In July, Judy and Shawn Doolin, already grandparents of 15, added two more great grandsons to the two they already had. Kyler Stillabower and Greyson Doolin were born six days apart.
Judy and Gerry O’Connell from New Canaan, Conn., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They’re also celebrating the birth of fraternal twin boys. That brings the grandchildren count to 11 girls and 10 boys.
Bill Newman from Avon, Conn., was elected the town’s 2015 Citizen of the Year for his work with the Avon VFW Post 3272, including the development of multimonth exhibits at the public library relating to World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam War. Bill also has developed 175 personal military histories during the past 10 years about members of his VFW Post, which is now a three-volume set at the library as a permanent collection. Bill has served his VFW Post as commander, historian, newsletter editor, poppy drive chairman, and membership chairman. The post, which has 190 veterans, has a long history of being honored for its community service.
Susan and Don Wysocki enjoyed the cultural and culinary treats of Rome, Assisi, Perugia, Siena, Florence, and Venice. Next year, they plan to cruise the Rhine River – from Basel, Switzerland, to Amsterdam.
Marg and Mike Caton traveled north of Sarasota, Fla., to visit relatives in Ohio and Michigan. Based on Mike’s description, it could well be their last such excursion: “I’ll never drive that route again. It was like a 1,100-mile demolition derby on I-95 for two days, and most of the drivers were just like me, 77 and older. There’s nothing more disconcerting than a driver whose head you can’t see above the front seat driving 48 mph in the far left lane with his right signal blinking.”
Each fall, Tom Gerst attempts to arrange for members of our class to attend a JCU football game and enjoy a dinner in neighboring Legacy Village retail complex. This year, he outdid himself by orchestrating a weekend for the Wilmington College football game and having a dinner Saturday evening in the newly redecorated Alumni Lounge in Rodman Hall. Those who attended included: Peg and Jack Durkin, Eileen and Larry Hipschen, Judy and Shawn Doolin, Tom Theriot, Nancy and Gerry Burns, Ellen and Jack Hearns, Barbara and Earl Youmell, and Joanne and Tom Gerst. Keep us informed.
Jack T. Hearns
Judy and Gerry O’Connell recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They also are celebrating the birth of fraternal twin boys. That brings the grandchildren count to 11 girls and 10 boys. The boys are gaining, but the game may be over. Judy and Gerry participated in the alumni trip to Normandy. It was an amazing experience they highly recommend for everyone. After nine years, Gerry just completed his final term on the JCU’s board of directors.
Hot and humid is how Mike Caton describes the weather in Naples, Fla. It seems the Catons spend most of their summer ferrying grandchildren to grandkid events – football, soccer, and summer school. Thus, Mike declares he does get out of his house.
Speaking of the outdoors, Uta and Jim DeClerck opened their cabin at 7C Ranch in Euer Valley in Truckee, Calif., during a two-week sojourn in late May. They cut and split wood, caught and smoked several rainbow trout, and enjoyed the outdoors in their high Sierra retreat. Additionally, they crew weekly in “beer can” races on a 40-foot Mariner Ketch in Newport Harbor. Recently, Jim sailed with the boat’s skipper up to Marina del Rey for the second of three wood boat races in Southern California. It was the 37th annual One More Time Regatta, and they finished a creditable third place among 20 entrants. The third race of the series will be the McNish Classic sponsored by Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club in Ventura.
Algis (Al) Sirvaitis continues to work full time as an attorney in private practice, specializing in elder law and probate. In June, he and his wife traveled to Lithuania to attend the medical school graduation of a daughter, a 2010 graduate of John Carroll. Al’s oldest daughter has made him a grandfather for the first time, and his youngest is in California pursuing an acting career. Al and his wife spent two weeks in Lithuania, one week on the Baltic Sea beaches with the girls and a few days in Paris on the way back home.
Peg and Jack Durkin were in the Washington, D.C., area recently. Peg’s uncle was buried at Quantico and her cousin was honored at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall because he died of agent orange. There were 75 members of her extended family present for both activities. Of course, they had to go to the nearest Irish pub after each event to have a few for the deceased. If you haven’t done so, check out Jack’s latest book, “Our Little House and the Great Depression,” which is published as an eBook on Amazon.
Ray Smith and some friends represented our class at the JCU Cleveland Alumni Chapter’s Kentucky Derby Party, May 2, at Lockkeepers in Valley View. It’s a scholarship fundraiser during which horses are drawn from a hat for $5. No, Ray didn’t pull American Pharaoh, but his horse finished the race. A great meal was served, and a good time was had by all. Ray also drove to Naples, Fla., in February to spend a few days with his old friend Jim Moran ’64, who lives in that city after retiring from Sun Oil in Detroit some years back. Ray admitted the trip down I-75 through the snow covered and icy Smokey Mountains was challenging and rewarding.
Earl Youmell and his wife, Barb, visited her brother, Ed Steffner, and their family in Bloomington, Minn. This was Earl’s first long trip since his back surgery, and it went well. It turns out Ed attended JCU night school for several years before being transferred to Minneapolis. He eventually owned the Twin City Oxygen Co. He’s now retired and enjoys a second career as financial advisor. After returning from their trip, the Youmels stopped at the JCU bookstore to buy Ed a JCU sweatshirt and coffee mug. As they were leaving the bookstore, they ran into some members of the class of ’60 who were arriving for their 55th class reunion. They also had a nice chat with the alumni staff as they were setting up the registration desk for reunion.
Tom Gerst and I represented our class at that reunion. Tom is also organizing a JCU football weekend for our class in late October.
Ed Parks continues to work in an of-counsel role at his accounting firm, Plante Moran (total of 50 years), while spending more time than expected in a volunteer role as president of a large charter school system in Detroit. Ed and his family get time to travel to Northern Michigan where they have a condo and Ed’s beloved sailboat. Their 12 grandchildren fill the rest of the time quite wonderfully.
Norman Chonacky has been working (in his retirement!) for the past eight years on research about the uses of computational modeling in physics courses for undergraduate majors and how to help faculty change their courses to include it. These studies document that current physics courses omit this method for understanding physics, consequently not adequately preparing most BS graduates for their future – in technology jobs, as entrepreneurs, or as graduate students – where computation is used integrally. In a sense, physics education has become disconnected from current science and technology practice. Norm worked with David Winch ’53, ’57G during this period, which included founding the Partnership for Integrating of Computation into Undergraduate Physics. This is a group of like-minded college physics professors from throughout the country – eventually about a dozen – who have collaborated on this research during the past five years. They’ve developed a unique framework for faculty development (guidelines, illustrative curricula, a model for support networks, and development activities) to help faculty use computation in their courses. As a result of this work, Norm recently received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to convene representative stakeholders in the uses of computational physics – college and university professors, recent physics BS recipients, employers – to offer their varied perspectives on, and their common interests in, this issue. The project, in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers, American Institute of Physics, and Michigan State University, is drawing on their conference results to prepare a national survey of the use of computation in physics courses. The AIP will administer this survey periodically to track changes in the computational content of physics courses nationally over time. As to the rest of the PICUP – now self-sustaining – its younger members are receiving major NSF funding for a national faculty development effort based on the framework Norm help develop. Norm will be involved in that process but admits to drawing a deep breath.
Don Rinehart had nothing new to report but shared a new email address and said he’d retain his old address for a while so some of his fellow senior citizens don’t get confused. Additionally, Don said he remains mobile (mostly) and is seriously enjoying retirement (again).
Keep us informed.
Jack T. Hearns
The Class of 1961 Endowed Scholarship has exceeded $170,000. At our last reunion, the class established a goal of creating an endowment of $250,000. Classmates planning on giving are asked to consider the class of 1961 scholarship and are reminded they must stipulate the scholarship by name, or monies won’t be applied correctly. Also, some pledges have yet to be satisfied. When able, payment of such pledges would be appreciated. Four JCU students are receiving help from our class – two are seniors, one is a sophomore, and one is a freshman. They’re majoring in math, communications, theatre arts, and management. Dick Murray and Gerry O’Connell have coordinated our class efforts relating to this scholarship.
Barb and Earl Youmell have 15 grandchildren and are excited to announce they’re expecting their first great-grandchild.
While Joanne and Tom Gerst vacationed in Myrtle Beach in March, they were visited by Nancy and Gerry Burns, who now live in Florence, S.C.
At the beginning of the year, June and Ed McGervey from Savannah, Ga., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with relatives in Canton, Ohio.
Peg and Jack Durkin traveled to Florida during the winter and had a nice visit with Babs and Bill Daberko in Estero, Fla. Bill and his wife, who are serious golfers, live in a golf community. By the way, Jack is the author of yet another book, which is published as an eBook on Amazon titled “Our Little House and the Great Depression.”
Nickie and Len Judy recently returned from a golf, fishing, and adventure trip to New Zealand. The Judys live in Naples, Fla., during the winter and Lake Forest, Ill., during the summer.
Margy and Mike Caton from Naples, Fla., are looking forward to their 50th wedding anniversary this spring. Mike indicates the population in Southwest Florida increased to more than 200,000 during the winter, the roads were clogged, and the restaurants were crammed.
Frank Sigmund from Cave Creek, Ariz., suffered a severe shoulder injury while playing tennis and has taken up pickle ball, a net court sport played with a paddle and wiffle ball on a badminton-size court.
News flash: During the depths of Northern Ohio’s 2015 winter, two members of our class awarded a substantial monetary benefit to the current residents of the dorm room they occupied while struggling through their freshman year back in the late ’50s. The awards fulfilled a fantasy that was conceived back in their student days when they were spending their first winter away from home.
Keep us informed.
Jack T. Hearns
Judy and Mike Urbanek, who reside in Bluffton, S.C., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
William M. Connelly, from Perrysburg, Ohio, was recognized as a 50-year member of the Ohio Bar. Bill is still a partner of the law firm he founded in Toledo. He and his wife, Carol, spend winters in Naples, Fla., and summers at Put-in-Bay, Ohio. They have four children – all are lawyers, and two are judges – and 13 grandchildren.
Ed McGervey and his wife, June, attended her brother’s wedding in Savannah, Ga. The McGerveys, who were the maid of honor and best man, look forward to their 50th wedding anniversary in early 2015 that they’ll celebrate with family in Canton, Ohio.
Vinton and Dick Murray hosted Doris and Jack (Mouse) Doerr in Asheville, N.C., where they visited to see the fall foliage. They traveled to a couple of lovely inns in the mountains and played golf. Jack’s cousin, Cardinal Francis George, retired from his position as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Jack and his family were fortunate to have been included in many church functions in Rome, Chicago, and Portland.
Gerry Burns has become a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus in Florence, S.C.
Margaret and Mike Caton from Naples, Fla., spent 15 days traveling in Provence, France. While it has been part of France for more than 500 years, Provence still retains a distinct cultural and linguistic identity.
Jim DeClerck, former member of the JCU Pershing Rifles rifle team, found a Winchester Model 52 target rifle at the Orange County (Calif.) Gun Show a few years ago and has been using it to enter rifle matches throughout the country. He says his scores are improving despite his aging eyes.
Norman Chonacky, Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin, has been working (in his retirement!) for the past seven years on research about the use of computational modeling in physics courses for undergraduate majors and how to help faculty change their teaching to include it.
Class of ’61 Scholarship: Again, we’ve selected an outstanding student. Your support is making it possible for this year’s recipient to attend JCU. “I am the first child from my immediate family to attend college. In high school, I discovered I had a passion for problem solving and a knack for business and economic-related classes, which has led me to major in economics in the Boler School of Business. I’m excited to study the Italian language and look forward to participating in student government and volunteering. After graduation, I hope to be able to work with the national and international stock markets.”
Jack T. Hearns
It was brought to my attention by one of our classmates that Paul Fleury retired this year from Yale University after a long and productive science and engineering career. Most of it was spent at the former Bell Labs, where he worked in research and helped manage its physics division. As the Labs were closing its doors, Paul moved to the Sandia laboratory, also a branch of the Bell system. Later he moved into academic administration, becoming dean of the School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico and then Yale. In this last position, he helped create a School of Engineering and Applied Science where he was its first dean. Finally, he stepped down and assumed his current position as professor for the past several years, soon to become professor emeritus in a well-deserved retirement.
Paul Gilleran retired from his law practice after 45 years. He had the privilege of working for one law firm, Dean & Fulkerson, for more than 25 years. In a note to his clients, he stated, “Now is the time to move on. It’s time to start to fully enjoy my time with my wife, Carole; our children; and grandchildren.”
Florence, S.C., resident Gerry Burns visited Savannah, Ga., and renewed old friendships with Ed McGervey.
Judy and Shawn Doolin spent an extra month in Panama City Beach, Fla., this year, making their annual hideout-from-winter four months long. Shawn got in plenty of golf, cycling, reading, and sunshine. Eileen and Larry Hipschen stopped by on their way to Fair Hope, Ala., each year to spend time with the Doolins.
Keep in mind a year from now our class will begin making preparations for our 55th reunion. Keep us informed.
Jack T. Hearns
Paul Achille Boyce, M.D., passed away June 7, 2014, in Indianapolis. He’s survived by his wife, Joyce, and nine children. Dr. Paul was an alumnus of Cathedral Grade School (Fort Wayne), Central Catholic High School in Fort Wayne where he was co-valedictorian, JCU, and Indiana University School of Medicine. He did his medical internship and residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and then served as a U.S. Navy physician on the USS Sperry out of San Diego. From 1970 to 2002, he was an endocrinologist in Indianapolis, specializing in treating diabetes. After retiring from private practice in 2002, he served as a medical expert and consultant in several capacities. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the Indiana State Medical Association, and contributor to the Joslin Diabetes Center. Paul, dedicated to his Catholic faith, was an active member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. He was passionate about many friendships, his profession, the natural world, music, travel, literature, culture, politics, sailing, and education. Primarily, Paul loved and was devoted to his family.
Paul Gilleran retired from his law practice after 45 years. He had the privilege of working for one law firm, Dean & Fulkerson, for more than 25 years. In a note to his clients, he stated, “Now is the time to move on. It is time now to start to fully enjoy my time with my wife, Carole, our children, and grandchildren.”
Marie French passed away in December 2013. Classmates who have email addresses on file with yours truly were sent a notice about her death. Marie was one of the earliest female graduates of JCU, and I believe was one of two female grads from our undergraduate class. The funeral Mass was held Dec. 16, at St. Patrick Church (West Park) in Cleveland.
John Leahy, from Lima, Ohio, passed away in November 2013. In 1957, he graduated from Calvert High School in Tiffin. He then graduated from JCU in with a bachelor’s of science degree. John then entered the U.S. Army, serving from October 1961 until being honorably discharged in September 1963. In 1966, he graduated from Moritz College of Law – The Ohio State University with his Juris Doctorate. Since 1966, he has worked as an attorney with the same law firm, Balyeat, Leahy, Daley, & Miller, LLC. He was also an assistant prosecuting attorney for Allen County from 1966 to 1976 in the criminal division and as chief of the civil division from 1981 to 2005. His professional memberships included: the Allen County Bar Association, serving as president in 1992; the Ohio State Bar Association, on which he was a member of the board of governors from 1997 to 2000, a member of the council of delegates, a member of Real Property Law Section, and a member of the Health Law Committee; the Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys; the American Health Lawyers Association; and the National District Attorneys Association. Additionally, he was a member of the St. Rita’s Health Care Foundation, which he served on the board of directors; the Lima Symphony Orchestra, which he served as vice president and was a member of the board; the Knights of Columbus; and the Benevolent and Protective Orders of Elks. His professional activities included: chairperson of the Allen County Bar Association certified grievance committee, from January 2008 to December 2009; member of St. Rita’s Medical Center, ethics committee; and member of St. Rita’s Medical Center, institutional review board. A member of St. Gerard Church, John enjoyed boating and valued time spent with family at Indian Lake. John was also an avid OSU Buckeyes fan and hadn’t missed a game at the Shoe in 40 years. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Jane, a daughter, and two sons.
Dr. Michael Urbanek and his wife, Judy, have retired to Bluffton, S.C., near Hilton Head. He has been active as a volunteer. The Urbaneks have a Canaan dog breed, Riley, a trained therapy dog that visits independent living, assisted living, nursing homes, and Alzheimer facilities to bring pet therapy to the residents. Mike also volunteers at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head, a small theater that brings plays and musicals to the island. They’ve performed musicals such as “My Fair Lady,” “Les Miserables,” and “Spamalot” with equity actors from New York. Mike also serves as travel coordinator for the veteran’s group in his neighborhood, planning trips to military facilities for vets in Sun City Hilton Head. Multiple Army bases, Navy facilities, and Marine air bases are within a two-hour drive.
For the holiday season, Barb and Al Hogan joined Carole and Paul Gilleran for a Alumni Detroit Chapter “Christmas Carroll Celebration” at the home of Bill ’82 and Mariann (Krebs) Bolton ’83 in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. Paul and Al concluded they might have been the oldest alumni there. Al recently was elected to the executive board of the University of Toledo Retirees Association.
Mike Caton and his wife, Margaret, are enjoying retirement in Naples, Fla. As you might recall, Mike was regional sales manager for SKF Industries before his retirement. The Catons have a tradition of taking their grandchildren – when they reach the age of 11 – to visit Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Gettysburg and Williamsburg, Va. This summer, they’ll be making their third such trip. I should add that my wife and I had an enjoyable luncheon with the Catons in Naples this past spring. Mike is an avid fan of high school sports in Florida, Michigan, and Ohio.
Gerry Burns from Florence, S.C., visited Savannah, Ga., and renewed old friendships with Ed McGervey.
Earl Youmell has been a member of the Kiwanis of Middleburg Heights for 32 years. The club sponsors many projects, such as adaptive sports for handicapped children, the promotion of service clubs for students in the local school district, and the operation of a golf league for stroke victims. Earl and his wife, Barbara, are involved in fundraising events for local charities that raise monies to find a cure for the many chronic diseases that afflict children.
Judy and Shawn Doolin spent an extra month in Panama City Beach, Fla., this year making their annual hideout-from-winter four months long. Shawn got in plenty of golf, cycling, reading, and sunshine. Eileen and Larry Hipschen stop by on their way to Fair Hope, Ala., each year.
Jim DeClerck’s volunteering these days consists of serving as a director on the board of Donner Euer Valley Corp., a 1,100 acre High Sierra private camp area near Donner Pass. He assists with financial reporting and has been collecting historical background information for this mid-19th century cattle ranch/sportsman’s lodge, known as 7C Ranch. Each summer Jim volunteers to organize a rifle and pistol shooting contest. Male and female teen and adult shooters compete for cash prizes and certificates of merit. Jim also volunteers at the local American Legion Post which is located on Newport Bay and includes a yacht club.
Ed Parks, from Birmingham, Mich., works part time at Plante Moran (50 years this fall). He started helping a client’s foundation to help Detroit children have an alternative school choice in the city on a volunteer basis 12 years ago. Presently, there are 4,500 students (K-12) in nine new or refurbished school buildings. The cost was $100 million. The mission for these charter schools is to have 90 percent of the students graduate from high school and 90 percent of the graduates moving on to college. Those goals have been accomplished, and Ed is now president of the school board that oversees the schools.
Keep us informed.
Jack T. Hearns
The Class of 1961 Endowed Scholarship is being awarded this year to a young woman from New York who’s majoring in math. She’s a member of the class of ’14.
Dick Murray has been coordinating a golf outing for 12 guys in Pinehurst, N.C., for more than 25 years. He obviously has ﬁnally run out of friends, so this year he invited Dick Moroscak and Gerry O’Connell. It remains to be seen if Dick and Gerry will accept Murray’s generous offer.
Kay and John Blake have been taking senior classes at the University of Dayton – the most recent course was on the Air Raids of WWII.
Tom Jennings is the proud grandfather of Caitlin McDonnell, who has been awarded a four-year presidential scholarship to Carroll. She’s a senior at North Cross School in Virginia.
Gene Kramer was elected to new three-year terms on the board of directors of Regina Health Center and the board of trustees of FutureChurch. Regina provides skilled-nursing care and assisted living for retired religious and laypeople of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and surrounding area, and FutureChurch is a nationwide reform organization founded and headquarted in Lakewood, Ohio.
Ray Buchanan, from Fairport, N.Y., has been volunteering in a Rochester city school for the past seven years in a program called Generation Two (G2) in which he works one on one with three kindergarten students once a week.
Ed Walsh has written a play titled “Road Kill” that was performed at Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, this past March.
Mike Caton, from Naples, Fla., welcomed Jim Mason ’60 to the Sunshine State. They traveled to Tampa for a JCU monthly alumni luncheon. Mike says a few hours of nostalgia were well worth the effort.
Barbara and Earl Youmell from North Royalton, Ohio, had dinner with Peg and Jack Durkin. Jack and Earl never met as students, nor did they know each other when they worked at IBM. They met at a JCU luncheon this past year. It turns out they not only live in the same development, but their wives are in the same prayer group.
Judy and Shawn Doolin, from Crown Point, Ind., spent the winter in Panama City Beach, Fla., where Shawn enjoys golﬁng, cycling, reading, and sunshine.
Jim DeClerck volunteers as a director on the board of Donner Euer Valley Corp., a 1,100-acre private camp area in the Sierra Nevada near Donner Pass. Jim also assists at the local American Legion Post, which is located on Newport Bay and includes a yacht club. Keep us informed.
Jack T. Hearns
Gerry Burns and his wife, Nancy, from Florence, S.C., joined Joanne and Tom Gerst in Myrtle Beach for their annual visit this past October.
Ed McGervey from Savannah, Ga., recorded his first hole-in-one on a 130-yard par 3. While he had to buy a round of drinks for his buddies, the club he belongs to presented him with a beautiful plaque.
Jerry Ramusack and Shawn Doolin meet every six weeks with high school classmates. Jerry and his wife, Donna, have scheduled a cruise to Key West and Bermuda and are planning a riverboat cruise through France.
Schubas Tavern, designated a Chicago Historic Landmark, was host to more than 70 Blue Streaks who watched a JCU football game on TV. Jack Doerr and Bob Witt were seen in the crowd.
Mike Frank retired from Troy High School in Michigan several years ago after 44 years of teaching. In addition to teaching Latin and English, he created a class called film and literature. What started out as an avocation has become his vocation. Mike now presents film programs for the city of Troy community house, Oakland Community College, and neighborhood organizations. He and his wife, Judy, travel extensively.
Earl Youmell was seen at the All Souls Mass and Brunch and the most recent Gold Streaks luncheon. He and his wife, Barb, have five children and 15 grandchildren – all of whom live in or near North Royalton, Ohio.
Ray Smith might well be the first member of our class to appear in a music video with a heavy metal band. The group known as The Approach and The Execution attempted to raise money for a second album and offered people the opportunity to appear in one of their videos for a monetary pledge. Ray stepped forward and accepted the challenge. Maybe a star has been born.
This year, the Class of 1961 Scholarship Fund is assisting three students – a senior, sophomore, and freshman (two females and one male). While financial aid restrictions don’t allow us to publish their names or specific information that might identify such recipients, you would be impressed with their academic and extracurricular backgrounds. In extending their appreciation to Gerry O’Connell and Dick Murray, who have coordinated the scholarship fund, one recipient indicated an interest in the Center for Service and Social Action at Carroll because of a desire to make a difference in people’s lives. Another stated: “Your generosity has helped bring me to a place that will make me a better individual in all aspects of life. Thank you again. I hope you know how much your help is appreciated.” Keep us informed.
Jack T. Hearns
Joanne and Tom Gerst celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with their family in Kiawah Island, S.C. The Gersts, from Akron, Ohio, have two children and five grandchildren. Their daughter, Kathryn (Gerst) Jackson, is a ’91 Carroll grad.
Ed McGervey and his wife, June, traveled to Canton, Ohio, in August for a family reunion with their three children, spouses, and seven grandchildren. Their son, Michael, and his wife, Monica, met while attending JCU. While in Canton, the McGerveys and Gersts met for lunch.
Al Hogan and Paul Gilleran took their wives to a Toledo Mud Hens baseball game in August – an event sponsored by the JCU Alumni Chapters of Detroit and Toledo.
Dr. Norm Chonacky serves as a volunteer “computer therapist” for a nonprofit organization in Connecticut called HomeHaven. The program helps aging residents live in their own homes as long as possible and communicate with the outside world via the Internet.
Frank Sigmund and his wife, Judy, returned from a vacation in Pinetop, which is in the White Mountains of Arizona. The green grass, pine trees, and cool temperatures made for a cool break from the 113-degree desert heat at their home in Cave Creek, Ariz.
Carolyn and Chuck Nieset from Fort Myers, Fla., took a transatlantic cruise ending in Rome, where they spent four days touring the ancient city’s monuments. The highlight was being a part of the papal audience with recently elected Pope Francis.
John Blake was back in town and visited with high school and John Carroll classmate John Wittman.
Bob Witt, who’s in his seventh year as a New Trier Township High School and Winnetka Middle School teacher, is still having fun and enjoying interacting with great teachers and kids.
Don Rinehart is retired and living in Maine during the summer and in Washington, D.C., the rest of the year.
Gerry O’Connell and his wife, Judy, hosted two distinguished guests at their summer home in Nantucket, Mass. – The Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., JCU’s president and The Most Rev. Patrick C. Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau who, along with Gerry, is a member of Carroll’s board of directors. The highlight of their visit was a concelebrated Mass attended by more than 30 members of the O’Connell family.
Deepest sympathy to Ray Buchanan, whose wife, Judy, recently passed away. They were married for more than 50 years.
Jack T. Hearns
Interesting statistics: Our class has 218 living members who received their undergraduate degrees from JCU and are viewed by the University as members of the class of 1961. As you are probably aware, some of our class received degrees in a different year but have chosen to be part of the ’61 class. We have 65 deceased classmates, 20 grads who’ve become lost through the years, and 13 individuals who’ve asked not to be contacted by the University. Of the 218 classmates the University communicates with throughout the year, 98 have email addresses. Thus, we apparently aren’t as computer savvy as recent graduating classes.
Joanne and Dan Shaughnessy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this summer with their seven children and spouses and 21 grandchildren at their home in Cleveland. Three of the Shaughnessy children are graduates of John Carroll. Dan recently retired, so he and Joanne are enjoying taking advantage of the many enrichment opportunities offered at JCU.
Mike Frank and Ray Smith have been getting together for lunch at the Docks in Toledo several times a year. Mike drives down from Troy, Mich., and Ray motors over from Willoughby, Ohio. Toledo is sort of a halfway place for them, and the Docks has been Toledo’s place to be and be seen since the late ’90s. It offers an eclectic array of cuisine from which to choose and is on the banks of the Maumee River.
Deepest sympathy to Ray Buchanan whose wife, Judy, passed away in June. She was a 20-year breast cancer survivor. It was just about a year ago the Buchanans celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Joanne and Tom Gerst celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer surrounded by their family in Kiawah, S.C. The Gersts have two children and five grandchildren. Their daughter, Kathryn (Gerst) Jackson, is a 1991 grad of JCU. Tom formed Management Recruiters of Akron in 1975, and the company continues to specialize in providing production, management, and executive recruiting services throughout North America, as well as globally in the plastics, rubber, fluid power, instrumentation, automation, and controls industries.
It was good to hear from Larry Mulvihill of Spring Lake, Mich. He sent interesting articles about the ordination of Bishop David Walkowiak as the new bishop of the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Diocese. Most recently Bishop Walkowiak was pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He’s also a graduate of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland.
You might wish to contact the JCU bookstore about purchasing a new pictorial history book titled “John Carroll University,” which was written by Marian J. Morton, Ph.D., who taught at the University for more than 40 years. With more than 200 photos, the book traces JCU’s history from 1886, when it opened as St. Ignatius College on the West Side, to the 54-acre campus it encompasses today in University Heights. Another book that might be of interest is “Notes from the Underground” by Fr. Donald Cozzens, who’s writer-in-residence at JCU. A noted commentator about religious and cultural issues, he’s authored three award-winning books. Look him up at your local library. Fr. Cozzens had a book signing at JCU during the second semester. Peg and Jack Durkin, Gene Kramer, Earl Youmell, and I attended.
There was an interesting feature article that came out of Avon, Conn., about how the VFW post sponsored a special event earlier this year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the onset of the Vietnam War (1962). The Gildo T. Consolini Post 3272 invited members and their guests to a brunch at the Farmington Woods Clubhouse and honored Vietnam veterans. There were exhibits of Vietnam maps, books, uniforms, equipment, and Vietnam veteran histories on display. The theme for the event was Our Service in Vietnam. This was the first time the post honored its Vietnam veterans with such an event. The post has 60 Vietnam vets who’ve served in a broad array of assignments throughout that long war. Of particular interest to the class of ’61 is classmate, Bill Newman, is extensively quoted in the article that attempts to explain why the Vietnam War is one of the most popular subjects of the nation’s wars partly because of the controversy that surrounded it. Newman said it’s important to educate people about the Vietnam War and dispel the myths about it. He added that the Avon VFW is working with the historical society to put a display about the war in the history room at the Avon Free Public Library for the fall.
Keep us informed.
Jack T. Hearns
Irene and John Cleary, who have season passes to Colonial Williamsburg, were visiting the living-history museum with their 3-year-old great-granddaughter, who’s from nearby Chesapeake, Va.
Joanne and Dan Shaughnessy are looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this summer with their seven children, spouses, and 21 grandchildren at their Cleveland home. Three of the children and two of the spouses are Carroll graduates. Dan, who retired recently, and his wife are taking advantage of the many enrichment opportunities offered at JCU.
George Arthur and Sandi Land, (both widowed after 43 years of marriage), met up with former roommate John Tien and his wife, Marlene, in Florida. They’ve visited Norway, England, and Hawaii.
This year, Dr. Norm Chonacky became secretary of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Norm received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and has had an appointment in the Department of Applied Physics at Yale University.
Peg and Jack Durkin spent a month vacationing in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., and are scheduled for a 17-day trip through Italy in October. Jack’s book, “Netliving 101: Networking Life’s Journey,” which has been made into an eBook, is receiving considerable attention in the press.
The outdoorsman of our class, Jim DeClerck, from Huntington, Calif., along with his wife, Uta, crewed on a 40-foot ketch in the ironman and midwinter sailing races off the coast of Southern California. Jim claimed no trophies but saw his share of porpoises and whales. Next stop will be home in Rancho Mirage for desert time on the golf course, cutting wood, fishing trout, and practicing for the national rifle shooting contest.
Earlier this year, our class lost a unique individual – Warren Johnson of Grand Forks, N.D. Warren was an aviator in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years before enrolling in the School of Law at the University of North Dakota. Subsequently, he became an assistant state’s attorney for Grand Forks County and served an overlapping stint as a graduate school professor. For many years, he officiated high school football games and taught basic and advanced motorcycle courses for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. He also was involved with BMW motorcycle and Corvette clubs, attending national rallies at several locations each year. Warren was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he was lay director and taught catechism. Class members enjoyed his presence at our reunions, including the recent 50th. His son, David of Beijing, China; son Sean of Grand Forks; and two grandchildren survive him. May he rest in peace.
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John Jackson ’13, the first recipient of the Class of ’61 Scholarship Fund, which was launched at our 45th reunion, is about to graduate and has made his mark on campus. He has been president of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity for the past two years, a member of the track team, and has given back to the Cleveland community by assisting East Cleveland 5th-grade students in social studies – all while immersing himself in political science, entrepreneurship, and economics classes. John hails from North Canton, Ohio, and is planning on a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. or AmeriCorps. Afterward, he plans to attend law school. In a letter of gratitude sent to the class of ’61, John describes viewing JCU for the first time and being so impressed by the Quad and Bernet and Rodman Halls. “I fell in love with the campus and knew this place was for me.” In closing, John adds “Thank you for shaping my John Carroll education because it has truly shaped me.”
Earl Youmell and his wife, Barbara, live in North Royalton, Ohio, and have five children and 15 grandchildren. Earl, who retired from National City Bank as vice president after 25 years, enjoys golfing and being a member of Kiwanis International.
Jack Durkin, one of several authors in our class, had his book titled “Netliving 101: Networking Life’s Journey” converted to eBook, which will drastically increase the distribution of his book. It’s available for download on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookStore, and Kobo.
Donald Wysocki and his wife, Susan, live in Coraopolis, Pa. Don earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and worked in the material science division of Bayer Corp. until his retirement in 2002. Married for 46 years, the Wysockis have four children and two grandchildren.
Paul Zifchak and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Clemmons, N.C. They’ve been married for 47 years and have four children and seven grandchildren. Paul retired from his career as a national accounts representative in consumer goods.
Jim Medve from Wickliffe, Ohio, passed away in late October. Jim was a graduate of the business school and a U.S. Army veteran. An avid golfer who had three holes-in-one, he worked at Manakiki Golf Course in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, during his retirement after being employed at the Greater Cleveland Hospital Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Keep us informed.
Jack T. Hearns
Barb and Bill Daberko celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by taking their children and grandchildren (20 in all) to the mountains of North Carolina for a week of celebration this past summer. The elder Daberkos remained another three weeks and enjoyed golfing and avoiding the heat in Estero, Fla.
Carole and Paul Gilleran, from Gross Point, Mich., traveled across the state to visit Mary and Larry Mulvihill in Spring Lake. The Mulvihills spend the winter in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Gerri and Ed Parks from Birmingham, Mich., have six children and 12 grandchildren. Ed is of counsel for Plante & Moran, where he was managing partner for more than 12 years. He spends considerable time serving as president of the board of a large charter school system with 3,000 students in Detroit. For relaxation, he’s captain of a 28-foot boat.
The National Archives on Pennsylvania Ave. display the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. A giant photograph of our classmate, Michael Pupa, was featured on a banner outside the landmark. The archives featured an exhibit about immigration and displayed documents about the Orange Village resident’s childhood. He’s the only one of the 31 featured in the exhibit who’s still alive. During World War II, his mother and baby sister were murdered in the Holocaust when the family was sent to a Jewish ghetto. Michael, his father, and uncle escaped into woods. Soon after the war, his father was murdered, and Michael, along with relatives, spent several years shuttling through a series of refugee camps in Germany. In 1951, he arrived in Cleveland as a refugee from Poland. Now retired, Michael was a mortgage broker and title insurer.
Peg and Jack Durkin have moved to a quieter and more restful life in North Royalton, Ohio.
Norman Chonacky, Ph.D., from The University of Wisconsin, has an appointment in the Department of Applied Physics at Yale University where he’s studying how methods of computational modeling and numerical simulation can be integrated into all physics department courses. He also reviews post-doctoral research applications for the National Research Council, is president of his neighborhood association, and sits on the Democratic 9th Ward Committee in New Haven.
Two of our classmates passed away recently: Helen Rita Ankenbrandt, from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who also received an M.S. from JCU in ’63, and James Davidson, from Schertz, Texas, who retired with the rank of major from the U.S. Air Force and was a teacher, counselor, and school board member. He and his wife, Lucille, had five children and eight grandchildren. May they rest in peace.
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Jerry Ramusack from South Holland, Ill., is owner and president of Jer-Don Properties, a property management company. He and his wife of 47 years, Donna, have two children and three grandchildren. The Ramusacks, who have traveled the world, took a Mediterranean cruise and trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Jerry owns a Corvette and enters it in regional car shows.
Speaking of car shows, Warren Johnson took part in the latest National Corvette Caravan to Bowling Green, Ky., with several thousand other Corvette owners. On the way home, he stopped to visit Tom Theriot in Liberty, Ky.
Jeanne (Woolever) Kinney is retired from education and is living in Hopedale, Mass. The mother of seven children, she was a member of the English department at Stonehill College, and for 13 years, taught English as a secondary language at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Framingham. She prepared a Walking Tour pamphlet of her historic city for the National Park Service.
The Rev. Douglas Carson is a retired Anglican priest who spent 34 years working at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., most recently on the staff of the alcoholic research department. Doug has advanced degrees from North Carolina State University, Florida State University, and St. John Vianney College Seminary in Florida. He and his wife, Jonie, have been married for 38 years and have two sons and two grandchildren.
Patrick Meanor, who received his MA from JCU and a Ph.D. from Kent State University, is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the State University of New York in Oneonta. Patrick, who’s in his 38th year at the university, has authored three books, about 150 articles, and is the editor of five volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography. He also served as a classic music reviewer for Fanfare and Listener magazines.
Ray Buchanan and his wife, Judy, reside in Fairport, N.Y., and have four children and six grandchildren. Ray enjoys running and is active in church and historical society activities.
Bob Witt has resided in Northfield, Ill., for the past 42 years. He has three children and four grandchildren. Bob is semiretired and has entered a second career as a substitute teacher. He continues to play tennis several times each week.
John Leahy received his law degree from The Ohio State University and is an attorney in Lima, Ohio. He and his wife, Jane, are the parents of three children. They also have two grandchildren. Outside the world of law, John is involved with boating, golf, and travel.
Keep us informed.
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Nickie and Len Judy are looking forward to their son’s wedding in Costa Rica. Stephen Judy ’88 plans to marry Kimberly Hirst. Both live in Denver.
Also heading to Costa Rica is George Arthur, who’s going to visit Naples, Fla., first to connect with Marlene and John Tien and Pat and Terry Berring.
Irene and John Cleary, from Whitesboro, N.Y., just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have three children, six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
Warren Johnson, from Grand Forks, N.D., is looking forward to Carroll playing football in Dublin next fall. His great-great-grandfather Sheriff Hendrick, headed the local police force for more than 50 years. Three streets in and around Dublin are named Hendrick in his honor.
Rosemarie and Joe Guta are looking forward to their trips to Palm Springs, Calif., and Las Vegas this spring and to Atlantic City this summer. Joe loves to gamble and enjoys good food. The Gutas will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in July with a big celebration.
Larry Mulvihill is retired completely from his trial law practice and alternates his time between Grand Haven, Mich., and Pompano Beach, Fla., with his wife, Mary. The Mulvihills have four children and nine grandchildren. Their oldest son, Paul, and his wife, Mary Rose, are in the class of ’84. Another daughter-in-law, Melissa, received her master’s degree in ’96 from Carroll. The Mulvihills have one son who’s 7 feet tall. Not surprisingly, he played basketball like his dad. Another son was an All-American swimmer at Kenyon College.
The Doolin family and friends celebrated Judy and Shawn Doolin’s 50th wedding anniversary with an open house party last September, but that was only Act I. A month later, a limo pulled up to the family home, and 18 people rode off to U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox. Dinner was served at the Patio Restaurant, and their anniversary was announced on the scoreboard.
Uta and Jim DeClerck will be heading to England for a boat cruise, a visit to the Olympic venue, and a road trip through Wales. After that, they’ll fly to Germany to visit Uta’s family.
Bill Newman, from Avon, Conn., continues to be active with the Avon VFW Post, where he has served as commander, trustee, membership chairman, and newsletter editor. Carroll has a thirdgeneration Newman on campus – Kellie Newman is a sophomore and seeks to follow her grandfather, father, uncle, and aunt as a JCU grad.
Question for the class of ’61: Do we have any other three generation families?
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Homecoming 2011 included JCU presenting 51 members of the alumni with undergraduate degrees. These alums never officially graduated from the University but earned a professional degree in medicine or law, or enlisted in military service during World War II or the Korean War. Some of our classmates applied to medical school after their third year and never received a degree from Carroll. One such individual honored at homecoming was Dr. Paul Boyce, a retired endocrinologist who graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He and his wife, Joyce, have been married for 50 years and have nine children and 20 grandchildren.
Before our recent reunion, Jim DeClerck and his wife, Uta, from Huntington Beach, Calif., visited Pittsburgh and Ithaca, N.Y., with their two daughters and families. Jim was elected rear commodore at the American Legion Yacht Club in Newport Beach. He also enjoys stream and lake fishing for trout in the California’s High Sierra where he has a cabin on his 6,500-foot-high, 1,050-acre 7C Ranch near Truckee, Calif. For pure fun, he cuts up and splits wood for his cabin and explores challenging forest trails on his new ATV.
Chuck Fye and his wife, Hedy, reside in Avon Lake, Ohio, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have three daughters and five grandchildren. Chuck was dean of Social Science for 25 years at Lorain Community College and then had the same title until he retired this past year from Lakeland Community College. The Fyes have traveled extensively throughout Europe, and Chuck has worked ski patrol in Western New York for more than 20 years.
Warren Johnson, from North Dakota, is retired from all three of his “major” careers (Air Force aviator, criminal prosecutor, and an overlapping stint as a graduate-school professor). He still officiates high-school football games and teaches basic and advanced motorcycle courses for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. He’s active in BMW motorcycle and Corvette clubs and attends national rallies at several locations each year.
Peg and Jack Durkin returned from a cruise to Nova Scotia with stops in Halifax, New Brunswick; Bar Harbor, Maine; and Boston.
Deepest sympathies to the relatives of William Derus and John Dwyer, who recently passed away. William, from Mentor, Ohio, worked in sales for Kerr Lakeside for more than 30 years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of Vietnam, where he served as a helicopter pilot. John, who was from North Canton, Ohio, deployed to command the 48th Transportation Company in Korea and worked as a personnel director. He retired from Smurfit-Stone in 2005.
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John Cleary provided classmates who attended the 50th reunion with a numbering overlay of our class photo along with the identification of each individual. He has done this for past reunions, and our classmates are immensely grateful for his time and effort.
Congratulations to Dick Murray and Gerry O’Connell for leading the highly successful campaign for the class gift. More than 50 percent of our class contributed to the program, which provides much needed scholarship and financial-aid assistance.
Conversations overheard at the reunion included: John Blake from Middletown, Ohio, has retired from banking. He and his wife, Mary Kay, have been married for 32 years and have a daughter, Megan, who graduated from Xavier University. John is involved with antique cars and owns a ’52 Packard, remains active at his parish, and enjoys visits to Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C.
Gerry Ziegler came all the way from Hollister, Calif., where his home looks out over a golf course. He and his wife, Sally, who supervises graduate students at Santa Clara University, have three children and nine grandchildren. Gerry has retired from the Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co., where he handled public relations.
Paul Gilleran from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., received his law degree from the University of Detroit. He and his wife have three sons – who live in Columbus, Ohio; Washington; and Chicago – and one grandson.
The Honorable Harry Hanna was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He’s had a successful career as an attorney and judge. Harry and his wife, Dotty, have seven children and 17 grandchildren.
John Tien and his wife, Marlene, live in Twinsburg, Ohio, and spend several months each year in North Naples, Fla. John was an accountant before his retirement. The Tiens have four children and three grandchildren.
Gerri and Ed Parks from Birmingham, Mich., have six children and 12 grandchildren. Ed is of counsel for Plante & Moran, a regional accounting and consulting firm where he was managing partner for more than 12 years. Ed’s special interest is the Thompson Educational Foundation, which has made a $100-million investment in school buildings in the city of Detroit. In his spare time, he’s captain of his 28-foot boat.
June and Ed McGervey arrived from Savannah, Ga., where they enjoy golf, walking, and bike riding. The McGerveys have three children and seven grandchildren.
Deepest sympathy to the relatives of Joseph A. Radican. We received word about his passing right after our reunion. Joe was a prominent educator in the Cleveland area who served as principal of St. Joseph and Lake Catholic High Schools. May he rest in peace.
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The first 25 registrants for our 50th reunion showed early indications those present from May 20-22 would reflect geographic diversity. The earliest registrants included: George Arthur, from Stillwater, Minn., who served in the U.S. Navy for seven years and then worked for 3M for 33 years. George enjoys tennis, golf, and travel and has been involved with vintage sports cars and volunteer work. His wife of 44 years, Pam, passed away last year.
Dick Burke spent much of his career in Houston, where he ran a software company that served 16 states. He has relocated to Greenville, S.C., where he functioned as a security guard. Dick, who has five children and seven grandchildren, set a Guinness World Record in the category of most blood donated – plasmapheresis. For 30 years, he donated 1,411 units of blood during 1,193 visits.
Dr. Paul Boyce, a retired endocrinologist, has been serving as an independent witness in the field of internal medicine for hearings related to disability claims under the Social Security Act. He and his wife, Joyce, have been married for 50 years and have nine children and 19 grandchildren.
Richard Baum from Illinois received his degree in physics from Carroll, an M.S. from the University of Rochester in optics, and an M.A. in pastoral theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in West Terre Haute, Ind. He was ordained a deacon in 1981 for the Diocese of Syracuse and served as director of Diaconate Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Ed George continues to operate the well-known Tangier Restaurant in Akron, Ohio. He and his wife, Cynthia, have six daughters and one son – two are JCU graduates. Ed has stayed in contact with several of our classmates via golf courses in Florida and Ohio.
John Cleary from Whitesboro, N.Y., spent 38 years with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y. He and his wife, Irene, have traveled extensively, including four trips to Europe. They have three children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Gerry O’Connell from New Canaan, Conn., and Dick Murray from Asheville, N.C., put a great deal of time and effort into coordinating the class gift campaign for our reunion. Gerry, who received the JCU Alumni Medal a year ago, is a successful businessman, benefactor of his alma mater, and has served on Carroll’s Board of Directors for the past seven years. He and his wife, Judy, have six children and 16 grandchildren. Dick spent 41 years in the advertising business – the past 13 years he was a principal with The Richards Group based in Dallas, where he handled accounts ranging from cellular phones to business jets. Dick, who has three children, worked on national campaigns for the American Cancer Society and Junior Achievement on a pro bono basis. He and his wife, Vinton, reside in Asheville, N.C.
Larry Hipschen from Indian River, Mich., and his wife, Eileen, have four daughters, 11 grandchildren, and two great- grandchildren. Larry was an elementary school teacher for 33 years in Livonia, Mich. In his spare time, he travels and enjoys fishing in the Pigeon River, which is close to his home in northern Michigan. He also has been active with the Knights of Columbus.
The next several columns also will be devoted to those who attended our 50th reunion.
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Our 50th reunion is May 20-22, 2011. Do yourself, and all of us, a favor by joining the celebration. Mark your calendar as the University combines commencement and reunion weekend in celebration of its 125th anniversary. The weekend will offer wonderful opportunities for renewing friendships with classmates; seeing the campus; attending seminars presented by current faculty, staff, and alumni; and taking part in numerous events and activities. Remember, the University provides all of these activities free of charge to those celebrating their golden anniversary.
For those who haven’t seen the campus since our graduation day, you’re in for a huge surprise. Last week, I strolled through campus with our ’61 yearbook – you might remember it had an aerial view of the campus on the inside cover. My purpose was to determine what buildings have been constructed and what has been added to campus since our commencement. They include: five dorms, the beautiful Saint Francis Chapel, extensions to the Administration Building and Student Center, the O’Malley Center, Recreation Center Complex, football stadium and baseball fields, natatorium, Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center, Center for Career Services, the University Counseling Center, and the magnificent Dolan Center for Science and Technology.
A committee of your classmates has been working since September to ensure the class of ’61 reunion will be the best ever. That committee includes: Paul Boyce, Dick Burke, Gerry Burns, Bill Daberko, Bob Dittrich, Jack Doerr, Jack Durkin, Tom Gerst, Paul Gilleran, Harry Hanna, Jack Hearns, Larry Hipschen, Len Judy, Gene Kramer, Ed McGervey, Dick Moroscak, Larry Mulvihill, Dick Murray, Bill Newman, Gerry O’Connell, Ed Parks, Dan Shaughnessy, Tom Theriot, and Bill Tighe. All class members are invited to become involved in the planning process for reunion. Those interested who haven’t signed up should contact Carla Gall ’05 (800-736-2586 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The reunion will begin Friday and offer several receptions, a themed dinner, and dancing under the Big Tent, which will be located on the Hamlin Quad – recently dedicated and reclaiming the lawn between the Administration Building and the Dolan Center. Saturday will allow several opportunities for classmates to replay memories. Additionally, campus tours, a 5-K race/walk, class offerings, a class photo, Mass with graduates, a class dinner, and a dance are some of the activities that’ll be offered. Sunday morning features an outstanding brunch and class members are invited to take part in the commencement exercises later in the day.
With the passage of time, several of our classmates have moved, and the University is unaware of their current address. So we can keep them informed of the reunion plans, please help locate them. Call Carla Gall if you know the whereabouts of: Bill Brown, Vince Conroy, Mike Cuccaro, Roydon Fernandez, Mary Fevrier, Charles Foerstner, Jacob Froelich, Frank Gibson, Tom Heffernan, Bob Jablonski, Bob Lucas, George Marcelo, Ron Martin, Ed McDonnell, Dennis McMullen, Jim Medve, Bob Moran, Mary O’Donnell, Eleanor Roy, John Spisak, and Bob Steele.
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Mike Mangiarelli from New Castle, Pa., has owned Wilmington Mini Storage Co., which provides 400 storage units that come in seven different sizes, for the past 20 years. Mike is active in his community, particularly the Knights of Columbus.
Jim Dowling, from Mandeville, La., and his wife, Ann, have been married 44 years. He has been retired from his general surgery practice and was considered one of the finest surgeons in Louisiana. He also was a team physician for the New Orleans Saints. The Dowlings, who enjoy traveling, have two boys, two girls, and four grandchildren.
Ed McGervey and his wife, June, are enjoying retirement in Savannah, Ga., by playing lots of golf, walking, and bike riding. Ed’s still consulting for his former accounting firm via the computer. The McGerveys have three children and seven grandchildren.
Janet and Bill Newman, who have been married 46 years and reside in Avon, Conn., have three sons (two are JCU grads) and 13 grandchildren; one is a freshman at Carroll. Bill just completed a two- year term as commander of VFW Post 3272, which has 170 vets from WWII to Iraq and Afghanistan. For 10 years, he has published the monthly post newsletter and is developing military service histories, which are two-page summaries of each veteran’s service history including dates, units, duties, campaigns, and decorations.
Tom Jennings and his wife, Gail, are residents of Lyndhurst, Ohio, and recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. They have a daughter, Margaret McDonnell, and three grandchildren who live in Virginia. Tom worked at Lubrizol Corp. after graduation and returned to Carroll for an M.S. in chemistry. He became a dominant force in the world of chemical manufacturing and received 20 U.S. patents. He spent 30 years at Synthetic Products Co. in Cleveland and was president and CEO for 13 of those years.
Ed Sumnar operates an insurance business in Hillsdale, Mich. He and his wife of 46 years, Molly, have four children and six grandchildren.
Keep May 20-22, 2011, open because it’ll be our 50-year reunion. You’ll receive extensive information about the event during the next several months. Those who signed up early to be on the class committee include: Gerald Burns, Bob Dittrich, Jack Durkin, Tom Gerst, Jack Hearns, Eugene Kramer, Ed McGervey, P. Laurence Mulvihill, Richard Murray, Gerry O’Connell, and Tom Theriot. All class members are invited to become involved in the planning process for the reunion. Those interested should contact Carla Gall ’05 at 800-736-2586 or cgall@ jcu.edu.
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Homecoming 2010 will provide, once again, our class an opportunity to have a minireunion. This has become an annual event each fall for the Class of ’61 and, as usual, will be coordinated by Jack Durkin. Those interested should contact Jack at 330-468-3718. Our class will be attending the street festival prior to the football game with Marietta College, and a dinner will follow. The weekend also will celebrate 60 years of ROTC on the campus and includes a reunion for the Pershing Rifles, the oldest fraternity at John Carroll.
Double honors have been accorded to Gene Kramer. After more than 30 years of service on the board of trustees of HELP Foundation, which provides services for developmentally disabled individuals, Gene was named an Honored Trustee for Life. Shortly thereafter, he was named a Board Member of Distinction by the Advocates of Not-For-Profit Services for Older Ohioans for his many years of service as a board member to Regina Health Center.
Thanks to Dick Murray for providing the following info about Jack Doerr, who’s retired from his executive position in the insurance industry and has traveled extensively throughout the world. Jack has been instrumental in representing the Archdiocese of Chicago in leasing prime land in the Oakbrook area, west of Chicago, for the development of a world-class golf course, Chicago Highlands. He spent more than five years driving this project and taking the lead screening and selecting the course architects and acting as a liaison between the archdiocese and developer. He also has served as president of Big Foot, a golf club in Lake Geneva, Wis.
Dr. Tom Hogan is professor of psychology at the University of Scranton. He and his wife, Dr. Margaret Hogan, have six children and 13 grandchildren.
iAl Trentini and his wife, Jean, from Dana Point, Calif., have been married 50 years. They have two sons and three grandchildren. Al retired after 31 years of service with the Los Angeles County Administration and has traveled to Egypt, Israel, Italy, Hawaii, and Canada with his wife. Al is the president of the local Sons of Italy lodge, which raises monies for scholarships and charitable organizations.
Never too early to make plans for our 50th Reunion, which will take place May 20 – 22, 2011. The University is combining commencement and reunion into a grand weekend, celebrating its 125th anniversary. Our class must be special because this is only the second time in the history of JCU commencement and reunion will be combined. The first time was 1986, and yes, that was our 25th Reunion.
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While this column was being prepared, we received notice of Bob Kreidler passing away in Akron, OH. As was mentioned in this column a year ago, Bob served in the U. S. Army for five years in Vietnam and Europe as well as having been a professor of European History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In more recent years, Bob was founder and headmaster of the Ohio College of Clowning Arts and was a noted actor and storyteller. Bob attempted to teach the art of living through laughter and was equally adept at performing for youngsters and corporations. Survivors include his wife, Dr. Maryhelen Kreidler, three children, and 11 grandchildren.
George Narby and his wife, Eleanor, live in Buffalo, NY. They have three children and 11 grandchildren, two years ago, they lost their youngest son at age 35. George is still practicing law but also spends considerable time with his Bernese Mountain dog that recently became an American Kennel Club champion.
John Tien and his wife, Marlene, live in Twinsburg, OH, and for the last several years have spent three months each winter in Napes, FL. The Tiens have four children and three grandchildren.
Ronald Bodziony and his wife, Kathleen, live in Warwick, RI, and have four boys and 10 grandchildren. After serving 15 years with the U.S. Army, Ron was involved for many years in management with American President Lines — ocean cargo carriers. Now retired from the transportation industry, he has taken up golf and is also assisting with a program that provides disadvantaged youth opportunities to become involved in the world of golf.
John Dwyer has retired as human resource manager for Smurfit Stone Container — a paper products company located in New Philadelphia, OH. He and his wife, Pressy, live in North Canton and have four children and seven grandchildren. John’s major hobby is golf.
Special congratulations to Gerry O’Connell on receiving the John Carroll Alumni Medal at this year’s graduation. His accomplishments are highlighted elsewhere in this magazine but he has been a very successful businessman, benefactor of his alma mater, and has served on Carroll’s Board of Directors for the last six years. He and his wife, Judy, have been married 46 years and have six children and 16 grandchildren.
Mark your calendar: our 50th Reunion will take place next year. The University is planning on combining commencement and reunion into one grand weekend, May 20-22, 2011, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of John Carroll University — further info to follow. If you have not been receiving class updates, send me your e-mail address. JH
Eddie George, Tom Gerst, and Jack Durkin attended a meeting at the Fairlawn Country Club in Akron sponsored by John Carroll’s University Advancement which featured President Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., who issued the State of the University.
Jim DeClerck reports from Huntington Beach, CA, that he recently purchased a few “antique” rifles including a nice Winchester Model 52C that is quite similar to the weapon he formerly used as captain of Carroll’s rifle team.
Mary Kay and John Blake live in Middletown, OH. John retired from Fifth Third Bank and is now very active in the Cursillo Movement and the St. Vincent de Paul Society as well as being involved with two car clubs. Through the years, he has attended many car meetings and conventions around the country and most recently sold his 1952 Packard.
Joe Esser, from New Providence, NJ, retired last month as an editor on the Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook for ProQuest LLC. Joe was a radio operator during his days in the U.S. Army. His hobbies, not surprisingly, include shortwave radio, in which he developed an interest from as far back as elementary school. Joe also is an avid fan of jazz and tennis — he is a life member of the United States Tennis Association.
This past November, a majority of voters in every township, village, and city voted in favor of Issue 6 to change the way Cuyahoga County government is run. The county will now be led by an elected executive and an 11-member council — much like the governments at every level in the country. The author of Issue 6 was attorney Gene Kramer who also wrote the reform charter for Summit County. As a result of his efforts, an article in Inside Business referred to Gene as a “superhero.” He is also involved in community affairs as a board member at The Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, OH, and Regina Health Center in Richfield, OH. Gene and his wife, JoAnn, reside in Lakewood, OH.
Never too early to make plans. Our 50th Reunion will take place next academic year. The University is planning on combining commencement and reunion into a grand weekend, May 20-22, 2011, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of John Carroll University. Further info to follow.
Request for info from the Class of ’61: I have been sending updated information via e-mail regarding Carroll and/or the Class of ’61 between issues of this magazine. If you have not received the e-mails, it is because I am lacking your address. Please send a note via e-mail and I will add you to the mailing list. Keep us informed, Jack
During Homecoming festivities this fall, the 1959 football team – the first undefeated football team in John Carroll history – was inducted into the Blue Streaks Hall of Fame. The dinner was held in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology the evening prior to the homecoming game. On the team in ’59 were classmates Bill Daberko, Dan Fullerton, Joe Gallagher, Eddie George, Tom Jacobson, Phil Pellegrino, and Ray Smith. Barb and Bill Daberko traveled from Estero, FL, and brought a cheering squad including two sons and Bill’s brother.
Eddie George continues to operate the famous Tangier Restaurant in Akron – he and his wife, Cynthia, have six girls and one boy. Two of them attend John Carroll – one a senior and the other a graduate student.
Ray Smith, retired educator and master of ceremonies extraordinaire, came from nearby Willoughby, OH.
Tom Jacobson played at St. Ignatius in Cleveland and remained in the area for more than 40 years of service at the NASA Lewis Research Center, (Glenn research Center), where he specialized in microgravity space experiments.
Dan Fullerton, a native Ohioan from Calvert High in Tiffin and now from Clinton, IA, brought his wife, Penny – they have five children and 11 grandchildren. Dan is a psychotherapist in Iowa. Also in attendance for the homecoming game were Joanne and Tom Gerst; Peg and Jack Durkin; Ellen and Jack Hearns; June and Ed McGervey from Savannah, GA; and Tom Theriot from Liberty, KY.
Jim DeClerck and his wife, Uta, recently traveled to London and then took a self-guided two-week canal cruise with two British couples Jim knew from his Kodak days. The DeClercks also visited Scotland and Germany. When not at home in Huntington Beach, CA, they relax at their cabin in the Sierra, cutting wood, 4-wheeling, fishing, and swimming.
Carolyn and Chuck Nieset have moved from Buffalo to Fort Myers, FL, and just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
Tom Theirot had two visitors to his home in Kentucky in recent months – Mike Caton was in the area attending a wedding in Cincinnati, and Warren Johnson was one of approximately 5,000 drivers from across the United States and Europe who brought their Corvettes to Bowling Green, KY. That is where the Corvette Hall of Fame is located and also the automobile factory.
Dorothy and Jim Kemeny have been married for 47 years and now live in Long Beach, CA. They have recently traveled to Mexico and Hawaii. Jim retired as deputy director of the Department of Social Services in Long Beach after 34 years of service. They have five children and nine grandchildren.
Keep us informed. Jack
Mini-Reunion coming up: With only two years to go for our 50th Reunion, the Class of 1961 will hold a mini-reunion on October 10, 2009 (Homecoming 2009), when Carroll plays Marietta. Review Homecoming announcements from the Alumni Office and then contact Tom Gerst (330-867-2900) or Tom Theriot (606-787-2405) for further details. In recent years, some of our classmates have come to the mini-reunion from as far away as California, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia.
Class membership: University records indicate our class has 360 members – it is interesting to note that only 273 of the 360 classmates received diplomas on June 12 or August 30 of 1961 – many more graduated after those dates and chose to be placed in our class. I reviewed both graduation programs and discovered an almost equal number of students who received diplomas in 1961 chose to be placed in the Class of 1960 – I could add that some of the more prominent names of the class of ’60 actually received their degrees with us in 1961. The 360 graduates include 38 individuals who received MA or MS degrees from the graduate school. We have 58 members of our class who are deceased (listed below), and an additional 33 now have unknown addresses (listed below), and 10 individuals have asked that they not be contacted by the University.
Deceased members of our class: Guerin Avery, James Biaglow, Kevin Boggins, Norman Boockoff, Benedict Borosdy, Edward Bradley, Robert Butler, Herbert Carl, Jan Cichowicz, Edward Clarke, Lena Coiro Gabriel, Patrick Corcoran, Charles Culotta, Joseph Curran, Michael Duraisamy, Robert Ebright, Harry Fagan, Glenn Fissel, Thomas Frate, Blossy Frederico, Lena Gabriel, Robert Gladis, Robert Grant, John Grillo, John Hannon, Dennis Hauck, Jerry Hawn, Francis Healy, William Huber, John Kelly, George Kenny, Elizabeth Shanahan Kirk, Ron Kondrat, John Kraker, Joseph Macken, John Mader, Mary Mazzei, Raymond Menegay, Jesse Morrow, James Murphy, Richard Pamula, John Paschen, Kenneth Pawlicki, Francis Peters, Don Pittaway, Francis Richard, Richard Robey, Thomas Russell, James Simonis, Sr. M. Joseph Slavik, John Smerillo, Madge Ackley Smythe, Charles Spanko, William Stallings, Catherine Strapp, Norman Vargo, Joseph Walker, and John Walsh.
Unknown addresses for these following 33 classmates: Sandra Mangan Appelman, Kailash Bagaria, William Brown, Douglas Carson, Vincent Conroy, Michael Cuccaro, Roydon Fernandez, Gretchen Fetterly, Mary Fevrier, Charles Foerstner, Jacob Froelich, Frank Gibson, Joseph Gulvas, Thomas Heffernan, Robert Jablonski, Robert Jakubic, Bernice Kita, Patrick Lawlor, Robert Lucas, George Marcelo, Edward McDonnell, James Medve, Robert Moran, Jonas Morris, Mary O’Donnell, Philip Pellegrino, George Prusha, Sr. Alice (Malachy) Raben, Eleanor Roy, Lawrence Schneider, Sr. M. Vincent Slaninka, Sr. Patricia Spath, and Robert Steele. If you have information regarding these “address unknown” individuals, please contact Joan Brosius at email@example.com or at 216-397-4332.
The Class of 1961 is presently living in the following states:Alabama-1, Arizona-4, California-11, Colorado-2, Connecticut-4, District of Columbia-1, Florida-17, Georgia-4, Hawaii-1, Illinois-6, Indiana-5, Iowa-1, Kansas-1, Kentucky-4, Louisiana-1, Maryland-5, Massachusetts-4, Michigan-11, Minnesota-2, Missouri-2, Montana-1, Nevada-2, New Jersey-2, New Mexico-1, New York-8, North Carolina-4, North Dakota-1, Ohio-129, Oregon-1, Pennsylvania-5, Rhode Island-2, South Dakota-2, Tennessee-3, Texas-2, Virginia-3, Washington-2, and Wisconsin-3.
Top five states for all John Carroll University alumni:Ohio-22,220, Pennsylvania-1,831, Illinois-1,790, Florida-1,088, and New York-948.
Top five states for the Class of 1961:Ohio-129, Florida-17, California-11, Michigan-11, and New York-8.
See you at the mini-reunion, Jack
With only two years to go for our 50th reunion, the Class of ’61 will again hold a mini-reunion on October 10 when JCU plays Marietta (Homecoming 2009). Since our next class column will be after the mini-reunion, review Homecoming announcements from the alumni office and then contact Tom Gerst, 330-867-2900, or Tom Theriot, 606-787-2405, for further details. In recent years, some of our classmates have come to the mini-reunion from as far away as California, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia.
The Carroll faithful that migrate to Florida during the winter months have been holding an annual Mass and gala reception each March – attendance normally includes several John Carroll administrators who provide updates as to what is taking place back on campus. This year, Len Judy sponsored a golf outing and dinner for several foursomes at the Estuary at Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, FL, the day prior to the JCU reception. Fellow classmate and avid golfer Gerry O’Connell challenged the course record at the Estuary.
Dr. Paul Boyce, retired endocrinologist, is now serving as an independent witness in the field of internal medicine for hearings related to disability claims under the Social Security Act. Paul reviews records and files and then testifies as to the merits of claims based upon medical records only. He functions from an office in Indiana but is able to testify at cases held throughout the county via video monitoring. He and his wife, Joyce, have been married 48 years and have nine children and 19 grandchildren. Paul and Joyce recently spent five weeks in Italy.
Richard Orr is in his 30th year of teaching mathematics at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches discreet mathematics. Dick received his M.A. in mathematics from Case Western Reserve University. In the past, he has taught calculus and real analysis.
Dr. Charles Van Tilburg received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and was a pediatrician for half of his medical career with Kaiser Permanente. He presently teaches in the clinical performance center at the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. Chuck served with the 199th Infantry Brigade in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Medina, OH, and have six children and eight grandchildren.
Bill Buscher and his wife, Eleanor, are living in Sloatsburg, NY, and have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Bill retired from IBM, where he was an applications programmer and is better known as the inventor and manufacturer of “Buscher Blocks” – a set of wooden building blocks “That call forth the architect in every child, and the child in every architect.” Jack
Victor Zitel from Falls Church, VA, was employed by the U.S. Government for much of his career, in which he operated educational centers for the United States Army – primarily in Germany, Italy, and Korea. Vic received an M.A. in counseling from the University of California in Sacramento and served in the United States Air Force for six years. He spent four, three-month tours in Viet Nam and retired as a Lt. Col.
Bob Kreidler and his wife, Mary Helen, reside in Akron and have three children and ten grandchildren. He is the founder of The Ohio College of Clowning Arts and is also a noted actor and professional story teller. Bob, a professional clown for over 20 years, attempts to teach the art of living through laughter so that his students are equally adept at performing for youngsters or major corporations. He is also a former U.S. Army officer who spent five years in Viet Nam and Europe and was a professor of European History at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Jim Meehan, a CPA, was with the Internal Revenue Service for 29 years. He and his wife, Laverne, live in Highland Heights and have three children and four grandchildren.
Attorney Algis Sirvaitis is the treasurer of the Lithuanian Bar Association. For over 20 years, Al was a deep sea diver – one of his most adventurous dives took place in the Red Sea off the shores of the Sudan. In addition to his legal practice, Al is a trustee that disperses scholarships to students, who are interested in careers in medicine or engineering, at the two Jesuit high schools in Lithuania. He and his wife, Ringaile, live in Willoughby, OH, and are planning a trip to Lithuania for the 1,000th anniversary of the crowning of the first king of that country.
After 30 years in software engineering with Goodyear Aerospace and Lockheed Martin in Akron, Frank Sigmund migrated to Phoenix, AZ, in the late ’90s and led a software engineering process group at Honeywell International. Now fully retired, he and his wife, Judy, have three sons and a granddaughter and reside in Cave Creek, AZ.
Dr. Thomas Quirk has taught marketing at Webster University in Webster Groves, MO, for the last 20 years. Tom received both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Jeremy Rakowsky has retired as professor of history and political science at Lorain County Community College after 40 years of service. Both he and his wife received their doctorates from Case Western Reserve University and have two children, both JCU graduates, and five grandchildren. Jack
The class of ’61 had a mini-reunion during Homecoming 2008. Class members met for the Street Fair on Belvoir prior to the JCU vs. Heidelberg football game and then held a class dinner at the Claddagh Irish Pub in Legacy Village. Present on campus during the weekend were Pressy and John Dwyer, Joanne and Tom Gerst, Peg and Jack Durkin, Ellen and Jack Hearns, June and Ed McGervey from Savannah, GA. Tom Theriot from Liberty, KY, was recovering from recent surgery and was unable to attend but did call his classmates while they were at the Street Fair. Later that evening, I met Bill Newman from Avon, CT, and Patricia and John Horvath from Atlanta, GA, at the ROTC Alumni Reunion Dinner which was held at the Dolan Science Center. Both served in Vietnam after graduation where their paths crossed again. Having dinner with Bill allowed me to catch up on his work with the VFW Post 3272 in Avon where he is Commander. The Post, which has 150 vets from WWII to Iraq, has been busy supporting military units in Iraq and Afghanistan; providing a Color Guard; hosting the Memorial Day and Veterans Day activities; and providing Honor Guards for funerals. Bill has published a monthly Post newsletter for the last eight years and is also developing Military Service Histories which are two-page summaries of each veteran’s service history including dates, units, duties, campaigns, and decorations. As you might recall, Bill retired from the investment management business back in 2005 after 38 years of running hedge funds and being an investment strategist and senior portfolio manager at banks, an insurance company, three Wall Street firms, and TRW in Cleveland. He and his wife, Janet, have three sons (two are JCU grads) and 13 grandchildren.
John Horvath retired from the U.S. Army in 1988 as a Lt. Colonel. He was professor of Military Science at JCU from 1975 to 1980. John and his wife, Patricia, have been married for 45 years and have two daughters including Mary who graduated from JCU in ’88 – she just retired from the Army as a major and recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. John presently volunteers with the United Services Organization at the Atlanta airport where the USO greets, provides directions, and feeds 500 troops per day.
Warren Johnson, from North Dakota, is now retired from all three of his “major” careers (Air Force aviator, criminal prosecutor and an overlapping stint as a graduate school professor). He still officiates high school football games and teaches basic and advanced motorcycle courses for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. He also is active in BMW motorcycle clubs and Corvette clubs and attends national rallies at several locations each year.
Joe Radican recently returned from a trip to Spain and Portugal and now better understands why the Spanish have siestas – particularly in central Spain where it was more that just a little hot. Fatima was his favorite destination – “It is awesome to walk in the same place that the Blessed Mother walked.”
And speaking of vacations, the Durkins flew to Paris and also visited the Normandy Beaches prior to taking the Chunnel to London. They boarded a cruise ship at Hardwick, England, and were joined by the Gersts to see Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, and the Netherlands.
Keep us informed, Jack
Save the date, September 27 – the class of ’61 is again going to have a mini-reunion! We will be attending the JCU v. Heidelberg Homecoming football game – a dinner will follow. Those interested should contact Tom Gerst – firstname.lastname@example.org – or call 330-867-2900. This has become an annual event in recent years and attendance has continued to grow.
Bill Barnard, retired executive of the Plain Dealer, and board president of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, was saluted recently at a benefit event for the musical organization with a parody on the song “Bill” from Jerome Kern’s “Showboat.”
Dan McLaughlin and his wife, Margaret Mary, live in Bay Village – they are the parents of six children – all of whom graduated from college. Dan received an MA degree from the University of Toledo and retired from the Westlake Schools where he was an elementary school teacher – the McLaughlins have seven grandchildren.
It is with deep regret that I write of the passing of two our classmates: One faithful member of our class that will be truly missed at the mini-reunion this year is Ed ‘Clarkeee’ Clarke who always caused a stir wearing his JCU beanie from the ’50s. Ed passed away in May after battling cancer. To the very end, Ed, an attorney, still handled cases, continued to catch bluegill and bass, and was a faithful caller each Sunday to the “Irish Hour” radio show on WHK. During his career, Ed worked as co-chairman of the Lawyers’ Committee to Aid Immigrants and as a pro-bono attorney for the Legal Aid Society. He founded the “Legal Eagles” a group of St. Ed’s alumni who became lawyers and judges. For many years, Ed wrote this class column and co-chaired our 40th Reunion. While at his wake and funeral, I saw Jack Durkin, Tom Gerst, Harry Hanna, Art Zetts, and Mike Caton who came all the way from Florida. Ed leaves his wife, Kathleen, four daughters, and eight grandchildren.
In June, we received information that Jack Kelly from Shorewood, IL, suffered a fatal heart attack. After our JCU graduation, Jack received an Education Specialist degree from Western Illinois University and then returned to JCU for an MA degree ’72. During his career as an educator and school superintendent, he received many honors including being named one of the Outstanding Catholic Educators in the State of Illinois. Jack was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Holy Family Parish Church Council in Shorewood. He is survived by his wife, Diane, and two children – Tony and Nicole. Please keep Ed and Jack in your prayers.
Jack Bertelkamp and his wife, Helen, have been married for 39 years and are residing in Nellysford, Va., in the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains south of Charlottesville. Jack spent 26 years with the 5th Special Forces and the Army Aviation, Research, and Development Command including being project manager for over 1,000 Cobra helicopters. Following military duty, he was employed for twelve years with Sikorsky Aircraft. Jack is enjoying retirement by hiking, fishing, exploring history and is involved with Habitat for Humanity as well as assisting with church projects and ministries. The Bertelkamps have two children and two grandchildren.
Jim Dial and his wife, Rosina, have been married for 47 years and live in the West Park area of Cleveland. They have six children and nine grandchildren. Jim continues to be a consultant and enjoys golf.
Paul Zifchak and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Clemmons, N.C. They have married now for 43 years and have four children and seven grandchildren. Paul retired from his career as a national accounts representative in the area of consumer goods. The Zifchaks recently toured Southern Italy, California, and were involved in a golf vacation in the Smokey Mountains of N.C.
John Wittman is involved in renovating properties. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have been married for 38 years, live in Cleveland Heights, and have four children and one grandchild.
Donald Wysocki and his wife, Susan, live in Corapolis, Pa. Don earned a Ph.D. in chemistry and worked in the material science division of Bayer Corp. until his retirement in 2002. Married for 40 years, they have four children and two grandchildren.
Tom Sponseller is residing in Lakewood, Ohio – he is now retired after teaching at Padua and Holy Name High Schools and serving as a substance abuse counselor for Cuyahoga County. As you recall, Tom played b-ball at JCU and, in retirement, has become a faithful follower of Blue Streak basketball.
Ed Sumnar operates an insurance business in Hillsdale, Mich. He and his wife of 44 years, Molly, have four children and six grandchildren. In his spare time, Ed is a golfer.
Jim Smith from Seattle, Wash., has retired from the practice of cardiac surgery – he was also Ed Sumnar’s roommate at JCU. Jim and his wife, Elizabeth, have six children and five grandchildren. Jim is enjoying his retirement by sailing and taking some courses at the University of Washington.
Dan Smalley from Reminderville, Ohio, has retired from selling computers with Burroughs and Unisys. He and his wife, Josephine, have been married for 51 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. In retirement, Dan is performing valet service for Davis Auto Group by driving BMWs, Jaguars, and Maserati vehicles.
An update on Tom Theriot — our oil company executive turned farmer – he recently assisted in the birth of 25 baby lambs.
Keep us informed, Jack
Joe Szeremet and his wife of over 40 years, Caroline, now live in Hebron, Ky. He graduated from the University of Detroit Law School and was a commissioner with the Michigan Supreme Court for 25 years. The Szeremets have three children and four grandsons.
Gerry Ziegler‘s home in Hollister, Calif., l0oks out upon a golf course. He and his wife, Sally, who supervises graduate students at Santa Clara University, have three children and nine grandchildren. Gerry has retired from the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company where he handled public relations. The Zieglers have two collie dogs and look forward to their trips to the ski slopes of Aspen.
Bill Connelly is practicing law in Toledo but spending an increasing amount of time in Naples, Fla., during the winter and Put-in-Bay in the summer. His wife, Carol, is scheduled to retire this coming September. Bill has four children-three lawyers and the fourth in law school, and 12 grandchildren.
John Blake from Middletown, Ohio, has retired from banking. He and his wife, Mary Kay, have been married for 32 years, and have a daughter, Megan, who graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati. John is involved with antique cars and owns a ’52 Packard, remains active at his parish, and enjoys visits to Savannah and Charleston.
Paul Gilleran from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., received his law degree from the University of Detroit and is giving retirement serious consideration. He and his wife have three sons who live in Columbus; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago and one grandson.
Marty Lauer and his wife, Carol, reside in Rochester, Mich. Marty retired from the FBI and is involved with reading, gardening, traveling, and exercising in the gym. Their last trip involved a cruise around South America.
Joe Radican and his three sisters are involved in taking turns caring for their elderly mother. Joe was able to tour Italy and France with a group from Chicago that included Larry Frederick ’62. This coming summer, he is scheduled to visit Portugal and Spain. He also recently visited classmate Dr. Patrick Meanor in Oneonta, N.Y., where Pat is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the State University of New York. Several issues back, I mentioned Pat had written several hundred reviews, essays, and articles. A short time later, I came across an interesting book of his entitled The Wrath of Grapes.
George Arthur from Stillwater, Minn., recently coordinated the efforts of the Jaguar Club of Minnesota as they hosted the 17th Annual Rendezvous of Canadian and American Vintage Sports Cars. George has collected vintage sports cars for over 40 years. As you might remember, George served seven years as a naval officer in the Pacific and at the Naval European Command Center in London prior to working at 3M for 33 years — he retired in 2001. His volunteer activities presently include working for the Red Cross as well as coordinating AARP’s Safe Driving Program for 3M.
Len Judy and his wife, Nickie, have been married 44 years, have three children (two graduated from JCU), and four grandchildren. They reside in both Lake Forest, Ill., and Naples, Fla. Len enjoys fishing and golfing several times a week when down South. The Judys recently traveled to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Korea. Len retired from Rust-Oleum where he was chairman and CEO. Since then he has been a consultant, a member of many corporate boards and a member of the business advisory councils of his alma mater, Marquette, Dominican University, and the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
The class of ’61 had a mini-reunion during Homecoming 2007. Class members met for the Street Fair on Belvoir Blvd. prior to the JCU v. Baldwin-Wallace football game and then held a class dinner at the Claddagh Irish Pub at Legacy Village. Present on campus during the weekend were Pressy and John Dwyer, Joanne and Tom Gerst, Peg and Jack Durkin, Ellen and Jack Hearns, Tom Jacobson, Jim Kemeny from Long Beach, CA, Tom Theriot from Liberty, KY, and Ray Smith.
Warren Johnson recently retired as the oldest, active football official in North Dakota. He completed the Motorcycle Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach Preparation Course and is now the oldest motorcycle training instructor presently active in his state. His youngest son, Sean, was married in Grand Forks, ND, this past summer.
Lou Colombo, Jack Doerr,Dick Murray, and Gerry O’Connell recently had a reunion across the ocean when they played three rounds of golf in Scotland, three rounds in Northern Ireland, and two rounds in the Republic of Ireland. In the Glasgow area, they played Troon and Turnbury which are British Open venues. They then flew to Belfast and stayed at the Bushmill Inn, came to appreciate Black Bush Irish Whiskey, and even managed to visit the Bushmill Distillery. In Northern Ireland, they played two of the top courses in the world, Royal Port Rush and Royal County Down where the Walker Cup had been played a week earlier. Dick is credited with arranging the trip – particularly his selection of pubs in Dublin on the last evening.
Bob Dittrich and his wife of 44 years live in Cleveland and have three children and two grandchildren. Bob is a senior software engineer for Aquent Consulting where his assignment for the last 11 years has been working with the defense department’s finance unit. The Dittrichs have taken several cruises to the Caribbean and Hawaii.
Linda and Dave Boslett are living in Pittsburgh, PA. They have two children who are in high school – both play varsity tennis.
Jim DeClerck and his wife, Uta, recently traveled to England for a few days in London and then joined two other couples they worked with at Kodak in China for a week of narrow boat cruising on some of the British waterways canals through the countryside. A highlight of the trip was the city of Chester which was a Roman walled enclave – many old structures and most of the walls are intact. After the cruise, they rented a car and drove through Northern Wales for several days before flying to Germany’s Mosel area and then proceeded to the Mannheim area to visit with Uta’s family. Upon returning to their home in Huntington Beach, CA, they retired to their cabin in the mountains outside Truckee, CA, for a few days of high Sierra hiking, fishing and canoeing. The DeClercks have two married daughters and three grandchildren.
A reunion in the Carolinas occurred recently when Dick Burke from Greenville, SC, hosted lunch for Dick Murray from nearby Asheville, NC.
Tom Jennings and his wife, Mary Gail, reside in Lyndhurst, OH. They have a daughter, Margaret McDonnell, and three grandchildren. Tom worked at Lubrizol Corp. after graduation and returned to JCU for an M.S. in chemistry. He became a dominant force in the world of chemical manufacturing and received 20 U.S. patents. For 13 years, Tom was president of Synthetic Products Company. Over the last thirty years, he and his wife have visited San Francisco twice a year.
Keep us informed, Jack
Calling all class members to a mini-reunion! The class of ’61 will attend the September 29 JCU v. Baldwin-Wallace homecoming football game – a class dinner will follow. Those interested should contact Tom Gerst – email@example.com – or call 330-867-2900.
After retiring from public accounting with Moss Adams in 2003, Bruce Bixler became a shared controller in Spokane, WA, for Empire Lumber Co. and Felts Field Aviation. He and his wife, Kathy, a full-time realtor, have three daughters and a son. The Bixlers are going on a family cruise in November, from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro.
Barbara and Bill Tighe have been married for 50 years and have five children and 12 grandchildren. He retired from the Diocese of Cleveland after 48 years of service at Borromeo and St. Mary Seminary, where he is still providing some part-time assistance in formation work and athletics.
Dan Keegan retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers after 31 years of service. He was a managing partner of an office and a member of the firm’s multi-national task force in New York. During his professional career, he regularly published articles on management processes. Dan and his wife, Barbara, live on Lake Erie in Vermilion and have three children and five grandchildren. Their hobbies are travel and boating — spring is spent in Florida and the summer is in Vermilion. The Keegans are active volunteers with the Meals on Wheels program.
Ray Buchanan and his wife, Judy, reside in Fairport, NY, and have four children and six grandchildren. Their youngest daughter graduated in June as a doctor of osteopathy and has started a four-year residency in general psychiatry at Beth Israel in Manhattan. Ray was in attendance when JCU’s basketball team played in the NCAA basketball tournament at neighboring St. John Fischer College in NY.
Bob Witt has resided in Northfield, IL, for the last 37 years. He has a son in Dallas, TX, two daughters who are teachers, and two grandchildren. Bob is semi-retired and has entered a second career as a substitute teacher at New Trier High School in Winnetka. He plays tennis three times a week year-round and is a “snow bird” for three weeks at his place on Ft. Myers Beach, FL, over the Christmas holidays each year.
Patricia and Jack Horvath are presently residing in Tucker, GA, and are involved in a host of volunteer activities, including the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the USO, and MedShare International, which receives medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, outpatient centers, and medical manufacturers and then provides them to hospitals and medical facilities in the Third World. Jack retired from the United States Army as a Lt. Colonel after 27 years of service. The Horvaths have two daughters, one of whom is a major in the Army and serving in Afghanistan, and one granddaughter.
Ed Walsh, free-lance writer and editor, took part in a tour of Sicily with the JCU Italian American Studies program. He and his writing partner had a reading of a play in an off-Broadway theater recently — two of his daughters arrived for opening night from Madison, WI, and Santa Monica, CA. In July, the play was again read at a second off-Broadway theater.
Chuck Nieset and his wife, Carolyn, just returned from a vacation in Hawaii. He retired last July from LINSTAR Inc. — a security and identification systems business in New York state. The Niesets have moved to Ft. Myers, FL, but return to Buffalo for summer months and the winter holidays to visit friends and their six grandchildren.
Keep us informed, Jack
Jack Doerr, Dick Murray, Lou Colombo, and Gerry O’Connell recently spent a week in Palm Desert, CA, improving their golf game and are planning a tour of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland for ten days of golf this coming September. Jack is retired from his executive position in the insurance industry and has done extensive traveling around the world. He has been instrumental in representing the Chicago Diocese in leasing prime land in the Oakbrook area West of Chicago for the development of a world class golf course. Jack has spent more than five years driving this project and taking the lead in screening and selecting the course architects. He is also the current president of Big Foot, his golf club in Lake Geneva, WI. Lou resides just outside Denver. After his service experiences as a pilot shuttling troops and supplies to Vietnam, he spent most of his career with Continental Air. He is back in the pilot seat this time flying a Lear 55 for members of the Coors family (as in beer). Lou was the president of his golf club in Colorado last year. Dick Murray moved from Dallas to Asheville, NC, a few years ago and, while he is retired from a career in the advertising business, he is active in support of church, hospital, retirees, and the needy.
Joe Esser from New Providence, NJ, is retired but has taken two courses on George Washington and has made visits to Washington’s headquarters in Morristown, NJ, as well as viewing the locations of his winter encampments in Jockey Hollow Park in 1779-80.
Irene and John Cleary recently returned from a spring trip to Fort Lauderdale and the Cayman Islands.
Ed “Clarkee” Clarke was spotted viewing Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. While many JCU grads weathered the snowy, cold, windy march down Superior Avenue — Ed (always Irish to the core) was discovered sitting in front of a fireplace at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Cleveland watching the parade on TV.
Peg and Jack Durkin spent some time recently in Florida at New Smyrna and Amelia Island. Jack is an avid baseball fan and took the opportunity to scout the Cleveland Indians during spring training.
Jeanne Woolever Kinney is retired from education and is living in Hopedale, MA. She is the mother of seven children, was a member of the English department at Stonehill College, and for thirteen years taught English as a secondary language at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Framingham, MA.
Mike Caton who lives in Naples, FL, for the last seven years is semi-retired and believes he is twice blessed because he resides in the sun belt and all of his children and grandchildren live in close proximity.
Ed McGervey and his wife, June, are enjoying retirement in Savannah, GA, by playing lots of golf, walking, and bike riding. They recently returned from Ireland where they combined golf with a sight seeing trip. Ed is still doing some consulting for his former accounting firm via the computer. The McGerveys now have seven grandchildren.
Patrick Meanor is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the State University of New York in Oneonta, NY. He is in his 33rd year at the University; received his MA from JCU, and a Ph.D. from Kent State University. He has authored three books, close to two hundred articles, and is the editor of five volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography. He also serves as a classic music reviewer for Fanfare and Listener magazines.
Keep us informed, Jack
The Rev. Douglas Carson is an Anglican priest working in the alcoholic research department at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. Doug has an M.A. in architectural landscaping from North Carolina State University, an M.A. from Florida State University in Humanities, and a M.Div. from St. John Vianney College Seminary in FL. He and his wife, Jonie, have been married for 34 years and have two sons and one grandchild.
Ed Parks is a partner with Plante & Moran — one of the nation’s largest CPA firms, where he is a family business consultant. Ed continues to serve as a trustee with the Thompson Foundation — a large private foundation dedicated to helping low income and disadvantaged Detroiters to become self-sufficient. He and his wife, Gerri, live in Birmingham, MI, and have six children and twelve grandchildren. Ed has recently added sailing to his busy schedule.
Jerry Ramusack from South Holland, IL, is project manager for Old Veterans Construction and owner and president of Jer-Don Properties — a property management company. He and his wife of 42 years, Donna, have two children and three grandchildren. The Ramusacks are world travelers and recently visited the Baltic states.
Norman Chonacky is a retired senior research scientist with Columbia University. He and his wife, Jane, now reside in New Haven, C, and have four children, one grandchild, and two more on the way. Norm received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and is editor of Computing and Science and Engineering as well as serving as a research fellow at Yale University in the School of Engineering and Applied Science where Dr. Paul Fleury ’60 is dean.
Ronald Bodziony and his wife, Kathleen, live in Warwick, RI, and have four boys and ten grandchildren. After serving 15 years with the U.S. Army, Ron was involved for many years in management with American President Lines — ocean cargo carriers. Now retired from the transportation industry, he has taken up bowling and golf.
I have recently received information that Joseph Walker from Grand Rapids, MI, passed away. Joe attended our 40th Reunion and was a retired regional account manger for AK Steel in Middletown, OH. His territory included the U.S., Canada, and Brazil. When I last spoke with Joe, he and his wife, Mary, had four children and six grandchildren. Joe was part of a large contingent of students that came to JCU in ’57 from Saint Ignatius where his uncle Fr. Ara Walker was president. Another uncle, Fr. Seth Walker, was pastor of Gesu Church in University Heights.
Miriam Gannon Fabien retired as head of the English Department at Madonna University in Livonia, MI. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has been married to Peter Fabien ’60 for 46 years. They now live in Farmington, MI, and have three children and six grandchildren.
The Class of ’61 is reminded of our continuing opportunity to additionally help JCU and its students by contributing to the Class of ’61 Scholarship Fund. This endowment was established at the 45th Class Reunion this past summer under the leadership of Dick Murray and Gerry O’Connell and provides financial assistance to incoming freshmen. For those of you who were not able to contribute last year, you are encouraged to join with fellow classmates this year and into the future in assisting JCU students.
Keep us informed – Jack
Don Rinehart has retired as a financial analyst with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after thirty-two years of service with the federal government including two years in the military. He and his wife, Christine, are living in Washington, D.C., where Don jogs and reads prodigiously. The Rineharts recently toured France and spend considerable time in Maine each summer.
The Honorable David Zeitzheim has retired as juvenile and probate judge for Ohio’s Ottawa County but is now a visiting judge for Lucas and Fulton counties. He and his wife, Marti, have two children and five grandchildren. When not sitting on the “bench,” he enjoys boating, tennis, and racquetball.
Mike Caton from Naples, FL, participated in the Sunset City Olympics this summer and attended his 50th high school reunion.
Irene and John Cleary just returned from two weeks in Ireland and Scotland — one highlight was a stop for a Guinness in Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub which first opened in 1620.
Buffalo attorney George Narby and his wife, Eleanor, who have four children and 11 grandchildren, just returned from Switzerland. The Narbys own a Bernese Mountain dog that just became an American Kennel Club champion. George’s other avocations include golf, skiing, sailing.
Tom Theriot and his wife, Mary Alice, have moved, from Bedford, VA, to a 13 acre farm in Liberty, KY, along with 23 sheep and five dogs.
Jim Ryan from Kensington, MD, and his wife, Kathy, have four children and three grandchildren. Jim has become an avid bicyclist and recently biked through Holland for 13 days and then rode in the famous 2 a.m. L.A.T.E. (Long After Twilight Ends) ride with 10,000 other bicyclists through Chicago’s neighborhoods and along the lakefront.
John Leahy received his law degree from The Ohio State University and is an attorney with the firm of Daley, Balyeat & Leah in Lima, OH. He and his wife, Jane, are the parents of three children — they also have two grandchildren. Outside the world of law, John has become involved with boating, golf, and travel.
Don Gallagher is living in Brentwood, TN, with his wife of 43 years, Mary Lou. They have two children and three grandchildren. The Gallaghers have traveled to Ireland, the Alps, and Spain.
Robert “Pat” Burns, a night school student most of his JCU career, has retired after 50 years as a journeyman electrician. He and his wife, Patricia, live in North Royalton and have six children, 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Joe Guta and his wife, Rosemarie, reside in Strongsville, OH — they have two daughters and four grandchildren. Joe has a time share in Atlantic City where he likes to play any kind of cards.
Jerome O’Grady retired as deputy superintendent of the New York State Police after thirty years of service. He and his wife, Mary, are living in Latham, NY. The O’Gradys have five children and three grandchildren.
From Crown Point, IN, Shawn Doolin and his wife just returned from a 4000-mile cross-county trip by car to California.
Bill Daberko is president of the Wildcat Run Country Club in Estero, FL – an Arnold Palmer designed golf course. Bill and Barb’s new home overlooks the signature 18th hole.
Congratulations to classmate Gerry O’Connell whose career in the computer industry was featured in the last edition of this magazine. Gerry and Judy, his wife of 42 years, have six children and 16 grandchildren. He was just named to JCU’s board of directors.
Keep us informed – Jack
Our 45th reunion turned out to be a spectacular three-day extravaganza with classmates attending from CO, CT, FL, GA, IN, IA, MI, NY, NC, OH, SC, and VA.
Those registering for the gathering included John Blake, Paul Boyce, Richard Burke, Gerald Burns, Michael Caton, Ed Clarke, John Cleary, Lou Colombo, Shawn Doolin, Jack Durkin, Marie French, Dan Fullerton, Chuck Fye, Art Gariepy, Tom Gerst, Paul Gilleran, Harry Hanna, Jack Hearns, Paul Hinko, Larry Hipschen, Tom Holowecky, Warren Johnson, Ken Koprowski, Gene Kramer, Dick Manning, Ed McGervey, Larry Mulvihill, Dick Murray, Bill Newman, Gerry O’Connell, Dennis Okerbloom, Dan Shaughnessy, Ray Smith, Tom Theriot, Bill Tighe, Ed Walsh, and Earl Youmell.
Those remaining on campus for the weekend were housed in Millor Hall which was completed in 1981 and named after Fr. William J. “Duke” Millor who was an icon on the campus in our days. One of the perks of being older this time around was that our class was given a dorm that has air conditioning, access ramps, and an elevator. Tom Theriot set up two tables in the main lobby displaying memorabilia of student days from a freshman beanie to the graduation tassel.
After the President’s Reception Friday evening in the Dolan Science Center, our class had dinner in the press box of the Shula Stadium which is reached by elevator. The view of the sunset and much of the campus from this rather large room that can accommodate at least 100 people provided a unique and interesting venue – for many the experience was the highlight of the weekend. Most of the class attended an Irish folk concert in the Lombardo Student Center after dinner. Saturday provided a full day of activities including a lunch in the Durkin Room in Grasselli Library, lectures, a concelebrated Mass, class photo, and formal dinner in the Jardine Room. Ray Smith was master of ceremonies and comedian extraordinaire after dinner and was well received by his classmates.
Some interesting data was developed relating to those attending our reunion: 36% still work full-time, 28% are employed part-time; and 35% are retired; 58% served in the United States Armed Forces; 50% attained advanced degrees after leaving JCU
When we graduated in ’61, there were 31 Jesuits on campus – of which 27 are now deceased; Frs. William King, Joseph Owens, Joseph Schell, and Paul Woelfl all are now residing at Colombiere Center in Clarkston, MI
Logic was chosen as our most favorite course with Modern Drama, Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Accounting, and Philosophy in close pursuit
Dr. Arthur Noetzel ’38 and Dr. Walter Nosal received the most votes for the person who had the greatest impact on our lives
John Carpenter was declared our favorite professor with Dr. Noetzel and Joseph Cotter tied for second place. Also receiving multiple votes for favorite professor included some of the great names in JCU history – Dr. George Grauel, Fr. Howard Kerner, Fr. Herman Hughes, Fr. L. J. Monville, Fr. Joseph Owens, Fr. Joseph Schell, and Dr. Thomas Stamfel
Sunday morning’s sumptuous buffet under the big tent on the main quadrangle provided one last chance for the class of ’61 to gather before we meet for our 50th reunion in 2011.
Gerry O’Connell and Dick Murray are to be congratulated for their efforts in obtaining contributions from our class toward the Class of ’61 Scholarship Fund which will provide financial aid to students who need assistance to enroll.
Keep in touch, Jack
Reunion central: Before our 45th Reunion takes place this June, take time to visit our class page on the John Carroll web site where there are numerous photos of past reunions – they are courtesy of class photographer, Tom Theriot. You can view them by going to www.jcu.edu – click on alumni & friends, to class links, and then to 1961. There are several further links on our class page that might also be of interest to you including Reunion Headquarters which will tell you as of that date which class members will be on campus for our reunion this summer.
John Cleary and his wife, Irene, just returned from the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. Since retiring after 37 years with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, NE, the Clearys have also traveled to Europe on four occasions. They have three children and four grandchildren. John recently completed two family histories and visited lots of cemeteries in the process.
Dan Fullerton and his wife live in Clinton, IA, and have five children and 12 grandchildren. Dan is a psychotherapist at Bridgeview Mental Health Center in Clinton and specializes in the area of violence – particularly with sex offenders.
Terry Ahearn is assistant vice president of Underwriting for BCS Insurance Company in Hammond, IN. He and wife, Pamela, have five children and eight grandchildren.
Retired FBI agent Marty Lauer and his wife, Carol, just returned from a trip through South America including visits to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
Joe Guta and wife, Rosemarie, reside in Strongsville, OH, and have two daughters and four grandchildren. Joe has a time share in Atlantic City where likes to plays any kind of cards.
Dr. Tom Hogan is professor of psychology at the University of Scranton. He and his wife, Dr. Margaret Hogan, have six children and nine grandchildren.
Al Hogan and his wife, Barbara, just returned from several weeks in Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia. Al retired after thirty years at the University of Toledo where he was director of systems for the university libraries. The Hogans have two children and six grandchildren.
Paul Hinko has retired from Cuyahoga Community College after 36 years as a professor and counselor. He and his wife, Lynda, live in Brooklyn, OH, where Paul is a volunteer for the local school district, assists the city as a first responder to local emergencies, and works with the Red Cross as a mental health assistant in times of crisis.
Jim Kemeny and his wife, Dorothy, just returned from an Alaskan cruise. Jim retired as deputy director of the Department of Social Services in Long Beach, CA, after 34 years. The Kemenys have five children and nine grandchildren. His current hobby is model sail boating
Bill Newman retired during the last year after thirty-eight years as a money manager – he was most recently a General Partner of Frontline Capital Management LLC in Avon, CT. He and his wife, Janet, have three children and 13 grandchildren.
Tom Burns, from Munroe Falls, OH, retired from the U.S. Department of Labor after 34 years of service. He and his wife, Kathleen, have six children and two grandchildren. Tom is now working part-time for the American Automobile Association and lends his voice to the choir at St. Vincent Church in Akron.
Keep us informed and hope to see all of you at our 45th Reunion, Jack
Dr. Paul Boyce retired as an endocrinologist specializing in diabetes and is now serving as an independent witness in the field of internal medicine for hearings related to disability claims under the Social Security Act. Paul reviews records and files and then testifies as to the merits of claims based upon medical records only. He functions from an office in Indiana but is able to testify at cases held throughout the county via video monitoring. He and his wife, Joyce, have nine children and sixteen grandchildren.
Harry Steller has retired as president of MAS — a distributorship for appliances and electronic equipment in Richfield, OH. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children and now live in Naples, FL, where Harry enjoys fishing, golfing, and playing cards on a daily basis.
Dr. Bernard Suran has retired from the faculty of the Northwestern University Medical School after 35 years as a clinical psychologists. After authoring three books and over 40 articles, he has moved to Reno, NV, where he enjoys the relaxing outdoor life of hiking the mountains and fishing the streams.
John Dwyer has retired as human resource manager for Smurfit Stone Container — a paper products company located in New Philadelphia. He and his wife, Pressy, live in North Canton and have four children and five grandchildren. When the snow disappears, John will be out on the golf course.
Deacon Richard Baum has recently retired from the position of director of Deaconate Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Richard received his degree in physics from JCU, an MS degree from the University of Rochester in Optics and an MA degree in Pastoral Theology from the Saint Mary-of-the Woods College. He was ordained a deacon in 1981 for the Diocese of Syracuse and in 1997 received the St. Philip’s Award from the Deaconate Community for his outstanding work in the field of evangelization. He and his wife, Geraldine, live in the Chicago area and have two children and one granddaughter. In retirement, Richard is a substitute teacher and golfer.
Chuck Durbin and his wife, Madeline, are living in Denver, CO. He retired after working 30 years at Rocky Flats — the nuclear plaint in Golden, CO, where for the last 10 years he was involved in the manufacture of small parts for the laser fusion program. The Durbins have 10 children and nine grandchildren.
Gerry Burns is living in Cary, NC, with his wife, Nancy. They have four children and three granddaughters.
The Reunion Committee now numbers 13 members — more volunteers are needed — primarily to make calls to classmates to encourage attendance at Reunion 2006. If interested, contact the Alumni Office at 1-800-736-2586. Also contact Rosalie Massey at the same number if you know the whereabouts of the following members of the Class of ’61 — William Brown, Douglas Carson, Vincent Conroy, Michael Cuccaro, Jacob Froelich, Roydon Fernandez, Mary Fevrier, Charles Foerstner, Frank Gibson, Thomas Heffernan, Robert Jablonski, Robert Lucas, George Marcelo, Ronald Martin, Edward McDonnell, Dennis McMullen, James Medve, Robert Moran, Mary O’Donnell, Eleanor Roy, Lawrence Schneider, Robert Steele, and John Spisak.
Hope to see all of you at our 45th reunion this summer, Jack
Our class warmed up for the 45th reunion next summer by holding our second mini-reunion on October 8, 2005. After the JCU/Muskingum football game at Shula Stadium, there was a class dinner at the Claddagh Irish Pub at Legacy Village located in Lyndhurst – as you might recall, all classmates were invited through the last issue of this column to sign up with Tom Gerst. Present were Kathleen and Ed “Clarkee” Clarke, Peg and Jack Durkin, Joanne and Tom Gerst, Ellen and Jack Hearns, JoAnn and Gene Kramer, and Tom Theriot who came to the festivities all the way from Virginia.
Philip Barber is living in Dade City, FL, with his wife, Barbara. They have four children and eight grandchildren – three of whom were adopted from Russia. Prior to his retirement, Phil was president and a director of Coastal Bank. Both he and his wife enjoyed sailing the Gulf of Mexico on several occasions and now have a 40-ft. motor home in which they travel throughout the U.S. four months a year.
Jack Durkin reports that Dr. Jim Dowling and his wife, Ann, escaped the recent hurricanes without too much inconvenience other than some water damage. Jim, who has retired from his general surgery practice, was considered one of the top surgeons in Louisiana and was also the team physician for the New Orleans Saints. The Dowlings live outside the Big Easy in Mandeville, LA.
Jim Biaglow is a retired aerospace engineer from the Glenn Research Center of NASA – he also received his graduate degree from JCU. He and his wife, Vera, live in Strongsville and have four children and three grandchildren. Jim has over 8000 daylilies, breeds new varieties, and has 50 registered varieties. The daylilies comprise the small genus Hemerocallis of flowering plants in the family Hemerocallidaceae. The name Hemerocallis is based on the Greek words for day and beauty, which reflects the fact that the individual flowers last for only one day.
Mike Frank retired from 44 years of teaching – most of his career was at Troy (MI) High School where he taught English, Latin, and film. He received his MA from the University of Michigan in English Literature and also taught at Oakland Community College. His hobbies include biking, hiking, and writing. He and his wife, Judith, live in Troy and have one daughter who lives in Chicago.
Ray Fosselman has retired from management at the Red Cross where he worked for twenty-two years. He and his wife, Loretta, have three children and three grandchildren. The Fosselmans just returned from Beijing, China. Other destinations they have enjoyed in their travels include Zurich, Switzerland and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Returning to the topic of our 45th reunion which will take place June 23-25, 2006, all of you should have received a personal profile that will assist in updating records in the alumni office — you can also go on the Web site – www.jcu.edu/alumni – to complete the form. The questionnaire also asks for volunteers to serve on the Reunion Committee which thus far includes Ed Clarke, Jack Durkin, Tom Gerst, Harry Hanna, Jack Hearns, Gene Kramer, Larry Mulvihill, Dick Murray, Tom Theriot, and Bill Tighe. – all volunteers can be assured membership in this esteemed committee that primarily will make calls to classmates to encourage attendance at Reunion 2006.
Keep us informed, Jack
Dr. Jim Smith has retired from the practice of cardiac surgery and is living with his wife, Elizabeth, in Seattle, WA. They recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary and have six children and four grandchildren.
Joseph Esser, from New Providence, NJ, retired in February from the publishing company of Reed-Elsevier, Inc. where he worked on directories including the Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook. Joe was a radio operator during his days in the Army. His hobbies, not surprisingly, include shortwave radio, but he is also interested in tennis and jazz. Presently, he works in the publications arena on a part-time basis for R.R. Bowker.
Joanne and Tom Gerst and June and Ed McGervey visited Mary Alice and Tom Theriot this summer on their 10-acre farm in Bedford, VA.
Richard Flory and his wife, Martha, are residing in Lancaster, KY, where Richard recently retired from Suburban Equipment. They have two sons and six grandchildren – two of whom are starting college this fall.
Bill Newman retired from investment management after 37 years – most recently he was in charge of the Frontline Capital hedge fund. Early in his career, he worked at TRW in Cleveland and taught a business course at JCU. Later, he served on the JCU Business Advisory Council for over 20 years. He and his wife, Janet, have three sons and twelve grandchildren. Bill is very active in the VFW in Avon, CT, and is the editor of a monthly newsletter relating to military topics.
Marie French has retired from the field of education and enjoys traveling – recent trips include a Mediterranean cruise and an Antarctic cruise.
Michael Forman, professor of Linguistics at the University of Hawaii, recently traveled to East Timor – a country of the western Pacific Ocean and the world’s youngest nation – it achieved full independence in 2002. His university has a project there to help with sustainable agriculture and he was asked to help with the linguistics involved which includes the two official languages – Tetun and Portuguese; two working languages – English and Bahasa Indonesia; and sixteen national languages. Mike indicated it presented a nightmare for members of the College of Tropical Agriculture but was a linguist’s paradise. You might remember that Mike was in the first graduating class of the Peace Corps and was sent to the Philippines in the early ’60s where he met his wife, Sheila. They came back to New York so that Mike could study linguistics, anthropology, and Southeast Asian studies at Cornell where he received a Ph.D. The Formans live in Honolulu and have four children.
Gene Kramer and his wife, JoAnn, continue to reside in Lakewood – they have three children and two grandchildren. Gene is vice president of the board for the Lyric Opera of Cleveland, a member of the board for Regina Health Center, on the board for HELP Foundation, and recently joined the leadership council of Future Church.
Our class is warming up for the 45th reunion next summer by again holding a mini-reunion on October 8. 2005. After the Muskingum football game at Shula Stadium, there will be a class dinner – if interested, contact Tom Gerst at 1-330-867-5928 or Tom@MRAKRON.com.
Keep us informed, Jack
Don Baerwalde has retired from IBM after forty years of service. He and his wife, Lee, have five children and ten grandchildren and reside in Kennesaw, GA. Don worked for IBM in both Cleveland and Atlanta. During his spare time, Don gardens and volunteers with his local church.
Michael Pupa is now fully retired – he had been a mortgage broker for over thirty years prior to working recently at Cleveland Title. He and his wife, Anita, who owns a travel business. do much traveling – they have two children.
John Tien and his wife, Marlene, live in Twinsburg and for the last several years have spent three months each winter in Bradenton, FL. The Tiens, who have four children and three grandchildren, recently traveled to North Dakota and caught up with John’s JCU roommate – George Arthur.
Bill Tighe, who officially retired three years ago from Borromeo/St. Mary Seminary after 43 years of service, continues to function as the athletic director and a faculty member on the Wickliffe campus. He and his wife, Barbara, have five children and 12 grandchildren – nine of whom live in the Cleveland area.
Richard Niedzwiecki retired from NASA Lewis Research Center after 34 years of service where he was supervisor of the Atmospheric Sciences Department. He is now a consultant for the United Nations and the National Academy of Science. He and his wife, Susan, have two children and three grandchildren and live in Brunswick, OH. When not involved in science, Richard collects stamps and coins and enjoys traveling with his wife to the Caribbean islands.
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page recently praised Judge Harry Hanna for putting out a court rule that immediately set aside 80% of the Cuyahoga County’s 41,000 asbestos claims. “We’re parking the people who aren’t sick,” he explained. “If down the road, they get sick, they can ask for their claims to be reinstated and they will be.” The WSJ response: “Imagine that: A legal order in which the sick can make a claim, but those who aren’t sick (and may never be) can’t abuse the system in order to cadge a class-action windfall.”
I was finally able to locate Dr. Daniel Hoy in Pawtucket, RI. When Dan graduated with us, he received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in philosophy and did graduate work at Tulane University. His first teaching assignment was at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA where he taught theology and philosophy. While there, he also received a M.A. degree in philosophy from Boston College. He then taught philosophy at the University of Dayton and Rhode Island College. He then became a community organizer and planner, majored in counseling at Assumption College, and received a doctorate in psychology from Boston University. For the last 25 years, he has functioned as a licensed psychologist in a Child Guidance Clinic and public school district. When Dan married his wife, Ellen, six years ago, she had three children and he had five. Between them, they now have 12 grandchildren.
Keep us informed, Jack
Warm regards from India: Thanks to the Internet, we were able to contact Kailash Bagaria in Kolkata (known as Calcutta prior to 2001). Kailash, a father and grandfather, has been a highly successful businessman in India since the days he left JCU after being president of the Carroll Union. Starting in the early 1960s, he managed Steelsworth Group in Assam which is the world’s largest tea machinery manufacturer and exporter. He has also been chairman of Buildwell Group, past general secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, and has served on numerous boards of companies, schools, and hospitals. He is the president and managing trustee of Bagaria Charitable Trust. Unlike most of our classmates that seem to have gravitated to golf, Kailash is a member of the Calcutta Club, the Bengal Rowing Club, and the National Cricket Club.
Our class was represented at the most recent Alumni Mass and Breakfast by Peg and Jack Durkin, Joanne and Tom Gerst, Ellen and Jack Hearns, JoAnn and Gene Kramer, and Joanne and Dan Shaughnessy. The Rev. Thomas P. O’Malley, president of JCU from 1980 to 1988 honored us with his presence at our class table during the breakfast.
Richard Burke from Simpsonville, SC has been informed that he has been successful in setting a new Guinness World Record in the category of “Most blood donated – plasmapheresis.” Since 1975, he has donated 1,411 units of blood (the equivalent of 634.95 liters) during 1,193 blood donation visits.
Not too long ago, we referenced the retirement of Dick Murray from Dallas, TX. He and his wife, Vinton, have resurfaced in Asheville, NC on the very street where his wife was raised. While most know the city for being the home of the Biltmore House as well as a center for arts, crafts, and music, Dick describes it as having “a wonderful and funky kind of charm in the middle of a great climate.” No doubt it also has a few championship golf courses since Dick is an avid golfer.
Larry Mulvihill retired from the law firm of Smith, Haugher, Rice & Rogers in Grand Rapids, MI, after spending over 40 years as a trial attorney. He has opened his own office in Grand Haven, MI, a resort city on Lake Michigan, and lives in Ferrysburg where he serves on the City Council and is chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He and his wife, Mary, have four children and eight grandchildren – a son and two daughters-in-law have degrees from JCU.
Jack Durkin and his son, Sean, recently spent 11 days on a 45-ft. sloop sailing the Caribbean Sea around the U.S., British, and Spanish Virgin Islands. Jack, a four-year veteran of the U.S. Navy reports the crew of five encountered severe storms and rough seas for most of the trip.
Jim DeClerck retired from Kodak after 39 years of service. Just before retiring, he was manager of the logistics division for Kodak (China) in Xiamen where his company built a film and paper manufacturing plant. Today, 50% of the film produced by the plant is sold in China and the remaining 50% is purchased throughout the rest of Asia. Jim and his wife, Uta, reside in Huntington Beach, CA – they have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Keep us informed – Jack
Al Trentini and his wife, Jean, from Dana Point, CA have been married for 43 years. They have two sons and three grandchildren. Al retired after 31 years of service with the Los Angeles County Administration and has traveled with his wife to Egypt, Israel, Italy, Hawaii, and Canada. Al is the president of the local Sons of Italy lodge which raises monies for scholarships and charitable organizations.
Tom Hogan was recently named Distinguished University Professor at the University of Scranton – the award recognizes sustained and exceptional excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. Tom is professor of psychology at Scranton where he has also served as dean of the Graduate School and acting provost. He and his wife, Dr. Margret Hogan, have six children and eight grandchildren.
Bill Daberko recently moved to Estero, FL. Two weeks into his new home, lighting struck his phone system and swimming pool. Two weeks later, his wife, Barbara, was evacuated from the hospital due to Hurricane Charlie. She eventually underwent successful knee replacement and is back on the links with Bill playing 18 holes at the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course at the development which is the oldest gated community in Estero. The Daberkos, married 43 years, have two grandchildren.
Tom Gerst put together a mini-reunion during the JCU Homecoming weekend — in attendance were Sally and Tony Antolini, Eddie Clarke, Peg and Jack Durkin, Joanne and Tom Gerst, Ellen and Jack Hearns, Gene Kramer, Jan and Bill Newman, and Tom Theriot.
Terrence Berring from Canton has retired from Katzenbach and Warren — a wallpaper manufacturing company. He and his wife, Pat, have three daughters.
Jim Dowling and his wife, Ann, have been traveling through Canada. Jim retired from the practice of general surgery in New Orleans and is now living in Mandeville, LA. The Dowlings have two children and four grandchildren.
Paul Zifchak is the retired regional sales manager for Kayser Roth Hosiery. He and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Clemmons, NC. The Zifchaks have four children and four grandchildren.
Don Wysocki retired from Bayer Corporation where he worked for 28 years. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and was a marketing manager with Bayer as well as working in the polymers division. He and his wife, Susan, have four children and are expecting their second grandchild.
Charles Van Tilburg received his M.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and was a pediatrician for half of his medical career with Kaiser Permanente. He presently is a part-time teacher at NEOUCOM where he teaches general medicine in the clinical performance center. He recently traveled to his reunion with the 199th Infantry Brigade — when serving in Viet Nam — he received the Bronze Star. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Medina and have six children and six grandchildren.
Keep us informed, Jack
Mike Urbanek graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and has a dental practice in Toledo. He and his wife, Judy, recently moved to Avon, OH. The Urbaneks, who are looking forward to celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary, have three children and two grandchildren. Mike reports that Dave Boslett and his wife, Linda, have two children and live in Pittsburgh, PA. Dave is semi-retired and is an avid fisherman.
George Arthur from Stillwater, MN retired from 3M after thirty-three years of service. After JCU, he joined the U.S. Navy and completed OCS in Newport and an engineering program in Charleston before spending three years on an ocean minesweeper. While serving on Admiral McCain’s staff in London, he met his future wife, Pam, to whom he has been married to for thirty-eight years. They have one daughter.
Pete Welch from Ashtabula is a retired account executive from KeyBank. He and his wife, Joann, spend considerable time with their three grandchildren.
Joe Radican retired from the Cleveland Catholic Diocese this past school year after thirty-nine years of service as an educator/administrator at three high schools – St. Joseph, Lake Catholic, and Villa Angela-St. Joseph.
John Cleary retired from the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, NY after thirty-seven years of service where he was international program manager for the Development of Joint International Programs. He and his wife, Irene, have three children and four grandchildren and just returned from an eleven day trip to Ireland — last summer they were in France.
Bill Barnard is the retired director of Public Relations for the Plain Dealer. His four decade career at the PD ranged from copy boy to award winning reporter to management. He and his wife, Mildred, have been married for forty-three years and have three children and four grandchildren. Bill is a consultant for non-profit organizations, is president of the board for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and is the past president of the board for Shoes and Clothes for Kids.
Jerry Walsh continues as a principal with the M.D.C. Insurance Company in Marietta, GA. In his spare time, he sings bass in the Big Chicken Barbershop Chorus which just returned from international competition in Louisville, KY. Jerry has three grandchildren.
Frank Sobol is living in Bethesda, MD with his wife, Mary Susan Leighton, – they have two children. Frank served with the U.S. Army in South Vietnam and received the Bronze Star. He received an M.A. and Ed.D. from Stanford University with emphasis on research on teaching before obtaining a law degree from Catholic University of America. He did post-JD studies in regulatory law at George Washington University. From 1973 to 1999, Frank utilized his legal background and educational research skills with the Federal Government in positions at the National Institute of Education, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Office of the Counsel to the President where he serviced both President George W. Bush and President William Clinton. Since retirement in 1999, Frank has been serving the U.S. Department of Education as a consultant.
Keep us informed by fax, phone, or e-mail. Jack
Tony Antolini is completing his 40th year of practicing dentistry in Warren, OH. He is involved at the state level with the Ohio Dental Association working on their Annual Session. He and his wife, Sally, often travel to Washington, D.C. and New York city to visit their four children and three grandchildren.
Tom Theriot and his wife, Mary Alice, continue to enjoy their ten-acre farm in Spring Mountain Lake, VA. They train dogs to perform search and rescue missions as well as to do field trials. Tom attended the Division III Final Four in Salem, VA and was impressed with the large contingent of JCU fans present.
Larry Hipschen and his wife, Eileen, just returned from a vacation in Hawaii. He retired from the Michigan Livonia Public Schools, where he was an elementary teacher, and now enjoys fishing in a small river close to his home in northern Michigan. He is also active in the Knights of Columbus. The Hipschens now have ten grandchildren.
Tom Hippley is president of Fisher & Associates — a consulting company for civil engineers. He and his wife, Adele, have two sons.
Dick Murray from Dallas, TX joined the ranks of the retired after forty-one years in the advertising agency business. For the last thirteen years, Dick was a principal with The Richards Group where he most recently was advertising cellular phones, beer, orange juice, and business jets. Over the years, he was involved with accounts such as American Airlines, GTE, Campbell Soup Company, RCA, Canadian Club, Solarcaine, Renault, Procter & Gamble and General Foods. On a pro bono basis, Dick has worked on national campaigns for the American Cancer Society and Junior Achievement. When not attempting to improve his golf game at the Cottonwood Valley County Club, Dick will be spending more time with wife, Vinton, and his three children. I am indebted to Dick for the following report regarding several of our classmates: Jack Doerr spent most of February in New Zealand and then came back for a month in Palm Springs. He continues to consult in the insurance benefits business and gives invaluable counseling to the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Gerry O’Connell is working hard to turn around another software company. This is at least the third time he claims this is his “last” project.
Lou Colombo was facing some hand surgery but it seems to have mended on its own. He’s now back to playing golf and offering to heal hackers.”
Ed Clarke and his wife, Kathleen, renewed their vows recently on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary at Our Lady of the Angels Church. Ed is the founder of the Legal Eagles which is an organization of over one hundred attorneys and judges that have graduated from St. Edward High School. Ed recently met in Cleveland with his college roommate, Michael Caton, who is National Director of Sales for TSB Bearings. Mike and his wife, Margaret, are now living in Naples, FL and have two children.
Marty Lauer and his wife, Carol, are back from a rail/cruise trip in Alaska. Marty retired from the FBI after thirty years of service — his specialty was in the area of antiterrorism. He spends most of his free time now reading and visiting Civil War battlefields.
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Lowell Amick, a consultant with Tappan for eighteen years, is now with Carlisle Engineered Products in Chardon, OH, which produces plastic trim for the auto industry. He and his wife, Mary, live in Mansfield and have one child and three grandchildren.
Gerry Ziegler from Holister, CA is handling public relations for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company which is located in Hsin-Chu and is the first and largest dedicated semiconductor foundry in the world. TSMC makes chips for hundreds of manufacturers such as Philips and Motorola. Gerry and his wife, Sally, have three children and seven grandchildren and make an annual trip to the ski slopes of Utah.
Bruce E. “Bix” Bixler is now a CPA accounting consultant in Spokane, WA. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children and one grandchild. For relaxation, the Bixlers enjoy cruises and have a home that overlooks a golf course.
Our class was represented at the Alumni Mass and Communion Breakfast by Peg and Jack Durkin, Joanne and Tom Gerst, and Ellen and Jack Hearns. The bulletin for the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist that day featured an article on The Rev. John F. Murphy who was retiring as secretary and Vicar for Clergy and Religious for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese. Fr. Murphy received his M.A. from JCU in ’61 – and was an outstanding educator who taught Ethics I & II to many of us during our senior year.
The Durkins and Gersts are traveling to Sicily this year on a trip sponsored by the Bishop Pilla Program in Italian American Studies at JCU – for the last several months they have been on campus each Wednesday studying Italian.
Bill Connelly is a partner in the law firm of Connelly, Jackson, and Collier which specializes in medical malpractice, wrongful death, and personal injury. Bill received his law degree from The Ohio State University. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Toledo.
Don Rinehart is a financial analyst with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has been living in Washington, D.C. since 1997. During his more than a quarter of a century of service to the commission, he has also been based in New York and Los Angeles.
Speaking of LA, Ed Walsh recently returned from Los Angeles where he visited his daughter — he has two other children and eight grandchildren. He has spent most of his life as a writer and publisher and has served on the advisory board of this magazine for many years. Ed and his wife, Rannigan, recently added Ginger, a golden retriever, to their household in Orange Village.
Al Hogan and yours truly recently had the opportunity to attend our 50th anniversary reunion at Cleveland’s Our Lady of Angels School. Al served the University of Toledo for 30 years as director of systems for the University Libraries. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children and six grandchildren with whom they spend much of their free time.
Richard Henderson from Alexandria, VA is director of Government Affairs for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance in Washington, D.C. CVSA is a non-profit organization of federal, state, and provincial government agencies and representatives from private industry in the United States, Canada, and Mexico dedicated to improving commercial vehicle safety. Among other duties, Dick is a lobbyist who is a familiar face on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Transportation.
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Dick Burke from Houston, TX is a staff accountant at Curlee Manufacturing which is a division of Emerson Electric. Earlier this year, he gave his 1300th blood donation, totaling 163 gallons. He is a serial aphaeresis donor and gives plasma and/or platelets twice a week. Dick recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as a volunteer firefighter and holds the rank of deputy chief.
Joe Walker recently retired as regional account manger for AK Steel in Middletown, OH. His territory included the U.S., Canada, and Brazil. Joe and his wife, Mary, have four children and six grandchildren. They have become involved in the Elderhostel program and recently traveled to Florida to study the history of St. Augustine.
Jack Durkin was chosen as an Honorary Life Member of the Cleveland Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Jack has been a member of the organization for 37 years and served on the board of trustees for four years. In 1995, he was named the organization’s outstanding member.
Chuck Durbin and his wife, Madeline, are living in Denver, CO. He retired after working 30 years at Rocky Flats — the nuclear plaint in Golden Colorado, where he was involved for the last ten years in the manufacture of small parts for the laser fusion program. The Durbins have ten children and nine grandchildren.
Bob Silva retired from teaching English at St. Xavier High School in Louisville, KY, after spending 42 years in the classroom. He and his wife, Judith, have three children and five grandchildren. The Silvas spend several days a week volunteering at the Cathedral of the Assumption and St. Joseph Center in Louisville.
Richard M. Robey continues to add to his antique car collection — he now has thirty-one Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln cars that date from the 1940s through 1970.
P. Laurence “Larry” Mulvihill has written an impressive article entitled A Tribute To An Unsung Hero regarding his freshman roommate Tom Culp, who left JCU at the end of the first year, enrolled at West Point, graduated in ’62, became a Green Beret, and was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967. Larry saw a picture twelve years ago that was published nationally showing Tom’s son meditating at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington. All efforts to reach the son failed until recently when Larry found the name he was looking for in the Akron telephone directory. This past October, Larry and his wife, Mary, were able to meet for dinner with Tom’s two sons, who were preparing to travel to Vietnam where they ventured to the Cambodian border on the Hong Ngu River — the approximate site of their father’s death.
Deacon Richard Baum has been appointed the director of Deaconate Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago by Francis Cardinal George. In recent years, he has served as the associate director of the formation program. Richard received his degree in physics from JCU, an MS degree from the University of Rochester in Optics and an MA degree in Pastoral Theology from the St. Mary’s-of-the Woods College. Ordained a deacon in 1981 for the Diocese of Syracuse, he and his wife, Geraldine, and their two children moved to the Chicago area where he has served in a wide range of ministries in four parishes. In 1997 he received the St. Philip’s Award from the Deaconate Community for his outstanding work in the field of evangelization. In his secular employment, Richard was an engineer and program manager for Motorola Foundation.
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Jerry Ramusack has recently become project manager for Tishman Construction and is managing the renovation of the Chicago Public Schools. The Raumsacks now have three grandchildren and recently took a cruise through the Panama Canal. Jerry is looking forward to the summer when he cruises Lake Michigan in his boat — “The Vital Signs.”
Tom and Joanne Gerst have two granddaughters (their mother is JCU grad Kathy Gerst Jackson ’91) and are expecting two more grandchildren very shortly. While Tom is in his 27th year as owner of Management Recruiters of Akron which specializes in executive search job placement for the rubber and plastic industry, his son, Mike, is continuing to take on more responsibilities for the company’s day-to-day operations.
Jack Durkin, the author, is now the inventor of a product designed to prevent snoring. It is a registered trademark by the name of “SNORRRELESS NITES”™ and is designed to prevent an individual from rolling over onto one’s back where 90% of snoring occurs.
John Blake and his wife, Kay, are now both retired. Still residing in Middletown, OH, they recently took trips to Minnesota, Chicago, and Cape Cod.
Bill Tighe is retiring from Borromeo/St. Mary seminary after serving forty-three years as teacher, vocation advisor, faculty member, and athletic director. Bill and wife, Barbara, were in attendance with their five children and twelve grandchildren when Bill was honored with the fitness center at the seminary being dedicated to William Tighe and Family. Bishop Anthony M. Pilla was also present to extend his appreciation.
Tom “T” Theriot and his wife, Mary Alice, have settled into their new ten-acre farm in Spring Mountain Lake, VA. They now have four dogs, five ducks, and eighteen sheep. In addition to working the farm on his tractor, Tom works out daily at the local YMCA running and lifting.
Bill Somnitz has three children and two grandchildren. He is a retired teacher from the Mayfield City Schools.
Ed McGervey and his wife, June, have three children and are expecting their seventh grandchild. When not consulting with the A. F. McGervey & Company, where he retired after 40 years as a CPA, he and his wife enjoy golfing and spending time at their beach house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Anthony Antolini is completing his 39th year of practicing dentistry in Warren, OH. He and his wife, Sally, have four children and two grandchildren.
Gene Dalessandro is retired from the insurance business. He and his wife, Andrea, have two grandchildren and recently traveled to Italy.
Jack Hearns and his wife, Ellen, recently returned from Russia and the Ukraine. … Ed Parks and his wife, Gerri, have six children and are expecting their twelfth grandchild. Ed’s special interests include working with the Thompson Educational Foundation — a $260 million private foundation.
Jim Meehan, a CPA, was with the Internal Revenue Service for twenty-nine years. He and his wife, Laverne, have three children and three grandchildren.
Dick Vitale is vice president of Innovatively Yours — a private catering service. He and his wife, Diana, have three children including Deanna ’93.
Congratulations to Paul Fleury for being included in the most recent edition of JCU’s Making a Difference. Paul is the dean of engineering and a professor of engineering and applied physics at Yale University. He also is the co-chairman for JCU’s Dolan Center Challenge Committee.
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Dr. Paul Boyce, an endocrinologist specializing in diabetes, is practicing medicine at Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis and St. Vincent Hospital. Paul went to the University of Indiana for medical school and was named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He and his wife, Joyce, have nine children – eight of whom have graduated from college, including Molly ’89. The youngest will graduate this coming year. The Boyces also have twelve grandchildren.
George Narby, a graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo School of Law, is a practicing attorney in Buffalo. His avocational interests include golf, skiing, sailing, and travel. He and his wife, Eleanor, have four children and ten grandchildren.
John Leahy received his law degree from The Ohio State University and is an attorney with the firm of Daley, Balyeat, Balyeat & Leahy in Lima, OH. He and his wife, Jane, are the parents of three children – they also have one grandchild.
Jim Ryan from Kensington, MD received a MS degree in mathematics from George Washington University. A retired geophysicist, he worked for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children and two grandchildren. A U.S. and European traveler, Jim has also taken up an interest in stained glass windows – “for fun and profit.” and has become an avid bicyclist. During the winter, he rides the streets of Naples, FL.
Norman Chonacky is a senior research scientist with Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and was a college professor in Olympia, WA. The Chonackys have four children and one grandchild. Norm’s wife served as president of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA for eight years and is now consulting and writing books
John Kelly and his wife, Diane, are living in Shorewood, IL. A retired school superintendent, John enjoys reading, travel, and “seeing and being with family and friends.” The Kellys have two children.
Don Gallagher is living in Brentwood, TN, with his wife of thirty-nine years, Mary Lou. They have two children and two grandchildren . Don retired from CPS Corporation four years ago where he had been vice president of quality and process management. As he moved up the career ladder, Don gained valuable experiences at Procter and Gamble, Polaroid, and Mead Johnson. The Gallaghers have traveled to Ireland, the Alps, and Spain.
Joe Guta and his wife, Rosemarie, reside in Strongsville, OH – they have two daughters and three grandchildren. Joe retired recently from Procter and Gamble where he worked for thirty-two years. Joe has time shares in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, likes to plays any kind of cards, and is working part-time as a fitness instructor at the Strongsville Recreation Center.
After 30 years in software engineering with Goodyear Aerospace and Lockheed Martin in Akron, Frank Sigmund migrated to Phoenix, AZ, in 1997, where he leads the software engineering process group at Honeywell International. For recreation, he plays tennis, swims, hikes, and enjoys the sunshine and dry climate. Frank and his wife, Judy, have three sons and a granddaughter and reside in Cave Creek, AZ.
Tom Jacobson is in his 41st. year at NASA-Lewis Research Center where he specializes in micro gravity space experiments. He and his wife, Marge, have three children – Michael, who is in his first year of residency in psychiatry in Pittsburgh, Mary, and Dan – a second year law student at Cleveland Marshall Law School.
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Dr. Paul Boyce, an endocrinologist specializing in diabetes, is practicing medicine at Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis and St. Vincent Hospital. Paul went to the University of Indiana for medical school and was named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He and his wife, Joyce, have nine children — eight of whom have graduated from college including Molly ’89 Anderson. The youngest will graduate this coming year. The Boyces also have twelve grandchildren.
George Narby, a graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo School of Law, is a practicing attorney in Buffalo. His avocations include golf, skiing, sailing, and travel. He and his wife, Eleanor, have four children and ten grandchildren.
John Leahy received his law degree from The Ohio State University and is an attorney with the firm of Daley, Balyeat, Balyeat & Leah in Lima, OH. He and his wife, Jane, are the parents of three children — they also have one grandchild. Outside the world of law, John has become involved with boating, golf, and travel.
Jim Ryan from Kensington, MD received an MS degree in mathematics from George Washington University. A retired geophysicist, he worked for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children and two grandchildren. A US and European traveler, Jim has also taken up an interest in stained glass windows — “for fun and profit” — and has become an avid bicyclist. During the winter, he rides the streets of Naples, FL, and will be going to Europe in August to explore Holland by bike.
Norman Chonacky is a senior research scientist with Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and was a college professor in Olympia, WA, where he also served on the Board of Directors for the Bread & Roses — the local Catholic Workers organization. Now that he and his wife, Jane Jervis, are in New York City, he intends to continue his involvement with CW. The Chonackys have four children and one grandchild. Norm’s wife served as president of Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, for eight years and is now consulting and writing books.
John Kelly and his wife, Diane, are living in Shorewood, IL. John received an MA degree from JCU in ’72 and did additional graduate work at Western Illinois. During his career as an educator, he received many honors including being named Outstanding Catholic Educator for the state of Illinois. A retired school superintendent, John enjoys reading, travel, and “seeing and being with family and friends.” The Kellys have two children.
Don Gallagher is living in Brentwood, TN, with his wife of thirty-nine years, Mary Lou. They have two children and two grandchildren. Don retired from CPS Corporation four years ago, where he had been vice president of quality and process management. As he moved up the career ladder, Don gained valuable experiences at Procter and Gamble, Polaroid, and Mead Johnson. The Gallaghers have traveled to Ireland, the Alps, and Spain.
Robert “Pat” Burns retired after 40 years as a journeyman electrician. Pat has been involved with the American Socialist Labor Party for over four decades. He and his wife, Patricia, live in North Royalton and have six children, seventeen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Joe Guta and his wife, Rosemarie, reside in Strongsville, OH — they have two daughters and three grandchildren. Joe retired recently from Procter and Gamble, where he worked for thirty-two years. Joe has time shares in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, likes to play any kind of cards, and is working part-time as a fitness instructor at the Strongsville Recreation Center.
After 30 years in software engineering with Goodyear Aerospace and Lockheed Martin in Akron, Frank Sigmund migrated to Phoenix, AZ, in 1997, where he leads the software engineering process group at Honeywell International. For recreation, he plays tennis, swims, hikes, and enjoys the sunshine and dry climate. Frank and his wife, Judy, have three sons and a granddaughter and reside in Cave Creek, AZ.
Tom Jacobson is in his 41st year at NASA-Lewis Research Center, where he specializes in microgravity space experiments. He and his wife, Marge, have three children — Michael, who is in his first year of residency in psychiatry in Pittsburgh, Mary, and Dan — a second year law student at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Jim Kemeny, who is Tom Jacobson’s brother-in-law, resides in Long Beach, CA. He was in the Army for two years (Oakland Army Terminal, Brooklyn Army Terminal, and Fort Lauderdale (Cuban Missile Crisis). After the army, he spent five years in the reserves and the California National Guard. He eventually retired as deputy district director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services after thirty-two years of service. He and his wife, Dorothy, have been married for 40 years and have five children and six grandchildren.
The Honorable Harry Hanna is back on the bench after recovering from a hip replacement. He and his wife, Dotty, have seven children and eight grandchildren.
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Bill Anzick retired from IBM Corp. after 32 years. For the last 15 years, he was senior systems engineer at the T. J. Watson Research Center working in communications. Bill, who received an MS degree in physics from The Ohio State University, was honored at IBM with the Research Outstanding Innovation Award and the IBM Corporate Technical Achievement Award. He and his wife, Rose, have one daughter and one grandchild and are living in Mahopac, NY.
Ed McGervey is semi retired after spending 40 years as an employee/partner of the A.F. McGervery & Company where he was a CPA. He and his wife, June, have three children and six grandchildren. When Ed is not golfing, he and his wife enjoy spending time with three Labrador retrievers at their Beach House on The Outer Banks of North Carolina appropriately called Labrador Retreat.
Paul “Bird” Gilleran is attending classes at the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI. At the end of the two-year program, Paul hopes to become certified as a spiritual director and use his newly acquired background in the area of workplace spirituality amongst lawyers. Paul and his wife, Carole, have three children.
Ray Buchanan and his wife, Judy, from Fairport, NY are on their way to Costa Rica to visit their youngest daughter who is studying Spanish and tropical ecology as part of her junior year abroad program at Fordham University.
Paul Hinko is retiring this July after thirty-six years of service with Cuyahoga Community College as a counselor, teacher, and administrator. Paul received a Doctorate in Education from the University of Akron in counseling. While he has no specific plans for the future, he is determined to develop more consistency with his golf game.
The Honorable David Zeitzheim is juvenile and probate judge for Ohio’s Ottawa County. David and his wife, Marti, have two children and four grandchildren. When not sitting on the “bench,” he enjoys boating, tennis, and racquetball.
Tom “T” Theriot has retired as manager of the risk management department for Exxon Mobile Corp. in Fairfax, VA. He and his wife, Mary Alice, have purchased a ten-acre farm in Spring Mountain Lake, VA and are going to train show dogs. They presently have several collies and Belgium police dogs that perform field trials and search and rescue missions.
Dan Shaughnessy is a consultant in the area of computer software development. He and his wife of thirty-eight years, Joanne, have seven children (three are JCU grads) and eight grandchildren. The Shaughnessys enjoy traveling to Ireland and their frequent visits to see their family — all live out-of-state.
Jack and Ellen Hearns are enjoying their first grandchild, Marina Hearns. Her mother, Maria Ciccolini Hearns, is a ’90 JCU grad.
Ed Parks is a partner with Plante & Moran — one of the nation’s largest CPA firms, where he is a family business consultant. Ed is presently a trustee with the Thompson McCully Foundation — a large private foundation dedicated to helping low income and disadvantaged Detroiters to become self-sufficient. He and his wife, Gerri, live in Birmingham, MI and have six children and eleven grandchildren.
Jerry Ramusack from South Holland, IL is project manager for Viking Construction Management and owner and president of Jen-Dor Properties — a property management company. He and his wife of thirty-seven years, Donna, have two children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, Jerry enjoys skiing, boating on Lake Michigan, and traveling.
Gene Kramer has a private law practice that advises local governments and nonprofit organizations. He is also president of the board of trustees of Regina Health Center, vice president of the board of trustees of Lyric Opera Cleveland, and is a trustee of the Citizens League of Greater Cleveland. He and his wife, JoAnn, have three children and recently became grandparents of twin boys.
Maurice “Pete” Welch is retired from the banking business and is spending time with his three children, one grandchild, and his fiancée.
Jack and Peg Durkin are on the road these days including a three-week tour of Florida, several weeks out west, and then on to Canada to see the Glacier National Park and attend the Calgary Stampede.
Bruce “Bix” Bixler is business assurance director for Moss Adams — a CPA firm in Spokane, WA. He had done graduate work at the University of Washington and Gonzaga University and is a devoted fan of the Mariners and the Seahawks. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.
Bill Tighe is in his 41st year at Borromeo Seminary where he is community life director and athletic director. He is active in vocation work, fund-raising, and is an officer in the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Barbara, have five children and twelve grandchildren.
Congratulations to Len Judy who was recognized in the university’s inaugural edition of Making a Difference. Len retired as the chairman and CEO of Rust-Oleum in 1994. Since then, he has been a consultant and a member of many corporate boards. He and his wife, Nicky, are residing in Lake Forest, IL.
On a sad note, John Jacob (Jack) Paschen passed away in Evanston, IL in October after a long battle with heart and lung diseases. Classmates John Doerr, P. Laurence “Larry” Mulvihill, Paul Gilleran, and Gerry O’Connell attended the funeral service at the Sacred Heart Church in Winnetka, IL. Gerry, also a boyhood friend, gave one of the eulogies. Jack spent forty years in the family general contracting business and worked on such projects as the Chicago Federal Center, One IBM Plaza, and McCormick Place. He was given several weeks to live back in 2000 and inspired all that knew him as he defied all medical odds and continued to live every day to the fullest. He is survived by his wife, Christine Garrett, his mother, seven children, and seven grandchildren. May he rest in peace.
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