon Munson

Ph.D., Center for Brain Research, University of Rochester; A.B., Union College.

Interrupted college for tour of duty in Navy, explored several professions before earning Ph.D. fifteen years after high school graduation. Joined faculty of College of Medicine, University of Florida. Brilliant career in field of neuroscience; one of nation's premier research scientists on functions of spinal cord. Body of work serves as cornerstone for understanding spinal and nerve injury and potential treatments. Top academic lecturer; inspired thousands of medical, veterinary, and dental graduate students in 32-year teaching career.

Prolific scientific writer/researcher. Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Neurophysiology.

Katherine P. O'Hanlon, 1980

Katherine P. O'Hanlon
Class of 1980
Graduate of Distinction 2000
Physician, Humanitarian

M.D., University of Rochester, Alpha Omega Alpha; B.A. Williams College.

Began career as emergency medicine specialist in Los Angeles hospitals. Joined International Medical Corps, 1994. With IMC, provided critical emergency medical care, training to local doctors and nurses, and medical program development expertise in Bosnia, Albania and Kosovo during Balkan crisis. Served in Nairobi, Kenya, upgrading emergency response system in wake of U.S. Embassy bombing, 1998.

Examiner, National Boards in Emergency Medicine. Emergency medical service consultant, World Health Organization.

Michael E. O'Hanlon, 1978

Michael E. O'Hanlon
Class of 1978
Graduate of Distinction 2001
Foreign Policy Analyst, Professor

Ph.D., M.S., B.A., Princeton University. Peace Corps volunteer/teacher, Africa, 1982-84.

Exceptional scholar with focus on U.S. Defense strategy & security, technology and budgeting. Worked in Congressional Budget Office, 1989-94. Joined Brookings Institute, a public policy think tank, in 1994; now a Senior Fellow and recognized military policy scholar/expert. Prolific writer; has published numerous books and monographs. Regular contributor to national newsmagazines, newspapers, C-Span, National Public Radio and network television news programs.

Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Adjunct Professor, Columbia and Georgetown Universities.

Raymond Olsson, 1944

Raymond Olsson
Class of 1944
Graduate of Distinction 1995
Electronics Pioneer, Physicist, Inventor

Major contributor to development of color television picture tube and microcircuits.

Holds many national and international patents for designing microchips by computer. Pioneer work in optical diffraction, computer chip manufacture and stability assessment of semiconductors and image sensors in camcorders.

Led international team establishing common terminology and standards in semiconductor industry.

Michael Park, 1986

Michael Park
Class of 1986
Graduate of Distinction 2011
Stage & Screen Actor, Television Star

Michael Park

B.A., Nazareth College, 1990

Outstanding career as lead and supporting actor in numerous regional, national, off-Broadway and Broadway productions. Broadway debut in original cast of 1995 Tony-nominee Smokey Joe's Cafe, winner of Best Musical Album Grammy Award. Featured Broadway roes in Neil Simon's Little Me, 1998; How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 2001. In 1997, joined cast of CBS-TV daytime drama As The World Turns. Built national fan base in near 14-year starring performance as Detective Jack Snyder; Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series, 2010.

Versatility, stage/screen presence, mastery of song and dance has led to continuous roles throughout career that began with Bye, Bye Birdie at Academy.

Active with countless charitable causes in New York City and Canandaigua region.

J. Boyd Patterson, 1949

J. Boyd Patterson
Class of 1949
Graduate of Distinction 2004
Business Executive, Civic Leader

J. Boyd Patterson

U.S. Air Force, 1951-55. Following discharge, purchased small stake in Canandaigua Motors, rose to Sales Manager. Bought dealership, 1976. Respected, dynamic, highly ethical businessman; built leading Chrysler dealership in region. Retired 1989.

Canandaigua Common Council member, 1965-71. Ontario County Board of Supervisors, 1972-73. Instrumental in renovation of city infrastructure and establishment of Finger Lakes Community College.

Active in many civic organizations. Chair, United Way fund drive. President, Chamber of Commerce; Bill Mitchell Award for outstanding services, 1985. Director, F.F. Thompson Hospital Properties. Rotary Paul Harris Fellow honoree. Two-time winner, Canandaigua Rotary Club Ethics Award, 1966 and 1995.

Frank S. Perego, 1933

Frank S. Perego
Class of 1933
Graduate of Distinction 1997
Patriot, War Hero, Businessman

B.A., University of Rochester, Graduate of US Air War College. Group Commander of 386th Fighter Group, Ninth Air Force, WWII. Commander, 18th Fighter Wing, Korean conflict. USAF Chief of Tactical Requirements.

Highly decorated for gallantry in action, flew over 115 WWII combat missions in European theatre. Flew 70 combat missions in Korea.

Vice President, Northern Corp.; Manager of Defense Products, Raytheon Corp.; Director of Program Planning, General Dynamics Corp.

Buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Gary L. Pittenger, 1967

Gary L. Pittenger
Class of 1967
Graduate of Distinction 2011
Research Scientist, Inventor, Professor

Gary L. Pittenger

Ph.D. 1990; M.S. 1986, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology; B.S. 1973: University of Michigan.

Internationally known diabetes researchers; seminal work in hormonal secretion and transport in the intestinal tract led to new discipline of Lumonology. Leader in effort find ilotropin, protein extract that has reversed certain forms of diabetes in animals. Recent discovery and testing of INGAP protein holds hope for reversing diabetes in humans.

Developer of blood assay technique to identify patients who would benefit from immunotherapy to treat diabetic nerve damage. Respected teacher and mentor to hundreds of medical students, fellows and doctors.

Director, Protein Chemistry Laboratory, Strelitz Diabetes Centers, Virginia. Associated Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pathology/Anatomy, Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Robert W. (Bob) Purple, 1943

Robert W. (Bob) Purple
Class of 1943
Graduate of Distinction 2005
Civil Engineer, Civic Leader

Robert W. Purple

Entered Cornell University, 1943. Drafted later that year. Decorated combat infantryman, France & Germany, 1943-1945. Following war, returned to Cornell; earned Civil Engineering degree, 1950. Professional Engineer's License, 1954.

Distinguished 37-year career as civil engineer; Regional Director of New York State Department of Transportation. Influential in development of highway patterns critical to economic growth of entire Rochester region. Responsible for road interchanges involving Rochester "Inner Loop", I-390 and I-490. Designed several stretches of NYS Thruway in 1950's. Prior ro retirement in 1987, oversaw traffic study and approved final design for reconstruction of infamous I-490/I-590 "Can of Worms" interchange.

Active leader in Canandaigua. Driving force for construction of current Salvation Army building and Middle School. Served 7 years on Board of Education.

William Rayburn, 1942

William Rayburn
Class of 1942
Graduate of Distinction 1995
Industrialist, Self Made Man, Philanthropist

Rose from gas station mechanic to become President and Chief Executive Officer of Snap-on Tools, Inc., a billion dollar company. During tenure as CEO, corporate sales doubled.

Without the advantages of a college education, served on boards of several colleges, corporations and the F.F. Thompson Hospital Foundations, Inc.

Avid sportsman and promoter of young athletic talent.

Richard M. Rodney, 1948

Richard M. Rodney
Class of 1948
Graduate of Distinction 1998
Soldier, Diplomat, Teacher

M.A., Russian Studies, Columbia University. B.A., Niagara university. Infantry Officer in Korea and Vietnam conflicts. Instructor at Army Ranger School and British Marine Commando School.

Recognized specialist in Russian politics and culture. Served with distinction as Assistant Military Attache, Moscow, '70-'72; Defense Intelligence Agency Branch Chief of SALT talks. Director to Soviet and East European Studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle PA. Defense Military Attache to Bulgaria, '82-'85.

Upon retirement from military, served 12 years as Special Assistant to Director of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Civic leader in Carlisle community.

Frank S. Rose, 1965

Frank S. Rose
Class of 1965
Graduate of Distinction 2006
Economist, Professor, Businessman

Ph.D.-M.S., Michigan St. University, 1979; B.S., Cornell University, 1969. Certificate, E-Business Strategy, University of Chicago, 2000.

Innovative economist; diverse 36-year career in government, academia and business. Peace Corps volunteer, Malaysia Institute of Agriculture, 1969-71. English teacher, Kobe, Japan, 1972-74. Agricultural economist, research assistant at Michigan State University, and U.S. Department of Agriculture expert on international trade and policy issues, 1974-78. Administrator, Agricultural Directorate of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, 1979-80. Joined Chicago Board of Trade, 1981. Retired as Senior V.P., Strategic and Product research, 2001. Innovator of futures and options products that greatly enhanced vitality of CBOT and worldwide agricultural markets.

Adjunct or assistant economics professor at various Chicago area colleges.

Margaret Taylor Ross, 1911

Margaret Taylor Ross
Class of 1911
Graduate of Distinction 1995
Physician, Administrator, Medical Missionary

M.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Medical missionary to China. Administrator Brigham Hall Hospital, Canandaigua. Director of NYS Society for Mental Health.

Chief Psychiatrist for ten United Mine Workers Hospitals, West Virginia. Director of Division of Community Services and Mental Health Director, West Virginia.

Practiced profession over fifty years.

Fellow, American Psychiatric Association.

Elton H. Rowley, 1929

Elton H. Rowley
Class of 1929
Graduate of Distinction 2004
Aviation Pioneer, Flight Engineer

Elton H. Rowley

Entranced by flying at early age, scratch-built "airplanes" while in grade school and high school. Earned pilot's license soon after graduation.

Joined Army in 1931; pioneer in aviation weather forecasting and high-altitude balloons. With Curtiss-Wright in Buffalo, 1937, became test pilot and developer of predecessor to P-40 fighter. In 1943, moved to Wichita. Kansas as flight test engineer for Boeing. Important contributor to development of B-29 "Superfortress", B-47, B-50, and startup of B-52 projects. Headed team developing in-flight refueling techniques, critical to U.S. Cold War success.

Hand-built and flew replica Curtiss "Jenny" at airshows throughout nation during retirement. Inductee, Kansas Aviation & Aerospace Hall of Fame and OX5 Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame. Died in 1998.

John A. Schuppenhauer, 1968

John A. Schuppenhauer
Class of 1968
Graduate of Distinction 2015
Attorney, Advocate, Volunteer

John A. Schuppenhauer

J.D., Syracuse University, 1976; M.S. Public Administrations, Northeastern University, 1973; B.A. Political Science, Ohio State University, 1972.

Sterling reputation as attorney and judge. Admitted to practice before NYS Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court; part-time Canandaigua City Court Judge since 1996. Co-Founder of Ontario County Pre-Trial Release Service, now operated by Ontario County Probation Department. Significant pro bono legal work for many regional not-for-profit agencies. Tireless state-wide advocate for full inclusion and support of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Four-tern President of NYSARC, largest U.S. not-for-profit organization in support of 60,000 such individuals in state. Founder, "NYSARC Gives Back" program, engaging NYSARC residents in menaingful citizenship and service communities.

Champion of Canandaigua community. Trustee of countless local charitable and service organization. Numerous honors for eminent leadership.

Lee F. Seguin, 1949

Lee F. Seguin
Class of 1949
Graduate of Distinction 2001
Business Executive, Civic Leader

B.A., Michigan State University. Officer, U.S. Air Force, 1954-1956.

Began 34-year career with same company when hired into Accounting Training Program at Upjohn Company. Rose through financial ranks of International Division to become Vice President of Accounting and Corporate Controller. Responsible for financial posture of multi-billion dollar Michigan-based pharmaceutical manufacturing corporation employing over 20,000 worldwide.

Active in adopted communities of Kalamazoo and Plainwell, Michigan. Board member and treasurer for seven years of Social Services, Inc., a $4 million agency serving needs of senior citizens in greater Kalamazoo area.

Caroline C. (Tarry) Shipley, 1957

Caroline C. "Tarry" Shipley
Class of 1957
Graduate of Distinction 1999
Education Advocate, Civic Leader

B.S., Syracuse University

Five-term member, CCSD Board of Education. Champion of District's comprehensive program; advocate for character educations. Instrumental in planning and public approval of 1991 Canandaigua Academy building project. As President of NYS School Board Assoc., helped shape state and national policies, standards, funding and reforms of education. Served in key policy making groups, including NYS Education Department Teacher Standards and Practice Board.

Mrs. Canandaigua, 1993. First woman Director Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co. Founding Trustee, leader in revitalization of Sonnenberg Gardens. Active in church and community.

Sean J. Smith, 1984

Sean J. Smith
Class of 1984
Graduate of Distinction 2005
Professor, Scholar, Advocate

Sean J. Smith

Ph.D., University of Virginia; M. Ed., George Mason University; B.A., Providence College. Post-doctoral studies, University of Kentucky. Associate Professor, University of Kansas.

One of nation's leading experts in field of Special Education. Champion of application of technology for effective teaching and learning in special education classroom. Ground-breaking research, a U.S.Department of Education "project of national significance", focuses on impact of technology on students with disabilities and integration of technology into K-12 instruction and teacher preparation. Highly productive and effective teaching professor at Kansas; author of leading special education textbook and over thirty journal articles and book chapters.

Speaker at worldwide conferences. Serves on many boards and in advisory positions nationwide.

Gary Stewart, 1974

Gary Stewart
Class of 1974
Graduate of Distinction 2011
Journalist, Advocate, Civic Leader

Gary Stewart

B.S., Emerson College, 1978

Award-winning national and international journalist in first career. Newspaper editor in Southwest, Pennsylvania and Ithaca, New York, 1980-2002. In 1992, helped launch first English-language daily newspaper in Russia, The Moscow Times; still a powerful voice in that country today.

Joined Cornell University's Office of Government and Community Relations, 2002. Transformative figure for university-community relationship; tireless advocacy and outreach efforts impact nearly every facet of Ithaca area community. Chair of numerous Tompkins County, City of Ithaca, and University councils and boards. Engages leader on regional K-12, housing, tourism, environmental, workforce, race, class and sustainability issues.

Numerous awards for eminent community service.

Richard J. Stiggins, 1962

Richard J. Stiggins
Class of 1962
Graduate of Distinction 1999
Educational Leader, Author, Professor

Ph.D., Michigan State U., M.S. Springfields College, B.A. SUNY Plattsburgh

Internationally recognized expert and consultant on educational assessment, and a leading proponent for practical reforms in the field. Author of numerous articles, several video training courses, and over two dozen books and monographs used as leading texts in assessment, impacting classroom education of hundreds of thousands of students. Director, Test Development, American College Testing Program (ACT); Director, Center for Classroom Assessment, Northwest Regional Lab.

Founder and President, Assessment Training Institute, Inc. Professor at several universities.

Bradley J. Strait, 1950

Bradley J. Strait
Class of 1950
Graduate of Distinction 1995
Engineer, Teacher, Author

Ph.D., Syracuse University. Professor of Engineering, Chairman and College Dean, Syracuse University.

Founding Director of NYS Center for Advanced Technology in Computer Applications and Software Engineering.

Recognized authority on antennas and electromagnetic theory. Recipient of numerous honors and awards for professional achievement, teaching excellence and distinguished service to Syracuse University.

Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Steven H. Swartout, 1976

Steven H. Swartout
Class of 1976
Graduate of Distinction 2015
Banker, Attorney, Civic Volunteer

Steven H. Swartout

J.D., Vermont Law School; B.A., Hamilton College, Graduate, ABA Stonier National Graduate School of Banking, Admitted to New York and Federal Courts and Supreme Court of United States.

Impeccable reputation of dedication and integrity in finance, law, and risk management. In-House Counsel, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Company, 1985-1993. Law firm Partner, 1993-2000. CNB Executive V.P., General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer, 2000-present. Key figure in CNB's growth into multi-bank financial holding company and regional financial powerhouse; particularly influential overseeing bank's stability and record earnings during Great Recession. Rochester area top Counsel Award, 2000.

Passionate leader of diverse community organizations as Trustee, Director and Officer. Chair, F.F. Thompson Health Properties & Services; Chair, WXXI Public Broadcasting Executive Committee; Treasurer: Wood Library, Canandaigua YMCA, Civic Center, Watershed Task Force. Cub Master - Boy Scouts of America.

James P. Terwilliger, 1961

James P. Terwilliger
Class of 1961
Graduate of Distinction 2008
Research Scientist, Public Servant

James P. Terwilliger

Ph.D., M.S., B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1969. Post-graduate studies: Stanford University, 1967; Harvard Business School, 1990. Certified Financial Planner, 2003.

Stellar 30-year career as senior research scientist, Kodak Research & Development Laboratories. Manager, 250-person R&D division with $30 million budget. Developed technologies and leading-edge manufacturing processes for worldwide company. Holds several patents. Retired in 1999. Began second career as V.P. Financial Planning with Canandaigua National Bank, 2002.

Elected, Canandaigua City Council, 2003; has served three terms. Active community volunteer. Board member: F.F. Thompson Hospital, Wood Library, Granger Homestead, Canandaigua Lake Pure Waters. As 8th grader, designed first flag for City of Canandaigua; adopted as official flag in 1957.

Harold B. Van Gorder, 1929

Harold B. Van Gorder
Class of 1929
Graduate of Distinction 2005
Naval Aviator, Captain, Administrator

Harold B. Van Gorder

B.S., Northwestern, 1935; Navy ROTC. Entered Naval Reserve after college; activated, 1940. Navy Flight School, 1942.

Distinguished 27-year Navy career as airship (blimp) commander. During WWII, commanded four different airship squadrons, mostly involved in reconnaissance work. Commanding officer of Naval Airship Training Command after war. Commanded historic Arctic flight of airship ZPG-2, the "Snow Goose", to Ice Station Bravo near North Pole. Pioneering mission explored suitability of airships as arctic research platforms. Senior U.S. Naval Officer for NATO in Oslo, Norway, 1959-1961. Rank of Captain at retirement, 1962.

Assistant Dean at Harvard University, 1962; served as Administrative Director of Advanced Management, Harvard Business School. Died in 200; buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Renato (Ray) Vecchi, 1939

Renato (Ray) Vecchi
Class of 1939
Graduate of Distinction 2005
Businessman, Public Servant

Renato Vecchi

Worked in family bakery during boyhood. Graduate. Rochester Business Institute, 1942. U.S. Army medic, 347th Station Hospital, Marlborough, England, 1942-1945.

After WWII, returned to Canandaigua to run Vecchi Bakery for 35 years. Community-wide reputation as hard-working, impeccably honest businessman. Entered politics in mid-1960's. Elected to Canandaigua Common Council, 1967; Ontario County Board of Supervisors, 1973. Champion of Canandaigua and development of City's 2nd Ward infrastructure. Sold bakery and was elected Ontario County Clerk, 1980. Served with distinction for 15 years; modernized operations, increased efficiency, introduced effective records preservation methods, and made services user-friendly to public during periods of explosive regional growth.

Eminent local fund-raiser; civic leader for countless community initiatives and organizations. Particular advocate for veterans' causes.

Sesto E. Vecchi, 1954

Sesto E. Vecchi
Class of 1954
Graduate of Distinction 1998
International Attorney, Writer, Consultant

L.L.B., Temple University School of Law; Certification in Commercial Law, university of Rome, Italy; B.S., Wharton School, U. of PA.

Pioneer in practice of international law. Founder; Partner of premier U.S. international law firm with offices throughout Pacific Rim, Moscow, New York and Washington. Ran firm's first office in Saigon during Vietnam War, returned to Ho Chi Minh City to live and work in mid-1980's. Leading authority, respected writer on culture and economy of contemporary to growth of rule of law in Vietnam.

President, American Chamber of Commerce, Vietnam. Director, US-ASEAN Trade Association. Member, Council on Foreign Relations.

Michael J. Winship, 1969

Michael J. Winship
Class of 1969
Graduate of Distinction 2002
Documentarian, Writer, Producer

Attended Georgetown University. Began career with National Public Affairs Center for Television in D.C. Joined WNET-TV, New York, 1974; Producer, 1978.

Award-winning free-lance writer and producer of television documentaries, children's educational programming and specials on the arts and music. Independent credits include projects for nation's major PBS stations, CBS, The Discovery Channel, A&E, Children's Television Workshop, National Geographic, Smithsonian Institution. Dedicated researcher, dynamic writer; work has touched millions of television viewers around the world.

Winner of four Emmy Awards. Council member of Writer's Guild. Lecturer on TV industry.

David A. Wink, 1976

David A. Wink
Class of 1976
Graduate of Distinction 2003
Scientist, Author, Lecturer

David Wink

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara; B.S., SUNY-Oneonta. Post-doctorate Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Principal Investigator, National Cancer Institute's Center for Cancer Research, Radiation Biology Branch.

One of the world;s leading researchers on the biological mechanisms of cancer. International authority on biochemistry of nitric oxide, important beneficial regulatory molecule in humans also linked to development of cancer and heart disease. Innovative conceptual approach to research has brought promise of new, more effective treatments for various cancers and cardiac diseases.

Worldwide reputation for academic rigor, clarity of publications and lecture presentation style.