Frank Geraci and Ron Cory wrote to me expressing their sorrow at the passing of their good friend Tom Moloney. Ron spent a lot of time with Tom at Fort Eustis and lamented they’d lost track of one another throughout the years. Frank is in the minority of our class who still goes to work every day. He says it helps him keep his sanity.
Joe McGreevy told me the paragraph in the last class column about the few Cleveland Rhodes High classmates who attended JCU could’ve been written by him with just a change in the name of the high school. Joe went to Berea High School and only knows of one other person, Ron Berschig, from that high school to attend JCU. Despite the bad news about treatment at the VA hospitals, he maintains most VA hospitals, especially those in California, offer the best treatment with little or no waiting time. He’s known as the poster boy for the VA hospital in Long Beach. He volunteers regularly at two VA hospitals in his area.
I knew we had several Jesuits priests from our class but didn’t know we also had at least one diocesan priest. I was surprised when I talked with our classmate, Henry Krebs, to learn he was, in reality, Monsignor Henry Krebs. Msgr. Krebs left JCU in 1953 to enter the Catholic seminary in Erie, Pa. He has served in the Erie diocese for over 50 years. He taught school for 25 years at Erie Prep and was a pastor in the Erie diocese for more than 23 years. Msgr. Krebs was probably one of the first to occupy Pacelli Hall when it opened in 1952. He has been unable to keep in touch with other classmates but has seen Reno Marcotuli several times.
Jacqueline (Doslak) Iliff, daughter of Bill Doslak, wrote to me with the sad news that her father passed away. He was in good health until early May when he developed acute leukemia, which greatly weakened him and lead to his death on May 16. Jacqueline is his youngest child and a proud ’92 JCU alum. His granddaughter, Abby Kneisel is a student at Carroll.
I also talked with Garrett Murray, who went through the ROTC program and was given a two-year deferment from active duty to attend law school. He graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1958 and served six years in the active reserve. He practiced law in the Elyria, Ohio, area for more than 40 years but was forced to retire because of his health. Garrett is married and has four daughters.
Please remember Ed Andrews, who passed away Feb. 1 and all our classmates who are in ill health and suffering greatly.
Though Matt Gresko passed away last year, Stan Gorski wanted me to mention a few things that made him special. Stan and Matt were two of the few Cleveland Rhodes High School graduates to attend JCU. I don’t want to start a war, but Stan claims Rhodes was a better academic school than St. Ignatius and would, on occasion, kick the butts of those West Side Irish lads on the football ﬁeld. Gresko played on the Rhodes football team and was almost unstoppable as a running back. Matt went on to become president of a suburban hospital that was later taken over by the Cleveland Clinic. Stan claims that because they were from a public high school, they brought a sense of democracy and togetherness that JCU lacked then. Stan is busy teaching for the Medina and Highland schools and managing the accounting for St. Colman Catholic Church in Cleveland.
I talked with Jim Gosser, who didn’t participate in ROTC his junior and senior years at JCU but was able to ﬁnish his college education by joining the Marine Corps Reserves. He attended Marine Corps boot camps during the summer of his sophomore and junior years. After graduation, he served as a Naval Justice Ofﬁcer. He worked for Clevite Corp. in Cleveland for several years after his military service. John Boler ’56 asked him to come work for him with the Clevite-Harris Co. in Napoleon, Ohio. Jim’s bride of two weeks said she would divorce him rather than move to rural Ohio. He chose his bride over Boler’s new company and worked for many years as a manufacturer’s representative in the steel mill equipment industry. Sadly, Jim passed away in March, so please keep him in your prayers.
I contacted Jim O’Connor a while back. Jim, who lives in Fredericksburg, Va., has been in real estate for many years. Five days after graduation, he reported to Fort Knox, Ky., and then to Fort Eustis, Va., where he enrolled in ﬂight school and learned to ﬂy helicopters. He knew our other military pilot, Jerry Donatucci, quite well. Jim has been married for 50 years and has two children and ﬁve grandchildren.
I reached Jim McDonough at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. Jim retired from his position as president of the McDonough Associates, formerly the Murphy Engineering Co., and spends as much time as he can in the South. Jim was in the ROTC program at JCU and served in Korea. When he returned to his hometown of Chicago, he served in various public positions. At one time or another, he was commissioner of streets and sanitation, president of the Chicago Transit Authority, the president of the International Public Transit Authorities, and international president of the Public Works Associations. He has been married to his wife, Jackie, for more than 50 years. They have two children and ﬁve grandchildren.
In your prayers, please remember, Tom Moloney, who passed away in November and all our other classmates who are sick and in great pain sometimes.
After I reported on the strong Jesuit tradition in the Emmett (Bud) Feely family, Gordon (Brud) LaGanke shook his family tree and reports that four generations of the LaGanke, McKay, and Konya families are graduates of JCU. It began when Gordon’s father-in-law, Stanley McKay, graduated in 1925, then Gordon in 1955, his daughter Maureen LaGanke Konya in 1984, and her son Michael Konya in 2013. Adding to the Carroll connection, Gordon’s wife, Marge McKay LaGanke, received her master’s degree in 1970. Arthur Noetzel ’38, Ph.D, asked Gordon to teach a marketing class, which he did for more than 20 years. Finally, Michael’s great-great- uncle Lou Konya ’41 is in the JCU Hall of Fame. He also thinks any great-grandchildren should be eligible for a volume discount.
I talked with Gus Coneglio, who after graduating from Shaker Heights High School, attended JCU. Although he was in the ROTC program, he was never called to active duty. He graduated with a teaching degree and taught at Cleveland Heights High School for 25 years. He still does substitute work in the Shaker school system. He and his wife, Ann Marie, have six children. One of his daughters attended John Carroll.
Mike Caplice has been our JCU history professor in the Williamsburg, Va., area since he retired from IBM many years ago. He and his late wife, Pat, moved there after he retired and both became involved with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, giving historic tours in Jamestown and Williamsburg, Va. Mike went on giving historic seminars locally and travel tours with the Elderhostel Organization. That organization morphed into the Road Scholar: Educational Travel Learning Organization, which also manages historic travel tours that can last three days or more. Mike is on the Road Scholar board and fully involved with the organization’s operation and the seminars it sponsors.
Our ROTC Hall of Famer and accomplished inland and ocean sailor Art Dister is also living in the Williamsburg area. Art retired from the military and immediately started and operated one of the most successful printing businesses in the Virginia Tidewater area. Hard work and perseverance was his model and his late wife, Barbara, was his mainstay and supporter. So, the class of ’55 can boast about two large footprints in that part of the country. The late George Sweeney, who initiated the footprint theme for a past class reunion, would be as proud as we are of his two classmates.
Please remember our classmates – whose health might be failing or who might be suffering greatly – in your prayers.
Emmett (Bud) Feely has kept contact with our classmates and JCU Jesuits better than most. As he has for many years, Bud joined Nancy and Jerry Donatucci, Rita and Jack Kinney, and Harold (Doggie) Ziegler in Destin, Fla. this past winter. He often visits Phil Buchanan, who resides in Southfield, Mich. He tells me Phil would enjoy hearing from his many JCU friends, so send greetings to Phil at MediLodge of Southfield, 26715 Greenfield Road, Southfield, MI 48076. In May, Bud visited with Dick Twohig, S.J., and Leo Cachat, S.J. to help them celebrate their big 8-0 birthdays. Dick is rector of Colombiere Center in Clarkson, Mich., and Leo is a retreat master at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. In his retirement, Bud has been a volunteer at Colombiere and throughout the years has had the opportunity to spend time with many former JCU faculty members, including Jesuit Fathers: Joe Shell, Howard Kerner, Joe Loftus, Frank Smith ’42, Henry Birkenhauer, Torrence Hecht, Ed Montville, Hugh Rodman, Tom Biecker, and our former classmate, Pete Dean, who left JCU after our sophomore year to enter the Jesuits. All the aforementioned are deceased. There’s also a strong Jesuit tradition in the Feely family, each of his six children were Jesuit educated. His brother, Tom, is Carroll class of ’57. Bud’s father attended St. Louis University (Jesuit) in the 1920s, and his wife grew up in a Jesuit parish (Gesu) in Detroit. Each of his three sons-in-law is Jesuit educated, and five of Bud’s brothers-in-law are Jesuit educated. Additionally, five of their nine grandchildren are Jesuit educated: a grandson is entering Walsh Jesuit High School (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) this fall, and his granddaughter, Maura Farr, is a freshman at Carroll. I checked, and Pope Francis I isn’t related to Bud.
In your prayers, please remember Joe Doman; Art Dister’s wife, Barbara; and Dick Norris, who’ve passed away since the last issue of the magazine. And pray for our many classmates with deteriorating health and a great amount of suffering.
Emmett (Bud) Feely has kept contact with our classmates and JCU Jesuits better than most. As he has for many years, Bud joined Nancy and Jerry Donatucci, Rita and Jack Kinney, and Harold (Doggie) Ziegler in Destin, Fla. this past winter. He often visits Phil Buchanan, who resides in Southfield, Mich. He tells me Phil would enjoy hearing from his many JCU friends. Send greetings to Phil at MediLodge of Southfield, 26715 Greenfield Road, Southfield, MI 48076. In May, Bud visited with Dick Twohig, S.J., and Leo Cachat, S.J. to help them celebrate their big 8-0 birthdays. Dick is rector of Colombiere Center in Clarkson, Mich., and Leo is a retreat master at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. In his retirement, Bud has been a volunteer at Colombiere, and throughout the years has had the opportunity to visit and enjoy spending time with many former JCU faculty members including Jesuit Fathers: Joe Shell, Howard Kerner, Joe Loftus, Frank Smith ’42, Henry Birkenhauer, Torrence Hecht, Ed Montville, Hugh Rodman, Tom Biecker, and our former classmate, Pete Dean, who left JCU after our sophomore year to enter the Jesuits. All of the aforementioned are deceased. There’s also a strong Jesuit tradition in the Feely family, each of his six children were Jesuit educated. His brother, Tom, is Carroll class of ’57. Bud’s father attended St. Louis University (Jesuit) in the 1920s, and his wife grew up in a Jesuit parish (Gesu) in Detroit. Each of his three sons-in-law are Jesuit educated, and five of Bud’s brothers-in-law are Jesuit educated. Additionally, five of their nine grandchildren are Jesuit educated: A grandson is entering Walsh Jesuit High School this fall, and his granddaughter, Maura Farr, will be an incoming freshman at JCU. I checked, but Pope Francis I is not related to Bud.
Please remember Joe Doman and Art Dister’s wife, Barbara, who passed away recently, in your prayers.
I talked with Joe McGreevy a while ago. Joe was a physics major at Carroll who earned a law degree from the School of Law – St. John’s University in New York. Joe graduated from JCU in ’58, participated in ROTC, and served four years in the Army. He was stationed in Germany and France. Joe and I participated in a couple of joint operations in France, but our paths never crossed. After military service, forsaking law and physics, he joined Great American Insurance as a systems analyst and remained in the insurance business for the rest of his career. He keeps in touch with our classmate, Joe Dory, who’s busy as a hospital volunteer, logging 40 hours a week.
Ed TePas reports his good friend, Leo Cachat, S.J., is recovering from chemo treatment for throat cancer and is doing all right. This past summer, I underwent radiation treatment for vocal cord cancer and am doing all right, too. Thank the good Lord. Ed is conducting bible study sessions, which he enjoys, in his parish. He has gotten a bit accident-prone and is forced to act his age and give up his beloved Yamaha motor scooter as transportation to and from the golf course. Now he uses a 2004 Toyota Prius but has to sacrifice 40 mpg for a safe ride on four wheels. Ed, the problem could be solved by a move to Naples or The Villages in Florida into a home on one of the many golf course in those areas. The exercise walking to the first tee would be good for you, and the money you’d save on transportation to and from the course would pay for two months of dues. You’d probably be within a 3-wood shot of one of the many Carroll alumni who reside on the great golf courses of Florida. While not golfing, Ed is the editor of the Redwood Bark, a newsletter of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. He spends about 25 hours putting an issue together and rates retired teachers right up there with golfers in his book of best people.
It’s my sad duty to report the death of our beloved classmate, Dick Walker. He died Jan. 14, 2013, apparently as the result of an earlier auto accident. As most of you know, Dick was a member of the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame, the proud recipient of two Super Bowl Championship rings while coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers. He coached five Big Ten Championships and a National Championship team while at The Ohio State University. Dick will be missed by many people. Please remember Dick in your prayers, as well as our classmates who are suffering from cancer and the other diseases attacking us.
Parma (Ohio) Community General Hospital appointed Tony Stavole to their board of directors. Tony has served as law director for the City of Parma Heights for 37 years and as a trustee of the Cleveland Bar Association and chairman of its Judicial Selection Committee.
Hal (Doggie) Ziegler was awarded the annual “Distinguished Service Medal” by Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Rosemary Scallon (Dana), Irish and Catholic singing celebrity and former member of the European Parliament, presented the award. Doggie and Mr. and Mrs. Scallon are longtime friends.
I talked with Larry Carelli a while back. Larry is living in Youngstown, Ohio, and enjoys golf and travel. Larry was in ROTC at Carroll and left as captain after eight years in the Reserves. He spent his working years in sales and retired as a manager with Keebler Cookies. He has three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He told me he especially misses the camaraderie he experienced at Carroll.
I also talked with Marge and Ed Schwallie. Like many of us, they’re into cruises. This year they’ve planned a great transatlantic adventure. They’ll travel from New York to the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Denmark, and Sweden) then to England and Ireland and on to Iceland and Greenland before heading back to Boston. They’re becoming experts in American geography. They have six children and 11 grandchildren who live in eight states. A visit to his kin is a real challenge for Google maps.
Al Mullee was happy to talk about his son, John, who was ordained a Catholic priest May 19, 2012. Nothing too unusual about that except John was 52 years old when he was ordained. After successful careers in the U.S. Air Force and the financial world, John answered the call of our Lord and entered the seminary in Cleveland. He serves the Our Lady Help of Christians parish in Litchfield, Ohio, and three other satellite churches. Bucking the cruising tide, Al and Kathy took a trip to East and South Africa. They have six children (three boys and three girls) and eight grandchildren (four boys and four girls).
In your prayers, remember our classmates who are suffering from cancer and the many other diseases attacking us.
When Tony Musca heard Pat McDunn was planning a birthday visit to Cleveland after a 55-year hiatus, he immediately began planning a gala reunion with some of our classmates. In late June 2012, a large group of Pat’s friends gathered at Westwood Country Club in Rocky River, Ohio, for a casual summer cookout to celebrate his birthday and renew our friendship. Entertainment was provided by our guest of honor, who regaled us with many Irish ballads. Pat formed a band 40 years ago and has been singing ballads in the many pubs in the Detroit area ever since. He still has a fine voice and stopped singing only as darkness fell and we were about to be tossed out of the club. Some of his classmates are pictured on this page; others not in the picture are John Keshock, Bob Micco, Jerry Geiss, and John Norton. Thanks, Tony, for a great minireunion. It might be the largest gathering of our class in the years to come.
Leo Cachat and Dick Twohig left Carroll during their junior year to enter the Jesuit seminary and never officially graduated from JCU. That was corrected this summer when the Rev. Leo Cachat, S.J., was awarded his degree at Carroll’s graduation in June, and the Rev. Richard Twohig, S.J., was presented his degree Aug. 25 at his Jubilee Mass.
Ray Tapajna is making new art he calls living art, featuring Healing in Blue, Flowers for You, etc. If you need to refresh yourself, give this a try; but there’s no guarantee at this end. Ray says you can view the calming waters flowing toward you. See Ray’s site at http://tapsearch.com/about-ray-tapajna for more information about his work.
A while back, I talked with Earl Thomas, who was from Youngstown, Ohio, and lived off campus while at Carroll, often going home on weekends. After graduation, he went to work in sales at Westinghouse in its electrical supply division. After a few years, he entered the container business in Rochester, N.Y., and continued in that line of work for 54 years – a sales manager for the past 30 years. Earl, who still works as an independent broker in the container industry, has lived in The Villages, Fla., (home to many JCU grads) for eight years. He’s had body parts replaced and received two new knees, the latest in March. Earl is married and has five children, 13 grandchildren, and three great- grandchildren.
Tom Moloney sends his regards to Dick Norris and all his other JCU and St. Ignatius friends. Tom, who spent his entire career (38 years) in the can- and glass-packaging industry and proudly retired at the age of 60, is married and has five children and nine grandchildren (all boys).
In your prayers, please remember Patrick McMuldren, who passed away in April, and all other classmates who are suffering from cancer and other diseases attacking us.
Harold (Doggie) Ziegler and Emmett (Bud) Feelywere in New York to view the St. Patrick’s Day parade from the steps of St. Pat’s Cathedral. While there, they met Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who also was watching the parade from the steps. Doggie, Bud, and members of Bud’s family had dinner with European singing star Rosemary Scallon (professional name, Dana) and her husband, Damien. Dana sang “Our Lady of Knock” at the High Mass offered by Cardinal Dolan before the parade. Doggie is a longtime friend of the Scallons and supported Dana in her recent bid for Ireland’s presidency.
Ray Tapajna tells me his advocacy for workers’ dignity and the real free enterprise system is growing and some of his grandchildren are ready to take over when the time comes. Search tapsearch.com, tapart news, ray tapajna today, tapsearcher, or arklineart, and you’ll find thousands of resources and references to his work.
George Thomey and Tony Musca celebrated together at the annual Ursuline Derby Day Kentucky Derby Party that benefits the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. George retired after working many years for Cuyahoga County and enjoys his children and grandchildren. He also enjoys watching the ponies at the local race track.
I called Edmund Alemagno to see what he’s been up to. Edmund entered the Army after graduation and spent two years at Fort Eustis in Virginia, serving his country and the William and Mary College co-eds. Returning to Cleveland, he spent the next 35 years selling corrugated packaging. He has one son and two grandchildren. He sends his best to Dominic LoGalbo ’54.
I also talked to Bill Ford, who majored in physics at JCU and received his Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from Case Western Reserve University in 1961. From there, he went to NASA, where he worked for 45 years before retiring. A Harvard University professor once stated we all rise to our level of incompetence and stay there. But Bill didn’t believe that. He believed you rise to your level of competence and then move on to other challenges. He worked 10 years in nuclear physics and switched to research in applied mathematics. After 10 years as a mathematician, he focused on mainframe computing, managing NASA’s mainframes for 10 years and perfecting his level of competence. When NASA adopted the PC as its primary computing device, he transitioned to that area and continued to enhance the interaction between mainframes and PCs for another 15 years. When he retired, Bill was chief of the Computing Services Division. But he hasn’t reached his level of incompetence yet. After retirement, Bill joined his wife in her photography business and set up an IT department within the photography studio. He plays tennis (singles) three times a week and plans to ease into doubles in several years. Bill has four children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
It’s with sadness I report the death of our classmate Jim Hoying, who passed away in February 2012 after a long illness. Please remember Jim – and other classmates who are suffering from cancer and other diseases attacking us – in your prayers.
In November, Jerry Donatucci’s son, Steve, swore his grandson, Marcus, into the Air Force. Marcus is training to be a crew member of the V-22 Osprey helicopter. You might remember Jerry also flew helicopters back in the dark ages.
Meanwhile, Ed TePas and Dave Hauer believe the way to true happiness during retirement is through work and exercise. They encourage us to do likewise. Ed built a trailer from a garden cart to haul his golf clubs behind his 1986 Honda Elite scooter on his frequent trips to the local course. He’s also building a pump house for his daughter. Dave Hauer hoped for more snow in the Sierras so he can ski.
I heard from Ron Cory, who lives in Worthington, Ohio, and is semiretired. He was in ROTC with us and served his entire time at Fort Eustis in Virginia. Ron, who has four children and six grandchildren, worked in the industrial supply, tool, and fabricating business and retired after 28 years from the Ross Willoughby Co. Now he’s involved in local real-estate development.
I also heard from Vince Simon. Before retiring in 2010, Vince worked in public accounting for 20 years for various companies and then became self-employed as an auditor. He’s married, has two children and lives in Houston.
John Mackin called to get phone numbers of classmates. We talked about his days living in Bernet Hall with Bill Doslak as his roommate and Tom Bridgman and Jerry Donatucci living across the hall. He remembers one late night when they returned to the dorm after Fr. Millor had done his bed check. The next morning Tom was campused – but not John. Fr. Millor said he couldn’t believe John would be out after curfew. After he graduated from Carroll, John worked for an accounting firm for several years and earned his CPA license. At the same time, he was attending law school at night to earn a law degree. After he passed the bar, he was in private practice until 1987 when he was elected judge. He served as judge for 18 years and retired when the law wouldn’t allow him to run again. He claims to be the only judge in Ohio with a law degree and CPA certificate. Please let me know if you have any doubts about this claim, and we’ll have a small wager.
Tom Bridgman, who passed away in December 2011, had a gracious obituary in The Chicago Tribune. One quote, I must pass on to you. A son-in-law said, “Tom Bridgman was equally at home arguing a case in federal court as he was arguing a point at Schaller’s Pump (a venerable local tavern).”
Also, I’m sad to report the deaths of Jim Hoying (February 2012), John Grdina (November 2011), and John McHugh (April 2011).
Please pray for other classmates who are suffering and in great pain from the many diseases attacking us.
Jerry Donatucci and his wife, Nancy, visited Jack Kinney and his wife, Rita, in Benton Harbor, Mich. Jack, Jerry, and spouses then traveled to Chicago to visit Tom Bridgman. Tom, Dick Hartman, and Jerry Donatucci were in the Kinney’s wedding party 56 years ago.
Tony Stavole, his daughter, and grandson toured Italy this past summer. They were joined in Rome by Tony’s granddaughter, who’s working in an orphanage in Uganda. They also met with an Italian exchange student who stayed with them in the ’60s. After she returned to her home in Italy, she served as an interpreter for former Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk, who was in Rome for the U.S. mayors’ convention. He said it was a thrill to catch up with her and her family (she’s now a grandmother) and still calls Tony “dad.”
Harold (Dog) Ziegler’s longtime friend, Rosemary Scallon, is a presidential candidate in Ireland. If elected, she promises to work to bring Ireland back to its Catholic roots. Dog Ziegler has supported numerous Catholic causes for many years.
I received an update from Don Marshall, who left JCU in ’54 to join the Marines. He was hurt in a training exercise and needs a wheelchair/scooter to get around; but get around he does. During his short time in the Marines, he picked up its gung-ho spirit. He has served as an executive with a savings-and-loan bank, owned several self-serve gas stations, auto parts stores, and a swimming pool accessory store. He says he’s been retired for 20 years, but I doubt he’s very much retired. While at JCU, he managed the Cedar Lee Theatre. Don, who lives in Tucson, Ariz., has been married for 57 years and has four children and 10 grandchildren.
I also talked to Fred Kovar. You might remember Fred as the editor-in-chief of the Carillon (our yearbook). Fred, who received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, taught for three years at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y. He then worked for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 30 years. From 1984-86, he was an advisor to the assistant secretary of defense at the Pentagon. His proudest moments came when sitting in the House and/or Senate chambers advising senior Pentagon officials who were testifying about nuclear programs. Fred was married (his wife passed away in February) and has four children and four grandchildren. He lives in sunny California just east of San Francisco. He corresponds with Tom Jira, a friend from grade school and JCU classmate.
Remember to pray for our classmates who are suffering and in great pain from the many diseases attacking us.
Jim Doran wrote concerning the death of Arthur Noetzel, Ph.D., ’38. Jim said Dr. Noetzel played a significant role in his life at Carroll and selecting a career path after graduation. Dr. Noetzel secured a position for him in the controller’s office at JCU during a time when he was struggling to pay tuition and room and board. He says it was a lifesaver.
We mourn the loss of Mike Caplice’s wife, Pat, who had set a goal of celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary together. She passed away 10 days after the celebration surrounded by Mike and their family. Mike also informs us the Transportation Corp. is on the move, being relocated to Ft. Lee. Ft. Monroe is closing down, and its activities are being relocated to Ft. Eustis.
Dan Curley retired, but his son, Tom, is carrying on the operation of the Curley Funeral Home in Chicago. I was unable to talk to Dan because of health reasons.
I talked with Bill Thalman a while back. Bill left JCU in ’54 and was drafted into the Army and served in Korea. He returned home and took over the family electric motor repair business, which he ran until ’98 when he retired. His son now runs the business. Bill has been married for 55 years and has four children. He says hello to Phil Buchanan, Jack Kinney, and Hal Ziegler, who were his roommates and good buddies while at Carroll. That might have something to do with his leaving Carroll early!
I talked with Joe Tetlak, whose heart still bleeds maize and blue even though he’s lived in Cleveland many years. His career took many twists and turns, but he ended up top dog at Willow Hill Industries in Willoughby, Ohio. He sold the company in 2000 and is enjoying life in his adopted city with occasional visits north.
Tony Stavole and his daughter, grandson, and granddaughter spent several weeks touring Italy. They visited Rome, Assisi, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Pompeii, Sorrento, The Isle of Capri, The Amalfi Coast, and Positano. Tony thought it was an exceptional tour because it allowed him and his offspring to learn more about their heritage.
David Hauer’s granddaughter won the bronze medal in the national Tae Kwon Do tournament in Austin, Texas. I need to ask him if it’s anything like golf. David received an award for giving 25 gallons of blood at the local blood bank.
Remember to pray for our classmates who are suffering and in great pain from the many diseases that attack us.
A few weeks ago, I received an inquiry concerning Joe Jeromos. The women apparently heard Joe and his band play in Michigan and wanted to get in touch with him. I called Joe, and, sure enough, he confirmed he had had a band for many years and played numerous venues in Ohio and surrounding states. Joe, a Hungarian, learned to play the accordion, violin, and drums while growing up in Cleveland. The group was called The Tokay Orchestra, named after world-famous grapes grown in Hungary. Joe, who still entertains, is a one-man band. His singing – which is accompanied by his accordion, violin, and drums – can be heard mostly at nursing homes and similar venues. Joe says hello to Larry Faulhaber, Jim Hoying, and his alphabet buddies from ROTC. He also asked about the whereabouts of Tom Jira. Joe, who served two years at Fort Eustis, was employed in the warehouse industry for many years before his retirement 15 years ago.
I talked to Bob Wurm, who lives in Greenvale, Wis. Bob was in ROTC but opted for the Signal Corps rather than Transportation because he majored in physics. He spent most of his time at Fort Monmouth, N.J., home of the Communications-Electronics Command. After military service, Bob, who’s married and has five children, worked for Jack & Heintz and Lear Siegler for five years. Then he worked in acoustics, instrumentation, and noise measurement for Quest and LaBelle Industries, where he served as president and was a board member until the company was sold to 3M.
I also talked with Dick Wisniewski who lives in Silver Spring, Md. Dick, a physics major at JCU, worked for NASA and its predecessors for more than 40 years. When he was hired, the personnel department told him he wouldn’t last a year. He worked on many NASA projects, real and planned, including moon flights. In his last assignment for the government, he was able to save more than $4.5 billion. For this, he was awarded a Presidential Citation. He earned two of these awards during his career. Dick, who’s married and has six children and 20 grandchildren, is proud all his children earned advanced degrees.
I’m saddened to report the death of my buddy, Jerry Futty, who passed away suddenly a few days before St. Patrick’s Day. Jerry had a great career as an advocate for children’s services in the Cleveland and Mansfield areas. He retired as executive director of Richland County Children Services, a position he held for many years.
Jane Feely, wife of Bud Feely, passed away early this year. Jane was a vivacious presence at many of our reunions and ROTC get-togethers and made everyone feel welcome.
Keep praying for our deceased classmates and those who are ill and suffering greatly.
The JCU class of ’55 has lost one of its bright stars. Frank Stringer passed away Dec. 8 after a three-year battle with a rare degenerative muscular disease. In its headline obituary, the St. Petersburg Times called Frank a tireless visionary for Pasco County (Fla.).
Dave Hauer takes great pride in being able to ski with three generations of his family. He says he can still keep up with some as young as 10 years old. No offense Dave, but we’re getting older.
I caught Ray Colavincenzo at home for lunch. He continues to practice dentistry in Clyde, Ohio, and takes time off to ski in Michigan. He came to JCU from his home in Ellwood, Pa., to live in Bernet and Pacelli Halls where he roomed with Paul Pacer (deceased). Ray graduated from Case Western Reserve Dental School in 1959 and then entered the Navy to see the world. He was able to see California, Taiwan, and Georgia.
I talked with Jim McDonough, who was enjoying a vacation from his home base in Chicago. Jim still is hard at work as chairman of McDonough Associates, an engineering and architectural firm he founded in Chicago. He lived in Bernet Hall at Carroll with John Morley (deceased) as his roommate. He was commissioned in the Army after graduation and served in Korea. After military service, he worked for Mayor John Daley of Chicago as commissioner of streets and sanitation and with the Chicago Transit Authority before opening his own operation. At one time, Jim served on the John Carroll Board of Directors.
I had a long conversation with Jim Stephens. His life has taken some amazing turns – some good, some not so good – but he always has landed on his feet. Jim came to JCU via Northern California and Idaho and credits Frs. LaMay and Rodman for helping him graduate. He was in ROTC and served in Fort Eustis (Va.) and Camp Polk (La.) after graduation. After military service, he worked for Republic Steel, Motor Express, and General Tire, usually in sales. He lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Georgia during that time. Finally, in the early ’70s, he was asked to relocate to Erie, Pa., and said no. He wanted to stay in Georgia. So he bought a cleaning company and became janitor. At one time, his company was responsible for cleaning 22 buildings. If anything, Jim is a Jack of all trades. Currently, he does contract work for the Norfolk Southern Corp. and helps a friend run an auto repair and body shop in the Atlanta area.
Remember to pray for our classmates who are suffering and in great pain. Remember Mike Caplice’s wife, Pat, who’s at home with hospice care.
Many of our classmates were happy Mike Torrelli ’56 and his wife, Addie, joined us for our 55th reunion dinner.
Dave Hauer reports not all head South for the winter, some head west. Dave and his wife, Joan, head for Maui annually come October, and in March/April, they’ll head east for a Caribbean cruise.
Bob Dolgan, retired Cleveland Plain Dealer sportswriter, had his fourth book published. Titled “The Sportswriter Who Punched Sam McDowell,” the book is a collection of sports stories written by Bob over his career. Dolgan was the writer who nicknamed the famous Cleveland Indians pitcher “Sudden Sam.”
Jerry Donatucci and his son, Bill, (both former Army aviators) took up their piloting skills again during the Fourth of July weekend air show in Pennsylvania. Each flew a fixed-wing and a helicopter aircraft. Jerry claims age has rusted his skills far more than expected. The family’s response – “no kidding, grandpa.”
Many of us have read Ray Tapajna’s op-ed articles in newspapers and magazines, but how many know about his other publications? Ray has been an advocate for human dignity in the workday and fair-trade policies in government. He calls it his ministry. Visit http://tapsearch.com, and you’ll find more than 400,000 references and search results. He’s a strong advocate for mentally and physically challenged workers. His website covers current events, his thoughts about the free-trader flat world, the Clinton years, and other subjects. A Google search for “tapajna” will reveal Tapajna cartoons and other interesting topics. He’s the moderator at four different blogs originating from Australia. If you’re into surfing the Web, this is a must-visit site.
In June, we lost a classmate and good friend. I became acquainted with Al Milstein while researching info for this column. As with many other classmates, I found a unique and interesting personality. Al was a renaissance man. Some knew him as a football player, some knew him as a salesman, others as an investor and financial advisor, and still others as an artist. He studied shapes, as in frames and precious stone, and created art from these studies. Al touched many lives, and he’ll be missed. RIP, Al.
Thanks to all who contributed to these class notes. I encourage classmates to send me news about yourself, your family, and your life. Your friends from ’55 are interested to hear about you. And as you can see, you don’t have to be a Pulitzer or a Nobel Prize winner to get published. Remember to pray for our classmates who are lonely or ill.
If you didn’t attend our 55th Reunion, you missed a great time. Many memories were shared. Joe Doman has joined the navy … the Canard navy, that is. During the past three years, Joe sailed on the Queen Elizabeth (Southampton to New York), new Queen Mary (Southampton to New York) and new Queen Victoria (Southampton to Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, Palma, Gibraltar, and back to Southampton). In the process, he won $200 in the casino in Monte Carlo. He says he’s looking forward to sailing on the new Queen Elizabeth. All most of us received was a ride in a U.S. Army DUKW.
Heard from Carl Krill, who told me that after leaving JCU, he went to medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and served his residency in pediatric hematology. In 1966, his medical career was interrupted by a call from Uncle Sam. He served two years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He returned to his medical practice and worked at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio for 33 years. He has consulted in general pediatrics in Summit County, Ohio, and hematology in Wooster, Ohio. Carl went to grade school with Tom Gillen at St. Sebastian and remembers they share the same birthday. Carl has two children and one grandchild.
I talked with Jim Wright in Kansas City, Mo. Jim was a sociology major at JCU and minored in ROTC. He served two years at lovely Fort Eustis, Va., where he became a landing craft specialist on the waters of the James River. He moved to Kansas City in 1967 and worked in the sales and advertising fields. He has five children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was chosen to represent JCU at the installation of a new president at Rockhurst University, a Jesuit school in Kansas City.
Although Ed Schwallie missed our 55th Reunion, I saw him at the Gesu School reunion a week later. He couldn’t make our reunion because he was attending the Special Olympics in New Jersey. His son, Michael, is autistic but has had quite a career. He has won 26 gold medals in the Special Olympics and is in an independent living facility. Ed has served in many leadership positions in national autistic programs and continues to do so.
I caught up with Tom Carmody, another one of the many Cleveland St. Ignatius graduates in our class. Tom didn’t graduate until ’56, but we call him one of ours. He then went into military service and served at Fort Riley, Kan., for two years. Tom worked for several predecessors of the American Business Products holding company. He worked in Ohio, Texas, and ended up in Kansas. He had a great career, ending as chairman and CEO of American Business Products. He retired in ’96 but was asked back in ’98 to help solve problems that had arisen at the company. He retired to Lawrence, Kan., home of the University of Kansas, a lovely and quiet college town.
And remember to pray for our classmates who are lonely or suffering in great pain.
As I am writing these class notes, the snow has melted from the tundra in Cleveland, OH, the Indians have lost two in a row and most, but not all, of the snow birds have return from the south. I have decided not to bore you with the sad plight of the snow birds, who almost froze to death in Florida this past winter. Instead I decided to make a few phone calls and try to catch up with classmates who have not previously graced this column. Our classmate Paul Blair majored in sociology while at John Carroll. Originally from Amherst, OH, he lived off campus while at Carroll. He participated in ROTC, graduated from TOBC at Ft. Eustis, and was sent to Eniwetok Island in the Pacific where he saw the results of “A” and “H” bombs. He worked in the steel industry with Republic Steel and then LTV steel. He retired in 1999 and settled in Hammond, IN. Paul has seven children and 16 grandchildren. Paul asks me to give his best to Mike Caplice, Bud Feely, and John (Buck) Byrne.
Bill Boyle from Pittsburg, PA, lived at Pacelli Hall while at Carroll. His roommate from Warren, OH, was Lou Vennitti. Bill thought a major in physics with a minor in math would be excellent preparation for the study of law. The University of Pittsburgh agreed with him and eventually gave him a law degree. Bill has been practicing law ever since and is still at it. Bill has four children and 10 grandchildren.
Joe Dory was my next call. Joe was one of our many classmates from St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland. He majored in physics and math in his first two years at John Carroll. After two years he couldn’t decide what he really wanted to do, so he joined the U.S. Marine Corps hoping for direction. He returned to Carroll in 1959 and was welcomed back by Fr. Monville, S.J. After graduation, he decided to give California a try, while in California, he hooked up with his class mate Kevin McDonough (deceased). Kevin steered him to a job with Pacific Life Mutual Insurance Co. He remained with Pacific Mutual in California for 30 years. He has three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Our 55th Reunion — the 55th for ’55 – has come and gone. Hope you were able to catch up with all of your classmates — look for the recap in the fall issue.
And remember to pray for our classmates who are suffering and in great pain. Ray
As we age, many of us begin to think seriously about our eternal reward and do what we can to improve our chances. Bud Feely told me of his plan — he meets regularly with John Carroll classmates who have taken religious vows. He meets with Leo Cachat, S.J., and Dick Twohig, S.J., on a regular basis as well as Pat McDunn who was a Jesuit for 23 years and Fr. Peter Dean, a friend from his University of Detroit Jesuit High School days. He has also played golf with former Jesuit Ed TePas, who visited him from California. They don’t pray a lot but sure have fun. Bud has volunteered to see that we have a strong Jesuit presence at our Reunion in June. He has named the reunion “the 55th for ’55.”
Jerry Donatucci talked with Mike Torrelli ’56, a friend of his from Erie Cathedral Prep. Mike should have been in our class but didn’t get enough credits when he transferred from Notre Dame his freshman year. A fullback on the great JCU teams of the mid ’50s, he scored the winning touchdown and extra point in the game against Dayton our senior year. Mike was inducted into the Erie Cathedral Prep Athletic Hall of Fame a short time ago. He is looking forward to visiting with his many friends in the class of ’55 at our reunion dinner. Jerry and his wife, Nancy, have planned another mini class reunion (their 12th) with Jane and Bud Feely, Rita and Jack Kinney, and hopefully John Barranco in the Florida Panhandle in February.
John (Buck) Byrne is asking us to swear off Budweiser beer. He can’t forgive Bud for leaving this country for the Netherlands. He writes that at JCU he learned to drink Millers High Life beer, one keg at a time, and plans to continue. The Bud American Lager advertising is hypocritical, he writes.
Mary Lou and Tony Stavole welcomed the arrival of two great-grandchildren, born in Minneapolis, this past year. Tony was planning to retire as the Parma Heights law director on December 31, 2009, but was asked to stay on for several months to ensure an orderly transition. He has served under three mayors, beginning with the Honorable Paul W. Cassidy ’39.
Remember, classmates, our 55th Reunion June 11-13, 2010. The response has been great so far. Our 50th was great, let’s do it again. Sadly, for many of us, this may be the last time we can get together.
And remember to pray for our classmates who are suffering and in great pain. See you all in June. Ray
Dick Walker and John (Buck) Byrne were in Cleveland last June to visit with their football buddy Al Milstein. Al had promised to introduce them to a new method he developed to analyze market activity. Results are not in yet.
Heard from Jim Kilway, who resides in Kalamazoo, MI. Jim left John Carroll in his junior year to enter St. Louis University Medical School. He received his medical degree in 1958 and served in the U.S. Air Force in Utah as a flight surgeon. After his air force duties, he received a surgical residency at The Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, fell in love with the area, and settled in Western Michigan. Once a year, he volunteers with the Helping Hands Medical Mission and visits the Philippines, where he uses his medical skills to help ease the pain of some of the less fortunate in the islands. He has six children and 10 grandchildren.
Also talked to Dan Strishock at his home in Potomac, MD. Dan has served as a partner in Sade and Company and at other brokerage firms. At one time, he had a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. He is presently on the board of the Georgetown University Center for Applied Research. For the past 18 years, he has lived in a 16,000-square-foot French Chateau on five acres of land in Maryland. His home was chosen for the Kennedy Center Decorators Showcase and, after extensive decorating, has been visited by over 18,000 visitors.
Jack Kinney and his wife, Rita, and Nancy and Jerry Donatucci toured the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Basilica. Tom Bridgman, Dick Hartman, and Jerry were in Jack’s wedding party way back in 1955. Fr. Millor (the Duke) also attended.
Tom Skulina, George Thomey, and Tony Musca are going on a “Catholic” cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and Belize in January 2010. The weather promises to be great that time of year. The travel agent is JMJ (Jesus, Mary & Joseph) Travel. They would love to have other classmates join them. Call Tony at 215.642.9500. Also, any classmates in South Florida this winter are invited to get together with Tony and Molly for a mini reunion in the Naples area. Their Florida number is 239.261.5850.
Remember, classmates, we would like to have as many of our class attend this year’s 55th Reunion June 11-13, 2010. Our 50th was great – let’s do it again. For many of us, this may be the last time we can get together. And remember to pray for our classmates who are suffering and in great pain. See you all in June. Ray
In the last column, I mentioned the passing of Jim Riccardi. Not many of us knew Jim as he walked very quietly thru the halls of Carroll but he left a very large footprint in the world of videography. He was an Emmy Award winner and garnered dozens of other honors in his profession. He filmed Cleveland archaeologists digging up prized bones in Ethiopia, flew in Air Force One, and rode in Evil Knievel’s rocket car. He was a professional musician and played piano, harpsichord, harmonica, and accordion. He often performed with jazz star Sonny Kenner. He worked for the Drew Carey show, Nickelodeon, the Discovery Channel, ABC, MTV, the British Broadcasting Co., Seinfeld, America’s Most Wanted, and many, many more. He made nearly 2,000 commercials, plus many feature films, television programs, music videos, and more. And there is another Carroll connection: Larry Faulhaber’s foster child, Tony Kessler, married Jim’s daughter Mary.
Fr. Leo Cachat, S.J., was featured in the winter issue of the Jesuits’ Company magazine. Leo was assigned to the Jesuit Province of Patna, India, in 1961, where he taught and became principal of a K-12 school. Later, he studied with Fr. Anthony de Mello, S.J., and Bede Griffiths, O.S.B. He founded Geodavari Ashram (a center for spiritual development) and directed retreats there and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. He established the office of chaplain to the faculty and staff of the University of Detroit High School. He is currently a retreat director at the Manresa Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Marge and Ed Schwallie will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary this June; their granddaughter will get married on Mount Hood this October.
Bob Dolgan became a grandfather for the first time when his daughter, Ann (Dolgan) Potter ’00, gave birth to a daughter named Katherine.
John (Buck) Byrne and his wife, Linda Sue, live by the motto “we are family.” John and his wife have raised nine children and now have 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
And I thought that the only St. Ignatius High School with a connection to John Carroll was in Cleveland. Well, in talking to Jim Nowlan and Dick Waddick, I found out differently. In case you didn’t know, members of our class who attended St. Ignatius, the one in Chicago, include Nowlan and Waddick as well as Jim McDonough, Joe O’Connell, Paul Raglow, Dick O’Grady, Jim Trainor, John Morley (deceased), and several others who left Carroll early.
Jim Nowlan left John Carroll after three years to enter medical school. He graduated from Loyola University Medical School. He practiced internal medicine in Cook County for seven years and then on a cold wintry day, at the urging of his wife, Jo Ann, they went to visit California and never looked back. While at JCU, Jim ran track, which was then considered a minor sport. Dick and his wife have five children and five grandchildren, the oldest of which is 7 years old.
Dick Waddick was an ROTC graduate and served his mandatory two years in the Transportation Corps service in Korea and an atomic test site in the U.S. After his military service, he worked for IBM for 32 years in White Plains, NY; Kansas City; Northern Wisconsin; and Tampa, FL. He keeps in touch with his St. Ignatius/John Carroll buddies and will be playing golf with Jim Trainor in Atlanta before you read this column. Dick has five children and three grandchildren. Dick tells me that Jim Trainor recently celebrated his 21st grandchild.
Thank goodness no deaths to report in this issue. But continue to pray for our classmates who are ill and suffering greatly. May God bless you all. Ray
Jerry Donatucci wishes to thank all who offered prayers for his wife, Nancy, during her very serious health problems. We are happy to learn that she is making a good recovery. Amen to the power of prayer.
Dave Hauer sent me news of wonderful new neighbors Bob and Emma, who they play bridge with regularly. Who you might ask is this Bob and what relationship is he to us. Well, turns out that Bob is none other than Major Robert Owens who was the S-2 at Carroll in charge of ROTC operations during our stay. Major Owens is remembered well and we wish him a long and healthy retirement.
Heard from Stefan Schmidt in Niagara Falls, NY. After graduation, Mike spent two years in Germany courtesy of the U.S. Army. He returned to Niagara Falls where he married and taught high school for 32 years. He is retired and spends part of his time as a tour guide at Power Vista, a Niagara Mohawk electric power demonstration site. He has two sons and a daughter.
Tony Musca led me to call Pat McDunn. Pat was a Jesuit for 23 years and was teaching at the University of Detroit High School for over 10 years when he left the order. He was impressed with the Detroit area and decided to stay. In 1971 he had a brainstorm to sing Irish songs. This lead to the formation of the “Irish Gaels,” a very successful Irish band. For many years, the Irish Gaels drew over 6,000 Irish ladies and gents when they played on St. Patrick’s Day. The band is still together. Pat has worked at his day job teaching at Brother Rice High School, a school run by the Irish Christian Brothers, for 30 years. He often visits with classmates Frs. Leo Cachat, SJ, and Dick Twohig, SJ, who are both in the Detroit Provence. Pat is married and has two children.
I heard from Don Lynch who lives in Raleigh, NC. Don worked part-time at Merrill Lynch (remember them) while he attended the Business School at Carroll. He went full-time with Merrill Lynch after graduation and continued for 35 years. He worked in Los Angeles; Canton, OH; Toledo, OH; and finally Raleigh from where he retired. He has three children and 11 grandchildren.
Tony Stavole recently received a card from Nancy and Jerry Donatucci congratulating him on his recent retirement. That report is greatly exaggerated; Tony is still practicing law.
Please remember our classmate Jim Riccardi who recently passed away in your prayers. And also continue to pray for our classmates who are suffering from serious illnesses. May God bless you all, Ray
Bob Ensign, Hal Feldman, Larry Faulhaber, Ed Synek and I attended a recent ROTC Alumni Reunion dinner on campus honoring General Carter F. Ham ’76. It was really a great affair. With ROTC cadets seated at each table, we were able to learn a lot about the modern ROTC program and how different our experiences were. I had a chance to catch up with Ed Synek. Ed went through ROTC and was stationed at Ft. Mason in San Francisco serving time as Officer Club officer and on the General Staff there. After returning to Cleveland he entered the insurance business and made it his life’s work. He is married to Marianne and has five children. His granddaughter graduated from JCU in ’07.
I heard from Chuck Mathias who is living in New Jersey. Chuck went to law school in Detroit with Jack Downie and graduated from Western Reserve University Law School in Cleveland in the class with Tony Musca. He practiced corporate liability law as defense advocate. He sings in a Barbershop Quartet and in a Bell Choir with his wife, Mary Jo. They have one daughter and a great-granddaughter who lives in the Cleveland area. Recently he visited Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands of South Dakota. . He reports awesome scenery.
Also, talked with Al Milstein. Al, who played on some very good JCU football teams, now refers to football as a “pagan sport.” Al graduated from John Carroll “in absentia” while he was serving in the U.S. Army. He went through ROTC at JCU and served two years at Ft. Knox and Ft. Meade. After the army, he became a distributor for high density commercial brushes (think brushes for very large street cleaners). After retirement he became interested in the stock market and art. He told me that at one time he bought a “penny” stock for .0002 cents and sold it for .001 and .009 cents. You do the math! As an artist, he works with gem stones; mounting them on picture frames to form “4th Dimensional Interactive Art.” This is not a commercial enterprise. Al is married to Dorothy; they have a son and a daughter, several grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Joanne and Frank Geraci, Pat and Tom Moloney, Alice and Bob FitzGerald, Sue and Jimmy Barrett and Bob Micco spent some time together in Florida. Frank, Bob, and Bob were my classmates at Gesu School while Jimmy and Tom were at St. Ann’s. Frank was happy that Gesu once again outnumbered the St. Ann’s bunch. Frank thought my story about John Braucher and the Mayflower was great but reminded me that he and Jack Dunn drank at my father’s bar, the Crossroads Tavern, when they were only 15. One of my father’s bartenders was nearly blind so I have heard many similar stories.
Got an e-mail from Dan Ranke ’84, John Braucher’s nephew, who also enjoyed the Mayflower note.
Ed TePas reports an experience that many of us have had. Somehow he came upon his old grades from his days at JCU and showed them to this daughter. Her comment was “Daddy, if I got grades like that at Santa Clara, you would have killed me.”
John (Buck) Byrne was inducted into the Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) Athletic Hall of Fame and was unable to attend our ROTC Alumni Reunion.
Please remember in your prayers Jimmy Barrett, Ken McLaughlin, and Bill Deighan who have recently passed way. Also pray for Nancy Donatucci (wife of Jerry) who is recovering from a serious bout with cancer. Ray
Are we getting old or what? The I don’t want to hear about it department — Jerry Donatucci’s son recently retired from the Air Force. I thought it was just a few years ago that I left the military.
Bob Dolgan, recently retired as sports writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, gave a talk on his experiences covering Cleveland sports teams. The talk was in the Larry Faulhaber Auditorium at the Baron Center in Lakewood, OH.
When Art Dister retired in 1982 after 28 years in the army, he researched many franchise opportunities and settled on “Business Cards Tomorrow.” His last army assignment was Deputy Post Commander at Ft. Eustis, so he and his family decided to stay in the Tidewater Virginia area. Art’s printing business grew to one of the biggest and most successful in the franchise company. After 25 years in the original location, Art and son designed and built a new 12,000 foot modern printing shop. His son is in charge of the day to day operations and this gives Art and his wife, Barbara, time to enjoy their sailboat which they cruise Florida in the winter and the Chesapeake Bay in spring, summer, and fall.
It’s a small world category! During the summer at my parish, we had a seminarian who spent the summer helping with parish activities. He was known to us only as John. After many conversations with “John,” I finally asked him what his full name was. He told me his name was John Mullee. He is the son of our classmate Al Mullee and niece of Ed’s wife Marge Mullee Schwallie.
In May, I attended a Cleveland Indians game with fellow JCU alumni and soon to graduate JCU seniors. Lots of students, too few alumni. C.C. Sabathia pitched a good game for Cleveland.
Very sad happenings in University Heights this fall. The building that formerly housed the (in)famous Mayflower Lounge Bar will be torn down. The ghost of bartenders Charlie, Tommy, John and others will have to move on. They might just find a pair of John Braucher glasses and other memorabilia in the rubble.
Heard from Joe Andrasak, he lives in Concord, OH, and is retired after spending 45 years in sales in the packaging industries.
Also heard from Tom Carmody. Tom went through JCU ROTC and was assigned to Ft. Riley, KS. A graduate of JCU’s business school, he started out as a sales correspondent and worked his way up to chairman and CEO of American Business Products. He has been married for 52 years and has three sons and lives in Lawrence, KS.
Also, Don Morse was drafted into the army after graduation from JCU and served in Germany. He was involved with a restaurant on Cannery Row in Monterey, CA, dabbled in real estate and served as treasurer for the Western Reserve Historical Society for many years. He finally settled in Searcy, AR. He is married to Peggy, who is a successful Mary Kay Cosmetics representative, and together they raised two boys.
Gordan LaGanke does his best to keep connected to JCU. He meets regularly with Paul Schlimm ’56, Bill Deighan and Jerry Suskowicz to discuss old times.
As always, remember to keep your classmates in your prayers. Some are in poor health and are suffering greatly — your prayers will be greatly appreciated. Ray
Stan Gorski is on the move. He has settled into a nice 1.2 acre spread in Valley City, Ohio, and is the business manager at Saint Coleman Parish and teaches in the Medina City Schools. He keeps in touch with Bob Tuma ’57.
Tony Stavole is slowing down a bit. He has moved his law office from downtown Cleveland to a location near his home in Parma Heights, where he has been law director since 1974. He has 13 grandchildren; the oldest (Kalie) was recently married in Minneapolis. Tony plans to gather his entire flock in Destin, Fla. in early June.
News from Williamsburg – Mike Caplice will gather 74+ of his and his wife’s family at Chautauqua, N.Y., to celebrate the 100 years that his wife Pat’s family has been coming to the Chautauqua Institute. That is where he and Pat met. This celebration will come after he recovers from his hip replacement surgery this April. Best wishes for successful surgery and a quick and painless recovery.
I recently heard from Bill Gardner. Bill sends his greetings to Mike Scalabrino his classmate and Army buddy from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. After being drafted in 1955, Bill received his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, taught English at Ft. Bragg and served with the Army Security Agency in Japan. He returned to Cleveland for his master’s in library science at Case Western Reserve University and then was librarian at Cornell University, University of Kentucky and for 25 years at Marquette University. He retired in 1995 and resides near Marquette. He has three children and four grandchildren. He enjoys woodworking and of course, baby sitting for his grandchildren.
Leo Leiden checked in with a bit of history. After graduating from Carroll, Leo received a master’s degree in economics from The Ohio State University. He was the industrial relations manager for the Grabler Manufacturing Co. before returning to the family business, the Leiden Cabinet Co. He retired four years ago. He has three children and nine grandchildren. Many years ago Leo and I bowled in league together.
Also heard from Bill Doslak. Bill fondly remembers his days in the Carroll dorms and his roommate, John Mackin. After graduating from JCU, Bill attended Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania to earn his degree in dentistry and complete his training as an oral surgeon. He retired in 1999 after practicing in Lorain County for over 40 years. He has been married for 47 years and has nine children and 14 grandchildren. For the past five years he has been wintering in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., when he visits JCU classmate Merle Townley and Bob Farces.
Molly Sweeney reports that she is expecting her 16th grandchild on May 9 … that’s George’s birthday, folks. I’ll keep you posted.
As always, remember to keep your classmates in your prayers. Some are in poor health and some are suffering greatly. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated. Ray
Ed TePas and his wife, Helen, have moved from the tiny town of Covelo to the metropolis of Willits (population nearly 6,000) in the West coast state of California. Ed is still president of the Covelo Friends of Round Valley Public Library and is helping to raise money for a new library building and commons for the 3,000 people of Covelo. Any bibliophile among us with a little extra cash can contact Ed – firstname.lastname@example.org. Ed missed his third hole-in-one by a foot three times in the last two weeks. He hopes for a hole in one by the next edition of the Carroll magazine. Please let us know, Ed. We are all waiting to celebrate with you.
Dave Hauer reports that he recently took the test that was featured on the “Dr. Phil” show and placed somewhere between Dr. Phil (55) and Oprah Winfrey (38). This is reported to be a real test given by human relations departments at many major corporations. His 47 earned him this analysis… “Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical and always interesting; someone who’s constantly the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced that it does not go to their head.” He doesn’t say whether he got the job.
Our Irish classmate, John (Buck) Byrne, wants us to be aware of the supreme irony in the recently announced conversion of Tony Blair, the previous Prime Minister of England from the Church of England to the Roman Catholic faith. For centuries, the British and the Church of England persecuted the Irish Catholics just “for being what they were.” He thinks that with Tony’s conversion, millions of British are probably spinning in their graves and the Byrne’s of Wiklow are smiling happily.
Did You Know … Ed Andrews left our class in 1954 upon being accepted for medical school at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. Dr. Ed practiced orthopedic surgery at South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Hts., Ohio, for many years and was head of Orthopedic Surgery when he retired in 1998. He was inducted into the Education Hall of Fame at South Point Hospital upon his retirement. He has been married to his wife, Theresa, for 52 years; they have three children and six grandchildren. His son, Gary, graduated from John Carroll in 1986 and his granddaughter, Kaitlyn Arthurs, graduated from JCU in January 2008.
More Did You Know … Ben Anthony retired from General Electric Corporation in 1995 after 32 years service. In the ’60s he was assigned as a locomotive operator trainer in Venezuela, South America. He spent his last 20 years with GE in locomotive marketing. Ben and his wife, Norma, have been married for 45 years and have two children. Ben says that although he is a grand dad he has no grandchildren.
Remember to pray for our classmates who are sick and suffering greatly. Get connected with JCU. Log on to www.jcu.edu/jcuconnect to locate classmates, learn about upcoming events and find out what’s new at John Carroll. Ray
Recently heard from Fred Kovar. Fred and his wife, Peg, have done a lot of traveling this year. They cruised down the Mexican Riviera in March and sailed to Alaska in August and spent several weeks visiting friends and relatives in Santa Barbara, Morro Bay and Lake Tahoe, CA. Fred is anticipating a great improvement in his golf and tennis games. He will have a shoulder replaced in late November and expects to be better than ever after the surgery. This sounds like a challenge to our California classmates. Ed Tepas should be about ready to test his skills after all the practice I have been hearing about.
My wife and I recently visited our son who lives in Moscow, Russia. We visited Moscow, St. Petersburg and Prague, Czech Republic. It is truly humbling to visit countries and see buildings that were part of glorious empires before our great USA was founded.
Tony Musca is most certainly our most traveled class ambassador. In September, Tony and his lovely wife, Molly, met with Marge and Ed Schwallie for dinner in New York after watching the Browns lose to Oakland in a thriller. In early October, he took his family to Boston to see a Browns game and enjoyed dinner with classmates George Thomey, John Norton and Jim Sweeney ’54 who also made the trip. He has scheduled dinner with Dick Walker at the Bellagio in Las Vegas for late October. Tony will be in Naples, FL, during February, March and April and would like to hear from any classmates living or visiting the Naples area.
Also, I heard from Herschell Saville who lives in Deerfield Beach, FL. He holds a Ph.D. from Pacific Western University and is the founder of Likudnik Ltd. Foundation in Panama City, Panama. Herschell holds dual citizenship in Israel and the USA. He told me that to the best of his knowledge Don Shula ’51 is the only other JCU graduate living in South Florida. I ask all JCU graduates living in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Boynton Beach, Pompano Beach, Palm Beach, etc. to contact Herschell and let your presence be known. I will be in Deerfield Beach in December and will get you more information on our classmate.
Jerry Donatucci reports that Lou Jerman is once again running the “Pop Warner” football teams for the “nth” year. He’s one of the more steadfast supporters of youth sports in the Chicago area. …
your prayers please remember Tom Burke who has passed away and our many classmates who are in poor health and are suffering greatly.
Go to www.jcu.edu/jcuconnect to locate classmates and get news about events and activities at JCU. Ray
Mary and Dick Waddick visited with Virginia and Jim Trainor in Savannah, GA, and while there Dick and Jim finished second in their flight in member-guest golf. The Trainors were in Denver, CO, for the baptism of their 20th grandchild and while there spent a day with Sunny “Mike” Dunagan. Jim reports that “Mike” is in pretty good shape for an old guy.
Nancy Donatucci is recovering from open heart and by-pass surgery. Doing well, so far.
Benny Barranco survived a heart procedure and is recovering nicely.
Harold (Doggie) Ziegler is still helping to grow the Ziegler Tire & Oil Company that now operates in several states and still finds time for volunteering and quietly doing good deeds for others.
Emmett (Bud) Feely and Phil Buchanan are on the mend from health problems … your prayers are needed.
Jack Martin is substitute teaching after retiring from operating his own successful insurance business. He continues to work out three or four times a week and is said to look the same as he did in his high school graduation picture.
A reunion was held in July for outstanding basketball players from Cleveland High Schools during the early ’50s. Included in the group were JCU graduates: Rudy Bracale, Tom Burke, Nick Christopher ’56, Tony Musca, Jim Lawless and Don Mack ’57. Tom Burke could use our prayers as he is not well.
George Thomey’s family had a big surprise party for him to celebrate his 75th birthday. A belated “happy birthday” George from your classmates at JCU.
Bob Dolgan spoke to a group about his latest book, America’s Polka King: The Real Story of Frankie Yankovic and His Music. Frankie and Bob’s father were close personal friends and so Bob has a lot of stories to relate. He was really surprised when he learned that his program would be in the Larry Faulhaber Auditorium! Larry was managing director of the center for 20 years and the room was named in his honor in 1998.
And on the Left Coast, Ed TePas reports that Leo Cachat visited him and “tried” to play golf with him. Ed thinks that Leo’s game is about where his was two years ago and he was “awful” then.
Tony Stavole’s son, Bill, is also a lawyer and partner in a rather large law firm here in Cleveland. Tony’s granddaughter, Kalie, was recently married in Minneapolis, MN.
Dick Walker is returning to Vegas for another year of high school football coaching. He still runs and works out every day.
Dave Hauer reports that his daughter and her family have recently returned after six years in Australia. Now, both of his daughters and five grandkids live nearby. Dave will be going to Hawaii soon. Is there a connection here? Dave can be reached at email@example.com.
Mike Caplice rubbed elbows with Queen Elizabeth II who was in Williamsburg to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, VA. He served on several committees that planned and executed the celebration. He reminds us that the Jesuits had a mission in what is now southern Virginia many years before the founding of Jamestown in 1607.
Dick Mulac is making a full recovery from his devastating paralysis. He is now fully mobile and no longer in therapy. His doctors say he is the poster boy for the rehab center.
Stan Gorski recently had lunch with Matt Gresko. Matt was associated with Brentwood Hospital for many years.
Hal Feldman is still involved in the steel fabricating business that has been in his family for years. Hal has three children and two grandchildren. He was part of the famous ROTC sound off Faulhaber – Feely – Feeney – Feldman. He served in an armor unit in Korea and retired as a Lt. Colonel.
Ben Anthony has retired after 32 years in locomotive marketing with General Electric.
Stay well and remember to pray for the many classmates who are ill and suffering greatly. Ray
GOOD NEWS: I am happy to report that our snowbirds have returned to their Northern area nesting grounds safely and in good health. BETTER NEWS: Dick Mulac will testify to the power of prayer. In the last issue of the John Carroll magazine, we asked you to pray for Dick who was paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors had told Dick and Kathy that he probably would never walk again. In just three months he has progressed from using a wheel chair to a walker to a cane. The doctors at the Texas Medical Center are amazed at the progress he has made. Lots more rehab is necessary but he is on the mend.
While we Clevelander’s are suffering from the coldest and snowiest winter in a very long time, Lady Lake in central Florida was also misbehaving. Tom Jira reports that on February 1and 2, five tornado cells blew through the area and narrowly missed his home. In The Villages and surrounding area where Tom lives, lives were lost and property damage was extensive.
Stan Gorski recently renewed his friendship with Robert Tuma ’57. Stan served as Tom’s campaign manager when Tom ran for the Ohio Senate in the ’60s.
Joan and Dave Hauer cruised the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Panama Canal in January. But time marches on
Dave reports that his nine-year-old granddaughter now shows him up while doing California style skiing and certainly will leave him in her wake next year.
Remember Paul Kozak ’04 from the cover of the last issue of the John Carroll magazine? Tony Musca thinks that maybe the Class of ’55 can take some pride in molding his strong character. It seems that our Jim Lawless and Mike Cleary ’56 coached Paul in basketball while he was at St. Philomena’s Elementary School. Tony Musca also attended St. Philomena’s but missed out on the excellent coaching of Jim and Mike. Another example of character building in the Class of ’55 — Ed TePas plays golf almost every day in sunny California and reported that good things are starting to happen to his golf game. He had his second hole-in-one this year and that came one hour after he took his first ever golf lesson. Way to go!
Molly Sweeney reports that her 13th grandchild has arrived.
Please remember in your prayers, John M. Skoda who passed away March 5, 2007.
Stay well and remember to pray for our many classmates who are in poor health and suffering greatly, Ray
It is my sworn duty to report on all migrations involving our classmates. Therefore I must report that at this time (January) the snowbirds have begun their movement to the South. Nancy and Jerry Donatucci are already in Florida soaking up the sun. Doggie Ziegler and Phil Buchanan are expected to join them and then they’ll get together with Bud Feely and his wife on Santa Rosa Beach. Rita and Jack Kinney and Sue and John Barranco will join them to round out the group. Harry Gauzman was invited but an unusual ailment for someone his age called “heavy commitments” keeps him in the North. Jean and Dick Norris are firmly entrenched in Sanibel Island and will stay there until the all clear is given for snow in Ohio. In March, Mary Kay and Jerry Futty will arrive in Winter Haven, FL, to help get the Cleveland Indians baseball team in shape for the coming season.
Mike Caplice has been in Williamsburg, VA, so long that visitors have taken to calling him a “damn native Virginian.” Last year Mike and Jane (check) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. This year he is helping to plan the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, our first permanent settlement in the New World. He reports that the Queen (of England, I hope) is expected in May to help with the celebrations. Williamsburg has a new motto … “come visit, OK; but, please don’t stay”! Seems his adapted homeland is being over run by damn Yankees. Cleveland should have that problem.
Terry Moons sends his best wishes to his old JCU roommates — Tom Gillen and Bud Feely. Bud and Terry went to high school together in Detroit and Bud introduced him to his future wife, Miriam. After graduation from JCU he went on to the University of Detroit and earned a MBA. After that he worked for the Cadillac Division of General Motors as sales training manager; then he operated a Dodge dealership and then on to Volkswagen, Canada, where he represented the West Coast on the executive committee. In the ’70s he moved to Florida where he was involved in construction and banking services. He is presently involved in the export trade of commodities such as cement and fertilizer. His classmates will remember the fertilizer part well! It was good to hear from Terry.
Please continue to pray for Dick Mulac. We just saw Dick and his wife, Kathy, in October at our mini reunion. Sometime in December, after a round of golf, Dick sat down at home and was unable to get up. Taken to the emergency room, he was diagnosed as having a blown disk in his back. The report as of January has him confined to a wheel chair. He seemed upbeat and hopes that with therapy he will be back on his feet this year. The hospital that he goes to treated Christopher Reeves and the doctors have Dick on the same machine they used for Christopher — this machine actually walks for you. He hopes that it will bring his strength back so that he can walk by himself.
Also, continue to pray for Jerry Donatucci’s son, Bill. Jerry was unable to come to our mini reunion in October because of his son’s surgery. Bill seems to be doing better after several months of recovery.
Stay well and remember to pray for our many classmates who are in poor health and suffer greatly. Ray
If you weren’t there you really missed a great one. Once again George Sweeny’s “wise old owls” gathered for a mini reunion. This one was held at JCU during the Homecoming festivities, September 22 and 23. On Friday, our own Dick Walker was finally inducted into the JCU Hall of Fame. Dick earned two Super Bowl rings while coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers; he also coached in five Rose Bowls, one Orange Bowl and captured a state high school championship in Georgia as head coach. Another career victory, he met his wife while coaching the Canadian Football League. Dick is now coaching a high school team in Las Vegas, NV. Several of the “wise old owls” attended the football game on that very dreary, cold Saturday. Then it was on to Tony Musca’s very lovely lake front home for Mass, cocktails, dinner and so many, many memories. To begin our evening celebration, Father Timothy Shannon, SJ, formerly VP of Development and Alumni Relations and now special assistant to the president, said Mass in Tony’s mini theatre. Then it was party time. Ed Byrne, Joe Doman, Mary Lou and Bob Ensign, Rosemary and Larry Faulhaber, Laurey and Tom Gillen, Mary and Jim Gosser, Marion and John Grdina, Kathy and Dick Mulac, Marge and Brud LaGanke, Bob Micco, Mary and John Mackin, Jean and Dick Norris, Marge and Ed Schwallie, Dee and Mike Scalabrino, Maureen and Bob Spettel, Frank Stringer, George Thomey, Ann and Joe Trivisonno, Cecilia and Bob Dolgan, Barbara and Art Dister, Jack Downie, Molly Sweeney, Tom Skulina, Charlie Wasserbauer, Dick Zunt, Ellie and Dick Walker, Noreen and I, and Molly and Tony Musca drank a few toasts, ate a really great dinner and watched a beautiful sunset over Lake Erie. A truly memorable time was had by all. Our hats off to Tony and Molly for being such fabulous hosts … many, many thanks!
Mrs. Terry Gallagher, wife of Francis Gallagher who passed away in September 2005 donated many JCU items that her late husband had collected over the years. These items fetched donations of $100.00 which was donated to the JCU alumni fund in her husband’s memory.
We found out why Frank Stringer has been away from John Carroll for so long. He has been in Florida for over 20 years working in real estate development both self employed and with partners and is presently working as a consultant with Forest City Development. Also not heard from in a while is Tom Skulina. Tom is still practicing law and will continue to practice until he gets it right. Bob Dolgan, recently “bought out” after many years as a sports writer for Cleveland’s THE PLAIN DEALER has a new book out, “America’s Polka King” the story of Cleveland’s own Frankie Yankovic. This is Bob’s third book and is available in most bookstores and amazon.com. Although Stan Gorski couldn’t make the mini reunion, he stays in touch. Stan reports that his teacher’s license has been renewed and he will teach business at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center for the seventh year. Matt Gresko, Stan’s classmate from Rhodes High and JCU, now resides in Florida. He recently contacted Stan regarding a visit to Florida. Please remember John Krawczonek in your prayers. He passed away on June 5, 2006. Also pray for our many classmates who are suffering from serious illness.
Let me know of any news that may be of interest to our classmates or the JCU community. Stay well! Ray
Jerry Donatucci reports that he has been bitten by the flying bug once again. He got into the cockpit of a Ford tri-motor and flew it for about 45 minutes. He is trying to talk his way into the cockpit of a B-17 (Flying Fortress) that is coming to an air show this fall. He plans to join a flying club. Jim O’Connor and Mike Dunagan, also army aviators eat your hearts out.
Bob Micco was elected (drafted) as chairman of the grounds committee at his country club. He says it is a great honor but doesn’t like cutting the grass so early in the morning. The club saves money by using the grounds committee as janitors. Bob was a business major who understands the need to cut costs.
Dick Walker who finally got his due as a JCU Hall of Famer has moved to Las Vegas where he will be coaching a local high school football team. His dedication to football is truly legendary.
Did you know that John “Buck” Byrne was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1955, but decided to take his regular army commission instead because the pay and allowances in the army were greater than the Steelers offer?
Bud Feely who spends a lot of time perfecting his golf game will be visiting Cleveland more often. His daughter has moved from Boston to Brecksville, OH, and dad is sure to come visiting. Be sure to look up your old friends from JCU on some of your visits.
Bob FitzGerald has made a career change. He is going from 15 to 80. He has left high school teaching and will now be chaplain at a long term nursing facility in Cincinnati.
Tom Bridgman will be going to Rome this fall. He has promised to pray for all of us at St. Peter’s.
Remember in your prayers Gerald Kvet who passed away in May of this year and Tony Kedzior who left us in the fall of 2005. Also pray for Joe Doman who is recovering from cancer and the many others of our classmates who are suffering from so many serious illnesses.
Remember to let me know of any news that may be of interest to your classmates or the JCU community. Stay well! Ray
We met with the Jerry Futtys again this year in Winter Haven, FL, to check out the Cleveland Indians baseball team. Jerry and Mary Kay think they are going to be winners this year. Lots of potential. Jerry fondly remembered the train trips he took with the JCU basketball team when he was student manager. They prayed a lot.
Ed TePas has notified us of a change of address — someone must have discovered their “hidden valley.” New address is 20851 Locust Street; Willits, CA 95490, telephone 707.456.0908, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ed has taken up golf and says he is getting three or four pars per nine. Watch out for the windmill blades, Ed. His wife, Helen, retired last year and his only daughter, Meena, is getting her teacher’s credentials. Like father, like daughter!
Several years ago, John “Buck” Byrne nominated our own Dick Walker for the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame. Dick has finally made it and will be inducted during homecoming this year. Buck states that Dick is the most knowledgeable football person he has ever known. There is a picture and mention of Dick at www.jcu.edu/athletics/.
A large number of our classmates will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries this year. Bob and Mary Lou Ensign will celebrate their 50th on August 6. Jerry and Jean Geiss were married on August 7, 1956, the same day that Larry and Rosemary Faulhaber were married. Art and Barbara Dister were married in September 1956 and Jim and Kay Hoying in October of that very productive year.
Jerry Geiss, a member of the Tower City Chorus Harmony Society, recently sang for the residents of the Westerly Apartments in Lakewood, OH. The program was held in the Faulhaber Auditorium, named for our Larry Faulhaber in 1998 in honor of his service to the Senior Citizen residents there. Larry was the managing director of this facility for 20 years from 1976 to 1996. He is still active as treasurer of the non-profit corporation that owns the Westerly and as a volunteer for the senior center. In February, Larry retired as chairman and director of First Federal Savings and Loan of Lakewood after 28 years on the board of directors.
We are planning an informal class reunion in one of the truly great homes in the Cleveland area owned by one of our classmates. Tentative plans are for the weekend of September 23, Homecoming. There are many activities planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning; including Dick Walker’s induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. On Saturday, we will attend the football game and then on to Tony Musca’s home for a little reminiscing.
Many thanks to those who e-mailed me news for this article. I was unable to make my usual phone calls due to an operation on my vocal cords. That’s it for now. Remember to pray for our classmates who are suffering physical and mental ailments and can’t share in the joys reported here. Ray
After Katrina hit the New Orleans area, I thought I would try to contact classmates that we have living in the devastated area. Fortunately, there were none listed in the JCU Alumni Directory that I received from the Harris Company a few years ago. However I did hear from Dick O’Heren who has a brother and sister who were both forced to evacuate New Orleans in August. His brother, Dan, should be getting back into his home in January while his sister, Anne, and her husband fared better with only a couple of inches of water and dampness. For you statistics majors, Dick reports that in his 49 years as an Optometrist he has performed over 81,300 eye examinations and has played over 1,510 musical engagements in his 55+ years in the music business.
Bob Ensign and Larry Faulhaber have become regulars at the John Carroll Golden Alumni luncheons hosted by Pete Bernardo ’67. Another reason has been added for attending the John Carroll reunions. Sometime during our 50th last year, Larry Faulhaber and Tony Musca found that they had some mutual business interests. They were able to put together some type of business venture which is reported to be profitable for both.
Ed Schwallie hopes to meet up with Tony somewhere in the Caribbean and/or Florida this winter.
Jerry Donatucci stopped in to see Bennie Barranco in Atlanta on his way to Florida. He hopes to meet up with Bud Feely, Doggie Ziegler, Phil Buchanan and Jack Kinney sometime later this winter. I hope you snowbirds take notes on whale sightings, good beach locations, great restaurants, etc. and report back to me. Our classmates would like to hear of your adventures and discoveries.
Mike Caplice is busy in Williamsburg, VA, helping with the planning for the celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown Colony. The Jamestown Colony is the oldest English settlement in the New World. He is most proud of his leadership role in the Christopher Wren Society at William and Mary College. This group has helped to enroll 1,579 senior citizens who are able to take over 60 courses at the college. Mike is on the Board of Directors of the Wren Society.
My son, Christopher, received a joint Executive MBA from the London School of Business and Columbia University School of Business this January. We are very proud of him. He will take up residence in Moscow, Russia, in February. Obviously location, location, location is not the mantra of today’s business schools. He says I spend too much time in Florida and get all hung up on warm weather. Maybe but I’ll bet he’s not living in Moscow forty years from now.
That’s it for now! Remember to pray for our many classmates who are suffering physical and mental ailments and can not share in the joys reported here. Ray R
Several classmates have indicated an interest in a mini reunion sometime between now and our 55th reunion. If anyone has any ideas, suggestions or comments, please send them to me, Larry Faulhaber 216.226.4778 or email@example.com or Jerry Donatucci 717.795.8137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don’t know whether it was fear of flying or love of the sea, but Joe Doman was one the nostalgic adventurers who booked passage on Cunard Steamship Lines’ newest Queen Mary II for a trip to England.
Tony Stavole confirms the old “it’s a small world” adage. Seems that Tony and his wife Mary Lou were attending Mass in Huron, OH, shortly after our 50th JCU reunion in June. Classmate Bob Spettel spotted Tony’s JCU golf shirt which he had just received at the reunion and although they didn’t recognize one another immediately they struck up a conversation. Bob was in Europe and unable to attend the reunion. Bob is a retired dentist and currently spends his summers in Huron and winters in Naples, FL. Bob and his bride, Maureen, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in November 2005. They have 18 grandchildren. He enjoys sailing, tennis and bicycling wherever he is.
Jim Barrett retired after many years as a manufacturer’s representative in the mining and quarry industries. He is living in Columbus, OH, near to his seven children. He also has been married almost 50 years (49 actually).
Jerry Geiss has a very active second career in “social work.” He spends many hours each week helping in elder care programs and working with retarded adults. He is also very active with the Cleveland Right to Life cause. Jerry retired several years ago after many years in the computer and computer software industry. He was with TRW 20 years in Cleveland. He also has been married 49 years and has seven children and 17 grandchildren.
George Thomey is still at it. He goes to his office at the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts every day as he has for over 25 years. George has three children. One of his daughters received her undergraduate and MBA from John Carroll and is presently a VP at National City Bank.
Remember in your prayers, our classmate Francis Gallagher who has passed away in September. Also pray very hard and often for our many classmates who are in poor health.
Call or e-mail me if you have any news that you would like to share with your classmates and/or the JCU community. Stay well! Ray
OUR 50TH WAS FANTASTIC! Seventy (70) of our classmates (out of approximately 167 on the JCU mailing list) attended. Thanks to Tom Bridgman and Tony Musca, who co-chaired the class gift effort resulting in the largest class gift in JCU’s history. But money was not what it was about. Our classmates came from near and far to gather one more time in celebration of the friendships and camaraderie of the Class of ’55. Several had not seen JCU since graduation. Ed Tepas, Fred Kovar and Frank Geraci came from California. Frank brought along his daughter and son-in-law who probably had never seen the John Carroll campus. Dick Mulac and Molly (George) Sweeney (on orders from above) came from Texas. Ohio had good attendance; Bob FitzGerald came in from Cincinnati and Pete Neroni from Dayton; Jimmy Barrett represented Columbus, Carl Krill (Akron), Doggie Ziegler (Canton), Frank Dobos (Kent), Jerry Futty (Mansfield) and Joe Jeromos (Medina). John (Buck) Byrne, Dick Walker (near neighbors in Smyrna) and Benny Barranco came from Georgia; Jim Doran came from New England (he couldn’t resist one more night in a luxurious JCU dorm). From Florida came Tom Jira and Jim Hoying. The Illinois contingent included Tom Bridgman, Jack Martin, Jim McDonough, Tom Moloney and Jim Trainor. Bob Wurm came from Wisconsin; Dick O’Grady (first time back in 50 years) came in from Tucson, Jerry Donatucci from Pennsylvania and Chuck Mathias from New Jersey. Joe Doman and Ed Schwallie represented New Jersey. From Virginia came Mike Caplice, Art Dister and Jim O’Connor. Bud Feely, Phil Buchanan and Jack Kinney came from nearby Michigan. “Day Hops” Bill Doslak, Bob Ensign, Larry Faulhaber, Jerry Geiss, Bill Kelly, John Keshock, John Mackin, Al Mullee, Dick Norris, Dick Portik, Tony Stavole, Joe Sulak, Ed Synek, Dick Zunt, Jim Monahan and Charlie Wasserbauer came all the way from Cleveland’s West Side to attend. East siders Joe Andrasak, Bob Dolgan, Bob Edwards, Hal Feldman, Tom Gillen, Jim Gosser, John Grdina, Carol Hoffman (wife of Richard), Jerry Kvet, Gordon LaGanke, Bob Micco, Tony Musca, Mike Scalabrino, John Strmac, George Thomey, Joe Trivisonno had no trouble finding the campus.
Tom Bridgman was the MC for our program on Saturday evening; Ed Schwallie read a very nostalgic poem to celebrate our class and Bob Dolgan revised the glory days of JCU athletics in the ’50s. I incorrectly identified Bob as the sports editor of the JCU News in 1955; of course it was Dick Zunt; he was there but gallantly did not protest.
I think Bob Ensign summed up our 50th very well. He e-mailed me that although he always takes a lot of pictures; he was having such a good time visiting with his classmates that he mostly forgot about his camera. Amen to that. I forgot to take notes for this column and my memory is a little hazy.
Eleven members of our class and/or their spouses held a reunion within a reunion. Al Mullee and his sister, Marge Schwallie Mullee, Frank Geraci, Molly O’Neill Sweeney, Marge McKay LaGanke, Bob Micco, Bob FitzGerald and his brother Don ’51, Ray Rhode, Mary Kay McAuley Futty and her husband, Jerry, all graduated from Gesu School in the late 1940s.
Please pray for Ray Boyert, Larry Wilson, Jim Aylward, Ed Koprowski and Jerome Venesy, who passed away in 2005 and our many other deceased and suffering classmates who were unable to attend. They will return the favor later on. Ray Boyert had planned to attend the reunion but passed away on May 26th. … Hope to see you all at our 75th. Ray
In the ’50s there was a popular movie entitled “Where the Boys Are.” Apparently the boys of the JCU Class of ’55 have seen that movie and taken it to heart. If you want to see members of the class during the winter months, you better head to Florida. Jerry Donatucci, Bud Feely, Jack Kinney and their spouses as well as Harold Ziegler and Phil Buchanan hang out around Panama City beach. Jerry Futty and Ray Boyert and their wives can be seen in Winter Haven during the Indians training camp in March. You’ll have to go to sea to find Art Dister and his wife. They are fond of sailing the southeast coast of Florida during the winter months. Larry Wilson (Fort Myers) and Tom Jira (The Villages) make their home in Florida. I have been known to visit Sarasota (my son), Boca Raton (my mother-in-law) and Winter Haven (those Cleveland Indians) but again only during the winter months. Mike Scalabrino breaks the tradition and visits Arizona to play golf with his wife, friends and clients. … WHERE ARE THEY AND WHAT HAVE THEY BEEN UP TO
Fr. Leo Cachat, SJ has returned from the missions the South Asia. He served for three years in Myamar (formerly Burma) and thirty-seven years in Nepal and is now located at the University of Detroit High School and Academy where he is the Chaplain to faculty and staff. He is charged with furthering the Jesuit traditions among the mostly lay staff. This mission is being carried out at many of the Jesuit institutions to insure that the traditions so dear to the Jesuits are not lost.
Never judge a book by its cover goes the old sage advice. That proved to be true for me recently. I always thought of John (Buck) Byrne as just another “——” football player. Recently John e-mailed me with some news and I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that he is a Greek and Latin scholar from Gonzaga High School in Baltimore and breezed through JCU with a very high average. One of my spies told me he attended the year long Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, and with little effort was among the top percentile of his class. He recently wrote to Fr. Glynn concerning the purpose of an education and quoted Socrates, St. Ignatius and several contemporary authorities on education. His education obviously didn’t stop in 1955. Good job Buck.
Recently heard from Stan Gorski. He retired in 1998 after a long career as an accountant with General Electric and Northrop Grumman. He works out at a fitness center three times a week and is a part-time teacher at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. After long walks in the park, he settles down to work on a novel that he is writing.
Jerry Geiss sings in the West Suburban Barbershop chorus and has done so for over 10 years.
If you didn’t see your name here, just send me an e-mail, call or write and we’ll get your name in the next column. Our 50th Reunion is June 17–19. We are looking forward to a great turnout. If you need to get your reservations in, please call Rosalie Massey (JCU Reunion Coordinator) at 216-397-3014 or 1-800-736-2586 to make arrangements or for information. And remember to pray for our many classmates who are suffering from the many physical ailments that are attacking us. … Ray
50 – 50 –50 Hey guys, it’s our 50th reunion year. June 17, 18 & 19, 2005 – See you all around the quad!
Heard from James Nowlan who attended JCU from September ’51 to June ’54 when he left to attend medical school. He did not graduate from JCU but considers himself a member of our illustrious class. He is a retired medical doctor and resides in Visalia, CA. He hopes to attend the 50th.
John Barranco has finally retired from the home appliance business in Atlanta, GA. He attended the summer Olympics in Greece where he chauffeured athletes to and from the games. He was invited as a reward for the fine job he did during the summer games when they were held in Atlanta. He has six grandchildren.
Jerry Donatucci reports that John Kinney and his wife, Rita, have a favorite vacation spot in Northern Michigan where they spend the spring and summer months. However he would not give a more detailed location.
Another gem from “tucci the barber” has it that Phil Buchanan volunteered to be an “election sign dimension enforcer” this past presidential election in the Detroit area. According to an ordinance, signs cannot be over a given length and width for reasons of fairness. He was dismissed after the first day on the job because he lost the measuring tape he was issued.
Before Jack Downie left for his Florida winter retreat he had a visit from Chuck Mathias, who lives in New Jersey. Chuck and his wife were visiting their son who lives in Northern Ohio.
Jim Hoying received honorable mention at the Medical Mutual Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony last year for his work at the Kingston Nursing Home in Vermilion, OH. He also volunteers at a nursing home in Naples, FL when he and his wife, Kay, are at their winter home.
Dick Norris has recovered enough from major health set backs over the last two years to return to his favorite winter hideaway in Sanibel Island, FL.
Larry Faulhaber and his wife, Rosemary, will also be in Naples, FL during February. Hey fellows, looks like a Class of ’55 mini reunion could be held in that area without much travel.
Many of us will remember Dick Zunt as sports editor of the Carroll News and editor of the sports section of our yearbook. Dick went on to a fine career as a sportswriter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1957 to 2001 when he retired. He was a member of the Sports Advisory Council for the Ohio Bicentennial Commission from 1999 to 2003. He was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalist (SPJ). He is presently on the board of directors of the Cleveland Baseball Federation and the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities. He said he didn’t want to toot his horn too much … anyone wanting his or her horn tooted, please get in touch with me. I need you to fill this column.
Many of us will remember Jim Lawless and his beautiful date Mary Lou as the king and queen of our senior prom. Jim and Mary Lou were married on the Saturday after our graduation and now have 26 grandchildren.
Not to be outdone, Ray Boyert was married two weeks after our graduation and now has 29 grandchildren.
Please keep in your prayers our many, many classmates who are suffering in poor health and may God bless you all. See you June! Ray
Jim Doran is the winner of the JCU baseball cap for correctly identifying Ed Schwallie as the 1955 JCU B-School grad who achieved the highest grade on the Business School comprehensive exams.
Mike Caplice enjoyed a family reunion at the Chautauqua Institute where he met his wife, Pat, just 53 years ago. He reports sad news out of Yorktown, Virginia; Nick’s famous Greek Restaurant has closed its doors forever. This has very special significance to all ROTC graduates who served at Fort Eustis. Mike has expanded his famous historical tours to include Jamestown, Yorktown and Washington, D.C. as well as Williamsburg, VA.
Bob FitzGerald is still teaching at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and this has caused a bit of conflict in his otherwise orderly life. As I am writing this column St. Xavier HS, rated #1 or 2 in Ohio football polls will be playing highly rated St. Ignatius of Cleveland in Cincinnati. Bob, of course, graduated from St. Ignatius, and doesn’t know which side to sit on or who to cheer for.
Ed Schwallie and his wife, Marge, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a Mass at John Carroll with Fr. Edward Glynn, SJ (president of JCU) as celebrant. Fr. Joe Schell, SJ who blessed their engagement in 1953 was scheduled to preside but was unable to do so. In attendance were classmates Gordon LaGanke, Tony Musca, Al Mullee, Bill Varga ’49 and Chuck Patterson ’51.
Although, Chuck Wasserbauer, retired several years ago but he keeps very busy with his volunteer work. He serves Meals on Wheels twice a week and visits nursing homes every day where he helps serve meals. He is also an amateur painter (in acrylics, I think). I asked if he would paint my house, he said he would but it would take too long with the brushes he has.
Dick Mulac reports very hot weather down in Texas where he lives but says it sure beats the weather he remembers from Cleveland many years ago. He plays golf twice a week and is eagerly awaiting the birth of his eighth grandchild.
Frank Geraci continues to work in the building materials industry and keeps in contact with Pete Neroni and others from the class. Frank has definite ideas on politics, religion and JCU that I can’t go into here except to say that his liberal education at JCU didn’t stick. This past summer he was a VIP guest at an air show at the Miramar Air Force Base near San Diego featuring the Blue Angels. He was seated front row next to an Air Force Ace and former Top Gun. This experience was courtesy of his son.
Dave Hauer who retired from IBM many years ago reports that his life is going to the dogs — guide dogs that is. He volunteers with Guide Dogs for the Blind where he exercises the dogs used in training several times a weeks and keeps fit playing tournament handball. He has two daughters, one a medical doctor at a University of California facility and another a consultant working in Sidney, Australia. He plans to travel to Hawaii and Australia this summer. Although he has worked in the computer industry for almost 40 years, don’t try to e-mail him. He does not own a computer.
Remember our 50th reunion is coming up! June 17-19, 2005. We hope to see you there. … Also keep in your prayers our many classmates who are suffering in illness and poor health. God bless you all. Till next time, Ray
Tony Stavole was seen at a recent JCU conference trying to unravel the mysteries of the DaVinci Code. Tony is still practicing law and apparently gets points for attending such lectures. I signed up for the points and now have only 2,340,896 to go for my law degree.
Ed and Marge Schwallie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in London, England. Then in August they are taking their family on a trip to Alaska.
Last October, Jim Trainor and his wife, Virginia, visited Brighton, CO to see their latest grandchild (#17) and had lunch with Clarence “Mike” and Sandy Dunagan. Then in April, they joined Dick and Mary Waddick in Savannah, GA. Jim and Dick successfully defended their flight championship in the Landings three-day member/guest golf tournament. Jim has known Mike and Dick since the eighth grade.
We recently heard from Ed TePas and his wife, Helen. They are proud to announce the graduation of their daughter, Meena, from Santa Clara University with a BA in Classical Literature. Ed says he was a “big” help to her with her Latin in her freshman year. I would love to hear Meena’s side of that “big” help. While Jim Trainor was celebrating his 17th grandchild, Ed would like to know if anyone in our class has a younger daughter. Ed retired last year from teaching high school Spanish after fifteen years on the job. The school has 115 students. Ed has taken drawing classes and is half the baritone section in a chorus directed by a sharp 90 year old lady who plays a piano with arthritic joints — she, not the piano. His wife of 27 years is close to retiring as a pharmacist/nutritionist. They love their little town in a hidden valley in Northern California where fast food and a movie theatre are 45 miles away. Note to Ed: half the world is looking for such a hidden valley … don’t tell anyone where it is or you’ll have to hire Tony Stavole, Tony Musca or other Class of ’55 lawyers to keep out developers from the big city. They might want to develop it themselves.
I have been asked if anyone from our class knows who finished with the highest grade in the Business School comprehensive exams in April/May 1955. A JCU baseball hat will be sent to the member of the Class of ’55 who can name that person from so long ago. Clue: that person went on to a very successful business career and has been an active and involved JCU alumnus.
Remember to pray for the many classmates who suffer from illness or are alone in this world. MARK YOUR CALENDARS – JUNE 17-19, 2005! A great way to spend Fathers Day and our 50th reunion at JCU where it all began. It’s FREE for us old geezers. Any thoughts as to theme, events or other suggestions will be most welcome. … Till next time! Ray
To locate you in time, I must report that these class notes are written in April ’04. That explains why most of the news is from the south.
Bud Feely and his spouse, Jane; Harold (Doggie) Ziegler; Phil Buchanan; Jerry Donatucci and his spouse, Nancy, spent almost a week together in Florida. They had a great time with their families, rehashing stories of JCU days, and just enjoying each other’s company. Jack Kinney, Benny Barranco and their spouses Rita and Sue also planned to join the group, but had to cancel. The Feelys put on a lavish dinner for the group and the Donatuccis hosted a home made ravioli dinner. Doggie needed a haircut so bad that Jerry broke out his tools of Burnett Hall vintage to do the job. Much to Doggie’s chagrin, Jerry’s skills and his idea of style were also of Burnett Hall in the ’50s vintage! Phil Buchanan used the community spa so often that he was declared the SPA Miester of Highpointe Resorts. Phil Buchanan talks often to Bud Feely’s daughter, Molly, but he tells me he is getting a little tired of seeing and hearing her father on billboards, radio & TV throughout the Detroit area. Seems Bud is featured in several media promoting the skills of the doctor and the hospital where a miracle cure was performed on Bud’s leg. His core message is that prayer and the good doctors were his salvation. Phil muttered something about foot and mouth disease.
Larry and Rosemary Faulhaber enjoyed a visit with Jim and Kay Hoying, at their winter home in Naples, FL. Larry reported that Jim was keeping busy visiting people in a local nursing home and Kay was tutoring a local 5th grader in reading. Jim and Larry have a regular golf date every Tuesday morning, beginning when Jim is back in town in May. I suspect they would enjoy classmates joining them from time to time.
Jerry Futty and his wife Mary Kay once again were seen in Winter Haven, FL watching the Indians get ready for the season. This year they ran into classmate Ray Boyert and made plans to spend more time together in Winter Haven next year.
Larry Wilson reports that this winter was the very best for finding “sand dollars” on the Fort Myers beaches.
Art Dister was pleased to get his boat back from the repair yard in March. It was severely damaged in the storm that went through the Norfolk, Newport News and the Yorktown area last fall.
For several years a Ft. Eustis reunion takes place on the last Tuesday of each month. Bill and Gerry Deighan, Bud and Marge LaGanke, Paul ’56 and Noreen Schlimn, and Chet and Carrol Suskowicz get together to rehash old war stories as well as continue the fun times that started 48 years ago. A get together is planned for this summer at Paul and Noreen Schlimm’s home at Lake Chautauqua, NY.
Father Leo Cachat has returned from many years as a missionary in Nepal and Myanmar (formerly Burma). Leo now serves the Jesuit Community at Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. He continues to seek support for his friends in Nepal, Burma and the Philippines.
Bob (GLAD YOU ASKED) Dolgan has demanded a correction for a very minor error made in the last John Carroll magazine. Seems the name of his book is “Heroes, Scamps and Good Guys” not “Heroes, Scamps and Indians” as I reported. I told him Indians sounded better but he insisted on a correction.
Please remember the many classmates who are suffering with health problems. I can’t chronicle each illness, but there are plenty. Say a few prayers on Sunday for the members of the JCU Class of ’55. … Your scribe, Ray
Now that we found who has been naughty or nice (to JCU) we do have class notes for you that have accumulated since spring ’03.
Two members of our class who have been AWOL for many years have reported in. Dick O’Heren, reports that he is a semi-retired optometrist now living in Las Vegas, NV. In August 2002 he underwent quintuple heart by-pass surgery and is now feeling great. He and his wife Lorraine moved to Vegas in September 2002 and love it there. Dick plays the bass violin in the Henderson Civic Symphony and Lorraine is an active relocation specialist. He can be reached at email@example.com.
William J. Gilmore spent a total of 8 semesters at JCU during the periods 1949-52 and 1954-55. Although he did not graduate (he entered the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1955), he has maintained a special affection for JCU. He has been known as Father Alan since his priestly ordination in 1970 … he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were saddened to learn of the death of John Morley, one of our many classmates originally from Chicago.
Jim Trainor plans to retire form Trainer Glass soon. He plans to enjoy his home in Lake Geneva, WI and visit his grandchildren in Denver.
Jack Downie reports that John Smith stopped in to see him on John’s annual visit from Pennsylvania to his family home in Norwalk, OH. Downie spends January through May at his winter retreat in Naples, FL.
Tom Gillen is getting ready to retire as an executive with Wachovia Securities. The hints on retirement activity were supplied by Larry Faulhaber.
Bob Micco reports that he closed his golf supply business and is back in the residential housing development business. Bob keeps in touch with Joe Doman, who is still active in the heating and cooling business in the Batavia, NY area. The Cleveland Plain Dealer (9/1/2003) reports in its’ SUPER SHOOTERS column that our own Bob Micco aced the 170-yard , 17th hole at Mayfield C.C. using a 5-iron. Way to go, Bob.
Charlie Wasserbauer is pursuing a long dormant dream of doing watercolor and acrylic painting. He had a show at the Mosaic Gallery in the West Park area of Cleveland. He also exhibited at the May show at Lakewood Hospital.
Bill and Esther Kelly are active in the Lakewood Historical Society. They helped staff the society’s booth at the Lakewood Arts Festival in August and participated in the “Sale of the Grounds” fundraiser. Bill and Esther also help at the “book sales” at the Lakewood Library.
Larry Faulhaber has completed his 25th year as a director of First Federal Savings and Loan of Lakewood. Larry was appointed vice chair of the board, last February, and will take over as chairman in February 2004.
Art Dister took time off from his part-time job helping his son run Business Cards Tomorrow of Norfolk, VA and his full time job boating around the Tidewater area of Virginia to attend the business card franchisee meeting in Lake Tahoe, CA.
Mike Caplice reports that a front-page story in the Williamsburg, VA newspaper last summer featured George Taylor ’56 and his family. Seems they have visited Colonial Williamsburg every year since 1955 and have stayed at the same locally owned motel for each visit.
Lou Jerman, famous running back from the JCU football teams of the ’50s, is coaching midget league football in Naperville, IL again this year. Several of his charges have gone on to become high school and college standouts … no pro players yet, but he is going to keep trying.
Harold (Doggie) Ziegler reported that a summer tornado demolished his company’s Youngstown tire store. Doggie called Jerry Donatucci looking for Tom Bridgman’s phone number. Unconfirmed reports (by Ziegler) had it that millions of dollars of company money that was in the safe was blown away and lost forever. He remembers the silver tongued Bridgman, who got him out of many dorm scrapes at JCU, and thought his blarney expertise might help to force a claim in court. A portion of the award is to be donated to JCU to fund the Doggie Ziegler Memorial BS Building.
During the August blackout in the Northeastern U.S., Phil Buchanan was seen manning emergency phones and hauling drinking water for his neighbors in the multi-story building where he resides in downtown, Detroit, MI.
Bob Dolgan, Plain Dealer columnist, is the author of a new book, “Heroes, Scamps and Indians.” The book contains many interesting and exciting stories about Cleveland sports legends. JCU wives take note … this would be a great birthday gift for your hubby. The book is available in most bookstores or amazon.com. … There were not enough consensuses to organize a winter mini-reunion this year. There are always some informal get together in Florida during the winter, so keep in touch with snow birds like “Bud” Feely, Jack Downie, “Zeke” Kinney and others and be sure to report any “owl” sightings or going-ons to me.
Wow! Next year is our 50th reunion. Mark June 17 – 19, 2005 on your calendars and remember it’s FREE for us old f…s! Please remember the many classmates who are suffering with health problems. I don’t want to chronicle every illness, but there are plenty. Say a few prayers on Sunday for the JCU Class of ’55. If you don’t see your name here, it’s because I haven’t heard from you … please write, call or e-mail … your classmates want to hear from and/or about you. Don’t be bashful! If you would like to contact a classmate, let me know and I’ll try to help you get in touch. … Your scribe, Ray R.
During the winter months, a drive down Florida Rt. 41 between Tampa to Naples can turn up as many members of the class of ’55 as could have been found in the Mayflower Tavern on a cold winter eve in the early ’50s. You might see Mike Scalabrino, Larry Wilson, Hal Doggy Ziegler, Dick Norris, Jerry Donatucci, Mike Caplice, Bob Micco or Tom Bridgman. There have even been reported sightings of Harry Guzman along the beach in Naples. If you’re visiting Florida’s West Coast next winter you might look up some of these guys and set up a mini reunion of your own.
Dick Norris’s granddaughter helped the Magnificat gymnastic team to reach the Ohio State finals and then her 9.7 points landed them in first place. I remember Dick well; he was always sort of acrobatic, especially on the weekends. I think diving into snow banks was his specialty.
And more from Florida. Jerry Futty was once again found in Winter Haven trying to get the Cleveland Indians ready for the season. He and his wife, Mary Kay, have been fixtures in Winter Haven since they started to train there years ago. Also Dr. Ralph Lach has visited Winter Haven since the Indians put it on the map in 1993. Ralph has also participated in the Indians rugged “old timers” camp.
In Northern Florida, a February gathering took place that included Jack and Rita Kinney, Bud and Jane Feely, Jerry and Nancy Donatucci, Harold Ziegler and Phil Buchanan. This group visited the Pensacola Naval Air Station and the Naval Air Museum and the Officers’ Club where the Blue Angels hang out.
Dave Bruening and his wife, Joan, as well as Jerry and Nancy Donatucci visited with Tom and Nancy Jira in The Villages, FL. Dave and his wife live in Palm City, FL and Jerry and his wife apparently just hang out wherever.
I hear Art Dister leaves Williamsburg and spends most of his winters at sea — cruising the blue waters of the Caribbean. The word is that Art went over to nearby Ft. Eustis in the hopes of borrowing one of their fine watercraft for his journeys. He thought the “L’ in LCM/LCU stood for luxury. Art left the Transportation Corp for the Infantry many years ago and apparently had forgotten his ROTC training.
And from the poet laureate of the Class of ’55, Ed Schwallie, a little ditty to commemorate the Tim Russert visit with JCU alumni in Naples this winter
TO THE GREAT CARROLL CLASS OF ’55 — This year we are without George Sweeney, for so many years our leader, We know he would demand that we keep the great Carroll spirit alive, Yes fifty years ago we were at Carroll trying to learn while fighting the Cleveland storms, Beginning to build lasting friendships, whether we were commuting or living in the dorms. At mini reunions we were “quacks” in Williamsburg, “old geezers” in Chautauqua, thus not too cocky, but for the next one were proud to become true “wise owls” at Lake Winnipesauke. A friend named “John Carroll” who did not attend; said to me after the Tim Russert’s Naples talk “I sure wish I went to a school having great alumni with such fellowship and strong spirit,” We should feel proud of Carroll’s growing reputation being spread by word of mouth during the summers up North and the winters down in the South. So let’s stay close, knowing we grow old even though we never really grow up. Keeping alive the memories of Carroll with its values, lasting friendship and priceless joys. Amen to that, Ed.
Many thanks to Larry Faulhaber and Dick Norris who helped me gather this information. Please keep your news coming … as you can see we will publish almost anything with a classmate’s name attached. Think about your hobbies for the next edition. We’ll be in touch! Keep us in your prayers … Ray
Thanks to the many ’55 classmates who have sent info for our class notes. Keep your news coming … it makes the column more interesting and many of your classmates want to hear about your activities, dreams, vacations, awards, etc.
Two members of our class who have been AWOL for many years have reported in. Dick O’Heren, reports that he is a semi-retired optometrist now living in Las Vegas, NV. In August 2002 he underwent quintuple heart by-pass surgery and is now feeling great. He and his wife, Lorraine, moved to Vegas in September 2002 and love it there. Dick plays the bass violin in the Henderson Civic Symphony and Lorraine is an active relocation specialist. He can be reached at email@example.com.
William J. Gilmore spent a total of 8 semesters at JCU during the periods 1949-’52 and 1954-’55. Although he did not graduate (he entered the Abbey of Gethsemane in 1955), he has maintained a special affection for JCU. He has been known as Father Alan since his priestly ordination in 1970 … he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were saddened to learn of the death of John Morley, one of our many classmates originally from Chicago. John Morley and his wife had visited Jim Trainor and his wife in Savannah last April. Jim plans to retire form Trainor Glass soon. He plans to enjoy his home in Lake Geneva, WI, and visit his grandchildren in Denver.
Jack Downie reports from his summer home in the Vermilion Lagoons on the Lake Erie shore, that John Smith stopped in to see him on John’s annual visit from Pennsylvania to his family home in Norwalk, OH. Jack gave up his boat a couple of years ago, but is now looking for a new one to enjoy the great boating on Lake Erie. Downie spends January through May at his winter retreat in Naples, FL.
Tom Gillen is getting ready to retire as an executive with Wachovia Securities. He is breaking in his son to take over his accounts, so he can enjoy retirement and hopefully become more active in Rotary and JCU Class of ’55 affairs. The hints on retirement activity were supplied by L. Faulhaber.
Bob Micco reports that he closed his golf supply business and is back in the residential housing development business. He is currently a partner and marketing manager for a Greater Cleveland condo development. Bob keeps in touch with Joe Doman, who is still active in the heating and cooling business in the Batavia, NY, area.
Just in — The Plain Dealer (9/1/2003) reports in its SUPER SHOOTERS column that our own Bob Micco aced the 170-yard, 17th hole at Mayfield C.C. using a 5-iron. Way to go, Bob.
Charlie Wasserbauer is pursuing a long dormant dream of doing watercolor and acrylic painting. He had a show at the Mosaic Gallery in the West Park area of Cleveland. He also exhibited at the May show at Lakewood Hospital.
Bill and Esther Kelly are active in the Lakewood Historical Society. They helped staff the society’s booth at the Lakewood Arts Festival in August and participated in the “Sale of the Grounds” fundraiser. Bill and Esther also help at the “book sales” at the Lakewood Library.
Larry Faulhaber has completed his 25th year as a director of First Federal Savings and Loan of Lakewood. First Federal is a billion-dollar mutual association, with ten branches on the west and southwest side of Greater Cleveland. Larry was appointed vice chair of the board, last February, and will take over as chairman in February 2004.
Art Dister took time off from his part-time job helping his son run Business Cards Tomorrow of Norfolk, VA, and his full-time job boating around the Tidewater area of Virginia to attend the business card franchisee meeting in Lake Tahoe, CA. Art founded the company in the early 1980s when he retired from the Army; the company has been one of the top producers in the country.
Mike Caplice reports that a front page story in the Williamsburg, VA, newspaper this summer featured George Taylor ’56 and his family. Seems they have visited Colonial Williamsburg every year since 1955 and have stayed at the same locally owned motel for each visit. The motel is probably owned by Mike and Art. Mike visited Montana and Yellowstone this summer to do some research on his great grandfather who was involved in the discovery and ownership of mineral mines during the 1860s. Anyone interested in a really valuable gold/silver mine can contact Mike at email@example.com.
Lou Jerman, famous running back from the JCU football teams of the ’50s, is coaching midget league football in Naperville, IL again this year. He has been coaching the little guys for many, many years. Several of his charges have gone on to become high school and college standouts … no pro players yet, but he is going to keep trying.
Harold (Doggie) Ziegler, long time executive of the Ziegler Tire Company, started by his father and uncles, reported that a summer tornado demolished the company’s Youngstown tire store. It’s one of many they operate in several states. Thankfully no one was hurt and there was insurance coverage. Doggie called Jerry Donatucci looking for Tom Bridgman’s phone number. Unconfirmed reports (by Ziegler) had it that millions of dollars of company money that was in the safe was blown away and lost forever. He remembers the silver tongued Bridgman, who got him out of many dorm scrapes at JCU, and thought his blarney expertise might help to force a claim in court. A portion of the award is to be donated to JCU to fund the Doggie Ziegler Memorial BS Building.
During the August blackout in the northeastern U.S., Phil Buchanan was seen manning emergency phones and hauling drinking water for his neighbors in the multi-story building where he resides in downtown, Detroit, MI. Jerry Donatucci says there is more to this story but it can’t be printed in a family newspaper.
Please remember the many classmates who are suffering with health problems. I don’t want to chronicle every illness, but there are plenty. Say a few prayers on Sunday for the JCU Class of ’55.
If you don’t see your name here, it’s because I haven’t heard from you … please write, call or e-mail … your classmates want to hear from and/or about you. If you would like to contact a classmate, let me know and I’ll try to help you get in touch. … Your scribe, Ray R.
By now you have read the winter 2003 Issue of John Carroll magazine, and noted the empty space where the notes from the Class of 1955 normally filled a long column. The tributes to “our” George Sweeney, included in the issue, tell the story of how much he meant to the Class of ’55 and John Carroll University. Not only will it be difficult to fill his shoes as the class columnist, but he will be missed in many other ways, as well. … Many classmates, family members and friends have sent donations to JCU in George’s memory. As of January 2003, nearly $12,400 has been donated, by 34 individuals or organizations. Donations are still being accepted — be sure to specify that it is in memory of George B. Sweeney, Jr. … We have heard from many classmates, since George’s death in September, who are interested in doing their part in keeping the “Wise Old Owls,” Class of 1955 spirit going. It will take cooperation from many of you to make that happen. If each of you sends in information about your own activities and anything you hear about any of our classmates, we can continue the column. A survey of class members, who have attended most of the recent reunions, was sent this winter to determine the interest in continuing the mini-reunions. In addition, the survey solicited interest in taking leadership roles in class activities, including submitting information for the column. Please complete and return the survey, if you have not done so already.
A group of our classmates in Illinois and Michigan has already been asked to plan a possible mini-reunion in that area late this summer or early fall. Other classmates have expressed interest in hosting events of this nature in other areas. If survey results indicate that there is interest in continuing this activity, the dates and location will be finalized.
In the meantime, Ray Rhode has volunteered to write our class column for the summer issue. He needs your information on major events in your life, as well as anything you hear about our classmates. Please e-mail him by April 30 at RRRhode@aol.com. Or drop him a note at 1543 Laclede Rd., South Euclid, OH 44121. … Take care, Dick Norris and Larry Faulhaber
Editor’s note: George Sweeney has left us. Please see the story on the inside back cover and read the editor’s note. George was an irreplaceable presence and the thought of replacing him is is especially difficult at this time. We would appreciate guidance from the members of the Class of 1955 as to who might carry George’s very bright torch. In the meantime, please send your information about the members of the class to the magazine office
A “young” friend, class of 1962, recently wrote me that “a preponderance of your report concerns replacement body parts and an abridged version of the pharmaceutical journal … are you licensed to write your column?” The truth hurts! We are wearing out. I report our ills to generate support and healing prayers, very powerful forces, as I’ve discovered. But I will try harder to report fun news too — got any?
Many of our classmates appeared in Florida this winter. Should we have a mini-reunion at Disney World next winter?
Art Dister and Barbara docked their boat “Esprit” in Ft. Lauderdale on their annual winter cruise but we missed seeing them.
Ed Schwallie and Marge met us for dinner (after getting lost finding the restaurant, a la “Captain Compass”) and we solved many of the world’s major problems
Jack “Zeke” Kinney and Rita, plus their lovely daughter Ann O’Brien, visited our home from nearby Atlantis, FL and we then entertained our visiting JCU Alumni contact for our class, Phylis Ferrara. Then they left for 2 weeks in France.
Jim Trainor visited ten of his family in West Palm then moved on to “winter” in Savannah, GA.
A mid-March JCU event in Naples, FL with Tim Russert ’72, of “Meet the Press” fame, should reunite John Downie, Bob Micco, Dick Norris, plus Zeke and myself.
Ray Rhode met Larry Wilson and other Gesu/Gilmour grads for lunch in Naples in January.
Tom Jira reports from his new home in The Villages, FL that every day is like a day of vacation for him in his golfing community.
Dick Walker has had a successful return to football coaching. His team, the “Mustangs” of Meadow Creek High School, Gwinett County GA, had not won a game in several years before he took over two years ago. His first year they won two games and last year won four, a major turnaround for a small school where only 26 came out for football this year, compared to the teams that the Mustangs play who have 60 or more athletes. Many in his school are Hispanic, a challenge to Dick who was not exactly a linguist in his Spanish courses at JCU. Zeke Kinney sat next to him in class and would whisper to Dick the English responses to the professor’s Spanish questions to him. In a final oral exam Zeke couldn’t understand what the professor said so he whispered to Dick, “…boy, you got me on that!,” which is exactly what Dick repeated to the Prof. and brought the house down. But he passed! Dick and John “Buck” Byrne play golf together weekly and have a couple brews at Doc’s Bar in Smyrna, GA.
JCU has decided to induct Pete Ghirla (RIP) posthumously into the Athletic Hall of Fame in the near future for his performance from 1952-54. That will make three of our class in that elite group; Pete at quarterback, Buck Byrne at guard and Jack Zebkar (RIP) at fullback.
Speaking of good players, please send some healing prayers Tony Kedzior’s way.
Jim Feeney and Erni are in Treasure Cay, Bahamas, for the winter following some leg problems that are limiting Jim’s golfing time. Maybe the sunshine will help.
Miracle-recovery-boy Bud Feely and Jane spent their Christmas in Tarrytown, NY with their entire clan of 19, an awesome event, he said.
I saw Dave Hauer at our Campion 50th reunion in Chicago and he is in even better shape than in college. After a trip to Australia to visit a daughter, he celebrated by fully retiring last June. After 40 years in the computer business, he won’t even have a computer in his home, so don’t try e-mailing him. He plays tennis a couple times a week, continues his life-long habit of handball, he’s joined two bridge groups and he volunteers at Guide Dogs for the Blind. I don’t know if he trains them, grooms them or is a substitute guide dog, but it sounds very worthwhile.
Jerry Donatucci is now sporting an implanted defibrillator (the same kind as VP Dick Cheney’s) and also a pacemaker following some serious heart attacks that came as total surprise following many years of clear annual physicals and lots of exercise. It’s slowing him down some but knowing Jerry he will find a way to adapt to his new equipment. Prayers will help also. He and Nancy are celebrating the promotion of their son to LTC in the Air Force in Germany, where they plan to revisit soon.
Frank Tesch ’56, who left the ROTC program in 1952 where he was an Army sergeant for us cadets to begin as a freshman at JCU, passed away in January at age 75. During WWII he won a Bronze Star for heroism. He stayed in the Army as a sea-going soldier and made 44 transatlantic trips helping refugees from Europe relocate in the west. He was a co-founder of JCU’s Pershing Rifles chapter. When he was baptized a Catholic in 1955 he asked me to be his Godfather, a great honor. He became a role model for the Christian single life.
Recently I learned of the death of Dick Cudahy more than a year ago from liver cancer. JCU shows him as being in the class of 1954 but he graduated in 1955. He was a wonderful person. He had a career in trucking leading to owning his own package delivery firm in Washington Crossing, NJ. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, four children and many grandchildren. Former Clevelanders, they moved to NJ 34 years ago. We had many good times together during high school and then at JCU where we frequently met at the Kitty Hawk Tavern with mutual friends. I was pleased to hear from Patricia who has loving family nearby, which helps.
John Barranco and Sue celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. He’s healthy and busy in the appliance business.
Also feting their 40th were Bob FitzGerald and Alice. They tied for first place in my annual Christmas “Best ’55 Family Portrait Contest” with their shot of 25 family members … they tied with Ralph Lach’s portrait of 15 of his family all in tuxedos and formal wear this year! The picture was taken at Barbara’s induction as National President of the Women’s Council of Realtors. Ralph has a new title too; Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Mike Caplice and Pat continue to haunt the William and Mary campus, especially the Christopher Wren Association classes for seniors. Mike still leads tours of the local historical sites which he can now see more clearly after cataract surgery.
Larry Faulhaber and Rosemary visited us in Hockley on their way to the Rotary International’s convention in San Antonio. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with a two-week land and sea trip to Alaska.
Bob Ensign and Mary Lou have a total of 13 grandchildren now. They made two overseas bus tours last year, one to Paris and the Normandy Coast and the other to England, Scotland and Wales.
Perhaps as early as the next edition of John Carroll magazine, the Class of ’55 notes will also be carried on the internet, perhaps in greater detail than our printed space allowance in the magazine will permit. You can reach the class notes section on the JCU web page at http://www.jcu.edu/Alumni/johncarrollmagazine/class_notes_1955.htm. Time for classmates to get computer literate!
Please note my new e-mail address. GBS