Members of the Edwin O. Smith Hall of Fame
Inducted November 2008:
Emily Christison-Lagay (1993)
Emily Christison-Lagay graduated from E. O. Smith High School in 1993. She went on to get her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1997. She then entered the five year General Surgical Residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. During this time she took two years off to conduct research in the area of angiogenesis as well as to help to set up a web-based international tumor registry to assist with data collection and the streamlining of treatment efficacy. She is currently finishing her surgical residency and will begin a fellowship in Pediatric Surgery in Toronto, as well as in Africa, in the summer of 2009.
She lives in Boston.
Tom Duffy (1973)
Thomas Duffy, who graduated in 1973, played in bands both at E.O. Smith and at UConn. He received a B. S. and a Master's of Musical Arts from UConn, and then attended Cornell where he received his Ph.D. in Musical Arts for composition. He has been teaching at Yale since. He has a number of musical publications, has written extensively for various
journals, and has contributed chapters in various books. As well, he works with student bands statewide through the Connecticut Music Educators Association.
Harold (Cappy) Schwenk (1959)
Harold Schwenk graduated from E. O. Smith High School in the first class of 1959. He pursued an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics from Brown University (1963), a Masters (1964) and a Ph. D. in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1972. In 1975, he founded his own computer software company, BGS Systems, Inc., from which he retired in 1998.
Ray Sidney (1987)
Ray Sidney graduated from E. O. Smith High School in 1987. At Smith, he was especially interested in classes in mathematics. He pursued a bachelor's at Harvard, and a doctorate at M.I.T. He was the fifth person to join Google after working at RSA Labs and D. E. Shaw. He has since retired from Google and is an eco-friendly real estate developer near Lake Tahoe. His various philanthropic efforts include the areas of environment, education and health. He lives in Nevada.
Nelson Walker III (1996)
Nelson Walker III graduated from E. O. Smith in 1996. He went on to graduate from Brown University and earned an MFA in film directing from Columbia University School of the Arts. He began his career writing for various documentaries for the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the NOVA series on PBS. His first film, iThemba/Hope, chronicling an HIV+ choir from South Africa, aired on the Sundance Channel in 2005. Lumo, his second film, chronicles the lives of Congolese women at a hospital for rape survivors.
Abby Ames (1998)
Abigail Ames was a runner for E. O. Smith in both cross-country and track and field, from 1994- 1998. Her teams won a number of championships, and she competed in the New England Championships for Track and Field (1996-98) as well as for Cross Country (1997-98). She was also a member of the All -State teams for both track and field (1997, 1998) and cross country (1996, 1997). She was named Academic All-American and All Conference USA. She is still an active runner, and last year completed the San Diego marathon.
Mickey Fitzgerald (1966, teacher and coach)
Michael Fitzgerald graduated from E. O. Smith High School in 1966. While here, he played soccer for four years as a mid-fielder on the team as well as baseball. At Eastern he continued to play both sports. He is in the Eastern Athletic Hall of Fame. He then went to Norway several times over a period of eight years, where he played and coached
at the International School of Stavanger. In 1986, he returned to teach and coach at E. O. Smith. He has coached girls' soccer and boys' track and field, and currently coaches the boys' cross country team.
(teacher and coach)
Sally Nelson taught P.E. and coached field hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball, and softball at E. O. Smith from 1963-1986. Her field hockey teams wonmany conference and state titles. In 1985, she was honored by the Friends of Field Hockey for her years of dedication to the sport
Tom Nevers, Jr. (1974)
Thomas Nevers graduated from E. O. Smith High School in 1974. He played soccer on the winning Class M championship team in 1972. He was selected as an NSCAA High School AllAmerican. He went on to play soccer at UConn, and professionally with the Chicago Sting in the NASL, and then went on to play with other teams, including
the Hartford Hellions.
Kevin O'Keefe (1978)
Kevin O'Keefe graduated from E. O. Smith High School in 1978. During this time he ran cross-country and track all four years. His teams won several class titles and he was the State Cross-Country Open champion his senior year. His Manchester Turkey Day Race - Schoolboy Record stood for 25 years. He is also well-known as the author of "The
Average American" (who turned out to be a former E. O. Smith employee).