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Paul E. Sheff ’62, President
On the cover: Dr. Jack Bevivino ’63 first traveled to the West Bank in 1989 and has since returned a countless number of times. As a doctor for Physicians for Peace, Bevivino heals cleft lips and palates, among other ailments, in war-torn regions.
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Although the order of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers began with a charism focused on education, out of necessity that charism also involved health care. With a cholera epidemic killing thousands in Ireland in the early 1800s, the order founded by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice spent as much time in hospitals as in classrooms. In one letter from the 1830s, Edmund wrote: “Our Limerick Brothers are doing more than our good ones here (in Dublin) have done. Every day they are attending the poor cholera patients in the Hospitals. They give a rightful account of the ravages it is making there. Sixteen sent dead out of their school, which had been turned into a hospital one morning.”
As our many alumni who have devoted their lives to medicine can attest, health care and education go hand in hand. Quality health care gives us bodies that serve healthy minds, and educated citizens go on to make intelligent decisions about their own health care and that of their loved ones.
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Thanks to the close-knit community at Catholic Memorial School, we have alumni in medicine and health care who continue to give back in many ways. Dr. Ron Naisif ’70, an orthopedic surgeon in Roslindale, offers his talents back to the school year in and out as physician to our athletics teams. EMT trainer Kevin Shea ’72 P’11 led a CPR training course for CM faculty and staff this fall. Others, like those highlighted in this magazine, reveal to the world through their work the benefits and blessings that a CM education has given them.
Douglas Zack Director of Advancement
One thing you often hear from these alumni, both young and old, is that they didn’t necessarily know when they graduated from CM that medicine would be their calling. But every one of them can recall the math, science or humanities class that lit the fire within them, the teacher or coach who inspired them and the community that encouraged them to pursue the truth, in whatever form it would reveal itself to them.
At CM, we strive to continue inspiring our young men to such greatness every year.
David Erwin ’96, P’13 Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations Daniel Chisholm ’03 Assistant Director of the Annual Fund Patricia Walsh Director of Database Management and Stewardship Joe McGonegal Director of Communications and Editor, CM Magazine
David Erwin ’96, P’13 Pat Walsh Douglas Zack
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Med Men: Lives in Service to Medicine page 2
Thomas Manning ’64, Dr. Luigi Pacifico ’79, Dr. Gerald Quinnan ’65, and Dr. Paul Rufo ’81 discuss their latest research and policy work in medicine. Among these four alumni, there’s over a century of service to health care and medicine.
Emergency Docs page 5
They deliver babies and perform minor operations. In Georgetown, SC, and Vernon, BC, these two emergency room doctors have seen it all.
Physician for Peace page 6
Along with being a plastic surgeon in Rhode Island and a team doctor for the Providence Bruins, Dr. Jack Bevivino ’63 has worked in war-torn countries sewing sutures and peace.
Med Men: First Responders........................................... page 8 Med Men Profiles: The Med Student................................ page 9 The Continuing Legacy of Tom Robinson.......................... page 10 Here we go again: Catching up with Joey McIntyre ’91...... page 31
departments Faculty News and Updates............................................. 14 Sports Log....................................................................... 16 Baker Street Bits............................................................. 18 Class Notes......................................................................30 In Memoriam .................................................................. 32
Med Men Lives in Service to Medicine
Across the spectrum of the health care industry, CM alumni are pushing the boundaries and limits of what we can do to solve the nation’s—and the world’s—health crises . In a typical week, Luigi Pacifico ’79, Chief of Cardiology at Fallon Clinic in Worcester, installs a few pacemakers. Deputy Chancelor for Commonwealth Medicine Thomas Manning ’65 meets with state legislators and public policy experts about the latest advances in health care information technology. Gastroenterologist Paul Rufo ’81 works with researchers on developing biomarkers for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. And Gerald Quinnan ’65, the Chair of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at Uniformed Services University, works on novel approaches to developing HIV vaccines.
These are just some of the many alumni across the health care industry who have devoted their lives in the service of science, medicine and truth. Just among these four men, one finds over a century of commitment. And their efforts continue to pay off. No particular week is routine for Dr. Luigi Pacifico ’79, however. “I like the variety of this job. If I did the same thing every day, it’d drive me nuts,” he says. After a few angiograms on a Monday, he might do administrative work on Tuesdays, research on Wednesdays, implanting of pacemakers on Thursdays, and working with medical students from UMass on Fridays. “The majority of my work is implanting pacemakers,” he says. “It’s incredible technology—the pacemakers we
put in these days are smaller in size and last longer—they’re incredible.” Dr. Pacifico’s research, some of which is funded by the NIH, investigates heartrelated problems like coronary or aortic dissection, heart attacks during pregnancy and blood clots. And though you might not have read the latest Journal of Thrombosis or American Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, someone you know is likely benefitting by Dr. Pacifico’s research. Being chief of cardiology comes with its share of frustrations. “Buying a piece of equipment or convincing the administration that I need new defibrillators for the offices is [tough],” Dr. Pacifico says. “And I always have to convince the hospital that our group in cardiology are capable of [beginning] new studies.”
At left: Dr. Luigi Pacifico ’79 says, “Being a cardiologist is more than just a job. It’s a calling.� At right: The work Thomas Manning ’65 does for public health policy has earned him praise from all corners of the medical field.
“And the rules and regulations the government imposes. For example, if we were even to order a simple stress test for a patient, they’re reviewed and sometimes the insurance company won’t pay for them unless we justify it,” says Pacifico. “Or they want a less expensive stress test. Insurance companies and the government create lots of obstacles for treatments we prescribe.” But at the end of the day—and closing in on his third decade of doing it, Pacifico loves his work. “It’s one of those things that is nonstop. It’s a commitment, not like a shift at a job. As a heart doctor, you devote your life to this.”
Medicine at the state and federal level Over at UMass Medical School, Deputy Chancellor for Commonwealth Medicine Thomas Manning ensures that the partnerships between health care’s private and public sectors remain solid. His efforts have earned him the Carballo Governors Award for Excellence in Public Service and the American Heart Association’s Heart of Gold Award. In short, Manning’s work focuses on ensuring quality health care for all. “Massachusetts has many vulnerable populations when it comes to health care,” Manning says, “people who are uninsured or underinsured, are covered by Medicaid, have serious medical conditions, need longterm care, have substance use disorders, have disabilities or mental illness. The list goes on. Without adequate health care systems in place to support them, they are at-risk of developing serious health issues or exacerbating existing ones.” In his typical week, Manning may work with health policy experts in the Worcester area, attend leadership meetings at the Medical School campus, or hear reports
from disability experts. “Or, it’s something completely different,” he says, “such as meeting with our partners in the state legislature or administrative branch.” Manning has had a close eye on the recent push to make the Massachusetts model of health care into a federal one. “We are closer to national health reform than we have ever been,” Manning says. “Even though this push for health care reform hasn’t enjoyed legislative support from both sides of the aisle, it has brought together some of the most well-respected health care policy experts in the country, as well as health care providers and insurance companies. All of them have had a place at the table and a clear interest in moving the process forward.” For nearly four decades, Dr. Gerald Quinnan ’65 has made his contributions to health care via the federal government. Currently serving as Chair of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at Uniformed Services University, Quinnan divides his days between working on novel approaches to HIV vaccines and working on global health issues. From the beginning of his career in medicine, Dr. Quinnan’s research made him a perfect candidate for earning a seat at the table of the global health conversation. His postgraduate medical fellowship at BU concerned infectious diseases. In 1977, Quinnan began working for the National Institutes of Health in Washington. There he was assigned to the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research and worked on vaccines and biological products for sixteen years. His last years were spent as deputy director and acting director of the center, and he rose to the Public Health Service rank of Assistant Surgeon General (Rear Admiral).
Research Interests Some of the latest publications of CM’s “Med Men” “Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Masquerading as ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction.” Danai Kitkungvan, MD, Sandeep Sharma, MD, Luigi Pacifico, DO, David Spodick, MD, DS. The Journal of Invasive Cardiology, Vol 21, No 5, May 2009. “Fecal Lactoferrin is a Sensitive and Specific Marker of Disease Activity in Children and Young Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” Walker TR, Land ML, Kartashov A, Saslowsky TM, Lyerly DM, Boone JH, Rufo, Paul A. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. 2007. 44(4):414-423. “Neutralization and infectivity characteristics of envelope glycoproteins from human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infected donors whose sera exhibit broadly cross-reactive neutralizing activity.” Cham F, Zhang PF, Heyndrickx L, Bouma P, Zhong P, Katinger H, Robinson J, van der Groen G, Quinnan Gerald V Jr. Virology Journal. 2006 Mar 30;347(1):36-51.
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Dr. Gerald Quinnan ’65 worked in the early 1980s on developing the first HIV screening questionnaires for potential blood donors.
In 1993, he began his work as a professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda. Quinnan’s expertise was called upon in the early 1980s during the first outbreaks of HIV and AIDS. “I enjoyed being in a position trying to get science to answer the questions that arose,” he says. Quinnan worked on the initial HIV screening questionnaires and on deciding which research products could be used safely once HIV became an issue. “That was challenging, deciding who could donate blood and how to qualify them.” Currently, Quinnan works with students and faculty at USUHS to think about global health issues: humanitarian aid to war-torn countries, health diplomacy, and what the U.S. Department of Defense’s role is in international health. “It’s required us to widen our curricula,” Quinnan says. “Most of our students are [American], but we have graduate students from Australia, Singapore, Thailand... many of them are foreign military and come here under the authority of military that we have relations with.” After nearly four decades working for the U.S. government, Dr. Quinnan finds some measure of satisfaction with his work. “I have the opportunity to have an impact on the public health of our military and Public Health Service, their families, and the populations they serve around the globe,” he says.
Finding biomarkers for IBD and colitis Although he is the youngest of these four alums, Dr. Paul Rufo ’81 is well into his career in medicine. A gastroenterologist at Children’s Hospital in Boston, Rufo’s work in medicine continues to have a tangible impact on all of those affected by Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Rufo splits his week into ten half-days. Four of those are spent seeing patients, and the rest are divided among research, overseeing Harvard fellowships in gastroenterology, and what he calls “pie-getting,” i.e., securing funds. In the past decade, funds from the NIH and from the FDA have helped Rufo and the Children’s team develop “biomarkers.” “A biomarker is a grab-bag term for a test that more cheaply gives you information,” he says. “The urine pregnancy test
Dr. Paul Rufo ’81 at work at Harvard's Children's Hospital in Boston.
is a great, cheap biomarker. But we need better biomarkers to follow patients who have inflammations in their intestines.” But those tests have to be accurate and precise—particularly if performed at home, before a patient determines whether a persistent stomach ache is something more serious. “Therein lies the rub,” Rufo says. “You want tests that balance sensitivity and continued on page 29
cm in the e.r.
“A man who finds a job he loves never has to go to work again.� These two ER alums are on call 24/7. One difference between an emergency room in Canada and an emergency room in the U.S. is clear to Mike Concannon ’85: fewer gunshot wounds. “I don’t mind that,” Concannon says. “I’d seen enough of them in Boston.” Working as an ER physician in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital in Vernon, BC, however, keeps Mike Concannon plenty busy. The one thing he definitely sees more of in the more rural confines of Western Canada: drugs. “Unfortunately, we see more drug abuse than eastern Canada,” Concannon says. “Here it tends to be a lot of cocaine related things—overdoses, psychosis, or infections as a result of that bad lifestyle.” Still, the Jamaica Plain native loves Western Canada. When he’s not diagnosing appendicitis, reducing dislocation swelling, or cardioverting people on stretchers, Dr. Concannon heads out from his house on Nordic skis or goes trail running. After med school at McGill University in Montreal, Concannon and his wife Therese
Weber started looking for a place they’d both enjoy and where they could raise their four children. “We were looking to try somewhere else, and we went at it as ‘life’s an adventure,’” he said. “It’s open country here.” Concannon got his start working in medicine in Milwaukee, as part of Marquette University’s volunteer program. There he met his wife, a nursing graduate student, and the two of them moved back to Boston. Concannon worked as a nursing assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, before doing a post-baccalaureate program in medicine at Tufts to ready him for McGill. At some point, emergency medicine became his specialty. “It’s everything,” Concannon said. “It’s very hands on, and lots of variety. I’ve delivered babies on shifts, performed minor surgeries, and set fractures. We also deal with accidents, whether it’s road accidents or occupational injuries.” “From an academic standpoint, CM had prepared me,” Concannon said, “giving me a great academic background to go into the world.” Concannon has enjoyed watching the progress towards a national health care policy in the U.S. that approximates that of Canada. “The U.S. system definitely needs to move to the left a bit and do something about covering the forty million uninsured and even more that are underinsured.” “I like the universality of the Canadian system, although it needs to bring some private money into it more,” Concannon says. “But ninety-nine percent of the people who come into our doors are going to be insured, and when you discharge the patient here, you know there is someone to send them on to, whereas in the U.S., one third of the patients you send out the door, that’s it.”
John Manning ’74 also has his share of busy days at Georgetown Memorial Hospital in Georgetown, SC. An emergency room physician there, Manning says he was drawn to the field by the challenges it poses every day. “It’s fast-paced, and [requires] constant problem solving,” he says. “My average work day is pretty uneventful, but from time to time I get the opportunity to intervene in a true medical emergency and really make a difference in someone’s life.” A UMassAmherst grad, Manning went on to study biochemistry in graduate school. “But when Ronald Reagan was elected,” he Dr. John Manning '74 recalls, “it was obvious that it would be difficult to make a living in basic science without being an MD. So it was off to medical school…” He attended St. George’s University in Grenada—“as great as it sounds”—before taking an internship in internal medicine. “I loved the problem solving, but hated the chronic diseases…no one gets better. So I switched to ER.” Working for Charity Hospital in New Orleans, at the time the largest hospital in the U.S., was a great opportunity and Manning credits the outstanding training he got there with giving him the necessary experience. He got married and had three children—Margaret, 22, Johnny, 19, and Lydon, 12. “My time at CM introduced me to science, and it was obvious that it was the career for me,” Manning recalls. “Medicine came for my mother and father who, although they never went to college, always encouraged me to look for a job I would enjoy. A man who finds a job he loves never has to go to work again.” ✥
Dr. Mike Concannon '85
Whether he's in Palestine or Providence, he's simply known as Dr. Jack. The first time he walked into Ramallah Hospital, about thirty minutes north of Jerusalem, Dr. Jack Bevivino ’63 couldn’t believe what he saw. “Their facilities were minimal. I couldn’t believe the way they were treated. I came back and I remember that I was appalled at the health care they were allowed to have.” Since 1990, Bevivino, as a craniofacial surgeon for the international organization Physicians for Peace, has spent his vacation weeks each year treating ordinary Palestinian citizens in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Bevivino, who came to Brown University in Providence in 1976 for his residency and
Profile: Dr. Jack
never left, began sojourning to the Holy Land at the invitation of one of his junior residents. Since that first trip, his heart was drawn to the urgent needs of the Palestinians, and he’s gone back again and again. “There’s two of us that go–-me and Dr. Eid Mustafa. We’re it as far as plastic surgery goes there,” he said. “We do cleft lips and palettes. Ninety percent of the cases I do there are children with that. Some are newborns that have never been operated on. And then we do burns, which are very common there. Space heaters tip over, or kids get burned. There’s lots of cases of boiling water falling off stoves…” “Back in the 1980s, during the first and second intifadas, we saw a significant number of war injuries,” said Bevivino.
“Some were acute injuries, gunshot wounds, or explosives. Some were kids who would try to make Molotov cocktails and they would go off accidentally.” Returning to Providence after each trip, Bevivino says he feels more and more reassured and grateful for the medical care Americans receive. Thanks to his range of experience in the Middle East, Bevivino has become an expert on treating facial deformities. “Most of it is genetic,” he said of his work on cleft lips and palettes. “Where there is more inbreeding in small villages, the incidents of all craniofacial problems are greater. And certainly in the West Bank, you have so much more of that.”
At Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Hospital in Providence, sixty percent of Bevivino’s patients are children. In recent years, he has been doing a lot more congenital plastic surgery and birth defects. “I also do a lot of facial trauma,” he said. “Any bone in the face or jaw that’s broken, and occasionally, gunshot wounds to the face.” “It’s really neat to see some thank-you notes we get,” he said. “One case that I remember well, ten years ago or so, was a little girl—six years old. Almost her entire lower lip and chin were bitten off by a dog. And her parents brought them in…We operated on her—and because you can’t rebuild the lip…we replanted the lip.” “We kept the girl asleep for almost a month, because every time we would wake her up she would started grimacing, and you have to 'anastamose—unite—the lips together, like plumbing. And it worked! When she was done, she could even whistle!” Bevivino’s wife Connie and daughter Caren approve of his itinerant lifestyle, even traveling with him sometimes. In May, Bevivino will head to Morocco to again work with those in desperate need of craniofacial surgeries. Physicians for Peace is also doing prosthetics work, he said, with victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Bevivino’s interest in medicine began even before CM. “I was always exposed to it. My father was a physician too,” he said. “At CM, it wasn’t any one teacher in particular that encouraged me to pursue it, but maybe they all knew that eventually that’s what I was going to do.”
“A high percentage of kids whose fathers were doctors ended up in medicine,” said Bevivino. “My brother Ralph [’66] is also a doctor, at Norwood Hospital, in internal medicine and cardiology.” continued on page 29
Physicians for Peace was founded in 1989, dedicated to the ideal that health care in the developing world can best be improved by providing training and education to health care professionals in those countries. When we send one volunteer medical professional overseas, that person might train 10 of their peers in-country, who will later heal thousands or tens of thousands of patients in the world’s most under-served population. By focusing on long-term, sustainable, replicable medical education and training, we send teams of medical volunteers — including physicians, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, physician assistants and other health care professionals — to places where their teaching and healing skills are needed most. Since its inception, Physicians for Peace has made hundreds of trips to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and beyond, changing the lives of countless thousands of people along the way.
First Responders Alumni respond to the call as EMTs, paramedics and nurses Chris Colby ’91 (pictured left) has seen his share of trauma too. As an EMT for four years, a paramedic for ten, and now as an emergency room nurse at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Colby knows emergency care well. “Being a paramedic’s the top of the line, and you’re the doctor’s eyes out in the field, but I’d always wanted to be a nurse, and around 2006, I said ‘you know what? Let’s try it.’” “I was never really a science guy, but I knew I always wanted to work out in the public,” Colby, who went on to study criminal justice at St. Anselm’s, says.
While he was getting his bachelor’s degree in sociology at Suffolk University, Martin Kinsman ’04 decided to apply for a summer job as a special officer for the Nantucket Police Department. For three summers, Kinsman worked details on Nantucket before they cut the program for budgetary reasons. But one detail on his resume helped him secure the position to begin with: being an EMT. Kinsman got his Emergency Medical Technician licensure in 2006 after an intensive three-month course through the Norwood Fire Department. “It just kind of happened,” he said. “I wanted to get into the Reserve Police Academy and thought it would build the resume.” Four years later, Kinsman continues to love the work, and has just begun to work full time for Fallon Ambulance in the Boston area. “You’re not saving lives everyday,” he says. “But you have an impact on people’s lives…and you really do meet some great people.” Kinsman has been on call for his share of life-or-death situations. “On Nantucket—I remember I was riding second in the cruiser, and a guy on a moped was hit by a car. We got there, and he was not moving, just laying face down. We rolled him over, and cut his shirt open. When the fire department
showed up, I said ‘Captain, I’m an EMT, can I help?’ and that’s when I got into the ambulance. I started CPR, and putting a bag valve mask (BVM) on. The captain was above him, doing chest compressions. Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out so well.” A lot does go well for Kinsman on every shift—helping elderly patients get dialysis, detecting signs of strokes, dealing patiently with psychiatric cases. “In an emergency,” Kinsman says, “everything kicks into overdrive. You’re not even thinking of the steps, you know you have to be relaxed, calm, and apply what you’ve learned in an outside environment. The toughest part of the job is applying everything you’ve learned in real life. You got through that structured environment, and you get out there and say ‘this is how I was taught to do that, and I can’t do that!’” Regardless, Kinsman says as an EMT, it comes down to being professional. “Whether you’re taking someone from a nursing home or to a doctor’s appointment, they might as well be a family member to me. I have to care for them to the utmost extent.”
“Being a paramedic, you have to think on your feet,” says Colby. “As a nurse, you have to think in a different mindset. There are doctors there if you have questions. In a hospital, you get to regroup and think—it’s a good thing!” After getting his paramedic license in 1999, Colby’s team was called upon for two major crises. “After 9/11, I went to New York,” says Colby. “We were treating the Post Office workers during the anthrax scare. We were doing preventative things—giving them antibiotics. We processed 2000 postal workers in two days.” “In 2005, I was able to go to New Orleans,” Colby recalls. “I was there eight weeks after Katrina. We were in St. Bernard’s Parish in Chalmette. They had been wiped out and they were slowly letting people back in when we were there. And they had no hospital. We were like a MASH unit, set up in an old high school football field.” In his first few months as an emergency room nurse, Colby says he’s seen everything. “One of the first days I was there, someone was brought in who wasn’t breathing. Another kid came in from motor vehicle accident, who had nearly lost half his skull. And we’ve had H1N1 cases.” “It’s not all glory–it’s definitely not what you see on TV. But I would recommend it.” ✥
The Med Student: Ray Montoya ’99 As he finishes medical school this spring, at Rosaline Frankin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, Ray Montoya ’99 weighs in on how to survive med school. On being a doctor: I knew from pretty young I wanted to be one, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case to get into med school. There were a lot of classmates of mine who had a late interest in medicine, and even more so these days, there are more non-traditional students there. They either don’t come out directly out of college…or it’s college students who majored in humanities.
On finding the inspiration: I was always pretty good in math and science, and that helped me in being proficient. I remember my dad finding a flyer for the Biomedical Science Careers Program at Harvard Medical School, and spending one summer at Children’s Hospital and one at Beth Israel did more for fostering my interest in it….I became a biology major at MIT, and did one year of research at a center for cancer research. I enjoyed it a lot, but I found myself longing for clinical interactions.
Why Med School can be tough: 1. The sheer amount of material. You have to know so much detail about every part of the body. And you only have two years for all the “didactics,” then you have three years of clinical setting. 2. The lifestyle. In the last two years of med school, it’s the hours. On surgery rotation, you’re working 100 to 110-hour weeks. You get there before the residents arrive and leave after they go home. The physical stress is tough.
Ray Montoya ’99 with his family (left to right): Ross ’97, Raymond Sr., Ray, Alma and Ryan.
3. The competition. When you apply to a big name program, there’s a certain personality type that comes with the people they accept there. At University of Rochester, where I started, you felt like everyone was out to get you. You can’t leave books in the library–people will steal your notes! 4. The cost. It isn’t cheap! Most students are $200,000 in debt in addition to college debt. Most doctors can’t pay off their student debt for 10 years. 5. Your personal life. Three out of every four marriages [in med school] end. I’ve had three really close friends of mine, who got married over the last six or seven years, go through that. Then it’s just hard for spouses and families. I come from a closeknit family, so it wasn’t an issue, but I heard from some friends that their family life did deteriorate somewhat.
On specializing: You go to med school for four years, and usually around your third year, when you’re doing your rotations, you hone in on what your specialty is. Usually you only apply to one specialty. I’m hoping to specialize in orthopedics. Orthopedics deals with any surgery that involves muscular-skeletal problems—not just from trauma, but from [things like] congenital defects. After and orthopedic residency you can be a general orthopedist or you can specialize beyond that –in trauma or pediatric orthopedics, etc. For now, I’m still looking at sports orthopedics.
On studying in Chicago: Chicago’s a lot like Boston—it’s a bigger version of Boston. It’s not like the rest of the Midwest—it’s got a Northeast mentality. And there’s a lot of students, and diversity. It’s safe and clean. ✥
Vested Interests: Tom Robinson’s many gifts to CM By Douglas Zack, Director of Advancement
Faith, Family, Friends; those three words were inscribed on the kitchen wall in the home of Tom and Pauline Robinson. On February 2, Catholic Memorial received the single largest bequest in its history, and it came from the estate of Tom Robinson. It was Mr. Robinson’s request that the money be used to create an endowed scholarship for students with a financial need and who come from the four local parishes: Holy Name, St. Theresa of Avila, St. John Chrysostom and Sacred Heart. The benevolence of the Robinsons creates the largest endowed scholarship fund at the school. “This is a transformative gift, one that will have the power to transform the lives of young men who wish to attend Catholic Memorial,” said Paul Sheff ’62, president. “This gift means a great deal to CM, not just for the amount, but because it came from a man who worked as a teacher and lived a modest lifestyle, but knew the impact a CM education can have on a student.” Robinson taught history at Catholic Memorial from 1972 until 1985. He had to leave teaching because he was losing his eyesight, a decision that was very disappointing to him, according to his cousin, Mrs. Nancy Walsh-O’Leary.
“Tom loved CM and he loved teaching,” said Mrs. Walsh-O’Leary. “He was born to teach, loved to travel, loved history and could speak several languages. It was heartbreaking for him to give up his passion. Tom would be very proud to know how much his gift will help young men at CM.” A native of Somerville, Mr. Robinson graduated from Boston College High School and then earned an undergraduate degree from Boston College as well as a master’s degree from Boston State. “He was a very faith-filled person and devoted to his Catholic religion. Tom was very generous to Catholic charities and a lot of his generosity was formed through his family life as well as his education at Catholic schools,” said Walsh-O’Leary. Attorney Ann Marie Johnnene, who worked with Robinson on his estate plans said, “Tom was very clear from the very beginning when we were working on his will that all residuals from his estate be left to CM to create a scholarship. He was passionate about a lot of things, and CM was at the top of the list.” Principal Rich Chisholm remembers that the Robinsons, who lived on Sunnybank Road in West Roxbury, would open up their home for faculty gatherings whenever there were late nights at CM. “If there was a function at CM that went late, you could go up to the Robinson’s house at eleven at night, and Pauline would have a spread of food out for the faculty to enjoy. That’s the kind of people the Robinsons were: very generous, very giving.” President Sheff informed the Board of Directors of the bequest. According to board member Dan Mee ’77, “Mr. Robinson was an original—a former Marine and fervent antiCommunist, he taught history at CM. I had
“Mr. Robinson was a great guy and a great teacher. I had him in History in 1977 and 1978 and actually met him a few times later on when he had almost completely lost his vision and befriended my father who didn’t know Mr. Robinson had been my teacher. A real stand-up guy who will be missed!” – Jack Manning ’78 him for a Korean War class, spring semester in senior year. He complemented the text with a lot of DoD films. He told us, ‘Feel free to boo loudly whenever Chairman Mao comes on screen.’ He attended most of the Class of ‘77 reunions, and the guys loved him. I was surprised at the amount [he gave], but not at his generosity. Tom Robinson was CM family!” “I had him for Russian history,” said Father Paul Coughlin ’82, who remained friends with Mr. Robinson until the time of his death. “He had a real deep voice and as a former Marine, he was an intimidating person until you got to know him. One day early on in my senior year, he said, ‘Paul, I hear you paint houses. I need you to come over to my house after school and help paint.’ I finished the week before Thanksgiving!”
Mr. Henry Kelly befriended Tom Robinson about eight years ago when they first met at the Elks Lodge in West Roxbury. “Tom was passionate about teaching,” Kelly said. “He wanted to make sure his students didn’t miss the ‘flavor’ of history and his teaching style reflected his passion.” Mr. Kelly, an accountant and brother of Walter Kelly ’68, helped Tom formalize his estate plans. “He wanted to make the CM experience memorable for more boys, and he wanted to leave his mark after he passed away. When I worked with him on his will, he knew the impact it would have on the kids from the area and on CM.”
“Tom Robinson felt vested in CM because it was a big part of his life,” said CM Director of Guidance Bob Tegan, who taught with Robinson. “He had a teaching style that got kids interested in history through humor. He was a true Renaissance man who loved opera and traveling. I had a lot of fun with Tom over the years.” Faith, Family, Friends. Tom Robinson had them all and more at Catholic Memorial School. We will be forever grateful for the generosity of Mr. Robinson, and future generations of CM graduates will come to know who this Renaissance man truly was. ✥
“Mr. Robinson was a traditionalist and very faithful to his Catholic religion,” said Fr. Coughlin. “He loved the Church and was a true patriot. We were his family. He attended my first Mass when I was ordained, and we would meet for lunch two or three times a year. I visited him at the VA hospital in West Roxbury, and was able to offer the sacraments to him when he was recuperating. When he knew he was close to dying, he told me, ‘Be a good priest’ and I still use his kind words in my sermons. Most of his teaching came outside the classroom.”
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Empathy, Honesty, and Talent William Martin ’68, Charles Kenney ’68 and Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish judge CM Writing Contest This winter, nearly a hundred poets, storytellers and essayists vied for $500 in cash and prizes and for the pride of being celebrated as CM’s best writers in the annual Catholic Memorial “Picturing America” Writing Contest. On January 20, the judges—bestselling novelist William Martin ’67, former Boston Globe columnist Charles Kenney ’68 and Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish—revealed the winners at a ceremony in the CM Board Room. The winners: Eric Butts ’10 (1st place, poetry), Conor Leahy ’12 (2nd place, poetry), Ian Reeb ’10 (honorable mention, poetry), Ryan Hubbard ’12 (honorable mention, poetry); Dan Haley ’10 (1st place, non-fiction), Seungjae Lee ’12 (2nd place, non-fiction), Brendan MacNabb ’10 (honorable mention, non-fiction); Jon Lott ’10 (1st place, fiction), Ethan Madden ’11 (2nd place, fiction), and Sean Sweeney ’11 (honorable mention, fiction).
Poet laureate Sam Cornish addresses Ian Reeb on the merits of his winning poem.
The winners read from their works, which were all inspired by one of two pieces of art installed at the school as part of the “Picturing America” “You read so much, and series of art prints, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. sometimes your eyes can’t Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish emceed the awards ceremony. “You read so much, and sometimes your eyes can’t take anymore,” he said of judging poetry. “But then I opened up this pack, and there you were—it was a joy. It was a pleasure to read them. It was more difficult, however, to decide.” “Sometimes, something just jumps right out and grabs you,” Cornish told the students, parents and faculty assembled, “as if the heart and the truth of the moment has found its way to the pen, to the keyboard and is on the page. And that’s what I experienced here.”
take anymore,” Cornish said of judging poetry. “But then I opened up this pack, and there you were– it was a joy. It was a pleasure to read them. It was
“This is the work of gifted young writers,” said Kenney. “Congratulations to all the participants—[they were] really impressive.” According to librarian Ms. Magyar, who founded the contest last year, this year’s winners had some things in common. “Two characteristics—empathy and honesty— came through in all these winning entries,” said Ms. Magyar. “These are qualities that all good writers share.”
City Councilor John Tobin ’87 addressed and congratulated the students as well. more difficult, however, Tobin’s recalled to everyone the difficulties in installing the post of Poet Laureate and to decide.” getting Mr. Cornish’s appointment passed. “Everyone thought it was crazy at the “Congratulations to all the finalists,” said time,” said Tobin, “but I’ve had so many parents in the city thank Martin. “There is nothing harder than coming up with a story and me, because that is one of the ways many of their children express seeing it through to a conclusion that satisfies you and your readers. ✥ themselves.” All of you have achieved that goal and met a difficult but rewarding
challenge. Keep writing.”
City Councilor John Tobin ’87 and Cornish pose with the winners.
“Maybe it is God.” Dan Haley ’10 won first place in the “Picturing America” contest for his essay on Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” photograph She is just your average mother. She has countless items, infinite agendas running through her mind—traffic as dense and swift as migrants on Route 66 during the dust bowl. Her children cling close to her. She can feel their beating hearts, their warm bodies searching her own, seeking a different kind of warmth. The kind of warmth that gives the comfort only a mother can provide. But she is not an average mother by any stretch. Her mind is not occupied by everyday tasks, but by the severity of her family’s situation. She is not worrying about how she will get her daughter to her soccer game at 4:00 and her son to his baseball game at 4:30. Instead she is desperately raking her mind, trying to figure out where their next meal will come from. Where will they sleep tonight? Money is nearly gone—where can we work? What can we sell? Nothing. There is nothing left to sell. Dozens of questions—everyday, every hour—and answers are so few and hard to come by. When will this end? Will everything ever be OK? At least there is still family. Sometimes family can be a burden. It creates many more mouths to feed, and there are so many more to look after and worry over. But what is worse than that is hearing and seeing the children in agony. Their cries of hunger cut deeper than all the hatred they could possibly encounter on their journey. Moans and whimpers pierce her ears to the point where she expects blood to start running out. But there is no physical damage. There is only some of the most tremendous emotional damage a person could experience. Days are no better than the nights. The mother cannot even find any joy when they all have food to eat, because she knows that maybe the next meal will not be there. She knows the hunger comes back and she feels ultimately helpless, like a turtle on its back. All that remains is hope. Hope for a better life somewhere else. Hope that somewhere there is verdant land and gracious landowners, who need many workers and pay them fairly. Hope that someday they might have a home of their own, some land of their own. Hope that some night, there will be no cries of hunger; only sound and peaceful sleeping. She will feed hope to the children, but not too much hope. They must not have too much hope or they may be too suddenly disappointed. Just enough promise to keep them going. And she wonders, where do I get my hope? Amidst all this chaos I somehow have hope. Maybe it is from all the others who experience the same situation. Maybe it is God. I cannot know for sure. Where do I get my hope?
Faculty & staff
Clockwise from top left: President Paul Sheff ’62 will serve as CASE’s Chairman of the Board in the upcoming year; Advancement Director Doug Zack; Alumni Director and Assistant Advancement Director David Erwin ’98; History Teacher Vincent Bradley.
Leadership in the ranks Catholic Memorial School president Paul Sheff ’62 has been named Chair Elect for the Board of Trustees of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Having served on the board for many years, Sheff has also been the head of the leadership committee of the Board. CASE is one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational associations. Founded in 1974, CASE serves to strengthen educational institutions through advancement work and support at all levels—primary, secondary, and postsecondary. With 22,000 members in nearly 3,400 schools, CASE is led by an allvolunteer Board of Trustees, including Mr. Sheff.
Also serving as presidents of advancement organizations are CM Advancement Director Doug Zack and Assistant Director of Advancement/Alumni Director David Erwin ’96 P’13. Mr. Zack has been appointed as president of the Advancement Alliance, a New England consortium of advancement professionals which sponsors regional alumni gatherings and professional development for advancement professionals. Mr. Zack had previously served as the organization’s membership coordinator. Mr. Zack, who has been a member of the Alliance since 1998, had previously served as the organization’s membership coordinator.
Last fall, Mr. Erwin began his tenure as president of the New England chapter of the Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals (ACAAP). ACAAP is a network that organizes annual conferences and workshops to provide Catholic institutions with the resources they need to sustain long-term growth and stability.
in other news: ✒ History teacher Vincent Bradley has been invited to present his paper at the 2010 AP Annual Conference entitled“Periodized Folders: Help Student “Own” the APUSH,” at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park and the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC on Friday, July 16th and Saturday, July 17th. ✒ CM soccer coach John Finn ’89 and his team won CM’s first state championship in soccer this fall. Finn was selected as the Division I Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe. ✒ Hockey coach Bill Hanson was selected to coach in the first annual Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association All-Star Game, to be held in Lowell on March 20. ✒ Assistant Dean of Students Tom Meagher and his wife Clair announced the birth of their granddaughter, born Nov. 30 and weighing 6 lbs. 14 oz. Their daughter, Kristen, and her husband, Jack Webber also have a son, Jackson, who will now be a ‘big’ brother. ✒ Physical education teacher
Leonard Finamore and his wife Donna announced the birth of their granddaughter, Janessa Finamore, born Wednesday, February 10 to their daughter Laura. Janessa weighed in at 9 lbs. 4 ounces.
Hope for Haiti at CM The entire Catholic Memorial community stands in solidarity with the people of Haiti in their time of crisis. Since the January 12 earthquake, the school has united in several ways to show this solidarity. On CMTV in late January, President Paul Sheff ’62 came on the air to encourage students to pray for their classmates whose families were affected by the earthquake. In theology classes, students discussed creative ways to help. In English classes, they wrote open letters to Haiti. And in every homeroom, they donated to relief causes, in particular, to Catholic Relief Services. On February 4, the entire school assembled in the Ronald Perry Gym for this year’s Catholic Schools Week Mass. At Mass, students with Haitian ancestry and their families participated in the music and liturgy. Mr. Sheff called the school to worship by calling to mind those Haitian-Americans in the community. “We are brothers and sisters to each other, brothers and sisters in Christ. So, when our brothers waited for word, we waited with them. This morning, we gather to share their struggles and their sorrows, to pray with them for a better
future for Haiti, and to act as leaders when action is called for,” said Sheff. Frank Theodat ’11, who counted himself fortunate that his relatives in Haiti survived the tragedy, addressed the student body and guests after Communion. “Haitians are strong, with courage and high spirits,” said Theodat. “Since the earthquake, some of you are asking, how can I help? There are unlimited opportunities out there for you...and I thank you all for your generosity. A lot of you don’t know me, but you do know someone affected by this.” “What happened in Haiti will not be fixed overnight,” Theodat said. “We have made a great start, but let’s continue to do what we can to help.” Catholic Memorial continues to pray for those students and families in the community who have relatives or friends in Haiti. We encourage all members of the CM community to send the names of friends or loved ones whom we can keep in our prayers. ✥
✒ Guidance counselor Bill Hanson
announced the birth of his twin granddaughters: Willa Maeve and Ellery Marie, born Friday, February 26. The girls weighed in at 5 lbs 1oz. and 4 lbs 12ozs. The proud parents are Bill’s son, Billy and his wife Alex.
✒ Librarian Ann Magyar attended
the “Picturing America in Our Nation’s Libraries” conference in New York on March 4. The conference includes a program sponsored by Channel 13 entitled “Celebrating Teaching and Learning.” Ms. Magyar was selected based on an essay she submitted describing CM’s Picturing America Writing Contest.
Ricardo Vieux ’11 reads during the Mass for Haiti in early February.
At right: Derek Colucci ’10 poses with the 10th Edward Wright ’65 Memorial Award. To his left are Chris Myers ’02, Mike Prendergast ’91, Ed McElaney, Jr. ’86, Richard Wright ’71 and Fred Kinsman ’63.
Basketball, hockey teams earn Conference Championships With defeats of BC High and a streak of wins against other conference schools, both the CM basketball and hockey teams earned Catholic Conference Championships over the weekend of February 7. The basketball team (11-5) defeated BC High, 65-47, on February 5 in the Ronald Perry Gymnasium, their seventh win in a row. The hockey team (12-3-1) earned its undefeated record in the conference with a definitive 5-1 taming of the Eagles on February 6 at BU’s Walter Brown Arena in the 10th Edward M. Wright Memorial game. Along with Coach Hanson’s twenty-second conference championship, Derek Colucci ’10 took home Saturday’s Wright Memorial Award. Before announcing Colucci as the award winner, Ed Wright Memorial Committee chair John Glynn ’66 introduced five alumni from both BC High and CM who represented the five decades of the schools’ rivalry. Representing CM were Fred Kinsman ’63, Richard Wright ’71, Ed McElaney, Jr. ’86, Mike Prendergast ’91, and Chris Myers ’02.
Duke-bound Will Donovan ‘10 named All-American By early January this year, the ESPN Rise All-American roster came out, and at the top of the list was Will Donovan ’10. The Forward for the Knights who led CM to its first state championship under Coach John Finn ’89 has committed to play for Duke University next year.
“CM and BC High have been playing hockey since their first game, December 31, 1962,” said Glynn. “It is one of the best and oldest rivalries in hockey in the United States.”
Donovan scored or assisted on 33 of the team’s goals this season, including the only goal in the state championship match against Ludlow on November 22. The Catholic Conference Player of the Year also received All-Scholastic honors from the Boston Globe and Boston Herald.
“It was an honor to receive this,” Colucci said, “and to stand with some of CM’s greatest players.”
Other CM athletes who will compete at the collegiate level next year include Ed Colvin ’10 who will run at Brandeis University and Frank Wheeler-Larusso ’10 who will play lacrosse for Fairfield University.
The CM Basketball team finished the regular season with an eleven-game winning streak, thanks to players like Matt Droney ’12, pictured above.
more sports news n Derek Colucci ’10 and T.J. O’Brien ’10 were invited to play in the first annual MSHCA All-Star Game, sponsored by the U.S. Army, held at the Tsongas Arena on March 20. n CM wrestler Ricardo Vieux ’11 won a sectional title in his weight class at the Metro Sectional Tournament on February 13. n Football co-captains Lorenzo Warren ’10 and Donald Bland ’10 will continue to play in the same uniform next year, for Bentley University. The two committed to Bentley at a signing ceremony at CM in late February.
CM Magazine’s Summer 2010 issue will have a full wrap-up of the 20092010 fall, winter and spring teams’ accomplishments. For now, head to www.CatholicMemorial.org for the latest scores and news.
Chamber Ensemble, eighth grade perform at Faneuil Hall
Mr. Spaner and the Chamber Ensemble pose in the "Great Hall" at Faneuil Hall before their performance.
“O beautiful for spacious skies.” As the eighth grade class sang those words on January 21, and they echoed against the halls of the most historic hall in the country, they became the first words that two hundred and fifty immigrants to the United States heard as newly naturalized U.S. citizens. As part of the Catholic Memorial Middle School Program’s interdisciplinary unit on immigration and citizenship, the eighth grade class and its teachers spent their second day this term outside of the classroom on January 21, visiting two historic sites important to U.S. immigration and citizenship throughout the city. In December, the Middle School Program visited the Museum of Science for an Omni Theater presentation of “Great Journey West” and to the Prudential Center’s top-floor exhibition of immigration history in Boston. On January 21, students visited the
famous “Golden Steps” in East Boston, arrival site of thousands of Italian, Irish and Jewish immigrants in the 1800s and 1900s. Second only to Ellis Island in terms of the number of entering immigrants, the Golden Steps are an important landmark in the history of new Americans seeking the dream. From seeing one of the points of entry for America’s first major wave of immigration, students then traveled to Faneuil Hall, where they witnessed the oath of allegiance of two hundred and fifty of America’s newest citizens. Along with the CM Chamber Ensemble which played the Star Spangled Banner, the eighth grade sang “God Bless America,” as representatives of the U.S. District Court, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Immigration and Naturalization Services looked on. Mr. Denis Riordan P’14, the District Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, arranged for the students to come on Thursday. Judge Rya Zobel, who swore in the newest citizens, praised the students’ efforts and musical talents. Middle School Program theology and geography teacher Mark Smith ’85 testified that the students got a lot out of the day. “Watching these people who are looking for new opportunities to come into our country and experience freedom and democracy... it’s an exciting day,” said Smith. Jacob Graham ’14 agreed. “It was good to see everybody so happy after they came into this country.” “My favorite part was seeing so many different countries [represented] and everyone becoming a U.S. citizen,” added Andrew Kang ’14. Plans are underway for a seventh grade field trip to the March naturalization ceremony at Faneuil Hall as well.
Forensics team earns 19 spots at Nationals Eleven CM students will travel to Omaha, Nebraska over Memorial Day Weekend to compete in the National Catholic Forensic League Grand Tournament. The following students qualified for Nationals at the National Qualifier Tournament held at Shrewsbury High School on February 6:
Patrick Simas ’10 (Dramatic Performance) Patrick Simas ’10 & Ethan Madden ’11 (Duo Interpretation) Chris Masterson ’10 & Sean Steinberg ’10 (Duo Interpretation) Aram Gurekian ’11 & Raffi Grigorian ’12 (Duo Interpretation) Kevin Verity ’10 (Original Oratory) Andrew Fanikos ’10 and Joseph Sweeney ’10 (Extemporaneous Speaking) Joe Botsch ’11 & Michael MacKenzie ’11 (Public Forum Debate) Laroy Streat ’12 (Oral Interpretation) Kevin Donnelly ’11 (Declamation) Jhovani Vonleh ’12 (Declamation) Marcus Jackson ’12 (Declamation) Andrew Rogantino ’12 (Declamation) The following students were selected as alternates for Nationals:
Chris Traynor ’13– Declamation (1st Alt.) Mark Woodall ’12– Oral Interpretation (1st Alt.) George Evangjeli ’10– Congress (2nd Alt.) Eric Butts ’10– Oral Interpretation (3rd Alt.) “Congratulations to our entire team on a true team effort,” said Coach Rob Croteau ’93. “Our team showed great strength this weekend in all facets of our program– drama, public address, and debate.”
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ACS names CM first “High School Challenge” winner
On January 30, Kevin Donnelly ’11 and Ryan Lemoie ’12 led the team with wins in declamation and radio as it earned its third Tournament Championship of the year at the Cape Ann Classic, hosted by Manchester/Essex High School. Individual winners also included: Andrew Fanikos ’10 – 2nd Place (Extemp) Michael MacKenzie ’11 & Joe Botsch ’11 – 2nd Place (Public Forum) Frank Theodat ’11 – 2nd Place (Novice Reading) Aram Gurekian ’10 & Raffi Grigorian ’12 – 2nd Place (Duo) Eric Butts ’10 – 2nd Place (Poetry) Mark Woodall ’12 – 3rd Place (Poetry) Pat Simas ’10 & Ethan Madden ’11 – 3rd Place (Duo) Joseph Sweeney ’10 – 3rd Place (Extemp) Gerard Lawler ’12 – 3rd Place (Novice Extemp) Marcus Jackson ’12 – 3rd Place (Declamation) Chris Ryan ’12 – 4th Place (Novice Reading) Brendan McGowan ’12 – 4th Place (Declamation) Nicholas Leney ’11 – 4th Place (Radio) Sean Steinberg ’10 – 5th Place (Play Reading) Pat Simas ’10 – 6th Place (Dramatic Performance) Brendan Shea ’11 – 6th Place (Play Reading) Ethan Madden ’11 – 7th Place (Play Reading) John Clarke ’13 – 7th Place (Radio) Eric Butts ’10 – Semi-Finalist (Prose) Kevin Verity ’10 – Semi-Finalist (Prose)
Ms. Peg Camp, head of the American Cancer Society’s New England Division, visited CM on February 9 to award the school first place in the first annual Making Strides Walk Against Breast Cancer High School Challenge. Appearing with CM president Paul Sheff ’62 on CMTV, Ms. Camp congratulated CM not only for leading the first challenge in terms of dollars raised, but for inspiring over twenty other schools in Massachusetts to send delegations to the annual October Making Strides Walk in Boston. Overall, the High School Challenge raised $75,000 for breast cancer research. Joined by delegations from two of those other schools—Fontbonne Academy in Milton and Ursuline High School in Dedham—representatives from the American Cancer Society congratulated student leaders Chris Stathopoulos ’10, John Gorman ’11, and CM’s event organizer and director of Campus Ministry Mr. Brian Scott. Representing Fontbonne Academy was Mission and Ministry director Maria Sarte, who was joined by students Allison Ludtke, Samantha Spera, Xuan He, and Siyuan Wang. Representing Ursuline was principal Mary Jo Keaney, joined by students Kiki Shea, Catie Chipman, Colleen McGauley, and Tori Sitawich. “On behalf of the American Cancer Society, it is my pleasure to present this plaque for the first Making Strides High School Challenge,” said Camp. “The students of Catholic Memorial are the winners this year, but the rest of the schools were up to the challenge as well.” “The challenge you put forth this year is going to grow and grow, and the impact of
that—and the lives saved—is going to grow and grow as well,” Camp told the students. “Thank you for everything that you and your students and your faculty have done.” Walk director Diana Petruccelli and ACS spokesperson Lauren Barrett joined Camp in her praise of the students’ efforts. Mr. Sheff accepted the award on behalf of the student body, praising them for leading an effort that resulted in the 29th leading fundraising team nationally. CM’s efforts made it the only educational institu-
tion to break into the top 100. “Our involvement with [Making Strides] started with this premise—let’s help,” Sheff said. “By getting outside of the box, we are brought face to face with a disease our young men may face sometime in their lives—whether it be their mothers, their aunts, their spouses, their sisters, or their neighbors.” “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the young men of Catholic Memorial School, and their parents and our faculty who have earned this tremendous honor…We’re always competitive, however the real beneficiaries are the women who one day, thanks to the monies that are raised, are free of this affliction.”
Transitions and Opportunities: 8th graders on retreat The eighth grade class took a break from its studies on February 5 for a full-day retreat, sponsored by Campus Ministry. Entitled “Transitions, Challenges, Opportunities, Support,” the day-long retreat gave students a chance to reflect on their years to come as Knights and on their lives as gentlemen of Catholic, Christian witness. The day began with breakfast, at which the class divided into smaller groups led by the Squires, a group of upper class peer ministers. At 10:00am, Mike Slonina ’11 presented the first of three student talks. Focused on challenges students face as they enter high school, Slonina (the manager of the basketball team, member of peer ministry, and school blogger) answered students’ questions about his own life challenges. After a team building game, Dean of Students Tom Ryan inspired the eighth grade class with a rousing talk on what great things he expects out of CM Knights. “We have a community that looks out for each other,” Ryan said. Ryan asked one student to break a pencil in front of the assembly. He then wrapped a dozen pencils with a rubber band. The student couldn’t break the pencils. “CM is the rubber band that protects us,” said Ryan. “It’s the bond, the glue that keeps everybody together.” He then added the broken pencil to the bunch. “We’re all broken in some way, but that rubber band even keeps the broken ones together.” After lunch, director of Campus Ministry Brian Scott introduced A.J. Doyle ’12 and Chris Ryan ’12, both peer ministers. Doyle addressed the topic of high school athletics. “If you play hockey, why wouldn’t you want to help continue that tradition? And if you come to a basketball game…I guarantee you, you won’t want to leave, because of the intensity you feel here.” Mr. Scott summed up the possibilities awaiting the Class of 2014 in the following way: “You guys have all the Top: A.J. Doyle ’12 speaks to the freshman on school spirit. Bottom, Mr. Ryan addresses the class. opportunities in the world.”
Alumni Events Barneys New York hosts CM Alumni Reception On Monday, January 25 CM Alumni from the tri-state area gathered at Barneys New York on Madison Avenue for the annual New York City Alumni Reception. Kevin Dyson ’83, Senior VP and General Manager for Barneys, hosted the event. President Paul Sheff ’62, addressed the alumni present, speaking about the vision for Catholic Memorial and updating them on the recent successes by CM students. Pictured above: At the NYC Reception: (l-r) Andrew Dimitri ’82, Rob Harrington ’96, Frank Sheehan ’64, Paul Sheff ’62, Greg St. Plice ’95, Kevin Dyson ’83, Paul Cappelli ’73, Bill Hartigan ’62, Doug Zack, Director of Advancement, Tim Roddy ’03, Dave Kelly ’03, Brother Paul Hannon ’71 and Bob Campbell ’74.
Mr. Meagher’s Young Alumni Challenge In mid-November, Mr. Thomas Meagher issued a challenge to CM’s young alums: to raise $5,000 in total giving from at least 160 individuals in the classes of 2000-2009. Having recruited a group of his former students to participate, Mr. Meagher got a guarantee from them that they would donate $1 for every dollar donated above and beyond the $5,000. As of mid-February, the fund had nearly reached $5,000 and the number of donors had reached the halfway point. Young alums—join the Mr. Meagher Young Alumni Challenge today! Visit Facebook.com/MeagherChallenge and pledge your allegiance to Mr. Meagher!
Career Advisory Network The Alumni Relations Office has established a Career Advisory Network to assist our young alumni, like you, as they begin their professional careers. 100 CM Alumni are serving as career mentors for our most recent graduates. These Alumni are working in career fields such as law, education, financial services, public relations, marketing, government and public service, accounting, healthcare, and many more. They are willing to discuss their professional experience with you and answer any questions that you might have about their particular fields. In addition, many of our mentors can provide information about internships available at their companies and some mentors can accommodate one-day shadow visits at their workplaces so you can experience what it is like to work in their professions first hand. CM has a strong alumni community and there are CM alums just waiting to assist you. If you would like to connect with one of mentors, contact Dan Chisholm in the Alumni Relations Office at 617-469-8014 or DanChisholm@CatholicMemorial.org.
Above: Young alumni gathered at the alumni reception before the annual Turkey Bowl game in November. (L-R) Tim Sullivan ’08, Mike Macchi ’08, Derek Powell ’08, Steve Reece ’08, Jason Connell ’08, Liam Concannon ’08. Below: (L-R) Hockey alumni Kevin Kadlick ’08, Garrett Noonan ’09, Mike Collins ’08 and Billy Carey ’09 came to the annual Mutch Cup game on December 23 to wish the Knights good luck.
class notes 1961
1965 ☞ REUNION YEAR
John Aloisio writes to say, “I have retired after 37 years as a school principal and 30 years as a deacon. I now work part time for the National Park Service as an interpreter. I have lived in Wyoming since 1977.”
Mark E. Campbell ’65 retired last year after 30 years with the city of Boston. Now enjoying life on Rexhame Beach in Marshfield. Would enjoy hearing from old friends like Jon Ruel, Deac Finn, Bud Dolan, Jim Mahoney, and Dennis Donovan.
Bill Kelly sends his regards and hopes that all is well with his classmates. Ed Stenson has put his bed and breakfast up for sale and is hoping to buy a house in Savannah, Georgia, ideally to spend eight months of the year there and four months of the year in Rhode Island.
Jim Ryan retired from his job as an FBI agent and is currently working part-time in forensic audio for a government client. He was happy to hear from old classmates recently and is hoping to attend a CM alumni gathering in Washington, DC soon.
Dick Geden has been retired for eleven years from the Gillette Company. He and his wife, Carol, are enjoying life on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in NH.
1963 Dick Cummins retired in 2005 after 30 years of federal service. He also retired as colonel from U.S. Army reserves after 30 years of service. He’s now playing a lot of golf and enjoying married life.
1964 Skip Lockwood is the subject of a new book, Major League Bride: An Inside Look at Life Outside the Ballpark.
Gerry Seely reports that he’s trying to stay busy in Newburyport, while babysitting his grandchildren Harry and Elinore Seely in Charlestown (children of Mark ’94 and his wife Heidi).
1967 Bob Konetzny retired after 30 years at Saint-Gobain Co. in Worcester. He is spending his retirement years in Florida, traveling and playing golf. He heartily thanks all the Brothers who taught him--Brother Ford, Brother Newman, Br. Leader, Br. Orwell, Br. O’Donnell, Br. Murphy, Br. Ward, Br. Hennessey, and last but not least, Br. McKenna. Barry Sawayer became president of Trinity Video Communications, Inc. They are an industry leader in providing custom room design and integration, with state of the art features such as videoconferencing, digital signage and streaming video. Paul Wood was recently appointed to be assistant director of facilities management for the Boston School Department. Paul has five children and three granddaughters.
1970 Mike Dunne recently completed the Leadership Chattanooga Program, where he was selected as class speaker for graduation. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of TennesseeChattanooga and was recently honored for
his Discount Drug Program by NACo--the National Association of Counties. Gregory Haugh retired from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in April, 2009, though he is still working as Director of Security for "Broadway Across America Boston" this season, covering five theaters in Boston. This is his 29th season doing so.
1971 Joe Finnigan took a job recently as director of facilities at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in Orlando, FL. He now lives in Viera, FL on the east coast. “Although I miss family and friends, I don’t miss the cold and snow!” he says. He asks his friends to give him a call if they’re in the area.
1973 Jack Cahill is now working at Babson College as the manager of the Cutler Center for Investments and Finance. Steve Gouthro is currently working as a defense contractor at Eglin AFB in Florida. His oldest daughter, Lynn, is a captain in the army in Korea. His son is a lieutenant in the army, currently in Afghanistan. His youngest daughter will graduate from West Point in May 2010. Paul Laubenstein recently moved to Swampscott after 20 or more years on the South Shore. He married on March 27, 2009 to the former Lisa Smith of Swampscott. They honeymooned in Venice, Italy. He is still running the New England Senior Hockey League, who played at Fenway Park in December. John Lenox, AICP, is working as director of planning and development for Wicomico County, MD. James McCarthy proudly reports that his son Joseph ’10 led the Catholic Conference in touchdown receptions and was selected to the All-Conference team this past fall; Additionally, he received the Peter Green Unsung Hero Award at the Football banquet.
1978 John Farrell has been the Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Konecranes, Inc. for the past six years. He has been married for 25 years to his wife Susan. His oldest son, Sean ’09, now studies at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. His other son is Matthew ’11, and his daughter Meredith Elizabeth attends Ursuline Academy (class of ’13). He has lived in Dedham with his family for the past 22 years. Margaret and Jerry Mee, parents of Bill Mee ’78, Pat ’79 and Jerry ’80, report that their grandson Matthew hopes to attend CM soon. Margaret and Jerry have many fond memories of their years volunteering at CM, helping Brother Sheridan along with Mary (mother of Dan ’79), chaperoning dances, and helping to run BINGO games.
1979 1973 continued The class of 1973 meets regularly at Doyle’s in JP to solve all of the world’s problems. All classes are welcome. Please email Bill Meissner ’73 for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Matt Mulvey has been appointed Chairman of the Advisory Board for the National Public Radio affiliate WUMB (91.9 FM) in Boston. He had previously served as a volunteer for the radio station for over 25 years.
1974 Tom Keane, executive director of the Boston Society of Architects, was featured in The Boston Globe in February in a story about his society’s plans to open a museum of architecture and design on Russia Wharf in Fort Pointe
1975 ☞ REUNION YEAR
“My travels have taken me to 46 States,” writes Thomas Curtin, a Field Rep for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, “and I’m proud to have recently reached a milestone with 30 years of membership in the union.”
1980 ☞ REUNION YEAR Mike McEachern currently resides in Canton with his wife and two daughters. He completed his 2nd Pan-Mass Challenge recently, and is in training for 2010. Mike is the CFO of Brainshark, Inc. in Waltham. Mike thanks Mr. McElaney for giving him his start in accounting!
Dennis Keely is currently a district fire chief with the City of Boston. He presently supervises the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods.
1976 Nelson Medina sends regards to his classmates and asks them to get in touch.
class notes 1981 Gary McNamee sends regards to all his classmates.
“I am an Army officer deployed to Baghdad, Iraq,” writes Lt. Col. Gary Smith. “My family is in Chicago, where I was stationed as the Deputy Commander for Army ROTC in the Midwest. I look forward to returning stateside in June, 2010. Best wishes to all the friends and families of CM!”
1983 Kevin Dyson, Senior VP and General Manager for Barneys New York, hosted the annual New York City Alumni Reception on Monday, January 25 in the penthouse at Barneys. Jim Little is the PTA President at Norwood High School and serves on the Norwood High School Council. He was the co-chairman of the Aetna Volunteer Council, Cambridge Chapter for 2007-2009. Aetna holds food drives and coordinates volunteer work at Rosie’s Place, Christmas in the City, Hope Lodge and the Boston Food Bank.
1982 Michael Connelly announced the publication of his latest book, The President’s Team: The 1963 Army-Navy Game and the Assassination of JFK, at a book release party and signing at the Hotel Commonwealth on November 18.
Ed McMahon is currently stationed in Iraq as a member of the United States Army in the 164th Transportation Battalion. As a way of showing moral support for him, the Parkway’s Peewee A Hockey Team decided to wear the same patch for its games this season that McMahon’s army unit in Iraq wears. Vinnie Mercuri and his wife Lisa live in Dedham with their sons Nicolas, age 10, Andrew, 7, and Joseph, 4.
1984 Cardinal Sean O’Malley assigned Fr. W. Chris Palladino in 2009 to further his studies in the field of Canon Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is presently a part-time parochial vicar at St. Brigid and Gate of Heaven Parishes in South Boston.
Frederick Robinson was recently named division director of oral and maxillofacial surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. He is currently a partner at Oral Surgery Associates Southcoast, Inc. in New Bedford. Rick resides in Dartmouth, MA with his wife Elaine and three children: Sophie, Sawyer and Hayden.
Lt. Col. Colonel Michael Donahue has settled in Washington, DC to serve as Special Assistant to Army Chief of Staff General George Casey.
Osmani Rodriguez has been accruing credits as an actor on stage and in film. His latest roles include The Maiden Heist (starring Morgan Freeman) and a small role in Tina Fey and Martin Scorcese’s American Express commercial. You can see some of Osmani’s latest credits at www.osmanir.com.
Mark Hohmann lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is the business manager of St. Francis High School. He earned a Master’s degree in Ministry and Business Management, and married Julie Webb in 2008.
John Geraci and his wife Cristin welcomed Caroline into their family. She was born on December 13, 2009. Caroline joins big brother Tommy.
Matt Benedetti has declared his candidacy for the State Representative seat of the 10th Suffolk District, representing Brookline, Roslindale and West Roxbury.
1990 ☞ REUNION YEAR Kevin Duggan and Kate welcomed Finbar Duggan to the family on October 20, 2009. Finbar joins sister Aisling. Ed Coppinger has declared his candidacy for the State Representative seat of the 10th Suffolk District, representing Brookline, Roslindale and West Roxbury.
1992 State Representative Mike Rush has declared his candidacy for the State Senate seat representing several wards in Boston as well as Dedham, Westwood and Norwood.
1994 Mark Seely and his wife Heidi are celebrating the birth of thier second child, Ellenore Rose, born on November 29, 2009. Harry, now 21 months old, has welcomed his new sister with happiness. Heidi is due to graduate Suffolk University Law School as a member of the school’s law review in May 2010, as Mark continues working with General Dynamics at Hanscom Air Force Base.
Sean Brennan reports that he is working as a financial adviser for Baystate Financial Services in Boston, where he’s been since 1997. He and his wife Michelle are expecting their first child this April.
1987 John “Chickie” Chojnowski and his wife Tamme welcomed Emily Jeanne on January 14, 2009. Emily joins siblings John and Sara. “God has blessed us abundantly,” says Dan O’Rourke, who reports that he, Cari and 7 year-old Max are doing fantastic down in Spring Hill, Florida.
class notes 1996
Ben Sardella is currently living in San Francisco, CA, working as the senior director of sales for Sabrix, Inc.
Bryan Goodwin and Courtney Carthas were married on October 16, 2009.
1997 Myles Dudley is now the owner and managing director of Pinnacle Private Wealth, a full-wealth management firm.
2000 ☞ REUNION YEAR Jonathan Goodwin and his wife Danielle are proud to announce the birth of their son, Joseph Murrey Goodwin, on November 21, 2009. Paul Sullivan has declared his candidacy for the State Representative seat of the 10th Suffolk District, representing Brookline, Roslindale and West Roxbury.
2001 Adam Busalacchi got the chance to serve as a volunteer at Hockey East at Fenway Park on January 8. While earning his MBA at Suffolk University, Adam’s also been working on Merrimack College’s hockey rink renovations.
2002 Paul Mignosa is currently serving as a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy. Michael A. Rolfo is doing well and working now as an engineer.
2004 William DeSimone graduated from Curry College in 2009 with a major in criminology and is hoping to get a job in that field as a probation officer. Alex Verity is currently working as a site coordinator at the West Roxbury YMCA.
☞ REUNION YEAR
Khalil Bourji graduated from Suffolk University (Magna Cum Laude) in May, 2009. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and taxation, and is currently working at Tax Accounting Services in Watertown.
Bryan Jonasson graduated from Saint Leo University in Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business, specifically in accounting and economics. He played collegiate golf their for four years and is now a financial institution specialist for the FDIC in Wesley Chapel, FL. Timothy F. Long is now a corporal in the U.S. Marines. Jamie Dahill graduated from Roger Williams U. in 09, majoring in management with a minor in psychology. He was the captain of the baseball team and currently holds the record for the most career hits at Roger Williams.
2006 As a senior at Stonehill College this year, John McGowan debuted his animated film “Sarah’s Story” at the first annual Providence Children’s Film Festival in Providence, Rhode Island on February 13. Read more about John’s latest creations at john-mcgowan.com.
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2007 Michael Collins ’07, currently playing alongside Garrett Noonan ’09 for the Vernon Vipers, was named British Columbia Hockey League player of the week on October 20. The Vipers began postseason play on March 9.
John Saroufim is a business major at Northeastern University. Currently, he is working in a co-op with HMA Direct Insurance in Mansfield. Previously, he worked with Mathworks in Natick.
Shaun Millien, who has been studying at Dean College, has committed to play football next year for the University of North Carolina-Central, where he will continue his studies.
Angelo Todesca is a junior at Stonehill College and is enjoying his third season on the Men’s Hockey team there.
2008 Mark Elliott will be entering the U.S. Army in early 2010, after studying at Salem State University. Michael Kinsella has been the starting eighth man for the past two years for Iona College Rugby team. He was one of the youngest players to ever start as a freshman, and he scored over 50 points this past season. Currently in his sophomore year at Brandeis University, David McCoy was named an honorable mention All-UAA honoree for his performance in the fall season on the men’s soccer team. Chris Kerrigan started at safety for Nichols College football team this past season and was named to the New England Football Conference All-Academic Team.
Dan Ruggles is in his second year at UMass-Boston, where he is pursuing the prerequisites to study pharmacy when he graduates. Dan has been performing in local theater productions during his college career, as well, recently performing in Norwell Company Theater’s A Christmas Carol this past December.
2009 Kurtis Buczynski is now a freshman at Framingham State College. He is playing starting fullback on the FSC rugby team. Richard Casallas II says, “I’m loving college!” A freshman at BC, he is a member of the Rugby team and in the ski club. “I miss CM; although I’m an Eagle now, I’ll always be a knight at heart.” Demetri Vieux completed basic training with the U.S. Marine Corps on November 22 and is now studying to be a Marine specialist at Camp Geiger in North Carolina.
class notes Brian Mahoney-Wilson ’05 You will remember Brian Mahoney-Wilson ’05 from both his time in net and time on stage. As the dominant CM goalie who earned his team a Super-8 Championship in 2003 and 2004, Mahoney-Wilson is also remembered for his commanding voice in the school’s music program and on the ice, in uniform, singing the national anthem before those Super-8 contests. After playing juniors out west and in Canada, Brian headed to hockey powerhouse Lake Superior State where he is now a junior majoring in communications. As a dominant Division I goaltender for the Lakers, Brian is currently ranked #29 in GAA and #22 in save percentage. He continues to pay tribute to his other love, music, recently serving as a stage manager for one of LSSU’s productions.
Greg Casey ’89 heads to DC with Senator Scott Brown “I have worked on a lot of campaigns, but this was by far the most focused, issuesoriented and positive campaign I have ever seen,” says Greg Casey ’89, who in January stood next to Senator-elect Scott Brown at the Park Plaza Hotel as he celebrated his victory to fill the vacant Senate seat left by the death of Edward Kennedy. “We were the underdog of all underdogs and we ended up making history.” Casey took a moment last week to reflect on his work for the state senator and on the campaign trail. “It has been a real honor to help Scott Brown in his State Senate role for the last six years, and I know that the more the people of Massachusetts see of him, the more they will appreciate the man I have come know so well.” Casey is quick to credit CM for giving him the competitve drive to help his candidate succeed. “Just look around at all the alums that are in the Boston political arena who walked those halls. Whether it be Conley, Consalvo, Tobin, McDermott, or Rush, they all have the same drive and determination. Maybe there was something in the water!”
On January 19, one of Brian’s spectacular saves was featured on ESPN/ Sportscenter’s Top-10 plays of the day, nestled between a Kobe Bryant play and a LeBron James play. You can view the play on LSSU Hockey’s YouTube channel. That same week, Brian was named CCHA goalie of the week.
“I’ve had many wonderful experiences, memories, and friendships in my time at Lake Superior State,� Mahoney-Wilson says. “This has happened with the support of my many coaches and my Mom and Dad. Out of all these coaches, Coach Hanson runs the best practice.�
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specificity. We’re trying to provide more and better care for less.” Ideally, Rufo’s work would result in technology for testing Crohn’s disease and colitis that would prevent children having extensive blood work, endoscopies, or stool samples. “Patients are very good at making stool,” Dr. Rufo jokes. “But if you can find out information from something they can hand you—you can spare them a lot of grief.” Aside from testing for those diseases, Rufo works on treatment. “When I was in training I did research on existing compounds that had effects on intestinal cells. Clotrimazole was originally an anti-fungal, but it had potential as a topical agent. We have developed, patented, and licensed it to a small biotech firm.”
From there, a multi-center study will test its use before clotrimazole, perhaps, becomes a very useful agent in treating ulcerative diseases. “We developed that, bench to bedside, here at Children’s Hospital,” Rufo proudly notes.
On any given weeknight, however, you can find Bevivino at a Providence Bruins game, where he serves as one of the team surgeons, a hobby he’s had since 1992. Bevivino goes on the road with the team for the postseason as well.
Dr. Rufo’s two cents on the health care debate focuses on children. “From a purely pediatric standpoint, we have a guarantee of health care for [people] over 65, but not under 13. That’s a conundrum. We have to come up with a way for providing them with optimal care, because the quality they receive is going to have positive effects, a long way down the road.” ✥
“Mostly I take care of facial lacerations and broken bones—cheek bones, too,” he says. “With head injuries, you have to be careful with those. But nineteen out of twenty times, we get them back on the ice.” ✥
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In Memoriam parents Louis Fabian Bachrach, Jr., step-father of William R. Volk ’94. February 26, 2010. Marie T. Bevilacqua (Denapoli), mother of Robert M. Bevilacqua ’82 and grandmother of Nicholas Grande ’98 and Eric Grande ’01. November 17, 2009. Joan Bilodeau (Geishecker), mother of Robert L. Bilodeau ’70. November 15, 2009. Ellen T. Blair (O’Brien), mother of Warren A. Blair III ’63 and Gerald F. Blair ’70. January 10, 2010. Catherine F. Burke (Doherty), mother of William M. Burke ’65, James J. Burke ’72 and Francis P. Burke ’75. December 23, 2009. Irene Theresa (Burns) Butler, mother of Michael L. Butler ’71 and Leonard J. Butler, Jr. ’75. February 15, 2010. William Casey, father of William J. Casey ’72. February 5, 2010. Louise Cashman (Healy), mother of Jack Cashman ’67 and grandmother of Adam E. Campbell ’99. December 28, 2009.
Julie S. Droney (Simons), mother of Matthew R. Droney ’12. December 6, 2009.
Donald D. Leavitt, Sr., father of Richard P. Leavitt ’82 (deceased). January 25, 2010.
Patricia A. Fagone (Waters), mother of Michael P. Fagone ’93. December 8, 2009.
Mildred J. (Cronin) MacCurtain, mother of Gerald T. MacCurtain ’72. February 18, 2010.
Leo Feeney, father of Thomas J. Feeney ’72. November 11, 2009.
Edward J. MacDonald, father of Paul E. MacDonald ’79 and John R. MacDonald ’85. November 28, 2009.
Ann M. (Kennedy) Finnerty, , mother of Joseph T. Finnerty ’89. December 7, 2009. John F. Gleavy, father of John F. Gleavy, Jr. ’84. November 26, 2009. James Joseph Greeley, father of Thomas J. Greeley ’71. February 12, 2010. Ernest J. Handy, Sr., father of Ernest J. Handy, Jr. ’69. January 8, 2010. Ellen N. Hart (Hart), mother of Joseph F. Hart ’73 and Michael W. Hart ’78. December 20, 2009. Harriet Elizabeth Hayes, mother of Anthony V. Hayes ’67. December 4, 2009. Joseph T. Hynes, father of Joseph T. Hynes ’96. January 2, 2010.
Joseph M. Maguire, father of Michael J. Maguire ’75, Mark E. Maguire ’77, Gregory J. Maguire ’78, Stephen P. Maguire ’80, Joseph M. Maguire, Jr. ’82, and Paul C. Maguire ’85 and grandfather of Stephen M. Maguire ’08. December 24, 2009. John F. Mason, father of Michael E. Mason ’13. November 12, 2009. Thomas J. McCormick, father of Jarrod R. McCormick ’92. November 25, 2009. Virginia R. McNamara (Mitchell), mother of Lawrence J. McNamara III ’64. November 2, 2009. Terese M. (Fitzgerald) McNine, mother of William McNine ’79. February 4, 2010.
Benjamin R. Cibotti, father of Benjamin R. Cibotti ’79. February 21, 2010.
Marjorie Gertrude “Margie” (Whelan) Kinchla, mother of Mark L. Kinchla ’76 and Michael W. Kinchla ’79. February 16, 2010.
Matilda Cieri, mother of Frank A. Cieri ’77. December 4, 2009.
Karol Kostka, father of Paul J. Kostka ’75. December 20, 2009.
Lawrence M. Concannon, father of Lawrence J. Concannon ’76. February 8, 2010.
Louise C. Lisi (DeCenzo), mother of Charles J. Lisi ’61 and great-grandmother of Brendan P. Kelly ’14. November 3, 2009.
Ann M. Cooney (Duff), mother of John F. Cooney ’81. December 31, 2009.
Margaret M. (Finnegan) Kenefick, mother of James V. Kenefick ’90. February 9, 2010.
Elizabeth Jean (Smith) Nally, mother of William C. Nally, Jr. ’79. January 30, 2010.
Margaret M. Costello (Hickey), mother of Robert H. Costello ’61. December 20, 2009.
Gerald P. Leary, Jr., father of James D. Leary ’03. December 11, 2009.
Bridget A. (Walsh) O’Brien, mother of Michael F. O’Brien ’70 and Kevin S. O’Brien ’75. February 2, 2010.
Rosemarie Monahan (Reardon), mother of James C. Monahan ’90. December 5, 2009. Paul F. Moore, father of Patrick C. Moore 04. December 24, 2009. Raffaela M. Murphy “Rae” (Venuti), mother of Michael P. Murphy ’77.
Robert F. Pettenati, father of Brian R. Pettenati ’83 and Paul R. Pettenati ’83. December 25, 2009. Thomas M. Piersiak, father of Thomas Piersiak ’76. December 5, 2009. Albert R. Shepherd, father of Richard D. Shepherd ’85. December 4, 2009. Barbara G. (Bell) Sullivan, mother of Joseph G. Sullivan, Jr. ’65 and Michael D. Sullivan ’66. February 6, 2010. James E. Troy, Sr., father of James E. Troy, Jr. ’71 and Kevin J. Troy ’72. November 28, 2009. Rita O. Troy (Lyons), mother of James E. Troy, Jr. ’71 and Kevin J. Troy ’72. December 21, 2009. Walter C. Urbanik, father of Dale F. Urbanik ’62 (deceased). Celia T. Vernon, mother of Charles E. Vernon ’67. February 27, 2010. Paul A. Waters, Jr., father of Paul A. Waters ’77. November 28, 2009. William H. White, father of William H. White, Jr. ’83. December 5, 2009. Margaret A. Wigmore (Nagel), mother of David K. Wigmore ’78. December 15, 2009. Cecelia T. Zablocki (Lenczewski), mother of John M. Zablocki ’66 and Richard A. Zablocki ’69. January 10, 2010.
relatives & friends Gabriel C. Abichaker, grandfather of Kevin D. Abichaker ’04 and David J. Abichaker ’12. January 12, 2010. Paul K. Aresenault, brother of James Arsenault ’78. December 21, 2009. Thomas F. Baird, son of Thomas R. Baird ’73. February 17, 2010.
we remember Richard J. Curran, brother of Dennis Curran ’67 and uncle of Brendan W. Curran ’13. December 20, 2009. Joseph L. Curtin, grandfather of Paul R. Curtin ’13. February 5, 2010. Marie E. Doyle (Borstell), mother of staff member Nancy Graham. November 6, 2009. Mary Belle Eberly, grandmother of Dan J. Eberly ’99 and Douglas A. Eberly ’05. January 12, 2010. Catherine M. Fay (Mikorzewski), grandmother of Brian C. Dalzell ’12. November 10, 2009. Robert L. Foley, grandfather of Timothy F. Boyle ’12, Nicholas R. Boyle ’14 and faculty member Christopher J. Boyle. October 31, 2009. Philip G. Freeman, grandfather of John M. Tobin ’87. November 13, 2009. Francis X. Goulet, grandfather of Gordon E. Colleran ’10. January 8, 2010. William F. Hackett, brother of Francis Hackett ’72 and Joseph P. Hackett ’73. November 11, 2009. William J. Hardy, grandfather of Matthew Nichols ’02, Dennis Gauthro ’02 and Peter daSilva ’11. January 27, 2010. Clara Emerizy Hickey, mother of Leah Ramsdell. December 7, 2009. James V. LaFerrara, grandfather of Eric Smith ’10. November 11, 2009. Patricia M. Malone (Reardon), sister of Kevin J. Malone ’63 and Robert C. Malone ’74. January 31, 2010.
Claire M. Manning, sister of Thomas D. Manning ’65. December 29, 2009. Maritza Mazzarella (Boscana), wife of Joseph L. Mazzarella ’81. December 15, 2009. Ann P. McInerney (Tullie), grandmother of Bryan B. Rosata ’07 and Jeffrey D. Rosata ’12. December 14, 2009. Phyllis A. Molloy (Connell), grandmother of Jason Milton ’93. December 16, 2009. Ruth J. Ovesen (Cowan), grandmother of Eric S. Ovesen ’99. November 26, 2009. Anthony V. Palladino, grandfather of Michael Palladino ’04. January 18, 2010. Eileen Power (Byrnes), former staff member. November 4, 2009. Patricia A. Rofe (Darragh), wife of Joseph W. Rofe ’65. January 7, 2010. Mary C. "Tina" (Cappello) Raneri, grandmother of Michael F. Umbro ’81, Leo A. Raneri ’85, and Andrew A. Raneri ’89. February 23, 2010.
Frederick V. Ferrara ’63 March 25, 2008 Frederick came from Jamaica Plain and was part of the bowling club during his time at CM. He later graduated from Providence College and became a science teacher, retiring in 1998.
Peter Michael Flinn ’73 January 28, 2010 Peter Michael Flinn ’73, brother of John B. Flinn ’64, Richard J. Flinn ’66, Christopher Flinn ’76 and Robert G. Flinn ’78. Peter Flinn hailed from Roslindale. In his time at CM, he played freshman football, freshman basketball, football (sophomore and junior year), and intramural football, basketball, softball and hockey. After CM he studied at and graduated from the University of Massachusetts.
Kevin M. Iles ’73 February 6, 2010 Kevin M. Iles ’73, brother of Robert Iles ’64 and John Iles ’67. Kevin grew up in Mattapan and played intramural football, basketball and softball at CM. He later settled in Walpole.
William F. Smith, Jr., grandfather of Brian P. McLaughlin ’96. December 9, 2009.
Kevin McTaggart ’61 November 16, 2009
Mary Videa (Shea) Sweeney, grandmother of Joseph P. Sweeney ’10. January 15, 2010.
Kevin was raised in Milton and in his time at CM was well known for his hockey talent. He later studied at Bentley College and worked for Holyoke Mutual Insurance Company of Salem until 2004.
Vassiliki Tsaniklides (Kyrtopoulos), grandmother of Demetrios Tsaniklides ’92 and Nicholas Tsaniklides ’01. Constance J. Vincent (Lindsey), grandmother of John Spagnuolo ’94. November 7, 2009. Margaret Bernice Wheeler, grandmother of Peter P. Blain ’13. February 8, 2010.
The journey continues. Twenty years after CM, Joey McIntyre ’91 looks back
Editor’s Note: Joey McIntyre ’91 sat down after a sold-out show at the Paradise Rock Club on January 14 to discuss his new album “Here We Go Again� and talk about his memories of Catholic Memorial. McIntyre, an acclaimed singer and entertainer who’s sold millions of records worldwide, left CM in 1989 to tour the world with New Kids on the Block. After continuing his studies by proxy, McIntyre graduated in 1991. After a New Kids on the Block reunion, you went back to your solo career. How’s that been? Coming off the New Kids tour, it’s so inspiring being around so much great music and crowds and the whole thing. I’ve always performed but I was definitely itchy to get right back in the studio. I had a lot to say and a lot of angst to get off my back. Part of it was being inspired and part was, making an album every two to three years. So it was good to get back in the studio…but the best part is just being on stage and performing. Performing with New Kids at the House of Blues this past December must have been special. That was very special, and we raised a lot of money for Toys for Tots. Our fans always step up for a good cause. You can definitely hear some of your angst in songs like “Big Time” and “Here we go again.” Who or what was your angst directed at as you put this new album together? Mostly it’s my individualistic streak coming through, after being back with the New Kids again for two years. I’ve always written music as a solo artist and I had some life stuff stored up. After living in LA, what’s it like to come back to Boston these days?
There’s plenty to think about... you can get lost in the nostalgia. The fun thing is that you can still make music, still grow, still be a musician and artist. The journey continues, but you can still stay young and fresh. After starring in Wicked on Broadway and “Dancing with the Stars� on ABC, do you want to return to Broadway or TV at some point? Absolutely. The right thing has to present itself, and I look forward to that happening...the theater is a special place. Right now I’m focusing on the music. I’ve got a few things on the schedule that I’m going to be talking about and announcing. But I want to do some more dates for this record of mine right now. When did you first want to be a singer or performing artist? I grew up singing. Didn’t think twice…I never thought I would be famous doing it. I pretty much kept it to myself at CM—mostly because I was just a young freshman. I went on the road the summer after my freshman year. Although I never returned for classes, my tutor did teach me the same curriculum as the students at CM. I’m sure I would have gotten involved in the theatre program if I had stayed. The New York Times began a review of your work by saying, “It’s extraordinarily difficult to transcend teenage-idol status.” Do you agree? And is that an accurate way of summarizing what you’ve tried to do? I don’t pay attention to that. I’ve never been one to want to “change my image.” In fact I try to stay true to who I am. I can be very bullish about doing it my way. That
has certainly cost me some “numbers” over the years, but I take solace in knowing that the artistic freedom that I have held on to is more valuable than any award or plaque. Don’t get me wrong: I like the pretty things too. And that being said, it is good to be flexible and go with the flow. I am trying to do that more and more. You can have it both ways, I’m slowly learning. Your time at Catholic Memorial was probably a blur for you. A little bit...but I think it is for anyone. High school is a crazy time for anybody. What advice you would give to a young man sitting in a CM classroom about pursuing a career in music? Do it because you love the process. Know that it will not be easy. Work hard. The more real work you put into your craft, the more confident you will be when your chance comes. When it is “about the work,” you will feel like you are going to get that role or that gig. And that feeling of confidence in knowing you put the time in is invaluable. CM’s arts program has really taken off. Why not come back sometime to judge a dance/ talent competition a la American Idol? I’d love to. I’d be so excited about that. I'd love to come back.
Catholic Memorial Awards Athletic Hall of Fame
The Vince in Bono Malum Awards
The next Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place on Friday, November 26, 2010 at Moseley’s On the Charles.
Please submit your nominations for candidates by June 1, 2010, and return this form to: CM Advancement Office c/o David Erwin, 235 Baker Street West Roxbury, MA 02132
Guidelines for Nominations Former Student-Athletes n Must be a graduate of Catholic Memorial. nA
five-year waiting period since graduation from CM.
achievements consisting of, but not limited to, National Champion, All American, All Scholastic, All Regional, All Conference, Olympic competitor.
have exhibited the highest caliber of athletic accomplishments and demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship while a student athlete.
Coaches n Candidates for selection include recognition as a leader both on and off the field, length of service, and quality of coaching. Others n Other non-student athletes/coaches may be considered based on their overall contributions to the athletic program of CM. Posthumous n Deceased athletes and coaches will be given equal consideration. n Waiting
period may be waived.
For Distinguished Professional Achievement
For Outstanding Service to Community
To An Outstanding Young Alumnus
Except for extraordinary reasons, candidates must be graduates of Catholic Memorial School (“alumni”).
Members of the board of directors are not eligible until having remained off the board for at least three years.
Members of the school’s faculty and administration are not eligible while continuing to be employed by Catholic Memorial
Anyone from the Catholic Memorial community is welcome to submit nominations of eligible alumni for the Vince in Bono Malum Award. Nominations should be in the form of a letter stating the candidate's credentials and the reason for nominating the individual to the appropriate category. Please mail nominations to the Alumni Office, Catholic Memorial School, 235 Baker St., West Roxbury MA or email Alumni@ CatholicMemorial.org. Nomination deadline: June 30.
Download nomination forms at CatholicMemorial.org
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REUNION 2010 SATURDAY, june 12, 2010 Catholic Memorial Classes of ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05 Campus Tours 2:00pm Tours will start in the main lobby Catholic Memorial Today 3:00pm Alumni Hall, Adjacent to the Perry Gymnasium Join Paul Sheff ’62 for an inside look at life at Catholic Memorial School Reunion Mass 4:00pm Perry Gymnasium Concelebrants: Celebrant: Rev. Ron Coyne ’65 President’s Reception and Class Photos 5:00pm Reunion Tent on Athletic Field Reunion Clambake $55pp; $45pp, 5th reunion only 6:30pm Reunion Tent on Athletic Field BUSINESS CASUAL. CLAMBAKE IS OUTDOORS. DRESS APPROPRIATELY.
Invitations will be mailed in early April, or register by visiting www.CatholicMemorial.org To learn more or to join your reunion committee, please contact Dave Erwin ’96 at 617-469-8052 or DavidErwin@CatholicMemorial.org