Hall of Fame Inductees

Catherine Kenny, MPH
Chair, Science Department, Holy Cross High School

After 35 years of teaching Science at Holy Cross High School, Cathy Kenny often crosses paths with former students and their families. It is a constant reminder that she is part of the very special Holy Cross family and community, all striving for the same goals.  Cathy’s own Catholic upbringing was intrinsic in her decision to teach in the private sector. She grew up in Jackson Heights with her parents Catherine, Peter and sister Barbra, attending Our Lady of Fatima and, thereafter, St. Agnes High School. After graduating from The College of Mount St. Vincent she worked per diem at St. Lukes and St. Agnes before interviewing with Brother Karl Diemand and accepting a faculty position at Holy Cross. She has never regretted her decision and has contributed to the prestige and growth of the school’s Science Department with the establishment of the Science Research Program where she oversees students being mentored by professionals, many of them Holy Cross alumni, on independent research projects beginning at the end of their freshman year. All of the students in this program go to college on scholarship. A breast cancer survivor herself, Cathy founded the “Knights for a Cure” initiative at Holy Cross, where students raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Cathy and her husband, Jim who reside in Flushing, have two sons:Peter, Class of 1999 and Daniel (who attended Regis). Peter and his wife, Michelle, have also blessed them with three grandchildren: Charlotte Lucia, Jackson Peter and Everett Francis. To take a Sponsorship, Congratulatory Journal Ad, or make a Contribution in Honor of Catherine Kenny, Click Here 

James P. Malone ’70 
School Counselor and Coach
Garden City High School
Coach, Beach Channel High School

Jim Malone grew up in Richmond Hill with his brother Tom ’72 and sister, Ellen, children of hardworking parents of Irish/German descent – Eileen and Jim. Jim heard about Holy Cross from a friend, Kevin Raftery, whose brothers attended the school. He enjoyed playing basketball and developed a strong connection to Coaches Bill O’Meara and Jim Kerr and Brothers James Kane and Carl Winters, Director of Guidance. After graduating from SUNY Stony Brook, Brother Carl encouraged Jim to pursue a Masters so he would be qualified to apply for his position when he departed in 1978. From 1979-1987 Jim enjoyed working at Holy Cross, where he also coached freshman and JV basketball, developing strong ties with students and their families. He later assumed coaching positions at St. Francis College and Beach Channel. When Jim and his wife, Diane, started raising their family of four – Terence, Daphne, Jamie and Paige – he joined the public school system starting at Lawrence High School and ending at Garden City High School where he currently serves as a guidance counselor. After 40 years, Jim still finds working with students as a counselor rewarding and fulfilling. He is also able to apply those skills and knowledge of the college application process as a varsity basketball coach at Beach Channel. In 2010, Jim and Diane lost their daughters Jamie and Paige in a tragic auto accident that impacted their entire community. To honor the girls’ memory, the Malone family established a foundation that supports many local charities. Residents of Floral Park, they count many friends among the alumni and former faculty in the area and enjoy spending summers in Montauk. Their daughter Daphne and their son-in-law Pete have blessed them with their first grandchild, Patrick, and another is on the way. Their son Terence is a Director at Barclay’s and enjoys living in NYC near his girl friend Lisa.For Jim, who loved Holy Cross tremendously, being inducted in the Hall of Fame is an honor which he looks forward to celebrating with family and friends in November. To take a Sponsorship, Congratulatory Journal Ad, or make a Contribution in Honor of Jim Malone, Click Here

William McDermott, Esq. ’68
CFO, Sevenson Environmental Services

Bill McDermott grew up in Elmont, New York with his brother Kevin ’69, sister Alice and parents Mildred and Bill Sr., both products of a devout Catholic upbringing.  After graduating from St. Boniface, Bill, along with many kids from Elmont grammar schools, chose to attend high school at Holy Cross – his number one choice. Mirroring his parents’ work ethic, Bill held after school jobs which, regretfully, precluded him from participating in sports and other activities. He did, however, excel in math and English which would have a tremendous impact on his future career. He recalls with clarity the excellent teachers who laid the foundation for the rest of his education: Brothers Robert McMahon, Francis Ellis and Gerald Kenney, Mr. Robert Larkin and Mr. Roger Buckley. After earning his engineering degree from SUNY Buffalo and, still unsure as to his direction, applied to law school to broaden his career opportunities. This foresight enabled Bill to take a job with Sevenson Environmental Services (best known for their role in the Love Canal cleanup) as in-house Counsel in 1975, and where he currently serves as CFO and General Counsel after taking the company public in 1989, then private again in 2002. He has been a founding partner, officer and director of several other businesses that have since been sold or merged and holds leadership positions in several area organizations including the Canisius College Board of Regents. Bill and his wife of 37 years, Jo-Ann, reside in Williamsville, New York and have two sons, Ryan and Steven. Surprised and honored by his induction, Bill says that although he is geographically far away, Holy Cross is always in the forefront of his mind and is delighted that he is now in contact with his former classmates on social media. To take a Sponsorship, Congratulatory Journal Ad, or make a Contribution in Honor of Bill McDermott, Click Here 

Armando Petruccelli ’95
Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

One of four offspring born to Italian immigrants Guilio and Nancy who met at Queens College, Armando Petruccelli learned early on that family, faith, a good education and strong work ethic were the keys to a successful life. Armando attended St. Kevin’s with his siblings Joseph ’00, Theresa and Filippa before entering Holy Cross. Over the next four years, Armando had the opportunity to develop his God-given talents in both academics and athletics. He led his Holy Cross varsity team to two consecutive CHSAA titles, a run which included 43 consecutive league wins. He was named to the US Under-18 National Soccer Team, the All-American soccer team, and received the coveted Holy Cross Scholar-Athlete Award. Finishing third in his class, Armando also earned an admission to Harvard University where he studied economics and was a four-year letter winner for the Crimson, leading the Men’s soccer team to multiple winning seasons and a berth in the NCAA tournament in the 1996 season. Armando currently serves as a Managing Director of the High Yield Sales desk at Morgan Stanley. He and his wife Susan (former captain of the Crimson women’s soccer team) reside in Manhasset with their three children, Madison, Luca and Marco. Armando dedicates his weekends to family and volunteering his time with local youth athletic programs. He often reunites with fellow Holy Cross alumni to play in Men’s soccer leagues and watch professional matches. Armando is thankful that with his induction into the Hall of Fame, and the award of the St. Brother Andre Medal to fellow honoree Taso Pappas ’89, the Holy Cross soccer program will have begun to achieve the recognition they so well deserve.  To take a Sponsorship, Congratulatory Journal Ad, or make a Contribution in Honor of Armando Petrucelli, Click Here

James Quinn ’81
Captain, FDNY

Jimmy Quinn, or Quinnie as some of his closest friends refer to him, is a familiar face at Holy Cross because he is always willing to assist wherever he can lend a hand. Jimmy grew up in Flushing with his sister Patty, brother John, and parents Jean, (retired schoolteacher) and James (Marine Corps Captain). As a student at St. Andrews, Jimmy would attend basketball games at Holy Cross and there was no doubt in his mind his high school colors would be green and gold. He was a runner at Holy Cross, and served as Captain of the Cross Country team his junior and senior years. During Jimmy’s time at Holy Cross the individuals who most impacted his life included Coach Bill O’Meara, Joe Giannuzzi ’65 and his Holy Cross guidance counselor and fellow honoree, Jim Malone ’70, with whom he maintains a friendship to this day. Jimmy realized his lifelong dream when he joined the FDNY and has been a Captain for 13 of his 29 years. He is coach of the Holy Cross Varsity Golf Team and a participant in the SSP Program, mentoring and providing support and guidance to Holy Cross students. Jimmy spends his spare time coaching and refereeing games.  He hopes to retire in two years and spend more time managing his Whitestone bar, the Terrace Inn, and playing golf. Jimmy and his wife Cathy (who coaches Cross Country and Girls Basketball at Holy Cross) reside in Bayside and have a blended family of six children including Erica, Chelsea, Olivia, Mikayla, James ’16 and Ciarra, and a grandchild, Tessa. To take a Sponsorship, Congratulatory Journal Ad, or make a Contribution in Honor of Jimmy Quinn, Click Here

Robert Reichenbach ’72
President and CEO, Bird Bus Sales

Rick Reichenbach was born in Flushing and attended Holy Family in Flushing with his sisters Jean and Patti. His parents Bob and Peggy were strong supporters of Catholic education and wanted the values they revered to be passed on to their children. Admittedly not a stellar student, Rick is grateful to the faculty who never gave up on him. After graduation Rick was given an opportunity to work for a truck manufacturer and discovered an aptitude for sales, ultimately establishing his own successful bus and auto dealerships. His early experience tending bar led him to purchase a failing pub in his early 20’s which he parlayed into a thriving local eatery (Fillmore’s Tavern, Fresh Meadows), and has since added a golf course in New Jersey and several restaurants to his business portfolio, including the former White House Restaurant in Whitestone where he hosted meetings as a member of the Holy Cross Golf Classic committee. Rick credits Holy Cross for developing his character, commitment, discipline and leadership qualities and is a consistent supporter of the school’s events. Rick has served on the board of Flushing Hospital Medical Society and the Queens County Cancer Society and is involved with raising support for numerous local charities and organizations. Rick lives in Manhasset with his wife of 28 years, Linda, and is proud dad to Robert and Maggie, his two greatest successes in life. To take a Sponsorship, Congratulatory Journal Ad, or make a Contribution in Honor of Rick Reichenbach, Click Here 

Michael J. Scally ’65 P’05
Former Fathers’ Club President (2001-2005)

When Mike Scally announced to his parents John and Frances that he would like to attend Mater Christie High School in Astoria after St. Fidelis he learned they had other plans in store for him. While Marta Christie was brand new and almost all his friends would be in their first graduating class, his brother Jack ’64 was enrolled at Holy Cross and they offered a break on tuition for siblings. Mike recalls that Brothers Joseph McDonnell and John Joseph, and Father Robert Hater were particularly influential during his tenure at Holy Cross. Playing up as a sophomore on both the basketball and football varsity teams was a tremendous accomplishment and in senior year he made the All-Queens Basketball Team.  A loss to Power Memorial (with Lew Alcindor) in the CHSAA semi-finals capped an undefeated season in which Mike contributed 208 points. After graduation Mike attended Centenary College in Louisiana, a Division I school, on scholarship, where he played with some future greats including Elvin Hayes and Walt Frazier. Mike began his career in the restaurant business and retired from the Metropolitan Transit Authority in 2013 after 15 years. Mike joined the Fathers’ Club when his son, Michael, Jr. ’05 enrolled at Holy Cross. He served as President for 4 years and remains an active member. Rounding out the Scally family is daughter Frances and his wife of 7 years, Rose Ann. In addition to his outstanding volunteerism at Holy Cross, Mike is involved with the College Point Athletic Club and coached CYO basketball and softball at St. Fidelis. In 2007 the MTA Bus Emerald Society named him Man of the Year. To take a Sponsorship, Congratulatory Journal Ad, or make a Contribution in Honor of Michael Scally, Click Here 

Stephen Stoute ’88
Founder and CEO, Translation Enterprises

Steve Stoute has shared the stage with celebrities, dignitaries and CEO’s as a media and marketing guru, yet perhaps one of his most moving appearances took place at the Holy Cross library when he shared how Coach Tom Pugh’s guidance and mentorship steered him to the path less traveled.  He thanks Coach Tom Pugh for his pivotal impact on his career path. Steve’s journey has taken him from leadership roles at Sony and Interscope, representing musicians such as Nas, Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, Enrique Inglesias and Eminem, to owning one of the most influential multimedia marketing agencies in the world. This marketing agency represents brands such as the NBA, NFL, HBO, State Farm, Nike, and Apple. His book, The Tanning of America, and four-part VH1 documentary, encapsulates Steve’s unique marketing and advertising approach and is considered required reading for any branding executive.  Most recently Steve launched UnitedMasters, an artists services company that redefines yesterday’s “record label” by using data to distribute, market and connect artists to their fans, a new concept in data-driven music distribution and marketing. Steve is forever a student of life, staying curious and tapped into culture. Expanding on his longstanding relationship with athletes, Steve recently collaborated with Lebron James and Maverick Carter to bring light to the student athlete epidemic. Their HBO documentary, “Student Athlete,” releases October 2, 2018. Steve has been inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement, recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and named Executive of the Year by Advertising Age. He lives in New York with his daughter Sophia and wife Lauren.  To take a Sponsorship, Congratulatory Journal Ad, or make a Contribution in Honor of Steve Stoute, Click Here

Hall of Fame Awardees

Gerard “Rod” O’Connell ’61 (posthumous)

Rod, or Roddy, O’Connell grew up in Douglaston and attended St. Anastasia before entering Holy Cross High School in 1957. When his dad passed away suddenly that year the school provided much needed help to Mrs. O’Connell. Rod played cymbals in the Holy Cross band for four years, was a member of the Biology and Aeronautics Clubs and served on the Ushers and Dance Committees. A lifelong resident of Douglaston – where he had a successful real estate business, Bryce Rea Associates – Rod was involved with local community organizations including the Community Church of Douglaston Theater, the Lions Club, the civic association and the Little Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. Dubbed the unofficial “Mayor of Douglaston”, Rod also volunteered with the Visiting Nurses and supported and participated in a road race honoring the late NFL Giants football player, Dick Lynch, a former resident of Douglaston. Rod’s friends came from all walks of life and were devoted to him and his endeavors. For decades, Rod supported and attended many events at Holy Cross High School, often the first to arrive and the last to depart – as long as the music played – and was always dressed to the nines. He was a very generous and humble man who made a lasting impression on everyone, including his former Holy Cross band director, Brother Renatus Foldenauer, C.S.C. who vividly recalled “that red-haired young man who played the cymbals” over 50 years ago. During his last visit with Rod, good friend and classmate, John Douglas, told him he would be establishing a fund in his name at Holy Cross High School to provide financial aid to students – with preference given to members of the band. For his devotion to Holy Cross High School and the community-at-large we are honored to present the Holy Cross High School Cross and Anchor Award posthumously to Rod O’Connell, Class of 1961. To take a Sponsorship, Congratulatory Journal Ad, or make a Contribution in Memory of Rod O’Connel, Click Here 

Angelo Cozza ’83 (posthumous)

Angelo Cozza was born in Brooklyn and raised in Ozone Park with his siblings Elizabeth, Joseph and Juliana. His dad, Louis, passed away when Angelo was only 9 months old, yet their mother Audrey made sure her children received a Catholic education that began at St. Sylvester’s. Although it meant a lengthy commute, Angelo was determined to attend Holy Cross where he played football all four years. Angelo attended NY Tech and worked in Finance before joining the FDNY where he spent most of his time at Ladder 146 in Williamsburg and at Engine 92 and Ladder 44 in the Bronx. By this time Angelo had married his wife, Joann, and became a dad to her son, Philip, and daughter, Tara. Their family grew to include daughters Michelle, Jena and Angela and the Cozza family made their home in Levittown on Long Island. Angelo passed away from prostate cancer at the age of 36 on August 2, 2001, a month prior to 9/11. Joann likes to think Angelo “was needed up there to greet all of the guys who died that day.” The Cozza family established a scholarship award in Angelo’s name at Holy Cross High School to provide financial assistance to incoming freshmen for four years. Coach Tom Pugh recalls Angelo being a standout ball player who led by example and had a great sense of humor. He was respected by his friends and fellow firefighters whose lives he inspired. When a group of NYC firefighters trekked to Indianapolis to play a basketball tournament in the 2001 World Police and Fire Games, Angelo was unable to make the trip. They played in his honor, keeping him updated daily on their wins, and brought home the gold. The team visited him in the hospital to present him with his medal upon their return. For his inspiration to everyone whose lives he touched, we are proud to present the St. Brother Andre Medal posthumously to Angelo Cozza, Class of 1983. To take a Sponsorship, Congratulatory Journal Ad, or make a Contribution in Memory of Angelo Cozza, Click Here 

Taso Pappas ’89 (posthumous)

Since the age of five, Anastasios (Taso) Pappas was rarely seen without a soccer ball in his hands or at his feet. According to his friend John Knesich ’89, Taso had an infectious personality and  mesmerizing charm and was an extraordinary student.  As an athlete, he took your breath away. Growing up in Whitestone with his brother George and sister Mina, Taso was a source of pride for his parents Steve and Barbara. He volunteered at his Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church Sunday School and played soccer for St. Mel’s CYO, the Blue Angeles Istria Club, Westchester United and the Pancyprian and Olympiakos teams. But it was always his dream to play on Holy Cross High School’s soccer team. During his time at Holy Cross he not only played soccer, he lived and dreamed it. In senior year Taso was voted Most Valuable Player of the Catholic High School Soccer League. With a unique ability to excel at all he set his mind to, Taso was equally as successful with regard to his academics.  That senior year Taso was offered a full scholarship to Fordham University to play for the Division I Rams and his future looked bright. On Taso’s 18th birthday, April 24, 1989, he was on the way home from school when he was involved in an automobile accident which sadly took his life and extinguished his dreams. It was a crushing loss to his family and friends and the entire Holy Cross community. To keep his memory alive, the Pappas family established a scholarship at Holy Cross High School. The recipient of the award will have demonstrated, like Taso, a love of soccer as well as academic achievements. In recognition of his generous and caring nature – and on behalf of all those in whose spirit he lives on – we are proud to present the St. Brother Andre Medal posthumously to Taso Pappas, Class of 1989. To take a Sponsorship, Congratulatory Journal Ad, or make a Contribution in Memory of Taso Pappas, Click Here 

Mrs. Gail Sicoli
Director of Alumni Relations and Events

Holy Cross High School
26-20 Francis Lewis Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11358
Phone: (718) 886-7250 ext.577
Direct Line: (718) 461-1288
Fax: (718) 886-7257

Email: gsicoli@holycrosshs.org

Upcoming Alumni Events

Hall of Fame Dinner
Saturday, November 10th, 2018

Alumni Reunion
Saturday, April 6, 2019