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Prep Reunion 2004

More than 120 people -- including Prep alumni, former faculty members, staff and guests -- attended the Prep Reunion on September 18, 2004.

Attendees were treated to a tour of the old Prep School grounds in Greendale (now the site of Quinsigamond Community College) as well as a tour of Assumption's Salisbury Street campus.

Assumption History Professor Kenneth Moynihan AP’62 then presented a talk based on his book, Assumption College: A Centennial History 1904–2004, in the Salon of La Maison Francaise, followed by Mass, celebrated in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

Paul Massaria traveled the longest distance—from Arizona—to attend, while several attendees came from the Washington area. Former headmaster Fr. Oliver Blanchette, A.A. AP’35, was welcomed as a special guest, home visiting from his mission work in Africa.

Dinner was held in Hagan Hall, where two keynote speakers—former headmaster Fr. Philip Bonvouloir, A.A. AP’48 and Peter Deckers, M.D. AP’58—addressed the crowd.

Fr. Bonvouloir spoke about realizing over time, how important it was for Assumption Prep graduates to have reunions, “to relive some of the highlights of their high school experiences, to express their thanks to former teachers and Assumptionists and toward the institution which they so faithfully represented. The Assumption legacy lives on through its College and dedicated faculty and staff.”

Dr. Deckers has enjoyed a distinguished medical career, highlighted by a successful cancer surgical practice, leadership of departments of surgery and surgical residency training programs. He is now dean of a medical school and executive vice president of an academic health center.

Deckers explained, “If personal success is attributed by others to me, or is associated with any or all this in any way, I say unequivocally that my four years at the Prep was the most important and most formative. Nothing close! Why? At the Prep I learned skills that endured,” He explained about study methods, taking good notes, debating, public speaking, and writing, as well as discipline, personal intellectual and moral worth, time management, team dynamics, honesty, altruism, sensitivity, compassion and equanimity. These were “all the core virtues of professionalism at its finest,” he said.


Special thanks to the planning committee trio of Joe Simoneau AP’60, Charlie Bibaud AP’51, and Fr. Claude Grenache, A.A. AP’55, who coordinated another successful and memorable Prep Reunion.


Class of '44: Ed Careau, George Picard and Roger St. Germain


Class of '51: Bill Maple, Charlie Bibaud and Jean-Paul Goulet


Class of '54: George Bonnici, Gerry Chartier, Dick Loranger, Norm Gaudrault, Assumption College Visiting D'Alzon Chair Paul Archambault and Fritz Dupre


Class of '59: Maurice Facques, Lucien Fontaine, Andrew Champigny and Steve Perreault


The Class of '64 celebrated its 40th reunion. First row: George "Chip" Chandley, Ed Kaleskas, Bob MacDonald, Charlie Toll, Ed Ryan, Andy L'Heureux, Bob Mercier, Joe Navin and Stephen Starr. Second row: Arthur Provost, Raymond Lorion, Tim D'Emilio, and Rudy Rodriguez. Third row: Jim Donnelly, Ed Laperriere, Rich St. Pierre and Bill Bowler


Class of '69: Dick Choinere, Paul Massaria, Roger Joseph and Thomas Casaubon


Peter Deckers, M.D. AP'58, David AP'57 and Rosalie Grenon; and John Mercier AP'58


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