I believe I heard it first in the Latin class taught by Fr. Kerdiejus, "De gustibus non disputandum ". For those of you who skipped class that day, look it up. I always enjoyed the rhythm and cadence and meaning of the phrase. I combined that with Frost's "The Road Not Taken", and that is a summation of how I've enjoyed my life. The Cliff notes are as follows:
After a brief, (major understatement), stint at BC, most of it spent not studying, in the early '70s I joined an airline charter company in Boston that ran charters to the Carib Islands and Las Vegas. Really gave me a bug for travel. In the late '70s and early '80s I did some TV comedy productions for a fledgling HBO that ran periodically for the next year or so. A run of only a few more decades and I would have broken even. In the mid '80s, in a moment of complete clarity, I agreed to be recruited by a good friend into Wall Street via Lehman Brothers. I spent the next 25 years managing portfolios, the last 15 or so with Morgan Stanley. I learned to fly Piper Cherokees and Cessna 172's ( VFR only) at Beverly airport in the early 2000's, although I doubt I would have crossed paths in the sky with those highly skilled military and commercial pilots I have read about on these pages.
During those years I was married and divorced twice, no children by consensual choice. I've concluded I'm not really good at marriage, although I keep trying. I have yet to be married in the 21st Century, but of course the century is still young. I also traveled to 5 of the continents and last year took a highly unsanctioned journey to all of Hemingway's haunts in Cuba, including his famous La Bodeguita Del Medio in Havana, where it is rumored he invented the Mojito. Very enlightening trip.
I retired from MS in 2012, moved to Coastal SW Florida in 2013, and spend my free time golfing 2-3 times per week, volunteering at a local hospital, doing some consulting when it suits me, to avoid boredom, and generally practicing the joie de vivre I have tried to embrace all my life.
I applaud those whose bio I have read who have participated in meaningful and compassionate endeavors and hope we all continue to do so. We were trained well.
I was also saddened to learn of the far too early passing of my friend John Costello. RIP.
As you enjoy your time at the Colonial Inn, I will raise a glass of Grey Goose, tonic and lemon at my favorite boutique hotel, in my favorite small town, on the left coast of Italy.
I'll also look forward to the first Xavier/Rose Hawthorne reunion.
After graduating from Xavier I went on to attend college at what was then called Massachusetts State College at Salem, which has gone through a few name changes, and is now known as Salem State University, I guess I was upgraded. After some major changes and academic maturity, I graduated in 1971 with a degree in Business Education. Eager to start into the world of public education I hurried on down to the Placement Office to seek out schools looking for Business Teachers, they had exactly one.
It was a wonderful recession, as during the next two years I was able to hone my teaching skills on the factory floor. I did enjoy the work and the conversations on the second shift were stimulating, as those who were my age and working there all had college degrees.
I was about to head out West with a couple of buddies to do the ski bum thing, when out of the blue I got a letter from a school in Northern Vermont looking for a Business Teacher. So I gave up the ski bum idea and took a position at Bellow’s Free Academy in Fairfax Vermont. After all, I did go to college to do just that. I found a place to live on the Islands of Lake Champlain where I met my landlord’s secretary, whom I married in 1976, and we are still together.
I enjoyed four years of working and living in the Green Mountains when my wife was given an opportunity to start her own insurance business back in her home of Berwick, PA. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, so off we go! While she got busy building up a clientele, I got busy as the second assistant manager of the local Burger King while substitute teaching during the day. After a year I was offered a fulltime teaching position. Problem was I would have to take a good size cut in pay and benefits. But, as I said before, that’s what why I went to college.
Needing to be certified in Pennsylvania I took up courses at Bloomsburg State College, now called Bloomsburg University, (another upgrade), where I learned about the world of programming and the up-and-coming, new-fangled micro-computers. I found this to be most interesting, and I obtained a Certificate in Data Processing. I approached the Berwick Area School District Superintendent about the possibility of developing a curriculum using micro computers in the High School. He, fortunately, saw this as good for the future of our distressed area and told me to develop the curriculum, and he’d find the money. I am proud to say that I was a leader in bringing this technology to the general student population. I am rewarded over and over when former students tell me how much that helped them in their careers. While I was doing that I also helped with my wife’s Insurance work becoming a licensed agent and Certified Insurance Counselor. I am now retired from teaching and continue to assist my wife in her very successful agency.
Along the way there have been the low points of the passing of parents, and close friends. We all have to go through that. The height of our forty plus years together is our daughter who we had a little late in life, and has made us proud. She is an organizer for an environmental non-profit trying to keep the frackers and pipeline dogs at bay.
Reflecting on my Xavier Experience I always feel that it was worth being there, the influence of the teachers and fellow students was strong. I definitely credit the success of my 34 year teaching career to the example of those who taught me at Xavier. I learned more about how to teach and deal with students from them than from any “Methods” classes that I had in college.
I am eternally grateful to my parents for the sacrifices they made in order to send me and my brother, John, to Xavier.
927 Roslyn Drive
Berwick, PA 18603
(570) 854-2291 cell
John (Jack) B. Leonard of West Hollywood, CA died July 6, 2011, after a courageous battle with lymphoma. Jack was the beloved husband of the late Josine (nee Curtin) of Chicago and the late Barbara (nee Stephens) of West Hollywood. In the summer of 1955, Jack entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at Shadowbrook, the Jesuit novitiate, in Lenox, MA. Tragic fire destroyed Shadowbrook in March of 1956. Therefore, Jack completed his novitiate at St. Andrew on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, NY. Returning to the newly built Shadowbrook, Jack completed his humanities studies in 1959. He then began his studies in Philosophy and History at Weston College, Weston, MA and completed these in 1962, graduating with honors. He was awarded his BA and MA degrees from Boston College. From 1962 through 1965, Jack taught history and theology at Xavier High School in Concord, MA; he also coached track, basketball, and baseball at Xavier. Jack was a very influential teacher and role model to many of the young men at Xavier.
In 1965, Jack began his theological studies at the Bellarmine School of Theology in North Aurora, Illinois and he was ordained a Jesuit priest on June 6, 1968. During these years Jack became actively involved in community organizing in Chicago, including the Woodlawn community initiative. Jack's objective was the development and implementation community-based initiatives to develop plans and strategies to bring about equal educational, employment and housing opportunities for the predominantly black population of the Woodlawn community. Jack viewed these efforts as the real work of the Gospels, as well as his Jesuit vocation. This vision of community organization became the hallmark of Jack's efforts throughout his years in Chicago as well as Wisconsin.
In the mid 1970s, amidst the dramatic current of change and transformation in the Catholic Church, Jack chose to be dispensed from his Jesuit religious and priestly vows. He continued his commitment to community organizing in Chicago and Wisconsin throughout these years. His wife, Josine, died in 1978 and shortly thereafter Jack moved to Los Angeles. There he returned to teaching and educational administration in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). He concentrated his efforts on assisting young limited-English speaking students to receive full access to equal educational opportunity. During this period, Jack also was involved in the initiatives of a variety of social and human service delivery systems, such as health, wellness, and care for persons affected by AIDS.
He became Board President of Wellness Works in Glendale, CA, a non-profit holistic health and education center that provides training, education and treatments for self healing in its Welcome Home Veterans Program. In his own battle with lymphoma he thought of the suffering of veterans to help him endure his own challenges. He also served on the Board of Coldwater Counseling Center, a resource for the delivery of psycho-therapeutic services.
Jack's obituary in the LA Times, excerpted below, captures his other-centered vision and life dynamic:
... Spending time with Jack made you feel that you had the potential to reach any goal you might desire. He had the ability to see the best in you, to be excited for your possibilities and to encourage your endeavors with his enthusiasm for individual creativity, humanity and the power of the spirit. His entire being was about loving others and his extension of good will to those he met left people with a positive feeling about their lives and their own goodness. ... A one-time Jesuit priest, many considered him Father Jack even after he left the priesthood, as he continued "ministering" to others his entire life. His was a life of service to friends, family and those in need ...
In a word, Jack's entire life was that of a “Man for Others.”
Written by Charlie Hegarty
How does one begin to tell a life story that, to this day, is led by a higher power that takes you on a journey you could never have imagined?
While at Xavier I worked weekends and holidays at Mass General Hospital as an orderly, many times in the Cancer Ward. It was there that I would hear people express their regrets, the ‘could haves’, ‘should haves’, ‘only ifs’, of ones life before death. It was then that I promised myself that I would live my life to the fullest and never have those kind of regrets.
After graduation Xavier, I attended Boston University and got quite a cultural shock. From 75 students to 30,000 students! I was pre-med and ended up doing quite poorly. I lasted one year and then transferred to a small college in Pennsylvania (Penn Martin College -now Widner U). I went without a major for 2 years searching for something, now that pre-med was no longer an option. I took courses every summer in Psych and Sociology. The college created a new department for me called Behavioral Science. In my senior year, I was the only one in that department with enough credits to graduate with this major.
While in college, I started the college radio station and was a disc jockey for 2 years. I also started a Karate Club, like the one we had in Xavier, and continued my Martial Arts training.
3 weeks before graduation, I was drafted (my fault as I didn’t enter the graduation date properly). However, since this was a small college, I was able to graduate with a BA in Behavioral Science, although I missed the graduation ceremony. I was sent to Fort Polk, LA for Basic and Advanced Infantry training and, from there, to Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning Ga. After graduating the order came to go to Viet Nam as a Second Lieutenant Infantry Officer.
After a 19 hour flight to Viet Nam, I was told to report to the Brigade Commander where I was given a choice (Higher Power Intervened). I could serve as a Sergeant for 2 years and keep my commission, or do 6 years in the Reserve. I saluted the Colonel and signed my papers to resign the Active Army. As I was walking to get back on the plane, the clerk called out that all my paperwork came in and I had passed my security clearance. Too late – got on the plane and flew back to the US, (don’t know if any of you remember that I am a naturalized citizen from Poland. I was being sworn in on the day Kennedy was assassinated, November 22, 1963).
When I got back to the States, I was assigned to the Medical Service Corps and became the Battalion Surgeon for the 111th Infantry National Guard – the sister unit of the 82nd Airborne. I went on to become the XO of Headquarters Company, and then became the Commander and finally the Battalion S3Air. I left the Guard in 1986 as a Major.
In Pennsylvania, my first job was that of a teacher for Emotionally Disturbed or Socially Maladjusted Children in Camden NJ. I worked that job for 1 year and went on to become a Probation Officer in Philadelphia. That is where I met my first wife and married in 1973.
I went back to school (Temple U) for a Masters in Group Pydo-dynamics and wrote a grant for Special Services at the Probation Dept. I then became the director of that unit and we dealt with the Psychiatric, Sex Offender, Drug and Alcohol Clients. Went back to school again, at Temple U, for my first Doctorate in Organizational Behavior and later, realizing that I needed more education, received my second Doctorate at Lafayette U in Counseling. Besides my work at the Probation Dept, I also had a small Private Practice and a Martial Arts School in New Jersey.
Realizing that Psychology forgets there is a body attached to the mind, I started to search for a way I could combine the two. That search and the possibility of a move caused my first marriage to end. The search started me studying Rolfing with Ida Rolf herself. I learned how the body stores emotions which are released by deep tissue massage. This led me into a study of Reflexology, Acupuncture and Nutrition. Medicine (Which I had originally wanted to practice) had become too pharmacologically oriented, as was Osteopathy, so Chiropractic seemed to fit. After my doctorial work, I went off to Atlanta to start a new career.
While attending Chiropractic College, I realized that ‘cracking backs’ did not fit exactly what I was looking for. I almost gave it up until I was introduced to the science of Applied Kinesiology – I found my calling – but once you started to study it, you realized that you had to study a hell of a lot more to become proficient at it.
As a student in Chiropractic College, I was also an Associate Professor of Diagnosis. I met and married my 2nd wife, while in school and after I graduated Chiropractic College in 1985 we started a Chiropractic Practice together. I gave up teaching in 1988, as my practice begin to grow.
My study journey continued after graduation and I went on to receive Diplomates in Acupuncture, Nutrition, Forensic Counseling, Applied Biochemistry and Internal Medicine. As well as holding many certifications in various healing arts. I received my 4th Doctorate in Homeopathic Medicine and, later on, a 5th Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine.
After some years in small practice, I opened a large Integrative/Complimentary Medicine Clinic in Atlanta that housed many different healing methods and doctors. The stress of running such a large practice resulted in a second divorce. One year later, I met the woman who would eventually become my 3rd wife. After 6 years, I sold the practice and moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains and returned to an individual practice. My long time Office Manager agreed (with pleasure) to relocate here and continues to work with me.
This move gave me the time to pursue other interests restoring Antique Foreign Cars and now have 6 fully restored automobiles from the '60s & '70s. Martial Arts has continued to be a part of my life and I have studied and trained in it for the last 50 years. Recently I retired from my training with 4 Black Belts, one of which is a 5th Degree in Okinawan Karate. I have a home Dojo and continue to practice 2-3 times a week.
My 3rd wife and I married in Bali a few years before moving to the Mountains. She is a holistic Veterinarian and we live on a Farm with a lovely pasture for the horses and dogs to run around in.
When I first moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains, I opened a Natural Supplement Supply Company, (which I have since closed). I went on the road, (3 day weekends), giving and attending professional seminars in Applied Biochemistry, Clinical Nutrition, Homeopathy and various Chiropractic Techniques. Recently, I have slowed that down, as traveling to the West Coast or Europe became a bit draining. I continue to take seminars, but at a slower pace.
My practice is still going strong, with patients from all over the US and a few coming from as far away as Asia and Europe. I cannot envision retiring as I love what I do. Working and taking seminars continues to enrich my practice with the many new things that I learn. I will always be grateful to Xavier for instilling these traits in me. It has been quite a journey. I have grown spiritually and want to continue to do so, as I follow this path to where it will lead me.
1163 Elisha Payne Circle
Blairsville, GA 30512
I've lived In Waltham all my life, and the thought of going to a school like Xavier, so far away, was a somewhat frightening experience. Steve McGowan went to my elementary school in Waltham, although he was from Framingham. We applied to Xavier together and were both accepted. The transition was made a bit easier by knowing at least one person at a new school. I remember vividly all of my time at Xavier and what a wonderful influence the faculty was on all of us. We were very lucky that these men dedicated their lives to their profession because they had such a profound influence on us the rest of our lives.
After graduation from Xavier I went on to Boston College and graduated in 1970 with a BS from the school of Management. There were many other Xavier students from our class that graduated from BC as well. My family owned a trucking business and had recently started a school bus business, so upon graduation from BC I went into the contracted school bus business. I wasn't worried about the draft because of the draft lottery that year and my number came up – 359. In the seventies I went to Babson College evenings and graduated with an MBA in 1979.
In 1977 I acquired a franchise to sell Carpenter school buses, and I added sales to the contracting business. By 1986 the bus sales business had grown, and I was becoming tired of the day‐to‐day operations of a school bus contracting business. So I decided to go into sales full time. The sales business flourished until 1991 when the downturn of the economy came, and I faced the prospect that this business might not be able to sustain me. I decided to give it one more year and it was a great struggle when nothing seemed to go right. Although my challenges continued, I was fortunate that the economy turned around by the end of 1992 and I was able to keep my business going. My company, New England Transit Sales did well until 1995 when again disaster occurred and my supplier, Carpenter bus sales, was on the verge of bankruptcy. Things looked bleak.
As luck would have it, two of my four competitors went bankrupt that year. I immediately applied for both of their dealerships, and in September of 1995 I was awarded the Thomas built bus franchise. We have been selling Thomas ever since. In 1998 Thomas was acquired by Daimler, the owner of Mercedes, that is a strong company with plenty of resources and should be around for years to come.
I married in 1969 and had four children with my first wife. We divorced in 1986 which certainly was a very disturbing and a very dark time of my life. We had four children, twin sons and two girls. These days three of my kids live locally. One son works with me, a daughter is a DA at Salem district court, our other daughter does property management In Portland, Oregon where she graduated from college. My other son operates a small business. I currently have six grandsons with a seventh on the way. I've lived in Concord since I bought my first house in 1973, and we've had a summer home on Cape Cod since 1981. It was on the Cape where I met my present wife. We married in 1989 and we have been very happy together ever since. I was again fortunate to have met a wonderful woman to share my life with.
We have dabbled in real estate on the Cape, particularly in New Seabury where our house is, and have purchased rental homes to sustain us during our later years. We also bought a home In Naples, Florida where we someday plan to retire – when I decide to give up on the bus business. I don't see that happening any time soon though.
As I was writing this story a few things stand out. I have been very lucky all of my life because no matter what disaster I faced, somehow I was always able to come out unscathed and often better than when I went in. Our training at Xavier was a great influence on my life. Particularly the examples set by our instructors, whether it be the "Three Amigos", Mr. Hegarty, Mr. Murphy, & Mr. Leonard, or the priests, especially Fathers Lyons, Mullen & O'Brien. I always had faith things would turn out okay and they did. Gentlemen we were very lucky to meet them in our formative years. I realize Catholic priest bashing has become somewhat of a sport in the media, but as far as I am concerned, and as I have read our various biographies, I wonder where we would all be without their help and the example they set for us. I cherish my time at Xavier, and I read with great pride how each one of you has been blessed with your success. It makes any one of mine feel small In comparison.
By the way, the headquarters from Thomas Bus recently said they were concerned about my age and wondered how long I would continue my dealership. I told them it still feels like my first day representing them. I have a long way to go before I am finished, and no, I have no intention of retiring. I have been blessed with good health and will continue working as long as I have my competitive spirit and good health.
I look forward to seeing you all at our fiftieth and hope we continue our communications with each other long after it is over.
130 Greensward Road
New Seabury, MA 02649-4168
After Xavier, I attended and graduated from St. Anselm College. I did some politics (it was the sixties) and a lot of writing while there. I've kept in touch with St.A's over the years and been active in the Alumni organization. In the '90s I was president of the Central Mass. Alumni Chapter. I ran many successful events including dinners, concerts, after work get-togethers and pre-game receptions.
The summer after graduation from St. A's, I was involved in a serious car accident. I was in the hospital for a couple months and had several follow-up operations. Recovery was long and slow – no rehab back then. I remember with gratitude friends from Xavier who visited, gave me support, encouragement and blood! Between the injury and a down job market, my carreer had a slow start. Coming from Maynard, I took the logical step and was hired by Digital Equipment Corporation. Within a couple years I was a senior logistics ops manager in charge of their largest warehouse operation. When I took over, it was a failing operation in chaos. Eighteen months later it was called a "model operation". Over the next ten years I repeated this magic act twice more with other ops. Somehow, my ADD was finally useful as I ran around and yipped like a terrier at the heels of errant vendors and employees.
Next, I was hired by Digital's corporate offices to remedy an Export Compliance situation. The company had some of it's high technolgy computers end up in a "Restricted Country". Digital suffered the highest fine in U.S. history and our ability to export freely was in jeopardy. Our Board preferred that this not happen. For the next ten years I devised controls, training and audit programs to insure compliance accross the U.S. I trained the company's Internal Auditors and joined the International audit teams when they expected problems in Digital foreign subsidiaries.
During this period I became International Compliance manager for North America. Later I was Greater China (China, Taiwan and HK) Trade Manager, resident in Hong Kong.
The assignments I had during this ten year period entailed a lot travel, domestic and international. In the U.S., my usual destinations were manufacturing plants in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado and Research labs in Cupertino and Palo Alto. That became my winter tour. Internationaly, my destinations were Europe and Asia. Between business and personal travel I've visited over twenty five countries.
Digital was bought out by Compaq, and my job was soon moved to Houston. My mother at this time was battling Alzheimer's. After commuting weekly to Houston for a six month period, it was clear this was not going to work. I took a company buy-out, moved back to Maynard, and started my next phase. With my sister, we set up 24/7 home care for Mom, hiring friends and neighbors that she was familiar with. I managed payroll, scheduling, home maintainance, medical, bills etc. We were able to keep her in her own home, out in the community every day, and involved in her church for another three years. When she entered St. Patrick's Nursing Home in Framingham, we managed for one of us to visit every day. For the many of you who have gone through this, you understand how important it is to be visible and involved in the care. If I ever get to heaven it will be my Dad pulling me in.
Meanwhile I kicked around with consulting for a couple years but hated all the selling. I also needed healthcare. A friend was part owner of a local Hardware store and hired me on a what was supposed to be a temporary basis. I loved the owners, the staff, the customers (most of them), and ended up staying for ten years. I retired a year ago July with full honors and one hell of a party.
I've been scratching the travel itch again, and have been on a Civil War tour, Naples FL, the Mayan Riviera, and London this year. Hopefully, there'll be many more trips to come. I've been doing a little bit of work with the town and a couple local businesses and lots of hiking, gardening and house painting, too. Throughout, I've had the good fortune of wise and talented sisters and brothers-in-law, ten nieces and nephews and twenty four great nieces and nephews who keep me somewhat in touch with the twenty first century. I also have some old friends from Xavier who keep me rooted in the past!
My best memory of Xavier was when Mr. Hegarty (not Charlie) asked me to fill in for him and finish direction of the play Charlie's Aunt. I didn't have a lot of faith in myself at that point and this trust was very important to me. I still have the letter he wrote to me thanking me for the job I did.
6 Hazelwood Road
Maynard, MA 01754
After graduation, I attended Mass Bay Community College in Watertown, MA for one year.
The next year, my brother, Power and I draft-dodgingly went North to St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My father was a BC classmate of the Dean of Men, Father J.J. Hennessey, S.J. at St. Mary's. This friendship helped facilitate my acceptance at SMU. It certainly wasn't my grades! Power lasted a year, and I lasted two. Must have been the Canadian beer.
I enlisted in the Marine Corps in the summer of 1969. My brother preceded my enlistment by three months. After basic, we were both stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. Being stationed together made life bearable. We were proud to have served our country, and fortunately, we were not sent to Viet Nam. Power hit a Mediterranean and NATO cruise, and I was sent to Okinawa. After my discharge, I went back to St. Mary's for some R&R.
In 1978 I took a lovely girl from Framingham as a hostage. We married in 1979, and were blessed with four children, who are all happy, healthy and successful. Katie is a special education teacher, Dan is a high school history teacher, Eileen is in Marketing and Marie has a career in Human Services. Framingham has been our home for the past 37 years.
In 1980 I joined the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental & Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 7 Boston. This work was very challenging and fulfilling. Many buildings in Boston have my imprint on them, as well as my children's names on the topping out beam. Some of the projects that I worked on were: Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, BC's Alumni Stadium, and, of course, The Big Dig, to name a few.
Retirement came in 2008, and I am enjoying it to the fullest-playing golf, and supporting our local sports teams – Bruins, Patriots, Sox and Celtics. My wife and I have traveled in the winters to Myrtle Beach, SC and Palm Coast, FL.
Father Hennessey once wrote to me suggesting that I finish my degree and do something about my drinking. A student I never was, but the latter I did something about. I have been a friend of "Bill W's" for 32 years and live a day at a time. I am a member of AA and belong to the Barber Shop Group in Hopkinton, MA.
Too many classmates have passed on too soon. As the saying goes, "only the good die young". May they RIP.
Looking forward to seeing all of you the reunion of the Class of '66!
83 Johnson Street
Framingham MA 01701-4141
After graduation I started at Bryant College and then transfered to UMass Lowell. As a result of changing schools I became draft eligible. I was drafted, but I joined the Naval Reserve with a two year obligation upon graduation. I graduated in June, 1971 and was activated on July 1. First I went off to Coronado, CA for training, which lasted one week, and then off to Cam Ran Bay, South Viet Nam. I spent the next 10 months at a small Vietnamese naval base called Market Time. I remember every day and everyone I served with, nothing like being a grunt and sitting in a hole night after night to help one grow up.
I was discharged in May, 1972 and spent the next 35 years as a Probation Officer working out of the Woburn District Court. It didn't hurt that my father was Chief of Police and the Judge was a one armed Marine. I retired in January, 2008 as an Assistant Chief Probation Officer.
Being a little Irish, I didn't get married until 1981, and I'm still married to a beautiful Italian girl from Medford, Kathy. We have two boys, which meant I did a lot of coaching – baseball, soccer and hockey. Fortunately my job gave me that freedom to do it all. I have also done a lot of running, including the 1983 Boston Marathon [3:44], and I still run 5 miles a day. Patrick is our oldest son. He is getting married on June 25, which means I can't attend our once-in-a-lifetime event. Patrick graduated from Austin Prep. and Quinnipiac University, and he is an auditor for the Massachusetts Trial Court. Our younger son Thomas lives in Washington D.C. He graduated from St. John's Prep., NYU, and later from Georgetown with an MBA. He is a general manager for Uber running their New Orleans and Nashville offices.
My life had been stable until December 26, 2010 when my brother Jack was killed in an armed robbery at Kohl's in Woburn. He was a 60 year old Police Officer ready to retire. It put life into focus. I spent a great deal of time getting the Legislature to pass Melissa's Bill, which stipulates that someone convicted of a third life sentence would never be eligible for parole. The man that killed my brother had three prior life sentence convictions. Deval Patrick signed the bill, which made my day, but he would not shake my hand.
I hope to make contact with everyone sometime in the future. If my memory is right, I think Dan Ryan went to St. Dominic, and we go to Ft. Lauderdale every October. We have done a lot of traveling the past few years; Ireland, Italy, Spain, France, London and all over the U.S. and Canada. The bucket list is still long, and now I have some new stops to make. Don't be surprised if you get a call from the little guy from Woburn.
10 Prospect Street
Reading, MA 01867
Despite being groomed from a young age to take over the family liquor business, or maybe because of it, Anthony took off for Canada a month after his 18th birthday. He spent several years in Halifax beginning an undergraduate degree at a Jesuit college, pursuing his award-winning thespian skills, earning a living as a roofer and introducing a bunch of surly sheet metal workers to pot.
He returned to Massachusetts to complete his B.A. in English at Holy Cross, then continued on to earn an M.A. and C.A.G.S. in psychology and counseling at Assumption College. Besides an interest in psychology, Anthony had a lifelong passion for martial arts and boxing. With a black belt in Chinese kenpo and jiu-jitsu, Anthony spent many years both practicing and teaching these arts.
In the late ’70s and early ’80s, Anthony worked as a clinician, supervisor, then director of treatment at Doctor’s Hospital (now known as ADCARE Hospital) in Worcester, Mass., specializing in substance abuse services. He began a doctoral program in psychotherapy and theology at B.U. in the early ’80s, at which time he was also immersing himself in studying meditation, Buddhism, and other Eastern religions.
In 1985, Anthony married the brilliant, vivacious beauty and attorney Laura Sanford, and they moved to Lexington, MA, where Anthony had grown up.
Putting the Ph.D. on hold, Anthony tried his hand in the real estate business with his brother Michael for several years in the late ’80s. Around this time he joined a local community following the spiritual teachings of Da Free John, meditating for hours a day, and adhering to a strict vegan, caffeine–, alcohol– and substance-free lifestyle. The community was an enormous support while Anthony reeled from a series of devastating events, including the unexpected loss of his father, Joe, at age 61, a real estate crash, recent divorce, move from Worcester, and career change. The way this community kept him grounded inspired Anthony to return to the Ph.D. program and focus his dissertation on the guru/devotee relationship (objection to this subject from academic supervisors notwithstanding).
Alongside a fellowship at the Danielsen Institute in Boston, a post-doctoral residency at the ADCARE Hospital, and clinician positions at The Arbour in Jamaica Plain, the Charles River Hospital in Wellesley, and Lifeline Sciences, Inc., Anthony had built a private psychotherapy practice at his Lexington home, where he had been seeing patients since 1989, starting full-time in 2003.
In the early 2000s, Anthony revived his old acting career, and joined the Lexington Players community theater group. In 2002, he founded his own group, the Biscuit Box Theater Company, which produced six or seven plays in Lexington and built a sizeable audience. But Anthony’s deepest creative passion was for writing, which he’d been doing, in relative seclusion, for a decade or two. In 2009, Anthony felt it was time to begin sharing his stories with the public, so he collected a group of local writers and founded the Souled Out Artists, who have been performing storytelling shows ever since.
Anthony’s close friend, musician Amanda Palmer, who grew up next door to Anthony and Laura in Lexington, finally convinced him to publish his stories (“They’re really, really fucking good,” she said), resulting in two memoir collections, Lunatic Heroes and Beloved Demons, which are a much more entertaining way to learn about his life.
Anthony was diagnosed with T-Cell PLL, a rare and aggressive leukemia, in 2011. Despite an initial prognosis of 6 months, Anthony hung on for four more years, in which time he continued to work, play, create, perform, publish, joke, grow, inspire, and love. Anthony passed away on June 22, 2015, at home, surrounded by his dear Laura and a few of his closest friends and relatives.
Still hilarious until the bitter end, the day before he died, Anthony was asked by the hospice nurse some typical mental status questions. He identified the correct day of the week, reported that he was in his own home, but when asked his name, he paused, told the nurse to come closer, and replied, “Satan.” The houseful of friends and family burst out laughing. The hospice nurse was not quite sure.
Written by Anthony’s editor/publisher Nivi Nagiel
It has been an extraordinary fifty years. It took seven years to get my undergraduate degree as I had switched colleges and majors several times. It finally ended when I got my BA from St. John’s Seminary in Boston, where I reconnected with Paul Holland. I’ll let Paul tell you about the all night whist parties. (hey Paul..., "same old crowd"). Paul went on to the Jesuits, I just left.
Now for the rest of the seventies…or as I call them…my crazy years. I drove a school bus in Alaska during the building of the pipeline; crossed Check Point Charlie at the height of the Cold War; brought down the house in Paris at the Folies Bergère; risked my life saving a huge chunk of Malden, Massachusetts; and we won’t discuss what I did in Boston Harbor, at Logan Airport or at the Fall River Shipyard at the site of the USS Massachusetts and USS Lionfish. I did not climb Everest, cross the Rubicon or make any great discoveries. I need to save something for my next time around.
I have travelled to every state except Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Hawaii. I have traveled through most of Canada including the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
Our tour continues through the eighties and early nineties. I got my MBA in Marketing and Finance, and a Masters in Computer Information Systems, from Bentley University (Bentley College back then). I taught management classes at Bentley and marketing classes at Northeastern while I was pursuing the second masters degree. I spent several years programming financial systems for bank trusts, 401k's and a large Boston mutual fund. The highlight of those years came in 1987 when I ran through the streets of downtown Boston dressed as a hooker. I won first prize. The call to "go West young man" became strong, and I left for California in 1988. I lived a couple of years on Monterey Bay and then moved to Half Moon Bay, where the Beach Boys (an older version of them) jammed at the house across the street from mine. I worked as an account manager travelling all over the West, then as a Director of Information Systems in Silicon Valley. I got married and divorced. I have no children.
The late nineties found me moving back to the East Coast. My parents were getting up there, so I needed to be closer to home. I refused to move to freezing Boston, and settled in a town just west of Annapolis. I took a position as a Financial Systems Support Manager with a large shipping company out of Oslo and Stockholm with US headquarters just outside New York City. I worked from my house in Maryland and travelled to New York, with the dog, once a week for three years, staying in the penthouse suite at the Sheraton Hotel. The dog became the hotel mascot (his 15 minutes of fame). Around 2005 I started working for InterSystems Corporation in Cambridge as a Systems Support Engineer, joining a team that serviced the VA and DOD hospitals nationwide. I still worked from my house in Maryland, but when travelling to Boston, the dog got to stay with my parents (his grandparents). I retired early at 60. We are caught up now.
While I have done a lot and have had a full life, I measure my accomplishments by the several close friends I have known along the way. I have kept in close contact with Paul Holland through the years. I was there for his first vows, ordination and first mass; and many card games with my parents, who shellacked us. (my fault…Paul counts cards). I also became a close friend to Edgie Cronin during the last year or so of his life. Please see Edgie’s bio to know his story.
I have written something I would like you all to read. It is a promise I have kept, and will always keep, to never forget him. The memory of Edgie inspires me every day of my life, and teaches me how precious every moment is, and how to accept whatever comes my way with grace. This one’s for you kid.
Please click here: “Conversation with a friend”
A dedication to the memory of Edgie, by Jim Mason
3892 Green Meadow Lane
Davidsonville, MD 21035
I am so grateful for the experience I had of the Jesuits and their unique approach to education at Xavier. It has made all the difference in my life.
After Xavier I went to Cornell, where I majored in physics and math. I learned a great deal, both in and out of the classroom; but it was not an especially easy or happy experience. I survived a fire in our dorm that killed several friends. At the same time, my classmates and I were struggling with so many important questions about war and peace, civil rights and poverty. Fortunately, I was able to meet a number of people who cared deeply about those issues and who became strong influences in my life. One of the most notable was Dan Berrigan, SJ, who just recently passed away. He became a good friend and spiritual advisor. I started to get more involved in social issues, including both activities on campus and a summer of community organizing.
Although I was on track to go on and do a PhD in the sciences, I left as soon as I could finish my undergraduate degree to go work with Native Americans in the Southwest. I ended up running a computer-assisted instruction program at a Bureau of Indian Affairs school on Isleta Pueblo south of Albuquerque, NM. This was 1971, long before personal computers or even video terminals. Though the hardware was primitive, the program, which was developed at Stanford, was very sophisticated, rooted in sound learning theory and very effective. We were able to take children that were already two years behind grade level by third or fourth grade and move them up an average of a year and a half per year in math and language skills. I also worked part-time for a company that built solar-heated houses, another out-on-the-fringe technology back then.
I really loved my time in New Mexico, including the place, the work and most of all the people at Isleta, who welcomed me into their community and taught me so much. I was especially moved by how deeply rooted they were in their own history and traditions, which gave them the solid grounding they needed to deal with the many problems they faced with warmth, humor and compassion. It inspired me to reconnect with my own identity and traditions, which reopened some questions that I had put aside for a while. As much as I enjoyed what I was doing and found it worthwhile, there was still a nagging desire for something more deeply spiritual. I could not hide from it any longer, so, after an instructive flirtation with the Trappists, I finally gave in to the call that had been there since high school to join the Jesuits.
Therefore in the summer of 1975, I headed back to Boston to join the Jesuit novitiate there. I somehow survived the various trials devised for us, including a thirty-day silent retreat, a stint in Central America, working as a chaplain to dying children at Children’s Hospital in Boston, and caring for elderly Jesuits at our province infirmary. In August of 1977 I took perpetual vows as a Jesuit and was ready to go on to the next stage of training.
I entered wanting to go back to work with Native Americans; but it became clear I was more suited to pursue serious scholarship, which is such an important Jesuit tradition. At that time computer technology was becoming an important force in the modern world, and since Jesuits have always been on the growing edge of the culture, it seemed important that we have a presence there. I had the background and interest to be able to do it, so it was decided that I should go in that direction. I entered the PhD program in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, while also studying philosophy, which is the usual focus at that stage in Jesuit development.
After getting my degree and spending a short period teaching computer science at Boston College, I went on to study theology in preparation for the priesthood. As I moved closer to ordination, I became painfully aware of my unworthiness for that sacred office, but through the kindness of my superiors came to understand that it was God’s grace and mercy, not my own merits, that suited me for that calling. I was ordained at Holy Cross on June 16, 1984, and since then have been privileged to enter into the lives of so many wonderful people and bring some blessings to them while receiving far more in return.
After a final year of theology and serving in a working-class parish in Somerville, MA, it was time to get back into engineering and prepare for teaching. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to do a postdoctoral year at Bell Laboratories when it was in its heyday as one of the great intellectual centers in the world. Being with so many incredibly bright people pursuing fascinating research over a vast array of subjects was a uniquely exciting and formative experience. I was able to continue my research there part time and during summers while teaching computer science at Boston College for the next ten years. The time at B.C. was generally happy and productive. Besides teaching and doing research, I lived with the students in the dorms, was involved in various committees and other service roles, including department chair, and, what was the most fun at all, was the chaplain of the marching band.
It was not exactly welcome, therefore, when my Provincial called and told me in no uncertain terms that I needed to prepare to go into administration. A few months later I was off to Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA to be Dean of Arts and Sciences. We got off to a rocky start. Just as I arrived, it was announced that the freshman class was 100 students under its target, which meant that I had to cut my budget by 8% that first year. Then the President, a good friend of mine, who was hired the same time I was, was fired after only nine months. In the chaos that resulted, I ended up having to take on a lot more responsibility than I normally would have, which was difficult but a good learning experience. We were able to get through it, and the school ultimately came back even stronger, helped both by the dedication and loyalty of its faculty, staff and students and the fortuitous and unexpected rise of its basketball team.
As I began my fourth year at Gonzaga, I was asked to apply for the presidency at Holy Cross. They were desperate enough at that point that they hired me, the beginning of twelve wonderful years there. What I am most grateful for is that I was able to work with so many incredibly talented, creative and dedicated people and to help release and channel their energies to accomplish a great deal for the common good, especially outreach to those in need.
After more than a decade there, we had completed a major fundraising campaign and two strategic plans and were about to enter into a new cycle. It was the right time for a transition so I stepped down and opened the way for my successor, who has done an excellent job there.
I went to Santa Clara for a semester to work in the Center for Applied ethics, preparing to get back into academic work, when my provincial called and told me I was going to be appointed as treasurer of both the New England and the New York Provinces of the Jesuits, in order to prepare them for a merger. After three years of preparation, we threw the switch last summer on the new financial and administrative systems we had built for the integrated province. Fortunately it did not blow up, although the adjustments required have been stressful for many and we are still cleaning up a lot of the details. Now we have to start preparing for another merger, with the Maryland Province in another four years.
As I look back, I have nothing but gratitude for the life I have been given. None of the assignments I have received as a Jesuit were ones I would have chosen, but they have always worked out far better than anything I could have planned or imagined. That initial encounter with the Jesuits at Xavier (I got jug my first day) has paid off richly.
Michael C. McFarland, S.J.
USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus
39 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
I look forward to our reunion as I have many fond memories of Xavier. Primarily the excellent group of classmates, the talented faculty: especially Father Jim Sheehan’s classes, Father Moriarty’s Latin class, Father Jim O’Brien’s English class and the awesome teaching from ‘three amigo’s: Mr. Hegarty, Mr. Murphy and Mr. Leonard. Also, I often recall commuting to school packed into Jed Healey’s frightfully dangerous ‘Jed-mobile’, or having to hitch hike to and from Framingham when Jed’s car needed repair.
After graduating from Xavier, I entered at Northeastern U. in September 66 to study Finance. Lots of academic surprises compared to Xavier, chief among them were the enormous class sizes, some larger than 200 students, and the fact that very few students understood how to study and to complete class assignments on time. I guess they never had the worry of trying to explain to a Father Vigneau why they failed to do an assignment.
As many will recall, the late 60’s were tumultuous times with anti-war protest which made it difficult trying to study in Boston with the tear gas regularly wafting through campus. Many of us worried about the draft and I intensely watched the televised 1969 Draft Lottery that would determine my future. Fortunately for me, my lottery number was # 274, so both the military and Viet Nam did not occur. But, I sincerely thank all my classmates who did serve in our Military!
After graduation in 1971, I joined AT&T in Boston in their executive training program rotating through various finance and sales departments. However, after two years there I found the slow pace and bureaucracy unbearable, so I resigned.
I moved to Digital Equipment in early 1974 (my first taste of the High Technology industry) as a telecom analyst. I had also married in 1973 and we had our first child in 75.
I enjoyed both the culture and the work ethic of the computer industry. I pursued an expanded role in Finance, and to obtain it we had to move to Chicago, IL, where I became their Central US Area finance manager. We loved Chicago, but it was a busy three years for us. I had a steep Finance learning curve and I completed night school studies for an MBA in finance at Loyola U. And, I also felt obliged to ‘lose the Boston accent’ that the Mid Westerners regularly reminded me of (and that I never knew I had until we moved there).
After three years, DEC moved us to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada where I became their Canadian Subsidiary Finance manager. And, we welcomed our second son while there! At that time Digital was booming and leading their finance organization was terrific. Canada was an awesome experience for us, both personally and professionally. We would have stayed longer, but we had to move back to the USA when my temporary 3 year ‘work permit’ expired, (Canada does not welcome immigration easily). Given that DEC had no applicable Finance jobs for me back in MA, I took an assignment as a Sales manager in their Boston District Office. And, I thought we were back home in MA for the long haul. But life, I learned, is really about change!
In 1991 a recruiter for Sun Microsystems called. They wanted a VP of Finance for their Sales and Services organization, specifically a person who had both Finance and Sales experience. So, after 17 years at DEC, we moved to Silicon Valley with Sun Microsystems, into the heart of High Technology.
At Sun I was their VP of Finance for Sales and Service and after a couple of promotions I became their C.F.O. Living in Silicon Valley and riding the Tech bubbles wonderfully up, and painfully down was the best of times and the worst of times. In 2006, after 15 years at Sun, at age 58, I decided to retire from the daily grind. Given that I have had to work all through HS and College, either part time or full time, I was mentally and physically exhausted and I wanted to down-shift gears. Plus, as C.F.O. of a Fortune 100 company for five years – each year felt like a ‘dog year’ on my body.
Today we live in Carmel, CA, and hopefully we will be here in paradise for a long while. We have two sons, our oldest, who lives in Abu Dhabi, is a commercial airline pilot, while our other son, who lives in Silicon Valley, is a CPA working in High Technology. We also have three beautiful grand children, all age of 6 or under.
For volunteer work, I am Vice Chair of the Community Foundation for Monterey County and I also a serve as a Trustee the Board of Directors at the Naval Post Graduate School Foundation. I also do some limited work with various High Technology ‘start-up’ companies.
My hobbies are: ‘grand parenting’, golfing and hiking, with a special passion for reading both history and science books.
22 Miramonte Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
After Xavier I spent over three years at Georgetown and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in History in 1970. I followed Georgetown with law school at night for four years at Catholic University of America earning my Juris Doctor. I passed the District of Columbia Bar Exam in 1975 on my second try, missing the first attempt by 1.2 points. It was as a character builder! I always found Washington a challenging place to live. In the middle 1960’s it was a scene of almost constant peace demonstrations and then race riots.
In 1970 I got married for the first time to a woman from Trinity College and became a dad at age 24. Around this time I was a coach for my son’s soccer team. We lost every game. After the season a mom came up and said, “Thank you very much; you have taught my son how to lose gracefully. His handwriting is better and he is doing better in school.” My son, David, now works in public relations and is now 43 and lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Carrie, and granddaughter Clare. My son and his family are a blessing to me.
My first job out of college in 1970 was working for the Anchor Mental Health Association, a charity of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. For over 2 years I ran a sheltered workshop returning emotionally ill people back to the workplace. In January 1973 I started working for an insurance company in Washington D.C. Little did I know that working in the legal area of an insurance company would set the course of my work life for the next 43 years.
In 1975 when I was age 28, my father passed away. That year I applied for and received a conscientious objector discharge from the National Guard. In 1975 I was also admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.
My mother died in 1994 when I was age 46. You lose part of the history of life and your best cheerleaders when your parents die. I stay close to my older brothers and sister who live on the East Coast.
In 1979 I got divorced. The pressures of law school, National Guard and full time work did not help. I spent about two years in counseling prior to the divorce. That experience taught me how to listen more carefully and compassionately to those around me.
In 1979 I began attending services at other Christian denominational services including Methodist, Presbyterian, Church of the Brethren, and Baptist. I was a Unitarian for several years. Finally I settled on the Episcopal Church and have been an Episcopalian for the past 22 years.
In 1979 I met my second wife, Barbara, at a disco dance studio. We were married in 1980 and celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary this year. Our daughter, Mandy, is now 30 and works as an animal educator and trainer at Happy Hollow Zoo in San Jose, California. I am very proud of the accomplishments of my daughter, her affection and passion for animals has affected my own outlook on our precious world. In 1985 I got a Masters Degree in Business Government Relations from American University. During this time I was General Counsel for Banner Life Insurance Company in Maryland.
In 1988 we moved to Kansas City where I worked as General Counsel for an insurance company until the company was purchased. These were good years filled with good times with friends, going to the community theatre, and doing mini triathlons (run, bike, and swim). In 1990 I was admitted to the Missouri Bar.
In 1991 I went to another insurance company located in North Carolina. We very much enjoyed our two years there with lovely people. It was a great place to live. I was laid off in 1994, which was another character builder. However, again it taught me compassion and the importance and transcendence of family and friends throughout time.
In 1994 I took a job with an insurance company in Rapid City, South Dakota. Western South Dakota is a wonderful place for outdoor enthusiasts. We spent many enjoyable hours hiking, biking, kayaking and camping over the hundreds of miles of trails. I found it a place of abundance, peace and beauty beyond anything I had ever known. I am still with that company (now Assurant) 22 years later and serve as Chief Legal Officer for the Preneed Division.
In 2010 I transferred with Assurant to the Atlanta office located in Marietta, Georgia. I have visited all of the lower 48 states and Hawaii in my work. Only Alaska yet to go! I have also been to all Canadian provinces.
I have made good friends in the various places I have lived for which I am thankful. There are good people in those places, but they sometimes have deeply held differences in values. It has always been hard for me to reconcile my perception of these folks as caring people and my different beliefs.
I have served as president or secretary of various homeowners’ associations. I took communion to hospital patients on Sundays for about 8 years. I also did some tutoring along the way.
In January 2016 I had right hip replacement surgery. I am pleasantly surprised at how much it has already improved my quality of life.
I have fond memories of Xavier. When I reflect, I believe that time was important because it was an intimate experience. I feel I have ever after sought that in education and work. I was never able to duplicate the particular magic of Xavier in education again with its fantastic sense of energy and opportunity.
I enjoy reading very much, liking mostly nonfiction, but also trying fiction and graphic novels. I very much enjoy going to the theatre. I thank Charles Hegarty for inculcating those great loves.
It is nice to be in touch again.
Matthew F. McGuire
55 Peppertree Court
Marietta, GA 30068
678-642-0195 cell, 770-971-4420 home
Following his graduation from Xavier in 1966, Mark entered Boston College as a Freshman in the Class of 1970. Mark was accompanied on this next stage of his educational journey by his close friend Bill Boland and several other members of Xavier’s first graduating class. Mark played on BC’s Freshmen hockey team. He received a Degree in Business from BC in the spring of 1970 and embarked on several new chapters of his life. First, he served his country with a 6-year commitment as a member of the US Army National Guard.
Simultaneously, Mark began his career in business and pursued an MBA at Suffolk University in Boston. In the mid 1970’s Mark worked for Johnson and Johnson in the Boston area in what was the beginning of a very successful 35-year career in the field of Healthcare and Supply Chain Management.
In 1973 Mark married his college sweetheart, Mary Sue Ryan. Mary Sue likewise pursued a very successful career as a sales and marketing executive with the Xerox Corporation that spanned nearly 25 years. In the summer of 1993 Mark and Mary Sue welcomed their daughter, Katherine McKenna, into their lives.
In 1978 Mark and Mary Sue moved from their first home in Needham across county to Mission Viejo in Orange County, CA. Mark’s career was progressing and within a couple of years he was the marketing director for IMED, an IV Pump and Infusion company. At this time, they moved to the LaJolla section of San Diego where they would live until 1987.
In 1987, they relocated to Dallas, Texas to join the VHA Supply Chain Company, which was eventually re-named NOVATION. Mark was rapidly promoted through the ranks at NOVATION and became President in 1998. Mark was well known and respected throughout the US Healthcare Marketplace which included: Hospitals, Universities as well as Major Medical and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Wholesalers. He was a tireless leader at NOVATION and well known as an executive who was tough but fair.
Mark, in his role as President of Novation (1998–2006), was a founding member of the Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium (HSRC-ASU) and a continuous supporter of bringing academia and the industry partners together to solve major problems across the health sector supply chain. Mark's career spanned both the supplier and provider sectors in healthcare. He also served as chairman of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) and was elected to the Bellwether League Healthcare Supply Chain Hall of Fame (2010).
In early 2010, The Mark McKenna Foundation was founded in his name at the Arizona State University’s Carey School of Management in Tempe, AZ where he made countless contributions to their Supply Chain Management Major within the Carey school of Business. The Mark McKenna Foundation recognizes Mark’s contributions to the development of the field of health sector supply chain. The mission of this foundation and lecture is to bring key innovators and leaders in health care to ASU annually to speak on current health care issues and highlight the importance of the supply chain in improving organizational performance and clinical practice. The 2016 McKenna Lecture at ASU was the largest in the lecture’s 6-year history with over 250 attendees.
Should any of Mark's classmates at Xavier wish to carry on Mark’s Legacy by supporting the McKenna Foundation and Lecture series at ASU, please follow the directions below to make a donation. Make checks payable to ASU Foundation and in the check's memo section write "The Mark McKenna Project." and mail to:
Caitlin Unick, Department of Supply Chain Management
ASU Carey School of Management
Main Campus, PO Box 874706
Tempe, AZ 85287
Mark Mara McKenna passed away at his Dallas, Texas home on October 21, 2011 after a lengthy battle with melanoma cancer. He was born on October 31, 1948 in Concord, MA, the second of five children to Edward and Frances (Mara) McKenna both of whom predeceased him. He graduated from Xavier High School in Concord, MA, Boston College and holds an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston. Mark McKenna, former president and CEO of Novation, led the nation's largest group purchasing organization from 1998 through the summer of 2006. His career in supply chain management and supply cost control spanned 30 years with medical device manufacturers as well as provider-owned group purchasing organizations. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Mary Sue and by his daughter Katherine and sisters Muffie FitzPatrick of Falmouth, MA, Pat Tobin of Concord, MA, brothers Tim of Manchester, MA and Ned of Westford, MA as well as many nieces and nephews.
Written by Ned McKenna
Xavier High School was one of the defining elements in Larry’s life. It was there that he developed the intellectual curiosity and thirst for learning that remained with him for the rest of his life. He had lifelong friends from Xavier and a host of terrific memories.
After Xavier, Larry become the third generation of Monks men to attend Boston College where he majored in mathematics, and took such courses as “Oriental Theology” (his Jesuit great-uncle taught this) and “Film Criticism” among others. With his spanking new A.B., he was hired into the actuarial program at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance. There he also was an IBM systems programmer. He held jobs of increasing responsibility in systems programming at State Mutual Life Insurance Company and Boston University while pursuing his love of flying. Indeed, by 1980, he had earned his Airline Transport Pilot’s license and was a flight instructor for single-engine airlines, multi-engine airplanes, and instrument flying.
At this point, Larry realized that systems programming was a young fellow’s occupation and he wasn’t getting any younger. He started working for Wang Laboratories where he quickly rose to Director of Data Communication Research & Development while attending New England School of Law in the evenings. He graduated from law school in 1986, joined the Legal Department at Wang, and got married to Barbara – all within 3 months! The moss never grew underfoot!
Over the next fifteen years, Larry was admitted to the Patent Bar and worked as an Intellectual Property Attorney for a few corporations and in a law firm. He also decided that he needed a B.S.E.E. (hard science) degree to supplement his credentials, so, once again, he went to night school at Northeastern to earn this degree in 1996 as an elected member of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honor Society). For several years after that, he taught Patent Law in the evenings at his alma mater, New England School of Law. The students consistently gave him high marks for his innate teaching abilities and for being well-dressed!
In 1998, Larry and Barbara purchased a home at Amelia Island Plantation where they vacationed and planned to retire. Larry discovered that, as a resident in Florida, he could attend medical school for free! All Barbara could say was, “Yikes!” and “Isn’t that going to cut into your time on the links?”.
In 2002, Larry accepted a job with Hewlett Packard in Cupertino as Senior Intellectual Property Counsel. Barbara and the Cairn Terriers arrived a year later having sold the Massachusetts home on the lake.
Alas, in June, 2004, Larry’s life ended. But, as Mike Allan points out, Larry packed more into 55 years than most people do in their 80-90 year lifetimes. Just know that Larry is looking down from his heavenly perch on this, the 50th Reunion and probably will have a few, wry comments!
Larry's story was written by his wife Barbara Monks
Honestly, I have been terribly remiss in keeping in touch with my former classmates and friends. Today, I realize how important they were in my development. I remember many summer nights at Billy Fifer’s house with Mike Allen, Larry Monks, Brian Dowd, Bill Sollows and others. Back then, Alsie sold me an old Bridgestone 65cc Motorcycle that set me on a course of owning motorcycles for the next 50 years. Dang you Mike, you have cost me a fortune!
After reading the Bios of my classmates I am amazed and so proud to be associated with such a fine group men. Who knew that these wonderful friends would grow to be so distinguished and accomplished in their lives. You all make me proud.
I am also very saddened to learn of some of the losses our class has suffered over the years. Having been out of touch so long, it brought me to tears to learn of the passing of some very good friends, Edgie Cronin, Larry Monks, Chip McWhirter just to name a few. I will always have fond memories of this group of fine Xavier classmates.
After my graduation from Xavier, I went on to Boston College where I received a BS in Marketing. I always wanted to peruse a career in the automotive industry as I had a love for cars, (still do), and an affinity for anything with a motor on it. While at BC I worked at a gas station in Waltham, and there I honed my skills as an automotive technician. I eventually became the night manager and, at one brief point, I tried to buy the station from the owner.
Upon graduation from BC I went to work at John Hancock Insurance, in the group life and disability dept. I didn’t really care for the job and I felt like I didn’t have a future there, so after a few months I resigned and went back to the gas station. It was there that had a chance encounter with a factory representative from Chrysler Motors Corporation and secured an interview with the Regional Manager in Natick. That encounter led to a 40 year career in the automotive industry.
I worked for Chrysler for 11 years, moving 9 times to 7 different states. It was tough journey and I somehow found myself on a “fast track” trip that ended as Eastern Zone Manager out of Pittsburgh PA. While I loved most aspects of the positions I held, Chrysler was struggling with financial difficulties, and I was closing more regions and letting more people go than I could take. I saw an insensitive side of this large corporate structure. But at that same time I was offered a regional vice presidency position out of Detroit. I did considerable soul searching and, decided that I did not want to live in Detroit, (there is much more of a story here). So I resigned my position, married my Girlfriend Carol, packed up my Dodge Charger, loaded my ski boat, and moved to Southern California. I spent the next few months acclimating myself to an entirely different life style and way of life, but I did enjoy it!
After a few months in the sun, I got a job as a contractor for Toyota. I was asked to write a field manual for the Service and Parts division. It was an 18 month assignment and it took 150% of my available time. My young wife decided that was too much for her, and her acute homesickness took over and we divorced. Somehow my manual got around the automotive import industry, and I spent the next 4 years developing various manuals for Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Acura, Lexus, and Mitsubishi. Along the way I earned an MBA from the University of California, Irvine in Finance and Management. Additionally, I received a fabulous education in the Import Automotive industry in America.
So much so that in 1987, two friends and I petitioned Toyota to allow us to independently import Daihatsu automobiles into the United States. As a result, I was appointed Executive Vice President and COO of Daihatsu America Inc. It was an unbelievable experience and by 2001 we had grown large enough that we were cutting into the small car market share of Toyota. They decided to eliminate our engineering agreement crippling our future and eventually they bought us out completely. Toyota now imports Daihatsu vehicles such as the RAV4 and Yaris vehicles under the Toyota brand.
During those amazing years I married again and in 1996 my son Andrew was born. Today he is freshman in college and is doing a great. He plays varsity football and does the field events in track. His mom and I divorced when he was 5.
I then went to work for BMW North America in California as the area marketing VP. Unfortunately, in 2009 I had a severe motorcycle accident. As a result I had two heart attacks and to top it off, a bout of cancer. It was a clear sign to me to retire from the conventional work force. It gave me the needed time to pursue my favorite hobby, automobiles. I have over the years, built or rebuilt a number of hot rods, boats and motorcycles and really enjoy doing that as it is a very relaxing hobby.
After my accident and a promise to my son never to ride a Harley again, I threw myself into my son’s sports activities and for the next 4 years I presided over the EHS football booster club as president. It was a lot of fun as we grew the club into a very effective and valuable organization. Additionally, I got to see my son practice and play every day. That in itself was well worth it.
In May of 2015, with my son off to college, I moved to South Dennis on Cape Cod where I currently reside. I am not sure this is the place for me, and the cold weather is a sharp contrast to the warm California sun, but I am going to give it my best shot.
I am looking forward to seeing you all again and getting to know you all over again.
12 Danvers Lane
South Dennis, MA 02660
After Xavier, I attended Fairfield University, majoring in Industrial Management. I was awarded my Bachelor of Science degree in May 1970. During my junior year at Fairfield, I took the test for Naval Aviation, of which I promptly failed. I had to wait a year to retake the test, and in my senior year, passed this test. In 1969 I was sworn into the Navy at Naval Air Station South Weymouth. I would have no active service until after graduation.
In August 1970 I reported to Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. This was just a few weeks after my good buddy, Kevin Ryan, reported to the same school. The next 16 weeks were, undoubtedly, one of the most intense and grueling periods that I could have experienced. Having survived those 16 weeks, I was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy on 27 November 1970. The next year was spent in Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced Flight schools flying the T-34B, T-28 and TS-2A. Highlighting that year was making 12 arrested carrier landings in the T-28 and TS-2A on board the USS Lexington. I was designated Naval Aviator #32414 in November 1971, which was certainly one of the proudest days of my life.
My first duty station was Naval Air Station Quonset Point, RI flying the US-2C aircraft (1971-1973). I then returned to the Pensacola area as a Flight Instructor, teaching Flight Formation and Night Familiarization in the T-28 aircraft (1974-1976). While in Pensacola, I met Sandra who would later become my first wife, marrying in 1977. We have 2 beautiful and accomplished children, Tracy and David. Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last and we divorced in 1985.
In 1976, I reunited with Kevin Ryan in Virginia Beach VA while transitioning to the E-2C aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Norfolk VA. I would spend the next 4 years flying the E-2C, making cruises on board the USS America and the USS Nimitz. As a side note, the USS America is now an artificial reef off the coast of New Jersey. Now that makes me feel old! In 1980 I injured my left hip which required a hip replacement and was given a disability retirement at the rank of Lieutenant Commander in April 1981.
I continued my career in the civilian sector flying the CL-44 for Wrangler Aviation in Greensboro, NC (1981-1985). I was hired by Piedmont Airlines in July 1985. Also in 1985, I met Kathy and we were married on August 15, 1987. We will be celebrating 29 years this summer. We adopted our son, Timothy, as an infant in 1991 and he is now a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
In the late 1980s, Piedmont Airlines merged with USAirways, which, in turn, recently merged with American Airlines. My airline career consisted of both domestic and international routes flying the Boeing 737, 757, 767, and the Airbus A330. My airline career afforded some great opportunities, one of which was being able to travel to many difference places with my family. After 28 years with the airlines, I retired as a B767 International Captain at the mandatory retirement age of 65 in October 2013. Amazing what a little test in 1969 meant in my life.
I’m enjoying retirement, and if I ever decide to rejoin the work force, rest assured it will be low stress and on my terms. But, for right now, I have a very important job, as depicted in the attached photo. My sweet Juliana.
Brian F. Murphy
6504 Birkdale Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410
John F. Murphy of Milton, MA died on May 4, 2011, after a courageous battle with melanoma. John was the beloved husband of Janet F. (Meehan) Murphy of Milton MA. In the summer of 1955, John entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at Shadowbrook, the Jesuit novitiate, in Lenox, MA. Tragic fire destroyed Shadowbrook in March of 1956. Therefore, John completed his novitiate at Bellarmine College, Plattsburgh NY. Returning to the newly built Shadowbrook, John completed his humanities studies in 1959. He then began his studies in Philosophy and History at Weston College, Weston, MA and completed these in 1962, graduating with honors. He was awarded his BA and MA degrees from Boston College. From 1962 through 1965, John taught mathematics at Xavier High School in Concord; he also coached track, basketball, and baseball at Xavier. John, aka Long John, was a very influential teacher and role model to many of the young men at Xavier. In 1965, John returned to Weston College School of Theology in Weston MA to begin his theological studies. During this time, he completed his studies and took an MA degree in Mathematics from Purdue University.
Toward the end of 1967, John decided to leave the Jesuits and was dispensed from his religious vows. He returned to live in Milton and was recruited to work for IBM in the sales department. He worked for IBM for 32 years. In 1969 he married Janet F. Meehan. Throughout these years John had a passionate love for the Celts and the Red Sox. It was a quite a scene to watch a game by either of these teams on television with John. No holds barred. No noise too loud. He could get crazy. (Is it any wonder that John was a big time fan of Indiana’s serene, shy and retiring Coach Bobby Knight?) He also loved to play golf, and did so regularly as a member at the Wollaston Gold Club in Milton. Long John totally ignored, and at times resented, anyone advising him that his golf swing might be better suited for Fenway Park than the Links.
In addition to his interest in all things sports, John cultivated a very serious interest in gardening. It was more than just a hobby. He loved it and it consumed a good deal of his time. I know that some of you Xavier men, especially those of you whom he coached in track, baseball, and basketball, might find it hard to believe that Long John the Coach, instead of gruffly barking out orders and coaching directions, was kind and tender to his blooming flowers.
The last time I saw John was at a party at our home on Cape Cod in 2010. Jack Leonard also came to the party. When John arrived he met me at the door with a bouquet of flowers and said “these are for you, Charlie. Thanks for inviting Janet and me to your gathering.” I was as stunned as you who are reading this right now. In John's later years his softer, warmer, attentive side predominated. Gruff was still there but not as obvious. One thing for sure, he simply loved his many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He loved being with them, joking and watching them develop.
John loved his days at Xavier. He loved the men he coached and to whom he taught Math. The Xavier students returned this love and admiration. As an excerpt from his May 11, 2011 Boston Globe Obituary Guest Book entry by one of his student athletes (who attended his funeral Mass) points out:
"John was my math teacher and cross country coach at Xavier. I have always remembered him with respect and fondness. I can still recall the butterflies in my stomach before a race would settle down as he gathered the team and spoke saying, “Now on this …”. Only 10 or 11 years older than we were, he was among a group of young Scholastics whose influence on myself and my peers was likely greater than they ever knew."
Contributed by Charlie Hegarty
Michael's years at Harvard were joyous and productive. He could have majored in just about any subject but chose visual arts by the end of his freshman year. He was tremendously popular and made friendships that endured.
After Harvard, Michael's inventive mind led him to develop so-called "bubble machines," long before they became popular in the late 1970s. His extraordinary photography skills landed him a position as the "chief photographer" for Harvard University, a position he retained for 5 years. It was impossible during the 1970s and 1980s NOT to see some of Michael's photographs on display throughout Harvard Square.
A head injury suffered from a mugging in Central Square, Cambridge some 30 years ago had long term consequences, including, but not limited to, an addiction to medications. Michael was just never the same person after the incident.
Michael's mental condition has steadily and continuously deteriorated since then. It became especially serious since 2011. Michael currently receives necessary and appropriate full time residential services in a nursing home in Ashland, MA.
Thank you for keeping Michael in your thoughts and prayers. Please continue to do so.
Written by Blaise Nagy (Michael's Brother)
Postscript: by Charlie Hegarty
Like his happy days at Harvard, if there was one image of Michael during his days at Xavier that I vividly recall, it was that of Michael's robust and infectious laughter. He enjoyed every facet and dimension of Xavier. He loved language, he loved science, he loved classroom discussion, he loved challenges by his teachers; he loved sports and basketball games and admired his athletically gifted fellow students; and he marveled at the theatrical productions at Xavier. As his classmates well remember, in addition to his genuine love of school, Michael was extraordinarily gifted as a student.
In 1966, Michael graduated in the Honors Program and Graduated with Distinction. His abilities were recognized by being named recipient of language award medals in both French and Greek. Upon graduation, Michael received full academic scholarships to both Harvard University and Yale University where he was named a Yale National Scholar.
One day, when describing his deep, enthusiastic love for everything about Xavier, Michael actually chortled aloud while privately confessing to me, his teacher: “Mr. Hegarty, I really love it here.”
Unfortunately Tom and I did not maintain our relationships with the Xavier alumni and teachers even though they, together with the Xavier experience, played a foundational role in who we have become as adults. Since the Xavier Reunion effort began, most alumni were surprised to hear of Tom's untimely death and many have asked questions about his life and career. Hence, I decided to use this opportunity to give you a two-for-one, special biography of our last fifty years.College – Tim & Tom
Tom and I went to Holy Cross along with a large contingent of Xavier grads. There was no particular reason for us going there, other than Holy Cross was one of the places my father told us we could go. For some reason my father, a fruit salesman with a 9th grade education, liked the Jesuits. He told us we could go to BC, Holy Cross or Fairfield. And wherever one of us went, the other was going also because he wasn't driving to two places! You didn't need guidance counselors in those days when you had a father like ours.
The first two years were marked by the deaths of both our parents, our Mom at the end of our Freshman year and our Dad in September of our Junior year. Although our parents died way too young, working through the grieving process during our college years made us grow up fast. Despite the tragic beginning, overall, our four years at the Cross were positive. Tom studied Sociology while I majored in History with a minor in Education. Like many of you, in addition to our academic endeavors, our last two years in college were consumed with the national discussion on the Vietnam war. Reflecting back to 1969-70, its hard to imagine the passion we felt 50 years ago about injustice, the role of government and the politics of war. It was so tangible and it's still vivid today. Tom and I joined in the protests and anti war activities that consumed college campuses. Protests, marches in Worcester, Boston, New York and Washington became a critical part of our Senior year experience.
Graduation sent Tom and me on different career paths – Tom to the University of Rochester for an MA in Sociology, and me on a job search while I tried to figure out a way to finish my teacher certification requirements and support my new bride, whom I met during my four years in Worcester.Tom's Career
After Rochester and a year in Hong Kong, Tom accepted a full scholarship to the Ph.D. Sociology program at Princeton where he spent the next ten years. During Tom's time at Princeton, he fell in love with Isabelle Bedard who became his life partner.
Tom left Princeton with his Ph.D. in 1981 and took a job with Warner Amex Cable in Cincinnati. Warner had a Pay-Per-View cable pilot that Tom worked to implement on a large scale. His particular interest was analyzing the increasingly large amounts of viewing data and its value in making business decisions based on that analysis. The successful experience at Warner led him to Viacom where he pursued his interest in viewer data analysis. Continued success at Viacom was eventually rewarded with elevation to a Vice President position and increasing responsibility.
Tom always looked at viewer data analysis through an international lens. On his own he made a number of trips to Russia which provided many stories (tales?) during his Christmas visits. Eventually they led to his purchasing the cable TV rights for the city of Minsk in Belarus. Tom told me he inked the deal over good Russian Vodka with the Mayor of Minsk for $50,000. Given the politics in Minsk, this may be true. I don't believe Tom's entrepreneurial venture made him any money, but it was great cocktail conversation.
His international interest brought him to London where he worked for Rupert Murdoch as a director of BSkyB, with his last job being the implementation of Pay-Per=View cable in Great Britain. Although Tom was very successful with BSkyB, he liked to be his own boss. During his time in London, his son Thomas was born. I've never seen Tom so proud. Having a son gave Tom a new perspective on life. Tom left BSkyB and he and his family came back to New York.
I think it was the work he did in the last few years of his life, after what he jokingly called his retirement, that pleased him the most. In partnership with his friend and colleague Daniel, he created a new field of research. He was consumed with the challenge of selling the media concepts he was developing and documenting it's usefulness to the medium of television. He was very successful! However, his passion for his work and the time spent obviously took a toll. On November 18, 2011 Tom died while running on a high school track, (something he always liked to do). He leaves the love of his life Isabelle and his son Thomas, who just turned 18 and will be attending Holy Cross in the fall.Tim's Career
Jobs were initially very hard to come by after graduation. My wife Susan got a Special Education position easily. I worked part time jobs until I landed a job as a child care worker in a residential treatment center run by the Catholic Church. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do, but I needed the money so I gave this a try. I found out that I liked it and was good at it. I stayed for 6 months and moved on to a secure facility for seriously disturbed boys run by the State Department of Mental Health. Starting as a Child Care Worker, I moved up to Unit Charge Staff. In the meantime, our first daughter was born. My boss recruited Susan and me to take over the new group home with the incentive we could save money for a down payment on a house. Although very rewarding, it was also very demanding. Shortly after we started, the State cut the budget for our cook and relief staff. Cooking for 12 in your second year of marriage and 8 hours off per week did not make for a happy wife.
We moved on after a year – Susan to teaching Special Ed again, and I went back to part time jobs and school to finish getting my teaching credentials. Once certified, I got a teaching job in 1973 in a large suburban Junior High as a Social Studies teacher. I had found my niche. Working with 11-13 year olds was where I wanted to be. Once you learn to appreciate a 12 year old's sense of humor, Middle School becomes Nirvana. I continued my education with an MS in Special Education from Southern CT State University, and a CAGS in Educational Administration from UCONN. After 38 years in a variety of educational roles: Social Studies Teacher, Special Ed Teacher, Special Ed Dept. Chair, Assistant Principal, I retired in 2011 as Principal (19 years) of that same school.
On a personal level, Susan and I have been very fortunate. We were Blessed with 5 children (4 living): Jennifer (Holy Cross), Bridget (Colby), Sean (Colby), TJ ( Holy Cross). We lost our 6 month old daughter Kate to a brain tumor. Career wise, Susan and I had jobs and careers that we loved. We both worked in the Enfield school district for our whole careers and also lived in that town. Because of this we never missed any of our kids games or performances and were able to be totally involved in our community as well. This involvement probably accounts for me spending 3 terms on the Enfield School Board after my retirement. Our lives have centered on teaching children and raising our own. After 45 years together, 4 college tuitions, 4 weddings, and 5 grandchildren I can honestly say, the past 50 years have been extremely good to us.Final reflections:
I said at the beginning, that the Xavier experience played a foundational role in Tom's and my journey to adulthood. By any measure, Tom and I have indeed been fortunate and successful. Perusing the bios on the website, it's clear that Xavier Alumni have shared that same good fortune. I don't believe it was by chance. The common denominator is the Xavier experience.
25 Jewel Street
Enfield, CT 06082
Xavier taught me that education had one purpose: to cope with constant change. The academic challenge instilled in me a steely intellect that feared no future, so I went forth and wrote, with skill, fierce curiosity, and a resolute pursuit of knowledge, or at least an answer about medicine, science, computers, defense and, in my last stop, nuclear weapons. My professional life can be measured in more than 3000 publications ranging from one-pagers to book-length annual reports of corporations like Xerox, IBM or AT&T. And hundreds of slick brochures for A to Z: Automatic target recognition to X-ray production in Z-pinch fusion experiments. These documents create a stack three feet high. And that is the unclassified publications.
Explaining esoteric technologies in terms my grandmother could understand led me through a progression of jobs: PR writer, PR manager, speechwriter to VIPs, director of corporate communications, interim CEO Europe Operations, senior director of strategic planning, hired mercenary for Los Alamos's Wen Ho Lee scandal, chief strategic planner for uses of non-nuclear technologies and, later, uses of nuclear ones as well. Like a stack of publications, I had a stack of job titles: I worked for CEOs, so my jobs were about as secure. I will say, back to that steely resolve that the Jesuits instilled, I outlasted quite a few CEOs.
In the 1970s, as a parallel career, I was an independent news producer. A single job never engaged much more than 30% of my attention, so why not engage another 30%? This is the essential Me of the 1970s: my job as PR flack for Boston College brought me to CBS headquarters to pitch my story about "The New Jesuits", an idea prompted by Xavier’s closing. I wandered the halls of CBS headquarters until I saw a door that said "Producer." It was the size of a closet. The man inside was Don Hewitt, producer of the then new "60 Minutes." He bought the story and then asked, as he had no budget at the beginning, "Can you help produce it?"
I had little experience, so I said, "Of course I can!"
This led to a part time decade long side job with CBS producing what I will call "Sunday Morning Features.” What glorious days! I had a split-level house in Marlborough, two daughters, nice cars, interesting job demands, far Northern territories to explore, and then a divorce.
The divorce was inevitable. We married too young, full of ideals that I would be a famous novelist and she a star international businesswomen. I was left with two young daughters in my care. I embraced that role. I could no longer produce segments from the Northwest Passage for two weeks at a time, so I went into PR agency work. For two years I was virtually alone, arranging day care and after-day care, and sometimes before-day care. In my early 30s, I was usually exhausted, but what a lesson!
I married again, and gained two stepdaughters. The years 1982-2008 were a middle-class American tale. Endless soccer or basketball games attended or coached. PTA meetings, Art Council presidency, braces for everyone, Peter suddenly growing to 6'-6" when meeting the boys dating his daughters, long inexpensive trips to Alaska or the Bahamas, short expensive vacations to Bermuda or St. Maartens--
Ten years into the marriage, Boston became too expensive, rusty and economically stalled, especially with the traffic horrors of the Big Dig settling in. We moved to Albuquerque. Albuquerque has the best weather in the world, but nothing for a self-appointed denizen of mergers and acquisitions. The cattle farmers, MacDonald franchise owner (singular), old Spanish money, cell phone tower builders, and entrenched inventors of small but important electronic devices were not impressed. For a few years I went back to the scrambling life of a free-lance writer. Then I landed a consulting job at Sandia National Laboratories. That job grew for 19 years, with that year out at Los Alamos. We built a manse at the base of the Sandia mountains. I designed that house (along with ten for others, in a third parallel career), and built it, so it was dear to me. In 2008, I was devastated by an unexpected divorce. I met Kay, a retired professor, on the Internet and, after a period of long-distance dating, sold out of Albuquerque and moved to Oxford, Ohio in 2010. I retired and began pursuing a lifelong fourth parallel career as a model ship builder, recently landing a prized museum contract. You can see my work at www.nscaleships.com
We recently bought a house in Old Decatur, Alabama, so Kay is moving back home. I am still writing, but happy that it is no longer my work. I look back on a life of incredible change, for which Xavier prepared me. I look forward to the changes of the future. If I’m asked, “Can you produce it?”, I’ll answer, “Of course I can!” and only then ask, “What needs to be produced?”
103 Vine Street NE
Decatur, AL 35601
Justice Stewart Potter said, “I can’t define pornography, but I know it when I see it.” It would be difficult to quantify the benefits of the Jesuit education that we received at Xavier, but I can “see” the values that were instilled in us when I read the amazing accomplishments of my classmates. It is clear that our class has lived by the creed “facta, non verba.”
I have to thank Dick Downing for introducing me to Irene Staffier who has been my best friend for fifty years and my wife for forty-seven years. Irene attended St. Joseph Elementary School with George Riley and she swears that he was using Algebra in the second grade. Why aren’t we surprised?!
I earned a B.S. in Education from Fitchburg State University (major in History and Social Sciences), a Masters in Education from Boston University (Focus in Media and Technology), and a MBA from Western New England University. My greatest accomplishment is that I have never worked a day in my life! I found my passion was helping students, teachers, and parents at the local, state, and national level. Xavier had a profound impact on this decision. On a number of occasions, I was required to write in detail why I chose to become an educator. The Jesuits taught us to question, analyze, and to speak and write with clarity, but beyond that I modeled myself after Father Hegarty and Mr. Pratt because they cared about us as individuals and inspired us to enjoy learning. During my senior year at Fitchburg, Xavier and Divine Providence interceded on my behalf. I was serious about having the best experience as a student teacher to provide the foundation for my teaching career. When I reported to the supervisor’s office, I was surprised to find Dr. Pat Micciche. Due to our past relationship, he told me that he would give me the best placement. I was probably not as respectful as I should have been when he suggested an inner city placement that was affectionately referred to as “The Jungle.” It was fortunate that I trusted Pat and worked for the next eight weeks with John Gaumond. He didn’t judge my teaching, but he employed the Socratic Method to encourage me to dispassionately critique myself each day. He also encouraged me to utilize the new methods that were being referred to as “The New Social Studies.” In our methods class, Pat introduced us to the best Social Studies projects in the United States. Due to these experiences, I easily found a teaching position in a competitive market. I had mostly experienced schools with talented students. This was not the case with “The Jungle.” I learned that I had to love, respect, and motivate every child regardless of how they came to me. As resourceful city kids, they found the apartment where my wife and I were living. She always had milk and fresh baked cookies for my “friends” who would show up on Saturday mornings.
I have found it rewarding to work with students and educators at the local, state, and national level to engage students in school and community service. At Chelmsford High School, I worked with students who volunteered thousands of hours each year. As a result of my experiences, I provided training to many groups about organizing community service opportunities for students and to engage students in self reflection about their service. In 1976, I co-founded a food collection activity that we called “Project 300” (original goal to collect 300 food items). This year 28,000 food items were collected at McCarthy Middle School. Over the past forty years, we estimate that nearly 500,000 food items have been collected. The Salvation Army has stated this is the most successful food drive in the state and that it is the cornerstone of their holiday food donations. I have shared with students and teachers that we change the world, one person at a time and one day at a time. Governor Weld appointed me to a four year term as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Community Service Commission as a result of my commitment to these values. Our primary task was to review grant proposals and award millions of dollars. One of our largest recipients was City Year. This program was championed by Senator Ted Kennedy. Much of this work led to my “fifteen minutes of fame.” I was honored with the Distiguished Educator Award by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. We spent a week in Washington D.C. with many interesting people. The Association honored Oprah, Jack Kemp, Deen Day Smith (Days Inns), Bernie Marcus (Home Depot), and others that year.
The first night we attended a cocktail reception at the Supreme Court Reception Room where I was introduced by Dr. Maya Angelou and Justice Clarence Thomas. We found ourselves seated next to Governor John Connolly and his wife. We became friends and we had breakfast with them for the rest of the week. The week culminated with me delivering a speech to the Association Members and receiving a Steuben crystal apple from Dr. John Hershey of the Hershey School. As part of the award, I received a cash gift of $5,000.00. In keeping with the philosophy of giving back, I donated the entire amount to the Chelmsford Education Foundation. Some of these funds were used to supplement the funding for an artist in residence who integrated dance and movement into the Social Studies Curriculum at Chelmsford High School.
I retired as a middle school principal after thirty-five years as a teacher, department head, and curriculum coordinator in Chelmsford, MA. Subsequently, I served as principal of a pre-K to 4 school in New Hampshire and as a vice principal at a pre-K to 8 Catholic school.
I’ve volunteered in a few political campaigns, served as a Massachusetts State Senate Intern, and as a Representative Town Meeting Member in Reading, MA. With apologies to my liberal brethren, I served a number of years as the Chairman of the Westford Republican Town Committee.
Presently, I’m retired, but I’m always open to new challenges!
Dick & Irene O'Donnell
108 Sherwood Drive
Methuen, MA 01844
Let me state at the outset that preparing for the reunion has been fun (reconnecting after all these years), exhilarating (hearing about your contributions to society and workplace successes), and sad (the loss of too many classmates).
After Xavier I attended college at Holy Cross. The war in Vietnam was raging, and rather than roll the dice on the lottery I signed up for Navy ROTC. Like the majority of students on Mt. St. James, I wasn’t in favor of the war. Beginning in my junior year the Navy started paying us, and I remember using one of my checks to attend the 1969 Peace Rally in Washington, D.C.
Looking back I wouldn’t change anything. What was an English major who didn’t want to teach going to do after graduation? The Navy took care of that, assigning me to a destroyer (the USS McKean, DD 784) out of Long Beach. They first wanted to put me in the bowels of the ship as the Engineering Officer, but soon changed their minds when I reminded them that I knew more about Boswell than boilers. I became the Gunnery Officer. What an irony!
While training for overseas duty in San Diego I met my future wife Carol at a “group blind date” Moody Blues concert at the Sports Arena. It was a wonderful concert, especially if you inhaled. We married five years later (1975) when I was out of the Navy and in graduate school, obtaining a Masters Degree in Urban Planning at San Diego State University. She said she married me because I was a Catholic and knew who Botticelli was. I knew she was for me when, soon after we met, she hung with me through all 27-innings of a twilight doubleheader between the Padres and Pirates. The second game featured 18-innings of near scoreless baseball, the Pirates finally winning 1-0 on a bases-loaded walk. Sunrise came quickly after that, and I, being unemployed, crashed, while she went to work.
As an upper classman at Holy Cross I became the Sports Director of the campus radio station, WCHC. I was an okay athlete (nothing special; Chuck Hegarty eliminated me as a candidate for the Xavier baseball team after one botched ground ball) so the next best thing for a sports guy like me was becoming the announcer. I worked in public radio as a sports broadcaster and disc jockey for a while in Massachusetts and California before concluding that chances for a prosperous and fulfilling career were decidedly situated elsewhere.
While maintaining a studious interest in the dynamics of cities, the fact is that after graduate school I never planned an “urb.” My entire career has mainly been in commercial real estate, more on the management side than as a broker, initially with a full-service firm in Atlanta (1981-1993) and later as Executive Vice President of ONCOR International (1994-2004).
With ONCOR, I traveled the country and the world recruiting companies for the network, training their brokers in multi-market selling, and facilitating our global meetings and panels. It was a great job, providing Carol and me with a lifetime of enduring friendships and memorable experiences. The USS McKean, sold to Turkey after decommissioning, now rests at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. ONCOR sank as well long before the end of this century’s first decade.
I joined a boutique real estate investment firm in 2004 and created and co-founded a unique nationwide real estate entity, ReStar Advisors, in 2008. Semi-retired, I now serve as the group’s consulting executive director.
In 1993 my wife and I had moved to Scottsdale from Orinda, California where at that time I was in charge of business development for ONCOR’s Western (U.S.) Region. We’ve lived here ever since, except for an 18-month “incarceration period” in Houston, Texas – the company’s headquarters location, at the uninspired will of the governing Board.
In 2000 I was elected to the Scottsdale City Council on an “Urban Envy” campaign, intent on preventing my adopted city from homogenizing into the greater Phoenix metroplex and thus protecting Scottsdale’s reputation as a world class tourist destination. I served one four-year satisfying and tumultuous term and then gave it up to focus on my real job. I ran again in 2010, this time unsuccessfully, as virtually no Democrat (except Gabby Giffords) was elected to any office in Arizona in that year of the great “Obama backlash”.
The most rewarding aspects of my life have had little to do with career or compensation. Since our early days in Atlanta, Carol and I have worked one-on-one with kids who didn’t enjoy our warm familial upbringing and educational opportunities. It’s a long story featuring a few joyous highs and several demoralizing lows. Our belief is that if we can make a difference in one, two or three lives we’re being true to our social values -- those rooted in caring parents, nurtured by the Jesuits, nuns and dedicated lay instructors who taught us, and redeemed on occasions by an adoring smile or grateful handshake.
In addition to serving on various community boards and commissions, travel and creative writing comprise my favorite pastimes. For a while (until it lost sponsorship about a year ago) I contributed travel humor stories to a blog associated with a major real estate publication. If you are interested, I think my stories can still be found under my name at www.onsitetravelblog.com
Thanks for taking time to read about my life after Xavier. I look forward to reading all the stories as they come in prior to our much-anticipated class reunion.
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Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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