The 2018 Alumni Hall of Honor class has been selected!
Thank you to the selection committee and everyone who participated in nominating the second class of the Alumni Hall of Honor. It is a with great pleasure that we announce these six Alumni who exemplify Curiosity, Courage, Concern, Leadership and Integrity in their everyday lives.
Jim Irving ’71
Jim Irving serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer of J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI), a diverse family owned company with operations in Canada and the United States. Founded in 1882, JDI’s 15,000+ employees are engaged in a spectrum of business segments, including forestry, construction, shipbuilding, transportation, and a range of consumer products. JDI’s head offices are located in Saint John and Moncton, New Brunswick.
Jim spent four years at Hyde, arriving in 1967 and graduating in Hyde’s last all-boys class in 1971. His personal growth over his four years in Bath is reflected in the fact that after earning “Freshman of the Year” honors – as voted by the seniors – he went on to direct Freshman Orientation his senior year. A varsity athlete – football and lacrosse – he also showed signs of his future business acumen as the business manager of The Mansion and as a member of the student admissions committee.
After Hyde, Jim went on to Nathaniel Hawthorne College (NH) where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science. His tenure at JDI actually began during his college days as he spent summers deep in the woods of Maine and Canada, learning about forestry from roots to branches in a most literal sense.
Jim serves on the board of The Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. His community work includes capital campaign leadership for the regional Nature Conservancy of Canada initiatives as well as the University of Moncton. He is also a founding partner of CAST – the Collaboration for Atlantic
Salmon Tomorrow – engaging universities, government and industry in the cause of saving
wild Atlantic salmon.
Jim and his wife Lynn live in Saint John and are the parents of four grown children.
James Grasty ’73
James Grasty is Vice President & Asst. General Counsel at Merck, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
Arriving at Hyde in 1970 as the first student from The Boy’s Club of New York, James distinguished himself in the classroom, on the athletic field (as captain and MVP of both basketball and track), as a musician (trumpet), and as a campus leader. During his Hyde graduation ceremony, his three years on campus were described as follows: “James has become the outstanding leader of the student body. His leadership has been felt most in individual counseling situations reflecting his intense concern for people.” He graduated in 1973 with The Hyde Award for exemplary development of character.
After Hyde, James went on to graduate from Brown University and followed this with a JD from Temple University Law School. Since beginning his legal career in the Philadelphia City Solicitor’s Office, he has been a corporate attorney for over 35 years.
James has given back to Hyde in a number of respects: as a summer intern during college, as commencement speaker (1985), and as a member of the Hyde Board of Governors.
Those who remember James will not be surprised that he also gives back to his community. He has served as co-director of a young men’s mentoring program at his church that counseled and mentored boys ages 8-to-18, most of whom were without fathers. Through the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, he is actively involved with an ongoing initiative to deliver legal services to low income Pennsylvanians.
James and his wife Angelina live in Collegeville, PA and are the parents of two grown daughters.
Robert Irving ’73
Robert Irving serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer of J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI), a diverse family owned company with operations in Canada and the United States. Founded in 1882, JDI’s 15,000+ employees are engaged in a spectrum of business segments, including forestry, construction, shipbuilding, transportation, and a range of consumer products. JDI’s head offices are located in Saint John and Moncton, New Brunswick.
Robert spent three years at Hyde, entering as a sophomore in the fall of 1970. When he graduated in 1973, his tenure at the school was capsulized at his commencement as follows: “The name Rob Irving has come to stand for sincerity, diligence, and good humor at Hyde School.” He has carried these three qualities with him ever since.
After Hyde, Rob continued his education at Canada’s Acadia University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and was elected class president.
In addition to his responsibilities with JDI, Robert is also president of the Moncton Wildcats, a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League franchise. Active in a number of causes in the Maritime Provinces, Robert lends his expertise to The Moncton Hospital, the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, and the University of Moncton.
Robert resides in Moncton, New Brunswick with his wife Jill and their four
Al McClain ’80
Youth Mentor & Community Leader
For decades, Al McClain has been recognized throughout greater Boston as a committed advocate for and dedicated mentor of youth from all walks of life. Whether as a coach and director with various Boston youth organizations or as a community relations consultant to the Boston Celtics, Al has helped hundreds of boys and girls develop their potentials and become successful and fulfilled adults.
His respect is perhaps best expressed by a recent Hyde alum from Boston, one who did not know that he and Al shared Hyde in common:
“Al ‘Ski’ (What we [Bostonians] call him) is a great man. Very well known here in Boston. I see him all the time and did not know he attended Hyde… I remember he would come to our middle school to give us inner city kids motivational speeches in order to keep us away from drugs and gangs. He’s a legend here in Boston.”
Al is also a legend here at Hyde, known especially for his exploits on the basketball court where he led the blue & gold to our first New England prep championship, thanks to a 52-point performance for the ages against Suffield Academy in the finals. He was also known for his creative efforts with pastels in art class. Few Hyde students have packed as much into a single year as did Al as a post-graduate student.
Following Hyde, Al enrolled at the University of New Hampshire where he graduated as the highest scorer in school history and was a 6th round NBA draft pick of the Houston Rockets. Since graduating from UNH, he has been honored with selection to the UNH Athletic Hall of Fame and his high school #41 was retired by the school he attended before Hyde: Boston’s New Mission High School.
Since his college days, Al has lived and worked in Boston surrounded by friends and family, including two siblings who graduated from Hyde — Almanda ’82 and Wes ’83 – and added to the legend of the McClain name on the basketball court and throughout our community.
Lisa Geller ’93
Lisa Geller arrived at Hyde in 1990. During her three years in Bath she distinguished herself as a scholar, receiving Baccalaureate distinction in math, science, and languages. She took any and every challenge seriously, earning respect from peers and faculty.
Following her formal education, Lisa embarked on a promising career as an attorney. Just as this career was taking off, Lisa was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010, causing her to take leave of her legal practice. In the years following, Lisa courageously faced a recurring roller coaster of periods of recovery alternating with the return of cancer symptoms.
In the midst of her journey with cancer, Lisa launched a blog titled “the whipped cream conundrum” where she shared her experiences for the benefit of anyone in the world facing cancer. She has also shared her story with various media outlets.
Hyde people of all eras will appreciate a comment made by Lisa’s nominator for this honor: “What do you say about someone who has defied the odds and continued to exemplify all 5 words: Courage, Integrity, Leadership, Curiosity, and Concern during their toughest, darkest times of life?”
After graduating from Hyde, Lisa went on to Mills College (CA) before transferring to Brandeis University from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in sociology. She then went to law school at Syracuse, receiving her JD.
In midst of her journey, Lisa made the decision to return to Hyde and begin a new career as an educator. Beginning in the college counselling office, Lisa has evolved into an outstanding Government teacher in the tradition of such Hyde pedagogic stalwarts as Ed Legg and Paul Hurd ’67. Both her teaching and the example she has set on her road to recovery inspire our community on a daily basis.
Shannon Curry ’98
Dr. Shannon Curry is a licensed clinical psychologist serving as Director of the Curry Psychology Group, a practice she founded in Newport Beach, CA out of a commitment to bring high-quality psychological services to any and all individuals, couples, and families seeking personal help. In her effort to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of therapeutic interventions, Dr. Curry has also developed a unique specialization in animal assisted therapy.
After beginning her Hyde education on the Bath campus, Shannon joined a group of pioneering students who transferred to Woodstock in order to ensure dynamic leadership on our new campus in Connecticut. She was followed by sister, Erin, and she graduated
with Honors in 1998.
She continued her education at Georgetown, UC-Irvine, and Pepperdine, where she received her PhD in clinical psychology, conducting her dissertation research on trauma interventions for international communities affected by poverty and warfare.
In addition to leading her thriving practice, Shannon has been consistently engaged with Hyde. Whether speaking to the community at a Fall Family Weekend or contributing her professional expertise to a Hyde consulting project with a publicly funded boarding school for foster children, she is all about helping individuals or groups.
Shannon lives and works in Corona Del Mar, CA.
Hyde School established The Alumni Hall of Honor in 2016 to recognize Hyde alumni who exemplify one of The Five Words integral to their Hyde education:
- Curiosity I am responsible for my learning.
- Courage I learn the most about myself through challenge and taking risks.
- Concern I need a challenging and supportive community to develop my character.
- Leadership I am a leader by asking the best of myself and others.
- Integrity I am gifted with a unique potential. Conscience is my guide to uncovering it.
The six inductees to the inaugural Alumni Hall of Honor Class in 2016 are:
Paul Hurd ’67 (In Memoriam) – Teacher
Nelson Arnstein ’71 – Physician, Astronomer, Marathoner, Photographer
Joanne (Wingood) Goubourn ’75 – Educator
Stuart Jones ’78 – United States Ambassador to Iraq
Beth (Barclay) Livingston ’83 – Artist, Athlete, Teacher
Jessica (Jackson) Sloan ’01 – Human Rights Attorney
Hall of Honor
Craig Mael, Class of 1971, Chair, Alumni Hall of Honor
Erin Brown, Former Executive Director of Development
Pat Burns, Class of 1999
Trummsburg, New York
Caroline W. Gauld, Class of 2010
New York, New York
Meredith W. Hurd, Class of 2004
New York, New York
Gail Kelly, Class of 1979
Peter Morrison, Associate Director of Development
Rob Schuller, Class of 1978
Andrew Q. Sylvester, Class of 2003
San Francisco, California
Peter R. Wright, Class of 1985
Aine Zaniewski, Class of 2013