In his youth, he studied crafts and learned how to build guitars, furniture, and canoes through practical training and instruction. After graduating from Archbishop Carroll in 1958 he earned a BA from Catholic University in 1963. Puryear joined the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, and later attended the Swedish Royal Academy of Art. He received an MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 1971.
Puryear is considered one of the top sculpture artists in the world. His objects and public installations—in wood, stone, tar, wire, and various metals—are a marriage of Minimalist logic with traditional ways of making. Puryear’s evocative, dreamlike explorations in abstract forms retain vestigial elements of utility from everyday objects found in the world.
Martin Puryear represented the United States at the São Paolo Bienal in 1989, where his exhibition won the Grand Prize. Puryear is the recipient of numerous awards, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, and the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture. Puryear was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1992 and received an honorary doctorate from Yale University in 1994.
In 2008, The National Gallery of Art presented the first retrospective of Martin Puryear’s work in more than 15 years. Some 48 objects created between 1976 and 2007 included several made especially for the exhibition.
Rev. Edward “Monk” Malloy '59
Fr. Malloy served 1987—2005 as the 16th President of the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of several books and the author of more than 50 articles and book chapters.
Rev. Edward "Monk" Malloy, newest book Monk’s Tale, University of Notre Dame Press, chronicles his childhood growing up in the Northeast Washington, DC, neighborhood of Brookland. In this book Malloy writes about his family and early education, his love of sports, and his years at Archbishop Carroll High School, where he was instrumental in the 55-game winning streak – 1958-59 and 1959-60. He was noted for his outside jump shot.
Rev. Leslie Branch '60
Father Leslie Branch, a pioneer Navy chaplain, and a guidance counselor at Archbishop Carroll for many years, died on June 22, 2009. Fr. Branch attended St. Martin’s elementary school and church in Washington, DC, where he and his brothers, Raymond Branch ’61, and Fr. Edward Branch served as the first African American altar boys. Fr. Branch attended Morgan State University, St. Jerome’s College, and Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary. He was ordained in 1971, and served as associate pastor at St. John the Baptist de la Salle Church in Chillum, Md., St. Anthony and St. Francis Xavier parishes in Washington, DC, and the Shrine of St. Jude in Rockville, Md. In 1982, Fr. Branch became the first African American Catholic chaplain in the history of the U. S. Navy. He retired from that position on disability and was appointed guidance counselor at Carroll in 1988.
John Thompson '60
John’s career started as a high school coach, amassing a record of 122-28 at St. Anthony's High School in Washington DC. Prior to that, he played on two Boston Celtic World Championship teams. He is known as the former coach basketball coach at Georgetown University. John Thompson had a very successful 27 years at Georgetown. In 1984,Georgetown beat Houston in the NCAA final, 84-75, to win its only national championship.
John was named "Coach of the Year" a total of seven times. Mr. Thompson is a past president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and has served on their board of directors. He is a trustee of the Basketball Hall of Fame, a consultant and spokesman for Nike and is a member of its board of directors. He is one of the founders of 4-H in the nation's capital.
Michael Puryear '61
Michael Puryear is a nationally recognized designer/furniture maker. He is self-taught learning his craft through reading and experimentation and has been practicing this craft for more than 30 years. His work has been exhibited in Museums and galleries around the country such as the Museum of Art & Design in NYC; Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem MA. His work has been published in many books most recently in 500 Chairs, 500 Tables and 500 Cabinets published by Lark Books, Makers: A History of American Studio Craft published by the University of North Carolina Press andFurniture With Soul: Master Wood workers and their Craft published by Kodansha . His work is found in the collections of: the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Rockefeller University and the Newark Museum to name a few. In 2009 he won the Silver award at the 27th annual Smithsonian Craft Show.
At present Michael is an associate professor of woodworking at SUNY Purchase. He has also taught workshops at: Penland, Arrowmont, Anderson Ranch, Haystack and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.
Addison Barry Rand '62
Addison Barry Rand is chief executive officer (CEO) of AARP, the world's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to social change and helping people 50 and over to improve the quality of their lives.
Eddie Jordan '73
Originally selected by Cleveland in the second round of the 1977 NBA Draft (33rd overall), Jordan was acquired by New Jersey midway through his rookie season. While with the Nets, Jordan led the league in total steals in 1978-79 and was second in 1979-80.
Jordan joined the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1980-81 campaign and was a member of their 1982 Championship team that defeated the Sixers in the Finals. He also played briefly with Portland before concluding his professional career following the 1983-84 season. In his seven-year career, Jordan averaged 8.1 points, 3.8 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.82 steals.
In 2009, Eddie Jordan was named head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Across eight seasons as head coach of both Sacramento and Washington, Jordan has compiled a career regular season mark of 230-288 (.444) and a playoff record of 8-18 (.308). Jordan most recently served as head coach of his hometown Wizards from 2003-04 through the first 11 games of the 2008-09 season. He inherited a team that posted a losing record in five straight seasons with a .370 winning percentage over that span.
In just his second season with Washington in 2004-05, Jordan guided the Wizards to their highest win total in 25 years and the team’s first postseason appearance since 1996-97. Washington also advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 1982.
Jordan’s Wizards made four straight playoff appearance from 2004-05 through 2007-08, posting a .521 winning percentage over that span. Prior to Jordan’s arrival, Washington made the playoffs once over a 16-year span.
During the 2011-2012 school year, Eddie was the head freshman basketball coach at his alma mater Archbishop Carroll High School. Today, Eddie is the head basketball coach at his alma mater Rutgers.
Boyd Rutherford '75
Boyd Rutherford ’75 was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland on January 21, 2015. As Lieutenant Governor, he is the second highest elected official in the state. Rutherford is now the third African-American to be elected to state-wide office in Maryland. (Carroll alumnus Michael Steele '77 was the first in 2003).
After graduating from Carroll, Rutherford earned his Bachelor's Degree in economics and political science from Howard University, and J.D. and Master's Degree in communications management from the University of Southern California.
Although Rutherford had never previously run for elective office, he served as Assistant Secretary for Administration for the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2001 to 2003 and Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services from 2003 to 2006 under Governor Robert Ehrlich.
Michael Steele '77
Michael is the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Lt. Governor of the State of Maryland. Today Mr. Steele is an analyst for MSNBC.
Richard “Rich” Harrison '90
Rich is a world renowned musician and composer. He has produced over 20 albums. Rich has worked with artist from various genres. He won a Grammy for producing the hit “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce’.
Cydonii Fairfax '90
Cydonii Fairfax joined American Capital in 2003 as Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining American Capital, Ms. Fairfax was a member of the Corporate & Securities and Private Equity practice groups of Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on structured finance and secured lending transactions, private equity and debt financings, and securities offerings. She also advised clients regarding corporate governance issues and federal securities law matters. Ms. Fairfax previously served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Inez Smith Reid on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and worked at JP Morgan & Co., Inc.
Ms. Fairfax is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was an Editor of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance.
Jamal Williams '94
Jamal played 13 NFL seasons after being selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 1998 NFL Supplemental Draft. He was named an NFL All-Pro three consecutive seasons (2004, 2005, 2006) and was described as a "textbook block-of-granite noseman" by Sports Illustrated's Peter King in 2007. He anchored San Diego 3-4 defense from his nose-tackle position, earning multiple team Defensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year awards. He was recognized as San Diego's co-Player of the Year (with QB Philip River) in 2008.
A two-time All-Met at Carroll, Williams matriculated to Oklahoma State University and earned first-team all-Big 12 Conference honors in 1997.
Billi Godsey '99
In her first three years at the helm of the Iona College women’s basketball program, Godsey has led the Gaels to its most successful stretch in history. Over her tenure, Iona has a 64-33 (.660) overall record including a 46-14 (.767) mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play.
In her first season, Godsey and her staff led the program to an Iona single-season record 26 wins, including an 18-game winning streak. The Gaels finished as MAAC Co-Regular Season Champions, winning 18 league games, the most in school history. Godsey was recognized with MAAC Coach of the Year honors
On Mar. 9, 2016, Iona won its first MAAC Tournament Championship earning a first-ever bid to the NCAA Championship and a first round appearance against No. 2 seeded Maryland. The Gaels surrendered just 56.6 points per game in MAAC play, the lowest average in program history, and limited top-seeded Quinnipiac to a season-low 41 points in the MAAC title game.
Godsey’s 66.0% winning percentage is the best in Iona College women’s basketball history. Her two 20-win seasons in just three seasons ranks No. 2 in Gaels’ history, one behind the program leader.
Billie earned a bachelor's degree from Hofstra in psychology in May 2003 and a master's degree in psychology from Adelphi University in November 2005.