Hall of Honor Class of 2020 Announced

Delone Catholic High School announces the selection of its Hall of Honor Class of 2020. This class, comprising five members, brings the total number of inductees to 25 in five induction classes. The Class of 2020 will be inducted in a series of events to take place on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in conjunction with the school’s celebration of Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day 2020 celebrates the 156th birthday of the school’s founding benefactor and namesake, Charles J. Delone, Esq.

The Hall of Honor inducted its inaugural class in conjunction with the celebration of the school’s 75th Anniversary on Sept. 19, 2015. The Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the school through consistent contribution of time, effort and/or financial resources or who have improved the school and its reputation through significant professional or community achievements.

Members of the Class of 2020 are:

Charles E. Glessner (1944-2018) – formally served as a Catholic school educator from 1966 until his retirement in 2005. He was a member of the English Department at Delone Catholic for 32 of those years over two stints, split by a seven-year tenure as the principal at St. Patrick School in Carlisle, Pa. In addition to his outstanding work in the classroom, he had a profound impact on Delone Catholic in numerous other areas. He served as a part-time Development Director for the school and ran the Magazine Drive for 50 years, stepping away from this role only when his failing health made it impossible to continue. He served as the activities coordinator in the 1970s and directed countless Delone Catholic plays and musicals over decades. After retiring, in addition to running the Magazine Drive, he was a member of the campaign cabinet for Delone’s Diamond Decade Initiative Phase I, and he served as a mentor and resource to the Office of Advancement until his passing.

 James L. Groft ’51 (1933-2018) – served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He spent his entire life in service to his family, his Church and Delone Catholic High School. He and his wife served as the caretakers for his special needs sister-in-law for 23 years, and they also provided a home for his two brothers-in-law for extended periods while they recuperated from illnesses. He filled numerous roles and served on committees at Annunciation B.V.M. Church in McSherrystown. He was most known for his tireless service to Delone Catholic and its student-athletes. He joined the Athletic Association in 1967 and was an active member until shortly before his passing. He played a role in many of the upgrades to the school’s athletics facilities over the last 50+ years, including the construction of the South Street press box, the replacement of the bleachers and the installation of an irrigation system at J.T. Flaherty Field. He served as the videographer for the Delone Catholic football team beginning in 1975, and did not miss a game, home or away, for more than 40 years. He served in this capacity for the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams beginning in the 1980s. He spent countless hours preparing tapes for the coaching staffs and cutting highlight films for student-athletes who were being recruited to play at the college level, usually at his own expense.

Joseph P. McCullough (1931-2013) – one of the four original lay members of the Delone Catholic Board of Directors, he served for over 40 years, including several terms as the board chair. His three children and five of his grandchildren are Delone Catholic alumni. He spent 35 years in the Army National Guard, retiring as a brigadier general, and served as an elementary educator and administrator before moving into sales and rising to Vice President of D.C. Heath Book Co. He filled many roles at St. Joseph Church in Hanover, including as a member of the Parish Advisory Council and on several capital campaign committees. He served on the Board of Education and the Finance Council for the Diocese of Harrisburg. He willingly took on many roles and projects at Delone Catholic, often soliciting volunteer hours and financial support from members of the school community. He was a member of the campaign cabinet for Delone’s Diamond Decade Initiative Phase I and served as the master of ceremonies for the Athletic Association and Music Association dinner raffles for many years. For his extensive work on behalf of the Church and its schools, he received two Papal honors, being named a Knight of the Order of St. Sylvester and a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Henry C. Noel ’46 (1927-1993) – a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. Four of his children and nine grandchildren are Delone Catholic alumni, and his great-granddaughter is currently a student. He was a member of the Delone Catholic football and basketball teams as a student. He served as a member of the school’s maintenance and custodial staff from 1956 until his retirement days before his sudden passing in 1993. Stories of his kindness to and support of Delone Catholic students and colleagues are legendary. He took tremendous pride and maintaining and caring for the school campus and logged countless hours, both on and off the clock, to make sure everything was in working order. Inspired by his dedication to the school, his family and friends started a memorial golf tournament which has raised more than $200,000 for tuition assistance for Delone Catholic students over the past 26 years.

Sister Jane O. Small, SSJ ’61 – is one of seven siblings who are Delone Catholic alumni. She has long been a Sister of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, dedicating her life to the service of God and neighbor. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education, and worked in that field for a number of years. She was later trained as a nursing home administrator to help lead the congregation’s outreach to the marginalized. She has also been certified by the National Center for Housing Management. When the Sisters of Saint Joseph received a federal grant to turn the St. Joseph Academy campus in McSherrystown into senior housing, she was one of three people who supervised the transition. She oversaw the growth of the Villages from 40 units in 1998 to a thriving community of nearly 100 units today, ensuring that this long-time pillar of McSherrystown continues to serve residents long after it ceased to operate as a school. At the time of her retirement, she was responsible for the maintenance of all units, and she still gives 30 hours per week to the upkeep of the facilities. She has also been a board member of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Community Program, Inc., a non-profit in Adams and York Counties which oversees senior and low-income housing projects for nearly 20 years.

The Hall of Honor Class of 2020 will be inducted on Friday, Feb. 7. The event will begin with a school-wide Mass at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Gym. The class’s plaques will be blessed during this Mass. An informal reception will be held for inductees and anyone interested in offering well-wishes in the Delone Catholic library following the Mass. A dinner and induction ceremony catered by the Altland House and hosted in the Delone Catholic cafeteria will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Mass and reception are free of charge and open to all. Tickets for the dinner are $35 and on sale until Saturday, Feb. 1. To purchase, please call 717-637-5969, Ext. 211, email gslagle@delonecatholic.org or order online by clicking here. Sister Jane is planning to attend the induction. Mr. Glessner, Mr. Groft, Mr. McCullough and Mr. Noel, all posthumous inductees, will be represented by members of their families.

The Hall of Honor nomination committee invites nominations for the Delone Catholic Hall of Honor Class of 2021. For eligibility requirements and nomination forms, please visit our Hall of Honor page. Anyone without access to a computer who wishes to make a nomination may contact the Office of Advancement at 717-637-5969, Ext. 211. Any nominees who were not selected for the Class of 2020 will be considered by the committee for the Class of 2021. Nominations must be received by Sept. 1, 2020 in order to be considered for the Class of 2021. Any nominations received after that date will be considered for the Class of 2022.