Dan Johnson of Weymouth is a proud graduate of Spellman's Class of 2012. He attended Saint Francis Xavier School through the eighth grade, and after Spellman studied at Stonehill College, a graduate of the Class of 2016. He is currently in his first year of law school at Boston College. Below is his story:
While at Spellman, Dan was a member of student council, National Honor Society, the outreach ministry, and the football team. He volunteered for the admissions and advancement committees, and served in the Liturgical Choir. According to Johnson, "Most students here honestly become very involved because that’s simply the type of school that Cardinal Spellman is. You can’t just exist here. This place—the community and the people—they’re going to draw you in, and you’re going to love it."
Now, as a young adult, Dan looks back on those days with the same fondness for different reasons. He remembers the impact of his guidance counselor on his journey, both in high school and as a young alum. "She made sure that the intimidating college search and application process went as smoothly as possible and that I was applying to schools that would serve me well. I really developed a great relationship with her over time. I knew I could stop by her office with or without an appointment, even if it was just to talk about life. I also came back in to meet with her as a college sophomore, when I was really unsure what my next steps were. We sat down and discussed all of my options, and potential career paths. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my guidance counselor, and I think that she is a perfect representation of the faculty in general here at Cardinal Spellman."
When Dan got to college, not only did he feel prepared, but he felt he had an edge on many of his peers. He credits Spellman’s rigorous curriculum that places you ahead of the curve after commencement. He remembers teachers always willing to provide extra help to overcome a challenge.
Spellman develops its students into young women and men who are ready and willing to help others. Dan was a member of the outreach ministry while at Spellman, also known as “Christ Crew”. Each Friday, he'd help collect non-perishable food items and donate them to My Brother’s Keeper in Easton. Exercises like that really embedded the idea in his morality that giving back to the community is not only the right thing to do, but should consistently be a part of our lives.
The impact Spellman has had on alumni like Dan is important and lasting. He continues to leave his legacy as a young alumni, attending our annual Legacy Gala and a speaker at this year's Open House program.
Upon reading the yearbook for the Class of 1967, Ray Richard’s entry was prophetic. He wrote that he wanted to have a career in golf, and he has done just that. Ray began his athletic career at Spellman as a baseball player on the freshman team and then on to JV as a sophomore before deciding to join the golf team for his junior and senior year. This was a good decision! His lifelong passion for the game of golf was ignited and cultivated during his final two years at Spellman. While working on his game, Ray was employed as a grounds crew member at D.W. Field Golf Course in Brockton.
After Spellman, Ray graduated from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass with a degree in Turf Management. Then, in 1971, he joined the U.S. Navy where he was stationed for two years at the Naval Air Station in Keflavik, Iceland. Ray reflected on how the typing skills he picked up at Spellman, paid off in the military. “When I got to Iceland, a chief petty officer asked me my name. I told him and he asked if I played golf. I said, yes I did. He told me to go back to the barracks and take a nap as we had a golf match that afternoon. After that I worked for the petty officer from then on. He got me a set of clubs and we played golf and we won the match. In Iceland, I was scheduled to work on planes and helicopters, but I then became in charge of all Navy officer records on the base. I updated their files, got travel and housing for their families and the like. My final rank when I was discharged was Yeoman Second Class (E5).”
Ray’s career in the military was not limited to a desk job. He shared his first-hand account of being part of the action. “I received a Letter of Commendation for assisting in a rescue mission when a volcano erupted in January of 1973. We flew to the volcano and shoveled lava off roofs of the homes like snow so they wouldn’t collapse. We were continually pelted by the cooling lava and the noise it made was incredible. We were there for 3 days eating mostly C-rations. The good news was no one, not even animals were hurt, but the bad news was that the town eventually became covered in lava.”
After an honorable discharge, Ray worked as an assistant superintendent at Norfolk Golf Course in Dedham and Milton Hoosic Club. Ray was a representative in the early 80s for The Dunlop Golf Company and then spent 25 years in the golf retail industry with Nevada Bob’s Golf and Tennis Shops and Joe & Leigh’s Golf Shop at Pine Oaks Golf Course in Easton. He currently works at the beautiful Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee.
Ray’s amateur golf career has been very impressive. He is the 2012 and 2011 MGA State Senior 4Ball Champion; 1995 Southeastern Massachusetts Champion; Cape Cod Amateur Champion in 1990, 1992 and 1994; 1989 Hornblower Memorial Champion; 5-time Brockton City 4Ball Champion; 4-time Thorny Lea Club Champion; 2-time John Cronin Memorial Champion. In 1989 he was a finalist in the Mass State Amateur Championship and he has been a quarter-finalist in three other Mass State Amateur Championships. Ray is also a two-time member of the Massachusetts Tri State Team. Ray won the Brockton City Open in 2004. In April 2016, Ray won the 2016 Seagulls 4Ball Championship at Hyannisport after 32 years of competing in it. He has been in the final four times prior to this year.
Ray helped to establish the committee for Spellman’s Edward Amaral Golf Tournament. He continues to serve on the committee for The Joey Glynn Memorial Golf Tournament. Without Ray, this event, which has sold out year after year, would not be possible. He currently resides with his wife Diane in Bourne and remains in close contact with many Spellman alumni. Spellman is grateful to Ray’s dedication, service to our country and continued service to our school.