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Winter 2012 Volume XXXIX Number 1

Alumni Innovate with Google and Biomedical Engineering FEATURE STORIES

WWII Veterans Take Flight Legacy Gala to Honor Schletzer, Band iPads Energize Classroom

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Board of trustees

Executive Committee

Patrick J. Nolan III ‘69, Chair Judy Komisky Orr ‘75, Vice-Chair Rev. Ed Steiner, Secretary-Treasurer Betty Lou Burnett, Membership Committee Chair

Committee Chairs Brett Wesnofske ‘88, Facilities Committee Chair Philip M. Mattingly, Sr. ‘69, Advancement Committee Chair Betty Lou Burnett, Membership Committee Chair James Sochovka, Finance Committee Chair

Ex-Officio Members Most Rev. David R. Choby ‘65 Fr. Dexter Brewer, V.G. Rev. David Perkin, V.G. James A. McIntyre Dr. Therese Williams

Board Members Antoine Agassi Rev. Mark Beckman David Bohan ‘66 Tommy Bradley ‘81 Mary Brennan Lori Copeland Chamberlain Warner C. Hassell Judith E. Hoover Steven Janicak Rev. Patrick J. Kibby ‘73 Dr. Robert Labadie Robert J. Mendes Rick Olszewski Ralph J. Schulz, Jr. John Siedlecki


Life Trustees W. Irvin Berry ‘46 Thomas G. Connor, Sr. ‘60 John J. Cunningham, Sr. William H. Farmer ‘65 Edward B. Gore J. Terry Hunter Vincent T. Phillips John C. Shea ‘51 William F. Smith Edward A. Stack


Administration Jim McIntyre, President Paul Davis ’81, Principal Sara Hayes, Academic Dean Carolyn Evans, Dean of Students Tim Forbes ’93, Dean of Campus Ministry and Student Life Pat Lawson ’93, Athletic Director Connie Steinmetz, Chief Financial Officer


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Table of Contents

1 } Alumnus Heads Veteran Honor Flight 3 } In the News

Teacher of the Week, Teachers honored for 40 years of service, Linda Donnelly Retires.

5 } Events

Veterans Day, Relay for Life.

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Athletics Football, Volleyball, Golf, Soccer, Cross Country.

Cover Story

Doctor engineers life-saving devices; designer gets creative at Google; teacher introduces iPads in classroom.

Legacy Gala

Band program and director named as honorees.

19} Class Notes 22 } Births 23 } Weddings 24 } In Memoriam

Expanding Hope and Health

In The News

Winter 2012

Veterans Take Flight in Ultimate Memorial Trip

(Clockwise from top) John Furgess ‘61 shakes hands with Warren King, National Commander of the American Ex-Prisoners of War; WWII Veteran Everett Holly gazes over the reflecting pond at the WWII Memorial; Music City Honor Flight Co-chairman Gary Drennon (middle aisle) talks with a plane full of WWII Veterans and guardians before takeoff from Nashville; Tennessee veterans are welcomed before boarding. (Above) Cutline 1

Twenty-eight years of service in the National Guard inspired John Furgess ’61 to spend his retirement years giving back to fellow veterans. Furgess, a retired Army colonel who served in Vietnam, is the former VFW National Commander and Post Commander of the American Legion. Today, he is the chairman of Music City Honor Flight, the Nashville chapter of the national Honor Flight Network. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that sponsors veterans on an allexpenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the war memorials. The idea originated from a retired Air Force captain and physician assistant named Earl Morse who flew one of his patients to the nation’s capital to see the World War II Memorial. Thanks to Furgess, the Honor Flight has gained traction in Nashville since its inaugural flight in the fall of 2009. With the help of donors to sponsor the $60,000 trip, approximately 100 veterans are flown to Washington for the day where chartered buses drive them to the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. Rep. Jim Cooper and Rep. Diane Black also meet with the visiting veterans. Veterans are accompanied by about 30 guardians, some of whom are family members, friends or veteran supporters. It provides an opportunity to link multi-generational veterans, fathers and sons and sometimes grandsons on what many consider a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Veterans and guardians must submit applications online; however, preference is given to World War II veterans. “We are losing [World War II veterans] at a rate of anywhere from 1,500 to 1,700 a day,” Furgess explains. “So it is somewhat urgent that we take as many as possible to see the memorial that was built to thank them for their service and to mourn the more than 400,000 war dead who will never see it.”

The opportunity to give back to senior veterans hits close to home for Furgess whose own father, now deceased, served in WWII. The heartwarming stories and the immense gratitude have fueled his efforts to expand the program to other cities in Tennessee. “The response has been an absolute thrill,” says Furgess. “We have had wonderful support for the first three flights, and I am extremely proud to be a part of this.” The fourth flight is scheduled for May 8, 2012 and is already full, although veterans and guardians may submit applications for the fall. Hero Project Honors Ryan Veterans Furgess is also leading Father Ryan in its own efforts to salute senior veterans through the Hero Project. The project originated last year and reaches out to the families of men who attended yet left Father Ryan, during World War II and the Korean War to serve in the military. The idea is to honor these men with an honorary diploma from Father Ryan. According to Mark Hasty ’87, “We’re looking for surviving alumni that, for whatever reason, didn’t return to school to receive their high school diploma or GED. They are still part of Father Ryan, and we want to recognize what they did for our country.” Hasty serves alongside Furgess on the Hero Project Committee. His daughter, sophomore Leigh Anne Hasty, also sits on the committee as the only student representative. Upon Leigh Anne’s urging, she and her dad teamed together to research student records and issues of the Moina to connect with any missing veteran alumni. “I’ve always taught my daughters about patriotism,” says Mark, who also has a 7th grade daughter at Holy Rosary. “Since I graduated, I’ve stayed involved with Father Ryan and when I heard about this opportunity, I wanted to participate in any way I could. It’s been a great way to learn about the school’s history. My daughters bleed purple like their dad.” So far, the committee has made a few discoveries and hopes to publicly honor those men and their families this year. To learn more about the Hero Project, you can visit More information on the Music City Honor Flight is also available at


In The News

Winter 2012

Teacher of the Week English teacher Robert Kent ’74 was named Educator of the Week by WKRN-TN. Each week, a notable Middle Tennessee teacher is profiled for his/her outstanding influence in the classroom. Mr. Kent, who has been teaching at Father Ryan since 1980, also coaches girls’ cross country and track. Irish Dancers Head to World Championship Seniors Emma Hoagland and Caitlin Faimon competed in the Southern Region Irish Dancing Championship in early December. Emma placed 3rd and Caitlin placed 10th, both earning a spot to compete at the World Irish Dancing Championship in Belfast, Ireland this April.

This year's National Merit Honorees are honored by President Jim McIntyre and Principal Paul Davis during the football game against Brentwood Academy. Nine Students Honored by National Merit The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has honored nine Father Ryan students for their performance on the PSAT. Josh Little and Emma Thoni were named Semi-finalists. Domenic Canonico, E.J. Hinlo, Robbie Lindstrom, Gray Pickney, Allison Shacklett, Ryan Weiss and Jessica Zic were named Commended Students. Together they have amassed 57 AP class credits and represent dozens of student organizations like marching band, lacrosse and Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society). Approximately 1.5 million students take the PSAT each year, with 34,000 (2.3%) named Commended Students and only 16,000 (1.1%) named Semi-finalists. Since 2005, 58 Father Ryan students have been honored by National Merit.

Students, Faculty, Staff Support Orphanage Staff and faculty members Abby and Jared Irvine spent their fall break volunteering at Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras. In the spirit of Advent, they organized a “giving tree” and Abby, the Spanish Club moderator, encouraged her Spanish students to buy gifts for the orphans. Students and faculty purchased a total of 185 gifts, which the Irvines proudly drove to Chattanooga to be delivered to the orphanage.


Author of Dead Man Walking Speaks to Students Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, visited Father Ryan in late October. A leading advocate against the death penalty, she spoke with students about the dignity of life and her experiences working with men on death row. Her book became a major motion picture of the same name in 1995.

Teachers Honored for 40 Years of Service President Jim McIntyre dedicated the new fireplace in the Neuhoff Library during a ceremony honoring faculty who have served more than 40 years at Father Ryan. Those who have earned this honor are pictured (left to right): Jinx Cockerham, Richard Chambers, Pat Langdon ‘58, CA Williams, John Spore ‘64 and Jim Langdon ‘54.

Linda Donnelly Retires (Top photo) Linda Donnelly in her first year ar Father Ryan in 1983. (Bottom photo) President Jim McIntyre (left) and Principal Paul Davis '81 (right) thank Linda Donnelly for her 28 years of service. Because she was known for losing pen caps, they gave her a necklace decorated with pen caps. Father Ryan front office veteran Linda Donnelly officially retired this past fall. For 28 years, she called Father Ryan home, and it was she who greeted visitors, answered phones and juggled just about everything that floated through the main office. Many called her the official gatekeeper as she was the right hand woman for six principals. In 1983, she joined Father Ryan’s staff as the receptionist, just in time for the new phone system. Over the years, she worked furiously behind the scenes to organize events like Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation. She managed the calendar and was the voice of announcements and News of the Day, too. Whatever question you may have had, she was the woman to ask. Her dedication to Father Ryan—to faculty, students, staff and parents—was undeniable. Linda’s selfless years of service have left a lasting impression on our community, and without a doubt, she will be missed.

Student Named Top Model Sophomore Kelly Marie Bradford competed in the National American Miss Pageant in September and was named the Junior Teen Top Model Winner in Tennessee. This marks the third year in a row she has earned the Tennessee Top Model award.

Student Leads Animal Rescue Sophomore Josh Vincent was featured by Fox 17 News for his volunteer work with Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue. The non-profit organization cares for neglected and abused animals by placing them in foster homes. Josh’s family regularly works with the organization and fostered a rescue from the May 2010 flood. 4

Events Winter 2012

Wake Forest Gives Father Ryan A Workout

Father Ryan Honors Veterans for Seventh Year This past November marked Father Ryan’s 7th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast on campus. The keynote speaker was Jenny Andrews ’01, Program Director of Not Alone, which provides resources for veterans and their families impacted by combat stress.

For the third consecutive year, Father Ryan hosted the ACC’s Music City Bowl team on its field. Wake Forest practiced at Giacosa Stadium a few days before their bowl game against Mississippi State. In previous years, Clemson, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tim Tebow and several players from the Titans have practiced at Father Ryan.

Alumnus wins 5K

Students Rally to Support Cancer Society, Classmates September’s Relay for Life at Giacosa Stadium kicked off the school’s third annual event with a whopping 48 teams and hundreds of supporters from around Nashville. The overnight event, led and organized by Father Ryan students, raised over $50,000 5

for the American Cancer Society. The night also honored students Grace Farone ’13 and Marshall Billingsley ‘12 (above) who have overcome their battles with cancer. Last year, Father Ryan hosted the largest youth-led Relay for Life in the country.

Another beautiful fall day kicked off Father Ryan’s 10th annual Irish Pride 5K this year. Approximately 300 runners took to the new race course on November 12 to support the Alumni Association’s Tuition Assistance Fund, raising more than $11,000. John Woodman ‘06, a former track athlete at St. Louis University, earned first place overall at 16:49. Hannah Cavicchio received first overall among females at 19:42.

‘Tis the Season for Giving Despite tough economic straits, many within the Catholic community have reached out this year to give back to Father Ryan. In the fall, Knights of Columbus members Terry Hill and Dave Johnson presented President Jim McIntyre (right photo) with a $90,000 check for tuition assistance. The Knights of Columbus have been continual supporters of the Tuition Assistance Program.

The giving also extended to Jim Carell ‘54 (left photo) who presented Father Ryan’s student body with a check for $3.5 million to help fund the Jim Carell Fitness Center. The center will be a premier facility for student-athletes that will include improved locker rooms, weight room, coaches’ offices and more. The gift is one of many that Mr. Carell has presented to his alma mater. In 2009, he also donated funds for the Jim Carell Alumni Athletic Complex.

Homecoming Court Father Ryan’s Homecoming Court poses before the game; Lauren Lombardi ‘12 (pictured sixth from bottom right) was named Homecoming Queen. 6

Athletics Winter 2012

Third Season at Giacosa Stadium Brings Records, Memories (Top right) The students pack the stands to show their Irish Pride. (Bottom right) Jim Carell ‘54 is saluted by crowd after the Jim Carell Fitness Center is announced before the opening game.

This year brought back old memories for Father Ryan’s football team as the Irish opened their season against Overton in the preseason Clinic Bowl, the school's first appearance in this historic game in 30 years. The team didn’t disappoint this season in a 21-3 win over the Bobcats. The team’s leading rusher, Raphael Hopkins, was named offensive MVP; Ryan Bossung was named defensive MVP. The team’s record reflected the up and down swings of the season. Big wins over Cane Ridge and Hillwood and a successful defense of the Bishop’s Cup for the fifth straight year in topping John Paul II 31-12 sandwiched some disappointing performances against Baylor and BGA. The Irish came close to ending MBA’s long winning streak over Father Ryan, but came up short 1710. The playoffs kicked off with a 17-0 victory over St. Benedict and a heroic showing against eventual state champion Ensworth, losing a close one late in the fourth quarter. The 2011 season


concluded with a 5-7 record. Jamonte Graham, John Arnold, T.J. Holmes and Ryan Bossung were all named to the All-State team. Arnold was also named Special Teams MVP of the All-Region East/Middle team. And Bossung’s big season in the secondary was one for the record books as his 13 interceptions garnered state-wide attention and tied the TSSAA record. The support of the fans and the Father Ryan community again made Friday nights at the Jim Carell Alumni Athletic Complex one of the highlights of the area football season. Attendance averaged over 3,500 with overflow crowds for the MBA and Ensworth match-ups, and the talents of our young team bode well for the 2012 season.

Volleyball As they do every year, the Lady Irish held their own on the volleyball courts this season. Stiff competition pushed them hard, but the team banded together for wins over Harpeth Hall, JPII and Brentwood Academy among others. They entered the state

tournament seeded #6, but an early loss to BGA knocked them out of the first round. However, the Lady Irish ended their season 6-5 with senior Maris Kellar named to the All-State Team.

Father Ryan’s Lady Irish had a strong season, peaking as the state tournament rolled around. Defeating Harpeth Hall and St. Benedict in the earlier rounds, the team met #1 seed Baylor in the semifinals. The Lady Irish were no match for the Red Raiders’ defense, and

despite 11 saves from sophomore goalie Mary Lauren Moss, the team fell by a 3-0 score. The players can still celebrate a successful season, claiming a 12-6-3 record.

Father Ryan’s golfers stepped up this season for many notable appearances on the greens. The men’s team finished 5th at Bluegrass in Hendersonville and 8th in the Irish Invitational at Champions Run. At regionals, the team hung tough but narrowly missed qualifying

for state. However, junior Trevor Graham continued to state after placing 7th with a 76. Despite no seniors on the team, the Lady Irish also stepped up throughout their “growing season” this year and look forward to 2012.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams experienced another successful season this year. At the Metro Championship Meet, the women’s team took home 3rd and the men’s team took home 2nd place among 16 teams. The Irish runners went on

to compete at the State Meet, finishing 8th for the women and 7th for the men. Senior Maya Fields landed 12th in the state, earning her a spot on the Division II-AA Girls’ All-State Cross Country Team. Another winning season for Father Ryan’s swiftest students!


Senior stand-out player Katherine Rodriguez was named to the All-State team.


Cross Country


Honorees Cover the Tradition of Faith, Knowledge and Service

While the game on the field is the focal point for the night, the pregame salutes to our history and traditions add a must-see part to every home football game. This year extended that celebration. Clinic Bowl Salute ­­­­– the school honored its five Clinic Bowl teams— from 1952, ‘59, ‘61, ‘63 and ‘71. Over 65 former players and coaches returned for the honor on Opening Night, with Jim Derrick ‘62, MVP of the ‘61 game and current Father Ryan teacher and coach, serving as honorary captain (top photo). Saluting the Board. Our alumni board members, were the featured guests for our September 2 game, with board chair Jeremy Bisceglia ‘93 tossing the coin at midfield. Remembering 9/11. We all paused to remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a salute to all uniformed members of the military and first responders. Alumni from police, fire, emergency care and the armed services were honored before the game and John Furgess ‘61 did the pregame honors at mid-field. Homecoming. In addition to recognizing the Homecoming Court, we paused to salute the volleyball and soccer programs at Father Ryan, honoring long-time coaches Jinx Cockerham and Robin Dieterich ‘73, with Robin right at home on the Father Ryan turf. 9

A Tradition of Service. Focusing a light on our service tradition the Irish honored three programs that were founded and are run by Father Ryan alumni—Camp Marymount, created by Msgr. George Rohling ‘31 and run by Tommy Hagey ‘82, celebrating its 65th anniversary; SEARCH, in its 40th year, established by Ryan teacher Fr. Ed Arnold and directed by numerous Father Ryan alums; and Room in the Inn, begun 25 years ago by Charles Strobel ‘61, who kept the coin toss streak alive with a nice toss at mid-field (bottom photo). A Tradition of Knowledge. We saluted our academic excellence by honoring our nine National Merit honorees (see page 3) at the game against Brentwood Academy, with Academic Dean Sara Hayes serving as honorary captain with the students. Senior Night. Football players, cheerleaders, band members...all of the seniors from these groups were saluted as the Irish brought down the curtain on their football season at a memorable Senior Night celebration.

Signings Within the first half of the year, three student-athletes have signed their Letters of Intent to play sports in college. Griffin Krieg has committed to playing baseball for East Tennessee State University, Zach Kent will swim at Queens University at Charlotte, and Sara Menke will swim at the United States Air Force Academy.

Griffin Krieg to hit the diamond for ETSU.

Zach Kent celebrates with his family.

Off She Goes: Sara Menke signs with Air Force.

Cover Story Winter 2012

Doctor saves Children with titanium invention After 14 years of waiting, Dr. Robert Campbell ’69 finally received the letter he had been hoping for since the day he met Christopher Cardenas. The letter was a confirmation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib Dr. Campbell had invented to save Christopher’s life. In 1987, Dr. Campbell was approached by Dr. Melvin Smith concerning the case of 7-month-old Christopher. Born without seven ribs on one side, Christopher was left vulnerable to respiratory difficulties and, eventually, death. Dr. Campbell was unwilling to let this patient die, and he decided he would design a device that would correct his malformed chest and allow him to breathe.

Dr. Campbell’s remarkable Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (pictured) extends life.

The process was an arduous one. “It’s what I call a ‘napkin stage,’” he explains. “A guy gets an idea and sketches it on a napkin. Then he shows it to somebody like an engineer. Then the engineer takes it to the blueprint stage and draws it true to the dimensions. Then you have to find somebody to manufacture it, and from there it gets really complicated.”


Cover Story Winter 2012

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Robert Campbell, MD ‘69 (left) and Pediatric General Surgeon Melvin Smith, MD, founders of the Titanium Rib Project


Fortunately, Dr. Campbell had an engineering background on his side. The original procedure placed stainless steel fracture rods to support the remaining ribs, and although the surgery was successful, it was difficult and carried risks of complications. He went back to the drawing board, and the result was an expandable titanium rib. At 12 inches long, the curved rib could be expanded through holes during outpatient surgery as the child grows.

The titanium rib is not the only device Dr. Campbell has invented, either. Among them is a surgical water jet that can cut through bone. “I had first read about water jets used to cut frozen pizzas. Then I read another article about a British deep sea diver using water jets to clean boats and he accidentally cut open his abdomen,” he remembers. “I thought, wow, I wonder if it could cut bone.” The patent for the surgical water-jet was approved in the late 1990s.

Inventing was the easiest part, he says, but convincing someone to invest and manufacture it was not. “As an investor, you have to ask, ‘How’s it going to pan out for my stockholders and creditors?’ The reality is that there’s not a big market for kids.” However, he was never deterred, and several rejections later his determination paid off when a company agreed to take on the production. Today, the prosthetic device is used to treat patients with scoliosis, small chests and missing or fused ribs. It has been used in over 300 children in 30 countries.

His medical career began at Johns Hopkins University after a transfer from Vanderbilt’s electrical engineering program. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but my dad was an engineer, and I liked what he did,” he says. “I thought about working for IBM, but then I went on these mission trips to Haiti.” The mission trips to Haiti, which started while a student at Father Ryan, introduced him to physicians who traveled to impoverished countries to volunteer their services.

It’s taking oddball information like that, he explains, and thinking about the unobvious that can result in a medical innovation. “Inventing is not a conscious effort. It’s like composing a song—sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t. I can’t force it.”

The connections he made with those doctors inspired him to become a doctor, too. He finished his undergraduate studies on a full ride at Johns Hopkins, and completed his medical school at Georgetown in 1977. He financed his medical school serving eight years with the United States Army, living in Hawaii, Colorado and Maryland. He trained in children’s orthopedics in Delaware and then moved to San Antonio, where he became professor of orthopedics at the Health Science Center and director of the Thoracic Institute at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. He now lives with his wife and children in Philadelphia, where he is the director of the Center for Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Philadelphia had been trying to recruit me for years, and finally my wife and I sat down and thought about all the research capabilities I would have here. I consider myself in the last trimester of my career and I still want to accomplish a lot,” he says. So far, he has made a name for himself in orthopedics. In 2003, he and his research group identified a new disease explaining why children die from scoliosis. Despite his busy schedule, he still finds time to volunteer for trips to countries like Paraguay and Cuba to train local surgeons how to operate on children who have experienced severe trauma.

Once in a while he also travels to Nashville to visit family and his Father Ryan classmates from the Class if 1969, or the “Last Man Standing Group”. “I still remember playing football under Coach Catignani, and he made the entire team join the Glee Club,” he laughs. It was with these classmates that he ventured to Haiti on mission trips after graduation. Washington, D.C. is also on his itinerary when he visits with lobbyists this winter to talk about provisions to the Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act. Dr. Campbell is not a stranger to Capitol Hill. He has been asked to testify at the Senate Committee of Health regarding medical device legislation. “Inventing [the titanium rib] has really given me a soapbox now,” he says. “I go to the FDA to advocate for companies with good device ideas. I have no financial stake in this.” However, the cause is close to his heart. “I like kids. I have kids of my own, and I’ve gone to a fair amount of funerals over the years. We take children that many have given up on, and we don’t make any promises, but we want to give them a chance.” Not surprisingly, he is approached by many doctors, inventors and professionals for advice. “I always tell them, ‘If you can run a marathon with no finish line, then you might make it.’”


Cover Story Winter 2012

DESIGNER REDEFINES THE WORLD WIDE WEB “Small World!” photo taken by Paul Schlacter (pictured on opposite page). 13

Goo·gle /goog l/ n. 1. brand name of a leading Internet search engine, founded in 1998. v. 2. to search the Internet for information about (a person, topic, etc.). More than just an internet search engine, the behemoth that is Google has penetrated our everyday lives—even our vocabulary. On the forefront of this cutting edge company is Paul Schlacter ’01, designer for Google’s Creative Lab. The opportunity to join Google’s creative team came from a chance freelancing job. “Someone from Google had seen my portfolio,” he remembers. “They were about to launch the Chrome browser, and they asked me to create a promotional video.” At the time, he was working for design studio Trollback & Company, so he spent weekends working on the project with his friend. The video was a hit, and a month later, Google came calling again, this time with a job offer. Since 2010, Schlacter has been on the team responsible for promoting products like Google+, Android, Google Chrome and more. The Creative Lab counts about 70 employees in London, San Francisco and New York, where Schlacter is based. Although he’s not tied to a specific product, he works on a little bit of everything. “I do product design, ad design, interface design, you name it.” He describes the Lab as slightly removed from the rest of Google, which provides them with a fresh

perspective on new ideas. Much of what he does is also focused internally. “When there’s a new idea for a product, we find creative ways to get the company excited about it and on board,” he relates. Fortune Magazine ranked Google #1 in the Best Companies to Work For in 2012. That kind of national spotlight has made employment for Google one of the most sought-after opportunities in the job market. “There’s definitely a competitive spirit in the work environment,” Schlacter says. “You put in long hours, and you’re called up to do something with a quick turnaround. You have to think on your feet, but it’s fun and it’s challenging all at the same time.” Living in New York also has its perks. Truly a designer’s playground, the streets of New York have given Schlacter plenty of daily inspiration. A few years ago, he began a Tumblr photo blog to share his Hawaiian vacation photos with his family. The blog has since transformed into a photographic journal of everyday simplicities captured in a striking style—a cup of coffee or a shadow on the sidewalk. It has given him another outlet for his creative side, which he also expresses in side projects like t-shirt making and video animation. 14

Paul Schlacter shows off his artistic side. “In New York, you meet a lot of talented people, and they’re all very excited about what they do,” he says. “It’s very competitive, but a healthy competition.” Those same people whom he competes with in the design industry have also been a helpful network when times are tough. In his experience, “people help each other out. They will recommend other people they know who can do the job.” The network of creative professionals has helped him grow as a designer. After graduating from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2005, he mustered up the courage to move to New York City where his best friend lived. With a portfolio and no job, he called everyone he knew. He finally landed a job at Trollback & Company—some of whose clients include CBS, HBO, Jaguar and Nike— where he worked for four years in motion graphics and animation. “I learned quite a bit and worked under some very talented designers,” he remembers. However, the transition from school to full-time job was tough. “It was hard turning on the ‘creative’ at 9 a.m. and be done at the end of the day. I was used to late nights, but once I figured that out and could actually do work at work 15

and leave without staying up all night, I became a better designer.” His background at Father Ryan may have well prepared him for the rigors of corporate life in the Big Apple. He was a member of the marching band and played snare drum in the drumline. “Most of my extracurricular time was spent with the band,” he says. “The band was really good for me because I was really shy. It makes you come out of your shell, and I loved playing the drums.” Although he’s been in New York for a few years, about once or twice a year he makes a stop in Nashville, mostly to visit his family (his mom is Father Ryan librarian Maureen Schlacter). Being part of one of the world’s largest tech companies has not made him forget how far he’s come. “The greatest part of my job is when I get to do something that people all over the world see. To me, that’s pretty humbling.” You can see some of Paul Schlacter’s work at or view his blog at

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Teacher Engages the iGeneration in the Classroom “Technology, when used correctly, can give students a deeper understanding of the material, ” says Father Ryan's science teacher Doug Jones. The concept is nothing new, but it’s the strategy behind a new approach to classroom instruction. Jones is the chair of Father Ryan’s Science Department and just this year began piloting a “paperless classroom”. The idea began from a conversation with Principal Paul Davis ’81 about recycling. “It got me thinking about my test booklets I print off for every student. The booklets are about an inch thick,” he remembers. From there, he guesstimated the amount of paper he used per year and multiplied it by the price of a ream of paper. “I’d say I was using about $400 to $600 worth of paper every year. And that’s just me. Multiply that by the number of teachers we have, and you’re talking about a significant amount of the annual budget.” Simultaneously, Academic Dean Sara Hayes was searching for ways to incorporate iPads into the classroom. Jones suggested

going paperless, and voila, the Paperless Classroom Initiative was born. At the start of the school year, Jones, along with history teacher Kate Cole and English teacher Deb Nebel, replaced textbooks with iPads. Each student is assigned an iPad for the year, which replaces their customary books. While students cannot take the iPads home, all information from the books plus any handouts are available online. In Jones’s Biology and Environmental Science classes, students take all tests online using the iPad. He also uses an online learning management system named Schoology to facilitate class discussions, send test reminders via text and post homework. The project has had its ups and downs. The iPad (like all Apple products) does not support Flash, which is a major component in many resource websites. Saving and moving documents around has been tricky, too, although Jones has learned to circumvent those issues until technology catches up. Even he admits his own learning curve in transitioning to a paperless classroom. “It’s hard to change, using paper for years and then suddenly going digital,” he says. “This


Students employ iPads during Doug Jones’ class. changes your teaching philosophy, and honestly, it’s a bit of a struggle. It can be easy to fall back on what you’re comfortable with rather than to change how you’re teaching.” Through the initiative, Jones has quickly adjusted to the technology and to his students’ learning needs. Where one student may be comfortable with online reading and online tests, another student may need print outs. “Technology is great, but if it’s not helping the students, then we’re not using it correctly.” Some of the most positive feedback of the initiative has been the cost. The online textbooks are available for about $25, and some are even free. Compare that to the typical $50-$100 price of each hardback book, and the potential savings for parents on Book Day can be substantial. “Overall, it’s very cost effective,” Jones says. “Not only does it save the school money on paper, printer maintenance and toner, it also saves money for families and keeps students from carrying around a lot of heavy books.” Videos like TED Talks have also become a popular element in his classroom. The online lecture series features global heavyweights like Bill Gates, Larry Page and several Nobel Prize winners. Watching videos like these have helped students engage in discussions and piqued their interest in ways that traditional textbook learning


did not. “The students really like current events,” he explains. With individual iPads, “students have Google search at their fingertips, so if I bring up a topic about population control policies, they’re watching this week’s clip about ‘Octomom’ in China.” Since he began at Father Ryan in 2001, Jones has juggled schoolwork (including AP Environmental Science) with the duties of coaching boys’ cross country and track. He came to Father Ryan straight out of MTSU with his teaching license, and through a connection to former teacher Murray Lynch ‘55, he landed Nancy Patton’s job in the Science Department. This year has been a learning experience for Jones, who says he feels like a “first-year teacher trying to keep my head above water.” In the end, he believes the opportunity has been worth the effort, knowing that technology is here to stay. “Hopefully when these students go to college, they’ll be more comfortable using technology. That’s part of education—teaching technology.” Technology may continue to change, but the satisfaction of hearing his students’ succeed outside of his classroom never does. “It’s cool to see the kids come back and they’re now majoring in engineering or other science fields. It makes me proud to know I’ve helped steer them in that direction.”

Strike Up the Band for Marching to Macys

(Clockwise from top) The Marching Band plays at the varsity football game; Band Director and Legacy Gala honoree Jeff Schletzer; the Marching Band dressed as Tron characters for their performance at the National Bands of America.

Legacy Gala to Honor Band Program, Director on March 3 First place at regionals, second place at nationals, sole recipient of a national spirit award. Following what has already been a stellar year for Father Ryan’s band program, it’s appropriate that the band and its longtime director Jeff Schletzer have been chosen as the honorees for the 33rd Annual Legacy Gala. Under the direction of Jeff since 1981, the band received its most prestigious honor last spring when it was selected as one of 11 bands from across the nation to perform at the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Jeff and his sons Derek ‘95 and Dustin ‘00 along with Jereme Frey have led the band on their journey across the country and abroad. Competition after competition, the Irish walk away with dozens of trophies and medals, having gained a nationwide reputation for superior musical showmanship. The crowds at Grand Nationals cheered their loudest for

the Irish performance, with the Irish claiming one national champion band member, Joe Selikoff, for tenor drum and being the sole recipient of National Bands of America’s Al Castronovo Memorial ESPRIT DE CORPS Award for most spirit. However, no trophy will be as sweet as the honor of marching down the streets of New York City in November. Father Ryan will recognize Jeff and the band program on Saturday, March 3rd at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. As the school’s largest fundraising event, the annual Legacy Gala brings together family and friends to honor those who have made an impact for its students. The event will also help raise money for the Marching to Macy’s Fund to support the band’s trip to New York.

The trip to New York City and the biggest band stage in the country is only 10 months away, and the Irish are in the midst of a concerted effort to raise funds for the trip. Thanks to the generosity of two former parents and band supporters, we’re closer to the goal. They made an anonymous challenge gift of $25,000 for the Marching to Macy’s Fund...IF 100% of this year’s band parents made a gift to the Father Ryan Annual Fund by December 31.  The parents did and thanks to their meeting this challenge and to other gifts, the school is closer to the goal of $45,000 for the Fund.  2012 has already been an exceptional year for the band, and it’s all just beginning.

March with the Band to New York Plan your trip to New York with the band or make a donation to the Marching to Macy’s Fund by visiting

To purchase tickets or for more Legacy Gala info visit 18

Class Notes Winter 2012

The Sound of Summer time Science In a familiar season and time for all 17-year-olds, the summer after 2011 graduate Alex Eddie’s junior year meant work. What was different was the kind of work and where he did it. Working in the lab of Father Ryan parent and board member Dr. Robert Labadie, Alex (shown above in the lab) got an introduction into otology—how we hear—and some remarkable work on helping those with hearing loss hear again. Cochlear implantation is the accepted method for restoration of hearing in people with sensorineural hearing loss. Through a delicate and invasive surgical procedure, the surgeon accesses the cochlea through the

skull by removing the mastoid bone. The insertion of the implant is preceded by very precise drilling of the cochlear wall. Alex worked with a team of Vanderbilt researchers, including Drs. Labadie, Michael Fitzpatrick and Benoit Dawant, who have developed a simplified and semi-automated process of this procedure. Alex helped build the equipment to make the frame for the drilling and helped craft a number of these frames. A freshman at UT-Knoxville, Alex has his eye on a career in medicine. This experience enabled him to tap his science preparation at Father Ryan and put it to work in a very practical way.

Mark your calendar for Reunion Weekend June 1-3, 2012 The Alumni Office and your classmates are planning a memorable weekend to celebrate your class reunion. Invitations with details will be mailed this spring.

Friday, June 1 Alumni Reception at the FRHS 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Center for the Arts Saturday, June 2 Lou Graham Alumni Invitational Golf Tournament

Class Reunion parties Saturday night

Sunday, June 3 Golden Grad Mass at the FRHS Center for the Arts at 10:00 a.m.

Golden Grad Brunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Dining Hall


Interested in helping plan your reunion? Contact Angela (Allbee) Mills ‘85, Director of Alumni and Communications at 615.269.7926 or

1953 Martin Sisk reports that he has survived the financial crisis and is still surviving in general. He says he’s “able to enjoy looking at pretty women, good food, trips to Europe, running a few miles, telling sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren how to live their lives and trying to influence the world to my way of thinking.” Martin lives in Dallas, TX where he is a mortgage banker. 1961 Charlie Strobel was named a 2011 Lifetime Achievement winner from Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes. As founder of Room in the Inn, Charlie has served Nashville’s homeless for 35 years through a continuum of care that addresses emergency and short-term needs and long-term goals.

1962 Bill Sovine (above) hosted the Class of 1962’s 49th Reunion in September in Gulf Shores, AL. The class will be the newest members of the Golden Grad Society this June when they celebrate their 50th Class Reunion. Front to back: left row Bernie Wheeler (hat), Phil Kincaid, Charlie Griffith, Ralph Seta, Tom Bond and Clark Luster. Middle row - John Batson, Michael Gallagher and Joe Miller. Right row - Pat McRedmond, Jack Hughes, Bill Sovine and Jim Hughes. 1964 Tony Garr was named a 2011 Lifetime Achievement winner from Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes for his work as founder and retired executive director of Tennessee Health Care Campaign, a position he’s held for more than 30 years. 1966 David Bohan, Chairman of Bohan Advertising, has been named the head of the marketing committee for the Mayor’s Music Council of Nashville.

Class Notes Winter 2012

1966 After a career as a Supervisory Special Agent for Army CID, Joe Gallimore moved to Sumter, SC in 1994 for a job running the Homicide Unit for the Sumter County PO. There he met his wife of 14 years. They recently moved to Tavares, FL on the Harris Chain of Lakes (less than a mile from a large public boat ramp on Lake Eustis). Joe tells us he has “two dedicated guest rooms for any classmates that are into bass fishing. I can’t wait til we get our boat out of the shop. Whoever thought back in 1966 that someday we would be 63-year-old retirees?” 1969 Pat Cook retired from Norfolk Southern Railway July 1, 2011 with 36 years of service. We wish Pat and his wife, Kathy, all the best in his retirement! 1970 Bobby Stevenson and his wife, Jeanmarie, have three children. Mary Cate is 20 and a sophomore at the University of Texas, Bobby is 17 and a junior at Memorial High School in Houston, and Elizabeth is 14 and a freshman at Memorial HS. He is a CPA and in 2010 was elected to the Spring Branch Independent School District Board of Trustees. Bobby also teaches “Paying for College - Tax Strategies and Financial Aid” to parents in the school district. Bobby wishes all members of the Class of 70 the best. 1975 Toni (Neely) Dunn was named as the North Forest Independent School District’s (Houston, TX) Coordinator of Fine Arts and Community Engagement in August 2011. This promotion includes the responsibility of coordinating all district events, community activities in addition to monitoring the curriculum and instruction for all Fine Arts disciplines. She is also responsible for all academic UIL competitions. 1977 Annie Hendricks recently left employment with the State of Tennessee to return to the private sector as the assistant to Nashville attorney Penny Harrington, former Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge, who primarily practices in divorce law. 1978 Larry McCarthy was recently promoted to Vice President of Sales, Eastern Division for Butter Home Products. 1981 Tommy Bradley has been named Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Volunteer of the Year. Tommy is Chief Clerk for the Criminal Court Clerk of Metropolitan Nashville and is on the Board of Trust for Father Ryan. 1981 Mike Jameson was appointed to the General Sessions Court by the Metro Council in November. He has 21 years of legal experience and is a former Metro Councilman for District 6 (East Nashville and downtown). Judge Jameson is also the winner of the Nashville Bar Association poll of attorneys evaluating General Sessions judge candidates.

1984 Greg Parsons (above) is a Captain with Allegiant Air in Fort Lauderdale flying the MD-80. 1987 Hunter Hughes, Defensive Coordinator for Colorado State University, Pueblo, is one of four national finalists for Football Scoop/SpeedTracs Coordinator of the Year. This was his fourth season with the Thunderwolves. Hunter rose through the ranks as a coaching assistant with two of the most prestigious Division I football programs in the country—University of Colorado and the University of Tennessee. 1987 Amelia “A.D.” Maddox was profiled in the August issue of Nashville Arts. A.D. is internationally renowned for her vivid, realistic trout and fly-fishing paintings. She encourages other artists to find their inspiration and fill a niche to distinguish themselves from other artists. To view the article, go to http://nashvillearts. com/2011/08/01/fly-girl-a-d-maddox/ and to see more of A.D.’s artwork, visit 1989 Joseph Gombos recently finished Aviation Mechanic/Avionics School and is now working for ASA Airlines in Atlanta, GA. 1990 Stephen Zralek, member of Bone McAllester Norton, has been named to the board of directors of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Copyright Litigation committee as chairman. 1992 Corie Morell Martin is the director of Creative Web Services for Western Kentucky University where she oversees the website, social media and web marketing initiatives. Corie lives in Woodbury, KY with her husband, John, and two daughters, Sofia (7) and Morgan (4). 1993 Frank Corrigan co-authored a new Notre Dame children’s book called Dream of the Echoes: The Four Horsemen of Notre Dame featuring Theo and Eddie J. The book is a first of a series of books featuring a boy and his dog traveling back in time to witness great ND football games. Available at all Notre Dame Bookstore locations. For more info visit or call 574-631-5757.


Class Notes Winter 2012

1995 Father Ryan Principal Paul Davis ‘81 recently went to Music City Roots, a weekly concert and live radio show at Loveless Barn (owned by Tom Morales ‘72) to see band, The Black Lillies, headed by 1995 grad Cruz Contreras. The band performed at the Grand Ole Opry for their fourth time in January. For tour dates and more, visit 2000 Beth Dooley recently moved to Arlington, VA where she accepted the position of Assistant Purchasing Agent for the County of Arlington. 2003 Amber Hiltz was recently featured in The Merchandiser publication of Bolthouse Farms for her accomplishments and her rapid progression within the company. After graduating from Xavier University in 2007 with her degree in Communication Arts and Advertising, Amber began at Bolthouse as a Territory Merchandising Representative for Ohio and Kentucky. One year later she was promoted to the Midwest Atlantic Regional Merchandising Manager position. In February 2011, Amber relocated to Bakersfield, CA to accept another promotion to the position of Customer Marketing Analyst at corporate headquarters. 2004 Joshua Cressaty graduated in August 2011 from Belmont University Massey Graduate School of Business. He received his MBA with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. 2004 Webb Pierce, III graduated with a Master’s in Education from MTSU on December 17, 2011. He is a member of the Pinnacle Society and Golden Key Honor Society at the university. 2005 CAROLYN GRIFFIN is participating in local customs, sharing American culture, and developing skills for living in a globally independent and culturally diverse world while teaching English abroad in Almeria, Spain. Through the mission of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), she is actively gaining real world international work experience and making a difference in a foreign community. She has been named the Social Event Coordinator (SEC) for the Almeria province and works diligently to provide an avenue for participants to get together and talk about their experiences, share ideas, and connect with one another through social and civic endeavors. She will be completing the program in May and returning to the U.S. in June.


2007 Zack McCann won Best Young Actor with Broadway Nashville for his performance in the play American Buffalo. He is performing in the show Modern Love at Chaffin’s Barn through February and then will be on the road with a touring company for the month of March. 2008 Charles Rodriguez was drafted in the third round of the Major League Soccer draft by DC United. The senior defender captained the UNC-Charlotte 49ers on a surprise run to the NCAA title game while starting all but one game in his entire four-year college career. Charles finished his college career as an All-American and the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year. 2009 Air Force Airman Robert M. “Mitchell” Burns, son of Jack and Mary (Mitchell) Burns ‘78 of Brentwood, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Unfortunately, an injury prevented his continued service, so Mitchell is now attending Motlow State Community College and plans to transfer to MTSU. 2010 On October 19, 2011, Ellen Mullins, libero for the University of Tennessee volleyball team, was named Southeastern Conference defensive player of the week. Mullins, a sophomore who started every match this season for UT, picks up the award after averaging a team-best 5.75 digs per set on the road against Kentucky and Mississippi State. Against UK, she set a career-high in digs with 31, which ranks second all-time in UT history during the 25-point rally scoring era, and has the most digs by any SEC player in a conference match this season. 2010 Bryan College sophomore Anthony Simpson ran in the Southeast Classic in Berry College in Rome, GA and placed 14th out of 309 cross country runners. He helped lead his team to victory as Bryan College finished 1st out of 34 teams. 2010 Bevan Kyger Sparta is pictured with senior Marshall Billingsley, Junior Honorary Chairman for the 2011 Eve of Janus. Eve of Janus is the Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta fundraising event for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Births Winter 2012

Sophia Claire (Row 1: 1) to Dorothy (Holt) ‘97 and Jeff Bottoms on October 25, 2010. Sophia joins stepsisters Sheanna and Becca. Dorothy and Jeff were married on August 9, 2008, and she graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from Western Kentucky University in May 2010. Leonie Burton (Row 1: 2) to Christine (Arnold) ‘04 and Nicholas Burton born on August 22, 2011. Ann (Faculty) and Mike Arnold are proud of their new granddaughter. Marley Grace (Row 1: 3) to Charity (Cooper) ’93 and Marc Dempsey born March 29, 2011. She is the couple’s third child welcomed by Sydney (7) and Cooper (5).

Nora Bendon (Row 1: 4) to Kristen (Bendon) ’91 and Jeff Hyman born on August 3, 2011. She is the couple’s first child. Julian Alden (Row 2: 1) to Lane and Jonathan Jarrett ‘99 born on August 6, 2011. He joins his brother Lucius (2). Joseph Grenville (Row 2: 2) to Elizabeth (Gwinn) ‘94 and John Marshall on March 30, 2011. He is adored by big sister, Emma (7), and big brother, William (4). Jackson Liam to Tanya (Collins) ‘89 and Shane Maxwell born on August 5, 2011. Tanya is a clinical laboratory scientist employed in the field of cancer diagnostics where she evaluates cytogenetic samples using fluorescent in situ hybridization. The Maxwell family lives in Naples, FL.

Hudson Dale to Amber and Luke Graves ‘02 born on September 19, 2011. Hudson is their first child.

Paul ‘97 and Shannon (Graham) Riggan ‘97 recently welcomed their third son, Zachary Steven. Zac joins big brothers Sam (3) and Drew (1).

Virginia Frances to Rachel (West) ‘97 and Michael Harmon born on September 14, 2010.

Laura Elizabeth to Wendy and Tom Shumate IV ‘91 born on June 9, 2011.

Mark Richard to Nancy (Faculty) and Tim Hoots ‘81 born on August 31, 2011.

Charlotte Grace (Row 2: 3) to Ann Marie (Wieck) ‘00 and Josh Walsh born on June 3, 2011 in Nashville, TN. Her big brother Thomas (3) loves his baby sister.

Sophia Claire Bottoms

Marley Grace Dempsey

Leonie Arnold

Julian Alden Jarrett

Joseph Marshall

Nora Bendon Hyman

Charlotte Grace Walsh


Weddings Winter 2012

Magen Bradley ‘06 and Carson Kisner were married on May 29, 2011 in Nashville. Magen is the daughter of Karen and Tommy Bradley ‘81. Meredith Elise Hassell ‘06 and Jourdan Oliver Causseaux were married October 1, 2011 at Cathedral of the Incarnation by Reverend Patrick J. Kibby ‘73. Meredith is Activities Director at Massey Springs Senior Living Community. Jourdan is employed by Security Seed and Chemical Company. They live in Bowling Green, KY.

Lindsey Brosmer ‘05 and Keith Morris ‘05 were married on September 24, 2011. The couple honeymooned in Jamaica and is living in Nashville. Lindsey is a marketing director at M&W Logistics Group and Keith is a microbiologist for the Tennessee Department of Health.

Kynna Brinzda and Thomas Joseph Derrick III ‘04 were married on July 23, 2011 at Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, TN.

Jerry Rice ‘00 and Jamie Kennedy were married on October 22, 2011 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Evansville, IN.

Amanda Stilwell ‘98 and Matthew Frederick were married September 25, 2010 at 2nd Presbyterian in Nashville, TN. They live in Atlanta, GA.

Katie Caldarulo ‘03 and Chris Stockwell ‘97 were married December 11, 2010 at Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville.

Lance Corporal Jeffrey “Andrew” Holmes II ‘07 and Morgan Leigh Bradbury were married on March 19, 2011 at Southern Grace Farms in Franklin, TN.

Lance Wise ‘91 and Teresa York were married on September 30, 2011 at St. Edward’s Church in Nashville.

Magen Bradley and Carson Kisner

Meredith Hassell and Jourdan Caussaux

Jamie Kennedy and Jerry Rice 23

Amy Williams ‘98 and Brad Kluesner were married on September 10, 2011 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis, IN. She graduated from Notre Dame Law School in May, 2011. Amy is completing a Judicial Clerkship in Indianapolis where they live.

Amanda Stilwell and Matthew Frederick

Katie Caldarulo and Chris Stockwell

LCpl Andrew Holmes and Morgan Bradbury

Teresa York and Lance Wise

In Memoriam Winter 2012

AUDREY B. BAKER - Mother of Don Baker ‘81 (deceased) and Missy Acosta ‘87.

AUGUSTINE J. HENKEL - Father of Ken (deceased) and David Henkel ‘67.

JOAN K. ALBERSTADT - Mother of Beth Downey, Nancy Johnson, Paul Alberstadt ‘89 and Keith Alberstadt ‘91.

JO ANNE BALTZ HERNDON ‘80 - Sister of Johnny ‘75, Jerry ‘77 and Joe Baltz and Janice Meacham ‘82.

JOHN GEARY - Father of Ann Arnold (Faculty).

WILLIAM E. HOFFMAN, SR. - Father of William, Jr. ‘73 (deceased) and Patrick ‘81 Hoffman.

LOUIS A. BARBER - Father of Jennifer Brown and Elizabeth Barber ‘89. PAUL L. BARNARD ‘50 - Father of Janet Fuerst ‘76, Teresa Serena ‘78 and Gina Holt. Brother of Ellen Basham and Robert Barnard ‘42. PHILIP P. “PAUL” BREEN, JR. ‘40 - Father of Tom Breen ‘63, Linda Pavlak, Nancy Finlen ‘72, Terri Graves and Judy Anderson ‘78. Brother of Ann Treadway, Mary Jo Beavin, Dorothy Williams, Bill Breen ‘43 (deceased), Hugh Breen ‘47, Thomas Breen ‘51, Fr. Joe Pat Breen ‘54 and Fr. Philip Breen ‘57. EDWARD J. CAMM, JR. - Father of Joanne Kohl, Edward Camm, III, Mike Camm ‘74, Patrick Camm ‘75 and Anna Maria Camm (deceased). KATHERINE “KITTY” CAMPBELL - Wife of Thomas “Hawk” Campbell ‘42 (deceased) and mother of Tommy ‘68 (deceased), Pat ‘70, Tim ‘76, Chris ‘82 Campbell and Margaret C. Schmitz ‘78. WILLIAM JOSEPH “BILL” CARVER, SR. ‘45 - Father of Denise Musgrove, William J. Carver, Jr. ‘69, Angela Wright, Cecilia Adams, Dorsey Luchok, Christopher Carver, Michele Luter, and Dorothy Hardin Mercy. Brother of Theodore E. Carver ‘52 (deceased), Rose Kirkpatrick, Joanne Darmanin and Mary Ellen Hamlet. FRANK J. DAUSCHA ‘60 - Father of Joe Dauscha ‘79, Paige Dauscha ‘81 and Gayle Milek ‘84.

BRANDON J. HOSTETTLER ‘02 - Son of Jimmy ‘74 and Bridgette (Adams) ‘78 Hostettler and brother of Jessica Ward ‘97. DREW L. KREHBIEL ‘66. JOHN M. MORGAN ‘82 - Brother of Fred Morgan, Jr. (deceased), Margie Morgan ‘74, Lamar Morgan ‘75, Tom Morgan ‘77, Jim Morgan ‘79, Mary Lou Loos ‘81 and Cathy Turnmyre ‘84. PAUL M. NICHOLSON ‘65 - Father of Matt ‘00, Murray ‘02, Morgan ‘06 and Maria ‘08 Nicholson. Brother of Jean Nicholson and Murray Nicholson ‘51. KENNETH B. SCHOEN - Father of Mike ‘69 (deceased) and Patrick Schoen ‘71. CHRISTOPHER “ALAN” SHARP ‘83 - Brother of Mike Sharp, Kay Suter ‘77, Lisa Johnson ‘81 and Teresa Davis ‘81. DAVID L. SHELTON ‘73 - Brother of Kathleen Vetter (deceased), Daynne Higgs, James ‘64, Mike ‘65, Pat ‘67, Terry ‘69 and Dennis ‘77 Shelton. MARY JEAN CURLEY SIMPSON – Mother of Linda Williams and Dennis Simpson ’76. Sister of Jim Curley, Mike Curley ‘69, Peggy Forte, Sr. Jeanine Curley, R.S.M., Tommy Curley ’52 (deceased) and Rose Connor (deceased).

THERESA A. DEMETER - Mother of Elaine Demeter (Faculty).

RICHARD G. “SNUFFY” SMITH, JR. ‘49 - Father of Mary Catherine Stevens, Grafton Smith ‘75, Patrick Smith and Richard Smith.

FRANK F. DRAKE, SR. ‘57 - Brother of LeRoy Drake ‘58.

THOMAS W. “TOM” SQUIRES - Father of Chandler Squires ‘01.

SADIE F. KOZAK - Mother of Chris Kozak ‘71 (deceased), Jan Duckworth ‘75 and Randy Kozak ‘76.


JANET SIMMONS GIDDENS ‘83 - Sister of Zora Bates, Lacie, Jim, James and Jeffrey ‘86 Simmons.

ANGELO “VIC” VARALLO ‘42 - Brother of Rae Bundy (deceased), Teresa Freeman, Frank J.B. Varallo ’38 and John B. Varallo ‘50.

MARY CATHERINE HANNON - Mother of Howard ‘75 and Jim ‘78 Hannon.




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Nominate A Distinguished Alum Today! Remember an outstanding alumnus who was a classmate? How about a graduate who taught you at Father Ryan? What about a community leader or innovator whose impact has been remarkable and substantial? Whoever they are, whatever they’ve accomplished, Father Ryan wants to know so we can honor our most accomplished alumni. That’s why we are seeking nominations for our Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award, which will be announced this summer and presented at the Elliston Luncheon over Homecoming Weekend 2012.

Award recipients criteria: 1. Graduated from Father Ryan High School at least ten years prior to being nominated. 2. Have distinguished themselves through career achievement, service or contributions to society. 3. Exhibit our motto of Faith, Knowledge, and Service at work, in the community or in civic organizations.

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published January 31, 2012