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Hall of Fame Inductees 2015

Military (Posthumous)

Lt. Richard V. Dargie, Class of  1939, born in Malden in 1921, was nominated to be inducted into the MHS Hall of Fame to represent the approximately 250 who died out of some 8,300 Malden men and women who served in the armed services during World War II. Lt. Dargie, a co-pilot, was killed in action when his B-24 Liberator was intercepted by German fighters while on a bombing mission and crashed near the French town of Seillons Source d'Argens. Reports indicate his parachute was on fire after he bailed out and that upon reaching the ground he was taken and shot by German soldiers.

The town of Seillons last year commemorated Lt. Dargie's heroism and sacrifice to liberate them from their German occupiers.  The town adopted his grave at the nearby American Military Cemetery and plans a commemorative ceremony on Memorial Day May 24, 2015, in his honor marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Community Service (Posthumous)

Hollis E. Durgin was nominated to be inducted into the MHS Hall of Fame for his decades of dedicated service to the city and its residents in more ways than can be listed here. Mr. Durgin, who died in 2001, was known for his commitment to numerous volunteer efforts including three scholarship committees that benefit Malden High students, all while working full time at his plumbing and heating business and raising a family. He is also recognized for his service to the Malden Rotary Club, as a Registrar of Voters, to his church and to veterans. He was one of many Malden High students who left school before graduation to serve in World War II, but subsequently received his GED high school diploma along with many other returning veterans in ceremonies at the school. He went on to earn a college degree and received numerous civic awards for his unwavering community service.


The Sciences

Marie (Colantuoni) Coyle, Class of 1949, was nominated to the Hall of Fame for dedicating her life to helping others stricken with the life-threatening auto-immune disease called Scleroderma, a chronic condition that attacks the body's skin and organs. The cause was unknown when she was diagnosed with the rare affliction at age 12, nor was there a cure. At age 18 Marie Coyle made a commitment to help those with the condition that hardens the skin, and in 1973 she founded the Scleroderma Association of New England. By 1998 she founded the National Scleroderma Foundation, raising millions of dollars for research, education and support. Her efforts help support nine research centers in hospitals around the nation and has helped thousands of people diagnosed with the disease to live longer and healthier lives. An unpaid volunteer for more than 40 years, Marie Coyle has received numerous awards for her work on behalf of those who suffer from the disease, including the foundation's "Heart and Soul Award" upon her retirement in 2014.

Dr. Stanton Shernan, Class of 1977, was nominated to the Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievement in medicine as a cardiac anesthesiologist.

Shernan is currently a professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, Shernan initially focused on orthopedic surgery, but during his residency at Beth Israel Hospital decided instead to pursue a career as an anesthesiologist specializing in the care of cardiac surgical patients. He has spent the last 25 years focusing his research interests and lecturing world wide as an international expert on the use of three-dimensional ultrasound technology for imaging the heart and its influence on perioperative clinical and surgical decision-making.

In Business

Daniel DiSano, Class of 1986, was nominated to the Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as an entrepreneur and growth executive with a track record in building highly successful companies. Since 2002 he has been president and CEO of Axispoint, a top-tier technology and application development company that rapidly became the trusted technology partner to some of the world's most recognizable brands. In 2012, he and his wife, Denise DiSano, co-founded Marked Private, a leading private messaging and social media company focused on the tween market. Marked Private in 2014 launched its first product, Invite Bandz, which is positioned to revolutionize the party industry. Marked Private has received several awards for best product for children, including Creative Child Magazine's Media of the Year Award. In addition DiSano has been an adviser, entrepreneur and investor in multiple companies, and recently completed his chairmanship of the Young President's Organization in Metro New York, YPO's largest chapter. YPO is a networking group of 22,000 CEOs worldwide.

Community Service

Bobby Sager, Class of 1972, was nominated to the Hall of Fame for using his incredible success in business to make a difference in the community and the world. Once elected Class Clown in Lincoln Junior High School (1969), he now uses his amassed wealth and one-of-a-kind personality and unique brand of philanthropy to attack some of the more challenging problems facing the world today. Through the Young President's Organization, Sager is working to eliminate obstacles to peace and progress in the world in such places as the Middle East and India-Pakistan, including building a teacher training center in Pakistan that trains only women in a region that resists gender equality. Sager also started a microfinance program in Rwanda to foster reconciliation between warring tribes, and is also recognized for his efforts in historic preservation, including the Statue of David in Florence, the Taktstang Monastery in Bhutan, the historic Modern Theater in Boston, the Brewer Fountain on Boston Common, and the restoration of two New England lighthouses.

Education

Dr. George Holland,  Class of 1955,  was nominated to the Hall of Fame for his continuing contribution to education in Malden and the community as a whole, as a teacher, assistant superintendent and as Superintendent of Schools. One of his most significant achievements is the initiation and implementation, with Mayor Richard Howard, of Malden's School Building Project, the largest school building project in the state. The project included replacing the elementary school buildings with five K-8 schools, building an Early Education Center and the restoration of the Malden High School Building. As a lifelong resident of Malden, Dr. Holland's primary mission has always been to put the interests of the community and the needs of the students first, not because it was his "duty" but because of his passion, love of the community and its people. He continues his life's work as president of the Malden High School Alumni Association, whose mission is to raise funds to help MHS students in need.


Business

Paula Sneed, Class of 1965, was nominated to the Hall of Fame because of her tremendous business success and stellar record of accomplishment as a human being. Her strong sense of social responsibility has guided her in her business career and also led her to give her time, energy and creativity to important non-profit enterprises for the common good. Armed with a bachelor's degree from Simmons College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, she began her career in corporate marketing with General Foods, and after General Foods became part of Kraft Foods, Inc., she went on to hold increasingly high-ranking positions at Kraft, rising to become executive vice president of Global Marketing Resources and Initiatives. While at Kraft, she was also involved in a company wide initiative to thwart childhood obesity. Upon retirement from Kraft in 2006, she became CEO of Phelps Prescott Group, LLC, a strategy and management consulting firm.