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Summer 2008

Volume XXXIV

Number 1

Journeys of Service & Discovery New Athletic Complex Announced pg. 4

Drumline In Europe pg. 9

Canada - Ryan Hockey Exchange pg. 12

Remembering Mr. Corsini

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Executive Committee members serving two-year terms: David Bohan ’66, Chairman Patrick J. Nolan III ’69, Vice-Chairman Rev. Michael O. Johnston, ‘63 Secretary-Treasurer David Glascoe, Finance Committee Chair Tommy Bradley ’81, Membership Committee Chair Committee chairs serving a one-year term: William R. Stejskal ’79, Facilities Committee Chair Judy Komisky Orr ’75, Advancement Committee Chair BOARD MEMBERS Antoine Agassi Rev. Mark Beckman Lori Copeland Chamberlain Judith E. Hoover Steve Janicak Rev. Patrick J. Kibby ’73 Patricia Kyger Kevin J. Marchetti ’73 Philip M. Mattingly Sr. ’69 Robert J. Mendes Stephen P. Mullins ’75 John Siedlecki James Sochovka

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Most Rev. David R. Choby ’65 Rev. David Perkin, V.G. James A. McIntyre Dr. Therese Williams

Students March For Right To Life Father Ryan Students Travel To Washington D.C. As living examples of the Gospel, students took the Father Ryan mission to Capitol Hill earlier this year to participate in the 2008 March for Life. More than 50 Ryan students, faculty and staff traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with Senator Lamar Alexander and Congressman Marsha Blackburn in their offices to discuss the Supreme Court decision in Roe v.Wade as well as other dignity of life issues. This past January marked the 35th anniversary of the March for Life with more than 100,000 participants.

LIFE TRUSTEES W. Irvin Berry ’46

FATHER RYAN HIGH SCHOOL 2008 - 2009 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Richard L. Bevington ’42 Thomas G. Connor Sr. ’60 John J. Cunningham Sr. William J. Dunigan William H. Farmer ’65 Edward B. Gore J. Terry Hunter Vincent T. Phillips John C. Shea ’51 William F. Smith Edward A. Stack


Summer 2008, Volume XXVIII, Number 1 Irish Ayes is published by Father Ryan High School and is distributed without charge to alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the school. Send address changes to: Father Ryan High School, Advancement Office 770 Norwood Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 Phone: 615-269-7926 • E-mail: Father Ryan High School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Father Bernard Retires Edited from Tennessee Register by Theresa Laurence


fter 58 years of service to the Diocese of Nashville, Father Bernard Niedergeses retired on July 1, 2008 at 82 years of age. Father Bernard had served the St. Pius X and Assumption churches for 38 years. A Lawrenceburg, Tennessee native, Father Bernard was the youngest of six children. He was surrounded by a devoutly faithful family. Many of his cousins, including Bishop James Niedergeses and Father John Baltz, would become priests. He was certain of his own vocation by the eighth grade. After graduating from Sacred Heart School and attending Lawrence County High School for three years, Father Bernard transferred to Father Ryan High School to complete his Latin requirements necessary to gain admittance to the seminary. He attended St. Charles College and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1950, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation by Bishop William Adrian.

Father Bernard spent his first few years after ordination serving parishes in Memphis and then was assigned to East Tennessee mission territory. He helped organize and build St. Patrick Parish in Morristown, Tenn. In 1966, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, Father Bernard was appointed the Diocesan Director of Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. During that time of such uncertainty in the church, he said, “It was very important to have a good religious education office.” He worked fulltime for two years on an audio/visual program to help explain the council. In the late 1960s, Father Bernard briefly served St. John Vianney in Gallatin and St. Rose of Lima in Murfreesboro. In January of 1970, he received the dual assignment in St. Pius X Parish in Bordeaux and Assumption Parish in Germantown, where he would remain for the next 38 years. “I’ve loved these two parishes,” he said. When Father Bernard took over Assumption Parish in 1970, the church was in disrepair and membership was waning. He guided the church through

extensive renovations. Recently, the parish added an extra Sunday Mass to accommodate the crowds. Twenty-nine years ago, Father Bernard helped launch Oktoberfest, which has grown into Germantown’s largest annual cultural street festival. The German Homecoming Mass, always celebrated on Oktoberfest morning, welcomes old parishioners and visitors alike. Among those visitors are some who had never been in a Catholic church before, who returned later and ultimately decided to join the church. Father Bernard said, “We’ve had a number of converts through the years.” Father Bernard plans to split his time between Nashville and Lawrenceburg to help care for his only living sibling, his 97-year-old sister. He will also continue to hear confessions at the Dominican Motherhouse once a week. If he’s feeling up for it, a little traveling, perhaps to hike in the Smoky Mountains, may be in order, Father Bernard said.


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Major Gift To Fund First On-Campus Athletic Complex at Father Ryan –Photo by Michael Gomez ’85

$2 Million Gift From Jim Carell ‘54 Leads Campaign A $2 million gift from Jim Carell ’54, launched the campaign for the first ever athletics complex at Father Ryan. Not just the first ever stadium to be built at the Oak Hill campus, but in the school’s 83 year history. While the details of the complex are still being determined, the plans call for a football stadium with permanent seating, a new, modern track, newly aligned and improved softball and baseball fields and a permanent berm to provide soundproofing for Father Ryan’s neighbors adjacent to the campus. Fundraising for the additional funds is currently underway. Mr. Carell’s gift includes a challenge that requires Father Ryan’s alumni and friends to contribute $2 million in additional funds before the end of 2008. “We are extremely grateful to Mr. Carell for this generous gift and for the support of Bishop David Choby in this exciting and challenging endeavor,” Jim McIntyre said. “This new complex will enhance our mission to provide for the total education of the child. It will provide us with a facility that will be a center for athletic events, a venue for outdoor celebrations and a meeting place for the entire Catholic community of the diocese. Mr. Carell has placed the dream in front of us, and with the support of the entire Father Ryan family, I am confident we will bring this dream to reality.” He went on to say he feels confident that the stadium can and will be built. “We want to be prudent about moving forward. Our alumni have long waited for this athletic

complex, and I know they are going to come through.” Mr. Carell is president of Achiever Development Corporation, chairman of CareAll Home Care Services and president of CareAll Management, Inc. McIntyre affirmed that the complex fits within the master plan approved in 2006 by the City of Oak Hill and that discussions have already taken place with the City of Oak Hill regarding this development. He also said the expected completion date is 2009, based on the successful completion of the fundraising and construction planning. “Having waited 83 years for this opportunity, I can promise you that we will be diligent and responsible in all fundraising and construction matters related to the complex,” stated McIntyre Ever since its founding in 1925, Father Ryan has dealt with property constraints that prevented the construction of an on-campus complex. The school has used other venues in the city, including West End Junior High,Vanderbilt and Greer Stadium. McIntyre said the prospect of welcoming alumni and friends onto the campus for events is extremely exciting to everyone. “This new complex, and the facilities that will be a part of it, will allow us to advance our efforts to serve the Catholic community, enabling us to enhance the excellence of our school for our entire family while saluting the countless dedicated alumni who have so proudly represented the school since 1925.”

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Jim McIntyre Honored by Peabody

Father Ryan Partners with Saint Thomas for Service Projects First Effort Benefits Room In The Inn


ather Ryan president Jim McIntyre was honored by The Roundtable of Peabody College for his

contributions and service to education. The Roundtable was established in 1982 with alumni, parents and friends who recognized the exceptional position of Peabody College as a private institution with a public mission. McIntyre was honored by Patricia and Kent Kyger, both graduates of Vanderbilt, who saluted his commitment to academics and his leadership and influence on both students and their parents. He was one of a select group of 17 individuals from around the country to be honored. McIntyre became principal of Father Ryan in 2004 and became its first president in 2007. He has been

ather Ryan has joined with other Catholic ministries to launch a cooperative service initiative designed to encourage volunteerism while assisting those who need a hand throughout the city. The first effort benefited Room In The Inn’s Campus for Human Development where Saint Thomas provided free flu shots and first aid materials for participants in December, while students from Father Ryan served lunch. The school and the hospital see this as the beginning of numerous projects that will benefit and involve members of both communities. Jim McIntyre and Sister Mary Kay Tyrell, senior vice president of Saint Thomas Health Services (STHS), announced the initiative, saying that the spirit of service permeates both institutions and served as the launching point for the discussion. “Sister and I met with Gene Lane of STHS, a former Father Ryan athletic trainer, and discussed how we could work together,” McIntyre stated. “We are both Catholic facilities with large populations and have a strong commitment to serve. The hospital has health care strengths that can be used to help a number of the underserved in Nashville. Father Ryan has talented teachers and students whose skills can assist Saint Thomas’s patients and other members of this community. We are excited to launch this important endeavor.” “The Campus for Human Development was a logical starting point,” Lane said, “and a familiar place for all involved. Father Ryan’s students have volunteered at the Campus and at Room In The Inn for years, and Saint Thomas has been interested in bringing our health care capabilities to this community in accord with our commitment to provide healthcare that leaves no one behind. We are all delighted to help Charles Strobel with the phenomenal work he does here.” McIntyre said that the program’s specifics are still being finalized, but that he and Sister Mary Kay have talked about other ways that they can assist each other’s mission, stating, “There is no limit to the need, and there is no limit to our commitment to help. We will continue to explore ways that these important Nashville institutions can help make a difference in the lives of this city’s citizens.” More information about Room In The Inn and Campus for Human Development can be found at

instrumental in the enhancement of the school’s academic achievements and has been a leading voice for Catholic education throughout his career. Peabody College seeks to create knowledge in the fields of education and human development, to prepare leaders, to support practitioners and to engage with and assist communities on a local, national and international scale. It is ranked #3 in the country among graduate schools of education and is the highest ranked college at Vanderbilt.

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Students Don’t Just Learn About Faith,They Live It

2007-08 Annual Fund Sets Record

Ash Wednesday Service Project Benefits Others

School Announces $400,000 Goal For Coming Year


ollowing in the school tradition of faith, knowledge, service, and following in the tradition begun last year by Father Ryan seniors, students turned to service first on Ash Wednesday and studies later. While wearing their ashes, students began the Lenten season of 2008 with a day of service at sites across Nashville. Tim Forbes, Dean of Campus Ministry and Student Life, explained that the idea came from the 2007 senior class, who proposed to make Ash Wednesday a day of service as a way to demonstrate the timeless messages of Lent. “The day does not serve as a holiday,” Forbes said. “The students are responsible for their daily course work—but that reinforces the school’s belief that service is part of one’s everyday life.” The day started with Mass at Father Ryan where the students had ashes placed on their foreheads and were blessed as missionaries for the day. Then more than 70 students traveled to eight different sites in the city where they provided volunteer service. Those sites included Belcourt Terrace Nursing Home, Paragon Mills, Fannie Battle, Lakeshore Estates Retirement Community, St. Mary’s Villa Daycare, Ronald McDonald House, Camp Marymount and Bellevue Presbyterian Daycare. Lauren Janicak, one of the students who participated in the Lenten service project, explained how the project helped her show her Catholic faith, “Ash Wednesday is a day of atonement for our sins. It give us an opportunity to show our faith out in the community.” Nick Anneken said that the project let him focus on the needs of others. “You get a chance to think about other people rather than yourself,” Nick told a reporter with The Tennessean. A story covering the event ran on the front page of the February 9 Faith & Values section of the paper. While students had to apply for a limited number of volunteer slots to go off campus, many other students were provided opportunities to participate on campus to help other organizations. One English class, for example, recorded books on tape for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Most of the locations to which students traveled on Ash Wednesday are ones the students currently support through regular service projects. “The fact that the students provided the service with the ashes on their foreheads is significant,” Forbes said. “When the students came to us with the idea, a key part was doing it on Ash Wednesday so they could visibly demonstrate their faith to anyone who sees them. I am proud of their commitment and see it as another example of Father Ryan’s tradition of faith, knowledge and service being put into action for the benefit of everyone.”


he Annual Fund is critical to the day-to-day operation of Father Ryan and our ability to allow

students and teachers to take advantage of opportunities that are not covered by tuition. This year, the Annual Fund generated over $365,000 in unrestricted gifts and almost $430,000 in total annual giving for the school, setting a record for dollars raised in a single year. The amount exceeds the previous record for annual giving by almost $100,000, an increase of over 30%. The number of participants also increased. There were more first time donors than ever before, and strong participation came from the Board, the faculty and staff and our parents. Following this year’s success, the school has established a $400,000 goal for the coming year. Jim McIntyre commented on the exceptional effort this year, saying “The parent leadership, the dedication an the commitment of the staff, and the generosity of the Father Ryan family combined to produce this result. Annual Fund is like a living endowment. The total is equivalent to the income from an over $7.5 million endowment, which emphasizes the importance of these dollars for the overall mission of this school. I am so appreciative of the work that made this possible. It will make a difference in the lives of every student on this campus.”

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Did Anyone Call for a Lapidary?

Remembering Mr. Corsini


apidary. A strange word, isn’t it? Admit it. Most of us have never used it in a sentence…goodness, most of us wouldn’t know where to even put it in a sentence! For the casual reader and infrequent dictionary visitor, it sounds like an agricultural chore at best, an unfortunate medical condition at worst. But the humor or confusion that this four-syllable word generates would have pleased immensely a man who was one—Mr. Humbert Andrew “Pat” Corsini, long-time Father Ryan teacher, who passed away this past January. And, the definition of this profession makes it applicable for his teaching career as well. A lapidary is…a jeweler, someone adept at polishing and engraving gemstones. And Mr. Corsini was one, literally and, well, literally. His second career—begun while at Father Ryan where he polished students—was spent scouring North Carolina mines on weekends for gems. Together with his dear wife, Betty, they crafted and created jewelry that they would sell to friends, students, neighbors and whoever stopped by their craft tent on miserably hot days to admire the beauty of nature’s gemstones. In many ways, what Mr. Corsini did as a lapidary is what he did as a teacher. Think about sitting in his classroom. Wasn’t French or Spanish just a bit unfamiliar (alright, it was downright Greek to many students), but didn’t you begin to discover that you understood the oddities of the grammars, then the beauty of their tones and then the lyricism and history of those words and accents and idioms? And didn’t you one day look up and realize that you were studying gems of language, taught by a master lapidary, sitting there in a cardigan sweater and ill-fitting tie and all full of laughter, life and teaching? There were certainly layers to him. He sang in the Cathedral Church Choir. He was a chef. He spoke French and Spanish regularly—that’s right, people actually do that! And he loved to tell a joke. A native of Nashville, Mr. Corsini was born on March 16, 1921 and attended Cathedral Grade School and Father Ryan, graduating as a proud member of the Class of 1939. He went on to get Bachelor’s degrees in French and Spanish from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s in

Education from Peabody. In amongst these activities, he served in the Merchant Marines and in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Hornet during World War II. He returned home and joined his father to work in the family restaurant, Corsini’s, located at 7th Avenue in Nashville. In 1958, he became a teacher at Father Ryan, starting a career that lasted until his retirement in 1987. His subjects were languages—French, Spanish and Latin—and he taught them with a style and humor that could be described as wry and memorable. For any student who had the privilege of sitting in Mr. Corsini’s classroom—and there were thousands in his long tenure at Father Ryan—there has to be a warm memory of a caring and committed teacher who made the study of languages more enjoyable and understandable. For anyone who intentionally—or by showing up at the wrong office— became part of a yearbook staff, the Old-Timer (a loving nickname bestowed on him by one such staff) educated them on photography, printing, writing and deadlines. No matter the raw gem he unearthed, he could spot the potential and begin the lapidary’s process. A glower, intended to get your attention, may have accompanied the polishing, but there was always a smile, coming just after that twinkle appeared on the edges of his eyes as it began to fill up his face. In passing, he leaves a lot: his wife of 64 years, Allie Elizabeth “Betty” Corsini, his daughters Claudia Batson of Asheville and Anita Monohan of Mt. Juliet, his sons Andrew (Father Ryan ’67) of Marseille, France, and Richard (Father Ryan ’70) of Knoxville. And he leaves a lot of gems, carefully polished, still shining and reflecting the power of education well taught.


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Father Ryan Students Inducted into Cum Laude Society


orty-three Father Ryan students were honored for their academic achievement with induction into the Cum Laude Honor Society, the most prestigious academic society for secondary schools in the world. Father Ryan is one of only four area Nashville schools with a Cum Laude Society chapter and the only Catholic high school. Founded in 1906, the Cum Laude Society is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools and is modeled after Phi Beta Kappa. Twenty-four seniors and nineteen juniors received the honor. Senior members (including the 14 students who were inducted as juniors) are: David Anderson, Robert Benkert, Emily Bihun, Patrick Bontrager, Anna Carr, Eric Collins, Jessica Copeland, Andrea Erikson, Bonnie Fulks, Mary Glover, Jason Hartman, Chris Hoeflein, Cole James, Jonathan Joyce, Alijandra Keigh, Betty Kidane, Grant Dreegel, Sarah Lankford, Rachel Lytel, Nicholas Mataya, Evan McAleer, Maggie McCluney, Charles Menke, Melissa Molteni, Cullen Nicholl, Jessica Nolan, Erin Olbon, Ellen Pigott, Rachael Reynolds, Robert Rogers, Kelly Scherer, Eric Schoen, Daniel Showers, Brian Tonnies, Ben Wathen, Elizabeth Wilson and Megan Zeek. Junior members include Stephen Bailey, Erin Blair, Shannon

Cain, Elizabeth Conn, Brendan Connolly, Elizabeth Davis, Shelby Davis, Kerry Durso, Scott Englert, Rachel Hunkler, Nick Lybarger, Ryan Robe, Camille Roberts, Alex Roushdi, Eileen Schaeffer, Adam Stratz, Sarah Wathen, Kathryn Webb and Andrew Zipperer. Father Ryan alumnus Dr. Russell Wigginton, class of 1984 and vice president for College Relations at Rhodes College, was the speaker. In his role, Dr. Wigginton oversees college grants, foundations and government relations, communications, alumni relations and continuing education.  Dr. Wigginton earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Rhodes College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2006, Dr. Wigginton published a book entitled, The Strange Career of the Black Athlete:  African-Americans and Sports with Greenwood Press.   Since its founding, Cum Laude has grown to 350 chapters, approximately two dozen of which are located in public schools and the rest in independent schools. Membership is predominantly in the United States, but chapters also are located in Canada, England, France, Spain, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

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News of the Drumline Heard All The Way From Europe If you were like most Father Ryan alumni who knew the drumline was competing in Europe, you were glued to the website www. That’s where you would have seen that Father Ryan’s winter drumline was one of 15 teams competing internationally, and you would have read the news of Father Ryan’s elite corps, an interview with Derek Schletzer, director of the winter drumline, and comments from winners of the event. The fact that Father Ryan High School winter drumline was in the competition at all was a testament to the corps’ award winning capabilities. They were invited to travel to Europe and perform last spring through a program with Dynasty USA and Muremo Music. The trip included stops in the UK, France, Belgium and Holland where the corps participated in clinics and shows over the two-week period. The Ryan winter drumline has been among the nation’s top groups for several years, rising to a ranking of #1 in the U.S. during the 2007 season and finishing third in the world championships. Drumline combines elements of percussive music with dance and theater to present a story. Competitions take place around the world. The Father Ryan story, “7 Countries In 7 Minutes,” is a show that brings the audience around the world in seven minutes and explores different cultures and musical styles. The countries that are visited include Japan, Ireland, Scotland, Ghana, Spain, France and the United States. Shows in the past have included sports themes, “Road to the Final Four” (2005) and “Are You Ready for Some Football” (2006). Last year’s production, “The Fallen Society of Gypsies, Carnies and Circus Freaks” (2007), inspired the direction of this year’s production. “Expect the unexpected,” said Schletzer. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity of a lifetime for our students, and the only way that this would have happened is through our wonderful relationship with the great people at Dynasty USA and Muremo,” Schletzer continued. “Father Ryan High School winter drumline has set wonderful standards for entertainment and precision” says Allan Murray, vice president of Dynasty USA. Jean Paul Ratajczak, president of Muremo Music, added, “The Father Ryan High School winter drumline had a great experience here in Europe sight seeing and spreading good will throughout the marching community with clinics and shows in many different venues all over Europe and the UK. I can say that all of Europe welcomed their arrival here in the spring of 2008.” Located in Massenhoven, Belgium, Muremo Music is the premiere European marching and concert percussion and brass supplies company. Dynasty USA, located in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, is a division of DEG Music Products, Inc, the manufacturer of Dynasty USA Brasswind, Dynasty USA Percussion Instruments and Schafer band instruments, the North American distributor of Willson professional brass instruments and a complete range of DEG accessories for wind instruments.

Ryan Student Earns Shakespeare Scholarship at Oglethorpe Elizabeth Lanier, class of 2008, was awarded a full scholarship to Oglethorpe University in Atlanta as a Shakespeare Scholar. Lanier will receive full tuition for all four years and will travel to Oxford, England for further studies. She will also work with the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, the professional theater company in residence at Oglethorpe University. Dedicated to the production of the works of William Shakespeare and other enduring authors, Georgia Shakespeare annually mounts a full summer repertory season of three professional productions as well as an annual series of fall productions. “This is an exceptional tribute to Elizabeth and her commitment to the theater arts, and another example of how the Father Ryan principles of faith, knowledge and service are demonstrated throughout our community in a variety of ways. We are proud of her for this deserved achievement,” said Jim McIntyre.


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Destined To Serve Senior David Anderson joins a prestigious rank of Father Ryan military academy appointments since the year 2000, but Anderson is the only student in that elite group of 15 that has received appointments from three academies. David received appointments from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the United States Naval Academy and the United States Air Force Academy. He decided to enter the Air Force Academy. David said his decision wasn’t an easy one. “I really didn’t know which one I wanted to attend,” he said, so he spent a year filling out applications, writing essays, working to pass the physical fitness test and interviewing for the individual academies. According to Jim McIntyre, president, the allure of Father Ryan students to the different academies may be due to the similar values that the military finds as a basis for their service men and women. “There’s a leadership quality to our students,” McIntyre said. “We also provide a vigorous curriculum in math and science.” David is strong in mathematics and will most likely focus on an engineering degree. “We’re all very proud of David and what he has achieved,” McIntyre said. David will be entering the academy during wartime. It’s something he’s thought about and says, “I see it as an opportunity to protect our freedom, now more than ever.”

Fourteen Students of the Class of 2009 Named National Merit Commended Students


ourteen members of Father Ryan’s class of 2009 have been named as National Merit Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, bringing the number of Ryan students honored by National Merit in the last 11 years to 94. The total number of students to be commended is the highest ever for Father Ryan and speaks to the students’ dedication and their commitment to academic excellence. The students are: Stephen Bailey, who came to Father Ryan from Overbrook School and who is a member of St. Henry Parish. Matthew Benenson from St. Bernard Academy and Holy Family Parish. Elizabeth Conn, a graduate of St. Bernard Academy and a member of Holy Family Parish. Brendan Connelly, from Overbrook School and Cathedral Parish. Scott Englert, a graduate of St. Bernard Academy and a member of Holy Family Parish. Rachel Hunkler, who came to Ryan from St. Henry School and who is a member of St. Henry Parish. Nick Lybarger, a graduate of Christ the King School and a member of Christ the King Parish. Stephanie Reynolds, from Holy Rosary Academy and St. Ignatius Parish. Ryan Robe, a graduate of Holy Rosary Academy and a member of St. Ignatius Parish. Alex Roushdi, who graduated from St. Henry School and is a member of St. Henry Parish. Hudson Todd, who came to Father Ryan from St. Henry School and who is a member of St. Henry Parish. Kathryn Webb, from St. Henry School and St. Henry Parish. Nick Wilson, a graduate of St. Henry School and a member of St. Henry Parish. Kathryn Wohl, a graduate of Woodland Middle School and a member of Holy Family Parish. Paul Davis, Principal, saluted the students, saying, “These are exceptional students and exceptional people who demonstrate Father Ryan’s traditions of faith, knowledge, and service every day. We are proud of them and of what they bring to the classroom and our campus.”

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Father Ryan wrestlers celebrate the TSSAA State championships earlier this year.

Wrestling Team Takes State Special look back at First State Champions Father Ryan’s wrestling team claimed its 10th state title as it finished in first with Baylor in the 2008 Division II State Championships. Patrick Marchetti, Wes Wesley, Kevin Mix, Sam Clanton, and Zach Herrmann all took individual titles. Cody Austell was state runner-up and Ryan Miller, Johnny Maurizi, Matt Brewer and Michael Goodrum took 3rd place medals. Congratulations to Coaches Pat Simpson, Jim Miller, Steve Peden and Josh Myers and to the entire team on an exceptional season and a great championship performance. Coach Simpson was also named the 2008 TSSAA Wrestling Coach of the Year. In saluting this year’s champions, Father Ryan also paid homage to its wrestling heritage with a reception prior to the MBA match for the members of the first two championship teams in Ryan’s history, the state wrestling titleists from 1969 and 1971. Coached by Joe Drennan and Bobby Garman, they were the first teams from outside Chattanooga to claim a state wrestling title and began the long history of Irish success on the mats.

Congratulations to the boys’ soccer team for winning the 2008 Soccer State Championship. They worked hard all season knowing that their goal was obtainable, but not yet obtained. After completing the regular season, the boys raised their level of play for the post season. In regional tournament play, the boys played well as they avenged their only loss by winning the championship in overtime. They continued their march toward their “ultimate goal” with a triumph over Baylor in the East/ Middle Region Championship. Their march continued with a Sub-State win over MBA and a State Semifinal win over McCallie. All of these games put the boys in the State Finals against a formidable Christian Brothers team. The Irish endured delays and overtime until the Championship match came down to penalty kicks. The guys were up to the task; the result ended with a State Championship - their “ultimate goal.”


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Hockey Brings Down Borders


Clippers advanced to that level. NHL teams hat can a Catholic high school have drafted dozens of Dauphin natives over the hockey team in Tennessee learn years. Only one Nashville-trained player, Blake from a Canadian high school Geoffrion, has had that honor. hockey team? Plenty when they spend the Greater Nashville Area Scholastic Hockey week together in a cultural exchange that started 10 years ago at the same time that the leaves both teams with more understanding Predators came to Nashville. The program has about their respective countries and the grown from six teams to 20 teams in a decade, sport that brings them together. and the sport is gaining momentum. But area The Dauphin Regional Comprehensive teams have limited venues for practice play. In Secondary School Clippers made the Clippers coach, Dauphin, hockey is a big part of everyday life. 1,600 mile trip to Nashville in November Randy Daley Predators coach Barry Trotz played and coached and spent five days with the Irish players. there. Former Ryan coach Robert Bouchard is Coaches from both teams hoped to gain from Canada. Bouchard is now video coach for experience in hockey as well as knowledge the Predators. of the different cultures. The cultural exchange began as an offhand comment by “There really aren’t a lot of differences between us,” said Bouchard to Clippers assistant coach Bruce Helgeson during a Clippers coach, Randy Daley, who watched and listened as Predators’ road trip last season. players bonded over hockey first and then mutual interests “It started with two or three emails, followed by two or —girls, cars and video games. three hundred. And then Randy Daley, our head coach, and Ryan’s coaches were hoping that some of the Canadian Walt Wasyliw got it going in the right direction and now here passion and hockey work ethic would inspire the Irish. “They we are,” Helgeson said. (Dauphin players) eat, sleep and drink hockey,” said Ryan The first day, Dauphin players shadowed Ryan players, coach Walt Wasyliw who understands that high school hockey is the gateway to a potential pro career. Last year, five Dauphin attending classes, wearing their green and white hockey sweaters. They drew a lot of attention, especially from the girls, who asked questions so they could hear their Canadian accents. Both teams attended a pair of Predators games in the Sommet Center where they played twice during the exchange. The Clippers watched the Irish face local opponents. In a cultural exchange, both sides usually walk away with a new understanding and new appreciation for the other. When the Clippers and Irish finally parted ways, there was exchange of emails and phone numbers and talk of an Irish trip to Dauphin. The borders had been erased.

“There really aren’t a lot of differences between us.”

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Hard Work Pays Off For Ryan’s Top Students

Reprinted with permission by Andy Telli,Tennessee Register When Sarah Lankford and Mary Glover started as freshmen at Father Ryan High School four years ago, they had no grand plans to finish at the top of the Class of 2008. But after a lot of hard work, that’s just where they’ve ended up. At the graduation for the Class of 2008, Lankford and Glover led their classmates as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Lankford approached her studies at Ryan the same way she takes on any task, she said, determined to do her best. “It’s awesome it’s paid off,” she said. “We have a very smart class, just incredibly smart people. It feels awesome” to finish her high school career as the top student. Lankford draws inspiration and encouragement from her parents, Diana Allen and Jim Lankford, she said, and owes it to them to do her best. “Mom didn’t have the opportunities (that) she’s worked to give my brothers and me,” Lankford said. “She’s helped me every way she knows how. It feels good to make her proud.” Glover took a similar approach, following the admonition of her parents, Ruth and Scott Glover, to always do her best. “There’s a self satisfaction to know you’ve done as well as you can.” Both will be enrolling at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville next fall. “When we had a college fair my junior year, I was grabbing brochures like a madwoman,” Lankford said. She considered all types of schools, but fairly early in the process gravitated toward UT. After a campus visit, Lankford said, “I felt it was a fit.” “I looked at a lot of places,” Glover said. “In the end I narrowed it down to St. Louis University and UT. UT seemed the more practical choice and the right fit.” Lankford plans on studying nursing, choosing that field of study because, “I have an affinity for working with people… especially children.” Glover will major in biology and hopes to be either a surgeon or scientist. Lankford and Glover will be joined at UT by a large contingent of Ryan classmates. “It will be a sort of comfort area having people there you know,” Lankford said. She and Glover have seen a lot of changes in themselves and their classmates over the last four years. “I was very shy my freshman year. That’s changed a lot,” Glover said. “Everyone is always so nice and friendly. It kind of comes naturally.” “As a class we’ve all grown up,” Lankford said. She credits some of the maturity of the Class of 2008 to the changes brought to Father Ryan by Jim McIntyre who arrived as Ryan’s new principal their sophomore year. “We grew with him,” she said. First as principal and now as school president, McIntyre helped to focus the atmosphere at the school, raising the expectations for students, Lankford said.

Mary Glover (left) and Sarah Lankford (right) Along the way, the Class of 2008 has grown closer, Lankford and Glover said. “Our class is a lot closer than a lot of others,” Glover said. Both Lankford and Glover came to Father Ryan from Catholic elementary schools; Lankford attended St. Henry School in Nashville and Glover St. Rose of Lima School in Murfreesboro. “It’s nice to be open about your religion” in school, Glover said. Her teachers, even if they aren’t Catholic, share “the same Christian attitude.” “You always feel safe and you always feel like you matter, that you’re cared for,” Lankford said of her years in Catholic school “We’re really lucky.” Both have been active in extracurricular activities while at Father Ryan. Glover has been a member of the marching and concert bands and plays the flute and piccolo. Lankford plays on Ryan’s lacrosse team and is a cheerleader for the wrestling team. She’s also active with the St. Henry CYO, SEARCH and Girl Scout Troop 1932 at St. Henry. She has earned the rank of Senior Scout, which is similar to an Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts, Lankford said. To earn that honor, she worked on a project to organize a drive to collect medical supplies for the Visitation Clinic in Haiti. Both Lankford and Glover carried a heavy academic load through their senior year. Glover’s class schedule includes AP English, AP Calculus, AP Biology, band, U.S. History, and Comparative World Religions. Lankford has been studying Honors Latin I, Honors Pre-Calculus, Shakespeare, advanced biology, AP Government, AP English and Senior Service class. “I’ve loved this year. I love every class I’m taking,” Lankford said. “This is the best year by far.” IRISH AYES 13

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Ryan Alum Smith Honored by Seniors with Shining Star


avid Smith, ‘87 has been awarded the 2008 Shining Star Award by Senior Citizens, Inc. (SCI) for his outstanding contributions to SCI and the community. According to Patty St. Clair, public relations chair of the organization, David worked closely on two important issues affecting seniors today. As chairman of the Public Policy Committee, he has worked with the community on Medicare Part D education and enrollment assistance, the SCI-sponsored 2007 Mayoral Forum and the passing of the property tax freeze for seniors in Davidson County, which will help more seniors stay in their own homes. A Nashville native, Smith was first introduced to volunteerism through a community service class in his senior year at Father Ryan High School, where he graduated in 1987. Smith volunteered at the Susan Gray School, where he came in contact with children with physical and mental disabilities. According to Smith, “It was an extremely rewarding experience watching these children grow and assisting them every day as they worked diligently to overcome their disabilities. Over the next three or four years, I would see one of the kids every couple of months with his parents at the mall or at the grocery store. It was amazing to see him walking and talking since he was doing neither of these when I was there, although I could see that he had the spirit and the spunk to try to be just like any other kid.” Smith realized then that there are a number of people who do not have the advantages of most and who can thrive and succeed with the support of nonprofit organizations and volunteers, just like him. Smith’s volunteer commitment continued after college, when he moved to the Atlanta area after receiving a Bachelor

of Science degree in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University. As director of community development for the city of Douglasville, Georgia, Smith began his work with nonprofits, serving as the city’s liaison by sitting on the boards of directors for several nonprofits, including the Boys & Girls Club, the Douglasville Main Street Program and the Douglasville Downtown Development Authority. He was also active with the Keep America Beautiful and Keep Georgia Beautiful programs and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University before returning to Nashville in 2000. Desiring to continue his nonprofit board involvement back home in Nashville, Smith was accepted into the Young Leaders Council, a nonprofit organization that has trained more than 1,400 men and women between the ages of 25-39 to effectively participate on the boards of nonprofit agencies. Upon completion of the ten-week board training program, Smith was offered a one-year board intern position with SCI. Upon completion of his internship, SCI offered Smith the opportunity to sit on its board as a full-fledged member in 2005, thereby becoming the first second-generation SCI board member for SCI, following in the footsteps of his father, Bill Smith, who served on the board in the 1980s. Today, the elder Smith is a retired CPA and continues his volunteer service with a number of nonprofit organizations in Williamson County. Smith is married to Cara, a licensed social worker, and has two sons. Daniel is completing his first year at Lipscomb University and Clayton is a sixth grader at Meigs Magnet School.

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Monroe Carell ‘50 (deceased) was named 2008 Nashvillian of the Year by Easter Seals Tennessee, a service provider for disabled and special needs patients. The award, issued since 1993, honors residents based on criteria including community donations and business leadership. Carell was awarded the honor by past winners such as Gov. Phil Bredesen and Tennessean publisher emeritus John Seigenthaler ‘45.


Phillip Holmes’53 and his wife Sallie celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on February 17, 2008. They are enjoying their golden years with their seven children and 17 grandchildren at their home on Old Hickory Lake.


Bill Shanks ‘54 is back in Nashville and has come out of retirement to serve as the Director for Environmental Engineering for Ultimate Earth. The company designs facilities that turn waste products into usable energy sources.


William F. Humphrey ‘55 was awarded the C. Colburn Hardy Older Advocate Award by the Department of Elder Affairs of the State of Florida. The annual award is given to a Floridian who has consistently made major and significant contributions to policies, programs and services for older Americans.


Both of Bill Trebing’s ‘58 sons, Joseph and Andy, have obtained their Masters Degrees. Joseph has an MBA from Georgetown University and Andrew received his MFA in Poetry from Columbia College in Chicago. Joe works for the Department of Defense in Washington, and Andy will be teaching English Composition at Loyola University in Chicago, where he is also employed in the Financial Aid Department. Andy will pursue his Doctorate at Northern Illinois University.

Class Notes


Phil Friedli ‘68 and his wife of 39 years, Wanda, have moved back to the Nashville area after 14 years. Phil is General Manager for Metal Moulding Corp in Madison. Their son Charles, daughter-in-law Mary and granddaughter live in Mt. Juliet, while their daughter, Angela, lives in Hermitage.


Luellen Hoffman ‘72, an adjunct professor at George Mason University, has published her book, Special Dream. The book contains a series of personal stories of one specific type of dream that some people have after the death of a loved one. In these dreams, the dead person relays a message of some kind. Special Dream is available at


Pat Miller, Jr. ‘76 made BusinessTN magazine’s Power 100 list. A senior advisor for the Governor Phil Bredesen’s administration, Pat was listed as #67 in the magazine’s 5th annual list of the 100 most powerful people in the state.

Class of ‘58 become Golden Grads Father Ryan’s Alumni Weekend June 6-8, featured the induction of the Class of 1958 as the newest members of the Golden Grads Society.They were honored with the Golden Grads Mass on June 8 followed by a reception, all on the Ryan Campus. (FRONT) Ray Heins, Jim Weber, Frank Wilk, Jerry Strobel, Mike Holmes (BACK) Pat Langdon, Msgr. Owen Campion,Tony Gill, Dave Hardin, David Mattox, Bob Doyle, Charlie Freeman, John Kohl, Bill Trebing, Joe Sapp IRISH AYES 15

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Peter Strobel ’77 has moved to Scottsdale, AZ. His daughter, Aubrey Lyn, graduated from The Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville and is teaching at Westminster Church. His daughter, Brittany Ruth, is in school at Nashville Tech studying drafting and works for Katy’s Hallmark in Belle Meade.

Paul Warner ‘77 and his wife Kelly have been married 15 years. Their son, Brandon, 9, and daughter, Colleen, 7, attend St. Edward School. Paul has been in real estate for five years and is with Keller Williams Realty.


Nick Glennon ‘81 and his wife, Rhonda, live in LaVergne, TN with their three children: Christian, 15, Mary, 8, and Owen, 5. After 15 years in oil distribution management, Nick has opened NICK’S QUICK LUBE in Franklin, TN.


Shellie Braeuner ‘83 was named the grand prize winner in the Cheerios® Spoonfuls of Stories® Children’s Book Contest. Her book will be included in boxes of Cheerios next spring.

Randy Lancaster ‘83 received a music licensing deal from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival for five songs he composed for William Shakespeare’s play,Twelfth Night.The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is featuring his songs in a play that will tour across California in more than 300 shows.When he’s not performing plays, singing or songwriting, Randy teaches Shakespeare classes at Father Ryan where he is chair of the English department.


Adolpho Birch ‘84 was listed by Business TN Magazine as one of the most powerful people from the state working for the NFL. Adolpho is the league’s vice president of law and labor policy.


Ronna (Linder) Davis ‘85 lives in Suwanee, GA with Chris, her husband of 19 years, and her two boys ages 7 and 9. She is a franchisor of

Mike Fredericksen ‘85, married Ann Helen Doherty in May 2007. Their first child Henry Gordon was born on May 14, 2008. Mike is a senior application analyst for Community Health Systems in Franklin, TN. Christie Wilson ‘85 was named Realtor of the Year for the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors. She was president of the organization in 2006. Christie is the managing broker and partner of The Wilson Group Real Estate Services. She also volunteers with the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.


Todd Truley ‘86 starred in the Tennessee Repertory Theater’s holiday production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. He received rave reviews for his portrayal of the radio actor playing George Bailey in the iconic Christmas story. Besides the voice acting, Todd and his fellow actors also performed the commercials and the sound effects for the production. Now based in Los Angeles, Todd has had roles ranging from ER to Gilmore Girls to The Practice.

Class Notes

Delta Dental of Tennessee promoted Missy (Baker) Acosta ‘86 to vice president of marketing and service. Missy, who originally joined Delta Dental in 2006 as director of Corporate communications and public relations, oversees the marketing, communications and public relations efforts of Delta Dental and its affiliate companies and directs the efforts of client service. Claire (Dentici) Hennings ‘86 son, Dion Hennings Jr., is now an Eagle Scout. He achieved this rank in August 2007. Chip Saltsman ‘86 served as Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s national campaign manager.


David Smith 87, director of sales operations for HealthSpring of Tennessee, was awarded the 2008 Shining Star Award by Senior Citizens, Inc. (SCI) due, in part, to his invaluable contributions as chairman of the Public Policy Committee. During his tenure, he has worked with the community on Medicare Part D education and enrollment assistance, the SCI-sponsored 2007 Mayoral Forum and the passing of the property tax freeze for seniors in Davidson County, which will help more seniors stay in their own homes.


Mark Pyburn ‘88 works as a regional sales manager for Mentice Medical Inc. He and his wife, Margaret (Strobel), have four children: Mary Catherine, 7, Mark Jr., 5, Amelia, 3, and Helen, 7 months. They currently reside in Nashville and attend Christ the King parish. Lisa (Woertz) Spelta ‘88 is the Nashville sales director for Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association’s movement geared toward women and heart disease prevention.

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Lisa has three children, two of whom attend Holy Rosary. Her daughter will join her boys there in a couple of years.


Alumnus Sergeant First Class (E-7) Becki (Densmore) Louden ‘90 is serving in Iraq at Camp Victory with the 2145th Garrison Support Unit. She is the executive assistant in the human resources division for the Garrison Commander. The unit was ordered to active duty in December in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and are anticipating returning home around January 2009. She’s been in the Army Reserve for 13 years. Becki, her husband, Perry, and kids, Alex, 9, Micah, 5, Hannah, 3, and stepdaughter, Tayler, 15, live in Woodbury, TN.You may write to her at SFC Becki M. Louden, 2145th GSU, Camp Victory Iraq, APO: AE 09342 or email her at


Kathy (McDermott) Elkins ‘91 gave birth to a daughter, Ava Elizabeth, on May 8, 2007 in Bristol, TN. Ava joins her big brother Reece Everett. Kathy continues to work at University of Virginia’s College at Wise as assistant director of career development and has been recognized for expanding the program to aggressively meet the students’ needs. Her husband, Ron, was elected Wise County Commonwealth attorney in November 2007. Kathy can be reached by email at k_elkins@ Keith Alberstadt ‘91 continues to hit the road with his comedy tour. In January, he finished his third Middle East tour for the troops. He was featured in CMT’s Greatest Redneck Moments and CNN Headline News’ Not Just Another Cable News Show.Visit for tour dates and more details.

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Class Notes

Shawn Kohl ‘93, his wife, Jenny, and their daughters, Mattie and Emma, were featured on the HGTV show House Hunters. They were looking for a home with plenty of space inside and out, in a family-friendly area with good schools and an easy commute for Shawn. The Kohls’ new home is in Franklin, TN.

Andrea Faria ‘02 is training for the San Antonio Marathon in November as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. She is raising money in honor of her mother who recently lost a 10 year battle to blood cancer. Read Andrea’s story at rnrsa08/afaria.

Henry A. Atwater III ‘96 successfully defended his dissertation on May 23, 2008. He has officially completed all requirements for his Ph.D. from the University of London in England.

Lauren Rolwing ‘02, a senior at the Savannah College of Art and DesignAtlanta, received several major awards this spring for her accomplishments in illustration and advertising design. Lauren received a gold SCADDY in the poster design division. She also received a gold ADDY in the local competition and advanced to the regional ADDY, where she received a silver award in the student poster design division. She traveled to Venice this summer with professor Julie Mueller-Brown for a portfolio review by experts in the illustration and publishing fields.

‘96 ‘99

Michelle (Rice) Evans ‘99 won Best Female Performace from Watkins Film Institute for Production 1 for her work in a film entitled You Only Loved Me Twice.



Courtney Brene Corbin ‘00 performed at TPAC in Nashville with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Courney’s performances have attracted notice in favorable reviews from “stylish and charming” in the New York Times and “particularly outstanding” in the South China Morning Post to “brought down the house” in the Orange County Register.

Allie Graves ‘04 graduated in May with a degree in nursing from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She finished her basketball career as team captain and the leading scorer with 1,065 points. Allie received the Leadership Award recently at Spalding’s banquet and helped lead her team to the Final Four of the USCAA National Tournament.

Kathleen Goodrich ‘01 recently received her degree of Juris Doctor from Marquette University.

Mary Elizabeth Goodrich ‘04 received a bachelor of science degree in education with a concentration in collaborative special education from Auburn University.

‘01 ‘02

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network appointed Daniel Clinard ‘02 as financial representative with The Hempstead Financial Group, a College Unit Director. Clinard joined Northwestern Mutual in 2006 as a college financial representative.

Webb Pierce ‘04 is graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mass communication from MTSU in May. He was a Hope Scholarship recipient all four years. He is planning on taking additional courses in computer science at MTSU. IRISH AYES 17

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Whit Dunning ‘05, named High School AllAmerican in wrestling while at Father Ryan, was appointed wrestling captain at West Point.

Alex Cheij ‘06 was honored by the Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout on December 23, 2007.

Allison Calhoun ‘05 attends Syracuse University where she was selected to be part of an acting group that performed in Beijing this summer.

Nate Figaro ‘06 is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he is majoring in health and human performance. He is active on campus with his fraternity and is a mentor to freshmen at UTC. Nate credits his experience at Ryan for preparing him for these leadership roles and life after high school.

Cody Businda ‘05 completed the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach in March. He raised $1,680 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of his fiance Stefanie’s father, Steve, who recently received a bone marrow transplant to treat his Leukemia. Cody placed 303 out of 2,200 runners. Chris Green ‘05 is a third year architecture major at the University of Tennessee. He worked this summer at Gresham, Smith and Partners in Nashville. Next spring he will take part in an exchange program with the Polytechnic Institute in Krakow, Poland. Chris received $3,000 from the W. K. McClure Fund for the study of world affairs to do an independent study project while in Poland. He will analyze the architectural treatment and response to the Third Reich in post-World War II Poland and Germany.


Charlie Baldinger ‘07 was honored by the Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout on December 23, 2007.

Class Notes

Patrick Wehby ‘07 was honored by the Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout on December 23, 2007. Dan Forsythe ‘07, the current record holder at Father Ryan in the 100 breast, 200m medley relay and 400m freestyle relay, qualified to participate in the Olympic Trials this past spring. He also competed in the 200m breast-stroke at the U.S. Open, in Minneapolis. He is a sophomore at North Carolina State.


Emily Lauren Wehby ‘08 was honored by The Colonna Club, a Catholic women’s organization, with their annual scholarship for the top female English and literature student. Emily is attending Rhodes College.

“To Iraq and Back”

Daniel Nelson ‘03 and Dave Forbes ‘00 were the Grand Marshalls of the 2007 4th of July parade in Franklin,TN. Dave had just returned from Iraq and Daniel was on his way there.

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Class of 1953

Class of 1968

Class of 1973


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Class of 1983

Class of 1988

Class of 1998

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Lou Graham Alumni Invitational

(Top) President Jim McIntyre (far left) and Lou Graham ‘56 (far right) with former members of the FRHS Golf Team: Matt Caldwell, Drew Burns, Jonathan Martin and Ben Hobbs (Middle) Winning Team Lou Graham ‘56 (center) presents the trophy to this year’s winning team: Ron Graham ‘83, Bill Warner ‘54, Marty Graham ‘54, and Russell “Buster” Boguskie ’54. Lou and Patsy Graham donated the trophy from their personal collection. (Bottom left) Miller ‘97 and Stuart Magness ‘95


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Class Notes

Births Caleb Edward to Bob and Cortney (Corrieri) Quandt ‘96 born on November 26, 2007. Proud grandparents are Dede and Dennis Corrieri ‘67. Annie Elizabeth to Jane and Terry Grewe ‘81 born on April 10, 2008. She joins siblings McCarthy, 15, Kate, 14, Jack, 11, and Megan, 6. Henry Gordon (right) to Ann and Mike Fredericksen ‘85 born on May 14, 2008. Memphis Ryder Couch to Jason and Lisa (Bottoms) Couch ‘87 born on May 19, 2008. Jack Reagan to Clark and Bonnie (Cunliffe) Lamping ‘88 born on January 17, 2008. Jack joins big brother Ryan in the growing Lamping family. Ava Elizabeth (left) to Ron and Kathy (McDermott) Elkins ‘91 born on May

8, 2007 in Bristol, TN. Ava joins her big brother Reece Everett.

Mark Francis to Juan and Jan (Crowell) ‘95 Zamudio born on August 19, 2007.

Rachel Elizabeth to Misty (Graham) ‘94 and Michael Munday ‘91 born on Feb. 11, 2008. She joins big sisters Maggie, 4, and Katie, 1 in the Munday family.

Nathaniel Joseph to Johnathan and Bonne (Sharer) Macarthur ‘96 born on August 12, 2007.

Connor Franklin to Jill and Chris Standley ‘92 born on September 5, 2007. Major Standley is a physician stationed at Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Hospital in Kentucky. William Foster to John and Elizabeth (Gwinn) Marshall ‘94 born on February 17, 2007. Big sister, Emma Julia, was happy to welcome William to their home in Menomonee Falls, WI. Danielle Josephine Meyer to Amy and Thomas Meyer ‘94 born on May 19, 2008.

Laney Belle (left) to Lee and Melanie (Baltz) Scott ’96 born on September 7, 2007. Tommy Brauchiero to Kerry (Largay) ‘96 and Ryan Bauchiero ‘97 born on December 6, 2007. Thomas Hicks to Drew and Corey (Hicks) Rodgers ‘98 born on October 21, 2007. Abigail Louise Stolt was born to Diana and Ben Stolt ‘99 on October 4, 2007.

Jackson Taylor to Eric and Katherine (Roach) Crawford ‘95 born on November 7, 2007. He joins his brother, Davis, who is 2 years old.

Weddings Alison Williams ‘98 and Andrew Maraniss were married September 29, 2007 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation with Father Mark Beckman officiating.

Cara Hommrich ‘01 and Patrick Derrick were married on November 3, 2007 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville.

Trey Crews ‘98 married Mary Wirth on November 10, 2007 at St. Agnes Church in Louisville. After a trip to Belize, they are making their home in Nashville. Kimberly Jeffries ‘87 (above) and Christopher Coleman were married April 24, 2008 in Las Vegas. Andrea Laubie ‘97 and Joshua Moses, both of Brentwood, TN, were married on August 11, 2008 at Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville.

Kristin Trent and Justin Medlen ‘99 were married October 13, 2007 at All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville, TN where the couple now lives. Justin is employed by Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

Michael Dodson ‘01 and Gabrielle Collins (above) were married April 28, 2007 at The Cathedral of the Incarnation.

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In Memoriam BARRY ABRAHAM – Father of Lisa ‘85; Barry ‘86 and Andrew Abraham ‘90. REV. JOHN P. BALTZ ‘35 Brother of Mary Theresa Luckett and Ed Baltz ‘37. DOROTHY BEASLEY - Mother of Skip ‘68, Steven ‘69 and John Beasley ‘72, Mary Ann Varela and David Beasley ‘81. ARLETTE “BOBBIE” BICKEL Mother of Stephen ‘70 and Teresa Bickel ‘76.

FRANK DONNELLY ‘41 - Brother of the late William ‘40 and Charlie Donnelly ‘46. JAMES “JERRY” FITZGERALD Father of John Fitzgerald ‘92. GEORGE J. FORBES - Father of Tom ‘90, Tim ‘93 (Staff) and David Forbes ‘00. CAROLYN HIX FORMOSA - Wife of Angelo Formosa ‘46 and mother of Angelo ‘73 and Fabian Formosa ‘75, and Gina Brazil.

WALTER A. PICKNEY - Father of Vincent G. Pickney, Sr. ‘64 and brother of Paul ‘45,Victor ‘49 and Fred Pickney, Mary Cauthen,Valeria Ambuhl, Edna Wolfe and Alice Pickney. JOSEPH M. REYNOLDS ‘68. NANCY C. ROLLINGS - Sister of Alexis Wise (Staff). JOHN P. “HAPPY” SAAD ‘63 Brother of Theresa Thurman ‘73.


SALLY SCHILLER - Daughter of Tom Schiller ‘77 and sister of Molly Schiller ‘11.

MARGARET S. GLEAVES - Wife of the late James E. Gleaves ‘35.

REBA SERENA - Mother of Joe Serena ‘78.



PEGGY G. SHARP - Mother of Jessie L. Sharp, III ‘79.



RICHARD A. “DICK” BUNDY ‘41 - Father of Rick Bundy and Rae Collier.


ELIZABETH ANNE “CASEY” SINGELYN - Wife of Dan Singelyn, Jr. ‘87.

WILLIAM F. BOLSTER ‘43 Brother of Robert Bolster ‘47 and the late Leo Bolster ‘35. JOSEPH A. BOYD, SR. ‘37

DOLORES BYNUM - Mother of Laura Bynum Goins ‘73, Nina Bynum Wilcox ‘74, and Keith Bynum ‘83. MONROE CARELL, JR. ‘50 Brother of Jim Carell ‘54. HUMBERT “PAT” CORSINI, JR. ‘39 - Father of Claudia Batson, Anita Monohan, Andrew ‘67 and Richard Corsini ‘70. FRHS faculty from 19581987. CARL CUNNINGHAM ‘45 - Father of Carl ‘81 and John Cunningham ‘83. THERESA (LOVELL) DAILEY ‘76 - Sister of Bill ‘75, Tony ‘78 and Phillip Lovell and Jennifer Floyd ‘84.

DOROTHY R. HAWKINS - Sister of Charlie ‘57 and George Reese ‘59. NICOLE LEVINE HOFSTETTER - Wife of David C. Hofstetter ‘72. BETTY HOWINGTON - Mother of Betty Grimm, Mary Catherine Nard, Tom ‘69, Bill ‘71, Mike ‘72 and Kemo ‘75 Howington, Rachel Goins ‘78 and John Howington ‘81. MARION “MITZI” KEOGH Mother of Tim ‘75 and John Keogh ‘77, Molly Finney ‘78, Erin ‘79 and Kelly Keogh ‘81. QUINLAN BREW KERRIGAN Mother of Frank A. Kerrigan, Jr. ‘62 and Penny Jackson. EARL LEDET ‘64.

RONALD E. DEFREECE - Father of Kenneth ‘77, Thomas ‘81, Jim ’82 and Mike DeFreece ‘83, and Margaret Dean.


JOSEPH W. DEMETER - Father of Elaine Demeter (Faculty).

PHILIP THOMAS MCGEE ‘65 Brother of Patrick McGee ‘67.

EVALYN CATIGNANI DONNELLY - Mother of Dr. George Catignani ‘61, Nancy Smith, Kathryn Ramsey, and Evalyn Hobbs.




RICHARD “DICKIE” L. SPEED - Father of Ricky ‘83, Pamela Moore, Don J. Speed, and Tracey Strebe. ROBERT KENNETH (KEN) SUTER, SR. ‘52. WINIFRED “WINNIE” SULLIVAN TOHILL - Wife of James Tohill and mother of Tim ‘70 and Pat Tohill ‘75, Mary Sharp, Anne Colley, Joan McGee, Laura Fellrath ‘76, Susie Gilles ‘81, and Theresa Stepanek ‘84. BETTY SUE WARNER - Mother of Eddie Warner ‘89 and Scott Warner ‘91. MARY K. WARNER - Mother of Paul Warner ‘77, Kevin Warner ‘81, Rick Warner ‘87, Anne Warner Watson and Joan Warner. JOHN A. WELLS, SR. ‘33 - Father of John Wells, III ‘57. KARLA D. WILSON - Wife of Eddie Wilson and mother of Kim Proctor ‘91 and Sarah “Katie” Payson ‘95, and stepmother of Jenny Newman ‘97. JAMISON WOODS - husband of Betsy (Crouch) Woods ‘90. IRISH AYES 23

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