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1966 Graduation Article

Daily Evening Item Lynn, Mass.
Wednesday, June 8, 1966 Page 26
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83 Awarded Diplomas
At Trade High Exercises 

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Event Held In Harrington Auditorium


    Eighty-three young men prepared for the world of industry by the specialized training of Lynn Trade High, receiving diplomas at ceremonies this morning.

    Parents, relatives and friends crowded the Edward J. Harrington School Auditorium for the exercises conducted by school director Michael C. O’Donnell.

    Speaker at the event was School Committeeman David L. Warden, who also presented the diplomas.

    In his address, Atty Warden told the graduates they had made a wise decision three years ago in choosing the Trade High education. He outlined for the group plans for a new Trade and Vocational School, which he said will be one of the great assets of Lynn in years to come.
     The school committeeman stated: “Looking back to the World War II and pre-World War II years, it could be said that it was a stigma to receive a vocational education, and the old graduates really had to prove themselves, and they suffered unnecessary indignity and abuse as your parents might recall.”

    “But how times have changed highly technical, modern society which puts great demand on the need for and the acquisition of a skilled and trained labor force.”


    “And as times change, we must respond to the challenge, and as a member of the Lynn School Committee, I can say that this old and antiquated trade building will be replaced so that we can fully meet the demands of this dynamic technical society. Within the next two years, you will see a new complex building in the new Summer St. Urban Renewal area, which will offer programs for girls in distributive and health education, and offer expanded opportunities for boys in the automotive, electronics and culinary arts fields.  We would hope to be able to offer courses for some 1,000 youngsters with completely modern educational and athletic facilities, thus tripling the present enrollment.”

    “Gentlemen of the Class of ’66, if there is one message or one keynote which you should realize from this your day of achievement and marked success, it is this – namely that education is a continuing process and that this day should serve not ad ending your formal education but as only the beginning of your quest for a deeper knowledge and finer understanding which will allow you to seek out the “good life” in your chosen endeavors. I can only implore that at sometime during this perhaps exciting day that you take a moment to reflect on how important the world “preparation” is, and I hope that in reflecting that you will see that it is only through continued preparation and self-improvement and discipline that you will be able to face the many difficulties and arduous decisions which a full life will bring upon you.”

    Even before graduation day, 95% of the class had been placed in industrial jobs.  The demand for the training given the students is increasing yearly, according to the school officials.

    The ceremony opened with the processional march “Pomp and Circumstance.”  Class pres. Donald R. Mailloux led the salute to the flag.

    Frederick G. Bowdren presented the graduation essay, “Vocational Education in today’s Dynamic Society.”

    The Trade High Chorus, conducted by Morris Youdin, a faculty member of Cobbet Junior High, and accompanied by Ruth L. Curtis, director of vocal music in Lynn schools, presented a medley of songs.

    Awards were presented to five seniors by the sponsoring organizations.

    Mr. Warden presented the 83 diplomas to the graduating class following his address.

    Officers of the class, in addition to Pres. Mailloux are Bruce R. Ralph, vice president; Kenneth A. LaBonie, Secretary; Joseph P. Farrell, treasurer, and James A. Kelly, class advisor.


    The members of the graduating class by course are:
    Robert O. Bergstrom, Philip A. DesFosses, Richard R. Garrett, Kendall T. Grenier, John R. Macin, Ronald M. Pelchat and James A. Weldon.
    Kenneth J. DeBonis, Michael H. Doumanian and R. Nelson Ruffin.


    Neal L. Allard, Richard L. Colle, Bruce R. Ralph, Kenneth R. Sciarretta, and Richard A. Serino.


    Charles W. Anderson, Richard L. Bradbury, Jr., Robert D. Chaplain, George A. Chritian, Jr., Robert H. Doyle, Kenneth F. Hatch, Jr., Robert A. Levine, Tobin L. Lynch, Leslie G. MacKeen, Jeffrey P. Roach, Arthur E. Thibodeau, Jr. and David L. Triggs.


    Thomas M. Belliveau, Frederick G. Bowdren, Jr., David L. Boynton, Jr., James J. Brown, John R. Castaldo, Thomas J. Connolly, Carl M. Darling, Albert R. DeLuca, Michael W. Eddy, Robert E. Ellis, Roger M. Faiella, Joseph P. Farrell, David B. Ferren, George N. Fintonis, Raymond Gerry, Jr., Richard A. Gibson, John Giuffrida, Bruce A. Heckbert, Jerome M. Hill, Warren W. Irvine, Ribert J. Kibbey, Ted G. Kouroubacalis, Robert C. MacMaster, Donald R. Mailloux, Bruce K McGrath, James J. McLaughlin, Kenneth R. Nugent, Gerald W. Pass, Timothy J. Roach, John N. Soucy, Thomas J. Surawski, William L. Terenzi, Richard E. Tetault, Christopher J. Tucco, Douglas J. Turmenne, Carl E. Vatcher and George E. Way.


    John F. Baker, Wayne V. Brown, Thomas B. Brozonas, John P. Hudson, and John T. Muldoon.


    Thomas P. Bloom, John R. Bowden, John J. Despres, Paul F. Gianascol, John A. Gillis, Jr., Curtis R. Herald, Kenneth R. LaBonte, Richard B. Mallett, Paul E. McGrath, Earl Merchant, Jr., Charles E. Ruddock and James Thibodeau.


    Edmund C. Burke and John L. Fulcher.