Hall of Fame

Parsippany High School

Who is Eligible
Nomination Form
Current Hall of Fame


Frederick “Bud” Weider ‘62

Bud was an amazing educator who connected with his students in and out of the classroom, teaching Architectural Drawing and lessons about life. Bud stressed focus and discipline and the development of technical skills, but he did so using a hilarious sense of humor and a big heart.  He stayed in contact with many of his former students and was invited to numerous weddings and reunions. Bud taught for twenty-three years and never took a sick day; he was always prepared and ready to make a difference.

Bud was a standout baseball player while at Par High and returned to coach baseball at PHS from 1981 to 1987 compiling a record of 101-35, and was also an Assistant Basketball Coach. He went onto be the Head Baseball Coach at West Morris Central High School where he won over 200 games and a Morris County Championship, in addition to four appearances in the State Finals.

Bud passed away in 2019, leaving behind a wonderful legacy at PHS and beyond.

Steve McCarthy
Steve McCarthy taught English at PHS for thirty-six years as a teacher. In the classroom, he was particularly skilled at working with at-risk students and motivating them to succeed and graduate. His patience, compassion and knowledge of reading and writing skills impacted thousands of Par High students. Steve also served as Boys and Girls Tennis Coach for 70 seasons (40 Boys, 30 girls), finishing his career with an incredible 639 wins. He even coached Ice Hockey for six seasons. After his retirement, Steve came back to PHS and continues to serve as a valuable, reliable and enthusiastic substitute teacher. Mr. McCarthy is a mainstay at PHS and is remembered for his student-centered approach, his long and successful coaching career and his dedication to the school.

Frederick Paradise ‘80
Fred Paradise was a standout football, basketball and baseball player for Parsippany High School from 1977-1980. Fred earned 11 varsity letters playing quarterback/defensive back, point guard and outfielder and accumulated numerous individual honors in addition to tremendous team success (7 Conference, County and State Titles!). He was also an outstanding student and very involved in extracurricular activities including Student Council, Varsity Club, Pep Club and PTSA. For his success on the field and in the classroom, Fred was named Morris County Male “Scholastic Athlete of the Year” in 1979. Fred went on to play basketball at Dickinson College and led his team to a Division Championship in the MAC Conference. Some of his specific accomplishments include:

  • Football: 406 passing yards in a game (school record), 1,127 passing yards in a season (school record); 6-3 record senior season; Daily Record Offensive Player of the Year; 1st Team All Morris County Quarterback (Daily Record, Daily Advance, The Citizen); Daily Record “Redskin of the Year Award”
  • Basketball:  166 assists in a season (school record at the time); 19.2 senior season avg.;  1st Team All-Morris County (Star Ledger, Community News, NY Daily News, Daily Record, Herald News, The Citizen); helped lead teams to  42-6 record over junior/senior seasons and 2 Conference Championships, 1 County Championships and 2x State Sectional Championships; Two-time Tri-County One-on-One Champion.
  • Baseball:  Batted over .300; helped to lead team to a 20-6 record during senior season and Conference & State Sectional Championships; Group III Finalist


The PHS Hall of Fame recognizes and honors PHS graduates and staff members who have distinguished themselves during their careers in their fields of work or service. Recognition will be given but not limited to accomplishment in the fields of:

Music Fine Arts
Business Politics
Education Armed Forces
School Services Medicine
Journalism Athletics
Community Service Science


Who is Eligible?

The person being nominated must have graduated from PHS at least ten years ago. In the case of a staff member, the nominee must have been a member of the professional staff (including non-teacher,  coaches and activity advisors), who has retired or left the employ of Parsippany High School at least three years ago.

The person being nominated DOES NOT have to be a college graduate.

Posthumous nominations WILL BE accepted.

As many as ten nominees may be inducted in any given year.


How Will Inductees Be Recognized?

Nominees selected for induction into the PHS Hall of Fame will be honored at an annual ceremony held in the spring. Each inductee will receive an engraved memento and will be recognized on a perpetual plaque in the main hall of Parsippany High School.


Who Can Nominate?

Nominations may be submitted by any Parsippany High School graduate, or by a relative, friend, or co-worker of the person being nominated.


What are the Criteria For Admission to the Hall of Fame?

The committee evaluates each nominee on three criteria:

1. Recognized excellence in one's field/profession.

2. Service and dedication to PHS.

3. Contributions to professional/civic organizations and/or publications, presentation, recognition.


How Do I Nominate Someone?

Simply print and complete the nomination form. Be sure to include all requested information. Reasons for nomination and written description may be submitted on separate sheets of paper (not to exceed three sheets and must be stapled to the nomination form).


Where Do I Send My Nomination Form?

Parsippany High School Hall of Fame
c/o Dr. Denis Mulroony, Principal
309 Baldwin Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054

or submit via email to Dr. Mulroony


Current Hall of Fame Members

George P. Johnson - Deceased 1999 School Service
LTC Mark T. Little 1999 Humanitarianism
Annette Delaney Ricciuti 1999 Athletics
Roy Baker 1999 Athletics/Law Enforcement
Jack Mott - Deceased 1999 Coaching
George W. Wesner 1999 Music/Entertainment
Garrett E. Reisman 2000 Astronaut
Lisa Codella Pesci 2000 Athletics/Philanthropy
Robert Martin 2001 Athletics/Administration/Coaching
Dolores Femister 2002 Secretary/School Services
Anthony R. Scatton, Jr. - Deceased 2002 Teaching/ Administration
Michael Codella 2002 Athletics/Philanthropy
Philip H. Meeham 2002 Coaching/Teaching/ Administration
Gary Vittorio 2002 Coaching/Student Activities
Dave Guida 2003 Community Service
John Karolchyk 2003 Education/Teaching
Christina Ladas 2003 Teaching/Community Service
Doris McManus - Deceased 2003 School Services/Administration
Francine "Micky" Walsh 2003 Teaching/Coach
Bruce Biddison 2004 Education/Administration
Randy Frankel 2004 Philanthropy/Community Service/Business
James Vigilante 2004 Community Service/Armed Forces/Politics
Jack Prudden 2005 Education/Athletics
Suzanne Rubenstein 2005 Armed Forces
Violet Schicke 2005 School Services/ Community Service
Harold Gantert 2006 School Services/ Community Service
David Shaffer 2006 School Services/ Community Service
The 1986 PHS State Championship Softball Team 2007 Athletics
Harold Feintuch 2008 Community Service
Victor Labbote, MD 2008 Athletics
Roy Helmdinger 2009  
Ron Foreso 2014 Teaching/Community Service
Robert Peluso 2014 Community Service
Dragan “Dan” Ilic 2014 Community Service
Michael Pignatell 2014 Athletics/Law Enforcement
Jerry Russo 2014 Teaching/Coaching
1965 Baseball Team 2015 Athletics
Cavan Londergan
Jane Puccio
2015 Teaching
Jay Redan M.D.
1999 Boys Basketball
2016 Athletics
Clarence Curry III
Ann Greiner
2016 Teaching
Nancy Russo Petryna
Dr. Jon Molinare
1977 Football Team
2017 Athletics
Joe Bernabe
2017 Teaching
LeRoy Williams Collins Jr.
Fei-Fei Li
Robert Sabella
2017 Teaching/Mathematics
Andrew Ladas 2018 
Michael Yesunas 2018 Teaching/Coaching
1974 PHS Football Team
2019 Athletics
Jason Hallik
Erika Plosa
Malvin Sumka
Chris Walas
Frederick “Bud” Weider
2020 Teaching/Coaching
Steve McCarthy 2020 Teaching/Coaching
Frederick Paradise 2020 Athletics/Student Activities
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