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The primary purpose of the B.M.C. Durfee Alumni website is to encourage contact among fellow alumni through reunions, publications, and through person-to-person contact. 

REMINDER - Is your class planning a reunion? Please complete the form on the reunions page or e-mail reunion information to [email protected] so that it will be printed in the Chimes, shared on Facebook and posted on this website.

Alumni Meetings:

Durfee High School Alumni Meeting Dates

2020 - 2021

Tradewinds Restaurant at 6 P. M.

September 14, 2020

October 4, 2021

January 10, 2022

April 11, 2022

November 8, 2021

February 14, 2022

May 9, 2022

December 13, 2021

March 14, 2022

June 13, 2022

 B.M.C. Durfee High School Alumni Assoc. Annual Meeting, TBD 2022

2020 Distinguished Alumni Recipient

Distinguished Alumnus

Robert S. Karam

Robert S. Karam is Principal of Karam Financial Group, he is also Co-owner of SNE Broadcasting, WHTB 1400AM and Bristol County Broadcasting WSAR 1480AM. He is Director of Depositor’s Insurance Fund (OIF), Chairman

of AD Makepeace Board of Directors, Wareham, MA and former Director of Savings Bank Life Insurance of MA (SBLI).

Bob graduated from Durfee High School in 1961, he received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from UMass Dartmouth in 1967, and is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a Registered Employee Benefit Consultant (REBC). 

Bob graduated from Durfee High School in 1961, he received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from UMass Dartmouth in 1967, and is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a Registered Employee Benefit Consultant (REBC). 

Bob has devoted much of his time serving his community and is former Chairman, Board of Trustees, University of Massachusetts (1996 -2000). Vice Chairman, University of Massachusetts, Board of Trustees (1991-1996), Chairman Board of Trustees, Umass Memorial Health Care System, Worcester (1995-2005). A member and Past Chairman Board of Trustees, Southeastern Massachusetts University (1982-1991) and Member, Board of Trustees, South Coast Health Care System (2002-2011).

Mr. Karam is a recipient of numerous awards for his community service and received the following Awards: 1991- Honorary Degree Recipient-Umass Doctor of Humane Letter, 2007-Honorary Degree Recipient-Southern New England School of Law, 1995-New Bedford Chamber of Commerce 1995 Regional Leadership Award, 1987-Chamber of Commerce, Outstanding Citizen Award of Greater Fall River Area, and 2013-Recipient or uAspire First One Award.

Bob has Real Estate Developments at Oakwood Senior Estates, Swansea, MA, North Farm Senior Estates, Somerset, MA, Westport Senior Estates, Westport, MA and Northside Village, Dennis, MA. He also has Condominiums at North Farm, Somerset, MA and Westport Village, Westport, MA.

Bob was the husband of the Late Susan (Hutchinson) Karam and the father of two children, Stephen Karam and Melissa Panchley and five-times a grandfather to Julia, Justin and John Karam, as well as Thomas & Christopher Panchley.

 2020 Distinguished Alumni Recipient

Distinguished Alumnus

Joseph A. Marshall

Joseph Marshall started in the life and health insurance business in 1975 working with a large independent insurance agency as a sales representative. Joe successfully obtained his NASD Series 6, 63 & 65 to allow him to focus his business on financial and retirement planning for his clients. Joe has also given

time to his community serving as President of the Fall River Office of

Economic Development; Chairman of the Board of Assessors; President of the Bristol

Community College Foundation; Founder of the Prince Henry Society and several other

community organizations and projects. President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Committee, Joe and his committee are the driving force for this project.

In 1988, Joe founded his own financial services company establishing J. Marshall Associates for the purpose of educating the small business and the senior population of the issues that exist that could create disaster for lack of planning. Joe has over 500 clients.

Joe has continued to grow his practice by hiring capable consultants and support staff that are required to obtain the necessary licenses and designations which will provide his clients with the best advise available.

Joe’s education includes graduate of Durfee High School class of 1965, Associates in Business from Bristol Community College 1978, Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 1982, Financial Management Analysis, Dunn and Bradstreet NY, Graduated Dale Carnegie Institute. He is also a Registered Investment Advisor Representative and Certified Financial Consultant.

A Vietnam veteran, Joe served with the U.S. Air Force Security Service. Joe is a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table, Top of the Table, a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and Bristol Community College’s 2007 Cornerstone Entrepreneur Recipient

He is married to the former Joanne Dusoe, they have 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren and live in Fall River.

Links of Interest:

BMC Durfee High School

Fall River, MA


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