McCarthy Brothers Tribute – May 2024

A warm and beautiful day on Sunday May 19th in Marine Park in Brooklyn where the McCarthy Memorial Committee and the Fraser Civic Association honored Eugene McCarthy ’73 and Dennis McCarthy.

In 1991, while flying a mission in support of ground troops in Saudi Arabia, Major Eugene McCarthy was shot down and lost his life at the age of 35.

Dennis McCarthy was an Immigration Officer and later a Special Agent for U.S. Customs Service. Dennis died in 2018 from a 9/11 related illness.

The ceremony was attended by many civic leaders and politicians who were influential in creating and maintaining the McCarthy memorial in Brooklyn. In addition, members of the armed forces, NYC’s first responders, those that worked with both Eugene and Dennis as well as the McCarthy family and friends were all present.

The National Anthem was performed by Nazareth’s senior Maureen Marcel and Principal Rob DiRe spoke on behalf of Nazareth where he noted that the annual McCarthy Run will be re-instituted this year (October 19th in Rockaway) thanks to the generosity of a donor. Bookmark this link to Nazareth events to find out more details about the run as we get closer to registration.

Mc Carthy Brothers Ceremony
McCarthy Memorial - May 19 2024
Maureen Marcel '24
Nazareth Senior Maureen Marcel ‘24
Naz Alumni and Rob
From Left to Right - Denis Wuestman '73 Board Member, Rob DiRe - Principal, Jude Hayes ‘74, Joe Keenan ‘73 Board Member and Pete Sinnot - sponsor of this years McCarthy Brothers run in the fall. Also in attendance: Rick Dolan - Alumni/Faculty; Gary Brasco '78

Career Day 2024

A day of learning and sharing

On April 18, 2024, Nazareth transformed the gym and various classrooms into a day of learning and sharing for all its students. Over 350 of Nazareth’s students heard about career experiences, opportunities, and tips for success through panels and Career Activity Workshops.

Twenty-one alumni, parents and volunteers representing various careers joined with Nazareth’s energetic and supportive faculty to provide the students with a true learning opportunity.

In the gym, career panels were conducted for both upper and lower classes at separate times where panelists discussed why they chose their field, what the joys and challenges of their job were, and imparted wisdom for our students to draw from in choosing their own paths. The Freshmen/Sophomore panel was moderated by Madison Adams ’26 Roshaun Callum ’26, while the Junior/Senior panel was moderated by Jaylen Jean-Pierre ’24 and Breanna Pierre-Toussaint ’26.

Students also rotated through 50-minute classroom sessions where they were exposed to the practical elements of interviewing, resume building and professional attire. In addition to the presenters’ sharing their experiences, students were provided with templates and best practices to help them learn these practical elements. Many noted that these skills can be applied today as students begin to interview with colleges or seek summer or part/time employment.

The administration, faculty and staff noted the importance of giving Nazareth students experiences that would not normally get in showing his appreciation to all the presenters. Among the presenters many noted that they “wished” they had a day like this when they were in high school! All were looking forward to Career Day 2025 at Nazareth!

Career Day
Career Day
Career Day

Thomas Santoro ’84 and member of the NYPD lost his life to cancer from his actions on 9/11. In memory of Tom, Pat Mullee ’84 (with support of many alumni/friends) put together a Super Bowl pool this year. As a result of this generosity, Nazareth will receive $5,000 to establish the “Tom Santoro ’84 Memorial Scholarship Fund” to benefit students who need financial assistance. Nazareth’s Board has also matched $3,000 of that amount for a total of $8,000! We are grateful to Patrick, our alumni and Tom’s wife Marlena for thinking of Nazareth in memory of Tom.

During Tom’s 20-year career with the NYPD, he worked in various departments, retiring from the counterterrorism division. As much as Tom was a public servant, he was a man devoted to his family and relished his time with his sons, Jack and Michael. While his wife worked, he played Mr. Mom taking the boys to school and to their extracurricular activities. Tom loved his vacations, especially to the Jersey Shore and cruising.

Anyone that knew Tom would say he was the jokester and would make light of even the darkest circumstances. His sense of humor and wit were always present, even when he was battling the 9/11 cancer that would take his life. When no one knew what to say…he did. He chose the perfect path for his life as a public servant as his demeanor suited the job perfectly. “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”

1981 Baseball Reunion

The 1981 Nazareth Regional HS Varsity Baseball All-City Champs held a reunion in October at the Greenhouse Café in Brooklyn. In attendance were: Michael Accardi, Chris Buckley, Steve Chilli, Joe Donnellan, Hugh Gillespie, Steve Kopchik, Tim Minze, Jim Portagallo, Joe Rinaldi, George Romano, John See, and Rich Behan. They shared their memories and made a generous donation to Nazareth in memory of teammates no longer with us.

Alumni 1973 Reunion

1973 – 50th Class Reunion held on 9/30/23 at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.
Wonderful time with over 60 attendees. Gracious donation from the class of ’73 of $2,950 made to Nazareth’s Lt Michael T. Russo Scholarship Fund.

Do you have an upcoming alumni event or a picture of one from over the past few years that you would like posted here? Please send an email and picture and details to advancement@nazarethrhs.org and we will be happy to share it.

Class Captains

Alumni involvement in the life of Nazareth is essential for our future. We are seeking additional Class Captains, who will serve as liaisons between fellow classmates and the school. Class Captains are responsible for:

Assisting Nazareth in updating class contact information Promoting alumnae events and reunions Supporting fundraising efforts

If you are interested in serving as a Class Captain, please contact Denis Wuestman (Board of Trustees – ’73) dwuestman@nazarethrhs.org.