Loyola High School of Los Angeles - Magazine (Winter 2018)

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A Letter from the President DEAR LOYOLA FRIENDS, We had been planning the cover photo for months and had the timing down as if it were a military exercise. Our photographer Brandon Bibbins had us scheduled to gather at Smith Field at 12:26 p.m., right after the All Saints’ Day Mass. No stragglers allowed! Then…the power went out throughout much of the campus. The schedule had to be quickly rearranged, teachers’ photo shoots moved around and the Mass switched to the end of the day. Amid the confusion, the faculty, administration and staff were flexible, in great spirits and very game to form the “L” that Brandon had so carefully, mathematically thought out (See inside front cover.). All of us laughed as we waved to the photo-taking drone, all of us part of this very special school. And that’s why we’re celebrating the people that make Loyola, Loyola. Each and every member of our faculty, administration and staff serves an important role at Loyola. Whether it’s the faculty preparing our young men for AP exams, guiding them towards college or teaching them the humanities and the sciences; the administration, making sure Loyola is a top-notch college preparatory; or our staff, shouldering the many needs of our school, we are blessed to have them all be part of this community.

All that we do at Loyola is not possible without our entire community. It’s the faculty, staff and administration, but it’s also the current parents, alumni and donors that ensure that our students receive the highest-caliber Jesuit Catholic education, forming them into tomorrow’s leaders. That’s one of the reasons our Campaign for 1901 Venice Boulevard is so important, with groundbreaking to begin in June 2019. We are investing in the best facilities as we provide the best education on our 153rd year in Los Angeles. Thank you for your continued support.

Though we would have liked to highlight every single teacher on our faculty, due to space, we were only able to spotlight a few. The Classics, The Thriller, The Triple Threat and Athens vs. Sparta—who knew 1901 Venice Boulevard had so much drama?

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as we celebrate the birth of our Lord during this joyous Christmas season.

In this issue, our Principal Mr. Frank Kozakowski, our Vice President for Mission Dr. Ann Holmquist and I thought it was important that you know that we share your struggles when it comes to all that is going on in our nation and our world. The three days of conversation that we shared on this topic were a profoundly moving experience for me, and I hope that you will find it interesting, too, as you read our condensed manuscript of that conversation, The Truth Is in the Struggle on page 13.


AMDG Rev. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73 President, Loyola High School of Los Angeles

LOYOLA MAGAZINE Editor: Maite Saralegui Berry Design and Creative Direction: Charity Capili Ellis Cover Photo: Brandon Bibbins

Photography: Brandon Bibbins, Dlugolecki Photography, Patrick Girardi ’99, John Hong, Kyle Knoll ’11 and Dustin Snipes Contributors: Jason Cruz ’12, Patrick Girardi ’99, Dr. Ann Holmquist, John Hong, Tracy Mlakar, Jesse Troyer ’21 and the Advancement team



Loyola Magazine is published by Loyola High School of Los Angeles for alumni, parents and friends. For more information, please contact: Loyola High School of Los Angeles 1901 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90006 213.381.5121 www.loyolahs.edu

© 2018 Loyola High School of Los Angeles

03 A Letter from the President


05 The Faculty, Administration and Staff of Loyola High School of Los Angeles 07 The Classics: Tom Goepel By Jason Cruz ’12; Judy Dell’Amico By Tracy Mlakar 08 The Thriller/ The Triple Threat: Robb Gorr By Tracy Mlakar; Jamal Adams ’90 09 Athens vs. Sparta: Walt Wolfe By Jason Cruz ’12; Tim Moscicki By Tracy Mlakar 10 Faculty in Focus: Tom Zeko 11 Loyola Welcomes Fr. Chris Cartwright, SJ as New Superior By Jesse Troyer ’21; Loyola Blessed with Three Ordinations in One Year 12 Thinking Outside the Box: Loyola Taps Bill Thomason for Middle School Outreach By Tracy Mlakar

13 CONVERSATIONS THAT MATTER: The Truth Is in the Struggle Loyola President Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73, Principal Frank Kozakowski and Vice President for Mission Dr. Ann Holmquist Discuss the Topics That Are on our Minds

17 Water Polo Alumni Serving the Nation By Jason Cruz ’12 18 Where They Come From...Where They Are Now… 19 Xavier: Our New House, Our Home By Tracy Mlakar 21 Cub Legacy Circle 22 Jacques Soiret ’60: Trusting in our Future By Tracy Mlakar 23 All-Alumni Weekend and DC/ TX /CA Swing Bring Cubs Together By Patrick Girardi ’99

25 Loyola Unveils New Archives By John Hong 26 Saint Ignatius Guild; Majorem Society By Jason Cruz ’12 27 Class Notes 29 In Memoriam 30 Board of Directors, President’s Cabinet, Jesuit Superior, Administrators and Directors LOYOL A MAG A ZINE



Ryan Abramowitz • Jamal Adams ’90 • John Ahearn ’07 Jose Almaraz • Daniel Annarelli Diane Arias • Andrey Aristov ’80 • Mary Arney Christian Astran • Matthew Baham • Mara Baltazar Fr. Stephen Barber, SJ • Michael Barnhill • Brandie Barraza Fadi Bayaa • Ignacio Benavides • Maite Berry Michael Boehle ’84 • Derek Brown • Doug Brown Rachel Brown • Sean Buller • Paige Burkholder Gerry Cacnio ’86 • Terry Caldwell • Jesse Carbajal Joe Cardenas • Stephanie Cardenas • Eduardo Carrillo Andrew Casani ’91 • Cynthia Cassutt German Castellanos • Michael Celenza Thomas Cendejas • Karin Chamberlain • Ken Chan Jose Chicas • Concepcion Contreras Alexandra Coughlin • Lori Crawford-Dixon • James Crofut Daryl Crowley • Jason Cruz ’12 • Ana de Castro

THE FACULTY, ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF Judy Dell’Amico • Michael Denison • Eduardo Diaz Lela Diaz • Rodney Drouillard • Cedric Ebiner Hector Escalante • Eli Ess • Blanca Falcon • Kelly Farland Ricardo Flores • John Freiberg • Jerome Frumento ’79 Sarah Gacina • Abel Galarza • Thomas Gallagher Gary Gatfield • Michael Gilhooly ’88 • Patrick Girardi ’99 Thomas Goepel • Fr. Gregory Goethals, SJ ’73 • Luis Gomez Adam Gonzalez ’03 • Robert Gorr • Jocelyn Grau Gloria Guerrero • Edward Hairston • Timothy Haley Carol Hampson • Yoojin Han • April Hannah • Kathryn Hansen Katie Harding • Stewart Hayes • Erik Healy Brian Held ’93 • Arnel Hermosura • Eliasar Hernandez Fernando Hernandez • Jenavi Hernandez • Jose Ventura Pedro Hernandez • Ann Holmquist • John Hong Fr. Gerald Hudson, SJ • Lee Jackson • Ynocencio Jaime Barbara Jamison • Karen Jardine • Danny Jimenez 5


Scott Johnson • Paul Jordan ’88 • Geoffrey Joy ’72 Kerry Katz • Teresa Kawamata • Kyle Knoll ’11 Frank Kozakowski • Jane Kuhnmuench • Tyler Lancaster ’10 Tika Lee • Brad Legant • Gina Liberotti • Levi Line • Carmelo Lopez Evelyn Mabra • Amado Machorro • Ernesto Majano Thomas Marsh • Michael Mason • Andrew Mazur Michael McDermott • Stefan Menghin • Patricia Meyers Michael Mikita • Christine Moore • Rosie Morales-Penuela Angela Moran • Tim Moscicki • Trevor Mutch ’98 Kelly Nicholson • Jeff Noblejas • Patrick O’Callahan ’11 Christopher O’Donnell ’88 • Lance Ochsner • Osbaldo Orozco Kaitlin Pardo • Paul Pascale ’78 • Thomas Peck ’85 Pablo Pedroarias ’93 • Ricardo Pedroarias ’84 • Jaime Pena Hugo Pena • John Pentecost ’95 • Cesar Perez Christopher Perkins ’07 • Paul Picard ’75 • Michael Porterfield ’73 Thomas Portman • Fawzia Qazi • Fr. John Quinn, SJ

OF LOYOLA HIGH SCHOOL OF LOS ANGELES Carlos Quinonez • Jose Quinonez • Patricia Randazzo Angela Reno Valvardi • James Rich • Eddie Rivera David Roberts • Daniel Robles ’02 • Jesse Rodriguez Abelardo Romero • Eric Romin • Jesse Rueter Cristina Saggese • Patricia Salvaty Zachary Sandoval • Matthew Schaeffer • Jason Schmidt Michael Shawver • Mary Katherine Sheena • William Slocum Steven Speciale • Bob Stephan • Terence Stephenson Jose Sustaita • William Thomason • Susan Torales Jorge Torres ’99 • Julian Torres • Cindy Torroba Vianney Truong ’10 • Heath Utley • Andrew Uy George Valverde ’14 • Steve Velasquez • John Vella ’93 Emily Villa de Rey • Christopher Walter ’93 • Bren Wells Melinda Wiggins • Walter Wolfe • Andre Woodert • Roger Yano Chad Yates • Angelica Young • Thomas Zeko • James Zucker ’91 LOYOL A MAG A ZINE





Tom Goepel: The Thought Provoker BY JA SO N CRUZ ’12

DID THE NORTH WIN or the South lose the Civil War? How would you answer? Analyze all aspects of the question and be prepared to defend your answer. Be articulate…. If you’ve ever taken a class from Tom Goepel, then you’re used to this thought-provoking, out-of-the-box thinking and discussion. For 45 years, Tom has been enlightening the young men of Loyola in the social sciences, taking on a trio of AP courses— AP US History, AP European History and AP Art History. Known for his sense of humor and penchant for calling students by unique nicknames, Tom knows how to engage his students. “I’m not a speak-out-to-a-herd-of-faces type of teacher,” said Tom. “If I were forced to just give lectures, I would be lost. I thrive on great questions and comments that my students make, which sparks great dialogue and new ideas on my end.” He explains that if you’re going to do this job well, you must be a student yourself. “That’s part of the secret of effective teaching—an intellectual curiosity and a love of learning, which is what I try to communicate to my students.” The spirited discussion, the dynamic back-and-forth, the lively debate—it’s all part of the classroom environment and style that makes Tom Goepel one of the most sought-after teachers on campus.

“A major goal of any Jesuit school teacher is to be cognizant of the individual—forging a relationship with each unique student in those seats so they feel connected personally,” he said. “If they have the sense that I’m not passionately engaged, they’re not going to connect or go the extra mile that is needed in an AP class. That’s why I value and am so appreciative of the interaction, the discussion, the connection with the great young men in the seats around me.” But even as he closes in on a half century of teaching, one constant that Tom will never lose is his passion for education at Loyola. “I’m shocked at how fast those 45 years have flown by, and I think that says a lot about how special this place is—that time HAS flown by,” he said. “Things have changed tremendously since I first started, but I have looked forward to being here every single day and know how lucky I am, particularly for the tremendous colleagues and friends that have sustained me here. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to be teaching and learning at such a special place like Loyola.”


Judy Dell’Amico: It’s All About the Process

BY T R AC Y M L A K A R For Judy, the process of getting to the right answer is just as important as the answer itself. “With math, it’s the idea of reflection, seeing if you made a mistake, trying to understand what went wrong, and then making adjustments,” she explained. “It’s also about how you approach a problem, because there’s not always only one way to do something.” Judy is steadfast in her belief that anyone can succeed at math; it just takes practice and self-confidence. “Sometimes it’s helping students have the confidence in themselves and getting them to believe that they can get better,” she said. “It may take a little more work and time, but that belief in themselves is huge.”

THE WALLS OF JUDY DELL’AMICO’S HONORS ALGEBRA classroom are filled with inspirational posters and photos of each class she’s taught in her 32 years at Loyola High School. “I cannot tell you how many alumni look for their photos on the board,” she said. “Now, I have kids asking, ‘Where’s the picture of my dad?’ ” Also noticeable and somewhat unusual for a math class are the desks, pushed close together. “It’s not the quietest classroom,” Judy said with a smile. “I love hearing the kids talking to each other about math.” 7


As for the inspirational posters, those occasionally show up as an extra credit question on a final exam, which isn’t taken in her classroom. “I ask students if they can quote one of the posters, and it’s amazing what they remember,” Judy said. “Every single student has answered, and it’s always interesting to see the different quotes that have touched different hearts.” Even after more than three decades of teaching, Judy says she’s having just as much fun as she had on day one. “I love that I don’t consider coming to school every day a job,” she said. “The administration is supportive, I love my colleagues, the students and the families, and we have a beautiful campus. I feel blessed every day.”

Robb Gorr: Igniting a Passion for Learning BY T R AC Y M L A K A R


Jamal Adams ’90: The Crossroads of Sports, Economics and Identity FOR THE PAST 13 YEARS, Head Varsity Basketball Coach Jamal Adams ’90 has prepared young men to not only ready themselves on the hardwood floor, but prepare themselves for life in a changing and diverse world. This type of preparation has not been limited to his team and basketball season. It has been his steady work as a teacher of economics and African American history, his leadership as club moderator for the African American Student Association and now, as the Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

EIGHTEEN-YEAR VETERAN science teacher Robb Gorr knows a thing or two about building relationships with students. For him, it starts with a passion for teaching, which includes interaction with students.

“I tell my students, ‘If you do not participate, I will quit my job,’” Robb said. “Some classes have a harder time contributing, because they’ve been fed information their entire life. I’m not feeding them, I’m giving them the plate and asking them to feed themselves.” In addition, Robb uses current events and students’ own experiences to stimulate classroom discussion. “Environmental science is extremely interdisciplinary and applicable to their lives, so we talk about political issues, economics, social justice, even immigration,” Robb said. “My job is to facilitate an environment where the students ask really great questions, often stemming from their own experiences.” Robb credits fellow faculty members for growing the cuttingedge science department. “One of the things we did as a department was flip the curriculum so that sophomores take chemistry and freshman have physics first,” he explained. “Since the change, students seem to be enjoying science more and we have more seniors electing to take science and even doubling up on science courses.” He also credits faculty members for instilling in him, a public-school graduate, the Ignatian philosophy. “At Loyola, the Ignatian philosophy really is absorbed by our young men, almost through osmosis, and the same happens to faculty who have been here for awhile,” Robb explained. “I think that education is more than just teaching content. It’s about how students are going to apply the content to serve our community and make the world a better place. That’s the Ignatian pedagogy and I love that I’m a part of it.”

Jamal’s goal as an innovative educator and school leader is to be an agent of change. “I keep coming back to the idea that here at Loyola we create structures and events where we have the hard conversations about the world that we live in and that respect everybody’s humanity,” he says of his many roles.




A Columbia University graduate and an 11-year Merrill Lynch executive prior to returning to Loyola, Jamal reassessed his career path when he learned his brother was terminally ill. This harrowing transformative time in his life prepared Jamal for “the hard conversations.” “As a coach, I teach them to play for each other and how to be good men on and off the court. As an economics teacher, I have them look at all sides of capitalism. And now, as Director of Equity and Inclusion, I get to talk to them about the intersectionality of their identities.” Jamal adds, “I have the best job in the world.” His sentiment is evident in his former students and their success in the NBA or corporate America or within the community as burgeoning leaders. Not only are they grateful for the head start Jamal gave them, they are men of substance and excellence. LOYOL A MAG A ZINE





Walt Wolfe: Bringing Athens to Loyola BY JA SO N CRUZ ’12 IF YOU WANT TO BECOME a professional actor, you head to New York City. At least, that’s what Walt Wolfe did—only to discover that very little of his time in the Big Apple would actually be spent on a stage or in the spotlight.

Tim Moscicki: Taking Care of Sparta BY T R AC Y M L A K A R

HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER Tim Moscicki says that his job sometimes feels like being Sam Malone from the TV show “Cheers”—he’s listening to Loyola’s studentathletes as he cares for their injuries. “One of my primary responsibilities is to protect the students,” Tim said. “I try to be the voice of reason when it comes to injuries and what the athlete is capable of doing.” His protection goes beyond student-athletes. Tim also teaches all seniors CPR, something Loyola High School was doing before it was mandated by the state. The Jesuit prep school also adopted baseline concussion screening for all students.

“My joke is that I worked in some of the greatest restaurants in New York City.” It was a wake-up call for the California native, but that setback would later set the scene for a different type of success in the future. Fast forward nearly three decades later and Walt has made it big in a different way—as artistic director of Loyola’s esteemed Hannon Theatre Company (HTC). He has created a haven for artistic expression at the HTC in this, his 25th year at the helm, honing the talents of some of the best and brightest young men and women across Southern California—including one Meghan Markle, who starred as Lola in the 1999 production of “Damn Yankees!”. Walt knows how much it means to be part of the arts for those kids who are more artistically inclined. “I didn’t really feel like I fit in until I found the theatre program in high school. So, I try to use theatre and acting as a tool to teach the bigger picture, which is about knowing who you are and how best to present yourself so that you can be a full participant in the world. That’s also a big part of the Ignatian philosophy. I teach them that you are a servant. Everything you do is a gift for the audience.” It doesn’t look like his passion for teaching will fade any time soon, as Walt and the HTC are set to celebrate their 50th production next spring with “Handsome Devil” in May of 2019. “I’m very lucky to be in my position, so I owe it to the school and I owe it to these kids to put on the very best shows possible.”




“Loyola was doing baseline concussion testing long before it was the state law,” he said. “We have protocols for ‘Return to Learn’ and ‘Return to Play’ when a student sustains a concussion. This has been so successful that other schools have adopted our program.” Above, and beyond anything else, the key to Tim’s job is honesty. “Part of my job is to tell students the truth about their injury, especially when their season might be over. Sometimes they get upset with me,” he admitted. “I tell them that I want them to come back to their reunion with no long-term issues. I don’t want them trying to do stuff they shouldn’t and make an injury worse.” That honesty and sincere care for students explains why he’s held the position for 30 years, the first Head Athletic Trainer for Loyola. The boys, now men, come back because Loyola is a special place where everyone knows your name. And if they don’t, Tim certainly does.


Tom Zeko: Reflections on a Life of Service and Loyola

REFLECTING ON TOM ZEKO’S 18 YEARS at Loyola, you would think that he had been in community service all of his adult life. Yes and no, since the twists and turns of his career made him the Man for and with Others that has shaped the Loyola program into one that has received national recognition. A Michigan native, Tom majored in American studies, theological studies and education at the University of Detroit then received a master’s in education, psychology and theology at Loyola Chicago. After one too many winters in the Windy City, California’s weather lured him west. He became involved in education, communications and fundraising up and down the coast at schools, universities, public television and more. But, as Tom put it, “I did some soul-searching after that. Go back to something less stressful.” Fast forward to his work at Santa Margarita High School, where in addition to teaching theology and philosophy, Tom became the service director. As he shaped and expanded their program, tying it to the theology class, he went back to his roots—Jesuit schools—to see what they were doing in service. He paid a visit to Loyola and, not only did he make it past the front door, he ended up interviewing for the Community Service Director position since Fr. Dave Robinson, SJ was in the process of being reassigned. “It was a challenge at first. But that was what was great. I love this job since no two days are alike,” explained Tom. Building the program from a tiny room and a very limited budget, Tom, with the help of Administration and Community Service Program Coordinators Bonnie Beall and Angela Moran, has expanded it so by the time seniors graduate, they have completed 140 service hours, with many of them contributing 200 hours or more. “One of Loyola’s biggest accomplishments was building the HSPT (High School Placement Test) program where eighth-grade boys and girls are tutored for their entrance exams. We were told by some principals that they never had been able to get one of their students into Loyola.

Now some of them do. The program has grown to 55 schools and 470 students, all from Catholic grade schools.” Under Tom, Community Service has added many special projects to its curriculum such as: • Father-Son Days of Service • Urban Plunge, a three-day immersion serving Skid Row • Ignatian Solidary Network Teach-In, Washington, DC • Service immersions in Argentina, Mexico, New Orleans, Peru, Puerto Rico, Quito, San Francisco and Uruguay. (Through Assistant Principal and Director of Counseling Paul Jordan ’88, the department will add new destinations.) • The Intercambio/Exchange with the Jesuit colegios in Argentina and Uruguay. Now in its tenth year, this is a milestone for Loyola as part of the twinning relationship between the Jesuit provinces of these two countries. Tom retires this spring, leaving the Community Service program in the very capable hands of new Director Dr. Jesse Rodriguez and his team. As he looks back at his time at Loyola, he shares parts of a memorable reflection by St. Oscar Romero: It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest. Yes, the long view, planting and growing the seeds of each and every Cub. LOYOL A MAG A ZINE




Jesse Troyer ’21*

Rev. Chris Cartwright, SJ joins as the new superior of the Loyola Jesuit community. A native of Long Beach, Fr. Cartwright has served for 38 years as a priest in a variety of settings and roles, including pastor and retreat director.

From as far back as his early grammar school years, he was encouraged by his family and teachers to become a priest. Despite being so young, the idea stuck with him. Fr. Cartwright said, “I thought it looked like a good way to live my life being of help to other people, being in service and doing good.”

Currently, Fr. Cartwright works during the day at the Cardinal Manning House of Prayer in Los Angeles, where he offers counseling and spiritual advice to priests.

Fr. Cartwright began learning the ways of the Jesuits when he joined the order as a novitiate in 1970. His favorite part about joining the Jesuits was being able to work with and for so many great human beings. He also loves working as a Jesuit; he finds preaching, giving spiritual advice and serving the sick and needy very fulfilling.

From late afternoon to evening, he works at Loyola High School, overseeing the school’s Jesuit community and giving our priests counseling and direction in their lives as Jesuits.

For several months in 1972, he came to Loyola High School to further his studies as a Jesuit. Forty-five years later, he returned, this time in the important leadership role of superior.

When describing his role among the other Jesuits at Loyola, Fr. Cartwright added, “I’m kind of a cross between their father, mother and manager.” In his spare time, he assists the St. Ignatius and St. Brendan parishes in Los Angeles. Growing up in Long Beach, Fr. Cartwright attended St. Anthony Catholic High School before attending Loyola Marymount University, Gonzaga University, and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

“I was happy to say yes. I loved it here in 1972, and it was great to be able to come back,” he said. Outside of being a priest, Fr. Cartwright enjoys reading books from authors like Steinbeck and John Irving and playing classical, jazz, pop and improv piano. Fr. Cartwright, who is additionally on the school’s Board of Directors, said he looks forward to finding new ways to become more involved with the school community as the year goes on.

*Reprinted with permission of “The Loyalist.”

Loyola Blessed with Three Ordinations in One Year LOYOLA IS BLESSED TO CELEBRATE the ordinations of two alumni and a former teacher—John T. O’Brien ’84, John Tanner, SJ and Christopher Wetzel, O.P. ’02—who entered the priesthood earlier this summer. Fr. O’Brien was ordained at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles on June 2nd. He and his family have been an integral part of the Cub community for generations— a total of nine O’Brien men have attended or are currently attending Loyola. His first parish assignment is at Incarnation Catholic Church in Glendale.

Fr. John O’Brien ‘84

Fr. John Tanner, SJ

Fr. Christopher Wetzel, O.P. ‘02

Fr. Wetzel, O.P. ’02 was ordained as a Dominican Friar on June 22nd at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco. He was assigned for residency at St. Dominic’s Church in Benicia, Calif. and will spend his year there as a deacon. Former Loyola theology teacher John “J.T.” Tanner, SJ was ordained as a Jesuit priest on June 2nd at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in San Ysidro, CA. Fr. Tanner taught at Loyola for two years (2012–14), while also assisting Campus Ministry and coaching the Cub track team. He is finishing his theological studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and has been assigned to Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood as a Pastoral Associate. We congratulate Fr. O’Brien, Fr. Tanner and Fr. Wetzel and ask that you keep them in your prayers as they continue their journey as Men for and with Others. 11


WHEN FR. GREGORY M. GOETHALS, SJ ’73 had an idea for a new program at Loyola High School, he knew just the man for the job: Bill Thomason. With more than four decades of leadership positions at Loyola, Bill has a vast network that includes alumni, community parishes, Jesuit high schools and the Los Angeles Archdiocese. In short, Bill Thomason knows how to get things done. This past fall, Bill assumed a new position as Assistant to the President for Special Projects that leverages his strengths as an educator, connector and creative thinker to bring Fr. Goethals’ vision for Loyola to life. The first program that Bill is exploring examines a possible educational program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade Catholic elementary school boys and girls from the marginalized areas of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The goal of the program is to help improve students’ math, English and social sciences skills, resulting in increased matriculation into Loyola and any other Catholic secondary school. “I see our development of this new program as our responsibility to the community,” Bill explained. “If a student has a dream to come to any Catholic secondary institution, especially Loyola High School, then we have to do everything we can to make that dream a reality. Who knows, in 10 years, this model could include matriculation from any Catholic elementary school to any Catholic high school in Southern California.” Bill has the experience and fortitude to make this bold goal a reality. He’s been the creator of many Loyola programs throughout his career, including the freshman tutoring program. “When I was principal, I had this idea to help local Catholic elementary school kids who didn’t have the resources to hire tutors,” Bill said. “At the time, we didn’t have required service hours or a program in place for freshmen, so through our Community Service program, we launched a freshman tutoring program on Saturdays.” The program began in 2002 with three schools and about 17 elementary school students. Today, it’s a requirement for all Loyola freshmen and has grown to approximately 55 schools and 470 students. As Bill sees it, student service is all part of Loyola’s commitment to the community and the students’ commitment as Cubs. “At freshman orientation, I always talked about their responsibility as a Loyola student,” Bill recalled. “That means, when you come here, you’re a Cub for Life. This is a lifelong commitment; and after four years, we want to make you better husbands, better fathers and more ethical professionals who use your gifts for the people in need.” For Bill, this isn’t just rhetoric, and as Assistant to the President for Special Projects, he has the opportunity to influence and create the programs that will shape future Men for and with Others. “From the instant I said yes to this position, I felt there were no limits to this job and what we could accomplish,” he said. “This particular project may seem too ambitious, but that’s what Loyola is at its core. And, with Fr. Goethals, SJ’s leadership and the mission and vision of the Society of Jesus, we can do anything.”

Thinking Outside the Box: Loyola Taps Bill Thomason for Middle School Outreach BY

Tracy Mlakar





The Truth Is in the Struggle Loyola President Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ‘73, Principal Frank Kozakowski and Vice President for Mission Dr. Ann Holmquist Discuss the Topics That Are on our Minds GIVEN THE NATIONAL AND GLOBAL ISSUES that concern many in our community, Loyola Principal Frank Kozakowski had an idea. Let’s discuss, explore and address the subjects that are on our mind. Let’s give it the time it deserves, and then, let’s move forward. So, began five hours of conversations over three days in mid-November 2018 with Loyola President Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73, Vice President for Mission Dr. Ann Holmquist and Principal Kozakowski. These conversations discussed and grappled with topics such as mental wellness, the clerical abuse reports and, most importantly, how to form our young men at Loyola for the future in the context of our current environment. In the Jesuit Constitutions, St. Ignatius ranks conversation equal to preaching, teaching or any other ministry. For him, true conversation was both a conduit to and a revelation of God. Fr. Goethals, Principal Kozakowski and Dr. Holmquist found this to be true for themselves as well. As they gathered to bring out in the open these very important issues and concerns, they knew they were on a solid Ignatian/Jesuit foundation if they began with conversation. What followed was a free-flowing, thought-provoking exchange of back-and-forth questioning that ultimately offered hope in these challenging times. Here are their thoughts on leading Loyola forward.

A CHURCH HURT AH: I’ve just returned from the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice (IFTJ)* in Washington, DC. One of the standingroom-only presentations, “Men for Others in the #MeToo Era,” explored questions about what it means to be a man and what it means to form men in light of the #MeToo movement. We talked about a lot of painful things as speakers addressed the sexual abuse scandal in the Church, and the dignity of all persons, immigration, gender, race, sexual orientation, care of the planet, mental health, restorative justice, equity, inclusion and more… it was a raw few days for me. A recently ordained Jesuit spoke from his heart, “We are a Church Hurt.” Another speaker challenged the group to flip the tables of injustice with the righteous anger that Jesus exhibited when he flipped the tables of the moneychangers in the Temple. Her talk moved me to tears. We have to acknowledge the sinfulness, but we cannot get stuck there. Something new needs to come about. FK: Pope Francis has said many times—this is not a Church for the perfect. GG, SJ: Francis has said that the Church is a MASH unit, a field hospital. The Church is for the people who are hurt, marginalized and suffering. And I think it’s truer now than it’s been in a long time. We need leadership and real care to help our wounds to heal.

FK: But when it comes to the Church, I don’t own that sinfulness, and I look at myself as part of the Church, but that has not been my experience. It’s not my head in the sand. I acknowledge that evil and that sinfulness, but as I look at my Church, those actions are not what my Church is about. I guess that’s what keeps me faithful and motivates me to be a safeguard against those evil behaviors. But, I don’t see those evil behaviors as the characteristics of my Church. GG, SJ: I think that’s why people who have experienced the sinfulness of the institution have stayed with the Church. We are the Church, and although we need to acknowledge the institution’s sins, we don’t need to individually own them. Jesus was fully human and fully divine, and that can be our comfort. The human as well as the Divine natures of Jesus gave us the Church—it is as much a humanly formed and functioning institution as it is a divinely inspired and guided one.

We need to give everyone that is part of this community, the most radical lifechanging experience of God’s unconditional love possible. FK: The Church I was raised in and the family that I was raised in molded me. I had an experience of taking ownership for the Church that has continued through my whole life. GG, SJ: I think the vast majority of people who are Catholic and who are staying Catholic do so because they feel that it is our Church, too. And just like them, this Church has done so much for me. It’s my experience of Loyola High School. It’s my experience of being a Jesuit, my experience of working here with you. That saves me, and is why I would never think of leaving. Even in these troubled times, I know it is more than that. I won’t let go because of the challenges around me. Our school is full of families that trust us. We have to honor that, and see that the Church is not dying because of all of this: if anything, there will be a renewal. FK: As a lay person, I would like to hear what you, as a religious, feel about these Church sexual abuse accusations. GG, SJ: It’s terrible and saddens me so deeply. It embarrasses me as a priest, frankly, but we have to move forward. We have

* The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network and advocate together. Now in its 21st year, the IFTJ has a rich history rooted in honoring the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989.



From left to right, Loyola President Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73, Principal Frank Kozakowski and Vice President for Mission Dr. Ann Holmquist exploring timely and thought-provoking topics.

to be the change we want to see—that is our mission. And it heightens our awareness of what happened, why it happened and how it happened. That heightened awareness allows us to see that we need to work as hard as we can to make sure that it will not happen again.

communication and a willingness to really look at our way of being. From how we say and do things, our policies and practices, to the way we celebrate our traditions as a Jesuit institution. We must be critically self-reflective. We have to ask ourselves, “How am I complicit? How do I take part?”

AH: I would like to think that I represent the Church in and through what I do and who I am, but what is going on now is a distortion of the Church. When we talk about sexual abuse, I view it as a sin of the institutional Church, not the living Church of the people that you describe, Frank.


I cannot remain silent, especially as we’re thinking of our mission to form young men here at Loyola. The interplay between Church, politics and social justice movements is a perfect storm for what I hope results in the deconstruction of patterns that have led to abuse. I believe that it is love that allows us to see the sinfulness of the Church. Love allows us to be better stewards of the Gospel. FK: If you open up the LA Times on any one day, you read the stories of child abuse that exist, from neglect, to child services, to adults that are abusing children. This is a societal problem that we have; it’s not just confined to the Church or the religious.

FK: One of my takeaways from Ignatius is that we shouldn’t have to go to the mountaintop to find our God. We could go to downtown LA. We go to persons who are experiencing poverty or are living at the margins of society. AH: And, marginalized persons live and work within our own school communities. Recently I was part of a compelling conversation concerning LGBTQ+ persons during a Jesuit Schools Network* (JSN) meeting. The same questions about inclusion are being asked in all Jesuit secondary schools, in all offices and institutions in our province, and at both the national and global levels. One of the presenters at the IFTJ talked about how we “other” people instead of considering how we “encounter” one another and how much of a difference it makes when we encounter one another.

GG, SJ: One of the problems was that society in general dealt with child abuse the same way that the Church did. At Loyola, we don’t want to have our head in the sand. We’re working hard to understand it so that it doesn’t happen again. The awareness of it, and our willingness to face things that are painful, gives us a direction to move forward and shows us what we have to do.

FK: At this year’s Mass of the Holy Spirit, I spoke about this as our path at Loyola, about us being more inclusive and accepting of love. I’ve always been thankful that I have this opportunity to address the community. If our expectations are clear, it’s how we move forward and know our students will respond. We talk a lot about loving one another and, I think, our love is shown more in actions than in words. There are times when we are in pain or hurting that we have to be accepting of the love of others.

AH: Every member of our community should feel they can speak up, feel safe, brave and heard. Knowing that people remain silent, we have to stay the course. Demands of the everyday will create easy reasons for us to be distracted or worse yet, forget. I feel this conversation is a start to open

GG, SJ: In order to serve another person, you have to let them into your life, you have to make it real—it has to be equal. I always think—and perhaps think this a little bit guiltily— that I am more affected, more changed by my service to others than are the people I actually serve. And that is the heart of

*The Jesuit Schools Network is a national Jesuit organization whose membership is made up of all Jesuit secondary schools in the USA. Its mission is to promote the educational ministry of the Society of Jesus in service to the Catholic Church by strengthening the ongoing formation of Jesuit secondary schools through the Spiritual Exercises and for the mission of Jesus Christ.




service—when we give, we move forward, and, in seeing the face of God in those we serve, our own faith grows. AH: During a reflection session at the end of the day at the IFTJ, one of our faculty members shared, “I was broken open, by what I experienced today.” Pedro Arrupe’s* prayer “Fall in Love,” tells us that what breaks your heart is part of the way forward. Bringing it back to our campus, what are some of our practices that we need to be looking at that would help us be better? GG, SJ: When everything came out in the secular situation of Penn State, the sexual abuse of students there had been going on for 20 years. It painfully reminded us of our own crisis. Those of us in the Church—we foolishly thought this had been laid to rest. But the recent release from different dioceses and religious orders of names of priests with credible allegations of sexual abuse opened the door again. And, I thought, OK, we need to address this, and should never stop addressing this. And then, when the Supreme Court Justice hearings came up, not only was the Church melting down, but civic society seemed to be melting down as well. These issues resonate with us. How can we learn from what’s going on around us so that we make real and meaningful change? I think the #MeToo movement is a very interesting and important phenomenon. How do we embed something in this culture that will make a permanent change and be permanent going forward? That was one of the things that you’ve done, Frank, with Jamal Adams and the Equity and Inclusion Office. And, Ann, you with the Mission Office—to have a Vice President for Mission in today’s Jesuit schools—both of these offices are essential to moving forward. FK: But just having an office or a person is not the solution, only the first step. The more important step is the development of a team of faculty. So, equity and inclusion have a voice on that team, as does technology, service learning, general teacher/professional development and a team supervising the faculty. That’s how something is sustainable, not just a drop-in, one day in-service, not just relying on the skills of a particular person, but making it a part of the school’s culture. That’s why I give thanks for the administrative structure that we have. Among many things that they do so well, our vice principals free me to engage in reflection and to move forward, move ahead. AH: Coming back to community in a way that is really seeing one another—we focus, as we should, on the many positives that are going so well. But, if we don’t pause and look at the things that cast a shadow on us, we’re not serving our mission.

R E AC T I O N T O N AT I O N W I D E I S S U E S A ND THEIR EFFEC T ON LOYOL A GG, SJ: For many months now, I have thought that we need to comment on all that is occurring in the world around us—the mass shootings, the clerical abuse scandal, the civic meltdown —with mercy, with love. It’s why I say more intentionally than

ever that, “We open our doors every day to give everyone a profound experience of God’s unconditional love.” But, with our motto of forming Men for Others, the question we need to ask ourselves, which we mentioned earlier, is what does it mean to be a man? And we have to be explicit in our answer: to be a man is to be a person of unconditional love, a person who is not self-centered, who understands what real character is, a man who is not going to take advantage of anybody. Our job is to not “let boys be boys,” but let boys truly become men who are impactful, loving, generous, focused outward and dedicated to service. FK: We have to continue to develop a school culture that allows our boys to grow into loving men. How do we do that? There isn’t a program or a lecture; it has to permeate the culture. We are called by St. Ignatius to care for each individual person wherever they are and sometimes they are in some deep, dark spots. We have to be with them, care for and with them, and celebrate with them. AH: And in our world, to be really courageous, to practice “holy boldness,” goes back to the dignity of every person. Every person who comes through our doors should feel safe. To hold our students loosely enough so they can stretch, but to still hold them so when they do make mistakes they know they are unconditionally loved. God’s faithful, unconditional love is the premise of everything that we do. If young men leave here with that, if our faculty and staff and parents experience God’s unconditional love in and through what we do, then we are living our Jesuit tradition. At the IFTJ, participants asked that we paint with a broader brush what masculinity looks like, what it means to be a man and what a successful life looks like. If we cull our tradition, there are some awesome things that we need to emphasize. We need to look at the language we use, the accolades we give. For example, we would look at the way we prioritize the message that men are naturally scientists or engineers. You’ve done a beautiful job of elevating the arts, Frank. I’m looking forward to seeing where you are taking our school and your initiatives.

THE POWER OF WORDS AS LOYOL A MOV ES FORWA RD AH: At the IFTJ, one of the faculty members that we were with was surprised to learn that we have many families that would be considered “non-traditional” families. We have blended families, single-parent families, adoptive families, grandparents raising children, gay couples raising families. Women and men bring their sons to us, and when they become a part of Loyola, we make a mutual commitment to form them. FK: We changed our admissions application to include parent one and parent two. We’re talking about language. There’s a power in words. I’m not perfect but I try to be very careful in the language that I use because I think it displays the prejudices which we all have. AH: To that point, I really appreciate the effort out of the Office of Equity and Inclusion for the second high school “Words Matter” summit which emphasized the power of words. If you’ve heard something today that touched your heart, you have the opportunity to pay it forward or thank the person that gave it to you. We’re all agents of one another’s salvation.

*Pedro Arrupe, SJ was a Spanish Basque Jesuit priest who served as the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus. His Cause for Canonization has been put in motion in Rome. Fr. Arrupe has been named a “Servant of God”” as the first step of that process.



I’m not talking only about heavenly salvation, but the way we save each other every single day because we are good to each other, kind to each other and we choose our words. So how do we help our young men?

despair in youth. Understanding the tensions around what it takes for young people to hold it together in today’s world is at the heart of the Ignatian value of cura personalis—care of the whole person.

GG, SJ: There are two ways to go in a single-gender institution. One is to prop up the status quo, to make people feel comfortable. The other is to challenge them. That’s what we have to do as a Jesuit institution. Our culture should be inclusive, prophetic and form human beings to be the best that we can be. And, our culture cannot be a “bro” culture. It has to be a loving culture, a culture of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As I have said, and will say again and again, we need to give everyone who is part of this community the most radical life-changing experience of God’s unconditional love possible. And that’s not bro, and it is also not male, nor female. That’s not black, nor white. That’s not gay, that’s not straight. That is human.

GG, SJ: And how do we affect an adolescent’s brain, male or female, to help them make wise decisions? Experimentation is part of growing up, but what do we do that alerts the brain to say stop, and then think about consequences, before making that decision?

When we move forward, we grow. When we stop growing, we die. Our truth is in our struggle. But if we don’t struggle, we’re never going to realize what it is that we need to move forward, because the freedom to move forward is in the struggle as well.

BEING PROPHETIC AND THE MAGIS* AH: In one of the IFTJ workshops, a young man brought up the pressure he experiences to be perfect. And what a burden that is. As we work around what it is to seek the Magis, to seek excellence, we must be clear that excellence is not perfection. Excellence is, “I’m going to bring it every day to the best of my ability.” Perfection is God’s alone. GG, SJ: With all that is going on in the nation, we, as a Jesuit institution, have to form a prophetic response. We don’t have answers to all the challenges facing our world—ever—but we know those challenges touch our hearts and when we talk about them, we let others talk about them. And, most importantly, we then begin to meaningfully and profoundly encounter one another—we break through the sinfulness with open hearts and open minds, and can, therefore, be prophetic. FK: I like that we look at things with open hearts and open minds, so we look at the clergy abuse for the sinfulness that it is, and with open hearts, minds, eyes, we move forward. Part of my response to the bro culture/prep school situation is that I can’t address what happened or didn’t happen. I can only look at the school culture at Loyola High School of Los Angeles and do what I can to affect a culture that I hope grows young boys into good, strong, loving men. That includes watching over the well-being of our students, as well as our faculty and staff.

WELLNESS AH: The over-arching concern about mental health seems to be everywhere I turn. It is not just at Loyola or in Jesuit schools. We are noticing an increased level of anxiety and

You want your decisions to have formed you towards the good. Students, faculty, staff and alumni—that formation is our ongoing goal, our purpose for opening our doors every day. We work to form people to be who God created them to be. FK: An alumnus wrote me, “I am the good person I am today because of the formation I had at Loyola High School.” GG, SJ: And he used our word “formation!” FK: Yes. One of the stories that I’ve carried back to the faculty— sometimes you wonder if we’re getting through, and I can tell you that we are. When I walk people around campus and we end up in the space outside the Office for Adult Spirituality, I note that we have two people working there. Some people are going to say, it is a luxury, but, with decreasing Jesuit staffing, with more lay people, if you don’t take care of that, then you’re going to have a fine prep school, but you won’t have a fine Jesuit school. GG, SJ: As I said earlier, this place was so essential in my own formation, the seeds for my vocation, the friends and moral compass that I have. And when I entered the Jesuits, and for the first time experienced the Spiritual Exercises in full, it was like, oh, now I get it. This feels like home. It was so familiar and easy to plug into because I had that experience of the Spiritual Exercises as a student here at Loyola without knowing it. AH: The formation process for Jesuits and other religious orders is so much healthier than it used to be—everything from the early assessments of health and well-being to staying more attached to one’s family of origin to having healthy friendships within the Jesuits and with lay people. GG, SJ: To be fully human and fully alive, you have to develop and understand who you are, and then you can make healthy adult choices about how you want to live your life. The first week of the exercises tells us that we’re all sinful, but God loves us in our sinfulness. We’re all wounded, but we keep coming back, practicing our faith because it’s in the woundedness that we grow and in the woundedness that we experience God’s love most fully. A perfect person doesn’t need God. It’s those of us who are imperfect and sinful who know how much we need God.

OPTING FOR HOPE GG, SJ: Are we in a time of hopelessness or are we in a time of hope? I think that we are, and have to be, in a time of hope. (Continued on page 27)

*One of the fundamental Ignatian values, Magis embodies the act of discerning the greater good in all things so as to know and serve God.




Water Polo Alumni Serving the Nation ON THE SURFACE, water polo looks like a simple game. Swim around, pass the ball, then shoot. But what may seem like a watery hybrid between soccer and basketball is actually one of the most physically demanding and aggressive sports out there. That’s because much of the action takes place below the surface. Hidden underneath all the whitewater from the thrashing of limbs and the jockeying for position, there’s even more pulling, tugging, grabbing and shoving. Oh, and you’re also treading water for nearly 40-minutes straight. It’s a sport that requires an extraordinary amount of physical strength and mental toughness, so it’s no surprise that someone like Erik Healy is leading the powerhouse Loyola Water Polo program. For the last 14 years, Erik has coached one of the most consistently successful sports on campus. A former team captain and NCAA National Champion at USC, he credits legendary Trojan head coach Jovan Vavic for the tough, aggressive coaching style he uses now at Loyola. To begin with, it works in part because of the special young men who attend Loyola. “These are smart, battle-tested kids that have been raised the right way by great parents and have great support systems,” said Erik. “Our program asks a lot from these student-athletes, but that allows them to reach beyond what they think they 17



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can do. There are no limits if you put your mind, body and soul into something.” The character and resolve that’s required of a Loyola water polo player transcends the pool and permeates into other parts of their existence. A number of Erik’s former athletes have gone on to serve our country, whether through the Navy SEAL program, as Rangers or in the Marine Corps. In fact, two from the Class of 2011— Andrew Laubach and Matt Newby—are currently enlisted as a Navy SEAL and Ranger, respectively, while Connor Plaga ’08 and Andrew Plumb ’03 have also been part of the SEALs. “I’ve had hundreds of athletes in my program and they’ve all done an amazing job growing as men into various fields,” said Erik. “I’m so proud that they’ve been able to transfer some of what they learned at Loyola into a different part of their lives.” With the reins in Erik’s hands, Loyola Water Polo will always be in the hunt for CIF titles. But he believes that the achievements of the program are simply a culmination of all parts of the Loyola community. “I’m not somebody who can do all of these things on my own, so it really is part of that bigger picture of the Cub family— the support from our administration, Loyola Athletic Director Chris O’Donnell ’88, my assistant coaches, all the families that have been part of the program and all the athletes I’ve been lucky enough to coach. The success is due to them and that Loyola pride we all share and hold so close to our hearts.”


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W H E R E T H E Y A R E N O W… Four-year colleges/universities chosen by three or more Cub graduates from 2014–2018: American University (3) Amherst College (4) Arizona State (8) Baylor University (3) Boston College (24) Boston University (7) Brown (8) Cal Poly, SLO (26) Chapman (8) Claremont McKenna (4) College of Holy Cross (6) Columbia (12) Cornell (4) Creighton (11) CSU, Chico (4) CSU, Long Beach (3) CSU, Los Angeles (7) CSU, Northridge (12) CSU, San Francisco (6) CSU, San Jose (4) CSU, Sonoma (3) Dartmouth (8) Duke (14) Fordham (22) George Washington (4) Georgetown (22)

Gonzaga (23) Harvard (6) Holy Cross (3) Howard (4) Indiana University (26) John Cabot University (4) Johns Hopkins (6) Lafayette College (5) Lehigh (5) Loyola, Chicago (16) Loyola Marymount (70) Loyola, New Orleans (8) Marist College (3) Marquette (10) MIT (5) Morehouse (4) New York University (20) Northeastern University (9) Northwestern University (8) Occidental (3) Ohio State (4) Penn State (5) Pepperdine (4) Princeton (4) Purdue (5) Regis University (3)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. (3) San Diego State Univ. (9) Santa Clara (107) Seattle University (5) Southern Methodist (40) Stanford (13) St. Johns (3) Syracuse (10) Texas Christian Univ. (16) Tufts (4) Tulane (5) UC Berkeley (68) UC Davis (12) UC Irvine (7) UC Los Angeles (45) UC Merced (5) UC Riverside (15) UC San Diego (17) UC Santa Barbara (41) UC Santa Cruz (15) Univ. of Alabama (7) Univ. of Arizona (32) Univ. of British Columbia (3) Univ. of Chicago (6) Univ. of Colorado (22)

Univ. of Denver (4) Univ. of Michigan (29) Univ. of Minnesota (5) Univ. of Notre Dame (23) Univ. of Oregon (16) Univ. of Pennsylvania (12) Univ. of Portland (3) Univ. of Redlands (3) Univ. of San Diego (23) Univ. of San Francisco (32) Univ. of Southern Cal. (103) Univ. of Texas (5) Univ. of Utah (3) Univ. of Washington (7) Univ. of Wisconsin (13) US Air Force Academy (4) US Military Academy (5) US Naval Academy (4) Villanova (6) Wake Forest (4) Washington University (5) Whittier College (3) Xavier University (4) Yale (7)




Xavier: Our New House, Our Home BY

Tracy Mlakar

WALKING AROUND LOYOLA’S 21-acre campus may feel more like you’re at a university. In fact, that was by design. The school’s architectural style, anchored by Loyola and Ruppert Halls, sets the tone for high standards in education and inspires respect. Just like a university, Loyola’s facilities are essential for the growth and success of the school. As a premier Catholic Jesuit learning community, each space must encourage and stimulate intellectual exchanges among students, faculty and staff. One of those buildings, Xavier Center, has been the location of tests, dances, worship, celebrations, auctions, lectures and more, adding up to over 200 events every year. It’s fitting that Xavier means “the new house,” as it has served as home base for Loyola High School for more than 50 years. Now, it’s the focal point of The Campaign for 1901 Venice Boulevard.

“We’re pleased to offer our alumni and friends the opportunity to establish a legacy of leadership at Loyola High School with a named gift,” said Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73. “Naming a space is a profound way to celebrate or memorialize a loved one. And what more meaningful way to honor someone than to add their name to a place that Loyola considers home.” Upgrades to the building and surrounding area provide an opportunity to honor someone who has made a difference in your life with a gift that names a loved one in perpetuity. For more information on naming opportunities, please contact Vice President for Advancement Lela Diaz at 213.381.5121, ext. 1303 or leladiaz@loyolahs.edu. The following naming opportunities are available:

Front Entrance and Gate Front Lawn Veterans’ Courtyard


Veranda and Viewing Deck Overlook Balcony


Sacristy Community Kitchen Student Food Service Counter Community Room Senior Benches at Grand Entrance (2 available) Graduate at Graduation Walkway Xavier Galleries (3 available) Veteran Wall of Honor


Grad-at-Grad Stones (6) Open to Growth Intellectually Distinguished Religious Loving Committed to Justice Developing as a Leader Veterans’ Courtyard Benches (3 available) Grand Hall Windows (9 available)


Women’s Restroom Men’s Restroom Xavier Center Walkway Columns (5 available) Venice Boulevard Fence Columns (9 available) Trees in Front Circle (10 available) Staircase Service Corridor Guard Booth


Donor Wall in Lobby of Xavier Center

$50,000 and greater

Digital Tribute Screen Salute a Veteran Commemorative Brick

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“To inspire our students to become future leaders, we must be able to provide them with state-of-the-art facilities that contribute to a thriving educational and spiritual community.” —Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73, President

For a simulation of the transformation of 1901 Venice Boulevard, please go to: www.loyolahs.edu/1901venice LOYOL A MAG A ZINE



CUB LEGAC Y CIRCLE HONORING THOSE WHO REMEMBER LOYOL A THE CUB LEGACY CIRCLE is comprised of a generous group of alumni, parents, staff, faculty and friends who have chosen to include Loyola High School in their estate plans and through various planned gifts. These designations have ensured Loyola’s prominence as a premier Jesuit institution that inspires students to become men of faith, scholarship and service. The Cub Legacy Circle honors these individuals and their significant contributions that help shape future Men for and with Others. Making an estate gift to Loyola High School is easier than you may think. It also offers benefits to you and your family including immediate and carry-over tax benefits, increased annual income for life and relief from capital gains taxes. Planned estate giving strategies may include a bequest, charitable trust, estate plans, or designating Loyola High School as a beneficiary in your life insurance policy, retirement plan or brokerage account. The Loyola Advancement Office of Planned Giving is staffed with a team of experts who can provide valuable and creative ways for you to give back to your alma mater as well as provide you tax benefits. Often times, making the right type of gift can be just as important as the gift itself. To discuss what type of gift will best benefit your family’s needs while building a meaningful legacy at Loyola as well as receiving “The Giving Guide,” please contact:

Michael Gilhooly ’88 (213) 381-5121, ext. 1327 mgilhooly@loyolahs.edu If you have already included Loyola High School in your estate plans, please inform us of your planned gift so that we may thank you for your generosity and recognize you as a member of the Cub Legacy Circle where you can enjoy special member benefits. 21



Trusting in our Future

Left to right, Assistant to the President for Special Projects Bill Thomason, Dee Dee Soiret and Jacques Soiret ‘60


Tracy Mlakar

Members of the class of 1960 enjoy a barbeque get-together at Jacques Soiret’s home.

ON THE FIRST TUESDAY of every month about 15-20 Loyola High School

classmates from 1960 get together for lunch in Marina del Rey. They tell the same stories, laugh at the same jokes and reminisce about athletic victories (and defeats) from nearly 60 years ago. The organizer is Jacques Soiret, known by his friends as “Jocko.” He wants to ensure that future generations can also experience the friendships and values of a Jesuit education at Loyola High School. Jacques and his wife Dee Dee agreed that the best way to do this was to set up a planned gift. They named Loyola High School as the beneficiary of one of their living trusts in the amount of $10 million. This gift will provide numerous Cub scholarships in perpetuity. “When I think about my educational experience and the lasting friendships I made, I know I wouldn’t have any of them without Loyola,” Jacques said. “I would not trade my Loyola High experience for anything in the world. I want other kids to have those same opportunities and not have to forego them for financial reasons. I feel a responsibility to reach back and help Loyola for all it gave to me and my friends.” Jacques wholeheartedly believes that Loyola played a significant role in shaping his future life. “The genius and secret of Loyola High School is that it teaches you not just to be a man, but to be your own man—not a clone of someone else,” Jacques said. “It taught me how to think, how to speak and how to argue for a proposition. These skills prepared me and will prepare any young man for success at university and for success in his future life.” There are many ways to leave a legacy gift at Loyola High School (see sidebar), but for Jacques, a planned estate gift was the easiest option to ensure that the trust proceeds will be designated only for scholarships. “I want as many kids as possible who qualify academically for Loyola to have the opportunity to attend,” he said. “Loyola is a big thing for me. I feel I have been unbelievably blessed both in my practice of law and in the business investments I made. I do know that I am only the steward of these blessings, and I want to do some good with them.”

There are many planned giving options that allow you to provide an extraordinary gift to future Cubs while providing you and your family tax benefits. All planned giving donors to Loyola are recognized as members of the Cub Legacy Circle and receive invitations to exclusive and informative events throughout the year. For more information on planned giving, contact Michael Gilhooly ’88 at (213) 381-5121, ext. 1327 or mgilhooly@loyolahs.edu.




All-Alumni Weekend and DC/TX BY

Patrick Girardi ’99

GENERATIONS OF CUBS CAME TOGETHER this fall for the 1st Annual Alumni Weekend at Loyola High. We were delighted to see how many alumni returned to campus from far and wide—one family, all the way from London—with future Cubs in tow. Thanks to Ryan Legaux ’98, the All-Alumni tailgate featured delicious Cajun food from Harold & Belle’s. Guests also enjoyed M. Special beer donated by the Malloy Family and Ted Fourticq ’92 as well as wines donated by KC Branch ’80. Cubs and their families primarily gathered in the Ignacio and Mary Salseda Memorial Rose Garden, enjoying a beautiful night back on campus in the very casual and family-friendly atmosphere. Other attractions at the tailgate were student-led campus tours, a photo booth in the JUG room, Varsity water polo and football games. In addition, our brand-new Loyola Archives were open at the Fritz B. Burns Library. Loyola history was on display, with many an alum taking a peek at old yearbooks and publications. For the Alumni Service Day, more than 30 alums and their families spent the morning preparing food kits at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Coupled with other volunteers, the total group prepared nearly 4,000 food kits, which were distributed to elder persons in need. We will build on this next year and hope to add even more locations. On Sunday, the All-Alumni Mass was celebrated by Loyola President Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73. After Mass, everyone enjoyed a barbeque lunch in Malloy Commons. Kids were delighted with the inflatable slides, a bounce house, and had fun exploring the heart of campus. We were very happy to see so many Cubs who had not been back to campus in a long time and look forward to sharing this new tradition with all alumni.

AUTUMN CONTINUED TO BE BUSY as we took our first official Loyola alumni swing through Texas. It was great to meet with Cubs spanning a wide range of grad years in Fort Worth, Dallas and Austin. Our team, comprised of Loyola President Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73, VP for Advancement Ms. Lela Diaz and myself, thoroughly enjoyed a visit to TCU, where we were treated very warmly by Chancellor Boschini and his staff. A beautiful and friendly campus, we could feel that palpable sense of community and school spirit while visiting with current TCU students as well as grads who now live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We had some dynamite BBQ (when in Rome…) and enjoyed the whole Texas football experience with a fantastic tailgate to boot. Although the game did not work out in the Horned Frogs’ favor, it was an amazing experience. 23


Alumni enjoy the Loyola tailgate at the TCU football game.

The following day, we held a lunch at the famed McFarlin Memorial Auditorium in the heart of the stunning SMU Campus. We hosted a great group of Cubs who are current students at SMU as well as alumni who live locally. This was a great networking lunch for the young alumni who were grateful to meet fellow Cubs who live nearby. Lastly, we drove down to the state capital for happy hour with Austin Cubs. Alumni who are current students at UT, as well as others who moved there 20 years ago before the city became so popular, joined us for some great Cubversations. Thank you to all our Texas alumni who were so welcoming. They were appreciative to have us there, to keep them connected with 1901 Venice Blvd. and to act as a conduit to meet other local alumni. We look forward to heading back to the Lone Star state in the coming years!

/CA Swing Bring Cubs Together

Left to right: Mike Reid, Matt Reid ’09, Thomas Reid ’14, Loyola Principal Frank Kozakowski and Walter Burnham ’78 enjoying the Alumni Weekend.

Cubs and their families gather on Sunday at the Alumni Mass.

A future Cub at the bounce house during Sunday’s Alumni BBQ.

The Alumni Weekend’s Friday night tailgate at the beautiful Ignacio and Mary Salseda Memorial Rose Garden.

DC alumni and many Cubs from Georgetown, Howard, George Washington and Johns Hopkins joined us at the Metropolitan Club.

Orange County alumni came together at the Balboa Bay Club.




Loyola Unveils New Archives BY

John Hong

WHAT STARTED AS Lawrence (Larry) A. Adams ’53 delight for collecting gold coins, evolved into a curated collection of Loyola High School’s rich history, housed at the Fritz B. Burns Library. Larry’s widow, Meredith Adams, thought that donating to the Archives best reflected his life’s passion. In 2017, she decided to make a very generous gift of $500,000 to his alma mater to find a permanent home for the Archives. Mr. Larry A. Adams ‘53 and She thought that this special Mrs. Meredith Adams project would highlight Larry’s dedication for collecting and his love for Loyola. When Meredith contacted Loyola President Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73 on how she could send him the gift, Fr. Goethals happened to be on a trip traveling from Michigan to Chicago. Upon hearing the news, he made a stop in Indiana, met with Meredith and received her gift that helped launched the new space for housing the Archives. Meredith’s gift literally keeps on giving since the Archives space that was freed up in the Berendo building where Loyola memorabilia was stored, now has become the new home for robotics. 25


With members of the Loyola Alumni Association Executive Council and Class Leaders looking on, Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73 reminisces over an issue of The Loyalist that he worked on during his time as a student editor.

Loyola archivist Neil Bethke spent countless hours organizing and cataloguing pieces of Loyola’s rich 153-year history. From images of the original St. Vincent’s College to copies of The Loyalist written during Fr. Goethals, SJ’s time as a student editor, the Archives give viewers a snapshot to Loyola’s rich past. On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, Bishop Gordon Bennett, SJ ’64 blessed the new location for the Loyola Archives. During the ceremony, Neil highlighted the collection, while Bishop Bennett and Fr. Goethals recounted their own fond memories as students and administrators of the school. Members of the Loyola Alumni Association Executive Council, Class Leaders and Loyola’s Office of Advancement were all in attendance at the blessing, the tour of the Archives and the reception that followed. “This has a lot to do not only with the past, but also with the future. And I think that it is really cool, but it’s also very Loyola: past, present and future,” stated Bishop Bennett during his opening remarks. The history of Loyola now has a permanent home thanks to the generous gift from Meredith and Larry Adams. A collection that will touch Cubs, past, present and future.



Left to right: Former SIG President Elita Balfour, Elizabeth Hotaling, Maryanne McNamara and Kathleen Saldana at the annual St. Ignatius Guild Luncheon.

support groups on campus isn’t comprised of current Cubs or former Cubs. Instead, it’s a group of dedicated alumni mothers who together make up the St. Ignatius Guild or SIG.

Founded in 1982, SIG’s goal is still the same—to support those who have helped shape their sons into the men they are today. Through their fundraising efforts, the mothers of SIG contribute to many Loyola academic scholarships. “Even though our sons have graduated, we’re all here under a common goal, which is to give back and offer support to this amazing school that has done so much for us,” said Mary Ann Smith, Co-President and mother of Sean ’16. Mrs. Smith and fellow Co-President Susan Blake, mother of Kelly ’16 and Alex ’19, have hit the ground running this year, kicking things off with the 2nd Annual SIG Sisters Under the Stars Wine & Cheese Event in the Richard C. Dunn ’44 Courtyard. While moms mingled, new household


Jason Cruz ’12

items were also collected throughout the night to be donated to St. Anne’s, a non-profit institution that provides support for at-risk or pregnant young women, children and families. More service opportunities are in the cards for SIG as well, as “it’s a great way for us to continue that Loyola mission and the ‘St. Ignatius way’ of being Men and Women for and with Others,” said Mrs. Smith. “We’re so lucky and blessed to have what we have, so it’s important for us to give back.” SIG will then ramp up their number of events in the winter, starting with the annual St. Ignatius Guild Luncheon in February, followed by their signature Preview Night event prior to the Mothers’ Guild Spring Luncheon. “The Spring Luncheon draws so many Loyola moms. It’s a great opportunity for us to reach out to the ones with senior sons and let them know what we’re about,” said Mrs. Blake. “We want to create new connections and offer fellow moms an opportunity to remain involved with the school.” With SIG continuing to grow, new opportunities are created for future events and service opportunities with the Loyola community. “You make so many wonderful connections during those four years. SIG allows us to maintain those relationships, make new ones and have fun supporting Loyola while doing it,” said Mrs. Blake. “That’s what makes the St. Ignatius Guild so special and why we encourage moms to come and join us.” Join the St. Ignatius Guild today to stay connected or rekindle those precious friendships from your time at Loyola.


Top, left to right: Peter Moore, Abe Torres ’77; bottom, left to right: Bill Ahmanson, Fr. Gregory Goethals, SJ ’73 and Ted McGinley at the annual Majorem Society dinner.


and they’ll tell you that the four years they spent on campus went by too quickly, and Cub parents concur. So, what does a dad do if he wants to stay connected to the school, even after his son graduates? Enter the Majorem Society.

The idea was inspired by Fr. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73, who, after resurrecting the Loyola Fathers’ Club a decade ago, sought out the help of three Loyola dads—Peter Moore, Abe Torres ’77 and Bill Ukropina—to start the Majorem Society in order to engage past dads of grads. “After the success of our Fathers’ Club, I wanted to extend that warm welcome to the fathers of our former students,” said Fr. Goethals, SJ. “Through the Majorem Society, we provide

an opportunity for alumni dads to reconnect with friends as well as to impact and stay involved with Loyola, years after their sons have matriculated.” Nine years later, the group continues to grow. For Peter Moore, who has served as president since the group’s formation in 2009, the Majorem Society creates an opportunity to come back to their sons’ alma mater. Three of Moore’s sons (Peter Jr. ’01, Charlie ’04 and Jimmy ’09) attended, which meant 12 consecutive years of pick-ups and drop-offs on campus. But once his sons moved on, Peter fell out of contact with the dads he would see on a weekly basis. “That’s why I think this is a great opportunity to reconnect, to marvel at the campus and to reflect on the important role Loyola has played in their sons’ lives,” said Mr. Moore. Through the Majorem Society, dads of grads now have one night a year where fathers spanning several generations can return to 1901 Venice Boulevard. “One of the great things about Loyola and the Jesuits is the notion that, ‘If you give us your boys, we’ll give you back men,’ and that is an indelible stamp left on the fathers, whether they’re Loyola alums or not,” explained Peter. “They appreciate the school and want to come back and capture some of that magic again.” The next Majorem Society event is on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Ackerman Dining Room. Any proceeds from the evening go towards the Rev. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73 Endowment Fund. LOYOL A MAG A ZINE



(Continued from page 16) And we cannot let the world lose that hope, which means that we have to define what it means to be a man of hope as we form these boys, these future leaders of our world. Likewise, we need to form all of us in the adult community into people of hope, which is why Jesuit spirituality is so essential—it gives us that hope. FK: We recognize that hope sometimes comes out of the darkness. I remember when my mother died and the dark sadness of that, but there were good things that came out of the suffering. Even out of the darkness, there can be that light and that’s the message that we’ve heard many times in the gospels. GG, SJ: Yes, that is the message of the gospels: passion, death and resurrection. Christ’s death means nothing without the resurrection, and we come through that to the renewal of the world. This is the story of Salvation, and that is the story of hope! AH: We need to continue to be the Church that we believe in and that we are called to be, so that’s something that I’m trying to draw strength from. Greg, you have said here that Loyola needs to be prophetic. I’ve been thinking a lot about what it is that prophets do. Prophets speak the truth, they enter into the fray, they do the difficult things, they walk the talk. We have to be willing to lean into what still is the hurt with the intention of continuing to walk with one another, with the possibility of becoming more fully the body of Christ. We can’t be afraid of “what is” right now and we have to remain hopeful—offer hope. The really challenging part is that there are so many different concerns and they’re all at such deep levels of human existence. FK: As you’re talking, Ann, I was reflecting on the body of Christ. All the parts, the hands and the feet have different functions. But the hand needs the foot. We’re all one. GG, SJ: To me, it’s why I’m a Christian and why I’m a Catholic and why I’m a Jesuit. Despite all these challenges we have discussed these last few days, there’s always renewal and for me there’s always hope. We don’t know the solution to these problems or where they’re going to take us. But in the conversation, in our struggle, we will find our salvation; in the struggle is where we find God; and where we find God is where we will learn how to move forward. And because of that, we will be the school that we’re supposed to be. That’s why Christianity is in my bones—even in the darkness, because we are in this Catholic/Jesuit community; in the company of our fellow believers; and in the glory of Christ’s unconditional love; we find our true and eternal hope, and our Salvation.

SAFEGUARDS All employees and volunteers of Loyola High School are mandated reporters for any suspicion of child abuse or neglect. All Loyola employees and volunteers are VIRTUS certified. VIRTUS training focuses on empowering people and organizations for protecting the lives of anyone interacting in Catholic institutions from sexual abuse. Initial onsite training is augmented by regular bulletins and requirements for renewal for all Loyola employees and volunteers. Additionally, all Jesuits are accredited by Praesidium, whose safe environment standards for Catholic men’s orders and congregations in the U.S. include prevention, response and supervision. Jesuits West Province has a zero-tolerance policy for credible allegations made against a Jesuit involving a minor or a vulnerable adult and stringent procedures to ensure the safety of minors. If you or anyone you know has felt victimized by a Jesuit at any time, please contact Mary Pat Panighetti, Victims Advocate, at 408.893.8398 or mppanighetti@jesuits.org. We also urge you to contact the appropriate law enforcement and child-protective service agency if you believe any incident of abuse has occurred. For more information, please go to: https://website.praesidiuminc.com/wp/ https://virtusonline.org https://jesuitswest.org —Dr. Ann Holmquist



Class Notes 1940s Mr. Robert C. Leonard ’44: As a student at St. John Chrysostom School in Inglewood, I remember our football team being coached by a volunteer named Mr. Malloy. In the 8th grade at St. John’s, Principal Sister Rosalee prepared us to take the Loyola High School scholarship exam and I was able to win a four-year scholarship to Loyola. The education I received helped me graduate from the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY and later in my career with North American Aviation and Rockwell International as a quality assurance engineer and reliability specialist. As a golden Cub, I value my memories of Loyola and my classmates. Thank you for this outstanding newsletter and keep up the good work! Mr. Donald Ryan, Jr. ’47: Older now than I have ever been!


Mr. Joseph B. Chapie, Jr. ’57: Joe is recovering from a stroke (Feb. 04, 2018) that has impaired his vision and affected his short-term memory.

Mr. Harry R. Owens, Jr. ’57: Wasn’t able to make “Alumni Weekend.” I’ll be in Sudan, Africa at that time. I’ll be doing volunteer medical work for three months with Dr. Tom Catena in the Nuba Mountain Range (southcentral Sudan) at Mother of Mercy Hospital. A documentary movie about the work of Dr. Catena was released this past April. Dr. Catena (from Amsterdam, NY) has been working there for 11 years. You can see a trailer of the movie at: http://theheartofnuba. com. My best wishes to Loyola. Thank you for all the good work you are doing for the High. Please give my best wishes to my classmate, Tom Girardi!


Mr. Robert J. MacKay ’61: Bob was inducted into the Glendale College Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2018.

Hon. Vincent J. McGraw ’64: Retired from being a civil, criminal, military lawyer and Superior Court Judge, I’m a recent second-time grandfather, living with my son, grandson and granddaughter in the California Central Valley (Chowchilla). I soon expect that I will be a piano teacher, following in the footsteps of my brother, Norm. I am in my fiftieth year of practicing the self-defense system of aikido, teaching a weekly martial arts class and attending monthly seminars on the West Coast. Mr. Andrew M. Scannell ’66: Just retired from Federal service, moved out of California to Wallace, ID.


Mr. Robert J. Sotito ’74: Retiring 12/31/2018 after 20 years of government service with Department of Treasury. In February–March, 2019, I’m planning to travel to New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Central and Eastern Europe in July–August 2019. Hope to encounter Cub alumni on my travels.


Mr. Robert Meneses ’80: I’m working for the government and looking forward to reuniting with my fellow Cubs. Missing the Great Time at Loyola High! Mr. Thomas R. Tarpley ’81: I am grateful every day of my life for the education that I received at Loyola. Thank You!! I wish everyone success in educating the future leaders of this country this school year! Rev. John T. O’Brien ’84: On June 2, 2018, I was ordained a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. My first assignment is Incarnation Parish.

Dr. Ricardo J. Pedroarias ’84: Rick received the prestigious Education Award from CALL at the Angel Awards Gala in September 2018. The gala celebrates Catholic leadership in the business, religious, philanthropic and entertainment sectors. Mr. Dante W. Robinson ’84: Currently a CPA working as the Chief of Internal Affairs for the California State compensation Insurance Fund for six-and-a-half years. My wife is Head of Unclaimed Property for Wells Fargo. My oldest son Dante J. graduated from

Holy Name University in 2017, on a D2 Basketball Scholarship, where he majored in Marketing and Business Management. My daughter Jessen is in her senior year at St. John’s University, in Queens, NY, where she has been on the Dean’s List for the last two years. My youngest son Jaden is a senior at Salesian College Prep in Richmond, CA and has followed in dad’s footsteps playing basketball. Mr. Arturo A. Martinez ’87: Arturo was recognized by the Los Angeles County Bar Association as a Hispanic Heritage Month Honoree. He was also honored as a Heyler Hometown Hero. It is presented to the local Westside Neighborhood Council/ Westside stakeholders that exemplify significant contributions towards the quality of life in the community. Mr. Timothy B. McGinity ’87: My wife Deanna and I live in Manhattan Beach with our two kids, Marty (8) and Max (5) and our dog Elvis. I am a real estate attorney with the law firm Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble, Mallory & Natsis, LLP.


Mr. William L. Skinner ’94: I’ve been selected as National Director of On Premise & Luxury Sales at E&J Gallo Winery (the world’s largest winery). My family and I reside in the Chicago area.

Mr. Michael L. Dutra ’96: I have moved to Cape Town, South Africa and I’m enjoying living at the southern tip of Africa. All is well in Cape Town—it’s an exciting time to be living here! Dr. Karl K. H. Kwok ’97: Henry Kwok was born! Mommy, Daddy, and big brother Ethen are all ecstatic to have a new addition to the family. GO CUBS! Mr. Michael T. Levin ’97: Mike was elected to represent California’s 49th Congressional district, encompassing portions of San Diego and Orange County, in the US House of Representatives in the 2018 election.


Mr. Brian P. Murphy ’01: What I’ve been up to: fatherhood, work, being a great husband. Struggling each and every day and learning along the way. Enjoying the process!

Mr. Sean M. Laughlin ’07: Working as an accountant at a small business management firm in Beverly Hills, specialty in music/entertainment clients. Firm name: Mejia & Kaplan, LLP. Mr. Joseph E. Porter, IV ’07: I graduated from Yale in 2011 and USC Law School in 2017. I am practicing law at the LA Office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Robert K. Kim ’08: Proud mom wrote: Robert Kay Kim, is currently in his second year as a resident physician in Reno, Nevada. Mr. William E. Partridge ’08: Had a great time celebrating our Class of ’08, 10-year reunion this past June. According to Pat G., we broke the attendance record! Separately, my wife Krista and I had our first baby (a boy) in October 10, 2018. His name is Jackson Edward…future Cub!


Mr. Julian Lopez ’10: I’m the Executive Chef/Owner of CafeBeaujolais restaurant in Mendocino, CA. I hope to see some Cubs come and visit me! Go Cubs! Mr. Hunter B. Davis ’12: Currently in my 2nd year of law studies at Drake University School of Law. Mr. Richard A. Windisch ’14: I graduated from Loyola in 2014, and recently graduated from USC in May 2018. At USC, I studied geographic information science, urban planning and architectural design. My master’s program focuses on spatial thinking through GIS.

Mr. John C. Kelly ’15: I am entering my senior year at Boston College and the nostalgia is already kicking in. I would love to be able to press the rewind button. A lot of great memories and friends were made on 1901 Venice Blvd. C4L. Mr. Dylan C. Juarez ’16: I am currently a junior at Columbia University. I am majoring in Economics and Political Science. I interned with the FBI in Washington, DC this past summer in their Honors Program. Mr. John A. Casasante, Jr. ’18: Go Cubs! and Fight On!




IN MEMORIAM Paul H. Abram ’58 Brother-in-law of Chris Reher ’61 Herbert Aldrete Father of Ruben ’65 Bruce C. Anderson Father of Paul ’82 and Douglas ’85; grandfather of Henry ’11 Joseph Astier ’49 John S. Barr Grandfather of Anthony Barr ’10 and Nick Barr-Mira ’19 Edward K. Bartelt ’62

‘Requiescant in Pace’— May They Rest in Peace

Jeffrey W. Baus ’55

John J. Greaney Father of Neil ’86

Julie Bennett Wife of Shawn ’72

Walter G. Gunn, M.D. ’46

June Bland Mother of Phillip ’76 and Howard ’87; grandmother of Andrew ’12 and Matthew ’16 John T. Bouchard ’58 Brother of James ’64 † William A. Buckingham ’79 Brother of Jim ’76, Charles ’83 and Henry ’85; brother-in-law of Anthony Witteman ’77

Dr. Fred N. Hagedorn, Jr. ’64 Brother-in-law of Martin Ziegler ’59†

Richard T. Malloy ’52 Brother of Gary ’54; cousin of Tom ’57, John ’61 † and Michael ’66 Rev. Michael Mandala, SJ Thomas R. McCambridge ’59

Stephen G. Heiner ’56

Robert C. McCarthy ’51

Harry W. Henke ’51 Brother of Charles ’52

William F. McDonald Father of Chris ’83, Mark ’84, Tom ’86, Matt ’87, William ’92 and Patrick ’97; grandfather of Nicholas ’18

Joan Hornbecker Wife of Ivan ’61 and sister-in-law of Tim ’63 Dennis G. Jay ’50

Marguerite McGowan Wife of Robert ’53 Vincent M. McEveety ’46

Romualdo M. Cacnio Father of Joseph “Jovi” ’81 and Gerry ’86; grandmother of Samuel “Sam” ’19

Edward Jong Father of Donald ’77 Lee S. King ’57

Martha McRoskey Wife of Joseph J. ’73 and sister-in-law of Guy ’75

R.M. Carpenter ’58 Father of Brennan ’90 and brother of Stephen ’63 †

Martin R. Lantion ’91 Brother of Linde “Moonie” ’92

Irma R. Morales Mother of Stephen ’16

Carmen Castro Mother of Michael ’70, Steven ’71 and Larry ’72

William K. Lees ’50

Michael N. Nagy ’84

Michel “Mitch” E.L. L’Heureux ’46 Former Loyola faculty member

John R. Neuhoff ’85 Brother of Clark ’88

Richard M. Cober Father of Richard ’92 and Jason ’96

Daniel Liefgreen ’44

Patrick E. Davis ’60

Alfred L. Maguire, Jr. ’46 Brother of Hugh ’51, uncle of Hugh ’78 and great-uncle of Grady Patrick Miller ’16

Patrick C. O’Hearn Brother of Daniel ’62, Dr. Christopher ’66 and Gary ’70

Lisamaria Del Campo Sister of Robert ’85 and Mitchell ’87; aunt of Alexander Martin ’17 Nina Del Campo Mother of Robert ’85 and Mitchell ’87; grandmother of Alexander Martin ’17 Patrick J. Ellinger ’52 Eugene E. Elliott ’86 Lorraine E. Fuller Ewing Mother of Bill ’69, Rev. Jon, SJ ’71 and Jeff ’72 Philip A. Gill ’83 William D. Gould ’56 Father of William ’81, Kenney ’85, Patrick ’88 and Gregory ’94; uncle of David Claypool ’79 29

Christopher N. Lotito ’45

John Olsen ’51 Theresa Paris Mother of Dr. Joseph Bennett-Paris ’79

Loyola Mourns the Passing of Rev. Michael J. Mandala, SJ Father Michael J. Mandala, SJ passed away in September after battling pancreatic cancer. Until recently, Fr. Mandala was the president of Verbum Dei High School and resided at Loyola’s Ruppert Hall with his fellow Jesuits. The Los Angeles native entered the Jesuit Novitiate in 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1977. During his life as a Jesuit and an educator, Fr. Mandala taught math and physics at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and was a community organizer in Santa Ana and Oakland. In addition, he was the provincial assistant for Social and Pastoral Ministries for the California Jesuits. He also served as the pastor of Christ the King Church, San Diego and Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood. Fr. Mandala is deeply missed by those who were fortunate to know him, learn from his keen intellect and benefit from his very positive approach to life.


James B. Parr Father of Jim ’78, Daniel ’81, Bobby ’83 and Tom ’86 Peter Peck Husband of Diane, former and long-time Loyola staff member; father of Brian ’76 and Loyola Events Operations Director Tom ’85; grandfather of Trampas Tanklage ’16; father-in-law of Scott Morrison ’76 † Steven R. Pingel ’62 Lisa Manning Pratt Wife of Chad ’82, sister-in-law of Chancy ’86 and aunt of Parker ’22

Loyola High School of Los Angeles Board of Directors 2018–2019 Rick J. Caruso, Chairman Patty McKenna, Secretary Karla Ahmanson Mollie Baumer Kevin Bender ’91 Rev. Chris Cartwright, SJ David DeVito ’80 Kathleen Duncan Robert Foster Rev. Ted Gabrielli, SJ

John A. Girardi ’65 Rev. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73 Jerry Grundhofer ’62 James Hannon ’80 Jacqueline Landry Rev. John McGarry, SJ ’80 Dan Medina ’75 Peter Nolan

Ex-Officio Members

Charles C. Ratigan ’63 Brother of Tom ’61

Arturo Martinez ’87, President, Alumni Association Lee Sailor, President, Fathers’ Club

Corrine Rising Sister of Chris ’87 and Jonathan ’03

Mona Schlater-Hewlett, President, Mothers’ Guild

Carlos D. Rodriguez Father of Carlos ’83

Consultants to the Board Frank Kozakowski, Principal

Joseph A. Ruhoff, Sr. ’68

Lela Diaz, Vice President for Advancement

Thomas H. Sasaki Father of Kevin ’77

Dr. Ann Holmquist, Vice President for Mission James C. Rich, Chief Financial Officer

Theodore Schlater, III ’80 Brother of Mona Schlater-Hewlett, LMG President, and uncle of Julian ’19 Margaret P. Scholla Mother of Rev. Robert, SJ ’70 Henry Schwarz ’60 Thomas J. Shroll ’51 Marguerite Sikand Mother of Mark ’73 Estelle Stanley Mother of Mark ’70 and Dale ’68 †; grandmother of Christopher ’07 and Nicholas ’21 Robert Stanton Father of Robert ’82 John Paul Sullivan Father of John ’70, James ’72 and Mark ’74; grandfather of Joseph ’22

Melinda Wiggins, Coordinator of Board Affairs Pattie Randazzo, Administrative Assistant

Directors Emeritus Pat Graham

Tom Barrack, Jr. ’65

Phil Hawley

Nelson Rising

Rev. Gregory Boyle, SJ ’72

Enrique Hernandez, Jr. ’73

Edward P. Roski, Jr. ’57

Kevin Clifford

Robert Kerslake ’54

Robert A. Smith III ’59

Barry Connell

O’Malley Miller ’69

William Wardlaw

Michael Enright ’54

William Mortensen

President’s Cabinet Rev. Gregory M. Goethals, SJ ’73 Dr. Ann Holmquist, Vice President for Mission Frank Kozakowski, Principal

Jesuit Superior

Administrators and Directors Frank Kozakowski Principal Jamal K. Adams ’90 Director of Equity and Inclusion Daniel Annarelli Dean of Men

Robert P. Wagner ’39

Andrey Aristov ’80 Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Scheduling

Dr. Robert S. Walters, Ph.D. ’58 Barbara Wenner Grandmother of Chris ’05, William ’06, Peter “PJ” ’07† and Matthew ’08

† Deceased

of Facilities Management James C. Rich, Chief Financial Officer

Rev. Chris Cartwright, SJ

Stella Vargas Mother of Nick ’81 David J. Walmsley ’59

Michael McDermott, Senior Director

Lela Diaz, Vice President for Advancement

Dean A. Thie, Jr. ’50 Tobias H. Turtle ’18

Robert M. Pernecky

Cheryl Baker

Dr. Patrick “Paddy” E. Taber ’54 Father of Paddy ’92 and Sean ’01; brother of Robert ’56† and George ’60 Ronald Tsuchiyama ’80

Michael O’Brien ’83 Rev. Mario Prietto, SJ ’62 Reon Roski Robert Scholla, SJ ’70 James Scilacci Darrell Stewart ’78 Jonathan Veitch ’77

Teresa Kawamata Director of Faculty: Classroom Instruction, Assessment and Equity Christopher J. O’Donnell ’88 Athletic Director Dr. Ricardo J. Pedroarias ’84 Director of Faculty: Classroom, Instruction, Assessment and Equity; Head Coach, Football

Dr. Paul D. Jordan ’88 Assistant Principal for Student Life; Dr. Jesse Rodriguez Director of Counseling Director of Community Service


Matthew Schaeffer Director of Campus Ministry Heath Utley Director of Admissions Chris T. Walter ’93 Director of Student Activities Thomas Zeko Director of Community Service, Emeritus



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