Alumni Association Update

Two Named to Niagara Legacy — Alumni of Distinction

Two outstanding alumni were recognized for their accomplishments at the Vincentian Heritage Convocation on Sept. 24. Joseph V. McCarthy and Nerses Krikorian were honored as the newest members of Niagara Legacy -- Alumni of Distinction, a program established in 2007 to celebrate alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and excellence in their fields of endeavor, lived lives that mirror the Vincentian ideals of the university, and had a positive and lasting impact on society.


Joesph McCarthy


Joseph V. McCarthy
Regarded as one of the most successful managers in baseball history, Joe McCarthy led the New York Yankees to seven World Series titles from 1931 to 1946. He began his baseball career as an infielder at Niagara in 1905 before pursuing his professional career in 1907. Although he never played a day in the major leagues, "Marse Joe" guided such legends as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Phil Rizzuto, and Joe DiMaggio. McCarthy holds the highest all-time winning percentage among managers at .615 and won 2,125 games over his 24 years as a skipper. He also managed the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox. McCarthy was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957.



Nerses Krikorian
Class of 1943
A pioneer in the United States' nuclear weapons program, Nerses "Krik" Krikorian first arrived from Armenia in 1925 during the genocide by the Turks at the decline of the Ottoman Empire. He enrolled at Niagara University in 1939, majoring in chemistry. Upon graduating with honors in 1943, Krik landed a job with Union Carbide in Niagara Falls and worked on the now-historic Manhattan Project. When the project closed, he was assigned to the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. He was a charter member of the lab's intelligence council and met with representatives of the former Soviet Union's nuclear research program. Krik was at the forefront of dialogue between the Soviets and the United States in breaking down the barriers of the Cold War. In recognition of his efforts, Krik was awarded the Intelligence Community Medallion by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Los Alamos Laboratory Medal. Krik was honored with an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Niagara in 2005.


Nerses Krikorian