This is an excerpt from our 75th
Anniversary history published in 2004.
February 20, 1970 . . . One hundred and eighty-three
retreatants arrive at St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills. A far cry from the
three hundred that are expected. Once more, we are threatened by
Malvern's Board with the loss of the weekend.
Our Annual Communion
Breakfast is held at the school on Sunday, March 15th. Mass is
concelebrated by Fathers Joseph W. Coyle and Robert Ashenbrenner, both
members of the Oblates and the Class of 1944, which is the honor Class.
The homily is preached by Father Ashenbrenner.
A little over four hundred attend, expecting to hear Captain Clarence
Ferguson, famed Philadelphia detective, who is being honored with our
Outstanding Achievement Award. Captain Ferguson takes ill the evening
prior to the Breakfast and is unable to attend. His award is accepted by
Staff Inspector Lawrence Love, '51, a member of the Board.
memberships are presented to Jack Friel, NC Athletic Director, and
long-time lay teacher Leo Donohue.
One of our graduates, Bill Plumley, '54, who appears under the
stage-name of Billy Matthews, is toastmaster. The new coach of the
Eagles, Jerry Williams, is on hand to fill us in on his plans for the
future of the Birds. We're certain, after listening to Williams, that it
won't be long before our team will be in the Super Bowl . . . oh, well -
we've been wrong before.
A scrappy St. George quintet thoroughly trounces all of their
opponents in our Tenth Annual Parochial Schools' Basketball Tourney.
Tourney Director John Musial, '63 (who will direct this tourney, with
one exception, over the next nine years), presents the MVP trophy to
Mike Majka, of St. George's.
Scholarship Fund Chairman Rocco lacone, '55, announces that the Board
of Trustees have selected Gerard J. Nejman, '70, as the recipient of
this year's grant. Earlier, the Board of Governors had named the grant
in memory of John W. Brecht, '30, the first alumni past-president to
pass away. Mr. Nejman will enter the Oblates and matriculate at
One hundred and fifty alumni, friends and relatives of our war dead
crowd the Faculty House Chapel for Mass. After Mass, Father Tye conducts
a short service at the Shrine. The service is concluded with the laying
of a wreath by Iacone and the blowing of taps. We adjourn to the
cafeteria for the usual fare.
The six hundred and sixty-four members of the Class of 1970 join the
ranks of the Alumni. We now number over 25,000.
President Iacone is upset in his bid for a second term by J. William
Arnoldy, '38. With Arnoldy moving up to the presidency, his 1st
vice-presidential seat is contested for by Cendrowski and Zegarski.
Anthony J. Cendrowski, '57, is the victor. Frank Gleason, '53, wins the
2nd vice-presidency. It's getting monotonous, but Quinn and McKeown are
unopposed again. Ray Rysak, '66, in his first bid for office, is
unopposed for Assistant Secretary. Joe Mulcahy, '56, pulls an upset win
over incumbent Ray Zegarski, '59, in the latter's bid for a second term
as Assistant Treasurer.
We have been lucky so far...never have we had to cancel a picnic due
to bad weather. There's a first-time for everything...and Alumni picnics
are no exception. We were set for Olympia Lakes on June 21st. The day
was overcast and it was drizzling. A few brave souls show up. However at
12:30 p.m., Chairman Cendrowski, in consultation with President Arnoldy,
cancels the affair. We cheerfully (boo, hoo) refund the money of all who
purchased tickets...and a lot of us are getting tired of eating peanuts.
Former Vice-President Ed Mooney, '32, passes away on July 2nd, Ed had
been a member of the Board for almost sixteen years.
Three hundred and two alumni children and their parents join jolly
old Saint Nick in singing up a storm at our Annual Christmas Party.
Musical accompaniment is provided, once again, by organist Ann Barrett.
Chairman Zegarski and his pixies provide the usual goodies for the
December 6th shindig.
New Superior General
Another first for the Alumni! The Rev. William J.
Ward, '32, is named Superior General of the Oblates of St. Francis
deSales. He replaces the late Father William Buckley, Hon. '58, the
first American to hold this office. Father Ward's new duties will take
him to Rome. We wish him many years of fruitful work in his new
Attendance at the Malvern Retreat on the week-end of
February 19th drops...nine less than last year's one hundred and
eighty-two. C.A. Captain Bernie Bygott, '34, who resigned after the 1970
Retreat, is replaced by John Brady, '38. In view of the fact that Brady
is not a Board member, Bygott is retained as Alumni chairman of the
Tourney Director Paul Quinn, '36, announces that St.
Edward's well-balanced quintet take all five of their games by wide
margins to capture the crown in our annual basketball tourney. For the
first time in history, the Director has two assistants - John Handly,
'58, and John Musial, '63, who handle the mechanics of the tourney.
Ascension places three members on the all-star team but MVP honors go to
Dick Wright of the championship team.
The Class of 1945 is the honor Class at our Annual
Communion Breakfast on March 28th. Mass is concelebrated by Fathers
James P. Kelly, OSFS, Peter J. McNeill, OSFS, and Joseph J. Toner, OSFS,
of the honor Class. They are joined by Father Maurice J. Duffy, '30, a
Maryknoll missioner, who returns to Philadelphia to attend his first
Communion Breakfast. Father Duffy spent many years overseas. The homily
is preached by Father Toner, who in his spare time serves as
The four hundred and eighty-six in attendance
experience a change of pace in the sports department at this year's
Breakfast. For many years we have heard from various members of the Eagles...today, Gene Hart, the voice
of the Philadelphia Flyers, is on hand to provide an insight into the
future of our local skaters. Trading barbs with Hart is our almost
perennial toastmaster "Mickey" Shaughnessy...we have to declare
Shaughnessy the winner. At one juncture in the competition, he points
out that the dais is listing to the north...as a result of a mistake in the seating
arrangements by McKeown and Knobbs - these fools placed Tony Cendrowski,
'57, Hart and Leo Donohue, Hon. '70, on the same side of the
rostrum...obviously too much tonnage.
Vince Leonard, KYW-TV anchorman, the recipient of our
Outstanding Achievement Award, delivers the principal address. Mr.
Leonard is honored for outstanding service as a newscaster and news
Also honored at the Breakfast are Father Bill Ward,
OSFS, '32, as the recipient of our Outstanding Alumnus
Award, which is
accepted on his behalf by Father John Conmy, OSFS, '29; and Richard C.
McGrath, '39, who is awarded a plaque commemorating twenty-five years of
service on the Alumni Board of Governors. Dick, the first to be so
honored, is still a member of the Board today (1979) and holds the
longevity record as a Class Representative—thirty-three years and ten
The 1971 Memorial Scholarship Fund Grant, honoring
Father Francis X. O'Donnell, OSFS, '29, former alumni moderator, is
awarded to Henry W. Pendrak, '71. At the same meeting of the Board of
Trustees of the Fund, May 5th, "Chick" Quinn declines renomination for
the office of Treasurer...Len Knobbs, '53, succeeds him.
Almost two hundred attend our Annual Memorial Day
Services. As a result of the Viet-Nam War, sadly, we have added thirty
names to our plaques.
At the June elections, Bill Arnoldy, '38, is
unopposed for a second term as president, as is Tony Cendrowski, '57,
for the first vice-presidency. Frank Gleason, '53, handily defeats Ray
Rysak, '66, to remain second vice-president. For the first time in many
a moon, Paul Quinn has opposition. However, he defeats John Handley,
'58, to maintain his winning streak. Treasurer Joe McKeown is unopposed
for reelection. Two Rays (of light?) come onto the alumni scene...Rysak
defeats three other candidates for the post of assistant secretary;
while Zegarski, '59, returns to the post of assistant treasurer after a
Costs are rising! Attendance at the picnic suffers.
At $1.50 for adults and seventy-five cents for kids, we feel it's a
bargain...apparently the membership doesn't or are they concerned about
the facilities. Only one hundred and seventy-two show up at Olympia
Lakes on June 20th...Fathers' Day. Maybe that's another reason why
attendance is dropping—people would rather be at home with Dad. Oh,
well!!! those of us who show up have a great time.
At the October Board meeting, Frank Gleason and John
Plunkett, '44, move that henceforth the senior classes be exempted from
payment of their first year's alumni dues. They will be carried as
active members. The motion is approved with two negative votes and two
The Finance Committee reports, at the December
meeting, on a proposal of Assistant Executive Secretary Len Knobbs, '53.
The proposal would allocate $750.00 or twenty percent of our net annual
income, whichever is larger, as a donation to the school. The check
would be presented at our Annual Communion Breakfast. Chairman Charlie
Malone, '30, on behalf of the Finance Committee, recommends approval.
Accordingly, after a motion by Knobbs and Bill McCormac, '61, the Board
concurs with one abstention.
Santa (Ed McNamee, '41) Claus comes to town on
December 12th...early, you say...NO—that's when he visits the more than
three hundred alumni children in North's auditorium. Moderator, Father
John Tye, OSFS, '29, and President Bill Arnoldy, '38, officially welcome
him on behalf of the Association. The kids and their parents have a
John J. Gallagher, '31, former member of the Board of
Governors, is named president of Beneficial Savings Bank. Another
alumnus makes good.
The Malvern Retreat attendance is on the upswing. We
show an increase of twenty-three over last year - we hit the two hundred
Our Annual Communion Breakfast on March 19th honors
the Class of 1946. Concelebrants of the Mass are Fathers James P.
Harvey, OSFS, the principal celebrant and a former member of the Board
of Governors, Thomas J. Hopkins, OSFS, Joseph P. Moran, Joseph J.
Griffin, OSFS, and William J. Nessel, OSFS. Father Nessel is the
Alumnus Billy (Plumley, '54) Matthews handles the
toastmaster chores. Former all-pro and football Hall of Famer "Chuck"
Bednarik delights his audience with tales of the glory days of the
Pennsylvania's nationally known Insurance
Commissioner and consumer advocate. Dr. Herbert S. Denenberg, is on hand
to receive our Outstanding Achievement Award for his service to the
citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In his address, Dr.
Denenberg pushes for the adoption of "no fault" auto insurance. Four
hundred and ninety-eight are in attendance - our best since '69.
President Arnoldy presents a check in the amount of
$750.00 to Father William Guerin, '47, representing a portion of our
annual commitment to the school.
A well coordinated quintet from the Ascension
overpowers a scrappy St. Adalbert's team to cop the 1972 Parochial
Schools' Tourney title. Led by MVP Tom McCusker, who scores 104 points
in four games, Ascension completely dominates the tourney.
John B. Frank, '72, is awarded the $2,000 grant from
the Scholarship Fund. This year's grant honors Father John F. Tocik,
Hon. '56. The Fund now has assets of $31,000.
At our annual Board dinner-meeting, held on May 11th
at Kings' Caterers, Father Conmy is our honored guest. He is presented
with an engraved pen and pencil set by President Arnoldy. Father has
retired as provincial and will return to the Childs' Novitiate, his
More than two hundred relatives, friends and alumni
attend our Annual Memorial Day Services held on campus. The Faculty
House Chapel is jammed...we put chairs along the aisles. Father Tye
celebrates Mass and delivers a short homily at services following in
front of the Shrine. Then...we take a short walk around the building to
the cafeteria for a repast of coffee and buns.
The Board returns Bill Arnoldy, '38, to office for a
third term. Bill O'Connell, '34, defeats incumbent 1st V.P. Tony
Cendrowski. Frank Gleason is reelected Second Vice-President in a close
(32-30) win over Joe Madden, '43, Secretary Quinn, Treasurer McKeown and
Assistant Secretary Rysak are unopposed. In a three-way race for the
post of Assistant Treasurer, William J. McCormac, '61, emerges
After more than twenty years of participation in the
Cahill Field Drawing, we finally have a winner - Richard J. Gordon,
Esq,, '38. President Arnoldy presents him with a check in the amount of
Our annual picnic is scheduled for June 18th at a new
site - Sunshine Lake. However, the sun does not shine; in fact, it pours
liquid sunshine. It doesn't faze us a bit...we reschedule for August
The day dawns bright and sunny in Kresson, NJ...but
in Philly, it is another story...more rain, and rain, and rain. The
timid stay at home and miss a wonderful day. From among the one hundred
and fifty in attendance, we are able to secure enough softball players
to field our old timers and youngsters teams. A double-header
results...with the Meat-heads (youngsters) sweeping both ends from the
A committee is appointed to raise funds for the
Scholarship Fund; headed by Jack Junod, '52, with Ed Sutton, '45, and
Charlie Learmouth, '70, as members. They suggest, at the September
meeting, that the Association sponsor a trip to Hawaii...the Board
agrees. A second proposal (to sell Metro V.1.P. passbooks, which entitle
the user to discounts at various restaurants, theatres and sporting
events) is likewise authorized. All profits will accrue to the
The Board of Trustees of the Fund, at their Fall
meeting, adopt a change in the Fund's Constitution and By-Laws which
will allow recipients of the grants to attend - in addition to Allentown
College of St. Francis de Sales - LaSalle College, St. Joseph's,
Villanova University and St. Charles Seminary College.
The change is brought before the October meeting of
the Board of Governors for ratification. After a general discussion, it
is approved by a vote of thirty-seven to one...however, six members
qualify their "yes" votes, by asking that the Trustees consider opening
the grants to all Philadelphia metropolitan area colleges. Arnoldy
assures the Board, that as Chairman of the Fund, he will place the
request on the agenda of the Trustees' next meeting.
America's first Oblate and one of our first honorary
members - the Very Rev. Canon J. Francis Tucker, Hon. '34, passes to his
eternal reward. Father Tucker will long be remembered by the Classes of
the early thirties as their Annual Retreat Master and by all alumni as a
devoted fan of our Association. He was laid to rest in the Oblate
Cemetery at Childs on Monday, November 6, 1972.
In the absence of President Arnoldy, Vice-President
Bill O'Connell, '34, welcomes two hundred and thirty-eight alumni
kiddies to our annual party on December 17th. "Santa" (Ed McNamee, '41)
is assisted by his able pixies (Ray Zegarski, '59, Tony Cendrowski, '57,
Bill McCormac, '61, and Ray Rysak, '66) in distributing the toys and
refreshments to those in attendance.
Francis J. "Tim" Dunleavy, '32, is named president of
International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation. ITT is the world's
largest conglomerate and the nation's ninth largest industrial
corporation. "Tim" is a former member of the Board of Governors.
February 16-18, 1973...Two hundred and twenty strong
we arrive at Malvern. Another increase in attendance...but a far cry
from the three hundred needed to fill the Retreat House. Jack Junod,
'52, is chairman with John Brady, '38, as C.A. Captain.
Our first trip, if you don't count the Wildwood
conventions of the '30's, takes off on March 3rd. And we mean takes
off...twenty-one, which includes wives and friends, jet to Honolulu to
spend eight wonderful days basking in the Hawaiian sun.
Just prior to our Annual Communion Breakfast, our
beloved moderator, Father John B. Tye, resigns due to ill health. He is
succeeded by Father John J. Green, OSFS, '35.
Five hundred and five attend the Breakfast on April
8th. Mass, in the auditorium, is concelebrated by the clergy members of
the honor Class of 1947. They include: Fathers William A. Guerin, Joseph
J. McKenna, the principal celebrant, and Thomas P. Finnegan, who
delivers the homily...all are Oblates of St. Francis deSales.
We meet for the first time our new moderator, Father
Green, who directs most of his short speech to praising the work of
Father Tye over the past twelve and a half years.
The principal address, with law and order as the
topic, is delivered by Outstanding Achievement Award recipient, Arlen
Specter. Mr. Specter, District Attorney of Philadelphia, had served as
counsel to the Warren Commission.
WCAU's popular talk-show moderator, Dominic Quinn, is
the toastmaster. Ron Porter, Philadelphia Eagles' linebacker, gives us our
annual up-to-date report on the fortunes of our local pro football team.
Father Joseph P. Eisenbarth, OSFS, Hon. '55, is named
an Outstanding Alumnus. Father, who well deserves this award, is the
seventh recipient since it was established in 1960.
Vice-President Bill O'Connell, filling in for
Arnoldy, presents the championship trophy to the Holy Innocents quintet.
This marks the third time in thirteen years that they have captured the
title. Ceremonies are held in the gym following the final game on March
25th. Tourney Directors Len Knobbs, '53, and John Musial, '63, present
the MVP trophy to Lou Sigmund of Holy Innocents.
The annual Board dinner-meeting is held on May 10th
at Kings'. It is a testimonial for Father Tye...the wives are invited.
Almost one hundred and twenty Board members, their wives and
girlfriends, show up to honor Father Tye. He is presented an honorarium
by President Arnoldy on behalf of the Association for his years of
President Arnoldy informs the Board, at this meeting,
that the Trustees have selected Stephen J. Connor, '73, as the recipient
of the 1973 scholarship grant, which is named in honor of Father J.
Francis Tucker. Coincidentally, Connor will enter the Oblates and
matriculate at Allentown College. The grant is expanded to $4,000.
Our Memorial Day Mass is concelebrated for the first
time. Father Green is the principal celebrant; with Fathers Robert P.
Hanlon, '43, William J. Nessel, '46, and James J. McGuire, '34,
concelebrating. Due to the rain, services normally held in front of Our
Lady's Shrine, are conducted indoors.
With Arnoldy ineligible for another term as
president, the prospects of a wide-open race are present. However, it
turns out there is only one nominee - Francis J. Gleason, '53. What was
a rarity in 1973...is fact in 1979, all of our presidential nominees
since '73 have been unopposed for the office.
Tony Cendrowski reverses last year's results...he
defeats incumbent O'Connell to regain the first vice-presidency. Ray
Zegarski, '59, is elected Second Vice-President without opposition.
Treasurer McKeown and Assistant McCormac are unopposed...likewise,
Assistant Secretary Rysak.
John Handley offers a strong challenge to Paul Quinn
for the post of Secretary. Seventy-six votes are cast and Quinn narrowly
wins by only four votes.
In his inaugural address, Gleason notes that it has
been almost ten years since the By-Laws have been revised and there have
been many questions concerning them in recent years. To this end, he
appoints a committee headed by classmate Len Knobbs. Another point he
alludes to is the current status of our activities program...he appoints
Vice-President Cendrowski to head a committee, to be known as Ways and
Means, which will attempt to do exactly what the name implies look for
methods to raise attendance at our affairs and improve our financial
He further states: "Unless this committee is
successful, we may well have the dues increase that was suggested by
last year's Finance Committee. In addition, we have a crying need for
better equipment in our office and we can't, at this time, afford to
The 1973 picnic is cancelled. Reason...unavailability
of a suitable site.
A bombshell hits us...the oil crisis. Father William
Guerin, OSFS, '47, North's principal, informs Gleason that due to the
tremendous increase in the price of heating oil, use of the school
facilities will be curtailed. If we use the school for our affairs, we
will have to pay a rental fee. The schedule of fees is read to the
Board. There is great consternation among the members. Gleason advises
the committee chairmen, whose affairs will be directly affected, to
review their programs to see if their continuance is warranted.
President Gleason has further meetings with Father
Guerin concerning the rentals. An agreement is reached. We will pay
$800.00 - to cover the Christmas Party and the Communion Breakfast. The
Basketball Tourney will be cancelled.
On October 14th, we suffer an immeasurable loss.
Father Joseph P. Eisenbarth, OSFS, Hon. '55, former alumni coordinator,
passes away. A Mass of Christian Burial is concelebrated in the Faculty
House Chapel by Bishop Thomas J. Welsh, auxiliary bishop of
Philadelphia, and thirty-eight of Father's Oblate confreres. The eulogy
is delivered by fellow member of the Austrian Province, Father George
As we related earlier in this history, but it
certainly bears repeating, Father was almost single-handedly responsible
for setting up and maintaining the alumni records, particularly during
the war years. For this we owe him much more than can be described by
this writer in mere words. May he rest in peace with the Lord he served
At the November Board meeting, Cendrowski delivers
the report of the Ways and Means Committee. They have two proposals, one
new and one old. The old, they suggest the return to our Spring
affair...not as a dance, but as a Social. It would feature dancing and
would include drinks, eats, etc. Specifically, they move that the Party
be held in April at Kings' Caterers at a price of ten bucks per person.
The Board agrees wholeheartedly.
"999" Club Recommended
The new event would be an extension of our already
successful "200" Club. It would be known as the "999" Club. The
operation would involve mailing a blank ticket to our active membership
and to those who had been active in the past five years - approximately
10,000 in all. Each potential member would, in turn, select his own
three-digit number from "001" to "999" and return it to us along with
Each week, for nine weeks, we would select a $500
winner. On the tenth week, the prize would be $5,000. Total cost of
running the Club would be approximately $9,900. Cendrowski further
explained "that he and Len Knobbs had worked extensively on all angles
of the proposal and while he was not asking for a motion to adopt the
program at tonight's meeting, he felt the Board should strongly consider
the proposal." He went on to state: "We currently net $1,700 on the
"200" Club, thus we would have to sell eleven hundred "999" tickets to
stay even with previous years. The committee feels we can do this
easily." "Eventually," he concluded, "we envision the "999" Club
replacing the Cahill Drawing as our major fund raiser."
Attendance at our Annual Christmas Party on December
9th is the lowest ever. Only one hundred and eighty children, along with
their parents. We have a new Santa and an unlikely one, at that - Joe
McKeown, '33. None the less, he manages to charm the kiddies...so far,
all of our Santas have been Irish. Does that tell you something?
Due to the pressure of school business, Father John
Green, '35, resigns as moderator. He is replaced by a classmate, Father
Francis J. Quaile, OSFS.
The Constitution and By-Law Revision Committee
presents its report at the January meeting. Among the major changes
recommended are: Adding third and fourth vice-presidents and a historian
to the row offices; increasing the number of years the president must
have served on the Board of Governors from three to five with at least
three of those being immediately prior to his election to the
Candidates for the first and second
vice-presidencies, the secretary and treasurer will have to have been
Board members for three years, two immediately prior to their election;
and all other officers will have to be members for two years, one
The duties of the vice-presidents are altered to make
them directly responsible to the president for a specific number of
committees for which they will act as his liaison. And for the first
time, a detailed procedure is spelled out governing the method by which
the executive officers will be elected.
The proposed amendments are approved unanimously by
the Board and will be presented to the General Membership, prior to the
Communion Breakfast, for ratification.
We top last year's attendance by one...Two hundred
and twenty-one men journey to St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills on the week-end
of February 15th. Joe Donlin, '52, replaces classmate Junod as Chairman
while John Brady, '38, continues as C.A. Captain.
Just prior to the Communion Breakfast, we suffer the
loss of another past-president...Charles E. Malone, '30, passes away on
March 21, 1974. Malone was our twelfth president, serving from 1960 to
1961. At the time of his death, Charlie had been very active on the
Board of the Scholarship Fund; in addition to his always intense
interest in the Association. He had served on the Board of Governors for
over seventeen years.
The General Membership Meeting is called to order at
9:00 a.m. on the morning of March 31st by President Gleason. After his
opening remarks, he turns the podium over to Len Knobbs, '53, as
Chairman of the Constitutional Amendment Committee. Each change is read
to the four hundred and eighty-six in attendance and Knobbs fields
questions on the proposed changes from the floor. It is pointed out that
this is the first major revision since 1953. Ultimately, the changes are
overwhelmingly (better than seventy percent) approved by the electorate.
Fathers Dennis G. Murphy and Thomas F. Daly, both
Oblates and members of the honor Class of 1948, concelebrate the Mass
with Father Murphy preaching the homily.
After an absence of two years, "Mickey" Shaughnessy
returns as Toastmaster. He delights his audience, as he describes his
school days under the Irish Sisters of Mercy. The speakers committee
provides a real treat (doubleheader, in fact). The sports speaker is Don
Earle, radio and TV announcer of the Philadelphia Flyers, who is a last
minute stand-in for Coach Fred Shero. His absence is excusable...his
Flyers are deeply involved in the Stanley Cup play-offs. And Earle turns
out to be quite a prognosticator, when in answer to a question from the
audience, he states: "The Flyers are a young team, they have the guts,
spirit and determination to go all the way."
Rolfe Neill, the editor of the Philadelphia Daily
News, is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for his
crusading journalism. In his address, Neill states: "I am proud to be
honored by an organization that is willing to stand up for its faith and
beliefs, it is a rarity in today's world. Let me congratulate and honor
you gentlemen for having the courage of your convictions; and for your
dedication to educating youth."
Needless to say, Mr. Neill is treated to a standing
ovation. A small aside, Mr. Neill puts his money where his mouth is. In
less than a week, we receive a donation from him for the Scholarship
Paul Quinn, '36, is honored for his twenty-five years
as a member of the Board of Governors.
The Social Nite held on April 19th at Kings' attracts
one hundred and two couples. Those who attend have a really enjoyable
The Trustees of the Fund meet early in May and select
Richard J. Piekarski, '74, as the recipient. The Grant is named in
memory of Thomas J. Smith, marking the first time since the original
grant in '69 that an individual has donated sufficient funds to name a
grant. The recipient also achieves a first...the first to attend a
school other than Allentown...he will matriculate at LaSalle. Len
Knobbs, '53, is reelected to a second term as Treasurer of the Fund.
At the May meeting of the Board, Cendrowski points
out that "the Social was a financial success; and a social success in
that everyone who attended had a good time. However, only twenty of
eighty Board members supported the affair and if future events sponsored
by the Association are to be successful, it will take greater
participation by the Board."
Under new business, the Board approves the
institution of the "999" club. It will officially begin in September
with the first drawing to be held in October.
June, 1974...the first election under our new
procedure and the first in which we will elect our three new officers.
There has been one candidate nominated for each office. However, the
Election Committee reports that write-in votes have been received for a
different candidate in each of the eleven row elections. Thus, they are
elected overwhelmingly but not unanimously. Our new officers are:
President Francis J. Gleason, '53, 1st Vice-President Anthony J.
Cendrowski, '57, Second Vice-President Raymond P. Zegarski, '59, Third
Vice-President John T. Musial, '63, Fourth Vice-President William J.
McCormac, '61, Secretary Paul D. Quinn, '36, Treasurer Joseph E.
McKeown, '33, Assistant Secretary Raymond E. Rysak, '66, First Assistant
Treasurer Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, Second Assistant Treasurer Edward R. Jaskowiak, '66, and Historian John F. Handley, '58.
Father Guerin, who has been named Treasurer of
Allentown College, is replaced as principal by Father Joseph J. Toner,
OSFS, of the Class of 1945.
The Picnic is back...thanks to former President Paul
Kelly, '34, who suggested the site to the committee. June 30th is the
date and the place is Lake Lisheoras, a private lake and picnic grove in
Bordentown, N.J. The grove is just off the Jersey Turnpike and while it
took us about forty minutes to get there from North, the drive was well
worth it. Picture a lush rolling green landscape, plenty of tables, a
cool inviting lake...and a hundred and ninety-nine friends on hand.
Chairman John Musial aptly describes it as "a country
club setting." To hold down costs, we've done away with the games, save
for softball, but have included in the price of the ticket, free beer
and birch-beer. Speaking of softball, the Bunkers avenge their earlier
losses to the Meatheads and trounce them rather handily...all we needed
was a change of scenery.
Our interim moderator, Father Quaile is replaced by
Father Jim Behan, OSFS, '62.
Nineteen couples and two stags (one male, one female)
sail from New York City on October 5th aboard the SS Oceanic bound for
Nassau. Despite a hurricane encountered on the southbound leg of the
cruise, the Alumni travelers pledge to "do it again." Chairman Ed
Sutton, '45, arranged for bus transportation to and from our port of
departure. One of the highlights of the trip is a cocktail party held
for the North Catholic group by the ship's captain.
As a result of the party being advertised in the
ship's paper, we meet two North Catholic alumni, who are travelling
independent of our group.
Our Annual Social is rescheduled for Thanksgiving
eve. It is dubbed the Homecoming Social and is promoted in conjunction
with the North-Frankford game the following day, in the hope that it
will attract greater participation. One hundred and four spend the
evening at Kings' drinking, dancing and reminiscing about past
Former alumni moderator Father Harry J. Quinn, OSFS,
Hon. '35, passes away on December 4th. Father served as moderator for
six years (1934-40).
President Gleason reports, at the December meeting of
the Board, that Father Toner, principal, has established a steering
committee for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the school. The
members of that committee, in addition to Father as General Chairman,
are Gleason - representing the Alumni, Leo Donohue, Hon. '70,
representing the faculty, and Pat Carr representing the Fathers' and
Mothers' Association (FAMA).
An innovation at the 1975 Christmas Party is the
introduction of live entertainment, in the person of the world renowned
clown, Nat Litt. He is presented to the audience, assembled at North on
December 22nd, by President Gleason.
Litt mesmerizes his juvenile audience, and quite a
few of the parents, with his transformation from mere man to "Nat the
Clown." As the clown, he further delights the kiddies by shaping
balloons into various animals which he presents to the children.
Another new Santa Claus...but, he's still
Irish!...Jim Flanagan, '47. The usual refreshments and toys are
presented to the one hundred and eighty-three children by Chairman Ray
Zegarski, '59, and his assistants.
The day following, the first Grand Prize Drawing in
our "999" Club is held. The winner...Albin P. Dixon II, a teacher at
North. He receives a check, in the amount of $5,000, from President Frank Gleason,
The week-end of February 14th marks the
thirty-seventh consecutive time we travel to Malvern. The trip to the
Chester County Retreat House is made by two hundred and seventeen men.
The Class of 1949 is honored at our Annual Communion
Breakfast on March 16. Concelebrants of the Mass, all members of the
honor Class, are Oblate Fathers Richard Cleary, Thomas Langan and Daniel
McCloskey; and the Very Rev. Cyril Guise, OCD. Father Langan is the
principal celebrant and homilist.
Following Mass, the four hundred and sixty in
attendance adjourn to the cafeteria for our annual repast of ham and
eggs. Our stomachs satisfied, we lean back, relax and listen to
Toastmaster Bill Matthews, alias Plumley, '54, spin his usual ethnic
Former All-Pro wide-receiver Tommy McDonald
represents the sports world. Tom regales his audience with tales of his
exploits both on and off the field.
The principal address is delivered by Richard A.
Sprague, Esq. Mr. Sprague is on hand to receive our annual Outstanding
Achievement Award for his service to the American justice system.
Sprague, nationally famed prosecutor, is best known for his successful
prosecution of W. A. (Tony) Boyle, UMW President, in the Yablonski
Also honored on this occasion are the Very Rev.
Daniel G. Gambet, Oblate Provincial, and Fathers Herman Buckley and Leon
Wisniewski. They are presented honorary memberships in the Association,
Class of 1975, by President Gleason, on behalf of the Board of
After a lapse of fourteen years, the St. Joan of Arc
quintet recaptures our annual basketball tourney title. Amazingly, they
have the same coach, Frank Hennessey, '52. Completely dominating their
opposition, they breeze through their four games en route to the crown,
led by MVP Ed Stine.
The 1975 Scholarship Grant, honoring Father
Eisenbarth, is presented to David J. Bryant, '75. Bryant will attend
LaSalle College and major in accounting.
At our annual Board dinner-meeting on May 8th, at
Kings' Caterers, Father John J. Hurley, moderator and coach of North's
U.N. debating team, is presented with honorary membership in the
Less than one hundred people attend our Annual
Memorial Day Services at Our Lady's Shrine. Mass, preceding the
services, is concelebrated in the Faculty House Chapel by Alumni
Moderator Father Jim Behan and Vice-Principal, Father Joe McKenna, '47.
After the services, our guests are treated to coffee and cake in the
The incumbent officers, with one exception - Paul
Quinn, are unopposed. Mr. Secretary Quinn, as usual, defeats his
opposition by two-to-one. At this June meeting, the Board, cognizant of
the increased work-load in the Alumni Office, increases the expense
allowances of the Executive Secretary and his Assistant.
The picnickers return to Lake Lisheoras on June 29th.
Attendance increases to over two hundred.
The "999" Club is kicked off in September.
Participation increases. The Board discusses the feasibility of
replacing Cahill with the "999" Club.
At the November meeting the Board of Governors, Fund
Treasurer Len Knobbs informs those in attendance that the Trustees of
the Fund have added a second grant, valued at $2,000. Ed Guinan, '37,
chairman of the Finance Committee delivers the committee's
recommendation that the Cahill Drawing be dropped in favor of the "999"
Club. The Board agrees unanimously...although there is a strong rumor
that one Board member shed quite a few tears.
President Gleason reports that the 50th Anniversary
Banquet will be held on October 3, 1976 at the Sheraton Hotel. In
connection with the celebration, an ad book and a separate history book
will be published. A concelebrated Mass at the Cathedral will precede
"Swigardo & Rockie"
The 1975 Christmas Party marked the first appearance
of Swigardo (Jim Swiggard, '48). Swigardo, a magician, astounded the
youngsters with his presidigitory feats. One or two youngsters lost
their heads. An accomplished ventriloquist, he brought along his friend
Rockie, who taunted him unmercifully until he was confined to his
suitcase by a kindly Mrs. Swiggard. More than two hundred and fifty
youngsters are delighted by the appearance of Santa (Ed Lutz,
'40)...hey, no Irishman for a change.
"844" is the winning number in our second "999" Club
grand drawing. President Gleason presents a check for five grand to the
sole holder of that number - Mrs. Eileen A. Newhouse, daughter of former
Board member Ed Murphy, '31.
February 1, 1976...the Oblate Community at Northeast
Catholic commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of
the order with a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving. The thirty-eight priest
members of the community join Bishop Martin N. Lohmuller, '37, Oblate
Superior General - Father William Ward, OSFS, '32, and Provincial -
Father Gambet at the altar. Father William P. Gallagher, '48, is the
Following Mass, a social is held in the cafeteria for
the more than eight hundred friends of the Oblates who attend.
Previously, the Board has authorized the transfer of
one thousand dollars of our Keystone Fund holdings to the
Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates. The transfer
certificate is presented to Father Gambet, at the social, by President
Frank Gleason, '53.
Attendance at our annual retreat at Malvern on the
weekend of February 20th totals two hundred. Because St.
Joseph's-in-the-Hills will be used to house pilgrims for the Eucharistic
Congress this coming summer, many weekends have been combined. We are
joined with the Philadelphia Electric group...combined attendance
exceeds three hundred, leading the Malvern Board of Directors to suggest
that we consider a permanent merger of the groups. Initial reaction from
the North Catholic group is in the negative...we assure Malvern that we
can fill the retreat house and set about to achieve that goal within the
next five years.
Plans for the 50th Anniversary of the school are
progressing. The subcommittees (Banquet arrangements under Len Knobbs,
'53, Ad Book - Joe McKeown, '33, and Mass arrangements headed by Ray
Zegarski, '59) are hard at work.
Our office has been located in the Faculty House
basement since the early fifties...and nothing has been done over the
years to improve the appearance...and it quite evidently shows it. Our
office equipment is in need of replacement - most of it is almost forty
years old. Len Knobbs offers to renovate the office, if the Board will
authorize the purchase of the materials. Father Thomas Hopkins, '46,
Superior of the House, has authorized the remodeling. The Finance
Committee recommends a $7,500.00 appropriation which will include $6,500
worth of new office equipment. The Board concurs. The purchase of this
equipment saves the Association hundreds of dollars in the long run,
since we now do most of our own printing.
The Association sponsors a Monte Carlo Nite on March
13th. It is held in the school cafeteria from nine 'til one. By prior
agreement of the Board, the net profit from the affair will be split
three ways - equally among the Oblates, the school and the Association.
Our initial venture nets $2,085.15. We donate seven hundred bucks each
to the school and the Oblates.
At the March meeting of the Board of Governors, the
Finance Committee recommends that our annual donation to the school be
increased to a minimum of $1,000.00. The recommendation is accepted by
the Board unanimously. President Gleason, realizing that it has been
twenty years since a complete review of our activities has been
conducted, appoints a committee, headed by Len Knobbs, '53, to undertake
this comprehensive study. He further directs that he would like this
report before he leaves office in June.
Our Annual Communion Breakfast is held on April 4th.
The Honor Class is the Class of 1950. Mass is concelebrated by Fathers
Thomas J. Gillespie, OSFS, James F. Byrne, OSFS, and Edward Bucia. The
homilist is Father Byrne.
Tony Santoro, popular emcee on the Philly night club
scene is the Toastmaster. From the sports world, we are treated to Bill
"Popeye" Dunstan, who, in as few words as is humanly possible filled us
in on the current Eagles' happenings...at least, we think he did - those
of us that could hear him.
If we are disappointed in Dunstan, we are ecstatic
over Barney Morris, ex-WCAU television newscaster, who is the recipient
of our Outstanding Achievement Award. Shortly after he was selected to
receive the award for his outstanding reporting of the news, Morris was
dropped by the station for "bad ratings" - we agonize over our decision.
Morris offers to step down...the committee declines his offer, they are
certain he is deserving of the honor. And the three hundred thirty-six
who attend the Breakfast agree. When Mr. Morris finishes his address
there is a moment of absolute silence and then they explode - in
thunderous applause. The committee has been vindicated in their choice.
We can only agree...Barney Morris is truly a man of Outstanding
Achievement - as a man dedicated to his principles.
At the April meeting, the Board is informed by
Evaluation Committee Chairman Len Knobbs, that each activity of the
Association has been assigned to a subcommittee, which will thoroughly
investigate all aspects of the affair and then report to the committee
of the whole. They, in turn, will discuss the subcommittee
recommendations fully; and explore all avenues before making a final
report to the Board at their June meeting.
Gleason, as Scholarship Fund Chairman, informs the
Board that the 1976 Grants, honoring Father Harry Quinn, OSFS, Hon. '35,
have been awarded to Michael P. Ditchkofsky, '76, and Joseph J. Gaul,
'76. Both young men will attend Allentown College and Ditchkofsky will
enter the Oblates.
Renovation of the Alumni Office is proceeding
according to schedule. It is going to require additional money. The
Board authorizes an additional five hundred dollars.
Attendance at our Annual Memorial Day Services
increases to one hundred and thirty. Fathers Behan and Hopkins
concelebrate Mass in the Chapel. Services at Our Lady's Shrine are
conducted by Father Behan. Coffee and cake are served in the school
cafeteria by Chairman John andley, '58, and his committee.
Evaluation Study Released
The Evaluation Committee mails a six-page report to
every Board member. The report is an in-depth study of the Association
and its activities. Every facet has been dissected by the various
subcommittees and their recommendations provide for both short and long
range goals for the Association.
The report calls for increased aid to the school in
the form of an additional $1,000 donation that will go to aid a specific
department of the school. It asks the Board to increase its annual
donation to the Scholarship Fund to $2,500, in return for which the
Trustees of the Fund will be asked to create a $2,000 grant to a student
to attend Northeast Catholic and a $2,000 grant to be awarded to the
son/daughter of a dues' paying alumnus to attend one of the five
institutions covered by the Fund. Acceptance of these two items by the
Fund Trustees will require amending the Fund's Constitution and its
articles of incorporation.
It emphasizes that the members of the Board should be
workers for the Association, not mere by-standers. Their active
participation, in all areas, is essential to the future of the
Specifically, it recommends that the prize structure
of the "999" Club be increased to $1,000 weekly with a tenth week grand
prize of $10,000; and that tickets be mailed to all members of record of
the Association. The Falconer should be modernized. The Communion
Breakfast should be changed to a Dinner to allow for wider
participation; it was felt a dinner would afford more of our younger men
with families an opportunity to attend, in addition to making it easier
for suburbanites to get to the affair without getting up at an ungodly
hour of the morning.
The Christmas party should provide actual food, in
the form of hamburgers, soft drinks, etc.; wrap the presents for the
kids which should provide a more Christmassy atmosphere. The picnic,
socials, and Monte Carlo Nite should be continued so long as they are
Both the Parochial Schools' Basketball Tourney and
Memorial Day Services should be continued as good-will gestures. The
former to the school and the latter to the memory of our departed
The underlying theme of the whole report, however, is
that it stresses that personal participation of each and every Board
member is essential to the well-being of the Association.
After lengthy debate on each section of the report,
it is adopted by the board. In fact, the discussion on the report
consumes so much time that, this being the June meeting, a five-minute
recess is ordered prior to the election of officers. Election Committee
Chairman Ed Guinan, '37, informs the Board that the following officers
have been elected unanimously Anthony J. Cendrowski, '57, President;
William J. McCormac, '61, Third Vice-President; Paul D. Quinn, '36,
Secretary; Joseph E. McKeown, '33, Treasurer; Leonard F. Knobbs, '53,
First Assistant Treasurer; John F. Handley, '58, Assistant Secretary,
and Francis J. Gleason, '53, Historian. There is only one nominee for
each of the other offices, but write-in votes have been received which
precludes unanimous election. However, they are elected by landslide
proportions. Those officers are First Vice-President Raymond P.
Zegarski, '59, Second Vice-President Johh T. Musial, '63, Fourth
Vice-President Raymond E. Rysak, '66, and Second Assistant Treasurer
Anthony J. Colletta, '72. Colletta is the first man from a class in the
seventies to hold an executive office in the Association.
Shortly after the election, our Moderator, Father
Behan has a change of assignments within the school which will leave him
precious little time for extra-curricular activities. He resigns and is
replaced by Father Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34.
One hundred and fifty alumni and friends attend our
annual picnic at Lake Lisheoras. June 13th is the date, and although
it's very early in the season, the day is hot and humid. Worn out by the
efforts of losing another one to the youngsters, the old-timers are
lured by the cool, clear waters of the lake very early in the afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stieber, the parents of Donald
F., '72, and Michael A., '73, win the $5,000 grand prize in our "999"
Club Drawing. A check is presented to them, at ceremonies held in the
Alumni Office, by President Cendrowski.
Throughout the summer months, work progresses on the
rehabilitation of the Alumni Office. It is starting to shape up. Knobbs
is assisted in his endeavors by his son Steve and Board member Jim
Flanagan, '47. Even Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joe McKeown, '33, is
pressed into service on occasion.
In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the
school, we have scheduled a cocktail party for the faculty and their
ladies. An impending strike by the lay teachers forces us to postpone it
The joy and anticipation surrounding the approaching
50th Anniversary Celebration is dimmed when we learn of the death of
Father Tye on September 1st following a long illness. Father, who served
as Moderator longer than any priest in our history, had been in a coma
for almost a year.
A retired Colonel in the Army Chaplain Corps, Father
earned the Silver Star in 1945, "for endangering his own life while
caring for the wounded under enemy fire."
Members of the Board form a Guard of Honor at his
bier at the viewing held in the Faculty House Chapel. The following day,
many of us accompanied his earthly remains to their final resting place
in the Oblate Cemetery at Childs, Md.
Early in September, the Trustees of the Fund hold
their meeting and accept the Association's offer of increased funding in
return for the establishment of the two additional grants. They adopt
the necessary changes to the Constitution and By-Laws and forward them
to the Board of Governors for ratification. The first undergraduate
grants are presented to Soph Paul Pakstis and Freshman Anthony Wright.
At the Board meeting on September 9th, the changes
are ratified and shortly thereafter, Fund Chairman Tony Cendrowski
informs Attorney Bill Coyle, '56, to file the necessary changes in our
corporate charter with the Secretary of the Commonwealth in Harrisburg.
The Finance Committee recommends to the Board that we
transfer Five Thousand Dollars in Keystone Funds to the school as a
Fiftieth Birthday gift. The Board agrees unanimously.
His Eminence John Cardinal Krol, Hon. '67, is the
principal celebrant and homilist at the school's 50th
Cardinal Krol is assisted at the Massby school principal, Father
Toner and Oblate Provincial, Father Gambet. Father Douglas Smith, OSFS,
chairman of the Religion Department, is Master of Ceremonies; and the
readings are by immediate past-president Frank Gleason, '53, and Mrs.
Lee Gaul, FAMA Secretary. The Cathedral is packed almost to capacity by
alumni and friends of Northeast Catholic High School. Cardinal Krol, in
his homily, highly commends Northeast Catholic as being a prime example
of Catholic education. He states that he is proud of the school, her
traditions and her alumni. Chairman Ray Zegarski, '59, and his Mass
Committee are to be congratulated for a job well done.
After Mass, we all take a short walk down 19th Street
to the Sheraton Hotel, where all is in readiness for the grand banquet.
Prior to dinner, we whet our appetites with cocktails and hors
Dinner is filet mignon with all the necessary
accessories, accompanied by a good hearty burgundy wine. After dinner,
the piece de resistance...flaming baked alaska. Our dinners have not
quite settled in our stomachs when we begin to laugh uproariously at the
stories of inimitable Toastmaster Bil Keane, '40. Amid the stories, he
takes time to introduce our head table guests.
President Tony Cendrowski, '57,
on behalf of the entire
Association, presents Father Toner with our "birthday present;" he also
conveys the thanks of over 30,000 alumni to the Oblates and the school
for the education they have received.
Father Toner accepts for the school; and is also the
recipient of engraved resolutions, from the State House of
Representatives and the City of Philadelphia, honoring the school on its
Highlight of the evening, for the more than seven
hundred in attendance, is the presentation, by the school, of eight
awards. The recipients have been selected from among many nominees, by
the steering committee. The honorees and the organizations they
represent include: Reverend Monsignor Martin J. Lynch, Pastor Emeritus
of Holy Innocents - North Catholic feeder schools; Father Herman J.
Buckley, Hon. '75, former member of the clergy faculty; Brother Arthur
Kerns, '33, present clergy faculty; and Thomas Casey, '31, school staff
services. Also, Edmund F. Armstrong, '31, present lay faculty;
Larkin, former lay faculty; James Kelly, Fathers' and Mothers'
Association; and last, but by no means least, Joseph E. McKeown, '33,
the Alumni Association.
Our alumni came from California, and Washington state
to be with us on this golden occasion, as well as many other states.
Toastmaster Keane and his beautiful wife, Thelma, left the sunny climes
of Scottsdale, Arizona, to join us. As a matter of fact, while many of
us danced and drank for the balance of the evening, Bil remained at the
head table drawing autographed cartoons of his "Family Circus" for many,
if not all, members of the audience. Each cartoon contained a special
little personal greeting to the family of the recipient from his
"family." One of those cartoons still proudly adorns the living room
wall of this writer.
Al Raymond and his "big band sound" provide the music
for our dancing and listening pleasure. It's a pleasure to dance to
music that gives you the opportunity to think; and when you're sitting
you can actually hold a conversation with the people at your table.
Joe McKeown and his ad book committee have done a
tremendous job on the program book and each of us at the banquet
receives a copy as a souvenir. Copies of the pictorial history of the
school written by Father Tony Dougherty, '29, and Leo Donohue, Hon. '70,
are on sale. Both committees are to be congratulated for their
Lest we forget, a big round of applause for a night
that will long be remembered is due the Banquet Arrangements Committee,
under Len Knobbs, '53. He was ably assisted by Lee Gaul, FAMA; and
Father Bill Juergens, OSFS, North's able and energetic Treasurer.
The party atmosphere is continued when the
Association hosts its cocktail party for the Faculty and their wives and
girlfriends in the school cafeteria. Over one hundred and fifty attend.
At the November Board meeting, President Cendrowski
reports that, in keeping with one of the recommendations of the
Evaluation Committee, he, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joe McKeown and
Fund Treasurer Len Knobbs have selected a five-man fund raising
committee for the Scholarship Fund. The committee will consist of
Francis J. "Tim" Dunleavy, '32, Vice-Chairman of the Board of I.T.T., as
chairman, with Harry J. Ely, '34, AFL-CIO Community Relations Director
for the Philadelphia area; Armand F. Gentile, '52, Vice-President and
Secretary of Beneficial Savings Bank; Robert T. Clark, '53, Philadelphia
Manager of Fahnestock & Co.; and William F. Coyle, Esq., '56, a partner
in the law firm of Abrams & Lowenstein, as co-chairmen. The Committee
sets a goal of $50,000 to be raised during 1977. They will select
additional members for the Committee.
Outstanding Alumnus Award
Len Knobbs introduces a motion, at the same meeting,
that, in memory of Father Tye and his many years of devoted service to
the Association, the Outstanding Alumnus Award be dedicated to Father
Tye. The motion is so well received that the entire Board seconds it and
it carries unanimously.
Attendance at the November 13th Monte Carlo Nite is,
to put it quite bluntly, lousy. A lot of hard work goes into preparing
for it . . . to no avail. Total profit is less than $540.00. We split it
three ways - $180.00 each to the school, Oblates and us. Hardly worth
Swigardo and his pal Rockie return to North on
December 5th to help Santa (McKeown) welcome the alumni children. It's a
close bet who is more popular with the more than two hundred kids - Mr.
Claus or the magician-ventriloquist and his stooge. Chairman Ray
Zegarski, '59, and his committee have an added treat for the audience
this year. When they arrive in the cafeteria after the show, they sit
down to a luncheon of McDonald hamburgers, pretzels, chips, ice cream
and soda. The kids have the opportunity for a personal interview with
Santa and each is presented with a smartly wrapped Christmas gift. The
wrapping is accomplished courtesy of a few alumni wives.
Incidentally, we've neglected to mention that the
alumni wives (Board members wives, that is) have not only helped at this
year's Christmas Party with the serving of the food but have performed
similar chores at the Monte Carlo Nites of this year and last. Many
Attendance at our annual retreat skyrockets from the
few last year. Two hundred and eighty men are at St.
Joseph's-in-the-Hills on the week-end of February 18th. C.A. Captain
Brady and Chairman Junod are pleased and feel we can hit the three
hundred mark next year.
Fund Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53, informs the Board of
Governors, at their March meeting, that the Class of 1933 has become the
first Class to reach the $4,000 goal. This will enable the Class to name
the grant in honor of someone. They have asked that the grant be known
as the Father George J. Palmer, OSFS - Class of 1933 Grant. The Board of
Trustees of the Fund has concurred.
What seemed to be a good idea turns out to be a
fiasco. The Communion Dinner scheduled for March 27th was supposed to
draw more people because it was a dinner. You certainly couldn't fault
the program. Tom Fox, Inquirer columnist, is the principal speaker;
"Maje" McDonnell, Phillies' scout is also on hand; and the unbeatable
"Mickey" Shaughnessy serves as toastmaster. Tough act to beat.
Unfortunately, we have only two hundred and sixty-six in attendance. Our
men just don't like Communion Dinners.
Mass is concelebrated by the clergy members of the
honor Class of 1951, Fathers Joseph Smith, the principal celebrant,
Joseph P. Denny, and William G. Scholl, OSFS, the homilist.
The roast beef dinner is delicious, or so we're told
. .. those of us responsible for filling the cafeteria find it hard to
swallow when we look out at the almost empty room.
Shaughnessy is his usual funny self. He helps lift us
out of the doldrums. "Maje" is like a breath of fresh air. He took us
back to the days of our youth...the Whiz Kids - Robin Roberts, Ashburn,
Hamner, "Puddin Head" Jones and the rest of that great bunch. His
stories hold us spell-bound. And then, the major address from the
columnist who most Philadelphians have come to love and respect because
he writes mostly about the "little guy"...the K & A man, the boy from
South Philly. Tom Fox talks to us like he writes; we're his pals, we
understand him and he understands us. He gratefully accepts our
Outstanding Achievement Award for his journalistic efforts...but wonders
aloud, "Why you chose me for this honor?"
President Cendrowski announces to the assembly that
the Outstanding Alumnus Award will be named in memory of Father Tye. He
presents a plaque commemorating this to Father Hopkins, the Oblate
Superior. Father Hopkins graciously accepts; and describes Father Tye
and his activities. As he returns to his seat with the plaque,
Shaughnessy takes the microphone and describes how he felt about Father
Tye and when he finishes there is not a dry eye in the house. And that
describes how we felt about Father.
The Basketball Tourney is captured by St. Boniface.
This is their third title. MVP honors go to Warren Keys of the Bonnies.
Through all of this, work is slowly, but surely,
continuing in our office.
The Board of Trustees announce the recipients of the
1977 Grants. It is fitting, since this will mark the first grant given
to a son or daughter of a dues' paying alumnus, that the grants will
honor Father Tye. The grants, awarded to seniors at North, go to Anthony
J. Stopyra, '77 ($4,000) and Raymond J. Attewell, '77 ($2,000). Stopyra
will enter St. Charles Seminary and Attewell will attend LaSalle. The
initial son/ daughter grant goes to Michelle Carlino, of Moorestown High
School. The daughter of Bill, '52, Michelle will join Attewell at
Chairman Cendrowski informs the Board that the Fund
has received a $5,000 donation which will be used to establish the
Michael A. O'Meara, '32, Grant; with the balance being credited to the
Edward J. Mooney, '32, Grant.
The Classes of '53 and '38 are fighting it out, tooth
and nail, to be the second class to establish a grant. The Fund now has
total assets of over $96,000. The Fund Raising Committee, headed by
"Tim" Dunleavy is doing a great job. Len Knobbs, '53, has been named to
his third consecutive three-year term as Treasurer of the Fund.
One hundred and one attend the Memorial Day Services.
Father Simons and four Oblate confreres concelebrate Mass; and then
Father conducts a short service at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.
Coffee and cake in the cafeteria are a welcome respite... it's a little
President Tony Cendrowski, '57, surprises the Board,
at their April meeting, by announcing that he will not be a candidate
for reelection. So when June rolls around, it figures we'll have a race
on our hands.
Surprise, surprise!! Former First Vice-President Ray
Zegarski, '59, is the only candidate. He is unanimously elected the
twentieth president of the Association. Three of the four
vice-presidents are also unopposed and thus, elected unanimously. They
are 1st V.P. John T. Musial, '63, 2nd V.P. William J. McCormac, '61, and
4th V.P. Raymond E. Rysak, '66. In the race for third vice-president,
Jim Flanagan, '47, defeats Bernie McGuire, '50, by better than
Joe McKeown,'33, is elected to his 24th consecutive
term as Treasurer. Paul Quinn, '36, wins reelection as Secretary as he
staves off a challenge by former president and current historian Frank
Gleason, '53. Lou Peters, '31, is named Assistant Secretary without
opposition, as are Assistant Treasurers Len Knobbs, '53, and Tony
At the May nominations, three candidates were
nominated for the post of Historian. All subsequently decline the
nomination. Election Chairman Ed Guinan, '37, reopens the nominations
for that office and Frank Gleason defeats Gerry Porter, '46, with eleven
members not voting.
Our first $10,000 Grand Prize in the "999" Club is
awarded to the sole holder of number "396" - Michael J. Klenieski, '72.
New Office Completed
The Alumni Office is finally completed on August
11th. Total outlay for renovations and new equipment was $10,082.03 with
$7,881.53 being spent on equipment; and the balance to change the entire
appearance of the Office into one we can all be proud of, and proud to
invite others into. Our thanks to Len Knobbs and his son for their work.
We hold a second cocktail party for the Faculty and
their wives/ girlfriends. September 16th is the date. Only thirty-five
faculty members show up...another affair that doesn't seem to be worth
The undergraduate scholarship grant is awarded to
In October, President Zegarski receives the first
request for the $1,000 in funds set aside annually for use by a
department of the school. Father Toner asks that $500 each be given to
the Bachelor Survival Course and the Home Science Course. After
consultation with Fathers Toner and Simons, and President Zegarski; the
Finance Committee directs that the entire $1,000 go to the Home Science
Course. The money will go to purchase tools and equipment used to teach
our students how to maintain a home or an apartment.
Monetary problems plague the Association once more.
The Finance Committee ponders raising the dues. The financial brain
trust - McKeown, Knobbs and Colletta suggest a way out. For years, we
have reinvested our dividends, when received, in Keystone Funds...by
taking them in cash, the Association would receive approximately $2,200
annually - this will go a long way towards alleviating our current cash
poor position. The Board accepts this solution, but Knobbs warns that it
is only temporary...we have to look for methods to bring in additional
The Monte Carlo Nite attendance improves over last
year and so does our profit... we net $1,360. Four hundred and fifty
dollars each will be given to the Oblates and the school.
At their December Board meeting, the decision is made
overwhelmingly, by the Board, that we return to a Breakfast. This, in
spite of the fact that the Evaluation Committee had recommended a
three-year trial period. Even the most ardent supporters of the dinner
theory are convinced, after last year, that the membership would rather
have a Breakfast.
Once again, Santa McKeown welcomes Swigardo and his
troupe to North Catholic - on December 11. This trio of McKeown,
Swiggard and Rockie (which dummy has the wooden head - as Rockie would
taunt his mentor) have delighted the kids in the past. And this year is
no exception. The kids, all one hundred and ninety-seven of them, have a
Something new this year, though. We have a new
vice-president in charge of elves - Ray Rysak, '66. He and his committee
continue their service to the kids and their parents, in the fine
tradition of Sholly, McManus and Zegarski. Once more, the kids are
feasted with the luncheon menu established last year.
In the January, 1978, Falconer, we are treated to an
example of the wisdom of our moderator, FR.ED Simons, when he
writes his description of an optimist - and we quote: "An optimist is a
person who (1) does crossword puzzles in ink, (2) writes to Bishops and
Congressmen, and (3) attempts to write a FALCONER article
five times a year." Need we say more!
We have a new C.A. Captain for the Malvern Retreat
Group and for the first time in our history, he is not a graduate. For a
long time now, more non-alumni have been journeying to Malvern with our
group than alumni. However, Joe Harvey is dedicated to St.
Joseph's-in-theHills and the North Catholic Retreat Group. He will be
assisted by our Chairman, Joe Donlin, '52. Two hundred and forty-one
attend...a slight increase.
March 12, 1978...Four hundred and ninety-four attend
our Annual Communion Breakfast. The Class of 1952 is the Honor Class.
Mass, in the auditorium, is concelebrated by Fathers
Edward J. Kelly, John A. Finn, OSFS, William J. Ruhl, OSFS, David H.
Beebe and Thomas J. Erbrick, OSFS. Father Ruhl, the president of the
DeSales' School of Theology, is the principal celebrant and homilist.
Prices are rising faster than we can keep up
with...we now must charge $6.50 for the Breakfast - a far cry from the
dollar of forty years ago which also included the annual membership dues
for the Association. But the food is good and there's plenty of it.
Recipient Causes Controversy
Tony Santoro, our resident Italian comic, with his
shy smile and easy delivery, captivates the audience. As Toastmaster, he
has the honor of presenting to the audience a man whose name is on
almost every tongue in the City of Philadelphia at this time. None other
than David W. Marston, the crusading United States Attorney for Eastern
Pennsylvania. Marston has been in the vortex of a storm surrounding his
ouster as U.S. Attorney. President Carter dismissed him on the
recommendation of Congressman Eilberg. Eilberg has been under
investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office.
Marston is presented the Outstanding Achievement
Award for his performance in the field of law enforcement. Shortly
before the Breakfast, Marston has announced his candidacy for the office
of Governor in the upcoming primary. This causes a great deal of
controversy. We inform Mr. Marston, under no circumstances, should he
make a political speech. He agrees and his remarks are very tame and
concern themselves with the corruption that is evident in today's
society. Nevertheless, we are criticized for having a political
candidate address the Breakfast.
Drew Mahalic, one of the Eagles' outstanding corps of
young line-backers, brings us up to date on the Birds and their new
coach, Dick Vermeil. Mahalic, a Notre Dame graduate, is well received by
the audience. Incidentally, we should take this opportunity to publicly
thank one of our alumni, Jim Gallagher, '47, the Public Relations
Director of the Eagles, for his help over the years in obtaining various
sports speakers to address the Breakfast.
Father J. Stuart Dooling, the newly elected
Provincial of the Oblates, is awarded honorary membership in the
Association. Bob Fuessinger, '48, and Frank Devinney, '42, are the third
and fourth members of the Board of Governors to be presented with
plaques commemorating twenty-five years of service.
Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, is named Outstanding Alumnus.
Knobbs, a former president of the Association, the current Assistant
Executive Secretary-Treasurer, and Treasurer of the Scholarship Fund, is
the eighth man to be so honored in our forty-nine year history.
Defending champion St. Boniface retains its tourney
crown. This is the first time in the seventeen year history of the
tournament that any team has won the title four times. The Bonnies place
three players on the all-tourney team, with MVP honors going to their
quick back court ace, Tim O'Shea.
The Scholarship Fund Trustees announce the recipients
of the Father George J. Palmer, OSFS - Class of 1933 Grants. The
son/daughter grant is presented to Joseph Whelan, son of Jim, '46. Joe,
a senior at Archbishop Wood, will attend LaSalle College. The two North
grants are awarded to seniors James Campbell, '78, ($4,000) to attend
Villanova and Stanley Krol, '78, ($2,000) to attend LaSalle. Chairman
Zegarski informs the Board of Governors that the Trustees have
established a second $2,000 grant to be awarded to an incoming Freshman
at North, and that the son/daughter grant has been increased to $4,000.
Another Santa Claus dies...Ed McNamee, '41, who for
many years portrayed the kindly old gentleman with the whiskers, passes
away on May 1st. Ed, a member of the Board for just under fifteen years,
will be missed by his many friends.
We can hold the line no longer...On May 11, the
Finance Committee recommends adoption of a motion made by Knobbs and
McKeown, at the April meeting, to increase the dues to $3.00. There is a
lengthy discussion as to what effect the increase will have on our total
It is pointed out, by Knobbs, that most members avail
themselves of the "999" Club to pay their dues and as a result will not
be subjected to any increase whatsoever. However, the one thousand or so
who pay the actual dues' fee are certainly intelligent and realistic
enough to appreciate the fact that prices have increased tremendously
since 1950, the date of our last increase. The Board approves the motion
Oblate Fathers Simons, Ashenbrenner (the new Superior
at North), Hanlon and Stafford concelebrate Mass in the Faculty House
Chapel for the eighty-eight friends and relatives of our honored war
dead. After the Memorial Day Mass, Father Simons conducts a short
service at the Shrine and we then adjourn to the cafeteria for our usual
The 1978 elections for row offices are once again
marked by the absence of competition. President Ray Zegarski, '59, and
three of his four vice-presidents (Musial, '63, McCormac, '61, and
Flanagan, '47) are unopposed for reelection. 4th V.P. Ray Rysak, '66,
decides not to see reelection and Second Assistant Treasurer Colletta is
named to the vacancy with opposition. McKeown and Quinn are the only
candidates for Treasurer and Secretary, as is Frank Gleason for
Historian. Ed Ganister, '32, succeeds to the Second Assistant Treasurer
post vacated by Colletta.
The only races revolve around Lou Peters, '31, the
incumbent Assistant Secretary. He loses that post to William M. Nesbitt,
'59, and then loses to incumbent First Assistant Treasurer Knobbs in a
bid for that position.
For the fifth consecutive year, our Picnic is held at
Lake Lisheoras. It seems every year we return, Mike Lisheoras, the owner
adds another improvement. The drive-ways are now completely
black-topped, there are cement walkways, yet the place still retains the
rustic charm and lush scenery that attracted us in the first place.
However, we've had to raise the price for adults to $4.00; kids still
get in for a buck and a half. The price still includes free beer (for
those of age) and free birch beer.
The $10,000 Grand Prize in the "999" Club is shared,
for the first time, by three winners, John P. Hartner, '69, John E.
McKeever, '65 and Francis M. Coyle, '68. The winning number is 681.
The undergraduate grants are awarded by the
Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees to Ralph Grillo and Thomas Miller.
Our annual Monte Carlo Nite is held in the school
cafeteria on November 18th. Despite a small problem which involved the
dispensing of a certain liquid which drastically affects attendance, we
manage to make Fourteen Hundred Dollars which is divided equally among
us, the Oblates and the school.
The events of this evening will reverberate for many
years to come...nuff said.
Earlier in the year, Fran Dougherty, '59, North's
Athletic Director, and Fred Hauser, his Frankford H.S. counterpart,
called a meeting of interested alumni and friends of both schools. It
was held in the North Catholic cafeteria and centered around the
upcoming Thanksgiving Day Game. This would be the 50th
Anniversary...actually the first game was played in October, 1928.
Throughout the summer and early Fall various
committees work to perfect every-thing for THE GA ME... but it
went far beyond the game - we would have a dinner the night before the
game for the players and coaches. After the dinner, there would be a
giant party to which everyone was invited. The game would be played at
Vet Stadium and on the morning of the game, breakfast would be served in
the Press Club. Oh, we had something for everyone.
Tony Visco, Frankford '56, is elected Chairman of the
Classic, as it came to be known...and that was the last thing Frankford
A coin toss between Visco and Len Knobbs, '53,
settles the fact that the game will be referred to as the North
Catholic-Frankford Thanksgiving Day Classic. A logo is selected and
adopted as the official monogram. All literature, press releases, etc.,
bear this logo.
Knobbs is named Chairman of the ad book committee. He
and Visco banter long into the night, many nights, over the content of
the book. The final product, a ninety-eight page book complete with an
illustrated history of the game and the football programs at both
schools over the years, is a complete sell-out. We still have people
asking for copies.
Knobbs is also given the task of running the dinner
the night before, as well as the party and the breakfast. Because of
limited seating at the Press Club, only one hundred seats are available
and they are evenly distributed between North and Frankford supporters.
The dinner is attended by the players and coaches of both schools, most
of the players' parents; and a smattering of people who are involved
with the Classic. Father Joe Toner, '45, North's principal, is
Toastmaster and does his usual outstanding job. He does an effective job
of "roasting" Al Angelo.
More than six hundred people jam The Shack Restaurant
for the party after the dinner. Everywhere you look are former
All-Catholic, All-Public, and All-Scholastic football stars.
Intermingled with them are former coaches, players, bench warmers and
just plain fans.
November 23rd dawns cool and crisp. The one hundred,
lucky enough to get seats in the Press Club, dine on a sumptuous buffet
breakfast provided by Kings' Caterers.
The field program for the day, under the direction of
Larry Conti, '63, North's baseball coach, included pre-game ceremonies
hosted by Don Tollefson, WPVI-TV sportscaster. The highlight of the
pre-game ceremonies was the coin toss between John H. "Swede" Mallon,
'29, a tackle on the '28 Falcon squad, and Joe Tomlin, a Pioneer
footballer of the twenties. Tomlin was the founder of the Pop Warner
Football Conference. We win again! Mallon, as North's honorary captain,
elects to receive. And that's the beginning of the end.
Early in the first quarter, all-scholastic halfback
Harry Ulmer, '79, races eighteen yards for his first TD of the day. Joe
Weick adds the PAT and North leads, seven-zip, with 8:14 remaining in
the first period. Midway through the second quarter, Chris Yurkow,
Frankford quarterback, puts the Pioneers on board with a one-yard
plunge, climaxing a sixty-yard - fifteen play drive. A pass for the
bonus conversion is batted away at the last instant by the defensive
star of the day, middle-linebacker Pat Jordan. A linebacker, in the mold
of Bergey, Pat, a '79 grad, is credited with twenty-two tackles,
including twelve solos.
Just before the first half ends, a pass from Daulerio
to Galiczynski goes incomplete in the end zone...but Frankford is
charged with interference, giving North a first down on the one. From
there Ulmer plunges over for his second TD. Conversion by Weick;
North-14. Frankford-6, as the first half ends.
Half-time ceremonies are the crowning point of the
day. Former coaches are introduced at midfield...and then approximately
one thousand former players from both schools meet on the field. Amid
much hugging and handshaking, the true spirit and friendship that
symbolized THE GAME is evidenced as never before in the history
of this Classic.
In the third quarter the Pioneers move sixty-seven
yards in nine plays to score on Joe Galasso's two-yard smash. Talk about
luck...Yurkow, with North defenders draped all over him, passes to Ed
Gerety, who was already down - flat on his back in the end zone. TIE
The Falcons come right back. They take the kickoff
and march sixty-five yards in eleven plays. Dan Galiczynski scores what
is to be the winning touchdown with 1:38 gone in the fourth period.
Another Weick conversion...and North leads, 21-14. THE FINAL SCORE!
In an emotional locker room scene after the game,
President Ray Zegarski, '59, tells the players, "We, the Alumni, needed
this win and you gave it to us...for this, we thank you from the bottom
of our hearts."
At a wrap-up meeting of the committee, held at The
Shack Restaurant, each member of the committee is presented with a small
gold football, suitably engraved. Surprise of the evening is when
Frankford AD Fred Hauser and Coach Al Angelo present Knobbs, '53, with a
special award in gratitude for all the work he did on the Thanksgiving
Our 50th Anniversary Committee has been busy
solidifying plans for the celebration. The committee consists of
President Zegarski, as general chairman, with McKeown, '33, in charge of
the ad book, Knobbs handling banquet arrangements, and John Musial, '63,
in charge of ticket sales. A separate committee, under Gleason, '53, is
busy gathering facts for the publication of our fifty year history.
At the December meeting, the Board approves a $1,000
donation to the school. This annual department grant will go to help
complete the school's new media center, which is located in what used to
be the balcony of the auditorium.
Our 26th Annual Kiddies' Christmas Party is held on
December 10th with one hundred and seventy-nine children in attendance.
Magician-ventriloquist Swigardo provides the usual entertainment
assisted by Mrs. Swiggard and their little wooden-headed pal, "Rockie."
We have a new Santa, in the person of Ed Markowski,
'56. Elf-in-charge Rysak and his able pixies distribute luncheon and a
gaily wrapped package to each child.
A Special Award
An item discussed at the January meeting is the
establishment of a special Outstanding Alumnus Award. This award will be
presented, on a tri-annual basis, commencing in 1980, to a member of the
Association who has not been active in recent years. It is patterned
along the lines of baseball's old timers award for the Hall of Fame. A
special selection committee has been established...they have lifetime
appointments. The members of this committee include: Ed Ganister, '32,
Bill Arnoldy, '38, Jim Flanagan, '47, Len Knobbs, '53, Ray Zegarski,
'59, Ray Rysak, '66, and Tony Colletta, '72. No more than two men from
any decade may serve on the committee and the chairmanship will rotate
among the members.
Under C.A. Captain Joe Harvey's determined
leadership, two hundred and twenty-six men arrive at St.
Joseph's-in-the-Hills on Friday evening, February 16th. Monsignor
McGuire, rector, lauds our efforts to get back to the three hundred man
level. With the help of each and every alumnus, we're quite certain we
can attain that goal.
Golden Anniversary Breakfast
April 1, 1979...the date of our 50th Anniversary
Communion Breakfast and the Silver Anniversary graduating Class of 1953
is the honor Class...and it was a Breakfast to be remembered right from
the very start.
Wonder of wonders - we really have a crowd. Five
hundred and thirty-six smiling faces greet President Zegarski as he
conducts the General Membership Meeting and Class Representatives'
election, prior to Mass. This is our largest turnout in twelve years.
Mass is concelebrated by Fathers Joseph Gallagher,
'53, and John O'Rourke, OSA, '53. Father Jack is principal celebrant and
homilist. It is in the latter category that he will go down in history.
He has his congregation spell-bound when he tells them; "I have decided
to leave the priesthood." His tale becomes especially convincing when he
begins to detail his reasons for his momentous decision. More than a few
are incredulous that a priest would take this occasion to announce his
resignation. Then, Father Jack slowly smiles...and reminds his audience
that "today is April 1st - dedicated to the gullible." A roar
spreads through the auditorium...is it laughter...or relief...or both.
While this is taking place inside the auditorium, our
current resident practical joker, Third Vice-President Jim Flanagan,
'47, is distributing chocolate candy to his friends. He finds two easy
marks in Paul Quinn, '36, and Knobbs...the candy (?) is chocolate
covered garlic...made for the occasion.
With this start, things could only get better...and
get better, they did.
After our usual delicious breakfast, courtesy of Four
Chefs, we settle down to listen to our various speakers.
We expect Don Tollefson, but as sometimes happens in
the televison industry, we are greeted by his regular stand-in, Steve
Levy. Levy is quick to inform his audience that Levy is only his "stage
Dennis Franks, captain of the Philadelphia Eagles'
special teams, is both comical and informative. He details for those
present, Flanagan's shenanigans of earlier in the morning and then asks
Jim for a "piece of the candy" to give to Coach Vermeil. The capsulated
review of the Eagles, provided by Dennis, gives us an insight on Vermeil
and lends credence to the reports that they are definitely the team to
beat in the future.
Senator Joseph Biden, of Delaware, takes the rostrum
and immediately chastises Franks for giving away
his secret, he already
has "a piece of candy" and had full intentions of presenting it to his
driver on the return trip to Delaware. The Democratic Senator from our
neighboring state is on hand to receive our annual Outstanding
Achievement Award for supporting legislation to aid Catholic education.
Joseph R. Biden, Jr., delights and challenges his
audience with his remarks. His challenge - that as Catholics, we should
look first to ourselves for support of our schools before seeking
His inspirational speech is well received...at the
conclusion, the Senator is given a standing ovation reminiscent of the
one given Donald Barnhouse in 1967.
Ed Guinan, '37, is awarded the Father John B. Tye
Outstanding Alumnus Award. Ed has been a member of the Board since 1960
and for many years has led the Board in the sale of Breakfast tickets.
Joe McKeown, '33, and Bernie McGuire, '50, are
presented twenty-five year service plaques by President Zegarski.
Normally, the Breakfast sees our president distributing a lot of checks
and this year is no exception...but he also receives one, in the amount
of $256.00, from Class Reps Frank Gleason and Len Knobbs on behalf of
the honor Class of '53, for the Scholarship Fund.
An underdog St. Edward's team swept to the title in
our 18th annual basketball tourney by handily defeating four opponents.
Throughout the tourney, they were paced by MVP Kevin Hill and James
Cole, who also earned all-star honors.
Fund Chairman Ray Zegarski informs the Board of
Governors, at their May meeting, of the Board of Trustees decision on
the Michael A. O'Meara, '32, Grants. They have awarded the $4,000 grant
to John D. Walsh, '79, and the $2,000 grant to James M. Palmer, '79. The
$4,000 son/daughter grant goes to Kathleen M. Seitz, of Upper Dublin
High, daughter of John Seitz, '50. All three young people will attend
LaSalle College and major in chemistry.
Memorial Day Services, honoring our alumni war dead,
are attended by eighty-two relatives, friends and alumni. A Memorial
Mass is concelebrated, in the chapel, by Oblate Fathers Edward Simons,
'34, John Beattie, Robert Hanlon, '43, James Cassidy, Joseph Griffin,
'46, and Robert Ashenbrenner, '44. Attendance is slipping...people seem
to have better things to do on Memorial Day (?) than honoring the people
who have made their relaxing life-style possible.
There is only one contested race in the June
elections, that of Fourth Vice-President...and Bill O'Connell, '34,
upsets incumbent Tony Colletta, '72. Our 50th Anniversary year officers,
in addition to O'Connell, are: President Raymond P. Zegarski, '59, 1st
V.P. John T. Musial, '63, 2nd V.P. William J. McCormac, '61, 3rd V.P.
Edward J. Guinan, '37, Secretary Paul D. Quinn, '36, Treasurer Joseph E.
McKeown, '33, Assistant Secretary William M. Nesbitt, '59, Assistant
Treasurers Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, and Edward J. Ganister, '32, and
Historian Francis J. Gleason, '53.
At the same meeting, the Board authorizes a special
50th Anniversary decal to be given to all dues' payers and a gold
membership card to commemorate our anniversary.
The night before the meeting, June 12, 1979, to be
exact, the Class of 1929 holds its 50th Anniversary Reunion. They begin
with a Mass, concelebrated by their classmates, Fathers John Conmy and
Walter Kelly. Then they adjourn to a country club to celebrate.
Forty-six members of the Class are in attendance. President Zegarski and
Assistant Treasurer Knobbs and their wives; and Moderator Father Ed
Simons are honored guests of the Class. Among the men they meet that
night are Jake Horne, Jim Graham, Bill Robinson, Frank McKee, Joe
Murphy, John Clark and many, many others. The Chairman of the Reunion,
of course, is "Swede" Mallon.
Six-Eighteen is the winning number of the grand prize
in the "999" Club. Eight people hold the number and receive $1,250 each.
They are: Dennis Colgan, Jr., '58, Joseph Gabor, '61, Frank O'Brien,
'55, Nellie O'Neill, Francis Owens, '58, William J. Welsh, '65, Anthony
Zuvich, '74, and John S. Fell, '51.
Despite the fact that Sunday, August 19th, is bright
and sunny and the site, Lake Lisheoras, is superb...only a handful (108)
show up for our annual picnic. No softball game this year...volley ball
instead. The old-timers completely dominate winning two best of seven
series - with only one loss.
A special meeting is called by President Zegarski to
discuss the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration. Participation, or
lack of it, is the prime reason for the meeting. Advertising sales are
poor and ticket sales are even worse. He calls on the Board to
demonstrate some of that "old North Catholic spirit."
At the September meeting, McKeown reports that better
than fifty pages of advertising have been secured as a result of a
tremendous effort on the part of a few people.
Knobbs reports that all is readiness for the Banquet
at The Shack on October 21st. Ticket sales around one hundred. Sales
Chairman John Musial urges an all-out effort by Board members to assure
that we have at least five hundred in attendance. The Tom Weick combo
has been secured to play for our dancing pleasure. Tables will be
reserved for parties of ten. Ticket price is $22.00 per person which
includes a cocktail hour, filet mignon dinner and an open bar 'til
midnite. The Shack will hold seven hundred and fifty and we hope to fill
it to capacity.
Fund Chairman Zegarski reports that the undergraduate
awards will go to Mario Figueroa and Thomas Slattery. The awards are
worth $500 annually, for four years, to each of the young men.
President Zegarski suggests that, in honor of Pope
John Paul H's historic visit to our city and in conjunction with our
Anniversary, we confer honorary membership on His Holiness. Knobbs and
Handley, '58, move adoption of the recommendation and the Board approves
The time has come to close this history of our first
fifty years. We sincerely hope that you enjoyed reading it as much as we
did writing it. We agonized a great deal over the proper method of
presenting the story of the Association...most of our history dealt with
facts and figures. Finally, we felt the best way to do it would be to
take a page from a televison show of the Fifties and say - all things
are as they were then...except- YOU ARE THERE. Thus, this is how
you came to read our history in the present tense..
The authors, Len Knobbs, '53, and Joe McKeown, '33,
would like to take this opportunity to express their gratitude to some
very great and helpful people. Portions of our history were hard to
extract, others very easy.
Our first thanks go to the people who made the
history of the organization our members, the more than 31,000 living and
deceased graduates of Northeast Catholic High School. Second, to the men
who formed our history - the five hundred and twenty-six men whose names
appear elsewhere in this book - the men who have served on the Board at
various times throughout our fifty year history, in particular to the
twenty men who have led us as Presidents. We would be remiss, if we
didn't extend our thanks to the Oblates - who have steered us through
the years-in particular, to our Moderators.
Finally, we would like to thank the committee, headed
by Historian Frank Gleason, that spent hours digging up the facts for
us. The committee included: Ray Zegarski, '59, Ed Ganister, '32, Jim
Flanagan, '47, Paul Quinn, '36, and John Handley, '58.
A very special "Thank You" to three people,
Wanda Musial, wife of Vice-President John, '63, for spending many hours
typing our manuscripts...Ed Ganister, '32, who spent more hours than we
can count in the Alumni Office doing research and checking dates, while
we wrote and wrote...and my wife, Barbara Knobbs, for spending time
proofreading final copy before it went to the printer and most
importantly for just being there and taking care of things at home while
Joe and I devoted the time necessary to writing this history.
And then, the 50th Anniversary Celebration
At the October meeting, just prior to our 50th
Anniversary celebration, President Zegarski informs the Board that an
announcement will be made at the dinner increasing the value and number
of grants awarded by the Scholarship Fund. The total value of the grants
awarded will increase from $14,000 per year to $20,000 per year. Grants
to incoming Freshmen at NECHS will be increased from two to three at
$500 per year. Additional grants of $500 per year will be awarded to
graduating seniors from NECHS and the son or daughter of a dues paying
alumnus to attend college. In just ten years, thanks to the generosity
of our members, grants have increased tenfold.
Zegarski also announced the formation of a committee
to raise fund for the Scholarship Fund. It will be headed by Nicholas A.
Giordano, '61, the Executive Vice President of the Philadelphia Stock
Exchange. Serving as co-chairs will be Thomas J. McNulty, '43, Business
Manager of the Plumber Union Local 690; Thomas I. Savage, '52, Vice
President of Beneficial Savings Bank, Rev. Joseph B. Graham, '53,
Executive Director of Institutional Services for the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia; and John J. McShane, '56, President of Franklin Towne
Over 470 attend our Golden Jubilee Celebration at the
Shack Restaurant on Roosevelt Boulevard. The dinner is well received by
all in attendance. Proclamations honoring the Association for its long
service are received from the Congress of the United States, the Senate
and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and
the Mayor and City Council of Philadelphia. Len Knobbs,'53, serves as
Master of Ceremonies. We are treated to remarks by our first President,
Father John Conmy, OSFS, '29,
and President Ray Zegarski, '59. The
introduction of honored guests, both at the head table and in the
audience seems to go on forever. Also honored were 50 men, who in the
opinion of the current Board of Governors have contributed greatly, over
the past fifty years, to the success of the Association. A parchment
scroll is presented to each of the recipients. The men who received the
awards are: Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, Joseph E. McKeown, '33, James A.
Flanagan, '47, John T. Musial, '63, John H. Mallon, '29, J. William
Arnoldy, '38, Vincent J. Bee, '35, Thomas J. Blessington, '48, Patrick
J. Boyle, '49, Rev. Fernan J. Brennan, OSFS, '32, Henry E. Bukowski,
'31, Bernard F. Bygott, '34, Anthony J. Cendrowski, '57, Thomas M.
Cleary, '47, Anthony J. Colletta, '72, Rev. John J. Conmy, OSFS, '29,
James J. Cox, Jr., '36, Francis J. Devinney, '42, Charles F. Dorland,
'46, Francis J. Dunleavy, '32, Robert J. Fuessinger, '48, Edward J.
Ganister, '32, Francis J. Gleason, '53, Edward J. Guinan, '37, John F.
Handley, '58, John J. Hooten, '34, Rocco G. lacone, '55, John F. Junod,
'52, Paul J. Kelly, '34, Joseph A. Kilian, '35, Joseph J. Mackin, '40,
Joseph T. Madden, '43, William J. McCormac, '61, Richard C. McGrath,
'39, Rev. James J. McGuire, OSFS, '34, Francis T. McKee, '29, Hon.
Joseph T. Murphy, '29, Francis P. Murray, '39, William H. O'Connell,
Jr., '34, Louis J. Peters, '31, Charles J. Quinn, '36, Paul D. Quinn,
'36, William P. Robinson, MD, '39, Raymond E. Rysak, '66, James P.
Scanlon, '30, Rev. Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34, George W. Sommer, '36,
John A. Thiers, '34, James T. White, '49, and Raymond P. Zegarski, '59.
The dinner and the history/ad book are an
overwhelming success - both socially and financially - and the
committees headed by Joe McKeown, '33 (Ad Book), Len Knobbs, '53 (Dinner
Arrangements), and John Musial, '63 (Dinner Sales) receive an tremendous
round of thanks from the Board for a job well done. Also, Knobbs and
McKeown are commended for his compilation of the history of the
Association. They extend a special Thank You to Ed Ganister, '32,
for his research work, Wanda Musial (wife of John, '63) for typing the
majority of the manuscript, and Barbara Knobbs for proof reading the
finished product. Also acknowledged were Historian Frank Gleason,'53,
and his committee of Ray Zegarski, '59, Jim Flanagan, '47, John Handley,
'58, and Paul Quinn, '36, that spent untold hours digging through our
records for the facts to support our story.
Chairman Ray Rysak and his committee host Santa (Ed Markowski, '56)
and 206 children at our annual Kiddies' Christmas Party. Entertainment
is provided by Mr. & Mrs. Clown. The kids are treated to hamburgers, ice
cream, soda, pretzels and chips; and each receives a wrapped gift and a
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
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
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.