Alum Spotlight

Dick Grout '71

Dick Grout recently published a book about his father titled Jack Grout A Legacy in Golf. Jack Grout was Jack Niklaus' friend, mentor, and only instructor for 4 decades. He also taught other great players such as Raymond Floyd, Lanny Wadkins, and David Graham and at the professional level at La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach from 1961-1974.

Dick's cousin Edward Bradley Jr. '67 was the first member of his family to attend Archbishop Curley. His younger sister Debbie graduated in 1972 and was Homecoming Queen that same year. Dick's fondest Curley memory was playing for the golf team and competing against some of the biggest schools in the country. His mentor was golf coach and Dean of Men, Br. John Anthony Terlisner, CFC who helped him gain a greater appreciation for the importance of team work and discipline.

"Fortunately, the school provided a safe and stable environment," he comments. "While there, I learned more about the significance of mutual respect. The culture gave me a good start and plenty of happy memories."

Dick's closest friends were on the golf team: Scott Park, Vince Oliveri, and Bob Mitchell. Through Facebook, he is able to keep in touch with many of his classmates.

"To achieve anything worthwhile takes a lot of time and effort. And, it's best to realize that all your hopes and dreams may actually never come true. However, through persistence and dedicated hard work you can and will accomplish plenty."

Dick is currently teaching golf in Greenville, South Carolina. He hopes that people will enjoy knowing about his father's legacy as a golf professional. To learn more about his book, click here.

Alum Notes

Jessica Velasco '10

Jessica Velasco a student at Iona College and a Red Cross Youth and Young Adult Intern was recently featured on the organization's website. Commenting on how the experience will influence her future personal and career plans, Jessica commented:

"[It] has inspired me to continue my life commitment to service. Upon graduation, I will spend two weeks in Africa assisting children in elementary classrooms and learning the Zambian culture. This fall, I plan to serve my country by joining AmeriCorps."

To read the full interview, click here.

Nick Silverio '61

Nick Silverio who attended Heritage Day, was featured in the February issue of People Magazine. Since founding his non-profit organization A Safe Haven for Newborns in 2001, Nick has helped 206 newborns find adoptive homes. A Safe Haven for Newborns is staffed by 300 volunteers and operates in all 67 Florida counties. Appropriately, the article is titled, "Heroes Among Us."

To read this article, click here.