JASPER JOTTINGS Week 50 - 2009 December 13

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



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POSITRACTION: Gifted give a gift of life


Separated Twins Leave Intensive Care After Surgery in Australia
By Ed Johnson

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Conjoined Bangladeshi twins who were separated last week by surgeons in Australia are out of intensive care and in a stable condition, officials said.

Krishna and Trishna, who turn three next month, underwent 32 hours of surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where a team of surgeons separated their heads and rebuilt their skulls.

They were moved yesterday to a ward where they are “sharing a room together and settling into their new environment,” the hospital said in a statement. “The girls are getting to know the new staff who will be caring for them now that they have left intensive care.”

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[JR: One has to be in awe of the skill of these folks. It has to be part of the plan that let's them demonstrate faith in action.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 6 2009 12:37 PM

JEmail: Kenny, Bob (MC1968) ids Young, Ralph P. [MC1968 RIP]

Re: JObit: Young, Ralph P. [MC???? RIP]

John -

Ralph was in our class – of ‘68. He will be sorely missed.


PENNINGTON, NJ 08534-5415

[JR: Thanks, Bob. Much appreciated. Unfortunately that strikes too close to our age group. Guess it's coming up to our time frame.]

Kenny, Bob (MC1968)

Young, Ralph P. [MC1968 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 6 2009 1:37 PM

JObit: Finn, Elizabeth Ann [MC1975 RIP]



FINN, ELIZABETH ANN, PhD., ‘BETTY’, passed away on November 30, 2009 in Providence, R.I. surrounded by her loving family, after the sudden onset of leukemia.

Elizabeth was born November 21, 1942 in New York, N.Y. daughter of the late Rose Kelly Finn and James A. Finn; and is predeceased by her brother James Anthony, II. She is survived by her brothers Robert; John and his wife, Joan; Donald and his wife, Regina; Gerald and his wife Joan, and her sister Rosemarie and her husband Chuck Clarke. Betty was a beloved Aunt to twenty-six nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth graduated from St. Barnabas Grade School and High School in Woodlawn, N. Y. and received a B. A. in Special Education from Manhattan College. Her studies and career focused on childhood education; as a teacher in the Yonkers, N.Y. school system for many years; more recently in the Plainfield, CT schools while residing in Narragansett, RI., and most recently bringing her back to New York to teach at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education at their Lincoln Center Campus.

In addition; she received a PhD. in School Psychology from Fordham University, a Post Doctoral certificate in Neuropsychology – Fielding Graduate University; and was a member of the American Psychological Association.

Betty traveled around the world with dear friends, returning to China on several occasions with an appreciation for Eastern writing & philosophy. She loved to cook for family and friends, and was an avid fan of early & contemporary jazz and classical music. Betty embraced life with exuberance, independence and the determination to fight the good fight with Grace. Her presence affected all of those around her. She left us too quickly and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 12:00 noon in the BI Rupert Mayer, SJ Chapel at Fordham University, Room #221LL, 113 West 60th Street, New York, N Y. 10023 Donations can be made in Elizabeth’s name to The Leukemia Research Foundation, 3520 Lake Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois, 60091

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Finn, Elizabeth Ann [MC???? RIP]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ybbote8

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Dear John,

   I believe that Betty is a member of the Class of 1975.

   May She Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Finn, Elizabeth Ann [MC1975 RIP]

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A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 12:00 noon in the BI Rupert Mayer, S.J. Chapel at Fordham University, Room #221, Lowenstein Building (113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023).

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 6 2009 2:37 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Dec 10 2009 1:11 AM

JFound: Agarwal, Jay [MC1991]


Jay Agarwal, CIO + VP Product Management

Jay Agarwal is a 20+ yrs. veteran of financial services developing best-of-breed technology solutions for banking, retail and investment management services. Over his career, Jay has been responsible for building eCommerce and mobile commerce capabilities for over 100 different brick and mortar companies. Jay has worked for companies such as Bank of America, GSI Commerce Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, Charles Schwab and Fidelity Investments. He was also responsible for co-founding 2 internet start-ups – EarJam.com and eoSports.com. Jay has a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Gujarat University, India.

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Agarwal, Jay [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Jay received his Masters in 1991.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Agarwal, Jay [MC1991]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Dec 7 2009 3:28 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Dec 10 2009 1:11 AM

JObit: Brennan, Edward M. [MC1957 RIP]



BRENNAN, Edward M., of Tampa, formerly of Washington Township, N.J., passed away Monday, December 7, 2009. Born in 1935 in New York City, he was a graduate of Manhattan College and a certified public accountant. Ed married his wife, Rose, in 1958, and in 1963, Ed and Rose moved from the city to Bergen County, N.J., to raise their growing family. In 1984, Ed and Rose relocated to Tampa at the request of his employer, Hydro Agri/Norsk Hydro, for whom Ed served as vice president of U.S Operations until his retirement in 1994. He was a 40-year member of the Washington Township Knights of Columbus, Mother Seton Council 5427. Ed was a dedicated member of his church and its extended Catholic community his entire life. Ed is survived by Rose, his wife of 51 years; his five children, Jeanne, Clare, Edward, Stephen and Matthew; son-in-law, Louis; daughters-in-law, Patricia, Lisa and Michele; and his nine grandchildren, Kelly, Louis, Megan, Stephen, Kevin, Shea, Ethan, Danielle and Katie Rose, all of whom Ed loved to the moment of his passing. A special thanks from Ed and his family must go to the entire staff at Emeritus Assisted Living in Carrollwood and Dr. Robert Wilson of the Tampa Neurology Group for their care of Ed over the years. A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’ s Catholic Church, located at 12708 N. Dale Mabry Highway, with a viewing at 9 a.m. that morning at St. Paul’ s. In lieu of flowers, donations to LifePath Hospice Garnet Team or the National Parkinson’ s Foundation would be appreciated.

Published in TBO.com on December 9, 2009

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Brennan, Edward M. [MC???? RIP]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/ygfqazc

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Dear John,

   I believe that Ed is a member of the Class of 1957.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Brennan, Edward M. [MC1957 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 9 2009 4:01 PM

JFound: Pintauro, Joe [MC1954] in a blog post


Rabbits Full of Magic
08 December 2009
A Box of Sun

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Finally, I have found some information on the author, from this post by Katy Gurley for Dan’s Papers. I hope they don’t mind if I quote a little bit of it here:

Pintauro was born in Ozone Park in Queens. He attended grade school at Public School 62, where his 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Dean, predicted his future after he completed an essay on Abraham Lincoln that imagined the young Abe traveling with his family and viewing the world through the cracks in a wagon.

“I wrote the whole thing without ever mentioning the Gettysburg address,” Pintauro recalled, certain he would flunk the assignment. “But the teacher called my mother and said, ‘This boy is going to become a writer.’”

At John Adams High School in Queens, Pintauro wrote for the school newspaper, The Flipper, before going on to Manhattan College where he received a bachelor of arts degree. He also attended St. Jerome’s College, Ontario, where he received a B.A in Philosophy. He later completed studies for an M.A. in American Literature at Fordham University.

Pintauro’s education took a decidedly different turn in the ’50s, when, after questioning the meaning of God when his mother got a fatal diagnosis of breast cancer, he decided to study theology at Our Lady of Angels Seminary, Niagara University, in upstate New York. “I was at a stage when I was demanding all these answers to life, death and faith,” Pintauro said. “And I loved the seminary.” But his subsequent life as a parish priest for the following six to seven years was not altogether satisfying. “I think I was too much of an idealist for it. It sounds like a terrible judgment, but there was a spiritual element that was lacking in the priests around me and my own faith was flagging,” he said. Toward the end of his priesthood, Pintauro submitted his first play, A – My Name is Alice, to a contest at the Circle in the Square Theater in New York. He got a call from a then unknown young actor and director named Dustin Hoffman, who had selected his play to direct. “I went to New York and found myself sitting with Dustin and Robert Duvall. We were all quite young at the time. I found I really liked hanging around with these people,” he said. “Dustin directed the play and Bob was in it, and that was what started me off.” The play is about a man and a woman who have each lost their spouses and meet at a cemetery, where they get drunk together on brandy and ruminate on life and love.

After finally getting permission to leave the priesthood from the Catholic Church, Pintauro joined the Young & Rubicam, Inc. advertising agency in New York, where he worked a day job as a copywriter while writing poetry and more plays in his spare time. After eight years, his outside writing got in the way of his copywriting duties.

Fired from his job, Pintauro needed a place to begin making a living as a poet, playwright and author. Finding his way to Sag Harbor in the late ’60s, Pintauro in 1969 invested in two things – a small Victorian house on John Street and a typewriter. In the ’70s, he worked on two novels, Cold Hands, and State of Grace both published in the early ’80s. The New York Times cited Cold Hands, about a young boy’s coming of age, as a best novel of 1980.

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Pintauro, Joe [MC1954]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 9 2009 4:16 PM

JHQ: December 2009 NEWSLETTER


December 2009 NEWSLETTER

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 9 2009 4:23 PM

PRAYERREQUESTED: An update about that child

Update about the daughter of a pair of alums

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Thank you, as always, for continuing to check in on our darling girl and for all the prayers – we really do appreciate them. And thank you for the support you continue to bestow upon our family.

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[JR: Things seem to be going better for one little girl. Continued praying is OK. :-) Nice to hear the good news.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 9 2009 4:38 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) finds Comiskey, Bill (MC1974) urging 

Dear John,

   The Cover article for the Nov-Dec Issue of the NY State Bar Association Journal, is written by Bill Comiskey,’74 who is the Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement in NYS Department of Taxation and Finance. Bill outlines the new Criminal Tax Laws in New York State and explains the implications for those who may be tempted to cheat on their NY Taxes.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Comiskey, Bill (MC1974)

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 9 2009 5:49 PM

JObit: Gagnon, Edward Raymond [MC1970]


Edward Raymond Gagnon

   * DIED: December 6, 2009

   * LOCATION: Berwick, ME

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Edward passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2009.

Edward was last known to be living in Berwick, Maine.

He attended college in New York city, graduating from Fordham Preparatory Academy and Manhattan College. After college Ed decided to pursue additional education at the University of Maine.

He is survived by his wife Paula.

There are no calling hours. The family will arrange a private Memorial Service at a later date.

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Gagnon, Edward Raymond [MC????]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Ed is a member of the Class of 1970.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Gagnon, Edward Raymond [MC1970]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 9 2009 5:57 PM

JFound: Horan, Anthony J. [MC????]


Anthony J. Horan Corporate Secretary JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Tony Horan is Corporate Secretary of JPMorgan Chase & Co. He is a member of the bar in the state of New York. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals (2002-2005) and a past president of their New York chapter. He was a member of the Corporate Governance Coordinating Committee of The Business Roundtable in developing the BRT’s Statement on Corporate Governance (1997), and has represented the BRT and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD in the development of the OECD’s Principles of Corporate Governance (1999) and in OECD reviews of the Principles (2003).

Education: B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) Manhattan College; S.M. (Nuclear Engineering) MIT; M.B.A. NYU; J.D. Yale Law School.

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Horan, Anthony J. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Dec 11 2009 9:24 AM

JFound: Connolly, John P. [MC????]


EPA Science Advisory Board Staff

John P. Connolly

Dr. John Connolly is Senior Technical Advisor and Partner in Anchor QEA, LLC, an environmental consulting firm located in Montvale NJ. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. Dr. Connolly holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. He has conducted research and consulted in the areas of contaminant fate and transport and bioaccumulation. He has conducted in research in several areas, including toxic chemical fate, bioaccumulation, carbon cycling and the environmental and the fate of genetically engineered microorganisms. He has conducted remedial investigations, feasibility studies, aspects of remedial design and monitoring of remedial actions at many of the high profile contaminated sediment sites in the US. He was selected to be a Diplomate in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He has testified before Congress on contaminated sediment issues.

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

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    * Posted on: Fri, Dec 11 2009 9:27 AM

JFound: Wilson, Jim (MC1972)


Jim Wilson
SVP HR at Devonshire Investors/Fidelity Investments
    Greater Boston Area

Jim Wilson Is currently managing the search process for a Director of Asset Management for north America at Pembroke Real Estate. 6 months ago


University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School
MBA Human Resources/Labor Relations
1976 – 1977

Manhattan College BA 1972 Psychology

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Wilson, Jim (MC1972)

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    * Posted on: Fri, Dec 11 2009 1:29 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) article on Cardona, Anthony [MC1962]

Re: Hon. Anthony Cardona, 1962

Dear John,

   The Nov/Dec Issue of the NY State Bar News has an article at page 16 reporting that Judge Cardona received the “Ray of Hope Award for His Compassion”. Here is an excerpt from the Article:

“At the LAP (Lawyers Assistance Program) Volunteer recognition Dinner on November 5, the Capital District Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee presented the third annual Ray of Hope Award to the Hon. Anthony V. Cardona, presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department.

Justice Cardona has been very important to the LAP mission, opening the doors of the Third Department to the LAP staff and volunteers, and welcoming our presentations and networking efforts. With this award, we can publicly thank Justice Cardona for helping our colleagues in need, said Committee Chair Lawrence A. Zimmerman of Albany (Hiscock & Barclay LLP).

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Cardona graduated from Manhattan College (1962) and earned his law degree from Albany Law School, after serving in the U.S. Navy as an officer during the Vietnam War.

He practiced law for 14 years, part of that time as an attorney with the Albany Public Defender’s office and as a law guardian in Albany Family Court.

His judicial career started as Albany County Family Court Judge in 1985, where he served until being elected to the Supreme Court in 1991. Cardona was appointed administrative judge for the Third Judicial District in 1992 and was appointed to the Third Department in 1993. He was first appointed presiding justice in 1994.

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   The article is accompanied by a photo of the Judge and his wife.

   Another Jasper doing good!


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Cardona, Anthony [MC1962]

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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    * Posted on: Fri, Dec 11 2009 9:36 PM

MFound: Schwartzer second head college football coach 1928


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Joseph K. Schwartzer was the second head college football coach for the Manhattan College Jaspers located in New York, New York and he held that position for two seasons, from 1928 until 1929. His career coaching record at Manhattan was 7 wins, 8 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him fifth at Manhattan in total wins and third at Manhattan in winning percentage.

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[JR: Might be interesting to create a MC wiki. Like Wikipedia but all for MC. A huge amount of work, but it would be unique.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Dec 12 2009 10:14 AM

Comment on JEmail: Kevin Moore, Kevin (MC1980) on Br. Celestine Luke Salm


He was my teacher of theology 101 1956 and 1957;we became very good friends and was able to be his guest when he went to P.R. and again when he came to my country,Venezuela. Last time my wife and I, were to hear mass and had lunch with him and all the other brothers(2002) GOD BLESS HIM

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    * Posted on: Mon, Dec 7 2009 2:56 PM

Comment on JObit: Finn, Elizabeth Ann [MC1975 RIP] 

By Donna Clarke

How did you know Betty? I am being nosy as I thought I’d have many more years to “know” her. I miss her so much. Her last week was tough and I think the only Blessing is that she is in Peace. I, and other members of her family, are still in shock. I think it must be harder for those who had no chance to know or see how sick she was. I am sorry for your loss. Take care, Donna Clarke

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 9 2009 5:26 PM

Comment on JObit: Finn, Elizabeth Ann [MC1975 RIP] 

By FJohn Reinke (MC1968)

Dear Ms. Clarke:

Thanks for your message. I didn’t know your Aunt Betty personally. But I am always saddened by the obit of my fellow alums. By way of explanation, I collect news for a weekly e-zine about Manhattan College alumni for them. It’s a labor of love that depends upon automated searches for about 6,000 readers. Obits are one source of stories that I collect. As I said, I notify the Alumni Office and report to my readers the obit with links to the Guest Book. Subsequently, one of our fellow alums reported her class year as 1975. Hopefully, some other alums may have left comments in the Guest Book. Although, I have to report many aren’t comfortable with the technology. As a ‘68-er, I found the obit striking a little too close to my year. I’ll take the liberty of posting your comment in the ezine so any classmate can reach you directly. Again, I’m sorry for your loss. And, even more sorry, that we have lost one of our fellow alums.


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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 9 2009 5:29 PM

ENDNOTE Dead religion walking?


How Did We Get Into This Mess?
by James Ostrowski

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For 150 years, subsistence-wage nuns, brothers and priests allowed the Catholic schools to compete by keeping tuition low. However, because of a sharp decline in their numbers, and their replacement by lay teachers paid at market rates, the government school system is finally beginning to realize its original mission: to knock off Catholic schools. The religious orders fought the good fight for 150 years. Without a major change in policy that levels the playing field, Catholic schools, with one-half of all private school students, will soon be in deep, deep trouble. Projecting out current trends, they will dwindle down to a few schools for the children of bankers, corporate executives and doctors that will hardly deserve the name “Catholic” which means universal.

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[JR: Big gooferment has finally defeated "Catholic Education". "Catholic" anything. Are we to be the last generation of "Catholics" in the USA. Oh, sure, the zombie may keep walking for a while. But, is it dead. Killed by a systemic opponent. Secular Progressives, aided by quisling CINO politicians, accelerated by pedophilia in priests, have undermined the Faith. Too bad. At one time, Catholics were a vital people. Too bad the fight was over before it began. Merry Holidays!]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Dec 12 2009 6:37 PM


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