This page is dedicated to those CHS graduates whose professional accomplishments are worth noting. We are appealing to the CHS Alumni to help build this page. If there is an "accomplished" alumnus that you would like to nominate for this page, please E-mail MRR@RoyceFamily.com with the following information:
1. Name and graduating class of nominee
2. The "specifics" of the accomplishment (as best you can)
We will follow up by attempting to get in touch with the alumnus to build an accurate bio.
1956 - Mark Levine …. Jazz Musician/Author/Educator
After a musical childhood in Concord, Mark attended Boston University in the late 50's. During those years he spent more time hanging around Burklee School of Music than he did at BU, where playing jazz in the practice rooms was forbidden. Jazz became Mark's passion and after graduation he moved to New York where he played with a variety of top players including Houston Person, Willie Bobo, and Joe Henderson. He relocated to San Francisco in the mid-'70's and spent a year playing with Woody Shaw, six months playing alongside David Liebman in Eddie Henderson's group, and several years of occasional gigs with a band co-led by Blue Mitchell and Harold Land. He now has moved out on his own and now leads his own groups.
Mark has recorded four albums as a leader, and many more as a featured sideman with Mitchell, Cal Tjader, Joe Henderson, Sal Nistico, Carmen McRae, and others. He has been in demand as a teacher-clinician since the mid-1970's, and authored The Jazz Piano Book in 1990, which has become the "bible" for jazz pianists all over the world. In 1996, he completed The Jazz Theory Book, which turned out to be an even bigger best-seller. Mark is now on the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley and continues to reside in San Francisco.
1956 - Harris Berman … Chief Executive, Tufts Health Plan
After graduating from Harvard College in 1960, Dr. Harris A. Berman received his medical degree from Columbia University in 1964. After completing his internship at the NE Medical Center in Boston, he spent two exciting years as the chief medical officer of the Peace Corps in India. This experience fostered an interest in Infectious Diseases, a field in which he later specialized, as well as an interest in population health, which led to his current position.
Upon completion of his medical training, he and his partner Dr. James W. Squires, also from New Hampshire, co-founded one of the first health maintenance organizations in New England, Matthew Thornton Health Plan, in Nashua, NH. While serving as medical director and then executive director of Matthew Thornton, Harris also practiced Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases for 15 years. In 1987, he was invited to join Tufts Health Plan as its Chief Executive. During his tenure, he has seen the plan grow from 50,000 members to its current nearly 1 million members, making it one of the country's largest health plans.
1957 - David Souter … Supreme Court Justice
David Souter became an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1990. He was appointed by President George Bush to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice William J. Bennan, Jr.
Souter had made a name for himself in the New Hampshire legal system, rising from an associate at the law firm of Orr and Reno in Concord to being appointed as a judge on New Hampshire's Supreme Court. He made stops along the way as New Hampshire's deputy attorney general (under Warren Rudman), as the state's attorney general (for two years), and as an associate justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court. As a judge on the New Hampshire courts, Souter became known for his conservatism and for his belief in a strict interpretation of the United States Constitution, and his viewss were always expressed with clarity and force.
Souter was educated at Harvard College and then spent the next two years as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford, England. He returned to earn a law degree from Harvard University in 1966. Souter joined the Supreme Court of the United States in October of 1990 and retired in 2010.
1965 - John Adams …. Composer
John Adams is one of the best known and most often performed of America's composers. He brought contemporary history to the opera house with his post-modern theatre works Nixon in China (1987) and The Death of Klinghoffer (1991). He was the winner of the 1995 Grawemeyer Award for Violin Concerto and a recent survey shows him to be the most frequently performed living American composer of orchestral music.
Adams graduated from Harvard University where he was active as a conductor, clarinetist, and composer. In 1971, he began his active career in the San Francisco area, teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for eleven years. He later served as creative chair of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has become increasingly active as a conductor of his own and other 20th-century music.
John Adams Official Website http://www.earbox.com/
1974 - Brian Sabean …. General Manager …. San Francisco Giants
Brian Sabean has used his shrewd baseball mind in taking over as General Manager of the cellar-dwelling San Francisco Giants and transforming them into a contender. He was named to his current position on September 30, 1996, and under his reins, the team has competed fiercely in the NL West, garnering the divisional flag in 1997 … a year that Sabean finished second in The Sporting News Executive of the Year balloting.
Prior to his promotion to GM in 1996, Sabean served a three-year stint with the club as assistant general manager. Before joining the Giants, Sabean played an important role in building up the New York Yankees farm system, holding several positions of increasing importance over his eight years in the Yankee organization. Before joining the Yankees, he was the head baseball coach at Tampa University. Sabean is a graduate of Eckert College in Florida, and played on a state championship baseball team his senior year at Concord High under Coach Warren Doane.
1975 - Joe LeFebvre … Major League Baseball Player
Joe Lefebvre was a third round selection by the NY Yankees in the 1977 draft. In his first major league game on May 22, 1980, he hit a home run off Dave Stieb at Toronto. The left-handed slugger homered in his first two Major League games to tie an American League record. He later played with the San Diego Padres, then was a regular with the Philadelphia Phillies before a knee injury ended his career after six years in the major leagues.
Since his playing career, which included a World Series ring with the Phillies in 1983, (a year in which he batted fourth behind Mike Schmidt and hit .310), Lefebvre has coached in the minor leagues, spending six years with the NY Yankee organization, and now six with the San Francisco Giants. His current position is as coordinator of minor league hitting duties.
1979 - Judy Fortin …. CNN Headline News Anchor
Judy Fortin is a weekend anchor for CNN Headline News, based in Atlanta, where she can be seen regularly on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6 p.m. She also is a weekday CNN news correspondent, in which she goes on assignment to report breaking news events. She joined the CNN News Group in 1990 as a national correspondent for CNN Newsource, and she received an Emmy for her coverage of the bombing of the federal building at Oklahoma City.
Prior to joining CNN, Fortin worked as a general assignment reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston. From January 1986 until June 1989, she was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH. Her broadcast career began in Plymouth, NH where she started out as an announcer and then news director at WPNH Radio. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine. She returned to her high school alma mater in January of 1996 and addressed the student body in a "McAuliffe Lecture" at the Capital Center for the Arts. In this talk, she lent insights on the circumstances surrounding the loss of Christa McAuliffe (which she covered as a WMUR reporter) and challenged the Concord High students to set high goals and then to pursue them.
1996 - Tara Mounsey … 1998 Olympic Gold medalist
Tara Mounsey was a force at Concord High. She excelled in a variety of sports, including soccer and field hockey in the fall, softball in the spring, and boys ice hockey in the winter. Success followed her around, and the programs that she was involved in seemed to reach their peak during her stay.
Mounsey's success was not void of adversity, however. During her sophomore season in ice hockey, Tara tore the ACL in her knee, which forced her out of active sports for almost a year. Always the hard worker, she returned a better athlete than before. She backboned the three-time state champion softball team playing shortstop and batting third. Herimpact was felt on the ice as well and she captained the boys ice hockey team her senior year, leading that team to an undefeated season and a state championship while being selected as the top hockey player in the state.
Mounsey entered Brown University in the fall of '96 and made an immediate impression on the hockey program being named the ECAC and Ivy League Rookie of the Year her freshman season. Then it was time to chase her lifelong dream. After a grueling try-out that had begun the previous summer, Mounsey was named to the USA Women's Hockey team in the spring of her freshman year. She took the next year off from school to prepare with her teammates for the '98 Winter Games at Nagano, Japan. She proved to be a main cog for the team and on February 17, 1998, with millions of Americans watching on live TV, Mounsey and Team USA defeated Canada in the Olympic finals and Concord High had its first Gold Medalist.
Mounsey returned to Brown the following year and has made her mark in field hockey as well as on the ice. Her goal is to make another trip to the Winter Olympics with the 2002 Women's Ice Hockey team … but a knee injury (another torn ACL) late this past hockey season has Tara on the mend again.
1999 - Matt Bonner … NBA Star
2005 - Guor Marial … 2012 London Olympic Marathon Runner
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