We hope you survived the brutal winter and everyone is thawed, refreshed, and looking forward to warm, sunny weather. We heard from Jerry Johnson, who has been traveling the world. He writes: “I have submitted a photo to Take John Carroll With You. It was taken near Manaus, Brazil, where Marge Therens Johnson and I were on a 24-day Regent cruise on the Amazon River. This trip was part of our 50th wedding anniversary celebration.” While on the same trip, Jerry wore two different Carroll shirts at various times, letting guests (alumni, parents, and grandparents) know about JCU. It’s a small world.
We also heard from Paul Napoli, who had lunch in February with fellow classmates in the Fort Myers, Fla., area.
Chuck Hilligalso writes: “As you might remember, I live in the Virginia woods about 60 miles southwest of D.C., but I ﬂew to San Francisco to spend a month with my kids and grandkids. I also returned from a six-week solo trip through Greece and Turkey. It was fantastic. In mid-January, I was back in Virginia for a month before I left again for Thailand until April. Hey, it’s great to be retired!”
Thanks to those who wrote to keep us updated on what’s happening in your lives.
Mary Carol and John Lewis were honored by Boys Hope Girls Hope (bhghneo.org) with their annual Pillars of Hope Award on Oct. 10, 2013, for their volunteer work in Cleveland. Boys Hope Girls Hope was started by the Jesuits to allow young men and women with difficult home lives to succeed in a peaceful, residential community. John says it’s a great organization to be involved with.
Sharon and Paul Dwyer met with Marilyn and Joe Seck at the celebration of the life of John D. Smith, who passed away on Aug. 22, 2013, in Estero, Fla. Joe gave a wonderful presentation about meeting John at JCU in 1958 and their relationship throughout the years. It was powerful.
We wish all our classmates a joyous and healthy new year.
We received a note from Basil (Bud) Deming after the publication of our last class notes about the passing of George Burke Smith. Bud’s memories of his college days and relationship to Burke Smith are worth sharing with the class because so many of our friends and classmates are no longer with us. I thank Bud for writing and sharing his thoughts. “I just saw your note about the death of George Burke Smith. He went by Burke at Carroll. I had the pleasure of rooming with him on campus our junior year. By that time, he and I had our own circle of friends and were busy with study, work, and play schedules, so we didn’t socialize much. But I remember liking him a lot. He had a quiet, sincere, caring way about him. I’m curious about whether he married and left a living spouse and any children because I’d love to send my condolences. It also brought back memories of my occasional trips to the Vietnam Memorial on the National Mall to pay my respects to Leonard (Lenny) Dadante, who sat next to me in almost every ROTC class because our names were always in immediate alphabetic order. I served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967, but it wasn’t until I visited the memorial shortly after its inauguration that I saw Lenny’s name there. He died as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam in ’65. So I’ll be thinking of Burke, too, when I visit the memorial. I’m still working at the office of personnel management in Washington as a Fed, and the Vietnam Memorial is only a 10-minute walk from my office. My wife and I have lived in Maryland, where we raised a family, for more than 40 years. RoseMarie (formerly Hlavaty, Ursuline College ’63), and I are celebrating our 50th anniversary this month, and we completed a walk down memory lane by starting a European vacation driving from Frankfurt to Wurzburg, Germany, where we were stationed right after we were married and I began active duty. We revisited old haunts, including the home where we rented an attic apartment near Leighton Barracks. We hooked up there early on with Barbara and Jack Kirkhope, who still are living in the Cleveland area. Jack and Barbara took us in on Christmas Eve 1963 when we were evicted, believe it or not, because we insisted the landlord leave the heat on during the night. About a week later, we found the wonderful little apartment we lived in until we left in May of ’66.”
We were advised by Paul Dwyer about the death of John D. Smith on Aug. 21, 2013, in Estero, Fla. (John’s photo was in the summer 2013 issue of the magazine on page 35). We offer his wife, Fran, and his family our condolences and ask everyone keep John and his family in their prayers.
While no news is normally good news, the absence of information from you makes class notes more difficult to write. While it’s good to know most everyone is well and surviving, those facts make boring reading. I encourage each of you to drop me an email for the next issue, so we can enjoy your progress, experiences, and vitality.
In March, we received an email from Joseph Suranni, the son of our classmate Joe Suranni. “It’s with deep regret and sorrow I share the passing of my father, Joseph F. Suranni. He was a proud member of the JCU class of ’62. He’s survived by Elizabeth Suranni, his wife, and four children: Joseph N. Suranni (40) of Belleview, Fla., Tanya Monti (45) of Depew, N.Y., Catherine Frantz (48) of Lake Worth, Fla., and Sister Mary Joanne Suranni (Jody) CSSF (49) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and two grandchildren: Anthony and Victoria Suranni.”
Meanwhile, our classmate, Jack Kahl received the 2013 Alumni Medal and was honored at the alumni awards dinner May 17. The class of 1962 has always been extremely proud of Jack for his many years of contributions to John Carroll and is pleased with this recognition. The alumni medal, the highest honor awarded annually by the alumni association, recognizes individuals for accomplishments in their professions, exemplary family and personal lives, contributions to their communities, and dedication to the University. Jack was selected by former presidents of the alumni association from nominations submitted by alumni.
Our classmate, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Joe Ellis was inducted into the Benedictine High School Hall of Distinction in Cleveland. Criteria for admission to the hall is achieving the highest esteem of his peers in his field (military), making advancements and improvements in his field, and enriching his community, society, and the world through his work in the Benedictine tradition. Previously, Joe had been inducted into the Army’s Transportation Corps Hall of Fame and the JCU Military Science Hall of Fame. Joe and his wife, Joyce, live in Spring, Texas.
We were sad to learn about the death of John Gilmore Feb. 11, 2013, in Chicago after a 20- year battle with cancer. John leaves a legacy as a pioneer of the modern financial futures business and as a staunch and active contributor to the Chicago business community. In 2005, John was inducted into the Futures Industries Hall of Fame.
We also learned about the death of George Burke Smith of Vonore, Tenn., Feb. 11, 2013. George was a U.S. Army veteran and active in his church as a member of the social action and social justice committees and the East Tennessee Kairos Prison Ministry.
Meanwhile, those classmates spending the winter in Florida on the Gulf Coast had an opportunity to develop solutions to most U.S. domestic and foreign relations problems. Meeting in Tampa were: Denny Yavorsky, Paul Napoli, John D. Smith, Paul Stetz, Paul Dwyer, and Don Zawistowski.
Meeting on the East Coast in Melbourne were: Bob Andolsen, John Doyle, Paul Kantz ‘63, and Bud Meyers. They also discussed world problems and solved most of them. The next month, the wives joined the four for drinks at the Doyles and dinner at a local restaurant. Hope everyone tolerated the brutal winter and enjoyed the benefits of spring.
We received sad news that, on Nov. 21, 2012, Terry Leahy passed away in Beloit, Ill., after a courageous and inspiring 9-year battle with multiple myeloma and other ailments. We’ve written about Terry’s operation and followed his progress, successes, and setbacks. We were finally honored to spend our 50th reunion with him this summer. Terry previously wrote that, in the fall of 2007, he had cataract surgery on both eyes and was still having vision problems. Thus, the latest graft versus host-disease problem was causing droopy eyelids. Also, he had a light film over his eyes. He planned on having both of those problems taken care of in October 2008. Terry wrote: “Every time I was getting wheeled down the hall for another procedure, I thought of the people who were supporting me. I also felt that taking it one day at a time was too long a time period. I tried to take it one procedure at a time. I can remember one day when I had eight procedures. Taking it one day at a time would have been too long of a time frame for me. The net result of all this is my myeloma doctor told me I should be able to lead a normal life. That’s what prayer, friends, and relatives can accomplish. A positive attitude helps, too. I hope and pray all my other classmates, and so many others who are fighting the battle against whatever, will achieve similar results. In June 2007, I was admitted to the hospital for two weeks because I was so weak from being in the hospital, not exercising, etc. I was basically bed-ridden. That two-week stay started me moving again. The more I exercised, the better I got. As of October 2008, I can get around pretty much like before. I can drive and move around pretty well. I’m not planning on trying out for the track team any time soon, though.” Terry had received a second transplant of stem cells from his sister, Mary Jo. Terry was required to stay within 45 minutes of the hospital for 60 days after the stem cell transplant in case any side effects popped up. Unfortunately, the myeloma prevailed. His son, Mark, stated “Terry would’ve liked to thank each of you for your prayers and support.” We thank Terry for his thoughts, comments, and wisdom throughout the years. Our class offers its most sincere condolences and prayers to his wife, Polly, and children – Ann, Mike, and Mark Leahy.
Let’s look back at the more memorial moments 78 of our classmates experienced during our 50th reunion this summer. Friendliness, fellowship, companionship, and conviviality filled the tents, halls and meeting places. It seemed as if the only change had been why everyone looked so much older. Hand-shaking, hugs, kisses, and pats on the back occurred throughout the weekend. It was good to see so many after many years, know we survived, were generally healthy, could still tell a good story, and were appreciative of the education and training we received. It was good to see and talk to all, including: Cindy and Leroy Horvath, who, unfortunately, were only able to stay for the Friday activities; Donna and Bud Meyers, who threatened to include his friends in his next novel; Judy and John Doyle, meeting and sharing with the old basketball team; Maureen and Kevin Stroh, still reminiscing with their card-playing buddies; Mari and Chalmers Omberg, sharing the story of moving to Texas after working in the World Trade Center before 9/11; Marty Burke still looking young and available; Sharon and Paul Dwyer; Gus Fehrenbacher; Jack Kahl; Jack Kappus; Frank Karlik; John Kirkhope; Pete Trentadue; Ron Reuss; Paul Napoli; Nick Prospero; Dan Donahue; Michael Leonard; Ted Unitus; John Lewis and Doc, who worked so hard to make this event a meaningful experience; Fitz Fitzmaurice, who was so helpful; Joe McGreal after so many years; and many others I had the distinct honor and privilege of talking with and meeting, as well as those who I saw but wasn’t able to talk to.
It’s important you hear what your other classmates had to say:
“Reunion 2012 was a spectacular event! It was nice to see so many cherished friends and acquaintances who’ve been remembered fondly throughout the years. It was nice to spend such a meaningful and relaxing weekend with many wonderful people. Many of you chose wonderful mates – you must have taken that special course, Marriage and the Family. It was a joy to meet and chat with them, as well. This is only my second time back for reunion. The first one was great, but this one was the bomb! We’re lucky to have spent those formative years together in a special place. God’s continued blessings to all. Grand and hearty cheers to the reunion committee.” – Gus Fehrenbacher of Pasadena, Calif.
“I left the weekend with warmth in my heart after seeing many of you. In some cases, it was nothing more than a handshake and greeting, and with others, it was a chance to reminisce with stories about our time at JCU and catch up on our lives since our last time together. Thanks all for making the weekend so memorable and especially those of you who made great sacrifices to travel back to our beloved alma mater. Take care until we meet up again in five years.” – Jim (JB) Brunner.
“Laura and I had a wonderful time renewing and enjoying friendships grown during my Carroll days and added during a bunch of reunions throughout 50 years. We’re a great group. Thanks to the committee for all its work. It was nice seeing so many of us in good health. A few have fought off, or are fighting, serious challenges. I thought I’d add Norb Kloc’s email address – Norbkloc@roadrunner.com. Norb summoned enough energy to visit during the Friday activities. I’m sure he’d enjoy hearing from any of us.” – Dick Jacobs.
“I’d just like to congratulate you and the rest of the committee for an outstanding job on planning and executing our 50th reunion. It was by far the best I’ve attended. I had a great time, and everyone else I talked to felt the same way.” – Bob Fitzmaurice.
After the reunion, we were sad to discover Denny Hudson passed in January 2012 in California, Paul Armbruster in Cleveland, and Neil Bossard in Chicago Aug. 11, 2012.
We received an announcement from Brighton Publishing announcing the signing of novelist Frederick (Bud) Meyers for his previous two novels: “Cry Judas” and “The Jericho Gambit,” along with his most recent episode of Matt Gannon’s adventures, “The Lazarus Connection.” Brighton Publishing will make the trilogy of the complete set of the episodes available. Many readers have been clamoring for this. Brighton describes Bud Myers as an author like Tom Clancy and Dale Brown who spins one mesmerizing story after another – all tightly woven, highly entertaining, and thought provoking. All books are available in print and popular eBook formats at retailers nationwide. Having read all three novels, I thoroughly and unconditionally recommend the trilogy to anyone interested in spine-chilling political/CIA intrigue.
Dr. Larry Turton, professor emeritus (speech language pathology) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been discussing Thomas Cahill’s book, “The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of the Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels.” The book focuses on the derivation of the Jewish Bible as it created the moral and ethical standards of Western culture and describes the processes by which the experiences of the Hebrew tribe throughout the millennia have given us a new sense of history, monotheism, and family.
News and events from our 50th reunion will be reported in the fall issue. Suffice it to say, preliminary indications of attendance by our class predict it to be a record-setting event. The reunion committee is optimistic the class of 1962 exceeded all expectations.
The committee for our 50-year reunion has been involved ardently in contacting everyone to confirm attendance at reunion this summer, June 15-17. Registration and attendance are free. I’ve enjoyed conversations with many of you after such a long time. For those of you who are undecided about attending, we hope you’ll confirm to attend and visit and talk with your friends and classmates.
Those classmates who have confirmed verbally as of February are: Bob Andolsen, Jack Antonius, Ben Barrett, William Bedortha, Ray Bilka, Jim Boland, Art Brickel, Louis Bridenstine, Earl Brieger, James Brunner, Marty Burke, Bob Carles, Jim Carnago, Joe Ciabattoni, Joseph Collura, John Crilly, Jim Devine, Bob Dodd, Hans Dollhausen, Dan Donahue, Phil Doran, John Doyle, Paul Dwyer, Mike Evans, John Fagan, Gus Fehrenbacher, Jerry Finefrock, Robert Finnessy, Charles Fitzgerald, Bob Fitzmaurice, Larry Frederick, Terry Gallagher, Chuck Hillig, Lee Horvath, Ken Hovan, Denny Hudson, Richard Jacobs, Jerry Johnson, Jack Kahl, Allen Kallach, Frank Karlik, Norbert Kloc, Doc Kopfinger, Terry Leiden, Michael Leonard, JohnLewis, Bob Luzar, Dick Martin, Jim McDonough,Tom McDonough, Bill McGreal, Mike McHale, Chuck McKeon, Gene McLaughlin, Bud Meyers, Paul Napoli, Jerry O’Malley, Chalmers Omberg, Ed Porubsky, Fred Previts, Nickolas Prospero, Ron Reuss, Pete Rossi, Bill San Hamel, Lawrence Senffner, Dan Shaughnessy, Mike Shean, John Smith, Jerry Stanoch, Paul Stetz, Kevin Stroh, Mike Sullivan, Pete Trentadue, Tom Vince, Don Zawistowski, and Anthony Zeno.
Terry Leiden, attorney and author of “Get Back in the Game,” has ventured into the world of entertainment and parody by writing and producing two albums – “Bankers Songs of the Great Recession” and“Country Songs of the Great Recession” (lyrics by Terry, performance by the Telfair Street Band and the Pinch Gut Troubadours) – that are available from Telfair Street Press in Augusta, Ga. Songs include: “The Foreclosures are Marching Here Again,” “Over Charge,” “Banker Doodle Dandy,” “We’re Owing and Not Sorry,” “My Home is On the Auction Block,”and “Oh Give Me a Home Where Foreclosures Don’t Roam.” I’m sure Terry will be pleased to audition the CDs this summer at reunion.
On a sad note, we’ve been notified about the death of John O’Brien of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Nov. 19, 2011.
The reunion committee is working hard to prepare for our 50th class reunion this coming summer. Now’s the time to note June 15-17, 2012, on your calendar and express interest in one of the committee members who will be contacting you during the next few months. We’ve reached the gold standard, so reunion registration is free for 50-plus years. Registration packets will be mailed in April. We’re all looking forward to your attendance for this significant event. Please contact one of the reunion committee members to let them know if you’re attending: Mike Evans (email@example.com), John Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jim McDonough (email@example.com), Jerry O’Malley (omalleymayo@ aol.com), Doc Kopfinger (gakopfinger@gmail. com), Mike Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org), Marty Burke (email@example.com), Mike Shean (216-905-7155), and me. And while you’re at it, call your roommate or high-school friend who attended Carroll with you, as well as someone you want to see, and invite them to attend with you. Do you have any suggestions or ideas that would make this reunion more memorable? You can make a difference by contacting one of the reunion committee members or becoming a member of the reunion committee by contacting Carla Gall ’05 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and volunteering. Those classmates who have committed to attending are: Mike Evans, John Lewis, Jim McDonough, Jerry O’Malley, Doc Kopfinger, Mike Shean, Kevin Stroh, Marty Burke, and me. Now’s the time to contact one of the reunion committee members to add your name to this list.
I’m sad to report the death of another classmate, Jim Mullin of Ponte Vedra, Fla., on Sept. 18, 2011.
There are 25 lost alumni in our class whose whereabouts are unknown. Jim represents the 71st member of our class who’s no longer with us. There are 292 living members of the class of 1962, which makes seeing each other in June a bucket-list necessity.
We received an email announcing the impending publication of Frederick (Bud) Meyers Jr.’s, third novel, “The Lazarus Connection,” by Brighton Publishing in early 2012. This terrorism thriller novel, which is the third in a series starting with the “Jericho Gambit” and then “Cry Judas,” features knockout action by Bud’s hero, Matt Gannon, who bears slight resemblance to Bud. Bud’s 30 years of military experience has taken him throughout the world – from Vietnam to Egypt to the Middle East – and from these experiences he has drawn much of his inspiration for his novels.
I had the pleasant opportunity to have lunch with the charismatic Jack Kahl, retired founder, president, and CEO of Manco, the Duck Tape Company in Avon, Ohio. Our discussion centered on the effects that so many people have had on our life before, during, and after our years at Carroll. Jack, who retired in 2000, began his adventure in 1971 when he purchased a small Cleveland company, and renamed it Manco. By the time he retired, his company was selling consumer products throughout the world and achieved revenues of more than $300 million. Jack explains his parents, teachers at JCU, and Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart, played a tremendous role helping him be a servant leader, which he described and defined in his book, “Leading from the Heart,” published in 2004. The book gives a unique look at the lessons learned from Jack’s parents, especially his mother, and all the ways she taught him by her example, as well as his close relationship with Sam Walton. All of this carried over to his successful leadership, strong character, and being an endless seeker of knowledge, while still making time in his life and career to care for others. Jack has served faithfully and tirelessly on the John Carroll Board of Directors for the past 19 years. Jack, now president and CEO of Jack Kahl & Associates, plans to retire from the board at the end of 2011.
Next year is our 50th. Everyone is looking forward to this reunion and the significant opportunity to get together again. Make your commitment to attend now.
My sincere apologies for the lack of class notes in the last issue, and my sincere appreciation to those of you who responded to my plea for information to share in this issue.
After many years of preparation, Jeffrey Michael Meyers, oldest son of Donna and Bud Meyers, received the Holy Order of Deacon Jan. 15, 2011, by Bishop Paul S. Lourde of Arlington, Va. Deacon Meyers is assigned to Saint Mary of Sorrows in Fairfax, Va.
James V. Carnago still is practicing law. Of his four daughters, three are married, and he has two loving granddaughters. Two of his daughters are Carroll grads: Maria ’92 (now Book) and Catherine ’95 (now Badalamente). Laura (now Lewis) attended Carroll for a year and finished at Michigan State. Theresa Carnago, who graduated from Michigan State, is planning a wedding in 2012. James hopes to be at the 50th reunion.
Dan Shaughnessy sent a note: “I finally bit the bullet and retired from full-time international development consulting. I’ll remain president and CEO of TCR Services, a company I founded in 1983, but I’m leaving most of the work and globe-trotting to my colleagues. After traveling to more than 70 countries in 48 years, I want to fish.”
Judge William Chinnock (retired) is entering his third year of the four-year program with the Denver Catholic Biblical School. Bill says the study of the word of our Lord is most interesting and should be taught at Carroll for all students. Bill intends to enroll in the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius program.
Mike Sullivan sent a note from Columbus, Ohio: “You may recall I’m a late bloomer. My son, Mike, is a sophomore at Fordham, and my second son, Matt, will enter Carroll this fall and play football for the Blue Streaks. Three weeks ago, we went to NYC and were delighted to have lunch with Charlie Fitzgerald.
Before leaving their winter home in St. Petersburg, Fla., for North Ridgeville, Ohio, Deborah and Steve Kapelka enjoyed a seafood luncheon with Pete ’60 and Terri Pucher. Steve and Pete were teammates on the first unbeaten football team in JCU history in 1959. They’ve maintained their friendship since.
It soon will be time for our 50th class reunion in 2012. Why do you suppose I bring this to your attention now? You’re reading the last issue of John Carroll magazine for 2010. If you’ve never attended a reunion before, or haven’t attended one for awhile, or have wondered if there was one you should attend, this is it. Mark your calendars, and plan to attend.
We heard from Paul Dwyer. He and Sharon have sold their Rochester, N.Y., home, moved to a cabin in the Finger Lakes, and became Florida residents.
Brigadier General Joseph Ellis (USA, Ret) was inducted into the Army Transportation Corps Hall of Fame at Ft. Eustis, Va., July 9, 2010. The award he received read, in part: “Joe Ellis inducted as an esteemed member of the Transportation Corps Hall of Fame in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service to the United States Army Transportation Corps and unparalleled contributions to the development of military transportation in the United States Army. His tireless efforts have set the example for all transporters, current and future, and thus established the enduring legacy that is the Spearhead of Logistics.” The award was given to General Ellis by Brigadier General Layer, chief of transportation, U.S. Army.
After graduating from Carroll, Joe obtained his M.S. from the Florida Institute of Technology, and throughout his career, attended the Transportation Officer Career Course; Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Joe’s assignments included one deployment to Korea, one to the U.K., twice to Vietnam, and four times to Germany. He also served with various commands, including, FORSCOM, MTMC, USAREUR, 4th Transportation Command, 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Armored Division, and the Army Personnel Command among others. He was inducted into the JCU military Science Hall of Fame in 1990.
General Ellis’ awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, five awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, as well as numerous other awards and service medals.
Joe lives in Spring, Texas, outside Houston, with his wife, Joyce, of 44 years. They have one son, Lt. Col. Tom Ellis, and four daughters: Stacey, Angela, Elizabeth, and Christy. Joe can be reached at email@example.com.
It’s important you keep our class vibrant and alive. Please e-mail your announcements, comments, and thoughts to share with one another.
I hope everyone enjoyed the summer and our class remains safe and healthy. We received a note from attorney John Doyle proudly announcing his oldest granddaughter, Mary Doyle, graduated in the top 10 of her class at Auburn High School in New York and has decided to attend John Carroll on scholarship in the fall of 2010. She also was awarded an Elks Legacy Scholarship. Mary’s parents graduated from John Carroll – Kathleen Loftus ’86 and John’s son, Patrick ’87. She will be the third generation of their family to attend Carroll.
Hunter Meyers, grandson of Donna and Frederick (Bud) Meyers (Satellite Beach, Fla.) graduated from Fike High School in Wilson, N.C., in June, and has begun his military career after receiving an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones. Hunter, the son of Mark Meyers, who himself had enlisted in the Army as a medic, and grandson of Bud Meyers, who retired as colonel after a 30-year military career, plans to become a doctor, as well as serving his county in the military.
Paul Napoli forwarded a note from Tom Wirsing reporting the death of classmate Dennis Terzola of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, who passed peacefully at his home April 29, 2010. He was born in Chisholm, Minn., to the late Marcello and Marie Terzola. He grew up in Cleveland (Collinwood), eventually moving to Stow in 1977 where he raised his family. A principled seeker of truth and knowledge, his early passion was for his studies. He obtained his undergraduate degree from John Carroll, a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and his doctorate from Notre Dame. Dennis, at his best teaching, was a former college instructor, financial advisor, and little league coach. Most recently, he was proud to have been the author of a feature article about a well-respected, national website devoted to political commentary. He’ll be missed and treasured by his loving wife of 43 years, Linda (nee Sawyer); brother, Richard; sons, Mark (Christina) and Neal; and grandchildren – the joys of his life – Madeline, Emma, Matthew, and Brady.
If you found reading this bit of news helpful or informative, please continue to e-mail me with material for the next column.
We received a note from Terry Leahy some time ago, which due to space limitations we were unable to include. The occasion has presented itself to share these significant sport memories now. “Just a short and belated congratulations to all of the players on the ’59 JCU football team which was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. It is an honor which, to me anyway, would seem to be way overdue. I was a sophomore then and was fortunate enough to get to almost all of the games. I’m even brave enough to admit that I was on the bus to the final game at W&J. (That got a little out of hand.) I’ve watched football almost all of my life. Your team dominated games like anyone seldom sees. It was like watching mis-matched Pop Warner teams. I remember sitting in Hosford one game. I’m not sure who it was against, but they somehow got the ball on our 40. I remember thinking those guys are not going anywhere against our defense, and that’s just what happened. Four and out. It was like that almost the entire season. You just dominated. I know enough about the game that those results just didn’t happen by chance. There was a lot of hard work involved, and for that I congratulate each of you who played. I think all of us fans were lucky to witness this team. I tried to get to the induction dinner this fall, but my health wouldn’t quite agree with that idea. I really wanted to be able to push my chair back from the dinner table and stand up to give you guys an ovation. You must have had some great stories to tell, especially about playing for John Ray. I’ve had season tickets at Notre Dame since 1966. My older brother was a manager for Terry Brennan at ND and in 1966 no one cared about ND. I’ve had them since. Coach Ray, of course, coached at ND about that time. His defenses at ND were much the same as at JCU. When he passed away, I saw some of the things that people wrote. Everyone remembered him pretty much the same way I’m sure most of us do. There were even nice comments from the high school where he coached before he came to JCU — also, some great comments from Kentucky fans. I think we all owe Herb Eisele a debt of gratitude for that hire. John Crilly forwarded me the Media Guide from that year and it’s priceless. Coach Ray had ONE assistant. How many are there now, a dozen plus? I hope this finds everyone in good health. I’m especially happy to hear the latest about Jerry O’Malley’s health. Take care of yourselves.” My thanks to Terry for sharing his thoughts. Bob
Wishing those of you who have already celebrated their 70th birthday this year, and those of you who will become 70 this year, a healthy and prosperous year of celebration and joy. Even though our 50th Reunion is two years away, now is the time to begin planning your attendance at this significant event in 2012. This will be the time to see friends and classmates while we still have the opportunity to travel and visit.
Marking a milestone in age and wisdom, this month I was pleasantly surprised with a 70th birthday surprise party of friends, neighbors, and relatives. Included among the guests were Donna and Fred (Bud) Meyers, and their son Matt, visiting from Satellite Beach, FL.
While enjoying the warm weather in Florida this winter, John Doyle, Paul Kantz ’63, John Kovach ’64, and Bob Andolsen had the pleasure of getting together for lunch at Bonefish Willy’s in Melbourne, FL, for a pre-holiday JCU mini-reunion. Meanwhile, the West Coast contingent of Paul Dwyer, John Smith, Ron Reuss, and Paul Napoli are attempting to arrange the same. There are even efforts to combine the East with the West for a joint luncheon.
Jerry Johnson reports that he and his wife, Marge, recently returned from a week’s vacation staying at the Disney Treehouse Villas in Florida with their daughter’s family (from Houston). The grandchildren had a wonderful time, but the grandparents needed a rest after multiple days at the various theme parks!
An award luncheon was held at the Hudson Country Club on Dec. 8, 2009, by the Hudson, OH Chamber of Commerce, announcing that it had selected Tom Vince for its Citizen of the Year Award. As a long-time resident of the community, Tom Vince was honored for his many contributions to promoting the history of Hudson and for his volunteer work for many organizations. He has been a past president of the Rotary Club of Hudson, the Hudson Heritage Association, and the Cuyahoga Valley Civil War Round Table. He has edited the newsletters for these groups, and produced an award-winning history of the Hudson Rotary Club. He has served on numerous city boards and committees over the years including the Hudson Bicentennial Commission, The Hudson Bandstand Commission, Hudson Cable TV, and the Cemetery Board. Still working, Vince is in his 14th year as archivist and historian at the Western Reserve Academy in Hudson.
As this column reaches you, we hope that your winter has been short, and that we find you all in good health. Please stay in contact so that we can share with one another what is happening. Bob
For those of you who could not find our “class notes” in the last issue of John Carroll magazine, there were none. Instead, the class notes were published on the website for John Carroll, and can be accessed at www.jcu.edu; click on the John Carroll magazine link on the right to get to the class notes for 1962.
Those notes indicated that several men from our class were inducted into the John Carroll Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 9, 2009. They were recognized for being members of John Carroll’s first undefeated football team under the leadership of Head Coach John Ray and Athletic Director Herb Eisele, when the 1959 team won the President’s Athletic Conference Championship, posting an impressive 7-0 record. The 1962 class members who made this significant contribution to the successful 1959 season were: Jack Antonius, Ray Bilka, Dick Bohan, John Crilly, Jerry Englehart, Mike Evans, Steve Kapelka, John Kneafsey, Terry Leiden, Bob Luzar, Charles McKeon, Gerry O’Malley, Mike Reitz, Ted Uritus, and Don Vaccariello. Sadly, three classmates who were on this winning team are no longer with us: Jim Fitzgerald, Jimmy Mullen, and Larry Wolf.
When I tried to send an e-mail to our class informing them of the means to access our class notes, many of the e-mail addresses that I have were found to be out-of-date or inaccurate. If you would like to be included in notifications of this sort and did not receive my e-mail, please provide me with your current e-mail address and I will be glad to include you in such notifications.
Until the next time, please keep me updated on what is happening. Bob
Several classmates from our class will be inducted into the John Carroll Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 9, 2009. Being recognized for John Carroll’s first undefeated football season under the leadership of head coach John Ray and athletic director Herb Eisele, the 1959 team won the President’s Athletic Conference championship, posting an impressive 7-0 record. The 1962 class members who made a significant contribution to the successful 1959 season are: Jack Antonius, Ray Bilka, Dick Bohan, John Crilly, Jerry Englehart, Mike Evans, Steve Kapelka, John Kneafsey, Terry Leiden, Bob Luzar, Charles McKeon, Jerry O’Malley, Mike Reitz, Ted Uritus, and Don Vaccariello. Sadly, three classmates who were on this winning team are no longer with us: Jim Fitzgerald, Jimmy Mullen, and Larry Wolf.
Terry Leahy attended the 1967 “Ice Bowl” game played for the NFC Championship between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. It was 13 degrees below zero at kickoff. Terry kept his ticket stub all these years and recently put it on a plaque and donated it to the Packer Hall of Fame, where it will be displayed from time to time. See http://www.server-jbmultimedia.net/CSI-StatelineNewsSunday/sitebase/data/editions/170548/img/large/2223892.htm for the whole story. Take care, Bob
We hope that this finds you in good health. Many of your classmates were spending the winter in Florida.
Michael Leonard writes that he and Patty spent Christmas week through Jan. 4 at their Bonita Springs, FL, condo and had a chance to visit other JCU friends. They met Carolyn and Jim McDonald ’64 for lunch on Friday, Jan. 2, then had dinner that night with Barbara and Harry Steller ’61 and finished up on Jan. 3 for dinner with Fran and John Smith. It was great to see all of them and catch up on old and new. Will definitely schedule visits with them the last week in April.
Paul Dwyer related that Larry Senffner, who was his roommate at Carroll, and his wife, Ellen, visited in Fort Myers. He is an internist in California, and Ellen teaches nursing at a community college. They were in Fort Myers for an evening and stayed with Paul and Sharon, and that was fun. Additionally, on February 18, Ron Reuss, Paul Napoli, John D. Smith, and Paul Dwyer met for lunch in Fort Myers. We all have much to be thankful for and John Carroll is certainly one of those.
On the East Coast, meanwhile, four classmates, Bud Meyers, John Kovach ’64, John Doyle, Bob Andolsen, and Paul Kantz ’63 got together at Rooney’s in Palm Bay for lunch.
Unfortunately, there is some sad news to report. The Hon. William R. “Bill” Mooney, 68, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, TN, after a brief illness. Born in Cleveland, OH, he was the son of the late Frank J. Mooney Jr. and Gertrude Bossong Mooney. In 1955, his family moved to Bristol, TN. He was a graduate of St. Joseph Preparatory High School in Bardstown, KY, John Carroll University, and the University of Tennessee School of Law, Knoxville. He was a captain in the Judge Advocate Corps of the U.S. Air Force in Denver before returning to Bristol to enter the private practice of law with his father. He then served the state of Tennessee as a highly respected and effective assistant district attorney for 25 years, for the counties of Washington, Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, and Sullivan. He was appointed the city judge of Johnson City, a post he held for 14 years.
Until next time, please stay in touch. Bob
We have received an additional update from Terry Leahy with information about some classmates and also his health. He reports that Pete Ori has a part-time job working as an Andy Frain usher at Wrigley Field for Cubs games during the baseball season. (Isn’t that about the best part-time job one of us retirees could dream of?) He only works night games when the Cubs play a day home game the next day. Pete stays overnight with his son who lives in Wrigleyville. Leahy and Barney Conway attended a seminar together last year put on by the National Weather Service. They are now “trained severe weather spotters.” So, if anyone hears that severe weather has been spotted by a “trained severe weather spotter” somewhere in south central Wisconsin, it could have been reported by one of them. Terry continues that so many classmates and members of other JCU classes have contacted him since he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow, in December 2003.This is the continuation of his story from last issue: “In June 2007 I was admitted to the hospital for two weeks because I was so weak from being in the hospital, not exercising, etc. I was basically bed-ridden. I think its called neuropathy. That two-week stay got me started moving again. The more I exercised, the better I got. As of October 2008 I can get around pretty much like before and I can drive. I’m not planning on trying out for the track team any time soon, though. Every time I was getting wheeled down the hall for another procedure, I thought of the people who were supporting me. I also felt that “taking it one day at a time” was too long a time period. I tried to take it one “procedure at a time.” I can remember one day when I had eight procedures on the same day. Taking it one day at a time would have been too long of a timeframe for me. The net result of all this is that this spring my myeloma doctor told me I should be able to lead a normal life. That’s what prayer, friends, and relatives can accomplish. A positive attitude helps too. I hope and pray that all of my other classmates, and so many others, who are now fighting the battle against whatever, will achieve similar results.” We wish Terry well. Until next time, take care. Bob
Thanks to all of you who have responded and provided updates on our class. The status of our class is well and prospering. We heard recently from Terry Leahy who we last wrote about in October 2006. At that time Terry indicated that “he has undergone another kyphoplasty procedure to try to straighten out compressed vertebrae, help his posture, and give additional space for his lungs to improve breathing and prevent pneumonia.” He now reports that his health is very good. Terry updates that “In 2004, I had two bone marrow transplants. The first one was in June 2004 and we used my own cells. The second one was in November 2004 (election night) and we used my sister’s cells. My sister and I were a perfect match. Consequently, I now have her immune system. Believe it or not, I am now getting my baby shots all over again. It’s very interesting trying to schedule those pediatrician appointments with the receptionists. ‘Is this appointment for your child or grandchild?’ The main problem after the second transplant is called graft versus host disease. Anyway, graft versus host disease results in all kinds of different “challenges.” They are still going on, but are very controllable so far. I’ve had trouble with just about everything — my feet, legs, arms, eyes, fingers — you name it. These have been more bothersome than critical. In June 2007 I was admitted to the hospital for two weeks because I was so weak from being in the hospital, not exercising, etc. I was basically bed-ridden. I think its called neuropathy. That two week stay got me started moving again. The more I exercised, the better I got. Now, in October 2008 I can get around pretty much like before. I can drive and move around pretty well. I’m not planning on trying out for the track team any time soon, though. In the fall of 2007, I had cataract surgery on both eyes. I am still having vision problems. Thus, the latest graft versus host disease problem is causing ‘droopy eyelids.’ Also, I have a light film over my eyes. I plan on having both of those problems taken care of this month, October 2008.” Terry recently attended his 50th-year reunion at his high school, Loyola Academy in Chicago. At the reunion, an article about our deceased classmate, Tom Yule who died on January 10, 2008, was distributed. Tom had earned a degree in physics and minor in philosophy at Carroll. The article by Eileen O. Daday, Daily Herald correspondent, provided much detail and substance about Tom Yule’s career as an experimental physicist in cutting-edge technologies. Tom had started his work in nuclear reactor physics at the Argonne National Laboratory, later moving to his work with Strategic Defense Initiative, or Star Wars Project in its accelerator program, which worked to develop a particle beam that could detect an attack by nuclear ballistic missiles. Tom spent the last part of his 34-year career in administration including managing its decontamination and decommissioning program for nuclear materials.
Dan Donahue reports his retirement from the bench as judge in Clark County, IN, across the Ohio River from Louisville. Dan had spent 12 years as prosecuting attorney before spending 22 ½ years on the bench. Dan and Barbara celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in August, and have two children, a son who lives locally and a daughter living in Vancouver, B.C., with two grandkids. Dan and Barbara will be moving to Anacortes (Fidalgo Island) Washington shortly. Our best wishes on your retirement.
Paul Napoli writes that he and Maureen have been married for 44 years and live in Brentwood, TN, and spend the winters in the condo in Naples, FL. Throughout their retirement, they have visited 11 countries in Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, China, Egypt and Alaska. They have four kids and seven grandchildren. Paul recently attended his 50th Reunion at St. Joseph High School in Cleveland where he met other ’62 classmates: Frank Cirino, Ed Pishkula, John Sheridan, Jay Sweet, Ray Turk, Tom Vince, Tom Wirsing, Paul Broadbent, Joe Geiger, and Gary Mishaga. After the St. Joe’s reunion, Paul attended his 54th grade school reunion of St. Margaret Mary held at Carroll.
Retirement is finally in the future for John T. Fagan, who is retiring in December after 32 years with Raymond James Financial Services, the last 20 as manager.
James Wagner lives in the middle of Manhattan where he has been writing his popular blog, jameswagner.com. James describes himself as a graduate school dropout, leaving history studies and Brown after six years in three universities. Following 20 terrific years in Rhode Island, he fulfilled his dream by moving to New York, where between his work inside a downtown skyscraper and his enjoyment of the cultural opportunities, he began a period of intense political activism and civil disobedience as a member of ACT UP, Queen Nation and WHAM. He describes himself as an American dissident, and indicates he is ecstatically happy with his early retirement.
Steve Kapelka indicates he leaves for his home in St. Petersburg at the end of October and will certainly visit with Pete Pucher ’60 and his wife who live 20 minutes away. Really enjoyed his 50th reunion at St. Ignatius.
Finally, Paul Dwyer shares that he and Sharon are now grandparents, blessed with two grandsons this summer, and another due in November. Paul and Sharon traveled to Alaska this past summer, and plan to return to Fort Myers in early December.
Keep up the good work, Bob
Classmate and Augusta, GA, attorney Terry Leiden has written a debut novel entitled Get Back in the Game, published by Savannah River Press. I have had the opportunity to read and enjoy this fictional story of five prostate cancer survivors who find strength on the softball field. Terry is a prostate cancer survivor himself as well as a softball player and coach. In a conversation with Terry, he relates that he will be in the Orlando/Ft. Myers area playing softball this fall, and is anxious to see all of his classmates at the next reunion in 2012.
We would like to offer the condolences of our class to Bud Meyers on the loss of his father, Frederick F. Meyers, age 95, in Pittsburgh on July 5, 2008.
Do you have an interesting story to tell, or news, or want to share something with our class? Write or e-mail me before the next class notes are due. Bob
We received a recent note from Jim Carnago who is still practicing law in Michigan. He writes that much time has past since the June graduation date in 1962. He was admitted to the Michigan Bar in January 1966 and has been married to his favorite wife, Nancy, for 37 years. They have been blessed with four daughters: Maria ’92, Catherine ’95, Theresa and Laura. Maria is now Maria Book and Catherine is Catherine Badalamente. Jim’s other daughters have either found someone or are looking. Catherine and her husband, Michael, have provided Nancy and Jim with their first granddaughter and Maria has two step children, Nicole and Christian. Jim had received a direct commission as Captain in the Michigan Army National Guard JAG corps and fought the Detroit wars in 1967 and 1968. Recently, Jim confessed that he has had some health issues, and related that “Ain’t fun gettin’ old. At least I can collect social security.” Jim states that his retirement is imminent.
Dan Shaughnessy writes that he is still engaged full time with the company he owns – TCR Services, Inc – www.tcrserv.com. Dan states “We have as clients a wide range of international non-profit organizations engaged in hunger and feeding programs, disaster relief, and economic development. We help them with fundraising, grant writing, overseas management, etc. This is the type of work I have been doing since leaving JCU. We help them with everything from onsite management in some very difficult situations, to shipping supplies, to dealing with Congress and the Executive Branch. I’ve probably been to at least 70 countries over the years in this business. Also Judy and I have 10 grandchildren from 6 to 22. We live in a little town called Purcellville in Northern Va.”
We also heard from Earl “Dobs” Brieger who indicates that he currently busy with income taxes, and also volunteers at the local AARP Center doing tax returns for senior citizens, relating that it “keeps me out of trouble. Both my wife, Judy, and I are retired, so have the time.” Earl and Judy, who have two children, indicate they are fortunate to have four grandsons whose ages are 4 ½, 8 mos., with a couple of 2-year-olds. Being all boys, they don’t know what pink is! They all live within one half mile from them in Erie, Pa. Dobs and Judy have been doing some traveling about the country and even managed a trip to Ireland a year ago.
During the time we were in Florida, we had the opportunity to socialize and have lunch with John Doyle of Melbourne, whose son Michael and family visited from Avon Lake, Ohio. Also having lunch was Bud Meyers who is traveling the country for book signings of his second terrorist novel currently in publication, Cry Judas, and Paul Kantz ’63, currently righteously battling the City of Melbourne to allow expansion of Daily Bread, a soup kitchen in Melbourne which helps to feed the hungry.
Thanks to those of you who wrote and support to those of you who will write before the next publication. Take care, Bob
Updates for this issue are rather sparse and succinct as the information sources from you have apparently dried up as “no news is good news.” Please let me know what is happening so that we can share your stories with the rest of the class.
After a feature in the last issue regarding Mel Maurer, Mel forwarded additional information including an article in “Faces of Westlake” in Westlake Magazine of 2008. The article chronicles Mel’s 20 year involvement in the Muscular Dystrophy Society as well as his award as the Advocacy Volunteer of the Year. Mel’s many other interests were also discussed, including his activity in the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable, where he was past president. His involvement includes giving 15 to 20 talks per year on the Civil War, specializing in presentations on Abraham Lincoln. He also helps run a special Civil War program at Lee Burneson School, visiting classrooms and quizzing kids on information about Lincoln that they may never have known. Mel is also active with his parish council at Saint Ladislas where he has served as president of the 50+ Club, and is also active with the Philosophical Club of Cleveland.
We have the unfortunately sad duty to report the death of Eugene F. McEnroe at the Sloan-Kettering Center in New York City on November 16, 2007. Gene was a resident of Holmdel, N.J., for 35 years, and had practiced law in Monmouth County for over 35 years prior to his retirement in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his son, Eugene McEnroe Jr.; and a daughter, Patricia Ann McEnroe Scordato of North Carolina. Gene had received his law degree from Seaton Hall Law School, and his practice was in Aberdeen, N.J.
Since I rely strictly on whatever you send me for this report on our class, please forward whatever you would like to share with your classmates for the next issue. Bob
First, our apologies to Bob “Fitz” Fitzmaurice for omitting his name in the list from the last class notes of classmates attending the Reunion 2007. Fitz and his wife, Joanne, were very much present for our 45th Reunion, and his picture can be found in the first row, third from right in the class picture.
We had the opportunity on September 2, 2007, to attend a really “hot” Sunday afternoon Cleveland Indians game at the Jake with all JCU classes. Attending were Pat and Michael Evans and Diana and Jerry Stanoch.
We are proud of our classmate Mel Maurer who was selected by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to be inducted into the National MS Hall of Fame for Advocacy at the MS Society’s National October Conference in Dallas, TX. Mel has been a volunteer for 20 years for the MS Society, and has been a member of the MS Society’s Buckeye Chapter’s Governmental Relations Committee. Mel is a retired information technology manager who has dedicated his volunteer service to his wife, Elaine, who has had MS for 40 years.
Finally. Author and novelist Frederick “Bud” Meyers continues to receive accolades for his newest novel, Cry Judas. Recently, at a book signing event held in Surry, ME, Bud was introduced by his friend, Philip Houbler at Mr. Paperback in Ellsworth, MA, where Bud held court and signed copies of his latest military thriller. His novel was recently reviewed in Florida Today by Cathy Mathias who wrote that “this story is all too chillingly plausible for those who have witnessed countless terrorist attacks over the years, including the tragedy of September 11.” Bud will also be doing additional book signings and appearances at Barnes & Noble in Merritt Island, FL, on December 8, 2007, and Barnes & Noble in Clearwater, FL, on January 5, 2008. If you are interested in reading or obtaining his latest works, or attending a book signing, check out his web site – http:/www.ffmeyersjr.com/.
Please continue to stay in touch by sending me e-mails of your comings and goings to share with the rest of the class. Until the next time, take care, Bob
For those of you unable to attend the 45th, you missed a fantastic time — great food, comfortable weather, delightful entertainment, and 34 good looking gentlemen, and their great looking wives, companions, or significant others. Those attending included: Bob Andolsen, Jim Brunner, Bob Carles, Bill Chinnock, Joe Collura, Jim Devine, Robert Dodd, Paul Dwyer, Mike Evans, Bob Finnessy, Terry Gallagher, Ken Hovan, Frank Karlik, Doc Kopfinger, Michael Leonard, John Lewis, Phillip Marn, Tom McDonough, Joe McGreal, Jim Mullin, Paul Napoli, Gerald O’Malley, Nick Prospero, Ron Reuss, Peter Rossi, Bill San Hamel, Mike Shean, Jerry Stanoch, Mike Sullivan, Joe Suranni, Ray Turk, and Tony Zeno. Many of us spent the nights in air conditioned Millor Hall, where only a few got locked outside of their rooms during the night while making their frequent nightly relief visits. A few classmates living close by stopped in throughout the weekend. After listening to JCU president Rev. Robert Niehoff’s State of the University address on Friday evening, we all had dinner in the “Big Tent” and then hospitality for the remainder of the evening. After breakfast on Saturday, there were classes and events, including hand writing analysis and caricatures until the Mass and Moment of Remembrance that evening. The deceased members of our class were remembered by Jim Devine. After our class dinner and our class photo, we all enjoyed good music. Sunday morning brought breakfast and departure. It was truly a refreshing and rewarding opportunity to see and talk with old friends, and discover that apparently they are the only ones who appear to have aged. The reunion committee thanks all of you who attended and extends our appreciation to all JCU staff members and volunteers who make our weekend so enjoyable.
Unfortunately, we have a death to report. The Most Rev. Cecil De Sa, a 1962 grad student passed on October 27, 2006.
We want to acknowledge our pride in one of our classmates being awarded the Alumni Medal . John Lewis, a business school graduate, was honored for his entrepreneurship and volunteer work, as well as his decade long chair of the Cuyahoga County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board. John and Mary Carol advised that they recently purchased an escape home in Horseshoe Bay, TX, to be near their daughters.
Bill Chinnock is retired and living in Boulder, CO.
Raymond Krulac, also retired, lives in Solon, OH.
Since February, George Burke Smith is residing in Vonore, TN, and Edmond Heffernan reports he is living in Springfield, IL.
Frederick “Bud” Meyers has a new novel in publication. Check out his web page – www.ffmeyersjr.com.
If you have not already registered with JCU Connect, I urge you to do so. It provides an avenue to you to let me know what is happening in your life, to keep in touch with other classmates, to keep track of what is happening at JCU, and to find lost classmates. Try using this means to stay in touch with the class of 1962! There is detailed information in the previous issue giving instruction on how to log on. If you don’t have a computer by now, maybe this is the time to get one and join the electronic age.
A final comment about reunions: Many have expressed reluctance to attend reunions because of the possible competitive nature of conversations, the perceived notion that you may not have done as well as the next guy, or old negative feelings that have not diminished over the years. At this stage of our lives, it really doesn’t matter anymore. I did not encounter anything but friendship and goodwill between and among attendees at our reunion. We all hope that you decide now to attend the next Class of 1962s 50th reunion in 2112, when many of us will be in our 70s. Stayed tuned.
In the meanwhile, stay healthy, safe and in touch, Bob
The reunion committee for the class of 1962 has been hard at work over the past few months attempting to contact you and encourage your participation in our class gift and your attendance at our 45th Reunion. I know that each member of the committee was hard at work finding those of you that were difficult to reach, as well as whose addresses was unknown. I was amazed at some of your reactions to being contacted over the phone, and encouraged by the numbers who indicated their plans to attend this Reunion. We are all looking forward to seeing you in June and sharing in the good times with one another.
While spending the cold months in Florida, we had the pleasure of having dinner in Satellite Beach with Mary Kay and Paul ’63 Kantz, Judith and John Doyle, Donna and Bud Meyers, and Jean and Bob Andolsen. We also had the opportunity later that month to have lunch at the beautiful gulf coast Sanibel Lighthouse with Sharon and Paul Dwyer, who are planning on attending Reunion.
Don Hagerty ’59 ’62 MA who resides with his wife, Phyllis, in Centerville, OH, was recently awarded the prestigious Circle of Distinction Sales Award by the CEO of Prudential Residenz, Jim Keyes at the NCR County Club in Dayton.
The members of the reunion committee: Bob Andolsen, Marty Burke, James Carnago, Jim Devine, Mike Evans, Doc Kopfinger, Michael Leonard, Tom McDonough, Gerry O’Malley, Jerry Stanoch, Mike Shean, and Joe Suranni are appreciative of your generosity toward our memorable class gift and your cooperation and friendliness during our efforts to encourage your attendance at this Reunion. It is difficult to make cold calls, often times to classmates that we have not talked to for many years, but great to be received with friendship and understanding.
As a result of your responses, we were able to successfully locate a number of missing classmates including Daniel Doyle in Belleair, FL, and Edward Thomas in Geneva, IL, and to add them to the list of active classmates.
We are looking forward to reporting next time on Reunion participants and activities. Have a great summer and stay safe. Bob
Your Reunion Committee is hard at work preparing for our 45th class reunion this summer, June 22-24, 2007. Now is the time to note those dates on your calendar, and express your interest to one of the committee members who will be contacting you over the next few months. Housing will be available on campus for out-of-town alumni, as well as transportation to JCU from the airport. We are all looking forward to your attendance for this significant event. Incidentally, one of your old friends asked whether you would be attending the reunion this time as he was anxious to see you again after all these years. I told him I would mention his inquiry in these notes so that you would have time to plan your attendance.
Paul Dwyer and wife, Sharon, are now spending their winters in Ft. Myers, FL.
James Arthur Wagner, New York, NY, writes that he retired from First Management Group in 2000, and is engrossed with his partner, Barry Hoggard, in patronage of the arts with concentration on the visual arts as well as emerging artists. In that world, they are represented as collectors, writers, and curators, and maintain an on-line calendar – ArtCal.net – of gallery shows.
Joseph J. Collura, twice retired, is now spending his time traveling throughout the Rockies and Alaska. His son, Joseph just received his MS in physics from JCU ’98.
Mike Leonard, a reunion committee member, is still in Mahwah, NY, employed by Michael Habian & Co. as product and technical manager.
Carl Brieger is retired, and he and his wife Judy reside in Erie, PA.
Donald Zawistowski is now retired, and resides with his wife, Bonnie, in Punta Gorda, FL.
Bud Meyers, Satellite Beach, FL, recently completed his second fictional terrorist novel, Cry Judas, and is awaiting publication. His son, Matt recently underwent successful gall bladder surgery and is recuperating at home with Bud and Donna Meyers.
Jerry O’Malley, also a reunion committee member, is semi-retired from Dawson Co. and is volunteering at Hope Lodge in Cleveland, an American Cancer Society facility where he has served as treasurer for the last three years. Jerry ran into Bob Luzar and Garrick Mishaga recently at Muldoon’s Saloon & Eatery where the undefeated 1959 football team was meeting. Bob Luzar from Scottsdale, AZ, is still traveling throughout Europe, and Garrick Mishaga, recently retired, lives in Mentor, OH. Mike Evans, also on the reunion committee, shares that his nine-year-old granddaughter, Mara, an award winning Irish dancer hopes to demonstrate her dancing skills with her Irish troupe at reunion this summer.
I had the pleasure of lunch with John P. Doyle and Paul Kantz ’63 at Meg O’Malley’s in Melbourne, FL. John, who played basketball for JCU, and left after his third year to attend law school is still working remotely from Melbourne to his office in Auburn, NY. John’s son, Michael, is a colleague and fellow attorney in Lorain County.
In an attempt to locate missing classmates for our reunion, the following are persons whose whereabouts are unknown. If you know where they are, please e-mail me or JCU with their information: Raymond Arsenault, Phillip Barragate, Raymond Bath, Arthur Brickel, Robert Bucklin, Richard Carroll, Daniel Doyle, James Eagan, John Estenik, Joanne Ferree, Joseph Haney, Ronald Jagos, Gerald Kananen, Dale Kellon, Frank Mausser, Donald McCabe, Donald McConnell, Marshall Nickerson, Herbert Pahoresky, Donald Perdue, Domenick Ripepe, Vladimir Salamon, Gary Savage, Paul Stetz, Edward Thomas, R. James Truxes, John Wesley.
Until next time, please make your reservations for June, and plan on seeing your classmates who are already anxiously anticipating seeing you. Bob
A reminder to mark your calendar for June 22-24, 2007 for the 45th year reunion for the class of 1962 to be held at John Carroll University. For further information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope that you will plan on joining your classmates for an opportunity to renew old acquaintances and friendships while we still have the opportunity to do so.
We received an update from Terry Leahy during the summer, and although many of you receive his periodic “Operation Kick-Ass” reports directly, I wanted to be sure that you were aware of his progress. Terry reported that he has undergone another kyphoplasty procedure to try to straighten out compressed vertebrae, help his posture, and give additional space for his lungs to improve breathing and prevent pneumonia. Terry thanks everyone for their prayers and thoughts, and considers himself very lucky to be alive.
We have also heard from Dennis Hudson, who we reported was dealing with throat cancer. Dennis reports that he and his wife, Judy, also a cancer survivor of five years, are back working as innkeepers at The Blue Whale Inn, a four star bed & breakfast resort at 6736 Moonstone Beach Drive in Cambria, CA 93428 — www.bluewhaleinn.com. The inn is nestled on the green carpeted bluffs of Cambria and overlooks the Pacific Ocean, just minutes away from Hearst Castle and Paso Robles wine country. Dennis notes that the Lord works in strange ways, and feels very blessed after 1-1/2 years of treatment.
We hope that your Christmas holidays are healthy and happy, and that your New Year is blessed. We hope to see you all at Reunion June 2007. In the meanwhile, please send your family news and updates to me at the above addresses. Bob
We hope that your summer has been enjoyable and these notes find you in good health. We received information about Don Hagerty ’59 who received his MA from John Carroll in 62. Don received the prestigious Circle of Distinction Award in Dayton from Prudential’s CEO, Jim Keyes, at a recent awards ceremony at the NCR Country Club. Don has specialized in the sale of houses, condominiums, and other residential property for the last 15 years assisting buyers and sellers who are in what Don refers to as a “life changing” mode of life, including seniors to first time home buyers, and others in need of extra time and counsel.
I received a note shortly after the last deadline for class notes from Dennis Hudson in Santa Barbara, CA. Dennis reports that he is currently being treated for throat cancer, and has gone through radiology, surgery, and for the third time, chemo. Dennis writes that “a lot of people have it much worse than I do, and other than being tired, it’s not bad.” Dennis looks forward to seeing his classmates for our 50th in 2012.
Unfortunately, we lost another classmate in May 2006. Jim Thomas, who many of us knew as “Foggy” succumbed to a long battle with lung cancer. Jim had been an IRS agent before becoming an investigator for the Department of Labor. Jim played a significant role in the investigation of illegal kickbacks and ghost-payroll schemes involving the Teamsters and its president, Jackie Presser, eventually resulting in the indictment of Presser in 1986 for federal payroll padding charges. Jim was described by a friend as “the kind of friend that you can never replace.” Jim had recently moved to Avon Lake, OH, and is survived by his wife, Kathleen, daughters, Mary Katherine and Meghan Kathleen Pochatek, and sons Gerald Michael and James.
I apologize for the brevity of notes this time, but I rely on you for material. Please e-mail or write to me about yourself and family. Bob
Greetings and welcome once again to all of you who have arrived at this column looking for news and reports about your friends and colleagues. We hope that you have endured the winter and are looking forward to a great summer. We recently returned to Ohio from our winter home in Palm Bay, FL, after having had the opportunity to visit with some of our classmates sharing in the warmth of the south.
We received a note from Tom Vince who was a featured speaker on the topic of Lincoln at the Lincoln Day conference in Washington, DC, in February, which was sponsored by the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), a hereditary order founded in 1865. Tom also assisted in placing a wreath from MOLLUS at the Lincoln Memorial. Tom is now in his 10th year as historian for the Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH.
Paul Dwyer and his wife, Sharon, have returned to Rochester after spending the winter in South Fort Myers, FL, where they have a condo. Paul has suggested the possibility of a “get together” in Florida in the fall of 2006 for members of the class of 1962. Anyone who is interested in becoming a part of that reunion, or would like to participate in the planning, please send me your suggestions as to time and place — email@example.com. I know that there are others who live in Florida on a permanent basis who would be interested in a gathering.
Congratulations are in order for Dr. Raymond Turk who retired as of January 1, 2006, from Rockwell Automation, Inc. where he was senior principal engineer. Ray, and his wife, Kathy, are now looking forward to spending more time visiting their two children, Douglas and their first grandson, Ryan, who reside in Santa Monica, CA, and their daughter, Gayle, who lives in New York. Ray and Kathy also plan to do some additional traveling, both in the United States and abroad.
We were sad to be notified of the death of Dr. Richard Rohrer ’63, who succumbed to cancer in November 2005. Dick was a member of the first graduating class of McQuaid Jesuit High School, and later was a dedicated board and committee member at the school. After graduating from John Carroll, he attended the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Rochester Dental Center. He was a nationally recognized orthodontist with practices in Fairport and Canandaigua, New York.
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading about us. I’d like to include some information about you too. Please send me an e-mail with something that you would like to share with the rest of our class. Bob
We hope that these notes find you well after surviving the worst of the winter season. We have heard from Steve Kapelka who retired in June 2005, and with his new wife, Deborah, moved into a new home in North Ridgeville, OH. Steve and Deborah have also arranged to escape the Cleveland winters by traveling to their second new home in St. Petersburg. Steve indicates that he plans to look up Pete Pucher ’60 once they arrive in Florida and do as little as possible, including playing golf.
Also planning retiring as a manufacturer’s rep in March 2006 is Paul Dwyer. Paul and his wife, Sharon, recently purchased a condo in Fort Myers and have spent some of the winter there evading the brutal winter season in the Rochester, NY, area where they continued to maintain a residence.
In our last class notes, we mentioned Chuck Hillig was retiring in February 2006 as a state licensed psychotherapist for the Navy. This March he begins a three month promotional tour in India to promote the English versions of his five books: Enlightenment for Beginners, The Way IT is, Seeds for the Soul, Looking for God (Seeing the Whole in One), and The Magic King, all of which are available on Amazon.com and have been published in English, Dutch, German, Hungarian, and Russian. Chuck will be conducting radio and TV interviews throughout his tour.
Finally, we had received a health update from Terry Leahy which was too late to be published in the fall 2005 class notes. Terry reports that it has been one year since his second bone marrow transplant, and results indicate that it appears his cancer is in remission. Terry and his wife, Polly, were able to attend a wedding in September 2005, and later last year Terry traveled to Indiana and Kentucky on his own. Although recovery has been slow, Terry is finally getting his strength back after being on steroids for so long, and again thanks everyone for their prayers and help.
Thanks again to all of you for your news. Please take the time to drop me a few lines when you read this column. Did you turn here first to read what was happening to your classmates. The only way anyone can see your name here and find out about what you are doing is for you to e-mail me — now. Won’t you please take the time? My e-mail address is at the top. If you do not have any news, just send me your e-mail address so that we can stay in touch with you. Take care, Bob
I had the distinct honor and privilege of representing our class at the installation procession on October 11, 2005 at the inauguration ceremony of Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ as John Carroll’s 24th president. The ceremony was impressive with colorfully robbed alumni and staff in attendance, including classmates Barbara Schubert, John D. Smith, and Jack Kahl.
We received an update in July from Terry Leahy who has been successfully battling multiple myeloma, and who received a bone marrow transplant from his sister, Mary Jo two years ago. Terry has been told by his doctor that he is almost through the most dangerous part of his procedure, and is now off the steroids, half of the medicines, and by the time you read this, completely off the remainder. All blood tests are reading in the normal range, and it appears that his cancer is in remission. Terry and his wife, Polly, have been able to do some traveling to Mobile, AL, for a board meeting for LST 325. Terry thanks all of those who have provided support through cards, phone call, visits, and prayers.
Heard from Terry Leiden who is still practicing bankruptcy law with Leiden and Leiden in Augusta, GA. He relates that the last two years have been extremely busy, but he may be looking at retirement within the next eighteen months. Terry has been involved with senior softball after coaching his kid’s teams for many years. He has been inducted into the Senior Softball Hall of Fame after being recognized by the Softball Players Association in Augusta for his contributions to senior softball which includes players ages 50 and older. Terry is also a budding author, and is hoping to publish his current endeavor called Get Back in the Game, a compilation of stories of prostate cancer survivors. Terry and his wife, Sara, are looking forward to grandchildren, and have three sons, two of whom are married. He is looking forward to our 45th reunion in 2007.
Dan Shaughnessy is currently working with groups involved in hurricane relief in the South as well as others engaged in rebuilding after the tsunami in Asia. Dan is president and owner of TCR Services, Inc. a consulting firm that advises non-profits throughout the world. His work has taken him to Jordon, Ecuador and Belize, and over 75 other countries throughout the years.
We hear that Dick Bohan is currently recovering from brain surgery performed in May 2005. Dick was paralyzed on his left side but with months of therapy he has only a few months remaining before he will be able to discard the brace that he has utilized to assist in walking.
Jim Mullin shares from Ponte Vedra, FL, that his wife, Sarita, was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in April at the 12th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Awards Recognition from the Florida Times Union and the First Coast Family Center in Jacksonville. Receiving her master’s in 1988 from Florida State University, Sarita has spent the last 27 years as a social and family therapist assisting children and families. Jim and Sarita have five children, all having graduated from Florida University.
Charles Fitzgerald – firstname.lastname@example.org – writes that he and his wife, Lyn, were visited in Southampton, NY, by the Doc and Betty Kopfinger family in August, and were able to do some fishing and class updating, mostly by Doc. Charles and Lyn have three boys, who in spite of their father, seem to be doing fine. Son Charles is in San Francisco and has returned to school, Brian has returned to NYC and is working for the History Channel, and son Stephen is in Lake Tahoe, doing what one does at Tahoe: skiing, fishing, prospecting, and construction. Charles invites any classmate traveling to NYC to contact him at his e-mail address as he would be most happy to host them.
For the past five years, Chuck Hillig has been working as a state-licensed psychotherapist for the Navy in southern California. After he retires in February, Chuck will leave on a three month promotional tour around India to help his publisher launch the new English editions of his five books. When Chuck returns to California, he plans to travel around the country in an RV selling his books, giving presentations, and having fun. On the side of the coach will be written the cryptic words: “Enlightenment? Inquire within…” You can visit him on the Web – www.ChuckHillig.com.
Jim Timko, a retired Navy Captain, died on April 4, 2005 after a 10 week battle with cancer. Jim had served two terms on the Worthington (Ohio) Board of Education. Thanks to all who wrote to me. Until next time, take care, and stay in touch, Bob
Well … no news to write about. I might have to start making things up! Drop me a line as we all want to know what’s new with you and yours. Bob
I am saddened to report the death of two of our classmates, Tom Brazaitis in Washington, D.C., and Mike Poplar in Cleveland. Tom was a writer and author, working for Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer Washington Bureau for nearly 30 years and known for his wit. Later as he discovered the nature and seriousness of his illness, he updated his newspaper readers on his struggle with kidney cancer. Tom died on March 31. He was basketball captain of the JCU Blue Streaks our graduation year.
Mike Poplar, an executive with the Cleveland Browns died in early March, and was described by John Lewis as a really nice man. They had attended Benedictine and JCU together, and although never really close, whenever they ran into each other, Mike always had a friendly smile and warm hello. Mike had been CFO for the Cleveland Browns and had an intimate knowledge of what was going on with the Browns throughout the years, resulting in his authoring the book Fumble about Art Modell and the Cleveland Brown’s departure from Cleveland in 1995.
For the past two years, John Lewis has been chairman of the JCU Entrepreneurs Association and during last summer served as acting director of the association, reporting to Frank Navratil, dean of the Boler School of Business.
We heard recently from Frank Cumberland ’65, now residing in Snowbasin, Utah, home of the speed events of the 2002 Olympics, where Frank and his wife, Pat, now work as ski instructors. In 1970, Frank graduated #2 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, worked for Baker & Hostetler, subsequently started his own law firm, Kaufman & Cumberland, and then in 2000 transitioned himself into his current avocation. Frank fashions himself as a late bloomer and reformed lawyer, and has founded and is chair of the Great Salt Lake Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. in addition to his ski bum activities.
Jim (J.B.) Brunner recently retired and is enjoying time with his wife, Margretta, visiting national parks throughout the country. Jim does volunteer work at his parish church, the local Denton, MI, library and the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute for Ecological Education.
Mike Leonard writes from New Jersey about visiting JCU campus in 2004 and being impressed with its recent developments, enticing him to consider attending the next class reunion. Mike, still working, and wife Patty purchased a condo in Bonita Springs, FL, and are looking forward to eventual retirement.
Being in Florida this winter gave us the opportunity to spend time with Bud and Donna Meyers and their son, Matthew. After an excellent home dinner of grilled salmon, Bud, ever resourceful, and possessing the memory of an elephant, began telephoning old roommates, resulting in our previous referenced contact with Frank Cumberland. Bud’s conversation also precipitated contact with the Honorable Dan Donahue who was recently re-elected to serve his fourth six-year term as Circuit Judge for Clark County, IN. After serving 12 years as prosecuting attorney, he was elected judge and served on the board of directors of the Indiana Judicial Conference, and chairman of the Domestic Relations Committee for seven years, developing guidelines to give noncustodial parents credit toward support obligations for time spent with their children. Dan and his wife, Barbara, married for 44 years have two kids and two grandkids residing in Vancouver, B.C.
Recently, Bud Meyers was recognized by Arc of Brevard County, FL, for his participation on the Event Committee for the first black tie “Petals of Love” gala which raised funds to help over 1200 adults and children with disabilities.
Dave Torrence notifies us that he and his wife, Nan, are retired and spending the winters at Kensington Golf and Country Club in Naples, FL.
Finally, we had the pleasure of visiting with Kathleen Drescher ’08, a JCU first-year student in the Boler School of Business who is planning on traveling to London this fall for her next semester. Kathleen, along with her parents, was here in Florida to soak up some of the Florida sunshine to take back to Ohio.
Until the next time, take care and keep your contacts coming. As we enter this stage in life, staying in touch with one another is essential. Bob
As you read this column, hopefully most of winter is over, and you may be looking at some of the first growths of spring. Unfortunately, this column is being written as the ice and snow continue to dominate the landscape, and the days before we head down to Florida for the remainder of the winter grow shorter. We hope that these notes find you in good health, and that your holidays were joyous and safe.
As a result of our plea for information to share with you, I heard from Barbara Schubert, who with her husband, left for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 5, where they will spend the next 3½ months tutoring the youngest students at Loyola High School. This is a co ed school run by the Jesuits that is now nearly ten years old. The students enter the school with varying degrees of skill in the English language, in which all classes are taught. Barbara and her husband, who were both English teachers and have been retired for more than ten years, state they have never done anything like this before, and with this experience are likely to learn more from their students than the students will learn from them.
I have received a number of updates regarding Terry Leahy’s health since the last publication of the Alumni Journal. In November, Terry received a second transplant of stem cells from his sister, Mary Jo. He is recovering and was able to return home at Christmas for a few days. Terry was required to stay within 45 minutes of the hospital for sixty days after the stem cell transplant in case any side effects pop up. For those of you wishing to communicate with Terry, his new e-mail address is email@example.com. Overall, Terry’s son, Mark, states that health wise, things seem to be going well for his dad.
As a follow-up to the former university’s vice president for development and alumni relations, Paul ’63 Kantz’s article in the last issue of the John Carroll which detailed his experience with the Florida hurricanes, our personal experience as well as a number of follow classmates was unfortunately different. Tree damage within the immediate area of our development in Palm Bay, which is just south of Melbourne, has resulted in a $40,000 bill for just tree removal, and house damage to Bud Meyers’ home in Satellite Beach was considerable. Areas south of Palm Bay along the Indian River Lagoon encountered much more severe damaged and were seen with trees snapped in half, pleasure boats up on the roads, sidewalks and streets washed out, and homes built before passage of current building codes totally destroyed. Australian pines, which grow to 150 feet, and dominate this area, suffered tremendously. These trees brought to Florida in the 1800s to provide shade and windbreak, and those which were planted in the 1950s along the Melbourne Causeway from US1 to A1A in Indialantic, are now being removed by Florida Department of Transportation as hazards in strong winds and storms.
Finally, this is the year in which many of us will turn sixty-five, and become eligible for all those wonderful programs entitling us to Medicare or other retirement programs. To all of you who become 65 this year, good health and prosperity. Now is indeed the time for you to share with the rest of us what you are doing in the golden years. The response that I received in my last request for e-mail addresses was somewhat limited, and updates on your information to share in this column, as you can see, has been minimal. Please help keep us all up to date on what is going on in your life. Just drop me a note, or e-mail me at the above address.
Until the next time, take care. Bob
In this day of instant communication, cell phones, satellite communications, and the internet, we have begun to realize the importance of being able to get in touch with one another as quickly as possible. And although I still know a number of our contemporaries who refuse to participate in this madness, it is clear that these means often facilitate the sharing of information on a need to know basis. Such was the case recently when I was notified that one of our classmates had passed away, and found it necessary and worthwhile to share this information with our class. I share this thought because while I have acquired some of your e-mail addresses, I do not have any way of contacting those of you whose address I do not have. The heading of this column carries my e-mail address. If you did not receive a recent message from me, I may not have your current address. If you would like to be included in the list of some 50-60 classmates that I can send instant messages to, please take just a few minutes to e-mail me your e-mail address. I promise that this information will never be used for solicitation, and will only be used to give you news from our class.
We are sad to hear of the passing of our classmate, Michael Davis ‘62 on September 7, 2004 in Evanston, IL.
Barbara Schubert and her husband, John, will be spending the first three months of 2005 at Loyola High School outside of Dar as Salaam, Tanzania east Africa tutoring incoming students in English. John and Barbara were both high school teaches before retiring, and are looking forward to this rewarding experience.
Mike Shean writes that he and his wife, Janis, who is still teaching, will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this coming March. Mike and Janis have five children, and five grandchildren. Mike is completing his fifth year working for Standard Parking Corporation as bookkeeper in the parking department of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Jim Timko, at the time for this writing, is the Republican candidate for treasurer of Franklin County, Ohio. We hope that as of the receipt of these class notes that he was successful in his campaign.
Tom Vince, about whom we have previously written, is in his ninth year as archivist and historian for Western Reserve Academy the oldest independent school located in Hudson, Ohio. It was Tom’s privilege to discover the story of an early African-American student, Sam Harrison who came to attend Western Reserve Academy in the 1830s. In the fall of 2002 Tom published an article about Sam Harrison in the Reserve Alumni magazine which received favorable notice from alumni and others, including a film maker from nearby Aurora who had worked previously on PBS travel programs and for A&E. He convinced Tom that they should try to turn the story of Sam Harrison into a documentary. Meantime, the Cleveland Plain Dealer picked up the story and ran an article in February 2003 and by that summer, the film maker, and Tom had put together a proposal, and had written a short narrative describing what the documentary would cover. They obtained a grant from the school and in fall 2003 began the discovery and research phase of their project. Over a period of two months, they took several trips to all the places associated with the busy life of their subject who lived from 1818 to 1900, was born into slavery, but through education was able to become an ordained Presbyterian minister, serve four different churches in New England, was commissioned one of only 19 black chaplains to serve in the Union Army, was appointed to the celebrated 54th Massachusetts Regiment whose story was told in the film, “Glory,” and live long enough to write his own autobiography. In the course of their research, they interviewed experts and located descendants who provided them with documents the family had kept for more than 100 years. The WRA alumni provided financial support as well as a few corporate sponsors, all from the Cleveland area, who will be credited when the documentary appears on PBS probably in February 2005. Tom says watch your paper for news of this inspiring story. And yes, Tom Vince appears as a “talking head” in the documentary and has a cameo role as a teacher in one of the segments from Sam Harrison’s life that are dramatized. All the actors are from Ohio and the scenes were taped on the WRA campus in Hudson, at the Hale Farm and Village in Bath, and at a farm in Aurora. Of course there will be documentary footage of the places associated with Sam Harrison including his Civil War service in South Carolina. Tom writes that it was great fun to be a part of this project and to see a film emerge from what had begun as an article for the alumni magazine. Incidentally, Ossie Davis is the narrative voice for the production. Some of the class of 1962 may recall that Tom was one of the four panelists when JCU appeared on the GE College Bowl in early 1962. On that occasion (live television no less) Tom was selected to do the short video narrative about the university. For the last seven years Tom has appeared on Hudson Cable TV with a monthly segment called “Moment in History.”
Take care, and keep the information flowing. Bob
Each time the deadline for class notes approaches, I look to the internet for e-mails from each of you for information to share with your classmates. The flow of information this quarter has been minimal, but suffice it to say, there are a few updates that need to be shared.
Terry Leahy continues his conquest of bone cancer, and the last update that I received in June indicates that stem cell infusion was performed in late June with no complications. Information on Terry is passed along by his son, Mark, who indicates that his father is pretty tired and gets nauseous on occasion, but other that that is doing well. The side effects of the treatment normally occur after the first week of therapy, but despite these side effects, his determination to lick this situation continues. His doctors continue to be amazed at his progress, and are getting him up and walking the hallways to bring back strength to his legs. Prior to Terry’s ordeal, Terry received the Laurence A. Raymer Headlines Award sponsored by the Beloit Daily News for his tireless service on behalf of the Rotarians, the Catholic community, Friends of Paul’s Computer Institute and an array of other non-profit institutions. The award was presented at the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce’s 77th Annual Dinner and Awards program in April 2004.
Joel L. Hoff ’62 writes that he retired from the IRS where he worked as a revenue officer for 25 years, primarily in the LaCrosse area. It is one of the fastest growing areas in that area, and a great place to live. Joel promises to make it to the next class reunion as he had not been able to attend any in the past.
Finally, Barbara Schubert continues to enjoy her work on the Board of Directors at John Carroll University, and particularly enjoys the time spent with students as a result of chairing the Student Affairs Committee.
So keep the news coming, enjoy the summer, and take care. Bob
It isn’t very often that I have the opportunity to get to know two classmates better after forty plus years than I did while attending John Carroll. But that has been my experience for the last few months while spending the winter in Florida.
The last class notes detailed the efforts that Terry Leahy was making in his current health care fight with myeloma, compressed vertebrae, insurance companies, and health care providers. I e-mailed Terry in January, and he requested that I keep his story brief. Since then, and approximately eleven updates later, Terry is still in the ballgame, and calling the shots. Terry has bravely been sharing his progress with a number of friends and family in periodic updates under the title “operation kick-ass” defining his efforts to control what often seems like an uncontrollable situation. Instead of complacently accepting the inevitable, Terry has taken his life and its prolongation into his own hands, and has asked the help and prayers of his friends and family. Terry recently underwent kyphoplasty in Milwaukee for two of his three compressed vertebrae with apparent success. Terry is still using a walker, but mostly for balance. The operation has resulted in his gaining back some of the loss of 3 or 4 inches in height. Terry writes that he thought his pajamas were made of an extra six inches of leg material, and wanted to go to Bangladesh to teach the tailors how to measure properly before he realized that the extra length was of his own making. Terry, despite his condition, recently completed a road trip down south to visit the Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL; Fort Knox, KY; Fort Campbell, KY; the D-day Museum in New Orleans, and the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL. During that time he spent four days working aboard an LST (Landing Ship Tank) brought back to Mobile, AL from Greece in 2001
I often wondered why I had never seen Frederick “Bud” Meyers or his wife at one of our class reunions over the last forty years. Living close to Bud, who resides on Florida’s space coast, has given me the opportunity to get to know him better. After graduation from JCU and spending a tour in Vietnam, Bud returned to John Carroll as a military science professor at a time when it was not popular to be a soldier, especially one who had served in Vietnam. His experience at JCU was not pleasant, including harassment from the faculty, and personal insults from the students. It was not surprising to still hear bitterness when asked why he had never gone back for a reunion. Bud subsequently returned to Vietnam for a second tour, and later Bud retired from the military after 32 years of eventful activity. Bud, who is the author of The Jericho Gambit, a must-read for anyone in our class, in addition to thrill seekers and citizens concerned about our current state of affairs with terrorist, resides with his wife Donna, and their youngest son, Matthew, on a canal in Satellite Beach. The Jericho Gambit, and its sequel, are based on Bud’s military experiences, and although fictional, represent a story of homeland security written prior to 9/11 that forecasts events that have since become reality. We recently enjoyed a fishing expedition on the Banana River on Bud’s boat where, I am sure, had it not been for my presence; Bud would never have tagged that 36 inch redfish. We both look forward to many additional memorable times our families can share together.
Until next time, take care and keep in touch. Bob
Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2004. This column is being written in January 2004 and we hope that all of you have had a happy holiday season, and that you all remain in good health despite the tremendous amount of flu and flu-like symptoms that seem to have invaded everyone this winter.
We received an e-mail from Terry Leahy in early January sharing with us a report that he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a bone cancer, in December and how he is positively dealing with the disease and its implications. Designated “OPERATION-KICK ASS,” Terry will be receiving a bone marrow transplant some time in the spring, and is preparing for the transplant with the use of steroids, and the tremendous support of his wife, Polly, and the remainder of his immediate and extended family. Terry is currently using a walker, and is considered an excellent candidate for transplant due to his good health and age. While Terry is home most of the day, he would probably appreciate hearing from some of you. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. It is clear from Terry’s e-mail that he has not lost his sense of humor, nor his optimism about the future. He asks for our prayers knowing that they are many out there who are in worse shape.
On October 1, 2003, John F. Lewis accepted the chairmanship of the John Carroll University Entrepreneurs Association. John hopes to continue it superior programs and networking opportunities for the membership of the association throughout his term as chairman.
Bob Fitzmaurice, JCU’s representative in Clearfield, PA is currently looking forward to visiting Florida for a few weeks, then will be returning to Clearfield for visits from grandchildren in Erie and Pittsburg, and then will be traveling to Cleveland to spoil more of their grandchildren. Bob also does taxes for the elderly beginning in February. He requests that you all send cookies.
Finally, after many months of telephone calls and e-mail contacts, Jean and I will finally be having dinner with Fred Meyers and wife Donna who reside in Satellite Beach, FL. “Bud” who had an extended military career was on a book signing tour this summer throughout the country promoting his recently released fictional novel The Jericho Gambit, a story about terrorists attacking the United States and written prior to the 9/11 attacks.
Please keep in touch with us through the above e-mail address so that the rest of your class can be assured that you are well and alive. Take care, Bob
We are back in Ohio, and it forgot to get warm here. The weather in Florida was beginning to approach the 90s, but I don’t think that any of that warmth got north. Anyway, it is good to be back in Ohio and once again in touch with some of our classmates.
Mike Evans is feeling great after having bilateral knee surgery in February of this year. Mike’s first injury to his right knee occurred at Carroll during his freshman year, and subsequent injuries to his left knee resulted in ongoing problems which finally necessitated surgery and knee replacement.
I was pleased to hear from Fred “Bud” Meyers who is currently involved in promotion of his novel published last year entitled The Jerico Gambit. A second novel has been accepted for publication, a sequel to the first, entitled Cry Judas. Fred will be in the Cleveland/Pittsburgh area this summer at specific Barnes and Noble Bookstores. We hope to be able to get together during that time. Fred tells me that after serving 30 years in the Army, he retired in 1992. He continued working as a beltway bandit doing some consultation, and took up the pen and began to write a little bit. His first fictional novel has had some success in the Southeast, and is currently available through Amazon.com. I have always believed that this is a small world that we live in, and this was substantiated when I found out that Fred lives about 10 miles from where we spent this last winter in Florida. Fred and Donna have three sons, and are about to celebrate their 41st anniversary.
I also heard from Dick Deters who wrote that he lost his father, Robert H. Deters in April. His father was the brother of Fr. Richard Deters SJ who had been dean of the Evening College at JCU in the late ’50s. Dick resides in Northport NY after retiring from TWA where he was a pilot for many years.
Thanks to those of you who write and keep me up to date with what is happening. Keep up the good work, and keep the information flowing. Bob
It has always been my contention that the first item that our class looks at in the John Carroll magazine is the class notes. That is certainly true for Dan Rubery who I communicated with recently. Dan has retired from the federal government a second time in June 2000 and has moved back to the St. Louis area allowing him to be close to his daughter, Marcie ’94 and his son who lives in Overland Park, KS. Dan occupies his time with volunteer work for Catholic Charities, repairing his and his parents houses, and travel. He continues to do some consulting with Aviation Logistics and will be traveling to Huntsville, AL hoping to see Jack Bertelkamp ’61 and Norb Patla ’60. Dan says any classmate traveling through the “Gateway to the West” is welcome.
Dan Shaughnessy reports that he is CEO of his own consulting company, and is currently living in Washington, DC. Dan has had an interesting career, spending 18 years in government including appointments to the White House and Senate staff. Dan also lived in India for four years, returned to the West Coast and then back to Washington. He and his wife, Judy, have five grown children and ten grandchildren.
Chuck Hillig continues to work as a licensed clinical counselor for the naval base in Ventura County, CA. One of the philosophy books that Chuck has written is going to be published in Hungarian, and two others will be published and translated into Russian. Check out his Web site at www.blackdotpubs.com.
Jerry Johnson and his wife recently spent a month in Sweden where he was able to find and pray over the graves of his great-great grandparents. This year Jerry will be motoring to Alaska with his recently retired wife, Margaret. In November, Jerry and Margaret became grandparents for the first time.
Jim Timko continues to be active in the Worthington School Community in Ohio, and will become a grandfather for the tenth time. All nine others are granddaughters. … In February Garrick Mishaga celebrated his fifth wedding anniversary to the former Ellen Leighty and is currently residing in Mentor, OH. Garrick has three grown sons, five grandchildren, and one granddaughter. He tutors for the Ohio Reads Program, and was recently named “President for Life” at St. Joseph High School, Class of 1958.
We are currently spending the winter in Florida and will be returning to Ohio in the spring. I appreciate all of you who have communicated with me, and I encourage those of you who have an e-mail address to send me some short information for the next issue of the magazine. Meanwhile, take care. Bob
It is difficult to believe that our reunion was back in June, and here it is, Fall already. We are still looking for photos that anyone took at the reunion events. Please forward a copy to me for our class history, and they will be returned to you if you wish. Jim Thomas (JFT1040@aol.com) reports that Thomas S. McInerney passed away on September 1, 2002 after a brief illness. Tom was a lifelong resident of Chicago, and was employed many years as a probation office for Cook County. Tom is survived by his sisters, Mary Lou Quinn and Carol Root. Tom, who was a daily communicant, was buried on September 5, 2002 after a Requiem Mass at St. Cajetan church, which was attended by many classmates.
Take care, and send me news of your happenings. Bob
Reunion weekend saw almost fifty classmates celebrate the occasion of our forty-year anniversary of graduation. And needless to say, it was the reaction of all of those present that no one has changed in the slightest over the years. Weather was once again great, the food good, and the companionship and friendship that we all experienced was excellent.
Attending this year were the following individuals from our class: Bob Andolsen, Dick Bohan, Gerry Brandt, Louis Bridenstine, Jim Brunner, James Bugert, Marty Burke, Jim Carnago, Joe Collura, John Crilly, Mike Davis, Jim Devine, Paul Dwyer, Mike Evans, John Fagan, Ed Fehrenbacher, Charles Fitzgerald, Bob Fitzmaurice, Ed Frederick, Terry Gallagher, John Gilmore, Frank Harff, Chuck Hillig, Dick Jacobs, Frank Karlik, Doc Kopfinger, Terry Leiden, Tom McDonough, Joe McGreal, Michael McManus, Paul Napoli, Jerry O’Malley, Chalmers Omberg, Fred Previts, Nick Prospero, Ron Reuss, ReAnn Scott, Mike Shean, John Sheridan, George Smith, John D. Smith, Paul Spangler, Jerry Stanoch, Michael Sullivan, Jim Thomas, Pete Trentadue, Ray Turk, Ted Uritus, and Jim McLaughlin.
I have asked that anyone who has photos of the reunion forward a duplicate copy of the shots to me so that we can videotape them for future events. Paul Napoli gets the reward for being the first to follow through on this request.
During the weekend, our class presented JCU with a check in the amount of $122,335 as a contribution to the Joseph O. Schell Ignatian Award for Excellence in Education. During this fiscal year, 96 individuals made a total of 156 gifts to 16 different gift funds for a total of $546,000. But it was a special honor to present this check in the name of Father Schell who has had such a special influence on many of us over the years. We hope that this fund will continue to grow as our class recognizes the achievements and influence that Fr. Schell has had on our lives.
On an extremely sad note, Bob Fitzmaurice lost his 38-year-old son, Bobby, in an automobile accident shortly after the reunion. We extend our condolences and remember his son and our classmate in our prayers.
Until the next time, take care, Bob
Greetings — I recently talked to a friend of yours who said to say hello, and that he was looking forward to seeing you at our 40th Class Reunion June 14-16, 2002. He remarked that despite the fact that we graduated 40 years ago, he still feels the kinship that started at John Carroll so many years ago. So many things have happened in his life, and he can hardly wait to see you and share with you all of the experiences that he has had. … He told me that he wants to hear what you have been doing, and now that we are at the autumn of our lives, to hear about your families, and children, and grandchildren. (He wasn’t sure that you have any, because he hasn’t heard from you for so long.) … He told me some of the problems that he has had over the years, and wonders how you fared with the problems that you encountered. He has had some successes, and is sure that you have many to tell him about also. He really didn’t want me to tell you this part (being a JCU macho man and all) that he really has missed you, and had wanted to see you and talk to you at our previous reunions, but unfortunately he did not see you there. He kept seeing your name on the list of alumni, but had been unable to get in touch with you. He has asked that I share with you that he has missed you, his friend, and hopes that this is the year that he will see you and have an opportunity to renew his spirit of friendship, companionship, and brotherhood on June 14-16, 2002.
Take care, Bob