Distinguished Alumni Awards

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees, Congratulations!

Join us for the 11th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Providence Marriott. Funds raised from this event will support and enhance both academic and extra-curricular programs of Classical High School.


Maurice Finegold ’50

Maurice N. Finegold was graduated summa cum laude from Classical in 1950. His father was in the class of 1921 and his sister, Hannah, the class of 1946. (He recalls that his physics teacher also taught his father.) He has fond memories of his days here. “I loved Classical High School; great teachers, great classmates,good fun and hard work.”

Moe received his BA degree cum laude from Harvard University and received his Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the Boston Architectural College in 2007. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and of the Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture.

He is licensed to practice in 17 states and is a Senior Principal for his Boston-based firm Finegold Alexander Architects. Moe has been responsible for a wide range of projects, including restoration and reuse of historic buildings, new structures and urban planning across the United States. He even competed in the design competition for the new Classical High School building which is home to its current generation of students. His firm has won more than 180 awards for design excellence, ranging from designing a small public library to creating a master plan for a square mile comprising 1,200 buildings. Among his many accolades, Moewas the only US architect invited to compete for a new Synagogue in Munich, Germany.

When asked how his Classical education impacted his life, Moe replied “I learned the rigor of the daily quiz and recitation in each class very quickly. This discipline served me well in the United States Army and throughout my professional architectural career. It helped develop my critical thinking skills and freed me to be able to celebrate and embrace ideas in my design work.”

While at Classical, he was a member of the newspaper and yearbook staffs, the French Club, Forum, and boys swimming. Mr. Angelo Murchelano taught one of his French classes and he says that, as a result, he has always spoken French with an Italian accent.

Robert Satloff ’79

Dr. Robert Satloff was graduated summa cum laude from Classical in 1979. He was vice-president of its student government, co-editor of his class’s award-winning Caduceus and a member of both the debate and tennis teams.

Dr. Satloff went on to receive his BA from Duke University in 1981, MA from Harvard University in 1985, and DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1991.

Since 1993 he has been executive director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, one of our nation’s leading policy research think tanks. An expert on Arab and Islamic politics as well as U.S. Middle East policy, his views are frequently read, seen and heard on national newspapers, network talk shows, and National Public Radio; he has testified on numerous occasions to Senate and House committees concerned with U.S. Middle East policy.

Soon after the September 11 attacks, Dr. Satloff and his family moved to Morocco, where his personal research focused on unearthing stories of Arab “heroes” and “villains” of the Holocaust that he told in his bestselling book, Among the Righteous: Lost Stories of the Holocaust’s Long Reach into Arab Lands (PublicAffairs, 2006). He later hosted and co-produced a one-hour PBS documentary based on Among the Righteous broadcast nationally on Holocaust Memorial Day in 2010.

In addition, Dr. Satloff is the creator and host of Dakhil Washington (“Inside Washington”), a news/interview program that has appeared weekly since 2005 on al-Hurra, the U.S. government-supported Arabic satellite television channel. He is the only non-Arab to host a program on an Arab satellite channel.

He is very grateful for his Classical education, especially for how it broadened his horizons. He says that Classical “opened and shaped” his life and describes his time at Classical as a ͞”…wonderful experience in the full diversity of the best Providence has to offer…students and teachers who were both energized and energizing”.

Dr. Satloff currently lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with his wife Jennie and their sons — Benji, William, and David. They have traveled the world extensively and lived in Britain, Cameroon, Morocco, and Israel. While he has met (and even advised) kings, presidents, and prime ministers, he looks forward eagerly to his future, thinking of books he wants to write, films he wants to make, innovations he wants to effect in his institution and, most importantly, years of joy and happiness he wants to spend with his wife and family.

Charlie Hall ’74

Charlie Hall was graduated from Classical High School in 1974. He was a member of the Golf and Hockey teams, both of which he captained his senior year. That year, he also served as illustrator for the Caduceus.

After Classical, he attended Rhode Island School of Design where he received his BA in Illustration in 1978.

For many years, Mr. Hall has done courtroom work for local television stations. In the late 90s, he became the official editorial cartoonist for the RI Newspaper Group. This is a position he still holds today. His editorial cartoons have appeared in ten consecutive editions of the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year (in North America).

His most recent venture is the trendy paint party company called “Drink and Dabble”, where Mr. Hall teaches wanna-be-artists how to do a two-hour painting while they snack and sip cocktails at the area’s top restaurants.

In the 80s, Mr. Hall’s professional activities branched into comedy when he and a friend began doing stand-up, starting Periwinkles, Rhode Island’s first comedy club. In 1992, he created the Ocean State Follies, the longest running show in RI’s history.

Mr. Hall has performed comedy on TV shows, such as The Joan Rivers Show, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, MTV Half Hour Comedy Hour, Evening at the Improv, America’s Funniest People and Star Search ’93, where he was named a semi-finalist.

He has published a book on the Ocean State Follies, two cartoon book collections, and a 2016 Amazon bestselling coloring book for adults entitled Electile Dysfunction.

He also appeared as the opening act for more shows at Rhode Island’s Warwick Musical Theater than any other person including Chicago, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Sam Kinison, Frankie Valli, Reba McIntire, Charlie Daniels, Rosie O’Donnell and Jerry Seinfeld.

In 1995 Mr. Hall wrote the words for “Rhode Island’s It For Me”, now Rhode Island’s official state song.

Mr. Hall was the first person inducted into the RI Comedy Hall of Fame in 2012. He was inducted into the RI Heritage Hall of Fame in 2016. Ocean State Follies was named Best Comedy Troupe by RI Monthly Magazine for several consecutive years. The magazine also named Mr. Hall RI’s best comedian several times.

Mr. Hall currently lives in North Providence with his niece Liza who is a student at the University of New Hampshire.

Anaridis Rodriguez ’02

Rodriguez is a network correspondent and anchor at The Weather Channel (TWC). Under this role, she’s traveled be country chronicling a range of stories. From the impact of natural disasters across the United States, to the Obama Administration’s focus on STEM education and the solar energy boom in Massachusetts.

Rodriguez is an award-winning journalist, whose professional experience spans nearly a decade. Before her time at TWC, she was an anchor/reporter at WWLP, Springfield’s NBC affiliate; and a contributing reporter for The Boston Globe and Telemundo Boston.

Rodriguez was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated with her family to Providence at age 12.

She graduated Classical in 2002. And says she has very warm memories of the camaraderie among classmates & the commitment of faculty to encourage its student body.

These experiences ingrained in her a “strong desire to learn, to engage and to put effort into being a conscious citizen.”

Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and Spanish from Rhode Island College and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Emerson College.

She lives in Atlanta with her husband Jesse & her son Andreas.

Jonathan Lavine ’84

Jonathan Lavine was graduated cum laude from Classical in 1984. He played on the golf team for four years, earning four varsity letters. He was the Varsity Golf team captain for both his junior and senior years. He also contributed to the Laureate Literary Magazine for four years and became the co-editor his senior year. Mr. Lavine received the Laureate Poetry award.

Mr. Lavine went on to receive a BA from Columbia College, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, where he also lettered in golf. While at Columbia, he received the David Truman Award for outstanding contributions to the academic affairs of the college. He went on to earn an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is also a Vice-Chairman of the Trustees of Columbia University. He has been awarded the John Jay Award from Columbia for alumni achievement and serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisors of Harvard Business School.

Mr. Lavine began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in the Mergers & Acquisitions Department. In 1993, he joined Bain Capital, LP, and is now Co-Managing Partner of the firm and Chief Investment Officer of its credit unit.

Mr. Lavine is the Chair of City Year’s National Board of Trustees and serves on the boards of Boston’s Children Hospital Trust, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Center for American Progress. He and his wife endowed the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. They also funded the Lavine Family Center for College Affordability at uAspire working with students to overcome financial barriers to college.

In 2007, Jonathan and his wife formed the Crimson Lion Foundation which provides financial support to numerous community-based organizations including Best Buddies, Cradles to Crayons, LIFT Communities, Be the Change, Opportunity Nation and the USO. The Lavines also support a number of Jewish organizations including ADL, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, and American Jewish World Service. In 2016, Mr. Lavine was appointed a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council by President Barack Obama.

Mr. Lavine’s fond memories of Classical include “…having the privilege of learning with great teachers like Sue Kaplan, Ed Pascarella, Peter Turner, Ruvain Klein and Mary Rubiano.” He goes on to say “Classical taught me how to think and be intellectually vigorous. I developed friendships from all over the city – several of which endure today.”

Mr. Lavine and his wife, Jeannie, live outside Boston, MA, with their two daughters.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Circle

Jennifer Scorpio DiBiasio ’84
Distinguished Alumni Committee Chair
Email: jenniferdibiasio@yahoo.com

Congratulations to all our alumni who have received this prestigious honor.

Inducted 2004

Bernard Buonanno ’27
The Honorable Bruce Sundlun ’38
Marie Langlois ’60
Joan Nathan Gerson ’61

Inducted 2008

Dr. Vernon Alden ’41
The Honorable Bruce M. Selya ’51
Edward Iannuccilli, M.D. ’57
Elizabeth Burke Bryant ’75
Tom Ohanian ’77
Kendra A. King, Ph.D ’90

Inducted 2009

Vincent A. Sarni ’45
Ronald DeLellis, M.D. ’58
Rabbi Avis Dimond Miller ’62
Richard Bornstein ’67
Lauren Corrao ’79
Mayor Allan Fung ’88

Inducted 2010

Bernard Bell ’38
Frederick and Dorothy Petrie Irving ’39
Norman G. Orodenker Esq. ’51
Bruce L. Paisner ’60
Robin Green ’63
Jorge Elorza Esq. ’94
Susan Adler Kaplan – faculty

Inducted 2011

Melvin L. Zurier Esq. ’46
Anthony F. Gasbarro ’57
John M. Barry ’64
Joseph Nocera ’70
Karina Montilla Edmonds Ph.D ’88

Inducted 2012

James R. Winoker ’49
Philip J. DiSaia, M.D ’55
Gordon D. Fox ’79
Melanie Sanford, Ph.D ’92

Inducted 2013

Raymond Armstrong ’42
Clark Sammartino, D.M.D. ’55
Robert Wittes, M.D. ’60
Susan West Kurz ’67
Shelley Woods Whiting ’87
Mayor Angel Taveres ’88
Louis Toro – Faculty

Inducted 2014

David Korn M.D. ’50
Anthony Regine D.D.S ’51
Joyce Caldwell Stevos, Ph.D ’61
The Honorable Mary M. Lisi ’68
Paul Mecurio, J.D. ’78
Major Jamale R. Hart ’89

Inducted 2015

Professor Stanley Fish ’55
Susan Mondshein Tejada ’63
Arnold Bromberg ’69
Professor Paul Argenti ’71
Dr. Curtis Odom ’90

Inducted 2016

Andrew Blazar, M.D., ’51
Beverly Resnik Blazar, Ph.D., ’51
Louis D’Amario, Ph.D., ’64
Evan Medeiros, Ph.D., ’89
Barbara Greenberg Sokoloff, ’60

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