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Alumni and friends of Gloucester Catholic High School (GCHS) were honored November 20 during the annual Communion Breakfast attended by more than 300 guests.

The Alumni Association is pleased to announce the following award winners:

John and Jackie O’Donnell Award (This award is given annually to a graduate of Gloucester Catholic who demonstrates generous service to the Gloucester Catholic school community.)

Recipient: Larry Reader, ’58 Larry is a graduate of the Class of 1958 and has remained connected to Gloucester Catholic throughout the years. Larry and his wife Barbara (Class of 1960) were an integral part of the founding of the Alumni Association in the early 1980s.

Larry had a very successful career at Rowan University, rising to the position of Vice President, and upon retirement began working for the Camden Diocese, where he still labors tirelessly today.

Dr. Frank & Catherine Kelly Award (This award is given annually to a friend of GCHS who through their good work brings honor and recognition to the school.)

Recipient: Tony Powers 

Although Tony is not a true alumnus of GCHS, he has been affiliated with GCHS in many capacities over the years dating back to the early 1970s. He has served over 35 years at GCHS as a teacher, head basketball coach, and assistant basketball coach in two different eras, and as Assistant Athletic Director, Dean of Students, and Guidance Counselor.

  Thomas Stewart III Award (This is awarded to a Gloucester Catholic graduate that demonstrates selfless commitment and extraordinary service to the greater community.)

  Recipient: Thomas Citro, ‘54 As a long-time resident of Springfield, PA, Citro has been a member of the Springfield Lions Club for 28 years and served as the club’s 50th President. He has served in many other roles for the organization, including First and Second Vice President. He earned his BA degree from St. Bonaventure University and a MA from Villanova.

Gloucester Catholic Al-umni Association Legacy Award (Given on a random basis to recognize someone who through their dedication and commitment to Gloucester Catholic through the years have left an indelible mark on the Gloucester Catholic Community.)

  Recipients: Leroy Jackson, ’44, and Clare Ward, ‘40 Leroy Jackson is a 1944 graduate of Gloucester Catholic and through the years has steadfastly supported GCHS. He had been a regular on the sidelines at the Gloucester Catholic football games for many years and had nine children attend GCHS.

  Clare Ward graduated Gloucester Catholic in 1940 and was a fixture at the school during all eight of her children’s careers at GCHS. She was active in the PTA and still is a huge fan and follows all events at GCHS closely today.


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