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STM Announces Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2009, Oak Creek’s Larry Haskin and Brian Binash

July 29, 2009

Saint Thomas More High School is proud to announce its Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2009, Larry Haskin, Pio Nono Class of 1969, and Brian Binash, Thomas More Class of 1973.

 

Haskin lives with his wife Holly in Oak Creek. They have two children, Patrick, a 1998 graduate of Thomas More High School, and Kelly.

 

Currently, Haskin serves as the City Attorney for Oak Creek, a position he has held since 1985. He has also been a partner in the law firm Haskin & Book Attorneys at Law since 1985. He specializes in estate planning, probate, trust administration, real estate, guardianship, and personal injury. He has argued five cases in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

 

Haskin received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science in 1973 from Dominican College. In 1976, he finished his law degree from Marquette University.

 

Haskin has done a great deal of work in the community. He has served as president for the Mitchell Field Rotary and Advocates for Retarded Citizens. Haskin has served both groups for at least 20 years. He is a council member of Divine Mercy Parish in South Milwaukee. In 1995, he was recognized as the City of Oak Creek’s Citizen of the Year.

 

He has strongly supported STM for many years. Haskin served on the school’s Board of Directors from 1996-2006, and is a former chairperson of the group. He sits on the Thomas More Open (TMO) golf outing planning committee. Haskin was instrumental in the success of the school’s 2000-2001 Capital Campaign, which brought new science and technology labs to the school.

 

“Larry Haskin embodies what is best about Saint Thomas More High School. He is first and foremost a man with a huge heart, filled with love and compassion for others,” STM’s President Robert Pauly said. “He is steadfast and faithful, in good times and bad, to the Christian Spirit he lives out. He gives of himself most generously to the Saint Thomas More High School mission of loving, educating, and serving young people in the Spirit of Jesus Christ.”

 

“Larry is a man of great integrity and honor, who is very thoughtful and wise in his counsel and direction,” Pauly said. “Larry Haskin is someone I trust implicitly and feel blessed to call my friend.”

 

Brian Binash, Thomas More Class of 1973, will also be inducted into the STM Alumni Hall of Fame. Binash currently lives in Houston, Texas with his wife with Irene.

 

After graduating from Thomas More, Brian studied at Marquette University and worked for Housing Information Services in Milwaukee. Binash helped revitalize low income neighborhoods. He was also a co-organizer and original board member of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council.

 

In 1979, Brian moved to Houston. He is now a 30-year veteran homebuilder. He has led his company, Wilshire Homes, to being named the energy efficiency leader in Houston. The company was named Builder of the Year three times and has received the prestigious national Energy Value Housing Award twice.

 

He serves in many homebuilding organizations in the Houston area, including Habitat for Humanity. He has taken on leadership roles in several of the organizations. He also volunteers in Star of Hope, a Christian mission serving Houston’s homeless.

 

Binash has made a very generous offer to the Saint Thomas More community. He will match dollar-for-dollar every donation made to the STM Annual Fund in honor of Larry Haskin or himself, up to a total of $2,500.

 

Donations can be made online at www.tmore.org/honorgift. Contact Paul M. Neuberger, STM’s Vice President for Advancement, with any questions at pneuberger@tmore.org or 414-481-8370 x 106.

 

Tickets for the ceremony cost $25 and will also be available online at www.tmore.org/hof2009. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 23 at Klemmer’s Banquet Center at 10401 W. Oklahoma Ave.

 

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