1968

Fall 2016
Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68.

Here’s news from Larry Kennard: “This is a milestone year because most of us will turn 70 this year, and, in only two short years, we’ll be celebrating our 50th anniversary as JCU graduates. It seems like only yesterday we were pledging fraternities and going to homecoming, class parties, the Military Ball, and prom. I still work and enjoy it so much that my son is afraid I may never retire. I became a certified financial planner and started my own firm, Kennard Financial Services, 35 years ago. About seven years ago my son, Jeff, joined me. We have eight investment advisors working with us. I’ve been on the financial council at St. Basil the Great Catholic Church in Brecksville, Ohio, for about 20 years, and I’m also a Eucharistic Minister. I’m on the planning committee for our annual golf outing, which raised money for the past 11 years. I’ve served in the alumni-in-admissions program, making recruiting calls to prospective students. I was on the alumni board for six years and have been to all our class reunions, chairing or co-chairing most of them. I was honored to receive the JCU Alumni Service Award in 2003. I was also honored to be inducted into the Bedford High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 1998. I’ve been married to my lovely wife for 32 years. She’s a retired pediatric nurse practitioner who volunteered for 15 years at Seasons of Life Hospital. But when our grandchildren were born, she began to devote more time to babysitting. She’s also a Eucharistic Minister who was instrumental in starting small Christian communities, a mom’s ministry, and prayer shawl at St. Basil. She was on the parish council for six years and served as president for one year. My oldest daughter, Erin, is a middle school math and English teacher in Virginia. After she finishes her dissertation, she’ll have earned her Ph.D. in education. She was an assistant principal for the largest high school in Loudon County, Virginia, but found that it took too much time away from her children, Samantha (12) and Brice (8). So she returned to her first love, the classroom. Sadly, Erin has lost two children – Samuel was full term but stillborn, and Ella died just last June from spinal muscular atrophy when she was eight months old. My daughter, Korenna ’01, is a family counselor in Santa Monica who also needs to finish her dissertation for a Ph.D. in psychology. Her daughter, Raine, is 5 years old. My son, Tim, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Jenn, and their children, Reilley (7) and Brodie (4). Tim is a family practice physician, and Jenn is a pediatrician. Our youngest son, Jeff, who has an MBA, lives near us in Richfield, Ohio, with his wife, Melissa, a physical therapist, and their two children, Griffin (2) and Olive (1). My wife is happy to have at least a few of the grandchildren close enough to watch and spoil. So, in summary, I have one wife, four children, seven grandchildren, and am still working because I love it. I’m in good health and look forward to our 50th reunion. Remember, it’s free to everyone in the great class of ’68. Blessings to all of you.”

Dr. Andrew Roth has been named interim president of St. Bonaventure University. Roth will take over for Sister Margaret Carney, who stepped down as president Aug. 1. Roth has a bachelor’s in English and history from Carroll, a master’s in English language and literature from Case Western Reserve University, an MBA in marketing and strategic planning from Gannon University, and a doctorate in public policy and higher education finance from the University at Buffalo. Roth served 11 years as CEO and president of Notre Dame College in South Euclid where he helped triple enrollment. He retired in 2014 but still teaches and gives speeches. Andrew and his wife, Judy, are looking forward to becoming part of Olean, getting to know people, and learning a lot more about the Southern Tier and Western New York.

Daniel Ryan writes that two of his sons went to JCU. This is significant because Dan and his wife have 10 children. Daniel, who has been appointed foreman of the grand jury in Cuyahoga County for the next several months, has a full-time law practice in Cleveland, Ryan, LLP. Dan and his wife are proud of the fact that all of their children not only have college degrees but also have graduate degrees, or by their involvement in computers, the equivalent.

I hope you were able to make homecoming. This is the 55th year of the founding of Pershing Rifles.

Have I heard from you lately? Your news makes great reading for your classmates. Please write or call me.

For you and John Carroll,

Jeff

Jeff Hawk
317-845-4199
jjhawk68@comcast.net

Summer 2016
Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68. I had the great opportunity to speak with Mike (Mikey) Coyne, who’s a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Mike has been successful as a funeral director with funeral homes in Willoughby and Mentor, Ohio, which are both named McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio. At Carroll, Mike was an active member of Beta Tau Sigma (The Glee Club) under the direction of Jack Hearns. Like many JCU students, I had the pleasure to hear the fabulous concerts, which were always delightful and fantastic. Mike shared a pleasant story about director Hearns. It seems Mike always sang but maybe a little differently, so Hearns gave him a special assignment – to be the triangle man. Mike’s sons own two restaurants in Willoughby – the Wild Goose and Morehouse. Mike is the president of the Eastside Irish Club. Thank you, Mike, for a great story.

Have I heard from you? Please call, email, or write me. Our classmates enjoy reading about you.

For you and John Carroll,

Jeff

Jeff Hawk
317-845-4199
jjhawk68@comcast.net

Spring 2016
Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68. I heard from Tom Clark. A year after graduating, Tom married his high school sweetheart, Jeanne. After completing military duty – first at Fort Riley, Kansas, then in Vietnam – Tom earned a graduate degree in industrial relations at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Tom’s human resources management career, which focused mostly in labor relations, spanned more than 40 years in the coal, steel, and transportation industries. He was based mainly in Pittsburgh. The work primarily consisted of handling grievances, arbitrations, and contract negotiations. However, for about 12 of those years, Tom was the industrial relations manager at a Pennsylvania steel plant where the company and union jointly established and implemented a participative management program for which they received the governor’s Labor-Management Cooperation award. After receiving the award, the local union and Tom accepted invitations to describe the program at a meeting of the economics subcommittee of the United Nations in New York City and at a labor-management conference at the University of Notre Dame. Three years ago, Tom retired from his most recent position as director of employee relations at the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the bus and rail service provider in Pittsburgh. Tom now has more time to spend with his family, which includes two grandchildren; and enjoy hobbies such as golf, piano, writing; and serving as a cantor at church. Jeanne, a registered nurse, continues to work part time at the infirmary of a Felician Sisters convent. Their four children – Jeff, Diane, Brian, and Jason – have earned bachelor’s degrees from various universities. Each is employed in the health-care industry. Jeff works for Health Fidelity, Brian is at Aetna, and Jason is at Highmark, each in the Pittsburgh area. Diane is a registered nurse at the WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital in York, Pennsylvania. Tom pointed out: “It’s hard to believe it has been 47 years since graduation and our days spent at Dolan, Murphy, and Bernet Halls, the Crossroads Tavern, Geraci’s pizza, and the cafeteria (remember Saga Foods and Saturday evening steaks?). Those were good times, spent mostly with my Beta Tau Sigma brothers. When asked, I’m always proud to say I’m a graduate of John Carroll, a highly respected Jesuit Catholic university.”

Have I heard from you? I need your news, so please send me a letter or email or call me.

For you and John Carroll University.

Jeff

Jeff Hawk
317-845-4199
jjhawk68@comcast.net

Winter 2016
Onward, forward, and upward with ’68. Our classmates are successful in their professions and lives. For this column, William Schumacher ’81G is in our spotlight. William has 45 years in education, 33 as an athletic director and assistant principal in Beachwood, Twinsburg, Chagrin Falls, and Revere high schools in Ohio. He’s one of seven athletic directors in the nation who received the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Distinguished Service Award in 2009. In 2011, Bill was inducted into the Northeast/OIAAA Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, and he was named the State Athletic Director of the Year in 2001. Bill had more honors as president of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Control (1999-2000) and State Athletic Directors Association (2003-2005). His wife, Mary Sharon, worked at JCU in the religious studies department. His daughter Kristen Schumacher Webb ’94 is married to Matt Webb, and they have two boys: Matthew and Mark. His daughter Julie ’96 is married to Dave Bilson ’96, and they have two children: Hannah and Dave. Bill’s son, Brett, graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and lives adjacent to JCU with his wife, Maggie, and their daughter, Isabel. Brett’s father-in-law is Bob Heltzel ’70, who’s on JCU’s board of directors. Brett was inducted into Gilmour Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame this past September.

In my last column, I wrote about Barbara and Dick Woods, as well as Barbara Chambers; however, the information about the two Barbaras was mixed up. While at JCU, Barbara Woods was homecoming queen and went on to teach special education. Dick and Barbara, who have two sons and four grandchildren, have traveled to Europe, Russia, and China. Barbara Chambers, who graduated with an MA from Carroll, owns a 115-year-old house near Erie, Pennsylvania, and a condominium. She stays active with her condo association and the book club of St. Gabriel Parish. She taught for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for 32 years and Cleveland State and was director of the CMSD’s gifted programs. My apologies for the confusion.

Have I heard from you? Please call or email me, or send me a letter or note. Your news makes great reading for your classmates.

For you and John Carroll,

Jeff

Jeff Hawk
317-845-4199
jjhawk68@comcast.net

Fall 2015
I spoke with Barbara (Chambers) ’68G and Richard (Dick/Woody) Woods. While at JCU, Dick was a member of Beta Tau, and Barb was homecoming queen. The couple has a 115-year-old house outside Erie, Pa., and a condominium. Dick is in the information technology field for Verizon Telephone Corp., and Barb, who taught special education, is president of their condo association and active with the book club of St. Gabriel Parish. They have two sons – Brian is a CPA, and Scott is an attorney for Nationwide Corp. – and four grandchildren: Riley (12), Grace (10), Annabelle (4), and Emma (1). They’ve also traveled to Europe, Russia, and China. Thanks so much for the great stories.

For you and JCU

Jeff

Jeff Hawk
317-845-4199
jjhawk68@comcast.net

Summer 2015
I had the great pleasure of talking with Michael Hagerty. Mike and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Christina and Katie ’05, and three grandchildren. Mike taught for 20 years and attended law school at night. He left full-time teaching in March 1988, opened his law practice, and has spent 33 years practicing in the real-estate development and estate planning field. Katie, married to Chris Reeder, is an assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County in Illinois. Christina is married to John Ourednik, and they have three children: Allan, Ainsley, and Ingrid. We’re proud of Mike and Susan, their family, and their achievements.

I received information about Raymond Burchyns, who’s retired and lives with his wife of 28 years in Maine. They have two children and five grandchildren. Through the years, Ray held several professional positions: elementary school teacher, IRS field officer, and business owner. He’s the author of the heartwarming memoir “The Wonder of You.” According to Ray, the book grew out of a toast he offered at his oldest daughter’s wedding. She had passed through the trauma of a sad divorce and emerged safely on the other side. She found a wonderful fellow; they fell in love, and completed one another. Ray wanted them to know marriage isn’t hard work – not really – as long as there are willing hands to make the work light. Well done, Ray, we’re proud of you.

Have I heard from you? Give me a call or send me a note, letter, or email so we can share your story. For you and John Carroll University,

Jeff

Jeff Hawk
317-845-4199
jjhawk68@comcast.net

Spring 2015
Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68.

I had the great pleasure of talking with two classmates. First, I spoke with Donna and Cary Czarnecki, who will celebrate their 43rd wedding anniversary in August 2015. Many of you will remember Cary was president of the Glee Club our senior year. Cary taught and then entered the library science field as a public library manager. He ended up at the Niles (Ohio) Public Library and retired from there in 2008. Donna, who taught French, was honored by the French government for distinguished teaching. Cary and Donna have one son, David (28), a data manager with RCM Data Corp. Irene, Cary’s mother, has three sisters and lives in Chicago, Ill. Cary’s father, John, who was in the sixth wave of D-Day in World War II, was the military police driver for General Patton.Cary was in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities 1968.

Secondly, I had the pleasure of talking with my Pershing Rifles fraternity brother, Andrew (Andy) Jurchenko. Andy and his wife, Nancy, live in Georgia. Andy is a 30-year retired colonel from the U.S. Army and teaches a character morality course at Georgia Military College. Like Cary and several others, Andy was in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities 1968. Andy and Nancy have three children – Andrew Jr., a police officer; daughter Jackie, a professor of chemistry at a local university; and son Christopher, a manager of food services in Las Vegas. Andy, who traveled extensively teaching antiterrorism, is a reserve police officer and patrols with his son, Andrew Jr.

It’s a great honor to tell your stories. I’m extremely proud of all of you. Have I heard from you? I’ve made several telephone calls. Please give me a call when it’s convenient. Write a note, letter, or email. For you and John Carroll University,

Jeff

Jeff Hawk
317-845-4199
jjhawk68@comcast.net

Winter 2015
James Breig, who graduated with an M.A. in ’71, is a Cleveland native who lives in New York state and is the author of “Star-Spangled Baseball: True Tales of Flags and Fields.” Jim’s book is available on Amazon.com and other e-book sites for $4.99. “Nothing is more all-American than baseball and flags,” Jim says. “My new book examines how the two have been connected for decades. This year is the perfect time to take note of that relationship because 2014 is the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem. My book is a story about how baseball and flags have had an enduring partnership that stretches from the Civil War to 9/11. The anthem precedes every ballgame, but it’s not the only link between the sport and flags. For example, every team aims for a league pennant and a World Series banner.” A few interesting stories from Jim’s book are about a teenage girl who raised the flag on opening day in 1898, how the New York Giants and the city’s mayor sparred over their pennant, and how a baseball player was buried wrapped in his beloved team’s flag. There are many more fascinating stories in the book. Jim, congratulations and well done. We’re proud of you.

Have I heard from you? Please write, fax, call, or email me with your news. Please be as generous as you always are to the Carroll Fund, thank you. For you and John Carroll University,

Jeff

Jeff Hawk
317-845-4199
jjhawk68@sbcglobal.net

Fall 2014
Onward, forward, and upward with the class of ’68. I had the pleasure of speaking with Sheralyn (Carlson) Glaser Snyder. Here’s Sheralyn’s story: “In philosophy class, Fr. Owen taught me how to study hard. He was a role model to all of his students at John Carroll. I attended night class to get my master’s in guidance and counseling. At the time, I was teaching elementary classes in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. I took a few years off and adopted two boys, Mark and Scott Glaser. Later, I attended Kent State University to earn a reading specialist degree and found a reading recovery class that began in New Zealand. I loved teaching children to read one-on-one, practicing on my own boys. I taught in Florida, and when I remarried, I moved to Anna Maria Island on the state’s West Coast. Presently, I’m battling several health problems but will ne