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“The stress is unbelievable… but is there anything better than this?”


Still searching in Southeast Asia A $50,000 Marathon Run



Paul E. Sheff ’62 Some of Harvard Law School’s best third-year students filed into the Oliver Wendell Holmes Courtroom at Boston’s John Adams Courthouse on September 29 this year for their annual Mock Trial Competition final round. In front of law school professors who served as judges, the anxiety-fueled Harvard students made their cases, trying serious crimes before a gallery of their peers. But what made the counselors most nervous were the jury, impaneled only a few minutes before the afternoon trials began. Twelve boys from Catholic Memorial School’s Mock Trial team. “They’re all boys?” one defense lawyer said in desperation, ahead of her case representing a female client. For their final round, the aspiring lawyers would do their best to convince CM’s team to convict – or acquit.

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“They were nervous and shaky,” said James Merlino ’12. “Both sides did an excellent job, though,” added Phil Romagnoli ’12. In the following months, CM’s Mock Trial team would compete against their peers from other schools with just as much enthusiasm and ardor. If you’re wondering what those students might look like ten, twenty or thirty years from now, look no further than these pages, where we again see Catholic Memorial alumni following their passions, pursuing work they have come to love in the field of law.

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We all know our share of lawyer jokes – indeed, some of the comedians from our “Class Clowns” issue of the magazine (Summer 2011) tell some great ones. But most of what lawyers do is no joke, as the stories of the men in this issue demonstrate. They are men whose work has a real and tangible impact on the lives of the clients or citizens they serve. Lawyers are there when you close on a home, settle your family’s estate, or protect your interests in court. And they are men whose passions for business, sports, family, travel or service are all sated through the practice of law. There is a profound connection between the work of law and the work we do at Catholic Memorial School, not just in creating confident young men who can speak in front of an audience, but also in getting young men to think about the greater good of society, about what is right and just for all citizens, regardless of their social or economic circumstances. “The law will never make men free,” wrote Thoreau, “it is men who have got to make the law free.” Thoreau’s contemporary, Edmund Rice, established schools like Catholic Memorial to transform young men into speakers, writers and thinkers who would one day accomplish such important work.

Taking to the ice at Fenway in January.


On the cover: Growing up as a tough kid in West Roxbury, Judge Joe Johnston ’75 P’11 said his main goal “was to stay out of the courts.” Nowadays, he looks after kids and families for a living, in Boston’s juvenile courts.

Alumni in Law 4 The District Attorney 6 The Judges 8 The Prosecutor and Public Defender 10 The White-collar Defender “My job is to protect the people of Suffolk County.”

“I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing.”

“You can’t arrest your way out of the problem.”

“Jurors have to feel good about the verdict. If you can’t make them feel good about it, you’re dead.”

11 Surviving Law School “Think of it as doing homework for the rest of your life.”

12 The General Counsels

“My favorite word from law school was ‘widget.’”


03 Mad Men: Mike Sullivan ’91, DDB Worldwide

14 Catching up with Jay Sullivan ’65, on the Vietnam War’s last POWs.

32 Tucker’s Triumph: Raising $50,000 to run the Boston Marathon. DEPARTMENTS

02 Letters 16 CM Sports 18 Baker Street Bits 20 Class Notes 29 In Memoriam


Paul E. Sheff ’62 President

CM Magazine cover-stories in progress:

Douglas Zack Director of Advancement David Erwin ’96 Assistant Director of Advancement and Director of Alumni Relations Patricia Walsh Director of Database Management and Stewardship

Alums in real estate Top chefs West-coast alums Federal men Alumni who rock



Joe McGonegal Director of Communications and Editor, CM Magazine


CM Magazine is a publication of Catholic Memorial School, a college preparatory school for young men, grades 7-12. It is published three times a year by the Christian Brothers Institute of Massachusetts, under the direction of Mr. Paul E. Sheff ’62, President.

CORRESPONDENCE POLICY Letters and correspondence are encouraged.

CONTACT US AT Catholic Memorial School 235 Baker Street West Roxbury, MA 02132 Phone: 617-469-8000 JosephMcGonegal@

CONTRIBUTORS Ashley Critchley David Erwin ’96 Pat Walsh Douglas Zack

PRINT & DESIGN Atlantic Printing Karen Ancas Design

PHOTOS Ellen Eberly P’98 ’05 Lifetouch Photography Bob Tegan M. Modoono Whitter St. Health Center Peter McGovern ’07

Did you miss our first installment of ‘Mad Men?’ Read at the Spring 2011 issue g. CatholicMemorial.or

To the Editor: Dear Editor, I just finished reading the Fall 2011 issue of your fine magazine…I was so proud to read President Paul Sheff’s note. CM students are doing such a fine job of helping others: “Love the Lord…and your neighbor as yourself.” The graduates who have overcome their handicaps are a great example to me and others. It makes me proud to realize that I had a small part in getting the first four years of CM classes off the ground; those are wonderful kids. So, it is not a surprise to me that their followers are such fine men. Sincerely, Br. Anton Lips, CM faculty, 1957-1961

Mad Men Mike Sullivan’s favorite ad of all time: “After Hours Athlete.” Watch the ad with him and Sullivan gets quiet. In the ad, hip twenty-somethings shoot pool, bowl spares and carouse till dawn in karaoke bars. Sullivan listens to the narrator, with intensity, as he riffs like a beat poet, sounding off a paean to the 20-something’s casual life. Watch the ad and you’ll wonder, too, what this crafted verse is doing in a Puma ad for sneakers. The normally verbose Sullivan, a group creative director at DDB Worldwide on Madison Avenue, has watched the ad a thousand times but still enjoys each moment of it. Finally, Sullivan offers analysis. “It’s just brilliant. A night of debauchery…that they turned into this magical thing.” The only problem, of course, is that Sullivan didn’t write or produce it. Another ad firm did. No matter. Sullivan, who loves the craft of writing ads more than the art direction, has written several dozen successful ads for DDB in his eight years there and has risen fast to his senior position. There’s the ad with P Diddy, stranded in a desert, hitching a ride to the Grammys with a Diet Pepsi truck, after which every Hollywood star wants to do the same. Sullivan wrote that, and it aired on the Super Bowl a few years back. Or New York City’s ad pitch to the Olympic Committee, asking to be considered as a summer Olympic venue. It stars Jerry Seinfeld – and a Mike Sullivan script. You’ve watched this CM grad’s writing on air in a dozen different ways, advertising Subarus, Brawny paper towels and

Michelob beer. Did any of his teachers here recognize his talents? “I’m not sure I had any,” Sullivan says, modestly.

“It’s like a sport. Is your idea better than the other team’s? It’s all theater, selling your own work.”

After studying at Iona College and School of the Visual Arts in New York, Sullivan began as a junior copywriter for D’Arcy in New York. He’d work 20 hour days, sometimes getting a briefing at 7:00pm for work that was needed by 8:00am. There he met Lee Garfinkel, an executive director who saw something in him and gave him a big break.

“There’s always a drive to keep the work at a high level,” says Sullivan. “And you kind of know when you come back home after a shoot, look at the film, and realize that something that was hysterical on paper and made you fall on the floor isn’t funny. Stuff has a shelf life. You have to budget for that and keep refreshing.”

“He asked me to present to Subaru,” recalls Sullivan. “That just doesn’t happen to junior copywriters. An auto account, it’s like the Holy Grail. I got in there and felt like, ‘what am I doing here?’ It was my big break.”

thing he has dabbled in so far. And he’s already got a focus group: at home up the Hudson, in Valley Cottage, Sullivan and his wife have four boys. Between those two high-stress jobs, Sullivan certainly earns the title of a “Mad Man.”t

Above: Mike Sullivan ’91 in his office at DDB Worldwide in New York. Below: on location filming a Super Bowl ad starring P Diddy.

In ten years, Sullivan says, he hopes to also be writing children’s books, some-

The perfect day for Sullivan starts with writing, in his spacious Madison Avenue office at DDB. “By noontime, you’re fried,” he says, “so teams come in, show you their work and you give them feedback and direction.” As a group creative director, after a client commissions an ad or ad campaign, Sullivan assigns two or three teams to come up with “creative” on it. “It’s very competitive,” he says.


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“Quiet dignity” Questions for Dan Conley ’76, Suffolk County District Attorney Q: At a ceremony for the fifth an-

nual White Ribbon Day Campaign this January, you said, “If our goal is to end violence against women, then we have to start with men and boys.” What should an all-boys school do to start?

A: Cases of domestic violence and

sexual assault come to us from every type of relationship with every type of victim and offender, but the vast majority of them involve men’s violence against women. The White Ribbon campaign is geared toward two things: first, reminding men and boys that the best relationships are based on respect and equality rather than aggression and control, and second, urging them to stand up and speak out when they do see someone abusing a partner. These are lessons that don’t have to wait until dating age: even young boys can understand that what’s appropriate on the ice at a hockey game is wrong in a personal relationship.

Q: The Supreme Judicial Court ruled

in January that a head-shake is as good as a “yes” in replying to police asking whether a suspect wishes to invoke the right to remain silent. Has it gotten harder each year to collect strong evidence for cases, thanks to rulings like these?


A: Court decisions like this one can

be very difficult to work with, and they make it much harder for police and prosecutors to do their jobs and keep the public safe. Some of the more recent rulings like this one just seem out of touch with the realities of police work in the street and prosecutors’ work in the courtroom.

Q: In April 2011, you asked the SJC

to bar “Judge Let Me Go” - Raymond G. Dougan, Jr. – from hearing cases involving your attorneys. Has that happened, or will it happen, soon?

A: …It’s extremely rare for me to

speak out against any of [the judiciary’s] members. But when I see a judge acting with such undeniable bias over such an extended period of time to the detriment of public safety, I have an obligation to say so. Unfortunately, the process by which these issues are resolved is completely secret and closed to public scrutiny, so we have no way of knowing whether or when they’ll be addressed. One thing I can say for sure, though, is that my job is to protect the people of Suffolk County. I’ll take every step to fulfill that mission, and all I ask is a level playing field on which to do it.

Q: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled

in January that placing GPS devices on cars of suspects is considered a “search.” Are people exaggerating when they say that the technology of crime fighting is going to create a police state?

A: I do think they’re exaggerating.

The world is constantly changing as a result of technological advances. There will always be some people who want to resist that change, but I think they forget that each new tool we use is as helpful in exonerating an innocent person as it is in identifying the guilty party. Think of DNA: it can prove the innocence of one person just as conclusively as it proved the guilt of another. Video evidence, cell tower records, devices that measure the body heat retained by a gun that a suspect tossed during a chase–these aren’t invasive forms of evidence. The only liberty they threaten is that of the person who committed the crime.

Q: The Boston Globe Spotlight

team published an investigation on judicial leniency for drunk-drivers this fall. It made it sound like there are just a couple of bad eggs out there – a few over-lenient judges. Are there plenty of judges out there doing the right thing, day in and day out, in your eyes?

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley ’76 at a press conference. Read an extended interview at

A: I have a very good working

relationship with most of the judges sitting in Suffolk County. Most are fair and ethical, and they call their cases on the facts and the law. The Globe’s numbers gave me pause, though, simply because they were so lopsided. I’m curious to see how the judiciary addresses this, and how open they’ll be with their findings and potential remedies.

Q: The Globe also published a scath-

ing indictment of the probation system in Massachusetts that has led to widespread change. Are you happy with the changes?

ernment agency, no matter what role they play. That being said, though, I’ve worked with a large number of very good probation officers here in Suffolk County, men and women who are truly committed to doing the best job they can to protect the community at large and keep their clients on the straight and narrow. At the end of the day, Boston and Suffolk County are just too busy and its cases are too serious for anyone who isn’t ready to give 110%. That’s why we have such a great collection of prosecutors and victim advocates in my office, and I suspect that’s why the probation officers here do such good work.

A: The ability to choose only the best Q: Being in a position of power has candidates for employment has served us very well as an office. I believe that freedom should exist for every gov-

its privileges. Who are some notorieties you’ve been privileged to meet in your role as District Attorney?

A: Some of the most important

meetings I’ve had weren’t with celebrities at all. They were with average families whose lives were shaken as a result of violent crime. These are the people I’ll always remember most: the quiet dignity of Surendra Dangol’s family, who came here from Tibet after he was killed. The parents of Steven Odom, who maintained their faith in God even after he was murdered, and who are now activists against the illegal firearms trade. Kai Leigh Harriott, a little girl who lost her legs to a gunman’s errant bullet and had the strength to forgive him in open court. These folks have been some of the most impressive people I’ve ever met for their dignity and grace under the most awful circumstances. t


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The Judges Joseph Johnston ’75 P’11 and John Crowley ’83 If you ask Judge Joseph Johnston’s teachers at CM what he was like as a kid, they’ll likely agree with him when he says, “I was trouble. My goal was to stay out of the courts at that age.” But Johnston, who grew up in West Roxbury as the oldest of five children with a single mother, learned he was pretty good at looking out for other kids. During his undergraduate years, Johnston started working summers for the juvenile probation department in Boston and a community agency in South Boston that helped court-referred kids make better decisions. Thirty-five years later, Judge Johnston, who presides in Suffolk County’s Juvenile Court, is still working to shape brighter futures for Boston kids.

Whether in Boston, Dorchester or Chelsea, among whose courts he rotates, Judge Johnston bears the weight on his shoulder of the city’s many broken homes, abandoned children, and lives gone awry. But it’s not all gloom and doom.

days you feel you’re pushing against the tide. But I don’t know of any other court that can do this.”

In a typical week, he might pass judgment on shaken baby syndrome cases, teenage parent custody battles, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, and protective custody cases. But Johnston sees happy endings, too, in families reunited, foster children adopted and obstacles overcome.

“We had a jury convict a juvenile, aged 16, of shooting an innocent bystander, a woman nearby who was shot in the head,” he says. “He was convicted, and we had the difficult decision of what was appropriate in that case. I read everything I could on this kid – every school record they gave me. We’re the fact finders.”

“So many cases just scratch the surface of a family,” says Johnston. “The child is supposed to be the subject, but the father might be enabling the kid, or the parents had problems as kids, and their parents had problems.” Besides discretion, Judge Johnston’s talents lie in rounding out the characters in his court, patiently listening and researching all the facts behind a case. “The judges work so hard here to make the right calls in these cases,” he says. “The stress is unbelievable. But I can’t think of anything I’d rather do. They’ll have to drag me out of here.” “If you can get a child out of an abusive home, it’s very rewarding. All the people that work here impact the lives of children and families for generations,” says Johnston. “They’re not all success stories, and the numbers against us and some


Spend an hour in Judge Johnston’s chambers and you’ll hear as many stories that rend the heart as mend it.

“You’ll read in the news about a student in school, stabbed in the eye with a pencil or something,” says Johnston. “And everyone is shocked. But we get that all the time. I think people would be shocked with the frequency of the cases we get.” But on his office wall are Judge Johnston’s success stories – Polaroid photos of families who have adopted children in his courtroom. There’s a photo of a boy with special needs and the saint of a nurse who adopted him. There’s a group shot of a family with three kids they had adopted, each of which came from the same abusive mother. Without families with hearts as big as these, he says, where would we be? With four children of his own, Judge Johnston’s work reminds him daily of how lucky he is.

“One day in court, I had a stabbing, a 13-year old prostitute, and a kid who brought a shotgun to school,” he recalls. “By the end of the day, my head was spinning. And I get home and [my wife] Kathy says ‘Ryan forgot his math book today and it was the second time this week.’ And I just wanted to hug him! This job really puts stuff in perspective.”

Looking out for veterans Judge John Crowley ’83 issues nearly 900 decisions a year as a Veterans Law Judge for the U.S. Veterans Administration in Washington, DC. Appointed by President Bush in 2005, Judge Crowley hears appeals to VA Hospital coverage decisions, ranging from coverage of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to ailments suffered from radiation exposure to diseases brought on by cigarette smoking. “We deal with a lot of different things – any type of tort claim imaginable,” says Crowley, who bikes in to DC each day from his home in Arlington. Veterans in Judge Crowley’s hearing room (or via video conferencing) may be from World War II or from the most recent conflict in Afghanistan. “World War II vets like to see us face to face,” he says. “They’re nice to talk to and some of them love to talk.”

Above: Judge Joe Johnston ’75 presiding at Suffolk County’s Juvenile Court. Below left: Judge John Crowley ’83.

“Vietnam is probably the biggest [caseload],” Crowley says, “but the last ten years, there’s been a lot of new cases. This job will not slow down anytime soon.” Fortunately for Crowley, he’s got the freedom to grant however many appeals he wishes to grant, and even reverse decisions if he think he’s made a mistake. “We’re always looking for a rational basis to grant a claim,” he says. “The VA never tells us we’re granting too much.” But some cases are tougher than others. “You’ll get widows sometimes who argue that they believe the cancer was a result of his service. That’s probably the most difficult situation, but if I had something happen like that, I’d want to find the cause too. It’s completely legitimate.” Crowley says he tried private practice in Boston for a time, doing divorce law. “I thought if I stayed there, I’d go to hell, and then I got a call from the Social Security office saying they got my application. I had applied generically two years before

and they called me out of the blue. I took it as a sign from God – or from Br. Heeran.” Crowley says his position has only increased his appreciation for members of the armed forces. “I’ve seen some people who have been through some remarkable things. Some were in a war when they were 17 years old. When I was 17, my biggest stressor was trying to figure out how a VCR works.” In his spare time, Crowley edits a Veterans Law journal that he founded and for which he serves as editor. In it, law scholars and attorneys discuss the finer points of their field, difficult cases and appeals and Supreme Court decisions. “It took me 15 years, but I finally made the law review!” Crowley says. t

Alums-in-law trivia: Q: Who is the only CM alum to have argued a case to the U.S. Supreme Court?

A: Answer in the summer issue.7

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The Prosecutor and Defender “They talk about their life, and it motivates you.” The defender: John Newman ’80

In Newman’s career, the numbers have added up: twenty to thirty cases a month. Over 300 cases a year since 1991. Over 6,000 cases in twenty years. That’s 6,000 assaults, DUIs, restraining orders, manslaughters, bar fights, snowmobile thefts, murders, you name it. Newman has stood before six juries on homicide cases and over 70 others on other serious crimes. And as the current managing attorney for the Manchester office, he assigns thousands of cases to the twenty-three attorneys who serve as public defenders for the city. After studying at Harvard and pursuing work in two Boston startups, Newman attended the University of Connecticut Law School, where he took a criminal defense practice clinic. In that role, he argued an appeal in front of the Connecticut Supreme Court. After those experiences, public defense got into his blood.

Two alumni – John Newman ’80 and Dan Mulhern ’86 – have pursued careers of public service in law. While they sit on opposite sides of the court as public defender and prosecutor, both serve the common good. “If you can’t afford a attorney, one will be appointed for you.” John Newman ’80 sits on the back end of that simple statement in the oft-televised Miranda warning. As a public defender in Manchester, New Hampshire, John Newman ’80 has seen just about everything.


“At the time, he says, New Hampshire was a place where you could get thrown into it right away,” he says. “In my other job possibilities, I would’ve just been working on pieces of things.” On a typical day this February, Newman was presiding over a hall-length whiteboard on which, in tiny font face, were scrawled each one of the cases his staff was handling. Across the street at the district court, Newman’s staff was defending a woman charged with negligent homicide for leaving her child in a bathtub, where it drowned. Newman was also working on organizing a pretrial supervision program

for offenders to keep people out of jail (and consuming state resources) until their trial. And he was looking for better office space for his staff, who crowd the top floor of a modest three-story Manchester office building. Despite having an able staff of attorneys, Newman still handles 10-15 cases himself each month. “It’s tremendously motivating to meet a person who’s your client,” he says. “Most are guilty, and the issue is getting them the best sentence, or if the state can’t prove that they’re innocent, fighting for them. They talk about their life, and it becomes very real and motivates you.” The stakes are high for a public defender in New Hampshire, says Newman. With mandatory minimum sentences, a habitually reckless driver must serve a year in jail; first degree murder means a lifetime in jail without parole – no good behavior. “I have clients who say, ‘In any [other state], I’d get only five years for this!’” says Newman. “I tell them that they’re not in Kansas anymore.” Those minimum sentences make Newman’s job harder, prompting a lot more trials. Meanwhile, funding for public defense in New Hampshire has essentially remained flat. Nevertheless, Newman knows he’ll never be out of work. “The legislature understands, this is a constitutional obligation. They can’t get out of it,” he says. “And we’re really the most efficient way to get things done.”

“It’s one conversation

Above: Dan Mulhern ’86, in the back row at right, playing with young men and women in a local basketball league. Far left: John Newman; at left, Dan Mulhern.

at a time.” The prosecutor: Dan Mulhern ’86 Dan Mulhern ’86 rarely turns off his phone. As chief of the gang unit and Safe Neighborhood Initiative for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Mulhern knows that crime – and its prosecution – rarely get shuteye. With current or potential gang members, Mulhern has come to learn in seven years on the job, how powerful prevention can be. Like a policeman on the beat, simple conversations can become opportunities for community healing and engagement. “It’s one conversation at a time,” says Mulhern. “A large piece of our job is enforcement, but you better be comfortable with the prevention and intervention too. You have to have that sense of the overall mission.”

When he’s not sorting through every non-

fatal shooting, firearm arrest or drug trafficking charge that comes to the courts and assigning it to his staff of ADAs, Mulhern is out in the neighborhoods he knows best, working on prevention and intervention. A native of JP whose family moved to West Roxbury when he was young, Mulhern credits Coach Joe Day and Principal Rich Chisholm with setting his young life on the straight and narrow when it could’ve easily gone the other way. “I’ve got plenty of experience I can access in my job [talking with gangs],” says Mulhern. “I’ve made plenty of mistakes too. I’m thankful that I got it and understood it very young.” To understand young men and women’s problems in Boston’s toughest neighborhoods, Mulhern has had to stay current on the lingo and culture of the people he serves. He plays basketball with youth leagues, pulls all-nighters with youth groups at lock-ins, and knows a thing or two about Facebook. “Cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, anything

that helps us connect the dots,” Mulhern says. “It’s hard to ask people to step up and be part of a prosecution, so everything we can do to help prosecute [with technology] is an enormous asset.” “Kids are generally more brave behind a device than in person,” says Mulhern, “and the real risk is becoming part of a conflict you’re not necessarily a part of. Then you’re on the street and you bump into someone on the other part of the equation.” With the blessing of District Attorney and fellow alum Dan Conley ’76, Mulhern hand-picks prosecutors who share his mission of prevention and intervention. During a typical week, Mulhern meets with police, federal agencies, non-profit leaders and community groups to learn as much as he can about the problems in Boston’s neighborhoods and what is driving the violence there. He credits community centers and initiatives like StreetSafe Boston for making his job easier.

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Power Lunch: Tom Dwyer ’63 Founder and Principal, Dwyer Partners, LLP

tage. It’s harder for Romney. This religion is not so ingrained in the fabric of this country. I do think it’s unfair, but that’s a reason. What political issue motivates you now?

After serving as a special prosecutor for Suffolk County in the 1970s, Tom Dwyer was named Executive Director and Deputy Chief Counsel of the Massachusetts Ward Commission in 1978. In 1988, Dwyer founded Dwyer and Colora, LLP, and for over two decades built it into one of the most successful boutique litigation firms in the Northeast, defending domestic and foreign corporations and their senior executives in criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations and complex civil litigation. In 2000, he served as President of the Boston Bar Association. He is currently founder and principal of Dwyer Partners, LLP.

You’ve always mixed business and politics. What’s your rating of Obama’s term in office? First of all, I wish Hillary were president. Secondly, I always felt the current president was a lightweight. And finally, the killing of Osama bin Laden convinced me that he’s not. I don’t even see him squeaking by [in November]. It’ll be a significant, 5-6 point win. Why won’t Mitt Romney make it? In my first year at CM, my mother was holding a nightly vigil for the election of John F. Kennedy as the first Catholic president. He broke that barrier. But he broke it when there was an extraordinary percentage of Americans with Irish heri-


I want to kill this euthanasia bill. It’s like a murder-by-doctor-immunity act. And the Massachusetts Medical Society has already come out against it.

You were tasked with cleaning up the building industry as a Ward Commission counsel in the 70s. What do you make of the latest housing and probation scandals on Beacon Hill? There’s no morality compass test for anybody that goes into public service. I do think a large measure of the work we did for the Ward Commission has worked. Even with $16 billion spent on the Big Dig, you only had five or six guys indicted. There’s just no way, even with the Federal indictments since the 1980s, that some people are not still going to be a problem. I don’t see any way to prevent it. How well has the Catholic Church defended itself in the past decade? I did the first big child abuse case in Massachusetts history, in 1978. We indicted 15 lay men for having sex with juvenile boys. I’ll never forget it – we tried the [first] guy, we convicted him, and the judge gives him probation. Today, he’d get 20 years. Every one of those guys got probation. It just shows you how the culture’s changed. Those doctors then, that wrote these reports convincing the Archdioceses around the country that pedophiles can be cured – well, it may be that 1% can be. But to have a person go to a threeweek retreat, then say they’re fine? It’s sad. This is a burden, and it’s not the first time the Church has had a burden. But this is a big one.

Some of your organized crime work in the 1970s targeted Whitey Bulger and the Winter Hill gang. Have you been watching Bulger’s defense team closely? I spent several years trying to put him in jail. I was in his sights and he was in mine. I put away a lot of people that were around him. But I don’t really have a view of it. It’s going to be a tough, tough case. I’m a big fan of his brother, though. A year ago, you left a successful whitecollar defense law firm you’d built over 20 years to start a new, smaller firm in Cambridge. Why reinvent yourself? In large measure, small firms of 20-30 attorneys are going to be extinct in five or six years. They can’t keep up with the overhead. So I’m trying to develop a model where four or five firms could collaborate under one space. I’ve always had a great affinity for small firms, having started out in private practice in 1980 with 2-person firm. How will you measure this firm’s success? There’s several ways. Are we attracting traditional business and significant clients? Last year was way beyond what my expectations were. On the legal side, my expectations have been met. On the business side, I won’t have the model for a year. We’ve done some interesting things with PR and marketing. We’re very lean and mean. Despite a career often spent defending wealthy clients, why have you put so much energy into advocating for funding for legal services for the poor? My father became a “voluntary defender” in 1946, one of the first public defenders in the state. Even as an ADA, I always had a great affinity for lawyers representing the poor, but the quality of lawyers representing the poor wasn’t always great. They just didn’t have the resources. Are you ever nervous in a courtroom? No. In my business it’s essential that you take control of the courtroom as quickly as possible. And jurors have to feel good about their verdicts. If you can’t make them feel good, you’re dead. t

Doctors of jurisprudence Matthew O’Connor ’00 and Dan Friel ’01 survived law school – and prospered. Matthew O’Connor, Suffolk Law

Dan Friel, Mass Law

Current position?

Vice President, Legal, Bank of America

Labor Relations, Boston Water and Sewer Commission

Number of all-nighters you pulled=in law school?

2-3 each semester

None. My study philosophy was that a quality study session was more beneficial with sleep than a caffeinated all-nighter.

Besides coffee and highlighters, what were your necessities for surviving law school?

The Bluebook, the definitive source for legal citation (you’ll come to know it well); headphones and a long-lasting supply of classical music; and an ability during your first year only (the undisputed hardest year) to tell your friends that you’ll see them in a year.

Take the time to have a social life. By learning to balance your life in law school is good practice for the future, you will succeed and be happy when you learn to balance them.

Hardest class?

“Federal Courts,” a class that concentrated on the 11th Amendment and the concept of sovereign immunity, which, together, function to tell us when states and state authority figures can be subject to lawsuits in our federal-court system.

The toughest in terms of content was Uniform Commercial Code, which I never really understood until I started studying for the bar exam (I hope my professor does not have CM relatives who read this). But the toughest overall class was Environmental Law, which was held on Saturday mornings for obvious reasons.

Was taking the bar exam a miserable experience?

The bar exam was not as terrible as people might imagine. Because law school is so demanding of your time, you have no choice but to become fully absorbed in law school and the people with whom you go to school in your 3 or 4 years there. I actually have fairly fond memories of some of these days, groups of friends sitting in brightly lit, windowless study rooms figuring the ins and outs of one legal theory or another until we were ready to slam casebooks against our heads. The bar exam itself, however, was a marathon: two eight-hour days back to back of stressing and sweating and writing and thinking. I have never been as mentally spent as I was after those two days. The only thing worse than the exam itself was the 4-month waiting period until the Board of Bar Overseers releases the test results (I passed!).

Words of wisdom for those considering law school?

(a) Study and study hard for the LSAT. Consider taking a full year or more to devote yourself to it; (b) Consider how you will pay for law school. (3) Take the time to understand what lawyers do on a day-to-day basis. Justice Breyer of the United States Supreme Court has described a career as a lawyer as doing “homework the whole rest of your life.” It can be interesting and intellectually stimulating, but it can also be repetitive and boring.



Everyone experiences law school in their own unique way, some must balance their studies with a full time job and/ or crying babies at home; luckily, I had the full time job. Plan this venture wisely: it costs quite a few pennies. If you want to go, look at some of the blogs online related to the law ( to see some cynical opinions of law school and the current state of the job market. Remember, it’s your debt when you graduate. Your parents likely can’t afford it, after helping you pay for your undergrad studies.


Joe Riley ’68 does not work in a paperless office. As general counsel for AW Chesterton, he manages the company’s legal affairs.

Corporate Counsels Dennis Curran ’67 and Joe Riley ’68 play by the rules For Dennis Curran ’67, going to the Super Bowl is just another day at the office. That’s been true for the past 32 consecutive seasons, during which Curran has served as general counsel and senior vice president of labor litigation and policy for the National Football League. After beginning his career as an assistant district attorney doing wire-taps on drug traffickers in Miami, Curran got his start as in-house counsel for Pan Am Airlines. “If it had paid more I would’ve stayed,” Curran says of being a prosecutor. “But we had our first kid on the way.” In 1980, the NFL hired Curran in its labor legal department. “It was just a mom-and-pop operation then,” he recalls. “Most of the teams were family owned and their business was football. Now its owners whose primary business is not in sports.” In three decades, Curran’s primary job has been to negotiate contracts with the players’ union. As evidenced by last summer’s panic, this has not been a cushy job. Add to that the changes regarding free agency, performance enhancing drugs, substance abuse and football-related injuries in the past thirty years. It’s been exciting times for the NFL’s lawyer. Like a good attorney, Curran is quick to point out what you may have missed: the NFL always had a substance abuse policy. It


always had free agency. But the drafting of new measures and policies, ones which suit the times and the players’ demands, has brought a lot of work to Curran’s desk, on the 6th floor of NFL headquarters on New York’s Park Avenue. Currently, the NFL is facing suits from individual players and from groups of players. Last year, Pats QB Tom Brady put his name on the salary cap suit against the NFL. Curran, who once held Patriots season tickets in the 1970s, doesn’t find it odd to now be lining up on the other side of the line of scrimmage with Brady. Although he did find it strange, at this year’s Super Bowl, to root for both John Mara’s Giants and Bob Kraft’s Patriots. “They’re both on our labor committee and good friends,” says Curran. “I had a hard time rooting for one, although I’m not supposed to root at all.” Also weighing on Curran’s mind these days are suits relating to concussions, and what the league knew about concussions causing dementia. The union and owners agreed to a dementia clause in the current contract, which is one of the best contracts for retired player benefits, says Curran. “These claims and related lawsuits will be ongoing,” he say. “I think we have a lot of valid defenses. We never misled anybody.”

After the Super Bowl this February, Curran was off to a players combine, a board of directors meeting at the steroid lab, then a retirement plan meeting in Arizona.

After CM, Riley attended Dartmouth College and studied law at New York University. There, he learned that no matter what the client’s needs were, a good attorney can meet them.

On the road 110 nights a year, Curran sees his share of football games, too many to count. As for the Patriots performance in February, Curran is again equanimous.

“My favorite word from law school was widget,” says Riley. “For most things, it’s the law that’s at issue, whether it’s a loaf of bread or and iPhone. The legal principles around them swirl the same way.”

“It was an exciting game and it went down to the last play. It was a competitive, clean game.”

Widgets in Woburn and Wuhan Joe Riley ’68 was thrilled to arrived at Chesterton for his first day of work in 1995. “I was filling out forms with an HR person,” he recalls. “And my boss came in and slapped down a ticket. He said, ‘You have to go to Frankfurt, Germany, tomorrow.’ I said, ‘I don’t even know how to spell Chesterton yet.’”

At Chesterton, it’s gaskets and seals, which on a large scale add up to millions of dollars in investments, intellectual property and settlements. “I didn’t spent a lot of time up front learning their technology,” he says. “I took that in over the course of time. If there was a dispute over the sale of 500 seals, seals were the thing in the box. It’s not daunting. It’s far more challenging in a [new job] to learn the way a company does business.” t

And so, Joe Riley traded in one previous life for a new one. In the first iteration of his career as attorney, Riley was defending asbestos companies for Hale and Dorr, then defending NYNEX in court, protecting the revenue stream. As much as he loved being a litigator, Riley also loves travel. And Frankfurt, where one of Chesterton’s twenty-four acquired companies resides, was just the beginning. He’s gone from Germany to Brazil to Japan to France and back again, dozens of times, circling the globe as general counsel for industrial sealing firm based in Woburn, MA. When he arrived at Chesterton, seventeen different companies or individuals were suing them. Nowadays, thanks to steady preventive maintenance and building stronger relationships, Riley only needs to handle two or three cases at once. But those two or three might be in two or three different continents. “I manage all the corporate governance for all the company’s subsidiaries,” he says. “Over the course of time, you get to understand international law, but there’s still plenty I don’t know.” Asked where Chesterton is most threatened, legally, Riley says it’s in China. “It’s still a little bit of a wild west when it comes to contracting,” he says. With what little time remains, Riley is helping Chesterton grow, dealing with its employment relationship issues, taxes and acquisitions. He arrives at work at 6:00 am in order to get more time on the phone with law firms in Europe and Africa who help Chesterton when Riley can’t be in two places at once.

Dennis Curran ’67, general counsel for the NFL, poses in the lobby of its headquarters in New York.


Jay Sullivan’s unfinished business “This is not a hobby. This is why I’m here.” Jay Sullivan ’65 owns Sullivan and Associates Insurance in Dover, but he’s never let his day job get in the way of a lifelong passion – closing the question on the Vietnam War’s prisoners of war for good. Are American POWs still out there? On each successive trip to Southeast Asia, Jay Sullivan aims to find out. Ten years of his journeys were chronicled in Christopher Cox’s 1996 book Chasing the Dragon. This winter, Sullivan reflected on his twenty-five year long quest.

How did you first get interested in looking for POWs? After I got back from Vietnam, I joined Ross Perot’s EDS as director of recruiting in 1971. We became close friends because of Scouting – he’s a fellow Eagle Scout. And he was so incredibly devoted to the POWs when many came back in 1973. And one of my ancillary jobs was to go around and offer POWs any assistance they needed on Ross’s behalf. Then, in the mid-80s, I was doing business in Florida, and I met a friend of a friend that was interested in that stuff too. He got me very intrigued and showed me a number of different things that convinced me there were most likely POWs left behind. So on Thanksgiving Day, 1986, I made my first trip back to Southeast Asia.

How many times have you been over there? About 35-40. It gets a little blurry. And my partner has done even more. He’s over there now. 14

What’s a typical trip like? Most of our time is spent in fairly remote areas. We’ve done our fair share of hiking. We have established our own intelligence network there. There are a number of people – Laotians, Vietnamese, Cambodians and Thai, who have become friends. Their job is to go out there and see what they can do to help us put a deal together. Who are those guys now, the POWS? They’re not all in one location and they’re spread over the size of New England and New York. I have figured it out or narrowed it down to two types: True POW camps on true military compounds, leading a very structured life. And air-force pilots shot down on their way to Vietnam or back, landing in remote areas. Their average age is in the 60s all the way up to the 80s. If there is one last POW out there, why hasn’t he escaped? We took a trip on motorbikes about 90km up into the mountains, with our two local guides. And it was the end of the rainy season. We crossed five rivers, and had to pack bamboo together to get across rivers. It was triple canopy jungle on each side of the trail. Extremely remote. You can’t escape through the jungle. And all the villages are along this one little road. So if you’re an American

trying to escape, you’d have to go down that one road. And these are tribal villages all connected with each other, with a chief in each one. It finally hit us that you’re not going to go very far. These guys can’t get out.

What’s your motivation? I’m a Catholic. From the beginning, for me it’s been just the right thing to do. I believe God wants us to do this. But one day, Chris [Cox], who traveled there with us, said, ‘I finally figured out why you’re doing this. It’s because you’re an Eagle Scout.’ And I said, ‘You’re right.’ Once an eagle, always an eagle. This is not a hobby. This is why I’m here. God wants me to do this. Is the U.S. government done looking for POWs? Over the years, people have said they want to help. But there’s a problem with that. We’ve got this one document that

THE DEFENDER AND THE PROSECUTOR continued from page 9 When not in the courtroom or grand jury, Mulhern is at the house of corrections, the Department of Youth Services, negotiating cease fires in neighborhoods or bringing rival gang members together to talk. Once his team has enough intelligence to proceed, they’ll coordinate with the police on a “street sweep.” That happened on Lenox Street and Bowdoin Street last summer. “We charged 32 out of 33 people,” Mulhern recalls. “The results are pretty remarkable in terms of befores and afters. Crime has dramatically decreased.”

Left: Jay Sullivan ’65 in Cambodia in the 1990s. Above: in his Dover home, Sullivan reviews maps and routes he has traveled in 25 years of searching for POWs. Read an extended interview at said there’s 350 missing in Laos, and they could be POWs, or MIAs, or dead. That’s a big number. But in March 1973, 591 POWs were released and brought home. How many from Laos? Zero. When I read that, it was my ‘holy mackerel’ document. At first, it was a diplomatic error. As time’s gone on, every generation of politicians has not wanted to touch this because it’s a horrible can of worms. If Americans learned there were still POWs there, we’d have to face a holocaust of issues, trying to work out something with Vietnam and Laos. But I don’t really give a sh*t. Because it could’ve been me. And not only me, could’ve been any one of the guys that went to Vietnam.

If there are still POWs out there, who’s at fault? It’s the most difficult question of all. We know the government had the resources to track either radio intercepts or through satellites detect

what’s been taking place. Why is a question I can’t answer. When we left Vietnam, we had no leverage. Americans wanted us out of there ASAP, so the President did the best he could with what he had to get us out. But once we were out, the leverage was gone, totally gone.

Will you see any more POWs discovered in your lifetime? We’ve had contacts, sometime through one middleman. One of the things that we’ve heard is, ‘I don’t want to die here. Please get me out and bring me home.’ And we’ve heard that some are living very productive lives, working in mines, teaching English, or farming, like everybody else. t

Rest in peace: Paul Patrick Keefe ’67 and William F. McLaughlin ’61, CM alumni killed in Vietnam.

But like Newman, Mulhern’s work is never done. A few weeks after a major sweep operation, those same youngsters might be back out on the streets causing trouble. “I’ve been disappointed in the results sometimes, and maybe that’s because I didn’t do the best job I could have. I’ve tossed and turned and lost sleep over someone put back out there, especially because we have to go talk to those same residents that asked us to do something about it.” “Our role, first and foremost,” says Mulhern, “is public safety. And to make difficult decisions that possibly involve taking somebody’s liberty away.” t

Alums-in-law trivia: Q: What CM alum served as general counsel for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization?

A: Answer in the summer issue.


SPORTS Alex Campea named AD of the Year Athletic director and head football coach Alex Campea P’09 has been named Athletic Director of the Year. The award, made public by the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association on January 13, honors Campea for his service to the school and his leadership in interscholastic athletics. Campea, in his twenty-eighth year at CM, was selected as AD of the Year for District H, which covers all Catholic schools and several independent schools in Eastern Masscachusetts, 27 in all. He formally received his award at the annual MSSADA awards banquet on March 22.

Signing Day: Knights off to Northeastern, Ohio State and UMass Catholic Memorial School’s four senior football captains signed letters of intent on February 1. Armani Reeves and Cam Williams signed their commitment to play for Ohio State University. A.J. Doyle committed to UMass, and Donovan Henry committed to Northeastern University, where he will run track. Head football coach and athletic director Alex Campea hosted the brief ceremony for the players’ families and members of the media in the school’s Board Room. “Congratulations to our Knights who are going on to compete at the next level,” said Campea. “I think they made great choices and I can’t say enough for them. They have done a great job for us as athletes and leaders. Today is a great day for them, for their families and for CM.” “Thanks also to all the parents here today,” Campea said. “We’re very proud of your sons, who have done a great job for us at CM, not only as athletes but as students.”

Powers, Droney hit 1k mark, the 7th and 8th Knights to do so It only took Dan Powers ‘12 a little over two years to score a thousand points from the hardwood. He did it on January 21 during the Knights’ 75-55 victory over Boston Latin School. A week later, his classmate Matt Droney did the same thing in the Knights’ 86-44 win over Malden Catholic on January 27. Powers, a consistent offensive force for the past three seasons, accomplished his feat in just over fifty games – averaging about 20 points per game consistently. Droney, who averages 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game, was the Knights’ co-captain this year. Both young men were key factors in the Knights’ 17-5 season. 16

Frozen Fenway classic: Knights, Eagles battle on Sox turf The varsity hockey team faced BC High in the first ever Frozen Fenway matchup on Saturday afternoon, January 14. Alumni, friends and students turned out for the event, though the Knights fell, 4-0. Over 7,000 high school hockey fans were in attendance for the game, and CM fans got a treat to see the Knights banners hang from the Green Monster, hear Joey McIntyre ’91 sing “Sweet Caroline” on the jumbotron and watch Ted Donato ’87 and Mike Rush ’92 drop the ceremonial puck at the start of the game.


Kevin Donnelly ’12 named student of the year The National Forensic League’s Speech and Debate Honor Society honored Kevin Donnelly with the top prize in New England on February 4 at the annual NFL Qualifiers tournament, held at Manchester High School. Donnelly, captain of CM’s speech and debate team, joined eight of CM’s top speakers at the qualifying tournament on Saturday, where Mark Woodall ‘12 and Marcus Jackson ‘12 made it to final rounds and Jackson was selected as a Nationals alternate in the category of Dramatic Interpretation. But the day’s top honor was Donnelly’s. The senior co-captain was recognized for his four years of outstanding work and devotion to the craft of public speaking. Having earned a staggering 1,252 points in dozens of tournaments during his time at CM, Donnelly has also competed at two Nationals - the 2010 NCFL nationals in Omaha and the 2011 NFL nationals in Dallas. For three consecutive years, he has earned the “Double Entry Award” at Natick High’s Holly Fest Tournament. “As a competitor, Kevin has achieved tremendously,” said head coach Rob Croteau ‘93. “During his four years as a member, he has reached Outstanding Distinction in the NFL and should accumulate more than 1,500 points – a great feat.

Class of 2017 heads downtown for health The classroom walls came down in the seventh grade on February 3, as the class headed out on a healthconscious field trip, touring the Whittier Street Health Center, the Reggie Lewis Center and the Boston Police Station Headquarters. As part of the class’s interdisciplinary focus on healthy decisions, students have been hearing from guest speakers each month, including a nutritionist, life coach, sports medicine expert and psychologist. At the new Whittier Street Health Center, students learned


Whittier Street Health Center

Student of the Year

from the center’s president, Frederica Williams P’04 ‘15 about its mission and outreach to Boston communities. In the process, they took away more tips on healthy choices from the professionals they had heard from earlier in the year. In a cooking demonstration, students made each other meals using vegetables and healthy cooking methods.

Peru Trek

“I was very impressed with the 7th graders,” said Williams. “They were engaged and answered all of my questions. This group of young men demonstrated great leadership potential and it was clear that the faculty had done a great job making the topic interesting and fun. They have the potential to serve as leaders in their community - in leading the charge to create a culture of holistic wellness at CM.”


Winter treks to Peru, Philadelphia and DC Twenty students traveled to Washington, DC in January for a cultural immersion trip, while over thirty traveled to Philadelphia, PA and Lima, Peru during February vacation with much the same purpose. In Washington, students, joined by teachers Leah Ramsdell and Deb McCourt, toured Smithsonian Museums and the historical monuments. They also participated in the annual March for Life and attended Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill. CM’s fifth BERSI trip to Lima, Peru continued to build on CM’s growing ties to several communities in Lima, Peru. This year’s delegation, joined by Vice Principal James Keane ’82 and Peter McGovern ’07, met their peers at the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers school in Canto Grande, swam in

the Pacific Ocean, toured historic ruins, visited museums and attended a traditional dance recital. “This was a powerful trip on many levels,” said Vice Principal Dr. James Keane. “This group saw and accomplished an impressive amount in the short time we were in Peru. It was a tremendously powerful and rewarding experience for all of us.” Meanwhile, twenty students joined teacher Patrick Murray and Mike Woodall P’10 ’12 for an immersion trip to Philadelphia, where they served at local food kitchens, toured local universities, and fasted during Ash Wednesday as they reflected on the trip’s theme of hunger. Seniors Mark Woodall, Brian Curley and Josh Dyson organized the Philadelphia trip, collecting donations ahead of time, scouting service opportunities at Philabundance and Project HOME, and leading reflections.

Prose, poetry and progress Three accomplished authors weighed in on CM’s best student writers on January 20, naming the winners of this year’s Picturing America Writing Contest. Novelist William Martin ’68, columnist Michael Connelly ’82 and poet Barbara Helfgott Hyett gathered with school president Paul Sheff ’62, students and parents in the school’s Board Room for an awards ceremony and reception. The three writers selected the winners (including poet Marcus Jackson ‘12, above) from a record 250 entries and were awarded over $450 in cash and prizes. Students in seventh through twelfth grade participated, submitting their creative work in November and December to the annual writing contest, which librarian Ann Magyar organizes.



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Hanley ’65

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1962 John Boyle was spotted at states at the Reggie Lewis Center track in February sporting his ’62 Champs varsity jacket. Boyle, who went on to become a legendary track coach at St. John’s Prep, was cheering for both teams that day.

1964 Robert McWhirter, M.D., will celebrate his 40th school reunion in May 2012 from Medical College of Wisconsin (formerly Marquette).

1965 Fr. Ron Coyne helped out the CM admissions efforts this January by opening the doors of St. Mary’s in Randolph, where he is pastor, for a Randolph-area admissions reception.

Pierce ’66

Boyle ’62 Coppenrath ’69

Foley ’68

1965 Paul Hanley, Mark Bohan, Peter McGowan, Mike Diggin and Rich Ring ’64 were just a few of the hundreds of football alumni who made it out for the 50th annual Turkey Bowl game in November. Hanley snapped this shot of his classmates on the field for the O’Connor Stadium dedication ceremony at halftime.

1966 Jack Pierce has been playing lacrosse since his undergraduate days at the University of Notre Dame, where he served as team co-captain his senior year. He is an active player the U.S. Naval Academy’s Super Masters team and also plays for the Notre Dame Masters team in national competition.  In 2002, Pierce was selected to play on one of the U.S. Masters teams competing at the World Games in Perth, Australia. He’s organized, managed and played on numerous California men’s club lacrosse teams including the San Francisco Lacrosse Club, the Golden Gate Lacrosse Club, the Montery Lacrosse Club and the Sacramento Lacrosse Club. 

Pierce was one of the original directors and coaches in the Skyline Lacrosse Program. He has coached a number of Northern California high school All-Star teams in past years. When he’s not thinking about lacrosse, Pierce is a senior litigation partner for Barger & Wolen LLP, in the firm’s San Francisco office.

1967 After retiring from a thirty-year career with the FBI, Joe Valiquette is currently an investigative producer at WNBC in New York.

Jack Cashman is living in Las Vegas and works for the Hilton Corporation.

Barry Sawayer, CEO of Trinity Video Communications, Inc., was pleased to announce this winter that his firm retained its contract for providing the FBI with secure audio/video solutions. Trinity’s contract aids the FBI in achieving its communications, counter-terrorism and language services objectives.

“I spent 33 years working for the National Park Service as a park ranger and senior manager,” writes William Carroll. “Since retiring from the NPS in 2006, I have been the State Director of the Trust for Public Land in Ohio. A non profit dedicated to bringing Parks to People.”

1968 Ken Foley recently retired from his position as the Deputy Director for State Parks in Massachusetts. Foley also retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves as a Master Chief Petty Officer, having served over 32 years in Marine Safety. In 2009, he received a lifetime achievement award form the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his work with State Parks and the Coast guard in the protection of our Natural Resources.

1969 Lenny Coppenrath works part time as a consultant for a Department of Defense contractor in San Diego. After working as a Navy SEAL and for the SEAL Reserves for twenty years in Coronado, CA, Coppenrath retired as a Flag staff (chief engineer) at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.


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D’Arcy ’70

Woodman ’74 Russo ’76

1970 “After 33 years at Interactive Data Corp (a financial services company), I have retired after the NYSE listed company was sold to a private equity firm,” writes Ray D’Arcy. “I was CEO at the time of the sale. My wife Judy and I have three granddaughters with a fourth due in January.”

Rev. Michael J. Harkins is serving at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton as a Parochial Vicar. While visiting Bowdoin, Bates and Colby Colleges with his daughter in February, Joe McEnaney ran into Mark and Laurie Young who were visiting the same colleges with their sons, Alex ’13 and Matt ’15. Joe told the Young brothers that his CM education was the best education that he received–even better than his college educa-

tion. Joe lives in Connecticut and works for St. Cloud Mining Company as vice president for sales.

1972 David Cowhig has worked with the State Department for twenty years, mostly in China. “I have worked in Okinawa, Taipei, Beijing, and Chengdu overseas and in Washington on the Russia Desk and as a China analyst at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research,” he says. “This fall, I transfered to Malawi, where I am in charge of press and cultural affairs at the U.S. Embassy. Before that, I was in Chengdu where I led the political section at our consulate and focus on Tibet and human rights.”

1974 Alumni gathered at the home of Rich Woodman as he and his wife Michele hosted CM president Paul Sheff ’62, advancement director Doug Zack

and alumni at the annual Naples, Florida Alumni Reception on February 26.

1976 Dan Conley was named in October to the Suffolk University Board of Trustees.

Dominic Russo lives in Carmel, Ind., where he is president of the US. Power Soccer Association. USPSA’s National Team, he reports, won its second FIPFA World Cup in November, becoming the first US soccer team to win back to back world cups.

1978 Robert Riddoch retired from the US Navy back in 2000 after 21 years of service and now works for the US Navy as a Civilian Contractor.

1980 Peter McAvinn continues to help fundraise for Mass General Hospital and Partners

Delcore ’86

McAvinn ’80

Keane ’84

Smith ’87

MacDonald ’80 Rodriguez ’86

Fort Dix, Dwan was honored to receive a Bronze Star in recognition of his service.

Donlon ’85 Healthcare with the “Julie Fund,” in honor of his late wife Julie (see CM Magazine, summer 2008). The Julie Fund held its annual gala in November and will again hold its annual Walkathon this June. For more information, visit

Dr. Mark MacDonald, who played offensive line for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1980s, joined Coach Jim O’Connor at the Thanksgiving reception in his honor to present him with a Vikings game ball. See more alumni photos from the reception at

1983 Lt. Col. Robert Dwan returned from Afghanistan in January, where he was commander of the Army’s New Kabul Compound. At his first stop stateside at

1984 Kevin Keane published “Trees of Needham” in 2011, co-written with Andy Caulfield. You can read more about the book at

1985 Congratulations to Dave Donlon. He and his wife are the proud parents of a new baby, Emily Grace, born January 5, 2012.

1986 Dr. Henry Delcore is an associate professor of anthropology at California State University in Fresno, CA. He also serves as the co-director for Cal State’s Institute for Public Anthropology.

Osmani Rodriguez can be seen in New National Commercial as Principal Actor for CVS as the Pharmacist.

1987 “Just checking in from Washington DC,” writes Rob Smith. “I moved back here from the Houston, TX area. I am in my 20th year of service to our country with the U.S. Coast Guard. I have primarily worked in maritime safety, security and environmental protection, specializing in merchant ship inspection, investigation and maritime education. I have been married to my wife Teri for 16 years, and we have three children: Kelly (23), Robby (13) and Valeria (11). I stay pretty active with the kids’ sports. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the 25-year reunion this year. I keep in touch with Andy Mastrorillo, Chris Sheehan, Ed Barker and Scott Guilbealt. If anyone is in the Washington DC area, stop by and say hello! Harvard men’s hockey coach Ted Donato joined Suffolk County DA Dan Conley ’76 at the State House, January 24, to make a public declaration of their commitment to end violence against women. The event was organized by Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, and involved coaches from all four of Boston’s Beanpot schools.



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Bavis ’88

Class of ’06

Didiuk ’88 Harrington ’90

1988 John Didiuk currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity – DC. In November, John went to Léogâne, Haiti, where he worked on the Carter Project, building 100 homes for Haitian families.

Ben Devlin ran his 5th Walt Disney World Marathon on January 8th. In so doing, he raised nearly $4,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital. This spring, after eight years of coaching the JV lacrosse team at CM, Devlin will be starting his second year as an assistant with the Oliver Ames boys varsity team.

Hyde Park Youth Hockey honored Mark Bavis on January 9 at the annual Bavis Cup hockey game (between CM and Xaverian) by retiring his number on the wall of the Bajko Rink in Hyde Park. Mike Bavis (pictured) thanked those in attendance on behalf of the Bavis family.

Thomas Ralph was recently selected by the Treasury Department to serve a three year term on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. Panel members listen to taxpayers, identify issues and make suggestions for improving Internal Revenue Service (IRS) service and customer satisfaction.

1989 CM Magazine reporters recently bumped into Chris Coakley ‘92, whom it is always good to see. But the rarer sighting that night was Jay Coakley, who lives in San Francisco and works in the film industry. Most recently, Coakley has served as a key grip on several reality TV shows.

Kevin Cummings earned his 200th win as head coach of Arlington High School’s wrestling program. Cummings, the only wrestling coach in the school’s history, has brought the program to prominence from a mere eight wrestlers in his first year. The team won the Dual County League title last year, when Cummings was named the section’s Coach of the Year.

Devlin ’88

Thompson ’93 Cummings ’89

Oginski ’96



Tim Harrington, who serves as an attor-

Remember Erik Oginski? He’s currently the managing editor of and in Los Angeles. As editor, he oversees web production for all of these stations’ original reporting. Erik and his wife MaryBeth live in the Encino neighborhood of LA, where he spends his spare time playing guitar, motorcycling and hiking.

ney at the Boston Public Health Commission, was recently named to the Suffolk University Law School Board of Directors.

1993 Matthew Thompson currently serves as the Athletic Director and Residential Life Asst. at Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, FL.

1999 After working with Advest, Merrill Lynch and the Beringer Weinstock Group, Patrick Noonan now serves as a financial advisor for Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in Darien, CT.

Jeremy Parisi recently moved to San Francisco, where he now works as a senior auditor for McGladrey.



As Kevin Cullen wrote in the Boston Globe on November 22, Kevin Plunkett, a Navy lieutenant, was deployed to the Middle East last August, just short of his graduation from the Boston Police Academy. The class honored him by putting out an empty seat for him at their graduation in the fall.

Greg Hildreth recently appeared on an episode of “The Good Wife” on CBS as Gary, a member of the IT staff in a law firm. Hildreth is currently performing in “Peter and the Starcatcher” in New York.



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Duarte ’03


Brait ’02

2002 In December, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Brait was named the recipient of the Airman of the Year Medal, one of the five George Van Cleave Military Leadership Awards presented each year to one member of each branch of the service who demonstrated outstanding commitment and exceptional service, sacrifice and achievement. Brait’s citation read, ““During a four-day operation in an insurgent village, Brait was the lead joint terminal attack controller for a combined U.S. Army Special Forces operational detachment. In that role, he conducted a critical nighttime water resupply for severely dehydrated forces, despite extreme heat and the threat of enemy ambush. The following morning, he responded to an attack on Naval Special Forces, using an overhead Predator and Hellfire missile against the insurgents. While under heavy machine gun fire from multiple locations, he helped evacuate injured personnel while

continuing to identify and attack enemy forces.” Tech. Sgt. Brait also trained 140 Afghan soldiers on the front line of the U.S. security effort and led a sixmonth training plan to prepare combat-ready troops. For his bravery and leadership, he received the Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Air Force Combat Action Medal.

2003 Dan Duarte has begun his own photography business, DOD Photography. Dan shoots weddings and special events and has done freelance work for several news outlets as well. Check out his photos at

2004 Dunstant King is currently in his second year of studies for an MBA at Northeastern University.

Mike Welch is in training as an electrician and living in Hyde Park.

2005 Jack Frisoli finished his master’s degree in education at New York University in 2010 and is currently teaching at the Institute for Collaborative Education in New York.

Brian Mahoney-Wilson graduated from Lake Superior State University last April. There, he was inducted into the National Honor Society for communications majors, one of three Lake State students to be so honored. Mahoney-Wilson signed with the Allen (TX) Americans of the Central Hockey League, where, with a record of 3-1, he won the Oakley CHL Goaltender of the Week honor for the week of November 13th. He was then traded to the Missouri Mavericks of the CHL, where he was 1-1 and ranked 8th in the CHL as of December.

CM president Paul Sheff ’62 addressed delegates at the annual CASE-NAIS Conference in San Francisco, California on February 6.

MacQuarrie ’06



Brad O’Brien is currently working for

John O’Toole is now working at the Pratt

Olympiad Academy, in its after-school program, in Seoul, South Korea.

Institute in the photography department as a digital imaging technician. Check out his new website–, where you can see a selection of images from his award-winning project on Catholic Memorial and its community: What Was Once Familiar.

A.J. MacQuarrie, graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in 2011. While there, MacQuarrie and a classmate developed Urban Vendor, a firm that marketed health-food snacks in vending machines across Nova Scotia. In January, the two appeared on CBC’s popular show “Dragons’ Den” to pitch their company model.

John McGowan, an MFA candidate in Animation at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, showcased his short animation “Flustered” this winter at Stonehill College’s Cushing Martin Gallery. McGowan created “Flustered,” a playful animated story, for the VA Boston Healthcare System, encouraging employees and patients to get flu shots.

Max Erilus, Liam Concannon ’08, Graham Madden ’08, Mike Giovanucci ‘09, Ethan Madden ‘11, Brendan Shea ’11, Kevin Verity ’10, Patrick Simas ’10 and Chris Masterson ’10 helped coaches Rob Croteau ’93 and Greg Cunningham ’88 by judging for the speech team at the Natick Holly Fest in December.

Lance Cpl. Mark Lang got a chance to meet President Barack Obama at the Army/Navy game this past fall. While recuperating from injuries sustained in training last March with the U.S. Marines at Fort Bragg, NC, Lang has been working his way through physical therapy at the Navy Hospital in Bethesda, MD. He’s also had visits from notorieties like Mark Maguire and Vice President Joe Biden. Mark is thankful for the support of classmates David Bean and Bryan Aldridge, who have stopped by, and for the many calls from other classmates, friends and faculty. Stonehill College’s hockey team continues to have great representation from former CM players. Last year started a successful run of CM alumni making a impact. Angelo Todesca ’07 was a captain, the leading scorer and team MVP. This year the tradition continued with

Pat Greene ’08 being a captain, and leading scorer for Stonehill and the NE-10 conference at the season’s halfway point. Bill Carey ’09 is also second in team scoring and was team rookie of year last season.

2008 Mike Flaherty will graduate from WPI this year with a degree in electrical engineering. Flaherty will head to North Carolina after graduation, where he will work for Analog Devices. During his time at WPI, Flaherty has been a goaltender on the Division 2 lacrosse team, earning a third place save percentage in the nation in his junior year.

David McCoy was named an honorable mention All-UAA selection for his role on the Brandeis University men’s soccer team. McCoy, a senior defenseman for the Judges, helped lead the team to an ECAC Division III New England Championship last fall.

Kyle Tobin took a break from his studies at URI to serve in Afghanistan with the 25th Marine Regiment as a Marine Reservist. He was stationed at a forward operating base in Delaram from May 2011 until January 2012. Tobin will return to school this fall.


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Mackie ’10

2009 Mike Edwards finished training in the U.S. Army this fall and was stationed at Ft. Lewis in Washington state where he was awaiting a likely deployment in March.

Matt Mulhern is currently taking classes part time at UMass.

Dan Cornell was a breakout star for the Northeastern University Huskies hockey team this winter, earning accolades and acclaim as a defenseman.

2010 John Mackie wrote in November from Farah, Afghanistan where he is “loving every minute of it” – the 130 degree temps, swallowing sand, and adventure. “Everything is so fast paced here that an entire week can go by without you even knowing it, and like I said before I am enjoying this adventure a ton! My parents have been sending me CM Magazine. Reading them and looking at all the smiling faces brings so much joy to me and I think back on all the good times I had at CM…I think kids at CM should take advantage of everything it has to offer, because kids

Donovan ’11

here do not have schools, do not have sports, and do not really have anything much at all. But you are all lucky enough to have these things–don’t let them go to waste.”

Brendan MacNabb is studying biological neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is in his sophomore year.

Colin Ronayne and Tommy Knox ’11 had a great season playing for UMass-Amherst’s club hockey team. Going from BC to BU: after a successful year playing hockey for the Vernon Vipers in Vernon, BC, Marc Hetnik will join the roster at Boston University this fall.

Patrick Simas performed in the College of the Holy Cross production of Sweeney Todd this February.

2011 “So far, I have had a great experience at Saint Anselm College,” writes Ryan Dumont. “At Saint Anselm, I interviewed to become the community request coordinator at The Meelia Fori Center. As a

coordinator, it’s been great to help in the city of Manchester. One request I received was for Care Givers. It was a life changing experience. I managed and coordinated the effort to see the smiles on the faces of the 110 elderly men and women we delivered groceries to. It felt great to know that by just taking a little time out of our days, we were able to help elderly people who greatly appreciated it.”

Steven Twerago, Tyler Donovan, Chris Stathopoulos and John Gorman joined hundreds of alumni at Fenway Park on January 14 for the CM/BC High Frozen Fenway matchup. Here, the alums join Mr. Vincent Bradley for a photo.

Leo Stapleton returned from six weeks at sea in February during his first year at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He went through the Panama Canal, volunteered at a children’s hospital in Equador and watched the Super Bowl at the Hard Rock Café in Panama. Best of all, he “got to see some of the world he may have never seen.”

In Memoriam Arthur G. Baxter, Jr. ’65 December 22, 2011

Be a visionary, leave a legacy, and strengthen Catholic Memorial’s future

Arthur, brother of Bruce J. Baxter ’69, grew up in Milton, a member of St. Mary of the Hills Parish. He was a member of the track team and played intramural basketball in his years at CM.

Rev. Nicholas J. Driscoll ’61 January 5, 2012 Fr. Driscoll grew up in Jamaica Plain and belonged to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. At CM, he was involved in the vocation club, drama club, Roundtable club and the track team.

Daniel F. Hanlon, Sr. ’80 November 6, 2011 Brother Joseph McKenna, CFC was a visionary. The first headmaster of Catholic Memorial, Br. McKenna, and four other Christian Brothers arrived in West Roxbury, just two weeks before the start of the school year.  Under the leadership of Brother McKenna, Catholic Memorial soon became known as one of the finest Catholic high schools in Boston.  He was a creative thinker and a futurist who hired dedicated lay teachers including, Mr. Perry, Mr. Zamkochian, Mr. Jackson and Mr. O’Connor; he improved facilities and increased enrollment.  Br. McKenna wrote, “we want Catholic Memorial students to be able to work together to be winners in sports, in studies, in life and in the salvation of their souls.” His vision has become a reality.  

Daniel grew up in Hyde Park. While a student at CM, he was involved in student government and served on the prom committee. He played hockey during his freshman and sophomore years.

Catholic Memorial has created the Brother Joseph McKenna, CFC Society to honor our first headmaster and to recognize those members of our school community who have included CM in their estate plans.

Dennis, brother of Joseph M. Phinney ’81, grew up in West Roxbury. In his four years on Baker Street, he was a member of the football program.

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Richard grew up in West Roxbury, a member of St. Theresa’s Parish. At CM, he was involved in the glee club and the bowling club.

Peter T. Marr ’64 June 6, 2011 Peter, brother of Matthew B. Marr ’65, grew up in Hingham, a member of St. Paul’s Parish. His hobbies during his time here included skiing, diving and water skiing.

Robert W. Moccia ’76 January 17, 2012 Robert, brother of Paul E. Moccia ’79, grew up in Jamaica Plain. At CM, he played football, track and wrestling and intramural basketball.

Dennis E. Phinney ’84 December 14, 2011

Richard K. Sullivan ’63 December 1, 2011


In Memoriam PARENTS Alma D. (Hyder) Amara, mother of Joseph Amara ’80. November 25, 2011. Francis J. Amatucci, father of Michael F. Amatucci ’85. December 21, 2011. Adelina (DiMartino) Andreassi, mother of Sebastian Andreassi ’86, Richard R. Andreassi ’88 and Rocco Andreassi ’92. December 15, 2011. Patricia A. Fitzgerald Bailey, mother of Glenn E. Bailey ’91. January 8, 2012. Ann C. (Ford) Baxter, mother of Arthur G. Baxter ’65 (deceased) and Bruce J. Baxter ’69. January 18, 2012.

Sabino Lionetto, father of Mark Lionetto ’79. January 25, 2012.

Mildred M. (Furlong) Currul, mother of James P. Currul ’74. February 5, 2012.

Sarah J. Loonie, mother of Michael F. Loonie ’71. December 12, 2011.

Sarah (Conneely) Cussen, mother of Richard J. Cussen ’66. February 1, 2012.

Robert F. MacAulay, father of Robert E. MacAulay ’87 and Richard T. MacAulay ’89. January 30, 2012.

Stephen Guy DeForge, father of Geoffrey G. DeForge ’01 and brother of Michael L. DeForge ’67. February 21, 2012. John A. Donahue, Jr., father of John R. Donahue ’81, William J. Donahue ’85 and Christopher P. Donahue ’91. October 31, 2011. Mary (Landers) Fitzgerald, mother of Brian M. Fitzgerald ’77. January 18, 2012.

Mary M. (Russell) MacDougall, mother of Paul MacDougall ’93. January 31, 2012. Jean (MacPherson) Matthews, mother of Donald P. Matthews ’68. February 14, 2012. Thomas “Buddy” McCann, father of John T. McCann ’73. February 21, 2012.

Virginia M. (Glynn) Galante, mother of Robert F. Galante, Jr. ’87. January 11, 2012.

Kathryn (Lynch) McCarthy, mother of William J. McCarthy ’11 and Richard D. McCarthy ’80 and grandmother of Michael G. McCarthy ’04. January 23, 2012.

John T. Haran, father of John T. Haran ’66. January 5, 2012.

Donald J. McColgan, father of Michael J. McColgan ’89. December 24, 2011.

John J. Hart, father of John J. Hart III ’73. November 14, 2011.

Muriel (Conley) McCullen, mother of William McCullen ’83. February 4, 2012.

Rose Morinne (Mee) Bowers, mother of Philip J. Bowers ’75. January 30, 2012.

Helen C. Healy, mother of John M. Healy ’89. November 4, 2011.

Henry J. Miller, father of Robert E. Miller ’70. December 27, 2011.

Sabina (Lyons) Campbell, mother of Robert B. Campbell ’74. January 16, 2012.

Edward P. Hoey, father of James M. Hoey ’77, Timothy P. Hoey ’79 and Brendan J. Hoey ’84 and grandfather of Aidan P. Hoey ’15. January 17, 2012.

Albert Willis Moulton III, father of Scott A. Moulton ’96. January 6, 2012.

Priscilla L. (Leahy) Blue, mother of former board chair James D. Blue ’82 and Christopher D. Blue ’85. November 3, 2011. Denise A. (Carpenter) Boudreau-Sacco, mother of Marc Boudreau ’88, Gregory S. Boudreau ’89 and Daniel P. Boudreau ’94. November 25, 2011.

Richard G. Buttimer, father of Michael Buttimer ’08 and brother of staff member Patty Marchand. January 4, 2012. Barbara A. (Driscoll) Clark, mother of Stephen J. Clark ’71. January 27, 2012. Dorothea L. (Kelly) Coffey, mother of John F. Coffey ’77 and James J. Coffey ’83. January 30, 2012. Leonard H. Coppenrath, father of Leonard J. Coppenrath ’69. December 11, 2011. Barbara A. (Stevens) Corrigan, mother of Stephen P. Corrigan ’75 and David F. Corrigan ’79 and grandmother of Andrew S. Corrigan ’03. December 27, 2011.


Arthur W. Coughlin, Sr., father of Rev. Paul F. Coughlin ’82. December 26, 2011.

Anthony Patrick Hume, father of Michael P. Hume ’85. February 10, 2012.

Dorothy M. (Kustka) Mullen, mother of Robert A. Mullen ’66 and grandmother of Daniel R. Mullen ’10. January 3, 2012.

Robert F. Jango, father of Robert C. Jango ’77. November 16, 2011.

Rita S. (Donovan) Mullen, mother of Joseph L. Mullen III ’81 and grandmother of Robert L. Mullen ’16. February 18, 2012.

Joseph S. Kalutkiewicz, father of Peter Kalutkiewicz ’75 and Paul Kalutkiewicz ’75. January 22, 2012.

Anna N. (Kolenda) Narciso, mother of Anthony J. Narciso ’64 and grandmother of Michael Wirtz ’87. November 11, 2011.

Francis P. “Frank” Kelley, father of Paul F. Kelley ’73. December 27, 2011.

William James Nealon, Jr., father of James E. Nealon ’82, John Nealon ’83, Robert C. Nealon ’87 and William P. Nealon ’88. January 9, 2012.

Stephen W. Kelley, Jr., father of Stephen W. Kelley ’88. November 19, 2011.

We Remember James G. Noonan, father of James G. Noonan ’88 and Michael K. Noonan ’95. November 2, 2011. Mary A. (Jordan) O’Brien, mother of Daniel P. O’Brien ’67. February 5, 2012. Agnes J. (Healy) O’Grady, mother of Michael J. O’Grady ’78. November 2, 2011. Ellen H. (Mahan) O’Leary, mother of John F. O’Leary ’63. February 6, 2012. Lawrence O’Sullivan, father of Brian P. O’Sullivan ’80 and grandfather of Michael L. O’Sullivan ’13. November 20, 2011. Phyllis E. (Gioiosa) Pietrafitta, mother of Philip J. Pietrafitta, Jr. ’64, Joseph J. Pietrafitta ’66 and Alfred J. Pietrafitta ’68 and grandmother of Daniel J. Pietrafitta ’94. July 28, 2011. Thelma Rose (Dower) Riley, mother of Francis X. Riley ’70, Terence R. Riley ’76 and John P. Riley ’82. December 15, 2011. Laura Ann (Murphy) Ryan, mother of Marc J. Ryan ’80. November 16, 2011. Joseph Shaker, father of William J. Shaker ’91. January 1, 2012.

Thomas Walsh, father of Kevin B. Walsh ’78, Brendan P. Walsh ’80, Emmet T. Walsh ’81 and Michael W. Walsh ’83, and grandfather of Graham P. Walsh ’08 and Thomas Walsh ’12. February 23, 2012. Albert E. Wilkinson II, father of Albert E. Wilkinson III ’76, Thomas E. Wilkinson ’77, Michael J. Wilkinson ’80 and Jeffrey P. Wilkinson ’85. November 3, 2011.

RELATIVES & FRIENDS William S. Blinstrub, Sr., grandfather of Matthew Blinstrub ’04. February 18, 2012. Thomas G. Brennan, grandfather of Thomas G. Brennan ’03. December 26, 2011. Joseph Castellano, Jr., grandfather of Anthony Castellano ’16. May 29, 2011.

Rev. Clarence B. Jackson, grandfather of David W. Jackson, Jr. ’09 and Christopher M. Jackson ’15. November 10, 2011. William J. Kramer, grandfather of Patrick Kramer ’15. December 11, 2011. Leslie J. (Femia) Laubenstein, wife of William J. Laubenstein ’76. January 17, 2012. Gerald W. “Gerry” Mackedon, grandfather of Gunnar M. McKenzie ’16. February 24, 2012. Celia M. (Bell) McAuliffe, grandmother of Ryan E. Sullivan ’05 and Neil A. Sullivan ’06. February 18, 2012. Ryan Barry O’Malley, son of Michael C. O’Malley ’85 and nephew of Patrick J. O’Malley ’78. February 28, 2012.

Michael R. Coakley, brother of Brandon Lovett ’01. January 28, 2012.

Barbara A. (Mills) Pigott, grandmother of Alexander S. Verity ’04 and Kevin M. Verity ’10. February 17, 2012.

Rhoda (O’Brien) Coakley, grandmother of James Coakley ’89 and Christopher Coakley ’92. January 7, 2012.

Lucia (Russo) Pisido, grandmother of Michael A. Balzarini ’93. November 13, 2011.

Margaret P. (Lee) Coughlin, wife of Andrew P. Coughlin ’64. November 10, 2011.

Evelyn A. (Biggins) Ryan, grandmother of Conor D. Doherty ’12 and Ryan M. Doherty ’12. February 16, 2012.

Maria (DiRenzo) Taricano, mother of John J. Taricano ’63. December 23, 2011.

Margaret A. (Connolly) Driscoll, grandmother of Matthew J. Driscoll ’12. November 26, 2011.

Lorraine L. Sears (Guimond) White, grandmother of Jared M. White ’11. February 4, 2012.

William R. Thayer, father of Michael W. Thayer ’68 and William C. Thayer ’69. November 25, 2011.

Mary A. (Fay) Ewanouski, grandmother of Garrett D. Ewanouski ’12. December 24, 2011.

Karen Marie (Rendini) True, wife of Richard C. True ’75. November 12, 2011.

Eva M. Thomas, mother of Simon P. Thomas ’74. January 13, 2012.

Frederic L. Fleming, Jr., brother of Edward J. Fleming ’70 and Vincent J. Fleming ’72. February 21, 2012.

William F. Sharkey, father of William F. Sharkey ’62. December 24, 2011.

John D. Vozella, father of Michael J. Vozzella ’75. January 26, 2012. John F. Walsh, father of Matthew H. Walsh ’99. January 26, 2012.

Raymond J. Vautour, grandfather of Mark J. Vautour ’97 and Bryan J. Vautour ’99. January 13, 2012.

Thomas Francis Fraher ’61, grandfather of Alex N. Tambascio ’17. December 24, 2011. Dorothy Herman, grandmother of Perry D. Herman ’99. January 25, 2012.


Tucker’s Triumph

Sunday, September 18th was the happiest day of my life. My son, Tucker Joseph Critchley, was born! He weighed in at 8 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 and three quarter inches in length. He was a happy, healthy baby and the love of my life. When Tucker was about a month old, I brought him to CM to meet everybody. I planned on staying for an hour or two, but ended up spending the entire day at the school! Upon pushing the carriage through the front doors, the students flocked to Tucker and me. “He’s so cool!”, “Wake him up!”, “Tucker is such an awesome name – I wish my name were Tucker!”…these were just some of the things the kids were saying when they met him for the first time. I was so happy to be back at CM and to introduce my little man to the school community. Tucker met everyone. He hung out with the teachers in the faculty room and visited several classrooms. When he was awake, some of the kids held him. It was so nice to see the students holding my son, talking to him, and being so careful with him. I will never forget how happy I was to be Tucker’s mother and how proud I was to be a CM teacher.


by Ashley Critchley, World Language Department

About two weeks after our visit to CM, I had a terrible feeling that something was wrong with Tucker. I took him to the pediatrician’s office four times in one week. Little did I know, this was just the beginning of a very long journey. After three hours of being in the emergency room, the doctors gave us the diagnosis: Tucker had infant leukemia. Leukemia? What? Yes, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The incidence of the disease is one in a million and the cure rate is extremely low. That night, we watched as Tucker lay in the nicu, surrounded by beeping machines, attached to oxygen, and tons of IVs, and we prayed for a miracle. Our parish priest, Father Vozzo, came to the hospital and we prayed some more. It was not the happy occasion that I had imagined, but I was incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to have Tucker baptized. When we awoke on Saturday, October 29th, the doctors told us that this would probably be Tucker’s last day with us. Six weeks ago I had held my precious son for the first time, and now I was holding him for the last time. I cradled Tucker in my arms when he took his last breath. My husband and I told him over and over how much we loved him and how he was free to go to Heaven. We kissed

him everywhere: his tiny hands, his eyelashes, his little button nose, his toes, his belly button…everywhere. I wanted to remember each and every part of Tucker forever. Ten minutes after they removed his oxygen, Tucker’s heart beat for the last time. After Tucker died, I felt teased, tricked, abandoned. Why had God done this to me, to my baby? I couldn’t understand and I don’t think I ever will. For me, my father explained it best. God wanted Tucker to be born. He knew that not every couple could handle this type of situation and still be okay. God knew that He had to choose a couple who was strong, so He chose us. God knew that Eric and I could use a tragic situation to create good. God was right. The day after Tucker passed away, Eric, my best friend, Annie, and I all signed up to run the Boston Marathon with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We are able to allocate 100% of donations to infant ALL research. Our goal is $50,000. In addition, people have donated over $10,000 to Dana Farber and Children’s Hospital in Tucker’s name. Our hope is that in the future there will be a better cure rate for infant leukemia. It has been almost six months since Tucker passed away. I think of him every day. With time, I am starting to feel a little bit better. I am grateful for the support of family and friends and the faculty, staff, and students at CM and I still strive to make good out of our terrible situation. It is what Tucker would have wanted. t

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WELCOME BACK REUNION 2012 Saturday, June 9, 2012 3pm CAMPUS TOURS 4pm CATHOLIC MEMORIAL TODAY 5pm REUNION MEMORIAL MASS 6pm PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION AND CLASS PHOTOS 7pm REUNION CLAMBAKE $55pp $45pp, 5th reunion only Invitations will be mailed in April. For further information, please contact Dave Erwin ’96 at (617) 469-8052 or

Join CM’s athletic legends on November 23 The 7th Athletic Hall Of Fame Ceremony Friday, November 23 Moseley’s On The Charles in Dedham

For a complete list of guidelines or for information on nominations, please visit the athletics page at and click “Hall of Fame.”

The 2010 Hall of Fame inductees included the 1978 Superbowl team.


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Henry’s race The sprinter measures his life in hundredths of seconds and breaths per stride. For Donovan Henry ’12, pushing his chest past the line in the Division II class meet on February 16 at the Reggie Lewis Center meant the difference between first and second place. And pushing one pace ahead of a competitor in the All-State race a week later meant earning a state title in the 300-meter race. “I knew it would be a really competitive field, not just the people in my heat, but those in the other heats,” said Henry. “I knew I had to just get out fast and push it all the way through. My coaches said, on that last straightaway, don’t tense up, just raise your arms and sprint through it,” he said.

Senior sprinter earns first 300m title for CM since 1974

CM Magazine: Spring 2012  

The spring 2012 issue of CM Magazine, published by Catholic Memorial School, West Roxbury MA.

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