The Class of 2014 Inductees


Laurence Brown

Science Teacher and Science Department Chair for 36 years at South Windsor High School. Assisted with the start of the school Outing Club and led the Drama Club directing or producing over 60 stage productions. Served on a State Science Education Committee to develop and improve assessment of Student CAPT and Teachers’ BEST. Served as CT State Department of Education ‘Science Teacher in Residence' for two years. Received “Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching” Award in 2002 by the Connecticut Science Teachers Association and Connecticut Science Supervisors Association. Since his retirement in 2002 he has continued involvement in Science Teacher Development and has consulted with over 90 districts in CT to help develop more inquiry-based science experiences for students in grades K-12. He was employed as an Adjunct Instructor in Science Teaching Strategies at the University of New Haven. He has two publications related to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods in science instruction. Served as a member of the South Windsor Town Council for nine years including the responsibilities of Deputy Mayor (2 years). He holds a B.S. Degree in Physics from Bates College and an M.S. Degree at Central Connecticut State College. 


Gary Burnham1993 graduate of South Windsor High School and four year member of the Varsity Baseball and Football Teams.  In 1993, he was a member of the Class L State Champion Baseball Team and named All Conference, All State, and received All American honors along with being named CT High School Player of the Year by Gatorade and USA Today. He received the Hugh Greer Award as the SWHS Class of 1993’s Outstanding Athlete. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round of the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft but chose to attend Clemson University.  As a Freshman, he started in left field and batted 5th for a team who maintained a #1 ranking in College Baseball for most of the season.  In 1995, he led Clemson to the College World Series and was named All ACC and All American highlighted by a .344 Batting Average with 27 Doubles which ranked #2 in all of NCAA Division 1 Baseball. During the summer he went on to represent the Orleans Cardinals in the Cape Cod League All Star Game. In 1996, he ranked as the 56th Best College Prospect and was named as a Baseball America 3rd Team Preseason All American. He went on to lead Clemson to their 2nd College World Series appearance and was named All ACC that year. He represented the Falmouth Commodores that summer in the Cape Cod League All Star game and was named “MVP” of the game. In 1997, he led Clemson in just about every offensive category and was named team “MVP” batting .391 with 15 Homeruns, 82 RBI’s and 106 hits. He finished his Clemson career breaking the Career Doubles Record (77) along with finishing in the top five in several career offensive categories. Drafted in the 22nd round of the 1997 Major League Amateur Draft he had a successful 14 year professional career highlighted by eleven years playing in the U.S. with the Philadelphia Phillies (8 years), Toronto Blue Jays (2 years), Cincinnati Reds (1/2 year) and the ST. Louis Cardinals (1/2 year) organizations. His accomplishments in Professional Baseball include 2 time Triple A Team MVP with the Blue Jays in 2002 and the Phillies in 2007 and a one-time Double A Team MVP with the Phillies in 2006. He is currently the Reading Phillies All Time Career Homerun record holder with 56 Homeruns and was named to the All Decade Team 1999-2009 as an outfielder. He was awarded National Minor League Baseball Player of the Month by Topps Baseball Cards in August 2006 and won the Triple Crown in the Phillies organization in 2006 despite missing a month. He achieved All Star honors at every single level of organized baseball.  He finished his Minor League Career in the U.S. with over 1105 games played, 1173 hits, 116 homeruns and a .291 Batting average.  Gary went on to set the all-time foreigner hitting streak at 23 games in a row, a record in Taiwan in 2008 and earned a roster spot for the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Major Leagues with Bobby Valentine. In 2010 he played one more year in Italy finishing in the top 5 in most offensive categories and retired at the end of the season at the age of 35. He currently owns and operates Burnham Enterprises LLC focusing on Multi-Family Real Estate Investing and is presently in Surgical Device sales.  Gary also conducts hitting lessons for area baseball players.


Major General Lewis Craparotta1978 graduate of South Windsor High School who was a member of the Varsity Football Team and member of the CVC Conference Championship Team in 1977. Graduated from the University of Vermont in 1983 where he was Captain of the Rugby Team in 1981 and 1982. Lew was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 1983. He has completed numerous military education programs including Army Command & General Staff College and he received a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Lew began his career as a Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer with the 1st battalion, 7th Marines and transferred to Quantico, Virginia and served as an Instructor at the Infantry Officer’s Course. He served as an Advisor to the Royal Saudi Marines in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. He transferred to 1st Battalion 9th Marines and became a Company Commander and Operations Officer.  From 1996 to 1999 served with Special Operations Command Europe in Stuutgart, Germany. He served in the 1st Marine Division Commanding the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines during initial operations in Iraq and the March to Baghdad in 2003. He worked on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon  before returning to the 1st Marine Division to command the 1st Marine Regiment. Served as Assistant Division Commander of the 2nd Marine Division and Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Division (Forward). Lew has commanded in combat as a Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel in Iraq. He was promoted to Brigadier General in February 2010 and commanded Marines in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012. Lew was promoted to Major General  (2 Stars) in July 2013.


Katie Murphy Donahue1997 Graduate of South Windsor High School and member of the Varsity Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse teams all four years. Served as Captain of Soccer team two years and the Basketball and Lacrosse team one year. In Soccer she was All Conference four years, All State three years and All New England two years with 39 career goals and 21 assists. Her soccer teams won three CCC Championships. In Lacrosse she was All Conference and All State and won one CCC Championship scoring 123 goals and dishing 46 assists in her career and is credited as the second leading scorer of all-time after picking up the sport her freshmen year at SWHS.  She remains third on the all-time chart for most points in a game: 9 (Longmeadow 1997: 8 goals, 1 assist).  Basketball teams won two CCC Championships. Katie was a member of the National Honor Society and participant in the Unified Sports team and Whaler’s Student-Athlete leadership team in her time at SWHS.  Katie’s Club Soccer team won the U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 Championship three times and a national championship in 2000, with Katie notching the winning goal in overtime.  Graduated from Boston College where she was a member and starter of the Varsity Soccer team for four years and captain her senior year. She won the Leadership Award, was a member of the All Academic team, Big East Scholar Athlete, Aeropostale Big East Scholar-Athlete and received Big East Academic All Star Honors and selected as the Thomas McElroy Award recipient.  Employed as a Special Education Teacher since 2003 in Bernards Township, NJ and served as Ridge High School Head Varsity Coach since 2006. She was selected as NJGSCA North 2 Coach of the year in 2012, has over 100 career wins, and has coached her team to three State Sectional Championships. Served one year as a volunteer at Kairos house/Project H.O.M.E. in Philadelphia, PA, a residential facility for mentally ill homeless men and women.  Katie is married to Tim Donahue and has three kids, Colleen, Maura and Kevin.  


Ralph Giansanti1980 graduate of South Windsor High School and member of Varsity Baseball and Football teams. Captain of Baseball team junior and senior years, All Conference sophomore, junior and senior years and All State his senior year.  Received recognition on the All United States team in 1980. All Conference junior and senior years on both offense and defense in Football. Mentioned as All State in 1979. Zone 8 American Legion Player of the Year in 1978 and 1979. Set a national record for 112 hits in 60 games with no strikeouts and stole 45 bases in 45 attempts. Drafted in the fifth round of the Major League draft in 1980 by the Atlanta Braves (102nd player picked in the country). Ranked in the top 15 prospects in the Atlanta Braves organization in 1981. Played four seasons before going to the Italian Major League in Europe. Led the league in hitting and field percentage, set record for hits (6) and RBI’s (9) in one game.  Selected as a member of Team Italy for the 1984 Olympics. Played on the 1985 Team USA World Cup Team.  Coached Baseball at Central Connecticut State University and served as Regional Scout for the Chicago Cubs 1993-1995. Ralph is a Board Certified Annuities Specialist. Ralph completed his Certified Financial Planning Course at Boston University and he was founder and CEO of Harvest Capital LLC a regional broker dealer/investment advisory firm. He is presently is the Supervising Manager with Infinex Investments.  Ralph is past Chairman of the Ricky Relief Foundation, member of the Board for the Ray of Hope, Past President of the Hundred Club, Lead Sponsor for the Crisis Center of Waterbury and Founder of Ralph Giansanti Sr. Scholarship Fund. He has received the Sports Writers of Connecticut Good Guy Award.


Carol HardingEnglish Teacher at South Windsor High School for 31 years. She received an A.B. in English from Anna Maria College and a M.A. in English from Assumption College.  Carol was a Cooperating Teacher for nine student teachers, facilitator of writing exchange between high school and elementary school students, taught summer school ten years and was a counselor in the Drugs Don’t Work Program. She was a member of the South Windsor High School Student Assistance Committee Core Group, Faculty Council, Faculty Council Cheer Committee and Personnel Policies Committee. Received recognition from Clark University as an Outstanding Secondary School Educator and received the South Windsor Superintendent’s Award for Excellence. Selected by the State Department of Education to begin work on Conncept and to perform holistic scoring of writing achievement. Participated in the State of Connecticut Department of Education BEST Program for beginning teachers and served as Adjunct Faculty for The University of Connecticut and University of Hartford as a supervisor of student teachers. Member and presenter for the National Council of Teachers of English and New England Association Teachers of English. Fellow of Connecticut Writing Project since its inception in 1980 and has served as a Workshop Coordinator and Presenter. Member of Career-Master Program in South Windsor, CT. Carol is a volunteer at St. Patrick - St. Anthony Church and at the Wood Library.


Joseph Krawski1955 graduate of Ellsworth Memorial High School where he was Class Valedictorian, Class Officer and member of the Student Council.  He received a B.A. degree from Trinity College and a Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Hartford.  Math Teacher and Senior Class Advisor at South Windsor High School who named the school yearbook the “Centurion” and served as a textbook writer for Houghton Mifflin on the flow chart method for the solution of geometric proofs and algebraic word problem.  Former member of the Town of South Windsor Economic Development Commission, co-chaired the committee for the founding of St. Margaret Mary Church in South Windsor and was a long-time member of the South Windsor Rotary Club. Owned and managed Krawski Farms Tobacco and Vegetable Division which employed many South Windsor High School and college students in the summer. Former member of the Board of Directors for the Conn-Mass Tobacco Growers. 


Ralph McCarrollPhysical Education and Health Teacher at South Windsor High School, Ellsworth and Timothy Edwards Middle School for 29 years.  At South Windsor High School served as Department Head and Athletic Director.  Started the South Windsor High School Football Program in 1970 and coached for 28 years.  Served as Girl’s Softball Coach 15 years.  Gatorade-CT High School Association Football Coach of the Year 1998-1999. Received Outstanding Educator Award from the South Windsor Jaycees and Northern CT Football Foundation Association Coach of the Year Award.  While serving as Athletic Director, South Windsor High School won the Mickelson Award for Best CT Large School Athletic Program.  Served on the State Football Committee and assisted with the restart of the Senior All-Star Game. Coached in CT All- Star Games including the role of Head Coach.  Coached CT Girl’s All-Star Softball games including Head Coach responsibilities.  Served on the South Windsor Park’s and Recreation Commission 12 years (Chairman for 10 years). B.S. and M.S. Degrees from Springfield College.


Margaret Shea1981 graduate of South Windsor High School and member of the Girl’s Varsity Basketball team.  Served on the Student Council and was voted Class Clown. Extensive public service including member of the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce over 30 years and served on the Board of Directors.  Member of the South Windsor Irish Committee for over ten years and was the 2012 South Windsor Irish Town Honoree for the Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Chairman of the Greater Hartford Association of Realtors Charity Golf Tournament in 2012 and 2013 which raised over $30K for Special Olympics.  Team Coordinator for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Foundation Light the Night Walkathon and organized and participated in the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk.  Trustee and Eucharistic Minister at St. Margaret Mary Church in South Windsor, CT.  Employed in the Real Estate field since 1995.  Broker/Owner of Shea & Company Real Estate, LLC since 2013.  Recognized as Hartford Magazine’s Top Realtor of the Greater Hartford Area for three years and South Windsor Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the year in 2009.  Member of the Connecticut Association of Realtors Board of Directors and the National Association of Realtors.


1972 State Champion Boys Track Team