Alumni Profile – Mr. Tom Principe ’65

Mr. Principe graduated McClancy in 1965. Unlike many, he wasn’t 17 or 18 at graduation. He was 16. Like many, he was not the best in the classroom, but like every other McClancy student, he was given a chance. He considered himself to be in the bottom quarter academically. He had the role model of many teachers and Brothers. The Brothers are Brother Kenneth, Brother Joel and Brother Robert. The McClancy influence led Principe to receive the St. Thomas More Award in 2019, the highest award a lawyer can receive as St. Thomas More is the patron saint of lawyers. Mr. Principe acknowledges McClancy as one of the reasons behind his success; he graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1973 and served as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County from 1974 to 1979.  For the last 31 years he has been a partner at the law firm of Kramer, Dillof, Livingston and Moore in Manhattan, where he has been representing severely injured by negligence, accident and medical malpractice. Principe was also a member of the New York State Army National Guard for 34 years, including 9/11 First Responder service, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General. To go along with his other awards, in 2013, he was a recipient of the Cor Jesu Award, which is the highest honor that McClancy can bestow upon alumni and in 2019 he was inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame. He is also a proud member of the McClancy Board of Directors.