Thomas J. Sheehy Distinguished Alumni Award

2019 –Paul J. Hanly Jr. '69 

As a named shareholder of Simmons Hanly Conroy, Paul Hanly is an experienced trial lawyer and litigator who has litigated, managed and tried numerous complex jury cases throughout the United States in virtually all areas of civil litigation for more than 30 years. He is renowned for his exhaustive trial preparation, imaginative trial strategies, nearly photographic memory of the contents of documents and tightly controlled and disarmingly-effective cross-examinations.

In 1974, Hanly graduated from Cornell University, magna cum laude with a B.A in Analytic Philosophy, where he was a 3-year starter on Varsity Football as well as the recipient of the University Scholar – Athlete award for the highest GPA while playing a varsity sport. Paul continued his education at Cambridge University, graduating with a M.A with honors in 1976 and received his J.D. in 1979 from Georgetown University Law Center.

For the first 20 years of his career, Mr. Hanly was lead national trial, coordinating and settlement counsel to the world’s largest asbestos company in its asbestos products liability cases; in that capacity he oversaw more than 100 local law firms and handled hundreds of thousands of cases.

In the last two decades, Mr. Hanly has represented plaintiffs exclusively in a variety of mass tort and other complex civil cases and played a leading role in the settlement of thousands of pharmaceutical cases, resulting in recoveries for the firm’s clients in excess of $1 Billion. Mr. Hanly has also represented plaintiffs in financial class actions and mass sex abuse cases. Recently, Mr. Hanly was named as Co-Lead counsel in the national opioid litigation that is pending in Cleveland, Ohio involving claims on behalf of municipalities from across the nation against the manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioid pain medicines; this federal multidistrict litigation is regarded as the largest and most complex litigation in U.S. history.

Paul was the recipient of the 1969 Higgins Award for leadership and contributions in school life at Canterbury’s 1969 Commencement.


2018 –Paul Hayes Tucker '68

Grandson of the late Canterbury Trustee Carlton J. H. Hayes, a history professor at Columbia University who was United States Ambassador to Spain during World War II, Paul Tucker ’68 sought to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps as a history scholar. The shift to art history came while studying at Williams College under Whitney Stoddard, Lane Faison, and William Pierson, as well as a trip to Florence to study art in his junior year, and a subsequent fellowship at the Toledo Museum of Art. Paul became enamored with Impressionism and Claude Monet during frequent visits to the Clark Art Institute while attending Williams College.

Paul is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he taught for 36 years after earning his Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University. He also served on the faculties of the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU), the University of California Santa Barbara (USCB), and his alma mater, Williams College.

A specialist in 19th- and 20th- century art, Paul is considered the world’s leading authority on Claude Monet. Paul has written and edited 11 books, curated more than half a dozen international exhibitions, and contributed numerous essays to museum catalogues and art historical publications.

Paul has been honored with many awards and grants, including three Chancellor’s Awards from UMass Boston: one for Distinguished Service and two for Distinguished Scholarship. He was also presented with the Yale Press Governor’s Award for the best book published by an author under 40. He has been heard many times on National Public Radio, and has appeared frequently on morning television programs.

In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Paul served as the President and Chairman of the Board of the Terra Foundation for the Arts and is the founder and Director of Arts on the Point, UMass Boston’s internationally acclaimed collection of public sculpture.


Paul retired from his position at UMass Boston to move to California in 2014. Now a resident of Santa Barbara with his wife, Maggie, he is presently writing a textbook on modern art.

2016 – Terence S. Meehan ’66

Terry Meehan is the former Chairman of Fleet Meehan Specialist, Inc., the third largest specialist firm at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Terry was key in the formation and integrations of Fleet Boston Financial and the NYSE specialist firm M.J. Meehan & Co. Fleet Meehan Specialist made markets for over 400 listed companies, accounting for 30 percent of the Dow and 18 percent of the NYSE order flow. Terry, a former governor of the NYSE and very active in industry affairs, conceptualized, created and built the Specialist Association at the NYSE and served as its president from 1990 to 1995. He currently holds the position Chairman Emeritus. Terry has served as a Floor Governor on the NYSE and was a member of several NYSE committees and advisory boards.

Presently, Terry is Chairman & CEO of Azimuth Investment Management, a fund of hedge funds, as well as the Chairman of the Board of SupplyPro, an inventory management solutions company.

Terry is active on the boards of Bread for the World Institute and its affiliate, Alliance to End Hunger, as well as the Advisory Board of The Catholic Big Sisters & Big Brothers. He also serves on the Board of Overseers of Harvard College’s Committee on University Resources, is a former regent of Georgetown University, and is a former member of the Corporation Visiting Committee for Architecture at MIT.

Terry holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a M.Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Terry and his family split their time between New York City and Connecticut. His wife, Montie, is a clinical psychologist in private practice. Terry has two sons, one in early college and one who is building a consulting firm, and a stepdaughter who graduated from college two years ago and now works in the banking industry.

2015 – James B. Hayes ’55

Jim Hayes has enjoyed a distinguished career in a variety of diverse fields: magazine publishing, education, international theatre, corporate management, and the independent sector. In 1959, Jim joined Time Inc. and for the next 23 years, held various executive positions at Sports Illustrated in New York and Detroit. In 1982, he became Advertising Sales Director of Money Magazine and was named Publisher of Discover in 1984 and of Fortune Magazine in 1986, a position that Jim held until retiring in 1994 to enter the independent sector.

A longtime advocate for our nation's children, Jim established the Fortune Education Summit held annually from 1988-1993, which brought together government, business and academic leaders to discuss education reform. He was also a speaker at the 1989 American Bicentennial Presidential Forum - the presidential inauguration of George H.W. Bush.

Jim has served on various boards including the Morehouse School of Medicine where he was Chairman from 1992-1995 and Ashworth, Inc., a leisure wear company. He also served on the Social Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School, as well as numerous community and civic boards.

In 1987, Jim began his involvement with Junior Achievement, Inc., a worldwide not-for-profit organization that provides economic education to over five million students in the U.S. and around the world. He served as Chairman of Junior Achievement's national board from 1991-1993 and led a delegation of Junior Achievement representatives to Moscow in 1991 to help found Junior Achievement of the Soviet Union. Jim retired as President and CEO in 2001.

Jim received his education at Canterbury School, attended Georgetown University, and served for two years with the U.S. Army in Europe. He has three children and six grandchildren. In 2013, he moved to Michigan to work on the revitalization of Detroit creating the Detroit Homecoming, a unique initiative that reconnects Detroit's expat community with their former hometown. Jim has many avocations including being an instrument rated pilot.

2014 - Peter Howley ’64

Peter is the Shattuck Professor of Pathological Anatomy at Harvard Medical School, where he chairs the Department of Pathology and serves as the Chairman of the Scientific Board and a Trustee of Harvard Medical School. He is currently the President of the American Society of Investigative Pathology.

Peter received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and an A.B. in Chemistry from Princeton University. He began his medical training at Rutgers Medical School.

Peter moved to Harvard in 1993 after twenty years at the National Institutes of Health, where he served as the Chief of the Laboratory of Tumor Virus Biology. Peter chaired the National Cancer Policy Board of the National Academy of Sciences and served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Cancer Institutes. He also is a past President of the American Society of Virology.

Peter's current research has focused on the molecular biology of the papillomaviruses, and in particular on the role of the HPV in cervical cancer in women. He is credited with determining the mechanisms by which HPVs contribute to cancer. It has greatly aided our understanding of the cellular mechanisms that result in cancer.

Peter is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Microbiology. He has received numerous awards including: the Wallace P. Rowe Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis and Rous-Whipple Awards from the American Society of Investigative Pathology, and the Paul Ehrlich-Ludwig Darmstaedter Award. While at the NIH, United States Public Health Service, he received both the Commendation and Meritorious Awards. Peter serves on the Editorial Boards of PNAS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Laboratory Investigation, and the International Journal of Cancer.