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TASD Distinguished Alumni

The Tyrone Area School District has scheduled its fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Recognition Weekend for October 20-21.
This year’s distinguished alumni include: Larry J. Nulton, Ph.D., Captain Donald H. Barrett (US Navy, Retired), Gary L. McGovern and Monsignor Richard J. Walsh.
There are many planned activities for the Distinguished Alumni Recognition Weekend, including the honorees spending the day at the school on Friday and then attending the home football game in the evening.
On Saturday, there will be a recognition dinner at the Bull Pen Restaurant for the honorees as well.
A series of articles in The Daily Herald featuring each alumni began on Monday and will end today.
Featured today is Monsignor Richard James Walsh, who was born and raised in Tyrone, PA on January 1, 1917. After attending and graduating from the Augustinian Academy, Villanova College, and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary he was ordained a priest on May 6, 1944.
After his initial local assignments at various locations in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese he was appointed Chaplain at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview in 1950 and served in that capacity for 27 years.
In 1953 he was credited with being instrumental in ending a five-day mutiny by 325 prisoners by talking them into surrendering six hostage guards and their weapons. He was presented with the George Washington Carver Award in 1960 in recognition of his outstanding work with the Rockview inmates.
A good portion of his time as Chaplain was spent with the inmate’s families. He felt that they were the primary suffering ones and in recognition for his caring for them their organization represented him with a plaque on August 25, 1979 for which he received national recognition.
Msgr. Walsh was instrumental in persuading Governor David Lawrence to provide the funds for building the All Faith Chapel at Rockview.
On July 15, 1974 he was appointed a Monsignor by Pope Paul the Sixth in Rome and on March 10, 1979 he was named to the Penn State University Human Rights Panel. Further recognition was rendered on May 10, 1984 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representatives through their citation recognizing his forty years of distinguished service as a citizen of the commonwealth.
Since his retirement, Monsignor Walsh has continued to serve his beloved community through various humanitarian efforts and in particular his daily visits to all of the patients at the Tyrone Hospital where he has become known as “Mr. Hospitality”.

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TASD Distinguished Alumni

The Tyrone Area School District has scheduled its fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Recognition Weekend for October 20-21.
This year’s distinguished alumni include: Larry J. Nulton, Ph.D., Captain Donald H. Barrett (US Navy, Retired), Gary L. McGovern and Monsignor Richard J. Walsh.
There are many planned activities for the Distinguished Alumni Recognition Weekend, including the honorees spending the day at the school on Friday and then attending the home football game in the evening.
On Saturday, there will be a recognition dinner at the Bull Pen Restaurant for the honorees as well.
A series of articles in The Daily Herald featuring each alumni began on Monday and will run through Thursday.
Featured today is Gary McGovern, who was born in Tyrone in 1963, son of Bill and Betty McGovern.
He graduated from Tyrone Area High School in 1981. After graduation from Penn State University with a degree in Electronics Engineering, he worked briefly at WTAJ-TV on the technical staff.
He then joined Locus Incorporated, a telecommunication firm, in State College and was a member of the technical staff until 1992.
From 1992 to 1997, Gary worked as Sales Manager for Maxtech, Incorporated in State College. In 1997, he was involved in formation of Paradise Datacom and was Vice President of Sales until 2004. (Maxtech and Paradise are both telecommunication companies.)
In 2004, Gary was a co-founder of Locus Microwave, a design & engineering firm in Boalsburg, Pa. providing product and services to government and military programs.
Gary has served as youth director at First English Lutheran Church since 1980 and has served as public address announcer for Tyrone Football games since 1992.
Gary was the 1998 commencement speaker for the TAHS graduating class.
He served as Vice President of Tyrone Borough council from 1997 to 2000.
Gary has two children, Alison (11-years-old) and Sean (8-years-old) and is married to Tyrone native Lori (Arnold) McGovern. He has a sister Darlene (Andrews) McGovern.

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TASD Distinguished Alumni

The Tyrone Area School District has scheduled its fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Recognition Weekend for October 20-21.
This year’s distinguished alumni include: Larry J. Nulton, Ph.D., Captain Donald H. Barrett (US Navy, Retired), Gary L. McGovern and Monsignor Richard J. Walsh.
There are many planned activities for the Distinguished Alumni Recognition Weekend, including the honorees spending the day at the school on Friday and then attending the home football game in the evening.
On Saturday, there will be a recognition dinner at the Bull Pen Restaurant for the honorees as well.
A series of articles in The Daily Herald featuring each alumni began on Monday and will run through Thursday.
Featured today is Donald Barrett, a 1966 graduate of Tyrone High, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Juniata College. Shortly after graduation, he attended Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, and was commissioned an Ensign in February 1971.
His first assignment was as the intelligence officer with an aircraft patrol squadron, VP-46, at Naval Air Station Moffett Field, Sunnyvale, California. Ensign Barrett saw anti-submarine warfare and ocean surveillance duty in Japan, South Korea, Midway Island, Guam, the Philippine Islands, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Diego Garcia and Bandar Abbas, Iran from 1971-1974. He completed the nine-month Defense Intelligence School curriculum in 1975, and then began a three-year assignment at the Pentagon as a Defense Intelligence Agency Middle East geo-political analyst.
In 1978 Lieutenant Barrett transferred to the Navy Field Operational Intelligence Office, Suitland, Maryland, to conduct special program analysis. He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and returned to sea duty in August 1980 to serve as the Assistant Intelligence Officer on the staff of Carrier Group Two, forward deployed to Naples, Italy. During that two-year tour, Don served aboard five aircraft carriers and made port calls to nearly every country on the Mediterranean littoral. Naval action while serving aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) involved the August 19, 1981 shoot down of two Libyan SU-22 (FITTER) fighter-bombers by a section of F-14 Tomcats over the Gulf of Sitra, and an emergency sortie from Venice, Italy in response to the October 6, 1981 assassination of Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat.
From 1982 to 1989 he completed three tours in Hawaii: (1) USCINCPAC command briefing team at the Intelligence Center, Pacific, Camp Smith; (2) Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence for Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Pearl Harbor; and finally as the intelligence production manager, Fleet Intelligence Center, Pacific, Makalapa. After 6.5 years of fabulous living on the windward side of Oahu, Don and family set sail for San Diego, California, where in August 1989 he became the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence for Commander, Carrier Group One. Action on that tour did not happen until August 2, 1990 when Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces invaded Kuwait and President George Bush diverted the USS Independence Battle Group from the southern Indian Ocean to the Persian Gulf. Along with some 7,000 sailors, Don steamed into the Persian Gulf to participate in Operation Desert Shield and prepare for Operation Desert Storm. He found heartfelt (and comic) relief during three very intense months reading and responding to letters written to Commander Barrett by Tyrone hometown kids studying current events in Mr. Don Friday’s Logan Elementary 6th grade.
He reported from that assignment in October of 1991 to the Navy Research and Development Center at Point Loma, San Diego, as the senior Naval Intelligence Officer and was promoted to Captain. He remained in San Diego to become the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific Fleet.
Don returned to Washington D.C. to become the Deputy Director of Human Resources, Office of Naval Intelligence, from Oct. 1994 to June 1998. He also served as the Executive Officer. Don’s final tour was at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), located in Mons, Belgium, where he served as the Intelligence Division Branch Chief for Collection Management and Dissemination. During that tour he supported General Wesley Clark’s SHAPE multi-national staff in the execution of Operation Allied Force (Kosovo Conflict). For his last two years at SHAPE, Capt. Barrett was the Senior U.S. Naval Officer, SHAPE, and the Chief, User Domain Branch, Communications and Information Systems Division.
Capt. Barrett’s personal military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (one gold star), Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal (four gold stars).
Captain Barrett retired in July 2001 after 30 years service as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy.
Don is a fulltime defense consultant with Booz, Allen, Hamilton, Inc., San Diego, California. He also serves as the Committee Chair for Boy Scout Troop 648. He resides in San Diego, California.
Don is the son of Dorothy and the late Donald “Dickie” Barrett of Tyrone. He is married to the former Judith A. Grebe, also of Tyrone. They have four children – Kimberly (Captain, US Army, Medical Corps), Mollie, Ashley and Christopher.

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TASD Distinguished Alumni

The Tyrone Area School District has scheduled its fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Recognition Weekend for October 20-21.
This year’s distinguished alumni include: Larry J. Nulton, Ph.D., Captain Donald H. Barrett (US Navy, Retired), Gary L. McGovern and Monsignor Richard J. Walsh. Starting today through Thursday, The Daily Herald will feature each Distinguished Alumni, beginning with Dr. Nulton.
Larry J. Nulton, PhD, graduated from Tyrone Area High School in 1981. After graduating from Penn State University with a BS in Psychology, Dr. Nulton continued his education at West Chester University, earning a Masters Degree in Psychology. His educational endeavors culminated in a doctorate from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Nulton was one of eight students accepted from a pool of over 800 applicants. He completed his dissertation, entitled “Neuropsychological Correlates of Hypertension: A Psychophysiological Study” in 1995. He was accepted as a psychology resident at Geisinger Medical Center.
Dr. Nulton has over 20 years of experience in his field and is a respected and well-known clinician across the state of Pennsylvania. He has worked as a therapist, supervisor, EAP Psychologist, consultant, and educator. He truly made his mark, however, when he developed an agency to provide comprehensive psychological and psychiatric services to children and adults. In 1995, Nulton Diagnostic & Treatment Center opened its doors with five employees. Within five years, the agency had grown to over 300 employees offering treatment in various programs including Outpatient Psychiatry and Psychology, Partial Hospitalization, School, Home and Community Therapeutic Services, Family Based Intervention, and Geriatric Services. He grew from one office location in Richland, to seven locations including Altoona, Bedford, Ebensburg, Somerset, Richland, Indiana, and Westmont.
Dr. Nulton recently sold the Therapeutic Support Services portion of his agency so he could concentrate his efforts in further developing clinical programs. Dr. Nulton has since developed a Residential Treatment Facility, Day Treatment Programs in Cambria and Bedford counties, and an extensive Geriatric Program that is offering psychiatric and psychological services to patients in Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Indiana and Blair counties. Dr. Nulton was also recently selected to serve on the Review Committee for Value Behavioral Health.
Dr. Nulton is dedicated to community service. He was instrumental in the development of the Learning Lamp, a non-profit tutoring center that provides quality educational experiences for children regardless of their ability to pay for such services. Dr. Nulton is also heavily involved with the Goodwill Industries. Goodwill has honored Dr. Nulton several times through the years for his dedication and continued support of their agency.
In addition, Dr. Nulton serves on the Johnstown Symphony Board and supports Beginnings (an agency focused on at- risk infants and preschoolers).
Dr. Nulton resides in Westmont, a suburb of Johnstown, PA. He is married to Dr. Lorraine Napora-Nulton with whom he has two sons, Corbin (13) and Cameron (9). He is the son of Charles and Joanne Nulton of Tyrone and brother of Robert Nulton (San Antonio) and Timothy Nulton (Tyrone).
There are many planned activities for the Distinguished Alumni Recognition Weekend, including the honorees spending the day at the school on Friday and then attending the home football game in the evening.
On Saturday, there will be a recognition dinner at the Bull Pen Restaurant for the honorees as well.