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Stanner Hall of Fame
Richard, Brother Leo
Brother Leo Richard impacted countless lives for decades while serving Archbishop Molloy High School. He was a constant source of inspiration and advice, encouraging many people as St. Marcellin Champagnat once did to help children, help the less fortunate, and perform God’s work. He also worked closely with Bro. Regis and the late Bro. Ron Marcellin in continuing to foster the Stanner spiritual tradition. He tutored students in Physics and provided support to students in numerous peer groups.
He was passionate about Molloy sports and even acted as a shot put coach in the mid 1960s. During his tenure at Molloy, Bro. Leo founded S.M.I.L.E., which stands for Something More In Life’s Experience. Bro. Leo established this program to help young people build self-esteem and live life in a loving, responsible way. Bro. Leo’s vision was to give students the opportunity to use each other as sounding boards during the more difficult times in their lives rather than bottling up their feelings.
Today S.M.I.L.E. is led by Mr. Chris Dougherty ‘91, who was a peer group leader under Bro. Leo in 1991. The program remains a testament to Bro. Leo’s legacy. According to Bro. John Klein, Bro. Leo played a significant role in the 1989 Excellence Award that was bestowed on Molloy after the S.M.I.L.E. program was observed by an outside educational authority. Bro. Leo was also previously honored with the Stanner Outstanding Achievement Award. Many teachers and counselors use him as an example while implementing his methods and lessons. A true humanitarian, Bro. Leo Richard’s influence still resonates with every soul he touched.
Bro. Leo’s nomination is supported by Joseph Egan ’89 saying, “Leo was like a surrogate father to me…” and Paul Franco ’91 who praised the life lessons he learned in S.M.I.L.E.