Learn More About our Hall of Fame Inductees

Virginia Valeri '37

The valedictorian of the Girls High School Class of 1937, Virginia Valeri started school at St. Mary’s as a first-grader 94 years ago and is considered the school’s oldest active alumna.

After graduating from St. Mary’s, where she played basketball and wrote for the school paper, Virginia attended Emmanuel College, earning a degree in chemistry in 1941. That is a path few women chose in that era. She wanted to major in English, but the Sisters convinced her that chemistry would open more doors.

Virginia worked as a mathematician for the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C. during World War II. She eventually returned to Lynn and took a chemist position at C.L. Hauthaway and Sons. She ended her career at Arthur D. Little, where she was able to combine her love of science and English as a literature researcher.

Virginia’s brothers, Frank ’38 and John ’44, also went to St. Mary’s, as did their sister, Marie Cacciatore ’41. Virginia has also had 11 nieces and nephews follow in her footsteps. 

Virginia was honored to be featured in a St. Mary’s drama production that chronicled the history of the school and she has corresponded with students through written letters. 

Richard Carter ’58

Richard Carter made the most of his St. Mary’s experience, serving as vice president and president of his class, playing three sports (football, basketball and golf), and participating in the Glee Club and Oratorical Society. He has often told friends and colleagues that he feels fortunate that his parents were able to send him to St. Mary’s.

After graduating in 1958, Dick served in the Marines Corps for six years, including four years active duty. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Salem State University and master’s from Suffolk University. He entered the field of banking in 1963 and spent 43 years working for several banks and with the Massachusetts Bankers Association.

After retiring in 2006, Dick started a consulting business and he currently serves as chief lending consultant for Community Credit Union. He has also taught and lectured at Fairfield University, Newbury College and North Shore Community College.

Dick has played an active role in the communities where he has worked and lived. He served on the board of directors of Catholic Charities North, Salem Kiwanis Club and Peabody Chamber of Commerce, president of Dedham Rotary Club and he played a key role in Habitat for Humanity’s housing program for low-income families in Boston.

“Dick is an honorable banker of the highest integrity. He belongs to a rare breed of banking professionals that are not easy to find,” said Nick Sarantopoulos, president and CEO of Community Credit Union. “Dick believes that we have to give back to our community and that we have to work hard to make a world a better place, one step at a time.”

Jack Greeley ’59

Members of the St. Mary’s Class of 1959 are known for their legendary school spirit and generous support of the school. And no one epitomizes that loyalty to the alma mater better than Jack Greeley,

Jack has been an integral member of the Class of ’59 Reunion Committee for many years. As classmate Jim Carrigan wrote, “We graduated in 1959 and Jack has been in charge ever since.”

Jack was a founding member of the St. Mary’s Hall of Fame Committee in 1990 and has served the committee and the event since. “He has worked tirelessly to make the Hal of Fame the successful event that it is today,” Mary Ann Calnan said.

A lifelong Lynn resident attended St. Pius School before St. Mary’s. He graduated from Boston College and Suffolk University Law School. He served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. Jack worked in pharmaceutical sales and practiced law in Lynn for more than three decades. He is co-executive director of the Lynn Business education Foundation, an organization with which he has been involved for more than 20 years. Jack taught in the Bentley University Continuing Education division for 15 years.

Jack and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 54 years and have three children and five grandchildren. 

James Moore ’62

Jimmy Moore could be considered the human version of Google when it comes to the history of St. Mary’s, especially with regard to athletics. 

One of five siblings to graduate from the school, Jimmy met his wife, Patricia (McLaughlin) ’62, at St. Mary’s. She and their daughter, Marnie ’87, are also being inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

Jimmy graduated from St. Michael’s College and earned a law degree from Suffolk University. A partner at Bradley Moore Primason Cuffe & Weber, he has been practicing law in Lynn for almost 50 years and is recognized as one of the best real-estate attorneys in the area. He has played an active role in the Lynn Business Partnership since its inception in 1992, serving on the executive board and as secretary.

Virtually all of the more than dozen people who supported Jimmy’s nomination to the Hall of Fame referenced his being the embodiment of St. Mary’s Catholic ideals. He cares about his family, friends, colleagues, clients and city … and, of course, his beloved alma mater. 

Jimmy has supported St. Mary’s in many ways. He and Pat are fixtures at sporting events, reunions and other functions. They have two other children, David ’90 and Emily. They are also proud that granddaughters, Caroline ’20 and Catherine Ball ’25, are continuing the family’s legacy at the school. 

Patricia (McLaughlin) Moore ’62

Every successful family needs a solid matriarch, and in the case of the Moores – three of whom are being inducted into the St. Mary’s Hall of Fame this year – that person is Patricia.

Pat Moore is a proud member of the St. Mary’s Girls High School Class of ’62. Her husband and fellow inductee, Jimmy, graduated from the Boys High School the same year. 

Though small in stature, Pat is a giant when it comes to giving back to her school and community. She and Jimmy are long-time benefactors of St. Mary’s and played leading roles in their class’ 50threunion in 2012. 

Pat spent much of her professional life working with children, especially as a beloved administrative assistant at Swampscott Middle School. Pat played the role of second mother to countless students and teachers. When they really needed something done, they went to Mrs. Moore. She enjoyed the complete trust and confidence of teachers and staff. 

Even in retirement, Pat is still helping students, now as a volunteer librarian at her granddaughter’s school, Sewell-Anderson. She has taken the Christian values instilled in her at St. Mary’s and incorporated them into her life and the lives of her husband, three children – David ’90, Marnie ’87 and Emily – and six grandchildren.

J.J. Green ’67

John J.J. “Pumpsie” Green gives back to St. Mary’s in a variety of ways, not the least of which is as chair of the Board of Trustees Governance Committee. J.J., a trustee for the last eight years, also serves on the Institutional Advancement Committee. He has chaired the last two reunion committees for his class.

J.J.’s connection to St. Mary’s dates all the way back to his youth when his mother, Ruth, was the cook at the rectory and convent. He and four of his six siblings all graduated from St. Mary’s High School, and they all graduated from St. Mary’s Elementary School. 

J.J. served as vice president of his class and was an all-league basketball player.  He credits St. Mary’s for providing a strong educational and moral foundation, and is grateful for the long-lasting relationships he has maintained with his classmates over the past 50 years.

A Merrimack College graduate, J.J. is the founder and president of J.J. Green & Associates, a company which represents contract furniture manufacturers in the education, healthcare, hospitality and corporate markets.  

“J.J. exemplifies a St. Mary’s Hall-of-Famer in his personal and professional life,” Joan Hill ’71 said. “He and his wife, Joanne, have passed on to their children and grandchildren the values of integrity, honesty and volunteerism.”

Marnie Moore ’87

Marnie Moore graduated from St. Mary’s 32 years ago but has never really left. She remains involved on many levels, including as a trustee and parent of two daughters who attend the school, Caroline ’20 and Catherine Ball ’25.

Marnie is among the most active trustees, serving as chair of the Enrollment Committee and on the Governance, Institutional Advancement and Women for St. Mary’s committees. She is a former chair of the Annual Fund and has served on other committees including head of school search, capital campaign, golf tournament and Varsity Club.

Marnie graduated from Salve Regina University and the Massachusetts School of Law. She has been an attorney at Bradley Moore Primason Cuffe & Weber for 22 years, specializing in real estate, trust administration and probate. Prior to that she worked for a mortgage company and as director of operations for a property-management and real estate holding company with more than 1,000 residential units. Her legal knowledge and experience are assets to St. Mary’s.

Marnie, who lives in Lynn with her husband, Darrin Ball, and their daughters, is also very active in St. Mary’s Parish, Girls Inc. of Lynn, LynnArts, and the American Cancer Society.

Learn More About Our William F. Connell '55 Service Award Recipient

Kathy Power Mears

On July 25, 2014, His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley named Mrs. Kathleen Power Mears Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston. 

A career Catholic school educator, Superintendent Mears previously served as Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, as a school Catholic school principal and teacher. She also was a professor in Elementary Education at Marian University in Indianapolis.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Elmhurst College, and a master’s in education from Butler University. She has also done extensive course work in school leadership at Indiana University. 

Superintendent Mears was serving as an Executive Director with the National Catholic Education Association - also known as NCEA - when she answered Cardinal Sean’s call to come to Boston. 

As a result of her scholarly pursuits, her multi-faceted responsibilities, and her various positions in Catholic education, Superintendent Mears has gained extensive experience in, among other areas, public policy, school improvement programs, and professional development.   She is a nationally recognized speaker in education and has worked on many initiatives including the development of STREAM programs in Catholic schools across the country and on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools.

As Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston, Mrs. Mears is responsible for the second largest education system in the Commonwealth - - second only to the City of Boston - - overseeing more than 34,000 students in more than 100 schools.  A nationally-known and respected Catholic educator and leader, Superintendent Mears is a highly sought-after lecturer and presenter at diocesan and local events all around the United States. 

Superintendent Mears lives in Braintree with her husband, Brian, and has two grown children, and three wonderful grandchildren. 

Congratulations to
St. Mary's Hall of Fame
2019 Inductees

Virginia Valeri ‘37
Dick Carter ‘58
John Greeley ‘59
James Moore ‘62
Patricia Moore ‘62
JJ Green ‘67
Marnie Moore ‘87

2019 William F. Connell ’55
Service Award Recipient

Kathleen Mears
Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston