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DeSales names inductees to Alumni Hall of Fame

LOCKPORT – DeSales Catholic School has chosen five graduates from its days as a high school for induction into its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

The fourth annual class of honorees includes the late Sister Mary Alice Dean, Paul Mullane, Kathleen Riley, David Ryan and the late Thomas Tracey.

They will be inducted Oct. 6 in a banquet in the Lockport Town and Country Club, and their names will be added to the Hall of Fame display in the school at a Mass the next morning with students and faculty. The Hall of Fame banquet raises funds for tuition assistance grants at DeSales, Lockport’s only Catholic school, which today has students from preschool through eighth grade.

Sister Mary Alice, who graduated from DeSales in 1961, joined the Sisters of St. Mary Namur in Kenmore. She served as a Catholic missionary in Cameroon and elsewhere in Africa, where she taught high school and was known to ride her motorbike to surrounding villages to spread the Gospel. She died in 2010.

Mullane, who graduated in 1978, is the president of Mullane Motors, a fourth-generation car dealership in Lockport. He earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree in management and automotive accounting at Northwood University in Michigan. Mullane has been involved in community service, with much of his efforts focused on education.

Riley, Class of 1972, is a professor of history at Ohio Dominican University. She earned her doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in 1988. She has dedicated her career to Catholic education, teaching at multiple Catholic institutions and publishing numerous works related to the Catholic religion.

Ryan, a 1960 graduate, is the retired CEO and owner of Rimrock Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, which designed, manufactured, sold and serviced equipment for automating the die-casting industry. After selling his company, Ryan concentrated on community service and philanthropy, helping build a cancer hospital in Ohio, where he was named outstanding philanthropist in 2007 for his service across central Ohio.

Tracey, who graduated in 1978, was the owner of DiVita & Tracey CPAs in Amherst. He used his financial expertise to help guide both the Historic Palace Theatre and DeSales Catholic School during tough financial times. He served as the treasurer and a member of the board for over 10 years at the Palace and DeSales. Tracey also volunteered for Boy Scout Troop 4 and his parish, St. John the Baptist Church. He died in 2014.

The nominations were submitted by alumni, parents of DeSales students, and community members and evaluated by a selection committee of alumni from different decades and current teachers.