JASPER JOTTINGS Week 51 - 2009 December 20

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



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POSITRACTION: into Auschwitz


The man who smuggled himself into Auschwitz
By Rob Broomby
BBC News

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Now 91 and living in Derbyshire, he says he wanted to witness what was going on inside and find out the truth about the gas chambers, so he could tell others. He knows he took “a hell of a chance”.

“When you think about it in today’s environment it is ludicrous, absolutely ludicrous,” he says.

“You wouldn’t think anyone would think or do that, but that is how I was. I had red hair and a temperament to match. Nothing would stop me.”

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[JR: The Holocaust Deniers have a lot of personal testimony to overcome. I can't imagine having the stones to swap into a death camp THREE times. For the purpose of gathering information? Wow!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 13 2009 12:37 PM

JFound: McFadden, Christopher A. [MC????]


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New Members Join the National Building Museum’s Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON, DC.- The following people have been elected to the Board of Trustees of the National Building Museum during 2009:

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Christopher A. McFadden is vice president for communications at Turner Construction Company, where he is responsible for creating and implementing external communications, marketing, and public relations plans, as well as managing internal communications activities. He joined the company in 1990 after graduating cum laude from Manhattan College with a degree in economics.

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McFadden, Christopher A. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 13 2009 1:37 PM

JObit: McGovern, Edward J. [MC1952 RIP]


Edward J. McGovern

Edward J. McGovern, 79, of Swarthmore, a retired partner and management consultant with Deloitte-Touche, died, with family at his side, from complications of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s at Taylor Hospital on December 11, 2009.

Mr. McGovern was born and raised in the Bronx of Irish immigrant parents. He was always proud of his heritage and his home town. After graduation from Manhattan College, he served in the Army during the Korean War where he worked on early computer systems. He continued his career working with computers at the B&O Railroad and then at Univac, before starting with the accounting firm Deloitte-Touche as a management consultant.

In 1960, Mr. McGovern married Alice Hally. They moved with their family to Swarthmore in 1966. He was made partner of Deloitte-Touche in 1971, and went on to become the Managing Partner for the consulting business for the Eastern Region until his retirement in 1987.

Mr. McGovern traveled the world both professionally and personally. He especially treasured the numerous trips he and his family made to Ireland to visit their relatives. Mr. McGovern lived his life enthusiastically, whether he was dancing, skiing, dabbling in art or debating politics. He also enjoyed golf and a was member of Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield.

In addition to his wife, Mr. McGovern is survived by his two daughters, Patricia McGovern Cronin (Kevin) and Mary Alice Kirk (Kevin), his son, Edward McGovern, (Katherine), his sister, Delores Skea. “Pop Pop” was much beloved and will be greatly missed by his seven grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, December 15 at St. John Chrysostom Church, 617 South Providence Road, Wallingford at 11am, with a visitation at the church from 10 am to 11 am.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011

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McGovern, Edward J. [MC???? RIP]  

Guestbook: At link cited above

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Dear John,

   I believe that Ed is a member of the Class of 1952.

   May He Rest In Peace,


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McGovern, Edward J. [MC1952 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 13 2009 2:37 PM
    * Updated: Mon, Dec 14 2009 9:16 AM

JNews: Stroppel-Leska, Kristin [MC2003] Varsity845 CoY


Girls’ coach of year: Fire in coach’s eyes says it all
By Kevin Gleason
Times Herald-Record
December 13, 2009

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The goalie was comfortable in the background. She was shy and quiet, maybe lacking a bit of confidence and self-esteem. But the coach needed her star goalie to be a leader.

So James I. O’Neill girls’ soccer coach Kristin Stroppel-Leska started to chip away at Rachel Abrams’ exterior. They had talk, after talk, after talk. Stroppel-Leska told Abrams to relax, to let go of the pressure, to believe in herself, and a million other pearls to help Abrams open herself to a world filled with possibility.

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“I look at this as a team deal,” Stroppel-Leska said of being named Varsity845 girls’ soccer Coach of the Year.

She’s the first person named both soccer Coach of the Year and Player of the Year by this newspaper. Stroppel-Leska capped a brilliant career at Cornwall High by being named the 1998 Player of the Year.

Stroppel-Leska went on to have a terrific career at Manhattan College, and her soccer credentials clearly got this team’s attention. But her staple was constant communication with her players that complemented her knowledge and determination.

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Stroppel-Leska, Kristin [MC2003]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 13 2009 3:37 PM

JNews: Parisi, Michael [MC2000] Chicago Cubs


12/10/2009 10:52 AM ET

Cubs Select Right-Handed Pitcher Michael Parisi From St. Louis in the Rule 5 Draft

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Indianapolis – The Chicago Cubs today selected right-handed pitcher Michael Parisi from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Major League portion (first round, 12th overall) of the Rule 5 Draft.

Parisi, 26, is 40-39 with a 4.27 ERA (309 ER/651.0 IP) in 115 career minor league starts in the Cardinals’ chain. He was originally selected by St. Louis in the ninth round of the 2004 June Draft out of Manhattan College in New York, New York.

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Parisi, Michael [MC2000]

[JR: Well, it could be worse? The Cubs are in the majors. And in need of a miracle. Maybe it's a Jasper!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 13 2009 4:37 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Horan, Anthony J. [MC1968]


Anthony J. Horan Corporate Secretary JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Dear John,

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

   I believe that Anthony is a member of the Class of 1968.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Horan, Anthony J. [MC1968]

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 13 2009 5:37 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Connolly, John P. [MC1973]

Dear John,

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


EPA Science Advisory Board Staff
John P. Connolly

   I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1973.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Connolly, John P. [MC1973]

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 13 2009 6:37 PM

JObit: Sullivan, Brother William [MC???? RIP]


William Sullivan
(Asbury Park Press)


Brother William Sullivan, F.S.C., 84, of Lincroft died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at De La Salle Hall, Lincroft. Brother William was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and had received his Religious name, Brother Cyril William, and the Holy Habitat of the Christian Brothers on September 7, 1943. He pronounced his Perpetual Vows in Oakdale, N.Y. in 1950. He was a graduate of Manhattan College, New York City and had attended graduate school at Manhattan College, Siena College, Albany, N.Y., Fordham University, New York City and received his Master’s Degree from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y. His assignments included De La Salle College, Washington, D.C., Sacred Heart Elementary School and La Salle Academy, both of New York City; Christian Brothers Academy, Albany, N.Y. where he served as principal from 1968 to 1969, Manhattan Prep School, and Cardinal Spellman High School, both Bronx, N.Y, La Salle Institute, Troy, N.Y. and De La Salle Hall, Lincroft where he joined the staff in 1997.

Visiting hours will be held at De La Salle Hall, Lincroft on Tuesday from 2:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at De La Salle Hall on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. followed by interment at the Christian Brothers section of St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, Marlboro Township. Memorial donations to De La Salle Nursing Development, 810 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 would be appreciated. Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold is in charge of arrangements.

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Sullivan, Brother William [MC???? RIP]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/y9f6oyq

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    * Posted on: Mon, Dec 14 2009 7:03 AM

MNews: LaSallian colleges down to six; MC is one of them


For Christian Brothers, it’s the end of an era at College of Santa Fe
Order to end 150-year mission at campus
Tom Sharpe | The New Mexican
Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 – 12/9/09

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Laureate Education’s takeover of the College of Santa Fe means the “demise” of the Christian Brothers’ mission there, say leaders of the Roman Catholic order.

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Only two Christian Brothers continue to live and work at the College of Santa Fe — Roy Bartusiak, who works in the physical plant and in maintenance, and Jim Brown, who works in the mail room and does other jobs. Both of them live in the World War II barracks buildings on campus.

Brother Brian Dybowski, a former professor at the College of Santa Fe, has begun commuting to Albuquerque to teach religion at Lewis University’s new liberal-arts program at Kirtland Air Force Base. On Jan. 25, Lewis University formally opens a new building at 2440 Louisiana Blvd. in Albuquerque.

Coldwell, who graduated from the College of Santa Fe in 1978, recently sent out letters to college alumni, noting his “profound sense of loss for the demise of our educational mission at CSF.” Under its new management as a for-profit institution, the school is neither “consistent with the values, vision and vitality offered by the Christian Brothers nor does it reflect our Catholic and Lasallian mission,” he wrote.

From now on, Coldwell wrote, College of Santa Fe alumni may access their academic records from the Albuquerque campus of Lewis University.

In an interview Tuesday at the Christian Brothers’ group home, a building with rooms for about 20 men, Coldwell and Sinitiere were careful not to criticize Laureate Education Inc. of Baltimore, which took over operations of the college earlier this year.

They said they had hoped Laureate’s lease agreement with the city of Santa Fe would result in “financial remuneration” to the aging Christian Brothers for their lifetime of commitment to education. The average age of the 64 Christian Brothers in the three-state province is 74.

Laureate Education’s final offer in September included no money for the Christian Brothers and only seven “symbolic” items aimed at using the brothers as a “marketing tool for student recruitment,” Coldwell wrote. He declined to explain those items, saying they were discussed privately by the Christian Brothers and Laureate officers, and were never put into a formal document.

Now that the Christian Brothers no longer are associated with the College of Santa Fe, the only other U.S. institutions of higher learning dedicated to the principles of the order’s founder, St. John Baptist de la Salle (1651-1719), are St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, Calif.; St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn.; Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn.; Manhattan College in the Bronx, New York City; La Salle University in Philadelphia; and Lewis University in the Chicago suburb of Romeoville.

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[JR: Hopefully this won't come to MC in my lifetime. As it did to Manhattan Prep. But, it seems inevitable. Changing demographics.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Dec 14 2009 9:33 AM

EMail: O’Sullivan, Neil [MC1990] and subscriptions

Hi John,

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Can you please e-mail me the jottings to {Privacy Shield Invoked} rather than {Privacy Shield Invoked}. Thanks so much.

Kind Regards,
Neil O’Sullivan ‘90

[JR: Merry and Happy to you as well. As to all our fellow alums. Done. Although, anyone can can control their own subscriptions.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Dec 14 2009 12:31 PM

JFound: Gehan, Edmund Alpheus [MC1951]


Edmund Alpheus Gehan

Statistics Dictionary: Edmund Alpheus Gehan

Home > Library > Science > Statistics Dictionary

(1931–   ; b. Brooklyn, NY) American biostatistician specializing in applications to cancer research. Gehan obtained his BA in mathematics at Manhattan College, New York, before moving to North Carolina State U where he obtained his MS in experimental statistics in 1953 and his PhD in experimental statistics and public health in 1957. In 1987 he was President of the ISCB. In 1994 he was appointed Director of Biostatistics at the Georgetown U Medical Center in Washington.

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Gehan, Edmund Alpheus [MC1951]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Dec 14 2009 7:29 PM

MFound: Sean McCarthy wins a scholarship


American Council of Engineering Companies of New York awards $48,000 in scholarships

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New York, NY For the 40th year, the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) will award scholarship money to accomplished undergraduate engineering students attending New York State colleges and universities.

“ACEC New York is proud to support this next generation of engineers, who will soon be making their own contributions to the various engineering fields they choose to enter,” said Jay Simson, ACEC New York’s executive director.

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AMA Consulting Engineers, P.C. Scholarship – $2,500

* Sean McCarthy, Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y. McCarthy knew he wanted to become an engineer from childhood but it wasn’t until his experiences at Manhattan College that his interest leaned towards Mechanical Engineering. McCarthy is a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and recently was selected by his college to visit New Orleans to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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McCarthy, Sean [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Dec 15 2009 12:47 AM

JFound: Draeger, Michael (MC1978)


Michael Draeger
International Project Manager – Banking
London, United Kingdom

Summary: 25+ years in international banking in the areas of finance, corporate treasury, risk management, IT management, audit, programme/project management and regulatory compliance reporting. Have worked in 27 countries around the world.

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Draeger, Michael (MC1978)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Dec 15 2009 1:43 PM

JFound: A dozen alumni


Manhattan College Alumni

[JR: No names but I think it's the Class of 1959]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Dec 15 2009 4:22 PM

JNews: Moran, Thomas J. (MC1974) Irish America Mag Biz100


Irish America Magazine
Business 100

Moran, Thomas
Mutual of America

Tom Moran is chairman, president and CEO of Mutual of America—one of the nation’s preeminent life insurance companies. He began his career with Mutual in 1975 as a pension underwriter. In 1994 he became the first CEO to emerge from the ranks. He serves on many other boards including Aer Lingus, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, the Smurfit Graduate School of Business at UCD, and the American Cancer Society Foundation. He is a member of the Taoiseach’s Economic Advisory Board.

Tom has been awarded the Calvary Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Terence Cardinal Cooke Award, and has received an honorary doctorate in law from the National University of Ireland and an honorary doctorate of science from Queen’s University. A native New Yorker, he earned a BS from Manhattan College. He traces his Irish ancestors to Fermanagh and Tipperary and lives in New York City with his wife Joan.

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Moran, Thomas J. (MC1974)

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 16 2009 9:06 AM

JFound: O’Malley, Thomas [MC1963]


Thomas O’Malley
Chairman and chief executive officer, Premcor

Nationality: American
Born: 1942.
Education: Manhattan College, BA, 1963.
Family: Son of a customs inspector and a nurse; married Mary Alice Lucey; children: four.

Career: Philipp Brothers, 1963–1966, mailroom employee; 1966–1975, commodities trader, Europe; Salomon, 1975–1986, performed various executive roles at Salomon Inc. and its predecessor companies, Philbro/Salomon and Philipp Brothers, including vice chairman of Salomon, chief executive of the oil-trading division, chairman of Phibro Energy, and membership on the parent company’s board of directors and executive committee; Argus Resources, 1986–1988, chairman and chief executive officer; Comfed Bancorp (a holding of Arugs), chairman, 1988–1989; Tosco Corporation, 1989–1990, president; 1990–1993, chairman and chief executive officer; 1993–1997, president, chairman, and chief executive officer; 1997–2001, chairman and chief executive officer; Phillips Petroleum, vice chairman, 2001–2002; Premcor, 2002–, chairman and chief executive officer.

Address: Premcor, 8182 Maryland Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63105; www.premcor.com.

Thomas O’Malley built a fortune as a commodities trader and created the modern, independent refining industry. But he did so without a pedigree. O’Malley’s toughness served him well in the refinery business. After transforming Tosco into one of the most successful trading firms in the industry and the largest independent refinery in the United States, O’Malley took Premcor public in 2002 and began work on a strategy to turn around the debt-laden firm through a series of earnings-boosting acquisitions. Revered by Wall Street investors for his Midas touch in the oil industry, his work at Premcor was widely watched.

A Working-Class Background

O’Malley was raised in New York City. “I did not grow up with a silver spoon in my mouth,” he said. “I grew up with a stickball bat in my hand.” He paid for college by driving a taxi on weekends and a school bus for a private school on weekdays. “I drove the rich kids for four years,” he said (New York Times, February 11, 2001).

After college, a friend’s uncle helped him get a job working in the mailroom of Philipp Brothers, a commodities-trading company. From there he quickly landed a job trading, in which he dealt with “just about every commodity the company handled” (New York Times, December 1, 1988). After 10 years in the company’s European operations, he successfully ran the company’s energy business, a stint that formed the foundation for his climb up the executive ranks. He described how all the crucial executive skills he learned came from his earliest jobs as follows: “Do everything right. Make no mistakes. Pay attention to cost, cost, cost. Constantly review the commercial viability of something. See if you could buy something cheaper, and sell it for more” (New York Times, February 11, 2001).

In 1981 Philipp Brothers engineered a merger with Salomon, the investment-banking firm, and O’Malley served as vice chairman and chief executive of the Salomon’s oil-trading division. O’Malley left Salomon in 1986 and founded Argus Investment. The 1987 stock-market crash allowed him and his Argus partners to buy 26 percent of Tosco Corporation, a large independent refinery on the West Coast that also held a stake in Comfed Bancorp, a Massachusetts savings and loan firm. When Tosco’s chairman announced his retirement, O’Malley stepped in as chairman and chief executive officer (CEO). He also later became chairman of Comfed.

The Midas Touch

O’Malley was chairman and CEO of Tosco from January 1990 to January 2001. With 2000 sales of $24.5 billion, Tosco was the leading independent U.S. oil refining and marketing company, ahead of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock and Sunoco. Tosco operated more than 4,500 service stations and convenience stores throughout the United States under the BP, 76, Exxon, and Mobil brands.

At Tosco, O’Malley perfected an acquisitions strategy that involved buying refineries at a fraction of their replacement cost, increasing operating efficiencies, cutting costs, and consistently generating the highest return on capital of all of the independent U.S. refineries. Also while at Tosco, O’Malley forged his reputation for being tough. When Tosco bought Unocal’s refining and marketing business in 1997, employees at a Unocal refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, were dismissed. Accused of bullying unions for concessions, O’Malley refuted the charges vigorously. “The Trainer plant was losing money. Playing hardball is not going to make everybody happy, and sometimes you just have to” (New York Times, February 11, 2001).

A Responsible Executive

In February 1999 an accident at a Tosco refinery in Avon, California, killed four workers and injured one. As a result, Tosco paid criminal fines and made donations that totaled $2 million. In an unusual step for O’Malley, indeed any chief executive, he appeared at a public meeting near the refinery shortly after the accident. He said: “I went out there and apologized and accepted responsibility. It was the most difficult experience in my life and one that I absolutely will never forget” (New York Times, February 11, 2001). In early 2001, after building Tosco into the largest independent refinery in the United States, he sold it to Phillips Petroleum for $7.36 billion and became a vice chairman of Phillips. Under his watch, Tosco was one of the most successful trading firms in the industry and a favorite of Wall Street investors.

Can Success Be Replicated?

O’Malley resigned from Phillips in 2002 and two weeks later agreed to become chairman and chief executive officer of Premcor, a privately owned refinery based in St. Louis. He immediately began replicating the low-cost business model he perfected at Tosco. In April 2002 he announced a layoff involving one-third of the 273 employees at Tosco’s administrative offices in St. Louis and the relocation of the company’s commercial division to executive offices in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Premcor was formerly known as Clark USA, a St. Louis company that in 1997 was the seventh-largest direct operator of gasoline and convenience stores in the United States, with 800 retail outlets in 10 midwestern states. That year, the company’s revenue exceeded $4 billion. In 1997 the Blackstone Group bought a 65 percent controlling stake in Clark USA from the Trizec Hahn Corporation for about $135 million. Although Blackstone identified a solidly discounted deal, it lacked experience in energy and oil investing. Said one analyst, “Although Blackstone made a timely investment, they lack the oil market trading savvy that it takes to maximize the return on these assets. With Mr. O’Malley on board, Wall Street will look for him to turn them into the next Tosco” (IPO Reporter, April 22, 2002).

It proved to be a tough challenge. The company lacked the diversity of assets that O’Malley built at Tosco, which was a top refinery and retailer on the East and West Coasts, as well as a significant force in Gulf Coast refining. Premcor was also highly leveraged and laden with debt. At the end of the third quarter of 2001, the company had long-term debt of $1.53 billion against total assets of $2.59 billion. There were also concerns about whether the company could generate enough capital to upgrade its assets to comply with U.S. environmental regulations. In 2000 Clark officially changed its name to Premcor, an acronym for “premier corporation.”

The O’malley Legend

Despite the challenges, O’Malley’s mere presence in the company provided an instant lift. Premcor was on the verge of an initial public offering (IPO) when he accepted the position, and investors expected his presence to automatically increase the worth of the offering. Said Tom Kloza, publisher of Opis, an oil-trade newspaper based in Rockville, Maryland: “He is to oil refining what Bill Parcells is to football coaching. He has [a lot of respect] on Wall Street with very good money connections. The union people might not like him because he cuts costs at refineries, but among investors, he’s the gold standard” (St. Louis Business Journal, February 8, 2002).

Indeed, the spring 2002 IPO was a resounding success. Thanks to strong demand for the stock issue, Premcor increased the size of its IPO from 15 million to 18 million shares, and it priced the offering at $24 per share—the peak of its expected range. The company raised $432 million from the IPO, which accounted for about 36.4 percent of the company’s 53.35 million outstanding shares. The stock closed at $27.80 on May 3, 2002, giving Premcor a market capitalization of more than $1.4 billion. Said John S. Herold analyst Louis Gagliardi, “The market obviously took a liking to this one. It was oversubscribed and the shares made a nice gain on the first day. I think O’Malley had a lot to do with that. His name is carrying a lot of cachet” (International Petroleum Finance, May 6, 2002).

True to Form

After the IPO was completed, the industry waited for O’Malley to lead the company through a series of acquisitions, much as he did with Tosco. In December 2002 he made his first move, acquiring the Williams Companies’ Memphis refinery for $455 million. In January 2004 Premcor bought the assets of a Delaware City refinery from the Shell-Saudi Motiva Enterprises joint venture, paying about $900 million. The refinery had performed poorly for Motiva. The success of the acquisition, which boosted Premcor’s total refining capacity by 30 percent and gave it access to the northeast U.S. market, depended on O’Malley’s ability to manage the plan better than its former owners. O’Malley called the facility “the most technologically complex refinery on the East Coast.” Delaware had a primary advantage over other East Coast refineries because of its high production rates. O’Malley expected the refinery to generate $112 million in net earnings for 2004, adding: “We’re confident in stating that this refinery acquisition will be immediately and significantly accretive to Premcor’s aftertax earnings per share and cash flow” (Octane Week, January 19, 2004). As of 2004 Premcor comprised four refineries with the potential of processing 790,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Sources for Further Information

Cuff, Daniel, “Comfed Bancorp Chief Heads Investor Group,” New York Times, December 1, 1988.

“Investors Gobble Up Tasty Premcor IPO,” International Petroleum Finance, May 6, 2002.

“‘Midas-Touch’ O’Malley Leads Premcor,” St. Louis Business Journal, February 8, 2002, p. 1.

O’Connor, Colleen Marie, “Premcor Prays For JetBlue Kind Of Success,” IPO Reporter, April 22, 2002.

Wakin, Daniel J., “From Black Monday to Black Gold,” New York Times, February 11, 2001.

—Tim Halpern

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O’Malley, Thomas [MC1963]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 16 2009 6:27 PM

JObit: Flynn, George James [MC1971 RIP]


George James Flynn
    * BORN: September 7, 1945
    * DIED: December 13, 2009
    * LOCATION: Mesquite, TX

George was born on September 7, 1945 and passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2009.

George was last known to be living in Mesquite, Texas.

George attended Manhattan Prep School, and later graduated from Manhattan College.

George served in the US Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife Beverly.

Funeral services will be at 2 pm, Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 950 Trails Pkwy., Garland, Texas, 75043.

Memorials may be made to the SPCA, or to a charity of your choice.

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Flynn, George James [MC???? RIP]  

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/87404224

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Yes … a 1963 MP business class graduate. His name in the yearbook is George Flynn.

Attended Scared Heart, Manhattan … was headed to the Merchant Marine Academy per the yearbook.

Obviously he didn’t if he was in the Army. Also want to Manhattan College.

He wasn’t in my clique … have no more info.

Will post his pic when I get my scanner working! And that I hope will be this weekend.

Mike Duffy (Manhattan Prep Alum)

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You’re welcome.

BTW, the info I provided re: Sacred Heart parish was taken directly from the yearbook however his address at the time was stated as 1051 University Avenue, NY, NY. Having lived in Manhattan until I finished college, I didn’t recall a University Avenue / Manhattan. And I don’t ever recall him riding the IRT w/me when we went home so … according to Google Maps, his address was in the Bronx. Also, the yearbook has MY college incorrect as well so obviously the contents of what was placed in the yearbook was never edited by the individual students.

[JR: I appreciate the info. Even if it’s suspect. The web does make it as “correct” as humanly possible. At least that’s the theory of Wikipedia.]

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Dear John,

   I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1971.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Flynn, George James [MC1971 RIP]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 16 2009 8:14 PM
    * Updated: Sat, Dec 19 2009 12:24 AM

JNews: Vazquez, John M. [MC1984]


MetLife Names John M. Vazquez Head of Vendor Sourcing and Corporate Services
Business Wire | December 17th, 2009

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MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET) announced today that John M. Vazquez has been named vice president of vendor sourcing and corporate services as well as chief procurement officer, effective immediately. In this new role, Vazquez will lead the IT vendor management and sourcing and global procurement teams at MetLife in addition to his current duties as head of corporate real estate and services.

“John has demonstrated solid leadership in managing MetLife’s real estate operations as head of corporate real estate and services and has 25 years of experience in building vendor relationships,” said Margaret (Peggy) Fechtmann, executive vice president, global capability sourcing. “I am confident that his management and industry experience will enable him to strengthen our valuable relationships with suppliers and maximize the efficiency of our organization. With John’s broad oversight of a number of key functions, we will be able to leverage resources, processes and capabilities that enhance value to MetLife. I look forward to his continued contributions to the company’s success in his new, expanded role.”

Vazquez has been sourcing corporate and contracted services for more than 25 years and is an expert in building vendor relationships. He has extensive experience in contract, leasing and sourcing negotiations with major global firms. Vazquez also has a breadth of international experience in real estate and contract negotiations.

As head of corporate real estate and services since joining MetLife in 2004, Vazquez has managed over 15 million square feet of real estate and was responsible for leasing, facilities management, construction and workplace design. He also oversees records retention and records information management, fulfillment, mail and workplace amenities and services. Vazquez is also credited with leading a number of MetLife’s sustainability efforts. He oversees the company’s owned and operated real estate portfolio, which includes 11 ENERGY STAR-rated and two Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified properties.

Before joining MetLife, Vazquez was senior vice president, global facilities management at JP Morgan Chase. Prior to that, he was program manager of real estate operations at IBM. Vazquez received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College in 1984 and an MBA degree from Sacred Heart University in 1994.

MetLife, Inc. is a leading provider of insurance, employee benefits and financial services with operations throughout the United States and the Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife, Inc. reaches more than 70 million customers around the world and MetLife is the largest life insurer in the United States (based on life insurance in-force). The MetLife companies offer life insurance, annuities, auto and home insurance, retail banking and other financial services to individuals, as well as group insurance and retirement & savings products and services to corporations and other institutions. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.

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Vazquez, John M. [MC1984]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Dec 17 2009 3:36 PM

JNews: Baird, Bob (MC1969) cite Quad as a step along a career


Another Baird prepares for journalism career
December 17, 2009

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Back from 1865 to 1902, my great-grandfather owned two small newspapers in southern Indiana. He raised four sons in his newspaper office and one, my grandfather, came east in 1900 to work at The World, a newspaper in New York City then owned by Joseph Pulitzer.

My father opted to work in banking, but when I showed an interest in newspapers in high school, he encouraged me.

After being editor of The Quadrangle, one of two competing student newspapers at Manhattan College in the late 1960s, I worked for a group of weekly newspapers before joining the Gannett Co. a little more than 37 years ago.

During my career here, one of our publishers was Louis A. “Chip” Weil III, whose family had sold several newspapers — including one in Indiana — to Gannett.

He used to kid me that if my family had held on to our papers, I too, could have been a wealthy publisher.

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Bob Baird
Journal News Columnist

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JNews: Baird, Bob (MC1969)

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    * Posted on: Thu, Dec 17 2009 4:37 PM

JBlogger: Daly, Chuck [MC2012]


17 December 2009 @ 05:49 pm

Looking up.

Hello all none of you who read this blog. My four posts since 2006 have all been pretty glum, and that can be chalked up to a few bad years. But things are much better now. I’m a sophomore at Manhattan College in New York City. In about half and hour I’m going out to dinner with some incredible friends, and in 48 hours I will be home in Stoughton with some more incredible friends. So yeah, things are good now.

I’m the Productions Editor of my college newspaper The Quadrangle, and the job took me to Texas earlier this semester :) That was fun.

Anyway, hopefully I won’t take two years between posts anymore.

Merry Christmas :)


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Daly, Chuck [MC2012]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Dec 17 2009 9:47 PM

MFound: MC Google video


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Manhattan College Allstars Encore

01:00 – 2 years ago

Encore MC Allstars performance on the steps of jasper hall before being broken up by security

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[JR: Not much to see, but TWO years to upload it. Luddite or Lost?]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Dec 17 2009 9:51 PM

JObit: Brach, Philip L. Sr. [MC???? RIP]

RE: Phil Brach, 1959 RIP

Dear John,

Did we have anything on Phil?

I don’t know if you had heard, on Dec 7th Phil Brach died.


{JR: Nothing, but I will scan the name.]

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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Philip L. Brach Sr.

BRACH PHILIP LOUIS BRACH, SR. On Monday, December 7, 2009 of Washington, DC. Beloved husband of Margaret Rose Brach. Devoted father of Ann Brach, Elizabeth Brach Hughes, Lucia Hare, Philip L. Brach, Martha Brach, Matthew Brach and the late Joseph Brach; brother of Peter Brach and Martha Kinstler; grandfather of Evangeline and Matthew Gus Hughes, Felicia, Christopher and Alexandra Hare, Joseph, Philip, Patrick, Margaret, Lucia and Edwin Brach, and Alexis, Emily and Matthew Brach. Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Chapel at Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Western Avenue at Quesada St. NW where Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in the main church on Saturday, December 12 at 9:30 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements by DeVOL.

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Brach, Philip L. Sr. [MC1959 RIP]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/y9wgvyo

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[JR: Note that the obit doesn't mention MC so it's "invisible" to my automatic searches. Need eyeball and your "optical recognition" wetware. :-)  Please?]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Dec 18 2009 7:52 AM

JFound: 18 Jaspers found



Conlon, Thomas (MC1954)

Chatterton, William (MC1959) Sykesville MD

Creedon, Bob (MC1959)

Mathews, Jim (MC1959) Southington CT

Bolze, Joe (MC1961)

Fuller, Edward (MC1963)

Rush, Ray (MC1964)

Feuer, Larry (MC1968)

Reinke, FJohn (MC1968)

Hennigan, John (MC1970) Syracuse NY

Mulcahy, Leo (MC1971)

Sweeney, Barry (MC1971) Cross River NY

Hodeski, David (MC1973)

Grandhi, Pavan (MC1980) Vijayawada AP

Quintanilla, Armando (MC1983) Atizapan de Zaragoza

Catalano, Vincent (MC1986)

McCue, Mary Ellen (MC1986)

Perez, Samantha (MC1997)

Friedman, Natalie (MC2006)

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[JR: Unlike Classmates, this site is "free". So was Classmates for a while, then it snapped shut. But for the time being it's a resource.]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Dec 18 2009 10:28 AM

JOY: Dew, Amanda Larie [MC????]


Dew-Olejniczak engagement

Florida – Catherine Sosler of the Village of Florida announces the engagement of her grandson Craig Eric Olejniczak to Amanda Larie Dew, the daughter of Randy and Nancy Dew of Musacatine, Iowa.

Craig is the son of the late Stanley Olejniczak Jr. and the late Kathleen Sosler-Olejniczak.

Craig is a graduate of S.S. Seward Institute, Albany University and LIU Brooklyn Campus. He is a certified athletic trainer for the Middletown School District of Middletown.

Amanda Larie is a graduate of Muscatine High School, Kirkwood Community College in Iowa and Manhattan College. She works in property management for Brown Harris Stevens Residential Management.

A July 2010 wedding is planned.

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Dew, Amanda Larie [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Dec 18 2009 10:45 AM

Comment on JObit: Brennan, Edward M. [MC1957 RIP] 

By rosemarie brennan

Thank you for your note and thank you all for your prayers for the family. God bless.

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    * Posted on: Fri, Dec 18 2009 10:34 AM

ENDNOTE: O’Connell Bill (MC1976) calls it as he sees it


Economic Malpractice
By Bill O’Connell

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The Obama administration is spending us into oblivion, while pouring gasoline on to the unemployment fire with their ill conceived and basically botched stimulus plans. What is needed are tax cuts that will allow the market to direct the resources where they will do the most good and get the economy moving again. Instead Obama is taxing and spending our way to economic disaster. What we need is a sharp curtailment in government spending and to shrink the size of the federal beast. Is there a good economic malpractice trial lawyer out there?

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Bill O’Connell has held a variety of positions in his career. He began as a civil engineer in the nuclear power industry in the late 1970s. He has subsequently held management positions in telecommunications, financial services, and manufacturing. He has long been an observer of government and politics and decided to add his voice to the discussion, particularly at these critical times. He is married and the father of four. He was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island where he currently resides.

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[JR: Good luck getting anyone in gooferment to cut ANY spending!]

O’Connell Bill (MC1976)

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    * Posted on: Sat, Dec 19 2009 6:37 PM

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"