Posted by Liam O'Kennedy October 4, 2012 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Malden Catholic High School:
Edward E. Legasey (left), a 1963 graduate of Malden Catholic High School and chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees, has been awarded the Air Force Academy's 2012 Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes Legasey’s outstanding service and unfailing support to the Academy since his graduation there in 1967.
The Academy established the Distinguished Service Award in February 1999. Each year the award is presented to an individual or organization whose contributions have had a distinct impact on the morale or well-being of the Academy. The award recognizes those who contribute to the betterment of the Academy through their generosity and dedication to the institution.
“We are truly very proud of Ted,” said Edward C. Tyrrell, Malden Catholic Headmaster. “His entire life has been one of drive, dedication and loyalty. From his years as a top student at Malden Catholic to his demonstrated excellence at the Air Force Academy and his commitment to many charitable causes today, Ted has lived the Malden Catholic motto of “Plus Ultra” or More Beyond. We congratulate and applaud him for his achievement.”
Legasey's personal commitment to excellence at the Air Force Academy has spanned four decades and continues to be felt throughout the Academy and the graduate community.
"The selection is a true testament to your exemplary support throughout the years," Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, the Academy superintendent, wrote in his June 2012 congratulatory letter to Legasey announcing the selection.
"I consider it a genuine privilege and pleasure to be able to provide service to the United States Air Force Academy," Legasey said. "The Academy played a pivotal role in my professional development, and I hope my service will help ensure future generations of cadets will have the best possible experience as they walk the path to becoming leaders of character. To be honored with this award, when there are so many who do so much for our beloved Academy, is truly humbling. Thank you."
A Medford native, Legasey sought out Malden Catholic for a superior education, then entered the Air Force Academy. He excelled from his cadet days forward, serving as a cadet group commander and co-captain of the hockey team. He was a regular on the Superintendent's List.
Upon graduation as a distinguished graduate, Legasey earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the University of Pennsylvania. He served on active duty for nine years, during which time he worked as an operations research analyst on large, complex management information systems and directed software test and evaluation for the B-1 Lancer bomber.
Following active duty, Legasey worked as a civilian employee for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for two years, and then left government service to join with a partner to found SRA International, a global information technology and professional services firm. He spent the next 26 years building the company into a major player in the information technology industry.
Legasey has spoken at several National Character and Leadership Symposiums on business ethics. His company hired hundreds of Academy graduates, launching many to successful careers. He is a founding member of the AFA Society of Washington, D.C., an organization of graduates dedicated to business networking.
He served on the Association of Graduates Board for six years, with four years as the chairman. He and his wife, Patricia, established an endowment for character and leadership with the AOG. William Thompson, the AOG President and CEO, summarized the impact Legasey has had on the AOG and the Academy.
"Ted has not only been a steadfast supporter and generous donor but as Chairman of the Association of Graduates Board of Directors, he led the first Capital Campaign which raised more than $60 million for the Academy. He has and continues to be a strong supporter of the AOG and the graduate community."
Among his many contributions, he and Patricia made the lead gift for the construction of the Memorial Pavilion at the Academy Cemetery.
Legasey is also a Founding Director for the USAFA Endowment. Retired Gen. Stephen Lorenz, USAFA Endowment president and chief executive officer, expressed his appreciation for Mr. Legasey's contributions. "Ted, who is a member of the USAFA Endowment Board, has made such a positive difference here at the Academy. His support of cadet programs and of the graduate community as a whole is truly selfless."
About Malden Catholic
Malden Catholic High School maintains an 80-year tradition of leading students to achieve academic excellence in a Catholic, familial atmosphere. Annually, 99 percent of Malden Catholic graduates attend college. Recognized for its dedicated faculty, challenging curriculum, spiritual guidance, social outreach, and championship caliber athletic programs, Malden Catholic educates young men from more than 40 communities surrounding Boston. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Further information on the school may be found at www.maldencatholic.org.