Page 1












Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., sings at the 38th annual Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

Our Christian Call


or the 38th year, the Holy Cross community gathered in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel to celebrate Advent and anticipate Christmas with our annual Festival of Lessons and Carols. Interspersing familiar Scripture passages with religious hymns, we stepped away from the intensity of our busy schedules to reflect on the meaning of this sacred season as we celebrate Christ’s coming into our lives and our world. Over the past few years, especially, the Worcester community has discovered the beauty of this annual ritual and has joined us in great numbers. In fact, it is now necessary to arrive 20 to 30 minutes early to find a good seat! And each year, we appreciate the skill and artistry of the Holy Cross Choir and Chamber Singers, the Holy Cross Chamber Orchestra and our student organists who, with the liturgical leadership of our campus chaplains, welcome us into this evening of prayer. As we sang the traditional hymn, “Savior of the Nations, Come,” I was moved by the phrase: “From God’s heart the Savior speeds, Back to God his pathway leads … ”, which reminded me of the gift of God’s love for us and of our Christian call to find our life’s meaning and purpose in serving our world as Jesus did: caring for the vulnerable, the forgotten and the needy. On a campus where we are privileged to live and study with bright and enthusiastic students, with talented and inspiring faculty and with generous and skilled staff, it is very easy to get so caught up with the tasks at hand

tom rettig

that we can miss why we are here. Therefore, in events like Lessons and Carols and through our extensive retreat programs, we are given time to discern how we are invited to use the gifts we have been given. With our treasured education, how can we thoughtfully share in Jesus’ work to companion, to listen, to serve and to lead our world back to those eternal truths that shape who we are as a community? As the service began, Marybeth Kearns-Barrett, the director of our College chaplains, not only welcomed those of us physically present, but also those across the country who were joining us online to celebrate the season. At least three to four times as many of us who are present in the Chapel join us from afar, and it is a wonderful blessing that technology can unite us in such a moving way during Advent. As we celebrate the Christmas season and welcome a new year, thank you for your extraordinary generosity in supporting the work of the College. I am grateful to all of you for the thoughtful ways you are using the gifts of your Holy Cross education to transform our world. I pray that you and your family will be blessed with creative hope and generous hearts as we face the year ahead. ■ Blessings,

Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.




24 36 2 \ H O LY C R OS S M AG A ZI N E \ W I N T ER 2 017


42 48


photos by tom rettig (top and page 36) / shannon power (page 24) / michael paras (page 42) / dan vaill ancourt (page 48)


MAURA SULLIVAN HILL Interim Editor | STEPHEN ALBANO Designer | MEREDITH FIDROCKI Assistant Editor / Office Coordinator

H O LY C R O SS M AGA Z I N E (USPS 0138-860) is published quarterly by College Marketing and Communications at the College of the Holy Cross. Address all correspondence to the editor at: One College Street, Worcester, Mass 01610-2395. Periodicals postage paid at Worcester, Mass., and additional mailing points.

TA B LE OF CON TE NTS 1 From the President 2 Table of Contents 4 Dear HCM, 6 Editor’s Note 7 Who We Are / Contributors 8 Campus Notebook / Snapshot 22 Syllabus 24 Sanctae Crucis Awards Meet the recipients of the 2016 Sanctae Crucis Award, the College’s highest nondegree honor for alumni: an advertising executive, an advocate for community service, a scientist and expert in energy technology and innovation, a Catholic priest and an architect. Each of these alumni have distinguished themselves in their professional careers and made a positive impact on their communities. 36 The Path Forward The Center for Career Development pairs students and alumni for job shadow


days during school breaks. Students are able to explore potential career paths and alumni can give back to the next generation. Two of these student-alumni pairs reflect on their experience in the Alumni Job Shadowing Program. 42 Child’s Play Research shows that play benefits the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children. As the executive director of the Toy Industry Foundation, Jean Butler ’88 works to put more toys in the hands of children in need worldwide. 48 Pilgrimage Read an excerpt from Chapter 9 of Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis by Mark K. Shriver ’86, including recollections of his days on The Hill. With a special introduction by Tom Landy, director of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture.

56 Sports 58 Mystery Photo 60 HCAA News / Alumni News 66 Book Notes 67 Solved Photo 68 The Power of One 70 In Your Own Words 72 The Profile 76 Class Notes 82 Milestones 86 In Memoriam 96 Artifact / The Next Issue / Ask More.

w e b e x c lu s i v e s

HC IN NYC AT THE RAM-CRUSADER CUP The Holy Cross community had an unforgettable weekend in New York City from Nov. 11-13, 2016. Highlights of the weekend are on Pages 64-65, and we put the rest of the photos in a gallery at

54 Second Helpings The Fall 2016 Food Issue of HCM was a hit among readers, and the conversation about what we eat and where it comes from continues on campus. Read about the upcoming Ethics of Food discussion series, plans for a learning kitchen and a new course on craft beer brewers and the environment.

A MEAL FIT FOR 1600 Ever wonder how they used to feed all the students at mealtime in Kimball? We found 17 pages of Kimball recipes from the 19791980 school year in Archives. Want to make sloppy joes for 1600? Start with 425 pounds of ground beef, and find the rest of the recipe at


CONTACT US With the help of Mark Savolis and Sarah Campbell in the Holy Cross Archives and Special Collections, photographer Tom Rettig and designer Stephen Albano crafted a display of historical trinkets, all of which are housed within Archives’ treasure trove on the third floor of Dinand Library. The oldest item among these patches, watches, buckles, ribbons, pins, medals, jewelry, tags and typographic plates dates back to the mid-1860s, and, together, they represent a significant portion of the first 100 years of College history. Read more in Artifact on Page 96.


Holy Cross Magazine One College Street Worcester, Mass. 01610-2395 PHONE (508) 793-2419 FAX (508) 793-2385 E-MAIL CIRCULATION 44,164


DEAR HCM, impressed on how successful Holy Cross alumni are in the health food industry! I was also impressed by the story about Dorothea McCarthy Rourke ’76, registered dietician and nutritionist, and the importance of food nourishment, not only for the body, but for the mind, spirit and soul (Small Plates, Page 73). I enjoy reading your magazine because it reflects Holy Cross students/alumni and faculty living the Holy Cross mission. Great work! ■

Carlos Puentes P13

East Greenbush, New York

More on Small Plates editor’s note As you’ll read below, it looks like there was a second set of the commemorative Holy Cross porcelain plates (Small Plates, Page 63), featuring two different buildings than are found in the original set. Two readers told us about the other designs, and their own sets of these plates:

“Everything you could ask for in a teacher” I was saddened to see that Professor John R. McCarthy (In Memoriam, Page 121) has passed away, although pleased to see that he lived a long, loving and productive life. I was his student in freshman math in 1961 and struggling mightily to understand calculus, which was a daunting challenge for me. Professor McCarthy was everything you could ask for in a teacher: very clear in explaining and illustrating concepts, helpful in every way, kind and considerate. I just managed to get by, and but for him would not have. May he rest in peace. ■

Walter F. Kelly ’65 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

whose founding was bankrolled by Irish immigrant Tobias Boland, builder of the Blackstone Canal, should have such a course. Many years ago, I was asked to settle issues for a Missouri town involved in very large wastewater management projects. I’d like to say Holy Cross equipped me with some econometric magic that helped me settle who owed what to whom, but really it was mostly topographic map reading that I’d picked up from the NROTC unit and the Navy ... and maybe a little physics ... water flows downhill. My fellow HC hockey alum Luke Thompson ’70, may he rest in peace, was the deputy commissioner of Massachusetts natural resources. Water’s something we need to stop taking for granted. ■

Jim McManus ’70 Phoenix, Arizona

The Importance of Water I was delighted to learn that Holy Cross now has a course in Watershed Hydrology (Syllabus, Pages 30-31). It seems fitting that a college

Greetings, What a great photo/essay on the 12 Holy Cross Wedgwood plates (1932) in the Fall 2016 Holy Cross Magazine (Pages 2 and 63) from Tom Rettig. I look forward to “devouring” that (food) issue. 1. While they came out in 1932, they were still being sold during my Holy Cross years (19631967), in a purple edition. The royal purple plates are darker. The purple set had eight dinner plates. They were available at the Holy Cross bookstore. 2. The four which are NOT in the “newer” purple set are the Entrance, the Fenwick/ Commencement Porch, Old Print of Buildings and airplane view. 3. I bet that there are alums having trouble locating the (1932) Loyola Hall. It was renamed Carlin Hall and updated in the later set. Thanks for the visit to the past. ■

Living the Mission I read the Food Issue and I was so

4 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

Rev. Lee F. Bartlett III ’67

Worcester, Massachusetts

My husband, Thomas McGovern ’54, and I were married in 1955 and we received the Holy Cross plates as a wedding gift. When I saw them in the magazine, I went through my set of plates to see which ones I had, and I had two that were not listed, Old College Yard and Carlin Hall. I still have 11 of the 12 plates, only one broke! ■ Miriam McGovern W54 P85 via phone

Danbury, Connecticut

Holy Cross Connections Revealed Congratulations on your latest issue of Holy Cross Magazine. As expected, it is informative and entertaining. Thank you for including my profile in the issue (Small Plates, Page 75). I hope your readers are impressed by the number of alumni involved in the food industry! I was particularly surprised to find that one of my customers, Steve Rapillo ’82, (Small Plates, Page 85) and the COO of one of my suppliers, Tom Schufreider ’80, (Small Plates, Page 84) are HC alums! Hopefully, you will revisit the theme of highlighting Crusaders from a particular industry. I believe it serves to showcase the impact Holy Cross can have in a broad variety of fields. I look forward to the next issue. Keep up the good work. ■

Nick DePalma ’87 Westfield, New Jersey

Encouraging Entrepreneurs I read the Holy Cross publications and I must say that your Fall 2016 issue was in sharp contrast to what is usually published. It is encouraging to see Holy Cross supporting entrepreneurs in the food industry. ■

Richard B. Fisher ’47 P79 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

their children, not just at school,

The World Bicycle Relief Team

and not only in terms of nutrients.

raised over $80,000 for the program

Thank you, Mary Patrice Hamilton,

and had a few pros, retired racer Ted

for noticing and caring about what

King, Timmy Duggan

children in America are eating.

(2012 Olympian), Laurens ten Dam

I wish you well in your studies. ■

(who joked he had used the Tour de France as training for the race), Joe

Catherine Shinskey Heppell ‘83 Los Angeles

Dombroski and Craig Lewis, along with a handful of amateurs: Dave Thompson, Ryan Vanderloop, Katie Boiling, Sharon Shachar, Chuck

Life in the Retail Grocery Business

Leach, David Houston and myself. I didn’t take that much off my time,

Read with interest the summer

only about 2 minutes, but ended up

edition of HCM and, in particular,

winning my age group, females 20-

your interest in alumni in the food

29, which was nice.

industry. As I reflected on your plans for the issue, I thought you might

I’ve also taken a leave of absence

well be describing my entire life.

from law school to attend a master’s of global health program at the

Forty years of retail grocery sales,

University of Notre Dame and

from Dairy Queen to Kimball, to

then will return to law school. Still

Best Ever

factors than the prices of these fresh

Mister Donut and on to General

training and still trying to race

Mary Iafelice ’11 of Alexandria,


Foods, Quaker Oats and finally,

during school. ■

Virginia, tweeted on Oct. 15, 2016,

Ocean Spray Cranberries, I lived


(top) to let us know just how much

During my time working at

my life in the retail foods business. I

she enjoyed the Food Issue. ■

elementary schools, I have

loved every minute, every challenge,

witnessed many interactions with

all my managers and co-workers.

Pages 108-109), the hometown of

students and healthy food … Most

Holy Cross prepared me in ways

Dan Shaugnessy ’75 was incorrectly

young children would rather spend

hard to describe and was always

listed as Groton, Connecticut; it is

Lizzie McManus ’13 tweeted on

time playing than eating during

at my side as I wrote, edited and

Groton, Massachusetts.

Oct. 17, 2016, (above) to share that

their short recess and lunch breaks,

presented programs to customers.

the Food Issue made her even more

so the easiest-to-eat food is often

I loved my career, although I never

In the obituary for Col. Donald

proud to be a Holy Cross graduate.

consumed before the rush to the

guessed this was where I would

N. McKeon Sr., USMC (Ret.) (In


spend my life. I thank God every day

Memoriam, Page 125), the dates that

for my Holy Cross education, for

Col. McKeon worked at Holy Cross

Unfamiliarity with certain fresh

my wife, sons and grandchildren,

were incorrect. He was a naval

fruits may also be caused by a

and my life in the retail grocery

science professor at the College

Thank you for an issue focused on a

child’s family not choosing them

business. ■

from 1963-1966.

topic that affects every human: food.

based on cultural preferences, or

It is exciting to see how Holy Cross

other decisions. Even at home,

has cultivated both students who

potential spoilage, plus the time

bring new ideas to the table, and

it takes an adult to prepare fresh

faculty who can help these students

fruits for children, may cause some

pursue their interests in depth.

busy or chaotic families to choose

editor’s note In the Spring


snacks their youngsters can prepare

2016 issue, we told the story of

Holy Cross Magazine

I would like to point out that Mary

themselves. These habitual choices

Kate Ginsbach ’11, who rides in

One College Street

Patrice Hamilton’s observation

are hard to change, however, as

elite mountain biking races to raise

Worcester, Mass. 01610-2395

(The Bees and Their Keepers, Pages

children grow older.

money for the charity World Bicycle


Relief, which provides bicycles to

Proud to be HC

Continuing the Conversation

34-39), that some kindergarten

William C. Humberd Jr. ‘68 Norwell, Massachusetts

In the Fall 2016 issue (The Profile,

Holy Cross Magazine regrets these errors. ■ tell us more

children were unfamiliar with and

Less fresh fruit, less healthy? Yes.

entrepreneurs, health care workers,


apprehensive about handling and

More fresh fruit, plus taking the

students and others in Africa. Kate

(508) 793-2385

eating fresh apples and oranges,

time to prepare, share and eat it,

wrote to HCM with an update after the


may have more to do with other

is more healthy for families and

2016 Leadville 100 MTB race:




EDITOR’S NOTE welcoming and inclusive spirit. Jonathan E. Racek ’95 took his skills from the architecture world and founded Play360, a nonprofit that facilitates the creation of low-cost, sustainable playgrounds to improve education and social engagement in the developing world.

Turning the Page


hen winter arrives on Mount St. James, it often brings a fresh blanket of white snow.

Some see it as a clean slate, just as they are focusing on resolutions and improvements for a new year and new semester. Others might see it as an obstacle in climbing up The Hill to the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex, or down the steps to Kimball. These conflicted reactions to winter seem to mirror our own feelings as we close out 2016, a year consumed by an intense and negative presidential campaign. On campus, students in our Presidential Selection course studied this campaign in context with elections of the past, engaging in respectful dialogue and simulated debates, regardless of their political opinions. The course is taught by Professor Donald Brand, who says, “I’ve spent my entire career really trying to find a way of teaching that allows students of all political persuasions to feel comfortable and to explore their views and be challenged.” You can read more in Syllabus on Page 22. After this election season, Professor Brand’s approach is encouraging and refreshing, and offers a path forward for us all: to engage in dialogue, and to support each other. And as you’ll read

6 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

in this issue, members of our Holy Cross community are already doing that every day. Not only do they lift each other up, but they also positively contribute to their surrounding communities and the wider world. First, we have our Sanctae Crucis Award winners (Page 24), who deservingly have received the College’s highest non-degree honor for not only for their professional achievements, but also for the ways in which they embody our community’s commitment to service, faith and justice. Thomas H. Carey ’66, the former executive vice president of global marketing and corporate communications company Omnicom Group, Inc., has lent his advertising and business expertise to those institutions and organizations closest to his heart, including Holy Cross. AnnMaura Connolly ’86 has dedicated her life to expanding citizen service opportunities in the United States and abroad, and to educating people about the importance and impact of service. Cheryl A. Martin, Ph. D., ’84 works to further clean energy and sustainability initiatives that can solve global challenges.

On Page 36, you’ll read about our Alumni Job Shadowing Program and the power of the Holy Cross network. More than 200 alumni generously offer their time to help current students learn more about a given field and discern their career path through job shadowing days. Each issue of Holy Cross Magazine includes a profile of one of our spectacular alumni, and on Page 72, you’ll meet Judge James Carroll ’69, who offers compassion and a path to recovery, rather than jail time, for non-violent drug offenders in New Hampshire. I also want to thank our readers for the overwhelmingly positive feedback on the Food Issue. Joe Arnstein ’66 wrote to us via email to say, “How many alumni used the adjective ‘delicious’ in referring to the Fall 2016 Issue? Here’s one more.” We heard from all facets of our Holy Cross community — alumni, faculty, students and parents — about how you devoured the food stories, and learned something new in the process. You can read more of what people had to say in the Letters to the Editor on Page 4. We were thrilled by the warm response, and hope to do another themed issue in the future. If you have any suggestions on which topic we should tackle next, let us know at As always, we welcome your feedback and feel privileged to tell your stories, and the story of Holy Cross. ■ All the best from Mount St. James,

Rev. James D. Mathews ’58 goes to the margins of society, providing food to the homeless, English as a second language classes to refugees and job training for the unemployed at a Syracuse parish that is known for its

Maura Sullivan Hill Interim Editor

tom rettig






has now been designing HCM for over five years — with this being his 22nd issue. He is a graduate of Clark University with a degree in studio art. He recently married his husband, David, and their Hallowedding was featured in the Huffington Post. His favorite thing about this issue is the cover he helped create with the help of Tom. Also, Hi Mom!

assists with writing, editorial planning and copy editing for the magazine. She graduated from Bates College with a degree in English and French. She loves supporting the Holy Cross Magazine team and seeing the issue come to life for the alumni community to enjoy. In this issue, she sat in on Donald Brand’s Presidential Selection course for Syllabus, on Page 22.

joined the College Marketing and Communications Office after working as a photojournalist for 15 years for newspapers and magazines in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Ohio. A true New Englander, Tom enjoys the “country life” in Western Massachusetts with his family.


joined the HCM team in September 2015. As interim editor, she writes, edits and plans content for the magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with a degree in American Studies and minors in journalism and anthropology. She has also written for Notre Dame Magazine, Loyola Magazine, the Scranton Journal and South Shore Living magazine.

Assistant Editor / Office Coordinator

Photographer / Videographer
















15 15


WRITERS 1 DAVE GREENSLIT spent 32 years as a writer and editor for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. In retirement, he works as a freelance writer, when he’s not backpacking on the Appalachian Trail or hiking and skiing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In this issue, Dave explored the relationship between play, toys and child development in “Child’s Play” on Page 42. 2 REBECCA (TESSITORE) SMITH ’99 AND 3 KIMBERLY (OSBORNE) STALEY ’99 are longtime contributors to Holy Cross Magazine—and even longer-time friends. Former roommates in Loyola, they’ve come a long way from washing dishes in Kimball, now writing, editing and proofreading marketing and fundraising communications at their freelance writing firm, SmithWriting ( They live just two blocks away from each other in Auburn, Massachusetts, with their husbands and children. In this issue, Rebecca and Kim interviewed this year’s Sanctae Crucis Award winners on Page 24, and once again served as our faithful copy editors 4 KATHARINE WHITTEMORE is a book review columnist for The Boston Globe, and has written several articles for Holy Cross Magazine, including “Inside Admissions” and “Staging ‘Hamlet.’” For this issue, she traveled to Laconia, New Hampshire, and spent the day in recovery court with Judge James Carroll ’69 (“The Profile,” Page 72). She called it “an honor to write about your honor.” 5 MARY CUNNINGHAM ’17 is a religious studies and French double major from Westford, Massachusetts. Mary is involved in the Chaplains’ Office, where she has explored her passion for social justice through immersion trips, retreats and the faith group, Pax Christi. She is also the intern for new media and special projects for the Lenten Reflection Series, Return to Me. In this issue, Mary interviewed student-athlete Patrick Benzan ’19 (Off the Court, Page 58) and reviewed books by Holy Cross graduates (From Our Alumni Authors, Page 70). 6 MATTEA CUMOLETTI ’12 graduated from Holy Cross with a major in history and minor in anthropology. She spent a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Italy, and then worked at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Albany, New York. She is currently a masters of arts in law and diplomacy candidate at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focuses on human security, forced migration and gender analysis. She wrote the “In Your Own Words” essay about working with Middle Eastern refugees in Greece (Page 70). PHOTOGRAPHERS 7 MICHAEL PARAS is a New York City-area freelance photographer and videographer with more than 20 years of experience working for an impressive, eclectic group of higher education, corporate and editorial clients. Michael brings to his shoots a love and passion for photography and his desire to have his portraits tell a story and create energy. In this issue, he captured Jean Butler ’88 at work at the Toy Industry Foundation in New York City (“Child’s Play,” Page 42). 8 JACK FOLEY is a Hanover-based photographer with more than 30 years of experience capturing people, places and events on the South Shore. He achieved the title of Master Photographer and the status of Certified Professional Photographer from the Professional Photographers of America, and his work has won numerous awards. In this issue, he photographed Dr. Katie Benning ’90 at work as a family physician for “The Path Forward” (Page 36). 9 DAN VAILLANCOURT has worked for lots of schools with lots of “feels” in the 19 years he has been photographing professionally. None has quite the feel of Holy Cross, which is truly a community that transcends borders. After coming out of the Hallmark Institute of Photography in 1995, he wondered if it was all going to work out, and apparently it has worked out well. He feels blessed to make a living doing something fun. In this issue, you’ll see Dan’s photos of Family Weekend and a book reading with Mark Shriver ’86. CAMPUS CONTRIBUTORS 10 TOM LANDY is the director of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture and a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from Boston University, an M.Div. from Weston School of Theology, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in history from Fairfield University. He studies American Catholicism and religious institutions, civil society and urban sociology. In this issue, he wrote an introduction to the excerpt from Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis by Mark K. Shriver ’86 (Page 48). 11 MELISA ALVES ’06 is the assistant director of the Center for Career Development, and coordinates the Alumni Job Shadowing Program and the ALANA Mentoring Program. She serves as a member of the HCAA Bishop Healy Committee and advises the Latin American Student Organization on campus. In this issue, she contributed to “The Path Forward,” a story about the alumni job shadowing program and the power of the Holy Cross network (Page 36). 12 JESSICA KENNEDY is the manager for media relations and communications in the College Marketing and Communications Office. She grew up in Auburn, walking distance from Holy Cross, and has been writing since the third grade. She graduated from Stonehill College with a major in communications and journalism and a minor in music, with a concentration in piano. She also has a master of fine arts in fiction from Pine Manor College. 13 EVANGELIA STEFANAKOS ’14 is the staff writer for College Marketing and Communications, writing primarily for the College’s online newsroom. She studied English and history at Holy Cross and is a steadfast advocate of the Oxford comma. 14 GRAINNE FITZPATRICK ’17 is originally from Yonkers, New York, and is a political science and religious studies double major. She is currently the web writing intern in the College Marketing and Communication Office and previously worked as the communications intern at Autism Speaks. 15 BRIDGET CAMPOLETTANO ’10 is the manager for integrated marketing for College Marketing and Communications, and is still adjusting to her new 12-letter last name. A New Hampshire native and Worcester transplant, she’s a fan of watching commercials, “Gilmore Girls” and “West Wing,” and is considering staging a one-woman production of “Hamilton,” since she’s memorized the album. 16 JACK O’CONNELL is a campaign writer for the College’s Advancement department. From 1997-2008, he served as editor of Holy Cross Magazine. His most recent novel is The Resurrectionist. In this issue, he wrote “The Power of One” (Page 72-73).









Students participate in the Manresa Retreat, held at the new Joyce Contemplative Center in West Boylston, Massachusetts, from Nov. 18-20, 2016. This retreat, named for the place in Spain where St. Ignatius of Loyola had his conversion, is led by students and includes reflections on faith, selfidentity, family and relationships.

8 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

to m r e t t ig




Stickwork Stands as Symbol of Community Engagement and Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Linden Lane

B Y E V A N G E L I A S T E FA N A K O S ’ 1 4


he temporality and whimsy of Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork sculptures have graced more than 250 sites around the world — from the open fields of the Scottish Highlands to the Riniyo-in Temple in Chiba, Japan. This fall, Holy Cross became home to one of the renowned artist’s most recent works, which stands on Linden Lane in playful conversation with the campus’ surrounding architecture. j ohn bu ckin gh a m

“Just Off the Beaten Track” is made from locally sourced gray birch and Norway maple saplings, which were woven, bent and entwined to form three spirals moving around a center core and rising up into towers reaching 25 feet high. The sculpture was completed in under

three weeks during Dougherty’s artistin-residency at the College, hosted by the Arts Transcending Borders (ATB) initiative, which is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and cosponsored by the Cantor Art Gallery, the environmental studies program and the visual arts department. During these three weeks, the Holy Cross community was not only given the rare opportunity to observe Dougherty at work, but also to participate in the artistic process. Dougherty invited the community to work beside him in the creation of his sculptures: More than 300 students, faculty, staff and members of the Worcester community had a hand in the extensive and complex process.

1 0 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

In a recent article published in two online arts journals New York Arts and the Berkshire Review for the Arts, Holy Cross Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the visual arts department Virginia Raguin wrote: “Dougherty offers… a gift — the possibility that we become co-creators. Male and female, young and old, accountant or housepainter, we become part of the work. We cut the saplings, haul the wood, strip the leaves, bind the twigs, or climb a scaffold — he allows this work to become ours as well as his.” The community-mobilizing process began with acquiring sticks — a lot of them. Partnering with the Greater Worcester Land Trust, members of the community spent days gathering seven truckloads full of saplings that were then hulled, bundled, transported to campus and stripped before the building stages of the sculpture even began. Then, almost overnight, the sculpture began to take shape. Linden Lane buzzed with movement as community volunteers worked with Dougherty from 8 j o h n b u ck in g h a m a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and passersby

photo s b y to m r e t t ig

1 Keiving Wong ’17 and Emma Waligory ’20 at work on the sculpture. 2 Volunteers assist Dougherty. 3 Piles of bundled saplings ready for use in the sculpture. 4 Volunteers signed Dougherty’s globes. 5 Plenty of tools, gloves and bandages were on hand. 6 Dougherty talks with students from the Nativity School of Worcester Art Club, who visited the sculpture with their teacher, Sarah Valente ’16. 7 (from left) Virginia Raguin, Joan Townsend and Kurt Hultgren all strip leaves for the Stickwork sculpture. vi r gi n i a r agu i n




yonc a k arak i l i c



stopped to watch the progress being made and chat with the artist and volunteers between classes and meetings. While of particular interest for students studying the arts, the sculpture also drew interest from students of all class years and disciplines — from first-year Montserrat students, to students studying creative writing, to those in biology and environmental science courses — all of whom volunteered to help construct the piece over the three-week period. Robert Bertin, the Anthony and Renee Marlon Professor in the Sciences in the biology department, played a major role in the initial stages of finding and collecting the saplings, and saw the inherent value of participating in the creation of this Stickwork: “I feel that the sculpture provided wonderful opportunities for a close encounter with nature that stimulated the tactile senses as much as the visual,” he explains. “Every sapling and twig in the sculpture was carried, bundled, trimmed, defoliated and woven into the structure by hand.”

7 The community engagement moved even further, beyond the College’s gates, with the involvement of greater Worcester community volunteers, and a special visit by Nativity School of Worcester students. Nativity School art, religion and science teacher Sarah Valente ’16 brought a group of her young students, members of the school’s Street Art Club, to see the outdoor sculpture in progress. “The piece exposed students to a new artistic process, the use of recycled materials, temporary art and how art can work with the environment,” Valente says. “After interacting with the piece, students created line drawings of the piece. The sticks and vines provided them with a range of thicknesses, which allowed them to experiment with line.” For those who watched the piece go up and those who worked on it, this Stickwork holds daily significance. “There’s a lot of work that goes into this that people just walking by probably

aren’t aware of,” Adrian Cole ’20 told Worcester Living magazine in a recent article covering Dougherty’s work at the College. “It kind of gives me a sense of gratification knowing that I put in the time and the effort and there’s a sense of ownership, not just for me personally but for the community as a whole. We all put something into it and made this entire huge sculpture, which is beautiful.” Dougherty’s piece, now complete and standing through the changing New England seasons, has provided the College with new opportunity for dialogue, for questions and for intersection as the community continues to engage with the sculpture through tours, performances and programming around and within the piece. The process of building, and now the process of living alongside the sculpture — passing it on the way to Dinand Library or to class in Stein Hall — has allowed for interaction that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, and remains a lasting marker of a community’s efforts. ■



Princeton Review Recognizes Accessible Professors at Holy Cross

16th Annual Unity Week


oly Cross is featured in The Princeton Review’s annual roundup of the best higher education institutions in the country, The Best 381 Colleges: 2017 Edition. Holy Cross ranked No. 15 for “Most Accessible Professors.” The Princeton Review reports that professors here are “dedicated to creating an exciting learning environment.” They are “always accessible and more than happy to help,” and they “get to know you on an individual and personal level.” The current studentfaculty ratio is 10:1. This annual college guide is a list of the top 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges, and ranks schools using eight categories that include academics, admissions and financial aid. ■ —Jessica Kennedy


he 16th annual Unity Week took place on campus from Nov. 9-18, 2016. The Student Government Association, in partnership with the Office of Student Involvement, academic departments and student organizations, offered film screenings, workshops and multicultural events exploring the theme of “Intersectionality of Identity.”

AUG UST RANKINGS Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine about U.S. politics and government, ranked Holy Cross No. 26 on its 2016 list of “Top 30 Liberal Arts Colleges,” which measures schools “based on what they are doing for the country—by improving social mobility, producing research and promoting public service.” Holy Cross was also No. 23 on their list of “Best Bang for the Buck Northeast Colleges.” 1 2 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

“The concept behind this theme was to encourage our community to recognize the diversity within ourselves and understand the complexities within an identity,” says Ameer Phillips ’17, SGA director of diversity and chair of the Unity Week Planning Committee. “Identity and diversity deal with more than just race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex and gender; they can also include aspects such as ideology, age, ability, faith,

spirituality, religion, class and so-forth.” The keynote event of the week was a moderated discussion with Janet Mock, a writer, cultural commentator, advocate for trans women’s rights and the New York Timesbestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. ■

—Jessica Kennedy

S E PT E MBE R ACCOLADES College Factual, a college search website, ranked Holy Cross the No. 2 Best Catholic college in the nation, No. 5 Best Massachusetts college and No. 35 overall among 1,387 colleges nationwide in 2016. Two academic programs landed in the top 10 in the nation, including English language and literature and religious studies, both at No. 9. The site partners with USA Today on these annual rankings and uses metrics from the U.S. Department of Education and p h oto s b y to m r e t t ig

11th Annual Women in Business Conference

r ob ca r lin

Cousy ’50 Featured with Worcester Icons on Mural


f you’ve driven down I-290 by Holy Cross lately, you might have seen a familiar face on the building near where the highway curves on the Auburn line: Bob Cousy ’50. Cousy is one of five Worcester icons to appear on a mural on the side of the Casey Storage Solutions building at 19 McKeon Road, facing the interstate. The mural, a collaboration among Casey Storage, Kay Gee Signs and Graphics Co. of Auburn, Massachusetts, and Worcester architect Gregory J. O’Connor, went up in September. At 23 feet high, it also features the Coney Island Hot Dogs neon sign and cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor, among other symbols that represent the history of Worcester. ■

— Maura Sullivan Hill


he 11th annual Women in Business Conference took place on campus on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Sponsored by the Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies (COES), the conference brought together nearly 200 current female students and alumnae. “The theme for this year’s conference was ‘Women on Wall Street: Changing the Ratio,’ says Rosangel Cruz Cabrera ’18, one of the members of the student planning committee. “More than ever before, women are entering banking with full force, making their voices heard and creating an impact in the industry. Eighty-seven percent of Holy Cross alumni work in business roles, proving that a liberal arts education is an excellent foundation for successful business careers.” The keynote speaker was Diane Vazza ’79, the head of global fixed income research at Standard & Poor’s (S&P). “A classics and French double major with 30 years of experience in

finance, Diane certainly demonstrates that the ratio can be changed in a traditionally male-dominated industry,” Cruz Cabrera says. “She did an amazing job describing her experience on Wall Street and how she is able to balance her busy work life and her family life.” In addition to the keynote speakers, there were panels on banking, networking and mentoring. Some panels, like “From Cool Beans to Corporate,” were meant for students, while others offered opportunities for alumnae to sharpen their skills, like “All A-Board! Joining a Corporate or Non-Profit Board.” Other panels brought both groups together, including “Opportunity Knocks: Opening the Door to Mentoring.” One of the planning committee’s goals was for alumnae and students to network based on their current field and areas of interest: “Each participant had a colored dot on her name tag, representing different business industries, to facilitate networking.” ■ — Maura Sullivan Hill

with Evangelia Stefanakos ’14


AT THE HEAD OF THE CLASS For the 8th year in a row, Holy Cross ranked among top contributors to Teach for America among small colleges and universities. In 2016, nine Holy Cross graduates joined the ranks of more than 170 alumni who have taught through the program.

NEW E-JOURNAL Holy Cross and the Catholics and Cultures initiative jointly launched the Journal of Global Catholicism. This new, international, peer-reviewed and electronic journal aims to foster an understanding of contemporary Catholicism in cultures worldwide. The premier issue of the Journal focuses on various expressions of Catholicism in India, where religion is extremely pluralistic and vividly displayed. CAMPUS NOTEBOOK / 13


Fall Fun at Family Weekend p hotos by tom r ettig a n d sha n n on p ower


uring the weekend of Oct. 21-23, 2016, more than 600 Holy Cross families came to Mount St. James for the annual Family Weekend celebration. A little rain didn’t put a damper on the beautiful New England scenery for the alumni, students, families and friends in attendance. Family Weekend offered a full slate of events planned by the Office of Student Involvement: • President’s Hour: Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of

the College, and his leadership team discussed the College and current initiatives. • Athletics: Football took the field vs. Lehigh, and men’s ice hockey and women’s ice hockey took the ice in the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex, with the men’s team facing off against Boston College and the women against Brown University. • Crusaders Against Cancer 5k: The second annual race kicked off the weekend and

raised money for the 15-40 Connection, a nonprofit organization that educates high school and college students about early detection of cancer. • Performances: Dance Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, a cappella groups, the College Choir, the Chamber Singers and Jazz Ensemble all took to the stage across campus to perform for appreciative audiences. • Art Exhibitions: A tour

of the Cantor Art Gallery exhibit, “Woven Power: Ritual Textiles of Sarawak and West Kalimantan;” a guided tour of “Stickwork” by renowned artist Patrick Dougherty on Linden Lane; and Stick Space, a handson art project for all, took place throughout the weekend. • Worship: Family Weekend Mass with Bishop McManus, and Protestant interdenominational services were held, followed by receptions for families. ■

— Maura Sullivan Hill



22 UNDER 22 Her Campus, a Boston-based online

START-UP SMARTS The Ciocca Office of

magazine, compiled a list of “22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women” for 2016, and Amanda Farren ’16 made the the list. Farren, an economics major originally from Cohasset, Massachusetts, was selected from over 1,000 nominees, due in part to her role in establishing the tom rettig women’s club ice hockey team while she was a student.

Entrepreneurial Studies (COES) hosted a dinner with Ed “Skip” McLaughlin ’78 on Oct. 18, 2016. McLaughlin recently published the book, The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth about Starting and Building Your Own Business, and spoke to students about how to launch their own successful start-up.

1 4 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

HC Delegates Help Elect New Jesuit Superior General

Rev. James G. Gartland, S.J., Trustee of the College Rev. Thomas Greene, S.J., Trustee of the College Rev. Michael McFarland, S.J., Past-President Rev. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., ’76, Former Trustee Rev. George Pattery, S.J., Former Visiting International Scholar The 200 delegates comprised the General Congregation, the supreme legislative body of the Society of Jesus, which is made up of major superiors and locally elected representatives. They elected Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., of Venezuela as their new Superior General and also worked together to set the vision for the order in the future. In the 450 years that the Jesuit order has existed, there have only been 35 General Congregation meetings; these meetings are held to elect a new superior general when the previous one dies or resigns, or to address major issues confronting Jesuit works and life. ■ — Maura Sullivan Hill


hen the Crusaders hit the field and the court this fall, they were rocking a new look, courtesy of the College’s partnership with adidas. The new uniforms boast a crisp, modern design, with the Holy Cross logo displayed prominently across the front of each jersey. The football, field hockey, volleyball, and men’s and women’s soccer teams were the first to debut the new look, and the rest of our 27 varsity teams will follow.

Theater Department Presents “Middletown” a n d re a pe raza ca l d e r o n


n October 2016, Jesuits from across the globe gathered in Rome at the Jesuit Curia, the worldwide headquarters of the Society of Jesus, to elect a new Superior General. Of 200 delegates charged with electing the new leader of the Jesuit order worldwide, five have Holy Cross connections:

New Look for Athletics

“We want our programs to have the top performance gear available along with a consistent look that projects our bold aspirations,” says Nathan Pine, director of athletics. “Thanks to our partners at adidas, we have accomplished this with the new uniforms we are debuting this fall and across all of our teams this year.” In 2016, Holy Cross and adidas announced a new contract that extends the partnership through the 2020-2021 academic year. ■

— Maura Sullivan Hill

Middletown,” a seriocomic play, tells the tale of a group of people who are both mundane and extraordinary – and who are all lost somewhere in the middle of their lives. The theatre department presented “Middletown,” which was written by William Eno and directed by assistant professor of theatre Scott Malia, over two weekends in November, Nov. 3-5 and 10-12, 2016, at Fenwick Theatre. They will be back on stage this spring in March and April, with a production of the play, “The Royal Family,” by George S. Kaufman Edna Ferber. ■


GO GREEN The Princeton Review put Holy Cross in their 2016 Guide to 361 Green Colleges. The guide includes the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, highlighting their “strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.” Holy Cross received a “Green Rating” score of 86 out of 99.

HANIFY-HOWLAND Nancy Lublin, founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line — a 24/7, free text message support service for people suffering from depression, substance abuse, physical abuse and eating disorders — discussed how philanthropy is changing the world at the Hanify-Howland Memorial Lecture on Oct. 25, 2016. The lecture recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the realm of public service and is given annually in honor of Edward Hanify, Class of 1904, and Weston Howland. CAMPUS NOTEBOOK / 15

C A M P U S N O T E B O O K / F A C U LT Y

tom r ettig

Crusaders Among National Leaders in NCAA Graduation Success Rate

“ Return to Me” Offered for Lent 2017


ice President for Mission Rev. William Campbell, S.J., ’87 and College Marketing and Communications will once again offer a daily digital reflection series for the holy season of Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday on March 1 and concludes on Easter Sunday, April 16. Each day, subscribers will receive a reflection on the reading of the day written by Holy Cross professors, students, chaplains, staff and alumni. “Return to Me: Lenten Reflections from Holy Cross” has been offered annually during Lent for the past two years, with over 2,000 participants. Here’s what some past recipients have said about the experience: “I just wanted to say thanks for a wonderful spiritual journey this Lenten season. I enjoyed the daily reflections and loved how they often fit right in with

some of my other daily devotionals.” – alumna, class of 1982 “Warm thanks for the interesting and inspiring messages during Lent! I remain an imperfect practicing Catholic and have grown increasingly prayerful as the years have passed, so these messages were important for me.” – alumnus, class of 1959 “I looked forward to the reflections every day of Lent. I hope to continue my prayers and reflection throughout the rest of year.” – parent of a member of the class of 2017 “Whether you have subscribed in past years, or are looking for a new resource to enhance your devotion in this holy season, it is my hope that these daily reflections will help all members of our community enter deeply into the season of Lent,” says Fr. Campbell. To sign up for the daily Lenten reflection email, fill out the form found at If you have any questions, send a message to or call 508-7933026. ■ — Bridget Campolettano ’10


or the 10th straight year, Holy Cross athletics teams have posted a graduation success rate that ranks them among the nation’s best Division I colleges and universities. The NCAA released their annual Graduation Success Rate report in November 2016, and Holy Cross tied for 17th among 351 Division I schools, with a 97 percent graduation success rate for Crusader athletics teams. Only four other New England schools earned a spot in the top 20 alongside Holy Cross: Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth and Yale. “The entire Holy Cross community takes great pride in the exceptional work our scholar-athletes put into their academic efforts,” says Director of Athletics Nathan Pine. “It is remarkable to once again see Holy Cross recognized among the top 20 nationally by the NCAA for their outstanding work in the classroom.” ■ — Maura Sullivan Hill



THE GRASS IS GREENER In the Fall 2016 issue, HCM

VANNICELLI LECTURE Alexander Kochenburger ’17 received the 2016

reported on the first re-sodding of Fitton Field. Not only did the physical plant department complete the project in time for the football team’s home opener in midSeptember, they also earned accolades for their hard work: a Grand Award in the Professional Ground Management tom rettig Society’s 2016 Green Star Award competition.

Vannicelli Prize, awarded each semester in honor of the late Holy Cross political science professor and Washington Semester director, Maurizio Vannicelli, for the best research paper produced in the Washington Semester program. The prize also involves delivering a lecture to the campus community; Kochenburger discussed “Resettling Syrian Refugees in America: Regional Stability & Saving Lives” on Nov. 9, 2016, in Rehm Library.

1 6 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

a n d r ea p er aza ca ld er on ’19

ATB Presents Coff-pera


n October 27 and 28, 2016, Arts Transcending Borders (ATB) presented “Othello in the Seraglio: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch.” Featuring 11 musicians and a storyteller, the production takes place in a coffeehouse in 17thcentury Istanbul (Constantinople) and tells a legend of love and jealousy, intensified by the crossing of boundaries between the free and the enslaved, white and black, Muslim and non-Muslim, East and West. ■

Amantangelo Edits Volume on Role of Italian Women in Wartime


usan Amatangelo, professor of Italian and current speaker of the faculty, edited the volume Italian Women at War: Sisters in Arms from the Unification to the Twentieth Century, which was published in August 2016. “Italian Women at War offers diverse perspectives on Italian women’s participation in war and conflict throughout Italy’s modern history, contributing to the ongoing scholarly conversation on this topic,” says Amatangelo, who also wrote the introduction and one of the chapters. “The aim of this book is not to glorify violence and war, but to celebrate the active role of Italian women in the evolution of their nation and to demystify the idea of the woman warrior, who has always been viewed either as an extraordinary, almost

mythical creature or as an affront to the traditional feminine identity.” She first wanted to learn more about this topic when she was researching the female brigand (or bandit), which led her to explore more broadly the role that Italian women had in conflict throughout their country’s history. The first part of the book focuses on heroines who fought for Italy’s unification and the anti-heroines, or brigantesse, who opposed the change. Part two discusses female efforts, both military and civilian, during the world wars, while part three moves in to the later part of the 20th century, when women engaged in less conventional conflicts and used weapons as varied as cannons and cameras. ■ —

Maura Sullivan Hill


SPIRIT OF THE SEASON The Advent Festival

ON STAGE The Fenwick Theatre stage became the

of Lessons and Carols, an annual celebration with seasonal music and holiday Scripture readings, was presented by the chaplains’ office on Dec. 8, 2016, in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. More than 1,400 members of the Holy Cross community from near and far enjoyed the event via a live stream on the Holy Cross website.

Upper West Side of New York City, as Alternate College Theatre (ACT) actors performed “Seminar” by Theresa Rebeck, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright. The comedic play tells the story of 20-something aspiring writers and the celebrated editor they are trying to impress; Emma Callahan ’18 directed the production. C AMPUS NOTEBOOK / 17

tom r ettig

F A C U LT Y & S T A F F

Cass Receives Teaching Award; Faculty Honored for 25 Years of Service


oren Cass, professor of political science and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, received the 2016 Holy Cross Distinguished Teaching Award at the annual Dean’s Fall Address and Faculty Awards Ceremony. The award is presented each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated the College’s commitment to teaching and personalized instruction, making ideas come alive for students both in and out of the classroom. A selection committee composed of prior years’ awardees, students and administrators reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, who makes the final selection. A scholar of global environmental politics, Cass teaches courses on topics including comparative environmental policy and global environmental politics, as well as international political economy and international relations. “My role as a teacher is to bring my

passion and expertise as a scholar to the classroom,” says Cass. “I don’t see my role as that of an advocate trying to impose a particular environmental ethic; rather, I want to raise the important questions of our day, provide a context for understanding the origins of environmental problems and the challenges of addressing them, and then equip my students with the tools to tackle those problems.” In addition to the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Raymond J. Swords, S.J., Faculty Medal was presented, honoring those members of the faculty who have served the College for 25 years or more. This year’s recipients were: David Chu, associate professor of accounting, director of the Ciocca Office of Entrepreneurial Studies and pre-business advisor; M. Estrella Cibreiro-Couce, professor of Spanish and dean of Class of 2018; Predrag Cicovacki, professor of philosophy; Christopher Dustin, professor of philosophy; Osvaldo Golijov, Loyola Professor of Music; and Marybeth Kearns-Barrett, director of the Office of the College Chaplains. ■

— Evangelia Stefanakos ’14

1 8 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

Martin Publishes Book on Ancient Leader Pericles


he newest book by Thomas R. Martin, professor of classics, explores why Pericles became the most famous leader of the democracy of ancient Athens at the height of its power and influence. Pericles: A Biography in Context, was published in July 2016. “I was inspired by my students in an advanced ancient Greek class on the ancient author and biographer Plutarch [who wrote about Pericles],” Martin says, when asked what drew him to this topic. “Pericles’ innovative education in natural science and philosophy made him the most persuasive politician of his time.” In the book, he argues that traumatic events in the history of Pericles’ ancestors and in his own childhood led Pericles to adopt his famously hard-line policy against Sparta. Martin also serves as chair of the classics department and specializes in ancient Greek and Roman history. His other works on ancient Greece and Rome have been translated into Polish, Portuguese and Korean. This newest book is dedicated to his students at Holy Cross, who inspired the initial research. ■ —Maura Sullivan Hill

“Woven Power” Exhibit at the Cantor Art Gallery


nthropology Professor Emerita Susan Rodgers curated an exhibit titled, “Woven Power: Ritual Textiles of Sarawak and West Kalimantan,” which was on display at the Cantor Art Gallery from August 31 – December 14, 2016. The textiles featured in the exhibition are from the private collection of John G. Kreifeldt, a professor emeritus in Tufts University’s engineering department. Over decades, Kreifeldt has amassed a comprehensive representation of textiles from Borneo known as “pua kumbu,” “sungkit” wraps and “kain kebat” ceremonial skirts. These intricately dyed, hand-loomed cotton textiles were woven on backstrap looms as religious objects by the Iban and Dayak women (native peoples of Borneo), who were seen as great experts and highly

skilled natural dye producers during the 19th and early 20th century. “The ‘Woven Power’ exhibition was a rare opportunity to see some truly remarkable textiles, as John Kreifeldt’s collection had never been exhibited beyond a few individual textiles,” says Roger Hankins, director of the Cantor Art Gallery. “It also enabled us to get a glimpse into the culture that created them, through Professor Rodgers’ and her students’ research.” Rodgers and four Holy Cross students traveled to Bali and Sarawak in the summer of 2016 to study natural dye-making and ikat tying technique. Michael ’93 and Jennifer Figge provided additional support for “Woven Power” and for the students’ hands-on explorations of Southeast Asian textiles.

Take a closer look at three of the textiles from the exhibit: #66 (left) Pua’ sungkit, circa late 19th century Handspun cotton, natural dyes include white, maroon, red, yellow, black, blue with possible blue silk threads 93” x 31 ½” This is a “lebor api” (consuming fire) sungkit, and it features seven ranks of “antu” (spirits) separated by dividers. It is approximately 100 years old, made of deep, rich maroon cotton, with possible blue silk threads used for the eyes. #126 (middle) Ceremonial kain kebat, early 20th century Kantu people, West Kalimantan Cotton, natural dyes, aniline trade threads, warp ikat 47” x 21” This textile features deer (rusa) at the bottom, which signify rich blessings from ancestors; leeches (lintah)

at the top, which symbolize wishes for peaceful cohabitation; and three sets of crossed poles, which refer to the longhouse, the center of the Iban’s spiritual and physical lives. #223 (right) Pua’ kumbu’, circa early 20th century Baleh River area, Sarawak Handspun cotton, natural dyes 93” x 54” This textile depicts the python (ripong). Through stories and lore, ripong is associated with the hero Ngelai and his longhouse in the (mythical) river Gelong, as well as Kumang (great weaver and female role model) and the practices of spinning, dyeing and weaving. Gelong means “coil” or “curl,” and is one of the first forms a weaver learns to tie for ikat. Because of their continuous curving, it is a challenge to tie these coils, especially when they are small, and so they become a visible measure of the weaver’s skill. ■ —Maura

Sullivan Hill with Jessica Kennedy

FA C U LT Y & S TA F F / C A M P U S N OT E B O O K / 1 9

F A C U LT Y & S T A F F

tom r ettig

Rev. James Stormes, S.J., Joins Holy Cross as Jesuit Rector


t the end of the summer, and fittingly on the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Rev. James Stormes, S.J., started his tenure as the new rector of the Holy Cross Jesuit community. Fr. Stormes came to the College from Nairobi, Kenya, where he taught at Hekima University College, and previously served as the provincial of the Maryland Province. In his new role as rector, Fr. Stormes is responsible for the care of the Jesuits and will also be working closely with the Nativity School in Worcester.

WHAT HAS THE TRANSITION FROM NAIROBI TO WORCESTER BEEN LIKE? The transition has not been difficult, at least not yet. I had been in Kenya for four years, but I had returned to the U.S. twice, so I felt like I had kept in touch. The other transition has been to Holy Cross, since I have not been here since I was an undergraduate in 1965. Getting to know the community here has taken some time—a learning curve something like climbing Mount St. James, especially since, as rector, there were a number of events at the beginning of the year in which I was both welcoming people and being welcomed. On the other hand, that made it easy to meet many people quickly.

WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AS THE RECTOR OF THE JESUIT COMMUNITY AT HOLY CROSS? I am responsible for the care of the Jesuits here and for the overall administration of the Jesuit community. Given the good work done by my predecessors, that has not been a difficult job so far. In addition, the Jesuits have a mission to support the work of the College, as well as other apostolic works in Worcester, especially the Nativity School. Part of my job is to coordinate and facilitate this mission. One of the ways we do that is by providing hospitality and a gathering place for activities that we share with our colleagues and students. Ciampi Hall is a great resource that makes that service possible. WHAT ARE SOME METHODS OR EXPERIENCES FROM YOUR PAST THAT YOU ARE EMPLOYING IN YOUR NEW WORK? I am an economist and, in addition to being rector, I hope to be teaching and doing research in economic development, especially in Africa. Having a balance between that kind of professional work with my work as rector is something that I have learned in previous assignments, and I hope each side will support the other here as well. I have worked as a Jesuit superior at the local level before, but also as provincial superior and staff to national and international Jesuit organizations. These experiences will help me to connect Holy Cross with the wider work of the Society. DID YOU HAVE ONE SPECIFIC MOMENT THAT CALLED YOU TO YOUR VOCATION? I began thinking about a vocation to the priesthood when I was in high school, but it was while I was at Holy Cross that it became clear. I was in my second year here and for some reason — perhaps the Holy Spirit — I felt like I needed to make a decision at that time. One of the chaplains here at the time, Rev. Robert Lindsay S.J., was very helpful in seeing that, despite many doubts and questions, including

2 0 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

those of my classmates, I really did feel called to become a priest. But Fr. Lindsay’s help also showed me that that priesthood for me would be best lived out in the Society of Jesus. I left Holy Cross for the Jesuit Novitiate, not ever imagining that I would return as the Jesuit rector 50 years later. WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT WORKING AT HOLY CROSS? The potential for world-changing leadership and service of the students and alumni of Holy Cross. That may sound a little too grand, but I have seen the importance of the perspective and values of leaders in all areas of society—business, government, civil society. Having a humanistic, holistic view affects the ways all those powerful institutions function in very positive ways. The effect that Pope Francis has had on the Roman Catholic Church is a good example. The Church continues to be the Church, but now with a somewhat different emphasis and focus that is having such a strong effect within and beyond the Church itself. Holy Cross students and alumni will be in positions of leadership that can have similar effects wherever they are. It is also a delight to be able to serve as a priest here in direct pastoral ministry, including celebrating Mass and directing retreats, and I look forward to the possibility of teaching. Most of all, of course, is living and working with the Jesuits here—they have been most welcoming and I am delighted to be able to do my part as rector to return the favor. WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING, WHERE CAN YOU BE FOUND? When I am not worrying about the Red Sox, I can be found watching the women’s volleyball team, and perhaps other teams as the seasons progress. I can be seen getting some exercise by “wogging” — a combination of jogging and walking — up and down Mount St. James. Classical music is a great relaxation for me and I hope to explore the concerts and performances in the area. I enjoy seeing good movies in movie theaters—not so much on the smaller screens. And I have the Jesuit vice of having too many books, loving reading but never getting to all the books I would like. ■ —Grainne Fitzpatrick ‘17

tom r ettig

modernity from the Universite de Paris Diderot and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. His research interests include 20th- and 21st-century British literature, comparative world literatures and transnational modernism. Haley co-edited A Companion to the English Novel, and has published articles on the global novel in the minnesota review and in Novel: A Forum on Fiction.

New Faculty in 2016-2017


he College hired seven new faculty members for the 20162017 academic year, including five new tenure-track professors and two postdoctoral teaching fellows: GREGORY BURNEP ’09 (far right), assistant professor of political science, earned his B.A. in political science at Holy Cross and his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College. He specializes in American politics and public policy and has presented at various conferences, including at the annual meetings of the New England Political Science Association and the Northeast Political Science Association. While at Boston College, Burnep was recognized with the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award in 2014 and the Presidential Fellowship from 2010-2015. OLIVER FRANCISCO DE LA PAZ (far left), associate professor of English, earned his B.A. in English and B.S. in biology from Loyola Marymount University and his M.F.A. in poetry from Arizona State University. He focuses on creative writing, specifically poetry and hybrid genres, contemporary American poetry and Asian American poetry. He has published four books of poetry, including Post Subject: A Fable and Requiem for the Orchard, winner of the Akron Poetry Prize. He was a recipient of a New York Film Academy Fellowship Award and his work has appeared in journals, like Virginia Quarterly Review and North American Review, as well as in anthologies such as Asian American

Poetry: The Next Generation. RODRIGO FUENTES (not pictured), assistant professor of Spanish, earned his B.A. in comparative literature and politics, philosophy and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in romance studies from Cornell University. Specializing in contemporary Central American literature, he spent the last two years teaching courses at Southern Connecticut State University. Fuentes received the short story award II Premio Centroamericano de Carátula de Cuento Breve in 2014 and recently published his first collection of short stories in French translation, with Spanish editions coming out in 2017. KAREN V. GUTH (second from right), assistant professor of religious studies, earned a B.A. in religion from Furman University; an M.Th. with a concentration in literature, theology and the arts from the University of Glasgow; an M.T.S. with a concentration in religion and society from Harvard University Divinity School; and a Ph.D. in religious ethics from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include Christian social ethics, political theology, feminist ethics and theologies, and religion in American public life. She is the author of Christian Ethics at the Boundary: Feminism and Theologies of Public Life, as well as several articles and essays published in peer-reviewed journals and publications. Guth also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. MADIGAN HALEY (second from left), assistant professor of English, earned a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin– Madison, a master 2 in literature, theories,

NURHAIZATUL JAMIL (not pictured), postdoctoral teaching fellow in sociology and anthropology, earned a B. Soc. Sc. in political science and an M. Soc. Sc. in sociology from the National University of Singapore, and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Northwestern University. Her research interests include religious studies, ethnographies of education, postcolonial theory, consumption and popular culture, social media and gender and sexuality studies. She recently published an article, titled “‘You Are My Garment’: Muslim Women, Religious Education and Self-Transformation in Contemporary Singapore,” in the Asian Studies Review, and is a member of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for the Anthropology of Religion. At Holy Cross, she will be working on journal publications, as well as teaching courses on the anthropological perspective and Islam, gender, and globalization. KE REN (not pictured), postdoctoral teaching fellow in history, earned his B.A. in history and economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include the cultural and intellectual history of late imperial and modern China, Sino-Western relations and transnationalism. Ren is currently working on a biography of a Qing dynasty diplomat who became a cultural celebrity in fin-de-siècle Paris. Ren has taught courses at Bates College and Indiana University, South Bend, and has given numerous presentations at both national and international conferences. At Holy Cross, he is teaching classes on World War II in East Asia and China and the world. ■

— Evangelia Stefanakos ’14

FA C U LT Y & S TA F F / C A M P U S N OT E B O O K / 2 1


Presidential Selection with Donald Brand, professor of political science COURSE DESCRIPTION

Professor Donald Brand’s Presidential Selection course studies the process by which the United States selects its president and is only offered during an election year. The course examines the current presidential campaign while grounding students within the historical context of the development of the presidential selection process. Topics include critical analysis of the nomination stage and the election stage, as well as the function of the Electoral College.




study the evolution of the presidential selection process since the American Founding, with the goal of developing an appreciation for the intricacies of the system and a critical foundation for examining modern ideas for reform. Presidential Selection by James Ceaser; The Perfect Tie by James Ceaser & Andrew Busch; Why The Electoral College is Bad For America by George Edwards; The Party Decides by Cohen, Karol, Noel & Zaller; Citizens Divided by Robert C. Post; Campaign Finance and Political Polarization by


2 2 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

(above) One week ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Professor Brand and his students engaged in a simulated presidential debate.

Raymond La Raja & Brian Schaffner; The Victory Lab by Sasha Issenberg. Students are also asked to stay informed on current events by reading a major national newspaper.


A 13-page paper on a selected presidential election, a four-page paper centered on a debate topic, an op-ed on a chosen subject related to the course, a midterm and a final exam.


On the clear and crisp fall morning that I attended Professor Brand’s Presidential

to m r e t t ig

Selection course in Stein 217, the country was exactly one week away from Election Day. This Nov. 1 class would break from a more traditional lecture format and focus heavily on student participation. Brand began by opening the room up to a discussion of any recent updates in the 2016 presidential campaign between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump. The director of the FBI had just announced a new email investigation centering on Clinton. Brand invited students to consider what impact this “October surprise” might have on the election and to keep in mind that 20 million Americans had already cast their ballots in some form of early voting. After a brief look at current polling estimates in battleground states, the class took a 120-year leap back in time to the presidential election of 1896. Two students presented background on this so-called “realigning election” between William McKinley (R) and William Jennings Bryan (D), which ushered in a period of Republican dominance and divided voters on issues like the gold standard and the interests of industrialists and organized labor versus rural farmers. Each of the presenting students embodied one of the 1896 candidate’s platforms and delivered a fervent first-person speech in character at the podium. With this historical background in hand, we jumped back to present day and moved into a simulated presidential debate that would take up the majority of the class time. Each individual in the 18-person class had been randomly chosen to research and argue for the party stances of either the Trump or Clinton campaigns. Brand, who would serve as moderator, instructed Team Trump to gather on his right and Team Clinton on his left. As the students shifted onto their assigned teams, the randomness of the groupings was confirmed by this reporter, who spotted a “Hillary” sticker on a student laptop in the Trump camp during Brand’s first class section meeting and a “Trump” t-shirt on the Clinton side during the second class.

Brand asked both sides tough questions on immigration, health care, trade issues and Middle Eastern and Russian policy. Students, who had prepped in these specific areas, responded to questions like, “What would you do to fix [the health care system]?” and “Is it realistic to say we can bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.?” The debate was dynamic, impassioned at times and always respectful.

PROFESSOR BIO Professor Donald Brand, who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, taught in the political science department at Holy Cross for two years in the early eighties, then returned in 1995 and has remained ever since. Brand is a professor of political science and also co-directs the Charles Carroll Program at Holy Cross, which explores ethical and political themes of American politics and has been instrumental in bringing lectures, conferences and post-doc fellows to campus and supporting student fellows and summer researchers. Brand, who studies American politics, American national institutions and public administration, has taught a number of courses, including American Presidency and Capitalism in Crisis. He has written 15 scholarly articles and one book, with another in progress. Brand is a former Peace Corps volunteer who taught math and science in a small village in Nepal, and he serves as an informal resource for Holy Cross students considering joining the corps. SPACE FOR DISCOURSE

“I take advantage of the heightened level of student interest as presidential elections are going on,” Brand says of the course, which is typically offered in the spring semester during a presidential primary and then again in the fall during the general election. The curriculum draws on the past to better understand the present: “So much of the study of presidential elections [is framing elections in terms of each other]—so you really have to have a very deep historical sense of a variety of elections to be able to make sense of the current election.”

When studying the present election, Brand is committed to creating a classroom space that is respectful and that asks students to think critically. “I’ve spent my entire career really trying to find a way of teaching that allows students of all political persuasions to feel comfortable and to explore their views and be challenged,” Brand says. Brand uses simulated presidential debates, like the one held on the day HCM visited class, to broaden his students’ thinking. “[The debates force students] to be more thoughtful about contemporary public policy issues,” he says. It is important to Brand that the teams are always randomly assigned. “[I] want them to learn to argue for both sides,” notes Brand. “For the contemporary election, … I put both candidates under the microscope.”

FROM STUDENT TO COLLEAGUE “The main reason I enrolled in Professor Brand’s course is that I was very interested in studying the presidency,” says Gregory Burnep ’09, who is now an assistant professor in the political science department at Holy Cross. “What made the class even more attractive was its timing: the 2008 presidential campaign was in full swing, and campus was buzzing about it. 2008 turned out to be a historic election — we elected our first African-American president — and Professor Brand’s class offered me deeper insights into how it all happened. “Especially illuminating was learning about how the current system for picking presidential candidates differs from the methods used in the past. After taking Professor Brand’s course, I became convinced that we have a lot to learn from the past—and that our current system could use some reform, using the past as a guide.” Burnep and Brand now find themselves colleagues in the political science department. “And yes,” says Burnep, “the books Professor Brand assigned in the course now sit on the bookshelves in my office ... a few doors down the hall from Professor Brand’s office.” ■


sanctae crucis awards the 2016



wo thousand sixteen marked the 20th anniversary of the Sanctae Crucis Awards, the highest non-degree honor bestowed by the College upon graduates who live out the distinctive mission of Holy Cross. Recognized for their professional achievements and commitments to service,

faith and justice, this year’s honorees are Thomas H. Carey ’66, AnnMaura Connolly ’86, Cheryl A. Martin, Ph. D., ’84, Rev. James D. Mathews ’58 and Jonathan E. Racek ’95.

These five distinguished alumni leaders were honored at an awards ceremony and dinner in the Hogan Ballroom on

2 4 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

Sept. 30, 2016. Earlier that day, the recipients participated in a series of campus events, including a group panel discussion, moderated by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., College president, and individual seminarstyle conversations, where students, faculty and staff learned about the recipients’ career paths and how their Holy

Cross education serves as a foundation for their success.

HCM had the opportunity to ask these five outstanding alumni for their thoughts on winning the Sanctae Crucis Award, their advice to student and alumni and their reflections on what Holy Cross means to them.

tom rettig shannon power


An exceptional businessman and advertising strategist,” “a real gentleman”… these are expressions used to describe Thomas H. Carey, whose career reflects extraordinary leadership in the advertising industry. At Holy Cross, Tom spent time publishing The Crusader, the student-run newspaper, and the Purple Patcher, the College yearbook, before graduating with an English degree in 1966. After graduating, he attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where he earned a master’s degree in journalism in 1967. Just one week later, Tom began his remarkable career in the advertising industry as an account manager at Benton & Bowles, now known as D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B). Over the next 23 years, Tom led the agency to unprecedented growth through mergers, creative innovations and major client acquisitions, including Burger King, Maxwell House and Norelco, eventually becoming international executive vice president. Tom continued his career serving as the president of the New York office of advertising agency BBDO Worldwide, followed by becoming co-CEO and then president of BBDO North America. He made immediate and significant impacts on BBDO, installing new management teams in the U.S. and Canada, overseeing aggressive acquisition programs and netting the corporation new high-profile

THOMAS H. CAREY ’66 clients, including AT&T, Bayer Worldwide and Hyatt Hotels. In 2000, Tom moved on to BBDO’s parent company, Omnicom Group Inc., a strategic holding company specializing in advertising and marketing, where he served as the executive vice president before retiring. Tom led the strategic development, networking, resourcing and integration of Omnicom companies for the benefit of major clients, including Daimler Chrysler, Mars and PepsiCo. Throughout his professional career, Tom has been a wise advisor and generous supporter of the College. He has served on the Alumni Marketing Advisory Group, helping to steer our most recent marketing and branding efforts, and as a member of the Board of Trustees, serving as vice chair of the Board and as chair of the Institutional Advancement

2 6 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

Committee. Tom was the founding member and chair of the New York Leadership Council, which works to promote friendships, encourage mentorships and create partnerships between Holy Cross community members in New York City. The Holy Cross network in New York would not be what it is today without Tom, and our students would have many fewer internship opportunities if not for his efforts. Tom remains closely connected to the Medill School at Northwestern. He was awarded the Medill Hall of Achievement Award in 1997 and co-chaired the first Medill board of advisors from 1999 to 2003. Tom has also served on the Big Agency Management Committee of the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents and on the boards of

the Advertising Education Foundation. Often praised as someone you can rely on to always give intelligent advice, and who never gives anything less than his best, Tom continues to offer his skills and leadership to the many communities that have shaped his life. For his commitment to excellence, innovation and ingenuity; for modeling leadership for Holy Cross students and alumni alike; for his willingness to use his expertise to serve the College and other communities; and for his extraordinary professional achievement, the College of the Holy Cross presents to Thomas H. Carey the Sanctae Crucis Award.


HCM Congratulations on receiving the highest nondegree recognition bestowed by the College! What does

tom rettig

tom rettig

it mean to you that Holy Cross has placed you in this honored category of alumni? CAREY The Sanctae Crucis Award makes me even more proud to be a Holy Cross alum. HCM How did you find the September panel discussion and subsequent conversations with students, faculty and staff? What advice did you have for students who may be considering a career path similar to yours? CAREY The best part was the interaction with students and faculty in the intimate seminars. It was refreshing to chat with students who were interested in advertising and marketing. I think some may have left even more excited about careers in those fields. I encouraged them to hone their communication skills, to work on their powers of persuasion, to be relentlessly

shannon power

curious and to never take themselves too seriously. HCM What are your reflections on the Sanctae Crucis Award ceremony and dinner? Who was able to join you for it? CAREY The ceremony and dinner was Holy Cross at its best: classy, elegant, heartfelt and fun—particularly Frank’s [Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president] Food Channelworthy menu soliloquy. I was pleased to have family attend, particularly my brother Jamie [James P. Carey III ’65]. They now actually think I’m a big deal (or was at some point)! HCM The Sanctae Crucis Award honors alumni who live the distinctive mission of Holy Cross. What does being a “man for others” mean to you? CAREY It means trying to conduct your life with a bias toward unselfishness and

empathy. HCM How did your Holy Cross education contribute to your success? In your opinion, what are the benefits of a liberal arts education? CAREY Learning how to communicate persuasively and problem solve through rigorous analysis—hallmarks of a Holy Cross liberal arts education—helped me convince clients and business partners on strategies to pursue over a lifetime in the advertising business. HCM The Sanctae Crucis Award recognizes alumni who have “distinguished themselves professionally.” Considering your many years in advertising, what would you regard as your greatest professional success? CAREY As president of BBDO North America, I contributed to making strategic and

staffing changes that materially improved creative and financial performance across our offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Montreal. HCM You are a longtime supporter of the College, serving or having served on the Alumni Marketing Advisory Group, the Board of Trustees and the Leadership Council of New York. Why do you choose to give back so generously to Holy Cross? CAREY Charlie Millard [Charles E. F. Millard ’54] gave me my first job. I’ve been indebted to him ever since. Along the way I’ve found it’s very hard to deny Frank Vellaccio anything. Now it’s more that I have great respect and appreciation for what Phil [College President Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.] and his team are trying to do. ■ —Rebecca

Smith ’99 and Kimberly Staley ’99



rom a young age, AnnMaura Connolly understood the importance of social consciousness, her grandmother’s lessons teaching her that our role on earth was not just for ourselves, but for others as well. With this as her foundation, AnnMaura continued on to become an accomplished nonprofit executive and leader devoted to strengthening and expanding opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve. Immediately after graduating from Holy Cross with a degree in political science in 1986, AnnMaura joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working at a refugee center in Garden Grove, California. Since then, she has used her political science training to become a leading voice advocating for the idea that a year of service should be a common expectation and common experience of every young person. She has built a career around a commitment to expanding citizen service, both as a strategy for solving critical issues and as a means to develop the next generation of leaders in the U.S. and abroad. Following JVC, AnnMaura returned to Washington, D.C., where she directed a national grants program at Very Special Arts, an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for people with disabilities in the arts. In 1989, she joined Youth Service America, where she organized the first National Youth Service Day and led a working group to draft recommendations

ANNMAURA CONNOLLY ’86 that informed the design of AmeriCorps. After AmeriCorps was created, she was appointed deputy director and independent sector liaison at the Corporation for National and Community Service, the newly formed federal agency created by President Bill Clinton to oversee AmeriCorps and the other federally supported domestic national service programs. There she worked closely with the first two CEOs to build support for AmeriCorps among philanthropic and other national leaders.

and executive vice president of City Year, directing the organization’s public policy, public affairs and international work, and also led the creation of City Year’s two international affiliates in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

In 2000, AnnMaura joined City Year, Inc., a national youth service corps dedicated to addressing the needs of urban schools and helping students to succeed. In her 16 years with the organization, she has held the positions of chief of staff and vice president for policy and strategic initiatives.

At Voices for National Service, AnnMaura has led four successful campaigns to restore and expand funding for national service and AmeriCorps in the wake of severe budget cuts and Congressional action to eliminate national service. She also played a key role in the development and passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which was signed

AnnMaura currently serves as the chief strategy officer

2 8 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

While playing a major role on the leadership team of City Year, AnnMaura is also the co-founder and president of Voices for National Service, a coalition committed to expanding opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve and volunteer.

into law within the first 100 days of President Obama’s first term. In 2015, AnnMaura was named to the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a joint initiative of the George H. W. Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, George W. Bush and Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Libraries. AnnMaura also serves on the Advisory Board for the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University, the Federal Advisory Council of the Presidio Institute, and on the boards of directors of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, 9/11 Day of Service, Freedom Now, City Year South Africa and City Year U.K. For her commitment to building a national and international movement to expand citizen service; for her leadership in supporting grassroots social justice movements around the world; for her dedication to being a woman for and with others, serving the underserved, the College of the Holy

tom rettig

Cross presents to AnnMaura Connolly the Sanctae Crucis Award.


HCM How did you find the September panel discussion and subsequent conversations with students, faculty and staff? CONNOLLY I loved having the opportunity to talk with students, faculty and staff both at the panel and in the smaller gathering that followed. One thing that stood out to me was the number of students that were already pursuing a year of service after graduation. Whether through City Year, or the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or

shannon power

Teach for America, so many of the students understood the value of a service year, and saw it as an accelerator for them both personally and professionally. That made my day! And hopefully after our talk, others are now considering it too. It was very inspiring to spend time with such an impressive and thoughtful group of students. HCM What are your reflections on the Sanctae Crucis Award ceremony and dinner? Who was able to join you for it? CONNOLLY The award ceremony was such a special evening for me. First, to be back at Holy Cross, which is a place that is so much a part of me, was special. I was happy to have my husband, William, and son, Owen, my brother, James Connolly ’84, my sister, Mary Connolly Turner ’89 P19, and my cousins—including Ann Dowd ’78—along with my best

friends from Holy Cross, and my friends who flew in from around the country, together at Holy Cross. HCM Reflecting on your time as a student on The Hill, is there a particular class, professor or experience that has resonated with you to this day? CONNOLLY There are so many experiences that shaped my time at Holy Cross, from the classes and professors who taught me that spirituality and intellectual development are intrinsically linked and mutually reinforcing, to the friends for life that I met during my time there. Two of the most important experiences were the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the meeting where I learned about the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Both set me on a path for life that has been joyful and challenging and fulfilling.

HCM What advice do you have for students or alumni who may be contemplating a career in service and/or social justice? CONNOLLY I believe that we would be living in a different country and a different world if every young person were challenged and given the opportunity to do a year of national service. I believe it would connect us as Americans and as citizens of the world, and it would foster understanding, connection and love between people. It’s also a great adventure where you are stretched to get outside your comfort zone, and it helps you build skills and experiences that can help you in your career. It’s a win for those who serve, for the people they serve and for our country and the world. Every young person should do a year of service! ■

—Rebecca Smith ’99 and Kimberly Staley ’99



r. Cheryl A. Martin’s passion for science began at an early age. Her parents’ encouragement, paired with a strong science program at her high school, led Cheryl to pursue a career in the sciences. But to call her simply a scientist would downplay the many successful directions her career has taken. Cheryl has become a globally recognized expert in energy technology and innovation. At Holy Cross, where she played on the soccer team and ran with both the winter and spring track teams, Cheryl earned a degree in chemistry before going on to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While excelling in the sciences, Cheryl’s interests laid in the interface between what happens in the lab and how final products are used in the “real world.” She couldn’t help but pepper a few audited business classes into her graduate studies. She was able to explore that interface during her 20 years at the chemicals manufacturer, Rohm and Haas Company, where she began as a senior scientist before taking on roles in marketing, investor relations and financial planning. She served as general manager of the company’s adhesives and sealants business in North America, as a corporate vice president and then as the general manager for the paint and coating materials business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where she was responsible for technology,

CHERYL A. MARTIN, PH. D., ’84 operations, sales and marketing in the region. She moved on to become an executive-in-residence with the venture capitalist firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and interim CEO of Renmatix, a start-up company focused on renewable materials. In 2011, Cheryl was named deputy director for commercialization of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E), where she developed the Technologyto-Market program, which helps breakthrough energy technologies move successfully to the marketplace. Cheryl served as the acting director of ARPA-E from 2013 to 2014. In 2015, Cheryl launched her consulting firm, Harwich Partners, which works with public and private sector

3 0 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

entities to identify critical drivers that would accelerate adoption of new technologies into markets. She also assists The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in developing new business models and partnerships for New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision strategy. Most recently, in March of 2016, Cheryl joined the World Economic Forum as head of the Centre for Global Industries, working to ensure the further growth and development of industry partnerships to deepen private-sector engagement in public-private initiatives aimed at solving critical global challenges. Cheryl is a non-resident fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and serves on the board of Enbala, an earlystage company focused on making the electric grid more

sustainable by harnessing the power of distributed energy. She is active in the American Chemical Society, who profiled her in their “Successful Women in Chemistry” series in 2005, and serves on the board of directors for Philabundance, the greater Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization. For her passion and excellence in the field of science; for her work on the cutting edge of energy technology and innovation policy; for her drive to bring together the public and private sector to advance clean energy strategies and address global challenges, the College of the Holy Cross presents to Dr. Cheryl A. Martin the Sanctae Crucis Award.


HCM Congratulations on

tom rettig

receiving the highest nondegree recognition bestowed by the College! What does it mean to you that Holy Cross has placed you in this distinguished category of alumni? MARTIN When I opened the envelope notifying me of my selection for the Sanctae Crucis Award, I had to read it a couple of times, as the words didn’t sink in. As I stood in my kitchen holding the letter, I was both surprised and humbled. There are so many Holy Cross alumni who have made incredible contributions to business, community and society, and I have never thought of what I do as being particularly special or noteworthy. The award is a tremendous honor, and I am very grateful to Holy Cross for the recognition.

shannon power

HCM What are some of the challenges you face in your career, and how does your Holy Cross education help you meet them? MARTIN My career has taken a number of twists and turns, moving from research to marketing to finance to venture capital to government; chemistry to energy; science to business. There have been numerous challenges along the way that have allowed me to grow and advance. I pointed out to the students in our discussions that my career was not a planned set of steps and only makes sense when I reflect back on it and connect the opportunities and skills that I developed to the opening up of new opportunities. I noted that if I had only accomplished what I envisioned when I

was a student, I would not have had as much fun or even be standing there with them today. I have truly valued my Holy Cross liberal arts background, blending learning in chemistry with music, philosophy and language. I cannot emphasize enough the lifelong impact that Jesuit philosophy and teaching have had on me. I have always tried to remember, in whatever role I have had in my career, that people always come first. HCM What advice do you have for Holy Cross students who are considering a career in the sciences, and specifically in energy technology? MARTIN I often tell students that ‘with a background in the sciences, you can do anything,’ and I really mean it.

Everything in science training, from the fundamentals of each technical discipline, to the approaches to problem solving, to working in teams, is useful as you move from school to building an interesting and impactful career. You can bridge from a science degree to the lab or law or business or education or pretty much anything you want. We have a lot of challenges facing us in the world, especially in providing energy, water and food to a growing population. We need creative solutions that embrace both the needs of people and of the planet. I think a science education from a school like Holy Cross provides the right fundamentals to make a significant difference. ■

—Rebecca Smith ’99 and Kimberly Staley ’99



et against the backdrop of Syracuse’s Near West Side — one of our country’s poorest neighborhoods — Rev. James D. Mathews’ narrative tells a story of an activist and self-proclaimed radical. He was born in Solvay, New York, a suburb of Syracuse, and went to high school at Christian Brothers Academy, where he graduated with distinction and began to discover his calling to the priesthood under the guidance of Rev. A. Robert Casey. Fr. Jim continued on to attend Holy Cross, graduating in 1958, before entering the seminary at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. He was ordained into the priesthood on Feb. 2, 1962. Fr. Jim wasted no time in getting back to central New York state, where, for the last 54 years, he has served as a pastor at seven churches throughout the Syracuse Diocese. He began his work in suburban parishes, but soon found himself drawn to the communities in the heart of Syracuse. In 1990, Fr. Jim was placed at St. Lucy’s Church, located in inner-city Syracuse, which turned out to be a perfect match. With Fr. Jim at the helm, St. Lucy’s has become a parish known for its inclusivity and hospitality to all, characteristics made clear upon entering the church, where a banner proclaims “Sinners Welcome.” On Sunday mornings, the

REV. JAMES D. MATHEWS ’58 church is loud and chaotic — the way a family might be. Over the last 25 years, Fr. Jim has become a central figure in the neighborhood, steadfastly devoting his life to meeting the many and varying needs of his community and mobilizing his parishioners to do the same.

ways that Fr. Jim has opened the doors of St. Lucy’s to everyone. “If you were voiceless and you were looking for a voice, the one I’d be looking for is Jim Mathews,” said Thomas Young, the former mayor of Syracuse.

Transporting families to the local prison to visit their loved ones …

Beyond the church doors, Fr. Jim’s investment in his community was made clear through his involvement with the Near Westside Initiative, a multi-million dollar effort to revitalize the area by teaming up neighborhood residents with Syracuse University and dozens of nonprofits, corporations and government agencies. The initiative arose from discussions at St. Lucy’s organized by Fr. Jim, and continues to be a powerful force in revitalizing the neighborhood.

These are only a handful of

Fr. Jim, who has been a

Visiting the homeless in the surrounding area, to bring them hot breakfast and coffee, or blankets, coats and sleeping bags during the winter months … Providing job training, computer tutorials and ESL classes to refugees … Offering signed masses for deaf community members …

3 2 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

member of the President’s Council at Holy Cross for 58 years, has received awards throughout his career for his dedication to peace, social justice and hospitality to the poor, including the Dorothy Day Award and the Jubilee Homes Award for outstanding dedication to the Syracuse community. He was selected as the outstanding clergy person by the Syracuse Post-Standard. Almost 80 years old, and the recent winner of the Syracuse Senior Golf Tournament, Fr. Jim could have retired long ago to a leisurely life on the golf course; instead, he continues to stand in solidarity with his Near West Side community members. For his commitment to living with and ministering to the poor and marginalized; for his fearlessness in demanding what is right and just; for his spirit that has enlivened a community; for his devotion to living the Gospel, the College of the Holy Cross presents to Rev. James D. Mathews the Sanctae Crucis Award.

tom rettig


HCM What does it mean to you to receive the highest non-degree recognition bestowed by the College? MATHEWS This is an honor that was never on my radar. It is important to recognize, however, that there are many dedicated people in our Parish [St. Lucy’s Church in Syracuse, New Yok] who are deeply committed to living out the Gospel. Our parish is vibrant and spiritually alive because of their good works. I am just a player on the team. It is in this spirit that I accept this prestigious award. HCM How did you find

shannon power

the September panel discussion and subsequent conversations with students, faculty and staff? MATHEWS The panel was very patient as I shared my experience of pastoral ministry in an inner-city parish. It has been my experience that poor people are excluded from the sacraments simply because they do not measure up to the rules and regulations of the church. I experience the conflict between diocesan and canon law and the spiritual welfare of the poor on a regular basis, thus requiring pastoral discretion. One student asked if I get in trouble with the bishop because of this. The short answer is yes. But Vatican II specifically addressed situations such as this. It said, “a person must follow their conscience in order to come to God—even when there

are times when it is against church law.” HCM You have dedicated your life to serving the poor and marginalized. In a world full of racial, economic and social injustice, what inspires you to keep working for good? MATHEWS The parish is my life—the people are my family. I am continually energized and uplifted by my ministry, and I can say I am a happy priest. HCM What advice do you have for Holy Cross students and alumni who are considering a career in social justice and/or a calling to religious life? MATHEWS Considering the many challenges and disappointments we face in life—some possibly today or certainly in the future and some that can be devastating,

I think it is important that our youth be grounded in a living faith. The faith of which I speak is not achieved by knowing or reciting creeds or dogmas—or even going to Mass in a perfunctory manner. We should be willing to admit there are times when liturgical celebrations and homilies can be lethal. My experience for a living faith is a serious embrace of the Scriptures. This would entail studying, reflecting or sharing faith experiences with others. In addition, I believe a person must reach out to the poor—establish relationships and friendships with them, become involved in their lives, be willing to listen patiently to their stories. After 54 years of pastoral ministry, I am still learning and growing and being challenged every day to find Christ in my neighbor. ■ —Rebecca Smith

’99 and Kimberly Staley ’99

R E V. J A M E S M AT H E W S / S A N C TA E C R U C I S AW A R DS / 3 3


hether building playgrounds in the developing world or teaching in a college classroom, Jonathan Racek’s work demonstrates creativity, innovation and community impact. Jon’s commitment to helping others was apparent from the beginning of his days on Mount St. James, where he participated in Habitat for Humanity and Appalachian immersion programs. After graduating with a major in sociology and anthropology in 1995, he joined Teach for America. Jon spent four years with the Los Angeles and Bay Area Corps, teaching bilingual first- and second-graders in Compton and Hayward, California, where, in addition to his work in the classroom, he organized the restoration of the school library at the elementary school. By 2004, Jon had earned a master’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, completed a year of study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and, along with his brother, established STEW Design Workshop, a successful highend furniture design firm. STEW’s work was featured in publications, including The New York Times and Time magazine, and their clients included Neiman Marcus and W Hotels. In 2001, STEW received an Interior Architecture Citation by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

JONATHAN E. RACEK ’95 In 2009, Jon shifted the focus of his professional architectural work toward community engagement and empowerment, traveling with his family to Thailand to build playgrounds along the Thai/ Burmese border for refugees fleeing violence in Burma. This experience rekindled his commitment to serving others. Upon his return in 2010, Jon launched Play360, a nonprofit company that trains local organizations throughout the developing world to build lowcost, sustainable playgrounds as a means of improving education and social engagement. Since its launch, Play360 has helped construct more than 60 playgrounds for over 12,000 children around the world, including in Peru, the Philippines, Zanzibar, Guatemala, Thailand, Haiti and Kenya. These playgrounds aim to

3 4 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

foster collaboration, cooperation, creativity and innovation, and provide a safe and dynamic space for children — in any community — to be challenged and explore the world on their terms. Jon works closely with each local community, using local materials, labor and tools to build the playgrounds, and with local schools, who use the playgrounds as an extension of their classroom. While overseeing each project in its entirety, and working on all aspects — from coordinating to building to painting — Jon still finds the time to play soccer with the local school children. Back in the U.S., Jon uses Play360 to educate and inspire college students, bringing his perspective and experience into his classroom at Indiana University, where he serves as a senior lecturer in the School of Art and

Design, teaching such courses as Design in the Developing World. The impact of Jon’s work is felt in the communities he touches, and recognized even more broadly: In 2012, Jon was named one of “40 Under 40” in the architecture, engineering and construction industry by Building Design + Construction Magazine. For his extensive dedication to education at every level; for his ability to recognize the needs of others and creatively utilize his gifts to address some of these needs; for his commitment to empowering community action and improving the lives of children around the world, the College of the Holy Cross presents to Jonathan Racek the Sanctae Crucis Award.


HCM What does it mean to

tom rettig

you to receive the highest non-degree recognition bestowed by the College? RACEK I am extremely honored to have received this award. My time at Holy Cross had a profound impact on how I am as a person and my career path. There is an authentic culture of service that exists at Holy Cross that doesn’t exist at other universities and institutions I’ve been exposed to. Students are expected to participate in service and to do so in an exceptional way. And this service experience then changes the people who leave Holy Cross. This is what happened to me. My work has been shaped by the faculty, my peers and the mission of Holy Cross. I’m honored to be recognized by an institution that I respect so much. HCM What are your

shannon power

reflections on the Sanctae Crucis Award ceremony and dinner? Who was able to join you for it? RACEK My parents and sister traveled from Boston. My brother traveled from Vermont. A good friend of mine traveled from Los Angeles to attend. My favorite moment came from Frank Vellaccio [senior vice president], and his detailed and colorful description of the evening’s menu. It had me roaring. In fact, I’m hoping to incorporate his style into my own family dinners. HCM The Sanctae Crucis Award honors alumni who live the distinctive mission of Holy Cross. What does being a “man for others” mean to you? RACEK Being “a man for others” means that you think of yourself as part of

the larger whole. It means actively participating as part of a community, both on the local and global scale. Thinking that my own actions have consequences for people around me and for the planet has changed how I live my day-to-day life. And I try to make this thinking happen on all scales, from the milk I choose at the market, to how I spend my career, to how I raise my children. HCM Reflecting on your time as a student on The Hill, is there a particular class, professor or experience that has resonated with you to this day? RACEK I had a class with [religious studies] Professor Gary DeAngelis called Comparative Mysticism. He was an inspiring figure who was like Indiana Jones, and one of the smartest people

I’ve ever met. That class made me want to travel to every country on earth; it made me curious about everything and want to experience everything. HCM What are some of the challenges you face in your career, and how does your Holy Cross education help you meet them? RACEK I have had a circuitous career, having spent time as a teacher in the inner city, a high-end furniture designer, a professor and someone who builds playgrounds around the world. At times, I have not always known what the right path was. But the principles and values that I learned from my family, from Holy Cross and from my Holy Cross friends helped me steer through these difficult questions. ■ —Rebecca Smith

’99 and Kimberly Staley ’99

J O N AT H A N R A C E K / S A N C TA E C R U C I S AW A R DS / 3 5

The Alumni Job Shadowing Program gives current Holy Cross students a chance to explore potential career paths before graduation, and allows alumni to give back to the next generation.


he Center for Career Development Alumni Job Shadowing Program began in 2000, and in the 16 years since, it has provided students with opportunities to shadow and network with Holy Cross alumni. Students are matched with alumni for a half- or full-day visit during school breaks. Alumni host students at their place of employment and coordinate opportunities for students to see what they do on a daily basis. Students are able to connect with professionals, attend meetings and learn more about their hosts’ places of work, all while gaining first-hand perspectives of a job or industry of interest. Students who participate in the program express sincere gratitude for the opportunity to connect and shadow Holy Cross alumni. They see in practice how strong the Holy Cross network, which they often hear about, truly is. More importantly, the students gain exposure to a job or career field of interest. Through this experience, they are able to ask questions and reflect upon their visit as they discern what career path they would like to pursue. Whether they leave the experience knowing they want to pursue a career in the industry shadowed or not, students walk away with more knowledge about jobs, industries and the professional world. — Melisa Alves ’06, assistant director of the Center for Career Development


3 6 \ H O LY C R OS S M AG A ZI N E \ W I N T ER 2 017



During the 2015-2016 academic year, approximately 225 students and 205 alumni participated in the Alumni Job Shadowing Program. HCM asked two of these pairs to tell us more about their experience.

OLIVIA LAU ’17, mathematics and computer science double major reflects on her shadow day with


president and CEO of the Danaher Corporation


s a mathematics and computer science double major at Holy Cross, I know that many career paths can fit my educational training. While my training might be highly technical, Holy Cross’s dedication to the liberal arts has instilled

in me the importance of exploring multidisciplinary applications of my skills. Edward Soares, associate professor of mathematics, introduced me to the Alumni Job Shadowing Program with Thomas P. Joyce Jr. ’82, president and CEO of the Danaher Corporation. Danaher, a large business in the U.S., coordinates the design, manufacture and marketing of industrial and consumer products. Its hundreds of subsidiaries use mathematics and computer science in conjunction with many other fields to create products used in biomedical testing, mass spectrometry and dental imaging systems, among others. During my two-day experience, I

3 8 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

travelled to Chaska, Minnesota, with Mr. Joyce on his company plane, to attend operations and strategic meetings at Beckman Coulter, a Danaher subsidiary. While there, I attended meetings with leaders in senior management of both Danaher and Beckman Coulter as they discussed the company’s financial and innovative status compared to other businesses in the industry. Walking into the conference room, I was nervous to meet the top executives, but the feeling diminished after Mr. Joyce introduced me to the attendees. I sat next to Mr. Joyce during the meetings as he quietly explained some basic information that I needed to understand the presentation. We also got a tour of one of the laboratories, where a new blood testing


THOMAS P. JOYCE JR. ’82, on planning a successful job shadow day: “One of the wonderful parts about this program is that it is an opportunity for us to spend the day the way we normally would and have somebody get the chance to see what it is like. We wanted Olivia to get a chance to see life as it really goes on.

machine was being tested. In their “obeya” room (Japanese for war room) room, the plans and goals of the project were posted on the walls. This was an example of the Danaher Business System, an effective technique where past, present and future goals of a project are detailed on the wall so that team members know the project and their specific tasks. Between the meetings, I got a chance to interact with senior vice presidents of several departments and learn about their various roles, daily tasks and work-life balance. At the end, I came away with some valuable insights about the importance of effective teamwork and the structure of upper management. While shadowing Mr. Joyce, I learned about the internal workings of a large corporation. Although my personal career path will start out on a more technical level, I benefited from seeing executives work together to shape a

company’s future. The things I learned about the structure of a large company, teamwork and effective communication will help me serve as a well-rounded team member in the future and make the presentation of my technical work fitting for management to endorse. Shadowing Mr. Joyce at the Danaher Corporation provided opportunities for career discernment that could not be reproduced in an academic setting. The experience of observing business management from a top level showed me leadership skills that will prove useful in my career path. I hope to manage a team once I’ve gained enough experience in my field. Shadowing Mr. Joyce gave me an eyeopening model of success that will influence my management abilities. The two days I spent learning from Mr. Joyce and the Danaher Corporation were a highlight in my liberal arts education at Holy Cross. —Olivia Lau ’17

(left) Olivia Lau ’17 and Tom Joyce ’82 at the Minnesota offices of Beckman Coulter, a company that makes biomedical lab instruments. (above) The Beckman Coulter staff displayed their goals and plans for a new blood testing machine on the wall, in a setup known as the Danaher Business System.

We were fortunate that the week Olivia was available, we had two particularly important days scheduled. One was a full day that we spent in a business operating review, where we review the performance of one of our largest and most important businesses, Beckman Coulter Diagnostics, and the second day was a review of that same business’ strategic plan. We happen to be headquartered in Washington, D.C., but we are the type of company where all the action is out with the businesses as opposed to at our corporate headquarters. So I thought it would be particularly interesting for Olivia to see our corporate team in action with a business, as opposed to in our corporate headquarters … She got a chance to see one of our biggest and most important businesses and two of our most important processes, a monthly operating review and strategic planning.” ■

T HE PAT H FO R WA R D / 3 9

HAFSA SADIQ ’19, biology major with a concentration in biochemistry, neuroscience minor, premed

reflects on her shadow day with KATIE BENNING, D.O., ’90, family physician at South Shore Medical Center in Norwell, Massachusetts


oly Cross is an institution known for its academic excellence in fields ranging from philosophy to chemistry. As a student who did not have an idea of my future goals or career options when I started my first year, Holy Cross has certainly provided me a clear vision through field-based programs. Through my academic coursework, I was able to find my passion in the sciences and hoped to find a clearer

vision for a career. I learned about the Alumni Job Shadowing Program through the Career Development Center. This opportunity seemed to provide the means for me to seek more knowledge about various careers, such as health professions. I applied to the program to see if I could shadow alumni in the medical field. By having the experience to shadow health professionals, I hoped to have a better idea about my future aspirations in the health sciences.

information about the profession. When I met with Dr. Benning in her office at the start of our shadow day, we discussed the intricacies of a hospital and the requirements that she had to abide by in her work. She also had a series of appointments for the whole day that I could observe. Through these appointments, I observed various doctor-patient interactions and learned about a variety of medical procedures, such as physicals, through Dr. Benning’s explanations.

Dr. Katie Benning ’90 is a family physician, a specialty devoted to comprehensive health care for people of all ages, who works at the South Shore Medical Center in Norwell, Massachusetts. By observing her daily routine, I learned useful skills and

I admired her warm and cheerful greetings to each and every patient, as if they were her friends or family. In between the appointments, I asked her questions about various subjects, including her experience at Holy Cross and in medical school.

4 0 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

t oTOM m r RETTIG ettig

KATIE BENNING, D.O., ’90, on why she participates in the Alumni Job Shadowing Program “I had a great experience when I was looking into the field of medicine. I tapped into the alumni network, and I was warmly received when I reached out to some alumni to let me shadow them. They were generous with their time and it really impacted me. I wanted to provide a similar opportunity for Holy Cross students. I love hosting because I never know what students are expecting. Some of them want to see something [a medical procedure] in person, and some just want to ask questions. Maybe they’ve never been in a situation like this, in the doctor’s office from this side, working with patients. I try to show that a family physician can play an important role in patients’ lives, serving as a guide in helping them make decisions about their health, while also being respectful of who the patients are and where they are coming from.

Shadowing Dr. Benning was a great experience. I learned firsthand what it meant to be a health professional. This experience inspired me to consider a specialty in family medicine and also made me recognize how enriching a career in medicine can be. Through

her conversations with her patients, I learned the importance of interpersonal skills in the field. Overall, the opportunity to shadow Dr. Benning and follow her work routine has solidified my career choice in medicine. —Hafsa Sadiq ’19

(left) Hafsa Sadiq ’19 works in Professor Julia Paxson’s research lab on campus, studying the effects of cigarette smoke on C. elegans, a model organism with genetic similarities to humans. (above) Dr. Katie Benning at the family medicine department at South Shore Medical Center in Norwell, Massachusetts, where she offers job shadowing days for Holy Cross students.

jack foley

I typically sit down with the students at the beginning of the day and ask them if they are looking to have certain questions answered, if they are looking for a certain experience and what brought them to contact me. I really emphasize that this experience is is for the students to gain insight into whatever they personally seek; maybe they realize that they don’t want to go into this field, and that’s OK, too.” That is a good experience as well. I’ve hosted four students so far and absolutely plan to keep participating.” ■

GET INVOLVED The Career Development Center is always looking for more alumni to participate in the job shadowing program – all class years and industries are welcome! Learn more at Current students can learn more and apply by logging in to Crusader Connections.

T HE PAT H FO R WA R D / 4 1

illustration by l ayritten

Research shows that play benefits the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children. As the executive director of the Toy Industry Foundation, Jean Butler ’88 works to put more toys in the hands of children in need worldwide.



ids love to play and they love toys. That’s no secret. But over the years, it’s become increasingly clear just how important play is to a child’s development, as well as how toys can enhance that play. Play, as it turns out, is serious business. Research shows it benefits a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, as well as his or her creative abilities and communication skills. And toys are the tools of the trade. “They facilitate play experiences,” says Jean Butler ’88, executive director of the Toy Industry Foundation, a nonprofit group on a mission to make sure kids in need have toys. There’s no shortage of kids in need, according to the Foundation. Some are poor, some are homeless, some have been abused or neglected, some have lost everything in a natural disaster, some have special needs, some are undergoing medical treatment. (left) Jean Butler ’88 with a batch of toys that will be donated to children in poverty or healing from illnesses. Butler believes these toys will help children develop essential language and coping skills.

michael paras



In these situations, play – and toys – are especially critical, Butler says. “For these kids, a toy is not just a toy. It’s a symbol that someone cares about them. It’s a distraction from a frightening medical procedure. It’s a normalizer that allows children to feel like any other child.”

explore and develop language and other skills.

Danuta Bukatko, a professor of psychology and education who has been at Holy Cross for 40 years, has been interested in how the mind works since her undergraduate days at Douglass Residential College, which is part of Rutgers. She focused on children because she felt adults were already too complicated to understand how their thinking, learning and memory developed.

To Doris Bergen, a professor at the University of Miami in Ohio, the importance of play transcends individual development.

“I thought it would be simpler, but it’s not,” Bukatko says. “It’s still complicated, no matter where you start.” That said, she notes that research shows play provides opportunities for children to

“Active exploration produces benefits for learning and thinking that are way more powerful than passive exploration,” she says. “Therein lies the benefit of play.”

“Our play genes have made us great survivors of the past and should continue to help us survive in the future. We are, among all species, the players,” she wrote in a recent article on play and learning in the American Journal of Play. Not surprisingly, poverty can be a major impediment to children’s ability to play, depriving them of an environment conducive to play and restricting access to toys that can be so essential in facilitating play.

4 4 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

Without play and toys, kids miss out on the benefits and the critical skills that these items help develop. “How are you going to be successful in academics, with relationships, with careers if those skills are not developed?” Butler asks. Helping kids in poverty is a major part — and a major challenge — of the Toy Industry Foundation’s mission. The need is great. According to the 2015 federal census, 8,598,000 families–10 percent of all American families–live in poverty. The poverty level for a family with one adult and two children is a $19,096 annual income. But don’t assume that toys are not a priority for poor families with kids. Ara Francis, an associate professor of sociology at Holy Cross whose specialties include parenthood and families, points to research showing that consumer goods


(above, left) Danuta Bukatko, professor of psychology and distinguished professor of education, has been at the head of the classroom at Holy Cross for 40 years. (above, right) Ara Francis, an associate professor of sociology, studies how poverty affects parents and families.

are a matter of belonging for schoolage children. Without them, kids can be considered outsiders among their peers. “Keenly aware of this, some low-income parents strategically purchase toys or clothing that have the most symbolic value so that their kids can participate socially at school,” Francis says. She points out that the percentage of families living in poverty has ranged from eight percent to 12 percent over the past 50 years, making poverty a long-standing social problem, not a situation caused by individual failures. “Charitable, nonprofit organizations offer

photos by tom rettig

indispensable help to families in trouble,” Francis says. “Nonetheless, addressing poverty requires large-scale political and economic change that cannot be achieved through philanthropy alone.” And while those larger-scale changes are in progress at governmental and societal levels, Butler remains committed to making an impact through the Foundation. Butler, who holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Holy Cross and a master’s in business from the Fordham University Graduate School of Business, joined the Toy Industry Foundation in 2003 after working in sales, marketing and business development for Time-Warner Inc., the mega-media and entertainment company. “Essentially, I’m a business builder,” she says. “I view this as a fantastic opportunity to utilize my corporate skills to build a business that would help children in need.”

With support from North American toy manufacturers and the public, the Toy Industry Foundation distributes toys and grants to charities around the world. It has served 23 million children and has surpassed $200 million in toys donated since 2003. In 2015, the Foundation gave to 177 charities. Its national partners include the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, with whom they have built the first-ever national toy distribution programs for the US Military and foster children, respectively. The Foundation’s home is in Manhattan, at 25th and Broadway, in the former toy district that was once home to manufacturers, trade fairs and showrooms. Its latest initiative, in partnership with the Nemours Children’s Health System, involves helping children and families in health care settings. Nemours is one of the


Butler walks near the headquarters of the Toy Industry Foundation, fittingly located in the former toy district of Manhattan, which was once home to manufacturers, trade fairs and showrooms.

country’s largest pediatric health systems, operating in five states, with two children’s hospitals and more than 40 outpatient facilities. With a $400,000 grant from the Toy Industry Foundation, Nemours will first research how play can help children cope and heal while in the hospital. With additional fundraising from the Foundation, it will then develop kits with play materials and other resources to alleviate stress in children caused by illness, injury and painful medical procedures. The kit and its play interventions would be the first designed for families, according to Nemours and the Toy Industry Foundation. “Our groundbreaking partnership with Nemours represents the next step in our journey to expand our reach by bringing the healing power of play to sick children and families living through unbelievably stressful circumstances,” Butler said in a release announcing the initiative. “We are thrilled to partner with such an esteemed leader in the pediatric health care system and look forward to how the use of toys, games and other playful ‘tools’ may bring healing and happiness into these children’s lives.” Dr. Stephen Lawless, senior vice president and chief clinical officer at Nemours, stated in the release that the ability to deliver the best care includes understanding the psychological impact of being or having a seriously sick child.

prompts a child to respond to numbers is not as effective as one a child can use for a range of pretend activities. Bergen also notes that playing with blocks on an electronic tablet is not the same as physically holding and building with blocks. Just how this difference affects brain development is under study. She says using technology might make a child a “reactor” instead of an “actor” in play, although she adds that an electronic toy, with all the bells and whistles, can be more exciting. The Toy Industry Foundation also has a relationship with the National Toy Hall of Fame, located in The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. More than 60 toys have been inducted, chosen because they have inspired creative play over a sustained period of time. Many of the toys are those you might expect: the baby doll, bicycle, Lincoln Logs, Scrabble, Monopoly, Nintendo Game Boy. But others are common items not usually thought of as toys, though kids have been playing with them for generations: the blanket, cardboard box, even the stick, which the Hall of Fame calls possibly the world’s oldest toy, used as a sword, fishing pole, light saber and magic wand, among countless other things, limited only by a child’s imagination. Fisher-Price Little People, the role-playing and strategy game Dungeons & Dragons and the swing were inducted in 2016.

So, what are the best toys for kids? If you ask Bukatko, she says toys that are graspable, allow exploration and are attractive, but not too complicated. Board games, even simple, made-up board games, enhance thinking and math skills, according to Bukatko. Butler favors toys that allow for role or pretend play, as well as physical play outside. In her article in the American Journal of Play, Bergen wrote that so-called educational toys are no better than traditional toys in the development of a child’s mind. For example, a toy that

michael paras

Bukatko says toys need not be fancy or expensive, as some of those elected to the Hall of Fame have proven over the years. “The objects of play can actually be common household objects,” she says, things like paper towel rolls, a frying pan or a pair of chopsticks. Two other crucial elements in child development are unstructured play and interaction with parents. Recent years have seen a decline in unstructured play as kids get outside on their own less, instead playing sports or

participating in other activities organized by adults, or sitting with their eyes trained on electronic devices. Noting that experts recommend a “balanced diet of play,” Butler says the average child plays outside eight fewer hours per week than 20 years ago. “Unstructured play is very important,” she says. “It’s how kids learn to express themselves. It’s how they learn to problem solve, to socialize with other children and really self-regulate. That unstructured play time is very critical when it comes to child development.” As is interaction with parents or caregivers. “Kids actually value time with adults more than things,” says Bukatko, adding there’s no need for parents to keep buying their children more and more toys. “What kids really appreciate is the time they have to share with adults.” Noting how busy parents can be, Butler says it’s important that they schedule play time with their children—“even a little is better than nothing”—and provide them with the right mix of toys, crafts and games, as well time for physical play outdoors. While her business experience prepared her for leading the Toy Industry Foundation, Butler says her years at Holy Cross grounded her in the core skills to carry out the Foundation’s mission of providing for kids in need. She lists service to others, critical thinking, effective communication and ethical treatment of others as a major part of her education at Holy Cross. “Holy Cross has unequivocally shaped me and helped me develop the career I’m in now,” she says. “Working at the Foundation has turned out to be one of the most rewarding chapters of my career.” ■

If you are interested in contributing to the Toy Industry Foundation or donating toys to their Toy Bank, visit Every $1 donation provides toys for six children in need.


an excerpt from

PILGRIMAGE MY SEARCH FOR THE REAL POPE FRANCIS BY MARK K . SHRIVER ’86 with an introduction by T H O M A S L A N D Y, Director of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

4 8 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017


n a now-famous interview soon after Pope Francis’ election, an interviewer asked the new pope, “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?”

Pope Francis famously replied, in very Ignatian fashion, “I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner.” From the moment he stepped out onto the balcony in front of St. Peter’s Square and asked the people to bless him, and many times more as his papacy unfolded, Pope Francis has given us many reasons to really wonder, “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?” Who is this man, and where on earth did he come from? Mark Shriver ’86, deeply moved by Pope Francis’ humility and mercy, wondered the same thing, and finally decided to find out. He traveled to Argentina, where he met with people who knew Pope Francis throughout the course of his life: as a child, as a young man discerning his call in life, as a young Jesuit superior during the Argentine Dirty War, as a man sent into exile in mid-life after a polarizing term as Jesuit provincial and as a bishop who lived simply and was at home among the poor and powerless. Following the ups and downs of Bergoglio’s life led Shriver to reflect on his own life. He shares these reflections openly and honestly as the story develops. Holy Cross and his roommates are integral to Shriver’s account of his own self, as you’ll read in the excerpt printed here. And, as Shriver shared with students when he spoke on campus in November, the five-day Spiritual Exercises retreat he made as a senior, under the direction of the late Rev. Joseph J. LaBran, S.J., had a profound impact on his life. He realizes—and tells powerful stories that make us realize— just how much the person we know as Pope Francis today is the outcome of a long pilgrimage of Bergoglio’s own. In reading Pilgrimage, we see clearly how and why this man Bergoglio rekindled the flame of Shriver’s spiritual life, and how he challenges Shriver to live in new ways with the poor and the marginalized. —Thomas Landy


Chapter NINE A Novice

When I was twenty-one years old and starting my senior year at the College of the Holy Cross, I lived with nine buddies in what was called a “triple decker” — a house that had three separate apartments, one atop another. One of my roommates was a fellow named Tim Royston, whom I had known since our senior year of high school.

Tim was a member of the Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at Holy Cross. After his sophomore year, he elected the Marine option in ROTC, which involved extra training and prepared him to become a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps after graduation. He ultimately became an F-18 fighter pilot. When we lived with Tim our senior year, his routine surprised all of us. The rest of the gang and I were used to staying up late, getting up late and being disorganized. But not Tim. The Marines trained him to be very well organized and extremely disciplined. His clothes were clean and folded in his drawers. He even put his initials on them, afraid that we would “borrow” them—and he was right, we did, a lot. His desk was impeccable; the books were always in their proper place, as were the pens and paper. And he was at physical training (PT) at 6:30 a.m. three days a week, without fail. Every other month, he went on a day-and-a-half-long field exercise, which meant that he was up at 5 a.m. Saturday and gone until Sunday afternoon. By the time I awoke most Saturday afternoons, Tim had already put in a full day of hard work. It took a while for me to realize it, but the

Marines were changing Tim’s approach to school and work — to life, really — and the change was fundamental. Tim was not just going through the motions to get his college scholarship. His body was changing — his five-foot-eight-inch frame was becoming more solid, his hair was now cut “high and tight” — not much more than peach fuzz on his head. As his routine changed, his thinking changed, too. He still played rugby and laughed and had a good time, but he was becoming a full-fledged Marine who knew that war and death were real possibilities. The Jesuits have long been referred to as God’s army or God’s soldiers, willing to go anywhere at any time for God. Numerous Jesuits have told me that the Jesuits are trained to have “one foot up and a bag ready”—to be prepared to move, in other words, whenever the call comes. This willingness to go to “any frontier” was the vision of Saint Ignatius, who founded the Society of Jesus in 1540, a time when the immensity and variety of the world were just being realized. Ships were traveling the seas; new lands and peoples were being discovered; a rising merchant class was enlivening cities; the Renaissance was reinvigorating learning; and reform movements within the Catholic Church were picking up steam. These times demanded a new, movable kind of religious order, and Ignatius offered the people of his times a practical, down-to-earth spirituality that was open to all, meeting people where they were and committed to addressing needs no one else would. Ignatius wanted his Jesuits to be out and about, not in a monastery but on the road. They would be “contemplatives in action,” as the first Jesuits put it, monks in the midst of the new worldliness that began with Columbus and other explorers and coursed through the Renaissance. “I ultimately entered the Society of Jesus,” Bergoglio told his biographers, “because I was attracted to its position on, to put it in military terms, the front lines of the Church, grounded in obedience and discipline. It was also due to its focus on missionary

5 0 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

(right) The nine roommates on the night before their Holy Cross graduation in 1986; (back row, left to right) Paul Hardart, Bill Byrne, Dick Burke, Bruce Stewart, Chuck Coursey (front row, left to right) Sean Duffy, Tim Royston, Sean O’Scannlain, Mark Shriver, Joe Roddy (bottom left) Mark Shriver with his father, Sargent, at Commencement and (bottom right) with Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., at Commencement

work. I later had an urge to become a missionary in Japan, where Jesuits have carried out important work for many years. But due to the severe health issues I’d had since my youth, I wasn’t allowed.” The Jesuits’ commitment to obedience, discipline and missionary work all attracted Bergoglio, but there was another element: community. While the order nowadays is referred to as the Society of Jesus, the original name was the Company of Jesus—the term “company” signifying companionship. For Jesuits, this “company” means a group of friends living and working together, serving Christ and his people. That sense of togetherness clearly appealed to Bergoglio. In a September 2013 interview for America magazine, he explained, “I was always looking for a community. I did not see myself as a priest on my own. I need a community. And you can tell this by the fact that I am here in Santa Marta [the Vatican guesthouse] ... I cannot live without people. I need to live my life with others.” In 1958, as Bergoglio and his parents approached the door of the imposing Jesuit building called the Novitiate, on the outskirts of Córdoba, surrounded by empty fields, they surely knew the Jesuits’ reputation. As a Jesuit novice, Bergoglio was committing to the first two years of at least a decade-long process of formation, of shaping one’s mind and spirit. But the deeper reality was that he had come to begin a new life — to join the religious equivalent of the Marines — and in so doing, abruptly end his youth. Jesuit novices knew that Ignatius wanted his followers to be mentally and spiritually disciplined; they needed to be grounded in their tradition, able to think on their feet, and ready to adapt to novel


Mark K. Shriver ’86 in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom on Nov. 30, 2016. Shriver came to campus for a discussion and book signing, where he reminisced about the life-changing experience of the five-day silent retreat he went on during his senior year. Read more about the event at

situations. This process began in the novitiate, under the tutelage of a novice master. In a centuries-old tradition, an unvarying routine of prayer, study, housework, local ministry, and living in community were critical to forming the Jesuit novice. Central to the novitiate was a thirtyday, mostly silent retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius that would take place six months in. The Spiritual Exercises are unique to the Jesuit order and distinguish a Jesuit from a Dominican or a Franciscan or a diocesan priest. Guided by the novice master or another spiritual director, the novice exercises his soul in a form of spiritual boot camp. As he confronts the reality of his strengths and limitations, as he reckons with his past and taps into desires for his future, the novice Jesuit discovers how God is calling him to live his life. If all went well, at the end of two years, Bergoglio would profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and then become a “scholastic,” or a student, and enter the next stage of formation, the juniorate. The juniorate, designed for young men who join the Jesuits without university education, is usually two or three years of studies focused on the humanities. After the juniorate, the scholastic completes three years of philosophy studies and then is sent to work in a Jesuit ministry, usually in a Jesuit high school, to learn how to balance prayer, study and work, like any fully formed Jesuit. After this period of ministry in the “real world,” the scholastic requests permission to study theology for three more years, in preparation for ordination. During his theology studies — more than seven years after setting foot in the Novitiate — Bergoglio would ask the Jesuit provincial to be ordained as a priest. Though the local bishop makes the ultimate decision on whether to ordain, the bishop often defers to the judgment of the Jesuit provincial. Should the answer be yes, Bergoglio would be ordained a priest and then be sent— somewhere.

dan vaillancourt

Maybe it would be to get a Ph.D., or maybe to teach or maybe to work in a parish. Whatever the assignment, after a few years as a priest, Bergoglio would enter tertianship. Tertianship is remarkably like the novitiate in that the wiser, older Jesuit goes back and studies the founding documents of the Jesuits, lives in a community, works with the poor and makes another thirty-day, mostly silent retreat. At the end of tertianship, which usually lasts about nine months, the Jesuit professes final vows. Some, but not all, Jesuits are called to profess an additional fourth vow prescribed by Ignatius—a vow of obedience to the pope with respect to missions. In Ignatius’s time, this vow meant that the pope could literally send a Jesuit to another land as a missionary. Today, the pope relies on the fourth vow to “mission” the Jesuits to address pressing needs such as revitalizing the Church in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall or leading institutes of higher learning around the world. Wherever and whatever the need is, the Jesuits go. The fourth vow, which also enables a Jesuit to assume positions of leadership within the order, is a reminder of the Jesuits’ vocation to be available, to have one foot up, ready to go to the next frontier where they are needed most. With such a rigorous and prolonged path ahead of her son, it was no wonder that Regina [Bergoglio’s mother] wept uncontrollably as she said goodbye to him that day, March 28, 1958. Surely Bergoglio and his parents knew that, given the military-like regimen of the Jesuits, he wasn’t just entering adulthood; he was enrolling in an order to which he would offer himself entirely. Bergoglio was joining another family, and Regina, no doubt, grasped it in her core, and so she wept like many a mother of a child stepping across a threshold into a new stage of life that permanently revokes the prior one.

Bergoglio and his superiors would say he was subjecting himself to God’s will for the rest of his life, and yes, that was true. But God’s will would be lived out in a community of men and mediated by men. This is key for a Jesuit—they profess their vows within a community, they share goods, they live and pray together, they work in a common ministry. And once he took the vow of obedience, Bergoglio would have to ask for permission for everything—to continue his studies, to take vacations, to travel. These men were about to train him, discipline him, shape him, and send him to all corners of the continent, or of the world. ■

Read the rest in Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis, which was released on Nov. 29, 2016. Shriver came to Holy Cross on Nov. 30, 2016, for a book signing and discussion, sponsored by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture. You can watch the event at


In the Fall 2016 issue of HCM, we explored all things food, both on campus and among the alumni community. Months later, the conversation about food continues here on Mount St. James:



ETHICS OF FOOD SERIES he Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture is hosting a series on the Ethics of Food, beginning with two discussions on the local food and farming movement on Feb. 2-3, 2016. 1 Margaret Gray, author of Labor and the

Locovore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic, will be coming to campus for a discussion, titled “Forgotten by the Food Movement?”, about the impact of the local food movement on farm workers. Gray’s research and her book assert that the local food movement distracts from the real plight of farm workers, and that they are not any better off compared to mass food growth systems.


In addition, members of the 2 Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a worker-based human rights organization, will be on campus for a lunch discussion about their efforts to protect farmworker rights through their Fair Food Program.


MEATLESS MONDAYS ope Francis raised some important ethical, philosophical, environmental and moral considerations in his most recent encyclical, Laudato Si. These questions have lead to wider discussion on our campus about considering our individual and collective relationship to the earth, the environment, the world’s poor and animals. On Meatless Mondays, we host a fishbowl discussion, which involves chairs set up in concentric circles. It is a way for our community to gather,

5 4 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

listen to different (and even opposing) viewpoints and engage in discernment on this important issue. - Amit Taneja, associate dean for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer. IN THE OVEN: MORE FOOD STUDIES COURSES AND A “LEARNING KITCHEN” uring the Spring 2016 semester, a group of professors from different disciplines brought their seemingly distinct classes together to discuss food.


They had received a grant to do collaborative, cross-disciplinary work during the semester and had noticed—in true liberal arts fashion—how each of their courses touched on this common topic through a slightly different lens:

1 Margaret Gray, author of Labor and the Locavore, is an associate

3 Andrea Borghini, of philosophy,

professor of political science at Adelphi University in Garden

was teaching a course called I Am, Therefore I Eat in the Montserrat program.

City, New York. 2 The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) at a demonstration against fast food chain Wendy’s, which has not joined other fast food chains in signing on to the CIW’s Fair Food Program.

4 Stephanie Crist, of sociology, was

teaching Food, Poverty and Justice.

food, and should try to pursue it in some way, maybe a concentration or a minor,” Harvey says. While an official food studies program could be further down the road, the brainstorm has already led to plans for a “learning kitchen” on campus, and a new course taught by Harvey.

5 Kelly Wolfe-Bellin, of biology,

was teaching Biological Principles: Plants and Human Affairs. 6 Daina Harvey, of sociology, was

teaching Environmental Sociology.


7 Michelle Sterk-Barrett, director of

the Donelan Office of CommunityBased Learning, wrote the grant and coordinated all of the activities for the classes. “We find often that our students take these courses as one-offs and don’t always realize that they are connected in many ways,” says Daina Harvey, assistant professor of sociology. So they set out to change that, hosting their classes at a screening and panel discussion of a film about food waste and, at the end of the semester, a slow food dinner.








“We shared a number of students across the courses, and at that particular event [the dinner], they could see how the sociological perspective of food and inequality matched up with philosophical and ethical perspectives, as well as the scientific approach of where food comes from and where food waste goes,” Harvey says. Inspired by this successful initial collaboration, Harvey worked with the Center for Liberal Arts in the World on a “food studies brainstorm” session. The session, which took place during the Fall 2016 semester, brought faculty together to explore how they can work together to encourage food studies and research on campus. “We realized we were all doing similar teaching and research on

The learning kitchen will be a space in Kimball for professors and students, across disciplines, to use in their study of food. Harvey imagines biology classes using it to study yeast formations, cell growth or hops, or Borghini’s philosophy of food classes hosting meals and exploring the history of recipes. Harvey plans to use the space to brew beer as part of his new course, called Food, Beer and the Environment. Harvey studies the environment and culture and, for the past two years, has been researching the craft beer industry in New England alongside colleague 8 Ellis Jones, assistant professor of sociology. The course, which will be offered in the summer of 2017 or the spring of 2018, will cover “the brewing industry in New England, looking at the hops farmers and brewers themselves, as well as race, class, inequality and sustainability issues, and how climate change is affecting production here,” Harvey says. Students who take the course during a summer session will have the opportunity to assist Harvey and Jones when they interview the hops farmers and brewers. Harvey is already working with Holy Cross Dining on plans for the kitchen, and has been thrilled at the positive response. “There are still logistics to figure out, but everyone has been super supportive,” he says. Once the kitchen is up and running, we’ll capture our students and faculty in action and share the images in a future issue of HCM. ■

— Maura Sullivan Hill





or Patrick Benzan ’19, basketball, and specifically Holy Cross basketball, is a family affair. Both of his parents, John Benzan ’85 and Kim (Kelley) Benzan ’87, graduated

from Holy Cross, and his mother was a member of the women's varsity basketball team during her time on The Hill. Benzan traces his interest in the sport back to days he spent playing

5 6 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

basketball with his mom as a kid. "She was a high school basketball coach, so I spent a lot of time with her in the gym when I was younger," Benzan says. These days, the 5'11" Benzan is on the

court at the Hart Center, playing guard for the Crusaders. HCM caught up with him before the start of his sophomore season.

HOLY CROSS MAGAZINE Why did you choose Holy Cross? PATRICK BENZAN I thought it was a great combination of academics and basketball. I also had a great relationship with the old coach, who recruited me, which made the decision easy for me.

HCM What has been your favorite course at Holy Cross and why? BENZAN Right now, I am in a creative writing seminar, which has been really fun. Every two weeks we have a story due, so I have been writing a lot. I feel like I’ve always been a creative person, so I usually have a bunch of stories bouncing around in my head. It’s nice to have the opportunity to actually write them down. I think I am going to be an English major.

HCM In 2016 you were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. How do you balance your course load with being a varsity athlete? BENZAN It’s tough. I only have a limited amount of free time between practice, lift and film, so I have to make sure I take care of my work diligently and focus on homework. I don’t have much down time.

HCM You began volunteering at a soup kitchen in Worcester while attending Worcester Academy, and continue to volunteer there since coming to Holy Cross. Tell us about what you do there. BENZAN I started volunteering during my postgraduate year at Worcester Academy. We used to go every Wednesday morning to do community service. I really took an interest in it, so I continued to volunteer after I started at Holy Cross my freshman year. It was great because it allowed me to stay in touch with my old coach. Usually, I am in charge of the oatmeal when I go. I stand in the front and help put the oatmeal into bowls. Everyone has different roles;

there are people who make cereal, people who serve breakfast, people who make lunch, etc.

HCM What is your favorite winter activity?

BENZAN Do snowball fights count? I think that’s my favorite, especially with my friends around campus. I don’t know if I’m supposed to be doing that ...

HCM You are going into the second semester of your sophomore year. What have been the biggest challenges and what are you looking forward to most for the next two years at Holy Cross? BENZAN The biggest challenge is probably being on the road for basketball and missing class. The teachers expect you to keep up with homework and assignments while you are gone, which can be really tough. What I am looking forward to most are the facilities being done. I heard they were supposed to be done by the time I am senior, so I am really looking forward to that. HCM You’ll be happy to hear that the work at the Luth Athletic Complex is expected to wrap up in the summer of 2018, just in time for your senior year!

HCM Has your mom offered you any tips as you've embarked on your own Holy Cross basketball career? BENZAN My mom is able to help me with all of the basketball stuff. It was tough being a first year student with a new coach and a new system. My mom was able to relate to me and remind me that it was going to be hard, but that it is important to keep your head up and keep going through it day by day. To have someone who has been through what I have been through, especially here, is really helpful.

HCM Last year the men’s basketball team made a historic run in the NCAA tournament. What was it like having this experience as a first-year student at Holy Cross? BENZAN Honestly, it was surreal. We struggled through the regular

season, so we were not expecting to make it to the tournament. Next thing you know, we won the [Patriot League] championship. It was also really cool to see other teams, like Duke, Syracuse and Oregon. We watched all of these teams on TV and then next thing we know, we were at the tournament with them. We’ve all been watching the tournament since we were kids and then suddenly we were in the bracket, which was awesome.

HCM What was it like having so many students on campus invested in the tournament? BENZAN It was crazy. People were coming up to us with a million questions. Even people we didn’t know were coming up to us and congratulating us.

HCM What was the team dynamic like during the tournament?

BENZAN We were all kind of in disbelief. But we weren’t feeling too much pressure, because no one expected us to be there. Each game we got more confident. We had nothing to lose, so we were just having fun and not getting too stressed.

HCM What did participating in the tournament teach you?

BENZAN It taught me that really anything can happen with hard work and perseverance.

HCM What is the best part about being on the men’s basketball team?

BENZAN We get a lot of gear—I think that’s pretty cool. The March Madness run last year was also really rewarding. People recognize you and are really supportive. Just knowing people are looking out for you is a cool feeling.

HCM Who is your biggest role model and why?

BENZAN I would say Kyrie Irving, the basketball player [with the Cleveland Cavaliers]. I admire his work ethic and mentality. I have listened to a lot of his interviews before I play, so I can get into his mindset. ■ —Mary Cunningham ’17



58 Mystery Photo • 60 HCAA News / Alumni News • 66

Mystery Photos HCM received these photos in the mail from the niece of two graduates, Anthony James Flood, M.D. ’40 and John Daley, who graduated sometime in the 1930s. She found the photos while cleaning out the family home: “I have no context for these photos other than what they show. I’m guessing my Uncle Jim took them, which puts them in the late ’30s,” she wrote to HCM. Recognize anyone pictured? Or know why there was a Dalmatian on the football team? Drop us a line at

5 8 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

Book Notes • 67 Solved Photo • 68 The Power of One • 70 In Your Own Words • 72 The Profile • 76 Class Notes • 82 Milestone • 86 In Memoriam



A Message from Bryan TOM RETTIG

letter, the HCAA’s goal is to engage alumni for life, in order to maintain our incredible Holy Cross community and provide a connection to alma mater for all.


ello, fellow Crusaders! Now just over four months into my term, it has already been a busy year for the HCAA! Programming this fall featured a record-breaking Welcome to Your City Day and an awesome slate of Fall Homecoming programs, including another successful HCAA Awards dinner and our first HCAA Tailgate Tent. In addition, we’ve had alumni retreats, career services webinars and affinity group gatherings, as well as a plethora of regional club events. I hope that you were able to participate in at least one of these HCAA programs to get your HC community fill and continue to maintain and build your HC network. As I noted in my previous

Also this fall, I was fortunate to attend the Sanctae Crucis Awards dinner, where our five Sanctae Crucis recipients, featured in this issue (Page 24), were honored. I want to again congratulate this year’s recipients, who are true role models for all to follow. You may recall from my prior communication how importantly I view the theme of “giving back,” and these recipients are prime examples. By giving so much to their respective communities, they make all of us proud and help spread the Jesuit mission of men and women for and with others. Another group who gives back and leads by example is our HCAA board of directors, and I was privileged to spend time with them this fall. I’m always so impressed with the level of dedication and time given to the HCAA by our board. At our recent fall meeting, we had directors present from all over the country and took big steps toward another successful year. One of the main topics of discussion was our five year strategic plan. Now two and a half years into the plan, I’m happy to report that over 75 percent of the plan is either completed or in development. We also heard from current students and faculty regarding

save the date for the 35th annual



saturday, april 8, 2017

Sponsored by the Holy Cross Alumni Association 6 0 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

the value of ongoing programs sponsored by the HCAA, and had the opportunity to work on our transition plan for next year, when the HCAA presidency term will move to two years and the HCAA will receive a seat on the Board of Trustees. We were thrilled to hear from many of our HCAA committee chairs about upcoming programs, highlighted by our “Seniors in the City” event in Boston in January, Winter Homecoming in February and National Holy Cross Cares Day and Continuing Education Day in the spring. I hope that you will have the opportunity to attend these events, as well as upcoming events and programs sponsored by your local regional clubs. I also hope that you will help us out by obtaining an HCAA-branded Bank of America credit card, if you do not have one already! I’ll close by saying again that every single one of us can have a hand in maintaining and enhancing our incredible Crusader alumni network across the globe. I encourage you all to get involved by volunteering or attending an HCAA program, and if you have any ideas for new programs to engage alumni, do not hesitate to reach out! ■ Bryan DiMare ’06 HCAA President @hcalumni #HCAAPrez


elive your Holy Cross classroom experience. Registration materials will be sent in February or go to www. alumni ■

Alumni Retreats at the New Joyce Contemplative Center

Bryan J. DiMare ’06

pr e side n t Brian P. Duggan ’96

pr e side n t-e le ct Laura Cutone Godwin ’96

vice pr e side n t


re you looking for the opportunity to slow down? Do you desire the space and the opportunity to contemplate and pray? We invite you to experience a retreat at the beautiful Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center in West Boylston, Massachusetts.

Margaret O’Rourke Granados ’88

vice pr e side n t Michael H. Shanahan ’78

t r e asur e r

For a schedule of Spring 2017 retreats, go to or contact Meg Fox-Kelly, associate chaplain and director of retreats, at or (508) 793-3899.

Holy Cross Spring Training Getaway Sunday, March 19, 2017 Catch some spring training baseball and “catch up” with Holy Cross friends! Boston Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins JetBlue Park | Fort Myers, Florida $55 per person - includes admission to an 11:30 a.m. pre-game BBQ lunch at the ballpark & a ticket to the 1:05 p.m. game in the HC section Register online at or call the Alumni Relations Office at (508) 793-2483 Tickets are expected to sell out fast! ■

Kristyn M. Dyer ’94

e xe cut ive se cr e ta ry

questions, comments and suggestions: 508- 793- 2418

The Holy Cross Alumni Association (HCAA) supports alma mater in its Catholic, Jesuit mission by bringing together the diverse talents, experience and knowledge of Holy Cross alumni. We accomplish this by engaging alumni for life through our reunions, regional clubs, community outreach and intellectual and spiritual formation programs. By these means, we nurture our love for and dedication to Holy Cross, its students and its alumni as men and women for others. ■




Alumni Leadership Honored


ive alumni were recognized for their outstanding service to Holy Cross and the Alumni Association at the HCAA dinner on Sept. 23, 2016, during Fall Homecoming weekend,

with more than 250 alumni, parents, students and friends in attendance. The In Hoc Signo and Young Alumni Leadership award honorees, shown here with College President Rev. Philip

L. Boroughs, S.J., and Bryan DiMare ’06, HCAA president (far right), were (from left) Sarah Brown ’10, Timothy Buckley ’59, Maureen Moran ’89, P. Kevin Condron ’67 and Timothy Porter ’68. ■

HCAA Awards - Call for Nominations


he Holy Cross Alumni Association invites nominations for the 2017 In Hoc Signo and Young Alumni Leadership Awards. The In Hoc Signo Award is the Alumni Association’s highest honor and recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves by their dedicated, outstanding and lengthy

service to the College, alumni organizations, regional clubs or class. The Young Alumni Leadership Award is presented to an alumnus/a who has graduated within the past 10 years (2007-2016) and has demonstrated outstanding service to alma mater through the Alumni Association’s committees and activities, regional club or class.

6 2 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

The deadline for submitting nominations noting the qualifications of each nominee is Feb. 6, 2017. For more details on the standards of eligibility and nomination forms, visit alumni. Questions about the awards can be directed to the Office of Alumni Relations at 508-793- 2418 or hcaa@ ■

Tom Hanks Photo Bombs Ryan Barclay ’08 on his Instagram account. Unbeknownst to the bride and groom, Elisabeth Murphy Barclay and Ryan Barclay ’08, the photo went viral while they were on a flight to Hawaii for their honeymoon. The low-key couple had savored their “New York moment” with Hanks and didn’t want or anticipate any further publicity or attention.


n late September, Tom Hanks made headlines when he “photobombed” a couple taking wedding photos in Central Park and shared the picture

“We flew to Hawaii on Monday morning, and when we landed, I had 400 text messages and my voicemail was full,” Barclay says. “We went to breakfast in the hotel and we were on the front page of the Maui newspaper, which was very surreal. Other couples on their hon-

eymoons recognized us.” Barclay and Murphy got married at St. Thomas More Church on the Upper East Side of New York City and went to nearby Central Park for photos after the ceremony. “We were over by the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, which is a common area for people to go running,” Barclay says. “There was a guy running who stopped and tapped us on the shoulder. We didn’t know what was going on, but he said, ‘Hey, I’m Tom Hanks.’” Despite their initial state of shock, the newlyweds asked Hanks if he would take a photo with them and he happily obliged, also making time for a picture with Barclay’s niece and nephew, the flower girl and ring bearer. “It was two minutes. He wished us the best and a few minutes later, he posted it to his Instagram and after that, the internet had it,” Barclay says. “I was talking to people at the reception, telling them I had just met Tom Hanks, and I don’t think it registered with everyone how it was going to explode. Thankfully, he was really nice and everyone on the internet has been really nice.” ■ —Maura Sullivan Hill

Alumni Perform on “Conan”


wo alumni took the stage at “Conan,” the late-night show on TBS hosted by comedian Conan O’Brien, this past fall.

Tim Harrington ’10 is part of folk duo Tall Heights, and the band performed their single “Spirit Cold,” off their “Neptune” album during the Sept. 26, 2016, episode. The song has over 10 million plays on Spotify, an online music streaming service. Harrington sings and plays guitar, while bandmate Paul Wright sings and plays cello; the pair completed a national tour in 2016. Watch a video

of their performance on “Conan” at Orlando Baxter ’98 made his late-night comedy debut on the Oct. 26, 2016 episode. For just under five minutes, Baxter entertained the studio audience and viewers at home, joking about how a career as a comedian compares to his first career as an in-school suspension teacher. He has toured as a stand-up comedian both nationally and internationally. Watch a video of his “Conan” set at baxter. ■ —Maura Sullivan Hill



6 4 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

HC in NYC: Ram-Crusader Cup Weekend


oly Cross and Fordham square off on the football field nearly every year, and have since November of 1902. In 2016, the teams took the field at legendary Yankee Stadium in New York City for the RamCrusader Cup. While the final score wasn’t in favor of the Crusaders when the clock ran out at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 12, the Holy Cross spirit was alive in New York City all weekend. A jam-packed schedule of events brought Holy Cross to every corner of NYC — from the Bronx to the Lower East Side to the docks of the Hudson River — but more importantly, it brought thousands of members of the Holy Cross community together. It started on Friday morning, bright and early at “The Today Show” on the plaza, where members of the Holy Cross community sported purple gear and appeared on TV during the broadcast. During the day on Friday, alumni and friends participated in tours across the city, from Carnegie Hall to a walking tour of the Lower East Side with Professor Ed O’Donnell ’86, as well as Cross + Connect, a networking event. More than 100 Holy Cross families spent the afternoon exploring the Bronx Zoo, and in the evening there was a President’s Council reception on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier and National Historic Landmark berthed on the Hudson River, and an alumni celebration at The Ainsworth, a mid-town restaurant. Before kickoff on Saturday, Holy Cross alumni and their families joined Fordham community members at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan to bake pies for the parish’s annual Thanksgiving banquet, which provides a warm meal to several hundreds of homeless people in New York. And it all wrapped up on Sunday morning with Mass with the Fordham community at the St. Paul the Apostle. For more photos from the weekend, check out a web exclusive Flickr gallery at magazine. ■ —Maura Sullivan Hill



From Our Alumni Authors

Medieval Christianity: A New History By Kevin Madigan ’82


Yale University Press

n Medieval Christianity, Madigan gives readers a look into the major historical developments in Christianity between the years 500 and 1500 BCE. Madigan explores topics such as women and Christianity; the relationship between Christians, Jews and Muslims; parish life; asceticism; worship and the role of art in expressing Christian thought and practices. Traditional themes, including papal power, heresy, pilgrimage and the rupture between the old Western church and its reformers, are also explored. Madigan gives the reader an introspective look into a historically and culturally rich period of time that continues to have a profound influence on Christianity today.


“Madigan, a professor of ecclesiastical history at

Harvard Divinity School, has produced a model of what an introductory text should be. The volume, divided into sections covering the early, high, and late Middle Ages, brings nuance to its overview of the traditional topics, such as the Crusades, the creation and consolidation of papal power, suppression vs. tolerance of heresy, and religious art and architecture; it also delves into less understood topics, such as the status of women and their spiritual experiences in the church, changing views of Jews and Muslims, or the relationship between the institutional church and the average parishioner. In his neat synthesis of new and older research, Madigan also explores some relevant scholarly debates and probes the mechanisms of the cultural and religious changes he covers, whether through influential individuals or migrations of populations. His prose style is accessible and clear, making for an

6 6 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017


engaging narrative history that should please experts while whetting the appetites of beginners, providing background on and insight into a foreign society while charting development of a religious culture that still has relevance for the Western world today.” —Publishers


No News is Bad News By Maureen Milliken ’83


S&H Publishing

illiken’s novel tells the story of the town of Redimere, Maine, and how a shocking discovery leads to the reopening of Police Chief Pete Novotny’s old missing boy case. As Novotny deals with the reopening of this case, newspaper editor Bernadette “Bernie” O’Dea is confronted by her past when her brother suddenly shows up. With all of these developments, the residents of Redimere slowly recede into a state of instability and terror.


“Milliken, a seasoned reporter, has a finely honed ability to capture the essence of rural Maine — the culture, the gossip, the way everyone knows too much (or thinks they do) about other’s lives. I love the complexity and depth of her well-drawn imperfect characters. You will leave her fictional town eager for the next installment in this terrific series.” —Kate

Flora, author of the Joe Burgess mystery series

Tracking the Wild Coomba

By Robert Cocuzzo ’08


Mountaineers Books

ocuzzo’s Tracking the Wild Coomba is the story of skiing legend Doug Coombs, known for taking on the biggest and most dangerous mountains in the world. Coombs came to the forefront of the ski world by pioneering new ski routes and through his publicity in movies and magazines. His

S O LV E D P H O T O ability to inspire others on the slopes is what made him so special in the eyes of his contemporaries. This biography gives an introspective look into Coombs’ life, the obstacles he faced, the pain he endured and the joy and inspiration that came with it all. W H AT OTHERS SAY

“Doug Coombs had a huge impact on my life; much of my overall approach to mountains comes from his example. I am so grateful that, thanks to author Rob Cocuzzo, I now have the complete story of what influenced one of my biggest heroes.” —Jeremy Jones,

professional snowboarder

Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk

By Raymond B. Flannery Jr. ’64


Lantern Books

Outing Club Annual Spring Picnic, 1962


wo Jims helped HCM decipher the story behind the mystery photo in the Fall 2016 issue (Pages 94-95).

n Violence: Why People Do Bad Things, with Strategies to Reduce that Risk, Flannery explores the question of violence and whether or not it can be prevented. Through storytelling, Flannery brings the issue of violence to life, exploring its warning signs and effects based on his years of research on issues of violence, its victims and the physiological effects.

Both Jim Coleman ’62 and Jim Corbett ’63 were pleasantly surprised to spot their own faces looking back at them as they perused the pages of the Food Issue, and they called our office to help solve the mystery. They both recognized themselves behind the grill at the Outing Club’s annual spring picnic in 1962, and helped us identify the two others pictured.


From left to right, John McAdams ’63, treasurer of the Outing Club; Jim Coleman ’62; Jim Corbett ‘63, vice president; and Brian Boyle ’62.

“An impressive array of sociological studies and crime statistics to support the contention that violence has become a major publichealth problem of ‘epidemic proportion.’” —Publishers Weekly ■

Coleman remembers borrowing a refrigerated

truck from a classmate whose father owned a rental car business, and loading it up with hot dogs, sausages and other barbeque supplies. “This was kind of a big affair,” he says. “I think we may have had three or four hundred people.” The event was off-campus, either at a local park or golf club. And it took a team effort to host a gathering that large, according to Corbett. “It was a joint effort. We all had different things to do as trustees,” he says. “Everyone had a different part to play, and it worked out well.” In the photo, McAdams sports his trustee armband. Corbett says that the trustees organized the events, led the club meetings and interviewed potential new members. Corbett–who still has a mug that says “Outing Club Trustee 1963”–enjoyed

reminiscing about his days in the club: “The best part is, if you look at that grill, it was just cinderblocks.” The spring picnic was one of two major annual events for the Outing Club. They also planned a dance that usually took place in October. The College was all-male at the time, so invitations to the dance went out to women at the surrounding local colleges. They also organized several smaller ski trips for the Holy Cross students. In the 1963 Purple Patcher, the Outing Club boasted about their gatherings: “If ever the claws of collegiate boredom should descend upon Holy Cross, it would not be the fault of the Outing Club, a source of delightful distraction for bewildered freshmen and seniors alike. Boasting a membership of over 1,000, the Outing Club ambitiously proposes and plans what, for most, are pleasant pastimes.” ■ —Maura Sullivan

Hill and Meredith Fidrocki




6 8 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

name Julianne Trasatti ’15

in Cool Beans, dancing with the band at football games and any time spent with my roommates amount to only a few of my memorable moments on The Hill. Both lectures and office hours with Professor Shannon Stock were always insightful and entertaining.”

hometown Winchester, Massachusetts family Father, David ’83; mother, Alison; aunt, Susan ’89

“I believe in Holy Cross because I believe in its Jesuit values and its people. As an institution of men and women for and with others, Holy Cross creates compassionate leaders who carry on the tradition of giving back to the community.”

what she did at holy cross “I majored in mathematics with minors in French and art history, and spent my junior year abroad in Dijon, France. While on campus, I played the flute with the Goodtime Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble, danced on the Ballroom Dance Team and worked in the Holy Cross Fund Office.” how holy cross affected her life “Holy Cross fostered my lifelong love of learning, and helped me to become more open-minded and aware of my surroundings. During my four years, I met such amazing people, and made so many wonderful memories that I hold dear to my heart.” the working life “I am currently an underwriter at Acadia Insurance, a W. R. Berkley Company. Acadia is a property and casualty insurance company located throughout New England. After graduation, I started in their Insurance Training Program, and now I work with independent agents in the Massachusetts region on middle market commercial accounts. I really enjoy the working world. My co-workers treat each other like family, and are invested in helping me reach my full potential.” holy cross memories “Late nights doing homework

why she stays connected to holy cross “The Holy Cross community is comprised of such wonderful people. I stay connected because reminiscing and catching up with old friends brings joy to my life. In addition, the beauty of campus never ceases to amaze me.” why she believes in holy cross “I believe in Holy Cross because I believe in its Jesuit values and its people. As an institution of men and women for and with others, Holy Cross creates compassionate leaders who carry on the tradition of giving back to the community. When I was applying for jobs, the alumni that I reached out to for support, guidance and networking were incredibly gracious and kind. There is a certain bond that Crusaders share, that is timeless throughout generations.” why she gives to holy cross “I give because my donation is first and foremost a statement that I both value and appreciate the education that I was fortunate enough to receive, and I support the effort to provide such a highcaliber education to future generations. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to learn and grow in such a wonderful environment, and I give back so that future generations can have similar opportunities.” ■




Tents at the Elliniko Refugee Camp, which is located on the site of the Olympic Stadium from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (right) Cumoletti interviews refugee women at the Schisto Camp, another refugee camp in Athens.


the last office was vandalized and the GFR president attacked in an antimigrant hate crime, all because of their efforts to protect refugee and asylumseekers’ rights in Greece. In the summer of 2016, I joined them as a peace fellow through a partnership facilitated by The Advocacy Project, a Washington, D.C.based nongovernmental organization (NGO), and I spent 10 weeks working in the heart of the European refugee crisis.

t was only day two in the office, and the shrill Skype ring-back was already playing in my dreams. Incessant and irritating, the tone accompanied the comings and goings of the Greek Forum of Refugees (GFR) office, which was on the third floor of a nondescript building in a graffitied alleyway tucked into the bustling Athens neighborhood of Exarchia. This anarchist-friendly corner of the city was the choice for the small communitybased organization to set up shop after

Skype was one of the recent government initiatives in response to this crisis. Facing exponentially increasing numbers, the Greek Asylum Service required an initial Skype interview to schedule an in-person appointment for people seeking asylum. This supposedly novel management tool had become an unmitigated disaster by the time I arrived in the summer, creating a massive bottleneck of unregistered refugees, who often waited months to hear the coveted “ping” of a Skype connection.

The Plight of Middle Eastern Refugees in Greece B Y M AT T E A C U M O L E T T I ’ 1 2


7 0 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

I knew well that Greece has been a transit country for scores of men, women and children fleeing conflict from the Middle East, and the whole world has watched the numbers spike with broken hearts over the past year as the perilous journey across the Mediterranean claimed thousands of lives. In February 2016, when surrounding European countries closed their borders to the influx of refugees, Greece became a forced destination country. When I was there this summer, nearly 60,000 refugees, mostly Syrian and Afghan, were stuck, as the EU implemented deals and programs essentially meant to staunch the flow of people seeking security in Europe. The new EU-Turkey Deal not only threatened to send those deemed unworthy of protection back across the sea, but it left Greece scrambling to put longer-term humanitarian measures in place, as it became more difficult for refugees to make it to Germany or other Northern European countries.

uncertainty, despair and boredom— despite the activities and efforts of many committed NGOs, and entrepreneurial resilience within communities, refugees have no legal right to work formally, and some turn to negative coping mechanisms, such as drug use and sex work, which I saw all too often this summer.

Serendipity brought me to GFR, a network of refugees and Greek locals which was begun by the incredible Yonous Muhammadi, a former Afghan refugee and activist who had become an integral part of local Greek politics, fighting against racism, xenophobia and promoting refugee integration. His work earned him the prestigious Alison des Forges Human Rights Watch Award this year. The GFR had recently become an implementing partner with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees through a Community Worker program, in which our members worked in the camps as liaisons, mediators and interpreters between the camp residents, Greek police and army and various international NGOs and service providers. The small but dedicated staff of the GFR run a multitude of programs, and I jumped right in to manage the communications and advocacy, writing press releases, controlling social media and working with an inter-agency NGO advocacy group to publish a policy brief for the Greek government.

were living in tents on the soccer field, under the constant beating heat of the sun, while others camped out in the hallways of the stadium. Some of the camps were much worse off than others—at the time of our visit, Malakasa had been established for months without electricity or clean running water. One camp, Oinofyta, is managed by an American woman from a small NGO, and the residents self-organized to create a community garden, a governing council, an incredible school and even a chicken coop. There were informal camps too—I was there when the army evacuated the hundreds of families who had settled under a bridge and in warehouses at Piraeus Port, which is where ferries full of tourists come and go. They used a bulldozer to crush the tents and belongings of those who hadn’t taken the warnings of forced relocation seriously. The image that always stuck in my mind from the camp visits were of children wearing shoes that were always too big or too small—no one seemed to have the right size.

There are many refugee camps in and around Athens, and throughout the summer, some of the GFR team and I visited seven camps to talk to the residents, report on camp conditions and help spread important information. One of the largest camps in Athens is at the site of the former 2004 Olympic Stadium and international airport, called Elliniko. Thousands of people

Every person I met was trying to get to reunite with family in Germany or get to another northern European country where refugees were supposedly more well-accepted; no one wanted to stay in Greece. With the borders closed and the process for asylum and relocation unbearably slow, many people used smugglers to leave Athens. The refugee experience in Greece is often one of

Despite seeing firsthand the difficulties of the lives of refugees in Greece, I am grateful that I was able to connect with so many amazing people and learn their stories. One of the highlights of my time in Athens was being interviewed by producers from the NPR podcast, “This American Life,” who had come to the GFR earlier in the year to report for an episode about the refugee crisis in Greece. Outside of my GFR work, I carried out research through the Feinstein International Center on the financial journey of refugees. I conducted long interviews with many refugees and learned the incredible details of their lives and journeys, while drinking tea with them inside the tents that they had made their homes. My research team spanned four countries, and since my return to the U.S., we have been working on several publications. The work inspired me to branch out and research and produce my own podcast on entrepreneurship in protracted refugee situations for my current capstone, and I hope to continue to work in this field after I graduate this year. By the end of my summer, rather than listening to the drone of Skype, I was painting the walls of a newer, bigger GFR office space in the same friendly neighborhood. Their work is starting to garner more recognition, as well as support from influential donors, and I’m grateful to have been just a small part of that. This experience has helped me shape my academic and career path, and I wouldn’t have arrived at this opportunity without building on the passion for human rights and social justice that was instilled in me during my time at Holy Cross. ■



7 2 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017


pioneered a recovery court program in New Hampshire that changes lives, helping drug offenders get back on their feet and conquer addiction without jail time. B Y K AT H A R I N E WHITTEMORE


he enters from the side door, in a pine green jumpsuit stamped “Belknap County Corrections.” A sturdy woman, tousled dark hair, tattoos on her neck. She’s flanked by lawyers and prison officials. Light glances off her handcuffs. The time is Tuesday afternoon, All Saints Day. The place is Laconia District Court, in central New Hampshire, just uphill from wind-whipped Lake Winnipesaukee. Each Tuesday, since 2012, non-violent drug offenders have come here for what’s called Recovery Court. Judge James Michael Carroll ’69 presides. “Miss Brown, I want you to be sober, healthy and safe,” the judge says to the woman in handcuffs. “Never mind prison. That’s not part of my deal.” She stands still, looking hard at this tall man, with his big bald pate, trimmed white beard, and glasses. A Crusader purple tie peeks out the top of his judicial robes. Miss Brown pleads guilty to drug possession, and agrees to the supervision of Recovery Court, rather than go to jail. She’s about to get a decidedly full plate: daily group rehabilitation sessions at a local counseling center, plus individual therapy, community service requirements, help with housing and job search, meetings with a social worker and parole

officer—and weekly check-ins right here, in this tidy room of blond wood and the blue state flag. “Our program will keep you busy in a good way,” Judge Carroll goes on. “You see these people behind you?” He gestures to 10 sitting here today—all recovering addicts reporting for their check-in. There are young men with some of the cockiness knocked out of them, older mothers trying to make good for their children, wizened users sober for the first time in decades. “They are now and forever your family,” says Carroll. “I welcome you to the family. It’s a great one to be in, right folks?” The others chuckle—it’s amazing how upbeat they seem, having bonded through countless meetings, now further into a new life than Miss Brown. They good-naturedly answer, “Yes!” An aspirational tableau unfolds. “Beth, come on down!” says the judge. He reads from the weekly checklist. Made all meetings? All but one. Community service? Eight hours plus 30 hours of work. Do any drugs or alcohol? “No. In fact, I hit five months of sobriety yesterday,” says Beth, brightening. The judge smiles broadly. “What do you say, Ms. Abikoff, can you beat that?” he asks Jacqui Abikoff, the executive director of Horizons Counseling Center in nearby Gilford. Abikoff reveals that Beth has even been selected to take a 5-day training to become a recovery coach. “You’re the Bill Belichick of recovery!” jokes Carroll, citing the famed Patriots coach. Everyone laughs. He tells Jason he’ll write a letter of recommendation for a job at UPS, and gives him a chip for 60 days sobriety. (“Amazing, Jason!”) He notes today’s no-shows. He jokes with Dan about working as a mascot for the Salvation Army’s recent Turkey Plunge fundraiser (Dan wore a turkey suit), and

praises him for applying for a ski lift attendant job at Gunstock Mountain Resort. “You had a solid week, but there have been misdeeds and dishonesty before, and you owe amends to people,” the judge says, shifting effortlessly from jocular to no-nonsense. “But keep up the good work. Remember, when you become dishonest that good work goes out the window.” ***** There are upwards of 3,000 drug courts in the U.S., but just one Recovery Court. “From day one, I am not calling this drug court because I really think it sends the wrong message,” Carroll told New Hampshire Pubic Radio last summer. “To me, it is the equivalent of saying this is losers court. This isn’t losers court.” The need is dire: In Belknap County, which contains Laconia, three-fourths of the jail population has a substance abuse disorder. Before he was a judge, Carroll was both a prosecutor and defense attorney, and all that time, “I thought there has to be a balance between locking people up and curing what is ill with them.” And so, two years before he became a judge, Carroll gathered together a team to create Recovery Court, including Abikoff, public defender Jesse Friedman, city prosecutor Jim Sawyer and the superintendant of the county jail. They had no funding, and thus met for a year during their lunch hours to map out how Recovery Court would work, the logistics, policy, procedures. “Judge Carroll believes in action,” says Friedman. “He brought us all together, got all the heads of the agencies on board. He was very ‘build it and they will come.’” Carroll says Recovery Court is one of the proudest parts of his legacy

k a r e n b o b otas


(it pains him that, by law, he must retire next year when he turns 70). But he’s always been a galvanizer by nature: “When Judge Carroll was in private practice, we tapped him regularly to do pro bono services for women in domestic violence situations,” recalls Abikoff. “He never said no. I think his faith is the center point of who he is. He believes in forgiveness and it drives the way he sees people as a judge. At Recovery Court, he takes such an interest in each person’s life, and really creates a bond. When he’s disappointed in them, it means more. And when he praises them, it means more too.” Longtime addicts, especially, have burned through family and friends, and lack a support structure to help toward recovery. “A lot of people out there have no one to believe in them anymore,” explains Carroll. “But if you have people believing in you, it makes a heck of a difference.” He pauses to come up with an analogy to describe what Recovery Court is trying to do: “You’re taking a 20-year-old Chevy with no brakes and leaking transmission, and trying to make it into a Maserati. Recovery Court teaches recovering addicts the intricacies of internal combustion, changes the oil on a regular basis and puts new tires under them to give some stability.” Keeping with that metaphor, then, what drives Jim Carroll? Partly, it’s personal: He’s a third-generation Laconia native, and often knows the families of those who end up in Recovery Court. “I’m a hometown guy,” he says, and has relished the Granite State outdoors his whole life, boating on the lake, skiing, puttering in his garden. His father, James M. Carroll Sr. ’40, ran a barbershop in town and then sold securities, while his mother was a nurse. Faith also drives him. “Holy Cross, and the Catholicism on campus, engendered in me a desire to do something with my life, make a difference, be involved with my community,” says Carroll. He majored in history, and married his high school sweetheart, Janet, his

junior year, while also making lifelong friendships with classmates such as Blaise Berthiune, Pat Bourque and Mike Maloney. After graduation, he joined the Army reserves, and toyed with the idea of law school, but wound up working in his father-in-law’s Laconia restaurant, The Windmill, as a cook and manager. He stayed on for 18 years, while his wife directed a local preschool. The judge still loves to cook, and one of his specialties is the restaurant’s Dutch potato soup. Meanwhile, the Carrolls raised their four children, the youngest two adopted from Korea. The judge had long spoken of going to law school, but it was Janet who really lit the fire. “I’ve got nothing but gratefulness that she pushed me,” says Carroll. In 1987, he graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH) in Concord, New Hampshire. Since then, he has worked at two local law firms, been a city prosecutor, and the Belknap County attorney, and is an adjunct law professor at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. In 2011, he was appointed to the bench, and the gravity of the position is never lost on him. Every morning, he works out at his local gym (often while listening to country music, like Brooks & Dunn), and then lets himself into Laconia’s St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 5 a.m. (He’s got his own key). Judge Carroll has developed a quiet ritual over the years: Hail Marys, Our Fathers, prayers for his family. “Then I ask for guidance on doing this job,” he says. “In our faith, we believe that only God can judge you, so I try to be very humble, and know there is no special magic in being a judge. I try to be a true human being. The court is for every citizen, and I just have the honor to sit there and treat everyone the same, no matter who you are, or what you look like or where you came from.” ***** Back in Tuesday’s court, the judge

74 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

is indefatigable, checking, praising, admonishing, throwing in humor wherever possible. One young guy unthinkingly calls him dude, and quickly apologizes. “Don’t worry,” says Judge Carroll, “I’ve been called a lot worse than dude.” The room breaks up. Even Miss Brown drops her poker face for a minute. Her shoulders seem to lose some of their tension as these people’s stories continue, their inevitable setbacks outweighed by the parade of accomplishments. Maybe she’ll be one of winners—Recovery Court has around a 60 percent success rate. Friedman puts this in context: “Since Recovery Court, I’ve seen people I thought would never, ever, make it, who have made it.” Judge Carroll hands Sammy a chip for 30 days sobriety. (“Nice job! Way to keep it together.”) He congratulates Jared for the “major accomplishment” of taking suggestions even if he doesn’t agree with them. As he goes over Thomas’s checklist, the judge lets on that he was part of a recent audience for Thomas’s presentation on his own addiction and recovery. “It doesn’t get better than Tom before a group of total strangers revealing his entire soul,” says the judge. “Tom, we love you, you’ll help so many people with this. You are a credit to yourself, your family and this court.” Then there’s this exchange with Hannah: JUDGE “What was your accomplishment last week?” HANNAH “Not using. I’m struggling. But I got it.” JUDGE “That’s quite an accomplishment.” HANNAH “You saved my life.” JUDGE “You saved it.” HANNAH “No.” She looks at him square. “You did.” ■ e d i t o r ’ s n o t e Names of recovery

court participants have been changed to protect privacy.

Reunion 2017

COME BACK TO YOUR HOME ON THE HILL J U NE 2– 4, 2017 Classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012

J U NE 7– 9, 2017 Classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and Purple Knights

W W W. H O LY C R O S S . E D U / A L U M N I / R E U N I O N

IN MEMORIAM Holy Cross Magazine publishes In Memoriam to inform the College community of the deaths of alumni, Trustees, students, employees and friends. In Memoriam content, which is based on obituaries published in public forums or provided directly to HCM by the family, is limited to an overview of an individual’s life accomplishments, including service to alma mater and a survivors’ listing. Featured obituaries, labeled “Holy Cross Remembers,” are provided for faculty, senior administrators, Jesuits, honorary degree recipients and Trustees. Portrait photos from The Purple Patcher appear as space permits and at the discretion of the editor (photos provided by the deceased’s family are not accepted). Tributes appear in the order in which they are received; due to the volume of submissions and Magazine deadlines, it may be several issues before they appear in print. To notify the College of a death, please call the Alumni Office at 508-793-3039 or email, attaching a copy of an obituary, if available.

1941 James J. Armstrong

Columbia Country Club in Chevy

of Dudley, Massachusetts, died

making business. Mr. Buonocore

Chase, Maryland. He is survived by

on April 29, 2015, at 90. Mr.

moved to California and founded

James J. “Jack”

eight children; 26 grandchildren;

Larievy served in two branches

Buonocore Distributing, a wine

Armstrong, of

and 12 great-grandchildren. He

of the military for nine years,

business that has now been in

Palm Beach,

was predeceased by his wife, Jane;

from 1944 to 1953. He was a U.S.

the family for five generations.

Florida, died on

one son; and his brother, Bertrand

Navy veteran of World War II,

He is survived by three sons, two

Sept. 24, 2014,

Cassidy ’55.

and, upon graduating from Holy

daughters and their spouses;

Cross, served as a lieutenant in

10 grandchildren; eight great-

the U.S. Marines in the artillery

grandchildren; three sisters; one

Inc. He was predeceased by his

1946 Thomas E. Deem, Ed.D.

division in Korea. Upon his return,

sister-in-law; and several nieces

wife, Doris.

Thomas E. “Tom” Deem, Ed.D., of

he earned a master’s degree

and nephews. He was predeceased

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, died

in education and went on to a

by his wife, Corinne.

1945 Gerald K. Cassidy

on June 24, 2015, at 90. Dr. Deem

37-year career in the Worcester

was a member of the Naval ROTC

Public Schools, in the capacity

Gerald K. “Gerry” Cassidy, of

program at Holy Cross and served

of teacher, assistant principal

Thomas M.

Easton, Maryland, and formerly

in the U.S. Navy during World War

and principal. As principal, he

“Tom” Whelan, of

of Bethesda, Maryland, died on

II and the Korean War. He also

served in three Worcester schools,

Marstons Mills,

Sept. 8, 2013, at 89. Mr. Cassidy

played on both the football and

including St. Nicholas Avenue


was born in Atlanta and raised

basketball teams at Holy Cross.

Community School, from which he

in Washington, D.C., where he

He went on to earn a master of

retired after 22 years. Mr. Larievy

2015. Mr. Whelan served in the

attended Gonzaga College High

arts degree at Purdue University

was a great fan of Holy Cross

U.S. Navy during World War II.

School. He was an economics

in West Lafayette, Indiana, and

sports and proud of the academic

During his career, he worked for

major at Holy Cross. Mr. Cassidy

a doctorate in education at the

excellence the College achieved

Bell Atlantic Corp. and NYNEX

spent 20 years working at his

University of Illinois, Chicago. A

over the years. He is survived by

Corporation. He is survived by

father-in-law’s law firm, Ellet and

graduate of New Albany (Indiana)

his wife of 29 years, Jeanne; three

six children; five stepchildren;

Short. In 1971, the company merged

High School, Dr. Deem was

sons, including Arthur F. “Bud”

and many grandchildren, nieces,

with another firm to form Early,

inducted into the school’s Hall of

Larievy III ’70 and his spouse; one

nephews and cousins, including

Cassidy and Schilling, an insurance

Fame. He supported the College as

daughter, Donnamarie Rastad ’78

Richard Whelan ’66. He was

company based in Washington,

a class agent and career advisor,

and her spouse; two stepsons and

predeceased by his first wife,

D.C., and later moved to Rockville,

and was also a member of the

their spouses; three grandchildren;

Catherine, and his second wife,

Maryland. Mr. Cassidy became the

Varsity Club. Dr. Deem lived in Hot

and five stepgrandchildren.


chief executive of the company

Springs Village for 23 years, and

before his retirement. He was the

was a member of the Writers Club,

past chairman of what is now the

Tennis Club and the Veterans of

1948 Ciro G. Buonocore

1949 George F. Cahill, Esq.

Council of Insurance Agents and

Foreign Wars. He is survived by his

Ciro G.

George F. Cahill,

Brokers and a past president of

wife of 63 years, Mary Ann; four

Buonocore, of

Esq., of Concord,

several organizations, including

children and their spouses; five

San Francisco,


what is now the Metropolitan

grandchildren; and eight great-

formerly of

died on July

Washington Association of


Bronx, New

at 96. Mr. Armstrong was the vice president at Marsh & McLennan,

Independent Insurance Agents, the Kiwanis Club of Washington and the Washington-area chapter of

1947 Arthur F. Larievy Jr.

Thomas M. Whelan

died on May 22,

21, 2015, at 87.

York, North Haven, Connecticut,

Mr. Cahill was born and raised in

and Milford, Connecticut, died on

Newton, Massachusetts, and was

April 23, 2015, at 91. Mr. Buonocore

a longtime resident of Weston,

the Society of the Friendly Sons of

Arthur F. “Art”

served in the U.S. Marine Corps

Massachusetts. While he as a

St. Patrick, an Irish heritage group.

Larievy Jr.,

during World War II and was

student at Holy Cross, Mr. Cahill

Mr. Cassidy was a past member

of Greenville,

honorably discharged in 1946. His

ran on the track and cross country

of the Catholic Church of the

South Carolina,

family came to the United States

teams and was a mathematics

Little Flower in Bethesda and the

and formerly

from Italy to establish a wine-

major. He earned a law degree

8 6 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

from Northeastern University

World War II in the Philippines

at the Naval Submarine Base

the College’s highest non-degree

in Boston in 1952 and was a

and the Solomon Islands, on

in New London, Connecticut.

honor, given in recognition of

practicing attorney for 63 years.

assignment to the Marine Corps

In 1960, he opened his dental

professional achievements and

He was a founding partner of the

Air Wing. He was in Okinawa,

practice in Wellesley, where he

commitment to service, faith

law firm of Cargill, Masterman

Japan, when the war ended and

practiced for 35 years. He was

and justice. He also served as the

and Cahill in Boston. Mr. Cahill

went to serve in China under the

a parishioner and Eucharistic

president of the Infectious Disease

was a dedicated and longtime

Peace Treaty before returning

minister at St. Paul Church in

Society of America and authored

supporter of the College. He was a

home. After the war, he enrolled

Wellesley. Dr. Burns also stayed

a number of articles, reviews and

member of the President’s Council,

at Holy Cross and majored in

connected to the College as a class

textbooks on infectious diseases.

Fitton Society, Varsity Club and

biology. He earned his doctoral

agent. He is survived by his wife,

Dr. Andriole supported the College

Holy Cross Lawyers Association.

degree in dental surgery at

Ruth; five sons, including James

as an admissions advisor and

He also volunteered as an

Georgetown University School

Burns ’76, and their spouses; eight

member of the 1843 Society and

admissions advisor, class agent,

of Dentistry in Washington, D.C.,

grandchildren; one brother; and

Fitton Society, and was also a

regional club career counselor,

in 1954, and then opened his

one sister.

member of the Varsity Club. He

reunion class chair and on a

private dentistry practice in Falls

number of alumni committees.

Church and Bailey’s Crossroads,

In honor of this distinguished

Virginia. He worked at the

service to Holy Cross, Mr. Cahill

practice for 56 years, until his


of 43 years, Daria Louise; four

received the In Hoc Signo Award

retirement in 2010. Dr. Horgan

T. “Vince”

children and their spouses; two

in 1988; the award is the Alumni

was active in professional and

Andriole, M.D.,

brothers and their spouses; one

Association’s highest honor, and

civic organizations, including as

of Stratford,

sister; and five grandchildren.

is presented to alumni who have

a member and former president


distinguished themselves by

of the Commonwealth Dental

died on April 26, 2015, at 83. After

their dedicated, outstanding and

Study Club, Fairfax Dental Society,

graduating from Holy Cross,

Paul S.

lengthy service to the College,

Catholic Physicians and Dentists

Dr. Andriole earned his medical

Archambault, of

alumni organizations, regional

Guild and Arlington Knights of

degree at Yale University School

East Greenwich,

clubs or class. He also received

the Round Table. He was also

of Medicine and then completed

Rhode Island,

the Matthew P. Cavanaugh Award

a member of the Academy of

his postgraduate training at North

from the College in 2014, which is

General Dentistry and Delta

Carolina Memorial Hospital, the

2015, at 84. Mr. Archambault was

presented to the class chair who

Sigma Delta dental fraternity. He

National Institutes of Allergy and

the vice president at insurance

has demonstrated exceptional

supported the College as a class

Infectious Diseases/National

company Pearson Cronin &

dedication to his or her class and

agent and member of his class

Institutes of Health (NIAID/

Jacobson. He is survived by his

to the College over the past year.

reunion committee. He is survived

NIH) and Yale University School

wife of 62 years, Jeanette; nine

He is survived by three sons,

by his wife of 64 years, Claire; two

of Medicine. He served in the

children and their spouses; 20

including Gregory H. Cahill ’81 P14,

daughters; six grandchildren; and

Navy Reserve with the U.S. Public

grandchildren; and 9 great-

one daughter and their spouses;

one brother. He was predeceased

Health Service/NIH in Bethesda,


eight grandchildren, including

by one of his daughters.

Maryland. Dr. Andriole was an

Peter Cahill ’14; and many nieces and nephews, including William C. Casey ’78 and Karen C. Sciarrino

1951 Robert G. Burns, D.D.S.

majored in biology at Holy Cross

1953 Vincent T. Andriole, M.D.

and also ran track and cross country. He is survived by his wife

Paul S. Archambault

died on April 11,

emeritus professor of medicine

William H. McBride

at Yale University School of

William H. “Bill” McBride, of

Medicine, an attending physician

Spring Lake, New Jersey, died

’82. He was predeceased by his

Robert G. “Bob”

at Yale-New Haven Hospital

on May 11, 2015, at 90. Mr.

wife, Constance; one sister and her

Burns, D.D.S.,

and an attending physician at

McBride grew up in Newark,

spouse; and one brother, Charles

of Needham,

Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport,

New Jersey, and later returned

A. Cahill ’52 P82 and his spouse.


Connecticut. He received a

to live in his hometown from

and formerly of

number of awards throughout

1972-1978. He attended Sacred

Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts,

his career, including the Laureate

Heart School in Newark and

died on May 19, 2015, at 88. He

Award of the American College

Our Lady of the Valley School

Robert E. “Bob”

graduated from Cranwell School

of Physicians, the Bristol Award

in Orange, New Jersey, before

Horgan, D.D.S.,

in Lenox, Massachusetts, and the

of the Infectious Disease Society

earning an undergraduate degree

of Annandale,

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

of America and the Yale School

in philosophy and chemistry at

Virginia, and

in Bourne, Massachusetts. Dr.

of Medicine Medical Housestaff

Spring Hill College in Mobile,

formerly of

Burns earned his dental degree

Teacher of the Year Award. Dr.

Alabama, in 1950. Mr. McBride

Worcester, died on July 4, 2015,

from Georgetown University

Andriole was the first faculty

attended Holy Cross when

at 90. Dr. Horgan grew up in

School of Dentistry in Washington,

member to receive this award

there was a graduate program

Worcester, enlisting in the U.S.

D.C. He practiced dentistry in the

twice. He also received the

in chemistry, and he earned a

Navy in 1943. He served during

U.S. Navy for two years, stationed

prestigious Sanctae Crucis Award,

master’s degree in chemistry in

1950 Robert E. Horgan, D.D.S.


IN MEMORIAM 1954 Garry Charles Degermajian

1953. After graduating from the

He also spent three years serving

College, he entered the Society of

in the U.S. Marine Corps, earning

Jesus and was ordained a Jesuit

the rank of captain and continuing

Garry Charles

years. After graduating from Holy

priest in 1956. He served as a

to serve in the reserves. He


Cross, he served in the U.S. Army

priest for 15 years, but eventually

worked for Chase Manhattan


during the Korean War. Upon his

left the order and continued

Bank in New York for 35 years,

a lifelong

return, Mr. Fitzgerald continued

his career in education. During

including 12 years as executive


his education, earning a master’s

his teaching career, he taught

vice president of international

resident, died on April 27, 2015,

degree and certificate of advanced

physical science, earth science

banking. He also served as

at 83. Mr. Degermajian attended

graduate study in psychology

and chemistry at the Montclair

vice chairman of American

the Worcester Public Schools,

at Springfield College, and a

Academy in Montclair, New

Express Bank from 1994-1999.

graduating from North High

doctoral degree in psychology

Jersey, as well as chemistry

Mr. Stankard served on many

School in 1950. He majored in

at the University of Arizona in

at McQuade High School in

boards, including Bank Leumi,

history at Holy Cross and went

Tucson. He served as a counselor

Rochester, New York, and at

Bankers Life Insurance of New

on to earn a master’s degree in

in the Springfield public school

Brooklyn Preparatory School in

York, American Express Bank,

education from the former Boston

system for many years, and then

Brooklyn, New York. He served

Netherlands Bank of Holland,

State Teacher’s College in 1957.

established the Diagnostic Center

as the assistant headmaster and

Asia Society, Japan Society,

He also completed a number of

for the Connecticut Department

an instructor in chemistry and

Christian Brothers Academy

post-graduate courses in school

of Corrections in Somers,

earth science at the Morristown-

and the United States National

curriculum and administration

Connecticut, where he worked

Beard School in Morristown, New

Advisory Board of INSEAD.

at Worcester State College (now

for 20 years as the director. He

Jersey, for 19 years. Upon his

He was board president of the

University). Mr. Degermajian

is survived by his wife of 53

retirement in 1996, Mr. McBride

Council of the United States and

served in the U.S. Army from

years, Nancy; two daughters,

was honored by the school

Italy and executive in residence

1954-1956. In the summer of

two sons and their spouses; nine

with the establishment of the

at Monmouth College (now

1957, he began his career as a

grandchildren; one sister; and a

William H. McBride Prize, which

University) in West Long Branch,

classroom teacher at the Oxford

nephew, John E. Fitzgerald ’73. He

is given annually to a deserving

New Jersey. Mr. Stankard was a

(Massachusetts) Public Schools

was predeceased by one brother,

graduate. He continued to teach in

Knight of Malta, which is a Roman

and would remain there for his

John E. Fitzgerald ’44 P73; and

retirement, as a substitute teacher

Catholic lay religious order, in

entire career, serving in various

one brother-in-law, Terry D. Ryan,

at Wall High School in Wall

both Rome and New York. He was

administration roles. He was a

M.D., ’55.

Township, New Jersey, and also

a dedicated supporter of alma

member of the Armenian Church

Massachusetts, and lived in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, for 35

John J. O'Grady III

tutored students in chemistry and

mater, serving as a trustee from

of our Savior in Worcester,

science. He was an active member

1984-1992 and the chair of the

the American Legion Tatnuck

John J. “Jack”

of St. Catharine’s Church in

Holy Cross Fund from 1980-

Post #288, State Post of the

O'Grady III, of

Spring Lake, where he sang with

1983, as well as a member of the

Veterans of Foreign Wars and the

Garden City,

the church choir. He also sang

Fitton, Fenwick and Cornerstone

Massachusetts Retired County and

New York, died

with the Red Bank (New Jersey)-

Societies and President’s Council.

Municipal Employees Association.

area chapter of the Barbershop

He was also a class agent, career

He volunteered as a coordinator

at 82. Mr. O’Grady was a political

Harmony Society. At the time of

advisor and reunion gift chair, as

for his 60th reunion at Holy Cross.

science major at Holy Cross, as

his death, he was survived by his

well as a former member of the

He is survived by his wife of 57

well as the valedictorian of his

wife of 43 years, Regina, who has

Holy Cross Advisory Board and

years, Theresa; one son, Gregory

class and a member of the Alpha

since passed away. He is survived

Leadership Council of New York.

Degermajian ’81; one daughter and

Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. He

by many nieces and nephews, and

In recognition of his 60 years

son-in-law; one granddaughter;

graduated from the College with

was predeceased by three siblings.

of distinguished service to the

and members of his extended

magna cum laude honors. While

College, Mr. Stankard received the

family, including Daniel Kalashian

he was a student, Mr. O’Grady

Holy Cross Alumni Association’s

’68. He was predeceased by one

participated in the Debate Society

Francis X.

In Hoc Signo Award in 2013. He is

sister and one brother.

and was a member of the football

“Frank” Stankard,

survived by his wife of 55 years,

of Raleigh, North

Elsa; three sons and their spouses,

Carolina, died on

including Charles Stankard, M.D.,

James M. “Jim”

Massachusetts, in 1957. He

April 23, 2015,

’84, John Stankard ’89 and Marcia

Fitzgerald, of

spent his professional career

at 83. After graduating from Holy

Corbidge Stankard ’89; nine


practicing law with Cadwalader,

Cross, Mr. Stankard attended

grandchildren; two sisters; and

New Hampshire,

Wickersham and Taft in New York

the Brookings Institute in

nieces and nephews, including

and Old Lyme

City, where he was a partner from

Washington, D.C., and the Senior

Judith Ford ’80, Gregory Ford ’83,

Shore, Connecticut, died on July

1966-1996. He maintained his

International Managers Program

Douglas Ford ’87 and Christine

4, 2015, at 83. Mr. Fitzgerald

status as senior counsel until his

at Harvard University in Boston.

Medler Ford ’87.

was raised in Springfield,

death. He supported the College

Francis X. Stankard

8 8 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

on July 10, 2015,

team. He earned a law degree from

James M. Fitzgerald

Harvard Law School in Cambridge,

in 1954. In 1967, she received a Danforth Fellowship, a prestigious scholarship for graduate study that is no longer in existence. At the start of her career, she worked as a psychologist for the Worcester Public Schools from 1968 to 1970. She also worked at several other area colleges and universities: as an assistant professor at Assumption College from 1968-1971, a visiting lecturer at Clark University

holy cross remembers associate professor emerita of psychology , 1969 – 1997

Ogretta V. McNeil, Ph.D.


in 1972 and as a consulting clinical psychologist at Anna Maria College from 1968-1978. She was active in her field, as an Executive Committee member of the Association of Social and

Ogretta V. McNeil, Ph.D., of

Native American heritage) students. In these

Behavioral Scientists, president of the New

Worcester, died on Oct. 5,

roles, she created a number of programs to

England Psychological Association from

2016, at 84. Professor McNeil

support ALANA students at the College and

1988 to 1989 and a member of the American

was an associate professor

to work with faculty and staff in creating a

Antiquarian Society since 2001.

emerita of psychology at the

more inclusive community. In 2008, Professor

College. She was a trailblazer at Holy Cross: the

McNeil was one of three individuals honored at

In addition to her work in higher education,

first woman hired to a tenure track position in

the 40th anniversary celebration of the Black

Professor McNeil was also dedicated to the city

the psychology department, the first African-

Student Union, for her work in “helping create

of Worcester and the surrounding community.

American woman to serve on the faculty and

a welcoming environment for black students at

She was a trustee at the University of

a staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion

Holy Cross.”

Massachusetts from 1976 to 1981, a trustee for the UMass Memorial Foundation and a trustee

on campus. Stephen J. Schulz ’80 wrote about Professor

at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York,

Professor McNeil joined the psychology

McNeil in a collection of essays titled, “The

from 1977 to 1982. From 1995-2005, Professor

department as a visiting lecturer in 1969,

Teacher Who Changed My Life,” in the Summer

McNeil served on the Steering Committee

and then was promoted to full-time assistant

2005 issue of Holy Cross Magazine: “I recall

of The Worcester Women's History Project,

professor in 1971. In 1974, she earned tenure

spending endless hours in her office in Loyola

founded in 1994 by women to raise awareness

and was promoted to the rank of associate

Hall, talking about life, goals and aspirations.

of the importance of the first National Woman's

professor. She specialized in developmental

She encouraged me to always be open to

Rights Convention and to highlight the role

psychology, focusing on the effects of

possibilities. That philosophy influenced my

of Worcester—the site of the first National

transition, such as the transition from high

course choices while in college and has guided

Woman's Rights Convention in 1850—in the

school to college or from work to retirement,

and sustained me throughout my career. My

women's rights movement.

on psychological wellbeing. Professor McNeil

mentor encouraged me to think critically,

served as chair of the psychology department,

but to be open to new and different ideas;

After her retirement from Holy Cross in 1997,

as well as on a number of College committees.

to take in life with all of its quirks, surprises

Professor McNeil served five consecutive

and inevitable disappointments; to be always

two-year terms as an elected member of

Her signature contribution to the College,

grateful for the experiences and opportunities

the Worcester School Committee. She was a

and to her students, was her pioneering work

offered to me in my life; and to be mindful of

founding member of the Jesuit Conference

on diversity and inclusion. In 1982, she was

the need to serve others.”

on Minority Affairs, and received an honorary degree from the College in 2009. She is

appointed as the black student advisor and, in 1984, she was appointed assistant dean

Professor McNeil earned an M.A. and Ph.D.

survived by her two sons, Robert Vaughn and

for academic services for ALANA (African-

from Clark University in 1959, after graduating

Reverend John Vaughn ’82, who received a

American, Latin American, Asian-American or

magna cum laude from Howard University

Sanctae Crucis Award in 2015. ■


IN MEMORIAM as a member of the President’s

with professional preeminence.

an engineering and construction

High School in Manhattan and

Council, 1843 Society and as a

He supported the College as a

company in the Boston area.

majored in economics at Holy

class agent. He was also a member

member of the President’s Council

Mr. Higgins was also a lifelong

Cross. He worked in many field

of the Holy Cross Lawyers

and as an admissions advisor. He

member of St. Augustine’s Parish

throughout his career, including

Association and the William H.P.

is survived by his wife of 60 years,

in Andover. He is survived by four

as a mortgage officer at Citibank

Jenks Committee. He is survived

Mary; six daughters and their

children and their spouses; seven

in Manhattan, a corporate

by two sons, Glennon O'Grady,

spouses; 12 grandchildren; and

grandchildren; three siblings

bond trader at L.F. Rothschild

M.D., ’81 and Paul O'Grady ’90,

one brother, Leonard Weg ’60.

and their spouses, including

in Manhattan, a bartender and

John Higgins ’53; one cousin;

at the U.S. Postal Service. He

and several nieces and nephews,

was a member of the Knights of

including James Higgins ’84,

Columbus and the Holy Child

and their spouses; two daughters, including Carol Costello ’86, and their spouses; eight grandchildren;

1956 John W. Connelly Jr.

one sister; and a niece, Maura

John W. “Jack”

Caroline Higgins ’88 and Nancy

Roman Catholic Church in

Clancy ’77.

Connelly Jr.,

Dankert ’92.

Eltingville. He is survived by his

of Needham,

1955 Paul F. Granger


Robert E. Rainone

wife of 26 years, Lorraine; one daughter; and three grandchildren.

Robert E.

died on June 1,

Robert J. Ridick

Paul F. Granger,

2015, at 81. Mr. Connelly graduated

“Bob” Rainone,

of Phoenix,

from Boston College High

of Newtown

Robert J.

Maryland, died

School. While he was a student at


“Bob” Ridick,

on April 18,

Holy Cross, he ran on the track


of Chathan,

2015. While he

and cross country teams. After

died on July 10, 2015, at 80. Mr.

was a student at Holy Cross, Mr.

graduating from the College, he

Rainone attended Holy Cross

and Marco

Granger participated in ROTC and

served as a lieutenant in the U.S.

on a football scholarship and

Island, Florida, died on July

also worked on the Purple Patcher

Navy. He spent his 50-year career

majored in economics; he was

12, 2015. Mr. Ridick was a

yearbook. He was a member of

as a manufacturer’s representative

also a member of the track and

psychology major at Holy Cross

the O’Callahan NROTC Society.

throughout New England. Mr.

cross country teams. From 1957-

and earned a master’s degree

Mr. Granger worked at the US Life

Connelly was a parishioner

1963, he served in the U.S. Army

in psychiatric social work from

Insurance Company and retired

at St. Bartholomew Church in

in Korea. He earned an MBA from

Boston College in 1959. He was

in 2002 as senior vice president

Needham. He supported the

Seton Hall University in South

a social worker at the Veterans

of the company. He supported the

College as a career advisor and

Orange, New Jersey, in 1971. After

Administration Hospital in

College as a class agent, career

was also a member of the Varsity

serving in the Army, he worked

Bedford, Massachusetts, for 30

advisor and member of the 1843

Club. He is survived by his wife of

as a labor relations specialist at

years. He also worked part-time

Society. He is survived by five

56 years, Janet; six children and

General Motors and Hess Oil, then

at Saint Vincent Hospital in

children and their spouses, as well

their spouses; 15 grandchildren;

as director of human resources

Worcester for 26 years, counseling

as 10 grandchildren.

one great-grandchild; one sister;

at manufacturer Curitss Wright.

people with substance addiction.

one brother; and many nieces and

In 1973, he accepted a position

His work led to the founding of


at International Mill Service in

the Honor Court in Worcester, a

Philadelphia, where he retired as

humane alternative to prison for

senior vice president. He was a

substance addicts. He was also a

member of the Varsity Club. He is

lifetime member of the National

John G. Weg, M.D. John G. “Jack” Weg, M.D., of Ann Arbor,

1957 James L. Higgins


Michigan, died

James L.

survived by his wife of 53 years,

Association of Social Workers.

on May 3, 2015,

“Jim” Higgins,

Lucy; two sons, two daughters

He raised his family in Concord,

at 81. Dr. Weg was a premedical

of Andover,

and their spouses; and three

Massachusetts, for 22 years, and

major at Holy Cross and earned



then retired to Chatham and

his medical degree in 1959 from

died on Nov.

Marco Island. Mr. Ridick was a

Paul S. Reilly

New York Medical College in

25, 2014, at 80. Mr. Higgins was

Valhalla, New York. He was the

also known as “Larry,” and was

Paul S. Reilly,

Island Men’s Club, a supporter

chief of pulmonary and critical

a lifelong resident of Andover.

of Eltingville,

of the Concord Boosters Club

care medicine at the University

He attended Phillips Academy in

New York, died

and a member of the Knights

of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr.

Andover and Cranwell Prep in

on April 19,

of Columbus. He supported the

Weg was also the president of

Lenox, Massachusetts. He entered

2015, at 79. Mr.

College as a class agent and

the American College of Chest

Holy Cross with the Class of 1957

Reilly was born and raised in the

member of his class reunion

Physicians and received that

and completed his education at

Jackson Heights neighborhood

committee. He is survived by his

organization’s Master Fellow

Merrimack College. He spent his

of Queens, New York, and moved

wife of 56 years, Carole; three

Award, given to physicians who

30-year career at Camp, Dresser

to Eltingville, on Staten Island, in

sons and their spouses; and six

have distinguished themselves

and McKee (now CDM Smith),

1989. He graduated from Xavier


9 0 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

founding member of the Marco

1958 Paul G. Morrissey

of Wood River Valley in Sun

H. Woods Company Realtors, a

holy cross remembers former professor of religious studies, 2008-2009

Valley and was also a member of

firm founded by his grandfather

Paul G.

Our Lady of the Snows Catholic

in 1905. He was also the author

Morrissey, of

Church, where he served on the

of a book of photography,


pastoral council and finance

Carriage Houses of Holyoke,

New York,

committee. He was a member

which he sold locally. Mr. Woods

died on Feb.

of the American Legion Post

coached a number of sports

24, 2015, at 78. Mr. Morrissey

115 in Ketchum, Idaho, and

teams in Holyoke, including

was born in New Rochelle,

also supported the College as

youth soccer, basketball, softball

New York, and lived in the

a member of the President’s

and the high school varsity

Baldwinsville area for a

Council and the O’Callahan

boys’ tennis team. He was also

number of years. He served

NROTC Society. He is survived

a player in the Tri-County

in the Army National Guard

by his wife, Peggy; two sons, two

Baseball League, a volunteer

of New York. Mr. Morrissey

daughters and their spouses;

at the Holyoke History Room

worked for life insurance

two stepsons and their spouses;

and Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

company MONY (Mutual of

six grandchildren; and four

and a member of the Blessed

New York) for 31 years, until

stepgrandchildren. He was

Sacrament School Board. He

his retirement. In retirement,

predeceased by his parents;

was a past member of the

Melissa Proctor, of Salt Lake

he worked at the Foxfire Golf

one brother; and his first wife,

National Association of Realtors,

City, died on Sept. 10, 2016, at

Course in Baldwinsville. He is


the Elks and the Knights of

42. She was a visiting faculty

Columbus. He is survived

member in the religious

by his wife of 41 years, Ellen;

studies department from

survived by his wife, Karen; one granddaughter; two sisters;

Mr. James H. Woods Jr.

Melissa Proctor (1974 – 2016)

one brother; several nieces and

Mr. James H.

one son; two daughters; one

2008 - 2009. Professor Proctor

nephews; and his extended

“Pat” Woods

son-in-law; two grandchildren;

received a B.A. from Brigham


Jr., of Holyoke,

six siblings and their spouses;

Young University in Provo,


several cousins, including James

Utah, and an M.A. from Yale

died on

H. Mahoney Jr., M.D., ’60 P94,

Divinity School in New Haven,

Thomas J. Tierney Thomas J.

July 20, 2015, at 79. Mr.

Richard P. Mahoney ’69, Philip

Connecticut. She also studied

“Tom” Tierney,

Woods grew up in Holyoke

Ingersoll-Mahoney ’70, Michael

moral philosophy and religious

of Sun Valley,

and attended Holyoke High

K. Mahoney ’94; many nieces

thought at Brown University

Idaho, died

School, where he was on the

and nephews, including Grace E.

in Providence, Rhode Island,

on May 23,

baseball team that won the

Lavelle ’18; and godchildren.

religion and social theory

2015, at 78. Mr. Tierney grew

1953 State Championship. He

up in Brooklyn, New York, and

attended Holyoke Community

graduated from Regis High

College prior to enrolling at

School in New York City in

the College. After graduating

Matthew C.

history at Harvard Law School

1954. He was an English major

from Holy Cross, he earned a

“Matt” Barrett,

in Boston. She served a Latter-

at the College and participated

master’s of education degree

of Niantic,

Day Saints mission in Tokyo,

in the Naval ROTC, Student

at Elms College in Chicopee,


Japan, and taught Japanese at

Council, Student Government

Massachusetts. Upon finishing

died on

the Missionary Training Center

Association, Glee Club, senior

his education, he played baseball

May 2, 2015, at 76. Mr. Barrett

class play and Purple Patcher

with several teams, including the

graduated from Loomis Chafee

yearbook. After graduating from

Holyoke Allies, the Knights of

School in Windsor, Connecticut,

In addition to her time at

Holy Cross, he served in the U.S.

Columbus, the Chicopee Tigers

before attending Holy Cross. He

Holy Cross, Professor Proctor

Navy from 1958-1961, achieving

and the Holyoke Liquor Dealers.

spent 36 years working for the

also taught at Utah Valley

the rank of lieutenant junior

Mr. Woods also served in the

Travelers Insurances Company,

University and developed the

grade. He lived in Brooklyn until

U.S. Army and had a 40-year

until his retirement in 1996.

first class on Mormonism to

1965, then, moved to Atlanta

career in the Holyoke public

Mr. Barrett raised his family

be taught at Harvard Divinity

and, later, Southfield, Michigan.

schools. He started as an English

in Windsor and volunteered

School. She returned to Utah in

He moved to Sun Valley in 1998

teacher and freshman baseball

as a little league and youth

2014 and worked as a research

and lived there until his death.

coach at the Lawrence School

basketball coach. He was an

analyst at the Utah Foundation

He worked for 3M Company as

and then worked as an English

active member of St. Gabriel

and in public policy at the Utah

a sales and marketing executive

teacher, guidance counselor and

Parish in the town, where he

Domestic Violence Coalition.

for 35 years, until his retirement

tennis coach at Holyoke High

sang in the Good Shepherd

She is survived by her parents,

in 1996. Mr. Tierney was the

School until 2001. Alongside his

Choir, taught religious education

10 siblings and 18 nieces and

board chairman of the Hospice

wife, he also operated the John

(CCD) classes and volunteered

nephews. ■

at Princeton University in

1960 Matthew C. Barrett

Princeton, New Jersey, and constitutional law and legal

after her return.


IN MEMORIAM at Hartford’s Immaculate

spent most of his life in Stamford,

He is survived by two brothers

at Doubleday Book Shops. He is

Conception Shelter and Housing.

Connecticut, before moving to

and their spouses; four nieces; one

survived by his wife, Nicole.

He moved to Crescent Beach in

Crestview, Florida, in 2004, and

nephew; and many great-nieces

Niantic in retirement and served

then Roswell. He is survived by

and -nephews.

on the board of the Crescent

one son, one daughter and their

Beach Association. He is survived

spouses; and six grandchildren.

Gerard H. Magee Jr.

by his wife of 52 years, Kathleen;

He was predeceased by his wife

Gerard H. “Mickey” Magee Jr., of

“Fred” Hoogland,

five daughters, one son and their

of 51 years, Margaret, and his

New Bern, North Carolina, and

of Naples,

spouses; nine grandchildren; and


formerly of Babylon, New York,

Florida, died on

1962 Frederick W. Hoogland Frederick W.

died on May 30, 2015, at 75. Mr.

six siblings. He was predeceased

Thomas D. Flaherty

May 11, 2015,

Magee majored in industrial

at 75. Mr. Hoogland graduated

Thomas D.

relations at Holy Cross and

from Georgetown Preparatory

“Tom” Flaherty,

went on to earn a law degree at

School in Bethesda, Maryland.

James Southwood

of San Antonio,

Fordham University School of

After graduating from Holy

James “Jim” Southwood, of

died on March

Law in New York City. He took

Cross, he received his law degree

Marshfield, Massachusetts,

27, 2015, at 75.

over the family fuel oil business,

from the University of Michigan

by a brother, Lt. Col. Frederick W. Barrett, USAF Ret., ’60.

died on July 10, 2015, at 76.

Mr. Flaherty graduated from

Magee Fuel Oil, after his father’s

Law School. Mr. Hoogland was

Mr. Southwood was born and

Sacred Heart High School in

passing; he later sold the company

an active member of the New

raised in Canton, Massachusetts,

Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1957.

but continued working there until

York, California and Texas bar

and graduated from Coyle and

He developed his lifelong interest

his retirement. He was a member

associations, the states where

Cassidy High School in Taunton,

in history while he was a student

of the Holy Cross Lawyers

he practiced corporate contract

Massachusetts. He enrolled at

at Holy Cross and went on to

Association and the Varsity Club.

law for Air Liquide (America)

Holy Cross with the Class of 1960

earn a master of arts degree in

While he was a student at Holy

Corporation and Shell Oil

and continued his education at the

history at the University of Notre

Cross, Mr. Magee ran track and

Corporation. He served as a

United States Military Academy in

Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

cross country, and also was

class agent and reunion gift

West Point, New York. He served

After graduating from Notre

a religious education (CCD)

chair for the Class of 1962 and

in the 502nd Military Intelligence

Dame 1963, he accepted his first

teacher, member of the Knights

was a member of the Holy Cross

Battalion in Korea until 1963,

teaching position at St. Mary’s

of Columbus and writer for The

Lawyers Association. He is

and then began a reporting and

University in San Antonio. In 1967,

Crusader student newspaper. Mr.

survived by his wife, Maryalice;

writing career. He wrote for the

Mr. Flaherty began his career with

Magee and his wife volunteered

one son; one granddaughter; five

Boston Herald Traveler, and also

San Antonio College, which is now

as pre-marriage counselors, and

siblings and their spouses; and

published his own works and

a part of the Alamo Community

he also volunteered at a number

37 nieces and nephews. He was

research projects. He is survived

College District, and remained

of churches in his area, including

predeceased by two sisters and

by his wife, Anne; two daughters;

there for 44 years. He was

the United Methodist Church

their spouses.

one son and his spouse; one

promoted through the academic

of Havelock, New Song United

granddaughter; one sister and her

ranks from instructor to professor,

Methodist Church, Temple Baptist

spouse; and three nephews.

and was named professor emeritus

Church and Latitude Church. He is

Edward L. “Ed”

upon his retirement in 2011.

survived by his wife, Pat; six sons,

Mahoney, of

He also received distinguished

two daughters and their spouses;

West Boylston,

recognition from the Alamo

14 grandchildren; and one sister.


1961 Algird S. Cibulskas

Edward L. Mahoney

Algird S. “Al”

Community College District


when he retired, in honor of

of Roswell,

his “outstanding contributions

Michael V. “Mike”

graduated from Leominster

Georgia, died

to the San Antonio College

Morreale, of

(Massachusetts) High School,

on Nov. 17, 2014,

department of history through


where he was a three-sport

at 75. Mr. Cibulskas earned both

teaching and service.” Mr. Flaherty

New York, died

athlete in football, basketball

a bachelor of science with a

served as vice president of the

on Feb. 18, 2014,

and track. At Holy Cross, he was

major in chemistry and a master

San Antonio College chapter

at 73. He is survived by his sister,

a deputy commander and in the

of science degree in chemistry

of the American Association of

brother-in-law and nephew.

color guard of the Air Force ROTC.

from the College, which had a

University Professors and was a

graduate science program at the

member of the Texas Community

Richard J. Nirrengarten

lieutenant in the Air Force. During

time of his matriculation. He

College Teachers Association, the

Richard J. “Dick” Nirrengarten,

his career, Mr. Mahoney worked

worked as a chemical engineer

American Historical Association,

of Cape Coral, Florida, died on

as a systems analyst for a number

for American Cyanamid (later

the Organization of American

April 18, 2015. Mr. Nirrengarten

of companies before founding his

Cytec). Mr. Cibulskas supported

Historians and the American

majored in English at Holy

own business. In retirement, he

the College as a career advisor. He

Catholic Historical Association.

Cross. He worked as a manager

established the A-1 Tool Repair

9 2 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

died on July 5,

Michael V. Morreale

2015, at 75. In 1958, Mr. Mahoney

He achieved the rank of first

Company. He was a founder and

Schools Foundation, the ALS

coach of the West Boylston Youth

Association and the Boys’ and Girls’

Soccer program, and also coached

Club of Nantucket. He is survived

community league baseball teams.

by two sons; six grandchildren; and

He delivered Meals on Wheels to

one sister and brother-in-law. His

his neighbors and also volunteered

wife of 48 years, Clara, passed away

with the Joseph’s Project, which

in 2013.

delivers food to local families in need. He is survived by six children and their families, including

1965 Joseph R. Roy

Kathleen E. Moylan ’87; and 13

Joseph R. “Joe”

grandchildren and their spouses.

Roy, of Meredith,

He was predeceased by his wife of

New Hampshire,

nearly 50 years, Maureen, in 2013;

and formerly of Newton,

and one sister.

Massachusetts, died on April

1964 Peter J. Barrett, M.D.

23, 2015, at 71. He majored in German language and literature

Peter J. Barrett,

at Holy Cross and went on to a

M.D., of Hingham,

47-year career in communications


and public relations. He held

died on May

management positions with

1, 2015, at 72.

Honeywell Information Systems,

holy cross remembers former assistant dean of students, 1968 – 1970

Michael B. O'Neil Sr.

Dr. Barrett attended St. John’s

Prime Computer and Wang

Preparatory School in Danvers,

Laboratories. Mr. Roy also

Massachusetts, before enrolling

counseled senior executives of

at Holy Cross, where he was a

start-up technology companies,

member of the varsity football

Fortune 500 companies and

Michael B. O'Neil Sr. died

schools and the Newburgh

team and the Alpha Sigma

multinational corporations while

on Sept. 25, 2016, at 74. Mr.

Jewish Community Center.

Nu Jesuit honor society. He

working as a senior executive at

O’Neil was the assistant

earned his medical degree from

several large public relations firms

dean of students at Holy

Though his time at Holy

Tufts University in Medford,

and as the owner of Joy Roy and

Cross from 1968-1970,

Cross was short, Mr. O’Neil

Massachusetts, in 1968, and

Co., which he founded in 1992.

and his nickname was

enjoyed it immensely,

completed a residency in radiology

He also wrote a blog called “Clear

“Doc.” He spent five years

writing in a farewell letter

at Massachusetts General Hospital

Writing with Mr. Clarity.” He is

as a Marist brother and

on behalf of himself and

in Boston. Dr. Barrett also served

survived by his wife of 26 years,

later earned a Ph.D. in

his wife: “We have been

in the U.S. Navy Reserve and was

Janice; one daughter; two sisters;

counseling psychology from

trying to think of some way

honorably discharged with the

five grandchildren; and several

the University of Akron in

to say thanks. It has been

rank of commander. He practiced

nieces and nephews.

Akron, Ohio. In addition to

a hectic, but beautiful, 26

his post as assistant dean at

months at Holy Cross. We

Holy Cross, he also served

have established lasting

radiology at Quincy Hospital in Quincy, Massachusetts, and

John L. Shanahan Jr.


was later a professor of clinical

John L. Shanahan

as dean of students at

friendships, been deeply

radiology at New England Medical

Jr., of Peabody,

Mount St. Mary's College in

affected by events and

Center in Boston and Tufts


Newburgh, New York, before

people, begun a family …

University School of Medicine.

died on July 13,

starting his own businesses.

discovered many quotes,

He also founded a medical

2015, at 71. Mr.

He founded The O'Neil

loved and been loved in

business that evaluated cases of

Shanahan grew up in Swampscott,

Group, a management

return. We have learned that

respiratory disease nationally

Massachusetts, and graduated

consulting firm specializing

a man can love his work and

on behalf of the United States

from St. Mary’s Boys High School

in team building and

the place of his toil, [and] he

government and private clients.

in Lynn, Massachusetts. After

leadership development,

can also share this love with

Dr. Barrett supported the College

graduating from Holy Cross, he

and Real Estate Training

his family.”

as a class agent and member of

joined the U.S. Army in 1965 and

Center, a multi-state real

the President’s Council, and also

became a helicopter pilot. He

estate licensing business.

He is survived by his wife,

volunteered his time and resources

deployed to Vietnam in 1967 as a

He coached leaders at work

Mary Ann, five children, 12

to St. John’s Preparatory School,

gunship pilot with the Air Cavalry

and also volunteered as a

grandchildren, two brothers

Milton Academy, The Catholic

Unit. He was shot down while on a

basketball coach at local

and two sisters. ■


IN MEMORIAM mission, but rescued his crew and

surgeon and medical officer.

29, 2015, at 70. Dr. Curran was

dental societies. He was also an

assisted them to safety despite

He completed his internship

born and raised in Woonsocket,

active member of Divine Savior

having a head wound; he returned

and first medical residency

Rhode Island, and graduated from

Catholic Church in Orangevale,

to complete his tour of duty after

at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in

Mount Saint Charles Academy,

California. He is survived by his

recovering from the wounds.

Boston, and later became chief

where he was class president and

wife, Mary Lou; two sons, three

In 1970, he returned to Vietnam

medical resident at Kern County

captain of the football team. He

daughters and their spouses;

for a second tour, this time as a

General Hospital in Bakersfield,

majored in psychology at Holy

seven grandchildren; and one

platoon commander in an assault

California. He completed a

Cross and went on to earn both

sister. He was predeceased by one

helicopter company. Mr. Shanahan

fellowship in neurology and

a master’s degree and Ph.D. in


received the Distinguished Flying

electroencephalography at

psychology at the University of

Cross, Purple Heart, Bronze Star

the University of Minnesota

Illinois at Chicago. He began his

and several Air Medals; his unit

in Minneapolis. Dr. Warren

career as an associate professor of

1967 Henry Correia Jr.

received the Presidential Unit

was certified by the American

psychology at Purdue University

Henry Correia Jr., of Rhode

Citation. He left active duty in

Board of Internal Medicine,

in West Lafayette, Indiana, and

Island, died on Nov. 21, 2012,

1971 and joined the Army Reserve,

American Board of Qualification

later returned to his home state

at 67. Mr. Correia was born in

which led to a third combat tour

in Electroencephalography

of Rhode Island to work at Brown

Newport, Rhode Island, and

as a lieutenant colonel during the

and the American Board of

University and the VA Medical

attended Bishop Stang High

1991 Gulf War. He retired from

Psychiatry and Neurology.

Center in Providence. Dr. Curran

School in North Dartmouth,

the military in 1997 and worked

During his career, he worked

served in a number of roles at

Massachusetts. He entered Holy

as an air traffic controller with

as an internist and director of

the VA, including director of the

Cross with the Class of 1967 and

the FAA until 1981. He earned a

medical clinics at Kern County

Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic

completed his education at the

master’s degree in accountancy

Medical Center in Bakersfield,

and chief of the PTSD Program,

University of Massachusetts

from Bentley College in Waltham,

California; staff neurologist at

which he developed. He started

Amherst. He attended all three

Massachusetts, and became

Mount Sinai Medical Center in

his own clinical practice in

of these schools on football

a certified public account. He

Milwaukee; assistant professor in

1984 and later developed Plaza

scholarships and played semi-

worked for the Tofias, Fleishman

the neurology department at the

Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr.

professional football for the

and Shapiro accounting firm

University of Wisconsin Medical

Curran was a board member of

New Bedford (Massachusetts)

before joining the Environmental

School in Madison, Wisconsin;

the Rhode Island Psychological

Whalers. Mr. Correia was a

Protection Agency in Boston as

and clinical neurologist at

Association and the Board of

sixth grade teacher in the New

a financial analyst. Mr. Shanahan

Culicchia Neurological Clinic in

Examiners in Psychology, as well

Bedford School System for more

and his wife, Kathie, volunteered

Marrero, Louisiana. Dr. Warren

as the founder of the Coalition

than 30 years. He also served

with the marriage preparation

was a member of the American

of Mental Health Professionals

as the catechism coordinator

program for engaged couples at

Academy of Neurology, American

of Rhode Island. He devoted his

and instructor at St. Mary’s

St. Ann’s Parish in Peabody. He is


work to veterans’ rights and PTSD

Church in New Bedford and the

survived by his wife of 39 years,

Society, American Medical

patients, and is the author of more

assistant Little League coach in

Kathie; one daughter; one brother,

Association, American Epilepsy

than 50 articles in professional

Dartmouth (Massachusetts), as

one sister and their spouses; one

Society, Louisiana State Medical

journals, 20 book chapters and

well as a Cub, Boy Scout Troop

cousin; two sisters-in-law; one

Society and Jefferson Parish

one book. He is survived by his

leader and Eagle Scout mentor.

brother-in-law; and 10 nieces and

Medical Society. In retirement,

wife, Rosemary; one son; one

He is survived by four children;

nephews. He was predeceased by

he volunteered at a World War

daughter; three siblings; and four

three grandchildren; and many

his parents and one brother.

II museum in Louisiana. He is


nieces and nephews. He was

Richard M. Warren, M.D.

survived by his wife of 22 years, Yvette; two stepchildren and their

Robert E. Gillis Jr., D.M.D.

predeceased by his wife, Joan.

Michael A. Monjoy

Richard M.

spouses; four stepgrandchildren;

Robert E. “Bob”

“Dick” Warren,

one brother and sister-in-law;

Gillis Jr., D.M.D.,

Michael A.

M.D., of Slidell,

one sister; and many nieces and

of Fair Oaks,

“Mike” Monjoy,


nephews. He was predeceased by

California, died

of Sarasota,

died on June

three siblings.

on March 16,

Florida, died

28, 2015, at 72. Dr. Warren was born and raised in Worcester

2015, at 70. Dr. Gillis was a native

1966 James P. Curran, Ph.D.

on March 15,

of Chesterfield, Pennsylvania.

2015. Mr. Monjoy worked in

He played on the soccer team at

the insurance business for a

where he majored in biology.

James P. “Jim”

Holy Cross and was a member

number of companies, including

He served in the U.S. Navy

Curran, Ph.D.,

of the Varsity Club. He practiced

The Guardian Life Insurance

from 1967-1969, obtaining the

of Smithfield,

prosthodontics in Sacramento,

Company of America, New York

rank of lieutenant commander

Rhode Island,

California, since 1978, and was

Life Insurance and the Prudential

and serving as battalion

died on May

active in local, state and national

Insurance Company of America.

before attending Holy Cross,

9 4 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

He is survived by his wife,

He retired in 2004 as a Medicaid

in Pittsfield, Massachusetts,

Gardiner ’91 and brother-in-law


specialist with the New York

and his residency in neurology

of Patricia Gardiner Bleicher

State Department of Health. He is

at the University of Vermont

’82; Helen Krumsiek, mother of

1969 John B. Fulham

survived by three stepdaughters;

Medical Center in Burlington,

James Krumsiek ’86 and Michael

five grandchildren; one sister-

Vermont. In 1992, he opened his

Krumsiek ’93, grandmother of

John B. “Jeb” Fulham, of

in-law; and one niece and one

neurology medical practice in

Charles Krumsiek ’20, sister of the

Kennebunk, Maine, and formerly

nephew. He was predeceased by

Holyoke, where he was also a staff

late Donald Collins ’49, and aunt

of Centerville, Massachusetts,

his parents, one brother, and his

physician at Holyoke Hospital and

of Brendan Collins ’78; Helen M.

died on July 7, 2015, at 68.

wife, Audrey.

the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, as

Lucier, mother-in-law of John

well as Cooley Dickinson Hospital

Glowik Jr. ’73 and grandmother

in Northampton, Massachusetts.

of Jennifer Glowik ’05 and Rory

Dr. Dean often lectured at national

Glowik ’09; Mary Fay Mahoney,

Mr. Fulham graduated from St. Sebastian’s School in Needham, Massachusetts,

1974 Richard S. St. Onge

before attending Holy Cross.

Richard S. “Rick”

neurology conferences. He is

wife of the late John Mahoney

He worked at LaTouraine

St. Onge, of Avon,

survived by his wife, Sheila; three

’44, mother of John Mahoney Jr.

Coffee of Cleveland, Ohio,


children, including Cailee Dean

’73, and grandmother of Michael

and was the owner of several

died on May 27,

’15; his parents; two sisters, one

Mahoney ’00 and Elizabeth

establishments throughout his

2015, at 62. Mr.

brother and their spouses; his

Mahoney ’13; Eunice Maloney,

career: Jessica Jordan in Boston,

Onge was raised in Needham,

mother-in-law and father-in-

wife of the late Paul Maloney ’46,

The Computer Workshop of

Massachusetts, and attended

law; two godchildren; and aunts,

mother of Kathleen Maloney ’78,

Osterville, Massachusetts, and

Needham High School. He was a

uncles, nieces and nephews.

sister-in-law of Donald Maloney

Bootlegger’s Restaurant in East

mathematics major at Holy Cross

Falmouth, Massachusetts. He

and went on to earn an MBA from


aunt of Donald Maloney Jr. ’73,

also worked as an IT consultant

Boston College in Chestnut Hill,

Karin Alden, retiree of the health

Patricia Maloney Nelson ’86

for Boston Children’s Hospital

Massachusetts, in 1980. While

services department; Roberto

and Patrick Maloney ’02; Lynne

and the Massachusetts Board of

he was a student at Holy Cross,

Ayala, brother of Confesor Ayala of

Martignetti, mother of John Paul

Registration of Medicine, where

Mr. Onge was a member of the

the facilities department; Robert

Martignetti ’11; Marie T. McHugh,

he helped design and implement

band. He worked for IBM for 41

D. Blute, M.D., father of Michael

wife of Richard Kenney ’51, wife

the Massachusetts Physician’s

years, most recently as a senior

Blute, M.D., ’73 and John Blute

of the late Edward McHugh ’51,

Profiles Website. He also worked

IT architect. He supported the

’74 and grandfather of Michael

and mother of Catherine McHugh

at Sears for several years before

College as a class agent and career

Blute Jr., M.D., ’00; Beverly

Engstrom ’79, Janet McHugh ’80

retiring. He is survived by three

advisor. He is survived by his wife

Cambria, wife of Bill Cambria

and Ellen McHugh ’85; Richard

sons, two daughters and their

of 37 years, Cynthia; six children;

’69, mother of Marnie Cambria

McLaughlin, father of Kathleen

spouses; and one brother, two

and one sister and brother-in-law.

Dardanello, M.D., ’97 and Allison

McLaughlin LaCroix ’79 and

Cambria ’00, sister-in-law of John

grandfather of Caitlin LaCroix

Cambria ’73, Richard Cambria,

’08; Ellen Meehan Murray, wife

M.D., ’73 and Robert A. Cambria,

of Robert Murray ’68, mother of

William J. “Bill”

M.D., ’82, and aunt of Andrew

Erin Marra ’93, and sister-in-law

Dean III, M.D.,

Cambria ’00, Daniel Cambria ’06,

of William Murray ’64; Mary J.

of Holyoke,

Matthew Cambria ’09 and Julia

Murray, wife of the late Francis

Alfred T. “Al”


Cambria ’11; Marek Chodakowski,

Murray ’39, mother of Richard

Cullen, of Clifton

died on May 2,

father of Camila Chodakowski

Murray ’73 and Ellen Murray ’78,

sisters and their spouses. He was predeceased by his parents and two sisters.

1970 Alfred T. Cullen

1983 William J. Dean III, M.D.

’52 and James Maloney ’69, and

Park, New York,

2015. Dr. Dean graduated from

’17; Robert F. Connolly, brother

and mother-in-law of George

died on May

Holyoke High School in 1978,

of Richard F. Connolly ’61 and

Kelleher ’78; Elizabeth Ann

17, 2015, at 67.

followed by a post-graduate year

uncle of Kevin Connolly ’10;

Schmit, mother of Anna Doyle ’96,

Mr. Cullen majored in history at

at Deerfield (Massachusetts)

James McEvoy, brother of Albert

of the biology department, and

Holy Cross and then went on to

Academy. He was a standout

McEvoy ’51; Roseann McEvoy,

mother-in-law of James Doyle

pursue a master’s degree in public

athlete in football, swimming and

niece of Albert McEvoy ’51; Harry

’96, of the biology department;

administration at State University

track. He held all-Massachusetts

Gillin, son of Eugene Gillin ’70

Susan Shanahan, mother of

of New York (SUNY) Albany. He

records in track and was a part

and brother of Deirdre Gillin

Collin Shanahan ’20; Withold

graduated in 1972 and began a

of the varsity track team at

Ruttle ’02 and Kayla Gillin ’09;

Sulimirski, father of Ela Sulimirski

long career in the New York State

Holy Cross. After graduating

Mary-Ann Haran, mother of Sean

Landegger ’81; Maureen Waters,

service, first as a bingo control

from the College in 1983, he

Quinn ’16; Sheila Ann (McCarty)

mother of Lee Oser, of the English

inspector, and then worked in the

earned a medical degree at New

Hart, mother of Robert Hart, of

department, and grandmother of

Department of Labor, Department

York Medical College in 1988.

public safety; Kenneth R. Kiess,

Eleanor Oser ’20; Sylvia Whalen,

of Social Services and the

He completed his internship

husband of Julie Zier ’84; Sean

wife of the late Edward Whalen,

Division of Medical Assistance.

at Berkshire Medical Center

Hickman, husband of Suzanne

M.D., ’57. ■



Holy Cross Honors 3








he dedicated staff in the Holy Cross Archives and Special Collections curated this assortment of medals, awards, badges and patches for an HCM photoshoot. These items lend insight into how the College recognized members of the community throughout history, as well as which values were prominent in different eras. The Archives serve as the institutional memory of Holy Cross, an important record of where our College has been. Learn more about each of these pieces of Holy Cross history: 1 U.S. NAVY DOG TAGS OF REV. JOSEPH T. O’CALLAHAN, S.J. Fr. O’Callahan was the first Navy chaplain to receive the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest decoration for valor, for his service aboard the U.S.S. Franklin during World War II. An aircraft carrier known as “Big Ben,” the Franklin was nearly destroyed by a kamikaze attack in the Okinawa campaign in Japan in early 1945, which killed hundreds of sailors. Fr. O’Callahan organized and led firefighting crews, preventing a potentially fatal explosion, while ministering to the injured and dying sailors. After the war, Fr. O’Callahan served as the Navy Chaplain and a professor of math and physics at the College. Today, the O’Callahan Society is named in his honor. This alumni group encourages and cultivates the traditions associated with the Jesuit, liberal arts education of military and naval officers and supports the Naval ROTC unit at Holy Cross. 2 MID-19TH CENTURY TEMPERANCE MEDAL The medal reads, “I promise to abstain from all intoxicating drinks etc. except used medicinally and by order of a medical


man and to discountenance the cause & practice of intemperance.” The early days of the College, which was founded in 1843, coincided with the temperance movement across the nation, which discouraged the consumption of alcohol. One of the members of the earliest classes at Holy Cross might have carried this medal as a sign of his commitment to the movement.

3 ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, PRESENTED TO CHARLES M. GAUREN, 1867 Gauren, a member of the Class of 1867, received this medal, known as the Cross of Honor, for his accomplishments in French. Other historical documents from that year indicate that French wasn’t his only strength: The poetry major was also recognized at the commencement ceremony for his achievements in elocution, poetry, English composition and math. 4 RELIC OF ST. EDITH STEIN St. Edith Stein, the namesake of academic building Stein Hall on campus, was a member of the Carmelite Order of sisters in Germany. A convert to Catholicism from Judaism, Stein was arrested by the Nazis when they started persecuting Catholics of Jewish heritage during World War II, and she ultimately died at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942. Prior to her arrest, she was a writer and researcher, while still maintaining her contemplative life with the sisters. Holy Cross is the first American educational institution to name a building for the saint. 5 TYPOGRAPHIC PLATE FOR THE 2ND SEAL OF THE COLLEGE The second iteration of the College of the Holy Cross seal, which featured a cross in the sky, was used between 1865 and the 1920s. The seal also featured a hill, to represent the topography of the College, and trains and ships to indicate the commerce of the city of Worcester. A globe, books and a telescope represented the study of the liberal arts. This plate with the seal’s image was used with a

9 6 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ W I N T ER 2 017

letterpress, to imprint the seal on paper. 6 CLASS OF 1880 REUNION RIBBON HANGER Believed to be a ribbon holder for a Class of 1880 reunion, this ornate piece features a large, winged bird holding a Holy Cross flag in its beak. 7 1905 COMMENCEMENT RIBBON 1905 was the 62nd Commencement ceremony at Holy Cross, and the first to be held on Fitton Field. The speaker and guest of honor was President Theodore Roosevelt. In the Spring 2012 issue of HCM, Loren Cass, professor of political science, wrote about Roosevelt’s visit to campus: “Congratulating the College for its baseball victory earlier that year over his alma mater, Harvard, he went on to commend Holy Cross for its excellence in training the next generation of American citizens. He personally greeted each of the 37 students receiving their B.A. degrees and the three students receiving M.A. degrees that day. Following the event, he planted a commemorative elm tree near what is today the tennis courts, which remains a testament to his visit and the growing national reputation that Holy Cross was establishing at the turn of the 20th century.” 8 MEDAL COMMEMORATING REV. WILLIAM F. DAVITT, CLASS OF 1907 Fr. Davitt was the last American officer to die in World War I. He was killed on the last day of the war, November 11, 1918, when the Germans fired one last shell over enemy lines about 90 minutes before the armistice took effect. According to our College historian, Rev. Anthony J. Kuzniewski, S.J., Fr. Davitt played tackle on the football team while he was an undergraduate, then went on to become a priest in the Diocese of Springfield and volunteer as a military chaplain in the war. Fr. Kuzniewski wrote of Fr. Davitt in the Summer 2007 issue of Holy Cross Magazine: “He was cited for bravery after leading a rescue party, under German machinegun fire, that successfully brought the [40 wounded American] men back to safety.” This series of medals, awards, badges and patches is just one of many groups of historical items preserved in the Holy Cross Archives. A larger sampling of the small trinkets—including more patches, watches, buckles, ribbons, pins, jewelry and tags—are highlighted on the cover of this issue. We’ll explore more about these items and similar collections in Artifact in future issues. ■ — Maura Sullivan Hill with contributions by Mark Savolis and Sarah Campbell of the Holy Cross Archives





Artist-in-residence Patrick Dougherty constructs one of his Stickwork sculptures on Linden Lane.


Holy Cross Pulitzer Prize Winners The Pulitzer Prize is marking its centennial anniversary in 2016-2017, celebrating 100 years of excellence in journalism and the arts. The prize is awarded for achievement in American journalism, literature and music, and is one of the highest honors in these fields. FIVE HOLY CROSS ALUMNI HAVE WON THIS DISTINGUISHED PRIZE: Dave Anderson ’51, New York Times sports columnist Michael Days ’75, Philadelphia Daily News editor John Higgins ’76, editorial cartoonist at the Chicago Sun-Times Edward P. Jones ’72, novelist and short story writer Laurence G. O’Donnell ’57 P88, 83, former Wall Street Journal editor

CATCH ING UP Over the next few issues, we are going to catch up on the backlog of In Memoriam by dedicating more pages to our alumni obituaries. Giving a proper last remembrance to our alumni is important to us, and we appreciate your patience.

TEL L US MOR E How are we doing? Any story ideas? What should our next themed issue be about? We’d like to hear from you.

M A IL Maura Sullivan Hill, Interim Editor One College St. Worcester, Mass. 01610

ALS O Joseph P. Donelan II ’72, founder of Donelan Family Wines and benefactor of the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning • Syllabus explores the Classics department with a visit to Professor John Hamilton’s Power, Persuasion and the Law class • The on-campus screening of the ESPN 30 for 30 short, “The Throwback,” about Crusader football star Gordie Lockbaum ’88

E M A IL FO L LOW US O N T W IT T E R @holycrossmag



Nighttime at the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center in West Boylston, Massachusetts, over the weekend of Nov. 18-20, 2016, when students participated in the Manresa retreat. This retreat is named for the place in Spain where St. Ignatius of Loyola prayed in solitude and formed the basis for his “Spiritual Exercises.” The retreat helps students encounter God in their relationships and community, as Ignatius did.


Holy Cross Magazine - Winter 2017  

College of the Holy Cross Magazine - Winter 2017

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you