50th reunion time! Mark your calendars for June 19 to 21. Here’s a list of those who’ve told me they likely will attend the festivities: Ed Doherty, Mark Hanket, Carl Heintel, Jack Kenesey, Jack Mesker, Tom Pogros, John Rioux, John Whelan, Jim Winchester, and Frank Wright. Others might have notified the alumni office directly.
Ed Doherty has been volunteering in Ghana, where he does organizational development. This is his fourth volunteer assignment this year for ACDI/VOCA – a nonprofit, international development organization that delivers technical and management help to the agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security fields. He has also worked in Nigeria and Kyrgyzstan. Next year Ed will be working with Catholic Relief Services in Kenya. He says it’s exciting work.
Mark Hanket and his wife, Carole, moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn., last August. They were driven South by last year’s coldest and snowiest winter on record for southeast Michigan, where they had been living. They have four grandchildren in Murfreesboro, which is the main reason for their move. Mark and Carole also have a fifth grandchild in the greater Philadelphia area, so they still have some travel in their future. Furthermore, they plan on spending the winter in Venice, Fla., from January through March.
Carl Heintel has been building and rehabbing homes with Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity for the past 12 years.
As for your class columnist, I spent a month in France. While my wife attended a professional conference, I explored the Normandy invasion beaches. We then reunited for a visit to Saint-Malo and Mont Saint-Michel before travelling south to Vichy, Vaison-la-Romaine (in Provence), and finally, Marseille. After a week by the sea, we flew to Paris for several days before going home. Hope to see you in June!
Our 50th reunion weekend is scheduled for June 19 – 21, 2015, so mark it on your calendars now. I’m looking forward to a large turnout of our class.
I received an email from Rick Rea, the class of ’75 columnist, who described a recent accidental meeting with Patrick Smith while sitting next to him in a diner in Kirkwood, Mo. Rick said Pat retired from Allegiant Mortgage and is helping his son, Steve, run a tavern in south St. Louis. Rick and Pat enjoyed reminiscing about campus life and spoke about the upcoming reunions next summer. Dan Peitzmeyer wrote to me from the beach during a getaway with his wife to Kauai this summer. He’d like to travel more but his wife, Judy, is still involved with theater, so Dan is left with solo trips to ski or sail with his buddies. Dan continues his involvement with the Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona. I spent a month in France to visit in-laws and take advantage of some time on my own while my wife, Cecile, attended a professional conference in Normandy. We traveled by car to St. Malo, Vichy, Vaison la Romaine, Marseille, and Paris. I celebrated my 71st birthday in a small restaurant in Ansouis, a quiet village in Provence. Lunch was followed by a quick trip to Lourmarin, a nearby town, for a visit to the grave of Albert Camus.
Remember, think 50th!
Dan Peitzmeyer was excited to turn 70 on Feb. 23. His age will allow him to receive an annual pass at the Arizona Snowbowl, an alpine ski resort located on the San Francisco Peaks, and Sunrise Park Resort, Arizona’s premier ski destination in the White Mountains. I’m not sure if Dan was able to use his pass because this past winter was one of the driest and warmest on record, and snow conditions were dismal. In fact, the resorts might have closed before he received his pass! Dan continues to work with Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona, saying there’s a better way by replacing the state’s death penalty with fair, victim-centered, and cost-efficient alternatives.
Frank Kelley ’64 was nice enough to send information about the undefeated football teams of the 1962 and 1963 seasons being inducted into the JCU Athletic Hall of Fame during the induction dinner held as part of homecoming weekend last September. Members of those teams who attended the ceremony from our class included Frank Wright, Ron Niedzwiecki,Jack Loefﬂer, John Rioux, and Dennis DeJulius. In addition to being honored on Friday night, all 31 players from the classes of ’63 to ’66 were introduced on the ﬁeld at halftime of the homecoming game. The honorees received a rousing standing ovation at both events. Deceased players from our class who were given special recognition are Bill Kickel and Mike Mazzucca. One particular game-saving clutch moment was Jack Loefﬂer’s touchdown catch among three defenders with two minutes left in the 1963 game at Western Reserve. That puts the undefeated season in perspective.
Larry Guzy continues as the president of the Oneonta, N.Y., Rotary Club District 7170, which he describes as a great organization. The rotary has managed to ﬁll his time now that he has retired from academia.
In February, Jack Kenesey returned from a few days in Puerto Rico. I’m not sure what Jack was doing there, but I assume it was legal.
Your columnist and his wife stayed closer to home this holiday season. Last year, we went to India; this year, we went to the Florida Keys and Miami. We stopped by Don Shula’s ’51 restaurant in Islamorada, Shula’s 2, but it was closed. I don’t suppose Don hangs out there much anyhow. Our 50th reunion is getting closer. Keep your schedules open.
Ron Foth is still active with his advertising business, Ron Foth Advertising (ronfoth.com), but his two sons, Mike and Ron Jr., take care of the day-to-day activities. Ron started the firm in 1975, 10 years after graduating from Carroll, and has enjoyed producing advertising for clients throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Earlier this year, his firm was presented the 1st annual Advancing Field Media Excellence award by Wendy’s (one of his clients) for a creation featuring well-known ESPN sports legend Dick Vitale and focusing on Wendy’s Baconator sandwich. The campaign ran during the 2013 basketball season for March Madness and included TV and radio commercials, digital ads, in store signage, ringtones, and a unique contest to have lunch at Wendy’s with Dick Vitale. This is the first time Wendy’s presented this national award, so Ron was proud to be the first ad agency selected for this recognition.
Mary Ann and Jack Kenesey traveled to Israel and the West Bank in January and February and said it was the trip of a lifetime.
Hugh Largey says his wife, Laura, joined him in retirement this year, which led them to discover more mutual fulfillment in crusading for their shared social issues through volunteering their services to such organizations as Catholics for the Common Good and the California Knights of Columbus.
Larry Guzy was elected president of the Rotary Club in Oneonta, N.Y. Larry, who describes the club as a wonderful service organization, is busy as president. He was involved with distributing dictionaries to all the third graders and thesauruses to the sixth graders in the Oneonta School District. This might seem out of synch with the availability of the Internet; however, several of the third graders were excited with the books and indicated they don’t need batteries or a WiFi signal. Larry also declared, “Our 50th reunion is almost here; I plan to attend.”
Your columnist and his wife, Cecile, spent several weeks in Paris and southern France in September, visiting with her family and exploring out-of-the-way tourist attractions because we’ve already seen the major attractions many times. The trip was preceded by a week in New York City, which we found was much noisier and dysfunctional than previous trips, when we were much younger, more tolerant, and didn’t fall asleep after dinner.
Don’t be shy. Send me your news – now! And don’t forget our 50th coming up in 2015. Larry wants to see you there.
Kip Zegers informed me his ninth book of poetry, “The Poet of Schools,” was published by Dos Madres Press in Loveland, Ohio, and is available online (dosmadres.com). This completes Kip’s series of poems about teaching, New York City, and working with brilliant kids in good times and after 9/11.
Jim Worley was named manager of a $64-million project to provide energy, security, and independence for the Army base in Fort Knox, Ky. His wife keeps asking when he’s going to retire and his answer is: “As soon as the tunnel to the gold vault is done.”
Roger Abood ’67G retired from St. Peter Chanel High School in Bedford, Ohio, five years ago after 41 years, the last 21 as principal and president. Roger spent the past five years working part time at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio, as the coordinator of dual enrollment programs. He and his wife, Kathy, have 12 grandchildren, all living within 40 minutes of them in Brecksville, Ohio. Keeping up with the grandchildren keeps them busy and feeling young.
Marty McNamara returned from Panama, where he helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. He served there from 1965 to 1967. During the trip, he saw the construction of the new Panama Canal locks that will accommodate enormous ships. The Peace Corps set Marty’s path in life to international business where he spent the next 22 years in eight different countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. He’s now retired in suburban Denver.
I note the passing of several classmates. Ralph Nottoli died May 6 from complications from a blood transfusion after being diagnosed with cancer. Ralph worked for Proctor & Gamble and then as a representative for an electric supply company that brought him to the RV industry in Elkhart, Ind., where he co-created Leer, a manufacturer of truck covers and accessories. After selling Leer in 1987, Ralph formed a partnership to build Summit Grove Office Park in Conyers, Ga. He was part of St. Vincent DePaul at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain, Ga., for 28 years. Ralph is survived by his wife of 48 years, Etta, and three children: Joe, Meg, and Susan. He has 10 grandchildren. Joseph Fiala of Worthington, Ohio; Mary Ann Rogers of Cleveland; and Sr. Donna Emerson, CSJ, also of Cleveland, passed away since my last column.
As for your columnist, my wife and I spent 10 days in Guatemala in March where we visited Guatemala City (not recommended!), the Mayan Ruins at Tikal (with infrequent electricity), and Holy Week in Antigua (a wonderfully colorful experience) with a side trip to Lake Atitlan.
Larry Guzy contacted me to say that, after 43 years of teaching and conducting research with his students, he formally retired this past September. He’s still conducting research with college and high school students. They’re investigating the accuracy of recognizing underlying emotions when the face is swollen. Larry! No wonder I can never figure out if a prizefighter is glad he won.
Doug Kaputa ’66 reports Charles Prochaska visited him for several days en route from Alabama to Newark, Del., where Charles was delivering relief items to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Doug and Charles had been in each other’s weddings a long while back, so they had a lot of reconnecting to do.
Dan Peitzmeyer is working as an anti-death-penalty activist in Arizona, where he created an online petition he hopes will motivate Republican state Sen. Rick Murphy, chairman of the judiciary committee, to hear a bill to end the death penalty. Dan heads an organization called Death Penalty Alternatives for Arizona. “The arbitrary nature with which we apply the death penalty is appalling,” Dan says. “I don’t believe we’re executing the worst of the worst. I believe we’re executing the poorest of the worst, or the ones who had the worst upbringing, or the ones who had the worst representation.”
My wife and I returned from India in early January when we spent three weeks touring Rajasthan (Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Kumbhalgarh), Agra to see the Taj Mahal, and Benares to witness the cremation of the dead along the banks of the Ganges. The trip home took three days because of airplane delays and cancellations in New Delhi and Beijing, with additional overnight stays in both capitals. An unforgettable trip but one we wouldn’t repeat. Knowing we had just been to India, Doug Kaputa wrote to me saying he and his wife went there in 2011 and traveled some of the same Delhi-Japiur-Agra-Delhi trip. Doug’s son works for a company that works in India, so they spent a week there in five-star hotels and had a car with a driver. Doug opines the Indian populace drives worse than the people in New Jersey. I agree, although I no longer vacation in New Jersey. Best wishes, and send your news.
Alan Westendorf and his wife of 45 years, Margie, moved back to the Cleveland area after being away for more than 25 years, nine of which were spent in Geneva and Madrid, Spain. They returned to a house they built in Chagrin Falls and will spend five months a year there. The balance of the time will be spent at their home in Bonita Springs, Fla. Alan retired from the position of president of Praxair Europe in 2005 after 40 years with Union Carbide/ Praxair. Alan and Margie have four adult children and eight grandchildren, half of whom live in Chagrin Falls.
Every year John Rioux and his wife, Diane, vacation for two days in Florida with Carroll ’64 grads Tom Moore, Tom Nash, Tony Petricca, Jim Capparelli, Tony Caputa, and Tad Walters. The 2013 gathering is scheduled for March 8 and 9 in Sarasota.
Ken Esper ’70G hopes his JCU buddies are doing well and being blessed with good health. He’s still trying to contact former roommate David Owen ’66. If you have any info about Dave, contact Ken (firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-457-2555).
In March, your intrepid correspondent and his wife are headed for Guatemala where we hope to catch a bit of sun and warmth after a long, dark winter in the Pacific Northwest.
In retirement, Hugh Largey jumped at an opportunity to create his own AM radio talk show named “The Life is Worth Loving Hour with your Host Hugh Largey” on Catholic Radio of San Diego. The one-year experience was a great ride for Hugh and afforded him an opportunity to interview guests such as Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., about his proofs for the existence of God without using religion, and Fr. Frank Pavone, founder of Priests for Life. After the program ended because the station was sold, Hugh turned to another volunteer job as president of the San Diego Knights of Columbus Chapter Charities and then to new duties as Knights of Columbus California State Chairman for the Culture of Life – Saving Lives and Changing Lives. During Hugh’s full-time volunteer employment this year, his most enjoyable moment was giving a speech to a crowd of 2,000 at the downtown San Diego Religious Freedom Rally.
Don Novotny continues his practice of dentistry in Huron, Ohio. After graduating JCU with a Bachelor of Science in physics, he earned his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University. Don, a member of the American Dental Association, is part of one percent of dental professionals providing the most recent FDA cleared procedure for gum disease and periodontal treatment called LANAP laser treatment, an alternative to traditional treatments that doesn’t require cutting or sutures. We all can like those types of dental treatments.
Since retiring, Ray Karcher has been trying to improve his golf game, without much success. Last tax season, he volunteered with the AARP tax assistance program and plans to continue to do so. Other than that, Ray travels a bit and works to keep the house in good shape.
As for me, I spent June and part of July in Greece and Southern France with my wife, Cecile. The heat wave hit us hard, especially in Greece where we “enjoyed” the 107 degree heat of Athens. It was nice to finally get to Southern France where we experienced a cold snap – in the 90s. My wife and I plan to travel to India, principally Rajasthan, in December and don’t expect to be greeted by cool weather.
Don’t be shy about sending news. Keep June 2015 open for our 50th reunion.
In an email exchange last February, I learned Ray Karcher had traveled from his abode in cold Michigan to Carlsbad, Calif., where he and his wife were enjoying the good weather for a month while working on their new condo.
On May 3, Joe Whelan received the Alumni Educator Award, given by the JCU Department of Education and Allied Studies, in recognition of outstanding achievement by an alumnus in the field of education.
Larry Guzy is retiring from teaching at the State University of New York in Oneonta. After 39 years of teaching, mentoring, and a collection of administrative duties at SUNY with four years at other institutions, he’s excited to devote more time to research and writing about such topics as motion sickness and visual illusions.
Jack Mesker and his wife, Sharon, celebrated the birth of their ninth grandchild. Jack says he now has his baseball team, but there’s no way he’ll try to manage them. Jack also reports Sharon’s arthritis and bad knees are hindering their plans to travel to Chile to meet their adopted grandson. She’s not agreeable to the long flight.
As someone who also has a bad knee, I share her concerns. Even so, I traveled to Albuquerque, N.M., in early March for the wedding of my niece, Heather, to an anesthesiologist from Shanghai, China. It was an interesting fusion of Irish and Chinese cultures – Guinness and dim sum. In June, my wife, Cecile, and I spent several weeks in Greece where she attended a conference in Salonika while I played a tourist during the day. We followed that visit with several days on the island of Santorini and a few nights in Athens. We capped off the trip by spending 10 days in southern France with Cecile’s family in and near Marseille.
If you haven’t noticed, we are inching toward our 50th class reunion in 2015. The three years will go by quickly. As usual, the gathering will probably be in June, so keep that month open.
Jo and Bill Otter were off to Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina, in February to visit railroad friends. They’re also going to Alaska with the American Association of Railroad Superintendents in May. Bill and Jo have five kids, six grandkids, and four granddogs. Bill’s dad, also Bill Otter (Loyola Academy ’35), is 94 years old and doing well. The two went train riding together before Christmas and had fun, which Bill defines as not getting derailed.
John Mieyal, professor of pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University, appeared on National Public Radio in January. He also conducted a science café at the Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City. The café is a public event for lay people to have a beer and ask questions about science relevant to living in today’s world.
Neil Evans’ last vacation was in 1986 because of health issues, although he retired as a teacher in 1995. Neil is interested in photography and was part of a threeman photography show at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron for two months. He has more than 2,000 photos on his Flickr site. Conduct a people search and type in ncevans to see his pics.
Dan Peitzmeyer stopped working full time six years ago while his wife, Judy Rollings, continues to enjoy her work in theater. Her younger son, Matt, is a musician and has toured the world extensively. Dan and Judy became groupies and, in 2010, followed the band in England and France. Luckily, they were able to meet Tom McKay and his wife, Ruth, for dinner in a London pub before a concert in Royal Albert Hall. Tom and Ruth had just arrived from Cleveland that day. Dan, on his own, also makes an annual stag week trip to Colorado to ski at Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, etc. On the next trip, he hopes to catch up with Marty Bunker ’67. Marty, a retired USAF lieutenant colonel, and his wife, Marilyn, have resided in Colorado Springs for almost 30 years. Dan is a part-time hospital chaplain, schedule permitting. He also works in social justice ministries with the homeless, elderly, migrants, and prisoners, while seeking to reform criminal sentencing and abolish the death penalty. Last year, he attended the annual conference of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty at the Arizona/Mexico border, participating in Derechos Humanos’ Migrant Trail, and at the School of the Americas watch vigil at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga., where, among the thousands, he found JCU students.
In December, your columnist and his wife, Cecile, returned from a fabulous three-week trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe. It was the trip of a lifetime.
Larry Guzy has nothing to report, which is a report in itself. Other than that, the class of ’65 is oddly silent.
I discovered through Facebook that Ron Nemeth and his wife, Mary, recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Earlier in the year, Ron and Mary traveled to Prague and Vienna, not to mention a few trips within the U.S. It’s difficult to keep up with them.
Your columnist spent several weeks in Europe at the end of summer. My wife, Cecile, and I traveled to Strasbourg, France, where we took the opportunity to visit the many sights in the Alsace area. We also spent one day in Baden-Baden, Germany, where we enjoyed currywurst for lunch. Our last week was spent in Paris, fending off the last of the September vacationers, most of whom seemed to be from Eastern Europe. On Sept. 7, my wife treated me to a great birthday dinner, Parisian style.
And this from Marilyn Hormann ‘65G, which was accidentally omitted from my last column: “Enjoyed a vacation in Reno. Nev., with friends in July. God’s people and creation are amazing.”
Remember, no news is no news, so consider sending me some for the next column.
Dennis McSeveney writes he retired a couple of years ago after a long and productive career at the University of New Orleans. Upon his retirement, the LSU system awarded him the titles professor emeritus of sociology, dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts, and associate provost emeritus. Dennis served as a member of the Council of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, as its representative to the Association of College Honor Societies for many years. In February, he was elected president of the Association of College Honor Societies. Dennis also was elected treasurer of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and assumed that position in July. He’s also a member of the board of directors of the ACE Mentor Program in New Orleans. More importantly, he married Nance Harding, a psychotherapist with a private practice who works in the corporate sector, two years ago.
Larry Guzy was nominated and elected a fellow in the Aerospace Human Factors Association, a branch of the Aerospace Medical Association.
And this from Marilyn Hormann ’65G: “John Tarpey and Mark Hanket are looking forward to our 50th Carroll reunion already and wonder how many of you might be interested in doing something extra. They’re thinking of a cruise or trip to somewhere exotic, departing from Cleveland the Sunday or Monday following reunion. John and Mark would like an indication of interest. If you’re so inclined, reply to Mark (email@example.com). Mark’s 50th high school reunion is in Columbus this year in mid-August. All of us probably have the honor of celebrating that milestone this year. Tempus fugit.
My 50th reunion from Cleveland Heights High School was at the end of July. In December, my wife and I will travel to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Before that, in late October, I plan to attend the 60-year anniversary celebration of the Pershing Rifles at JCU. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you there.
In December, Governor David A. Paterson of New York announced the appointment of his counsel, Pete Kiernan, as the chair of the New York State Law Revision Commission, which examines and considers proposed changes in the law, recommending such changes in the law as it deems necessary and reporting its proceedings annually to the legislature with proposed bills to carry out any of its recommendations. Pete has been Gov. Paterson’s counsel since November 2008.
William Kickel, who lived in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, passed away Oct. 23, 2010, in Pequot Lakes, Minn., after suffering from dementia for several years. He’s survived by his son, Graig, and daughter, Rebecca.
Joe Whelan reported about recent events with his consulting firm Whelan International. Joe recently spoke in Scottsdale, Ariz., to the 28th Annual Effective Schools Conference. In the past year or so, Joe has provided training in differentiated instruction to schools and groups throughout Cleveland and in New Jersey, Illinois, Minnesota, and California.
My wife and I spent 10 days in Marseille, France, in March visiting her family and exploring the less traveled areas of that city. Guidebooks rarely suggest visiting Marseille, but they’re missing the call on hidden treasures. I’ll be in Cleveland this month to attend my 50th reunion from Cleveland Heights High School. Can it have been that long already? Get prepared for our 50th at JCU in 2015. Let me hear news about your travels and activities in retirement.
With sadness, I report Frank Vermes, D.O., passed away in November in Fort Myers, Fla. Frank had a private medical practice in Columbus, Ohio, from which he retired in 1998. He leaves his wife, Trish, their two children, and three grandchildren. Frank was a valued member of the Pershing Rifles (PRs) where I met him in 1961. I recall him as a good-natured fellow, always ready to find humor in any situation. You can remember Frank by sending contributions to the Animal Refuge Center, P.O. Box 6642, Ft. Myers, FL 33911. Frank’s passing created a flurry of e-mails that reconnected me with former PRs Doug Kaputa ’66, Ron Nemeth, Tom Etowski ’64, John Morris ’66, Ellis Keefer ’64, John Marcy ’63, Steve Christian ’63, Bob Schulz ’63, Dick Foster ’64, Mike O’Halloran ’63, and Andy Zwarun.
In New York City, Kip Zegers is in his 27th year of teaching at Hunter College High School with no thoughts of retiring – so far. His seventh book, “Reading Whitman in Manhattan,” was published recently by Foothills Publishing/Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education (available at foothillspublishing.com). Kip’s daughter, Annie, is a freshman at Muhlenberg College and his wife, Jill Crandall, is clinical professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Jack Mesker, who has a vacation lake house at Lake Greenwood, S.C., is looking forward to fishing trips and family get-togethers. Jack and his wife, Sharon, also took a 12-day trip to Italy that fulfilled her life-long dream. Sharon fell just before the trip, so she needed a wheelchair. Jack says he lost weight pushing the wheelchair on cobblestones. The wheelchair allowed them to sit in the front row to see the pope, which was the highlight of their trip. Another moving experience for them was a visit to the veterans’ cemeteries in Anzio. Jack wants to travel to Alaska but, in the meantime, visitors are welcomed at his place.
Ken Esper has been communicating with Gary Franko and Denny Danalchak ’66, who are doing well, although a few pounds heavier than their playing weights. Ken still is trying to find his JCU roommate, Dave Owen ’66. Contact Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know Dave’s location.
The three musketeers: Jay Brungo, Duane Kexel, and Tom McGrath are planning a trip to Eastern Europe with their wives in October. Tom says it should be fun. I’ll warn Interpol.
Your columnist continued his peripatetic lifestyle this past December by travelling to French Polynesia, including Tahiti, the islands of Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa in the Marquises, and Moorea. Nothing like heat and humidity to make one forget the rain and cold of the Pacific Northwest in winter.
Doug Kaputa ’66 recently wrote he and his wife planned to be in Cleveland for the 50th anniversary of his wife’s elementary class at Gesu School. Doug also was planning to attend the September Pershing Rifles reunion and celebrate the 60th anniversary of ROTC on campus. I attended Gesu for one year in 1950, which must have been the first year of ROTC at Carroll because I remember watching the cadets march in the area that’s now occupied by Sutowski and Murphy Halls. Little did I know, then age 6, I’d be second in student command of the Cadet Corps in 1965.
Chuck Friedman reported he had a pleasant Fourth of July visit to Cleveland where he attended a concert by the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center followed by a huge fireworks display. Chuck is still working despite my advice retirement is really good – better than fireworks.
My wife and I spent two weeks in Peru this summer. The first week was in Lima. Then we went to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to the ruins at Machu Picchu. This was the first vacation during which I lost several pounds climbing around at high altitudes. Our last five days were spent in Cuzco and the Sacred Valley area. In September, we traveled to France where my wife researched at the state archives in Caen at the Abbaye d’Ardennes, an abbey of the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré founded by St. Norbert in the 12th Century. (Yes, I had to look it up.) While she researched, I revisited the beaches of Normandy, the U.S. cemetery at Coleville, and the village of Ste- Mère-Église where Private John Steele of the 82nd Airborne Division is still hanging from the bell tower by his parachute risers.
Looking for more news, especially from those of you who might have had the opportunity to attend the PR reunion and the ROTC anniversary.
Larry Guzy reports, this past year he chaired the Strategic Plan and Resource Council at SUNY College at Oneonta (N.Y.). Larry describes the council’s work as a significant undertaking that ended successfully with a doable action plan. “I’m glad it’s over,” he says. “Now, I can get back to my students.”
Dan Peitzmeyer brought me up to date on his life since JCU. At first, he spent four years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, followed by another 24 in the Guard and Reserves, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Along the way, he had two children. His civilian employment had great variety, generally in sales and sales management. After his 27-year-old son, Kurt, died in an accident, Dan left the business world and took the path to spiritual care, joining a national training program to become a chaplain in local hospitals, hospices, and treatment centers. Dan gave up full-time employment three years ago but still does relief and on-call work while devoting his efforts to social justice issues. He’s active in various civil rights issues, such as immigration, criminal justice, sentencing reform, and abolishment of the death penalty. Dan is married to Judy Rollings, a professional actor, director, and producer. He confesses to following her as a part-time thespian. Dan and Judy also enjoy an increased opportunity to travel, usually to see family in Connecticut, Phoenix, and Los Angeles.
Recently, I had a phone conversation with Sandee Krajniak Slavik, sister of our late classmate, Chuck Krajniak. I hadn’t seen Sandee since 1965, but we had a good time reminiscing about Chuck’s life. Sandee indicated there’s a memorial site for Chuck (www.mem.com) where the family has posted photographs. Visitors also can post comments.
A trip to Seattle in June by Jack Kenesey and his wife, Mary Ann, afforded us the opportunity to meet over dinner. We did the usual reminiscing – a minireunion because neither could make the official one in Cleveland.
Those who were able to make that reunion were: Roger Abood, John Brungo, John Chandler, Ken Esper, Ed Ferrall, Eugene Hamilton, Mark Hanket, John Hruska, Duane Kexel, Ken Kuechle, Hugh Largey, Tom McGrath, Fred Nista, Ralph Nottoli, John Tarpey, Joe Whelan, and John Zaremba. Gary McPhillips ’67 also was there. Hope all had a good time. Let me know if there’s anyone I may have missed.
Start planning now to attend our 50th in 2015.
Hugh Largey is currently among the “formerly employed” in San Diego, CA, where he is devoting more time to fulfilling volunteer service opportunities afforded by the Knights of Columbus. Hugh is also working very hard to keep his wife, Laura, happily employed full time, which is their “insurance plan,” at least until the economy turns around. Both Hugh and Laura work with Catholics for the Common Good, which deals with the protection of children and the preservation of traditional marriage. Hugh said he was looking forward to our Reunion in June.
Sharon and Jack Mesker had a busy 2009 with the birth of two grandchildren, one in Atlanta, GA, and another in Birmingham, AL, for a grand total of eight — one more and it’s a baseball team. Jack’s fishing is taking a back seat to family events but, he and Sharon are traveling, starting with 10 days in Italy this fall. In his spare time, Jack is chairman of the Greenville, SC, Disabilities Board, serves on his homeowners association, is on the local parish Finance Council, and is financial secretary with the Knights of Columbus. He says that anybody near or passing through Greenville or Spartanburg should get in touch.
Jim Worley recently retired (for the second time) from East Kentucky Power Cooperative, where he was the general manager of their Envision Energy Services subsidiary. He tried to retire in January 2008 but was called back in October only to retire in January 2010. He says this time it is going to stick, although he is already cheating by doing some part-time consulting for Fort Knox.
Joe Whelan is currently doing educational consulting work in Cleveland Metropolitan schools, Palos Heights School District in Chicago, and Worthington, MN. Joe’s topic is “Differentiated Instruction to Meet the Needs of all Learners.” He worked on our 45th Reunion with Mark Hanket and was looking forward to the June gathering. Also headed to Reunion are Wink and Duane Kexel, Judy and Jay Brungo, and Peggy and Tom McGrath. All were looking forward to many other friends from our class joining in the fun. Sandy and Ken Esper are living in Conway, SC. They are looking forward to their 50th high school reunion next year.
Paul Margosian received his M.S. in physics with our class while working at NASA-Lewis on flight propulsion. He writes that he went on to get his Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 1974. He and his wife, Diane, had three children who have presented them with seven grandchildren. After getting into the design and development of CT and then of MRI, he enjoyed five years in Germany working for Siemens in its medical division. These days he is employed at Hitachi Medical in Twinsburg, OH.
Ed Doherty e-mailed from Accra after completing a three week volunteer project in Ghana involving a large irrigation project on the Volta River. His sponsor was ACDI/VOCA – www.acdivoca.org – a non-profit, economic development organization. Ed assisted in improving the leadership and team development for a cooperative specializing in rice farming.
Your columnist’s latest travel was in March to Israel and Jordan. Cecile and I stayed in Jerusalem while making side trips to Tel Aviv and Masada. Our last two days were spent roaming around the ruins in Petra, Jordan. Looks like Peru in June. Regards, Dick
This is our 45th Reunion year, still not the big 5-0 but significant, nonetheless. There is still time to make arrangements for the June 11-13 events. For additional information, contact Carla Gall ‘05- email@example.com or 216.397.1592.
Ron Foth reports that the company he started in his home in 1975 is celebrating 35 years in business this year. Ron is still working, but his two sons, Ron Jr. and Mike, who have been in the company for about 20 years each, are playing key roles in running the advertising agency. Even with a slow economy, Ron is enjoying much success, due to a roster of great clients and a staff of close to 50. His clients include the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism, the Columbus Zoo (working with Jack Hanna, the TV wildlife expert), Safelite Auto Glass, and Wendy’s. Ron invites you to check out – www.ronfoth.com – where you can find news, photos, and samples of his work.
Dr. Paul Ohm (and ’68G) retired after a 44-year career as an educator in August 2009. Paul and his wife of 42 years, Sharon Lenkey Ohm ’72G, have five adult sons and four grandchildren. Paul began teaching in the Cleveland Public Schools in 1965 and moved on to work and teach at the college level where eventually he spent 30 years as president of three different colleges. Paul and Sharon will spend time between their home in Battle Creek, MI, and a condo on the ocean in North Carolina. They invite you to write to them – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marilyn Sophie Hormann wrote that she was an August ’65G graduate from the master’s in guidance and counseling program; which gave her the foundation to build a 38-year life of service as a middle school counselor in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Marilyn reminded me that undergraduate JCU was still all male at the time she attended but the graduate program was in its coed beginnings. She is now a community volunteer, “back home again in Indiana,” living in Fort Wayne.
Joe Whelan and the late Nick Orlando will be named merit award recipients at the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s 59th annual Communion Breakfast. Joe will receive the award on April 25, 2010, when there will be a Mass at St. John’s Cathedral followed by a breakfast at the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown Cleveland, OH.