Played football for 4 years as a defensive end/offensive tackle. A two
year varsity letterman, a 4 time game-week captain, and team Scholar
Athlete of the Year Award recipient and was selected to the ProGrass
All-Star Invitational game. Played basketball for two years.
Harold is a member of the National Honor Society, placed first in 3
events at Regional competition in Division B of the, Science Olympiad,
Science of Fitness, Life Science Process Lab and Map Reading. He also
placed first in Division C, at Regional Competition in Physics Lab.
He was a team member for the Science Bowl during his junior and senior
years. Senior Class President. Participated in the John Hopkins City
Program in the 8th. 9th. and 10th. Grades. Courses included American
Legal History, Psychology and Civil War History.
He was commended for performance on AATG national German language
examination, freshman and sophomore years.
McNamara worked for the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of
Pittsburgh, Research specialist. Project involved learning PCR based
genotyping for the study of the impact of mutations in a gene, vascular
endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in Primary Pulmonary Hypertension (PAH).
Publication (abstract) based on summer work experience.
Pippi E, McNamara HM, Michalec M, McNamara DM. The effect of the +405
C/G Polymorphism of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor on the Heart
failure Phenotype and Outcomes. Hear5t Failure Society of America,
accepted for presentation, Seattle, Washington, September 2006.
Harold is a member of the Christ United Methodist Church Chapel Choir
and Youth Fellowship. He is the Leader of senior high missions during
his senior year; In addition he has worked Summer Work Mission Projects
building homes for the poor in Jamaica, 2005 and Home Repairs in
underserved areas, North Carolina 2006.