The Class of 1962 Memorial Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor the memory of their classmates. Each year the committee chooses a deceased classmate to honor for the school year. Past honorees included Orbie Gailes (2013), Frank Donagrandi (2014), Tom Coyne (2015), Bob Filiatrault (2016), George Clark (2017), Gene Currier (2018).
Mike Rahaley '62
The honoree for the 2019-20 school year is Mike Rahaley who passed away in July of 2019. Mike was the beloved husband of Elizabeth "Beth" Baker for 53 years and treasured father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who crossed his path. He is survived by his sons Brian Timothy (Amy Lichon ), Robert Michael (Jennifer Lee), George Parkhurst (Ruth Sneed) Rahaley; grandchildren Baker, Hank and Casey Rahaley; Gabriella and Brian Forster Rahaley, Michael McCarthy Rahaley; sister Patricia Rahaley McCarthy (Timothy '62); Beth's family: Chattye Baker, Jane Drotos (Julius '66, [dec.]), Peggy VanValkenburgh (Jim), Francie Gibbons (Patrick), George Baker (Sandy) and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mike graduated from U of D Jesuit High School in 1962 where he formed lifelong friendships. He went on to graduate with a degree in education from Eastern Michigan University where he captained the tennis team. He then began his professional career as a school teacher spending summers teaching tennis.
Eventually Mike combined his teaching skills and passion for tennis into his full time career which eventually took his family north to Cadillac and Harbor Springs, Michigan and south to Vero Beach, Florida.
Mike retired as director of tennis from the Little Harbor Club in Harbor Springs in 2016 after 42 years during which he coached generations of members' families and mentored countless emerging tennis professionals and players. He served as the first tennis professional at L'Arbre Croche Club as well as working earlier at the Chicago Club in Charlevoix. He was a founding investor and teaching pro at what is now Bay Tennis & Fitness. In the winter months, Mike was a pro at John's Island, Loblolly, Grand Harbor and later, Indian Trails.
Mike mentored countless young people both on the court and in his employ. He set high standards and was straightforward. Among his many Mike-isms are "When you are on time, you are late," and "You aren't good enough to have a bad (tennis) day."
Today, many of Mike's alumni are professional tennis pros. Mike instituted multiple youth and adult programs to share his love of tennis and its life lessons including community tennis clinics in the Petoskey Harbor Springs and Vero Beach. As a tireless promoter, Mike founded an entry level Futures tournament in 1995 in Vero Beach, which drew players including Andy Roddick early in their careers. The tournament continues today under the auspices of one of Mike's former students, Mardy Fish.