Walkins Ineus ’16 received the Dr. Robert Muccigrosso Award at graduation on June 11th. The award is presented to a student who exemplifies the Catholic values and ideals of scholarship and leadership embodied by Dr. Muccigrosso. A graduate of Fordham University, New York University and Hofstra University, Mr. Muccigrosso’s professional career includes a total of 17 years as the principal of two Brooklyn Catholic high schools and seven years as the associate superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn. From 1963 to 1969, he taught English at Nazareth R.H.S. before becoming the first lay principal at Bishop Loughlin M.H.S., Fort Greene, in September, 1975. After Loughlin, he became the associate superintendent for schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn, working as chief educational operational officer. He also served as executive staff to the diocesan High School Principals’ Association and supervised both the diocesan special education and drug-abuse prevention programs. In 1989, he returned to Nazareth as principal, for 11 years. He also served as a trustee at Xaverian H.S., Bay Ridge, 1987-93. After Nazareth, he chaired the education department of St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, 2003-09, and continued as a consultant until his death. During his productive tenure at Nazareth, “Dr. Mooch” continued a great tradition of implementing new programs and setting high stands that helped Nazareth be the fabulous educational institution it is today. He helped thousands of students prepare for the next steps in their lives and beyond. He liked to greet the Student Body every morning over the PA System telling them what happened the day before as well as what would take place. He would talk to students every chance he could, especially during lunchtime in the cafeteria. Any time there was a game between the Seniors and the Faculty, Mooch was the first one to walk onto the field or court and played with the most enthusiasm. He published numerous education-related books and articles. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Janet, four sons and seven grandchildren. Robert M. Muccigrosso, a longtime Catholic educator and Bay Ridge resident…..and much more!
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