St. Bonaventure University presented alumni from three decades with William P. “Stax” McCarthy Alumnus of the Year honors during the annual Reunion Weekend, held June 7-9 on campus.
Honored were Larry Weise, ’58, Robert Mantilia, ’73, and Denise Romand, ’83. The award is named in memory of former annual fund and alumni director William “Stax” McCarthy, ’72, and is presented to a St. Bonaventure graduate who offers continued service to the university and captures the spirit of Saints Francis, Bonaventure and Clare.
“We are grateful to all of our honorees for their extraordinary support and contributions to the rich history of St. Bonaventure,” said Monica Mattioli, ’77, executive director of Alumni Operations.
After starring on Eddie Donovan’s first two National Invitation Tournament teams in the mid-1950s, Weise became the winningest men’s basketball coach in school history, racking up 202 wins between 1961 and 1973.
Weise led the Bonnies to five postseason appearances: the National Catholic Invitational Tournament (NCIT) in 1963, the NIT in 1964 and 1971, and the NCAA Tournament in 1968 and 1970, when St. Bonaventure reached the Final Four.
Weise was the university’s athletic director from 1973-1991, leading the university into the Atlantic 10 and serving as commissioner from 1985-1988. Weise was elected to the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1971.
A donor since 1985, Weise is retired and lives in Pittsford, N.Y., and North Port, Fla., with his wife, Julie. They have four grown children.
Mantilia has been a devoted university volunteer for 40 years. A longtime member of the National Alumni Association Board, he served as president from 1992-1994.
Mantilia has served also as chair of the Devereux Fund; national chair of the Bonaventure Fund; Matching Gift corporate captain; volunteer for the Office of Admissions SHARE program; and member of the university’s President’s Council and New York City Gaudete Committee.
A donor since 1973, Mantilia and his wife, Susan, ’74, live in New Canaan, Conn., and have two grown children. He is senior vice president of Darien Rowayton Bank.
Romand has an extensive record as a volunteer with the Bonaventure Fund, Career and Professional Readiness Center, Office of Admissions, and as president of the Albany, N.Y., alumni chapter.
After graduating from St. Bonaventure, Romand served as an admissions counselor and transfer coordinator at the university from 1983-1986.
A donor since 1985, Romand lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She is a medical staff recruiter and practice liaison at Saratoga Hospital.
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