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Assumption College: Alumni

Assumption College Alumni

Ken Kopecky, Ph.D. '65Kenneth J. Kopecky, Ph.D. ’65


Dr. Kopecky received the College’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 1999 for his work in economic monetary policy. He earned a Ph.D. from Brown University in 1970. He is the W.D. Fuller Professor of Economics & Chair of Finance at Temple University. He was an assistant professor at Ohio State University before joining the Federal Reserve Board in Washington D.C. as a senior economist. While at the Board, Ken worked on the Monetary Control Act of 1980 and the re-evaluation of the Federal Open Market Committee’s operating procedures. Dr. Kopecky’s areas of expertise include monetary economics and financial markets. He has published more than 30 refereed articles in the leading journals of the field including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Economics, and Journal of International Money and Finance. Since joining Temple in 1988, Ken has taught courses in both economics and finance, and has served as assistant dean for graduate programs, chairperson of the department of finance, and executive editor of the Journal of Economics and Business.


Frances Anthes '73Frances M. Anthes, M.S.W. ’73


Frances became the first female to receive the College’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 1998 in recognition of her work as the executive director of a family health center in Worcester that provides health care to the poor. In November 2009, she was one of six honored with a Women in Business award by Worcester Business Journal.


Frances was featured in the summer 2007 issue of Assumption Magazine.



Tim Barnicle '66Timothy M. Barnicle ’66


Tim received the College's Outstanding Achievement Award in 1998. He was a former aid to both Hubert Humphrey and former Massachusetts Lt. Governor John Kerry. Tim also served as former Undersecretary of Labor to Robert Reich during the Clinton administration. He is a member of the College's Heritage Society, President's Council and Board of Trustees (1999-present). Tim has also been highly active in Assumption fundraising efforts in the Washington, DC area since the early 1990s and has also served on several committees, including those for his class reunions. He is co-director of the Workforce Development Strategies Group at the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington, DC.



James A. Bill '61James A. Bill, Ph.D. ’61, HD89


Jim received the College’s Outstanding Achievement award in 1998. He is considered to be one of the world’s experts on Iran. James was present in Iran during the time of the 1979 revolution. He has authored numerous books about Iran, the Middle East, foreign affairs and politics. He holds a MA from Penn State University and both a MA and Ph.D. from Princeton University. He taught comparative politics at the University of Texas-Austin (1968-86) for 18 years.


In 1987, he began working at the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA), where he took over as director of the newly-founded Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies and joined the department of government. For over a decade, Jim helped build and run the Reves Center, making it one of the country's top undergraduate international studies programs. During that some period, he also published perhaps his most well-known and important book, and analysis of U.S.-Iranian relations entitled The Eagle and the Lion (Yale); he was also asked to write the authorized biography of a premier American diplomat, George Ball: Behind the Scenes in U.S. Foreign Policy (Yale).


Throughout this time, Jim’s courses on Middle East politics gave undergraduates a deeper understanding of that fascinating, volatile and critical region. In 1998, Jim retired from the Reves Center and took up residence at WM, where he remained an active scholar and teacher. His latest book, Roman Catholics and Shi'i Muslims: Prayers, Passion, and Politics, he wrote with John Alden Williams and published in 2002. He retired from William & Mary in 2005 and received an honorary degree from W&M in 2012. James was awarded an honorary degree from Assumption in 1989. His brother, Richard ’62, is also an alumnus.


Robert Denomme '52Robert T. Denomme, Ph.D. ’52, HD01


Dr. Denomme received the College’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 1997. He is an internationally recognized expert in 19th century French literature and the D.H. Gordon Professor Emeritus of French at the University of Virginia. A lifetime member of the College’s President Council, in 2000 he established the George E. and Sarah Denomme Memorial Scholarship at Assumption in honor of his parents. It is awarded annually to a student concentrating in French studies: language, literate, culture, philosophy or politics. He received an honorary degree from the College in 2001. Robert passed away in May 2011.


Lou D'Abramo '71Louis R. D’Abramo, Ph.D. ’71, HD96


Lou received the College’s Outstanding Achevement Award in 1996 and was awarded an honorary degree from the College the same year.


He was featured in the spring 2011 issue of Assumption Magazine



Roger Cote '50Roger A. Cote, M.D. AP46, ’50


Roger received the College’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 1995 for his development of software that provides diagnoses of diseases and medical conditions in 12 languages. Roger is a emeritas professor in medicine from the University of Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, where he was employed for 15 years and from which he was awarded an honorary degree in 2005. He retired from teaching in 2007.


Ben Shen, Ph.D. '54Benjamin Shen, Ph.D. ’54, HD72


Dr. Shen was the first recipient of the Assumption College Outstanding Achievement Award in 1979. He is an astrophysicist at the University of Pennsylvania and a former member of the Board of Trustees for the National Science Foundation. Benjamin was a former teacher at Assumption Prep School (1954-56), a former member of Assumption College Board of Trustees and received and honorary degree from the College in 1972.


He was featured in the winter 2003 issue of Assumption Magazine.


Last updated 9/6/13