The Andover Townsman
---- — An Andover man was among seven UMass Lowell graduates honored last week with one of the school’s annual University Alumni Awards.
Louis B. Coiro, a 1982 graduate of ULowell who has gone on to become the founder and owner of Tewksbury Physical Therapy in Tewksbury and Drum Hill Physical and Sports Therapy in Chelmsford, was selected as this year’s recipient from the school’s College of Health Sciences.
The event, which was held on April 16 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, honored a graduate of each of the university’s six schools and colleges, as well as a recent alumnus already making his mark in his profession and the community. The celebration was also a fundraiser for student scholarships.
Coiro launched his two therapy practices in the late 1980s after working several years as a physical therapist in Boston. Both practices have flourished to include 28 staff members who offer physical and occupational therapy. The team addresses a wide range of patient needs in areas including orthopedic and neurological, pre- and post- surgical, adult and pediatric care.
He has served for seven years as president of the New England Physical Therapy Network and has lectured nationally through the American Physical Therapy Association.
Coiro, who earned a bachelor of science in physical therapy from ULowell, is the chairman of UMass Lowell’s Physical Therapy Department Advisory Board and a member of the College of Health Sciences Advisory Board. He was honored in 2011 with the Distinguished Service Award by the Physical Therapy Department.
In addition to Coiro, the 2014 honorees included James J. Barry of Marlborough, Ph.D., class of 1988 (College of Sciences), who has been in the medical devices field for more than 20 years; Mark Cocozza of Boston, class of 1971 (Manning School of Business), who has spent more than 40 years in the shoe business; Patricia D. McPhail of Mississippi, class of 1954 (Graduate School of Education), a prominent member of the real estate community in Mississippi for nearly 40 years; Jacqueline Moloney of Chelmsford, Ph.D., classes of 1975 and 1992 (College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences), who has served for seven years as executive vice chancellor for UMass Lowell; and Richard A. Pierro Jr. of Hampton Falls, N.H., class of 1983 (Francis College of Engineering), who is co-founder, president and co-owner of Superior Controls in Seabrook, N.H..
The recent alumnus award went to Adam M. Hogue of Lincoln, class of 2003, a Lowell native who is an adviser at a financial-planning firm in Danvers as well as the author of the book, “Shaping the Battlefield,” about his experiences during an 11-month military deployment in Afghanistan.
The University Alumni Awards recognize graduates who have gone on to distinguish not only themselves but also the institution with their exceptional leadership, professional success and service to the campus and community. Recipients are nominated by faculty and staff, community members and fellow graduates. Since 1998, more than 100 alumni of UMass Lowell and its predecessor institutions have been recognized.
“The alumni honored each year come from different backgrounds, degree programs and hometowns. What they have in common is how they have put their UMass Lowell education to work to build successful careers, to further the mission of the university and to better their communities,” UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan said in a release.