Schools / Immaculate Conception to Induct 8 into Hall of Fame

By Armstrong, Cathy | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), September 19, 2012 | Go to article overview

Schools / Immaculate Conception to Induct 8 into Hall of Fame


Armstrong, Cathy, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


Memories will be shared at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School's Mercy Day celebration and Hall of Fame luncheon Friday when eight honorees will be inducted into the school's newly established Alumni Hall of Fame.

Margaret Peggy Scobey

Margaret Peggy Scobey, Class of '67, the Service to the Community honoree, was the U.S.ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt from April 2008 until July 2011. She previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria from 2003 until 2005, when she was recalled in reaction to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. She is currently the Deputy Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.

Tina Santi Flaherty

Receiving the award in the Role Model for Women In Business category, Tina Santi Flaherty, Class of '57, has earned numerous accolades, including the designation of the country's first Powerchick. While still in her 20s, she blazed new paths for women in business when she became the first female vice president at three leading American corporations, Colgate-Palmolive, GTE and Grey Advertising. Flaherty has penned two award-winning books, The Savvy Woman's Success Bible, and Talk Your Way to the Top, along with her latest work, What Jackie Taught US: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Flaherty was named one of 73 Women Ready to Run Corporate America by Working Women's magazine, Business Week's One of America's Top Corporate Women, and was among the 100 Amazing Americans by America's Elite 1000, Millennium Issue. Now retired, she devotes her time and support to one of her favorite causes, animal rights.

Rose Marie Cross

Rose Marie Cross will receive the Service to the School award. A classroom teacher for 50 years, Cross was chairwoman of the ICCS English Department, organized the first model United Nations Assembly, and created ICCS' student literary publication. She received an Outstanding Educator in the State of Tennessee award, Teacher of the Year Delta Level, as well as the Crystal Apple Award for Teachers from WMC-TV. She was the 2008 nationwide winner in an essay contest sponsored by the Memphis Chapter of UNICO for her essay How my Italian Heritage Influenced My Life.

Helen Martinelli Weirich

Helen Martinelli Weirich began the first grade at ICCS in 1952 and was enrolled through her graduation in 1964. A current ICCS faculty member, she will also receive a Service to the School award. She has been a full-time French teacher in the high school since 1987 and was a substitute teacher for six years prior. An adjunct French professor at Christian Brothers University, Weirich's influence on her students is evident each year as ICCS graduates return to share how their college experience was shaped by their studies under her direction.

Linton Young

Service to the School has been a part of Linton Young's life since he graduated from ICCS' middle school in 1956. …

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