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Hall of Fame Inductees 2016


As the granddaughter of four immigrants who settled in Malden, Theresa(Terri) is a self-made girl from the projects and proud of her Malden roots where she learned the value of hard work and perseverance. After finishing nursing school and working at the old Boston City Hospital, she joined the Air Force for four years, earned college credits, used them to get a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and went back into the Air Force in 1987, this time as an officer. On Nov. 7, 2015, Terri was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General,the first female in the history of the South Carolina Air National Guard to achieve that rank. A decorated veteran of multiple overseas deployments, her work affects the military readiness of the Air Force Nurse Corps worldwide and homeland security as military first responders. When not fulfilling her military responsibilities, Terri is a licensed family nurse practitioner at Lexington Medical Center in South Carolina.

ARTS -- MARC PHANEUF, Class of 1982

MarcPhaneuf is a professional freelance musician, composer and arranger. His prowess with the saxophone, flute, clarinet and piano has allowed him to play alongside some of the most famous names in the music business, such as Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Lady Gaga and Iggy Pop. He’s appeared in such original Broadway productions as the Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof,Rocky and Sister Act, and sat in with the Boston Pops, the Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey orchestras. His movie soundtrack credits include Finding Forrester, The Aviator, Chicken Little, and television’s Boardwalk Empire. He is the son of former MHS Superintendent of Schools Paul Phaneuf.

BUSINESS -- JOHN T. McCARTHY, Class of 1964

Majoring in German at Tufts University, John T. McCarthy was president of his graduating class in 1968. Completing his master’s degree program at Tufts in German in 1973, McCarthy began his four-decades-long international banking career at State Street Bank in Munich, held executive positions at the American Express Bank, and joined the Dutch ING Bank in 1991. He currently serves as chairman of ING Bank Turkey and its subsidiaries in Turkey, Ireland, and Bahrain. He has served as chairman of the Fulbright Commission for Turkey and was knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 2013. A resident of Istanbul, McCarthy was recently elected to the Tufts International Board of Advisors.


With a lifelong passion to provide students the best educational opportunities possible, Virginia Shahbas Yardumian served on her local parent teachers association and the local and state League of Women Voters before running in 1968 for the Malden School Committee. Ginny, as she is known, was elected for three terms, two as chair of the committee. Her 12 years on the committee was a time of massive changes in educational and societal philosophies. After she stepped aside, Ginny remained firm in her beliefs thatall students deserve and need quality public education. To that end she continues to be involved in political campaigns for those whose commitment to public education reflects her own.


Brought to this country as a toddler, the daughter of Polish immigrants who survived the Holocaust of World War II, Ms. Diane Portnoy grew up seeing the unique language challenges immigrants and refugees faced in their new land. Educated in Malden schools, Boston University and Cornell University, Ms. Portnoy became a certified teacher and in 1992 co-founded in Malden the Immigrant Learning Center, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides free, year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston.  Under her leadership as president and CEO,the Center has grown from three classrooms serving 60 students a year to some 900 students a year now with a staff of 31. And a long waiting list. Ms.Portnoy and the school have received national recognition and numerous awards.She remains active in community, educational and civic organizations as an advocate for the positive impact immigrants have on the economy as entrepreneurs, workers and consumers.


John Boris left Malden High School at age 17 to join the Army to help support his struggling mother and siblings, but it was a meeting years later at his butter-and-egg store clerk job in Malden Square with MHS Coach Arthur Boyle that convinced him, then 25, to return to school to get his diploma in 1964. That decision launched him on a lifetime of successful business ventures that allowed him to help fulfill his mother’s words to always give back and help others. A three-time cancer survivor and heart by-pass surgery patient, Boris advanced at his positions over six decades to become chairman of the Housing Authority inSalem, Ma., where he is involved with the local food bank, helps homeless families, those with autism, cancer and cardiac patients, and the elderly. He hopes he has made his mother proud.

POLITICS (Posthumously)-- JOHN A. VOLPE, Class of 1926B

The son of Italian immigrant parents, John A. Volpe rose from his construction industry background in Malden and World War II service in the U.S. Navy to twice become governor of Massachusetts, U.S. Secretary of Transportation,Ambassador to Italy and in 1968 nearly became Richard Nixon’s vice presidential running mate. In 1960, Volpe successfully ran for governor, but lost his bid for a second consecutive term in 1962 to Democrat Endicott Peabody. He then defeated Francis X. Bellotti to win re-election 1964 and in 1966 won a landslide victory for a four-year term. He left the governorship early in order to assume the position of the United States Secretary of Transportation. During his administration as secretary, Amtrak was created. Volpe was appointed Ambassador to Italy from 1972 - 1976, the first Italian American to hold that position.