News of Joe Seibert’s passing was shocking. “Long-time physician and surgeon, sailor, tennis player, and golfer had the guts to die and go to the great beyond and leave his lovely family on May 26, 2013,” as written by the deceased. He passed peacefully of heart failure at the age of 92 at his residence in Haines City, Fla. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine and served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps. A fellow of otolaryngology and otolaryngic allergy, he was a certified hand and neck surgeon, as well as a member of the American Medical Society, Ohio State Medical Association, and the Richland County Medical Society. Joe leaves behind his wife, Anne, after 67 years of marriage, six children, and six grandchildren. He’ll be missed.
I had the pleasure of attending our 70th reunion dinner at JCU with my daughter, Mary. It was a lovely affair, as always. My wife, Mary Ruth, couldn’t attend. Now we’re facing No. 71. Let’s hear from any and all of our classmates.
P.S. My grandson, Owen Callahan, a St. Ignatius graduate, transferred to Carroll this fall semester. God bless and keep you.
Bruce E. Thompson
Bruce E. Thompson
There’s nothing as sad as telling your gentlemen friends about the passing of another classmate. This time it’s Edward Kipfstuhl, who passed away Feb. 10, 2013. During his retirement, Ed conducted the mail distribution for a 300-bed hospital. You’ll recall Ed as a Cathedral Latin boy who was pals with Emmel Quinn, Tom Moore, Pat Columbro, and Tom Dunnigan – a few names from the past. Remember them? On graduation day, we heard the shouting of phrases such as “call me,” “keep in touch,” and “don’t forget my number.” Some of these well-wishes and promises went unfilled, sadly. Don’t be embarrassed because it happened to most of us. With tongue in cheek, I say let’s do it at our next reunion. The records show we have eight alive. God be with you until we meet again.
Bruce E. Thompson
Here’s catching up on several classmates I missed mentioning in the past issue. Jerry Sullivan has entrenched himself in one of his several condos. His health is good, other than those little nagging ailments that annoy so many of us. They rain on our golf game. Jerry’s on the go. He bought a new convertible, and fortunately, the friendly constabulary OK’d his driving permit. With a lovely companion such as Margaret, he’s ready to fly.
Milan Busta, whom I chatted with recently, is another one on the go. He and several family members returned from a vacation at the glorious Greenbrier Inn. “It’s the greatest spot in the world, and I’ve been to many of them,” he says. Did you see the headlines about the Cleveland Orchestra’s ideal financial position? Milan has been involved in this successful effort. His association with JCU is well known in these circles.
I’ve lost Jack Kerr and Ro and Wally Schwarz. How can I reach you? Please reply to Mary Ruth at 216-382-4408. Take care.
Bruce E. Thompson
The 10 remaining members of our class offer their sincerest sympathy to the Shaker family on the passing of our friend and classmate, Mitchell Shaker. He’ll be long remembered for his dignity as a gentleman and magna cum laude scholar graduate.
Bruce E. Thompson
Who’s still among us? That’s the most frequently asked question when a fellow classmate calls. This is a sensitive subject. I hope my list is accurate because errors are most embarrassing: Milan Busta, Don Coburn, Ed Hurley, Ed Kipfstuhl, Jack Kerr, Wally Schwarz, Jim Phipps, Joe Seibert, Mitch Shaker, Jerry Sullivan, and myself.
Dr. James Phipps is reporting from his retirement home in Bodega, Calif., south of Sacramento. Following JCU, he spent three years at St. Louis Medical Center earning his M.D. in 1947. Eventually, his specialty was orthopedics. In 1951, he was caught in the U.S. medical draft. He signed on with the U.S. Public Health Service inspecting selected hospitals throughout the country – one was a huge 1,000-bed facility. Subsequently, he returned to his practice in Bodega. In 1999, a heart attack forced his retirement. Involving himself in a favorite hobby, he was awarded the Master Gardener certificate. Jim came to JCU from little Garrettsville, Ohio, near Warren.
Ed Hurley’s driving days are over. No, it wasn’t a decision from the license bureau or the police. It was the decision made by his 11 children. Word is his three-wheeled walker is a beauty.
Mitch Shaker says he’s fit as the proverbial fiddle, but the parish church continues to be the extent of his travels. Most of his four daughters and four sons are in the area, providing the necessities Mitch needs.
Don Coburn’s heart and arthritic problems might deter him from making his annual trip to the family summer home on the Massachusetts Cape. If so, it will be his third absence in 70 years.
Anne and Joe Seibert are happily at home in Haines City, Fla., even though Joe’s heart problem has put a dent in their active social life. Joe’s Saturday gin club remains a highlight beyond comparison.
Ed Kipfstuhl’s life was highlight by his 90th birthday. A crowd of more than 50 Cleveland family and friends came to Allendale, N.J., to celebrate the occasion. Ed continues his fifth year as manager of mail distribution at the area hospital. He walks the five long floors in his route. Then he jogs, bikes, drives, and gardens. No wonder he is in such great condition.
And I’m in my sixth month at the Judson Assisted Living facility in Cleveland Heights where I’m trying to walk, unsuccessfully, without a walker. I’m completely overwhelmed with frustration. When I started this column, I hoped to chat with this group of 10. Try as I did, I couldn’t locate Milan Busta. (I talked with some kid on the number he gave us but they denied his presence.) Jack Kerr, J. Walter Schwarz, and Jerry Sullivan, we need your telephone numbers.
Bruce E. Thompson
Hello, fellow classmates.Not much news this time. I’m sorry to report Richard (Dick) Moriarty died Dec. 16, 2011. Dick was living in Jupiter, Fla., and is survived by his wife, Rita, of 67 years. After helping her raise their first few children, Dick attended law school at night and graduated in 1949. He practiced law in Cleveland for more than 60 years. Dick was an avid reader, loved the Cleveland Browns, and a good party. He was a consummate gentleman and a smooth dancer. Dick enjoyed tennis and golf for more than 70 years and even partnered with yours truly to form an outstanding tennis doubles team. He’ll be missed.
Send your news, and God bless JCU and the remaining members of the grand ole class of ’43.
Bruce E. Thompson
Word of the death of Sal Calandra saddens our class. Sal was a prominent student, participating in all aspects of campus life. His 30-year public career was highlighted by his outstanding directorship as a Cleveland municipal court probate judge.
After some confusion, it’s been confirmed Joe Sepkoski died in May 2010. Joe always will remain our favorite cheerleader.
Small world stuff – my daughter Martha Thompson Callahan had a busy tennis season with her partner Mary Hodous Martin (Ray Hodous’ daughter).
May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Take care.
Bruce E. Thompson
Greetings. Sorry I’ve been negligent the past two issues.
Thank the Lord for Alexander Graham Bell. I’ll give you a short look-see into the life of some of our 15 (by my count) remaining ’43ers. As a group, walkers seems to be companions of most, but quite a few still drive. We spend too much time in doctors’ waiting rooms reading outdated magazines. Visitations to funeral parlors too often describe our social lives. Most of us have at least one child close by, but too many at a distance. You know what it’s like, you, too, have experienced it.
Marie Theresa and Bob Calandra (216-476-0071), erstwhile travelers, now limit themselves to driving the neighborhood. Norma and Jack Kerr (440-364-6400) are heading to their place at Catawba Island. Mitch Shaker (330-209-0830) still is living alone in his own place with three sons close at hand. Leo Bedell (330-867-9703) is as quiet and unflappable as ever. He lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with one of seven sons, who are all Carroll grads. Rosemary and Wally Schwarz (440-331-0359) sold their condo of many years and moved into the popular Normandy facility in Rocky River, Ohio. If I was a West Sider, I would, too. Ed Kipfstuhl (201-327-4483) is another one who lives alone. He volunteers as a hospital mail clerk, walking three miles on his rounds (wish I could walk like that). He also plants tomatoes and might visit Cleveland this summer. Jerry Sullivan (330-562-9135) should have left his Naples condominium for Aurora, Ohio. He golfs almost daily and is almost shooting his age. Wow!
Anne and Joe Seibert (863-421-4335) are happy as ever in their home in Haines City, Fla., and, like all seniors, deal with aches and pains but still are driving to their gin and bridge gatherings. Rita and Dick Moriarty (561-694-0083) live in Juno Beach, Fla. They celebrated their 67th anniversary April 17. I chatted with Mary Terese and Ed Hurley (216-486- 1652) at Pete Diemer’s funeral. Jesuit loyalist he is, he influenced most of his 11 children to attend JCU, Xavier, Loyola, or Wheeling Jesuit.
Mary Ruth and I (216-382-4408) celebrated our 67th anniversary April 19. This summer we’ll put a realtor’s sign in the yard of our home of 58 years.
Don Coburn’s (216-371-9935) backyard neighbor is the new Jesuit residence. Don welcomes your call following Elaine’s recent passing. Joe Sepkoski is behind a nonpublic phone (856-809-7351), which doesn’t answer.
Sad to say here are the ’43 passings (I don’t recall the previously listing): Alfred Balocca, Leo Corr, Elaine Coburn (wife of Don), Pierre Diemer, Edward Heil, James F. Kilduff, John Rozance, and Frank Sullivan. May they rest in the hand of God. May memories of them take you back to the early ’40s, bring a smile to your face, and warm your heart.
May God be with you.
Bruce E. Thompson
Bruce E. Thompson
Bruce E. Thompson
Unfortunately, once again, we must take note of the deaths of two of our distinguished classmen, Tom Dunnigan and Bob Obringer. They were liked, respected, and admired by all, as different as they were one from the other.
Bob was a football scholarship recipient. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy V7 officers program, serving as a lieutenant on an LST in the European and Pacific theaters of war. Bob fathered six children, three boys and three girls. He was a grandfather of 10. He bequeathed son, Dan, his 50th Reunion silver tray, which Dan plans to take with him nine years hence to his 50th. Nice twist. Bob worked for Ford Corp. public relations in Cleveland and Detroit and retired in Troy, Mich. We extend our best wishes and prayers to his wife, Jane, and family.
(For more about Tom, see the In Memoriam section.)
Take care of yourselves.
Bruce E. Thompson
After a series of rehabilitation institutions, this third week of April is the first time Mary Ruth and I have returned home since November 2009. Home at 2207 So. Belvoir Blvd. was a welcome sight to behold. But sad to see was the death notices of Bernie Brysh and Dorothy “Doll” Smith Leslie, widow of Jack Leslie. Our prayers are offered for their families.
Nice to hear from Dr. Joe Seibert, who weathered the problems of atrial fibrillation for three months then had two cardioversions. Back on his feet once again, Joe’s major concern is why does John Carroll schedule The Vagina Monologue for student viewing. Your opinion on this subject is requested.
People on the move: Rosemary and Wally Schwarz recently moved into the lovely Normandy apartment group.
Jane McSweeney Nicolay has moved from Sun City, AZ, to a senior living arrangement in Overland Park, KS, Apt. #3123, 6117 W. 119th St., Overland Park, KS 66209. She will be close to daughter Joy and her husband, Gene. Jane’s swimming schedule is one thing but her diving program is amazing.
In early March, Marge and Pete Diemer met with Tom Dunnigan and his sister, Pat, for lunch in Naples, FL. Later they joined Jerry Sullivan and friend Margaret Perver at the March 14 John Carroll Naples reception.
Time flies — the May 23 commencement ceremony marks our 67th graduation date. No, I haven’t forgotten that our Class of ’43 finished on Jan. 17 and May 7, 1943. Mention of those dates prompts awe and wonder to those hearing that longevity. While we are still a lively group, there is a lack of communication within our class. I’ll send you a current mailing address. How about using it!
Be good, take care. Bruce
After a long recovery from poor health, Mary Ruth and I will be moving to an assisted living facility in the Richmond Heights, Ohio, area. Please continue to send your column notes and updates to email@example.com. My hope is to continue as the class columnist for the class of 1943.
There is no greater satisfaction and joy than to see a local media representative, a man of integrity who is acknowledged and recognized for his expertise, single out one of our ’43 alums for public meritorious recognition. Brent Larkin, recently retired as the Plain Dealer editorial page director, honored our classmate Salvatore Calandra. Larkin closed out his 30 years of covering Cleveland and Ohio politics. He has known thousands of prominent, powerful personalities during his career. When asked to name a few who have left the most lasting impressions, he replied, for one, “Salvatore Calandra, as decent and honorable a public servant as I’ve ever met. He served as a Cleveland Municipal judge for nearly a quarter of a century and, at age 87, remains a pillar of the church, St. Rocco, his family helped build on Cleveland’s near West Side.” Well done, Sal, you deserve Larkin’s accolade.
Some of us have reached, or are about to, that page in life numbered ninety. I spell it out; it doesn’t seem as menacing as the numeral. To Wally Schwarz, who was recently partied for reaching that age, he says the important thing is reaching that birthday. I saw quite a few John Carroll Gray Streaks at his celebration. The Pete Diemers and Bruce Thompsons joined in the fun.
Diemers were scheduled to entrain, mid-October, from Chicago to Northern California to visit family members. They were to continue south, still by rail, visiting additional family and friends over a 12-day excursion. I’m reminded of several WWII trips from Chicago to the West Coast on the Santa Fe Chief, and the Super Chief.
It is said that the worse thing that can happen to parents is to have a son or daughter die before one of us. It is true. We experienced it early in September when one of our daughters, Karen, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Your prayers will be appreciated.
If publishing and out-dates materialize as scheduled, you will be reading this a week or two prior to Christmas. May God bless you in this Holy Season – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family. Bruce
On this early April date, I was mulling over my notes for this piece harking back to a May 9 Sunday in 1943. Yes, 66 years ago when the following, 33 in number, the second “half” of the 1943 class were gathered for their commencement ceremony: Bachelor of Arts: Warren Corrigan, Edward Kupcik, Mitchell Shaker. Bachelor of Philosophy: Robert Bambrick, John Carey, Pasquale Columbro, Maurice Denbo, Fred Fanelly, Henrietta Heintel, Robert Horan, Philip McGrath, Robert McGraw, Robert Obringer, John Sacuto, Lillian Schlund, Jerome Sullivan, Helen Weil, Sr. Mary Wypyszynski. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Neal Carroll, Robert Cleary, Robert Costello, Edward Heil, John Kearney, Edward McCormick Jr., Richard Moriarty. Bachelor of Science: Frank Ausflug, Mary-Terese Bernardic, Bernard Brysh, Louis Cachat, Robert Cliffel, Aloysius Fanta, Richard Huelsman, Edgar Ryan.
A memorable group indeed. (The 35 grads listed in the spring 2009 edition of John Carroll magazine were the accelerated/first half of the 1943 graduating class.) Getting back to the May 9 grads, their academic procession was unique indeed. As six or so of them (no actual record exists) had already been called to military duty. They were represented in the entire commencement ceremonial function by their fathers, right down to receiving their prized diploma. The fathers’ participation had to be a first for this University, hopefully not to be repeated. Interestingly, 1943 saw some grads receive their diploma without benefit of an academic ceremony. Len Marous was required to take additional chemistry hours because of illness absence, which he performed as a student-teacher when the V-12 Navy students arrived on campus in mid ’43. Late in 1943, his diploma arrived in the mail. Leo Corr, Al Francesconi, Leo Frantz, and Joe Tulley, originally of the class of ’44, were also pursuing an accelerated schedule when they too completed their courses late in ’43. But no ceremony. It was only within recent years that these four asked to be designated as 1943 grads.
It is sad to report a phone call interrupted this writing to tell of Leo Corr’s passing. Leo was active and talented on campus, academically, athletically, and socially. He was respected, admired, and will be remembered by all. Our deepest sympathy to his wife, April, to their seven children, 25 grandchildren, and their 25 great-grandchildren.
Reunion Weekend this year is for the classes of 4s and 9s, June 19-21. Hopefully ’43 will be well represented at the Gray Streaks dinner Saturday, June 20. We are guests of the University for Mass at Gesu followed by cocktails, dinner, and dancing in the newly remodeled Schott Dining Hall. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet once again with former classmen and campus friends. If you haven’t signed up, do so by calling Sue Lender in the Alumni Office at 216-397-4336. Let’s have a ’43 table or two. Take care, Bruce
This mid-January column date – Jan. 17 – should be particularly significant to some ’43ers, especially those in the accelerated program. Jan. 17, 1943, was the John Carroll commencement ceremony, 66 long years ago, for the 35 graduates listed: Bachelor of Arts: John Corrigan, Thomas Dunnigan, Edward Hyland, Edward Kipfstuhl, Theodore Saker, Louis Sacriste, John Whelan, and Joseph Wolff. Bachelor of Philosophy: Salvatore Calandra, Thomas Daly, William Ducsay, Daniel Lynch, Thomas Moore, Albert Piccuta, John Quinn, Leonard Reichelt, Richard Schmidle, Edward Shubeck, William Smith, Sr. Mary Evangeline Szymanski. Bachelor of Science: Alfred Balocca, Joseph Dempsey, Paul Fetick, Edward Kilrain, Raymond Hodous, Clayton Matowitz, Anthony Nicolay, Eugene Sees, and Joseph Sepkoski. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Robert Gorman, Thomas Mazanec, Frank Sullivan, Bruce Thompson, Richard Weisbarth, and Robert Wilson. Read the list slowly allowing your minds’ eye to picture each one. What a delightful reminiscence. Wish I could say a few words about each, but our column is now limited to 450 words. What a great bunch of fellows. If you need a commencement program, write or call me. Those in the May 9, 1943, commencement ceremony will be listed in the next issue of John Carroll – closer proximity to your graduation date.
Incidentally, Ms. Ann Saker, daughter of Ted, brought us up to date with a name too long absent from our pages. She writes, “Theodore R. Saker and Patricia A. Saker of Mason, OH, and Palm Beach, FL, reached their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 30, 2008. A Mass of celebration was said in Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier University. A party followed at the Cincinnati Country Club. Ted and Pat are parents of seven and grandparents of 18.” Congratulations, nice to hear about you Ted. Let’s hear from you.
Bob Obringer proudly tells of his son being appointed president of a company, the American subsidiary of a Japanese manufacturer of commercial landscaping equipment. He is the first American to hold this position. Reason to be proud Bob and Jane.
Thanks to those who sent Christmas greetings. Keep your notes coming throughout the year. Take care, Bruce
Pleasant memories of this, our 65th commencement anniversary year, have been marred by our recent loss of three respected friends, each with close ’43 ties: Tom Mazanec, Ray Knapp, and Miles Coburn ’75G. Tom Mazanec was a gentleman, a scholar, a nice guy, a loyal JCU man. He earned a BSBA, was commissioned a U.S. Navy officer, married Helen Rambousek and was the father of six sons. On campus, he was a joiner and a participant, most notably as a member of the championship ZAZULA ZAZAs intramural basketball team. Ray Knapp, a friendly, likeable fellow, is fondly remembered by all; though leaving school halfway through to become a U.S. Army pilot. Following his departure there was a void on campus, particularly on the varsity basketball team. And Miles Coburn, son of Elaine and Dr. Don Coburn who was involved in a tragic accident while bicycling. He was the husband of Peggy, father of two, JCU professor of biology, one of the seven Coburn children, and admired and respected by all. Days earlier he had attended our Reunion dinner as his father’s proxy. Approximately 1,000 friends paid their respects to the Coburn family at the Dolan Science Center. Gesu Church was filled for the funeral Mass. Subsequently more than 600 bicyclists assembled and rode in the Ride for Miles in his respect. [Editor’s note: See page 64.] Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are offered for these families. The class of ’43 will have a memorial Mass offered for Tom, Ray, and Miles.
Brian Hurley ’76, son of Mary Terese and Ed Hurley, was chosen by the Legal Life Defense Foundation as the National Lawyer of the Year. The foundation presents the award annually to honor an attorney whose efforts best provided protection for children and young women. Brian’s wife, Monica, is the daughter of Justin “Bud” Noetzel ’40 and the niece of professor Art Noetzel ’38.
Our new editor is so sad that we have not heard from so many of you for so long a time. So, how about sharing several sentences or more regarding your thoughts, activities, plans, and etc. within your life? If you don’t respond, my editor may say “so long” to me.
Editor Ken Kesegich approves this message. Take are, Bruce
“Sons of Carroll gather near her” — Ten of the remaining 26 ’43 classmen did just that returning to campus for our 65th Class Reunion Mass and dinner. Attending were Leo Bedell with son John, Marge ’81G and Pete Diemer, Tom Dunnigan, Ed Hurley and daughter Maureen ’83 celebrating her 25th, Norma and Jack Kerr, Ed Kipfstuhl, Rita and Dick Moriarty, Mitch Shaker and daughter Kathy and son-n-law James Earnhart, Jerry Sullivan, Mary Ruth and Bruce Thompson.
JCU professor Miles Coburn ’75G and Howard ’76, sons of Elaine and Don Coburn, dined with us and accepted Don’s “Greatest Generation” plaque in his absence. [Editor's note: Miles Coburn was tragically killed in an accident in August. See page 4.] Sal Calandra and Milan Busta were on campus for a short luncheon visitation. Let’s backtrack for a moment to Friday. Festivities began at 6 p.m., the President’s State of the University address, reception, and dinner — Tom Dunnigan and yours truly were on hand. President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., stressed the need for the addition and modification of campus facilities (that’s a difficult project considering our “land locked” situation), and returning enrollment to former levels. Fortunately just over 800 are enrolled for September ’08 compared to 720 in September ’07 while maintaining GPA entering averages at previous high levels. Rain threatened throughout Saturday, but the drenching electrical storm held off ‘til 8 or 900 people were sheltered in Gesu for the ceremonial reunion Mass. Accompanied by brass and string orchestra, and excellent choral music, the Mass was inspiring. The Moment of Remembrance ceremony, the reading of classmates’ names deceased since our last reunion, was a poignant recitation. Class of 1943 deceased since 2003 are: Syl Bobinski, Jack Bruch, John V. Corrigan, Warren Corrigan, Rev. Claude Gaebelein, Bob Gorman, Rev. Dick Huelsman S.J., Ray Lanigan, Jack Leslie, Frank Mokris, Tony Nicolay, Al Piccuta, Dick Schmidle, Arnold Schmidt, Joe Tulley, John Whelan, Bob Wilson, and Joe Wolff. The Mass closing Alma Mater is always a moving moment, one to whisk away a tear or burst out with a cheer. With a favorable timely break in the weather, the reunion congregation headed for their class picture and dining locations accompanied by the skirling of bagpipes. We headed to a partially illuminated Dolan Science Center, a storm casualty, now functioning on an auxiliary generator. Even so, a staircase in the Muldoon Atrium provided a perfect setting for the 10 1943ers’ class photo. In case you were wondering: 18 were in our 2003 picture, 24 in 1998, and 29 in 1993 – our 50th Reunion. Next was cocktail hour, in the hospitality of nearby classes until power was totally restored. Dinner was then served. Father Niehoff and Doreen Riley, VP of University Advancement visited to meet and greet our senior gathering and to present “Greatest Generation” plaques (reproductions of the feature spreads in the summer ’08 issue of John Carroll magazine) to Leo Bedell, Tom Dunnigan, Mitch Shaker, and Bruce Thompson. Don Coburn’s sons accepted for him. Unfortunately Pete Bernardo ’67, whom I consider the “fountain” of JCU information, was delayed at his previous commitments. By the time he reached us, our group had dispersed. Sad, sad, sad.
And so we came to the end of our 65th Reunion. To those who couldn’t make it, we missed you, we really missed you. We thought about you, talked about you, and raised our glasses in toast to you. The 2009 Reunion is scheduled for June 19-21. That will be #66 for us. Let’s try to get together then. We will sit with the Gray Streaks, those alums out 50 years or more, but not on their official 5-year reunion cycle. Incidentally putting our attendance of 10 in a comparative context, the class of ’42 had four attend their 65th. The class of ’41 had one.
Take care, Bruce
This is it! This issue of John Carroll magazine marks the 65th anniversary of our commencement from Carroll. As of this date (if publishing plans proceed as intended) you will have received this issue in sufficient time to phone in your reservation for our June 20-22 Reunion festivities. If you require an attendant, that person too will be a guest of the University. Advise us when you call in your reservation to the alumni office – 216.397.4322. If you don’t make it back to campus for the gathering, let your mind dwell upon the significance of this occasion. Put on your beanie and reminisce a bit — be proud of yourself and of your accomplishment. At that September 1939 enrollment date ours was the largest freshman class to register at John Carroll University. We were approximately 130 in number, we now are 25. Think back to 1939. Pause and reflect upon some who schooled us and guided and directed our lives on campus: President Fr. Horne, Dean McCue, Fr. W. Murphy, Fr. Cronin, Fr. LeMay, Fr. McQuade, Fr. Otting, Fr. Joliat, Fr. Pickel, Fr. W. Ryan, Fr. C. Ryan, Fr. Puhl, Fr. Kiefer, Fr. Teply, Professors Bungart, Burke, Cairo, Fabien, Gavin, Graff, Graul, Jablonski, Petit, Reilley, Seliskar, Wiess, Thomas, and coaches Conley, Oberst, and Gaul. Yes, there were others, but this is a good sampling. Not a single person named above remains. Let us offer a prayer in thanks for those who helped mold our careers and influenced our being who and what we are today.
Indications are that Leo Corr, Mitch Shaker, Tom Dunnigan, Ed Kipfstuhl, Milan Busta, Dick Moriarty, Pete Diemer, Sal Calandra, Ed Heil, Ed Hurley, Jack Kerr, Jerry Sullivan, Wally Schwarz, and Bruce Thompson will be on campus. Hopefully others will be too.
Had a call from Frank Sullivan in Los Alamitos, CA. In January he fell at home breaking a hip, rehabilitation has been long and difficult. His return to Reunion is problematic.
John Rozance writes from El Cerrito, CA, that mobility problems prevent his attendance. Al Balocca, Joe Seibert, Tom Mazanec, Bernie Brysh, Joe Sepkoski, and Bob Obringer will most likely be missing because of bothersome aging frailties, despite their heart’s desire to participate with us.
Unfortunately, for us Eileen Corrigan (John V.’s widow) will be vacationing in Denver, CO, visiting son Jack who is the radio voice of the Denver Rockies. Chances are good that Jane McSweeney Nicolay will join us for the Reunion gathering – all the way from Mesa, AZ.
The joyful anticipation of our Reunion, socializing once again with former classmen, has been marred by the recent passing of Arnold Schmidt on February 23, and Warren Corrigan on February 29. We of ’43 and the JCU family extend our sincerest sympathy to the Schmidt and Corrigan families. Arnold and Warren will be memorialized at the Moment of Remembrance during Reunion Mass on Saturday, June 21.
Rita and Dick Moriarty and Mary Ruth and Bruce Thompson celebrated their mid-April 64th wedding anniversaries quietly dining together as they traditionally do. Glasses were raised on high in toast to all of you.
See you at our 65th Reunion, June 20-22. Take care, Bruce
As glorious as is the year-end holiday season, I must admit that many were the moments I looked ahead in anxious anticipation of the 65th Reunion of the class of ’43 hoping your enthusiasm is as mine. It must be. At this mid-January writing after only one reunion mailing, and about a dozen phone calls by this correspondent, we have 14 replies of “yes, I am planning on being on campus for our June 20-22 Reunion.” So responding are Leo Corr, Mitch Shaker, Tom Dunnigan, Ed Kipfstuhl, Milan Busta, Dick Moriarty, Pete Diemer, Sal Calandra, Ed Heil, Ed Hurley, Jack Kerr, Jerry Sullivan, Wally Schwarz, and this correspondent.
That represents approximately 70% of our current class body. That is great! That’s a Carroll Reunion trophy-winning record number for class participation if I ever saw one. Al Balocca, Joe Seibert, and Don Coburn are “iffy.” Arnold Schmidt hasn’t firmly committed but being a loyal alum, I feel he and Trudy will commit as they always do. Yet to be reached are Tom Mazanec, Leo Bedell (regular participants), living in the Cleveland area. I’ll call Frank Sullivan and John Rozance (in Calif.), Jim Kilduff (Canton), Tom Daly (N.J.), Joe Sepkoski (N.J.) and Bernie Brysh (Wis.). Unfortunately I fear Joe and Bernie’s problems prevent their traveling. Ditto for Bob Obringer. Too bad, because I’m convinced Bob has a heart-felt desire to be with us. Warren Corrigan is confined in a nursing facility with no chance of attending according to his brother, Gerald. Hopefully our class widows will attend — I’ll be in touch with them promptly.
Don’t forget that the Friday and Saturday activities and events (to be published) offer a pleasant and interesting change from one’s usual daily routine. Friday evening’s President’s State of the University Address followed by a reception and dinner is a social highlight. Saturday’s 5 p.m. Reunion Mass at Gesu, followed by class pictures, cocktails and dinner will create memories. Remember, we are guests of the university for the weekend.
Sadly, Ray Lanigan died early in January. Our deepest sympathy to his wife, Florence, and family. Ray will be acknowledged at the Remembrance ceremony at the Reunion Mass.
Watch for your Reunion mailings and our summer John Carroll magazine. Take care, Bruce
Homecoming Weekend, September 29, 2007, brought alumni representatives for the classes of 3 and 8 to campus to begin planning for their class reunions next June 20-22. We are one of those classes, in fact the oldest. This will be our 65th! Hopefully the gathering will be “top priority must attend” on your calendar. It is for Tom Dunnigan who writes “God and health willing, I will be at our 65th Reunion next June. So count me as one of those “out-of-town loyalists” to be on campus.” Happy to hear that you will be here Tom. Don’t forget we and our spouse/guest will be guests of John Carroll for Reunion Weekend. This generous gesture was established by the university to say “thank you” for your 65 years of loyal support. Continuing that relationship — what could be more appropriate than to have John Rozance, Frank Sullivan, and James Phipps jet-in from California; Tom Daly, Ed Kipfstuhl, and Joe Sepkoski from the New York City area; Bernie Brysh from Wisconsin; Bob Obringer and Gordon Cahours from Michigan; Al Balocca from Chicago; and Joe Seibert from Florida. Oh my! What a grand party this is shaping up to be. Then we add to the festivities Northeast Ohio Blue Streaks (now turned Gray Streaks): Leo Bedell, Milan Busta, Sal Calandra, Don Coburn, Leo Corr, Warren Corrigan, Pete Diemer, Ed Elshaw, Joe Gurley, Ed Heil, Ed Hurley, Jack Kerr, Jim Kilduff, Ray Lanigan, John Malone, Tom Mazanec, Dick Moriarty, Arnold Schmidt, Wally Schwarz, Jerry Sullivan, Mitch Shaker and Bruce Thompson. Hope I didn’t overlook any names. Adding a touch of class to the festivities will be, we hope, the lovely widows of ’43. The thought of such a gathering quickens the pulse. What a Reunion this could be. It is one not to be missed. Be sure to be in our 65th Reunion class photo. That in itself is reason to attend.
Megan A. Haglin, granddaughter of Paul Fetick, is listed as a legacy student in JCU’s freshman class.
Speaking of legacy in action: as chairman of the JCU Faculty Council, biology professor Miles Coburn, Ph.D., son of Dr. Don Coburn, is working with the search committee to fill the university’s important position of academic vice president.
John Hurley, grandson of Ed Hurley is QB on the St. Xavier High (Cinci., OH) team, currently rated #2 in the U.S. by USA Today. Unfortunately he recently suffered a season ending injury against Cleveland’s St. Edward. Ed tells us John is being widely recruited not only for his football exploits, but also because of his 4.0 plus GPA.
Our 65th Reunion date is June 20-22, 2008. Each of you played a positive role in our campus life. Each contributed in his own distinctive manner. Each made a lasting impression on our class to make it the outstanding class it was and is. Nothing could be more appropriate than your return to that campus site. Plan on it.
Take care, Bruce
The headline up-top says Reunion Year, and so it is an almost unbelievable 65th which we will celebrate June 20-22, 2008. Mark your calendar now. The anticipation of such a gathering stirs the emotions. But not surprisingly so, for after all this is where we spent what was probably the most defining, formative years of our lives. The expectancy of again being on campus with former friends heightens our anxieties. If ever there was an occasion to return to your alma mater, this is the moment. The reasons are apparent and compelling. Reunions are about memories, camaraderie, recollections of freshman beanies (I wonder if anyone other than Joe Sepkoski has one), climbing three flights to the library, the mandatory tie to enter Fr. Otting’s ethics class, sweating out Fritz Graff’s letters course, and Frank Burke’s chem. labs. Remember “silent” Charles Cooney whispering through those bank-like bars in the cashier’s office demanding tardy tuition payments? Or how about “smiley” Ed McCue’s piercing gaze as he skewered anyone challenging him. But through it all we endured and had moments of laughter along the way. Following a reunion several years ago Ed Hurley succinctly put our relationship with JCU in perspective, “God has blessed us all in ways we could never have foreseen and John Carroll played an enormous role in that. How fortunate we have been to have anchored so much of our lives to the cornerstone of our days in those wonderful classrooms now long past.” If you haven’t marked your calendar, do so NOW. Alert your family, relatives etc. to the obligatory “sanctity” of your June 20-22, 2008 JCU reunion weekend. Reunions are people gatherings, the more the merrier. We are optimistic about our ’43 class attendance. We have about a dozen loyal Clevelanders, plus another in Akron and one in Warren who will most likely attend. Counting spouses that’s about 25 for starters. Add a few out-of-town loyalists and we’re up to 30 or so. And I do hope that some of the widows will join us. I am not asking for your attendance commitment here and now, but it will be most beneficial if you will let us know what the prospects are of your being on campus for the reunion. What is your thinking at this advanced date? An attendance estimate – I know it’s a guess on your part – will help me negotiate with the alumni office for a desirable Saturday dining location. That is important early on. So write or e-mail your intentions or long range plans – Theresa Spada, alumni and special events coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org – 800.736.2586.
Prayers are requested for Jay, the oldest son of Rosemary and Wally Schwarz. An electrical engineer, he was in India supervising the installation of a giant industrial press when a scaffold he was on collapsed. He suffered serious and extensive injuries to the head, neck and back. Following hospitalization there, he was airlifted with several doctors and nurses in a 29 hour medical flight to the Cleveland Clinic. He needs your prayers.
Jim Kipfstuhl ’54 stopped by the Diemer, Hurley, Thompson table at the Gray Streaks reunion dinner to bring greetings from Ed Kipfstuhl whose wife died several months ago following a long illness. Our heartfelt condolences, Ed.
If my opening paragraph sounds familiar, I commend you for being so perceptive. Similar thoughts and words appeared in this column five years ago and they were well received. I considered them still apropos so I dusted them off and offer them again for your consideration. Please please please respond per my request. Bruce
In our previous issue we wrote of the passing of ’43 classmen Bob Gorman, Al Piccuta, and Bob Wilson. Three in one issue stunned us. Sadly, the shock continues into this issue with the passing of Tony Nicolay and John Whelan. Tony died Easter Sunday in Leisure World, AZ, where he and wife Jane have lived for years. A couple of months ago Marge and Pete Diemer lunched with the Nicolays at the Phoenix airport on the way to Cleveland. Tony was a loyal Carroll man. Several years ago he called inquiring about replacing his JCU class ring worn and effaced by chemicals encountered when working at Diamond-Shamrock Chemicals. I put him in touch with the Belfour people. If you recall, we paid $35 — that ring now goes for $500. Belfour gave Tony an $85 credit on his purchase for the gold content in his original ring. Do you still have your ring? Wear it? Or is it in your dresser drawer?
Professor John W. Whelan died in March at Mill Valley, CA, near San Francisco, his home with Maryrose. John was a professor at the University of California Hastings School of Law in Berkley. He curtailed his teaching the past several years to complete his third legal book. John was one of two summa cum laude grads in our class. Nothing is more distressing as your correspondent than to be the bearer of sad news particularly re the passing of a ’43 classman whose friendship has been a source of enjoyment over the years even though often time and space intervened. These men will long be remembered and respected.
April anniversaries: Elaine and Don Coburn, 60 years; Rita and Dick Moriarty, 63 years; Mary Ruth and Bruce Thompson, 63 years.
Last December while in University Hospitals following a hip replacement, Pete Diemer mailed me some miscellaneous reading material “to comfort a recuperating patient.” It arrived at my home in mid-April. Interesting reading for Navy men who served in the South Pacific in WWII: Sea of Thunder by Even Thomas, and Halsey’s Typhoon by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin.
Al Balocca recently called and made mention of his daily routine. For the past 25 years, or more, it begins with Mass and Communion at either Ascension, Mother Queen of Heaven, or Visitation Church. And he estimates that he has missed only once or twice! That is devotion and commitment considering the severity of Chicago’s winters.
A red-letter date: June 20-22, 2008. The 65th reunion of the class of 1943. All classes ending in 3 or 8 will gather in reunion. Mark your calendar in anticipation and hope that you will be on campus for all or part of this once in a lifetime gathering.
Let’s look at our class mailing list as it now exists — names only. Despite all safeguards, every list is susceptible to error, omissions or unwanted inclusions so check your listing and advise accordingly: Mrs. L. Ray Antolik, Alfred Balocca, Leo Bedell, Sr., Bernard Brysh, Milan Busta, Dr. John Byrne, Mrs. Dennyse Cahill, Gorden Cahours, Salvatore Calandra, Mrs. Loretta Cleary, Dr. Donald Coburn, Leo Corr, Mrs. Mae Corrigan, Warren Corrigan, Thomas Daly, Pierre Diemer, Mrs. Ann Dooling, Thomas Dunnigan, Dr. Edwin Elshaw, Dr. Joseph Gurley, Edward Heil, Edward Hurley, John Kerr, Dr. James Kilduff, Edward Kipfstuhl, Raymond Lanigan, Mrs. Dorothy Leslie, John Malone, Thomas Mazanec, Richard Moriarty, Robert Obringer, Dr. James Phipps, John Rozance, Arnold Schmidt, J. Walter Schwarz, Dr. Joseph Seibert, Joseph Sepkoski, Mitchell Shaker, Jerome Sullivan, Frank Sullivan, Bruce Thompson.
Notice the absence of Ted Saker who was extremely active as a student. Does anyone know the reason why Ted requested his name purged from all JCU communications? Regardless the reason surely Ted should be on campus. IMPORTANT: Please, will each one of your tell me your thoughts re our 65th class reunion. Take care, Bruce
Nice to be chatting with you again after my absence from the pages of the fall issue. Sad to say within that general period we received word of the passing of three of our ‘43 classmen: Bob Gorman, Al Piccuta, and Bob Wilson. Following his WWII days in the Navy, Bob Gorman enjoyed a successful career in the Detroit area in the scrap-iron business. Married to Jean Boggins of St. Ann’s church in Cleveland, they had two sons and two daughters. In his later years, Bob regularly enjoyed our reunion affairs, regretting he had missed earlier gatherings. Sadly lung cancer led to Bob’s death in 2006.
We seldom if ever heard from Al Piccuta after graduation, possibly because of his residence in far off Northern California. Al’s brother-in-law, Bob Trivison ’42, wrote telling of Al’s sudden demise in late 2006. Did any of you perchance have communication with Al which would give us insight into his life?
Bob Wilson, wife Rosemary and four daughters spent the post WWII years in Midland, MI, where Bob was with Dow Chemical. Bob remained active with the USN, serving in the Korean War, eventually retiring as a lieutenant commander. Three years ago the Wilson’s moved to Hampton, NH, to be near family members. Some of you East Siders might remember Rosemary’s parents’ Smith Restaurant, a popular place on Lake Shore Blvd. in the Euclid area. Bob died in August 2006. Former classmen, friends, Bob Gorman, Al Piccuta, and Bob Wilson will be missed.
On a more receptive note, we wish a warm and enthusiastic welcome to April and Leo Corr as they reestablish their residence in Cleveland – 1540 Melrose Circle, Westlake, OH 44145
Despite record breaking mild weather, Florida continues to beckon our class. Norma and Jack Kerr are off to Sarasota Bay for two months or so. Mitch Shaker will soon be in Marco Island to enjoy the rays. Pete Diemer, Dick Moriarty with spouses and Jerry Sullivan are already well entrenched in Florida. Any others? But it was Hawaii that attracted Marie and Sal Calandra.
Recall my mentioning several issues ago re: Calandras’ trip to Ireland returning in the Queen Mary? Can you see Sal and Marie celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary in a pub in Ireland being toasted by pub-crawling Hibernians? It was a memorable occasion, they say.
Despite a myriad of senior aches and pains, Frank Sullivan sends his warm greetings to all from California where he lives with a son.
Supreme Court Judge Maura Corrigan (daughter of the late Pete Corrigan) was re-elected big in Michigan.
What a coincidence. I note that this copy closing date, January 19, 2007 is only two days removed from our January 17, 1943 graduation date 64 years ago. Come May 9, the other half of our class will likewise celebrate 64. Let’s look ahead with thoughts and plans for our 65th reunion June 20-22, 2008. Take care, Bruce
Well, I don’t have anything to write for this issue of the magazine. Can you believe it? Now if you’ll send me some news, we won’t have a blank column next time! Hope you are well — take care, Bruce.
In the two previous issues of John Carroll we reprinted names of graduates as they appeared in the 1-17-43 and the 5-9-43 commencement programs solely for nostalgia in this 63rd anniversary year of those events. But we also had a few graduates later on in ’43 who did not have the benefit of a commencement exercise — diplomas were mailed to recipients. Len Marous and Leo Bedell each experienced a semester or two interruption. Leo Bedell’s certificate of graduation, coincidentally, was signed by Herbie Petit. Accelerating from ’44 were Al Francesconi (deceased), Leo Corr, Leo Frantz (deceased), Jack Leslie (deceased) and Joe Tulley (deceased). They requested to be listed with ’43. In talking with Leo Corr recently, he mentioned that about a year later while in the Philippines with the Navy an envelope from JCU’s treasury office caught up with him bringing a bill for $20 to cover graduation expenses. Having had no ceremony, and to this day never having seen a diploma, his comments were humorous. At Reunion Weekend, ’43’s table at the Gray Streaks dinner was lively with Marge and Pete Diemer, Rosemary and Wally Schwarz, Jerry Sullivan and Margaret Perver, here from Naples, FL, Mary Ruth and Bruce Thompson. Dr. Ed O’Malley ’42 and wife Therese joined us. “Elements and circumstances” conspired to whittle down our attendance. Don and Elaine Coburn had already left for their Cape Cod summer. Mary Theresa and Sal Calandra were off to Ireland for a week, returning home on the Queen Mary. Jack Kerr was resting following a pacemaker implant. Arnold Schmidt’s wife Trudy was on the mend with a new mechanical knee. Mitch Shaker is having rotor-cup problems following a fall. He visits Cleveland Clinic shortly for exams. Ed Hurley had a “must attend” family related wedding. Let’s hope we don’t have such conflicts when our 65th is scheduled in 2008.
Our sincerest sympathy to Leo Bedell and his family upon the death of his wife, Mary Jo. We will arrange for a memorial Mass at JCU’s Saint Francis Chapel.
Marge and Pete Diemer celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary August 12.
Tom Mazanec’s new address is 34760 Park East Dr., Apt. #A104, Solon, OH 44139, cell phone 330.554.6871.
Mitch Shaker’s new address is 1104 Shadow Ridge Dr., Niles, OH 44446.
Remember the USA-Iran diplomatic imbroglio over the 52 American hostages at the very date President Reagan was replacing Carter in the White House? Every news byte commanded our individual attention as we wondered what was going on behind the scene. Interestingly Ed Kipfstuhl knew. He was importantly involved in the complex monetary negotiations as the following letter dated Jan. 21, 1987, from the Acting Secretary of the United States Treasury, to Ed, reveals. To: Edward F. Kipfstuhl, Chief Examiner, Bank Supervision Function, New York Federal Reserve Bank, 33 Liberty St., New York, NY 10045. Dear Ed: The nightmare of the 52 American hostages in Iran is now over. Their release was possible yesterday only through the skill and dedication of a relatively small number of professionals who provided the expertise to execute one of the most complex and novel financial transactions in our nation’s history. You were one of those professionals. You have the right to be proud of your participation in resolving the immense foreign policy and economic complications that flowed from this episode. Bill Miller and I both want to thank you for your help, generously given and gratefully accepted. Sincerely, Robert Carswell, Acting Secretary. — Well done Ed. What a critical fascinating involvement. Your ’43 classmen, and the university, salute you.
Do you think Leo ever paid that $20 graduation fee? Take care, Bruce
We are confident you will esteem our headline story — “Donald J. Coburn awarded prestigious JCU Alumni Medal.” This is the highest award given annually by the Alumni Association to an individual who, through distinguished conduct and accomplishments of life, has brought extraordinary credit to the university and/or through conscientious service to the association or both. Don Coburn is indeed a worthy recipient and will be honored at commencement May 21. Other class of ’43 Alumni Medal recipients have been Helen K. Weil, John V. Corrigan, Pierre R. Diemer, and Bruce E. Thompson.
In the recent winter 2006 issue, we recognized the January 17, 1943 graduating class upon their 63rd commencement anniversary. Let us now do likewise for the other ’43 grads whose commencement was May 9, 1943. Degrees were conferred upon 28 men and five women by President Rev. Thomas J. Donnelly, SJ. *indicates deceased, or no information available Bachelor of Arts: Warren H. Corrigan, Edward B. Kupcik*, Mitchell F. Shaker. Bachelor of Philosophy: Robert J. Bambrick*, John J. Carey*, Pasquale J. Columbro*, Maurice Denbo*, Fred L. Fanelly, Henrietta F. Heintel*, Robert J. Horan*, Philip T. McGrath*, Robert T. McGraw*, Robert U. Obringer, John M. Sacuto*, Lillian E. Schlund*, Jerome P. Sullivan, Helen K. Weil*, Sr. Mary L. Wypyszynski*. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Neal E. Carroll*, Robert J. Cleary*, Robert M. Costello*, Edward W. Heil, John J. Kearney*, Edward J. McCormick Jr.*, Richard J. Moriarty. Bachelor Science: Frank J. Ausflug*, Mary Terese Bernardic*, Bernard L. Brysh, Louis V. Cachat*, Robert J. Cliffel*, A. John Fanta*, Richard J. Huelsman*, Edgar F. Ryan*. As a number of the above had already departed for military duty some fathers accepted their diploma. A Mass in honor of this class will be offered in Saint Francis Chapel on May 9, 2006.
Tom Dunnigan rightfully corrected my statement in the previous issue that “all January 17 grads were in uniform by February 1, 1943.” To his recollection a number were inducted at Camp Perry on April 16. He recalls the train ride there with Jack Corrigan, John Whelan, Emmet Quinn, Tom Mazanec and a few other forgotten ones. Eventually they all scattered. Small world that this is, a year later in the Rainbow Dance Club in Wiltshire, England. Ed Heil bumped (actually) into Tom Dunnigan. They agreed to keep in touch. They did, next meeting in Paris in Ed’s impressive office on the Champs-Elysées — Tom was stationed in a forest on the outskirts. Ed was on campus May 21 when his grandson John Heil received his MBA.
We extend our sincerest sympathy to Tom Mazanec and his six sons upon the recent death of wife and mother, Helen. A Mass in her name will be offered in JCU’s Saint Francis Chapel.
Former Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Salvatore Calandra and wife, Marie, were recently honored by The Bishop Anthony M. Pilla (in person) Program in Italian American Studies at JCU for their long service, their contributions, and their commitment to Cleveland’s Italian American Society. An overflow crowd forced well-wishers into adjoining rooms and hallways. Congratulations to Sal and Marie.
Smoooothe-swinger, Jerry Sullivan stroked a four iron 129 yds. for a hole-in-one (his second) on the #3 hole at the Naples, FL, Lakewood Country Club. Drinks on you Jerry?
Bob Wilson answered our pleas for news with a note of greetings to all of our class — and he enclosed a generous gift for the university.
Ed and Mary Terese Hurley’s daughter, Mary, who is a social worker/nurse recently departed for six months of volunteering in the hospitals, clinics, and orphanages in steaming Haiti with Mother Teresa’s Missioners of Christ nuns. She began this charitable volunteer mission about 10 years ago how’s that for dedicated volunteerism?
This mid-January writing recalls to mind the Sunday, January 17, 1943 date, the first ever JCU accelerated commencement exercise, necessitated by graduates’ commitment to the military services. There were 35 degrees conferred to 34 men and one nun. Accordingly — (*indicates deceased or no information available) Bachelor of Arts: John V. Corrigan*, Thomas J. Dunnigan, Edward J. Hyland*, Edward F. Kipfstuhl, Theodore R. Saker, Louis J. Sacriste*, John W. Whelan, and Joseph J. Wolff*. Bachelor of Philosophy: Salvatore R. Calandra, Thomas B. Daly, William J. Ducsay*, Daniel R. Lynch, Jr.*, Thomas V. Moore*, Albert W. Piccuta, John E. Quinn*, Leonard A. Reichelt*, Richard P. Schmidle, Edward J. Shubeck*, William J. Smith*, Sr. Mary Evangeline Szymanski. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Robert C. Gorman, Thomas J. Mazanec, Frank Sullivan, Bruce E. Thompson, Richard F. Weisbarth*, and Robert B. Wilson. Bachelor of Science: Alfred E. Balocca, Joseph H. Dempsey*, Paul G. Fetick*, Edward W. Kilrain*, Raymond J. Hodous*, Clayton C. Matowitz*, Anthony A. Nicolay, Eugene E. Sees*, and Joseph J. Sepkoski. A Mass in honor of our deceased classmates was offered in Saint Francis Chapel on January 17. If I recall correctly, all 34 of us were in uniform by February 1, ten at the U.S. Navy Midshipman School in South Bend, Indiana. The May 9, 1943 commencement ceremony will be highlighted in the next issue of John Carroll. Do any of you have a copy of the May 9, 1943 program? If so, may I borrow it to use as a memorial mailing piece commemorating that commencement. Please reply immediately to my request at 216.382.4408.
Fast forwarding to the present: Tony and Jane Nicolay enjoyed a recent family gathering in Mesa, AZ, with daughter Joy from Kansas City and sons Jeff and Jim from Honolulu.
Over the Christmas holidays, Dick and Rita Moriarty hosted 20 of their family at their home in Boynton Beach.
The current St. Ignatius High year book features an part of their distant past — a very youthful John Whelan is prominently pictured therein.
Joe Sepkoski’s new residence, The Fountains of Cedar Parke, provides an indoor golf facility tailored for chipping and putting. It sure beats facing Atco, New Jersey’s blustery winters.
For two years, Joe Seibert’s broken ankle has been a major mobility inconvenience. Hopefully a recent re-tightening of the medical screws remedies the problem.
Don’t forget my plea for a May 9, 1943 Commencement program. Take care, Bruce
Coincident with this fall writing news media headlines are featuring news bytes re Supreme Court nominees. Why not here too? Had the Bush minions singled out from the six original nominees one other than they did, we might have had a much more personal, up-close interest in the procedure. Maura Corrigan, daughter of Mae Corrigan and the late Dr. Pete Corrigan, is on that original list of six Supreme Court nominees. Maura recently concluded a six year term as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan. She declined that court’s unanimous request to serve a second six year term preferring to continue to sit as Justice Maura Corrigan, Michigan Supreme Court. Michiganders Bob Gorman and Bob Obringer take note, you may have a “friend in court” if you ever run afoul of the law.
As ever it was disappointing to report the death of another ’43 classman, Rev. Fr. Claude Gaebelein. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family. Fr. Claude was the last of the eight priests in our class to die. He was preceded by Msgr. Casey Ciolek, Frs. Larry Cahill, Dick Huelsman, Pat O’Shaughnessy, Nick Predovich, Tom Sebian, and Bob Teknipp.
Granted, the Vatican and Buckingham Palace are premier practitioners of pageantry, but the Carroll scene for Fr. Niehoff’s installation as president was also one of colorful splendor. For our appearance, class correspondents were garbed in cap and gown highlighted by a gold and blue shoulder sash bearing the individual class designator — 65 classes were so identified. Larry Kelley ’36 (he’s 91) led our group along with Dr. Art Noetzel ’38, Art Wincek ’42 (he flew in from Calif.), BET and so on. It was a moving display of association with and loyalty to our alma mater. Pete Diemer and Tom Dunnigan (he drove in from D.C.) also participated in the day’s events.
Dick Schmidle’s letter was warmly received. Post WWII, Dick returned to the upstate New York area where he earned his Ph.D., and began a successful career in education, retiring in 1979 as superintendent of Schools in Newark, NY. Over the next 22 years he and his wife, Jeanne, had their share of travel and acquired a home in Florida, traveling back and forth with the seasons. Now Dick and Jeanne, after 61 years of marriage and raising two sons and a daughter, have settled in Wilson, NY on Lake Ontario’s shore enjoying the sedentary life such a pleasant little village provides. Dick’s wit and humor which I well recall from Carroll glee club days comes to the fore as he writes “Why do I feel that I am writing my obituary?” Far from it Dick. We expect you to be on campus for our 65th in 2008. Or earlier.
Had a call from Ed Heil in the New Philadelphia-Dover area of Tuscarawas County, OH, south of Canton, in case the location mystified you. Ed has sold his interest in his several golf clubs. Rather than build and manage courses he now plans to play them. Also sold his home in Florida, and his local Pepsi bottling franchise. Now he and his wife, Dorothy, plan on sitting back enjoying the peace and quiet of the area. Though we haven’t seen Ed, the Heil name continues on campus. Son Mark ’73 and wife Irene ’74 are JCU grads and their son, John, receives his MBA from Carroll on May 21, 2006. That will surely find you on campus won’t it Ed? What could be more appropriate than you marching in the academic procession with alums that have been graduated 50 years or longer. Annually, numerous “gray streaks” so participate to honor a family relative graduating that day. We’ll talk details as commencement approaches.
Tony and Jane Nicolay called from Leisure World, Mesa, AZ, to say hello and send warm greetings to all.
Leo Corr celebrates his 84th as I write this. Grandson John Corr is a JCU sophomore. Wisconsin grand-daughter enrolls next September.
With the arrival of twins, Wally and Rosemary Schwarz now have five great grandchildren.
Katrina’s winds whisked shingles off Tom and Helen Mazanec’s Mobile Bay vacation home. JCU has accepted 20 or so Katrina displaced students from Loyola New Orleans, Tulane, and Louisiana Xavier.
That’s really stretching my word quota. Take care, Bruce
2005 wedding bells in the class of 1943??!! Yes sir-eee. Mitch Shaker and Elaine Tryon of Warren, OH, were married February 10, 2005 at St. Mark Church, Marco Island, FL, in a family only ceremony. Mitch’s daughter Mary Alice and son-in-law were attendants. The newlyweds are in their new home, 1005 Oakwood Dr., S.E. Warren, Ohio 44484-5609, 330-505-1748. Naturally their marriage was the talk of our table at the Gray Streaks dinner where most couples number their anniversaries in the 50s, a few even in the 60s. Would that they could have been with us but a prior commitment precluded that. Nonetheless the ’43 table of Eileen Corrigan, Ed and Mary Terese Hurley, Pete Diemer (Marge was babysitting grand-kids), Jerry Sullivan and Naples FL guest Margaret Perver, Mary Ruth and Bruce Thompson, and Bob Colopy ’44 raised our glasses in toast to the newly-wed couples.
This was a trip that wasn’t so scripted in the travel agent’s brochure. Pete and Marge Diemer had more adventure then they had anticipated as they strolled through the leafy streets of Lisbon, Portugal in May. A young beggar began to follow them demanding money. Pete feared if he pulled out his wallet the beggar would have snatched it and run off, so they ignored him. He kept following Pete and Marge for 20-25 minutes when they heard him say “I will kill you.” Turning to face him, they saw that he had pulled out an 8” stiletto. Fortunately they were able to run to a crowded area and elude him. As Pete summed it up, safe escapes make good travel stories.
That’s a tough tale to match, but please send this column some notes of your recent adventures. Take care, Bruce
It saddens us to report in consecutive issues of this journal the death of another ’43 classmate, Joseph J. Wolff, Ph.D. Joe was an honors graduate, active in various student societies, and campus life. He was our companion, our friend. His post WWII career took him to Loyola University, (Chicago) where he was a professor of English for 39 years. We offer our sincere condolences to the Wolff family.
Thanks to those responding to my “urgent” plea for bits of news. Ten or so years ago one of these columns commented “what an active group we of ’43ers are.” Despite our having grayed, and turned over a frightening number of calendar pages, it is enjoyable to hear that many of you are on the go enjoying life as befits happy octogenarians, even if having to use a cane etc.
John Whelan called from his San Francisco area home where he is currently enjoying a sabbatical year prior to his return to Hastings School of Law (University of California). He reminisced about previous professorships at Georgetown, Virginia, Wisconsin, U. of California (Davis) and the U.S. Army Judge Advocate School. One of his more interesting experiences was writing for Jimmy Carter during his presidency. John sends greetings to all.
Jerry Sullivan called. Spending as much time as he does at his Naples, FL, condo he recently changed his primary residency from Ohio to Florida taking advantage of Florida’s more favorable tax structure. He still maintains his home in Walden of Aurora near Cleveland.
Ed Kipfstuhl writes that his wife Grace’s year plus confinement to a nursing home commands his constant attention. He sends warm greetings to all — and we will each respond with a prayer for you Ed and Grace.
On May 11th Dick and Rita Moriarty and Bruce and Mary Ruth Thompson celebrate their mid-April 61st wedding anniversaries over a quiet dinner.
January 2005 will be a month for Wally and Rosemary Schwarz to remember. They celebrated their 60th anniversary and Wally had a knee replacement.
Ray and Florence Lanigan, after living many years in Venice, FL, are back in Cleveland to be closer to their family. Record their new residence in your ’43 class directory: R. J. Lanigan, 24799 Lake Shore Blvd., Apt 305-A, Euclid, OH 44123-4239, 216-732-9448
Speaking of anniversaries: Leo Bedell’s son and daughter represented him at the 60th anniversary remembrance of the WWII battle of Iwo Jima, held at San Antonio, TX. His ship was severely damaged suffering 65% casualties. Leo was decorated with the Silver Star for bravery exhibited during battle. We salute you Leo.
Ed Hurley is up, around, and on the road to a fast recovery following January’s triple by-pass surgery. That’s good news as is word that Ed now holds membership in the Magis Society (those who have named JCU as a recipient in their estate). When I told Don Coburn and Pete Diemer that Ed Hurley was “re-habbing” following triple bypass. Don said, “What a coincidence, so am I.” Good thing that Don is fit and ready to face the world. June is a busy month for the Coburns. Following a granddaughter’s wedding in Oberlin, Don and Elaine leave for their summer home on Cape Cod as they have for over 30 years. They have seven children and as their progeny increased so did the size of that home. Five Coburn children are JCU grads. Son Dr. Miles Coburn, Ph. D. (ND ’71) is a professor the Department of Biology at JCU. Advanced degrees abound in the Coburn family. Again about that wedding: they have chartered a bus to transport the entire family to Oberlin and return to the Cleveland reception. May the sun shine brightly on the wedding day.
Take care, Bruce
The early January death of John V. Corrigan was one of the deep sorrows within the Carroll community, particularly for the class of 1943. Jack was our friend, our companion, our classmate. He was a class officer, and our student union representative. Jack was also an active participant in various academic societies, and campus social events in his years on campus. His interested participation in university affairs continued throughout his years in the alumni association and was the eventual recipient of the prestigious Alumni Medal. Jack was everyone’s friend, respected by all. He will be missed. The class of ’43 expresses its sincerest sympathy to the John V. Corrigan family.
2004 was a year Sal and Marie Calandra will long remember. Early on Sal was hospitalized, several times, for cardiovascular procedures. Consequently he now has seven stints. That’s right, seven. He doubts that’s a record number, but he’s not interested in setting records in that particular category. Recuperation obviously went well, for later he and Marie took a 14-day riverboat cruise through Russia, and then a 26-day trip throughout Italy and near environs. Starting in St. Petersburg, ending in Moscow the views of the Russian lifestyle and countryside were up-close, personal, and at times spectacular. Getting accustomed to 10:30 p.m. sunsets was something else. The trip through Italy started in Rome, then on to Tuscany, Siena, Milan, Venice, Florence, Sorrento, Capri, and four glorious days in Sicily. Along the way there were many side trips and visits with numerous friends and relatives. Of special interest was a visit to Ramacca, Sal’s parents’ hometown where a cousin hosted a lunch for a dozen or so relatives, five of whom were named Salvatore Calandra, all having the same family trait, bald! Then back to Cleveland to forever enjoy their many memorable experiences.
Frank Sullivan is in good health. He has his bags packed, his traveling shoes polished, and will be in Hawaii with his son, Tim, about the time you are reading this. April or May he visits friends in Tucson. Then possibly Toledo in June. If that Toledo trip materializes Frank, try to coincide it with Carroll’s Old Timers’/Gray Streaks dinner Saturday, June 18 on campus. Join the other ’43ers celebrating a mini 62nd reunion.
Last December 2, Leo and April Corr, and some of their family made a pilgrimage as they have done for the past 12 years, to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Mexico. Leo says it is the most moving religious experience he has ever participated in. He recommends it to all. Incidentally, of his 45 grandchildren, a grandson is now a sophomore at JCU.
Congratulations to Bob and Jane Obringer upon their March 60th wedding anniversary. Having a sizable family group in the Detroit area, their celebration should be fun. Arthritis or not Bob, live it up!
Joe Sepkoski has a new address: The Fountains at Cedar Park, 114 Hayes Mill Rd, Atco, New Jersey 08004, Phone 856-753-2000.
One of life’s most tragic moments must be for a parent to endure the death of their child. Sadly, we offer our deepest sympathy to Joe and Anna Seibert upon the death, by heart attack, of their son, Joseph E. Seibert, Jr., and to Tom and Helen Mazanec we extend our heartfelt condolences upon the death of their grandson, Martin Mazanec (19), a student at Villanova. Remember them in your prayers.
A date to be marked on your calendar: Saturday, June 18. That is the 62nd celebration/anniversary of our 1943 JCU commencement. 6 p.m. Mass at Gesu, 7 p.m. cocktails, and 8 p.m. dinner. Let’s make a concerted effort to have all you Cleveland area guys and gals, and as many out-of-towners as possible on campus for a delightful mini-reunion. Take care, be good to yourself. Bruce
What more fitting way to begin our column than to commend Milan G. Busta upon his affiliation with and very generous gifts to JCU’s Magis Society, i.e. those who leave a gift to JCU in their estate in the form of a bequest, trust, insurance or annuity. ’43 is proud of you Milan. (See related story on inside back cover)
Letters and calls tell us ’43ers are on the move North, East, South and West. The Pete Diemers flew to San Francisco for the baptism of their 13th grandchild, Jean Pierre Raphael Smith Diemer. Then on to San Diego for daughter Peggy’s wedding. They return to Cleveland on Amtrak via Victoria, BC; Glacier National Park; Minneapolis and Chicago. Sounds great!
Mitch Shaker’s annual cardio Cleveland Clinic check-up reports AOK. Being in the 80s has automatically disqualified him from judicial sitting assignments — finds tending his lawn and gardens much more preferable pursuits. Dodging Niles’ winter snows, Mitch bought a Lincoln and is planning a December-March escape to Florida’s sunny clime.
Having spent most of an enjoyable summer at their Catawba cottage, Jack and Norma Kerr departed Westlake, mid-October, for Bradenton, FL, so Jack’s old bones can rejuvenate in the warmth of the Gulf Coast climate and waters. The Kerrs continue to revel over memories of our 60th reunion.
Heading other directions — spending most of their adult life in Midland, MI, retiring recently from Dow Chemical, Bob and Rosemary Wilson sold their home to move to 18 Burgundy Drive, Hampton, NH 03842 — close to two of their three children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Alumni records list Bob as the 44th grad in New Hampshire. We’re sending their locations — schedule a New Hampshire alumni gathering.
Supermarkets and funeral parlors rank high as likely places to meet old friends. I spotted Don and Elaine Coburn between vegetables and dairy products at Heinens. Don was pushing the cart as Elaine piled it high with provisions to re-stock the pantry upon returning from summering at Brewster on Cape Cod. Don has recuperated well from early ’04 hip and shoulder surgeries. In fact, he bought a new two-wheeler (no three-wheeler for Don) much to the chagrin of his shoulder orthopedist.
Between 18s at Walden Estates, Jerry Sullivan called. The sapphire stone in his JCU class ring broke. Fortunately I found the Balfour rep working out of Kentucky. If you have a ring casualty, call me. Rings, as ours, currently cost $400.00 — didn’t we pay about $35.00? Mid-October finds Jerry heading to Naples for the winter but returning to Cleveland a number of time necessitated by his activities with the Crohn’s Foundation, which not long ago presented him their top award of the year.
The Nicolay’s called from Mesa, AZ, which they have called home for the past 21 years. Jane still plays tennis and Tony swims. This was their year for family reunions. One in Honolulu for the immediate family, where two sons live. Then 30 or so gathered in La Hoya CA, where Jane’s brother resides. Plan for our 65th in 2008 at JCU.
Following their enjoyable visit to JCU’s Gray Streaks June reunion gathering, Tom and Peg Dunnigan’s summer turned into a bummer. Tom broke his arm and Peg had shoulder surgery. The upside of that chaos is they didn’t lose a single golf ball all summer. Tom’s involvement with his Foreign Service retiree group conducting Elder Hostel sessions was a busy one especially the most recent one, on the Middle East. They were swamped with applications.
A reason to rejoice you are not a Carroll undergrad: room, board, tuition = $32,000. Addendum to follow. Take care — take your pills and do your calisthenics. Bruce
Last June’s reunion of the classes of ’4s and ’9s was a lively gathering. To use an old cliché, it was a “class affair” in every respect. One significant change this year was the relocation of the Big Tent; the central point of activity, from the quad in the rear of the Administration Building, to the front, to what was our front yard. The distance from the Grasselli Tower, southward to the new Dolan Science Center is about 100 yards — the tent was central between these two structures. Viewing from the Administration steps, on the right, or west side is the Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center. On the left, or east side is Bohannon, the former science building. This temporary parking area will eventually be lawn forming a front campus quad. Bohannon’s fate is undetermined.
Reunion weekend’s President’s Reception and State of the University Address on Friday, and the Gray Streak’s Saturday dinner brought a few ’43ers back to campus. Jerry Sullivan, and Naples, Florida guest, Margaret Pevear, were on the scene both evenings, as was this correspondent. Saturday night Pete Diemer escorted Micki Jenks and Anne Cooper in the momentary absence of wife Marge. Tom and Peg Dunnigan re-routed a trip to western Ohio to visit JCU for this festivity. John V. and Eileen Corrigan, Ed Hurley, and Bruce and Mary Ruth Thompson filled out the ’43 gathering. As for those of you who couldn’t make it, you weren’t forgotten. We raised our glasses on high in toast to each of you — after a refill we did it again.
What could command our attention and concern more than the passing of classmate Jack Leslie. His gentle wit and poetic pen will be remembered and missed. May we also extend our sympathy to Milan Busta on the death of his wife, Jeanne.
Even doctors sometimes need doctors. As if hip surgery in February wasn’t enough, Don Coburn had a ball and socket shoulder replacement in June. He and Elaine are now recuperating at their summer home of many years at Brewster on Cape Cod.
Leo Corr mends quickly. Six weeks after a new hip in March he golfed. Had two birdies.
Copy deadline for this column, July 20th, is the date of my left hip replacement.
Dick and Rita Moriarty recently sold their home of 23 years, adjacent to the 13th tee of Canterbury CC, moving to a lofty apartment suite overlooking the second fairway of Shaker Country Club.
Thanks to Mitch Shaker for representing ’43 in the ’04 JCU graduation procession.
Wally and Rosemary Schwarz voiced disappointment over the absence of Pete Diemer’s JCU banner-bedecked convertible in the Naples St. Patrick’s Day parade. The report is of numerous Gray Streaks curbside along the 5th Ave. south parade route, most in the vicinity of the popular McCabe’s Irish Pub. In May, the entire Schwarz clan reunioned in Dallas at his daughter’s lake-home. Numerous JCU people in the crowd, as well as one great grandchild.
It has been said that the “wounded” (the sick, the lonely, the despondent, those down- in-the dumps) often perk-up more readily from a warm word of compassion from a friend, than a medicinal prescription, a pill, a capsule, or a tonic. Joe Wolff would warmly welcome a note, a card, or and e-mail from you to bring a ray of sunshine or a gentle laughter back into his daily routine. You are Joe’s friends. Your message can make a difference. E-mail: email@example.com or 722 Elmgate Dr., Glenview, Illinois #60025-4104 Do it now!
’43 class directory corrections — Ed Heil, 445 Hillcrest Dr., N.E., New Philadelphia, Ohio, 44663-2761 and Tom Mazanec, new phone # 330-554-6871.
Take care, Bruce
Curious about the response to the “I’m on my knees, begging for news from you, about you” plea? There was news indeed, spiced with a bit of levity, and even admonishment — “You should be on your knees, you scoundrel.” Sound advice, received with a chuckle. We have 55 names on our mailing list. Eleven responded, most of whom are frequent correspondents. Hardly what I had hoped for. So come on you others out there. WRITE! Those who did, did in a copious manner. I’ll give you some notes here, then in the near future send out a more detailed addendum.
Didn’t you experience a pang of pride upon hearing that the Blue Streak hoopsters made it to the Division III Final Four? They lost to the eventual champs, but finished third, beating Amherst in the consolation flight. Being third in a division numbering 376 teams was an all-time JCU record accomplishment, with 27 wins, six losses.
Mark your calendar, Saturday June 19, the annual Gray Streaks/classes 50 years and older, Mass, cocktails, dinner and dancing as part of the 4s and 9s reunion weekend. We are guests of the university. Let’s try to set-up two or three ’43 tables for an enjoyable mini-reunion.
Dick and Rita Moriarty celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary April 12. Bruce and Mary Ruth Thompson did likewise April 19.
Orthopedic surgeons seem to be a popular lot with the senior citizen set. Leo Corr is now in rehab following a hip replacement. His comment on rehab has been censored. But he finds consolation reading the numerous get-well cards sent by his 42 grandchildren.
Doctors recently diagnosed my need for a left hip replacement. “Rehabbing” during summertime doesn’t appeal to me. Holding off ‘til wintertime seems more desirable.
Joe Seibert has finally recovered from his May 2003 reverse shoulder prosthesis. Doctor’s approval to resume golfing was exactly what he hoped for. Then he had trouble walking, a bad ankle — surgery was scheduled but his cardiologist said “NO.” Hope that can be resolved to your satisfaction and good health Joe.
Speaking of “knees” etc., it probably isn’t surprising that we would hear from an orthopedic surgeon, but to hear from one, Dr. James Phipps, whom we haven’t heard from in eons, is. Regardless the interval, James we are pleased to hear from you and anticipate your early return to campus. What is that prospect?
Following John Rozance’s career as a teacher and administrator in the Berkeley, CA school district, he and wife Vida managed the City of Berkeley’s Family Camp in the Lake Tahoe area.
John Whelan returns to teaching at Hastings (Univ. of California) School of Law.
Len Marous is now living at 3 Homewood Way, #4105, Richmond Hts. OH, 44143, 216-291-6140 — correct your class directory.
Naples, FL seems to be a popular wintering spot for JCU grads — ’43ers Jerry Sullivan and Pete Diemer have long resided there. Wally and Rosemary Schwarz usually spend March there. Joe and Mary Ellen Wolff, and Leo and April Corr are also regulars. Pete and Jerry meet frequently at Mass at St. Finbarr’s Church. Recently JCU’s Fr. Thomas Schubeck, SJ (relative of our former classmate) gathered with a sizable crowd of Carroll grads for Mass followed by breakfast at the Naples Bath and Tennis Club.
As the calendar turns to April the snow birds begin to return to Cleveland. Pete and Marge Diemer are driving to Orlando, taking the Auto-Train to D.C. to visit a daughter and family, then on to Cleveland.
I’m still on my knees, (and they are aching) asking for notes from you, about you, and what you are doing. Take care, Bruce
To the class of ’43 look with pride at page 40 in the fall 2003 edition (the annual report/donor report issue) of John Carroll magazine. Our class donor participation of 56.3% is the second highest of the 70 classes listed. Such prolonged loyalty, obviously emanating from a date in September of 1939, enduring to this date, merits the respect of all. The university community is well aware of your continuing concern and support, and extends sincere thanks.
Our 60th reunion committee flashes a “thumbs-up, well-done” sign of thanks and appreciation to Pete Diemer and Dick Moriarty who co-chaired our outstanding class fund-raising effort. Only the class of 1938 with 11 donors, 61% class participation, exceeded ’43.
With temps plummeting and snow piling up it isn’t surprising to hear that some of our snow birds have headed to warmer climes. Jerry Sullivan departed early for Naples as did Pete Diemer. Tom Mazanec did likewise for his place on the Alabama gulf coast. Dick Moriarty is at Boynton Beach for the December-April season, even foregoing the usual trip back home for the Christmas holidays. Tony and Jane Nicolay flew to Hawaii for several weeks to visit their two sons, island residents. My guess is others too have escaped similarly. Drop us a note. Tell us about it.
Mark your calendar – Sunday May 23 is commencement. Plan to participate in the academic procession with other 50 year plus grads. Then enjoy the elegant post-ceremony mini-reunion. Another important date to reserve is Saturday, June 17, the Gray Streaks dinner scheduled coincident with the reunion of the classes of 4s and 9s. This is a gala affair, a fun night not to be missed. We attend as guests of the university. If per chance you haven’t visited the new Dolan Center for Science and Technology or the renovated Don Shula Stadium, either one, or both dates, provide the opportunity.
It is with sadness and regret that we list the passing of Fr. Dick Huelsman and Joe Tulley. Each a perfect gentleman, easy and enjoyable to be with, each excelling in academics, each participating in campus life to the fullest. They will be missed. They will be remembered. We also note the recent passing of Jack Cooper ’48 and of Al Francesconi ’44. Recall that Jack entered with us in ’39 was called to Army duty in ’42, returned to JCU following the war to graduate in ’48. He continually reminded us that he considered himself a member of the class of ’43. Interestingly, Al took an accelerated course and received his B.S. degree in the fall of ’43 with a handful of others — they had no commencement ceremony. Al elected to be listed with the ’44 class.
Our class column is so parochial it disappoints me that we so seldom hear from or have the opportunity to mention our out-of-towners. Hopefully we can remedy that in the May issue of this magazine. With this intent in mind, watch for a letter from this desk in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile take care, and may God watch over you. BET
Kudos to retired Judges John V. Corrigan and Salvatore Calandra for honorable recognitions received, and to our entire class for its commitment to Carroll. John V. was presented the prestigious St. Thomas Moore award by the Catholic Lawyers Guild. The occasion was the celebration of the historical Red Mass, originated in 1245, which reaffirms the centuries of old tradition of invoking the guidance of the Holy Spirit on the Ecclesiastical courts. This was a well deserved honor following Jack’s 44-year notable career on the bench.
For Sal, retired county municipal court Judge, another honorary recognition to go along with his recent induction into the NE Ohio Italian-American Hall of Fame. The State of Ohio Sons of Italy, in convention June 13-14, Columbus, OH, presented Sal a lifetime achievement award, a new award, and their highest award, for distinguished service to the association’s goals.
The university extends sincere thanks to the class of ’43 for its 2002 Committed to Carroll fund campaign participation. ’43 is one of three, out of 73 classes with a giving percentage in excess of 50%. Ours was a 53% participation this past fiscal year, only 1% below the leading class.
Len Marous now resides at 890 Colony Road, Cleveland, OH 44143-3118, phone 216-291-4318. Note this in your class directory.
John Whelan not only continues to conduct classes at University of California Hastings School of Law, he has recently authored his third book “U.S. Federal Government Contracts,” considered the “bible” on the subject.
911 came to Frank Sullivan’s rescue during Sunday Mass last April. It was classified as an angina attack, not a heart attack, so the hospital released him. Frank observed how fortunate he was — they wheeled him out prior to the passing of the Sunday collection basket.
Pete Diemer, Jerry Sullivan, and this correspondent participated in the May 18 graduation academic procession. Astronaut Carl Walz, JCU G ’79, who spent 196 days on the space-station, was the commencement speaker. Jerry noted that the 900 grads numbered more than were enrolled in the entire university in our era.
Two red-letter days for your calendar: September 5-6, dedication ceremonies for the new Dolan Center for Science & Technology. July 14 is the alumni golf outing at Fowler’s Mill. How about a ’43 foursome?
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Jack Scaccuto? Our last contact had him in Charlottesville, VA. Did he perchance change his name to Sacuto?
We are also wondering about Kenny Manka, Louis Sacriste, John Kearney, William Ducsay, Jack Sewell. Dead or alive?
If you have a young relative or friend participating in competitive swimming, you might direct that prospect to JCU. The Blue Streak ladies recently won their 13th Ohio Athletic Conference title in 14 years. The men their 12th.
Effective September 2003, room, board and tuition at JCU is $27,608 — a credit hour is $622. Isn’t that more than our tuition?
Watch the next issue for comments regarding our 60th class reunion. Take care, Bruce
“Run up the flag, let’s see who salutes it.” Isn’t that banter meant to determine the interest in, or popularity of something? In the same vein our editor hoisted a Blue and Gold Reunion 2003 banner over our column to announce that event, spread the word, and assess the interest in our 60th reunion gathering. What was the response at this mid-February writing date? Who saluted the banner? It was an amazing heart-warming display of class interest and loyalty.
Of the twenty-four ’43ers with whom I have recently addressed, either in person, by mail, or by phone, the subject of their attendance at our 60th reunion, 21 have indicated they are planning to be on-campus June 12-15 for our class gathering. They are: Leo Bedell, Leo Corr, J.V. Corrigan, Sal Calandra, Tom Dunnigan, Pete Diemer, Bob Gorman, Ed Hurley, Jack Leslie, Len Marous, Tom Mazanec, Dick Moirarty, Tony Nicolay, Wally Schwarz, Arnold Schmidt, Mitch Shaker, Frank Sullivan, Jerry Sullivan, Bruce Thompson, Joe Tulley, Joe Wolff.
How’s that for openers? If the response to the mid-March mailing of reunion registration forms is similar, we will have an incredible class turnout. All we need is attendance confirmations from the rest of you. If you haven’t been to your class reunion in years, don’t think you have been forgotten. Missed, yes, but not forgotten. Reunioners have asked why you aren’t on campus. June 12-15 presents the perfect opportunity to renew your relationship with fellows you roomed with in Bernet Hall, sat with in class, or glee club, French club, or Student Union, played together in intramural or varsity sports, shared a microscope with in chemistry, etc. Guaranteed: your participation will be a memorable experience even if you come out of curiosity. Those who have done so have regretted not trying it sooner.
If you are worried about your personal mobility on campus, dispel such thoughts. From the moment you arrive at the Belvoir parking lot, have your car parked for you and luggage delivered to your room, you will have motorized transportation until you depart. Believe me. More on this in a bulletin.
For Saturday night dinner we have, exclusively, the premier room on campus, the beautiful oak-paneled, leaded windows, cathedral ceiling former dining room of the Jesuits in Rodman Hall. Elevator service to the second floor. Comfort stations close at hand. What a place to gather with friends, renew relationships.
Bear in mind there is absolutely no change to you or your spouse for attendance at our 60th class reunion from your arrival on campus until your departure. Everything is free, your dorm accommodations, all meals, midnight snacks, tours, programmed events. This is JCU’s way of thanking you for 60 years of loyal support.
Though a previous class mailing notified you of the deaths of Bob Cleary and William Lord, their prominent role in campus life prompts this additional note to the entire Carroll community for a moment of remembrance of our former classmates, friends.
Congratulations to retired Judge Sal Calandra upon his recent induction into the Northern Ohio Italian-American Hall of Fame. Earlier in his career, Sal was awarded the Star of Solidarity by the government of Italy for his work with newly arrived Italian immigrants. Sal also has been honored as Cathedral Latin’s “Man of the Year.”
Much as James Montgomery Flagg’s classic WWII recruiting poster commanded, “I Want You,” so too do your classmates of the class of ’43 want you in our class tent June 12-15 — see you there! Bruce
The colorful Reunion 2003 banner above sounds a clarion note as it summons each of us to our 60th class reunion, June 12-15, 2003. The anticipation of such a gathering stirs the emotions. But not surprisingly so, for after all this is where we spent what were probably the most defining, formative years of our lives. The expectancy of again being on the campus we trod with former roommates and friends heightens our anxieties. If ever there was an occasion to return to your alma mater, this is the moment. The reasons are apparent and compelling. Reunions are about memories, camaraderie’s, recollections of freshmen beanies, scaling three flights to reach the library and Fr. Le May’s office, the mandatory tie to enter Fr. Otting’s class, sweating it out through Fritz Graf’s “letters” or Frank Burke’s chemistry course. Remember “silent” Ed Cooney whispering through those bank-like bars in the cashier’s office, demanding your tuition payment? No one will ever forget “smiley” Dan McCue’s steely piercing gaze as he skewered each and everyone attempting to confront him. But through it all we sustained and still had fun along the way.
Ed Hurley’s letter to me following our joyous 55th reunion succinctly puts our relationship with JCU in perspective. “God has blessed us all in ways we could never have foreseen and John Carroll played an enormous role in that. How fortunate we have been to have anchored so much of our lives on the cornerstone of our days in those wonderful classrooms now long past.”
John Carroll University fervently wants you to return to campus June 12-15. As their way of saying thank-you for 60 years of loyal support, there will be no charge for the 60th class reunion. You, your spouse, and even your grandchildren will be free of charge for the entire reunion, including dorm accommodations. On behalf of the class of ’43, I offer our warmest thanks to Fr. Glynn and the Carroll community for their generous hospitality.
Reunions are people-gatherings. The more the merrier, trite but true. Each of you played a positive role in our campus life. Each contributed in his own distinctive manner. Each made a lasting impression on our class, for our class, to make it the outstanding class it is. Nothing could be more appropriate than that you return to that campus site. Picture if you will Frank Sullivan, John Whelan, John Rozance, Al Piccuta and Tony Nicolay jetting-in from the west coast. Tom Daly, Joe Sepkoski, Tom Dunnigan, Ed Kipfstuhl and Dick Schmidle from the east. Ray Lanigan and Joe Seibert from the south. Coming from the mid-central states would be Al Balocca, Leo Corr, Bob Gorman, Bob Wilson, Bernie Brysh, Bob Obringer, Fr. Dick Huelsman, Gordon Cahours and Joe Wolfe. And from the Ohio area Leo Bedell, Syl Bobinksi, Milan Busta, Sal Calandra, Bob Cleary, Don Coburn, Jack Corrigan, Warren Corrigan, Pete Diemer, Joe Gurley, Ed Heil, Fr. Claude Gaebelein, Ed Hurley, Jack Kerr, Jimmy Kilduff, Jack Leslie, Bill Lord, John Malone, Len Marous,Tom Mazanec, Dick Moriarty, Ted Saker, Arnold Schmidt, Wally Schwarz, Mitch Shaker, Jerry Sullivan, Joe Tulley and I. The thought of such a gathering quickens the pulse. What a reunion that would be, particularly to see those “too long absent from campus. Looking forward to seeing you. Bruce
Several days after the June 16th conclusion of the 2s and 7s class reunions, the majestic Camelot-like big tent, the reunion’s 14-spired centerpiece, spacious enough to accommodate 1000 diners, was dismantled. From the Alumni Office in Rodman Hall, I watched with more than casual interest. After all, that same tent, with a designated class of ’43 area, will be the primary gathering place for our 60th class reunion June 13-15, 2003. Have that many years passed since our departure from JCU? Both the calendar and increasing twinges of arthritis indicate so. Our campus then was pretty well limited to Grasselli, Bernet, Rodman, and a mixture of mud and grass to the rear. The ensuing years have seen construction of resident halls and academic buildings such as Pacelli, Dolan, Murphy, Millor, Sutowski, Campion, Hamlin, Bohannon, Boler, O’Malley, Breen Library, Saint Francis Chapel, Johnson natatorium, Shula gym, the D.J. Lombardo Student Center, and the $66 million Dolan Science Center in the front portion of the campus, scheduled for a September 2003 dedication. Work is also now underway on a total remodeling of the football stadium. Curiosity about the campus growth, alone, should prompt your return for your 60th class reunion. Remember as students, how we wondered what the Jesuits would ever do with all of this property? Come see. You will be awed – and proud. Time has wrought wondrous changes as the university has grown to 4,300 students from the 500 of our senior year.
So grab your calendar – 2003 dates should be on the inside back cover. With a bold high-visibility color, block-off the June 13, 14, 15 dates. Next, by e-mail, letter, phone, or whatever, send out an all-points bulletin to family and friends advising of your commitment to the June 13-14-15, 2003 dates. Declare a moratorium on any and all conflicting activities that weekend. Advise family and friends accordingly. Be it a birthday, anniversary, baptism, wedding, or bowling-team party, just send a present. That will more than make-up for your absence. At your age, you’ve been to enough of them. If you are thinking of a cruise, good, do it, but book passage for early spring or fall sailing. Ditto, if you are considering renting a cottage at the shore, or going trekking in Nepal. Hopefully nothing will take precedence over your presence on campus. Make a commitment to yourself to make that trip back to JCU, June 13-15, 2003. If you haven’t been back since graduation, or in ages, or since your 55th in 1998, what better time than the diamond 60th anniversary reunion for your return. Your first “hello” will transcend the years. An immediate camaraderie will be re-established. I guarantee it! I see it happen every year. (I don’t think I’ve missed a reunion in the past 20-25 years). This year the class of ’57 welcomed back to their 45th reunion 10 of their classmates who had never previously attended one of their class reunions. Their collective sentiment acknowledged what a regrettable oversight that had been. I recall a similar admission by several ’43ers after one of our class reunions. Mark your calendar. Ask your family and friends to respect your commitment to your June 13-14-15, 2003, 60th class reunion. I assure you that at the conclusion of the all-reunion concelebrated Mass Saturday evening, when Fr. Kiefer’s “Sons of Carroll gather near Her” resounds throughout the church; you will thank God for your participation at the gathering. Take care of yourself.
Those blue and gold “Reunion 2002” banners above each 2 and 7 class columns herald their June 14-16, 2002 class reunions. A couple of issues from now a similar banner proclaiming “Reunion 2003” will appear over our class column (that’s us!). Our 60th reunion gathering is scheduled for June 13-15, 2003. Hard to believe isn’t it? But the calendar and ever-increasing twinges of arthritis etc. are undeniable evidence of passing time. Grab your calendar, there should be a 2003 calendar following the December page. Before you do anything else, block off June 13-15, 2003 — for high visibility use a bright and bold color. Next, by e-mail, letter, phone, etc. send out an all points bulletin to your family and friends advising of you commitment to the June 13-15, 2003 dates. Declare a moratorium on any and all conflicting activities that weekend, such as baptisms — the child is going to be around for a long time. So he or she can be baptized just as easily the following week; weddings — just send a present, that is all the bride and groom want from you; birthdays, anniversaries, bowling team parties — at you age you have been to enough of them. If you are thinking of a cruise, good, do it, but book the passage for June 21. Ditto if you are thinking of renting a cottage at the shore. Hopefully, nothing will take precedence over your presence on campus. Make a commitment to yourself to make that trip back to JCU. If you have not been here in ages, only a couple of times, or not since you graduated, what better time than the diamond 60th anniversary for your return. Your first “hello” will transcend the years. An immediate camaraderie will be re-established. I know. I see it happen every year when other classes gather in reunion.
Ed Hurley’s letter touches, with fervor, on one’s continuing relationship with his university. “God has blessed us all in ways we could never have foreseen, and John Carroll played an enormous role in that. How fortunate we have been to have anchored as much of our lives on the cornerstone of our days in those wonderful classrooms now long past. Some ties should never be broken. Our recent reunion reinforced that dictum.” Mark your calendar, June 13-15, 2003.
In mid-February you received an alumni office “Update” mailing headlined “Your time is coming.” Please complete and return it. It is not invasive, it does not intrude, it just helps us keep alumni records up to date. As your class correspondent, I particularly hope you will use some of the space to add your comments, questions, or observations — as the spirit moves you — on anything of relevance to the alumni, the university etc. If you have already returned the Update mailer and have not added any comments, please do so in a letter to me.
Another red-letter date for your calendar, Saturday June 15, 2002, the annual Gray Streaks/Old Timers mass, cocktails, dinner, dance at JCU. All classes graduated 50 years or longer are guests of the alumni association. Watch for the announcement-reservation mailer. Let us put together several ’43 tables for a fun night.
Keep that calendar handy, here is another important date, Monday July 8, the annual alumni golf outing. Lunch, golf, and dinner at the outstanding Fowler’s Mill course. It is the #1 public course in Ohio (private for us that day). Let us have a ’43 foursome or two. I know Dick Moriarty, Jerry Sullivan, Wally Schwarz, and this correspondent still golf, enthusiastically if not efficiently. Maybe we can induce Bob Gorman to drive down from Detroit, and Joe Seibert from Mansfield as he is vacationing there. How about you, Joe Sepkoski, anchoring you boat, and spending a few days out here with us? We have clubs for you. Lodge at my house. Anyone else interested?
I see Pete Diemer, Don Coburn, and Ed Hurley at church for the First Friday lunches. Nice to report they are in good health and keeping the faith.
Tom Mazanec was being doctored for eye problems when low and behold he would up in University Hospitals for triple by-pass. After a flurry of post-operative problems, he and Helen were off to their place in Dophne, AL. Did you know Tom and Helen are active “on the tour” in masters bridge circles?
Bob Wilson says a sure sign of old age is when you go to your WWII ship’s reunion (Navy freighter U.S.S. Crater) and the sailors still call you “mister.” Though several back surgeries two or three years ago necessitate use of a cane, Bob and Rosemary will attend the Crater’s reunion in Minneapolis and Iowa 2003. They will be looking forward to the 60th at JCU. Change Bob’s area code to 989 from 517, in your class directory.
Frank Sullivan’s trip to China with son, Patrick, and wife Lily, and granddaughter Caitlin Rose, to visit Lily’s family, was an epoch. Flew on Air China 747 (15% occupied) to Shanghai, described by Frank as Shangri-La — 80 skyscrapers, cleanest streets ever seen, fabulous airport, red-caps friendly and cheerful who refused his tip after pushing his wheel-chair for 20 minutes, saying “oh no sir, you are our guest,” 20 McDonalds, 16 Kentucky Frieds in the city. Visited Tiennamen Square, Mao’s tomb — above ground, in glass. “He looked pale. I think he needs a drink.” Frank asked a startled mother how she liked the one child rule. Being clever and diplomatic she responded “we have learned to accept it.” Of a Ph.D. he asked what he thought of Clinton, “he has done some good, but personally leaves much to be desired.” Frank applauded. After two bites of a sandwich, Frank asked a waitress what he was eating. Snake, she replied. I thought so, said Frank, I can feel the rattle in my stomach. After 15 days of the Great Wall and other tourist attractions, Frank still eats rice.
Tony Nicolay is down in the dumps and so is Jane. I sympathize with them. I would be too if I spent more time in doctor’s offices, clinics, etc, than partaking in life’s more pleasurable pursuits such as golf, tennis, shuffleboard, cycling, etc. It’s been one nagging ailment after another, rotator-cup, eye surgery, etc. You name it, they’ve had it. The major disappointment of the year was missing their annual mid-summer “hajj” to the Arizona mountains, something of a ritual they and their friends have enjoyed for years. Hang in there Tony, 2002 will be better.
Though formally retired, Judge Mitch Shaker has a full schedule, sitting upon assignment, overseeing details at his former office now managed by two of his sons, both lawyers, or stopping-in at Youngstown’s Butler Art Institute where daughter Kathy is co-director. His other 5 are gainfully involved but scattered far and wide, one as far as Rome.
Currently the Gesu CYO basketball games rival Mahon-Murphy or Maher’s funeral parlors as the in place to meet old friends. Talked with Pat Hyland ’73, son of Ed at today’s game. Pat proudly showed me his father’s class ring, which he has worn since his father’s death. Another son, Ned, lives in the family home across from Bernet Hall.
Regarding Ed Hurley: Ed’s grandson, Mike Hurley, all-Ohio defensive-back on Cinci St. Xavier’s high school football team was selected the scholar-athlete of southwestern (5 counties) Ohio. Mike will pursue his academics (honor society) and athlete endeavors at Yale. Interestingly, Mike’s other grandfather is also a JCU man, Justin (Bud) Noetzel ’40. Powerful genetic influences, I’d say.
Coincidentally, do you numerous Ignatius grads out there realize that Iggy and X share the same alma mater? It was written by Jack Hearns, former JCU band director. Only words regarding the school’s color differ. At the 2001 state championship game (Ig. 36, X. 6) each school sang, fortissimo, and with great gusto, as the other played “their” alma mater. It was warming competition to behold.
Several quick wrap-up notes: A response to the brouhaha over Pius XII’s position regarding the Jews and the Holocaust: read “A Righteous Gentile: Pope Pius XII and the Jews” by Rabbi David G. Dalin in the winter issue of PRISM, a publication of the Institute of Catholic Studies at JCU.
Room, board, and tuition at JCU is now $25,396.
Don’t forget to mark June 15 and July 8, 2002, and June 13-15, 2003 on your calendars!
Take care. Bruce