William E. Aubuchon, Jr. AP’34, ’38
Bill received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1999 for his outstanding service to and support of Assumption. He served as president of the Alumni Association for both the College (1947–49) and Assumption Prep (1958–60). He later served as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees (1968–80), including seven years as the Board’s first lay chairman. In addition he was vice president of the College’s French Institute Board of Directors for 12 years, where he founded its administrative council and co-chaired its first campaign. Bill received numerous awards for his good citizenship and community involvement. He is part of the Assumption Preparatory School Hall of Fame and Aubuchon Hall, a residence hall at AC, is named in his honor.
After serving in the U.S. Army Signal Intelligence Corps during World War II, Bill joined his father’s hardware company, W.E. Aubuchon Co. Inc., which became the largest privately owned hardware store chain in the country. He served as president of both Aubuchon Hardware and Aubuchon Realty Company, Inc. (1950–93). During his 43 years of leadership, Bill expanded the chain from 33 to 136 stores while treating each employee as family. Bill passed away in 2007. Among his family he left was his daughter and current AC Trustee Laure Aubuchon.
Lori-Ann received the College’s Outstanding Alumna Award in 1998 for her dedication and many years of service to Assumption College. Lori earned a M.A. in counseling psychology from Assumption in 1981 and worked in the College’s admissions office (1977-81). She became the first alumna to serve on the Alumni Board (1990-2001) and was voted first female president of the Alumni Association (1991-93). She has served on several committees for both the College and the Alumni Association. Lori-Ann is employed by Jenzabar in Cambridge, MA.
Dan Micari received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1997 for his hard work and dedication to Assumption College. He has been an active member of many committees for the College, including the Steering Committee for Campaign and the Connecticut Regional Committee for the Plourde Recreation Center. We was a member of both the Alumni Board (1989-91) and the Parents Committee from 1994 to 2001. He was the Annual Fund Chair (1985-87), president of the Alumni Board (1989-91) and the Parents Committee Chair (1997-98). Dan also chaired the Dollars for Scholars Ball in the late ’70s and was class reunion chair for his 25th reunion and a member of the committee for his 35th reunion.
Dan earned a M.A. in social and rehabilititation services from Assumption in 1973. He has lectured in the College's human services and rehabilitation studies since 1991 and is employed by the Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation.
David received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1996 for his long-time dedication to and support of Assumption College. David served the Board of Trustees for 15 years and received an honorary degree from the College in recognition of his service in 1986. He received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1996 for his long-time dedication to and support of Assumption College. David is a 1957 graduate of Assumption Prep and an alumnus of Villanova University. He is the retired founding president of The Protector Group Insurance Agency, Inc.
David served as national chair of The Centennial Campaign, which raised $33.3 million and supported the construction of the College's flagship facility, the Richard and Janet Testa Science Center, in 2003. The parents of Gerri Grenon-Lorusso '86, David and wife Rosalie have also established an endowed scholarship in their names to benefit future Assumption students. The Grenons were featured in the winter 2005 issue of Assumption Magazine, p. 20.
Raymond received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1995 for his work as the Assumption’s registrar (1971-1988). He had previously worked at Suffield Academy, as well as both Assumption and LaLumiere prep schools. Ray was associated with Assumption College for more than 50 years as a student, alumnus, and administrator. His helpfulness and consideration was well known throughout the College and he was recognized as a devoted counselor, expert manager, and true friend. Ray passed away in 2007.
Jack was the recipient of the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1994 (posthumously) for his friendship and loyalty to Assumption College. Jack was class president all four years as an undergraduate. He brought his enthusiasm, talent and energy to Assumption with everything he did. He served on the Alumni Board of Directors and served a two-year term as President of the Alumni Association. Jack was also a member of the administrative team at Assumption and served as the assistant director of development and director of alumni relations. The College’s Outstanding Alumnus/a Award was renamed after Jack to honor his dedication to Assumption. He passed away in 1993 and was posthumously awarded an Assumption College President’s Medal later that year. His brother, Robert ’76, is also an alumnus.
Claude received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1993 for his outstanding service to Assumption College. He was a former Alumni Association president and served as a class agent. Claude was one of the originators of the Dollars for Scholars Ball, a long-time fundraiser for the College, and served as chairman of this event in 1973. He was the director of development and public relations for Assumption Prep (1965-66). Claude was the founder of Newtel Associates, which earned nine national awards for its work in public relations and development for non-profit organizations. Newtel Associates directed the French Institute’s first campaign. Then, he continued to serve the French Institute as a member of the board until 1994. He passed away in 1998. The Dufault family is synonymous with Assumption, as numerous family members are alumni.
Bob received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1992. He served as a College trustee (1982-91), and organized the alumni club in Western Massachusetts, serving as its president for many years. Bob was also the first president of the Century Club (1959-61) and joined the highest level of giving, the Founders Club. He was also a class agent. He was very active in all the major fund drives at the College and served as the chairperson of the Western Florida Regional Campaign Committee. Bob also served for several years as a member of the Alumni Association Advisory Board and was a charter member of the College’s President’s Council. He founded Robert Graveline Insurance Agency in 1949 and became partner in 1952. In 1980, it merged with Crimmins Insurance to become Crimmins-Graveline Insurance Agency in Palmer, MA. He passed away in 2008, leaving his wife of 59 years, Monica, and their six children, including Thomas ’72, Paul ’76, and Michelle HA’08, chair of Assumption’s Art, Music and Theatre Department.
Father Edgar received the College’s Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1991 for his work at Assumption Prep and the College, as well as his work with the Catholic Church. At Assumption Prep, Father Edgar taught English, French, religion and study habits before becoming dean of studies (1952-62) and headmaster of the school (1952-67). He was a member of the College's Board of Trustees (1968-83) and served as director of formation (1967-75) in Brookline, MA and provincial of New York City (1975-81). Father Edgar returned to Assumption as a counselor and professor (1981-85). He became the local superior of the Assumptionists on Old English Road (1982-85) and then Emmanuel House (1985-90). During this time he also taught at the College on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was awarded an honorary degree from Assumption in 1992 and passed away in 1995.
Fred received the College's Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1990 for his active involvement in the Assumption community. He became a member of the Alumni Board in 1970 and served as its president (1980-83). He was also a member of the “A” Club (1970-76) and served on the Dollars for Scholars Ball Committee in 1978. Fred was a member of the Honorary Degree Committee (1979-81), a member of the Institutional Self Study Team in 1980, and served on the Curriculum Studies Committee in 1982. Fred has been a member of the College’s Board of Trustees since 1984, served as vice chair (1995-2005) and is currently its chair. He has also chaired the Assumption Annual Fund and Presidential Search Committee. He was instrumental in assisting alumni fundraising for the library and today, is currently involved in many alumni activities, both fundraising and social. Fred stays connected with Assumption students and has hired several interns in his Worcester dental office.