Hall of Fame and Awards

Since 2009, the West Babylon Alumni Foundation has recognized the exceptional achievements of West Babylon Graduates who have made significant contributions to their profession or society and non-graduates who have made contributions to the betterment of the West Babylon School District and community.

Each year we host an event to honor these individuals who are inducted into the Hall of Fame or are recipients of the Board of Director Awards.

Hall of Fame Nominations Open

We are currently accepting applications for the Hall of Fame. Please download and submit the attached application.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2024

Award Ceremonies

2022 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Hall of Fame Induction and Board of Directors Awards ceremony was held on January 14, 2022. Scroll down for a video of the event. Board of Directors’ Award Charles Volpe 2021 Hall…

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2019 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

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2018 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

Hall of Fame Inductees and Board of Director Award Recipients

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Margaret (Peggy)  Ehrensperger
Margaret (Peggy) Ehrensperger
Peggy began her teaching career at West Babylon High School in 1973, after graduating from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She started in the Physical Education Department. Three years later, she obtained her master’s degree and accepted a position teaching Health Education.  She was also part of team teaching in…
Patrick M. Farrell
Patrick M. Farrell
Class of  1973
Patrick Farrell is a proud, lifelong resident of West Babylon. He graduated from West Babylon High School in 1973 and is also a Veteran of the U.S. Army. Pat’s volunteer service began with the West Babylon Fire Department where he attained the rank of Captain of Co. 8. He was…
Patricia Martin  Farrell
Patricia Martin Farrell
Patricia Martin Farrell was born in Queens, NY and moved to Babylon in the third grade. After high school, she attended St. John’s University, University College in Brooklyn graduating with a BA in English in 1964. Pat next attended Hofstra University, graduating with a MS in Elementary Education in 1969…
Joseph  Germano
Joseph Germano
Class of  1964
In 1951, Joseph Germano and his family moved to West Babylon where he attended Santapogue School along with his sisters Judy and Mary. His father, Frank, opened a meat counter named Frank’s Gem Meats in Zito’s Grocery Store, inserting himself as a businessman in the West Babylon Community. As a…
Patrick  Halpin
Patrick Halpin
Class of  1971
Patrick G. Halpin graduated from West Babylon High School in 1971. He graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia earning a B.A. degree in political science in 1975. Patrick has had a long career in public service that first surfaced as a student in West Babylon. Growing up during…
Douglas G.  Hassell Jr.
Douglas G. Hassell Jr.
Douglas G. Hassell Jr. is the owner of Hassell Auto Body of West Babylon in New York. He is the only son of Anne and Douglas Hassell and only brother of Kimberly and Kelly Hassell. He is currently married to his beloved wife of 21 years Catherine and has two…
Christopher  Haug
Christopher Haug
Elementary Physical Education Teacher. Chris grew up in nearby Islip Terrace and attended East Islip High School. He received a wrestling scholarship to the University of New Hampshire where he graduated with B.A. degrees in Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology. After 10 years working in physical therapy, Chris decided he…
Margaret Joan Haugen
Margaret Joan Haugen
Community Advocate/Activist Margaret Joan Wright was born at the beginning of the Great Depression and graduated from Farmingdale High School. The majority of “Boney Joanie’s” formative years were spent boarding with kindly relatives or on her own. The Lions Club presented her with her first pair of eyeglasses. At school…
Dr. William G. Hawkins
Dr. William G. Hawkins
Class of  1987
William G. Hawkins is a 1987 graduate of West Babylon High School. He received his MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed a surgical research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Hawkins completed a residency in surgery at Massachusetts General…
Silvio  Impagliazzo
Silvio Impagliazzo
At age 92, Silvio Impagliazzo worked the concession stand at West Babylon Senior High School’s homecoming football game last fall to volunteer his time before taking a seat to watch the on-field action with one of his sons. But what stands out for Paul Impagliazzo when he remembers that day…
Senator Owen H.  Johnson
Senator Owen H. Johnson
Senator Owen H. Johnson was first elected to the Senate in 1972 and represented the Fourth Senate District, which encompasses portions of the Towns of Babylon and Islip. He attended West Babylon Grade School and Babylon High School. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps, he attended and…
Martin P.  Kennedy
Martin P. Kennedy
KENNEDY – Martin Patrick It is with sadness that we announce the loss of our beloved Martin Patrick Kennedy of Babylon, NY, who passed away peacefully on May 11, 2020. Martin was born on February 24, 1931 in Newburgh, NY to Joseph A. and Mary (Lahey) Kennedy and was married…
Major Melvyn  Kloor (Ret.)
Major Melvyn Kloor (Ret.)
Class of  1959
Major Melvyn Kloor and his wife Anita have been married for 30 years and reside in Sierra Vista, Arizona. They have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. When not on assignment with the U.S. Government, Mel volunteers on the staff of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (8th District, Arizona), where he serves as…
Eric  Kraft
Eric Kraft
Class of  1961
After graduating from West Babylon High School in 1961, Eric Kraft was, briefly, co-owner and co-captain of a clam boat. It sank. He went on to Harvard. After Harvard, he taught school in the Boston area, moonlighting as a rock music critic for the Boston Phoenix, and then worked as…
Commander Brian Kudrle
Commander Brian Kudrle
Class of  2001
Commander Brian A. Kudrle hails from Babylon, NY and graduated from West Babylon Sr. High School in 2001. He went on to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy earning a Bachelor of Science in Navel Architecture and Marine Engineering and his commission as an Ensign in the United States…
Jon  Link
Jon Link
Retired Social Studies and Humanities Teacher Jon was born and raised in a small farming and ranching community in West Texas. Upon graduating from public school, he attended Abilene Christian University and graduated with a major in History in 1968. In the spring of that year, Mr. Petersen and Dr.…
Dr. Robert  Manley
Dr. Robert Manley
Dr. Manley graduated from Iona College with a BA in Spanish Language Arts and minors in Philosophy and Education. He completed his MA degree in the Humanities at Hofstra University and his Professional Diploma and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Educational Administration at St. John’s University. Dr. Manley taught Spanish…
Christine Mowbray  Manzi
Christine Mowbray Manzi
Class of  1996
Being from a family of volunteer firefighters and following in her father’s footsteps, in August of 1992 at the age of 14, Christine joined the West Babylon Junior Fire Department. While working her way through high school, maintaining superior grades, and participating in extracurricular activities, Christine was also busy advancing…
Thomas  McAteer
Thomas  McAteer
Class of  1971
Tom McAteer serves as a Senior Vice-President and Regional Market Head for Aetna Better Health, Aetna’s Medicaid Division. He is responsible for the East Region and he has led an expansion that started with a health plan in Delaware and now includes plans in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida. The region…
Dr. Daniel S.  McCally M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Daniel S. McCally M.D., F.A.C.S.
Class of  1964
For Dr. Daniel S. McCally, the foundation of his career began with his attending Kindergarten through 12th grade in the West Babylon School District. Dan attended Santapogue Elementary School, then the WB Junior High School, and graduated from the WB Senior High in 1964 as the class president. Dr. McCally…