JASPER JOTTINGS Week 22 - 2009 May 31

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: A student buys an orphanage


April 26th, 2009 at 3:52 pm
University Student Buys Dilapidated African Orphanage

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A new vision for an orphanage in Tanzania

A student who visited a run-down African orphanage was so moved by the children’s plight that she raised £30,000 to buy it. Amy Lambert, 24, set about gathering funds after witnessing the horrors at the decrepit Kichijo Orphanage in Tanzania.

She spent eight weeks volunteering there last summer, when she cared for 150 boys and girls – many of whom had lost one or both parents to AIDS and HIV. Miss Lambert found children who were starving, dangerously dehydrated and sleeping in dirty beds.

The undergraduate at Bath Spa university raised more than £30,000 in just seven months. But rather than passing the cash to authorities, she asked them if she could buy the orphanage instead.

Now she plans to complete her degree in Psychology and Health Studies this July before moving out to run the orphanage full time. Miss Lambert of Pewsham, Wiltshire said: “These children are the most beautiful, selfless people I have ever met. I have never felt so helpless.”

Her offer to buy the orphanage was accepted earlier this year and now plans to tear down the crumbling building and replace it with a modern one. She also hopes to add a school room to educate the children and sew crops to teach them about self-sufficiency.

Anyone who would like to donate money towards Amy Lambert’s orphanage should visit http://www.wearecollecting.co.uk/

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Students can make a huge difference.

If this doesn’t open our eyes, nothing will.

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 24 2009 12:37 PM

JEMail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) cleans up my question marks

Dear John,


>JFound: Kuzler, Francis J. [MC????] DecadesOut

   I believe that Frank is a member of the Class of 1990.

Re: Grabowski, Joseph,’ 77  

>JNews: Grabowski, Joseph [MC????] marketing manager

   I believe that Joe is a member of the Class of 1977.

Re: Shields, Randolph,1950

>JObit: Shields, Randolph “Randy” [MC????]

   I believe that Randy is a member of the Class of 1950.

   May He Rest In Peace. 

Re: Criscuolo, Aldo,’88

>JNews: Criscuolo, Aldo [MC????] Tasti D-Lite Darien, Stamford 

   I believe that Aldo is a member of the Class of 1988 and his brother Joe is member of the Class of 1985.


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[JR: Without Mike's help, there'd be a lot more question marks! (Thanks)**4, Mike]

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)  

P.S. Happy Birthday, Mike.

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 24 2009 1:37 PM

JEmail: Martin, Margaret (MC1998) reports on Geelan, Dan [MC1959]

From:   Martin, Margaret (MC1998)  
Date: May 24, 2009 12:10:55 AM EDT
To: reinkefj
Subject: Fwd: Donate A on Fox News

John: I am not sure what year he graduated, but Dan Geelan (below) is a fellow Jasper who established a great organization, DonateA.

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Sent: Fri, 22 May 2009 6:57 pm
Subject: Donate A on Fox News

The FOX news piece on the current activity at DONATE A was aired this morning at 5: 45 when many of us were sleeping. However FOX accomodated all of us and put the film on the internet and on our website as well.

While the content is essentially the same, the presentation is slightly different. Since it is not very long, it might be interesting to click on each link below and view some of the changes to the new website, which was donated to us by ISIS Corporation.



Thanks for your continued support,

Dan Geelan

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Geelan, Dan [MC????]

[JR: Great find. Someone will know the Class Year. (Hint, Mike?) Thanks for the report.]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Dan is a member of the Class of 1959.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

Geelan, Dan [MC1959]

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    * Posted on: Sun, May 24 2009 2:37 PM
    * Updated: Tue, May 26 2009 2:58 AM

JFound: Corballis, Ben Charles [MC1950]


Ben Charles Corballis

OCCUPATION: health facility administrator

BORN: Yonkers, New York , October 24, 1928


BS, Manhattan College, 1950

MD, University College Galway, 1955


Diplomate Am. Board Emergency Medicine.


Intern Stamford (Connecticut) Hospital, 1956; resident Memorial Hospital, Wilmington, Del., 1956-60; private practice, 1960-

Career Related

Chairman department emergency medicine Medical Center Del., Wilmington; assistant professor surgery Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia; consultant School for Emergency Medical Technician; faculty ACLS Affiliate, 1978-, Del. ATLS, 1979-; board directors Blue Cross/Shield Del., 1975-, National Blue Shield Association, 1982-83, Newark Emergency Center, Inc., Community Health Assurance Program, Inc.


Adv. council Gov.’s Emergency Medical Service, 1972-, chairman 1978-83, 911 telephone chairman 1973-83, Del. rep. 1978-; chairman coronary care committee Del. Heart Association, 1978-83; founder, president Drs. for Emergency Service, 1969-, Wilmington Professional Associates, Inc., 1971-; president Del. Physicians Insurance Purchasing Group, 1990, Del. Professional Insurance Co., 1990.


Member Am. College Emergency Physicians (charter member, councillor Del. chapter 1975-83, council steering committee 1976-80, medical econs. committee 1975, Del. chapter president 1969-79, 82-84, rev. or articles 1983-87), Am. College Surgeons, Medical Society Del. (vice president 1982-83, 87-88, president elect 1988-89, chairman medical liability committee 1980-88, medical econs. committee 1976-84, medico-legal committee 1978-, President award 1984, distinguished service award 1987), New Castle County Medical Society (professional conduct committee 1980-).

Political Affiliation


Religious Belief

Roman Catholic


Son of Charles Leo and Anne Josephine (Sullivan) C.; Married Patricia Ann Hoar, September 27, 1952 (deceased October 1969); children: Liam Padraig, Christopher John, Susan Patricia, Eilis Siobhan; Married Maria Joan LeCates, January 30, 1971.

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Corballis, Ben Charles [MC1950]

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    * Posted on: Mon, May 25 2009 9:40 AM

CARTOON: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) the irrepressible Joe Biden

John: Here’s my latest cartoon, featuring the irrepressible Joe Biden. (I guess Obama would sometimes like to repress him, but – alas – it’s just not possible.) Thanks, Jerry Breen



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    * Posted on: Mon, May 25 2009 1:21 PM

MNews: Kevin Laue, One-Handed Player, Earns Div I Bball Scholarship (Guess where?)


Kevin Laue, One-Handed Player, Earns Division I Basketball Scholarship
Published: May 25, 2009

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Kevin Laue, a 6-foot-10 center whose left arm ends at the elbow, was often told he would be an N.C.A.A. Division I basketball recruit if he had two hands.

It turns out the second hand was not necessary. Laue, who is from California, has accepted a scholarship to play for Manhattan College next season.

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Good for us! Better for him.

Now can we find a zero legged model like Aimee Mullins for the Jasper Dancers?

No one should call either of them disabled!

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 26 2009 1:35 AM

MNews: Two Jaspers nail scholarships


American Council of Engineering Companies of New York awards 16 scholarships

New York, NY Now more than ever, academic scholarships to high-achieving students entering the engineering field play an important support role for the recipients. This year, 16 students in New York State colleges and universities will receive American Council of Engineering Companies of New York scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.

The scholarships are being awarded based on the student’s cumulative grade point average, college activities, work experience and an essay on consulting engineering. Eight of the students attending metropolitan area colleges were honored at an ACEC New York membership luncheon on May 19 at the Union League Club in New York City. The remaining eight students attending upstate colleges will be recognized at the council’s winter conference in Albany in January. Since 2001, ACEC New York has awarded 97 scholarships for a total of $265,500.

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Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. Scholarship – $2,500

* Daniel Hesslein, Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y.

A civil engineering student, Hesslein is very interested in sustainable design, particularly in renewable energy and reusable construction practices. He has participated in Night Run, where he makes and delivers sandwiches for the homeless, and participates in Relay for Life, a 24-hour walk to raise awareness for breast cancer.

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Thornton Tomasetti Scholarship – $2,500

* Thomas Matarazzo, Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y.

Honoring a tradition, Matarazzo will be the fourth member of his family to earn an Engineering degree from Manhattan College. Active in several student organizations, including Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, the Jazz Band and the student chapter of ASCE, of which he was president in 2008, Matarazzo is also a member of Engineers without Borders.

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 26 2009 3:55 AM

JFound: O’Shaughnessy, Gary W. [MC????]


Gary W. O’Shaughnessy
Submitted by admin on Tuesday, 26 May 2009

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Major General Gary W. O’Shaughnessy is commander of Air Force Intelligence Command and director of the Joint Electronic Warfare Center, both headquartered at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. An Air Force major command, AFIC’s 17,000 people worldwide provide timely services, products and resources in the interrelated areas of intelligence, security, electronic combat, foreign technology and treaty monitoring. The JEWC provides comprehensive electronic warfare support to the secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other requesting Department of Defense agencies.

General O’Shaughnessy was born in New York City and completed high school at Brooklyn Preparatory. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Fordham University in 1960 and a master of arts degree in education from Manhattan College in 1970. The general completed Squadron Officer School in 1964, Armed Forces Staff College in 1974 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1979.

He entered the Air Force in September 1960 after receiving his commission as a second lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. His first assignment was as an administrative officer at the Air Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

The general was a student at the Communications Intelligence Officers Course, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, from September 1962 until March 1963. Upon graduation he was assigned to the 6923rd Radio Squadron Mobile and then to an operating location of the 6925th Security Group, both Electronic Security Command units in South Vietnam. In September 1963 he became an intelligence officer with the 6925th Security Group, Clark Air Base, Philippines.

General O’Shaughnessy was assigned to the National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, Md., from September 1965 until April 1966, when he returned to South Vietnam as the Department of Defense special representative to the Military Assistance Command. He then was assigned as an instructor and commandant of cadets at Manhattan College. He remained there until June 1970, when he transferred to Pacific Security Region, Wheeler Air Force Base, Hawaii, as an intelligence officer.

The general became an assistant operations officer with the 6921st Security Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, in May 1972. In November 1972 he was transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Force Security Service, San Antonio, as an intelligence officer, overseeing the operations of Pacific and Alaskan units until December 1973.

After completing the Armed Forces Staff College in July 1974, he returned to Fort Meade as National Security Agency representative to the Air Staff and also served for a period as military assistant to the director of National Security Agency. In April 1977 he became commander of the 6903rd Security Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea, where he developed concepts for intelligence support to tactical operations.

From June 1979 until June 1982 General O’Shaughnessy was commander of Electronic Security Command Pacific, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where he managed Electronic Security Command resources from Alaska to the Philippines, From Hawaii he was assigned parallel duties at Ramstein Air Base, West Germany, commanding all Electronic Security Command units in Europe. In May 1985 he became associate deputy director for operations, National Security Agency. In June 1987 he became deputy chief of staff for intelligence, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base. He was assigned as director of intelligence, J-2, Headquarters U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, West Germany, in April 1988. In August 1989 General O’Shaughnessy took command of the Electronic Security Command, Kelly Air Force Base. He assumed his present position in October 1991.

The general’s military awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Also, he published a paper in the Air University Education Bulletin, 1968, titled, “Learning Through Reinforcement.”

He was promoted to major general July 1, 1989, with same date of rank.

(Current as of April 1992)

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O’Shaughnessy, Gary W. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Tue, May 26 2009 7:38 PM

JEmail: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) thinks I was unfair to the VA

Dear Jasper John,

In your recent attack on government run health care programs and the concept of universal care in the United States ( the only industrialized country without universal care) you imply that the Veteran’s Administration provides poor care to veterans. As a matter of fact the VA is widely acknowledged to provide excellent care. Phillip Longman has written a book titled: Best Care Anywhere / Why VA Health Care is Better than Yours (book description below).

I suggest you read the book or at least articles based on it before attacking the VA in the future. The rightist press often carries stories about VA problems but rarely focuses on its general excellence. The record should be set straight.

Sincerely yours,
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

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Best Care Anywhere
How VA Health Care Became a Benchmark for Quality and What Policymakers Should Learn from its Example
What lessons does the VA’s performance offer for addressing America’s health care crisis?

Recent headlines about Walter Reed Army Medical Center have brought the military health care system under scrutiny. Yet despite problems with access, The Department of Veteran Affairs’ system of care, (which doesn’t run Walter Reed) turns out, in study after study, to outperform the rest of the American health care system by virtually all measures. These include patient satisfaction, patient safety, prevention, disease management, use of evidence-based medicine, information technology, and cost effectiveness.

What lessons does the VA’s performance offer for addressing America’s health care crisis? Should access to VA health care be expanded to more veterans, many of whom are denied previously promised benefits, and perhaps to their families as well? How feasible would it be to replicate the VA model of care for the general population, including the uninsured?

This event, which was carried on C-SPAN, produced a lively debate, featuring Phil Longman, author of Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care is Better than Yours (PoliPointPress, 2007) and Dr. Kenneth Kizer, former Undersecretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, on this timely and provocative topic.

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[JR: I rescued your email from the spam folder. That's why the delay. I always give everyone equal time. This is another one of those agree to disagree items. Talk to those receiving VA care and you might find a different opinion. I've gotten VA care twice during TDYs back in the Seventies. Those two experiences nearly killed me. So maybe I'm biased. Vets that I know would disagree with you. But, at least we having a conversation.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 27 2009 12:11 AM

JFound: Burnham, Geoffrey [MC????] at 2009 NECINA Annual Meeting


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“Stimulate US Economy through Global Collaboration” 2009 NECINA Annual Meeting

   * Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday May 30th, 2009
   * RSVP: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=183086
   * Venue: Radisson Hotel, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA
   * Fee: Free to NECINA Members, Sponsors, Partners, and Program Advisors, Judges, Presenters; $15 to General Public with half-year free membership (break & lunch included)

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Dr. Geoffrey Burnham has over twenty-five years of direct experience in photonic product development. During his tenure at GE Aerospace he is responsible for the design and development of GE’s first mil qualified high peak and high average power TIR-FPL slab lasers operating Q-switched in the NIR. He worked closely with GE’s Corporate Research and Development on GE’s Inertial Confinement (Laser Fusion) Program producing extremely high peak power Glass Slab Lasers for KMS Fusion. He also collaborated with GE’s research team on the development of a 1 kWatt CW YAG laser. Geoffrey has also developed and produced edge emitting semiconductor lasers at numerous wavelengths from 632 nm to 1060 nm at powers up to 2 Watts for a single stripe emitter. He designed and produced numerous fiber coupled semiconductor lasers with power levels exceeding 150 Watts CW. His particular areas of expertise include III-V edge emitting lasers at 808 nm and 980 nm, DPSS lasers at  1.06 and frequency doubled to 532 nm, Q-switched solid state (both YAG and Glass) and fiber coupled lasers. Previously, Geoffrey founded a small high hech company called Semiconductor Laser International Corporation. Of particular note he raised over $20 million of financing for this company, including an $8 million public offering on the NASDAQ. He held various executive management and positions at Northeast Semiconductor, General Optronics Corporation, and General Electric’s Aerospace Group. Geoffrey has a successful track record in high technology government contract management, program management and product commercialization. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from New York University, and a B.S. in Physics, from Manhattan College. He was a Co-Chairman – SPIE Photonics West Laser Diode Array Session.

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For more information, please visit the following sites:

NECINA Optics SIG: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NECINA_SIG_Optics/

NECINA Entrepreneurship Center: http://groups.google.com/group/necina-entrepreneurship-center

NECINA: http://www.necina.org/

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Burnham, Geoffrey [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 27 2009 7:26 AM

JObit: Palermo, Peter Michael [MC1953]


Peter Michael Palermo

PALERMO PETER MICHAEL PALERMO Peter Michael Palermo, 80, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather passed away on May 20, 2009 at Manor Care in Alexandria from coronary artery disease. He is survived by his bride of 45 years Martha; six children, Andrea Palermo of Alexandria, Patricia Palermo (Joe Re) of Manassas, Monica Blank (Rich) of Tampa, Florida, Peter Palermo (Stephanie) of Midlothian, Anne O”Malley (Kevin) of Centreville, and Michael Palermo of Alexandria, and twenty two grandchildren. Peter was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1953. He proudly served his country with honor during the Korean War in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following his service, Peter had a distinguished 35-year career with the U.S. Department of Navy. Specializing in structures and ship design, he culminated his career as the Assistant Deputy Commander and Technical Director for Ship Design at Naval Sea Systems Command, responsible for all ship and submarine designs. A devout Washington Redskin fan even during the losing years, Mr. Palermo loved his family, God, his country, his beer, and his dogs – not always in that order! Friends will be received on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the church. His internment will take place at 2 p.m. at Fairfax Memorial Park. Services are under the direction of the Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Food for the Poor, Inc., 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073, (954-427-2222) and include S/C 67184 on the memo line of your check or Catholic Charities, 200 N. Glebe Rd, Suite 506 Arlington, VA 22203, (703-549-1390) and include “in memory of Pete Palermo” on the memo line of your check.

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Palermo, Peter Michael [MC1953]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/q8746h

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 27 2009 7:37 AM

JObit: Moylan, Daniel J. [MC1953]

Moylan, Daniel J. [MC1953]

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Dear John,

George Skau, ‘59 advised that Dan passed away last week in Virgina after a long illness.

A Funeral Mass will be a be said at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood, N.J. on Friday, May 29th at 10:45 AM.

Please pray for the repose of Dan’s Soul and his family.

May He Rest In Peace,


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McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 27 2009 8:08 PM

JObit: DeJong, John “Hank” Herman [MC1954]


I wish to report the death of Jasper, John “Hank” Herman DeJong. He returned to the Lord suddenly on May 25. He was an EE but I don’t know the year he graduated. He was 81 at his death. I started working with Hank at my first job out of college and we became lifelong friends. Here is a link for Condolences: http://www.brinsfieldfuneral.com/obituaries/index.cfm As soon as I get one for his Obituary, I’ll send it to you.

Don McLeod EE ‘74

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[JR: Thanks, Don. Much appreciated. ]

DeJong, John “Hank” Herman [MC????]

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John Herman “Hank” DeJong of St. Mary’s City, Maryland slipped peacefully into heaven on Monday, May 25, 2009. Hank was born January 8, 1928 in Bronx, New York, to Margret and Jan Pieter DeJong. As a first generation American, he came from very humble beginnings. After graduating from high school in 1947, Hank enlisted in the United States Army, where he served in Japan obtaining the rank of Sergeant. Upon honorable discharge, he entered Rhodes Prep school and after graduation he enrolled in Manhattan College. Hank graduated from Manhattan College in 1954 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. In June of 1954, Hank was employed at the Naval Air Test Center (NATC), Patuxent River, Maryland, as an Electrical Engineer. From 1954 until 1978, he remained in the Electrical Branch as it transitioned through two Naval Air Test Center reorganizations. During this time Hank earned, with honors, a Bachelors of Arts and Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honors society. Hank also earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from George Washington University.

Early in his career Hank developed a set of specifications which resulted in the procurement of the first harmonic wave analyzer capable of printing out a complete vibration spectrum from 10 Hz to 2000 Hz. He also developed a telemetry system for recording elevator trim control switch data on the F2H-2 aircraft. As a project engineer, Hank conducted electrical and electronic trials on the FJ-3, T-34B, TF-1, OE-2, AD-5W, WV-3, HSS-1, HOK-1, F9F-8P, P2V-7, A3D-1, F11F-1, HR25-1, A-4, F-4B, P-3A, H-3, and F/A-18 aircraft. In 1978, Hank accepted a temporary assignment as a Section Head in the Ground Support Systems Branch at the Systems Engineering Test Directorate (SETD). In 1979, he returned to the Electronic Systems Branch of SETD as an Electromagnetic Specialist. From 1982 through 1986 Hank was SETD’s Antenna and Avionics Section Head (SY80). In 1986, Hank was appointed as the Naval Air Test Center’s Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) Program Manager, the job he maintained until the he retired. Throughout his career, Hank made many valuable contributions to testing and evaluating Navy aircraft. Over the last ten years of his career, Hank established himself as an expert in the communications systems field and had gained particular prominence in the JTIDS program. Hank retired from NATC on January 7, 1991 after a career that spanned four decades. Upon his retirement, Hank began to teach real estate certification classes until 2007.

Hank was an avid sports fan who loved the New York Yankees, New York Giants, and the University of Maryland Terrapins. He was a Maryland Terrapin club member who held season tickets to football games for the past twenty years and enjoyed going to the games with his wife, son and grandchildren. Hank was a trivia buff who was always ready to test with a good brain teaser. Hank was very quick witted and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a fascinating storyteller and he kept his family and friends on the edge of their seats with stories about his life experiences. Hank was a good, kind, Christian man, who helped many people throughout his life. His greatest loves were God, the church and his family. He was a resident of St. Mary’s County for over 50 years and he attended mass at St. Cecilia Church in St. Mary’s City, St. Michael’s Church in Ridge, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Lexington Park..

Hank was the past President of the United States Navy League Patuxent River chapter, a 17 year volunteer with the American Cancer Society, a life member of the Patuxent River Elks Lodge, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Washington Branch, and also a member of the American Legion, the University of Maryland Terrapin Club, the National Association of Retired Federal Employers (NARFE), and both the National and Southern Maryland Board of Realtors.

Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Margret and Jan Pieter DeJong. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Annie; his daughter Nancy Simmons (Ron) and his sons Francis Stuart Newton and Joseph Jackson (Beverly); grandchildren David Simmons (Margie), Eddie Schatz (Lisa), Michelle Boyer (Mark), Christian Newton, Adrianne Newton, Amanda Newton, Jonathan Jackson and Sherry Jackson-Mehl (Eric Baker); 7 great grandchildren; and his sister, Rose Marie Johnson.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Ridge Volunteer Rescue Squad and/or St. Michael’s Catholic School in memory of John H. DeJo

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com .

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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DeJong, John “Hank” Herman [MC1954]

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 27 2009 8:29 PM

JEmail: Reinke, FJohn (MC1968) offer help with novices with Lulu publishing

Dear fellow Jaspers: It’s now even easier to do vanity publishing with Lulu. The cost is virtually ZERO! Have you always had a book in your heart or your head? Get it into paper now. Not that you going to be the next James Patterson. Not that you’re going to be on the Tonight Show. Not that the world will beat a path to your door. But it is a milestone to say I wrote a book and have it in print. My Lulu book, “CHURCH 10●19●62″ is now on Amazon. Yours can be too. This email is to encourage you. If you have questions or just don’t know how to start, drop me an email at “help me print my book” at reinke dot cc. (Don’t be too fussy with the address it will get thru!) Now that I’m unemployed / retired, I need “projects”. Unless you know of a CTO job in 08824! ROFL, imagine if an injineer with a low grade point index can get his ravings in print, so can you. What the worst anyone can say? “What an idiot!” Hey, they probably say that anyway. Besides, I’m told that no one ever died of embarrassment. Stephen Covey in his talks says something like “the Universe is one song and that we each have a part in that song”. Maybe it comes from doing too many obits, but don’t sneak out and leave “your song” unsung. We’ll all be worse off for the loss. A friend (Yes, I do have friends; one or two!) of mine’s dad hand wrote his family history and his theory about roulette; it’s a family treasure to him. So get your “content” on to the “virtual bookshelves”. This is a unique time in technology where Gutenberg is in everyone of us. Spelling and grammar optional! Standing by for your call, fjohn68

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 27 2009 10:00 PM

JObit: O’Brien, Kevin [MC????] reported by McGoey Tom (MC1969)

Kevin O’Brien, 86
by Staten Island Advance
Wednesday May 27, 2009, 5:33 AM
WWII veteran was NYPD scientist

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Longtime Grant City resident Kevin P. O’Brien, a World War II veteran, NYPD forensic scientist and author of several books on forensics, died Sunday in Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility, Mount Morris, N.Y., where he had resided for four years. His age was 86.

Born in the Bronx, Mr. O’Brien was brought to Grant City as an infant.

The graduate of St. Peter’s Boys High School enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, serving in Europe in a secret military unit called The Carpet Baggers from 1942 to 1945. He returned to military service in 1958 as a reservist and a chief warrant officer in the criminal investigations division.

Mr. O’Brien earned his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College, the Bronx, and his master’s degree in forensic chemistry from John Jay College, Manhattan.

He was an NYPD chemist and investigator, working in the crime lab, for two decades. He retired in 1967 with the rank of detective first grade.

Mr. O’Brien relocated to Pittsford, a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., the year of his retirement. After leaving the police force, he began teaching forensic chemistry at Monroe Community College, and also taught at St. Peter’s College in New Jersey and his alma mater, John Jay College. He retired from teaching in the late 1980s.

Mr. O’Brien wrote several texts on forensics, including “Criminalization Theory and Practice.” He also published a paper for the United Nations about chemical components of narcotics in the illegal drug trade.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the NYPD’s Holy Name Society.

Mr. O’Brien was an avid traveler and Europe and England were favored destinations.

His brother was genuine, approachable and a hardworking family man, said Joseph O’Brien.

“He was a wonderful person, a great storyteller and lecturer,” he said. “He was warm, cooperative, he couldn’t do enough for other people.”

Mr. O’Brien enjoyed photography, and took many pictures of his family and during his travels.

On the Island, he was a parishioner of St. Christopher’s R.C. Church, Grant City.

His wife of 46 years, the former Kathleen MacBride, died in 1992. Mr. O’Brien’s son, Kevin Jr., died in 1962; his son, Stephen, died in 1978, and his granddaughter, Erin Richardson, died in 2002.

Surviving, along with his brother, Joseph, are his son, Rory O’Brien; his daughters, Kathleen Clapp and Eileen O’Brien; his brothers, John and James O’Brien; four grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

The funeral will be tomorrow from the Miller Funeral Home, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Guardian Angels R.C. Church. Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery, all Rochester.

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    * Posted on: Wed, May 27 2009 10:16 PM

JNews: Marie, Sr. Constance [MC????]


Felician Sisters Complete Historic Election
Religious Life
Submitted by Sister Mary Francis Lewandowski on 2009-05-26.

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The eight provinces of the Felician Sisters of North America recently completed one of the final steps to merger with the election of a Provincial Minister and Council to lead the new single province. The election culminates a decade of planning by Felician Sisters throughout the US and Canada

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Sister Constance Marie currently serves on the Leadership Team for Our Lady of the Angels Province, Enfield. Previous to that, she was Academic Advisor in the School of Education at Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY. From 1994 to 2002 she ministered at LaSalle Academy on New York’s Lower East Side as Director of School Counseling. She also served as Educational/Vocational Counselor at H.E.L.P. Bronx, a system of shelters founded by Andrew Cuomo, and supervisor of Health Care Homes, a specialized unit of the New York Foundling Hospital for developmentally and physically disabled children in foster care. After spending 18 years at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Enfield, as English and Religion teacher and principal, she was Educational/Vocational Counselor at Covenant House, New York.

Sister Constance entered the Felician community from Clinton, MA in 1964. She earned a BA in English from Trinity College, Washington, DC, an MA in English from St. Michael’s College, VT, an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from the Catholic School Leadership Program at Boston College, an MS in Counseling from Fordham University and a Professional Diploma in Counseling from Manhattan College.

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JFound: Kenny, Sr. Bernadette [MC????] leads a program


MU to host Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Law and Religious Life

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Misericordia University will host more than 120 leaders of national and international Roman Catholic religious congregations of women on June 4-10 during the 16th annual Cecilia Meighan, RSM Institute of Law and Religious Life. The institute is newly renamed for its foundress, Sister Cecilia, the former director of planned giving at the campus who retired from Misericordia this past year.

Under the direction of Sister Bernadette Kenny, RSHM, the 2009 institute, “The Religious Institute and Its Works: Canon Law and Civil Law Organizational Stuctures,” is a week-long residential program designed to promote professional development to women in religious leadership positions, particularly in the areas of corporate, civil and canon (church) law.

“The Institute is designed to enable participants to gain a new perspective on the role and responsibility of leadership, help them create a network of peers, and have the opportunity to interact with others who share similar responsibilities and challenges,” said Sister Bernadette. “Guests will also have the chance to enjoy the beautiful Misericordia campus, and enjoy a range of cultural and recreational activities available in the area.”

All faculty members for the program are nationally recognized experts in the fields of canon and civil law. They include:

Sister Bernadette is an attorney who exclusively represents Roman Catholic religious congregations in civil law. She is a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College, a master’s degree from Manhattan College, and her Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law.

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JObit: Curry, John Patrick [MC????]


John Patrick Curry

CURRY – John Patrick, of Mt. Vernon formerly of The Bronx, on May 27, 2009. Beloved husband of Elizabeth. Loving father of Kathleen (Paul) Barba and Christine (John) Tuthill and loving step-grandfather of Marissa Barba. Dear brother of Thomas Curry and Patricia Spillane. Brother-in-law to Celeste Curry and Joe Spillane cherished uncle and Godfather. He was a proud member of the 7th Regiment National Guard. He was a loyal and Proud Graduate of St. John’s Kingsbridge, Mahattan Prep and Manhattan College. He retired after 27 years as an accountant and office manager from Glencore Limited, Stamford, CT. Calling hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home, between the hours of 5 to 8pm Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm Sunday. Mass of Christian Burial St. Ursula’s Church, Mt Vernon on Monday June 1 at 11am.

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Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/msnujq

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JFound: Horbel, Doug [MC????] Evening Networking


Evening Networking: “Understanding and Dealing with Procrastination”
Date: Tuesday, June 9
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Career Place, Woburn
Registration: Call the Library at 781-932-5518
Cost: $15/lifetime Membership

Learn what procrastination is and what it isn’t. During this workshop we will explore where, when and why so many of us continue to do this. How to manage it more effectively. What are some of the more novel approaches to overcoming it.

Presenter Doug Horbel has provided outplacement, career management and life coaching support to individuals in a broad spectrum of professions and industries. He has guided clients from diverse backgrounds to take charge of their careers, strategize their direction and produce effective action. Doug holds a BBA from Manhattan College, NY, and is a CTI Certified Professional Coach.

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JNews: McCue, Michael [MC????] on ballot in Plumsted NJ


Primary preview
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:52 AM EDT
by Melissa L. Gaffney, Staff Writer

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Several municipal candidates are running for open positions on governing bodies in The Messenger-Press coverage area in Tuesday’s primary election, with Millstone providing the only contested race.

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In Plumsted, Republican incumbents Michael McCue and Eric Sorchik are running unopposed for two, three-year Township Committee seats. Both candidates say they would like to install a sewer system in the downtown area and maintain the township’s rural character.

   Mr. McCue, 56, of Cream Ridge, would enter his second term as committeeman if re-elected. He has lived in the township for 20 years.

   The committeeman earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College and his master’s degree in the same field from The University of Virginia. Mr. McCue has a master’s degree in business from Adelphi University, in Garden City, N.Y., and a juris doctor degree from Seton Hall University, in South Orange.

   Mr. McCue served on the Ocean County Agricultural Development Board from 2002 to 2007 and has served on the township Municipal Utilities Authority since 2006.

   He is a process safety manager for Solvay Solexis, Inc., in Thorfare.

   The committeeman says the governing body has preserved the town’s farmland and kept taxes low during his tenure.

   ”We have maintained our present, excellent financial condition by restrained fiscal management and aggressively seeking county, state and federal grants to supplement 20 years of stable municipal tax policy,” he said. “We are planning for Plumsted’s future by implementing a redevelopment plan to bring sanitary sewers to our historic downtown that will revitalize the township.”

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Comment on PRAYERREQUESTED: MC Alum’s daughter doing better

By Carolyn Predmore (MCfac)

This is great news. OK – more of the same coming up.

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Comment on JObit: Sandiford, Arthur C. [MC1968] 

By Daniel Sandiford

Thank you so much for your kind words. My father loved Manhattan College and always spoke of his excellent Christian Brothers education. I just graduated La Salle University in Philadelphia and I now understand what he meant when he spoke of the brothers. God Bless you and the rest of the La Sallian community. John Baptiste de La Salle, pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts forever!

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Comment on JObit: Sandiford, Arthur C. [MC1968] 

By Jim Ferraiolo

Arthur was St Augustine’s class of 1964, and Manhattan 1968, and will be missed.

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ENDNOTE: Congress “cheats” us (again)!


Congressional Lawmakers Admit NIH Guidelines a Human Cloning Bait and Switch
by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor
April 20, 2009

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Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Congressional lawmakers appear to be admitting that a leading pro-life group was right when it said the new NIH guidelines to implement President Barack Obama’s embryonic stem cell research executive order amounted to a bait and switch.

The NIH guidelines describe the process that scientists must use to get federal funding to be able to destroy human embryos supposedly left over from fertility clinics for their stem cells for research.

The National Right to Life Committee called the guidelines a “bait-and-switch” strategy, under which Democratic leaders in Congress will suddenly bring up new legislation that they will claim codifies the NIH action.

In reality, NRLC says the bill will overturn a federal law prohibiting the specific creation and destruction, possibly through human cloning, of human beings for the express purpose of killing them to conduct scientific experiments.

According to a report in Congressional Quarterly on Friday, Kristofer Eisenla, a representative of Rep. Diana, one of the prime sponsors of the bill that concerns Right to Life, “did not refute the committee’s suggestion.”

“Details of the legislation are still being discussed,” he said.

In fact, DeGette, in a press release issued with her co-sponsor, Rep. Michael Castle, responding to the new NIH guidelines, talked about how her bill would supposedly merely codify the NIH guidelines. She said she is “planning to move forward with legislation that will promote all forms of ethical stem cell research.”

Although the bill hasn’t been written, Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for National Right to Life, told LifeNews.com the intent appears clear.

“It doesn’t take much reading between the lines to see that DeGette and Castle are writing a bill that will authorize NIH to funding human cloning to produce embryos for research,” he said.

Johnson previously discussed the Obama-DeGette tactic with LifeNews.com.

“Some may characterize the guidelines issued today as narrowly crafted, since NIH will not initially fund research involving human embryos who were created specifically to be used in research. This seeming restraint is part of an incremental strategy intended to desensitize the public to the concept of killing human embryos for research purposes,” he explained.

He says the DeGette bill will go much further by “authori[zing] further expansions involving the deliberate creation of human embryos for use in research, by human cloning and other methods.”

The National Right to Life Committee detailed the strategy in a letter it sent to members of Congress in March outlining its objections to the DeGette bill and its Senate companion version.

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[JR: Politicians lie, cheat, and steal! To quote my legal mentor, Judge Judy, "I wouldn't believe you if you tongue came notarized!" They don't read what the vote on, they mix apples and oranges to vote on, they slip stuff in at the last minute. The D's and the R's both do it. And, we should be punishing them!]

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