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Lobby of Legends

Join us in celebrating notable graduates of Naugatuck High School!
NHS Alumni who are recognized in the Lobby of Legends at the high school are listed below.  Click on their name to learn more about their accomplishments.
Kevin Foster
Actor, Adventurer, Author, Cyclist, Film Producer, Script Writer
Graduated from NHS-1978
  • A professional actor from age 16- performed both on and off Broadway-studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and trained with some of the best acting coaches, such as Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, and Stella Adler
  • In 1989, Kevin broke the world record for traveling the length of the NYC subway system
  • After initial delays due to injury (hit by a truck) and political unrest, Kevin cycled the Great Wall of China 2000 miles for which he received the 1990 “cyclist of the year award”, winning the award over Greg Lemond (multiple Tour de France winner)
  • In 1993 he began his, “American Summit Tour” in which he reached the summit of the highest point in each state in all 50 states by riding his bike and by carrying his bike when he could not ride
  • In 1997 he toured Cuba in a journey covering 1158 miles, the longest bicycle tour in Cuba’s history
  • In 2005, Kevin returned to acting, producing and writing in the feature film Yesterday’s Dreams
  • In the last several years Kevin has turned to help motivate young adults across the country about finding their purpose in life and living out their dreams to their fullest through his foundation Foster Dreams
  • Kevin Foster was born in Waterbury and raised in Waterbury and Naugatuck. At the age of 8, Kevin was accidentally electrocuted and spent the next four years recovering from this near-fatal accident. This four year period was spent, the majority of the time in a wheelchair as he rehabilitated to recover his memory, his ability to speak, and his ability to walk. After graduating from NHS, he pursued his acting career, then his cycling career, next, his American Summits Tour and finally back to acting, writing and producing.
  • Today, Kevin lives in California and through his foundation Foster Dreams publicly speaks to young and older adults to pursue their dreams.
Pat Dean
Professional Baseball Player
Graduated from NHS in 2008
  • Three-time All NVL and All-State first-team selection in high school baseball
  • Attended Boston College from 2008-2010
  • Drafted in the 3rd round of MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins
  • Made his Major League Baseball debut for the Twins on May 11th, 2016
  • Signed a contract with the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization League

Pat Dean graduated from Naugatuck High School in 2008 with quite an impressive resume. Pat was a two-sport athlete, playing both basketball and baseball, but was best known for his performance on the baseball diamond. He was a four-year varsity letterman, an NVL Champion, and 3-time All NVL and All-State first-team selection. In consecutive starts during his senior year, he threw a no-hitter and a perfect game. In his high school career, Pat compiled a record of 29 wins and only 8 losses while recording 292 career strikeouts.
After high school, Pat continued his baseball career at Boston College on a full athletic scholarship. He attended Boston College from 2008-2010 and made quite a name for himself at Chestnut Hill. In his career at BC, Dean was 13-7 with 172 strikeouts, which ranks ninth-most in school history. One of his greatest accomplishments in college was when he won the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week his sophomore year, after striking out seven batters against the University of Miami, who was ranked 13th in the country at the time. Pat was the starting pitcher for Boston College in the longest game in NCAA history when the Eagles played the
The University of Texas in the Regionals of the College World Series.
After three years of college baseball, Pat was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 3rd round of the MLB draft. Pat made his way through the various levels of the minor leagues and was finally called up to the majors in the spring of 2016. On May 11, 2016, he made his MLB debut against the Baltimore Orioles. He lasted 2 ⅔ innings and struck out 3 batters. After completing that season with the Twins organization, Pat signed a one-year contract with the Kia Tigers of the KBO League in Korea.

Pat was certainly one of Naugatuck High School’s greatest athletes. His work ethic was second to none, and his accomplishments speak for themselves.
Bernie Palmer
Managing Director
Graduated from NHS in 1973
  •  Bachelor's degree from UConn
  • 4-year football letterman at UConn
  • Master’s degree from Wharton MBA Program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Managing partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (1993-2010)
  • CFO of Tyler Perry Studios (2010-2013)
  • Managing director at BT Wealth Management (2013- present)

Bernie Palmer grew up in Naugatuck and graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1973. He was one of the top students in his class and was even a star athlete. He made the 1972 New Haven Register All-State football team as a quarterback. After high school, he attended the University of Connecticut and earned his degree in accounting. Bernie was also a 4-year letterman for the UConn football team. After UConn, he attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and earned his master’s degree in business.
After college, he landed a job at Ernst and Young. In 1993, he was hired by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and worked there for 16 years in the personal financial services group. For about 12 of those years, he was in charge of PwC Investment Advisors and advised a client base with over $3 billion of investment assets.
After his long stint with PwC, Bernie was hired as the CFO for Tyler Perry Studios. There he advised senior management on personal financial investment advisory matters.
In 2013, BT Wealth Management hired Palmer to be a managing director. His role is to provide investment advisory services to high-net-worth individuals and small businesses.
Since his time at Naugatuck High School, Palmer has thrived in the classroom, on the field, and in the workforce. He has made a name for himself in the business industry as he has twice been named one of Worth Magazine’s Top Financial Advisors. His
overwhelming accomplishments in his occupation truly show why he is one of Naugatuck High School’s finest.
James Patterson
U.S. Congressman and business owner
Graduated from NHS in 1928
  • A graduate of Georgetown University in 1933
  • Law Degree from George Washington University
  • Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Served with the United States Marine Corps
  • Owned the P&S Plumbing Supply Company and Builders Supplies of Waterbury

Born in Naugatuck Connecticut, and a graduate of Peekskill (New York) Military Academy in 1929 and from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1933. He was in the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, B.A., in 1934, and from National University Law School (now George Washington University), LL.B., Washington, D.C., 1939. While attending school worked for the Connecticut highway department from 1924 to 1933, U.S. Rubber Company in 1934, for the United States Department of Labor 1934-1937, for the Social Security Board in 1937 and 1938, and for the United States Treasury 1938-1940.
He served with the United States Marine Corps and the Office of Strategic Services from September 1941 until discharged as a Major in July 1946, with overseas service in the African and European Theaters and in India, Burma, and China.
Patterson was elected as a Republican to the Eightieth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1959). He was a resident of Bethlehem, Connecticut, until his death in Camden, New Jersey, on February 7, 1989.
Richard "Dick" Tuckey
Athlete, Professional Football Player
Graduated from NHS in 1934

Richard Tuckey was born in Naugatuck in 1914. He graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1934 and had quite the athletic career in his 4 years. He lettered in each of his four years in high school, in football, baseball, basketball, and track.
After graduation, he attended Manhattan College, where he continued his football career. Upon his graduation from Manhattan College, he began his professional career with the Washington Redskins. In 1938 he played 3 games for the Washington Redskins and 4 games for the Cleveland Rams.
Dick Tuckey’s success and professional career put Naugatuck on the map for professional sports. His success and his amazing high school accomplishments from Naugatuck leaves an everlasting impact on the history of Naugatuck High School and the town of Naugatuck as a whole.
Gregory A. Mencio Professor of Orthopedics
Graduate of Naugatuck High School in 1973
  • Graduate of Duke University in 1977
  • Graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1981.
  • Completed his surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh in 1983 and his orthopedic residency at Duke University in 1987.
  • He completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics from Newington Children’s Hospital from 1987-1988.
  • Current head of Pediatric Orthopedics at Monroe Carrell Children's Hospital.
  • His clinical interests include Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma, Scoliosis, and Spinal Deformity, Limb Lengthening, Cerebral Palsy, and Gait Analysis.
  • Director of the Spina Bifida Clinic and the President of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America.

Growing up in Naugatuck, Connecticut, Greg Mencio did not have any interest in becoming a doctor. However, he soon became interested in orthopedics, which combined his love of sports and his desire to help people.
After high school, Mencio attended Duke University where he played baseball and football for four years while pursuing his medical degree. A trip to Shriner’s Hospital in Greenville, N.C. solidified his interest in pediatric orthopedics. Before moving to Vanderbilt as an assistant professor, Mencio completed his internship and residencies at Duke University. A surgical residency at the University
of Pittsburgh, and Fellowship at Newington Children’s Hospital.
Today, Mencio is a professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and vice chair of the Department of Orthopedics for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, director of Pediatric Orthopedics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, and director of Spina Bifida Clinic. Mencio is also the president of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America. 
Dr. Robert Breault
Scientist, businessman, President, Founder, and Chairman of the Breault Research Organization
Graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1958
  • Dr. Robert Breault has made many significant contributions to the relatively new field of optical science, such as conducting original research that was used to improve the performance of the Hubble Space Telescope and Cassini Spacecraft.
  • Graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics in 1962.
  • Recruited by the U.S. Air Force and flew over 250 missions over Vietnam from 1962 to 1969.
  • Graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master's of Science in Optical Sciences in 1972.
  • Graduated from the University of Arizona with a Doctorate in Optical Science in 1979.
  • Cited three times by NASA for his work in optics.
Dr. Robert Breault was born on March 2, 1941 in Naugatuck, Connecticut. Dr. Breault is the third of four children. As a child, Dr. Breault developed an interest in the physical and astronautical sciences. By the age of 14, Dr. Breault collected and examined many crystalline rock materials and constructed his own fuel-based engines. Dr. Breault graduated from
Naugatuck High School in 1958.
In 1962, Dr. Breault graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics. Dr. Breault was then recruited by the United States Military as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Breault was deployed to training and missions in England, Alaska, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Dr. Breault went on to earn the rank of Captain.
Upon completing his military service, he attended the University of Arizona to obtain his Masters of Science and Doctorate in Optical Sciences in 1972 and 1979, respectively.
Dr. Breault is currently the chairman and founder of the Breault Research Organization (BRO). The BRO is an organization dedicated to the research of stray light analysis and suppression, a field in which Dr. Breault is internationally recognized for his contributions. His original work covers research on the scattering of coated surfaces, paints, glass, and mirrored surfaces. Dr.
Breault was important in the fabrication of devices to measure the bidirectional scattering characteristics of surfaces. Most notably, Dr. Breault’s doctoral research on the properties and use of light is claimed to have improved the performance of the Hubble Space Telescope’s imaging system by a factor of 100,000.
Dr. Breault is a member of many prestigious organizations and the recipient of many different awards.
Dr. Breault has received awards of recognition from NASA in 1977, 1978, and 1984, an award for work in the Applied Sciences from the University of Arizona and a formal recognition by the Governor of Arizona’s GCQI award committee as the 2010 Ed Dension Business Leader of the Year. Dr. Breault is a fellow of the SPIE optics society and CO-chairman of the Arizona Optics Industry Association. Dr. Breault serves on the board of the TCI, network of businesses and organizations based in Barcelona, Spain. Dr.
Breault also served on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Emerging Technology Research Advisory Committee for approximately eight years. Over the last 15 years, he has traveled to over 38 developing countries to help improve their economies.
Dr. Jerry Labriola
Pediatrics, Politics, Mystery Writer
Graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1949
  • A graduate of Yale University
  • Served as a state senator in Connecticut
  • GOP candidate for Governor & in 1994 the US Senate in losing the Senate election to Joe Lieberman
  • Author of 21 mystery novels collaborating with Dr. Henry Lee on 4 of them
  • Frequent guest lecturer in public as well as some of the major cruise line ships

Dr. Jerry Labriola grew up on the east side of Naugatuck attending Central Avenue School before going to Naugatuck High where he excelled both academically and athletically. Upon graduation, he left to attend Yale. While at Yale, he met the academic pre-med challenges, yet found time to participate in four years of basketball, culminating in his being named the captain of Yale basketball in his senior year.
After completing medical school, Jerry returned to Naugatuck to open his pediatric practice and treated countless numbers of infants and children for more than 35 years. At the same time, his passion for politics never waned. Very involved in both local and state politics for the GOP, he ultimately became one of its strongest candidates peaking with his run for both the
Governorship and U.S. Senate.
Having been exposed to forensic science while in the U.S. Navy, this exposure opened a new chapter in his life as a mystery novel writer. And what a chapter it has become. Collaborating with Dr. Henry Lee, publishing many novels, receiving numerous favorable publicity regarding his novels (Publishers Weekly and Midwest Book Review) and lecturing both in public and on major cruise lines must be both fulfilling and rewarding.
Presently, Dr. Labriola continues to write and live in Naugatuck.
Thomas Joseph Sugrue
American Writer
A graduate of Naugatuck High School 1924

Author of the biography, There Is a River, the only biography of Edgar Cayce written during Edgar Cayce's lifetime. Still available today, There Is a River has touched the heart of hundreds of thousands of people.
Former reporter for the Naugatuck Daily News, then later hired by New York-based Herald Tribune newspaper, writing articles covering Athens, Egypt, Palestine, England, and more as he traveled the world. At this point, he was taken ill from a rare arthritis disease.
During his lifetime, Sugrue wrote seven books, including Starling of the White House, with and for Edmund Starling, Chief of the Secret Service who protected all U.S. presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
A letter dated July 15, 1954, announced the establishment of the Thomas Sugrue Memorial Library at Wainwright House, in Rye, New York.

Thomas Joseph Sugrue was born on Ward Street in Naugatuck, Connecticut, in 1907 to Michael and Mary Sugrue. His early memories of life in the borough's Irish section were captured in the 1940 autobiographical novel, Such is the Kingdom. After graduating from N.H.S. in 1924, Sugrue attended Washington and Lee University, graduating with a bachelor’s and master's degree in English. After being diagnosed with a rare arthritis disease, Sugrue moved to Virginia Beach in 1939, where he documented seventy-six psychic readings with Edgar Cayce. The results of these readings improved his condition. There Is a River was written during this time. In 1953, during a hip replacement surgery, Sugrue did not survive and died at 45 years of age in New York.
Michael Cipriano
Window and Display Designer
Graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1978
  • Former window and display designer
  • Studied Fine Art and Art History at the University of Connecticut
  • Employed as a display trimmer for Macy’s Department Store, New York in 1983
  • Employed as a designer for Bloomingdale’s from 1984 to 1985
  • Employed as a designer Bergdorf Goodman’s Home Department from 1985 to 1986
  • Recognized as a designer shortly before his death in 1993
  • Employed as a consultant and designer for Barney’s Chelsea Passage from 1985-1990 where he is remembered for his innovative designing of table settings that he would set twice a week. Cipriano was influenced by late 19th century
    decorative styles.
  • His work is displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
  • Cipriano passed away in 1993 at the age of 33.

Former window and display designer, Michael Cipriano was born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1960. Cipriano graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1978 and continued his post-secondary studies as an artist at the University of Connecticut where he studied Fine Arts and Art History. Cipriano began working professionally as a display trimmer for Macy’s Department Store in New York in 1983. He earned more job opportunities with companies such as Barneys (in New York), Bergdorf Goodman (New York), Bloomingdale’s, Ercole, Etoile, Kosta Boda, and Puiforcat. Cipriano’s career as a display trimmer at Macy’s to a display manager at
Barney’s would last only a decade before his death in 1993.