David A. McCarthy
Class of 1970
David graduated in 1970, having devoted most of his high school years to performing in the band he formed, known as the “Vibrations.” The band recorded a 45-rpm record and went on to become the house band at the Commodore Ballroom in Lowell. He is a graduate of Mount Wachusett Community College, with a degree in Law Enforcement and a 1974 graduate of the New Hampshire State Police Academy.
A few of his 28-year career highlights before retiring in 2000 include arresting three would-be bank robbers who had escaped state prison; graduating in 1978 from the U. S. Secret Service School in Washington, DC; becoming bodyguard to the Governor of New Hampshire and a liaison to the U. S. Secret Service on all Presidential visits to New Hampshire. He is currently writing his first book, describing his life and experiences as a professional bodyguard.
His protective assignments led him to a friendship with Hall of Famer Ted Williams and his current career as Executive Director of the Ted Williams Museum and Foundation, located at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida. Raising upwards of a million dollars a year under Dave's direction, the Ted Williams Foundation helps charities in the Tampa area, as well as several non-profit foundations of the Red Sox, Tampa Rays and several other major league teams. In 2013, the Endowment Fund gave out over $300,000, including providing scholarships and internships to college students seeking experience in the field of professional sports management and administration.
Dave is quick to speak about his hometown to the many contacts and celebrities with whom he has come in contact. It is clear that he is proud of Chelmsford and Chelmsford High.