• Lowell High prepares to honor five more Distinguished Alumni - Five inductees join LHS “hall of fame” - By Nicole Defeudis, ndefeudis@lowellsun.com - 9/24/2019

    LOWELL — For the 16th-consecutive year, five Lowell High School graduates will join the ranks of Distinguished Alumni, chosen by the school’s alumni association.

    In no particular order, the 2019 inductees include: Rep. Lori Trahan; Robert Regan, Director of the Ithaca College Kesh Center for Global Communications Innovation; Benjamin Lambert, former Johnson & Johnson patent attorney; John Haley, Watermark Co-Founder; and former Lowell High School teacher L. Wyman Trull.

    “These people have succeeded not only in their own field but they’ve given back to their community,” said Jim Moriarty, head of the Lowell High School Alumni Association, said in an interview with a Sun editor Thursday. The inductees will be honored in a ceremony at the high school Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. Past honorees include esteemed novelist Jack Kerouac, Class of 1939, former United States Representative Paul Tsongas, Class of 1951, and Lowell Mayor William Samaras Class of 1959.

    Lori Trahan

    “I am honored to be the recipient of Lowell High School’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Lowell High School and the entire city of Lowell made me who I am today,” Trahan said in a statement regarding her induction.

    Trahan, who currently lives in Westford, was elected to Congress in 2018. She was raised in Lowell, and worked a paper route delivering The Lowell Sun at age 11. After graduating from Lowell High, she attended Georgetown University on a volleyball scholarship. Trahan worked her way up to chief of staff for Congressman Marty Meehan, and later left to start a woman-owned consulting firm called Concire. She was the first Portuguese-American woman elected to Congress.

    Robert Regan

    Regan, currently residing in Ithaca, New York, earned an associate’s degree bachelor’s degree from Mount Wachusett Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Worcester State University, and a master’s degree from Boston University. He began his career producing talk television for ABC and CBS affiliates in Boston, then moved to the Los Angeles-based Telepictures Syndication.

    Regan was later named senior vice president of programming and operations at GTE Corporation, and in 2000 served as president and chief operating officer of TWIN Entertainment/Two-Way TV. Now Regan works as a media executive, communications leader and educator at the Ithaca College Roy H. Park School of Communications.

    After graduating from Lowell High School, Robert Regan earned degrees at Mount Wachusett Community College, Worcester State University and Boston University Benjamin Lambert, who passed away in 2016, was born in raised in Lowell. He was the seventh of nine children.

    Benjamin Lambert

    Lambert earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Boston University, and later his juris doctorate from Seton Hall University Law School. After college, he worked in pharmaceuticals at Merck & Company and Ciba-Geigy. In his late 60s, Lambert became the first black patent attorney at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

    Benjamin Lambert was the first black patent attorney at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

    John Haley

    John Haley, also born and raised in Lowell, dreamed of owning a business in the Mill City. Over the years, he worked to make it happen. Haley received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami. In 2001, he co-founded Watermark, a business which provides engineering, environmental consulting, design, construction and remediation skills, and has offices in Lowell and Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.

    The passionate Lowellian was once chairman of the Lowell-based nonprofit Project LEARN.

    L. Wyman Trull
    L. Wyman Trull, who passed in 1997, was best known for his 38 years as a history and Latin teacher at Lowell High School. Trull earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College, then worked several years at Standard Oil of New York. Trull received the 1974 Bowdoin Education Award, presented to outstanding secondary school educators.

    Some inductees will speak to between 600 and 700 students Oct. 24 in the high school’s auditorium, said Moriarty, who hopes the inductees will inspire the students. “It’s absolutely a major impact for the kids at Lowell High,” he said.

    All are welcome to attend the award ceremony. Tickets cost $25, and can be purchased by calling the high school at 978-937-8900.