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,
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 never forget my time at Carroll.” Thank you, Sheralyn. She can be reached at 6250 Holmes Blvd. #26, Holmes Beach, FL 34217.
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For you and John Carroll University,
Onward, forward, upward with the class of 1968. I spoke with George (Chip) Maloney at length on two separate occasions. It was like old times. We had great conversations. George, a dedicated’68er, was our Student Union president. Many of us, including myself, were senators. Under George’s guidance, we developed a lot of programs for students. Little did we know there would be professional military, career civil servants in many federal departments, marketing and business specialists, business owners, educators, doctors, computer specialists, and lawyers among us. George and his wife, Weedgie, have a son, Peter, and a daughter, Kieran, and six grandchildren. Peter, who has an MBA in accounting, has two sons: GP and Jacob. Kieran, a speech therapist for the autistic, has four daughters: Declan, Brennan, Quinn, and Aisleer. Chip was in high-tech sales and marketing, and after his official retirement, continued consulting for Silicon Valley companies. Chip is completely retired now, and his wife is retired from early childhood education. Chip and Weedgie volunteer their time at their parish and have been active in Catholic Engaged Encounter for 18 years, including serving on the national board. They’re close friends with Donna and Daniel MacDonald, and travel together to places such as Quebec City, New York, Sydney, and Cannes. Most recently, they traveled to the Bahamas. Along with the MacDonalds, he continues to hear from Sue and Mike Hagerty. Chip wants to hear from the following ’68ers: Bill Parker, Jim Dugo, and Jim Robinson. Chip, thanks so much for the conversations, and let me know about any more news.
Have I heard from you? If not, call, write, or email me.
For you and JCU,
Onward, forward, upward with ’68. I received a phone call from Charles P. Stanley, who ﬁlled me in about news of our friends. Charley was the editor-in-chief of our yearbook, the Carillon. The yearbook is great. I often look at it and recall the great times with all of you. JCU is a large part of our lives. Please take a few minutes from your busy schedules, and send me your news via letter, email, note, or phone call. Let me get back to Charley, who has had a successful 44-year career on Wall Street. Charley and his wife, Phyllis, and their family live on the East Coast. Charley lived through and witnessed the great tragedy of 9/11.
Ed Hack grew up in Fairview Park, Ohio, and attended St. Angela Merici School. He considered a vocation to the priesthood during his high school years and attended Borromeo Seminary. After graduating from Carroll, he earned his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He and his wife, Susan, have four children and six grandchildren, all of whom are out of town. Ed served, with great distinction, as a councilman for Westlake in Ward 1.
For you and John Carroll,
Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68.
Mark Kadzielski – who received an A.B. magna cum laude from Carroll and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1976 – moved from Norton Rose Fulbright in Los Angeles to Pepper Hamilton LLP, a multipractice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. Mark was a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright and headed up the firm’s West Coast health law practice. Mark has prepared more than 200 sets of medical staff bylaws and has handled numerous peer review hearings and appeals, including litigation in many courts. Kadzielski’s work includes government regulatory investigations, contracting issues, credentialing, peer review, licensing, medical staff bylaws, joint commission accreditation, and Medicare certification. Mark has been ranked annually since 2005 in the top tier of California health-care lawyers by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. For the past 25 years, he has been listed in the health-care section of The Best Lawyers in America and was selected for inclusion on the 2004-2013 Southern California Super Lawyers lists in health law. In 2005, Mark was one of four Californians and 40 attorneys nationwide to be inducted to the inaugural class of Fellows by the American Health Lawyers Association. He’s also a member of the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys.
Send me your news items. They make great reading for your classmates. Please be as generous as always with your financial support of John Carroll. For you and JCU,
Onward, forward, upward with ’68. I heard from Pershing Rifles and Scabbard and Blade fraternity brother Ernie Hollo. Ernie and his wife, Ann, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in August. They have five children ranging in age from 43 to 17: Patty, Tim, Jeff, Ed, and Daniel. They also have three precious and beautiful granddaughters. Ernie and Ann live in Brecksville, Ohio. Ernie is a manufacturer’s representative and represents companies in Italy, Germany, Canada, and the U.S. that provide equipment to the plastics industry. The companies make blow-molded products, from bottles to bumpers. Ernie has been doing this since the late ’70s. Ernie made it through Vietnam as an executive officer of a heavy boat company and Desert Storm as a helicopter pilot and commander of a medevac unit. Ernie taught at the U.S. Army Reserve school and held positions in unit and division staff. Ernie has experience in all transportation equipment: trucks, boats, trains, and heavy equipment. He retired from the reserves as lieutenant colonel after 28 years of service. He didn’t accept a colonel’s command because he chose to be with his 17-year-old son, Daniel, who’s his and Ann’s one-star reward. Thank you, my friend and brother. I’m proud of you!
For you and John Carroll,
Thomas (Tom) St. Marie, a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam, is John Carroll all the way. He sent all four of his children to John Carroll, and like Tom, they’re all graduates. Also one of his grandsons is set to attend Carroll. Before graduation, Tom studied in Rome through the Loyola University Chicago programs. All four of his children did the same. Tom and Marilyn have been married 44 years. Marilyn was an elementary school teacher at Catholic schools, and Tom has been a lawyer for more than 38 years. They’re both retired and enjoy their children, grandchildren, and traveling. They’re planning a trip to Antarctica. Nicole (St. Marie) Yingling ’94 and her husband have three children. Nicole has an MA in labor relations. Jacqueline (St. Marie) Davis and her husband, Bryan Davis, who are class of ’95, have three children. Bryan is a physician’s assistant certified from Kettering College in Dayton, Ohio. Their son Alan ’99, who’s married to Jennifer Aulisio ’03, is a certified financial planner, and Jennifer has an MA in dietetics from Case Western Reserve University. Their son Christopher ’02, who’s married to Brienne, is a lawyer. I had the greatest time talking with Tom and thinking back to our days at Carroll and recognizing so many things in common.
I received a wonderful article about John Obreza, who earned a bachelor’s in classics from Carroll and is retiring from a 45-year career in Cherry Hill, N.J. John started teaching English in Cherry Hill in 1968 when people were flocking to the then-young community, in part because of its schools. John rose through the faculty positions, and in 2002, assumed the principal’s post at Cherry Hill East. John is a people person who believes in every student. Congratulations, John, and best wishes for a happy retirement.
Have I heard from you? Please write, email, or call. For you and John Carroll University,
Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68.
Celia Persin Murnighan is a busy graduate who taught biology and chemistry at Oak Forest High School in Illinois for several years, retiring in 2009. She has her master’s and investigated the Ph.D. program at Purdue University. Celia, who’s caring for her 92-year-old mother, is a world traveler, having walked on all seven continents. She posed an interesting question: “Are there any other JCU graduates who’ve walked on the seven continents?” Let me know if there are any. She has three successful, grown children: Patrick, Bill, and Mary Ellen. Patrick and his wife, Dawn, have two daughters: Emma and Molly. Bill has two master’s degrees. Mary Ellen Nyman and her husband have a second-grader, Zachary. We send our prayers and support to Celia and her family for the loss of her husband, Dennis Murnighan, who passed away in 2008.
I had the opportunity to talk on the phone with my roommate from senior year, Kevin Faubel, who’s in sales and resides in Florida.
For you and JCU,
Onward, upward, forward with the class of ’68. I spoke with Pat Gnazzo by phone. He was consulting in Tennessee. While at Carroll, we were in the Pershing Rifles together and served as Student Union senators from 1967 to 1968. Pat and his wife, Anne, are attorneys, as is their oldest daughter, Elizabeth. Pat and Anne retired in 2008 and moved to Virginia. Anne was the commissioner of administrative services for the State of Connecticut. Their daughter, Elizabeth, followed in Pat’s footsteps with the Department of the Navy. Now she’s an attorney for CA Technologies, which used to be Computer Associates. Their daughter, Meghan, is married to Matthew Murphy and lives in Massachusetts. Meghan had their first child, Madylen, Sept. 11, 2011, and is expecting their second child in May 2013. Congratulations, Pat, Anne, Meghan, Matthew, Madylen, and Elizabeth. Pat is supposed to be retired, but he emerged from retirement to do legal consulting, legal assessments for compliance, and monitor companies in trouble with compliance.
Remember, send me your notes, letters, emails, or call with your news. Your classmates want to know what you’re doing. For you and John Carroll University,
Onward, forward, and upward with the class of ’68. I received a wonderful write-up from Rick Pflaum. Rick’s story is a huge success because he’s a huge success. Rick served in Vietnam as the adjutant of the 58th Transportation Battalion. Rick left at Christmastime of ’71 from Da Nang. In ’73, he received an MBA from Notre Dame and then worked for Bank of America in San Francisco. Rick’s significant contribution to banking was giving outdoor product company The North Face its first loan. Now, Rick says he can hardly afford to buy its stuff. Rick switched to IT and became a member of the now legendary Homebrew Computer Club. In ’76, the bank pioneered email, and Rick met Kathy, the love of his life, in the company’s London office. They married in ’79 and left the bank. In ’81, Kathy’s father became ill, and they moved to Henley-on- Thames, England, to be near her family. Their beautiful family started with Julia (30), then Dominic (27), and then Thea (22). Rick continued climbing the corporate ladders with Exxon and the French telecom giant Alcatel where he engineered software. By ’83, the family moved from Henley to outer London. Rick worked at home but traveled to Alcatel sites in Antwerp, Belgium; Stuttgart, Germany; Milan, Italy; and Lisbon, Portugal. Kathy is an artist; Julia is in her first year of occupational therapy at Trinity College Dublin; Dominic is a musician (he was a drummer in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics) and is engaged to a wonderful girl from Argentina who he’ll marry next summer; and Thea is in Bath, England, and worked in retail as assistant manager for Banana Republic. She’ll start an elementary education program in the fall at a local university. Rick is a miler in the Olympic Club, plays golf, rows, and stays young with his lovely wife.
Please send me your notes for the column. I’ve been writing about you and yours since 1972. That also was the year Jenny and I had the pleasure of having Fr. Henry Birkenhauer, S.J., at our home for a Mass. That year was also the start of the JCU Alumni Chapter Indianapolis, which ran from June 1972 to June 1982. For you and John Carroll,
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I spoke with Peter Bernardo ’67 and discussed our class. Pete pointed out a significant fact – many of our classmates have passed away. We miss them and pray for them and their families. As a continuing honor, we owe it to them to stay connected to one another and continue financially supporting Carroll.
Mike McKenna and his wife, Wynne, have been in the U.K., Germany, and Poland. If you want to contact Mike, call him at his home office at 804-580- 2050, by cell at 804-580-1481, or internationally in Poland at +48 69 378 0267.
Many of you have great stories to tell, have taken wonderful trips, and have had children follow in your footsteps at Carroll, so please share your stories.
Have I heard from you: James P. Breig, C. Andrew Bodor, Leonard M. Calabrese, Thomas Clark, John J. Gillick, and Fred Kuhar?
We’ve lost many of our classmates, so please remember them and their families and friends in your prayers. I’m close to all of them. As I wrote this column, I noted three of my fraternity brothers who have left us: Frank E. Canda (Mariam), Thomas B. Menozzi (Carolyn), and V. Craig Yuskewich (Celest).
Remember, your news is of great interest to your classmates. Send me a note, call, or email.
I received a call from a lifelong friend and National Honor Society of Pershing Rifles fraternity brother, Tim Rogers ’69, who lives in Chicago. Tim invited Jenny and me to the 60th anniversary celebration of the PRs. We hoped to make it, along with other fraternity brothers and friends such as Pete Bernardo ’67. We had the pleasure of donating to the Pershing Rifle Company M1 Endowment Fund and hope other PR brothers can give.
I heard from Pat Gnazzo, another friend and fraternity brother of the National Society of Scabbard and Blade. Pat and his lovely wife, Anne, are attorneys. They’re eagerly awaiting the birth of their first grandchild.
Several of you might have sent your children to John Carroll, and they might be following your career paths. This would make great reading for your classmates. Send a note with your news.
Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68.
After his retirement in August of 2010 from CA Technologies, Patrick Gnazzo started a consulting business called Better Business Practices. Pat is a lifelong friend and National Society of Scabbard and Blade fraternity brother. I enjoyed serving as a Student Union senator with Pat, also a Student Union senator. Pat’s wife of 40 years, Anne, is an attorney and retired as the commissioner administrative services for the state of Connecticut. Pat and Anne have two daughters, Beth and Meg. Beth is an attorney for the Department of the Navy, where Pat started his legal career. Meg is an architect working for Talbots. During his last three years at CA, Pat was the general manager of its government business and before that was CA’s and United Technologies’ chief ethics and compliance officer. In February of 2011, Pat was the Verizon visiting professor at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Pat and Anne live in McLean, Va., near their daughter, Beth, but Pat and Anne spend as much time as possible in their other home on Cape Cod near Meg.
I heard from friend, Joseph G. Brehl, who lives with his wife, Gretchen, in Washington, Pa. Joe told me about two more friends, Chris B. Rich and his wife, Maureen, who live in Franklin, Mich., and Joe Austin, who lived in Middleburg, Fla. Sadly, Joe passed away May 11, 2011. May Joe rest in peace.
Thaddeus F. Weselak, a former Buffalo Public Schools assistant principal, died in his home in Grand Island, N.Y. Thaddeus received a bachelor’s degree in English from John Carroll and a master’s in education administration from Buffalo State College. Thaddeus last worked at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and retired in 2000. Thaddeus enjoyed traveling with his family and was active in St. Stephen Catholic Church. He’s survived by his wife, the former Rosalyn Perry; and four sons: Timothy, Todd, Vincent, and Andrew. May Thaddeus rest in eternal peace.
Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68.
Prudential Network Realty recently announced the addition of Richard (Mac) Mcdevitt to the sales team at its St. Augustine, Fla., office. Originally from Chicago, he earned his degree from the Boler School of Business, majoring in management. Later he relocated to North Florida and purchased a retail sales franchise. Richard became a member of the Greater Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce where he served as president of the Southwest Council, vice president of all five area councils, and director of the Better Business Division. Richard had the honor of being selected Small Businessman of the Year.
Andy Jurchenko, my lifelong friend and National Honor Society of Pershing Rifles fraternity brother, recently retired from the U.S. Army. Andy and his lovely wife, Nancy, live in Atlanta.
Jenny and I visited Joan Klahr and husband Mike in Florence, Ky. Jenny and Joan have been lifelong college friends for 47 years. Mike and Joan took us to Xavier University for a concert of Irish music and readings. Prof. Hagerty, a 1956 graduate of John Carroll University, entertained us with an excellent performance.
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Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68!
Donna M. (Wiecek) Nelson is enjoying the Florida sunshine in Orlando.
Dennis F. McGraw has his own computer repair service in Cleveland.
Marty Susi, another long-time Carroll friend and my former roommate, is in the consumer shopping markets in Cleveland.
William (Bill) M. Karnes was the best treasurer I had in the National Society of Scabbard and Blade. Bill, please send me a note I can share in the column. If you know the whereabouts of my favorite vice president of Scabbard and Blade, Frank Weiss ’69, ask him to contact me or the alumni office (216-397-4336).
I need your notes and letters to keep this column going, so please send them along. I’ve got so many special, lifelong friends from the class of ’68, I’d like everyone to send me a note. I’m listing several of you who I’ve thought of recently: Richard Angelo, Don Andrews, Michael Barone, Thomas Cunningham, Patrick Gnazzo, C. Richard Frishkorn, and Thomas Quinn.
On a personal note, my father, Donald L. Hawk, a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II in the Pacific Theater, died Nov. 22, 2010. Dad had a full military funeral with honors. I miss him. My mother died six years ago. Mom and Dad were great friends and supporters of John Carroll and all of you.
See you in the news.
For you and John Carroll,
Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68.
Jenny and I wanted to attend Homecoming so much. I received a call from Tim Rogers ’69, a Pershing Rifles fraternity brother, and a note from the JCU alumni office. Thanks so much. Jenny and I especially wanted to attend the Pershing Rifles gathering and the 60th anniversary of ROTC celebration. During the same weekend as Homecoming, Jenny and I were at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis with 6,000 attendees celebrating the Families Festival fundraising event for Community Hospital North’s maternity ward and prenatal department. We went from Friday setup to Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to Sunday cleanup. Jenny is director on the board of directors for Community Hospital North Auxiliary. I’m a worker bee.
I received two great news stories about ’68ers. Charles A. Bryan of Columbus, Ohio, was reappointed as an actuary. Charles, who has 35 years of experience as a casualty actuary, earned a B.A. from JCU, a master’s degree in mathematics from Purdue University in 1969, and an MBA from Golden Gate University in 1976. He’s the founder and current president of CAB Consulting, a property- casualty insurance company. His actuarial career spans several companies including Nationwide Insurance, Ernst and Young, United Services Automobile Association, and Allstate Insurance. Charles serves on the boards of Medical Mutual of Ohio, Safe Auto, and Tower Insurance Group.
Mark A. Kadzielski, the head of the West Coast Healthcare Law Practice at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in Los Angeles, was selected as one of the top 10 leading healthcare lawyers in California by Chambers USA 2010 on the basis of peer and client evaluations for the sixth year in a row. The publication stated clients consider him a leading health-care attorney. He’s responsive, knowledgeable, and pleasant to work with. Chambers USA 2010 also selected Mark as a leading individual nationwide in health-care regulatory and litigation practice areas.
Send me or the Carroll alumni office your news. We love to hear from you, read about you, and write about you. For you and JCU.
Onward, upward, forward with the Class of ’68 …
Jenny and I had the wonderful opportunity to join my John Carroll roommate and lifelong friend of 46 years Marty Susi and his lovely wife, Lynn, for the marriage of their daughter, Stephanie to Bruce Hyde June 26, 2010. The wedding and weekend were spectacular. Jenny and I had the chance to drive by the campus, which brought back many wonderful
Please send me your news. Call me, or send it to the John Carroll office. Remember, your classmates want to read about you.
Onward, Forward, Upward with the Class of ’68
Donna Nelson and I were graduate students in speech at Miami University Oxford, OH, in 1968 after graduation from John Carroll. We received a Master of Arts in Speech from Miami University in 1969. We taught speech classes and had many interesting teaching experiences. Jenny and I stayed in Oxford, I taught speech and was the director of the speakers bureau, and Jenny taught fifth grade at Talawanda Elementary School. Donna is a very dear friend, dedicated Carroll graduate, and a long-time resident of Florida.
I spoke with Peter Bernardo ’67, Vietnam hero, fraternity brother, and a dear friend at Carroll. Peter and I discussed many things which included our class of ’68 members. Peter pointed out a very significant, real fact that many of our classmates have passed away. We miss them all and pray for them and their families. As a continuing honor to them we owe it to them to stay connected to one another by your news for John Carroll magazine, continued support, and financial support to John Carroll.
For you and John Carroll University, Jeff
We welcome our new manager of class columns for John Carroll magazine, Cheri Slattery. Cheri is not new to John Carroll as she has worked alongside Michele McFarland for over 16 years.
Michael E. McKenna CPA, PMP, owner of his international consulting firm specializing in U.S. Government contracts and program management issues, Cook, Haney & McKenna, Inc, is a dear friend from Carroll days. I have the most pleasant memories of Mike joining me and my roommate, Marty Susi, for great 3 a.m. sessions on world events and a 4 a.m. trip to the local restaurant for a much needed food break. It’s no surprise that Mike earned his CPA, and then earned certification as a project management professional (PMP). He and his wife, Wynne, have two children and four grandchildren.
Special note: Julie Myers ’09, English major with a concentration in Catholic Studies, has bravely committed the next three years of her life to working in Columbia, South America, with an organization called the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). The CPTs are an intervention team and support team for the Columbian people, who suffer daily from disappearances, displacements, and politically motivated assassinations. Julie needs our prayers – please check this link – http://www.firstgiving.com/juliemyers – for additional information about her work. … For you and John Carroll University, Jeff
Onward, forward, upward with the Class of ’68
We congratulate Michele McFarland on her retirement, and we thank her for her many years of service and leadership. We will miss you. We welcome Cheri Slattery, who will be helping in the all-important class columns. Remember, stories about you, your family, promotions, and significant events all make great reading for your classmates. Please send me your news and notes.
Unfortunately, I have to report on two losses in our class. Morris (Morrie) Kroos, who taught junior high students at Euclid Central School for 23 years, died August 12 in Columbus. He was 93. Mr. Kroos was a leader in introducing his female students to shop class and power tools. He made three long trips to Israel, where he taught shop to developmentally challenged students. Mr. Kroos, a 60 year member of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (formerly Temple on the Heights), taught Sunday school for 18 years and served as a lay leader for secondary holiday services. He belonged to B’nai B’rith and was president of the Lyndhurst Lodge for two years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He received his master’s of education from John Carroll University in 1968. Mr. Kroos was predeceased by his wife, Marian. He is survived by his son Jerry, daughter Suzanne (Harvey) Robinson; former daughter-in-law Brenda Kroos Renner; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Gerald (Jerry) Blankschaen, 64, of Mentor, OH, died June 15 at his residence. Mr. Blankschaen had worked as a business manager for University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, and most recently, for MetroHealth. He graduated from John Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1968. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of St. Gabriel Church and devoted to his family. Survivors include his sons, Carl and Kurt Blankschaen, former spouse Sue Blankschaen, and other family members.
Jenny and I celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary on August 29, with a special Mass by our pastor Father Pat Click, and an open house. Some 75 guests and family attended. Our biggest treat was the attendance by lifelong John Carroll friend and roommate Marty Susi; his lovely wife, Lynn; daughter, Stephanie; and her fiancé, Bruce Hyde.
We’d appreciate hearing about you and special events in your lives, too. For you, John Carroll, Jeff
I had a great telephone conversation with Peter Bernardo ’67, director of planned giving for John Carroll University. We talked for over an hour on giving, classes, Army experiences, mutual friends, and Carroll. After Pete and I talked, I thought a reminder might help. If you can give financial support and assistance to the University, that would be great. The idea is give what you can as often as you can but please give.
I need your news for the column! For you and John Carroll, Jeff
Onward, Forward, Upward with ’68
Peers bestow highest rating upon Donald E. Caravona – the founder of Caravona & Czack, P.L.L., was awarded the AV rating, which is the highest rating available, from Martindale-Hubbard.
Dick Kassar is living in NYC with his wife, Janet. They have two grown children and have their first grandchild, Lucy. After serving in Vietnam and working in the Mideast, Dick worked primarily in consumer brands and is currently the CEO in a start up for refrigerated fresh dog food called Freshpet. Still playing bridge weekly with his roommate, Steve McCann.
Barbara Witkiewicz wrote that she spends her winters in Arizona and her summers in the Chicago area. Barbara is a retired teacher who received her bachelor’s degree at Marquette University and a master’s from Carroll. Since she lives so close to Marquette, she has been able to be active with their alumni group. Barbara still supports the Carroll Fund, but hasn’t been back to the Cleveland area for many years. She sends her best regards to all.
Jim Robinson was elected president of the Butler County (OH) Bar Association. The Bar consists of 405 lawyers and judges. His daughter, Tara R. Jones, is a member of the firm and practices law with her father. Jim is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Ohio, and Tara is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Kentucky. Thanks for writing, Jim, and congratulations.
You, JCU, and ’68, Jeff
The Class of ’68 continues to make great progress
forward, upward, and onward, thanks to all of you. Your news of promotions, children, and grandchildren, new homes, etc. makes great reading for your classmates so send me your news.
Spotlight on Dennis McGraw who resides in Cleveland, OH: Dennis has his own very successful computer equipment repair business. Recently, I had a great telephone conversation with Denny talking about careers, politics, the good old days, and many friendships at JCU particularly in the Pershing Rifles.
Tim D’Emilio sent the following about Thomas Cunilio to the Alumni Relations Office: Tom entered the Peace Corps after graduation, worked with farmers in Paraguay, returned to study agronomy, and devised a number of energy related projects. One involves generating a third of Gainesville, FL’s, electrical power with scrap lumber that the city collects in its parks. You can see clips that show TV interviews about Tom’s work with a flowering peanut substitute for lawns (that requires no nitrogen that pollutes water sources) and leucena. Check out – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VCe8PuWrng. Congratulations, Tom, you’ve done an outstanding research project which certainly has great application for our society. We wish you continued success, keep up the great work and please send me more details.
By the way, have any of you heard from: Gale McNeeley, Madeline Muller, Barbara Witkiewicz, Richard Woods, and William Karnes? I’d love to hear from them or news about them!
Please send your news direct to me via snail mail: 8705 Appleby Lane Indianapolis, IN 46256-1100, phone: 317.845.4199, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is your column. I need your help to keep ’68 moving forward, onward, upward
Remember to be as generous as you can to Carroll’s Annual Fund. For you and John Carroll, Jeff
Onward forward with the Class of ’68 — News of note: I received a great letter from Terrence J. Thomas, Ph.D. Terry writes that he fits the ROTC Commissioned Officers Program. Terry is a veteran and administered the commissioning oath to his son, Ned. Terry reports that Ned chose the full cadet program at Norwich University (the Vermont Military Academy). Ned finished several weeks at Fort Benning, GA, and is off to ordnance training in Maryland. His future will probably include a tour in Iraq so now Terry has an inkling of his parents’ thoughts during the Vietnam era. Terry closes with a warm greeting to all in the class of ’68. Congratulations Ned and Terry. You can contact Terry Thomas at 613-995-3173.
I received a reunited class ’68 photograph from the John Carroll Alumni Office. Congratulations to all ’68ers in the picture, all of you look great! Jenny and I are with you in spirit, we could not attend the events as we planned due to a family emergency.
Phil Balmenti wrote to say: “Reunion was wonderful. Seeing Larry Kennard, Tim DeHaven, Gerry DiMarco and all of our other classmates was not only fun, but at times, emotional. We have all aged, but our personalities have not changed since 1965. My four years at JCU still remain four of the best years of my life. My son, Phillip A. ’92, got married in August 2007 and is now expecting a baby in May 2009. My first grandchild. I am more enthused than at any time I can remember. I am still practicing podiatry and will probably continue until the market rebounds! My best to the class of 1968. Hope to see all of you in five years. Maybe Bruce Massau, my roommate for four years, will come.
Spotlight — Have I heard from you? What is new with: Kevin Faubel, Gerard DiMarco, Patricia Reilley Forman, C. Richard Frishorn Jr.? I need news and information on you and yours. Tell me about promotions, marriages, trips, families, grandchildren, etc. Take care and please be generous to the Carroll Fund. For you, JCU, and ’68, Jeff
Onward, Upward, Forward with ’68 — this reunion wrap up is from Dan MacDonald. A special “hurrah” to JCU and its staff and students for a great 40th Reunion in June. The class of 1968 still knows how to stay up late and party. Celebrating on campus were Phil Balmenti, Ron Bircher, Len Calabrese, Tim Curran, Rita DeCarlo, Tim DeHaven, Gerry DiMarco, Bill Edwards, Bob Fabien, Kevin Faubel, Pat Reilley Forman, Dick Frishkorn, Dan Gauntner, Phil Giacinti, Mike Hagerty, Mark Hauserman, Phil Jacobs, Kevin Kane, Larry Kennard, Edward Kollin, Dan MacDonald, Chip Maloney, Al Maragliano, Paul “Rocky” Mockenhaupt, Celia Persin Murnighan, Tom Oden, Vince Opaskar, Bill Pappas, Mike Quinn, Tom Riebe, Dave Sinar, Frank Straub, Steve Thompson, John Toppel, Dan Zydowicz and a plethora of spouses and guests. Special thanks to JCU’s Theresa Spada ’04 who orchestrated our weekend and to the former Marti Geraci (who dated members of our class back in ’64 and ’65 and had the stories to prove it), our host at Geraci’s restaurant, Saturday’s lunch location and story telling area until late into the afternoon. Our class won the Dolan Award for the largest donor participation increase with 116 classmates contributing to JCU’s financial coffer. Thank you to all who gave to earn us this honor and please be aware that contributions are still being accepted. Place a hold on mid-June 2013 for our 45th. It really is a great time and spouses and guest enjoy the time too. That ends the Reunion wrap up. Dan
Flash, anyone with information on Paul Dillon ’67 please contact Fran Foley - email@example.com.
Mark Kadzielski is a successful attorney in California.
From Michigan, Daniel T. Lis shared his experiences in Vietnam ’69-’70. Thank you Dan, and all veterans for protecting our rights and freedoms.
From New York, Phillip Jacobs is doing an interesting information project on ’68. Phil please send me more information on your project.
From the fun and exciting city of Orlando, Donna Nelson is enjoying Disney and the beautiful weather.
For those traveling near Findlay, OH, visit DeHaven Home & Garden Showplace. Tim DeHaven and his wife JoAnn have five children. His three oldest boys are owners in the business with his oldest son being president of DeHavens. His youngest son is completing his master’s so he can teach and his daughter is a youth minister at St. Joseph Parish in Wapakoneta, OH. Tim oversees approximately 60 employees at their two store locations in Lima and Findlay. In 2008, DeHaven’s was recognized as the 79th largest garden center in the United States. Special thanks, Tim, for his driving from Findlay to JCU multiple times to help at reunion organization meetings. He spent a lot of time making the weekend special for all of us. Unfortunately, Jenny and I were unable to attend our Reunion, but are looking forward to the 45th. We’d love to hear from those who were there to enjoy the event! In addition, have we heard from you? Your stories make for interesting reading for your classmates. Keep us up-to-date on your lives and places we can visit in retirement. For you and JCU, Jeff
Calling all ’68ers who were members of the Pershing Rifles, Scabbard and Blade, and commissioned as officers in the United States Army Reserve Officers Training Program – drop me a note and let me know what you’re up to.
Spotlight on Bob Nelson please contact Paul Armstrong – firstname.lastname@example.org and Francis Foley please contact me – email@example.com.
Bill Edwards retired from Hilton Hotels after 36 years and formed his own company, Edwards & Associates LLC. Bill proudly points out that his son Brian is a member of the John Carroll class of 2008.
Chip Maloney and his lovely wife, Weedgie, are both retired and are looking forward to their 40th wedding anniversary in August. Congratulations, Chip and Weedgie, and may you have many, many more. Chip had a near death experience, so let us all pray for him, Chip went in for a simple hernia operation, and four surgeries later and with much physical therapy has returned to good health. Chip reports that he and Weedgie went with Dan MacDonald and his wife for a visit to the Virgin Islands right before the first surgery, so Chip had great memories to keep him company in the hospital. Dan and Chip are AKPsi fraternity brothers. I’d like to hear from you other AKPsi fraternity brothers too. Chip and Weedgie are very involved in the church and lead three weekend retreats every year.
Tim DeHaven writes that he is assisting gift co-chairs Larry Kennard and Paul Mockenhaupt on the fundraising aspect of our 40th Reunion. So let us get behind this effort and give financially to help JCU. Tim’s wife, JoAnn has had two bouts with breast cancer and now approaches nine years of survival. Congratulations, JoAnn; enjoy every minute of life. Tim is in the lawn and garden business. Tim reports that his wonderful background in biology from JCU has benefited him over the years.
Tim Curran wrote a beautiful letter as did so many. I plan to share more with you in future columns since our editors are hopeful to keep us to 500 words or less. You are a super group of people, and ’68 is the best class of JCU.
For you, JCU, and ’68, Jeff
After 22 years of telling your stories, I’m back, and it’s wonderful to be back! Here’s the plan for the column: We’ll have news about you and yours, a spotlight on two or three members of our class, items of interest as “Did you know an appeal to form a JCU Alumni Club in your area is ALWAYS there, so why not start one soon”? So, did you know “my big brother,” Bob McFarland ’67 works for Summit Racing Equipment in Tallmadge, Ohio, and his wife, Michele, edits the class notes that appear in John Carroll magazine? Did you know another of my fraternity brothers and life long friend LTC (Retired) U.S. Army, Vietnam Hero Silver Star, Peter Bernardo ’67 continues to work hard for you and for me at JCU. Did you know I now have five grandchildren, and number six is due May 2008. Did you know we’ve got our Reunion this year at Carroll? Did you know that your financial contributions to JCU are much needed and deeply appreciated. Did you know that I NEED and WANT your news; so e-mail, snail mail, telephone, wire, smoke signal, etc. Did you know that JCU is always ranked in the top 10 universities in the U.S. colleges in the national poll of U.S.News & World Report magazine. Did you know that we’ve got 40 years of stories to tell JCU so write to me. Did you know this IS your column and I depend (No, I challenge each of you to send me as many bits of news as you want — every time.).
Spotlight on ’68ers: Marty Susi and his lovely wife, Lynn, have a beautiful daughter, Stephanie, who is a 7th degree Black Belt in Karate and a junior at Kent State University. Marty is in charge of produce for a major grocery chain and Lynn is director of management information systems for a hospital in Cleveland, OH.
Donna Nelson is a highly respected teacher and real estate agent in Orlando, Fla. Donna is a distinguished speech communication graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio – 14156 Weymouth Run, Orlando, Fla., 32828.
Michael McKenna served in Military Intelligence, U.S. Army.
Say, Al Maragliano, Ted Pope, Greg Klein, Gale McNeeley, Claudia Ballentine, Deeann Arth, Rita Conti, Adele Gornik, Celia Persin, Mark Kadzielski send me your news!
Frank Wardega is an Anglican priest who serves as a missionary in many places in Africa. He teaches of historical church in the most primitive areas to postulants and clergy where education is hard to get. His wife, Patricia, has been to Africa to be a part of this ministry. Details may be viewed on http://connectionkenya.wordpress.com.
John Toppel writes that this month he begins his third year of teaching at Santa Clara Univerity (a Jesuit school), in Santa Clara, Calif. “I am in the business school and teach Intro to Business and Intro to International Business. After retiring from Hewlett Packard in 2004, after 31 years and living in five countries, I spent a year at Villanova University in Philadelphia as a visiting business fellow and then came back home to California to join the faculty at Santa Clara. My wife, Margaret, and I just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversay and our son, John’s wedding in summer ’07. Looking forward to attending the 40th Reunion next summer.”
Don’t forget our 40th Reunion at Carroll, JUNE 20-22, 2008. See you in the NEWS!
For you, ’68, and John Carroll University, Jeff
Attend our 40th Reunion next summer, June 20-22, 2008, on the beautiful campus of John Carroll University. Reacquaint with long time friends and see how campus has changed!
Heard from John Toppel – he’s very busily engaged in his second career. After retiring from H-P, he took is international marketing and sales experience to the campus: John teaches at Santa Clara University and, in his free time, John heads up the Russell Center at Menlo College. The center is a newly created operation which seeks to create a learning atmosphere for American and Asian, especially Chinese, businessmen and women to exchange ideas, develop partnerships, and prepare to move into the richly emerging markets Asia has to offer. John has taken on a huge responsibility and I am certain he will be successful. Hats off to another Carroll success story.
Also heard from Phil Jacobs. He and his wife sold their Long Beach home and took on a new place. I’m sure it was hard for Phil to give up that ocean view.
A quick personal note: for those of you in Florida, I would invite you to join me for an afternoon of golf at the Atlantis Golf Club. The event is being hosted by Don Shula ’51 and the proceeds support some very worthwhile charities. Come out on March 25th and enjoy a day of golf, refreshments, and dinner. If you want further details please e-mail me at the above address or contact Vicki Rautbord — firstname.lastname@example.org.
We still haven’t reached the 75 threshold to qualify for the trip to Florida. So drop me some notes. Ray
The extended Burchyns family has been extended a bit more as we welcomed Megan Grace on June 27, 2005. Glad to say mom and daughter are doing well. I also had the pleasure of hearing from William Edwards. Like most Carroll grads, Bill has his success story to tell: over his career with Hilton, Bill rose to become Area VP in the D.C. area. In addition, he has recently been named as chair of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. His youngest son recently completed his sophomore year at Carroll, continuing the family tradition. Bill’s other children graduated from Villanova and University of Virginia; his oldest son is now attending Catholic Law School. Kudos all around.
That’s all from this front. Hope to hear from more of the 68 crowd. Ray
Well, spring has sprung and time for more news about our fellow classmates. The past few months have uncovered several more of the lost. In no particular order, here they are. Pat Gnazzo was recently appointed compliance officer for Computer Associates. Pat previously worked in Washington, D.C. and Hartford, CT, with United Technologies. I remember my first meeting with Pat back in 1964. It was during the fall presidential campaign. He was a Johnson supporter and I, well, I was for Barry. On election eve we watched the results, me somewhat glumly and Pat with much empathy toward my losing candidate. Pat always had that special quality — the ability to relate to others, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see how far he has gone on his life’s journey. Congratulations on your success, Pat.
Also heard from was Gale McNeeley. Gale was a member of the Pacelli fraternity in freshman year and, like the rest of us, he enjoyed lots of laughs. Gale and I had the pleasure of spending three weeks in St. Louis over a semester break, compliments of the Smolek family. When we get you back to reunion, Gale, we shall insist you play the piano for us. Gale now lives in Southern California where he spends his time working in the theatre and producing his original works. Success and creativity — more hallmark examples of the Carroll endowment.
Mark Kadzielski, a partner in the law firm of Fulbright and Jaworski, LLP, has been named a Fellow by the American Health Lawyers Association. Mark is one of four attorneys in California and one of 40 nationwide who have been accorded this honor. Mark specializes in representation of health care providers and institutions and is based in Los Angeles. Congratulations on your success.
Since taking over the column I have heard from some dozen of the lost tribe of ’68. That is heartening but still leaves many out there who’s life’s trip we would love to share. In order to encourage hearing from you, I have an offer: if between now and July 31, 2005 I receive a minimum of 75 “here’s my story” e-mails from ’68 grads who have not written to me, I will place those names, along with the names of those who have written to me already, in a hat and pick one at random. The person selected will receive a one week stay at the Daytona Regency (accommodations only — drinks and meals the winner’s burden), along with two round trip air tickets from anywhere in the continental United States, compliments of AAA Waterproofing and Building Products. The winner may pick the week, subject to availability.
That’s all for now. Best wishes to everyone, Ray
A happy new year to one and all. My wife and I spent the last month at our home in Vermont and got to enjoy a traditional and old fashioned New England Christmas. After living in Florida for so many years it was a big change indeed.
While I was in Vermont, I received some very welcome e-mails from ’68 grads.
Bill Trost wrote to bring us up on his life since graduation. Bill has been with the Shaker School District since graduation where he served as a teacher and administrator. Bill and his wife enjoy traveling and are beginning to plan for retirement. Good to hear from him and I hope to see Bill and his wife at reunion 2005.
Bob Pietlock ’71 also dropped me a line or two. After graduation Bob served in the Army for two years and returned to Cleveland to claim the lovely Judy as his wife. Bob and Judy settled in Colorado where they pursued their love of art and photography. Today they own and operate a first class fine art store, with plans to open several more. Both enjoy travelling and make Europe their destination of choice.
Walt Lyons and his wife, Connie, live in Cleveland. Walt spent over 25 years as a special agent with the Criminal Investigation Division of IRS, retiring in 1999. Today he enjoys spending time with his grandchild and taking life easy.
Larry and Mary Kennard recently welcomed their first grandchild to the family.
Tim Dehaven lives in Ohio and operates the family garden centers. Tim also hosts a radio show which focuses on gardening. And, by the way, he hasn’t changed a bit. It must be all that fresh air.
So we begin to see the circle develop. In the next several weeks I hope to hear from more ’68 grads with their stories. Especially high on the list are Ned Smolek, Gale McNeely, Dave Dodge’69, and any others from the Pacelli Hall crowd of 1964.
Walt Lyons and his wife, Connie, were presented their first grandchild, courtesy of their daughter. Walt was a special agent for the IRS for many years and retired in 1999.
Larry and Mary Kennard were presented their first grandchild this past February — grandpa and grandma are doing well.
Heard from John Toppel — he has retired and started a second career. (See the adjacent story).
I had the pleasure of seeing Glenn Bordfeld this past April. Both Glenn and I graduated from Brooklyn Prep a mere 40 years ago and we attended our 40th reunion in New York. Glen is president/CEO of Juno Lighting in the Chicago area. Another success story, fueled by the great tradition of Jesuit education.
Now folks, I want to hear from some particular ’68 grads: Bill Trost, Ed Eader, Gale McNeeley, Ed Smolik, and Bob Pietlock ’71 please drop me a line. I know you have been successful in your various fields, as I have occasioned upon your exploits in one paper or another. Share your stories with us.
That’s all for now, folks. Stay well and keep, always, a good thought. Ray
An Open Letter To the Class of 1968 — Dear Fellow Classmates: For the last 6 months or so I have been wondering why our class is the most underrepresented of all the Carroll classes. It seems that, of all the graduated classes, 1968 is the most disconnected. As I glance back over the landscape of the past 36 years I seem to recall our class as the one caught in the great divide — that period of clashing social change which saw every aspect of our culture turn on a dime. The years 1964 to 1968 seems almost a Hollywood production — not real, yet very striking in that it invaded our emotions and our lives and changed all of us. So I should not be surprised that so many of us decided to put the roller coaster ride that was those years behind us and not pick at the memory.
The remembrance of those years is a hard business. Music, art, theology, and social customs were called into question and, in large measure, discarded in favor of the flavor of the moment; God died, according to Time magazine and Afro-Americans took center stage to demand only what was rightfully theirs to require; the bullet replaced the ballot as assassinations blotted our landscape; gender began to bend and women no longer took the back seat willingly. And Vietnam was urged on us, so much so that friend stood against friend and the noise level drowned out all civil discourse. We, the first of the baby boomers to join the college ranks, had to adjust, readjust, and then recalibrate, once more, our views and traditional mores. By the time graduation came we were, for the most part, exhausted.
But there is another remembrance, one which warms me as I reflect back. I also remember laughter shared, hopes for the future nourished; I remember dates with our girlfriends, winter and spring dances, and nights spent in genuine friendship. And these memories are worth recalling.
Last June I found myself back on campus — an accidental tourist on a fool’s errand. I had thought little about the university over the years and was stunned by its growth. I wandered about the campus and noted the small things: how quietly students went about their daily routine, how well kept the buildings were, how the university had changed in all ways but the fundamentals. And then it struck me — it was the fundamentals which helped me find my way over the years. And I realized how much Carroll meant to me.
This June reunion rolls around once more. Now is the time for us, as a class, to rejoin the Carroll community, to spend some time reliving the good times, and to take the opportunity to realize that we are part of something truly spectacular — a university family. And that university to which we belong is quietly taking center stage as one of the great centers of learning in this country.
We are now in the autumn of our lives. Most of our great work is completed, or nearly so. We inch toward retirement, those years when we can reflect and enjoy. We will slip into our individual winters and will need the warmth families and memories can provide. Memories are especially important, so much so a poet once wrote that God gave us memories that we might have roses in December. Treasure your memories and stock up on them — and start with those memories from Carroll. No better place to stock up on those memories can be found than the reunion this June. Ray
After a lengthy hiatus, I return to my duties as your class scribe, but only to say farewell. It has been real and I’ve welcomed the chance to speak with you. To everything there is a season, though, and this is the one to pass the torch to Ray Burchyns, who has the fire. I have no doubt he will serve you well. I look forward to reading of your exploits and possibly catching you on campus before long. Tom St. Marie, sent me an informative e-mail some time ago. Tom. mea culpa, but I misplaced it. If you happen to read this, please resend the info to Journal@jcu.edu.
Patricia Munson ’70 and her husband, Jeffrey, advise that their son, Captain Peter J. Munson, USMC ’97 was recently promoted to airplane commander of the KC-130 Hercules at Cherry Point, NC. Now there’s a complete JCU family. My guess is that one of these days we will be seeing the Munson grandchildren, Riley Thomas and Lauren Emma, walking the Quadrangle. By my calculations, Riley should be the Class of 2021 and Lauren 2023. Better start those education funds now!
Robert M. McNamara, Jr. has also spent considerable time in the service of his country. He recently retired from 32 years in government service, including the Peace Corps, as both volunteer and general counsel, legislative counsel to Sen. Edward Kennedy and chief enforcement attorney for the U. S. Treasury Dept. The last four years he spent as general counsel for the CIA, where he must have done well since I never saw him mentioned even once on 60 Minutes. He is now in private practice as a partner and managing director of the international business consulting group of the D.C. office of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. Bob and his wife, Patti, make their home in Bethesda, together with their children Brendan and Caitlin.
Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy (and healthy) New Year, Bill
Okay, class, listen up. Maybe we ARE the ones who never ordered our caps and gowns until the day before Commencement. But that was then and this is now — “this” being our 35th reunion, June 12-15, on a campus you won’t believe until you see it. If you haven’t made plans to attend, put the magazine down now and dial 1-800-736-2586 — that’s toll-free, 1-800-736-ALUM — or boot up your computer and visit reunion headquarters at http://www.jcu.edu/alumni/reunion/. If necessary, buzz your Assisted Living Attendant for help. Even if you can’t attend reunion in person, you can still be there in spirit by giving something to our class gift. Every alum who contributes helps JCU attract more support from foundations and corporations who want to know how broad-based a university’s gift base is before they sign on, too. And if that doesn’t convince you, remember how big Paul Mockenhaupt was? Well, he’s even bigger now — and he’s our Class Gift Chairman, besides. Remember, if you’re worried about what classmates will think of you after 35 years, imagine the shock if you wait until our 40th!
We’re focusing this column on the future instead of the past (since none of you has been doing anything notable – or if you have, you’ve been keeping it to yourself!) – to remind you that June 12-15, 2003 marks our thirty-fifth reunion. That’s “Three-fiver – How copy? Over … “- for you rot-C types. I know, I thought there must be some mistake, too, but it’s true. So make it the first thing you write down in that brand new Franklin Planner, or on that wall calendar Aunt Audrey always gets you for Christmas, the one with the different animal theme each year. Look at it this way: No one wants to show their face after 35 years, but think how painful it will be if you wait until 50! So move up that date with the plastic surgeon and come to reunion this year. In fact, the ’68 reunion committee can use your help before then. The committee consists of Larry Kennard and Mike Quinn, who spent their entire first meeting during homecoming weekend subtracting 1968 from 2003 to verify that it is, indeed, our 35th. E-mail Larry at email@example.com or Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.