JASPER JOTTINGS Week 43 - 2011 October 23     

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



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Oct 16, 2011 

POSITRACTION: “You have to trust in something.”


“You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will some how connect in the future. You have to trust in something.” Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

The world has lost the services of a visionary. Only history will score him on the visionary scale. But, where will the replacements come. We’ve heard the old maxims: “in the world of the blind, the one eyed man is king”, “when you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you”, and “NO! … Try not! … Do or do not… there is no try.”

To this we have to add: “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

Maybe one of our fellow alums can step forward to lead us?

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Oct 16, 2011 

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) ids Carfolite [MC1956 RIP]


John Carfolite

John Warren, 81 of Ringwood on Wednesday October 12, 2011 after fighting a battle with Parkinson and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/northjersey/guestbook.aspx?n=john-carfolite&pid=154082126&cid=full

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Subject: Carfolite, John Warren 1956 RIP

Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1956.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Carfolite, John Warren [MC1956 RIP]

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Oct 16, 2011 

JHQ: Open House 10/30 Noon


Open House October 30

Join us at Open House where you will be able to visit our campus and meet faculty members, administrators and current students to learn more about Manhattan College. The event begins at 12pm.

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[JR: What no alums? Yeah, I wouldn't want them scaring off the rubes before they bought a seat to the "big dance" either. LOL]

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Oct 16, 2011 

JHQ: NYC Park story 10/19 1600


High Line: The Inside Story of New York Cit’s Park in the Sky
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 4.00pm

Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line presents “High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky” in Hayden Hall Room 100. This event is sponsored by Urban Affairs. For more information, please contact Dr. Cory Blad, director of the Urban Affairs Program, at ext 3868 or email at cory.blad@manhattan.edu.

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Oct 16, 2011 

JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) corrects the record

On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 10:59 PM, Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) wrote:


I don’t think Sister Helen has gone to her eternal reward quite yet. Her Sisters are recognizing her for her contribution to the mission and life of the Congregation.

Gerard M. Delaney ’75

Word for the Day: Crony Socialism

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On Oct 15, 2011, at 10:29 PM, reinkefj wrote:

I know. I reported it as “news”; not “obit”. Did I make a mistake? fjohn68

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On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 12:06 AM, Gerard M. Delaney wrote:

Sorry, lost the reference. Mike McEneney concluded his class linkage with “May She Rest In Peace,” not anything you had in your article.

Sent from my iPhone

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On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 8:32 AM, reinkefj wrote:

I missed that. Must have been working on auto pilot. I’ll have to fix that as best I can.

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[JR: Jasper Mike must have been using email stationary or old age is catching up. It's been pointed out that this was news; not an obit. For my part, I guess I was so upset about the '68 reference, I too lapsed into Oldheimers. So celebrate that we still have her with us. And, that's to sharp eyed Gerard, who actually reads this stuff. Guess I have to take down the Six Sigma sign?]

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[JR: All kidding aside, I'm mortified at the sloppy work on my part. I should have caught that before in went out on the wire. I can make all sorts of excuses. But, in the end, you get what you pay for. I'm sorry, Sister, if I rushed you out the door. And, I'll do better in the future.]

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On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM, Gerard M. Delaney wrote:

Unfortunately, so many of Mike’s class finds are for those we pray will “Rest in Peace.”

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Oct 16, 2011 

JNEWS: Winfield, Dan [MC????] 508th out of 1,009 finishers


Without Limits: Winfield trains hard to stay in shape

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Meet Poppop.

Well, meet him if you can catch him.

Dan Winfield is “Poppop” to his six grandchildren. To the rest of the world — the athletic world, anyway — he’s an age-doesn’t-matter swimmer and triathlete.

The New Paltz resident, who’ll be 67 next month, is a retired Suffern High School psychologist. But “retired” is far from the right word for Winfield, who trains two-to-three hours a day year-round and says, “I love sweating and going out and pushing myself.”

Staying in shape has always been a priority, partly because at 9, Winfield lost his 46-year-old dad to a heart attack linked to a childhood bout with rheumatic fever.

Winfield grew up in then-pint-sized Tuxedo. There were 19 kids in his graduating class, and baseball and basketball were the only high school sports. But his dad — a hiker, canoeist and strong swimmer who once swam across the Hudson at the Tappan Zee Bridge — taught him to swim.

Those early lessons and a good municipal swimming program later helped Winfield make the swim team at Manhattan College, where he did “relatively well.”

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His family was on hand last month when he won his five-man division at the .9-mile-swim, 25-mile-bike, 6.2-mile-run Westchester Triathlon, where his 2:53:81 clocking placed him 508th out of 1,009 finishers.

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Winfield, Dan [MC????]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 1:50 PM
Subject: Winfield, Dan [MC????] 508th out of 1,009 finishers

Dear John,

I do not find anything in my “stuff” for Dan.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Oct 17, 2011 

JHQ: Fukunaga’s Sin nombre 10/19 1800


Film Screening: Cary Fukunaga’s Sin nombre (Nameless)
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6.00pm

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures invites the Manhattan College community to the screening of the movie Sin nombre (Nameless) in the Rodriguez Room/Miguel 311, an exciting film in Spanish by the break-out American director, Cary Fukunaga, and Mexican producers Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. Awarded prizes for Directing and Cinematography at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Sin Nombre chronicles the difficult journeys of characters who belong to the violent Mara Salvatrucha gang as they search for a better life.

This event is open to the public. For additional information, please contact Prof. Evelyn Scaramella at ext. 7401 or email evelyn.scaramella@manhattan.edu.

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Oct 18, 2011 

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) distracted

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 12:44 AM
Subject: Sister Helen

Dear John,

Sorry about that! I must have been distracted or(?). May Sister have a long and happy life!


[JR: Thanks for the laugh, Mike. Much appreciated. Guess a steady diet of obits makes one crazed. I know it does me.]

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Oct 18, 2011 

JOBIT: Trask, Richard “Dick” [MC1950 RIP]


Richard “Dick” Trask
DIED: October 15, 2011
RESIDENCE: Albuquerque, NM

TRASK – Richard “Dick” Trask

Following a short illness, Dick Trask, 82, of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2011, surrounded by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Kitty; and their three sons, Richard Jr. and wife Liceth of Palisade, CO, Ron and wife Gloria of Albuquerque, and Randy and wife Sarah of Minneapolis, MN. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, K.T. and Richard Trask, III, Torey Standley (Chris), Adam Gurule, Teresa Moore (Bob), and Randy Trask, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Whitley and Gage Moore; brother, Arnold of Webster, NY; and sister, Gloria Wagner of Yonkers, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm and Julia Trask; and his brother, Warren Trask, all of Yonkers, NY.

Born in Yonkers, NY, Dick began playing the saxophone at age 12. By the age of 16, he was a member of the American Federation of Musicians and playing professionally. Using the sax to finance his education, Dick graduated from Manhattan College with a BS in mathematics in 1950. Later that same year, Dick started his career as a Department of Army civilian math statistician at Aberdeen, Maryland.

He met the love of his life on a blind date in Aberdeen in 1953. Their courtship rarely included a Saturday night, as those were reserved for musical “gigs!” They were married in 1955 and began a 56 year adventure that spanned the globe, but no place more beloved to them than Albuquerque. While working in Maryland, Dick earned an MS in Statistics in 1959 from the University of Delaware. Upon his departure from Aberdeen, he became a Department of Air Force civilian where he served in a number of civil service assignments in the United States and in the Netherlands before moving to Albuquerque in 1973.

Dick developed a profound love of New Mexico, and while he accepted one additional assignment in Dayton, OH, there was no question that he would return to New Mexico to retire. While in New Mexico, Dick earned a Master of Management degree from the University of New Mexico in 1977.

In 1984, he retired from federal service as a member of the United States Senior Executive Service (SES). Dick was honored to receive numerous awards and citations including the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. He was a member of the Association of Old Crows, the Operations Research Society, and the Air Force Association.

Following his retirement, Dick was selected to open and manage the Albuquerque office of General Research Corporation (GRC) in 1984. He continued to lead the office until his retirement from his second career in 1994. Dick was a founding member of the Professional Aerospace Contractors Association (PACA), served as president and vice president, and remained active as a member of the board until his death.

While Dick’s passion for music never diminished throughout his career, his ability to devote more time to music was a welcomed benefit of retirement. Dick was a founding member of Jazz a la Carte, a member of the Rio Grande Jazz Society, and a very active supporter of the Albuquerque Outpost Performance Space. He frequently worked with and encouraged young musicians. Dick was well known and loved throughout New Mexico’s music community and was a true inspiration.

He was an active member of John XXIII Catholic Community and a true American patriot. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Dick’s passion for life was evident to the leagues of people whose lives he touched. His loss will be felt by many.

Services will be at John XXIII Catholic Community on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Outpost Performance Space in memory of Dick, in honor of his love for jazz music. (P.O. Box 4543, ABQ, NM 87196/ 505-268-0044).

FUNERAL MASS Thursday October 20 11:00 AM John XXIII Catholic Community 4831 Tranway Ridge Drive NE Albuquerque, NM 87111


Trask, Richard “Dick” [MC1950 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/92528152

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Oct 19, 2011 

JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) passes along sad news

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Subject: Fwd: Sad News : Passing of Elaine Lyons

Dear John,

Jack was a Classmate and a very loyal alum. He and his wife were at many Alumni events over the years.

May She Rest In Peace.


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Subject: Sad News : Passing of Elaine Lyons
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:31:43 -0500 (CDT)
From: tom delaney

Everyone ,


Not sure if any of you knew Elaine’s husband Jack. He coached baseball at Manhattan Prep until about 1970.

Elaine Lyons , wife of Jack Lyons MP’47 and MC ’53 and former Manhattan Prep and Fordham University Baseball Coach , passed away this weekend.

Information so far:

Wake: Riverdale on Hudson Funeral Home, 6110 Riverdale Avenue, Riverdale, N.Y. 10471. (261st Street) Telephone: (718) 884-6100.

Hours : Tuesday and Wednesday, October 18th and 19th. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.,

Jack passed in 2004.

A loyal Jasper and wonderful man who was a wonderful educator, teacher who was the Director of Physical Education at the Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx until 1997. He worked there for forty years and his wife Elaine for 35 years.

Very active in his original parish and CYO. and on his passing they requested donations to the Jack Lyons Scholarship Fund St. Athanasius School,830 Southern BoulevardBronx, New York 10459

Please share the information as appropriate.

May she rest in peace with Jack.


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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Sad as connections to the past pass on. Donna Nobis Pacem.]

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I neglected to mention that Jack was not only inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame, he was also inducted into Fordham’s Hall of Fame! Mike

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Oct 19, 2011 

JHQ: HOLOCAUST events 10/26 and 11/7


September 30, 2011


RIVERDALE, N.Y. –– Manhattan College’s newly expanded Holocaust Genocide and Interfaith Education Center is gearing up for its fall semester of programming with two enlightening events, including: Remembering, Page-by-Page; Teaching the Holocaust Through Picture Books on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Kristallnacht: The Diary of Robert Harlan and Preserving Jewish Experiences, as part of the Frederick M. Schweitzer Lecture on Monday, Nov. 7.

Remembering, Page-by-Page; Teaching the Holocaust Through Picture Books is a workshop for administrators, teachers and librarians, and will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the College’s Rodriguez Room (311) in Miguel Hall. All registration begins at 3:30 p.m. with welcoming remarks by Barbara Reynolds, assistant director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, starting at 4 p.m. Heidi Laudien, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at the College, will speak to the audience first, followed by a student panel and conversation with participants, and a presentation by Marilyn Honigman, chairperson of fine arts at Fordham Preparatory School.

The fourth annual Frederick M. Schweitzer Lecture will feature honored speakers Peter Black, Ph.D., senior historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Rebecca Erbelding, archivist of the museum, discussing Kristallnacht: The Diary of Robert Harlan and Preserving Jewish Experiences. This event is free and open to the public.

Black’s current and past experience as chief historian for the Office of Special Investigations (OSI), Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice, whose mission is to investigate and litigate against persons alleged to have participated in the persecution of individuals on the basis of race, religion, national origin and political opinion under Nazi Germany’s regime, will be an integral part of the lecture. Erbelding, a nine-year veteran archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has been interviewed on French, British, German, Brazilian and American television and radio, and her work was featured in the March 17, 2008, issue of the New Yorker.

“Both the Remembering, Page-by-Page; Teaching the Holocaust Through Picture Books and Schweitzer Lecture will inform students and educators further on the Holocaust and genocide,” said Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., director of the College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center. “Along with these two events, the Center is planning further programming to continue expanding its mission of promoting a better understanding among Christians, Jews and Muslims through interfaith dialogue related to the College’s educational mission.”

For more information on the Schweitzer Lecture, please contact Mehnaz Afridi by e-mail at mehnaz.afridi@manhattan.edu or to learn more about the Remembering, Page-by-Page; Teaching the Holocaust Through Picture Books workshop, contact Barbara Reynolds by phone at 718-325-5887 or e-mail reynolds00@verizon.net.

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Oct 19, 2011 

JHQ: Rhetoric of Spirit 10/25 1700

The Rhetoric of Spirit: Cinema, Green Politics and the Ecological Sublime
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 5.00pm

Interdisciplinary talk on philosophy, film and religion in Hayden Hall 100. Speaker, Dr. Anthony Lioi, The Juilliard School. For more information, please contact Dr. Mitchell Aboulafia at extension 7124 or email mitchell.aboulafia@manhattan.edu.

This event is open to the Manhattan College Community.

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[JR: Hmmm, keep those alumni out. It might get some real world feedback. "Green" = watermelon?]

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Oct 19, 2011 

JNEWS: Romesser, Thomas E. [MC1971] Aeronautics Roundtable


Oct. 18, 2011, 9:01 a.m. EDT
Northrop Grumman Executive Thomas E. Romesser Selected for Aeronautics Roundtable
Unmanned Systems Committee to Look at UAV in National Air Space

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Oct 18, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Northrop Grumman Corporation NOC +1.04% executive Thomas E. Romesser, was recently selected for a three-year term on the prestigious National Research Council (NRC) Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable (ARTR). Romesser is vice president of technology development for the Advanced Programs and Technology Division of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector and the sector’s chief technologist.

The Roundtable’s approximately two dozen members are selected in recognition of their distinguished achievements in original aeronautical and engineering research. The organization supports NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, and convenes highly acclaimed representatives from industry, universities and NASA to define and explore critical issues related to NASA’s aeronautics research agenda that are of shared interest; to frame systems-level research issues; and, to explore options for public-private partnerships that could support rapid, high-confidence knowledge transfer. This forum facilitates candid dialogue among participants, fosters greater partnership among the NASA-related aeronautics community, and, where appropriate, carries awareness of consequences to the wider public.

As a member of the Roundtable, hosted by the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the NRC, Romesser will contribute to general discussions and thought leadership and serve on the Unmanned Systems task force, focusing on a wide range of topics including the operation of unmanned air vehicles in National Air Space.

Romesser has served the aerospace community for more than 35 years, starting with TRW. He has been instrumental in advancing knowledge and applications in directed energy technology, spacecraft design and propulsion, and sensor development, among many other technological domains.

Romesser earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Manhattan College and master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Iowa. He is also a graduate of the USC Executive Management Program. Romesser was elected a fellow of the Directed Energy Professional Society in 2002 and a member of the National Academy of Engineering in February 2003.

The NRC is part of the congressionally chartered National Academies of Science set up to meet the government’s need for an independent advisor on scientific matters and to “investigate, examine, experiment and report upon any subject of science.” Besides the NRC, the Academies of Science include the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire, www.globenewswire.com

SOURCE: Northrop Grumman Corp.

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Romesser, Thomas E. [MC????]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 11:56 PM
Subject: Romesser, Thomas E. [1971 Aeronautics Roundtable

Dear John,

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


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Romesser, Thomas E. [MC1971]

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Oct 19, 2011 

JNEWS: Berry, Robert E. [MC1953] speaks 11/17 1800 San Jose


Silicon Valley Engineering Council Open House 2011
Thursday, Nov 17 6:00p
at SEMI Global Headquarters, San Jose, CA
Age Suitability: None Specified
Tags: technology, engineering, conferences, tech, silicon valley, meetings, engineer, svec, swe, hall of fame, stc, asce, asq, asme, sme, engineers week, afe, avs, mee, incose

The SVEC wants to welcome you to our complimentary Annual Open House event! Please pass this invitation along to other engineers you think may be interested.

Join us for a complimentary light buffet and an evening of exciting information and engineering camaraderie. Colleagues and spouses are invited to enjoy the festivities.
Welcome Reception: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Presentations: 7:00pm – 9:00 p
Speaker: Robert E. Berry

A pioneer in the space industry, Robert E. Berry is Chairman Emeritus and Systems Fellow of Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a Palo Alto company that designs and manufactures high-power commercial satellites for television broadcast, satellite radio, broadband Internet and a variety of mobile communications applications. Mr. Berry was general manager of Ford Aerospace’s Space Systems Division from 1977 until 1990, when the company became Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). At that time, he was named president and he was named chairman in 1999. He was also Senior Vice President of parent company Loral Space & Communications.

Under Mr. Berry’s leadership Space Systems/Loral developed some of the world’s most innovative communications and meteorological satellite projects for defense, civil and commercial applications and he played an important role in growing what is today’s commercial satellite industry.

Mr. Berry has been distinguished by numerous honors. In 2007 he was inducted into the SSPI Hall of Fame and he received the ISCe Lifetime achievement award. In 2003 he received the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation’s lifetime achievement award for leadership and creative engineering and management in the design and launch of more than 170 satellites. In 1999 he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and in 1996 he received the AIAA’s Aerospace Communications Award.

Under his direction SS/L pioneered space borne high power energy management technology, culminating in applications for direct broadcast and multipurpose satellites and the 125 kW system for the International Space Station. Known for his willingness to push innovative concepts, he also directed SS/L’s industry leading development of three- axis stabilization and multiple beam and shaped beam antenna applications.

Mr. Berry is a member of the AIAA, the IEEE, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and NSIA. In addition to his role as a member of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Space Systems Technology Advisory Committee for NASA, Berry served under Gerald Ford as a Deputy Director of Defense Research & Engineering. He holds a B.S. degree from Manhattan College and a master’s degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

SEMI Global Headquarters 3081 Zanker Rd. San Jose, CA 95134 (650) 424-3708

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Berry, Robert E. [MC????]

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Subject: Berry, Robert E. 1953 speaks 11/17 1800 San Jose

Dear John,

I believe that Robert is a member of that great class of 1953.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Berry, Robert E. [MC1953]

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Oct 19, 2011 

JNEWS: Abdallah, Walaa [MC????] gets MC good press winning a scholarship


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Here’s a list of winners, from the organization’s press release:

Walaa Abdallah, 20, of Yonkers, N.Y., is majoring in chemical engineering at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y.

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Abdallah, Walaa [MC????]

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Oct 19, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: LinkedIn launched LinkedIn Classmates (Update)


LinkedIn Classmates Shows Your Entire Alumni Network
By Alicia Eler / October 19, 2011 9:30 AM / 0 Comments

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Today LinkedIn launched LinkedIn Classmates, a way to tap into the power of alumni networks without calling your school’s alumni office. This new tool gives you access to what your fellow alums are doing in their post-school lives, highlighting what they’ve accomplished since graduating, an opportunity to reconnect with alums in your field and a way to find alums who are interested in helping you.

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13,133 alumni found

Where they work…
133 Manhattan College
123 IBM
80 Con Edison
69 Citi

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[JR: At least for now, the names are visible.]

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5,888 alumni found

[JR: Seems like they are having some quality problems. Between noon and 10PM, MC lost 8k alums. Argh! I bet it's are old friend "manhattan college" -marymount -"marymount manhattan college" -"borough of manhattan college" -bmcc.cuny.edu -msmnyc.edu and any of the other MC like out in Kansas. Argh! I believe that 5888 number since I supposedly have 6k+ alums. Sigh, I'm getting to old for this <synonym for excrement>!]

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Oct 19, 2011 

MFOUND: “Irish Exit” by a “former Jasper”



Matty Brennan

“Check out the Irish Exit App…Developed by a former Jasper. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/irish-exit-app/id454679271?mt=8



Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about IRISH EXIT APP on the App Store. Download IRISH EXIT APP and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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“Irish Exit” is a term used when a person leaves a place without saying goodbye to the people they are with.”

Early versions of the term Irish Exit come from Irish Americans leaving social functions like Church, football games, and plays. When the functions let out people would congregate outside and chat with each person they knew and say goodbye before heading home. This usually added 30 minuets to an hour to the evening. When there was little or no time to do the customary goodbye, the family would leave through the side door. The side door move became known as the Irish Exit. The term has come to mean leaving a place without saying goodbye to those you are with or those you came with.

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[JR: What's a a "former Jasper"?]

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Oct 19, 2011 

JOBIT: Flynn, John Denis Jr. [MC1965 RIP] reported by Handren, Ed (MC1965)

Ed Handren to FJohn

10/19/11 8:25 PM


JD’s obit.

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A long fight 2011

USAF Ret. Maj. John Denis Flynn, Jr., 69, of Modesto, California while surrounded by his family, died October 15, 2011 from his brief battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. John was born in New York, NY July 31, 1942. John graduated from Manhattan College and received a degree in Business Administration in 1965. John was married to Fran Bonfiglio on October 23, 1971 and they were to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this year.

John’s passions were his family and his service to his country. He was an Air Force veteran, having served as a navigator in the Vietnam Conflict, and had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. During his military career, John specialized in Search and Rescue Operations, which led to his post Air Force retirement careers with Comarco and Magavox. John continued his service to country as a civilian with the Department of the Air Force in the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, living and working under the motto, “These things we do, so that others may live.”

Lovingly known by his family and close friends as the “Compulsive Gadgeteer,” John loved technology and the possibilities it brought. He made it his life’s work utilizing technology to locate and rescue soldiers that culminated in projects that have saved numerous lives.

John is preceded in death by his parents John and Mary Ellen Flynn and is survived by his wife, Francesca J. Flynn, daughter, Mary Josephine Flynn son, John Denis Flynn, III and sister, Kathleen Douglass of Cranford, NJ and leaves behind several nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 3:30pm until 7pm with a rosary being held at 4:30pm both held at Franklin and Downs Colonial Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Modesto, CA on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 10:30 AM, Father Ignatius Haran will be the officiant. His final resting place will be at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 9:30am. Flowers and memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior’s Project www.woundedwarriors.org, one of J.D.’s favorite charities, are both welcome.

“These things we do, so that others may live.”


Flynn, John Denis Jr. [MC1965 RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

[JR: Thanks, Ed. Much appreciated. Sorry that you've lost a classmate and we've all lost a fellow alum. Donna Nobis Pacem ]

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Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/modestobee/guestbook.aspx?n=john-flynn&pid=154218227&cid=full

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Oct 19, 2011 

JFOUND: Landy, Craig [MC1973] Partner Peckar + Abramson


Craig Landy
Peckar & Abramson
A Professional Corporation
River Edge, NJ U.S.A.

Practice Areas: Construction Contracts
University Manhattan College, B.A., 1973
Law School Fordham University Law School, J.D., 1976

Admitted 1977, New York; United States Court of Appeals for the Second and First Circuits; United States District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. (Not admitted in New Jersey)

Born New York, N.Y., November 16, 1951


Craig Landy is a partner in the firm’s Contract Review Program. He returned to construction law after handling for many years, contract negotiations and litigation in the healthcare field. Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, he was a partner at Landy & Seymour in New York, law secretary to N.Y.S. Supreme Court Justice Harold Baer, Jr., and Deputy Chief of the Commercial Litigation Division of the N.Y.C. Corporation Counsel’s Office. For 21 years, he was an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School.

Mr. Landy’s publications include: “Orientation Manual for Judicial Interns” (1989) and the “Government Bureaucrats and HealthCare,” 63 N.Y.S.B. Jl. No. 8, p. 20 (Jl./Aug. 1992).

Mr. Landy is a past president of the New York County Lawyers’ Association.He is a graduate of Manhattan College and Fordham Law School. Mr. Landy is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell. He is admitted to practice law before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and First Circuits, the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York as well as the state courts of New York.

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Oct 19, 2011 

JFOUND: Monahan, Colleen [MC2000] Engineer for PHA




Ms. Monahan has fifteen years of experience in civil, transportation and environmental engineering. Her wide-ranging expertise includes the design of utilities, site layout, street lighting, roadways and traffic signals, grading and drainage, stormwater management, hydraulics and hydrology. She is experienced in street mapping, amended drainage plans and private sewer plans, site connection proposals, and builders pavement plans. She has designed and managed complex engineering projects involving extensive coordination efforts with numerous city, state, and federal regulatory agencies, and is highly skilled at maintaining communication and consensus on large collaborative efforts.

Ms. Monahan provided project management and design work for the redevelopment effort for the New York Cruise Ship Terminals in Manhattan (NYPST) for the NYC Economic Development Corporation. As a result of the redevelopment effort, the NYPST is undergoing physical and operational improvements, for which Ms. Monahan prepared design plans for the purpose of relieving on-site vehicular congestion. The plans included reconstruction of a vehicular ramp to change traffic flow direction, a new bike path alignment, bus staging area modifications, and various other upgrades.

Ms. Monahan was responsible for the utility and civil engineering work for the Lincoln Center rehabilitation project in Manhattan. The plan called for changes to the internal ramping system, parking lot modifications, building renovation, and other upgrades in a multi-phased project. The design work included builders pavement plans, parking lot design, entrance and exit control elements, traffic signal plans, signage and striping plans, construction phasing logistics, and maintenance and protection of traffic plans.

Prior to joining PHA, Ms. Monahan served as project manager for the Columbia University Manhattanville Project and the Hudson Yards Rezoning and was in charge of extensive amended drainage plans required for those development projects. She was also a project engineer for Riverside South Development Project in Manhattan, providing civil engineering design services for a phased residential building and waterfront park including several parts of the new sewer system and utility connections from the buildings.


2000 • Manhattan College • M.S. Environmental Eng.

1996 • Bucknell University • B.S. Civil Eng.

Professional Women in Construction:


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Oct 20, 2011 

JNEWS: Power, Chris [MC1978] Teacher Albertus Magnus HS


Schools, The Neighborhood Files
This Week’s Spotlight: Chris Power
He is a man of many talents
By Helene McCauley
October 19, 2011

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School: Albertus Magnus High School

Title: Teacher, Coach, Dean of Students, Assistant Administrator

Chris Power is one of the “go-to” people at Albertus Magnus High School (AMHS). As you have most likely heard the term well-rounded student, Chris is the adult version. During the day at Albertus he juggles a teaching schedule, administrative duties, overseeing students and coaching. An interesting fact about Chris is that his muliti-roles at Albertus are actually his second career.

“I feel that my second career in Catholic education has been a perfect fit in my life. Not too many people can say that they are fortunate enough to have had two careers which they have found to be so rewarding,” said Chris Power.

Chris grew up in the Bronx, graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School then went on to graduate from Manhattan College with a BS in Business Administration. Chris and his wife Noreen moved to Rockland County in 1987, where they have raised their three children, two of whom graduated from Albertus; Patricia and Maura. His youngest daughter, Colleen, is currently a Senior there now.

He joined the NYPD, as a fifth generation police officer. He put in 22 years travelling thru the ranks. Throughout his career in the NYPD he served as a police officer then was promoted to Sergeant then transferred to the Narcotics division where he was promoted to Detective Sergeant.

“My time in narcotics was spent in Manhattan North Narcotics, mostly Washington Heights, and I spent ten years in the Drug Enforcement Task Force comprised of DEA agents, State Troopers and NYPD. I served there for ten years as a group supervisor and I achieved the rank of Detective Sergeant, the rank which I retired with. I supervised many high level narcotics investigations that effected the Metropolitan area as well as on an international level. These were some of the most challenging and memorable days of my career. However, being a first responder at the World Trade center was certainly was the most unforgettable experience of my police career,” said Powers.

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From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 1:26 AM
Subject: Power, Chris 1978 Teacher Albertus Magnus HS

Dear John,

I believe that Chris is a member of the Class of 1978.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Power, Chris [MC1978]

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Oct 20, 2011 

JHQ: About Bethlehem University 10/26 1545


Lasalian Convocation
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 3.45pm

Venue: Smith Auditorium
Presenter: Brother Robert Smith
Topic: Bethlehem University in the Holy Land: Oasis of Peace, Beacon of Hope, Land of Promise

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Oct 20, 2011 

JHQ: Slides for Transhumanism and Religion at MC on 10/13


Transhumanism and Religion Manhattan College, New York, October 13, 2011Giulio Prisco – giulio@gmail.com

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Oct 20, 2011 

JLINKEDIN: Izzo, Cyrus J. [MC1987] Co-President, Syska Hennessy Group


Izzo, Cyrus J. [MC1987]
Co-President, Syska Hennessy Group
Greater New York City Area
Real Estate


Cyrus Izzo is the Co-President of SH Group, Inc. and of Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. He has over 25 years of management level experience, including extensive involvement in all aspects of major building systems, incorporating a comprehensive approach blending facilities management, MEP/FP design, IT, security, construction and commissioning.

Mr. Izzo joined Syska Hennessy Group in 1993 from Ammann & Whitney, Inc., a renowned AE firm headquartered in New York City.

In 2005, Mr. Izzo accepted the challenge of conceptually designing and managing the formation of the first major national market focused business unit for Syska, the Critical Facilities practice. Under his leadership, the Critical Facilities practice has become the premier market leader in technical thought leadership within the International mission critical market. The prominent clients developed under Mr. Izzo’s leadership have significantly reduced Syska’s overall business concentration risk.

In 2007, Mr. Izzo accepted the role of Co-President of SH Group and Syska Hennessy Group. In this role, he supports the development of a collaborative management team that is more diverse in practice and that will contribute even more to the long term global expansion and profitability of the firm.

Mr. Izzo holds a BSEE from Manhattan College, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the Boards of the National 7×24 Exchange, the ACEC Metro NYC Chapter, and the New York Building Congress. He is a member of the IEEE and CoreNet Global.

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Oct 20, 2011 

JHQ: Meet and greet MC teams 10/27 1730


Dear Ferdinand,

The alumni relations office invites alumni to come and greet Manhattan College’s men’s and women’s coaches and hear about the upcoming 2011-2012 season.

Enjoy dinner and drinks in newly refurbished Café 1853 (formerly Plato’s Cave) with fellow sports fans and discuss the teams’ prospects for the seasons.

Thursday, Oct. 27 $30 per person 7:00 p.m. | Café 1853 (Thomas Hall, 2nd floor)

To register, click here. For more information e-mail alumni@manhattan.edu or call (718) 862-7432.

Also see the men’s team in action during a Green and White scrimmage from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Draddy Gymnasium.

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Oct 21, 2011 

JOBIT: Gordon, Warren [MC1975 RIP]


Warren Gordon
AGE: 58 • Formerly of Hazlet

Warren Gordon, 58 years young, of Danville, California, formerly of Hazlet, NJ passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2011, after a courageous battle with colon cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Agnes Jannarone Gordon and his three children, Jaime (Jake) Lefler, Brandon (Lauren) Gordon, and Emmalee Gordon (Dylan). He was a 1971 graduate of Raritan High School and a 1975 graduate of Manhattan College. While he was at Raritan he set the NJ State Championship in 1970 in the 800 meter dash and again in 1971 in the one mile and was honored by the Monmouth County Conference for both of those achievements. He was a member of the 1973 NCAA Indoor Track Championship Team at Manhattan College and was inducted into the Raritan H.S. Hall of Fame, continuing to be athletic all through his life. He joined the Peace Corps after college graduation and moved to California 34 ago years where he became head of the Bonds Department at Charles Schwaab in San Francisco but he always considered Hazlet and the Jersey Shore his home. Just last month Warren and Agnes travelled to NJ to attend their 40th High School Reunion.

Warren is survived by his Beloved Agnes, who has been at his side for his entire battle, his daughter Jaime (Jake) Lefler, son Brandon (Lauren), and daughter Emmalee (Dylan). He is also survived by his parents, Janet & Warren of Tinton Falls, his brother Bob of Tinton Falls, sister Diane Duncan (George) of Hazlet, Jeanne Brown (Larry) of Tinton Falls, Phyllis Francese (Eugene) of Little Neck, NY and Carol Eastmond (Ed) of Union Beach. He is also survived by all of his nieces and nephews and the entire Jannarone family of NJ and California. If you would like to send a note of sympathy – please send it to: The Gordon Family, 1 Santa Fe Court, Tinton Falls, NJ 07712. If you would like to do something for our family, please call your doctor and make an appointment to have a colonoscopy. Warren loved Mrs. Lamb’s hot dogs and he loved life. He loved his family and we loved him. The void that he has left can never be filled. We will miss him forever.

There will be a memorial service in New Jersey at a later date.

Published in Asbury Park Press on October 20, 2011


Gordon, Warren [MC1975 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/app/guestbook.aspx?n=warren-gordon&pid=154207060

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Oct 21, 2011 

JHQ: Middle East presentation 10/27 @ 1600


CELT Faculty Development Day
Thursday, October 27, 2011  4.00pm

The Middle East and the Spring of Democracy

Mark Schellbaecher, Catholic Relief Services Regional Director, North Africa and the Middle East, will present his firsthand account of the recent events in the Middle East. Other presentations by Manhattan College faculty will follow and the event will be held in Smith Auditorium.

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Oct 21, 2011 

JHQ: MC Open House 10/30 at Noon


Open House
Sunday, October 30, 2011 12.00pm

Welcome Address begins at noon in Smith Auditorium.

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[JR: Isn't that Halloween? Hmmm, very scary. It could be a house of horrors.]

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Oct 21, 2011 

JHQ: FSC Superior General 11/9 1630


Reception for Lasallians with Br. Alvaro Echevarria
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Brother Alvaro Echevarria, FSC, Superior General of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
Alumni Room, O’Malley Library
Meeting, Prayer, Social

Please RSVP to Charity Njau at cnjau.student@manhattan.edu/ ext. 7734 by Monday, Oct. 31, 2011.

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[JR: Everybody, ATTEN HUT! Hmm, meet+pray+social in an hour? Speed meeting. He should do a class of ceremony speakers.]

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Oct 21, 2011 

JNEWS: Prygocki, Peter [MC1986] runs a non-profit


Peter Prygocki
Written by David Still II

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As an engineer by training and with a job that requires a constant eye for efficiency, Peter Prygocki took a detached look at the town council and thinks he can help.

“I’ve seen a lot of what was going on, and I feel like I can make a difference,” Prygocki said.

In his position with Verizon Business, he works with “ambiguity and organized chaos” and tries to bring order, planning and a beneficial solution to all involved.

“I’m in the efficiency business. That’s what I do,” Prygocki said. “I think I can bring those business skills and overlay that over town government.”

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Prygocki graduated from Manhattan College in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Hofstra University in 1992. He is also a member of the National Corvette Restorers Society.

He also runs a small nonprofit organization named for his late in-laws, providing scholarships and donations to families in need and small community projects.

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Oct 21, 2011 

JHQ: Alums invited to Open House 10/30

Dear Ferdinand,  

Alumni with children and grandchildren interested in attending Manhattan College are cordially invited to attend the College’s Open House Mass and Alumni Brunch, a special event for families with prospective students.

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Mass | 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers
Brunch | 10:30 a.m. in Dante’s Den, Thomas Hall
Welcome Address | 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers

R.S.V.P. for the alumni brunch portion of the program (required in advance) online at manhattan.edu/alumnievents. For more information e-mail alumni@manhattan.edu or call (718) 862-7432.  

To R.S.V.P. for the Admissions Open House please click here. We hope that you and your family will find the program informative and that children and grandchildren will be encouraged to apply. When applying for 2012 admission to Manhattan College, the application fee is waived for children and grandchildren of alumni.

Thomas A. McCarthy ’06, M.A. ’10
Director of Alumni Relations

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Oct 21, 2011 

JEMAIL: Carnival at the end of the line? MC took its place



Thought you would enjoy seeing this. A Ferris wheel where the Pinewood and Terminal Bar came to be?

{Privacy Invoked}

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[JR: Amazing. Would have been nice to see it in real life and experience it. I think I spent near a decade of my life there. Not in the bars; although some might dispute that claim. In and around that intersection for more time than I care to have. Argh! If I ever become like the Canterbury Ghost, I guess this would be my venue. Thanks for the "ride". Hope you don't mine my sharing it with the world.]

[JR: Does NJ have a Reporter Shield law?]

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Oct 22, 2011

MOBIT: Charles, Kathleen Marie [MCxstaff]


Kathleen Marie Charles

Charles, Kathleen Marie

Kathleen Marie Charles (O’Leary), of Yonkers, died on October 20, 2011. She was 69. Kathy grew up on Caryl Ave in Yonkers, NY. She married Thomas F. Charles on April 1963 at St. Mary’s Church, Yonkers. A long time parishioner of Christ the King Church, Yonkers, Kathy coached Christ the King CYO basketball for many years where she had the time of her life and where her voice was heard often. Kathy spent summers at The Clinton House in The Catskills with family and friends. She spent many happy years working at Manhattan College where she made new and lifelong friends. Kathy’s love of travel brought her to the Caribbean many times. She was a member of the famous “Christ the King Coffee Clutch” and past member of The Amackassin Club, Yonkers. Kathy is survived by children: Patricia (Dennis) Heslin, Allison (Richard) Keating, and Thomas (Rachel) Charles, her beloved grandchildren: Brendan, Connor, Daniel, Richard, Aedan, Thomas Francis, Fiona, Thomas Benjamin and many relatives and friends who loved her. She was pre-deceased by her husband Thomas and her parents Daniel and Helen O’Leary. Reposing at the Flynn Memorial Home on Friday 2-4, 7-9 PM. Mass of Christian Burial Christ the King Church Saturday 10 AM.

Flynn Memorial Home, Inc. 1652 Central Park Ave. Yonkers, NY 10710 914-963-5178 www.flynnmemorialhome.com

Published in the The Journal News on October 21, 2011


Charles, Kathleen Marie [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=kathleen-charles&pid=154215885&cid=full

[JR: We recognize, and Manhattan College alumni should pray, for our fellow "Jasper Maker" and the family at this time. Staff and Faculty -- current and past -- are recognized, remembered, and prayed for. We are mindful of the service of these good men and women that comprise the Jasper "forge" that making us what we are. They are the "blacksmith's muscles" on the "bones" of the MC campus.]

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Oct 22, 2011

JOY: Lombardi, Andria [MC2005] to wed Berweger, Drew [MC2005]


Updated: October 21, 2011

Andria Lombardi and Drew Berweger to marry

Goshen — It is with great pleasure that Mr. Pat and Mrs. Rosanna Lombardi of Whitestone, N.Y., and Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Lurana Berweger of Goshen, N.Y., announce the engagement of their children, Andria Lombardi and Drew Berweger.

Andria graduated from St. Francis Prep, Queens, N.Y., in 2001. Drew is a 2001 Goshen High School graduate.

Andria and Drew graduated from Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., in 2005, she with a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education with a concentration in history and he with a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering. Andria then got her master’s in secondary education with a concentration in history at Queens College, and is now completing credits at Queens college for an advanced degree in school building leadership. She teaches history at St. Jean Baptiste High School in New York, N.Y.

Drew got his juris doctor degree from Syracuse University School of Law. He is a patent and trademark attorney for the intellectual property law firm of Scully, Scott, Murphy and Presser, PC, in Garden City, N.Y.

Andria and Drew are planning a 2012 wedding.

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Oct 19, 2011 

Comment on JHQ: HOLOCAUST events 10/26 and 11/7 

by Bill Smith

Frederick M. Schweitzer was the greatest teacher I ever had. It’s been nearly 40 years since I left Manhattan, and I still profit from the lessons he taught me.

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Oct 22, 2011

Comment on JOBIT: Trask, Richard “Dick” [MC1950 RIP] 

by Minerva

Your music brought me so much joy. Dick, you will be missed

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Oct 22, 2011

ENDNOTE: Ever wonder what could have been?


Vatican daily remembers Steve Jobs as ‘visionary’ of technology and art

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Rome, Italy, Oct 6, 2011 / 04:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano remembered Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, as a “visionary who united technology and art.”

The newspaper underscored that Jobs, who died at age 56 on Oct. 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, “was one of the leaders and symbols of the Silicon Valley revolution.”

This revolution was also one of “habits, mentalities and culture. A revolution that was an offshoot, but not an heir, of the lax ‘70s”

Jobs “was a visionary who united technology and art. True, he wasn’t a technician or an entrepreneur. He was not a designer or a mathematician. Neither was he the typical nerd or showman. Was he a pirate or a pioneer? History will be the judge. In the meantime, his genius creations remain with us,” L’Osservatore Romano said.

From “unwanted pregnancy” to genius

Steve Jobs was born on Feb. 24, 1955. He was given up for adoption by his mother Joanne Simpson because of her father’s opposition to her relationship with Jobs’ Syrian father, Abdulfattah John Jandali.

Joanne and Abdulfattah eventually married after the death of her father. They had a daughter and tried to get their son back but it was legally impossible.

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And, the rest was history.

Now factor in the Culture of Death, where unwanted children are “prevented”, or even more horrific, murdered.

Where have all the other “Steve Jobs” gone?

What miracles have “we” deprived ourselves of by stupidity?

Think of every human, who was ever unwanted or “defective”, yet made their contribution.

I just shake my head and wonder what could have been?

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