Halftime festivities at this year’s Homecoming Game, on Friday, October 10, included a celebration of the 2014 inductees into the BCHS Alumni Hall of Fame. They include:
Charles “Rick” LaRose – Class of 1964
Charles “Rick” LaRose graduated from Bethlehem in 1964. He received his BS from Brockport State University in 1986 and his MA from UC-Irvine and The University of Arizona. In 1973 Mr. LaRose was appointed the Head Coach of water polo and swimming at the University of Arizona in 1973. In 1976, he was the World Champion Professional Fastpitch in Softball and 10 time Team USA Coach in golf. In 1978, he was appointed the Head Golf Coach at the University of Arizona. He served in this position for 35 years. He is the only coach to have won both the men’s NCAA title and the women’s NCAA golf title. Mr. LaRose founded the “Arizona Eagle Club”, a booster organization for the University of Arizona golf program. Mr. LaRose was also the Special Assistant to the Athletic Director at the University of Arizona. Among his other accomplishments Mr. LaRose was a three time All-American swimmer at SUNY Brockport, he won the 1967 collegiate golf championship and was inducted into the Brockport State hall of fame in 1992. Mr. LaRose has also qualified for and played in the United States amateur golf championship and the United States mid-amateur golf championship. He is a member of the Arizona Golf Association’s Goldwater Cup team. He was the winner of the 1966, 1997 and 1998 Dogwood Invitational Senior Amateur titles as well as the 1998 Porter Cup Senior Amateur Championship. Mr. LaRose was awarded the Sports Achievement Awarded by the Tucson Conquistadores for his work with the University of Arizona and the Tucson community. Mr. LaRose was also inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of College Coaches.
Philip Jerry (awarded posthumously and accepted by his mother, Lyn Jerry) – Class of 1972
Philip Jerry was a 1972 graduate of Bethlehem High School. After graduation he went on to become a choreographer and a leading dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Mr. Jerry trained in dance in Elmira, NY before enrolling in the School of American Ballet in Manhattan, an affiliate of the New York City Ballet. At 16, Mr. Jerry joined Joffrey II, the junior company, and three years later was chosen for the senior Joffrey troupe, in which he danced for 13 years. He also performed in Broadway in a revival of “the Most Happy Fell” and in “Dangerous Games.” Mr. Jerry attended Princeton University after he stopped performing. He graduated from Princeton University in 1995 with honors in art history and a certificate in French. During his years at Princeton, he also taught ballet and was ballet master of the American Repertory Ballet. Following his graduation from Princeton, Mr. Jerry began working as a special assistant to Harvey Lichtenstein, president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mr. Jerry’s portrayal of Death in Kurt Jooss’s “Green Table” was hailed by critics of The New York Times as one of the 10 best performances of 1983. Mr. Jerry also worked as a choreographer including creating the choreography for “Our Town” performed by the American Repertory Ballet.
Dr. Athos Bousvaros – Class of 1977
Athos Bousvaros is a pediatric gastroenterologist who has cared for children with inflammatory bowel disease for over 25 years. He came to Delmar as a first generation immigrant at age 6, brought here by his mother and physician father from Greece. After attending Elsmere Elementary, Bethlehem Middle School, and BCHS, he completed his undergraduate degree at Williams College. Wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps, he got his medical degree at Duke University, and pursued further training at Duke and Harvard teaching hospitals. At that point, he decided to devote his career to caring for children Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other intestinal disorders. He is the currently the Associate Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) program at Children’s Hospital Boston. His research interests include identifying the cause of IBD by studying the intestinal microbiome, developing new therapies for IBD, and examining the immune response of IBD patients to immunizations. He has over 100 original and review publications in the medical literature. He is forever indebted to his teachers at BCHS, including Mr. Duffy, Mr. Gorman, Mr. Watthews, Mrs. Peabody, and Mr. Symula.
Congratulations to our newest members of the Alumni Hall of Fame! Learn more about the Hall of Fame on our Alumni page.