WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Don Larkin is the first Archbishop Stepinac High School faculty members to reach 50 years, which the White Plains Catholic school recognized by creating a scholarship in his name.
The Don Larkin Scholarship will be presented to an incoming freshman student for the 2013-2014 school year. The all-boys school is taking donations for the scholarship, which will be matched up to $125,000 by an anonymous donor.
“It is really humbling,” said Larkin, who is known as a “Catholic gentleman” for his sense of humor, humility and kindness. “To me, it’s not really about how many years I’ve worked here at Stepinac. It is more about the number of students’ lives I hope I have impacted in a positive way. From the moment I first entered the doors of Stepinac High School in 1963, I was amazed at how friendly and amiable a place this was for the students and the entire community. I’ve always been happy here and I have loved, and still love what I do.”
In his time at Stepinac, the Rockland County resident has taught Latin and French, coached basketball and soccer, was named athletic director and student activities coordinator. He also met his wife, Susan, through a co-worker at Stepinac. Larkin and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.
“Don Larkin is uniquely qualified to have a scholarship in his name,” Dennis Buckley, vice president of institutional development at Stepinac, said. “He is our first faculty member to have reached 50 years. His passion for our school is amazing. In addition to the teachers, he is loved by all students.”
Stepinac will celebrate Larkin’s 50 years at a reception June 21 at the school on 950 Mamaroneck Ave. To make a donation towards the Don Larkin Scholarship, please contact Dennis Buckley at 914-946-4800, ext. 282 or email him at DBuckley@stepinac.org. Checks may be mailed to the school, made payable to the Stepinac Foundation and with “Don Larkin” indicated in the memo.
“The special thing about Stepinac is that students always come back to visit, and many students have come back to work here,” Larkin said. “That’s when you know you’ve done something right.” He added that he has no immediate plans to retire.
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