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BCHS welcomes new members to Hall of Fame

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on October 7, 2019
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From l to r: Superintendent Jody Monroe, Dr. Eric Powers, Theresa Egan, BCHS Principal Dave Doemel.

The Bethlehem Central High School Hall of Fame inducted two alumni into its 2019-20 class on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The district acknowledged the careers of the alumni and recognized them for their community-based initiatives and professional achievements. This year’s inductees are Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Terri Egan (BC Class of 1977) and Eric Powers, M.D. (BC Class of 1965). With the recent additions, the BCHS Hall of Fame has inducted 36 alumni since 2005. Ms. Egan and Dr. Powers were inducted into the Hall of Fame during the football game that was held as part of 2019 BCHS Homecoming Weekend.

Congratulations to the 2019-20 BCHS Hall of Fame inductees:

Theresa Egan – Class of 1977

Terri Egan became the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles in July of 2015. Since April 2007, Commissioner Egan served as Deputy Commissioner for Safety, Consumer Protection and Clean Air where she oversaw a diverse program area including driver and vehicle safety programs, motor vehicle-related businesses and emissions programs. Prior to joining the DMV executive team, Commissioner Egan was the Town Supervisor for the Town of Bethlehem, New York taking office in 2004. She also served as Town Justice for the Town of Bethlehem, from 1998-2003, where she became familiar with the Vehicle and Traffic Law and several other DMV programs. She graduated from SUNY Albany, holds a J.D. from Albany Law School, and has practiced law in the Capital Region for more than 25 years. Commissioner Egan continues to serve on community-based and attorney-related committees.

Eric Powers, M.D. – Class of 1965

Dr. Eric Powers has had a career-long passion for improving cardiac care both here and abroad. His career began at a time when cardiac surgery was more rudimentary and often placed patients at great risk. Dr. Powers has been at the forefront of development of less invasive and less risky treatment for cardiac surgery patients. In addition, Dr. Powers has been part of a team of cardiologists whose goal has been to train physicians in cardiovascular disease at the Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, in the United Republic of Tanzania. Dr. Powers has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He is a member of a number of professional societies including the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Society or Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

Check out more photos from the Homecoming football game featured in The Spotlight.

View photos from the 2019 BCHS Homecoming Pep Rally on the district’s Facebook page.

Do you know or would like to submit an alumnus to be considered for the BCHS Hall of Fame? If interested, please visit the BCHS Alumni Homepage.

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