Spring 2015 - Regis High School



Spring 2015 - Regis High School
President’s Report
Rev. Daniel Lahart, S.J. Named
Next Regis President
Varsity Basketball Wins Back-toBack City Championships
News & Notes
The 2015 Jubilee Annual Fund
Reading Regians:
Alumni Authors and Current
Students Connect and Engage
11 Serving in the CDC Response
to Ebola in Sierra Leone
13 Prowlings
22 Milestones
22 Events
23 Dr. Anthony Fauci ’58 Profiled
on CBS Sunday Morning
23 2015 Golf & Tennis Outing
James E. Buggy
Vice President for Development
Thomas A. Hein ’99
Director of Communications
Vincent Catapano ’96
Alumni Director
Noel Selegzi ’84
Annual Fund Director
Paul Atkinson ’71
Major Gifts & Planned Giving
Brianne Kilpatrick
Database Manager
Jennifer Reeder
Executive Assistant
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Above: Senior forward Declan Cronin ’15 throws down a two-handed dunk
after a great assist from junior guard Shane O’Donoghue ’16 during the
CHSAA B-Division City Championship. Regis won its second straight title
with a 62-52 win over league rival Salesian. Photo courtesy MSG Varsity.
On the cover: A collage of books authored by Regis alumni. See page 10
for a listing of each book and author.
S P R I N G 2015
President’s Report
Of Chapels and Regis
Things do have a way of sneaking
up on you. The Development Office
reminded me that my article for the
RAN was due and mentioned what
major stories the issue would include.
All of a sudden it dawned on me
that the next issue would be out this
summer. “Oh,” I said, “so this is my
last column?” Equally surprised was
the “I guess so” in response. I spent
the next few days wondering what
profound thing I might say to round
out ten years of columns. Nothing earth shattering came to
mind. The realization that I would actually have to register
to come to Jug Night next year, while both true and a task
not to be forgotten, seems somehow underwhelming as a
parting thought. The “leaving” part is unusual in this change
of ministries for me. I will be working just one block over at
the Provincial Office (doing strategic planning for the new
USA Northeast Province) and not changing my residence. So
I expect to be back for alumni functions and to help out as
needed with things like hearing confessions. In some ways
this shift seems a bit anti-climactic after such a tremendous
year of centennial celebrations. Truth be told, I finish my
time as President not with regret or a sense of things undone,
but with an even deeper love and respect for the mission that
Regis has carried out for so long. So perhaps I can finish my
series of RAN columns with what I find a touching story of
the collaboration that began Regis.
Shortly after Easter I was visiting Campion Center in
Weston, Massachusetts. Now serving as the assisted living
and infirmary for men of the former New England Province
and a retreat center, the massive and imposing building was
constructed in the first decade of the twentieth century to be a
house of formation for Jesuits. At its height, some 400 young
men and their professors lived there studying philosophy
and theology. Campion Center is now part of the Northeast
Province, to which members of the former New York and
New England Provinces belong, and I was there for an
informal visit with the Provincial. He celebrated mass for the
Jesuit community in the formal and lovely Chapel of the Holy
Spirit, which was built as an addition to the building in 1925.
There was more than a vague feeling of familiarity on looking
around the chapel. Though clearly larger and more majestic
I noticed a number of “echoes” of a certain chapel on 84th
Street. It was easy to overlook the bronze medallion in the
floor inside the main entrance indicating that the chapel was
built to honor the memory of Fr. David Hearn, S.J.
A bit of further sleuthing found an explanatory sign in
the narthex that included the text of Fr. Hearn’s obituary
from the Woodstock Letters, which detailed his leadership in
the founding and construction of Regis (among his other
ministries). The sign also noted that the chapel was the gift
of a woman parishioner from St. Ignatius Loyola and gives
her name. In keeping with her wishes, though, there is no
mention of the fact that she was the same person who built
and supported Regis. Instead the named tribute is her honor
of Fr. Hearn. Their collaboration in founding Regis continued
as a great and admiring friendship. How beautiful of her to
have honored him in that way.
The inscription carved over the altar in Regis’ chapel of the
Sacred Heart is one that moved me even back when I was
a freshman at daily mass: “Come to me all you who labor
and are heavy-burdened and I will refresh you.” Many were
the days I needed to hear that as a student. The Campion
Center chapel’s inscription, also in Latin, offers what I find a
mature, post-Regis reflection: Spiritus veritatis docebit vos omnem
veritatem (the Spirit of truth will teach you all truth). When all
our studying is done, when all our laboring is done it is God’s
truth we get nearer to discovering and serving. Ultimately,
what I take with me from my time these years at Regis is a
more profound gratitude for what our Foundress and Fr.
Hearn created for us so many years ago.
With that, please accept my grateful prayers for all your
support over the years and for all the ways your generosity
continues to make possible a gift conceived a century ago.
May ours continue to be noble hearts in service.
Philip Judge, S.J. ’80
Rev. Daniel Lahart, S.J.
Named Next Regis President
In February, the Regis High School Board of Trustees voted unanimously to elect
Rev. Daniel Lahart, S.J. as the 22nd President of Regis High School. Fr. Lahart
will assume his role as President of Regis in the Fall of 2016. Rev. James Croghan,
S.J., who currently serves as the Director of Ignatian Identity Programs and
Faculty Chaplain at Regis, has agreed to serve as Interim President commencing
July 1, 2015. The announcement by Peter Labbat ’83, Chair of the Regis Board
of Trustees, is reprinted below.
Pictured: Rev. Daniel Lahart, S.J. (left) will become the 22nd President of Regis in August, 2016.
Rev. James Croghan, S.J. (right) will serve as Interim President next year.
I am delighted to announce that the Regis
Board of Trustees, with the approval
of the Provincial of the Northeast
Province of the Society of Jesus, voted
unanimously to elect Rev. Daniel Lahart,
S.J. to be the 22nd President of Regis
High School, effective August 15, 2016.
Rev. James Croghan, S.J. has agreed to
serve as Interim President commencing
July 1, 2015 at which time Rev. Philip
Judge, S.J. will step down after ten years
as President of his Alma Mater.
Fr. Lahart comes to us after a broad
national search and extensive engagement
with our community. He brings to Regis
strong executive capabilities and a wealth
of experience in managing Jesuit high
schools. For the past 14 years, Fr. Lahart
has served as President of Strake Jesuit
College Preparatory in Houston, Texas,
inspiring students, faculty and alumni in
the pursuit of academic excellence and
the Ignatian ideals of service and justice.
Under his leadership, Strake Jesuit has
been animated by Fr. Lahart’s strong
commitment to the Jesuit vision of forming
men for others. During the five years prior
to his arrival in Houston, he was Vice
President for Finance and Administration
at Gonzaga College High School in
Washington, D.C. While at Gonzaga, Fr.
Lahart also served as Provincial Assistant
for Secondary Education for the Maryland
Province of the Society of Jesus, acting as
the Provincial’s delegate to middle and
secondary schools.
Fr. Lahart holds an MBA from the
Stanford University Graduate School of
Business. He received a Master of Divinity
from Weston School of Theology and a
Master in Education from Boston College.
He earned his undergraduate degree in
finance from Georgetown University.
Fr. Lahart grew up on the north shore
of Chicago and entered the Maryland
Province of the Society of Jesus in 1983
after graduating from college. He began
his career in education by teaching
mathematics at Scranton Preparatory
School following philosophy studies at St.
Louis University.
Fr. Croghan is well-known to the Regis
community. He currently serves as the
Director of Ignatian Identity Programs
and Faculty Chaplain at Regis and is a
member of the Theology Department.
He is also the rector of the Xavier Jesuit
community. Before coming to Regis in
2011, Fr. Croghan worked for more than
twenty years in Micronesia. During his
career, he has been a classroom teacher,
principal, school president and director
of schools for the Diocese of the Caroline
Islands. A Jesuit since 1974, Fr. Croghan
did his undergraduate work at Fordham
University and earned a Master of Divinity
and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from
the Weston School of Theology, and a
Master of Education from Harvard. We
are especially blessed that Fr. Croghan has
agreed to contribute his talents to ensure
a seamless transition and shepherd our
school until Fr. Lahart’s arrival.
We are so very thankful to Fr. Judge for
his faithful stewardship of Regis these last
ten years. As a result of his tireless efforts,
he leaves Regis in a position of great
strength. His outstanding leadership and
dedicated service have helped to further
Regis’s reputation as an exceptional
academic institution that seeks to inspire
boys to grow up to be men of conscience.
I would like to express my gratitude to the
entire Regis community: to the members
of the Presidential Search Committee
who devoted so much time and effort to
this important work; to the students and
parents who met with each of our Finalists;
to the alumni and Trustees who offered
their perspectives on Regis’s greatest needs
and challenges; and to the faculty, staff and
administration who graciously hosted our
Finalists and participated so energetically
and thoughtfully in the search process.
Let us together, emboldened by our faith
in Christ and in one another, take our
first steps into our second century eager
to embrace the many opportunities that
surely lie ahead.
Peter Labbat ‘83
Chair, Regis Board of Trustees
S P R I N G 2015
Varsity Basketball Wins Back-toBack City Championships
Team Successfully Defends Title as Champions of CHSAA-B Division
Senior guard Charles Gavigan ’15 brings the ball down court on a
fast break during the City Championship game against Salesian.
For the second consecutive year,
the Regis Varsity Basketball team
secured the CHSAA B-Division City
Championship. The win came in early
March against league rival Salesian,
with a final score of 62-52.
The Regis Varsity secured the top
seed in the playoffs after winning the
regular season, something Regis had
not accomplished since 2007. Then,
an impressive 75-60 semifinal victory
over St. John’s Prep earned the team
their trip to the championship held at
Fordham University.
Despite having never trailed in
the game, both Regis and Salesian
showcased streaks of offense that
created noticeable momentum shifts
throughout the game. Perhaps, though,
no play was more momentous than
Declan Cronin ’15’s two-handed dunk
late in the game off of a no-look pass by
Shane O’Donoghue ’16. The play ended
a scoring drought for Regis and curbed
a Salesian run that had cut a double
digit lead down to 4 points.
at how your team controlled the tempo
of the game, and how much effort
your team gave, rebounds can always
represent the difference,” said Cerone.
“Shane fired a really nice pass to me.
Almost all of my dunks this year have
been set-up by a great assist from one
of our guards,” said Cronin. “This will
be the one play that will stick with me
probably my whole life. The moment
after I dunked it, our crowd exploded.”
Declan Cronin ’15 and senior guard
Charles Gavigan ’15 both finished with
a game high 16 points each.
An equally memorable performance came
from senior forward Mike Cerone ’15.
Despite foul trouble, which kept him
on the bench for roughly a full quarter
of the game, Cerone finished with 10
points and an impressive 18 rebounds.
“Putting up a lot of points is always a
great feeling, but for me, rebounding is
something I take pride in. It’s not always
as glamorous, but when you look back
“Winning back-to-back titles is
amazing,” added Cronin. “I think I
speak for all the returning guys when I
say that it means a lot to see our hard
work over the last two years pay off
in this way. And, this being our senior
year, we’re certainly going out on top.”
With the win, Regis advanced to the
state title game, but were defeated by
The Park School (Buffalo). Despite the
loss, the varsity squad can still take
pride in having earned the school’s
second consecutive City Championship,
a title Regis had not held since 2005.
News & Notes
Science Bowl Team Proves
Back-to-Back Titles Aren’t
Just a Sports Thing
America Magazine Editorin-Chief Emphasizes Mercy
and Forgiveness
Freshman Basketball Wins
Championship, Junior Varsity
Edged Out In Title Game
For the second year in a row, the
Regis High School Science Bowl team
earned first place in the New York City
Regional Science Bowl competition.
On March 2, Fr. Matt Malone, S.J.,
Editor-in-Chief of America Magazine,
spoke to the Regis community on the
ministry of Pope Francis and the future
of the Catholic Church under the
leadership of the first Jesuit Pope.
The Regis Varsity basketball team
wasn’t the only team competing
for a championship this year. The
Freshman and Junior Varsity seasons
also concluded with both teams
playing for a CHSAA B-Division City
Championship. The back-to-back
games, held at Fordham Preparatory,
saw the freshmen finish on top while
the Junior Varsity finished second in a
hard-fought league battle.
The team, composed of David Boak
’15, Joseph Fulgieri ’16, Ryan Hall
’15, Christopher Hillenbrand ’15, and
George Sivulka ’16 defeated Hunter
College High School by a solid margin
in the final round to become the 2015
Regional Champions. A second Regis
team, composed of Luke D’Cruz ’17,
Hampton Gaddy ’18, Robert Geron ’16,
Erik Jaklitsch ’16 and James Koehne ’15
competed meritoriously as well.
Last year, the team not only earned
a spot in the national championship
tournament, but excelled against the
competition to earn a third place
national finish. This year’s victory
secured another opportunity for Regis
to play for the national title.
The National Science Bowl
Championship Tournament, featuring
the top high school teams from
throughout the country, will take place
in Washington, D.C. in April.
For expanded coverage of these
and other news stories, visit
The presentation was the result of a
joint effort between Regis and Loyola to
provide an opportunity for alumni of the
two neighboring schools to engage in an
event focusing on Ignatian spirituality.
Matt Malone, S.J., is the 14th editorin-chief of America, a tenure that began
in October, 2012. At the time of his
appointment he was the youngest editor
in chief in America’s history.
Fr. Malone’s talk focused on the five
words that Pope Francis uttered during
an impromptu news conference: Who
am I to judge? Fr. Malone suggested
that, despite appearing off-the-cuff, the
Pope’s words were carefully chosen and
replete with meaning. They help us to
recognize the kairos of mercy, which has
become a focal point of Francis’s Papacy.
“Focus on your relationship with Christ
in this church,” explained Fr. Malone.
“Don’t begin with the rules, begin with
the relationship. It’s the only way we
are really going to understand what
the rules are about and whether they
should even change.”
The championship win was the second
in the last three years for the Freshman
team, and the second under the
direction of Coach Brian Taylor ’04,
who has led the freshman squad since
the 2009-2010 season.
Despite losing the championship, the
JV team was proud of their efforts
this season.
“This season was without a doubt
the most fun I have ever had playing
basketball,” said sophomore guard
Jeremy Irzyk ’17. “A huge thanks goes
out to Coach Leonard and Coach
Shanahan ’77 who were spectacular
leaders, and who were there for us both
on and off the court.”
“They put in a lot of time for games and
practices,” added sophomore forward
Paul Castaybert ’17. “The whole team
appreciates their dedication.”
This Jubilee year you2015shall
make sacred by proclaiming
liberty in the land.
—Leviticus 25:10
International Debate With Ireland’s
Sandford Park School Heralded as First
Major Hearn Debate of Second Century
On March 30, one hundred Irish lads and lassies filed into
the Regis auditorium to join Regis students, alumni, and
families in anticipation of a cross-Atlantic showdown. Regis
High School’s Speech and Debate team hosted Ireland’s
Sandford Park School in an international debate exhibition.
Two-person affirmative and negative teams debated the
resolution: “Social Media Does More Harm Than Good.”
Sandford Park School—a small, non denominational,
coeducational school situated in Ranelagh village (a suburb
of South Dublin)—has a very strong tradition of debating
in both the Irish and English languages. They are the only
school in Ireland ever to hold the national titles in the two
languages in the same year (2011). Sandford Park School is
also noted for the quality of its Music and Drama programs
and equally for the strength of its academic focus.
The Sandford School set an apt tone for the night—one of
cultural appreciation—with a choir rendition of “Danny
Boy.” When the time for debate began, both teams made
their cases with homeland flags draped behind them.
The debate went above and beyond expectations, with many
guests discussing the arguments afterward at a post-debate
reception, which allowed members of the Regis family to
interact with their Irish guests. Senior Brendan Powell ’15,
one of the two debaters representing Regis, found the
experience quite enjoyable.
A Jubilee year looks back in gratitude,
celebrates in hope, and prepares for
the future.
This year in a special way we want to symbolically
remit the debts of gratitude all of us owe for the gift
that is Regis High School.
For this Jubilee Annual Fund, we ask that you
consider doubling your gift.
Roughly half the cost of a Regis education is covered
by annual giving, with the other half coming from
invested monies we hold in the Regis Fund. If we
could let the Regis Fund lie fallow for a year and
not take any proceeds from it, as ancient Israel did
its fields in Jubilee years, we could grow the Regis
Fund by over 5 million.
“Their oratory was superb. It really was a lot of fun with
the audience, and the jokes and ensuing applause added
a new element to the debate that we normally don’t
“I particularly enjoyed the clash in styles between the two
teams,” added Colin Donnelly ’15, the other Regis debater.
Reading Regians:
Alumni Authors and Current Students
Connect and Engage
— by James Kennedy ’02 —
In the main foyer of the Regis library,
there is a small bookshelf dedicated to
Regis alumni authors. On the average
morning, students are not much
concerned with alumni publications, or
their own legacies. They’re huddled at
tables or hunched in chairs, furiously
studying for the next exam or preparing
a last minute homework assignment.
How many of these young men will go
on to publish works destined for that
shelf? The current works range widely:
from the philosophical Fat Wednesday:
Wittgenstein on Aspects by John Verdi
’68 to the personal Bat Boy: my true life
adventures coming of age with the Yankees
by Matthew McGough ’93; from
historical studies to literary novels;
from studies of the Jesuits to studies
of Seinfeld. This breadth speaks to the
many different fields that alums enter
and lead.
This past year, two important works
of literary fiction were added to that
shelf: We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew
Thomas ’93 and Redeployment by Phil
Klay ’01. These two books have not
only made major news in the halls and
resource centers at Regis, but also in the
broader American public. Mr. Thomas’s
reported million-dollar advance paved
the way for critical acclaim as his novel
was released in spring 2014. Mr. Klay’s
collection of short stories, Redeployment,
has also been critically-acclaimed, and
made special news when it received the
National Book Award and even praise
from President Obama himself.
The buzz surrounding these two works
led my colleague, Kyle Mullins ’05, and
me to develop a course titled “Regis
Contemporary Fiction.” We are both
passionate about teaching living authors
because their works speak the language
of our times and typically engender
student interest. For authors who are
“ Of course, we teach
a variety of authors,
often seeking those
who have had different
experiences than
Regians to expand
young imaginations,
but it’s undeniable
that there’s something
special about reading
a Regian. ”
also fellow Regis alumni, the sympathy
and connection is even more immediate.
With the encouragement of educational
innovation guru Christian Talbot ’93,
a classmate of Mr. Thomas’s, Mr.
Mullins and I developed the curriculum
and are currently offering the pilot
version of this course as a third
trimester senior elective.
Part of the draw for our students was
the unique opportunity to meet each
author. In the true spirit of Regis
alumni, Mr. Klay and Mr. Thomas have
been generous with their time, despite
their recent fame and busy schedules.
Mr. Klay is set to visit Regis late this
April, to speak with students who
are studying his book. Mr. Thomas
visited in late February. He spoke
with a small group of students in the
afternoon, and then gave a reading and
fielded questions later that evening.
After meeting the writer he had been
studying, senior Dan Sullivan ’15 said,
“it’s rare you can have a frank and
unguarded chat with an author. Our
mutual connection with—and love
for—Regis tore down any preexisting
barriers in the conversation…mutual
trust was understood.”
We Are Not Ourselves features Regis in a
prominent way, as the high school that
main character Connell Leary attends.
There are memorable descriptions of
the nervous energy on the first day
of freshman year, as Connell and his
classmates gather in the quad and get
to know one another. Mr. Thomas also
depicts the challenges of running cross
country at Van Cortlandt Park and the
intensity of competing for the speech
and debate team. There are even a few
teachers who might be reminiscent
of faculty members here, though the
author insists that the characters are
entirely fictional.
S P R I N G 2015
Matt Thomas ’93 spoke to Regis students currently enrolled in a third trimester senior elective
titled “Regis Contemporary Fiction” which focuses on works written by Regis alumni.
While the characters may be fictional,
Mr. Thomas’s decision to include
Regis by name is rooted in his artistic
commitment to realism. In the question
and answer component of his visit, Mr.
Thomas spoke about wanting to “get
things right,” in terms of local detail,
and his depiction of Regis High School
is no exception. From its location
and architectural design, to its diverse
student body from around the city,
to the “prestige” associated with the
school by a few characters, Mr. Thomas
does indeed get Regis right.
In addition to a realistic depiction
of the school, Mr. Thomas also
acknowledges the impact of his
education here on his career as a
writer. His experience at Regis, and
perhaps also as a teacher at Xavier
High School, led him to call the book
“Jesuit-influenced.” He also mentioned
the positive impact of Regis teachers
on him as an aspiring writer; he paid
special homage to Michael Vode, as a
teacher who helped him grow, from his
youthful days as a student, through his
maturation as a writer.
Students have reacted positively and
thoughtfully to reading a book that hits
so close to home. Not only does We Are
Not Ourselves vividly depict Regis and
New York City, but also it depicts the
challenges of adolescence in a realistic
and engaging manner. Senior Ryan
Corrigan ’15 reflects, “We’ve always
talked about identifying with characters
in books and it has been a literary
thing. But now we get to experience a
character who has gone through some
of the same things we have.” As noted
above, Mr. Mullins and I like to teach
contemporary works because students
can relate to current-day concerns.
Reading a bildungsroman about an
intelligent, ambitious, conflicted young
man from Bronxville coming to Regis
makes those concerns all the more
Students were even asked to write a
reflection paper discussing how We
Are Not Ourselves informed their own
quest for identity and meaning at this
stage in their lives. Another senior,
Sean Singleton ’15, adds, “Reading
a work that incorporates elements
of the Regis experience both invited
me to personally reflect on the many
decisions and stresses I have faced at
Regis, and presented me with a new
perspective on the joys and struggles
of all Regians both inside and outside
the classroom.” All alumni can relate
to those joys and struggles, and We Are
Not Ourselves gave our current students
much to reflect upon: from life at Regis,
to their relationships with their parents;
and from relationships with girls to a
preview of college life.
Of course, We Are Not Ourselves is about
much more than Regis and adolescence.
It is also about women in post-WWII
America, New York City and its
demographic changes, and indeed the
American dream. Similarly, Phil Klay’s
Redeployment ranges far and wide in
depicting the experience of soldiers
fighting in or returning from our 21st
century wars in the Middle East. Each
short story is told from a different
perspective, from a typical soldier
struggling to adjust to civilian life in
the title story, to a military chaplain
trying to best serve his comrades.
Though Regis does not appear by
name, the story “Prayer in the Furnace”
focuses on a military chaplain, who
consults with an old teacher and priest,
Father Connelly, who cannot help but
remind at least some readers of Mr.
John Connelly ’56 (if the name is not
enough, to solidify the connection, this
character eschews email in favor of a
typewriter). While none of our students
can relate quite so closely to soldiers
as to Connell Leary, Redeployment has
captured the attention of students for
a few years, as we have been teaching
the title story “Redeployment,” since its
early publication in the literary journal
Granta. This story was so inspiring
to seniors Brandon Baldovin ’15 and
Chris Kelly ’15, that they developed an
independent study course, “Camouflage
and Dog Tags,” which focuses on Mr.
Klay’s book and other works about the
Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Mr. Klay,
with his interest in civilian engagement
with conversations about war, would
no doubt be proud of the impact his
collection has made.
Regis alumni are leaders in many
fields, and this year also saw great
news from the sciences about John
O’Keefe’s ’57 reception of the Nobel
Prize in Medicine. But recent works of
fiction speak to current students in a
special way. Indeed, with several alumni
teaching in the English Department,
with publishing house Farrar, Strauss,
and Giroux still one of the most elite
presses, and notable alumni writers
making news, the literary world can feel
pretty Regis heavy these days. Senior
Matt Babich ’15 summed it up this way:
“The fact that Contemporary Regis
Fiction is taught by Regians, to Regians,
about the works of Regians makes it
something experiential and intellectually
satisfying.” Of course, we teach a
variety of authors, often seeking those
who have had different experiences
than Regians to expand young
imaginations, but it’s undeniable that
there’s something special about reading
a Regian. Yet, notwithstanding some
familiar places and faces, Redeployment
and We Are Not Ourselves expand our
horizons well beyond the walls of the
quad or memories of beloved teachers.
Like all great writing, they call us
to empathize with other minds and
envision other worlds. The authors have
been generous with their time and their
talents. And for that, we are all grateful.
James Kennedy ’02 is currently in his seventh
year as a member of the Regis faculty in the
English Department.
Who Are Our
Alumni Authors?
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
The cover of this edition of the Regis Alumni
Magazine features jacket art from a variety of books written by Regis alumni authors (reprinted
above as well). Below is a list of those works and the Regians who authored them:
Top Row:
Bottom Row:
Blue Blood by Ed Conlon ’83
A Drinking Life by Pete Hamill ’53
Against Us by Jim Sciutto ’88
Bat Boy by Matthew McGough ’93
Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco ’54
Supreme Ambitions by David Lat ’92
Redeployment by Phil Klay ’01
Low Life by Luc Sante ’72
Living Justice by Thomas Massaro, S.J. ’79
The Book Known as Q by Robert Giroux ’31
The Last Men Out by Tom Downey ’91
The Simpsons and Philosophy by William Irwin ’88
The Way of the Knife by Mark Mazzetti ’92
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas ’93
How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill ’54
Pope Francis: Why He Leads The Way He Leads, Chris Lowney ’76
Back in the fall, we posed
that question to our
alumni community in one
of our Centennial eNews
communications. The response
was overwhelming—so much
so that we are still updating
our database!
The Office of Development
hopes to have a comprehensive
listing available online within
the coming months. Until then,
check out the current list at
regis.org/authors. Help us
complete the list—let us know
of any alumni names that might
be missing!
S P R I N G 2015
Serving in the CDC Response
to Ebola in Sierra Leone
Terry Chorba ’67 Reflects on His Experiences Fighting the
Widespread Ebola Epidemic in West Africa
Market at the Old Wharf in Freetown where freed slaves first returned in 1787,
eventually contributing to the founding of the colony of Sierra Leone.
After spending 6 weeks in Sierra
Leone working to combat Ebola,
I finally have a moment to collect
my thoughts, to try to describe a
small part of the maelstrom of the
Ebola experience. The world has
watched somewhat spellbound over
the past 16 months as “Ebola,” i.e.,
the Ebola virus disease, has had its
most widespread epidemic ever in
several West African countries. In
the current outbreak, there have
now been close to 25,000 suspected,
probable, and confirmed cases and
over 10,000 deaths reported. As
in Liberia and Guinea, Ebola has
caused significant mortality in Sierra
Leone, with reported case fatality
rates in excess of 40% over the three
countries. In Sierra Leone, the donor
community has aided in reducing
transmission through assisting
indigenous efforts in surveillance,
early diagnosis, secure transport,
contact tracing, hospitalization, and
behavior change. What is still needed
is a single-dose vaccine that would
be safe and effective, and could be
deployed efficiently in the resourceconstrained African setting. The
U.S. Centers for Disease Control
(CDC), the National Institutes
for Health (NIH), and the World
Health Organization (WHO) are
now involved in vaccine trials: CDC
in Sierra Leone, NIH in Liberia,
and WHO in Guinea. The NIH
trial in Liberia is being conducted
by the National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases under the
direction of Dr. Anthony Fauci ’58.
As a career physician at CDC, I
helped teach a CDC course last
year in Anniston, Alabama, aimed
principally for physicians and
nurses intending to work in West
Africa. The course covered the basic
principles of the wearing of personal
protective equipment (PPE) and safe
clinical care and management in an
Ebola treatment unit (ETU). My
fellow faculty members included
several returning-responder
physicians and nurses who had
worked in ETUs in which so many
people, especially health care workers
Above Left: Terry Chorba ’67 getting screened with a temperature gun on entering a hospital compound in Makeni, in the Northern District of Sierra Leone.
Above Right: Poster from early in the Ebola epidemic, on the wall of a community clinic, advising how to obtain emergency assistance.
themselves, have died. Ebola has had
its deepest effect in the health care
worker community, which has been
at high risk because of the infectivity
of blood and bodily secretions, lack
of availability or appropriate use
of PPE, and challenges in following
infection control and prevention
protocols. Of all the reported Ebola
deaths, more than 9% have been
among health acre workers, with
rates in excess of 100 times higher
than in the general population.
Over a decade ago, I lived in Cote
d’Ivoire, directing a facility with
many projects focused on disrupting
HIV transmission. Since the onset of
the Ebola epidemic, I have longed to
return to West Africa, to contribute,
with the dream that we might find
a long-term solution to the current
crisis. Two countries over from Cote
d’Ivoire stands Sierra Leone, a very
beautiful but impoverished state.
With a dense population, over 6
million spread across a land mass
about the size of the Republic of
Ireland, this land has had a failed,
broken, recent past, with a civil
war that began in 1999 and lasted
over a decade. After unspeakable
atrocities by the thousands, U.N.
peace-keeping forces exited less
than a decade ago. The legacy was
more than 50,000 dead, much of
the infrastructure destroyed, and
over 2 million displaced as refugees
in the neighboring countries. Trust
in governmental interest in public
welfare is only recent. Nature has
been very unkind in targeting this
population. As of mid-March, Ebola
transmission continues, with 55 new
cases reported in Sierra Leone in the
week ending March 15, the majority
of them being in the Northwest
corner of the country where I have
been working. Fortunately, the
epidemic appears to be waning,
with cases declining in 2015; in
Liberia, the last identified Ebola
patient expired on March 27. Unsafe
burials have decreased in Sierra
Leone but still occur, and many new
cases are still being confirmed only
after testing has been carried out
on samples from persons after they
died in the community, outside of
treatment facilities.
In Freetown, I have helped develop a
Manual of Operations with standard
operating procedures for the CDC
trial, with plans for health acre
workers to be the majority of the trial
participants. Several factors, including
the gravity and magnitude of this
epidemic and its relative restriction
to West Africa, have greatly lent an
imperative to our efforts here in the
quest for a vaccine to control and
prevent future epidemics. For the
many dedicated members of the local
population and the donor community
working on vaccine issues, this has
been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to contribute so much in so little time,
both to save lives and to find answers
for the future.
Terry Chorba ’67 is an internist and
a Branch Chief in the Division of
Tuberculosis Elimination at CDC.
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Jim Holahan, 5 Mohegan Trail,
Saddle River, NJ 07458
Kevin Tubridy, [email protected]
3524 Taft St., Wantagh, NY 11793
William Carroll, [email protected]
4254 Via Verde, Cypress, CA 90630
Don Gross, [email protected]
41 Strickland Place, Manhasset, NY 11030
Tom Sheridan, S.J., [email protected]
515 East Fordham Rd, Bronx NY 10458
Members of our class were saddened
to learn that on February 5th of this year
Elmer Matthews succumbed to cancer
and went to the Lord. Our heartfelt
sympathy goes out to his wife Peggy
and their four children. After graduating
cum laude from Notre Dame at age 19
Elmer studied law at Fordham University
and later earned a master of laws from
N.Y.U. He was commissioned as a second
lieutenant, later lieutenant, in the United
States Army, serving as a research and
development contracting officer for the
Signal Corps at Ford Monmouth and
for the office of the chief signal officer
at the Pentagon. Upon completion of
his military service he was elected to
the New Jersey General Assembly at age
28. He was a member of this body for
three full terms, eventually elected to be
speaker. It was in this capacity that at one
point he served as acting governor of the
state. During this time he was a member
of the NJ/NY Bi-State Commission on
Personal Taxation and was the prime
sponsor of the legislation that provided
for the acquisition of the Port Authority
Trans Hudson Railway and the building
of the World Trade Center by the Port
Authority. Upon leaving elective office
Elmer served on various legislative boards
and state commissions, and beginning
in 1971, was general counsel of the New
Jersey Catholic Conference, representing
the Catholic bishops of New Jersey on
matters of public policy for over 40 years.
During this time he received numerous
awards, including Knight of the Order of
St. Gregory the Great, Knight Commander
of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher and
Knight of the Sovereign Military Order
of Malta. Elmer was one of six brothers,
two of whom also graduated from Regis:
Sanford J. Matthews ’43 and Peter
E. Matthews ’66. In the last issue we
mentioned that Elmer and his close friend
Franklyn Gerard were among those who
attended the Regis Centennial Gala at the
Waldorf. What we did not mention was
that they had the pleasure of meeting our
classmate Bill Dunn’s son there. Franklyn
Gerard was only 16 at graduation, hence
too young for WWII, but he served with
pride as a battalion surgeon in the First
Marine Division in Korea. He was probably
the first Regian to go to an Ivy League
school, in his case to Harvard. When Fr.
Pouthier objected, Frank told him, “They
say we are the best; so I thought I’d see
how we stack up against those guys.”
He then attended Georgetown Medical
School and began a life-long career as a
thoracic surgeon in New Jersey. He also
served in the Lahey Clinic in Burlington,
Massachusetts for a year. In 1957 he
was married to Catherine (“Cay”) from
Rockville Center, whom he met while
their families were vacationing in Capri.
Living in Glen Ridge, he used to see
Tom Carty regularly. In January 1945 Joe
Panepinto joined the U.S. Navy and after
boot camp qualified for the Bainbridge
radio operators school. He served in the
Navy from January 1945 to August 1946.
Still in the reserves, he was called up
during the Korean War and was sent to
French Morocco, where there was a big
communications center, and was there
until he retired from the Navy in August
1951. Joe was probably the first member
of our class to become a computer
programmer, an occupation which in
1950 was in its infancy. Those enormous
computers were called “tabulating rooms”
in those days, and Joe got in on the
ground floor (no pun intended). For many
years he worked as computer programmer
and administrator, early on representing
Hewlett-Packard, already one of the most
important hi-tech companies. Joe says, “If
I hadn’t had to learn Greek at Regis I never
could have done it!” Now he is fluent in
Spanish, having worked in Puerto Rico for
many years (his wife is from Cuba). He is
retired and living in Boca Raton, Florida.
Joe says that if anyone is interested in
the history of the development of the
computer, he would be glad to talk to him.
Will O’Brien, [email protected]
92 Riva Ave., North Brunswick, NJ 08902
Roman Chapelsky, [email protected]
7 Clinton Pl., Cranford, NJ 07016-1938
Charles Schneider,
[email protected]
112 Fenway, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Joe Miranda, 269 Sparrow Dr. Estates I,
Manhasset, NY 11030, [email protected]
Sadly, the wife of Vin Gavin, Patricia, of 63
years, passed away in 2014.
Joseph Breen, [email protected]
960A Heritage Hills, Somers, NY 10589
Phil Rossi ’61 (second from right) on a trip with a number of colleagues to Istanbul, Izmir,
and Ephesus in Turkey.
Andy Hernon, [email protected]
60 Sutton Place S., Apt.#10, NY, NY 10022
Warren Roth and his wife Margaret,
having had published a few years ago a
history of the Peoples Resource Center in
Wheaton, Illinois, have now finished the
editing of another book entitled “Who
Is My Neighbor?, Life Experiences of
Immigrants and Refugees”. The book
contains twenty-nine interviews with
people from nineteen countries currently
living in DuPage County, Illinois. Warren
writes that they had “learned a great deal
about the immigration issue from these
first person accounts, information that
does not come out in political speeches.”
The book is available on line at Amazon.
Charlie Rice, a professor emeritus at the
Law School of the University of Notre
Dame died this past February 25th. Please
remember Charlie in your prayers. May he
rest in peace. I am grateful to Ed Romary
and Bob Byrnes for alerting me to the
news of Charlie’s passing. Finally, another
mini-reunion will be held again at Hurley’s
on Thursday May 21st at 2PM.
William Allingham, [email protected]
Mike O’Connor, [email protected]
We are sorry to note the passing on
February 13 of Dick Milligan after a long
illness. Please remember Dick and his
family in your prayers. Bob Cannon,
Jack Corrigan and Frank Short send
greetings to all. Bill Peloso reports that
his wife, Julie, suffered a serious injury
in a fall. Please also say a prayer for her
swift recovery. Joe Marchese sends word
that his daughter, Catherine, has been
named Educator of the Year in her section
of Indiana. By the time you are reading
these notes, you will have received notice
of our annual mini-reunion to be held at
2PM on the first Thursday in June, 6/4/15
at Hurley’s Saloon on West 48th Street.
Hopefully, you also will have already sent
in your affirmative response that you will
be there. Finally, mark your calendar for
the main event of the year - the celebration
of the 65th anniversary of our graduation
from Regis. It will be held at Regis on
Saturday, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015, and
will include mass, tours of the school, a
cocktail reception and dinner. Our 5-year
reunions have always been occasions of
both joy and nostalgia and have been very
well attended. This will be the first one to
be held entirely at Regis. Further details
will be forthcoming from the alumni office.
Donal McCarthy, fi[email protected]
22 Shorehaven Ln., Manhasset, NY 11030
The genuine class notes according to
McCarthy: Bernie Tracey seems to have
been the only ’51er who went to the Regis
CHSAA state championship game in
March. He wrote of his observations in
an email. How We Nearly Lost The Cold
War. (Still another episode) In early 1961,
the Royal Laotian Army was beset by the
Pathet Lao and the North Vietnamese
Army. In support of the royals, Uncle Sam
transferred a number of USMC helicopters
and their crews to Air America, an “airline”
operated by the CIA. All US insignia were
blackened over, and the copters began
flying missions for the CIA. So now we’re
back in 1961 Laos, and here’s a copter
cruising over the Plain of Jars - tapockatapocka-tapocka - and at the controls is
none other than 1st Lt John Barry, USMC.
In a clearing below, they spot a strange
helicopter, with no identifying marks. They
land to investigate. As Jack and another
approach the strange copter on foot they
are greeted, “Spasibo!” And so they realize
to a certainty that more than one world
power is interested in Laos. The Yanks and
the Russians fumble through a handshake
or two and exchange cigarettes, chewing
gum and the like. Then Jack’s bunch
returns to their aircraft and are soon on
their way. Back at their base that night,
their sleep is interrupted by some naval
intelligence types, asking for information
and confiscating the Soviet smokes.
(Later on, as Indo China heated up into a
major war, Jack was to do three tours in
Vietnam, carrying troops and supplies into
landing zones and ferrying out wounded
Marines. To this day we, his friends, honor
his memory.) Jack told me this anecdote
at a Jug Night some 20 years ago, but I
thought I would first try it out on the Barry
family, so I sent it to Bill Foote, who in
turn sent it out to Jack’s six sons. They
loved the story, which was new to them. I
hope all you guys like it too. Bill also tried
it out on Pete Donovan, who expressed
no surprise at the news that the Soviets
were directly involved in the Laotian Civil
War. Pete is still in Idaho and seems to
be managing OK as an octogenarian. He
also served in Vietnam and was one of
the Marines at the siege of Khesanh, later
retiring as a brigadier general. I feel remiss
in not having called everyone for your
news. Maybe in June. Or why don’t you
get in touch with me? Maybe we’ll have
more news next time. Watch This Space.
Here ends the official McCarthy text.
Jerry Kappes, [email protected]
With fond memories of Jim McGough,
and in keeping with the tradition Jim kept
going, there will be a gathering for lunch
on May 16 at D.J. Reynolds on West 57th
Street, NYC. Larry Boland recalls, “We
usually sit in the back…cozy for talking and
needling.” Ted McAniff plans to be at the
lunch “even if it is at The Rainbow on 86th
Street.” Last October, Jim deftly organized
our own gala luncheon on the day before
the Waldorf Centennial Dinner. The folks
in town to attend the dinner gathered at
Villa Berulia with many others for a fine
Italian meal, and fine portions of good
conversation as well. Present were:
Cristine and John Amabile, Jane and Ted
McAniff, Terry and Bob Moore, Maureen
and Frank Neeson, Betty and John Peloso,
Loretta and Lee Sculti, Sheila and Bill
Sullivan, Barbara and Bob Walker, Bob
Baron, Larry Boland, Lew Bowlby, John
Donohue, Mike Hayes, Jerry Kappes, Al
Kenneke, Gerry Loftus, Joe Schineller.
Jayne and Rosemary Doherty also came to
the luncheon to honor the memory of
husband and brother Larry Doherty. Jayne,
pleased to be welcomed by everyone, said,
“Jim McGough’s graciousness exceeded
my expectations.” Jim’s son Matt ’93
joined the group for coffee and provided
entertaining stories of the time he was the
Yankees batboy. Those attending the
Waldorf Gala included the Amabiles,
Bolands, Moores, McAniffs, Pelosos,
Sullivans, Jayne Doherty, and Jerry Kappes.
Jim McGough was proud to be there with
his son Matt. All enjoyed celebrating the
great Regis Centenary, especially the
moving and witty keynote by Fr. Joe
McShane ’67. But Larry Boland was
somewhat surprised that Senator
Schumer managed to show up. Bill
Sullivan writes: “Jim McGough’s wake
and funeral in December of last year were
memorable events and a chance to spend
some time with his wonderful family and
express our condolences to Rose and her
children, Sarina, Damien, and Matt. As it
happened, the McGoughs moved to the
same street in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., that
Sheila and I, and our four children, had
lived on for several years just prior to our
departure in late 1973 for Raleigh, N.C.,
where we have been living ever since. For
any class members who were not on or
incorrectly listed on a previous email,
which contained an excellent interview
that Matt did with Jim a number of years
earlier, as well as his eulogy, I would be
happy to send them to you or you can
contact Matt directly at [email protected]
gmail.com. I thought you might also like
to read a portion of the email Matt sent
me after his father had passed: I can’t tell
you how blessed I feel that I came back to
New York in October for all the Regis
festivities, especially your class luncheon
that Friday. A very happy last memory to
have of my Dad, to see him with all his
Regis friends. I’m sorry I’ll have to miss the
class lunch on May 16, but please raise a
glass to each other, our departed class
members, and to Regis.” Harry DeMaio
writes: “Book Two of my five-volume series
(pentalogy)—The Casebooks Of Octavius
Bear—is now available on Amazon,
Barnes & Noble, and direct from
MXpublishing.com. The Case of the
Spotted Band, like its prequel, The Open
and Shut Case, features an all-animal cast
of characters in an alternate universe and
stars super sleuth Octavius Bear. Much of
Book Two takes place in an alternate
universe Brazil. Completed Books Three
The 45th reunion of the clas of 1970: (left to right) Jim Armbruster, Doug Kellner, Mike
Fitzgerald, Jim Bergin, Jack Martin, Tom Derise, Tom Osborne, Dan Gonzalez, Humberto
Sarmiento, Jay Allen, Bob McDonald, Blair Bozek, and Frank Deleo.
and Four are due for publication this year,
and I am finishing up work on Book Five,
The Curse of the Mummy’s Case. Envision
Kodiak and Polar Bears on an Egyptian
adventure. That’s Hot!! Visit my website
www.octaviusbearslair.com for all the
details.” Jack Magan adds: “Harry DeMaio
has written a series of the most ingenious,
tongue-in-cheek detective novels
imaginable. They take place in a world
much like our own, but inhabited by
animals––and feature a loveable ‘super
sleuth,’ Octavius Bear. I’ve read two of
them, The Open and Shut Case and The
Case of the Spotted Band; they’re
delightfully uplifting, and I want to make
sure the rest of the class is aware of
them.” Tom O’Toole reports that he was
elected to the Texas Philosophical Society:
“Something I never would have imagined
at [while] at Regis. Actually, the meetings
focus on things other than philosophy.
Also just concluding teaching a 30-hour
course to help family care-givers of
relatives with severe mental Illness.” With
reference to the recent best-selling Regis
authors, Phil Klay ’91 and Matt Thomas
’93, Tom notes: “I did read the fabulous
Redeployment earlier this year. One of the
stories traced the movement of a soldier’s
coffin from Iraq to his home in the States.
A recent scene came to mind strongly at
the Denver International waiting area for
our flight to Dallas. The passengers
realized and then silently watched the
tarmac below as the coffin of a fallen
soldier was placed in cargo on our flight.
Honor guard members carried it past flags
for some fifty yards from a hearse to the
cargo loading trolley. Other honor guards
and airline ground crew stood at attention
and saluted as the coffin went by and on
into the plane. The other book, We Are
Not Ourselves, with its depiction of
Alzheimer’s may be too disturbing a read
for me. Alzheimer’s is not our family
problem but has disastrously afflicted so
many close friends and their family caregivers. I will pass on the book. Another
fine story, if someone wants one, of a New
York Irish family is Alice McDermott’s
After This.” Fr. George Restrepo, S.J.
writes: “You are all in my prayers. As you
know in June I will be celebrating my
fiftieth year as a Jesuit Priest, my Golden
Jubilee. Please keep me in your prayers. In
1973, I got a master’s degree from NYU on
the Art of Cinema. When in Puerto Rico
(1968–71), I taught an elective course on
Film to the seniors at Colegio San Ignacio
and then ran a Film Series in Baltimore for
40 years. Another of my interests is
Opera, starting in the 5th grade. I also had
an Opera Series while in Baltimore and
have taught two courses on the Art of
Opera at Canisius College here in Buffalo.
My love to all my classmates. My busy
schedule makes my reunion with my
classmates a little difficult. If I lived in
NYC it would be different.” Jack Magan
reports that he and Ann are enjoying life in
Chevy Chase, Md., savoring good health
and keeping busy with some interesting
business ventures. Jack keeps in touch
with both Regis and Marine Corps
buddies. “The Marine Corps and Regis are
foremost in my thoughts as I take the bell
lap.” Jack also recalls, “On March 17, 1953,
I was at The Lorelei on 86th Street
meeting my former Regis classmates
Buddy Haase and Danny McCarthy, who
had marched in the parade.” He goes on
to ask: “And do you recall Regis’
Heavyweight Championship Fight? Buddy
and Danny removed their jackets, shirts,
and ties, and squared-off against each
other with 16-oz. gloves before the entire
student body. The bout began with the
left-handed McCarthy’s rushing the righthanded Haase, pummeling him with
repeated shots in Gatling-gun fashion.
Buddy absorbed them without
reciprocating, leaning back further and
further with each blow, until his torso was
bent sideways beyond a 45-degree angle. It
was such a massacre, I was embarrassed
for Buddy, thinking, ‘Oh, no! Poor Buddy’s
going to make a bum out of himself,’
when, all of a sudden, BOOM! Buddy
unleashed one omnipotent uppercut,
knocking Danny unconscious. With that,
Fr. Taylor, accompanied by Fr. Burke, stood
up and marched out; the ‘how about that!’
look of admiration on Fr. Taylor’s face was
priceless.” John Donohue writes: “Our
grandson Owen Ryan will be entering
Regis this fall to begin his studies with the
class of 2019. Owen follows in the
footsteps of his brothers––Nicola (class of
2009) and Timothy (class of 2013).
Owen’s parents, Brenda and Paul Ryan,
his brothers, his sister (Kate), and his
grandparents, Gail Ryan, and Joan & John
Donohue, are very proud of him and wish
him well.” John Leo, in a phone call, noted
his many years as a journalist navigating
the flow of current events in Time and
U.S. News and World Report. He is now
editor in chief of the nonprofit website
Minding the Campus, which he says
“analyzes what’s going on in college
campuses.” John also mentioned his time
as associate editor of Commonweal, where
he met our great junior-year English
teacher, Richard Horchler, “A good guy,
smart and witty.” Jack Magan remembers:
“Sixty-five years ago, I’d drive Mr. Horchler
nuts with my punctuation and the coinage
of my own words.” Tom O’Toole recalls
Horchler as “a favorite.” Frank Neeson
writes that he regrets he will be unable to
attend the traditional May 16th gathering,
but will be there in spirit. That’s the bad
news. The good news is he and his bride,
Maureen, will be taking their delayed trip
to Spain, which was postponed while
Frank took time out for triple by-pass in
August. Frank has had a full recovery and
has just returned from skiing in Vermont.
He looks forward to sailing at the Tappan
Zee and catching up with any and all of
you when he returns.
Thomas Hickey, [email protected]
474 Kossuth Street, Paramus, NJ 07652
The class of ’53 was diminished by the
passing of two of its stalwarts. Richard
Doyle, our class valedictorian and
a graduate of Fordham College and
Cornell Medical School, passed away on
January 12th in La Jolla CA and had been
predeceased by his wife, Marilyn. Dick
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had a distinguished career in internal
medicine and had served as Chief of Staff
at Mercy Hospital in San Diego. During
the latter part of his career Dick developed
a ground-breaking compendium of
health management guidelines widely
used by hospitals throughout the United
States. Vincent Sherman died in midNovember 2014 in Hampton CA having
been predeceased by his wife, Lorna,
in 2008. Vince was also a graduate of
Fordham College and, after joining the US
Air Force, received a master’s degree at
George Washington University. Vince had
a long and successful military career that
involved assignments in North America,
Europe and Asia. Vince launched the
first Scout missile, served in Vietnam,
taught at the United States Air Force Air
Command and Staff College, and headed
Intelligence for the Tactical Air Command
before retiring as a Colonel. Ed Jentz
informs us that during Vince’s career he
was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze
Star, Meritorious Service Medal and two
Air Force Commendation Medals. Atque
in perpetuum, fratres, ave atque vale. Ed
Kapp writes, “I am doing fine. I passed
my angiogram in November so I can get
back to my normal routine. I try to walk
every day and bicycle to all the meals at
the dining hall. I hope to get back east in
April to visit my son and his family (his
wife and my 8 grandchildren) in Virginia.
I’m sure that the weather will be better
by then.” Ron Tobin reports that “Bonnie
and Dick Coleman and I decided to visit
the Getty Center in mid-February. Dick
chauffeured us there to see the latest
notable acquisition: Manet’s ‘Spring’.
While Bonnie Sue and I were discussing
what one could read in the eyes of the
woman who represents ‘Spring’, former
track star Dick sped through every object
on two floors of the Getty and we finally
found him admiring the “The History of
the World in Art” mugs in the Gift Shop.
After a splendid lunch we visited the
photographic show entitled ‘Nationality
Doubtful,’ about 140 shots spaced over
5 decades of the ravages of war and
the fate of the homeless, especially
European Gypsies. The photographer,
Joseph Koudelka, is justifiably famous for
his emotional renderings of Post WWII
Europe. Dick drove us back to their place
and I took off just in time to beat the
traffic north. A perfect day.” Gerry Karg
emails “My daughter, Sharon Holbrook,
has become an occasional columnist for
the Washington Post and New York Times.
She writes mostly about family/parenting
topics. (She) also founded GreenUp
Cleveland, an environmental awareness/
action organization.” If there is a change in
either your e-mail or home address, please
let us know and, if possible, update your
entry in the Regis Alumni database at
John Conroy, [email protected]
180 Forest Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804
The sad news of Ross Villardo’s death
came in early February. Ross died on
January 28 in Florida. Condolences may
be set to his sister, Patricia Villardo, at
2752 Admirals Walk Drive E, Orange
Park, FL 32073. Ben Trigani, in the course
of putting together the Anthology for
our 60th, had been in touch with Ross
during his last illness as had Sam Milana.
After Ross’s death, Fred Burgess sent
the following poignant and timely note:
“When making plans to visit with some
CG Academy, Regis and other friends
down south, I called Ross Vilardo’s
number (courtesy of Ben). Unfortunately,
I didn’t get to talk with Ross—he (had)
passed away a week ago yesterday. I did
succeed in talking with his sister, Pat,
who provided the sad news….He was
cremated and his ashes sprinkled at sea
where he loved to go fishing. …So now
you can add another name to those who
have “crossed the bar” and for whom we
can pray. I’m disappointed that I didn’t
get to talk/see him. It underlines the
importance of making ‘that call’ today,
not next week or, even, tomorrow! May
we all take it to heart.” Bill Monahan
added, “What great memories with Ross.
I am in Jakarta Indonesia so prayers for
him are being said around the world.”
May he rest in peace. Chris McKenna
laments the weather in the Northeast
Corridor: “Not much prowling going
on here in Plymouth...just lots of white
knuckled driving. SE Mass. got the brunt
of all of this record winter’s storms. We
still have drifts of 4’-5’ left over from the
first blizzard back in January. That was
followed by another storm, of one degree
or another, every Sunday and Wednesday
through February, and into March. … Every
time we get a day or two of melting, we
get another little snowfall to top it up! One
bright spot is that there were no power
outages around us. Spring cannot come
too soon!” To avoid such problems, Peg
and Tom Tierney are continuing their
annual commute between Florida and
Sun Valley. Tom Finnegan entertained Ben
Trigani and his son David at his humble
abode for two nights in February, and they
treated him to a ticket to a UNC basketball
game. UNC beat Georgia Tech, making
them all happy. “ We visited for a couple of
hours with Phill Trainor on the way home
from the game. It was nice to tell stories
(all true, of course) of the good old days
on East 84th street. I am hoping to get
back to Lourdes again this year.” Hugh
Horan has “…given a couple of talks on
Jihad at St John’s College in Santa Fe,
and (is) preparing a talk on the murder
of St Thomas a Becket, a new interest of
(his) since spending Christmas week at
Canterbury Cathedral. Marchele and I are
planning a trip to DC in April/May to see
(his) old theology house (closed fifty years
ago) and several of (his) old confreres
who were with me in Carthage (Tunisia)”
– they have dubbed themselves “The
ruins of Carthage.” George Jeffers wrote
a wonderful letter about the continuing
success of the treatment his son Jeff
has been getting at Stanford University
Medical Center. It is too long to quote
here in its entirety but I hope the following
excerpt conveys the message. (I will
forward the entire letter to those of you for
whom I have e-mail addresses). “John was
Wayne Merritt, Paul Spagnoli ’62, Sidesh
Sachithananthan ‘11 and Ravel Charles ‘11.
1967’s Bill Armbruster and Bill Yadlon
in Tucson.
right when he told me Whipple surgery
is ‘no walk in the park’ and Jeff still has a
long walk to complete recovery! He had a
16 hour operation at Stanford, performed
by one of the leading experts on Whipple
surgery in the world! He told us he had
to rearrange most of Jeff’s insides, but
his surgery was a success. He got all the
cancer! However, after Jeff recovers from
his operation, he will have to receive some
additional chemo and some radiation,
designed to reduce the possible return of
his cancer. Besides being staffed with so
many great doctors, all their employees
were so attentive to Jeff’s and our needs
as his parents!... Please share Jeff’s great
news with my classmates and thank them
for us all their prayers and support! Fran
and I are positive the prayer chain the
two of you started among our classmates
made the difference in getting God’s
help for Jeff! …I grew up an only child,
but now I know I have brothers who
came to the aid of my son, when he was
in need. It’s great to have such a large
and supportive family! After reading an
email from Fred Burgess indicating he felt
badly not getting to talk to Ross before he
passed, I contacted him to tell him that
I had talked to Ross at Ben’s suggestion,
before he died. As Ben related to me,
Ross was apparently receiving a huge
amount of pain management drugs and
seemed to fade in and out, when we were
talking. Since Fred tried to contact him
several weeks after I spoke to Ross, I am
not sure, Ross could have even carried
on a conversation at the time Fred would
have contacted him.” Hope you all are
continuing to enjoy Ben’s Anthology. If
there is a change toyour home address or
e-mail address, please let me know and,
if possible, update your entry in the Regis
Alumni Database at www.regis.org.
varsity athletes and alumni (400+ Regians
attending). There were two speakers
at the event. Mike Breen (P’09, ’15) is
the lead play-by-play, TV announcer
for the New York Knickerbockers. His
broadcast partner is Walt Frazier, exNew York Knickerbocker, Hall of Famer,
one of the fifty greatest players in NBA
history. Both spoke of the Knickerbockers’
Championships (1969-1970, and 19721973) and the fact that defense, rather
than offense, wins games; the importance
of team chemistry, competitiveness, and
intensity. Both lauded the knowledge and
intense, fan support of Knick fans, even
in the down years (2015-2016 should be
better than the current year!). We fondly
recalled (in absentia) the great Regis
basketball teams of 1951-1955: their skills
set, competitiveness, and grit! All-out/
All-in; the gold standard for big-city, highschool hoops, in an academically elite high
school, with a challenging/demanding
curriculum (the aorist/hypotenuse more
important than the pick-and-roll!) These
were not athletes, but student athletes
who performed brilliantly for society after
their playing days were over and they
had long ago left behind “the roar of the
greasepaint-the smell of the crowd!” We
saw this same ideal of student athlete at
Fordham, Georgetown, and Holy Cross.
Congratulations and many thanks to
everyone at Team Regis for producing
such a great Centennial: well organized,
well paced, well attended. It was serious,
fun, august, spiritual! The Mother of All
Centennials! In December 2014, Connie
and Arthur Weisenseel and Judy and John
Morriss enjoyed a great dinner (ame a
ame/coeur a coeur) at the home of John
Githens in Greenwich Village, NY, recalling
the glory days of 1951-1955 at Regis, 19551959 at Fordham College, and beyond!
Deepest condolences to Ronald Polant
(and his family) whose wife, Bev Polant,
passed away on Dec 24, 2014. Bev was a
great wife, mother, and grandmother, and
was a delight to be with. Ron was very
solicitous and caring during her medical
challenges and she greatly appreciated
his concern and caring.She was buried in
Arlington National Cemetery. She will be
missed and will be remembered by all.
RIP. Deepest condolences on the passing
of Vincent Jennings, who passed away
on February 10, 2015. Vin was a great
John Morriss, [email protected]
3 Salem Pl., Valhalla, NY 10595
In June/July 2014, John Githens and Joel
Sherlock enjoyed the St. Ignatius Loyola
Pilgrimage, tracing the heritage and life
of St. Ignatius and the early Jesuits from
Spain to Rome, visiting Spain, Rome,
the Vatican, and Jesuit Headquarters. In
December 2014, the Regis Centennial
Athletics Homecoming was held for
Classics scholar in our Greek Section
and an overall, very strong student in all
disciplines. He obtained a BA and MA
from Fordham University and an MLS
from Pratt Institute. As a Scholastic, he
taught Latin and English at Regis for three
years. He also taught English in Saudi
Arabia, was a librarian at Aramco, and
spent a thirty-year career in academia
as a University Librarian, retiring from
Hofstra University where he spent most
of his academic career. He had very broad
interests and had traveled to Israel, South
Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam,
Cambodia, Russia, China, and India. He
will be missed, will be remembered, and
will always remain one of us! RIP. Deepest
condolences to the family of Michael
Orceyre, who passed away on Mar 2, 2015,
in Treasure Island, FL. He had graduated
from the College of the Holy Cross;
did military service in the Army; served
with IBM after more than 35 years of
exceptional service. Our 60th Reunion will
occur on Saturday, Sept 19, 2015. You will
receive an email announcement in Spring
2015, and an invitation in the mail around
July 15, 2015. Be on the lookout, and mark
your calendar! We look forward to the
pleasure of your company!
Paul Lennon, [email protected]
17 Pine Ridge Road, Larchmont, NY 10538
Chuck Wertalik reports on the “hoopster”
achievements of his oldest granddaughter,
Maggie Self, in the world of girls’ high
school basketball. Not only did she score
her 1,000th point (on a three-point shot,
to boot!), but she has been accepted into
Ferrum College, near Rocky Mount, VA,
where she will continue her hoops career.
It’s a Division III school. Maggie has
been crazy about basketball since she was
only two years old. She has played AAU
basketball since age nine, and her team,
the Roanoke Roar, has had great success,
winning many weekend tournaments and
the Virginia Commonwealth Games twice.
Packy Lawler, [email protected]
44 Beaver Pond Rd, Lincoln MA 01773
Jose Garriga ‘76 was an impressive two-day
champion on Jeopardy! in late February.
Bill McGeveran writes “My two Regis
sons are coming along. Bill (’88) gets
interviewed on Minnesota public
radio from time to time (occasionally
getting it picked up in other places)--he
specializes in information law (data
privacy, intellectual property, internet,
etc.) at the University of Minnesota Law
School. Tom (’90), who cofounded the
news website Capital New York, is corunning it as an editor at Politico, which
bought the site a while back. As for me I
had a small 75th surprise birthday party
in November. Bob White, now retired as
a Hunter classics prof and doing a lot of
traveling, was among those who jumped
out surprisingly.” My plea for Prowlings
entries brought the news from Tom Buser
that he is in the process of publishing
an ebook, actually well along, on the
history of drawing. You can visit it at
historyofdrawing.com and it is fascinating.
My daughter with the MFA from UMass
Amherst has already made use of it. Tom
has retired after a long career teaching
Baroque Art and the History of Prints and
Drawing at the University of Louisville.
Art Mattei reports that he is back home
recuperating from prostate surgery that
went from routine to complicated. We all
wish Art well. Phyllis and Bill Berlinghoff
visited Dan Daly in Raleigh, NC recently
after spending two days at the Virginia
State Reading Association Conference.
Phyllis was a featured speaker at the
conference and their private company,
Oxton House Publishers had a sales
booth there. Dan keeps himself busy
with various senior-citizen activities in
his parish. On the way back north to
Maine, Bill and Phyllis spent time with
Marilyn and Larry Brekka at their home
in McLean, VA. Finally, John Hannaway
is pleased to announce that his son has
married his high school sweetheart, after a
16 year courtship. Congratulations to all.
Michael Napoliello, [email protected]
Carlos Arnaldo (e-mailing from a trip to
Paris) states that, at 74, he is prepping
to relive the old English classes of Regis,
teaching English as a second language
to foreign students (Korean, Japanese,
Jim Fields ran into Pablo Torre ’03, ESPN
Senior Writer, at the MIT Sloan Sports
Analytics Conference in Boston.
Chinese and others) at Enderun College, a
culinary arts tertiary institution in Taguig,
Metro Manila. He will also be teaching
the History of the Philippine Revolution
to first-year students, focusing on the life,
philosophical values and contribution of
José Rizal as the founder of Philippine
nationhood. In the absence of chalk and
books, he has to “compete with all the
iPhones, tablets and PCs on the desks
and the tendency to wiki-search instead of
visiting the empty library.”
Leo Tymon, [email protected]
6 Greenwood Rd., Mountainside, NJ 07092
Kevin O’Neill writes: I am under
contract to ABC-Clio Praeger to write a
book entitled “Internet Afterlife: Virtual
Salvation in the 21st Century”. It should be
done by the end of 2015. Doug Futuyma
gives an update on some recent activities:
My last graduate student has finished his
degree and I have ended my research, but
I’m active on editorial boards of two major
science journals, I continue writing, and
I’ve added part of a course on “Darwinian
medicine” to my teaching roster. I’ve been
making extra efforts to see as much of the
world (and its birds) as possible, most
recently Thailand, western India (including
the Golden Temple in Amritsar and the
Little Rann of Kutch, one of the strangest,
most desolate landscapes I’ve seen),
and Chiapas in southernmost Mexico,
where the group spent 6 days hiking for
23 miles over a mountain range, through
splendid forest, with no trace of other
people other than the trail itself. Closer
to home, four grand-(nieces + nephew),
good friends, and the Metropolitan Opera
enrich and delight. I recently finished
(and recommend!) “Middlemarch,” and
have worked my way into the fourth book
of “Remembrance of Things Past” – in
which achingly uninteresting passages
are relieved by astonishingly beautiful and
insightful descriptions of emotions that
are unlike anything else I’ve ever read. It
is an amazing trip. And I suppose I’m not
alone among us who increasingly reflect
on our own things past.
The class of ‘84 is all smiles after their
recent RABL victory.
Ken Bailie, [email protected]
32 Country Ridge Drive, Rye Brook, NY 10573
Congratulations to grandpa Jack
Hennessy on the birth of Madison Medb
Hennessy-Wyler, born 2/8/15 to daughter
Morgan and son-in-law Tom. [That’s
pronounced Maeve for those of you not
of the Irish persuasion.] Jack also has a
new grandpup: Brittany Spaniel Stryker,
a 6-month-old puppy residing with
daughter Erin and son-in-law Col. Joseph
D. Davidson, Commander of the U.S.
Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn,
NY. In addition to babysitting for his fifth
grandchild, first granddaughter, Elizabeth
Paige (born 8/15), Henry Ricardo found
time to attend two events at Regis: the
reading/signing of the wonderful novel We
Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas ’93
and the Hearn’s international debate with
Dublin, Ireland’s Sanford Park School.
Nicole and Art Trufelli are expecting a
fifth grandchild in September from their
daughter Louise. Escape to the tropics
with Dick Pyatok Weber’s latest novel
from Random House Alibi: “In Flames:
A Thriller.”
Dave Eitelbach, [email protected]
2830 Cascadia Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98144
Phil Rossi responded to my (deperate)
request for news. “HAL, my (usually)
trusty computer is on a brief sabbatical,
so he left the task of replying to me. No
surprise, it’s mostly a report on travel—
though yes, I am teaching as well. First
week in January: a trip with a number of
colleagues to Istanbul, Izmir, and Ephesus
in Turkey—but it was no escape from
the glacial midwest, since we were there
for the coldest January temperatures in
twenty years. The attached picture might
be appropriately captioned “Eskimos
in Ephesus”! (I’m the the 2nd eskimo
from the right). First week in March: a
conference in Rome on Renewing the
Church in a Secular Age which I had a
hand in planning. And stay tuned, it’s
back to Africa for three weeks in May and
June.” For anyone interested in following
the conference, Phil also provided a link
to online coverage: http://ncronline.
org/news/vatican/pope-francis-helpingchurch-reach-worlds-seekers-speakerssay. Bob Kelly celebrated the East Coast
non-spring with a successful tour of
Florida’s baseball training camps (Port
St. Lucie, Jupiter, Ft. Myers, Sarasota
and Naples). Matt DeLuca has an even
more inventive solution to the extended
winter weather: “I just returned from a
five-week trip to Shanghai and Beijing
to teach once more at the University of
Science and Technology in Shanghai.
Did not find one Regis alum in either
city. I love going since it is a great way to
avoid New York’s January weather. BTW,
I am required to teach in English -- so
easy to comply since I do not speak a
word of Chinese!” Al Luongo is actually
using his Latin and Greek for monetary
gain! He has developed a workshop in
Botanical Latin, offered first at the New
S P R I N G 2015
York Botanical Garden and subsequently
at several sites in the San Francisco
Bay Area, including both the SF and UC
Berkeley Botanical Gardens. He recently
gave a lecture on Botanical Latin to 150
members of the Sonoma County Master
Gardeners Program. He’s considering
some YouTube videos and a presence on
Twitter; stay posted. Cosmo Salibello is
still working on his Marinara business.
But he’s making progress! “The real news
might be that nine supermarkets in the
Portland Area, the Columbia River Gorge
and the Willamette Valley now have the
Marinara on their shelves. It will also be
available online in the next four months or
so. The planning, with the rebranding and
new label, is an expansion to 25 markets
by the end of 2015.” For those of you in
the top 1%, Cos asked me to mention that
interest from investors would not hurt
at all. Seb Spandolfo wrote “I have just
learned that my grandson, Miles Roy, is
one of 700 fifth-graders from across the
country selected to compete at MathCon
in Chicago in April. Since I was afflicted
with all the symptoms of PTSD after
taking Analytic Geometry at Regis, I have
to assume the lad gets this talent from his
father’s side. Nonetheless, I am bursting
with pride.” John Waters wrote that he
has taken on new work: “I’ve added grant
writing to my consulting work. I’m now
working on a government grant for a local
non-profit, and the level of complexity,
not to mention the bureaucratese, is
beyond anything the IRS has ever cooked
up.” Greg D’Alessio writes: “It’s hard to
believe that it will have been four years
this coming June since the Regis Class
of 1965 had its very successful and very
nostalgic 50th Reunion. That also means
that we will all be having our 50th College
Reunion this year. As a 1965 alumnus of
Manhattan College, I decided to cross
check how many Regis alumni of the Class
of 1961 also graduated from Manhattan
College in 1965. The answer is 20! I plan
to be at Manhattan College Friday through
Sunday, June 5-7, 2015 for our 50th College
reunion. I hope that all of you remaining
Golden Owls of 1961 who are also Jasper
Alumni of 1965 will be there too. FYI, the
website for the 2015 Reunion Weekend at
Manhattan College is: http://manhattan.
edu/alumni/reunion And finally, a
wonderful note from Jim Gearity: “Well,
since I’ve NEVER submitted an update to
RAN News, and since we’re fifty-four years
out, I could probably drown you in news.
I won’t. But I will tell you that my son
Liam, and his wife Christina, celebrated
the “half-birthday” of their son Stetson on
St. Patrick’s Day (which means Stetson
was born on September 17, 2014) in
Los Angeles. And my daughter Meghan,
married to Bruce Kimmel and living in St.
Paul, MN, have three wonderful children,
Gavin, Clare and Laura. I myself retired
(for the first time) as Commissioner of
Higher Education for the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania in 2005. Since then, as an
independent contractor for the Registry of
College and University Presidents, I have
served as Dean of the Graduate School at
Friends University, in Wichita, Ks; as Chair
of the Department of Business at the
College of Mount St. Mary, in Newburgh,
NY; and currently as Interim Dean of the
School of Business and Technology in
Duluth, MN. A friend of mine, a transplant
from LA, told me that whenever friends
of his came to visit in NYC, he always
included in his tours of the city a stop at
Regis, to tell them he had a friend who
graduated from this, the best high school in
America! <Hear, Hear!!>
Ron Ferreri, [email protected]
4776 Alberton Court #2702, Naples, FL 34105
Wayne Merritt reported that “and his wife
Susan Murray recently held a delightful
dinner party for old and recent Regis
grads. Prof (emeritus) Paul Spagnoli, ’62,
recently retired from the Boston College
History Department, and his wife Pam,
joined Sidesh Sachithananthan and
Ravel Charles, both Regis ’11 and BC ’15.
This was a fine opportunity for the recent
grads to hear of the “good old days” of
few electives and mandatory Latin, Greek,
and either French or German, and the
“new gym”. Paul and Wayne, obviously
the older grads, were entertained by the
many changes at Regis straight from
the experiences of the recent grads:
community service, a broad range of
electives, and the success of the REACH
program of which Ravel is an alumnus.
Of course, core values at Regis have
not changed over all the years, Men for
Others!” Susan and Wayne also managed
to abandon the horrible MA winter for
two months in sunny FL, the Jupiter area
to be exact. Gene Burke and spouse,
John Vazquez visited the east coast also,
escaping NJ for the warmer climes of
Ft. Lauderdale in early February enjoying
everything the town and area had to offer.
Meanwhile, the usual suspects returned to
Southwest Florida during January, February
and March. Maryann and Dave Birch
came in mid-January and departed at the
beginning of April. Karen and Jim Ralston
spent several days with them in January
while Bobbi and Ned Butler managed two
weeks in February and March Greg Burke
escaped the New Hampshire winter for
a week while Adeline and John O’Rouke
got out of NJ for two weeks. Judy and
Curt Brand managed five weeks in Naples
and two more at Longboat Key. Please
remember to keep both of them in your
prayers as Curt continues to battle ALS.
Dave Birch and John Paxton marched in
the Naples St. Patrick’s Day parade along
with a large contingent from BC. Pat and
Ron Ferreri joined a much smaller group
of HC marchers for the trek through
downtown. From the left coast, Edward
Ryan reports that he has been “Busy
lately investigating a sudden sprout of
what appears to be anti-Catholic bigotry
among some associates. More later!”
Bob Sheehan wrote that “We spent 5 days
in early January at our friends’ place in
Jupiter, FL. In late March we will all (Beth
and my two sons) go to Scottsdale to
meet up with my daughter and son-in-law
coming from Oregon State. We’ll catch
some rays, play some golf and see the
end of Spring Training down in Phoenix.”
1976’s David Pluta, Mike Tupone, and Robert McCaffrey-Lent.
Brendan Thomson wrote on March 17
that he was returning from Bangkok where
he “just finished teaching bronchoscopy
at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu.” On
April 11 Sandy and he go to Cuba with
the Fulbright Association and that “In
May I have been offered a Fulbright to
the College of Pharmacy and Medicine
in Ho Chi Minh City to help with their
teaching curriculum.” In the summer
they will attend the Edinburgh Festival.
(“Unfortunately my younger brother died
January 9th, just a tremendous person,
brother, father, husband, all city football
out of Cardinal Hayes, traveled West,
became a lawyer and a judge. By the way,
and the most important, I have come to
learn that orange trees (all citrus) are not
trees at all, but bushes; they are trying to
be the “best bushes that they can be.”)
John Tweedy, [email protected]
26 Huron Rd., Floral Park, NY 11001
Jack Prael, [email protected]
34-06 81 St.,Apt.#1, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
We are saddened to report that John
Sesody’s wife, Bernice, passed away in
March after a 12 year battle with heart
disease. John Tuccillo reports that he’ll
be golfing in Hilton Head with Luke
MacCarthy, Jack Stack, Bill Brown and
Dick Chiarello during the first week of
May. Pictures are promised (threatened?)
in the next issue. John St George has
survived the five feet of New England
snow. He and his wife Ellen are enjoying
retirement spending time with their six
grandchildren, the youngest at eighteen
months. John is now able to spend full
time at his deacon ministry in his parish.
He hopes to get down to a Regis event in
NYC this year. Michael Gillan retired from
Fordham last June and has greatly enjoyed
more time at the Shore, more time with
family and less sense of urgency. Richard
Chiarello writes: “Living vicariously
thru our children, daughter Elizabeth, a
sociology professor at St. Louis University
was a featured speaker at the American
Bar Foundation in Chicago last month.
My retirement date is May 1.” Jack Prael
has nothing of note to report but loves
seeing his name in the magazine.Pictures
of his May visit to Italy are promised to go
with the previously mentioned golf photos
next issue.
Jeff Weinlandt, jeff[email protected]
Although you are reading this Prowlings
in the spring of 2015, this note would be
remiss if it didn’t cover our Christmas
dinner gathering at Brendan’s Bar & Grill
on December 3rd. It was a festive evening
and we were a total of 15 classmates at a
long table upstairs. We had many of the
“usual suspects” who live nearby. These
included Bob Shullman, Jeff Weinlandt,
Joe Coyne, Ron Tristal, Frank Michel,
Frank Silvestri, Louis Scheeder, Jim
Hoolahan, Dennis Moulton, Jim Pielli,
John Boden, Jim Oliviero, Ken Kelly and
Kevin Rodgers. Then we had one attendee
who drove 5+ hours from Freeport Maine
that same day and still made cocktails
at 5:30 PM…Michael C. Ryan. He was a
welcome addition to the dinner group that
night and regaled all of us with his own
memories and laughs (or lack thereof)
of those four years at Regis we shared.
Everyone else went home that night but
Mike had to wait until the next day to
retrace the long road trip back to Maine.
We did hear regrets about missing the
dinner from some classmates…Martin
Quigley emailed “sorry, going to be in
L.A.,” while Marty Besant wrote that he
“hoped to find the car under the snow
by then. Truth is, will not be able to able
to attend but would have many stories
to tell about SnoVember in Buffalo.” Rob
Haberski sent word that “unfortunately,
I have theatre December 3rd so I won’t
be able to make it. The evening, as usual,
was a great deal of fun! At the Christmas
dinner a classmate gave Joe Coyne
the Regis Centennial Mug that he had
ordered earlier but could not pick up at
Jug Night due to a prior commitment to
attend a convention for psychologists in
Las Vegas. After unpacking his beer mug
at home, Joe emailed that “examining
it, found the inscription (the one over
the 84th street entrance) to read ‘Deo
et Patriae Pietas Christiana Eresit.’ Of
course, the inscription reads ‘Deo et
Patriae Pietas Christiana Erexit.’ I do read
this stuff but just to be safe I checked with
Dan McCaffrey for alternate spellings.
Dan confirmed ‘it’s just plain wrong.’
Joe continued that “I sent a copy of
my ‘Stein rant’ to Phil Judge ’80 and
Vincent Catapano ’96. Here is a portino
of Vincent’s reply: ‘We have contacted
our vendor and they have admitted
the error was on their end and that we
sent them the correct information for
the imprint’. Some recent news from
classmates included a note last fall from
Marty Besant that “we are booked and
paid for a six week African vacation in
early March through mid-April. I wrote
about how beautiful Buffalo is in the
summer. Forget Buffalo in the late winter
and spring. Totally miserable, dank wet,
snowy, dark, miserable, hellish.” Sounds
a bit like a NYC high school from 1960
to 1964. We also heard from Larry Kenah
that “Marcy and I took one big trip this
past year, a Danube Cruise in September.
We started in Budapest, spent a week on
the river, and ended with three days in
Prague. Along the way, we visited Vienna
and Nuremberg along with several smaller
cities and towns. We saw our share of
cathedrals and castles but we were also
impressed by the river itself, our ship, and
the locks that make the river navigable.”
On January 22nd the New York Times had
an extensive article about the Rev. Junipero
Serra, a pious preacher from the late
1700s whom the pope plans to canonize
but who is accused by Indian historians
of cultural sabotage. Several historians
opined on this issue and toward the end
of the article “Robert M. Senkewicz, a
history professor at Santa Clara University,
said the history of the missions had been
somewhat distorted. ‘These were largely
Indian communities,’ said Mr. Senkewicz,
a co-author of California, Indians and
the Transformation of a Missionary,
to be published next month. ‘the way
contemporary missions are presented,
the Indians are absent.’” The mention
of a classmate prompted a few emails.
Vince Alline recalled that “About 10 or 12
years ago, I attended a wedding in which
the groom was a recent graduate of Santa
Clara. During the reception, I asked him if
he had run across Bob Senkewicz in his
student days. He advised me that Bob had
been his Faculty Advisor.” Six degrees of
separation? Tom Griffin wrote that “I ride
by the statue of Fr. Serra in Malibu once
a weekend when I take the Pacific Coast
Highway home. He certainly looks like a
saint to me. He also has an incredibly cool
name.” Larry Kenah mentioned that in the
late 1980s his daughter, Molly, “started
looking at colleges but was only interested
in colleges near home or in California
(including Santa Clara University). In
October 1988, during one of my business
trips to Palo Alto, I got in touch with
Bob Senkewicz and arranged for a visit.
He was at the time VP of something like
Student Affairs at Santa Clara. In spite of
his busy schedule, he managed to free
up at least a half hour to meet with me.
Although it had been nearly twenty-five
years since we last spoke, it was like we
had seen each other the previous week.
We had a great visit. The warm welcome
to all of us, Marcy, Molly and me was
unexpected but, in the end, not all that
surprising.” I think Larry’s comment
speaks volumes about friendships formed
at Regis.
George Griffith, [email protected]
In anticipation of the 50th Reunion on
June 13th, Prowlings for Class of 1965 will
be found in posted Biographies rather
than Spring RAN.
Bob Mollenhauer, [email protected]
In just his second college start, Steve
Bogacz’s son Jesse Bogacz threw a nohitter as Kenyon defeated Immaculata
University 4-0. The freshman lefthander
struck out 8 in the team’s first no-hitter
since 2008. For his performance, he was
named to D3baseball.com’s National
Team of the Week. Over his first 3 starts,
Jesse is pitching to a 1.59 ERA and has
held opponents to a .121 batting average,
while striking out 16 in 17 innings pitched.
Chris Connell, [email protected]
Public health physician Terry Chorba
spent six weeks in Freetown, Sierra Leone,
helping run an Ebola vaccine trial for the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. He was not treating victims
of the epidemic, but toiling alongside
CDC colleagues in a race against time
to produce a safe vaccine and find a
way to protect the doctors, nurses and
others’ caring for the sick and dying. But
it was not without risks, as evidenced by
almost constant temperature checks and
monitoring for symptoms that continued
1989’s Lolan P. Adan, Martin Parise and Michael Neufeld at The Faculty in Los Angeles.
for three weeks after his return to Atlanta.
Check out Terry’s full reflection printed in
this magazine. Three days into the new
year came the sad news from California
of the death of beloved classmate Steve
McGrath, who had retired with Peggy
to Walnut Creek after a distinguished
career as a senior appellate attorney for
the City of New York. Steve, a graduate
of Fordham University and St. John’s
University School of Law, was a lifelong
New Yorker who rode the express bus to
Staten Island daily from his office near City
Hall. Colleagues penned touching tributes
to a man who “had a brilliant mind and a
kind heart,” as one wrote, and who could
instantaneously recall the details of arcane
cases from 40 years ago. Steve and his
bride of 40 years, a retired teacher, are the
proud parents of Regian sons Timothy
’00 and Patrick ’03 and sister Aileen, a
Columbia and Harvard Law grad who
clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer and
now works for the California supremes.
“Steve always looked a little older than
the rest of us at Regis, and I seem to
recall some of the guys sending him over
to Merritt Farms … knowing he wouldn’t
get proofed,” Kevin McDonald waggishly
recalls. “Steve turned me on to some of
the good Irish bands playing traditional
music back in the late 80s, and thanks
to him my collection of Celtic music is
now approaching 200 CDs.” Fittingly, the
family requested that memorial donations
be made to Regis. Peggy can be reached
at 4348 Terra Granada Dr., #1A, Walnut
Creek, CA 94595. More sad news came in
March when we belatedly learned of the
2011 death of Robert Monks, a criminal
defense attorney, mediator and former
U.S. Foreign Service officer who through
Volunteers in Service To America (VISTA)
helped establish Gulf Coast Legal Aid, the
first legal aid society in Galveston County,
Texas. Bob was an honors graduate of
the University of Maryland and its School
of Law who died in Las Vegas, where he
had moved in 2008 with his wife and law
partner, Elisa Vasquez, a public defender.
He provided free legal advice to veterans
and the family suggested donations be
made to the U.S. Veterans Initiative (www.
usvetsinc.org). Regis had lost touch
with Bob, but none of us can forget this
true original. Fellow basketball manager
Steve Rehm writes: “He was a good
man and a character with his own sense
of panache. Bob was not an athlete and
(not) particularly knowledgeable about
basketball, but he loved the guys and
appreciated the way a good team would
work together. He was very unfiltered. If
something was going on that he didn’t
agree with, he would challenge things in
a booming stage whisper: ‘What the hell
is Ed Lata thinking about?’ Of course Ed
was three feet away from us! The team
laughed, I cringed, and Bob was oblivious.
He was, in my mind, a political grownup
before his time, and often engaged in
those types of discussions with Ted
O’Keefe - so no surprise he joined the
State Department.” A memorial was held
at the towering Stratosphere, “overlooking
the city, mountains and desert he loved,
(where) this man of amazing spirit
was remembered,” the obituary in the
Las Vegas Review-Journal noted. Bill
Armbruster spent the Presidents Day
holiday weekend in Arizona with son
Chris, who’s in a military intelligence
training program at Fort Huachuca (and
who devoured the copy of Phil Klay’s
Redeployment that his dad gave him at
Christmas). “My son returned safe and
sound from his second deployment in
Afghanistan in late October. I just hope he
never has to return there or go anywhere
in the Middle East until and unless the
situation there stabilizes. Chris’s training
program ends in late July. After that, he’s
obliged to stay in the Army for another
year.” While out West, Bill stopped off
in Tucson to see Bill Yadlon for possibly
the first time in 47 years. Armbruster,
Yadlon and Bruce Bassman comprised
the three “boys from Bergenfield” in
our class. “Bill and his wife, Christine,
graciously hosted me,” said Bill. The
Yadlons “are especially glad to be in
Tucson after the snow in Massachusetts
this year,” he added. Louis Mazzullo
“just completed my second book, When
I Am 21, a collection of writings, with
commentary, from the students I worked
with in residential placement, describing
their wishes for themselves for when they
turn 21. Interestingly, what is mentioned
most is a job. They all want to work. My
son returned from a year playing soccer
in Germany and is now teaching history
at his alma mater, Fordham Prep, and
assisting in coaching varsity soccer. My
oldest daughter Katherine was married
in July and is teaching 2nd grade special
education in Queens. Daughter Elizabeth
is teaching 8th grade Social Studies in
Queens and my wife teaches pre-K in
Yonkers. I have been spending winters
in North Carolina at our beach house. It
is an ideal setting for writing, quiet and
surrounded by natural beauty.” University
of Vermont Professor of German Dennis
Mahoney got an unusual 65th birthday
present: a hardbound, 339-page book,
“From Goethe to Novalis: Studies in
Classicism and Romanticism, which
features 21 of his scholarly essays from
the past 30 years. It was compiled as a
Festschrift by his colleague and former
department chair Wolfgang Mieder. The
aforementioned Kevin McDonald keeps
“in touch, mostly by texting, with Jay
Azarow in Palo Alto, where he works as
a practicing psychologist. He’s happy
to have reconnected with Regis. Bill
Balcerski and I and our wives had a blast
on a river cruise on the Danube last
summer from Budapest west through
Austria, ending in Bavaria, and tacking
on a couple of days in Munich. Revisited
some of the Regis in Austria ’66 stops
(Vienna, Salzburg). Final night was at the
Augustiner Biergarten in Munich throwing
down a few Helles biers.” Another beerlover, Bob DeCresce, was “happy to report
everyone in my family is well, still enjoying
my work, and just finished a 5-day, 275mile bike trip round the Big Island of
Hawaii. Had to settle for a pale ale to end
the trip. Apparently my favorite Regis brew
is no longer made!!” Bob, who chairs the
Pathology department at Rush Medical
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College in Chicago, made the circuit with
a friend. “My wife had better things to
do.” Kathy and John Finnegan are proud
grandparents of twins, Maggie and Finn,
born to Katie and Jon. Donna and Kieran
Quinn are downsizing in advance of their
move from Atlanta to Hilton Head, S.C.,
and Kieran must part with an original
Father Ed Lavin painting (along with
Villanova paraphernalia). The colorful,
abstract painting is now up for bids.
Kieran will ship it to whomever offers to
make the largest donation to Regis. Email
him at [email protected]
James Sherwood, [email protected]
The Fordham Law Review has selected
Jerry Lynch’s 1998 article, Our
Administrative System of Criminal Justice,
as one of the six most influential works
in the 100-year history of the Law Review,
and has republished the piece in a special
centennial issue. Perhaps a bit of Jesuit
bias? Of greater moment to posterity,
Jerry is a new grandfather, with the birth of
Olivia Wilson Lynch on November 9, 2014.
The only problem with the exceptionally
cute and accomplished young Olivia is
that she lives in Los Angeles with her
parents; Jerry’s son Chris is an associate
at the California law firm Munger, Tolles
& Olsen. Jerry continues to decide cases
as a judge on the United States Court of
Appeals for the Second Circuit, and to
teach at Columbia Law School; his wife
Karen Marisak, a clinical psychologistpsychoanalyst, still tries to keep him sane.
James Sherwood writes: “My son Pvt.
Frank Sherwood, 101st Airborne Division,
made me a grandfather on February 26,
2015 with the birth of Brandon James
Taylor Sherwood, a hefty lad weighing in
at 9 lbs. 3 oz. The very young master is
making good progress in basic training
his parents as to what he needs, how
he likes it, when he needs it, and the
consequences if he doesn’t get it. Frank
also follows the “live far away from
grandpa” fad, though he blames it on his
Bart Robbett, [email protected]
Kevin Conboy, [email protected]
Jack Regan, [email protected]
News from Kevin Bryant: “After making
the Dean’s List her first semester at
Northeastern, my daughter Annie will
be interning at Celgene in May and
June before heading abroad to spend
a month studying in Florence and
Rome. As for myself, I am hoping to
replicate the success of having my poem
‘Black Ice’ published in The New York
Times. However, since this was my first
publication in almost 40 years, I am not
holding my breath until the next one.” For
those of you who missed it, here’s Kevin’s
poem as published in Metropolitan Diary
on February 1, 2015:
Just skiddy enough
to turn pedestrians into
tumblers and acrobats
without benefit of training —
and drivers into rivals
trying to survive bumper cars,
real road division.
Bob Vernagallo writes: “Regina and I
are blessed, enjoying our retirement
and traveling lots. Our children are well.
Our older child Mariah is married and
expecting her third in June. Her husband
is a good guy and they are established
in a nice house in a nice community 90
miles away. Our son Luke is doing very
well as a project manager for an electrical
subcontractor in the Bay Area. He is
getting married in July to a local girl who
hales from Romania. That is where the
wedding will be. We will cap it off with a
cruise that includes Venice and Istanbul.
Should be very exciting. A couple of years
ago I joined the Methodist Church as
my spirituality was in desperate need of
revival; glad to have been rewarded with
a deeper sense of self and purpose.” Jack
Regan chimes in: “My son Brian is happily
ensconced in Los Angeles, seeking fame
and fortune armed with a B. A. in Comedy
Screenwriting from NYU (yeah, I know.
180 grand in tuition for a ticket to barista
stardom). In a great example of Regis
networking, Dennis Blair’s son Ian helped
Brian get the rent paid with a gig as a
production assistant on a music video
shoot that Ian produced. Brian is currently
working as a personal assistant to rising
young comic Sammy Obeid. They are
currently furiously writing jokes for what
they hope will be a long run for Sammy
on the upcoming season of NBC’s Last
Comic Standing.” Finally, Tomas “Muggs”
O’Dalaigh reports the arrival of no new
grandkids since the last issue of RAN.
Luke Garvey, [email protected]
Roger Rooney, [email protected]
Michael Davies, [email protected]
Robert Billings, [email protected]
Rich Zielinski dug his way out to report
108.6 inches of snow in total for Boston
this winter. (.6?) Bill Popovich welcomed
his fifth grandchild, William Alexander
Popovich. Hector Boscarino was recently
in Clayton, NC to assist son Robert in
his new restoration business. He and
his lovely wife Liz celebrated their 40th
anniversary in Punta Cana, DR, courtesy
of their kids. Vin Maher is in Caen, France
teaching two graduate courses. Off days
are spent sightseeing (Mont St. Michel,
Channel Islands.) Facebook members
can see all of Vin’s pictures. Finally,
your humble servant was at Fordham
University for the NYS “B” division
basketball championship, where our
scrappy Raiders came up just a little short.
Congrats on a great season, guys!
A Regis track mini-reunion at last September’s JUG night: 1991’s Charles Dodge, Ed Reardon,
Nolan Shanahan, and Ryshard Grzanka.
John Canavan, [email protected]
Ed Cullen writes “Don’t get back to NYC
much. Life is pretty good in Fort Collins
Colorado though.” James Mandala writes
“I am still working at Drew University
in New Jersey as Director of Counseling
and Psychological Services. This past
summer (2014) I went to Rwanda, where
my daughter had been volunteering for 2
years, and volunteered myself for 3 weeks.
I did some training for lay counselors who
work with survivors of trauma, many from
the genocide of 1994 or the following war
in Congo where about 8 million people
have died in the past 15 years. My wife
joined me after a week and we painted a
children’s library in a poor neighborhood
in Kigali, the capital, and also delivered
books from America to various children’s
libraries around the country. My daughter
came back with us and is now living in
Portland, Oregon. My son is home now,
taking a break from college and working
various odd jobs, so the house doesn’t
feel empty. This winter, my wife, Suzanne,
and I went on one of our first vacations
without kids and spent 2 weeks in Quito,
Ecuador and the Galapagos – snorkeling,
kayaking, hiking and thinking a lot about
Charles Darwin. Carl Popolo writes “Lou
DiNapoli, Marty Doyle and I met up
at Fordham to watch the Red Raiders
play in the CHSAA “B” State Final game
on March 14th with about 200 other
supporters… Regis put up a good fight
but could not close the deal in the final
minutes of the game. Nonetheless, I got
DiNapoli to buy me a bag of pretzels so
all was not lost. Other than this diversion,
we continue to shovel snow which is what
we do best up here in the Northeast, and
I continue to try and turn my work in the
energy field into a hobby or a start-up,
whichever comes first. I trade occasional
talk or text with Dr. Frankie “Hips”
DeMayo practicing orthopedics out in
CA. We swear we’re going to get together
one of these days.” Robert Sexton writes
“I am still happy in Zurich as General
Counsel, International for Amgen, the big
biotech company. My travels take me from
Southern California (our corporate HQ,
every couple of months) to the Middle
East, and many points in between, on a
regular basis. I have been living in Europe
now for 23 years. My son, Benjamin
(14), was recently admitted to a few top
boarding schools in New England and
is debating whether to go or to stay at
home with us until he goes to college (in
the US, of course). I have told him that
these snooty, elitist New England schools
are pretty good, of course, but not as
good as Regis. (And, besides, Regis is
free…). Daughter, Sarah (almost 6) is in
the local Swiss kindergarten chatting away
happily with her little friends every day
in Swiss German, French and English.
The disadvantage of being in Europe
is that I can’t get to many of the Regis
reunions. Last one I attended was the
25th (in 1999) but have managed to stay
in touch with a few folks following it.
Hope to make it back to the States for
good one of these years.” Angel Garcia
writes “I live in the Bronx, and work
as a small business lender for the LES
People’s Credit Union, with branches in
the Lower East Side, Central Harlem and
East Harlem, mostly serving low-moderate
income communities in New York City. I
have a daughter, Luzmari and a grandson
Zachariah, who are both loving people,
and also live in the Bronx. I remain good
friends with Angel Roman, also class
of 74.” Jim Cummings and Tom Dudar
survived their annual ski trip along with
the same group of 13 other guys. Five
“grueling” days on the slopes at Vail,
Beaver Creek, and Breckenridge. Jim
and his wife Debbie also connected with
Carl Barbera and his wife Ann at the last
reunion after being out of touch for many
years. It was great getting together with
them throughout the summer/fall. Jim
and Debbie will be celebrating their 25th
wedding anniversary later this year. John
Canavan has been busy starting two new
businesses and settling into a new home
in Wyckoff, NJ. My new home is only 1/4
mile from where I used to get off the bus
on my way home from Regis.
Steve Tranchina, [email protected]
Michael Del Rosso, [email protected]
Jon Powers, [email protected]
Very sad news for the 1976 class. We lost
Bart Musial on Monday, 3/23. Bart had
been battling for several years, but lost his
fight in his hometown of Boca Raton. His
wife Debra asked that donations to the
American Cancer Society for Pancreatic
Cancer Research be made in lieu of
flowers. Many of the comments on our
Facebook page remembered that while a
man of few words, Bart was always there
as a friend for all. Jose Garriga made
us all proud on Jeopardy. He was a two
time champion in late February and was
a “buzz” on our Facebook page chatter.
Jim Doyle is working with Deloitte now
in their cyber risk practice, and teaching
computer forensics at Fordham Lincoln
Center as an adjunct as well. Jim had
been a guest speaker for his work in
cyber security for Jon Powers, who also
teaches in Fordham’s Gabelli School of
Business as an adjunct. “Strider” gathered
in upstate NY for their third annual
Veterans Day jam session in preparation
for their upcoming tour of the universe.
Bob Lent, Frank Pietrantonio, Dave Pluta,
Ray Schmierer, and Mike Tupone lugged
guitars, drums, amps and PA gear to the
home of Dave’s brother Paul in Ghent, NY
and fine tuned the dulcet tones of Black
Sabbath, (apparently one of Pope Francis’
favorite bands as a young seminarian) the
Doors, the Kinks and many other classic
rock inspirations. Dueling drummers
Ray and Paul drummed on courageously
despite recovering from a broken elbow
and torn ACL respectively. Stay tuned for
tour details! Marc Desjardins retired from
the State Department last September but
was recruited to help out at the American
Embassy in Beirut, where he is now. This
summer he will follow his wife, Huma,
as she leaves the American Embassy
in Riyadh and moves to the American
Embassy in Bangkok, where they expect to
be until 2018.
James Shanahan, [email protected]
Jim Fields ran into Pablo Torre ’03, ESPN
Senior Writer, at the MIT Sloan Sports
Analytics Conference in Boston where
Pablo moderated a panel on basketball
analytics featuring former NBA coach Mike
D’Antoni, retired NBA star Shane Battier,
and WNBA star Sue Bird. Also featured
as a speaker at the conference was MLB
Commissioner Rob Manfred P’05.
Bernie Kilkelly, [email protected]
Bernie Kilkelly recently joined Darrow
Associates, an investor relations agency
based on Long Island, as a Managing
Director. Darrow is focused on providing
investor relations and financial
communications services to small cap
companies. Bernie continues to serve as
a director of the New York Chapter of the
National Investor Relations Institute.
Rich Weber, [email protected]
William Passannante,
[email protected]
John Dieffenbach, [email protected]
John McGuiness, [email protected]
Joe Accetta, [email protected]
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
announced on February 13, 2015 that the
president has nominated Navy Reserve
Capt. Andrew C. Lennon for appointment
to the rank of Rear Admiral (lower half).
Lennon is currently serving as director,
Submarine Force Reserve Component,
Norfolk, Virginia.
Michael Horowitz, [email protected]
Ray McGoldrick, [email protected]
Dave Fernandez has been busy. He
appeared on the Channel 11 News recently
speaking as a Public Finance Attorney
discussing options for raising funds to
repair structurally deficient bridges and
roads in NJ. When he is not fixing our
roads, Dave is apparently running over
them and on March 15th he completed
his second NYC half marathon (finishing
in 2:12). Dave ran for the Organization for
Autism Research and wants all to know
there is still time to donate in support
of his run—just go to “the Organization
for Autism Research fundraising page on
Crowdwise for the NYC 1/2 and select
me to sponsor.” Dave also chaired the
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Conference in Orlando, and finally,
Dave plans on chaperoning the annual
Dominican Academy Spring trip to Italy.
Dave and his daughter Elena hope to
be able to see pope Francis during their
trip to the Vatican. But enough about
Dave… Paul Villani reports that his son
Matt will be starting at Regis in the fall.
Congrats Matt! Our class’s RABL team
continues to defy age and has suited up
for yet another season. We started off the
schedule by playing the class of ’09(!!); so
we have reached the point where we play
“kids” that are literally half our age (and
then some). This year our team has had
contributions from Mike Murphy, Kevin
Lee, Tom Ryan, Tom Lavin, Bill Dunn, Joe
Carroll, Manny Grillo, Pat Coffey, Mike
Horowitz, Noel Selegzi, and Pat Clarke
’83. One of the benefits of getting old is
that we have developed a pretty strong
farm system with our sons (some of
whom actually got in to Regis!) who help
fill out the roster occasionally. Please see
the picture in this issue as proof of the
fact that we even win a game occasionally
(unless the class of ’97 used their pull to
have the picture removed before this issue
went to press!). By the way, congrats to
the Regis Varsity who took their second
straight city basketball championship!
On Facebook, there is a clip from the
championship game of a nice backdoor
pass leading to a thunderous dunk! As I
watched it, I thought: 1) when did Regians
start dunking; and 2) in only four years,
we’ll be playing that guy in the RABL!
Keeping with the basketball theme, Ray
McGoldrick’s daughter Ciara, a junior
starter for Cooperstown H.S, helped
lead her team to their first ever NY State
Class C Championship, as they blew out
Northern Adirondack 61-34 in the finale.
Ray reports that she “pulls down boards
like her dad, but unlike me, can score!”
Recalling a refrain oft heard in his days
at Regis, Ray adds, “Winston Holding
wouldn’t be calling her ‘the Butcher’ from
the sidelines.” In what was a good year
for McGoldrick offspring, Ray’s nephew
and Pat ’82’s son Patrick ’18 was part of
the Regis freshman basketball team that
won the city championship this year. Also,
Ray’s oldest daughter, Aisling, is going to
be heading off to college in the fall and
rising to the top of her acceptance pile are
two fine Jesuit options—Holy Cross and
Fordham. Finally, Ray reports that he has
recovered nicely from his stroke and is
back at work and performing operations
once again. Please keep Danny Walsh
and his family in your prayers, as his dad,
Maurice, recently passed away.
Thomas Flood, thomasfl[email protected]
Bob Sciarrone, [email protected]
Allan Powe, [email protected]
Dave Curley, [email protected]
John Middleton, [email protected]
Lolan Adan, [email protected]
Matt McGowan and his wife Katie
celebrated the birth of Helena “Nell”
McGowan on December 30, 2014. Nell
weighed in at 7lbs 15 oz and is most
definitely keeping Matt up most nights.
Jerry Russello “tried skiing this winter,
which isn’t bad as midlife crises go,
though inching along while my 7-year old
zipped by took some getting used to”.
JP Freeley and Lolan P. Adan escaped
the bitter NYC winter briefly and found
themselves in the City of Angels, hanging
out on separate occasions with both
Martin Parise and Michael Neufeld at
The Faculty (Mr. Neufeld’s latest venture.)
Martin has lived in L.A. since 2001,
working with John Hancock since 2007. He
and his wife, Emiko, are parents to 11-year
old twins, Hannah & Maya. Michael lives
in downtown L.A. and has been involved
in the restaurant/food business for several
years. Michael’s latest gastro-pub creation,
The Faculty, is located in East Hollywood
(707 N. Heliotrope Dr) and serves the
most divine Belgian Gruit called “Solarc”.
Michael’s cheese and meat boards are the
perfect partners to said brew...trust me!
Enjoy Spring.
James Donohue, [email protected]
Joseph Sciabica, [email protected]
Nolan Shanahan, [email protected]
Mike McCarthy,
[email protected]
Amy Salib, Ed Salib ‘98, Xavier Salib, Marc Waase ‘98, Allison Auer, Olivia Salib, Patrick Wickman ‘98, Kathryn Thamer, Steve Loiaconi ‘98, Airle
Henrich, John Power ‘98 and Molly Russell.
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Brendan Loonan, [email protected]
Dan Roche, [email protected]
Jay Norton reports: “On 12/30/14 my wife,
Christina Rivera, and I welcomed twins.
Natalie Maria Norton was born at 5:56pm
and weighed in at 6.3 lbs while Conor
John Norton (John was my grandfather’s
name so the reverse Terminator reference
is purely unintentional) was born one
minute later and weighed 6.5 lbs.”
Congratulations to the new family. Andrew
Lee and Chris Wiedmann were happy
to see Matt Thomas during his recent
book tour stop in San Francisco. After
the reading they hosted a party to help
celebrate the event and good times were
had by all.
1993’s Andrew Lee and Chris Wiedmann were happy to see classmate
Matt Thomas during his recent book tour stop in San Francisco.
John Morris, [email protected]
Matt Guiney, [email protected]
Bill Foley, [email protected]
Luke Amentas writes: “It is with great
sadness that I report that my mother,
Margaret O’Sullivan, passed away on
October 21st, 2014 at the age of sixtyseven after being diagnosed with multiple
myeloma eighteen months earlier. My
sister Maura and I extend our gratitude
and appreciation for the support received
from so many of my classmates from the
class of ‘98 as well as Fr. Bender and Fr.
Biagi. Mom had a great affection for Regis
and the collective support of the Regis
community during this difficult time truly
was a testament to the school’s motto,
‘men for others’.” Heather and Michael
Byrne welcomed Liam James Byrne,
into the world on August 30, 2014. All
are doing well, although everyone could
use a nap. Craig Pritsky writes: “I was
married to Lindsay Ann Stone in Lake
Tahoe on 8/29/2014. We both continue
to live and work in Sacramento, CA and
invite all Regians near and far to come
visit Northern California.” Mike Casey
married Danielle Tocchet on October 18
at West Point, N.Y. In attendance were ’98
classmates Kevin Canberg (Best Man)
and Scott Barry. The happy couple visited
Italy on their honeymoon, stopping off
in Venice, Tuscany, Positano and Rome,
where they had the opportunity to see
Pope Francis speak. Mike and Danielle
are now living in Wheatley Heights, Long
Island. After nearly 35 years, Peter Juncaj
has finally moved out of the Bronx. He
currently lives in tiny Westtown, NY with
his wife Lisa and sons John (age 2) and
Michael (4 months old). He sadly lives
too far away from the city now to keep
participating in Regis Alumni Basketball
League. Steven Turner writes: Back in
the summer of 2013, Yvette and I moved
out to Kansas City, where I serve as the
Associate Head of School for Curriculum
and Instruction and the Middle School
Division Head at Notre Dame de Sion
School. Our almost-four-year-old son
Hudson just welcomed his younger
brother, Lincoln, on February 8th of
this year. Back in the fall, we had the
chance to catch up with Jordan Corlett,
who was in town on business. Tipping
the scales at 9lbs, 7 oz. and measuring
in at 19.5 inches, Brendan Davis was
born on February 10 to Jess and Brian
Foley. Patrick Wickman married Kathryn
Lauren and Chris Browne welcomed
their fourth child, Felicity Ann Browne, on
February 20, 2015. Big brothers Joseph
and Peter and big sister Agnes are thrilled.
Andy Murray writes that he and his wife
welcomed their second child, Brendan
Quinn Murray, on March 2, 2015, joining
six-year old big-sister Blair. Alexandra and
Bill Liteplo are happy to announce the
birth of their second son, Stefan Eney
Liteplo, on October 15, 2014. He and
brother Leo enjoyed the excessive Boston
snowfall this winter. Brian Manning
started his 16th year as an agent in the
music division of Creative Artists Agency
in Los Angeles and is continuing to
represent Maroon5, One Direction, Thirty
Seconds to Mars, Demi Lovato and Nick
Jonas among others. He recently received
his second consecutive nomination for
the industry’s Bobby Brooks Award for
Agent of The Year. In February, Bill Foley
ran into lost alumnus Steve Viscovich at
a securitization conference in Las Vegas.
Steve was there representing his company
and conducting high level business while
Bill delivered him a sandwich dressed as
Elvis. Good times were had.
Stephen McGrath, [email protected]
John Zadrozny, [email protected]
Tony Broccolo and his wife, Lauren,
welcomed Elizabeth Mara on January 22,
2015. Lauren is most likely already working
on her Marymount application for High
Mike Boyle, [email protected]
Brian Lennon, [email protected]
Erik Netcher, [email protected]
Ashley and Richard Brockmeyer I had
their 3rd child on 12/31, Luke Everett 8lbs
7oz. Everyone is doing well up in CT.
Shaun Leonardo married McKendree Key
on January 30, 2015 in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Alexandra and Bill Liteplo ‘94 with sons Leo and Stefan enjoying the
excessive Boston snowfall this winter.
Thamer, from Amarillo, Texas on October
11th, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. Regians in
attendance were Marc Waase, Edward
Salib, Steve Loiaconi and John Power.
Tom Hein, [email protected]
Brian Hughes, [email protected]
After nearly 5 years of ice, fire, and
electric shocks, Alex Patterson has
left Tough Mudder to create a new
company for adventure athletes (think:
mission impossible meets your bucket
list meets boy scout badges). If you’re
interested in hearing more or potentially
collaborating (particularly web/
mobile app developers), email Alex at
[email protected]
or find him on Facebook or LinkedIn.
Mickey Fuertes has done many things
since graduating from Regis. Some of
them are worthwhile—graduated from
NYU; convinced a beautiful, kind, and
patient woman to marry him; sired two
children (Marcus Riley, who will be 8 this
year, and Isabella Marie, who is turning
4) with said beautiful woman; and, for a
while, wrote funny words on a website
(www.sippycupsandcufflinks.com). He’s
also done some things that, while not
amazing, he is quite proud of—helped
convince Shake Shack to bring back crinkle
cut fries via a grassroots social media
campaign; conquered his fear of opening
bottles of seltzer water (somewhat); and
adamantly avoided eating vegetables
whenever possible. Now, he’s helping
to smartify the future as a Development
& Communications Associate at CFY, a
national education non-profit. If you’d like
to learn more about his misadventures
in adulthood, feel free to email him at
[email protected] Joe Lugo
writes: “We are still enjoying life in Denver.
My son Ryan just turned 2 and we have
baby number two due in October! Last
summer I began working as the Corporate
Accounting Manager for Leprino Foods,
the worlds largest mozzarella cheese
manufacturer. We will be participating in
our Annual March of Dimes Walk here in
Denver on April 25th in memory of our
Twins Matthew and Sophia. If anyone is
interested in donating to a great cause
look up our team name “Team Lugo
Twins” or email me at [email protected]
com for more info.”
James Walsh, [email protected]
Mike Schimel, [email protected]
Kevin Galligan, [email protected]
John Hein, [email protected]
Luigi Naguit, [email protected]
Joe DeLessio recently celebrated his 10th
anniversary at New York Magazine, where
he works as an associate online editor.
Since 2013, he’s also been a contributing
writer for Sports on Earth, and he’s written
about sports for Grantland, Fast Company,
and Hemispheres, among others. In
personal news, he got engaged last year
to the lovely Natalie Rodriguez. They’ll be
tying the knot in Queens this August. After
spending their adult lives in orbit around
New York City, Richard Fasano and his
wife Jillian are relocating to a house in
the bucolic pastures of Lynbrook, Long
Island. They look forward to hosting many
a Football Sunday at the homestead with
Regians, friends, and even the occasional
acquaintance. Kara and Evan Curatolo
welcomed Brynn Hudson on January 4th.
She weighed in at 6 lbs 15 oz. Brynn eats
like Evan but luckily looks like her gorgeous
mother. Evan has almost mastered diaper
changes and is in his 5th and final year of
orthopaedic surgery residency. They will all
be moving from New Jersey to Philadelphia
in July where Evan will start his Pediatric
Orthopaedic Fellowship at the Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia.
Nick Nikic, [email protected]
Bennet Chan, [email protected]
Will Marra, [email protected]
Alex Hogan is returning to New York
after a three year stint in Providence, RI.
He will complete his Pediatric residency
in June and start a two year pediatric
hospitalist fellowship at Montefiore
Medical Center in the Bronx. Alex,
Colleen, and their dog Mowgli will be
living somewhere in Westchester and
can’t wait to reconnect with Regians.
Alec Calvo reports that he accepted an
offer from UConn’s PhD program in
Industrial/Organizational Psychology and
will be a Crandall-Cordero Fellow.
Chris Seneca, [email protected]
Evan O’Brien, [email protected]
John Calhoun, fl[email protected]
After finishing up both a B.A. and a J.D.
at Notre Dame, Tim Duda is back in New
York and living in Brooklyn. He’s in the
middle of his third year as an Assistant
District Attorney in the Manhattan District
Attorney’s Office, where he hopes to one
day prosecute Doug Ellman. Drew Jacob
graduated from NYU in 2010 and then
joined the U.S. Foreign Service. Work has
taken him to places such as Baghdad,
Dhaka, Brasilia, and London. He’s
currently based in the DC area.
full-time MBA program at NYU Stern in the
Fall. Tully McLoughlin will be performing
with his Chicago-based improv group
“Pistil & Stamen” in the Chicago Improv
Festival and the Alaska State Improv
Festival this year. All are welcome. On
March 20, Michael Orzetti and his wife
Meghan welcomed their firstborn son,
John Paul Michael. Dad is enjoying his time
in California with JP and Mom before he
deploys to the Middle East later this Spring.
Nick Domino, [email protected]
John Wachowicz, [email protected]
Phil Gillen, [email protected]
Justin Hunte, [email protected]
Helena “Nell” on December 30, 2014 to
Katie and Matt McGowan ’89
James J. Lanigan ’39
on January 21, 2015
Natalie Maria and Conor John on
December 30, 2014 to
Christine Rivera and Jay Norton ’93
Kenneth E. McLaughlin ’39
on January 25, 2015
Felicity Ann on February 20, 2015 to
Lauren and Chris Browne ’94
Stefan Eney on October 15, 2014 to
Alexandra and Bill Liteplo ’94
Brendan Quinn on March 2, 2015 to
Emily and Andy Murray ’94
Elizabeth Mara on January 22, 2015 to
Lauren and Tony Broccolo ’95
Ed Walsh, [email protected]
Daniel Denicola, [email protected]
Tim Leddy, [email protected]
Aidan Tansey, [email protected]
Jimmy Burbage, [email protected]
Tully McLoughlin, [email protected]
Bobby Hausen, [email protected]
Eddie Kelly, [email protected]
Lincoln on February 8, 2015 to
Yvette and Steven Turner ’98
Rob Wyllie is pleased to report that his wife
Christine had their son, James Francis, on
February 20th. He was a healthy 7lb 4oz,
and has the dubious fortune of Rob’s looks.
Brendan Carroll made sure young James
Francis will be outfitted in a Regis onesie
with the cuddly cartoonish Walkathon owl
on it. Rugare Zvoma will be starting the
Brynn Hudson on January 4, 2015 to
Kara and Evan Curatolo ’02
Evan Lumbra, [email protected]
Joe Pollicino, [email protected]
Brendan Davis on February 10, 2015 to
Jess and Brian Foley ’98
Liam James on August 30, 2014 to
Heather and Michael Byrne ’98
Colleen and Sean McElroy ‘03 at a kangaroo
sanctuary in Australia where they had an
excellent time trekking around the country.
Elmer M. Matthews ’44
on February 5, 2015
Edmund W. Carney ’49
on April 3, 2015
Charles E. Rice ’49
on February 25, 2015
Richard A. Milligan ’50
on February 13, 2015
Richard L. Doyle, M.D.’53
on January 11, 2015
Vincent J. Jennings ’55
on February 10, 2015
Shaun Leonardo ’97 and McKendree Key
on January 30, 2015
Stephen J. McGrath ’67 P’00’03
on January 4, 2015
Mike Casey ’98 and Danielle Tocchet
on October 18, 2014
Robert A. Monks ’67
on June 20, 2012
Craig Pritsky ’98 and Lindsay Ann Stone
on August 29, 2014
Bart B. Musial, M.D. ’76
on March 20, 2015
Patrick Wickman ’98 & Kathryn Thamer
on October 11, 2014
Mr. Paul J. Van Bloem ’79
on January 14, 2015
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2012’s Joseph Clyne, Arthur Imperatore, and Teddy Kim during their trip to Argentina.
John Q. McQuillan ’43
on January 29, 2015
Ross J. Vilardo M.D. ’54
on January 28, 2015
Shaun Leonardo ‘97 married McKendree
Key (daughter, Rue Perry Mahon) in
Oaxaca, Mexico.
John T. Redmond ’41
on January 9, 2015
John Paul Michael on March 20, 2015 to
Meghan and Michael Orzetti ’07
Hao Lam, [email protected]
James F. Murray D.D.S ’39
on March 5, 2015
30 1985/1995/2005 Reunion
13 1965 Reunion
20 1980 Reunion
22 Golf and Tennis Outing
15 Alumni Family BBQ
26 Student Family BBQ
9 Yankees Game
19 1950/1955/1960 Reunion
25 JUG Night
S P R I N G 2015
CBS Sunday Morning Profiles Dr. Anthony Fauci ’58,
America’s Point Man on Infectious Diseases
CBS Sunday Morning recently profiled Dr. Anthony Fauci ’58, who they described as
“America's point man on infectious diseases”. The interview focused on his 31 years at the
NIH and how he has worked to rally the government when sickness becomes a public health
crisis. To watch the video or read the transcript of the interview, visit news.regis.org.
Golf Package
$350 per person ($300 for class of 2010 and younger)
Driving Range, Brunch Buffet, Lunch and Beverages on Course,
hour happy hour and hors d’oeuvres.
O U T I N G —
Monday, June 22nd
Rockaway Hunting Club
Lawrence, New York
With thanks to Arthur T. Minson, Jr. ’88 and
William Miller ’89, our sponsoring members
Tennis Package
$200 per person
Brunch Buffet, Five hours of tennis, happy hour & hors d’oeuvres
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Matthew Thomas ’93 returned to Regis High School on
February 25 to present his New York Times best-selling novel
We Are Not Ourselves to a large crowd of alumni and friends
of Regis. Read more about Matt’s book inside.

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