This is the fourth in a multi-part series highlighting the newest members of the Berlin Athletic Hall of Fame.
Larry Kellum, 1947
Larry Kellum graduated from Berlin High in 1947.
While at Berlin, he was a four-year athlete in football, basketball and baseball and was captain of the football team. After graduating, Kellum went to Central Connecticut State College where he played football as a freshman before being drafted into the Army and serving in Germany during the Korean War. After his discharge, he returned to his studies and received his Bachelors of Science in education from CCSU in 1954. In 1956, he received his Masters from the University of Hartford and a sixth-year certificate from there, continuing his studies for his PhD at both the University of Hartford and CCSU.
Kellum spent his career in education as a fifth grade teacher in Wethersfield, principal and assistant superintendent in Pomfret, professor of education at CCSU and principal at Gildersleeve School in Portland. One of the highlights of Kellum’s career was the development of an education program for children with learning disabilities which was published in the New England Journal of Reading.
Kellum enjoyed shooting, hunting and fishing, and in his retirement was a NRA instructor. Kellum passed away Dec. 2, 2002.
Christopher Green, 2004
Christopher Green graduated from Berlin High in 2004, and other than excelling in the classroom, he was an outstanding runner. He participated in cross country and indoor and outdoor track, setting numerous Berlin records in all three sports.
In cross country, Green was undefeated in dual meets, a Northwest Conference champion and a captain of the team. He placed third in the Class M championships with a time of 16:34. In the State Open, he placed fifth with a time of 16:08, gaining All-State recognition, and was a Coaches Award recipient. In indoor track, Green was the Northwest Conference champion in both the 100- and 1,600-meter dashes. He was the Class M champion in the 1,600 and placed third in the State Open and sixth in the New England Open. He won the NSIC National Championship in the 800, receiving All-American recognition. While at Berlin, Green set school records in the 600 in 1:26, the 800 in 1:59.19, the 1,000 in 2:39.19, the 1,600 in 4:20.77 and the 3,200 in 10:02.77, which was broken in 2010. In outdoor track, he was a Northwest Conference champion in the 800 and 1,600. Green went on to place second in Class M and fifth in the State Open in the 1,600. He set Berlin records in the 800 in 1:56.19, 1,600 in 4:20.77, 3,200 in 9:56 and the steeplechase in 10:04.26.
Green was the class valedictorian and went on to graduate from Harvard University in 2008 where he received his Bachelors of Arts in education. He was a four-year varsity recipient in track with a personal best of 2:27 in the 1,000 and 3:53 in the 1,500.
Green was introduced to the world of Russian Mathematics prior to his freshman year at Berlin when he enrolled in the Russian Math Camp (now Camp Sunapee). This early exposure to the Russian School of Mathematics curriculum showed Green just how far American math had to go. He remained connected to the RSM community throughout his high school and college years. Green wrote his senior honors thesis on the Russian School of Mathematics at Harvard. After working for three years at the Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlborough as a math teacher, curriculum consultant and SAT tutor, Green joined the teaching staff of RSM where he provided instruction in Algebra and Geometry for students in grades 4-9 and worked directly on developing the curriculum and teacher training programs.
Green has since become the principal of RSM-Rocky Hill and RSM-Stamford. Green also enjoys running competitively and won the Lowell Bay State Half Marathon in 2011.
Barbara Breslin, Contributor
Barbara Breslin graduated from Berlin High in 1981. She became involved in the sport of wrestling when her brother became involved in the sport. She was a volunteer team manager from 1982-87 and became an assistant wrestling coach from 1988-2011, becoming the first female assistant coach in Connecticut history.
Breslin was one of the co-founders of the Berlin Youth Wrestling program in 1988. In 1995, she was selected as the Connecticut Coaches Association Person of the Year. Breslin ran numerous wrestling tournaments at Berlin High, including two state championships. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of USA Wrestling from 1992-2000.
Breslin is currently an Assistant Division Administrator, Federal Highway West Virginia Division, United States Department of Transportation and resides in West Virginia with her husband Terry.
The Berlin Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner is scheduled for April 22 at the Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. For ticket information, contact Marie Siegal at (860) 828-1115 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit bhshalloffame.org.