Name a Seat in the newly restored Jenkins Auditorium! Each of the 904 seats in the renovated auditorium will have an attractive plate mounted on the chair. You are invited to Name a Seat by creating Your own message for the nameplate. You may want to honor or memorialize a friend or relative, celebrate a reunion, or feature your business. Naming a seat is a thoughtful gift for a birthday, holiday, or anniversary. Name a Seat for $100. All profits from this fundraiser will go directly to help Malden High School students.
Eight new members have been inducted into the Malden High School Alumni Association
Hall of Fame in ceremonies honoring their outstanding career achievements despite
obstacles and adversity.
The inductees include a plumber, a high tech facilitator, a wealthy visionary, a
survivor who battled an incurable disease, a doctor who advanced the science of anesthesiology,
an educator’s educator, a woman who triumphed over racial and gender discrimination,
and an Army Air Corps pilot killed in WWII.
The awards ceremonies were held May 1 at Anthony’s function hall, where family, friends,
classmates and colleagues gathered to hear inspiring stories peppered with such words
as “perseverance” and “hard work.” - “Success is a journey, not a destination,” said
honoree Daniel DiSano, class of ‘86, an entrepreneur who helps others achieve their
“You learn from mistakes and persevere.” - “Take obstacles and adversity as opportunities
and don’t let them stop you,” said Barbara Durgin, who accepted the Hall of Fame
award for her late father, Hollis Durgin, (’40), a plumbing and heating businessman
honored for his community service.
Dr. George Holland (’55), former Malden superintendent of schools, accepted his award
in the field of education. He told of how success “came from working in a group.
You do it as part of a team. You don’t do it alone.”
Dr. Stanton Shernan (’77), who was unable to attend, was honored in the field of
medicine for advancing the science of cardiac anesthesiology and is recognized world
wide as an expert on the use of three-dimensional ultra-sound technology in heart
Marie (Colantuoni) Coyle (’49), honored in the field of medicine, faced her own adversity
when diagnosed in her late teens with the then-untreatable and life-threatening disease
scleroderma. She went on to raise millions of dollars to research and treat the auto-immune
disease through her scleroderma foundations.
Paula Sneed, (’65), inducted in the field of business, overcame numerous obstacles
as a black woman including racism and gender discrimination, rising through the “glass
ceilings” to top positions in the corporate world. She uses her experience to inspire
others not to give up on their dreams, whatever obstacles are in their way.
“Never let anyone tell you, you can’t,” she said
Bobby Sager, (’72), amassed a fortune in the business world and then retired, traveling
with his wife, son and daughter to troubled places in the world where he uses his
money and personality to help others, taking photos along the way and writing books
about those he sees in need.
“It doesn’t matter how much money you made,” Sager said. “It’s how much you give
Kevin Jarvis, (’74) director of veterans services in Malden, accepted the award for
Lt. Richard Vaughn Dargie, (’39), who was killed when shot down over France in World
War II. Jarvis said Dargie was selected to represent all those MHS students who went
off to serve their country in the military during the war. Jarvis told the audience
that more than 200 of those died during the conflict, and that awarding the Hall
of Fame honor to Dargie was meant to represent all who served.
Principal Dana Brown said he looked at the honorees and imagined them as they likely
were as students roaming the halls of MHS. He could also see the “students of today
who some day may find themselves on stage” as members of the MHS Hall of Fame.
“It really says to me what Malden and Malden High is all about, empowering, overcoming
obstacles, setting goals, and achieving dreams.”
A special committee headed up by Ellie Cushing (’71) and Fred Feldman (’67) reviewed
the nominations and made selections. Those nominated previously but not selected
this year will remain in the pool for future consideration.
With the induction of this, the second class, to the Hall of Fame, the MHSAA will
be back at it again next year to continue growing this tradition of honoring those
who achieve greatness in their fields and bring honor to the school and city.
The Hall of Fame was founded in 2014 by the MHSAA to celebrate exceptional accomplishments
of alumni and contributions to the school community
by alumni and others.
Alumni become eligible for nomination 10 years after graduation in such categories
as the arts, business, community service, education, government, media, military
service and the sciences.
Inducted in 2014, the first MHSAA Hall of Fame class, were: Boston Globe columnist
Kevin Cullen (’77), international war crimes judge Phillip Weiner (’72), television
news anchor Heather (Kahn) Braver (’85), linguist James Matisoff (’54), rock singer/song
writer Gary Cherone (’79), cartoonist Keith Knight Jr. (’84), and pioneer women’s
rights advocate Judge Emma (Fall) Schofield (1902).
Permanent plaques commemorating the inductees will be displayed in