Bob Kraus corrects my fall column to advise he was a meteorologist in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II from June 1942 to June 1946.
Cheri Slattery’s memorandum informed us of the death of Bruce Thompson ’43 on Oct. 11. Bob Cleary ’43, a Cathedral Latin classmate, was a close, lifelong friend of Bruce’s. They go back to the St. Ann grammar school days. A couple years ago, he informed me Bruce was a star quarterback at Holy Name High School. Although Bruce shared my interest in golf, I had no knowledge of his football history. Except for my brother-in-law, Al Piccuta ’43, the 1942 JCU quarterback and 1943 captain, Bruce was my closest friend in the class of 1943. At the homecomings, Bruce and I always managed to find time to trade stories. God rest your soul, Bruce.
In 1942 at JCU, Rev. Edmund C. Horne, S.J., was president, Rev. Edward C. McCue, S.J., was dean, and 26 Jesuits were professors. About the same number were non-Jesuit professors. What a great teaching team. They were inspirational! Dedication, devotion, duty, determination, dignity, diversity, and all doers caught up in the electrifying days of building the University and the World War II war effort. Tony Yonto, who died in January, was fullback; Nick Barille was halfback; and Tom Conley was director of athletics and head football coach. The big four teams were Western Reserve, Case, Baldwin-Wallace, and John Carroll. Our class had about 75 graduates. Many of us were enlisted in the Navy, Army, or Air Force before graduation.
To our classmates who are still alive, send updates for the next issue, perhaps special stories from 1939 to 1943. God be with you.
Robert J. Trivison
Bob Kraus’s brother, James, from Deland, Fla., visited Akron. The two drove around familiar places and traveled to Jackson, Mich., for the summer Shakespeare Festival (James is a Shakespeare buff), then headed to Chicago to visit Bob’s daughter, Teresa. While there, Bob reviewed the University of Chicago’s new architecturally significant buildings. Kraus is an architect who spent 10 months there during World War II while studying to become a weather forecaster for the American Architectural Foundation. Kraus, who keeps tabs on Bob Smith, reports his daughter, Lynn Dennison, emailed him that Bob S. was in the hospital at the end of July with a lower leg infection. Bob S. returned to his residence but is now on the first floor closer to the nurses’ station, which is a better location. He’s waiting for his telephone hookup – same number.
I telephoned Tony Yonto. What an amazing couple he and Helen are. Tony, who’s still working, received a visit earlier that day from a Carroll development person to discuss the Forever Carroll Campaign.
I tried to call Nick Barille, but his phone is no longer connected.
Susan and I held our annual July Fourth party and had the largest turnout ever – about 75 guests (half the family) had a wonderful celebration.
I wrote to Frank Honn (he has no phone), but didn’t receive a response. I’d like to hear from anyone not mentioned herein. God be with you.
Robert J. Trivison
Robert J. Trivison
Frank Honn initiated a socializing strategy in 2012 following the loss of his spouse, Alyce, which is working quite well. He invites old friends (couples) from the outside world to join him and a couple from Crane’s Mill (his retirement residence) for cocktails and dinner. Already, he has matched six couples and two singles with seven outside couples. Like Frank, the singles’ spouses died in the past year – a male dentist and the chairwoman of the health-care committee. Crane’s Mill added a new dining facility, the 459 Club, patterned after an uptown New York City restaurant. There are separate rooms, a gourmet menu, top waiters, etc., where Frank entertains. Also, Frank says another popular activity is a monthly meeting of residents who discuss a current event of note. The latest topics have been falling off the cliff, cliff redux, and gun control, which packed the meeting room. When the opinion favors a resolution strongly enough, they exert political pressure on their congressman, working through the statewide Continuing Care Retirement Community organization.
I telephoned Tony Yonto, who turned 92 Feb. 16 and is still going to work daily, even if it’s only for an hour at times. Tony and his spouse, Helen, don’t travel anymore. They have one son, David, and two grandsons – Dominic, a Notre Dame grad, and Steve, an ‘07 JCU grad who received his master’s in finance at Loyola Marymount and works for the Fox Broadcasting Co. in Los Angeles. We’d like Steve, who’s about 27 years old, to contact and visit us. Tony agrees. So let’s make it happen, Tony. We have about 20 grandchildren, who attend our Fourth of July party, in Steve’s age bracket.
Susan and I took another trip to Florida (Miami, Coral Gables, etc.) and a seven-day cruise in the Caribbean. We were joined by our son, Don, as well as our cousins and friends in early April. This might be my last cruise.
I telephoned Nick Barille and talked to his daughter, Ann, who told me Nick is quite ill with several ailments, mainly leukemia, and he has hospice care. Family was Nick’s life. I pray for him.
Until the next issue, God be with you.
Robert J. Trivison
Never forget 9/11.
Tom Corrigan died April 18. When I talked to him in February, he was planning a move to a more secure facility because of his wife’s (Marian) worsening illness. God rest his soul.
I spoke with Ken Fitzgerald and his spouse, Caroline, who retired last year after teaching theatre, acting, and speech for 42 years at Le Moyne College. Ken has back problems (slipped discs) but managed to drive 1,100 miles to his second home on Cape Cod. Ken would like to live to 100. Wow!
After a brief introduction, Bob Kraus says, “Bob, that’s all I do – read newspapers on the web and get all shook up.” Who at JCU cares about Kraus getting all shook up? Kraus visited his daughter, Teresa, in Schaumburg, Ill. He said, “I had a good time, but it was strenuous and wore me out. Chicago is a live-wire town with many good places to eat.” Bob, I don’t believe any of us can travel easily anymore. Kraus continues: “I have 18 grandchildren, and much of my time is spent watching them in their activities. They’re athletes, musicians, scholars, teachers, and helpers. I have an intense rivalry playing Rummy with some of them. Anna Marie Kraus still calls my house home but was at Cedar Point and is enrolled at Akron U.”
Susan and I hosted a July 4th party (on July 7) with about 50 family members and dear friends. After much food, drinks, beach sports, talking, etc., the music started at 8 p.m. We danced until midnight. I skipped the beach sports but made a stab at dancing, especially with the teenage great- grandchildren.
I talk with Bob Smith on the telephone periodically. Bob is still on his feet. When the weather is good and his daughter, who lives near him in Kingston, N.Y., has time, he plays golf. Bob’s eyesight is poor – he’s almost unable to read a newspaper. He’s an avid sports fan, rooting for the Yankees, Jets, Mets, and Tiger Woods. He spends a lot of time watching sports on TV.
Frank Honn ended the presidency of his residency association in June; but to keep productive, busy, and preserve youth at age 90, he’s active in the Organization of Residents Association of New Jersey. All 25 certified CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities) in New Jersey belong. The primary mission is sharing information about all aspects of CCRC living, from residency contracts to food service. CCRC has political clout in Trenton. A pending bill before the legislature spells out a Bill of Rights. More news from Frank next issue.
Larry Kelly ’36 just retired from writing about all the classes up to 1939. Larry must be about 98 years old. Is anyone older than Larry? We salute you, Larry.
One thing that hasn’t changed for the better is Washington, D.C., where the politicians and intelligentsia increasingly believe they can outthink and outdo millions of people by acting in their own self interest to bring about the D.C. vision of heaven on earth in which a win/lose world replaces a win/win world. Thank God Cardinal Dolan has drawn a line in the sand. Otherwise, the consequences are impending fiscal, moral, and cultural bankruptcy. God watch over you.
Robert J. Trivison
Frank Honn’s wife of 66 years, Alyce, died March 15, 2012. She suffered from dementia for several years, but complications from a fall was the immediate cause. Alyce was an elegant lady who was loved by her family and friends. After Easter, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (Frank is a 25-year trustee) played Alyce’s favorite melodies at a celebration- of-life reception. Given his lonely future, despite frequent visits from his family, Frank is engaged with resident association presidency duties, including authorizing significant improvements.
Bob Kraus writes: “I’m still on my feet, though a bit wobbly. I use a cane when I leave the house. Having my granddaughter living with me is working out fine, even though she’s 18 and I’m 91. Anna Marie Kraus is the child of my eldest son, Bob, and his wife, Maria. Anna will work at Cedar Point this summer, so I’ll be alone, which is OK. I keep in touch with Bob Smith and Casey’s widow, who lives in River Forest, Ill. I visited her last Thanksgiving while in Schaumburg visiting our daughter, who left home in 1976 to attend Northwestern University and never returned.”
Joseph Smeraldi telephoned. We are hard of hearing but talked. He went in the Army in 1942. Because of a chemistry background, he was assigned to the Medical Corps as a pharmacist, which he hated. He wanted a transfer but didn’t get one. He was discharged Dec. 12, 1945, as a sergeant. He entered the active reserves and was called up for the Korean War where he was assigned to Austria in intelligence. In the summer of 1953, Margaret Truman attended the Salzburg Festival (musical). He was assigned to look after her (secret service). He was promoted to lieutenant and received five letters of commendation. He promised to write more, but I haven’t received additional information.
Regarding Tony Yonto’s special gift, he writes: “Bob, Helen, and I discussed doing something for JCU. Tony DeCarlo ’66G, soliciting donations for Carroll, suggested we establish an endowment that would provide help to a youngster interested in attending JCU. We think it is an excellent idea. It’s sort of a payback because I was privileged to have a scholarship enabling me to graduate from Carroll. That’s the story.” Tony, you and Helen are wonderful people. What a wonderful endowment.
My wife, Susan, and I celebrated her 75th birthday with our son, Don, and daughter, Karen, in Miami (Coral Gables) on a five-day cruise around Cuba, stopping in Jamaica and Grand Cayman. We were joined by close friends and relatives. We spent St. Patrick’s day in Coral Gables and the night before at the Cuban Yacht Club with our dear friends the Cabrera family, who were on the cruise. Lots of partying.
Kraus notified me that Al Musci died May 4, 2012. God rest his soul.
God bless you all on our 70th reunion.
Robert J. Trivison
In 2002, after the death of his wife, Ruth, Bob Smith moved – with misgivings – into a senior citizen center, but now he’s pleased with the lifestyle there. He’s stopped traveling, gave his auto away, and can’t read (eyesight deficiency), but watches TV. He sees his daughter, who lives 10 minutes away, often. One son, an author, is an hour away; and another son lives in Colorado. Bob, who has a cancerous eye condition, had double surgical operations Feb. 14 to remove the cancer. Bob sounds terrific, has a great attitude, and still plays golf, weather permitting.
Fr. Francis Smith, S.J., telephoned. Blind, he writes poetry. In one year, he wrote six volumes. He sounds in high spirits.
Bob Kraus’ 18-year-old granddaughter, a high-school grad, has moved in with him. “Do yo think it will work?” he asks. Yes, why not. His parish has trouble paying bills, so he helps out with bingo to raise money. The closing of St. Christine church in Euclid, Ohio, St. Peter’s in Akron (Margaret and he were the first couple to be married there in 1953), and St. Hedwig in Akron depresses him. He doesn’t know if he’ll make the reunion.
Nick Barille emails via his granddaughter – “I want to thank you for keeping ’42 alive. So far, this has been a long ride. When we graduated in ’42, most of us went into the service, which was a real education. Sunday is still pasta day with the family, making homemade pasta, pizza, chicken cutlets, and spaghetti sauce. We meet at my daughter’s house. I’m still having a problem with my eyes. I can see but can’t read. The golf game is shot, but I’ll work on it this winter.” It’d be nice to join Nick for dinner.
I salute Helen and Tony Yonto for their $100,000-plus family endowed scholarship fund to JCU.
In a Christmas card, Jim Schlecht ’40 says he enjoys reading our ’42 news. He meets weekly with two other ’40 grads. Jim, we also like to read the up to 1939, 1940, and 1943 class columns.
I spent Christmas and Thanksgiving in Newport Beach and Murrieta in California at the homes of adaughter and grandson. There were about 40 family members at each – so much joy to witness the life and career advancements of La Famiglia. Susan and I were in Miami and took a five-day cruise the last two weeks of March. We visited our son Don and celebrated Susan’s 75th birthday.
I salute Tom Corrigan, who might be making another local move because of his wife’s health.
Finally, we’d love to hear news from the Fitzgeralds, the Honns, Al Musci, and the Smeraldis.
Happy 70th reunion. Lord, make us all instruments of peace.
Robert J. Trivison
Next year will be the 70th anniversary of our graduation. Francis Honn says he’ll attend the reunion in spirit partly because he quit flying. Others who live in distant places from JCU share Honn’s aversion to travel. Art Wincek, Bob Kraus, Richard Cachat, and I attended our 65th, which was worthwhile because of Fr. Niehoff’s social gathering, our conversation with him, and the Dolan Science Center tour. The surviving 1942 alumni who live not too far from Carroll – Barille, Cachat, Kraus, Musci, Politi, and Yonto – may want to attend if they’re in physical condition to do so. Contact me if I can help you communicate with each other. I’ve contacted all of you who are still living, except Bob Politi. If you read this Bob, contact me.
Bob Kraus emailed: “I’m still trying to be useful in my life, but it ain’t easy. My wife died May 22, 2010, so I’m lonesome. I live alone in the house Margaret and I built for us in 1956 when children began to arrive. I browse the Web, read newspapers online, become upset by what’s going on in the world, go to bed, get up in the morning, and start the same thing all over again.” Make more telephone calls to each other, talk family, politics, books, sports, health, investments, whatever.
My niece, Patti Klein, daughter of my sister, Yolanda, and Al Piccuta ’43, sent me a book titled “The Cuyahoga” by W.D. Ellis. It’s a fascinating story about the river, which is central role in the growth of Cleveland, Akron, and surrounding towns and counties, Indian life, and Connecticut ownership and influence. Cuyahoga is a horseshoe-shaped river, 100 miles long flowing south from the Chardon area to Akron, then reversing to flow north into Lake Erie. The book covers the time from 1770 to 1975; Jesuit involvement in the Western boundary of the U.S.A.; famous people such as Rockefeller, Mather, Goodrich, Kelley, Peck, Bradley, Schumacher, Severance, and many more captains of industry. Those of you who enjoy reading might find it a most interesting read.
May God bless and watch over you.
Robert J. Trivison
Bob Kraus lives on two acres in Akron, Ohio. He got his grandson, a recent Lehigh University grad, to cut the grass, a task he can no longer do. Guess he may be thinking about a move to a retirement home. Of the 12 classmates I know to be living, six live in a retirement home.
Dr. Ed O’Malley’s daughter, Annette, reported his death; God rest his soul.
Bob Smith, who lives in a retirement community, had a bad fall but didn’t break any bones. He has healed well and is back to golfing.
Francis Honn has been living in a retirement community for almost a year and has adjusted quickly to the new lifestyle. He’s president of the retirement community as of July 1. Francis is in good health, which allows him to take care of his wife, Alyce, who’s a dementia sufferer. She’s having difficulty adjusting, so they restrict their social life to several close friends living there. Francis embraced various interests, including 25 years as a trustee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He raised funds and formed relationships with prominent people including the governor. Francis’ older daughter’s son (Duke U.) is studying in China this summer. His Chinese language skills enable him to travel on his own. Her older son will marry a lovely, smart college classmate next month.
My wife, Susan, and I took a trip in March to Florida. We had a Keane family reunion in Matlacha at the water-way home of Susan’s cousin, Alice and Gene Leary. It included a celebration of life ceremony for Alice’s son, Bill. Then we returned to Miami Beach where son Don’s partner died and for another celebration of life ceremony. Susan had a medical problem and ended up in Mt. Sinai Hospital for several days, and after a two-week extension in Florida, we returned home. We celebrated July 4th with 40 family members in a beach-party atmosphere – surfing, swimming, music, dancing, etc. We’ll do a repeat next year, God willing. I also played 18 holes of golf with my son, Billy, recently. It was the first game in more than a year. I shot a 94, which included seven three-putts. Yikes! I’m an avid reader of history, economics, philosophy, politics, etc., and just finished “Washington: A-Life” by Ron Chernow, “On China” by Henry Kissinger, “Demonic” by Ann Coulter, and “The Great American Awakening” by Jim DeMint. I highly recommend all four.
I talked briefly with Tony Yonto, and all is well. I can’t believe he’s still active CEO of his family’s foundry, but he says he has a great team and it’s a good business.
I’m hoping to hear from several of you whom I’ve called or written. If you make contact, I’ll write about it in the next issue. We have a lifetime of history to write about. God be with you.
Robert J. Trivison
Bob Kraus was a U.S. Air Force meteorologist advising pilots about weather expectations for various missions for four years. After the war, he returned home to Akron, Ohio, joined his father’s architecture firm, learned to draw, and became an architect. In 1953, he met Margaret, and they were married six months later. They’ve had a wonderful life together and raised a lovely family. Margaret has passed away, and Bob misses her very much and dreams of joining her again in a better life. God bless!
Happy birthday to Ken Fitzgerald (who turned 90 April 28) and wife Caroline (who turned 85 March 15). After 1942, Ken attended Catholic University for six months on a Knights of Columbus scholarship, then worked for the Navy for 3.5 years. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology, met Caroline (they celebrated their 65th anniversary May 31), and then worked for the Red Cross in Cincinnati. From 1953 to 1956, he worked for the Catholic Diocese in Atlanta. From 1956-1966, he worked for the diocese in the New York City area. In 1966, he joined the teaching staff at Syracuse University where Caroline has taught speech and theatre for 41 years. Wow!
Tony Yonto still is active as CEO of Quality Castings, which employs 350 people. They’ve survived the transfer of manufacturing to China and other off- shore sources. His wife, Helen, is a lovely lady. They are remarkable people.
Marian and Tom Corrigan moved from Salt Lake City to Garden Villas Retirement Community in Town and Country, Mo., several miles west of St. Louis near one of their daughters. Not long ago, Tom fell and broke his hip, then Marian fell and broke hers. Tom, who had a stroke before the hip accident and uses a walker, likes the two-bedroom apartment. There’s enough space, and the computer setup in his bedroom overlooks a pond with a nice view. He still owns the home in Salt Lake City – he rents it but intends to sell it. Tom was a Navy man after 1942 (PC Boat, Pacific Islands) and then moved throughout the country working in various capacities, such as a regional manager for Okonite and a sales representative. Tom sounds happy with the move to St. Louis but misses the mountains of Salt Lake.
Susan and I will travel to Miami for 3.5 weeks, staying in a one-bedroom apartment on the oceanfront. Our son, Don, is renting in the same complex temporarily before moving into a newly purchased home in Coral Gables. While in Florida, we’ll visit family in the Palm Beach area and Matlacha, which is near Fort Myers. Usually, we’ve tied a trip to Florida with a Fort Lauderdale Caribbean cruise but now enjoy warm weather and beach scenes.
I’d like to hear from those of you who haven’t contacted me. Let me know about changes in your life and a brief sketch of your life after 1942.
God be with you.
Robert J. Trivison
We attended Jack Miller’s Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s in Carlsbad, Calif. He died Nov. 15. An ex-Navy officer/shipmate ulogized Jack describing his naval experiences. His widow, Jean, and their five children greeted a large group after Mass.
In November, Ed O’Malley’s daughter, Annette, e-mailed saying Ed and his wife, Therese, were living in a senior retirement home in Ohio.
Fr. Francis Smith, S.J., who’s blind, telephoned and expressed his hope of publishing two more poetry books titled “Somehow a Lilac Afternoon” and “Unpredictable Gifts.”
Robert Kraus’s life revolves around 17 children and grandchildren. In November, he visited Bob Smith (also a widower) in Kingston, N.Y., and attended a Mass for Margaret, Bob Kraus’s deceased spouse. They also visited the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
At 90 years of age, Tony Yonto is still CEO of his family’s foundry. The foundry business is good. His wife, Helen, is fine. Tony, who overcame back problems with rehab exercises, and Helen don’t travel much now, but they’ve enjoyed trips to Italy, where they feel at home.
Al Musci lives in the Village at St. Edward in Fairlawn, Ohio, which is a well-cared-for, independent or assisted living campus neighborhood with abundant amenities, including a chapel with daily Mass and just about every conceivable need, service, and entertainment.
My wife, Susan, had major heart surgery in June, but with excellent care and self discipline, she’s recovered nicely. I had urological flow problems recently – three emergency room visits, catheters, large blood clots, etc. – caused by excess vitamin K (too many vegetables and salad greens) in my diet. Fortunately, because of Susan’s experience with Coumadin and dieting, I figured blood clotting was caused by excess vitamin K, so I changed my diet and, presto, problem solved. I also have problems related to prostate cancer radiation treatment affecting the bladder.
In a prior letter, Nick Barille reports two connections to California: daughter Anne Valone in Lake Forest and nephew Fr. Nicholas Barille at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Riverside. Nick says Fr. Nick is a saint. What else?
Also, Frank Honn’s most notable trip was part of a chemical industry group that traveled to China in 1983 not long after the country emerged from cultural revolutions. Since 1983, China’s progress has been remarkable.
Robert J. Trivison
Following our joyful 50th reunion in 1992, Art Wincek and his wife, Fran, moved to Santa Cruz. Our friendship intensified, and he and his wife visited my wife and I twice. Jack Miller and his wife, Jean, from Carlsbad, Calif., joined our pleasant minireunions. We were planning another visit when Art died. He loved to reminisce about JCU and the Navy. Now he sails the seas of heaven. Thank you, Art, for years of communicating.
I have a photo of our 65th reunion in 2007 with Art, Dick Cachat, Bob Kraus, and me. Cachat reports that, on June 1, 2010, he attended a reunion with his cousin, Francis ’41, and visited granddaughter Amanda, current president of the JCU Student Union. Kraus reports his wife of 56 years, Margaret, an elegant, attractive, spiritual lady, died in May. He still lives in their same home of 56 years.
Nick Barille exalts in our outstanding Jesuit education, which was so meaningful to him that, during World War II in North Africa and Italy, he spread the word to priests, nuns, and many people about our JCU experience and lifestyle. Nick, who misses his best friend, Tony Byrne, plays golf three times a year but no longer wins. He remains the family cook and makes tempting Italian recipes at his and his daughter’s home twice a week.
After 33 years, Frank Honn and his wife, Alyce, sold their home and moved to a retirement community where friends reside. Frank wrote a 252-page autobiography primarily for his five grandchildren; JCU has a copy for the archivist file. After JCU, Frank earned an M.S. from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and a Ph.D. from the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research in Pittsburgh. Then he enjoyed a long business and teaching career with several companies and universities. After retiring from BASF in 1986, Frank continued to work, teach, and consult until 2003 when he finally retired for good.
Fr. Francis Smith, S.J., who spent 45 years at JCU as a distinguished teacher and poet, now is blind as a result of macular degeneration. He lives in Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich. In great spirits, he telephoned me and mentioned he has published poetry books.
Jack Miller, who was one of the top senior tennis players in the U.S., ended his tennis playing several years ago because of health problems. Jack says he’s down to skin and bones at 142 pounds. His daughter, Valerie, currently is living with him to help care for him. Jack has the best attitude of anyone I know.
Joseph Smeraldi will be 91 Dec. 11, a day older than me. His spouse is 15 years younger than him – he waited until age 40 to marry. Joe earned a B.S. in chemistry at Carroll, served in the Army Reserve, was activated in the Korean War but went to Austria instead, and is hard of hearing like me. One of his daughters, who’s a CPA, assisted him on the phone. Joe, who has a great sense of humor, says he’s writing his obituary. He also has a daughter who’s a VP at IBM and a son, Bill.
Tom Corrigan had a stroke recently. He uses a walker when outdoors but otherwise has no serious apparent aftereffects. He plans to travel to Charleston for a week. His wife, Marian, went to school with Jack Miller’s wife, Jean, and has a younger brother who’s 87.
FYI: I have a list of 26 ’42 living alumni. I sent a letter or e-mail to 16 of them and received eight responses. I have no contact information for the remaining nine.
Keep the news coming. God bless. Robert
We are very sorry to report that Art Wincek passed away on April 28, one day before his 88th birthday. We offer our condolences and prayers to his wife, Fran, his children, and his friends.
Sadly, Jerard Mulvihill passed away this winter after a long illness.
Upon leaving Carroll, Jim Paskert went into the air force in Southern California. He was transferred later to Colorado, Boca Raton, and finally Hawaii. He had also been in the Philippines. He was discharged and then left the service in 1944. He returned to Cleveland, working in probation. He then worked for Cylinders & Valves, Inc., and several auto dealers as an accountant. He retired in 1982. He is still resides in Cleveland, where he recently underwent hip surgery. His wife, Loretta, a registered nurse, is a big help to Jim.
Richard (Dick) Cachat, both my high school and college classmate, is in good spirits as always. We joined up again at the Naval Operating Base in Norfolk, VA. More recently, we talked about Jack Miller’s tennis prowess on the courts at Lakewood. If you won, you played; he was on the court all day.
Peg and Ray Casey have stopped their annual trips to Europe. Ray keeps up with Bob Smith and Tony Yonto. They finally solved the mystery of Bill Driscoll; Smitty found that he was buried in Arlington.
Bob Politi continues to reside in South Euclid, OH. Following graduation, he went to Air Force Bowman Field, Louisville, KY. From there, he was transferred to the UK. He was in the European Theatre for four years, attached to a medical unit. During the war, he went to Milan for four to five weeks. Upon discharge, he returned to Cleveland and went to work for Simon and Schuster. He was the area district manager until retirement. Bob remains a bachelor. He, Jerard Mulvihill, Peter Mesner, and Frank Greicius were the Radio Club Founders. Father William F. Ryan was the moderator.
John W. Miller, Jack to most of us, reported to Midshipman’s School at Columbia University, NY in October ’42 following graduation. He became an Ensign c. 3/1/42 when he reported to Sub Chaser Training Center, Miami, FL. After eight weeks, he was assigned to a new type Navy vessel, USS Doherty, a destroyer escort, second in its class at Tiburon, CA. He spent three years on Doherty. Originally, he was supply and ship’s officer, then assistant gunnery officer, gunnery officer and finally executive officer at decommissioning in Long Beach, CA. He returned to Cleveland with his new bride, Lt. J.G. Jean Miller, c. 12/25/45. He went to work for Dobeckmun Co. where he first worked in the lab and then went into outside sales. He was transferred to Atlanta as Southern assistant sales manager until the company was bought by Dow Chemical. Since he did not want to go to Midland, MI, he went to work for Olin Corp. as a technical sales rep. He was transferred by Olin to Philadelphia as district manager and in the following year became regional manager. He was there 14 years and then transferred to St. Louis as senior account manager for eight years and retired in 1985. He and I met in the Aleutians about 1944 where I served on a destroyer which was part of a task force that bombarded the Kurile Islands. When I talked with Jack this past October, he had just been released from the hospital. He went in for a procedure which was to have kept him there two days but he ended up staying an additional 10 or 12 days due to a punctured lung. He sounded really great when we talked. Jack is now 90 and Jean 87. They are considering giving up their corner condo in Carlsbad, CA with all its beautiful plantings and moving into a less demanding facility.
Alfred P. Musci did not graduate with us. He spent his last year at Western Reserve University and graduated from there in October ’42. He reported to Patterson Field, Dayton, OH, for orientation and then back to Cleveland as manager of the warehouse depot at E 40th and Payne. He was a PFC but part of the time in Cleveland he was a Warrant Officer. He was transferred to Ft. Benning in Indianapolis, then to Camp Rucker, AL, and then to Foreign Language School. He studied Japanese at Yale University for two semesters after which he was transferred to Camp Livingston, LA. At this time his soon to be wife, Jeanne, came down and they were married. After several other camp stops, he was assigned to The Presidio near San Francisco. Jeanne got a job there and he was discharged from that facility. They returned to Akron in 1946 and he engaged in the food business — poultry, eggs, etc., as his father before him, until 1971 when he formed a partnership known as Melch Foods, whose salads still are sold in supermarkets, delicatessens, and restaurants. He worked there until retirement in 1985. They moved to Fort Myers, FL, where Al lived until his recent return to Fairlawn, OH, following Jeanne’s death several years earlier. He now resides in assisted living at St. Edwards Home. When I talked to him he sounded great. Art
We’ve learned about Frank Honn’s activities in prior articles: his directorships of German Chemical companies, trusteeship of Fairleigh Dickinson College, NJ, his support of the New Jersey Symphony and many other activities. His family received a call prior to graduation from a former colleague of his dad’s at General Cable Corporation, Rome, NY, inviting him to come there to work. Three days later, Frank arrived there and was escorted to the lab where he was to work and met his new boss. He found lodging for $5 per week. General Cable was a fully integrated cable works which started with copper ingots and made everything from tiny magnet wires for winding motors to huge submarine cables. In 1942 the largest volume product was army field wire which was strung all over Europe after D-Day. Frank cooperated in developing a new generation of magnet wire which operated at high temperatures, permitting more horse-power in smaller motors. He also worked on the new synthetic rubber and plastics, PVC and polyethylene. In 1943, lab operations were moved to Bayonne, NJ, where he worked until 1945 on war related wire and cable projects. He earned an MS from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute where he met the famous Herman Mark, a German refugee who established the Polymer Institute. A new assistant at Bayonne introduced Frank to his cousin Alyce, whom he married August 25, 1943. After the war he received a fellowship at Mellon Institute which was sponsored by Armstrong Cork. Here he became exposed to the development of new cement for joining compound lenses. He gave his dissertation on autoxidation of drying oils for his PhD. With his new degree he joined M.W. Kello MAgg for pioneering in the new field of fluoroelastomers. Frank came to JCU via St. Ignatius High School and was the acknowledged “smartest member” of our class (although he had a lot of bright competitors). He might have been rivaled by the late Fr. Nick Novosel who came with a 99.7% average from Cathedral Latin. Nick left for the seminary at the end of two years. He died while he was pastor of St Mary’s Church in Mentor, OH. Frank was science and Fr. Nick was arts.
Job description updates: Tom Corrigan was in sales at Chase Brass; sales and regional manger at Okonite in Michigan, and regional sales manager for Okonite while in Chicago.
Ken Fitzgerald became tenured professor at Syracuse University in 1973 in Social Work. In 1956 he was in NYC with the Council on Social Work and developing schools of social work for Central and South America. In ’57 he also worked with the American Foundation for the Blind. Ken can be found in several Who ’s Who: Education, In the East, America, and The World.
Alfred I. Johns, formerly Iacobucci, was a backfield man on the JCU football team who came via Cleveland Heights High School. Al participated in the 1936 Charity Game in the 0-0 tie with Cathedral Latin and also the mid-season game at Cleveland Heights field which was a 6-6 tie. Within days of graduation, he reported to the U.S. Army and went to Camp Bowie, TX. He was with a Youngstown, OH, group and became a master sergeant, declining a commission. He then went to Louisiana for Pacific South Seas training, then NY, Northern Ireland, Scotland thru England, and eventually the Battle of the Bulge — so much for South Sea training. Again he was offered a commission and declined. He came out of the Army in 1946 and went to work for Oliver Corp. tractor manufacturer and worked as an inventory clerk for 16 years until the company moved to Iowa. He spent the next 16 years at National Acme in inventory management. He recalled stories of Tony Byrne, our late classmate who became a rancher in northern California. Art
John T. (Tom) Corrigan, after graduation, went to USN Midshipman School, Loyola U. Chicago in early 1943. After his 120 day indoctrination, he was transferred to Anti-Submarine Warfare School, Miami, FL, where he spent three months learning ASW. He was assigned to PC-583 (approximately a 200’ patrol craft) which ran with the smaller sub chaser, SC, slightly more than 100’ long; together these vessels gave yeoman service. He served as Gunnery Officer of a 3” Battery for three years. His ship was never equipped with a dual 40mm which would have replaced one of the 3” guns. PC-583 served at Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, (the closest it came to shooting warfare), Eniwetok and Kwajelin (both Marshall Islands). The convoys in the Pacific had fewer escorts than those in the Atlantic. PC-583 also went to Guam and Saipan and returned to the U.S. in May 1945. He came home to Lakewood and married Marion. Anacostia was next and then to Pearl Harbor. He became Executive Officer of a DE, and helped moth-ball it. He returned to Cleveland and went to work for Chase Brass and Copper, Division of Kennecott Corp. for seven years, then to Detroit for 13 years. He was transferred to the Okonite Division and eventually worked in St. Louis, Chicago, and Salt Lake City. He became a manufacturer’s rep. and worked until 1986, continuing to live in Salt Lake City where he lives at the present time.
H. Kenneth (Ken) Fitzgerald, Lakewood resident, received a Knights of Columbus Fellowship for four years of study at Catholic University of America. Dr. John Murphy, Sociology Department at Carroll referred him to the program with a recommendation which was supported by the local Knights of Columbus (George Quinn) and his pastor, Rev. Schmidt. This was touch and go because the Lakewood Draft Board was hot on his trail. He finished several months of graduate school when he had to make a military election. He opted for the Navy, received a direct commission because of being in grad school and was sent to Harvard University USN Communications School where he spent six months and then on to Camp Pendleton, a Marine and Naval base near San Diego. He was assigned as a Communications Officer to Admiral Richard Connelly’s staff aboard the USS Appalachian, AGC1 where he served two years including the invasions of the Marshall Islands, Guam, Leyte Gulf and Subic Bay. When the war ended, the ship entered a port west of Sopporo, capital of Hokkaido, Japan. The ship eventually went to Aomori Bay, Honshu and then to Tokyo. He returned to San Francisco and was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he edited a Navy Bulletin. He was able to get some time at Catholic University but then became a full-time grad student 9/46 until 6/50. He completed his master’s and doctorate in Social Work, among the first 100 to receive that doctorate. It was then to Cincinnati with the Red Cross and as a part-time instructor at Xavier U. He later became director of Catholic Social Services in Atlanta, GA, the first layman in that capacity in the U.S. He returned to academia at Syracuse University in 1966 until retirement in 1988. He taught in Tehran, Iran, 1975-76. His wife, Caroline, is still teaching at LeMoyne U and has edited and written crossword puzzles for the New York Times.
In our last column we wrote of Ray Casey. His uncle, Fr. Haggerty, SJ, was a member of the JCU faculty during our freshman year.
Richard Cachat entered the U.S. Navy Midshipman’s School, Columbia University, NY, following graduation from JCU. After a number of training stints in various shore based activities, he was sent eventually to Destroyer Training Center, Norfolk, VA, (also known as Komander Klak’s Kollege of Nautical Knowledge) where he joined two fellow JCU grads, your writer and the late Ray Hodous ’43 and then to USS Moale, DD693, the second of the new 2,200 ton destroyers. As a member of the crew of that ship he survived the Battle of Ormoc Bay (Philippines) in a raid led by USS Sumner and where USS Cooper was sunk. He had some fragment damage from a large bullet which pierced the superstructure. After the Navy, his civilian career began at Basic Food in the old Broadway E. 9th area (now gone with the development of the highways and Jacob’s Field) blending and separating oils from spices, peppers, ginger, etc. Interestingly, these are the buildings where the Chef Boyardee brand had its beginnings. He left to take a job at Republic Steel where he worked 32 years. Having been a chemistry major at JCU he worked in the chem lab, industrial engineering, construction department and environmental control. He was superintendent in construction and environmental control. He retired in 2002 fortunately taking a buy-out and escaping the steel industry collapse. A few years ago Dick and I waited at Czech Inn on Granger Road, Garfield Heights, to have lunch with the late JCU President, Fr. Michael Lavelle, SJ, who enjoyed Bohemian food. Unfortunately, Fr. Lavelle had had a heart attack that morning.
Regarding Klak’s Kollege, the faculty was made up of former professors, instructors and high school teachers who were the most “regulation” personnel ever encountered in the U.S. Navy.
Our second profile concerns Ray Casey. After JCU, Ray became a weatherman in the Army Air Corp. Three years later, he was back at Kraft Foods, Chicago, where he worked 39 years. When he first came back, four of the Kraft brothers were still working there. Eventually, Ray became vice president in materials planning which is part of the company’s operations. National Dairy was the umbrella company but Kraft remained fairly independent. Ray enjoyed his years with Kraft.
On Thanksgiving Day 2007, Frannie and I attended Mass at St. Leo’s Mission, Tacoma, Wash. It was the 50th wedding anniversary of my sister, Christine, and Cdr. Stanley Cotton, USN Retired (former carrier pilot), who are residents of Gig Harbor, Wash., across the Narrows. Mass was celebrated by Steven Landry, SJ, who had been in the novitiate with Fr. Robert Niehoff, SJ, although Fr. Landry is over 20 years older. His missionary parish runs beautifully: great choir, good music, good parishioner participation.
On January 10, 2008, Bob Smith returned from convalescence following surgery to his left shoulder which was severely injured when he slipped on the ice on his driveway while getting the newspaper. At 88, Bob has been playing golf four days a week. The doctors promise him that he will be back playing in April. The rehabilitation facility is a former Vanderbilt mansion on the Hudson River.
Unfortunately, 2007 turned out to be rough year for Nick Barille health wise. Fortunately, he has a great family support system. Presently, eye trouble is his nemesis. He had cataract surgery in 2007 and now has macular degeneration. During the past year he also suffered from pneumonia and congestive heart failure among others. Notwithstanding, he is still cooking noodles and sauce. His five hospitalizations in 2007 explain his absence from our reunion. His youngest daughter, in Indians or Browns regalia, is an avid fan and frequent visitor. We talked about his late brother, Angelo ’43, whose son, Steven, has spent his life in a wheelchair. Angelo was very proud of Steve who graduated from JCU ’86 with honors. Nick sees Steve from time to time who is now Dr. Steven, clinical psychologist at Euclid General Hospital. Nick enjoyed his Jesuit training. He lives on Colony Dr. in Highland Heights, across the street from St. Paschal Baylon parish. Nick worked in the Cleveland School System for many years and also taught at Notre Dame College.
Jim Brugger is holding his own at his home in Chatham, MA, on the Cape. His wife died in January ’07 and he says he misses her. His four children, his grandchildren and great grandchildren do their best to fill the void but their time is limited and location inconvenient for frequent visits. His closest child is in Needham, MA, a Boston suburb (quite a distance from Chatham). Jim is dealing with eye problems and is planning cataract surgery with doctors who are congregated in Sandwich, MA, about 50-60 miles West of Chatham on the Cape. This past summer, his family took homes around him and spent a week. He asked about Dutch Blose who I saw about 30 years ago in Omaha, NE. Dutch took me to the Stockyard SteakHouse for a great porterhouse. At that time, he was professor of psychiatry at University of Nebraska, Omaha. Since then, Dutch went to the University of Kentucky and I have not been able to make contact with him. Jim and I ended our telephone conversation one minute before the start of Game Five of the ALCS. Unfortunately, CC Sabathia did not hold up.
Ray Casey is dealing with Parkinson’s. It and a few other factors have discouraged him from attending a Notre Dame game once a year with Tony Yonto. The other factors being larger crowds resulting from the additions built on the stadium and the delays caused by national TV coverage. He says it’s hardly like a football game anymore. He credits the column with helping renew old acquaintance with Bob Kraus. He’s had a lively post-graduation camaraderie with Tony Yonto and Bob Smith. Now he’s renewed contact with Bob Kraus who was a good dorm friend. Bob must still have Fr. Otting’s notes because he challenges writers or TV hosts for violations of privacy rights as set forth in the precepts of the Principles of Ethics. Tony Yonto overcame back disability limitation problems with therapy and is getting back into his routine which includes making sure that Ohio’s largest foundry is running right. Tony is not playing as much golf as before but gets out when he can.
Bob Trivison’s home in Encinitas, CA, filled with ash and evacuees (for four days) during the recent fires that swept Southern California. Rancho Santa Fe was the closest fire area to them but at no time were they threatened. The La Costa area where they lived in 1996 is OK this year but they were totally burned out there 11 years ago. Jean and Jack Miller were told to evacuate but, fortunately, the winds changed and they were able to stay in their home in Carlsbad, but the house is full of black soot.
Our classmate, Bob Trivison and wife Susan came the furthest to the ’42 Reunion; my wife, Fran, and I were a close second. Bob Kraus came in from Akron and Dick Cachat from Rocky River. We started in the beautiful Donahue Auditorium in the Dolan Science Center on Friday June 22, 2007, and then attended a fine reception in the Muldoon Atrium of Dolan which is delightfully suited for a large gathering. We heard Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, president of JCU, advise of the status of affairs at our Alma Mater. The most important affair being the caliber of students attracted to the university, largely hard-working leadership types who should do much for the future success of Carroll. One could not help but think about those dreary years like 1944 when the student body diminished to 150+/- with the deprivations of war time activity. The late Fr. Edward C. McCue, SJ, then dean, packed his bags and scoured the offices of Washington D.C. for a student body. Fortunately, after a month of seeking help, he came home with a US Navy V-12 commitment and JCU was never the same — the faculty labored long hours with this new student body. For example, Rev. William F. Ryan, SJ, history professor, had a heart attack from attempting to teach too many classes and his college teaching career was terminated. From that day till now, JCU never lacked for a superior student body. It might have been otherwise. We are here now with this magnificent school and 65 year graduate celebrants, except that only four came to enjoy the beauty of the occasion. The Trivisons who, incidentally, had a difficult time making return flight transfers in Dallas, arrived in San Diego at 3:30 a.m. He was inspired by the Reunion but disappointed at our turnout. He (me, too) expected Al Musci and Nick Barille. We had hoped that Tony Yonto (now our leader and last surviving class officer) and Helen would come but, unfortunately, Tony was in a bad siege of back pain at that time. Bob was happy to renew acquaintance with Bob Kraus, our retired Akron architect, and Dick Cachat who came with his cousin, Fran Cachat ’41 and his lovely wife, Peg. Bob and all enjoyed Bruce Thompson ’43, whom he described as a gracious person, and who arranged for the ’42 contingent to be introduced to the other classes sharing the cafeteria where we had our Saturday evening meal. Fr. Niehoff made cordial remarks about having us back and gave his blessing before going off to other gatherings, particularly to Sal Felice ’57 and the Big 50 Reunion. Further, Bob said he’d like to do it again in 2012 and so would I (optimists). Maybe we’d have a bigger turnout! He lamented that the names of our deceased were not read at Mass as they were for the other reunion classes.
From the Alumni Office came word of a gentleman whose whereabouts have been unknown to his classmates for quite a few years. Bill Driscoll died July 22, 2004 and it appears that his residence was in Fairfax, VA. He had many good dorm friends who asked about him many times over the years. In the last issue of the magazine, our column referred to the fact that I was unable to make contact with Fr. Matt Herttna, and in the death notices we learned that he died on December 13, 2006.
Maureen E. Coughlin ’79 cousin to our Tom Coughlin (’43 or ’44) was kind enough to write me and furnish Fr. Herttna’s obituary. Maureen’s family and Fr. Herttna were well acquainted. His obituary follows — A Mass of Christian Burial was offered December 18, at the National Shrine of St. Dymphna, Massillon, OH, for Fr. Mathew Herttna, 85, who died December 13. Fr. Herttna was a retired priest of the diocese. He was born April 12, 1921 in Montville, OH, a son of Matt and Helen Herttna. He attended Hartsgrove Elementary School, Orwell High School, Rome High School, John Carroll University, and St. Mary’s Seminary, Cleveland. He was ordained May 26, 1945, by Bishop James A. McFadden. Following ordination, Fr. Herttna served as associate pastor at St Peter Parish, Canton (1945-52), Sacred Heart Parish, Youngstown (1952-53) and St. Charles Parish, Boardman (1953-54). While at St. Peter’s he was the first chaplain of the Canton Police Dept. and the Stark County Sheriff’s Dept., where he coordinated a project carried out by the inmates–the renovation of part of the building as a Catholic chapel. He celebrated Mass and counseled there. In January 1954, Fr. Herttna was assigned as Catholic chaplain to Heartland Behavioral Healthcare. He retired on May 31, 1996. In his retirement, he continued to care for the hospital patients as chaplain. During his ministry Fr. Herttna served as diocesan director of Catholic nurses, a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and chaplain of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court Massilon, No. 1244. He was an instructor of religion at Ursuline High School and was a representative for the Ohio Council of Churches Commission on Institutional Ministries. Fr. Herttna leaves several nephews and nieces.
We are anticipating our 65th graduation anniversary. It appears that 21 of us survive. The following is a resume of who’s coming and the general health of our classmates.
Nick Barille: Overcoming a bout with pneumonia; loves his doctor. He’s coming.
Jim Brugger: Wife, Dorothy, is very ill; he’s apparently in OK shape. Will not be leaving Cape Cod for the reunion.
Dick Cachat: Good health!! Will attend. This is our Man-o-War’s man from the Battle of Ormoc Bay. An 8” bullet missed Richard and went through the 3/8” plate of his destroyer, USS Moale, about a foot above his head. It changed his personality. He worked in seven Republic Steel departments and was chief engineer in that rotation.
Ray Casey: Back problems but generally good health; is a “probable.” He was with the Kraft Company for so long that he worked with the original Kraft brothers in what later became National Dairy Co. and now Kraft Inc.
John Thomas Corrigan: Good health except for macular degeneration. Has a special apparatus to operate his computer. “Maybe”
Ken Fitzgerald: Health OK but has back problems. Will not attend and will be opening the cottage with Caroline on Cape Cod.
Fr. Matt M. Herttna: I think his health is OK. Not able to reach him but was hoping that he could say a Mass for us.
Frank Honn: Very good health! Can’t come. Bob Kraus: Generally good health. Notwithstanding total care-giving for wife Margaret, may try to come up from Akron for a few hours.
Jack Miller: Generally ailing. Wife, Jean, recently fell. Not able come from Carlsbad, CA.
Al Musci: Good health; coming from Ft Myers, FL.
Jerry Mulvihill: Poor health; unable to come from New Hyde Park, NY.
Edward J. O’Malley, MD: Couldn’t reach him in Rocky River. Probably will come.
Jim Paskert: Generally OK, recovering from minor surgery. Will probably come for one day.
Bob Politi: Unable to reach, may come out.
Joe Smeraldi: Good health. Will try to come from Trophy Club, TX, 30 miles north of Dallas.
Bob Trivison: Good health and coming from Encinitas, CA.
Bob Smith: Good health; probably not coming from Kingston, NY.
Frank Voiner: Not able to locate.
Tony Yonto: Good health, will be coming in from Orrville, OH, and leave that booming foundry of his for a couple of days.
Unfortunately it was sad to see that Charles McCarthy (good friend and former Travelers Insurance adjuster) and Mike Riccardi passed on. Bob Kraus notified me of the death of James Jahant who was with us during the first two years at JCU. Transferred to Holy Cross, graduated 1943 and Columbia Midshipman School the same year, apparently was an amphibious officer, landing at Normandy. Later he worked at Newsweek for 20 years. Bob and he attended St. Sebastian grade school, Akron, OH. Art
It’s the October 20 deadline and I leave for Russia on Sunday, October 15, for two plus weeks which includes a river cruise on the Don River from Moscow to Kazan (formerly Stalingrad).
Earlier this year, I heard James Hogan, former State Department Representative, discuss his various postings during his career. James is approximately 10 years our junior. I asked him if he knew our Tom Dunnigan ’43; he didn’t. When he learned of our JCU connection, he advised that he was acquainted with another of our illustrious grads who he stated was doing very well in the State Department. His name is John (I think he said John) Callahan and he is assistant to John Negroponte, U.S. Director of Intelligence.
You will remember that William Jacoby passed away. Part of his obituary appeared in the spring 2006 column, the remainder of it follows: William A. Jacoby, 84, who was a partner in one of the nation’s largest accounting firms died yesterday in Mercy Hospital of Tiffin. He had been in declining health for more than a year, his son Mark said. Mr. Jacoby, formerly of Sylvania Township, retired in 1981 as a partner in Arthur Young & Co. with which he had been an accountant for 35 years. The firm has been known as Ernst & Young since its 1989 merger with Ernst & Whinney. He audited companies of all types and sizes and let the numbers tell the story, not the client’s say-so — “He was a black-and-white kind of guy” his son said. “In life, in general, it was right or wrong, and the numbers don’t lie.” Mr. Jacoby was born on a farm near Alvada, Ohio. Mr. Jacoby and his first wife, Virginia, married September 6, 1947. She died May 3, 1993. Contributions were suggested to Franciscan Missions in Carey, OH, Little Flower Church, St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo or the St. Vincent de Paul Society. It will be remembered that Bill was our last surviving elected class president. Art
It’s Holy Week and my article is due. I planned to write about the San Francisco reception for Fr. Niehoff, SJ, but it was not meant to be; instead, I became ill and remained at home. Had we met, as I hoped, he would’ve been added to the illustrious gentlemen whom I’ve met that occupied the position of JCU president. I attended his inauguration which gave ’42 first place together with Larry Kelly ’36 in the procession line. That changed when we entered the gym. There on my side and ahead of ’42 was Prof. Arthur Noetzel, Ph.D., ’38. My presidential contacts were Edmund C. Horne, SJ, youngish prexy who died an early death and who, thank God, talked me into joining the U.S. Navy V-7 program which eventually got me to Columbia U. and a commission. If not for him, I would have been drafted into the U.S. Army. That was apparent when I reported my Navy enlistment to my Draft Board — I would have been on the next train to leave the Newburgh area. The others: Fr. Henry F. Birkenhauer, S.J., seismologist; Fr. Thomas P. O’Malley, SJ, from Boston College; Fr. Michael J. Lavelle, SJ, with whom Fran and I went to Italy; and Fr. Edward Glynn, SJ; what a great group of leaders. Hopefully an opportunity will allow meeting Fr. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ.
My only contact with classmates this quarter was with Tony Yonto, class secretary and now, you shall see, class leader! When I called on a Saturday morning Helen, his wife, gave me the plant phone number and his extension. We didn’t talk then because he was among the machines. He is still running the show for that successful casting plant of his in Orrville, OH, and I’m assuming, with the help of his son. His son attended the University Notre Dame where his uncle, Tony’s brother, was on the coaching staff for many years, giving Tony a connection with that university, too.
Our leader is dead. Part of his obituary from the Toledo Blade, follows: William A. Jacoby, age 84, of Toledo, OH, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2006. Bill attended St. Wendelin School, Fostoria; received a football scholarship to, and graduated from John Carroll University and was drafted by the Detroit Lions. He was a certified public accountant and partner for 35 years at Arthur Young and Company, former president of the Ohio Society of CPAs, board member of the former Sylvania Savings Bank, board member of Catholic Cemeteries, and a Navy veteran of WWII. After retiring he continued his career in accounting, working for both Schill Pattern and Lo-Temp Brazing. At grandparents’ day at St. John’s Jesuit High School, Bill was recently recognized as having the most offspring attending the school. Bill is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Gillig/Wonderly); children, Mary Ellen (David) Estrada, Stephen (Mary Jo), Anne (Bernie) Heinl, Timothy (Jennifer) of Concord, MA, Mark (DeeDee), John of Midlothian, VA, Janet (Rick) Skidmore, Paul (Debbie), William (Kerrie) of Chandler, AZ; 30 grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Aubry (Millersburg); many loving nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Thomas (Denise) Wonderly, John Christopher (Laura) Wonderly and 6 step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia (Lichtle); daughter-in-law, Norah Jacoby; siblings, Gerald, William, Mary Catherine, Irene and Elizabeth. Bill was our last living elected president in his sophomore year; all other presidents and vice presidents are deceased. Tony Yonto appears to be our last elected official, serving as secretary of the class in our junior and senior years.
Fr. Matt Herttna is the director of the National Shrine of St Dymphna — www.natlshrinestdymphna.org — patroness for nervous and mental disorders. The shrine is located on the grounds of Heartland Behavioral Healthcare, Massillon, OH. Individual perpetual membership is $25.00 – family $100. He enrolled me January 13, 2006.
Christmas cards came from Al Musci, Marian and Tom Corrigan, Sue and Bob Trivison, Ruth and Bob Smith, Rev. Matt M. Herttna, Jean and Jack Miller and Charlie McCarthy. Thank you all.
During our stay in the Encinitas area September 21, 1905, Fran and I visited Jean and Jack Miller at their Lantana Dr. home in the Seacliff development in Carlsbad, CA, next town north. There the garages gracefully face each other on the street and the yard and rear areas are a bower of flowers. Also in the rear are a series of lovely ponds threading their way and filled with surprisingly friendly large mouth bass. True to the name of their street, Millers had three varieties of Lantana — yellow, pinkish blue, and deep blue. Behind the house, between and in front of two of the ponds, rises a magnificent magenta bougainvillea. This is a corner property and the left side yard is a myriad of ground cover leading to a gazebo and the tennis courts.
Nick Barille received a Master’s Degree in Education at CWRU and continuing education at Maine University, Ohio University, and Cleveland State. Among his favorite activities: cooking every Wednesday and Sunday, travel abroad (Rome is his favorite) his late wife, nee Lucille Pettis (he misses her very much), favorite destination was Athens. Limited vision is affecting his golf. One of his favorite recollections of his years at JCU is Fr. Otting’s grading system in Family and Ethics exams, i.e., +1 for correct answers -1 for no answer and -2 for an incorrect answer. The late professor graded on a curve and in a 10 question exam, five frequently was an A. The Barilles have six children, from Joseph (55) to MaryAnn Pokorny (45) and 17 grand children.
Fr. Matt Herttna continues as director of the National Shrine of St. Dymphna in Massillon, OH.
Ruth and Bob Smith went to their Wellington, FL, home in early January.
Marian and Tom Corrigan sent mail to me from their Salt Lake City home, to Ohio; no luck!! Charlie McCarthy’s reply to the inquiry about his years at JCU, simply “Wonderful.” Charlie also received a law degree at Cleveland-Marshall Law School, now part of CSU. Dr. Ed O’Malley sends his thanks for news about our classmates.
The final and closing paragraph of Frank Honn’s December 29, 2004 letter follows: “So much for my activities. Our family continues to be a real joy. Alyce and I have four “children” — two girls, two boys — and two of them have their own families. All told, there are now five grandchildren. Our older daughter, who is married to a venture capitalist and lives in Princeton, has four — a junior at Middlebury, a freshman at Dartmouth and two in high school. Our older son, who imports expensive bicycles and components, has the other one, a senior at Greenwich, CT, high school. Our younger son is an architect who practices in Cambridge, MA, and younger daughter, who lives in New York are determinedly single. We have just enjoyed the annual family Christmas gathering, which one described as “the best ever.”
So that’s the news from here!! Art
Arising out of the East Coast of the Pacific Ocean and a high promontory above it, sits Villa Trivisonno, four and a half levels of delightful architecture and landscaping, home of Susan and Bob Trivison where Fran and I spent four delightful days in September as guests. We occupied the eastern-most room which had three ceiling levels, the highest of which was twelve feet high with large windows which flooded us with the morning sun. Each room had fresh flowers (our bedroom had Trumpet Lilies and Pussywillows). On Wednesday, September 21, 2005, Jean and Jack Miller along with Mar and Bob Clearly joined us in a great meal headlined by fabulous tenderloin prepared by a gourmet chef friend of the Trivisons. It was another ’42 reunion and Cathedral Latin School ’38 reunion in Encinitas, CA.
During our stay we visited Jean and Jack at their Lantana Dr. home in the Seacliff development in Carlsbad, CA, next town north. There the garages gracefully face each other on the street and the yard and rear areas are literally a bower of flowers. Also in the rear are a series of lovely ponds threading their way and filled with surprising friendly large mouth bass. True to the name of their street, Millers had three varieties of Lantana: yellow, pinkish blue, and deep blue. Behind the house, between and in front of two of the ponds, rises a magnificent magenta bougainvillea. This is a corner property and the left side yard is a myriad of ground cover leading to a gazebo and the tennis courts. At 85, Jack ranked eighth nationally among tennis players in his age group.
On Friday, September 23, Bob and I visited Rich Sylvester ’68 at his ETV or Encinitas TV, Audio Sales and Service on historic U.S. R101. Rich is succeeding in a very competitive market by participating in a buying co-op. I saw a $13,000 Sony screen which sure covered a lot of the wall!! His uncle, the late Nick Sylvester, a former Eastgate, Mayfield Hts. hairdresser, was my occasional golf companion in the old Berkshire CC days before 1972. Rich’s children are in college.
Eileen M. (Byrne) Hickerson ’83 sent a note thanking us for remembering her late dad and our classmate, James T. Byrne, in the 2004 fall edition. She advised that her mother, Geri Byrne, died on August 20, 2005. She and her family cared for her in their Olmsted Falls home. The late Geri loved the university. In addition to the late Jim, their children attended JCU — Brian ’70 and Eileen ’83.
The third section of Frank Honn’s December 29, 2004 career review letter follows: Now what to do to fill in the time? I had given up golf, even though I belong to a first-rate Club, because I was really lousy at the game. Some travel but there was still lots of empty time. So I fell back on volunteer effort. I had been a trustee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1983 and by 2003 was serving as vice-chairman of the board. In that role I participated in governance, helping guide a paid staff of 30, raise and give money. Especially the latter! The orchestra, founded 80 plus years ago, is now classified as a Division I outfit, where we rub shoulders with the Big Five (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Cleveland). We have recently engaged a new music director, who has been leading Detroit for the past 12 years, and a new president/CEO who was number two in Philadelphia. Our really big accomplishment has been the purchase of 30 rare string instruments made by such master’s as Stradavari, Guerneri, and Amati in the late 1600s and early 1700s. They had been collected over the years by a quirky philanthropist. He had already given six such instruments to the Smithsonian but wanted the remaining 30 to be played regularly in his home state. After much negotiating and financing we acquired them in early 2003. All the principals (first and second violin, viola, cello) were given their choice and the remaining 26 rotated among the four string sections. Our sound, which had been first rate, is now even better, especially when we play in our main venue, the recently opened New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Our faithful responders to the recent questionnaires have provided material for several issues. Bob Kraus is doing God’s work. He is the chief caregiver for his wife, Margaret, who is helpless. He surrendered his Architectural License. You may remember, in the last issue, I said, and I say again, thank God for good spouses.
A fellow we have not heard from for a while is Jerry Mulvihill. His wife, Gladys, told me that Jerry is dealing with some serious medical problems. They have four children, one of whom is a stock broker and two others are a physician and a lawyer.
Nick Barille, who I remember knocking the Cathedral Latin Lions cold on a rainy September Saturday in 1937 as a John Adams Rebel half-back, is having difficulty with golf due to limited vision. More about these and others next issue.
Andy Mulwick’s death is a great loss to ’42 and JCU; he was keeping books as an accountant until a short while ago.
In the last column I advised that Ken Fitzgerald’s professorship would be featured — he taught “Marriage and Family” at Xavier U., 1950-53, while working for the Red Cross. Teaching became full time in 1966 as an associate professor, at Syracuse U., teaching “Community Organizations and Social Planning” and became professor in 1972. He also taught courses in Administration and Social Policy during 1967-80, he served as a consultant to the National Conference of Catholic Charities, dividing his time between 15 Dioceses, reorganizing Catholic Charities Programs; Virginia and Cincinnati were the largest. He was on leave of absence in ’75 and ’76 and went to Iran where he evaluated programs at the Teheran School of Social Work and taught “Administration of Social Agencies.” He was designated professor emeritus in 1988 by Syracuse. He was always active with social agencies in Syracuse and central New York and continued so after his retirement. During several summers, he taught extension courses for Syracuse U at Utica College and Florida State University. In 1997, he served as facilitator for 25 leaders of the Maryknoll Mission Assoc. of the Faithful. In 2001, he and his wife, Caroline, served as co-leaders of a Values Institute at LeMoyne College where she is a professor, entitled “Changing Values in a Changing World.” Participants came from the West Coast and Europe. Additional information concerning Ken can be found in Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and an English publication, Dictionary of International Biography.
The second part of Frank Honn’s letter follows. After retiring from BASF, I served as an outside director for another German chemical company, Henkel, where my former boss at BASF had become chairman. That stint lasted six years, 1986-92. During those years and until about 3 years ago, I also operated a small consulting firm, working primarily as an “advisor to management” in the chemical industry. Eventually, I ran out of industry contacts — my friends had either died or retired, so I let the business “just fade away.” My last retirement was from academia. In 1988, two years after leaving a full time job at BASF I was called by a friend at Allied Chemical who was heading a search committee for the Business College at Fairleigh Dickinson U. They were looking for someone to occupy the Alfred Driscoll Chair in Pharmaceutical-Chemical studies. This program had been operating for 20+ years to serve the needs of New Jersey’s most important industry – Pharmaceuticals for MBAs. Thinking that I would spend maybe 2-3 years teaching, I accepted. Little did I expect that I would be there 15 years! Indeed, I would probably still be teaching if the state of New Jersey, which paid for this and five other chairs in various fields at Rutgers, Stevens, etc., not encountered a budget crunch. No more funding, no more job. It was time, anyway, as I told the Dean, for me to hang it up.
The late Honorable John V. Corrigan ’43 former judge of the Eighth District Court of Appeals, former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge, and former Judge of the Cleveland Municipal Court, started with the Class of ’42. He dropped out after his freshman year and returned to graduate with ’43. His brothers, the late Msgr. Thomas Corrigan ’39, former pastor of St. Charles, Parma, OH, and the late Dr. Peter Corrigan, MD ’43, internist, were also Carroll grads. Msgr. Tom was a member of the famous debate teams of the ’30s under Charles Ryan, SJ, (affectionately known as Pappy), former chaplain of the N.Y. Rainbow Division in WWI — they vanquished Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, Emory, etc. When Fred Friendly, former NBC executive, put on a Constitutional Law panel at JCU, Judge Corrigan was unerring and quick in applying the law to unusual fact situations.
Al Musci would have had his recent surgery in Akron instead of Ft. Myers, FL, had he anticipated the loneliness of rehab without members of his family around him.
An excerpt, the first quarter of a letter from Frank Honn follows: Good to hear from you again! As I recall, you missed our last reunion (60th in 2002) when we had about a dozen turnout. I had the dubious honor of reading off a long list of those who had departed in the previous five years. Some of them I knew as far back as grade school and/or high school. Now for an update from these quarters
After 61 years in industry and academia, I finally retired for the third and last time, in June 2003. My first retirement took place in 1986 when I stepped down from the executive committee in BASF/USA at age 64. Over the years I had worked as a bench chemist, R&D manager, R&D VP, division general manager and senior executive in the chemical industry. My employers included General Cable, M.W. Kellog, 3M, Carter’s Inc., Olin, Mennen, and BASF. En route I had earned an MS from Brooklyn Poly and Ph.D. from Pitt. While at Pitt I served as a Fellow on the Mellon Institute, which allowed me to study at Pitt without charge. Over the years in R&D, commercial development and business management, I was involved in several significant innovations, the most visible being the ubiquitous yellow hi-lighter. (more from Frank next time)
I thought it would be appreciated if we could learn about Ken Fitzgerald’s professorship at Syracuse U. That will have to wait but I learned what occurred between military service and arrival at Syracuse U. First of all, Ken said the late Sociology Prof., Louis Weitzman, SJ and Dr. John Murphy of the JCU faculty stirred and engaged his interest in the field. He applied for and received a scholarship and eventually a doctorate in Social Work at Catholic U of America. He was among the first 100 to receive the degree. He spent three years with Red Cross and in August 1953, he became the first layperson to be Diocesan Director of Catholic Social Work of the Savannah/Atlanta Diocese. His layman presence early on, was unsettling. On one occasion a Msgr. ordered him out of a meeting but Msgr. O’Grady, Catholic U, came to the rescue, introduced him and gave a forecast of layman participation. The balance will be held for my next column.
Our prexy, Bill Jacoby, and I talked. He’s had hip and back surgery. The back surgery has not been successful and he’s had to resort to a walker. He’s also dealing with Myasthenia Gravis. Hopefully, he’ll mend sufficiently to lead us in our 65th reunion in ’07. He’s extremely grateful to his wife of eight years, Katie, for all her help. God bless good spouses.
Bob Trivison called and left Easter greetings on the answering machine. We later talked briefly and he and Susan had a great cruise in the Caribbean.
On November 6, 2004, Al Musci was at home recovering from knee surgery. He had been in rehab 5 weeks and had no visitors — a bummer. He realized that he should have had the treatment in Akron. At least his family would have been nearby. He also had laser prostate surgery. I called him because of the e-mail I had from Captain Mascolo, USN, who advised that his family knew the Musci family in Akron. Al acknowledged knowing the Captain’s grandfather, Lou, an Akron practicing attorney. Al expects to be playing golf again in 2005.
Captain Tom Mascolo who appeared in my article, summer ’04 issue, e-mailed me advising that he was deluged with copies of my article from various JCU people, including his sister, Kathryn ’83, whose husband is a member of the class of ’84.
On Sunday, November 21, 2004, the Feast of Christ the King, Bob Trivison called to advise that he is now working out 3 times a week in 3 hours sessions. God Bless those cardiologists!! Since then (probably early December) he called me from Fort Lauderdale from the afterdeck of one of those luxury liners, not far from his stateroom in the upper reaches. He and Susan were gone for several weeks to the Bahamas among others.
Frank Honn and I spoke December 27, 2004. He’s home in New Jersey and busy as ever with Alyce now in the affairs of the New Jersey Symphony. Frank advises that it’s one of the top 25 Symphony Orchestras in the country (Cleveland, he says, is one of the top 5). Its home is the Performing Arts Center in Newark which has excellent acoustics. For the past 8-10 years, he’s been vice chairman, involved with fund raising. In early ’03, they acquired 30 famous old string instruments — 1600 and 1700 vintage. Frank estimates the value of the instruments to be $25 million and says they are called the “Golden Strings.” Frank further advises that no other orchestra owns a similar collection. Just think, not so long ago, Frank was doing his orchestra work plus serving on a German chemical company board of directors and teaching and administering at the business school of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Ken Fitzgerald and I spoke. He’s retired from his professorship of Social Work, Syracuse University, since 1988. Unfortunately I didn’t get much information about his current interests because we were detoured on his wife’s activities and his WWII naval career. It will be remembered that Caroline made crossword puzzles for the New York Times. Currently she is retired from that (n.b. an interesting recent stint to follow). She continues to teach at Le Moyne College where she’s been for 30 years. She has another teaching job but I’ll have to find out more about that. Recently, though, Will Shortz, editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, was in Syracuse to address the Library Association and Caroline was asked to prepare a puzzle in his honor which she did after acquiring a lot of details about his life. She said it was a huge success. Ken and I are also classmates from Cathedral Latin ’38 and more than that we were in the first two-year Greek class. That was a special fraternity and about 1/2 to 2/3 of its members entered the priesthood; most of whom were our classmates at JCU for the first two years. Ken entered naval service as a Lieut. J.g. because he finished a semester of his doctorate studies at Catholic University before service. He served as a communicator on R. Admiral Conley’s staff which was involved in many campaigns and the occupation of Hokkaido after war’s end. I was on that island at Hakodate and he was at Sapporo which is where headquarters for northern Japan were located. More about Ken in the next issue. Ken reminds me that he is approximately 24 hours older than I which I dutifully acknowledge.
Charles “Charlie” McCarthy, is 84 and playing golf at public courses. He describes his game as “terrible” but it sounds better than mine! His health is generally good, he spoke favorably about the late Judge Frank Gorman ’40, our late prexy, Fran Talty and the late Jim Byrne, our classmate (whose son, last I heard, is VP of Public Relations for the Browns), with whom Charlie worked many years at Traveler’s Insurance. He is very proud of the physical development of JCU and its benefits to the surrounding community. He alluded to the 5 buildings and boiler plant in ’38 which, I thought, was pretty neat at the time, notwithstanding the big dirt pile where Dolan and Bohannon are today and quail and pheasants entering the roadway. Charlie expects some consolidation of the South Euclid parishes. He says he knows he’s getting old now that his son, Dennis, is retiring from his professorship at Iowa State U (sorry, I neglected to get the chair, subject, etc.).
James “Jim” Brugger is retired since 1980 from Morgan Guaranty and Trust Co. He admitted that he “raised both eyebrows” to the DaVinci Code review in the prior issue. Jim cross-examines more than he answers. His questions concerned my reactions to JCU and our education. I recall that Jim was active in the “Radio Club” and he had many contacts with its moderator, the late William F. Ryan, SJ for whom I wrote my thesis for my history major. These contacts confirmed that Fr. Ryan was exacting in his expectations of his charges. Unfortunately Fr. Ryan worked so hard when the V12 Program came to Carroll that he had a heart attack which terminated his college teaching career. Talking with Jim reinforces one’s Catholicism. August 20-23, 2004 was denoted a memorable weekend by Bob Trivison. To that I say thank you. Fran and I had the distinct pleasure of being houseguests at his and Susan’s beautiful villa on the ocean at Encinitas, CA. On Saturday we further enjoyed the company of Jean and Jack Miller and Mar and Bob Cleary. We were all classmates at one time or another. The two Bobs and I at Cathedral Latin, ’38; Bob Trivison, Jack Miller and I ’42. Jack isn’t playing tennis any longer; though recently, he was ranked 8th nationally in the over 85 group. He and I met in the Adak (Alaska) harbor in 1945, one morning as we looked across at each other, when our ships were side by side at the dock. Trivisons’ hospitality and the Pacific coast setting made it a glorious evening for our own mini JCU Reunion.
Bob Trivison was VP for Parker Hannifin’s west coast operations at age 29 and for the next 10 years. Thereafter he continued successfully in the west coast industrial life as might be expected for a 7 times dean’s list member and Alpha Sigma Nu honoree. Susan and he have families which they share. Susan is a warm and gracious lady and quite a success story in her own right in New York real estate and trading activities in the Orient and U.S. They’re quite a match!! Bob was a varsity golfer at Latin and Carroll and Monday morning he hit his drive 300 yards on the 18th fairway at Encinitas G.C., an exceptional public course. Circa September 7, 2004, he had an angiogram with a balloon-applied stent which cleared a blockage and expanded an artery which Bob, 84, said was a dramatic improvement. What a man! Thanks, Susan and Bob, for a wonderful weekend and great views of an azure Pacific and its sunsets.
I talked with Al Musci in June after meeting Capt. Mascolo, USN, in the church yard of the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Chevy Chase, MD, the Sunday before. Capt. Mascolo and his fiancée were attending Mass. We had a nice gathering with Fr. Duffy, pastor and former Merchant Mariner. Capt. Mascolo is an Akron native. I wore my old khaki Navy uniform (with new pants which matched somewhat) — the Captain was amused since the jacket doesn’t button. I ventured to have my picture taken with him because he is a flyer and he acknowledged that he is less “regulation.” A “Black Shoe” Captain might have had me clapped in irons!! Capt. Mascolo was anxious to leave because he had not slept since leaving Singapore with Sec’y Rumsfeld early that Sunday. I’d been to the World War II Memorial earlier as a guest of my second son, Mark, who lives in Chevy Chase and is a member of the Blessed Sacrament Parish. I am happy I went. I have since entered the registry at www.WWIIMemorial.com (or 1-800-639-4992). This registry is available to WWII service personnel and to all contributors to the war effort in factories, neighborhoods, farms, etc. There is no charge to register. Al is lonely since Jean’s death. At social gatherings, he advises that 80-year old widowers don’t get much attention. I called Al to find out if he could tell me anything about Capt. Mascolo but Al (who knows everybody in Akron and environs) couldn’t help except that he heard of the Mascolo family and believed that the Captain’s father is a practicing lawyer in Akron.
God bless Ed Mundzak ’53, who proudly sent me the Plain Dealer article regarding Frank ’53 and Helen Schilling’s $10,000,000 gift to JCU. Thank you Frank and Helen. I particularly enjoyed Frank’s reference to Fr. Schell’s comments on rights and responsibilities; to wit: with rights, you get the other. I talked with the Robert Smiths on Father’s Day. Ruth sounds great and Bob is playing golf three and four times a week and shot his recent best score of 86. I was reminded that Bob was goalie on the last JCU hockey team in 1937. At this writing, my 11-year old grandson, Michael Jr., is at Ian Clark’s Goalie Development Institute, Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, MN.
Andy Mulwick, one of our class’ best contributors to JCU, is dealing with arthritis of his knees necessitating the use of an electric cart when he shops. He lives with his cat, Chessie, (who was “Chester” until the truth was out!!) and keeps himself involved in the accounting field. He said he had June 30th deadlines to meet for some corporations. Andy says that because of my college aged daughters, I’m known as the Bing Crosby of the Class of ’42!
I was saddened to read of the death of Frank Talty, our class president, in the spring John Carroll magazine. Classmate Francis Hughes also expired. He lived in Greer, SC.
Robert F. Sly, M.D., Alumni Medalist, Bob Sly to most of his classmates, sly Bob to a few intimates, is alive, well and retired in the Dearborn, MI, area. Bob, a practicing psychiatrist since 1954, retired January 31, 2004. He has 5 children who are married and working successfully. His two sons, (one a JCU grad!!) live in Saline, MI. They are the trustees for a Trust Bob established for the benefit of JCU. His three daughters are in Texas and Wisconsin. Bob is a graduate of Marquette University Medical School (now Medical School of Wisconsin). He interned at St. Mary’s Hospital, Toledo, OH and practiced general medicine for a year in Japan after WWII. He spent seven years working towards his specialty: 3 years at Allen Park, MI, VA Hospital and four years at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. His room at Bernet Hall was a favorite spot because of the “goodies” in the third drawer of his dresser. He was always suspicious that Smitty (Bob Smith) and Tony Yonto would help themselves on occasion. Back to the day hops, Richard Cachat, my classmate at Cathedral Latin, is doing well in Rocky River, OH. We met again in 1943 at the Navy Destroyer Training School, Norfolk, VA. The late Ray Hodous ’43 was there at the time, also. He went on to be a Man O’Wars man on the Sumner Class Destroyer, Moale, in 1944-45 when, with the Sumner and Cooper, (Cooper was sunk in an inlet in the Philippines) the Moale was also hit when they encountered enemy shore, ship, submarine and aircraft fire. Moale sailed with the second Laffey which was hit by 17 Kamikazes and still got back to the U.S. for repairs. Except for his knees, Richard says his health is good. He spent many years at Republic Steel Corporation where he became chief engineer and then sadly had to help shut it down. Tony Yonto was found at his offices (chairman and CEO) of Quality Castings Inc, Orrville, OH. Tony is so proud: his grandson, Stephen Yonto, is a freshman at JCU and made the football team notwithstanding a bout with mono. Same pluck!! We may be reading about another hard charging back in the JCU Firmament!! Tony says he talks with Ray Casey (who is in Florida at this writing) and Smitty from time to time. He told me that Smitty didn’t go south this winter but that Helen and he are doing fine. He enjoys his visits back to JCU and, like many of us, can’t believe the extended expansion of our Alma Mater.
For myself, Fran and I are settling into Santa Cruz, CA, environs. One mile east of us and also on the north side of Monterey Bay is the Capitola Village section of Capitola, CA. As one heads east down the hill into the village, it looks like a jewel box sitting there with its wharf, trendy shops, surfers and white beach among the hills of the Santa Cruz mountains. I think I can get used to this place!! We are looking forward to joining Robert and Susan Trivison, Enciata, CA, and Albert Piccutas ’43, Monterey, CA, and Jean and Jack Miller, Carlsbad, CA, for a mini JCU Reunion. Art
New location; we’ll see how it works from here. The move and the traveling (we drove across country in early December) have disrupted everything. I’m still looking for things and I suppose I’ll never find everything. My notes for this article are mislaid.
Bob Bambrick and Bob Devlin have died since my last article. Bob B. spent his career as an officer of Parkview Savings & Loan Association. In retirement in Florida, he became commander of an American Legion Post. His WWII service was with the Marine Corps. I remember his desire to be a Navy flyer but his eyes wouldn’t permit that. To improve his vision, he ate carrots and drank carrot juice. It didn’t work but he served with a part of the Navy Department.
Bob Devlin was still practicing law out of Lakewood, OH until his death in November of 2002. His son, Padraig, is on the sheriff’s department in Cleveland, son Sean is a fireman in Columbus, and a third son, Seamus, lives in Florida with his family.
Jack Miller provided a nice letter with his Christmas card. He hopes to attend the reunion of USS Doherty, DE-14 in Jacksonville, FL in April 2004. He and his partner were ranked #9 in the U.S. by USTA in the 80-85 division. Because of the congestive heart failure, he is no longer playing tennis. The cardiologists have his heart back in rhythm. Jean has given up her volunteer activities to care for Jack (she is a nurse); so they carry on in Carlsbad, CA.
There’s no stopping Sue and Bob Trivison. Two cruises in 2003 to the Mexican Riviera and then the Sea of Cortez. Apparently, they were out of their home for weeks at a time between April and October due to a leaking copper tube which damaged much of the first floor and closets. They used that time to go to Palms Desert, Cape Code, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket Island, New York City, an East Coast cruise, Boston, Maine, Nova Scotia, St. Lawrence Seaway, Quebec City, Montreal, Lake Laecruce, and the Adirondacks, San Diego concerts and Las Vegas. Unfortunately, Susan had a left breast mastectomy in December or January; indications are that it was a timely procedure.
Bob is happy with the current state of politics nationally and in California.
I talked with Al Musci about January 16, 2003, and Al sounded good. He is well enough to re-involve himself with the Condo Association but better than that he had news about Jeanne. Jeanne has transferred her care to Cleveland Clinic at Naples, FL and Al says that the clinic doctors have given the Muscis hope for better results with Jeanne’s emphysema and bronchitis care.
It appears that Robert C. Devlin expired late November 2002. Bob was the beloved father of Sean (Danette), Seamus (Melody) and Padraig, grandfather of Tracy, Alexis and Brendan. His death notice also referred to a deceased brother Frank (who as I recall worked with Father McCue or Mr. Mittinger).
Our Alumni supporting classmates have been generous to the university and to those whose efforts make their participation possible in our full year reunions. You may remember comments from Bert Gesing and Andy Mulwick which appeared in the last issue. I now have the responses to Bruce Thompson ’43 who shepherded ’42 in June 2002, while I was at my granddaughter’s graduation in Washington, DC. Bruce would have done the lion share because he is the volunteer rep on the school alumni staff for the old grads. Our leader, Bill Jacoby, wrote thanking Bruce for the photos; that his wife, Katie, enjoyed the event and the pictures, he closed “See you in 5?” Best regards, Bill.
Jack Miller enjoyed being with Mary Ruth and Bruce on Friday, June 14, 2002; enjoyed being with his classmates and acknowledged that time takes its toll; enjoyed getting the photos that he was lucky to be there considering his state six (6) months before; with plenty of tips and wheelchairs he made it from San Diego; also participated in a family reunion, his birthday celebration and Father’s Day; and hopes to make it to the 65th when he’ll be 88.
Bob and Susan Trivison said “homecoming was great.”
Art Wincek should be dutifully grateful for Bruce’s effort to make the reunion special for the class of ’42 (I am, Bob); the picture was fantastic; enjoyed seeing Bruce and his lovely spouse and his ’43 classmates; and extended an invitation to Bruce.
Tony Yonto thanked Bruce for the photographs and his concern and help in making “our” reunion very enjoyable; that copies of the photos of earlier reunions to Ray Casey and Smitty who called and expressed their appreciation that he is pleased and proud to see how JCU has developed since our time; and hopeful that Helen and he might see Bruce in the fall. … Thank you Bruce for these notes so that all our classmates may enjoy the sentiments herein.
Injecting a family item — my grandson, Michael Wincek, (10) is the goalie on the Junior Mavericks (the nickname is borrowed from the University of Nebraska at Omaha Team, Mavericks). The team, made up of 9 and 10 year olds, is in the Junior Hockey Association, which is conducted in association with the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The Junior Mavericks went all the way this year; they were runners up at the National Championships in Dallas, TX and eligible to go to the International Championships in Forest, Ontario, approximately north of Windsor. The Junior Mavericks proceeded to win the International Silver Sticks Championship and their win was impressive but more so because the Omaha Bantam Team (ages 13 and 14) were also winners in the International Championships. This is the first time that two Silver Sticks Champions came from the same city in the same year. The 9 and 10 year olds play in the Squirt Division. Young Michael was MVP in one of the Dallas games and on the all-star team for the international tournament (sixteen eligible). They received their trophies January 21, 2003 between periods at the University of Michigan game.
In closing, I came across the July 28, 2000 letter from Rev. Matthew Herttna to me explaining of his directorship during the past 40+ years at the Nation Shrine of St. Dymphna who is the patroness of those suffering with nervous disorders “and it is only a degree with all of us.”
On June 14, 1992, nineteen attended the 50th Reunion. Ten years later, seven attended and one (1) visited. My notes are missing so I’ll have to depend on my memory — an iffy business these days. Attendees were: William Jacoby and spouse, Helen and Tony Yonto, Jean and Jack Miller, Frank Honn, Andy Mulwick, Bert Gesing, Therese and Ed O’Malley, and Susan and Bob Trivison. The visitor on Friday was Al Musci.
I attended my granddaughter’s, Christiana Wincek, graduation from the Waldorf School System, Washington, DC, which was held at a boys school in Bethesda, MD because of the availability of more commodious facilities. She’s at Boston College (her dad’s alma mater) now.
Sorry to have been missing. I had nice letters from Bert Gesing and Andy Mulwick, both of whom extended their appreciation to senior reunion coordinator, Bruce Thompson ’43. Bert feels that we should have an occasional meal at John Carroll (any interest? – please advise). Andy also indicated a desire that we get together occasionally.
It wasn’t long after, that Bob (Smitty) Smith called — he certainly missed the reunion. Ruth is doing much better but they had a touchy situation following rupture of her artery. Bob fortunately was available and it was caught in time. She was much better at the time of his call.
I’ll be at Parents Weekend, October 18th and 19th at Berkeley, CA to be with my fifth child, Roseanne, who transferred there as a junior in the chemistry school. I’ll see my first PacTen game, Big Bears (University of California) v. Little Bears, (UCLA), October 19. Can you believe, UCAL has a College of Chemistry with it’s own dean. Roseanne is currently studying Inorganic Chemistry and had a course in BioChemistry at Irvine this past summer. The transfer turned out to be quite a culture shock that has been made easier by being accepted into Chi Omega. Otherwise, she’s a new girl and lives in a dorm (sorority house next semester) in center field in a construction area.
In a reunion telephone call, Ed Manofsky advised that John Manofsky ’40 is in a nursing home in Warren, Ohio.
Father Stephen Radecky (founding and long time pastor of St. Columbkille’s) expired since the reunion. Prior to reunion he was in Mt. Alverna Nursing Home where he had a bad fall.
I heard from Bob Devlin in an unrelated matter.
Fred Payne expired in early September 2002.
Bob Kraus could not attend the reunion because he is assisting his wife, Margaret, who is ill. Bob has not renewed his architect’s license.
Wednesday, October 3, I leave for Philadelphia, PA, to attend the annual reunion of USS Bearss, DD654, will attend a show at Lili Langtry’s, and visit the USS New Jersey — the Navy’s most decorated Battleship WW2. I will also visit King of Prussia Mall, and on the way home to visit Marguerite, my youngest, a freshman at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY.
Jean and Al Musci attended the President’s Council Meeting in Naples, FL, on March 21, 2002 and heard Tim Russert ’72. They came from Fort Myers. She left her oxygen tank in the car, because she refuses to be seen in public with it, brave girl.
As this goes to school for printing, I find that Joseph M. (Joe) Prokop, Sr. of Cathedral Latin football and Notre Dame track fame expired on Friday, September 27, 2002.
I saw Jeanne and Al Musci at their Ft. Myers home November 26. Al had successful cataract surgery, shortly before, and learned he has macular degeneration. For a short while before I saw him, a gaseous state interfered with his vision; that has subsided and his vision is improved. He was cared for by retina specialists in Fairlawn, OH and in FL. They spent all but one month in Ft. Myers in 2001. We didn’t visit very long because Al was off to a meeting of his condominium board. He has been committeeman in charge of maintenance of the 29 freestanding units. Jeanne continues with breathing problems. Oxygen tanks were at hand to help her with the effects of sarcoidosis and emphysema. She was in great spirits and it was good to see her. Their son and daughter-in-law, Maureen, were visiting for Thanksgiving. Maureen is a lovely, friendly young lady.
Ruth and Bob “Smitty” Smith were at Wellington, FL in January, where they have spent their winters for the past 22 years. Ruth is doing amazingly with her reconstructed right leg. She uses a walker, dresses well and gets around as though her problems are minor. I’m sure she hurts but she persists. Bob had surgery on February 1st on the right eye; the other eye was done previously. He learned that he also has macular degeneration but it is not disabling. We played golf Monday and Tuesday at his club, Greenview Golf Club, which is conveniently close and provides a nice challenge; notwithstanding, Bob shot 90. I saw them briefly Saturday, February 4th and he felt better after a rough time following surgery. Bob and Ruth hope to attend our 60th. He has to see Bernet Hall every so often.
Bob Trivison sent a nice letter. He is looking forward to our 60th and he and Susan will piggyback the reunion visit with a trip to NYC. While in the Cleveland area, they plan to visit Bob’s oldest sister in Mayfield Heights and a first cousin in South Euclid. Bob’s younger sister, Yolanda, wife of Al Piccuta ’43 expired on October 26, followed on November 29 by Bob’s next older sibling, Virginia Rockford. Bob said both were ready for death and gave in to their “angelic-like rewards in heaven.” At Christmas, he sensed their spirits hovering about him. Youngest sister Maria’s husband, Dr. Oscar Korn, and a close first cousin of Susan’s, passed on earlier in 2001. Our Marco Polo hasn’t quit. On March 25, 2002, Susan, Bob, family members and friends were off to Barcelona and then a cruise of the Mediterranean: France, Sardinia, Sicily, etc. In the meantime, Arthur Andersen and Bausch & Lomb friends from Rochester, NY, visited and there was much to talk about. February 15, Bob and 3 former Arthur Andersen audit partners will be getting together. His good friend, Bob Medlin, is heading up the Enron Bankruptcy in Houston, TX. Medlin is with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas. Bob reports that he had phone contact and a meeting at Costco’s with Jack Miller, who had pneumonia, followed by an infection and weight loss of 30 1bs. He was down for several months and unable to play tennis (you’re still our senior champ, Jack). Bob hopes Jack and Jean will make our 60th.
On February 10, 2002 Clare (nee Gardner) Dowling expired. She lived at Catawba Island and was the widow of our late classmate (freshman & sophomore years), John Dowling, who was an assistant county prosecutor under the late Frank Cullitan and late John T. Corrigan, Civil Branch. The Dowlings married in 1942 and had nine children. Clare became a forensic specialist and worked in the County Coroner’s office until her retirement after her children were raised. She is the sister of Raymond A. (Ray) Gardner ’41 and the late Bob and Dick ’44, who were twins.
Andy Mulwick who keeps us in the running and ahead of all classes in contributions to the Annual Fund among classes prior to ’48, has responded and plans to attend our 60th. Class of ’48 tops us $514M + to $42M+. He attended a general reunion sometime back for all classes 50 years or more out of JCU. Only he and Ed O’Malley appeared to be in attendance for ’42 except he never saw Ed. He remembers some of the ’43 class members. Andy provided a ballot for the senior class officers’ election in ’41 which hopefully may be reprinted. He would like to know how many votes he got in the race for treasurer against Frank Stanton. The winners were: Frank Talty, president; Bob Donnelly, vice president; Tony Yonto, secretary; and Frank Stanton, treasurer.