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Delbarton Inducts Four New Members into the Hall of Honor

On Friday, October 11, the Alumni Association officially inducted four new members John J. McNamara ’59, Robert E. Farrell ’64, Brian J, Ferriso ’84 and George J. Parros ’98. The inductees were joined in the Fine Arts Center by many friends and family members.

Alumni Association President Tim Fitzsimmons '95 (with his aide de camp, son Timmy Fitzsimmons) welcomed the audience, then Hall of Honor master of ceremonies John Tonzola '95 introduced each of the four inductees. The four men, each from a different era of the School, shared wonderful memories and stories. McNamara punctuated each of his classic tales -- which included some memorable pranks -- with 'Thank you, alma mater'. Farrell recalled athletic highlights, Ferriso spoke of discovering his love for the arts at Delbarton, and Parros attributed family and worth ethic taught at Delbarton as keys to his hockey career and to his life. His two young children looked on with pride.  

Assistant Headmaster for Advancement Craig Paris '82 thanked the inductees for sharing their memories, and Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd, OSB summed up the evening's spirit with his observation that lifetime friendships and storytelling are hallmarks of the Delbarton experience.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a dinner reception together.

Read biographies below of our 2019 Delbarton Hall of Honor inductees, and enjoy our photos. The Delbarton community congratulates these four distinguished honorees!

John McNamara ‘59

After graduating from the Delbarton in 1959, John J. (“Jack”) Mc Namara, Esq. received a B.S. from the Georgetown University School of the Foreign Service, a law degree from Fordham University, studied Quantitative Analysis in NYU Stern Graduate School of Business at New York University, and Airway Science at the University of North Dakota.

Learning to fly as a boy more than 50 years ago, McNamara has flown over 100 models of aircraft. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, a Commercial Pilot's Certificate, a Flight Instructor's Certificate, and a Ground Instructor Certificate with Advanced and Instrument ratings. He is recognized as the first pilot/flight instructor ever Certified without limitation by the Federal Aviation Administration at the highest level in every category and class of aircraft. He also has been recognized by the Governor of New Jersey as the State’s aviation expert and acknowledged as one of a handful of attorneys in the United States who have dedicated themselves to the field of aviation law. He has volunteered services of his aircraft and himself to the National Burn Victim Foundation, Angel Flight, Wings for Hope and Wings Over Africa.

McNamara attended Fordham Law School while working fulltime as a television copywriter. After passing the New York Bar Examination in 1968, he worked at Brewster Ideal/ Dairy Maid Chocolate where, in the first year, he increased factory efficiency by 33%.

 Next, he was hired by the Chemical Bank in their Special Industries division specializing in aviation and aerospace financing, working with major national and international air carriers and aircraft manufacturers while attending NYU’S Stern School of Business. In 1972, he opened his private practice in New York City and, in 1972, opened a New Jersey office.  For over 30 years, he and his affiliates have represented domestic and foreign clients in every area of aviation law. He has consulted with the Governor of New Jersey, the heads of both Houses of the New Jersey Legislature, members of the US House of Representatives, members of the National Transportation Safety Board and the Vice President of the United States.

McNamara was a charter Trustee and served as President of the Council on Aviation Accreditation. For over 35 years he has served as a Director of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association and was a Founding Member of the National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association.

Mc Namara has been a lifelong loyal and active member of the Republican party and served for several years as Chairman of the Far Hills Republican Committee and as a member of the Somerset County Republican Committee. He has also served on a variety of corporate boards including Cub Pipeline, Inc., Olwick Equipment Leasing, Corp. and US Oil – Keith.

 He is married to Ann Johnson McNamara and the couple has nine children. They live on their hay farm in Far Hills, New Jersey, which is also home to many dogs, horses, dairy cows, beef cows, pigs, laying hens, roasters and broiler chickens, and over 100,000 honeybees. The family enjoys croquet, golf, tennis, ice-skating, showing dogs, fox hunting and bird hunting.

 He believes that, other than his parents,  Delbarton School did the most to shape his life. His strong religious beliefs were inspired there,  his sense of competitiveness was trained there,  the education necessary to qualify him for higher studies and life was acquired there. Almost all his role models were met there,  including such exceptional men as Father Stephen Findley, Coach William Reagan, Father Thomas Joseph Confroy , Father Beatus Lucey, Father Andrew Smith and all the monks of St. Mary’s Abbey who disciplined him in class and later each  day trained him in sports. Most of all, these priests provided enduring standards for him in the conduct of his life. In 1959 there was no preparatory school experience equivalent to the Delbarton School of St. Mary’s Abbey, and there is none today.

While a student at Delbarton, he was given the rare opportunity to play as a member of a championship football team, which was undefeated two years. He has served as one of the representatives of the Class of 59 for the past 40 years and together with his wife Ann has enjoyed the honor of hosting reunion year receptions for their Delbarton friends.

Robert E. Farrell ‘64

 Bob Farrell '64 was accepted at several Essex County parochial schools, and could have attended Livingston High School, but the mystique of a top school with a host of successful athletic teams and a magnificent campus made Delbarton School his choice. At Delbarton, he was an average student who was pushed to work hard in the classroom by teachers like Fr. Rembert Reilly and Abbot Gerard Lair. 

A superb athlete, Bob left his mark on Green Wave sports fields along with other exceptional Class of ’64 athletes. A three-year starter on the basketball and baseball teams, and one and a half years in football, made Farrell an integral part of successful Delbarton athletic teams. The 1962-63 basketball team won the State Championship. In an effort to repeat in 1963-64, the team lost in the semi-finals of the State Championship (with Bob sidelined by the measles) to finish 18-2. The 1963 football team went undefeated at 8-0, the last win providing Coach Bill Regan with his 100th victory, and the team was ranked 10th in the state. There were no tournaments or playoffs for baseball, but for three years the team experienced a high level of success thanks to the Class of ’64 athletes.

Bob accepted a combined baseball/basketball scholarship at Bellarmine College in Louisville KY, and competed against powerhouse programs like the University of Kentucky and Louisville. He played for the baseball team, serving as captain for two years, and set a several individual school records while earning a BA degree in Business Administration.

In 1971, Bob earned an MBA degree in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University,  became a Certified Internal Auditor in 1973 and a Certified Information Systems Auditor in 1975. For 33 years, he worked with a number of corporations heading up internal audit departments and served in several CFO roles. In 1986, he became a Certified Fraud Examiner and, in 1996, launched White Collar Investigations, providing fraud prevention, detection, and investigative services to clients. He also became a Licensed Private Detective in both New Jersey and Florida and, for the next 20 years, worked for public and private companies, and government agencies including the U.S. Department of State, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

A longtime member of the Delbarton Alumni Board of Trustees, Bob has co-chaired Reunion and Event Committees, and focused on attracting alumni in athletics and the arts back to the School to celebrate past successes and meet up with old friends. His mission is to affirm the authentic connections of Delbarton alumni to their affinity groups.

Bob is a 50-year member of Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, serving on the Board of Trustees for two terms, Finance Committee Chairman, 75th Anniversary Celebration Chairman, and 90th Anniversary Keynote Speaker. An avid golfer, Bob is former Club Golf Champion and Senior Club Golf Champion, and represented Spring Brook in over 100 tournaments. In February 2019, he became an Honorary Lifetime Member. He is also a member of the St. Andrews Golf Club in Scotland, where golf was born.

Married to Margie since 1975, the couple has lived in Florham Park since 1978 where they raised one daughter Alison (Villa Walsh ’05) who, with her husband Geoffrey, have blessed the couple with three grandchildren, Abigail, Ryan, and Molly.

Brian J. Ferriso ‘84

Brian Ferriso '84 graduated from Delbarton in 1984. He is The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. Director of the Portland Art Museum where he is responsible for the artistic and financial oversight of the largest visual arts organization in Oregon and one of the oldest art museums and film centers in the United States.

 Ferriso oversees a significant national and international exhibition program that welcomes nearly 450,000 people a year to the Museum.  During his tenure at the Museum he has also developed partnerships and projects with The British Museum, The École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, The Louvre, Petit Palais, The Rijksmuseum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The High Museum and the Toledo Museum of Art, among others.

He is currently undertaking an ambitious $100 million campaign to expand the Museum and increase the endowment. Ferriso is also partnering with the children of renowned twentieth-century painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970) to name the expansion in honor of their father who grew up in Portland. 

Previously, Ferriso was Executive Director, President and CEO of The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, and held various positions at the Milwaukee Art Museum including Acting Director. He was also the Assistant Director of the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1997-2000), the Special Assistant to the Director and Associate Director of Development of The Newark Museum (1994-1997).

At Delbarton, Ferriso was a Studio Art teacher from 1989 to 1992, and served as varsity wrestling and lacrosse coach and was a member of the admissions committee.  As a practicing artist, he studied with Frank Mason of the Art Students League, New York, NY.  Ferriso’s curatorial areas of interest are architecture and contemporary art, having curated and coordinated shows on architecture, design and European art. 

Ferriso received a BA in economics from Bowdoin College, an MA in arts administration from New York University, and an MA in art history from the University of Chicago.  He is Past President of the Association of Art Museum Directors (2016 to 2017, a Trustee of the American Federations of Arts, and a member of American Alliance of Museums and Chief Executive Organization (CEO).  In 2012, he received the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture’s Excellency Award.

He and his wife Amy Pellegrin have been married for twenty-two years and have two daughters, Alessandra (20) and Siena (16). 

George Parros ‘98

 A native of Randolph, NJ, Parros found his way into Delbarton with the Class of 1998. George was a four-year member of the Varsity hockey team and under the guidance of coaches Brian Day, Bruce Shatel, Paul Sylvester and Rob Puchniak. He and his teammates amassed three Mennen Cup Titles.  The State Championship trophy would remain elusive for this group; Parros would later claim that they did not want to steal any thunder from the endless number of Green Wave players after them who would go on to win countless State titles.

 With guidance and help from the late, great Fr. Giles Hayes, OSB, George accepted deferred admission to Princeton University, allowing him to pursue a ‘red shirt’ year of Junior hockey with the Chicago Freeze. This move would prove to be fruitful as that campaign led to a draft selection by the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. He enjoyed a solid 4-year career as a student athlete for the Tigers where he totaled 52 points and 119 PIM in 111 games. During his senior season 2002-03 he was named team captain.

Parros was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the eighth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He scored his first NHL goal October 20 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas against the Dallas Stars. He recorded a goal, an assist and a major fighting penalty in the same game, an achievement known as a ‘Gordie Howe hat trick’.  Parros was a member of the Anaheim Ducks team that won the Stanley Cup in 2007. That summer, he brought the Stanley Cup back to both alma maters, stopping first in the Delbarton Senior Garden where Green Wave fans had an opportunity to visit Lord Stanley’s Cup in the Senior Garden, then on to Princeton University where he shared the iconic trophy with Tiger fans.

Parros was known for his signature ‘stache, the large mustache that he grew during the season. In fact, ‘George Parros Mustaches’ were a popular item sold at the Anaheim Ducks team store, with the proceeds going to charity. Parros enjoyed a 9-year career in the NHL highlighted by some not-so-friendly exchanges on the ice, but with plenty  of positive exchanges in his community and, of course, the Stanley Cup victory with the Anaheim Ducks remains a career highlight.

 In September 2016, the NHL announced that Parros had joined the league's Department of Player Safety. In September 2017, he was promoted to Head of the Department of Player Safety. Upon being promoted Parros said, "What uniquely positions me for the job is that I played the game as physically as anybody and I never once was fined or suspended."

Parros now resides in New York City with his wife of 10 years, Tiffany, and their eight-year old twins Lola and Jagger.

We congratulate our four 2019 Hall of Honor inductees and salute them on behalf of the entire Delbarton community!