Dr. Michael J. Diminick
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- December 20, 2023
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A list of Mike’s accomplishments would extend beyond our allotted space; therefore we will mention only a few. No one locally, probably very few people nationally, ever combined athletic and scholastic achievement to such a significant degree.
In 1985 as class Valedictorian he scored in the top 5% nationally in the SAT. Meanwhile, he was selected by the National High School Football Coaches as their National Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was also selected by Bally’s as the kick returner on their High School All American Squad. In that one golden year he was named to every All State and National Honors team. In addition, the Mt. Carmel Board of Education retired hi football jersey and Borough Council declared Jan. 2, 1985 as “Mike Diminick Day”.
He attended Duke University not on a football scholarship; but as the Angie Biddle Duke Scolar, the most prestigious Academic Scholarship awarded at Duke. While at Duke, where he started for three years in their defensive backfield, he was first team Academic All American for three years. Mike is the only Duke football player to accomplish this feat. He was all ACC for three years…the 1988 College Football Association National Scholar Athlete of the year…and the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was honored by the National Football Coaches as a Scholastic All American at their annual meeting at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City after completion of his final year at Duke.
After graduation, Mike entered Harvard Medical School from where he graduated with honors in 1993. He is currently doing his third year of residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Cornell Medical Center, New York.
Whether football or track, no one did it with more elegance, grace and intelligence than Mike Diminick. Ed Romance is grinning from ear to ear at this opportunity to honor Mike.