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NOTABLE ALumni

These notable alumni inspire the members of Alpha Tau Gamma.  The fraternity is proud of their accomplishments and honored to call them brothers of our fraternity.  


 James Underwood Crockett 

James Underwood Crockett  1915 - 1979  (age 63)
'35 - Horticulture 
Navy (survivor of Pearl Harbor bombing) | Author | Television Host

James Underwood Crocket was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on October 9, 1915.  Crockett's father was Earle Royce Crockett. Crockett's mother was Inez Underwood Crockett.  Jim studied horticulture at University of Massachusetts as well as he studied horticulture at Texas Agriculture and Mechanical College.  Jim served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater where he survived the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.

James Underwood Crockett 1935 Yearbook Picture
1935 yearbook picture of James Underwood Crockett.


In April 1975, Crockett became the original host of PBS's The Victory Garden, then called Crockett's Victory Garden with a focus on gardening at home. The garden was located outside WGBH's studios in Allston, Massachusetts.  Crockett had been chosen by producer Russell Morash because he had previously written numerous volumes to Time-Life's "Encyclopedia of Gardening." Additionally, he authored several gardening books, including "Crockett's Victory Garden" (1977), "Crockett's Indoor Garden" (1978), and Crockett's Flower Garden" (1981).  In 1978 he was nominated for a daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service, or Variety Series. He died at the age of 63.

Jim Crockett 35' host of the Crockett's Victory Garden explains intercropping with lettuce and cauliflower.



1977 - book, companion to the national acclaimed PBS television series. The book is month to month guide to gardening that is informal and easy to understand. Jim Crockett had specially organized his book to follow the gardener's year (March through February).


1978 - book, provides fundamental information on starting, planting, propagating, growing, and pest controlling ninety-four different kinds of annuals, biennials, perennials, roses and bulbs.



1981 - book, Lists more than one hundred easy-to-care-for plants and organizes monthly chapters, complete with checklists of plant chores that are based upon seasonal availability, popularity, and peak bloom.


 The Crockett Victory Garden is a great book, perfect for the beginner gardener. Even though this book was published back in the 70's, it is still full of useful information. I love that it is broken up into months. It tells you want to plant, transplant, start from seed and harvest. Good notes on how to prepare the soil, make cold frames, and what tools every gardener needs.  

Rich Barrett '84


Jim Crockett was a member of Alpha Tau Gamma fraternity at UMass Stockbridge School who donated  and maintains a perennial shade garden located at  The Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482,  dedicated to honor Jim Crockett of PBS’s show ‘The Victory Garden.’



Mario Dicarlo

Mario Dicarlo  1922 - 2020  (age 98)
'48 - Ornamental Horticulture
Guadalcanal Marine | Brigadier General National Lancers | Land Developer |Radio Station Executive

Mario Of Newton, passed away peacefully at home on December 29th, 2020 just shy of 99th birthday. Husband of the late Gertrude 'Mac' DiCarlo his loving wife of 69 years. Beloved father of James A. DiCarlo and his wife Mary Lou of Littleton and Suzanne M DiCarlo of Newton. Cherished grandfather of 7 and great-grandfather of 15. Uncle to many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews and touched by to many dear friends to count. Mario DiCarlo was born 18 January 1922 and lived in Newton Centre, Massachusetts for most of his life. After graduating from Newton High School, he was employed by Raytheon where he worked on radars. Despite his classification as an essential defense worker, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in May 1943.

 US Marines  City of Newton


After completing basic training at Paris Island, SC, he was assigned to Camp Lejeune, NC. In April 1944, he arrived in the Pacific Theater and was assigned to the 3rd Defense Battalion as a radar technician on the island of Guadalcanal. DiCarlo was honorably discharged in April 1946.

He then attended the Stockbridge School of the University of Massachusetts on the GI Bill and was awarded an associate's degree. DiCarlo then joined his five brothers and formed the DiCarlo Construction Company that completed hundreds of construction projects in the greater Boston area. Mario was also the owner of a summer theater in Framingham and WHOB radio station in Nashua, NH.


Mario Dicarlo 1949 yearbook picture
1949 yearbook picture of Mario Dicarlo.


 Stockbridge made me.  You can go anywhere. You can start a farm if you want, raise vegetables, raise fruit trees. You get that all education is right there at Stockbridge.  I majored in Landscape, I wound up being a multi-millionaire.  It proves without a doubt, without any doubt whatsoever how good and strong and how worthwhile Stockbridge was or it could have never met 100 years.  

Mario Dicarlo '49


He also had time for volunteer service as a state militia officer. In 1964, he joined the National Lancers, the official state ceremonial cavalry squadron. In 1997, he was promoted to colonel and assumed command of the National Lancers. The Lancers reenact the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes on Patriots Day. Colonel DiCarlo played the role of Paul Revere on several occasions. In 2002, in recognition of his many years of service to the Commonwealth and in making the National Lancers an outstanding unit, he was promoted to the grade of Brigadier General in the Massachusetts Organized Militia.

Brigadier General Mario DiCarlo Mario Dicarlo on his horseBrigadier General Mario DiCarlo of the National Lancers.


General DiCarlo was a board members for many years of the Hundred Club, an organization that supports the families of fallen police officers and firefighters. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, the Naval Presidential Unit Citation and the Massachusetts Medal of Merit.


Mario exemplified honor, courage and commitment in everything he did. His many achievements are a testament to the incredible work ethic, true moral compass and deep family values that he held so dear. His legacy will live on in all the people he held so warmly under his wings.


Jim Mulcahy

James Edward Mulcahy  1938 - 2015 (age 77)
'60 - Arboriculture
Philanthropist | Treasurer | Dedicated to ATG for over 50 years

James Edward Mulcahy was born in Boston, October 30, 1938, the son of Joseph V. and Catherine Rose (O'Connor) Mulcahy and grew up in Arlington. He had attended St. Agnes Church in Arlington

Mr. Mulcahy was a 1960 graduate of University of Massachusetts School of Agriculture at Stockbridge and in 1966 graduated from the University of Massachusetts. He worked briefly for the United States Forestry Service.


Year Book Jim Mulcahy

1960 yearbook picture of Jim Mulcahy.


 The Fraternity is a great learning experience you have the opportunity to stub your toe.  You can make a mistake because you're amongst friends.  You help one another and each of you grow because of it.  

Jim Mulcahy '60


He became a life long member of the Alpha Tau Gamma social fraternity where he developed a keen concern with stude
nt development. He instructed the fraternity in financial investment as well as the benefits derived from the Arts. He remained an avid student of classical music, theater and fine arts.

Mr. Mulcahy was an active alumnus of the University of Massachusetts Stockbridge School of Agriculture (SSA) where he studied arboriculture, turf grass management, and entomology.

Following work as an arborist and biological aide he was: the owner of many rental properties in Amherst; publisher of audience programs for UMass athletics and the UMass Fine Arts Center, partner/treasurer of the Wilbur Theater in Boston and Mildred's Chowder House in Hyannis: and owner/operator of Cypress Apartments in Providence, RI. 


Wilbur Theater Mildreds Chowder House

The Wilbur theater and Mildred's Chowder House once owned by Jim Mulcahy.

He has served the SSA for over 50 years in a variety of alumni volunteer board and officer positions. He co-founded the UMass athletic hall of fame and continued on the annual selection committee. He served on the board of the Boston Symphony Tanglewood Friends. He was an overseer of the Newman Center in Amherst. He is the clerk for the James Underwood Crockett Agricultural Technology Growth Fund and is the treasurer of Alpha Tau Gamma, Inc. He coordinated the installation and current maintenance of the Frank Hart Memorial Garden in Amherst, the Mass. Highway Visibility Site at UMass and the Jim Crockett Memorial Garden in Boston until its relocation to the Elm Bank Horticultural Center.


 We have a trust fund.  We set it up back in 1982.  It is the James Underwood Crocket Agricultural Technology Growth Fund.  Our alumni put in money to start this trust fund.  It has been growing every year and we have been making grants since 1983.  We have made more the $225K worth of grants and these have gone to agricultural entities in New England and New York.  

Jim Mulcahy '60


He is a member of the Massachusetts Agricultural Club, the Knights of Columbus and a subscriber to Fridays at the Boston Symphony since 1963.


 Knight of Columbus  Boston Symphony Orchestra


A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Newman Center at University of Massachusetts, 472 North Pleas ant St. Amherst. Mr. Mulcahy's remains were to lie in state Friday, March 27, 2015 in the Chapel at the Newman Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the James Underwood Crockett Fund, c/o Bank of America, US Trust. 100 Westminster Street, PO Box RI (536-05-03) Providence, RI 02901.


Don't Quit - Jim's poem.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,- I
t's when things seem worst, that you mustn't quit.

Author Unknown

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