An Honour Board acknowledging Parade College’s Vietnam War veterans has been unveiled by long-serving former Parade College teacher John Joss and Old Paradian Paul McCrohan OAM, at a reunion luncheon convened by the Old Paradians’ Association.
Ten of the College’s 44 surviving veterans were in attendance for the unveiling in the Frank Mount Social Room.
Also present were 22 members of Parade’s final-year class of 1968 who were celebrating their 50th anniversary reunion at the luncheon prior to Parade’s 1st XVIII football match between Parade and St Joseph’s Ferntree Gully handsomely won by the home team.
Amongst the Class of ’68 in attendance was the College Captain of that year, Prof. David Kissane AC and Martin Kyne, who later presented the Phonse Kyne Award to Parade’s most courageous player afield, Joel Randell.
Also in attendance was Parade College Principal Dr Denis Moore, Deputy Principal Staff Andy Kuppe and members of the College’s Leadership team.
Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico was also there, as was football club President Mike Jolley.
Members of the Executive and Management team from Northpark Private Hospital, with whom the College and the OPA have formed a recent strategic partnership, also joined the luncheon – Finance Manager Melinda Bouquet, Business Development Manager Lisa Aughsteen and Director of Nursing Liz Bognar.
The veterans featured in this team photograph are, standing from left to right, Peter Nihill, Paul McCrohan OAM, Paul Vaughan, Dan McCrohan, Mick Prendergast and Kevin Lane, and seated Ted Heffernan, John Joss, David Millie MBE and Paul Stock.
The names of fifty-five men, whether old Paradians or former teachers, appear on the Honour Board, which will now find a place alongside the World War I and World War II Honour Boards in the Hickey Foyer at the Bundoora campus.