Four distinguished Bellarmine College Preparatory alumni were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame at an on-campus event that included the ceremony, reception, and dinner held on August 24.
The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees are: Kevin Frandsen, Class of 2000 (Athletics); Bill Del Biaggio, Jr., Class of 1958 (Business); Jim Harville, Class of 1963 (Humanities & Fine Arts); and Major General D. Scott McKean, Class of 1986 (Public Service).
Frandsen, who was introduced by former Bellarmine baseball coach Gary Cunningham, played professional baseball for multiple Major League teams before his current career in sports broadcasting. He is a founding member of the 19 For Life Foundation, established in memory of his late brother DJ Frandsen, to fund services for children dealing with childhood illness and provide financial support to students at Bellarmine and other local schools. “When you think of all the people who helped you get to where you are, that’s what the Hall of Fame is,” remarked Frandsen in a video before accepting his award on stage. “It’s a big thank you to everyone, and I’m more than honored.”
Del Biaggio, Jr., introduced by his grandson William “Boots” Del Biaggio, IV, served the San José community through his business and philanthropic ventures as founding chairman of Heritage Bank and his volunteer service to numerous nonprofit organizations in Santa Clara County. He is also a 1986 inductee into the Bellarmine Athletic Hall of Fame. “I’m really grateful for my experiences here at Bellarmine,” said Bill. “It was a well-rounded education for a young man, and it set me up for the successes I had, and I owe a debt of gratitude to Bellarmine.”
A popular English teacher for 45 years at Bellarmine, Harville, introduced by former colleague Bill Chambers, was also a legendary Speech and Debate coach for 32 years. Jim’s work with the program contributed to the development of 10 individual national champions, 44 individual state champions, 13 California state sweepstakes awards, plus a national team championship in 1994. In his acceptance remarks, Harville poignantly recalled a yearbook inscription written by a Jesuit priest that read: “God has given you much. Thank him for it.”
A decorated senior officer in the United States Army, Major General McKean, introduced by his brother Steve McKean, is a two-star General currently stationed in South Korea. During his nearly 30 years in the military, he has negotiated amicable resolutions of conflict, built positive relations between nations across the globe, and supported local and federal government relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. McKean referenced the concept of duty, honor, and country. “As Douglas MacArthur stated, ‘Those three hallowed words will reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.’ The mission of West Point, to develop leaders of character for a lifetime of service to our nation, just really further amplified what Bellarmine instilled in all of us.”