Well, I outsmarted myself. I thought I’d address a few minor medical issues this past winter and early spring, but the planning backfired. I’ve been out of commission the past three or four months with vertigo-like symptoms that continue to bother me. I apologize that I haven’t been in contact with any of you for updates about what has been happening in your lives.
Because I have my 50th high school class reunion this month, I’d imagine all of you also are observing your own anniversary celebrations this year. It’s difficult to realize we arrived at JCU 50 years ago this fall.
I received an email from the alumni office about the recipients of the 2016 John Carroll Alumni Awards. Included among the honorees is Tom Ahern, who was recognized with the Alumni Volunteer Service Award, which honors an alumna/alumnus of the University who had volunteered a significant amount of time and energy to the Alumni Association and its programs.
The World Union of Jesuit Alumni Global Congress will be held June 28-July 2, 2017, on Carroll’s campus. Frank Brady will be one of two North American representatives who will attend.
Please call me or send a note about what’s going on in your lives. Email me with any news about your travels, retirement, or other newsworthy (whether you think so or not) items. I enjoy hearing from you, and I’m sure our classmates do, too.
I received an email from the alumni office regarding the recipients of the 2016 JCU alumni awards. Included among the honorees was our own Tom Ahern, who is being recognized with the Alumni Volunteer Service Award which honors an alumna/alumnus of the University who had volunteered a significant amount of time and energy to the Alumni Association and its programs.
The World Union of Jesuit Alumni Global Congress will be held June 28 through July 2, 2017, on Carroll’s campus, and our own Frank Brady will be one of the two North American representatives attending.
Please give me a call or send a note about what is going on in your lives.
Jim Regan sent me a nice email: “I’m happily retired and live in Carlsbad, California. After my ‘first 1,000 days’ at JCU, I began a career in sales in my hometown of Chicago. In 1979, I entered sales management for a company selling the first IV infusion pumps. That moved us to San Diego, which we loved and decided to make our lifelong home. Then I joined a series of startups, developing sales distribution teams to bring new electronic patient monitors and video surgical systems to hospitals. I married my senior-year sweetheart, Mary Catherine Hagedorn (St. John College ’70). Cathy and I were blessed with two fabulous daughters. Erin followed me with a career in sales, and Bridget is a TV and film actress living in Los Angeles (and occasionally in New York). We spend lots of time with our girls, their husbands, and our three grandchildren.
We enjoy the beach, traveling, and seeing old friends, including many of the Circle K guys. We recently saw Philip Anderson ’69, ’72G; John Miles ’71; and Dan Obringer ’69. We have lots of laughs with Mike Meehan ’71, Bob Heiss ’71, and Ray Velcio ’71 (my Burnett Hall cellmate) whenever we return to Cleveland. I volunteer at our local Elks Lodge and a nearby lagoon/hiking trail nature center, which is more fun than work.”
Chris Carmody also emailed me: “After 41 years, 16 national Emmy awards, 10 Olympic Games, and hundreds of sports television productions throughout my years at ABC Sports and Turner Sports, I retired in December 2014. It has been a year since I last worked in a television truck or studio, and I’m loving every minute away from the games. My Scottish wife, Gill, whom I met at the British Open in 2007, and I travel to her home country once a year. And yes, I’ve played many Scottish links courses. In all, my life is good.”
Jack O’Connell continues to travel and writes: “I write this with respect, honestly, but have I actually reached the age when my travels are somewhat mirrored by the number of Jesuit churches I come across and then rate them in my raddled old head? The De Krijtberg (church of Francis Xavier) in Amsterdam sits on an inner canal, and Mass is a combination of Dutch (naturally) and Latin (altar boy years came in handy) topped off by Gregorian chant. Pretty spectacular.”
Mike Kessling CLU, CFBS, AEP qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table’s Top of the Table. Less than 1 percent of members reach this level. For more than 25 years, the MDRT Top of the Table has been an exclusive forum for the world’s best life insurance and financial professionals committed to providing exemplary client service while displaying the highest standards of ethics and professional knowledge.
Please send me your retirement or family news, or any news.
As I mentioned in my notes last issue, I had the unfortunate experience of missing our 45th class reunion this past June. The turnout for the reunion was light. Classmates Frank Brady, Jim Connell, Margaret (Supp) Connell, Sue Eagan, Pat (Hutchinson) Evans, Gerri Hura, Robert Lynch, James Mason, Jimmy McIntyre, Jack O’Connell, Tom Swope, Denny Ugljesa, and George Vourlojianis attended. According to the mailing sent by the alumni office after reunion 115 classmates (24 percent) contributed $194,659 to our class gift. Rich Harkey emailed me asking for help identifying our classmates in the photo that accompanied the mailing. Could it be he was inferring that we’ve all aged!
My attempts to garner the highlights of the reunion from those who attended didn’t bear much fruit, but Peggy McIntyre said she and Jim had a great time and Murphy Hall is now the best place to stay at JCU since it was remodeled. Peggy said it was great to see everyone from our class who attended, and attendees missed the regulars who couldn’t make it. She and Jim encouraged all classmates to make an extra effort to show up for the 50th in five years. No excuses! She also hoped we could all stay in Murphy Hall at that time.
Jack O’Connell took time out from his regular travels (I enjoy following them on Facebook) to send a note about reunion: “The numbers were very low and that affected how events were met. Talk up the 50th for those of us, please God, who are still standing. Again, everyone thought Pat (Hutchinson) Evans’ husband, Frank, was actually a classmate. He seems to remember more than we do.” Jack said current JCU students always smile, which reflects the JCU experience. Jack attended the class about Jesuit identity and the current efforts to maintain it. He said the vibe was happy and hopeful.
I received notice that George Vourlojianis, an excellent military historian, led a JCU tour to Gettysburg. I wanted to join the tour, but I witnessed a marriage at my home parish the same time. Keep the notes and updates coming.
I was registered to attend our 45th class reunion at Carroll along with Frank Brady, James Connell, Margaret (Supp) Connell, Susanne Eagan, Pat (Hutchinson) Evans, Gerri Hura, Robert Lynch, James Mason, Jimmy McIntyre, Jack O’Connell, Tom Swope, Dennis Ugljesa, and George Vourlojianis. Unfortunately, my gallbladder had other plans for me, and I spent Reunion Weekend in the hospital in my hometown of Sharon, Pa., where I was separated from the aforementioned organ. I will have to get with the attendees between now and the next issue of the magazine for details about the weekend for all of you.
To encourage attendance, I heard from Tom Ahern, Tim Andrassy, Don Brown, Chris Carmody, Mike Hatgas, Mike Kessling, Dave Komar, Marty Mohler, Dick Ray, and Jim Regan, who all expressed their regrets about not attending and their hopes of being at the 50th reunion.
Jim Regan went to the Circle K all class reunion in 2013 and is happily retired and living in Carlsbad, Calif. After graduating from JCU, he began a career in sales in Chicago. In 1979, he became sales manager for an early-stage company selling first IV infusion pumps. That job got him to San Diego, which he loved and made his permanent home. Jim then joined a series of start-ups, developing sales distribution teams, to bring new electronic patient monitors and video surgical systems to hospitals. Along the way, Jim married his senior-year sweetheart, Mary Catherine Hagedorn (St. John College ’70), and he and Cathy were blessed with two fabulous daughters – Erin, who followed Jim in a career in sales, and Bridget, a TV and film actress living in Los Angeles and occasionally New York City. Jim and Cathy spend a lot of time with the girls, their husbands, and their three grandchildren. They enjoy the beach, traveling, and seeing many old Circle K friends, recently enjoying great visits with Phillip Anderson ’69, ’72G; John Miles ’71; and Dan Obringer ’69. Whenever Jim and Cathy get back to Cleveland, they see Mike Meehan ’71, Bob Heiss ’71, and Ray Velcio ’71. Jim volunteers at his local Elks Lodge and at a nearby lagoon/hiking trail nature center.
Margaret and Jim Reilly have been married for 44 years, and if Jim doesn’t mess up before mid-September, they’ll celebrate their 45th anniversary. After attending the reunion, they plan on a road trip through Canton, Ohio; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and Cooperstown, N.Y., ending up on Cape Cod for a family wedding. Margaret (aka Margie Ryan) and Jim have been living in California most of the past 40 years, up and down the state several times. They currently live in Rocklin outside of Sacramento and are just 97 miles away from the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. They have three adult sons and three grandkids, with more grandchildren on the way. Jim retired two years ago after mainly working for SAP America and other software-consulting firms. Margaret reminds Jim daily that, while he’s retired, she’s not but is planning to do so in early 2016. Jim and Margaret reconnect regularly with Linda and John Compisi. They enjoyed a delicious lunch last year at the beautiful Compisi home in Sonoma wine country. Jim sends a big shout-out to all the Beta Tau Sigmas out there.
Dave Komar retired for the second time on April 30, 2013, the first time being his 30-year retirement from the U.S. Air Force in May 2001. Dave has been devoting much of his retirement time to his favorite hobby, amateur astronomy, observing the night sky whenever possible and taking trips throughout the country visiting observatories.
The alumni office received the following information from a press release:
James McCrystal of Brzytwa Quick & McCrystal in Cleveland, was honored with the Prentice Marshall Faculty Award for the Development of Innovative Teaching Methods by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. NITA, based in Boulder, Colo., has provided learn-by-doing advocacy training for lawyers in the U.S. and foreign countries for more than 40 years. “McCrystal’s dedicated imagination and craft, creating constant innovations in our advocacy skills programs, have brought improvements to program structure and teaching methods,” said Karen Lockwood, Esq., executive director of NITA. McCrystal, who handles business litigation and the defense of products liability and toxic torts cases for the firm, has been a volunteer faculty member for NITA’s advocacy skills workshops for about 25 years. Locally, McCrystal conducts an annual program called Deposition Kills at Case Western Reserve University School of Law for attorneys from throughout the country working with an experienced faculty of local and nationally known lawyers. He has organized deposition programs, trial advocacy e-discovery, and negotiation programs in several other cities and countries. A former member of the board of directors of DRI, McCrystal is a former president of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, a former member of the board of directors of the Product Liability Advisory Council, and a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.
Our 45th class reunion is June 19-21. I’m hoping for a large turnout. Please continue to send me your notes about what’s going on in your lives.
I finished reading Gerry Grim’s ’69 notes in the fall edition of John Carroll magazine. Gerry mentioned there were only 12 classmates at the class of ’69 45th reunion. Our 45th reunion will be June 19-21, 2015. I know Pat (Hutchinson) Evans and Jack O’Connell have been brainstorming on Facebook about how to turn out our classmates for the reunion. Most of us are or will be retired by then. My retirement date is March 31, 2015. I’m hoping you’ll save the date for reunion. Pat, Jack, and I will see you there. Until then, God bless and good health.
It’s difficult to believe that 45 years ago we were in the first semester of our senior year. With that in mind, mark your calendars for our 45th class reunion next June.
While most of us have started, or are contemplating, our retirement, Toledo attorney Marty Mohler became the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) president. Marty is known in the Toledo area for his musical abilities and as a member of a local lawyer garage rock band, Jingle Balls, which supports various local charities. Marty and his band played at the OSBA Annual Convention in Columbus to celebrate his upcoming presidency and at the Toledo Bar Association’s Gridiron Show. Marty supports increased funding for the legal services corporation Access to Justice, saying, “There’s still a great need to provide legal assistance to the underserved.” A partner in the firm Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline & Mohler, LLP, he is a: former president of the Toledo Bar Association; member of the Toledo, Ohio, and American bar associations; life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference; distinguished life fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation; former chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the OSBA Board of Governors; former member of the board of trustees of the Toledo Legal Aid Society, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, and Legal Aid of Western Ohio; and chair of the Facility Governing Board for the Correctional Treatment Facility for Lucas County. Furthermore, he volunteers at a local soup kitchen and serves on the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Board. Marty and his wife of more than 40 years, Terri, have four grown children, two of whom are also lawyers, and two grandchildren. He’s just one more example of a man for others.
I hope to see Marty and many other classmates next June. Send me an email.
Dave Komar sent the following note: “In response to your request for input from retiring members of our class, I finally pulled the trigger last year, April 30, 2013, after more than 42 years of employment. This included a 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a colonel, and then another 12 years working for a defense contractor in the D.C. area supporting the joint staff. I celebrated my retirement by taking my 1999 Acura NSX for a 6,822-mile road trip through 18 states, visiting family and friends and touring several national parks, including the southern rim of the Grand Canyon. My primary goal was to travel the Pacific Coast Highway – from Monterey to Santa Barbara, Calif. – which I accomplished. Now I plan to spend time with my four grandsons and on my two hobbies – astronomy and sports car activities. I attended an annual sports car event in North Carolina (NSXPO 2013) and was able to drive my NSX at Virginia International Raceway. What a blast! I live in Culpeper, Va., with my spouse, near my four children (all grown and out of the house) and four grandsons.”
The alumni office received information about Toledo attorney Martin Mohler, who took the office of president of the Ohio State Bar Association July 1. Mohler wants the OSBA to be an advocate for Ohio lawyers during this upcoming year. Marty – a partner in the firm Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline & Mohler LLP – has practiced law in Northwest Ohio for almost 40 years. Areas include business/corporate matters, personal injury, wrongful death, family/domestic relations, probate and estate planning, real estate, attorney discipline/ethics, and arbitration/mediation. A friend of the late Tim Russert ’72, Mike remains in contact with Russert’s wife and son. A guitar player who plays in a band called Jingle Balls, Mike had the unusual experience of playing at the reception at the OSBA convention celebrating his ascension to the presidency. Mike attended law school at The University of Toledo College of Law and became president the Toledo Bar Association. He has been active in the OSBA, most recently chairing the Government Affairs committee of the OSBA Board of Governors and serving on the 2012 Commission on Judicial Candidates. He’s also a member of the Ohio Bar College and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He’s an advocate for pro bono work, legal aid, and other ways of providing legal services to people who might not have access to the legal system or other services. Marty will oversee the proSHARE program, which generates advertising revenue from the OSBA web site. This is one method to increase income and hold dues to help attract younger attorneys into the organization. Interested in the health of the Legal Services Corp., he’ll try to increase funding for legal aid around the state. Mohler and his wife of 40 years, Terri, have four grown children (two are lawyers) and two grandchildren.
The alumni office also received sad news about Michael McDermid of Lewiston, N.Y., a prominent businessman and financial consultant, who died unexpectedly at age 66 in Crane Lake, Ont. Born in Nashville, Tenn., Mike was raised in Niagara Falls and graduated from Bishop Duffy High School. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Buffalo and served in the U.S. Army during the early ’70s. A certified financial planner and chartered life underwriter, Mike was general agent of MassMutual Financial Group in Buffalo, heading the agency for 33 years before retiring June 1, 2008. For the past eight years, he served as chairman of McDermid Financial Group, an arm of MassMutual Financial Group. His son, Geoffrey, is president and CEO of the company. Mike was listed as one of the top professionals in money and finance by the American Registry, a recognition given for excellence based on peer recommendations, client ratings, financial expert evaluations, and achievements. He served as past president of MassMutual’s General Agents Association and was past president and a board member of the Estate Analysts of Western New York and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. He also was an active contributor to the U.S. Olympic Team and Wounded Warrior Project. In addition to his son, Mike is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Karen Schulz; a daughter; two sisters; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
I received the following press release from the alumni office: “Gilmour Academy presented its 2013 Alumni of the Year Awards, selecting 1965 graduate Bob Heltzel and 1994 alumna Kristin Franco Kirkpatrick. As an independent, Catholic college-preparatory school, Gilmour awards graduates who have distinguished themselves in their personal and professional lives. They also look for alumni who’ve demonstrated leadership and service to the academy. Heltzel, who graduated from Carroll in 1970, is the retired owner and president of Kenilworth Steel, a carbon and alloy steel plate provider. He retired from the company in 2006 but remained a consultant for several years afterward. Heltzel joined the Gilmour board of trustees in 2013 and has been a longtime, loyal supporter. Most recently, he and his wife established a Gilmour scholarship for students living in the Cleveland metropolitan area and beyond. The fund is in memory of Heltzel’s classmate and longtime friend, Tom Callaghan, who passed away in November 2012. Currently, Heltzel serves on the board of directors at John Carroll and the board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeast Ohio. He’s also president of Values and Visions Foundation of Trumbull County Parochial Schools. In 2000, he received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal from Pope John Paul II, which is the highest honor a layperson can receive. Classmates and lifelong friends Chip Dawson and Tom Eby presented Heltzel with his award and shared witty stories. They described him as a man of faith who looks to serve others, stating he’s virtuous, perseverant, courageous, generous and wholly dedicated to family and friends. ‘My path was paved with 49 other classmates. What gave me the strength to pursue when it was easy to give up was faith, family, and friends,’ Heltzel said. ‘The rest is just stuff.’” Worthy of much more than this simple note, Bob and his wife, Heidi, also donated $1 million and a prized collection of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Memorabilia to the Forever Carroll fundraising campaign.
Jack O’Connell found me in a picture. It was of one of my parishioner’s granddaughter’s baptism that was posted on Facebook. I asked Jack where he was writing from, and he replied he was working on his freckles in Fort Lauderdale. Hopefully, we’re all working on our freckles by now. It was a long winter in Michigan, Ohio, and other Midwest locales.
I hope to hear from more of you soon.
This fall, my wife, Karen, and I had not only one but two occasions to spend time with my freshman roommate, Rich Leusch, and his wife, Mary Ann Hogan. Rich and Mary Ann came to Ann Arbor, Mich., in September for the annual Ann Arbor Art Show, and we had a nice and relaxing dinner with them. We enjoyed it so much we made plans for them to visit us during the weekend of Oct. 26. We enjoyed spending the additional time with them. I’m sure Karen and Mary Ann were bored to death with Rich’s and my recollections of our days at Carroll – Geraci’s, Dolan Hall, and Rich’s time with the JCU rugby team. Our reminiscing wasn’t entirely foreign to Mary Ann because her brother is Pat Hogan ’72.
You’d think because this year is, for the most part, the 65th anniversary of the birth dates for most of our classmates, and because many of them are retiring (or at least contemplating retirement), they would have time to send yours truly an email or two about what’s going on in their lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren. Hint, hint. By the time you read this, we’ll have gone through another holiday season, and things, hopefully, will have slowed down for you. Fill me in on all the things happening in your neck of the woods.
The alumni office received notification that Marty Mohler became the Ohio State Bar Association’s president-elect. He’ll take office July 1, 2014. President-elect Mohler is a partner in the Toledo firm of Shindler, Neff, Holmes, Worline & Mohler, L.L.P., and has served Northwest Ohio for almost 40 years. His broad general practice covers criminal and civil law, including business/corporate matters, personal injury, wrongful death, family/domestic relations, probate and estate planning, real estate, attorney discipline/ethics and arbitration/mediation. A former president of the Toledo Bar Association, Marty is also a member of the Toledo, Ohio, and American Bar Associations and a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. He’s also a distinguished life fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. He has been an active member of the OSBA, most recently chairing the Government Affairs Committee of the OSBA board of governors. He has served on the Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives, was president of the board of the Law Abstract Publishing Co., and served on the 2012 OSBA commission on judicial candidates. Marty is involved in his Toledo neighborhood, volunteering at a local soup kitchen and serving on the Toledo Bar Association pro bono board, chairing the facility governing board for the Correctional Treatment Facility for Lucas County. A former member of the board of trustees of the Toledo Legal Aid Society, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Marty is a member of the Ohio Bar College and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. After leaving JCU, Marty earned his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. He and Terri, his wife of 40 years, have four grown children, two of whom are also lawyers, and two grandchildren. Marty and Terri attended the ABA’s annual convention in San Francisco and visited Linda and John Compisi, who celebrated 43 years of marriage Aug. 8, 2013. Marty and John were roommates and University Club brothers. The Compisis live in Sonoma County, Calif. What does one do in Northern California? You taste wine and catch up on the good times while enjoying fabulous weather. The frolicking foursome tasted at Simi Winery in Healdsburg before heading to Medlock Ames Bell Mountain Ranch for a private tasting and tour. This spirited gathering culminated with an exceptional farm-to-table dinner at Barndiva, just off the plaza in Healdsburg. Like any good usher, John had the pleasure of arranging wine tasting in California with Bill Brown, Katie and Wes Catri, and Eileen and Matt Miller.
Hope to hear from more of you.
I owe Greg Ganslen a heartfelt apology. Greg sent the following beautiful note in December, and somehow I misplaced it: “A limb has fallen from the family tree. My father, Norman Ganslen, passed away Friday morning, April 20, 2012, at his home in Houston. He had a good life, living to be 93 years old. He’s survived by my mother, Doris; myself; and my two sisters, Nora Jean and Beth Ellen. He’s also survived by his younger brother, Raymond Ganslen of Farmingdale, N.J. My wife, Dr. Sharon Ganslen, retired from teaching freshman English after 20 years at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Baptist university in Belton, Texas. Most recently, she was awarded a permanent teaching position in the developmental studies department of Central Texas College as the lead developmental reading teacher. Central Texas College is a public, open-admission community college with a main campus in Killeen and more than 100 other locations throughout the world, serving more than 50,000 students on military installations, in correctional facilities, in embassies, and on ships at sea. I’ve been with CSC at Fort Hood for 17 years. I enjoy my work as senior logistician working on projects supporting our soldiers throughout the world. Pray for our servicemen and women. The weather here is great – y’all come down. Hope to see everyone at the next reunion.” Greg’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, Greg, I’m sorry for the delay in relaying your note to our classmates and extend our sincere condolences to you and your family.
I received a nice email from Dave Komar: “Just wanted to provide a quick update on the occasion of my second retirement. I’m finally calling it quits April 30th after 42 years of supporting the Department of Defense. I spent the first 30 years after graduating from John Carroll (B.S. in physics) in the Air Force. I retired in May 2001 as a colonel. My next 12 years was spent as a defense contractor working air and missile defense requirements for the Joint Staff in Washington. I’m celebrating the occasion of my retirement in May/June by taking a 6,500-mile cross-country road trip visiting family members and old friends, and touring national parks primarily in the Western states. By the way, I live in Reva, Va., which is about 80 miles southwest of D.C. with my wife, Leni. Our four children have left the nest and are on their own. In retirement, I plan to take up my two neglected hobbies – sports cars and astronomy, spend time with my four grandsons, and volunteer in the local area.” Dave’s email address is email@example.com.
While I didn’t technically attend reunion ’13, my wife, Karen, and I were in Cleveland to babysit our three grandchildren while my daughter, Gretchen ’93, and husband John Hogan ’93 attended their 20th reunion at Carroll. We did attend the Sunday brunch, and I saw George Vourlojianis and Pete Bernardo ’67.
Most of our class is celebrating the 65th anniversary of birth this year. I’d love to hear from more of you about what’s going on in your lives. Blessings.
I received an email from Frank Brady just after I submitted my notes for the previous edition of the magazine: “Sorry I’m so late with my input. It’s been a good year for Cindy and our family. I’m retired after 35 years with GM, and Cindy continues her stationery business out of the house. I’m going to be president of a large, local charity in Detroit this year and volunteer at a warming center for the homeless at a Jesuit parish downtown. Everybody remember Dr. Tom Bausch (economics)? Well, he also hooked me into working with the World Union of Jesuit Alumni. I’m working hard at all these things, but I’m not making a dime. Cindy and I have been married 13 years. We spend a lot of time in our respective jobs and then head to our cottage in Kalamazoo to catch our breath occasionally. We made it to the alma mater this past fall to see the homecoming game. We had a wonderful time hooking up with my old roommate, Jim Connell, and his wife, Peggy. Stay in touch everyone, and stay well.” It sounds like Frank fits the old cliché of “I don’t know how I found the time to work” before retirement to a T. I hope we can use his example of being a JCU graduate for all people in our own lives.
Still being employed full time is the only rationale I can use for procrastinating when finishing my notes for this column. With my due date approaching quickly, I sent an email to Rich Harkey to see if he could give me his annual report on the DAT Cleveland reunion held each year during the Christmas season. He replied: “I traveled to Cleveland over Christmas. My daughter married. I became ill and didn’t attend our annual JCU reunion at Flannery’s. I spoke with the guys but don’t have anything relevant for the column this quarter. I’m off to Paris and Europe, so I won’t have time to track them down for newsworthy items. We had a snowy winter in Salt Lake City, where I live. I don’t think my snow piles will melt until the fourth of July; however, Las Vegas, where I work, was a comfortable 80 degrees.” I asked Rich if he had any retirement plans, and he said he was having too much fun working to retire.
I sure would like to hear from the rest of you about your own retirement plans, family doings, etc.
I heard from a number of classmates recently. Matt Miller sent an email advising me about the passing of Bob Deneweth on Oct. 17. As many of you might recall, Bob was quite a basketball player at Carroll and was team captain our senior year. Bob is survived by his wife, Mary, and his daughter, Jessica. The funeral Mass, which had a large turnout, was celebrated by Fr. Simon. Many people were given the opportunity to eulogize Bob, who was quite accomplished in his career. He was a great guy. Bob’s obituary can be read at lynchfuneraldirectors.com.
Donna Bowen Brown ’72 told me that, in October, her husband and our classmate Don Brown received the Loyola University Chicago – School of Law Medal of Excellence Award for integrity exhibited in his professional and personal life. Donna told me this is the highest award for a Loyola alumnus and all testimonials supported that Don epitomizes this award.
I heard from Sue Eagan. On Sunday, Nov. 11, she attended the Cleveland Alumni Chapter Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist with Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J., as celebrant. Following Mass, there was a brunch and special Veterans Day recognition in the Terminal Tower’s English Oak Room. Edward Hahnenberg, Ph.D., the Jack and Mary Jane Breen chair in Catholic Systematic Theology, was the featured speaker and spoke about the call to serve. On Dec. 6, Sue attended the JCU president’s reception in Dolan Science Center. Fr. Niehoff spoke briefly and mentioned he has been at Carroll for seven years. Among the many attendees was our own George Vourlojianis. Sue’s brother, Bill, who’s widowed, has twin 7-year-old daughters. She plans to spend the holidays with them in San Francisco.
Jack O’Connell said there was a 50th anniversary celebration in Chicago for Loyola Rome, now known as John Felice Rome Center of Loyola Chicago. Jack, Chris Carmody and Tim McCluskey attended, which made it sort of a miniJCU and Rome roommate reunion. The three of them recollected how Fr. Britt, S.J., told them if they went there and made fools of themselves, he’d disown them. Jack said while they did make fools of themselves, fortunately, they were allowed to return to Carroll.
Ed Sandrick emailed and followed up with a phone call about the work with veterans that Ed and Bill Ryan ’67 are doing: “Thank you for including the write-up about what Bill and I are working on. The context is important in so many matters, and for me, this is one of those matters. Our reunion occurred last April while I was in New Orleans for the Disabled Veterans Small Business Association Conference. Bill and I hadn’t seen each other in more than 40 years, but I knew he was there, so I called to see if he wanted to get together for a beer – and that’s where this all began. Bill Ryan has been doing great things to help our veterans far longer than I have. He has been teaching and guiding me in that regard. I look to him as the captain of our veteran initiatives, just as I looked to him as the leader of our JCU defensive squad. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have reconnected with Bill. I’m proud to know him as a Carroll alumnus, fraternity brother, teammate, and brother Marine. Now, to work with him in support of veterans is truly icing on the cake! Certainly, Billy and I had a great relationship as teammates many years ago. He was a big reason for my entering the Marine Corps, and as Marine Corps brothers, that relationship is deeper and more meaningful. However, I know many in our class also knew Bill well, through football, IXY, JCU rugby, or just through the special community of men John Carroll was for us. I know our classmates would appreciate Bill’s contributions to our veterans and being reminded of his personal sacrifice and heroism on the battlefields of Vietnam. Bill was a member of the White House Initiatives for Veterans and the driving force behind the Vietnam Memorial in New Orleans.”
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Bill Ryan ’67 and Ed Sandrick ’70 hooked up at the National Veteran Small Business Conference in New Orleans in August 2011. How coincidental that Bill and Ed both played football at JCU, they were both IXYs, and they were both in the U.S. Marine Corps. Now, after more than 40 years, they’ve teamed up again, this time to help other veterans and their families. Not on your life could you dream up a better script. Bill has lived in New Orleans since 1972, after graduating from The American Graduate School of International Business with an MBA, and then from Tulane University Law School. He has traveled the path of lawyer-entrepreneur, with interests in oil and gas, barge fleeting, real-estate development, and business start-up financing. In 2010, Bill returned to JCU to receive the Campion Award. His passion has been helping veterans acclimate back into the real world after their service to our country. Bill was wounded several times and is the recipient of the Silver Star for heroism. He has been an active member on White House Initiatives for Veterans, chaired the Vietnam War Memorial located at the Louisiana Superdome, and twice was named the U.S. Small Business Veteran Advocate of the Year. He regularly hosts Wounded Warrior Weekends in New Orleans with the Saints, Hornets, the National World War II Museum, and numerous New Orleans businessmen and women. Bill has two companies that are completely veteran focused – one in the construction field and the other in emergency planning and disaster recovery. Their motto is “our best bet is to hire a vet.” Bill chairs the New Federal City Project in New Orleans, which is home to the Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North throughout the world. It’s projected to be a billion dollar development and represents the prototype for redevelopment of military bases in urban areas. Bill’s next project is a multimillion dollar Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery Center for the Gulf Coast.
Ed is also a Marine Corps veteran and served on active duty from 1970-79 as an infantry officer and retired a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve in 2000. Ed received his M.S. in health systems management from Rush University in Chicago in 1981 and began his health-care career at the Rush System for Health, where he held various management positions in hospital administration and managed care. Ed remained in managed care/health insurance in the Midwest and nationally since leaving Rush and has been with Humana since 2001. He’s currently the national practice leader for the Humana Veterans Initiative focusing exclusively on helping veterans and their families. In his role with Humana, Ed was instrumental in establishing the Humana Veterans Initiative, with the objective of helping our veterans and their families obtain access to affordable health care and helping veterans and their spouses through employment and business development opportunities. As the national practice leader for the Humana Veterans Initiative, Ed introduced Humana to The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), founded at Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. With Syracuse as the hub, the EBV program has expanded to include seven other outstanding entrepreneurship programs – Cornell, UConn, Purdue, Florida State, LSU, Texas A&M, and UCLA. The EBV program has graduated more than 500 veterans or spouses/family members of veterans since 2007, 60 percent of whom are running their own businesses. In 2011, Humana became a corporate sponsor of the EBV program. In April of this year, with Humana as a corporate sponsor of the New Orleans Navy Week celebration and in collaboration with the EBV program, Bill and Ed once again were able to team up at the National World War II Museum where they coordinated the production of a Symposium for Veteran Entrepreneurship. Wounded Warriors flown from throughout the country by New Orleans businessmen and women attended and participated in the symposium, where they heard graduates from the EBV program speak about their military experiences and their assimilation into the business world as successful entrepreneurs. World Famous Chef John Besh, a Marine veteran, hosted the group at his famous Borgne restaurant. At the conclusion of lunch, he offered one Wounded Warrior a job at his restaurant. Bill and Ed are joining together to ensure our veterans are first in line for jobs, business opportunities, and the medical benefits they deserve from a grateful nation. To have John Carroll and Cleveland host a Wounded Warrior Weekend for Veterans with the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and families is next on Bill and Ed’s agenda. Stay tuned.
Ed Sandrick and Bill Ryan ’67 hooked up at the Veteran Small Business Conference in New Orleans in August 2011. Bill and Ed played football together at Carroll, were IXYs, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. They’ve teamed up again to help other veterans and their families. Ed served the Corps on active duty from 1970 to 1979, and retired a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve in 2000. Ed received his Master of Science in health systems management from Rush University in Chicago and began his health-care career at the Rush System for Health. He has been with Humana since 2001 and is the national practice leader for the Humana Veterans Initiative. Ed helped establish the Humana Veterans Initiative, assisting veterans and their families obtain access to affordable health care, as well as helping veterans and their spouses through employment and business development opportunities. Ed introduced Humana to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), founded at Syracuse University. With Syracuse as the hub, the EBV program has expanded to include programs at Cornell, UConn, Purdue, Florida State, LSU, Texas A&M, and UCLA. EBV has graduated more than 500 veterans and family members of veterans, 60 percent of whom are running their own businesses. In 2011, Humana became a corporate sponsor of the EBV program. In April of this year, Humana sponsored the New Orleans Navy Week celebration and in collaboration with the EBV program, Bill and Ed teamed up and coordinated the production of a Symposium for Veteran Entrepreneurship. Wounded warriors were flown from throughout the country by New Orleans businessmen and women. They attended and participated in the symposium where they heard graduates from the EBV program speak about their military experiences and their assimilation into the business world as successful entrepreneurs. Bill and Ed are joining together to ensure our veterans are first in line for jobs, business opportunities, and medical benefits. It’s one of their goals to have John Carroll and Cleveland host a Wounded Warrior Weekend for Veterans with the EBV and their families.
George N. Vourlojianis, Ph.D., ’76G was promoted to the rank of full professor of history at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, and received the 2011-2112 Distinguished Faculty Award. Some of you might have noted that George was featured in one of JCU’s recent mailings about the Magis planned giving program. I’ve enjoyed getting to know George better at the past couple class reunions.
Pat Condon retired from Deloitte & Touche but remains a consultant. He’s on the board of directors of Roundy’s, a grocer in the Midwest, and Cloud Peak Energy.
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I received a nice email from Larry Gentile, who wrote: “Your last column was a little thin, so I thought I’d supply you with material. Last fall I played in the alumni soccer game at Shula Stadium. I used that excuse to look up old teammates. I got in touch with Pat Sell, Billy O’Rourke, Don Bobowick, Terry Horan ’71, and John Toth. Pat Sell was able to make the game, and we shared great memories. My two sons traveled with me to Cleveland. Because they both played soccer in college, they were skeptical of my ability to keep up with the younger alumni. My oldest son, Michael, is in real estate in downtown Chicago; and Jim, my youngest son, is in law school at John Marshall. I maintain a private dental practice in the Naperville-Aurora area, and I’m the president of the Wheatland Athletic Association, a volunteer parent organization that provides sports programs for children. Classmates I run into: Steve Scriven, Ed Sandrick, and Jim Collins.” Larry’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The alumni office forwarded a news article from the Advertiser Democrat in Norway, Maine, about American poet and anthologist Paul Janeczko, who has published more than 40 books, including poetry compilations, nonfiction guides for young writers, and books for teachers. The article stated that Paul didn’t always want to be a writer, though, nor did he enjoy reading as a kid. In fact, he didn’t enjoy going to school at all, it said. It wasn’t until college that it dawned on him it was time to start learning. It was then he discovered the joy and value of reading and how important reading is to become a successful writer. Janeczko graduated from St. Francis College in Biddeford, Maine, before earning his graduate degree at Carroll. For 22 years, he taught high school English. Currently, Janeczko visits schools throughout the U.S. providing writing workshops for teachers and students. When Janeczko isn’t traveling, he continues to write books, including his newest book of poems titled “Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto,” which, in 2011, received the Cybils Award, a prize given each year by bloggers to the authors of the year for their best children and young adult titles. Janeczko’s work was recognized by The Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association and Notable Books for Teens for his collection of poems about the Holocaust. For more information about Paul, visit his website at paulbjaneczko.com.
Be kind like Larry Gentile and send me material.
Rich Harkey met with Jerry Mihalek. Rich and Jerry were accounting classmates at Carroll, as well as U.S. Army classmates as second lieutenants at the U.S. Army Transportation School at Fort Eustis, Va. There were five 1970 JCU grads in the same officer course – Rich and Jerry along with Tommy Ahern, Tom Downey, and (Fearless) Frank Brady. While the latter three went to the officer’s club for cheap beer, Rich and Jerry would go to the field house to run laps, pump iron, and wrestle occasionally. Jerry would toss Rich around the mats like an old rag doll, so fortunately they didn’t wrestle too often. Jerry and his wife of 41 years, Mary Lou, are empty nesters in University Heights. Their three girls and three boys are long gone from the home, but three still live in the greater Cleveland area and have provided four grandchildren. Jerry (email@example.com) runs his own CPA firm in Garfield Heights where he offers significant first-time pricing to JCU alumni and their friends. Rich got in touch with Ron Moeller after he read about Ron in my fall ’11 column. Ron wrote about his career at Varian Medical Systems, which coincidentally is Rich’s present employer (small world).
I owe Dick Starr an apology. He emailed in April 2011 to let me know his company, Enterprise Corp. of Twinsburg, Ohio, had been selected as Commercial HVAC Contractor of the Year by Contracting Business magazine in the March 2011 issue. It’s the largest trade publication in the HVAC industry and has 100,000 subscribers and countless others via cyberspace. The article can be read at contractingbusiness.com. Dick wrote: “When they selected our company as Commercial HVAC Contractor of the Year, it was a humbling honor. The process gathers comments from trade associations, manufacturers, customers, competitors, vendors, etc.” Congratulate Dick at RStarr1177@aol.com.
Jimmy McIntyre’s wife, Peggy, sent an email: “Jimmy is fine and still working as a corrections officer for the sheriff’s dept. On the feast of St. Ignatius (July 31, 2011), our daughter, Tina, and son-in-law, Todd, made us grandparents to Dallas Nathanial Esson. I told her she was going to have him on the feast of St. Ignatius because that’s Jimmy’s middle name. He came out early because we were at the Irish Festival. He was afraid of the bagpipes or liked them and wanted to hear more.”
Finally, the alumni office informed me about the passing of Kathryn Harrison (Dec. 18, 2011) and Joseph Holub (March 17, 2011). May they rest in peace.
Rich Leusch was my roommate freshman year. Fr. Castellano, S.J., who knew my dad, Bob ’38, and Rich’s dad, Dick ’37, was instrumental in us rooming together. After graduation, Rich stayed in the Cleveland area and remained close friends with my brother, John Heutsche ’68. Fly fishing is a mutual activity they enjoy. Last fall, Rich, John and a group of friends, including John’s grandson, August Horstman, went on a fishing trip to Elk Creek in Pennsylvania. Because of swift currents, the group decided to abandon fishing that day and began wading across the 50-degree creek. Rich slipped, and his waders began taking on cold water. He hit his head on a boulder and was in danger of drowning as he was swept downstream by a swift current. August exited the creek, ran ahead of Rich, and was able to pull him ashore with a staff. August used his Boy Scout training and proceeded to treat Rich for hypothermia and shock with John’s assistance. This spring, August was recognized for his heroism by being awarded the Boy Scout of America Honor Medal upon recommendation of the National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of America. Naturally, his grandfather John, an Eagle Scout, was particularly proud of August’s achievement.
I received an email from Ron Moeller: “Because I attended the night school, most people might not recognize me. The night school students graduated at different times, so there wasn’t much cohesion. My most memorable professor was Fr. Frank Gutowski, S.J., who taught physics. While he was greatly feared, I miraculously earned a “B” in physical mechanics. I credit the study group that met nightly. One of my cousins, Fr. Don Cozzens, is on staff at JCU. I received a good education there and am proud to have attended. I graduated in 1970 with a B.S. in physics. In 1986 I joined Varian Medical Systems in Palo Alto, Calif. I was the manager of advanced development and created the team that developed the multileaf collimator for the Clinac. The MLC was quite a feat of engineering (mechanical and electrical). We figured how to pack everything into a small volume while making the electronics immune from radiation. When I started at Varian, my managers used to laugh that my efforts wouldn’t bear fruit for 20 years because that was how long new technology took to be proven in cancer therapy. Little did they realize it’d be immensely successful for entirely different reasons and would only take a few years to attain almost 90-percent installation on Clinacs. I’m retired after 12 years of working in the semiconductor equipment business at AMAT, LAM, and Novellus.”
Just a short column this time. Must have been that everyone was working on their tax returns. The only classmate I’ve heard from was Fran Ulrich. She sent me the following email: “Reunion last June was wonderful. I was able to see so many ‘old’ friends. I’m an associate professor at Notre Dame College teaching special education in the graduate and undergraduate division, so seeing Jeri Hura, also a professor in adult education at the University at Buffalo, was terrific. We had a great time catching up.
At the Christmas party at Shaker Heights Country Club this year, I saw Gerry Grim ’69, Laura ’73 and Jimmy Mackey, and my sister Christine Gibbons ’74 and her husband, Bill ’64. It would have been more fun to be on the golf course, but the hospitality was marvelous. Franny.”
If you attended Commencement & Reunion Weekend, drop me an email to let me know how the celebration went. Even if you didn’t, I’d still like to hear from you.
Rich Harkey (Richardcharkey@aol.com) faithfully sends me a recap of the DAT reunion held annually at Christmastime. He did so in the early part of 2010. However, because of my oversight, I didn’t pass along the report until my last column. I didn’t want to drop the ball this year, so I sent Rich an e-mail asking if the group had convened as usual. I also expressed my hope Rich was enjoying better weather than we were having in the Midwest. Imagine my surprise when, five minutes later, Rich replied they had their reunion, he was in Paris, and it was 55 degrees and windy. Who would have thought when we were at JCU in the late ’60s that someday we’d be communicating between Lansing, Mich., and Paris via a handheld device.
Rich reported the DAT guys had a great turnout for this year’s reunion on Dec. 27 in beautiful downtown Cleveland. Representing our class was Terry Wichmann (only one from our group who has had perfect attendance the past 40 years). Terry, a retired U.S. Army captain, was invited to give the oath of office to a recently commissioned second lieutenant nephew who’s attending the University of Dayton. Of all branches, the U.S. Army assigned his nephew to the Transportation Corps. Can you imagine the feeling being introduced to the audience as Captain Wichmann? Terry received the first-hand salute and the customary silver dollar from his nephew. Terry proudly served as an officer with the 717th Rail Battalion for many years and currently is a consultant to the automotive industry. He and wife, Mary, live in Westlake, Ohio, and are the grandparents of nine grandchildren. Let’s see if anyone else in the class of 1970 can beat that.
The highlight of the evening was a disc Paul Antonin – noted historian and cinematographer – made from films he’d taken at the 1967 homecoming. Featured are the floats and the coronation ceremony during halftime festivities of Penny and Rick Sabolik as the queen and king of homecoming. Somehow Paul captured those busy scenes of that crisp, October Saturday morning with films of the floats and traffic on Belvoir Blvd. featuring those incredibly old cars from the early ’60s. The winning float was BC, which contained Stone Age cartoon characters and stood for Beat Case, which the Blue Streaks were able to do that afternoon. Special thanks to Vic Matteucci ’71 who tirelessly organizes the annual event.
Lastly, because of bad e-mail addresses, if anyone didn’t receive the photographs of this year’s DAT reunion, contact Rich Harkey at the e-mail address listed above.
I don’t have much to report this time around, but I received a nice e-mail from Rich Harkey several months ago. Rich is one of my faithful correspondents and wrote: “We had a big snowstorm during this year’s DAT reunion in downtown Cleveland. I was staying out east in Mentor, and decided, because of the traffic accidents on the freeway, it might be a good idea to stay home. It was lightly attended this past year. They changed the date so I could attend. I’m still taking grief about it. The golf game needs work because I’ve been traveling a bit (San Francisco and Las Vegas). I traveled to Europe to conduct business reviews of our subsidiaries in Paris, Madrid, Frankfurt, Milan, and Zurich. I live in Salt Lake City, and the past couple nights of our league have been snowed out. On warm days of 50 degrees or so, I’ve managed to get in a quick nine. Salt Lake City is in a valley, so we get strong winds, which does even stranger things to my golf ball than normal this time of year. I played 18 in the Bay Area a few weeks ago under clear blue skies and 60 degrees, but there was a lot of wind. My wife and kids are well. We just had a little grandson, who’s tiny, in Washington, D.C., where my son lives. I was fortunate to be with Max the day he was born, almost as if someone from above was looking over the situation. I mailed a gift this week to JCU that will be 100% matched by my employer, Varian Medical Systems, for the class of 1970.”
Speaking of grandchildren, my wife, Karen, and I are celebrating the birth of our third grandchild (and first girl), Bridget Grace Hogan, born to our daughter Gretchen, and her husband, John Hogan, both JCU ’93. I’m sure Gretchen probably hasn’t had time to notify her class columnist.
And, in line with Rich Harkey’s comment about his contribution to JCU, I received a mailing from the alumni office after reunion stating 151 of our classmates, or about 30%, contributed $220,653 to the class of 1970 gift in celebration of our 45th reunion year. A hearty pat on the back to all of you who contributed. Your generosity makes a difference to the University.
Keep the e-mails coming! It’s great to hear from you.
The June 2010 Reunion attendees were: Tom Ahern, Frank Brady, Don Brown, Wes Catri, John Compisi, Jim Connell, Margaret Supp Connell, Ray Daull, Pat Hutchinson Evans, Dick Hall, Ted Heutsche, Jim Hogue, Gerri Hura, Gerry Laures, Jim Mason, Jim McIntyre, Marty Mohler, Franny Ulrich, and George Vourlojianis. There also were classmates who came to the Alumni Mass and/ or other activities: Pete Beirne, Sue Eagan, Gary Kelley, Jim McCrystal, and Matt Miller.
Friday night started out with a bang with a great reception in the Muldoon Atrium in the Dolan Science Center. I met Mary Lavin ’87, director of alumni relations, while visiting with Jerry Schweickert ’60. Mary told me Jerry was her first boss at JCU, and I told her he was my first boss, too, when I was intramurals manager.
Tom Ahern had to head down to University Circle to pick up Don Brown, who was completing his much “extended” commute from Chicago.
After the reception, we moved to the big tent on the Quad.
After not seeing him for 40 years, I visited with John Compisi. Except for the gray hair, he looked exactly like he did in 1970.
All evening Fr. Neal Buckon ’75, Pete Bernardo ’67, and John shared great stories about their years in the U.S. Army. John and his wife, Linda, will be celebrating their 40th anniversary in August, while Karen and I celebrated our 40th in June. John said the U-Clubbers had a great time Thursday night. He also shared pictures of his retirement home in Sonoma, Calif.
Frank and Cindy Brady visited with us. Frank retired not too long ago as the head of labor relations at GM and is consulting in the metro Detroit area. Jim McCrystal showed up with Gerry Grim ’69 for a nice visit. Jim was another guy who looked almost exactly the same 40 years later. Frank sent nice pictures from the reunion. That’s how I know Pete Beirne was there Saturday night, although I didn’t get to visit with him. Jimmy and Peggy McIntyre also were in the group visit.
The class of ’70 was well represented at the Alumni Mass. Fr. Niehoff and Gail Roussey, from campus ministry, allowed me to be the deacon of the Mass. Frank Brady was the lector for the second reading, and Don Brown represented our class during the moment of remembrance.
The class dinner was great. Gary and Joann ’71 Kelley, Pat (Hutchinson) and Frank Evans, Marty and Theresa Mohler, Wes and Katie Catri, Jim and Stephanie Hogue, Jim and Margaret Connell joined the rest of the aforementioned singles. Wes, Dick Hall, and I shared great recollections of Walter Smith and Bill Mack and their round-the-clock poker game in Pacelli. Gary Kelley did his best to refute Don Brown’s version of why the Blue Streak Lounge closed.
After dinner, we moved back to the big tent. Don Brown and Tom Ahern shared wonderful and touching recollections of the time they spent with Howie Burgh before his premature departure from this life.
Pat Evans and I kept looking for Jack O’Connell all weekend, only to find out Jack headed to the airport for the reunion – the Friday after reunion! (Sorry, Jack, I just had to tell that one on you.)
While these are just some of my personal recollections of the weekend, I could tell everyone who was there enjoyed themselves as much as I did. And those who weren’t there, you don’t know what you missed. Take care.
Barbara Sturges Cassidy sent the following note to the Alumni Office: “Just a note to let you know about the wonderful alumni meeting held in April at Regis University here in Denver. About 22 alums met to greet President Father Niehoff, S.J., and Mary Lavin, alumni director. It was super hearing the update about campus life, faculty, the upcoming graduation speaker (Tom Brokaw) and the wonderful honors paid to Tim Russert ’72. Did you know there are 200 of us alums now living within a 50 mile radius of Denver? I am currently working for Arapahoe Community College as the clinical coordinator in the School of Nursing. I enjoy my interactions with the students (ever younger population!) and opportunities to share my John Carroll experiences with everyone. Patrick Cassidy, my spouse of more than 40 years, and I live in Littleton close to the foothills on a lovely plateau overlooking the Chatfield Valley on the South Platte River. Pat works part-time for Follett Bookstore on the Arapahoe campus. While our hearts will always be with family and friends in Cleveland, I do love this place.”
Jack O’Connell e-mailed about Reunion: “Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to the 40th. I am going to Scotland to a graduation of a goddaughter at St. Andrew’s. I saw Chris Carmody in November in St. Louis, MO, for his daughter Robin’s (another goddaughter) wedding. I realize that everyone has looked forward to seeing my legs in the requisite pair of Bermudas and, believe me, if I were able to do both, I would. Have fun and say a prayer at Gesu that we will all see each other soon.”
Chris himself also e-mailed his regrets: “Unfortunately I will be unable to make the Reunion. In June the NBA playoffs are still on and I am getting ready for the PGA in August. In January I married a wonderful woman named Gillian from Scotland. Great gal and a golfer (9 handicap). We are going back to Scotland in August to visit family and friends. So my summer is pretty full.” Chris is still working hard at Turner Network Sports.
Bill O’Rourke e-mailed: “I recently returned from a three year assignment as president of Alcoa-Russia, a $1 billion operation with two of the largest manufacturing facilities in Alcoa. It was the best (and worst) job I had in my life with lots of rewards, challenges, and disappointments. I went to Russia shortly after I lost my wife, Carol, to breast cancer. The best part of the Russia job (in addition to being detained in the airports, being robbed by the police, meeting Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, etc.) was meeting my new wife, Elena, who was teaching me the Russian language. She’s a wonderful person. I’m still with Alcoa. I joined the company in 1975 as a patent attorney and have held a few diverse positions in addition to president of the Russian Operation. It’s been a great ride with a great company and is still going strong. My son and daughter live near me in Pittsburgh. My daughter and her husband, Andrew, had a son a year ago and I really enjoy the grandfather role.”
Ed Sandrick dropped me a note to inform me about the Lt. Fred A. Hartman Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Some of you might remember Fred ’68 as a JCU classmate or a Murphy Hall RA. Fred made the ultimate sacrifice in April 1969 while serving in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine Corps officer. In contemplating your charitable giving, you might want to consider this wonderful scholarship that both honors Fred and helps John Carroll students.
Keep the notes and e-mails coming! Ted
The Alumni Office forwarded an obituary for Michael R. DiSanto, 60, of Hudson who died May 25, 2009. Michael was an independent industry trainer, and most recently was the customer education director for Essilor of America. Previous to that he had been the technical lens representative for Bell Optical Laboratory of Dayton, OH. He was the past president of the Opticians Association of Ohio, a Master Certified Optician. He was an adjunct instructor in the Ophthalmic Dispensing Program at Cuyahoga Community College and Owens Technical College. He has worked on a number of special projects for the National Academy of Opticianry. A recipient of the Beverly Meyers Achievement Award, his articles have been published in many trade publications. He devoted 30 years to the optical industry and was an ABO Certified speaker for more than 20 years. He was active on the national lecture circuit. His book, the TOPS Dispensing Manual, has been adopted into many optician school programs. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer R. (nee Lawder) DiSanto; son, Michael Nicholas; daughters, Misty (Robert) Anderson and Lindsay (Joseph) Yanock; and grandchildren, Carson and Kennedy Anderson. Michael lived for his family and brought a smile to the face of everyone.
I was also forwarded a news release about classmate James White receiving the Rev. Gerald B. Garvey, S.J., Award on Feb. 18 from the Saint Ignatius-Loyola Alumni Association in Cleveland. White is vice president for finance and administration at Tiffin University, OH. The Garvey Award is the highest award given by the alumni association to one of its members. Each year, a recipient is recognized for outstanding service to the school through the alumni association. The award is named for Fr. Gerald B. Garvey, S.J., who served at Saint Ignatius as assistant principal, principal, and president from 1936 to 1945. “I am very humbled to receive this year’s Garvey Award and grateful to the previous recipients who measured my contributions to Saint Ignatius and felt them worthy to be considered,” White said. “There are so many alumni who give so much of their time and talent to Saint Ignatius; just to have been considered for this honor was overwhelming.” In addition to graduating with our class, James also earned his MBA in 1984 from Carroll. He completed the Leadership Lake County (Ohio) program in 2000. He is treasurer and a member of the board of trustees for St. Francis Home in Tiffin. He also remains involved with his alma mater St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland as a member of the editorial board and contributing editor for St. Ignatius Magazine — a writing assignment he had for 26 years to the “Years in Passing” pages. James and his wife, Bonnie, have two daughters, Tera and Colleen.
Frank Brady, Sue Eagan, Pat (Hutchinson) Evans, Bob Faught, Jim Hogue, Gerri Hura, Carl Locke, Bob Lynch, Fran Ulrich, and I are the “preliminary” committee members for our 40th Reunion June 11-13, 2010. Our attendance goal is 40 classmates for 40 years, but I think that is too conservative of a goal. You should have received a mailing about Reunion. If you want to join us in planning our 40th, please e-mail either me or Carla Gall ‘05 – firstname.lastname@example.org. Plan to join us in June! Ted
It’s hard to believe that fall is upon us. I have been busy at work with our database server dying on us, so I have been recovering from that and have not been able to contact many classmates to try and get updates from them, and nothing has been forwarded to me by the alumni office (hint hint). One thing that I did receive from them was a mailing about our upcoming 40th Reunion the weekend of June 11-13, 2010. Reserve the date! I went online at www.jcu.edu/alumni to verify my personal profile. It is as simple as 1-2-3, and I encourage all of you to do that. The other thing that I did was to contact Carla Gall ’05, who is the reunion coordinator at John Carroll. I volunteered to serve on our reunion committee. I hope that a good number of you will do the same. Carla can be reached at email@example.com or 216.397.1592. Please drop me an e-mail with any news about what’s going on in your lives. I look forwarding to seeing as many of you as possible next June. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40+ years since we were walking the quad. Ted
The following news release was forwarded to me by the alumni office: “John Carroll University Grad Named Top Attorney: JCU alum Donald J. Brown Jr. has been named by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine among the top attorneys in Illinois for 2009 and is featured in the February issue of Chicago Magazine. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers. Donald J. Brown Jr. is a partner at the Chicago firm Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC and specializes in the defense of professional negligence and general liability cases. He is an experienced trial attorney in both federal and state courts and has tried a significant number of cases to verdict in 35 years of litigation practice. Well respected by his peers, Mr. Brown was selected as one of the top 20 Chicago tort defense lawyers by the Chicago Lawyer. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Society of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.”
John Compisi sent me a great note. He said that he and his wife, Linda (high school sweetheart), are enjoying life in their Sonoma County, CA, wine country home, which they designed and built in 2005-2006. John is the VP for Global Solutions Consulting for Savi Technology, based in Mountain View, CA. John’s duties keep him busy traveling to Alexandria, VA, on a monthly basis as well as periodic trips to London, Singapore, and Australia to check in on team members supporting sales activities. Savi – www.savi.com – is a provider of radio frequency identification device (RFID) solutions and principally supports the U.S. Army and international militaries including the UK MOD, NATO, and the Australian Defense Organization. John has been with Savi for nearly seven years. Prior to that and immediately after retiring from the U.S. Army as a colonel, Transportation Corps (28+ years), John worked for Metricom Inc., a technology leader in early wireless internet service. At Metricom, John was the VP of Network Logistics Services. John stays in fairly close touch with old singing duo-mate Bill Brown and old Glee Club associate Jim Reilly, and (by the time you read this) he enjoyed a visit in Sonoma from Katie and Wes Catri. Linda works out of their home as a field nurse case manager for Workers Comp clients. They are the proud grandparents of Jimmy and Jake (mom Aimie and dad Jim Hanson), who currently reside in Hawaii. Life is good. John and Linda are always looking for a reason to go wine tasting so if you are going to be in the Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino wine country, give them a heads up – firstname.lastname@example.org. Ted
Pete Blake wrote: “After 38 years, I decided I finally have some news to share. Louise and I are grandparents of a healthy boy, William Francis Blake, son of Peter and Kim, who live in Columbus, OH. Our daughter, Katie, works for AON, and lives with her lawyer husband in Royal Oak, MI. Daughter Lisa lives in Chicago, where she teaches in a charter school. I still enjoy practicing civil litigation with a firm in Detroit. I see several of our classmates on a regular basis: Frank Brady recently retired from GM and is looking for something to do Monday through Friday. Joe Moran is a commercial lending officer with Comerica. Tim Robson runs a company that supplies McDonald’s with storage systems and other fixtures. Dr. Jim Kelley is retired from the VA where he practiced psychiatry. All of us in Detroit wished he would have stayed here to help us. Mike Kirchner lives in Winter Park, FL, but he returns here regularly to reign over his AGIS health insurance empire. Dick Ray is still in the steel business looking for an automobile company with money to buy steel. Bob Deneweth is in the home building business looking for anyone with money who wants a custom-built home. Bob overcame a serious illness, but he is well and still hitting his jump shot and driving the ball down the middle of the fairway.”
And Sandy Siegler wrote: “My wife Sally (a guidance counselor with the West Geauga schools), and I have raised two children, a daughter Elisa, a kindergarten teacher with the Solon City Schools, and a son, Scott, an attorney in Greenwich, CT, who is married to Lindsey Carr. We will be grandparents for the first time in January of ’09. I owned and operated Eastgate Luggage and Shoe Repair for 37 years. After being ‘retired’ for four months, I ran into the father of a young lady that I coached as varsity softball coach at West Geauga High school, who asked me if I was interested in ‘real’ coaching. I am now a coach with Cuyahoga East Vocational Education Consortium (CEVEC) with 16 school districts that send us their students with either a physical, cognitive, or emotional disability. We find jobs for them and we coach them to success on the job site. It is very rewarding and CEVEC is a wonderful place to work and I feel truly blessed to be a part of it.”
Jack O’Connell continues to travel in his retirement. Last September, he had the opportunity to visit Rome, where he met with Dr. Santa Casciani, director of the Bishop Pilla Program in Italian American Studies at John Carroll, and her students. Ted
As I was “digging and scratching” for items for my column, I remembered how my predecessor for our class, Pat Hutchinson Evans, always had the same complaint, i.e. – that despite the pleading and cajoling, it is always difficult to get classmates to send “contributions” to our columns. So, “putting the shoe on the other foot,” I e-mailed Pat for an update. This is what Pat had to say about what she and her husband, Frank, have been up to: “I sure do remember how HARD it was to collect any shreds of news for the JCU magazine! Like pulling teeth! Here’s the best I can offer: Our daughter, Katie, was married September 22, 2008 here in Cincinnati. We had 290 guests representing 10 states and 4 countries
had the Weston Hotel and the Vernon Manor totally occupied with our out of town guests. Katie, a physical therapist, and her husband, Jeff, an emergency room doctor, have recently moved to the state of Maine where both are affiliated with the Maine Medical Center. Katie and Jeff are expecting their first child in early 2009. Frank and I are going to be grandparents! Yahoo! Son Michael and his fiancée, Christy Geis, are going to be married in April 2009 in Cincinnati. Son Mark lives in Orlando. He is a land development analyst in Florida and recently completed an MBA. Frank and I are traveling and make the circuit on a regular basis to visit family and friends. Wish I could have a more exciting news entry but that’s all the news for now!”
My wife, Karen, and I indirectly attended the JCU Reunion in June. By that I mean that our oldest daughter, Dr. Gretchen Heutsche and her husband, John Hogan, both ’93, were attending their 15th Reunion, and Karen and I were recruited to baby sit our two grandsons, Braeden (3 ½ ), and our newest, Declan Edward (after his maternal grandfather!) who was born March 3, 2008. While Karen and I did not get to attend any of the festivities themselves, we made a couple trips to campus. I had the opportunity to visit with Bruce Thompson ’43, who knew my dad, Robert Sr. ’38 from all their class columnist and class agent meetings. Bruce and his classmates were celebrating their 65th Reunion!
Brian Sparks ’97 from Meister Media notified the Alumni Office that, among other JCU grads who are working for his company, Roger Hercl is their new vice president/CFO. Congratulations, Roger!
I also received a note from the Alumni Office that they were notified belatedly that two of our classmates had passed away in 2007 — Ronald B. Stevens on October 25, 2007 and Claudia P. Werth on July 22, 2007. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
My understanding is that the mailing date of this issue will be December 8, so by the time you receive it, Thanksgiving 2008 will be past, and Christmas and New Year’s Day will be quickly approaching. Let me take this opportunity to wish you and yours a holy and blessed holiday season.
Thanks to all of you who send me updates. Just don’t make me “hunt you down” for your news, like I had to with Pat Evans. Make it easy on yourself (and me) and drop me a note or an e-mail. With warmest regards, Ted
The alumni office sent me the following press release: Dale Gabor, a 1966 graduate of Saint Ignatius High School, Cleveland, is stepping down July 1st as athletic director after 25 years as head of the Ignatius Wildcats athletic department. No other athletic director in the school’s history has held the post longer than Gabor. He will remain at Ignatius where he will continue to teach Latin. A 1970 graduate of JCU, Gabor also received two master’s degrees from Carroll, one in classics in 1980 and the other in humanities in 2002. He has been a member of the St. Ignatius faculty for 33 years. He teaches Advanced Placement Latin and his wife, Linda, is a college counselor at the school. Gabor’s devotion to the coaches and athletes has been a driving force behind the Wildcats’ regional, state and national acclaim in several sports. “Dale became the athletic director the same year (1983) I became head football coach,” said Chuck Kyle, a 1969 Ignatius graduate [’73 JCU]. “So we were these two rookies of authority that were kind of finding their way through this thing. When both of us took that step, there was a bond that certainly developed.” On Oct. 12, 2004, Gabor received the prestigious Ohio Athletic Administrator of the Year Award from the state’s Interscholastic Administrators Association. In 2005, Sports Illustrated rated St. Ignatius as the No. 1 all-around athletic program in Ohio and the 18th best program in the nation. A former cross country, track and basketball coach at Saint Ignatius, Gabor has been a track official for 29 years and presently serves as the Northeast state representative for the OHSAA Board of Control in Columbus.
Toby Maloney – TMal222@aol.com – sent me the following note: “In case you’re short of copy – hope this is of some interest. Since I’ve never submitted a note since 1970, I thought it might be time. I have come to really appreciate the value of the great liberal arts education that I received at JCU. As an English major without a clue in terms of a career path, I’ve been well-served personally and professionally by such a solid, well-rounded undergraduate education. Most of my career was spent in corporate communications for SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) in Philadelphia and London and with KeyCorp in Cleveland. My wife and I love living in suburban Cleveland and now have the joy of being angel investors and 24/7 employees of mental floss, a rapidly growing magazine and media company – www.mentalfloss.com. In our spare time, we’re busy with a building project for my high school, outside of Pittsburgh. Thanks John Carroll (and particularly the late Richard Clancy, English prof) for giving me such a great head-start in terms of my college education.”
See, after 38 years, Toby sent in an update on what he has been doing since graduation. It’s not hard, the rest of you should try it! Hoping to hear from more of you soon! Ted
I received an e-mail from Stephen Nypaver – SteveNypaver@elpasoco.com – who is living in Colorado Springs, CO. “Just wanted to let you know that I did something great – on a personal level. I have always wanted to see Mount Everest and climb in the Himalayas in Nepal. In early October 2007 my wife and I went to Nepal with a group from the Colorado Mountain Club to trek in the Mount Everest area and to give me a chance to climb a 6,000 meter (20,000’) mountain named Island Peak. So after nine days of trekking from Lukla, I and five others and a group of Sherpas started on a two-day climb of Island Peak. We had a high camp at over 17,700’. After a short night of little sleep, we were up at 1:30 a.m. to go up. It was dark, cold, and rocky. At the snowline, we put on all of our snow gear – crampons, harnesses, ascenders, etc. – to go up snowfields and the glacier. At around 9 a.m. on Friday, October 12, 2007, a beautiful day, I stood on the small top of Island Peak, 20,305’! All around we could see the famous mountains of the Himalayas, to include Lhotse, Makalu, Nupste. I was really tired, but very happy that I could climb so high and fulfill a dream. Nepal was a great place to visit, and the Sherpas there are some of the best persons in the world (even though they never heard of JCU). My wife wants to go back next year! (After I retire from the district attorney’s office in Colorado Springs.)”
Ty Freyvogel – email@example.com – had the opportunity to address Professor Tom Conklin’s class in the Boler School of Business last October, where he spoke on entrepreneurship. Ty is finishing his term on the JCU Board of Regents, and wanted to let us know how very excited he was about the future of Carroll under the leadership of Father Niehoff. One of Ty’s final acts as one of the regents will be to present a JCU diploma to his son, Bill (#6 of 7 children) at May’s commencement ceremonies.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company named Thomas A. Connell, CPA, vice president and chief information officer. Connell had been vice president and controller for Goodyear since 2003. Prior to that, he spent 24 years in financial management positions with TRW Inc. Connell, joined TRW in 1979 as manager of financial accounting. He was named director of financial reporting in 1983; finance director and controller, valve division in 1986; and finance director and controller, engine components in 1987. He became vice president of finance, occupant restraint systems in 1990 and was named vice president and corporate controller in 1996. Prior to joining TRW, Connell was with the accounting firm Ernst & Whinney from 1970 to 1979. He worked in the company’s Cleveland and Sao Paulo, Brazil offices. “As controller, Tom led Goodyear through a critical period in which he created and then led a world-class controllership team. These strong leadership and organizational skills are both necessary traits as we look to enhance the business focus and functional capabilities within our IT organization,” said Goodyear CFO Mark Schmitz. “Throughout his career, Tom has led in the implementation of business process and IT systems standardization in complex, multi-divisional organizations, including enterprise-wide SAP implementations and shared services. Tom will lead our IT group to a new level of collaboration with the business units on real-world, information-based technology solutions to demand planning, supply chain implementation and other areas.”
Keep the calls and the e-mails coming. Ted
Jack O’Connell e-mailed: “Chris Carmody was up from Atlanta for a visit in November. He is well and we talked long into the night about life and school. Chris spent a great deal of time in Scotland with Turner Broadcasting and I am headed there in March to visit a friend’s daughter at St. Andrews University. Right now I am aboard the Crystal Symphony, off the Mexican coast en route to the Panama Canal. Smooth seas, growing waistline and lots of books.”
Rich Harkey sent his annual report on the December Cleveland DAT reunion. “Rick Sabolik took time out from his busy schedule in Dallas to fly in for the day. Rick has grown a start up mail order pharmacy business in a short period of time which has become one of the largest, if not the largest, mail order pharmacy in the country.
Would you believe Mike Hatgas, who still has twin sons who are seniors at St. Ignatius High School, now has seven grandchildren? Mike is a key executive with a major Cleveland bank, and reports he’ll never be able to retire.
West Side real estate magnate Pat Murphy attended; his business has been somewhat affected from the fallout from the credit crunch.
Auto advertising mogul Terry Wichmann maintained his perfect attendance record at 37 years, the only Class of 1970 graduate to do so, and is chasing Mike with five grandchildren. We had very good attendance with classes of 1964 to 1980 represented this year, if you didn’t receive a free copy of the reunion pictures, e-mail class photographer RichardCHarkey@aol.com.”
Jimmy McIntyre’s secretary (his wife Peggy) e-mailed: “They say things come in threes and I hope it is over now. Three years ago Jim passed out in August and we rushed him to the hospital with dizziness. In August 2006, he had a heart attack and now has a defibrillator implanted. This past August he did it again. He had a procedure this August and 10 days later had complications while at work, passed out from the loss of blood, fell and fractured his neck. He is fine now and finally has the neck brace off. In the middle of all this, our daughter, Tina, got married. Jim took his brace off to walk Tina down the aisle and to have the formal pictures taken. Our son, Roy, helped with the video taping of the wedding. Jim is fine and back to work. Hope this is a blessed New Year and that we can make it through August without anything else happening to Jimmy.”
Tom Ahern e-mailed: “The John Carroll Class of 2029 is beginning to form! My wife, Pat, and I have just added the coveted credential of ‘grandparents.’ We traveled to London to welcome Grace Muriel Bouda to the Ahern clan. Our daughter Maureen and her husband Chris, both working for GE Healthcare in London, welcomed Grace into this world on Jan. 6, 2008. All are doing great. Our daughter Sheila will be ‘walking down the aisle’ in October to wed, Vincent Galloro. Sheila and Vince are journalists in Chicago, working for the Daily Herald and Crain’s Business. I continue to practice law in the Chicago area in between trips to London and emulating Steve Martin’s role in ‘Father of the Bride.’ We saw Donna ’72 and Don Brown, Ellen and Mike ’71 Walsdorf, Mike ’71 and Nancy ’73 Faems, and of course brother-in-law Matt Miller and wife Eileen, at their annual Super Bowl party – as we have for the last 32 years.” Little did Tom realize that Matt had already e-mailed me that Tom was a “grandpa.” Matt also wrote: “I’ve gotten taller and better looking!!,” to which I replied that while I could believe the height part, I found it hard to believe that Matt could get any better looking.
Keep the e-mails coming, Ted
I received a nice note via e-mail from John O’Neil, who wrote: “Thought I’d check in. I retired from 30+ years in public accounting in July 2006. Since then, I keep busy by tying trout flies for a fishing lodge on Michigan’s Au Sable River, and by working part time in the fly fishing dept. of Cabela’s in Dundee, MI. Of course, I also fish — a lot! So far, boring times have been few, but we’ll see if it continues. My wife of 37 years, Charlotte, is good, as well as our three kids. Only real negative is that my son, Norm, has been in Iraq for 13 months as a First Lt. and platoon leader with the 10th Mountain Division. He will be stateside in early November and we are counting the days. Next time you post in Alumni Journal put in a request as to whether anyone has heard from Wayne Milewski. He too is retired, sold his home in Toledo, and moved to Alaska somewhere. Wayne had become quite the hunter over the last decade, and I think he intended to start up an outfitter business up there. I can’t seem to find out where he ended up, but maybe he’s contacted some other alum. If I hear from him before the next magazine comes out I’ll let you know. Keep up the good work Ted, it’s great to hear about our old chums.” I only included that latter sentence to let all of you know how nice it is to read updates from classmates that we haven’t heard from in awhile. If anyone wants to contact John – firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also received an e-mail from G.I. Zaratsian, who is a career assistant in the Center for Career Services at JCU. He asked me to extend the following invitation to all of you: “The John Carroll Career Center has a new online program called Carroll Contacts. This program is designed to connect current JCU students to alumni and other faculty, staff, or friends of the John Carroll community. The goal is for students to be able to contact you and ask you career, or even life related questions. A student might be interested in working as a financial analyst in Chicago. With Carroll Contacts he/she can search for a qualified candidate to inquire about job requirements for an analyst, living conditions in Chicago, or something as simple as the best restaurant in town. The JCU Career Center invites you to sign up to become a Carroll Contact, through the Career Connection website. As a Carroll Contact you will join a new John Carroll network that gives students an opportunity to interact with you on a more professional level. Students who use Career Connection are able to search through the database of Carroll Contacts. As a Carroll Contact, you can offer students an insight into your career and the steps you took to get there. You can choose from a variety of interactions and can designate how often and by what means you are contacted. This is open to all alumni, faculty, staff, or anyone who wants to be a part of this great opportunity. To sign up, simply go to www.jcu.edu/careercenter, and click on the Career Connection link. Then click on Carroll Contact, and begin filling out your information.”
Keep the “cards and letters” coming, classmates
Rich Harkey – email@example.com – left the arid Salt Lake Valley, which currently has a great deal of smoke from forest fires, to return to Cleveland for some clean air to be the best man at his son, Richard’s wedding. Rich and Richard managed to play endless rounds of golf in the humid golf capital of the nation before the ceremony. Classmate Terry Wichmann, who was Rich’s best man way back when Rich and his wife, Pam, were married, also attended the event with his wife Marylou. Following his dad’s footsteps, Richard is a young CPA with the same Big 4 firm that his dad worked for. Rich also reported that niece Kristen Harkey ’07 graduated with honors in May, with more alumni from the Harkey family to follow.
Ed Sandrick e-mailed me: “First, the Lord is good to us. We are healthy and enjoying a very fast-paced summer. We graduated three this spring. Mark, from grammar school to Marmion Military Academy where he’ll play golf, basketball and lacrosse, while working on his “position of attention” and hand salute. Tom and Andy are off to begin their college years at Marquette and Butler, respectively. What more can I say, they are going to college, remember? Ed Sandrick, III, graduated from Miami of Ohio with a degree in political science, and has made golf and baseball more his hobbies than his life, as he begins working in sales, still thinking of law school. Katie will begin her junior year at Creighton in nursing, just coming off spending spring semester at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Michael will be a junior at Benet Academy, on the golf and lacrosse teams. Marcia and I are doing our best to keep up with them. Otherwise, nothing to report.” How’s that last sentence in terms of the “classic understatement.” Ed is director of Group Medicare for Humana MarketPOINT in Oak Brook, IL – firstname.lastname@example.org. Ed, I am still waiting for you to come back to Lansing, MI, on one of your return sales calls. In light of your tuition bills, I will even pick up the tab for lunch.
I received an e-mail from JCU’s Office of Alumni Relations, telling me that JCU Connect is now up and running on the university’s web site. I logged on, and verified all the information on my profile. I found it most easy to use. No sooner had I completed my “Connection” than I received an e-mail for Rick Gibson – email@example.com – that he had also done so, and that we were both among the first 10 classmates from our class to do so. Check out the new JCU Connect today under the “Alumni” tab at www.jcu.edu.
Richard Fridrich – firstname.lastname@example.org – updated his profile online just recently, and also sent some news that the alumni office forwarded to me. Richard retired from General Motors last year after 27 years of service. After graduating from JCU, he received his MS in acoustics from Penn State in 1978. He is staying active in the field of noise and vibration by participating in the standards writing activities in ASTM international and SAE international and by presenting papers at the SAE noise and vibration conference. Rich and his wife, Ann, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by taking a cruise to Alaska in June. They are the parents of four children: Johanna, John, Kara and Brian. While at JCU, Richard was in the JCU band. Richard updated his profile online and sent me some news at the same time! In the alternative, e-mail me your news directly, or send it via “snail mail” right to my home address.
Finally, on a sad note, the Alumni Office e-mailed me that our classmate James Koch passed away on May 18, 2007. Please pray for the peaceful repose of his soul. Ted
I don’t have a lot of news this time around. In my spare time, I have been trying to locate and contact some old classmates that I have not heard from or talked to in quite some time. My recent “detective work” turned up Bill O’Rourke. After John Carroll, Bill and I both attended Duquesne University School of Law (he graduated — I didn’t). I “googled” his name and turned him up on the Alcoa Aluminum web site. I sent an e-mail to the web site editor asking if there was any way that I could get in contact with Bill, and lo and behold, a week or two later I received the following e-mail (dated in February): “Ted, I got a note from our Alcoa Internet editor saying you were looking for me. Well, you found me. In fact you found me in the middle of Russia where I have been for two years now. Alcoa invested ($257.5 million) in two very large aluminum manufacturing facilities in Russia — they’re about 50-years old and include the largest forging press in the world, the largest extrusion press in the world, one of the largest rolling mills in the world — and when we came here they had over 13,000 employees (down to under 10,000 now – while production is “up” by over 25% — and investments exceed $200 million more — revenue is $1 billion). The future for aluminum in Russia is very bright (per capita consumption of aluminum is about 4 kilogram/person in Russia, while in Western Europe and North America it’s closer to 40 kilogram/person. Life here is an adventure, that’s for sure. I live in the city of Samara where our largest plant is located (388 acres, 129 buildings, 20 kilometers of sidewalks, etc.). Samara sits on the Volga River. I’ll attach a photo of me standing in the middle of the frozen river. To give you an idea of the extremes, it’s -30 degrees (Centigrade) today – that’s cold. I hope you are well. Bill O.” According to the web site, Bill is a vice president of Alcoa Aluminum of America, and president of Alcoa Russia – William.O’Rourke@alcoa.com. Another JCU success story!!
Paul DeFranco – email@example.com – updated his alumni profile online. Paul is living in Twinsburg, OH, and is a research associate at Ferro Corp. in Independence, OH. While at JCU, Paul was affiliated with the American Chemical Society.
The alumni office also forwarded me notice of the passing of Robert C. Mann, ’70G, on March 28. Please pray for his family and friends, and the repose of his soul.
Hope this finds you all well. Drop me a note or an e-mail with what’s going on with you and yours. Regards, Ted
I received two e-mails after the deadline for submission of my last column — The first one was from Ed Sandrick, who sent me a long and touching recollection of Howie Burgh — “Howie touched a lot of people in his brief stay with us. I had the pleasure of being one of his closest friends and always was thankful for that relationship. I met Howie in August of 1966, probably on the third floor of Dolan, as we gathered in the ‘T’ for one of Ripper Wilson’s orientation briefs. We became fast friends, as was the case with most of Howie’s friends. We came from the same neck of the woods, although I was from Whiting, IN. I recall how Joe Pokraka, Charlie Ellis (RIP), and I were adopted into the Chicago Club. Howie and I stayed in touch while I was in the Marine Corps, overseas and stateside. As I was leaving the Corps in 1979, then stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA, Howie flew out to San Diego to drive back with me. What a trip! We had the greatest time that I will treasure forever.” (note: Ed shared a hilarious story about the return trip here, but it was just too long to include, drop Ted an e-mail and he will forward it to you if you haven’t heard it before.) Ed continued that he once read a card that said: “It’s chance that makes brothers, but it’s hearts that makes friends.” Ed wrote: “It fits for so many of the friendships we made at Carroll, but is especially fitting for the way Howie held his friends and we, him. Howie gave his heart to many of us, and I believe that I am one of them and will be eternally grateful for the gift.”
The second e-mail came from Dennis Casey ’87, about Pat Condon being honored by their high school alma mater – Brother Rice in Chicago – as the Alumni Association’s Man of the Year at their all alumni reunion this past November 10, where Pat and his class celebrated their 40th anniversary. Pat is the immediate past chairman of the Brother Rice Board of Directors and helped found the school’s Development Committee. (Info can be found under the alumni sections at www.brrice.org.) Dennis is also close friends with Donna ’72 and Don Brown.
Rich Harkey sent his annual report on the DAT Reunion held at Flannery’s in downtown Cleveland on December 27. Attending were alumni from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Class of ’70 attendees included group historian and retired educator, Paul Antonin; real estate magnate Pat Murphy, Terry Wichmann, president of an advertising agency that specializes in automotive dealership ads, and of course Rich. Rich reported that he has taken a new position and in addition to working and residing in the state with the “Greatest Snow on Earth,” he also maintains offices in Palo Alto and Las Vegas, and while working in Vegas in December, Paul Antonin (Rich’s Bernet roommate) was vacationing at the Mandalay Bay at the same time.
Rick Sabolik reported that he had to miss this year’s reunion. The retired Big 4 audit partner said that he was starting a mail order drug business in the Dallas area. Gerri and Pat Murphy and Penny and Rick Sabolik celebrated their 40th wedding anniversaries in 2007. Want pictures of the event — RichardCHarkey@aol.com.
Peggy McIntyre – firstname.lastname@example.org – e-mailed me that “Jimmy had a heart attack sometime in July and on August 5 passed out in the car while I was driving. I took him to the hospital and he now has two stents and a defibrillator implanted in him. He is OK and on five meds a day and his defibrillator hasn’t gone off yet. Wedding plans for our daughter, Tina, are coming along. Tina is worried that Jimmy and I are going to dress like lawn gnomes for the reception since she always says we dress like them in winter.”
Paul DeFranco and John Schlosser updated their alumni profiles online. Paul – email@example.com – is a senior research engineer for the Ferro Corporation in Independence, OH. Paul and his wife, Karen, have one son, David (31) and make their home in Twinsburg, OH. While at JCU, he was affiliated with the American Chemical Society. John – firstname.lastname@example.org – is living in Cincinnati. After leaving Carroll, he received his J.D. from Catholic U. While at JCU, he was affiliated with LTS and Alpha Sigma Nu. Ted
It was only after I had already submitted my last column that I learned of the passing of Howie Burgh in April after a long and valiant fight with cancer. I had not seen Howie in many years until we saw each other at our 35th reunion in June 2005. He greeted me as if we had just graduated 35 days rather than 35 years ago. Howie had a gift for always making people feel at ease around him. I will always remember him as someone with a perpetual smile on his face. Tom Ahern noted in an e-mail, “Howie knew everybody,” and is sorely missed by the JCU Chicago connection. Perhaps Don Brown speaks the most eloquently of him when he e-mailed me: “Howie taught us what it means to laugh, love, and keep friendships strong. He also taught me how to approach the game of golf. In his final months when he must have known that he would never play golf (which he loved) againhe gave me some advice that I will always remember with every stroke: ‘Brownie, just remember the three T’s: tempo, turn and trust.’ The next time I played after he told me that, I shot the best game of my life. He always was patient with me (a terrible golfer) on the course. I think of him often and miss him terribly. Howie’s wife and best friend (and fan) Julie Wilson was with him at all times through the almost two years Howie battled the various cancers. She made sure that friends were always welcome and that Howie had her smile and positive attitude waiting for him after every surgery and treatment. Julie was alone with him the afternoon he died as they returned home from a ride around beautiful Williams Bay, WI, the town they called home for the last several years. For anyone who would wish to send a note to Julie her address is 3 Highwood Court, Unit B, Williams Bay, WI, 53191.
Donald Shina updated his alumni profile via the www.jcu.edu web site. He writes “More than four years ago I left University Hospitals of Cleveland where I was clinical director and residency director in the Department of Radiation Medicine to accept a position as medical director of the St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center in Santa Fe. As both a medical and radiation oncologist this was a great opportunity for me and allowed me the chance to realize my desire to live in New Mexico. After 18 years of traveling to Northern New Mexico for vacations, my partner, Kevin Waidmann, and I finally decided to make the move to this wonderful area. The geography, climate, traditions and history have always attracted us to this area. Kevin and I are avid cyclists and skiers and being in New Mexico has given us the opportunity to continue cycling most of the year — and Taos is only an hour away. Over the past few years we have participated in a number of centuries (100-mile single day cycling events) throughout the Southwest. The past two years the cancer center sponsored the Santa Fe Century. This past August we participated in and completed our first triathlon event in Los Alamos. So in addition to the new cultural milieu we’re living in we’ve been motivated to make serious life style changes as well. We couldn’t have made a better decision.” Those of you wishing to can contact Donald — email@example.com.
Paul Svec — firstname.lastname@example.org — also used the web site to update his alumni profile. He is living in Alameda, CA, and is CEO of Team One Solutions, Inc. in San Leandro, CA.
I encourage everyone to update their own profiles online. And, please take a minute and drop me a line or an e-mail to let me know what is going on with you and yours. Ted
Having recently returned from my 40th high school class reunion, my thoughts drifted back to the year of 1966 when we first came together as a class just prior to Labor Day weekend. At the reunion, there were a couple of my fellow graduates from Sharon (PA) High School that joined us as freshmen but did not graduate from JCU. Does anyone remember Ron Fabian or Bill Mack? They were in Pacelli Hall that first year. Anyway, one of the greatest Jesuits of all time, Father Castellano, knew both my dad, Bob ’38 and Dick Leusch ’37, so he arranged to have Rich Leusch and I room together in Dolan. Some of the guys in our wing were Dave Dornheggen, Luke Magnotto, Joe Arcarese, and I think Dave’s roommate was Paul Hritz (although I can’t vouch for that as senility is starting to set in). If you have memories of that freshman year, please e-mail them to me.
Patricia Fraser Munson updated her profile with the alumni office recently. She is a science teacher at Mayfield High School, and received her M.Ed. from JCU in 1992. She is married to Jeffrey Munson ’68, and they have two children — Peter ’97, and Paul, Pratt College ’01. Her affiliations at JCU included Gamma Pi Epsilon and ACS. Old friends can contact Patricia at email@example.com. See, even if you don’t want to correspond with me directly, you can update your own profile at www.jcu.edu. Under the “Alumni” tab, click on “Alumni and Friends,” and once you’re there, click on “Update your record.” There, I have walked you through it, now all you have to do is “fill in the blanks.”
Tom Montgomery also updated his profile and added some notes to share with all of us. He is president of the Korea Hub of Volvo Construction Equipment and is living in Singapore with his wife Gretchen. They have two children, Amanda (33) and Patrick (29). Tom writes: “Gretchen and I have been living and working in Asia for the last two years and have found it to be very interesting, exciting and fun. We have been able to travel all through Asia including China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia (including Bali), Korea and Japan. Our daughter Amanda, married to Dr. A.J. Carvelli, presented us with our first grandchild, Sophia Carvelli, last December and we are looking forward to our visit this fall to Pittsburgh (Super Bowl champs) to see her. Our son Patrick, I am proud to say, won an Emmy in 2003 for his work as sound editor of Crime Scene Investigation. He is currently working for Coca Cola in LA, working on his master’s degree in computer science and is married to Melinda Villeges. It’s great to live in this part of the world and I would invite all our friends from JCU to come visit us.” Before you book your flights, you can touch base with Tom — firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reunion notes: It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since our 35th! Tom Swope has been married to Debbie for 33 years. They have two boys, Ben (27) and Andy (25). Tom is an attorney and has been with Frost, Brown and Todd since 1977. Their main offices are in Cincinnati and Louisville, while Tom is the managing partner of the Middletown, OH, office, specializing in management employment.
Wes Catri has been married to Katie (Notre Dame College ’71) for 35 years and have two children. Nancy (27) is married to Joe and is a women’s Division I basketball referee in the Sunbelt and Atlantic Coast conferences and Wes, Jr. (26) ’02, and Nova Law ’05. Wes, Sr., has been a trial lawyer in Plantation, FL, since. ’74.
That leaves me only a couple reunion tidbits for future columns. Send me news!! Ted
It must be a case of “spring fever,” as I have not heard from many of you in regard to your “news and views.” A couple of our classmates did update their alumni profile through the university web site — www. jcu.edu.
James Fay lives in Norfolk, MA, — email@example.com. He has an advanced degree from Villanova University, and is president of James L. Fay Associates.
Edward Velyvis lives in Concord Twp., OH, with his wife, Celia. They are parents of three children: Stephen (35), Amy (33), and Kathryn (28). He has an advanced degree from Baldwin-Wallace in 1982, and is president of Fleet Fueling Systems, Inc. – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a new one for those of you who claim to be too busy to e-mail me — have your spouse do it!!! That is what Jimmy McIntyre did — he had his wife Peggy do it – email@example.com. Peggy said Jimmy does not use the p.c. at home, as he is on one all day at work!! Jimmy is part of our class’ Cleveland connection. He has been with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office the last 12 years as a corrections officer, as is his son, Roy (22). Their daughter, Tina (19) is studying massage therapy at community college, and just got engaged to be married. Peggy saw my note in my last column about Rick Sabolik. She said that she and Rick went to St. Malachi’s grade school together, and she wanted me to pass on to Rick “that Sister Naomi is still alive and shrinking.”
Reunion notes: In one of my previous columns, I brought you up-to-date on some of our class’ Chicago area alumni, so I thought I would devote the rest of this column to the Cleveland area attendees. In addition to Jimmy McIntyre, George Vourlojianis, Dale DeRoia, Sue Eagan, and Jim Day were among those present. George is married to Sally, and he has 2 stepdaughters, Laura (26) and Stephanie (22). He has his Ph.D. in history, and has taught at Lorain Community College since ’90, at Kent State from ’90-’94, and at JCU since ’97. At JCU, he teaches Vietnam War History, and American Military History, and at LCC he teaches History Survey courses and Ohio History.
Dale has been married to Dawn for 32 years, and they have three children Dani (32), Dion (29) and Dayle (22) and three grandchildren. Dale owns an independent contracting company that does helicopter maintenance for the U.S. Army. Sue is working at JCU as an alumni-in-admissions volunteer, after working for the Permabond Book Company for many years selling textbooks to schools. In 2000, Sue accompanied the JCU MBA class to China. Jim has been married to Linda for 18 years. Linda just retired from teaching special education for 30 years. They have four children: Meghan (25), Amy (22), Jimmy (14), and Christopher (13). Jim has owned an appraisal company for the last 30 years, and in addition, he worked for Cuyahoga County as a commercial and industrial auditor.
Well, classmates, I only have just a few reunion tidbits left for future columns, so I am counting on you to get me the “lowdown” on what you have been up to, who you are married to, what advance degrees you have, who you are working for (or hopefully retired from), etc. Don’t let me down!!! Regards, Ted
Rich Harkey — firstname.lastname@example.org — e-mailed me on a sure sign of aging — his golf handicap is no longer in single digits. Stating that his driving and fairway wood accuracy and distance are good in the high altitude Utah Rocky Mountains, the dreaded three putt has reared its ugly head. Rich also sent his annual review of the DAT reunion held at Flannery’s in downtown Cleveland in December. The event had the largest turnout ever with many 1960s, 1970s and 1980s attending. Among the attendees from our class: Terry Wichmann, president of an advertising agency in Cleveland, received a platinum award for perfect attendance in all the years following graduation. Terry is busy in the grandfathering stage of his life, and proudly displayed pictures of Ben, Mary Kate, and Jake. Terry and wife Mary live in Westlake, and if you listen carefully, you can frequently hear Terry’s voiceover in automobile commercials aired in NE Ohio.
Paul Antonin, retired English teacher and noted historian on lots of stuff, attended. Paul, always known for his physical prowess and athletic conditioning at JCU and beyond, responded to the question, “…as group historian what happened to the scrapbooks?” Paul answered, “They were too heavy to carry.” Pat Murphy (a real estate magnate on Cleveland’s West Side) attended, also proudly displaying pictures of his four grandchildren.
Rick Sabolik, retired Big 4 audit partner of Plano, TX, advised that he had every intention of attending this year, but scheduled hip surgery at the last minute. Rick, stating that he never responds to rumors, would neither confirm nor deny that he injured his hip in a touch football game from wife Penny. But he said, “Count on me for next year.” E-mail Rich Harkey if you need an invitation for the 2006 reunion.
John O’Neil — email@example.com — e-mailed that after 30 years or so in public accounting, he’s retiring from the CPA firm of Plante & Moran. His retirement plans center around learning to think like a trout. He also sent some news about our Toledo area classmates — Wayne Milewski is still doing his music gig, but after years of pushing 280 pounds, Wayne went on a massive shape-up program on his owns. He is now just under 200, and looks very good but the resulting new wardrobe cut into his funding a bit. He now signs his e-mails to John as the “formerlyobeseone,” and is contemplating doing some self help weight loss consulting to large companies. Marty Mohler continues as the successful lawyer. One of his partners is the father of Katie Holmes (not kidding here), aka Tom Cruise’s fiancée. Marty indicates that, for a minor fee, he will pass along the “real” gossip. John “Moon” Mullin has surfaced in St. Louis after a three year disappearance (from Toledo folks anyway). For anyone who knew Moon, he has not changed (John said you will understand).
Dick Ray — firstname.lastname@example.org — e-mailed that since school days, ROTC, and a short active duty stint, he has been in the flat rolled steel business in the Grosse Pointe, MI, area for the past 35 years. Dick and his wife, Clarinda, have raised four kids — two graduated U Dayton and two still at DePaul in Chicago. Oldest married daughter met her husband, Joe Curtis, at U Dayton. Joe’s parents, local Clevelanders, graduated from JCU about seven years after our class.
Sue Eagan — email@example.com — e-mailed that she attended the alumni homecoming Mass and brunch at JCU on Sunday, October 2, and that on October 11 she was deeply honored to represent our class in the inaugural parade for the installation of Fr. Niehoff.
News from the alumni office: Jack O’Connell — firstname.lastname@example.org — is enjoying his first year of retirement by spending the winter in Florida. Marcos Ionescu — email@example.com — has his Ph.D. from CUNY. James L. Fay — firstname.lastname@example.org — is living in Norfolk, MA, with his wife, Sherrie, and is president of James L. Fay Associates. Vytautas K. Dailide — email@example.com — is living in Canton, MI, with his wife, Nancy, working for Norfolk Southern Transportation in Dearborn, MI. He and Nancy have five children: Heather (34), Erik (33), Adam (27), Ethan (25), and Gina (22). Gerri Hura — firstname.lastname@example.org — is an asst. professor at Buffalo State University, with an MBA from Bryant University, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Akron December 2005 — congrats, Gerri.
Reunion Tidbit: Greg Ganslen — email@example.com — and his wife, Sharon, celebrated Mass at ND and had lunch with the celebrant, Father Ed Mehok, who just happened to concelebrate their wedding Mass on June 26, 1971. At Reunion, Greg discovered that he was the only one that entered the military after graduation that stayed on active duty and retired after 20 years.
Keep the news coming, Ted
In my last column, I promised that anyone who e-mailed me with info to use in my future columns would receive a “bonus” back from me — a series of pictures from Reunion Weekend e-mailed back to them. I hoped my e-mail inbox would be deluged with tidbits of info from all of you, but the only one who took me up on the offer (at least to this point) was Dennis Fogarty. Denny wrote to say that he was retired and living between Westport, CT, and Naples, FL, with his wife Pat. Their son, Michael, is attending James Madison University in Virginia. One of their neighbors in Naples is Tony DeCarlo G’66. You can reach Denny at Naples Capital Mgmt., 239-530-0291 – firstname.lastname@example.org. Now that Denny has “the ball rolling,” keep those e-mails coming!!
The JCU alumni office had a couple of online updates to classmates’ profiles: Greg Schoen is living in Port Ludlow, WA, – email@example.com.
Michael A. McFarland is living in South Bend, IN, 574-288-2039 – firstname.lastname@example.org. Michael and his wife, Sheila (nee Koenig), have one son, Michael. “Our” Michael is manager of Instructional Resources for the University of Notre Dame. His Notre Dame connection reminds me of an event held at ND a couple of years ago. My cousin, Dick Huether is an instructor at Notre Dame, and Dick made a rather substantial donation towards redoing the president’s and vice president’s offices when the ND Administration Bldg. (“the” golden dome) was being renovated. There was a dinner to recognize Dick’s generous contribution, and quite a few of our family members attended. The director of alumni giving for ND mentioned that any other Huether family members who also wanted to give a contribution to ND were welcome to do so. Since I was giving the invocation before the meal, I mentioned that there were far more JCU alumni (my brother Bob ’64, my cousin Mike Storey ’64, and myself) than ND grads in the crowd, and that if there was any “giving” to be done, it would be to JCU.
I mentioned that I took some notes at the reunion, wanting to update all of you on what is going on in the lives of some of those that attended. You probably saw in the summer 2005 edition of John Carroll magazine that Donna Bowen Brown ’72 and her husband, our own Don Brown were recognized as being part of “The Chicago Network” of JCU alumni. Don and Donna have two daughters, Megan and Maura. Megan is married to Dan Mazzuca, and they have a son, Michael Joseph. Don has been practicing law for 32 years, and is with Donohue, Brown, Mathewson & Smyth, involved in civil litigation, primarily defending doctors and lawyers in malpractice matters.
As long as we are talking about “The Chicago Network,” I gave you a partial update in my last column about another prominent Chicago area alumnus, Tom Ahern, who attended the reunion. Tom and his wife, Pat, have been married 32 years, and have three children, Sheila (a journalist), Maureen (an accountant who celebrated her marriage in September), and Dan (attending Marquette). Tom is an attorney who worked for United Air Lines until 1992, and has been in private practice since then, specifically in civil litigation and estate planning.
Yet another Chi-town attendee was Howie Burgh. Howie and his wife, Julia Wilson Burgh have been married 22 years. Howie is president of Flow Products in Chicago, which deals with fluid power. Howie and Julia are renovating an old officers home at Old Fort Sheridan (a decommissioned military base) in Highland Park, IL. Howie is a cancer survivor, having had one of his kidneys removed in 2004.
Keep those e-mails coming! Ted
Well, another reunion weekend has come and gone, but old acquaintances were renewed, and new memories were made. Here is a list of classmates that were in attendance at all or part of the weekend’s festivities: Tom Ahern, Pete Beirne, Frank Brady, Don Brown, Chris Carmody, Wes Catri, Charles (C.J.) Cole, Jim Day, Bob Deneweth, Dale Deroia, Sue Eagan, Ty Freyvogel, Pat Hutchinson Evans, Bob Faught, Greg Ganslen, Rick Gibson, Ted Heutsche, Gary Kelley, Jim McIntyre, Marty Mohler, Jack O’Connell, Tom Swope, Fran Ulrich, George Vourlojianis. To paraphrase Don Brown: “While quantity might be lacking, quality was present.” A great time was had by all who attended, and the staff at JCU did an outstanding job hosting us. The food and entertainment was wonderful, and the company we enjoyed was unsurpassed. For those of you who were unable to attend this year, “mark your calendars” for June 2010. I guarantee you will not regret attending.
It might have been because the dorms were all male when we matriculated in the ’60s, but it took a little getting used to in regards to having men’s and women’s rooms designated in different wings on alternating floors in Millor Hall. Jim McIntyre’s wife, Peggy, said that Ahern and Brown were “standing guard” for each other in the hallway while each took turns availing themselves of the “unofficial” women’s room in their wing. Jim asked them to do the same for him, only to find the hallway empty when he exited the restroom. Sounds like freshman hi-jinx to me, eh?
Tom Ahern was recently installed as the president of the Northwest Chicago Suburban Bar Association, a Bar Association of 600 attorneys in Illinois. Our classmate, Dan Gillespie, who is a Circuit Court Judge in Cook County, swore Tom into office. Another JCU alum, Mike Hagerty ’68 was appointed as the Association Attorney on that evening. In attendance at the dinner that followed was a JCU contingent consisting of Matt and Eileen Miller, Howie Burgh, Ken Sophie ’72, Mike and Sue Hagerty and their daughter, Katie Hagerty ’05, Dan and Patty Gillespie. Congratulations, Tom and Mike!
Jack O’Connell is now “officially” retired from his 30+ years of teaching at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT, and is off to his retirement home in the Berkshire Hills in Northwest CT.
In my last column, I wrote that Chris Carmody has three daughters. “Jamie” is Chris’ son — sorry about that, Jamie. As I write this column, Chris is “suffering” due to his five week stay in England as a senior producer for Turner Network Sports covering the British Open, the British Senior Open, and the British Women’s Open. It’s a tough job, but some one has to do it!
Christine Capasso update her alumni profile on line, www.jcu.edu. Her new address is 28190 Islet Trail, Bonita Springs, FL 34135. Her home phone is 239-992-0970, and her e-mail address is email@example.com.
Thomas R. Couvreur sent the alumni office his new e-mail address. It is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speaking of e-mail addresses, I am in the process of changing my home one, so if you need to e-mail me, please use email@example.com. As an added bonus, if anyone e-mails me with info for my future columns, I will e-mail you back a whole series of pictures of the reunion weekend.
I do have a whole series of “interviews” that I conducted with classmates during the reunion weekend festivities, and after I edit them, I will include the “news” in the next few issues of John Carroll magazine. Take care of yourselves, and “send mail”! Ted
Plans are finalized for our upcoming 35th Reunion the weekend of June 17-19. In addition to the normal reunion activities on campus, the reunion committee decided to have lunch Saturday at Hornblowers followed by a tour of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame And Museum. While a list of confirmed reservations was unavailable at “press time,” the following classmates expressed their intention of attending in the preliminary mailing that was sent out last November: Tom Ahern, Don Brown, Chris Carmody, Richard Cicerchi, James Day, Pat Hutchinson Evans, Bob Faught, Greg Ganslen, Ted Heutsche, James Hogue, Hector Marchand, Marty Mohler, Joseph Moran, Mike Pellegrini, Deroia Usar, and George Vourlojianis. In addition, I know that the following reunion committee members are coming: Pete Beirne, Wes Catri, Sue Eagan, Ty Freyvogel, Bill Lynch, Jack O’Connell, Frank Piunno, Fran Ulrich. Don Brown and Wes Catri are in charge of the Class Gift portion of the reunion.
The “dam broke” in terms of incoming news on our classmates. Pete Beirne e-mailed me that he is the recipient of the Bishop’s Distinguished Service Award from the Diocese of Columbus, OH, as a former board president of Catholic Social Services and as a trustee of the Catholic Foundation for the diocese. Pete was also installed as a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a Papal Knighthood. Congratulations can be sent to Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Carmody updated his alumni profile online at www.jcu.edu from his home in Alpharetta, GA, where he is a senior producer for Turner Sports. After leaving JCU, Chris got his Master of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1973. Chris has three daughters, Lark, Jamie and Robin. He wrote: “This will be my 32nd year in television. I have received seven National Emmy Awards, but working on the British Open at St. Andrews this summer will be one of the greatest highlights of my career.” Chris’ e-mail address is email@example.com.
Jack O’Connell happens to be Robin Carmody’s godfather. He writes that Robin is graduating from the University of San Diego and hopes to pursue a career in drama and the teaching of drama after graduate school. Jack is retiring as of this June after 30+ years of teaching and moving to One Great Elm Rd, Sharon, CT, 06069 to a historic house “and the restoration has been a long process.” Jack said that he has no definite retirement plans other that a Transatlantic crossing from Lisbon to Ft. Lauderdale via the Azores and Bermuda. Jack can also be reached at Jackbville@aol.com.
Ty Freyvogel called me with a double dose of good news — In February, he was named to the JCU board of regents, and at the end of March he and his wife, Katherine, had their first grandchild, Theodore August Noethling. Ty said that “just two” of his seven children are married, and he has one in law school, several at Boston College, while his youngest, Bill, is a freshman at JCU. Ty continues to write and give motivational speeches. Check him out at www.tyfreyvogel.com.
Congrats can be sent to Ty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fran Ulrich e-mailed that she is now working at Notre Dame College after retiring from the county board of mental retardation after 31 years. She is a full time faculty member in the education division. Fran noted: “Sometimes I can’t seem to believe I am a college professor, oh by the way, my office used to be ‘Mother Superior’s, how fitting…” Fran can be congratulated on her retirement and her “new career” at email@example.com. I am sure Fran’s dad would be proud of her.
Finally, my wife, Karen, and I beat the Freyvogel’s by about three weeks. Our first grandchild, Braeden Thomas Hogan, son of John Hogan ’93 and Gretchen Heutsche ’93 was born on February 7th.
Keep the notes, calls and letters coming. It makes my job much easier, and we all enjoy hearing from you!! Regards, Ted
Mark the dates! Set aside some calendar time! The JCU class of 1970 35th reunion is scheduled for June 17-19, 2005. We still need volunteers from our class for the reunion committee. Those who have already committed to the effort are: Tom Ahern, Don Brown, Sue Eagan, Bob Faught, Tom Freyvogel, Ted Heutsche, Jim Hogue, Frank Piunno. However, we need more help!! Tom Ahern communicated a great idea. If we could get 2-3 regional “directors” in the major metropolitan areas (Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cincinnati/Dayton, Toledo/Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Buffalo/Rochester, NY/NJ), and 1-2 “organization directors” (Band, Carroll News, football, rugby, AED, DAT, Sailing Club, AKPsi, Beta Tau, U-Club, IBG, I-Chi, etc.), we could really get the reunion attendance effort rolling. We need help!! If you are interested in joining to plan the weekend, you can contact any of the committee members, or contact Rosalie Massey in the alumni office directly, at 216-397-3014 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rosalie has a great breakdown of our class by activity and by present contact info. You do not need to live in the greater Cleveland area to participate, and Rosalie has the means to keep all volunteers “in the loop” with reservation responses, etc. Please join us.
In other news, Ron Moeller updated his alumni profile online at www.jcu.edu. Ron and his wife, Virginia, are living in Fremont, CA, where they are “enjoying being in California and the wonderful weather,” and are “doting grandparents of two grandchildren, five and three years old.” (Speaking of grandchildren, by the time you receive this, my wife Karen and I should be grandparents for the first time, compliments of our daughter, Gretchen, and her husband, John Hogan – both JCU ’93.) Ron and Virginia have 2 children, Robert and Susan, and Ron is employed as senior staff for Novellus Systems in San Jose.
Rich Harkey sent an e-mail saying that he made it to the annual DAT holiday reunion event at Flannery’s downtown, after spending a few unplanned days in Chicago trying to get a flight out after the snowstorm. The reunion was comprised of about 60 alums, primarily from the JCU classes of 1964 through 1980. Our class was represented by Rich, Paul Antonin, and Terry Wichmann. There is talk of a summer event for the group.
In some sad news, we were informed of the passing of classmate Neil Edward Rasmussen by his wife Mary. Neil passed away from cancer on December 16, 2004. Neil had been a Manager of Internal Audit for Goodrich Corp. in Charlotte, NC. In addition to Mary, Neil is survived by his daughter, Kristen Rasmussen Barry master’s of accountancy ’94 and her husband, Patrick Phillip Barry ’94, and his son, Jeffrey. Mary also wrote “Neil will be missed by all. He was looking forward to the reunion in June of 2005.” Condolences can by sent to the family at 2215 Beaucatcher Ln., Charlotte, NC 28270.
Wishing all of you a happy and healthy year in 2005, the reunion committee hopes to hear from you soon, and to see you at Reunion 2005. Keep the news coming to either me directly, or to the Alumni Office. Ted
Mark your calendars!!! Set aside the dates!!! Reunion weekend for our 35th class reunion will be Friday to Sunday, June 17/18/19, 2005. If you are like me, it is extremely hard to believe that it has been almost twice as long that we have been out of JCU as the ages we were when we began our freshman year!! In any event, we are looking for volunteers to serve on our class reunion committee. As of this writing, the following class members have volunteered to be on the committee: Tom Ahern, Don Brown, Bob Faught, Ted Heutsche, and Frank Piunno. You do not necessarily have to live in the greater Cleveland area to help out. If you are interested in helping to plan the weekend, please contact Rosalie Massey in the alumni office at 216-397-3014 or you can e-mail her at email@example.com.
In other news, David Komar updated his alumni file online. He is living in Fairfax Station, VA, where he is a senior staff member for Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. David’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have not done so recently, it is very easy to update your own profile online. Simply go to www.jcu.edu and click on the “Alumni and Friends” tab, then click on “Update Your Record Online,” and type away. You can also read our Class Notes if your copy of John Carroll magazine gets waylaid by the post office, like Rich Harkey’s always does. Rich actually had to “import” a copy from another JCU alumnus in the Los Angeles area.
Speaking of our faithful JCU-west column contributor, Rich told me that the snow is starting to accumulate on the mountains around Salt Lake City. While he did not say so in as many words, I inferred from that weather report that it meant that Rich would be putting his golf clubs away for the season, much like the rest of us back in the good, ole’ Midwest.
The impending cold weather was not about to deter Terry Wichmann from making his first trip to visit our favorite Ute. Could this be the beginning of a mass emigration of a lot of our Cleveland area alumni out west?!?! Keep tuned to this column for further developments.
Take care, and have a happy and blessed holiday season. Take a minute to e-mail any news about what is going on in your lives. Ted
The Alumni office forwarded some updates they received from some of our classmates. Bob Faught is living in Newtown Square, PA, where he is senior vice president of Retail and Commercial Sales for Comcast. Bob and his wife, Melissa, have 4 children: Connor (25), Caroline (21), Elizabeth (13), and Emily (9). While at JCU, Bob was a member of IBG. Bob’s can be reached at email@example.com.
Greg Ganslen is in Harker Hts., TX, where he lives with his wife, Sharon. Greg and Sharon have two children: John (32) and Maureen (29). He is a senior engineer for Computer Sciences Corp. in Fort Hood, TX, and was recently elected to the position of lay director for the Fort Hood Heart of Texas Cursillo community. Greg’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Nypaver has been waiting for Greg’s e-mail address since June ’03. He said he has not been in touch with Greg since they left JCU in 1970 to go into the Army. Sorry it took me so long to get that info to you, Steve, but as you can see, I saved your e-mail all this time.
Tim Sullivan is a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Detroit, ordained October 2, 1999, assigned to Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, MI. From 1970 to 1999, Tim was a special agent (Intelligence Officer) for the BATF in Detroit, and since then, he has been a Theology instructor at Loyola HS in Detroit. Tim is also a chaplain for the BATF, and he has an outreach ministry to the homeless www.pbjoutreach.org. Tim and his wife Gail, have 2 children: Shana (27) and Meghan (20). Tim’s e-mail address is email@example.com.
Reminder – 35th reunion next year. Plan for it! Keep the updates coming, either to the Alumni Office or directly to me. Regards, Ted
This year’s DAT Christmas Luncheon had the largest turnout ever. It was held at Flannery’s in downtown Cleveland on the Monday between Christmas and New Year’s. While the attendee list is way too long to mention here, Paul Antonin, retired from Willoughby-Eastlake Schools after 30 years of teaching, represented our class. Paul is now the group’s historian. If you looked at any of the scrapbooks at the event, it’s amazing how young we all looked 35 years ago. Please get your class stuff of historical significance and other class antiquities to Paul who resides in Willowick, OH with wife Rae.
In attendance was Rich Harkey, now a Ute in Salt Lake City. Rich noted his handicap has fallen to single digits and is not attributable to the high altitude, low humidity, or the desert thin air that gives an additional 30 yards per shot, whether you want it to or not, but rather is due to slight swing modifications.
From the West-is-Best Group, Pat Murphy disclosed that he has completed the necessary training and state certifications to be licensed with Realty One in Rocky River. Pat would be very grateful for any family and friend referrals that you might be able to pass on, he would love to represent them on Cleveland’s West Side.
Terry Wichmann is the president of an advertising agency where he has sons Michael and TJ ’01 working and learning the advertising business, enabling Terry to focus on other important matters such as grandfathering. Daughter Katy, who teaches in the Cleveland school system, will make Terry and Mary grandparents a second time this fall.
The event would not have been possible without the organizing skills of Vic Matteucci ’71 who this year managed to pull-in still more classmates. Based on last May’s highly successful second St. Patrick’s Day event, a second is scheduled this May, probably at the Harp or similar location, and will include spouses. Watch for the note regarding the annual Late Summer-Fall Classic at a yet-to-be-named East Side course.
We learned that Mike Hatgas is with a large bank in the Cleveland area doing regulatory compliance. Mike and JoAnn have 5 boys, Christopher who graduated from Xavier and supervises a Cleveland bank’s derivative securities program, Joe and Kevin who are at JCU, and the twins who will be entering St. Ignatius as freshmen this fall. They live in Middleburg Heights, and are looking forward to the end of their tuition-paying phase of their life which may come as early as 2013.
We also learned that Dan McGann is an empty nester living with wife Kristina in Danville, PA. Dan is the grandfather of five and does compensation and benefits planning for a community hospital in Scranton.
Rick Sabolik, while being retired as a Big 4 partner, just couldn’t stay home. He is now getting additional income consulting for a medical company in the Dallas area. Rick reports that he is trying to figure out how to survive on very little sleep, but he’s having fun!
Just in from the JCU E-News. Don Korb, a partner in the Cleveland law firm Thompson Hine, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chief counsel of the IRS, the #2 position therein. He will be commuting to D.C. from Shaker Hts. for the next year while his daughter completes high school. You probably remember Don as the co-captain (along with Kerry Volkmann ’71) of the perennial champion Blue Streak wrestlers our senior year.
Special thanks to contributing writer Rich Harkey!
Reminder – 35th reunion next year. Plan for it! Ted
A rather short column this time around. I received a note from Gerry Grim ’69 and a copy of the book It’s Not Your Smarts, It’s Your Schmooze – How to Succeed Without Being Brilliant authored by our very own classmate (and former I Chi) Ty Freyvogel. Ty owns all or part of several different businesses and is an active investor in many diverse companies, as well as being a public speaker. He still resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife, Katherine, and their seven children. Gerry reports that the book is selling well on Amazon.com.
My mother, Anne, passed away on Palm Sunday at the age of 89. Of interest to Carroll alumni, she was the prom queen of 1938, along with her king, my father, Robert (Bob) G. Heutsche, Sr. ’38, who passed away Thanksgiving 1995. My parents gifted their seven children in many ways, including our Catholic faith, and a love for our alma mater, John Carroll. Dad was both a class columnist and a class agent for the Alumni fund for many, many years.
I hope to hear from you regarding your own news — about your families and your accomplishments. You are the fuel that keeps this column going. Drop me a line or an e-mail or give me a call.
Regards to all, Ted
In an effort to garner more news for our class’ alumni column, I have “engaged the services” of a roaming reporter. Here are the latest notes from same: “Your roving reporter ran into Rick Sabolik of Plano, TX recently. Rick retired as a CPA from KPMG a few years ago after 30 years service being a lead partner in the firm’s health care industry practice. After accumulating more than 5 million air miles as a firm expert, Rick enjoys keeping both feet on the ground while he develops a new consulting practice for clients in the health care field as well as pursuing director level positions on boards of for-profit hospitals. Your memory is correct if you recall that Rick and now wife Penny were Homecoming King and Queen in 1967. Rick resides in Plano with Penny and enjoys getting together with their family who stayed in the area: children Jim and Jennifer, and two grandchildren.
Also, we heard from old number 43, Jerry Mihalek. Again, your memory is correct if you recall Jerry’s ‘bull-like rushes’ as fullback for the Blue Streaks. It’s also correct that, as a young second lieutenant during a field training exercise on an extremely cold January day at Camp AP Hill in Northern VA, 2LT Mihalek’s mission was to safeguard certain picnic tables. Not one of those tables was ever reported missing. Jerry currently resides in University Hts. with wife Mary Lou, and they are the proud parents of Jeff, Bob, Mike, Melanie, Jenny and Elizabeth. Jerry is currently in the tuition bill-paying phase of his life, and is willing to accept any and all contributions to the cause. Jerry maintains a tax practice in the Cleveland area.”
In other news received from the alumni office, we heard from Gregory Ganslen, who is now in Harker Hts., TX. He and his wife, Sharon, have two children, John and Maureen. Gregory is a senior logistics analyst for Computer Sciences Corp. at Fort Hood. While at Carroll, Gregory was affiliated with the NDTA Rangers. If you would like to contact Gregory, his e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also heard from Thomas G. Maertens. For those of you who, like me, are bearing the winter doldrums with gritted teeth, you’ll be happy to hear that Thomas resides in Honolulu, HI, with his wife, Rebecca. They are the proud parents of Julianne, Taylor, Matt, Marjorie and Richard. Thomas is affiliated with the Punahou School in Honolulu. While at Carroll, he was VP of the Ski Club, although me thinks that he is having a hard time finding any “powdery stuff” these days. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
Joseph E. Perry let us know that he is another “warm weather” friend, residing in Palm Bay, FL, with his wife, Nancy, where he is manager of subcontracts for the Harris Corporation. They have two children: Jeffrey, who is a graduate of Herzing College and is also affiliated with Harris Corp., and Jennifer, who graduated from the University of Notre Dame and works in Washington, DC for the Dept. of Justice. While at Carroll, Joseph was with Alpha Kappa Psi and Iota Beta Gamma. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to our “roving reporter” for his contributions to this column. Don’t be surprised if you get a phone call from either him or your class reporter to get an “update” on where you’re at, what you’ve been doing, etc. And thanks also to those of you who sent your notes directly to the alumni office. We really do enjoy hearing from you! Ted
I received an e-mail from Richard Harkey advising me that he was in the process of relocating from Cleveland to Salt Lake City, but planned to return to the North Shore often. Rich wrote that he caught up with our classmates Terry Wichmann, Bob Novacek ’69, Paul Antonin and Pat Murphy at their annual DAT Christmas luncheon down in the Flats during the last holiday season. Terry is president of his own advertising agency in Cleveland, Bob still lives and works on the East Side of Cleveland, Paul is retired from the Eastlake School System and is the new historian of the group, and Pat continues to get his picture on the front page of The Plain Dealer without breaking the law.
Rich noted that the group had perhaps one of the greatest turnouts ever this past year with many JCU alums attending, and that the event is not confined to the Class of ’70, but to any alumni from any graduating year. Group president Vic Matteucci ’71 organizes the event that is typically held the Thursday between Christmas and New Year’s down in the Flats. Some of the regulars attending this past year were Ed Andros ’69, John McNamara ’69, Ray Andrews ’74, Tom Bodle ’74, Dennis Casey ’76, Frank Chenette ’73, Pete Hamm ’72 (who still rides his bike with the dinger to the event), Bill Kern ’76, Ernie Lallo ’76, Bill Lawrence ’69, Tom Loos ’72, Jim McHale ’72, Jim McPolin ’71, John Peca ’74, Bob Pfahl ’71, Mark Plush ’71, Tim Rabbitt ’75, Nick Restifo ’73, Al Salvatore ’76, Ted Shalek ’71, Bob Suazo ’73, Nick Tomino ’75, and Dave Urbanek ’75. The event will be held again this coming December, and the group welcomes all attendees. Rich said they would especially like to see some of the other members of the Class of ’70 including Rick Sabolik, Bill Sobey ’69, Dan McGann, and Mike Hatgas. The holidays are chosen as many out-of-towners return to the city and hopefully will stop in. Anyone interested can contact Rich via e-mail at RichardCHarkey@aol.com, and he will get their address to Vic, who will mail an invitation for this year’s luncheon. There is no charge to attend.
It was great to hear from Rich, and I hope some of our other classmates will e-mail yours truly about what is going on, who you have seen, etc. I am still waiting to hear from some talented classmate who would like to help design a Class of ’70 Web site. Wishing you all the best, Ted
Greetings, classmates. It was good to hear from some of you recently, and I hope that you “keep the ball rolling” by continuing to e-mail either the magazine directly at email@example.com, or to my e-mail address noted above.
Paul Fongheiser wrote to say that he and his wife, Pat, recently became grandparents for the first time. Their daughter, Lynn Fongheiser ’93 Iannizzi and her husband, Andrew, celebrated the birth of son, Anthony, on July 5, 2001. Paul and Pat visited the newborn and his parents at their home in Leesburg, VA. While grandma took her new role seriously and enjoyed Anthony, Paul was on assignment in New York City for six weeks to examine the credit card divisions at Chase and Citibank. Paul is a national bank examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency. He and Pat reside at 436 Vineyard Hills Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45255. Paul’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also heard from John O’Neil about the Class of ’70 contingent in Toledo, OH. John is a partner in the CPA firm of Plante & Moran, and his favorite pastime these days is fly-fishing. John’s e-mail address is Bigcreekdad@aol.com. John wrote that Marty Mohler is a successful attorney in Toledo, whose name often appears in the local paper due to his involvement in so many high profile cases. John also reports that Wayne “Cat” Milewski has gone from a hugely successful career in sales at a Toledo based insurance and financial services firm to starting a recording company that backs and produces polka records. Wayne is actually lead accordion on one of the groups his company is backing, going by the name “New PolkdomNow”.
Without being redundant, take a minute and drop me a line or an e-mail about either you or yours, or about any classmates. Also, I note that the class of ’70 does not have a Web site among the Alumni Classes in the alumni section of the Carroll homepage. If you have any experience with creating one, or even if one of your kids does, please e-mail either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to get one going for us. Looking forward to hearing from you! Ted