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Stanner Hall of Fame

Many individuals in the Molloy community lead remarkable lives of faith, honor, service, and excellence. The commitment of these alumni, mentors, and friends to the Marist Mission and to what it means to be a Stanner is humbling, and we are blessed to have their examples inspire our community. Since 1983, Molloy has inducted these men and women into its Stanner Hall of Fame. Molloy identifies candidates who exhibit strong moral character, outstanding academic or athletic achievement, service to their community, and loyalty to alma mater. Any man or woman inducted into the Stanner Hall of Fame embodies the values reflected in our motto, "Not for school but for life." Fame alone is not a sufficient qualifier for induction.

If you know of a candidate worthy of consideration for induction into the Stanner Hall of Fame, please submit a formal nomination in writing, along with a resume or CV (if available), to President Richard Karsten ’81 at president@molloyhs.org.
 

 
Stanner Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Congratulations to these five outstanding individuals, who were inducted into the Stanner Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
 
  • Brother Patrick Hogan, FMS — One of the most recognizable and influential Marist Brothers in Molloy history, Br. Patrick Hogan, known by many as Br. Pat, dedicated over 55 years of service to Stanners as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, volunteer, alumni director, alumni spiritual director, and friend. He has impacted generations of Stanners both in and out of the classroom and has created a legacy of service at Esopus through his work at camps for the deaf, adults with disabilities, children with Down’s syndrome, and inner-city youth. In retirement, Br. Pat continues to spend each day at Molloy bringing a smile to each teacher and student he encounters.

  • Major General Patrick Gallagher ’64 (USAF) — After 39 years in the US Air Force, Maj. Gen. Patrick Gallagher retired as the Senior Mobilization Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs at Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This directorate, reporting to the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff, develops, integrates, evaluates, and analyzes the USAF Future Years Defense Program, which exceeds $682 billion, and the Air Force Long Range Plan to support national security objectives and military strategy. Earlier in his career, with over 5,000 flying hours, Maj. Gen. Gallagher commanded a squadron and served as a deputy group commander. He served in a broad range of positions in and out of acquisition and operations. In his civilian occupation, he was employed as a commercial airline pilot. Maj. Gen. Gallagher is a recipient of numerous special awards including but not limited to: Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster.

  • Lt. John “Jack” Gremse ’68 (FDNY) (Posthumously) — John “Jack” Gremse first joined the ranks of the FDNY in 1978. He served throughout NYC including in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and eventually worked his way up to a spot at Ladder 126 in South Jamaica. Throughout his tenure with the FDNY, Jack earned numerous citations for bravery and heroism. He was never boastful about these honors and was known to simply say, “I was just doing my job.” After 20 years with the FDNY, Jack took the lieutenant’s test. While those results were pending, Jack joined many fellow firefighters and other city agencies in responding to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. His promotion to Lieutenant took place just five days later during a time of great mourning across the city. Lt. Gremse vowed to serve in his new role with the utmost dignity out of respect for those who lost their lives on September 11th. He went on to serve with Engine 302, Ladder 155 in Jamaica until 2008, when he was forced into early retirement due to 9/11 related cancer. Sadly, Lt. Gremse passed away on September 16, 2014 as a result of that illness. Lt. Gremse’s memory is honored with a plaque at Engine 302, as well as on the Memorial Wall at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn. Members of his Class of 1968 led an effort to rename the Freshman Boys 55M Dash at Stanner Games in his honor. Lt. Gremse’s classmates remain in touch with his wife, Kathy, and visit her at the Gremse family home every summer to reminisce and remember Jack.

  • Chief Peter Hayden ’64 (FDNY) — A New York City firefighter for 37 years, Peter Hayden devoted his life and career to the safety of all city residents and their families. Hayden rose through the ranks of the FDNY and retired as Chief of Department – the highest uniformed officer in the Fire Department. His courageous actions on September 11, 2001, and his tireless efforts in the days after the tragedy, further established his legacy in the annals of NYC history. A plaque honors Chief Hayden in the statehouse in Albany, NY. “Pete was present on the pile of smoldering rubble every day for over six months to make sure that every effort was made to recover, and account for, the missing and the dead,” said friend Paul Hickey ’64 in his nomination letter. Several years ago, Chief Hayden was honored with the President’s Award from Marist College, his alma mater, for his professionalism and dedication to the citizens of New York.

  • Whitey Rigsby ’74 — A dual-sport athlete, Whitey Rigsby played basketball under the leadership of Coach Jack Curran. As a junior, he helped his basketball squad win the CHSAA City Championship. The next year he helped lead the Stanners to an 80-52 rout, defending Molloy’s title and becoming tournament MVP. After Molloy, Rigsby attended Villanova University, where he played Division I basketball under Rollie Massimino. Rigsby was a three-year starter and, upon graduation, held the university’s record for most career steals and was second in career assists. As team captain in senior year, Rigsby led Villanova to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1978. Later in his professional career, Rigsby returned to Villanova as the “Voice of Wildcat Basketball.” He has served as a radio broadcaster for the team for 39 years and has called three NCAA championships (1985, 2016, 2018). Beyond the microphone, Rigsby has supported Villanova’s 23 intercollegiate sports programs as a Senior Major Gifts Officer, raising millions of dollars for college athletes since 2000. His successes as an athlete, broadcaster, and his commitment to helping college athletes earned him induction into the Villanova Hall of Fame. Rigsby is also an avid volunteer, dedicating countless hours of service as a little league baseball coach and CYO basketball coach.

 


Criteria

The following categories describe the criteria for induction into the Stanner Hall of Fame:
 
Professional Achievement:

Awarded to an individual whose professional accomplishments, distinctive leadership, and outstanding conduct reflect the values of
Molloy's motto: "Not for school but for life"

Service to Community:

Awarded to an individual whose service to others through volunteerism, faith, and outstanding leadership reflects the values of Molloy's motto: "Not for school but for life"

Loyalty to Molloy:

Awarded to an individual whose extraordinary commitment to Molloy and/or the Marist mission reflects the values of Molloy's motto:
"Not for school but for life"

Athletic Achievement:
 
Awarded to an individual who has made a significant impact on athletics beyond high school and whose conduct reflects the values of Molloy's motto: "Not for school but for life"
 

 
Selection Committee

In 2013, Molloy re-establish its Stanner Hall of Fame Selection Committee. This committee reviews and ultimately approves candidates for induction based on a majority vote. Active current members include: Mr. Robert Corrigan '63, Mr. Jack Foley '71, Ms. Mary Pat Gannon, Mr. Richard Karsten '81, Mr. Craig Katinas '93, Mr. Matt Rizzotti '04, and Mr. Ed Shannon '84. Four members of the committee are members of the Stanner Hall of Fame (Corrigan, Foley, Gannon, Karsten).
 
The committee is dedicated to honoring the most deserving individuals for nomination. To reflect these high standards, some original categories have been altered. "Service" now includes exceptional loyalty to alma mater, while athletic achievement is now an important part of the "Professional Achievement" category.