The Malden High School Alumni Association (MHSAA) has named seven new members to its Alumni Hall of Fame as its Class of 2018. The honorees include a former Malden police chief, a former teacher who helped give life to the alumni group, a documentary filmmaker, an ambulance company humanitarian, a broadcasting legend, a civil rights pioneer and a graphic designer who brought the cosmos to the blind. Those to be inducted on May 4 are as follows:
Education (posthumous) – Joanne Iovino, Class of 1964 – former public school English teacher “Miss Assetta” from 1968-2005, founder of MHSAA and initiator of the MHS Hall of Fame program.
Government – Edmund Trabucco, Class of 1934 – Malden police chief whose career in law enforcement spanned five decades. In 1952 he became the youngest lieutenant in the history of the Malden Police Department. He was a member of the board of directors of the Malden YMCA and the Malden Red Cross.
Arts – Ann Carol Grossman, Class of 1965 – created Umbrella Films. Her documentary film “The Powder and the Glory” became the inspiration for the Broadway musical “War Paint.”
Business – Diana Cataldo, Class of 1958 – cofounder and treasurer of Cataldo Ambulance, a company that provides 911 services for 18 municipalities and has raised more than $600,000 for the Fight Against Cancer.
Media – Nicholas “Dick” Robinson, Class of 1955 – broadcasting legend in the 60’s and 70’s. Opened the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, responsible for thousands of broadcast careers.
Science – Noreen Grice, Class of 1981 – astronomy educator, founder of You Can Do Astronomy, LLC, graphic designer, planetarium manager and author of five tactile astronomy books.
Community Service (posthumous) – John Haynes Holmes, Class of 1898 – recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award, one of the founders of the NAACP and the ACLU, a Unitarian minister, and author of seven books.
A banquet and induction ceremonies will be held Friday, May 4, at Anthony’s Function Hall in Malden.
The purpose of the Hall of Fame, which was founded in 2014, is to recognize MHS alumni for exceptional achievement in their chosen careers and/or for their outstanding contributions to the Malden community and beyond.
The final nominees were chosen by a special Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Questions may be directed to Diane Lind, ’54, at 781-944-1368.