Hi, everyone. I hope your winter wasn’t too bad, wherever you are. Spring arrived in Carbondale, Illinois. Trees blossomed, and it warmed up. It was a quiet winter, with just a few snow days and no real ice like we often see.
Unfortunately, my mailbox is, and has been, empty! I don’t have any updates
to write. About all I can say is Kathy and I returned from Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We spent 10 lovely days there during my spring break. If you haven’t been to the Caribbean, you’re missing out. And Sandals – an adults-only and all-inclusive resort – is great. It’s our 15th year in a row to visit Sandals Royal in Montego Bay. Even the scuba diving is included, so there are no extras. Needless to say, we love it there and are already booked for next March.
Again, please send me updates about what’s happening with you. I enjoy writing these notes, as I have done for many years, but I can’t do it alone. So let me hear from you. Until next time.
I haven’t heard from anyone, so let me pass on great news about Kathy and me. We celebrated our 50th anniversary this past October. Our three children, Trey (Peter III), Lee Ann, and Gregory; our daughter-in-law, Mary; and our three grandchildren (Andrey, Miranda, and Lauren) put together a reception for us. Originally, Kathy and I thought about taking a cruise to Jamaica, but we really don’t like cruises. Each spring break since 2002, we’ve been fortunate to be able to travel to Jamaica; Europe; or Rochester, New York, where I was born and raised. In the end, we decided to have our gathering in Mesa, Arizona, where Kathy was born, our youngest child was born, and all three of our children grew up. Our reception was held at Old Main, one of the original buildings on Arizona State University’s campus in Tempe. Our youngest granddaughter, Lauren, took about 75 photos that we chose to represent our 50 years together and put them to music as part of a 12-minute presentation. More than 50 people attended. It was a fabulous time we’ll remember and treasure forever. An anecdote related to the anniversary is that Kathy and I were married twice – Oct. 26 and Oct. 30, 1965. Some of you might recall that we met in Hanau, Germany, where I was stationed as a young second lieutenant and Kathy was a teacher in the school system for children of military personnel. While checking into the requirements, we found that a civil ceremony was (and still is today) required in most if not all of Europe. A church wedding could follow, but the civil ceremony was mandatory. After doing everything required by the military, we found out a civil ceremony in Germany had several requirements: a letter from your hometown saying you were a citizen of that town, a posting of banns for six weeks, and 10 percent of the combined monthly income of both parties. So, remembering my accounting and finance classes at Carroll, we decided we were better off all the way around, including financially, if we married civilly in Basel, Switzerland, where Americans were married each Tuesday morning for
27 Swiss francs, which was about $9 at the time. That was Oct. 26. The church wedding took place on Oct. 30 in the main chapel of Pioneer Kaserne in Hanau.
I hope you all had a great holiday season. Happy 2016! Until next time.
As good as the response was for the summer issue (online only), I’m back to my previous ways of asking for more from you. Unfortunately, I have only a couple of items to pass on at this point.
Jim Mertes (email@example.com) and his wife, Donna, continue to be and do well. Still residing in Canton, Ohio, they have 10 grandchildren, and their second oldest grandson, Joseph, graduated from John Carroll in spring 2015. Along with Fred Misischia, Bob Cermak, and Don Lennon, Jim participated in the graduation procession. Donna and Jim also joined Fred, his wife Ruth; Bob and his wife, Kathy; and Don and his wife, Jane, Saturday night of Reunion Weekend for Mass and dinner. The four of them represented our class. Two of Donna and Jim’s granddaughters are at John Carroll – one is a freshman, and the other is a sophomore, who’s a member of the varsity volleyball team. Keep up the good times, guys.
Richard Kotarba, who earned a spot on the 2015 Super Lawyers List, is senior counsel to Meyer, Unkovic & Scott and part of the construction law and litigation group, real-estate and lending group, and creditors rights and bankruptcy group. He has represented several nationally known construction and title insurance companies and other high-profile clients in a broad range of practice areas for more than 45 years. He has handled bid protests, review, and negotiation of construction contracts, as well as federal and state government construction contracting.
This past August, my wife and I were watching a rerun of “Wheel of Fortune.” I have no idea how old the episode was, but it grabbed my attention because it featured couples as contestants. One of the couples – two brothers – was from Cleveland. One of them said he was, I believe, a senior marketing major from John Carroll University. Wow! To me, it was great to hear the John Carroll name on national television. I emailed Fr. Niehoff to tell him about this and how it made me feel. He said there have been a number of students and alums from Carroll on other shows, including “Price is Right” and “Deal or No Deal.” Until next time, let me hear from you.
I don’t recall theology classes taken back in 1959 and 1960 (Heck, I’m probably lucky to remember just about anything that far back!), but I’m certain we covered some of the Gospels. You may recall from John 16:24 that Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” I admit I had to Google this, but I also found there are similar statements in Matthew (7:7), Mark (11:24), Luke (11:9), and John (15:7). But I’m not trying to take us back to twice-a-week theology classes; rather, I’m delighted to pass on that a number of you took my words to heart and sent updates. Thanks, and keep it up.
In March, Paul Kantz saw my then-empty column and said he should send an update. He did, but I neglected to include it. I apologized to Paul and am happy to include them here. Paul and his wife, Mary Kay, moved from Melbourne, Fla., after 15 years there. They had made a lot of good friends at their parish and through volunteer work, but they felt it was time for a change of climate and scenery, so they moved to Greenville, S.C., which Paul said is called upstate because it borders the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Paul said Greenville is a neat, small city with one of the best downtowns in the U.S. (according to many polls), a lively cultural scene, and good continuing education opportunities. They’ve been taking senior courses and attending lectures and other programs at Furman University, which is just about a mile from their home. Furman’s undergraduate population is about 3,000 students. They found a new parish and are also among about 1,600 folks engaged in the senior learning outreach program. They’re enjoying the four seasons again, including summer, which isn’t as hot as Florida but features wonderfully mild mornings and evenings. He asked me to be quiet about this, but he said there are enough Yankees moving in as it is. Paul’s email address is (firstname.lastname@example.org) if anyone is in that area and would like to contact him. By the way, Paul, I must admit my ventures through the South have been limited throughout the decades. But I recall driving from Arlington, Texas, to Rochester, N.Y., in 1997 via what Kathy and I called the Southern route – Texas through Mississippi, Alabama to Georgia, and then up. We traveled through the Blue Ridge Mountain area and spent an unexpected lovely night at a place called Mount Pisgah in North Carolina. We also spent a couple hours walking around Clemson University, although we had a lot of trouble just finding the place. But overall, we had a great time on that trip.
The Public Relations Global Network, one of the top four international networks of independent public relations agencies, announced the election of Ed Stevens as its president in May 2015. Ed will lead the worldwide network of almost 50 independently owned public relations agencies on six continents. Ed’s predecessor was from Hamburg, Germany. “I’m extremely honored to lead this world-class communications network,” Ed says. “We are at the leading edge of everything public relations. At a time when global communications isn’t only desired, but essential, the ability to share information and resources across global markets is an enormous advantage for clients. With an extraordinary leadership team in place, PRGN will start a new campaign underscoring the network’s exceptional resources to deliver powerful programs in health-care, technology, tourism, education, food/agriculture, professional services, and financial services.” Ed, a founding member of PRGN, is chairman and CEO at Stevens Strategic Communications, which specializes in strategic planning, interactive marketing, and corporate and crisis communications. Established in 1976, the agency is comprised of motivated, results-driven, and multidisciplinary staff who serve the needs of large and small businesses, organizations, and associations seeking to grow in the United States and throughout the world. Ed has coordinated several global programs and has implemented international strategies in Europe, Australia, South Africa, Japan, China, and South America. Active in the Public Relations Society of America, Ed currently serves as president of the PRSA Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter and is a member of the PRSA Health Academy Executive Committee. Ed remains in Cleveland. Congratulations, Ed.
Fred Misischia emailed in late May. He lives near Carroll and has become more active in alumni activities, especially attending the last three graduation ceremonies with the Gold Streaks from our class and others. Along with Fred, Jim Mertes, Bob Cermak, and Don Lennon also attended and enjoyed Fr. Niehoff’s Gold Streaks reception after the ceremony. The four of them attended the Gold Streaks dinner after the Alumni Mass Reunion Weekend 2015. Fred wanted to point out to not forget Fr. Niehoff’s Christmas reception for alumni. Fred also joined the JCU Student Mentoring Network and is one of the JCU ROTC officers who was included in the recently released Veterans Legacy video. There are other meetings for alumni to attend, including ones for JCU ROTC officers and managers. The latest meeting featured Tom Arth ’03, Carroll’s head football coach, as guest speaker. Fred indicated it’s an honor to continue and expand his experiences with Carroll, which is alive and vibrant. He encourages more alums to stay involved with their alma mater. Thanks for the good news, Fred.
I also heard from John Zvolensky, who said I was all alone in the last issue of the Alumni Journal. He had strong words of encouragement to keep me posted for the ’63ers. He and his wife, Rachael, celebrated 50 years of marriage in February by taking their entire family and their two bridesmaids on a Caribbean cruise. Their children presented them with a CD of memorable photos and interviews with family and friends that was Oscar quality. He and Rachael continue to work through their bucket list and are playing a lot of golf. They toured the Arabian Peninsula countries of Qatar, Oman, and the UAE in January and loved learning about a culture that’s very different from ours. It’s great to hear from you, John.
Lastly, Kathy and I returned to Germany May 11 to June 8, something that has become an annual event for us. We stayed in some places that are old stomping grounds for us (Nurnberg, Dresden, and Berlin) and spent considerable time in Hamburg and Hannover. We mostly used these cities as hubs to visit smaller cities and towns that are close by and accessible by German trains, which we are familiar and comfortable with. We encountered what has become, at times, difficult for the German people – a strike by the Deutsche Bahn train drivers. News announcements said it was going to be a lengthy strike, but fortunately, it lasted only a day and a half. People ask why we go to Germany so often, and we remind those who that Kathy and I met in Hanau in March 1965, married there in October 1965, and had our first son there. He was born in Heidelberg. I continue to try to learn the language, am working with Rosetta software as much as possible, and hope to return again next year.
Again, thanks for the good news, and keep the updates coming. Until next time,
I’ll say just a few words to let you know the ’63 class notes column is alive and well – perhaps a little short on notes for the past couple issues – but still alive and well. I wish I had something to pass on to you, but, alas, such is not the case again. I understand I sound like a broken record at times, always asking for updates, but that’s what makes this column tick. Instead of job promotions and children, we have moved mostly into retirement activities, second homes, travel, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. It’s been more than 50 years since we left the Quad (some of you might not have been back to Carroll in decades and probably wouldn’t recognize campus), but we still have great memories of the ’59-’63 era. So, take a moment, with pen in hand (or fingers on a keyboard), and send me a few updates. The ’63ers would appreciate it. I would. Take care until next time.
Hi. I hope everyone is doing well. After living in the Valley of the Sun for 16 years, followed by another 16 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, my tolerance for heat disappeared as the more moderate and tolerable climate of Southern Illinois has taken hold. Until about the third week of August, the summer in Southern Illinois was remarkably cool. But good old Mother Nature got her way as temps reached the mid-90s and heat indices were 100 to 105 for a 5 to 10 day stretch. Still not too bad, even for my taste.
Richard Kotarba, senior counsel to Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, was added to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list of the top attorneys for 2014. Richard is a member of the Construction Law & Litigation Group, Real Estate & Lending Group, and Creditors Rights & Bankruptcy Group. Whew, Richard! I’ll bet that keeps you busy. For more than 45 years, he has represented several nationally known construction companies, title insurance companies and other high-profile clients in a broad range of practice areas. Richard received his law degree from Boston College and lives in Sewickley, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. Keep it up, Richard.
I also received a nice email from Tom Ging, who congratulated me on completing my 13th year in the management department at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Tom also wanted me to pass on to everyone that he completed an eight-day, 2,400-mile motorcycle trip around Lake Superior. He saw one deer cross the road about 50 yards ahead of him. Actually, Tom’s post said, “Saw only one deer cross the road; thankfully, 50 years ahead.” I assume he meant yards, not years. But what do I know? Lastly, if you didn’t see the note about my former roommate, Jack Kodweis, I’m sad to inform you Jack passed away this past June. Jack and I roomed on Okalona Rd. in South Euclid our last two years at Carroll.
Until next time.
I hope everyone is enjoying a great summer. Considering the winter most of us experienced, we deserve it. However, it’s important to point out much of the U.S. has experienced severe weather such as tornadoes, floods, and one hurricane. Let’s hope it subsides. Kathy and I were fortunate to return to Europe from May to June. This has become an annual event for us, one we dearly look forward to because it’s where we met and married. We spent almost the entire time in Germany, with the exception of a one-day trip to Szczecin in Poland just across the border. One of the highlights of our trip occurred in Hamburg when we visited the Johannes Brahms museum. Unfortunately, his birth home was destroyed during WWII, but the museum presents a lot of what he did and how he lived. During the visit, Kathy spoke with one of the staff members about Brahms’ piano compositions. Kathy began studying classical piano when she was about 3.5. When the staff member learned that, she asked Kathy if she would like to play a piano that was in the museum – the actual piano Brahms used to teach students, dating back to 1859. It was a huge thrill for Kathy, and I was able to record it. We also spent several days in Passau near the Austrian border. It’s a beautiful town on the Danube that experienced severe flooding in June 2013. If you Google “Passau flooding in 2013,” you’ll find the flood was the worst in 500 years and the second worst flood there of all time. Our hotel was across the street from the Danube, but last year, the same hotel was at least 10 feet under water. A terrible tragedy. I guess seeing what the city and its residents experienced a year ago was an omen for Kathy and me. When we returned home around 11 p.m. the night of June 11, after being up for 24 hours starting with our return flight out of Frankfurt, I went downstairs to our finished basement to turn on the hot water heater. I noticed drywall tape hanging down from the ceiling, water droplets on the ceiling, and carpet soaked with water. An upstairs toilet had developed a small leak the plumber estimated had been dripping for about five days. The entire basement carpet and much of the ceiling were ruined. Upstairs, the carpet in two bedrooms and the hallway, as well as the tile and subfloor in the bathroom where the leak occurred, were ruined. We hope to have all work completed soon.
I also have sad news to pass on. Jack Kodweis passed away on June 17, 2014. As some of you might recall, Jack and I were roommates for our last two years at Carroll. We lived off campus on Okalona Road in South Euclid about a mile from campus. It was nice in fall and spring but awful during the winters because Jack and I had a car. But that’s another story. Anyway, there’s a funny story involving Jack and me and the off-campus accommodations we had for two years I’d like to tell you. Some of you have probably heard this before or might even remember it from 50 years ago, but it’s still funny. When Jack and I moved into the upstairs of the house we were renting from a nice Italian family, each of us had pretty much the same stuff to work with: a twin bed, a small lamp to study by, a folding 6-foot aluminum table where we would work, a shared bath, a small closet, an extra shared TV room, and a chair. It just so happened that when we went to the house for the first time, Jack took one side of the room, and I took the other. No big deal. By then, Jack and I were both majoring in business, Jack in accounting and I in marketing. One day or night – I don’t remember which – we were studying at our respective aluminum tables, and out of nowhere, Jack turns toward me and says “Can we switch chairs?” I said, “What?” Again, he asked if we could switch chairs. I said, “Sure, but why?” In a matter-of-fact reply, Jack said, “As an accounting major, I have to do a lot of work on posting journal entries, and sometimes the journal pads are quite wide as in lots and lots of columns to work with. When I’m posting, sometimes I have to post in column 1, which is way to the left, and sometimes I have to post to column X, which is way to the right. My chair has four legs, and your chair has wheels. It would be a hell of a lot easier for me to roll myself to column 1 or the last column on the right with a chair with wheels than one with legs where I have to get up and move the chair or attempt to slide the chair.” So, with that great explanation, Jack and I switched chairs. I also knew I was glad I was a marketing major and not in accounting. In case you’ve never heard this before, let me hear from you.
This past winter was one heck of a time for just about everyone in the lower 48. As for proof, the electric bill Kathy and I paid in early February was the largest bill we’ve ever paid at any time, even counting the 16 years in Mesa, Ariz., during the summers. Inﬂation, of course, isn’t considered. Anyway, let’s hope the summer of ’14 isn’t as bad as the preceding winter.
I received a note about John Kunsch, who’s a native of Naperville, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago, and continues to live there. He operates the Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Homes & Crematory in two locations in the city. Like many of us from the class of ’63, John served in Vietnam and earned a Bronze Star. He met his wife after returning from military service and was offered a job in her family’s funeral business, something he never regretted. His two sons are poised to take over the business John will leave eventually. But like many of us, he’s still busy at work. Keep up the good work, John.
My roommate in Dolan Hall from ’59-’61, Tom Napoli, sent a YouTube video in December. Check it out. It’s dificult to spot Tom, but it’s him.
This is all I have this time, guys. So, as I usually do (i.e., beg), let me hear from you. Take care.
I hope joy and happiness have blessed all the ’63ers this past holiday season. I was set to send an empty column when I received an email from Frank Kelley, class columnist for 1964. Frank asked if I received information about the 1962-1963 JCU football team induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame that was held Sept. 27. I replied I hadn’t received anything. Accordingly, Frank sent the following information: “On Sept. 27, 2013, the undefeated 1962 and 1963 football teams were inducted into the John Carroll Hall of Fame at the annual dinner during homecoming weekend. In the last tribute of the evening, the members of both squads were called to the dais and were greeted with a standing ovation and a chorus of ‘Onward On’ by the crowd. 1962 defensive captain Tim Gauntner and 1963 captain Dick Koenig ’64 alternately read the roll of players from classes spanning from 1963 to 1966. It was a warm, respectful ceremony that began by honoring the deceased players – first and foremost, 1962 team captain Pete Attenweiler. Also memorialized were Bill McNally and Gene Smith, whose wife, Maureen, and daughters, Kiley and Erin, attended. Attending from the class of ’63 were Joe Lazzari, Ken Marchini, Ray Serina, Jerry Murray, Bob Hogue, Dick Koblin, Ken Lutke, as well as Tim Allan ’67 and Mel Melle ’64. Tim Gauntner praised the coaches, Jesuits, and lay faculty for their four years of wonderful influence and mentoring: ‘We came as older adolescent boys and left as young men.’ Tim also recalled meeting weekly with Coach John Ray, who always had four to five new variations for the Wolfpack defense to implement. Tim called Ray a defensive coordination genius. Joe Vitale had to miss the event because of a previously scheduled trip to Croatia. After viewing the proceedings on YouTube, he wrote: ‘I had trouble recognizing all the old guys, except for Lazzari, who must have been frozen in time and brought out for the festivities.’ Congratulations to all the new inductees. If you’re interested, the induction ceremony can be viewed at youtube.com/watch?v=NxoQUDMyixU.” My thanks to Frank for this. Until next time, keep me posted.
Hi, everyone. I hope you’re enjoying your summer.
The highlight of this column is our 50th reunion we celebrated June 14-16. In a nutshell, it was a fabulous reunion, perhaps the reunion where we had the most attendants. Of course, that’s just a guess, but it seemed like a large number. I’m inserting the names here of those ’63ers who registered and were identified by the alumni office as attending. If you attended and your name isn’t listed below, let me know. They are: Sam Anson, Joe Blasko, Alan Brandt, Robert Cermak, John Coyne, John D’Angelo, Mary Pat (Baker) Dempsey, Thomas Evans, James Farrar, Tim Gauntner, Tom Ging, Frank Grace, Don Hannan, Robert Hogue, Paul Kantz, Don Karmazin, Ed Kazlauskas, Walt Knake, Jon Knight, Ed Kovac, Tom LaFond, Joe Lazzari, Don Lennon, Ken Lutke, Jon Lynch, John Mahoney, John Marcy, Bruce McEvoy, Tom McFarlane, Frank McKeon, Michael Merlo, Jim Mertes, Fred Misischia, Dick Morgan, Jerry Murray, Pete Mykytyn, Tom Napoli, Bruce Noble, Tom Parker, Preston Shelton, Ed Stevens, Andrew Sullivan, John Sullivan, Al Thomas, Wayne Urban, Joe Vitale, Jim Viviani, Joe Walters, Thomas Ward, Mike Wolford, Charlotte Zak (widow of Edward), Frank Zalar, and Catherine Ziegler. While on the subject of the reunion, who would or could forget Tom Ging’s eloquence as he brought back many memories and a great number of laughs at our class dinner Saturday evening. Well done as always, Tom. Perhaps you might consider making it available for those who didn’t attend or for those who were and who would love to read it. Speaking of that dinner, I was seated at a table that included Jim Mertes, Tom Napoli, and John Marcy. Using the latest in technology, i.e., my phone, I took a few pictures. I sent them to Jim and Tom, but not John. If you could forward your email address to me, John, I’ll forward the pictures. Lastly in terms of the dinner, a great thank you is extended to Frank Grace who, again, was most gracious in providing great wine from his winery in Tuscany. I believe it is called Il Molino di Grace. If you ever get to Tuscany, you have to stop by. You might be able to find it in the U.S. because his website indicates it’s available here. It also was wonderful to hear about the class gift that will go a long way toward continuing to make John Carroll the great University it is. I’m off here in terms of the dollar amount that was announced at the class dinner, but it was somewhere around $150,000. If you weren’t able to participate and would like to now, please get in touch with the development office.
A couple of other news items made it to me as well. Richard Kotarba is a senior counsel of Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, a law firm in Pittsburgh. He has represented several nationally known companies in a broad range of practice areas for more than 45 years. For the 10th year in a row, he has been named one of Pennsylvania’s super lawyers. Congratulations, Richard. Keep up the good work.
Jim Corrigan sent a video from YouTube that was quite interesting. It shows Mary and Mike DiSanto’s grandson, Joseph, who’s the son of second son, Brian, who lives in Marin County, Calif. The video can be seen here. Perhaps he’s a future up-and-coming star. Mike Disanto’s widow, Mary, sent the video to Jim, who forwarded it to me.
Lastly, at the reunion, several of our ’63 alums thanked me for continuing to write this column for … let’s see, I’ve forgotten how many years it’s been. It’s been fun. At the same time, some of you promised to send updates about what’s going on in your lives. While at Carroll, we were all taught well about how to write, so don’t let me down. Until next time,
In case you’ve forgotten, this is year No. 50 since we graduated. It’s difficult to imagine it has been 50 years since that memorable time. Perhaps I’m a bit closer to the timeline because of the length of time I’ve had the pleasure of writing this column. We’ve seen our classmates (some in the military) go from being single to being married, then having children and grandchildren, as well as advancing their careers to mostly being retired now. It’s amazing when you think about it. I remind you our 50th reunion is scheduled June 14-16 on campus. Most of you have received information about the reunion, and more will be forthcoming. Need I also say the Jebbies are springing for the room on campus and meals during our reunion weekend. Not too shabby after all these years. I’ve called a number of you lately to talk about reunion weekend activities (more to come from the alumni office and reunion committee) and have left voice mails when unable to reach you. You have my number and email address if you want to get back to me about the weekend. The reunion committee has worked long and hard to make this event enjoyable. Please make every effort to make it to Cleveland that weekend.
A couple of news items to pass on as well: Walt Knake is a psychologist who was honored last year for his work with veterans and civilians coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. More precisely, Walt was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame for his work with veterans. The ceremony was held at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Walt is one of more than 425 other inductees enshrined in the hall. Walt was involved in setting up the first Vet Center program in Cleveland, developed group therapy programs for combat vets at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center, and participated in a national study of PTSD among Vietnam veterans. His hall-of-fame citation credits his efforts to bring an understanding of the Vietnam experience to high school students. His biggest personal reward of his past 48 years of work in the field has come from his patients.
I heard from Al Thomas (email@example.com) just before Christmas. Al was in Israel in March 2012 and found the trip enlightening and educational on numerous fronts. In September, he toured the western U.S. National parks in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, and Arizona. Whew! Quite a trip. They finally made it to Chicago in November to visit their daughter and grandkids. He also had his 55th high school reunion in Morristown, N.J., last year. He and his wife, Peggy, are in good health. They’re just getting old and feeling it. However, I prefer to use the word older in place of old.
Paul Kantz (firstname.lastname@example.org) emailed in January and told me about Steve Carroll, who’s a deacon at the Church of the Assumption in Fairport, N.Y., a small town outside Rochester. Steve is celebrating 30 years as a deacon. More about Steve is at: catholiccourier.com.
Again, please make every effort to make it back to campus in June for our reunion. Reunions occur each year. We can go back each summer for each event. But the 50th occurs but once, and it’s outstanding. See you in June.
Hi, everyone. I hope you had a safe and happy holiday season and 2013 brings continued joy and happiness to everyone.
I’ve had a few notes since the last issue but not nearly enough as I usually say. But it is what it is. Bruce Noble (email@example.com) and his wife, Elaine, saw and supported the Blue Streaks in Dublin this past fall. In case you missed it, JCU walloped St. Norbert. They also saw Bruce’s high school, Loyola Academy in Chicago, play Dallas Jesuit in the same stadium. What a treat. They visited Scotland and St. Andrews. Although Bruce still plays tennis, he has become more serious about his golf game and entertaining their seven grandkids with boat rides on their lake in the Atlanta area. Bruce is looking forward to this June. You all remember, don’t you? It’s our 50th reunion.
The alumni office contacted me about Richard Kotarba, who was selected by his peers for inclusion in the “Best Lawyers in America 2013” in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, and Real Estate Law. Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.
I can’t believe it will be 50 years ago I graduated and was commissioned in the Army. Perhaps many of you have similar thoughts as you look back on the period between 1959 and 1963. Be sure to mark June 2013 on your calendar. You’ll be receiving more information about our reunion over and above what you’re reading here. Reunions are every year; John Carroll stresses reunions every five years, but the 50th reunion comes along once. Until next time …
Hi, all. I hope fall 2012 is progressing well and the remnants of one of the hottest and driest summers are a bad memory. Here in Southern Illinois, the weather didn’t play well with the corn farmers, many of whom lost much of their crop for this year. Hopefully, it’s not a sign of bad things for this winter. As usual, my mailbox is just about empty. In fact, John Zvolensky is the only one of you ’63ers to drop me a line. John read the September issue of Wine Spectator and said Frank Grace’s 2006 Il Molino di Grace Riserva, Chianti Classico was highly recommended at a 93 rating. John said he reads the periodical but this was the first time he’d seen Frank’s wines listed. Way to go, Frank. John also said he and his wife, Rachael, had a great time touring Portugal and Spain. They took a Tauck tour, which John said was their fifth tour with that company. Also, their youngest son was married in June by his brother, who’s in the ministry on Long Island. John said they had many goose bumps. John also said he’s been in contact with Mike Mudler, who was on his way to the Masters at Augusta National, and Jim Linney ’73. Keeping with the tradition for many decades, John continues to play about 150 rounds of golf a year with a 6.0 index. I had to ask John to clarify the term index because I’m used to the term handicap. John said they’re about the same thing – index being a rating that helps standardize scores when one plays on different courses relative to course difficulty.
I’ll end this time with another plea to keep me informed. Don’t forget next June is our 50th reunion. Can you believe it? 50 years! Start planning.
Until next time …
Happy summer 2012! As much as I loved the faculty at Carroll and felt they helped us, being as young as we were, they didn’t provide me with the ability to be clairvoyant or read tea leaves. I only have one news item to pass on this time. Rev. John Corrado retired from a 25-year ministry at Grosse Pointe (Mich.) Unitarian Church in 2009 and was named minister emeritus. John also has remained busy since retiring. He was a pulpit guest at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach, Fla., while his longtime friend and the church’s minister took a 3,300-mile, cross-country bike Ride to Beat Hunger. An Ohio native, John received his Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif. In addition to Grosse Pointe, he has served congregations in Charleston, W.Va., Camp Springs, Md., and Albany, N.Y. He also has been a writer and performer of religious music.
Let me hear from you. It’s not too soon to begin thinking about 2013. Why? It’s our 50th reunion. The biggie! Until next time …
I hope things have been going well for all of you. I had a couple nice notes from Bob Simon (Bob@rjsbvm.com) last fall that were too late to make the winter issue. He was amazed at all the changes at Carroll since 1974, which was the last time he visited campus. Bob was a night school student and remembered the library was on the third floor of the Administration Building, as were his classes. Bob visited with Joseph Miller, Ph.D., who was one of his speech teachers; the Vincent Kline Speech Center; and the Dolan Science Center. Bob shed a few tears as he walked around campus, which is understandable. Bob, who lives in Warren, Ohio, is a retired educator. He keeps busy with volunteer work at Trumbull Memorial Hospital and is a district deputy for Knights of Columbus councils in the area.
Tom Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote after Veterans Day last November. That time of the year made him remember our classmates who made the ultimate sacrifice during Vietnam. Tom wanted to be sure we always remember them. We do, Tom. Thanks. Tom spent his career with Caterpillar, mostly in human resources in Los Angeles, and retired in 2006. He and his wife, Monique, keep busy around the house and travel. Tom, you mentioned a river cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Kathy and I travel in Europe as frequently as possible and have thought about a Russian river cruise. We just haven’t done it yet.
Richard Kotarba was named Pittsburgh 2012 Construction Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, a respected legal evaluation publication. Richard received his J.D. from Boston College and has been in the Pittsburgh area for many years. He’s past chair of the Construction and Real Estate Sections of the Allegheny Bar Association. He served on the board of La Roche College in Pittsburgh for more than 30 years, chairing the board for three years. He’s also a past trustee and chair of the board of trustees at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. In 2010, he received the St. Thomas More Award from the St. Thomas More Society of the Allegheny County Bar Association. Only 50 attorneys and judges have received this award since 1962. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for 20 years and is listed in four categories of that publication: construction law, construction litigation, real estate law, and real estate litigation.
On a sad note, I received word from the alumni office John Dobrogowski passed away Dec. 18, 2011. Our thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family.
Happy holidays to everyone. I hope 2011 was good for you, and 2012 will be even better. As for class notes, you guys drive me crazy because I’m always having to scrounge for something.
I received an email from a man who was a sword bearer in my and Kathy’s wedding at the Post Chapel in Hanau, Germany, in 1965. His name is Frank Kelley ’64, a class columnist who turns out to be a close friend of Chris Gentile, whom I haven’t heard from since graduation. Frank tells me Chris entered the advertising field and spent 38 years with Young & Rubicam in Detroit in various management positions. He then went back to school for digital photography and design. He lives in Grosse Pointe, Mich., near his two children and three grandkids. Chris reports life is good. Frank also wanted to pass on trivia I’m certain would be of interest to some of the ’63 guys who spent time in Germany in the mid ’60s. Frank remembered Bernie Daleske (one of the other sword bearers at my wedding) and indicated Bernie – a great guy that many of us remember well – was a great mentor to him when he, Frank, arrived at the 38th Transportation Battalion in May 1965. Frank, thanks for the kind words about yours truly. I appreciate them.
Hello, 1963ers. I hope you survived the swelter of 2011. When I wrote this, most of the nation couldn’t have waited for fall.
I received a couple of notes this time. Mike Naylon ’64 (email@example.com) sent me a note as I was beginning to write this column. Mike was a year behind me at McQuaid and a year behind us at Carroll, but he mentioned several names from ’63, so I wanted to insert his thoughts. He was TOBC 4-65, thinking he was a class behind Gary Previts. Mike spent 30 years in the Army, 15 active and 15 reserves. He and his wife, Beverly, live in Reston, Va. Mike says he occasionally visits his family in Rochester, N.Y.. His funniest line in his email to me: “Imagine that, from 90 cents a day junior and senior years to still getting a check from Uncle Sam. Wow.” Mike was talking about the $27 a month we received from being in advanced ROTC to his current retirement. Wow is right. Mike also mentioned he was a freshman in 1960 in Dolan Hall and was required by Tom Ging to shine Tom’s shoes simply because he, Mike, was a freshman. But Mike says he liked Tom since. Mike has been retired for about 4.5 years.
John Dix (firstname.lastname@example.org) remains active with BDI, his strategic planning and management consulting company in Columbus, Ohio. He was appointed to the board of directors of One Call Now in Troy, Ohio. One Call Now offers messaging services for different types of organizations throughout the U.S.
Lastly, because I have a few words left with no one else’s notes to add, Kathy and I spent about 32 days in Europe in May and June. We were in Dresden for the Music Festival and attended concerts by the Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. The concert by the Dresden orchestra was held in the main Frauenkirche, originally begun in the 11th century and eventually restored after complete destruction by bombing in 1945. Dresden is a beautiful city. We also spent some time in Berlin, our favorite European city (we honeymooned there in 1965); Eisenach (Bach’s birthplace); and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Places we visited that we had never been to before included: Ljubljana, Slovenia; Opatija, Korcula, and Zagreb in Croatia; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Brno, Cesky Krumlov, and Pilsen in the Czech Republic. The Eurail Pass is great.
Until next time, let me hear from you.
Happy summer to all ’63ers. Just two notes to pass on. Darryl O’Sickey (email@example.com) updated us about the latest developments with his sailing adventure along the West Coast of Mexico aboard Luffin It. Darryl and his wife, Donna, arrived in Mazatlan to begin five months of traveling up and down the coast. On March 2, as they approached a small anchorage about 130 miles southeast of Puerto Vallarta, they encountered a humpback whale. They were under sail alone when they struck a whale that was surfacing. The whale’s tail was stuck between the boat’s keel and rudder, and, in an attempt to extricate itself, the whale threw their 37-foot boat around like a toy. After about 20 seconds, the whale broke free and swam away. Unfortunately, they took on water, but their bilge pumps were able to keep ahead of the leaks. Several other cruising sailboats responded to their distress signal and assisted in assessing the damage. Their damaged prop shaft reduced motoring capability significantly, so they decided to motor sail to Puerto Vallarta, the closest marina, to have the boat hauled to determine the total damage. When they were about 40 miles from the haul-out marina in La Cruz, their propulsion ceased, and they had to be towed by an accompanying sailboat. After the boat was out of the water, a surveyor determined the cost of repairs would exceed the insured value of the boat. They returned home to Idaho March 12, six weeks sooner than planned. The good news is neither Donna nor Darryl sustained serious injuries other than a few bruises. Additionally, there didn’t appear to be any blood in the water from the whale, probably because their motor was off at the time. This wasn’t a whale attack, rather, they happened to be in the same place at the same time. For more information about their adventures, read their blog (sailblogs.com/member/luffinit/).
Jim Corrigan (firstname.lastname@example.org) provided thoughtful prose to many of us: Georges Clemenceau, who, while walking with a friend on his 80th birthday along the Champs-Élysées, made this comment when an attractive young woman passed by: “Oh, to be 70 again.”
Take care, and don’t forget to write.
Happy 2011. Bob Simon taught for more than 34 years, including 10 years in parochial schools and the remainder in public schools. Bob, who married in 1991 and retired in June 1997, is active in the Knights of Columbus and volunteers at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio. Bob finds the K of C rewarding and encourages you to volunteer.
Darryl O’Sickey and his fiancée, Donna, purchased a 37-foot sailboat in Mazatlan, Mexico, in July 2009. They cruised the West Coast of Mexico and the Sea of Cortez, putting more than 3,100 nautical miles on the boat in two different trips. They’re back in Mexico for another five months. Follow their adventures at http://www.sailblogs.com/member/luffinit/.
John Zvolensky retired in September 2009 after a 43-year career and selling Kuhlman Electric to ABB. He and Rachael live in Reynolds
Plantation, about 70 miles from Atlanta and Augusta – golf country. During the winter, they have a condo in Phoenix. More golf! They have three children and four grandchildren with No. 5 expected in August. In fall 2009, they went on a “Footsteps of Paul” cruise from Istanbul, Turkey, to Athens, Greece, and are planning on a trip to Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, in June followed by Ireland in August and Southern France in October. Also, he and Rachael went to the Aquarium in Atlanta for a reception for Fr. Niehoff. While there, John ran into Mike Mudler and Joe Lazzari. John and Mike hadn’t seen each other since 1963. John says Mike still is working, spending time between Atlanta and Europe. He also said Joe looked so good, he (John) vowed to hit the fitness center the next day but didn’t.
Paul Kantz sent a nice Christmas note reflecting on his thoughts about Carroll and working there for 30 years. Paul felt strongly about Carroll and was immensely proud of its accomplishments and to have been an integral part of them. Paul also indicated had it not been for his time at JCU, he wouldn’t have met Mary Kay, his wife of 46 years; produced four young men, all graduates of a Jesuit high school and college; and been influenced by great professors.
On an unfortunate sad note, Dan Keenan told me he learned, only recently, of the passing of a dear friend of his, Anthony J. “Tony” Melle, Jr., who passed away in March 2007. Tony was a Little Theatre Society actor and photographer for the Carroll News and Carillon. Dan was the best man at Tony’s and Marcia’s wedding. They were married for 47 years. Dan and his wife, Helen, have lived in Pahrump, Nev., for four years, longer than any other place they’ve lived in 27 years. He has been helping a dear friend of his, Sue Thompson, write her autobiography. Our group is old enough to remember some of Sue’s songs, including “Norman,” and “Sad Movies” (Make Me Cry). Dan said Sue was named to the new Las Vegas Rock Reunion Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and Western Swing Hall of Fame.
I received an e-mail from Richard Flasck, who celebrated his 44th year with Merrill Lynch in Toledo, Ohio, and passed the business to his son-in-law. He and Dolly are spending their fifth winter in Indian Wells, Calif. – better in the winter than July and August for sure. Dick has been part of a Jesuit-led program in Honduras where he built a medical clinic to serve a poor community on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula. The missions there have been sobering but gratifying. For more than 20 years, Dick has done a lot of bird watching throughout the world. He and Dolly have three children and six grandchildren.
Until next time.
Hi, everyone. I hope things are well for all of you.
I received two e-mails from Don Hannan (email@example.com) in late September. He indicated he set up photos, videos, and events on Facebook and invited me to visit his site. Alas, although I’m still teaching information systems at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, I tend to shy away from social networking sites. Call me skittish. However, I appreciated Don’s invitation. I e-mailed him back and told him about my hesitance to join Facebook and apologized. Don was nice to write back again, this time with update information. His family is in good health and plugging along, to use Don’s words. Don and his wife, Pat, are planning another winter visit to Anna Maria Island, Fla., and their family is planning to get together for Christmas as well. Their daughter, Michelle, will be coming from Toronto, and son, Don Jr., will be coming from Boston. The best news is all are healthy and happy. Thanks for the news, Don. Have a great time with your family. Those New England winters can be difficult.
I had another nice note from Frank Grace (firstname.lastname@example.org) saying things were well.
Unfortunately, I’m sad to report again my inbox, mailbox, and voice-mail continue to remain empty. I’d like to hear from you and believe our classmates would as well. With the end of the year approaching, I wish all of you a happy and holy holiday season. Until next time …
Hi, everyone. I hope you survived the heat wave that hit the U.S. in July. Hopefully by now, things are a bit more comfortable for everyone. Unfortunately, my mailbox/inbox continues to suffer from a severe case of emptiness – only one item made its way to me for this issue. John Dix (email@example.com) has been awarded an Advanced Professional Directors Certification by the Corporate Directors Group in Boston. This certification is earned through continuing educational programs the group sponsors. The Corporate Directors Group is a national education and public company director credentialing organization. John continues as president of Business Development Index, Ltd based in Columbus, Ohio. Congratulations, John.
Because I have no other news, let me say Kathy and I spent a month in Europe from mid-May to mid-June. Much of our time was spent in Germany, visiting places we are familiar with, as well as some new places. We were able to return for a couple of days to Aachen, which is where I had a sabbatical from August 2007 to January 2008. It was great seeing our colleagues from RWTH Aachen University again. Of special note was the opportunity to visit Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthplace and museum in Eisenach, Germany. The highlight of that day was being able to listen to a museum director play several Bach pieces on period instruments – just for Kathy and me. If you’re a classical music lover, you’d have enjoyed this. Along the classical music vein, we also spent time at Mendelssohn’s house and museum in Leipzig and Mozart’s residence in Salzburg, Austria. No visit to Europe for Kathy and I would be complete without a visit to Heidelberg, where our first son was born. Like so many places in Germany, it has a special meaning for us. Other locations we had never been to included Warsaw and Krakow, Poland; and Salzburg, Austria. And after two previous visits, we finally toured the Budvar Brewery in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. If you like beer, there’s hardly anything like a nice Budvar or a Pilsner Urquell, both brewed in the Czech Republic.
That’s about it for this column. Don’t be a stranger. Let me hear from you.
Hi, everyone. Hope your spring was a great time for you. As for news, Tom Kilbane – TKilbane@ssd.com – has been selected by in-house counsel and his peers as one of the world’s leading litigation lawyers. That’s a great honor, Tom. Congratulations. In more than 30 years of trial experience, Tom has been involved in litigating highly technical, multi-party commercial disputes with particular emphasis on antitrust, contract, construction, and securities cases, at state and federal levels. Tom is also a fellow of the International Academy of Trial lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the American Bar Foundation, is recognized in the International Who’s Who of Professionals, The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in American Law. Suffice it to say that you have done very well, Tom. Keep it up.
Jim Kline is one of the recipients of the 2010 Alumni Medal. This was announced in the last issue of John Carroll magazine. I had not received the info, so I thought it best to insert it here as well. The Alumni Medal is the highest honor awarded annually by the Alumni Association for an individual’s accomplishments in his/her profession, exemplary family and personal life, contributions to their community and dedication to John Carroll University. Congratulations and all the best.
And an open letter to Frank Grace from Jim Corrigan – firstname.lastname@example.org: “Dear Frank, Your significantly married classmates from John Carroll, wish to congratulate you. Never before has one man brought so much joy to his own wife with a single, birthday gift than you did this year when celebrating Judy’s 39th. That said, your married classmates wish to chastise you for fueling the wave of huge disappointments coming to the Mary Lous, Siennas, Sallys, Cathys, Sandys, Mary Lynns, Pennys, Carolines, Kays, Maureens, Marys, Lenores, Eunices, Junes, Rosemarys, and others that we have married. For are they not celebrating their 39th birthdays as well, this year? Standing alone, a six quart, Kitchen Aid Pro Line Mixer is an impressive gift. So too is that bad boy of vacuums, the Dyson DC25-Blueprint-Limited Edition, fresh out of the box. Such gifts might have evoked a gushing, “Oh, I’m so lucky to have married you!” or “Oh, you’re just the greatest,” remark punctuated with a tender kiss. During the halcyon days, i.e. the time-period prior to Judy’s 39th, was there ever a love of your life that wouldn’t have been tingling and bubbling as she unwrapped a heavy-duty Honda, two-stage snow blower proffered by her loving spouse? Thanks to you, Frank, our brides now imagine these gifts in juxtaposition to the 27 foot sculpture of “San Francesco Della Vigne.” In Italian one could say,“Guadagnate! Perdiamo!’’ From all of your former friends, Frank, Congratulations!
Until next time, Pete
Happy springtime to all ’63ers. I hope your past holiday season and the beginning of 2010 were very good for you and that the rest of 2010 is good as well. My mailbox is basically empty again, but that seems to go with the territory. There are but a couple of items to pass on at this time. Jim Mertes – email@example.com – sent a Christmas photo of what I presume is the entire Mertes family. I think I counted correctly — 19 in all in the picture. Great picture of Donna, Jim, and a beautiful family. It really doesn’t seem that long ago that I made the trek to Canton, OH, to attend your wedding. My, how time flies when you are having fun!
I also received a very interesting e-mail from Frank Grace – firstname.lastname@example.org – all the way from Tuscany, Italy. Those of you who attended the 45th Reunion in June 2008 will recall the great wine Frank had shipped over from his winery that we enjoyed at our Reunion dinner. Anyway, Frank wanted to give his wife, Judy, a special 45th anniversary present. Based on several hits in Google, the traditional gift for the 45th anniversary is sapphire jewelry. Well, Frank certainly did not want to simply follow tradition. So, he had a 27 foot tall sculpture of San Francesco della Vigna commissioned and built. Frank said it was a surprise to Judy and took some doing to find the right spot to place the sculpture on the winery so that it could be seen from both the winery and their residence, Villa Castagnoli. What a beautiful sculpture, Frank.
I’m well below my word count for this column, which is what happens when I don’t receive much. I know! I know! You read this plea each issue. So, come on and help me out. A new grandchild. A new retirement home somewhere. A fabulous trip. Your lowest golf score ever recorded. Whatever it might be, we would be interested. So, let me hear from you. Until next time. Pete
Hello from Southern Illinois. Yes, Kathy and I are still here doing well. Except for about 12 days in June where the temps hit the mid 90s, we had a fairly nice summer. Now, if winter listens to all of us, we’ll be in great shape as long as it’s not a repeat of last winter, with two ice storms that forced the closing of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. And when the university closes, you know it’s bad news around here. I have just a couple of notes to pass on to you, even though the cupboard was bare in the last issue we received in mid September – did you notice there wasn’t a 1963 column in that issue? I need your help to do this, guys!
Don Hannan – email@example.com – was right in telling me it had been a while since he had written – right you are, Don. Don’s daughter, Michelle, is an animation professor at Sheridan College in Toronto, and his son is a programmer at State Street Bank in Boston (ask me sometime about my interest in State Street, Don). Don is sort of semi-retired, he says, but he is still filling data communications material, parts, components, etc., requests from loyal customers. He and his wife, Pat, have vacationed on Anna Maria Island, FL, and plan on being in Naples, FL, during February and March. Don is also working with SCORE, counseling new business owners and gathering his rewards by seeing new owners succeed. Great hearing from you, Don.
I received a nice story/news item from Rev. John Corrado. John earned his Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA, and spent more than 25 years in the Unitarian Church sanctuary across from City Hall in Grosse Point City (your note did not say for certain, but I’m hoping I’m right by saying Michigan?). During his 30 years of ministry work, John went to more than 30 states, served Unitarian Universalist congregations in West Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Albany before going to Grosse Pointe. In 1991, he was voted by his Unitarian colleagues as “the 25-year man.” He also received a gubernatorial citation from the governor of West Virginia when he had a congregation there for his human rights work and in coordinating efforts to get a Human Rights Law. John’s friends thought so much of him that they footed the bill for a trip to Paris for him and his wife, Barbara Moran Corrado. Thanks for the news, John, and keep in touch now that you seem to have a bit more time.
I’m at my word limit, so please, please let me hear from you. Happy holidays! Pete
Hi, everyone. Hope that the first six months of 2009 have been good to you. It’s hard to believe, but by the time you read this column, it will be about one year since we last gathered at Carroll, for our 45th Reunion. A great time for sure! Let’s hope and pray that come 2013, we have the best 50th that Carroll has ever had! As for news items, my mailbox is practically empty. Again! Come on, everybody. I hate to keep begging like this. But many are retired, thinking of retiring (or perhaps delaying it for a while due to the financial issues of the day; one friend of mine told me the other day his 401k program is now a 201k!), still having grandchildren, traveling, etc, etc. So, drop me a line. As for notes this time: Ronald R. Ledin, P.E., president and CEO of Middough Inc., has been inducted into the Cleveland Engineering Society Design & Construction Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors individuals for their outstanding achievements in the fields of construction, building, or architecture. Ron has served as president and CEO of Middough Inc., a top 100 U.S. architecture, engineering, and management company since 1978. He’s been an owner of the firm since 1974 and served in many other positions throughout the years. In addition, Ron taught mathematics for several years while earning his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Cleveland State’s Fenn College of Engineering. He is active in many professional societies and was honored by the Project Management Institute, Northeast Ohio chapter, with the Kerzner Award for Project Management Excellence in 2004. Cleveland State honored him as an outstanding engineering alumnus in 2003 and a Distinguished Alumnus in 2004. He is a registered professional engineer and has patented several equipment designs.
Some not so good news, too, unfortunately. Richard Keith (Dick, Big Coach) McPhie passed away March 18, 2009. Dick completed studies at Carroll subsequent to 1963, but he was considered part of the social class of 1963. Our prayers go out to his family.
Until next time. Have a great summer. And please let me hear from you. Pete
Welcome to 2009! Of course, by the time you read this column, we will be well into the year. I hesitate to point out, however, that the ’63 well is pretty dry. I received but one item, a note from John Dix – firstname.lastname@example.org. He continues to remain busy with the business he founded a number of years ago, Business Development Index Limited, in Columbus, OH. In December John was awarded a Professional Directors Certificate by the Corporate Directors Group, Boston, MA. John earned the certification through continuing educational programs accredited by RiskMetrics Group Institutional Shareholders Services. RiskMetrics Group’s Corporate Governance Quotient is the benchmark for ranking a corporate board’s governance performance for 5400 U.S. and 2000 foreign companies. Congratulations, John.
As for yours truly, January 2009 provided a late Christmas for the Mykytyn family. Our oldest son, Trey, his wife, and two children, returned from three years in Belgium; Trey is a Lt. Col. in the Air Force. His assignment there had been with NATO. Since it had been a year since Kathy and I had seen him and the family, we decided to have a late Christmas in Carbondale for the whole family. So, from about Jan. 13-20, the Mykytyns from Belgium, plus our daughter, Lee Ann, from Houston, and our other son, Greg, and our other granddaughter, Lauren, from Dallas were all together in Carbondale. We even kept the Christmas tree up for the kids. It was a great time for all.
As I close, please let me hear from you. I hate to keep saying it, but it’s soooooooo easy to send me an e-mail. Until next time, Pete
Hi again, everyone. As I write this column in late September with an office-imposed deadline facing me, I am still remembering our 45th Reunion this past summer. What a great time it was. Hopefully, our 50th in 2013 will be the biggest and best 50th Reunion Carroll alums have ever attended. As far as notes are concerned, I don’t have too much to pass on. I took some photos at Reunion and e-mailed them to Sam Anson – email@example.com – and Jim Mertes. Sam lives in Bergenfield, NJ, and was very appreciative of the photos. Jim is still in Canton, OH, enjoying retirement and keeping very busy. I have received several e-mails from Tony Skwiers since Reunion. Keep them coming, Tony. Our best to you and Sharon. Paul Kantz – firstname.lastname@example.org – took a bit of time to e-mail me some notes that he put together at the Reunion as well. Quoting from Paul’s notes: “Enjoyed seeing everyone at Reunion and had a great time despite a bad case of laryngitis which slowed me to a whisper. Mary Kay and I especially enjoyed sitting at dinner with first-time reunion attendees Tony and Sharon Skwiers and Ed Kazlauskas. Tony is retired from the Warren, MI, schools. He and Sharon are active in volunteering. After leaving JCU, Ed earned his Ph.D. and became a dean at Southern Cal in charge of computer-based distance learning. He was one of the pioneers in that field. You’ll remember Ed as a lanky and studious fellow who was very proud of his Lithuanian heritage. At the Saturday dinner, Tom Ging offered a nice remembrance of our late classmate Mike DiSanto. At Mass, all of our deceased classmates of the past five years were prayer for in a roll call of names read by John Dix.” Paul also made note that our class contributed nearly $130,000 for our 45th Class Gift; this represents 34% participation from 101 persons. Very nice gift indeed. The irrepressible John L. Sullivan laid claim to the title of class poet laureate with a spirited declamation of a poem about our class. Rumor has it that John is preparing an ode – or perhaps a sonnet – for our 50th! John’s poem follows — Hail to the John Carroll Class of 1963/Oh! You all look so very young to me./We attended Carroll for such a very small sum;/Today, I don’t think I could afford to come./But to come back I do get a yen; it would be great to do this all over again./Yes, I wish once again to wear that ROTC uniform,/Especially on those days so very warm/To once again go to the parking lot to drill;/Gee, I wanted to go over the hill./The MS classes took us from boys to men,/Especially the language of SGT. Cronen./In the rifle range we shot at candy;/In Vietnam that came in handy./Yes, that ROTC experience was unique/Something never again did I ever seek./Just one more skit at Stunt Night;/Maybe this time we might get it right./Where oh where is our Madelyn Guftofson,/Still with Father Munser having fun./I long to feel that ultra scary wrath/Of our favorite WW II refugee, Fr. Horvath./On my term paper I feared a low double D,/And he said girls were evil as could be./Well, our college days have long been done,/It is great to remember all that fun./I can’t remember where I put my keys,/But I can remember you guys with the greatest of ease.
Until next time, have a happy and holy holiday season. Please let me hear from you. Pete
Our 45th Reunion is history. To say that it was a great time, that the 40 or so who attended were great to visit with, or to say that for, at least a few persons, this was their first reunion and visit to campus since graduation in 1963, is not really sufficient. Each and every person I spoke with was glad he attended, and most indicated they would return for our 50th in 2013. How can anyone not think about coming back to Carroll for a 50th Reunion? A few moments to share the good times for those who were there and for those who could not make it. Tony Skwiers and his wife, Sharon, drove down from Warren, MI. Tony had not been back to Carroll since graduation, so seeing the place as it’s changed was quite a shock. During our conversations we got onto the subject of classical music and opera. I had to confess to Tony that I love classical music but won’t cross the street to see opera. It seems that Sharon “really likes” opera, so Tony obliges. John Dix drove up from Columbus, but his wife, Polly, was unable to attend. Polly remained home to be with their new granddaughter. Joe Vitale lives in Canton, OH, and is sort of semi-retired. He’s an attorney and continues to help out when he’s needed in terms of cases, hearings, etc. Mike Wolford remains in Rochester, NY, and is also continuing to practice law. Mike, his daughter, and son-in-law practice together. Mike, I hope I got it right in terms of daughter and son-in-law. Jerry Murray summers in New Hampshire and beats the cold and snow by living in Fort Myers, FL. Jon Lynch winters in the Phoenix area, as do John and Polly Dix. I’m sorry, Jon, but I didn’t catch where you are the other time of the year. You’re just going to have to let me know. Frank Grace probably wins the award for traveling the furthest to get to Cleveland. Frank lives in London and, of course, watches over his vineyard, Il Molino Di Grace, in the heart of Tuscan wine country. Frank was kind enough to provide bottles of Classico Riserva from his vineyard for our class dinner. Thanks a bunch, Frank. Sam Anson flew up from his home in New Jersey, which fortunately is close enough to/distant enough from New York. Sam and I had the occasion to discuss residential property taxes a bit while passing some time in the big tent. Ric Erickson and Joe Lazzari are both retired military. I believe each spent upwards of 25+ years in the service; Joe began in the Transportation Corps and switched to aviation when it became a separate branch of the army. Ric was in artillery quite a bit and managed to spend a bit of time dealing with the heat of El Paso and Ft. Bliss. I believe each told me they had retired in about 1991 or so. Jim Mertes is still in Canton, OH, and says he is busier as a retiree from Timken than when he was with the company. Jim and his wife, Donna, have four daughters and 10 grandchildren, and all are together in Canton. Donna is a principal at a catholic school in Canton. And on Reunion Sunday morning Jim and Donna brought all children, all grandchildren, and a son-in-law to the huge buffet brunch; a couple of sons-in-law couldn’t make it. They took up two tables with the group and two cars to get everyone to campus.
Will have more to report in next column about our Reunion. I’m short on space, unfortunately. But if you were there and didn’t get a chance to talk with me, get back with me and let me know what’s going on in your life. Also, let me list the names of those who attended and/or registered: Sam Anson, Albert Camma, John Dix, Ric Erickson, Jim Farrar, Tom Ging, Frank Grace, Robert Hogue, Paul Kantz, Tom Kilbane, Joe Lazzari, Ken Marchini, Frank McKeon, Jim Mertes, Richard Morgan, Jerry Murray, Peter Mykytyn, Anthony Skwiers, John Sullivan, Joe Vitale, Joseph Walters, Tom Ward, Marjorie Freiburg Wiemels, Michael Wolford, and John Zvolensky.
Also, one non-reunion note to pass on. Dan Keenan was appointed news director for Channels 30 and 62 in Pahrump, NV. We all remember Dan’s eloquent voice around campus, I’m sure. From Carroll, Dan went on to a wide range of communications experiences involving on-camera work to executive-level management in television, radio, film, and theater. Dan did graduate work at the University of South Carolina and also received a commission in the Signal Corps, serving in Germany, Vietnam, Japan, and in the U.S. involving broadcasting, radio and TV station management, writing and producing. Dan retired as a lieutenant colonel. In the private sector Dan was the first executive producer for world-renowned Recorded Books Inc. He produced and directed the first two dozen recordings, four of which he narrated. Pete
Paul Kantz here, pinch-hitting for my friend Pete Mykytyn, who has been a faithful writer of this column for, lo, these many years. Enjoy the break, Pete, and hope to see you June 20-22 at our 45th Reunion. Read a piece recently on the “secrets” of happiness. One suggestion: “Forget spending money at the mall — and instead spend more time with your friends.” That includes your old college friends from JCU. Take that tax stimulus rebate you’re getting and put it toward a trip to our Reunion. In that regard … Classmates I’d like to see who, to my knowledge, have never made one of our reunions: Mike Merlo, Chicago attorney, Kingston Trio lover, and star Latin pupil. Commanded our Latin prof Doc Spath one day, “Merlo, translate.” “I pass, Doc,” came Mike’s reply. “I doubt it, Merlo,” said Doc. What you been up to all these years, Mike?
Lou Tarantelli, who got me into trouble at ROTC Summer Camp, when he said “Here, hold this,” and gave me a lighted cigarette as inspection officers came through our barracks. I took the heat, but I forgive you, Lou.
Jack Snow, a friendly, mild-mannered Michiganer, who had a career in secondary education.
Ron Tomaselli, who lived in Dolan with us freshman year, and hasn’t been heard from since settling in his native Rochester, N.Y.
Steve Carroll, another Rochesterian, who I understand is a deacon in a Catholic church near Fairport, N.Y.
And whatever happened to the football-playing brothers, Jim ’67 and Tom Ohradzansky? And Blue Streak teammates Frank McKeon and Tom Ward, also Clevelanders. C’mon, guys, make an appearance!
Classmates who’ve come to at least one reunion awhile ago but are due for an encore: Bruce Noble, my freshman roomie from Chicago. Bruce has lived many years in the Atlanta area, as has Dale Leonard, who we’d like to see make the trip back this year.
Pete Hoffmann, who I went to first and second grades with on Long Island and then didn’t see again until we were reunited at JCU. Pete lives in “hurricane alley” in Goulds, Fla.
Another Floridian we’ve missed is Pete Brandt, Ft. Lauderdale real estate attorney. Pete and wife Connie are due for a Cleveland visit. How about it, Brandts?
Ed Sopko, whom I soldiered with in Germany, must be long retired by now from Business Week mag where he sold ad space. With time on your hands, Eddie, why not motor our way for the Reunion Weekend?
Jack Sheehan, the barrister who lives right there in Cleveland. C’mon, Jack, no excuses. Your friends miss you! And CPA Ken Lutke, too. Ken’s also right in the area.
Who’d you like to see at the Reunion? Contact that classmate now and plan to get together at our 45th. The Alumni Office (1-800-736-ALUM) can provide contact information. See you all in June. Paul Kantz – Melbourne, Fla. – email@example.com
Hello to all and a belated Happy New Year. Actually, as I write this column I think the correct greeting for my present location is Gutes Neues Jahr, which for all who never took German is Happy New Year in that language. It is January 8 and the time for Kathy and me in Aachen, Germany, is fast coming to an end. If all goes as planned, we will be back in Carbondale early evening January 20. This presumes no flight delays — Yeah! Right! We’re keeping our fingers crossed since we arrive at Chicago O’Hare from Brussels.
I have but two items to pass on to y’all this time around. I received a very nice note from Mike O’Halloran – firstname.lastname@example.org. Mike couldn’t help but begin his update by emphasizing how great retirement is. That said, Mike’s medical profession encompassed 35 years in pediatrics. I’ll bet you never ran out of suckers, Mike. Mike was with the Midelfort Clinic, part of the Mayo system, in Eau Claire, Wis. He and his wife, Marty, have three children and six grandchildren between two and eight. Mike said his children are doing great. Since retirement, Mike has spent quite a bit of his time working with the American Academy of Pediatrics. He serves as webmaster and senior section chair for the Wisconsin Chapter of AAP, and he is also on the executive committee for the national AAP. He is also completing a three year term as the president of the local chapter of the retired physicians group, and he still has some involvement with hospital committees. In 2007 he got back into bike riding, in-line skating, and skiing after a two-year layoff for a hip replacement. As if he is not busy enough, Mike said he has really enjoyed working with a life-long learning group for the past four years. The group is affiliated with a local university, and each spring and fall, he is responsible for arranging and coordinating three or four short courses involving everything from opera to genetics to how to build a cedar strip canoe in your basement. Do you do windows too? He and Marty love to travel, although they prefer short trips so they are not gone too long. One of their main adventures is being connected with a company that arranges and puts on marathons in different U.S. cities. Mike and Marty get free transportation, room and board, and for that they work their butts off for five days – Mike’s words, not mine. They get to see local sites, visit friends, and/or just relax. Their next gig is Phoenix. I lived in Mesa for 16 years, Mike, so if you have any questions, feel free. I can give you directions to a great Mexican restaurant. Hopefully, the Phoenix gig is not in the summer!
Gary Previts – email@example.com – has been awarded the 2007 Gold Medal for Distinguished Service by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The award recognizes those individuals whose influence on accounting as a whole is especially notable in comparison to other profession leaders. It is the highest award granted by the AICPA. Gary has twice led AICPA teams which have reviewed the standard setting processes of the U.S. Government as to the authoritative status of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (Talk about a tough job dealing with the Feds!). He is the editor of Research in Accounting Regulation and has co-authored A History of Accounting in the United States and CPA Professional Duties and Responsibilities. He is also president of the American Accounting Association.
John Dix – firstname.lastname@example.org – has been appointed a member of the board of directors of Wilson Bohannon, Inc. Located in Marion, Ohio, the company is a manufacturer of quality locks for public utilities, pipelines, construction, and transportation industries. John and family continue to reside in Columbus, Ohio. John is president of Business Development Index, Ltd., a strategic planning and consulting practice. He is also a part-time faculty member in the MBA program at the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. John serves on a number of other company boards in the United States and Canada, and he is also co-director of The Center for Operational Excellence at the Fisher College of Business.
I’m about at my word limit for this column, but I didn’t want to sign off without again mentioning that June 2008 is our 45th Reunion. You will all be receiving additional information on it, but now is the best time to mark your calendars. If you’re retired, there’s no excuse not to attend. If you’re not, you most likely have enough seniority or vacation time built up after working all these years that it shouldn’t matter. Anyway, mark it down now. Until next time, Pete
Greetings to all of the ’63ers. As I write this column, it is October 24 and I am enjoying a sabbatical in Aachen, Germany. I was fortunate enough to have a sabbatical approved by my University in Illinois and even more fortunate to find a University in Germany that was willing to work with me in terms of research and support. So far, things are great. Kathy and I are living in an apartment that is about a 10 minute walk to my office. The apartment is quite small, there is a treacherous spiral staircase to reach the bedroom and bathroom, and the “kitchen” is a combination unit consisting of a sink, a two-burner stove, and a small refrigerator under the two burners. The unit is about three feet wide. Kathy and I love to joke with the other by saying, “Get out of my kitchen.” Anyway, it’s great! We are close to our son in Belgium, the one in the Air Force who is stationed with NATO for now and who just made Lt. Colonel, our daughter-in-law, and our grandchildren. Tough! But someone has to do it. We are back home about January 20. The time is really going fast, however.
I was copied on an e-mail from Ron Timpanaro ’64 – email@example.com – to Frank Kelley ’64. Ron had missed one of my columns wherein I had mentioned him and the 1963 footballers. I don’t even remember myself, but that must have been the column about the guys who didn’t play but remained on the bench. There was a special name for this group that I used in the column. Anyway, Ron’s recent e-mail recalled some moments while he was in Vietnam. He remembered seeing Joe Gelarden, Jim Herak ’65 and Jim Sololowski. Ron was in and near Hue around Tet, and served around the DMZ. Not fun times for sure for anyone.
I also was copied on an e-mail from Tom Ungashick – firstname.lastname@example.org – who was responding to Ron’s e-mail to Frank Kelley. (I hope y’all can keep these e-mails straight!). Tom thought the information was good and wanted to be kept in the loop. Tom is CEO of Whitehorse Advisors in Atlanta. From Tom’s e-mail, Whitehorse is a securities dealer and investment/financial advisor. Tom’s got lots of initials too, as in CLU and CHFC. Thanks for copying me, Tom.
I received an e-mail from Jack Kodweis – email@example.com – who is still “surviving” in Las Vegas, alias lost wages. When Jack e-mailed me, it was July, so he was taking advantage of very early tee/starting times on the golf course to avoid the desert heat. Jack and his wife, Mary, live in Summerlin (I had to look it up on a map and saw that it appears to be a bit southwest of Las Vegas proper.) Jack told me that he found another “Gray Streak,” Norm Stalzer ’51. Jack and Norm, who retired from Ford Motor Co., enjoy a round or two of golf each week. Jack also reminded me that Norm also had “Whispering Willie” (I think his last name was Weis or Weese) for English literature and that neither of them is conversant in Beowulf. Jack mentioned too that he had to take a senior writing course for English majors from “Willie” because Dr. Devlin, who taught Business Letters and Reports, was ill for the semester. Jack said “Willie” remembered him from the English Lit class as a freshman. Jack reminded him that he was not an English major; “Willie” told Jack to do his best. To quote Jack: “Good for an easy B.” You made me laugh, Jack. Jack and Mary have seven grandchildren, and the oldest is looking at Santa Clara and Gonzaga, trying to keep the Jesuits in the picture. Jack also reminded me that he abandoned 13 column journal pads/work papers for Excel. Thanks, Jack.
I heard from Al Thomas – firstname.lastname@example.org – who, while visiting family in Barrington, IL, a Chicago suburb, located a case of Il Molino di Grace, Chianti in Binnies Wine and Spirits. The wine is from Frank Grace’s vineyards in Italy. Al gets to Italy now and again and really enjoys Tuscany and Frank’s vineyard and fine, fine wine. Thanks, Al.
Last but not least, next year is “a year with an 8,” which means that it is time for our Reunion again. Our Reunion is scheduled for June 20-22, 2008. It’s not too early to put this on your calendars RIGHT NOW. It’s always a good time, so make plans now.
Until next time, have a happy and holy holiday season. Pete
Greetings from Germany! That’s right. I’m in Germany. I’m on sabbatical this fall from my faculty position at Southern Illinois University. This is a great opportunity to continue with some of the research I’ve been involved with the last few years dealing with information systems, intellectual property, and electronic commerce. My wife, Kathy, who is also a lecturer at SIU, became interested in information systems and the legal environment about 20 years ago, and her interest has rubbed off onto me. In fact, we have conducted a number of research projects together during that period as well. Currently, we are talking with German firms that have obtained software patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Hopefully, the project will be beneficial.
My mailbox is quite empty this time. Jeanne D. Lese – email@example.com – whose name while she was at Carroll was Daugherty, received an MA degree in 1963. Currently, she resides in San Rafael, CA, with her husband, Henri. Jeanne and Henri have two children, Karen and David. Jeanne is co-director of Lariam Action USA, an information and support group. She has co-directed “Taken As Directed,” a new documentary film exposing the adverse affects of the anti-malaria drug Lariam (mefloquine). A web site, www.takenasdirected.com, relates to this documentary. The site was current as of July 13, 2007.
John Dix – firstname.lastname@example.org – continues to remain busy with management consulting and strategic planning. Along with being president of Business Development Index, Ltd. in Columbus, John serves on a number of boards as a director. His most recent appointment is with Kenra, LLC, an Indianapolis-based manufacturer and marketer of professional hair care products for the salon industry. The company was founded in 1929 and markets products under a number of brand names. In his spare time (LOL), John is also co-director of The Center for Operational Excellence at Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.
Hopefully, you will do better next time and overflow my inbox with news and updates! Until next time, Pete
Happy summer 2007! As I write this in mid April, I keep remembering how many parts of the country had to deal with extreme cold, snow, etc. around Easter and a bit later. I’m thinking too that I hope the extra cold and snow in April does not foretell a terribly hot summer. I received a few nice notes this time around, but as you know, I am always asking for more updates. There are many of you who haven’t responded at all over the years, so do so now.
John Jarrett – email@example.com – was, like most of us, very saddened about the passing of Chick Montrose. John lived next door to Chick for the first two years at Carroll and got to know him very well. As I can attest, John indicated that Chick was the resident genius, a great guy, and a great friend. As for John, he received a master’s of public health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and never left! He has since retired from the U of M hospitals where he was a supervisor in the chemical pathology lab for more than 40 years. John was married, but unfortunately his wife passed away in 1999. Please accept our condolences, John. He has two grown daughters in the medical field and two wonderful grandchildren. John remembered too that Jack Hearns ’61 mentioned him in an article in the Alumni Journal about music at Carroll when he was an accompanist for the Glee Club. He still plays the piano daily and does a little accompanying for singers, local theater rehearsals and pit orchestra. Thanks for the update, John. Keep us posted.
Don Baltz – firstname.lastname@example.org – lives in North Las Vegas, NV. Hey, Don, remember Jack Kodweis? The last time I heard from Jack, he too had retired to Vegas. Anyway, Don went on to obtain an advanced degree at UNLV in 1989. He and his wife, Pamela, have three children, Michael, Michelle, and Kevin. In case some of you may be wondering, Don indicated to the alumni office that this is a change of address. So, Don, are you new to Vegas or just changing addresses there?
Robert Gelarden – email@example.com – lives on the rockbound coast of Maine. When he contacted me in January, he said the wind was howling, the snow was blowing, but he had a fire crackling in the stove. I’ll bet the “Nor’easter” in April caused some concern. Robert also used to sing in the Glee Club, I might add. Robert and his bride (you didn’t give me her name or how long you have been married, Robert) are proud to say that they enjoy a bottle of Il Mulino di Grace now and then. In case you have forgotten that comes from the vineyards of Frank Grace and his Tuscan winery. Their first toast was to their late pals, Billy Petro and Pete Attenweiler. Then they toasted the “pine riders” from 1963. I had to e-mail Robert back because I didn’t know what a pine rider is. Robert said they were the football players who rode the bench and never got into a game. What with the vino from Frank’s vineyard, the nice fire, a great couple, and great food, Robert said it was “not a bad evening.” For the record, he retired in 2003 after spending 36 years working? (his question mark, not mine) as a reporter and columnist with the Indianapolis Star. His bride was from East Boothbay, ME, and she suggested that they retire to Maine. Turns out it was a great idea. Robert added a postscript too — he had seen Ron Timpanaro’s ’64 name in the Alumni Journal, and was glad to read that. The last time he had seen Ron was in a dusty USMC mess hall in Vietnam. Pete
Greetings ’63ers and happy New Year, albeit a late greeting well into 2007. It’s mid January as I am writing this issue’s column, and “old man winter” has hit Southern Illinois for the first time this season. It’s about 20 today, quite colder than we’ve had so far. In any regard, on to the news, sparse as it might be. I received a nice Christmas greeting from Al Thomas – firstname.lastname@example.org. Al was a bit indecisive this year as he and his wife, Peggy, debated whether to write a Christmas letter. They did, so here are parts of it. They are still in Perkasie, PA (in case you’re wondering as I was, Perkasie’s web site says it’s about 30 miles north of Philadelphia) and lamenting the fact that they are growing older. Did I ever tell you that the two greatest letters in the English language are “er” because they spell the difference between old and older? Anyway, their family is doing well – Steve, Jill, grandson Jude, Barb, Jonathan, his finance Pat, Melissa and her new husband, Todd. Whew! I kind of lost track of who is son, daughter, versus daughter-in-law and son-in-law. Sorry about that. Al and Peggy did some traveling in 2006. They visited family in Deer Park, IL, to Oregon to attend Melissa and Todd’s wedding, and back in Deer Park for Thanksgiving. They also ventured to Europe in September: Amsterdam, the Rhine, the Main, the Danube, Prague, the Czech Republic (I wonder if they had time to visit ?eské Bud?jovice in the South Bohemian region of the Czech Republic; it is noted for, among other things, great beer.), Budapest, Regensburg, and Vienna. If I missed anything, Al, please advise. Al noted that it was his first time to visit places formerly behind the “Iron Curtain.” I remember a visit to Dresden and Leipzig and thought a lot of the “before and after” as well. Finally, Al and Peggy had lots of visits to their home as well – family from Connecticut, New York, Virginia, and even Alaska. Keep it up, Al and Peggy. Al also e-mailed me in late December to pass on sad news that Chick Montrose had passed away in December. Chick actually graduated in ’62, but I remember Chick in Dolan Hall for a while. I remember Chick helped me out a lot with Fr. Biecker’s math class as a freshman. Long and funny story there – for another time.
I received a couple of notes from Mike Traynor – email@example.com. Mike and his wife, Molly, recently moved to Divide, Colorado, (Like Perkasie, PA, I had to Google Divide, CO; it’s near Colorado Springs.) from Indianapolis. They moved into a new home in December. I wish I could include the photo taken from their back deck; trust me, it’s gorgeous. They’re at 9,100 feet, lots of snow, and lots more of it than just “lots of snow.” Their son, Grady, and his wife live in Austin, TX. Lots of post-JCU trivia summarized for y’all: Navy anti-submarine and special warfare activities in mid ‘60s; MBA from University of Chicago, Arthur Anderson & Co. auditing, Northwestern University School of Law, Illinois CPA exam passed on first attempt, and a law career until 1990 when he retired. Mike’s also run 28 marathons, including 11 in the last 12 months; this includes three Boston Marathons and one Pike’s Peak. More to come, says Mike. He also established a 501(c) (3) prostate cancer foundation and organized and directed fund raising race in Indianapolis after undergoing a prostatectomy in 1999. Keep up the good work, Mike, and best wishes for continuing good health.
My allotment is about gone for this time, but don’t let that bother you. Please let me hear from you. Take care, and have a great ’07. Pete
Happy holidays to all of the ’63ers. Richard Kotarba has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2007 edition. Richard’s primary interests are construction litigation, mediation, and commercial and real estate litigation. Congrats, Richard.
Tom Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) has his seventh grandchild, William Clement Besinger. William is his daughter’s second boy, and his other daughter also has two boys. I hope you are being the proper “grandpa,” i.e., acting as the spoiler.
John Zvolensky (johnZ@kuhlman.com) contacted me in August about his son, John, who was, this year, the recipient of an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special or Animation. The award dealt with a production for Barry Manilow: Music and Passion. Outstanding, John.
Wayne Urban (email@example.com) brought me up to date in September. He retired from Georgia State on December 31, 2005; he had been on the faculty there since 1971. But he didn’t want to stop working. So on January 1 he started as a professor of education and associate director of the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Wayne is also enjoying “big time football” as well, something he said he has missed since Ohio State in the ’60s. Wayne also invites anyone to stop by if you are in the neighborhood.
I also received a nice note from Darryl O’Sickey (firstname.lastname@example.org) in July. Darryl decided to take me at my word and bring us up to date. Darryl actually was supposed to graduate in ’62 but, along with about 50 others, took five years and did so in ’63. Being a physics major and math minor, I’m sure, had absolutely nothing to do with taking five years. Ha!! Darryl got his commission, went on active duty in June 1963 and went to France with his new-at-the-time wife, Laurie. Darryl recalled DeGaulle kicking U.S. forces out of France, so he went to Germany for the remainder of his tour. He then spent time with an R&D lab owned by BF Goodrich and Gulf after returning to Cleveland. What followed were stints with Packard Instruments, followed by positions with a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas. Between Packard Instruments and the MD subsidiary, Darryl and Laurie spent time in Cleveland, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and Austin. I believe his last position with the MD subsidiary was as director of North American Sales/Technical Service. Darryl remained with the company until 1993. In 1998 he and Laurie moved to the Spokane area to be close to their daughter who had two children. Unfortunately, Laurie passed away suddenly in 2003 as a result of a pulmonary embolism. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss, Darryl. In 2004 he moved to a small place in Northern Idaho, about 40 miles east of Spokane. Not being “a social recluse,” Darryl is enjoying life again. Thanks for a great update.
John Dix (email@example.com) was appointed a member of the board of directors of Quick Solutions, Inc., a Columbus provider of information technology solutions. John serves as a board member of a number of companies, and he is president of Business Development Index, Ltd. John and Polly became grandparents for the first time in November 2005. Ella Frances lives near them in Columbus, and, of course, they too are acting as spoilers. John and Polly should be in Scottsdale, AZ, for the winter when this column appears. Finally, John wanted to point out that he was going to visit with the new Dean of the Boler School of Business in late October.
Well, that about does it for this time. Again, please keep up the good work by sending me your news. Everyone appreciates it. Pete
Greetings to all ’63ers. As this is written, most of the country is experiencing significant heat, so here’s hoping all is well with you and that your summer was enjoyable. I did receive a few items of note
Richard Kotarba, an attorney with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP in Pittsburgh, was named one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers for his work in construction law. His practice deals with construction litigation, mediation, and commercial and real estate litigation. He is also chair of the Construction Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Dan Keenan – firstname.lastname@example.org – reports his third and final move since 1988, this time to South Ogden, UT, and the beautiful mountains, valleys, Technicolor blue skies and the nearby national parks. He and his wife, Helen, don’t miss the long, cold and grey Akron winters and the sultry, humid summers. He and Helen have had some health issues, but each is recovering nicely. Dan remembers well the many friends from JCU from the I CHIs, Glee Club, ROTC, LTS, and other activities. He indicated that he was distracted a lot from academics due to the extra curricular activities, but it seems not to have bothered him too much. Recall that Dan had a long, distinguished career in the Army. Enjoy the West, Dan.
I received a note from my roommate during our junior and senior years. Jack Kodweis – email@example.com – said my plea for notes from y’all sounded too much like my pleas for mail from Rochester when he and I lived on Okalona Rd. during our last two years. Jack traveled to San Diego to meet Fr. Niehoff in April, but Fr. Niehoff’s mother had died the day of his scheduled visit. The group was small, but Jack reported that he was not the oldest alum in attendance. He also indicated that Fr. Shannon updated the group on the goings on at JCU and that accounting majors were in the majority at the reception. I wonder what we should make of that, Jack. Jack and his wife, Mary, returned in spring from a month in Italy, Greece, and Turkey. They went east for a couple of weeks and to Montana near the end of August. Jack is an avid golfer, but being from Las Vegas now, he has to be off the course before noon in order to avoid the terrible heat. Jack also wondered if John Zvolensky’s question about the English professor in an earlier issue of the Journal was not “Whispering Willie Weiss.” What do you think, John? Thanks for the note, Jack. It’s been too long.
And speaking of John Zvolensky, he was recently elected executive chairman of the board of directors of Kuhlman Electric Corporation, Versailles, KY. John has served as president and chief executive officer since 1995. His primary focus in his new position will be on managing the leadership transition as well as concentrating on the long range strategy of the company. Keep up the good work, John. By the way, John also wanted to thank Jack Kodweis for taking notes in Dr. Riley’s management course while he, John, was off playing golf. What a life!
And finally, I’d like to say that Kathy and I spent a very enjoyable time in Belgium from mid June to mid July. We visited with our son, his wife, his wife’s son, and our two grandchildren, the two who were adopted from Russia in 2001. What a fabulous time visiting Brugge, Breendonk Concentration Camp, Dinant, Bastogne, St. Mer Eglise, the Normandy beaches, and the American cemetery near Omaha Beach. We also did a Rhine River cruise that brought back many memories of our time in Hanau, Worms, and Mannheim. Until next time. Don’t be a stranger, i.e., let me hear from you. Pete
It’s either late spring or early summer as you are receiving these notes. I hope that all is well with y’all (Ha! It sounds as though I’m still in Arlington, TX, what with the very popular Texas slogan still in use.) and that the rest of ’06 continues to be good to you. My mailbox is unfortunately a bit empty this go around, and my e-mail is not much better. I have just a couple of items to pass on.
I received an e-mail from Mike Mudler — firstname.lastname@example.org — who commented on my earlier notes about my son, daughter-in-law, and grandkids now living in Belgium. These are the Mykytyns who were in Okinawa for 3+ years. Anyway, Mike was recruited from Cleveland to Brussels in 1994 as SVP of Finance & Development for a few groups of Volvo. He left Volvo in 2002 and joined a Brussels-based M&A boutique as a partner. He and his wife, Carine, have three married children in Cleveland, Chicago, and Atlanta, are now empty nesters and live in New York City. They also commute monthly to Belgium. Carine is from Belgium originally and speaks French, Flemish, and, thankfully says Mike, English. Mike never learned French, and his Spanish isn’t very useful in Belgium. But he does still play golf and work out. Mike indicated that his best European trip was in 2001 with Mike DiSanto, Charles Hauck, and Rev. Bob Sanson to the Ardennes and Normandy. Thanks for the offer to assist my family, Mike, should the need arise. It would be nice to know what took Darryl O’Sickey — email@example.com) — so far away, he lives in the far Northwest in Hayden, ID. He has two children; a son, John, and a daughter, Noelle and was married to Laurie who is deceased. We extend our deepest sympathies to Darryl and his children for their loss.
Phil Collins — firstname.lastname@example.org — lives in Tampa, FL, and received an MA degree from Ball State University in 1983. Since I am usually allotted about 600 words for each column, and since I’m no where near that limit, let me add a few items about yours truly. I may have mentioned that Kathy and I completed our open water scuba certification in Key Largo, FL, last July. We didn’t have much of a chance to do any diving until this March when we were in Jamaica. Jamaica is not known for having the best diving spots in the Caribbean, but when you’re a “newbie” like we are, almost anything is good. Anyway, I got in six dives in four days and loved every minute. My next opportunity is in a local quarry in June, which unfortunately can’t compare to the Caribbean. We’ll just have to get down there again soon.
I hate to sound trite, but please fill my inbox for the next issue. Until next time, Pete
Happy New Year! I know by the time you read this, it will most likely be spring sometime. But what the heck. Just a few items to pass on this time, alas, alas, alas. John Dix — email@example.com – e-mailed me in December to say that his daughter, Megan, and her husband, Matt, had a daughter, Ella Frances, who was delivered on Thanksgiving Day. I’m sure that John and Polly are ecstatic, especially since Ella Frances is their first grandchild. Congratulations to mom and dad and, of course, to John and Polly. Also, John and Polly are relaxing this winter in the Grand Canyon state, Arizona. John and Polly are in Fountain Hills, which is northeast of Phoenix a bit, but still part of the Valley of the Sun.
Talk about memories. John Zvolensky — firstname.lastname@example.org — contacted me in December. He was reading something by someone who was quoting Macbeth. John remembered that this was something that he, John, took in sophomore British Lit. John wanted to know the name of the prof who taught British Lit at that time. I told him I tried to forget British Lit right after the final in that class and could only remember Barnie Campbell and Mr. Cotter for English; John was looking for a Jesuit. Turns out John remembered a day or two later. He e-mailed me back and remembered it was Fr. Hughes. Not only is his memory of the prof great, how about him remembering Macbeth like that.
I received a very nice Christmas note from Annie Daleske, Bernie Daleske’s widow. Annie’s gift for poetry is great, and I really enjoyed reading it. She has a granddaughter, Kailyn, who is into books and talking, talking, talking. Annie said Kailyn keeps Noelle and Steve very busy. Son, Chris, finished Clemson in December 2004 with a double major and an empty checkbook for Annie. From Chris’ picture pasted to the Christmas note, it appears that he is a 2nd lieutenant in Artillery, having been stationed at Ft. Sill, Ft. Benning, and now at Ft. Bragg. Annie also mentioned Clemson, Lash, Scooby, and Reese, but sad to say, I don’t know who they are. Annie is keeping busy at church and the Hospice Thrift. Thanks for the news, Annie.
I also received a nice Christmas greeting from Al Thomas.
And Jim Mertes sent a great picture of the entire family. Counting Jim and Donna, there appear to be 19 in all. The oldest grandson is as tall as Jim, and Donna continues as principal of their parish grade school. Jim also indicated they made a nice trip to southern Italy last year too. Nice, guys.
I keep thinking that I’ve misplaced a note or two from ’63ers, but I hope not. If I did, please let me hear from you and I’ll do my best to get them in the next issue.
Kathy and I finished our new home just in time for all of our children, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren to come for the holidays. It was a fabulous time that went way to quickly. One son and family are in Dallas, so it’s pretty easy to get there. Ditto for our daughter who lives and works in Houston. Our oldest son and family, the ones who were in Okinawa for 3+ years, are not relocated to Belgium. His new assignment with the Air Force is working with NATO.
Mike Mudler — email@example.com — sent information about himself recently. He and his wife, Carine, live in New York city. He received an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in 1981. Now, Kathy and I have to figure out how to get paid to go visit them.
Until next time, have a great spring. Please let me hear from you. And don’t forget my new address which is at the top of the column. … Pete
Greetings to all ‘63ers. I truly hope that fall ’05 was good to you and that winter will not be too bad in terms of cold, snow, and, of course, high gas or oil bills. As I write this column in mid October, we are all familiar with the constant news about 50% to 75% higher heating bills this winter than last. And with all of the bad weather in 2005, hopefully the winter will ease up. My inbox is unfortunately quite empty this time, so I am again pleading with y’all to bring me up to date on what is happening in your lives.
John Dix – firstname.lastname@example.org – continues serving on different boards of directors. John informed me in August that he had been appointed to the board of directors of Dare Holdings Limited, one of Canada’s leading family owned companies that makes crackers, cookies, and candy and supplies these products to all major retailers in North America and to retailers in 27 other countries. John was also appointed to the board of directors of Kahiki Foods, Inc., a Columbus, OH, based manufacturer of frozen foods. Kahiki began as an award-winning restaurant featuring Polynesian and Asian cuisine, and many of the frozen foods now manufactured by Kahiki have as their origin the authentic recipes developed for the restaurant. John also continues as a part-time faculty member in the MBA program at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Our best to you and family, John.
I received a note from Tom Ryan – email@example.com – who, like most of us, was quite sad to read about Mike DiSanto but also encouraged that Mike appeared to be on the road to recovery. Tom told me he had moved into his condo, but workers were still all over the place. I hope it’s better now, Tom.
I also received a note from John Leonard – CaptTurtle@aol.com. John continues to remain busy and is still flying, flying, flying. John returned to the U.S. in mid September after 3½ months based in Milan, Italy but flying all over Europe, the Mideast, and the Med area. As John said, at least part of his time when not flying was lounging on the shores of the Med with a healthy expense account. He is still DO (might that be director of operations?) for a corporate flight department based out of Miami and is flying a Lear 45 and a Challenger 604. John also said that his Italian was not too bad while he was in Milan, but that it’s now time to redevelop the Spanish skills. It reminded me that I took two years of Spanish at Carroll, but … almost 45 years ago now? Fear not. John is due back in Italy on November 1. And just as I was about to finish this column, I received a reply to my reply to John’s e-mail. Up until three years ago, he was flying DC-10s from Alaska to Okinawa and from Frankfurt to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. John was also happy to point out that this past summer he spent time in Cannes, Sardinia, and Palma. Tough life, but somebody’s got to do it! As for flying, I’ve made six trips to Asia in the past three years, and it gets old in a hurry, especially 13-15 hours on a 747. Thanks for keeping in touch, John.
On a sad note, I received a phone call in mid October from Joe Oberheuser’s wife, Judie who informed me that Joe passed away on October 11, 2005 in Ft. Wayne, IN, after a short illness. Joe was originally from Pittsburgh and spent a very distinguished career as an electro-optical aerospace engineer working for such companies as Bausch & Lomb, Wollensak, PerkinElmer and, most recently, ITT Industries. During his career Joe received several patents for his work and authored numerous papers. Joe had indicated that he was most proud of designing the optical system for the Hubble Space Telescope. His survivors include his wife, Judie; a son, Joseph III; a daughter, Jennifer; and a brother, Paul. Joe and Judie had celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary just three days before Joe fell ill and two days after their son, Joe III, had gotten married. Judie will be setting up a scholarship in Joe’s name at the University of Rochester for students majoring in optics. After Joe received his master’s degree at the U of R, his career really took off. Our deepest sympathies to you, Judie, and your family.
I have another sad note to pass on. Pete Hoffmann’s wife, Kathleen, passed away on July 15 after battling cancer for four years. Pete and Kathi lived in Homestead, FL, for over 30 years. Kathi owned and operated a pre-school, kindergarten, and daycare for 10 years in Homestead, and she also was a 30 year veteran of the Miami-Dade County Schools system. Pete and Kathi were married for 42 years, and she is survived by Pete, son Mark, daughter Jennifer, son Christopher, and six grandchildren.
Finally, for yours truly. Kathy and I continue to enjoy Southern Illinois. I may have mentioned in a previous column that we are building a new home in Carbondale. We started it in late May, and we hope we’re in it by mid November. By the time this column is printed, we better be in the home. We have our family coming in for Christmas, so the builder is faced with a deadline. It’s October 14 and the painting is about done. Cabinets arrived this past Tuesday, doors on Wednesday. I think we’ll make it. Until next time — don’t forget to write. Pete
Dick Burke ’61 – firstname.lastname@example.org – is in Greenville, SC, with a son and three grandchildren. He also has three daughters living in Texas along with four grandchildren. Dick is also very proud of something else. In December 2004 Dick was acknowledged as a Guinness World Record holder for “Most Blood Donated – Plasmapheresis.” Dick donated his 1,411th unit of blood (634.95 liters) on his 1,193rd visit on June 4, 2004. Dick’s been donating since January 14, 1975. Keep it flowing, and congratulations.
Tom Primosch – TOMTAP1@msn.com – e-mailed me in June. Tom’s in the Los Angeles area, married to Dixie, and they recently celebrated 34 years of marriage. They have two sons, Tommy, a mechanical engineer and Ryan, an LA firefighter. Tom retired after 30 years working for Fluor Corporation. For the last six years, he’s been building and displaying custom cabinetry as a hobby. Unfortunately, Tom’s never been to a reunion. Well, guys, get on his case and tell him to be one of the first to sign up for our 45th in 2008.
Dick Flasck – Richard_flasck@mi.com – is in Toledo and is First VP with Merrill Lynch after 40 years. He and Dolly are building a home in Indian Wells, CA, and he’s also inviting anyone close by there to get in touch with him. They recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. Dolly has been on the board at Lourdes College, and they were honored to have the new nursing building named The Flack Nursing Center. They have a son and family in Wimbledon, England, another son and family in Chicago, and a daughter and family in Toledo. His son-in-law is with Dick at Merrill Lynch. Five grandkids too. Keep enjoying life, Dick.
John Dix has been appointed as a trustee of the Income Trust Fund and as a board member of ED Smith and Sons Limited, one of Canada’s fifty best-managed companies for the past six years. John is obviously still very busy with his company, BDI Limited in Columbus and where he is also very active at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
Jack Kodweis – email@example.com – and his wife, Mary, have moved. The first move was a doozy! They moved from Rochester to Las Vegas a number of years ago. This time, they just moved down the block to 9132 Sundial Drive in “the gambling capital of the world.” Hope all is well, John.
I received a note from Jim Corrigan – firstname.lastname@example.org. Jim passed on information about Mike DiSanto who is recovering from a stroke suffered in April 2005. Jim and his wife, Mary Lou, visited Mike in the hospital in May. They indicated Mike is improving, showed lots of recognition, and gave a lot of thumbs up, especially when Jim Farrar, John D’Angelo, and Gene Smith spoke with Mike by phone. It seems as though those fellas owe Mike some money and Mike owes Tom Kilbane a similar amount. Mike let it be known that they could just forward their money to Tom. Sounds like a place for a lot of lawyers. Jim also indicated that Mike went through one of our yearbooks and showed great recognition with a lot of the pictures. Thanks for the info, Jim. Please say hi to Mike, his wife Mary, and family for me and that I hope he continues quickly down the road to recovery.
Tom Ryan – email@example.com – is still in Oak Brook, IL, and will be celebrating 30 years since he received his MBA at the University of Chicago.
Last but certainly not least, Kathy and I will be celebrating our 40th this October. When we were married in Germany, our friends there said it would last “a year, 2 max.” Boy, were they wrong! Until next time, Pete
By the time you read this, we should all be thawed out from long winter doldrums, snowdrifts, and cold temps, notwithstanding the snowstorm that hit the Denver area about mid April. I guess when you live in Denver, you have to expect just about anything weather-wise. Just a couple of items to pass on to you this time.
I received a nice note from Ken Marchini – firstname.lastname@example.org – just after I returned from Taipei around the third week of March. Ken said he was “… a first time caller as they say on the Score sports radio broadcasts in Chicago.” Welcome, Ken, and thanks for the update. Ken was also nice enough to sympathize with me and my pleas each issue for more input and updates from y’all (my 16 years in Texas is showing again!). Ken was commenting on the column related to Frank Grace and Frank’s vineyard that appeared a couple of issues ago. Ken has relatives in Tuscany that he visits often, and he was wondering if Frank was in the same region. Ken will be returning to Italy this October and would love to “hook up” with Frank at that time.
I also got a nice note from Carlos Genie – email@example.com – who received a photocopy of the article about him from John Dix – firstname.lastname@example.org. Carlos was interested in reading about Tom Leahy ’64, Bud Meyers ’62, and Tom Ryan. Carlos also got in touch with Jerry Pockar as well regarding some logistical aspects of the John Carroll magazine. Carlos wanted information about Ed Bonk, Tom Ging, Ken Verbecky, and Jose Ortoll. I told Carlos that I had met a bit with Tom Ging at the 2003 reunion, but that I had no information on the others. As you may know, Carlos is in Nicaragua, but he does get to Florida a few times each year. Unfortunately, he has yet to make it to Cleveland. Well, Carlos, keep 2008 in mind — that’s our 45th reunion, sometime around mid June. Carlos also indicated that he recently spoke with Dean Noetzel, and he was very happy to have had the opportunity. Thanks for the note, Carlos. Get back in touch with me and let me have some more info.
I also received a note from John Dix. John wanted Carlos Genie’s e-mail address, but I didn’t have it. John suggested that I publish any e-mail addresses that come through from anyone contacting me by e-mail. I told him I would try to include addresses when I have them, which I’ve started this time. I’m presuming, hopefully correctly, that anyone who does contact me by e-mail does not object to having the e-mail address in the column. By the way, John was enjoying some of the Arizona sun during the winter months. Given the weather in Columbus in the winter, I can’t blame you, John.
Well, I’m close to the 600-word limit for this column. Let me again ask you to get in touch with me and let me know what’s going on in your lives. Until next time, have a great summer, Pete
Greetings to y’all and Happy New Year. Of course, by the time you read this, it will probably be about May or so. So take it in the spirit of when I am writing the column (January 12). Also, my apologies for missing the last issue with your notes. Mea culpa! (The Jesuits at McQuaid would be pleased that I remember SOME Latin).
Joe Noga sent me a nice update last August. He remarried in 1992 to Terry Laurie, a Kent State undergrad and a Claremont MBA. They adopted three babies at different times from the LA County system. They are bilingual and are now in the 6th, 3rd, and 2nd grades in a French-American school in Los Angeles. Joe has curtailed his flying, sailing, and does not see as many friends as in the past. But the tremendous return he and Terry Laurie are getting watching the little ones grow is priceless. Joe’s older boys, 36 and 28, fly in Alaska and jump from helicopters in air/sea USCG rescue. Joe does some consulting assignments now after spending 23 years in executive capacities and after buying and then selling a business. Thanks for all the news, Joe.
Tom Ryan is still in Chicago, semi retired, working Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Tom and his wife celebrated their son’s wedding last June and are now empty nesters. Perhaps they have bought that condo near Lake Michigan on Chicago’s near north side that he told me about. They also have 6 grandkids now, the last one born September 7. His name is Jack Ryan. That’s a fairly well known name in Illinois, Tom, as I’m sure you know.
John Dix was selected by John Carroll University as a lifetime member of “Making a Difference” in recognition of a lifetime of making a significant impact in his business, academic, non-profit, and philanthropic activities. John continues with his business in Columbus, Business Development Index, Ltd, and he serves as co-director of The Center of Excellence in Manufacturing Management at The Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. John also serves on the Advisory Board for the Boler School of Business at John Carroll.
I received a nice Christmas card from Bernie Daleske’s widow, Annie. Annie also sent a very nice picture of her family. I’m probably going to mess this up, Annie, as I am rereading your “Noel,” so please don’t hold it too much against me. I’m at that age, you know. It looks as though Annie became a grandmother with the birth of Kailyn Marie. Their son, Chris, completed his studies at Clemson in December and after spending Christmas at home, he was off to Europe to visit lots of historical sites. Chris reports to Ft. Sill, OK in February 2005 as a 1st Lt. for his first real taste of the Army. So glad to continue to hear from you. And please let me know if I got anything wrong.
I also received an e-mail from John Zvolensky. John wanted to let me know that his daughter arranged to send John some wine from Frank Grace’s vineyards in Italy. It seems that the wine is available in Alexandria, VA where John’s daughter lives. John’s e-mail came January 10, the same day I’m writing this column, so I don’t know how John liked the wine. But I’m sure it was great. You may remember an article in John Carroll magazine a while back that featured Frank and his Italian vineyards. John also wanted me to pass on that his good friend, Steve Pachasa ’67, passed away May 23, 2004. Steve and John were on the JCU golf team in ’63. John indicated that Steve passed away doing something he really enjoyed, playing golf. John also told me that his youngest son, John, and his band Old Union (www.oldunion.com) had a wonderful opportunity last summer to tour with Bonnie Bramlett. Bonnie was one-half of the group Delaney and Bonnie in the late ’60s and ’70s. The tour took Bonnie and Old Union to Syracuse, Buffalo, Boston, Amagansett, NYC, Alberta Canada, Nashville and Tampa. John received professional credit for a number of CMT cable productions of the Crossroads show as well as for Barry Manilow’s 2 Nights Live CD. John also enjoyed the Paul Kantz article in the last edition and am pleased that he escaped the hurricanes. Paul visited Rachael and John when they were living in New Jersey a dozen years ago, and they saw one of the best football games of their lives, William and Mary vs. Princeton. Now if only the Blue Streaks could ever get by Mount Union!!!
Carlos Genie sent me an update too. Carlos is originally from Nicaragua but has lived in Honduras since 1979. His two children married in Honduras, and he and his wife, Maria Elena Fuentes, now have 9 grandchildren. They all live in the same city, so I’m sure Carlos and Maria do a lot of spoiling. Carlos started a pharmaceutical laboratory in 2001 dealing with liquids and semi solids, and he is not beginning to export to other Central American countries. Carlos was also grateful for the moral and ethical values he received while at Carroll. He indicated that they have been put to the test many times over the years, especially during the civil war in Nicaragua and during the process of integrating into a new country. So nice to hear from you, Carlos.
Well, as I said at the beginning, not much news to pass on this time. After at least 35-40 years writing this column I still have to beg once in a while to let me hear from you. So, yeah, I’m begging. E-mail’s great, so use it. … Until next time, Pete
Hi to all “1963ers”! Hope that your summer is going/went well, depending on when you read this. As I write this column on July 13, it’s supposed to be near 100 today in Carbondale. Not to my liking, but what can you do about it. I have a few notes to pass on this time, so let’s get to it. John Dix sent me a couple of items regarding his business, Business Development Index, in Columbus, OH. During the spring, John was appointed to the board of directors of Cosuvina, Inc., a privately held manufacturer and marketer of sweetened condensed milk products for the retail, food service, and industrial markets. Then in June, John also passed on that he was appointed to the board of New Product Innovations, Inc., a Columbus, OH, based company providing new product engineering, innovation, and commercialization for leading manufacturers of consumer and industrial products. John, I’ve written a number of notices about your appointments over the years. Keep up the good work. But with all of these appointments, it seems as though you are busier now than when you were at Borden. Our best to you, Polly, and family.
Michael Mudler lives in New York City and is a partner in M&A International which is headquartered in Lasne, Belgium. Michael received his MBA, is married to Carine, and has three children: Ann, Ennen, and Mike Jr. A fourth child, Daniel, is deceased.
Thomas Parrino ’67 lives in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and has an MD from Georgetown and an MBA from St. Thomas in Minnesota. He is chief of staff at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach. He and his wife, Patricia, have one child, Sarah. Tom keeps busy as well. He is a 2004 diplomate, American College Physician Executives (CPE Certification) and in 2003 he became a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP certification). Tom’s MBA in 2002 focused on Medical Group Management. Tom, I’m not sure I got all of the phraseology correct regarding your 2004 and 2003 appointments. If I am wrong, please let me know.
Richard Walsh ’64 lives in Surprise, AZ (not too far from my old stomping grounds). He received his law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1971. He also has two children, Richard and Tracy Ann.
I got a nice note from Jim Mertes who informed me that he has updated his address book. Some of you might recall that Jim sent me a Christmas card that went to an address of mine that was quite old. We are all at the “CRS” stage, Jim. Jim and Donna are also sort of celebrating this year. It’s the first year that they will not have anyone connected with the family attending school. Way to go, guys!!
That about takes care of all of the news items. Enjoy the rest of summer or early fall, depending on when the Journal is published. And as always, please don’t forget to drop me a line now and then. I know there are dozens of you who have not sent me anything in years, if ever, so please let me hear from you. … Pete
Warm spring greetings to all “1963ers. I only have a few items to pass on this time
Jim Mertes sent a very nice Christmas card. Unfortunately, it seems that Jim was having one of those senior moments in that at the time he forgot that I had moved from Texas 2½ years ago and sent the card to my old address; of course, the forwarding had long expired. Way to go, Jim. He is living in Canton, OH, and has been retired for three years but hasn’t stopped working at all. He helps with Habitat for Humanity, gets involved with projects with his children, baby sits and car pools, and helps Donna at school. They have nine grandchildren ages, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, and with everyone in the Canton area (I think); Jim and Donna are busy. Anyway, thanks for the update, guys.
Tom Ryan is still in the Chicago area. I mention that because Tom invited to show Kathy and me around the Windy City if we ever make it up there. Anyway, Tom passed on a few items. He wrote that his daughter in Indiana had her first child, Eben. His son, Tom, is expecting his third child later this year, and his youngest, Andrew, will be married this June. Tom and Rita will then be empty nesters. It’s great having your privacy, etc., but, you know, you always enjoy seeing the kids, and you never stop worrying, as I’m sure you know. Tom also indicated that he has cut back some in his work schedule, working 4 days per week. Anyway, thanks for the update. And if Kathy and I EVER get to Chi town, we’ll let you know.
I also received a note from Bruce Noble. Bruce was honest in admitting that it has taken him 41 years to respond to my pleas. Here is a short synopsis of Bruce’s last 41 years. Bruce spent two years in the Army serving as the Transportation Officer for XX Corp Headquarters in Columbus, OH. He and Elaine wed in 1964. A three year career with Lever Brothers was followed by a long term relationship with McGraw-Hill, with time in Cleveland, Detroit, and Atlanta. Bruce retired last December after 35 years with McGraw-Hill, mostly in Marietta, GA. Even though he’s retired from McGraw-Hill, he is now an “independent contractor” for them. He and his wife, Elaine, will celebrate their 40th anniversary in September and have been blessed with three children — Jennifer, Brian, and Nancy – and now six grandchildren, four of whom live in Atlanta and two who are in Savannah. Ten years ago, Bruce and Elaine “downsized,” now living in an ideal cottage with a nice lake where they enjoy the serenity of the lake and Bruce enjoys golf and some competitive tennis team matches throughout the year. They also visit Amelia Island Plantation as often as they can, but they are also looking forward to a new mountain home in north Georgia.
As for yours truly, Kathy and I visited our third grandchild, Lauren, in Dallas over Easter weekend. Her dad is our youngest son, Greg, and he and his wife, Samantha, have been there for quite some time. Our daughter, Lee Ann, lives and works in Houston, but she was able to drive up for Easter too. Unfortunately, our oldest son, Trey, is still in Okinawa with his wife, Mary, and our first two grandchildren, Andrey and Miranda. We sure do miss them. Until next time, please, please let me hear from y’all. Pete
Happy 2004 to all ’63ers. I trust that the New Year arrived well for all. Sad to say, however, my mailbox, as in snail mail, e-mail, voice mail, and whatever other kind of mail you can think of, is mostly empty. With one qualification. As I write this, it is Friday, January 9, and I am sitting in a hotel room in Hong Kong teaching in Southern Illinois University’s Executive MBA program. Kathy and I left the states on December 28 to first go to Okinawa to visit our son, Trey, who is a Major in the Air Force and stationed at Kadena Air Force Base, our daughter-in-law, Mary, and, of course, two of our grandkids, Andrey and Miranda. I’m sure that I mentioned that Andrey and Miranda were adopted from an orphanage in Siberia in October 2001. Boy, have they become Americanized. We also spent Christmas in Dallas visiting with our daughter, Lee Ann, who now resides in Houston and our other son, Greg, his wife, Samantha, and our third grandchild, Lauren. It was a fun time for sure. Anyway, since we’ve been gone from Carbondale for a while, it is possible that there is a note from someone and that it is sitting in the Post Office there waiting until I return on January 22. If so, sorry about that. I’ll pick it up for the next column.
As I said, this column is sparse to be sure. I did receive a note about Jim Kline who was named vice president and general counsel and secretary for Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in Findlay, OH. Sorry about the date on this, Jim. Your appointment goes back to sometime in early 2003, according to the release mailed to me, yet I didn’t receive it until late 2003. I guess better late than never is appropriate. Anyway, Jim has more than 30 years of legal experience, serving 11 years as vice president and general counsel of Aeroquip-Vickers, Inc. (now Eaton Corp.) in Toledo. Jim was also in private practice in Toledo where he was most recently a partner at the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. Jim has also been busy on the academic scene as well, serving as an adjunct professor, corporate finance and business planning, at the University of Toledo Law School, and as a contributing author of Ohio Corporation Law. Not that it seems as though Jim has a lot of extra time, but he is also presently serving as a trustee and past chairman for the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, a trustee and past president for the Toledo Zoological Society, and a trustee for the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and Promedica Health, Education and Research Corporation. He also has served as a trustee and board chairman for Lourdes College and trustee and president of the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority. Whew! I guess the question of what do you do in your spare time is already answered, Jim. Anyway, congratulations and keep up the good work.
The Alumni Office also passed on info regarding Phil Collins. Phil is residing in Tampa, FL having retired from the Army a while back. Phil, I know you passed on your retirement date to me when we were at the reunion in June, but I’ll be darned if I can remember. CRS is setting in. Anyway, Phil also managed to pursue and complete an MA degree from Ball State University in 1983 while in the Army. Sure goes to show how one can balance one’s time as the military never seems to come up short when it requires time commitments, especially from senior officers. Congrats, Phil, on the retirement. Hope you enjoy Tampa. Phil indicated that it is ok to pass on his e-mail address, so anyone wanting to reach him can do so at email@example.com.
Finally, I received a nice Christmas note from Annie Daleske who as many of you know is Bernie Daleske’s widow. It was nice hearing from you, Annie. It sure sounded as though you had a very busy 2003. Here’s hoping that 2004 is good to you.
Well, guys and gals, that about covers it for this go around. I would REALLY like to hear from more of you, especially those of you who were unable to make it to the 40th reunion last June. You have my -email address, snail mail address, etc., so there is no excuse. I promise to include it in the column. Pete
Well, it’s been several months since many of us trekked to Cleveland for our 40th reunion. Can you believe it’s been more than 40? I guess some of us might just as soon forget that it’s been that long, but nevertheless, it’s a fact of life
So we continue to press on. All well and good. Anyway, the reunion was fabulous. If you were unable to attend, I’m sorry that was the case, and I feel certain in saying that you were missed by the 41 ’63ers who did attend. (I hope I have the correct count, I’m relying on my notes and the list of attendees faxed to me by the Alumni Office.) Let me just take a few lines and list the names of those who attended: Sam Anson, Richard “Budda” Burns, Phil Collins, Jim Corrigan, John D’Angelo, Mary Pat Dempsey, Michael DiSanto, Tom Evans, Tim Gauntner, Tom Ging, Don Hannan, Robert Hogue, Jim Johnson, Paul Kantz, Dan Keenan, Tom Kilbane, Jim Kline, Joe Lazzari, John Leonard, Jon Lynch, Bill Marquardt, John Marquardt, Bruce McEvoy, Jim Mertes, Fred Misischia, Dick Morgan, Robert Munz, Jerome Murray, Pete Mykytyn, Robert Sekerak, Jerry Sheehan, Leon St. Marie, Ed Stevens, Bill Stowe, John Sullivan, Lawrence Tremaglio, Wayne Urban, Joe Vitale, Mike Wolford, Thomas Woods, and Frank Zalar. If I’ve made a mistake, please, please let me know and I’ll take care of it in the next column. The turnout, as you can see, was great. I remember in mid May talking with the Alumni Office about calling people to attend, etc. At that time, I think there were less than 20 persons who had indicated their intention to come. So, all in all, it was great to see everyone. And if you didn’t make it this time, it doesn’t hurt to put June 2008 on your calendars. That’s our 45th in case you can’t count anymore.
Distance did not matter to some this time around. Jim Corrigan came all the way from San Francisco, and Don Hannan drove from Plymouth, MA. A number of us have retired already. For example, Phil Collins and Joe Lazzari retired from the Army. Phil’s living in Florida after having spent so many years in Kileen, TX. I really can’t blame Phil for leaving there for Florida. Jim Corrigan retired from the fire department in San Francisco. Jim Mertes retired from The Timken Company and is enjoying retirement by doing lots of things around the house and his daughters’ homes in the Canton, OH area. With all of those daughters, Jim, it’s probably keeping you as busy at times as when you were with Timken. Many of us continue to work. John Leonard is still in aviation and is director of flight operations with UC Aviation in Miami. Bill and Lenore Marquardt are in Madisonville, TN and just couldn’t stop bragging about the beautiful part of that state. I must confess that I had to visit Mapquest.com in order to find it, a town of about 4000 according to its Web site. It’s in the extreme southeast part of the state. Fred Misischia is busy still in Cleveland, vice president of Broadcast Media Ideas, Inc. On another note, it was very nice to read about Jim and Mary Ann Kline in the Summer 2003 issue of the Alumni Journal. In case you missed it, Jim and Mary Ann established the Mary G. Bruening Endowed Scholarship, which will implicitly honor all of the members of the Kline/Bruening families who have been shaped by Jesuit education. Explicitly, the beneficence will illuminate the memory of Mary Ann’s mother, Mary G. Bruening. Way to go, guys.
I also received an update from Arthur (Art) Lawrie. Art lives in Huntington Beach, CA and hopefully is enjoying some of that Southern California weather that we all know about. Especially at this time of the year! Art has a strong background in information technology, specifically work in both inbound call center/help desk operations and training. Unfortunately, he’s been caught up in the “California Crunch,” as in he is job hunting at present. If anyone has any suggestions/leads, regardless of location, you can contact him at 7041 Sunlight Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 or at 714-842-1302. One other thing, Art, if you get the chance, look and see if there is a sandwich type place in your town called The Bread Crumb. If so you might stop by and see if there is a fellow there by the name of Larry Lawrence. If so, tell him I said hello. He and I go back to the mid 1980s. He’s a great guy.
I also received an e-mail from John Zvolensky, who was very sad that he was unable to attend the 40th reunion in June. First of all, John was happy to remember how to spell my name, what with no “real” vowels and three “sometimes” ones. Very funny, John. I’ve been living with that for 61+ years. Anyway, John and his wife, Rachael, attended the grand opening of the Charles and Helen Dolan Center for Science and Technology. He said the black tie affair was first class. They met with Fr. Glynn and also caught up a bit with Dean Navratil, of the Boler School of Business. Dean Navratil reported that the Boler School of Business was ranked in the top ten of its category by U.S. News & World Report. John reports too that he is still working, like many of us. He is involved with the manufacture of electrical transformers. John also said that his transformers were not part of the blackout problem in August, but that they could be part of the solution. Keep up the good work, John.
Well, that’s about all I have for now. Again, it was great seeing everyone at Reunion 2003. For those who were unable to attend, I guess it would not be too soon to check June 2008 on all of our computerized calendars in e-mail, PDAs, etc. And, please, please don’t forget to drop me some notes. Until next time. Pete
Greetings from Southern Illinois! Please note that I have capitalized the “S” in Southern Illinois. You might be surprised, but there has been quite a controversy in this area over whether it should be “southern” or “Southern” Illinois. Most people seem to think it should be “Southern.” Anyway, I thought you might enjoy what some might call nonsense. Perhaps it is the fact that the winter here was the worst in several years in terms of snow and cold. You might remember that, although I was born and raised in Rochester, NY, I spent most of my adult life in the Phoenix and Dallas areas – certainly two areas not that prone to cold and, for Phoenix for sure, snow. But we like it here. On to the news! John Dix was appointed executive in residence in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. John will offer a series of open seminars for all MBA students covering issues around product planning, product management, and promotion and advertising trends. John has been at Ohio State for several years and was selected as Outstanding Elective Professor four times. Keep it up, John.
Don Baltz is a senior analyst with Keystone International, Inc. in Las Vegas, NV. Don has lived in Las Vegas since shortly after graduation. He and his wife, Pamela, have three children. Don’s work has involved software development and project management activities for both Keystone and Bechtel Nevada. Don also found time to obtain an MS in Computer Science from UNLV in 1989. Don and Pamela must like the wide-open spaces of the Southwest since they have a 5th wheel RV. Plus, they are into square dancing. Nice hearing from you, Don. By the way, you might look up John Kodweis who, after spending forever in Rochester, NY, retired to the desert, i.e., Las Vegas, several years ago. I also heard from Robert Wahl who lives in Coudersport, PA, and is regional vice president for Adelphia Communications. Bob and his wife, Diane, have three children. Bob, send me a note and let me know how long you’ve been away from Rochester.
I also received a nice note from Carl “Ed” Zucker. Ed and his wife, Janet, live in Pittsburgh and have three children, Nicholas, Stephen, and Kateri. Stephen is a 2002 JCU grad — way to keep up the tradition, Stephen. Ed’s been working with Westinghouse since graduating from JCU, basically supporting the nuclear energy efforts for the Navy. At some point in time, Westinghouse’s operation came under the auspices of Bechtel for probably a number of reasons. Ed, you’ll have to come to the Reunion in June to tell us all about it. I’m sure you have a number of “horror” stories that you could relate. Like many of us, Ed has a number of reminisces as well. Fr. Horvath’s logic class, easy physics classes (can anyone believe physics is easy?), too-many-to-count weekend trips to the Mayflower with Bruce “Bruiser” LeBeda, and philosophical exploration of atheism with many deep thinkers, including Neil Steyskal ’64 for one. Ed also recounted a number of fond memories involving the Jesuits and the top floor library and chapel providing a genuine feeling of having actually personally lived through the Middle Ages. Lastly, Ed remembers Bernet Hall (was it room 107 that he was in?) with Charlie Mondi, Eddsie, and Schwartzie. Ed indicated that it might be better not to put those last thoughts onto paper. Still another reason, Ed, for you to come to the Reunion. And thanks for taking the time to let us hear from you.
That’s about it for news from all of the ’63ers. However, lest you forget, this is our 40th reunion year. Can you believe it’s been 40 years? And that means that the reunion weekend, to be held June 12-15, will be for us and a few others. For us, in case you missed it. I’ve seen the list of graduates from ’63, and many of us live reasonably close to Cleveland and even if you’re not that close, remember that it’s been 40 years. So, come on! Let’s plan on it! Make your reservations now. Until next time, and hopefully, we’ll see you in June. Take care, Pete
Greetings to all of the ’63ers! I wanted to emphasize the ’63 because, in case some of you may have forgotten, this June 12-15 is our reunion, as in our 40th reunion, if you can believe that. What an outstanding opportunity to get together again, renew old acquaintances, perhaps establish new ones, and basically just have a great time. I don’t know how many of you have never attended a reunion, but if you fall into that category, or if it has been years since you have, now is the time to mark those dates on your calendar. I remember back to 1998 and the fact that I was unable to attend the reunion then because Kathy and I were still in Norway; I was finishing up a semester-long sabbatical in Krisitansand and did not leave Norway until the middle of June. So, I sort of took a vow to be sure that I didn’t miss 2003. So, I’m planning on it, and I hope you are too. By the way, in case you missed it, there are some neat pics on the JCU Web site. Click on the alumni link, and then click on 1963 for some really memorable pictures. Also, if you click on the Reunion Weekend link from within the main alumni page, scroll down to see a link for some pictures taken during the 1998 reunion. There are lots of pics. My eyes are not as good as they used to be, but it sure seems as though I recognize Jim and Donna Mertes sitting in the main tent in one of them.
As far as other news to report, I don’t have any. Not one single piece of news to pass along. You would think that some of y’all (notice that I haven’t forgotten all of my so-called Texas twang even after living in southern Illinois for over a year) would have new retirements to tell us about, new grandchildren to brag about or new travels that you’ve taken. But, alas, such is not the case. So, while you are busy marking out your June 2003 calendar for our 40th reunion, take a minute or two and send me an e-mail. I’d love to hear from you, and I’m sure our classmates would also. Until next time, have a happy holiday season. And don’t forget to write! Pete
Greetings from Southern Illinois! I am really sad to report that I have received a note from only one person these past few months.
Don Hannan and I spoke a few months back. Don and family are doing well in Plymouth, MA. By the time you read this, their daughter, Michelle, will have graduated from UCLA’s School of Animation. Way to go, Michelle. Keep up the good work. Don also reports that he and his wife have just celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. Way to go, guys. You have definitely beaten the US average that’s for sure. Kind of reminds me of my wife, Kathy and me. Some of you may remember that we met and married while I was stationed in Germany many, many years ago. Anyway, a goodly number of our friends and acquaintances there said that our marriage would last “a year, two at the max.” Well, in October it will be 37. So, everyone from our days in Germany, take that! I should also tell you that we have moved again. No, we have not left Carbondale. We love Southern Illinois and the University. But we have found a new home. Our new address is probably posted at the top, but it’s 980 N. Beadle Drive, Apt A, Carbondale, IL 62901. Everything else has remained the same. I should also say that our three grandchildren are doing just great. We have a new granddaughter, Lauren, who was born June 2. Naturally, she’s adorable and goes great with our first two, Andrey and Miranda, who were adopted by our oldest son and his wife last October. They came from an orphanage in Siberia.
Sad to say, but I have nothing else to pass on. Please, please let me hear from you. E-mail is so easy these days. I promise not to knowingly pass along any virus if you e-mail me! Until next time — take care, Pete
Greetings and salutations from southern Illinois. After spending 15 years in the Valley of the Sun, i.e., the Phoenix area, and 16 years in the D/FW Metroplex, i.e., Dallas/Ft. Worth area, the gods must have been smiling on Kathy and me as we made the move north to this part of the country. Specifically, we didn’t know what to expect in terms of winter weather, what with 30+ years of mostly no snow or ice and temperatures in the 40s-60s during the winter. I even thought about shopping for nice winter boot-type shoes, the kind that is waterproof and all that. I probably went to 5-6 different stores in Carbondale searching for that “just right” pair of boots to don when having to shovel the back steps leading to my car. As it turned out, this part of the country has had it very easy in terms of winter weather, at least through late February as I write my column. Oh, we’ve had a few snow days, as in here today and gone tomorrow. We’ve had a few days of single digit temps, but all in all, it hasn’t been too bad for us. I guess you know what will hit the fan next winter.
Anyway, I did hear from a couple of y’all (I haven’t totally lost the Texas lingo after just 6 months in southern Illinois). I received a nice note from John Zvolensky. John said he had no significant news, but he did provide some nice comments about a few things. One thing he did relate, which is something most of us have probably just recently experienced, is that us ’63ers are at or just past the big 60. How thoughtful of you, John, to remind us of that. Don’t do us any more favors, please!!! Anyway, John wrote that he was writing a letter to a longtime friend and JCU grad, Joe Popelka ’64. Instead of writing the letter, however, John wrote down about 75 keywords that were intended to recall events early in Joe’s life. As it turned out, many of the 75 keywords John wrote related to JCU, ROTC, and the military. What a way to reminisce. There are a few other notes from John. He and Rachael have been in Lexington, KY for the past 7 years. John is busy running Kuhlman Electric, which is a manufacturer of transformers used by the utility industry. John also had the pleasure of meeting Tim Russert ’72, JCU grad and a Meet the Press host, while attending a conference. John and Rachael also attended a dinner in Washington, DC with former President Bush and Barbara. John and Rachael’s children are on their own, spread around the country. Their only grandson lives on Long Island. Do you make it there often, John?
I also received a nice note from Mike Mudler who works for Volvo and has lived in Brussels, Belgium for the past 8 years. Mike is in charge of all mergers and acquisitions for the Global Trucks business. Mike and three other ’63ers were in Normandy last August. The others were Mike Disanto, Charlie Hauck, and Rev. Bob Sanson, a member of the class of ‘63 from Borromeo. They wanted to retrace the route that Mike’s deceased father had taken during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. They started out in Bastogne, and also went to Ardennes, Belgium where they visited all of the memorials. Mike’s father had also given Mike a picture of one of his friends from Belgium who he met during the war; it also had the man’s address on the back of the picture. With luck, they found the village (Stavelot), found the address, and stumbled onto an interpreter. The interpreter said that the man was alive and well in Spain and that his daughter lived in the village. They also visited Normandy for 5 days with Mike indicating that it is an experience which TV cannot do justice. Bob Sanson said mass in the Cathedral dedicated to St. Therese of the Little Flower. Mike writes that it was really quite an experience to reconnect with old friends who had not seen each other in a long time. Thanks, Mike.
I also got a note from John Dix. He and his wife, Polly, have joined the board of directors of the Cradle Society, a Chicago-based adoption agency. John is also in the process of joining another company board in Canada. The Toronto-based Imperial Capital Group, an investment-banking group, recently purchased the E.D. Smith Company of Ontario, Canada. John will be on the board of E.D. Smith for now. The family is all well and within easy driving distance from Columbus where John and Polly have lived for many years.
I also heard from Tom Ryan just before posting my notes to the Alumni Office. Tom and his wife are still living in Chicago and are expecting their 4th grandchild. The new addition is a boy and is expected to make his presence known in June. Congratulations to you both, Tom.
Finally, I want to relate another bit of news, personal in nature. My “CRS” is kicking in, so if I’ve mentioned this already, please forgive me. Anyway, last October my son, Trey, and his wife, Mary, and my wife, Kathy, went to Chita, Russia where Trey and Mary adopted two Russian babies. They are a brother and sister, now ages 3 ½ and 2 ½ (the boy is 3 ½). They were in an orphanage with over 130 other children up to age 3 but with only 7 caregivers. What a joy for Trey and Mary and, of course, us. Andrey (Trey and Mary kept his Russian name) and Miranda (her Russian name was Svetlana) are so loveable. They have acclimated very well, are speaking English, and eating everything in sight. The only problem is that Trey and Mary live in Panama City, FL where Trey is stationed with the Air Force. Unfortunately, Kathy and I have only been down to Panama City twice, although we will be going again in March and May. We are REALLY enjoying playing the grandparent role. Well, I’ve probably exceeded my word count for this issue. But, I’m usually under, so perhaps I won’t be edited too closely. Don’t forget that our Reunion occurs in Summer ’03. I just received my notice in the mail yesterday, so yours is probably on the way. Take care and do let me hear from you. E-mail is great, so make use of it. Until next time! Pete