Manchester Central
Hall Of Fame

Monte G Basbas

Retired jurist Monte G. Basbas was graduated from Central in 1939, from Dartmouth College in 1946, and the Boston University School of Law in 1949. During World War II, he interrupted his schooling and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. He served with distinction as a Captain and Flight Commander, and was awarded three Bronze Stars, eight Battle Stars, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Judge Basbas served the City of Newton, MA as City Clerk for 12 years and as Mayor from 1966 to 1972. He was appointed to the District Court of Newton in 1972 and, after four years, became Presiding Justice until his retirement in 1990. His distinguished career includes gubernatorial appointments to various commissions and directorships with educational institutions, civic, medical, and religious organizations. As Mayor, he is credited with initiating many "firsts" for Newton including a Youth Council, Senior Citizen's Council, and a Crime Commission. He is married to the former Audrey Ann Vagiates and has three children.