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The Third Decade

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The Ninth Decade (2010 - Current) of Our Association

The history of these years has been compiled from the minutes and publications of the Association.

     At their January meeting, the Board of Governors, reviews and discusses the changes to our By-Laws proposed by the By-Law Committee. Chairman Len Knobbs, '53, introduced each change in the form of a motion. A change to Article III, Section 4, dealing with the qualifications of members of the Board of Governors to be officers of the Association is to be amended to so that a member must have attended six of the nine meetings of the Board from September to May to be eligible to run for office. The motion is seconded by John Musial, '63, and approved unanimously by the 43 Class Representatives present.

     Knobbs and Musial move to change Article IV, Section 2, concerning "Vacancies on the Board." This has been an ongoing and increasing problem as Class Representatives do not attend Board meetings and participate in the operation of the Association. The change would state that if a member missed four consecutive meetings or a total of six of ten in the fiscal year, it would lead to his dismissal from the Board. After some discussion, Wendell Young, '56, and John Devine, '69, moved to table the motion. The tabling motion was approved with five opposed.

     Knobbs and Dennis Kelly, '67, moved to change Article V, Section 7, listing the duties of the Treasurer. The change would require prior authorization of the Board before investments in government instruments, bonds, and equities of any type is initiated. This had always been the norm but was not specifically stated in the By-Laws. The motion was unanimously approved.

     Knobbs and Young moved to change Article VI, Section 2 b) concerning the duties of the Board of Governors. The change pertained to their responsibility to file a report with the Treasurer indicating the location and amount including additions and deletions thereto of funds held on behalf of their respective Class. The report is due by June 30, of the current fiscal year, so that any funds can be accounted for in the Association's annual financial report. There have been problems with Class Reps providing the reports in a timely manner. The change would suspend the Board member in question for a period of thirty days if the report were not provided by June 30 and if not provide by the end of his suspension, he would be terminated from the Board. The motion was approved unanimously.

     Knobbs and Ed White, '55 moved to change Article VIII, Section 2, which deals with the election of Class Representative at the Annual General Membership Meeting. Since the ballots cannot be tabulated until after the conclusion of the meeting due to time constraints. They are normally counted by a committee the following evening. Quite frequently there are ties and since the beginning of the Association, they had been resolved by a coin toss supervised by the Chairman of the Election Committee. After a great deal of research involving "Roberts Rules of Order" and various parliamentary rules throughout the United States, the By-Law Committee was recommending inserting that specific language in the pertinent section to offset discussions in the future. The motion was approved with one member abstaining.

     Knobbs indicated the committee would meet prior to next month's Board meeting to discuss the tabled motion in order that all proposed amendments could be presented to the membership at the meeting on March 21.

     President John Hanejko, '65, opened nominations for three seats on the Board of Save Northeast Fund, Inc. Ed White, '55; Tom Ballard, '86; Frank Devinney, '42; and John Barnes, '89, were nominated.

     In February, Knobbs and Joe Glackin, '73, move to remove from the table the proposed change to Article IV, Section 2. The motion is approved unanimously. Wendell

     Young, '56, advises that the committee met and discussed the change and that they are recommending the Board adopt the change for presentation to the membership. Knobbs and John Musial, '63, move to adopt the change. Joe Brennan, '69, challenged the definition of term "regular meeting". He pointed out that the meetings in January and February were rescheduled due to snow storms - thus, they were not regular meetings held on the second Thursday of the month. Knobbs responded that while the Board normally met on the second Thursday, this was not mandated - only that they meet once monthly during the months September through June of the fiscal year. Further the By-Laws specify that the President calls the meetings on five days written notice to the Board members. The motion to approve was passed with one member opposed. Knobbs advised that the proposed amendments would be presented to the membership in written form with a block for a "yes" or "no" alongside. The results would be tabulated by the committee on the evening of March 22.

     President Hanejko noted there were only three nominees for the three seat on Save NEC's Board since Frank Devinney, '42, had declined the nomination. Accordingly, he declared Ballard, '86; Barnes, '89; and White, '55 elected.

     The Real Estate Committee under Ray Rysak, '66, has been reactivated and are diligently researching available locations in case the effort to keep NECHS open fails and we have to find a place to locate.

     The March 11 meeting immediately preceding our Annual Memorial Mass and Communion Breakfast and the General Membership Meeting is a momentous and sad time. President Hanejko advises the Board that a conference call was held by the members of the Northeast Catholic/Cristo Rey Feasibility Study Group chaired by Paul Hondros, '66 on March 9. After all the study and the work on the report, John McConnell, the leader of the Planning Team, made a recommendation that North not open as part of the Cristo Rey Network in September. After a lengthy discussion, it was adopted unanimously by the group. There were a number of unresolved issues that determined this result. The main issue was the lack of a religious sponsor. Neither the Oblates nor the Jesuits were in a position to commit to September, 2010 opening. A different proposal was submitted to the Archdiocese by Paul Hondros. To date, no response has been received.

     A lengthy discussion followed involving most if not all members present about what we could do to keep NECHS open.

     President Hanejko called the General Membership Meeting held at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel at 9:30 AM on March 21. The initial order of business was the election of Class Representatives to the Board of Governors. He discussed what was ongoing with the attempts to keep our Alma Mater open. He introduced Len Knobbs, '53, By-Law Committee Chairman to present the five amendments which were unanimously endorsed by the committee and overwhelmingly approved by the Board of Governors. He asked if there were any questions concerning any of the proposed changes. Ed McCloskey, '70, asked for the floor and inquired if he would be in order to move for adoption of the proposed changes by a voice vote. President Hanejko ruled in the affirmative. McCloskey made the motion seconded by Tom Joyce, '69. It was passed with one opposed and two not voting from among the 345 in attendance.

     At the Breakfast, our Chaplain, Father Neil F. Kilty, OSFS, receives the Outstanding Alumnus Award.

     At the April meeting, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, advises the Board that we are in receipt of a letter from the Office of Catholic Education stating that we must vacate our office in the school by June 30.

     As Treasurer of the Scholarship Fund, Knobbs informs the Board that changes to Articles of the Fund's By-Laws were unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees. Those changes must be ratified by two-thirds of those in attendance at this evening's meeting. The changes had been provided to the entire Board of Governors in their notice of tonight's meeting. Accordingly, Knobbs and Steve Cardullo, '72, moved to ratify the changes. The changes will return the Scholarship Fund to awarding college grants, along with high school grants, and will provide for the addition of grade school grants.

     The college grants made be utilized at one of the following 13 institutions: Cabrini College, Radnor, Pennsylvania; Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; DeSales University, Center Valley, Pennsylvania; Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey; Gwynedd Mercy University, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania; Holy Family University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pennsylvania; LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania; Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania; St. Charles Borromeo Seminary College, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania; St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. The applicant must be a senior in high school to be eligible. Six grants (3 @ $20,00 and 3 @ $12,000) will be awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic and financial need requirements. They will be payable in equal semi-annual installments over four years providing the applicant meets our minimum academic standards.

     Fifteen high school grants (5 @ $12,000; 5 @ $8,000; and 5 @ $4,000) will be awarded to attend an (arch)diocesan or parochial high school operated within the canonical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. The applicant must be in the 8th grade to be eligible. The grants will be awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic and financial need requirements. Five grants at $15,000, and five at $10,000 are awarded. They will be payable in equal semi-annual installments over four years providing the applicant meets our minimum academic standards.

     Grants will be awarded to attend a parochial grade school operated by a parish within the canonical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, and/or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. To be eligible, the applicant must be in the 5th grade. The grants will be awarded to applicants who meet our minimum academic and financial need requirements. Six grants of $4,500 and five grants of $1,500 will be awarded. They will be payable in equal semi-annual installments over three years providing the applicant meets our minimum academic standards.

     The recipients must be the children or grandchildren of current dues paying members of the Association. Current students at NECHS who are receiving grants from the Fund will be covered for the remainder of their matriculation at Archdiocese of Philadelphia High Schools providing they continue to meet our academic standards.

     Knobbs responded to a number of questions from the 48 Board members present for over a half-hour. The motion was passed with one opposed.

     The Board of Directors of the Save Northeast Catholic Fund meet on May 5. They appropriate $43,000 to cover the costs of the closing ceremony at NECHS ($3200) and tuition assistance for needy students. A motion to dissolve the corporation by May 29, 2010 is approved unanimously.

     At the May 10 meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Fund, Chairman John Hanjeko, '65, asks the Trustees to consider the request from the Association to borrow $200,000 from the Fund. Hanejko and Knobbs advised the Trustees of the pending purchase of a building at 2700 Rhawn Street by the Alumni Association. They further advised that the Association had anticipated income from my residuary trust under the will of William Corbett, '49. The amount in question was estimated by the bank trustee to be $285,000. It was anticipated that the trust would be distributed toward the end of June. If the Board of Governors approves the president's decision to purchase the property at their May 13 meeting, settlement would be on or before June 20, 2010. The possibility exists that the Association would not have the funds from the trust by that date. To facilitate the purchase without a mortgage, the Association would like to borrow $200,000 from the Scholarship Fund. Knobbs explained that the Association would issue a promissory note to the Fund. Mr. George, our counsel, feels that the money would be repaid in less than 90 days from settlement. However, if this did not occur, the Fund would extend a mortgage to the Association to replace the note. Interest on the note would be set at the federal rate as stated by the IRS. The mortgage rate, if necessary, would be negotiated by the Fund and the Association. After a lengthy discussion as to the pros and cons, a motion was made by a Knobbs and Tom Morgan, '64, to have the Scholarship Fund grant a $200,000 loan to the Association for the purpose of paying for the building at 2700 Rhawn St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, should the Board of Governors of the Association approve the purchase at their meeting of May 13, 2010. The motion passed with one opposed. Ed White, '55, asked to be recorded as no.

     President Hanejko, at the May 13 meeting, calls upon Pat Boyle, '49, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Ray Rysak, '66, Chairman of the Real Estate Committee, and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, to make a joint proposal concerning our relocation needs. Rysak stated that his committee had found a property at 2700 Rhawn Street (SEC Rhawn & Fairfield Streets). He explains - with the approval of the President, an agreement of sale has been signed, a home inspection conducted, and necessary repairs and corrections were addressed to the seller - this upon the unanimous recommendation of the Real Estate Committee. Pat Boyle, on behalf of the Finance Committee, explained that the committee had met and discussed for a number of hours the ramification of purchasing and maintaining a property. He said the committee unanimously recommends that we support the decision of the President. Len Knobbs supplied data regrading the property search and how we could afford the purchase. Over the last six months, he stated, the Real Estate Committee had many sites referred and visited a large number of them. Some were beyond our price range and others in area that were not where the committee deemed advisable to relocate. He advised the Board that in January we had been notified by PNC Wealth Management we were 25% beneficiary of a residual trust established under the will of William J. Corbett, '49. As of April 21, our portion of the proceeds has been estimated at $285,000. In conjunction with the $90,000 currently in the Building Fund Reserve, this would be more than sufficient to cover the $333,000 we offered for the property. The property was originally listed at $399,900 and after six months on the market was dropped to $374,900. Our initial offer was $325,000 countered by the seller at $338,000 and then settled at $333,000. The property is a two story Colonial house on the Fairfield Street side with a one-story addition on the Rhawn Street side (approximately 2500 sq. ft. in area) surrounded by a large lawn and fenced-in rear yard with large evergreens which would provide a suitable back-drop for the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima honoring our war dead.

     Pat Boyle made a motion, seconded by Len Knobbs, to support the decision of President John Hanejko to purchase the property at 2700 Rhawn Street for $333,000 - $25,000 of which has been put down as a deposit. A lengthy discussion followed on the pros and cons of paying cash or obtaining a mortgage. The cost of any repairs to be made, upkeep and the cost of utilities, taxes, etc. Knobbs pointed out that our attorney is taking steps to have the property declared tax-exempt because of our non-profit status. Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, called for a vote and Hanejko responded accordingly. The motion passed with one opposed and 41 in favor.

     Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, explained that the Executive Board met to discuss what should be done if the Corbett Trust doesn't disburse the funds to us prior to the settlement date for the property. We would have to obtain a mortgage or borrow money sufficient to cover the cost. Knobbs, along with counsel, Dennis George, Honorary '03, made the suggestion that we borrow the funds from the Scholarship Fund. Mr. George indicated there would not be a conflict of interest providing we paid the Scholarship Fund at a comparable rate of interest.

     Knobbs advised the Board of Governors that the Fund was willing to lend the Association the $200,000 and moved that Association borrow that amount from the Fund. It was seconded by Bill Granger, '60, and passed with one apposed. Ed White, '55, asked to recorded as "no".

     President Hanejko advised the Board the school is holding a closing ceremony on June 6 with Mass at Noon followed by brunch and a last tour of the building. He explained that the Board of Directors of the Save Northeast Catholic Fund approve the expenditure of funds necessary to cover the cost of the affair.

     At the June 10 meeting, Real Estate Chair Ray Rysak, '66, reports that the sale price has been reduced to $325,000 - $8,000 being allocated by the seller to complete the necessary repairs. This will result in a lowering of settlement costs also. Settlement is set for June 15.

     The Executive Board for the 2010-11 year is unanimously elected: President - John R. Hanejko, '65; 1st VP - John T. Musial, '63; 2nd VP - Henry J. Stahl, '66; 3rd VP - Stephen A. Cardullo, '72; 4th VP - Thomas O. Ballard, '86; Secretary - John F. Handley, '58; Treasurer - Leonard F. Knobbs, '53; Assistant Secretary - Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88; 1st Assistant Treasurer - Jeffrey W. Brown, '79; 2nd Assistant Treasurer - Joseph T. Mulawka, '51; Historian - Patrick J. Boyle, '49.

     The Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Fund award the first grants to children and grandchildren of dues paying alumni. College grants are awarded to: Tyler Rutledge, '10 to deSales University; Lauren Pallister, Little Flower HS to Cabrini College; Hugh Ferry, '10 to Holy Family University; Daniel Sumara, '10 to LaSalle University; Patrick Nilan, '10 to DeSales University; and Daniel Bowers, LaSalle HS to LaSalle University. High School grants are awarded to: Sarah Rzepczynski, Our Lady of Consolation to St. Hubert; Tyler Oliveti, Maternity BVM to Father Judge; James McDermott, Our Lady of Port Richmond to Roman; Gina Correale, St. Bede to Abp. Wood; Abigail Steinmetz, St. Martin of Tours to Little Flower; and Melissa Smiley, St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson, to Holy Cross. Grade School grants are awarded to Emily Coleman, St. Martin of Tours; Caitlyn Devlin, Holy Innocents; Allison McDermott, Our Lady of Port Richmond; Erin McCole, Immaculate Heart of Mary; Erin Hines, St. Anselm; Emily McDermott, Our Lady of Port Richmond; Brian Finn, St. Cecilia; and Kierstin Knellinger, St. Thomas Aquinas, Croydon. Grants that been awarded in previous years to incoming Freshman at NECHS will be honored as long as the recipients matriculate at Archdiocesan high schools and meet our academic requirements. Currently there are 90 young men who meet this criteria.

     We move into our new location on June 26 with the help of a number of people. Our gratitude is extended to Walt Coughlin, '46, Frank Kelly, '50, Jim Kling, '53, Len Knobbs, '53, Ed White, '55, John Handley, '58, Tom McAvoy, '59, John Musial, '63, John Hanejko, '65, Ray Rysak, '66, Jack Devine, '69, Jim Kelly, '70, John Peteraf, '70, Joe Pilawsky, '71, Steve Cardullo, '72, Tony Colletta, '72, Joe Glackin, '73, Bob Kensil, '74, Jeff Brown, '79, Tom Ballard, '86, Ken Florkowski, '88, Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, Michael Larthey, '99, Pat Glackin, '03, and Brendan Glackin, '06. Also assisting were Margaret Mary Musial, Vince Rzepczynski, and Francis Larthey, '66 and his wife. Special thanks are due to Lou Sigmund, '77, Frank Kane, '80, and Mike Knobbs of Iron Workers and Riggers Local 405 who moved the heavy equipment and arranged for the donation of two trucks by Thackray Crane to move all our belongings. Joe Pilawsky, '71 arranged for members of the Painters Union to completely paint the inside of the building before we moved in. Bob Kensil, '74, made all of the necessary repairs to our plumbing. Len Knobbs noted that we did not receive all of the memorabilia from the school as promised by Father Smith. A lot disappeared before it could be given to us.

     At the Board meeting in October, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs reports that we received a partial disbursement from the Corbett Trust - $250,000 - and the loan from the Scholarship Fund - $200,000 plus interest of 282.30 - had been paid.

     On October 18, 2010, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approves the dissolution of Save Northeast Catholic Fund, Inc. In keeping with the corporation's Articles of Incorporation, the balance in the treasury was transferred to the Scholarship Fund.

     Communion Breakfast Arrangements Chairman Tom McAvoy, '59, on behalf of the committee recommends holding the Memorial Mass at St. Martin of Tours followed by breakfast at Canstatter's. He makes a motion to do so, seconded by Jim Kelly, '70, and the Board approves with one member not voting.

     Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is honored at the Communion Breakfast with our Outstanding Achievement Award. Grover Silcox is the Toastmaster. Both gentleman do an outstanding job and are well received by over 300 in attendance. Would that the same could be said for Canstatter's and its service. It is so bad that Arrangements Chairman McAvoy calls a meeting of the committee in early April to dissect the performance. As a result the committee recommends to the Board that we do not consider them for future breakfasts.

     In early May, the Finance Committee reviews bids for the construction and installation of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in the rear yard. The committee recommends Nicklous Brothers at a cost of $5800. President John Hanejko, '65, approves the project so that it will be completed in time for our annual Memorial Day Services.

     At the May 12 meeting of the Board, Finance Chairman Pat Boyle, '49, recommends approval of President Hanejko's decision regarding the Shrine. A motion to concur with the recommendation is made by Len Knobbs, '53 and Al Waskiewicz, '79, and is unanimously approved. Memorial Day Services Chairman Joe Mulawka, '51, recommends, on behalf of the committee, that we hold Mass at Resurrection of Our Lord Church, Castor Avenue & Shelmire Street, at 9 AM. Mass will concelebrated by our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, and the pastor, Father Joseph Howarth, '67. After Mass, we will come to our building for the dedication of the Shrine and services in memory of our deceased war dead and then a light luncheon of coffee and cake. Tom Morgan, '64, and Al Waskiewicz, '79, move to accept the recommendation and the Board unanimously approves. Over 100 people attend the Services on Memorial Day and are delighted how well the Shrine looks and its setting with our nation's flag flying high over it surrounded by evergreens and flowers.

     In an attempt to return to our roots, the Golf Classic is held at Juniata Golf Club. Fifty-seven golfers tee-off. The awards dinner following is held at Romano's.

     In June, the following officers for the coming year are elected unanimously: John R. Hanejko, '65 - President; John T. Musial, '63 - 1st VP; Stephen A. Cardullo, '72 - 2nd VP; John F. Devine, '69 - 3rd VP; Thomas A. McAvoy, Jr., '59 - 4th VP; John F. Handley, '58 - Secretary; Leonard F. Knobbs, '53 - Treasurer; Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88 - Assistant Secretary; Jeffrey W. Brown, '79 - 1st Assistant Treasurer; Joseph T. Mulawka, '51 - 2nd Assistant Treasurer; and Frank P. Kelly, '50 - Historian.

     Falcons Fun in the Sun at Lighthouse Pointe is attended by 407.

     The Breakfast Arrangements Committee, at the October meeting, recommends a change of venue to Regal Ballroom at 5411 Oxford Avenue across the circle from St. Martin of Tours. Len Knobbs, '53, and Tom Morgan, '64, move to accept the recommendation and it is approved unanimously. The date will be March 25. The Sales Committee headed by Ed White, '55, recommends a price of $23 in advance and $25 at the door. It is seconded by John Musial, '63. There is a discussion among the Board over the door price. After a lengthy back and forth discussion, White and Musial withdraw the motion. Then White and Tom Morgan, '64 moved to charge $23 and $28 at the door. It was approved unanimously.

     Pat Boyle, '49, and Joe Pilwasky, '71, make a motion to install a plaque in the Alumni Home honoring William J. Corbett, '49, whose generosity made the Home a reality. It passes unanimously.

     Former President Anthony J. Colletta, '72, dies suddenly on November 19.

     Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer columnist, delivers the principal address at the Communion Breakfast and receives the Outstanding Achievement Award.

     The Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Fund, at their April 18 meeting, unanimously adopt a recommendation by Chairman Hanejko and Treasurer Knobbs to increase the value of the grants awarded annually to $261,000. Tom Morgan, '64, and Steve Cardullo, '72, make the motion to adopt the recommendation. Beginning next year, the Fund will award 4 college of $25,000 each; 5 high school grants of $15,000 each; 5 high school grants of $10,000 each; 4 grade school grants of $6,000 each; and 4 grade school grants of $3,000 each.

     Timothy G. O'Shaughnessy, '81, is named the Chief Financial Officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap.

     Despite heavy rain, 51 golfers tee-off at Riverton Country Club on June 12. As usual, the net proceeds are donated to the Scholarship Fund.

     The officers for the 2012-13 fiscal year are unanimously elected. They are: John T. Musial, '63, President; Jeffrey W. Brown, '79, First Vice President; Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88, Second Vice President; John F. Devine, '69, Third Vice President; Thomas A. McAvoy, Jr., '59, Fourth Vice President; John F. Handley, '58, Secretary; Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, Treasurer; Stephen A. Cardullo, '72, Assistant Secretary; John R. Hanejko, '65, First Assistant Treasurer; Joseph T. Mulawka, '51, Second Assistant Treasurer; and Frank J. Kelly, '50, Historian.

     We close the year with a dues paying membership of 3,673.

     Attendance at Falcons Fun in the Sun drops to 297 - an all-time low.

     President Musial appoints Len Knobbs, '53, to his 30th consecutive term as Executive Secretary and John Hanejko, '65, to 17th consecutive term as Assistant Executive Secretary. The Board approves both appointments unanimously.

     FALCONWAY XXIV raises $142,992.20 - the highest since school closed. The Old Timers' Reunion on Sunday, November 4 attracts 99.

     Lucky 12's Club Chair Jeff Brown, '79, moves at the November meeting of the Board to create another tier in the sale of tickets. Currently, they are $12 each and 3 for $30. The new tier would br 6 for $50. Anyone selling the or buying the six would qualify for the seller's prize. Len Knobbs, '53 seconds the motion and it is approved unanimously. In a separate motion by the same two gentlemen, the seller's prize is increased to $1,000.

     143 attend the Turkey Bowl Beef & Beer at Chickie's and Pete's on November 18.

     Class Rep Wendell W. Young III, '56, succumbs to cancer on January 1, 2013. In late January, the Golf Classic Committee votes to name the 2013 Classic in honor of Wendell. Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, obtains presidential approval from John Musial, '63 to do so since the brochures have to printed and FALCONER has to go press earlier because of the Communion Breakfast. At the February Board meeting, Knobbs and John Hanejko, '65, make a motion to approve the President's decision.

     We journey to Pitman, NJ, for dinner and to view a great performance of Showboat at the local theatre.

     The Communion Breakfast on March 17 is attended by 308. Dom Giordano, WPHT talk show is the principal speaker and recipient of our Outstanding Achievement Award. Don Tollefson is Toastmaster. Former President Raymond P. Zegarski, '59, receives the Outstanding Alumnus Award.

     On April 23, we suffer the loss of another dedicated Board member - Edward J. White, '55, who served as President (2000-03 and 2006-09) dies.

     Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, reports that 94 golfers participated in the annual Golf Classic with additional people attending the dinner. Mrs. Young and a number of Wendell's family attended and she accepted a trophy commemorating the event.

     At the April meeting of the Board of Trustees, Len Knobbs, '53, is reelected Treasurer.

     Election Chairman Ed McKenna, '63, notifies the Board there is only one contested office - Secretary. 1959 classmates Bill FitzPatrick and Tom McAvoy vie for the office with McAvoy the winner. The officers for the coming year are; President - Jeffrey W. Brown, '79; 1st V. P. - Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88; 2nd V. P. - John F. Devine, '69; 3rd V. P. - Joseph F. Pilawsky; 4th V. P. - Albert P. Waskiewicz, '79; Secretary - Thomas A. McAvoy, Jr., '59; Treasurer - Leonard F. Knobbs, '53; Assistant Secretary - Stephen A. Cardullo, '72; 1st Assistant Treasurer - John R. Hanejko, '65; 2nd Assistant Treasurer - Robert J. Kensil, '74; Historian - Frank P. Kelly, '50.

     Attendance at Falcons Fun in the Sun slips again - this time to 184.

     The Silver Anniversary FALCONWAY Appeal raises $151,241.23. The Scholarship Fund was the designee for $123,599.33 and the Oblates received $27,642.50. FALCONWAY, over the last 25 years, has raised $5,625,561.27 from our very generous alumni.

     On November 3, 87 attend the Old Timers' Reunion at Randi's in Northeast Philadelphia. The Turkey Bowl Beef and Beer on November 24 draws 135 participants.

     A number of alumni attend the interactive murder mystery show, Deadly Housewives at Fisher's Tudor House Restaurant in Bensalem on February 1.

     Vai Sikahema, former Philadelphia Eagle, and current Sports Director of NBC10 receives the Outstanding Achievement Award and delivers the principal address at the Communion Breakfast on April 6. Joey Callahan is the Toastmaster for the event held at Regal Caterers. As usual, a collection was taken for the Oblate Missions to which the Association adds $1000. This year they receive a total of $2070. Breakfast was preceded by the Memorial Mass held at St. Martin of Tours. There were 266 in attendance.

     Once again, death strikes the Board. On April 8, Joe Breitner, '68, passes away. We lose Joe Mulawka, '51, on April 14. Mulawka was a 26-year plus member of the Board and Breitner had served slightly over 10 years.

     Memorial Day Services begin with Mass at Resurrection of Our Lord Church and then the throng adjourns to the Alumni House for services before the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in our grotto and then coffee and cake inside for the attendees.

     At the June meeting, Golf Classic Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, reports attendance was down - 62 golfers - and so were sponsorships. As a result, the profit which is given to the Scholarship Fund was down also.

     On the upside, Lucky 12's Club Chairman Bob Kensil, '74, advises that ticket sales were 10,036 compared with 9,691 for last year. This is great news since this venture is our largest money maker and provides the bulk of support for the Association's activities.

     The current officers are unopposed for election with the exception of Frank Kelly, '50, who chooses not to seek reelection as Historian. Tom Morgan '64, is elected.

     We end the year with 3,311 dues paying members - the lowest total since 1976. However, the percentage of dues payers (11.7%) is higher than in '76 (9.97%).

     On, a rainy, dreary, August 2, 119 hearty souls show up at Lighthouse Pointe for Falcons Fun in the Sun - an all-time low.

     The Old Timers' Reunion on October 19 also hits an all-time low with only 71 in attendance.

     On the bright side, FALCONWAY XXVI raises $157,449.95 - over $6,000 more than last year. The Scholarship is the recipient of $130,248.20 and the Oblates receive $27,201.75.

     Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, requests a meeting of the Finance Committee to discuss the Association's finances. Finance Committee Chairman Ed McKenna schedules a meeting for November 6. Knobbs tells the committee: "Faced with declining revenue from our various activities and increased expenses, we must cut expenses and raise revenue. Our loss for the fiscal year ending 6/30/14 was $13,599.02. The logical place to increase revenue would be a dues increase. The last increase was in 1992". He provides a detailed report to substantiate the increase. This coupled with reductions in expenses for the Executive Secretary and Assistant Executive Secretary will cut the deficit by over 50%. After a prolonged an intense discussion, the Committee agrees to present the proposal to the Board at their November meeting.

     At the meeting, McKenna presents the Board with the report prepared by Knobbs and he painstakingly covers each segment and the proposed solution to reducing our deficit. In response to a question from the floor regarding the costs pertaining to operating our home, he defers to Knobbs who explains that the cost last year was $5,582.06. He points out this is far less than we would pay if we were leasing space somewhere. McKenna makes a motion seconded by Joe Pilawsky, '71, to accept the proposal. It is adopted unanimously. Dues will increase to $10 per year effective July 1, 2015.

     The Turkey Bowl Beef and Beer at Chickie's and Pete's on the Boulevard attracts 122 party-goers all of whom reportedly had a great afternoon.

     In December, at their meeting, Finance Committee Vice Chairman Pat Boyle, '49, moves to increase the price of a FALCONER subscription for non-alumni to $5 per year. It is seconded by Joe Pilawsky, '71 and approved unanimously.

     The Activities Committee makes a recommendation that we march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and that we hold an after parade party at the Philadelphia Fire Officers Union Hall. Incidentally, the Hall is the site of our monthly Board meetings that the organization has provided free-of-charge to the Association for over thirty years. After a general discussion pro and con, Tom Morgan '64, and Len Knobbs, '53, move to concur with the Committee's recommendation. It passes with two "nay" votes.

     Something new has been added. The Activities Committee, under Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, runs a Bowling, Beef, and Beer on February 8 at the Pep Bowl in South Philly. 55 attend and had good time bowling, socializing, and enjoying the refreshments of pizza and beer.

     At the March Board meeting, Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, on behalf of the Activities Committee, presents a proposal to hire local comic and impersonator Joe Conklin, and to hold a Comedy Night at Marianna Bracetti Academy Charter School (the former Northeast Catholic High School). The plan is to hold the show on October 9, 2015. The doors would open at 6:30 PM allowing people to do a walk though of the building and see the changes made to the "Big House". MBA would only make a small charge of $100 - more or less - for maintenance people to open and close the building. Conklin's fee would be $5,000 for he and two other comedians to perform a 90-minute show. He would expect a $2500 deposit shortly after this meeting. The show would begin at 8:30 PM. There would be no food or drink allowed at the building. The tickets would be $25 per person. A number of Board members had questions about the plan and the expense involved. John Hanejko, '65, asked if Conklin would help sell tickets and did he have another rate besides the "flat" fee. Rzepczynski responded that he would not sell tickets but would give us a mention on the WIP Morning Show and would list his appearance on his website. Regarding the rate, he has a optional 50/50 split when a "Beef and Beer" is involved but that would not pertain in this case. Len Knobbs, '53, asked what are the terms of the agreement, is there a written contract? If we don't sell enough tickets to be able to pay his fee when can we withdraw? Jeff answered that there will be a written contract with Conklin; he didn't know when we could withdraw. He said he had Facilities Service Agreement in hand from MBA. Len stated he would like to see both contracts and submit them to our attorney before signing. John Musial, '63, asked if the advertising would list the MBA building as the former NECHS. Jeff responded that he would see that it does. There were numerous other questions from various members. Rzepczynski made a motion seconded by Jim Kelly, '70, to sponsor the Comedy Night. Tom Morgan, '64, wanted the motion to be contingent upon our receiving the contracts and our attorney reviewing and approving them. Len Knobbs wanted to be assured that we would not be committed to Conklin for the deposit or the full amount if we withdrew for any reason and that he agreed with Morgan regarding the contracts. Then Knobbs made a motion seconded by Lou Szojka, '74, to table the motion. The tabling motion carried with 15 in favor, 9 opposed, and 2 abstaining.

     We march (35 of us) for the first time in St. Patrick's Day Parade and then return to PFOU Hall for some light refreshments.

     The Communion Breakfast on March 22 began with the Memorial Mass at St. Martin of Tours concelebrated by Father George Szparagowski, '89, as principal celebrant and homilist, our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, and Oblate Fathers John Spellman, '56, and Kevin Nadolski. Breakfast, at the Regal Ballroom across Oxford Circle from Church, attended by 280, was highlighted by the latest induction of five alumni into the NECHS Hall of Fame. Sam Katz, local film and TV documentarian was honored with our Outstanding Achievement Award and delivered the principal address. Ed Cunningham, WHYY TV and radio announcer served as Toastmaster. Kevin McCloskey, '05, a war hero and double amputee, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award.

     At the April Board meeting, Knobbs and Szojka moved to take the Comedy Night motion from the table. It was approved unanimously. Jeff Rzepczynski explained that the contract with Conklin and the Facilities Service Agreement with MBA had been reviewed by the Executive Secretary and our counsel and were approved subject to Board approval. The Facilities Service Agreement provides that we must obtain insurance coverage indemnifying and holding harmless MBA. We have a quote of $300 for the insurance. The charge for security at MBA would be $108. Conklin's contract allows us to withdraw prior to August 9 and receive a complete return of our $2500 deposit. If we proceed, the balance of $2500 would be due at the performance. Tickets and advertising would be approximately $200 for a total of $5600. We would need 225 in attendance to break even.

     There was a general discussion and a afternoon of questions concerning the event. Jim Kelly, '70, and Joe Pilawsky, '71, submitted an amendment to the motion that we charge $30 for tickets sold at the door. The amendment passed with 27 in favor, 4 opposed, and 1 abstaining. This carried the original motion.

     Executive Secretary Len Knobbs, '53, in his report to the Board at the May meeting notes that Bob Kensil, '74, wrote an article about the Scholarship Fund in his parish - St. Katherine of Siena - quarterly magazine. The article was read by John Howorth, a St. Charles Borromeo seminarian, home on Easter break and he commented on it in his blog - an equally interesting and congratulatory article on our accomplishments. The article was titled "What we can learn from the Northeast Catholic Alumni Association". He reported there is a link to the article on the Association's Facebook page. Later in the meeting under a report concerning the Comedy Night by Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, Knobbs suggests that we should set a number for tickets that must be sold by August - preferably a few days before the contract deadline - so that the burden of making the decision to go forward or not does rest solely with President Jeff Brown. Rzepczynski agrees and states the committee will come back month with a recommendation.

     Memorial Day Services were held on May 25 with Mass at Resurrection of Our Church and the services at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Chairman John Handley, '58, reported that attendance gets smaller every year.

     Seventy-five golfers arrive at Riverton Country Club in Cinnaminson, NJ, on the bright sunny day of June 9 for the Silver Anniversary Classic. They are treated to lunch and the tee-off to spend the afternoon on one of the top courses in the area. Mike McBride, '81, scores a hole-in-one, the first in our 25-year history. A few more join us for cocktails, dinner and the awards ceremony. The foursome led by John Barnes, '89, former Golf Classic Chairman, takes first place.

     At the June meeting, Rzepczynski makes a motion seconded by Knobbs that if we do not sell 175 tickets to the Comedy Show by August 4, the show will be cancelled. The motion carries unanimously.

     Our incumbent officers are returned to office unopposed. Dues paying membership increases from last year to 3347.

     At the June 18 meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Fund, Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, recommends that we increase the value of the grants awarded. He makes a motion to increase the value of the high school grants as follows: 5 @ $16,000 each; 5 @ $12,000 each; and 6 @ $4,000 each. College grants would remain the same - 4 @ $25,000 each - and grade school grants would also remain as is - 4 @ $6,000; and 4 @ $3,000. This would raise the total awarded annually to $300,000. The motion is seconded by Steve Cardullo, '72. After a general discussion on the number, value, and merits of the grants, it was approved unanimously by the Trustees present - Chairman Jeff Brown, '79; Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53; Trustees Pat Boyle, '49; Steve Cardullo, '72; John Hanejko, '65; Tom Morgan, '64; and John Musial, '63.

     The change of venue for Falcons Fun in the Sun to Flip Flopz in North Wildwood and the date to July 18 didn't attract any crowd. Only 109 attend. Chairman John Hanejko, '65, points out at the September meeting of the Board that between ticket sales and the Big Board raffle it was a financial success - over $2800 is netted for the Association.

     The August 4 deadline for a decision on the Comedy Night arrives and it's a go. We have 113 tickets sold and commitments from Board members for an additional 126.

     President Jeff Brown, '79, appoints Len Knobbs, '53, as Executive Secretary and John Hanejko, '65, as Assistant Executive Secretary. These men operate the Association on day-to-day basis.

     The Comedy Night on October 9 is a tremendous success. 378 attend and titillated by the comic antics of Joe Conklin, Vince Valentine, and Dennis Horan. Plus - you had an opportunity to view the many changes to the building we spent our adolescent years in.

     Contributions to FALCONWAY XXVII total $156,969.29 - almost $500 less than last year. The Oblates receive $35,051 - over $7800 more than last year while donations to the Fund drop by over $8300 to $121,918.29.

     Despite adding two classes to the Old Timers' Reunion - we invited the Classes from 1930 to 1956 - only 53 are in attendance on November 4 at Randi's Restaurant.

     The Board meets on November 12 and Activities Chairman Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, makes a motion to donate $700 to Marianna Bracetti Academy Charter School in thanks for allowing us to use the auditorium for the Comedy Night. It is seconded by Jack Devine, '69. Len Knobbs, '53, states "I think $700 is a little steep". Bob Kensil, '74, states "$700 is an odd number, maybe $500 is more appropriate". Tom Morgan, '64, states "It's an attempt to build a little more good will in case we want to run future events at the school". Jim O'Connor, '61, asked "What's the percentage?", Rzepczynski responded - 16%. Actually it is slightly over 17% of the net profit. The motion passes with two against.

     At the Golf Classic last June, Chairman Tom Morgan presented a number of those in attendance with beautiful trophies honoring them for their support over the 25 years. One man who donated a great deal of time, effort, and money to the success of those tournaments was overlooked. So, Len Knobbs procured a trophy similar to the ones Tom presented in June and presented it to Tom tonight. He told the Board that Tom was President of the Association for the first two tournaments and then chaired the event until he retired from the Board. When he returned, he took up the task of chairing the Classic once again and that he was well-deserving of this honor. He apologized for not presenting it sooner since he obtained it in July and was going to present it in September.

     Once again, Chickie's and Pete's is the site of the Turkey Bowl Beef and Beer on November 22. Chairman Jack Devine, '69, reports that 96 were in attendance.

     In keeping with the Christmas season, Bob Kensil, '74, convinces the Board to light up the house for the season. On December 5, he, Joe Pilawsky, '71, and Steve Cardullo, decorate the exterior with a plethora of Christmas bulbs.

    Activities Chair Jeff Rzepczynski, '88, reports that 33 attended the Beef, Beer and Bowling on February 21.

     The Communion Breakfast on March 13 is attended by 276. Our Chaplain, Father Neil Kilty, OSFS, '59, is the principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass at St. Martin of Tours concelebrated by Oblate Fathers John Spellman, '56, and Kevin Nadolski. After Mass, we cross the Boulevard to Regal Ballroom for breakfast. Matt Rhule, head football coach at Temple University receives our Outstanding Achievement Award and delivers the principal address. Vince Valentine, local comedian who was the MC at the Comedy Night, serves as Toastmaster. The late Joseph J. Mackin, '40, is named an Outstanding Alumnus. His widow, Anne, accepts on his behalf. Five alumni are inducted into the Hall of Fame (for a complete list of all members of the Hall go to).

     Thirty-three St. Patrick's Day Parade marchers depart for Center City by chartered bus after the Breakfast at 12:45 PM. Arriving at the scheduled starting point at 1:30 PM, they find the parade is long gone and begin a "forced march" out the Parkway led by Len Knobbs, '53, Bob Kensil, '74, and Joe Lamb, '93, in an attempt to get to our proper place in the line of march. We finally get to our proper spot at about 22nd Street only to learn from an official that "we had been scratched" because we were not in line at the time the Parade began. Thankfully, this was quickly straightened out and we went past the reviewing stand decked out in our green "North Catholic" hats and red North Catholic scarves - both provided courtesy of Tom Morgan, '64.

     On April 21, the Trustees of the Scholarship Fund award the 2016 tuition assistance grants valued at $300,000 to 28 recipients (the list is located on the News page). They also unanimously elect Len Knobbs, '53, to his twelfth consecutive and fifteenth overall three-year term as Treasurer of the Fund.

     Father Kevin Nadolski, OSFS, Director of Development and Communications for the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province, speaks with the Board of Governors at their May meeting. He specifically thanks the Board fort heir efforts in supporting the Oblates over the years. On behalf of the Congregation and the Provincial, Father James Greenfield, he expresses their gratitude for the more than $760,000 the FALCONWAY Appeals have raised for the Oblates. Old Timer's Luncheon Chairman Tom Dougherty advises the Board that the committee has decided to call off the luncheons until 2020. At which time they will invite all classes that have been graduated 60 years or more and then will run the luncheons every five years with the same format. The decision is painful but had to be done because the attendance was dwindling every year.

     On May 14, 54 hearty souls attend the Trenton Thunder - Reading Fightin' Phillies game in Trenton. It's rainy and cold - and the Phillies lose. But the food wasn't bad.

     Memorial Day - May 29 - is overcast and the threat of rain is in the air. Father Kilty, and Father Howarth, '67, concelebrate Mass at Resurrection of Our Lord Church. Then we adjourn to our home and services at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima and then coffee and cake to close.

     At the June meeting of the Board, we elect our officers for the coming year and there are a number of changes. President - Albert P. Waskiewicz, '79; First Vice President - Jeffrey C. Rzepczynski, '88; Second Vice President - Joseph F. Pilawsky, '71; Third Vice President - Robert F. Kensil, '74; Fourth Vice President - James J. Henes, '61; Secretary - Stephen A. Cardullo, '72; Treasurer - Leonard F. Knobbs, '53; Assistant Secretary - Jeffrey W. Brown, '79; First Assistant Treasurer - John R. Hanejko, '65; Second Assistant Treasurer - James F. O'Connor, '61; Historian - Thomas P. Morgan, '64.

     We end the year with 3,031 dues paying members - 11.04 percent of the potential membership - our lowest total in both categories since 1976. Total active membership is 3,153.


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.

Rev. Fernan J. Brennan, OSFS, '32

Bernard F. Bygott, '34

"Mickey" Shaughnessy, Hon., '49

Joseph E. McKeown, '33

Paul D. Quinn, '36

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

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

Leonard F. Knobbs, '53

Edward J. Guinan, '37

Charles J. Quinn, '36

Rev. Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34

Edward J. Ganister, '32

Bil Keane, '40

Paul J. Kelly, '34

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

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

William M. Nesbitt, '59

Thomas P. Casey, '31

Rev. James J. McGuire, OSFS, '34

Thomas W. Kelly, '50

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

John T. Musial, '63

Rev. John J. Conmy, OSFS, '29

Francis J. Gleason, '53

John R. Hanejko, '65

Rev. Robert P. Hanlon, OSFS, '43

Francis J. Dunleavy, '32

Rev. Vincent E. Smith, OSFS, '74

Lawrence A. Dolan, '37

James P. Scanlon, '30

Francis J. Devinney, '42

Nicholas A. Giordano, '61

Robert H. Fitzsimmons, '53

Patrick J. Boyle, '49

Rev. Neil F. Kilty, OSFS, '59

James W. Bollendorf, '73

Raymond P. Zegarski, '59

Kevin McCloskey, '05

Joseph J. Mackin, '40


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 -
June 30, 1986


John R. Hanejko, '65

July 1, 1986 -
June 30, 1989


Thomas P. Morgan, '64

July 1, 1989 -
June 30, 1992


Francis J. Gleason, '53

July 1, 1992 -
June 30, 1995


James W. Bollendorf, '73

July 1, 1995 -
June 30, 1997


Stephen A. Cardullo, '72

July 1, 1997 -
June 30, 2000


Edward J. White, '55

July 1, 2000 -
June 30, 2003


Anthony J. Colletta, '72

July 1, 2003 -
June 30, 2006


Edward J. White, '55

July 1, 2006 -
June 30, 2009

John R. Hanejko, '65

July 1, 2009 -
June 30, 2012

John T. Musial, '63

July 1, 2012 -
June 30, 201



Jeffrey W. Brown, '79

July 1, 2013 -
June 30, 2016


Albert P. Waskiewicz, '79

July 1, 2016 -

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Class Representatives

     In our eighty-six 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
     Leonard F. Knobbs, '53 - November, 1956 - Present
    Francis J. Devinney, '42 - November, 1950 to November, 1951; January, 1954 to September, 2011.
     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 T. Musial, '63 - January, 1966 to September, 1990; September, 1992 to Present

     John S. Boyle, '39 - November, 1961 - September, 2008.  Deceased January 30, 2012.
Raymond E. Rysak, '66 - March, 1969 - Present
     William J. McCormac, '61 - March, 1969 to March, 2011, September, 2011 - Present
Joseph E. McKeown, '33 - November, 1950 to January, 1951; November, 1953 to September, 1996.  Deceased September 29, 1996
     Stephen A. Cardullo, '72 - September, 1972 - Present
Lawrence A. Dolan, '37 - November, 1948 to September, 1957; November, 1957 to May, 1958; March, 1973 to October, 2005.  Deceased October 30, 2005.
     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.
Robert E. Kennedy, '54 - September, 1984 to February, 1994; May, 1994 - April, 2015.
    Edmund A. Markowski, Jr., '56 - September, 1977 to September, 1992; September, 1994 to September, 2009.
    William M. FitzPatrick, '59 - September, 1986 - Deceased August 15, 2015.
    Louis J. Peters, '31 - December, 1964 to September, 1992.  Deceased December 31, 1993.
    Kenneth J. Florkowski, '88 - November, 1988  - Present.
    Joseph T. Mulawka, '51 - December, 1987 to April, 2014
.  Deceased April 10, 2014.
William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34 - January, 1965 to November, 1990.  Deceased November 26, 1990.

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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.


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.



Lawrence C. Hoelzle
Joseph T. Walsh


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


Robert Melhuish
Emmett J. Ryan
George A. Steigerwald


Francis J. Davenport




William J. Brennan


Charles M. Klein


William T. Gould
Harry B. Loy



Robert B. Appel


Frank A. Johnson
Thomas J. Schimpf


Maurice T. Cleary
Charles D. Hogue


Robert J. Evans


John F. McGovern


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


Bernard F. Sevier


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


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


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


John F. Dunne



James F. McCafferty


William P. Coll
Joseph M. Gorman


Joseph J. Crawford


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


William A. Kuprevich
Leonard S. Pelullo


Richard J. Conlin
Michael P. Rymarczuk


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


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


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


Dennis Donovan
William T. Findlay


John R. Feeser




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.


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
Sam Katz, Film & TV Documentarian
Matt Rhule, Temple University Football Coach

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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.






Service to NECHS/

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.
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.
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.
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
2015 Thomas A.
Razzano, '65
James P.
Savage, Jr., '92
Cosmo T.
DeNicola, '72
Rev. Joseph T.
Muller, MSC, '49
Hon Gerard A.
Kosinski, '72
2016 Thomas H. Windfelder, '68 James V.
Gavaghan, '54
Joseph J.
Ashton, '66
Lester A.
DO, '66
John L.
McCloskey, '38

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