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The Third Decade

Eighty Plus Years in the Making!

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In the Beginning....The First Decade 1929-1939

The history of these years is taken from our 75th Anniversary History published in 2004

Four score and eight years ago our forebears came together to form an association.

On June 10, 1929, just two days before graduation, the ninety-seven young men of the Class of 1929 met in banquet at a center city hotel. During the course of the evening, Father George A. Mahoney, OSFS, the immensely popular Class moderator, broached the subject of forming an alumni association. His suggestion was overwhelmingly received by his protégés.

Officially, the alumni association of Northeast Catholic High School was born.

We wonder if these young men, on the eve of their grad-uation from the school they had come to know and love over the past three years, realized the giant step they were about to take.

Over the past eighty-eight  years the infant organization crawled through its formative years...and with the youthful exuberance of a teenager was spreading out on its own when tragedy struck — World War II.

Our young men off to war, the organization tread water for the next five years. After the war, we began to flex the muscles of young men and the organization grew; and as it came to its middle years, it became a parent with the birth of the Alumni Memorial Scholarship Fund, which in forty-nine years has grown into a fine strapping organization of its own.

We've provided a rough outline; now return with us to those golden days of yesteryear for a step-by-step journey through the glorious eight plus years of our life.

— 1929 —

The first order of business was to select the leaders of this fledgling organization. The Class unanimously moved that its officers, John J. Conmy, president; Paul M. Kennedy, vice-president; Gerard L. Klauder, secretary; and John S. Walsh, treasurer, become the initial officers of the association. Father Mahoney is named Moderator.

Shortly after their election, John Conmy and Paul Kennedy announce their intention of following their teachers as Oblates of St. Francis deSales. The officers select a committee consisting of Edward G. Burgoyne, John A. Cavanaugh, John P. Clark, John H. (Swede) Mallon and Francis T. McKee to assist them in managing the association. Thus, the first Board of Governors is established.

With both the president and vice-president busy with their studies at Childs, Frank McKee assumes the awesome task of whipping the new organization into shape. Most of the early meetings of the Board are held in his home on the SWC of Broad St. and Cheltenham Ave. At one of these meetings, the hat is passed to accumulate working capital. The treasury is greatly swelled by a loan of $40.00 from Ed Burgoyne.

The first formal affair sponsored by the organization is a Koffee Klatch held at the home of Ed Graham, in the autumn of 1929. The following May, the 21st to be exact, sixty-five members of the alumni association and their dates convene at the Adelphia Hotel for an evening of dancing to the music of "Doc" Daugherty and his Jesters.

The night is full of fun and laughter for the young alumni, with the exception of McKee and Graham. These two, along with Father Mahoney, are closeted with hotel officials, who are demanding to be paid. Alas and alack...the receipts are $165.00 short of expenses. And Father Mahoney, to the chagrin of the youths, is in apparent agreement with the management that they (McKee and Graham) should be held fully responsible.

However, after giving the matter a great deal of thought, Father saves the day by coming up with sufficient cash. Imagine the sighs of relief from the two youthful entrepreneurs.

Four days after the dance, the Class holds its first Reunion...a memorial Mass in honor of Andy Hanhauser, who passed away one week prior to his graduation. Interestingly enough, it was Hanhauser who wrote the class prophecy; and in it he envisioned meeting classmate Jimmy Graham in New York. Graham proceeded to show him the whereabouts of the Class and what they were about through the medium of an invention of Gerry Mahoney and Jim Tisdale.

A few turns of the dial allowed the two friends to view their Classmates as they were in 1949. Hanhauser's predictions were only slightly off base. Among them he depicted John Conmy as the District Attorney and John Tye, as a paint salesman, whose specialty involved striped paint for barber poles. Both entered the Oblates, Father Conmy later became the Provincial of the American Province and Father Tye served as Moderator of the Alumni Association for almost thirteen years.

A general meeting of the Association is held in the auditorium at North Catholic on the evening of Wednesday, November 19, 1930. John Conmy, OSFS, calls the meeting

to order at 8:30 p.m. with eighty members of the organization present. The purpose of the meeting is to adopt the Constitution which has been drawn up by Joseph T. Murphy,'29. A general discussion ensues and after lengthy debate, the Constitution is adopted. On January 14, 1931, the first general meeting under the newly adopted Constitution is held with M r. John Conmy, OSFS, '29, presiding. Mr. Conmy reviews the business of the Association; and such matters as committees, dues and eligible members are touched upon. With eighty-five members present, the first general election of the Board of Governors (Executive Committee) takes place. After their election, the nine members of the Board go into session and name the following officers: Frank T. McKee, '29, President; James P. Scanlon, '30, Vice-President; Gerard L. K lauder, '29, Secretary; John A. Cavanaugh, '29, Treasurer; John J. Garry, '30, Assistant Secretary and John W. Brecht, '30, Assistant Treasurer. The remaining Board members are John P. Clark, '29, James B. Graham, '29, and William A. Fenerty, '30.

At the Board meeting of February 16, 1931, the first suggestion of an alumni publication is presented. The name, The Falcon is put forth and it is decided that the Board will act as Editorial Staff until appointments can be made. In reality, it is May, 1934, before the first edition of an alumni paper ever gets into print.

The Spring Dance in '31 is moved to the Cedarbrook Country Club and...lo and behold...we make eighty bucks.

However, disaster strikes. The alumni association, along with a great many others during this period, goes bankrupt when Bankers Trust Co. folds.

Does this deter our resourceful Board? Never! A slight delay while we regroup, however.

In the spring of 1932, the first Communion Breakfast is held. Mass is celebrated in the Faculty House Chapel and the alumni present adjourn to the gymnasium for a breakfast of ham and eggs. June, 1932, and we return to Cedarbrook Country Club for the Third Spring Dance which results in a profit of $187.75...we're back in the chips!

New Moderator

Fall, reopens with some changes. Father William A. Stahl succeeds Father Mahoney as Moderator.

At the Board meeting held at North Catholic on November 29, 1932, the Constitution is revised to allow the President to be elected by the general body. The election will be held at the Communion Breakfast and the successful candidate will have to achieve a two-thirds majority. A simple majority will elect the remaining eight members of the Board. The Breakfast is scheduled for December 18th with Johnny Brecht, '30, as the Toastmaster. Mass will be held in the auditorium for the first time; followed by breakfast in the gym.

Incidentally, two notes of interest gleaned from the yearbooks of this era show that the '29 Basketball Champs returned to play the '32 squad and defeated them; and Frank Nordell, '30, currently running for N YU, is named the nation's outstanding miler.

At the general meeting of the Association held in the auditorium immediately following the breakfast, the Constitution is revised to limit the number of Board members from an individual Class to no more than three. Further, the nine members of the Board shall be titled as president, first and second vice-presidents, secretary and two assistants, treasurer and two assistants.

Nominations for officers are opened. McKee and Clark are nominated for president, Clark declines the nomination and Mallon moves that McKee be reelected unanimously. It is duly seconded and carried by the body. John Brecht, '30, finishes first among the six nominees for vice-president with "Swede" Mallon, '29, named second vice-president. After some torrid campaigning, involving the offices of secretary and treasurer, Bill Fenerty, '30, emerges as the treasurer and Ank Scanlon, '30 wins out as secretary.

Mike O'Meara, '32, and Jim Graham, '29, are named assistant secretaries and the assistant treasurer posts go to Larry Goldschmidt, '31, and John Schlotterback, '32.

At the first meeting of the new Board on January 13, 1933, Goldschmidt, reporting for Treasurer Fenerty, announces our treasury balance as $56.00 with one bill for $7.00 outstanding.

The Board decides at their next meeting that absence from two consecutive Board meetings shall constitute cause for a member to be dropped.

May 24, 1933, is the date of the Annual Spring Dance and Brookline Country Club, the site. Despite a driving rainstorm that knocks down many trees and makes driving hazardous, many of our hardier brothers journey out West Chester Pike and spend an enjoyable evening dancing to the music of Frank Staub and Carn Reid. Messrs. Brecht and Scanlon are to be congratulated for their hard work in insuring the success of this venture.

The Class of 1933 graduates and now we are 1,000 strong.

The success of the Spring Dance leads the Board to approve the production of a play and dance to be held in the latter part of October. Frank Bigley, '31; Jim Graham, '29, and Bill Lang, '30, are named to the committee. A dance will be held in conjunction with the play.

The Penn A. C., 19th & Locust Streets, is chosen as the site for the extravaganza and the Jim Fettis Orchestra will provide the music. Graham will act as director for the play and Marty Riley, '31, will build the scenery...a decision that we come to regret.

An enthusiastic crowd arrives and is keeping our ticket sellers busy...but back stage the crew is having its problems. Stage Manager Riley, a pre-med at Penn, has been detained at school, consequently the set is being erected just moments before the curtain is to rise on the premier performance of the alumni players.

The play, "Loose Ankles," would have been more aptly named "Loose Set" for no sooner does our accomplished thespian, Jim Graham, who has recently been named as the best individual intercollegiate performer, set foot on stage than he is greeted by falling rubble. The show is delayed as all members of the cast are pressed into service as stage hands. The audience came to see a one-act farce and they are certainly being treated to one...and in appreciation of the talent being displayed so profusely...they roar their approval.

Despite this inauspicious start, both the play and dance are well received by the audience and the affair is a financial success. So much so that we are finally able to repay Ed Burgoyne his forty dollars.

Inflated by the success of this venture, the Board authorizes Mr. Graham to enter the one-act play contest sponsored by the Catholic Interscholastic Alumni Dramatic Alliance.

Honorary Memberships

One hundred and forty-four members arrive at North Catholic for the annual Communion Breakfast and General Meeting. Our largest crowd to date.

The big topic for discussion at the meeting is the awarding of honorary memberships. After much discussion and heated debate, it is decided to confer them on the following Oblates: our Provincial, the Very Reverend Walter S. Knight; our principal, Father Thomas A. Lawless; moderator, Father William Stahl; former moderator, Father George Mahoney; former Provincial, current Retreat-Master and the first American Oblate, Father J. Francis Tucker and last but by no means least, Father John McElwee.

Elections are the next order of business and they consume the balance of the afternoon...we don't adjourn until 4 p.m... as the intensity of the races are only exceeded by the determination of the candidates. Final results show the incumbents triumph with but a few exceptions; Goldschmidt, '31, and Graham, '29, trade their posts of assistant treasurer and assistant secretary, respectively, and newcomers Bill McNulty, '33, (assistant secretary) and Frank Bigley, '31, (assistant treasurer) join the Board.

The discussions of the past four years over the possibility of an alumni paper finally come to fruition. The Board selects John Cavanaugh, '29, as Editor-in-Chief; with Vic Barr, '30, Vince Lloyd, '31, Al Faure, '32, and Charlie Stahlecker, '33, as Associate Editors. The publication will be known as the FALCONER.

Volume I, No. 1, appears on the scene in May, '34, headlining the Fifth Spring Dance, which will be held, once again, at the popular Brookline Country Club on May 29th.

The ballroom of the popular Main Line club is transformed into a galaxy of colors with red and white predominating and once again we have a success on our hands.

A second annual show and dance is authorized for the Penn A.C., to be held in the latter part of October. The play will again be a comedy featuring the effervescent twosome of Lang and Graham and will be directed by Edwin Stanley, the dramatics coach at St. Joseph's College. Music for the dance will be provided by the Haverfordians.

Regretfully, Bill Fenerty submits his resignation as Treasurer and Bill Goldschmidt is automatically elevated to the position. Ernest Gilbert, '32, is named to the vacancy on the Board.

Motto Chosen

At their September 20, 1934, meeting, the Board officially adopts the seal and motto of the association. The seal is a circle with the name of the organization on the outer edge upon which a Falcon is superimposed bearing a banner with our motto..."Vestigia nulla retrorsum"...Never a backward step.

A controversy arises over the publication of the second issue of the FALCONER and some of its content. A debate rages at the October Board meeting over the independence of the Editorial Staff and whether or not they are under the control of the Board. Editor Cavanaugh resigns and Sam DeBow, '30, replaces him.

As a result of the controversy throughout the organization, Frank McKee, '29, submits his resignation to the Board at the December meeting. However, because of the present turmoil extant, the Board rejects it.

An alumni basketball league is formed under the direction of "Swede" Mallon and begins play in January, 1935.

The 1935 Communion Breakfast is attended by 300 members of the association. The meeting following the breakfast is marked by a hot and heavy debate over the structure of the Board. John Sommar, '29, moves that the Constitution be amended to allow for four regular officers and a class representative from each Class. It is seconded by Joe McGowan, '32, and after a lengthy debate, is defeated 90 to 47.

Father Harry J. Quinn, who succeeded Father Stahl as Alumni Moderator last June when the latter was named Principal, is awarded honorary membership in the Association.

Elections in the past had consumed quite a bit of time and year is to be no exception. With the retirement of Frank McKee, the race for the presidency is wide open. Five men are nominated: Mallon, '29, Brecht, '30, Graham, '29, McNulty, '33, and Scanlon, '30.

The results of the first ballot read; Mallon 60, Brecht 59, Graham 11, McNulty 6 and Scanlon candidate has a two-third majority. A second ballot is taken and no decision is reached. A third ballot...still no decision. Finally six members change their ballots...and John W. Brecht, '30, becomes the third president of the Association.

John Mallon, '29, is unanimously elected 1st Vice President. Vince Lloyd, '31, is named to the 2nd vice-presidency over four other candidates and Jim Scanlon, '30, defeats three candidates to retain his Secretary position. John Sommar, '29, is elected Treasurer with Larry Goldschmidt, '31, and George A. Stout, '34, filling the Assistant Treasurer positions. Named as the Assistant Secretaries are Jim McGuire, '34, and Bill McNulty, '33. The meeting ends at 5 p.m.

During the winter, Father Quinn came up with an idea of "alumni keys." These have been designed in two styles, a gold finish and a silver finish, and are available at $1.75 each. They prove to be quite a "hot" item.

Seashore Conclave

President Brecht calls for a meeting of the general body to be held at North Catholic on May 7th. The purpose of the meeting, to discuss a proposed alumni convention to be held in Wildwood, N.J. during the week of July 8th. After a general discussion it is unanimously adopted to hold the Convention.

Sunday, July 7, 1935...Wildwood, N.J. Three hundred North Catholic conventioneers descend on this tiny hamlet by the sea.

President John Brecht is greeted by lady mayor, Doris Bradway, who presents him with the keys to the City and the week-long festivities commence.

The fortunate who are able to attend are blessed with perfect weather. July 12th dawns bright and sunny. The City of Wildwood has cordoned off a section of the beach for the Association's field events. Among the day's champions are Bernard Bellew, '36, (a ringer, since he is just entering his senior year) in the 150-yard swim, while the 50 and 100-yard dashes are captured by classmate Ed Hennessey. The biggest thrill of the day is provided by two '33ers, Joe Duffy and Frank Salerno, who struggle to victory in the wheelbarrow race to the merriment of the spectators.

That evening, a dance is held at Convention Hall to the music of Del Regis, that city's most popular orchestra. A crooning contest is held, won by Sam DeBow, '30, in a close victory over Marty Burns, '31, and Joe Hoefling, '31.

Among the items discussed at the general meeting following the 1936 Communion Breakfast are the selection of a FALCONER staff and the limiting of presidential terms of office. The former is to be a bone of contention for many years. The latter is resolved when Jim McGuire, '34, moves the adoption of an amendment to the Constitution limiting the president to three consecutive terms; it is seconded by Dick McKeown, '29; and approved by a majority of those present.

Another item of major interest is a motion by Goldschmidt and Fehrenbach, '29, altering the constitutional provision governing the election of the president. No longer will the cumbersome two-third majority be required...a simple majority will suffice. The motion is carried overwhelmingly.

Five men are nominated for the presidency of the Association and incumbent Brecht is reelected by a wide margin. "Swede" Mallon retains his first vice-presidency. Jim McGuire moves up to the second vice-presidency. Bill Robinson, '29, assumes the post of treasurer and will be assisted by Joe Byrne, '35, and Dick McKeown, '29. Jim Scanlon is elected to his fourth consecutive term as secretary with Bill McNulty, '33, and Frank Hanlon, '34, as his assistants.

The Annual Spring Dance at Brookline Country Club features Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters. Approximately 1,500 alumni and friends crowd the ballroom, lobby and terrace to capacity. This swing session provides the Association with its greatest social success to date.

John Conmy, '29, our first president, and classmate George P. Shugrue receive the sacrament of Holy Orders on July 12, 1936. Members of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, they are ordained in Fribourg, Switzerland, where they were studying at the University for the past two years.

The second annual convention is held at Wildwood during the week of July 12-19 with about five hundred members of the Association in attendance together with an almost equal number of non-member friends.

Once again, Wildwood's vivacious Mrs. Bradway presents the equally vivacious and loquacious Alumni President Brecht with the key to the City. Convention week is chuck-full of activities. Through the courtesy of the City, the Association is successful in securing the use of the exclusive Wildwood Beach Club for our beach party. Many conventioneers dance the evening away while others lounge on the beach under the mantle of twinkling stars...of course, most are accompanied by beautiful young ladies. At midnight, under the watchful eye of six of Wildwood's most experienced lifeguards and aided by the powerful searchlight of the Beach Club, the entire ensemble goes for a dip in the refreshing waters.

The final day of the convention is set apart as field day. A beautiful silver trophy, symbolic of winning the half-mile swim, goes to Mart Regan, '34. Bill Guiteras, '36, walks away with the honors in the 100-yard dash.

The highlight of the day is the male beauty contest where the ultra-feminine charms of Jim Farley, '33, stand out far above everyone else. His prize—a bottle of perfume.

August 20, 1936...the Board makes a momentous decision. They approve the purchase of an addressograph machine which is to become the backbone of the Association over the next forty years. We applaud their decision to buy the superior model at $150.00 since it served us well until 1976.

Encouraged by the success of the Spring Dance, the Board signs Jan Savitt and his popular swing band for a return engagement at Brookline Country Club on October 2nd.

Political Campaigns

The Communion Breakfast is held on December 27th and at the meeting following, the officers for the coming year are selected. The balloting lasts until 4:30 p.m.; and the procedure could have been rightfully titled "the election of the aisles," as strong fraternity groups line up in various parts of the auditorium behind their favorite candidate until such time as he throws his votes to someone else in a method not unlike that used in large political conventions.

Jimmy McGuire, '34, emerges as the victor in the presidential race. The vice-presidencies go to Bill Robinson, '29 and "Swede" Mallon, '29. The Class of 1934 dominates the election, as in addition to McGuire, they sweep Bill Goldschmidt (Treasurer), John Hooten (Secretary) and Frank Hanlon (Assistant Treasurer) into office. Other winners are John Brophy '33, and Ed Flanagan, '32, as assistant secretaries; and Bill McNulty, '33, as the second assistant treasurer.

The first free dance in the history of the organization is held in the gymnasium on the evening of February 3rd with music by Bill McNulty and the Continentals.

June, 1937...the Alumni Association acquires its first doctors (MD's, we mean)...Bill Robinson, '29 and Joe Blanche, '29.

Once again the topic of election procedures dominates the business at the general meeting of the Association on December 26, 1937. The length of time required to elect officers and the politicking that took place is starting to wear on the nerves of the average alumnus. After lengthy debate, Charles Gensheimer, '31, makes a motion "that it be mandatory the Board submit at least two plans of election at the next general meeting when they will be voted on and a form of elections definitely decided." It is seconded by Art Godley, '34, and carried.

In the election following, Bill Goldschmidt, '34, is the only holdover, being named Treasurer. Bill Robinson, '29, is named President on the second ballot. Former President Jim McGuire, '34, is elected First Vice-President, and Stan Adamczyk, '33, wins the second vice-presidency. Long time 1st V.P. John Mallon is elected Secretary and his assistants are Joe Fehrenbach, '29, and John Brophy, '33. Named to assist Goldschmidt are Ed Hennessey, '36, and Paul Kelly, '34.

The Communion Mass, which opens the day's proceedings, is celebrated by Father Walt Kelly, OSFS, '29. The sermon is delivered by our first president, Father John Conmy.

President Robinson, reports to the membership, in his column in the May '38 Falconer that many members have expressed an interest in a Retreat and that plans are underway to sponsor a Retreat in the near future at Malvern.

The 10th Anniversary Communion Breakfast is held on the feast of St. Francis deSales, January 29, 1939. Over 700 attend, to mark the largest turnout to date.

By a majority vote, assuming landslide proportions, Dr. Bill Robinson is reelected president. Jim McGuire retains his first vice-presidency with Mallon assuming the other vice-presidential post. Paul Kelly is named secretary and Bill Goldschmidt remains as treasurer. Rounding out the Board are Ed Hennessey, '36, and Jim Scanlon, '30, as assistant treasurers.

First Retreat

On February 24th, fifty-four members of the Alumni journey to St. Joseph's in-the-Hills, Malvern, Pa. For the first time, our members experience the quiet, restful solitude of the retreat house. Despite the inclement weather, all make a vow to return.

During this period the Alumni Basketball League continued to flourish, there is even a suggestion of forming a bowling league.

And so with 3,745 alumni on the rolls...our first decade came to a close with the promise of a bigger and better future.


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-eight 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

     Raymond E. Rysak, '66 - March, 1969 - Present
     John S. Boyle, '39 - November, 1961 - September, 2008.  Deceased January 30, 2012.
     Stephen A. Cardullo, '72 - September, 1972 - 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.
     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.
    Kenneth J. Florkowski, '88 - November, 1988  - Present.
    Louis J. Peters, '31 - December, 1964 to September, 1992.  Deceased December 31, 1993.
    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
Former U. S. Congressman Michael G. Fitzpatrick
C. R. "Chuck" Pennoni, Chairman Pennoni Associates

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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
2017 David
Livewell, '85
Alvarez, '01
Edward F.
McCauley, '57
Abbot Edmund M.
Boyce, OSB, '55
Thomas P.
Morgan, '64
2018 Leo D.
Trombetta, '69
Patrick D.
Morris, '95
Vincent J.
Market, '81
Joseph R.
Vaisnys, PhD, '52
Robert B.
Devine, '73

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