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