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Serving others
Alumni apply principles
taught at Carroll
in the U.S. military
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Ignatian pilgrimage
“Meet the Press” fellowship
Did you know?
On Sept. 6, the John Carroll community celebrated the
arrìva| of the Unìversìty's ñrst students 125 years ago.
v0L. 15, I55UL 3 IALL 2011
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Jeanne Colleran ’76
Sherri Crahen
John Ettorre ’80
Steve Gleydura ’92, ’95G
Jack Hearns ’61, ’64G
John Marcus ’72 (ex officio)
Paul V. Murphy
Thomas Schubeck, S.J.
Barbara Schubert ’62, ’67G, ’80G
Karen Schuele
David Vitatoe ’00
Brian Williams

As a Jesuit Catholic university,
John Carroll inspires individuals to excel
in learning, leadership, and service in
the region and in the world.
2 FALL 2011
3 President’s message
4 Around the quad
24 Carroll people
26 Enrollment quarterly
28 Alumni news
30 Alumni journal
47 In memoriam
48 My turn
Design: Villa Beach Communications
Printing: Lane Press
Contributors: Scott J. Allen, Ph.D.;
John C. Bruening ’86; Paul V. Murphy, Ph.D.;
Joseph Toohey ’10; Sue Valerian; Tim Ertle ’11
Photography: John Carroll archives, Paul Fetters,
Roger Mastroianni, NBC, John H. Reid III, Rob Wetzler
The magazine’s mission is to provide an engaging
and accurate reflection of the University and its
extended community for alumni and other members
of the John Carroll community.
what’s inside ...
j c u . e d u / ma g a z i n e
2011 class gift makes a splash
Student participation sets a
new record.
A presence in Florida
Alumni who meet for lunch regularly at
Lee Roy Selmon’s, a restaurant in Tampa,
Fla., convinced owner, former Tampa Bay
Buccaneer Lee Roy Selmon, to display a
Don Shula-autographed, JCU football helmet
in the restaurant.
Put yourself on the map!
Check out the interactive map on the 125th
anniversary website ( Click
“Online Guestbook,” and share your story
about how Carroll has impacted your life.
Check us out on Facebook and Twitter
6 Ignatian pilgrimage
Fr. Robert L. Niehoff, S.J., and
Paul V. Murphy, Ph.D., led a
group of board members on an
Ignatian pilgramage to enhance
their awareness of St. Ignatius’
vocation and mission.
8 Reflections
Joe Toohey ’10 shares his
“Meet the Press” experience at NBC.
12 Serving others
the world over
Alumni apply principles
taught at Carroll in the
U.S. military.
Special 125th anniversary section
(the third of four)
18 Under the arches
Carroll stories you’ve shared with us online
20 Did you know?
Interesting historical facts about the University
22 Time enjoyed
Native Chicagoan Fr. William Bichl,
S.J., spends his Jesuit career at Carroll.
ervice. It’s at the heart of what we do; it’s
central to the Jesuit mission; it’s an essential
part of our learning experiences; and it’s
ingrained in the fabric of the John Carroll community.
Whether it’s the Cleveland Neighborhood Project,
an immersion experience in Central America, or any
one of the many other Center for Service and Social
Action programs, members of the JCU community are
engaged locally and abroad.
One form of service, highlighted in this issue,
is the U.S. military. From humanitarian efforts in
Haiti, to missions in Afghanistan, to operations that
help deter terrorism, the men and women serving our
country sacrifice much. Gen. Carter Ham ’76, Col.
Kurt Klausner ’80, Maj. Gen. Robert Stall ’77, and
countless others are outstanding examples of alumni
who’ve combined leadership, service and decisive
decision-making to lead extraordinary military careers.
To this day, their John Carroll education has helped
them serve others well throughout the world. (Turn to
page 12 to read more about these three men.)
Service isn’t the only thing creating excitement
in the Carroll community. The campus is always
changing, but this summer I saw firsthand how having
more than $8 million in infrastructure improvements
created excitement with our prospective students,
parents, and alumni. As you might know, the
Bohannon Center was razed to create more surface
parking with rain gardens and a bioretention basin,
all designed to meet environmental and ecological
standards. As part of the project, the Hamlin Quad
is being regraded and improved to allow the space
to support a natural-grass playing field for student
recreational use. Additionally, we replaced the Zajac
Track and Wasmer Field turf at Shula Stadium, which
is a significant asset for athletics, recreation, and
personal fitness. All of these investments will improve
the student experience at Carroll and be a source of
pride for alumni.
I would also like to congratulate our dean,
Jeanne Colleran, Ph.D., and the College of Arts &
Service, transformation, and celebration
Sciences for receiving a $236,000 award from the
McGregor Fund for the project “Engaging the Word:
Educating for Contemporary Global Citizenship,”
which will develop a contemporary, integrated, and
interdisciplinary curriculum about globalization.
In all, this has been an event-filled 125th
anniversary year. Our most recent event, the Mass of
the Holy Spirit and 125th anniversary of the first day
of classes Sept. 6, was a historical start to the academic
year. It was great to see our campus community come
together to enjoy the festivities. (Turn to page 1 to see
the human 125 photo.)
It’s been wonderful celebrating 125 years of our
distinguished history. As we reflect on all we have to
celebrate, let us be thankful for God’s many blessings.
Yours in Christ,
Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.
4 FALL 2011
Q U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of
Best Colleges ranked John Carroll University
No. 7 among universities in the Midwest
offering master’s programs. This marks the
23rd consecutive year Carroll has been named
as one of the top 10 regional institutions.
JCU is ranked No. 4 in the Great Schools,
Great Prices category and is ranked No. 1 in
the Strong Commitment to Undergraduate
Teaching category. For more information, visit
Q John Carroll is one
of 153 colleges
The Princeton
Review chose
for its Best in
the Midwest
section of
its website
feature, “2012
Best Colleges: Region
by Region.” From hundreds of institutions
it reviewed in each region, it selected the
colleges and universities primarily for their
excellent academic programs. It also took
into account what students attending
the schools reported about their campus
experiences. For more information, visit
Q The University is hosting the Ignatian
Solidarity Network (ISN), and Chris
Kerr ’00, former coordinator of social justice
and immersion experience programs in
campus ministry, is its executive director.
The ISN promotes leadership and advocacy
among students, alumni, and other emerging
leaders from Jesuit schools, parishes, and
ministries by educating its members about
social justice issues, mobilizing a national
network to address these issues, and
encouraging a lifelong commitment to the
service of faith and the promotion of justice.
ISN’s operations moved to Carroll from
the University of San Francisco. For more
information, visit
Q For the fourth consecutive year, JCU has been
named to the President’s Higher Education
Community Service Honor Roll, the highest
federal recognition a college or university can
receive for its commitment to volunteering,
service learning, and civic engagement. The
majority of John Carroll students, more than
2,000, perform more than 36,000 hours of
community service annually. The Center for
Service and Social Action is dedicated to
meeting community needs through outreach
efforts and has developed or guided many
successful projects. Among the JCU programs
recognized by the honor roll this year are
the Hough Neighborhood Partnership, JCU
Homeless Initiative, and We the People.
Q After a rigorous, year-long application and
selection process, 57 Woodrow Wilson
Ohio Teaching Fellows were named. The
fellows, 20 of whom are doing their master’s
work at Carroll, will be ready to teach
students in fall 2012. The fellows are high-
quality math and science teacher candidates
for high-need Ohio schools. To view profiles
of the fellows in the 2011 class, visit www.
Q In collaboration with the Center for Service
and Social Action, Campus Ministry
accepted the largest number of applications
for immersion experiences on record for
the January time period. Seventy students
applied for two international and two
domestic experiences.
Q The Center for Service and Social Action
created a civic engagement position, the
coordinator for school-based programs,
who will be responsible for the successful
implementation and growth of service-
learning and service programs: We the
People, Carroll Reads, OGT Tutoring,
Cultivating Community, and the Cleveland
Neighborhood Project. The coordinator,
Elizabeth Deegan, also will provide support
to faculty implementing service learning in
their courses, supervise work-study students,
and maintain relationships with the
school-based sites.
Q On Sept. 6, the JCU community
commemorated the arrival of
the University’s first students
125 years ago as it welcomed
incoming freshmen to Carroll and
upperclassmen back to campus
for the fall semester. As part
of a long-standing Jesuit
tradition, the University held its annual
Mass of the Holy Spirit in Gesu Church.
Following Mass, the campus community
and alumni had the opportunity to be a
part of a human 125 photo on the quad (see
page 1) and enjoy dinner, birthday cake,
refreshments, and entertainment, including
a photo booth sponsored by the Student
Alumni Association.
Q In celebration of the University’s 125th
anniversary, John Carroll recognized alumni
who’ve never officially graduated from
Carroll but who’ve earned a professional
degree in medicine or law and continued
on to a distinguished career, or who never
had a chance to finish their degree because
of being drafted or enlisting in military
service during World War II or the Korean
War. Long connected to classmates and
friends, they are valued members of the
JCU community. The University conferred
the honorary degree at a special event





Eight people joined the University’s Board
of Directors recently. They are:
Rev. Gerald Cavanagh, S.J.,
the Charles T. Fisher III chair of
business ethics and professor of
management at the College of
Business Administration of the
University of Detroit Mercy;
Rev. Martin Schreiber III, S.J.,
who’s completing a doctorate
degree of education in
administration and supervision
at Loyola University Chicago,
and is the son of Dr. Martin
Schreiber II ’72;
William Donnelly ’83, CFO of
Mettler-Toldeo International,
a provider of precision
instruments and services for
professional use;
Joan Crockett ’72, retired
senior VP of human resources
for Allstate Insurance Co.;
Thomas Lewis, Ph.D., ’60, retired
president and CEO of Chiral
Technologies, which provides
technical support, services, and
chromatography products for
the analysis and separation of
racemic compounds;
Harold Hawk Jr. ’81, president
and CEO of Crown Battery, a
manufacturing company;
Michael Petras Jr. ’89, CEO of
HGI Global Holdings, a provider
of specialty medical products to
patients with chronic diseases;
Terrence Fergus, principal at
FSM Capital Management, a
financial services firm.
Oct. 2 during homecoming weekend. A
bachelor of science in humane letters was
awarded to 51 alumni in recognition of
their professional achievements and status
as Gold Streaks of 50 or more years. The
degree is a recognition and thank you for
their service. The awarding of the degree
comes with strong support and approval
from the University’s Board of Directors.
Q On Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Donahue
Auditorium in the Dolan Center for Science
and Technology, the 11th Margaret F. Grace
Lecture series will present author and
lecturer Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., and his
talk “Where do I find hope?” Fr. Radcliffe is
a Dominican priest who has taught scripture
at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University.
The event, which is free and open to all, is
sponsored by the Cardinal Suenens Center.
Q JCU hosted an exhibition, which ran
through Aug. 15, of the top projects from
the 2011 eXpressions Math program
created by regional high school students
who participated in the Cleveland Clinic
program. eXpressions Math uses project-
based, peer-to-peer learning to engage high
school students in an interdisciplinary
exploration of mathematics, science, art,
and literature.
Q Linda M. Gojak, director of the Center
of Mathematics and Science Education,
Teaching, and Technology, began her term
as president-elect of the National Council
of Teachers of Mathematics
at the conclusion of the
council’s annual meeting
April 16. She’s working
alongside president J.
Michael Shaughnessy
until assuming the
presidency in April 2012 for a two-year
term. Gojak and four new board members
fill out the 14-member board that serves
as the chief policymaking body for the
world’s largest professional organization
dedicated to the teaching and learning of
Q Lisa Brown was named
director of residence
life this past June.
Most recently,
Brown served as
associate director
of residence life at
Xavier University.
Q Danielle Carter was named director of
the center for student diversity and
inclusion. She’s working
with historically
students, including
minorities and first-
generation students.
Q Beth Hallisy ’11G, a partner at Marcus
Thomas and adjunct professor of public
relations, is one of nine public relations
executives elected this year into the Public
Relations Society of America College of
Fellows. The 2011 fellows candidates will
be inducted Oct. 15
at a ceremony at
the PRSA 2011
Conference in
Orlando, Fla.
For more news, visit
6 FALL 2011
By Paul V. Murphy, Ph.D.
t. Ignatius of Loyola frequently referred to himself as a
pilgrim, one on a journey to discover God’s will in his life
and the life of the newly founded Society of Jesus. His
pilgrimage was geographical and spiritual. Ignatius traveled
widely in his lifetime – to the Holy Land, Paris, and Rome – but he
also undertook a journey that allowed him to be transformed inwardly
from an egocentric courtier drunk with the vanities of late medieval
chivalry to one who left that behind to open himself to the mysterious
and loving God who called him to serve others in any way possible.
In late May, Fr. Robert Niehoff, S.J., Fr. Howard Gray, S.J., and I,
led a group of board members, vice presidents, and their families on
an Ignatian pilgrimage to sites associated with the life of Ignatius in
Spain and Rome. The trip’s purpose was to allow board members to
enhance their awareness of Ignatius’ own sense of vocation and mission,
especially as it pertains to the mission of John Carroll University. Our
journey through the hills of Spain’s Basque country and the streets of
Rome deepened our sense of what it means at Carroll to continue the
path Ignatius began more than 450 years ago.
We began our travels in the Basque region of Spain, the
birthplace of Ignatius. The Castle of Loyola, near the town of
Azpeitia, left a significant impression on us. It was there Ignatius
recovered from the wounds he suffered at the Battle of Pamplona
A pilgrimage in the footsteps of
Ignatiusof Loyola
in 1521 and began the process of conversion.
Fr. Gray celebrated a moving liturgy of the
Eucharist there.
Across the Basque region, we traveled
to Javier, the birthplace of St. Francis
Xavier, and then on to Montserrat and
Manresa. Montserrat is the site of an
ancient Benedictine monastery on a rugged
mountainside not far from Barcelona. It was
there Ignatius left aside his earlier life as a
courtier and knight by ritually hanging his
sword and dagger before the statue of the
Black Madonna of Montserrat, La Moreneta.
Nearby is the cave at Manresa where Ignatius
spent many months discerning his call. He
later wrote: “At this time, God was dealing
with him in the same way a school teacher
deals with a child, teaching him.” This suggests
Ignatius’ conversion was not unlike many of
our own – not a sudden lightbulb moment
but a gradual process of growth and learning.
Central to this was his sense of being loved by
a God who called him to service.
For us, the experience of Spain was one of
encountering the humble,
rather quixotic origins
of the Ignatian tradition of service
and learning. In following Ignatius’ life story
to Rome, we came to know the work Ignatius
carried out at the heart of Catholic Christianity
and the role played by the Society Jesus when
it became a significant factor in temporal
and ecclesiastical politics. At first glance, the
monuments of Baroque Rome – the Jesuits’
mother church of the Gesu and the church of
Sant’Ignazio among them – seem quite different
from the cave at Manresa; yet they express,
in a manner consistent with their times, the
Ignatian desire to inflame the hearts of men and
women with the love of God made manifest in
the rich variety of human experience.
While in Rome, we had a special
opportunity to learn more about the work
of the Society of Jesus today. Rev. Robert
Geisinger, S.J., a Cleveland native who serves
as the Procurator General of the Society –
essentially the Society’s chief canon lawyer –
received us at the Jesuit curia, or headquarters,
of Loyola
and introduced us to the life and work
of the Jesuit’s central administration.
Here, Jesuits from throughout the world
coordinate the many activities of the Jesuits
worldwide. The visit to the curia included the
opportunity to take in the splendid rooftop
view of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica.
A fitting conclusion to this pilgrimage
took place during a visit to the rooms of St.
Ignatius at the Collegio Internazionale del
Gesu. Ignatius lived in that apartment for most
of the 16 years he served as Superior General
of the Jesuits. It was there he edited the
Spiritual Exercises, wrote the Constitutions
of the Society of Jesus, penned thousands of
letters, and died in 1556. Fr. Niehoff celebrated
a final Eucharist for us in the Church of the
Gesu, giving thanks for a profound experience
of companionship in mission.
Paul V. Murphy, Ph.D., is the assistant to
the president for mission and identity, professor
of history, and the director of JCU’s Institute of
Catholic Studies.
“I understand so much more about the breadth and depth of the Jesuit experience, and I’m hoping
that will translate to more condence and energy as we look for ways to make John Carroll a better
place. This trip inspired me. But what this trip revealed to me is that if we follow the example of St.
Ignatius and the Jesuit way, our thoughts, words, habits, character, and destiny will be well cared
for, and more importantly, we’ll be great examples to others as we live our lives.”
– Dave Short ’81, chairman, John Carroll University Board of Directors
8 FALL 2011
Alumnus shares his
“Meet the Press”
experience at NBC

By Joseph Toohey ’10
8 FALL 2011
10 FALL 2011
im Russert’s ’72 career hung on the wall. One press
pass after another chronicled Tim’s media life. They
all hung in his home oce, and whether it was the
’92 Democratic National Convention or his most recent NBC
identication, he always had the same rosy cheeks and big
smile. An old University Club paddle with T-I-M engraved on
it greeted us as we walked in. I stood there in awe, looking
around his home oce that his wife, Maureen Orth, was
gracious enough to let me see at her annual Christmas party.
Tim interspersed Bualo Bills memorabilia with pictures of him
and former presidents, politicians, the pope, and his family. It
was one of those “what the heck am I doing here?” moments.
I can’t tell you how many times after someone at NBC found
out of fear it’d somehow be used in the fellowship application
process. I later found this was false. I thought I almost lost the
job oer when Betsy Fischer, the show’s executive producer,
called and asked me to join the sta. I screamed, “Oh my gosh!”
Then I stumbled and said, “Wow … OK … um … whoa …
really? Wow, thank you! Um, yes! Yes!” Thankfully, she looked
past my awkward, albeit excited, acceptance speech and gave
me the job anyway.
Three months later I showed up to work and remembered
a feeling of relief when I learned my rst “Meet the Press”
episode would be produced in New York. It allowed me to ease
into the position. By the time the next Sunday rolled around,
the show was back home in Washington, and I was ready.
My Sunday duties evolved throughout the span of
my fellowship. They began with escorting guests and
monitoring the green room and expanded into a slew of other
responsibilities, including a position called Dr. Downstairs. It
involved communicating between the control room and the
show’s producers to make sure all the video elements we used
look how they’re supposed to. I also had a hand in the show’s
online presence through social media and the new Press Pass
blog (, where I was able to post writings
and videos, some of which have been viewed more than
25,000 times. It’s not something I would’ve expected doing a
year and a half ago.
My professors would be proud
Often in journalism classes at JCU, we’d learn how cutbacks and
the pressure to report something rst has led to the decline of
fact-checking and authenticity in the media. That’s not the case
at “Meet the Press.” A signicant part of my job during the week
consists of research. This could be anything from reviewing Rep.
Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) Twitter account to reading the new Newt
Gingrich book. Whatever the assignment, the focus is accuracy.
I had to ease my way into more responsibility during my
fellowship – earn my keep, so to speak. At rst, I’d help with
small research assignments, looking for specic issues. Then I
was able to suggest topics and draft preliminary outlines about
guests to give to David Gregory, the show’s moderator. Nine
months later, it was still exciting when a quote or an article I
found was used on the show.
Chris Donovan, one of the show’s producers, as well as
Betsy and David, always use the most accurate and up-to-date
information possible. They focus on not taking quotes out of
Left to right: Joe Toohey, David Gregory, and Andrew Raerty
out my ocial title, (NBC/JCU Tim Russert Fellow) they told me,
“This is exactly what Tim would’ve wanted. He always wanted to
help people.” Tim’s impact on his co-workers is clear. It seems like
everyone in the bureau had a story they wanted to share about him.
Because of John Carroll University, I’ll have this attachment
to Tim Russert forever.
How did I get here?
When John Carroll rst announced the fellowship toward the
end of my junior year, I knew I wanted it. I probably spent my
entire senior year overanalyzing every assignment I handed in,
context and often won’t use information if it doesn’t come from
a reliable source. Wikipedia is a dirty word around the oce.
Working with David
One of the more rewarding aspects of the fellowship was
working directly with David. As the program’s host, there are
many things that come his way, but he’s been more than
willing to listen to my suggestions and answer any questions I
have. I even helped him ll out his NCAA bracket this year. (No
comment about whether he won his pool. The point is I helped.)
Open to new ideas, David allowed me to develop my
research, writing, and digital journalism skills. Working on
honing my skills with the moderator of “Meet the Press” is
something that still blows my mind almost daily. This past
March, I went with him to Nationals Park, home of Major
League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, to shoot video for his
blog. He was there to moderate a panel discussion with players
and coaches. When we arrived at the box set up for us, we
enjoyed ballpark food, and he joked we should have our sta
meetings at Nats games. I hoped he was serious.
The educational cushion
Being a fellow is fantastic. I perform work that aects the show,
yet I still have an educational cushion, which allows me to pick
people’s brains, attend dierent meetings, and occasionally
travel. The Lincoln Leadership Prize dinner in Chicago is an
example of one of those trips.
Held at the swanky Four Seasons, the event was lled with
NBC and media heavy hitters – all out to pay tribute to their
former colleague and friend, Tim Russert. I was lucky enough
to be invited as a guest of JCU and sat in amazement listening
to stories about Tim from the likes of his old college buddies,
Tom Brokaw, and even video messages from Sen. John McCain
(R-AZ) and Vice President Joe Biden.
My favorite line was from McCain who said, “To this day, I
couldn’t tell you if Tim Russert was a Democrat, Republican, or
vegetarian” – to which Maureen Orth responded later, “To answer
Senator McCain’s question, Tim Russert was not a vegetarian.”
A storied news program
The worst part of the fellowship was that it ended. It was an
unbelievable opportunity, and I’m so humbled and thankful to
have had the experience. Now, a few months removed from
the fellowship, I’m working full time as a researcher for “Meet
The Press,” and it wouldn’t have happened unless I attended
John Carroll. Five years ago, I was another freshman from
Pittsburgh with a general interest in politics and media; but
because of Tim Russert and this fellowship, I’ve been able to
work for, and contribute to, the most storied news program in
the world.
As we were saying our thanks and goodbyes from
what had been the best Christmas party I’d ever attended, I
approached Luke Russert. “Hang on,” he said as he disappeared
out to the back porch. A few more goodbyes to the likes of
Judy Woodru and Tim Shriver, and Luke came back. “Dad
would want you to have this,” he said.
He handed me a 12 pack of Rolling Rock.
Toohey on the set
Joe Toohey ’10 followed Andrew Raerty ’09 in
the NBC/John Carroll University Meet the Press
Fellowship in honor of Tim Russert ’72 as the second
fellow of the program. Visit to read
Toohey’s blog about his experience. Kristen Jantonio ’11 followed
Toohey in the fellowship. JCU established an exclusive fellowship
in partnership with NBC oering a nine-month, postgraduate
opportunity with “Meet the Press” every year for one of the
University’s graduating seniors. For more information about how
to become the next fellow, visit
12 FALL 2011
Serving others
the world over
Alumni apply principles taught at Carroll in the U.S. military
By John C. Bruening ’86
n the hours before D-Day June 1944 – one
of the most precarious moments of the 20th
century – Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called
on tens of thousands of American and Allied
soldiers to summon the courage and mental
fortitude to serve a greater good.
Service, the act of surrendering to a cause
that outweighs the needs of self, is central to
the John Carroll University experience. While
service comes in many forms, many JCU alumni
have taken that principle to war rooms and
battlefields, and in doing so, have led meaningful
and exemplary careers in the U.S. military.
14 FALL 2011
Perhaps the most well known is Gen. Carter
Ham ’76, head of the U.S. Africa Command who
stepped into an international spotlight earlier
this year when he was appointed to oversee U.S.
military operations in Libya. It was just the latest
chapter in a 38-year career that includes previous
command positions in Europe and Northern
Iraq. One of only 11 four-star generals in the
U.S. Army (and the only Carroll alum to hold
the rank), Ham also oversaw the investigation
of the Fort Hood shooting in November 2009
and, more recently, was appointed by former
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to investigate
the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for gays and
lesbians serving in the military.
Maj. Gen. Robert Stall ’77, commanding
general of the 108th Training Command, is
responsible for initial military training for
active and reserve soldiers for the U.S. Army.
He was a battalion commander deployed as part
of NATO forces who served as peace enforcers
between the Albanians and Serbs during the
Kosovo conflict during the late ’90s. Following
9/11, Stall led the 358th Civil Affairs Brigade –
first in Pennsylvania and later in Kuwait on the
eve of the Iraq War that began in March 2003.
His civilian role is as assistant to the president
of the Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals
and president of the 118-bed Medina Hospital,
the newest of the nine regional hospitals in the
Cleveland Clinic system.
Col. Kurt Klausner ’80 was a career Air
Force man who retired from active duty in
January 2011. For three decades, Klausner
served in a range of communications- and
electronics-related disciplines, including
positions in engineering installation, combat
communications, airborne command post
operations, and computer systems operations.
The later years of his career – from 2005 until
his retirement – included special operations in
Iraq and Afghanistan. For Klausner, retirement
has proven to be a misnomer. Less than six
months after his departure from military
service in the spring of 2011, he accepted
a senior executive position at the Defense
Intelligence Agency, which is within the U.S.
Department of Defense.
Ask anyone to guess where leaders of this
caliber would’ve spent some of their formative
years, and a Jesuit liberal arts university in the
Midwest might not be their first answer. But
all three maintain the wide range of curricular
and extracurricular activity at Carroll was –
and is – what shapes a well-rounded soldier
with a comprehensive world view.
Training and perspective
In 1973, Ham enlisted in the Army and was
granted a two-year ROTC scholarship from
active duty in 1974. By the time he graduated
in 1976 with a degree in political science, he’d
been commissioned as a second lieutenant.
This accelerated program early in his military
career – still new in the mid-’70s, but one
that’s evolved into the Army’s Green to Gold
program – makes Ham part of a rare breed of
generals who started as an enlisted soldier.
“I was a marginal student, frankly,” Ham
says. “I chose political science not because I had
a burning desire to work for the government,
but because I knew I was going to be an officer. I
thought that might be a useful degree.”
Years after graduation, Ham found himself
in circumstances in which the principles
he learned in coursework at Carroll were
applicable, particularly when he served with
the United Nations in the Balkans.
“Having knowledge of international law
and the principles of international relations
was helpful,” he says.
n the year and a half since Lt. Col. Donald Hazelwood became a
professor in John Carroll’s Department of Military Science,
he quickly recognized – and reinforced – the natural connection
between the mission of the ROTC program and mission of the
University – inspiring individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and
service in the region and world.
It’s the same connection that helped shape Army leaders such
as Gen. Carter Ham ’76 and Maj. Gen. Robert Stall ’77, and Air Force
Col. Kurt Klausner ’80 – each of whom spent a portion of their Carroll
years in the ROTC program.
“One of the Army values is selfless service,” says Hazelwood, a
graduate of West Point Military Academy who served in four deployments
in Afghanistan between 2006 and 2009. “The others are duty and
integrity. All those go hand in hand with the values John Carroll teaches.
We teach our cadets to embrace those values, and they do.”
Carroll is the host school for ROTC throughout Northeast Ohio, with
seven other four-year schools under its jurisdiction. Cleveland State
Training future leaders
Likewise, Ham’s studies of various
world religions helped him understand
the fundamental cultural differences he’s
encountered. He has served in positions
in which the military was operating inside
another culture, often a non-Christian
one, and a broader understanding of world
religions has been helpful, says Ham, who was
introduced to Catholicism while attending
Carroll and eventually entered the faith by the
time he graduated. His wife, Christi ’75, also is
a Carroll graduate.
Stall, who graduated with a BSBA
in marketing, remembers the same core
curriculum courses in comparative religions. In
his career, Stall has seen many different sides
of numerous cultures, and the array of conflicts
that can emerge when those cultures clash. For
example, he had the chance to understand the
confrontation in Bosnia and Kosovo that led
to the ethnic cleansing.
A few years after Bosnia, in May of 2003,
Stall watched a team of Marines dig up a mass
grave in Hallah Iraq where Saddam Hussein’s
regime had buried more than 1,400 bodies.
“The hands on each one of the bodies
were tied with piano wire, and the heads each
University is the partnership school, along with six other
affiliate schools: Case Western Reserve University, Notre
Dame College, Ursuline College, Baldwin-Wallace College,
Hiram College, and Oberlin College.
At the end of the 2011 spring semester, there were
82 cadets in the John Carroll program, which celebrated
its 60th anniversary in 2010. (Visit to
read an article about the anniversary.) Of the 82 cadets,
45 were contracted to Army service. Through a curriculum
that includes physical and leadership training and small-unit tactics,
Hazelwood and his staff of five full-time instructors teach cadets how
to face challenges in any context.
“It’s not just the military life you can apply those skills toward,” he says.
“Whether you enter the military for four years and then enter the active
reserves to fulfill the rest of your commitment, or stay on for 20 years, you
still apply the lessons you learned to the rubric of the rest of the world.”
Hazelwood’s primary job is to help ROTC cadets transition from
being regular college students to future leaders in the U.S.
Army. He admits a West Point pedigree like his needn’t be
a prerequisite for such an outcome.
“The potential for leadership is more about the caliber
of students who come to Carroll,” he says. “Not everyone
who applies here is accepted. So, already, you have a
higher caliber of student. What we do ties directly to the
mission of the University. It’s an easy step from the idea of
service for others to service for the nation.”
Is there a Gen. Ham somewhere among the current crop of
cadets? Hazelwood thinks so.
“I have awesome cadets, and if any of them were commissioned
right now, I’d want them as my junior officers,” he says. “They’re smart,
resilient, adaptive, and they meet every challenge head-on. If I give them
a task, I don’t have to worry about them because I know they’re going to
accomplish the task. Do I have future leaders here? It’s early to say, but
these kids have great potential.”
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had a small hole in the back of them,” he says.
“Somehow, horrible as it is when you see it,
you’re able to have perspective about it because
the Jesuits provided you with an academic
view of different religions and how they can be
twisted to justify certain behaviors. They gave
you a foundation to help you understand.”
For Klausner, a Chicago native who
majored in business administration (BSBA in
marketing), the early lessons in cross-cultural
understanding had less to do with the study of
comparative religions or longstanding ethnic
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conflicts and more getting to know the student
who was seated next to him or living at the
other end of the residence hall.
“There’s a mix of backgrounds, experiences,
and views,” says Klausner about Carroll
students. “This tends to open your mind, and
you become more aware of what other people
are thinking. Eventually, you’re able to look at
the world with a broader perspective.”
Difficult assignments, decisions
A broader perspective is a critical ingredient
when making difficult decisions in training,
strategic planning, or on the battlefield. As a
second lieutenant stationed in Germany in the
late ’70s, Stall dealt with enlistees with various
drug habits and behavioral problems. Many
were coming directly out of the court system
in the States, where judges had given them the
choice of entering the military or going to jail.
“I had derelicts,” Stall says. “I tried to
mold those folks into a platoon of six tanks
that were going to fight the East Germans and
Czechs who were planning to come across the
border. In a situation like that, you learn how
to stick to your values because you had to try
to inculcate those same values into those kids.
And we’re still doing that to this day.”
In his current role, Stall oversees the
training of 2,400 drill sergeants, slightly less
than half of all the drill sergeants serving in the
Army. Drill sergeants provide the reception and
initial entry training for all the incoming 18-,
19-, or 20-year-olds as they step off the bus.
“It’s a lot of responsibility, but that’s the
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Veterans Program, including the JCU
Patriot Award, contact Lt. Col. (retired)
Eric Patterson, director of veterans affairs,
at 216-397-4947 or [email protected],
or visit
engineering, or technical discipline, you’re
going into this broad education where you
get exposed to philosophy, business, music,
military science – all these different things are
available and can help you establish a path.”
Ham looks to Carroll as the place where he
found his faith, professional calling, and wife of
more than 30 years (Christi is a 1975 graduate)
– all of which are much more than he could’ve
ever hoped to receive at West Point or any
other prestigious military training school.
“Your background, circumstances, where
you were educated, how much money you or
your family have – none of that’s relevant,”
he says. “What’s relevant are your capabilities,
sense of commitment and dedication, and
potential. So a kid coming out of a Jesuit
college in Cleveland has just as much chance
of achieving a high-level position as someone
from a large state university or military academy.
We’re not going to judge you on where you
came from. We’re going to judge you on what
you’re able to do once you’re here.”
And what about the young faces Ham
sees when he returns to campus and addresses
a room full of ROTC cadets? What does he
leave them with, and what does he take away?
He talks to them about the special profession
they’re choosing, which includes significant
responsibilities. They’ll be charged with
leading young American men and women in
difficult circumstances.
“They have to do all they can – at John
Carroll and throughout their training – to
make sure they’re as well prepared as they can
be for that leadership role,” he says. “But it’s
comforting to see how good they are, and I’m
convinced the future of our Army and nation
is in good hands.”
end of that spectrum will be satisfied,” Ham
says. “But overwhelmingly, the U.S. military
will handle this change effectively and be able
to do what we always do. The bond of trust
with the nation that we can’t break is that we’ll
deliver the military power the nation requires,
when and where needed. We’ll be able to do
that, even with this law and policy change.”
For Klausner, the most important missions
of his Air Force career were the ones he wasn’t at
liberty to talk about – and still isn’t. During the
last five or six years before his retirement from
active duty, his involvement in special operations
included communications and IT work in Iraq
and Afghanistan. He was assigned to a unit that
included our nation’s best warriors.
“A lot of the things we do are attributed to
other folks, and we like it that way,” he says. “It’s
a world in which humility is part of the deal.”
But Klausner is convinced there’s still
much to be done on domestic soil to keep
America safe and improve national security.
In his new position within the Defense
Intelligence Agency, he applies his specialized
IT skills and other technical expertise to
help develop battlefield strategies for military
operations in the Middle East.
The road less traveled
Klausner, who once planned on nothing more
than a four-year commitment to the military,
admits his career track has been a surprise, but
a fulfilling one, nonetheless.
“If you have a direction in mind, there
are paths to that goal that are straighter than
others,” he says. “For a kid like me, who didn’t
know what he wanted to do, an education
from John Carroll opens your mind to what’s
possible. By not going into a heavy science,
point where we start building their values,”
he says. “In my mind, it’s obvious the values
that were instilled in me at John Carroll have
followed me all the way through my career –
on the military and civilian sides.”
Perhaps the most challenging mission –
and the one with most visibility and highest
level of scrutiny – was the one assigned to
Ham in March 2011, when President Obama
and then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
put him in charge of U.S. military operations
in Libya, a country that continues to be one of
the more challenging flashpoints in the wave
of civilian unrest that has swept throughout
the Middle East the past year.
“There’s been a lot of controversy about
this mission, but I felt comfortable with it,”
Ham says. “The mission that was assigned by
the president and the defense secretary to me
and to our command was to protect civilians.
It was readily apparent that, had we and
others who allied with us not taken military
action, the Libyan regime would’ve gotten
into Benghazi – a city of 700,000 people – and
who knows how many they would’ve killed.
But they would’ve killed thousands. There’s no
doubt about that in my mind. They said that
was exactly what they were going to do.”
Ham recalls Michael Walzer’s 1977 book,
“Just and Unjust Wars,” from a course he took
at Carroll.
“That’s a useful guide,” he says. “When
you’re a commander and give the order to
begin a mission, you know people are going to
be killed. It’s very sobering. You fall back on
the values that were part of your upbringing
and are still part of who you are. You ask
yourself, ‘Is this the right thing to do? Is this
justified?’ The education – academic and
ethical – I received at John Carroll helped
prepare me for those kinds of decisions.”
Ham was asked to oversee the Pentagon’s
study about how the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell” will affect the troops. It was a completely
different challenge. But like his mission in
Libya, it forced him to weigh variables and find
a workable middle ground. There will be those
at one end of the spectrum who are strong
advocates of gay rights and those at the other
end who will be very much opposed to the
change in the law and the policy.
“Those are small populations, but neither
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local military personnel and their families online at
Mike Swallow ’98, along with the help of four other classmates,
founded NEOPAT in 2010.
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The best decision
As a senior at a Marianist high school on Long Island in New
York in 1959, I was puzzled about a college to attend. In those
days, it wasn’t common to visit a host of schools like students do
now. I knew my choices were limited by cost and distance. I’d
heard about the Jesuits and investigated Fordham, but I didn’t
want to endure the daily train and subway commute.
At about the time I decided I’d consider schools within a
one-hour plane ride, I received a mailer from JCU, which had
the Jesuit cachet, a nice-looking campus, and a reasonable cost.
So, sight unseen, I enrolled.
On my first day, I ran into fellow freshman Peter Hoffman ’63,
whom I hadn’t seen since the first grade in Rockville Centre,
N.Y. That day, I also met my first Jesuit, Fr. Nick Predovich,
S.J., a wonderful man who was the head prefect in Dolan Hall.
Fr. Nick asked me what extracurriculars with which I’d become
involved. I told him I’d work on the newspaper and join the
sodality. I had great experiences with both. I also became sports
information director, traveling with the varsity teams to help
publicize them.
Friends are incredulous when I tell them my favorite college
courses were Latin and Greek, along with English literature. The
professors I had for those subjects were superb and included Joe
Schork, Ph.D., Dick Spath ’44, Ph.D., and Don Poduska, Ph.D.,
for Latin; Fr. Charles Castellano, S.J., for Greek; and Joe Cotter
and Art Trace, Ph.D., for literature.
While at Carroll, I met my future wife, Mary Kay, an
Ursuline girl. We’re celebrating 47 years of marriage this year.
I liked JCU so much I returned to work there as director of
public relations in 1969 and stayed 30 years – the final 18 as vice
president for development. I met many truly wonderful students,
Jesuits, administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni throughout
the years. I’m proud two of my sons and a daughter-in-law are
JCU grads. Deciding to go to Carroll turned out to be the best
decision I ever made.
– Paul Kantz Jr. ’63
A winding path
In the fall of 1999, I entered my freshman year at Carroll. I was
optimistic as I turned a new page in my young life. Like many, I
welcomed the change, despite fear of the unknown.
The product of an inner-city school system, I looked forward to
a departure from the norm. The thought of immersing myself in a
sea of diversity and culture helped fuel my desire and abate the guilt
of leaving home. My younger brother, who, six years my junior, was
extremely impressionable at the time and tugged at my heart.
In retrospect, I realize the decision I made epitomized what
it meant to lead by example and provide a blueprint for my
brother to follow. Yet, I’d soon find the person at the helm of this
journey was terribly misguided.
I’d always done well in school, therefore, it was expected
I attend college. Though it was a natural progression for me,
I made the mistake of going about my plan under the guise of
other people’s expectations. I chose to attend Carroll for several
reasons that were my own, yet, overwhelmingly because it fit the
mold of other people’s ideal image of me.
Whereas most students are proactive in their college
search, my experience was comparably less vested. Instead, my
enthusiasm came from the reactions of those who learned I was
attending such a prestigious university. It was this type of blind
euphoria that drove me down a path I’d soon regret.
Barely a week into the fall semester, hardened by feeling
misplaced and uninspired, I dropped out. Gone was the green 17
year old who yearned for exploration. I re-enrolled soon after,
In this third (of four) installment of the magazine’s special 125th anniversary
section, we publish some Carroll stories you’ve shared with us online. These are just
a few of the countless examples of how the University has transformed the lives
of thousands of Jesuit-educated men and women. Additionally, on the following
pages, we publicize some lesser-known facts about the University. If you have other
interesting tidbits about Carroll, or want to share your story, visit
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yet my focus was elsewhere, and I dropped out twice more in
2000 and again in 2001.
I returned to campus in the spring of 2003 during what
would’ve been my last semester before graduation. Though
bittersweet, it motivated me to stay the course. I knew what I
wanted this time around, which allowed me to flourish.
With a schedule that peaked at 41 credit hours during my
senior year, I had a single goal in sight. The routine brought out
the best in me, as well as dean’s list honors. Then, on May 22,
2005, six years after first arriving on Carroll’s campus, I left a
graduate that afternoon.
In the spring of 2011, I celebrated a professional
accomplishment – my first novel, “The Broken Road” was
Though my path wasn’t ideal, it has prepared me in ways no
other could have. As for my younger brother, whose well-being
was a significant factor during my growing pains, he’s also a
college graduate and professional football player in the NFL.
My story is a testament to the way in which life happens,
and the importance of people who cultivate our experience. I’m
grateful to have found this while attending John Carroll.
– Rafeale Gibson ’05
A positive role
I thank the teachers, administration, military science
department, my parents and fellow classmates for changing
my life. John Carroll wasn’t just four years of schooling. It’s a
university that welcomed me into a new family and allowed
me to forge lifelong friendships, which have given me a better
perception about life and made me a better person.
In 1997, I graduated from Mount Carmel High School in
Chicago. I didn’t want to move away from Chicago and was
planning to attend Moraine Valley Community College or UCLA
as we called it (University Closest to LaGrange Avenue). I wanted
to attend Moraine until I figured out what I wanted to do with my
life. My parents pushed me daily to attend Carroll because they
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knew about Jesuit education and the quality of
people at JCU would have a positive impression
on my life.
It wasn’t until August 1997, about a week
before school started, I decided to attend
Carroll. After a long summer in Chicago, I
agreed with my parents it probably would be in
my best interest to do so.
During my time at Carroll, I gained a new
appreciation for academics and life. I received a
scholarship through the ROTC program and met
some of the most genuine and amazing people in
my life. Most importantly, I was fortunate to meet
my wife, Brandy Banks ’03, while at Carroll.
To JCU teachers, administration, and
fellow alumni, I thank you for having a
positive role in my life and helping me get to
where I am today.
– Brendan Hotchkiss ’01
A focus on service
I just finished serving a two-year stint in
Punta Gorda, Belize, with the Jesuit Volunteer
Corps. My decision to commit to two years
of international service is a direct correlation
to the Jesuit education I received at Carroll.
The combination of my time on retreats with
the campus ministry team, service-learning
experiences while an undergrad, and the justice-
based political science classes I took made
moving abroad to accompany the marginalized a
logical next step.
I also had the honor of being JCU’s first
mascot, Lobo. You better believe that’s still on
my resume.
– Matt Wooters ’09
A positive experience
In 1992, at the age of 54, I finally earned
my B.A. The entire experience of being
a nontraditional student and faculty wife
(husband Wilhelm Bartsch was an instructor
of German) was positive. I met many brilliant
people, including Fr. Thomas O’Malley, S.J.,
who called my husband his colleague and taught
one or two of his classes for fun. Fr. O’Malley
and my husband have passed, but I can’t help
thinking they’re trading stories in heaven. Both
of them were truly men for others.
– Nancy Bartsch ’92
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artist named Bruce Springsteen to play at
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success of the Born to Run album.
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seismologist, and his dog, Hector, became the
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management in 2009. Also, gold medal Olympic
swimmer, Diana Munz, graduated from Carroll
with a communications degree in 2007.
In September 1968, the University made
the transition from full-time,
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coeducational institution
when women were
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Interesting historical facts about JCU
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Native Chicagoan
spends Jesuit
career at Carroll
By John Walsh
ven at 80 years old, he still swims a minimum of 2,200
yards – that’s 88 lengths of the pool – a week.
Fr. William Bichl, S.J., is more fit than most people
his age. Fr. Bichl, who learned to swim from a young Jesuit
while studying at Saint Louis University in 1957, has been
swimming since. During the past 30 years, he has swum 5,000
miles in the William H. Johnson Natatorium. A familiar
face on campus, Fr. Bichl has been teaching and advising at
Carroll continuously since 1970.
After growing up in Chicago in the 1930s and ’40s,
Fr. Bichl entered the Society of Jesus in 1954. The first
time he came to Carroll was in August of 1963 as a Jesuit
scholastic assigned to teach logic and gain teaching
experience (he’d never taught before). He had a choice to
gain that experience at the University of Detroit (now the
University of Detroit Mercy) or John Carroll. Because he had
a brother, Ken, and sister-in-law, Betty, in Cleveland, he told
the provincial of the Detroit Province he preferred Carroll, so
that’s where the provincial sent him.
Driving from Chicago, Fr. Bichl dropped off a fellow
Jesuit in downtown Cleveland and continued on to Carroll.
Without much direction, he eventually found campus and
wandered onto the quad. He ran into a Jesuit scholastic who
showed him Rodman Hall, the Jesuit residence at the time.
His bedroom was right above the arch facing the quad.
After teaching logic for a year, Fr. Bichl moved on to the
Bellarmine School of Theology, a seminary formerly in North
Aurora, Ill., 15 miles from where he grew up. After being
ordained at the Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Mich., he
went back to Bellarmine for a fourth year of theology study.
Then he returned to St. Louis University for three semesters
to try and earn a doctorate in philosophy. It was then –
January 1970 – that Fr. Walter Farrell, S.J., the provincial of
the Detroit Province at the time, reassigned Fr. Bichl to JCU
partly because he taught at Carroll before.
“I know the Lord would rather have a sane, dumb Jesuit
than a crazy, smart one,” Fr. Bichl says in jest, acknowledging
he didn’t finish his doctoral studies but earned an
undergraduate degree in philosophy and two master’s degrees,
one in philosophy and one in theology.
Fr. Bichl, who had studied Latin for 11 years, taught
philosophy, Greek philosophy, and contemporary moral
problems from 1970 to 1981. One of his students, James Bauer
’76, is now the assistant VP of enrollment management and
executive director of the office of financial assistance services
at the University of Miami in Florida.
“He was very approachable,” says Bauer, who visited Fr.
Bichl the last time he was in Cleveland two years ago. “It
was like having a member of your family in the community.
He was always available. You could go into the ground floor
of Rodman Hall and call him, and he would come down and
talk or go for a walk. He was always ready for conversation.
He made me think about how I treat people.”
In 1982, Fr. Bichl became acting assistant dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences focusing on freshmen. After a
year of being an acting dean, the “acting” was dropped from his
title, and he retained that position until 2006 when he was 75.
“I spent a lot of time talking to and getting to know the
students throughout the years,” he says. “I liked them a lot and
developed a nice rapport with them. I tried my best to treat
everyone the same. My dad, who was a jeweler in downtown
Chicago, taught me to always treat people equitably.”
In working with freshmen throughout the years, Fr. Bichl
wrote letters of dismissal to students because of poor academic
performance, yet he wrote readmission contracts for some of them.
“I encouraged those students to go to Tri-C (Cuyahoga
Community College) and learn what they didn’t in high school
and come back to Carroll,” he says. “Some did this. Some
students are worth the risk. If you give kids responsibility,
they’re pleased an adult trusts them. I’ve received letters from
college graduates, some of whom came back to Carroll to earn
their degrees, thanking me for waking them up.”
Carroll memories
One vivid memory for Fr. Bichl was when Fr. Joseph Schell,
S.J., was president of the University (1967 to 1970). Students
came to him after the Kent State shootings (in early May
1970) concerned about what happened, and Fr. Schell
decided to make finals optional.
“If you were satisfied with your grade, you were allowed
to go home,” Fr. Bichl says. “I spent 3.5 hours in the Kulas
Auditorium listening to students voice their various opinions
about the Kent State shootings and the affect it had on them.”
Fr. Bichl has fond memories of former president Fr.
Thomas O’Malley, S.J. (1980 to 1988), a Boston native who
came to Carroll from Boston College.
“He was a breath of fresh air,” Fr. Bichl says. “His time
here was a whirlwind. He visited staff and administrators in
their offices and got to know them. People loved him.”
He also remembers well Fr. Michael Lavelle, S.J., who
followed Fr. O’Malley as president. Fr. Lavelle was a native
Clevelander, a graduate of St. Ignatius High School, and an
all-state football star there. Woody Hayes, the legendary football
coach at The Ohio State University, recruited Lavelle for his
team. Lavelle thanked him for the offer but told Hayes he
was joining the Jesuits that summer. Hayes responded: “You’re
joining the better team.”
As for student memories, Fr. Bichl recalls Paul Kissane
’86, who’s presently a Midwest director at Bloomberg in
Chicago. Fr. Bichl was advising Kissane, who was president
of the centennial class. At the beginning of Kissane’s senior
year, he needed to take 43 credit hours to graduate on time.
He persuaded Fr. Bichl to let him take 22 hours the first
semester and 21 hours the second, even though he was
earning a 2.3 grade point average.
“But during his senior year, when he took that heavy
load, he got the best grades while he was here,” Fr. Bichl says.
Kissane, a Chicagoan like Fr. Bichl, says the Jesuit always
took the Chicago contingency at Carroll under his wing and
was keenly interested in them.
“He has an incredible memory and knew many students
by their first names,” Kissane says. “He knew who was in
trouble academically and those who weren’t. He was always
there for support.”
Wonderful moments
Throughout the past 40 years, Fr. Bichl has enjoyed wonderful
moments when he sees students realize they needed to get
their act in gear and study hard to graduate.
“We care about these kids, and it shows,” he says. “When
alums come back, they’re so delighted to see the faculty, staff,
and administrators who’ve meant a lot to them. Generally,
our grads are helping people by donating their time, so we’re
doing something right.”
Looking back at his career at Carroll, Fr. Bichl never
thought he’d be here this long.
“I always thought that if I liked this place and the people,
I’d stay here,” he says. “Now, as long as I’m healthy, I’d like to
stay at Carroll. I’ve enjoyed my time here.”
“Fr. Bichl embodies what JCU is all about because he
treated everybody as a person with a background, not just
a social security number,” Kissane adds. “He had a genuine
interest in people and where they were going. He was proud
of students’ accomplishments. He is one of the people who
make JCU unique and special.”
24 FALL 2011
Going the distance
here are people who sit around and
talk about accomplishing goals, and
there are people who pursue them
vigorously. Tom Reilley ’99, manager of
purchasing and auxiliary services, falls into the
latter group.
Case in point: Reilley woke up on his
36th birthday and didn’t feel like he was in
good shape. He was far removed from his
days of playing baseball, football, and hockey
as a young man at St. Edward High School
in Lakewood, Ohio, and Cleveland State
University. On that morning in 1993, he
decided he was going to run three miles to get
back in shape. After one mile, he couldn’t run
any farther, so he walked the last two.
Reilley reached the point where three
miles was doable, but he wasn’t satisfied.
Eventually, running five to six miles became
a daily routine, but that still wasn’t enough.
With the encouragement of friends, he signed
up to run the Cleveland Marathon in 1999.
After completing the 26.2-mile race, the
feeling of satisfaction became addicting.
That’s why Reilley has run 58 marathons,
including three 31-mile races and the JFK
50-mile race in Hagerstown, Md., twice. He’s
completed marathons at Disney World and
even traveled to Dublin with friends in 2005
to run.
“When I finished the first one, I couldn’t
believe I was able to do it,” he says. “I like
setting a goal and pushing myself to meet it.
That feeling never gets old.”
Despite suffering from plantar fasciitis in
2000 and a strained tendon last year, Reilley
continues to run during his lunch break when
he can. He competed in another Cleveland
Marathon this past May.
Reilley uses Carroll’s
indoor facilities when weather
prevents him from running
outside. Regardless of the
conditions, he likes to run
with others. Reilley joins
co-workers Mike Roeder ’93
(manager of facilities services),
Garry Homany (manager
of regulatory affairs and risk
management), and Tracy
Blasius (head women’s soccer
coach) for five- to six-mile runs
throughout University Heights.
Friends and co-workers
from the University have
become a large part of Reilley’s
life, but they might never have
been introduced had he not
been in the right place at the right time.
While a student at Cleveland State,
Reilley started a landscaping business that
serviced only the West Side of Cleveland.
During the winters, he tended bar at the Tam
O’Shanter in Lakewood for additional income.
Tom Gannon, then serving as John Carroll’s
director of physical planning, came in to
the bar one afternoon upset the landscaping
crew the University was contracting didn’t
show. Gannon was impressed with Reilley
and, remembering he owned a landscaping
company, told him to arrive with his crew at
8 a.m. the next morning.
Once they began working on campus,
that same approach of seeing jobs through
and performing them well earned Reilley and
his company the opportunity to work on the
property from 1985 to 1990. Because of the size
of campus, Reilley was required to bring his
entire crew – which included Chris Kane and
Ken Majewski ’01, both of whom still work in
the University’s facilities department – to work
on campus for a week or two at a time.
So impressed with the work Reilley was
doing, the University offered him a full-time
job in 1990. He managed the grounds crew
from 1990 until June of 1993 before switching
to the mail center, marking the first time he
worked indoors full time. Reilley still has
responsibilities in the mail center but has an
office in Rodman Hall where he works in the
purchasing department, too.
Aside from holding various positions
during his two decades at Carroll, Reilley
became involved with the Center for Service
and Social Action. His friend Ted Steiner
’93, program coordinator, encouraged him to
participate in an immersion trip. As a result of
the trip, Reilley and his wife, Barb, have led
two groups of students to New Orleans to help
with the city’s revival after the devastation of
Hurricane Katrina. Reilley has been on trips in
2009, 2010, and 2011.
“That’s a part of my life that has been a
moving experience,” he says. “Ted Steiner
came in my office and encouraged me to get
involved. It’s been rewarding on many levels.”
Graduating from college – which Reilley
did in 1999 after taking classes part time
while working – also was rewarding. Aside
from raising his daughter, Carolyn, who’s
working toward her master’s degree at DePaul
University, it’s the achievement of which he’s
most proud.
It took him 24 years to earn his degree, but
one should’ve known he was going to finish
because Tom Reilley isn’t a person who talks
about accomplishing things. He does them.
– Tim Ertle ’11
A warm welcome
burst of color – including a plush, red
leather couch and two bright, orange
upholstered chairs – greets visitors in
the waiting room of Dr. John Conomy’s office
in Woodmere, Ohio. Personal photographs
from throughout the world – Chile, India,
Italy, and France – adorn the walls, and thick
scrapbooks from a recent trip to China sit on
an ornate table in the hallway leading to a
corner kitchen. Tucked in the back – almost
unnoticeable in the warm, homey office – is an
exam room. Conomy ’60 explains why there are
four chairs, including a leather recliner, and a
dancing teddy bear that sings “That’s Amore.”
“I don’t like doctors’ offices, and I don’t
particularly like doctors,” says Conomy,
an internationally renowned neurologist.
“Their offices are cold, noisy, impersonal,
intimidating, and not private or comforting.”
The chairs are a way to invite family and
friends into the exam room with Conomy’s
patients, half of whom are unable to walk.
“If people want to bring the Ringling
Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus with
them, that’s OK with me,” he says. “I want
them to feel at home.”
Conomy, the former head of the Cleveland
Clinic’s neurology department, believes
strongly in a warm bedside manner and
listening to patients. His particular passion
is those afflicted with multiple sclerosis. He
helped found and run the Consortium of
Multiple Sclerosis Centers, a professional
group aimed at improving research and care
for MS patients, 25 years ago. Presently, there
more than 200 member centers worldwide.
Conomy’s interest in MS took root more
than 40 years ago when the first patient he saw
had the disease. She was a 33-year-old mother
of three who was paralyzed from the waist
down. Her husband left her, and she had a pile
of mounting bills.
“All I could do was treat her for a bladder
infection,” he says. “I remember how helpless I
felt. After that, MS became a passion for me.”
Decades later, at 73, Conomy still is
passionate about his patients, who come from
throughout the world and range in age from
3 to 103. They suffer from some type of brain
injury or disease, including strokes, epilepsy,
Alzheimer’s disease, and brain trauma.
But Conomy isn’t only a doctor. He’s also
an attorney who advocates for the sick in the
complicated world of health law. Recently,
he worked on a case arguing whether an
Alzheimer’s patient should be able to initiate
a divorce. Conomy declined to say what he
advocated. It’s rare for a doctor to be a lawyer,
too, but Conomy says it’s a natural fit.
“It’s not enough to have your health if you
can’t use it to exert control over your rights
and property,’’ he says.
The son of a machinist and telephone
operator, Conomy grew up in Cleveland’s
Collinwood neighborhood and attended St.
Joseph High School where he discovered his
love of medicine. His girlfriend’s father worked
at the Cleveland Clinic and helped him land
a job as a clerk in the records room. Later, as a
student at John Carroll, he became an assistant
to a neurosurgeon. The doctor liked him, and
soon, the teenager was wearing a white lab
coat and making rounds with the residents.
“I don’t know what I would have done if I
didn’t become a doctor,” he says. “That’s all I
wanted to be.”
A pre-med major minoring in philosophy,
Conomy cherishes his experience at Carroll.
“I owe them everything,” he says.
That’s why Conomy recently offered to
mentor students in James Lissemore’s biology
classes. Conomy bumped into Lissemore, chair
of the biology department, when he was roaming
around the department during alumni weekend.
“He was warm and interested in John
Carroll,” Lissemore says. “He wanted to share
some of his experiences with students.”
So the two talked and arranged for
Lissemore’s class to visit Conomy in his office.
Megan Muhar, a senior biology major from
Pittsburgh, was amazed at how welcoming his
office felt.
“It didn’t feel like a doctor’s office at all –
it was a lot more comfortable,” she says.
The visit helped Muhar realize she wanted
to be a lab researcher in a medical setting.
“I can’t see myself being as comfortable as
Dr. Conomy is with patients,” she says, adding
she learned how important it is to listen when
someone’s talking to you and hear what they’re
telling you. “That applies to everything.”
– Sue Valerian
26 FALL 2011
As long as you attain a passing grade (C- or better) from an accredited
institution, we’ll accept those credits. After you submit your deposit, we’ll
perform a degree evaluation so it’s clear which JCU requirements might
have been fulfilled by the coursework you completed. At a minimum,
credits will be accepted as electives.
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Admission checkpoint
two million applications were submitted
via the Common App Online. The Common
Application allows students to complete one
application and submit it to multiple schools.
Although a paper version of The Common
Application is available, almost all of our
applications during the past few years have
been received online. Visit
to register for a free account, search for
the colleges you’re considering, add them
to your “My Colleges” list, and begin your
application. It’s that easy.
The John Carroll supplement to The
Common Application also can be completed
online through In
addition to your application and supplement,
you’ll need to have your supporting
documents sent from your high school, which
include your transcript and The Common
Application School Report form, which will
be completed by your guidance counselor.
Last but not least, don’t forget to send us
your ACT (our school code is 3282) or SAT
(1342) test results. This will complete your
application for admission.
Finally, please be aware of Dec. 1,
2011, which is our Early Action I and priority
scholarship deadline. Our first round of
admission decisions will be mailed the third
week of December to all students who have
completed applications on file by Dec. 1.
In addition, to guarantee your full review
and consideration for all merit scholarship
programs, including our Arrupe Scholars,
Leadership Scholars, and Presidential Honors
Award, which all require separate applications,
it’s important to apply for admission by Dec. 1.
If you have any questions as you go
through the application process, please
let us know. Our admission staff is here to
help. You might even see one of us out on
the road in the next couple of months as we
travel throughout the country for high school
visits and college fairs. To see where we’re
traveling, visit Also, if you
haven’t visited campus, fall is a great time to
come and learn more about JCU. Join us for a
campus tour and admission presentation, a
Blue Streak Preview Day, or for a personalized
visit. We hope to see you soon.
Enrollment quarterly a guide to the college admission process
elcome back to school. Hopefully
by now, all you seniors are well on
your way in your college search,
having compiled your list of schools and,
maybe, visited some of them. So what’s next?
Well, fall of senior year means it’s
college application time. At John Carroll,
we’ve tried to make the application process
as straightforward as possible. To start,
applying to JCU is free. Secondly, the entire
process can be completed online. We are an
exclusive user of The Common Application,
meaning this is the only application for
freshman admission that we accept. The
Common Application is a not-for-profit
membership organization, which was
founded in 1975. Presently, there are more
than 400 members, and membership
is open to colleges and universities that
promote access by evaluating students using
a holistic selection process. Last year, almost
I’m taking classes
at a local community
college during my
senior year. Will JCU
accept those credits?
- Alyssa from Detroit
Class of 2012
Bedford, Ohio
Major: Psychology
1. How are you involved on campus?
This year, I’m a resident assistant in
Murphy Hall, president of iDance, and
chairman of M.I.O.S. (Men Inspiring Others
to Succeed).
2. How did your love of dance inspire you to
create iDance?
I started dancing my senior year in high
school, and I fell in love with it. When I
came to John Carroll, it was difficult for
me to adjust to campus life at times. I was
quiet and didn’t know many people, so
dance became my escape from reality. I
danced every day for hours. My girlfriend
and I realized how dance impacted our
self-esteem and dramatically increased
our confidence and patience. We decided
it was time to give back to others. We
wanted to teach students how to dance
so maybe they would use it as a stress-
relieving tool. After establishing this
organization, I was proud because I felt
like I had the freedom to create something
within John Carroll. If I didn’t dance, I don’t
think I’d be where I am today.
3. How do you think you’ve inspired
others to succeed?
By just being there for my students during
any time of need – whether it’s a concern
about academics, social-life issues, or if
they just want to hang out – and pushing
them to be better people for themselves
and their community, I feel I’ve inspired
them and they’ve inspired me. Helping
them find ways to become involved on
campus forces them to manage their time,
which is a skill everyone needs to practice.
When students become involved with
certain groups, they form their identity.
4. How do you want to be remembered
after you graduate?
I’d like to be remembered as the founder
and co-founder of two influential and
positive organizations – iDance and
M.I.O.S. I hope after I graduate these
organizations will continue to move
forward successfully because they’re
needed and can help make a difference in
a student’s college experience.
A better sense
of the cost
John Carroll embraces the recent change
to the Higher Education Opportunity Act,
which will help students and families
plan financially for education. The act
requires colleges to develop a net price
calculator to provide families with an
estimated out-of-pocket cost for their
school. Similar online tools have been
in place in other industries, such as real
estate, car, and travel. With this new
tool, parents will be able to develop,
more precisely, a realistic list of schools
to consider much earlier in the search
process, saving time and energy when
visiting and applying to schools. We
hope this tool ensures fewer surprises or
disappointments later in the process.
Providing estimates of the true cost
compared with the sticker price earlier in
the admission process has the potential
to have a profound impact on the college
search process. It will allow more time to
plan financial resources and have more
realistic expectations of the costs of the
various schools being considered.
To access our calculator,
visit To learn more
about the value and worth of a JCU
degree, visit
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28 FALL 2011
lumni involvement at Carroll is an
essential part of helping support the
mission and advancement of the
University. Here are a few of the many ways
you can give back to your alma mater and
become more involved:
1. Recruit future alumni. The Alumni-
in-Admissions Program promotes alumni
engagement with prospective students
on various levels. Volunteers can refer
a prospective student, contact students
via phone or email, represent JCU at a
college fair in their area, or host a Carroll
reception at their home.
2. Mentor and career networking.
Students and alumni always are looking for
opportunities to connect with fellow Blue
Streaks. Whether it’s joining the Carroll
Contacts LinkedIn group, attending a
regional speed networking event, meeting
with the Muldoon partners, participating
in a mentoring program like the Chicago
Mentoring Program, attending the annual
Career Fair, or taking advantage of Career
Center services, now’s the time to get
involved, mentor, and network with fellow
alumni and students.
3. Alumni chapter programs. Alumni
chapters connect Blue Streaks near and
far to their alma mater. In June of 2011,
we relaunched the Chicago and Pittsburgh
alumni chapters. We’re also planning to
expand the chapter network to other cities.
Do you want to become involved? We want
to hear from you.
4. National alumni board. The alumni
board is composed of nine to 12 alumni
volunteers who represent John Carroll
alumni worldwide. As an advisory board,
it provides support with key initiatives,
programs, planning, and focuses the
efforts of the Alumni Association through
committee work and outreach.
5. Student outreach. The Student Alumni
Association (SAA), established in 2008,
strengthens the bond between students
and alumni through social, networking,
spiritual, and philanthropic events. The
SAA works closely with the alumni
relations staff to facilitate the transition
from students to alumni, while building
a lifelong bond with the University.
We’re looking for alumni who want to be
involved by hosting a “Dinner with 12 Blue
Streaks,” inviting students to your place of
employment for a hands-on experience, or
taking part in service projects or immersion
trips with students.
6. Attend an event. See the list of upcoming
events on the opposite page. Contact
Theresa Spada at 216-397-3014 to
sponsor one in your area.
To learn more
about the exciting
new developments
and view the menu of
opportunities to engage with
the Alumni Association,
Get involved with the Alumni Association
Alumni volunteers are vital to recruiting
and enrolling new students at Carroll.
Your stories and success are excellent
measures of the quality of a John Carroll
education. With your help, the University
will continue to enroll talented students
who will carry on the traditions that
played such a significant part in your life.
There are many important ways, with
varying degrees of time commitment, you
can help. They include:
· Refer prospeotive students
to the admission office.
· Represent 1ohn Carroll at a oollege
fair in your city.
· Contaot prospeotive students by
phone, letter, or email.
· ¬ost or attend reoruitment reoeptions
in your city.
For more information or to become a volunteer,
contact Tom Fanning at 216-397-4246 or
[email protected], or visit
Become an Alumni-in-Admissions volunteer
Upcoming events
Dates subject to change. Visit for the latest information.
Tuesday, Oct. 11
Chicago Presidential Alumni Reception
University Club of Chicago
Thursday, Oct. 13
Boston Presidential Alumni Reception
Boston College Club
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 28-30
Pershing Rifle Reunion
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Pittsburgh Presidential Alumni Reception
The Duquesne Club
Friday, Dec. 2
John Carroll University
125th Anniversary Gala
The InterContinental Hotel (Cleveland)
Sunday, Dec. 11
Breakfast with Santa
John Carroll University and
Loyola University Chicago
JCU: You have the option of choosing
many volunteer organizations.
Why did you choose the club?
RM: It’s important to give back to the
community, and the JCU community
always has been good to me. Each
person I’ve worked with at JCU –
from academics to administration
to athletics – has supported me
in all my endeavors. I can’t think
of a better place to dedicate my
extra time and energy.
JCU: What are your plans as
the new president?
RM: Athletics is such an
important part of campus
life at Carroll. I want to help
enrich the experience for
athletes, parents, students,
and alumni. I hope to raise
awareness of the club, increase
our percentage of alumni donors,
and grow our fund balance so we’re
able to continue our work supporting
Blue Streak teams.
JCU: Why should alumni, parents,
or fans donate to the club?
RM: Many people appreciate knowing how
their donation or gift will be used. Because
Carroll has such a rich tradition of athletics,
a gift or membership to the club directly
supports our teams. Our coaches have finite
budgets for their basic operating expenses,
and funds from the club supplement their
needs. Because I’m involved in the process,
I know how well the funds are managed
and distributed for specific enhancement
requests. I also know how much the support
means to our student athletes and coaches.
To learn more about the Blue Gold
Club or submit online membership,
New president heads Blue Gold Club
n May 2011, Rebecca Misencik ’01,
’08G assumed the role of Blue Gold Club
president. Since 1982, the club’s mission
has been to promote, recognize, and support
varsity athletics at the University. Misencik,
who received a BSBA in finance, was a
soccer Blue Streak student athlete. She also
earned an M.B.A. with a concentration in
international business from Carroll. Misencik,
who received JCU’s Northern Ohio Live
Rainmaker of Tomorrow Award in 2006, is
an account executive officer of commercial
surety for Travelers Insurance. We sat down
with Rebecca to ask her why she decided to
become more involved.
JCU: How did you become involved with
the Blue Gold club?
RM: During my M.B.A. program, I spent
weekends at JCU working on group projects.
When I’d take breaks from coursework, I’d
watch various sporting events on campus.
Admission was free for me because I was a
member of the Blue Gold Club. I’d often see
the athletic director, Laurie Massa, and she
encouraged me to participate in the Blue
Gold Club in greater ways.
With Rebecca Misencik
30 FALL 2011
Larry Kelley ’36
Up to1939 216-941-1795
[email protected]
Things have been difficult for the past year. I can’t
seem to get tasks that need to be accomplished
started, yet alone finished. It must be old age. On
May 13, 2011, I attended the funeral of Henry
“Hank” Dombrowski. We were freshmen at St.
Ignatius High School in 1928 and attended John
Carroll in the same building on West 30th and Lorain
in 1932 for three more years. Our last year started
Oct. 5, 1932. The carpenters were still working in
the classroom. It was the only time Fr. Leonard
Otting, S.J., who taught ethics, called off class. The
carpenters won. I bet it was the only class he never
finished. ... I’ve been trying to call Hugh McCaffrey
’37 since before Christmas. I knew he was in an
assisted living facility, but somebody should’ve
answered the phone. He had a good reason for
not answering the phone because he died Nov. 26,
2010. ... Tom Harrison ’49 and Hugh Gallagher ’50
picked me up to attend the memorial Mass at Saint
Francis Chapel June 22 for Art Noetzel ’38. Art was
one of the most popular teachers at Carroll. He never
overlooked or forgot any of his students. It was good
to see Justin Noetzel ’40 before he passed away. He
might have been in a wheelchair, but that Noetzel
mind still was sharp as a tack. He knew and called
everyone by name. ... Keep praying. Just Larry
Carl Giblin
1940 727-518-7961
[email protected]
As usual, I’m indebted to John Sweeney for most
of the news in these notes. John has about as many
doctors as he has relatives and has been keeping
them busy. He’s regaining his strength after his most
recent surgery. I hope John used his law training to
receive a volume discount. He has spent many days
riding a gurney. John writes that in your 94th year, or
beyond, it’s not easy to avoid serious health problems,
but Lou Sulzer has managed to do that, and his mind
is good, too. I’m glad to learn about the improvement
of Lou’s mind. … Jim Schlecht has recovered from
cataract surgery and needs glasses only to drink. …
James O’C Morgan, who lost his wife, Mary, after
a long illness, moved from Texas to Tampa, Fla. Jim
sends me a card with his own artwork now and then.
… The lunch bunch – Lou Sulzer, Bud Noetzel, Jim
Schlecht, and John Sweeney – can eat at a card
table now. They still meet monthly and dine at the
Breckenridge Village retirement community. The food
isn’t much, but there’s no tipping. … I occupy a one-
bedroom apartment in Clearwater, Fla., and retain a
driver’s license that allows me to shop for needed
Bruce E. Thompson
1943 216-382-4408
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Don McDonald
1944 216-991-9140
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Ed Cunneen
1947 216-561-1122
[email protected]
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1949 440-331-4343
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Jim Broadbent married beautiful Shirley soon after
graduation and entered the tire-sales business in
Warren, Ohio. Jim applied himself, as he had as
a Carroll student, and grew the business to five
locations in the region. Simultaneously, his family
grew to five sons and two daughters. Several sons
had Jim’s love of the tire business, happily taking over
the operation to provide Jim more time to golf. I’m
sad to say Jim’s productive, successful, and happy
life ended May 20, 2011, after a short illness. …
Less than a month later, the Gold Streaks luncheon
group lost a regular, enthusiastic participant, who
also was a key member of the senior Westsiders.
Ray Fox answered God’s call to eternity June 15,
2011, after a short hospitalization. Ray and his wife,
Eileen, are parents of two sons and two daughters
and grandparents of nine. Ray was the treasurer
of Monarch Aluminum Co., a manufacturer of
cookware and special aluminum stampings. Ray
continued his work as the company changed to
Standex International Corp. Ray tried retirement but
found summers in his retreat in Vermillion, Ohio, to
be repetitious. He discovered excitement in a new
challenge by joining Earnest Machine Products Co.
and enjoyed that until he finally tired of working and
joined our group of lazy elder gentlemen. … I called
Tim Ryan, who you’ll recall was the spark plug of
the alumni lunch organization, hoping he gained
mobility. It’s our mutual hope that when the first
fall Gold Streak luncheon is scheduled, we can plan
his transportation. Tim sounds sharp as ever. His
only limitation is mobility. … Anthony Adamcik,
a Baltimore, Md., resident for many years, is
enjoying retirement. He hasn’t seen a classmate
or heard Carroll news except from this quarterly
Alumni Journal. … Bill Varga had fabulous news
that brightened my outlook and will encourage his
classmates. Bill recently earned, and was awarded,
his renewed pilot’s license, which is effective until
March 3, 2013. Because of arcane age regulations,
Bill was required to undergo continuous 24-hour
testing in Oklahoma City this June, then spend three
months passing various tests before his license was
renewed. After all the testing, he expected full, two
years of pleasant licensed flying, but the effective
date shown is March 2, the day the tests began. Bill
earned only 21 months of licensed flying. No doubt,
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lemon twist provides the vitamins and my daily citrus
intake. While going through this slick magazine, I’m
reminded how fortunate we were – we actually had
Jesuit professors. … Thanks. Carl
Robert J. Trivison
1942 760-944-6964
[email protected]
Bob Kraus lives on two acres in Akron, Ohio. He
got his grandson, a recent Lehigh University grad,
to cut the grass, a task he can no longer do. Guess
he may be thinking about a move to a retirement
home. Of the 12 classmates I know to be living,
six live in a retirement home. … Dr. Ed O’Malley’s
daughter, Annette, reported his death; God rest his
soul. … Bob Smith is in a retirement community and
is adjusting quickly to his new lifestyle. As of July
1, he’s president of the retirement community. His
wife, Alyce, a dementia sufferer, finds it difficult to
adjust. Their social life is restricted to several close
friends. … Francis Honn is in good health enabling
him to take care of Alyce and the apartment. Francis
embraced various interests, including 25 years as
a trustee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
He raised funds and formed relationships with
prominent people including the governor. Francis’
older daughter’s son (Duke U.) is studying in China
this summer. His Chinese language skills enable him
to travel on his own. Her older son will marry a lovely,
smart college classmate next month. … My wife,
Susan, and I took a trip in March to Florida. We had
a Keane family reunion in Matlacha at the water-way
home of Susan’s cousin, Alice and Gene Leary. It
included a celebration of life ceremony for Alice’s son,
Bill. Then we returned to Miami Beach where son
Don’s partner died and for another celebration of life
ceremony. Susan had a medical problem and ended
up in Mt. Sinai Hospital for several days, and after a
two-week extension in Florida, we returned home.
We celebrated July 4th with 40 family members in a
beach-party atmosphere – surfing, swimming, music,
dancing, etc. We’ll do a repeat next year, God willing.
I also played 18 holes of golf with my son, Billy,
recently. It was the first game in more than a year.
I shot a 94, which included seven three-putts. Yikes!
I’m an avid reader of history, economics, philosophy,
politics, etc., and just finished “Washington: A-Life”
by Ron Chernow, “On China” by Henry Kissinger,
“Demonic” by Ann Coulter, and “The Great American
Awakening” by Jim DeMint. I highly recommend all
four. … I talked briefly with Tony Yonto, and all is
well. I can’t believe he’s still active CEO of his family’s
foundry, but he says he has a great team and it’s a
good business. … I’m hoping to hear from several of
you whom I’ve called or written. If you make contact,
I’ll write about it in the next issue. We have a lifetime
of history to write about. God be with you. Bob
he’ll request 27 months on his next license. Bill’s
success gives new and strong assurance to ’49ers
who aren’t as old as we sometimes feel. … Send
news, preferably good. All news is reported with
reasonable accuracy. Tom

Charles A. Byrne
1950 440-684-9776
Having been honored by the University with an
Alumni Medal – thanks to the late Ken Callahan’s
nomination – I felt obliged to return to my old role
as class correspondent. In particular, I wanted
to mention the deaths of two prominent class
members, Jim Conway and Ken Callahan. They
were active in alumni affairs, accepting leadership
roles in their contributions and moral support. …
As a professional fundraiser for local Catholic high
schools and colleges, Jim Conway’s last assignment
was with CWRU. He established new records from
that alumni to the university’s great pleasure. His
wife, KT, would travel with him on some calls.
Sadly, she followed his death by six months. Bishop
Emeritus Anthony M. Pilla spoke eloquently about
Jim at his funeral Mass. Jim and the bishop worked
together on many campaigns. The Conways leave
four girls and two sons, having lost a daughter who
was a young child. … Dr. Ken Callahan was a popular
speaker at his dental society events and volunteered
to be our class master of ceremonies at every class
event. He was most entertaining and possessed
great wit. As many of you know, Ken also was quite
a civil war historian. He leaves five children and was
the beloved husband of the late Joan (nee Reilly)
and the late Jeremy (nee Brayton). … Jim and Ken
filled unique roles for our class that will have to be
replaced. We may have to scout among those of us
remaining. Sincerely, CAB.
Donald A. Ungar
1951 330-723-5234
[email protected]
The 125th anniversary celebration was a reunion
we’ll always remember. Our 60-year committee
hoped to see many 1951 grads attend. Attending
celebrations has become difficult for many of us.
A display board of class pictures and a video of
some of our class reunions were made and left with
the alumni office as memorabilia. At the Mass on
Saturday, Bill Switaj and Ray Smiley carried the
rose in remembrance of those members who’ve
entered eternal life. A class picture was taken, not
one but two, reason being was not everyone got
together at the same time. The photographer will
fix the photo so we’re all together. After the class
picture was taken, Lillian and Bill Switaj, Jeanette
and James Abood, Janet and Joe Stipkala, and Bill
Eline rode the elevator to the ground level. While
they were in the elevator, power was lost. Yes, they
were between floors in a dark elevator longer than a
half hour. Lillian’s words: “How scary.” Candlelight
was provided so we could eat dinner. Power failures
don’t happen often, but this one changed our
evening. We were able to celebrate graduation day
with the 2011 graduates. The 1951 class members
who attended are: James Abood, James Coviello,
Robert Dailey, William Eline, Joseph Isabella,
Raymond Masek, Hugh Morgan, Raymond
Smiley, Joseph Stipkala, Rev. Jack White, S.J., and
me. Take a look at the photo. Do you think we had a
fun time? We sure did. Join us next year. … Send a
note via email or even U.S. mail, please. Don
Dorothy Poland
1952 [email protected]
I talked to Mike Gavin a bit ago, and everyone is
doing well. He and family divide their time between
Cleveland and Florida. ... Larry Casey celebrated
his 81st birthday July 7. His son, Larry Mike, gave
him a 2006 Hummer H3. Even his wife, Jeanne,
has a leather, six-way power seat on the passenger
side. The dashboard TV screen displays a GPS map,
and when the transmission is shifted into reverse,
the screen shows a large area behind the vehicle
to prevent him from backing into anything, such
as trash cans and children. Larry’s philosophy is he
has had so much fun and he only has 19 years to
reach 100. ... Betty and Bill Kenealy had to forgo
their planned trip to Hawaii with eight grandchildren.
Try to explain to young people that because grandpa
broke his hip in May, the trip wasn’t going to
happen. Bill was able to take his granddaughter,
Olivia, to her Girl Scout dance before his unfortunate
fall. Get well soon, Bill. They also sent a photo of
their son, Cmdr. William Kenealy, U.S. Navy (retired),
who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and England,
dressed as a Guide at Buckingham Palace. Bill Jr.,
speaks four languages and is a rare guide because
most are young Brits. ... Don’t forget, next June
will be our 60th reunion, so let’s try to have a good
crowd attend reunion weekend. Don’t leave Jo and
Jim Previtt and I the only ones who show up. Be
safe. God bless. Dorothy
Jim Myers
1953 440-942-7831
[email protected]
In my last column, I mentioned several St. Ignatius
High School class of ’49 alumni. Among the 25
to 30 who attended the April luncheon are: Bob
Harter, Kevin Tobin, Tom Dugan, Neil Raleigh,
Chuck O’Malley, and Don Martens. … Joe
Mersol is an active member of St. Jude parish in
Columbiana, Ohio. In addition to many activities
directly associated with the parish, he’s a member
of the board of trustees for Catholic Charities, a
reader for the Mass for shut-ins on local TV, and has
been named as the Knights of Columbus volunteer
of the year for the Ohio. … Tony LaPerna is getting
along well. When we spoke, he said his family had
recently met for vacation in the Carolinas. … Bob
Cummings continues to battle several health
problems and walks with a cane. He continues to
plug along and was fortunate to be visiting his son
in San Diego in July when a dust storm hit Phoenix.
The cars in his garage were covered in dust when
he and Ginette returned home. They also had to
backwash their pool several times to rid the dust.
Their suburban home in Anthem wasn’t hit as
severely as downtown Phoenix. … Bob Harter’s
grandson, John Jaicjs, will be entering John Carroll
as a freshman this year and hopes to be playing
on the varsity golf team. He played high school
golf in Westerville, Ohio. … Gene Wetzel recently
attended the 80th birthday party for John Kall.
Among those who attended are Dugan, DeChant
and Tobin. Those guys are together at many events.
… Bob Rourke still lives in the Chattanooga area
of Tennessee where he has been for 27 years. He
worked as an environmentalist for the state. …
When I talked with Joe Fakult, he was enjoying
his family visiting from Arkansas and North Dakota.
Joe grows a lot of tomatoes in his yard in Willowick,
Ohio. This year’s crop is well behind schedule
because of the spring rains. … Send your news for
the next issue. God’s blessings to you all. Jim
Peter Mahoney
1954 440-933-2503
[email protected]
It’s that time of year when men for others form
little groups called foursomes, and this is where
the story begins. Three from our year, Don
Buynack, Herb Ramerman, and Jim Sutphin,
with Jim Lewis ’71, conquered all. Their scramble
score of 30 + 30 = 60 at the Alumni Golf Outing
caused a riot by all who attended. Sutphin
explained he knew this would happen because
the Dutch invented golf. It seems that, for years,
Dutchmen (Sutphin is one) in Holland would pick
up sticks and chip/pitch tulip bulbs from dike to dike
(the first water hazard) and once in a while hit one
into Belgium. Later, a Dutch merchant traveling in
Scotland demonstrated the process hoping to sell
many tulip bulbs, but the Scotch, ever conscious of
expense and the balance of trade, decided to take
feathers, wrap them in cloth, and use them instead
of the tulips. The first Titleist Pro V1 golf ball was
invented, and the Scotch took credit for golf. As
a result of winning the tournament, Jim was sent
four Waterford beer mugs and four blue and gold
Cutter & Buck golf shirts. … While on the subject
of Scotland Mike Faul and his wife, Peggy, spent a
share of this summer traveling in an RV while Mike
biked on side trips. Peggy put it all on video, which
demonstrates how Mike survived as a judge in the
state of New York – balance and being able to move
quickly. … Lou LaRiche made headlines in Road
Cmdr. William Kenealy Jr. USN (retired), as a
guide at Buckingham Palace, son of Betty and
Bill ’52 Kenealy
32 FALL 2011
and Track magazine. He and a group of engineers
from Bentley and the Cadillac division of GM were
asked to convert the engine in the popemobile from
gasoline to alternative fuels. The final decision was
between a thick, red pasta sauce or olive oil. The
olive oil won because it’s better for the economy.
… Our classmate and senior golf tour member
Austie Groden has been in hand-to-hand combat
with the big “C” – chemo and all. Please pray for
him. Also, pray for Sandra Nilges and Gail LaRiche.
Keep the faith. Pete
Ray Rhode
1955 216-381-1996
[email protected]
Jim Doran wrote concerning the death of Arthur
Noetzel, Ph.D., ’38. Jim said Dr. Noetzel played a
significant role in his life at Carroll and selecting a
career path after graduation. Dr. Noetzel secured
a position for him in the controller’s office at JCU
during a time when he was struggling to pay tuition
and room and board. He says it was a lifesaver.
… We mourn the loss of Mike Caplice’s wife,
Pat, who had set a goal of celebrating their 55th
wedding anniversary together. She passed away 10
days after the celebration surrounded by Mike and
their family. Mike also informs us the Transportation
Corp. is on the move, being relocated to Ft. Lee. Ft.
Monroe is closing down, and its activities are being
relocated to Ft. Eustis. … Dan Curley retired, but
his son, Tom, is carrying on the operation of the
Curley Funeral Home in Chicago. I was unable to
talk to Dan because of health reasons. … I talked
with Bill Thalman a while back. Bill left JCU in ’54
and was drafted into the Army and served in Korea.
He returned home and took over the family electric
motor repair business, which he ran until ’98 when
he retired. His son now runs the business. Bill has
been married for 55 years and has four children.
He says hello to Phil Buchanan, Jack Kinney,
and Hal Ziegler, who were his roommates and
good buddies while at Carroll. That might have
something to do with his leaving Carroll early! …
I talked with Joe Tetlak, whose heart still bleeds
maize and blue even though he’s lived in Cleveland
many years. His career took many twists and turns,
but he ended up top dog at Willow Hill Industries
in Willoughby, Ohio. He sold the company in
2000 and is enjoying life in his adopted city with
occasional visits north. … Tony Stavole and his
daughter, grandson, and granddaughter spent
several weeks touring Italy. They visited Rome,
Assisi, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Pompeii, Sorrento,
The Isle of Capri, The Amalfi Coast, and Positano.
Tony thought it was an exceptional tour because it
allowed him and his offspring to learn more about
their heritage. … David Hauer’s granddaughter
won the bronze medal in the national Tae Kwon Do
tournament in Austin, Texas. I need to ask him if
it’s anything like golf. David received an award for
giving 25 gallons of blood at the local blood bank.
… Remember to pray for our classmates who are
suffering and in great pain from the many diseases
that attack us. Ray

Leo Duffy
1956 815-7293513
630-337-0788 (c)
January-May: 941-505-8394
[email protected]
This is a note about our 55th during the reunion/
commencement weekend, May 20-22. It was hot
and wet at times. I’d like to express thanks to Mary
Jane ’91 and Jack Breen for the wonderful lunch they
had for us at their home Saturday afternoon. It began
Friday evening with a social gathering under the tent.
Mary Kay and Mike Benson, Joan and Ed Daugherty,
Mary and I, Ruth Ann and Fritz Eder, Julie and Bill
Hagerty, Jeannine and Larry Kinskey, Gloria and
Bob Pascente, Noreen and Paul Schlimm, Linda and
Leo Slack, and Tom O’Neil attended. It was a warm,
muggy night. Fortunately, there were fans for those
who were staying in Bernet. Needless to say, we went
to bed much earlier than the younger attendees. …
Enjoying a lazy morning, we strolled around campus
and visited the bookstore for the requisite souvenirs.
Then we were ferried over to the Breen’s in University
vans for lunch. In addition to the aforementioned
and those in the picture, we were joined at lunch by
Fr. Niehoff, Mary Jo Boler, JoAnne Caterino, Betty
Conley, Betty Kost, Jan Paulovich, Marty Pfeiffer,
Clare Schuele, Mary Kay and George Vaul, Mary
Zammikiel, and Danny O’Horo. Lunch lasted until
after 3 p.m., with much time for socializing and
renewing old acquaintances. We had to rush a little
to get back to campus and prepare for Mass, which
was followed by dinner. … The baccalaureate/reunion
Mass remembered all our deceased classmates and
paid tribute to the upcoming graduates. … Please
remember our classmate, Denis F. Hoynes, who died
in early May 2011, in your prayers. … A photo of class
members was taken after the reunion Mass. With the
help of many, we tried to identify those in the picture.
After gathering for dinner in one of the small meeting
rooms, the power went out. The cocktail hour and
dinner were held by candle light, which was a first.
Fortunately, dinner already had been prepared, and
there was still power in the kitchens, so it went off
with only a few minor concerns. Al DeGulis discussed
the ’56 class gift of a fountain near the Beaudry Shrine
and said it had the approval of the University. After
dinner, we proceeded to the big tent for entertainment
and dancing. Most of us lasted until about 10 p.m.
and then headed off for the evening. Those of us
staying in Bernet had no power, so we headed to
bed by flashlight and slept without fans. The threat
of rain cancelled the outdoor commencement, so
attendance at breakfast was a little sparse, and most
of us headed home by noon. Paul Schlimm attended
commencement as the representative of the class of
’56. We missed those of you who couldn’t attend and
hope this note finds you well. … My best to all of you,
and God bless. Leo
Salvatore R. Felice
1957 440-842-1553
[email protected]
With our 55th class reunion less than one year
away, Jim Gasper is already in jump-start phase
rallying the troops to attend. He attempted to get
Rev. Brian Paulson, S.J., (son of Peter Paulson,
deceased) to represent his dad, but because of
the demands of his new position as rector of the
Loyola University Jesuit community, he declined.
Fr. Brian’s mom, Jane Paulson, is well and keeps
busy playing bridge, golf, and visiting her six
kids and 11 grandchildren regularly. … Our class
endowed memorial scholarship is growing nicely.
As of May 31, we have $417,072 in total cash and
pledges (183 donors and 568 gifts). The official
audited reports weren’t available until September.
… Carole and Tom Moran have been residents
of Bonita Springs, Fla., for four to five months a
year since 2009. The remaining time is spent in
Bay Village, Ohio; North and South Carolina; and
traveling. “With four wonderful daughters and
sons-in-law, plus 16 grandchildren, life is great,”
Tom says. The summer was hectic for the Morans
with the weddings of two granddaughters and
the unfortunate passing of Carole’s mom. …
Phillip Koran, retired executive of Lakewood
(Ohio) Hospital, and his Rio-born wife, Sheila,
traveled to Pasadena, Calif., in August to visit
daughters Maureen and Margaret, while son Kevin
“house sat” in Lakewood. Phil and Sheila met
at a World Sodality Convention in 1959 at Seton
Hall University in New Jersey. Subsequently, Phil
was instrumental in assisting Sheila to emigrate
here in 1962, and, in 1963, they married. Daughter
Margaret and husband Fran, a marine pilot with
several overseas tours (including Iraq), have two
sons – Christopher and Colin. After visiting relatives
in San Diego and attending a grandnephew’s
wedding, they planned to return home via Amtrak.
… Mary Lou and Jerry O’Callahan have a new
address – 1540 Harvest Lane, Manasquan, N.J.
08736. … In June, Eileen and Deacon Bart
Merella were on a two-week river cruise up
the Danube, visiting historic sites in Romania,
Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, and Hungry. They also
toured Bucharest, Belgrade, and Budapest, home
of Bart’s uncle. “Truly, Budapest is the Paris of
Eastern Europe,” Bart says. … Maureen and Dick
Huberty celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
at LockKeepers restaurant with family and friends
Sunday, July 10. They were surprised to receive
a beautifully framed, special congratulatory
House resolution adopted by the Texas House
of Representatives signed by the Hon. Speaker
of the House, Joseph Straus and the Hon. Dan
Huberty, their son. Dan also introduced Mr. Straus.
They also were presented with a framed letter of
congratulations signed by Governor Rick Perry. …
Msgr. Homer C. DeWalt, 92, a diocesan priest
ordained in 1950, received his master’s at JCU in
1957 and his doctorate in 1965 from the University
of Minnesota. He served as superintendent of
Catholic Schools, Diocese of Erie, Pa., from 1962 to
1982. Msgr. DeWalt resides at the House of Loreto
in Canton, Ohio, operated by the Sisters of the
Divine Spirit. His hobbies include working on his
family genealogy, stamp collecting, and activities
at the home. … Unfortunately, we have deaths
to report: Patrick G. Edwards, Nov. 13, 2010,
husband of the late Lucille; Richard P. Ryan, Dec.
18, 2010, husband of Joan for 54 years; and John
“Jack” Roddy, June 8, 2011, loving husband of
Carol. Condolences are extended to all the families.
Kindly remember classmates and their spouses
who are lonely, sick, and in distress in your prayers.
… Please note my new email address – srfelice@ God bless. Sal

John E. Clifford
1958 210-497-4045
[email protected]
I was incapacitated March through May with a nerve
problem that caused great pain in my left hip and
leg, so I stayed on the couch reading. Finally, I was
prescribed a medicine that reduces the pain. The
ultimate solution is surgery. Gene McGinty had a
problem with back surgery in 2003 and recommends
avoiding it. Gene retired in 1998 after 38 years as
region manager with Citgo Petroleum. After 53
years of marriage and moving nine times, Gene and
Helen settled in Tulsa, Okla., and have been blessed
with three daughters and six grandchildren, ranging
in age from 16 to 25 years old. Gene talked with Bill
Hinds after tornadoes hit St. Louis. Fortunately, he
and his wife, Donna, weren’t affected. … Bob Nix
also has had a similar nerve problem. His medicine
is working, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains helps.
He traveled to Naples, Fla., last winter and enjoyed
a great JCU alumni party with Gerry Porter, who’s
still practicing law in Cleveland. Bob had a chance
to visit with Ted Meyer’s widow, Marilu, who has a
place on Sanibel Island. … Bob Maynard had news
about his wife, Aggie ’90G. She was diagnosed with
breast cancer in the summer of 2010, but after a
yearlong treatment regimen, she’s had a positive
outcome. Bob and Aggie are extremely grateful for
the overwhelming prayer support received from
hundreds of friends and ask for continuing prayers
for Aggie for the years ahead. … Jack McNicholas,
who’s still in Gilbert, Ariz., planned to move back
East with the rest of the family, but finds himself
in a market problem: They have a great place to live
but no mechanism to sell and retrieve the cash they
paid for the home. Jack worked as a full-time staff
member at the Apollo Group in academic affairs for
the past few years, coaching faculty members about
how to facilitate online classes for the University Of
Phoenix. He still teaches online math and statistics
for the school of business. … Finally, I heard from
Bill Moran, who was a social studies major. After
JCU, he became a teacher, then Catholic schools
administrator, in Detroit, Flint, and Ann Arbor, Mich.
Along the way, he earned an M.A. and did doctoral
course work at the University of Michigan. Upon
retirement, he spent nine years supervising student
teachers for U of M. Bill married Joslen Letscher, a
Ph.D. from U of M who teaches at the University
of Detroit. … Got to go – time for The Screen
Guild Theatre. Tonight in 1943 it’s “Once Upon
A Honeymoon” with Mickey Rooney and Frank
Morgan. Please write. Peace. J.E.C.
Richard E. Dodson
1959 804-748-8432
[email protected]
Greetings from Chester, Va. As I prepared this
edition of class notes, the temperature outside
exceeded 100 degrees. Undaunted, I pressed on
in my air-conditioned cave. On July 3, I spent time
with Dick Krebs ’61, senior co-captain of the 1959
Blue Steaks basketball team who averaged 17.2
points a game. Dick is doing well and asked to be
remembered by fellow classmates. Mary Jo and I
were in Cleveland to help celebrate his wife’s 70th
surprise birthday party. Rita was Mary Jo’s maid of
honor and lifetime friend. … In the midst of cleaning
my cave and simplifying life, I came across our junior
dance program, which is amazing because I have
three left feet, no rhythm, and my name and dance
were never used in the same sentence. With failing
memory, I see The Commanders provided the music
and Hotel Cleveland the dance floor. A belated thanks
to dance committee members: George Lutjan, Bob
Bracken, Ed Coyne, Tim Crotty ’60, Phil Cusick,
Marty Dempsey, Bob Dietrich, Gary Furin, Gerry
Grant, Don Hagerty, John Lloyd, Bob Martin,
Bob McFaul, and Gerry McGivern. It seems the
same names keep surfacing as class contributors
and movers and shakers. It would be interesting
to hear from the committee members with their
reflections about the dance. … John Szuch and
Gary Silverberg and their wives hooked up for the
Gold Streaks dinner and Sunday commencement
walk during Commencement & Reunion Weekend.
Thanks for representing our class as part of the
125th anniversary celebration by joining fellow
alumni from the classes of 1936 through 2010 as we
led the class of 2011 for graduation. … I also came
across a 1964 comic strip that featured John Szuch,
a helicopter pilot who made a guest appearance in
the Tarzan syndicated comic strip. (
DB/S_names/Szuch_JF/JFS&TarzanStrip_a.JPG). … I
spent a week in Florida this past March with Barbara
and Don Gould. We hooked up with Dolores and
Tom Barrowman for a few days of shopping, dining,
and catching up. In May, I was back to Florida where
my son Kevin and I played golf with Don and his son,
Donnie, at Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte
Vedra. We also attended The Players golf tournament
to see how the game was supposed to be played. …
I hope ya’ll are well. Send me your short bios, news
you’d like to share with classmates, and/or a simple
hello via email. God bless you. Rick
Jerry Schweickert
1960 216-381-0357
[email protected]
Sadly, I report classmates Dick Turk and Bill “Reed”
Harmon passed away. Dick was a Cleveland resident,
and Bill was a long-time Los Angeles resident. … On
a brighter note, classmate John Magnotto received
the JCU Alumni Medal, the highest award given to
an alumnus, during graduation/reunion weekend May
20-22. Jerry Rachfal, our class’ most recent past
recipient of the award, came from Rochester, N.Y.,
to honor John. A large contingent of family, friends,
and classmates attended the award ceremony. John
and his wife, Lynne, hosted a wonderful luncheon
at Legacy Village on Saturday. … Bev and I headed
to Orlando for our grandson’s graduation (BFA) and
freeloaded off Jan and Steve Schuda in Bluffton, S.C.,
on the way down. … Jim Gauntner and his bride,
Marilyn, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary
August 7. I suspect many of us have recently or
will be doing so soon. … In my previous column, I
reported Paul Flask sent an outstanding football
prospect our way. I’m pleased to report he has sent
us another, who’s a good student from the same high
school. This type of contribution to the University is
priceless. … Speaking of athletics, the Shula Stadium
turf and all-weather track are being renovated. For
the first time in several years, the track team will be
able to host meets. Also, the opening football game
of the 2012 football season in Dublin is generating a
lot of interest. Information about the game and trip
is available on the JCU website. … In early June, I
was surfing with the TV remote and came across
superstation WGN in Chicago just as it was doing
the wrap-up of a Chicago White Sox game. There sat
Bubba Schayer looking quite forlorn (Sox lost). Bubba
invited Jim Mason and I to join him and 47 of his
friends at their annual Cubs/Sox game and tailgate
June 21. We were unable to make it because of
our participation in a couple of golf outings, but we
sure appreciated the invitation. … I trust everyone
enjoyed the summer and is enjoying retirement, if
that’s your situation. Send me information for my
next article, particularly if it concerns interaction
with classmates. If you stop by Carroll, call me.
I’d love to see you. (I live right across the street.) I
look forward to hearing from you and will try to use
anything sent. Be well. Schweick
Jack T. Hearns
1961 216-291-2319
[email protected]
John Cleary provided classmates who attended
the 50th reunion with a numbering overlay of our
class photo along with the identification of each
individual. He has done this for past reunions, and
our classmates are immensely grateful for his time
and effort. … Congratulations to Dick Murray and
Gerry O’Connell for leading the highly successful
campaign for the class gift. More than 50 percent
of our class contributed to the program, which
provides much needed scholarship and financial-
aid assistance. … Conversations overheard at the
reunion included: John Blake from Middletown,
Ohio, has retired from banking. He and his wife,
Mary Kay, have been married for 32 years and have
a daughter, Megan, who graduated from Xavier
University. John is involved with antique cars and
owns a ’52 Packard, remains active at his parish,
and enjoys visits to Savannah, Ga., and Charleston,
S.C. … Gerry Ziegler came all the way from
Hollister, Calif., where his home looks out over a
golf course. He and his wife, Sally, who supervises
graduate students at Santa Clara University, have
three children and nine grandchildren. Gerry has
retired from the Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. Co.,
where he handled public relations. … Paul Gilleran
from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., received his
law degree from the University of Detroit. He and
his wife have three sons – who live in Columbus,
Ohio; Washington; and Chicago – and one grandson.
… The Honorable Harry Hanna was awarded the
Distinguished Alumnus Award at Saint Ignatius High
School in Cleveland. He’s had a successful career
as an attorney and judge. Harry and his wife, Dotty,
have seven children and 17 grandchildren. … John
Tien and his wife, Marlene, live in Twinsburg, Ohio,
34 FALL 2011
and spend several months each year in North Naples,
Fla. John was an accountant before his retirement.
The Tiens have four children and three grandchildren.
… Gerri and Ed Parks from Birmingham, Mich.,
have six children and 12 grandchildren. Ed is of
counsel for Plante & Moran, a regional accounting
and consulting firm where he was managing partner
for more than 12 years. Ed’s special interest is the
Thompson Educational Foundation, which has made
a $100-million investment in school buildings in the
city of Detroit. In his spare time, he’s captain of his
28-foot boat. … June and Ed McGervey arrived
from Savannah, Ga., where they enjoy golf, walking,
and bike riding. The McGerveys have three children
and seven grandchildren. … Deepest sympathy to
the relatives of Joseph A. Radican. We received
word about his passing right after our reunion. Joe
was a prominent educator in the Cleveland area who
served as principal of St. Joseph and Lake Catholic
High Schools. May he rest in peace. … Jack
Bob Andolsen
1962 440-327-1925
[email protected]
We received an email announcing the impending
publication of Frederick (Bud) Meyers Jr.’s, third
novel, “The Lazarus Connection,” by Brighton
Publishing in early 2012. This terrorism thriller
novel, which is the third in a series starting with the
“Jericho Gambit” and then “Cry Judas,” features
knockout action by Bud’s hero, Matt Gannon, who
bears slight resemblance to Bud. Bud’s 30 years of
military experience has taken him throughout the
world – from Vietnam to Egypt to the Middle East
– and from these experiences he has drawn much
of his inspiration for his novels. ... I had the pleasant
opportunity to have lunch with the charismatic
Jack Kahl, retired founder, president, and CEO of
Manco, the Duck Tape Company in Avon, Ohio. Our
discussion centered on the effects that so many
people have had on our life before, during, and after
our years at Carroll. Jack, who retired in 2000, began
his adventure in 1971 when he purchased a small
Cleveland company, and renamed it Manco. By the
time he retired, his company was selling consumer
products throughout the world and achieved
revenues of more than $300 million. Jack explains his
parents, teachers at JCU, and Sam Walton, founder
of Wal-Mart, played a tremendous role helping him
be a servant leader, which he described and defined
in his book, “Leading from the Heart,” published in
2004. The book gives a unique look at the lessons
learned from Jack’s parents, especially his mother,
and all the ways she taught him by her example,
as well as his close relationship with Sam Walton.
All of this carried over to his successful leadership,
strong character, and being an endless seeker of
knowledge, while still making time in his life and
career to care for others. Jack has served faithfully
and tirelessly on the John Carroll Board of Directors
for the past 19 years. Jack, now president and CEO
of Jack Kahl & Associates, plans to retire from the
board at the end of 2011. ... Next year is our 50th.
Everyone is looking forward to this reunion and the
significant opportunity to get together again. Make
your commitment to attend now. Bob
Pete Mykytyn
1963 618-549-1946
[email protected]
Hello, 1963ers. I hope you survived the swelter of
2011. When I wrote this, most of the nation couldn’t
have waited for fall. … I received a couple of notes
this time. Mike Naylon ’64 (naylonmike@verizon.
net) sent me a note as I was beginning to write this
column. Mike was a year behind me at McQuaid and
a year behind us at Carroll, but he mentioned several
names from ’63, so I wanted to insert his thoughts.
He was TOBC 4-65, thinking he was a class behind
Gary Previts. Mike spent 30 years in the Army, 15
active and 15 reserves. He and his wife, Beverly,
live in Reston, Va. Mike says he occasionally visits
his family in Rochester, N.Y.. His funniest line in his
email to me: “Imagine that, from 90 cents a day
junior and senior years to still getting a check from
Uncle Sam. Wow.” Mike was talking about the $27
a month we received from being in advanced ROTC
to his current retirement. Wow is right. Mike also
mentioned he was a freshman in 1960 in Dolan
Hall and was required by Tom Ging to shine Tom’s
shoes simply because he, Mike, was a freshman.
But Mike says he liked Tom since. Mike has been
retired for about 4.5 years. … John Dix (dix.3@ remains active with BDI, his strategic
planning and management consulting company in
Columbus, Ohio. He was appointed to the board of
directors of One Call Now in Troy, Ohio. One Call
Now offers messaging services for different types
of organizations throughout the U.S. … Lastly,
because I have a few words left with no one else’s
notes to add, Kathy and I spent about 32 days in
Europe in May and June. We were in Dresden for
the Music Festival and attended concerts by the
Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra and the New York
Philharmonic. The concert by the Dresden orchestra
was held in the main Frauenkirche, originally begun
in the 11th century and eventually restored after
complete destruction by bombing in 1945. Dresden
is a beautiful city. We also spent some time in
Berlin, our favorite European city (we honeymooned
there in 1965); Eisenach (Bach’s birthplace); and
Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Places we visited that
we had never been to before included: Ljubljana,
Slovenia; Opatija, Korcula, and Zagreb in Croatia;
Bratislava, Slovakia; and Brno, Cesky Krumlov, and
Pilsen in the Czech Republic. The Eurail Pass is
great. … Until next time, let me hear from you. Pete
Frank Kelley
1964 607-648-5947
[email protected]
Working on ladders can be bad for your health.
Al Rutledge was on the roof of his family room
cleaning skylights when he became inspired – why
not haul out the ladder and examine the gutters of
the next level? Calamity came calling. He stumbled
off the ladder, fell backward into a skylight, and
was left dangling 10 feet above the family room
floor. A fall was inevitable. Al’s only thought was
“boy, this is gonna hurt.” Fortunately, there’s a
happy ending: Our hero serendipitously emerged
mostly unscathed, incurring only bruises and
stitches in his finger. Moe, leave this stuff for your
kids. … Ladder sequel: Dick Koenig was involved
in a similar incident several years ago, falling from
a ladder while working with a chainsaw. What?!
A chainsaw? This prompted a salty response from
Jim Joyce wondering if Orange hadn’t taken one
gridiron hit too many back in the leather-helmet
era. Charlie Englehart added he never climbs
on his roof any more except when he has the
occasional third martini, which does have that
effect. … Speaking of Jim Joyce (author! author!),
Jim’s Vietnam helicopter classic “Pucker Factor
10” was featured No. 1 for summer reading by
McFarland military books. The website highlighted
a spine-tingling excerpt of coordinated chopper
attack and rescue that puts you in the cockpit with
butterflies in your stomach. … Linda and Dave
Betz spent six idyllic weeks on Maui celebrating
Linda’s return to health after a lengthy bout with
pancreatic cancer and chemo. All four of their
kids with families joined the fun for two weeks.
I’m imagining Betz-mania aloha style. The Road to
Hana was never so perilous. Dave remains an avid
fisherman threatening sail fish in Central America,
trout in New Zealand, and fly fishing at their house
in central Oregon. Dave promises to attend our
50th reunion in 2014. I’m looking forward to one of
his famous “keynote” speeches. … ’64G teaching
assistants Linda Vansteenhuyse McDevitt
and Constance Stefani Perkins continued their
frequent adventures with a 14-day visit to Hawaii.
They arrived at Carroll in 1962 and roomed in a
huge apartment above Murray Hill with two other
TAs, Bonnie Kunz and Maureen Sullivan, each
teaching undergrad classes and working toward
their master’s. Connie welcomes any thoughts
([email protected]) about a 50th reunion
of their fortuitous meeting in 1962. … Lastly, the
fearless foursome of Bob Runtz, Ed Berleman,
Jack Barrett, and Jim McGreal are punishing
Windy City golf venues again, reportedly torturing
the rules of golf on whims. Double the rangers
and lock up the cart girls. … God bless all Streaks.
Dick Conoboy
1965 [email protected]
Dennis McSeveney writes he retired a couple of
years ago after a long and productive career at the
University of New Orleans. Upon his retirement,
the LSU system awarded him the titles professor
emeritus of sociology, dean emeritus of the College
of Liberal Arts, and associate provost emeritus.
Dennis served as a member of the Council of Alpha
Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor
Society, as its representative to the Association of
College Honor Societies for many years. In February,
he was elected president of the Association of
College Honor Societies. Dennis also was elected
treasurer of the Urban League of Greater New
Orleans and assumed that position in July. He’s
also a member of the board of directors of the ACE
Mentor Program in New Orleans. More importantly,
he married Nance Harding, a psychotherapist with a
private practice who works in the corporate sector,
two years ago. … Larry Guzy was nominated and
elected a fellow in the Aerospace Human Factors
Association, a branch of the Aerospace Medical
Association. … And this from Marilyn Hormann
’65G: “John Tarpey and Mark Hanket are looking
forward to our 50th Carroll reunion already and
wonder how many of you might be interested in
doing something extra. They’re thinking of a cruise or
trip to somewhere exotic, departing from Cleveland
the Sunday or Monday following reunion. John and
Mark would like an indication of interest. If you’re so
inclined, reply to Mark ([email protected]). Mark’s
50th high school reunion is in Columbus this year
in mid-August. All of us probably have the honor of
celebrating that milestone this year. Tempus fugit.
… My 50th reunion from Cleveland Heights High
School was at the end of July. In December, my
wife and I will travel to South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Before that, in late October, I plan to attend the 60-
year anniversary celebration of the Pershing Rifles
at JCU. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you
there. Dick
Dave Griffin
1966 727-944-5229
[email protected]
If you missed the 45th reunion, you missed a
great, fun time. We enjoyed being together. How
JCU has changed. The class picture and dinner
were the highlight of the events. I agree with a
couple of you who said there didn’t seem to be
enough time to talk and reminisce. The folks who
attended are: Charlie Bartels, Pete Kassay-Farkas,
Vince Basile, James Kennedy, Bill Buckley, Dan
Kush, John Byrnes, Bob Monnaville, Richard
Chervenak, Tom Cozzens, Fran Nunney, Tony
DeCarlo, James O’Keefe, Bill Drummond, Bill
Patterson, John Fox, Dan Raleigh, Rob Searson,
Gabe Varkonyi, Larry Henry, Jim Adair, Ron
Gillenkirk, Tom Madden, Joe Frederick, John
Morris and myself. The time between our picture
and class dinner was a good time. We had a chance
to talk with each other and catch up on our time
since leaving JCU. The dinner was fine, so I don’t
think they still have Saga Foods cook. Many of us
learned Mike Murray died in March, so we had a
moment of silence for him, Tim Robertson, and
other classmates who are deceased. Then, each
man stood and talked about themselves, career,
kids, grandkids, and what they’ve been doing since
1966. Many also touched on how JCU had affected
their lives. It was good to hear all the successes our
classmates have had. At night’s end, we said our
goodbyes, and many were talking about the 50th.
… I heard from Joe Frederick. He and John Morris
were together again in June for the annual Memorial
Golf Tournament. John has supplied the security for
this event for the past several years. He and Joe
make a time of it. I’m sad to report Dick Leopold
died unexpectedly in April. Many of you know Dick
was a county court judge in Ohio for 25 years until
appointed as a federal administrative law judge in
1994. The spring of 2011 hasn’t been kind to our
class. However, the 50th reunion in 2016 is coming.
I hope to make another reunion before then, but
I’m counting on being at the 50th. It’d be great to
see everyone there. In the meantime, take care of
yourselves and your families. Dave
Peter French
1967 440-734-5553
[email protected]
I’m sure you’ve enjoyed what turned out to be a
great summer. No complaints from this observer.
… Remember, 2012 is our 45th reunion year. It’s
difficult to believe, but it’s approaching fast. I want
to see who in our class would like to set up a
reunion committee to work on the event at Carroll.
Our 45th should result in a large attendance. As
a committee, we could discuss issues such as
events on or off campus (a tour) and a class gift.
Randomly, I’ve selected names of classmates who
might be interested: Pete Bernardo, Bill Ryan,
Mark Delong, Mike Mullin, Bob McFarland, John
Winchester, Sam Calacarro, Chris Rodeno, and
Louis Shainker. If interested, please contact me,
and we can make initial plans. ... John Forhan
made his yearly trip to Cleveland. Several alumni
met with John at Muldoon’s for a catch-up session
and report all is well with John. He mentioned
he was honored by Antioch University Santa
Barbara at the 2011 commencement ceremony.
John was the first recipient of the Annual Award
for Excellence in Teaching. John’s skills as an
educator were acknowledged, as well as his deep
caring of and commitment to every one of his
students. Congratulations, John! … Speaking about
education, yours truly was written about in Today @
Remington College in an article, “Criminal Justice
Degree Instructor Shares 35 Years of Experience
with Students.” One paragraph mentioned I’m
involved in John Carroll’s alumni functions and I
write a column for the alumni magazine. It’s good
national publicity for JCU. … Some thing to look
forward to: Pete Bernardo mentioned Carroll will
celebrate the arrival of its first students 125 years
after 1886 Sept. 6, 2011. There will be a Mass of
the Holy Spirit at 4 p.m. at Gesu Church. We all
can participate. … I sent a card from our class in
memory of the recent deaths of Arthur Noetzel ’38
and Joseph Bombelles, long-time Carroll professors.
… Look for the save-the-date information to arrive
to all alumni announcing the JCU football game in
Ireland in August 2012. I’ve already been asked for
details by ’67 alumni who’d like to attend the event.
… Have a great fall season and enjoy Blue Streak
football. Keep the cards and notes coming. Peter
Jeff Hawk
1968 317-845-4199
[email protected]
Onward, forward, upward with the class of ’68.
… After his retirement in August of 2010 from CA
Technologies, Patrick Gnazzo started a consulting
business called Better Business Practices. Pat is a
lifelong friend and National Society of Scabbard and
Blade fraternity brother. I enjoyed serving as a Student
Union senator with Pat, also a Student Union senator.
Pat’s wife of 40 years, Anne, is an attorney and
retired as the commissioner administrative services
for the state of Connecticut. Pat and Anne have two
daughters, Beth and Meg. Beth is an attorney for
the Department of the Navy, where Pat started his
legal career. Meg is an architect working for Talbots.
During his last three years at CA, Pat was the general
manager of its government business and before that
was CA’s and United Technologies’ chief ethics and
compliance officer. In February of 2011, Pat was the
Verizon visiting professor at Bentley University in
Waltham, Mass. Pat and Anne live in McLean, Va.,
near their daughter, Beth, but Pat and Anne spend as
much time as possible in their other home on Cape Cod
near Meg. … I heard from friend, Joseph G. Brehl,
who lives with his wife, Gretchen, in Washington, Pa.
Joe told me about two more friends, Chris B. Rich
and his wife, Maureen, who live in Franklin, Mich.,
and Joe Austin, who lived in Middleburg, Fla. Sadly,
Joe passed away May 11, 2011. May Joe rest in
peace. … Thaddeus F. Weselak, a former Buffalo
Public Schools assistant principal, died in his home
in Grand Island, N.Y. Thaddeus received a bachelor’s
degree in English from John Carroll and a master’s in
education administration from Buffalo State College.
Thaddeus last worked at Buffalo Academy for Visual
and Performing Arts and retired in 2000. Thaddeus
enjoyed traveling with his family and was active in St.
Stephen Catholic Church. He’s survived by his wife,
the former Rosalyn Perry; and four sons: Timothy,
Todd, Vincent, and Andrew. May Thaddeus rest in
eternal peace. Jeff
Gerry Grim
1969 [email protected]
Will you still love me when I’m 64? Well, here I am,
64 for 15 days, and I’m not feeling any love, except
from a member of the class of 1968, Phil Giacinti,
who sent me a special note of thanks for supporting
the Fred Hartman ’68 scholarship. Thanks, Phil. I
have nothing from fellow classmates, many of whom
have reached 64. … I wasn’t feeling any love when I
lost to Jim Brennan and John Kennedy on the 18th
hole at a beautiful course in Detroit. David Letscher,
my golf partner, and I put in a good fight but lost to
superior sandbaggers. (They played well, but defeat
is hard two years in a row.) It was a great way to
celebrate my 64th birthday. … Through Facebook, I
found BJ Lechner is still running Erie, Pa., and serves
as the executive director of NWRC, a management
consulting firm. BJ, please send me news about the
crew in Erie. … Also through Facebook, one of the
truly nice members of our class, Denis Delaney, is an
owner of DSA, a professional training and coaching
firm. Denis, I could’ve used coaching as I choked
my way down the 18th fairway. … I could use a few
prayers for a good friend of mine and classmate,
Michael Magulick, as he battles a rare form of
cancer. After the first seven weeks of treatment, all
signs are good, but prayers will continue to help. …
I’d love about 64 news items. Wishing you all great
64th birthdays. Grimmer
Ted Heutsche
1970 517-669-4005
Rich Leusch was my roommate freshman year. Fr.
Castellano, S.J., who knew my dad, Bob ’38, and
Rich’s dad, Dick ’37, was instrumental in us rooming
together. After graduation, Rich stayed in the Cleveland
area and remained close friends with my brother, John
Heutsche ’68. Fly fishing is a mutual activity they
enjoy. Last fall, Rich, John and a group of friends,
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including John’s grandson, August Horstman, went on
a fishing trip to Elk Creek in Pennsylvania. Because of
swift currents, the group decided to abandon fishing
that day and began wading across the 50-degree
creek. Rich slipped, and his waders began taking on
cold water. He hit his head on a boulder and was in
danger of drowning as he was swept downstream
by a swift current. August exited the creek, ran ahead
of Rich, and was able to pull him ashore with a staff.
August used his Boy Scout training and proceeded
to treat Rich for hypothermia and shock with John’s
assistance. This spring, August was recognized
for his heroism by being awarded the Boy Scout of
America Honor Medal upon recommendation of the
National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of America.
Naturally, his grandfather John, an Eagle Scout, was
particularly proud of August’s achievement. … I
received an email from Ron Moeller: “Because I
attended the night school, most people might not
recognize me. The night school students graduated at
different times, so there wasn’t much cohesion. My
most memorable professor was Fr. Frank Gutowski,
S.J., who taught physics. While he was greatly feared,
I miraculously earned a “B” in physical mechanics.
I credit the study group that met nightly. One of
my cousins, Fr. Don Cozzens, is on staff at JCU. I
received a good education there and am proud to have
attended. I graduated in 1970 with a B.S. in physics.
In 1986 I joined Varian Medical Systems in Palo Alto,
Calif. I was the manager of advanced development
and created the team that developed the multileaf
collimator for the Clinac. The MLC was quite a feat
of engineering (mechanical and electrical). We figured
how to pack everything into a small volume while
making the electronics immune from radiation. When
I started at Varian, my managers used to laugh that my
efforts wouldn’t bear fruit for 20 years because that
was how long new technology took to be proven in
cancer therapy. Little did they realize it’d be immensely
successful for entirely different reasons and would
only take a few years to attain almost 90-percent
installation on Clinacs. I’m retired after 12 years of
working in the semiconductor equipment business at
AMAT, LAM, and Novellus.” Ted
Tom and Rosemary Costello
1971 217-344-2076
[email protected]
We had a great time celebrating our 40th reunion in
conjunction with graduation weekend in May. We
enjoyed two nights of music in the big tent on the
Hamlin Quad, fireworks, and a power outage. Luckily,
the power in the big tent wasn’t affected. More than
25 classmates joined us for the weekend. We’ll use
this column and the next to update the class about
news from those who attended. … Jim Mackey
received the Alumni Medal on Friday evening at the
Alumni Awards dinner. Jim’s many achievements and
his commitment to Carroll were highlighted. Jim’s
remarks especially were entertaining. Jim recalled
asking his wife, Laura ’73, if she, in her wildest
dreams, ever thought he would win this award.
Laura responded that he was never in her wildest
dreams. … Gretchen Noetzel Walsh, who attended
the reunion with her husband, is the director of the
academic support center at Notre Dame College
working with students with learning disabilities. …
Roger Sowinski attended with his wife and two
daughters. One daughter is a freshman at Ohio
Northern, and the other is a freshman at Kent State.
Roger merged his business with Asterion, which is
based in Indianapolis. … Mark Plush, who’s on the
board of University Hospitals, teaches a class at
Carroll that’s part of the Boler School of Business
and deals with controllership. … Mike Frederick
and his wife are enjoying retirement. Mike retired
from a teaching career in the Cleveland Metropolitan
Schools. … Charlie Algier, who’s attended every
reunion since we graduated, is the operations
manager for Mo Vaughn Transport in Solon, Ohio.
… Dave Price and his wife, Marcie, traveled from
Michigan. They enjoy sponsoring Japanese students
attending Michigan State University. Dave is the
director of a group working with organizations dealing
with those with disabilities. He and Marcie enjoy
playing bagpipes and participating in community
events with their bagpiping group. … Mary Jane
Strauss Riddlebaugh medical codes and indexes
children’s books. She attended with her husband,
who’s retired. … Paul Pojman retired from Saint
Mary School in Bedford, Ohio, after being the school
librarian for 31 years. Though retired, Paul works
as the museum librarian at the Bedford Historical
Society. … Rick Welchans, who lives within 40
miles of us in central Illinois, retired from the state of
Illinois where he worked at Kickapoo State Park. He
has taken a retirement job at the Lowes in Danville,
Ill. His wife, Marj, works at Provena Hospital, also in
Danville. … Next column, we’ll report on the rest of
our classmates who attended reunion. Lou Dizenzo
assures us he’ll be sending interesting stuff about all
of them. Tom and Rosemary
John M. Marcus
1972 301-530-7285
[email protected]
So why come back in June for our 40th? Here’s a
good reason: Shelly (Morad) Rambaldo sent me a
note announcing the passing of her husband, Chuck,
the day before his 61st birthday in February. Then
I found out Hon. Anne Conway lost her husband,
Joseph Robinson, in May. Our prayers go out to Anne,
Shelly, and their families. Around campus, Shelley
and Chuck were not two people, they were like one.
They were always together, especially shaking down
the dance floor at mixers. They were just meant
to be. Shelly said Chuck lost to cancer after never
having been sick for 59 years. She asked me to pass
on that Chuck wrote a book about his life, “A Man of
His Word,” which is available on Upon
hearing the news of Chuck’s passing, Bobby Longo
wrote, “losing TJ (Russert), Marts (Lindstrom), and
Chucky all in a row is tough – all special characters
who will be missed greatly.” Jack Bertges spent
time with Chuck and Shelly at Russert’s Carroll
Memorial Service, had a blast with them, and looked
forward to seeing them at our 40th. Doug Webber
said something, but I couldn’t understand him, so
he wrote it for me: “Chucky was a terrific guy, and
it’s hard to think of him without thinking of Shelly.
They were mesmerizing to watch on the dance
floor.” (Chuck would have appreciated the Webber
dig.) Marie D’Amico Caratozzolo, a high school
classmate of Shelly’s, also sent a note expressing
her sorrow and fond memories. And Donna Bowen
Brown said watching them dance was like being on
the set of American Bandstand. Longo summed it
up best: “I’ll tell you, Johnny, as the years blow by
and we meet more and more folks, we realize God
sent a big chunk of the good guys and gals to one
place – JCU.” … There’s been a sighting of Tom
Hill and Carroll running back Tim Andrassy ’70. They
were caught dressed in drag – sunglasses, gowns,
and tutus. It was part of the Western Reserve Junior
Service League Variety show. Neil Conway reported
the sighting. I said, “Sick. Hill wore a gown in public.”
And Neil told me it wasn’t that bad except Hill was
wearing last year’s shade of chartreuse in chiffon.” …
Tom Ryan called. His youngest just graduated from
the University of Iowa College of Law; his fifth (of six)
daughter was married this summer; and his nephew,
Kenny Ryan, is playing in the Pittsburgh Penguins
system. … Charlie Carroll has been traveling to
China (more than 40 trips) as a manufacturers rep in
the foundry business. He and Mary Beth Chambers
Carroll ’73 have been married for 38 years and have
two grown daughters, a doctor whose a Notre Dame
grad and a lawyer who’s a Stanford grad. (Got the
brains from Mom, eh? Remember what I’ve been
saying for 20 years: Carroll guys marry up.) … And
Jerry Albertini thanked me for putting him in touch
with old GDI guy, and then he gave me a couple
corrections from my last column. This right after
Bertges wrote and mentioned he had a correction
about who paid the bill the last time we met for lunch
in D.C. Folks, the rules: no corrections, no facts; just
rumor, innuendo, and good dirt. If you gotta problem
wit’ dat, take it up with my agent Paul (Mouse)
Magnotto at the reunion in June. See you there. JM
Bob Larocca
1973 216-321-5547/216-233-7651
[email protected]
Pete Fowler, senior counsel for enforcement at
the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was ap-
pointed the regional intellectual property attaché
for Southeast Asia. He transferred to his new po-
sition in the U.S. Commercial Service (foreign) in
July 2011. He’s based at the Embassy of the U.S.
in Bangkok, Thailand. He invites any JCU alum
in the region to contact him. … Tom Malone
continues to dominate as the hot topic while he
continues his ‘pipe dream,’ playing with the Irish
American Club Eastside Pipe Band in Indians
Culture Day at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Earlier, his group took top honors at the Ohio
Scottish Games. … Mike Boylan and his wife,
Sue, live in Jacksonville, Fla. He’s the president/
CEO of WJCT-TV Public Broadcasting. … Keep
the information coming, and don’t worry about
my writer’s cramp. Rock on! Bob
Dave Robinson
1974 248-642-9615
[email protected]
Greetings from the Motor City. Marlana Pugh
Hamer went on a family camping trip to Fool Hollow
Lake, near Phoenix. The trip was a series of firsts for
Marlana: helping pitch a tent, sleeping in the upper
berth of an RV, fishing using worm bait, riding in a
canoe, and helping paddle one. Marlana described the
trip as awesome. … Gary and Mary Lynn (Crowley)
Laughlin’s oldest son’s wedding was Aug. 6. Fr. Bichl
officiated. Mike and his wife, Robin, plan to live in the
Cleveland area. Their younger son, Mark, is engaged
to be married in July 2012. Mark is in his last year
of veterinarian school at Ohio State. His fiancée,
Danielle, graduated from vet school last year and is
completing her residency program at OSU. Mary Lynn
is planning to retire from her portfolio management
career in October. … Ed Kelly ran the Badwater
Ultramarathon July 11-12 (toughest footrace on
the planet) 135 miles through Death Valley to Mt.
Whitney, Calif. Temps reached 122 degrees. He came
in 25th out of 99. Ed will be competing in a few more
100-mile races this October and December. … Mike
Bergerson and Chris Schuba upheld the honor of the
class of ’74 in an annual golf match against the class
of ’72, featuring Bergy’s brother Marty ’72 and Pat
Hogan ’72. No scores were shared for this column,
but Bergy described the losing team’s performance as
embarrassing. … Ron Deneweth is managing partner
of Deneweth, Dugan & Parfitt, P.C., which specializes
in construction, surety, and real-estate law. Ron, the
new chairman of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit,
is especially proud of the YMCA’s Detroit Leadership
Academy charter school in one of the city’s poorest
neighborhoods that opens its doors this fall to more
than 200 kids. Ron shouts out kudos to his U-Club
pals who donated significant funds to help with the
Y’s playground and physical education programs. Ron
also enjoys being an adjunct professor of construction
law at Michigan State University College of Law
in East Lansing. Ron regularly meets up at Chris
Schuba’s Lincoln Hall or Schuba’s in Chicago with
his two children Ben and Tina who now live and
work in the Windy City. … Van Conway’s son, Matt,
was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball
Player of the Week the first week of March. Matt
is a sophomore first baseman at Wake Forest. This
summer, Matt was a member of the Chatham Anglers
in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Van’s company,
Conway MacKenzie – a consulting firm in turnaround
and crisis management, transaction advisory, litigation
support, and valuation and forensic analysis services –
was recognized by M&A Advisor as Turnaround Firm
of the Year at the 2011 Turnaround Awards this past
spring. Congratulations, Van! … In reply to a request
for best memories at JCU: “Roses Farm” – Gary
Laughlin; “being a part of two football conference
championship teams” – Jeff Hokl; and “exorcizing
the devil out of Rodman Hall, can’t remember why,
but we did” – Val Street. Updates or best memories
or stories are welcome always. Email me or send
a message on Facebook by Sept. 30 for the winter
issue. Robby
Rick Rea
1975 314-769-9451
[email protected]
The answer to my trivia question last time: Before
John Carroll became co-ed, what did Fr. Jerry
Clifford, S.J., require his finance students to wear?
The answer: a coat and tie. I thought for sure Eddie
Donnelly would’ve known that. Alas, there was no
correct answer from the 1975ers or news. I received
an email from Carolin Duncan ’73 thanking me for
mentioning Fr. “Honeybear” Henninger in my last
column. Carolin was a sociology department secretary
from 1970 to 1973 and remembers Fr. Henninger
fondly. … Congrats to Bishop Neal Buckon on his
recent appointment to serve God and our military. …
After a lot of thought and prayer, I started my own
business in April. I reacquired a Missouri producer’s
license for life, accident, and health insurance and
am working as an insurance broker. My company
is called Talented Ethical Dedicated Services
(T.E.D.S.). After more thought and prayer, my wife,
Melissa, decided to return to solo dental practice
by purchasing the assets of a retiring dentist. We
closed on the practice and building in mid-July. My
insurance office is in the lower level. We’re excited
about our ventures. … I received an email from JCU
that mentioned the deaths of Art Noetzel, Ph.D., ’38
and Joe Bombelles, Ph.D. Art was a skilled professor,
and I’ll never forget the case studies we worked on
in his business policies class. He made us focus on
conducting business morally and ethically, a high
standard that few companies practice today. … OK,
put your thinking caps on tight, I have a two-part
trivia question this time. Dr. Alford taught a data-
processing class that freshmen who contemplated
applying to the Boler School of Business had to take
second semester. What was the initial in Dr. Alford’s
first name? And, as part of our Fortran training in
Dr. Alford’s class, we had to work a program on a
machine in the top floor of the AD Building that
transmitted the program electronically to the Science
Center and back. What was the five-letter acronym
for that machine? … I’ve given you my news, so how
about some of yours? Pray for peace. Hi, Sam. RR
Diane Coolican Gaggin
1976 [email protected]
What a terrific 35th! It was wonderful to see all of you
who attended and hear about your lives and share
stories from yesteryear. We missed all of you who
couldn’t be with us greatly. Thanks to Norb Trocki and
Elaine Yeip, reunion co-chairs, who kept our committee
– which included Jim Feigh, Denny Saunier, John
Cunningham, Joy Rogers, Ray O’Neill, Pat Behmer
Lonergan, Don Maciejewski, Mike Skerl, and Jay
Dzurilla – on track. We ended up with more than 55
alums plus spouses and significant others. Amazing
turnout. The University was pleased with the size of
our class gift, which totaled about $44,000. Way to
go class of ’76! Everyone was enjoying the relaxed
atmosphere and the food as they connected and
reconnected with classmates. Several attendees
mentioned how nice it was to be able to spend
time and get to know people who they hadn’t been
acquainted with when we were in school. One of the
highlights of the weekend was our class dinner, which
was had by candlelight because of an unexpected
blackout on part of the campus. On this evening, Mary
Jo Casserly Hogan was inducted into the John Carroll
ROTC Hall of Fame, an honor well-earned from her
continuing service to our country. She was surprised
by a note of congratulations from another classmate
who was unable to attend the reunion because of
work commitments as the commander of the U.S.
Africa Command, General Carter Ham. He reminisced
about ROTC at Carroll and lauded Mary Jo for her
unceasing dedication to duty. The gathered crowd
was moved by his tribute. Congratulations, Mary Jo,
and thank you for your service! … Heard from Don
Maciejewski, who has been honored yet again for his
work in legal circles. This time, he has been inducted
as a fellow into the Litigation Counsel of America.
Wonderful work, Don. … Meg McCarthy Waters
got in touch to say orientation would keep her from
reunion this time because she would be at orientation
with her daughter, who will attend Seattle University,
another lovely Jesuit institution. She also sent word
Judi Gorski will become commodore of the Balboa
Yacht Club in Newport Harbor next year. She’ll be the
first woman to hold the post since the club’s founding
in 1922. … Bob Tullio just finished reading “The
Unexpected Awakening” by our former classmate
Pattie Wagoner, who left after our sophomore year.
He recommends it. … Word has been received about
the death of Jill Marie Brent. Our condolences to her
friends and family. … Until next issue … Cools
Dennis J. Lane
1977 [email protected]
Molly ’75 and Dave ’74 Robinson hosted their annual John Carroll incoming freshman picnic at their
home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., July 30. Joined by Tom Fanning and Jennifer Easley from admissions,
eight incoming freshmen and their parents were treated to a picnic and pleasant conversation
welcoming them to John Carroll. From left: Joe Henrichs, Kirstyn Miller, Joe Sullivan, Peter Glaab,
Jim Heidt, Lauren Kelley, Nicholas Lemanski, and Liam Switalski.
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Tim Freeman
1978 708-579-9075
[email protected]
Here’s the latest … 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. … Thanks for writing. Tim
Nancy Agacinski
1979 216-932-2824
[email protected]
I ran into Mary Martinez Gierth at Gesu in April.
She was in town visiting her daughter. Mary and her
husband live in San Antonio and enjoy the warmer
weather but miss their families in the North. … I
was thrilled to run into Linda Ganzhorn Kupiec at a
party in the spring. She continues to make progress
after a serious accident, when she was hit by a car
while walking her dog. Keep up the good work,
Linda. You’re doing fabulous. … It was an honor and
a privilege to represent our class, along with Danita
Thomas and Jim Senft, in the parade of alumni at
commencement this past May. It was a wonderful
celebration, and it was great to be a part of it.
Reunion and commencement were held together for
the first time in 25 years to celebrate Carroll’s 125th
anniversary. Danita lives in Bedford Heights, and
Jim is an internal medicine physician with University
Hospitals in Mentor, Ohio. No class of ’79 members
was sighted at the Friday tent celebration. Maybe
next year? … John Ehrman’s daughter, Angela,
competed as Ms. Spring in the Miss Texas pageant
Sept. 4. … Michael Allison was promoted to
executive vice president, human resources for Office
Depot. Michael joined the company in 2007 as vice
president. … James Danko was named the new
(21st) president of Butler University in Indianapolis.
For the past five years, Jim has been dean of the
Villanova School of Business. Jim’s experience with
community involvement at Carroll was an important
factor in his decision to work at Butler where
students actively participate in community projects.
That, and basketball! “Like so many people in this
country, my awareness of Butler was sharpened in
2010 with the success of the basketball team,” Jim
said. “I was especially impressed by the stories I
heard about the academic attributes of the student
athletes.” Congratulations to Michael and Jim! …
Bruce and Cathy (Dinkel) Newell’s daughter, Betsy,
was married at their home in Kendall, N.Y., during
Memorial Day weekend. After a rainy and cool spring
in the Northeast, Mother Nature finally cooperated.
The skies cleared for a beautiful day and a fabulous
celebration. … So what’s your news? We’d love to
hear from you. Drop me a line ... Every five while
we’re alive. Ciao. Nancy
Matt Holtz
1980 440-331-1759
[email protected]
I hope most of you have enjoyed your summer with
vacations and family activities. I happened to manage
my twins’ little league baseball team as I have for
the past couple of summers in Rocky River, Ohio.
It’s always been rewarding to see kids develop, learn
new skills, and make new friends. This summer
was all that and a little more as the team won the
championship. My two sons, Adam and Patrick, were
on The Urgent Care team in Rocky River Little League
Major Division capping off a successful season with
a World Series win. ... LinkedIn provided new info
about a few of our classmates. Bob Donelan is the
chief financial officer and director of operations at
Resource Systems, which is located in New Concord,
Ohio, near Columbus. Resource Systems provides
software to long-term care facilities to document care
and condition of residents. ... Don McGuire, who’s a
managing partner at DMM Advisors in the New York
City area, works with shareholders, company boards,
and management teams to develop companies in
achieving performance objectives. ... Tina Romano-
Allen is a self-employed senior human resources
professional. Tina markets her human resources and
consulting skills with companies and individuals. She’s
also a cultural transition representative for International
Professional Relations, providing personal and cultural
orientation services to international employees and
expatriates. ... Joe Hubach is a senior vice president,
secretary, and general counsel at Texas Instruments.
Joe joined the company in 1984. ... Feel free to drop
me a line anytime. MFH
Bob Hill
1981 414-254-9880
[email protected]
It’s been 30 years since our graduation, and I’m told
the next 30 will go faster. Most of us will be in our
80s by then. I received great notes from you this past
month. … Fritz Linsenmeyer is in Youngstown, Ohio,
in charge of the 910th Airlift Wing at the Air Reserve
Station. The 910th is a C-130 Wing assigned to the Air
Force Reserve Command. Fritz and his wife, Judi, have
been married 27 years, and they have two children. ... I
also heard from Sophia Kus ’81G, who was surprised
by a celebration at Dino’s in Solon, Ohio, in recognition
of her 30 years as a career administrator in higher
education, 23 of them at JCU. The party was hosted
by Carol Kerrett ’81G. Many JCU retirees attended.
Among them are Lisa Heckman, Marilyn DeBaltzo,
Elaine Goss, Marge Mauk, Ethel Epstein, Betty
Zienkowski, and Barb Mahoney. ... From Arizona, Pete
Langenhorst is with Chevrolet as a sales director.
Pete’s wife, Beth, opened a music store in Anthem,
Ariz. They have three children: Julie, Jack, and Steven.
... I received a note from Dan Colleran, who works as
a project coordinator for Medical Mutual in Cleveland.
His wife, Rosemary, is a nurse at Lakewood Hospital.
Their daughter, Joan, a seventh grader, qualified as
an Ohio representative for the National History Day
Competition by compiling a website presentation
about the Cuyahoga River fire. ... Joy (Hotchkiss)
Daudlin was sorry she missed the reunion. Joy and
her husband, Dan ’79, have three children, Billy, a
junior at Carroll; Caroline, a sophomore at Carroll;
and Tommy, the 9-year-old athlete who tries to keep
everyone in the family remaining young. ... I hope you
have a great fall and remember to stay in touch. By the
time you read this, my Packers will be on their way to
another Super Bowl victory. You can find me at www. or tweet @robertwinthrop. Bob
Paul Hulseman
1982 847-867-9322 (c)
[email protected]
Mark Basso’s Autobahn Country Club of Joliet (Ill.) was
featured in the Chicago Tribune in early July. It’s the
perfect spot to get your motor running. Mark opened
the club in 2004 on 360 acres of farmland and forest
in rural Joliet. The club features two road courses:
one of 1.5 miles on the north portion of the club and
one of 2.2 miles on the south portion. Then there are
the garage mahals as he likes to call them. Members
can buy a lot and build a garage at their cost for their
cars – 62 lots have been bought for that purpose, but
there also are shops on-site where members can store
their cars and have them worked on if they don’t have
their own garage. … Author! Author! Ann Zerovnik
Wachter recently published “Catharsis,” a story about
a girl who has struggled through significant family
issues while trying to lead a normal life. Ann’s goal is to
show how self-understanding can help people come
to terms with their past and find encouragement to
face their own struggles. You can find “Catharsis” at ... Thanks to Katie Grace Brandt, I was
in Cleveland in May for the Alumni Awards dinner. The
campus was buzzing with activities as JCU celebrated
reunion weekend for the 1s and 6s combined with
graduation and a communitywide celebration of
the University’s 125th anniversary. The IXYs also
celebrated in typical IXY fashion. They chartered
a bus for the weekend and visited some favorite
hangouts from our college days. Bill Bolton, Dave
Schmidt, Bob Parrilli, and Paul Olexa led the charge
for the class of ’82. No spouses invited – draw your
own conclusions. … Tim O’Callahan has changed
hat racks. He’s now the senior director for National
Development at Case Western Reserve University
in Cleveland. I guess he was tired of the 20-minute
commute to St. Ignatius High School and decided to
cut that in half from his University Heights homestead.
… Cheryl Domasinsky Eynon has become an eternal
networker as she looks for that next employment
opportunity after Novelis closed their Cleveland
offices. In addition to her M.B.A. from Ursuline, Cheryl
completed hospice volunteer training and has started
seeing patients. If you’re looking for an experienced
HR professional, HD is the person you need. … Back
to the Alumni Awards dinner. I was honored to be
honored for writing this column. As I mentioned that
night in an extremely concise acceptance speech, I’m
woefully unable to repay John Carroll for the many
blessings I’ve received from our alma mater. This
column is another blessing for me. Onward on. Paul
Mark Schroeder
1983 216-210-2020
[email protected]
It was a fun summer watching classmates receive
happy 50th birthday wishes. I’m holding out until
mid-September. … I was unable to attend the 125th
anniversary of JCU at reunion but heard it was an
impressive celebration. … We have classmates to
celebrate: Although unable to attend, Col. Michael F.
Campbell was presented the Campion Shield at the
Alumni Awards dinner in May. Congrats Michael, and
thank you for your service. … Michael Samerdyke
needs Ty Pennington to build an addition for the
second place awards for his original poetry, “The
Monsters Were Due On Maple Street” and “Moya
Sestra.” … John Russell, The Indianapolis Star
investigative reporter, was named Indiana Journalist
of the Year and took first place in investigative
reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.
John saved taxpayers after being on the hook for
cost overruns of the construction of a $3-billion
power plant. John started as a Carroll News reporter
and news editor. … Ernest Dempsey was promoted
to VP of New Millennium Capital Corp. in Montreal.
… Surprise for me: While auctioning for the Junior
Diabetes Research Foundation’s gala in April, I
looked at a man I know but couldn’t place. Finally, it
clicked. It was Todd Teter, the president of the JDRF
board. Todd is vice president and general manager of
U.S. Wholesale at Moen in North Olmsted, Ohio. It
was great seeing Todd and meeting his wife. … It
took 31 years to get baseball teammates Dave Bassi
’81, Mike Borrelli ’80, and me together for three
comical hours of crying laughter with the Count
and Speedo. … Sheila (Bigane) Bauschelt is a
proud mom. Her son, Andrew, was in CBS’s “One
Shining Moment” wrap-up production of the NCAA
Tournament in March. Sheila wrote: “That was my
highlight. I could care less who won.” … Sadly, our
parents are getting older, too. Condolences and
prayers to Rosemary (Gibbons) Fox on the passing
of her father this spring. Don sent three girls to JCU.
Rosemary and Tom Fox’s son, Rory, is in Chicago
at Northern Trust Bank. Son Sean will be a junior at
the University of Michigan, and daughter Elizabeth is
a junior at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Detroit.
More tuition for Tom, who’s a partner at CM Profit
Group. Rosemary is a college counselor. … Maureen
(Fallon) Adler teed-up at 5:15 a.m. on the longest
day of the year and played in the Summer Solstice
Golf Challenge at Bob-O-Link Golf Course in Avon,
Ohio. Mo played golf for 16 straight hours without
surrendering a swing until sundown. She hit them
straight for 34 holes until losing that first Titleist.
Maureen was featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer
June 26. Google it to read about her experience.
… Friend me on Facebook, and tell me something
good. Mark
Don D’Amore
1984 440-235-1323
[email protected]
Remember the speech Tom Guarente gave at our
graduation? He mentioned his future desire to run for
public office. That someday arrived this summer when
he announced his intention to run as a Republican
for the U.S. Congress in Ohio’s 10th Congressional
District. Check out his candidacy’s website at www. “It’s time to engage and energize
the resources of this great region by building bridges to
tomorrow,” says Tom, an experienced businessman
who’s worked for Silicon Valley-based technology
companies for more than 25 years. Currently, he’s a
sales leader at Cisco Systems and president of the
board of directors for LifeWorks Ohio. He serves on
various committees at his parish, St. Angela Merici in
Fairview Park, Ohio, the city where he and his wife
of 24 years, Bridget, and their three children reside.
Their son Michael is starting his senior year at Xavier
University. He’s pursuing music and film and creating
the first running sitcom for Xavier TV. Michael had
a summer production assistant internship in New
York City. Daughter Sarah continues to sing publicly
at venues such as The Q (God Bless America and
the National Anthem) and is attending Carroll this
fall after graduating from Cleveland’s Saint Joseph
Academy. (This reminds me of her father’s famous
recreation of Michael Jackson videos at our basketball
halftimes.) The youngest child, Jimmy, plays lacrosse
and hockey. Bridget volunteers as a group leader for
the Spiritual Exercises program of St. Ignatius at St.
Ignatius High School and recently chaired the Saint
Joseph Academy annual fundraiser. … San Diego
Regional Economic Development Corp. announced
Barry Broome was selected from a national search
to become the company’s new president and CEO.
However, The Arizona Republic reported Barry
decided to remain in Phoenix where he and wife, Beth
(Heffernan), live with their three children, aged 13 to
18. He has been at the helm of the Greater Phoenix
Economic Council for more than six years. During his
tenure, Barry led to the attraction of more than 160
companies, creating more than 30,000 jobs and $6.5
billion in capital investment in Greater Phoenix. Among
his accomplishments: He orchestrated the passage
of one of the largest incentive offerings in the U.S., a
$350-million tax credit to stimulate renewable energy
investment in Arizona. You might have spotted Barry
when he was interviewed last summer on CNN about
the economic impact of Arizona’s immigration law. …
It’s time for the next turn in our lives (our third since
graduation). During the next year, most of us will be
turning 50. How are you marking your decade? Don
Diane (Nerem) Wendel
1985 914-238-2227
[email protected]
Fall reminds me of new beginnings with the start of
a school year. Congratulations to David R. Styka.
Family Dollar named him vice president of finance.
Quoted in Business Wire: “Dave has made significant
contributions to our finance organization, and the
promotion reflects our continued commitment to the
needs of the business and our ongoing initiatives. Mr.
Styka joined Family Dollar in 2008 as divisional vice
president - tax. Before joining Family Dollar, he spent
15 years at Wellman. Mr. Styka earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in business administration from John
Carroll University and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest
University.” … Tony Negrelli ’83 has been named
president of Clinton Aluminum & Stainless Steel.
Negrelli joins Clinton from Alcoa’s Global Extrusions
division. Previously, he was with Copper and Brass
Sales, a division of ThyssenKrupp North America.
During his 23-year career with Copper and Brass
Sales, Negrelli helped grow the organization’s sales
and develop new product lines to increase business.
… On a sad note, Peggy Bertsch Currier’s mother
passed away in June after a long illness. May Patricia
Ann née Masline rest in peace. Peggy is living as an
expatriate in Shanghai with her husband, Joe, and
daughter, Grace. Peggy wrote: “Shanghai is a lot of
fun. It’s an enormous city and makes New York seem
small. I’d compare it to Los Angeles because of the
Western styles and the haute couture dress. There
are amazing restaurants and lots of nightlife for the
young and single. Buildings are going up everywhere
constantly. Everything is brand new and beautiful or
like third world with shacks and poverty. There’s not
a lot of Chinese history or culture on display here
unless you visit a museum. They’re in the tear-it-
down-and-build-a-skyscraper phase. The air is scary
smoggy. That and the fear of all the food are what
stress me out. Grace doesn’t have snow days at
school, but they have smog days where they have to
have recess inside. She had 10 smog days in a row,
and we live outside the city where the air is supposed
to be cleaner. Summer came at the beginning of May,
and it’s been hot ever since. It’s supposed to be the
rainy season, but we’re having a drought this year.”
… As a former KDKA-TV employee, Meg Flaherty
Huwar is in business for herself in public relations.
Check out her website,
… Mike ’83 and Teri (Johnson) Long’s daughter,
Chelsie, finished her freshman year at JCU and
loved it. Daughter Anna is a sophomore in high
school and playing volleyball, and Mitchell is 13 and
entered 8th grade this fall. … My computer crashed
without a back-up this spring, and I lost a few pieces
of information for which I apologize. Please send
that information again. … Continue to keep Mary
Pat Bluemle Maretz’s family in your prayers so her
brother Tom ’91 may recover completely. I’ll close
with this thought of the day by Dr. Seuss: “Be who
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you are, and say what you think, because those
who care, don’t matter, and those who matter, don’t
care.” Hugs and friendship to all. Diane
Gigi Togliatti-Rice
1986 419-529-5530
[email protected]
Beth (Bonanno) Hausoul
[email protected]
It was great to see and catch up with everyone at
our 25th reunion. For those of you who missed the
event, we hope to see you at the next one. They’re
always so fun. We caught up with John and Debbie
(O’Donnell) Scanlon, who are busy with kids in high
school and going off to college. They looked like they
were enjoying the time off and their friends, including
Mike and Eileen (Weaver) Nieset. Just like one
big happy family, Jenny (LaBuda) Prangle, Karen
Judy, LuAnn (Mayle) Gable, Karen (Delserone)
Gust, Maria (Amelio) Magee, Ann Sutphin Nock,
Mary (Hoenig) Ward, Cathy (Coyne) Walsh, and
Eileen Gerity attended. Rita (Schafer) Carroll,
Cynthia (Valena) Bellian, DeeDee DeGidio,
Reuben Chen, Peggy (Rydzel) Grzywacz, Gabby
Orlando, and Ann (Daley) Smrekar also enjoyed
the festivities. It was great Paula (Zerbi) Reape
and Susan (Menner) Stojanovski were able to
come. We caught up and shared many laughs
with Paul Volpe and Carol Rowand-Volpe and
Suzanne Conroy. Sherry (Guido) Forner, who’s
always fun, was with Maureen (Turney) Guise and
a few friends, who looked like they were having a
great time. It’s always nice to see Howie Collins,
Luke Baum, Brian Donnelly, Charles Riley, John
Weaver, and Bob Conrad. It was wonderful to catch
up with Bob Sferra, who looked great. I’m still using
the cookbook he made us for the 20-year reunion.
... It was great to receive a couple of emails this
time around. The first was from Paulette Duganier
Pidala, who married her high school sweetheart and
will be celebrating 20 years of marriage in October.
They have three kids: Joseph (18), Angela (16), and
Anna (10). “I can’t believe I have a son going off to
college,” Paulette says. “It makes me think about all
of our fun times at JCU.” ... The second email was
from Chris (O’Brien) Kramer, who’s working along
with her husband, Rich, and several other JCU grads
to increase awareness of John Carroll. They went to
Chicago with Fr. Niehoff to Joanie and Jim Dowdle’s
beautiful home for cocktails and a fabulous dinner.
Jim and Joanie are looking for schools for their
second oldest, Charlie. Attendees Mary Margaret
and H. Collins are busy with their son’s summer
baseball and their puppy. Jim Donahue ’85 and his
wife, Mary, are still living in LaGrange and busy with
teenagers. Sue ’84 and Bill Donnelly ’83 are also
looking at schools with their twin daughters, Libby
and Grace. Bill just became a JCU board of trustee
member. Mike O’Grady ’84 and his wife, Kelly, and
Bennett Weiss ’84. The conversation of the evening
involved asking grads to help JCU re-engage it’s
alumni to get the city clubs active again and to help
excite local kids about coming to Carroll. ... If anyone
was missed, we apologize, but that means you have
to send something for the next edition. Gigi and Beth
“Staying connected to John Carroll
enables the next generation
of alumni to have the same
extraordinary experiences
my father and I enjoyed.
My gift to the Carroll
Fund is a great
opportunity to enhance
the John Carroll family
now and in the future.”
Jamie Megeath Jamison ’88
Board member,
John Carroll University
National Alumni Association
and Carroll Fund donor
Sue Farinacci Grazia
1987 440-256-0338
[email protected]
I hope everyone had a great summer. I sure did.
I attended reunion with John’s ’86 class. That’s
the great thing about marrying someone from a
different Carroll class – I get to attend two reunions,
back-to-back, and know everyone. We had a great
time. The ’86 reunion committee did an awesome
job. I can’t wait for our 25th next year and hope to
see you there. By the way, I plan to hand off the
column to someone new at reunion 2012. Anne
Redmond handed off the column responsibility
to me at our 15-year reunion. Now I’ll do it at our
25th. Any takers? ... What a better way to start this
column than with an update about one of the best
of our class – Scotty Labuda. I know Scotty is well
known and loved and always a pleasure to speak
with. Congratulations to Scotty, who just published
his first book, “The Color of People,” in May. It’s
a simple story with the message that we were all
born with the perfect skin color. What’s great is it’s
a kids’ book for adults. Kids love the illustrations,
and adults are excited to read the book with their
kids because of the message. It can be purchased
online at or and at The
Learned Owl in Hudson, Ohio, and Mac’s Backs-
Books on Coventry in Cleveland Heights. If you’re at
the Southpark Mall in Strongsville, Ohio, stop in to
pick up a copy at Cali Juice and say hi to Scotty. Not
only is Scotty an entrepreneur (with his brothers)
operating a smoothie bistro in Strongsville, he’s
a published author. We wish you much success
Scotty. ... I also heard from Colleen Barrett Larkey,
who’s living in Chicago with her husband, Ken, and
three daughters: Megan (6), Shannon (6), and Grace
(5). Colleen started a business, called Sugar Creek
Bedding, a few years back for children’s custom
bedding and room décor. She has a line of handmade
girl’s clothing, Sugar Creek Kids. Visit Colleen’s
clothing shop at
Colleen met JCU girls for a weekend at Kelleys
Island in July. Along for the fun were Margaret
Cornillie Kealy, Lisa Cappello Abood ’86, Missy
Gaffney DeGennaro, and Marie Koch Foe ’85. Tons
of fun was had by all. ... Finally, an update about
Carolyn (Peters) Haas from her husband Peter ’89.
The Haas family moved from Temple, Texas, (Peter
was stationed at Ft. Hood) to Manassas, Va. The
couple has four children: Stephanie (17), who will be
attending JCU this fall; David (15); Anthony (12); and
Charlie (2). Carolyn, who’s a speech pathologist, is a
stay-at-home mom again since the birth of Charlie.
... I hope to hear from some of you soon. Missy
Gaffney, I emailed you, and I’m still waiting. Keep
the news coming. Sue
Christine Horwath Gawronski
1988 614-425-7723
[email protected]
David Gassman
1989 440-934-0366
[email protected]
As August approaches, I look back on what a quick
summer we had. The rainy spring made the summer
go way too fast. Soon it will be CYO sports time,
and all us parents can relive the nightmare that’s
multiple practices in multiple locations and games
every weekend at different fields. Ah, the joys of
fall. That said, I’ve had a busy summer with lots of
travel, so I didn’t have much time to contact you. I
received correspondence from those I reached out
to. … Brad Gosser and his wife, Joan, moved into
their new digs earlier this year in Manhattan Beach,
Calif. Congrats, Gossers. ... John Fox is building a
state-of-the-art Chevrolet showroom in Rochester,
Mich., and I hoped to have seen when we made
our annual trip to the Fox’s for some R&R. ... I wish
I had more to report, but that’s it for this column. I
promise to reach out to several of you for the next
column. Drop me a line anytime. God bless. David
Melissa Wenzler
1990 440-725-0753
[email protected]
“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for
travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert
Louis Stevenson ... Several members of our class
were on the move this spring and summer. Chris
and I and our children spent Easter weekend in
Washington with the Wenzler family (Martin ’64).
One of the highlights was going to Easter Sunday
Mass at Holy Trinity Cathedral. Presiding over our
Mass was classmate, Fr. Greg Schenden, S.J. Holy
Trinity, which is a gorgeous cathedral run by the
Jesuits in Georgetown, is where Tim Russert’s ’72
funeral took place. It was an honor and a privilege
to worship with Fr. Schenden. ... Pittsburgh and U2
seem to be a good combination for reuniting JCU
friends. Chris and I went to the U2 concert in July
at Heinz Field. We met Larry and Jane (Wagner)
Nicolette at the Jerome Bettis Grille before the
show. While there, we ran into Chris Jamison,
sitting two tables over from us. Also in the crowd
were Tom ’91 and Amy (Jowett) ’93 Larkin. ... Gary
Ritter dropped me a note on Facebook about his
travels. In 2010, he visited Oslo, Norway, on an
academic trip. In June, Gary and his wife, Hannah,
visited Ireland while Gary presented a paper at a
European political science conference, which was
held at the Guinness Storehouse brewery in Dublin.
I want a job like that! Other stops on the trip included
kissing the Blarney Stone, visiting Killarney, and
biking around the Gap of Dunloe. ... Chris and Halle
(Sharapan) Torockio, along with their son, Giovanni,
spent the month of July in Ireland. Chris, a professor,
runs a creative writing study abroad program. Home
base for the Torockios during the month was Dublin,
but they did quite a bit of traveling around the
Emerald Isle. Like Gary, all three visited the Blarney
Stone and kissed it for luck. Other sites they visited
included Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and
Oscar Wilde’s house. ... Fr. Brian Hurley paid a
visit to Mike Schilling in Bangkok, Thailand, in
July. He spent almost 10 days in Thailand. Some of
the highlights of his trip included celebrating Mass
at the cathedral where Mike and his, wife, Whan,
were married, visiting the palace in Bangkok, and
taking a trip to the beaches of the Hua Hin region. ...
Mary ’91 (Collins) and Paul Szablowski welcomed
their fourth child into the world June 13, 2011. Ella
Anne joins her two big sisters and one big brother.
Congratulations, and I hope you’re all getting much
needed sleep. ... Dean Lucente was named chief
revenue officer of Net Element, a media technology
company in Miami. In his new role, he oversees
all sales, marketing, and communications for the
digital destinations publisher and Internet services
provider. Congratulations on your promotion. ... Eric
Lochner works for Kenexa, a global provider of
business solutions for human resources. In March,
he was named to the newly created position of
president, global talent management. Sounds like
a great opportunity. Congratulations, Eric. ... Keep
the news and notes coming. Email, text, or send a
message on Facebook. Cheers. Melissa
Liz (Phillips) Hartranft
1991 216-956-5943
[email protected]
Wow! What an amazing 20th reunion. The alumni
office did an outstanding job of organizing the class
reunions while the University was in the middle of
graduation weekend. I was skeptical about how they
were going to manage, but they did. An enjoyable
evening was had by all, except when the University
lost power around 6 p.m. Those staying in the dorms
had to improvise, which meant ditching the hair dryer
and heading to happy hour. Girls (Teresa, Cheryl,
Shannon, and Molly), you looked fabulous. The class
of ’91 had a great turn out. I overheard someone say
we looked pretty good after 20 years, and I agree.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to talk to everyone, so
please drop me a line and let me – then ultimately
the class – know what you’ve been up to. … First up
are the Quinns. AJ and Judy (Beringer) live in Akron
with their four kids ages 4 to 15. … Mark Postak has
been teaching upper-level math in Wadsworth, Ohio,
since we graduated and is the girls’ basketball coach.
… I heard through the grapevine Mary (Collins)
Szablowski couldn’t attend reunion because she
was having baby No. 4. Congratulations! … Terry
McCabe lives in Park Ridge, Ill., with his wife and
6-year-old daughter. … As always, it’s fun to run into
Fr. Brlan Rurley '90 (left) celebrates
Mass at the cathedral in Thailand.
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Heather and Tim Connor. Although we both live in
Avon, Ohio, it usually takes a JCU event to catch up.
Tim and Heather have four girls ages 10, 8, 4, and 2. …
Next up, Mike and Colleen (Kearney) Sommerfeld.
Colleen works in admissions at Hathaway Brown in
Shaker Heights, Ohio. They have four kids – Kalie
(11), Nate (9), Meghan (7), and Maeve (5). … Sara
(Howley) Callari is chief communications officer for
Broward Health in Florida. … Carmina (Cunanan)
Minder lives in University Heights and has two girls
and a boy ages 12, 6, and 5. … Lisa (Costantini)
Groewa lives in Sagamore Hills, Ohio, and has
two daughters. Lisa is controller for Lake Business
Products and has worked for the company for 18
years. … Tara (O’Neill) Lavelle lives in Avon (another
neighbor) and has two kids. … Jim Smith, who
works for Nationwide Insurance, lives in Pittsburgh
and is married with three kids. … And finally, Patrick
O’Leary lives in Birmingham, Mich., and doesn’t like
insurance, which is a little awkward because I’ve
been an insurance broker for the past 20 years. Liz
Jim Sislo
1992 440-269-1245
[email protected]
I hope this update finds you well. It seems there
was a drought of news from our class and then, like
all the rain we had in Cleveland in April and May,
it’s been a downpour. It’s great to hear from all of
you. Here’s the latest. … I received a note from
Scott Tennant, who started as vice president of
marketing and communications at OneCommunity,
a Cleveland nonprofit that works to accelerate the
use of information technology in Northeast Ohio to
drive economic development and improve health,
education, and government services. This is a great
opportunity for Scott after 4.5 years in the public
affairs department at the Cleveland Foundation.
Scott runs across JCU alums all the time. On the
home front, Scott and his wife, Terry, live in Wickliffe.
“We’ve both lived there our entire lives with our five
children: Elissa (16), Chloe (14), Jared (12), Melanie
(10), and Jack (5),” Scott says. “Elissa is a junior at
Wickliffe High School and knee deep in her college
search. John Carroll is on her list.” It’s great to hear
that Scott is managing his home and work life so
well. ... I was happy to hear Mathew and Megan
Marie Argie Cox were married at St. Paul Shrine
in Cleveland. Megan is a speech and language
pathologist at the Millridge Center for the Hearing
Impaired in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, and Mathew is
an account director for CA Technologies, a maker
management software. The story of how they met
is amazing, but because of limited space, I can’t give
you all the details. If you’d like to read about it, please
visit Congratulations to Megan
and Mat! ... Anton Zuiker, who started a new job
at Duke University as director of communications
for the department of medicine, marked 10 years
as a blogger and organized ScienceOnline2011 (fifth
annual international meeting about science and the
Web). Anton and his wife, Erin Shaughnessy Zuiker
’95, a health-care attorney, welcomed Oliver Anton
Zuiker to the world (joining Anna and Malia). I don’t
know how he fits it all in, but always Anton has
been a success. ... I learned Robert McDonnell
of the Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. was promoted to
senior vice president. With 16 years of experience
in commercial real estate sales and leasing, Rob will
continue to oversee the sales and leasing component
for the company along with his new responsibilities.
... I hope to see you on campus soon. Jim
Julie (Roddy) Reardon
1993 440-877-0939
[email protected]

I hope you this finds you well. For those of you who
read my winter update about Mary Kay (Hirsch)
Hendershot, I bring you an update from her: “I’m
a preschool special education teacher in Cleveland
and received my master’s in that. My kids are
5 (Jack) and 3 (Ava). I’m returning to work in the
fall for Cleveland and have been in remission for
almost a year. Let people know they can help by
becoming a bone marrow donor or encouraging
their pregnant friends to donate their umbilical
cords for free after delivery. I received a cord blood
transplant, and the match was almost perfect. It’s
not an ethical matter because most cords are just
thrown away after delivery. Different ethnicities
have a difficult time receiving a match.” Thank
you for your response Mary Kay, I’m glad that you
are doing better. ... Ken and Laura (Willig) Miller
welcomed their third child on Halloween in 2010.
Andrew Joseph (AJ) was 7 lbs. 10 oz. at birth.
Ken and Laura also have twins who turned three
in this past July. Julia and Ian are looking forward
to preschool in the fall. Laura retired after 14 years
working at a consulting firm and is enjoying her time
as a full-time mom. ... Lastly, from Meltwater News,
Andy Suttell acknowledged he’ll be the next boy’s
varsity basketball coach at Cleveland Heights High
and will leave the Euclid team, which he has led for
the past three years. “An opportunity presented
itself,” Suttell said. “Ultimately, it’s a good move
for me and my family.” Suttell will be a teacher in
the Cleveland Heights-University Heights system,
but an exact position hasn’t been specified yet. He
taught sixth-grade math in Euclid. “I’m excited,”
he said. “Any time you step into a program rich
in talent and tradition is exciting. It’s a unique and
exciting opportunity.” Suttell had a record of 38-27
with Euclid, which plays in the Lake Erie League
along with Cleveland Heights. Before that, he was
an assistant coach at Euclid for two years. He has
head coaching experience with Cuyahoga Heights,
Hawken School, and Berkshire. ... Only those few
reports this time around so please drop me a line
via email, Facebook, snail mail, or even a phone call
would be great. Take care. Julie
Maureen “Moe” McGuinness
1994 [email protected]
Annie (Hummer) DePerro
1995 330-966-8845
[email protected]
Like many of you, I spent part of my summer
preparing for and attending my 20-year high school
reunion. At least six of my old high school buddies
attended Carroll, and knowing I had my JCU column
deadline looming, I was hoping to run into Michael
Lembach, Jennifer (Lembach) Auld, Tara Meyer-
Robson, Sara (Mitchell) Ohlin, Katie (Powers)
Vitatoe, and Kelly (Miller) Stukus. Out of this
bunch, I had the pleasure of reconnecting with Katie
and her husband, Steve Vitatoe, who looks exactly
the same. Kelly Miller Stukus was vacationing with
her family in the Outer Banks and couldn’t attend, but
she was nice enough to send an email. She continues
to work for Cleveland Heights/University Heights City
School District as the coordinator for elementary
literacy. David ’92 works for TravelCenters of
America. Their children, Lilly and Henry, are 5 and 2.
... I continue to be inspired by Tara Meyer-Robson,
who’s a motivational speaker, author, creator, and
CEO of The Flow Method. She and her husband
live in Florida. ... I’d love to hear from Jennifer, Sara,
and Michael, so if you read this column, email me
an update, and I’ll be sure to include your news. ...
Just one more thing to report: It’s possible to make
a career out of your favorite pastime. Matt Durbin
is living proof. He’s a 15-year marketing veteran and,
effective June 13, has been named vice president
of marketing for Brunswick Bowling - Retail. Matt
has been in the hospitality industry for years. Before
Brunswick, he was the vice president of marketing
for Fox and Hound Restaurant Group, where he led
the marketing efforts of 145 Fox and Hound, Bailey’s,
and Champps Americana restaurants. Matt, who has
a unique perspective for this job, is an avid league
bowler. He used to edit Bowling Center Management
magazine. He’s also the son of Hall of Fame bowler,
Mike Durbin, ranked by the Professional Bowlers
Association as the 22nd greatest bowler in PBA
history. Congratulations, Matt. ... That’s all I have this
time. Keep emailing. Annie
Amy Spisich Kogovsek
1996 [email protected]
Chris Green completed his 19th year as men’s
basketball PA announcer at JCU. He and his wife
live on the West Side of Cleveland with their five
children: Lily (3), Brendan (4), Grace (9), Emily
(14), and John (15). Chris keeps in touch with J.J.
Richardson ’97, getting together for concerts and
Laura (Wllllg) Mlller '93 wlth her chlldren -
lan, AJ, and Julla - en 5uµer Bewl 5unday
permanently. He plans to be a deacon for one or
two years before being ordained to the priesthood.
He sends prayers and requests we send prayers
his way. ... Michele Detore is the new assistant
principal for St. Hilary School in Fairlawn, Ohio.
For the past five years, she has been assistant
principal at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights
and before that was assistant principal at Sts. John
and Paul High School in Ashtabula, Ohio. Michele
has a master’s degree in educational administration
from Ursuline College. ... Elizabeth (Petrus) Cano
and her husband announced the arrival of their first
baby, Alessandra Adela Cano, Feb. 8, 2011. ... Joel
DeSocio and Mollie Marie Christoff planned to wed
at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown, Ohio, this past
August. Following his Carroll days, Joel graduated
from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and now
is a title examiner attorney for First American Title
Insurance Co. in Cleveland. ... Thanks to all for
sharing such exciting news. I look forward to sharing
more in future columns. All the best. Meg
Lisa (Foster) Smith
2000 440-339-6572
[email protected]
Clare Taft
[email protected]
We hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing
summer. Remember to look for us on Facebook
so we can remain up to date on all the exciting
things happening in your lives. Here are your fellow
hockey games. ... Gregory Gleine married Cara
Cherrison Oct. 23, 2010, at the Shrine Church
of St. Stanislaus in Cleveland. He holds a J.D.
from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is
employed as an attorney for the National Labor
Relations Board in Cleveland. ... Dan Winterich,
who’s a senior special agent with the Ohio Bureau
of Criminal Identification and Investigation, is
assigned to the crime scene unit where he provides
investigative assistance throughout the state. He
holds a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of
Law and a certificate in Criminal Justice Education
from the University of Virginia. He’s a member of
the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern
Analysts, a graduate of the 236th Session of the
FBI National Academy, and a part-time lecturer at
Carroll. ... Maryann and Mike Sekerak welcomed
baby No. 9, Allison Rose, into the family Dec. 7,
2010. ... Nate Schoen was named to Professional
Builder magazine’s top 40 under 40 Home Building
Professionals in the U.S. He’s the founder and
president of Bridgewater Consulting. He and his
wife, Sarah, relocated to Beaufort, S.C., in 2009
with their two sons, Will (2) and Hall (1). ... Brian
Unk battled it out with fellow golfer Mike Emery in
the 88th Ohio Open at Weymouth Country Club in
Medina, Ohio. Brian held the lead until he bogeyed
the 18th hole and Emery sank a 19-foot birdie putt
to claim the tournament. Brian, who lives in Lewis
Center, Ohio, walked away with a second place
finish receiving $5,000. ... Amy
Brian Sparks
1997 440-746-0309
[email protected]
Not much news this time around. Kelly (Cooke)
Barry and her husband, Jon, welcomed their second
child into the world. Eve Melody Barry was born
Friday, April 8, weighing a healthy 10 lbs. 4 oz., and
measuring 20.5 inches. Everyone is doing great, and
big brother Sean (3) is excited about his little sister. ...
Michelle (Cheraso) Qualls married May 10, 2011 in
Key West to Curtis Qualls, and they live in Broadview
Heights, Ohio, with their two dogs, Jovi and Gino.
Michelle has been with Fox Sports Ohio for five
years as a senior account executive selling TV media
sponsorships for the Cavaliers, Blue Jackets, and
Reds. ... M. Michelle (Bolocan) Dwyer published a
fiction novel, “Love And Do What You Will.” Search to order a copy. Michelle lives in
Connecticut but travels to Cleveland frequently and
may be doing a book signings in the area. Stay tuned.
... I’m sending this column in just before Sarah
Lundeen’s wedding, so I should have more details
next issue. Brian
Cherie (Skoczen) Kurlychek
1998 216-741-1823
[email protected]
A short and sweet column this time. ... Congratulations
to Nick ’00 and Alison (Winters) Scolaro on the birth
of their son, Paul, who was born March 21. Brian ’96
and Mary Beth (Sullivan) Graf are Paul’s godparents.
“We are having a great summer with the boys,” Alison
wrote. “Paul is attending library classes along with (big
brother) Samuel.” They family was looking forward to
their summer vacation in Charlotte. ... I hope everyone
had a great summer, and you’re enjoying fall. Please
send me an email so I can include you in our next class
column. Until then, take care. Cherie
Meg Galligan
1999 [email protected]
I’ve finally cracked the code for getting information
from you. Clearly, you sense my desperation when
I resort to writing about myself, or you’re bored by
stories about my life. Either way, it worked. We have
many updates from our classmates. Tom Dirmyer
was stricken with guilt by my desperate pleas for
updates in the last column and wrote to let you know
he resides in Houston with his wife, Debby. He’s a
chemical/commodity trader for CLP Chemicals.
... Jennifer Giordano is pregnant and acting as a
surrogate for her cousin and her husband. The baby
girl is due in late October. ... One of our classmates
has a new title: Deacon Alan Vincent Benander
is about to begin his ninth year of seminary and
religious life as a member of the St. Michael’s
Abbey of the Norbertine Fathers in Orange, Calif.
On Aug. 28, 2010, he made his perpetual religious
vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and became
a permanent member of the community. Then, on
June 25, 2011, he was ordained a deacon at one of
the mission basilicas in southern California. After
spending the past three years studying theology
in Rome, he’ll be living in California, serving as a
deacon for the liturgies and teaching in the high
school, applying his math background. After this
year, he’ll return to Rome for a couple more years
to complete his studies before returning to California
Mlke '96 and Maryann 5ekerak welcemed baby
Ne. 9, Alllsen Rese, lnte the famlly 0ec. 1, 2010.
Alessandra Adela Cano with parents
£llzabeth (Petrus) '99 and 0rlande Cane
Friends attending Jon and Jessica (Hlucky) ’00 Fretthold’s wedding
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classmates’ updates. … Congratulations to Jon and
Jessica (Hlucky) Fretthold who married June 18 in
Willoughby Hills, Ohio. The wedding party included
bridesmaids Melissa (Samblanet) Stull, Katie
(Farrell) Zielaskiewicz, Angie (Sarris) Aivazis,
Brandie (Barczak) DeMario ’05, and Johnna Baran,
as well as Michelle (Marquette) Comerford ’01. …
Aaron Baker, who opened his own law office in
Willoughby, Ohio, is specializing in criminal defense
and accepting cases throughout Northeast Ohio. …
Jason and MaryAnn (Vizmeg) Dale welcomed their
second daughter, Evelyn Rose, July 27. Evie was 8
lbs. 2 oz. and joins big sister Elena. … Brett and Jane
(Howarth) Vogelsberger welcomed their second
child, son Timothy James, June 6. Timmy, who was 8
lbs. 12 oz., and 19.5 inches, joins big sister Mary Cate.
… Jim and Crystal Glover Deignan were married in
July 2009 and are expecting their first child in October.
… Kimberly Riposo-Conley, who received her
master’s of educational administration degree from
Carroll, has been hired as the new principal at Hilliard
Elementary School in Westlake, Ohio. … Many of us
fondly remember Michael Mansmann, a member
of our class, who passed away tragically in a house
fire in Cleveland Heights May 19, 2001. Dan Schmidt
passed along the following information about a new
scholarship fund to honor Michael: The family and
friends of Michael Mansmann, in tandem with the
Development Office at John Carroll, have established
the Michael R. Mansmann Scholarship Fund, which
honors the legacy and spirit of Michael Mansmann.
Because Michael’s dream was to pursue a career in
journalism, the scholarship will benefit a deserving
communications major who wants to embark on a
career in journalism. For the scholarship to become
completely endowed (and hence benefit worthy
students indefinitely), we need to raise $100,000.
With your help, we can make this dream a reality. To
learn more about the efforts of the scholarship, email
[email protected]. Lisa and Clare
Maureen DeMers Fariello
2001 [email protected]
Today’s a new day; are you making the most of it?
It was great to kick off summer celebrating our
reunion – stories were shared, camera clicks, there
was much laughter, and it was filled with fun. … Lisa
Cheraso and Jason Feiler married July 3, 2010, at the
Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Bridesmaids included
Lisa’s sisters, Michelle Kennedy ’97 and Renee
Doyle ’99. Kimberly Ahlegian, Michelle (Bompiedi)
McFarland, and Jennifer (Danicki) Ray attended. …
Jaime (Kearns) Hirschfeld accepted a job as a health
center growth and development specialist with the
National Association of Community Health Centers.
Jaime and her family, including second son, Andrew,
relocated to Washington. … In June 2011, Bob and
Maria (Percic) Patyk welcomed Jacob Vincent into
the family. Congratulations to all. … I’d like to thank
the gentlemen from the class of 1961 who made
reunion weekend so enjoyable for me. It was also a
proud moment to celebrate a former student of mine,
Nick Huml ’11, as he graduated from our alma mater.
… Any occasion worth celebrating is worth sharing, so
please send updates about your life’s happenings. …
Be as good to yourself as you are to others. Maureen
Kristen (Muoio) McVean
2002 585-259-3955
[email protected]
I hope everyone had a wonderful summer, and you
have many fun fall plans to enjoy. There’s lots of
baby news to share: Jason and Kimberly (Kleisley)
Codispoti had their first child, Arianna Ellen, Jan. 24.
Kimberly is a project manager with National Interstate
insurance, and Jason is a manager of financial planning
and analysis at ShurTech Brands. … Nick Ravella and
his wife, Veronica, had their first child, Nicholas Francis
Ravella Jr., April 18. Everyone is healthy and happy.
Veronica is on maternity leave from her position as
North American account executive at Steel Business
Briefing, and Nick, who earned his MBA from
Duquesne University in 2005, is a financial advisor
in the global wealth management group at Morgan
Stanley Smith Barney. The family lives in Mt. Lebanon,
Pa., south of Pittsburgh. … Doug and Emily (Pillitteri)
Clifton welcomed their first son, Joseph, May 12.
… Samantha Grace Morelli was born to Mike and
Kristy (Neelon) Morelli in April. … Nathan and Erin
(Cullen) Adams had their first baby girl, Alaina, April
18 in Erie. … Nick and Maureen (Bachtel) Soeder
also welcomed a baby girl, Margaret Ann, July 7.
Maggie, mom, and dad are all doing well. … Natalie
Nicholas married Steve Talpas May 27 in Pittsburgh.
Maureen (Bachtel) Soeder, Diane (Flavin) Novosel,
and Angie (Sabatini) Milks were bridesmaids. There
were many other JCU grads who attended, including:
Jess (Frisina) Schneider, Mandy (Jarosz) English,
Meghan (Ehrlich) Conley, Amy (Dugas) Rose,
and Nick Soeder. … Stephanie Turner married Bob
Benson May 21. Stephanie, who graduated from
Western Kentucky University with her master’s in
social work in 2009, works as a social service director
at the Greenwood Nursing Home in Bowling Green,
Ky. Bob, who’s employed as the head diving coach
at Western Kentucky University, is co-owner of a
catering business, Your Taste Catering. Stephanie
and Bob traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands for
their honeymoon. … Nicholas Cappuzzello, who’s
a financial analyst for Interactive Data Corp., became
engaged to Jessica Felice. The wedding will take place
Dec. 31 at Holy Family Church in Columbus, Ohio. …
That’s all for now. Keep the news coming. Kristen
Theresa (Jurak) Polachek
2003 [email protected]
I received great notes from our classmates this
summer, so here’s the news: Jeannie Kidera
wrote to say she’s still teaching at Western Reserve
Academy in Hudson, Ohio, and was named the J.
Frederick Waring Chair this year. It’s a three-year
honorary position given for excellence in teaching
and for upholding the school’s motto of excellence,
integrity, and compassion. She also received the
William Moos Faculty Sabbatical Travel Endowment
to spend most of the summer in Northern Ireland and
the Republic of Ireland, where she’s doing research
for her final M.A. essay. This fall Jeannie will enter her
final year of Carroll’s M.A. in English program. While
in Ireland, she met with Tiffany Cole ’04 and Rory
O’Neil ’06 and climbed Croagh Patrick. Tiffany is living
in Chicago and works in human resources, and Rory
is in Belfast working for Peace Players International.
… Jennifer Gardner became engaged to Matthew
Rome. The couple is planning a June 2012 wedding.
… Janine Novick is working in real estate in Naples,
Fla. … Kristen Hoegler and Martin Wingate, both of
Broadview Heights, Ohio, were united in marriage
Lisa Cheraso ’01 and Jason Feiler married July 3,
2010. Bridesmaids included Michelle Kennedy
'91 and Renee 0eyle '99.
Natalie (Nicholas) ’02 and Steve Talpas
wed May 27.
Matthew ’03 and Kate Vignale with their
daughter, Julie Marie
Jennifer Tolhurst
2005 [email protected]
There are quite a few updates this time. Thanks to
all for writing. I love hearing your news. … Matt
Davenport, who’s graduating from Washington
State University with an M.A. in higher education
administration, is looking forward to his new job at
New Mexico State University as associate director of
residential life. ... Ashley Wojtowicz, who graduated
with a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of
Charleston in May 2010, is working as a pharmacist
at the Cleveland Clinic. This past December, she
married her high school sweetheart, George Voss,
at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Valley City,
Ohio. JCU alumni who attended were Joe ’06 and
Ellen (Mathews) Divers and Christine (Lewton)
Layer. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii. ...
Kathleen Hagerty was awarded the 2011 Lucy
Sprague Public Service Scholarship. The award,
presented by Alexander Sprague, is given by the
family of Lucy Sprague, who was a second-year law
student at John Marshall when she was murdered
in her apartment in December 1996. The $25,000
award will assist Kathleen pay off her law-school
loans. Kathleen received her law degree from The
John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 2011 and
since graduating from Carroll has been working as a
victim witness specialist for the Cook County State’s
Attorney’s Office, acting as a liaison between the
crime victims and the assistant state’s attorneys
who are prosecuting the cases. ... Nick and Kelly
(Wiltshire) Dowling are expecting their first child in
January. They don’t know if it’s a boy or girl yet and
are looking forward to the surprise. ... Last but not
least, Natalie Scala received her Ph.D. in industrial
engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She’s
on her way to D.C. for a position with the federal
government. Best of luck and congrats to all. Jennifer
Christine Bohn
2006 440-668-8210
[email protected]
Roberta Muoio
[email protected]
Kristin Kay Chaffee is engaged to David German,
and they’re planning a summer wedding. …
Blair Campomizzi just started a new job with
the McKinsey & Company in Cleveland. … Dana
Frank and Phillip Schneeberger married the first
of October. … In June, Kevin Kita graduated from
the University of Akron School of Law with his Juris
Doctorate. … Karen Harmeyer finished her Master
of Education in Foreign and Second Language
Education at the Ohio State University. … Christina
Vignale and Matthew Hunt ’05 married in June. …
Congratulations on the marriages, new jobs, and
advanced degrees. Keep the updates coming, and
if you’re on Facebook, join the new and updated
group, JCU class of 2006. Christine and Roberta
Lisa (Iafelice) Catalano
2007 [email protected]

Brittany Bush
[email protected]
It’s difficult to believe it’s been four years since we
graduated, but we’re excited to update everyone about
what our classmates have been doing. Brain and Erin
(Grzegorzewski) ’09G Pender married in Cleveland
and celebrated with friends and family, including many
JCU alumni. Brian and Erin live in the Lincoln Park
neighborhood of Chicago. Brian works as a business
analyst for GE Healthcare Financial Services, and Erin
teaches fourth grade in a Chicago public school on the
city’s South Side. … Another class couple that tied
the knot this summer is Jessica Gibbons and David
Sypert. After graduation, Jessica earned her master’s
June 19, 2010. Eric Bryda was the best man. Kristen
is a teacher at Cleveland Heights High School, and
Marty works for the Plain Dealer in advertising sales.
… Joe Aulisio is engaged to Teresa Weakley. The
couple is planning a fall wedding in Michigan. Teresa
is an evening anchor at WKBN 27 First News, where
Joe is a sports anchor. … Annie Hetman was
promoted to associate director of alumni relations
and development at the Case Western Reserve
University School of Law. Annie’s been with Case
since October 2009. … Christina (Vignale) Hunt ’06
wrote to say she’s a new aunt to Julie Marie Vignale,
daughter of Matthew and Kate (Schultz) Vignale.
Julie was born in Denver April 22, 2011. … I hope
everyone had a wonderful summer. We spent ours
running around after our two rug rats and watching as
much Tribe baseball as possible. Take care. Theresa
Nikki (Spiezio) Flores
2004 nikkifl[email protected]
Our class has been staying busy since the last
column. For starters, Tim Seeberg made a career
change. He completed an 18-month culinary school
program in October 2010 and is a private chef at
Le Cordon Bleu in Cambridge, Mass. … Speaking of
career moves, Corey Tersigni joined KeyBank as a
relationship manager. He and his wife, Lisa (Miano)
Tersigni ’06, were expecting their first child, a boy,
in September. … Corey’s not the only one with baby
news to share. Natalie (Alesnik) McCarthy and
her husband, Chris, welcomed their first daughter,
Nadia Rose, Jan. 25. Amanda (Kresak) Calabro
and her husband, Joe, welcomed their first child,
Josephine Isabella, April 4. Last but not least, my
husband, Haki, and I welcomed our first child,
Nevreah Rosalina, May 2. … Additionally, two of our
classmates are celebrating their one-year wedding
anniversaries. Congratulations to Jessie (Kron)
Root, who married her husband, Greg, in July 2010.
The couple bought a home in Buffalo, N.Y. Congrats
to Dan Ritzenthaler and his wife, Holli Camelio,
who celebrated their first wedding anniversary
Sept. 18, 2011. … One last thing – Dr. Lisa Leone
married Thaddeus Poweski ’03 Sept. 3, 2011, at
St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown, Ohio. Lisa,
who’s enrolled in the endodontic residency program
at OSU, is working toward a master’s degree, while
Thaddeus works for Automatic Data Processing as a
district manager in its major accounts division. Nikki
Jeannle Kldera '03, Rery 0'Nell '06, and 1lffany
Cole ’04 are halfway up Croagh Patrick in Ireland.
Greg and Jessie (Kron) ’04 Root married July 2010.
Kathleen Hagerty ’05 (left), who received the
Lucy Sprague Public Service Scholarship, is
congratulated by Alexander Sprague (center)
and Dean John Corkery (right) at The John
Marshall Law School commencement
May 22, 2011, in Chicago.
46 FALL 2011
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and psychology specialist degree from Cleveland
State University. She’s a school psychologist with
the West Branch Local School District. David spent
one year at Cleveland Clinic doing medical research
before starting medical school at Ohio University. He’s
completing a two-year rotation at Saint Joseph Health
Center in Warren, Ohio. … Patrice Payne married Rob
Ayling. The ceremony was held at St. Pascal Baylon
in Highland Heights, Ohio. Patrice’s bridesmaids
included classmates Abigail Hnath and Laura
Violante. Patrice and Rob live in Richmond Heights,
Ohio. Patrice is employed by Park Place Technologies
as an account manager. … Laura Pareso married
Bobby Houston in Washington, Pa., during Memorial
Day weekend. Genna Andrews, Brittany Bush,
Rosanna Violi, Kenny Poleski, Jeannine Stiglitz,
Jessica Kramer, Luz E. Betancourt, Jonathan
Sattelmeyer, Christina Phillis, and Chris Hooton
’08 attended the wedding. Laura graduated in May
from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
and has begun her residency at University Health
System in San Antonio. … Chris Eyring ’05 and Jillian
Dansko are engaged and excited to be planning their
wedding, which will take place in the fall of 2012.
… Nick Kuhar passed along exciting news about
his band, The Commonwealth, which released its
debut album, “Souvenir.” The band has received a
great response from Cleveland radio, including its
lead single, “Elephant,” which has been featured
on WKRK 92.3. You can find more information about
the band, including clips from the album, at http:// … Andrea
Ball graduated cum laude from Case Western Reserve
University School of Law. While at Case, Andrea was
named to the dean’s list each semester and was an
executive articles editor for the Case Western Reserve
Journal of International Law. She was selected as the
first-place winner in the Hofstra University School of
Law 2011 Family Law Writing Competition. Andrea
has accepted a job offer with Thompson Hine LLP in
Cleveland. … Thanks to everyone who shared their
news. Keep it coming. Brittany and Lisa
Chris Ostrander
2008 costrander08@gmail
Hopefully, everyone had a good summer. There’s
been plenty of news since the spring. Megan
McLaughlin married Anthony Ramos May 14. They
have Sarah Hummer to thank for her matchmaking.
Megan’s bridesmaids included three classmates:
Loren Antolino, Amanda DiNunzio, and Dana
McClain. … Another handful of our classmates are
celebrating engagements: Katie Repko will marry
John Sabo Oct. 8 in Destin, Fla. Elizabeth Lohr and
Chris Ainscough became engaged July 22 and are
planning their wedding for the fall of 2012. Erica
Miller and Nicholas Yacobozzi were engaged this
spring and will tie the knot this October. Michael
Pecchia and Tiffany McMillan were married July 16.
… Congratulations to Jessica Dickson on the birth
of her first child, Abigail Ellen, April 4. … Jeremy
Burkhart graduated from the University of Akron
Law School May 15. … Lastly, Jenna Pathadan,
Jamie Rhodes, and Tom Rudnicki each received
their white coats and stethoscopes as first-year
osteopathic medical students at Lake Erie College
of Osteopathic Medicine. … Continue to send me
your news and announcements of engagements,
weddings, promotions, or anything else newsworthy
that may happen in the coming months. I look
forward to hearing from everyone. Chris
Lisa (Ugran) Pacconi
2009 [email protected]
Lizzy Eganhouse and Mark Carpenter Jr. ’08 married
June 11 in a beautiful ceremony at Our Lady of
Angels Church in Cleveland. The reception was held
at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville. Several Carroll
alums were in the wedding party, including maid of
honor, Kate McCall, bridesmaid Eileen Mole ’11G,
and groomsman Andy Gibel ’08. Jennifer Murphy,
Melissa Walton ’08, James Sidney ’08, Catherine
Belzile ’08, and Mark Carpenter ’82 also attended
the wedding. … Dominique Moceanu-Canalas,
who received recognition for her achievements in
gymnastics, is one of eight individuals who were
inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of
Fame Sept. 22. Dominique, who coaches gymnastics
in Broadview Heights, won a gold medal at the 1996
Summer Olympics as a member of the U.S. women’s
gymnastics team. … Michael Gross opened his own
sales and marketing company in Westlake, Ohio. The
company, Accsell, specializes in client acquisition and
retention. Michael hopes to expand to three locations
within the next 12 months. … That’s all there is to
share for now. I enjoy receiving your emails and
Facebook messages, so continue sending updates
about you and your friends. Lisa

Kyle Sobh
2010 216-397-6618
[email protected]
Hopefully, everyone had a great summer. For most of
our class, this was our first summer of the real world.
Many of our classmates were able to reunite and
catch up with each other during the past few months.
Andrew Kolupski, Jeff Bradish, J.J. Kuczynski,
Brandon Sheil, Jurell Sison, Bridget Dolan, and
I were invited to celebrate the wedding of Nicholas
Orlando and Katie Saporito ’09 in late June. This is
just the beginning of John Carroll weddings, which
are a great time. It’s fun to reconnect. ... Kurt Hauber
and I will be completing our master’s programs at
John Carroll in May 2012. Kurt has been working
on his M.S. in biology while working as a teaching
assistant for the biology department. I’ll complete
the nonprofit program this fall while continuing to
work as the graduate assistant through May for the
president’s office. ... Lauren Baldarelli also has
been working as a research assistant for the biology
department while earning her master’s in biology.
Lauren’s sister, Elise, is beginning her sophomore
year at Carroll, also in the biology program. Lauren
loves seeing Elise every day and is often jealous
she still has three years ahead of her. ... Jamie Ott,
who completed his master’s in medical ethics at
Case Western Reserve University, is hoping to enter
medical school this semester. ... Michelle Taylor
will be moving closer to the Cleveland area for the
next two years. She’s beginning a graduate program
in biology at the University of Akron. ... Riannon
Ziegler has been working hard at Cleveland-Marshall,
beginning her second year of law school. ... This year,
homecoming weekend will be Sept. 30 through
Oct. 1. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet
alums from all years. We’ll be celebrating the 10-year
anniversary of Greek life on campus, so check your
emails and look for your brothers and sisters during
the festivities. ... Please keep the news coming.
Thanks to all who have sent updates. God bless. Kyle
Maura Jochum
2011 440-666-8108
[email protected]
Megan McLaughlin ’08 celebrated her marriage with three JCU classmates: Amanda DiNunzio
(second from left), Dana McClain (third from left), and Loren Antolino (far right).
Long-time teacher
Arthur J. Noetzel Jr., Ph.D., ’38, who spent
seven decades at JCU, was dean (starting
in 1956) of what became the University’s
Boler School of Business and helped the
business school earn accreditation. Later,
he was the University’s first lay academic
vice president in 1970. He also led the local
Manpower and Development Commission,
which trained thousands of workers, and a
Navy program that helped to keep the University alive during World War
II. He stepped down from the administration in 1984 and kept teaching
until 2003. His many honors include University Heights Citizen of the Year
and academic prizes from the University of Michigan, where he earned his
doctorate, and Harvard University. Noetzel, who joined the JCU faculty
in 1941 and received the Alumni Medal, died at Hamlet Hills in Chagrin
Falls. He was 95.
The Croatian connection
Joseph T. Bombelles, Ph.D., who chaired
the University’s economics department,
led Cleveland’s Croatian community and
helped Croatia build a free market. He
helped form the first private college in
independent Croatia – the Zagreb School of
Economics and Management – and became
its chairman. Spending more than 35 years
at Carroll, he retired from the University in
1998 and became chairman of the new school in Zagreb. His many honors
include a Fulbright scholarship and John Carroll’s Distinguished Faculty
Award. He died at his recent home in Norfolk, Va., at age 81.
History buff
Kenneth R. Callahan led the Northeast
Ohio Society of Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgeons. President of the Cleveland Civil
War Roundtable, Callahan studied wars
in the U.S. and Europe and lectured about
history at JCU. He hosted a history show
on a TV station in Florida, where he lived
during the winters, and published articles in
American Heritage magazine and the Wall
Street Journal. Callahan, who was president of the University’s Alumni
Association, was alumnus of the year at Carroll and Western Reserve
University School of Dentistry. He also received the Alumni Medal at JCU.
Additionally, he won a Walk of Life Award from the local Irish American
Archives Society. He passed away after a short struggle with cancer and
pneumonia at age 82.
Arthur J. Noetzel ’38 7/10/2011
Richard E. Cachat ’42 7/16/2011
Edward J. O’Malley ’42 2/22/2011
Robert J. Politi ’42 1/28/2011
Richard C. Werner ’42 6/29/2011
Robert W. Fitzgerald ’44 5/28/2011
Raymond A. Fox ’49 6/15/2011
Charles R. Milko ’49 7/6/2011
Kenneth R. Callahan ’50 6/14/2011
John M. Salcau ’50 3/21/2011
Thomas M. Foli ’52 6/28/2011
William R. Gibson ’52 4/20/2007
Patrick J. Hill ’53 6/10/2011
Thomas M. Sloan ’53 7/31/2011
William J. Binder ’54 7/7/2010
Austin F. Groden ’54 8/12/2011
Rinardo N. Scarso ’54 1/23/2007
Gerald A. Knoblauch ’57 6/1/2011
Jack J. Roddy Jr ’57 6/8/2011
William R. Harmon ’60 6/19/2011
Joseph D. Tegano ’60 3/20/2011
William V. Webb ’60G 11/20/2010
William J. Derus ’61 6/5/2011
John M. Dwyer ’61 8/20/2011
Joseph A. Radican ’61 5/31/2011
John S. Horne ’64 2/4/2010
John E. Rooney ’64 7/22/2011
Arunas V. Kavaliunas ’66 8/15/2007
Gary Paul Tkacs ’67 4/30/2006
Richard L. Turk ’67 6/2/2011
Noreen M. Schaefer-Faix ’68G 6/16/2011
John R. Metzgar ’71 8/11/2011
Lydia U. Kusiaka Rohowsky ’73 3/29/2011
Robin L. Laine ’73 7/16/2011
Margaret J. Pipak ’73 7/12/2011
Lydia U. Rohowsky ’73 3/29/2011
Gary B. Wells ’81 12/18/2010
Joan A. Roth ’82G 8/14/2011
Mark J. Doring ’84 2/25/2008
Thomas E. Grady ’88 7/19/2011
Robert P. Blazunas ’92 1/21/2010
Susan L. Faulder ’97G 7/3/2011
Richard L. Stowell ’97G 5/13/2011
Joseph T. Bombelles FSA Retired 7/5/2011
This is the deceased list as of Aug. 31. We apologize for any
omissions and ask you notify Joan Brosius at 216-397-4332.
In the fall 2010 issue, Mary Kay Fratoe ’80 was mistakenly
listed as deceased. We’re sincerely apologetic for the error.
48 FALL 2011
his institution’s mission resonates with
me: As a Jesuit Catholic university,
John Carroll inspires individuals
to excel in learning, leadership, and service
in the region and in the world. Becoming
informed individuals who affect positive
change for others is a noble aspiration.
Recently, faculty and administration
discussed how to develop the leadership
capacity of our students intentionally –
not just those in elected positions, but all
students, hoping to make a difference in their
peer group, family, school, and community.
Leadership is exemplified in many forms
and often from individuals without formal
authority who impact the world. Think about
the heritage of our Jesuit institution.
So how does the University develop
leaders better? Can leadership be taught?
Are leaders born or made? The common
understanding among leadership scholars is
they’re born. Another answer to the born/
made question is yes. Some people have
natural attributes that serve society well.
Perhaps you connect easily with others or
always have had a knack for influencing
others to see your view. Each is an attribute
of effective leaders. However, each of us
brings a unique combination of traits, skills,
knowledge, and abilities that serve us well in
different contexts. Each of us has areas we
need to grow and develop.
Some may assume
leadership is
only for
business majors who plan to work in industry.
Perhaps what intrigues me most about
leadership is the multitude of lenses through
which one can examine the topic: philosophy,
education, communication, history, sociology,
psychology, biology, political science, social
justice, and religion. The list goes on.
The topic permeates our existence, which
makes for wonderful dialogue depending on
your vantage point. Whether it’s a minister
leading a congregation, a teacher leading a
classroom, or a scientist leading his team in the
lab, leadership is (or isn’t) present. Thus, formal
courses, student organizations, athletics, and
immersion trips serve as wonderful opportunities
for undergraduates to practice leadership. The
collegiate environment is a fantastic practice
field for students to explore their strengths,
weaknesses, aspirations, and purpose.
There are several professors who’ve teamed
up to investigate some of the aforementioned
assertions. For example, I’ve partnered with
Beth Martin, Ph.D., (psychology and associate
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences) and
Rosanna Miguel, Ph.D., (management) to assess
and evaluate the University’s new leadership
minor. Additionally, Nathan Hartman, Ph.D.,
(management) and I were featured in an edited
volume about leadership development for our
work about sources of learning in leadership
development. Along with research, Martin,
Kathleen Dean, Ph.D., (student affairs), and I
have been working with a dozen faculty, staff,
and administrators from the Boler School of
Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and
the student affairs department to coordinate
our efforts better, identify opportunities to
connect with high school students, and provide
opportunities for
emerging leaders in the business world.
The University’s approach to developing
leaders isn’t that different from developing
other skills and abilities. Leading scholars (see
the work of K. Anders Ericsson, Ph.D.) suggest
it takes about 10 years or 10,000 hours of
deliberate practice to develop mastery. Most of
what you’re good at likely is a result of years of
deliberate practice. Others may be better than
you or have natural talent that’s difficult for you
to compete with, but each of us can grow and
develop wherever we focus our energy.
One innovation is a model called know,
see, plan, do. Think about a world-class
surgeon. It’s likely he’s spent years studying
his trade (know) and based on his knowledge
can diagnose (see) the majority of cases that
come across his desk quickly. Once a level of
expertise is attained, he can identify options
for treatment (plan) quickly. It’s likely he
can perform the intervention and provide
treatment (do). I’d argue other experts (e.g.,
world-class chefs, politicians, athletes, and
auto mechanics) go through a similar process.
This is an oversimplification, but
people overcomplicate what’s not an overly
complicated process. Developing leaders is a
similar one. The aforementioned process –
which is linked to solid coaching/mentoring,
deliberate practice, feedback opportunities, and
reflection – yields development and growth.
Think about a budding athlete, musician, or
artist. Similar ingredients are needed likely.
Developing leaders is a core component of
the University’s mission. Imagine the year is
2031 and returning young alumni are speaking
about JCU as the experience that set the
stage for their development and growth as a
leader in their chosen arena: family, nonprofit,
the lab, the classroom, business. Carroll has
provided them with four years of deliberate
practice and played a critical role helping
them identify their passions and purpose.
This is happening already, but imagine if it
happened for many more students because we
changed our approach to developing men and
women for others. That sounds like we’d be living
our mission on a grand scale, and that’s exciting.
Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is assistant professor of
management in the Boler School of Business.
Developing leadership capacity
The Oce of Alumni Relations is requesting
nominations for the Alumni Medal and
Campion Shield. The Alumni Medal, which
is the highest honor for alums, recognizes
professional accomplishments, exemplary
family and personal life, community
contributions, and dedicated service to the
University. The Campion Shield recognizes
heroism and bravery. The awards will be
presented at the annual Alumni Awards
Dinner May 18, 2012. The deadline for
nominations is January 20, 2012, so
submit your nominations soon!
For more information, visit,
or call the Oce of Alumni Relations at 800-736-2586, Ext. 4336.
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A quarterly look at the happenings, attractions,
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Sept. 16 - 18
Veterans Memorial (Detroit-
Superior) Bridge, lower level
Ringling Bros. and Barnum &
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Oct. 19 - 23
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The Wizard of Oz
Oct. 28 - 30
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Fabulous Food Show
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