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1954 Graduation Article

Daily Evening Item Lynn, Mass.,

Published: Friday, June 11,  1954 Page 13 

Source: Lynn Public Library Microfilm.


Lynn Trade High School

Graduates Class of 63


Industrialist Lauds Youths

Consalvo Marked As Outstanding


    C. Howard Black, General Electric Company executive, delivered the principal address at the Lynn Trade High School graduation exercises in the Harrington School auditorium this morning.
    Mr. Black, general manager of the Meter and Instrument Division at G. E. with headquarters at the West Lynn Works, told the 63 graduates and the large crowd
    "Congratulations - on completing your training here so successfully.
    "On being young enough to have your entire working life yet before you.
    "On having the great inheritance of this nation of ours, with its tremendous opportunities, with its freedom of thought, action and religion.
    "I hope you will not be among these who profess to find nothing good in our American way of life - the cynics, those who sneer, who even abuse and mistrust America, its motives, its institutions and even their fellow Americans. Yet I would be the last to admit there is no room for improvement. I am envious of the tremendous opportunities young men such as you will find, in the years ahead, to build up this great structure, not tear it down; to modify it - not destroy it; in short to make this a better nation - even a better world in which to work, live and worship - where you and every man can achieve the measure of success for which his ability, his ambition and his contribution of his own time and effort to the common good will quality him.
    "Yes I am truly envious of your opportunity - for in so many areas of activity, and especially in the industrial world you are about to enter . . . you can change the world!
    "If by this time you have begun to accept the challenge let me warn you that there are some essential ingredients' that must be found in the make-up of you who would change the world, and there are some pitfalls to be avoided. Perhaps I can mention a few of each.
    "When the greatest leader and teacher of all time chose those whom He called His disciples, did He seek out men of wealth, or men of great learning, or men of great experience as teachers? I am no student of theology, but I believe He sought out men who, irrespective of their position in life, had developed what we would now call character. For only in such men could one expect to find integrity, courage, humility and faith. And today almost 2000 years later, 'character' is still the 'priceless ingredient' of those who may change the world! Fortunately, it is something that can be developed - provided we have the will and the desire to do so! It is essential to those who would leave their beneficent mark upon the world, whether it be in the realm of the church, or in political life, or in industry. It is likewise essential to any real material success.
    "Speaking of success, I wish I could give you some magic formula for rapidly attaining the success I hope you all desire to attain. But in 30 years of business life, I haven't found such a magic formula or any real 'short cut.'
    "In my book and particularly in the industrial world which you  are presumably planning to enter, the man who would be as secure as one could be without sacrificing opportunities is the man who develops what Bernard DeVoto once aptly termed the 'instinct of workmanship.' I commend his definition to you: 'The man with instinct of workmanship is a man who has the determination to perform his work to the best of his ability, and the desire to do that work as well as it could be done.
    "With character (and all that includes os integrity, courage, faith), with a proper measure of ambition, and with an instinct of workmanship, you can change the world. Of that I am sure. Of courseI am not sure that you will, but I can guarantee you will derive a great measure of mental and spiritual satisfaction (along with a greater chance of success) if you are willing to continually face up to that challenge and I'm reasonably sure that at least some part of your world will be better because you have tried."
    School Committeeman Robert E. Webber presented diplomas to members of the graduating class.
    Marcy Consalvo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcellino C. Consalvo of 93 Timson Street, was honored for being "the outstanding student of the graduating class."
    He received a kit of tools from Lynn Teachers' Union, Local 1037. The award was presented by James E. O'Donnell, member of the Trade High School faculty, who represented the Teachers, Union.
    Consalvo was chosen by members of the school faculty because of his outstanding record as a student during his three years at Trade High School where he took the machine shop course.
    Officers of this year's graduation class were.
    President, Ronald A. Tobey, son of Mr. & Mrs. Arthur H. Tobey of 428 Essex Street; vice president, James A. Doucette, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Doucette of 39 Marianna Street; secretary, Charles A. Bixby, son of Dr. Helen M. Bixby of 45 Victory Road; treasurer,  William F. McGuire, son of the late Arthur and Mary McGuire of 7 Fortesque Terrace.
    James P. Barry was class advisor.
    Class President, Tobey, who delivered an essay entitled "What's Ahead for Lynn Trade High Graduates," also led the class in the flag salute.
    The graduates and members of the audience sang "America The Beautiful," and "America."
    The director of Trade High School is Michael C. O'Donnell. Music for the graduation was perpared under the direction of Ruth L. Curtis, supervisor of vocal music in the Lynn school system.
 In the graduating class of 1954 were:
    Robert Timothy Beary, Richard Allen Blomster, John Edward Champoux, Richard Soule Doyle, Herbert Nelson Holbrook, William Clifford Hurd, George Arthur Wallis.
    Lee Caswell Babb, John Pentland Bartlett, Frederick Charles Lessor, Theodore Paul Mavor, James Barry Monahan, John Thomas Peterson, George Ervin Town.
    Francis Richard Beary, James A. Doucette, Gerald Glenn Gauvain, Kenneth Alban Knorr, Gilbert Paul Lougee, Joseph Michael Marino, Russell Perley Rebidue, Robert Alden Sanborn, Edward Lewis Vatcher.
    Robert Charles Burke, Albert Frederick Consentine.
    Charles Alva Bixby, Killian James Brady, Jr., James Joseph Champoux, Richard Landry, Robert Phillips Moore, James Joseph McCauley, Michael Prendergast, Timothy Joseph Santry, Jr.
    Carl Kenneth Bergstrom, William Drake Bradbury, Richard Thomas Brnton, Franklin Ralph Brown, Robert James Burt, Richard Lewis Cappotto, Robert M. Cappotto, Marcy Gerald Consalvo, Richard George Davis, Philip Murry Doherty, Arthur Herbert Elder, Valentine Thomas Faust, John Galatis, Edmund Albert Hallstrom, Carl Vernon Jordan, Alfred Francis McCarthy, Andrew John Magras, Richard David Neville, Frederick Derrah Newhall, Robert Frederick Pine, Kenneth Robert Pote, Joseph Eugene Ringer, Donald Richard Ross, Leo P. Smart, Norman Francis Soucy, Stanley Michael Strakus, Jr., Ronald Austin Tobey, Arthur Harwood Walsh and Ronald MacCormack Whincup.
    William Francis McGuire.

Graduation Prize Has Practical Use
    The outstanding student in this year's Lynn Trade High School graduating class plans to place his award from the Lynn Teachers' Union into immediate use. Marcy Consalvo, son of Mr.and Mrs. Marcellino C. Consalvo received a kit of tools. He intends to accept a job in local industry right away.