This year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on October 29, 2017 at Memphis Catholic High School. Cocktails will begin at 5pm and dinner will be served at 6pm followed by the awards. Order your tickets today to reserve your seat.
Congratulations to the 2017 Memphis Catholic Hall of Fame. The Memphis Catholic High School Hall of Fame, initiated in 2011, honors graduates, teachers, and notable supporters of our 90-year-old school. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals associated with Catholic High in all its iterations, including the original coed Catholic High (1922-1945), Catholic High School for Boys (1945-1970), the merged “heritage” schools of Sacred Heart and Father Bertrand (1970), and the current Memphis Catholic High School.
Sister Laurine was a teacher of English to students at SHHS and MCHS for many years. Her commitment to quality education will be noted by every student that passed through her classes. She had the ability to bring out the best in each student by concentrating on the needs of the individual. After retiring from teaching, Sister Laurine continued in ministry by bringing the alumni of our various heritage schools together. She was a faithful communicator of news regarding the alums. Sister Laurine is now 87 years old and entering the final stage of her life.As I visited her today at Nazareth Home in Louisville, KY I recalled how important she was in so many ways to MCHS. I offer this nomination to the Hall of Fame as my tribute to her as a educator, a Sister, and a friend. Nominated by Sister Kay Winfield, SCN, MCHS ‘74
Robert Atkins was a model student during his years at Fr. Bertrand. Perfect attendance all four years, altar boy all four years, not to mention a member of the Student Council his junior and senior years, class treasurer freshman and sophomore years, and class president junior and senior years. He was also a distinguished athlete, serving as captain of the football team, lettering in football his sophomore through senior years, making the All Memphis team and being named a WDIA Gridiron Great. He also played basketball all four years and was chosen to attend Boys State his junior year. Following his graduation, he received his degree from Xavier University in New Orleans. Mr. Atkins became a Deacon in the Catholic Church, and for many years was a recruiter for Shelby State Community College. The father of two daughters and seven sons, and grandfather of 13, Mr. Atkins is survived by his widow Gwendolyn Atkins. Several of Mr. Atkins’ children followed in his footsteps as students at Memphis Catholic.
Charles Cavagnaro attended Memphis State University following his graduation from Catholic High and earned a degree in journalism in 1966. He also began working at the Commercial Appeal at the age of 19 when he was a freshman in college. After receiving his degree, Cavagnaro worked as sports reporter for over 10 years at the Commercial Appeal covering all manner of sports stories and assignment. He subsequently was promoted to sports editor, and then to the important position of metropolitan editor, overseeing all local news coverage for the paper. In November of 1982, he took over the duties as Memphis State’s athletic director, a position he held for 13 years before taking over the athletic director responsibilities at UNLV from 1995-2002. He has served on numerous community boards, is a member of the Kiwanis Club, and is credited with starting the Crime Stoppers Program of The Commercial Appeal.
William A. Adkins, Jr. (Bill) is anointed of God to impart and activate the gifts of the Spirit in order to raise up strong ministries in the Body of Christ. This gifted visionary with a true apostolic and prophetic call on his life, has a desire to infiltrate the world with the Word of God. He is dedicated to perfecting the saints and training ministers to fulfill the call of God in their lives. Through his transition from pastoral to the apostolic, he is bridging the gap between denominations regarding living in the Spirit and gifts of the Spirit. He accepts his charge to raise up a fresh new movement of holiness, parenting as a spiritual father, traditional churches and denominations into the beauty of holiness. Dr. Adkins is married to the lovely Linda Kerr Adkins and they have been blessed with four children, Taihia, Ronne’, Christopher and William, III. Bill and Linda Kerr Adkins Bill was born in Memphis, Tennessee, February 5th, 1948. His father, Reverend William A. Adkins, Sr., was a Baptist Minister and self-employed as an insurance agent and real estate broker. His mother, Georgia Hopkins Adkins, was the first black registered nurse hired at John Gaston Hospital, now the Regional Medical Center. Though he pastors a non-denominational church, Bill was raised as a Disciple of Christ, Baptist and Catholic and educated in Catholic Schools. He left Memphis to begin his college education at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. He later finished his undergraduate education at Christian Brothers College in Memphis. Bill’s radio and television career began at WLOK radio in Memphis where Bill was a news announcer. He later moved to WDIA, WKDJ, WHBQ (ABC) and WMC (NBC) where he served as a Talk Show Host. Dr. Adkins also worked in television as a news anchor at WPTY-TV (ABC). While at WDIA he launched an effort to save the financially strapped all black town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi, successfully raising $250,000, saving the town from bankruptcy. The National Association of Television and Radio Announcer honored him for his effort. Active and alert to the needs of the people, Dr. Bill Adkins has stood before mayors, governors, presidents and international dignitaries on behalf of causes and concerns. He was active in the Civil Rights Movement from childhood, participating with his father and mother in the local NAACP and later working as a member of SNCC (the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee). He is recognized around the world as a humanitarian and scholar. This visionary leader started Greater Imani Church and Christian Center on November 1, 1989 with 29 dedicated friends and family members. Since that time, Greater Imani has enjoyed phenomenal growth, making it what some have called, “One of the Fastest Growing Churches in America.” Greater Imani also enjoys the reputation of “the” church with the largest male population and percentage (42%) in America. He serves as the Senior Pastor and Founder of the 5,000 member-plus church and the CEO of the Imani Telecast Network, USA, headquartered in Memphis. Dr. Adkins earned a Masters of Divinity Degree (1994) from Cornerstone Theological Seminary and later a Doctor of Ministry from Belsar-Trinity Bible College (1997). He also received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Ghana (honorary). He is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity College Leadership Institute (2007) and was voted by readers of the Memphis Commercial Appeal Newspaper as Memphis’ Most Passionate Preacher (2008). Dr. Adkins serves as the National Chaplain for his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi.
He has been featured on DAN RATHER REPORTS, and has been interviewed by the BBC, NBC, Australia’s Today Program and USA Today Newspaper. His sermons have been featured in THE AFRICAN AMERICAN PULPIT magazine, HOPE AND HEALING, and his sermon A DREAM FULFILLED is now posted in the Library of Congress. Dr. Adkins has led numerous missionary journeys to Africa and the Caribbean, establishing health clinics in Koalack Senegal, Banjul, Gambia and Kumasi, Ghana. He has actively supported numerous economic development efforts on the African continent. He is credited with delivering over five million dollars in medicines and medical supplies to West Africa on numerous missions. Dr. Adkins, as well as many other American civil rights veterans, spoke extensively throughout South Africa (1994) on the virtues of free elections and the struggle against apartheid. He received the distinction of being one of the few Americans enstooled as an Ashanti Chief in Ghana and given the title and name Nana Osei Tutu which is the name of the one of the past Asantehene (King of the Ashanti’s). He has widely traveled the world, preaching and teaching on five of the six habitable continents. His ministry reaches thousands of households via his weekly television, Internet and radio programs. He is the author of numerous books including: FROM AFRICA TO BETHLEHEM, LIVING IN THE SPIRIT and THANK YOU FOR TALKING ABOUT ME, Thank You For Talking About Mesold in bookstores nationwide.”
Rick Marino was an all-everything for old Catholic High in football, having been named the Memphis Prep Player of the Year in his junior year as a linebacker. These were the beginning of the glory years for CHSFB in football and Rick shined on these great teams. After football season he continued excelling in athletics being the starting catcher on the baseball team. Upon graduation Rick, one of the most pursued high school athletes, committed to play for the University of Tennessee Big Orange. Back then freshmen were not allowed to play varsity, so Rick’s career at UT began his sophomore year when he became the back up linebacker to All American Paul Neumoff. UT went to the Gator Bowl that year and played Syracuse. In his junior year, UT had two young All American linebackers, Hacksaw Reynolds & Steve Kiner, so he was moved to the starting Defensive Middle Guard position. They beat University of Alabama in Birmingham, in what was to be his best game ever. The very next game , Rick tore the ligaments in his knee and had to have surgery, missing the rest of the year. The Big Orange record was 10-2 for the year and they played Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, being declared National Champions by one poll. His Senior year at UT, they went to the Cotton Bowl and played the Univ. of Texas. Rick is very proud of graduating in four years with a BA in Logistics. Rick’s career in business began when he was hired by Roadway Express on their Fast-Track Executive Training Program. He moved four times within eight years starting in Memphis. From there he then took a position with the American Trucking Association. This is the Lobbyist group which fights to keep the taxes down on the heaviest taxed industry, which is Trucking. This is located Washington, D. C. and His position was sales with responsiblity for covering a fourth of the U.S.. After many years of heavy travelling, Rick took a position in South Fla. starting and running a new trucking company. While living in Fla., Rick came home for Catholic High’s 30th class reunion and ran into Liz O’Connor(his ole High School and college sweetheart). After two years of long distance dating, he asked Liz to marry him and moved back to Memphis and took a Regional Manager’s Sales Position with Kuehne & Nagel, the largest International Freight Forwarder in the world. Rick and Liz were married in 1998. While living back in Memphis, Rick served for two years with Memphis Leadership Foundation. This foundation is a nonprofit organization which assists in funding programs for the inner-city. Other organizations that he has served on are; Best Buddies of Memphis, Memphis Traffic Club, Associated Traffic Club and Tupelo Traffic Club. Close to his heart was volunteering to assist at Manassas High School as a football coach . One year, while helping Head Coach, Bill Courtney, the Documentary “Undefeated” was filmed about this inner city public school that was coached by volunteer former College players and had a fabulous winning season. This film won a surprising Academy Award for the Best Documentary of the Year! Rick is a great example of the type of young man, from humble upbringing, who has constantly displayed leadership in both the athletic arena and the workplace. I strongly urge you to consider him as the kind of person we need as a representative of the fruit of our Catholic educational system.
A great athlete at Catholic High, John attended Tulane University, received his BA from the University of Memphis, and obtained an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He served as a Special Agent of the FBI for over twenty-five years, rising through the ranks to the Bureau’s Senior Executive Service. For seven years he was diplomatically accredited as the Lead Attache at various US embassies including Ottawa, London and all of the Scandinavian countries where he was responsible for managing the FBI’s law enforcement, counterintelligence and counterterrorism relationships with senior government officials. From the FBI, he went to Pfizer, Inc., where he served as Vice President and Chief Security Officer. In response to the widespread counterfeiting of Pfizer’s medicines, he created, staffed and led the company’s worldwide anti-counterfeiting program. He testifies before the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, the US House of Representatives committee on Energy and Commerce, and the US Surgeon General’s Drug Importation Task Force. He also briefed th US Secretary of Commerce and the other senior government officials on the dangers of counterfeit medicines, and he appeared on a number of broadcasts including 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, BBC Radio and others. In 2007, John was named Vice President of Global Security for Apple, Inc. Over the next four years he built a robust security organization with worldwide capabilities to protect the company’s assets and intellectual property. In 2012 he served on a committee of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies entitled Understanding the Public Health Implications of Substandard, Falsified and Counterfeit Drugs. He continues to be active in raising awareness of the public health dangers posed by counterfeit and substandard pharmaceuticals. Mr. Theriault earned a Bachelor of Arts degree form the University of Memphis and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Emory University. He lives in Central Virginia with his wife, Sylvia. They have two sons, Rene and Marc. He currently resides in Virginia, where he is self-employed as an independent management consultant. Nominated by George R. Bone, CHFB ‘65 & HOF member.
Levi Frazier has made the world and particularly the Memphis community, a much better place thanks to his writing and creative brilliance. Levi is a highly acclaimed award winning playwright, writer and poet. After being an outstanding student athlete at Catholic High (football & track), he went on to Rhodes (then Southwestern) college, received his Master’s degree from the University of Memphis and proceeded to establish the Beale Street Repertory Company, one of the south’s first black professional theatre companies. Beale Street Rep evolved into Blues City Cultural Center and still functions today. Levi is a prolific writer with hundreds of plays, screenplays, prose and poetry to his credit, quite likely more than any other graduate in the history of our alma mater. He is also a tremendous actor with many television and movie roles including the legendary movie “Walking Tall.” Currently Levi is a professor at Southwest TN and Lemoyne-Owen Colleges. Nominated by Howard Robertson.
Jimmy was our class treasurer and played football all four years while attending Memphis Catholic. He followed in the footsteps of his father and became a salesman for D. Canale Distributors in the food distribution industry. Jimmy worked his way up the ladder and became the VP of Sales when they later became US Foods. He has always been instrumental in planning class reunions and an active participant in the MCHS Golf tournament.Nominated by Fred Bargiacchi, MCHS ‘71 and HOF member.
It is an honor to nominate John Blumberg, Memphis Catholic High School, Class of 1973. John is truly one of MCHS’s all-time greats and extremely worthy of consideration to the MCHS Hall of Fame. John was an outstanding student, graduating #7 out of 175 students from MCHS. He was a member of the Honor Roll his freshman through senior years and inducted into the National Honor Society his junior and senior years. John had a 4.0 gpa the first semester and a 3.8 gpa the second semester of his senior year. In the spring of 1973, prior to graduation, the MCHS administration awarded John the “Honorary Principal” Award for his loyalty, leadership, dedication and outstanding service to the faculty and students.
John attended Memphis State University, where he graduated in 1978 Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Accounting. John accepted a position with Arthur Anderson, where he worked from 1978-96. John’s held numerous positions with Author Anderson, but his last ten years were spent traveling the globe performing worldwide recruiting for the firm. In 1996 John embarked on his current career as a professional speaker. John speaks to major corporations throughout the United States, and he’s presented to audiences in ten countries on three continents. John is the author of three books, Silent Alarm, a parable of hope for busy professionals, Good to the Core: Building Value with Values, and his most recent book, ROI: Return on Integrity, was released last year. John lives in Naperville, IL with his wife Cindy, where they have raised three children, Ryan, Kelly and Julie. Nominated by Mike Clary, MCHS ‘73 & HOF member.
Daniel R. Miller graduated with a 4.0 grade point average from Memphis Catholic High School in 1979. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin on a full ROTC scholarship, graduating in 1983 with a B.S. in Agriculture, Summa Cum Laude. While at UTM, Dan served as an officer in several clubs and organizations on campus. He was the distinguished military graduate and received numerous academic awards. He was a member of the UTM varsity rifle team for four years and was the team co-captain his senior year when they won the Gulf South conference championship in three position rifle. After graduation, he attended UT’s veterinary medical school for two years. Dan entered active duty as an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant in 1986. He served in Germany as an Infantry Platoon leader, Infantry Company Executive Officer, and Infantry Battalion Logistics Officer. He was selected to attend the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed University of the Health Sciences, graduating with a doctorate in medicine in 1993. He completed his family medicine residency at Dewitt Army Hospital in 1996 and served as a medical officer in Georgia, Korea and Kentucky. Dan served as a Battalion surgeon with the 502nd Infantry in Kosovo in 2001, and with the 187th infantry in Iraq, 2003. His military awards include:The Bronze Star, The Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (6 times), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2 times), NATO Service Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. Dan resigned his commission in 2004 to join Premier Medical Group in Clarksville, TN. He served as the Chief of the Family Medicine department and as a member of the Medical Executive Committee at Gateway Medical Center from 2005-2010. He is board certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. He currently is the president of the Premier Development LLC Board and has a full active family medical practice. Dan married Karla Adams in 1983 and they have 3 children; Daniel, Jr., Laura, and Sarah. The entire family has attended the University of Tennessee at Martin. Dan is an avid runner, cyclist, and enjoys reading and making stained glass windows. He is a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Clarksville, TN.
Paul Oliver was a member of the United States Marine Corps and served two tours of duty in Iraq and one tour of duty in Afghanistan, he loved his country and his high school and he represented both of them honorably. Paul unfortunately passed away in 2013, he absolutely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and should be a member of it immediately. Nominated by Ethan Stamper.
n 1954, while serving as associate pastor of St. Therese (Little Flower) Church, Fr. Ogelsby was assigned to the young parish of St. Ann in Bartlett, beginning his service of 21 years to the parish. He continued to teach at Catholic High for Boys until 1960, when the growth of his parish demanded his full-time ministry. That same year, plans were drawn for the building of a school and convent, which opened that same year. The following year a rectory was built, and in 1968 as the church’s congregation doubled, a new, larger church was built. Since the parish’s beginning, it had spiritual responsibility for neighboring Fayette County, and in 1980, Fr. Ogelsby approached Bishop Dozier about constructing a church there. Perhaps the best testimony about Fr. Ogelsby comes from Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB, president-rector of St. Meinrad School of Theology: “Fr. John Leonard Ogelsby was the first priest I ever saw in my life. Everyone called him Father O. I was 12 years old and my parents took me to see this man because I had a crazy idea in my head that I wanted to abandon my Baptist faith and become, in my mother’s words, a Roaming Catholic. 70 weeks, count them, I went every Thursday after school to his office and he gave me instructions in the Catholic faith. I think I might have known more about the bible than he did. He didn’t seem to mind. He patiently talked to me, wrote on a little blackboard in his office, treated me like a grownup, took my faith seriously, showed me his books, sent me cards for my birthday. He also loved my parents, loved them so much that he did not stop pestering them until they too took instructions and became Catholics. He took care of my father as he was dying, coming every day to the hospital in spite of being pastor of the largest parish in the diocese. He was a wonderful priest. He was never a monsignor, never worked in the chancery office, was never considered for a post at the Vatican, and was certainly not bishop material. He was a priest who was simple and who knew two simple things. Love God, love neighbor. He knew that.”
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