LOCKPORT – DeSales Catholic School isn’t the only school in Lockport with noteworthy graduates.
Lockport High School hosted its seventh annual ceremony for induction into the corps of distinguished alumni Thursday.
This year’s group includes Mayor Michael W. Tucker, who graduated in 1975. He is the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history, now in his 10th year.
Before becoming mayor, Tucker was alderman of the former 7th Ward and served as Common Council president from 1996 to 2000.
Another officeholder, Joseph C. Kibler, class of 1951, also was inducted.
Kibler is alderman at large, a seat he’s held for 12 years, but he’s probably best known for his connection with local sports.
He coached youth baseball for 29 years, umpired high school baseball for 54 years and officiated high school basketball for 48 years. Kibler has been named to the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame and is a past winner of the state Umpire of the Year award.
Kibler worked at the former Marine Midland Bank for 30 years, retiring in 1994 as a branch manager and associate vice president. He also is a former chairman of the city Zoning Board of Appeals.
Dr. Helen Cappuccino, another inductee, graduated from Lockport in 1981. She is a surgical oncologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and an associate professor at the University at Buffalo Medical School.
She also has become involved in a movie production company, Vertebra Film Development, which has produced five feature films. She serves on several boards, including that of Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Inductee Wayne Ginty, class of 1973, taught at Lockport High School for 33 years and was twice named Western New York Teacher of the Year. He was on the school’s basketball coaching staff and has served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Miles Patterson, who graduated from Lockport in 1982, now is a counselor at the school, working on conflict resolution between students. It’s part of a career working with at-risk youth, which began at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children. New Beginning Inc. named him its person of the year in 2011. Patterson was a high school sports star and, at Buffalo State College, he qualified for the national track meet in the four-by-100-meter relay.
John “Jack” Miller, class of 1956, is Lockport High School’s first National Merit Scholar and Westinghouse Science Talent Search finalist. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a doctorate in math from Columbia University and was a mathematics professor at the City College of New York for 43 years.
William Hayes, a 1956 classmate of Miller, was superintendent of Byron-Bergen Central School for 21 years and remains on the faculty of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, where he was chairman of the teacher education department. He has written 15 books.
Daniel Kastner, class of 1969, is chief of the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. A member of the National Academy of Science, Kastner led a group that in 1997 identified the gene that causes Mediterranean fever. He lives in Rockville, Md.
The eight inductees bring to 74 the total number of graduates honored by the high school since 2007.