The Camden Catholic family was blessed once again with the presence of hundreds alumni and supporters of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, paramount among them the beloved Sisters of Mercy of CCHS, who were inducted as a group in the 1887 Special Recognition category. In addition, our individual inductees included entertainment agent Thomas Escott Lizzio ’58, nurse and scientist Julia Purdy ’78, respected physician and founder of Advocare Dr. John Tedeschi ’56, leading scorer in Irish girls basketball history Rashidat Junaid ’06, track and field star Andy Mancini ’63, Irish boys basketball standout Karl Sartor ’83, Irish wrestling great Bobby Stinson ’02 and the legendary state championship 1993 Irish girls swim team.
Corporal John Michael Reid ’65, USMC was inducted posthumously into the 1887 Special Recognition category for his heroic service in Vietnam in which he was killed in action while saving several members of his platoon in 1967, days after his 20th birthday. In an emotional moment for all present, Reid’s brother Kevin invited Sergeant Mickey Kent onstage to accept the award with him. Kent served alongside Reid in Vietnam and remains close to the family.
Congratulations to this year’s inductees, and sincere thanks to Hall of Fame committee chairperson Jack Wixted ’72 and the entire committee for their thoughtful consideration of the selection process and event coordination.