Haddonfield Memorial High School Alumni host Happy Hour and Annual Meeting/Lifetime Achievement Awards

A Fall Haddonfield Memorial High School Alumni Happy Hour will be Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Tavistock Country Club from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All alumni are invited to stop by to raise a glass or two with old friends and make some new acquaintances. Free hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The Haddonfield Alumni Society needs to provide Tavistock with a projected head count in advance. Please RSVP to Tom Mervine at tommervinejr@comcast.net no later than Monday, Nov. 21. Please note the society is asking for a $10 donation at the door to defray costs.



The Haddonfield Alumni Society Annual Meeting and Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony will be conducted in the Haddonfield Memorial High School Library commencing at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. A social hour with refreshments begins at 10 a.m. The alumni and the public are invited.

This years recipients are as follows: Frank DeLano, Teacher; Gail Lanier Phillips Houlihan, Class of 1954; Raymond H. Holloway, Class of 1943; Bill Rauch, Class of 1980; and Franklin P. Jackson, Class of 1956.

Frank DeLano

Teacher and Coach

DeLano has taught in the Haddonfield School System for over 15 years and been the football coach for 15 seasons. As Haddonfield Middle School science and math teacher, DeLano has stressed hard work, ethics, dedication, being the best you can be and respecting your parents. Coach DeLano employs those same traits on the football field. He leads by example and his enthusiasm is infectious. He instills a strong work ethic, self respect and respect for others, self confidence and a drive to be your best. During his tenure as football coach, he has amassed 109 victories, as of Oct. 24 2016, and led the Bulldawgs to nine state playoff appearances. In their five trips to the South Jersey Group II Finals, they were champions in 2010, 2013 and 2014. He was named New Jersey State Coach of the Year in 2010 and inducted into the South Jersey Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2015. DeLano makes Haddonfield proud by preaching “Team First” and mantras of “Together we will” and “Haddonfield Football Family.”

Raymond H. Hollloway

Class of 1943

Holloway, better known as “Lefty” is truly one of Haddonfield’s “Greatest Sons.” After high school, he joined the Army Air Corps during WWII , served in England as a waist gunner and flew on raids on Germany. After the war, Lefty served as a Haddonfield Police Officer for over 37 years, achieving the rank of Lieutenan. Throughout the years, he served the community in numerous organizations such as the little league, American Legion Post 38, the Lions Club and the Haddonfield Fire Co. 1 for 57 years. Lefty worked hard his entire life and gave his all to the Haddonfield Community.

Gail Lanier Phillips Houlihan

Class of 1954

Houlihan has devoted her adult life to advocacy for children in foster care. After graduation from Douglas College in 1958, Gail embarked on a career of a lifetime service to New Jersey and her town. She was a Mayor of Bordentown, PTA president, League of Women’s Voters and very active with Rutgers Alumni. Gail helped establish New Jersey’s Child Placement Review (CPR) system and was selected earlier this year to receive the Prestigious New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award for her service to youth.

Franklin P. Jackson IV

Class of 1956

Jackson is recognized for his accomplishments as a very successful businessman; as a leader of his community; for his service and leadership in Westmont Fire Company №1; for his service and leadership in the Westmont Lions Club; and for his service and leadership in the Masonic Lodge. In addition, Frank has been a great supporter and participant in youth programs to include the Cub Scout and Explorer Scout Programs. Frank Jackson has indeed truly been one of the Westmont’s “Favorite Sons” and benefactors. In his 50 plus years as a member and leader of the Westmont Lions Club, Frank exemplifies the Lions motto, “We Serve.”

Bill Rauch

Class of 1980

Rauch is recognized as a remarkable advocate for social justice and his brilliance in the theater. During his years at HMHS, his involvement in the school’s Drama Club fueled his passion for theater. Subsequently, Bill attended Harvard University where he directed 26 plays and received the Louis Sudler Prize as the “outstanding graduating artist.” After graduation, he cofounded the Cornerstone Theater Company and directed over 40 productions receiving great acclaim. In 2007, he became the artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and directed a number of their plays. In 2012, Bill directed “all the Way,” a play focusing on President Johnson’s pivotal first year in office, which later journeyed to Broadway and won the Tony Award for best play.