Brother Rice High School is pleased to announce our 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees, Michael Cassidy and Douglas Filo. The Hall of Fame honors those individuals who have shown an extraordinary dedication, love, concern, leadership, and enthusiasm for Brother Rice. Our new inductees will be honored at the annual Founder’s Day Mass on May 5th.
President Reidy shares, “The Hall of Fame is the most prestigious honor we have and was established in 1999 to honor those people who have epitomized the Brother Rice Spirit. Without a doubt, this describes the service these two men have given to our community. We are thrilled to welcome Mike Cassidy and Doug Filo into the Brother Rice Hall of Fame.”
Doug Filo was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1958. He is one of seven children of Dr. Ronald Filo and Marilyn Filo. Doug attended Carmel High School in Indiana and graduated in 1976. After high school, he continued his education at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his BA in 1981. Doug also accomplished his early graduate work in History and Educational Administration at Oakland University and Michigan State University respectively. Most recently, he completed his Masters of Art in Teaching (MAT) in Literacy Education at Madonna University in 2015.
Doug joined the Brother Rice family in 1981 as a History teacher and continues to hold that position in 2017. At various times, Mr. Filo also served as the Dean of Students (1998-99) and Director of Admissions (1990-98). Mr. Filo’s unyielding commitment to the mission of Brother Rice, combined with his passion for teaching, has resulted in his being bestowed with the moniker of “favorite teacher” by more students than can be counted. Brother Rice High has recognized Doug as a member of its Silver Society, an association created in 2006 to honor faculty and staff who have given 25 years of service to the school. Mr. Filo is a treasured member of the Brother Rice community and a living representation of the Christian values, humility, and dedication to faith, which embodied our Blessed Edmund Rice.
Doug married Mara Hart Filo in 1983. He enjoys spending his time reading, going to movies and being with his wife and daughters Becky and Lauren and his son in law Nick. As for his memories of his time here at Brother Rice? “No single memory, more of a tapestry of great kids, talented and caring faculty, and 36 years that have passed in the blink of an eye.”
Michael Cassidy was born in Southfield in 1966. He grew up in a traditional Catholic household, the oldest son of Bill and Claire Cassidy. The Cassidy’s were parishioners of the former St. Bede Catholic Church and, like many local Catholics, sent their children to Catholic schools – St. Bede and St. Regis Elementary Schools and then high school at Brother Rice (Kevin Cassidy ‘87) and Marian (Bridget Cassidy VanDagens ’81, Kathleen Cassidy ’82 and Shannon Cassidy ’93). All except Michael, that is.
Mike, as he is known in the community, was born with a heart condition that led to open heart surgery at an early age. Mike went through special education programs through the local public schools and graduated from Farmington High School. Fr. Joseph Grimaldi, Brother Rice’s Principal from 1980-86, hired Mike to join the school’s Maintenance staff. And the rest is a very special part of school history.
In 2012, Brother Rice High School recognized Michael as a member of its Silver Society, an association created in 2006 to honor faculty and staff who have given 25 years of service to the school.
In addition to his position with the Maintenance Department, Mike served as Manager of the Football and Basketball teams – earning multiple State Championship rings throughout the years. More importantly, through his constant presence and infectious spirit, he has earned the love and respect of all the students, staff and faculty that have passed through Brother Rice during his tenure. The only individual to ever be recognized as an honorary graduate of Brother Rice, Mike ranks at the top of the list of impactful “teachers” at Brother Rice – a shining example of selfless commitment to others and a pure love for his neighbors.