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Featured Alumni


Howard Black ’65

Howard Black was a four year Phelps student. After graduating from Phelps, Jay earned a degree in Elementary Education from Penn State University. Jay was an elementary school teacher for seven years in the Philadelphia area. After teaching, Jay and his brother-in law ran a wholesale candy business for three years. After running his business, Jay shifted his career direction, working for Connecticut General (CIGNA). Jay focused on financial planning with CIGNA. Today, Jay is enjoying retirement in Bolton, MA, while running a family foundation. He also enjoys time with his yellow lab, Olivia, his two sons and four grandchildren.

Nicholas Rochester ’66

Nicholas Rochester, Class of 1966, and his wife, Marsha, donated beautiful Hemerocallis to Phelps. The Rochesters have grown and registered several new species of Hemerocallis that you can find on the Daylily Society Website –

“Presently I have a store selling fine jewelry, gems, crystals, minerals, and fossils. I have a degree in geology from Northeastern University in Boston (excellent university). I have worked professionally in the oil fields of Venezuela and eastern Texas, did a stint as a curator of Geology, was a professional independent consultant, and more. I taught exceptional students part-time for a while. Having excellent grades at Phelps helped in becoming an educated adult.  At 61, I remember hard and easy times at Phelps. Visit my store! Enjoy life!”

His store is Rochester’s Eclectic Emporium in Oxford, ME.