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The Sixth Decade (1980 - 1989) of Our Association

This is an excerpt from our 75th Anniversary history published in 2004.

Two hundred fifty-seven men journey to Malvern for our annual retreat.  Former CA Captain Bernie Bygott is honored by the Retreat League for his twenty-five years of service as captain.

Our annual grade school basketball tourney gets underway on March 1.  Shortly before, Tournament Director John Musial, '63, undergoes back surgery and is sidelined in a cast from neck to waist.  Len Knobbs, '53, fills in and the tournament is captured for the second time by Nativity.  At the March Board meeting, Knobbs explodes and castigates the Board for their lack of support of the Tournament.  Only five men show up on the nights and weekends of play to assist in keeping score, manning the doors and keeping crowds under control.  He reminds the Board that when they accept a position on a committee they should be prepared to fulfill those duties.  He states that the body is becoming more and more lackadaisical with regard to performing their committee assignments.  His remarks are quoted verbatim in the minutes so that those who were not present would be aware of his comments and feelings.

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Joseph F. O'Neill is the recipient of our Annual Outstanding Achievement Award and delivers the principal address at the Communion Breakfast on March 23.  Fishtown native, West Catholic grad and WCAU-TV sportscaster Hugh Gannon is the Toastmaster.  Despite the splendid array of talent attendance drops to 469.  The Board is in a quandary as to how to attract our members to the Breakfast.

Outstanding Alumnus

Charles J. (Chick) Quinn, '36, former president (1950-54), receives our Outstanding Alumnus Award.  This is the first award selected by our "old timers" committee.  Chick also served as the first Treasurer of the Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.  At this point, his service as president is the second longest (by 9 days) in our history.

At the May meeting of the Scholarship Fund, The Board of Trustees select the recipients of the 1980 Grants honoring the deceased members of the Class of 1953: Francis Kolinka, '80 ($4000), Daniel Collins, '80 ($2000), and Michael Johnson, '80 ($2000).  The sons/daughters grants were awarded to Eric Heck, '80 ($4000), John Seitz ($2000), and James McMahon ($2000).  Len Knobbs, '53, is elected to his fourth consecutive term as Treasurer of the Fund.

Seventy-five people attend Memorial Services.  Nine Oblates led by Father Ed Simons, OSFS, '34, our Chaplain, concelebrate Mass in the Faculty House Chapel.  Services follow at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima where we are joined by the McVeigh Post CWV.  Then we adjourn to the cafeteria for coffee and cake.

The Picnic Committee under Chairman Bill McCormac, '61, reports that the sites that were examined did not meet our requirements.  Consequently, there will be no picnic.

Since President Ray Zegarski, '59, is ineligible to succeed himself nominations for officers are wide open. Four candidates are nominated for the presidency.  However, at the June meeting, all but Len Knobbs, '53, have withdrawn and he is elected unanimously.  This marks only the second time in our history that a president has been returned to office after an absence, and the third time that anyone had been elected to a fourth term.  John Musial, '63, is returned to the first vice presidency unanimously.  Second Vice President Bill McCormac, '61, wins reelection.  Ed Guinan, '37, Paul Quinn, '36, and Joe McKeown, '33, are unanimously returned to office as 3rd V. P., Secretary, and Treasurer respectively.  In a hotly contested race for the Fourth Vice President spot, Ed Markowski, '56, defeats Tony Colletta, '72.  With Knobbs vacating the position of 1st Assistant Treasurer, Ed Ganister, '32 is unanimously elected to the post.  Bill Nesbitt, '59, forgoes his position as Assistant Secretary to unanimously win election as 2nd Assistant Treasurer and he is replaced in the former position by Jim Bollendorf, '73.  Frank Gleason, '53 is unanimously named Historian.

Upon taking the chair, Knobbs thanked the Board for their confidence in his ability to once more lead the organization.  He thanked Ray Zegarski and Bill O'Connell, '34 for their years of service and turned the floor over to Zegarski for any remarks.  Whereupon, Ray thanked the Board for their support over the last three years.  He proffered "a special thank you to the wives, girlfriends, and , in some instances, children of Board members for the help they provided during my terms of office".  Knobbs then appointed Joe McKeown, '33, as Executive Secretary and himself as Assistant.  The Board concurred with one negative vote.

He then named Ed Guinan, '37 as Chairman of a Ways and Means Committee which was charged with examining all aspects and operations of the Association.  Len explained that he felt this was needed to determine the future of the organization.  "Something must be done to reawaken the interest of the Board and the membership as a whole".  He further indicated that he would meet with the Board throughout the summer months.  The meetings would be conducted by decades so that points of view could be discussed and examined by those with mutual interests.

The Board makes the momentous decision to set aside $20,000 for the purchase of a computer system. The June FALCONER reports the death of a "friend".  A young fellow - only 21 - our annual picnic.  The column notes this the latest "death" in a long series of "deaths" of Alumni activities.  First, free membership dances, then our paid dances, next the Monte Carlo nite.  The author wondered how long it would be before the Kiddies' Christmas Party and the Communion Breakfast would fall prey to the apathetic attitude of most of the Board and membership toward Alumni activities.

On June 23, the Trustees of the Scholarship Fund meet to elect a Treasurer to fill the unexpired term of Len Knobbs who, by virtue of winning the presidency of the Association, is automatically the Chairman of the Board.  Pat Boyle, '49, narrowly defeats Ray Zegarski, '59.

We Enter the Computer Age

At the September meeting, Finance Committee Chairman Ray Zegarski, '59, reviews the nine bids we have received from various computer vendors.  They range in price from $19,000 to $63,000 and the service and programming that would be provided was almost as wide in scope.  Zegarski informs the Board that the committee reviewed all the bids, met with the prospective vendors and has made a decision on their recommendation to the Board.  Accordingly, he moves that "The Association obtain from American Computers, Inc., a Data General MicroNova system with a LearSiegler #310 printer. The equipment would be leased for 66 months with the option to purchase at the conclusion of the lease.  Also a service contract would be obtained.  The lease will be $515.57 per month and the service charge $180 per month.  The total price for the 66 months will be $34,027.62.  At the end of 66 months, we can purchase it for three identical annual payments of $763.80.  A lengthy discussion ensues over whether to purchase or lease.  At the end, the motion to lease is approved unanimously.

The Ways and Means Committee has a number of items to propose.  First, they suggest a trip to the Boardwalk Regency Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.  It is approved unanimously.  A Nostalgia Nite geared to the Classes of the 40's and 50's is suggested.  It will be referred to a committee.  An incentive program would be established to encourage members to recruit other active members.  Five new members would earn you a reward worth $1.50 in merchandise; 10 members $3.00, etc.  John Hanejko,'65, displayed the merchandise that would be available: coffee mugs, ash trays, money clips, glasses, etc.  The motion to accept the incentive plan is adopted unanimously.  These items will also be available for sale.

Former Alumni President Bernard F. Bygott, '34, passes away on October 1.

Fifty-three people journey to Atlantic City in November to try their luck at the tables.  Chairman Bill Nesbitt, '59, reports 52 losses and a tie.

Attendance at the Christmas Party slips again - this time to 175.  Once again, Ed Markowski, '56, does an admirable job imitating the jolly old elf.  He is assisted by Ray Rysak, '66 and his committee of pixies.

The Finance committee recommends giving the school $1000 to purchase a new camera for the year book staff and cabinets and card files for the media center.

Nativity BVM captures the Parochial Schools Basketball Tourney for the second year in a row by a 44-34 margin over St. Joan of Arc.  Chairman John Musial, '63 and his committee did a great job and for a change we made a few bucks.

Larry Kane, WCAU-TV anchorman, is the recipient of our annual Outstanding Achievement Award and delivers a talk well received by the 484 in attendance.  FR.ED Simons, OSFS, '34, is the eleventh recipient

Two hundred fifty-seven men journey to Malvern for our annual retreat.  Former CA Captain Bernie Bygott is honored by the Retreat League for his twenty-five years of service as captain.

Our annual grade school basketball tourney gets underway on March 1.  Shortly before, Tournament Director John Musial, '63, undergoes back surgery and is sidelined in a cast from neck to waist.  Len Knobbs, '53, fills in and the tournament is captured for the second time by Nativity.  At the March Board meeting, Knobbs explodes and castigates the Board for their lack of support of the Tournament.  Only five men show up on the nights and weekends of play to assist in keeping score, manning the doors and keeping crowds under control.  He reminds the Board that when they accept a position on a committee they should be prepared to fulfill those duties.  He states that the body is becoming more and more lackadaisical with regard to performing their committee assignments.  His remarks are quoted verbatim in the minutes so that those who were not present would be aware of his comments and feelings.

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Joseph F. O'Neill is the recipient of our Annual Outstanding Achievement Award and delivers the principal address at the Communion Breakfast on March 23.  Fishtown native, West Catholic grad and WCAU-TV sportscaster Hugh Gannon is the Toastmaster.  Despite the splendid array of talent attendance drops to 469.  The Board is in a quandary as to how to attract our members to the Breakfast.

Outstanding Alumnus

Charles J. (Chick) Quinn, '36, former president (1950-54), receives our Outstanding Alumnus Award.  This is the first award selected by our "old timers" committee.  Chick also served as the first Treasurer of the Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.  At this point, his service as president is the second longest (by 9 days) in our history.

At the May meeting of the Scholarship Fund, The Board of Trustees select the recipients of the 1980 Grants honoring the deceased members of the Class of 1953: Francis Kolinka, '80 ($4000), Daniel Collins, '80 ($2000), and Michael Johnson, '80 ($2000).  The sons/daughters grants were awarded to Eric Heck, '80 ($4000), John Seitz ($2000), and James McMahon ($2000).  Len Knobbs, '53, is elected to his fourth consecutive term as Treasurer of the Fund.

Seventy-five people attend Memorial Services.  Nine Oblates led by Father Ed Simons, OSFS, '34, our Chaplain, concelebrate Mass in the Faculty House Chapel.  Services follow at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima where we are joined by the McVeigh Post CWV.  Then we adjourn to the cafeteria for coffee and cake.

The Picnic Committee under Chairman Bill McCormac, '61, reports that the sites that were examined did not meet our requirements.  Consequently, there will be no picnic.

Since President Ray Zegarski, '59, is ineligible to succeed himself nominations for officers are wide open. Four candidates are nominated for the presidency.  However, at the June meeting, all but Len Knobbs, '53, have withdrawn and he is elected unanimously.  This marks only the second time in our history that a president has been returned to office after an absence, and the third time that anyone had been elected to a fourth term.  John Musial, '63, is returned to the first vice presidency unanimously.  Second Vice President Bill McCormac, '61, wins reelection.  Ed Guinan, '37, Paul Quinn, '36, and Joe McKeown, '33, are unanimously returned to office as 3rd V. P., Secretary, and Treasurer respectively.  In a hotly contested race for the Fourth Vice President spot, Ed Markowski, '56, defeats Tony Colletta, '72.  With Knobbs vacating the position of 1st Assistant Treasurer, Ed Ganister, '32 is unanimously elected to the post.  Bill Nesbitt, '59, forgoes his position as Assistant Secretary to unanimously win election as 2nd Assistant Treasurer and he is replaced in the former position by Jim Bollendorf, '73.  Frank Gleason, '53 is unanimously named Historian.

Upon taking the chair, Knobbs thanked the Board for their confidence in his ability to once more lead the organization.  He thanked Ray Zegarski and Bill O'Connell, '34 for their years of service and turned the floor over to Zegarski for any remarks.  Whereupon, Ray thanked the Board for their support over the last three years.  He proffered "a special thank you to the wives, girlfriends, and , in some instances, children of Board members for the help they provided during my terms of office".  Knobbs then appointed Joe McKeown, '33, as Executive Secretary and himself as Assistant.  The Board concurred with one negative vote.

He then named Ed Guinan, '37 as Chairman of a Ways and Means Committee which was charged with examining all aspects and operations of the Association.  Len explained that he felt this was needed to determine the future of the organization.  "Something must be done to reawaken the interest of the Board and the membership as a whole".  He further indicated that he would meet with the Board throughout the summer months.  The meetings would be conducted by decades so that points of view could be discussed and examined by those with mutual interests.

The Board makes the momentous decision to set aside $20,000 for the purchase of a computer system. The June FALCONER reports the death of a "friend".  A young fellow - only 21 - our annual picnic.  The column notes this the latest "death" in a long series of "deaths" of Alumni activities.  First, free membership dances, then our paid dances, next the Monte Carlo nite.  The author wondered how long it would be before the Kiddies' Christmas Party and the Communion Breakfast would fall prey to the apathetic attitude of most of the Board and membership toward Alumni activities.

On June 23, the Trustees of the Scholarship Fund meet to elect a Treasurer to fill the unexpired term of Len Knobbs who, by virtue of winning the presidency of the Association, is automatically the Chairman of the Board.  Pat Boyle, '49, narrowly defeats Ray Zegarski, '59.

We Enter the Computer Age

At the September meeting, Finance Committee Chairman Ray Zegarski, '59, reviews the nine bids we have received from various computer vendors.  They range in price from $19,000 to $63,000 and the service and programming that would be provided was almost as wide in scope.  Zegarski informs the Board that the committee reviewed all the bids, met with the prospective vendors and has made a decision on their recommendation to the Board.  Accordingly, he moves that "The Association obtain from American Computers, Inc., a Data General MicroNova system with a LearSiegler #310 printer. The equipment would be leased for 66 months with the option to purchase at the conclusion of the lease.  Also a service contract would be obtained.  The lease will be $515.57 per month and the service charge $180 per month.  The total price for the 66 months will be $34,027.62.  At the end of 66 months, we can purchase it for three identical annual payments of $763.80.  A lengthy discussion ensues over whether to purchase or lease.  At the end, the motion to lease is approved unanimously.

The Ways and Means Committee has a number of items to propose.  First, they suggest a trip to the Boardwalk Regency Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.  It is approved unanimously.  A Nostalgia Nite geared to the Classes of the 40's and 50's is suggested.  It will be referred to a committee.  An incentive program would be established to encourage members to recruit other active members.  Five new members would earn you a reward worth $1.50 in merchandise; 10 members $3.00, etc.  John Hanejko,'65, displayed the merchandise that would be available: coffee mugs, ash trays, money clips, glasses, etc.  The motion to accept the incentive plan is adopted unanimously.  These items will also be available for sale.

Former Alumni President Bernard F. Bygott, '34, passes away on October 1.

Fifty-three people journey to Atlantic City in November to try their luck at the tables.  Chairman Bill Nesbitt, '59, reports 52 losses and a tie.

Attendance at the Christmas Party slips again - this time to 175.  Once again, Ed Markowski, '56, does an admirable job imitating the jolly old elf.  He is assisted by Ray Rysak, '66 and his committee of pixies.

The Finance committee recommends giving the school $1000 to purchase a new camera for the year book staff and cabinets and card files for the media center.

Nativity BVM captures the Parochial Schools Basketball Tourney for the second year in a row by a 44-34 margin over St. Joan of Arc.  Chairman John Musial, '63 and his committee did a great job and for a change we made a few bucks.

Larry Kane, WCAU-TV anchorman, is the recipient of our annual Outstanding Achievement Award and delivers a talk well received by the 484 in attendance.  FR.ED Simons, OSFS, '34, is the eleventh recipient of our Outstanding Alumnus Award.

In May, the Trustees announce the recipients of this years grants to college bound students: $4000 Grant to Timothy G. O'Shaughnessy, '81, $2000 Grants to James J. Tepper, '81, and Thomas J. Louden, '81; and the sons/daughters grants were awarded to Eileen G. Flynn ($4000), Maureen A. Klein ($2000), and Victor J. Namiotka ($2000).

Chairman Joe McKeown, '33, reports that "999" Club sales have increased by 165 over last year.

Seventy-four attend Memorial Days Services.  Mass is concelebrated in the Faculty House Chapel by Fr. Ed Simons, OSFS, '34, and eight Oblate confreres.

As a result of our drive, membership is up by over ten percent.  We have 3881 dues paying members - the second highest total in our history.

Election Uproar

In an curious turn of events, all of the candidates nominated in May for the office of 3rd Vice President have declined nomination.  This necessitates opening nominations in June.  Seven men are nominated including three who had previously declined.  Three of those nominated this evening (Ray Zegarski, '59, Tom Cleary, '47, and Ed Ganister, '32) decline leaving four in the field.

Frank Gleason, '53, challenges the nomination of Ed Markowski, '56, on constitutional grounds.  Election Chairman Zegarski declares a recess while the Trustees consider the question.  Upon returning to the floor, Chairman Zegarski reports that the By-Laws clearly state "that if a nominee is not present he be given the choice to decline".  Since Markowski is not present this evening but had been nominated at the May meeting and declined in writing, the Trustees have ruled that he has indicated his wishes.  The nominees for Third Vice President are Joe Mackin, '40, Bill McCormac, '61, and Tony Colletta, '72.

Knobbs is unopposed and is elected to a precedent setting fifth term.  John Musial, '63, is unopposed in his bid for First Vice President.  Bill O'Connell, '34, ekes out a one vote win over Bill McCormac,'61, for the post of Second Vice President.  However, McCormac captures the 3rd Vice Presidency.  The position of Fourth Vice President goes to Ed Markowski, '56.

Joe McKeown, '33, Paul Quinn, '36, Ed Ganister, '32, and Jim Bollendorf, '73, are reelected without opposition as Treasurer, Secretary, First Assistant Treasurer, and Assistant Secretary respectively.

There are three candidates for 2nd Assistant Treasurer and Bill Nesbitt, '59 is the run away winner garnering over eighty percent of the votes cast.  Likewise, the race for Historian has attracted three contestants and Father Joe Griffin, OSFS, '46 is the victor.

Parliamentary Uproar

Finance Chairman Ray Zegarski presents next year's budget for approval.  However, before the vote is taken, he indicates the committee, responding to a previous suggestion from the floor, would like to propose "that the Association establish a FALCONER subscription rate of $1 per year for non-alumni".  It is seconded by Lou Peters, '31.  An amendment is offered by McKeown "that non-alumni subscribers to the "999" Club be extended a one year subscription".  It is seconded by Ganister.  An amendment is offered by Joe Mackin, '40, and Bill O'Connell, '34, "to grant a one year subscription to those who make a donation to the Scholarship Fund."

President Knobbs states that "he felt the amendment was too broad in that it would entitle the donor to a subscription no matter how small the donation."  An amendment is offered by Mackin and Tom Hill,'38, that the "donation be set at a minimum of $10."  McKeown challenges the chair's decision to accept the last amendment in that it exceeds the number of allowable amendments to a motion.  Knobbs stepped down from the Chair and it was assumed by First V. P. Musial.  Tom Cleary asks that Roberts Rules of Order be read on the topic.  Zegarski does so and a vote was taken on the Chair's decision was upheld with one negative vote.

A prolonged discussion on the motion and its amendments ensues.  A voice vote defeats the Mackin-Hill amendment and also the Mackin-O'Connell amendment.  The McKeown-Ganister amendment passes 18-16; and the original motion carries 28-6.  After all this, the budget passes with hardly a whimper.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

After losing the Democratic primary race to David Glancey, '62, Joseph F. Smith, '38, entered the race as an Independent in a special election on July 21 to fill an unexpired seat in the U. S. Congress representing a section of Philadelphia.  A former Pennsylvania State Senator, Smith was successful and thus becomes the first alumnus to serve in Congress.

Work is proceeding slowly on our computerization.  Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joe McKeown, '33 reports, at the September meeting of the Board, that slightly over 20 percent of the names and records have been entered into the database.  All active members and the complete classes of '66, '71, and '81 are on line.

Our Nostalgia Nite is finally held after more setbacks than you can imagine.  The cafeteria at North is filled by over 200 people to come to listen and dance to music of the forties and fifties and feast upon roast beef sandwiches, beer and set-ups.  A grand time is had by all.  Even better, Chairmen Tony Colletta, '72, says we made $800 - $100 of which is donated to the Oblate Community at North.

We are saddened by two deaths in October, 1981.  On October 11, the Most Rev. William F. Ward, OSFS, '32, the Superior General of the Oblates dies after a long illness.  Less than two weeks later (October 24), former Alumni President James J. Cox, Jr., '36, dies.

At the November meeting, the Board votes to donate $1000 to the school to upgrade three computers and purchase equipment for the photo lab.

November 13 - Friday - and two bus loads of alumni and friends depart for the Playboy Casino in AC.  No word on how our 47 participants made out but the Association netted almost $135.

One Hundred Seventy-Three youngsters clamor upon Santa's lap to let him know what their heart's desire is. Santa (Ed Markowski, '56) promises to oblige as best he can.  President Knobbs thanks Chairman Ray Rysak, '66, for an outstanding job but takes the occasion to castigate the Board for their lack of support.  Not only for the Christmas Party but most of the Association's undertakings.  He emphasizes "we need workers, not legislators".

A major change in the operation of the Scholarship Fund is proposed by the Trustees.  They amend the By-Laws to change the section which states "the Principal of NECHS will refer twelve names from among the senior class to the Trustees of the Fund for selection" to "any member of the senior class may apply directly to the Fund for consideration for a grant".  A motion is made by Joe McKeown, '33 and John Handley, '58 to ratify the proposed amendment and it is passed unanimously.

Upon the suggestion of President Knobbs, Joe Naples, '76 and Ray Zegarski, '59 move to confer Honorary Membership upon Father Al Gondek, OSFS, a long time teacher at NECHS.  It is adopted with one negative vote.

For the first time in 17 years, the North Catholic group at Malvern exceeds the 300 mark.  CA Captain Joe Harvey is congratulated by the rector Father Thomas Scanlon, '49.

On March 7, another bus is off to Atlantic City with a stop at Zaberer's in Smithville, for dinner.  Chairman Mike Ranson, '60 reports that it is a social and financial success for the Association.  No word on how our travelers did at the casino.

McKeown, '33 reports that we now have over 11,000 names in the computer database.  Still a long way to go!

St. Boniface upsets Nativity (39-38) to capture the Grade School Basketball Tourney on March 21.  Led my MVP Scott Odom, they win on a last minute shot by Jim Geidemann to capture the title for the fifth time in 21 tries.

At the March 28 General Membership Meeting prior to the Communion Breakfast, President Knobbs advises the 591 in attendance that the Association is facing financial difficulties and that everyone should get behind us by purchasing a "999" Club subscription or by paying their $3 annual dues.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott delivers the principal address and accepts our annual Outstanding Achievement Award.  Billy Matthews (nee Plumley, '54) does his usual great job as Toastmaster.  A surprise guest in the form of former Eagles great Steve VanBuren delights those in attendance.  Ed Ganister, '32, receives the Outstanding Alumnus Award.  Honorary membership in the Association is conferred upon Father Albert J. Gondek, OSFS, the school chaplain and long time teacher at North.

In April, the Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Fund announced that they were increasing the value of the grants awarded for the coming year to $6,000, $4000, and $3,000 to both graduating seniors from North and sons/daughters of dues paying alumni.  Also, four $3,000 grants will be awarded to incoming Freshmen at NECHS.  This raises the annual value of all grants awarded to $38,000.

Knobbs Wins Sixth Term

President Knobbs is unanimously elected to his sixth term as President at the June meeting.  Also reelected unopposed were First Vice President Ray Zegarski,'59, Treasurer Joe McKeown, '33, and First Assistant Treasurer Ed Ganister, '32.  Bill O'Connell, '34 retains his post of 2nd V.P. by defeating Bill McCormac, '61. McCormac is also unsuccessful in his bid for Third Vice President which is captured by Ed Markowski, '56. Tony Colletta, '72 defeats John Handley, '58 for the office of 4th V.P.

Paul Quinn, '36, retains his position as Secretary, in a three man race with John Musial, '63, and Father Joe Griffin, '46.  However, Father Joe keeps the Historian's position by defeating Frank Gleason, '53.  Jim Bollendorf, successfully retains his position as Assistant Secretary by defeating John Handley, '58.

In September, 1982, NECHS has a number of changes, Father James E. Dalton, OSFS, a Father Judge alum is named Principal.  Bill Saybolt, '65 becomes head football coach, and Jim Greene, '70 takes over the reins of the soccer team.

At the November meeting, Finance Committee Chairman Frank Gleason, '53, recommends changes to the method used in computing the Class Activities Fund credit.  The CAF was established in 1953 to allocate a portion of each member's dues to his class for use in promoting class activities.  He suggests that Trustees, Clergy, and Servicemen, while continuing to be counted as active members, be included in establishing the class potential number.  Additionally a bonus system will be established to reward those classes who secure large numbers of dues payers.  The bonus will be applied in one-quarter percent increments to classes achieving a minimum of 75 members and for each 25 members thereafter.

The committee also proposes changing the "999" Club where 3 numbers are selected and the club runs for 10 weeks to the Lucky 12's Club where 4 numbers will be chosen and the prizes will be awarded over 12 weeks with a grand prize of $12,000.  Both recommendations were presented to the Board and will be voted on at next month's meeting.

A social in the school cafeteria on December 4 is poorly attended and, luckily, we break even.  On the 9th, The Board unanimously approves both of the Finance Committee's recommendations.  President Knobbs reminds the Reps that the classes are not entities unto themselves but rather a part of the Association as a whole.  As a result of some problems, he suggests the Board adopt a method of having the Reps account to the Association for monies collected and disbursed on behalf of their class activities.

December 19, Chief Elf Ray Rysak, '66 and his pixies welcome Santa and 400 happy youngsters to North. Joe Smyth, '30, delights the youngsters with his "Punch & Judy" puppet show.

At the January meeting, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joe McKeown, '33, unveils the first edition of our newly compiled Class Representative's Handbook.  The book is designed to provide the Reps with some interesting and informative guidelines to running a reunion and includes a copy of our constitution and by-laws.  Board Dinner Chairman Ed Ganister, '32, informs the Board that this year's dinner will be a testimonial to our chaplain, Father Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his ordination.  As a result, the dinner which will be held at Cameo Caterers will be open to the public.

Plans for our Communion Breakfast on March 20 are formalized.  Tony Cendrowski, '57, reports that the caterer will be Four Chefs, and the famous Father Thomas "Knobby" Walsh, OSFS, Hon. '66, will be the Homilist at Mass which will concelebrated by clergy members of the Class of '57.  Speakers' chairman Frank Gleason, '53, advises that "Mickey" Shaughnessy, Hon. '49, will be Toastmaster and United States Senator John Heinz will be the recipient of our annual Outstanding Achievement Award and deliver the principal address.

Controversy Casts Shadow Over Breakfast

There is no way for us to describe for posterity or to do justice to what transpired in the Spring of 1983 unless we tell the story in its entirety.  So we beg your indulgence while we repeat the step-by-step account as it originally appeared in a special edition of the FALCONER in May, 1983.

Despite the controversy surrounding the selection of United States Senator John Heinz (R., Pa.) as the recipient of our annual Outstanding Achievement Award, more than five hundred alumni and friends attended the 54th anniversary breakfast on Sunday, March 20, 1983.

At the general membership meeting preceding the breakfast, Alumni President Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, informed those assembled at the Four Chefs Caterers of the rationale behind the Board of Governors' decision to relocate the site of this year's breakfast.  He further detailed each step of the controversy that led to this decision and promised that a full report to the entire membership would be contained in the next issue of the FALCONER.

Following is a step by step account of the events connected with the 54th Anniversary Breakfast.

Heinz Nominated

Early in December, 1982, Breakfast Speakers Committee Chairman Frank Gleason, '53, assembled his group in the Alumni Office to review nominations for the 1983 Outstanding Achievement Award and to discuss supporting speakers for the upcoming Communion Breakfast.  Among the nominees was U.S. Senator John Heinz.  The letter supporting his nomination cited "his service to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  In particular, his efforts in securing work for Pennsylvanians."  The letter made specific reference to his legislative efforts on behalf of the coal region; and his all-out support in bringing work to the Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard.

After reviewing all of the nominations, the Committee unanimously selected Senator Heinz as this year's recipient.  On January 13, 1983, at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Governors, Chairman Gleason, on behalf of the committee, announced their selection.  There were 41 Board members present, 17 were excused and 22 were absent.  Not one voice was raised in opposition to the Committee's selection.

Principal Advised

On January 22, 1983, invitations to attend the Communion Breakfast were sent to the honored guests who normally grace our head table.  We received acceptances from Fathers James E. Dalton, OSFS, principal, and Raymond E. Fleck, OSFS, '43, vice principal, on January 25th.

Six days later, January 31, we mailed a letter to each of the 24,426 members for whom we have addresses announcing the date, site and speakers for the Annual Communion Breakfast.  Also included in the mailing was the announcement of our "Lucky 12's" drawing and the necessary tickets.

The FALCONER had been sent to the printers for typesetting and February 3rd was the date set for proofreading and printing.  On that date, President Knobbs met Editor Joe McKeown, '33, at the printers for the express purpose of proofreading so as to expedite the mailing by Saturday, February 5th.

Prior to going to the printers, McKeown stopped at the Alumni office to check the mail.  In our mailbox was a manila envelope, addressed to Knobbs, which McKeown brought with him.  When Knobbs arrived at the printers, at approximately noon, McKeown handed him the envelope which he immediately opened.

Vicar's Office Contacted

The envelope contained the following items, a note from Father Dalton requesting a meeting to discuss the remaining contents of the envelope, which were: a copy of our letter of invitation to him for the upcoming Communion Breakfast; a copy of a letter to Msgr. Walls, which is reprinted below:

January 26, 1983

Monsignor David E. Walls
Assistant to the Vicar
Office of Catholic Education
222 N. Seventeenth Street
Philadelphia, Pa.
19103

Dear Monsignor:

The Northeast Catholic Alumni Association has invited U. S. Senator John Heinz to speak at a Communion Breakfast on Sunday, March 20, 1983.  He will receive the Alumni's Annual Outstanding Achievement Award.  A member of North's Religion Department has lodged a protest with me.  He feels that the Senator's positions on abortion and tuition tax credits make him unworthy of the achievement award and of addressing the Alumni at the Communion Breakfast.

What are your thoughts on the matter?  Should I tell the Alumni Association to get a more appropriate speaker?  A copy of the Alumni Association's letter of invitation is enclosed.

Sincerely,
Rev. James E. Dalton, OSFS
Principal

Judgement Supported

And a copy of Msgr. Wall's reply.

January 31, 1983

Reverend James E. Dalton, OSFS
Northeast Catholic High School
Kensington and Torresdale Avenues
Philadelphia, PA 19124

Dear Father Dalton:

I am in receipt of your letter indicating that Senator John Heinz will receive your Alumni Association's Outstanding Achievement Award.  I assume that Senator Heinz receiving this Award for reasons other than his positions on abortion and tuition tax credits.  These other reasons, whatever they might be, should be stressed, in any press releases on the Award and in his introduction at the Communion Breakfast.  Our publics should be politically astute enough to know that decisions about whether to support or honor a political figure cannot be made on his stance on a single issue.  The political figure's overall record should be the guide.

Even on the issues of abortion and tuition tax credits, however, Mr. Heinz cannot be totally condemned. He was a staunch supporter of tuition tax credits until recently when the national economy took a turn for the worse.  In his latest statements, his support of tuition tax credits has waned, but he does indicate that if the present recession were to end, he would be in favor of them again.

On the issue of abortion, Mr. Heinz' stand is quite nebulous.  He is typical of many politicians who say they are personally against abortion but that, in fact, pregnant women are granted a choice by the official Supreme Court rulings.  This position, of course, is not acceptable to the Church.  Still, it is but one issue among the many on which Mr. Heinz must take a stand.

To be candid, Mr. Heinz would not be our choice for this Award.  However, the judgment of the Alumni officers should be supported and Mr. Heinz' many admirable traits should be stressed.

Perhaps you can ask the President of the Alumni to respond to the Religion Department faculty members protests along these lines.

Hoping that these suggestions are of value to you, I am Sincerely yours in Our Lord,

David E. Walls
Assistant to the Vicar for Catholic Education

DEW/rm

After reading the letters, Knobbs contacted Father Dalton by phone.  Father indicated that he would be available for a meeting at 3 p.m. that afternoon, at which time he and Knobbs met in the Principal's office.

Father explained that the problem referred to in his letter to Msgr. Walls had accelerated.  He was now threatened with the resignations of four Oblate teachers if he allowed us to use the school facilities to honor Senator Heinz.  They discussed the problem at length.

Knobbs pointed out to Father Dalton that the Association was honoring Heinz for his service to the citizens of Pennsylvania, particularly, for his efforts in securing jobs for the state.  The issues of abortion and tuition tax credits were but part of his record, and even they were subject to varying interpretations as had been pointed out by Msgr. Walls in his letter.

Compromise

They reached what they thought would be an effective compromise.  The Mass would be celebrated at the school, as usual, and the Breakfast would be held at another site.  Father said he would discuss this solution with the four Oblates and get in touch with Knobbs later in the evening.

After leaving the Principal's office, Knobbs contacted the printer in an attempt to "stop the presses."  He was informed that the paper was already in the process of being printed.

He immediately called the officers of the Association and summoned them to an emergency meeting to be held in the Alumni Office at 8:30 that evening.  In addition, he invited the Chairmen of the three committees responsible for the operation of the Breakfast, i.e., Speakers, Arrangements, and Sales.  Since he was unable to speak directly to each one whom he called, he requested, if they were unable to attend the meeting, that they call him at their earliest convenience.

Knobbs returned to the Alumni Office at approximately 7:30 p.m. and checked the answering service to see if anyone had called.  No one had called.  At this point he received a call from Father Dalton, asking for an immediate meeting.  Knobbs and Father Dalton met in one of the Faculty House parlors.

Father informed him that he had just left a meeting of the entire Oblate faculty and the "consensus of opinion" was the invitation to Senator Heinz must be withdrawn or permission to use the school facilities would be withdrawn.  The use of the school for the Mass only was an unacceptable solution.  Further, the lay faculty were to be advised of the Oblate position and their support encouraged.  The students were to be advised.  Pastors of parishes whose students attend North were to be advised, as well as those parishes served by the Oblates, that the Oblates were displeased with the Alumni's choice of Senator Heinz. President Knobbs informed Father Dalton that the officers were in the Alumni Office for an emergency meeting on the matter.  He asked Father to attend the meeting after he had conveyed the purpose of the meeting to those in attendance.

Emergency Meeting

In addition to President Knobbs, those in attendance were our Chaplain, Father Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34; Vice Presidents Raymond P. Zegarski, '59, William H. O'Connell, '34, Edmund A. Markowski, Jr., '56, and Anthony J. Colletta, '72; Secretary Paul D. Quinn, '36; Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joseph E. McKeown, '33; Assistant Secretary James W. Bollendorf, '73; Assistant Treasurers Edward J. Ganister, '32, and William M. Nesbitt,'59; Speakers Committee Chairman Francis J. Gleason, '53; and Arrangements Committee Vice Chairman Anthony J. Cendrowski, '57.  The Sales Committee was represented by Vice President O'Connell in his dual capacity as chairman of the committee.  The only officer absent was Father Joseph J. Griffin, OSFS, 46, Historian.

President Knobbs thanked those present for attending the meeting on such short notice, particularly since they had no prior knowledge of the reason for the meeting, only his impassioned plea "that it was of the utmost gravity and importance to the Association."

He informed them that the meeting had been called to discuss the objections raised by members of the school's Religion Department and members of the North Catholic Oblate Community who were disturbed by the selection of Senator Heinz as the recipient of our Outstanding Achievement Award.  Knobbs read them the various correspondence between Father Dalton and Msgr. Walls.  He informed them of Father Dalton's decision concerning use of the school facilities for any portion of the Communion Breakfast.  He related the events of his two meetings earlier that day with Father Dalton.

Those present discussed the matter at great length.  At approximately 10:00 p.m. they invited Father Dalton to join them to present the school and the Oblates' position first-hand.  Father discussed the situation with those present.  He stated that it was the position of the Oblates that the invitation to Senator Heinz be withdrawn or we would not be allowed to use the school facilities.  Knobbs asked Father if he could speak to the faculty and explain our position.  Father indicated that this would be possible.

Father left the meeting at approximately 11:30 p.m.  Over the next hour-and-one-half the discussion focused on the options available to the Association; 1) withdraw the invitation to Senator Heinz and cancel the Communion Breakfast entirely; 2) withdraw the invitation to Senator Heinz, select another recipient and hold the Communion Breakfast at the school; 3) withdraw the invitation to Senator Heinz and hold the Communion Breakfast at the school without a principal speaker; 4) uphold the invitation to Senator Heinz, and if need be, schedule the Communion Breakfast for outside the school, realizing that we might incur a problem scheduling a Mass.

In connection with those options, it was pointed out by Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joe McKeown, '33 that any change in plans would necessitate sending out a new letter to the membership.  In response to a question, he and Knobbs set the probable cost at $2,000.  Knobbs pointed out that Father Dalton had suggested the $1,000 donation usually given to the school on the occasion of the Communion Breakfast might be used to offset some of the costs inherent in any change of plans.

Speakers' Committee Upheld

After an extended discussion among those present, a motion was proposed by Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joseph E. McKeown, '33, seconded by Breakfast Arrangements Vice Chairman Anthony J. Cendrowski, '57, that "the officers support the Speakers' Committee in their selection of Senator John Heinz and, if necessary, we relocate the site of the Communion Breakfast.  Further, that this motion be presented to the Board of Governors at their next meeting, Thursday, February 10, 1983, in the form of a recommendation for their action on the matter."  The motion was carried unanimously.  President Knobbs instructed McKeown to send a special postal card notice to all Board members, mandating their attendance at the February 10th meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 1:05 a.m.

On Friday morning, February 4th, Knobbs contacted the Office of Catholic Education and asked to speak with Msgr. Walls.  He was informed that Msgr. Walls was out of town and that a member of his staff, Dr. Robert H. Palestini, would discuss the situation with him.  The phone conversation lasted almost two hours. President Knobbs attempted to solicit the cooperation of that office in an attempt to mediate the situation. Palestini stated he would advise Msgr. Curran, the Vicar for Catholic Education, of our request and then get back to Knobbs.  To this date, there has been no further communication from that office.

Friday afternoon, Knobbs contacted the Oblate Provincial, Father J. Stuart Dooling, OSFS, Hon. 78, requesting that, he use his good offices to attempt a mediation of the problem.  Father Dooling stated his sympathies were with the local Oblate Community and thought that we should cancel the invitation to Senator Heinz, indeed, if need be, to cancel the entire Communion Breakfast.

Board Backs Committee

The Board of Governors met on Thursday evening, February 10th.  The meeting was convened at 8:30 by President Knobbs.  Immediately after the roll call which indicated that 56 members were present, 14 excused and 10 absent, Ray Zegarski, '59, introduced a motion, seconded by Tony Colletta, '72, that we go into a special order of business to discuss a matter of the utmost importance to the future of the Association.  After a discussion on the motion, it was passed with one member abstaining.  In addition to the Board members, Fathers Simons and Dalton were present, along with Association counsel, William F. Coyle, Esq. '56.

President Knobbs delivered a full report on what had transpired up to that point.  At the conclusion of the president's remarks, Ray Zegarski, '59, introduced a motion, seconded by Frank Szojka, '68, that the Association adopt the recommendation of the Officers and Breakfast Chairmen, i.e., "that we support the Speakers' Committee in their selection of Senator John Heinz and, if necessary, we relocate the site of the Breakfast."

Knobbs informed the Board that he was setting some ground rules for the debate on that motion.  They were: no speaker would be allowed the floor for a second time until everyone who wished to speak had the opportunity to do so; there would be a tentative two-hour limit on debate, this would be flexible until everyone who wished to speak on the subject had the opportunity, and finally the vote on the motion would be by roll call vote.

President Knobbs asked Father Dalton to verify his assessment of the situation as he had presented it to the Board and that he could present the school's position to the Board at this point.  Father concurred that the Chair had presented the situation fairly as to what had transpired.  He further stated that the Oblates' position was that the selection of Senator Heinz was an embarrassment to them and to the school.  By honoring Heinz, it would appear that the school had sanctioned a man with such a dismal record on pro-life. He then distributed various pieces of literature dealing with the voting records of the United States Senate on issues deemed as Pro-Life by the Pro-Life Coalition.  He also presented the Board with a letter stating the North Catholic Oblate Community's position on Senator Heinz' appearance.  The letter also contained a list of requests, e.g., Senator Heinz be withdrawn as the recipient of the Outstanding Achievements Award, and to avoid similar problems in the future, "all Alumni Association programs are to be approved by the Principal of Northeast Catholic.  To protect both parties, approval should be requested in writing, and approval should be granted or denied in writing."

Drinan Award Questioned

It was pointed out by President Knobbs that Allentown College of St. Francis deSales, which is owned and operated by the Oblates, had tendered an honorary degree to Father Robert Drinan, S.J., in 1975, when he was a member of Congress.  Since Father Drinan had repeatedly voted for pro-abortion legislation, it seemed doubtful that the college had honored him for that position but rather for his other accomplishments while a member of Congress.  He wondered whether or not the four Oblates who were questioning our award to Senator Heinz questioned the award to Father Drinan.  His check of the newspaper articles of that period could find no mention of any controversy surrounding the selection.

He then opened the floor to debate on the question.  Father John Conmy, OSFS, '29, former president and current Trustee of the Association, stated that he had been Chairman of the Board of the college when the award to Father Drinan had been made and that since then it had been a constant source of embarrassment to the college and the Oblates.  He felt that we should carefully consider our position on Senator Heinz.

Father Griffin, OSFS, Class Rep from '46, questioned the authority of the Speaker's Committee to grant the award.  Knobbs responded that the Board had invested the committee with full authority to make the selection since the inception of the award in 1961.  This year's committee had followed exactly the same procedures as in the past.  He pointed out that the same procedures had been used last year to select Judge McDermott and that Father had been a member of that committee.

Class Rep Joe Hepp, '57, questioned whether the award had ever been given to a non-catholic before. President Knobbs replied "many times" and proceeded to name some of the men and women who had been recipients of the award.

Tom Cleary, Class Representative from '47 Class, stated that he thought Msgr. Walls had been objective in his analysis of the situation.  One cannot judge a person on a single issue.  The pro-life program is against capital punishment and nuclear war as well as abortion.  Senator Heinz is one of the leading proponents of banning nuclear war.  Among his other attributes is his work in protecting the pension rights of federal workers and his work on behalf of the aged and infirm.

Heinz Aids Handicapped

Class Rep Mike Ranson '60, confirmed Cleary's position on the Senator as to help for the handicapped.  He stated that he is the president of the parents' association at a school for the handicapped and that Senator Heinz has been in the forefront of working for legislation to restore the cuts made in many federal programs to aid the handicapped.  Incidentally, some newspapers, whose sources of information seemed not to be too reliable, indicated to their readers that this was the reason we were honoring the Senator.

Many other members of the Board rose to speak on behalf of the decision to honor the Senator.  Most were quick to point out that we were not honoring the Senator for his position on abortion or tuition tax credits but for his efforts in providing jobs for Pennsylvanians.  Among those who spoke on the subject were: John Handley, '58, Lou Peters, '31, Tony Colletta, '72, Ray Rysak, '66, Joe McKeown, '33, Ed Guinan, '37, Charles Quinn, '36, Joe McDonnell, '66, Mike Cox, '60, Frank Gleason, '53, Jim Christopher, '61, and Jim Severns, '78.

Father Conmy, 29, was granted the floor a second time.  He told those present that they were about to make a serious decision, one that could have tremendous impact on the Association for years to come.  They should consider very seriously what the reaction of the public to our choice would be.  He asked the President to clarify the motion for him.  As he understood it, if we upheld the committee's decision to give the award to Senator Heinz, the site of the Breakfast would be moved from the school.  Knobbs replied that if need be the site would be relocated and it seemed to him that if we maintained our position of giving the award to the Senator, we would not be allowed to use the school if he understood Father Dalton's position. Father Dalton concurred that this was the school's position.  Father Conmy stated that he felt it was a reasonable compromise to a difficult situation.

Frank Gleason, '53, wanted the Board to understand that the Speakers' Committee had spent a good deal of time in making the selection of Senator Heinz and he, for one, felt. it was a good choice.  The Senator's record on job legislation was good and that was why he had been nominated; also there had been many other reasons offered tonight to back up the Committee's original position.  He further wanted it known that he was proud of the decision the committee had made.

Father Griffin, '46, spoke at length on the wisdom of supporting abortion.  He stated we should have no qualms about withdrawing the award.  He read from Pope John Paul II's speech at the Capitol Mall on the need to support pro-life.

Ray Zegarski, '59, gave a resume of the officer's meeting and what went into their decision making process concerning the motion that was before the Board.  He felt that certain people were more concerned about holding a position on the Board than fulfilling the responsibilities of that position.  Zegarski stated, "Gentlemen, in sustaining the recommendation of the Officers to uphold the selection of the Speaker's Committee, your attention should be focused on the reason we selected Senator Heinz for our Outstanding Achievement Award and not the straw issues that have been placed before us.  I remind you that your vote should he cast on the basis of whether or not Senator Heinz did perform a service for the citizens of Pennsylvania in working to effect legislation that would procure jobs for the state.  I urge to cast your vote for both the Senator and your Officers."

President Knobbs announced that debate was halted and instructed Secretary Paul Quinn, '36, to call the roll and each member would announce "aye" or "nay" when his name was called.  He then repeated the motion and asked if there were any members who wished to abstain from voting, they should rise and state their name and class.  The following members indicated their wish to abstain and were so recorded: Charles Quinn, '36, Richard McGrath, '39, and Joseph Brennan, '69.

Those voting "aye" to sustain the recommendation of the Officers and Breakfast Committee Chairmen were: Father John Conmy, OSFS, '29; John Mallon, '29, Joe Smyth, '30, Lou Peters, '31, Ed Ganister, '32, Joe McKeown, '33, Paul Kelly, '34, William O'Connell, '34, Dan McFadden, '35, Ray McDonnell, '36, Paul Quinn, '36, Larry Dolan, '37, Ed Guinan, '37, John Boyle, '39, Ed Kyle, '40, Joe Mackin, '40, Earle Richards, '41, Frank Devinney, '42, Joe Kaiser, '42, Jim McCloskey, '44, Tom Cleary, '47, Jim Flanagan, '47, Bud Pradel, '51, Frank Gleason, '53, Ed Markowski, '56, Tony Cendrowski, '57, John Handley, '58, Bill Nesbitt, '59, Ray Zegarski, '59, Mike Cox, '60, Mike Ranson, '60, Bill McCormac, '61, Jim Walker, '62, Ed McGuckin, '62, John Destafney, '63, John Musial, '63, John Hanejko, '65, Ray Rysak, '66; Joe McDonnell, '66, John Guinan, '68, Frank Szojka; '68, Steve Cardullo, '72, Tony Colletta, '72, Jim Bollendorf, '73, Doug Fortuna, '73, Joe Naples, '76, Steve Bollendorf, '77, Tim Leyland, '77, Jim Severns, '78, and Len Knobbs, '53.

Members voting "nay" were: Father Joseph Griffin, OSFS, '46, Joe Hepp, '57, and Jim Christopher, '61.

Members recorded as absent were: Frank McKee, '29; Joe Murphy, '29, Bill Robinson, '29, Bill McNulty, '33, John McCormick, '34, Father James McGuire, OSFS, '34, Tom Dunphy, '35, George Sommer, '36, Bill Arnoldy, '38, Tom Hills, '38, Jim Asman, '41, Tom Foy, '43, Frank Figaniak, '44, Gerry Porter, '46, Bob Fuessinger, '48, Pat Boyle, '49, Bernie McGuire, '50, Mike Gallagher, '51, Rocco lacone, '55, Jim McNulty, '56, Frank Grochowski, '58, Paul Kaiser, '67, George Weber, '74, and Jay Marquart, '78.

Following tabulation by Secretary Quinn, President Knobbs announced the vote as 50 in favor, 3 against, 3 not voting and 24 absent.

FOUR CHEF'S SITE

The meeting now returned to the regular order of business.  Under committee reports, it was noted by the arrangements committee for the breakfast that they had checked the availability of the Four Chefs for March 20th.  It was available and they recommended that the breakfast be scheduled for 11 a.m. preceded by a general membership meeting at 10:30 a.m.  President Knobbs requested that the committee look into the possibility of having the Mass celebrated at a local parish, possibly St. Timothy's.

The Board unanimously consented to a motion by Gleason, '53 and Handley, '58 that Knobbs be given sole and full authority to act on behalf of the Association in matters pertaining to the Breakfast.

Knobbs referred Father Dalton's request that all alumni programs be submitted to him for approval to our legal counsel, Bill Coyle,'56, for an opinion.  Knobbs was of the impression that, as a private corporation, our Board could not abdicate its authority to an outside source nor could it allow an outside source veto power over its actions.  Coyle indicated that he would research the matter and present his findings to the Board.

The Tuesday following the Board meeting, Knobbs received a call from Joseph Ryan, of the Catholic Standard & Times, asking for a comment, on information they had received concerning the award that was being made to Senator Heinz and the subsequent objections of the school authorities.

Knobbs declined comment until later in the afternoon and promised to call Ryan back after he had discussed the situation with other members of the Board.  He immediately called Father Dalton and both agreed that they would have "no comment."  He then called the Standard and informed them of his decision not to comment on the situation.  Father Dalton's position was identical.

In the meantime, Knobbs had appointed Tom Cleary, '47, a committee of one to attempt to secure the facilities of St. Timothy's to hold the Mass.  On Thursday, the 17th, Cleary informed Knobbs that Msgr. Corrigan had said; "if we could find no other place, he would allow us to hold the Mass in the upper church of St. Timothy's at 8:30 a.m."

Friday afternoon, February 18, Knobbs and other members of the Board journeyed to St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills for the annual North Catholic weekend retreat.  In keeping with a long established custom, Knobbs was to address the assemblage after dinner on Saturday evening.  Before telling those assembled of the change in plans for the upcoming Breakfast, he and other Officers and Board members (Gleason, '53, Zegarski, '59, Ganister, '32, and Jim Bollendorf, '73) discussed the approach to be made.  Knobbs insisted that he would not discuss the controversy, only to say that the Board had decided as a matter of principle to relocate the site of the Mass and Breakfast.  In order to verify that the offer of St. Timothy's was still valid, he contacted Joe McKeown, '33 in the Alumni Office to have him confirm the offer once again through Cleary.  When Cleary was unable to contact Msgr. Corrigan to verify that the offer still stood, Knobbs decided not to mention the relocation of the Mass.  Rather, he would indicate that they were still actively looking for a site.

Sunday evening, upon returning from Malvern, Knobbs was informed by Cleary that Msgr. Corrigan had returned from his out of town trip and read of the burgeoning controversy surrounding the Breakfast in the "Standard."  He asked Cleary to meet him in the Rectory, then called Father Dalton for a clarification.  Father Dalton conveyed to Monsignor that he felt the Oblate Community would take a dim view of his allowing us to have a "special" Mass at St. Timothy's.  In his view, it would be one thing to allow us to join the parishioners at a regularly scheduled Mass but he felt that it could cause problems for everyone if he allowed us to have our own Mass (this statement was subsequently confirmed by Father Dalton at the March meeting of the Board of Governors).  Consequently Monsignor Corrigan felt that he had no choice but to withdraw the use of St. Timothy's for Mass.

Beginning with the week of February 20th, we began to receive letters and phone calls.  They ranged condemnation of the Board to disenchantment with their decision; from bravo to the realization that the Board must have agonized over their decision.

Particularly distressing were the phone calls received by Knobbs accusing him of being a murderer.  Suffice it to say that the maker of these calls never identified himself.

An individual letter was sent to those who had already purchased tickets for the Breakfast indicating to them that they could have a refund if they so desired.  Thirty-nine gentlemen took advantage of this offer.

MEMBERSHIP NOTIFIED

On February 26th, we mailed a letter to each member of the Association advising of the change of location and the fact that "we" had regretfully cancelled the Mass.  It was a conscious decision of ours to downplay the controversy.  Once again, we determined that we did not want to increase the intensity of the issue.  The committee carefully and tactfully worded the letter- so they felt.  As a result, we were accused of being deceitful, liars, and a great deal more by the uninformed and misled.  The truth be known, "we" did not cancel the Mass, rather it was cancelled for us.

Knobbs attempted to call each person who sent a letter to the Association concerning our presentation of the award to Senator Heinz.  He explained at length what went into our decision to extend the award to the Senator originally and why he felt, the Board had voted overwhelmingly to sustain the award.  Most listened and debated the issue with him.  Some changed their minds as a result.  Others did not.  Some did not want to listen and hung up, others refused to return phone calls.  Some were not called because they had unlisted numbers.  The average length of a phone conversation was forty-five minutes.  He decided not to send letters to those he couldn't contact by phone because of the length and the fact that since we operate with part time help the task of typing such "epistles" would be tremendous, but to hold off until the next issue of the FALCONER, at which time the "full story" would be printed.

At the March 10th meeting of the Board of Governors, Knobbs read the names of all who sent letters, and most of the letters to the Board.  Some he paraphrased rather than reading the entire contents since they contained the same stream of thought.  Indeed, he commented some of them seemed to have been authored by the same person but signed by different individuals.  All however, were entered into the official record and are now part of the official minutes of the Association.

Knobbs reported to the Board that Father John Finn, OSFS, '52, had written a letter to the editor of the "Good News" that was particularly critical of the Association.  In fairness to its author we reprint it below:

Faculty Objects

It was very disappointing to hear about a recent blunder on the part of the Alumni Association of North Catholic.  They extended an invitation to Senator Heinz to be present at this year's alumni Communion breakfast, and asked him to be the featured speaker.  As if that weren't enough, plans call for presenting him with an award for distinguished achievement.  There are many who will readily view this as an example of moral insensitivity, since his voting record in the Senate is usually pro-abortion.  This scarcely qualifies him as a Christian public servant deserving our admiration and support. Surely, someone more suitable could have been thought of.

The Alumni was evidently unaware of the senator's voting record.  Otherwise they would hardly have invited him.  If they had known about it and invited him regardless, they would have risked stigmatizing themselves and the school with the same anti Christian, amoral identity as the senator's own.

On the other hand, if the Alumni leadership was not conversant with this man's record favoring abortion, they certainly should have done some preliminary investigating about his unsuitability.  That way they would preclude contaminating the name of North Catholic with that of a wealthy political hack whose unenlightened agenda for curing the ills of society includes supporting abortion.

It is tantalizing to imagine which achievement of his merits special award.  Surely, it wasn't his vote to reinstate more liberal funding through Medicare for women having abortions.  If so, then the award should not be presented in a Catholic School.

The new "Code of Canon Law " has retained only six reasons for excommunication from the church and abortion, either procured or encouraged, is still one of them.  Consequently, a senator who votes in favor of this murderous act should be considered a pariah rather than an honored guest, whether he is a Catholic or not.

Even a doctor who performs thousands of these grisly operations could be considered less detrimental to the national moral tone than a single legislator who abuses his office by voting for the extermination of the unborn.  The legislator, after all, is in a position to disseminate his degenerate moral view all over the country and to have it enforced by law.

There is no ambiguity about the teaching of the church relative to this very situation.  The special obligation of public officials to defend the lives of unborn infants is specifically mentioned in the "Declaration on Procured Abortion" of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, approved by Pope Paul VI.  Politicians are also singled out in this same connection in the encyclical letter of Pope Pius XI, "On Christian Marriage."

In light of this, should we be inviting a man like this to North Catholic and endowing him with public honors?  Should we bring him to an educational institution whose primary function is to inculcate in young Catholics the teachings of Christ, if that man seems totally confused about Christian morality, or even about human ethics?  This is more than incongruous - it is revolting!  Plain reasoning dictates that if we honor our enemies, we will alienate our friends.

If the distinguished senator from Pennsylvania cops out with the plea (as he has often done) that he is personally opposed to abortion, but must respect the law in a pluralistic society, then try recasting the case in its moral analogue.  Imagine Adolph Eichmann claiming that he personally disliked gassing Jews, but was unable to countermand the law of the land.

On the other hand, if we are enticed by the fatuous excuse that single-issue voting is senseless since there are so many other issues that are crucial to the nation's well-being, then we would have to distinguish carefully.  If that solitary issue were how best to reduce interest rates, for example, then perhaps the proposition would be valid.  However, if that lone issue is life vs. death, or murder vs the defense of innocent human life, or the law of God vs Nazi paganism, then it is another matter entirely. Then, not only may we vote on the basis of a single issue, but a case could be made for an obligation to do so, since all the others would automatically be trivialized.

The Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania cites an interesting contrast between the two senators from our state. Mr. Spector, they say, is blatantly pro-abortion and doesn't deny it.  Mr. Heinz sometimes says one thing and votes another; sometimes (very infrequently) he even votes pro-life.  This inconsistency is revealing.  Either he doesn't really know what he is doing, or he is callously adding chicanery and deceit to his "service" to the country, so as to cull the favor of all sides.  Again it is legitimate to ask: couldn't a better choice have been made?

For a final perspective try this: suppose that the Communion breakfast "honoris causa" invitation had been offered to someone like the former senator from New Jersey, Harrison Williams?  He has been totally discredited in the Abscam embroglio and his career was abruptly aborted.  It's easy to imagine the moral indignation that would follow that invitation.  Why not the same complacent indifference as for Senator Heinz?  Evidently because being victimized by your own greed into the appearance of taking a bribe, or showing a willingness to take one is so much more scandalous and sinful than voting for murder. So much for our priority of values!

The Christian formation of adolescents in 1983 involves an arduous up-hill struggle against the materialist and hedonist milieu from which these young people emerge.  They are incessantly bombarded with the concepts that nothing should inconvenience their pleasure drives, that the main goal in life is fun and games, and that life is cheap.

Inviting a man like Senator Heinz to a Catholic School as some sort of role model does not facilitate our work; if anything, it only handicaps it further.  It is something that should be reconsidered before we have a precedent we could live to regret.

Fr. John Finn, 0. S. F. S.

Breakfast Sales Chairman Bill, O'Connell, '34, reported that sales were ahead of last year's sales at the same period.

Finance Chairman Frank Gleason, '53, reported that it was the recommendation of the Finance Committee that the $1,000, usually given to the Principal on the occasion of the Breakfast be used to partially offset the $2,000 cost incurred in mailing out the letter advising the change of site for the Breakfast.  The motion was passed with three negative votes and one member abstaining.

Tuesday, March 15, Knobbs received the following letter from Association counsel, William F. Coyle, '56, concerning Knobbs' request that he research the law relative to Father Dalton's request that all alumni programs be submitted to him for approval.  It is self-explanatory.

Legal Opinion

Leonard F. Knobbs, President
Northeast Catholic Alumni Association, Inc.
1840 East Torresdale Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124

Dear Mr. Knobbs:

I have researched the question that you asked me concerning the legality of the Alumni Association granting to the President of the High school the authority to veto actions of the Board of Governors.  I can tell you without qualification, that under the law, the affairs of the Alumni Association are to be handled exclusively by its officers and the Board of Governors.  Under the charter of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the By-Laws adopted by the corporation pursuant thereto, it would be unlawful for the officers and/or the Board of Governors of the corporation to surrender its authority to someone, in direct contravention of the dictates of the By-Laws and/or charter of the organization.

The laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania having to do with nonprofit corporations provide that nonprofit corporations are to be managed, operated, etc. by their members.  If you require further clarification, please do not hesitate to call me.

With best regards,

Sincerely,
William F. Coyle, Esq.

Later that afternoon, Knobbs received a call from Inquirer reporter, Michael Schaffer, asking for his comments on the controversy surrounding the upcoming Breakfast.  Realizing that his past decisions to remain silent had only fueled the controversy, Knobbs issued a statement explaining the Association's position. Portions of his statement were contained in an article which appeared in the Thursday, March 17th, edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  As a result of this some of the radio and TV stations in, the Philadelphia area carried the story in Thursday evening broadcasts.

Letter Misleads

The Catholic Standard & Times issue of the same date carried two letters to the editor in response to the story carried in their February 17th edition.  One in support of our position came from Peter Knapp, of Scranton, PA; the other from Father Joseph Griffin, OSFS, '46, reaffirmed Father Dalton's position.  Father Griffin's letter further confused the whole issue because he signed the letter "Historian and Board of Governors, Northeast Catholic Alumni Association, Inc."

As a result of this, the Alumni office and Knobbs were the recipients of many phone calls inquiring as to how Knobbs could make one statement to the Inquirer indicating the position of the Association and the Historian could issue a completely contrary statement on behalf of the Board of Governors to the Catholic Standard.  The official answer was and still is that "President Knobbs and only President Knobbs was authorized by the Board of Governors to make statements on behalf of the Association.  Any other statements purporting to come from the Board are false and/or misleading either by accident or purpose."

The morning of March 20, 1983, dawned bright and beautiful.  By prior arrangement, many members of the Board attended 8:30 Mass at St. Timothy's because of its proximity to the Four Chefs.  This would allow them ample time to prepare for the arrival of the general membership at 10:30 a.m.

However, it was a good thing we were prepared early.  The members started arriving as early as 9:30 a.m. Many were greeted as they entered the Four Chefs parking area by pickets purporting to represent the N. E. Catholic Alumni/Pro-Life Coalition.  The pickets were handing out "open letters" addressed to the Board of Governors.

At exactly 10:30 a.m., President Knobbs strode to the rostrum, brought down the gavel and with this action, officially opened the annual membership meeting.  The first order of business was the election of Class Representatives to the Board of Governors.

Following the election, Knobbs reported to the membership on what had transpired as a result of the Board's decision to honor Senator Heinz.  Those remarks are basically what is contained in the preceding paragraphs of this article.  At the conclusion of his remarks, he opened the floor for questions.

Members Speak Out

George Sommer, '36, former president, was recognized.  He told those present that as a Trustee, he receives all of the minutes of the Board meetings.  He stated: "No one hates abortion more than George Sommer, but that is not the issue here.  The issue is the Association and its right to determine its own policies.  Initially, I was against their stand when I first heard about it.  Since then, I have had the opportunity to read every word that went into the making of their decision.  I am completely satisfied that they have made an intelligent and unbiased decision.  I urge the entire membership to support their decision.  I, personally, am 100% behind Len Knobbs, his officers and the Board.  I can appreciate the difficult position they have been in during the past few weeks.  I know that by your very presence here you indicate your support.  I have gotten out of a sick bed to attend my first breakfast in more than fifteen years.

"This is not the first time in our history that we have had disagreements with the school administration and the Oblates and we were always able to work them out.  I ask that each of you continue to demonstrate your support of the Officers and Board of Governors and that they continue to try to resolve the current conflict." His remarks were greeted by a large ovation by those present.

"Bud" DiGiacomo, '44, rose and remarked: "We are adults.  We are all Oblate trained and if they can't have faith in our ability to reach decisions, then there must be something lacking in their training of us."  Once again, the assembly applauded.

Dave Hiller, '57, asked Knobbs his opinion of whether there was a conflict since we are representatives of a Catholic school and our giving Senator Heinz an award, since he (Heinz) was in favor of abortion.  Knobbs replied, "One, we were not giving Heinz an award for his stand for or against abortion, rather for his legislative efforts to produce jobs for Pennsylvanians.  Secondly, it is questionable whether the Senator is a pro-abortionist.  Heinz states he is not in favor of abortion.  Certain of his detractors claim the opposite.  All that notwithstanding, that is not the issue here.  As Mr. Sommer stated earlier today; "The issue is does the Association have the right to determine its own policies?"  The answer is an unqualified "yes," as indicated in our attorney's letter, which I read to you earlier.

"Further, the decision of the Speakers' Committee, which was subsequently upheld by the Board, to honor the Senator was not based on his pro-life position.  In addition to his support of jobs, subsequent research has indicated that he is active, in and out of Congress, in support of aid to the handicapped - particularly, children.  Also, he has been in the forefront of efforts to locate our missing servicemen in Southeast Asia.  As Msgr. Walls stated in the letter I read to you earlier, he is a many faceted man, and cannot and should not be judged on a single issue.  A reminder, gentlemen, our Good Lord said, "Judge not, that you be judged." At the conclusion, he was greeted with loud applause.

Jim Ries, '44, questioned Knobbs on Allentown College's award to Father Drinan and what stand had the Oblates taken then.  Knobbs replied that to the best of his knowledge, nothing had been said.

Unanimous Support

Joe Madison, '34, asked; "What, in view of the tremendous personal burden borne by you, Mr. President, and the other members of the Board, can we do to help you?"  Knobbs replied, "the most significant action is your attendance at the Breakfast.  However, it is not unusual for someone to introduce a motion to support the actions of the Board."

Madison stated: "I would like to propose that the actions of the Alumni Board of Governors over the past year be endorsed and supported and, at the same time, a committee be formed to bring about a reconciliation between the Alumni Association and the Oblates. I would like to say that you, Mr. Knobbs, should be free to call upon us to do whatever we can to resolve this situation."  The motion was seconded by Jim Ries, '44.

Jim Naples, '65, said: "Mr, President, I wholeheartedly endorse the motion. This is the first Breakfast I have attended in some time.  I wish to commend the actions of President Knobbs and the Board of Governors.  I would also like to call the attention of the Oblates to the Gospel of this morning - 'Let he who is without sin cast the first stone'."

Knobbs asked if there was anyone else who wished to speak on the motion.  He restated the motion and then called for all in favor to signify by saying "aye."  The result was a tremendous roar of "ayes."  A request for the "nays" resulted in absolute silence.  Knobbs asked for those abstaining to so indicate, again, there was silence.  Knobbs announced that the motion had been carried unanimously.

Knobbs inquired as to whether there was any further business to be brought before the body.  Hearing none, he addressed the membership concerning the recent deaths of two members of the Board, John McCormick, '34 and Joe Kaiser, '42.  He indicated that they would normally have been remembered in this morning's Mass along with other members of the Association who had passed away within the last year. "Unfortunately, there was no Mass for us as a group and this was the saddest part for me," he said.

He then read the gospel according to St. John, Chapter 8, verses 1 to 11 which was the Gospel of the day. When he finished, he asked those present to join with him in reciting the Lord's prayer.

Missions Enriched

In response to a question from George Sommer, '36, Knobbs stated that the usual collection for the Oblate Missions would be taken up and the proceeds sent to Bishop Edward Schlotterback, OSFS, '30, who is laboring in Namibia.  As a result, $940.00 was raised - the second highest total in history.  The Association added $300 from general funds.

A motion to adjourn was introduced by Joe Hepp, '57, seconded by Joe Edwards, 40, and passed unanimously.  Accordingly, the meeting was adjourned by President Knobbs at 11:20 a.m.

The highlights of the Breakfast are pictorially captured for your reading enjoyment in another section of the FALCONER.

By way of putting this year's Breakfast attendance in the proper perspective, we provide you with the following facts and figures.  Since we began to maintain detailed records in 1966, attendance has averaged 461.  If we throw out the two years when we held dinners, the average is raised to 482.  This year, we had 506 in attendance.  Incidentally, this - is the third highest figure in that seventeen year span; surpassed only by last year's 591, and the 544 who attended in 1979.

Shortly after the Breakfast, in keeping with the motion of Joe Madison, '34, Knobbs named the committee to work to seek reconciliation with the Oblates.  It consists of Joseph E. McKeown, '33, Francis J. Devinney, '42, Thomas M. Foy, Jr., '43, Thomas M. Cleary,'47, Edmund A. Markowski, Jr.,'56, Raymond P. Zegarski, '59, John T. Musial, '63, James W. Bollendorf, '73; and Knobbs, '53, as Chairman.

On March 25, he notified Madison, '34 and Ries, '44, by letter - as maker and seconder of the motion - of the composition of the committee.  The same date, he wrote to Father Dalton, advising him of the memberships' action and enclosed a response to Father Finn's article in the "Good News".  While the response, which we include below, was signed by Knobbs, it was, in actuality, a conciliatory note carefully drafted by the entire committee.

Alumni Response

It is not our intention to prolong a debate which has caused serious tears in the fabric of brotherhood among the school, the Oblates and the Alumni.

However, we are compelled to present some of the facts which led the Alumni Board of Governors to uphold the selection of Senator Heinz as the recipient of our annual Outstanding Achievement Award.

The nomination of Senator Heinz was submitted by a member of the Alumni Association for his "service to the citizens of Pennsylvania," with particular emphasis on his work in sponsoring legislation to secure jobs for Pennsylvanians.

The Committee's selection of the Senator was announced to the Board of Governors, which is comprised of representatives of North's graduating classes, at their January 13th meeting and not one voice was raised in objection.

On February 3rd, we received a note from Father Dalton indicating that some members of the Religion department had objected to our selection of Senator Heinz.  He also indicated that he had sought the advice of Archdiocesan officials on the issue.  Their response was contained in a letter to Father Dalton from the Assistant to the Vicar of Catholic Education, Msgr. David E. Walls.

We felt that Monsignor's letter is directed at the heart of the matter and approaches our position so closely that we must quote it in its entirety. (Please see letter page 1.)

Based on the suggestion contained in the last paragraph, our President requested permission to meet with the faculty as soon as possible to address the situation.  Subsequently, we were informed that we could meet with the faculty on May 11th.

At the February 10th meeting of the Board, with fifty-six present, the entire issue was debated at length. Father Dalton was in attendance and presented the objections of the protesting Faculty members.

After what we know to be painstaking and soul-searching deliberation, the Board voted overwhelmingly 50 to 3 with 3 abstentions to sustain the invitation to Senator Heinz and, if need be, to relocate the site of the breakfast.

The position of the Board was unanimously sustained at the general membership meeting.

We have been taught first by our parents, then by the dedicated nuns, and finally by the Oblates that a rational man will review the facts, weigh them accordingly and with confidence in his God and a clear conscience come to a logical decision.

We agree that those who differ with us probably used the same method to reach their decision.  We have disagreed as brothers and as in any family squabble there can be no winners or losers.  We take this opportunity to appeal, as Christian brothers, as brother Falcons, to those who differ with us to take positive steps to mend the tears in the fabric.

Our motto is "vestigia nulla retrorsum" - "never a backward step."  We step forward now with our hands and hearts extended in brotherhood.

Fraternally,

Leonard F. Knobbs, '53

Unity Sought

In a conversation on March 25th, and in subsequent talks, Father Dalton and Knobbs agreed to meet informally prior to Father meeting with the committee and Knobbs' appearance at a faculty meeting on May 11th.

When asked to comment on the progress made so far, Knobbs replied: "Talks, to date, have been amicable and have dealt with general topics.  I have every reason to believe that a compromise suitable to everyone can be achieved.  What is needed now is less rhetoric and more desire, on both sides, to work to achieve a reconciliation.  Experience has taught me that a reasonable attitude, the desire to appreciate the other point of view and a sincere desire to achieve a settlement is usually all that is needed to produce a settlement.

"It certainly is my prayerful wish that all will be resolved before our membership receives the next issue of the FALCONER, in September.  Please ask our readers to support us with their prayers."

We can only echo President Knobbs' comments!

While all the uproar was taking place, it went unnoticed by most that one the men who was taking a lot of flak was our own beloved Chaplain, Father Ed Simons.  A motion was made and unanimously adopted at the March 10 meeting of the Board to acknowledge and commend Father for his support of our position.

Also overshadowed by the hullabaloo were our two Outstanding Alumnus Award recipients for 1983 - Bil Keane, '40, and Paul J. Kelly, '34.

At the April meeting, there is great consternation among the Board as a result of Father Griffin writing to the Catholic Standard and signing the letter as Historian of the Association.  It is pointed out by Rysak, '66 and McCormac, '61 that the Board had specifically ordered that no one speak on behalf of the organization other than the President.  Knobbs is asked if he authorized the letter.  He responded "No" and asked Secretary Quinn to check the minutes to see if the Board had done so.  Quinn's reply was in the negative.  Since Fr. Griffin was excused from the meeting the matter was postponed to a later date.

At the following meeting, a motion was made by Ray Rysak, '66 and Bill McCormac,'61, to censure Father Joe Griffin, OSFS, '46, for undertaking an action where he purported to represent the Association in direct contravention of a motion adopted by the Board of Governors.  A motion to table was defeated, and the motion to censure was passed overwhelmingly.

McKeown Retires

Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joseph E. McKeown, '33 catches those in attendance off-guard by nominating Len Knobbs, '53 for the post of Treasurer for the coming year.  The surprise action is resolved at the June meeting when McKeown submits his resignation as Executive Secretary to be effective July 30, 1983.  He states: "I am retiring due to declining health.  For the time being, I will remain as Rep for the Class of '33."

Father Simons testimonial on May 20 is well attended and he is presented with a suitable monetary gift from the Association.

Our elections in June result in John T. Musial, '63, being named President unanimously.  Also unopposed were First V. P. Ray Zegarski,'59, Fourth V. P. Tony Colletta, '72, Secretary Paul Quinn, '36, and Assistant Secretary Jim Bollendorf, '73.  Frank Gleason, '53, is returned to office as Second Vice President after narrowly defeating incumbent Bill O'Connell, '34.  Incumbent Ed Markowski,'56, defeats newcomer John Hanejko, '65 for the post of Third V. P.  Len Knobbs, '53, with 54 votes, swamps five other candidates for the Treasurer's position.  Ed Ganister retains the First Assistant Treasurer post in a landslide over Tony Cendrowski, '57.  Bill Nesbitt, '59, defeats Tom Foy, '43, for the job of Second Assistant Treasurer.  Ray Rysak, '66 defeats incumbent Fr. Joe Griffin, '46 for the position of Historian.

The special committee to review the operation of the Communion Breakfast recommends that the Mass and Breakfast be held outside the school.  Special effort should be made to have a caterer located near a church.  Finally, that the restriction of males only be removed.  A motion to accept is made by Knobbs and Zegarski and the it carries unanimously.

Newly elected President Musial informs the Board of his committee appointments for the coming year and states that he is required by the By-Laws to appoint an Executive Secretary with Board approval at the September meeting.  However, with Joe McKeown's resignation effective 7/30/83, he was appointing Len Knobbs, '53, as Executive Secretary, and Ed Ganister, '32, Bill Nesbitt, '59, and Jim Bollendorf, '73, as Assistants effective July 31.

In recognition of McKeown's long service to the Association, a motion is made by Knobbs and Zegarski to name him Treasurer Emeritus.  It passes unanimously. We end the fiscal year with 4021 dues paying members.

On June 16, the Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Fund meet and unanimously elect Knobbs as Treasurer.

With McKeown's retirement another change takes place.  After sixteen years as Editor of the FALCONER, he is replaced by Ray Zegarski, '59.  Len Knobbs, and Jim Bollendorf, '73, are named Associate Editors.  At the September meeting of the Board, President Musial names Len Knobbs as Chairman of the Constitution and By-Law Revision Committee.

In November, Communion Breakfast Arrangements Committee Chairman Tom Cleary, '47, reports that Mass will be held at St. Timothy's Church, in Mayfair, and the Breakfast will be held one block east at Four Chefs Caterers.  In mid-November, the Harbison Dairy across the school is leveled and one our famous landmarks - the "Bottle" - disappears from the scene.  A November 20 trip to Playboy Casino nets $400 for the Association.

Scholarship Fund Receives Special Gift

The Irish Society holds boxing matches at the Sheraton Hotel between Philadelphia boxers and a team from Ireland.  They present a $4,000 check to President Musial for the Scholarship Fund to establish a grant in memory of Thomas J. McNulty, '43.  Tom had been the Business Manager of the Plumbers Union Local 690 for a number of years prior to his death.  The Trustees of the Scholarship increased the value of the Grants awarded annually to $50,000 at their meeting in December.  Commencing with the graduating Class of '84, grants of $6,000, $4,000, $3,000, and $2,000 will be awarded to seniors from NECHS and sons/daughters of dues paying alumni.  In September, five grants of $4,000 each will be awarded to incoming Freshmen at North.

Santa makes his annual appearance at North on December 18.  Chairman John Hanejko, '65, and the rest of Santa's helpers distribute gifts to the 205 children in attendance.  They also enjoy a luncheon of hot dogs, orange drink, pretzels, chips, and ice cream.  Entertainment for the crowd is provided by the "Great Kubala", magician extraordinaire.

At the January 12 meeting of the Board, Len Knobbs, '53, as Chairman of the By-Law Committee proposes changes to the By-Laws which mainly deal with the Classes and their Representatives.  If adopted by the Board, they will be presented to the general membership, at the Communion Breakfast, for ratification.  The first proposal refines the definition of active members it will now include the graduating class for the year after they graduate at no cost.  Class Representatives must have their dues paid at all times to be members of the Board (this is the only proposal which draws dissenting votes).  Officers must be elected Class Representatives at the time of their election and during their term of office.  A member may be appointed to fill an vacancy on the Board by the President with the approval of the Board.  Class Representatives must make an annual accounting of all funds collected and disbursed by them during the fiscal year to the Treasurer of the Association.  All officers elected will assume office on the first day of the fiscal year and their term shall end on the last day.

Absenteeism among Board members has become so rampant that Musial appoints a committee consisting of Bill Nesbitt, '59, as Chairman, and John Hanejko, '65, as Vice Chairman to investigate the matter. Additional members will be named later.

We lose two dedicated Board members during this period.  Roman H. "Bud" Pradel died on December 31, and Edward J. Guinan, '37, a former Vice President passed away on January 23.  On the bright side, Father Richard J. Reece, OSFS,'54, was named Provincial of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province on December 30.

Finance Chairman Len Knobbs, '53 proposes, at the February meeting, that we purchase a computer for the Science Department at North at a cost of $1500 and books for the English Department for $500.  The motion is approved unanimously.  Also, in view of the proposed By-Law change requiring Class Reps to account for monies under their control, the committee will present a proposal next month which will allow the classes to deposit their funds in the CAF Account.

Our 22nd Annual Parochial Schools Basketball Tourney opens on February 26 with 14 teams entered.  St. Joan of Arc defeated Ascension 43-34 to win the title for the third time.  At the March meeting, the Finance Committee's proposal establishing an account for deposit of class funds in the CAF Account is approved unanimously.  The Association will grant the Classes a bonus of 4% on funds deposited in the account.

A large crowd of 617 turns out at the Communion Breakfast at St. Timothy's and Four Chefs.  While there is some moaning and groaning about leaving North, most agree that both the Mass and the Breakfast were more comfortable and it was a lot easier to hear the speakers.  The recipient of our Outstanding Achievement Award and principal speaker was Pat Polillo, of KYW-TV News.  Tony Santoro, local comedian, served as Toastmaster.  At the general membership meeting prior to Breakfast all of the By-Law amendments were ratified unanimously by those present.

Jim Farley, '60, Chairman of the Social Studies Department at NECHS speaks to the Board at the April meeting.  He advises us that the Archdiocese has granted approval to recruit students from the South Jersey area.  It is noted that enrollment at North is now 1600 - a far cry from our heydays of the forties and fifties.  Farley asks for our help by allowing him to address the alumni through an open letter in the FALCONER.  The item is tabled until the May meeting to obtain more information regarding the areas open to recruitment.  In May, the motion to allow him to write the letter is approved unanimously and his letter appears on Page One of the June, 1984 issue.

Musial Named to Second Term

It would appear we are going to have a wide open race for the eleven officer positions up for grabs when thirty-one Class Reps are nominated in May.  However, when we meet on June 14 to elect our new officers John Musial, '63 is unopposed for a second term as President.  Also unopposed are John Hanejko, '65, for 4th V.P.; Paul Quinn, '36, for Secretary; Len Knobbs, '53, for Treasurer; Steve Cardullo, '72, for Assistant Secretary; Jim Bollendorf, '73, for 1st Assistant Treasurer; Bill Nesbitt, '59, for 2nd Assistant Treasurer; and Ed Ganister, '32, for Historian.  Ray Zegarski, '59, retains the first vice presidency by defeating Bill McCormac, '61, and the latter loses the race for Second Vice President to Frank Gleason, '53.  Ed Markowski, '56, is reelected 3rd V. P. in a three way contest with Fr. Joe Griffin, '46, and Mike Ranson, '60.

Father Herman J. Buckley, OSFS, Hon.'75, died in the Faculty House at North.  Ordained in 1931, Father had spent all but five years of his priestly career at North.

At the opening meeting of the Board in September, President Musial appoints Knobbs, '53, as Executive Secretary with Bollendorf, '73, Ganister, '32, and Nesbitt, '59, as Assistants.  Kiddies' Christmas Party Chairman John Hanejko, '65, moves that the Association run a drawing in connection with the party to raise funds to partially offset the increasing cost and, maybe, to attract more families to attend.  The suggested prize is a "Cabbage Patch Doll" for the girls and a BMX dirt bike for the boys.  It is seconded by Frank Gleason, '53.  After a lengthy discussion, the motion was passed.  Another innovation - Ed Ganister, '32, and Joe Hepp, '57 introduce a motion to grant a subscription to the FALCONER to the widow of a deceased dues paying member for the balance of the fiscal year in which he dies.  The motion is unanimously adopted.

Enrollment Dropping at NECHS

Father Dalton, NECHS Principal, reports that enrollment is 1,588 - the lowest since 1934.  The 394 Freshmen represent the smallest Freshman class since 1929.  He indicates that if this continues the Archdiocese may be looking to consolidate or close schools.

Eighty-nine people trek to Atlantic City's Harrah's Casino for an evening of fun and profit (?).  At the December meeting the Board approves the expenditure of $1,000 for ten digital trainers for the television course lab and $1,000 to assist the school in purchasing a new curtain for the stage.

On December 16, Santa Claus (Ed Markowski,'56) arrives with his entourage at NECHS to the delight of 181 children and their parents.  The kids and the parents thoroughly enjoyed the show put on by the clowns "Polka and Dot".  Chief Elf John Hanejko, '65, presented the Cabbage Patch doll named "Sonja Georgia" to Kristin Cardullo, daughter of Steve, '72.  Jerry Deal won the bike.

Former president William P. Robinson, MD, '29, died on January 4, 1985.  It was during "Doc's" presidency that our annual retreat at St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills began on February 24, 1939.

Jim Bollendorf, '73, submits his resignation as Assistant Executive Secretary due to changes in his work schedule.  He will remain as First Assistant Treasurer and Rep for his class.  Paul Quinn, '36, is appointed by President Musial to replace him.

St. Joan of Arc successfully defends their Parochial Schools Basketball Tourney crown with a 44-40 win over St. Anne's.

Six hundred three attend the Communion Breakfast.  Mass is held at St. Timothy's with breakfast at Four Chefs.  Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix, Jr., delivers the principal address and accepts our Outstanding Achievement Award.  Walt McDonald, the voice of the Arco Go Patrol is Toastmaster.  After the Breakfast, Arrangements Chairman Bill Nesbitt, '59, informs the Board that Four Chefs will be torn down and replaced with a strip mall.  We will need to find another location for next year. The Board offers a myriad of suggestions which the committee will take under advisement.

Father Francis J. Quaile, OSFS, '35, who had the distinction of being our shortest serving Chaplain - January through June, 1974 - dies on March 24, 1985.

Attendance at Memorial Day Services which has been steadily declining reaches an all-time low of 70. Chairman Bill Nesbitt, '59 suggests a change of venue to attempt to attract a larger audience.

Elections at the June meeting result in John T. Musial, '63, being returned to office as President.  He is unopposed in his bid for a third consecutive term.  Frank Gleason, '53, (2nd V. P.), Jim Bollendorf, '73, (4th V. P.), Paul Quinn, '36 (Secretary), Len Knobbs, '53 (Treasurer), Steve Cardullo, '72, (Ass't. Sec'y.), and Bill Nesbitt, '59 (1st Ass't. Treas.) were also unopposed.  John Hanejko, '65, is successful in his quest for the office of First Vice President in a race with Bill McCormac, '61. Ed Markowski, '56, retains the 3rd vice presidency by defeating Joe Hepp, '57.  Jim Severns, '78 defeats Bill McCormac for the post of 2nd Assistant Treasurer.  Ed Ganister, '32, is a run-away winner over Mike Cox, '60 in the ballotting for Historian. Ray Zegarski, '59, submits his resignation as Editor of the FALCONER.

A request from the Pastor of Ascension parish requesting a list of addresses of all graduates from the parish is rejected overwhelmingly as being against existing corporate policy regarding our address list. However, an article calling for former parishioners to help out will be prominently featured in the September issue of our paper.

During the summer, we are saddened by the death of nationally known comedian, honorary alumnus, and friend of Northeast Catholic Alumni Association - Joseph C. "Mickey" Shaughnessy, Hon., '49, on July 23.

President Musial appoints Anthony J. Szymendera, '81, as Editor of the FALCONERA recent graduate of Haverford College where he worked in the Sports Information Office, Tony was a reporter for the Good News during his undergraduate days at NECHS.

John Hanejko, '65, Chairman of the Kiddies Christmas Party, recommends at the October meeting that the prizes for this year's drawing to help underwrite the cost of party be gift certificates from Sears.  This will allow the winners to do their own Christmas shopping.  He suggests $250, $150, and $50 as the prizes.  The Board concurs and approves his suggestion unanimously.  Breakfast Arrangements Chairman Mike Ranson, '60, advises that the best offer for Mass at a reasonable time has come from St. Martin's and the best price for breakfast from Doral Caterers.  He states more research will be done before next meeting. Finance Chairman Hanejko, '65, presents a motion that the Board establish a Reserve Fund for Capital Improvements.  The Fund would be funded annually by an amount roughly equal to our annual depreciation of assets (currently $3,000) and capped at $21,000.  This would allow the replacement of equipment on a regular basis without waiting until it was either totally outdated or unrepairable.  It was seconded by Tony Cendrowski, '57.  After a short discussion, the motion was passed unanimously.

Breakfast Moves Again

Ranson confirms arrangements with the St. Martin's and Doral Caterers at the November meeting and moves to hold the Communion Mass and Breakfast at both sites.  Mass will be at 9 a.m. and breakfast will follow at the hall located at Cottman & Bustleton Avenues.  However, the price will rise to $8.50 per ticket. Rysak seconds the motion and it is approved unanimously.

Despite our entertainer "Jezmo the Clown" suffering a heart attack, the Kiddies' Christmas Party on December 15 comes off without a hitch.  Jezmo is replaced by "Kyle the Klown" and the 141 kids and their parents really enjoy the show.  The star is as usual - Santa, also as usual Ed Markowski, '56.  The winners of our prizes are Francis Gorman, '57, Ron Thomas, '63, and B. Paul Conway, '63.  Our elves, led by the Chief - John Hanejko, are ably assisted by a crew on loan by special arrangement with Nazareth Academy Alumnae Association - Joyce Hanejko, Wanda Musial, and Barbara Knobbs.

The Basketball Tourney continues to pose a problem.  Chairman Bill Nesbitt, '59, reports at our January meeting of the Board that the committee is divided in its opinion to hold a tournament.  The only dates available for use of the school would be the two weeks immediately before the Communion Breakfast. Wednesday evenings would be out due to night school classes. It would put a tremendous stress on our meager support resources due to lack of Board members willing to show up and work at the tourney. He requested that the Board make the decision.  Paul Kelly, '34, and Dick McGrath, '39, motioned that we drop the Tourney for this year.  It was approved 25 to 15 with one not voting.

On January 14, we lose an other former President - Anthony J. Cendrowski, '57.  Tony served only one term as President (1976-77).  He served as First Vice President (1970-72, and 1973-76); Second Vice President (1969-70) and Assistant Secretary (1968-69).  Tony served as a Trustee of the Association and the Scholarship Fund from 1976 until his death.

In February, the Finance Committee recommends that we allocate $600 for the purchase of a computer for the Science Department.  Hanejko, '65 and Gleason, '53 move to approve and the Board agrees unanimously.  For the first time in five years, we reach our goal of 300 in attendance at the Malvern retreat.

Communion Breakfast attendance reaches 681.  Those in attendance are treated to a first rate program and a terrible meal.  Dominic Quinn, noted Philadelphia radio talk show host is Toastmaster.  Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald Castille accepts our Outstanding Achievement Award and delivers the principal address.  Many complaints from disgusted members are registered with the Association and Doral Caterers regarding the food and service.  The Most Reverend Edward J. Schlotterback, OSFS, '37, receives our Outstanding Alumnus Award.  Bishop Schlotterback heads the Vicariate of Keetmanshoop in Namibia, Southwest Africa.

Finance Chairman John Hanejko, '65, delivers the committee's recommendation that we buy two computers for the Business Department at a cost of $1,900.  Accordingly, Len Knobbs, '53, and Joe McKeown, '33, move to approve this recommendation.  The motion passes unanimously. The committee further recommends that we raise our annual commitment to the Scholarship Fund to $5,550 from $3,000.  The Fund, in turn, will create three additional grants of $4,000 to be awarded to incoming Freshmen at NECHS. The motion is made by Hanejko and Knobbs and the Board unanimously approves.

At their May meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Fund, in addition to approving the three additional grants to incoming Freshmen, reelect Len Knobbs,'53, as Treasurer.  This raises the number of grants awarded to Freshmen at eight - all valued at $4,000 each.

For the second year in a row, only 70 people attend the Memorial Day Services at Our Lady's Shrine.

Hanejko Elected President

Election of officers at the June meeting followed the pattern of the last few years.  John R. Hanejko, '65, was unanimously elected President as was Stephen A. Cardullo,'72 to the position of First Vice President.  Also unopposed were Secretary Paul D. Quinn, '36, Treasurer Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, First Assistant Treasurer John T. Musial, '63, and Second Assistant Treasurer William J. McCormac, '61.  Francis J. Gleason, '53, was reelected Second Vice President defeating Edmund A. Markowski, Jr.,'56, and Markowski lost the contest for Third Vice President to Edward J. Ganister,'32.  William M. Nesbitt,'59 defeated Joseph L. Hepp, '57 for the position of Fourth Vice President.  James E. Severns, '78 was reelected Assistant Secretary defeating John F. Handley, '58.  The race for Historian was wide open.  There were 25 void ballots since Gleason and Ganister had already been elected to other offices.  Richard C. McGrath, '39 defeated Joe Hepp, '57.

Over the summer, we lose two dedicated and long serving members of the Board of Governors - Frank T. McKee, '29, and James A. Flanagan, '47.  McKee was the second president of the Association serving from 1931 to 1935.  A Trustee, he also served as a Trustee of the Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.  Flanagan, who was Class Rep for '47 at the time of his death, served as Third Vice President from 1977 to 1979.  Jim was best known as the resident practical joker (see our description of the 1979 Communion Breakfast) of the Association.

Hanejko's first task as President is to replace Tony Szymendera, '81, as the Editor of the FALCONERHe selects Associate Editor Jim Bollendorf, '73.  Another problem, Ed Ganister, '32, retires as Assistant Executive Secretary.  President Hanejko, in consultation with Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, makes the decision to name only two assistants for Knobbs.  They are Bill Nesbitt, '59, and Paul Quinn, '36.  The Board concurs unanimously with all three appointments.

Father Dalton , school Principal, informs the Board that enrollment is under 1500 - 1457 to be exact.

The Trustees of the Scholarship Fund announce a drive to raise a minimum of $100,000.  The thrust of the drive to raise funds is to increase assistance to incoming Freshmen at NECHS.

We have a new Elf-in-Charge for the Kiddies Christmas Party in the person of Jim McNesby, '62.  He advises that Fran Yetman,'58, will fill the role of Santa Claus and entertainment will be provided by Phil Nichols, '49, a magician, and "Louie the Balloon Man".  The prizes to be chanced off are Two sports jackets (Flyers and Sixers); a "Cricket" doll; and six tickets to the Ice Follies.

At the December meeting, Arrangements Chairman Bill McCormac, '61, recommends Dugan's on the Boulevard as the site for the Breakfast.  He is still working on a church for Mass. He notes that the ticket price will have to be raised to $9.00 per person.  The Board concurs.  Steve Cardullo, '72, Chairman of the Finance Committee presents two recommendations.  First, that we send a copy of the FALCONER to all members of record.  This special edition would publicize, the Communion Breakfast, Lucky 12's Club and the Scholarship Fund's drive to raise funds.  Executive Secretary-Treasurer Knobbs estimates the cost to be $2,500.  A motion to approve by Cardullo and John Musial, '63, is approved unanimously.  Cardullo also notes that the Finance Committee included in this year's budget, which was adopted last June, an amount of $10,000 for the purchase of a new computer system.  The committee has researched systems, requested bids and recommends the purchase of an IBM-AT system at a cost of $15,729.  The additional funds required can be transferred from the Capital Equipment Reserve.  A motion is made by Cardullo and Musial to approve the transfer.  A lengthy discussion follows and it is questioned whether it is necessary to have the Board approve transfers from this fund when it was expressly designed for purchase of new and replacement equipment for use by the office.  Accordingly the motion is amended to include authority for the Executive Secretary-Treasurer to authorize expenditures from the Capital Reserve Fund subject to review by the Finance Committee.  It is approved unanimously.

Santa Still a Hit With Kids

Santa arrives on the 14th of December to thunderous applause from the slightly more than 100 children and their parents in attendance.  Of course, it helps that they were led by the award winning cheerleaders from Our Lady of Calvary Athletic Club.  "Louie" is replaced by "Bill the Clown" who provides each child with a "balloon animal" as a remembrance of their afternoon at the "Big House".  The Flyers and Sixers jackets are won by Don Alburger, son of Don, '68.  Annette Gleason, wife of Frank, '53, wins "Cricket", and Kevin O'Connell (son of Bill III, '65, and grandson of Bill, Jr., '34,) walks away with the six tickets to the Ice Follies. The committee spent a busy afternoon dispensing hot dogs, fruit punch, ice cream, pretzels, and chips to Santa's hungry guests.

Len Knobbs, '53, in his capacity as Treasurer of the Fund informs the Board of Governors at their January meeting, that returns for the Fund Drive are encouraging.  To date, we have received $63,000 compared with the same period last year of $14,000; less encouraging is the fact that the response came from approximately three percent of the membership.  John Musial, '63, Chairman of the Parochial Schools Basketball Tourney, makes a motion seconded by Knobbs that we reinstate the Tourney.  In so doing, we accept responsibility for the security of the school during the hours the Tourney is being conducted.  After a lengthy discussion, the motion passes with one negative vote.

The March special edition of the FALCONER mailed to over 26,000 alumni is expanded to eight pages to cover the variety topics being expounded upon and promoted.  It is hoped that we will increase active membership, attendance at the Communion Breakfast, and contributions to the Scholarship Fund as a result.

Large Crowd at Breakfast

Seven Hundred Twenty attend the Communion Mass at St. Martin of Tours and Breakfast at Dugan's.  Our largest crowd in 30 years.  Congressman Robert Borski accepts our Outstanding Achievement Award and his remarks are well received by those in attendance considering he left North in his undergraduate days to attend arch rival Frankford.  Ukee Washington, sportscaster at KYW-TV, a last minute fill-in for the scheduled Lou Tilley becomes famous with the membership for dubbing Father Ed Simons, OSFS, '34, 0. J. - which stand for "old jokes."  William H. O'Connell, '34, long suffering Chairman of our Breakfast Sales Committee and a many term Vice president is doubly rewarded for his work - the tremendous turnout and he is named the sixteenth recipient of our Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Because of a conflict of dates and the unavailability of the school gym, the Basketball Tourney is cancelled.

In May, Ed Ganister, '32, Chairman of the Lucky 12's Club Committee, reports that sales reach an all-time high of 5779 tickets.  Attendance at Memorial Day Services remains at 75 despite Bill Nesbitt's efforts to attract a larger crowd.

A special benefit "Operation Brotherly Love" is run to raise funds for a special purpose.  The profit amounts to $587.50 and Bill Nesbitt, '59, and Bob Gessler, '81 move to donate this amount to the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Wonder of wonders!  For the first time in many years all of the candidates for the Executive Board are unopposed and elected unanimously.  For posterity they are: John R. Hanejko, '65 President; Stephen A. Cardullo, '72 - First Vice President; Francis J. Gleason, '53 - Second Vice President; William M. Nesbitt, '59 - Third Vice President; Edward J. Ganister, '32 - Fourth Vice President; Paul D. Quinn, '36 - Secretary; Leonard F. Knobbs, '53 - Treasurer; Thomas P. Morgan, '64 - Assistant Secretary; Lawrence A. Dolan, '37 - First Assistant Treasurer; William J. McCormac, '61 - Second Assistant Treasurer; and Richard C. McGrath, '39 - Historian.

In September, Father Dalton, Principal, informs the Board that enrollment has declined - to 1388.

Larry Conti, '63, and Ron Selzer, '61, address the Board at the meeting to explain the creation of a Development Committee at NECHS.  Conti will serve as Development Director and Selzer will chair the committee.  They advise the Board that the committee's purpose will be to raise funds to assist in underwriting grants for young men to attend NECHS.

John Marquess, '67, sends a letter to the Board requesting assistance in establishing a "Hall of Fame" which would recognize outstanding graduates of the school.  President Hanejko advises that he and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Knobbs will attend the meeting.  As of November 30, we establish a new record for dues paying members - 4588 - surpassing the 4494 recorded in 1970.

Mike Ranson, '60, reports that 53 people attended the show "Nunsense" resulting in a one hundred dollar profit for the Association.  He reports that we will sponsor a "Beef - Beer & Bowling in January, and a trip to Paradise Island in the Bahamas in May.

John Hanejko, '65, in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Fund, informs the Board that the Fund will increase the amount of assistance to incoming Freshmen to NECHS. Commencing with the grants awarded this coming Spring, the Fund will award grants to $6000, $4000, and $3000 to graduating seniors from North and sons/daughters of dues paying alumni.  This eliminates a $2000 grant in each category.  In return, the Trustees will convert these to grants for incoming Freshmen and add two additional $2000 grants.  This raises the total awarded annually to $66,000.  Twenty-six thousand to seniors and son/daughters; and forty thousand to incoming Freshmen at North.

Christmas Party Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, reports that 128 children from 63 alumni families attended the party.  In addition to Santa Claus, they were entertained by accordionist Joe Jaworski and "Boffo" the Clown.  Leo McCarthy, Jr. won an Nintendo game, Joe Hunter, '49, won a red and white scooter; and Margaret Mary Musial (daughter of John, '63) won six "Disney on Ice" tickets.

The By-Laws of both the Association and the Scholarship Fund are amended, in accordance with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law, to provide for indemnification of Officers, Governors, and Trustees.

Six Hundred Ninety Five people attend the Communion Breakfast.  Philadelphia City Councilman W. Thatcher Longstreth is the featured speaker and recipient of our Outstanding Achievement Award.  Charles Titano, '61, sports director of WBUD, Trenton, NJ, is Toastmaster.  Bill Nesbitt, '59, receives our Outstanding Alumnus Award and honorary membership in the Association is conferred upon Joe Harvey, who has served as CA Captain of the Malvem retreat for a number of years.

Memorial Day Services at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on campus are attended by seventy-five people.

FALCONWAY Created

At a meeting of the Finance Committee to discuss the proposed budget for the coming year, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, suggests that the Association adopt a new fund raising project.  To be dubbed FALCONWAY, it will be a combined fund raising effort for the school, the Oblates, and the Scholarship Fund.  The effort on behalf of the school will be called "Save Northeast Catholic."  The funds will be turned over to the school's development committee on an annual basis.  The Finance Committee approves the plan and will present it to the Board in June.

A new record for dues paying members is established - 4725.  John R. Hanejko, '65, is elected unopposed to a third consecutive term.  Also elected without opposition are Steve Cardullo,'72 (1st V. P.), Frank Gleason, '53 (2nd V. P.), Bill Nesbitt, '59 (3rd V. P.); Paul Quinn,'36 (Secretary), Len Knobbs, '53 (Treasurer), Tom Morgan, '64 (Ass't. Secretary), Jim Whalen, '67 (2nd Ass't. Treas.), and Dick McGrath, '39 (Historian).

In two closely contested races, Ed Ganister, '32 defeats John Musial, '63, (30-25) for the post of Fourth Vice President.  Jim Bollendorf, '73 ekes out a one vote victory over Larry Dolan, '37 for First Assistant Treasurer.

Finance Committee Chairman Steve Cardullo, '72, recommends, on behalf of the committee, adoption of a proposed budget which includes reduction of the FALCONER from 5 issues to four which will result in a savings of $2400 per year.  This will allow the committee to recommend adoption of the budget without an increase in dues.  They also recommend adoption of the FALCONWAY Appeal which will allow a member to choose from among the Scholarship Fund, Save Northeast Catholic appeal, and the Oblates Development Fund.  Len Knobbs seconds the motion to adopt and after a lengthy discussion it is approved unanimously.

An August trip to Atlantic City produces a $245 profit for the Association according to Activities Chairman John Musial, '63.  Father Dalton informs the Board that enrollment has dipped to 1293.

Our first FALCONWAY Appeal is launched in November, 1989.

Slightly over 100 children attend our Kiddies Christmas Party on December 18.  Chairman Tom Morgan, '64 reports that the prizes from our drawing which underwrites a major portion of the cost were won by Paul Quinn, '36 (dinner for two at Babe's Steakhouse).  This prize is donated by Fred "Babe" Kozlowski, '67, owner of this Port Richmond landmark.  Second prize of a radio controlled car is won by John Oliveti, '76 and third prize of six tickets to "Disney on Ice" is won by Board member Joe Brennan, '69.

The children are entertained by Dusty, the magical clown, who delights the audience with his feats of prestidigitation.  Of course, Santa was the main attraction; and, as usual, those in attendance are treated to hot dogs, fruit drinks, ice cream, pretzels and chips.

 

Father John B. Tye, OSFS, '29

Outstanding Alumnus Award Recipients

This award, created by the Board of Governors and first presented in 1960, was renamed to honor Father Tye in 1976.


Father Tye
Alumni Moderator
June, 1960 - April, 1973

     Captain (Chaplain) John B. Tye, USA, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in connection with combat operations against the enemy with the 1st Cavalry Division in the Pacific Theatre of Operations (Luzon, Phillipines) during World War II.
General Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, General Order No. 50 (1945).

     The men below have received this award in recognition of their exemplary dedication and service to the ideals and purpose of the Alumni Association.

1960
Rev. Fernan J. Brennan, OSFS, '32

1961
Bernard F. Bygott, '34

1967
"Mickey" Shaughnessy, Hon., '49

1968
Joseph E. McKeown, '33

1969
Paul D. Quinn, '36

1971
Most Rev. William J. Ward, OSFS, '32

1973
Rev. Joseph P. Eisenbarth, OSFS,
Hon., '55

1978
Leonard F. Knobbs, '53

1979
Edward J. Guinan, '37

1980
Charles J. Quinn, '36

1981
Rev. Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34

1982
Edward J. Ganister, '32

1983
Bil Keane, '40

1983
Paul J. Kelly, '34

1986
Most Rev. Edward J. Schlotterback, OSFS, '30

1987
William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34

1988
William M. Nesbitt, '59

1989
Thomas P. Casey, '31

1989
Rev. James J. McGuire, OSFS, '34

1992
Thomas W. Kelly, '50

1992
Rev. Thomas P. Walsh, OSFS, Hon. '66

1995
John T. Musial, '63

1995
Rev. John J. Conmy, OSFS, '29

1996
Francis J. Gleason, '53

1998
John R. Hanejko, '65

1998
Rev. Robert P. Hanlon, OSFS, '43

2001
Francis J. Dunleavy, '32

2003
Rev. Vincent E. Smith, OSFS, '74

2004
Lawrence A. Dolan, '37

2004
James P. Scanlon, '30

2007
Francis J. Devinney, '42

2007
Nicholas A. Giordano, '61

2008
Robert H. Fitzsimmons, '53

2009
Patrick J. Boyle, '49

2010
Rev. Neil F. Kilty, OSFS, '59

2010
James W. Bollendorf, '73

2013
Raymond P. Zegarski, '59

   

Association Presidents

 

Rev. John J. Conmy, OSFS, '29

June 10, 1929 -
January 14, 1931

 

Frank T. McKee, '29

January 14, 1931 -
January 20, 1935

 

John W. Brecht, '30

January 20, 1935 -
December 27, 1936

 

Rev. James J. McGuire, OSFS, '34

December 27, 1936 -
December 26, 1937

 

William P. Robinson, MD, '29

December 26, 1937 -
January 25, 1942

 

Rev. James J. McGuire, OSFS, '34

January 25, 1942 -
July 6, 1942

 

Paul J. Kelly, '34

July 6, 1942 -
January 26, 1947

 

George W. Sommer, '36

January 26, 1947 -
December 16, 1947

 

Bernard F. Bygott, '34

December 16, 1947 -
November 27, 1949

 

Charles J. Quinn, '36

November 27, 1949 -
June 10, 1954

 

Hon. Joseph T. Murphy, '29

June 10, 1954 -
June 13, 1957

 

James E. Fitzgerald, '42

June 13, 1957 -
June 9, 1960

 

Charles E. Malone, '30

June 9, 1960 -
June 8, 1961

 

James J. Cox, Jr., '36

June 8, 1961 -
June 13, 1963

 

Patrick J. Boyle, '49

June 13, 1963 -
June 9, 1966

 

Leonard F. Knobbs, '53

June 9, 1966 -
June 12, 1969

 

Rocco G. Iacone, '55

June 12, 1969 -
June 11, 1970

 

J. William Arnoldy, '38

June 11, 1970 -
June 14, 1973

 

Francis J. Gleason, '53

June 14, 1973 -
June 10, 1976

 

Anthony J. Cendrowski, '57

June 10, 1976 -
June 9, 1977

 

Raymond P. Zegarski, '59

June 9, 1977 -
June 12, 1980

 

Leonard F. Knobbs, '53

June 12, 1980 -
June 9, 1983

 

John T. Musial, '63

June 9, 1983 -
July 1, 1986

 

John R. Hanejko, '65

July 1, 1986 -
July 1, 1989

 

Thomas P. Morgan, '64

July 1, 1989 -
July 1, 1992

 

Francis J. Gleason, '53

July 1, 1992 -
July 1, 1995

 

James W. Bollendorf, '73

July 1, 1995 -
July 1, 1997

 

Stephen A. Cardullo, '72

July 1, 1997 -
July 1, 2000

 

Edward J. White, '55

July 1, 2000 -
July 1, 2003

 

Anthony J. Colletta, '72

July 1, 2003 -
July 1, 2006

 

Edward J. White, '55

July 1, 2006 -
July 1, 2009

 

John R. Hanejko, '65

July 1, 2009 -
July 1, 2012



John
T. Musial, '63

July 1, 2012 -
July 1, 2013

 

 
 

 

Jeffrey W. Brown, '79

July 1, 2013 -
 

 

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Class Representatives

     In our eighty-four years, almost one thousand men have served on our Board of Governors.  Some have served as little as one month while others have performed dedicated service for many years.  We would like to recognize the thirty-one Class Representatives who served for twenty five years or longer.

     Patrick J. Boyle, '49 - November, 1954 - Present
     Francis J. Devinney, '42 - November, 1950 to November, 1951; January, 1954 to September, 2011.
     Leonard F. Knobbs, '53 - November, 1956 - Present
     Richard C. McGrath, '39 - July, 1943 to November, 1951; November, 1952 to November, 1957;      November, 1958 to November, 1977; March, 1978 to February, 1998.  Deceased March 24, 2003.
     Paul D. Quinn, '36 - November, 1948 to September, 2000.  Deceased October 20, 2002.
    
John F. Handley, '58 - March, 1967 - Present
     John S. Boyle, '39 - November, 1961 - September, 2008.  Deceased January 30, 2012.
 
   John T. Musial, '63 - January, 1966 to September, 1990; September, 1992 to Present
     Raymond E. Rysak, '66 - March, 1969 - Present
     William J. McCormac, '61 - March, 1969 to March, 2011, September, 2011 - September, 2013.
   
Joseph E. McKeown, '33 - November, 1950 to January, 1951; November, 1953 to September, 1996.  Deceased September 29, 1996
    Lawrence A. Dolan, '37 - November, 1948 to September, 1957; November, 1957 to May, 1958; March, 1973 to October, 2005.  Deceased October 30, 2005.
    
Stephen A. Cardullo, '72 - September, 1972 - Present
    
Robert J. Fuessinger, '48 - November, 1952 to September, 1993.  Deceased August 15, 2006.    

    
Francis J. Gleason, '53 - November, 1960 to September, 2000.  Deceased September 10, 2000.
 
   Joseph J. Mackin, '40 - November, 1947 to October, 1959; November, 1962 to March, 1972; March, 1977 to June, 1995.  Deceased June 23, 1995.
     
John R. Hanejko, '65 - November, 1978 - Present
    
J. William Arnoldy, '38 - January, 1964 to August, 1998.  Deceased August 15, 1998.    
    
Bernard J. McGuire, '50 - November, 1952 to November, 1958; January, 1959 to September, 1972; October, 1972 to November, 1975; March, 1976 to June, 1985; September, 1985 to February, 1986.  Deceased August 5, 1987.    
    
Joseph P. Brennan, Jr., '69 - March, 1977 to October, 2006; September, 2008 - May, 2011.
    
Edward J. Ganister, '32 - March, 1967 to January, 1999.  Deceased January 3, 1999.    

    
Anthony J. Colletta, '72 - March, 1973 to February, 1985; April, 1989 to November, 2008.  Deceased November 19, 2011.   
    Michael A. Donofrio, '47 - November, 1955 to October, 1965; January, 1966 to February, 1967; March, 1967 to September, 1967; September, 1989 to July, 2009.  Deceased July 5, 2009.
     Thomas M. Cleary, '47 - January, 1965 to February, 1996.  Deceased January 18, 2001.
    Edmund A. Markowski, Jr., '56 - September, 1977 to September, 1992; September, 1994 to September, 2009.
     Robert E. Kennedy, '54 - September, 1984 to February, 1994; May, 1994 - Present
     Louis J. Peters, '31 - December, 1964 to September, 1992.  Deceased December 31, 1993.
     William M. FitzPatrick, '59 - September, 1986 - Present
     Joseph T. Mulawka, '51 - September, 1987 - April, 2014.  Deceased May 12, 2014.
   
William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34 - January, 1965 to November, 1990.  Deceased November 26, 1990.
     Kenneth J. Florkowski, '88 - November, 1988 - Present
  

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ASSOCIATION CHAPLAINS


Rev. George A. Mahoney, OSFS, Hon. '34

June 10, 1929 -
September 1, 1932


Rev. William A. Stahl, OSFS,
Hon. '34

September 1, 1932 -
June 30, 1934


Rev. Harry J. Quinn, OSFS,
Hon., '35

June 30, 1934 -
June 30, 1940


Rev. Francis X. O'Donnell,
OSFS, '29

June 30, 1940 -
June 30, 1947


Rev. George A. Godley,
 OSFS, '31

June 30, 1947 -
June 30, 1948


Rev. Fernan J. Brennan,
OSFS, '32

June 30, 1948 -
June 30, 1960


Rev. John B. Tye, OSFS, '29

June 30, 1960 -
April 1, 1973


Rev. John J. Green, OSFS, '35

April 1, 1973 -
January 30, 1974


Rev. Francis X. Quaile, OSFS, '35

January 30, 1974 -
June 30, 1974

Rev. James J. Behan, OSFS, '62

June 30, 1974 -
September 1, 1976

Rev. Edward J. Simons,
OSFS, '34

September 1, 1976 -
December 31, 1999

Rev. Neil F. Kilty. OSFS, '59

December 31, 1999 -
 

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V. + J.

NORTHEAST CATHOLIC HONOR ROLL

Not for fame or reward, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it, these suffered all, sacrificed all, dared and died.

(Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery)

     These men, our brothers, gave their lives in defense of their country in World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, and Afghanistan.  Please remember them in your prayers.

WORLD WAR II

1930

Lawrence C. Hoelzle
Joseph T. Walsh

1931

Nicholas P. Kavanagh
Joseph P. Mahoney
Joseph L. Rabenstein

1932

William J. Connell
Leo P. Hassett
Charles P. Loeper
Joseph F. Stutz

1933

Edward J. Coleman
Samuel J. Dunbar
Joseph S. Fiala
Joseph A. Gogoj
James F. Harkins
Edward F. Heard
Robert E. McCarthy
Aloysius A. Monaghan

1934

Joseph F. Carr
Andrew J. Frosch
Edward J. Galloway
William J. MacElderry
John J. McCann
Joseph V. Murray
Thomas H. Murray
Walter J. Robinson
George L. Smith

1935

Thomas A. Byrne
Edward B. Drueding
John A. Farrell
Albert P. Foley
John J. Gray
Anthony F. Matthews
Leonard J. McGee
Nelson A. Reed
Hugh T. Shellem

1936

John A. Anderson
Richard J. Burns
Thomas J. Cassidy
John J. Dooner
Joseph T. Dwyer
John W. Farrell
Harold Garman
Thomas J. Hobson
Edward E. Houseman
John R. Kelley
Robert J. Kelley
John F. Lawlor
Michael J. Marley
John B. McCann
Vincent J. McElroy
George A. McGee
William J. Newis
James O'Rourke
Herman P. Winterer

1937

William J. Casey
Thomas F. Kelly
James Litz
James McConnell
Joseph A. Minnichbach
Lawrence W. Minnick
Andrew C. O'Keefe
Joseph K. Seiler
Edward C. Sekula
Joseph W. Shedaker
Raymond J. Slazas
Vincent K. Snyder
Albert J. Spanier

1938

Albert Appel
Edward J. Coleman
James V. Derbyshire
John D. Duffy
Thomas F. Fenerty
Edmund J. Gaffney
Joseph M. Garlick
Gerald F. Gowen
John Mallen
James J. McGinnis
Philip J. Razler
James E. Saul
John C. Schmieder
Francis J. Strenger
Martin E. Wagner
Alfred A. Zajac
Walter J. Zarada

1939

William L. Cobb
Raymond W. Devlin
Alfred F. Dougherty
Stephen A.Ganiszewski
John Gibbons
Charles D. Gibson
Daniel J. Grant
Henry L. Grathwohl
Thomas E. Jardel
Edward F. Kent
George Kuhn
Warren Lane
Charles T. Lewis
William F. Lynch
Leo E. Markey
John J. McNulty
John J. McVeigh
Edward J. Phillips
William T. Urban
John J. White

WORLD WAR II

1940

William H. Becker
John J. Delaney
John B. Gilkey
Raymond E. Gruber
Lawrence Lanahan
Philip T. Lehman
Edward Litwin
Eugene P. Magee
Robert McAuliffe
Francis X. McKenna
Charles J. McLinden
Charles J. McVey
Horace J. Murphy
Robert J. Reilly
Francis G. Rudolph
George J. Whalen
James A. White

1941

Paul A. Becker
John F. Clinch
James J. Coffey
Joseph J. Daley
John J. Davis
Edward J. Dooner
Joseph A. Finley
Francis J. Fitzpatrick
Paul R. Foley
Francis J. Gillespie
Eugene T. Gladkowski
James J. Hanlon
Charles W. Lockwood
William F. Matthews
John M. McCann
Frank J. McDonnell
Hugh J. McFadden
Henry T. McMahon
John F. McNally
Charles A. Nessel
Louis B. Rieffel
Anthony J. Rosowski
William H. Schenkel
Anthony T. Serravalli
John D. Sykes
James J. Turner
Maurice L. VanZandt

1942

Harry J. Bell
Raymond J. Broderick
Henry E. Dempski
Norman DeProbert
John A. Donahue
Ralph J. Dooley
Stephen F. Halner
William G. Hare
Charles X. Kuntz
Robert J. Lautenbach
Raymond A. Makin
John G. McBride
Henry P. McCann
Joseph H. McCann
James J. McVey
James P. Mellon
Carmen V. Olivet
Gerald J. O'Neill
Leo J. Reilly
Arthur J. Roit
Joseph F. Rossetti
John J. Rowan
John M. Rutter
James M. Ryan
Ernest E. Schmidt
John J. Stevenson
Raymond J. Trost
Donald M. Woods

1943

Richard E. Bagnor
Anthony T. Cassese
Thomas J. Eck
Charles H. Fox
Francis A. Glanzmann
James F. Gormley
John J. Hannigan
Joseph F. Hendron
Leonard P. Kolodziejski
Joseph McDevitt
Thomas W. Phillips
John T. Stevenson

1944

James B. Boyle
William J. Conley
Charles W. Coyle
William J. DeLaurentis
Patrick J. Dever
Aloysius F. Dougherty
William E. Hagerty

1945

Robert Melhuish
Emmett J. Ryan
George A. Steigerwald

1946

Francis J. Davenport

 

KOREA

1934

William J. Brennan

1935

Charles M. Klein

1937

William T. Gould
Harry B. Loy

KOREA

1940

Robert B. Appel

1941

Frank A. Johnson
Thomas J. Schimpf

1942

Maurice T. Cleary
Charles D. Hogue

1944

Robert J. Evans

1945

John F. McGovern

1946

Daniel C. Bianco
Joseph M. Lynch
Joseph J. Sweeney

1947

Bernard F. Sevier

1948

William J. Brennan
Joseph S. Oaks
Christian J. Spoerl
John W. Toland
E. George West

1949

Stanley A. Gogoj
John L. Sullivan
Stephen C. Walter

1951

James R. Grove
Joseph J. Leszczynski
Charles T. Tait
Charles P. Schwind

1954

John F. Dunne


VIET NAM

1950

James F. McCafferty

1956

William P. Coll
Joseph M. Gorman

1958

Joseph J. Crawford

1962

Ronald D. Briggs
William D. McCuen
George D. Speece
Robert V. Stever

1963

William A. Kuprevich
Leonard S. Pelullo

1964

Richard J. Conlin
Michael P. Rymarczuk

1965

Joseph J. Nitka
Louis W. Potempa
William M. Riley
Albert C. Wall, Jr.

1966

Lawrence A. Branigan
Anthony J. Metzger
Joseph T. Monaghan
Thomas F. Nilan
George J. Reed, Jr.
Joseph F. Schimpf
Patrick J. Thiroway, Jr.

1967

Anthony F. Citrigno
Edward J. Kapusta
Robert T. Koehler

1968

Dennis Donovan
William T. Findlay

1969

John R. Feeser

 

AFGHANISTAN

2004

Michael J. Strange

 

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Sergeant John J. McVeigh, '39

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Outstanding Achievement Award

     This award was created in 1960 to honor a non-alumnus individual or organization who made a significant contribution in a given field.  It is presented at our annual Communion Breakfast.

1960
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

Congresswoman Kathryn M. Granahan
Donald Barnhouse, WCAU-TV News
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
U. S. Senator Hugh Scott
Philadelphia Police Captain Clarence Ferguson
Vince Leonard, KYW-TV News
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Dr. Herbert S. Denenberg
Philadelphia District Attorney Arlen Specter
Rolfe Neill, Editor, Philadelphia Daily News
Richard Sprague, Esq., Special Prosecutor
Barney Morris, WCAU-TV News
Tom Fox, Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer
U. S. Attorney David Marston, Esq.
U. S. Senator Joseph Biden
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Joseph O'Neill
Larry Kane, WCAU-TV News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott
U. S. Senator John Heinz
Pat Polillo, KYW-TV News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix, Jr.
Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald D. Castille
Congressman Robert Borski
Philadelphia Councilman W. Thatcher Longstreth
Thomas Brookshier, CBS Sportscaster
Brother Patrick Ellis, FSC, LaSalle University President
Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey
U. S. Armed Forces - Operation Desert Storm
Bill "Speedy" Morris, LaSalle University Basketball Coach
Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham
Walt Hunter, KYW-TV News
Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel
Philadelphia Councilwoman Joan Krajewski
David R. Boldt, Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer
Ray Didinger, Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Columnist
Marc Howard, Channel 6-TV News
Philadelphia Police Commissioner John F. Timoney
Michael Smerconish, Esq., Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist
Philadelphia Archdiocesan Vicar for Education Dr. Richard McCarron, Jr.
Bill Campbell, Sports Broadcaster and Columnist
Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker
Former Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale
U. S. Attorney Patrick Meehan, Esq.
Don Tollefson, Sports Broadcaster
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery
Oblates of St. Francis deSales
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey
Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Sports Columnist
Dom Giordano, WPHT Radio Talk Show Host
Vai Sikahema, NBC10 Sports Director

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NECHS

Hall of Fame

     Created by the School and the Association in 1989 to honor individuals that had brought fame and distinction to the school and themselves by their actions in certain disciplines.  Until school closed the inductees were honored at ceremonies held at NECHS.  Since 2010, the recipients are inducted at the Association's Communion Breakfast.  A select committee consisting of the President, Executive Secretary, and Chaplain of the Association, along with four members - two from the Board of Governors and two active members of the Association - appointed by the President review the nominations submitted by the public and make the final decision.

           

Arts/Education/
Entertainment

Athletics

Business/Labor/
        Military

Religion/Science

Service to NECHS/
     Community

1989 Bil
Keane, '40
John H.
Mallon, '29
Francis J. "Tim" Dunleavy, '32 M. Rev. Edward J.
Schlotterback, OSFS, '30
Robert A.
Crout, '58
1990 John F.
Whitaker, '41
Francis X.
Reagan, '37
Wendell W.
Young III, '56
Albert E.
Welsh, MD, '32
Joseph F.
Kilroy, '65
1991 Vincent J.
Trombetta, '58
Joseph T.
Verdeur, '44
Joseph J. Donahue, '31 Thomas J.
Cullen, '69
Leonard F.
Knobbs, '53
1992 Jay J.
Dugan, '36
Frank J.
Hoerst, '35
Peter P.
Gallagher, '37
Rev. Edward J.
Simons, OSFS, '34
Joseph C.
McCloskey, '37
1993 George W.
Sommer, '36
Frank J. "Bucko"
Kilroy, '39
John J.
McVeigh, '39
John D.
Mahan, '69
Joseph E. McKeown, '33
1994 William P.
Plumley, '54
John J.
Gillespie, '35
Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Kelly, USA, '50 J. Richard
White, '46
Paul D.
Quinn, '36
1995 Jesse D.
Cain, '44
Robert J.
McNeill, '56
John J.
Marquess, Esq. '67
John E.
Murray, SJD, '50
Francis X. Dougherty, '59
1996 Gerald B.
Buckley, '50
Bernard J.
McLaughlin, '46
Martin J.
McCormick, '52
Rev. John J.
Conmy, OSFS, '29
Robert P.
O'Neill, '65
1997 Joseph F.
Flubacher, PhD, '31
Walter M.
Masterson, '38
Armond F.
Gentile, '52
Rev. Richard T.
Reece, OSFS, '54
Hon. James R.
Cavanaugh, '49
1998 Rev. Gerard J.
Schubert,
OSFS, '47
John J.
Quinn, '52
Maj. Gen. Joseph V. McLernan, USMC, '45 Rev. David I.
Hagan, OSFS, '56
Francis J.
Gleason, '53
1999 Frank J.
Dougherty, '59
James R.
Walsh, '53
Michael J. McKenna, '52 Bernard C.
Sekula, PhD, '69
Francis J.
Byrne, '65
2000 Robert H. Fitzsimmons, '53 Barry D.
Brodzinski, '73
Martin J. Maddaloni, '57 M. Rev. Martin N.
Lohmuller, DD, JCD, '37
John T. "Herb"
Smith, '46
2001 James V.
Amadie, '54
Edward P.
Geisz, '42
Erwin T.
Straw , '46
Oliver G.
Ludwig, '53
Lawrence P.
Conti, '63
2002 John R.
Doman, '62
Henry R. "Hank"
Siemiontkowski, '68
Capt. Thomas W. Kelley, OSFS, USN, '41 Edmund F.
Gordon, '64
Joseph L.
Zazyczny, '53
2003 Kenneth W.
Milano, '77
Joseph F.
Kadlec, '62
James A.
Williams, '68
Michael E.
Pietrzak, '67
John T.
Musial, '63
2004 Gerard J.
Jonas, '49
Michael F.
Fallon, '48
Louis J.
Sigmund, '50
Charles J.
Wolf, MD, '61
John J.
Taylor, '73
2005 Thomas J.
Smith, '66
Dennis R.
Seddon, '67
Carl F.
Gregory, '51
Rev. Neil F.
Kilty, OSFS, '59
Joseph P.
Hand, '54
2006 John S.
Grady, '55
Donald J.
D'Ambra, '90
James J.
Avery, '69
Michael S.
Shetzline, MD, PhD, '77
Edward J.
Lowry, '62
2007 James E.
Arnosky, '64
James A.
Gallagher, '47
James E.
Dugan, '63
Rev. John J.
Dennis,
OSFS, '37
Vincent E.
Furlong, '50
2008 James E.
Dougherty, '41, PhD
Gerard J.
Brindisi, '74
John T.
Fries, '61
James A.
Padova, MD, '56
Edward J.
White, '55
2009 Thomas P.
Forkin, Sr., '52
James C.
Hueber, '66
Steven J. McCaffrey, '81 Edward F.
McClay, MD, '67
Paul J.
Hondros, '66
2010 Ernest F.
Koschineg, '61
Robert J. Wheeler, '67 Joseph F. Petaccio, Jr., '59 Rev. George S.
Salzmann,
OSFS, '66
James P.
Meehan, '67
2011   Michael P. McDevitt, '82 Hon. John R.
Padova, '52
Rev. Francis W. Collins, MM, '38 John R.
Hanejko, '65
2012 Edward A.
Turzanski, '77
      Francis J.
Fedele, '64
2013 Stanley R.
Witalec, '66
Laurence L.
Sullivan, '66
Timothy G.
O'Shaughnessy, '81
V. Rev. Edward M. Dougherty, MM, '67 Stephen A.
Cardullo, '72
2014 Reynold J.
Levocz, '59
Thomas J.
Gilmore, '82
Vincent A.
Panvini, '65
Samuel P.
DeBow, '71
William F.
Coyle, Esq., '56

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