2005 Honorees


Pictured in photo left to right: George Leahey '57 accepting for his father, the late Brendan Leahey, M.D.'22, John Conway accepting for his father, the late James Conway, Jr.'41, Joseph McCarthy, M.D. '56, Elinor Lipman '68, and Ted Leonsis '73. 


Brendan  Leahey, M.D. ‘22 – Valedictorian and Carney Medalist of his LHS class. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.  He performed the first successful corneal transplant in New England at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston in 1938 and later founded the Leahey Eye Clinic. He taught Ophtalmology for 32 years at Harvard Medical School and made presentations on corneal transplantation to medical societies throughout the world. He died in 1992. 


James Conway, Jr. ’41 – Captain in the U.S. Army in World War II. He graduated form Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He started to work for Courier Corporation in Lowell in1951, and later was named President in 1966 and chairman and CEO in 1978.  For most of this century, Courier printed every telephone directory in New England.  He died in 1992.


Joseph McCarthy, M.D.’56 – Valedictorian and Carney Medalist of his LHS class. He graduated from Harvard University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is the Director of the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.  He pioneered and developed the concept of craniofacial distraction which has revolutionized this surgical discipline and is chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of Smile Train, an organization that provides pro bono surgery to over 150,000 children with cleft lip/palate around the world.


Elinor Lipman ’68 – Graduate of Simmons College.  She has taught at Simmons, Smith, and Hampshire colleges and is a columnist for the Boston Globe Magazine.  She authored seven critically acclaimed novels including The Inn at Lake Devine and most recently The Pursuit of Alice Thrift.  Four of her novels are in development as movies. The New England Booksellers Association awarded her its 2001 fiction award for a body of work.


Ted Leonsis ’73 – Graduate of Georgetown University.  Vice Chairman of America Online, Inc. (AOL) and President of AOL’s audience-based businesses. He also founded 6 personal computer magazines, authored 4 books, and worked on the introduction of IBM PC and the Apple MacIntosh. He is the founder of e-buddies, a division of Best Buddies.  He is the majority owner of the NHL’s Washington Capitals hockey team and minority owner in the NBA’s Washington Wizards basketball team, WNBA’s Washington Mystics women’s basketball team, and the MCI Arena in downtown Washington, D.C.