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Assumption Assumption College Magazine • Volume 12, Number 2 • Spring 2014


answeRing the caLL of LeaDeRship Reflections on the Marathon bombing and his FBI career Rick DesLauriers ’82


Assumption Assurance addresses rising tuition costs

Organ scholar Jacob Dowgewicz ’15

Swim team wins first NE-10 championship

fRom the pResiDent

Addressing the issue of higher education affordability hen someone makes a promise that commitment is more than an offer, it is a duty and a responsibility. The promises we make define who we are, both as people and as institutions, and, ultimately, they become our principles – lasting declarations of what we believe. This spring, Assumption College announced the “Assumption Assurance” program – our promise to prospective students, first- and second-year students and their families of an exceptional liberal arts education coupled with a tuition pricing guarantee that will help families provide their children with the education they need to succeed and to live meaningful lives. The affordability of higher education is an issue for all of us. As a father of a college student, and two younger children who will be in college within the next five years, our family is also concerned with creating a budget to finance a college education. We live in a time where more and more Americans require a college education to achieve their goals, and, in a complicated and complex world, more highly trained and skilled people are needed to help the world reach its potential. Yet it is becoming increasingly difficult to afford that necessary education due to a volatile economy and rising higher education prices.


“with the “assumption assurance,” the college is proud to take the lead on the national issue of college affordability, and to continue our commitment to providing an exceptional liberal arts education that lights the way for our students.” Assumption Assurance seeks to help stem that uncertainty. A cornerstone of the initiative is “true pricing,” a four-year tuition freeze for this fall’s incoming freshmen as well as our current first-year and sophomore classes. In this way, we can provide a measure of financial stability for their families in fiscally uncertain days. We believe this is the right thing to do to ensure that higher education remains an achievable goal for college-bound students. The Assumption Assurance also includes the guarantee of an excellent, classic liberal arts education supplemented with professional programs that provide the foundation for both personal and professional success. All of us here at Assumption believe in the value, and values, of a liberal arts education – one that shapes and inspires the mind, body and spirit. Education is not simply the memorizing of facts or simply preparing for a specific career, it must be more. Following in the path of our founder, Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon, we are guided by a mission to form graduates who reach their full potential – as professionals, as citizens and as people – and carry all that they have learned out into the world.

Academics are thriving at Assumption as we grow and change to best prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities they will discover both in their time at the College and beyond. We recently introduced new majors in criminology and education, bringing our total number of majors to 42 and minors to 47, and a new Health Professions advisory program. Our robust internship program ensures that students receive the real-world experience they will need for their career. The newly opened Rome campus provides students with unique and invaluable opportunities to expand their horizons and discover the world. Our faculty and staff engage and challenge students in an intellectual, spiritual and emotional conversation that helps them define who they are and who they want to be. All of these components are elements of the Assumption Assurance. The value of an Assumption education can be seen primarily in the success of our alumni, who hold positions of importance in government, industry and myriad other professions, but there are other markers as well. The College has been recognized as a top-tier school by U.S. News & World Report and as one of the Best Colleges in the Northeast by The Princeton Review, among numerous other honors. Interest in Assumption College remains strong among prospective students despite the declining demographics in New England. With our promise of “Assumption Assurance,” Assumption is proud to take the lead on the national issue of college affordability, and to continue our commitment to providing an exceptional liberal arts education that lights the way for our students who, in turn, help guide and inspire us all. We hope parents, alumni and friends of the College share that same pride as well.

Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. President


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freezing tuition for four years Read any good books lately? Jacob Dowgewicz ’15, the college’s first organ scholar the boston marathon bombing: interview with Rick DesLauriers ’82 michele mahoney survives and thrives after the marathon bombing florida alumni reception

Contributing Writers Fr. Dennis Gallagher, A.A. ’69 Ken Johnson Stephen Kostrzewa Lorraine U. Martinelle


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Readership survey helps to mold Magazine’s future hank you to the 664 Magazine readers who responded to the survey emailed in early February. We were able to learn much about what you think about the Magazine and the ways you prefer to read it. Here’s a recap of the responses:


Rating interest in the Magazine from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest interest: 5 - 28%, 4 – 41%, 3 – 26%, 2 – 3%, 1 – 2% Average - 3.9

Are you interested in “opinion” pieces by faculty, alumni or students? Yes – 68%, No – 32%

How do you read the Magazine? I read it all – 32%, Flip to find interesting content – 26%, Class Notes first, then flip – 21%, I always read a few articles of interest – 21%

Would you miss the printed copy, if AC Magazine was available online only? Yes – 71%, No – 29%

Preferences for coverage The categories receiving the highest percentage for more coverage were: Class Notes – 46% Alumni Features – 43% Campus News 41% Student Features – 32% The categories receiving the highest percentage for less coverage were: Spiritual News – 18% President’s Perspective – 15% College History – 15% Current Events – 13% Athletics – 13% Rate the Magazine’s qualities All five categories (content, writing, design, photography and organization) were rated “good” or better by at least 87.5% of respondents. Photography was the highest rated, organization was the lowest. Length of articles I prefer brief articles (1-2 pages) – 73% Longer articles (3+ pages) interest me – 27%

Would you be interested in supplemental online video and audio clips? Yes – 65%, No – 35% Thanks to your input, we’ll look for ways to incorporate opinion pieces and supplemental online information in upcoming issues. You’ll notice that in this edition we’re experimenting with a few longer feature articles. We also received some useful feedback regarding content suggestions for future articles and features, which we hope to add or introduce in the near future. You may notice that this issue includes more class notes than usual. This is a result of more than 200 alumni who submitted fascinating content to be included in the recently published 2014 Assumption College Alumni Directory. Since many alumni do not purchase the directory, we edited down the information submitted to share these alumni updates with you in this issue. Class notes continues its reign as the most popular section of the Magazine, so please keep us updated by submitting your updates to or As always, I’m happy to learn how Assumption Magazine is serving you, so please let me know by emailing I look forward to hearing from you.

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campus news Humanitarian Frances Hogan named Commencement speaker Mark & Janice Fuller P’92, Very Rev. Benoît Grière, A.A. and Paul Carpentier, M.D. ’82 to receive honorary degrees Frances X. Hogan, a Boston-based attorney who has advocated for the under-served community will deliver the address at the College’s 97th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17. She will also receive an honorary Doctorate of Law and Letters. A partner with the firm Lyne, Woodworth & Evarts LLP since 1976, Hogan has engaged with frances X. hogan the city of Boston throughout her career to help improve its neighborhoods by making sure large construction projects (such as the W Hotel, Westin Hotel and Liberty Wharf complex) provide jobs for low-income earners. In addition, as an attorney who practices real estate law, she has negotiated contracts for affordable housing projects in Boston and Worcester. Hogan represents institutions, individuals, non-profits and government entities in connection with a variety of matters involving the development, financing, leasing and construction of commercial projects and residential complexes. She is also a national leader in the pro-life movement. President Francesco Cesareo noted that Hogan was selected as this year’s Commencement speaker because she embodies the values of a Catholic liberal arts education, in both her personal and professional lives. Hogan serves as a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which was established by Pope John Paul II, and is co-founder and former president of Women Affirming Life, a national group of Catholic women who are committed to the pro-life movement. In 2013, Boston Archbishop and Cardinal Seán O’Malley presented her with the People of Life Award. Hogan holds a B.A. from Regis College and graduated with honors from Boston College Law School. A member of both the Massachusetts and federal bars, Hogan lives in Everett, Mass. In addition to Hogan, honorary degrees will also be conferred upon Mark & Janice Fuller P’92, Fr. Benoît Grière, A.A.; and Paul Carpentier, M.D., C.F.C.M.C. ’82. Janice Fuller served on the Assumption Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2013 and is the retired vice president of finance at Refco Inc./ IDG New England. Mark Fuller is vice president of Worcester-based Benefit Development Group, and treasurer of the George F. & Sybil H. Fuller Foundation. He is affiliated with the United Way of Central Massachusetts, YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Barton Center for Diabetes Research, and New England Employee Benefits Council; is a trustee of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and EcoTarium; and is a former trustee of Higgins Armory Museum.

The Fuller family has been a generous supporter of many of the College’s capital projects, most recently the Tinsley Campus Ministry Center, as well as scholarship support for students with financial need. They are the parents of Scott Fuller and Kelsa Fuller Zereski ’92, and Mark’s late parents, Russell HD’88 and Joyce Fuller, were President’s Council members; Joyce Fuller served as a College trustee from 1986 to 1991. Janice and Mark live in Boylston. They will each be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws and Letters for their years of service to and support of Assumption. In 2011, Fr. Grière was named superior general of the Augustinians of the Assumption. Born in France, he studied medicine at Reims University, earning his Doctorate in Medicine, and later pursued theological studies at the Seminary of Reims. He earned a master’s degree in theology from the Catholic Institute of Paris. Fr. Grière entered the Congregation of the Augustinians of the Assumption in 1991, having completed his Novitiate in Sceaux (Hauts-de-Seine), and was ordained a priest in 1995. He served in various health and religious capacities in Madagascar for four years, before returning to France in 1999 as first assistant to the Provincial of France. Fr. Grière was also responsible for Bayard Press, the largest Catholic publishing house in France, which currently houses its North American editorial office on the College’s Worcester campus. Prior to his appointment as superior general, he served as superior of the Province of France for six years. Fr. Grière also helped establish the College’s campus in Rome and has encouraged Assumptionists from other provinces to come to Assumption College to study, teach and minister. Fr. Grière will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Dr. Carpentier is president of one of only three FertilityCare medical consultants in New England, and patients travel from across the region to his In His Image Family Medicine clinic in Gardner, Mass. His patients receive care consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church for infertility and other gynecological needs. In 2011, Carpentier was installed as president of the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. He is co-founder of the Worcester Guild of the Catholic Medical Association and was named the 2004 International Outstanding Medical Consultant in Natural Family Planning and Natural Procreative Technology. Dr. Carpentier mentors students at three medical schools and trains nurse practitioners and family practice residents. In addition to his Assumption degree, he graduated from St. Louis University Medical School with honors in ethics and high-risk obstetrics and is a graduate of the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in Omaha, Neb. He, wife Suzanne (Fontaine) ’82 and their four sons – including Michael ’14 – reside in Gardner. Dr. Carpentier will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

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Assumption Assurance program freezes tuition for four years Possible savings of $6,500+ for each family Assumption took a bold step in February with the introduction of “Assumption Assurance,” a demonstration of its commitment to addressing the national challenge of college affordability. This new program combines a commitment to a quality education matched with a “true pricing policy” that provides students and their families with the security of stable tuition rates. The Assurance institutes a four-year price freeze at the 2014-15 tuition rate for the members of the incoming Class of 2018, as well as the Classes of 2016 and 2017, for the balance of their four years at Assumption. With private four-year institutions increasing tuition at rates between 3–5 percent per year, Assumption Assurance has the potential to provide families with significant savings of between $6,500 and $11,000 over the course of a student’s college career. The Assurance also extends into the academic sphere, promising parents an education worth their investment.  The educational hallmarks of Assumption Assurance include: • An exceptional classic liberal arts education with professional programs – the foundation for success in today’s ever-changing marketplace. • A robust internship program of which nearly 70 percent of 2013 graduates completed before graduating. • The option to spend a semester at the College’s campus in the heart of Rome, Italy. President Francesco Cesareo announced the program at Assumption’s annual Early Action Accepted Students Day on Feb. 16 to a crowd of more than 1,000 visitors. “Through the Assumption Assurance program, the College is creating greater opportunities for students to realize their potential, achieve the dream of a college degree and pursue a personally fulfilling career,” he told the assemblage. “Assumption College recognizes the concern many families experience when developing a plan to provide their children with a college education,” President Cesareo continued. “The College is taking bold steps to address those concerns while providing strong academic programs grounded in the liberal arts tradition that educate the whole person, not just one dimension. This new program will help those students enrolling in the fall of 2014 and their families develop a realistic plan for pursuing their higher education goals and obtain a quality education.” Since the announcement, the response has been decidedly positive. A Feb. 18 (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette editorial shared, “We applaud Assumption for this decision. The freeze provides parents breathing room financially as well as clarity, as they plan their budgets. Meanwhile, parents and college students long for less game-playing in higher education. More schools should set college tuitions at a stable four-year rate, and choose a figure they expect many to actually pay. The financial side of modern higher education has become a confusion of lures, surprises, and tuition sticker prices few applicants take seriously. “We hope Assumption and other colleges taking steps to simplify the cost side of the question are rewarded with more applications from top students. The core mission is always education, and serious


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president cesareo announced the program to a crowd of more than 1,000 visitors on early action accepted students Day.

“we applaud assumption for this decision. the freeze provides parents breathing room financially as well as clarity, as they plan their budgets." – (worcester) Telegram & Gazette students and their parents just want to get it for a fair price – and concentrate on the business of learning.” The Worcester Business Journal also commended Assumption Assurance in a March 3 editorial about the steps colleges should be taking in light of the increasing competitiveness in the higher education market and growing student debt. “The action by Assumption is an example of proactive leadership to address the issues of costs… Higher education must take a hard look at its business models and make meaningful, fundamental changes to propel their institutions into the future. Higher education is a significant industry here, and the health and vitality of our colleges and universities are critical to our economy. With reforms, innovations, tough decisions and the right leadership, the region’s schools can continue to turn out well-educated students who will graduate without the fear of having an overly burdensome financial noose around their necks.” For more information, please visit

Honoring our founders In January the College held its annual Assumption Day, a half-day gathering where faculty, staff and administrators meet to celebrate education and reflect upon the College’s role as a Catholic and Assumptionist institution. A combination of presentations and group discussion allow participants to explore the facets and goals of an Assumption education, and how they are informed and animated by the vision of luminaries such as St. Augustine, St. Marie-Eugenie Milleret and Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon, the founder of the Assumptionist order. At the conclusion of the gathering all are encouraged to take the lessons they have learned and apply them to their lives and their roles at the College. “The importance of today rests on better understanding what gives value and meaning to an Assumption education,” President Francesco Cesareo told the assemblage. “The scrutiny that higher education is facing today is forcing institutions to reflect on who they are, what their goal and mission is regardless of any religious affiliation. Unfortunately, in my opinion, higher education is beginning to views itself completely in utilitarian terms … that the only purpose is to prepare students for a specific job, and we lose sight of what higher education ought to be and we lose our distinctiveness and our means of survival. We have a distinctiveness which comes from our Assumptionist character. “Fr. Emmanuel D’Alzon insisted on a teaching which formed the intelligence and educated the personality of the students by having an acquired character. Content of an education rested on the content of coursework, the educational activities outside the classroom and an education of the faith. This was the formulative quality of education. Fr. D’Alzon once said ‘Faith and not today’s fashionable sentimental

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of education is what forms souls.’ I think we can make the same claim today, even though it sounds counter-cultural, but that is what we are meant to be. It is possible to form people of character, people of conviction; educated, talented young people whose faith is solid and enlightened and who will be active in the public discourse that will shape the future of our society.” Assumptionists Fr. Roger Corriveau, A.A. ’69, Fr. Richard Lamoureux, A.A. ’64, Fr. Barry Bercier, A.A. ’67, and Fr. Dennis Gallagher A.A. ’69 all shared thoughts of their Assumption education and how they were influenced by the teachings of St. Augustine. Each Assumptionist also cited the mentors who have helped them along their path, including Professors Fr. Ernest Fortin, A.A. ’46 and Fr. Denys Gonthier, A.A. ’44, for whom the Fortin/ Gonthier Foundations of Western Civilization Program at the College is named.

More Than a Cup of Tea

enjoying company at the wLf tea were (standing): class of 2014 members Katerina Reilly, megan flanagan, marian murphy, bridgette whall, Danielle nader, Lidiann Lopez and makayla sawyer. (seated) maureen gray g’67, prof. arlene Dewitt, isa bayon g’66, carol Lazarus, filomena cesareo and barbara groves.

The Assumption College Women’s Leadership Forum, which promotes professional networking and educational program opportunities to advance the leadership roles of women, launched a new initiative in February. “More Than a Cup of Tea” will be a monthly program, hosted by President Cesareo’s wife, Filomena, at the president’s residence. Participants will include alumnae, parents and friends of the College, who will share wisdom gained from years of experience regarding the theme of “what do you know now, that you wish you knew then?” with a select group of students. The inaugural program on February 12 saw Mrs. Cesareo welcome nearly 20 participants into her home. “It was a wonderful afternoon of sharing and making new connections.  We had a lively conversation and the students enjoyed meeting and hearing the advice of the friends of the College,” said Mrs. Cesareo. 

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assumption authors Paxton: Images of America By Barbara A. Beall, Ph.D., professor emerita of art A member of the Paxton (MA) Historical Commission, the author uses textual and visual resources from the Commission, as well as Worcester Art Museum, Richards Memorial Library and Assumption and Anna Maria colleges in Paxton (Arcadia Publishing, 2013). The book is a tribute to the foresight, grit and gracious contribution of Paxton residents past and present. Among the highlights are references to Major Willard Moore, who led townsmen at the Battle of Bunker Hill and is honored in name at Moore State Park, and the influence of Anna Maria College, which was established in 1952. The town is currently planning its 250th anniversary, to be celebrated in 2015.

Nahua and Maya Catholicisms: Texts and Religion in Colonial Central Mexico and Yucatan By Mark Z. Christensen, Ph.D., assistant professor of history Nahua and Maya Catholicisms (Stanford University Press, 2013) examines ecclesiastical texts written in Nahuatl and Yucatec Maya to illustrate the role of these in conveying and reflecting various Catholic messages throughout colonial Central Mexico and Yucatan. It demonstrates how published and unpublished sermons, confessional manuals, catechisms, and other religious texts reveal “official” and “unofficial” versions of Catholicism, and how these versions changed throughout the colonial period.


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The book’s study of these texts also allows for a better appreciation of the negotiations that occurred during the evangelization process between native and Spanish cultures, the center and periphery, and between official expectations and everyday realities. Employing both Nahuatl and Maya religious texts, Nahua and Maya Catholicism allows for a uniquely comparative study that expands beyond Central Mexico to include Yucatan.

Shakespeare and the Body Politic Edited By Bernard J. Dobski, Ph.D. associate professor of political science, and Dustin Gish A collaborative effort of many authors, including Associate Professor of Philosophy Nalin Ranasinghe, Shakespeare and the Body Politic (Lexington Books, 2013) examines the metaphors which animate Shakepeare’s corpus and the image of the body, one of the most prominent. The contributors to this volume attend to the political context and role of political actors within the diverse works of Shakespeare that they explore. By examining his plays and poetry, Shakespeare’s audiences and readers not only discover an education in human and political virtue, but also find themselves written into his lines. Shakespeare’s body of work is indeed politic, and the whole that it forms incorporates us all.

Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome: Essays in Honor of James V. Schall, S.J. Edited by Marc D. Guerra, Ph.D. ’90, associate professor of theology James V. Schall, S.J. HD’09 is one of the wisest Catholic political thinkers of our time. For more than 40 years, he has been an unabashed practitioner of what he does not hesitate to call Roman Catholic political philosophy. A prolific writer and renowned

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teacher at Georgetown University, Fr. Schall has helped to educate two generations of Catholic thinkers. Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome (St. Augustine’s Press, 2013) is a collection of 17 essays by noted scholars in his honor. It is a testimony to Fr. Schall’s erudition and influence that the authors of these essays did not directly study under him. In addition to Guerra, contributors include J. Brian Benestad, Ph.D. ’63, AC’s Donald and Michele D’Amour Chair in Catholic Thought, and Daniel Mahoney, Ph.D., professor of political science and Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship.

Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty By James Lang, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of AC’s new Center for Teaching Excellence Nearly three-quarters of college students cheat during their undergraduate cares, the author shares in Cheating Lessons (Harvard University Press, 2013). Lang’s new research indicates that students often cheat because their learning environments give them ample incentives to try – and that strategies which make cheating less worthwhile also improve student learning. Cheating Lessons is a practical guide to approaching academic dishonesty at its roots. Lang seeks to empower teachers to create more effective learning environments that foster intrinsic motivation, promote mastery, and instill the sense of self-efficacy that students need for deep learning. Instructors who internalize this behavior will both solve a course management problem and become better educators.

By Pierre Manent; Translated by Marc LePain, Ph.D. ’65, professor of theology Metamorphosis of the City (Harvard University Press, 2013) is a sweeping interpretation of Europe’s ambition since ancient times to generate ever better forms of collective self-government, and a reflection on what it means to be modern. Through readings of Aristotle, Augustine, Montaigne, and others, the authors chart an intellectual history of political forms, allowing us to see that the dynamic of competition among them is a central force in the evolution of Western civilization. Scarred by the legacy of world wars, submerged in an increasingly technical transnational bureaucracy, indecisive in the face of proliferating crises of representative democracy, the European nation-state, according to the authors, is nearing the end of its line. What new metamorphosis of the city will supplant it remains to be seen.

The 2013 Guide to Reggae and New Jamaican Music By Dona Girouard Omanoff ’78 and Fureus A photographer and technologist, Dona Omanoff teamed with Jamaican producer and writer, Fureus, to publish The 2013 Guide to Reggae and New Jamaican Music (Universal Eye Media, 2013). This e-book links the reader/ listener to more than 300 songs, books and artists. Short biographies of the artists are accompanied by explanations of the songs in the context of the Jamaican culture and language. The book provides insight into reggae’s impact on hip-hop, dancehall and dub genres, including techno and electronic music. Visit for more information.



strange thing happened to the word prudence in its travel through time. Once the queen of the virtues, combining clearsightedness with decisive action, it has morphed into something close to its opposite: a careful calculation of the risks involved in any plan of action, with a decided tilt toward the safer alternative. In the Martha and Mary scene of the Gospel, to take one example, it is Mary who sizes up the situation clearly, recognizing the Guest for who He is, and accordingly sits at his feet giving Him her undivided attention. Whatever can be said for Martha’s “prudence” in tending to the details of housekeeping, it is Mary who has chosen the better part. So what’s the prudent thing to do in choosing a college and pursuing an education? It may very well depend on which meaning of prudence is in play. Prudence in the latter day sense points in the direction of assured, pragmatic benefits, especially as it relates to acquiring those skills necessary to secure a good job. Even on its own terms this may not be as clear and simple as it appears, begging the question as to what kinds of skills are most employable in today’s rapidly changing workplace. But the larger question is whether this “prudential” framing of the goals of education fulfills the first requirement of the ancient virtue: to try to see all the relevant facts of a situation with as much clarity as possible. It is here that decisions which apparently favor the short term may prove to be imprudent in the long run. What are the “relevant facts”, then? If education is a preparation for life, one might start by acknowledging that life is normally rather long and that work constitutes only a part of it. An older conviction that education was aimed at enhancing a “gentleman’s” leisure sounds quaint and aristocratic to our ears, but how one lives outside the arena of professional competence (as well as within that arena) retains its pertinence in judging the proper reach of education. Another reality: the four years of a traditional college education are a privileged moment in a person’s life. What other time will afford a student as much opportunity to think through the fundamentally human questions with the help of good teachers and great books?

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Metamorphoses of the City: On the Western Dynamic

the mission the four years of a traditional college education are a privileged moment in a person’s life. what other time will afford a student as much opportunity to think through the fundamentally human questions with the help of good teachers and great books? In the end, this is not an “either-or” proposition. The legacy of Catholic education is impressive both as a vehicle for preparing students to acquire those competencies essential for economic success and as a deeply humanizing and personally transforming force. Given that track record, prudence – according to its most capacious meaning – dictates that we do everything in our power to support such an education. And may Assumption College light the way.

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Undaunted by his initial distaste for the piano, Jacob Dowgewicz ’15 has cultivated his outgoing personality, mechanical talents and love of creating music to establish himself as a featured organist and popular figure on Assumption’s campus, especially in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Dowgewicz wasn’t always going to be an organist. While in elementary school, he first started taking piano lessons—and couldn’t stand them. “I absolutely hated it,” he admitted, explaining that he was pressured into the lessons and that it simply wasn’t the right time for him to appreciate them. He quit, took a couple years off, and picked it back up while in junior high school. “I reconnected with my former teacher, Tony Romeo, and made arrangements for a more relaxed schedule of lessons and starting learning again.” This second attempt would mark the beginning of a newfound appreciation for the art, and a new musical path. Early on, Dowgewicz was drawn to his church’s tracker organ, which he played when he was about 12. “I started playing a hymn, and the organist kept pulling out the stops, which made each verse grow louder. By the last verse, the organ was blaring,” he said. “The power you feel playing it is amazing … it’s quite a rush of adrenaline.” Dowgewicz continued playing the piano and learned to play the organ throughout high school. When it came time to choose a college he selected Assumption because of the individual attention it provided, as well as its sense of community and the opportunity to pursue music as a major. Over the course of his time at Assumption he has worked with a variety of mentors who helped him hone his piano and organ-playing skills, including former professors Frank Corbin and Peter Hue as well as current Professor of Music Michelle Graveline, DMA, and Director of Music Ministry Peggy Tartaglia. Dowgewicz received the College’s first organ scholarship. Graveline has watched Dowgewicz grow and mature since his arrival on campus. “He had a natural talent and has acquired new skills and improved upon those he came to us with,” she notes.


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“i started playing a hymn, and the organist kept pulling out the stops, which made each verse grow louder. by the last verse, the organ was blaring. the power you feel playing it is amazing … it’s quite a rush of adrenaline.”

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“i believe that the only way to really understand the instrument you are playing is to know how it’s built.” “I take weekly lessons with Dr. Graveline, and she helps me through any issues I’m having. Prof. Tartaglia (affectionately known as Miss T.) is open to new ways to play material, which is wonderful,” said Dowgewicz. “They’ve both been extremely helpful.” Peter Clemente, visiting instructor of music, has also had a strong influence on him. “He is an incredible guitar player and his knowledge of music theory is astonishing,” said Dowgewicz, who has also been impressed by long time Professor of Music Fr. Donat Lamothe, A.A. ’57 and his extensive knowledge of music history. Dowgewicz plays at Mass, has accompanied the Chorale and Chapel Choir at many performances, and has also helped to tune and repair the College’s organ, as well as others, as a summer employee of Austin Organ Company, Hartford, CT. Outside Assumption, Dowgewicz has


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performed at a high school graduation ceremony, and at churches in Windsor and Enfield, CT, where he has served as an organist and/or choral director. His most memorable performance at the College was playing for Assumption’s major donors at the 2012 President’s Council at Worcester’s historic Mechanics Hall. There, he played the 52-stop, 3,502-pipe E. & G.G. Hook organ, constructed in 1864. It is the oldest unaltered four-keyboard organ in the Western Hemisphere, and has become one of the most popular and respected organs in the United States. The difference between Mechanics Hall’s Hook organ and Assumption’s Wicks/Russell organ is the touch of the keyboards, according to Dowgewicz. “At Assumption, the contact of the key sends an electronic signal to the pipe to open it electronically,” he said. “Mechanics Hall’s organ is a tracker organ with wood tracks throughout, each at the base of a pipe. When you push a key down, you are manually are opening all of those valves. So, it’s much more strenuous to play at Mechanics Hall, but personally, I prefer to play the tracker organs because you’re fully in control of how quickly that valve opens and you can fully articulate the way the music is presented. It’s more of an artistic feel, and I learned to play on a tracker organ. Mechanics Hall’s organ has a ‘rich and warm’ sound, while Assumption’s has a ‘big’ sound.” A technically oriented person, Dowgewicz is fascinated by how things work and has learned how to repair boat engines and wave

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runners, in addition to learning how to tune an organ. “I believe that the only way to really understand the instrument you are playing is to know how it’s built,” he said, a philosophy that led him to pursue a job at the Austin Organ Company. “(Company owners) Mike Fazio and Dick Taylor were so helpful and all the employees helped me learn the ins and outs of an organ and how to tune it properly.” This knowledge has helped him assist several churches with maintaining their organs, including Assumption. “As an organist, you need to be able to fix the instrument that you play, or else you’d pull your hair out,” he said. Professor Graveline greatly appreciates his assistance with the upkeep. “If something goes wrong with the Chapel organ, he can often get up and fix it, so we don’t have to call in an organ technician, which is very expensive.” According to Graveline, Jacob’s outgoing and infectious personality has helped attract students to the Campus Ministry and music programs. “He takes such great joy in playing and in music and regularly seeks out new organs to practice and play. He has contributed greatly to this program and is definitely a presence on campus, she said. After graduation, Dowgewicz, a music and marketing double major aims to land a position at a church, where he can help to build a music program and continue to play the organ. Based on his success so far, he’s well on his way to making some noise on his career path.

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For many alumni, the tones of Assumption’s Gilbert and Anna Chabot Memorial Organ punctuate warm memories of concerts, academic ceremonies and religious celebrations at the College. But they might not know the history of this campus fixture. The primary instrument played at nearly every major church, the first pipe organ is believed to have been built by Ctesibius of Alexandria, Egypt, a musician and engineer who lived around 200 B.C. Pipe organs have existed in the United States for centuries, with the first installation in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Washington, DC, in 1810. Today, the world’s largest pipe organ (and loudest musical instrument) resides in the Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall. It boasts seven keyboards (called manuals), more than 1,200 stops and in excess of 33,000 pipes. Assumption’s Chabot Memorial Organ, housed in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, began its life as a concert instrument in the Hebert Auditorium at Assumption Preparatory School. The organ, built by the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, IL, and installed in 1967, had 18 stops (1,100 pipes) played via a two manual and pedal movable console. Berj Zamkochian, then the organist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, gave the inaugural concert with the organ. In the summer of 1970, the organ was transferred to the College and installed in the Chapel. Over the years, the organ was enhanced and rebuilt. Shepherded by Fr. Andy Dargis, A.A., a major reconstruction and upgrade project was begun by Wicks in 1975 and completed in 1995 by Russell & Company of Cambridgeport, VT. The current instrument now boasts 56 ranks and 3,168 pipes and new windchests, employing both electromechanical and electropneumatic action. New principal “choruses” were also built to support congregational singing with a rich, warm tone. The chapel organ was a gift from Fr. Gilbert Chabot, A.A. ’38 in memory of his parents, Gilbert and Anna Chabot of Webster. Father Gilbert, an alumnus of both Assumption Prep and College, entered the Assumptionists in 1936 and was ordained a priest in 1945. After teaching at Laval University in Quebec for two years he taught Latin and religion at Assumption Prep from 1947 to 1970. He was also an accomplished musician who mastered both playing the organ and directing Gregorian chant. Fr. Gilbert taught organ playing and chant to students who would go on to become church musicians in many New England parishes.

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winter sports roundup Women's swimming and diving wins NE-10 Championship In just its seventh year of existence, the swimming and diving team captured the program’s first Northeast-10 Conference Championship with a 134-point victory over 11-time defending champion Southern Connecticut State University. The team was nationally-ranked for much of the season and reached as high as No. 11 in the Endless Pools/ Division II National Poll. At the NE-10 Championship, the Hounds captured six individual titles and three relays to pull away for the win. Leading the way was senior Monique Haney with three individual titles in the 400 IM, 500 free and 200 fly. Haney defended her 2013 crowns in the 500 free and 200 fly and ended her Assumption career with five Northeast-10 Conference

individual championships. Junior Katherine Medeiros won the 100 free in 53.89, her first career NE-10 title. The freshman class made its presence known at the championship, as rookies Libby Gajewski and Rachel Lanam picked up individual titles. Gajewski won the 200 free in an Assumption-record time of 1:55.69, while Lanam won the 1650 free by more than 14 seconds in 17:44.37. For the relays, the 200 medley relay team set the AC record by three seconds in a winning time of 1:46.74. The 800 free relay team won and set the Assumption mark by 13 seconds with a time of 7:44.14. Both winning relays earned NCAA “B” qualifying times. The final AC record and relay win was in the 200 free relay, touching in a time of 1:38.39.

shannon Ray ’14 made the ne-10 second team.

Women's basketball advances to Northeast-10 semifinals and NCAA Tournament WoMEN’s BAskETBALL

the team displays its 2014 northeast-10 championship banner and trophy.

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The women’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and sixth time overall, where the sixth-seeded Greyhounds dropped a tough 60-59 defeat against #3 seed LIU-Post on a buzzer-beating shot. Assumption advanced to the NE-10 Tournament semifinal for the second straight season, and finished with a record of 18-11. Overall, Assumption has appeared in the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four years. Senior guard Shannon Ray earned NE-10 Second Team All-Conference honors after leading the team with 13.9 points per game. In addition, she was also a Capital One/ CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree for the first time in her career. Senior Tafanie Roye also averaged in double figures, while senior captain Jamie Insel was the team’s leading rebounder. The roster featured seven freshmen to go along with three seniors, junior Caitlin Ackerman and sophomores Kelly Conley and Ann Marie Idusuyi. Early in the season, head coach Kerry Phayre earned her 300th victory at Assumption in her 18th season with a comeback home victory over American International.

marcus murray ’17 made the ne-10 all-Rookie team.

MEN’s BAskETBALL The men’s basketball team compiled a 7-19 record as the young Greyhounds battled through many injuries. Eleven different players started at least two games for the Hounds. Junior captain Jimmy Zenevitch led the team with 13.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. A one-time Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Player of the Week, Zenevitch also earned NE-10 Player of the Week honors once after averaging 29.5 points in a pair of victories. Highlighting his season was a career-high 34-point effort to go along with 10 rebounds in a comeback win over Merrimack for his fourth double-double of the season. Freshman guard Marcus Murray, a four-time Northeast-10 and five-time WACBA Rookie of the Week, averaged 13 points per game and was named to the Conference’s All-Rookie Team. Murray also led the team with four assists per game and posted 16 double-digit scoring games. As a team, the Hounds ranked second in the Northeast-10 with a +5.2 rebounding margin and led the league in offensive rebounds per game at 13.8.

INDooR TRACk AND FIELD Under the direction of first-year head coach Stacie Wentz, the men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams established many new College records this season. For the men,

nicole massoud ’15 set a new ac record in the 3000-meter run.

sophomore Kevon Lumsden placed fifth at the New England Championship in a Greyhounds-record time of 7.02, while junior Tony Fierimonte set the mile record at the Springfield Invitational and tied the 3000meter record to continue his outstanding cross country/track seasons. Fierimonte ran 4:23.51 in the mile to break a 32-year-old Assumption record and then ran 8:40 in the 3000 to tie a Greyhounds record that had stood alone for 34 years. The 4x800 relay team also set the College mark this winter, running a time of 8:35.55 to best the previous standard by four seconds. For the women’s team, freshman Gwendelyn Sawyer earned Northeast-10 Conference Field Rookie of the Week honors twice. With three individual victories during her freshman season, Sawyer set the Greyhounds record in the shot put at the UMass Boston Invitational with a winning distance of 40 feet, 7.5 inches. In the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Kaylin Albanese smashed the Assumption record by a second and a half, finishing in a time of 10.59. The final individual Greyhounds record came from junior Nicole Massoud, as she set the 3000-meter mark by 16 seconds with a time of 11:09.85. Two women’s relay records fell at the New England Championship with the distance medley team and the 4x800 squad. The distance team ran 12:52.68 to smash the

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previous record by 17 seconds, anchored by a personal-best 5:20 mile from Massoud. The 4x800 team ran a time of 9:54.26 to place 16th in the event as the team beat the previous Greyhounds mark by 15 seconds.

ICE HoCkEy The ice hockey team finished its season with a 4-19-2 overall record in numerous tight contests, as 10 games were settled by one goal or less. Sophomore Alex Erban paced the squad with 17 points on eight goals and nine assists. Senior Kyle Zobler was second on the squad with 15 points on six goals and nine assists, followed by freshman Ryan Gomez with 14 points on seven goals and seven assists. For his play, Gomez earned a spot on the NE-10 Conference All-Rookie Team. Sophomore Brandon Bete was the team’s leading goal scorer, netting 10 and adding three assists for 13 points. In net, senior Bobby Bowden and freshman Nick Commesso each recorded two wins. Bowden made 408 saves in more than 650 minutes of play for a .911 save percentage despite missing a number of games. Commesso, a one-time Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week, made 368 saves and posted a team-best .913 save percentage in a successful freshman campaign.

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THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING Former Boston FBI special Agent in Charge Rick DesLauriers ’82, HD’13, shares recollections of that fateful day and his 26-year career in public safety On April 15, 2013, two shrapnel-filled pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 260. Thousands more were affected by this senseless act of terrorism at an event known for its stories

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Two members of the Assumption family were profoundly affected by the events of April 15, 2013. Michele Mahoney—daughter of President Francesco Cesareo’s assistant, Sharon, and sister to Andrew ’07—was seriously injured in the blast. (See p. 18) Richard C. DesLauriers ’82, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Division, led the investigation and apprehension of the individual who has been charged with the bombings. DesLauriers earned a B.A. in politics from Assumption and a J.D. from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law before embarking on a 26-year career with the FBI. His father, the late Richard J. DesLauriers ’50, was influential in the younger DesLauriers’s decision to attend Assumption, where he developed the skills that would prepare him for his career in law enforcement: thinking logically and in a reasoned, analytical manner; writing; and honing his moral compass. DesLauriers would cite how much he appreciated those skills, and the school that instilled them in him last May, when he delivered the address at Assumption’s 2013 Commencement, during which he received an honorary degree. Rick recently shared with Assumption Magazine the memories of his Assumption student days, as well as recollections of last spring’s tragedy and his FBI career. Q: What is your fondest memory of Assumption? A: It was the outstanding rapport my fellow Class of 1982 classmates and I had with our professors and instructors. During our junior and senior years, my roommates and I resided in the five- and sixperson townhomes, and we regularly invited our favorite professors to dine with us at lunchtime. No professor ever refused an invitation, and it was a wonderful opportunity to interact with the professor in a relaxed environment outside the classroom setting. It also helped that a few of my roommates were really good cooks, and our food never made the professors sick!

Q: Why did you decide to pursue a career with the FBI and how did you go about earning a position with the Bureau? A: As I approached graduation from law school in 1986, and as much as I enjoyed my law school experience, I realized I didn’t necessarily want to pursue a career practicing law. I was interested in government service, and had always harbored a strong interest in national security affairs, so I applied to the FBI, CIA, DEA and the NSA. The FBI was the first to offer me a position, and it turned out to be an outstanding career choice. Interestingly, I entered the FBI through its “law” program, and my law degree from The Catholic University of America was vital to my acceptance into the FBI. Q: The Boston Marathon bombing seemingly affected so many of us. Did you know anyone who was injured? A: I was aware that several FBI agents and professional support employees who worked for me in the Boston FBI office were running in the Marathon on that tragic afternoon. In addition to everything we were furiously doing to respond to the bombings with our federal, state, and local partners, my immediate thoughts were to ensure that all our FBI employees were safe and accounted for. Thankfully, they were. Shortly after the bombings, I was made aware that Michele Mahoney, the daughter of Sharon Mahoney, had been seriously injured at the first blast site. That’s when it hit home to me how directly the crimes of that day so directly impacted a member of the Assumption College community. Q: The Friday after the bombing became one of the most intensive manhunts in history. What do you remember most about that day? A: It was the most intense day of my 26 ½-year FBI career. Since the afternoon of the bombings, everyone on the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force ( JTTF) had been working feverishly throughout the week. By Friday, April 19, we were very tired, but undeterred in our mission. That day had many ups and downs, and we were tracking a variety of leads in our search for the individual who has been charged with the bombings. We were also dealing with the tragic reality that a fellow law enforcement comrade, MIT Police Officer Sean A. Collier, had been slain in the line of duty, and another law enforcement comrade, MBTA Police Officer Richard Donahue Jr., had been grievously injured the prior evening. In addition to the multiple victims who had been killed and injured by the blasts at the marathon, we were now also working to achieve justice for our fallen and very seriously injured law enforcement comrades, which added to the intensity of that fateful day.

“Shortly after the bombings, I was made aware that Michele Mahoney, the daughter of Sharon Mahoney, had been seriously injured at the first blast site. It Q: How important was the public’s assistance and/or cooperation during the investigation? hit home to me how the A: On several occasions during the press conferences we conducted the exceptionally intense first week of the investigation, I crimes of that day so directly during communicated to the citizens of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and indeed to the nation, that support from the impacted the Assumption American public would be vital to identifying those responsible for the bombings. It proved prophetic. We received incredible support College community.” from the American public. An alert, diligent, and highly conscientious citizen of Watertown, MA, provided the crucial lead which

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allowed law enforcement to locate and safely arrest the individual who has now been charged with the bombings. The American public’s support to our collective law enforcement efforts in the bombing investigation was outstanding. Q: From where did you draw strength during the bombing investigation? A: I drew strength from my family, which supported me tremendously, and particularly through the most stressful days of the investigation. I also drew strength from my fellow FBI and other law enforcement comrades who were working so incredibly hard to identify and arrest those who have now been charged in this investigation. The FBI-led Boston JTTF had a magnificent federal, state, and local law enforcement team which came together in a unified fashion minutes after the bombings occurred. Our motto was “One Team, One Fight” and each of us knew our overarching goal was to prevent further violence and achieve justice for the victims of the bombings. That’s what drove us.

Q: How, in your opinion, has the Marathon bombing changed the city of Boston? A: Boston is an absolutely magnificent and tremendously resilient city, and we saw those qualities on display through the incredible response to the bombings by the first responder community, the law enforcement community, the medical community, elected officials, and the citizens of Boston and surrounding communities. Boston and surrounding communities will recover from the tragic events which occurred during the 2013 Boston Marathon and during the days which followed; however, we will forever remember at subsequent Boston Marathons those who lost their lives and those who were injured during the 2013 Marathon and its aftermath.

Q: You’ve met with several of the bombing victims since the attack. What can you share about your time with them? A: In the weeks and indeed months after the bombings, I as well as many of my law enforcement comrades made repeated visits to several Boston area hospitals to meet personally with many of the victims most seriously injured by the bombings. Each visit was a tremendously moving experience. I was so impressed by the incredible strength, perseverance, and courage displayed by each victim and their family members, who were just beginning their journey of adjustment to the reality that their lives had been so terribly impacted by the awful crimes which devastated the 2013 Boston Marathon. During each meeting with the victims and their families, tears invariably welled up in my eyes, or rolled down my face. The hospital visits with the victims were among the most moving experiences of my life.


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“Meeting the victims was a tremendously moving experience. I was so impressed by the incredible strength, perseverance, and courage displayed by each of them and their family members.” walking to the fbi press conference to reveal two bombing suspects on the evening of thursday, april 18

Q: You retired from the FBI a few months ago. Looking back over your career with the Bureau, what are you most proud of, and what will you miss the most? A: I retired from the FBI on July 13, 2013, approximately 90 days after the bombings occurred. The Boston JTTF had in place a stellar federal, state, and local law enforcement team which continues to work the investigation to this day. At the time of my retirement, the investigation did not require my continued personal involvement. FBI agents face mandatory retirement at age 57, and when



I retired at age 53, my mandatory retirement was not that far down the road. I was blessed with a wonderful FBI career, and I always worked as hard as I could. Whether it was Operation Ghost Stories in June 2010, where we arrested a network of 10 Russian spies operating as “illegals” inside the United States, or the search for and ultimate arrest of FBI Top Ten Fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger in June 2011, or the Boston Marathon Bombing investigation in April 2013 and beyond, I always gave it everything I had. I will always cherish the FBI as an institution, but it’s the brave personnel of the FBI I’ll miss the most.

Q: What advice would you give to those considering a career in law enforcement? A: I would highly recommend it. Whether at the federal, state, or local level, a career in law enforcement is a career of tremendous service to the local community, and to our great nation as well. Each day, you have the opportunity to make our communities a safer and more secure place. You are constantly presented with new challenges and new opportunities to succeed, and no two days are ever the same. You’ll never be bored in law enforcement.

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An avid supporter of the College and a member of Assumption’s President’s Council, Rick and wife Christine reside in Michigan with their son, Stephen.

saluting the flag at a ceremony releasing the bombing crime scene to the city of boston. in the foreground are (L-R) former boston police commissioner ed Davis, former boston mayor tom menino, u.s. attorney carmen ortiz and Rick DesLauriers ’82.

Q: What are you doing now? A: I serve as a vice president of corporate security at Penske Corporation in Bloomfield Hills, MI. I like to tell friends and family that I retired from a truly world-class law enforcement organization to join a truly world-class private sector company. I enjoy my new position with Penske Corporation very much.

Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers premiers Sunday, April 13 at 9pm

Rick DesLauriers ’82 and michele mahoney both provided first-person accounts for this two-hour national geographic channel special, marking the one-year anniversary of the dramatic five days in boston. the documentary will be be presented in 171 countries in 45 languages.

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Michele Mahoney was standing a few yards from the finish line when her life changed in an instant. atching for her friend near the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon, Michele Mahoney took a few steps forward to get a closer look, when it happened. A deafening blast knocked Michele, her friends, Jeff Bauman and Remy Lawler, and everyone around her to the ground. A ringing buzzed in her ears as she saw the carnage of victims, noticed she couldn’t move her legs and looked around. A man nearby had lost his legs and when he turned so Michele could see his face, she realized it was Jeff. Two pressure cooker bombs had gone off near the Marathon’s finish line on Boylston Street, killing three people and injuring some 260 more. Michele was standing a couple feet away from one of those killed and several people around her were badly injured. Those few steps she had taken just prior to the explosion lessened the extent of her injuries, though both of her legs sustained significant damage. Numerous pieces of shrapnel were pulled from her lower body during three separate procedures, while surgeons worked to reshape and repair her legs. “I was at work when I noticed a voice mail on my cell phone,” recalled Sharon Mahoney, Michele’s mother. “It was a medical official at the finish line who explained that Michele had been hurt. Dan (DiTullio, Assumption’s executive assistant for government and


“I felt like I had two choices. I could be upset and angry about what happened or I could focus on all the positive things that came out of it and all the people who helped us. I felt that if I could be strong then my family and friends could be strong, too.”

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community relations) quickly gathered information about where victims were being taken. From the moment I found out, I was in the right place because I was instantly supported here.” The Mahoney family has been a part of the Assumption community for three generations. Michele’s grandfather, the late Arthur Perra, ran the College’s bookstore from 1977 to 1992. Her mother, the executive administrative assistant to the president, has worked at Assumption for 10 years, and her brother Andrew ’07 and father Mike round out Michele’s close-knit family. Those strong bonds were evident that day.

The Mahoney family has been a part of the Assumption community for three generations. Michele’s grandfather, the late Arthur Perra, ran the College’s bookstore from 1977 to 1992. Her mother, the executive administrative assistant to the president, has worked at Assumption for 10 years, and her brother Andrew ’07 and father Mike round out Michele’s close-knit family. “When President Cesareo called me after hearing what had happened he said, ‘You are where you need to be. Do not worry about Assumption, focus on Michele and what she needs.’ That took such a tremendous weight off my shoulders,” Sharon said. As Michele was transported to Beth Israel Hospital another tie to the Assumption family, Rick DesLauriers ’82, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston, assumed the federal response to the attack.  Later they would discover another tie to the Assumption family.


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After the bombing suspect had been apprehended (a second suspet was killed in an armed confrontation with law enforcement), DesLauriers (see feature on page 14) visited Michele in the hospital. “He asked for permission before visiting and stated upon arrival that he was not there on behalf of the FBI, he was there as a member of the Assumption community,” Sharon recalled. Rick knew Sharon’s father from his days as a student. “He stayed for nearly an hour and we had a wonderful visit with him,” Sharon continued. “We were glad to have an opportunity to thank him for catching the suspects, which he appreciated.” Michele spent two weeks at Beth Israel and two additional weeks at Spaulding Rehabilitation Center before moving back home with her parents to heal. Recovery has been long, but Michele was able to regain her independence and return to work within four months, defying the initial estimate of eight. She did so by relying upon the strength of her character, her spirit, and an expansive support system to, literally, get back on her feet. “I don’t know how others could have recovered without support like I had,” said Michele, who is especially grateful to her mother who took a three-month leave-of-absence to support Michele’s recovery.. “My mom, especially, was with me each day, every step of the way. Without her, I would have needed a full-time nurse … but there’s no substitute for your mom. She helped me physically and we helped each other deal with it emotionally.” Michele, the assistant director of graduate admissions at Wheelock College, is also grateful for the generous time provided to heal before returning to her job. “We’re both very fortunate to have such understanding employers,” said Sharon. Wheelock’s president also offered the family an apartment close to Beth Israel, which the Mahoneys often used during Michele’s hospital stay. The Assumption community sprang into action as well, cooking and delivering two meals a week to the Mahoneys for three months. “Amy Sacco ’98 (Assumption’s director of research) is an angel for arranging this,” said Sharon. “Those days when I knew a meal was coming were such a relief. It was amazing to realize how many people cared and helped us. I knew I loved this place even before this happened, but now, I could not love it more.” Support for Michele also came from several fundraisers, including an online campaign established by a friend, and others created by Wheelock College, as well as BodyScapes Fitness in Brookline, where Michele exercises regularly. Throughout the recovery process, Michele’s optimistic attitude has paved the way. “I felt like I had two choices,” she explained. “I could be upset and angry about what happened to me or I could focus on all the positive things that came out of it and all the people who helped us. I felt that if I could be strong about what happened, then my family and friends could be strong, too. That motivated me to keep a smile on my face and keep going.” After moving back to her Brighton apartment, Michele returned to her job at Wheelock and took advantage of free physical therapy sessions for Marathon victims at Beantown Physio in Brookline. According to Michele, it has been the best physical therapy experience she has had during her recovery. “Beantown was so generous and not having to worry about dealing with insurance was an emotional relief,” Michele said. “Paul (Beantown’s owner) said in one of my first visits



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Jeff bauman and michele during recovery at spaulding Rehabilitation.

‘Your legs are your priority. Everything else will fall into place.’ That put it in perspective, which was crucial for me.” She plans to continue to work with Beantown throughout the year to regain more of her strength and stamina. To see a video of Michele’s experience with Beantown, visit “I’m learning to not be frustrated with myself because I can’t do things the way I did them before,” said Michele, “and coping with my limitations because of the skin grafts on my legs and the extensive nerve damage. But I’m steadily improving.” Though she hasn’t sought opportunities to share her story, Michele’s demeanor and positive attitude have earned attention. “I’ve maintained relationships with the Beth Israel’s Department of Surgery and I spoke at an event there about my experience,” she explained. “In addition, through the FBI’s Victims’ Assistance Program I was selected and spoke in February at a convention for senior level agents.” “This didn’t change who I am, but it changed me in a positive way. When I think about the entire experience, because of the actions of two bad people, I’m so fortunate to have met and been helped by hundreds of good people.” Sharon concluded, “Just before Michele went back to work, we visited the campus to say thank you. People were amazed to see her confidence and inspired by her strength and perseverance. She has never said a negative thing about that day. Never. She has not let the Marathon define who she is.” No way. It’s best to leave that up to Michele.

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alumni news From the Alumni Association President Katie Hall CE’04


aLumni events

reetings fellow alumni! As always, we have some exciting upcoming events for you! First, a huge THANK YOU to all of you who supported the Harris Directory project these last few months, and to the hundreds of alumni who took the Assumption Magazine survey. The results are shared in Troy’s letter on p. 2 of this issue. For alumni who ordered the Directory, it will be mailed shortly. You are welcome to join us on April 27 for Colleen Ritzer ’11 Day, which will include a Mass, a tree-planting dedication, lunch and a fundraising walk-a-thon for the memorial scholarship created for the former teacher.

Please mark your calendars for Reunion Weekend June 14 and 15. We’re planning for a particularly delicious and fun weekend, including events like our new Food Truck Festival at the Plourde and Multisport Stadium! Vendors include Sodexo with “Taylor Favorites,” Wooberry, the Dogfather, CocoBeni gourmet cupcakes, a “beer garden” and more. Our prestigious Alumni Awards will be held on Saturday morning in Hagan. And back by popular demand is the Saturday night Park Avenue “stroll” with a continuous bus loop to Park Avenue to visit an old favorite location or two. We will have upcoming alumni receptions in the Washington, DC, area and Cape Cod, both hosted by fellow alumni. We are very fortunate to have our alumni host these receptions … a great way for alumni to reconnect. For information about all alumni events and services, visit Wishing you all the best!

APRIL 27 • Notice of Alumni Association open meeting 4 pm, marriott Room, taylor Dining hall, assumption campus Proposed amendments to the Constitution and by-laws will be presented by Alumni Association President Katie Hall CE’04 and members of the executive committee and Alumni Board of Directors. A formal vote will be taken to approve the revisions. A copy of the proposed changes may be requested by contacting Diane Laska-Nixon ’76, director of alumni relations at

and class dinners/events for those who graduated in 1964, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, 2004 and ’09. Whether you or not you’re from an anniversary class, we’ll see you at Reunion.

JuNE 27 • Friends of Athletics Golf outing at highfields golf & country club, grafton

JuLy 19 • Cape Cod reception

sEPTEMBER 8 NEW DATE! • Fr. Bissonnette Invitational Golf Tournament at worcester country club

• Colleen Ritzer ’11 Day

APRIL 29 • Washington, DC area reception

sEPTEMBER 20 • Assumption Prep Reunion

MAy 17 • Commencement


JuNE 14 & 15

• Alumni-Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Dinner

• Reunion all alumni are welcome! A weekend of activities are being planned for Reunion Weekend - a Food Truck Festival with an afternoon of fun for the entire family; the annual Alumni Awards; Saturday night entertainment;

sEPTEMBER 27 • Fall Homecoming • President’s Council Associate event at worcester club

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regional reception for alumni, parents and friends was held at The Strand in Naples, FL, in February. President Francesco Cesareo, Vice President Tim Stanton and Senior Advancement Officer Melanie Demarais visited with attendees and shared information about the College. For more photos from this event and others held in North Carolina and Boston, visit the photo gallery at

Jack ’69 & eileen Dubois with paul & Regina Kelly p’83

Ric christian ’68, stephen starr ’68 and John calce ’68 vp tim stanton, Jay ’74 & pam foran p’99, ’02 and president cesareo

former trustee Jim o’connor and trustee fr. peter precourt, a.a. ’70 george ’50 & marielle magnant, president cesareo and Dennis & Kathleen Doyle p’90

president cesareo, gloria ha’95 & Roger plourde hD’88, and melanie Demarais ha’92

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’50 Donald Dufour is retired from a career primarily spent as chair of the foreign languages department at Fairhaven High School. He is a Eucharistic minister at a local hospital, captains two tennis teams and serves as president of a condo association.

’53 Robert L’Ecuyer retired from the Air Force Medical Service as a colonel in 2006 aer 21 years of service. He is retired and living in NH. He has four children, Peter, Donna, Mark ’80 and Lisa ’83.



Robert Fortin was ordained a priest in 1958 and has served in the U.S., Moscow, Paris and Jerusalem, where he helped renovate and restore St. Peter in Gallicantu, a Holy Land shrine owned and operated by the Assumptionists on Mt. Zion. He returned to the U.S. in 2005.

Rudolph Reiher is retired aer working in various management positions with one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. He has traveled to four continents for business and pleasure and also spent 20 years in a second career in real estate. He and wife Peggy enjoy traveling.



John Dring resides in Japan, where he has taught English and American literature at various schools for 20 years. He and wife Hideko have a daughter, Junko, and three grandchildren. Norman Gaudrault has been retired from his pediatric practice for 14 years. He wrote and published a French novel, titled Deux ans en Amerique, in 2010. e novel was translated into English and published in 2013.

Milton Kelly and wife Diana have spent their retirement traveling around the globe, to South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.

mitch manseau ’66 hiker tackles mount Kilimanjaro Mitch’s journey in his own words: I started hiking weekends in 1993 when living in southern New Hampshire. Fifteen years ago I started a weekly hiking group and hiked the New England hundred highest in winter, then moved on to recreational mountain hiking. I always hiked with friends and usually in northern New England, with some spring and summer adventures out west. Some associates were also climbing some of the world’s interesting mountains, including the Seven Summits: the highest peaks on each continent, and I subconsciously added climbing some of them to my bucket list. When two hikers who had joined my group related the fun they’d had climbing Mt Kilimanjaro that year, I reviewed my aspirations list and decided I wouldn’t wait longer and planned the trip for the following September with an outfitter. I met most of my 12 previously unknown co-climbers at Amsterdam for the flight to Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania. There we bonded as a team in the two days prior to the start. We had chosen the eight-day/seven-night route from the west to experience the first two days in the jungle, have a gradual climb and maximize our chance of success. We summited in September 2011, on a spectacularly clear and comfortable day and spent the next 24 hours descending; showered and relaxed for a day; then I joined one other participant on a photo safari of Tarangire National Park, where we photographed all of the animals. What a kick! Since then my group observed the Summer Solstice at Denali last year, and we plan to return to the Tetons this summer. Kilimanjaro will doubtlessly remain my career high point.


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’64 Gerald Benoit retired after 40 years with Department of Housing and Urban Development and seven years as a consulting associate. He enjoys spending time with his six children and 15 grandchildren.

’65 Ronald Bonofiglio writes that throughout his career he conducted medical research to help improve the health of all citizens and taught secondary education in math and the sciences. He is retired and has nine U.S. states remaining on his ‘bucket’ list to visit. Bob Demott retired in 2013 as a distinguished and emeritus professor of American literature and creative writing at Ohio University, where he taught for 44 years. He has written numerous books, most recently Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing (2012). He and partner Kate Fox have six grandchildren between them. ey enjoy summers in southwestern Montana, where Bob fly fishes daily. Ron Dolan writes that he is active with volunteer work, restoring a 200-year-old farm house and competing in amateur rodeo events. Kenneth Kopecky lives in the Daytona Beach, FL, area, where he and wife Nancy work part-time. ey have two grandsons.

Submit your Class Notes online at Michael Principe is retired aer 41 years in the life insurance and financial services industries. He has been married for 47 years and resides on Cape Cod.

’66 omas Murphy is happily retired with his wife, Jane, aer 40 years as a teacher. He has a small business making structures for model railway displays.

’67 George O’Brien is happily retired and lives adjacent to a golf course on Cape Cod. John Sias has sold personal insurance for 22 years aer 10 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. He has two children and four grandchildren.

’68 James Zack is executive director of Navigant Construction Forum, a global thought leadership group concerning construction claims and dispute avoidance and resolution. He has worked throughout the U.S. and in 27 countries.




Robert Chenevert writes that aer many years in the retail clothing business, including ownership, he has spent the last 14 years of his career as a math teacher. He retired in 2013 and enjoys his family, including four grandsons. Robert Jordan retired in 2013 from a career in the biotechnology industry, where his last activities centered on discovery research in cancer immunology. He is a part-time visiting professor at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He and wife Nancy reside in eastern Pennsylvania. Bernard Koval served as a CEO of hospitals in PA and NJ for 20 years, followed by eight years abroad as a CEO in Dubai, UAE, Manila, Philippines. Richard Kraham operates a strategic design firm, specializing in corporate identity, branding and signage. Vincent Pelletier is looking forward to his planned retirement in June. He and wife Corinne reside on an island in Lake Champlain. ey have two grandchildren. Bernard Petit worked for several companies

and institutions during his finance and administration career, including American Express and Farleigh Dickinson University. He became a certified financial planner and authored a six-volume book to assist aspiring CFPs. He and wife Cheryl have been married for 40 years and have a son, Cory, and daughter, Danah. Mark Steven writes that she is enjoying retirement and working on her bucket list. He hooked and landed two striped marlin in Cabo San Lucas last July and is planning a driving tour of the western U.S. this year.

’70 Joseph Cassidy retired in 2005 aer 26 years with e Orvis Company in Manchester, VT, and set out on his own as a direct marketing consultant. Roger DesRosiers enjoyed a 32-year career at Millbury High School where he taught French, Latin, Spanish, English, history and American government. He also directed a nationally renowned program, We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution, which won eight state championships in his 19 years. Robert Gagnon recently retired. He and wife Frances have two children and one grandchild. ey have enjoyed trips to the Holy Land, Italy, England, France, Ireland and Iceland.

’72 Michael Doyle retired in 2013 as chairman of RDW Group, Inc. He is an avid sailor and splits time between Portsmouth, RI, and the British Virgin Islands and enjoys retirement with his wife, Patricia. ey have a daughter and two granddaughters. David Dumais has been employed by DresserRand, an international manufacturer of steampowered turbines for oil refineries, for 35 years. He has also overcome some of the effects of cerebral palsy, with which he was born, enabling David to walk with more ease and agility. John Kurkulonis writes that his insurance company was acquired by Marsh & Mclennan Agency, LLC, more than a year ago. He and wife Ann reside in Worcester. eir son, Mike ’02, is an independent financial planner. Howard Nelson reports that he and wife Donna have been blessed with 10 grandchildren, all residing in CT where they make their home. Dominic Vita retired in 2008 aer 35 years as educator in CT. His last position was superintendent

of schools in Litchfield. He and wife Jan enjoy living in FL, traveling and enjoying their grandchildren.

’73 Linda Dalimonte Biando lost her husband, Stephen ’73, to cancer in 2012. She resides in Missoula, MT, where she volunteers at St. Patrick Hospital and enjoys time with her three children and five grandchildren. Roger Brunelle is a partner in the Worcester firm Sbrogna & Brunelle, LLP, where he has practiced since graduating from Boston College Law School. Visit his firm at Denise Bissonnette Oswald is retired from her work as a patient advocate in a large New York City hospital. She and husband Bill spent a month in France celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2013 and are the grandparents of five. Stephen Chartier was recently appointed principal of both Holy Rosary and Sacred Heart schools in Gardner. He and wife Michelle (Scheurer) ’73 have a son, Andre ’13. Michelle’s father is the late Michel Scheurer AP’39, ’43, extending the family’s Assumption legacy to three generations. Denis Ouellette is self-employed, publishing a health magazine and teaching adult education classes. He and wife Jill reside in Montana with their twin 16-year-old daughters. Louise Peloquin, Ph.D., was recently invited to provide specialized professional workshops at the University of Paris. Louise holds a position in the French State Department. Elizabeth Costanza Schran is serving as interim chief advancement officer at Saint Joseph’s College (ME), where she has worked for more than 20 years. She and husband Steve have a daughter and a granddaughter. Geri Pratt Sheehan was thrilled to return to campus and see some AC friends when her daughter Beth ’06 married Matthew Collins ’06 last June. Judith Young Vance published a contemporary romance novel titled Crossing Bridges in 2012. Judy is a human resources consultant.

’74 Mark Duplin has enjoyed a career of nearly 40 years in computer design and programming. He and wife Mary-Jane have four children and three grandchildren. Rudolph Julian has spent more than 30 years in

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cLass notes the field of computers aer teaching high school English for seven years. He and wife Audrey have two daughters and four grandchildren. ey have traveled extensively and currently reside in the Charlotte, NC, area. Maureen Kilcoyne has spent the past 30 years in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She and husband William plan to retire to the Hilton Head, SC, area. Linda Piekos writes that she has been living on Cape Cod for 22 years, tutoring students and helping others attain their GED. Michael Twomley is a technical director and IT manager for Calvary Baptist Church in State College, PA. He previously worked for 30 years in management with Sears. He and wife Diane have been married for 37 years and reside in central PA. ey have two sons, Shane and Adam.

’75 Donal Collins retired as a colonel in 2002, aer 27 years in the Air Force. He is director, critical infrastructure and force protection for Northrup Grumman Corporation. He and wife Michelle reside in Haymarket, VA. Jon Wilson retired from AT&T in 2009 as an account executive, where he had worked for 21 years. He and wife Annmarie have been married for 31 years and they have two children, David and Alexandra.

’76 Anthony Annicone has been reviewing shows for the past 15 years and has written more than 1,200 reviews for e eater Mirror and Little Rhody eater websites. He has been acting and directing shows since 1978 and will celebrate 30 years of participation at the Newport Playhouse in 2014. Joseph Bobinski retired in 2013 aer 30 years of service to the federal government. He writes that he is battling prostate cancer and is enjoying time with his three grandchildren. Joe has visited numerous European countries, as well as Japan and the Caribbean islands over the past 20 years. Paul Couture is president/CEO of Couture Financial Services. He and wife Katy reside in Graon with twins P.J. and Carissa. e latter is a member of the AC Class of 2014. Evelyn Gryk Frolich is president of the Collaborative Divorce Professionals practice


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group, resolving divorce without litigation. Brian Joyce has retired aer a 35-year career in law enforcement for a variety of local and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He and wife Sylvia have one daughter and three grandchildren.

’77 Joan Adamaitis Agerholm writes that she has enjoyed a highly active international career for more than 30 years, working and living from Moscow to Vladivostok, and many other points in Europe and Eurasia, for the U.S. Government, private industry, and non-government organizations. She and husband John celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2013. John Foley writes that he and wife Donna recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. ey reside in Redding, CT, where John runs his own business. ey have two children, Shannon and Sean. John plays ice hockey regularly and oen plays against AC classmate Don Morrison on the ice. Chris Froelich is a partner in a travel-related business start-up company, Dinova, which creates “preferred” restaurant programs for large corporations with 11,500 restaurants in the program. Richard Ovian is the varsity cross country coach at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, which has won four district championships in his eight years at the helm. Marcia Dunn Stirk is a special education paraprofessional in Milford, CT. She and husband Al have three grandchildren and a step grandson.

’78 Janet Lorusso Franco has launched her own jewelry designing and making business. Many pieces are in the Rhode Island School of Design and will be placed in the Krikorian Gallery. Norman Ham Jr. has retired from the Air Force as a Brigadier General after 32 years of service and returned to his previous position as a captain with Delta Airlines. He and wife Adele have five daughters and two grandchildren. Joseph Mulgrew works on custom building projects and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity as a member of its International Disaster Corps. omas Simeone has worked at Raytheon for 10 years. He and wife Lynda have been married for 34 years, have three daughters and reside in Ashland.

’79 Michelle McCloskey Stone writes that she has survived a brain tumor, lupus and meningitis, and has enjoyed working in a village in Nepal as well as meaningful work with children in the U.S. She enjoys the Colorado mountains with dear friends and family. Joan Berard Wackell owns Maestro Strategic Marketing. She previously served as head of museum marketing at Worcester Art Museum.

meeting in florida were (L-R): Jose palacios ’83, senior major gifts officer melanie Demarais ha’92, bill ’76 & Karen Kamataris sutherland ’77, frances palacios ’83 and stephanie palacios.

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’80 Jeanne DeTellis CE’80 directs the New Missions program in the Dominican Republic, with four churches and four schools in Sosua, on the north coast. She and husband Dennis enjoy a full social life with six other expatriates while serving the needs of others.


Greyhounds gathered at the August wedding of Alison Carey and Jason Cheperdak. From le to right, Kevin Bowersox ’02, Tom Oksanen ’81, Alison Carey, Jason Cheperdak, Tom Carey ’81, Brian Zanghi ’81, Carolyn Carey ’14, Jen (Masi) Finn ’97, Meg (Masi) Bowersox ’01. e wedding was held at the Carey’s Cragmere by the Sea in Cape Neddick, ME. Richard Catrambone was elected a director on the executive board of the Tus University Dental Alumni Association last year. An assistant clinical professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Richard chairs the department of oral health at the Steward Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton, where he has maintained a private practice for 20 years. He and wife Sophia have two children, Christopher and Karina. Ron Fraser was appointed vice president of sales by Republic Business Credit, LLC, in February to lead its new business activities in Massachusetts and the New England marketplace. Ron has more than 25 years of experience in banking and commercial finance. Robert Guinto operates Non Profit Capital Management in Sterling. He has helped create 30 businesses and redesign the service delivery of hundreds during his 10 years in business. Anne Marie Dumphy Hayes and husband Michael ’79 recently opened a bed and breakfast, e Tandem Bike Inn, in Belmar, NJ. Rebecca Rice-Wilson owns a massage therapy business. She and husband Patrick live in Boulder, CO, with their two teenage daughters.

Louis and Anne-Marie Gamier Von Kahle celebrated 30 years of marriage in October. ey have three children and a grandchild.

’82 James Fitzpatrick retired from Goldman Sachs aer nearly 30 years in financial services and started his own business, Executive Business Coaching, Inc. Gregory Gazzola is proud that his younger son, David, is a freshman at Assumption, majoring in biology, just like his dad. Jeanne Blackett Harmon recently started a new job with Hines, aer 17 years working for a real estate development firm in Houston. She and husband Ford have two children in college and one in law school. Ellen O’Donnell Spencer is a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and has worked for the Commonwealth of MA for nearly 30 years. She and husband Michael have three children: Maura, Cory and Herrick.

’83 Pamela Lucchesi and partner Linda have two sons and three grandchildren. ey reside on a farm near Columbus, OH. Alan Malkasian CE’83 is retired aer 25 years as a controller with F.W. Madigan Co. He and his wife enjoy traveling in the U.S. and to Europe. Sandra Merlini wrote and presented a poem entitled “Holidays” in memory of her father at a January meeting of the Longfellow Poetry Society in Sudbury. Donna Russell Red Wing is working for human and civil rights in the Midwest, with an emphasis on LGBT communities. Jerry Rochon has worked for Paul Revere Insurance for 30 years, including the last 28 at its Phoenix, AZ, office. He and wife Renae have a son, Connor (17).

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Diane Power, executive director of Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, in Worcester, was one of six 2013 Outstanding Women in Business award recipients honored by Worcester Business Journal. Jeffrey Taylor has worked for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and as a lobbyist in the private sector. He launched a government relations firm,, in 2010. He and his family reside in the DC area.

’85 Tim Dowd was appointed in January to the board of directors at Accurate Background, Inc. Tim is president and CEO of Current Analysis, a global market intelligence firm that focuses on telecommunications and the IT industry. Accurate Background in a technology leader in the background screening field. Karen D’Amelio Guerin is a realtor in a progressive Metro-West real estate office. She resides in Bolton with husband Michael and daughter Michelle. Richard Monroe received the eodore James Ryken Award from St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury in the fall, given to the teacher who best demonstrates Mr. Ryken’s methodology of educating the whole person. Martin Slone is a national account executive with Sprint, where he has worked for 26 years. He also served for 22 years as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserves, retiring as a commander in 2009. He and wife Beth have two sons, Andrew (19) and Matthew (15).

’86 Gayle Cote Dragicevich published a book under the pen name “Gayle Suzanne” in 2013, titled It’s In e Little ings. Gayle is an iPEC certified professional coach. Melinda McGuinness Rooney works in global human resources in the banking industry. She and husband Bob have been married for 26 years and have two children in college, Dennis and Kelly.

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Mark Lauretti owns and manages a company that builds new, and remodels existing, homes, and installs and upgrades cell towers throughout New England. In 2009, he created a new company, CT Home Investors, LLC, which buys, rehabs and sells foreclosed and distressed properties in central Conn. Laurie McCrohon is a stay-at-home mom aer more than 10 years of work in human services. An artist, she has shown and sold her work through the ArtsWorcester Gallery, among others.

Jennifer Dinneen has been teaching since 1992, currently serving as a multi-age teacher with a classroom of first and second graders. She and her husband reside in Dunstable and enjoy spending time with family in Maine. Sheryl Garvey CE’91 has settled in San Diego aer 18 years as a traveling RN. Robin Wing Rondeau helps students with funding their college education. She has traveled extensively, mostly to European countries. She and husband Richard have two children.





Brian Couchon was honored in October as Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes Massachusetts chapter in the category of labor and delivery. A registered nurse, Brian has worked at Holyoke Medical Center since 2001. Patrick Larkin and Wendy Wollaeger were married in August 2012. Patrick is the assistant superintendent for Burlington Public Schools. As principal of Burlington High in 2012, he was named Digital Principal Award winner by the National Association of Secondary School Principals aer helping launch the first schoolwide iPad initiative. James Leary, vice chancellor for community and government relations at UMass Medical School, was appointed chair-elect of the United Way of Central Massachusetts in December and will become board chair in July. Karen Lopriore Salvucci manages Salvucci Masonry Co., Inc., as well as a real estate development company with husband Greg. ey have four children: Larry, Jill, Jackie and Gregory. Karen is also an advocate for e Home for Little Wanderers.

’90 Maria Antonucci is a pharmacist and an officer in the Public Health Service and is serving in Wisconsin for the Indian Health Service. Phil Benvenuti works in internal auditing and fraud investigation and is an adjunct faculty member at AC. Robert Kell and wife Kathleen have a daughter, Charlize (5) and reside in North Carolina.


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Tony Benvenuti is president/CEO of Wood Pro Inc. and Custom Wholesale Floors. He resides in Auburn with wife Patti and children Brianna (19), Gina (17) and Julia (12). Gregg Langevin has completed 18 years of commissioned service in the U.S. Army and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in March. He is stationed in Jericho, VT. Michael Trafecante was appointed vice president for finance, treasurer and CFO of Fairfield University in January. He has 20 years of financial management experience.

’93 John Dionne is a program manager supporting operational risk management projects with Citizens Financial Group, where he has served for 10 years. He is married with a 20-year-old daughter and resides in Smithfield, RI. Krista Jewers Sequeira is an executive recruiter for EMC Corporation in Hopkinson. She is involved with Assumption’s Women’s Leadership Forum. She and husband Christopher live in Holden with their two children. Her daughter has participated in several AC eater performances at the Hanover eatre.

’95 Malcolm Asadoorian III was named vice president of academic affairs at Regis College in October. Matt Kojalo, general manager of Chitika’s mobile division, appeared on Bloomberg TV’s

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“Bloomberg West” on January 3, where he discussed the sales of several mobile devices. Chitika is a leading online advertising network. Eric Lambert works for Zurich, the largest construction insurer in North America, providing direction for serving national customers. He and wife Shelly (Wadden) ’94 have three children and reside in Oxford. Fontaine Melus CE’95 writes that retirement has allowed her time to fulfill a lifelong dream and become a farmer, selling items from a small vegetable and fruit stand in Jaffrey, NH.

’96 BIRTH: Megan Palasciano Cohen and husband Jeremy welcomed Lucy on 9/20/13. She joins Alice (5). e Cohens reside in Maplewood, NJ.

’97 Jared Bouzan is a member at large on the District I Board of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Jared serves as director of school development at Boston University, and oversees the development efforts of five of its colleges. Gina Mendillo Nieves has been teaching students with emotional behavioral difficulties since graduation. She and husband Miguel reside in Webster with sons Nathyn (14) and Xander (2).

’98 Nicholas Cara Donna CE’98 retired from his position as VP of MIS at Multibank Service Corp. (now Bank of America) and became a permanent diaconate in 1990. Aer serving as deacon in parishes throughout the Worcester Diocese, he retired and moved to Cape Cod with wife Sandra and serves as a deacon in Centerville. Meg O’Toole Kennedy is a school adjustment counselor at Stoughton High School and also practices privately as a licensed mental health counselor. She and husband Mike have three daughters. Allison “A.J.” Skowron was inducted into Berkshire County’s Girls Basketball Hall of Fame in February. She scored more than 1,000 points at Lee High School and won a state championship. Andrea Svagdys-Gumbrell is a stay-at-home mom aer 11 years of working in the hospitality industry. She started a business in 2013 as a per-

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Marissa Cunnane married Jason Jeffers on 9/7/13. Alumni in attendance included bridesmaids Dawn Cogliano Camille and Danielle Molineaux Murphy, as well as Mike Anderson, Dina Turrill Dolan, Courtney Neal Imbriglio, Karen McManus Samson and Meghan Bryan Solli. Cristina Blanding Stacy is a pharmacist at UMass Memorial, where she has worked since 2006. She and husband Glenn have a son, Kyle (3). Kelly Whalen has worked in financial planning with Dreyfus/Mellon Bank and Fidelity Investments. She is a mother of three, ages 10, 7 and 2. BIRTH: Glenn and Danielle Weaver Horvath welcomed twins Trevor and Finleigh on 12/3/13. ey joined Parker (1).

’00 Janet Judice CE’00 is the coordinator of health and wellness for the AC Health Clinic. She has worked at the College for 25 years in a variety of capacities. Suzanne Mumford leads global marketing for Google’s enterprise analytics product marketing team. She has worked for Google since 2003 and resides in San Francisco.

’01 BIRTH: Caitlin Smith Bell and husband Brian announce the birth of Lila Joan on 10/12/13. She joins Sam (4). Caitlin is vice president, global corporate social responsibility and national philanthropy, for Bank of America in Boston.

’02 Michelle Boudreau earned a master’s degree, finished medical school, a residency and fellowship and is a neurologist with Hartford Healthcare at Windham (CT) Hospital. She is married and moved back to CT to be closer to family. Mark Shea works for Sierra Pacific Mortgage,

one of the top U.S. mortgage banking companies. He covers the MA and CT markets. Colin Sullivan enjoys many outdoor activities and proudly completed the 2005 Boston Marathon in less than three hours. BIRTHS: Kevin and Jennifer Bigelow Anderson welcomed Matthew Owen on 11/29/13. Kerri Corbett Macero and husband Matthew ’02 announce the birth of Leanne Mary on 11/8/13. She joins Michael (2).

’03 BIRTHS: Rebecca DeCost Beatrice and husband Randy welcomed Vincent omas on 1/10/14. He joins Dominic (2). Jennifer Gottlieb Ganley and husband Jeff announce the birth of their first child, Allison Care on 12/20/13. The Ganleys reside in East Hartford, CT. Justin and Jen Murray Smith welcomed daughter Isabelle on 12/14/13. Justin is associate director of undergraduate admissions at Bentley University.




Kathleen Clemens CE’04 writes that she and her husband will celebrate their 43rd wedding anniversary in 2014 and she is a proud ‘Nana’ of a two-year-old granddaughter. Michael Gagnon is a recruiter of sales employees for Time Warner Cable in Maine. Andrea Gomez is a general law practitioner at a small firm in Waltham, with plans to open her own practice in 2014. omas Mazzoli runs a medical device business in the neuro- and orthopedic specialties in the New England and tri-state areas. He and wife Lauren reside in Simsbury, CT. Marie Rawston Moraski was promoted to regional property manager with the Dolben Company, Inc., a full-service Boston-based real estate company. Marie joined Dolben in 2006 and last summer was recognized as its property manager of the year. Kristin Scigliano Turner is a high school history teacher in Northborough. Last year, she founded a non-profit organization with sister Lauralynn Weymouth ’05 and Kerri Rezendes, in memory of Kerri’s son. Kai’s Village provides community-based support to families facing serious illness or disability.

’05 James Hutchings is the national director of, an organization that helps corporate America attract, hire and retain transitioning military veterans. He and wife Alison reside in Chesapeake, VA. Justin Richards has taught math at Westborough High School since graduating from AC. He is also the varsity baseball coach at Oxford High School and teaches night math classes at Quinsigamond Community College. Justin and wife Brigid have a daughter, Teagan (2).

’06 eresa Ryan Dufresne is an officer with the Amherst College police. She also teaches selfdefense courses. eresa was married on 10/9/13 in Siesta Key, FL, and resides in western MA. Christopher Harrigan and Melissa Nally ’09 were married on 7/13/13 in AC’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Amy Kalogeropoulos works for the Wachusett Regional School District. She has become a runner and competed in the Boston Run to Remember last spring, among other races, in support of charities. Michael Murray is the web producer at MathWorks in Natick. He also runs a small Web firm, Worcester Web Group, Inc., specializing in design and development of web properties for small businesses. Steve Pagios is associate director of student activities at Brandeis University. Matthew Vail has worked for Unum and lives in Gorham, ME, with his wife and children, Annabelle (5), Laurali (4) and Kiptyn (1). Matt has completed multiple half marathons and one marathon. Jon Weaver received the Young Leader Award from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette in March at its annual Visions Community Awards program. Jon is a senior project manager for Worcester Business Development Corp. e Young Leader Award is given to a central MA person in the early stages of his/her career in recognition of outstanding achievement in private business, professional life or community leadership.

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brian foley ’10 Kilimanjaro conquerer and more Fueled by a desire to travel after a trip to Ecuador with a friend, Brian Foley ’10 targeted his next adventure: ascending Mount Kilimanjaro. Located in the east African nation of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain at 19,341 feet. A native of West Boylston, Brian and high school friends Matt and Mark planned to visit Tanzania, where their friend, Sam, was teaching at an international school. The four began training for their climb last August. “We researched the mountain, the climates and temperatures and the biggest obstacle of all, the altitude,” said Foley. They began the six-day climb on December 17, crossing through four different climate zones (rain-forest, heath, alpine desert and arctic). On the fourth day, they began their assault on the summit, starting at 11:30pm because the ground becomes unstable when the sun melts the snow. They reached the summit at 6:30am on the fifth day (Dec. 21). “That summit day was absolutely brutal,” said Foley. “Reaching the summit was the hardest thing I've ever done and getting down from it was even harder.” The group hiked for 16 hours straight to reach the summit and return to a camp for its last night on the mountain. Following their descent, the group enjoyed a two-day safari to Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, and a visit to the Tanzania capital Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, where they swam in the Indian Ocean. On the way home, they toured Paris and Versailles and rang in the new year watching fireworks over the Thames River in London. “It was unlike any New Year’s I’d had before,” Foley said. After trips to Lake Tahoe, San Diego Las Vegas and Cape Cod through the summer, Foley, the associate director of student activities at Seton Hall University, is making plans to visit Italy this fall and possibly Portugal and Greece. But he’s not looking to climb any mountains. He said, “We’re still waiting to get the all the feeling back in our fingers and toes.”


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John Gonet has earned a doctorate and opened his own practice, specializing in sport nutrition and sports-related injury. He has also taught anatomy and physiology at Assumption. Tim Holmes published a book titled Beyond Faith and Reason in 2013, a second edition of the original he authored in 2009. Stephanie McQueen was appointed in January as a major gifts officer at Kingswood Oxford School in West Harford, CT. Kerri Sullivan teaches special education at Glenwood Elementary School in Springfield, and has served as the varsity field hockey coach at Cathedral High School.

Jaleise Bouley was recently promoted to supervisor at Meditech, where she has worked since graduation. She resides in Hopedale. Carly Clearwater Cherry was married in Hawaii in April 2013. She and her husband reside in Agawam, where she promotes their credit counseling agency on social media and hosts their personal finance advice videos online. Leslie Lupien is a third-year Ph.D. student in the experimental and molecular medicine program at Dartmouth College. She spends much of her free time on a bike and is racing this year for the Dartmouth cycling team and Zimmer Capital p/b Foundation, a domestic elite women’s cycling team she has established. John Nagle joined the U.S. Army as a linguist and has lived in Monterey, CA; San Angelo, TX and Wiesbaden, Germany. Emily Pegoraro is a guidance counselor at Lebanon (NH) High School. Maureen Toscano is pursuing a license to teach special education and elementary education. BIRTH: Lauren Kelly Chartier and husband Christof ’11 announce the birth of Joseph David on 11/3/13, a year aer they were married in AC’s Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

’08 BIRTH: Jessica Paradis O’Beirne and husband Patrick welcomed Margaret Annette on 10/15/13.




Greg Agnew was appointed executive director of Westwood Cable Access Television, where he has also served on the organization’s board. Jonathan Acox served in the U.S. Army for three years where he received several awards and honors for his service. He le the active Army last July and serves in the NY Army National Guard. David Elliott is an associate in client communications at Prudential Financial and a co-owner and lead technical engineer of the Ship to Shore Phonograph Co. He also fronts a successful band, e Meditation of Quay, which released a fulllength LP earlier this year. Ukeme Esiet is studying urban planning at Boston University. He previously worked for a sustainability nonprofit in Boston and has taken courses at Cornell University and Boston College. Sandra Garney is a math teacher at Charlton Middle School. She has run five half-marathons and one marathon, competing for Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit organization helping injured veterans reenter civilian life through recreational activities. Michael Molk was sworn in as a patrol officer for the Danvers Police Department in January.

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’11 Sharron Finlay CE’11 writes that she was recently married to Andrew Wall and has joined Dearborn Advisors, a healthcare consulting firm. She is pursuing an MBA at Assumption. Nicole Macioci is director of education at Carolyn’s Place, an organization that assists those with unplanned pregnancies. Meaghan Hamilton McLean writes that she works in human services. She and her husband welcomed a son last summer. Melanie Shortall is a substance abuse counselor at a methadone clinic. She is pursuing a license in chemical dependency.

assumption pRep Normand Cabral AP’48 is retired but works part-time as head usher for a local performing arts center and as a volunteer at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. Gerald Cantin AP’48 writes that he is enjoying

Submit your Class Notes online at retirement by playing golf twice a week, taking naps and keeping warm in Florida. He keeps up with his nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. L. Paul Gariepy AP’51 and wife Rachel reside in Florida, where they spend their winters in Fort Pierce. Bernard Cabana, Ph.D. AP’53 enjoyed a distinguished career in with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is president of New Drug Service International, a CRO involved in medical research in biopharmaceutics and cancer research, and is a VP of Hy BioPharma Inc., a company involved in cancer research. He and wife Terry enjoy visits with their six children and 13 grandchildren and reunions with Prep classmates. Joseph Dutremble AP’53 writes that he spent 41 years with General Electric, starting as a machinist apprentice and ending as a project engineer for power generation controls. Albert Heroux AP’53 is retired aer 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and 15 years as a test engineer at Hughes Space and Communications Division. He and wife Blanche reside in Littleton, CO. Roger Martin AP’57 retired in 1999 aer 30 years as a pilot for Delta Airlines. He resides in Boca Raton, FL, and enjoys time on Eagle Lake in Maine in the summers and traveling with his wife on cruises. ey have four children and five grandchildren. Paul Robinson AP’59 retired in September aer serving for the past 21 years as judicial vicar of the Diocese of Fall River. Norman Soucy AP’59 and wife Karen have enjoyed more than 50 years together, traveling to all the continents except Antarctica and raising two children. ey have four grandchildren. Norman has worked for himself for 35 years as a sales representative. Richard Bachand AP’60 writes that he has “been living in Paris since 1971 and earned his living as a musician, English teacher, choral conductor, seminar and conference interpreter, and more recently voice teacher, having taken up singing at the ripe old age of 68.” AP’1960 (L-R) Jean-Francois Menard, Normand LeBlanc and Joe Simoneau all visited with Ken Dupuis (not pictured) recently.

Leon Frigon AP’61 is an ordained minister with the Pentecoastal Free Will Baptist Church. He spent 29 years as the owner of Frigon Funeral Home & Woodtick Memorial in Connecticut. He and wife Kerry have four children and six grandchildren. Edward Laskowski AP’63 is retired and living a bi-coastal life between the Seattle area and Washington, DC, which is closer to his and his wife’s children and three grandsons. Arthur Provost AP’64 writes that he has been happily retired since 2006. Alfred Morin AP’71 writes that he is not yet ready to retire. He and his wife recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Alfred enjoys golf, boating and their grandchildren.

gRaDuate stuDies Peter Stearns G’67 is a GED instructor at Spectrum Residential Program in Westborough. He previously helped develop secondary school programs for dyslexic students for Gables Academy in St. Petersburg and Winter Park, FL, as well as a location in NC. Vivianne Swanson Hoskinson G’68 is retired aer a fulfilling career as a teacher and a social worker. She and her spouse have four adult children: Sean, Christina, Sarah and Brian. Steven Sherman G’69 is enjoying retirement aer a career teaching French at the middle and high school levels for 36 years. He has been married for 27 years and has two children, ages 26 and 24. Jennie Zalesney G’71 is retired aer a 25-year teaching career. She enjoys painting landscapes and photography. Selma Cherkas Snider G’72 is a published poet and author [Dining with Celebrities (1966), now out of print]. She has worked in several areas throughout her career, including as a teacher, a culinary columnist and a travel agent. David Powell G’72 recently retired as director of labor relations for Associated General Contractors of Mass. aer 19 years. He and wife Anita have two daughters and four grandchildren. Francoise Edwards G’73 operates a small pearl and jewelry design business and is an award-winning cook of jams and marmalades. She and husband Tag have also traveled extensively, including returning to her roots and meeting relatives in Vietnam. Elizabeth Jablonski Cygan G’76 is retired aer a career primarily spent as a special education teacher, counselor and psychologist for 28 years in the Sudbury School System. She also authored a

book titled A Tale of Two Tails, e Adventures of Ben and Bel. She and husband Pete are retired and have enjoyed traveling, mainly by train, throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Mariana Johnson G’76 writes that she celebrated her 91st birthday last summer with 18 of her relatives in Daytona Beach, FL. Melvin Redfern G’78 is retired aer a career as an alcoholism counselor, a hypnotherapist and a psychotherapist in central and eastern MA. Brenda Naimen Hellstrom G’79 has retired to Cape Cod and Florida aer a career spent in education, counseling and ministry. She and significant other George enjoy time with her son, Jed, daughter-in-law Linda and two granddaughters. Gary Jusseaume G’80 has coached the cross country and track and field teams at Worcester State University to successive conference championships since 2010 and has also coached on the national level. He is working on a novel based on experiences garnered while serving as an investigative reporter for the I-Team at WBZ-TV in Boston from 1980 to 1991. Carol Picotte Lamothe G’81 and husband Larry are enjoying their retirement, fishing on Cape Cod and visiting with their two grandchildren. Carol taught at Coolidge School in Shrewsbury for 21 years. Tim Best G’83 is a judicial services coordinator for the state of North Carolina. He resides in High Point, NC, with wife Joyce and son Alexander (17). Maria Berke G’91 is an investment accounting analyst for the State of Texas. Diana Violeta Daniels G’92 is retired and volunteering as a land steward with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Ellen Guastella Duzak G’92 taught psychology for more than 20 years at Becker College before returning to AC, where she is a teacher and student in the Worcester Institute for Senior Education. She and her husband enjoy social groups and church activities, as well as travel. Gintas Enrikaitis G’97 is an information technology specialist for the Defense Contract Management Agency as part of its Raytheon Tewksbury engineering and manufacturing group soware team. Jay Jorgenson G’97 has worked in disability services at a private liberal arts college and two community colleges in different parts of the country for the past 16 years. Nora Elias-Atchue G’98 runs a plumbing and heating company with her husband, Richard. ey spend much time in Europe, especially Paris, where they own a home.

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cLass notes Esaho Lokombe Kipuke G’98 and wife Beatrice are missionaries living in Togo, West Africa, where they direct Kipuke Ministies, established in 2004. Michelle Belk G’99 is faculty member at Dartmouth Medical School in the Child and Adolescent Section of the Psychiatry Department. She and husband Jonathan reside in NH with son omas (10) and twins Sarah and Andrew (7). Dawn Breault G’02 earned a CAGS from Plymouth State University, where she is pursuing a doctorate in education. Christine Keating G’02, an adjunct AC English faculty member, will have her article, “Unearthing the Goddess Within: Feminist Revisionist Mythology in the Poetry of Margaret Atwood,” published in the May 2014 issue of Women’s Studies, an interdisciplinary journal.

M. Diane Hendricken G’05 enjoys her work as a psychotherapist in a private practice. She writes, “I learn every day about peoples’ ability to be resilient and make changes.” Carla Kenney G’06 is a licensed cognitive behavior therapist, affiliated with Mass. General Hospital. She also serves as VP of OCD Massachusetts, helping those with obsessive compulsive disorder. Nicholas Lo Stracco G’09 writes that he is married and preparing for the CPA exam. He resides in FL. Mary Enyonam Xatse G’09 recently graduated from the Institute for Integrated Nutrition as a certified health coach and has started building a practice. Visit Jerrold Rutkove G’10 owns a private vocational rehabilitation practice in Pennsylvania (see He was in the first cohort to earn a M.A. in rehabilitation counseling through AC’s online program. Justin Somers G’11 is a rehabilitation counselor with veterans’ affairs. He and his wife recently had their first child, Zachary. Adam G’12 and Meghan McIntire G’13 met in the Counseling Psychology program and were married in Sudbury last September. In attendance were: Courtney Rubio G’12, Kyla White ’12, Priya Senecal-Gumkowski ’12, Sara Jenike ’12, Adam, Meghan, Jenn Lynch ’12, Lauren Fenuccio ’14, Kim Hastings ’12, Jeff Clark ’14 (groomsman), Ayon Bose ’12 (groomsman). Catherine Mills G’13 is a holistic health coach and has started her own business, Coaching with Catherine.

in memoRiam Kenneth J. Moynihan, Ph.D. AP’62 Paxton, MA, died January 10, 2014 e College lost a long-standing pillar of its faculty and community with the passing of well-known historian, columnist, author and Assumption Professor Emeritus of History Ken Moynihan in January aer a 14-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Ken taught at Assumption for more than 30 years, chaired the History Department for 20 years and received the College’s President’s Medal upon his retirement. He authored two books, Assumption College: A Centennial History, 1904-2004 and A History of Worcester 1674-1848. Ken founded the Worcester History Group, was a fellow at the American Antiquarian Society and was a weekly columnist for Worcester Magazine and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for more than 25 years. He was also highly active in politics. A farmer, Ken also cared for many animals, including the ducks which made their home at Assumption’s pond during the warmer months. Always dedicated, he co-chaired the annual Assumption Prep Reunion with Moe Boisvert AP’62, ’66 for many years. Ken leaves his wife of 23 years, Mary Jo; three daughters, a granddaughter, five brothers and a sister.

Robert A. Babineau, Sr., M.D. ’43, P’76 died January 2, 2014 Donald Grenier AP’51 died December 8, 2013 Edgar Gauther ’54 died November 24, 2013 Andre Chalifour AP’57 died December 7, 2013 Msgr. Francis T. Goguen AP’59, ’63 died December 12, 2013


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Walter J. Josti ’67 died March 1, 2014 omas E. Hanley G’68 died January 13, 2014 Richard L. Christian AP’69 died May 29, 2013 Henry St. Cyr G’69 died January 23, 2014 Martha Ann Hossain G’77 died February 25, 2014

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Robert Tivnan CE’85 died January 27, 2014 Nancy Kerrigan Farrington CE’89 died January, 17, 2014 Toni M Vaccaro ’97 died November 21, 2013


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Reunion Weekend Saturday June 14 – Sunday June 15

Reunion is for everyone! Renew friendships, relive memories, join the fun ANNuAL ALuMNI AWARDs CEREMoNy Saturday, June 14 at 11am* Hagan Hall please join us to honor this year’s recipients: Fr. Louis Dion, A.A.’35 Outstanding Achievement: thomas manning ’69 Jack L. Bresciani ’72 Outstanding Alumnus: edward mcDonald ’84 Young Alumnus: geoffrey Lamarche ’04 Honorary Alumna: stephanie mccaffrey (ac campus ministry)


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Saturday, June 14 beginning at Noon* Charlie’s & Plourde Recreation Center a fun-filled afternoon with activities and games foR aLL aLumni. gather friends and enjoy a variety of delicious food trucks from sodexo with “taylor favorites,” wooberry, the Dog father, coco beni gourmet cupcakes and more! bring the kids for face painting, a bouncy house and lawn games. enjoy great afternoon entertainment by our own alumni, the Jay ’n Joe band. N EW !

PARk AVE sTRoLL/EVENING ENTERTAINMENT Saturday, June 14 beginning at 10pm from Taylor. a bus will loop continuously to park avenue; or relax on campus and catch up with old friends.

For a complete list of activities, visit

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