JASPER JOTTINGS Week 43 - 2009 October 25

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



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POSITRACTION: FedEx a dying child home


FedEx flies terminally ill girl home
Published: Saturday, September 26, 2009 6:08 AM

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Because of caring people and a caring company, a terminally ill little Green Forest girl was flown home Friday by air ambulance from M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, so she can spend her last days surrounded by the people who love her most.

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[JR: And who says big corporations don't have feelings. Yes, they get good PR that 11k$ couldn't buy. But, it's more than that. IMHO!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Oct 18 2009 12:37 PM

JEmail: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) didn’t hear bells


Ringing of the Angelus bells stopped not later than the spring semester of 1971, because I do not remember hearing them during my first semester, in the fall of 1971.

Gerard ‘75

Gerard M. Delaney
Orlando, FL 32828

[JR: I remember them in high school. Can't say as I sepnt much time up on the "hill" as an undergrad. So sometime between 1964 and 1971, they "broke". Probably a noise ordinance?]

Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Oct 18 2009 1:37 PM

JEmail: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) agrees with Keilly

John Keilly’s perspective (JJ Oct. 18) on why the Catholic Church is losing members is right on. I agree with every reason that he states.

Ken Jablon
MC 1962

[JR: Wonder what has to happen to get that message to "the top"?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Oct 18 2009 8:41 PM

JFound: Bowe, James [MC????] described


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Re: West Ham for sale (again)

Postby ereader on Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:11 pm

some info on jimbo

Mr. James Bowe is a Director on the Board of Directors of The Volatility Exchange Corporation. He is currently Financial Services Consultant and President of the CAM Fund Platform Ltd. and CAM Investment Management Ltd. and of the Devonshire Fund Platform Ltd. and evonshire Investment Management Ltd. He was co-founder of Illington Fund Management Ltd, an SEC registered investment advisor, and served as its President from 2003 until December 2007, when the company was sold to its largest client.

In 2001 and 2002, Mr. Bowe was a partner in the office of UBS/PaineWebber in Sonoma, California, where he traded futures and options for institutional hedging clients. In 2000, Mr. Bowe was Senior Executive Vice-President at the Pacific Exchange, managing all aspects of the equity options business and developed strategic relationships with floor market-makers and major brokerage firms. In 1996, the Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange Inc. (“CSCE”) appointed Mr. Bowe as President & Chief Executive Officer where he oversaw the subsequent successful merger with the New York Cotton Exchange Inc. (“NYCE”), which formed the New York Board of Trade (“NYBOT”). Mr. Bowe was named as President and Chief Executive Officer of the NYBOT.

From 1981 to 1996, Mr. Bowe was Senior Vice-President of Market Development and Planning at CSCE. He has also held positions of increasing responsibilities in securities and futures regulation with the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Commodity Exchange Inc. He received his M.B.A. in Financial Management from the Hagan School of Business at lona College, and a B.S. in Economics from Manhattan College. Mr. Bowe has served on the boards of the Options Clearing Corporation Inc., NYBOT, CSCE, NYCE, and the National Futures Association (“NFA”).

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Bowe, James [MC????]

[JR: I don't understand the context of the messages. Perhaps, some one can figure it out. I'm just the "collector".]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Oct 18 2009 8:48 PM

JEmail: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) gives us two new toons

John: Here are a couple of new cartoons – a cartoon I just did about Obama’s Nobel Prize, and one I did a few weeks ago about the GM bailout. Thanks again. I hope you’re doing well. Sincerely yours in Jasper, Jerry Breen www.newbreen.com



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[JR: LOL, thanks, Jerry]

Breen, Jerry (MC1971)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Oct 19 2009 11:45 AM

JFound: Howley, Edward [MC1965] co-author


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Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance, 7th Edition
Powers and Howley | ISBN:0073376477 | 7th Edition | PDF | 648 pages | 329 MB

Description: Written especially for exercise science and physical education students, this text provides a solid foundation in theory illuminated by application and performance models to increase understanding and to help students apply what they”ve learned in the classroom and beyond.

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Edward Howley received his BS degree from Manhattan College and his MS and PhD degrees from The University of Wisconsin, Madison. He completed a one-year post-doctoral appointment at Penn State University and began his career at the University of Tennessee in 1970. He taught a variety of courses in physiology, exercise physiology and fitness testing and prescription over 36 years. He also served as an administrator of the Exercise Science program/department. He retired in 2007 and holds the rank of professor emeritus. He has received several awards for his teaching. Most of Dr. Howley's volunteer efforts have been with the American College of Sports Medicine, where he served as president from 2002-2003. He is the Editor-in-Chief of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal, and is chair of the program planning committee for the annual ACSM Health & Fitness Summit meeting.

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Howley, Edward [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Ed is a member of the class of 1965.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Howley, Edward [MC1965]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Oct 20 2009 9:40 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Oct 22 2009 1:29 AM

JEmail: Rooney, John Peter (MC1965) still hearing bells; just not at MC

I still hear the bells.

In 1957, I enlisted in the United States Navy. So, in 1957 and ’58, I saluted an American flag with 48 stars. In 1959, the number of stars jumped to 59 with Alaska’s statehood. Then, in 1960, I saluted an American flag with 60 stars.

As the sun went down over Naval Air Station, Key West, “Colors” was sounded and all sailors and Marines, outdoors, were supposed to turn toward the main flag pole and salute. I recall that many sailors would run to get inside a barracks, or mess hall, or hangar, so as to avoid the necessity of saluting the flag. They were missing out on performing an honor to the flag of their country.

In September 1961, I was an Engineering Freshman at Manhattan College. I stood in line to register, and the fellow in front of me was surprised to see that my Cardinal Hayes High School ring was “1957” and not “1961”.

I was on the Manhattan Varsity Swim Team (yes, there was a Men’s Swim Team, but the old pool is gone). We had to eat lunch earlier so we could practice in the afternoon. As I ran down the stairs to Plato’s Cave, the noon time Angelus Bells would sound. Students would run into the nearest building, even Smith Auditorium, to avoid the necessity of saying a few “Hail Marys” (and to themselves). They were missing an opportunity to honor the Virgin and to gain some grace.

Now, as I hit my seventieth year, I sometimes drive through downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts, just as the Angelus Bells are ringing at my church, the Church of St. Peter. I can’t pull over, but I do begin, “The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary”.

Yes, I still hear the bells.

John Peter Rooney
Engineering, Manhattan College, 1965
Senior Member IEEE

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[JR: When I was in the military, on a tri service installation, I use to enjoy being out for "recall". I specifically remember the Marines falling out of their offices or quarters to assemble for recall. And, not just the shmoes. Officers too. It was not organized; just something they "did". (I remember on Saturday mornings how they'd fall out as a group at 6AM for their "run", very noisy and disturbing to this airman's sleep. I admired that a lot less.) When I was in High School, since I was usually being reprimanded for some transgression or other, I was usually late getting over for lunch. We Prepsters had to be in and out quick to be out of the way. I remember be caught a lot. Maybe it helped. Hmmm, maybe it was even deliberate? Hey, I waz tricked!]
Rooney, John Peter (MC1965)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Oct 20 2009 10:32 AM

JHQ: JJ Keki, leader of Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda speaks at MC 10/24


October 19, 2009

Manhattan College, Congregation Tehillah, Riverdale Temple And Hebrew Institute Host Special Program

JJ Keki, leader of Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda, visits College on

Oct. 24.

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College, along with Congregation Tehillah, Riverdale Temple and the Hebrew Institute, have teamed to co-sponsor a program featuring JJ Keki, a leader of the 1,000-member Abayudaya Jewish community of Uganda. It will be held in Manhattan College’s O’Malley Library on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is part of a Kulanu speaking tour to raise funds for two Abayudaya schools that educate and feed 700 Jewish, Christian and Muslim children. Kulanu – “All of Us” in Hebrew – was founded in 1994 and is a nonprofit organization that supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world.

Keki has been acclaimed in O, The Oprah Magazine for his interfaith coffee co-op and was also nominated for a Grammy in traditional world music. He will share the story of the community’s evolution, from its struggle to maintain its Jewish identity in the face of persecution, to the remarkable development of ties with neighbors of different faiths. A multimedia presentation will detail the education, nutrition, health and economic development programs that are supported by Kulanu.

For more information, please contact Lois Harr, director of campus ministry and social action, at (718) 862-7142, e-mail lois.harr@manhattan.edu or visit www.kulanu.org/abayudaya.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Oct 20 2009 12:45 PM

JFound: Williams, Gregory [MC2003 RIP] Scholarship fund


The Gregory Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund is in memory of Gregory Williams, class of 2003. This scholarship was established by his fellow friends and classmates.

This scholarship will be available to Manhattan College students who have declared themselves as a Communications major and will assist them in their junior and senior academic years. The candidates will be chosen based on the need for tuition assistance. The scholarship will be offered annually to a deserving candidate and will continue in perpetuity to carry on Greg’s memory.

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Williams, Gregory [MC2003 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Oct 20 2009 12:49 PM

JFound: Burke, Andrew J. [MC1983] co-CEO of Bunge Global Agribusiness


Andrew J. Burke

Mr. Burke serves as the co-CEO of Bunge Global Agribusiness. He joined Bunge Limited as managing director, soy ingredients and new business development in January 2002.

He previously served as U.S. CEO of Degussa, a German chemical concern that he joined in 1983. Mr. Burke held a variety of finance and marketing positions at Degussa and also served as the Executive Vice President of its U.S. Chemical Group. Mr. Burke previously worked for Beecham Pharmaceuticals and Price Waterhouse & Company.

He is a graduate of Villanova University and earned an M.B.A. from Manhattan College.

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Burke, Andrew J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Andrew received his Masters in 1983.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Burke, Andrew J. [MC1983]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Oct 21 2009 10:10 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Oct 23 2009 11:58 AM

JHQ: MC Athletic HoF 2009

Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame

The Alumni Society of Manhattan College
Cordially Invites You to Attend the
Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Honoring the Athletic Achievements of:

William Goodfellow ’68 – Basketball *

John Leonard ’82 – Basketball

Marty Ludwikowski ’80 – Track

Aliann Pompey ’99 – Track

Michael Quigley ’72 – Baseball

Gerry Ryan ’90 – Track & Field

Gerard Smith ’79 – Tennis

* posthumously

Cocktail Reception – 5:00 p.m.
Dante’s Den, Thomas Hall

Dinner & Ceremony – 6:00 p.m.
Smith Auditorium

Mass will be offered in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers at 4:00 p.m.

May we please receive your reply on or before Friday, November 6, 2009.

Reservations may be made online at www.manhattan.edu/alumni_friends/hof.php.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Oct 21 2009 4:57 PM

JNews: Sussman, Philip N. [MC????] BoD Pyro Pharmaceuticals


Fero Industries, Inc. Acquisition Target, Pyro Pharmaceuticals Appoints New Board Member

Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:00am EDT

CALGARY, Alberta–(Business Wire)–

Fero Industries, Inc. (OTCBB: FROI) (the “Company”) Pyro Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Irvine, CA) is pleased to announce that Philip N. Sussman has recently been appointed to the board of directors. Mr. Sussman is Managing Partner of The Channel Group, LLC and has served as a member of senior management (Head of Business Development, CFO, and CEO) of several public and private biotechnology companies. Mr. Sussman has a B.S. in Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Master of Science in Biotechnology from Manhattan College, and an S.M. in Management with a concentration in Finance from the Sloan School of Management, MIT.

“Phil provides a needed component to our board with his expertise in licensing, business development, and corporate governance. He complements our other board members, Carol L. Epstein, M.D., and Ving J. Lee, Ph.D.,” said Alan M. Schechter, Pyro’s Chairman and CEO.

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Sussman, Philip N. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Oct 21 2009 5:09 PM

JNews: Werner, Keith [MC2011] wins a scholarship


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CIC Chairman Emeritus Louis G. Nappi Creates New College Scholarship Program; Inaugural Award Picks Six for Fall 2009 Grants

After more than a year of planning and development, the scholarship committee of a construction management and labor coalition announced this month that it has made its inaugural award to six students who will each receive $3,000 scholarships for undergraduate studies in the sciences, including math and engineering.

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Candidates for scholarship must be residents of the seven-county region of the lower Hudson Valley of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia, Ulster, Orange and Rockland counties, and be related to employees of companies that are members of the trade or association. Students can also be eligible for grants if they are relatives of members of CIC-affiliated local unions: Laborers International Union of N. A., Local No. 60; International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 137; International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local No. 456.

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Keith Werner of White Plains, NY, who attends Manhattan College. Mr. Werner, 20, expects to graduate in 2011 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently employed as an estimator by Gianfia Corp., a general contracting firm in White Plains.

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[JR: Congrats. A working student, just like I was. But obviously a lot smarter.]

Werner, Keith [MC2011]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Oct 22 2009 8:29 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Oct 22 2009 6:45 PM

JNews: Brouwer, Kenneth [MC2009] runs for office


Home : News
Four vie for two council terms in Park Ridge
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Pascack Valley Community Life

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The Park Ridge Borough Council is currently comprised of five Republicans and one Democrat. The mayor is a Democrat. The two terms being contested in the Nov. 3 election are currently held by incumbent Republicans, neither of whom are seeking re-election. Should the Democratic challengers prevail, the council will return to the composition it had in 2007 – three Democrats and three Republicans. In this form of municipal government – the weak mayor system – the mayor votes only if the council’s votes result in a tie.

The candidates were all asked for background information and a statement about why they are running for council. Their responses follow.

Kenneth Brouwer

Age: 39

Borough resident: 13 years

Occupation: Vice president of electrical contracting company, New York City

Education: Joint apprenticeship Program IBEW Local 164 – Manhattan College bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership and management; projected graduation December 2009.

Elected Office: One-year council term: served 2008.

Family: Wife, Eileen; sons Kirk, 11; Luke 10; Caiden, 8; Kenny 5

Community Activities: Park Ridge Board of Utilities 2003-2007; Park Ridge Council 2007-2008; Park Ridge Planning Board 2009 – present; Park Ridge Athletic Association – coached various sports with sons; Habitat for Humanity; Rebuilding America.

Reason for seeking office:

Brouwer said he wants to serve the community and work to maintain the character of the town. “Park Ridge is a great place to live and raise a family, but there are many pressures we all have to deal with to afford to live here. I want to use my business and leadership experience to bring clarity of thought to the Park Ridge Council. I thoroughly enjoy community service and giving back to the town I love.”

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Brouwer, Kenneth [MC2009]

[JR: If I had a reporting staff, I think there may be a inspiring story about this 39 year old graduate of 2009! Or at least some fact checking?]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Oct 22 2009 8:41 AM

JFound: Butler, John P. [MC1951] SVP Cardiometabolic + Renal


John P. Butler

John Butler joined Genzyme in 1997 as product manager for Renagel. His current responsibilities include leading the company’s renal, endocrine, and cardiovascular businesses. This includes managing the commercial products Renagel, Renvela, Thyrogen, Hectorol, and Cholestagel as well as the development of Genzyme’s cardiometabolic and renal portfolio.

Mr. Butler has also served as vice president of strategic planning, vice president of Renagel Europe, and senior vice president and general manager of the renal business unit. Prior to joining Genzyme, he worked in sales and marketing at Amgen Inc.

Mr. Butler has an M.B.A. from Baruch College and a B.A. from Manhattan College.

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Butler, John P. [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1951.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Butler, John P. [MC1951]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Oct 22 2009 11:02 AM
    * Updated: Sat, Oct 24 2009 5:44 PM

JNews: Owens, William L. [MC1971] praised by Beck for honesty

On the Thursday 22 October 09 show.

[JR: I was surprised at the praise. Not the praise. That I knew that he was a Jasper. Way to go, Jasper Owens.]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Oct 22 2009 5:40 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Oct 22 2009 9:38 PM

JFound: Spillane, Brendan J. [MC????] EVP CFO Vestar Capital Partners


Brendan J. Spillane
Exec VP & Corp CFO: Vestar Capital Partners, Inc.

Brendan is a Vestar Executive Vice President and the firm’s Corporate Chief Financial Officer. He came to Vestar in 2006 from SV Investment Partners, the U.S. affiliate of Schroder Ventures, where he was CFO.Prior to that, Brendan served as the CFO of Schafer Capital Management, a registered investment adviser. He started his career in the audit practice at Price Waterhouse. Brendan holds his BS from Manhattan College and is a Certified Public Accountant. Originally from the Bronx, New York, he now resides in Katonah, New York, with his wife and three children.

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Spillane, Brendan J. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Oct 23 2009 12:03 PM

JUpdate: Gotimer, Tom (MC1977)

Tom Gotimer

Hometown:   Ridgefield, CT, Cambria Heights, NY
Relationship Status:   Married
Looking For:    Networking

Grad Schools:
    * St. John’s ‘87
    * MBA, Market Management
    * Pace ‘92
    * JD, Law
    * Grand Canyon ‘06
    * M Ed, Special Education

    * Manhattan College ‘77
    * Marketing

High School:
    * Cathedrall Prep ‘73

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Gotimer, Tom (MC1977)


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    * Posted on: Fri, Oct 23 2009 12:48 PM

JNews: Montano, Jeannie [MC????] ExecDir CT Leukemia + Lymphoma Soc


October 23, 2009

New headquarters for Leukemia and Lumphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Connecticut Chapter is proud to announce its new Executive Director, Jeannie Montano. Ms. Montano is a thirteen year veteran of LLS, having worked for LLS as the Executive Director of the Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter and most recently as Director of Eastern Divisions for LLS Home Office in White Plains, New York. She holds a degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College, and is excited to be leading the staff of the Connecticut Chapter from its new Wilton Office, in support of LLS’ mission to Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. “I look forward to working with our patients, their families, and our volunteers here in Fairfield County”, said Montano. ” LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, and I know together we can help make a difference for blood cancer patients.”

The Connecticut Chapter is pleased to announce the opening of its new Main Office – at 372 Danbury Road in Wilton, Connecticut. To celebrate, the Chapter is inviting supporters of the fight against blood cancers to attend its Grand Opening Celebration on Monday, November 2, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. For more information or to attend this event, please call LLS at 203.665.1414. Refreshments will be available, and LLS staff will be on hand to share important information about how the Fairfield County community may support the crucial search for blood cancer cures.

The Connecticut Chapter serves patients and raises funds statewide through its Main Office in Wilton, and its Branch Office in Meriden, Connecticut.

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Montano, Jeannie [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Oct 23 2009 10:48 PM

JFound: Brennan, Robert T. [MC????] CEO Iron Mountain


Robert T. Brennan
Pres, CEO & COO, Board of Directors: Iron Mountain Incorporated

Bob Brennan became president and chief executive officer of Iron Mountain in June 2008, after having been the company’s president and chief operating officer since November 2005. As president and CEO, Brennan develops and implements global operating strategies to drive growth, enhance customer service, and ensure consistency and efficiency across the organization. He oversees the company’s operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, the worldwide Digital business unit, as well as all enterprise support functions including human resources, information technology, security and global standards. Brennan first served as Iron Mountain’s president of North America when he joined in November 2004 through the acquisition of Connected Corporation, where he was chief executive officer. Prior to Connected, Brennan was a general manager with Cisco; he also served as CEO of American Internet prior to its acquisition by Cisco. Earlier in his career, Bob held a series of increasingly senior general management positions at MicroAmerica and Merisel, both leaders in the distribution of technology products. Brennan holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manhattan College.

Bob Brennan became president and chief executive officer of Iron Mountain in June 2008, after having been the company’s president and chief operating officer since November 2005. As president and CEO, Brennan develops and implements global operating strategies to drive growth, enhance customer service, and ensure consistency and efficiency across the organization. He oversees the company’s operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, the worldwide Digital business unit, as …

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Brennan, Robert T. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Oct 24 2009 2:03 PM

ENDNOTE: The Healthcare Death Panel in the UK


From The Sunday Times
October 11, 2009
Daughter saves mother, 80, left by doctors to starve
Hazel Fenton and her daughter Christine Ball
Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Editor

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Hazel Fenton, from East Sussex, is alive nine months after medics ruled she had only days to live, withdrew her antibiotics and denied her artificial feeding. The former school matron had been placed on a controversial care plan intended to ease the last days of dying patients.

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[JR: You have to fight the system. Too bad if the gooferment is both the system and the judge! Here's a positive fighter. Hope our fights are easier.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Oct 24 2009 6:37 PM

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