Melli*, Charlie

Graduation Year: 1960
Category: Special

Charles Melli had great devotion and love for Bergen Catholic, going back to his freshman year when his classes were held in a trailer while the school was being built. His excellent grades earned prior to his graduation in 1960 led to academic scholarships to Seton Hall University and St. John’s University Law School, where he was inducted as a Thomas More Fellow. A strong supporter of Bergen Catholic, he served as a member of the Board of Directors and as President of the Alumni Association, and always looked forward to working for the school’s annual golf outing. His wife, Sheila, also served as a member of the Board. His law career started in New York City with the firm of Reilly and Reilly, and later was the founder and senior partner of the Melli Law Firm of Hackensack and Paramus, NJ. He was very honored when elected as Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. After serving as a trustee and vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of Holy Name Hospital, he continued his association there as general counsel to the hospital. He also started the annual golf outing and major fundraiser for Immaculate Conception Seminary. Sadly, Charlie passed away in February of 2002, just months after the loss of his son Andrew ’89. Charlie was proud that Andrew and his daughter, Kathleen, followed in his footsteps as practicing attorneys.