The Seventh Decade (1990 -
This is an excerpt from our 75th
Anniversary history published in 2004.
In January, we top
last year's dues paying membership, reaching a new high of 4757.
First Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
On February 23, 1989, we honor the first
inductees into the NECHS Hall of Fame. Representing the area of
Business/Labor is Francis J. "Tim" Dunleavy, '32, former president and
vice chairman of ITT Corporation. The Athletics inductee is John H.
"Swede" Mallon, '29, the first three letter athlete at North.
Arts/Entertainment recipient is Bil Keane, '40, nationally syndicated
cartoonist of "Family Circus". Inducted in the Service category is
Robert A. Crout,'58, the Assistant Athletic Director at NECHS. The
Religion/Science inductee is the Most Rev. Edward J. Schlotterback,
OSFS,'30, Bishop of Keetmanshoop, Namibia.
Two busloads of Association supporters
venture to Atlantic City on March 4, we net $450 for the Association
according to Chairman John Musial, '63.
Mass is concelebrated at St. Martin of
Tours and Breakfast follows at Dugan's. Despite the increase in price,
we attract 772. Our Outstanding Achievement Award recipient Tom
Brookshier delivers an inspiring address. John McAdams, '58 is our
Toastmaster. Honorary membership is conferred upon Anthony Cardinal
Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, and Father James E. Dalton,
North's principal. Our Outstanding Alumnus Award is presented to Thomas
E. Casey, '31, and Father James J. McGuire, OSFS, '34.
Memorial Day Services attract less than 70 people
according to Chairman Bill Nesbitt.
We reach a new high for dues paying member - 4779.
Thomas P. Morgan, '64 is elected President. All our officers are
unopposed for election. They are: Stephen A. Cardullo, '72, First Vice
President; Francis J. Gleason, '53, Second Vice President; William M.
Nesbitt, '59, Third Vice President; Edward J. Ganister, '32, Fourth Vice
President; Paul D. Quinn, '36, Secretary; Leonard F. Knobbs, '53,
Treasurer; John T. Musial, '63, Assistant Secretary; John R. Hanejko,
'65, First Assistant Treasurer; James N. Whalen, '67, Second Assistant
Treasurer; and Richard C. McGrath, '39, Historian.
Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53 reports
that the Finance Committee is recommending an increase in the donation
to the Oblates Mission Fund to $500. Also, that the annual commitment to
the Scholarship Fund be increased from $5500 to $7500; and a commitment
to the Save Northeast Catholic campaign of $10,000 per year for this
year and the next four years. This fund would replace the NECHS
Development fund in our FALCONWAY campaign. The funds
would be accumulated and donated to Save NEC at the Communion Breakfast.
A maximum of 80% would be used to assist the school. The remaining 20%
would be accumulated in an endowment fund. Knobbs moved and it was
seconded by Tony Colletta, '72 to adopt the proposed budget. After a
lengthy discussion, it was adopted unanimously.
Scholarship Fund Grants Increased
The Trustees of the Scholarship Fund reelect Len
Knobbs,'53 as Treasurer of the Fund and announce that they will increase
aid to incoming Freshmen at NECHS. Commencing with next year's grants
they will award $50,000 annually - eight grants of $4,000 each and nine
grants of $2,000 each. Along with the $26,000 awarded to graduating
seniors and sons/daughters of dues paying alumni, this will result in
annual grants of $76,000.
The first FALCONWAY Appeal comes to a
close. Over $45,000 has been raised. Chairman Len Knobbs, '53 reports
that the Scholarship Fund received $23,545.92, the Oblates were the
recipients of $10,746.31, and the NECHS Development Fund received
$11,334.29. Knobbs is asked to serve on a committee established by the
Oblates to evaluate their various apostolates and where their dwindling
manpower would best be utilized. He reports that the consensus of the
committee was that there would be a tremendous void if the Oblates left
North. Knobbs tells the Board that he explained to the committee that,
in the opinion of the Board, the Oblates and North are viewed as one.
President Morgan appoints Knobbs as Editor of the FALCONER with Bill Nesbitt, '59, and former editor Jim Bollendorf, '73, as
By October 31, dues paying membership reaches an
all-time high of 4898. Enrollment at NECHS continues to drop. A meeting
is held with Archdiocesan officials to discuss the rumor of a possible
merger of NECHS with Little Flower. Dr. Robert Palestini, Superintendent
of Schools advises the committee that there are no current plans to
merge the two schools or any schools. However, he states there is a
committee that reviews potential mergers and consolidations on an annual
After sixty years, we finally have more than 5000
dues paying members - 5026 to be exact.
Larry Gimbel, '63, Christmas Party Chairman, reports
that only 100 children attended the party. However, Santa Claus and
"Buffo" the Clown enthralled the youngsters and they dine on the usual
fare of hot dogs mit kraut, fruit punch, pretzels, chips, and ice cream.
On February 15, the school inducts five men into the
Hall of Fame. John F. Whitaker, '41, nationally known sportscaster, is
recognized in the field of Arts/Entertainment. Francis X. Reagan, '37,
All-American football player at Penn, who later played for the Giants
and Eagles is the Athletics recipient. In the Business/Labor category,
Wendell W. Young III, '56, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 1776, UFCW is
honored. The honoree in the field of Science/Religion is Albert Welsh,
MD, '32. Joseph F. Kilroy, '65, is the inductee for Service. He has been
instrumental in establishing the Northeast Catholic Athletic Association
which supports the teams at school.
At the March meeting of the Board, each Rep is
presented with a printed copy of the Class Representative's Handbook
which has been five years in the making. The book was printed courtesy
of President Morgan and his printing company.
On April 1, 843 people attend the Memorial Mass at
St. Martin of Tours and the Breakfast immediately following at Dugan's
on the Boulevard. Brother Patrick Ellis, FSC, President of LaSalle
University is our honored guest. He delivers the main address and
accepts our annual Outstanding Achievement Award. Bill Matthews (nee
Plumley), '54, does his usual excellent job as Toastmaster. President
Morgan presents Father Dalton with a check for $25,559.53 which
represents 80% of the funds contributed at this point through
FALCONWAY to the Save NECHS campaign.
Fr. Ed Simons, OSFS, '34, Association Chaplain, and
seven other Oblates concelebrate Mass on Memorial Day. The crowd is
still dwindling and now numbers less than 70 according to Chairman Bill
In what is becoming more common, a number of officers
are unopposed for reelection: They are Tom Morgan,'64 - President; Steve
Cardullo, '72 - First V. P.; Bill Nesbitt, '59 - Third V. P.; Paul
Quinn, '36 - Secretary; Len Knobbs, '53 - Treasurer; John Handley, '58 -
Assistant Secretary; and Dick McGrath, '39 - Historian. Frank
Gleason,'53, defeats Earle Richards,'41, for the post of Second V. P.;
and Ed Ganister, '32, defeats Bill McCormac, '61, for the position of
Fourth V. P. John Hanejko, '65, retains his post as First Assistant
Treasurer by defeating Larry Dolan, '37; and Jim Whalen, '67, holds onto
the Second Assistant Treasurer position by defeating John Dooley, '84.
The Finance committee recommends a new activity in
the proposed budget for the coming year. A Golf Tourney. A lengthy
discussion on the pros and cons of running such a venture ensues.
Chairman Cardullo moves for acceptance of the budget which includes the
tourney. Jim Severns, '78, seconds the motion and it is adopted.
The year ends on two extremely positive notes. Dues
paying membership is at an all time high of 5081, and the Scholarship
Fund has a Fund Equity of over a half a million dollars.
FALCONWAY Chairman Len Knobbs, '53,
advises the Board that the Second Appeal raised $74,924.84. $33,574.17
was earmarked for the Save NECHS campaign; the Scholarship Fund was the
recipient of $29,664.96; and $11,685.71 was designated for the Oblates.
On November 26, we lose one of our most devoted
supporters - William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34. A member of the Board of
Governors for more than 25 years, Bill served as 1 st V. P. (1972-73),
2nd V. P. (1981-83), and 4th V. P. (1979-80). He is best known and
remembered for his long tenure as Chairman of our Communion Breakfast
Sales Committee. He will be missed by all.
Attendance at the Kiddies Christmas Party was only 95
children, Chairman Larry Gimbel, '63 tells us at the January meeting of
The NECHS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is held on
February 7. Our own Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Leonard F. Knobbs,
'53, is inducted in the field of Service in recognition of his long
service to the school and the Association. Joseph T. Verdeur, '44, is
the honoree in the field of Athletics. Joe won a gold medal as a swimmer
in the 1948 Olympics. Thomas J. Cullen, '69, a psychologist is the
recipient in the field of Science/Religion. The Business/Labor inductee
is Joseph J. Donahue, '31, former president of Connelly Container Corp.
Our recipient in the field of Arts/Entertainment is Vincent J. Trombetta,
'58, a composer and arranger for a number of movies and TV shows.
Pennsylvania Governor at Breakfast
St. Patrick's Day is the date of the Communion
Breakfast. Mass is concelebrated at Resurrection of Our Lord Church and,
once again, Dugan's is the site of the Breakfast, and the price had to
be raised to $11 per person. Over 900 attend to hear Pennsylvania
Governor Robert P. Casey deliver the principal address and accept our
Outstanding Achievement Award. Charlie Titano, '61 is Toastmaster.
President Thomas P. Morgan, '64, presents Father James E. Dalton, OSFS,
school principal with a check in the amount of $27,814.69 representing
eighty percent of the funds donated through FALCONWAY to
the Save NECHS campaign.
On April 23, 1991, George Sommer, '36, who served as
President of the Association from 1947 to 1948 passes away.
In the face of ever increasing budgetary deficits,
Finance Chairman Steve Cardullo, '72, advises the Board, in April, that
we must take a critical look at increasing revenues and decreasing
In June, Vice Chairman John Hanejko, '65, delivers
the committee's recommendations to the Board. To some they seem drastic,
to others realistic. They recommend an increase in dues from $3 to $5
effective July 1. Suspension of the Kiddies Christmas Party since
attendance has been dwindling over the past six years, and raising the
cost of individual FALCONER subscriptions from $1 to $2
per year effective 7/1. Also, an incentive program for the Lucky 12's
Club. Tickets prices would be $12 each, 3 for $30. This would only apply
when sales were to a single alumnus or non-alumni. Ed Ganister, '32, and
Dan DiNapoli, '67 move for acceptance of the budget in its entirety. It
is approved unanimously but only after a l-e-n-g-t-h-y discussion.
Tom Morgan, '64, is elected unanimously to a third
Likewise, Steve Cardullo, '72, is unopposed for 1st
V. P., Frank Gleason, '53, for 2nd V. P., Bill Nesbitt, '59, for 3rd V.
P., Paul Quinn, '36, for Secretary, Len Knobbs, '53, for Treasurer, John
Hanejko, '65, for 1st Assistant Treasurer, and Dick McGrath, '39 for
Historian. Ed Ganister, '32, defeats Ken Florkowski, '88, in the race
for the office of 4th V. P.; and Tony Colletta, '72, is the victor over
John Handley, '58, for the position of Assistant Secretary. A three-way
race for Second Assistant Treasurer results in Larry Gimbel, '63,
winning over Larry Dolan, '37, and Jim Whalen, '67. Knobbs recommends
that we sell staff shirts with our logo on them to alumni members as a
source of revenue. Morgan refers it to the Finance Committee for further
study. We end the year with 5072 dues paying members, down slightly from
The Trustees of the Scholarship increase the value of
grants awarded to $106,000 annually. Seventy four thousand dollars will
be awarded to incoming Freshmen at North. Twenty-one grants will now be
awarded - four at $6,000; eight at $4,000; and nine at $2,000. Grants to
graduating seniors at North and sons/daughters of dues paying alumni are
dropped from three to two in each category. However, the value of grants
is increased to $10,000 and $6,000 in each category.
Our Golf Tourney at Melrose Country Club on July 15
attracts 111 golfers which raises almost $6,000 for the Scholarship
At the October meeting, the Board authorizes the
purchase for resale of golf shirts and hats emblazoned with the alumni
logo. The third FALCONWAY Appeal raises $84,038.12. The
Scholarship Fund receives $34,635.25; the Save NECHS campaign receives
$34,416.62; and $14,986.25 was designated for the Oblates.
Breakfast Arrangements Chairman Ray Rysak informs the
Board in November that Dugan's is booked for April 5, the date scheduled
for the Breakfast. The committee has been checking other locations but
prices are higher and we may have difficulty securing a nearby parish
for Mass. The following month, the committee recommends that we utilize
the Wyndham Franklin Plaza for the breakfast. The logical selection for
Mass - the Cathedral - is out because it is already booked. The
committee has spoken with Father Dalton and he has offered the school
auditorium. Mass will be at 9 AM. and the breakfast will be at the hotel
at 11 AM.
The Breakfast Sales Committee recommends the price of
the Breakfast be set at $15. The Board concurs.
By January sales of the new hats and shirts are brisk
enough that we have to reorder. Profit to date is $700.
Father Simons Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Five men are inducted into the Hall of Fame on
February 6. Jay Dugan, '36, a noted sculptor whose works are found
throughout the country is honored in Arts/Entertainment field. Our
recipient in the Athletics category is Frank Hoerst, '35, who coached
Basketball at North and LaSalle College and pitched for the Phillies.
Peter P. Gallagher, '37, the Treasurer of Bricklayers Local is honored
in the Business/Labor field. Our own beloved chaplain, Father Edward J.
Simons, OSFS, '34, is a most deserving recipient of the Science/Religion
award. Joseph McCloskey, '37, a former Philadelphia police officer, who
was one of the founders of the Police Athletic League is our honoree in
the Service category.
Second Largest Breakfast Attendance in History
On Sunday, April 5, One Thousand One Hundred Twelve
people attend the 63rd Communion Breakfast. The prime reason for the
large turnout is our speaker, our own Lieutenant General Thomas W.
(Retired), '50. General Kelly was Director of operations for
the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the recent Desert Storm Operation in
Kuwait and Iraq. In this capacity, he delivered daily briefings on
national TV and attracted a wide audience with his personality and
candor in dealing with the media. He is equally informative and
interesting in his remarks at the Breakfast. He accepts our Outstanding
Achievement Award on behalf of the U. S. Forces who served Desert Storm.
John McAdams, '58, is Toastmaster. General Kelly and Father Thomas P.
"Knobby" Walsh receive our Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Twelve Oblates join with Father Ed Simons, OSFS, '34,
to concelebrate Mass on Memorial Day. Attendance still hovers around
seventy-five. A bus trip to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster
nets $400 for the Association.
Lucky 12's Club Chairman Ed Ganister, '32 , reports
to the Board in June that ticket sales reached an all-time high, largely
due to people taking advantage of the third ticket at a reduced price.
Our profit is over $31,000. By now, everyone realizes that without this
fund raising vehicle, we would be in a world of trouble financially.
Francis J. Gleason, '53, is unanimously elected
President. This will be the fourth time, he has held this office. He
previously served from 1973 to 1976. Also unopposed for election were
Third Vice President William M. Nesbitt, '59, Fourth Vice President
Edward J. Ganister, '32, Secretary Paul D. Quinn, '36, Treasurer Leonard
F. Knobbs, '53, Assistant Secretary Thomas P. Morgan, '64, First
Assistant Treasurer John R. Hanejko, '65, Second Assistant Treasurer
Lawrence A. Dolan, '37, and Historian Richard C. McGrath, '39. Stephen
A. Cardullo, '72, defeats Lawrence F. Gimbel, '63, and retains the
office of First Vice President. However, Gimbel narrowly defeats
Cardullo's classmate, Anthony J. Colletta for the position of Second
Vice President. We end the year with 5,076 dues payers - four more than
Len Knobbs, '53 is reelected Treasurer of the
Scholarship Fund by the Trustees.
On July 13, 136 golfers tee off in the Second Annual
Golf Tourney. Chairman Larry Gimbel, '63 reports that almost $8,000 was
raised for the Scholarship Fund.
After ten years, Father James E. Dalton, OSFS, is
replaced as Principal of NECHS by Father Michael S. Murray, OSFS. Father
addresses the Board at the September meeting and pledges that he will
work for North in the Oblate tradition. He asks for our support. In a
rare action, the Board suspends the Class Representatives of '54, 78,
and '79, until such time as they comply with the By-Laws and submit
their Financial Form to the Treasurer.
We lose former President Paul J. Kelly, '34, on
September 19, 1992. Paul was a member of the Board from 1937 to 1947,
and 1983 until his death. He held a number of offices during his stint
on the Board including President from 1942 to 1947. He was a Trustee of
the Association and a founding Trustee of the Scholarship Fund in 1968.
At the October meeting, we learn that Cardinal
Bevilacqua will release the Coopers Lybrand study on the secondary
schools of the Archdiocese the following day. Rumors abound that North
is the among the schools that will be recommended for closing.
Enrollment now stands at slightly more than 900.
On October 14, Judge Joseph T. Murphy, '29, senior
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, dies. Joe served as President of the
Association from 1954 to 1957 and was a Trustee of the Association and a
member of the Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Fund at the time of
his death. The Oblates celebrate their 100 Anniversary in the United
States on October 25. Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua celebrates Mass at the
Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul. John Simons, '34, proclaims the
Second Reading and Leonard Knobbs, '53, offers the General
Intercessions. After Mass, all adjourn to the Hotel Atop the Bellevue
for a banquet celebrating this momentous occasion. President Francis J.
Gleason, '53, presents Father Richard T. Reece, OSFS, '54, Provincial of
the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province with a $10,000 check and the deep
appreciation of the membership to the Oblates for their devotion and
dedication to NECHS over the past sixty-six years.
Coopers Lybrand Recommends North Closure
North is on the list to be closed. Gleason calls and
emergency meeting of the Executive Board and the Trustees. A
subcommittee of Gleason, Knobbs, Musial, and Hanejko draft a proposal
which the committee accepts and it is presented to Father Murray. The
overall concept is to lease the building from the Archdiocese for a
minimum amount. The school would be operated by the Association as a
private school. The Oblates would continue to manage the school on a
day-to-day basis. The Association would undertake to raise a two million
dollar endowment to fund the operation of the school. Father Murray
takes the proposal to Archdiocesan authorities and it is rejected.
After conferring with Oblate Fathers Murray, Neil F.
Kilty, '59, Superior of the NEC Community, Joseph Morrissey, '66,
Provincial Treasurer, and James Dever, '63, Director of Personnel, the
committee revises the proposal and presents it to Father Murray for
delivery to the Archdiocese. The Board of Governors meets in emergency
session on November 5 and after a lengthy debate of over two hours, the
proposal is approved with one abstention.
Gleason appoints Real Estate Committee consisting of
Len Knobbs, '53 as Chairman; Steve Cardullo, '72, Vice Chairman; and
Bill Nesbitt, '59, Joe Kilroy, '65, and Ray Rysak, '66. The committee is
to look for a potential home in the event the closure of NECHS cannot be
Knobbs reports that the fourth FALCONWAY Appeal raised $47,564 for the Scholarship Fund; $39,438.50 for the
Save Northeast Catholic campaign; and $28,626.25 forthe Oblates for a
total of $115,633.75. This is the first time the Appeal has raised over
Gleason advises the Board in December that problems
have developed with the proposal presented to the Archdiocese. Our
proposal was incorporated into a, seventy page proposal presented by the
school. Nowhere within the document was the Association or its proposed
commitments identified. Gleason points out that Father Murray had no
authority to commit the Association to anything. As an independent
corporation, only the Board of Governors could do so. He further
explains that the Archdiocese wants written clarification on four
points: 1) is NECHS willing to cover the deficit for the foreseeable
future and how will they do this; 2) How much funding will NECHS
allocate for tuition assistance each year; 3) Devise a plan for
increasing and maintaining enrollm'ent at 60% of capacity - capacity
calculated at 1800; 4) How can NECHS achieve and maintain racial
equality in the school.
The Board discusses this at length. They finally
agree that at this point, the answers and solutions must come form the
school. On December 15, Cardinal Bevilacqua announces that NECHS will
remain open. The Association has pledged to do its part in assisting the
school to meet the demands placed upon it by the Archdiocese. We will
assist in underwriting any deficits incurred in the operation of the
school to the best of our financial ability. The Archdiocese approved
open enrollment which means the school will no longer be served by
specific feeder parishes. We can, and will solicit students from across
the Archdiocese. Enrollment must be increased within three years from
the current 931 to 1080.
Trustees Increase Scholarship Aid
The Board of Trustees of the Scholarship Fund provide
what they feel will help in this area. First, while they will honor the
college grants that have been awarded to date, they will suspend future
awards and concentrate the funds in awards to incoming Freshmen at
NECHS. They increase the value of the grants from the current $106,000
to $165,000 annually. The grants would be four at $6,000 each;
twenty-four at $4,000 (one each to be awarded to incoming Freshmen from
the following parishes: St. Adalbert, All Saints, St. Anne, Ascension,
St. Bartholomew, St. Boniface, St. Edward, St. George, Holy Innocents,
Holy Name, St. Hugh, St. Joachim, St. Joan of Arc, St. John Cantius, St.
Laurentius, Mater Dolorosa, St. Michael, Mother of Divine Grace,
Nativity, Our Lady Help of Christians, and Visitation and three at
large). Five grants of $3,000 each (2 to be awarded to students of
African American origin and two to students of Hispanic origin and one
at large). Nine grants of $2,000 each; and fifteen grants of $800 each
to be awarded to sons of dues paying alumni.
The Hall of Fame committee meets and enlarges the
scope of one category - it will now encompass Business/Labor/Military.
The recipient is this category is John McVeigh, '39, who was
posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for valor in
Europe during World War II. He is the only alumnus to have received our
nation's highest honor. The honoree for Athletics is also from the Class
of '39. Frank "Bucko" Kilroy, former all-pro lineman for the
Philadelphia Eagles and current GM for the New England Patriots. George
Sommer,'36, a former alumni president and a former band leader is
inducted in the field of Arts/Entertainment. John Mahan, MD, '69, is our
honoree for Science/Religion. The award for Service will be presented to
former Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joseph E. McKeown, '33, for his
years of service to the Association and the school. They are inducted in
ceremonies at school on February 19.
Save NEC Fund Incorporated
President Gleason informs the Board at the February
11 meeting that he and Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs met with
officials from the Office of Catholic education on January 29. He states
that Father Murray represented the school. Frank explained to the Board
that when he informed the Archdiocesan officials that we had
incorporated Save Northeast Catholic Fund that it was not well received.
He explained that Msgr. Cribben, Vicar for Catholic Education, told him
that the Cardinal did not want to deal with anyone but the Principal of
the school. They were not interested in looking at the legal agreements
we had drawn up binding us to underwriting a portion of any deficits
incurred by the school. They would strike any reference to the
Association or Save Northeast Catholic Fund from the Performance
Agreement signed by Father Murray. Gleason explains that we are legally
off the hook. The Board is told the reasons the Fund was incorporated as
a not-for-profit corporation and will seek tax exempt status are to
afford the donors a tax deduction for contributions to the Fund, and to
protect the Association and Scholarship Fund from any claims should the
Fund be unable to raise sufficient funds to help offset deficits
incurred by NECHS. A copy of the proposed governing instrument for Save
Northeast Catholic Fund, Inc. was mailed to all members of record.
Gleason tells the Board that the incorporators in addition to him and
Knobbs are John Hanejko,'65, Tom Morgan, '64, and John Musial, '63. A
motion to adopt the Constitution and By-Laws as presented is made By Joe
McKeown, '33, and Bill McCormac, '61. The motion passes unanimously.
Gleason the opens the floor for nominations to the
Board of Directors of Save Northeast Catholic Fund. The officers of the
Fund under the By-Laws are, by the virtue of the Alumni Association
offices they hold, President - Francis J. Gleason, '53; Vice President -
Stephen A. Cardullo, '72; and Secretary-Treasurer Leonard F. Knobbs,
'53. Frank explains that the three men who receive the highest total of
votes will serve for seven years, the next three will serve for three
years, and thereafter all terms will be for seven years. Election will
take place next month. Seven men are nominated for the six positions on
the Board. They are: John T. Musial, '63; Thomas P. Morgan, '64, Joseph
F. Kilroy, '65, Anthony J. Kornuszko, '62, Raymond E. Rysak, '66, John
R. Hanejko, '65, and William M. FitzPatrick, '59.
At the close of nominations, Gleason tells the Board
that a vote of thanks is due Dennis George, Esq. who serves as counsel
to the Association at no charge for all of the legal work performed in
connection with the incorporation. A motion to concur with the President
and instructing the Executive Secretary to forward a letter of
appreciation is made by Ray Rysak, '66 and Ed Ganister, '32. It passes
A motion is made by Len Knobbs, '53, and Tom Hills,
'38, to approve the payment of the incorporation expenses of Save
Northeast Catholic Fund, Inc. - $100 for the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania fee, $23.54 for the seal, and $150 application fee to the
Internal Revenue Service for tax exempt status. It is approved
In February, we reach 5,092 dues paying members - a
The results of the election for Directors of Save NEC
Fund is Musial - 52; Hanejko - 51; Morgan - 48; Kilroy - 46; Rysak - 46;
FitzPatrick - 42; Kornuszko - 21. Musial, Hanejko, and Morgan get seven
year terms and Kilroy, Rysak, and FitzPatrick receive three year terms.
John Hanejko, Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee,
reads a letter from Father Mark Hushen, OSFS, school minister at NECHS,
requesting financial assistance for students to attend the International
Youth Day Rally with Pope John Paul II in Denver. Hanejko and Larry
Dolan, '37, move to appropriate $500 for this purpose. It is approved
Attendance at the Communion Breakfast drops to 739,
the lowest since 1985. Bill "Speedy" Morris, Basketball Coach at LaSalle
University receives our Outstanding Achievement Award and delivers the
main address on March 28. Once again, due to scheduling conflicts, Mass
is concelebrated in the auditorium at North and the Breakfast is held at
the Adam's Mark Hotel. Don Henderson, sports director of WOGL is the
At our annual Board Dinner meeting on April 15, we
honor Father Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34 on the occasion of the Golden
Jubilee of his ordination. Father has been Chaplain of the Association
Father Curran Named NECHS President
At the May meeting, we are introduced to Father
Thomas Curran, OSFS. Father has recently been appointed as the first
President of NECHS. Father Murray will continue as Principal.
Frank Gleason, '53, is unanimously elected to a
second consecutive term as President. First Vice President Steve
Cardullo, '72; Second Vice President Joseph J. Mackin, '40; Secretary
Paul Quinn, '36; Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53; Assistant Secretary Tom
Morgan, '64, First Assistant Treasurer John Hanejko, '65; and Second
Assistant Treasurer Larry Dolan, '37 are also unopposed. Bill Nesbitt,
'59, defeats Ed Ganister, '32, and retains his Third Vice Presidency;
and Ganister narrowly edges Tony Colletta, '72, for Fourth Vice
President. Joe Kilroy, '65, defeats incumbent Historian Dick McGrath,
'39. We end the year with 5,116 dues paying members - a new record.
In early July, Father Curran asks President Gleason
to call a meeting of the Executive Board so that he can address them
concerning the state of the school. Gleason calls the meeting for July 8
and also invites the Trustees (past presidents) of the Association to
attend. At the meeting, Father Curran makes certain requests of the
Association which he confirms in a letter to Gleason dated July 12.
The Golf Tourney scheduled for July 19 is postponed
due to a torrential downpour.
The Executive Board and Trustees meet on August 3 to
consider Father Curran's requests. During the three hour plus meeting,
it is decided that they do not coincide with our concepts of how the
Association should be operated and how it should interface with the
school. Father's requests are rejected by the group which Gleason
confirms in a letter sent to Father dated August 5. Gleason points out
to Father that our name is not NECHS Alumni Association, Inc. but
Northeast Catholic Alumni Association, Inc.
At the Board meeting in September, President Gleason
explains to the Board what transpired at the two meetings, and responds
to questions from the floor. A motion is made by Jim Bollendorf, '73,
and Joe Mackin, '40, to endorse the unanimous decision of the Executive
Board and Trustees. He then asked Father Curran, who was invited to
attend the meeting, if he wished to address the topic. Father explained
his position and stated that the request for the mailing list really
came from the Archdiocese. He further explained that the requests were
not designed to dismantle the Association. He stated that current
enrollment is 906.
A lengthy discussion on the motion ensues. Former
president and Trustee Charles Quinn, '36, delivers a historical
perspective of similar demands (requests) made by the school, Oblates,
and Archdiocese over the years. He reminds those present that the
Association is a "non-profit corporation" and as such must operate in
the best interests of the corporation and its membership.
A call for a roll call vote is made by Pat Boyle,
'49, and seconded by Len Knobbs, '53. The call of names resulted in
forty-four affirmative and three not voting. The decision of the
Executive Board and Trustees is upheld.
The Golf Tournament on September 7 produces record
attendance of 239 golfers. Chairman Tom Morgan, '64 reports that the
profit for the Scholarship Fund is in excess of $9,000.
In October, the meeting lasts over two and half
hours, as the Board debates at length a five page letter with attached
exhibits mailed by Father Curran to all Board members of record and a
motion by Jack Marczely, '55, and Tony Kornuszko, '62, to negotiate with
the school president over a number of items which had been previously
rejected by the Board. John Hanejko, '65, delivers an eloquent and to
the point address wherein he dissects every paragraph of Father Curran's
letter and how the Association had already addressed most of the topics.
He raises the point that while Father says he was "outgunned" at the
meeting, it was he (Father Curran) who invited and insisted that the
entire Executive Board of the Association be present. In addition, he
invited the people who would represent the school. Hanejko further
points out that Father is an attorney and two other attorneys were
present representing the school so maybe it was the Association who was
"outgunned" at the meeting. Hanejko further points out that it was the
business plan developed and presented by the Association that became the
keystone of the plan that Father Murray presented to the Office of
Catholic education. He concludes with a defense of Chick Quinn's remarks
at the last meeting which Father Curran has called in a footnote in his
letter "a disgraceful barrage of comments."
Mike O'Meara, '64, points out to Marczely that "by
abstaining at the last meeting, you basically voted with the majority."
Marczely responds that he felt three of the four issues we took were
valid. Pat Boyle, '49, asks Marczely which issue does he disagree with.
Marczely states "the one allowing the President of the school to write a
monthly column for the FALCONER. Boyle responds that he
had been offered this subject to editing. Marczely comments "did he say
no to that - the notes have me confused." O'Meara, Marczely, and Boyle
become engaged in a discussion.
Len Knobbs, '53, rises to a "point of order" - They
are discussing among themselves not the chair. He also questions whether
the motion is in order since it is contrary to what was passed last
month. It is his opinion that a motion to rescind the Board's decision
of last month would have to take place before the motion on the floor
could be debated and voted upon. Hank Blaszczyk, '45, concurs with
Knobbs and asks the chair to rule on it. Knobbs asks his indulgence to
raise another point which he considers just as serious. How did Father
Curran obtain the personal addresses of Board members unless a member of
the Board had given them to him. This is in direct contravention of a
Board resolution which states that "our mailing list or any portions of
it may not be disclosed to anyone other than Board members".
Eventually, Vice President Cardullo, who is presiding
in the absence of vacationing President Gleason, after consultation with
the Trustees rules that the motion is contrary to the motion passed last
month. Thus a motion to rescind last month's motion would have to be
passed first. He ruled Marczely's motion out of order.
comes to a close having
raised $280,677.56. Save Northeast Catholic Fund receives $149,909.67;
the Scholarship Fund - $111,894.84, and the Oblates - $18,873.05./p>
Old Timers' Meet for First Time
The first Old Timers Reunion for the Classes of 1929
through 1934 is held at Rosewood Caterers on
October 21. Chairman Jack
Marczely, '55, reports that there were 77 in attendance with the Class
of '33 leading the way with 17 members on hand.
At the November meeting, Gleason advises the Board
that he will have a luncheon meeting with Father Curran the next day to
discuss future working relations between the school and the Association.
In December, President Gleason informs the Board of
his meeting with Father Curran. He states that Father presented him with
a handwritten note that states "provided that Mr. Leonard Knobbs, '53,
resign completely from all affiliation w/ the NEC Alumni Association we
would be willing to negotiate regarding a regular column in the FALCONER
from the President of the school and access to the mailing list w/
monitoring from the assoc." Frank notes that all of these proposals had
been previously turned down by the Board.
A discussion follows. Joe Kling,'42, suggests that we
relocate our office. Gleason responds that he has appointed a real
estate committee for that purpose if the event we ordered to vacate our
office in the Faculty House. A motion is introduced by Mike Donofrio,
'47, and John Musial, '63, that Len Knobbs, '53 be given a vote of
confidence by the Board. It passes unanimously.
In January, President Gleason advises the Board, that
Father James E. Dalton, OSFS, Religious Superior of the Oblate Community
at NEC withdrew permission for the Board to use the Faculty Dining Room
for our meetings effective next month. We had been utilizing the dining
room for a little over a year since our previous room in the basement
had been converted to a storage facility. Frank also advises that
electronic gates will be installed at the head of the driveways to the
Faculty House and school. The gates will be opened at 6 A. M. and closed
in the early evening. This will preclude our office staff from parking
on school grounds since their normal work hours are from 7 P. M. to 11
P. M. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 10 A. M. to 5 P. M.
Father suggests that Gleason speak to Father Curran about utilizing
space in the school for our meetings.
Our February meeting of the Board is held at the
Philadelphia Fire Officers' Union Hall in the Bridesburg section of
Philadelphia. Gleason informs the Board that our office staff is in bad
shape. Len Knobbs broke his collarbone in a fall on the ice in January
and Bill Nesbitt, '59, is in Frankford Hospital with kidney failure.
John Hanejko, '65, and Jim Bollendorf, '73, have been filling in
admirably and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their service.
The NECHS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is held on
February 17. The inductees are: William Plumley, '54 Arts/Entertainment;
John J. Gillespie, '35 - Athletics; Thomas W. Kelly, '50 (Lt. Gen., USA,
retired) -Business/Labor/Military; J. Richard White, '46 -
Science/Religion; and Paul D. Quinn, '36 Service.
Attendance at the March 20 Communion Breakfast dips
to 492 - our lowest in a number of years. Philadelphia District Attorney
Lynne Abraham accepts the Outstanding Achievement Award and delivers the
principal address. Charles L. Titano, '61, is once again our
Toastmaster. At the Breakfast, held at the Franklin Wyndham Plaza,
President Gleason presents Father Curran with a check in the amount of
$25,000 from the Save Northeast Catholic Fund, to be utilized against
any deficit in the operation of the school.
On April 10, the school hosts a testimonial dinner
for Father Thomas P. "Knobby" Walsh, OSFS, Hon. '66. The testimonial
draws a capacity crowd to King's Caterers in Bristol.
Chairman Bill Nesbitt, '59 reports that attendance at
Memorial Day Services is holding at about 75. Gleason tells the Board
that he thinks it would be appropriate if more of us attended.
Oblates Acknowledge Association
At the June meeting, a letter dated May 27 from
Father Richard DeLillio, OSFS, the Oblates Development Director to
Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53 states that we are the
only school alumni, of all their schools, that does anything for them
financially. Gleason comments; "in view of that, I would think some of
us would have been invited, in our official capacities, to the
dedication of Annecy Hall at Childs, MD; particularly since as a group
we have contributed well over $100,000 in recent years to the Oblates".
Election Chairman John T. Musial, '63, reports that
the following have been elected without opposition; President Francis J.
Gleason, '53; First Vice President - Stephen A. Cardullo, '72; Second
Vice President - Joseph J. Mackin, '40; Third Vice President - James W.
Bollendorf,'73; Secretary - Paul D. Quinn, '36; Treasurer - Leonard F.
Knobbs, '53; Assistant Secretary - Thomas P. Morgan, '64; and Second
Assistant Treasurer - Lawrence A. Dolan, '37. Anthony J. Colletta, '72
defeats John F. Handley, '58, for the position of Fourth Vice President.
First Assistant Treasurer John R. Hanejko, '65, easily retains his
office by defeating Richard C. McGrath, '39; and McGrath suffers a
second defeat to Joseph F. Kilroy, '65, in the race for Historian.
Presidents Chastize Board
Gleason thanks the Board for their confidence in him
by electing him President for the third consecutive year and the sixth
time overall. He asks the Board to let him know if they wish to serve on
a particular committee. Likewise, to advise him if he appoints them to a
committee and they do not wish to serve. He goes on to state: "We are
all here to raise money for the Scholarship Fund, Save Northeast
Catholic, and the Oblates; and to keep the Association a viable
organization. Apparently, some of our (Board) members have their
allegiance in other places. If you don't want to work for the
organization, you should get off the Board. You waste space, create
problems, and hamper us from getting things done."
John Musial, '63, said: "speaking as a past
president, I support President Gleason's statement. As an organization,
we are becoming stagnant. In the school building, they have no feelings
for the Alumni Association. They don't invite us to their affairs. What
have we done wrong? They are obviously against Len and he has always
been willing to help. There are 71 other Board members here. What they
wanted to do to Len - they are idiots. What they wanted to do to him,
they would do to anyone of us." Father Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34, our
Chaplain, broke his long self-imposed silence. He spoke on the
withdrawal of the use of the dining room as a meeting place and our loss
of parking privileges. He stated that he gave a list of the complaints
to his superior (Father Dalton) questioning why we had been thrown out.
He said he has been with us for 18 years and during that time we had
given the Oblates a great amount of money and that it was not a very
nice way to treat one of your benefactors. Father said, "in the Oblate
community, we vote for everything. We even voted to allow the wrestling
team to practice in the (Faculty House) basement. They did not vote on
us being thrown out of the dining room. That was a personal decision by
the Superior. When I asked 'Why?', he would not tell me. I intend to do
more. I will be in Wilmington tomorrow and I intend to ask the
Provincial and the Development Director 'What is all the sweet talk
about and then we get clobbered'."
We end the year with 5,008 members - a significant
decline from last year.
For the second year in a row, rain forces a
cancellation of the golf tournament now know as Northeast Catholic
Alumni Association, Inc. Golf Classic. On September 6, 170 golfers
participate. Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, reports that we raised over
$9,000 for the Scholarship Fund.
At the September 8 meeting of the Board, Real Estate
Committee Chairman Len Knobbs, '53, reports that the committee has met
and is considering four different properties. They will be visiting the
sites in the near future. Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee, John
Hanejko, '65, informs the Board that Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Knobbs has investigated various banks and their related charges for
accepting credit cards as a method of payment for FALCONWAY contributions. The committee feels the best deal is from Prime Bank.
After conferring with counsel, it is the recommendation of the committee
that we enter into a credit card arrangement with Prime Bank providing
we receive written confirmation from the Northeast Catholic Alumni
Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc., Save Northeast Catholic Fund, Inc., and
the Oblates of St. Francis deSales that they will accept the lower
amount (4.5% cost of accepting the card) but credit the donor with the
full amount. Hanejko reminds the Board that the Association currently
underwrites all printing and mailing costs for the FALCONWAY but would not be able to underwrite this expense.
Bill Nesbitt's, '59, failing health forces him to
inform President Gleason that he will no longer be able to function as
an Assistant Executive Secretary. Gleason, in addition to reappointing
Knobbs as Executive Secretary and Paul Quinn, '36, as an
appoints John Hanejko, '65, to other Assistant's post. The
Board concurs unanimously.
Father Curran, in a letter to President Gleason dated
October 12, informs us that enrollments stands at 908, and the first
floor of the annex building has been leased to Mid-Atlantic EMS. Jerry
Boyle, '46, moves that we print the letter in its entirety in the next
issue of the FALCONER,it is seconded by Jack Marczely,
'55. A lengthy discussion is held and then Joe Mackin, '40, moves to
table the motion. It is seconded by Knobbs. The motion to table carries.
Boyle, '46, asks to recorded as voting "no"; Knobbs requests to be
recorded on the prevailing side.
The results of the FALCONWAY VI, which
concluded on October 31, are announced at the November meeting of the
Board by Chairman Len Knobbs, '53. We raised $206,130.26 which was
significantly lower than last year. He points out that a lot of our
members perceive that threat to NECHS is over and that the Funds and the
Oblates no longer require monetary assistance to insure the future of
the school and the Oblates. The Scholarship Fund was the recipient of
$94,578.51, Save NEC Fund received $90,641.26; and the Oblates garnered
Father Simons informs the Board of his discussions
with Provincial. It seems they feel the decision is a local decision and
the decision will stand.
Tom Joyce, '69, Chairman of the Breakfast
Arrangements Committee reports that the Cathedral is unavailable for
Mass since West Catholic Alumni has already secured it. He suggests that
we hold the Mass in the school auditorium and then adjourn to the
Wyndham Franklin Plaza for breakfast. He makes the motion which is
seconded by Joe McKeown, '33, and the Board approves unanimously.
Lucky 12's Club Sales Lagging
Ed Ganister, '32, Lucky 12's Club Chairman raises a
flag. He indicates that we need to increase sales of tickets to this
venture since the income from it underwrites most of the operation of
The Old Timers Reunion, which now includes the
Classes of '29 through '36 attracts only 54. Chairman Marczely suggests
a review of the Reunion and better cooperation from the Class Reps of
the involved classes.
The Most Reverend Edward J. Schlotterback, OSFS, '30,
the first alumnus raised to episcopacy dies in early December. Bishop
Schlotterback was ordained a Bishop in 1956 and served in the mission
vicariate of Keetmanshoop, Namibia.
On January 1, 1995, we lose a man who was devoted to
the Association. A member since graduation from NECHS in 1959, he served
as Class Rep since March, 1975. William M. Nesbitt served as an Officer
of the Association in a number of capacities from June, 1979 through
June, 1994. He held the post of Assistant Executive Secretary from July,
1983 to June, 1994. Bill was named an Outstanding Alumnus in 1988.
The Board of Directors of Save Northeast Catholic
Fund approves an additional $15,368 to help underwrite North's deficit.
Father Curran sends a letter of appreciation.
The 1995 Inductees into the NECHS Alumni Hall of Fame
are Jesse Cain, '44, in the field of Arts/Entertainment. Mr. Cain has
been a radio personality and actor in the Boston area for a number of
years. Robert J. McNeill, '56, receives the award for Athletics. Bob
starred for the Hawks of St. Joseph's University then played in the NBA
for the Knicks and the Warriors. The honoree for Business/Labor/Military
is John J. Marquess, Esq., '67. "Jason" is a noted Philadelphia
attorney, Chairman of the Board of Advisors of NECHS, and Chairman of
the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. John E. Murray, Jr., J. D., S. J.
D., '50, is the inductee in the field of Science/Religion. Dr. Murray is
the President of Duquesne University. The recipient of the Service Award
is Francis X. Dougherty, '59, the long time Athletic Director at NECHS.
The induction ceremonies take place on February 21.
The Communion Breakfast on April 2 attracts 677 - up
considerably from last year. The principal speaker is Walt Hunter,
investigative reporter for KYW-TV. He accepts our Outstanding
Achievement Award. The famous Wildwood comedian, "Cozy" Morley does an
outstanding job as Toastmaster.
Two former presidents are named Outstanding Alumni.
Our first president Father John J. Conmy, OSFS, '29, and John T. Musial,
'63, who served from 1983 to 1986.
Golf Classic Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, advises us in
April that the date of the Classic will be changed to June 12. Melrose
CC will remain as the site. Lucky 12's Club Chairman Ed Ganister, '32
reports that Lucky 12's Club sales are well ahead of last year.
In May, the Board receives a request from Father
William McCandless, OSFS, '83, school minister, asking the Association
to contribute to the cost of sending students to the DeSales Leadership
Program. The cost of the program is $275 per student. Gleason also reads
a letter from an anonymous member of the Class of' 51 who is inquiring
into the Association's side of the story he received from Father Curran
in response to a letter he wrote to Father about the confusion between
the school's annual giving and FALCONWAY. Father's letter
stated that the annual giving campaign was not replacing
FALCONWAY. However, this vehicle was administered by the Alumni
Association and NECHS had no say in the solicitation or operation of the
vehicle. He went onto state that the current rate of contribution from
the Association is insufficient to meet the long term needs of the
Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53,
reports that a recent ad in the sports pages of the Philadelphia
Inquirer soliciting active members for the Association was paid for by
Howard Wodack, '52. The Board acknowledged Mr. Wodack's generosity and
Finance Chairman Steve Cardullo, '72, introduces a
motion, which is the recommendation of the committee, to donate $550 to
the school to cover the cost of two registrations for the Leadership
Camp along with a letter of expression from the Association. Tony
Colletta, '72 seconds the motion. President Gleason reads the letter
which will be sent to Fathers Curran (President), Murray (Principal),
Reece (Provincial); Dalton (Superior), and McCandless (School Minister).
The letter states that over the last seven years, the Association has
contributed over $124,000 to the Oblates and over $11,300 to the School
Development Fund. Our members have contributed more than $16,500 and the
Association $3,500 to the Oblate Missions, and on the occasion of the
100th Anniversary of the Oblates in the U. S., we donated $10,000. In
the same seven year period, The Scholarship Fund has underwritten
$402,235 in tuition assistance for students at NECHS. Save Northeast
Catholic Fund has contributed $123,876.62 directly to the school to
assist in underwriting deficits. The aggregate of these contributions is
$680,172.77 to the school and the Oblates of which over $170,000 was
contributed in the last year. We can only wonder if any other Oblate
school has supported their school and the Oblates in a similar manner.
Gleason reminds the Board that the letter is part of the motion. The
motion is adopted with six negative votes and six not voting.
Attendance at Memorial Day Services fills the Faculty
House Chapel to overflowing. Chairman John Boyle, '39 is elated.
In a letter, dated May 19, to President Gleason,
Father Curran acknowledges our letter advising him of the recipients of
this year's grants from the Scholarship Fund. However, in a letter of
May 22, he returns our $550 check for the Leadership Camp in light of
the sentiments expressed in our May 12 letter.
The check was returned in a letter of May 25 stating that it was
hoped the check would be accepted to assist the two students attend the
Leadership Camp. Gleason stated: "the check was forwarded in response to
Father McCandless request to support individual students. It is the
Association's fervent wish that disagreements not affect the students
whom we both wish to assist in furthering their education in the true
spirit of St. Francis
The check is accepted.
Despite the early surge, the Lucky 12's Club returns decline toward
the end. As a result sales are less than last year. Ganister urges more
support from the Board.
For the first time in years, there is no opposition for any office.
James W. Bollendorf, '73, is elected President marking the first time we
have a chief executive from the seventies. The other officers are: 1st
V. P. - Steve Cardullo, '72, 2nd V. P. - Joe Mackin, '40, 3rd V. P. -
John Musial, '63, 4th V. P. - Tony Colletta, '72; Secretary Paul
Quinn,'36, Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, Ass't. Sec'y. - Tom Morgan, '64.
1st Ass't. Treas. - John Hanejko, '65, 2nd Ass't. Treas. - Larry Dolan,
'37, and Historian Joe Kilroy, '65.
The Board of Trustees elect Len Knobbs, '53, to his fifth consecutive
term and eighth overall as Treasurer of the Northeast Catholic Alumni
Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Retiring President Frank Gleason,'53, expressed his gratitude to the
Board fro their support over the past three years. Newly elected
President Jim Bollendorf, '73 thanked Frank on behalf of the Board and
expressed his hope that he would receive the same help over the coming
The June 12 Golf Classic attracted only 120 golfers - our second
lowest total. However, Chairman Tom Morgan '64, reports that we raised
over $12,000 for the Scholarship Fund.
On June 23, Second Vice President Joseph J. Mackin, '40, dies. Joe
was a member of the Board of Governors for more than forty years. A
fitting tribute to his dedication to his family, his church and his
beloved Alumni Association was evidenced by the large turnout at St.
Martin of Tours. Our chaplain and his brother-in-law, Father Edward J.
Simons, OSFS, '34, was the principal celebrant of the Mass joined by
eleven other Oblates and the pastor of St. Martin's .
Membership drops below 5,000 - 4967 - for the first time in years.
President Bollendorf announces the formation of Ways and Means
Committee headed by First V. P. Steve Cardullo, '72. The purpose of the
committee is to examine every one of our ventures and recommend whether
they should be continued, stopped or changed. In addition, they are to
search for new methods of attracting members and raising funds - not
only for the Association but the Scholarship Fund and Save Northeast
Catholic Fund also. He indicates that a look at our Constitution and
By-Laws is overdue. He appoints Len Knobbs, '53 as Chairman of the
committee. Len is well qualified in this area having served on the 1960
Constitutional Amendment Committee and chairing subsequent com-mittees
in 1964, 1974, and 1984.
A new Class Representative's Handbook has been printed and issued to
all members of the Board of Governors.
Father Curran advises the Board in a letter to Bollendorf that
enrollment is 972 - up substantially from previous years.
Knobbs reports that contributions to FALCONWAY VII
totaled $206,504.32 up slightly from last year. Donations to the
Scholarship Fund - $111,256.18 were up but Save Northeast Catholic Fund
- $75,351.82 and the Oblates - $19,896.32 were down. Total contributions
to FALCONWAY since its inception have exceeded One Million
Dollars. Marty DePerro, '60, advises the Board that 10 people made the
cruise to Bermuda at a very slight profit to the Association. On behalf
of the Activities Committee he recommends a trip to Trump Plaza Casino
in Atlantic City for January 26. He and Bill Carr, '57, move to accept
the recommendation. It is approved with one not voting.
Father Thomas Curran, OSFS, school President, and Father William
McCandless, OSFS, '83, school Minister, attend the November meeting and
fill in the Board in on what's happening at North.
Golf Classic Chairman Tom Morgan, '64, reports that the date will be
June 10, 1996 at Melrose Country Club. Due to price increases, we will
have to charge $120 per golfer. Prices for those attending lunch and/or
dinner will remain the same. Accordingly, he makes a motion to concur
with the committee's recommendations. It is seconded by Knobbs and
approved unanimously by the Board.
Our Board dinner meeting - an annual event where the Board members
meet for dinner and a low key party on the evening of a scheduled
meeting. They and their wives or lady friends have dinner, the meeting
is held, and after dinner they socialize. The cost - with the exception
of our invited guests is borne by each Board member who attends.
Normally, the dinner is held at the April or May meeting. This year, the
Board has decided to hold it in December as a holiday celebration.
By-Law Amendments Proposed
In January, Len Knobbs, '53, presents the
recommendations of the Constitutional Amendment Committee. They have
already been mailed to all Board members of record. He states that the
committee reviewed each section of the Constitution and By-Laws and have
only two changes to recommend. The first is a minor change which is
occasioned by a change in the bookkeeping methods of the Association.
Since 1985, we have managed the accounts on a computer yet the By-Laws
direct the Treasurer to have the books at every meeting of Association
to be examined by any member so desiring. The change states "The
Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of all funds received and
disbursed which account shall be kept at the office of the Association
and made available for inspection by appointment with the Treasurer by
any active member of the Association." Accordingly, a motion was made by
Len Knobbs and Frank Devinney, '42, to amend Article V, Section 7. It
passes unanimously. Knobbs then moves, seconded by Joe Kilroy, '65, to
Amend Article VIII, Section 1. This section deals with the procedure for
election of Officers. Up to now, a Class Rep could be nominated and run
for multiple offices which, at times, presented problems. The change
would make the nominee choose which office he would seek and limit him
to only one. It is approved unanimously. Knobbs informs the Board they
will be presented to the general membership for ratification at the
General Membership Meeting at the Communion Breakfast.
In mid-January, Father Joseph G. Morrissey, OSFS,
'66, is elected Provincial of the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of
The ninth annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is
held on February 20. Gerald B. Buckley, '50, receives the award for
Arts/Entertainment. Jerry began his career drawing Reds Falcon for the
Good News and the went onto a 25 year career in the advertising
industry. The honoree in the field of Science/Religion is Father John J.
Conmy, OSFS, '29. Father was the first president of the Association, the
first alumnus ordained an Oblate, and served as Provincial of the
Oblates Wilmington-Philadelphia Province. Martin J. McCormick, '52, Vice
President of Nuclear Safety Assessment for Niagara Mohawk Corp. receives
the award for Business/Labor/Military. The inductee for Athletics is
Bernard J. McLaughlin, '46, who had a lengthy career in professional
soccer that ended in 1963. He played on the '46 Olympic team and '50
World Cup soccer team, and is a member of the U.S. Soccer and Temple U.
Halls of Fame. The recipient in field of Service is Robert P. O'Neill,
'65, the Vice Principal of Conwell-Egan High School in Levittown. In
addition to teaching, he has been involved for over 15 years in
counseling students and families who suffer from drug and/or alcohol
The trip to Trump Plaza has been rescheduled for
March 3. Ways and Means Chairman Steve Cardullo advises the Board that
the committee is considering a general reunion at the shore. Also
offering different kinds of merchandise along with the hats and shirts.
Nominations for seven year terms on the Board of
Directors of Save Northeast Catholic Fund are conducted at the February
meeting. President Bollendorf reminds the Board that the officers are
him, Steve Cardullo, '72, and Len Knobbs, '53. The Directors whose terms
run until 2000 are John Musial, '63, John Hanejko, '65, and Tom Morgan,
'64. Those whose terms expire are Ray Rysak, '66, Joe Kilroy, '65, and
Bill FitzPatrick, '59. Kilroy, Rysak, Frank Gleason, '53, Tony Colletta,
'72, and Joe Gabor, '61 are nominated.
In March, Ed Ganister, '32, Lucky 12's Club Chairman
reports that sales are 615 behind last which would result in a drop in
income of over $6,000. He urges the Board to do more.
The results of the election for Directors of Save
Northeast Catholic Fund, Inc. are: Joe Kilroy, '65 - 38; Tony Colletta,
'72 - 37; Frank Gleason, '53 - 36; Ray Rysak, '66 - 27; and Joe Gabor,
'61 - 18.
Summer General Reunion Proposed
The Ways and Means Committee proposes a general
reunion to be held at the Sea Isle City Yacht Club on Saturday,
September 7 from 2 PM To 7 PM. The profit, if any, will be split
proportionately among the Scholarship Fund, Save NEC Fund, and the
Oblates. The report is presented by Chairman Steve Cardullo, '72.
Concurring with the distribution of funds is John Hanejko, '65, Vice
Chairman, reporting on behalf of the Finance Committee. A motion to
concur with the joint recommendation is made by Mike O'Meara, '64, and
Len Knobbs, '53. It is approved unanimously.
Activities Committee Vice Chairman Joe Mulawka, '51,
moves to sponsor a trip to Camden Yards for a Baltimore Orioles game on
May 4. Price will be $30 per person. It is seconded by Hanejko and
approved unanimously. The committee also recommends a trip to Las Vegas
for five days, four nights leaving November 3, the prices will range
from $409 to $569. Motion by Knobbs and Gleason to approve. It passes
Six hundred Seventy Eight attend the Communion
Breakfast on March 24. Jonathan A. Saidel, Esq., CPA, Controller of the
City of Philadelphia delivers the address and accepts our Outstanding
Achievement Award. Harry Donahue, KYW radio sports and news anchor is
our Toastmaster. Frank Gleason, '53, is named an Outstanding Alumnus. At
the General Membership meeting prior to the breakfast, President James
Bollendorf, '73, introduces Len Knobbs,'53, Chairman of the By-Law
Committee for the purpose of addressing the ratification of the two
amendments adopted by the Board at their January meeting. A copy of the
changes and the existing By-Laws have been presented to each member upon
entering the dining room. Knobbs delivers an overview then moves to
ratify the changes, it is seconded by Charles Carlin, '69, and on a
voice vote, President Bollendorf declares the changes approved
At the April meeting, Bollendorf, reads a letter from
Father Curran enclosing a letter from Tom Townsend, Director of St.
Joseph's University EMBA program. The letter requests a breakdown from
our data base of the numbers of graduates living in specific postal zip
codes in the South Jersey area immediately adjacent to Philadelphia who
graduated between 1960 and 1994. The purpose of extracting the data
would be to determine the feasibility of recruiting students from those
areas. Under new business, Len Knobbs, '53, makes a motion to approve
giving Mr. Townsend the data requested. It is seconded by Bill Carr,
'57, and approved unanimously.
Good news abounds at the May meeting!
Lucky 12's Club Chairman Ed Ganister tells the Board
that sales are 445 higher than last year for a total of 9396. Marty
DePerro, '60, Activities Chairman, reports that a full busload made the
trip to the Orioles game and we netted $300. The entire 63 seats for the
Las Vegas trip have been booked and we are checking out an additional
flight. He also proposes that we run an Alaska cruise on the Celebrity
Cruise ship the Horizon in August, 1997. He makes a motion to run the
trip and its seconded by Knobbs and passes unanimously.
Attendance at the Memorial Day Services drops
dramatically, Chairman Ganister urges the Board to
make a better showing
as there were less than a dozen who participated.
For the second year in succession there is no
opposition to the candidates nominated at the May meeting so Election
Committee Chairman Frank Gleason, '53, declares the following officers
elected in a letter to the Board dated June 1 President - James W.
Bollendorf, '73, 1st V. P. - Stephen A. Cardullo, '72, 2nd V. P. -
Joseph F. Kilroy, '65, 3rd V. P. - Anthony J. Colletta, '72, 4th V. P. -
Martin G. DePerro, '60, Secretary - Paul D. Quinn, '36, Treasurer -
Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, Ass't. Sec'y. - Thomas P. Morgan, '64, 1st
Ass't. Treasurer - John R. Hanejko, '65, 2nd Ass't. Treasurer - Lawrence
A. Dolan, '37, and Historian - Michael A. O'Meara, Jr., '64.
The sixth annual Golf Classic got off to a late start
on June 12 due to rain. What else! It's rained the last four years. 148
golfers teed off. Chairman Tom Morgan, '64 advises that we raised over
$11,000 for the Scholarship Fund.
A second trip to an Orioles game on September 21 is
proposed by Activities Chairman Marty DePerro, '60. Motion by Gleason
and Morgan to concur and it is approved unanimously. Finance Chairman
Frank Gleason, '53, reports that the committee is recommending $500 to
send two students to the DeSales Leadership Program which President
Bollendorf approved because it had to be paid before the meeting. Motion
by Gleason and Musial, '63, to approve the action of the President and
it was approved unanimously. On behalf of the committee, Frank moves
adoption of the budget for the coming fiscal year. It contains an
increase in our annual commitment to the Scholarship Fund from $10,000
to $15,000 and an increase in the expense allowance for the Executive
Secretary and his assistants, it is seconded by Knobbs. A short
discussion follows and then the Board approves the motion unanimously.
Dues paying membership rises by three to 4970.
After twenty-eight years the Scholarship Fund's
equity tops one million dollars. However, as Treasurer Len Knobbs notes,
currently we contribute tuition support to 217 young men at NECHS.
President Bollendorf, an employee of the U. S. Postal
Service is promoted and transferred to Washington, D.C. For the present
he will commute and be home on weekends. He informs the Board that he
will do his utmost to attend most meetings and functions of the
Shore Reunion Off to a Slow Start
Our Shore Reunion dubbed Falcons Fun in the Sun makes
its debut on September 7 replete with a new Association logo designed by
a friend of Board member Bill Parkes, '54. The logo is so well received
and the sale of souvenir items with it emblazoned on them so swift that,
at Bollendorf & Knobbs urging, steps are undertaken to trademark the
logo. Counsel Dennis George starts the procedure which will take longer
to accomplish than anyone could have foreseen. Event Chairman John
Hanejko, '65, advises the Board that we had 320 people in attendance and
the profit, which will be divided proportionately among the Scholarship
Fund, Save Northeast Catholic Fund, and the Oblates should be between
three and four thousand dollars. A glorious day and a great time was had
McKeown, '33 Dies
On September 29, 1996, we lose a man who was a
bulwark of the Northeast Catholic Alumni Association, Inc. for almost
fifty years. A talented and energetic individual, Joseph E. McKeown,
'33, served as a Class Representative, Treasurer, and Executive
Secretary over his long and productive career. He also served for a
number of years as Editor of the FALCONER. He was
responsible for establishing the accounting, management, and business
procedures in the 1950's that enabled the Association to attain his
greatness. He and "Chick" Quinn, '36, were responsible for incorporating
the Association and putting it on sound financial footing. (Editor's
note: When this writer first encountered him in the mid fifties, we were
protagonists. Each had his own determined view of what should be. Within
ten years, we were fast friends and worked together until his retirement
as Executive Secretary-Treasurer in 1983. However, in that retirement,
he remained a Class Rep, loyal friend, counselor, and Treasurer
Emeritus.) The Association will try long and hard to replace him.
FALCONER Editor Len Knobbs informs the Board that the staff is
working on a different format for the paper and utilizing a new printer.
The first edition of the year will be delayed.
Our Orioles trip is a social success and a modest
profit for the Association is attained.
At the October meeting, Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Len Knobbs, '53, asks President Bollendorf to reactivate the Real Estate
Committee and that whoever they are take an active interest in securing
a location for the Alumni Office. With restricted parking in the
vicinity of the Faculty House it is becoming an economic disaster for
the staff. Last December, his one week old car was parked in front on
Torresdale Avenue and was struck by a hit run vehicle which resulted in
his car being totaled. Last week, his car was broken into in an attempt
to steal it which was thwarted by an anti-theft device. However, the car
was vandalized to the tune of $5,000.
Sixty-three people fly to Las Vegas on November 3.
Chairman Marty DePerro, '60, who traveled with the group, assures the
Board that a great time was had by all. There were even some winners and
the Association realized a nice profit also. The committee recommends
that we journey to New York to see Victor, Victoria starring Julie
Andrews. Musial and Knobbs move to accept the recommendation and it is
approved unanimously. Len Knobbs, FALCONWAY Chairman
reports that the eighth drive raised $207,080.09 - up slightly - which
was distributed as follows: Scholarship Fund - $112,455.17; Save
Northeast Catholic Fund - $66,494.90; and the Oblates - $28,130.02. He
tells the Board that the committee has an included a line on the
FALCONWAY return form allowing the donor to include $5 for his
dues if he so chooses. Hopefully, this will increase the number of dues
paying members in the Association.
Once again, attendance at Board meetings is becoming
a problem. So much so, as President Bollendorf notes, there are more
Class Reps absent or excused than present. Absentee Evaluation Committee
Chairman Joe Kilroy, '65, advises his committee will be taking a harder
look at Class Reps who repeatedly miss meetings. In December a motion to
drop a member for non-attendance by Knobbs and Colletta is answered with
a tabling motion by Jack Marczely, '55 and Bob Kennedy, '54. The motion
to table is narrowly defeated 19-18 with 3 not voting. The original
motion is passed with three not voting.
Attendance at the January Board meeting is one of the
worst ever- 30 present and 54 absent or excused. Bollendorf, who
traveled from Washington, labels it an absolute disgrace. On the bright
side, Knobbs reports that the recruitment tool added to FALCONWAY
could be called an immediate success. As of December 31, we have
5081 dues paying members. Kilroy reports, in accordance with our
By-Laws, 12 Class Reps are in danger of being dropped from the Board. He
says he will personally contact each member.
As of January 31, we have a record high of 5144 dues
Chairman of the Falcons Fun in the Sun Committee,
John Hanejko, '65, informs the Board in February that the date will be
the Saturday after Labor Day same as last year and we will return to the
Sea Isle Yacht Club. Bill Carr, '57 seconds Hanejko's motion and the
Board approves unanimously.
On Saturday, February 15, one of North's nationally
acclaimed and legendary heroes, Father Thomas P. "Knobby" Walsh, OSFS,
Hon. '66, dies of heart failure. At the concelebrated Mass of Christian
burial held at St. Joachim's, our officers serve as readers and pall
The 1997 inductees into the NECHS Hall of Fame are:
Hon James R. Cavanaugh, '49, Judge of the Superior Court of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Service); Joseph F. Flubacher, Ph.D., '31,
former head of the Economics Department at LaSalle
University(Arts/Entertainment/Education); Armond F. Gentile,'52,
President of Beneficial Savings Bank (Business/Labor/Military); Walter
E. Masterson, '38, former major league pitcher for the Washington
Senators, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers (Athletics); and Very Rev.
Richard T. Reece, OSFS, '54, former Provincial of
Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates (Science/Religion).
Reunion Moves to Wildwood
In March, Hanejko tells the Board that Moore's Inlet
in North Wildwood has made us a better offer. Accordingly, he introduces
a motion seconded by Knobbs to rescind last month's motion regarding the
Sea Isle Yacht Club. After a short discussion, the motion is approved
unanimously. He then introduces a motion seconded by Tom Joyce, '69,
that we hold Falcons Fun in the Sun on September 6 at Moore's. It passes
The Communion Breakfast on March 16 at the Cathedral
and Wyndham Franklin Plaza attracts only 513. Philadelphia City
Councilwoman Joan Krajewski accepts our Outstanding Achievement Award
and delivers the main address to the assemblage. John McAdams, '58, is
his usual superb self as the Toastmaster.
In May, President Jim Bollendorf, '73, informs the
Board that he will not be a candidate for a third term. His duties with
the Postal Service in Washington, D.C. have increased and he will be
moving to Virginia shortly. The next day Bollendorf presents Father
Curran with a $50,000 check from the Save Northeast Catholic Fund to
provide funding for a Computer Lab to be dedicated in memory of Joe
The Golf Classic attracts 166 golfers and Chairman
Tom Morgan reports the profit for the Scholarship Fund is over $13,000.
There are only two contested offices at the June
elections President and Historian. Stephen A. Cardullo, '72, defeats
former president Thomas P. Morgan, '64, for the presidency. Peter P.
Gallagher, '37, bests incumbent Michael A. O'Meara for the position of
Historian. The following were elected unopposed: First Vice President -
Anthony J. Colletta, '72; Second Vice President - Joseph F. Kilroy, '65;
Third Vice President - John T. Musial, '63; Fourth Vice President -
Martin G. DePerro, '60; Secretary - Paul D. Quinn, '36; Treasurer -
Leonard F. Knobbs, '53; Assistant Secretary - Kenneth J. Florkowski,
'88; First Assistant Treasurer - John R. Hanejko, '65; and Second
Assistant Treasurer - Lawrence A. Dolan, '37. The Board is informed by
Bollendorf that Father Curran has been transferred to Salesianum.
Current Principal, Father Michael S. Murray, OSFS will become President
of NECHS and Father Nicholas R. Waseline, OSFS, will become Principal.
Dues paying membership reaches a record 5169.
522 people attend our Second Annual Falcons Fun in
the Sun at Moore's. Vice Chairman Bill Parks informs us that the profit
will exceed $8500 which will be divided proportionately among the
Scholarship Fund, Save NEC Fund, and the Oblates.
Forty three people, including former Moderator,
Father Feman Brennan, OSFS, '32, cruise Alaska's Inner Passage aboard
the Horizon. Not only does everyone enjoy a fabulous cruise with many
exciting side trips but the Association makes a substantial profit.
The Trustees of the Scholarship Fund are faced with a
momentous decision. For only the second time in the history of the Fund,
they spent more than they received. At their summer meeting, they debate
whether to reduce future grants or not. Out of the blue, a $35,000
bequest from the estate of James Kelly, '31, arrives. The Trustees vote
to maintain the total value of the grants awarded at $165,000 per year.
However, the complexion of the individual grants will change. The total
number will be reduced from 57 to 45. Instead of four @ $6000, they will
award five. There will 25 $4000 grants instead of 24, and $3000 grants
will be still be five but there will be ten $2000 grants instead of
nine. No longer will any grants be restricted to certain groups, they
will all be open to everyone who applies.
At the September meeting of the Board, President
Steve Cardullo, '72, reappoints Len Knobbs, '53, as Executive Secretary,
and John Hanejko, '65, as his assistant. Paul Quinn, '36 is ill and
unable at this time to assume the duties of the other assistant.
Cardullo appoints John Musial to the post until such time as Quinn is
able to return. The Board concurs unanimously. Tom Morgan, '64, resigns
as Class Rep for '64; he will remain a Trustee. As a result of
Colletta's election as 1st V. P., he automatically becomes Vice
President of the Save Northeast Catholic Fund, Inc. which creates a
vacancy on the Board of Directors. Jack Marczely, '55, Ed White, '55,
and Ray Rysak, '66, are nominated to fill the term which will expire in
February, 2003. Ed White, '55 is elected.
The Activities Committee under Chairman John Musial,
'63, informs the Board that they have tentatively scheduled a casino
trip to Bally's in AC for December 7. Musial's motion is seconded by
John Barnes, '89, and the Board approves 33-5 with 9 not voting. Their
second venture is a planned trip to NYC to attend a performance of
"Titanic". A motion to concur with the committee's recommendation is
made by Musial and Marty DePerro,'60, and the Board approves the motion
46-1.Returns for our Ninth Annual FALCONWAY
Drive are $221,091.23 according to Chairman Knobbs. The Scholarship Fund
received $129,044.44, Save Northeast Catholic Fund received $63,375.05,
and the Oblates - $28,671.74. This is our second highest annual total
and the highest individual annual totals for the Scholarship Fund and
Hall of Fame Inducts Gleason
The 10th Annual NECHS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
is held on February 17. Father Gerard J. Schubert, OSFS, '47, Director
of the Drama Department at Allentown College is the honoree in the field
of Arts/Entertainment/Education. John J. Quinn, '52, who coached
football at Ryan, Roman and North, received the award for Athletics. The
recipient of the Business/Labor/Military award is Major General Joseph
V. McLeman, (USMC, Ret.), '45. General McLeman, a graduate of the Naval
Academy, served in the Marine Corps in both Korea and Vietnam. The
Science/Religion award is presented to Father David I. Hagan, OSFS, '56,
who has worked in Inner City Philadelphia for more than 20 years. Former
president Francis J. Gleason, '53, receives the award in the Service
category for years of work on behalf of the Association and the school.
David R. Boldt, columnist for the Philadelphia
Inquirer, is the recipient of our annual Outstanding Achievement Award.
He addresses the 600 in attendance on the need for the government to
provide financial assistance to parochial schools. A topic well received
by our audience. Don Tollefson, sportscaster for FOX-TV News is the
Toastmaster. John R. Hanejko, '65, who served as President from 1986 to
1989, and has been Assistant Executive Secretary since July 1, 1994 is
named an Outstanding Alumnus. The honor is also conferred upon Father
Robert P. Hanlon, OSFS, '43.
Paul Quinn, '36, and Ed Ganister, '32 are both still
under Doctor's care. Ken Florkowski, '88, has filled in admirably taking
the minutes of our meetings in Paul's absence.
Shortly after the Communion Breakfast, Executive
Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, is contacted by Michael J. McKenna,
'52, President of Crown Cork and Seal Company. Mike has assumed the
leadership of Capital Funding Committee to raise funds for the Oblates.
The purpose is to create an endowment which will help care for aged and
infirm Oblates at Annecy Hall, Childs, Md.
In April, McKenna, Knobbs, President Cardullo, former
president Gleason, and Assistant Executive Secretary Hanejko meet to
discuss what the Association could do to aid in this worthy project. The
Finance Committee meets in early May to discuss the project.
Seventy-seven people from the Classes of '29 through
'37 attend the Old Timers' Reunion at Dugan's.
At the May meeting, the Board is read a letter from
Paul Quinn, '36, announcing his retirement as Secretary of the
Association effective June 30. Paul has served in this capacity without
interruption since June, 1956 and prior to that from June 1949 through
June 1954. A total of forty-seven years. A motion is made by Knobbs
seconded by Colletta to convey the title of Secretary Emeritus upon Paul
Quinn, '36. The Board concurs unanimously.
Board Commits to Donation to Oblates
Finance Chairman Frank Gleason, '53, defers to
Executive Secretary Len Knobbs, '53, to explain to the Board the meeting
with McKenna and the subsequent deliberations of the Finance Committee
on the request. Len details the events of the two meetings. McKenna's
committee, which has a three year 3 million dollar goal asked the
Association to contribute $100,000 over the three years. After much
deliberation given our overall financial condition, the Finance
Committee is prepared to recommend under New Business that we contribute
$75,000 over five years.
After nomination of officers for the coming fiscal
year, Knobbs made a motion seconded by Joe Kilroy, '65, to adopt the
recommendation of the Finance Committee. After a lengthy discussion,
where there were numerous attempts to both lower the amount and extend
the time frame, the motion was approved unanimously. The Board also
agrees to contribute $500 to LaSalle University as a part of a memorial
to Joe Verdeur, '44.
The Golf Classic on June 8 draws 164 golfers. A
number of others attend the dinner and awards ceremony in the evening.
Chairman John Barnes, '89, reports that for the first time we surpassed
the $21,000 mark in profit for the Scholarship Fund.
Election Chairman Tom Joyce, '69, notifies the Board
by letter that all positions are unopposed and the following are
elected: President Steve Cardullo, '72, for a second consecutive term;
1st V. P. - Tony Colletta, '72; 2nd V. P. - Joe Kilroy, '65; 3rd V. P.
Marty DePerro, '60; 4th V. P. - Ed White, '55; Secretary - John Musial,
'63; Treasurer - Len Knobbs, '53; Ass't. Sec'y. - Ken Florkowski, '88;
1st Ass't. Treas. - John Hanejko, '65; 2nd Ass't. Treas. - Larry Dolan,
'37; and Historian - Pete Gallagher, '37. Father Simons informs the
Board that the school will have a new President next year, Father Mark
Len Knobbs, '53, is reelected Treasurer of the
Dues paying membership drops to 5093.
August, 1998 is a bad month for the Association. We
lose two dedicated members and former leaders of the Association. Father
Feman J. Brennan, OSFS, '32, who served as Moderator (Chaplain) of the
Association from 1948 to 1960 dies on August 1. Father also served as
Moderator of the Senior Class at NECHS during the same period. Then on
August 15, former president J. William Arnoldy, '38, passes away. Bill,
a member of the Board since 1964, served as President from 1970 to 1973,
and as First Vice President from 1969 to 1970. He was a Trustee of the
Association and the Scholarship Fund from 1970 until his death.
President Cardullo appoints Len Knobbs, '53, as
Executive Secretary and John Hanejko, '65, as Assistant at the September
meeting. Musial is unable to continue as an Assistant. Cardullo tells
the Board the post of the second assistant will remain vacant at this
time until such time as he, Knobbs, and Hanejko evaluate the needs of
the office staff. The Board concurs unanimously with the appointments
and the recommendation.
Falcons Fun in the Sun Chairman Hanejko reports that
with the affair only two days away, sales are dismal - over 120 below
last year. He hopes for a last minute surge in sales.
Turkey Bowl Beef & Beer Approved
Bob Woltjen, '83, introduces a motion seconded by
Knobbs to run a beef & beer at Finigan's Wake at 3rd & Spring Garden
Streets on Sunday November 22. Price would be $20. It will be known as
the Turkey Bowl Beef & Beer. The motion passes unanimously.
Attendance at Falcons Fun in the Sun is poor to say
the least. Chairman Hanejko announces that a profit of about $8,000 will
be shared by our charities - the Oblates, Save NEC, and the Scholarship
North's new President, Father Mark Wrightson, OSFS,
attends the October meeting and fills us in on the state of the school.
Presently, enrollment stands at 874, a drop of 50 from last year. The
Archdiocese would like the number to be 1080.
Executive Secretary-Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53,
informs the Board of the death of Thomas F. Hills,'38. Tom served as
Class Rep for '38 since April, 1980. His second announcement further
stuns the Board, FR.ED will undergo cataract surgery and after
the surgery will recuperate at the Oblate facility in Childs, MD. Len
reports Father is not too enthused about going to Childs.
writes to the Board in November stating
"he hopes to be with us on December 10 for the Dinner Meeting. He asks
that we give him a call or stop to see him in Maryland". Hanejko advises
the actual profit from Falcons Fun in the Sun is $7818.18 down almost
$1000 from last year.
Chairman Len Knobbs, '53,
reports that the Tenth Drive is a success. Up over $32,000 from last
year, we achieve our second highest total - $253,194.73. The Scholarship
Fund ($153,610.75), and Save Northeast Catholic Fund ($71,055.78) are
the beneficiaries of substantial increases while the Oblates total
($28,525.20) is down ever so slightly.
Activities Committee Vice Chairman John Musial, '63,
reports that the committee is recommending a trip to NYC on April 24 to
see "Ragtime". After the show, we will have dinner at La Maganette.
Price including the bus will be $141 per person. Motion by Musial and
Knobbs to accept the committee's recommendation. The motion passes
The inaugural Turkey Bowl Beef & Beer attracts 148
people. Chairman Bob Woltjen, '83, reports a profit of $1500 for the
Save Northeast Catholic Fund's Board of Directors
awards a $10,000 grant to the NECHS Athletic Department. It is to be
split evenly among organized teams and club sports.
The Trustees of the Scholarship increase the value of
the annual grants awarded to NECHS students by $10,000 to $175,000. The
grants given to incoming Freshmen next September will be as follows; 5 @
$6000; 25 @ $4000; and 15 @ $3000.
The Board Dinner Meeting originally set for Rose
Brier Inn is subject to a last minute transfer to Brook Side Manor,
Feasterville, due to contractual problems. Chairman Joe Kilroy, '65, and
his committee receive a hearty round of applause from all in attendance
for a great evening. He, in turn, congratulates the management and staff
of the facility for their great work and kindness in accommodating us on
such short notice. To the delight of the Board and our ladies Father
Simons is present. Father, in his own inimitable way, tells us
"according to the medication I take, I am suffering from diabetes,
arthritis, Parkinson's, circulation problems, and heart trouble - other
than that, I feel great. He then shared a few of his famous
In January, President Cardullo appoints Ed White,
'55, to the existing vacancy as an Assistant Executive Secretary. The
Board agrees unanimously. Communion Breakfast Sales Chairman John
Hanejko,'65, informs the Board that an increase in the price of the
ticket will be necessary due to an increase in cost from the Wyndham
Franklin Plaza. He moves that the ticket price be set at $17 for advance
sales and $20 for sales at the door. It is seconded by Knobbs and the
motion passes unanimously.
A busy meeting! Activities Chairman Marty DePerro,
'60, on behalf of the committee recommends a jaunt to Camden Yards to
see the Orioles play the Texas Rangers on May 22. Knobbs seconds the
motion and the Board concurs unanimously. The same two propose a motion
to sponsor a trip to Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas at a cost of
$450 per person. It passes unanimously.
On June 7, Father Wrightson writes to Steve Cardullo,
in his capacity as President of the Save Northeast Catholic Fund,
enclosing a proposal to upgrade the Computer Lab at North. The plan
would be to link all of the school's computers through servers and link
them to the Internet through a high speed connection. The cost -
$87,879. A motion is made by Len Knobbs, '53, and seconded by John
Hanejko, '65 to award the grant to the school over a two year period,
$45,000 in September and the balance the following September. After a
general discussion, the motion is approved unanimously by SNEC's Board
Attendance at Falcons Fun in the Sun drops to 452,
according to Chairman John Hanejko, '65. Profit fell also to $6548.36,
almost $1300 less than last year. It will be split proportionately by
our three charities.
achieves our second
highest total ever $265,979.92. The Scholarship Fund was the beneficiary
of $162,286.24; the Oblates were the recipients of $$31,988.83 and Save
Northeast Catholic Fund received $71,055.78.
At the November meeting, Activities Chairman John
Musial, '63, recommends on behalf of the committee that the Association
sponsor a cruise aboard the Royal Carribean Line from San Diego to Fort
Lauderdale through the Panama Canal. The Vision would stop at
Cabo San Lucas, and Acapulco, Mexico; Caldera, Costa Rica; Cartegena,
Colombia; and Aruba. Knobbs seconded the motion and the Board approved
At our Dinner meeting in December, Breakfast Sales
Chairman John Hanejko, '65, recommends that the price of a ticket be
increased to $20 for advance purchases and $25 at the door. The major
factor for the increase is the Wyndham Franklin Plaza has increased the
price to us and ancillary expenses - letters to the membership, guests,
printing tickets, etc. - have also increased. Chairman John Musial and
the Activities Committee propose a trip to NYC to see "Les Miserables"
on April 29, 2000. The trip will include dinner and bus refreshments.
Price to be established by the committee. Motion by Musial and Knobbs to
approve and the Board concurs unanimously.
Father Simons Dies
On New Year's Day, we are shocked by the news that
our beloved Chaplain, Father Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34, died
yesterday. FR.ED served as Moderator/Chaplain from September,
1976 until his death - longer than any priest in our history.
This award, created by
the Board of Governors and first presented in 1960, was renamed to honor
Father Tye in 1976.
Alumni Moderator June, 1960 - April, 1973
Captain (Chaplain) John B.
Tye, USA, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in
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).
below have received this award in recognition of their exemplary
dedication and service to the ideals and purpose of the Alumni
In our eighty-four years, almost one thousand men have served
on our Board of Governors. Some have served as little as one month
while others have performed dedicated service for many years. We
would like to recognize the thirty-one Class Representatives who served
for twenty five years or longer.
Patrick J. Boyle, '49 - November, 1954 - Present
Francis J. Devinney, '42
- November, 1950 to November, 1951; January, 1954 to September, 2011.
Leonard F. Knobbs, '53 - November, 1956 - Present
Richard C. McGrath, '39 - July, 1943 to November, 1951;
November, 1952 to November, 1957;
November, 1958 to November, 1977; March, 1978 to February, 1998.
Deceased March 24, 2003.
Paul D. Quinn, '36 - November, 1948 to September, 2000.
Deceased October 20, 2002. John F. Handley, '58 - March, 1967 - Present
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 - September, 2013. Joseph E. McKeown, '33 - November, 1950 to January,
1951; November, 1953 to September, 1996. Deceased September 29,
Stephen A. Cardullo, '72 - September, 1972
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.
Edmund A. Markowski, Jr., '56 - September, 1977 to
September, 1992; September, 1994 to September, 2009.
Robert E. Kennedy, '54 - September, 1984 to February, 1994; May,
1994 - Present
William M. FitzPatrick, '59 - September, 1986 - Present
Louis J. Peters, '31 - December, 1964 to September,
1992. Deceased December 31, 1993. Joseph T. Mulawka, '51 - September, 1987 - April, 2014.
Deceased May 12, 2014. William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34 - January, 1965 to
November, 1990. Deceased November 26, 1990.
Kenneth J. Florkowski, '88 - November, 1988 - Present
Not for fame or reward, not lured by ambition or
goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood
it, these suffered all, sacrificed all, dared and died.
(Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery)
These men, our brothers,
gave their lives in defense of their country in World War II, Korea,
Viet Nam, and Afghanistan. Please remember them in your prayers.
WORLD WAR II
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
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
Herman P. Winterer
William J. Casey
Thomas F. Kelly
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
Edward J. Coleman
James V. Derbyshire
John D. Duffy
Thomas F. Fenerty
Edmund J. Gaffney
Joseph M. Garlick
Gerald F. Gowen
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
Charles D. Gibson
Daniel J. Grant
Henry L. Grathwohl
Thomas E. Jardel
Edward F. Kent
Charles T. Lewis
William F. Lynch
Leo E. Markey
John J. McNulty
John J. McVeigh
Edward J. Phillips
William T. Urban
John J. White
WORLD WAR II
William H. Becker
John J. Delaney
John B. Gilkey
Raymond E. Gruber
Philip T. Lehman
Eugene P. Magee
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
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
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
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
Congresswoman Kathryn M.
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,
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, TV & Film Documentarian
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.