The Fourth Decade (1960 -
This is an excerpt from our 75th
Anniversary history published in 2004.
Again, we go big
time...the Tommy Dorsey orchestra with Warren Covington is featured at
the Annual Winter Dance on January 29, 1960, at the Broadwood Hotel.
Five hundred couples attend. Seemingly, we had a success...social,
maybe?...for the seventh consecutive time, a dance sponsored by the
Association goes down the drain financially. Our losses have ranged from
$100 to $1,000. Faced with these figures, the Board comes to terms with
reality and cancels the St. Patrick's Day Dance.
For the second year in a row, attendance at the Malvern Retreat
exceeds three hundred. At least, in this area, we seem to be doing
Another first for John Conmy, '29...our first president is named
Provincial of the Oblates of St. Francis deSales' American Province—the
first alumnus to be so honored.
May 18th...with seventy-seven teeing off, attendance almost doubles
at our Second Golf Tourney. Chairman Jack Thiers, '34, reports
forty-five are in attendance at the Awards Banquet following.
Torresdale-Frankford Country Club is again in site.
"Attendance at our Annual Memorial Day Service is a disgrace,"
reports Chairman Len Knobbs, '53. "With only twenty-two present, of whom
six were board members, there has to be a better way of honoring our war
dead, "he further stated. He suggests in the future, a Mass be
celebrated and letters of invitation be mailed to the families of our
With Jim Fitzgerald, '42, unable to run, the race for the presidency
is wide open. Charles Malone, '30, wins by a majority vote over Jim Cox,
'36, and Ed Mooney, '32. "Fitz" trounces three candidates in his bid for
the first vice-presidency. Cox is again elected 2nd V.P. Paul Quinn,
'36, as secretary, and Joe Campbell, '46, assistant treasurer, are
reelected unanimously. In a hard fought race, McKeown barely retains his
treasurer's post with a narrow two-vote victory over Knobbs. Pat Boyle,
'49, handily defeats three other candidates to remain assistant
Our First Annual Picnic is a success. More than three hundred alumni,
their relatives and friends, crowd Olympia Lakes' private grove on June
19th. A great time is had by all...kudos to Chairman Jim Cox and his
committee. We're certain this is an affair that will be continued for
many years to come.
Father John B. Tye, '29, succeeds Father Fernan Brennan, '32, and
thus begins a reign, as alumni moderator, that is to be among the
longest in the alumni history. The Board honors Father Brennan, prior to
his departure for Toledo, with a Testimonial Dinner at the Four Chefs.
An Outstanding Alumnus
A momentous occasion...another first in our history!
Father Fernan J. Brennan, OSFS, '32, is awarded the first Outstanding
Alumnus Award on the occasion of our Annual Communion Breakfast on
Father is awarded this honor in recognition of his twelve
years of devoted and outstanding service as moderator. He is treated to
a standing ovation by the four hundred and fifty-four in attendance.
The Most Rev. Cletus J. Benjamin, auxiliary bishop of
Philadelphia, presides and is awarded honorary membership as is the
principal speaker, Francis R. Smith, noted Catholic layman and Insurance
Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Class of 1935, on the occasion of their 25th
Anniversary, is awarded the honor seats at Mass. Our new moderator
celebrates Mass and delivers his first of many inspiring talks.
Councilman Jack McDevitt, '42, is the toastmaster.
At the General Membership Meeting, preceding Mass,
two major changes in the By-Laws are adopted. The first of these
incorporates the Trustees (past presidents) into the Board of Governors.
This allows them a vote in all matters, save the election of officers.
Secondly, the eligibility requirements for the office of president are
changed. He must now have been a member of the Board of Governors for
three years, one immediately prior to his election.
The Christmas Party is its usual social success.
However, attendance is down to three hundred eighty-five children.
Chairman Jim "Santa" Sholly asks that the Falconer better publicize the
affair in the future.
As 1960 draws to a close, we would be remiss if we
failed to mention some of the more involved Board members of the past
decade, who were not included in our narrative - Larry Dolan, '37, Marty
Burns, '31, Bernie McGuire, '50, Jack O'Hara, '52, Joe Mackin, '40, John
King, '35, Phil McManus, '43, Mike Donofrio, '47, and Jim Bengough, '52.
Dance a Success
Our losing streak is broken! The Winter Dance, at the
Irish Center, on January 28th, a Saturday evening, for a change, draws
three hundred twenty-six couples. In addition to being a social success,
we make over $500.00. An innovation at the dance is the serving of a
breakfast of ham and eggs at the conclusion of the evening. The cost of
the evening's entertainment is four bucks a couple, breakfast goes for
$1.25 per person extra. The music of the Paul Judge orchestra is well
Rumor has it, a certain well-known member of the
Class of '33 was observed going from table to table pouring the remnants
of bottles (liquor?) into his own jug. It is further rumored that this
maneuver almost brought Secretary Paul Quinn, '36, to the verge of
The winning streak continues...again we go over the
three hundred (311) mark at St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills. Bernie Bygott,
'34, is on cloud nine - this makes four years in a row we surpass the
The Association suffers the first loss of a
Past-President - John W. Brecht, '30, on March 22, 1961.
Sixteen parishes enter grade school teams in our
initial parochial schools' basketball tourney. St. Joan of Arc's quintet
romps to the championship behind the high scoring of MVP Glen Fricke.
Tourney Director Ron
Angstadt, '59, is pleased by the attendance at the
games and feels that the tourney participants will be the backbone of
future North teams.
Attendance is up at our 3rd Annual Golf Outing.
Eighty-one vie for prizes and Chairman Fitzgerald reports sixty-five
attend the Awards Dinner at Torresdale-Frankford Country Club.
"Operation Abolition," an anti-Communist film, is
shown, under alumni sponsorship, in the school auditorium on the evening
of May 29th. Over three hundred attend. The film is viewed earlier in
the day by members of the Junior and Senior classes at North.
Our initial Memorial Day Mass shows a marked increase
in attendance. It is up over 100% from last year due to the change in
format. Father Tye celebrates Mass and delivers a short talk at the
Shrine. President Malone, '30, lays a wreath at the foot of the Shrine.
Malone decides not to seek reelection as president.
This leaves the field wide open. Three men - Ed Mooney, '32; former
prexy Jim Fitzgerald, '42, and Jim Cox, '36 - actively seek the post.
Cox is the winner by a slim margin, marking the first time in our
history that the successful candidate is the minority choice of the
electorate. Mooney is named first vice-president in a landslide win over
four other candidates. Rocco lacone, '55, succeeds to the second
vice-presidential post left vacant by Cox's election to the presidency.
Knobbs, '53, and McKeown, '33, go at it head to head again for the
treasurership. McKeown is victorious - by a wider margin this time.
Knobbs is named assistant Treasurer.
Quinn, '36, and Boyle, '49, retain their positions as
Secretary and Assistant Secretary. This election is unique in that all
of the victors, with the exception of Paul Quinn, win with a minority
vote of the electorate, due to the number of candidates aspiring to each
Camp Row-A-Long, the private grove at Olympia Lakes,
provides the scene for the almost three hundred picnickers at our annual
affair. Chairman Cox and his crew provide an excess of fun and games for
small-fry. Highlight of the day is the adult egg toss which is to
become a standard at future picnics. We don't know the names of the
winning couple...but there are a lot of messy losers on hand. The alumni
oldsters-youngsters compete in their first annual softball game. The
oldsters win...and it will be a long time before they repeat this
On August 16, 1961, the first American Oblate is
named superior general of the order. He is no other than Father William
Buckley, an honorary member of the Class of 1958.
Achievement Award Established
Kathryn Granahan, Congresswoman from Philadelphia,
delivers the major address at our Annual Communion Breakfast on November
26. Mrs. Granahan is awarded our first Outstanding Achievement Award for
her work in combating pornography in the mails. Bernie Bygott, '34, is
named our second Outstanding Alumnus for his many years of devoted work
as C.A. Captain of the Malvern Retreat.
Mass preceding the Breakfast, is celebrated by Father
John Harvey, OSFS, '36, a professor at Catholic University.
Toastmaster chores are ably handled by Bob Vetrone,
Bulletin sports writer. Police Inspector Joseph Max, another member of
the honor Class of 1936, updates the audience on current police
procedures. Attendance slips to four hundred and five. Father Edward F.
Conlin, North principal, is awarded Honorary Membership.
They have a ball, all five hundred of them, as do the
three hundred parents who go along for the ride. Santa (known to alumni
by his alias, Jim Sholly) is present on December 17th to provide the
really big moments. The party is three hours of continuous fun for the
children, their parents, and the committee members(???) who work hard to
make it a success.
Inspired by the success of last year's winter dance
at the Irish Center, the Board schedules the '62 dance for the same
spot. Not wanting to tempt fate, they sign the same band, Paul Judge,
and provide breakfast after the dance. It is an exact replica of last
year...with one exception - attendance. It drops to two hundred and
fifty couples...we make a small profit. Still, the Board is concerned
and talks strongly of dropping dances completely unless attendance picks
Ed Guinan, '37, and his Catholic Action committee
arrange for the showing of the movie "Red China, Outlaw. "The movie,
which graphically depicts the horrors perpetrated by the Red Chinese on
American soldiers during the Korean War is viewed by more than five
hundred in the school auditorium. Father Francis Daubert, a member of
the Class of 1929 and a Maryknoll Missionary, who served for many years
in China, addresses the group on the Red Chinese menace.
On the weekend of February 16th, two hundred
seventy-seven men journey to St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills to spiritually
renew themselves during a quiet week-end with God.
Rocco lacone's Alumni Basketball League is in full
swing. The league, which was reactivated a few years ago, currently has
eight earns playing. The eventual champion is St. Michael's in an upset
win over DeSales.
After three week-ends of exciting play, our second
Parochial Schools' Basketball Tourney comes to a close. A scrappy Holy
Innocents team ends St. Joan of Arc's hopes of repeating as champions.
The Most Valuable Player is Dick Kearney of St. Anne's.
Much of the Board's time during the past year has
been devoted to debating the issue of whether or not to purchase a home
for the Association. At one meeting, President Cox and some of the Home
Committee members engage in a lengthy debate over their report. It is
apparent, however, that the report represents the thinking of only a
certain segment of the committee. The Board accepts the report and
authorizes the president to take the necessary steps to acquire our own
home. Cox dissolves the committee, thanks them for their work, and
states he will appoint a committee to follow through on their
In his bid for a second term, Cox ekes out a 25 to 22
win over Frank Devinney, '42. Jack Thiers, '34, defeats incumbent Ed
Mooney, '32, and three other candidates to win the first
vice-presidency. 2nd V.P. lacone retains his office in a narrow victory
over Bob Everling, '50, and three other aspirants. Paul Quinn, '36, is
reelected to his seventh consecutive term as Secretary and Pat Boyle,
'49, is named to his fifth consecutive term as Assistant Secretary. For
the second time in three years, Joe McKeown, '33, is reelected to the
Treasurer's post by two votes or less...this time it's a one-vote
victory over classmate Frank Salerno. Salerno, in turn, is elected
Assistant Treasurer, defeating incumbent Len Knobbs, '53.
June 17th...Our annual picnic draws a hundred and
seventy-five people to the private grove at Olympia Lakes. Chairman
Salerno, and his committee, have their hands full with the small-fry
during the games. There are foot races, bag races, softball, and the
usual egg toss contest. Lolly pops, peanuts and bubble gum are awarded
to all participants with "cash prizes" to the winners.
The Class of 1937 is the honor Class at the November
18th Breakfast. Despite the all-out efforts of Co-Chairmen Joe Blinebury
and Ed Guinan, both '37, who manage to bring fifty-eight of their
classmates to the affair, attendance sinks to two hundred eighty-three.
Those who stayed away missed an interesting program. Mass is celebrated
by Father John Dennis, OSFS, '37, and one of the most inspiring sermons
in memory is delivered by Canon J. Francis Tucker, Hon. '58.
After Mass, we are treated to an address by Col.
William Kintner, Director of the U. of P. Foreign Relations Institute.
Another member of the Class of 1937, former all-American and current
Villanova A.D., Frank Reagan serves as Toastmaster.
At the December Board meeting, the major topic of
conversation is the declining attendance at recent Communion Breakfasts.
President Cox, in an effort to correct the situation, appoints a
committee, headed by Ed Guinan, to fully investigate the situation. The
committee is further charged with responsibility to suggest changes in
the program that will increase attendance.
Santa Claus, laden with his bag, full of toys,
arrives at North on Sunday afternoon, December 16. On hand to greet him
are over five hundred children of alumni members and many parents. He
assembles the children in the auditorium for a cartoon show.
After which, "Santa" Sholly and his committee feed
the little ones their fill of ice cream and pretzels in the cafeteria.
Sorry to say, quite a few of the toys distributed by Sholly's helpers
are broken before the kiddies leave North. Oh, well...they'll be back
For the third year in a row, the Winter Dance is held
at the Irish Center. This time, on February 9, with the musical portion
of the program being handled by the Eddie Bingham Band. As in the past,
breakfast of ham, eggs and coffee is provided, for those so desiring,
after the dance. Attendance climbs to four hundred and eighty-five
couples. Chairman Devinney and his committee are to be congratulated.
Malvern plays host to two hundred and eighty-five
retreatants on the week-end of February 15th. This is our silver
anniversary retreat at St. Joseph's-in-the Hills.
Breakfast Date Changed
The report on Communion Breakfast attendance is
delivered at the March meeting of the Board. The committee unanimously
recommends that the date of the Breakfast be returned to January
preferably the closest Sunday to the feast of St. Francis deSales. The
method of honoring the Class celebrating its 25th Anniversary should be
retained. Greater care should go into the selection of the principal
speaker and toastmaster. The report is adopted by the Board.
When the Alumni Basketball League opens its season,
there are nine teams...at the finish, we are down to four. The
championship goes to the Class of '62 team.
Last season, Franny Dougherty, '59, began his
coaching career at Holy Innocents. For the second consecutive year, they
cop the Parochial Schools' Tourney title. Under his guidance, Holy
Innocents' has won sixty-eight of eighty-one games in those two seasons.
Their high scorer, Tom McNamee, is awarded the trophy as the tourney's
most valuable player. Incidentally, Dougherty will go on to coach
North's JV team for many years, spend one year as head coach and is
currently the Athletic Director.
The Oblates have established a Retreat House at
Wernersville, Pa., under the direction of Father John Harvey, '36.
Father Tucker serves as Retreat Master. Retreat Captain Jim Cox leads
thirty-six men to the retreat on the week-end of May 3rd. The Salesian
spirit permeates this first "Oblate" retreat and Father Tucker is able
to go one-on-one with most of the men.
Construction of the new wing has begun at North
Catholic. This will prevent our Falcon footballers from using the
practice fields. Accordingly, upon a request from Father Corcoran, OSFS,
'32, school principal, the Board approves the expenditure of $1,100 to
partially underwrite the cost of the team's stay at a football camp near
Eighty golfers teed off (wait a minute—what's that
supposed to mean?)...Sandy Run is the site. Our first venture away from
the familiar confines of Toressdale-Frankford. The awards buffet is
attended by sixty eaters...at least the golfers outnumber the eaters.
The Shrine of Our Lady at Fatima is refurbished in
anticipation of a large turnout at this year's services. We guess right.
With the addition of Mass to our usual services and by sending letters
to the families of the deceased, attendance soars to a hundred and
sixty-five, the largest ever. Lt. Colonel John B. Tye, OSFS, '29, our
Moderator celebrates Mass and delivers a short sermon at the Shrine
prior to the laying of the wreath by President Jim Cox, '36. Chairman
Knobbs, '53, suggests to the Board, at their June meeting, that we
provide some light refreshments, in the nature of coffee and doughnuts,
for our guests after the services. This will be implemented next year.
Pat Boyle, '49, wins an upset victory over Jim Cox,
who is bidding for a third consecutive term as President. Jack Thiers,
'34, wins a second term as 1st Vice-President. A second upset takes
place when Ron Angstadt, '59, defeats incumbent Rocco lacone, '55, and
two other candidates, for the second vice-presidency. The other
incumbent officers, McKeown (Treasurer), Quinn (Secretary) and Salerno
(Assistant Treasurer) easily defeat their opponents to win reelection.
Joe Madden, '43, is elected Assistant Secretary to replace Boyle.
Our Fourth Annual Picnic at Olympia Lakes attracts
three hundred and eighty-three customers. The usual games and races are
held to the delight of all. The day is hot and sunny...so much so, that
swimming is the main attraction even though June 23rd is early in the
Long-time Board member Jim Sholly, '32, passes away
on June 30. The Board is deeply saddened by the loss of this jovial and
well liked Irishman...for many years he has been our Santa Claus. He
will be sorely missed.
A Fall retreat at Wernersville meets with little
success...only twenty-six attend.
It seems we can never leave well enough alone. Our
Winter Dances over the past few years have been social and financial
successes. However, we decide, with the change of the Breakfast from
November to January, to move the dances to the Fall.
On the night of November 2nd, we gather at the Irish
Center to dance to the music of Paul Judge and his orchestra...only one
hundred and twenty couples show up. There's plenty of room for dancing
and the evening drags on...and on.
On December 15, six hundred alumni children and their
parents are welcomed to our annual Christmas Party by President Pat
Boyle, '49. For the first time in almost a decade, someone other than
Jim Sholly will portray Santa. Ed McNamee, '41, is selected and he
easily wins the hearts of the small-fry with his winning smile and
gracious charm. In addition to a new Mr. Claus, we have a new Chairman,
Phil McManus, '43. Although a bachelor, Phil demonstrates that he is
capable of fulfilling the children's wishes. He and his committee do a
As a result of many debates over the past few years
regarding the By-Laws and their interpretation, the Board mandates a
committee look into the possible revision of our governing statutes.
President Boyle appoints Len Knobbs, '53, to head this committee.
Among the major changes recommended by the committee,
which are subsequently adopted by the Board and ratified at the General
Membership Meeting on January 26, are: Board members must be dues'
paying members of the Association and maintain this status during the
tenure of their office; all interpretations of the Constitution and
By-Laws will be referred to the Board of Trustees (past-presidents) for
a decision. Also, for the first time, in 1964 and biannually thereafter,
the books of the Association will be audited by an independent outside
auditor; the Executive Secretary and assistant(s), if necessary, will
have specified duties and be appointed on an annual basis by the
President, subject to confirmation by the Board.
Another major change is one requiring the two
vice-presidents to be members of the Board for at least two years, one
immediately prior to their election.
The Mass, following the general meeting, is
celebrated by Father George Konstanzer, OSFS, '38, a member of the honor
class. Bishop Edward Schlotterback, '30, presides and preaches the
Breakfast is served in the cafeteria, which is now
located in the new wing. After an absence of many years, "Mickey"
Shaughnessy, Hon. '49, returns to act as Toastmaster. He completely
captivates his audience with as fine a display of Irish wit as we have
National League umpire, Tom Gorman proves that it is
not necessary to be solemn to be a good arbitrator. He competes rather
equally with Shaughnessy for his share of the laughter . . . what can
you expect when Irishmen get together.
The morning's principal address to the four hundred
and ninety-one in the audience is delivered by Harold G. Reuschlein,
Dean of Villanova Law School.
Poor weather strikes on the week-end of February 14,
1964... the date of our annual retreat to Malvern is to begin.
Attendance suffers — we fall to two hundred and sixty-nine men.
St. Anne's runs roughshod over five opponents in our
grade schools' basketball tourney to win the '64 championship. M. Hart
of St. Anne's is named MVP.
The annual golf outing returns to
Torresdale-Frankford Country Club. Alumni duffers (76 of them) have a
fine day...all but the scores. The awards' dinner is our most attended
to date with seventy-one remaining to watch Chairman Thiers award the
prizes, Rueter, '35, and Glennon, '34, have a great day!
LeRoy Bostic and his combo provide the music for our
Spring Dance on June 5th at Melrose Country Club. The sixty-seven
couples present enjoy themselves tremendously. The Association suffers
another financial setback.
Pat Boyle, '49, is unopposed for reelection to the
presidency, Len Knobbs, '53, defeats Ed Mooney, '32, by a two-to-one
margin to win the first vice-presidential post. Phil McManus, '43, and
Paul Quinn are unopposed for 2nd V.P. and Secretary, respectively.
Former Second Vice-President Ron Angstadt, '59, is defeated by Joe
McKeown, '33, in a bid for the latter's post as Treasurer. Joe Madden,
'43, retains his assistant secretaryship; and Past-President Jim
Fitzgerald, '42, defeats four others to win the position of assistant
The activities committee, headed by Len Knobbs,
proposes that a "200" Club be formed to raise funds for the Association.
The Board approves . . . and for the next ten years, this activity will
be a major source of income - raising over $1,000 annually.
At their November meeting, the Board approves an
expenditure of $5,000 for the new Oblate Seminary to be located on the
campus of Allentown College of St. Francis deSales. The Seminary will be
named in honor of Father Louis Brisson, the founder of the Oblates. The
appropriation is in the form of a pledge and will be paid in equal
installments over the next five years.
The annual Christmas Party for our kids, held on
December 13th, is a smashing success. Ed McNamee plays the role of the
man with the whiskers. Something new this year. A friend of McNamee's
agrees to play the organ and the alumni wives are pressed into service
to lead the singing in the auditorium prior to the arrival of Santa and
His elves, led by Phil McManus, are busy distributing
gifts to the more than four hundred children in attendance. The
afternoon comes to a close with the kids and their parents filling up on
ice cream and other goodies in the cafeteria.
Another fine mess we got ourselves into! The
Breakfast date is changed to January 24th, in hopes of increasing
attendance. Good idea, if ...the weather cooperates. It didn't. On that
morning, we experience one of the worst ice storms in the history of the
City of Brotherly Love. The roads are coated with a glaze of ice two
inches thick. Needless to say, most alumni stay within the warm confines
of their homes. Our attendance is one hundred and seventy - the lowest
since the early thirties.
Father Francis J. Greene, '39, celebrates the Mass
and the sermon is preached by none other than the famous Father Thomas
J. "Knobby" Walsh.
The small audience is treated to the whimsical
stories of the "Irish Myron Cohen," Jimmy Joyce. Ironically, Toastmaster
Joyce manages to arrive all the way from Boston, Mass. Dr. William W.
Tomlinson, vice-president of Temple University, delivers the principal
address. His topic is "Beware of the Dragon" - a view from the rim of
February 19, 1965 . . . and two hundred and seventy
journey to St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills. A slight increase over last year.
At our March 11 Board meeting, Father Tye points out
that the Oblates now have their own college and perhaps something could
be done to aid them. First Vice-President Knobbs, presiding in the
absence of President Boyle, opines that the Association should establish
a scholarship fund to aid needy students to attend this college. The
seed, planted by King years ago in the mind of Knobbs and others, is
beginning to sprout.
A winner for a change...St. Patrick's Day Dance Party
at the Rifle Club on March 19th attracts over four hundred couples. The
jigs and reels are supplied by that fine Hibernian orchestra of George
(0') Gerlach. Frothy beverages and pretzels and chips for chomping are
provided by the committee at no additional cost. Maybe that's what drew
the crowd of Irishmen!
The weekends of March and early April are devoted to
the Annual Parochial Schools' Basketball Tourney competition. St. Anne's
is a repeat winner.
Once again, Melrose Country Club is the site of our
Spring Dance. Likewise, the music is again supplied by LeRoy Bostic and
his Mellow Aires. Unfortunately, only forty-four couples show up to
listen to Mr. Bostic and his combo.
Memorial Day Services are packed. More than two
hundred people attend Mass in the Faculty House Chapel. The committee,
under Len Knobbs, '53, and, with the able assistance of Bro. Art Kerns,
OSFS, '33, hustles about to place extra chairs alongside the pews. All
adjourn to the cafeteria, following services at the Shrine, highlighted
by Father Tye's inspiring talk, for coffee and cake.
The election of officers this year is unique. Not
since 1929, when the initial officers were elected, has any Executive
Board been elected unanimously. Tonight, June 10, 1965, all of the
incumbents are returned to office without opposition.
Another highlight of the meeting is the approval of
Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joe McKeown's proposal that we create an
This decal will indicate active membership in the
Association and will be supplied free to each dues' paying member.
Two hundred people attend the annual picnic at
Olympia Lakes. It is almost guaranteed that we won't have the treat we
had last year, when the annual oldsters-youngsters softball game was
called with the oldtimers winning. The reason - so that the participants
could listen to the Phils Jim Bunning finish his perfect game.
As we promised...no treats in store. The youngsters
whale the tar out of the old guys, 21-6.
Chairman Phil McManus, '43, and his Christmas Party
planners advise us of a telegram received from the North Pole. Santa
(McNamee, '41) Claus warns us to expect at least five hundred to attend;
as his mail indicates at least this many are looking forward to joining
him in the auditorium on December 12th. He's right and they do...but
we're prepared and a great time is enjoyed by all.
U.S. involvement in Viet Nam is escalating. Once
more, our alumni brothers are fighting and dying. Before it's over,
thirty young alumni will give their lives.
In an attempt to increase attendance at the Annual
Communion Breakfast, President Boyle, '49, heeds the advice of his
Breakfast Review Committee and decides to secure speakers whose names
the crowds we are looking for. To accomplish this, he
appoints Frank Gleason, '53, as chairman, with Len Knobbs and Ed Walsh
as members, of the Speakers Committee. Gleason will hold this post, with
few exceptions, for the thirty some years.
The committee goes all out...the principal speaker
will be John G. McCullough, nationally known Bulletin columnist, who has
covered the national political campaigns of '56, '60 and '64. Assigned
as Washington Bureau chief, he was with President Kennedy on that
fateful day in Dallas.
His topic, on January 30th, was to deal with the
average American GI in 'Nam and the hardships he was being forced to
contend with. Joining Mr. McCullough on the dais were Toastmaster Joe
Glennon, '34, and the Eagles' All-Pro end, Pete Retzlaff.
An oversight of many years is corrected when Father
Thomas P. "Knobby" Walsh, OSFS, is awarded honorary membership in the
Association. Father Walsh, in his sermon tries to describe the love he
feels for North Catholic and its men. His emotional acceptance speech,
when presented the Honorary Membership, will long be remembered by those
privileged to hear it.
Father James Keenan, a member of the honor Class of
'40, celebrates the Mass.
We've related most of the important happenings of
this 1966 Communion Breakfast but, as usual . . . we saved the best for
last. SNOW!!!...Eight inches of it. One hundred and eighty-four attend,
many of whom are the small sons of alumni anxious to meet Retzlaff. He
obliges the little guys by posing for pictures with them and signing
Because of the poor weather experienced at the two
previous Breakfasts, Boyle steps down from the chair and introduces a
motion, at the Board's February meeting, to change the date of the
Breakfast to Passion Sunday. The Board approves overwhelmingly.
The bad weather continues into February...and
drastically affects attendance at our Annual Retreat. Only two hundred
and nine arrive at St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills on the weekend of February
More than two hundred couples attend our Annual St.
Patrick's Day Party. Music at the March 18th affair, at the Rifle Club,
is provided by Joe Glennon, Jr. and his Vespers. In keeping with the
policy established last year, free beer, pretzels and chips are provided
to holders of an active membership card...otherwise, tickets go for
Led by Kevin Kane's thirty points, St. Boniface
defeats defending champion St. Anne's, 58-42, to win the Parochial
Schools' Basketball Tourney. Kane is named the Tournament's Most
The Spring Dance draws only thirty-one couples to
Torresdale-Frankford Country Club. Music for the May 27th affair is
provided by Dave Scott. Luckily, we survive financially...because Board
member Bill Rueter, '35, has secured the use of the Club gratis.
One hundred and fifty people are present for Memorial
Day Services in the Faculty House Chapel and at Our Lady's Shrine. Due
to a mix-up in arrangements, refreshments had to be served in the Alumni
Meeting Room, located in the Faculty House basement, rather than in the
Dick Eife, '51, former all-Catholic football player,
becomes the father of quadruplets. The Board appropriates one hundred
dollars, to be presented to Dick, for the future education of the quads.
Pat Boyle, '49, is ineligible to succeed himself as
president. Len Knobbs, '53, and Ed McNamee, '41, are nominated. Knobbs
prevails. Rocco Iacone, '55. and Phil McManus, '43, vie for the first
vice-presidency. Iacone is a narrow victor. McManus handily defeats Bill
Arnoldy, '38, to retain his second vice-presidential post. Incumbents
Paul Quinn, '36, Joe McKeown, '33, and Jim Fitzgerald, '42, are returned
to office unopposed. Frank Gleason, '53, a newcomer to the Executive
Committee, is named assistant secretary. Knobbs, in his inaugural
address, promises to stir up things. He states "we are becoming stagnant
with middle age."
We have our second provincial. The Oblates split the
American Province in two and Father William J. Ward, '32, is named to
head the newly created Toledo-Detroit Province. The eastern province
will be known as the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province and remain under
the direction of Father Conmy.
Something new has been added. We sponsor a Harvest
Dance at the Rifle Club on November 4. The format follows that of our
recent St. Paddy's Dance parties. In between sipping beer and munching
on pretzels and chips, the seventy-five couples dance to the music of
Jim Atkins' Combo.
On Sunday, December 11, more than five hundred
children of active alumni wildly welcome Santa to North's auditorium.
Santa, in the person of Ed McNamee, '41, treats each child to a new toy.
His assistants, under Phil McManus, are busy in the cafeteria handing
out ice cream, pretzels and candy canes to the youngsters.
On the weekend of February 17th two hundred and
fifty-eight retreatants spend forty quiet hours alone with God in the
solitude of St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills.
As part of his promise to rejuvenate the Association,
Knobbs calls for the Board to reinstitute the Alumni Achievement Award.
He states: "The Award should not be restricted to non-alumnus Catholic
laymen or even laymen but should be presented to whomever the Board
reasons has performed an outstanding service in a given field during the
past year. The Award will be invaluable in obtaining speakers of note
for the Communion Breakfast, which in turn will boost attendance."
Regarding the Outstanding Alumnus Award, he advocates
instituting a voting procedure whereby any alumnus receiving the votes
of over fifty percent of the Board will be named to this high honor. The
Board concurs unanimously.
We view the results of this momentous decision
first-hand on March 12th when our second Outstanding Achievement Award
is presented to Donald Barnhouse, noted news analyst for WCAU-TV.
Barnhouse, in his address to the four hundred and eighty-four in
attendance at the Breakfast, touches deeply on ecumenism, a widely
discussed topic of the day, from a Protestant's point of view. At the
conclusion of his remarks, the entire audience rises as one in a
Joining Barnhouse at the head table are two noted
Irish Catholics - Jack Concannon, Eagles' quarterback, and our own
adopted "Mickey" Shaughnessy, Hon. '49, as toastmaster. Although
Concannon was to be the sports' speaker and "Mickey," the jokester, we
have to admit that Concannon gave the noted Irish pundit a run for his
Shaughnessy is further taken aback when he is
presented with the Outstanding Alumnus Award. The usually loquacious
Irishman, in a choked voice, humbly mumbles his deep gratitude as he
accepts the plaque symbolic of his award from President Knobbs.
Prior to the Breakfast, Mass was celebrated in the
auditorium by Father James Durkin, OSFS; and the sermon was preached by
Father James Shields, the principal of Archbishop Wood H.S. for Girls.
Both are members of the honor Class of 1941.
Behind the consistent shooting of Mike O'Connell, an
underdog St. Boniface team defeats Holy Innocents, 33-31, in the last
two seconds of play, to nail down their second consecutive grade
schools' basketball tourney crown. MVP honors go to Joe Eckbold, of St.
Joan of Arc's third-place quintet.
Another innovation of the Knobbs' administration is
the adoption of an official alumni Board of Governors' blazer. The
jackets are black dacron and wool with a "Falcon emblem" embroidered on
the breast pocket. Board members purchase the jackets at their own
expense...they remain in vogue for many years - by those of us whose
figures haven't been altered by the ravages of time.
Memorial Day Services attract one hundred and
fifty-eight participants. The Faculty House Chapel is the scene for the
Memorial Mass celebrated by Father Tye, followed by services at the
Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Coffee and cakes are served to the
families and friends in attendance.
Saddened by the condition of the Shrine; and
concerned about the lack of a plaque commemorating the Korean and
Viet-Nam war dead, Knobbs names a committee, headed by Ed Guinan, '37,
to look into the renovation of the Shrine.
Len Knobbs, '53, is elected to his second term
without opposition. lacone retains his first vice-presidency by
defeating Phil McManus, '43, and Bill Arnoldy, '38. McManus is renamed
second vice-president unopposed. Paul Quinn, '36, is named to his 12th
consecutive term as secretary, unanimously, and Joe McKeown, '33, is
without opposition in his bid to retain the treasurership. Their
assistants, Frank Gleason. '53, and Jim Fitzgerald, '42, are also
without opposition. Immediately after the election, Knobbs appoints Joe
McKeown, '33, editor of the Falconer and announces a revamping of the
More than three hundred alumni, their families and
friends spend Fathers' Day, June 10th, at our annual picnic. All along
Route 130, in New Jersey, signs mark the road to Olympia Lakes. The
usual games and races are held for the youngsters while the softball
game is taken over by the "young at heart."
In September, the first issue of the "new" Falconer
appears. It is larger by 50% than its predecessor and offers a wider
President Knobbs, on behalf of the Association, has
the privilege of presenting honorary membership to His Eminence John
Cardinal Krol at a reception, held at the Philadelphia Civic Center,
honoring His Eminence on the occasion of his elevation to the College of
We have our second bishop - John B. Minder, OSFS,
'41. Bishop Minder, who was raised to the episcopacy by Pope Paul VI on
November 7, will be consecrated at a later date at one of his African
mission installations. He will head the Diocese of Keimoes, in the
Province of Bloemfontein, Union of South Africa. Bishop Minder's diocese
covers an area of almost 60,000 square miles with a Catholic population
A concelebrated Mass of Thanksgiving, commemorating
the 400th anniversary of St. Francis deSales, is
offered by John
Cardinal Krol, Hon. '67, and the two American Oblate provincials
(Fathers Conmy, '29, and Ward, '32) on November 19th at St. Timothy's.
Immediately following the Mass, more than five hundred members of the
Oblate family and their friends attend a banquet at the Four Chefs.
Toastmaster for the affair is Dr. James E. Dougherty, '41, professor of
political science at St. Joseph's College. A delegation, consisting of
the present executive board, past-presidents and their wives, represent
the Association at the affair.
Ed "Santa" NcNamee dispenses almost five hundred
gifts to his juvenile friends in attendance at our Annual Christmas
Party on December 17th. After meeting Santa, the enraptured
kiddies took over the school auditorium to watch movies. The kids and
their parents, well-fed and contented, spend an enjoyable afternoon at North.
This is our 30th retreat at Malvern and attendance
dips below two hundred for the first time in many a year. The week-end
of February 16th draws one hundred and ninety-seven retreatants. The
Malvern Board of Directors is upset and threatens to combine our weekend
with that of another group unless attendance increases dramatically.
The '68 Communion Breakfast Mass is the first
concelebrated Mass in our history. Father Leon Wisniewski, moderator of
the honor Class of 1942, is the principal celebrant, assisted by Fathers
Bernard G. Malone, '42, Francis J. Clemins, '42, and John M. McDevitt,
OSFS, '42. Father McDevitt, a former Philadelphia City Councilman, is
At ceremonies following the Breakfast, our Annual
Achievement Award is presented to the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration for their "outstanding contribution to the advancement of
science." The award is accepted by Dr. Eldon W. Hall, director of
engineering for NASA. Dr. Hall, in turn, surprises the Association by
presenting President Knobbs with a framed series of original photos
taken by manned space craft in orbit over the earth. The more than four
hundred in attendance are given an additional treat when Knobbs points
out that NASA may be able to get people to fly thousands of miles over
the earth but they could use a few lessons in spelling. The inscription
above the photos reads: "Presented March 31, 1968, to the Northeast
Catholic ALUMINI Association." They possibly confused us with
their own GEMINI program.
In addition to Dr. Hall, our head table guests
include Toastmaster Ed Harvey, of WCAU Radio, who delights the audience
with his introduction of Father Tye. He states he could think of "no
more perfect a name for a moderator (who is supposed to resolve
differences) than TYE."
Our annual up-date on the sports scene is provided by
Dr. Jack Ramsey, former coach of the St. Joe Hawks and current general
manager of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Joseph E. McKeown, '33, long time Executive
Secretary-Treasurer of the Association, is given the Outstanding Alumnus
Award in recognition of his devotion to our organization.
A well-balanced quintet from the heart of Richmond
swept to the title in our 8th Annual Parochial Schools' Basketball
Tourney. Led by MVP Franny O'Neill, Nativity upsets St. Bartholomew to
gain the title.
Scholarship Fund Established
A long cherished dream is about to come true. The
seed planted in fertile soil by John King, '35, in January, 1960, is
about to bloom. Throughout the years, particularly at "kitchen cabinet"
meetings held at the home of Jim Fitzgerald, '42, such hardheads as Len
Knobbs, Charlie Malone, Joe Campbell, Pat Boyle and "Fitz" have debated
long and hard over the merits of establishing an Alumni Scholarship
Knobbs vows, in private discussions with these men
and Treasurer Joe McKeown, to convince the Board to institute such a
program before he leaves office.
Someone upstairs must have heard his prayers...from
out of nowhere comes the angel he is looking for - in the person of Jack
Junod, '52. Jack and his wife, Bernice, have just suffered the loss,
through unexplainable "crib death," of their son, Robert. They are
looking for a vehicle to memorialize his name.
Father Ed Corcoran, '32, North principal, brings
these two together on April 2nd. The plans for the Fund are already in
Knobbs' mind. He outlines them to the Junod's they agree to make an
initial donation of $2,000
and to contribute $500.00 annually.
Armed with this commitment, Knobbs calls a special
meeting of the Board for Tuesday evening, April 30th. In the meantime,
he and McKeown, in consultation with Trustee "Chick" Quinn, '36, draft
the resolution to be presented to the Board, calling for the
establishment of the "Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship
Fund." On Good Friday, April 12th, a meeting is held in the Alumni
Office to discuss the plan and the resolution. Present, along with
Knobbs and Junod, are four Board members, Finance Chairman Pat Boyle,
'49, Attorney Joe Murphy, '29, Investment Counselor Jack Thiers, '34,
and Treasurer Joe McKeown, '33. Throughout the afternoon, they discuss
the resolution and its ramifications.
Finally, the final draft is completed. It calls for
the Association to transfer title of $5,000 in Keystone Funds to the
Fund, and an annual donation of $500.00 plus fifty cents from the
proceeds of each chance book sold by the Association. This, coupled with
Junod's initial gift and annual contribution will allow the Fund to make
an annual grant, commencing in June, 1969, of $2,000 to a graduating
senior of North Catholic. The first grant will be named in memory of
Robert Lindsay Junod. Any person(s) contributing $2,000 will be allowed
to name a "grant."
The Fund is to be administered by a Board of Trustees
consisting of all past-presidents of the Association. The incumbent
president is to be chairman of the Board. They are to select a recipient
from among twelve names submitted by the principal of North Catholic.
The grant is restricted to attendance at the Oblates' Allentown College
of St. Francis deSales.
At the April 30th meeting, each section of the
resolution is read by President Knobbs and discussed fully by the
forty-one Board members present. Agreement to adopt the resolution is
unanimous. Knobbs suggests, for the sake of posterity, that the
resolution be introduced jointly by all members of the Board present at
the meeting. The Board concurs and it is so ordered.
The Northeast Catholic Alumni Memorial Scholarship
Fund is officially in existence. Throughout the next five months, the
Trustees are hard at work drafting the Constitution and By-Laws of the
In an attempt to reach the younger members of the
Association, the Spring Dance is dubbed "The Happening." A committee,
headed by Mike Cox, '60, goes all-out to assure a large crowd on May
17th at the Rifle Club.
One hundred and fifty members of the younger set
gyrated to the music of the "Dynamics" from nine 'til one.
Over two hundred people attend the Memorial Day
Services. Mass is celebrated in the Chapel and following Mass there is a
ceremony dedicating the plaque listing the names of the war dead from
the Korean and
Viet-Nam wars. Due to the fact we are still involved in
Viet-Nam, provisions are made so that names can be added to the plaque
and unfortunately, we do add names over the next four years.
City Councilman Joe Zazyczny, '53, who represents the
district surrounding North Catholic in Council, delivers the principal
address. Father Tye blesses the plaque; and President Knobbs, after
laying a wreath at the foot of the Shrine, informs those present that
the base of the Shrine will be reconstructed to house both plaques.
At the June meeting of the Board, the contracts
between the Fund and the Junod's; and the Fund and the Association are
approved by the Board of Governors.
Len Knobbs, '53, is unanimously reelected to a third
term as president. Five men toss their hats into the ring for first
vice-president. By a narrow margin, Frank Gleason, '53, emerges the
victor. Joe McKeown, '33, is unopposed in his bid for a sixteenth
consecutive term as treasurer. Phil McManus, '43, and Paul Quinn, '36,
are returned to office, without opposition, as 2nd V.P. and secretary.
Jim Fitzgerald declines to seek reelection as
assistant treasurer and another past-president, Jim Cox, '36, succeeds.
In a close race for the post of assistant secretary, a relative
newcomer, Tony Cendrowski, '57, defeats four other candidates.
The Board of Trustees of the Fund, at their first
meeting, unanimously elect Charles J. "Chick" Quinn, '36, as Treasurer.
Our annual picnic at Olympia Lakes on June 16th is,
once again, well attended. The old-timers stage a come-back and defeat
the youngsters (2nd time in nine tries) in the softball game.
Death Strikes Twice
On June 26, the entire Board of Governors is saddened
by the sudden death of one of its stalwarts. Sixteen-year veteran of the
Board and a past-president, Jim Fitzgerald, '42, was also the right hand
man of Malvern Retreat C.A. Captain Bernie Bygott, '34. He had been
active, in the past two months, as a Trustee, in the activities of the
Scholarship Fund. Jim will be sorely missed by his many friends.
The Board of Trustees adopts a Constitution and
By-Laws to govern the Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Board of
Governors unanimously ratifies them at their September meeting.
Death strikes again...for the second time in less
than three months, we lose a Board member. This time it is Second
Vice-President Phil McManus, '43 - on September 10th. Phil, a member of
the Board since 1955, was serving his fifth consecutive term as 2nd V.P.
He had long served as chairman of the Kiddies' Christmas Party
committee. Like "Fitz," he was a bachelor.
There are many changes at our Annual Christmas Party.
Tom Cleary, '47, replaces McNamee in the whiskered lead role while Ray
Zegarski, '59, takes over chairmanship of the committee. Attendance
drops to an all-time low of two hundred and fifty-six children.
Former president Joseph T. Murphy, '29, is appointed
to the Municipal Court bench. Judge Murphy is sworn into office on
December 27 by President Judge John P. Walsh, with Common Pleas Court
Judge Vincent J. Carroll presiding. Many of Joe's alumni friends are in
the courtroom to wish him well.
We're back in court again on January 22nd. This time
in front of Judge J. Edward Griffiths, who grants the
Incorporation to the Scholarship Fund. Board Chairman Len Knobbs, '53,
accepts them on behalf of the Fund. On February 13, 1969, the Fund is
granted tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service.
A note of interest. As a result of our application,
on behalf of the Fund, to the IRS ...they turn up the fact that the
Association has not been exempted. We find ourselves filing papers and
estimated accountings of our financial dealings back to 1929. We are
aided immeasurably by Jim Scanlon and Charlie Malone, 1930 classmates,
who are managers in the IRS system. Their ability to cut through the red
tape results in the Association gaining its tax exempt status on January
The 1969 Retreat at St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills is
dedicated to the memory of former Associate Captain James E. Fitzgerald,
'42. Attendance climbs slightly from last year. We have two hundred and
nine present. A burse is raised from among those present and $262.00 is
donated to the Scholarship Fund in his memory.
Five hundred and eight attend our Annual Mas and
Communion Breakfast on March 23, 1969. Mass is concelebrated by Fathers
Raymond Fleck, OSFS, and Raymond Donahue, members of the honor Class of
1943. Father Fleck is homilist.
Principal speaker at the Breakfast is U.S. Senator
Hugh Scott (R-Pa.), minority whip of the Senate. Senator Scott is the
recipient of our annual Outstanding Achievement Award for his
"outstanding service to the citizens of the Commonwealth of
Once again, the toastmaster chores are ably handled
by "Mickey" Shaughnessy, Hon., '49, who flew in from Las Vegas to be
with us. Gary Ballman, Philadelphia Eagles' flanker, gives us an
up-to-date report on the coaching ability (?) of Joe Kuharich...Joe,
Hall of Fame
A highlight of the Breakfast is the unveiling of the
Alumni "Hall of Fame," a trophy case containing plaques
past-presidents, moderators and honorary members. In addition, there are
plaques listing the recipients of our "Outstanding Achievement" and
"Outstanding Alumnus" Awards.
Paul D. Quinn, '36, is honored as the fifth recipient
of the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Quinn is recognized for his long
service as Secretary of the Association.
Tournament Director Rocco Iacone, '55, announces that
the annual basketball tourney for grade school teams is won by St.
Bartholomew's. Led by MVP Barry Brod-zinski, this quintet rolls over its
opposition by wide margins to earn the title.
The Board of Trustees select Bernard R. Lis, '69, as
the first recipient of a grant from the Scholarship Fund. He will attend
Allentown College on the Robert Lindsay Junod Grant and major in
accounting. Incidentally, the Fund has been well received by the general
membership and its total assets have swelled to over $12,000.
Construction is completed on Our Lady's Shrine. A new
base has been installed and both plaques are mounted. Our usual crowd of
about one hundred and fifty attends and, after Mass and the ceremony,
adjourns to the cafeteria for coffee and cake.
With Len Knobbs, '53, ineligible for another term, a
hotly contested race develops between 1st V.P. Frank Gleason, '53, and
Rocco lacone, '55. Gleason fails in his attempt to succeed his classmate
as Rocco wins by a slim three-vote margin (34-31).
Six candidates actively seek the number two spot in
the organization. The first ballot ends in a deadlock between incumbent
Gleason and Bill Arnoldy, '38. Arnoldy wins on the second ballot. Tony
Cendrowski, '57, wins the second vice-presidency by two votes over his
closest competitor in a four-man race. The posts of Secretary and
Treasurer are won by Quinn and McKeown without opposition.
Jim Grisan, '61, wins the position of Assistant
Secretary in a romp over Ed Jas-kowiak, '66. Likewise, Ray Zegarski,
'59, is an easy win over Mike Cox, '60, who attempts to succeed his dad,
Jim, '36, as assistant treasurer.
Because of the increased work-load in the Alumni
Office, the Board authorizes the appointment of an assistant executive
secretary to aid Joe McKeown, '33. Outgoing President Len Knobbs, '53,
is named to the post by President lacone.
In one of the largest turnouts to date, over five
hundred alumni and their friends fill the private grove at Olympia Lakes
to over-flowing. The usual games are provided for the small-fry.
Chairman Cendrowski reports we ran out of taffys and bubblegum for the
participants. Plenty of peanuts, though. The day is brought to an abrupt
close when a sudden down-pour almost washes us out of the park.
Earlier in the year, at the suggestion of then
President Len Knobbs, we had joined with Msgr. McFadden, of Corpus
Christi Parish, in promoting a drawing. The grand prize was a seashore
home or $25,000 in cash. The winner, Robert P. Sharp, '46, opts for the
cash. As a result of this drawing, in combination with our usual Cahill
effort, we wind up with the largest number of dues' paying members in
our history to date - Four Thousand, Five Hundred and Twenty-Seven.
There are many men who contributed to the growth of
the Association in the past decade. Among the more active Board members,
not previously mentioned, are Ed Guinan, '37, John Boyle, '39, Wendell
Young, '56, Dick Wielgoszinski, '60, Fran Dougherty, '59, Bob Everling,
'50, Tom Crilley, '61, Ed Brett, '29, Lou Peters, '31, Gerry Doughty,
'54, and Tom Cleary, '47.
Looking into the future, President Iacone appoints a
committee consisting of the Trustees (past-presidents), headed by
Charles Malone, '30, to prepare plans for the celebration of the
school's fiftieth anniversary in 1976.
The Dynamics, who previously played at "The
Happening," are booked by Chairman Ed Jaskowiak, '66, to play at a Beef
and Beer Nite scheduled for November 21. The Polish Home, on Academy
Road west of Frankford Ave., is the site of this novel venture on the
part of the Association. Seventy-five couples are in attendance and we
suffer a financial loss.
Santa (Tom Cleary, '47) personally interviews the four hundred and
forty-five youngsters in attendance at our Annual Christmas Party on
December 14th. Organist Ann Barrett, who has been providing the musical
accompaniment for our group singing over the past years, does her usual
bang-up job. Chairman Ray Zegarski, '59, and fellow pixies John Handley,
'58, Len Knobbs, '53, and Tony Cendrowski, '57, are on hand to help dish
out the ice cream and pretzels.
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 Theater of Operations (Luzon,
Phillipines) during World War II. GHQ, 1st Cavalry Division, General
Orders 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 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 S. Boyle, '39 - November, 1961 - September, 2008.
Deceased January 30, 2012.
John F. Handley, '58 - March, 1967 - Present John T.
Musial, '63 - January, 1966 to September, 1990; September, 1992 to
Present Raymond E. Rysak, '66 - March, 1969 - Present 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,
Lawrence A. Dolan, '37 - November, 1948 to September,
1957; November, 1957 to May, 1958; March, 1973 to October, 2005.
Deceased October 30, 2005.
Stephen A. Cardullo,
'72 - September, 1972 - Present
Robert J. Fuessinger, '48 - November, 1952 to
September, 1993. Deceased August 15, 2006. Francis J. Gleason, '53 - November, 1960 to September,
2000. Deceased September 10, 2000. Joseph J. Mackin, '40 - November, 1947 to October,
1959; November, 1962 to March, 1972; March, 1977 to June, 1995.
Deceased June 23, 1995.
John R. Hanejko, '65 - November, 1978 - Present
J. William Arnoldy, '38 - January, 1964 to August,
1998. Deceased August 15, 1998.
Bernard J. McGuire, '50 - November, 1952 to November,
1958; January, 1959 to September, 1972; October, 1972 to November, 1975;
March, 1976 to June, 1985; September, 1985 to February, 1986.
Deceased August 5, 1987.
Joseph P. Brennan, Jr., '69 - March,
1977 to October, 2006; September, 2008 - May, 2011.
Edward J. Ganister, '32 - March, 1967 to January, 1999.
Deceased January 3, 1999. Anthony J. Colletta, '72 - March, 1973 to February,
1985; April, 1989 to November, 2008. Deceased November 19, 2011.
Michael A. Donofrio, '47 - November, 1955 to October,
1965; January, 1966 to February, 1967; March, 1967 to September, 1967;
September, 1989 to July, 2009. Deceased July 5, 2009.
Thomas M. Cleary, '47 - January, 1965 to February,
1996. Deceased January 18, 2001.
Edmund A. Markowski, Jr., '56 - September, 1977 to
September, 1992; September, 1994 to September, 2009.
Robert E. Kennedy, '54 - September, 1984 to February, 1994; May,
1994 - Present
Louis J. Peters, '31 - December, 1964 to September,
1992. Deceased December 31, 1993. William M. FitzPatrick, '59 - September, 1986 - Present
Joseph T. Mulawka, '51 - September, 1987 - Present William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34 - January, 1965 to
November, 1990. Deceased November 26, 1990.
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