The 31st annual DeLaSalle Hall of Fame Awards are scheduled for Thursday, August 8 at the school. It’s our honor to recognize alumni and friends of DeLaSalle who have made significant impacts in our community in the areas of philanthropy, service, athletics and the arts.
By unanimous selection in 2019, we salute Ed Flaherty, Gary Wilmer, Maureen Desmond, Pat Cerisier, Jim Ihnot `69, Jay Julius `69, and members of the 2005 women’s track team as new inductees into the Hall of Fame. Our school has been made better by our association with all of you.
Four separate award categories make up the DeLaSalle Hall of Fame, the most recent of which is the Brother Michael Collins Award, introduced in 2018 to recognize accomplishments in the fine arts. (You may click on the award category below to view past recipients.)
The Hall of Fame evening begins with a social at 5:30pm, followed by the induction ceremony at 6:15pm. There is no charge to attend, but we do ask that guests pre-register.
The Hall of Fame celebration is merely the kickoff event for “Black-and-Gold Weekend,” a full slate of activities for alumni, parents and friends of the school. It includes the annual Golf Tournament, Tennis and Pickleball Mixer, alumni Mass, tours of the school, and class reunions for 1959 and 1969. To learn more about the weekend, or to register for the golf tournament or tennis or piclkleball mixer, please click here:
The Hall of Fame Award
Established in 1989, the DeLaSalle Hall of Fame perpetually honors and commemorates those graduates and friends whose leadership and achievements in the areas of Christian faith, education, service, and athletics have made an outstanding and enduring impact on DeLaSalle and its tradition. Because of what these award recipients have done in their lives and for DeLaSalle, it can be said that DeLaSalle would not be the same without them.
Ed Flaherty –2019 Hall of Fame
Ed Flaherty has been a difference-maker to DeLaSalle, and we are honored to induct this generous visionary and friend into our Hall of Fame! Over the past 30+ years of partnership with DeLaSalle, Ed and his family foundation invested more than $1,000,000 in scholarship support to help hundreds of Islanders. “Flaherty Scholars” commit to earning good grades and being an active member of their community in exchange for scholarship assistance from the Flaherty Family Foundation. The foundation supports over 400 scholars at 32 faith-based, college prep schools — like DeLaSalle — in five states and the District of Columbia. We are grateful for Ed’s generosity and are pleased to induct him August 8 as a DeLaSalle Hall of Fame Award winner. Thank you, Mr. Flaherty, for all you have done for young women and men at De!
The Lasallian Award
Established in 1989 to recognize and honor select DeLaSalle graduates and friends whose current efforts and achievements uniquely reflect St. John Baptist de La Salle’s vision of Christian leadership, support of education, and service for the world in which they live. Their continued efforts are worthy of honor, support, and gratitude.
Gary Wilmer –2019 Hall of Fame — Lasallian Award
No one better signifies a modern example of Saint John Baptist de La Salle than Gary Wilmer, which is why we will induct him August 8 into the DeLaSalle Hall of Fame as a Lasallian Award winner. For more than 50 years, the St. Paul native has lived his vocation as an educator and administrator in Catholic schools. He currently serves on the DeLaSalle Board of Trustees as the Archdiocesan representative, his second stint as a trustee at De. He was a principal at @stchbs for 37 years, twice recognized as National Principal of the Year during his tenure. More recently he has been an administrator in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, sharing his vast expertise and experience with principals and colleagues across the diocese and occasionally providing direct service as an interim administrator in transitional times for some schools. Generations of students and teachers thank you, Mr. Wilmer, for your lifetime of service.
The Brother Michael Collins Award
Established in 2018, the Brother Michael Collins Award honors those Hall of Fame recipients who have earned special recognition in the area of fine arts. By virtue of their talent, vision, and commitment, recipients have chronicled our lives in a manner that enriches our cultural values and identity. The award reflects the inspirational advocacy and vision of Brother Michael Collins, FSC `55, an artist, teacher, leader and mentor throughout his life.
Maureen Desmond – 2019 Hall of Fame – Brother Michael Collins Award
We honor a teacher, coach, mentor, and devotee of the arts. Longtime English teacher and department chair, Maureen Desmond is the second recipient of the Brother MIchael Collins Fine Arts Award as a Hall of Fame inductee. Maureen helped launch the Speech team at DeLaSalle upon coming to De in 1983, and helped re-launch and then expand our theatre program shortly thereafter. One of only 17 staff members with at least 25 years of service at De, Maureen has also created a legacy as one of the eminent high school Speech judges in the state, still going strong as a judge ten years after her retirement from the classroom. She coached multiple students to section and state Speech championships at De, and DeLaSalle Theatre today enjoys statewide recognition in part because of the foundation she built in the earliest days of the rebuilt program. Her advocacy and mentorship was unsurpassed for students in all Fine Arts programs, and many of her former students still stay in touch and apply the lifelong lessons learned from Mrs. Desmond.
The Roberts-Reinhart Award
Established in 1995, the Roberts-Reinhart Award honors those Hall of Fame recipients who have earned special recognition in the area of athletics. It is named in honor of George Roberts and Dick Reinhart, DeLaSalle Hall of Fame Inductees and coaching legends.
Patricia “Pat” Cerisier – 2019 Hall of Fame – Robert-Reinhart Award
Without question, the athletic opportunities and successes enjoyed by young women today were made possible by people like the late Pat Cerisier. In addition to raising her own nine children, eight of whom graduated from DeLaSalle, Pat was also a “mother-figure” for thousands of girls and boys as the long-time director of the MCYO, the Catholic grade school athletic and academic organization in Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs. Pat served the MCYO and its member schools from 1963-1993, the first 14 years solely as a volunteer. More than 50,000 kids participated in programs managed or created by Pat during her tenure as the organization’s director. Beyond that, as DeLaSalle sought to expand and improve its athletic programs for girls shortly after becoming coed, Pat stepped forward to coach the fledgling girls’ basketball and softball teams at De, in addition to managing the multitude of programs in the MCYO. She was an advocate and a role model at a time when that was extremely important to young women at DeLaSalle and to the school itself. We are honored to recognize the late Pat Cerisier as a Roberts-Reinhart Award winner for the distinct and lasting impact she made for young people and for DeLaSalle.
Jim Ihnot `69 – 2019 Hall of Fame – Robert-Reinhart Award
Jim Inhot ‘69 will receive an award that bears the name of his legendary basketball coach, Dick Reinhart. It was rare for any young man to be a three-year regular in Reinhart’s basketball program, but Jim Ihnot definitely had the talent and the temperament to start on De’s varsity. Jim is also known as one of DeLaSalle’s best-ever golfers, earning the state championship in his senior year. Without question, Jim was one of the best athletes of his era, and he worked hard at developing skills to match his God-given abilities. (According to legend, Jim even packed his golf clubs on a spring break road trip to Florida with classmates and swung the clubs everywhere they stopped. This is how dedicated champions are made!)
Jay Julius `69 – 2019 Hall of Fame – Robert-Reinhart Award
Jay Julius ‘69 loved the competitive nature of sports and played to have fun. Voted “Best Athlete in the Class” by his classmates upon graduation, the All-State middle linebacker stopped opponents from sideline to sideline on the football field. Jay also displayed his skills on the basketball court, helping lead the team to the state tournament his senior year and earning All-Conference honors. Jay went on to play football in college and he has continued to compete in men’s amateur athletics throughout his lifetime. His excellence as a multi-sport athlete is why Jay will be inducted August 8 into the DeLaSalle Hall of Fame as a Roberts-Reinhart Award winner.
2005 Women’s 4X100 and Sprint State Champions – 2019 Hall of Fame – Robert-Reinhart Award
The 4×100 women’s track relay team at DeLaSalle was one of the state’s all-time best! Alexis Beecham `05, Amber Anderson Wright `06, Sheena Porter `06, Treasure Clemons `06 set a state record in 2005 on their way to winning the MSHSL state championship. Amber also won the 100 meter crown, and Sheena captured the 200 meters, as the Islanders burned up the track and left the rest of the state in pursuit. Their excellence and example of teamwork and persistence are why we induct this group of outstanding athletes into the Hall of Fame this year as Roberts-Reinhart Award recipients.