As you might have heard, Detroit has filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the country. Van Conway’s firm, Conway MacKenzie, acted as operational restructuring advisor to the city. The plan of adjustment was confirmed Nov. 7. You can see an interview with Van about the future of Detroit on YouTube. In addition to playing a significant role in the bright and promising future of Detroit, Van was inducted into The M&A Advisor Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Awards program. But Van is not the only contributor to the revitalized Detroit. Jay Tasse has been appointed to two not-for-profit community service organization boards in Detroit – Southwest Counseling Solutions and Partners 4 Health. He’s also an executive consultant for Custom Learning Systems and has embarked on a two-year commitment as an executive-in-residence for the Sloan Program in Health Administration at Cornell, spending time with the program, students, and faculty in Ithaca, N.Y. Jay’s son started a Global MBA program at Case Western and is studying in Shanghai. His daughter graduated from Loyola University Chicago. Jay and his wife, Karen, celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this year.
Roger Hull celebrated his fifth year with Detroit Public Television as vice president of philanthropy and planned giving. His daughter, Anne, was married to Alexander Beauchamp in Grosse Pointe, Mich., on Oct. 18. Anne is a 2006 graduate of Georgetown University, and her husband is a graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota. The couple lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Fr. Mark Luedtke, S.J., president of Loyola High School in Detroit, presided at the wedding ceremony. Mary and Ron Deneweth and Lori and Van Conway attended the wedding.
Barbara Ciofani and her husband, Peter, celebrated 38 years of marriage and are enjoying their retirement in Aurora, Ohio. Their bucket list includes overseas travel and enjoying their two adult children grow in their lives and careers.
Rosemary Amato (Deloitte Amsterdam) spent November making speaking engagements in Barcelona, Spain, for ISACA; Rome while attending the World Congress of Accountants; and Orlando for the QLIK user group conference.
Ken Sislak, associate VP for AECOM, shared his insights about the development of high-speed rail in the United States at the VIII International Conference on High Speed Railways held in Córdoba, Spain. Ken spoke about the U.S. incremental approach to high-speed rail development instead of the “Big Bang” approach favored by other countries. He identified the economic and geographic factors and the basis of the federal investment policy in high-speed rail mandates.
John Palermo ’71, Joe Virostek, Mike McShane, Mike Nienstedt ’73, Charlie Carroll ’72, Jim Casserly ’72, and Larry Meathe gathered for the 8th annual Golf in Hilton Head hosted by Frank Palermo. Joan ’75 and Joe Ursic ’74 welcomed grandchild No. 6, Lukas Albert, into the world on Aug. 12, and Pamela (Phillians) Billick was anxiously awaiting the birth of her first grandchild.
Val Street’s life coaching work with minority youth in the health-care field was featured on PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill. The program is a model under review for expansion and replication throughout the country.
For the first time in 27 years, Saint Louis University has a new president. Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., was inaugurated as SLU’s 33rd president Oct. 3.
Our prayers go out to Steve Noon, whose brother Larry “High Noon” Noon ’75 passed away Aug. 31 from cancer. Steve found a UClub notebook that was signed by his UClub brothers. Tim Russert ’72 signed it “to Larry Noon Brother Love.”
Jim Weitzel was promoted to sales manager, North America Land for RigNet in Houston in October. Jim will be responsible for growing sales revenue and market share, account planning, sales team coordination and management, as well as helping improve sales reporting and key performance indicator development.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and your 2015 is off to a good start. Letters, emails, and phone calls are always welcome.
As reported in the summer online version of John Carroll magazine, our class was well represented at our 40th reunion in June. More than 50 alumni returned for all or part of the weekend. For photos of the class dinner, click here. Kevin and Kathy (Ianni) Smith sent their regrets for not being able to attend the reunion because it coincided with their son-in-law’s return from his tour of duty in Afghanistan. They’ve been living in Southern California for the past four years, enjoying the wonderful weather and spending time with their eight grandchildren. Molly and I welcomed two new grandchildren this year. Our son, Keenan, and his wife, Kalyn, had their first – Regan Molly, May 16; and our daughter, Kate ’98, and her husband, Jim Bongiorno, had their fourth, Beatrice Lucille, Aug. 1.
On July 19, we were pleased to host the annual incoming freshman picnic at our home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. There are 10 new students in the class of 2018 from the greater Detroit area. Tom Fanning and Alexandra Edwards from the admissions office drove in from Cleveland for the afternoon to welcome the students and their families to John Carroll.
Thanks again to those who made it back for the reunion in June and those who made donations toward the class gift. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, updates and news about you and your families are always appreciated. Reach me through my email address, or send updates to the alumni office.
It was good to see so many of our class at our 40th reunion this June. The weather was perfect, and there were no white Bronco chases on the TV, or the need to purchase fans because of excessive heat. The University staff and students were superb hosts to all who returned to campus. The following members of our class attended all or portions of the weekend festivities: Rosemary Amato, Chuck Arida, John Arko, Rick Bedell, Judge Mike Bergerson, James (Pat) Brennan, Tim and Pam (Phillians) Billick, Tom Bodle ’77G, Len Boselovic, Jim Cannan, Bob Concepcion, Dianne Siefert-Conrad ’77 and Dan Conrad, Van Conway, Sean and Karen (Godfrey) Cooper, Ron Deneweth, Larry Dulay, Stephan Forsythe, Tom Heintschel, Roger Hull, Suzanne (Schaffner) ’73 and Fred Koneval, Eddie Kramer, Gary and Mary Lynn (Crowley) Laughlin, Bob and Mary (Richards) Madden, Tom McCrystal, Mary Alice (Horihan) Martin, Linda Meglin, Susan ’75 and John Morabito, Steve Noon, Allen Offinitz, Gail McKenna Porter, Don Reagan, Cathy Reinhard, Molly (Gibbons) ’75 and Dave Robinson, Henry Schulte, Rick Shina, Ken Sislak, Bob and Jean (Ignaczak) Smolko, Frank Sossi, Ed Staunton, Joan (Konewecke) ’75 and Joe ’76G Ursic, and Jim Weitzel. I apologize if I overlooked and didn’t list other classmates who attended. For some, it had been 40 years since they last saw each other; for others, it had been 10, 15, and 20 years. After Mass at Gesu and taking the class picture, more than 40 classmates, spouses, and significant others, enjoyed dinner in the Jardine Room. During dinner, Fr. Robert Niehoff, S.J., president of the University, and Dave Vitatoe ’00, director of alumni relations, stopped by to thank the class for attending reunion, its contribution of more than $100,000 to this year’s annual fund drive, and to tell us to enjoy each other’s company.
In other class news, Leucadia National Corp. named Linda (Repasky Beardsworth) Adamany to the board of directors. Linda also is a member of the board of directors of AMEC plc and Coeur Mining.
On March 21, Fred Pestello was elected Saint Louis University’s new president. Fred becomes the university’s first permanent lay president in its almost-200-year history. Previously, Fred was the first lay president at Le Moyne College, in Syracuse, N.Y. He began his new role July 1.
Finally, Thomas Timmes ’74G, published an e-book titled “Legio XVII: Roman Legion at War.” It’s available at Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.com. The book follows Rome’s Legio XVII from its creation to final battle and puts you in the minds of Praetor Manius Tullus and his centurions as they plan and fight their way across Northern Italy and Austria.
I’d like close by thanking Rosemary Amato for her outstanding work as the committee chair for reunion. She spent many hours making phone calls, working with the University alumni staff, sending emails and notes encouraging classmates to attend the reunion and financially support the University. And she did this from her home in Amersterdam, Netherlands. Well done, Rosemary.
Emails, calls, or updates about family, careers, retirement, and get-togethers with other classmates are always welcomed.
Reunion weekend, June 13-15, is around the corner, and I hope to see many of you there. Planning to attend are: Rosemary Amato (from Amsterdam), Terry Dwyer, Dan Conrad, Pat Brennan, Eddie Kramer, Sheila and Jim Weitzel, Joanne and Ed Staunton, Virginia and Steve Noon, Tricia and Allen Offinitz, Joan (Konewecke) ’75 and Joe Ursic, Dan Sansone, Ron Deneweth, Gail McKenna Porter, and Molly (Gibbons) ’75 and myself. You can register at the John Carroll alumni website.
Helen (Callahan) Hirsch won’t be able to attend reunion but is a proud, first-time grandmother. Helen and her husband, Dave, are enjoying their daughter Aubrey’s son, Callahan. The family calls him Cal, which was Helen’s dad’s nickname. She wrote, “It’s awesome having the name heard all the time again.”
Jim Dillon (undecided on a reunion appearance) celebrated 35 years of marriage, completed his 37th year of federal service, worked as senior analyst in a planning office of the FDA’s Biologics Center, and celebrated his son’s wedding in 2013.
Allen Offinitz, who has been living in Playa del Rey since 1979, is a risk control engineer with a commercial insurance brokerage. He and his wife, Tricia, have a boat in Marina del Rey and enjoy an active lifestyle the nice California weather permits.
Val Street is a program coach with the EMS Corps of Alameda County, which was featured as a “Promise Story” in the Robert Wood Foundation’s report about excellent programs. You can view the feature here.
Effective Jan. 1, Dan Sansone became executive VP of strategy for Vulcan Materials after nine years as CFO. More significantly, he plans to retire at the end of this year. He’s not sure exactly what he’ll do besides play golf, but his plans include remaining involved with the board of the Cristo Rey High School in Birmingham, Ala. His son, Michael, is living in Washington, D.C., where he’s a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Joan and Joe Ursic have five grandchildren, with No. 6 due in August. Joe continues his work at NASA to support his ocean cruising addiction, where, as he says, every night is like a night in the Rat Bar.
Ron Deneweth was featured in the Jan. 14 edition of Legal News titled Building Blocks: Attorney Shares Expertise In Construction Law Field. In the article, Ron reflects on his career spanning more than 30 years in construction, fidelity and surety, insurance disputes, and real-estate and lending matters; teaching at Michigan State University College of Law (his alma mater); serving as chair for the Metro Detroit Y; opening three Charter Schools in Detroit; and tinkering with old cars in his leisure time. You can read the entire article here.
Mike Bergerson is running for judge of La Porte County Superior Court 1. Bergy has served as a prosecuting attorney in criminal court for 30 years. He has been prosecuting felony cases in Superior Court 1 since 1999. He has provided pro bono services to local organizations such as Catholic Family Services, Young People’s Little Theatre, and Little Lighthouse Landing. He serves on the board of directors for A Hand Up, which provides legal housing assistance to homeless female veterans. He also has participated in local initiatives of the Redevelopment Commission of Michigan City, the La Porte County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Michigan City Sanitary District. Read more about his campaign plans here.
Kathleen (Betlejewski) Kapusta retired from her position with the city of Independence and serves the city as a newly elected councilwoman. She still keeps busy with her private practice in counseling and life coaching. Her first retirement trip was to the Dominican Republic with her husband, John, who also retired this past year.
Updates are always welcome. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at our 40th reunion.
Reunion 2014! Yes it’s our 40th reunion this June 13-15. Have you made your reservation yet? Ron Deneweth, Gail McKenna Porter, Rosemary Amato (from Amsterdam), Jim Brennan, and I are in. How about you? Maybe Dan (Samardzich) Summers will make an appearance. He’s looking to build a team for adventure racing that combines running or trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, and orienteering. The reunion could be fertile ground to recruit members for his team. Dan and his wife, Jean, celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary in St. Augustine, Fla. Their daughter, Katie, is married and lives in Anchorage, Alaska, where she and her husband, Bryn, practice law. Speaking of running, Ed Kelly competed in The Keys 100 – an ultrarace from Key Largo to Key West – last May. He won his age division, completing the race in 28 hours and 23 minutes. He’s planning to run two or three 100s in 2014.
Did you know there are 483 alumni from the class of 1974? There are 47 alumni from our class whose whereabouts are unknown. The largest turnout from our class was our 20th reunion when 94 of us showed up. I’m sure we can beat that easily in June. Rosemary and Gail are on the class of ’74 reunion committee. You can contact Gail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rosemary (email@example.com) and offer your services to ensure we have an awesome reunion. Senior year trivia questions: Who was the editor in chief of The Carroll News? Who was president of the Student Union? Can you name the Broadway hit featured at homecoming? Can you name the captain of the 1973 Blue Streaks football team?
Van Conway’s daughter, Molly MBA ’10, transferred from Case Western Reserve University law school to University of Michigan this fall. She interned during the summer with one of the Michigan Supreme Court Justices. Van’s sons are playing baseball for the last year together at Wake Forest. Kevin (2016) led the team in hitting during fall ball, and his older brother, Matt (2014), a Louisville Slugger All-American hitter, was second to his younger brother in batting average. Matt also led the pitchers with the most innings pitched and had the lowest ERA – 0.00.
In October, William (Bill) L. Devoney Jr. joined the Miller School-U Health team at the University of Miami Medical Group and Hospital Division. Bill had been the CFO of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in Chicago for the past seven years. Bill will oversee the financial operations at University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
Remember this summer is our 40th reunion. Help spread the word; call a classmate, roommate, or teammate; and have them mark June 13-15 on their calendar. News and updates always welcomed. Happy 2014!
Dear class of ’74, mark your calendars and plan to attend our 40th reunion June 13-15, 2014.
Marlana Pugh Hamer remains active in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area as an Organizing for Action volunteer. This year, she helped organize and participated in several local gun violence prevention events. Marlana’s work was featured in the Arizona Republic. In August, she was involved in a climate change event that received local coverage, and she works for comprehensive immigration reform. You can follow Marlana’s volunteering activities on Twitter: @MarlanaPatrice.
Jim Weitzel is the new systems integration business development manager for the Americas with RigNet, based in Aberdeen, Scotland. He works with large oil companies and engineering, procurement, and construction companies to provide telecom, IT, and instrumentation and electrical integration services for offshore projects. Jim and his wife, Sheila, have joined the growing ranks of empty nesters. They reside in Houston and have their bucket list ready with the JCU 40th reunion in the top 10. They’re looking forward to seeing everyone next June.
Rosemary Amato also plans to attend reunion. She makes monthly trips stateside from Amsterdam to New York and Chicago in her role as global client intelligence leader for Deloitte.
Valerie Street celebrated her 60th birthday in September with a group of friends in Kauai, Hawaii.
Larry Meathe credits his wife of 35 years, Marie, for their daughters’ successful pursuit of advanced degrees: Libby with a master’s from Case Western Reserve University and Jackie a doctorate from Cleveland State University.
Several alumni attended the funeral service for Fr. Eugene Simon, held at Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham, Mich., July 22: Alex MacKenzie ’66, Donna Bowen Brown ’72, Molly (Gibbons) ’75 and Dave Robinson, Ron Deneweth, and David Vitatoe ’00, director of alumni relations.
I wish the class of ’74 a blessed and happy Christmas and healthy New Year. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you next June at our 40th reunion. Emails, letters, and phone calls with news and updates are always welcome.
Mary (De Vocht) Berges, who will seek election in November for the third ward in Avon, Ohio, has been a fixture at council meetings throughout the years before being appointed to an at large position in 2012. She rarely has missed a regular meeting or work session. One of Mary’s campaign goals is to make a consistent effort to reach out and communicate with constituents about significant city issues. Mary, who earned a master’s degree from Kent State University, is a human resources consultant at Berges & Associates. Mary and her husband, Tom ’73, have lived in Avon for the past nine years and have two grown children.
This past March, Linda Adamany was appointed to the Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Mines Corp. board of directors as well as its audit committee and environmental, health, safety, and social responsibility committee. Linda served at BP PLC in several capacities from July 1980 until her retirement in August 2007, most recently from April 2005 to August 2007 as a member of the five-person refining and marketing executive committee responsible for overseeing the daily operations and human resource management of the company’s refining and marketing segment.
I quickly caught up with James (Pat) Brennan in June via the phone. Pat is a court magistrate for a local municipality in metro-Detroit. Jim hopes to attend one of the upcoming Detroit City Club events planned for August and October.
I want to pay a special tribute to my cousin, Dennis Lane ’77, who we lost suddenly this past May. Dennis was known for his humor and good will, which was often reflected in his class columns. His hardy laugh and love will be missed greatly by his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Joanne and Ed Staunton’s daughter, Sarah, works at National Federation of Republican Women as special projects coordinator in Old Town Alexandria, Va. She left the Clutch Group and spent part of January in Uruguay with friends. Their son, Chris, works for SolarCity and is looking to move to Austin, Texas, to pursue a career in music.
In February, Frank Palermo was appointed to the S&T Bancorp board of directors. S&T Bancorp is headquartered in Indiana, Pa., and operates offices in Allegheny, Armstrong, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Indiana, Jefferson, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. Frank’s two sons have joined his CPA firm, Palermo/Kissinger & Associates, which he started 30 years ago. He looks forward to our 40th reunion in 2014. In the meantime, he looks forward to hosting his next annual AKY golf getaway in Hilton Head next fall.
Joe Tasse’s daughter graduated from Loyola Chicago in 2012 and works in the Windy City. His son works for MOSES, a community-organizing group in Detroit.
Sheila and Jim Weitzel’s son, Drew, earned Eagle Scout honors and has been accepted to the University of Texas for fall 2013. Our sympathy goes out to Jim; his brother, Dan; and their families for the loss of their mother, Mary, who passed away in January. She’ll sorely be missed by anyone who knew her, including her 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Molly and I welcomed the return of our daughter, Kate ’98; her husband, Jim; and their three children back to Detroit in March. It’s great to have them living in Motown.
Speaking of the Motor City, the Alumni Chapter in Detroit had its first meeting March 11 at the Detroit Beer Co. hosted by Eric Eickhoff, assistant director of alumni chapter programs at Carroll. The Detroit Chapter board includes: Mary Bujold ’84, Frank Brady ’70, Nancy McGunn ’95, Bill Bolton ’82, Julie Borushko ’08, Rosanna Violi ’07, Matt Young ’97, Mike Schrage ’93, Dan Casey ’81, Bill Wersell ’74, Kyle Sobh ’10, and Molly ’75 and I. Several events for alumni in Michigan and Northwest Ohio are planned for the rest of the year.
Keep the emails and notes coming. Remember, June 2014 is our 40th reunion, so mark your calendar and plan to attend.
Marlana Pugh Hamer was the neighborhood team leader to re-elect President Obama for San Tan Valley, Ariz. Her team of volunteers conducted phone banks and voter registration drives. As a result of their efforts, there were a record number of new registered voters ranging from local residents to high school and college students.
Kevin and Kathy Smith’s oldest daughter, Kelly, was expecting her fourth child Jan. 1.
Mike Bergerson and Chris Schuba upheld the honor of our class defeating the class of ’72 (including Mike’s brother, Marty, and Pat Hogan) in their annual golf tournament. Bergy, happily reports he’s still living the dream and looking forward to the graduation of his youngest of five children this coming May from Indiana University. Another golf extravaganza took place in Hilton Head, S.C., at the home of Frank Palermo. The eighth annual outing included lots of golf, food, adult beverages, and laughter. Participants included: Jim Casserly ’72, Mike Nienstedt ’73, John Palermo ’71, Joe Virostek, Mike McShane, Larry Meathe, Frank Palermo, Charlie Carroll ’72, and Chuck Schultz.
In December, Jane Simeri became interim principal of the Mosaic School of Fine and Performing Arts at Cleveland Heights High School. Jane has spent almost 20 years as a teacher at the high school and two years coordinating the gifted program for students interested in the arts. The Mosaic School, one of four small schools at Heights High, supports students interested in fine arts and creative technologies. Since 1991, Jane has taught advanced placement classes about business, English, and government.
Ken Sislak and Thom Lodge attended the president’s homecoming reception in October. Thom is a partner in the Youngstown law firm Roth, Blair, Roberts, Strasfeld & Lodge, and Ken is an associate vice president of AECOM. Ken spent the last two years in Abu Dhabi, where he prepared the business case for the $20 billion Abu Dhabi Metro.
Our son, Keenan, was on the staff of the U.S. Olympic swim team in London. Since 2009, he was the strength and conditioning coach for Allison Schmitt and Michael Phelps at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. After the Olympics, he accepted a similar position with the University of Michigan’s swim team in Ann Arbor. In October, he married Kalyn Keller, a former Olympic swimmer who represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, competing in the women’s 800-meter freestyle.
Happy 2013! Updates and news always welcomed.
Dear classmates, here’s news from your fellow classmates. Rosemary Amato, had a great summer. She was joined by her sister, Pat, and two of Pat’s six children on a summer vacation visiting Normandy, France. They toured the American Veterans Cemetery, each of the D-day beaches, Mont St. Michel, and Lisieux, which is the home of St. Therese. They concluded the trip in Paris with the “American- wants-to-see-everything-in-two-days” tour.
It was a traveling summer for Suzanne and Hugh Morgan as well. First, Suzanne traveled to Dallas with her youngest daughter, Katie. They started their trip in Sedona, then traveled to the Grand Canyon and walked on the Plexiglas bridge over the Canyon. That was followed by zip-lining in downtown Las Vegas. London and the Summer Olympics were next. They saw the women’s gold medal soccer victory over Japan at the venerable Wembley Stadium before they took a train ride to Edinburgh, Scotland, and spent six days there. They took in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and Edinburgh International Festival where they saw the Cleveland Orchestra. A September cruise to Alaska was scheduled with stops at Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, Denali National Park, and Anchorage.
Jim (Chigo) Rados is retiring to Aiken, S.C., after 35 years of practicing law in Chicago. His wife, Sandy, retired from nursing in December, and they’re looking forward to a lot of golf. Their son, Chris, is a lawyer in Chicago, and their daughter, Stephanie, took the Missouri Bar after graduating from St. Louis University School of Law and is awaiting results. Their youngest daughter, Nicole, graduated magna cum laude from Boston College in May and is working for a social media company in Boston.
Ed Staunton writes that his daughter, Sarah, graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. She’s working in downtown Washington for Clutch Group, a legal outsourcing company. Ed’s son, Christopher, joined SolarCity and is learning about renewable energy and how the business works. Last May, Ed joined San Mateo, Calif.-based IntelePeer as vice president of carrier sales.
Congratulations to Van Conway. In August, he flew 25 people on a private charter to the St. Thomas Ritz-Carlton Hotel to witness his marriage to Lori Resnick. She has two beautiful daughters who attend Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Van’s daughter Molly ’10G MBA had a baby girl named Madeline and started law school at CWRU.
Ginny and Steve Noon’s son, Aaron ’09, also received his Master of Education from JCU last May. He’s working part time as a freelance writer with the local newspapers and plans to earn his teaching license in French.
Our daughter, Kate ’98, had her third child, Brian Patrick, in June. Our son, Keenan, was a member of the U.S. Swim Team’s athlete training staff at the London Olympics.
Happy holidays. Send me your personal updates for the next column.
Kevin and Kathy Smith, who reside in Southern California, report all is fine with their family and grandkids. Their youngest daughter, Kara, completed the Boston Marathon despite being tripped during the first mile of the race. Kevin and his son-in-law are busy remodeling several rooms in middle daughter Kristen’s new house.
Larry Meathe’s daughter, Libby, returned to Cleveland from Milwaukee and is working toward her master’s at Case Western. His daughter, Jackie, is studying for her doctorate at CSU. Larry’s looking forward to an AKY Hilton Head golf extravaganza in October hosted by Frank Palermo. The shenanigans will be reported in the winter issue.
Val Street is a life coach for young men and women in a juvenile facility in San Francisco.
Mary Beth Hayes-Zatko is retiring after 37 years of teaching the Montessori Method, 21 of these at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio. Her retirement plans include gardening, birding, and sewing, as well as operating a part-time consulting practice.
Jeff Hokl’s son graduated in May and is getting married this July. His daughter finished her first year of nursing school at the University of Illinois. His youngest daughter will be a freshman at Illinois State University in September. Jeff hosted a St. Paddy’s Day party that included Jim (Rico) Petruzzi ’75, Jim DiBenedetto ’76, Jim Feigh ’76, and John Noonan.
In March, Bob Boehlert was named director of quality assurance for Catholic Charities Disabilities Services in Albany, N.Y. Bob was counsel for New York State Commission on Quality of Care.
Finally, Van Conway’s firm Conway MacKenzie, based in Birmingham, Mich., with eight offices throughout the country and two affiliates in Europe, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this summer, fresh from receiving another slew of national awards, recognizing it as “Turnaround Firm of the Year” and among the “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.” Van’s two sons, Matthew and Kevin, are baseball players at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. His older daughter, Molly (29) ’10G, who earned a degree in chemistry from the University of Akron and an MBA from JCU, works for Steris Corp., a medical equipment supplier. His youngest child, Kelly, is an eighth-grader at Country Day where she’s a pitcher on the softball squad. Van also is a mentor to disadvantaged young boys in the Detroit and Pontiac areas.
On the personal side, our daughter Kate ’98 was due to have her third child in June, and our son Keenan plans to marry in October.
That’s it for now. I wish everyone a great summer and fall.
Rosemary Amato (firstname.lastname@example.org) is program director for Global Client Intelligence at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. in Amsterdam. She has a virtual team located throughout the world. She loves living in Europe and extends an invitation to classmates to come to Amsterdam. She says it’s a wonderful place for a vacation.
Chris and Phil Niedzielski-Eichner celebrated their 37th year of marriage and have been blessed with two daughters who are well along in their lives and careers. Chris recently retired from United Airlines and views life through a much different lens. Phil remains with the Obama Administration working on matters about national nuclear security and counterterrorism. Contrary to popular political cliché to bash public servants, Phil is honored for the experience to work with those serving our nation in the civilian ranks and is awed by what they do for our country.
Jeff Hokl attended the annual Christmas dinner meeting hosted by Jim DiBenedetto ’76 in Chicago. Also in attendance: Jim Feigh ’76, Ken (Dooner) Mulcrone ’76, Jim Petruzzi ’75, Bob Zotti ’75, Dan (His Honor) Kelly ’73, Jay Rigali ’76, Joe Duffy ’72, and Terry O’Brien ’78. Jeff said the stories and recollections of the days at JCU brought back great memories for all. Jeff also reports Bob Madden still is playing organized league baseball in the summer with his son and holds his own on the mound and with the bat.
Frank Palermo hosted his annual golf outing at his seaside home in Hilton Head, S.C. John Palermo ’71, Mike Nienstedt ’73, Mike McShane, Larry Meathe, and Joe Virostek attended. The six played golf for four days and found time to smoke cigars and discuss their favorite stories from their Carroll days.
Marlana Pugh Hamer’s original poem, “This is a Man’s World,” is included in a new book that was created in memory of the hardest-working man in show business, James Brown. “Say It Loud! Poems about James Brown,” an anthology, was launched in mid-October at Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. JCU faculty members Mary E. Weems and Michael Oatman are the editors and contributing poets.
Just when Joanne and Ed Staunton were getting used to being empty nesters, both their children moved back home. Sara graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in international studies in June and is studying to take the Foreign Service exam. Christopher works in the Port of Annapolis acquiring experience in the boating industry and attending college at night.
Kathleen (Kate) Crowley Kelly, who launched a swim school business last June, works out of the Aqua Building in downtown Chicago teaching babies, kids, adults, and triathletes.
I conclude with a tribute to Charles (Charlie) Beringer III ’75, who passed away Christmas Eve while visiting his father in Akron. Charlie, who loved John Carroll, contributed his time and talents as a student and alumnus. His cerebral wit and photography will be missed greatly. Molly and I saw many of his classmates, who attended his wake and memorial in Akron: Jim Mackey ’71, Gerry Grim ’69, Ken Rudzki ’75, Frank Sossi, Terry Dwyer ’74, Linda Meglin, Bob Quart ’72, Rocky Larocca ’73, and Gary Laughlin. On behalf of the class of ’74 who knew Charlie, our prayers and thoughts are with Dan ’81 and Bob ’80 Beringer about their loss.
Greetings from the Motor City. Marlana Pugh Hamer went on a family camping trip to Fool Hollow Lake, near Phoenix. The trip was a series of firsts for Marlana: helping pitch a tent, sleeping in the upper berth of an RV, fishing using worm bait, riding in a canoe, and helping paddle one. Marlana described the trip as awesome.
Gary and Mary Lynn (Crowley) Laughlin’s oldest son’s wedding was Aug. 6. Fr. Bichl officiated. Mike and his wife, Robin, plan to live in the Cleveland area. Their younger son, Mark, is engaged to be married in July 2012. Mark is in his last year of veterinarian school at Ohio State. His fiancée, Danielle, graduated from vet school last year and is completing her residency program at OSU. Mary Lynn is planning to retire from her portfolio management career in October.
Ed Kelly ran the Badwater Ultramarathon July 11-12 (toughest footrace on the planet) 135 miles through Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, Calif. Temps reached 122 degrees. He came in 25th out of 99. Ed will be competing in a few more 100-mile races this October and December.
Mike Bergerson and Chris Schuba upheld the honor of the class of ’74 in an annual golf match against the class of ’72, featuring Bergy’s brother Marty ’72 and Pat Hogan ’72. No scores were shared for this column, but Bergy described the losing team’s performance as embarrassing.
Ron Deneweth is managing partner of Deneweth, Dugan & Parfitt, P.C., which specializes in construction, surety, and real-estate law. Ron, the new chairman of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, is especially proud of the YMCA’s Detroit Leadership Academy charter school in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods that opens its doors this fall to more than 200 kids. Ron shouts out kudos to his U-Club pals who donated significant funds to help with the Y’s playground and physical education programs. Ron also enjoys being an adjunct professor of construction law at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing. Ron regularly meets up at Chris Schuba’s Lincoln Hall or Schuba’s in Chicago with his two children Ben and Tina who now live and work in the Windy City.
Van Conway’s son, Matt, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Player of the Week the first week of March. Matt is a sophomore first baseman at Wake Forest. This summer, Matt was a member of the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Van’s company, Conway MacKenzie – a consulting firm in turnaround and crisis management, transaction advisory, litigation support, and valuation and forensic analysis services – was recognized by M&A Advisor as Turnaround Firm of the Year at the 2011 Turnaround Awards this past spring. Congratulations, Van!
In reply to a request for best memories at JCU: “Roses Farm” – Gary Laughlin; “being a part of two football conference championship teams” – Jeff Hokl; and “exorcizing the devil out of Rodman Hall, can’t remember why, but we did” – Val Street. Updates or best memories or stories are welcome always. Email me or send a message on Facebook by Sept. 30 for the winter issue.
Dan Sansone, who was promoted to executive vice president and CFO at Vulcan Materials, has been on the board of St. Vincent’s Health System in Birmingham, Ala., for the past six years. Dan was the first lay person to be board chair at St. Vincent’s following more than 100 years of Daughters of Charity leading the ministry. The four hospitals in Birmingham are part of Ascension Health, the largest Catholic Health System in the U.S. His son, Michael, who completed his master’s degree at The University of London last fall, is interning in the climate change and sustainability consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Dan and his wife, Carol, are traveling to Italy this summer for two weeks. Dan usually sees Joe Tasse at Ascension’s annual meetings. Joe is the president of St. John’s Ambulatory Network in Detroit, after serving as CEO for nine years at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital. Under his leadership, the hospital earned a Top 50 ranking nationally in cardiovascular care and was profitable for nine years.
Nancy Hiltibrand is a service coordinator for Panorama Senior Citizens Apartments in Covington, Ky. She helps older adults connect with services they can use to maintain their independence. Nancy also is training for her third half marathon.
Kathy Kelly is teaching and coaching recent college graduates about how to navigate the job market and what they need to do to be hired. She’s having a lot of fun mentoring young people about skills they didn’t learn in college. Kathy and Ken ’73 are living in beautiful downtown Chicago.
Val Street, who reports from San Francisco, returned from a trip to Hawaii. The islands remain paradise, and Val had great fun as always.
That’s all for now folks. Molly and I spent St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Fairfield, Conn., celebrating our grandson’s first birthday. It was a minifamily reunion with all four of our children present for the festivities.
Don’t be bashful. Send news and updates. I wish you a great summer.
Frank Palermo hosted a four-day golf outing that was held last October at Palmetto Hall Golf Course near Hilton Head Island, S.C. Attending were: Joe Virostek, Larry Meathe, Mike McShane, Charlie Carroll ’72, Jim Casserly ’72, and John Palermo ’71. Numerous rounds of golf were played with mandatory cigar smoking and beer consumption on and off the golf course. The highlight was Frank recording his first hole-in-one.
Dan (Samardzich) Summers sends greetings from Florida. His daughter passed the Florida Bar but moved to Alaska to practice law. Dan and his son started a new Internet business, and Dan and Jean became first-time grandparents with the birth of Augustus Walker Summers.
Rosemary Amato still lives in Amsterdam. She spent Christmas in Paris and New Year’s in Singapore. She’s the global knowledge manager within Deloitte. Planning a trip to Europe? You can reach her at email@example.com.
Ed Kelly ran two ultramarathons (100 miles) in 2010. His son, Eamon ’03, will be getting married this May to Rebekah Jay of Cleveland.
Ed Staunton left Verizon last year and started a telecommunications consulting practice for government, wholesale, and wireless markets in metro D.C. His daughter, Sarah, will graduate from University of Mary Washington in June with a degree in international relations.
Van Conway’s firm, Conway MacKenzie, opened its eighth office in L.A. and was recognized for the 10th time as a top-12 turnaround advisory firm by Turnarounds & Workouts magazine. Van’s son, Kevin, will be attending Wake Forest University in the fall to play baseball with his older brother Matt.
Sandy and Jim “Chigo” Rados celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary. Their son, Chris, is an attorney at Donohue, Brown, & Smyth in Chicago; daughter Stephanie is a second-year law student at St. Louis University; and youngest, Nicole, is a junior at Boston College.
Larry and Marie Meathe celebrated the wedding of their oldest daughter, Libby, last September. Daughter Jackie is earning her Ph.D. as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Marie continues to substitute teach, while Larry travels a great deal for his job with Brush Engineered Materials.
Jeff Hokl shared an evening of laughs over dinner with Terry Dwyer in Indianapolis last fall, while Jeff was in town from Chicago visiting his son. If you recall your ears burning just before Christmas, you can blame these two as they reminisced at the expense of many JCU acquaintances.
Finally, all is well in the Windy City again as Ken ’73 and Kathy (Crowley) Kelly returned to Chicago. They live near Wrigleyville and are re-connecting with friends and family.
Fran Keim had been experiencing health problems and, sadly, passed away in March.
Patrick Smith wrote to say the company he cofounded in 2001, Curaxis Pharmaceutical Corp. (CURX), received its public listing in July. The company is the leading candidate for a disease modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects more than 35 million people. Pat, his wife, Jane, and their eight children are in the process of moving to Daniel Island, S.C. You can read more about Pat and his company on his Facebook page.
Len Boselovic’s daughter, Laura, graduated from John Carroll in May. She received a degree in political science and plans to pursue a career in international relations. She also helped lead Carroll’s softball team to its first OAC tourney championship and recorded the most wins of any senior class in the University’s history. Laura was the starting first baseman and earned Ohio Athletic Conference allacademic honors with a 3.32 GPA. Lenny continues to be recognized for his writing at Pittsburgh’s Post Gazette. This past January, Len and fellow reporter Patricia Sabatini were finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. Their investigative report of a fraudulent M.B.A. given to the daughter of the West Virginia governor by West Virginia University resulted in the resignation of WVU’s president, provost, and business school dean. Way to go Lenny. Lenny saw Joe Virostek, Ed Kelly, and Van Conway at Carroll’s commencement. All were impressed with the great speech given by Tom Brokaw. Van’s son, Matt, was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American team by “Collegiate Baseball.” As a freshman at Wake Forest University, Matt posted a team best .382 batting average, hitting six HRs with 32 RBI. His 18 doubles were the most by a freshman in Wake Forest history.
Bernie Conway’s (’75) oldest son returned safely from Afghanistan in June but likely will be returning for his second deployment. His youngest son is scheduled to be deployed to Somalia/Yemen where he’ll be dealing with the pirates in the area.
Terry Dwyer recently joined WebLink International, a privately held computer software company in Indianapolis, Ind., as its chief operating officer.
Molly ’75 and I hosted the annual Carroll incoming freshman picnic at our home in Bloomfield Hills July 10. Jennifer Easley, assistant director of enrollment, joined us for the event. We had five incoming freshmen, their parents, and four prospective students attend the picnic to share contact information, hear news about the University, and enjoy a light lunch. Rosemary (Gibbons) Fox ’83 also attended.
That’s it for now. Hope everyone has a great fall. Send or call me with your updates, or “poke” me on Facebook.
Mike Bergerson’s oldest son, Michael, graduated from The Law School, University of Notre Dame in May, and got married on Memorial Day weekend in SC. His sons Brendan and Patrick are working on Wall Street and living in Midtown Manhattan; Brendan trades oil in the pits and Pat trades in the equities market. Bergy’s oldest daughter Kara graduated from Western Washington University in June and his baby, Mary Sinead, is a freshman at Western Washington University. Bergy will be hosting his annual golf weekend. Expected to tee off include Van Conway, Roger Hull, Ron Deneweth, John Clayton from Detroit, Tim McMahon, Jim Cannan (now retired from Proctor and Gamble), and Sean McNicholas from Chicago.
Jeff Hokl, is an underwriter technician at Chartis Insurance in Chicago. His oldest son turned 21 and attends Marian University in Indianapolis, IN. Jeff’s oldest daughter is at the University of Illinois and his youngest daughter is a sophomore in high school. Jeff’s wife, Patricia, is a branch manager with Edward Jones.
Congratulations to Bernie Conway ’75. He got married in February to a lovely lass named Blathnaid. He met her two years ago while living in Ireland.
Ginny and Steve Noon’s son Aaron graduated last May ’09 from John Carroll with a Bachelor of Arts in French and is currently enrolled in the master’s program at Carroll. He is doing post graduate work in education. He is also a part-time French tutor at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools. Their daughter Morgan is a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati.
Val Street spent two weeks in Hawaii this past February — a week on Kauai, and the second week in Honolulu where she attended a class.
To wrap up this column, Molly and I became grandparents for the second time in March. Our oldest daughter Kate ’98 gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Blaise Augustine. We were in Fairfield, CT, for the blessed event. Hope everyone has a great summer. Send me your news and updates. I am also on Facebook. Robby
I had a great time attending Homecoming in October. It was an honor to join fellow fraternity brothers — Larry D’Onofrio ’81, Terry Dwyer, Kevin Kane ’75, Jack Carey ’83, Kevin Smith, Frank Sossi, Doug Killilea ’99, Paul Olexa ’82, Tom Roche ’90, Charlie Beringer ’75, Rick Benz ’87, John Mastrantoni ’80, Mike Schmidt ’81, Bob Quart ’72, Tom Hartnett ’81, Kevin Bachman ’97, Chris Donnelly ’90, Jack Daniels ’87, and Ken Rudzki ’75 — as Iota Chi Upsilon was recognized during halftime of the football game for the establishment of the IXY Endowed Scholarship which has raised over $600,000. Earlier that morning over 20 former IChi members, spouses, and their kids spent the morning cleaning up an urban lot in downtown Cleveland that will be converted into an urban farm. Those helping included Terry Dwyer and Kevin Smith. Kevin and Kathy Smith hosted an awesome dinner at their home Saturday night. Guests included, Dwyer, Bob and Mary Madden, Connie and Rick Shina, Ken ’75 and Cheryl Rudzski, Tim Franzinger ’72, Cliff ’72 and Catherine (Soper) Radie, and Charlie Beringer ’75. The evening was spent recalling stories and shifting through over 500 photos from the ’70s taken while we were at John Carroll.
Roger Hull is now the manager of major donors for WRCJ-FM, Detroit’s classic and jazz radio station. His wife, Jean, is part of the local organizers who coordinate the activities for Detroit’s annual International Auto Show at Cobo Hall.
Marie and Larry Meathe’s oldest daughter, Libby, announced her engagement and will be getting married in Milwaukee, WI.
Dan Summers became a partner in United Equity Ventures based out of Austin, TX. He lives in St Augustine, where he focuses on real estate investment opportunities in south Florida.
In January 2009, Marlana Pugh Hamer retired from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District after over 30 years as a secondary English and reading teacher. In June 2009, she moved to the Phoenix, AZ, metro area where she bought her first home.
Bernie Conway ’75 writes from Chicago that his oldest son, Bernard, a Marine corporal, was deployed to Afghanistan just before Christmas. His unit is stationed in southern province of Helmand where sand is everywhere. As a result, the troops can’t get, or have trouble getting, clean wipes and small brushes to clean their weapon (which needs to be done several times a day). They also can use personal size toiletries, BLACK duct tape, small packets of coffee and tea, hand and foot warmers, and calling cards. A $5 calling card can be the difference between soldiers calling home or not when he gets a chance since no cell phones are allowed. This is just a partial list of what these young men and women can use. Contributions are always appreciated and if you would like more information how you could help, you can reach Bernie at firstname.lastname@example.org. His youngest son, John, also a Marine, was scheduled to be deployed in February. Keep these young men and the rest of combatant troops in your prayers.
In December, Van Conway, president and founder of Conway MacKenzie, Inc. in Birmingham, MI, was elected for a three-year term on the Walsh College Board of Trustees.
Our prayers and condolences go to the family of Ronald Wolfe, who passed away in December after a fall on his icy driveway. Ron was a popular administrator and teacher at Hebrew Academy of Cleveland. “Ron Wolfe was an educator par excellence,” said Rabbi Simcha Dessler, educational director for Hebrew Academy. “His passing was both a tragedy and a loss. I know he will forever be remembered by the faculty and students whose lives he profoundly touched.” He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Katherine ’91G, three daughters, and seven grandchildren.
Keep the news coming. I can be reached at email@example.com and on Facebook. Wishing all a great spring and Happy Easter. Robby
Sean and Karen Cooper’s daughter Kelly graduated from Xavier and is now teaching in Phoenix. Their son, John, is a senior at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia majoring in food marketing.
New resident to Arizona Marlana Pugh Hamer is learning to enjoy living in the “Grand Canyon State.” In fact, she will be featured in a tribute to the late and great Donny Hathaway. It is a Black Poet Ventures production entitled “Winners Have Yet to Be Announced.” In addition to her acting duties, Marlana is one of the tribute’s background singers. The performances took place in Phoenix in October. Marlana is on Facebook and friends with Annette Haile. She extends an invitation to other alumni to look her up and become a new friend or just come to check out her page.
I received a LinkedIn update from Kathy (Kate) Crowley Kelly. She and Ken ’73 are living in Charlotte, NC, where they have an Internet marketing training and consulting firm. Two of their three kids are through college and live in Charlotte.
Eddie Kramer and his wife, Loretta, live in Seattle, and have three children: Luke (8), Noah (11), and Lindsey (14). They are busy doing all the things kids do. Loretta is a schoolteacher and attending grad school at the University of Washington working on her degree in library science. Eddie is a lead architect for database applications at Serials Solutions, a ProQuest Company, the global leader in e-resource access and management services.
As I write this column, I am looking forward to seeing several classmates at John Carroll’s Homecoming and participating in an IXY service project in downtown Cleveland prior to the football game. Look for details in the next issue of the Alumni Journal. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Give me call, send an e-mail, or post a message on my Facebook wall. Robby
Reunion weekend 2009 attendees included ’74 alumni Rich Bedell, Mary Berges, Bob Boehlert, Joanne Brady, Karen and Sean Cooper, Bob ’73 and Martha Feldmeier, Stephan Forsythe, Christine Ulrich Gibbons, Fred Koneval, Mary Lynn and Gary Laughlin, Ann Monroe, Phil Niedzielski-Eichner, Sally and Steve Pap, Gail Porter, Cathy Reinhard, Jean and Bob Smolko, Pete Tracy, and Joan ’75 and Joe Ursic. Fr. Bichl was the guest of honor at our class dinner and charmed everyone with his humor and recollections about our class. Thank you, Carla (Lauer) Gall ’05, reunion coordinator, and the rest of the alumni office staff for hosting such a wonderful Reunion weekend.
Karen and Sean Cooper’s daughter, Kelly (Xavier 2007), is a teacher in Phoenix; and their son, John, is a senior in the business school at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, majoring in food marketing.
Kevin and Kathy Smith’s children are all on the West Coast now, and they are contemplating a move from Ohio to California to be closer to them. Kathy has one more course to take and she will have completed her study of the Ignatius Spiritual Exercises. Congratulations, Kathy.
Tim Long has published the book Curses! Why Cleveland Sports Fans Deserve to Be Miserable: A Lifetime of Tough Breaks, Bad Luck, Dumb Moves, Goofs, Gaffes, and Blunders. Tim has followed and endured the heartbreaks that are part of Cleveland sports for more than 30 years. Tim is also the author of Browns Memories, Indians Memories,and The Cleveland Sports Trivia Quiz.
Thomas Bruckman has been appointed director of development for the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, MN. Since 1984, the House has provided transplant patients and their caregivers high-quality and affordable accommodations in a home-like environment. Tom is also an active member of the Rochester Rotary and he has been recognized with several awards for his leadership in public and community service programs.
This spring, Joanne and Ed Staunton’s son, Chris, graduated from high school in Maryland and is going to study marine engine technology in Florida. It is a 14-month program and followed by another two years in business school. With Chris graduating, Ed and Joanne have now joined the growing ranks of “empty nesters.”
Sheila and Jim Weitzel wrote that their daughter, Erin, will be a freshman at the University of Texas in August, and son Drew will be a freshman at Strake Jesuit High School in Houston.
Hope everyone had a great summer. REMINDER IXY Alumni: The IChis will celebrate their 50th anniversary the weekend of October 10 with a special recognition at half time during the Blue Streaks 2 p.m. game against Marietta. Hope to see you there. In the meantime, send me an e-mail or poke me on Facebook with your updates. Robby
If you are interested in scuba diving, the next time you are in Fresno, CA, stop by Bob’s Dive Shop: Fresno’s oldest and most trusted name in SCUBA training, and check in with Ed Salamone. Ed and I recently connected just before he was leaving on a scuba trip with a group to Mexico. He has two children and two grandkids, with grandchild number three due in April.
Ginny and Steve Noon’s son, Aaron, will graduate this spring from JCU with a Bachelor of Arts in French and English. He plans to attend graduate school and teach. Their daughter, Morgan, is a freshman at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
I was able to catch up with Terry Dwyer for a brew at the Detroit metro airport on his way back to Indianapolis from a business trip in the Far East. Terry is the COO at AuthorHouse in Bloomington, IN.
Helen (Callahan) Hirsch and her husband, David, moved from Ohio to Summerville, SC, where she is enjoying easy access to beaches and great restaurants in Charleston. She is currently teaching 10th grade English at a nearby high school. She hopes to attend the Reunion.
Jim Dillon and his wife, Alice, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this April. They have three children who are in various stages of college. Bruce just completed his 32nd year of federal service and is currently with the FDA as a program analyst. He acquired his Master in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1987.
Molly ’75 and I were joined by fellow alumni Maureen ’91 and Chris ’90 Cosgrove and their three sons, and by Adam Waechter ’91 and his daughter to cheer on the John Carroll men’s club lacrosse team as they beat Oakland University 8-5 at a game played in Pontiac, MI, March 14. It was great to see the Blue Streaks knock off a D-1 ranked team. Hopefully it will become an annual event.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at our 35th Reunion, June 19-21. As a reminder, Cleveland area alumni are invited to attend Vegas Night on Friday and also the Sunday Father’s Day brunch. For more information, contact Carla Gall ’05, reunion coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-397-1595.
Have a great summer and remember to send me your updates and news – email@example.com. Robby
Several classmates e-mailed with news and have made plans to attend our 35th Reunion this June 19-21. Mary Beth (Hayes) Zatko has been teaching the Montessori Method with children aged 3-6 since 1974. She has been at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, for the last 20 years. She is married to Frank Zatko, Ph.D. M.D., adjunct professor at Carroll in science and swim coach at Case Western Reserve University. She adores her work, “It has been more of a vocation than a job.” She has been jogging for 30 years, is an avid gardener and bird watcher. She’s written a children’s bird guide/coloring book. Mary Beth hopes to see Martha (Bellassai) Feldmeier, Linda Meglin, Mary (Doetsch) Bateman and Val Street at Reunion.
Ken Sislak serves on the Ohio Department of Transportation Priorities Task Force, shaping the vision for a more multi-modal transportation system for the state.
Hugh Morgan and wife Suzanne live in Auburn Township, OH, and just celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. Hugh has a combined CPA and legal practice in Independence. Their children Eric (Boston College), Kelly (Miami University), and Katie (Denison) are sending their parents to Hawaii in April to celebrate. The Morgans have three granddaughters (including identical twins) with a fourth expected in June.
Rosemary Amato is a director in the Enterprise Risk Services practice, for Deloitte in The Netherlands. She splits her time between global knowledge management and client services. She also coaches MBA students at the Rotterdam School of Management. Marcia (Milano) Drew, a licensed social worker, is a sex offender-specific treatment therapist in central Pennsylvania. She believes she’ll never be out of work, “unless, of course, everyone gets on the treatment bandwagon and does a spectacular job.” Joan (Konewecke ’75) and Joe Ursic had a busy 2008. Their first grandchild, Charlotte Lenore Ursic, was born June 2, same birthday as Joan; and their youngest daughter, Kathryn, was married in May at St. Clare Parish in Lyndhurst where Joe grew up and lived while attending JCU. Joe is on the reunion committee.
Jack Kleinhenz, CEO of Kleinhenz & Associates was named a National Association for Business Economics Fellow for his contributions in the field of business economics. Jack joins a select group of 100 that includes Nobel Laureates Lawrence Klein, Milton Friedman, James Tobin; Federal Reserve Board Chairmen Paul Volcker, and Alan Greenspan. (Jack, have any ideas to fix the current economy?)
Marlana Pugh Hamer, a ninth grade English teacher in Cleveland, with an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University (Cleveland campus), won second place in the 2008 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest with her poem “Possessions, Part II.” Marlana was the only female winner and described the award as a “wonderful and life-affirming experience.” She was an active volunteer during Obama’s presidential campaign, registering new voters and canvassing in her Bedford Heights neighborhood.
Larry Meathe predicts many AKY bros will return to campus in June and that they are looking forward to the “dinner on the deck” at the Meathe household. Gary and Mary Lynn (Crowley) Laughlin plan to attend and believe Bob ’73 and Martha (Bellassai) Feldmeier will also be there. The Morgans, Ron Deneweth, Dan Conrad and Dianne Siefert-Conrad ’77, and Ed Kelly plan to be in University Heights this June. Possible shows include: Sean and Karen Cooper, Jim Rados and Bob Dilgren. Molly ’75 and I hope to attend as well. If you would like to be on the class committee, contact Carla Gall, reunion coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org – or 216.397.1595. Check JCU Connect for Reunion updates. Keep the e-mails coming! Reminder: IXY 50th Reunion this October. Robby
Well one of our classmates is no longer on the lost alumni list. Tony Walocko replied to the JCU alumni appeal in search of missing alumni and provided the following update. Tony lives in Clifton Heights, PA just outside of Philadelphia (home of the 2008 National Baseball League Champions) with his wife Patricia. They have been married for 29 years and have two children: Sabrina (29) and Michael (24). Tony has traveled extensively across the U.S. and Europe. He works for Toyota Motor Company.
Sheila and Jim Weitzel, and their children: Erin and Drew survived Hurricane Ike as it blew its way through Houston. Fortunately they suffered only some minor wind damage. Jim switched jobs over the summer and is now a Global Business Development executive with CapRock Communications. Sheila’s best friend from college is Alice Shroeder, author of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life that was published this past September. Sheila and Alice were roommates at the University of Texas.
Mark your calendars now for our 35th Reunion next June 19-21. If you would like to serve on our reunion class committee, contact Carla Gall ’05, at email@example.com or 216-397-1592. And for those ICHIs in our class, the fraternity will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the JCU Homecoming Weekend, October 9-11, 2009. Although the fraternity is no longer an active organization on campus, its legacy continues through the Iota Chi Upsilon Scholarship. As of September 1, 2008, five students attending the University are receiving four-year scholarships.
Keep the e-mails and phone calls coming. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a Blessed 2009, and look forward seeing many of you in June. Robby
Dan (Samardzich) Summers and his wife, Jean, have been married for 32 years and now live in Florida after stops in Chicago, San Antonio, Pittsburgh and Richmond, OH. Dan and Jean have two children: Matthew (27) is a decorated Green Beret who graduated from Bucknell University and now is enrolled in Clemson’s graduate program in real estate development working on his MBA. Their daughter, Katie (26), is a graduate of Miami of Ohio. She spent three years on the Hill working for House, Ways and Means. She is now studying to be an attorney at the Vermont Law School while simultaneously earning her master’s in environmental law. After John Carroll, Dan began his professional career by running a fruit stand on Chicago’s South Side. At 25, he sold the stand and started working for a commercial real estate firm as a commissioned salesman until 1986. He left Chicago to manage real estate for a San Antonio savings and loan, and then moved to Pittsburgh in 1989 as executive vice president of Golden Triangle Management. In 1992 Dan started Madison Reality where he remained until he retired to his horse farm in Richmond, OH, in 1997. As it has been said, you “can’t keep them down on the farm.” Dan has un-retired and is now a partner with a Houston-based firm where he is responsible for negotiating acquisitions and arranges for the capital. Although he spends considerable time in “planes, trains, and automobiles,” he states he is loving life in the Sunshine State.
Van Conway’s son, Matt, pitched his high school, Brother Rice, Bloomfield Hills, MI, to its third state baseball title this spring with a four hit, 8-0 victory over Saline. Matt, a left-handed junior, went 11-1 this season with a 2.07 ERA. He is the first 2009 Michigan graduate to commit to a major D-1 baseball program. He will attend Wake Forest in the ACC. Van hosted his annual golf outing in northern Michigan in June. Attendees from the class of 1974 were me, Roger Hull, Ron Deneweth, John Clayton, Jim Cannan, Dan Conrad, Marc Haag, Ed Kelly, Bob Mangan, Mike Bergerson, Tom McCrystal, Tim McMahon, and Chris Schuba. From ’75 was Joe Samuelson; from ’72 Mark Pacelli, Marty Bergerson, Larry Ray, Pat Hogan and Sean McNicholas. Van reports efforts to rewrite the JCU memories over the weekend were basically unsuccessful but at least they tried. Van, one of the founders of Conway MacKenzie & Dunleavy, in Birmingham, MI, has been nationally recognized as an expert in turnaround financing and management consulting. As you may recall in the last column, Leo Grim’s wife was training for the Boston Marathon. Well, she finished in 3:41:02. Leo, Joy, and daughter Jill were interviewed by Fox TV. Look for – http://www.myfoxboston.com/myfox/MyFox/pages/sidebar_video.jsp?contentId=6355183&version=1&locale=EN-US – “Joy from Texas is running her first Boston marathon.”
Gary and Mary Lynn Laughlin sent me an update on their two sons. Their youngest Mark earned his master’s in public health at The Ohio State University this past March and will begin Ohio State’s School of Veterinary Medicine in September. Their oldest son, Michael, works in Cleveland for a computer IT firm.
I would like to conclude this issue with a message to Tim Russert’s wife, Maureen, and son, Luke. On behalf of the entire class of 1974, our prayers and thoughts are with you. Tim had a positive impact on many of us as an “upper classman” at John Carroll and as a friend and fellow alumni over the years. Tim will always be remembered. God bless. … Dave
Ed Kelly Jr., ran his second Marathon Des Sables (MDS) in Morocco and placed 329 out of the 801. The 152 miles was the longest in the history of the course and was one of the hottest years ever. The MDS, considered the toughest footraces on the planet, is a physical, emotional, and spiritual journey. In addition to carrying his own food, clothing, sleeping bag, medical supplies, and mandatory items (compass, flare, emergency blanket), Ed had to manage his water consumption which is rationed each day, food consumption, energy output, and emotional swings. Ed selected the following as inspiration for the race, “Not once will I whine, complain, or in any way express discontent, irrespective of what happens.” Ed ran to raise money for The Academy for Global Citizenship in Chicago. Many classmates made generous pledges in support of Ed’s efforts. If you would like to contribute, contact Ed – EJK@coyleasset.com. Visit JCU Connect – www.jcu.edu/jcuconnect – under the Class Notes section, click General to read Ed’s journal. It is inspiring! If you haven’t signed up for JCU Connect, this is a great reason to get connected!
Leo Grim, and his wife, Joy, live in Houston. Leo is a chiropractor and Joy a consultant for a local school district on matters of child motor development. Their daughter Jill (12) is a swimmer and rides horse’s English style. Joy will be running in this year’s Boston Marathon and Leo is on the medical support team.
Val Street, San Francisco, is recovering from knee replacement surgery. She writes, she is finally on the mend and plans to vacation this September in Charleston, S.C.; where she will continue her research on the Gullah people. The Gullah are African Americans who live in South Carolina and Georgia and are known for preserving more of their African linguistic and cultural heritage than any other African-American community in the U.S.
Bob and Mary Madden became grandparents for a second time when grandson #2 was born March 1 and a granddaughter is expected in late August. Bob was just named head football coach at St. Thomas Aquinas H.S. in Louisville, Ohio. Meanwhile Mary takes great pride in spoiling their grandkids.
Steve Noon’s son Aaron, a junior at Carroll, majoring in English and French, was inducted into Kappa Eta Chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the national French honor society, in March. He will study French at Laval University of Quebec for six weeks.
Molly and I became first time grandparents. Our daughter, Kate ’98, and husband Jim Bongiorno were blessed with Bridget Hannah on April 1, and our youngest daughter, Macklin, will graduate from Fordham in May.
Finally, with a little help from fellow alum, I was able to track down one of our class’s more humorous and well liked classmates. He lives in Aurora, Ohio, and Since 1992 has been a partner in a real estate appraisal firm serving local and national clients. As he states, “The good thing about real estate appraisal is that no one really has an idea what it is that we do, which spells good job security!” He is very proud of his two children. Son Rick graduated from Arizona State and is looking to start law school in Denver this fall. His daughter, Julie ’05, is a pediatric intensive care nurse at Akron Children’s Hospital. He loves golf but golf does not return that sentiment, still plays softball, loves to cook and claims to be a madman when it comes to pierogies, and stuffed cabbage. Who is this man of many talents and diehard Cleveland sports fan? None other than Rick Shina. Zorro, thanks for the update!
One of the great benefits of the Christmas cards we receive, are the wonderful holiday newsletters that often accompany them. It serves as a great source of material for this class columnist. One of the first cards received in December was from Val Street. Val “traveled the highways and byways” of America in 2007. Trips included NYC and Charleston. While in New York, Val saw a production of the “Color Purple,” and in Charleston, she acquired an original Gullah work from 95-year-old iron works craftsman, Phillip Simmons. Val summed up 2007 as a good year to have had so many opportunities to be able to serve “in the Lord’s vineyard!”
Sheila and Jim Weitzel’s Christmas letter is always full of family info. To start out, Jimbo’s MG is still running fine and was a minimal expense to the family in 2007. Last March they took Erin (16) and Drew (13) to New Hampshire to visit family. As fate would have it, they experienced a Nor’easter with 14 inches of snow in 24 hours. It was Drew’s first experience with snow. That’s what happens when you grow up in Texas all of your life. Erin attends St. Agnes Academy, is a National Honor Society student and excels in golf. She wants to be a Long Horn instead of a Blue Streak! Drew is busy with Boy Scouts, baseball and football. Maybe he’ll be a Blue Streak? Jim rode the MS Bicycle ride from Houston to Austin in April raising money to find a cure for the disease. Sheila is a Eucharistic minister, volunteers with the National Charity League, is a Cotillion Board Member. Jim is a major account executive at British Telecom for Continental Airlines.
Phil Niedzielski-Eichner reports Chris is a Business Manager for United Airlines at Dulles Airport and Phil is a Senior Consultant to the Federal Government in the field of science and technology. He has been re-elected to a four-year term on the Fairfax County, Va., School Board. Phil any chance you could find a formula for cooperative partisanship at the Federal level? You did such a great job at getting people to work together while you were in the JCU Student Union. I think there is higher calling for you in D.C. I think we could tap into John Marcus for, sorry, I digress! Phil and Chris’s daughters have obviously been influenced by their parents’ commitment to excellence. Nora is currently in NYC writing and doing research to finish her doctorate in Art History from Stanford. Erin is a practicing attorney with a law firm in Virginia.
Joe Verostek has been VP of investment operations at BPU Investment for a year now. He really enjoys the work and the people he works with. BPU is a full-service investment firm providing comprehensive products, services and solutions to both individuals and corporate clients. His oldest daughter, Margaret, graduated from JCU in May 2007 and is a grad assistant at Carroll. She is pursuing her master’s in child psychology at JCU. Daughter Laura will graduate from Duquesne University in May 2008 and has a job with Raymond James Financial in Tampa starting in June. His son AJ is a freshman a Westminsiter College and is pursuing a degree in business finance. Youngest daughter Katie is in seventh grade and enjoys playing basketball. Joe provided a couple of other updates on the class of ’74 members. Frank Palermo’s oldest daughter, Emily, got married in August and is living in Raleigh, N.C., while son Frank graduated from Allegheny College this past May and is working with dad at his CPA practice in Washington, Pa. Larry Meathe’s oldest daughter, Libby, graduated from Ohio University in June and is teaching second grade in Atlanta, Ga. Larry is a VP of corporate planning and audit at Brush Engineered Materials in Cleveland.
Over Thanksgiving, Terry Dwyer met Ray Zammit ’73 for coffee while he was in Toledo visiting his wife Gay’s family for the holidays. Terry is the VP of sales for AuthorHouse in Bloomington, Ind., a leading provider of publishing and marketing services for authors around the globe. Ray is the owner of Complete Laundry near Toledo.
John Trepal has been teaching in the Mayfield City School district since November 2006. John and his wife, Susan, have two children: Brendan (15) and Timmy (3).
Rosemary Amato wrote from Amsterdam, where she is a director for Deloitte’s Netherlands, of her appointment to the board of directors of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) for a two year term. The institute is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering management accounting and finance professionals to drive business performance. It has over 65,000 members. Congratulations Rosemary! She spent Thanksgiving in St. Louis visiting her family. She extends an open invitation to give her a call if traveling to Amsterdam – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope everyone reading this column had a wonderful Christmas season and your 2008 has been healthy and blessed thus far. Don’t forget to drop me a line. Till next time, Robby
Congratulations are in order for two of our classmates. In June, Mary Lynn (Crowley) Laughlin was recognized as one of Crain’s “Women of Note for 2007.” Mary Lynn is one of two partners in Lakepoint Investment Partners, an independent investment advisory firm based in downtown Cleveland. This past May, Mary Lynn made history as the first women to serve as president of the board of directors of the Union Club of Cleveland since its founding in 1872. Mary Lynn serves on multiple boards. She is chairwoman of the AAA, the Cleveland Zoological Society, the Visiting Nurse Association, the John Carroll University board of regents and a member of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Mary Lynn states, “We all need to be involved in the community and I think we all need to use whatever talents we have.” Mary Lynn and Gary, who is a partner at Vermillion based Liberty Auto Group, live in Avon Lake.
Also in June, Rev. Gene Simon ’74G celebrated his golden anniversary as a priest. There were two special Masses for Fr. Gene, one at St. Regis in Bloomfield Hills, and the second at Holy Name in Birmingham, MI. I had the pleasure of attending the Holy Name Mass which was stunning. Over 200 parishioners and friends, along with his brother Gerry celebrated Mass with Fr. Gene, which was then followed by a receiving line and reception. While in line, I had the pleasure of catching up with Donna ’72 and Don Brown ’70 who flew in from Chicago to participate in the service. Fr. Simon had married Donna and Don in Detroit 35 years ago.
Speaking of weddings, our daughter Kate ’98 married Jim Bongiorno on June 30. A large contingent of John Carroll alums were in attendance including Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’75 and her husband Ed; Dr. Jim Myers ’72 and wife Kate (Corrigan); from ’98 — Dr. Amy Kerner Vazquez ’98 and her husband, David; Lori Szudarek; Chris Beato; Sarah Cook; Chris and Steve Wolken; Meg Galligan ’99, Jamie Morris ’97, Sharon ’97 and Sheila ’96 Sullivan, Terry Dwyer and his wife, Gay, and my big brother Jim Robinson ’68. And as to be expected, the JCU guests stayed and partied hardy to the very end.
Molly and I visited Fr. Joe Schell, now living at Colombiere in Clarkson, MI. He looks great. We had a great conversation with him on a variety of topics. He still keeps up with what’s going on at Carroll, and is especially impressed with the number of events and programs the university now has with students, faculty and alumni volunteering their time back into their communities and overseas. As he said, the Campus Ministries have come a long way from when he started them back in the ’70s.
Well that’s it for this column. I am sure there a few other women and men of note from the class of ’74. Don’t be bashful, send me a note and let’s share the good news. Hope you all had a great summer! Robby
Ed Kelly and Dan Conrad entertained fellow classmates Chris Schuba, Tim McMahon, Roger Hull, Marc Haag, Jim Cannan, Ron Deneweth and Joe Samuelson ’75 at their “home away from home” Las Vegas in March for some serious golfing. Joe Sam showed up his class of 74 alumni, winning the “high” stakes golf match. A special thanks to the Alumni Office for providing golf hats and playing cards to compliment the 19th hole entertainment.
Art Shibley shared news his restaurant chain, Yours Truly, will add its eighth location this summer at Rockside and Canal, just minutes, just minutes from the I-77 exit at Rockside. Last year, the readers of Northern Ohio Live magazine voted Yours Truly “Best Breakfast Menu,” “Best Cheap Eats,” and “Best Place to Take Kids.” Cleveland Magazine readers recognized Yours Truly in four categories in 2006, including, “Best Breakfast,” “Best Family Dining,” “Best Burger,” and “Best Cheap Eats.”
Joe Virostek and wife Lale will celebrate their oldest daughter, Margaret’s graduation this spring from John Carroll with a degree in psychology. She plans to attend graduate school at Carroll in the fall. Their daughter, Laura, is a junior business major at Duquesne University; and son Alexander was recently accepted to the John Carroll fall 2007 freshman class. Joe wanted to pass along the following: Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity is holding a Reunion for all members this summer in Cleveland the weekend of June 22-24. All past and current members are invited to meet at the JCU beer tent on Saturday, June 23 at 3 p.m. Joe is VP Investment Operations at BPU Investment Management in Pittsburgh.
Jim “Chico” Rados and his wife, Sandy, will celebrate their 25th anniversary this May. Jim has been practicing law in Chicago for 30 years. He is the controlling partner of an eight person firm Beverly & Pause. Jim and Sandy have three kids. Their oldest, Christopher, graduated from Miami of Ohio and is following in his dad’s footsteps and is a first year law student at Valparaiso. Middle daughter Stephanie spent a semester abroad in Italy while in her junior year at the University of Missouri; and youngest child, Nicole, is a junior in high school. They paid a visit to Carroll but she has not decided yet if she wants to be a Blue Streak.
Finally, Kevin and Kathy Smith traveled to Florida in February as guests of their daughter, to watch the Super Bowl. Kara is the director of Alumni Relations for the Chicago Bears. The rest of the Smith clan also made the trip and although “Da Bears” did not win, the trip was a winner for Kathy and Kevin. Kathy is going through the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and intends to be an instructor upon completing the program.
Barbara Danielson Ciofani lives in Solon, OH, with her husband, Peter. Barb received an early retirement package from MBNA/Bank of America where she had been a credit analyst. She reports enjoying the freedom retirement affords her to spend more time with children — Nicholas who works for the House of Representatives and his wife; and daughter, Kim, who works in Columbus as an actuarial.
After close to two years in the senior living market, I made the move back to IT this past March, joining Teoma Systems, a systems integrator in Troy, MI.
That’s all for this column. Hope you all have a great summer. Drop me an e-mail or give me a call, would love to hear from you. Robby
To begin with, I have a request for an MIA from Bernie Conway ’75. Does anyone know where WA Baker ’75 may be? Bernie has lost track of one of Carroll’s more illustrious graduates and would like to hear how he is doing. Bernie last saw Walter on a trip to Ireland a couple of years ago, but Mr. Baker hasn’t been seen or heard of since. Any Pittsburgh boys who know of W’s whereabouts, please let Bernie know – BJCchgo@hotmail.com.
Jim Weitzel and his wife, Sheila, had a great 2006, including trips to Vienna, Rockport and Port Aransas on the Gulf of Mexico, experiencing the “empty nest syndrome” in the summer when their children Erin and Drew were off to camp for a month. Jim accepted a position with British Telecom in August as a global account manager for the continental account.
On December 6, Molly and I joined about 40 other Detroit alumni for a reception at the Detroit Athletic Club featuring Dr. Linda Eisenmann, the dean of Arts and Sciences. Those in attendance included Roger Hull Jr. and his wife, Jean, along with Ron Deneweth. Roger is the major gifts officer for Sacred Heart Major Seminary here in Detroit. Daughter Anne graduated from Georgetown in the spring and decided to stay in the Washington area in the retail business. Ron shared an update on his kids. Ben began working on his MBA at Michigan State, while Tina is a junior at St. Louis.
Ed Staunton reported a great year for his family. Ed and Joanne are living the “college application” process with their oldest daughter, Sarah. Son Chris is taking driver’s ed at school, much to Eddy’s relief.
Chuck Schultz is now with The Osborne Company in Cleveland after many years at Alcoa. Chuck, wife Mary, and their three daughters now live in Medina, OH.
Joe Virostek’s oldest daughter, Margaret, will graduate from JCU this May with a degree in psychology and his son AJ is considering attending Carroll in the fall.
Larry Meathe has been adding to his frequent flier miles with trips for work to Singapore, England, Germany, and Ireland. Daughter Libby is attending Ohio University, and is scheduled to graduate this spring, and while Jackie is in her sophomore year at Pittsburgh. His wife, Marie, is a substitute teacher and occasionally sees Mary Beth Hayes. (HINT HINT, Come on MB drop us a line!!)
Van Conway - email@example.com – is president of Conway, Mackenzie & Dunleavy in Birmingham, MI. In 2006 the firm opened its first international office in Shanghai, China, to assist companies with sourcing needs. His firm also offers interim executive management and due diligence for private equity and hedge fund firms. The firm won several awards including being named one of the nation’s “Outstanding Turn Around Firms,” and “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in Michigan. Van has been recognized by Ernst & Young as “Entrepreneur of the Year.” And who says its a tough go here in Michigan!
Our sympathy goes out to Val Street whose dad recently passed away. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Our oldest daughter, Kate ’98, is planning a June ’07 wedding here in the Motor City. She met her fiancé, Jim, at their 10-year high school reunion. Never knew each other while in high school. How’s that fate?
That’s it for now folks. Keep the e-mails coming. Robby
As I write this e-mail, the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals are battling it out in the World Series, the Lions a playing like they want another first round draft choice; and I am trying to come up with creative ways to motivate classmates to let me know what’s going on in their lives.
Thanks to Leo Grim for his update. He has been a chiropractor for over 12 years now. He lives with his wife, Joy, and their daughter, Jill, in Houston.
Joann and Eddy Staunton trecked across the country from Maryland and spent their summer vacation mountain climbing in California with their family.
Terry Dwyer was a guest presenter at one of Don Kuratko’s entrepreneurship classes at Indiana University in October. Terry shared his experience on the keys for a business to improving its operations and productivity.
I close this year end column wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New. Please make a resolution to send me an update in 2007. Robby
Gratefully, Larry Meathe replied to my request from ‘70 – ‘71 Dolan 3rd floor T-Wing members and provided the following updates: Squeak (a.k.a. Frank Palermo) is the proud owner of a palatial estate in the lovely city of Hilton Head, NC. As Larry describes, Frank being the kind and generous person that he tells us he is, invited seven AKY frat brothers for a four night, long weekend of golf and recreation in April. The guest list included Frank’s older brother, John Palermo ‘71 (who was gifted with the truly correct nick name of “Noisy” — he talks so much we seriously discussed putting him on a daily word limit); Mike (Niner) Nienstedt ’73 (who was the only smart player of the entire group and didn’t try to make his body act 21 years old again, so he only played 18 holes of golf a day versus the 36+ holes like the rest of the knuckleheads); Al (Bert) Altieri ’74 (who decided, for unknown reasons, to drive from Cleveland to Hilton Head, but was gracious enough to get there before all the others, with groceries, and prepare dinner; Joe (Jumpin’) Virostek ’74 (who served in a staff sergeant capacity organizing food lists, tee times, and meal schedules); and Mike (Fox) McShane ’74 (who still just takes one day at a time and doesn’t get bothered by much BUT is reported to snore like a truck driver). Everyone had a great time playing golf, or best summarized in a saying discovered by the boys at one of the tees: “You have to have a lot of balls to play golf like us.”
I also received an e-mail from Bob Madden, from Auburn, OH. He and Mary (Richards), announced the marriage of their oldest son, Bob, in April. Alumni in attendance included Jeff Hokl and Rick Shina. Jeff’s wife, Pat, couldn’t make it in from Chicago to attend the ceremony, but she sent their youngest daughter, Kathleen, to make sure Jeff behaved (she was successful at her task). Rick lives a couple of miles from Bob, so the two of them have been able to spend a lot of time on the golf course this season. Bob and Mary’s oldest daughter, Jacqueline, is expecting their first grandchild this summer. In additional to his regular job, Bob will start his 11th year coaching high school football at Hudson High School with “Duch “ Narducci ’72 and he is still playing amateur baseball. Mary is administrative manager at a private country club, plays a lot of tennis, and, Bob proclaimed “as beautiful as ever.”
I spoke with Ray Zammit ’73. His oldest daughter, Jenn, graduated from Miami of Ohio in 2005 and is a bond trader for 5/3 Bank in Southfield, MI. She commutes from Perrysburg, OH, everyday. Samantha graduated from St. Ursula this spring, and will start nursing school this fall at the University of Toledo. Ray’s wife, Toni, works 3-4 days a week as a dental hygienist. In 2004, they bought a commercial laundry business. He reports, “so far so good”. When he’s not running the business, he’s playing golf in the summer and is a high school wrestling referee during the winter.
That’s it for this issue! Still in search of updates from ’70 – ’71 Dolanites! I’d rather fill this column with news from the class of ’74 than how the Tigers (with the best record in baseball at this writing) are doing!
Hope everyone had a great summer and look forward to hearing from you this fall. Robby
The last of the Super Bowl confetti has finally been cleared off the streets of the Motor City. Detroit adopted the Pittsburgh Steelers, their favorite “Bus,” Jerome Bettis, and hosted a world class event. As I write this column, both the Wings and Pistons prepare for runs at championship rings as they ended with the best season records in hockey and basketball. Too early to comment on the Tigers, so we’ll save that for the next column.
Kevin Purcell, finally bit the bullet after 18 years in solo practice and joined the law firm of Smith and Condeni in downtown Cleveland. Kevin is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. Smith and Condeni is a medium-sized law firm primarily devoted to estate planning, wills and trusts. Kevin is married to Patti, a St. John College-Notre Dame graduate with a master’s in trauma nursing. Kevin, Patti, and his two step-sons, Brandon and Cory, live in Middleburg Heights. When he is not setting wills and trusts, playing dad and husband, Kevin can found strumming on his guitar and listening to the Moody Blues.
On a sad note, the alumni office received an e-mail from Carol Dambach in Lodi, WI, telling of the passing of her husband Michael J. Dambach on March 8th. Michael died after an eight month battle with leukemia. In addition to Carol, Michael is survived by four sons, Michael, Mark, Jason and Thomas; and three grandchildren. The family acknowledged their gratitude of the hematology/oncology staff and nurses the University Hospital in Madison for their wonderful care and support of Michael. On behalf of the class of ’74, please accept our condolences and prayers.
Out of the blue, I received an e-mail from Jeff Schaefer — firstname.lastname@example.org. Jeff and I met our freshman year at JCU while living in Dolan. Jeff was on the wrestling team and many a night, Jeff, Henry (don’t call me Hank) Schulte, Chris Nulle, Jim Weitzel, Bob Shannon, Larry Meathe, Terry Dwyer and Chuck Arida (sans the hammer) debated the issues of the day, drank a few 3.2 beers and held our own version of World Federation Wrestling. If memory serves me right, we also set the record for the most people on the top bunk before “The Russian” broke up the milestone! Jeff posed the often asked question “What happened to the old gang?” He’s been unsuccessful at tracking down his roommate, Ralph Srp. Well Dolanites, this sounds like a great “to do” — everyone who lived on the third floor of Dolan 1970-71, send an update before the next alumni journal. A brief e-mail to me with a quick update and any story or event you remember from living in Dolan.
Jeff has been living in Akron since 1972. He has his own remodeling business, big old redone house of his own and is a self proclaimed junk collector! He has lots of old pictures of many of the Dolan gang at the Rathskellar. Those would be fun to see!
On a personal note, I am very proud of my wife Molly Gibbons Robinson ’75 for being one of this year’s Alumni Medal Winners. Molly has been one of the university’s best ambassadors since she left campus. She has been a class agent, alumni recruiter, board member, class gift chair, and just about anything else John Carroll has asked her to do. She has always practiced the Carroll tradition of “service for others.” Some local Detroit organizations would say she never met a volunteer request she never liked. Molly has never sought recognition, she just wants to do what she can to assist others. Her greatest vocation is being a great mom to our four children, Kate ’98, Brendan, Keenan and Macklin. We love you Molly!
Have a great summer everyone. As always, don’t be bashful, proud or indifferent; drop me a line to include in the next column. Robby
Greetings and Happy New Year to the Class of ’74! As I write, Detroit is preparing for Super Bowl XL. Since our wish for the Lions to play in the big game ended very early in the season, our next best wish is for mild weather so the out of town guests, sports fans, celebrities, and news media get a chance to enjoy the hospitality and fun of Motown. Don Kuratko, has moved to Indiana University, and serves on its faculty as director of the Entrepreneurship Program in the Kelley School of Business fulfilling a personal goal to work at a Big Ten University. Prior to IU, Don created and led Ball State University’s Entrepreneurship Program from scratch to #4 in the nation. Don has written 22 books and 150 journal articles on the subject, and one of his textbooks has become the leading book at universities across the globe on the topic of Entrepreneurship. Don and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, Christina (21) is in her 3rd year as a Telecommunications major at Ball State University; and Kellie (17) is a junior at Bloomington South HS where she stars in soccer and tennis. Don and Debbie celebrated their 26th anniversary in December. Don invited Terry Dwyer to speak to his MBA students at IU last fall, and reported TD was outstanding. Terry lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Gay, and their son, Michael (6). Phil and Chris Niedzielski-Eichner celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in 2005. They have two daughters Nora and Erin. Nora graduated from U. of Chicago and is completing a doctorate in Art History at Stanford. Erin graduated from Scripps College and is completing her law degree from George Washington U in Washington, D.C. Chris is the business manager for United Airlines at Washington Dulles Airport. Phil is the director of the energy, science, and technology consulting practice for Serco, Inc. an international consulting firm. He is also an elected official and serves as the chairman of the Fairfax County Virginia School Board the 12th largest public school system in nation that serves 165,000 students.
On the newswire, Dr. Jack Kleinhenz was recognized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in December for his forecast on the REAL GDP. Jack is the CEO of Kleinhenz & Associates, a business and economic consulting firm based in Cleveland. Jack is a member of the Governor of Ohio’s Council of Economic Advisors, board director of Notre Dame College and corporate director for Beverage Distributors, Inc. Jack is regularly called upon for his expertise by local and national media to offer insight on business and regional economic issues. He currently teaches economics as a faculty member of Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.
James Vilt, MD, is the medical director for Harmony Healthcare, a multi-specialty outpatient mental health and addictions treatment clinic, located in Las Vegas. James and his wife, Claudia, have two children, James Jr. (34) and Damiano (14).
E-mail is a wonderful and easy way to keep in touch. Send or call me with an update I can share with others. Robby
Well, as I write, Detroit successfully hosted the 2005 MLB All-star Baseball Game at Comerica Park. National reviews of the host city were all positive and point to an equally successful Super Bowl next February to be held at Ford Field. From our classmates: Steve and Ginny Noon’s son, Aaron, will be another example of multi-generational alumni as he starts classes at John Carroll this fall. Aaron plans on majoring in journalism or foreign languages.
Val Street was the subject of lengthy interview in New River Free Press International http://careervisions.blogspot.com/. In the interview, Val shares her vision of America from her childhood to her remarkable two decades of public service. John Carroll is featured in the article and the influence the university had on Val’s life. In the meantime, Val kicked off the summer attending her San Francisco neighborhood’s two day jazz festival over the July 4 weekend. Chuck O’Malley, will begin his second year as a part-time instructor teaching business related courses to inmate-students seeking associates degrees in business administration at the federal prison in Bunter, NC. Chuck retired after a 29-year career in the basic materials industry that took him south from Cleveland to Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, and then back north to Philadelphia and Detroit. After having the opportunity to experience life in numerous cities and communities, Chuck decided to enjoy his retirement in Wake Forest, NC.
I received this newsflash from a reliable source, who covers often overlooked legislation passed at our nation’s capital and who is known for his wit, wisdom, and putting expertise. Dateline, Washington DC: Dan “Sky Pilot” Conrad recently posted a 79 at the Talamore Golf Club in Southern Pines, NC, featuring a hole-in-one on the Par 3, 195 yard second hole. Classmate Lenny Boselovic witnessed the comatose performance. Lenny immediately notified House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who won quick approval of Congressional legislation requiring that a drinking tube be inserted into Conrad in the club house. The measure and subsequent self-medicating swiftly restored the unthinking Conrad to himself, witness his 109 the following day. And how says our congressional leaders don’t respond to needs? Lenny recently returned from a 10 day investigative assignment for Pittsburgh’s Post-Gazette touring U.S. Steel’s European mill in Serbia and Slovakia. Terry Dwyer, called in from the western shores of Michigan, where he and his wife, Gay, and son Michael were enjoying a summer break in Ludington.
Unconfirmed: due to his new interest in marathon cycling and success in raising money for MS in the recent Houston-Austin bike-a-thon, was that Jim Weitzel cycling through the Alps as captured ESPN’s coverage of this year’s Tour de France?
Finally, congratulations to our classmate Eddie Kramer being inducted into the Blue Streak Hall of Fame this year.
Keep the e-mail and phone calls coming. Have a great Fall! Robby
As I compose this column, spring has arrived in Michigan, after a long and cold winter, a new Pope has been elected, a new president for John Carroll has been selected, and I am looking forward to my youngest daughter, Macklin, returning home after her first year at Fordham.
I had two great phone calls with Joe Tasse and Dan Sansone. Joe, is the president of administration, for St. John’s Hospital in Detroit. He was recently awarded his Fellowship from the American College of Healthcare Executives, the highest honor bestowed on hospital executives. Joe and his wife, Karen, are planning for the graduation of their son, Mike, from U of D, Jesuit in Detroit, who plans to attend Loyola of Chicago this fall. Mike, lettered in soccer and was awarded a scholarship from Loyola for his community service. Their daughter attends Northfield High, where she plays on the JV basketball and soccer teams, and is on Student Council. She represented her school at a recent state high school leadership convention held in Traverse City, MI. Dan Sansone, is president of the Southern and Gulf Coast Division of Vulcan Materials Co, in Birmingham, AL. Dan and his wife, Carol, are looking forward to the graduation of their son, Michael, from Altamont University School this spring. He had expressed a strong desire to his parents — a wish to attend an urban university, and visited the likes of Boston College, Loyola of Maryland, Villanova, Fordham and Columbia before deciding to attend George Washington in Washington, D.C., this fall. Michael earned his Eagle Scout badge and was the stage director for Altamont’s musical production this past January. Dan praised the volunteer work Carol does to help provide care to battered and abused children in Birmingham. Dan has been in Birmingham for 17 years now, but trips back to “sweet home Chicago” are part of his annual calendar. Carol has six siblings back in the Windy City and a summer and Christmas trip are the norm.
Leo Grim reports his family is fine. His wife, Joy, has her Doctorate in Education and specializes in childhood motor development. She works as a consultant in school districts in metropolitan Houston. Their daughter, Jill (9), is an avid horseback rider, and wants to go to Texas A&M to become a veterinarian. Leo and Joy will also be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. Also from Houston, Jim Weitzel was preparing to ride in the two-day, 150-mile bike-a-thon between Houston and Austin to raise money for MS, April 16-17. Jim had set a personal goal to raise $500 from friends and family. I’ll report his results in the next issue.
Finally, Molly and I saw Christina (Kusiaka) Pichurko at a college fair hosted by Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. Christina and her husband, Bohdan, have three children. Adrian is a junior at Michigan State, Alexandra, is a junior at Cranbrook, (we tried to convince her John Carroll should be her college of choice) and Andrew, who also attends Cranbrook and is in 7th grade.
That’s all for now folks. Would like to hear from other classmates. Drop me an e-mail or give me a call. Happy Summer! Robby
Congratulations to Marlana Pugh Hamer who is featured in the recently published Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2003-2004 edition). Since 1980, she has been an English and reading instructor for the Cleveland Municipal School District. Marlana is currently teaching ninth grade English courses at James Ford Rhodes Education Campus in their School of Leadership. In addition to teaching, she has volunteered to tutor students after school in both reading and math. For the past eight years, Marlana has also involved her students in the district’s annual Young Authors Program. An accomplished speaker and writer, last year, she was one of the winners of the Cuyahoga Valley Poetry Contest. Her winning lyric poem is entitled, “Channeling Thoreau.” She considers her former teachers, Mr. Cotter, Dr. Trace, and Dr. Magner to be some of her literary icons and muses. With no spouse, cats, dogs, or children, Marlana currently resides in Bedford Heights. Some of Marlana’s fondest memories about JCU include: Reading about our streakers on the Quad in the Carroll News, the cultural events sponsored at the university, with appearances by Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Dick Gregory; concerts featuring Seals and Crofts and Richie Havens. The event she remembers the most was hearing the late and great poet Gwendolyn Brooks speak. Professor Magner had arranged for her appearance on campus. Marlana still has an autographed copy of one of her books. She recalls studying while waiting for the bus (32?) on Fairmount and Lee, hitchhiking once during inclement weather when the bus was delayed, studying in Grasselli Library on the lower level, she remembers typing (do type writers still exist) paper in the “typing room,” Blue Books and eating mini bagels from the deli while waiting for the bus to go home. Some of our fellow alums and former friends she’d like to hear about are Matthew Dunn, Valerie Street, Annette Haile, Tyrone McBee ’77, Carl Scruggs ’72, Roberta Baranowski, Darlene Watts ’76, Charla Brooks ’75, and Lil Hyvnar. She asked “What ever happened to Mr. Cornelius Brown? He was like a father to so many of the black students there at the time.” If you want to get in touch with her, she is listed in our new alumni directory, or drop me a note and I will include your update in a future Alumni Journal column.
Van Conway and his wife, Sue, received the Distinguished Volunteer awards from the Association of Fundraising Professionals — Greater Detroit Chapter at its 13th Annual National Philanthropy Day. Pat Rosen, executive director, said “Sue and Van Conway are dynamic and generous. They are passionate leaders and tireless in their support of the little ones and their families who cross the threshold here at CARE House. Their strength lies in their ability to put the right people together, to network, organize events and raise funds and awareness.” Congratulations to Van and Sue.
Jim Weitzel and his wife, Sheila, wrote: they have their first teenager, Erin, who turned 13 in August. In addition to doing teenage stuff such as shopping in the mall, listening to CDs and watching OC on TV, she is preparing to take high school entrance exams, traveling to Washington, D.C. in May with her class. She also runs tracks and plays volleyball. She will be awarded the Silver Award in Girl Scouts and is a volunteer with her mom in the local chapter of the National Charity League. Not to be out done, son Drew (or Tex as he was referred to during our 30th Reunion last June), plays basketball, baseball, swims, is a yellow belt in karate, a Webelo cub scout and all A Honor Roll student. Not bad for a 10 year old. Jimbo still has a passion for his MG which is close to being completely refurbished. Jim has been with MCI’s Service Division for over a year now concentrating in the Houston business enterprise market place. Jim and Sheila spent most of 2004 successfully renovating their house. “Money Pit stories galore; if you want the details I am sure they will be happy to share. They are both active in their parish. Sheila started a Bible Study class and Jim is a Lector and Eucharistic minister. Needless the to say they were happy with the Texas win over Michigan at the Rose Bowl. Perhaps you noticed the common theme in this edition of the Class Notes.
It is great to hear about alumni giving back to their community as volunteers, teachers and parents. I am sure our class is abounding with other such examples of individuals carrying on the Jesuit tradition of “service for others.” Would love to hear about similar activities, personal news and family updates from the rest of you fellow alumn. Don’t be bashful, drop me a note.
In the meantime, as I sit here at minus 1 degrees in beautiful Detroit, MI, composing this article, I think of spring, baseball (Tigers host the All Star Game this year) warmer weather and anticipate hearing from you. Phone calls, e-mail or U.S. Mail all are welcome. … Happy 2005! Robby
Channeling Thoreau — by — Marlana Pugh Hamer
Channeling Thoreau in Peninsula, Ohio,/Reclining in bunk beds./Reading Psalm 46 by flashlights./Pause for thoughts and Water, not caffeine./ Here./ Create respites. Refuges from blights, toxins, and demises./ ThinkPads, Nokias, Sonys. Phonies. Cacophonies. Zoos./ Sans urbanologies. Recycle. Relearn beauty./ Stroll in our true minds./ Dance words congratulating the sun for rising and falling./ Chant about the moon./ Give handkerchiefs and pencils freedom to openly converse with/ Sequoias, silences, sweat, stars./ Now wading in serenity, rejoicing in rain, sitting on wet grass,/ Inhaling, exhaling green strength, anticipating rebirth,/ Envision cavalries of ants suited to battle us,/ Determined to reclaim, rejuvenate, resuscitate our errant spirits./ Here./ We dream. Recreate streams/ Where ants and men share victories./ In Peninsula, Ohio channeling Thoreau.
MPH – 6/30/03 – Revised — Retracing Thoreau Published 2003 on a broadside by Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center Marlana Pugh Hamer, English Instructor, James Ford Rhodes High School, Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD)
Joanne Canitia Brady, reports her oldest daughter, Erin, is a junior at John Carroll. Younger daughter, Samantha, is a freshman at Chardon High School. Joanne has her JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. She lives with her husband, James, in Chardon, OH.
Joe Virostek, Jr., was recently hired by First Commonwealth Financial Advisors. Joe will provide professional investment advice and portfolio management for individuals and business clients. Joe also holds series 7 and 24 NASD Securities licenses, is a member of the CFA Institute and the Pittsburgh Society of Financial Advisors. Joe lives with his wife Lale and their four children, Margaret, Laura, Alexander and Katie, in Allison Park, PA. Oldest daughter Margaret, is a sophomore at JCU and was recently inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
Leo Grim has a thriving chiropractor practice in Houston, and coaches youth soccer. He regrettably was unable to attend the Reunion this past spring because of his daughter, Joy’s, soccer commitments.
Ed Staunton and wife, Joanne, are busy with their daughter Sarah’s high school activities and son Chris’s confirmation preparation and soccer games. Ed works for MCI in Washington, DC.
Speaking of MCI, Jim Weitzel is a solution specialist for MCI in Houston. In this role, Jim works with MCI sales reps in designing and implementing complex communication networks for large multi national businesses. Jim and his wife, Sheila, live in Houston with their two children Drew and Erin.
Ron Deneweth and Jim Cannon ’85 attended the opening round of the Ryder’s Cup hosted by Oakland Hills CC in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Ron’s daughter Tina, is a freshman at St. Louis University and is on the varsity swim team.
In closing, I wish all the class of ’74 alumni, their spouses, significant others and children, a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. Robby
All at our 30th Reunion, held over Father’s Day weekend, had a grand time. More than 40 alumni, spouses and children “returned to campus” for the festivities. The university did a fantastic job at hosting the event. Many thanks go to our reunion coordinator Rosalie Massey for working with the class committee in organizing such a great weekend. And Kate Callahan, our class gift coordinator, reported the Class of ’74 had 104 contributors who pledged over $105,000. Thanks to all of you who helped us exceed our previous numbers. As usual the university sponsored several events through out three days to appeal to alumni/alumnae interests. The most popular, were the History and Fiction in the DaVinci Code, presented by Professor Joe Kelly, the tour of the new press box and Shula Stadium, and “surprise,” the beer tasting seminar hosted by The Great Lakes Brewing Co. Alumni who traveled the greatest distance were Rosemary Amato, who flew in from Amsterdam, while Val Street came from San Francisco. Most of the attendees were from Ohio, but we had Ed and Joanne Staunton drive up from Potomac, MD, Jim and Sheila Weitzel flew in from Houston, Kate O’Neil and her husband Joe Incorvaia, from Connecticut. Bob Boehlert, took a weekend off from getting ready for his daughter’s wedding and made the trek from Syracuse. The Pittsburgh contingent included Martha (Bellassai) and Bob ’73 Feldmeier, and Joe and Lale Virostek. Michigan attendees included Ron Deneweth and Molly (Gibbons ’75) and me. Ed Wood made it in from Illinois, while Bill Wersell came from Toledo. From the greater Cleveland area, attending reunion were: Jean (Rakowsky) and Tony Antonelli, John Arko, Ingrid (Pinter) Arsuaga, Richard and Kathleen Bedell, Mary Blanchard, Joanne (Canitia) and Jim Brady, Bob and Jackie Concepcion, Sean and Karen (Godfrey) Cooper, Larry and Sandy Dulay, Phylis Ferrara, Ron and Sheila Grobelny, Fred and Suzanne ’73 Koneval, Gary and Mary Lynn (Crowley) Laughlin, Tom and Karen Lodge, Bob and Mary (Richards) Madden, Thomas McCrystal, Larry and Marie Meathe, Arlene Mole, Ann and Joe ’73 Monroe, Jack Moran, Hugh and Suzanne Morgan, Sally and Steve Pap, Cathy Reinhard, Kathy and Kevin Smith, Nora (Kovacs) and John Torontali, Christine Ulrich Gibbons, Joe and Joan ’75 Ursic.
Check out pictures from the weekend at the John Carroll Web site. It was great to catch up with so many of our fellow alumni. There are weddings in planning, children following in their parent’s footsteps attending JCU, kids have grown up and have started their own careers and families. Some members of the Class of ’74 are grandparents as well! Stories and recollections from our years at John Carroll filled the conversations during the weekend. Some were embellished, some were clarified, and some were denied. But all brought back fond memories filling the days and nights with laughter and warm feelings. Regretfully, the time flew by so fast, and I did not get a chance to chat with all who were there. If I did not include your name in this article, please accept my apology, it was not intentional. It is never too early to plan for the 35th in 2009. In the meantime, e-mails and phone calls are always welcome. Send me a note; the Journal is a great way to keep in touch with the rest of our class and the JCU family. Hope you had a wonderful summer! Robby
The big news of course, is our 30th Reunion is just around the corner. Plans are underway to make this a fun filled and successful reunion. Members of the reunion committee have had two conference calls to discuss events and ideas. Any one wishing to be a member of the planning committee is welcome. Please contact Rosalie Massey at 216 397 3014 or at email@example.com. Currently the committee consists of: Van Conway, Hugh Morgan, Phil Niedzielski-Eichner, Kate O’Neil, Joe Ursic and myself. In addition to the committee members, I have heard from the following alumni/ae planning to attend: Kevin and Kathy Smith, Jim Weitzel, Nancy Zimmer Hiltibrand and Ed Staunton. The reunion is June 18-20. Be on the look out for invitations and e-mails inviting you to participate. Now news from some of our fellow alumnae. Nancy Zimmer Hiltibrand has made a career change. After 28 years as director of Social Services in a long term care facility and retirement community, Nancy is teaching deaf and hard of hearing preschoolers. She developed her sign language skills at her church over the past four years and suddenly had a chance to use those skills in a job. Elementary education had been her intended career path while attending JCU. It just took 30 years for her to get in the classroom. But as much as she enjoyed the school experience, her passion is working with senior citizens. So Nancy has taken the job as a resident service coordinator for an independent senior living apartment complex. She is responsible for connecting the residents with whatever services in the community will help them maintain their independence. It has been a real joy being back working with senior adults. On the home front, her husband, Kim, is a branch manager with US Bank. Their oldest daughter, Kelly, is coordinator of special education services for an inner city school in Cincinnati, OH, and their son, Scott, just graduated from high school and will join his sister, Amy, at Northern Kentucky University.
Kevin and Kathy Smith have moved to Bainbridge, OH after living more than 25 years in Chicagoland. Their oldest daughter Kelly and her husband, Lt. Cmd. Christian Dunbar U.S.N. had their first child in 2003, Abigail Naniloa in Honolulu. Naniloa is Hawaiian for “most beautiful.” Kelly is the community relations officer of the Hawaiian Naval District. Their son Kevin and his wife Christy are living in LA. Kevin is with Mellon Bank as a commercial loan officer and his wife, Christy, is in the movie industry.
Daughter Kristen recently moved to San Diego. Finally, daughter Kara is using her master’s degree in Sports Marketing & Athletic Administration with the Chicago Bears. Kathy is working at Hillcrest Hospital in Critical Care and Kevin remains in the steel broker business.
Vipin Desai reports from Silver Springs, MD where he and his family have been living to the last 25 years. Vipin is the CEO of MVS a family owned company, established in 1997. MVS provides information technology services to city, state and federal government agencies, including IT consulting services, hardware, software and professional staffing services. Vipin has lots of fond memories of John Carroll the great campus, helpful and understanding classmates and professors. He appreciated their support and assistance very much as he was new to the country and had difficulty adjusting to new culture. Vipin is an American citizen now. He enjoys travel, has become a big time Redskins fan, and performs charity work in urban neighborhoods and in India to improve literacy. Unfortunately, Vipin will not be able to make the reunion. He will be traveling abroad in June. However, he would like to hear from any of his 1974 classmates from the mathematics department. Vipin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember; make your plans now to attend our 30th Reunion in June. See you then! Robby
Greeting to the Class of ’74. A couple of updates from members of our class
Bob Zola reports from the Eastern shore of Maryland where he lives with his wife, Deborah, and three children: Jason, Jonathan and Alex. Bob is the president of Sharp Energy. Sharp Energy distributes propane gas to customers in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. Sharp Energy has grown from a one-office operation to locations now serving propane customers throughout the Delmarva Peninsula. Sharp Energy prides itself on reputation for total commitment to its customers in providing for dependable energy solutions anywhere on the Eastern Shore. You can reach Bob at email@example.com.
Val Street has been carrying out the Jesuit tradition of service to others for the last 25 years both professionally and personally. She is chair of the Finance Committee at her parish, Sacred Heart. The multicultural parish services the needs of its parishioners in a variety of ways. One of the features of the church is its black gospel. Val described their music as the sound of “heaven was right here on earth!” The parish also has an elementary school the Dominicans have overseen for the last 100 years. The church and school face the financial challenges most urban parishes face. For the last 20 or so years, Val has worked closely with the Dominican sisters helping them maintain the school. Val has been on their Affordable Housing Development Board for the last three years. Professionally, Val oversees some 25 different human service programs for Alameda County in the San Francisco metro area. Val can be reached at VStreet@co.alameda.ca.us.
Congratulations to our fellow alum Art Shibley and his brothers, Jeffrey ’78, Larry, and sister Darlene Shibley Zeigenhagen. Their Yours Truly Restaurants were named finalists in the 2003 Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards. This is the second consecutive year Yours Truly partners have been recognized by Ernst & Young for this award. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards seek to recognize great business achievements and entrepreneurial spirit around the world. Prominent leaders from academia, business and the media, as well as successful business entrepreneurs serve as judges. Yours Truly was the 2002 recipient of the Ernst & Young Award. Yours Truly Restaurants, founded in 1981, has locations in Beachwood, Chagrin Falls, Hudson, Mayfield Village, Mentor, Shaker Square, and Medina. For those of you in the Cleveland area, if you haven’t already, visit one of their restaurants for good food and fun. You can visit their Web site at www.ytr.com.
Hope you have had a great spring and summer. Please send me your family and professional updates. I have a new e-mail address: DRobby_18@Yahoo.com. Take care, Robby
I hope everyone had a great 2002, and that you are blessed with good health and happiness in 2003. Here is some news about some of our fellow alums: Richard Slezak retired from Lucent in last year. He is enjoying his retirement by reading, trading commodities and currencies. He is also preparing a book about John Henry Cardinal Newman. Rich has one of the largest privately owned Newman book collections in the country. Rich lives in Bernardsville, NJ with his wife, Mary and his 10 year old son, Christopher.
Tom Bodle is teaching mathematics and is assistant basketball coach at St. Edwards, Lakewood, OH, after teaching 20 years in the Cleveland Public School system. Tom and his wife, Margie Lackey, have two sons, Norbert, 13 and John 7.
Arthur Shibley’s restaurant, Yours Truly, was the top vote getter in four categories in Northern Ohio’s Live’s 2002 annual Readers Poll. Yours Truly was the top vote getter in “Best Place to Take Kids” and came in the top three for “Best Hamburger”, Best Breakfast Menu” and Best Cheap Eats.” Founded in 1981, Yours Truly caters to families with features such as unlimited drink refills, coloring pages and other activities for children.
Rosemary Amato is a senior manager in Deloitte & Touche’s Amsterdam office. She recently moved into a new apartment that offers a wonderful balcony view of the waterfront and a magnificent view of the Centrum of Amsterdam. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Molly (75) and I are looking forward to the return of our daughter Kate (Class of 98) from the Ukraine at Christmas. She has been a Peace Corp Volunteer in Ukraine since September 2000, where she has been teaching university students American culture, marketing, and critical thinking.
Jim Weitzel is the global account director for Cable and Wireless in Houston, TX. He and his wife, Sheila, are busy driving their children Erin (6th grade) and Drew (2nd grade) to soccer & basketball games, swimming meets and Boy Scout events. They are big University of Texas fans, and attend several football games in Austin each year. Jim also enjoys driving his 1979 MGB in his free time.
Keep the e-mails and letters coming with updates about your lives and families. Robby
Greetings Class of ’74 Alumni. Joe Virostek, vice president at Mellon Financial Corporation in Pittsburgh, recently earned the prestigious Charter Financial Analyst designation. This designation is the most respected credential in the investment industry. Joe passed three, six-hour exams to earn this designation which has an overall pass rate of 54%. Joe has been in the financial business for over 20 years. He has been with Mellon since 1989. Joe and his wife, Lale, live in Allison Park, north of Pittsburgh. When Joe isn’t busy preparing for exams and providing financial advice, he is a busy father with his four children, Margaret, Laura, Alex and Katie.
Terry Dwyer, is the COO of Columbia Record House in Terre Haute, IN. He commutes several days a week from his home in Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife, Gay, and his two year old son, Michael. TD often flies to NYC for business meetings and on occasions links up with other JCU alumni for dinner or an “adult beverage.” The Detroit Athletic Club was the recent venue for a visit by President Glynn. I had the chance to speak with class members Joe Tasse and Roger Hull.
Joe is president of administration at St. John Health System in Warren, MI. Roger owns a pottery & floral business in Grosse Pointe, and just expanded into the commercial vacuum business.
I ran into Van Conway at a St. Paddy’s Day pub-crawl in Birmingham. Van has been quoted in the local papers lately on the prospects of a “large” Detroit based retailer’s turn around efforts. Van was looking forward to the arrival of spring and nicer weather so he can hit the open road on his Harley. Check out the John Carroll Alumni links at www.jcu.edu. You can use the web to provide updates on what you are doing and to find out information about what is going on with our class and other classes. Look forward to hearing from you. Have a great Summer. … Robby