Camden Catholic announces Hall of Fame inductees

Camden Catholic High School Hall of Fame inductees this year include CPL John Michael Reid, USMC ’65 (right) who was killed in action on May 10, 1967 in Que Son Valley Vietnam, just days after his 20th birthday, as he led his platoon into battle, heroically saving at least six squad members lives during the mission. Also among those to be honored will be the Sisters of Mercy (members of the order are pictured above with Archbishop Celestine J. Damiano). The sisters are the founders of Camden Catholic and stewards of the mission and tradition of the school. Beginning with Sister Mary Teresa and culminating in the retirement of Sister Philomena Gini in 2013, more than 150 Sisters have graduated from and/or served as administrators, faculty and staff at CCHS.

On Saturday, April 29, Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, will induct the 11th class of inductees into its Hall of Fame for academic, arts and athletic accomplishments.

Three of these inductees will be installed in the Emerald Hall of Fame for Academics and Arts: entertainment agent Thomas Lizzio, pediatric nurse practitioner and researcher Julia Purdy and physician Dr. John Tedeschi.

Corporal John Michael Reid, USMC will be inducted posthumously into the 1887 Special Recognition category.

The Sisters of Mercy, who founded Camden Catholic High School and remained an integral part of its growth for the past 129 years, will also be inducted into the 1887 Special Recognition category.

Honored by induction into the Green & White Hall of Fame for Athletics will be leading scorer in Irish girls basketball history Rashidat Junaid, track and field star Andy Mancini, Irish boys basketball standout Karl Sartor, Irish wrestling great Bobby Stinson and the legendary state championship 1993 Irish girls swim team.

Said Hall of Fame committee chairperson Jack Wixted ’72, “The Hall of Fame event celebrates what makes, and has made Camden Catholic one of the finest educational institutions in the tri-state area. The accomplishments of our Hall of Fame alumni are evidence of the fine education and well-rounded formation which the Sisters of Mercy and school faculty instilled in all Camden Catholic students, a tradition which continues today.”

Added Mary Whipkey, Camden Catholic president, “Their success in business, religious service, military service and athletic endeavors encourages all of our students to strive for greatness in the tradition of honor, faith and loyalty.”

Funds raised at the Hall of Fame event benefit scholarships for current CCHS students who are selected by the Hall of Fame committee based on a submitted essay, leadership qualities, determination, and Camden Catholic spirit.

If you go

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grandi Auditorium at Camden Catholic (300 Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill). A cocktail reception will follow the ceremony. Tickets are $50/person advance and $60/person at the door. Purchase online at, call 856-663-2247 ext. 130 or email