PITTSFIELD -- A diplomat, priest and former sheriff are among this year's inductees in the Catholic Schools of Pittsfield Hall of Fame.
Eleven men and women will be honored tonight at the Catholic Schools' annual fundraising gala, "An Evening with the Stars." The event at the Crowne Plaza will recognize alumni and community leaders who have made significant contributions in the classroom, on athletic fields and in their communities, both past and present.
"This year's class has demonstrated a deep commitment to community service and leadership," said William C. Jones, board chairman for Catholic Schools of Pittsfield. "Their impact is tangible at the local, regional and even global levels; their faith is a beacon for success that future generations of alumni can look to as positive role models in their endeavors."
The Hall of Fame inductees include:
William Archey, Class of 1960: Archey has served the U.S. government in many capacities that include stints with the Treasury Department, Customs Service and Department of Commerce. During his career, he testified more than 75 times before various committees of Congress and delivered more than 200 speeches in multiple countries.
Dr. Elizabeth Blazick, Class of 1994: Blazick has been active in several community service programs and won several awards for her academics and research, including induction into the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society. Blaczik is scheduled to complete her vascular surgical training in June and plans to join the staff of Maine Medical Center, in Portland, Maine.
Eleanor Brazeau, Class of 1947: Brazeau, a life-long Pittsfield resident, passed away last August. An ardent supporter of St. Joseph Central High School and its sports programs, she worked as a registered nurse, nursing home manager and store owner.
Matthew Collins, Class of 1978: Known as "Mr. C" to his students, Collins has taught in Catholic schools for 30 years. He has been active volunteer for the school, St. Joseph's Church and other organizations in the community. When asked about his experience at St. Joe, he responded, "Once a Crusader, always a Crusader."
Donald Coudert, Class of 1966: Coudert chairs the mathematics department at St. Joseph, is an adjunct professor at Berkshire Community College and a music minister for the church. His extracurricular activities include co-directing many musicals and co-writing three original shows. Outside school, Coudert, an Eagle scout, spent 49 years with the Boy Scouts, many as scoutmaster of the Lanesborough Scout Troop.
The Rev. Peter Gregory, Class of 1958: Gregory is pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Pittsfield and approaching the 25th anniversary of his pastorate at St. Charles. A veteran of the Air Force, Gregory was ordained a priest 41 years ago and served in several Western Massachusetts parishes including St. Joseph. He also ministered overseas at a church in Brussels, Belgium, before being named pastor of St. Charles in April 1989. Gregory also serves as chaplain for the Pittsfield Fire Department and has served as chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
George Horton, Class of 1963: Since 1981, Horton has been working Catholic Charities. He currently serves as the agency's Director of the Department of Social and Community Development, which provides support for community groups through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and international Catholic Relief Services initiatives. Horton also guest hosts the JustLove radio show on The Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Cecilia James Mahoney, SSJ: In 1958, Mahoney was assigned to St. Joseph High School in Pittsfield, where she taught for 10 years. At the request of an African bishop, she traveled to teach students in Kenya. Mahoney returned to Pittsfield to be librarian/teacher at Notre Dame Middle School. After 14 years, she moved to Immaculate Conception Parish in West Springfield, where she did pastoral and educational work.
John "Jack" J. Martin Sr., Class of 1951: Martin founded Martin, Oliveira & Hamel, PC, which now employs eight attorneys, including his two sons, John and Bill; two grandsons, Tom and Mike; and 12 paraprofessionals. Martin has been active in numerous professional, civic and religious activities throughout his career, including Berkshire County Knights of Columbus and a trustee of the Silvio O. Conte Scholarship Foundation. Martin is a former member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club and National Ski Patrol.
Carmen Massimiano: Massimiano served as Berkshire County sheriff for 32 years before retiring in 2011. As sheriff, Massimiano worked tirelessly with state and local officials to get built a new, state-of-the-art Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on Cheshire Road. The Community Service Program in which inmates "give back" by providing all manner of services to Berkshire communities and the Juvenile Resource Center, were among Massimiano's initiatives as sheriff. He has served on numerous health organizations, is a past member of the Pittsfield School Committee and has been a Catholic School board trustee.
David O'Brien, Class of 1956: O'Brien taught at Loyola College in Montreal from 1964 to 1969 and at Holy Cross from 1968 until his retirement in 2008. He has received six honorary degrees and currently is a trustee of the College of Our Lady of Elms. O'Brien is the recipient of the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for his contributions to Catholic higher education, and recently helped edit two volumes on the history and recent experience of American Catholic elementary and secondary education.
"An Evening with the Stars" begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and induction ceremony to follow at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public; tickets are $100 and include dinner and drinks. For more information, call (413) 443-9686 or visit stjosephpittsfield.org.
Proceeds benefit the Catholic Schools of Pittsfield.