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Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 inductees | PHOTOS

(Left to Right) John L. Low – Former Staff – Teacher/Coach/Sponsor; Paul A. Cillo, Jr. – Alumni – Class of 1979; Richard A. ‘Rick’ Wolfe – Alumni – Class of 1963; Thomas C. ‘Tom’ McShane – Alumni – Class of 1964; Patricia J. Duerbeck (Patti D’Beck) – Alumni, Class of 1966; Joan Hess Ryder – Alumni – Class of 1965; Dennis L. Compton – Alumni – Class of 1975; Regina ‘Jeannie’ Quinn – Community Service; Roberto R. ‘Bobby’ Rivera – Alumni – Class of 1965; J. Thomas ‘Tom’ Congersky – Former Staff.
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Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 inductees | PHOTOS

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Ten inductees were added to the Edgewood High School Hall of Fame during ceremonies held at the Edgewood Epicenter on October 7th. The seven Alumni, two Alumni and one Community Supporter joined the 68 individuals and one family that were in the EHS Hall of Fame which was begun in 2011.
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
PAUL A. CILLO, JR. – Alumni – Class of 1979 – Paul Cillo, 60, was an Eagle Scout and consistent honor student while at Edgewood High. He was also a star on the Ram football and baseball teams. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Towson University where he was a record-setting running back after having helped the Harford Community College Owls to national prominence in football. He continues a highly successful business leader. Mr. Cillo served concurrently as Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader, in an effort that produced many Eagle Scouts; and he served as Commander of the American Legion Post 39, beginning a scholarship program for children of military veterans.
PAUL A. CILLO, JR. – Alumni – Class of 1979 – Paul Cillo, 60, was an Eagle Scout and consistent honor student while at Edgewood High. He was also a star on the Ram football and baseball teams. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Towson University where he was a record-setting running back after having helped the Harford Community College Owls to national prominence in football. He continues a highly successful business leader. Mr. Cillo served concurrently as Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader, in an effort that produced many Eagle Scouts; and he served as Commander of the American Legion Post 39, beginning a scholarship program for children of military veterans. (Courtesy Photo)
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
DENNIS L. COMPTON – Alumni – Class of 1975 – Dennis Compton, 65, was a three-sport star athlete at Edgewood High, co-captain of the Rams basketball team in both his junior and senior years while helping the team win County titles and advance to the state playoffs. An honor student, he continued as an award-winning college baseball pitcher and basketball forward. Continuing a successful 40-year career in business, Mr. Compton has served as a coach in both boys and girls recreation leagues and is a devoted church leader who also has volunteered in a homeless shelter.
DENNIS L. COMPTON – Alumni – Class of 1975 – Dennis Compton, 65, was a three-sport star athlete at Edgewood High, co-captain of the Rams basketball team in both his junior and senior years while helping the team win County titles and advance to the state playoffs. An honor student, he continued as an award-winning college baseball pitcher and basketball forward. Continuing a successful 40-year career in business, Mr. Compton has served as a coach in both boys and girls recreation leagues and is a devoted church leader who also has volunteered in a homeless shelter. (Courtesy Photo)
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
PATRICIA J. DUERBECK (PATTI D’BECK) – Alumni, Class of 1966 – Patti D’Beck, 73, continues a five-decade career that has seen her at the very top of the national/international dance entertainment field, first as a performer and, later, as a choreographer. She worked on 19 Broadway and Pre-Broadway productions either as a performer, understudy, dance captain, or choreographer. She was the opening act for singer Elton John at Carnegie Hall; and, on Broadway, appeared with such stars as Lauren Bacall, Ben Vereen, Rosie O’Donnell, Bernadette Peters and many others. An honor student and accomplished member of the Edgewood High marching band/modern dance/talent shows, Ms. D’Beck earned BA and MA degrees and currently works at the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Patient Safety and Human Stimulation as well as directing the Riverside Performing Arts Center.
PATRICIA J. DUERBECK (PATTI D’BECK) – Alumni, Class of 1966 – Patti D’Beck, 73, continues a five-decade career that has seen her at the very top of the national/international dance entertainment field, first as a performer and, later, as a choreographer. She worked on 19 Broadway and Pre-Broadway productions either as a performer, understudy, dance captain, or choreographer. She was the opening act for singer Elton John at Carnegie Hall; and, on Broadway, appeared with such stars as Lauren Bacall, Ben Vereen, Rosie O’Donnell, Bernadette Peters and many others. An honor student and accomplished member of the Edgewood High marching band/modern dance/talent shows, Ms. D’Beck earned BA and MA degrees and currently works at the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Patient Safety and Human Stimulation as well as directing the Riverside Performing Arts Center. (Courtesy Photo)
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
JOAN HESS RYDER – Alumni – Class of 1965 – Joan Ryder, 74, continues as owner/operator of one of the region’s most successful independent real estate firms. A high school honor student, she was chosen as an 18-year-old to be the first lead secretary at the new Edgewood Middle School in 1965. While in that position for 14 years, she earned her Real Estate license and transitioned to an agent, subsequently forming her own firm. She was named Realtor of the Year and was a Maryland Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year. Ms. Ryder was Executive Director and Co-chair of the Harford County Fair for 15 years, President of the Harford Community College Foundation, as well as a consistent supporter of many community organizations. She now serves as Director of the Harford County Humane Society.
JOAN HESS RYDER – Alumni – Class of 1965 – Joan Ryder, 74, continues as owner/operator of one of the region’s most successful independent real estate firms. A high school honor student, she was chosen as an 18-year-old to be the first lead secretary at the new Edgewood Middle School in 1965. While in that position for 14 years, she earned her Real Estate license and transitioned to an agent, subsequently forming her own firm. She was named Realtor of the Year and was a Maryland Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year. Ms. Ryder was Executive Director and Co-chair of the Harford County Fair for 15 years, President of the Harford Community College Foundation, as well as a consistent supporter of many community organizations. She now serves as Director of the Harford County Humane Society. (Courtesy Photo)
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
JOHN R. LOW – Former Staff – Teacher/Coach/Sponsor – John Low, 78, taught a variety of Science classes at Edgewood High School for 32 years – 1964-’96 – and coached track, cross country, indoor track, varsity soccer and JV basketball at the school. He developed and taught the first Advanced Placement science courses at Edgewood High; and was the organizer/first advisor to the Leo Service Club. He later served as assistant Supervisor of Science in the school system and taught at the John Carroll School for two decades, completed a 53-year career in education before retiring last year.
JOHN R. LOW – Former Staff – Teacher/Coach/Sponsor – John Low, 78, taught a variety of Science classes at Edgewood High School for 32 years – 1964-’96 – and coached track, cross country, indoor track, varsity soccer and JV basketball at the school. He developed and taught the first Advanced Placement science courses at Edgewood High; and was the organizer/first advisor to the Leo Service Club. He later served as assistant Supervisor of Science in the school system and taught at the John Carroll School for two decades, completed a 53-year career in education before retiring last year. (Courtesy Photo)
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
REGINA ‘JEANNIE’ QUINN – Community Service – Jeannie Quinn, 80, was the owner of Quinn’s Hairstyling & Skin Care Company in Edgewood for 30 years beginning in 1973. She provided support to the school through monetary donations and service on the School/Business Advisory Committee, including a leadership role in the annual Edgewood Community Fair at the school. A leading member of the Rt. 40 Business Association and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Quinn was also an active participant in the Edgewood High Work Experience program.
REGINA ‘JEANNIE’ QUINN – Community Service – Jeannie Quinn, 80, was the owner of Quinn’s Hairstyling & Skin Care Company in Edgewood for 30 years beginning in 1973. She provided support to the school through monetary donations and service on the School/Business Advisory Committee, including a leadership role in the annual Edgewood Community Fair at the school. A leading member of the Rt. 40 Business Association and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Quinn was also an active participant in the Edgewood High Work Experience program. (Courtesy Photo)
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
ROBERTO R. ‘BOBBY’ RIVERA – Alumni – Class of 1965 – Bobby Rivera, 75, spent four decades in service to his country either in the military, law enforcement, or as a customs officer at the U.S. Mexico border. A standout four-sport athlete and honor student at Edgewood High, he joined the U.S. Air Force and earned a commission as a 2nd Lt., earning two Meritorious Service medals. While a U.S. Customs officer in charge of drug and illegal alien interdiction, he was named Top Officer in the port of Brownsville, Texas. During the 9-11 terrorist attacks and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he and his team provided security services at the San Antonio airport and in New Orleans, respectively.
ROBERTO R. ‘BOBBY’ RIVERA – Alumni – Class of 1965 – Bobby Rivera, 75, spent four decades in service to his country either in the military, law enforcement, or as a customs officer at the U.S. Mexico border. A standout four-sport athlete and honor student at Edgewood High, he joined the U.S. Air Force and earned a commission as a 2nd Lt., earning two Meritorious Service medals. While a U.S. Customs officer in charge of drug and illegal alien interdiction, he was named Top Officer in the port of Brownsville, Texas. During the 9-11 terrorist attacks and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he and his team provided security services at the San Antonio airport and in New Orleans, respectively. (Courtesy Photo)
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
J. THOMAS ‘TOM’ CONGERSKY – Former Staff – Teacher/Coach/Sponsor – Tom Congersky, 80, taught Science at Edgewood High from 1963-’93 and was a coach/advisor for 17 years. He was a JV and Varsity Assistant football coach as well as sponsor of the school Chess Club; and was Senior and Junior Class Advisor. He partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to conduct student canoe trips and ran the school’s greenhouse. Mr. Congersky was on the countywide committee that developed and implemented the Environmental Science curriculum in the school system.
J. THOMAS ‘TOM’ CONGERSKY – Former Staff – Teacher/Coach/Sponsor – Tom Congersky, 80, taught Science at Edgewood High from 1963-’93 and was a coach/advisor for 17 years. He was a JV and Varsity Assistant football coach as well as sponsor of the school Chess Club; and was Senior and Junior Class Advisor. He partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to conduct student canoe trips and ran the school’s greenhouse. Mr. Congersky was on the countywide committee that developed and implemented the Environmental Science curriculum in the school system. (Courtesy Photo)
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
THOMAS C. ‘TOM’ MC SHANE – Alumni – Class of 1964 – Tom McShane, 75, was a lifelong educator, serving as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in Harford County Public Schools before being named Superintendent of Schools in the South Eastern (PA) school district, where he was honored as Superintendent of the Year. In high school, he was a student leader, an athlete, honor student, Senior Class vice president, member of the newspaper staff and a representative to Boys State. After retirement, he was a college adjunct professor and co-founded the ‘Communities That Care’ charitable group in Pennsylvania.
THOMAS C. ‘TOM’ MC SHANE – Alumni – Class of 1964 – Tom McShane, 75, was a lifelong educator, serving as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in Harford County Public Schools before being named Superintendent of Schools in the South Eastern (PA) school district, where he was honored as Superintendent of the Year. In high school, he was a student leader, an athlete, honor student, Senior Class vice president, member of the newspaper staff and a representative to Boys State. After retirement, he was a college adjunct professor and co-founded the ‘Communities That Care’ charitable group in Pennsylvania. (Courtesy Photo)
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
RICHARD A. ‘RICK’ WOLFE – Alumni – Class of 1963 – Rick Wolfe, 76, rose from humble beginnings to help build a company that employs more than a thousand people in multiple facilities across the United States with an annual revenue in excess of $100 million. He was a three-sport star athlete as a student at Edgewood High and was Senior Class President as well as an honor student. He served in the military, directing clandestine aircraft and rescue operations in remote hostile surroundings during the Vietnam Conflict. His philanthropic efforts have continued during his adult years while serving in a variety of church and community related organizations.
RICHARD A. ‘RICK’ WOLFE – Alumni – Class of 1963 – Rick Wolfe, 76, rose from humble beginnings to help build a company that employs more than a thousand people in multiple facilities across the United States with an annual revenue in excess of $100 million. He was a three-sport star athlete as a student at Edgewood High and was Senior Class President as well as an honor student. He served in the military, directing clandestine aircraft and rescue operations in remote hostile surroundings during the Vietnam Conflict. His philanthropic efforts have continued during his adult years while serving in a variety of church and community related organizations. (Courtesy Photo)
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees
(Left to Right) John L. Low – Former Staff – Teacher/Coach/Sponsor; Paul A. Cillo, Jr. – Alumni – Class of 1979; Richard A. ‘Rick’ Wolfe – Alumni – Class of 1963; Thomas C. ‘Tom’ McShane – Alumni – Class of 1964; Patricia J. Duerbeck (Patti D’Beck) – Alumni, Class of 1966; Joan Hess Ryder – Alumni – Class of 1965; Dennis L. Compton – Alumni – Class of 1975; Regina ‘Jeannie’ Quinn – Community Service; Roberto R. ‘Bobby’ Rivera – Alumni – Class of 1965; J. Thomas ‘Tom’ Congersky – Former Staff.
(Left to Right) John L. Low – Former Staff – Teacher/Coach/Sponsor; Paul A. Cillo, Jr. – Alumni – Class of 1979; Richard A. ‘Rick’ Wolfe – Alumni – Class of 1963; Thomas C. ‘Tom’ McShane – Alumni – Class of 1964; Patricia J. Duerbeck (Patti D’Beck) – Alumni, Class of 1966; Joan Hess Ryder – Alumni – Class of 1965; Dennis L. Compton – Alumni – Class of 1975; Regina ‘Jeannie’ Quinn – Community Service; Roberto R. ‘Bobby’ Rivera – Alumni – Class of 1965; J. Thomas ‘Tom’ Congersky – Former Staff. (Courtesy Photo)
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