The Mission of the Roxbury Township School District is to prepare the children of today for tomorrow, so what better way to bring this to light than to show what tomorrow holds? On Oct. 12, the Roxbury Board of Education will hold the third induction ceremony to the Roxbury Distinguished Alumni Award at the annual fall Roxbury High School Academic Awards program at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Brendan Buckley, Class of 1992, and the Hon. Thomas E. Mercure, Class of 1961, will be honored with this year’s award, which was established to honor alumni who have typified the Roxbury School District tradition of excellence and brought honor to the community by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service.
Buckley was born in Morristown and attended Mt. Arlington public schools before moving to Roxbury High School where he graduated in 1992. At the age of 18, he moved to Miami, Fl., to attend the University of Miami’s School of Music. While there, he became immersed in the city’s diverse rock, Latin, and jazz scenes. At the time of graduation, he released an album and toured with the BMG recording rock band Fulano De Tal and the following year played drums with Julio Iglesias for his Tango tour. Buckley has worked with Shakira, Lauryn Hill, Julio Iglesias Jr., and Popvert, among many others. He joined the rock band Pedestrian in 2004, after moving to Los Angeles.
Mercure retired from the bench in 2014 after serving for more than 25 years as Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, during which time he heard more than 21,000 appeals, wrote more than 3,000 signed opinions, and became the longest serving Justice in the 118-year history of the court. In 1969, Justice Mercure began his career in the private practice of law in Fort Edward, New York. He entered public service in 1973 as an Assistant District Attorney in Washington County. Mercure’s career on the bench began in 1981 following his election as the youngest Washington County Judge. His tenure as a jurist continued for the next 33 years, during which time he was elected to three terms on the state Supreme Court, was appointed to the Appellate Division, Third Department, and served as Administrative Judge of the Third Judicial District, overseeing courts, judges and court system employees in seven counties. Justice Mercure served as Acting Presiding Justice in 2011 and 2012.