Assumption College

Assumption College: Alumni

Assumption College Alumni

Stephen Knott '79Stephen Knott, Ph.D. ’79, HD'13


Stephen received the College's Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009 and an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 2013. He is an associate professor of National Security Studies at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. He published his fourth book, At Reagan's Side: Insiders' Recollections from Sacramento to the White House, in 2009, which he co-authored with Jeffrey Chidester.

He was featured in the spring 2006 issue of Assumption Magazine:


Tom O'Connor '68Tom O'Connor '68


Tom received the College's Outstanding Achievement Award in 2008, shortly after serving as chair of the prestigious NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Committee. He was honored as the Southeast Division Athletic Director of the Year in 2007, one of just 29 athletic directors to be honored in North America. He and wife Barbara have four children and eight grandchildren and reside in Fairfax, VA.


Tom was featured in the winter 2008 issue of Assumption Magazine.



Tex Dutile '62Fernand N. “Tex” Dutile ’62


Tex received the College’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007. Born in Laconia, NH and raised in Lewiston, ME, this Assumption Prep and College alumnus received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1965. Tex passed the Maine Bar in 1965 and practiced law in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice (1965-66). He taught law at the Catholic University of America from (1966-71) and has been a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame since 1971. Tex most recently served as chair of the Faculty Board on Athletics and as Notre Dame’s NCAA faculty athletics representative – both since 2000, and received the President’s Award from president Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C. as a “superb teacher, scholar and administrator in the law school.” During his tenure at UND, Tex has also served in administrative positions, including assistant dean, association dean, and acting dean. Tex and wife Brigid have two children and reside in South Bend, Indiana.



Jay Garcia-Gregory '66Hon. Jay Garcia-Gregory ’66

The Honorable Jay Garcia-Gregory received the College’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2006. He is a federal judge in the U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico and is believed to be the first Assumption alumnus to be appointed and confirmed by the Senate as a federal judge. He was confirmed in 2000 upon President Clinton’s nomination. Prior to his judicial appointment, Jay worked at the Puerto Rico-based law firm Fiddler, Gonzalez & Rodriguez for 27 years, with the last 11 years spent as partner.

Judge Garcia-Gregory was featured in the winter 2013 issue of Assumption Magazine.



Roselly Ramseyer Torres '85Roselly Ramseyer Torres ’85


Roselly received the College’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2005. She was elected to the College’s Board of Trustees in 2006. A native of Puerto Rico who earned an MBA from Harvard University, she has been called one of the most powerful women in global investment banking. She has worked in Asia, Europe, the United States, and Latin America for Merrill Lynch, Bankers Trust, and Dresdner Bank, where she managed global businesses. Most recently, Roselly was a managing director at Dresdner’s London office, where she managed over $1 billion in assets and 2,000 employees. She credits Assumption with helping her develop as a person. Currently serving on the bank’s Board of Directors, Roselly resides in Switzerland with her husband and young daughter.



Don D'Amour '64Donald D’Amour AP ’60, ’64, HD’10


Don received the College’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2004. He is the CEO of the southern New England grocery store chain Big Y Foods. The privately owned chain has 44 stores and employs more than 7,500 people. He believes that the teachers at Assumption College invest highly in their students. Don started at Big Y as a young boy and eventually held a number of positions within the company after graduating from Assumption. He was appointed chairman of the Big Y Foods’ Board in 1997.


In May 2008, Don and wife Michele made an historic gift of $4.2 million to the College to establish the Donald and Michele D'Amour Chair in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, endowed an annual lecture in the Catholic Intellectual Life; increased the endowment they had established for the Fortin and Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program and established a new faculty development grant fund. It is the largest gift in the College's history.


In October 2008, the D'Amours were presented with a President's Medal from Assumption President Francesco Cesareo, in recognition of their commitment to Assumption and its Catholic liberal arts education.


In May 2010, the D'Amours were awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the annual Commencement exercises.


The D'Amours were featured in the winter 2007 issue of Assumption Magazine.


Fr. Wilfrid Dufault '29Rev. Wilfrid Dufault, A.A., Ph.D, AP25, ’29, HD70


Fr. Wilfrid receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1974 and its Outstanding Achievement Award in 2003. His devotion and service to Assumption College are unparalleled. Fr. Wilfrid joined the Assumptionist order in 1929 and was ordained a priest in 1934. He began his Assumption career as a philosophy professor in 1934. Upon completion of further studies at Laval University, he returned to the College to teach for another seven years and became president in 1946, before being named the first provincial superior of the North American Assumptionists (1947-52) and later became the first American born Superior General of the Assumptionist Order (1952-69) and a voting member of Vatican II. He also served the College as acting president on two occasions, a member of the Board of Trustees for some 30 years, and chancellor of the College for 24 years. In 2003 he was named chancellor emeritus and an honorary trustee. He was the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including honorary degrees from Anna Maria, Assumption (1970) and Rivier colleges; the Assumption Prep School Hall of Fame; and the Assumption College President’s Medal. Fr. Wilfrid passed away in 2004. A College residence hall, Dufault Hall, bears his name.



Moe Boisvert '66Maurice "Moe" Boisvert AP62, ’66, G68, HD'12


Moe received the College's Outstanding Achivement Award in 2001 for his tireless work as the president and chief executive officer of Youth Opportunities Upheld (YOU), Inc., a Worcester-based non-profit organization that provides a wide range of social, psychological, educational, vocational, and other preventive and rehabilitation programs for troubled and at-risk children, adolescents and families. Moe has led YOU, Inc. for 40 years. where he supervises a staff of more than 600 people and oversees the delivery of a broad range of therapeutic, educational, and residential services in Central Massachusetts. In 2009, YOU, Inc. served more than 21,000 children and families. He also provides legislative advocacy on behalf of youths. Moe was named Worcester Business Journal’s 2006 Business Leader of the Year–Non-profit and received the Greater Worcester Community Foundation's 2008 Renaissance Award.


The only individual in College history with a diploma from Assumption Prep, and a bachelor's degree, and a master's degree from Assumption College, Moe received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College in 2012. He has also been an active alumnus, celebrating reunions from the Assumption Prep and the College and serving as an emcee at some of the events.


Moe was featured in the summer 2010 issue of Assumption College Magazine.


Andre A. Gelinas '60Hon. Andre A. Gelinas '60, HD'83


Judge Andre A. Gelinas '60 was one of two recipients of the College's Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000. He joined the family law practice in 1963 after earning his law degree at the University of Michigan Law School. He began his own judicial career as a special justice to the Fitchburg District Court in 1973 and served until 1979, when he was appointed justice. He served there until he was appointed to the Massachusetts Appeals Court in 1999 and retired in 2008. He serves as special advisor to the chief justice for administration and management for information technology. Assumption awarded him an honorary degree in 1983, becoming the first father and son to be so honored by the College.


In June 2009, the Fitchburg District Court was designated as the Gelinas Courthouse, in honor of the late Honorable A. André Gelinas’20, HD ’55 and Hon. André A. “Andy” Gelinas ’60, HD’83 for their many contributions to the judiciary, the bar and the city of Fitchburg for more than 85 years. The elder gelinas graduated from Harvard law School and founded the law firm gelinas & Ward in 1924, the oldest continuously operating firm in northern Worcester County. He was appointed in 1931 as a special justice of the Fitchburg district Court and later served as assistant district attorney and district attorney in Worcester County. He was awarded an honorary degree from Assumption in 1955 and practiced law until his death in 1978.



Russell Quaglia '80Russell Quaglia, Ed.D. ’80, HD02


Dr. Quaglia was the recipient of the Colleges Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000 for his work in education. He was also the 2002 Assumption College commencement speaker and received an honorary degree. The president/founder of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations in Portland, ME, Dr. Quaglia has been described by NBC-TV Today Show as America’s foremost authority on the development and achievement of student aspirations.


As a dynamic speaker, he travels extensively presenting research-based information on student aspirations and motivation to audiences throughout the United States and around the world. His opinions and comments on aspirations and controversial educational topics have been sought after and published in national media such as the Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Times, USA Today, Chronicle of Higher Education and Education Week. He has also appeared on national and international television radio including CNN, NPR, BBC, CSPAN, and was a guest on NBC’s Today Show.

He received a M.A. in economics from Boston College, and a M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Columbia University, specializing in the area of organizational theory and behavior. He has also been awarded numerous honorary doctorates in humanitarian services for his work with students around the world.

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Last updated 9/6/13