The Housatonic Community College Foundation
6th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Gala
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Musician Jerry Vigorito was the Inductee for 2014.
Guest speakers included:
Everett Raymond Kinstler is a native New Yorker who began his career at age sixteen drawing comic books and iIIustrations for magazines. Ultimately Kinstler established himself as one of the nation's foremost portrait painters.
Among Kinstler's more than 2000 portraits are personalities Tony Bennett, Carol Burnett, James Cagney, Katharine Hepburn, Mary Tyler Moore, Paul Newman, Peter O'Toole, Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer and John Wayne. Others who have posed for him include government officials such as Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Harry Blackmun; U.S. Senators Bob Dole and Daniel Patrick Moyhihan; four U.S. Secretaries of State; ten state governors; business leaders including John D. Rockefeller III and Donald Trump; writers Arthur Miller, Ayn Rand, Tennessee Williams, and Tom Wolfe; astronauts Alan Shepard and Scott Carpenter; and presidents of universities and colleges including Brown, Chicago, Dartmouth, Harvard, NYU, Oklahoma, Princeton, Williams, and Yale.
Seven U.S. Presidents have posed for him: Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. And two first ladies: Lady Bird Johnson and Betty Ford. His portraits of Ford and Reagan are the official White House portraits. The National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian, owns more than one hundred of his works, and awarded him the Copley Medal, its highest honor. Recently he has had retrospecti exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York, The Norman Rockwell Museum, Butler Museum of American Art, National Arts Club, and the Century Association, NYC.
Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world's foremost forensics scientists. Dr. Lee's work has made him a landmark in modern-day forensic sciences. He has been a prominent player in many of the most challenging cases of the last 50 years. Dr. lee has worked with law enforcement agencies from 46 countries in helping to solve more than 8000 cases.
Dr. lee is currently the director of Forensic Research and Training Center and Distinguished Chair Professor in Forensic Sdence of University of New Haven. He was the Chief Emeritus for Connecticut State Police duling 2000 to 2010 and was the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Connecticut during 1998 to 2000 and has served as that state's Chief Criminalist and Director of State Police Forensic laboratory from 1978 to 2000. He currently serves as advisor/consultant for more than 150 law enforcement agencies around the world. He was just appointed in 2013, as Chief Forensic Advisor for New Haven Police Department.
In 1975, Dr. Lee joined the University of New Haven, where he created the school's Forensic Sciences program. He has also taught as a professor at more than a dozen universities, law schools, and medical schools. Dr. Lee has authored hundreds of articles in professional journals and has authored and co-authored more than 40 books, covering the areas, such as; DNA fingerprints, trace evidence, crime scene investigation and crime scene reconstruction. Dr. lee has been the recipient of numerous medals and awards, including the 1996 Medal of Justice from the Justice Foundation, and the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Science and Engineer Association. He has also been the recipient of the Distinguished Criminalist Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the J. Donero Aaard from the International Association of Identification, and in 1992 was elected a distinguished Fello of the AAFS.
Here are some photos from our event!
Thank you to our 2014 sponsors!