Bill Feuerstein of Parma, Ohio, was at home recovering from a stroke. He sounds fine but regrets missing reunion. He has fond memories of JCU.
John Boswell contacted me about the latest issue of the magazine. He says the alumni group is doing it right by gathering mailing addresses. Last month was the first issue of the magazine he received since he moved. John was invited to a small get-together near Marco Island, Fla., and noticed Dick Hamlin’s name on the guest list. He remembers Dick and a lot of the classmates who lived in Akron, Ohio. He was unable to attend because he lives south of St. Augustine (Ormond Beach).
I heard from classmate Frank Washko, who reports reading the Carroll magazine regularly. Frank and his wife, June, are busy attending their grandchildren’s activities in Hudson and Columbus, Ohio. Their granddaughter, Molly Washko, is a strong swimmer on the Strongsville swim team and has been profiled for her athletic ability in The Plain Dealer newspaper. She’ll swim for The Ohio State University team this fall. Good luck, Molly. Frank enjoyed attending the alumni Christmas gathering and looks forward to the June class get-together.
I contacted Bill Barker, who lives in Parma, Ohio. Bill sends his best regards to all our classmates. He has been busy with doctor appointments.
Ernie Lewandowski spent a peaceful and relaxing winter at home in Stow, Ohio. He looks forward to more activity this summer and anticipates improving his golf game this year. Ernie played in a tournament last season with two younger Carroll grads that were pleasant fellows and good golfers. Ernie is beginning to feel his age, as most of us are, and hopes for a successful golf season. He’s confident in the regular sunrise and enjoyable summers that occur in Stow.
I attended the Blue Streak baseball game in April when they played the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets in a doubleheader. Despite the fact the Blues Streaks lost, I enjoyed watching from the Don Shula memorabilia room that offers a fine view of the entire diamond. While many Carroll fans were dejected, I was overjoyed that my grandson, Brian Harrison, coaches the BW baseball team. BW’s season was successful, earning admission to the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship in Appleton, Wis.
I was unable to attend the graduation festivities this year. I look forward to hearing from my classmates and those in other classes in the ’40s so I can share their stories in the next column. Send news, preferably good. All will be reported with reasonable accuracy.
Joe Spaniol, whose address and phone number have been unchanged for the past 35 years, continues to lead a busy life near the U.S. capitol. Joe is active as the president of a local veterans organization and participates in a group that supports and encourages vocations to the priesthood. Joe’s family of five sons and three daughters were grown when his lovely wife passed away about 12 years ago. He’s busy organizing a holiday for his children, who live in the region.
I visited Walter Schwarz ’43, who was saddened by the death of classmate Bruce Thompson ’43 and was depressed because of his inability to attend the wake or funeral. This event brought to memory college days when Wally became an A-1 draftee in 1941 and looked at other military options. He selected to serve as a weatherman in the Air Corps and signed for a three- year enlistment. Soon after, the draft board granted deferment to college students, but Wally was committed to the Air Corps. The entire JCU class wound up serving in U.S. military, while Wally spent most of the next three years in Africa, India, and China as a weatherman. The war was real, and the Air Corps took his enlistment seriously but granted him a 21-day furlough. On New Year’s Eve in 1945, he returned to Cleveland and proposed to the beautiful Rosemary, who was the love of his life. They married and spent their honeymoon and the next few months at the Fort Worth Air Force Base until the war ended. When they returned to Cleveland, Walter took a job as a sale representative. He eventually bought the company and had a long and successful career. He and Rosemary raised three sons and one daughter.
Vic Rozance, a resident of Palm Harbor, Fla., is enjoying another warm and sunny winter. Vic continues to serve as an usher at Sunday Mass. Recently, he spoke with a Carroll graduate who recognized the JCU window sticker on Vic’s car. He promises to ask and remember the name of the Carroll grad the next time he sees him in church.
This fall marks my second anniversary at the Normandy Retirement Community. I enjoy the colorful season much more now that I don’t rake leaves. Send news, preferably good. All will be reported with reasonable accuracy.
Vic Rozance says the weather was so pleasant in Palm Harbor, Fla., he never left to visit Cleveland last summer. In addition to Vic maintaining his reputation as a low-score senior golfer, he has been appointed the chief usher at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church during the 10 a.m. Mass by the pastor. Vic faces several challenges: seating everyone in winter requires persuasion, creating participation in the second collection for the new church expansion, and maintaining his pleasant attitude.
Dick Kappus, an East Cleveland native, was one of the group of Lakeview and Cedar bus riders. We usually arrived at class about six minutes early. Dick entered medical school after graduation and after completing his training, established a pediatric practice in Toledo, Ohio. The next 35 years were busy, productive, and satisfying. Dick and Rita raised three sons – two have moved West, making western vacations convenient. They enjoy time in San Diego but after a few weeks feel Toledo calling them home.
2013 started with a bang for me, literally. I was returning from Mass at my parish church of St. Angela Merici in Fairview Park, Ohio, and parked my car in the parking garage. While crossing into the entrance of my building, I was struck by the groundskeeper’s utility truck. I spent five days at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland before being transferred to Normandy Manor in Rocky River, Ohio, to recuperate from my injuries, which included several broken bones. Recovery is slow, but I’ve graduated to a wheelchair and use a walker with assistance from the physical therapy staff. The administrator of Normandy Manor is Matt Shula ’02, nephew of the famous Don Shula ’51.
My days have been brightened by visits from Hugh Gallagher ’50, Tom Lynch ’50, and Larry Kelley ’36.
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Bill Barker and I were the ’49ers who watched the JCU football team score its first victory of the season Aug. 31 in Ireland. Pete Bernardo ’67 arranged for the simulcast TV coverage of the unique event. With a few exceptions, the team had a great year. After our graduation, Bill took employment at the Social Security Administration, earned many promotions, and retired at the end of a successful 30-year career. Then Bill studied at Cleveland State, earned a master’s degree, and began teaching at Tri-C. That second career of 30 years just ended, and Bill has retired to travel with his wife. He enjoys true retirement after 60 years of employment.
Joe Innes had completed a doubles tennis match when I called. His back surgery was successful, and life in Naples, Fla., is beautiful. Joe has had an interesting and exciting life. In 1942, he joined the Air Force, became a navigator, and completed 35 bombing missions in a B-17. A few of his Air Force education credits were valid for his freshman application at Carroll, where we studied diligently and partied occasionally. Joe found an interesting job at Ford Motor, in the safety design department, where he helped develop the early seat belt design. After 15 years at Ford, Joe joined the Federal Highway Administration’s safety design department, where the design challenges broadened from the subject of vehicles to highways, bridges, and tunnels. His efforts have contributed to advances in highway safety. Now Joe is relaxed and thinking about tennis. Call him at 239-513-2338 for a game.
Larry Clifford was enjoying a sunny day in Blue Bell, Pa., when I called for an update on his life as a retired railroader. Through the last few years of his long career at the Pennsylvania Railroad, Larry achieved his objective – he was the general director of traffic. That position sounds, to an old warehouseman like me, like a policeman at an intersection. But to a Pennsylvania railroader, it says he’s the man in charge and in control of freight movement and rates charged for each classification, with many exceptions and variations. These weighty decisions are of key importance to the business. Several years after the death of his first wife and JCU girlfriend, Elizabeth, Larry met and married beautiful Joan, with whom he recently celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary. Larry is a full-time retiree, enjoying each day.
Joe Kundrath had an exciting 30-plus-year career at General Electric in Cleveland. His successful life began in accounting, and throughout the years, he developed improvements in inventory placement, shipping, and customer service while contributing to GE’s profitability. Retired life now is “old stuff,” so Joe and wife, Frances, are selling their home in Bay Village and dispensing tools and equipment. They’re planning to move to St. Mary of the Woods, where Mass is offered six days a week and life is completely relaxed.
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Having spent the war years maintaining airplanes, Cazimir Ball had a continuing interest in flight and started an interesting career at NASA. There for more than 20 years, Caz worked to develop the technology of flight and space travel. Larry Kelley ’36 remembers and appreciates Caz organizing Larry’s records and his retirement party. Mrs. Dolores Ball passed away last year. Caz now looks forward to doing his lawn-and- garden maintenance. His knees no longer support his golf swing. When gardening loses its charm, Caz might fly to Tulsa, Okla., to visit his son, who has a business there.
Ed McKenna looked great when we visited during the Gold Streaks luncheon in March. We noted, sadly, we were the only ’49ers present. Ed still misses his beautiful wife, Lila, and enjoys the frequent visits of his son and daughters, two of whom are JCU grads. Ed’s heart stopped with little warning on the weekend after the luncheon. I was one of many friends and relatives to attend his funeral Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish (St. Gregory the Great) in South Euclid, Ohio.
During an unusually hot day in April in Cleveland, I called Vic Rozance in Palm Harbor, Fla., for a weather report. Vic had to admit that day was better in Cleveland. The sun shone brightly, and the birds were chirping happily while he looked at a cloudy sky over Palm Harbor. Vic was getting along just fine when all of a sudden his blood pressure rose. As a result, his activities are limited temporarily. Vic and his wife, Theresa, moved to Florida to be closer to their children, who established businesses and residency there. Now, and for the past six years since Theresa died, Vic has had the companionship of his four children and 10 grandchildren. All that great family activity and the maintenance of a low golf handicap have kept Vic busy. He’s planning a trip to Cleveland. I look forward to seeing him and touring the newer buildings at JCU.
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Steve Marinik, a busy and successful student in Arthur Noetzel’s ’38 accounting class, became a CPA. Soon after graduation, he married beautiful Agnes, gained stature in the Haskins and Sells organization, and fathered the first of four children. As the family grew and the market developed, Steve became the president of Seringer & Chaney accounting firm, and in 1994, retired to take a leadership role in his parish, the Amherst rotary, and two American-Slovak organizations. Steve’s busy life ended Jan. 5, 2011. His son, Ken ’71, also a CPA, carries on.
I received a phone call from a V12 sailor from the class of ’46 who let me know the sailors weren’t the hot shots I’d said but students who were challenged with a serious course of study on an accelerated schedule in a new environment. Ollie admitted the uniforms and discipline kept them close and somewhat distant from the small group of civilian students. It created a feeling of brotherhood among the 15 Tetra Phi members. The caller was Ollie Schneider ‘46, a retired attorney living in Ravenna, Ohio. Ollie graduated from Western Reserve Law School with Joe Spaniol, never realizing they’d attended JCU together. From Carroll, Ollie became an ensign, was assigned to a minesweeper – 97 feet of wooden hull with a crew of 40 – clearing mines in the ship channels of San Francisco Bay, then to a larger wooden ship near Japan. Ollie was called back during Korea and stationed on a steel-hull ship. He retired from the Naval Reserves as a lieutenant commander.
Vic Stewart established a growing insurance business soon after graduation; married Helen; and became the president of an expanding insurance agency while he and Helen raised a family of six beautiful daughters and four sons, who carry on his handsome facial features, interest in the insurance business, and the memory of a loving father who passed away Oct. 29, 2011.
More bad news: We’ve lost another classmate – Jerold Jost, who retired to Fort Myers, Fla., after turning over his tire dealership to his sons, passed away Aug. 12. Jerry and his wife, Ruth, were the parents of four sons and three daughters.
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Joe Innes has been forced to stop playing tennis while his doctor considers a surgical solution for his spinal-disc problem. During this activity lull, Joe has taken interest in (the old man’s game) golf. He discovered golf requires practice and occasionally causes pain, too, so he’s looking forward to a quick surgical solution and recovery so he can return to the court.
Vic Rozance is enjoying the 92-degree sunshine in Palm Harbor, Fla. Vic spent many years in the banking business, first with NCB, then many years with Mellon. Now that money management is a thing of the past, Vic has developed a busy golf schedule. He knows and believes the old axiom “practice makes perfect,” but practice is such a drag, so he’ll continue to play and suffer an occasional error.
Bill Varga returned from the nationally famous Oshkosh Air Show, so I called him to listen to his thoughts about the new sport planes designed for flight by semiskilled pilots. Bill learned they’re easy to fly, limited in range and destinations, but priced at $120,000 – out of the range of casually interested people. Bill flew his personally rebuilt biplane to the show, and as usual, it drew a crowd.
I had a great phone conversation with Joe Spaniol. Joe and I were members of a small group of boys who were 4-F, or hadn’t yet been drafted and wanted to make the best of the time available, and entered an accelerated program run by JCU for the U.S. Navy. Classes began July 5, 1943. Sailors in uniform filled the campus with constant activity and established a considerable presence among the 15 civilian students who united the Tetra Phi. Our linguist, Joe Hanley ’46, developed the translation from 4-F to the more impressive Greek name. We were determined to apply ourselves seriously to compete with the Navy hotshots. Pat (Anthony) Blepp brought T-shirts with the Greek letters from his father’s sports store, and each member of the new club studied harder, not to be outdone by the sailors. Joe and I worked to recall the names of our fellow members from this 70-year organization: Paul Cull ’50, Charlie Cullinan, Bob Nook ’50, Al Feritto, John Curran ’47, Joe Hanley ’46, Pat Blepp, Joe Spaniol, and I. The Tetra Phi shrank as draft notices arrived. Cull, Cullinan, and Blepp left during the first semester, and Joe and I were drafted around Christmas. Now Joe is occupied as commander of the American Legion Post in Bethesda, Md., and is active in the regional Serra Club, which promotes Catholic religious vocations.
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Jim Broadbent married beautiful Shirley soon after graduation and entered the tire-sales business in Warren, Ohio. Jim applied himself, as he had as a Carroll student, and grew the business to five locations in the region. Simultaneously, his family grew to five sons and two daughters. Several sons had Jim’s love of the tire business, happily taking over the operation to provide Jim more time to golf. I’m sad to say Jim’s productive, successful, and happy life ended May 20, 2011, after a short illness.
Less than a month later, the Gold Streaks luncheon group lost a regular, enthusiastic participant, who also was a key member of the senior Westsiders. Ray Fox answered God’s call to eternity June 15, 2011, after a short hospitalization. Ray and his wife, Eileen, are parents of two sons and two daughters and grandparents of nine. Ray was the treasurer of Monarch Aluminum Co., a manufacturer of cookware and special aluminum stampings. Ray continued his work as the company changed to Standex International Corp. Ray tried retirement but found summers in his retreat in Vermillion, Ohio, to be repetitious. He discovered excitement in a new challenge by joining Earnest Machine Products Co. and enjoyed that until he finally tired of working and joined our group of lazy elder gentlemen.
I called Tim Ryan, who you’ll recall was the spark plug of the alumni lunch organization, hoping he gained mobility. It’s our mutual hope that when the first fall Gold Streak luncheon is scheduled, we can plan his transportation. Tim sounds sharp as ever. His only limitation is mobility.
Anthony Adamcik, a Baltimore, Md., resident for many years, is enjoying retirement. He hasn’t seen a classmate or heard Carroll news except from this quarterly Alumni Journal.
Bill Varga had fabulous news that brightened my outlook and will encourage his classmates. Bill recently earned, and was awarded, his renewed pilot’s license, which is effective until March 3, 2013. Because of arcane age regulations, Bill was required to undergo continuous 24-hour testing in Oklahoma City this June, then spend three months passing various tests before his license was renewed. After all the testing, he expected full, two years of pleasant licensed flying, but the effective date shown is March 2, the day the tests began. Bill earned only 21 months of licensed flying. No doubt, he’ll request 27 months on his next license. Bill’s success gives new and strong assurance to ’49ers who aren’t as old as we sometimes feel.
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When I hurriedly start the car and begin driving before I attach the seat belt, the alarm sounds, and I fasten the belt and think of our classmate, Joe Innes, and recall his participation in the improvement of highway safety. Joe entered the Ford Motor Safety Engineering Dept. in Detroit soon after graduation. In 1967, because of his work in the perfection of antilock brakes, he was invited to join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, where he participated in the development of improved seat belts and instantly inflatable collision cushions. Joe retired in 1986, the second year the auto-accident-fatality rate per mile traveled began to decline gradually. No doubt, his efforts contributed to the improved rate as safer vehicles replaced the old ones. Joe is enjoying being a permanent Naples, Fla., resident. I called him as he returned home from an exciting tennis match. I congratulated him and mentioned that, last year, I had felt inadequate playing doubles because my reaction seemed too slow. Joe said he concentrates on returning any shot he can reach to a spot on the court where the opponent can’t effectively return it. I was impressed, Joe was thinking positively. I’m inspired to adopt that same attitude and rescue my racket from retirement this spring.
Charlie Mayer had been the New York Life Insurance representative in the west suburbs for years, and as expected, he dressed well and had his hair cut every three weeks. Now it’s different. A blood clot formed in his head, and his doctor insisted Charlie’s head be shaved before the removal operation could begin. The operation was successful. The scar is stitched neatly and healing well, but Charlie is bald. He wears a hat on cool days and hopes daily vitamins and natural minerals will encourage new hair growth quickly. If you know about a hair growth aid, please call Charlie at 440-777-5131.
Dick Kappus went on to medical school at St. Louis University after graduation, completed his residency in Detroit, married beautiful Rita, and established his practice in Toledo, Ohio. He worked until 1993 and maintained the health of his many patients. His pleasant memories of JCU caused his two daughters to earn Carroll degrees. His sons chose larger, more distant schools. Each winter, Dick and Rita travel to California and Oregon to visit their children and grandchildren and look forward to visits during the sunny Toledo summer. We had a pleasant conversation recalling the old days in East Cleveland and the Glenville area where we had mutual friends.
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Larry Clifford traveled from his home in Bluebell, Pa., to the Annapolis Yacht Club to participate in an enjoyable afternoon party of Philadelphia-area JCU alumni. Classmate John Giblin added to Larry’s enjoyment when he provided news about other classmates he had seen recently. Larry had planned to attend an alumni party scheduled for this past January that was cancelled because of a heavy snowstorm. He’s watching the mail, awaiting another invitation.
Don Hutter, who has been waiting for his investment in Motorola to revive, was pleased to watch the reorganization of the company, which is introducing the newest and sleekest cell phone.
Bill Feuerstein, who has been retired from General Electric for a while, is the proud great-grandfather of five children. His three sons have earned master’s degrees in engineering, and two of his three daughters have attained master’s degrees, to which he gives credit to his beloved wife, Marguerite. Bill discovered the new entrants of the parish senior golf league are younger, play better golf, and win all the matches. Oh, to be 65, or even 70, again.
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Joe Kundrath spent a day with three eye doctors, had more eye drops prescribed, and was scheduled for surgery in October. I hope to see him at the Gray Streaks Luncheon in November.
Ray Fox, who’s also recovering, won’t admit he had pneumonia, which would demand too much recovery time.
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I visited Joe Kundrath near the front door of St. Raphael’s Church in Bay Village, Ohio, where Joe has served as an usher for the past 30 years. Joe was in transit to his three-per-week physical therapy sessions at Lakewood Hospital. After retiring from the accounting department of General Electric Corp., Joe admits his pace changed from full steam ahead to slow for about 10 years, which created the need for a triple bypass and a new lifestyle. Now, 13 years later, he’s a lean, serious exercise enthusiast. Joe and his wife, Fran, married midlife and were never blessed with children, so they socialize often with their nieces and nephews and their children. Joe agrees Cleveland GE operation appears to be a miniature version of the local GE that existed and prospered when he was a player on their team.
I saw Bill Monroe from a distance at a recent funeral, and called to compliment him about his almost youthful appearance. After conversing, I drew the conclusion that Bill is staying young by maintaining a low-pressure, fulfilling, busy lifestyle. He has maintained his partnership in a law practice downtown, owns and manages a group of residential apartment buildings in Rocky River, Ohio, and maintains a multipurpose office there. He finishes each day in a beautiful lakefront home in Euclid, enjoying the company of his beautiful wife Patricia. We spoke briefly about our return from the service in ’46. We had acquired drinking and smoking skills, we were anxious to learn, and we had to regain our learning skills. Bill remembers his victory buying a new ’47 Plymouth. I had a similar, maybe better victory. I bought a new ’47 Ford for a list price of $1,250.00.
July 5, the temperature in Cleveland was 91 degrees, so I called Vic Rozance in Palm Harbor, Fla., to see if he had left Florida to cool off in Ohio, or if he was enjoying his airconditioning. I asked about the size of his electric bill, and Vic, always quick with the right answer, told me the air conditioner was on full blast, he was comfortable, had played nine holes in the morning, and the electric bill would be higher. He added that he’d been in Cleveland earlier this summer to visit his ailing brother and found the weather uncomfortably cold. Vic enjoys frequent visits from two daughters and one son, who are nearby Florida residents.
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John Giblin responded in a recent memo that the spring weather was glorious in Silver Spring, MD. His golf game has deteriorated, and that the only tennis shots he can return must land within one step, left or right. We recalled the “good old days” riding the Lakeview bus to Cedar and Lee to brave the cold wind while awaiting the Cedar Road bus to the campus.
Ed McKenna, Ray Fox, and I were the ’49ers attending the Gray Streaks Luncheon on April 14. We were impressed with the presentation, which showed the serious work performed by Carroll students helping the poor in Central America.
Ed Mulroony joined the Baker-Raulang Co. after graduation and participated in the development and sales of the early electric forklift trucks. On St. Patrick’s Day 1951, partying with customers, he met beautiful Beverley; they were married in September, after a serious six-month courtship. Ed’s sales efforts continued as the company was merged into Otis Elevator, and new industrial goods were produced. The Mulroonys moved to New Jersey, where their two children were born while Ed spent some leisure time in civic affairs of the village of Pequannock, NJ, where he served as a councilman and later, as mayor. The company continued to grow and his responsibilities expanded. Relocating to Louisville, KY, was a cultural adjustment for the entire family and life continued blissfully, and Ed’s effective sales efforts continued while the family gathered and grandchildren arrived. Ed was required to reduce speed because of macular degeneration, then another health difficulty developed and Ed died with his family present or nearby on Dec. 8, 2009.
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Vic Stewart regrets having missed our Reunion; he now sits in the sun in Fort Myers, FL, making plans to invite his family there for Christmas, because he has decided it’s too cold to come up North.
Everyone remembers Ed (Buddy) Murray, he played great music and had a successful band while at Carroll. After graduation, he entered medical school, and upon completion of residency, established an ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery practice in Flint, MI. Dr. Ed retired about 10 years ago, established a winter home in Florida, but over the years, he found more comfort staying home in Grand Blanc, where he and wife Marie are frequently visited by five of their eight children who still reside in Michigan. Ed asked about Jim Pojman, the leader of the barbershop quartet, which performed frequently while we were in school. I reported that I’d spoken with Jim recently and that Jim had mentioned casually his continuing tennis competition and commented, modestly, that he recently completed “The 1,000 Mile Bicycle Challenge.” I was inspired to take a vitamin pill!
Al Zippert, after retiring from his medical practice, became more active in alumni functions. We were saddened to hear of his death on Oct. 24. Al left a fine reputation as an outstanding physician and surgeon and the head of a loving family consisting of his wife and seven children.
Bob Moeller married Lucille while a sophomore at John Carroll and maintained serious concentration. Upon graduation, he transferred from JCU to IRS where he built a career. Bob retired as a branch chief at Des Moines, IA. Bob then became a farmer in Hixton, WI. When farming lost its charm, Bob established residence in Sheboygan, WI, where most of their 13 children, and 45 grandchildren, and 39 great-grandchildren reside. All were saddened when Bob died on Nov. 3, 2009, at age 86.
Bob Logsdon joined U.S. Steel after graduation, and his effective efforts assured his advance in the management of this large organization. When retirement age occurred, Bob moved from Birmingham, AL, to Sarasota, FL, with his wife, Mary Jean. When the charm of winter golf faded, they decided to move closer to home — Louisville, KY, was their choice, closer to, but warmer than, Cleveland, OH. Once settled, Bob got some news; his first grandchild was expected, and his health was failing. Bob died quietly on Thanksgiving Day. His granddaughter was born Dec. 14.
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Tom Martin, Frank Washko, Jack Powers, and Ray Fox were all impressively portrayed in the “Class of ’49 picture” taken at the June Reunion. It was framed in gold, and sent to each classmate who attended the Reunion. Needless to say, those pictured received compliments on their handsome appearance. The classmates who were otherwise occupied at photo time, including me, enjoyed every event at the Reunion; we now regret missing our opportunity to add to the quality of this picture.
Tom Martin asked Frank Washko, who is now a Hudson, OH, resident, to join him in a historical review, “the Hudson Boys’ School,” which in 1903 provided supervision and family atmosphere for wayward boys, and employment for Tom’s grandparents. It was also a weekend home for his mother, who as a little girl rode the Pennsylvania Rail Road from and back to Cleveland each weekend to visit her off-duty parents. Your classmates were given a tour of the facility, which is still well maintained and soon to be purchased by the city of Hudson.
John Giblin, long a resident of Silver Spring, MD, regretfully passed on the Homecoming invitation; he says that tennis has become too demanding, his golf game is OK, and increased age considered.
Jack Powers of Barrington, IL, was planning to come back to Cleveland again in September for a Cathedral Latin High School reunion; unfortunately, he was going to miss our October Homecoming. They’re committed to attending his wife’s reunion in California. From there they are going on to Hawaii for a few weeks.
When I called Frank Washko, to compliment him on his handsome appearance in the class photo, he was recovering from a pool party at his son’s house, where he had too much sun and his 85th birthday. How time flies! We’re all almost as old, or older than Frank; we all can be pleased that he looked great and well preserved in that class picture! The Gray Streaks Luncheons scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month began October 14. Each event offers an opportunity to visit with friends, meet younger grads, enjoy a nice lunch, and then hear of developments at Carroll from department directors and officers of the University, while enjoying the beauty and atmosphere of the University. Call Sue Lender – 216.397.4336 – for a reservation. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the lunch and then look forward to the next one.
The second Wednesday of November is the 11th – Veterans Day. The Gray Streaks Luncheon celebrated both events.
Bill Varga and wife Kay were hoping to begin their trip to Rome in late October; if his travel preparations are complete, he’ll join the West Side ’49ers for the Gray Streaks Luncheons.
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Most of the Cleveland-area classmates arrived to hear Fr. Niehoff’s address, and then toured campus, read name tags, and visited with old friends. We then were chauffeured in golf carts to Gesu, where we gathered in assigned pews and visited in low tones before Mass began. Kay and Bill Varga sat next to Carol and me. The Vargas are looking forward to a September trip to Rome led by their parish pastor, and, in mid July, Bill will fly his personally rebuilt 1947 Stinson plane for display and participation in the Oshkosh, WI, air show. Eileen and Ray Fox joined us in the front pew. They had just driven in from their lakeside retreat in Vermillion, OH. Frank Washko, Tom Martin, Jim Pojman, Jack Powers, Bill Barker, and Ed McKenna joined us in the next pew. Our participation in the Mass, which remembered our deceased classmates and thanked God for our many blessings, was highlighted by an inspirational address by the Very Rev. Tim Kesicki, S.J., ’84, recently appointed Provincial of the Jesuit Detroit Province. We were golf carted back through the campus to cocktails and to find familiar names on clearly printed nametags, and renew old friendships. We were pleased to see Al Zippert, who is temporarily wheelchair bound. He made a great effort to participate in the dinner party, and, as all attending, was pleased with the beautiful and delicious dinner, which featured chicken Neapolitan. Al had expected the attendance of Dick Iammarino, also like Al a retired M.D., but Dick’s knee repair became painfully complicated, making his attendance impossible. Jack Powers traveled from Barrington, IL, where only 40 miles from Chicago he has enough acreage to entertain two horses and a few dogs that help to entertain occasional visits from his 18 grandchildren. Jack was thrilled to see the beautiful and efficient development of the campus. The Shula Stadium, which includes great athletic facilities and the efficient placement of the baseball, softball, and soccer facilities immediately adjacent, maximize the utility of available space. Jack was impressed with the placement of the Dolan Science Center and its striking floor plan and architecture. N.B. – We Clevelanders have seen and enjoyed the beauty and efficiency over the years, and have long enjoyed and appreciated it! Jim Pojman was looking forward to the July 4th week visits of his family at their vacation home at Chippewa Lake, OH. Jim sheepishly acknowledges that only one son and one daughter graduated from JCU; the others attended schools in small Ohio and Indiana towns. The son making the longest trip to Chippewa is coming from China. Jim, like all of us, enjoyed Fr. Niehoff’s “State of the University Address,” which described accomplishments to date and plans for the future. Jim suggested the reason that Father’s five-year contract was offered so he wouldn’t consider the Cleveland State job, which pays basketball star money. Ed McKenna and I missed the Reunion’s Saturday Great Lakes Brew party at 3 o’clock. Our dismay was deepened by Bill Barker’s description of the event, which provided another great opportunity to socialize with younger grads and enjoy Dan Conway’s ’84 brew. Tom Martin, who traveled from Arlington, VA, enjoyed partying with physics classmate Frank Washko, now a resident of Hudson, OH. Tom has some interesting history of Hudson, which together they plan to research and investigate. I’ll follow their efforts, and report the results. Tom enjoyed a brief tour of the campus between activities on Saturday. He was impressed with the beauty of the entire campus, viewed Hamlin Hall, and was dismayed that Dick Hamlin couldn’t attend. Our 60th Reunion was a complete success. Time of participation was limited by our general lack of stamina, but every moment was fun and memorable.
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Vic Stewart, the long retired mayor of Elyria, OH, has firm plans to return from his winter home in Ft. Myers, FL, in time to prepare for our 60th Reunion. Vic and wife Helen haven’t visited campus since attending the graduations of their sons and daughter. One grandson is now a Carroll freshman. Because Vic served several terms as mayor, I knew he could explain the origin of the city’s unusual name. He explained that in 1803, Mr. Ely, who was the leader of this small village, loved a beauty whose first name was Ria, and, at the wedding, the village of Elyria was officially established. In 1830, Elyria established itself as the western leader in higher education, when it established the first high school west of the Alleghenies.
Bill Varga has spent the winter at home, occasionally traveling to the Lorain County Regional Airport hangar to visit his personally rebuilt 1947 Stinson airplane. Because he replaced the original painted linen fabric with a special Dacron material, the plane is prettier, lighter, and a little faster. Bill recently completed his required bi-annual flight review, qualifying him for two more years of solo flight operation.
Because Joe Spaniol and I enjoyed our 55th Reunion visit, I called Joe in Maryland. Joe and wife Viola are enjoying regular visits from their five sons and three daughters, 18 grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. Joe continues to enjoy his retirement from service in the U.S. Supreme Court and looks forward to both the Ignatius and Carroll reunions. In forthright Spaniol style, Joe said, “At our age, every commitment is subject to change.”
It was great to visit with Joe Kundrath, who regularly serves as an usher at the St. Raphael 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass. Joe had an interesting career with General Electric. He retired in 1987 from the GE accounting department, whose offices had provided a great view of Lake Erie at 1000 Lakeside Avenue. Joe is spending time in recent months watching GE stock regain its pre-slump glamour.
When we partied with George Wurm and wife Mary Jane at our 50th Reunion, they were 10-month-a-year residents of Florida. George tired of the balmy and occasionally steamy weather and moved to Marlboro, MA! George was sorry to report that both he and his wife are in declining health, and plan to spend the summer there, which is the best part of the year in Massachusetts.
Dick Kappus was working in the yard when I called. Dick and wife Rita visited Carroll when their two daughters graduated, but haven’t yet seen the beautiful Dolan Science Center. With some promised help from Mary Lavin ’87, director of alumni relations, Dick plans to call some other pre-med classmates to encourage participation at the June 19-21 Reunion. Dick is a native of East Cleveland; after graduating from Carroll, he went on to St. Louis University med school and established his pediatric practice in Toledo, OH.
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Al Zippert has been an enthusiastic participant in alumni activities until he was grounded by a serious back ailment. Al is presently moving about the house in a wheelchair, is striving to develop semi painless walker ability, graduate to the use of a cane, and again become an active retiree.
Jim Pojman is again leading his barbershop quartet, which he was scheduled for weekly appearances at Kamm’s Corners shopping center through December. Jim stays in shape. I was surprised to learn the he almost beat Duane Stanley ’52 in a singles tennis match!
Years ago, George Roberts wanted more than mild weather and the exciting life of auditing the financial records of large and small corporations, so he purchased a small orange grove and beautiful home which affords a “front seat” view of the rocket launches at Cape Canaveral. George’s Merritt Island location, just south of the Cape, provides the view without the resulting traffic and security difficulties. George hasn’t returned to campus for years and while he knows a visit would renew many happy memories at John Carroll, he’s comfortable, relaxed, and happy as a retiree at home.
While attending the Gray Streaks lunch on Dec. 10, Pete Corrigan, Ray Fox, and I were surprised and impressed with Ed McKenna’s beautifully tailored suit, white shirt buttoned at the collar, coordinated tie, and newly shined shoes. He was accused of abandoning retirement, and either returning to the insurance business, or planning to run for mayor of South Euclid. Ed pled innocent, but we open shirt, sweater wearers are watching closely.
In November, I called Tom Gibbons, who had recently returned to his home in Florida. Tom and I last visited while we participated, wearing cap and gown, in John Carroll’s 2007 graduation of our granddaughters. Tom’s granddaughter was the lady’s basketball star of the year and now is seriously working toward her master’s degree to begin a career as a basketball coach.
The death of Dave Gibbons, Tom’s brother, was a sad event. The brothers, close in age, were classmates through college and graduated in the same class. Tom is looking forward to less golf this year, probably only twice a week. He has attended the annual alumni functions faithfully, and enjoyed visiting with Dick Hamlin at last year’s party.
Our graduation day of 1949 was our first great moment of success. Each of us enthusiastically looked forward to developing business opportunities or going on to grad school. We’ve all enjoyed continued success with our families and careers; and now we have a golden opportunity to celebrate, renew old friendships, enjoy happy college memories, and attend Mass together to remember our deceased classmates and thank God for His help in our lives. Come to our 60th Reunion, June 19-21, 2009. Hope to see you there.
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Jim Broadbent is celebrating his 20th year of retirement. Jim and his wife, Shirley, are the proud parents of two sons and five daughters and grandparents of 16, and are now expectant great-grandparents. Jim sold his long established tire sales business to his sons, established a new relaxed life style, joined a country club and bought a new set of clubs. The last 20 years have passed in a flash, it’s been delightful, thanks be to God. He now looks forward to a winter trip to the south, Warren, OH, golf in the spring, and our 60th Class Reunion.
Bob Geis joined the faithfully departed sector of our class of ’49 on September 3. He’ll, no doubt, bring to our other deceased classmates, the same bright smile he displayed to my wife, when he introduced himself as “Mr. Wonderful”; Carol responded, “I’m thrilled to be sitting between you and ‘Prince Charming.’” Bob and wife Jean were the only ’49 Toledo, OH, residents at the Reunion that year and made a great lasting impression on the locals. Bob served as principal of Woodward High School in Toledo for the last eight years of his teaching career and was honored as Toledo Man of the Year. Rather than retiring to relaxation and golf, Bob chose relaxation, golf, and real estate; he found the latter more exciting and rewarding. Bob was a bright and charming man and will be sorely missed by his loving wife, seven children and growing group of grandchildren.
Tim Ryan, the pioneer organizer of the Second Wednesday Lunch operation had to pass off his duties when his health deteriorated. He is doing better now and was planning to attend the Gray Streaks Luncheon scheduled October 8 with the help of Bob Lyons ’50 providing auto transportation to campus.
Bill Monroe looks fit and trim, the result of a regular exercise program. After exercise, Bill handles some west suburban real estate investments, then visits his downtown Cleveland law office and performs what duties are required there. Bill and wife Pat are enjoying frequent visits with their new grandchild. No wonder he feels so young, we have great-grands in school!
I found Frank Washko working busily in his yard in scenic Hudson, OH, and asked him about the planned sale by the city of Cleveland of the Hudson Boys Farm located nearby. He responded that all of Hudson awaited the sale, but the newly developing banking and market crash, makes any transaction a distant event. Frank and wife June took a last summer trip to visit three of their six children. One in Virginia Beach, another near Baltimore, the third, a daughter, in Binghamton NY, who with a partner operates a food catering business in New York City serving high style groups demanding better food and service than that provided by the hotels. She described to her parents the “grand entrances” of Martha Stewart and Donald Trump, and their elaborate demands.
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Paul Bohn recently brightened my day by sending a report of his activities, ailments, accidents, repairs, and resulting new pains. In the hope that his humor might exaggerate his problems, I called Paul, and am pleased to report that he is as healthy and happy as you or I, or any other 84-year-old gentleman. Paul recalls that in the ’60s, when he was with NASA, its concentration was on the development of new fuels, and then it was redirected to “space shots” as its mission. Now, he hopes that a review of the old records may provide some much need help.
Jim Conry had undergone treatment for cancer, and to everyone’s dismay, died on July 15. Jim graduated from the business school at Carroll, and immediately became a salesman of business machines, a busy sector of the economy, where he was very successful. While on vacation, he participated in a retreat, at the conclusion of which Jim applied for admission to the seminary. After ordination, because of his Carroll School of Business education he was assigned to the administration of Borromeo Seminary, where he served for over 20 years, then served as pastor of fast growing congregations in Orrville and Wadsworth. He then retired from administrative duties, moved to St. Charles parish in Parma to reside and perform priestly duties, where he made many new friends. Jim was conscientious, dedicated, talented, effective, and was happy in the performance of his various duties over the years. Jim was a good friend to many, all of whom are proud to have known him, and will miss his easy smile.
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Richey Snider is now only lightly involved in the banking and building business. He and his wife, Kathleen, recently returned from a winter vacation to Topsail Island. Three of their seven children now reside in the Carolinas, so they’ve found this coastal island in South Carolina an ideal location for a late winter family gathering.
Jerry Slattery and wife Rosemary wintered briefly in Orlando. They’ve returned and are performing their regular scheduled duties as volunteers at Lakewood Hospital. Jerry proudly reported that while golfing and keeping an honest count, he shot his age before his 81st birthday. Sadly, a new back problem makes it unlikely that he’ll repeat the feat, even if he lives to be 100 yeas of age.
Bob McMahon recently underwent some treatment at Fairview Hospital. He was referred for further testing at Lakewood Hospital, where he’ll look for the Slatterys.
Good news, Ray Fox is home from a brief hospital stay at St. John’s. We really spread our business around, don’t we? Ray plans to be up and around the golf course by mid-May.
Ed McKenna, Pete Corrigan, Jim Pojman, Al Zippert, Ray Fox, Frank Washko, Bill Barker, Jim Conry, and I are the ’49ers who have attended the Gray Streak Luncheons. We’ve enjoyed these events, since they provide an opportunity to renew old friendships, reflect on pleasant memories, enjoy the collegiate atmosphere, LEARN of the development and growth of the University, and enjoy the pleasant surroundings of the expanded campus. As a group, we urge every local ’49er to turn your calendars to September and mark the second Wednesday of each month through December for your planned attendance. Call Chris Anderson – 216.397.4336 – for your reserved place at the table.
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Tom wrote to say, “The printing of the Saint John’s Bible issue was beautifully done. The introduction of students, the review of football standouts, and a few illustrious grads made the spring issue a big success
I spoke with Neil Conway soon after the earthquake centered just Northwest of his home in Mentor, Ohio. Since retiring from his law practice, Neil has enjoyed a relaxed life with few scheduled activities and lots of planned leisure. Neil recalls that he and his wife, Jeanne, were reading and reclining in lounge chairs at 8:35 p.m. on January 8, 2008, they might have enjoyed a little excitement, but cushioned as they were, felt no tremor. Reading the Plain Dealer earthquake article, seeing the sketch of the fault line and the sketch of the sunken mountain under the lake, recalled last April’s National Geographic’s description of quakes, tsunamis and destruction attributed to the Hayward Fault and related earth faults, Realizing the Plain Dealer fault line sketch looked to be uncomfortably close to home, Neil walked out in the backyard and was pleased to find an unbroken terrain and no tsunami damage. We both recall that during our high school and earlier years that each time an earthquake occurred, it was reported from John Carroll University, where Fr. Joseph Joliat, SJ, maintained the only local seismograph, which accurately measured arid located earthquakes as they occurred.
Norman Fuerst’s obituary in the Plain Dealer brought to mind his first candidacy, not long after we graduated, for State Representative. Norm served several terms, representing Cleveland’s Northeast side. I was one of many friends and classmates who looked forward to voting for him, and remember our three republican classmates who were overjoyed with Norm’s appointment to judge by Governor DiSalle. Norm then served as an elected judge on a non-partisan ballot, which allowed those few republicans to vote for Norm in contested primary elections. Norm presided as a continuously elected judge for 36 years, and then served when needed as a visiting judge, assuring justice on a timely basis.
Fr. Jim Conry postponed his return to the St. Charles rectory and underwent some additional “chemo” at the Mt. Alvernia home. He’s recovering and now plans to return to St. Charles in mid January. Jim was a friend and classmate of Norm Fuerst at St. Jerome’s grammar school, where Norm’s nickname was Hugo and norm’s big brother was known as Head.
Tim Pojman’s barbershop quartet made its regular Christmastime visits to Kamm’s Plaza. The harmony and tunes were great but Jim was missing. Because Jim is the “leader of the band,” I called and learned that a heavy cold permitted Jim to only stay at home and softly hum a few Christmas carols, without the usual harmonious accompaniment.
The need for news is urgent and apparent, send news! Good news preferred, all reported with reasonable accuracy. Happy 2008! Tom
Joe Innes responded to my request for news with an interesting and newsworthy development. Joe started at Carroll, as most of us, happy to be out of the service and pleased with the opportunity to direct and enjoy our lives as civilians. Spending several years in the service made the return to classes and social and academic freedom exceptionally memorable and enjoyable. Joe’s goal was to earn an engineering degree while continuing his Jesuit education so he regretfully transferred to the U. of Detroit after our sophomore year. After graduation with a B.M.E, Joe joined Ford’s engineering office, developed and earned patents on the disc brake system and the antilock device in the ’60s. On June 6, 2007, Joe was notified of his appointment to the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor and simultaneously the Russian government awarded him Commemorative Medal “The 50th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.” Both awards acknowledge his service as a navigator having completed 35 successful missions in U.S. Air Force B17s. Joe has retired to Florida, is enjoying his new medals, tennis, dancing, and occasional golf in Naples.
Pete Corrigan, Ray Fox, and I were among the many West Siders attending the October Gray Streaks Luncheon held the second Wednesday at JCU. We enjoyed visiting with classmate Bill Barker, who off-handedly mentioned the fact that he is still working! Because all others at the table have only a faint recollection of employment, we pressed Bill for details and learned that over 20 years ago, after a successful career with the Social Security Administration, Bill earned his master’s degree and became a sociology professor at Cuyahoga Community College. His classes are heavily attended and after-class counseling is often required. Bill enjoys the challenge and is not making retirement plans. Ray, kidding, suggested that with this heavy sociology background, Bill should easily join his peers in the state of happy and total relaxation and un-involvement.
Joe Spaniol recently attended the 23rd reunion of his Army Infantry company in Indianapolis, he continued the party with stops with other attendees in Columbus and Pittsburgh. Joe observed that his buddies are beginning to look old, and wasn’t surprised to see that his friends made a similar observation. Joe and I are two of the few remaining members of the Tetra Phi, a small group of pre-drafted students who in June 1943 attended JCU along with the Navy V5 students. Our conversation returned to current events, Joe is enjoying himself in Bethesda, MD, where the weather is generally pleasant, and when in the mood, does some legal review and writing on a contract basis.
Tim Ryan’s mobility is limited; he needs a walker and hopes with the easy access to the Gray Streaks lunch via the elevator direct from the Dolan Science Center garage to our meeting room, he’ll attend next time.
In my continuing search for news, I called Frank Lampe in Columbus. Frank’s business interest made this move from Cleveland necessary about 30 years ago. Frank retired from an exciting start-up venture, when he decided that rest and relaxation would be more fun. He and wife, Mary Louise, travel occasionally to visit their five children, all of whom are employed and reside in Southern cities. The Lampes are comfortably situated, enjoy their Columbus residency which places them l50 miles closer to the kiddies than they would be if in Cleveland.
Fr. Jim Conry returned to his residence at St. Charles Parish rectory, he’s undergoing occasional chemo treatments, and hopes to be back in “full working order” soon.
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Tom Gibbons journeyed from Virginia to participate in the JCU graduation ceremony on May 20 by wearing a cap and gown and to celebrate the event with his granddaughter Jessica Gibbons ’07. I had the advantage of having only having to drive to participate with my beautiful graduating granddaughter, Mary Margaret Harrison ’07. Many other “old grads” — 20 or more — whhojoined in the ceremony agreed with Tom and me that our granddaughters were the outstanding beauties of the class. Despite the weatherman’s grim uncertainty, the Jesuit’s direct connection to the Lord provided ideal weather for this beautifully staged outdoor event.
While hoping to receive news from old classmates, I received a call from an appreciative reader calling from London, England. Tom Joyce ’72 has lived in Europe for the past 15 years. He said he looks forward to receiving John Carroll magazine and enjoys the news and reporting of developments at Carroll. His praise of my ’49 news was especially generous, which in all honesty, I must admit might arise from the fact that I’m one of his two surviving uncles and apparently his favorite.
Since retiring from pastoral duties in Orrville Jim Conry has resided at St. Charles Rectory and participated in non-management priestly duties in that busy parish. He has unenthusiastically undergone some abdominal surgery. Hugh Gallagher ’50 and I visited Jim on July 17. We were pleased to see that Jim is recovering rapidly and is scheduled to return to St. Charles on July 24.
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I spoke with Vic Rozance in Palm Harbor, FL, and expressed condolences on the recent death of his wife, with whom he’d had a happy, loving life for 58 years. I asked if he might move back to Cleveland, and he explained that three of their four children had moved to the nearby Tampa area long ago and established long term careers there, so he’d remain there. Vic spent his life in the banking and mortgage business, while down payments were 20%, and second mortgages few, retired from The Mellon Bank and settled in FL.
As the snow piled up during Holy Week, I called Dave Gibbons in sunny Palm Coast, FL, to hear some good weather news. As expected it was warm and sunny, but Dave had some new news, his great-niece was a Carroll basketball star! This is brother Tom Gibbons’ granddaughter! To learn more details, I called Tom Gibbons in Naples. Jessica Gibbons ’07 was the captain of the JCU ladies basketball team through her junior and senior years. The team was very successful, the “big games” were victories over BW 58, JCU 61; Otterbein 81, JCU 83; Muskingum 71, and JCU 80. In that game Jessica scored 21 points. She plans to continue her studies in grad school. Tom continues to enjoy Florida weather, his only comment, like that of each our aging classmates is “everything is beautiful, with an occasional rough spot.”
Ed McKenna brought up the subject of men’s basketball at a recent “Gray Streaks” lunch, displaying his copy of The Carroll News of January 15, 1943. JCU had had a grim season, losing to Case 52 to 46, to Akron U 38 to 37, to BW 38 to 33, and to Wooster 50 to 38. Ed explained, he’d brought this old bad news to highlight the fact that this year the basketball team had doubled it’s scores, and has been highly successful, won the big games over Albion 82 to 64, over Otterbein 77 to 86, and beat Muskingum 74 to 81. Al Zippert pointed out the fact that both the men’s and women’s teams are playing in faster company than in ’40s, and that both have been winners.
Frank Washko, long retired from Lear Siegler, joined the group for the April lunch, enjoyed it, and looks forward to its resumption in the fall.
Bill Primavesi fell ill while visiting with his few remaining relatives in Chicago, and after a long hospitalization, died. Carol and I, and Eileen and Ray Fox, attended his memorial Mass at St. Malachi Church. Father Jim Conry was a concelebrant. We visited briefly after Mass.
Len Neiger recently passed away. Len had a busy dental practice located on Center Ridge Road in Rocky River. He suffered failing health for the past year.
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The highpoint of the Christmas Season at the Kamm’s Corner shopping center at Rocky River Drive and Lorain Road is the arrival and performance of Jim Pojman’s “Barbershop Quartet.” The group is aptly named, “A Great Bunch of Guys.” They sang a marvelous parody of the song “Galway Bay” which gave a musical tour of the “old angle,” the neighborhood and churches of the near West Side. I assumed that Jim had developed this rhyming and descriptive parody, but when I complimented him for his ingenuity, he told me, he learned it from his Irish uncle. Jim, long retired from his insurance business is now helping to organize a sizeable musical presentation to be performed at Magnificat auditorium in early May.
Bob McMahon is planning to return to his favorite pew for Mass at St. Angela’s Church. His aching back has been greatly improved with surgery and lots of therapy. Bob’s golf had been limited because of a shoulder injury but now has become an ex-golfer and has accepted the need for disciplined care for his fragile back. Bob has had an interesting and exciting business carrier. After attaining success with several manufacturing companies, he started his own metals sales and supply company and over the years developed it to become the established specialty metals supplier to most of Northern Ohio’s manufacturers.
Art Studer passed away recently. Art came from Shelby, OH, to attend JCU, enjoyed a successful career at GMAC in Cleveland, he spent a lot of time back in Shelby after he retired.
More bad news; Vince McGervey died in December. Vince operated a successful surveying business for many years and was an enthusiastic participant in the development and growth of the Western suburbs.
In an earnest search for some good news, I called Greg Higgins, who reports that life in Willoughby, OH, is placid and that while he retired from his 30-year service as an usher at Immaculate Conception Church, he continues as a regular and faithful attendant at Mass, without the burden of handling the occasional distracting events that occur in church.
Bob Rukosky, who had been a serious golfer, has reduced his concentration on the game. Unburdened by the use of a pencil or scorecard, Bob has discovered a new free-swinging and carefree game that provides pleasant enjoyment and exercise, while ignoring the reality that his clubs and golf balls don’t provide the distance and accuracy he would expect from them when they were new.
Ed McKenna reported his disappointment and dismay with the glaring absence of the usual West Side contingent at the January Gray Streaks luncheon. I offered my sympathy, knowing that Ed and some of the other East Side ’49ers look forward to enjoying the charm, magnetism, and humor we add to the party. January has been a difficult month for us West Siders. Pete Corrigan, Ray Fox, Hugh Gallagher ’50, have been caring for, or visiting their wives in various hospitals, I was undergoing a medical treatment and Tom Lynch had a prior commitment. I asked Ed to join us in our prayers for improved health for all of us.
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After taking a summer break, Tim Ryan began taking reservations for the Second Wednesday Lunch (now appropriately named the “Gray Streaks Lunch,” which includes all who graduated 50 or mores years ago). It was held on campus, September 13, in the Dolan Science Center. Parking for attendees was provided in the lower level garage of the Science Center, just a few steps from the elevator which delivered us to the second floor balcony of this beautiful building, only a few steps to our large, lavishly equipped and furnished meeting room where lunch was served. I enjoyed visiting with Ed Mc Kenna and Al Zippert. Both, living nearby campus, arrived early, and challenged we West siders, to begin the eastbound trip to the lunch earlier, or drive faster, or do the smart thing and move to the East suburbs. Pete Corrigan, Ray Fox and I are the ’49ers who traveled from the West Side, we found the traffic light and the cross town trip easy and very pleasant. The lunches have always provided enjoyable visits with classmates and an opportunity to renew acquaintances with other alumni. The new location and format provides the over 50-year alumni an update on the new developments at Carroll. Brian Williams, John Carroll’s VP for Enrollment described the recruiting and selection of the freshman class and the ever changing conditions which require attention and innovation. The October lunch featured Dr. Patrick Rombalski, VP of Student Affairs. He described the activities of his department, which functions to support the atmosphere of serious study and development while encouraging interested participation in campus ministry, the Student Union, athletics, recreation, and on and off campus remunerative employment, many student organizations, and Greek fraternities. All this while also overseeing campus security and maintenance. The campus has grown enormously since ’49; we were pleased to see that the collegiate and philosophical atmosphere has kept pace with the growth.
I was delighted to see Dr. Art Noetzel at the October lunch. He looks great, every business school grad enjoyed visiting with him, he’s just as quick and interesting as he was in ’49. On Wednesday, December 13, the luncheon speaker will be President Robert Niehoff, S.J. We look forward to his comments and observations now that he’s completed his first full year at the helm. There will be easy parking, an easy elevator ride to lunch in the Dolan Science Center so put this event on your schedule and call Tim Ryan at 440.995.1585 for a reservation.
Bill Primavesi hasn’t been feeling well; he sold his Lakewood Gold Coast condo and moved into an assisted living residence.
Charlie Cullinan died in Florida in September; Charlie left Carroll before graduation to sell insurance and aggressively pursued other business opportunities. He and classmate Frank Gavin opened a stevedore operation at the Port of Cleveland, he later ventured from the insurance business to operate an auto parts distribution in Florida. Charlie’s funeral was held a St. Luke’s Church in Lakewood where I was please to see and visit with Fr. Jim Conry, who concelebrated the Mass. Jim told me he was looking forward to a vacation trip to the West, and hopes to attend the November Wednesday Lunch.
I was pleased to learn that Pete Corrigan’s son is THE Corrigan who is the president of St. Ignatius High School, I pressed Pete for more family news and learned younger son, who is a CPA, was recruited by the FBI and is now working enthusiastically in Buffalo, NY.
I spoke with Paul Bohn recently, his apartment was burglarized twice recently, he called the police, and entertained them while they searched for and obtained fingerprints and any other available clues, supervised the repair of the screens and windows damaged by the burglars. Being a typical discerning and methodical Carroll man, his valuables were unavailable to the thieves, they stole only his prescription medicine. In an effort to maintain the attention of the Rocky River Police department, Paul wrote a letter to the editor which was published in THE PLAIN DEALER. He’s pleased to report that he hasn’t been burglarized in the last six weeks.
Take care and drop me a line. Tom
I missed the Reunion party and so have no news to report. If you were there and picked up some tidbits, give me a call! I’m sure it was a good time.
The luncheons will resume in fall so I’ll be prepared for the next issue.
Norman Fuerst has concluded an illustrious public service career and retired for the second time. I remember voting for Norm in the early ’50s, when he ran for State Representative. After serving several elected terms under Governors Lausche and Disalle, Norm, was appointed judge of he Court of Common Pleas, for Cuyahoga County. He then served as an elected judge in this court for 36 years. When he retired the first time, he was asked to continue, as a visiting judge, he served in this capacity until, surprise, his 80th birthday. Congratulations to Norm, and best wishes for his postponed retirement!
Rev. Steve Krupa, SJ, PhD, joined the group at the April 12 Second Wednesday Lunch where he described the establishment and growth of the Ignatian Spirituality Institute which he has organized a Carroll. He introduced Dr. Joan Nuth who described how the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius are a key to the deepening of Christian life, and useful in the development of the ministry of spiritual direction.
Bill Monroe and I conversed during lunch. While Bill has handed off most of his law practice to others, “the early to rise and get to work habit” still prevails, so he gets to the office on a fairly regular schedule, catches up on his reading and serves a few long term clients, who also out of habit, look to him for help.
In mid February, I received a mailing that invited Clevelanders to an “After the Parade Gathering” on St. Patrick’s Day. Because I’d be in Florida in March, I scratched this event and planned to join the usual Carroll Alumni in the St. Patrick’s parade in Naples. Two things went terribly wrong: The parade was held on March 18, and no one appeared with a JCU banner which has appeared in every prior March 17 parade. So I have no news from Florida.
The location for the Second Wednesday Lunch changes occasionally to a site on the JCU campus. Be sure to call Tim Ryan, at 440.995.1585 to reserve a place at the table and verify the location of the event.
Jim Pojman brought back pleasant memories of our student days at Carroll. He led a barbershop quartet that performed and practiced between classes during our junior and senior years. Jim has a new quartet, “The Great Bunch of Guys.” On the weekends in December they harmonized nightly at the Kamm’s Corner Shopping Plaza in Cleveland, where their singing drew appreciative crowds and enthusiastic applause. While singing Christmas carols was their main theme, at O’Malley’s Red Lantern Jim led the quartet in a marvelous parody of the song “Galway Bay.” The revised lyrics referred to St. Malachi’s, St. Coleman’s and the northern flats of Cleveland. These replaced lyrics were better than those in the original song and contained this local flavor. Jim is enjoying retirement and isn’t sure how he’ll spend his Friday and Saturday nights now that December has ended.
Carol and I attended a reception for Fr. Niehoff held at St. Ignatius High School in mid November. We visited with many fellow alumni and partied later with Ray and Eileen Fox, Jack ’51 and Kitty Webster and Ed ’56 and Shirley Manning.
All were impressed with the growth and character of the campus.
I called Frank Lampe who after retiring from the bus building business decided to remain in Columbus, OH. Frank is enjoying retirement with golf and the entertainment provided by The Ohio State University athletic teams and the antics of the state legislators who generate local news.
Frank Washko and wife June are planning to attend the Spoleto Festival, which is a month long musical event held in Charleston, SC. Frank continues to golf regularly with fellow retirees from Lear-Seigler and agrees that at our increasing age golf is more fun when we don’t keep score.
After Greg Higgins retired from Ohio Rubber, we were able to devote more time to sail boats. He has built wooden scale models of historic sailing ships, which decorate his office and family room and the mantels of many of his friends. Greg and his brother built his own sail boat, which he is now repairing and painting for next years’ sailing out of the Mentor Harbor. Greg and wife Nancy hope to spend some time in Orlando, FL, visiting son Greg ’82 who operates a chain of ice cream shops in that area.
Bill Feuerstein played Pinehurst #2 on December 2, as guest of his son. They weren’t able to get a time for Saturday on the famous #2, so they played #8 instead, which Bill tells me is just as challenging. Bill arrived in town for the game on Friday, and with the host son and his two brothers played a warm up game on a public course where Bill got a hole in one! His timing might have been better, wouldn’t it be great to be able to boast that he had a hole in one at a course as well known as Pinehurst Course #2?
Bad News – Larry McGinley died in December. Larry joined Dun & Bradstreet soon after graduation, was promoted often and transferred occasionally and settled permanently in Omaha. He returned to JCU for a reunion a few years ago, where he was “kidded” about being the stealth advisor to Warren Buffett.
Bob Logsdon and bride Mary Jean have decided that while the warm and sunny winters in Sarasota are delightful, the distance from home and extended family too great to travel semi-annually so they have purchased a house in Louisville, KY. They are selling their Florida residence and hope to move north next month. The occasional trip to Cleveland from their new home will be easy.
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The second Wednesday luncheon October 12, convened at a new location – Massimo Da Milano’s restaurant, which is situated on the southwest corner of West 25th and Detroit Ave., on the edge of downtown. This attractive stone building, which once housed a bank, offers an impressive entrance, large, commodious dining area, pleasant atmosphere, great service, good food, and free parking. What else could anyone want?
Bill Monroe was seated at another table; I joined him to learn of his recent activities. Bill is observing the elections in the city of Euclid where his son, John is a candidate for Council.
Ed McKenna enjoyed the new location for lunch, commented the location added only a mile to his trip, and the change of locale was great.
Al Zippert is also pleased with the new luncheon location. Al is sporting a new cane, which I discovered, after close inspection is adjustable. Al is completing his ninth semester of history at JCU, attending on an audit basis. Al appreciates and enjoys this benefit offered to alumni on a space available basis.
Pete Corrigan saved a mile on his trip to the luncheon, being a West sider. Pete stills serves on the insurance board of the Firemen’s Credit Union. This takes him to monthly meetings in Columbus.
Ray Fox, with wife Eileen, accompanied Carol and I to the installation ceremony of Fr. Niehoff as president of Carroll on Tuesday, October 11. Representatives of every Jesuit College, officials of many Ohio colleges, what appeared to be the entire Carroll faculty, a large student representation and many local alumni, attended the ceremony. Ray and I agreed that the daylong ceremony was impressive and the full use of the beautiful new facilities combined with the serious participation of all in attendance made this a truly memorable affair. Ray was impressed to the point that he agreed to attend his first Second Wednesday lunch the next day. Ray enjoyed the lunch, after learning of the many activities of his old classmates, he decided to drive out to Vermillion and mow the lawn at his cottage.
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Fr. Jim Conry and I had big plans to win fame and acknowledgement representing the class of ’49 as talented and winning golfers at the Alumni Golf outing on June 6. Tragically, a friend of Jim’s family died suddenly and Jim was called on to preside at the funeral at tee time. I joined a foursome of younger alumni, who, lacking our combined years of practice, and Jim’s direct connection for Heavenly help, found ourselves unable to win any fame, but we had a great day and a lot of fun.
The annual reunion dinner was scheduled on the Saturday before Father’s Day. This created conflict for me and many classmates who have children visiting from distant cities, sparking a two or three day family reunion. The classmates who were able to handle both events simultaneously, were, Ray Fox, Ed McKenna, Bill Varga, Frank Washko, and Al Zippert. The party was a success, as usual, and as has become typical in recent years, the ’49ers lost enthusiasm for dancing at about eleven p.m.
The Second Wednesday Luncheon convened in the newsroom at the Shula Stadium, which overlooks the beautiful new field and offers a view of the Cleveland Skyline. Tony DeCarlo ’66G led a tour of three levels of gyms, locker, and meeting rooms, all efficiently located under the grandstands. Baseball and soccer teams are also accommodated in this facility and a full size baseball field abuts one side of the stadium, giving full access to the facilities.
I had lunch with Bill Barker, who is the only ’49er I know who is still working. Bill has been a professor of Sociology at Cuyahoga Community College for many years, and continues to enjoy his duties there.
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Our Florida classmates endured the severe tropical storms with only minor inconvenience. Ernie Lewandowski, in Venice, lived nearest the storm paths and had only minor damage. Ernie plans to spend this summer in Stow, OH, where he leased a residence, this will enable him and Loretta to visit friends and relatives and enjoy the comfortable summer weather of Ohio.
Dave Gibbons located his residence scientifically, at Palm Coast, a coastal city north of Daytona, north of the storm pattern. Dave had two knee replacements ten years ago. They allow all activities, except tennis and golf. Dave, a Mass. native was dismayed that Holy Cross didn’t make the basketball final 25 at the end of February; his only consolation was that Boston College had been successful to that point.
George Wurm at Claremont, near Ocala, was safely away from the storm winds. George and Mary Jane missed last year’s reunion because of a promise to attend the First Communion of two grandchildren in Mass. Because all six of their children have moved to distant states, their travels don’t bring them back to Cleveland.
Bob Logsdon, in Sarasota, was just north of the heavy storms. They had some excitement but no serious damage. Bob and Mary Jean are looking forward to a summer trip to Europe, where they will board a riverboat at Amsterdam, travel the Rhine and connecting waterways to Budapest. The boat, staffed by an English-speaking crew stops daily at riverboat cities, providing guided tours of points of interest. Bob is unchallenged with the reality that the American dollar is worth seventy cents in Euros.
I hoped I’d see Tom Gibbons, Naples FL, native and other classmates visiting the area at the Annual Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade, until I learned the parade was to be held on Saturday, March 12. I didn’t attend the parade and read that it wasn’t the usual successful event. March 17 brought out a lot of green shirts on the golf courses but no great celebration.
Charlie Cullinan at De Barry, FL, underwent an eye operation that slightly improved his limited vision. He maintains his car to his sharp-eyed and car less neighbor who drives him to church and to the store.
Ray Fox stayed home in Westlake, and for excitement had some stents installed in his arteries. Ray told me that Bill Primavesi slipped on the ice and cracked a couple of discs in his back, so his activities are temporarily limited.
I’m sorry to end on this depressing news as you can see, I had to travel to Florida for good news, and that wasn’t so great either — SEND NEWS good news preferred, all reported with reasonable accuracy, Tom
The Second Wednesday Lunch will soon be held at a new site, Pete Bernardo ’67 is making arrangements to locate the event at The Coast Guard Club, located on the east side of East Ninth Street at the edge of Lake Erie. All attending the January lunch at the Playhouse Club agreed this central location and easy parking availability would be ideal. The change will be effective in February or March. If you don’t receive the regular meeting notices, call Pete to learn the February location and be added to the mailing list at 216 397 4217.
GREAT NEWS!!! Our friend and classmate, Joe Spaniol has earned and received an unusual honor at a formal ceremony and reception, held in the East Conference Room of the United States Supreme Court Building, when, on January 11 his portrait was unveiled and hung. This is certainly a great tribute in recognition of his many accomplishments within the Federal Court System. Joe’s brother, John ’54 sent me a copy of his invitation. I obtained Joe’s current address from the alumni office and sent him a card, his address is 5602 Ontario Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816, should you want to send a card too.
Fr. Jim Conry retired from his pastoral duties, but remains very busy with priestly duties. His duty as chaplain of a Catholic Ladies Assn. keeps him form the Second Wednesday Lunch, and he must return from a short winter vacation in Florida before February 9, when Lent begins and local priestly duties increase in Cleveland. En route to or from Stewart, FL, Jim hopes to visit Tom Westropp ’50 and Charlie Cullinan.
Bob McMahon sat next to me at St. Angela’s on the Sunday after Christmas, we had little opportunity to converse, he looks great and we enjoyed our brief conversation.
Al Zippert, Ed McKenna, and I, visited at the January lunch. Al enjoys his retirement from medical practice, and plans to spend the winter in Cleveland. He has regularly attended some history classes at JCU on an audit basis, has found them interesting and continues to be impressed with the presentations of the instructors, and the serious participation of the students. Ed McKenna is working seriously to maintain his cheerful demeanor, while adjusting to the loss of his lovely wife, Lila.
Our 55th Reunion began on Friday with the arrival of Joe Spaniol, and Tom Martin from Virginia, Larry McGinley from Omaha, and Dave Gibbons from Florida. They enjoyed the planned activities for the evening and the full Saturday schedule.
One of our conversations recalled that our class was unique in that a few freshmen had just graduated from high school, while most had matured, spending several years in the Army or Navy, many had undergone non-credit technical training which sometimes aided in science courses or spent a year or more in Europe learning conversational French or German — offering an advantage in Dr. René Fabian’s German class.
The Saturday reunion party began with registration and name tags (with large print and class year) making identification of aging, but surprisingly well-preserved classmates a certainty. We enjoyed walking through the “quad,” past the remodeled Rodman Hall, to Gesu, where we were seated together by class. We used the time before 5 p.m. Mass to visit in low tones. Dave Gibbons described Friday night’s activities, saying that he enjoyed seeing and recalling old times with Dick Hamlin, who could only attend Friday night’s party. Bill Varga and wife, Kay, and Pete Corrigan and wife, Pat, occupied the same pew and were visiting in low tones. Al Zippert and wife, Pat, abruptly ended visiting with Bill Barker when Fr. Jim Conry accompanied Fr. Glynn to the altar to begin the con-celebration of Mass.
During the Moment of Remembrance, Ray Fox and I read the names of 32 of our classmates who, since our 50th reunion, have joined the chapter of heavenly alumni. All offered thanks to God for his help during the 55 years since graduation. After the closing hymn, we sang the Alma Mater in our best baritone. As we exited Gesu, our class was delivered to the steps of Saint Francis Chapel for a group picture. The photographer, impressed with the dignity and handsome appearance of the group desired to bring the camera as close to the subjects as possible, this required reduction of the size of the subjects, so the ladies were excluded. The resulting portrait is a masterpiece that all will treasure. If you missed the party and wish to have a picture of this attractive group just call or write me. While practicing smiling, Ed McKenna, Lou Turi ’44, and I exchanged greetings and visited briefly. Lou is now a semi-retired attorney; it was great to see him again. Our class dinner began with cocktails in the dining area, a large well decorated room where tables for eight were arranged and spaced to provide easy access to other tables and to the bar and hors d’oeuvres tables. To be sure to visit with each classmate, all participants moved between tables — seen visiting were Norm Fuerst, Neil Conway, Jim Pojman, and Frank Washko. Dinner was really great — a filet mignon, beautifully presented, was tender and delicious. As dessert was served, ’40s music began in a large adjoining room, so the dancers danced and the classmates visited and recalled the distant, and more recent past. The party and the fun, and camaraderie continued, until the local residents thought it time to begin the trip home. I was dismayed that Ed McKenna, from nearby South Euclid, made an early departure, it gave cause for Ray Fox and wife, Eileen, to depart for Westlake. Carol and I stayed a while longer to join the group in regret that Bob Rukosky, and Bill Monroe had made reservations but found it impossible to attend the party. Then Pete Corrigan noted the hour, and said goodnight, being a Westside resident too, Carol and he left this delightful party.
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Because we enjoyed seeing each other at the reunion last year, a group of us gathered to call classmates to personally encourage participation in our 55th Reunion June 18 to 20th.
I called Larry McGinley in Omaha on April 5; he was making final preparations for a trip to California to visit his daughter’s family for Easter. Larry plans to attend our reunion, and then spend a week with his sister in an eastern suburb.
George Wurm was sitting under a palm tree in Clermont, FL when he answered my call. George hopes to use his grandfatherly influence to have a granddaughter’s First Communion party rescheduled so he can attend our reunion.
Dick Rohaley answered my call on April 8, in Ft. Myers, FL; he was completing a federal tax return for one of his clients. Dick still enjoys operating his now scaled down accounting practice, continuing service to a few long-term clients. Dick has begun to alter prior plans to make possible a trip to JCU for June 19-20, then to Akron to visit relatives and other friends.
Pete Corrigan spoke with Ed Mulroony in Louisville, and learned, to his dismay that Ed was recently hospitalized, and will be unable to attend.
Ray Fox called Joe Spaniol in Maryland. Joe responded that he enjoyed visiting with old friends at last year’s reunion, and looks forward to attending this even bigger and better party where he’ll see even more old friends.
Frank Washko learned that Tom Gibbons would visit JCU to attend the graduation of a grandchild on May 23. He plans to return home to Naples, FL before month’s end. Frank, and Tom’s brother and classmate, Dave Gibbons employed their most persuasive powers to plan a return trip for the reunion.
Ed McKenna called Jack McKenna to assure Jack’s attendance at the reunion, and recalled l948 experience when their credits and grades for one class were reversed. Each still boasts the outstanding grade was his. Both McKennas will look forward to seeing many classmates at the Saturday night party on June 19.
Bob Belovich joined us in calling classmates to urge attendance at our reunion and mentioned that he’d been motivated by Bill Varga’s enthusiastic description of recent reunions that Bill attended. Both are active in a private pilots club.
Bill Monroe returned from FL just in time to join our effort, and received enthusiastic responses from alumni living in cities from Rocky River, through Sandusky, Toledo, through University Heights.
Bob Rukosky spoke with Richie Snider who explained he had some travel plans to change to make his attendance possible. He looks forward to attending Mass and the reunion dinner on June 19.
We are all looking forward to our fifty-fifth reunion, it will be great to gather, renew old friendships, and recall happy events of our days at Carroll. DO NOT MISS THE PARTY! If you haven’t sent your reservation, do it now! Local residents who plan to attend Saturday night only should plan to arrive about 5 p.m. to register, get your name tags, and stroll over to Gesu. Be seated in rows reserved for our class at six o’clock Mass, then pictures, cocktails, and dinner. Dancing is an elective; visiting with classmates is usually the preferred option during the rest of the evening. See you in church and at the Party! God Willing! Tom
On Sunday, November 30, Jim Conry celebrated 50 years of priesthood with Mass at St. Charles in Parma. In attendance were Bishop Pilla, Bishop Pevec, twenty priests, two deacons, over 2000 parishioners from Orville and Wadsworth where Jim had served as pastor, and St. Charles parishioners where Jim has made many admiring friends while in semi-retirement the past three years. The celebration continued at a dinner party where about 400 friends participated. Jim’s exemplary life, continuous conscientious efforts, and friendly demeanor over the years earned him the respect and affection of many thousands of people in Northern Ohio.
I heard a great barbershop quartet last week, the sound and harmony brought back memories of the quartet active at JCU in ’48 and ’49. I mentioned this, the leader smiled and introduced himself and he was Jim Pojman! We didn’t recognize each other – we acknowledged that we’d changed slightly over the years. Jim’s group, A Great Bunch of Guys, is even better than his ’49 edition. Jim is looking forward to the June ’04 reunion.
Here’s news gathered from classmates I visited with at reunion ’03; Norm Fuerst retains his youthful appearance despite being retired from a long career as a Common Please Court Judge. Norm now functions as a visiting judge, hearing civil cases in an effort to clear a crowded docket in Cleveland.
It was great to see Joe Spaniol who came in from Maryland for the party. After graduation Joe went on to law school and soon after to Washington to work in the U.S. Supreme Court where he had an interesting and rewarding career. Since Joe’s wife, Viola, passed away, he is spending more time visiting their eight children, who all live in the area. Before Joe retired, he spent several years organizing and coordinating the operation of the Federal Courts of Appeals throughout the country. Joe is planning to return for the ’04 reunion.
Al Zippert, M.D. and wife Pat sat beside us at the Gathering of the Classes Mass. Al retired from his medical practice 12 years ago, and has stayed in touch with Carroll. He recently took advantage of JCU’s offer to old grads to audit classes where space is available. Al attended and enjoyed history and art courses and was impressed with the faculty and the ardent interest and participation of the students.
Bill Varga’s continuing interest in aviation has provided some unusual retirement entertainment. Bill built an “ultra light,” flew it, crashed it, and then bought a Stinson high wing four-passenger plane made in 1948. He took it apart, had the engine rebuilt, inspected each structural part, removed the original fabric wing and fuselage surfaces, and replaced it with new Dacron fabric, which he then carefully ironed, applied 3 coats of UV protection, and 3 coats of paint. Before all this airplane construction began, Bill built his own hanger at the Lorain airport. Soon, Bill will fly his trophy to the Oshkosh, WI, annual air show.
The reunion cocktail hour proved an opportunity to visit with Rich Iammarino, M.D. and his wife, Therese. Rich has recently retired from his clinical pathology office at the University of West Virginia Medical School and he feared retirement might be disappointing. Therese solved the problem by proposing an extensive travel itinerary.
Bill Monroe and wife, Pat, were seated at a nearby table. I only had a chance to say hello and learn that Bill’s Grand Jury duties were complete and he could now stop at his office when and if in the mood and enjoy retirement.
Mike Kelma, M.D. and John Quinlan were among the other ’49ers at the reunion, but unfortunately I had no opportunity to visit.
Ed McKenna and Ray Fox and I met on the way to the bar.
I visited with Tom Dugan as the music began, and learned that now that their fourteen children are grown, Tom and his bride, Margaret, had moved from their large home in Lakewood to a condo in a retirement village in Avon.
Pete Corrigan, father of ten, and I, father of eight, have often joked about the effectiveness of Father Ottings’ Philosophy course entitled “family,” but we are minor leaguers compared to the Dugans.
To end with sad news, Tom Dugan died suddenly and was buried from St. Vincent DePaul Church in Lakewood on December 17.
The June ’04 Reunion is our 55th Anniversary celebration! Plan to attend. Live carefully, take your vitamins, and God willing, we’ll party together at JCU!
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I saw Paul Bohn at reunion from a distance and called him recently to visit. Paul was irritated that the Plain Dealer had not published his testimonial to the creative life of Fr. Birkenhauer, while filling the space with a letter written by D. Kucinich’s press agent, praising his boss Dennis. Editor Clifton’s response that all constituencies must be addressed seemed weak to Paul and to me too.
Ray and Eileen Fox are spending the sunny days of summer at their cottage on the lake in Vermillion. Ray bought a new set of irons, which have not yet fulfilled their promise.
Norm Fuerst enjoyed visiting with Joe Spaniol, recalling the old days at JCU and current events in judicial operations. Norm is presiding as a visiting judge, hearing civil cases only, helping to clear an overloaded docket. It was great to visit with Joe Spaniol, who with me and twelve other not yet drafted civilian students, organized the Terta Phi in June of 1943, as we began our accelerated freshman year along with several hundred Navy V5 students. The contrast of our freedom of activity with the regimentation of the sailors, highlighted by the fact that each one of us would soon be drafted, made our time together memorable. Joe has lived near Washington, DC for over forty years, working in different positions for the U.S. Supreme Court, organizing and coordinating the Federal Courts of Appeals throughout the United States. Joe is now retired and lives in Bethesda, MD.
Al Zippert and wife, Pat, sat beside us at the Mass, which preceded the reunion party and dinner. Al retired from his medical practice twelve years ago, has stayed in touch at Carroll and recently took advantage of JCU’s offer to all old grads to audit classes where space is available. Al attended and enjoyed history and art courses and was impressed with the faculty and the ardent interest and participation of the students.
Bill Varga’s continuing interest in aviation has provided some unusual retirement entertainment. Bill built an “ultra light,” flew it, crashed it, then bought a Stinson high wing four passenger plane made in 1948. He took it apart, had the engine rebuilt, inspected each structural part, removed the original fabric wing and fuselage surfaces and replaced it with a new Dacron fabric, carefully ironed it, applied three coats of UV protection, then three coats of paint. Before all this airplane construction began, Bill built his own hanger at the Lorain Airport. Soon the big moment will arrive; Bill will fly his trophy to the air show at Oshkosh, WI.
The reunion cocktail hour provided an opportunity to visit with Rich Iammarino, MD, and his wife, Therese. Rich has just retired from his office at the University of West Virginia Medical School as councilor in Clinical Pathology. Because of his heavy involvement in his duties over the years he seriously wondered if retirement might be a disappointment. Therese indicated that some travel would prove entertaining.
Bill Monroe and wife, Pat, were seated at a nearby table, I had only one chance to say hello and learn that Bill’s grand jury duties were complete and he could now stop at his office when and if in the mood, otherwise just enjoy retirement.
Ed McKenna and I met on the way to the bar. Ed was eagerly awaiting the post dinner music; he claimed his lovely wife, Lila, had demanded that he dance the first five or six numbers with her before dancing with the other ladies at their table.
Now that all of their fourteen children are grown, Tom Dugan became a retired electrical engineer from Leece Neville Corp., and with bride Margaret, moved from their large home in Lakewood to a condo in a retirement village in Avon.
Pete Corrigan, father of ten, and I, father of eight, have often joked about the effectiveness of Father Otting’s philosophy course entitled “family.” Little did we realize that we were merely “minor leaguers.” Ironically all three of us lived in Lakewood and were so busy with our families, we didn’t’ realize we were neighbors. The first of Dugan’s great-grandchildren were recently born in Boston; twins, a boy and a girl.
The reunion party was a complete success. Everyone moved about to greet old friends and the music attracted many to the dance floor, so I never had a chance to visit with Mike Klema, John Quinlan or Jim Pojman.
Bob Rukosky and I attended the alumni golf outing. As in the past, our outstanding shot making capabilities were unrecognized by the committee. More “forty-niners” are needed at this event; perhaps with more classmate participation recognition will follow.
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On Sunday, May 18, the graduation ceremony for the class of 2003 was held in the quadrangle at JCU. Ed McKenna, Frank Washko, and I added to the festivities by participating with other “super senior grads.” The featured speaker was Col. Carl Walz, a class of ’79 JCU grad, an astronaut who spent over 150 days in space in 2002. We were all impressed with his timely and insightful presentation, the size of the class, and the growth of the school. We are looking forward to the June 14 Reunion party at Carroll, where we hope to gather with several tables of ’49ers.
Bob Rukosky and I will be joined by Bill Cullen and Hugh Gallagher ’50 as a favored foursome at the JCU Alumni Golf Outing on July 21 at Fowler’s Mill.
Bob Logsdon admits that living in Sarasota, FL has put him “out of touch.” He enjoyed reading of Bill Monroe’s travels and recalls the last time he saw old friend Bill was in a photo with Bishop Gilbert Sheldon, ’48, at the Bishop’s retirement party in Steubenville, OH.
Tim Ryan, after poling the group has announced the Second Wednesday Luncheon Group will devote the Luncheon days of July and August to other diversions, we’ll convene again in September, that will be September 9. If you are in the Cleveland area, plan to attend. You’ll see some old classmates and some vaguely familiar faces from the class of ’50, and learn the latest local news.
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Because of heavy snow and high winds on February 12, the Second Wednesday Luncheon was sparsely attended by ’49ers, only Tim Ryan, Bill Monroe, and I were present to add sparkle and spice to the event. We were heavily outnumbered by the class of ’50 and later we were accused of becoming too elderly to venture out in inclement weather or doddering in dementia in the warmth of the South. Knowing I could easily refute the accusation, I called some classmates in Florida to learn of their active lives. Jerold Jost’s answering machine said he was out, enjoying the sun in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Vic Rozance answered his phone in Palm Harbor, FL — he’d spent the morning on the golf course. Vic visits Cleveland only in the warmest summer months, I urged him to schedule his next annual visit in June of 2003 so that he could attend the annual reunion party. Rich Rohaley’s answering machine indicated that Rich was out enjoying the Ft. Myers sunshine and balmy weather. Charlie Cullinan answered his phone on the third ring; he’d been out in the sun in the back yard, and the temperature was 75o. Charlie has had some eye problems and has had so many laser eye surgeries that when the series is complete, he hopes to see well enough and know enough about the process to go into the business himself. Father Jim Conry timed his vacation trip to Florida perfectly, having left before the first heavy snow in January, and staying south until late February.
Carol and I are going to Ft. Myers Beach for March, if there is a rainy day I’ll call the classmates living nearby and get some more news.
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I enjoyed visiting with Richy Snider at lunch during the Tim Russert presentation held on March 21st in Naples. After 40 years of heavy involvement in the banking and construction business, Richy is enjoying retirement and looks great. The seating plan for both sessions of Tim’s program limited my ability to locate other ’49ers in attendance. They were Tom Gibbons, Rich Hamlin, and Bill Rawlings’ widow, Joan.
Pete Corrigan and wife, Pat, traveled to Hawaii to enjoy the tropical weather and exotic vegetation. Pete rented a car to visit a satellite observation station located on an island mountaintop. When they reached the eight thousand-foot level, they encountered an ice storm which made mountain driving hazardous. Then the road was closed making their visit impossible. An hour later, Pete was back at sea level in the warm bright sunlight. Because of his long successful management of the Firemen’s Credit Union, Pete continues as a director by popular demand.
I called Bill Monroe to learn about his winter visit to Cuba. He found the Cubans cheerful and friendly despite their average income of thirteen dollars per month. They display great mechanical ability in maintaining old taxis and pre-revolution machinery. It appears that the new autos are government agency vehicles — all from the orient. Bill and wife, Pat, spent a few days in an exclusive seaside resort near the city of Trinidad that was heavily populated by European visitors. There they learned that sixty thousand American visitors had visited last year. Their Havana hotel was a 1920′s model, clean, comfortable — the elevator, unlike the employees, was sullen and uncooperative. There was no talk of politics, no complaints from the natives about their diet of rice and beans, or their poverty. The fact that a dollar tip would approximate two day’s pay no doubt explains their consistent cheerful helpful attitude. American tourists are encouraged to bring lots of cash, since credit cards and Blue Cross don’t work in Cuba. The fact that there were no thefts, holdups or kidnappings speaks well for Cuban law enforcement. All sales of food and medical supplies from the U.S., by law, are on a cash basis – since Castro’s government has failed to pay anyone daring to extend credit.
Bill was recently appointed Grand Jury Foreman of the September Term, which continues through the end of this year. This is his second assignment to this position.
The Alumni Golf Outing at Fowlers Mill was attended and enjoyed by Ray Fox, Bob Rukosky and yours truly. There appeared to be no other ’49ers present. Pete Bernardo ’67 joined us for the golf game. Apparently, none of us has had enough recent practice to bring out our championship level skills so we numbered among the non-winners.
Because of a busy social schedule in mid June and a serious memory lapse, Carol and I stayed home and rested on June 15th — the night of the reunion party, which we had looked forward to. Ray Fox and Ed McKenna described the event as the greatest success in recent reunion history since they visited with so many old classmates, enjoyed the music and party atmosphere. Mike Klema, Frank Washko, Al Zippert, Neil Conway, Norm Fuerst, Bill Monroe, Dick Iammarino, Frank McNally, Jim Pojman, Phil Tripi ’50, and Jerry Slattery were all scheduled to attend. I’m really sorry to have missed this great opportunity to visit with so many old friends. God willing, we can all attend next year’s reunion!
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The Second Wednesday Lunch Event at the Playhouse Club chaired by Tim Ryan was held on schedule. Because Ash Wednesday occurred that day, an unusual demand for tuna and cheese sandwiches unnerved the kitchen and the bartender saw his sales decline precipitously. The lack of libation did not diminish the usual lively conversation. The accountants and lawyers present expressed the wish to be 20 years younger so they could get involved in the analysis and litigation of the complexities of the multi year Gruttadauria scam settlement.
Bob Rukosky’s wife, Jane, died about a year ago and since bob has searched for useful ways to spend his time. He became a “red coat,” a volunteer usher and traffic director at Playhouse Square. The December performances of the Rockettes drew a daily sellout crowd, so his services were required daily. Bob can now boast that he has seen the Rockettes’ performance eight times. Playhouse Square will have to make some adjustments in April, since Bob and his son will leave to spend two weeks golfing in Tucson, AZ.
Tim Ryan has had some miseries and temporarily needs a wheeled walker to travel on foot. He has no trouble driving. The device hasn’t slowed him down and he looks forward to retiring this cumbersome scooter.
Bill Monroe and wife, Pat, are planning to spend a few weeks visiting Cuba. The Monroes are members of an adventurous Elderhostel group, which has organized this trip; they will enter Castro’s island from Mexico, arriving at Havana, and then visit several Cuban cities. We look forward to learning of Bill’s observations of the island and its citizens at our May Second Wednesday Lunch.
Ed Mckenna announced the bright and beautiful granddaughter has made application to admission to the freshman class at JCU. I extended my regrets that she wasn’t four years older, she would have met my bright and handsome grandson, Kevin Harrison, who will graduate from Carroll this May.
Carol and I are leaving for Florida next week, and we’re looking forward to attending the President’s Council luncheon at the Naples Ritz Plaza on March 21. I hope to see many other ’49ers there, and gather some news for the next issue of the new and beautifully upgraded John Carroll magazine.
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