Jim Carey ’70 never once regretted his decision to attend Marist High School – even as his friends questioned his interest in this relatively new school. According to Jim, the education at Marist offered more than academics.
“We were encouraged to not only hit the books but also to get involved in extracurricular activities; don’t just go home at 2:30 p.m.” This advice led Jim to participate in basketball, track, cross country, and intramurals. He also was a homeroom representative and a member of the National Honor Society.
Jim remembers praying the rosary before lunch, collecting money for the poor, and volunteering at local parishes – actions that reinforced the Catholic principles taught in the Carey home.
The solid foundation of a Marist education led to an easy transition through college, graduate school and the workforce. Jim taught human anatomy and physiology at the college level for 30 years before entering the business world as chief financial officer for a construction chemical supply company.
Jim and his wife Laura have lived in St. John Fisher Parish for 40 years – raising two sons, Sean and Kevin. Besides golfing and jogging, Jim is involved in a number of charitable organizations, such as Misericordia, and participates in alumni initiatives at St. Margaret of Scotland Grammar School, Marist High School, and Loyola University.
“I was quite surprised when I received the news about being named a Time and Eternity Award recipient for 2020,” Jim said. “There are so many outstanding individuals from the class of 1970 who are deserving of this award. I am honored and humbled to have been chosen. Marist was a major contributor to the person I am today and continues to influence the values that I live by.”
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