Durfee alumni group to honor graduates, scholarship winners – News – The Herald News, Fall River, MA

ALL RIVER – The B.M.C. Durfee High School Alumni Association will hold its annual meeting on Friday, May 26, at the B.M.C. Durfee High School Nagle Auditorium on Elsbree Street. A reception for the distinguished alumni will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium lobby. The annual meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

The recipients of the Alumni Award are:

Distinguished Alumna Zelma Vincent Braga

Braga is a native of Fall River and a graduate of B,M.C. Durfee Hioh School, class of 1952. She retired in 2000 from BayCoast Bank (formerly Citizens Union Savings Bank) as the bank’s Senior Vice President and Senior Trust officer. Her banking career spanned 40 years and began at the B.M.C. Durfee Trust Co. She continued her career in the Trust division of Fall River National Bank and Bank of New England, joining Citizens Union in 1986.

She served for 15 years as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Fall River and was Campaign Chair in 1991. As a long term director and former assistant treasurer of the Marine Museum of Fall River, she was instrumental in the development of the Museum’s membership base as well as creating its Endowment Fund. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Fall River Historical Society for several years.

Among other activities was 12 years on the Board of Directors of the Bristol Community College Foundation, acting as Foundation Chair from 1997-1999, She was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2001-2011.

Other community involvement includes being on the Board of Trustees for St. Anne’s Hospital, the Family Service Association of Greater Fall River and is a current and active member of the Fall River Rotary Club.

Distinguished Alumnus Charles D. Smith, Ph.D.

Charles D. Smith, ‘54, is professor emeritus of Middle East history in the School of Middle East and North African Studies at the University of Arizona where he served as department head and director of graduate studies. Known…

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