Greetings! Last September, Pete Sheehan took his talents from Long Island to Northeast Ohio as the editor and general manager of the Catholic Exponent in Youngstown. It wasn’t surprising to see Pete under the big reunion tent in June, connecting with ’79 alums and IPT brothers. Great to see you, Pete!
Congratulations to Ara Bagdasarian, retiring from TravelCenters of America after 36 years. Ara departs as executive vice president of truck service and commits to even greater involvement as president of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Lou Volpe ’78G, master’s in English literature, was awarded a Wheeling Jesuit University honorary degree in May for his dedication to Catholic education, service to the marginalized in the Wheeling area, and involvement at the university. Volpe spent 37 years teaching religion at Wheeling Central Catholic High School and St. John Central High School in Bellaire, Ohio. Volpe retired from teaching in 2013.
Thomas Haggerty joined Wells Fargo Advisors as vice president – investment officer. He comes to the firm from Morgan Stanley with more than 26 years of financial-industry experience. Tom lives in Fairview Park, Ohio, with his wife, Ann Marie, and a daughter.
Toni (Pristo) Conti fondly remembered our classmate Sandy Anderson-Polgar at the second anniversary of her passing. For 18 years, Toni has led Pristo Consulting, a Chicago-based leadership and organizational development consulting firm. Toni is an organizational psychologist who help companies achieve sustainable business results and high employee morale and commitment through service offerings directed toward optimizing human potential and organizational effectiveness. Her firm consults to publicly traded, private, family-owned, and not-for-profit organizations, occasionally in collaboration with other small firms and sole proprietorships.
Congrats to Jon Manilla, director of commercial operations in the Southeast at Alliance Steel in Knoxville, Tenn.
Earl Hamlin traveled to Chicago to golf at the Misericordia Golf Outing in June. Several classmates joined Earl: Brian Farrell, Chris Parrilli, Jack Blackburn, Larry Wyrobek, and me. Not present, but there in spirit as a hole sponsor, was Dan Weitzel. Weitz is an attorney for Locke Lord in Washington, D.C., specializing in banking and financial institutions and mergers and acquisitions.
Congrats to Nancy (Moran) Veselica, who joined the Grossbauer Group, providers of integrated marketing communications services in Chesterton, Ind., in April.
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Greetings. Here’s the latest. Prayers to the family of Larry Wall on the passing of his mom, Margaret (Muggs) Wall, who was a great person.
Jeff Shibley was pleasantly surprised to see the Campus Visitors Guide, a Carroll admissions brochure, feature his Yours Truly Restaurants as part of the A to Z features of Cleveland. Jeff served as a celebrity judge for a Carroll faculty/staff chili contest in February. David Shibley, Jeff’s son, was chosen co-captain for St. Ignatius football for the fall 2014 season. Congratulations!
For the past 20-plus years, Rob Herald has been our classmate living all throughout the world – Egypt, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Thailand, etc. Rob plans to make Tokyo his next and final stop in his career working at International Schools. As Rob has always said, classmates are always welcome to visit. Maybe Rob can be in his hometown of Latrobe, Pa., when John Carroll football plays St. Vincent in September 2015.
Brian Farrell was surprised by his alma mater, Brother Rice High School, when it inducted him into the school’s hall of fame in front of an allschool assembly. Brian recovered quickly from the surprise to offer great comments.
After 35 years with Motorola, Jim Gentile decided to discover his life after Motorola. Congratulations! Jim and Karla live in Parkland, Fla., with two more college tuitions to go.
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Greetings. Here’s the latest. After 26 years living on Long Island, N.Y., Pete Sheehan moved back to his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Pete accepted a position as editor/general manager at the Catholic Exponent in the Diocese of Youngstown. Pete’s career has been a reporter, primarily with the Catholic Press. He served at the Long Island Catholic for 26 years as senior reporter. Congratulations, Pete!
Vin Karl sends greetings to all. He lives in Utica, N.Y., and teaches high school Spanish.
Terry O’Brien and Brian Farrell co-hosted Fr. Niehoff’s Chicago reception in October. Classmates Tom Ruddy, Chris Parrilli, Jack Blackburn, and I were among the record turnout.
The excitement of John Carroll’s amazing football season brought out ’78 alums in various venues. Activities (Carroll v. St. Norbert game, Friday reception, tailgate, etc.) during the weekend of Sept. 7 in Chicago drew Tom Horvath, Bob Rees, Terri (Kluesener) and George Lewandowski, Tom Ruddy, Terry O’Brien, Jack Blackburn, and Larry Wyrobek. In November, Schubas in Chicago hosted two parties to watch John Carroll football on big- screen TVs. Attendees included Dave Kavanagh, Bob Burak, Bill Dunlap, Bob Rooney, Tom Caplice, Mike Hendricks, and Terry O’Brien. Road trippers to the Mount Union game in Alliance, Ohio, included Tom Lanese, Bob Burak, Mark Fasano, Bill Begalla, Jim Repicky, Terry O’Brien, Bob Rees, Phil Devereaux, Mike Pappas ’79, Dave DeAngelis ’77, and Frank Shepherd ’79.
Prayers and condolences for the recent passing of Bob Rees’ mom and Jean Meyer’s mom. Thanks for writing.
Greetings. Here’s the latest. Our 35th reunion is history, but it was a great time. Attendees included: Ara Bagdasarian, John Baran, Bill Begalla, David Belasco, Jack Blackburn, David Briggs, John Bundra, Bob Burak, Dee (Liotta) Christie, Ray Dalessandro, Brian Farrell, Laura (Simens) and Mark Fasano, Dan Fickes, Tim Freeman, Paul Giba, Janet (Szorady) Hash, Ellen (Graham) Hearns, Greg Hink, Kathy (Buehrle) Hiney, Cathy (Monaco) Hogan, Vicke (Weires) and Tom Horvath, Joe Jerse, Rose (Cirota) Kazar, Chris Kelly, Bob Kelsey, Rich Kenney, Kevin Leonard, Terri (Kluesener) and George Lewandowski, Bruce Luecke, Mark Lyden, Jon Manilla, John Martin, Mark McGinley, Colleen Farrell Melena, Michael Merriman, Mary (Amato) Nimrod, Terry O’Brien, Dan Patalita, Laure Rauch, Bob Rees, Phil Rist, Joyce (Zingales) Schafle, Gloria (Brinda) Schuster, Bruce Schwarz, John Sideras, Joanie (Carroll) Snyder, Margaret Newman Teubl, Michael Tripka, and Nancy (Moran) Veselica. Sorry if I missed you. We looked just like we did in May 1978, despite being placed inside for our class dinner (with the 40-, 45-, and 50-year reunions) compared to the 5- through 30-year reunions in the big tent. We connected at the president’s reception, in the big tent, Pacelli Hall, on the quad, at Mass, and at the class dinner. Some classmates hadn’t been on campus in more than 20 years and were amazed at its growth. Some classmates attended George Lewandowski’s presentation about JCU’s top-ranked science programs and majors. Classmates enjoyed the great bands in the big tent, the trivia bowl, and Ralph Stilphen’s ’77 whiskey tasting. We enjoyed catching up with Casey Bukala, S.J., ’54, golfing, and talking about the spring 1977 Stunt Nite skit victory. Our class remembered Sandy Anderson-Polgar, Mary Anson-Talbot, and Rick Zielinski at Mass. Paul Giba and Bruce Luecke celebrated the record 35th reunion class gift. Thanks to all. On the quad, in Pacelli (at 3 a.m.), in the tent, and all over campus, we connected on our lives with classmates that helped form who we are. We shared life’s joys and challenges: families, careers (new and old), caring for aging parents, celebrating our kids’, weddings, and everyday life. We promised to be back for 40 and bring along classmates who couldn’t make it this time. See you in June of 2018.
Greetings! Here’s the latest. Our 35th reunion is history. What a great time! Attendees included: Ara Bagdasarian, John Baran, Bill Begalla, David Belasco, Jack Blackburn, David Briggs, John Bundra, Bob Burak, Dee (Liotta) Christie, Ray Dalessandro, Brian Farrell, Laura (Simens) and Mark Fasano, Dan Fickes, Tim Freeman, Paul Giba, Janet (Szorady) Hash, Ellen (Graham) Hearns, Greg Hink, Kathy (Buehrle) Hiney, Cathy (Monaco) Hogan, Vicke (Weires) and Tom Horvath, Joe Jerse, Rose (Cirota) Kazar, Chris Kelly, Bob Kelsey, Rich Kenney, Kevin Leonard, Terri (Kluesener) and George Lewandowski, Bruce Luecke, Mark Lyden, Jon Manilla, John Martin, Mark McGinley, Colleen Farrell Melena, Michael Merriman, Mary (Amato) Nimrod, Terry O’Brien, Dan Patalita, Laure Rauch, Bob Rees, Phil Rist, Joyce (Zingales) Schafle, Gloria (Brinda) Schuster, Bruce Schwarz, John Sideras, Joanie (Carroll) Snyder, Margaret Newman Teubl, Michael Tripka, and Nancy (Moran) Veselica. Sorry if I missed you. We still looked just like we did in May 1978, despite being placed inside for our class dinner (with the 40-, 45-, and 50-year reunions) versus the 5- to 30-year reunions in the big tent. We connected at the president’s reception, in the big tent, Pacelli Hall, walking the Quad, at Mass, and at the class dinner. Some classmates hadn’t been on campus in more than 20 years and were amazed at its growth. Some classmates attended George Lewandowski’s talk about top-ranked science programs and majors at Carroll. Classmates enjoyed the great-sounding bands in the big tent, the trivia bowl, and Ralph Stilphen’s ’77 whiskey tasting. We enjoyed catching up with Casey Bukala ’54, S.J.; golfing; and talking about the 1977 Stunt Nite skit victory. Our class remembered Sandy Anderson-Polgar, Mary Anson-Talbot, and Rick Zielinski at Mass. Paul Giba and Bruce Luecke celebrated the record ’35 reunion class gift. Thanks to all. We connected all over campus – on the quad, in Pacelli (at 3 a.m.), and in the tent. We shared joys and challenges of families, careers, beginning new careers, caring for aging parents, celebrating our kids’ weddings, and everyday life. We promised to be back for 40 and bring classmates who couldn’t make it this time. See you June 2018.
Greetings! Our 35th reunion is coming soon – June 14-16, 2013. Make your reservation now and call a couple classmates to meet on the quad. Interested in helping the reunion committee? Please join Janet Hash, Cathy Hogan, George Lewandowski, Terri (Kluesener) Lewandowski, Bruce Luecke, Bob Rees, and Paul Giba by contacting Carla Gall ’05 in the JCU alumni office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-397-1592).
Classmates Pete Sheehan, Bob Kelsey, and Paul Giba attended an IPT reunion in Pittsburgh this past July. A Pirates game and microbreweries were part of the festivities.
With Mike Merriman serving on JCU’s board of directors, the class of ’78 continues to offer leadership to our alma mater. Here are a few more classmates in leadership roles: Terri and George Lewandowski continue to grow their connections with JCU. Terri was elected president of the alumni board and will serve as president-elect for one year before fully assuming duties as president. She continues as a director for the American Chemical Society in Columbus, Ohio. In May, George redirected from a busy medical career caring for women with gynecologic cancers and is now JCU’s physician in residence. He counsels students pursuing health careers, provides support for the continued growth of JCU’s health professions offerings, and teaches part of a class in bioethics. His son, Chris ’10, received his master’s in higher education administration from Ole Miss in May and is working as a residence life coordinator at the University of South Carolina. Their other son, Mike, (A.B. Kenyon, M.S. Florida State) teaches math, including AP calculus and statistics, at St. Charles Prep in Columbus, Ohio, and coaches in the baseball and football programs there. George and Terri are looking forward to our 35th reunion in June. We’re hoping to see Lori (Wirtz) Higgins, Wayne Nowak, Karen (Satko) Edwards, John Difini, Bill Peruzzi, Chris Beaufait, Carol Simon, Dave Mosier, and all their other friends from the neuroscience concentration, math department, and res life. George and Terri expect classmate Dr. Paul Shick to walk over from his office in the Dolan Science Center.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Board of Commissioners president Terrence J. O’Brien retired from public service. To honor his 24 years of elected service, eight fellow commissioners announced the North Side Water Reclamation Plant’s name would be changed to the Terrence J. O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant. Congratulations, Terry! He was elected by the voters of Cook County four times and was elected president by the MWRD board nine times. The Terrence J. O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant serves a 143.4-square-mile area, the service population is 1.3 million, and the plant covers 97 acres.
After the big JCU football win over St. Norbert College in Dublin, what can top it? Come to Chicago Sept. 7, 2013, for Blue Streak football versus St. Norbert.
Cathy Hogan, who has served 33 years with Procter and Gamble, was promoted. Cathy and her spouse, Doug Hogan ’77 (attorney in external affairs with First Energy), have two children: Doug Jr. (26) and Madison (21). Cathy is involved in charity work: chairing a gala, volunteering at church, and caring for underprivileged babies. Cathy hopes to see many under the ’78 tent in June, including Julie (Donnelly) Hattrup, Jack Schufreider, Rob Herald, Bruce Luecke and Dan Patalita. The Hogans keep in touch with classmates Mark McGinley (Patty) and Tom Keir (Beth ’80).
Who are the three to five classmates you want to see at JCU this June? Contact them to join you under our class tent. Make your reservation for our 35th reunion. Thanks for writing.
Greetings! Our 35th reunion is June 14-16, 2013, so please call a couple classmates and plan to attend. Interested in helping with reunion committee work? Contact Carla Gall ’05 in the alumni office (email@example.com). Here’s the latest: Chuck Kretschmer lives in St. Louis and keeps in touch with Mike McDonough and Mike Horning ’79. Chuck, who has a son and daughter in high school, serves on the board at De La Salle Middle School. He enjoys golf, horseracing (owns a couple thoroughbreds), the 2011 world champion Cardinals, NFL football, and a good bottle of pinot noir.
Christine (Schomisch) Moravec, Ph.D., is the director of basic research for the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure at the Cleveland Clinic. In addition to running a research program focusing on human heart failure and whether the condition can be reversed with various therapies, Chris also runs the CCF-JCU summer undergraduate student program, and serves on the board of the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair as immediate past president and judging chair. Chris holds a faculty appointment at the Clinic’s medical school and adjunct faculty appointments at Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve. Chris and her husband, Carl Moravec, Ph.D., live in Shaker Heights.
In 2006, Bruce Luecke started Nationwide Bank, which has grown to almost $5 billion in assets. Bruce’s community service includes serving as board chair of Homeport, Columbus’s largest affordable housing nonprofit. His spouse, Mimi (Schilling) ’80, enjoyed a vacation with Beth (McChesney) Wright ’80, and Julie (Sheridan) Delaney ’80. The Luecke kids are all out of school: Tom works for Deloitte in Chicago; Charlie works for Fort Washington Investment Advisors in Cincinnati; and Annie is a special-needs teacher in Dublin, Ohio. Bruce planned to connect with Schuf (Jack Schufreider) in Chicago in late October.
Bob Marczynski continues to bore his kids with stories of RAs in Pacelli Hall. After 12 years as director of administration and stewardship at St. Ann Catholic Church in Memphis, Tenn., Marz returns to the University of Memphis as the assistant director of interdisciplinary studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Bob began working at the university 31 years ago. Marz helps coordinate four interdisciplinary academic majors, seven academic minors, and five research centers and institutes. Bob and his spouse Beth’s kids are at UT-Chattanooga: Charlie is a freshman; Sarah is in grad school (nonprofit/fine arts administration); and Kate is a senior (nursing school). Bob thoroughly enjoys the empty nest except when he misses the free-labor lawn service. Marz sends his regards to Rob Herald and keeps in touch with John Deitrick and John Kostyo. Rob Herald continues to work in Hong Kong and aims to remain there for another couple years. Rob’s 2012 summer visit included golf in Chicago and Pirate baseball with John Baran.
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Greetings! Here’s the latest: Our 35th reunion is less than a year away, June 14-16, 2013. Take 15 minutes now and call, email, or text the five to 10 classmates you want to see on campus and tell them you’re in. If you’re interested in serving on the reunion committee, call the alumni office at 216-397-4336.
Congrats to Ed Hrabak on his promotion to chief operating officer of Sterling Jewelers, operator of Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry. Ed has been with Sterling for more than 25 years. His previous position was vice president of merchandising. Ed, a Cleveland native, lives in Medina, Ohio, with his wife, Tiffany. They have five children.
Prayers to John Baran for the passing of his mother, Marion, and to John Bundra for the passing of his mother, Joan.
Nancy Erdey, who received a master’s from JCU in 1978, was one of the several dozen Carroll alums who attended the wedding of Stefania Marotta ’08 and Matthew Kollarits ’08 at Saint Francis Chapel on campus.
Sandy Anderson-Polgar passed away on St. Patrick’s Day from complications from pneumonia, a heart condition, and stage 4 lung cancer. Sandy’s survivors include her husband, Timothy, and children Alexandria and Aimee. Friends who attended the funeral included Nancy (Moran) Veselica, Gloria (Brinda) Schuster, Holly (Albion) Ebner, Laure Rauch, Jan (Szorady) Hash, and Maureen Gunning Caine ’76. This group and others purchased a flowering tree planted on Carroll’s campus with a plaque in Sandy’s memory.
Michael McDonough lives in his home town of Pittsburgh, where he owns a financial advisory practice. Mike and Janet have been married 26 years. Their daughter, Maddie, is a TV journalism major at Park Point University in Pittsburgh. Mike, who’s in training for the Half Ironman competition, keeps in touch with classmates Tom McCafferty in Cleveland, and Chuck Kretschmer in St. Louis.
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Greetings! Our 35th reunion is set for June 14-16, 2013. Plan to attend. Better yet, get in touch with 10 classmates you want to see and get them to commit. It’ll be a blast.
A good representation of classmates attended JCU’s 125th anniversary gala dinner in Cleveland in December including Mike Merriman, Rich Bongorno, Terri and George Lewandowski, and Tom Keir. Congrats to Terri for being appointed to serve on JCU’s alumni board. Thanks for your leadership, Terri.
I’ve heard classmates Terry O’Brien, John Bundra, and John Sideras are planning to be in Dublin this Labor Day for JCU’s football game vs. St. Norbert. Another dozen ’78ers are considering adding a couple rounds of golf to maximize the experience of Ireland.
Two of Carroll’s ’78 graduate school alums passed away recently. Condolences to the families of Joycelyn Smarsh and Vernette Super.
Though not members of ’78, it was sad to hear the passing of Ray Pawlowski ’75 and Charlie Beringer ’75. Both Ray and Charlie were a positive presence on JCU’s campus during our freshman year. I joined classmates Earl Hamlin, Kathy (Buehrle) Hiney, and John Sideras at Charlie’s wake in late December. After graduation, Charlie’s leadership and passion for JCU – his class reunions, the IXYs, and the Cleveland alumni club – was unique and inspiring. The amazing mix of alumni joining his brothers, Bob ’80 and Dan ’81, at the wake was a tribute to Charlie’s unique personality and rewarding friendship.
Congrats to classmates who’ve recently transitioned to new jobs: Bob Rees (PNC Bank), Jack Blackburn (CFO, XYMOGEN), and Jim Szakos (McCutcheon Enterprises).
Walter (Bruce) Brownridge has an amazing job title and equally amazing location: cathedral dean, pastor, chief executive, and canon lawyer at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Honolulu.
John Martin moved to Baltimore to be assistant director of the Maryland lottery. A newcomer in Baltimore, John is willing to connect with classmates living in the area.
Ed Donnelly ’75 passed along word his sister Julie (Donnelly) Hattrup and family are doing well in Pennsylvania.
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Greetings! Here’s the latest: Greg Skoda’s firm, Skoda, Minotti & Co., again was named as One of the Top Workplaces by Crain’s and NorthCoast 99 and one of the top 200 firms in the country in Inside Public Accounting. Greg is always looking to hire new and past JCU grads in any of his businesses. Greg was named to the University Hospitals Case Medical Center Board of Directors. All of Greg’s kids are college graduates: Greg Jr. ’07 works at the firm and along with his wife, Courtney (JCU MBA), have a 1-year-old daughter, Stella; Brent (TCU) was last year’s Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year awarded through the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards and The Kaufman Foundation; Brittany (Georgetown) an investment banker for Goldman Sachs; and Bobby (Fordham), who’s starting a business about college travel in New York. Greg keeps in touch with Ben Pintabona and sends a hello to Mary Jane (Stibich) Shannon.
Terry O’Brien will retire as president of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago in December 2012. Terry will have served 24 years as a commissioner, including 16 years as the agency’s president. He’s proud to depart the district with three AAA bond ratings. Terry’s son, Kevin, graduated in May of 2011 from Marquette University and is a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual Insurance. Terry’s daughter, Therese, is a senior at Indiana University. His son, Patrick, is a junior at Loyola Academy. Terry and Patrick are looking forward to the trip to Dublin Labor Day weekend 2012 when Loyola Academy will play Jesuit High School from Dallas and JCU will play St. Norbert’s. Terry keeps in touch with Dave Kavanagh, Tom Ruddy, Tom Caplice, Tom Lawley, Bob Rooney, Bill Dunlap, Bob Rees, Bob Burak, Mark Fasano, Jim McGrath, Jim Repicky, Tom Lanese, Mike McCarthy, Mike Hendricks, Rick Kapryan, Mike Soeder, Mike Tarasco, and Tom Corall.
John Baran enjoyed catching up with Rob Herald in August. They played a round of golf and attended the JCU Pittsburgh Alumni Association’s “Night with the Pirates.” John was unable to attend and disappointed to miss Carroll’s homecoming and Circle K reunion, but Bruce Luecke and Dan Fickes planned to attend. John and his wife, Kathy, helped host Fr. Niehoff for JCU’s 125th year anniversary at Duquesne Club in November. John is part of a group re-energizing the Pitt JCU alumni. He keeps in touch with Bob Rees, Mark McGinley, Tom Keir, Lou Cieri, and Earl Hamlin.
Congrats to Steve Ryan on his appointment as vice president of marketing, sales, and customer service with Badger Mining Corp. Steve plans to move to Wisconsin by the end of the year.
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Bill Peruzzi added a new title at the University of Miami Hospital – vice chief medical officer and executive medical director, critical care services. Congrats, Bill.
John Martin departed the Ohio Lottery Commission as deputy director, office of sales management to start his own business, Martin Sales Consultants. John is helping small businesses improve by increasing new business opportunities and managing the sales process more effectively.
Laura and Jack Blackburn and Jane ’79 and Phil Simon were interested spectators at JCU’s commencement, witnessing the graduation of Kevin Simon ’11 and Dan Blackburn ’11. Congratulations! Did I miss any other graduating sons or daughters of our classmates? Let me know.
Jeff Shibley’s son, David, is a freshman at Cleveland St. Ignatius High School this fall.
Thanks to the awesome Carroll ’81 leadership of Mike Schmidt, Tom Hartnett, and Nick Iarussi, the IChis celebrated a combined 52 year IXY reunion, a return to Roses, and JCU’s 125th anniversary. More than 50 participated, including classmates Jack Blackburn, Brian Farrell, Jim Gentile, Earl Hamlin, Kevin McCarthy, Chris Parrilli, Steve Ryan, Larry Wyrobek, and me. Some of the attendees hadn’t visited JCU for more than 30 years and enjoyed a walk around the beautiful campus. With activities including an IXY tent (strategically located near the Belvoir security guard shack), a big check for the IChi Scholarship Fund and trips to Roses and other landmarks, it was an unforgettable weekend. Dave Briggs and many others on campus visited.
Mike Merriman, who’s operating advisor at Resilience Capital Partners, is involved in many community projects. In 2008, Mike founded True Hero, a growing showcase for student community service projects on the Internet. Since going live in early 2009, more than 65,000 people have voted for one of the 115 student community service projects posted on the website, and more than 15,000 have viewed a service project video linked to YouTube. Prizes totaling $20,000 will be awarded for the 2011-2012 school year. Classmate Rich Bongorno also is a trustee of this impressive program.
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Greetings! Geraci’s Pizza has Mike English’s vote as the best pizza in the U.S. and Italy! Mike lives in Dallas with his spouse, Karen, and their three children: Rachel (24), Sarah (21), and Michael (18). Mike is controller of Zix Corp. and keeps in touch with JCU roommate Dave Hodges and Jim Skerl. Mike and family recently visited JCU and said the campus looked great.
Jim Smith is the author of the book “Happiness at the Speed of Life: 13 Powerful Strategies for Finding Happiness at Home and on the Job,” which was published in 2009. Since his college days of swimming laps in the pool, Jim worked more than 20 years in the insurance, banking, and hospitality industries. He has coached executives and organizational leaders since 1992, coaching leaders from seven countries and four continents to achieve greater happiness, balance, and effective leadership. Jim has touched the lives of more than 10,000 people through his work with the enhancement of positive emotion. He has used the 13 principles of happiness to raise his own family and deal with work, life, love, and tragedy. Jim has an MBA in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University, holds certification as a senior professional in human resources, and is past president of the Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management. A mentor and professional certified coach, Jim is founder and current president of the Cleveland Coach Federation and is on the board of the Northern Ohio HR Planning Society. Additionally, he’s an adjunct instructor at Baldwin-Wallace College in its graduate program in human resources. Check out his website, www.theexecutivehappinesscoach.com.
Last fall, Ed Gillen was appointed director of academic assessment and research at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. Ed and his spouse, Sue, associate dean of the QU business school, still find time to race sailboats. Ed, who keeps in touch with Kurt Klausner ’80, had déjà vu marching with QU’s float in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, fondly remembering the IXY carnation parties and marching in Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
John Sideras is joining Debbie and John Bundra visiting Ireland in 2012 to see the Blue Streaks football game in Dublin. John’s daughter, Rebecca, lives in Dublin and will be their tour guide.
Congrats to Jim Carrabine on the birth of another grandchild, Rylan, born this past November.
Congratulations to Bob Burak, who has joined Bober Markey Fedorovich (BMF), a regional accounting, tax, and business advisory firm as a partner and will lead BMF’s tax services group. Previously, Bob served as Cleveland tax practice leader and partner for Grant Thornton for 19 years.
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Gerald Reilly lives in Madison, Ind., and is Eastern regional manager for State Historic Sites in Indiana and manager for the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. Gerry manages programs, events, and restoration projects on the historic buildings. He serves on boards of the local Civil War Roundtable and the Madison Main Street organization. Gerry stays in contact with classmates: Pete Ruffing, Dan Fickes, Carol Rotterdam Ebdon, Ro Piening, Kathy O’Brien Caplice, and Tom Czernicki. Travelling to Ireland with family members, Gerry spent part of his 53rd birthday at the Guinness Brewery. Slainte!
Karen (Satko) Edwards celebrated 31 years with NASA Glenn Research Center and 30 years of marriage to husband, Daryl, whom she met at NASA. Son Ryan graduated in December from the University of Toledo. The Shannon Edwards Memorial Fund dedicated to the memory of daughter, Shannon, helps support special education students in the North Ridgeville (Ohio) City School District.
Mark Zaksheske moved back to Erie, Pa., last year. Zak is VP of finance and CFO for the Economic Development Corp. of Erie County. He has a daughter who graduated from Rockford College; a son who’s a sophomore at Marquette; and youngest daughter who’s a senior at Boylan Catholic High School in Rockford, Ill. Zak reconnected with Mark Ruth at a high school event in Erie last summer.
Thomas O’Grady’s previous careers included service as a U.S. Army Officer and elected official. Thomas is principal at Max Hayes High School in Cleveland, where he joins Kim Petrovich ’77 and other JCU alums in helping transform the school system into a premier school system in the U.S.
Jim Carrabine is a lawyer practicing in the field of personal injury litigation. Carrabine & Reardon Co., LPA, is located in Mentor, Ohio, where he lives. Jim and Laura celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary with a trip to Savannah, Ga., and Hilton Head, S.C. Jim’s daughter, Christin, works as a licensed counselor in Cuyahoga Falls and has given him the amazing gift of a grandson, Riley. His daughter, Jaime, teaches first grade in Las Vegas; and his son, Nick, is a reporter for the News Herald in Willoughby, Ohio. Jim keeps in contact with classmates Ara Bagdasarian, Mark Ruth, John Tepfenhart, and Chuck Cerankosky ’79.
In March 2010, Phil Rist and his wife, Michele, became grandparents. Daughter Melanie presented the world with a handsome baby boy, Camden Nicholas Kleinhenz. Phil says he’s really cool.
Walter Brownridge is an Episcopal priest, seminary associate dean, and faculty member at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. Walter still plays tennis. He says he has the same stroke production but isn’t running as much. Tina and Walter have been married for 28 years with sons Alec, a junior at Brown, and Martin, a 10th grader.
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Greetings! Cathy (Monaco) Hogan celebrated 30 years with Procter and Gamble. She’ll celebrate 30 years of marriage to Doug Hogan ’77, an attorney working in government affairs for First Energy. They have two children: Douglas, a graduate of OU, and Madison, a sophomore at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). The Hogans live in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Cathy enjoys yoga, gardening, wine fests, and volunteers for fundraisers. Attendees to the Hogans’ annual John Carroll post-homecoming party included Mark McGinley, Beth ’80 and Tom Keir, Dan Patalita, Bob Keir ’77, Jeff Kasper ’77, and Alan Baldarelli ’77.
Fr. Dan Fickes was named pastor of St. Therese Church in Garfield Heights in January. Dan sends regards to fellow ROTC cadet Pete Wojcik.
Mary Amato Nimrod’s daughter Megan, a junior majoring in psychology, loves Carroll. Mary teaches kindergarten and has only one left at home – Emily, a junior at Loyola Academy. Mary keeps in touch with Kathy and Mike ’77 McCarthy and Paul ’82 and Patrice ’80 Hulseman.
Paul Gellott is general manager of AMC’s Ridge Park Square Theater (Cleveland’s West Side) and serves on AMC’s Radiant Conversion Team traveling to newly acquired theaters. Rosie Gellott, who’s in her 13th season with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, is the director of development for Mission4Maureen (www.mission4maureen.org), which provides financial assistance to families who are burdened by the staggering cost of brain cancer treatment. The Gellott children are: Joe, who’s married and working at the Cleveland Clinic; Rebecca ’04 and ’08G, who teaches English at Padua Franciscan High School; and Mike and Jonathan, who both work in the restaurant business. Jonathan recently became engaged. The Gellotts keep in touch with Ruth Hassing and Shirley Ivancic Stall ’79.
Earl Hamlin is the proud father of two sons: Monsterman and Buzz, one is a college graduate, and the youngest is a high school senior. Earl has been married for 24 years and lives in Akron, Ohio. He keeps in touch with Alfalfa, Hutch, Shorty, O’B, Henny, Ruds, Charles, John Baran, Bobo, Ger, Fasano, Kapryan, Victor, and Denny Driscoll ’79. Earl’s community involvement includes being a judge at the National Hamburg Festival, hiking, rock climbing, boating, and landscaping.
Jeannine and Pete Ruffing, Gerry Reilly, and Dan Fickes met recently at Jeff ’80 and Rosemarie (Knuff) Piening’s in Cincinnati for a fun weekend. Pete Ruffing plans to retire from his first career soon, travel for a couple years before beginning a second career. At a recent court trial, Pete met Frank Gorczyca ’73 and recognized his name from his Circle K pledge book 34 years ago as someone’s grand big brother, but whom he’d never met. Small world. The Ruffing kids are all over: One flies helicopters (CH-53 E, the largest in the fleet) for the Marines; another is in the Army; a third in graduate school for teaching; and the fourth is in OSU law school.
Greetings. Here’s the latest … Bob Burak shared the highlights of the John Carroll football alumni outing in May. Attendees included: Bob Rees, Mark Fasano, John O’Brien ’76, Jim McGrath, Rick Kapryan, Tom Lanese, and David DeAngelis ’77. Bob reported Dave DeAngelis, Mark Fasano, and Bob Burak’s team (with John O’Brien as consultant) won the golf tournament with a seven under par. Besides football, clean story topics from the weekend included hair color, booze heist, salmoncolored dungarees, and JCU cheerleading outfits.
Nancy Moran Veselica (Chesterton, Ind.) is PR director for Rebuilding Together Duneland, the local affiliate nonprofit of Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together is America’s largest volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization that brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need. Nancy still volunteers at the food pantry every other Tuesday while pursuing a career interest of voice-over work. She stays in touch with Sandra Anderson Polgar, Gloria Brinda Schuster, and Laure Rauch Senatore. Nancy’s son, Nicholas, will be a junior this fall at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Daughter Natalie will be a freshman at Purdue University.
John Kostyo and spouse Shirley (Findlay, Ohio) are excited to have daughter Annelise entering our alma mater as a freshman. John said Carroll won the close competition by the warmth of John Carroll students, the open doors of its faculty, and incredible campus (why mention anything scholastic). John’s son, Stephen, is a senior economics and political science major at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He’s president of Miami University Student Democrats. Classmates Jeff Cash and John Barrord also have sons at Miami. John expanded his law practice and spent extra time visiting Ohio Dem headquarters in Columbus and voting locations as a regional counsel with the Ohio Democratic Party Protect the Vote effort. John stays in contact with Judi ’80 and Jim ’79 Alemagno, Walter Brownridge, Jeff Cash, Bob Marczynski, and Pete Sheehan.
Greg Skoda and wife Patti (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) have four kids: Greg Jr. ’07 was married fall ’09 to Courtney Budzick ’06G, and both work for the accounting firm Skoda, Minotti Inc; Brent is a student at TCU in Fort Worth who was just written about in the March issue of Inc. magazine as having one of the 10 Coolest College Start-up Businesses – College Fitness. com; Brittany graduated from Georgetown in ’09 and is an investment banker for Goldman Sachs in San Francisco; and Bobby, who’s making it three out of four for the Jesuits, is a senior at Fordham. Greg’s business, Skoda, Minotti Inc., has been included in the Inc. 500 Hall Of Fame and has more employees who are JCU grads than from any other school. Congrats, Greg! Thanks for writing.
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John Baran and spouse, Kathy, live in Ligonier, PA. They recently took a trip to Key West and ran into Linda and Steve Ryan at a Duval Street bar. John, a senior account manager at Weatherbee Media, organized a Circle K reunion in September; attendees included Dave DeAngelis ’77 (Tulsa, OK), Bruce Luecke, and Pete Ruffing (both from Columbus, OH). Circle K plans to have reunions every other year. John also shares his joy of grandparent life with twin grandsons Michael and Patrick (1).
Daniel Burke’s sophomore year at JCU begins with a fall semester in Rome. Dan is son of Mary (Klingshirn) Burke. Tuscany is on Mary’s bucket list, so she is looking forward to visiting Dan. Mary (Rocky River, OH) is happy that both older children (Catherine ’09 and Patrick) are employed in these tough times. Mary’s passion is bike riding; she is riding and raising funds for a cure to multiple sclerosis in the “MS 150 Pedal to the Point” ride in August.
Paul Cipar added a new business in addition to his company, Paramount Machine Company (PMC). He manufactures custom corn hole boards – www.slickwoodys.com. Paul and wife Pat live in Port Washington, OH, and await the June arrival of their fourth grandchild. Son Paul works for PMC and daughter Michelle ’01 teaches first grade. Golf and trips on his Harley are Paul’s hobbies.
Jim Gregorich has been involved in relief efforts for Haiti. His company’s earthmoving equipment was used to search for survivors and to bury the dead in Petit Goave, which was hard hit by devastation; a company manager was instrumental in organizing an entire shipload of aid that reached areas not served by the big relief organizations.
Pete Sheehan reports that the IPT fraternity gathered in Chicago in late April. Pete, Paul Giba, and Bob Kelsey got in a Cubs game at Wrigley. Pete is senior reporter for the Long Island Catholic in New York.
After stints in Bangkok and Cairo, Rob Herald enjoys living in Hong Kong, working for the Canadian International School. With a beautiful view of Victoria Harbor, Rob lives right in the heart of the concrete jungle on the 47th floor of a high rise but can access some of the most green and beautiful hiking trails and seaside locations in less than a half hour. Rob is taking trips to Beijing, the Great Wall, and still finds time for golf. Rob keeps in touch with Nancy Moran Veselica and sends greetings to Jack Blackburn, Jim Gentile, Brian Farrell, Tim Casey, Kevin McCarthy, Dave Kavanagh, Mike Hendricks, and more. Rob expresses his personal gratitude for Dr. Jim Lavin counseling him on a career in education/student affairs.
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Jack Schufreider and spouse Cathy have been married for four years and reside in Littleton, CO. Jack is division manager for Oscilloquartz, a Swiss maker of special telecom equipment. Schuf says he is getting good at Spanish, with a territory covering Panama to Alaska. They have four children: Katie (23) lives in Chicago, Maggie (17), Daniel (15), and Emmy (13). Jack is also assistant boys’ varsity basketball coach at Mullen High School in Denver, winning the Colorado state championship a couple of years ago. Schuf ran into former JCU coach Ed Janka, who works for Nike, at a coaches’ clinic in Las Vegas last year. Jack keeps connected with Mimi ’80 and Bruce Luecke, Chris Kelly, and Kathy (O’Brien) Caplice; he’d love to find out where Saul Cyvas is hiding.
Jan Szorady Hash and her husband, Mark, celebrated 25 years of marriage last year. Daughter Caitlin (19) is a student at the University of Dayton and son Alex (16) attends Dublin Coffman High School. Jan is employed as an organizational liaison for Dublin Methodist Hospital-Ohio Health, which is part of the Pebble Project. The hospital has been built around evidence based research that links healing environments with patient recovery time. They keep in touch with classmates Sandra Anderson Polgar and Gloria Brinda Schuster. Jan and Mark look forward to traveling again during life after college tuition.
Rob (Marz) Marczynski is the director of administration and stewardship and the co-director of religious education at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bartlett, TN, (a suburb of Memphis). Marz and spouse Beth have been married for 23 years and have three children: Sarah and Kate attend U of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Charlie is a sophomore at St. Benedict High School. Marz recently caught up with John Kostyo and John Deitrick via LinkedIn and sends greetings to Rob Herald.
In Chicago, Terry O’Brien ran an inspired campaign but fell short in his quest to become the Democratic nominee to serve as president of the Cook County Board. Terry finished a strong second in a four person race on the February 2 primary.
Kathy Hiney began a new job at Akron Children’s Hospital as the quality initiative specialist.
Congratulations to Rich Bongorno for being honored to receive the Rev. Gerald B. Garvey, S.J., Award for his outstanding service to his alma mater, St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. Rich’s service to Ignatius ranges from organizing an alumni golf outing for financial aid, co-chairing Arrupe Neighborhood Tax Day, president of the Alumni Executive Council, member of the board of regents, and more. Rich and spouse Marylou have three children: Rick, Bill, and Karen. Congratulations, Rich.
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Jim Skerl is a theology teacher at his alma mater, St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. Jim is also co-founder of Pallbearer Ministry, a group that brings dignity and honor to those who die alone or with few survivors to mourn their passing. This ministry is in its sixth year and has received recognition through the Cleveland Plain Dealer, St. Ignatius Alumni Magazine, Ohio Magazine, and National Public Radio.
Laure Rauch Senatore’s four kids have finished college. Laure is thrilled that all four will soon be living in Pittsburgh.
Congrats to Dr. Brian Farrell for being named Man of the Year and will be inducted into the Brother Rice High School Hall of Fame – well deserved! Brian, wife Sue, and daughters Marcy and Maura live in Orland Park, IL.
The recent fall issue of John Carroll magazine printed only the Reunion year class columns. Our ’78 column for fall ’09 is featured on JCU’s website – www.jcu.edu/alumni/publications/classnotes.htm – and includes updates from classmates Ed Gillen, Mary Egan, Jim Gentile, and Terry O’Brien
Tom Lawley and spouse Fran live in Westchester, IL, with their three kids. Tom has worked for Harris Bank for over 20 years. Tom and many others are active in supporting Terry O’Brien’s campaign for Cook County Board president. Terry’s biggest challenge is the February 2 Democratic primary against opponents including a U.S. Congressman, the incumbent, and a Chicago alderman. For 21 years, Terry has been an elected public official of Cook County as a commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), including the past 13 years as president of MWRD. Some JCU alums actively supporting Terry include: Mike Hendricks, Dave Kavanagh, Tom Caplice, Michael McCarthy ’77, Patrick Meehan ’77, Mike Schmidt ’81, and Mark O’Malley ’90.
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Mary Egan was inducted into Nazareth Academy’s Hall of Fame for Excellence in Volunteerism. Congratulations! Mary has served as chair of St. Joseph’s Academy alumni board and as a member of the school’s board of trustees. Her family’s long legacy with the Sisters of St. Joseph is reflected in Mary’s daughter Deirdre Rossman soon becoming the 15th member of the family to graduate from a Congregation of St. Joseph’s school. A link – http://www.sja1890.org/resource/resmgr/update_spring082.pdf – to Mary’s Volunteerism Award. Mary’s volunteering and leadership has not been exclusive to her high school alma mater. Her leadership for our Carroll Class of 1978 has included decades of service promoting the annual fund and our reunion gift efforts. Mary, husband Jim Rossman, daughter Deirdre and son David live in Westlake, OH.
For 21 years, Terry O’Brien has been an elected public official of Cook County (IL) as a commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), including the past 13 years as president of MWRD. On July 24, Terry announced his candidacy for Cook County Board president. The primary election is set for February 2, 2010. Many ’78 classmates are supporting him. Terry, spouse Julie, and kids Kevin, Therese, and Patrick live in Chicago… After over 15 years living in South Florida, Jim Gentile moved back to Chicago. Jim and spouse Karla have two kids, Erika and Jimmy at Indiana University and twins Andrea and Gabrielle (12) at home. Jim continues to work for Motorola.
Ed Gillen is director of institutional research and assessment for the Metropolitan College of New York. Ed had a leadership role in the school’s decennial accreditation process, which kept him from the IChi reunion in Las Vegas last spring. Ed and spouse Sue live on Long Island, where Ed enjoys summers sailboat racing. Ed sails with Ted Gabig ’69. Sue teaches in graduate business school. Ed Gillen sends greetings to Jim Gentile, Brian Farrell, Kevin McCarthy, Tim Casey, and Jack Blackburn.
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John Martin made a career change in March, becoming the director of sales for the Ohio Lottery Commission. John has responsibility for the sales of all lottery products around the state: nine regional offices, over 100 sales reps, and a small staff (including Ralph Stilphen ’77). John’s wife, Colleen, kids (Dan and Kate), and stepkids (Ryan, Kelly, and Maura) are all well. Dan is an on-air video journalist in Youngstown for channels 27 and 33. Kate is a customer service manager for Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati and the step-children are all in college while living at home in North Olmsted, OH.
Larry Wyrobek made a career change from banking to owning a restaurant. Larry opened Pete Mitchell’s in Frankfort, IL, earlier this year.
Judge Ken Callahan joined the law firm Buckley King as partner in March. Ken will be specializing in white collar criminal defense, business litigation, and mediation. Judge Callahan serves on the International Community Council Board, the Irish Archives Board of the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Executive Committee of the Manos Inn of Court, and the Metropolitan Bar Association’s Judicial Taskforce Committee. He is a former member of the Law Library Board, the Arrupe Board of St. Ignatius High School, the Common Pleas Court Civil and Criminal Rules Committee, the Cultural Board of the 2005 International Children’s Games, the Cleveland Bar Association ADR Committee, and the Ohio Common Pleas Court ADR and Judicial Advisory Boards. In 2004, Ken was awarded the Cardinal Bellarmine Award from St. Ignatius High School, and was named the Outstanding Alumnus of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2005. He was presented the Golden Gavel Award from the Ohio Common Pleas Judges in 2008.
John Baran’s daughter, Audrey, was married in August 2007 and is now expecting identical twin boys in early June. Congrats on grandparent life, John! John is also organizing the next Circle K Alumni Reunion at Carroll the weekend of September 25-27. He’s looking forward to a tremendous turnout of Circle K brothers, especially those from ’78. Activities include: Friday night cocktail party; and Saturday golf in the morning, dinner dance in the evening.
Over 75 IChis celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the fraternity with a celebration in Las Vegas in March. Chairs Mike Schmidt ’81, Nick Iarussi ’81, and Tom Hartnett ’81 planned and executed an awesome weekend; special congratulations to Schmitter and his leadership in the IChis JCU Scholarship endowment, now over $600,000. Our class had a great showing – Marty Lutz, Chris Parrilli, Steve Ryan, Earl Hamlin, Jack Blackburn, Dan Weitzel, Brian Farrell, and yours truly. The MGM Hotel was very accommodating – they even tried to help Weitz after he lost his shirt Friday night.
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After a 30-year career at Lubrizol, Jeff Cash has been appointed corporate director, sales and marketing for Premix Inc. Premix Inc., based in North Kingsville, OH, is a global leader in the development, design and manufacture of thermoset composite materials and molded components. Premix services diverse global markets focusing on electrical, transportation, HVAC, construction and healthcare. Jeff will be responsible for enhancing Premix’s presence in existing core markets and identifying and developing new opportunities to focus the Premix “Total System Approach’’ on material replacement. He has a B.S. in chemistry from John Carroll and an MBA from Cleveland State University. Jeff and spouse, Cindy, live in Mentor, OH.
Terri and George Lewandowski live in Columbus, OH. Terri is director of journal production and manufacturing services for the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society. George is a doctor specializing in Gynecologic Oncology. Steve Andrews ’81 recently joined George’s practice. Son Chris Lewandowski is a junior at Carroll majoring in economics.
Cathy ’79 and Jim Weir live in Geneva, Switzerland. Cathy is CEO for Citibank Global Wealth Management, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Alex (16) and Dominic (12) attend College du Leman in Geneva and are avid snowboarders. Jim enjoys returning to Cleveland every summer to see family and friends. Jim and classmates: John Jackson, Phil Devereaux, Jim Repicky, and Jim Hark attended the induction of the 1975 Division III National Champion wrestling team into the Carroll Athletic Hall of Fame Homecoming Weekend.
Jim Gregorich, wife Shelly Benford, and children: Christian (8th grade) and Vivi (7th grade) live in Boulder, CO. Jim stays involved in the kids’ sports — basketball, soccer, baseball, and more. Jim practices homeopathy; recently Shelly and Jim have become students and teachers of Qigong.
Mark and Laura Fasano live in Southport, CT. Mark is a principle in a commercial real estate company and is on the board at Fairfield Prep, where Mark’s BC High classmate Jack Hanwell, S.J., is president. According to Mark, Laura is “great at being a mom and is involved in community activities from helping the homeless to protecting endangered plant life.” The Fasanos look forward to being empty nesters and enjoy skiing in Vermont. They have four kids: Natalie (23) graduated from Boston University and lives and works in NYC as a writer and book reviewer for a food magazine, Mike (21) is at Arizona State University, Matthew (20) (an accomplished bass guitar player) is at St. Michaels in Burlington, VT, and Julia (16) is a junior in high school. An annual highlight for Mark is the big chill reunion with Stan Mambort ’77, Ken Mulcrone ’76, Tim Cannon ’77, Denny Saunier ’76, Tom Welsh ’76 and Bill Rainsberger ’76…thanks for writing. Tim
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Mary Amato Nimrod’s daughter, Megan, is a freshman at JCU. Mary is amazed at how great the campus looks today. Mary lives in Glenview, IL, and has four kids: Joseph, Alice, Megan and Katherine. Mary had planned to attend our Reunion, but then couldn’t attend. She sends greetings to classmates: Bruce Luecke, Chris Kelly, Kathy Monaco, Jack Schufreider, Rob Herald, David Briggs and Joanie Snyder
Ara Bagdasarian was moved reunion weekend by JCU’s tribute to fellow Beaudry winner Tim Russert ’72. In the Beaudry presentation in 1978, Ara shared the program with George Bush, our commencement speaker and yet-to-be 41st President of the United States. Twenty-eight years later, Ara shared the dais again with George Bush at a business conference. Ara, senior vice president, shop marketing for Travel Centers of America, and spouse Leslie are involved as leaders in Fraxa, the Fragile X Research Foundation. Their children Julie (16) and Alex (14) were diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome, the most common known cause of autism, in 1995. The Bagdasarians started the Fragile X Alliance of Ohio support group in 1997 and are thrilled to witness great support and progress toward a cure. See www.fraxa.org for more info.
Pat Kunklier also enjoyed our 30th Reunion. Pat lives in Akron and is a leader in the right to life movement. He was elected to the board of Ohio Right to Life in 2007. See – www.ohiolife.org or www.nurturingnetwork.org – for more information.
Mike Merriman was recently elected to the Nordson Corporation Board of Directors. Nordson is located in Westlake, OH. Mike is operating advisor at Resilience Capital Partners LLC, a private equity firm based in Cleveland. Prior to joining Resilience Capital Partners earlier this year, Mike served as president and CEO of Lamson & Sessions. His career also includes positions as CFO at American Greetings Corporation, nine years as CEO of Royal Appliance Mfg. Co./Dirt Devil Inc. until its sale in 2003, and partner at Arthur Andersen & Co. Mike serves on the boards of John Carroll University, American Greetings Corporation, OMNOVA Solutions Inc., RC2 Corporation, Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).
Frances Babic JCU master’s degree in history. She was awarded the 2007 Community Leadership Award by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Folk Arts Network for her 50 years of work with various ethnic groups in the Greater Cleveland area. Frances was recognized for helping each ethnic group to find pride in its folk culture and to build bridges between ethnic groups through awareness of shared universal values.
Jeannine and Pete Ruffing live in Columbus, OH, and recently visited with Gerry Reilly in Madison, IN. The Ruffings have four sons: The oldest graduated from OSU in engineering and is in the Naval Air School learning to fly for the Marines; second oldest is in the Army, still training for his job; the younger two are at The Ohio State University.
Erica Kosinski is in her eighth year as communications manager at the Lake County Council on Aging. Her duties include being editor of the agency’s newspaper, Bridge, which has received national awards in the 55+ market. Erica keeps busy with her son, Chris, an eighth grader.
Jeff Cash and spouse Cindy live in Mentor, OH, and are experiencing empty nest syndrome. Daughter Erin works in Atlanta in market research, daughter Julie is in graduate school to become a child psychologist and son Brian is attending Miami University (OH), studying art. Jeff is an independent consultant, and is also looking for a next career opportunity.
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Greetings! Our 30th Reunion was a memorable time to reflect on our days at JCU and our lives today. Thanks to Pete Sheehan and the reunion committee for their efforts! At reunion, the stories shared of our lives had the complete spectrum – from the good (families raised, successful careers, etc.), to the challenges (poor health, divorce, etc.), to the amazing and inspiring (single parent getting four through college, etc.), to the fun JCU days memories (too many to mention).
Bill Peruzzi was the first to check into campus, after his recent move back to Chicago from Houston. Dave Briggs, Cleveland attorney, provided airport shuttle service for Jack Blackburn and Chris Parrilli. Oz may also open a side business of providing logistical support to ’78 classmates’ kids attending JCU. Bob Rees enjoyed seeing the library (he claims for the first time) and Terry O’Brien; Bob is promoting bringing back his favorite bartenders for our 35th reunion while George and Joanie Snyder enjoyed helping this Reunion’s ’78 bartender.
Kevin Leonard was amazed touring the Dolan Science Center. Geraci’s Pizza was a lunchtime destination for Laure Rauch Senatore, Nancy Moran Veselica and Gloria Brinda Schuster. Golf was part of the reunion agenda for Jim Repicky, Jim McGrath, Joanie Snyder, Terry O’Brien, Tom Lanese, Earl Hamlin, Bob Burak and others. Rob Herald, repeat winner for the furthest traveled each reunion, renewed his offer to welcome all ’78 classmates to visit him in Thailand. John Sideras, recently appointed CFO at Case Western Reserve University and John Bundra enjoyed the Great Lakes Brewing Co. beer tasting seminar. Mark Ruth says it was his best work – ‘helping everyone in Dolan Hall pass their computer programming courses.’ Today Mark has his own information systems consulting practice (Secure IT Solutions) serving small to medium sized businesses with web site design and development, small business networks and custom application development. Mark is from Concord, OH, and caught up with Dana Albert, Dan Jacobs and Jim Carrabine. Mark’s second child, Samantha (17), aims to be playing soccer in college in 2009, maybe at JCU. Sons Cory (18) and Chad (13) also keep Mark busy with school and sports. For a hobby, Mark started a sports action photography business – www.sportssharpshooters.com.
Saturday afternoon’s all reunion Mass remembered Fr. Joe Schell, SJ, and Tim Russert ’72 as well as prayed for our departed classmates since 2003. Joanie Snyder read the ’78 list: Thomas Buchanan, Dorothea Gaul, Sue Leopold, Jo Anne Ranallo, Rick Seiple and Rick Zielinski. Mark Harrington drove in from Sandusky and continues to lead ’78 with the most children to attend JCU, with another high school senior hopefully on its way. Phil Simon and Jack Blackburn discussed their families’ plans for visiting England: JCU sophomores Kevin Simon ’11 and Dan Blackburn ’11 are studying in London next spring semester. Following the long time tradition of the Simon and Ehrbar families (Phil and spouse Jane Ehrbar Simon’79), Kevin Simon is studying to be the 22nd JCU alum from his family. JCU faculty Fr. Bichl, SJ, and Frank Navratil visited with our class; we missed Casey Bukala ’54, SJ’s, presence (recovering from surgery). John Martin, Ara Bagdasarian, Mary Egan, and John Baran caught up at the Saturday night dinner. Chris Kelly, Bruce Luecke, John Martin, and Rich Kenney talked about life in Cleveland, Chicago and Columbus.
Fr. Dan Fickes shared the recent news of being appointed administrator of St. Therese Church in Garfield Heights. After being ordained in 1991 and serving in the Cleveland diocese, Dan was granted a three-month sabbatical in Rome (taking classes, a retreat in Assisi and participating in papal Masses – once standing 20 feet behind the Pope!). For many classmates, hanging around the reunion tent was the place to catch up and renew, including classmates Kathy Buehrle Hiney, Jim Skerl, Sandy Anderson, Chuck Kerr, Mark McGinley, Cathy Monaco Hogan, Ray Dalessandro, Phil Devereaux, Pat Kunklier, Dee Christie, Will Fraser, Bruce Swartz, Linda Sevcik, Phil Rist, Ben Pintabona, Dennis Paul, Tom Keir and Br. Mike Tripka. Jim Carrabine shared his news – he formed a new law firm in 2006 in Mentor, OH, known as Carrabine & Reardon Co., L.P.A. specializing in personal injury litigation. Jim and spouse Laura have three children: Christin (29) a licensed counselor in Akron, OH, Jaime (26) a first grade teacher in Las Vegas, and Nick (23) a newspaper reporter for The News Herald in Willoughby, OH.
Bob Kehoe relayed his passion as a board member for Holy Trinity High School. Dan Patalita, ‘the watermelon king’ of Cleveland, talked about the experience of bringing several of his adult kids into the business. As Saturday’s tent was closing, Bob Kelsey and Paul Giba were gathering a group for the late night IHOP run. Many more stories … sorry for missing other classmates and their stories. Thanks for writing! Tim
Greetings! Here’s the latest: Mary Burke lives in North Olmsted and is an accountant. Mary’s son, Patrick, graduated as a mechanical engineer in May; daughter, Catherine, is a junior at JCU majoring in business (she spent a semester abroad in London, studying and traveling throughout Europe); and son, Daniel, is a junior at St. Ignatius HS and beginning his college search. Mary is an avid bike rider (riding about 1,500 miles/year and raising money to help fight Multiple Sclerosis), a certified scuba diver (took the trip to Bonaire, near Aruba — a diver’s paradise) and enjoys Cleveland winters by cross-country skiing. Mary hopes to see Rose Piening and Carol Rotterdam Ebdon and others at our Reunion in June.
Here’s a partial list of classmates planning to attend our 30th Reunion June 20-22, 2008: Pete Sheehan, Mark McGinley, Nancy Veselica, Terry O’Brien, Bob Rees, Thomas Olbrych, Maria Gonzalez, Rob Herald, Joanie Snyder, Warren Potonak, Paul Carney, Cathy Hogan, Bob Kehoe, Mary Egan, Bill Peruzzi, Tom Lanese, Ruth Hassing, John Baran, Laura and Mark Fasano, Bruce Luecke, Jonathon Manilla, Michael McDonough, Dan Weitzel, Mary Burke, Tim Freeman, Kevin Leonard, Phil Rist, Mark Ruth, Jack Schufreider, Anthony Sebastiano, Laure Rauch Senatore, Bruce Swartz, Phil Devereaux, Sandy Anderson, Jim McGrath and many more! See you in June! Tim
Greetings! Plan to make our 30th Reunion, June 20-22, 2008! Here’s the latest: Pete Sheehan is in ‘reunion mode,’ contacting and encouraging classmates to attend our 30th Reunion and bringing up memories like watching the Little Theatre production “Dracula” our freshman year. National Review Online, December issue, featured Pete’s article “ Merry Christmas – happy holidays.”
Debi, John Bundra’s spouse, reports of the celebrations of their daughter Rebecca’s June wedding in Dublin, Ireland, and post wedding party in the U.S. Attendees included Mary Bundra Hall ’79 and Debbie and John Sideras. The Bundras have two other daughters – Samantha (Marquette U alum) and Angela (Loyola University Chicago student).
Thank you to Bob Keir ’77 for passing along the news about the passing of our classmate Rick Seiple. Rick died in January 2004 in Hubbard, Ohio, of stomach cancer. If you’re interested in the news obituary about Rick, please e-mail me and I’ll send it to you.
John Tepfenhart was recently named partner at ka architecture in Cleveland, a commercial architectural firm. John and wife Lisa celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with daughters Alyssa (13) and Emma (12). The Tepfenharts live in Broadview Heights, Ohio.
Paul Carney is professor and chief of the Wilder Chair for Epilepsy Research in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Florida. Paul and spouse Lucia (Manubens) ’79 live in Gainesville with daughters Paulina (19) and Constanza (17), both attending the University of Florida. Paul has an MD degree from Valparaiso University. He hopes to attend the June Reunion and catch up with our classmates.
Maria Gonzalez hopes to convince Tere Castro Tomec and Beth Scriven to join her at our 30th Reunion in June. Maria has been living in Orlando for the past four years. She’s pursuing an MBA while managing Professional Testing and enjoys her family (one daughter is an architect, one is an entrepreneur and mother to Maria’s ‘gorgeous grandson’). Maria’s hobbies include sports, swimming and dancing.
In between wrapping up a school year in Thailand and a trip to his home in Latrobe, Pa., Rob Herald plans to be under our ’78 Reunion tent in June. Rob welcomes all to visit him in Thailand, ‘a good life in a beautiful place.’ A lot of golf and a few beers – hard to disagree with him!
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Greetings! As we look forward to our 30th reunion June 20-22, 2008, here’s the latest: Bruce Luecke looks forward to seeing everyone at our reunion. He and spouse Mimi ’80 are empty nesters with kids at the University of Dayton, Xavier University and the oldest working in New York. Bruce left his consulting business a year ago and joined Nationwide Insurance to build a new bank.
John Baran is set for Reunion Weekend. He returned to IBM in 2005 after leaving it in 1981. John has two kids in college (Bowling Green and U of Toledo Nursing School) and two in the real world; his oldest daughter Audrey was married in August in Annapolis. John and spouse Kathy moved to Ligonier, PA, out in the country in July, very close to the historic Fort Ligonier. Two years ago, John organized a Circle K 40 year reunion (cocktail party, football tailgate party and dinner dance). John played golf on Homecoming Weekend with fellow reunion committee member Mark McGinley.
Jack Blackburn, Dan Weitzel and Kevin McCarthy talked up reunion while golfing at Brian Farrell’s annual golf outing in October. Jack attended JCU’s Parents Weekend and caught up with Oz (Dave Briggs)
Rich Kenney, John Martin and Ray Dalessandro are also looking forward to our 30th Reunion in June. Rich is director of sales Ohio Valley Region for Kuehne + Nagel Inc. and travels the world. The Kenneys have two daughters (Emily at Bowling Green, Molly a junior at Rocky River H.S.); Rich enjoyed the great run of the Cleveland Indians this season.
Bill Peruzzi is looking forward to Reunion Weekend. Bill is returning to Chicago after 2½ years in Houston as chief medical officer at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Bill’s will be with Wit/Kieffer to work in the area of academic healthcare executive recruiting (in the Midwest and East Coast).
Joanie Carroll Snyder misses her long time friend and classmate Sue Leopold. Joanie is looking forward to seeing all at reunion weekend. She and spouse George have three sons (Steve, graduate school; Kevin, post-college; and Alan, high school). Besides working with George in their business, GL Resources, Joanie is treasurer of a Youth Development Program, Sunday church lector and is coordinator of the parish’s Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) Committee.
For the third time in her life, Grace Carroll has moved to China. Grace will be teaching English through Maryknoll’s China Service Project at Northeastern University in Shenyang, Liaoning Province. She took courses in Chinese at JCU this past year from Professor Man-Lih Chai. The past five years Grace worked as a live-in assistant at L’Arche Cleveland. L’Arche is an international federation of communities where people with and without disabilities live together in loving homes. Grace will be competing with Rob Herald for the farthest to travel to our 30th Reunion. The reunion class committee’s partial list of classmates to be targeted to attend include Joyce (Hallahan) Blackburn, Kathy (Fulton) Leger, Dave Kavanaugh, Tom Ruddy, Kathy Short, Kathy Grygier, Tom and Vicke Horvath, Mike Hendricks, Earl Hamlin, Terry O’Brien, Jimmy Skerl, Colleen Farrell Melena, Mark and Laura Fasano, Jean (Kappus) Meyer, Tom Caplice, Dave Briggs, Bruce Brownridge, Julie (Donnelly) Hattrup, Cathy (Monaco) Hogan, Bob Rees and Steve Ryan and many more. If you’d like to help with the reunion committee, please contact me or Alumni and Special Events Coordinator Theresa Spada ’04 – email@example.com – 216.397.3014.
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Greetings! Plan to make our 30th reunion June 20-22, 2008! Here’s the latest: Bernie (Fragle) DeMartinis and spouse Raymond live in Farrell, PA. Last year, Bernie started working for the Farrell Area School District in many capacities — with sixth grade students in reading and math, with students in grades 3-6 as an advanced academic focus facilitator in the school’s after school program and as a tutor. Daughter Gabi is moving to Orlando, FL, to attend school for fashion design and marketing. Son Michael is in New Zealand working in the wine industry and husband Raymond is busy with his landscaping business and his bocce game! Bernie says hello to classmates Tere Castro Tomec and Mary McCue.
Laura and Jack Blackburn’s son, Dan, is a freshman at JCU. Jack enjoyed visiting with Fr. Bichl and Dr. Frank Navratil during Dan’s freshman orientation.
Pat (Carson) Larson lives in Bangor, ME, with husband Aron. Pat is a medical biller for an ophthalmology group, and Aron is a master electrician. Son Andy is a flight attendant instructor for GoJet Airlines in St. Louis. Pat has Iraq Army veterans as a stepson and stepson-in-law — Byron is a purple heart recipient from severe injuries suffered after being hit by an RPG in Iraq; he is a recruiter and doing well; Chris came home ‘relatively unscathed except for a few scorpion stings and a much matured attitude.’
Pete Sheehan has lived on Long Island for 20 years. Pete has been married 12 years to Mary, a registered dietician. They have two sons: Joseph (10) and Michael (7). Pete is senior reporter for The Long Island Catholic, the biggest weekly U.S. Catholic paper; he also does freelance writing, mostly in the Catholic press. Pete keeps in touch with classmate Mary Egan and many of his IPT brothers. He’d like to hear from Jim Gentile, Earl William Hamlin III, Paul Giba, Kevin Leonard, Bob Kelsey, Mark Harrington, Nick Potonak, Pat O’Connor, and Mike May.
Mark Harrington is director of human resources and machining group operations for Sandusky International (design and make machine components for paper making industry) in Sandusky, Oh. Mark has enjoyed some of the work travel (U.K. and South Africa), volunteer coaches soccer for Edison High School and still plays softball. Mark and spouse Kim (a Bowling Green alumna) have seven children: five girls (Bridget, Mary, Abby, Kit, Meghan) and two boys (James and Michael). Mary graduated from John Carroll in May (another Political Science graduate in the family). She is currently working at Taft Law Firm in Cleveland. Jimmy is a biology/chemistry major and is a junior at JCU. He worked last summer as an orderly at Firelands Regional Medical Center emergency room. Bridget graduated from Bowling Green State University last year, and Abby plans to attend BGSU next year. The Harringtons will wait and see how the other three sort out their choices for higher education.
Jim Gentile is touring college with daughter Erika. Jim mentioned that colleges like FSU and UF don’t compare in guidance counseling to his JCU experience with Casey Bukala, SJ, ’54. Jim, spouse Karla and kids Erika, Jimmy and twins Andrea and Gabrielle (10) live in South Florida. Jim works for Motorola (since 1979) and entertained classmate Brian Farrell during this past year’s Super Bowl. Jim keeps in touch with Judge Bob Belanger ’81 and Anne ’79 and Tim Bailey. Mark McGinley and Cathy (Monaco) Hogan visited with ’77 in the big tent on the quad at the June reunion.
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Greetings! Here’s the latest from our classmates: Greg DiCillo is founding partner of Life Cycle Strategies, Inc. which is a consulting and training firm specializing in product management and planning. The firm began nine years ago, working with industrial and business to business companies throughout the United States and in Europe. Greg’s been enjoying the trips to UK, Germany, and Italy. He and spouse Tina celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary last July. The DiCillos live in Willoughby and have three children — Michelle recent graduate of Kent State University, Brian currently training for EMT and ultimately Fire Academy, and youngest Kenneth is a sophomore at Willoughby South High School. Greg is still working on his golf game as well.
Tom Keir has been married to Beth Friedel ’80 for 25 years. The Keirs have two boys — Cameron, a freshman at Ohio Northern University, and Evan, a freshman at Brecksville-Broadview High School. Beth is a fourth grade teacher in Brecksville, OH. Tom has been with the Lubrizol Corporation for 27 years and is the Global Business director of a business that sells specialty chemicals into the civil explosives industry. Tom has traveled to over 25 countries including South Africa, China, Russia, all over Europe, Latin America and Australia. Tom gets a great perspective about a country, seeing their beautiful cities as well as the “interior” or rural regions where customers are usually located. He keeps in touch with Mark McGinley and Ray Dalessandro, Mike Keresman ’79 and Tom Kaiser ’79. Tom would like to hear from Dan Patalita, Rich Seiple and John Baran.
John Bundra and his wife, Debi, have been married for 27 years and this summer will be celebrating the marriage of their oldest daughter to Sean Mullen in Dublin, Ireland.
Jeff Shibley expands his business once again. Yours Truly Restaurants has announced plans to open its eighth restaurant at 8111 Rockside Road (near the I-77 exit at Rockside). Slated to open this summer, Yours Truly will seat 100 guests and, like many other Yours Truly locations, will offer patio seating for seasonal outdoor dining. Jeff and his siblings opened the first Yours Truly location in Beachwood in 1981. 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.” Named by the Employers Resource Council as one of the “99 Best Places to Work in Northeast Ohio,” Yours Truly employs 400 full and part-time employees and estimates hiring 50 employees at the new location.
Condolences to Steve Ryan on the passing of his mother, Elizabeth Ryan, in March. Steve and spouse Linda live in Farmington Hills, MI. Linda works with Head Start pre-schoolers. Daughter Katie graduated from Michigan State and began working for Nordstrom’s. Kelsey is a sophomore English major at Western Michigan. Steve said she has inherited her namesake’s (Robin ‘Duke’ Kelsey ’78) gift for reading and writing. Charlie, the baby, is a high school senior.
In March, Dr. Brian Farrell joined other celebrities in Chicago by raising thousands of dollars for medical research and prevention of childhood cancer. Eight years ago St. Baldrick’s began as a casual conversation between friends and has exploded into the world’s biggest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer! Events have taken place in 10 countries and 42 U.S. states, raising over $20 million, and shaving more than 26,000 heads, including Brian’s.
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Greetings! Here’s the latest from our classmates: Sandy Anderson and husband Tim Polgar will celebrate 24 years of marriage this June. They reside in Westlake, OH. Sandy has been in the insurance and investment industry for 25 years and now also teaches at a local college. Daughter Alex is a freshman at the University of Kentucky and daughter Aimee is a 16 year-old golf and baseball standout. Sandy was unable to make a girls’ reunion in Colorado last year, but she and Laura Fasano did get to London for another reunion. Sandy is active in several local organizations and always has places at her dinner table for others.
Dan Weitzel and spouse Georgia keep active with sons Marty and Pat, students at Gonzaga College High School and son Tim in elementary school. Weitz is an attorney with the Enterprise Business Law Group in McLean, VA. Dan keeps in touch with Jack Blackburn and other classmates.
Mary Anthony Milcinovic lives in Brecksville, OH, with spouse Scott. They are parents of three: Steven (sophomore at Hiram), Megan (freshman at Furman) and Pete (sophomore at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School). Mary keeps the home front coordinated and also with Nick’s work as minority shareholder and CFO of Horsburgh & Scott (metal gear manufacturer in Cleveland).
Peter Ruffing and spouse Jeannine are semi-empty nesters in Delaware, OH. Nate (23), graduate of OSU 2006, entered the Marines OCS January 21, 2007. Tim (22), OSU through junior year, entered the Army September 2006. Thad, (20) and Lucas (18) are at OSU as junior and freshman, respectively. Jeannine is a physical therapist and Pete is the City Prosecutor for Delaware.
Ginny Happ Pierson and spouse Mike ’79 celebrated their 25 year wedding anniversary last September. They live in North Olmsted, OH, and have two kids in college: Steve, a junior at the University of Toledo and Cate, a freshman at Loyola University Chicago. Youngest daughter, Libby, is a senior in high school who will probably be attending Wheeling Jesuit University in the fall. The Piersons enjoy travel on their Harley Low Rider. Classmate Tom O’Grady taught high school history to one of the Pierson girls before he became mayor of North Olmstead. Ginny would love to hear from Patty Carson and Robin Gallese.
In November, Terry O’Brien was elected to a fourth consecutive six year term as commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. He has also been elected president of the MWRDGC five times. Congratulations! This past September, Terry and several classmates celebrated turning 50 at JCU’s Homecoming weekend. Bob Rees, Jon Manilla, Dave De Angelis ’77, Bob Burak, Jim Messer and Mark Fasano and others played golf, had a cookout at the Buraks’, tailgated, attended the football game and caught up with Fr. Casey Bukala.
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Greetings! Here’s the latest from the new 50 year old classmates: Rev. Walter “Bruce” Brownridge moved to Sewanee, TN, in September to serve as associate dean for Community Life at the School of Theology. The seminary is a graduate program of the University of the South and is owned by the Episcopal Church. The dean of the graduate school says “Fr. Brownridge is a superb person to oversee community life at the School of Theology, bringing an exceptional combination of gifts. His deep faith, past experience and pastoral insight will be particularly valuable in forming our seminarians and their families for ministry.” Bruce, spouse Tina and sons Thurgood and Martin, return to the U.S. after three years of service in South Africa at St. George’s Cathedral. Bruce’s post-JCU career includes serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, law school, special assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, trial attorney, executive assistant to the mayor of Cleveland, counsel to the chief of police, entering the Episcopal seminary and as rector of Christ Church in Shaker Heights.
Michael J. Merriman Jr., the CFO and senior vice president at American Greetings Corp., has been appointed to succeed John B. Schulze as CEO and president of Lamson & Sessions Co. to begin November 15. Mike’s career includes being an accountant for Arthur Andersen; chief financial officer then CEO for Royal Appliance Manufacturing; and senior vice president at American Greetings. The Lamson & Sessions chair says Mike is “an outstanding leader who brings a successful track record as CEO of a public company, along with a strong background in retail markets, consumer products, product development, strategic acquisitions and international operations.” Mike continues to serve as a trustee at our alma mater while classmate Greg Skoda serves on JCU’s board of regents. Thanks to both Mike and Greg for their leadership service to JCU.
Prayers and condolences to Brian Farrell on the passing of his mother, to Rosemarie Piening on the passing of her mother-in-law and to Kathy and Tom Caplice on the passing of Kathy’s father.
Tom Ruddy and spouse Julie ’82 have four daughters (ages 17-14-11-7). Tom lives in Glenview, IL, and sees Terry O’Brien, Mariellen ’79 and Mike Hendricks, Mary and Dave Kavanagh, Tom and Kathy Caplice, Mike Hefner, Tom Lawley, Bill Dunlap, Bob Rooney, Paul ’80 and Marion ’81 Goodworth, Mike Schmidt ’81, John Ruddy ’76, Don ’72 and Patty ’72 Farrell, Jack Person ’80, Brian, Bill ’77 and Rick ’79 Farrell and keeps in touch with Earl Hamlin, Steve Ryan, Ed Hayes and Joanie Snyder. Since this was his first ’78 news for the Alumni Journal, ‘Ruds’ promises to ‘report in again’ in 28 more years.
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Greetings Class of ‘78!
Condolences and prayers to family and friends of our classmate, Sue ‘Stretch’ Leopold, who died of melanoma cancer on July 6. Sue battled with cancer for two years and kept working and playing softball through the treatments. JCU classmates and friends kept in touch with Sue and attended the services including Joanie Snyder, Vicke and Tom Horvath, Terry O’Brien, Colleen Farrell Melena, Jim Skerl, Bob Rees, Ramona Francesconi Rogers ’79, Jim Schaefer ’79 and Joe Spicuzza ’73. There is a collection of reflections of Sue; e-mail me and I’ll send it to you.
Joanie Snyder’s oldest son graduated from Loyola University this past spring. Her other two sons are in college and high school. Joanie, spouse George and family live in Grand Rapids, MI.
Bob Rees lives in Pittsburgh and has ‘an empty nest’ with kids at Kenyon College and the University of Richmond. Bob and classmates Mark Fasano and Terry O’Brien plan to celebrate turning 50 at JCU’s homecoming September 23.
Dave Kavanagh and spouse Mary live in Lake Forest, IL. Dave’s daughter Lauren began her first year of college at Elon University in North Carolina. Son Michael is a sophomore at Loyola Academy. Dave is president of Dearborn Capital Mgt. and keeps in touch with Mike Hendricks, Terry O’Brien, Tom Ruddy, Jack Blackburn and more. Dave’s hobbies include ‘a lot of golf’ weekdays and weekends.
Condolences to Larry Wall on the passing of his father Edward. Larry lives in Long Beach, IN, and works for Wall Construction.
Rob Herald left Cairo during spring break to visit Bruce Brownridge and family in Cape Town, South Africa. Rob had a great time visiting Reverend, Tina and the boys, seeing the beautiful scenery, climbing Table Mountain, golfing at Royal Cape Golf Club and sampling the great beer and fine wines of the region. Rob reports Bruce is doing some wonderful work down there and has some wonderful and interesting friends, including Desmond Tutu. Rob continues to travel and has visited another dozen countries since our 25th Reunion. Rob begins his next job this fall at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok, Thailand. As always, Rob offers, ‘visitors welcome!’
Bro. Mike Tripka, TOR is librarian at Everest Institute (formerly Duff’s Business Institute) in Pittsburgh. Br. Mike lives at Queen of Peace Friary; the Friary staffs a parish, Saint Matthew, and is looking at consolidating with other parishes.
John Kostyo won the March primary and is democratic candidate for the 76th Ohio House District (Ohio’s Hardin, Hancock and Auglaize Counties). The campaign experience has given John a lot more meaning to his ‘surviving Dr. Barber’s classes in political science.’ John – www.johnfkostyo.com – admits to being ‘a commando Republican’ during his JCU days but now says ‘inside every Republican is an inner Democrat, that we grow and change for the better’
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Greetings! Paul and Rosie Gellott live in Mayfield Heights. The Gellotts have four children, two of them grown and on their own. The second-oldest, Rebecca, graduated from JCU in 2004. Paul is employed by AMC Theatres and serves a variety of functions with that company. In addition to being the general manager of the Ridge Park Square Cinema in Brooklyn, OH, he is the market recruiter and market trainer for the Cleveland market, responsible for recruiting and training management personnel for Northeast Ohio theatres. A recent extra duty includes serving as a theatre ambassador, assisting in the transition of operations for the Loews Theatre chain, recently merged with AMC. Rosie is a vocalist with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and is in her eighth year with that group. She regularly performs in the Severance Hall concerts and the Blossom Summer Series, and has also performed at Carnegie Hall, in the Edinburgh Music Festival in Scotland, and at this past summer’s Lucerne Arts Festival and the BBC Proms Festival in London. The Gellotts are both active at their parish, St. Clare in Lyndhurst, where Rosie is a cantor and Paul is a lector and past chairman of the Parish Council.
Jon Grosse married Patricia Johnson in December 2005. They live in Westlake, OH. Jon is container repack/labpack supervisor for Ross Incineration Services, Inc. in Grafton, OH.
Joyce Blackburn lives and breathes hockey. Joyce lives in Princeton, NJ, with spouse Jim’75. The Blackburns have four sons: AJ, Harry, Peter and Lewis. AJ and Harry attend The Hun School in Princeton – junior and freshman years. Peter and Lewis attend the local Catholic school – grades 7 and 4. All four boys play competitive hockey; Joyce and Jim are in the college search mode with AJ. Joyce and Jim welcome visitors in the Princeton area — catching up with old friends and enjoying company.
Rich Kenney made a career move. In February 2006, Rich became the regional sales manager for the Ohio Valley Region for Global Logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel, based in the company’s Cleveland branch office. Services provided include air, sea, customs brokerage, warehousing and distribution in over 100 countries worldwide. The company’s global headquarters is in Switzerland. Rich keeps in touch with John Martin, general manager of Colortone Inc. At Colortone’s “Annual Garage Sale”, John and Rich enjoyed scoping out the company’s production facilities, reliving the WUJC radio days.
Jack Schufreider left a long career at Molex in December to take a position with Amphenol Commercial Products. As national distribution manager of the Americas, the job requires more travel, but Jack is enjoying the move. Jack lives in Littleton, CO.
Terry O’Brien was re-elected in the March 2006 democratic primary as commissioner and president of the Cook County Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Terry will now run in the fall full election to continue his remarkable service – 17 years on the Board of Commissioners, nine of those years as president. Terry and spouse Julie live in Chicago and have four children.
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Winter greetings! Here’s the latest.
‘Empty nester’ Paul Cipar lives on a farm with wife Pat in Port Washington, OH. Paul is president of Paramount Machine Company in New Philadelphia, OH, and is planning for retirement. Daughter Michelle Cameron ’01 and son Paul live in the area. Besides the farm duties, two granddaughters keep grandma Pat’s schedule busy and Paul enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson and golfing (in both Ohio and North Carolina). Paul lost contact with JCU roommate Jim Gregorich a couple years ago and would love to reconnect with Jim.
J. Mike Murukis and spouse Mary live in San Diego, CA. Mike works as an environmental engineer for the Dept. of Defense at MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station) Miramar and is very grateful that the base did not appear on the BRAC (Base ReAlignment and Closure) list last May. Oldest son, Brian, is a high school senior, and the college search is in process. Other son, David, is enjoying high school and wife Mary works for a major airline. The Murukis family travels to Ireland every summer to tour and visit Mary’s relatives and plan more world travel as the kids get older. Mike still keeps in touch with classmate Jim Valenti.
As of this writing, hurricane Wilma is heading for Florida and Anne (JCU’79) and Tim Bailey are boarding up their home in Bonita Springs, FL. The Baileys left their ‘raising kids’ home in Naperville, IL, after 17 years and moved to Florida in 2002. Tim sells web sites and internet strategies to realtors and real estate offices throughout several southern states and manages to maintain a four or five golf handicap. Anne continues her real estate career (from ReMax in Illinois to ReMax in southwest Florida). The Baileys are ‘empty nesters’ and grandparents-to-be with son Mike’s wife expecting. Daughter Kelly is a senior at the University of South Florida.
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Joe Jerse recently accepted an invitation from classmate Rob Kehoe to associate with his law firm. Joe finds it to be an interesting practice with excellent clients and a sophisticated litigation component and is also glad to be back in downtown Cleveland. Joe squeezed a hint out of the former hoopster (Rob) that has helped his weekly round ball game. Joe and spouse Nella moved from the Old Brooklyn of Cleveland to North Royalton about two years ago. Daughter Juliana is a senior at Padua and is considering JCU for college and other daughter Amalia (Lia) is an excellent reader in fourth grade. Joe keeps in touch with Greg Hink and a number of Room One denizens and has been following the life and times of fellow rifle team members John Sideras and Chris Axelrod ’76.
Jeffrey Neuman and Mary Ann Salvatore Neuman just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary. The Neumans have three children — Jeff (23), Ted (20), and Chris (16). Jeff is president of Barnes Wendling CPAs (headquartered in Cleveland) where he has been employed for 27 years straight out of JCU. Hobbies include golf and being a long suffering sports fan of all Cleveland professional teams as well as Ohio State. Jeff’s partner Mike Pappas ’79 is active in obtaining financial support for JCU’s new football stadium.
Nancy Moran Veselica is trying to find time around her two teenagers’ schedules (driver’s ed, work schedules, etc.) to get into the voiceover business. Nancy’s first career was in advertising, but now she’s switching gears while continuing to raise her family. She’s taking voiceover classes and is close to making a demo CD in August. Nancy is already on the air in Valparaiso, IN, on a local not-for-profit station and has recorded a duets Catholic Christmas music CD with a friend that will be sold to benefit various local charities. A large group of Nancy’s JCU classmates are planning to get together for their 50th next year – maybe to climb a mountain or?
In May, Mike McMahon and daughter, Maeve, visited Steve Matusz (Steve is Maeve’s godfather) for the first communion of Steve’s son Evan. Steve and Mike were members of the heralded (by Dr. Navratil) Gold Medal JCU Econ class of 1978.
Tom Olbrych sends greetings to the crew from first floor T-wing at Pacelli Hall: Mike Judy, Jim Szakos, Jim Bircher, Tom Keir; and friends Kevin Leonard, Ara Bagdasarian, Rick Jordan and the AED gang. Tom had a great time at our 2003 Reunion, and looks forward to our 30th in 2008. Tom’s son, Jonathan, has completed his sophomore year at Georgetown U, and rowed with the varsity Light Crew, finishing fifth in the nation. Daughter Stephanie has completed her sophomore year at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH; and just returned from a one-month cultural exchange trip to Costa Rica. Tom hopes to have her consider JCU for her college studies. Tom is associate professor of Internal Medicine, and section head of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM), and has served as the Adult CF program director at Akron Children’s Hospital since 1989
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Greetings! Greetings! Kevin McCarthy, spouse, Dina, and son, Jack, live in Western Springs, IL. Kevin works for the Chicago Public Schools and coaches Jack’s soccer team.
Phil Rist co-wrote When Customers Talk, Turn What They Tell You Into Sales www.whencustomerstalk.com. A Notre Dame marketing class uses the text. Phil’s business is BIGresearch in Columbus, OH.
Steve Matusz’s book, International Trade and Labor Markets: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Implications ranks 1,266,623 on Amazon’s sales list! Steve is an economics professor at Michigan State University. His professional Web site: http://www.msu.edu/~ec/faculty/matusz/matusz.html. Steve and spouse Marie-France’s son Evan (8) enjoys sports.
Janice Tuten is a freelance writer/editor; clients include government agencies and nonprofits like “Catholic Radio Weekly” in Washington, D.C.
Vin Karl teaches Spanish at the Utica, NY, public high school (‘has a tough rep, but there are a lot of good kids’). Vin has three kids: Mary Carol, sophomore at U of Rochester (NY); Kathryn, high school graduate deciding between Loyola, MD, and Fordham; Jim, high school junior. Vin continues athletic scouting/recruiting and is finishing a master’s of ed at Utica College.
Karen Satko Edwards, spouse Daryl and son Ryan (high school junior) live in North Ridgeville, OH. Karen is an IT specialist at NASA in Cleveland. The Shannon Edwards Memorial Fund was established in memory of their daughter (who unexpectedly died in 2001 at age 10 from complications of a rare neuromuscular disease) to support programs and students with special needs.
William Peruzzi moved to Houston to be chief medical officer and AVP for medical affairs at Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospitals (an 825 bed teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical School). Bill received a 2001 master’s degree in Health Care Management from Harvard.
John Martin is director of sales and marketing for Colortone Staging & Rentals (produce and stage meetings and special events www.colortone.com). His son, Dan, is an anchorman for a Fox-TV affiliate in Lima, OH and Katie, is a sophomore at Ohio U. John lives in North Olmsted with spouse, Colleen, and her three children (Ryan, Kelly and Maura).
Larry Keck lives in central Florida. Larry is in the process of starting a couple new ventures doing contract R&D work for the government.
Mike Merriman served as a member of the board of trustees search committee selecting Fr. Robert L. Niehoff, SJ, JCU’s 24th president. Thank you, Mike!
Jim Bircher and spouse Patti (Kress ’77) are in kids’ graduation season: Brian receives a master’s in education from Notre Dame; Molly graduates from JCU and heads to Boston College (master’s in education); Meaghan graduates from high school (and onto John Carroll). Jim continues a 26 year career with Xerox Corp. managing third party software offerings; Patti is director of relocation for a real estate firm.
Bruce Luecke and spouse Mimi ’80 are also in kids’ graduation season: Tom graduated from University of Dayton and moves to New York to work in the private equity industry; Charlie graduates from Bishop Watterson (and onto Xavier University); Annie is a Bishop Watterson sophomore. Bruce owns Action International (business performance enhancement company serving small and mid-size businesses) in Columbus, OH.
Jack Schufreider gets married on July 23 in Littleton, CO, to Cathy Nall. Schuf will be “picking up” two new children in the deal, in addition to his own daughters Katie, a freshman (University of Colorado), and Maggie, in middle school. The Lueckes and Kathy (O’Brien) Caplice will be attending. Jack is district sales manager for Molex Connector Corporation. Schuf is the boys varsity assistant basketball coach at Denver’s J.K. Mullen High School (with a 2005 Sweet 16 appearance at the Colorado State Tournament). Jack and his 1974 Loyola Academy Basketball Team was inducted into the Loyola Academy Athletic Hall of Fame last October.
Greetings! Here’s the latest: James “Jim” Blase of St. Louis, MO, invested about two years to re-create the 1904 World’s Fair on DVD. The fair placed a spotlight on modern marvels of the Industrial Age and celebrated the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. More than 20 million people from around the world attended the fair. Jim, a history buff, researched, created and produced “The 1904 World’s Fair Reconstructed,” a virtual tour of the World’s Fair in a then-and-now perspective. Jim began the research with his son, Tommy (10). Blase plans to produce Volumes 3 and 4. Those DVDs will chronicle the Washington University and St. Louis Zoo areas of the fair. Volumes 1 and 2 of “The 1904 World’s Fair Reconstructed” are available for purchase. The set is being sold at Border’s, Barnes and Noble, and Left Bank Books.
Mari Gonzalez lived in her hometown in Puerto Rico for the last 21 years, working in the consulting industry. Mari recently moved to Orlando, FL, and keeps in touch with Beth Scriven who lives in Ft. Lauderdale. Mari is general manager in a certification development company and competes in Masters Swimming. She has 2 daughters, Teresa (21) and Maria (16).
George and Terri Lewandowski live in Columbus, OH. George is practicing at Mt. Carmel Hospital and Terri manages a department for the American Chemical Society that publishes the ACS peer review journals. The Lewandowskis have two sons: Mike, a sophomore at Kenyon College – studying Math and playing baseball and Chris, a junior at St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus – also playing baseball.
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Greetings! Here’s the latest
Jim Gentile and family survived the 2004 hurricane season in Florida. Jim, Carla, and kids live on the east coast outside Ft. Lauderdale. Jim is one of our few classmates to have worked for one company in our 25+ years since JCU. Jim’s area of responsibility for Motorola includes Central and South America. Condolences to Jim and family over the passing of his mother.
For the past two years, Rob Herald has been living in Cairo, Egypt and is a counselor at the American school. Rob is trying to connect with Bruce Brownridge in Cape town. If anyone knows Bruce’s e-mail address, please send it to Rob (firstname.lastname@example.org). Life in Cairo for Rob includes, taking felucca (sailboat) cruises on the Nile, starting a Golf Club at school and coaching softball. The Latrobe, PA native’s recent travel includes Germany, Zurich, Prague, Paris, Doha and Bangkok. A couple awestruck moments Rob has experienced includes night taxi rides with lights off and a parish priest’s homily talking about when Christ lived in their neighborhood.
Some classmates’ lives are involved with college-age kids and even some are hanging a ‘retired’ shingle on their career; I’m guessing not many are in my ‘boat’ with the birth of my 4th child, Margaret Mary in June.
Kim and Mark Harrington have 7 children; one daughter, Mary, is a sophomore at JCU. JCU may also be the next destination for Mark’s son Jim, a high school soccer standout. The Harringtons live in Milan, OH, where Mark is director for Human Resources at Sandusky International, a company that designs and manufactures papermaking equipment.
Dan Weitzel’s oldest son is a freshman at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. Dan, Georgia and family live in Potomac, MD. ‘Weitz’ is partner for the law firm of Duane Morris LLP.
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Greetings! My apologies for not reporting in the last 2 issues. Here’s the latest
In June, Jeff Shibley and his siblings were given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Cleveland Restaurant Association in recognition of their business and community achievements as owners of Yours Truly Restaurants. In addition, Employers Resource Council voted the seven Yours Truly Restaurants as one of the 99 best places to work in Northeast Ohio.
Mary McCue was promoted to director of Marketing, Public Relations and Enrollment Services at Terra State Community College in Fremont, OH. Mary’s responsibilities include the bookstore, athletic department, student activities, admissions, recruiting, career services, marketing, print production and public relations.
In 2004, Janet Glasz moved to Montgomery Village, MD. Janet is contract specialist for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Jon Grosse is an environmental scientist for Ross Incineration Services in Grafton, OH. Jon lives in Westlake, OH.
Last spring, I CHIs Chris Parrilli, Larry Wyrobek, Marty Lutz, Brian Farrell, Earl Hamlin, Steve Ryan, Dan Weitzel and yours truly participated in “100 Man Weekend,” organized by Mike Schmidt ’81 in Las Vegas. No arrests were made and Earl was recognized as having the ‘most fun’. Besides being vice president for Mergers and Acquisitions for LaSalle Bank/ABN-AMRO, Larry Wyrobek receives kudos for his son Justin’s academic awards in mathematics at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, IL.
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Summer greetings! Since the column deadline is the first week of June, our reunion report will be in the next issue. Here’s the latest
In June, Walter Bruce Brownridge, spouse Christina, and children Alec and Martin are moving to Cape Town, South Africa. Reverend Father Brownridge, an Episcopal Minister, leaves Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights to serve at the Cathedral of St. George the Martyr in Cape Town.
Erica Kosinski and son, Christopher (8), live in Painesville Township, OH. Erica recently left marketing work for manufacturing to market the Lake County Council on Aging in Mentor. Erica serves as chairperson for St. Gabriel Church’s parish council.
John Baran and spouse, Kathy, live in Gibsonia, PA. John is service account manager for Cisco Systems. John is the father of four – Audrey, Brigit, Sara and Kyle.
Ruth Conti Hassing is a member of the Lakeland Civic Chorus with ’78 classmates Rosie Provenzale Gellott, Shirley Ivancic Stall ’79 and Jeanette Fifolt ’76. Ruth and spouse Ed live in North Royalton, OH and are parents of Ruth and Ed (JCU ’04). Like Ruth, Ed is involved in theatre at JCU. Ruth is coordinator for MetroHealth System.
For the second consecutive year, Jeff Shibley and siblings have been named finalists for the regional Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The Shibleys began Yours Truly Restaurants in 1981 and now have 7 locations.
John Kostyo recently restored a 50th anniversary Paolo Guerciotti road bike. John and spouse Shirley and children Stephen and Annelise live in Findlay, OH. A merger of law firms has John joining Fuller & Henry Ltd. (based in Toledo, Findlay and Columbus).
Congrats to ’79 class columnist Nancy Agacinski for being awarded the Silver Quill!
Thanks for writing! Tim
Greetings! With our 25th reunion only a couple months away, here’s the latest from our classmates
Karen Satko Edwards is information specialist for NASA in Cleveland. Karen, husband, Daryl, and son, Ryan (15) live in North Ridgeville.
Bob Marczynski is (since August 2002) director of Administration and Stewardship at St. Ann Catholic Church in Bartlett, TN. He previously served at The University of Memphis for over fifteen years in the positions of manager of the International MBA Program, assistant dean of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, and the assistant Dean of Students for Judicial Affairs and was an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education at the university, teaching courses in School Law. Bob and wife, Beth, live in Memphis and have three children: Sarah, Kate and Charlie.
Jean Kappus Meyer is merchandise supervisor for Proctor & Gamble. Jean and husband, Denny, live in Sylvania, OH with children Laura (13) and Lindsey (9).
Bob Rees is VP & senior portfolio manager for PNC Advisors. Bob and wife, Kathy, live in Pittsburgh with children Maureen (17) and Julia (15).
Toni Pristo in principal of Pristo Consulting. Toni and husband, Daniel, live in Clarendon Hills, IL with children Michael (11) and Gina (9).
Mary TePas Wagner and husband, Dave, live in Wadsworth, OH with children Matthew (15), Michelle (11) and Sarah (8).
In January, Terry O’Brien was elected to his fourth 2-year term as president of the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Terry and wife, Julie, live in Chicago with children Kevin (14), Therese (12) and Patrick (8).
Ray Saviciunas is managing editor of Baker Publishing. Ray lives in Ravenna, OH.
J. Michael Murukis is environmental engineer with MCAS Mirmar. Mike and wife, Mary, live in San Diego, CA with children Brian (14) and David (10). Mike keeps in touch with classmates James Valenti, Tony Sebastiano, Nick Fratantonio ’79, Bill Peruzzi and Bill Begalla and hopes to see everyone at the June reunion. Mike remembers many good and trying times in pursuing pre-med curriculum at JCU – ‘long hours into the nights studying for exams and lab practicals at Bohannon Science Center created a camaraderie with my fellow students that I’ll always cherish. I remember vividly as a freshman seeing with disgust students studying for a Comparative Mammalian Anatomy lab practical with their dissected cats while at the same time eating a midnight snack. The smell of the preservative was almost enough to cause me to rethink my major.’
Reunion Committee members for the class of ’78 Joanie Carroll Snyder, Mike Tripka, Mary Egan, Mike Merriman, Ruth Conti Hassing, Rich Kenney, Ray Dalessandro, Bob Rees, Terry O’Brien, Bruce Brownridge, Bruce Luecke and many others are planning another record breaking reunion for all of us to enjoy — send in your reservation today!
Thanks for writing! Tim
Greetings! Twenty-five years ago, we as a class were completing our first semester at John Carroll. That fall, we began the experiences of lifetime friendships, 3.2% beer at the Ratbar, term papers, 2 am fire alarms, science labs, ‘quad jobs,’ Dougald MacEachen tests, Shirley in the Cafeteria, Duke Millor kicking us out of Bernet after ‘quiet hours,’ and Saturday midnight Mass after the Ratbar closed, etc.
Let’s reunite at JCU June 12-15, 2003 to see each other, remember some of our past (what DID I do that was more important than seeing Bruce Springsteen in the gym in Spring 1975?) and enjoy what we’ve experienced in this real world. John Carroll is making an offer you can’t refuse – the Class of ’78 is invited to the entire weekend free of charge – spouses, kids, dorm accommodations, etc. Wow! So let’s call a couple classmates and make sure their lives and schedules can carve out that weekend to join us in the ‘city of beautiful homes’. Don’t leave it up to others to be sure Dan Weitzel, Ara Bagdasarian, Carol Rotterdam Ebdon, John Jackson, Joyce Hallahan Blackburn and Kathy Fulton Leger are coming – please do the selfish act of contacting the 3-5 people you want to see. It will make our 25th most rewarding! Here are a few classmates serving on the reunion committee: Sandy Anderson, Walt Brownridge, Ray Dalessandro, Mary Egan, Ruth Hassing, Cathy Hogan, Pat Holly, Rich Kenney, Bruce Luecke, Terry O’Brien, Joanie Snyder, Mike Tripka and Wayne White. Contact Rosalie Massey (216-397-3014) to help encourage classmates to attend the reunion.
Here are a few career updates of classmates; we’ll catch up all life’s aspects under the class tent in June.
Jack Blackburn is VP business relationship manager for Lind-Waldock, a division of Refco, LLC in Chicago.
Rich Kenney is group sales manager for Geologistics America, Inc in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
Ara Bagdasarian is vice president, retail marketing for Travel Centers of America in Westlake, Ohio.
Kathleen Kramer is manager of compensation for Philips Medical Systems in Highland Heights, Ohio.
Gerald Turoczy is industrial waste coordinator for Browning-Ferris Industries in Oberlin, Ohio.
Bob Dunford is vice president for Trident Funding Corporation in Shelton, CT.
Jon Manilla is director of marketing for J&F Steel Corporation in Knoxville, TN.
Tim Freeman is provincial assistant for development for the Chicago Province Jesuits in Chicago.
Tom Bladek is chairman, Department of Anesthesiology for St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT.
John Jackson is VP – risk management for Alliance Data Systems in Gahanna, Ohio.
Mark Harrington is machining group and HR team leader for Sandusky International, Inc in Sandusky, Ohio.
Jeff Shibley opened his seventh Yours Truly restaurant this fall; the new location is Medina, Ohio. Jeff’s making it easy for Mark and Kim Harrington’s family of seven kids and my growing family (Kevin Freeman was born September 19th); Northern Ohio Live’s 2002 reader’s poll ranked Yours Truly the top vote getter for Best Place to take kids, along with 3 other top-rated categories. … Help! Call Rosalie Massey at JCU(216-397-3014) if you know how to reach these ‘lost’ classmates so they can join us at the reunion: Lori Shadley, Jim Szakos, Patricia Steffen, Nick Cipollo, Carol Mendoza, Jim Gentile, Charles Kretschmer, Kevin Quinn, Beth Scriven, Kevin McCarthy, Elaine Luchini Kubach
see you in June! Tim
Mark your calendars for June 13-15, 2003 for our 25th reunion. Let’s all plan to be there! Call Rosalie Massey (216-397-3014) at JCU if you’d like to serve on the committee.
Rev. Fr. Walter (Bruce) Brownridge is assistant rector (pastor) of Christ Episcopal Church on Warrensville Center Road in Shaker Heights. Bruce, spouse, Tina, and sons, Alec and Martin, live in the Shaker Square area. Bruce graduated from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church and was ordained to the priesthood in June 2001. His duties include pastoral care, youth programs, preaching and sacramental work. Bruce says ‘his tennis game is still there’. He keeps in touch with classmates Jeff Shibley, Jim Clancy and Nick Potonak. Bruce (email@example.com) would like to hear from Bruce Luecke, Rob Herald and Jack Schufreider
Speaking of Jeff Shibley, he’s been elected board secretary of the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Ohio. He’s a partner in Yours Truly restaurants.
Ed Gillen wrote to express his sadness on the university’s decision to disband local fraternities (especially the I Chi) that did not merge with national fraternities. Ed had written to university officials asking why local and national fraternities could not co-exist on campus, and never received a reply.
Bob Dunford and spouse, Ruthann ’77, live in Shelton, CT with 2 kids in college: Robert (21) and James (20). Bob is vice president of Trident Funding Corporation.
Thomas and Josephine (Ruitto) O’Grady live in North Olmsted, OH with children Thomas (22), Kathryn (20) and Peter (17). Jo is business analyst for National City Corporation. Thomas has a master’s degree from Harvard ’89 and JCU ’98; he is president of council for the city of North Olmsted and teaches in North Olmsted.
Michael Hendricks is VP sales for Morton Manufacturing Company. Mike and spouse Mariellen (O’Brien ’79) live in Evanston, IL with children Mike (18), Brian (16), Eddie (14) and Molly (11). Mike has an MBA from Rosary College.
Virginia Palagyi Arp is director of technology for Gannon University. Virginia and spouse, David, live in Conneaut, OH with son Matthew (16).
Mike Murukis keeps in touch with classmates James Valenti and Bill Begalla. Mike, spouse, Mary, and children Brian (13) and David (10) live in San Diego, CA. Mike is environmental engineer for MCAS Mirmar.
Motria Stachur is an occupational therapist for Rehab Services Inc. She lives in Cleveland with children Christina (19) and Roman (15).
Larry Weakland lives in Cleveland and keeps in touch with classmate John Sideras. Larry teaches at Ben Franklin Elementary.
Kathleen Kramer lives in South Euclid, OH. Kathleen is compensation manager for Philips Medical Systems.
Eileen Cummings Zavarella and husband, Leonard, live in Chesterland, OH. Eileen is a registered nurse for the Cleveland V.A. Medical Center.
Dave Hodges is CFO for Precision Concepts, Inc. Dave and spouse, Mary Beth, have children Elizabeth (13) and Stephanie (10); they live in Winston-Salem, NC.
Ara Bagdasarian, spouse, Leslie, and children, Julie (10) and Alex (8), live in Solon, OH. Ara is vice president, retail marketing for Travel Centers of America.
Peter McDonald is salesman for Unifirst Corporation. He keeps in touch with fellow alums Jim Skerl and Ken Mueller. Peter lives in Twinsburg, OH, with spouse, Gail, and children, Emily (11) and Andrew (9).
Gerald Turoczy lives in Cleveland and is industrial waste coordinator for Browning-Ferris Industries.
Larry Wall and spouse, Jane, have enjoyed the state volleyball championships won by Marquette H.S. where daughter, Colleen (18), played. The Walls also have a son, Ryan (16). Larry is vice president of Wall Construction, Inc. They live in Long Beach, IN.
Ken Callahan is Judge, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas. Ken and spouse, Martha, live in University Heights with children Kenneth (12), Owen (10) and Patrick (5).
Ed Hrabak has been promoted to senior VP/general merchandise manager at Sterling Jewelers, Inc. Ed lives in Medina, OH with wife, Tiffany, and their four children.
Thanks for writing! Tim