The primary purpose of the B.M.C. Durfee Alumni website is to encourage contact among fellow alumni through reunions, publications, and through person-to-person contact.
B.M.C. Durfee High School Alumni Assoc. Annual Meeting, May 22, 2020 has been Cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
The Annual meeting of the Durfee H.S. Alumni Association has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients are Robert S. Karam ’61 and Joseph A. Marshall ’65, they will be honored at the Durfee Alumni Annual meeting next year. Durfee High School Scholarships will be distributed this year and will be announced at a later date.
Durfee Alumni Clam Boil, that was listed in the Chimes has also been cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Durfee High School Alumni Meeting Dates
2020 - 2021
Tradewinds Restaurant at 6 P. M.
September 14, 2020
October 5, 2020 January 11, 2021 April 12, 2021
November 9, 2020 February 8, 2021 May 10, 2021
December 14, 2020 March 8, 2021 June 14, 2021
Annual Meeting - The Durfee High School Alumni Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 in the Nagle Auditorium.
2020 Distinguished Alumni Recipient
Robert S. Karam
Robert S. Karam is Principal of Karam Financial Group, he is also Co-owner of SNE Broadcasting, WHTB 1400AM and Bristol County Broadcasting WSAR 1480AM. He is Director of Depositor’s Insurance Fund (OIF), Chairman of AD Makepeace Board of Directors, Wareham, MA and former Director of Savings Bank Life Insurance of MA (SBLI).
Bob graduated from Durfee High School in 1961, he received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from UMass Dartmouth in 1967, and is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a Registered Employee Benefit Consultant (REBC).
Bob has devoted much of his time serving his community and is former Chairman, Board of Trustees, University of Massachusetts (1996 -2000). Vice Chairman, University of Massachusetts, Board of Trustees (1991-1996), Chairman Board of Trustees, Umass Memorial Health Care System, Worcester (1995-2005). A member and Past Chairman Board of Trustees, Southeastern Massachusetts University (1982-1991) and Member, Board of Trustees, South Coast Health Care System (2002-2011).
Mr. Karam is a recipient of numerous awards for his community service and received the following Awards: 1991- Honorary Degree Recipient-Umass Doctor of Humane Letter, 2007-Honorary Degree Recipient-Southern New England School of Law, 1995-New Bedford Chamber of Commerce 1995 Regional Leadership Award, 1987-Chamber of Commerce, Outstanding Citizen Award of Greater Fall River Area, and 2013-Recipient or uAspire First One Award.
Bob has Real Estate Developments at Oakwood Senior Estates, Swansea, MA, North Farm Senior Estates, Somerset, MA, Westport Senior Estates, Westport, MA and Northside Village, Dennis, MA. He also has Condominiums at North Farm, Somerset, MA and Westport Village, Westport, MA.
Bob was the husband of the Late Susan (Hutchinson) Karam and the father of two children, Stephen Karam and Melissa Panchley and five-times a grandfather to Julia, Justin and John Karam, as well as Thomas & Christopher Panchley.
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2020 Distinguished Alumni Recipient
Joseph A. Marshall
Joseph Marshall started in the life and health insurance business in 1975 working with a large independent insurance agency as a sales representative. Joe successfully obtained his NASD Series 6, 63 & 65 to allow him to focus his business on financial and retirement planning for his clients.
Joe has also given time to his community serving as
President of the Fall River Office of
Economic Development; Chairman of the Board of Assessors; President of the Bristol
Community College Foundation; Founder of the Prince Henry Society and several other
community organizations and projects. President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Committee, Joe and his committee are the driving force for this project.
In 1988, Joe founded his own financial services company establishing J. Marshall Associates for the purpose of educating the small business and the senior population of the issues that exist that could create disaster for lack of planning. Joe has over 500 clients.
Joe has continued to grow his practice by hiring capable consultants and support staff that are required to obtain the necessary licenses and designations which will provide his clients with the best advise available.
Joe’s education includes graduate of Durfee High School class of 1965, Associates in Business from Bristol Community College 1978, Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 1982, Financial Management Analysis, Dunn and Bradstreet NY, Graduated Dale Carnegie Institute. He is also a Registered Investment Advisor Representative and Certified Financial Consultant.
A Vietnam veteran, Joe served with the U.S. Air Force Security Service. Joe is a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table, Top of the Table, a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and Bristol Community College’s 2007 Cornerstone Entrepreneur Recipient
He is married to the former Joanne Dusoe, they have 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren and live in Fall River.
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