Lillian Cosenza HA’89
Lillian received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in 1989 for her service as the athletic department’s secretary for more than 20 years. She retired from Assumption in 2000 and passed away in 2007.
Eleanor received the College’s Honorary Alumnus Award in 1988. She opened her home to many Assumption students and has provided room and board to almost 30 men and women of the College. She also assisted students in a variety of ways, including acting in videos for television classes and writing songs. Eleanor is a large supporter of chorale concerts and other activities. She published a book of poems titled, The Occasional Poet. A former resident on nearby Old English Road, Eleanor passed away in 1994.
Peter received the College’s Honorary Alumnus Award in 1987 for his nine years spent as Assumption’s food services director. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Allegheny College and later worked for Marriott Catering Service at George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Josephine received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in 1986 for her many years of work as assistant to the director of admissions at Assumption. She passed away in 1996.
Tom received the Honorary Alumnus Award in 1985 for his 25 years of service as chief admissions and financial aid officer (1972-97) at Assumption College. Tom received an honorary degree from Assumption in 1997. Tom’s wife, Barbara, earned a bachelor’s degree from Assumption in 1982, and their children Eileen ’86 and Matthew ’89 are also alumni.
Dick received the College’s Honorary Alumnus Award in 1984. He was former president of Thom McAn, a shoe line which began in 1922 and became the largest American shoe retailer in the 1970s, with 1,400 stores. The popularity of sneakers in the 1980s hurt Thom McAn sales, and by 1996 the remaining stores were either converted into Footaction outlets or closed, which ended the existence of the Worcester-based retailer. Dick was a tremendous supporter of Assumption College. He and wife Helen had three children, including Joseph Jr. ’76 and Elaine ’77. Dick passed away in 2007.
Betty received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in 1983 to recognize her time spent volunteering at Assumption College. She was the head of volunteers at the College for many years and assisted the Development Office with mailings. Elizabeth also ran a craft fair for 20 years, raising money for student scholarships. A lifetime member of the College’s President’s Council, she is also a former member of Assumption’s Heritage Society.
John received the College’s Honorary Alumnus Award in 1981 for his tireless support of the Assumption College athletics program. A childhood friend of Athletic Director Emeritus Andy Laska, “Mac” would do whatever was needed to make sure the athletic programs were successful.
Brother Robert received the College’s Honorary Alumna Award in 1980. He came to Assumption College in 1961 after serving as a cook and mantenance director at the Assumptionist Novitiate in Saugerties, NY and the Assumptionist High School Seminary in Cassadaga, NY. He served the last 39 years of his life at Assumption, where he held a wide variety of positions including residence hall director, post office employee, infirmarian, "ambassador-at-large" and director of health services. He was the consummate adviser and friend to thousands of students, employees, parents, alumni and visitors. He received many awards to acknowledge his extraordinary service to the College, including the Rev. Joseph Pelletier, A.A. Memorial Award from the athletic department for service "above and beyond," and a President’s Medal from the College in 1996. He passed away in 2000.