Assumption College

Assumption College: Alumni

 
Assumption College Alumni
 


Arthur Simoneau '35Arthur G. Simoneau, M.D. ’35, HD'92

 

Arthur received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1989 for his involvement and loyalty to Assumption College. Arthur was an active member of the Assumption College Alumni Board in the 1980s and ’90s and served as its president (1985-87). In 1987, he was selected as special ambassador for the Assumption College Alumni Association. In 1992 he received an honorary degree from Assumption College. Known for his enthusiasm and spirit, as well as his devotion to the College, Art passed away in 2000.

 

 

Norman Nault '23Norman D. Nault AP’19, ’23, HD’59

 

Norman was the recipient of the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1988 for his contributions to the Assumption campus through his architectural work. He received an honorary degree from Assumption in 1959 and a President’s Medal in 1993. Norman earned his master in architecture from Harvard University, then joined his father’s architectural firm, Nault Architects, which was responsible for rebuilding the Assumption campus after the tornado of 1953. Nault Architects has designed several of the College’s buildings. Norman was a member of the College’s Board of Trustees (1972-77) and an honorary trustee until his death in 1996. His son, Onesime, is a 1956 Assumption alumnus.

 

 

Andre DargisRev. Andre E. Dargis, A.A.’62

 

Fr. Andre was the recipient of the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1987. He is known for his dynamic teaching of religious arts and his leadership as director of Campus Ministry. Father Andre served many years as chair of the religious studies department. He also served as vice president for religious affairs, and was active on the President’s Council Committee and the Board of Trustees (1980-83). His enthusiasm and devotion to Assumption shows though all of his work. He received a President’s Medal from the College in 1992. Fr. Dargis retired in 2009 after serving as parish priest at Our Lady of the Rosary in Gardner, MA.

 

 

Bob Gray '65Robert E. Gray, Jr. AP61, ’65

 

Bob received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1986. He has been very active with fundraising for the College and worked on the Plourde Recreation Committee, where he submitted the proposal for the plan. He chaired the Dollars for Scholars Ball in the late 1970s. He co-chaired the Library Campaign (1984-86), was a member of the alumni board (1983-2001) and served as its president (1983-85). Bob chaired of the Annual Fund (1990-91) and is a current member of the Board of Trustees (since 2001). He has served on several Reunion committees, including two years as co-chair. Bob participates in the President’s Council Scholarship program and has served on numerous committees of the board of trustees. Bob is senior vice president for investments at City Smity Barney, Inc. in Worcester. He and wife Maureen G’67 are members of the Heritage Society and lifetime members of the President’s Council.

 

 

Rev. Warren Savage '75Rev. Warren J. Savage ’75

 

Warren received of the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1985 for his work as vice chair of the Western Massachusetts regional campaign for Assumption College. He also served on the Western Massachusetts campaign to fundraise for a new recreation complex for the Assumption campus. Rev. Savage earned a master's degree from the Gregorian University in Rome (1979) and was awarded an honorary degree from Notre Dame College in 1992. Affiliated with Project Reach Out in Westfield, MA, Rev. Savage has served on several boards of directors including the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, Hands Together Inc., the National Catholic AIDS Network and the National Council for Community and Justice.

 

 

Dick Testa '59Richard J. Testa, Esq. ’59

 

Dick was the recipient of the Jack L. Bresciani ’72 Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1984 for his outstanding dedication and service to Assumption College. He was an advisor, benefactor and friend to the College and an active member of many campaigns and committees. Dick was a true leader in all aspects of his life. A world-renowned, legal pioneer in the venture capital and high technology industries, Dick was a mentor to countless entrepreneurs and attorneys. He would impress upon his clients and associates the importance of maintaining a balance in personal and professional life. He was devoted to his wife, Janet, and their family and served his alma mater with distinction.

 

He was a member of the board of trustees (1971-94), chairman of the board (1982-83) and an honorary trustee (1994-2002). Dick chaired the College’s capital campaign (1991-96) and was the honorary chair of the Centennial Campaign in 2000 before passing away unexpectedly in 2002. Janet Testa and their children, including Joanne Testa Goglia ’82 and Nancy Testa Doherty ’86, carry on Dick’s legacy at Assumption. The Richard and Janet Testa Science Center, completed in 2003, will be a lasting memorial to the entire Testa family.

 

 

J. Oscar Rocheleau, Esq. ’28, HD’80

J. Oscar Roscheleau received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1983. A member of the Assumption basketball and tennis teams as an undergraduate, Oscar was instrumental in developing Greyhound athletics. After graduation and for many years to come, Oscar and his family began rebuilding many of the athletic fields, including the baseball field which is named for his brother, H. Louis Rocheleau ’24. Oscar co-owned the law firm Healy & Rocheleau in Worcester for many years and received an honorary degree from Assumption in 1980. Oscar has since passed away.

 

 

Fritz Dupre '58Frederic L. Dupre, Esq. AP’54, ’58

 

“Fritz” received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1982 for his dedication to Assumption College. He has served as a class agent, former president of the Alumni Board, Development Committee, and various Alumni Board sub-committees. Fritz owns and operates his own law firm from his Auburn, MA, home and regularly attends Greyhound home basketball games. His wife, Linda, was the 1978 recipient of the College’s Honorary Alumna Award for her volunteer work at Assumption.

 

 

Fr. Joe Pelletier '32Rev. Joseph A. Pelletier, A.A. ’32

 

Father Joe received the Colleges Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1980 for his many academic and athletic contributions to Assumption College. Father Joe served the College for 37 years in many capacities (1937-74), including professor of sociology and religion, athletic director, tennis coach, dean of students and director of development. As athletic director, he hired Andy Laska to coach the basketball team full time, when before all coaches were professors volunteering their time. This decision proved successful, with Laska coaching the team to several successful NCAA Tournaments. Father Joe is considered to be one of the most influential individuals in the development of Assumption basketball. He was inducted into Assumptions Alumni/Athletics Hall of Fame in 1974 and Laska nominated him to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, where his name is inscribed on the Founders' Wall.