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Fr. Kuzniewski speaks alongside Tracy Barlok, Fr. Boroughs, Fr. Harman, Fr. Campbell and Fr. Savard on April 29, 2016, at the dedication of the field bearing his name.
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To Every Thing, A Season
aving grown up in temperate Seattle, I enjoy living in New England, where there are four distinct seasons. I am particularly fascinated by winter — watching snow fall and entering the peaceful silence it invites. I readily admit, that living on campus, I don’t have to shovel it, and I have come to appreciate the hard work of our facilities crew, who keep our hilly campus clear and functional at all hours, as well as the challenges faculty and staff face in getting to and from work. With spring now on the horizon, all of us on Mount St. James anticipate multiple forms of new life. The days are getting demonstrably longer, flowers will soon appear and, finally, it is time to get our cars washed.
This winter I had an early glimpse into the power of Easter hope. Days before Christmas, my old friend and legendary Holy Cross faculty member, Rev. Tony Kuzniewski, S.J., died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. In the few months leading up to his death, all of us who knew Tony were extremely moved by his peaceful acceptance of death and his radical hope in the power of Jesus’ resurrection. Weeks before he died, Tony told me how excited he was to meet the Lord face to face. You will be moved by the reflections on the following pages regarding this faithfilled and faithful Jesuit, who gave nearly four decades of extraordinary teaching and generous service to our students. And as we celebrate Tony’s new life in Christ, during the Easter season we also will welcome two of our students into the Catholic community and several more who will be confirmed.
As the seasons change, so too will two members of my executive team. After 20 years of visionary leadership, Jackie Peterson will retire as our vice president for student affairs and dean of students. As you will read, her impact will live on in the students she has mentored. And, while Frank Vellaccio is stepping down as senior vice president, he will continue to serve the College for a few more years in the advancement office and by leading special projects. In the months ahead, Margaret Freije will become provost of the College with added responsibilities, and we will welcome a new vice president for student affairs and dean of students, as well as a new vice president for communications. As we plan for commencement in May, it is always encouraging to read about the creative work of our faculty and the impact our alumni have on the world. Of special note: Che Anderson ’11, who was recently named Worcester Magazine’s person of the year, wants to replicate Worcester’s urban art renaissance in other post-industrial cities; Joe Donelan ’72 discusses his family’s spirited wine business; and our new Creative Spaces feature takes you behind the scenes of faculty hard at work. Finally, I am pleased to report that our comprehensive campaign moves forward with great enthusiasm and generous support. Our Valentine’s Day giving challenge broke new records and caught the imagination of current students as well as alums across the country. Because of your support, Holy Cross approaches our future with energy and hope. ■ Blessings,
Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J.
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A Mass kit that belonged to Rev. Charles C. Conaty, class of 1912 (inset), when he was a U.S. Army chaplain during WWI. This suitcase, which held everything he needed to say Mass, accompanied him on the battlefields of France. More in Artifact on Page 96.
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8 Campus Notebook 8 Snapshot 10 Spotlight 14 On The Hill 18 Faculty & Staff 18 Creative Spaces 24 Headliners 28 Syllabus 30 His Honored Name: Remembering Rev. Anthony Kuzniewski, S.J., 1945 - 2016 Fr. K passed away in December after 40 years at the College, and his impact will not soon be forgotten by the generations of alumni,
faculty and staff who lived and learned with him. In tribute to this beloved professor, mentor and chaplain, HCM looks back at his life and shares memories from members of the Holy Cross community who loved him. 38 Faith Without Boundaries Holy Cross chaplains meet students wherever they are — on the field, in the classroom or in the residence hall — to accompany them on their faith journeys. The work of the chaplains integrates spirituality into all aspects of life on The Hill. 44 Revisionist Che Anderson ’11 tapped the arts to change public
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perception in Worcester. Now, he hopes to ignite similar artistic revivals in post-industrial cities seeking reinvention. 50 The Pursuit of Excellence For his winery and his alma mater, Joe Donelan ’72 — benefactor of the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning — expects nothing less than the best. 52 Sports Model Player: Marcellis Perkins ’19 was recruited because he’s good at basketball. But it’s his off-the-court goal — to be a man for others — that makes him great. Plus, a Q&A with retiring golf coach Bob Molt
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MEMORIES OF FR. K After Fr. K’s passing, we invited people to share their memories with HCM. When we compiled them all, there were more than 30 pages of memories, photos and “thank yous” for this remarkable man. Some are included in the story on Page 30, and you can find the rest at magazine.holycross.edu.
P09 and the 100th anniversary of a running world record set by Andy Kelly of the class of 1917. It’s all in HCM’s newly expanded Sports section.
CIVILITY QUIZ Christine Porath ’95, an expert on workplace civility, wrote the In Your Own Words alumni essay on Page 70. Read her take on why being treated with respect is more important to employees than recognition, appreciation — even promotions — and then go to magazine.holycross.edu to take a quiz that assesses how respectful you are in the workplace.
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CONTACT US Che Anderson ’11, pictured in downtown Worcester, jokes that, these days, one of his hobbies is watching paint dry. He led the efforts to bring the Pow! Wow! mural festival to the city last year, and has become quite the expert on how public art can be part of revitalizing post-industrial cities. Now, other cities in Massachusetts want to tap into his skill, connections and enthusiasm to cultivate their own renaissance, modeled after Worcester’s rise. Lynn is the next city on the list, and you can read more about the plans — and why Anderson is such an avid supporter of public art — on Page 44.
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DEAR HCM, editor’s note Peter generously donated all the mentioned items to the Holy Cross beekeepers, Anthony Criscitiello ’17, Mary Patrice Hamilton ’17 and Professor Justin McAlister. He dropped off the donation during a visit to Mount St. James to cheer on the Crusader basketball team!
Professors on Pericles Having read in the Holy Cross Magazine about [Professor Thomas R.] Martin’s book on Pericles, I thought it would be nice to know that Anthony J. Podlecki ’57, emeritus professor of classics at the University of British Columbia, wrote an elegant, engaging book “Perikles and His Circle,” first published in 1998 by Routledge in London. ■
“Like most writers, he had undoubtedly experienced the ego-blowing sting of rejection, and surely he knew that in the business of writing, one person’s opinion doesn’t mean much. Ultimately, what matters more is an individual’s perseverance and diligence.” — Annmarie Drumgoole McLaughlin ’93, on the late Professor Richard Rodino
A Generous Gift The Fall issue of the HC Magazine had a cover story on the biology department’s bees. Some years ago I decided to try my hand at beekeeping. I kept at it for a couple of years until the varroa mite killed my bees, and many more, as you know. My beekeeping days are over and I am left with lots of material. I have helmets, nets, protective outfits, boxes,
Edwin J. Manning, M.D., ’57 Scottsdale, Arizona
editor’s note In the Fall 2016 Food Issue, we featured Alan Donovan ’13 and his efforts to open an oatmeal café. Oat Shop is now up and running in Somerville, and is a hit among Holy Cross alumni:
I write to ask if the students in the biology department could use the gear and equipment. I would be happy to donate it to Holy Cross. It would be great if you can use it. ■
The opening has gone really well so far and we have stayed busy. One amazing aspect has been how it has reconnected me with many Holy Cross classmates. Many people saw it in the magazine and have come by to visit, and even some that I didn’t know at Holy Cross. It really shows the strength and engagement of the alumni community. ■
Peter Keenan ’71 Sutton, Massachusetts
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frames and various parts and components, most of which are in the original boxes. None of the items have been used, except the protective gear.
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Increasing Density The magazine just gets more and more interesting. It is dense in a good way, and there is so much interesting content that would appeal to anybody! ■
John McGrade, M.D., ’61 via phone Brookfield, Connecticut
More Food Careers Hello HC Magazine, just loved your Food Issue!! I work at the Combat Feeding Directorate for the U.S. Army. I work on food packaging — packaging that has a three-year shelf life for our war fighters. We work with industry and academia, as well as other government agencies. The entire directorate works on the food research, equipment, nutrition and packaging. I sometimes say the “food is only as good as the packaging!!” ■
Jo Ann Ratto, Ph.D., ’85 Nashua, New Hampshire
Happy Reader We just got your winter issue yesterday, and can’t wait to read it this weekend. Keep up the great work — each issue gets better and better and keeps us feeling connected to our school. ■
Lindsey Stanton ’11 New Brunswick, New Jersey
Remembering Professor Rodino On the first day of my second semester at Holy
even more than that. I want them to learn that anything you value in life is something for which you strive, not something you casually wish for when you blow out your birthday candles. What I respect most about Professor Rodino’s advice to me is that he refused to comment on his perception of my talent (or lack thereof). Like most writers, he had undoubtedly experienced the ego-blowing sting of rejection, and surely he knew that in the business of writing, one person’s opinion doesn’t mean much. Ultimately, what matters more is an individual’s perseverance and diligence.
Cross, my English professor walked into the classroom, flicked on the light switch, and announced, “How metaphoric: the professor walks in, and the lights come on.” Since becoming a teacher myself, it’s a line I’ve longed to use in the classroom, but I don’t think I quite have the bluster to pull it off. Professor Rodino’s largerthan-life personality filled the room and drew you in. His booming voice provided great entertainment in class, and I hung on his every word. When he reprinted a copy of an essay I had written on Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” and distributed it to the class, I was ecstatic. I was not the sort of student who casually dropped by during professors’ office hours just to chat, but I followed him
back to his office one day and asked if he thought I had what it took to become a writer. (He was the co-author of a successful mystery series, pictured above.) He hesitated just long enough to make me think, “He’s trying to find a way to let me down gently,” but instead he said, “You have to be willing to edit, edit, edit.” That conversation has stayed with me ever since. I think of it almost every time I open a Word document, and it has turned out to be possibly the best advice I’ve ever received, because it doesn’t apply just to writing; it is arguably a metaphor for life. I’ve spent more hours than I can count editing my students’ papers with the hope that they will become better writers. Still, I want them to walk away with
Less than a year after bursting into our classroom in Beaven Hall, Professor Rodino died at the age of 41. That was just over 25 years ago. It was a huge blow to the Holy Cross community, and personally, I was devastated. I am forever grateful for Professor Rodino’s advice. I am also gratified to know that an annual lecture is given in his honor on the college campus where he regularly “turned on the lights.” I hope that he knows how brightly his light continues to shine over those he graced with his wisdom. ■
Annmarie Drumgoole McLaughlin ’93
professor of writing and research, St. Joseph’s Seminary Yonkers, New York adjunct instructor of theology, St. John’s University, Jamaica, New York
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Professor Rodino, is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College. It is given annually by a faculty member and focuses on the aim of the liberal arts.
Erratum In the Winter 2017 issue, the incorrect dates were listed on Page 75 for Reunion 2017 for the classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and Purple Knights. The correct dates are June 9-11, 2017. On Page 15, we listed the Holy Cross-affiliated Jesuits who attended the Jesuit General Congregation council in Rome in 2016, and inadvertently left one off the list. Fr. M.K. George, the provincial of Kerala, India, was in attendance at the council and was an international visiting Jesuit fellow at Holy Cross in 2008 and 2009. On Page 87, the obituary of Robert G. Burns, D.D.S., ’51 noted that he was stationed at the Naval Submarine Base in New London, Connecticut. Naval Submarine Base New London is actually located in Groton, and is named for the New London county. Holy Cross Magazine regrets these errors.
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“ What’s Holy Cross all about, anyway?”
t’s the question countless people have asked and tried to answer. It’s what skeptical, prospective students wonder, and what dedicated faculty and proud alumni debate. But when you’re the new editorial director, the question takes on a different urgency. After all, my team is charged with telling the Holy Cross story. I’d better know the recipe for the special sauce. As soon as I moved into my office on Mount St. James this winter, that question greeted me. It sidled alongside me as I toured the campus. It perched on my shoulder as I poured through viewbooks and clicked through the website. It waited patiently as I learned about the Jesuits, about social justice, about Monserrat. All intriguing, all impressive — and yet still, the question remained.
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Until a recent Friday afternoon inside Rehm Library. Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jackie Peterson had announced her impending retirement this summer after 20 years, and my team wanted to celebrate her significant impact in this issue. What better way, we agreed, than to ask an alum to interview her? And so I welcomed the dean and Antonio Willis-Berry ’13 into the library that day, sat down with my laptop and turned on my recorder. Relax, I told them. This is totally informal. Just be yourselves. I needn’t have worried. Memories, warmth and laughter poured forth. The stories were funny, serious and insightful. She talked about being the first — and only — woman and person of color on the president’s executive team for several years. He recalled their first conversation together — over lunch at Crossroads — and how her ongoing support and counsel inspired his career path. More powerful than their words were the honesty, respect and true friendship that flowed from their smiles and gestures. Their exchange was so touching and genuine, I was reluctant to wrap it up.
And there it was. The Holy Cross experience, in living color and rich detail. It was the perfect illustration of what sets a Holy Cross education apart from the rest. Faculty and administrators turn into mentors. They go the extra mile. And their students are forever changed because of it. Witnessing that conversation gave me new context for other stories we’re sharing in this issue of Holy Cross Magazine. Che Anderson ’11 might have taken his many talents to New York City, had it not been for the wise words of then-director of government and community relations at Holy Cross, Ed Augustus, who convinced him to think twice about Worcester (Page 44). And Fr. Kuzniewski, lovingly known to this community as Fr. K, had a deep impact on countless students, many of whom shared their stories following his death last December (Page 30). As for Dean Peterson’s impact and Willis-Berry’s words of gratitude, you can read their full conversation beginning on Page 10. In my short time here, I’ve heard amazing things about Holy Cross’ impressive alumni network. I’ve seen them, too — smashing the record for the most donations to a liberal arts college in 24 hours this past February made for a pretty exciting work day. So I have no doubt our readers possess a million different stories that, for them, illustrate the power of the Holy Cross experience. I hope I have the opportunity to hear some of them, and perhaps experience more of my own. For now, I’ll chalk up that afternoon in Rehm to one of my best days yet at Holy Cross. Because that is the kind of community I came looking for. ■ Warmly,
Rebecca Fater Editorial Director
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joined the College Marketing and Communications team in late 2016 to develop and execute content strategy. Combining her passions for storytelling, brand development and education gets her out of bed in the morning (along with strong coffee). Coming home to the world’s best kids and superhero husband makes her day complete.
writes, edits and plans content for the magazine, including campus news, class notes and obituaries. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in American studies and journalism, she has also written for Notre Dame Magazine, Loyola Magazine, the Scranton Journal and South Shore Living magazine. In this issue, Maura wrote the tribute to Fr. K (Page 30) and the story about chaplains on Page 38.
has now been a part of the HCM team for over five and a half years — with this being his 23rd issue. He is a graduate of Clark University with a degree in studio art. With his seasonal affective disorder slowly winding down as the last of the snow melts, he is looking forward to swinging a tennis racket again and (hopefully) defending his championship title at the Annual Albano Family Easter Egg Hunt/ Scramble/Massacre.
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, Meredith dug into the history of a WWI Mass kit for Artifact (Page 96).
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 Connecticut with his family.
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W R I T E RS 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. He wrote our cover story, “Revisionist,” on Page 44. 2 CHRISTINE PORATH ’95 is an associate professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, author of “Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace” and co-author of “The Cost of Bad Behavior.” She received her Ph.D. from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Christine was an economics major at Holy Cross, as well as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the women’s basketball and soccer teams. She wrote the In Your Own Words Alumni Essay on Page 70. 3 REBECCA (TESSITORE) SMITH ’99 AND 4 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. In this issue, Rebecca and Kim wrote the profile of Joe Donelan ’72 on Page 50 and also served as our copy editors. 5 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.’” In this issue, she wrote “The Path of Persistence,” about Kate Barrett ’14 and her inspiring journey to walk again after a skiing accident (Page 72). CA MPUS CON T R I B U TORS 6 THE HOLY CROSS ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS TEAM collects, preserves, arranges and describes records of permanent value from the College’s founding in 1843 to the present. Made up of MARK SAVOLIS ’77, archivist, SARAH CAMPBELL, assistant archivist, and HANNAH KOLESAR, archival assistant, this team is an invaluable resource for HCM — we couldn’t put together an issue without their historical research and context, as well as the access to archival images and objects. In this issue, they shared the background on an alumnus’ running world record in Sports (Page 56) and the Mass kit in Artifact (Page 96), as well as photos and information for obituaries. 7 JESSICA KENNEDY is the manager for media relations and communications in the College Marketing and Communications office. 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 degree in fiction from Pine Manor College. 8 NICK MARKANTONATOS is the assistant director of web content. A member of the College Marketing and Communications office for 12 years, he holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a master’s in professional communication from Clark University. 9 EVANGELIA STEFANAKOS ’14 is the staff writer for College Marketing and Communications, writing primarily for the College’s online newsroom. She studied English and art history at Holy Cross and is a steadfast advocate of the oxford comma. I N T ER NS 10 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, she wrote “Model Player,” about basketball player Marcellis Perkins ’19 (Page 52). 11 MICHELLE K. JIN ’17 is a psychology major/studio art minor from the state of New York. She enjoys brunching, organizing events and do-it-yourself crafting. When not on The Hill, you will likely find her scoping out new venues to Yelp in town. Michelle intends to pursue a career in public relations or account management post-graduation. In this issue, she wrote the Book Notes (Page 66) and the ticker tape news in Campus Notebook. 12 CAROLINE SHANNON ’17 is originally from Lynnfield, Massachusetts, and is a political science major with a minor in environmental studies. She is a member of the Political Science Student Advisory Committee and the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. In this issue Caroline interviewed retiring golf coach Bob Molt (Page 54) and discovered Holy Cross alumni who won the Pulitzer Prize (Page 63).
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Jackie Peterson and Antonio Willis-Berry â€™13 talk and reminisce in Rehm Library about her 20-year career at Holy Cross.
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Putting Students First A Conversation with Jackie Peterson
hen Holy Cross set out to restructure the Department of Student Affairs 20 years ago, it was Jacqueline Peterson who accepted the challenge. In doing so, she became the first female, first person of color and first lay person appointed to the president’s cabinet. But making history is only part of Peterson’s legacy. As vice president for student affairs and dean of students, she impacted hundreds of young people who credit her and Student Affairs with the guidance and support they needed during a critical time of their development. She announced plans to retire at the end of this academic year, and HCM will feature a celebration of her career and accomplishments in the summer issue. For this issue, HCM invited Peterson to converse about her career with Antonio Willis-Berry ‘13, currently the assistant director of housing operations at Bentley University, where his goal is to make a difference for students in higher education - just as Peterson did for him.
ANTONIO WILLIS-BERRY Tell me about what drew you to Holy Cross. What most excited you about becoming vice president of student affairs?
JACKIE PETERSON I knew the College had an outstanding academic reputation, and the Ignatian values and mission truly resonated with my own personal values. They were looking for someone who could build a student-focused, studentcentered educational experience that went beyond the academics – because clearly the academics were stellar. So I said, ‘Well, that’s a good place to be.’ And I love a challenge.
WILLIS-BERRY I know you do. What was it like when you first arrived in Worcester? PETERSON I remember being a bit overwhelmed. In my past experience [with a new job], you come in, you settle into your office, you start to meet people. But the College had planned a really large welcoming reception for me with members from the [Worcester] community, including city officials, clergy and representatives from the public schools. I didn’t expect that! But I was gratified to see it, because – I have to admit – I wasn’t really sure about Worcester. But that reception showed me there is a strong community here. It is one of the fondest memories I have. WILLIS-BERRY I remember when I got here as a first-year student, it was quite interesting to know there was only one cabinet member of color. What was that like, to be the only person for a period of time? PETERSON Not only was I the only person of color, I was the only woman. [Laughs] And that lasted a really long time. Let’s face it – I was the first since the College had been founded in 1843. [Tracy Barlok, the next woman to join the president’s cabinet, was appointed vice president for development and alumni relations in 2012.] Sometimes I wondered if the challenges I found myself up against as an executive and a woman and a lay person were brought on as a result of my race or my gender, and the fact that I am Christian but not Catholic. I knew I had to hit the ground running with getting up to spec on understanding how Catholicism affects an undergraduate experience. I’m a product of two Catholic institutions [as an undergraduate student and as a graduate student]. But it’s very different when you’re a policy maker, a decision maker, a leader.
WILLIS-BERRY I could see that playing out as a student. There were decisions made when I was here that some might say don’t fit within more traditional
Catholic teaching. But those decisions, such as acknowledging the rights of transgender students, were made because they were good decisions.
PETERSON That was a profound decision in so many ways. When I first arrived on campus, I walked into my new office and found stacks of files waiting for me. The first thing I see is a letter on top of the pile with about five or six pages of student signatures. The letter was addressed to the administration and it requested the establishment and recognition of a gay, lesbian, bi, transgender and questioning group – specifically, AbBiGaLe [known today as PRIDE]. Then, on top of that, was the response from the administration that said, ‘We’ve received your letter, and we have a new vice president arriving shortly. And we will take this matter up when that person arrives.’ [They both laugh] True story! So my initial reaction was, ‘OK. This is a no-brainer. It’s the 21st century.’ But then I realized I had to step back and really take stock of where I was. This was not a kneejerk decision that I would be making, but that I would need to have a process in place where we can vet broadly the community’s questions. So I created a think tank, and I chose stakeholders from the different constituencies on campus – including the student proponents. My charge to them was to study whether it would be developmentally sound for students to have such a group, whether it would be spiritually important and whether there would be any negatives. At the end of the day, the trustees endorsed the recognition of AbBiGaLe.
WILLIS-BERRY You and I had always joked that I would be the next VP at Holy Cross. That’s obviously not happening – I still have things I need to learn. But where I am today in my career is in large part due to your guidance, your leadership. And one of the first conversations we really had was when you took me to Crossroads, and we had salads in the pub and talked about life and my career path. I think I was a sophomore at the time.
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Peterson shakes hands with a member of the class of 2016 after she received her diploma at commencement on May 27, 2016 at the DCU Center in Worcester.
And I know that other alums are invested in similar careers, thanks to you. How does it feel to know you’ve made such an impact?
PETERSON You know, yesterday I had a lunch meeting at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a friend and colleague of mine. As we went into the dining hall, a woman stopped me. She said, ‘Dean Peterson, do you remember me?’ I looked at her – I didn’t remember her name, but I certainly remembered her face. She told me she’s completing her doctoral studies in higher education. And then she said, ‘I want to thank you, because what I’m doing today is in great part due to you as a role model and your mentoring.’ That interaction just happened 24 hours ago! It was
so humbling. You don’t always know if you’ve made an impact. I’m in this business because I hoped I could make a difference and give back. And to hear from others that I’ve made a difference – that’s what it’s all about.
WILLIS-BERRY I agree. I leave work some days saying, ‘I don’t think I changed anyone’s life today,’ but I know I have to come back tomorrow and keep going. It’s important to keep in mind that the work we do isn’t about looking for immediate gratification, but a long-term reward. With that in mind, what would you say your legacy here has been?
PETERSON I’m fortunate that I’ve been at the table for some very important conversations at the College, specifically
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around diversity and inclusiveness. Sometimes I had to say the things that no one else thought of saying – things that challenged us as a community. Because, for a long time, the people on this campus and sitting around that table – they didn’t look like me, and they didn’t look like you. And yet we all wanted more people on this campus that represented the diversity of our society. Today, we’ve successfully increased the diversity among our student body to 26 percent. But increasing the number of people of color does not fully address the goal of inclusivity and welcoming everyone. That takes more work. And, if we go back to the model of men and women for and with others, we need to ask: How do we do that when not all
(clockwise from top left) Teaching a leadership seminar to first-year students; assisting Fr. Boroughs in presenting the Presidential Service Award to a graduating senior; posing with the student/faculty delegation attending an international summit at the University of South Africa in Bloemfontein; speaking with students at her annual SGA dinner
men and women look the same or come from the same background? I’m hoping I helped others learn more about people who are different from themselves, and to see there are just as many ways that we’re the same.
WILLIS-BERRY You battled breast cancer when I was a student. It seemed that the entire College supported you in that time. What was that experience like?
PETERSON I was diagnosed in 2012. And that is when – for me – the College’s mission and values truly manifested.
excited for you and quite angry at the same time. Excited in knowing that whatever you set your mind to next, you’ll do very well. And angry, because future students won’t have the same opportunity to benefit from your influence as I did. I had a great experience at Holy Cross – due in large part to my involvement in extracurricular activities – which I know you had a huge hand in creating. I remember how some of my peers struggled, because they felt out of place. I never felt that way, and the reason is because I had people like you that I could talk to. I felt so comfortable. I felt so at home. You in some way helped create that really great experience, and I appreciate that. And I wish you well.
PETERSON To me, that is Holy Cross.
PETERSON I appreciate that. And I will
WILLIS-BERRY When I found out you
miss the students the most. They have made me a better person, because I have learned so much from them. ■
I saw it up close and personal. The hundreds of cards I received from students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni and trustees were just mindboggling. The meals that my colleagues prepared for me during chemotherapy and hand delivered to my home – it was something that I’ll never forget. You see this necklace? [Picks up jewelry] My staff each took one of these purple stones and carried them around for a week, reflecting and praying over them for me. And then they put this necklace together and wrote a little synopsis of their wishes for me.
WILLIS-BERRY Wow. That just gave me
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Social justice activist Shaun King challenges students to address injustice
It’s hard to understand a moment in history when you’re in it,” said Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, speaking to the more than 500 students, faculty, staff and local community members who filled the Hogan Ballroom and Seelos Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 7. King spent his 60-minute lecture offering examples of slavery, genocide, racial profiling and police brutality to unpack the importance of understanding
how injustice fits into human history.
organize in hopes of rising out of it.
“It is a misconception that because technology has been steadily advancing throughout history, so has humanity,” said King, senior justice writer for the New York Daily News and prominent social media figure, who was invited by the Black Student Union as keynote speaker for Black History Month. “While technology continues to improve, humanity’s path doesn’t follow the same pattern.”
In line with the evening’s theme of social justice and activism, one audience member asked King his advice on how people can work to climb out of this “dip.”
He pointed to two drastically different graphs projected onstage: one illustrating steady growth, and the other showing a series of random peaks and valleys. The transatlantic slave trade, the Holocaust and Jim Crow laws are examples of those valleys, or “dips,” where the world was improving but humanity was declining, he said. This awareness is the first, critical step in recognizing when we are in a dip, which humanity is currently experiencing, he argued. It is only then that humanity can
“Ask yourself, ‘What bothers me the most in this world?’” King responded. “And decide to be the change for that issue.” For Elena Ferguson ’17, King’s address offered practical suggestions on how to create change. “In order to rise to that ‘peak’ of humanity or achieve any goal, one must employ time and effort, but most importantly strategy. These three elements are the types of organization necessary to make change happen,” she said. “I will carry with me postgraduation that no one can tell me to do this type of social justice, that I have to have the passion for it and that is what will sustain me.” ■
— Evangelia Stefanakos ’14
DECEMBER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS RANKED #1 JJ Dunn ’18, Hannah Solomons ’18 and Isabella Cuellar ’18 fly the Holy Cross colors at the Three Sisters Rock Formation, part of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia. The trio is studying abroad as part of the College’s renowned yearlong study abroad program, which was ranked No. 1 for long-term study abroad programs by the Institute for International Education for 2016. Over the last eight years, Holy Cross has been consistently ranked in the top three on this list. This year, 98 students engaged with their global communities by studying abroad — 25 more students than any other baccalaureate institution. 1 4 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ S PR I N G 2 017
or the second year in a row, Holy Cross landed at No. 2 on the USA Today College annual ranking of the Top 10 Roman Catholic Colleges in the U.S. Surpassed only by the University of Notre Dame, Holy Cross beat the likes of Georgetown University (No. 3), Boston College (No. 4) and Villanova University (No. 5).
IAHC Day beats Colgate’s record
ntil February 14, 2017, Colgate University held the record for the most donors to a liberal arts college in a 24-hour period. They set their record of 5,683 donors in 2013.
But this Valentine’s Day, the Holy Cross community shattered that record and set one of its own with the “I LOVE HC” fundraising challenge. Here’s the historymaking success, by the numbers:
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Read more about the excitement of the I Love HC Challenge at holycross.edu/hcm/ love. ■ — Maura Sullivan Hill
Total number of donors: 6,111 Amount raised: $1,848,787 Class with the highest rate of
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USA Today praised Holy Cross for “giving students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members in order to promote innovative thinking across numerous disciplines,” and equipping students with “the knowledge and skills needed to make a difference in the world.” ■
— Maura Sullivan Hill
participation: 2017 Hour that broke the record: 10 – 11 p.m. Hour with the most donors (493): 1 – 2 p.m. Number of donors who made a gift in the first hour of the challenge (midnight – 1 a.m.): 92 Number of donors who were up late and joined the challenge after 11 p.m.: 153
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rtists-in-Residence Adam Golka, Saul Bitrán and Jan Müller-Szeraws performed a naturethemed concert on March 16 in Brooks Concert Hall, exploring the inspiration and search for meaning gleaned from nature in classical songs. The concert was held in conjunction with Stickwork, an exhibition created by fellow artist-inresidence Patrick Dougherty and more than 300 Holy Cross volunteers. Stickwork can be viewed on Linden Lane through 2017. ■
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ONE IN 900 Senior Victoria Mousley was selected from more than 900 national applicants for the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The Marshall Scholarship will financially support Mousley as she studies neuroscience language at University College London, with the aim of reforming education policy particularly for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Mousley is also the recipient of the 2016 Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
OPEN REFLECTION For the second year in a row, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a campus-wide book read in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This year’s choice was “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. On January 30, 180 members of the Holy Cross community gathered in small groups to discuss the #1 New York Times Best Seller, exploring themes including racism and education, and how they affect the HC community and beyond. ON THE HILL / CAMPUS NOTEBOOK / 15
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lumni returned to The Hill on Feb. 25 for a day of family activities, networking and cheering on the Crusader sports teams. The Turnpike Trophy basketball game against Boston University was sold out at the Hart Center, and the contest was a nail-biter that went into overtime. Though it wasn’t a victory for Holy Cross, the enthusiasm in the stands still made for a great Senior Day for the men’s basketball players. ■
JA N UA RY ASK MORE, PAY LESS Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
magazine ranked Holy Cross as the No. 15 best value liberal arts college, and the No. 27 best value college in the nation. With a graduation rate of 89 percent, a freshmen-retention rate of 96 percent and a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, Holy Cross is recognized for its need-blind admission approach to providing outstanding academics at an affordable cost.
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“Last Frontier” art exhibit explores the idea of borders
he spring exhibit at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, “Last Frontier: The Subjectivity of Territory,” featured the work of Latin American artists who examine the concept of borders through their art. It was on display from Jan. 25 – April 14. The exhibit, curated by V. Nicolás Koralsky, the director of the College’s study abroad program in Buenos Aires, featured photography, sculptures and video from an original concept by artist collective Arte Bajo Cero, made up of Chilean artists Julio Gaete Ardiles and Sebastian Trujillo, with research by Isabel Salazar Bravo. Koralsky organized the exhibition and collaborated with members of the College’s Spanish department, including Daniel Frost, associate professor and chair and Bridget Franco, assistant professor, as well as Roger Hankins, director of the Cantor Art Gallery, to bring “Last
Frontier” to campus. Holy Cross students who studied abroad in Argentina interviewed the artists and translated didactic materials to put together a catalog, which was published to accompany the exhibition. The art that was part of the “Last Frontier” exhibit explores the concept of borders as a dividing line between states; the reality of lived experience versus what is portrayed in the media; the dissolution of borders through globalization; borders as an experience of “us” versus “them”; and the blurring of lines between virtual and natural spaces. “The work attempts to reflect upon the subjectivity of territory — whether as a person, place or state,” says Hankins, and “[it] seeks to challenge our preconceived notions about what is known.” ■ — Paula Rosenblum, assistant
director of communications and operations, Cantor Art Gallery
he splendor of the grounds and buildings at Holy Cross landed a spot on two “most beautiful campus” lists in 2017.
Travel and Leisure magazine ranked the most beautiful campus in each of the 50 states, and Holy Cross was the choice for Massachusetts. Mount St. James also topped a list of the 30 most beautiful campuses in Massachusetts. LendEDU, an online marketplace for student loan refinancing, released the list in January. The news spread quickly on social media, with proud graduates sharing the ranking on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and both of these posts quickly became two of the College’s most popular social media posts ever. ■ — Maura Sullivan Hill
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A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL When a nerd makes
P.R.I.D.E. PRESENTS After hosting two successful drag shows, Holy Cross student group PRIDE introduced drag queen Alyssa Edwards, a fan favorite from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” for their third annual show on March 17. PRIDE creates an atmosphere of awareness, understanding and inclusivity on campus, encouraging conversation about diversity and identity.
a pact with the devil, he is promised financial and romantic success for feeding a cannibalistic talking plant — so goes the horror comedy rock musical “Little Shop of Horrors.” Julia McCarthy ’15 returned to Holy Cross to direct this Alternate College Theatre production at the Fenwick Theatre in February.
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For his winery and his alma mater, Joe Donelan ’72 expects nothing less than the best.
oly Cross faculty members publish books and articles, create art and make scientific discoveries that advance their fields. Their work has an impact in the classroom and beyond. We took a peek behind the scenes, before these finished products make it to the outside world,
to see where our extraordinary faculty work, and why these places inspire them. See where their creativity thrives, on campus and off. Step inside their worlds in the first installation of a new series in HCM that will open our newly branded Faculty & Staff section. ■
BY R E B ECCA SM IT H ’ 9 9 A N D K I M B E R LY S TA L E Y ’ 9 9 SUSAN SCHMIDT | associate professor of visual arts | Brickbottom Artists' Building | Somerville, Massachusetts
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“I was part of the founding group that converted this five-story warehouse into an artists' live/work space almost 30 years ago. The Brickbottom community is a supportive place for creative work and the exchange of ideas. My studio space has many windows overlooking an area of intense urban development, yet it is a calm, open space that allows me to work efficiently and creatively.”
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“It’s a spacious room with a lovely view. I live on the second floor of one of Worcester’s famous tripledeckers, and when I sit at the dining room table, I look down on the street. I don’t like to be isolated when I work ... when I write at this table I feel I’m not separated from the outside world. I also write at this table on theatre and film for Critics at Large every week, and for The Threepenny Review, a literary magazine.”
STEVE VINEBERG | distinguished professor of arts and humanities, theatre | Dining room table | Worcester
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For his winery and his alma mater, Joe Donelan ’72 expects nothing less than the best.
BY R E B ECCA SM IT H ’ 9 9 A N D K I M B E R LY S TA L E Y ’ 9 9 HELEN WHALL | professor of English | Fenwick Hall, Room 222
“I have been in the exact same office since I arrived at HC in 1976, which explains the accumulation of ‘stuff.’ On the back shelf and cabinets are photos of students at various stages of my work with them, from Passport, First Year Program and Montserrat, to honors presentations and graduations. For me, Fenwick 222 is primarily where I meet students and prepare classes. The room is filled with the echoes of student triumphs, struggles, sorrows, joy and laughter. Lots of laughter.”
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(from left) Fritz, Mondoux, Paxson, Ramos, Partan, Hupp, Chaudoir and Ruggieri (not pictured) Basu, Franco and Malia
he following members of the College of the Holy Cross faculty have been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure:
STEPHENIE R. CHAUDOIR, of the psychology department, earned her B.A. in psychology from Butler University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Connecticut. Her research examines the disclosure of concealable stigmatized identities, the effect of stigma-related stressors on psychological and physical health and health disparities, and the conceptualization and measurement of stigma. Her work has been published in “The Handbook of Stigma, Discrimination, and Health” (Oxford University Press, 2017), and in many peer reviewed publications, including Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Self and Identity. Her research has received external funding
from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. In 2014, Chaudoir was awarded the Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2012.
ALO C. BASU, of the psychology department, earned B.S. degrees in brain and cognitive sciences and in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Harvard University. Her research in the field of behavioral neuroscience focuses on genetic and environmental risk factors for neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly effects on the neurobiology of learning and memory. Her recent work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Behavioural Brain Research and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A.
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She was named a faculty marshal by the classes of 2014 and 2016, and has received Hewlett-Mellon Funding for curriculum development in neuroscience. She has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2011.
BRIDGET V. FRANCO, of the Spanish department, earned her B.A. in Spanish and philosophy, and her M.A. in Spanish from the University of Notre Dame, followed by her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on Latin American film studies, Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile and Uruguay) memory studies and engaged pedagogy in the Spanishlanguage curriculum. Her work has been published in journals including Hispania, Revista Iberoamericana and Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana. She is the creator of the award-winning digital humanities project Cineglos and recently launched Cinegogía, a bilingual web portal for pedagogical resources related to Latin
American film studies. Franco has been a faculty member at the College since 2009.
PETER FRITZ, of the religious studies department, earned his B.A. in fine arts studio and theology from Loyola University Chicago, his M.A. in theology from Boston College and his Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. His fields of interest include modern Catholic and Protestant theologies, theological aesthetics, theology of contemporary art and discourses critical of capitalism. He is author of the book, “Karl Rahner’s Theological Aesthetics” (Catholic University of America Press, 2014) and over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2011. AMBER M. HUPP, of the chemistry department, earned her B.A. in chemistry from Kalamazoo College and her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Michigan State University. Her research mainly focuses on analyzing biodiesel fuels and biodiesel-diesel blended fuels using gas chromatography and chemometrics. Her work has been published in a variety of places, including the Journal of Chemometrics, the Journal of the American Oil Chemists Society and Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. She has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2009.
SCOTT MALIA, of the theatre department, earned his B.A. in theatre from Florida State University, his M.A. in theatre education from Emerson College, and his Ph.D. in drama from Tufts University. Malia’s scholarship includes his book, "Giorgio Strehler Directs Carlo Goldoni" (Lexington Press, 2013) and articles published in Theatre Journal and New England Theatre Journal. His artistic scholarship has included directing the following productions at Holy Cross: "Cloud 9" (2014), "The London Merchant" (2013), "Hay Fever" (2010), and "The Servant of Two Masters" (2009). He has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2011 and served as a postdoctoral teaching fellow and visiting professor from 2008 to 2011.
MICHELLE A. MONDOUX, of the biology department, earned her A.B. in biological sciences from Smith College and her Ph.D. in molecular biology from Princeton University. Her research uses Caenorhabditis elegans as a model to understand the effects of a highglucose diet and currently focuses on the sex-specific effects of a high-glucose diet on C. elegans lifespan, healthspan and fertility, and the regulation of the C. elegans insulin-signaling system in response to a high glucose diet. Her work has been published in academic journals, including Current Signal Transduction Therapy, Genetics and AGING. She has given lectures and research talks all over the country and has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2010.
OLGA S. PARTAN, of the modern languages and literatures department, earned her B.A. in dramatic arts from the Moscow Shchukin Theater Institute in Russia, her M.A. in foreign literature from the Harvard University Extension School and her Ph.D. from the department of slavic languages at Brown University. Her fields of interest include Russian and comparative literature, performing arts and language pedagogy. She is the author of two books, “You Were Right, Filumena! Vakhtangov’s Followers Behind the Stage” (PROZAiK, 2012), a Russian-language book on theater and family history; and “Vagabonding Masks: The Italian Commedia dell’arte in the Russian Artistic Imagination” (Academic Studies Press, 2017). Her articles have been published in journals such as the Slavic and East European Journal and the Russian Review. At the College, she is the co-founder and co-director of the study abroad program in Moscow and coordinates the Studies in World Literature program. She has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2012. JULIA PAXSON, of the biology department, earned B.A. degrees in biochemistry and B.A. in mathematics from Swarthmore College, her Ph.D. in developmental biology at Yale University and her D.V.M. from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She is
board certified in large animal internal medicine and her research focuses on how aging affects the cellular response to injury by cigarette smoke, using both mammalian stem cells in culture and the nematode worm C. elegans. Her work has been published in journals including Stem Cells and Development, Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Development and PLoS ONE. She has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2012.
JUAN G. RAMOS, of the Spanish department, earned his B.A. in English and secondary education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at Newark and his M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has published articles and book chapters on the decolonial aesthetics in Latin American poetry, cinema and music; representations of migration in contemporary Latino/a American cinema and modernism in the Andes. He is co-editor of "Decolonial Approaches to Latin American Literatures and Cultures" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Recently, he was awarded Hewlett-Mellon funding for a two-day workshop titled “Reflections on History and Decolonial Pedagogies: Interdisciplinary Dialogues.” He has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2011. ERIC R. RUGGIERI, of the mathematics and computer science department, earned his B.A in mathematics/ computer science from Providence College and his Sc.M. and Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University. His research interests include Bayesian and computational statistics, with applications in climate. His work has been published in PRIMUS, the International Journal of Climatology and Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. He has also published software, including an interactive central limit theorem simulator, “CLT_Simulation” (2016), and Bayesian change point algorithms “Bayes_Sequential_Chgpt” (2016) and “Bayes_Chgpt” (2014). He has been a member of the Holy Cross faculty since 2013. ■ — Jessica Kennedy
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Fr. Worcester named president of Regis College, Toronto
ev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., professor of history, will become the 11th president of Regis College, which is the Jesuit Faculty of Theology at the University of Toronto (UofT), and one of North America’s Roman Catholic ecclesiastical faculties.
department at Holy Cross in 1994 as a tenure-track faculty member, achieved tenure in 2000 and was promoted to full professor in 2010. His expertise includes the Reformation, religion and society in 17th-century France, the history of the Jesuits and the history of the papacy.
He will begin his five-year term on August 1, prior to the 2017 – 2018 academic year.
“We will miss having Fr. Worcester on campus, but wish him all the best on this exciting opportunity at another Jesuit institution,” says Margaret N. Freije, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. “For more than two decades, Fr. Worcester has made countless contributions to the faculty, staff and students at Holy Cross, and to the Worcester and Jesuit communities. Fr. Worcester’s deep knowledge of both papal history and the history of the Jesuits, his skills as a scholar and a teacher and his dedication to Jesuit education have more than prepared him for this leadership role at Regis College.” ■ — Jessica Kennedy
“I have been at Holy Cross for almost a quarter century, and there are many things I will miss,” says Fr. Worcester. “The Society of Jesus is now calling me to assume a major role in the education of Jesuits and others preparing for priesthood, or for lay ministry, and/or for teaching and scholarly work in the various theological disciplines. I am excited and energized by what awaits me as president of Regis College in Toronto, an amazingly diverse, world-class city.” Fr. Worcester joined the history
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Religious studies professors edit book on Buddhism
ary DeAngelis, a lecturer in the religious studies department and associate director of special studies, and Todd Lewis, professor of religious studies, co-edited a new volume on Buddhism, titled “Teaching Buddhism: New Insights on Understanding and Presenting the Traditions.” The volume, published by Oxford University Press, aims to establish a dialogue between instructors of Buddhism and scholars in the field. An abundance of new and evolving scholarship in the field of Buddhism has emerged as previous understandings of this faith tradition are updated and reinterpreted. This has made it difficult for professors to keep up as they plan courses and curriculum, so this volume serves as a guide for educators. “Buddhism, in reflecting life, is a dynamic, ever-evolving tradition that constantly needs reinterpretation for each new era,” says DeAngelis. “This volume focuses
on pedagogical concerns, the substantive concerns of religious studies and Buddhism’s approach to pressing contemporary issues.” The book is intended for use by professors who teach Buddhism at the college and graduate level, as well as graduate students, but the work has also informed courses that both professors teach here at Holy Cross. DeAngelis says that their research has helped him rethink and revise his courses on Chinese and Japanese religions, as well as his seminar, Comparative Mysticism and Human Ecology. Lewis agrees: “This book collects the insights of the finest scholars and instructors of Buddhism in the world, so it has naturally affected me in the always ongoing process of revising and updating courses in the content of lectures, classroom practices and textbook sources. It has impacted my survey course on Buddhism, and my Zen seminar.” Revisit Professor Lewis’ Zen Buddhism seminar in Syllabus from the Fall 2014 issue at holycross. edu/hcm/zen. ■
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the disease. Beard argues that the exclusively negative portrayals of the disease are not only inaccurate, but a barrier to treatment. She focuses on the Alzheimer’s patient, as opposed to the caregiver’s perspective, drawing from intensive interviews and observations of 100 seniors undergoing cognitive evaluation and post-diagnosis interviews with individuals experiencing late-in-life forgetfulness. to m re t t ig
Not only does Alzheimer’s affect each patient in a different way and at differing speeds, there is not a onesize-fits-all approach to treatment.
Sociology professor earns prestigious fellowship to support Alzheimer’s research
enée Lynn Beard’s first job, as a teenager, was at a local nursing home, where she first encountered someone with Alzheimer’s disease. “She was sequestered far away from the nurses’ station and all social spaces, because staff and residents alike were convinced that she was ‘not there,’” recalls Beard, an associate professor of sociology at the College. “My experiences told me otherwise and that has stayed with me to this day.” It set her on a course to study the sociology of aging and, specifically, Alzheimer’s disease, illness narratives, medical sociology, social gerontology and social movements. Her book, “Living with Alzheimer’s:
Managing Memory Loss, Identity, and Illness” was published by NYU Press in April 2016. “Ultimately, this is a story about living with Alzheimer’s; that is, how life continues long after diagnosis,” she wrote on rorotoko.com, a website that publishes intellectual interviews. The title of the book indicates the focus of her research, and also alludes back to that first experience with an Alzheimer’s patient: People can live with this disease, as opposed to giving up hope upon diagnosis. Through her research, she found that many people with Alzheimer’s are able to actively and deliberately navigate their lives, despite the social stigma of incompetence surrounding
“Those who are currently seniors or live with dementia — and all of us as we ourselves age — would be best served by removing our tendency to universalize aging experiences,” she says. “Such homogenizing in a gendered, race-based and class-divided society is not only a mistake but tolerates neglect of the most deeply disenfranchised among us and ignores the need for meaningful change on the societal level.” In March, Beard was named a 2017 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow, a prestigious grant that provides a stipend and research budget of over $100,000 to support a proposed research project. She will continue her work on Alzheimer’s research at the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston during the 2017-2018 academic year. ■ — Maura
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Making the Modern City: Imagined and Built Environments with Min Kyung Lee, assistant professor of visual arts COURSE DESCRIPTION
Professor Min Kyung Lee’s Making the Modern City seminar explores the emergence of the modern city in Europe and the Americas in relation to their natural environments. Beginning with the Industrial Revolution and the rise of capitalism, the class studies how the planning, building and regulating of urban-built environments were and are embedded in practices to control, manage and consume natural resources, and ultimately define nature.
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OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE Students develop an understanding that “nature” and “city” are reciprocally constitutive ideas, processes and spaces, as well as a language and framework to consider the place and role of art in changing and defining the urban environment.
SELECTED REQUIRED TEXTS “What is Landscape” by John Stilgoe; “The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century”
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(above) Professor Lee and her students use on-campus sculpture as a launch point for discussing constructed natural environments.
by Wolfgang Schivelbusch; “Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature” by William Cronon, ed.; “Undermining: The Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics and Art in the Changing West” by Lucy Lippard; “Imagining Landscapes” by Tim Ingold; “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino; “The Poetics of Space” by Gaston Bachelard; “Operating Manual for the Spaceship Earth” by Buckminster Fuller; “Architecture in the Anthropocene” by Etienne Turpin, ed.
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REQUIREMENTS A paper on a landscape painting; the facilitation of class discussion on a reading; a collaborative urban landscape study of Worcester; a collaborative creative project addressing questions such as “What do you think Worcester will look like in 10,000 years and what will the role of nature be?” ON THE DAY HCM VISITED CLASS The unusually warm February day had melted the last traces of snow from Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork sculpture (pictured), inviting Professor Min Kyung Lee’s students outside with one task in mind: to observe. Students and professor alike spent the first few minutes walking in and out of the castle-like structure, studying, stopping to point things out to Lee and to one another. “What do you think this piece adds to the campus, and why this location?” Lee asked. Without hesitation, the students presented a series of perspectives to consider: how the sculpture’s natural form stands as refuge in the midst of the rigid structure of the surrounding academic buildings; how the sculpture’s form plays on the towers in adjacent architecture; how it reimagines the use of the stretch of grass that otherwise goes unnoticed. Each of the 12 students in the seminar — with diverse disciplinary backgrounds ranging from architectural studies to economics to anthropology — brought a different perspective, illustrating a major theme of the class: that the relationship between natural and built environments is complex. Lee guided the students to consider Stickwork in the context of that relationship, pointing out that destruction of nature was an integral part of the creation of the sculpture. The sculpture is made primarily out of Norway maple saplings, which are invasive — not native — to the area, she noted, and were removed to benefit the surrounding environment. While the act is seemingly positive, Lee pointed out the irony of this forest management — that humans were helping nature solve a problem they themselves created.
“Do we as humans consider ourselves outside of nature?“ Lee posed to the students. Lee then stepped back, allowing students to lead the discussion for the greater part of the two and a half hour seminar. They drew from readings prepared for the weekly class, which examined other intersections between man and nature, such as New York City’s Central Park, national parks like Yosemite and Robert Smithson’s famous environmental installation “Spiral Jetty.” Classmates challenged each other with questions ranging from “How do you put a price tag on something as unquantifiable as the benefits of a park in an urban area?” to “Can anything beyond nature be considered sublime?” to “How accessible should nature be?”
LOOKING BEYOND TODAY Lee uses Stickwork and other constructed natural environments like Central Park to explore the nuances of this relationship. From there, she launches into the unknown territories of the earth’s future, where these interactions become even more abstract. “I wanted to address the current literature on urban landscapes because there are so many new books and scholarship on what landscape means in the face of global climate change,” Lee says. “What are the contemporary issues regarding nature and the city? Every major city in the world has or is coming up with a plan to face global climate change, such as rising sea levels, whether people believe in it or not. ... “The question is, what is the role of art in this? What is the role of architecture in this? How are people imagining unimaginable futures? What is the role of art, architecture and aesthetics in these larger social and political issues? What can art say about public space, about how cities are managed?”
PROFESSOR BIO Min Kyung Lee earned her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and joined the Holy Cross faculty in 2013, after receiving research fellowships in France and Germany. Lee is a professor in
the visual arts department, and also teaches courses in architectural studies as well as gender, sexuality and women’s studies at the College. Her research is in the area of European and American modern architecture and the built environment from the 18th to 19th centuries, especially in France, and she is thematically interested in the history of urban representations and their role in the production of spatial knowledge. Lee’s scholarship has been published in works including the Journal of Architecture and she is currently working on a book project titled "The Tyranny of the Straight Line: Mapping Modern Paris."
GIVING DIRECTION In 2015, when Caroline Hickey ’16 took the course, Lee incorporated a community-based project with the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor as a tangible way of bringing the course’s themes to life. “Our goal was to create a park that would highlight local history while incorporating the landscape to welcome visitors from surrounding neighborhoods and beyond,” said Hickey, who enrolled in the course with an interest in learning about designing landscapes. “The course brought up many different design conflicts, including those associated with accessibility, social dynamics and environmental concerns. Professor Lee set up meetings with city officials, architecture firms and urban planners to facilitate our understanding of the site.” Hickey credits this exposure to the field, along with Lee’s careful mentorship, as giving direction to her career goals: “Lee served as my academic adviser, helping me choose appropriate art and design classes, and went above and beyond to help me apply to summer programs, and eventually to graduate school.” Hickey is currently in her first year at Harvard University Graduate School of Design as a candidate for a master’s degree in landscape architecture. She says she’s confident that Lee’s course was the bridge that connected her interests in design and environmental studies, ultimately clarifying her goals post-graduation. ■
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Remembering Rev. Anthony J. Kuzniewski, S.J., 1945-2016
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HIS REV. ANTHONY J. KUZNIEWSKI, S.J.,
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successful life requires an accurate, realistic sense of self, Rev. Anthony J. Kuzniewski, S.J., once said – and that is attained over time thanks to positive influences in one’s life. “Personal history teaches all of us that the significant people (in our lives) are those that have presented us with good choices – by naming our gifts, and challenging us to have the courage of our convictions,” he told the crowd while accepting the College’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002.
For countless students, faculty and staff, Fr. Kuzniewski – better known as Fr. K – was that significant person. He was a beloved history professor, College historian, mentor, chaplain and storyteller who helped people see their day-to-day experiences as pieces of the larger narrative of their lives. That perspective, many say, gave them the confidence to take the next step in their personal journey. “As I make my way in my daily life, every day I strive to be half as good as Fr. K challenged me to be,” says Allyssa
Bates ’94. “Thank goodness I have his life as such a shining example of how to do it right.” Fr. K passed away in December after a brief battle with cancer. Following his death, many individuals shared their memories of Fr. K with Holy Cross Magazine, some of which have been included here, and others that can be read on Page 35. All painted a picture of a man who lived for others, using his own special gifts to change the world for the better.
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“He was a great storyteller, and I think many of his students have powerful memories of that,” says Rev. Paul F. Harman, S.J., the director of special projects at the College, who resided with Fr. K and other Jesuit priests in Ciampi Hall, the Jesuit residence on campus. “He had a great sense of his own story, too, of his Polish background, of his growing up in the Midwest. He was interested in his own roots.” Fr. K was raised in Milwaukee in a Catholic Polish community, where his interest in history first emerged. He would go on to study and write widely on the subjects of Polish-American history and American Catholicism. He was ordained a priest of the Jesuit order at Holy Cross in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel in 1979.
history major’s academic fervor,” he says. “He was truly a man for others, demonstrated by his ability to coalesce the professionalism of the classroom with a child-like glee for learning.” Sarah McGuire ’08, the history supervisor at Duxbury (Massachusetts) Middle School, has taught the subject since graduating from Holy Cross nine years ago. She credits Fr. K with setting her on this path. “His ability to find humor and humanity in the characters that so often become flat in history texts inspired me to pursue not only a major in the subject area, but to pursue becoming an educator that might provide those human stories to students,” she says.
After his ordination, Fr. K received an assignment from the order to work in campus ministry at another Jesuit institution, Loyola Chicago. But his roots were in teaching — he held master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Harvard and had taught at Holy Cross from 19741976 — and in 1980 he returned to the classroom as a history professor at Holy Cross, where he remained for 37 years.
McGuire remembers Fr. K’s sense of humor as “charming and endearing,” and it was often his study guides that made her laugh during the stressful time of midterms. In October 2006, Fr. K sent a poem in an email to his Age of Jackson class as a reminder about the midterm review session. McGuire held on to the email and shared with HCM:
Here, he found another story to immerse himself in: that of the College’s esteemed and lively history. He chronicled it all in “Thy Honored Name: A History of the College of the Holy Cross, 1843 – 1994.”
date Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, 11:34pm subject Are you “OK”?
Not only did Fr. K delve into Holy Cross’ past, but he was a full and active participant in its present for more than three decades. Countless alumni wrote to HCM to share how this beloved history professor made the study of history come alive in classrooms on The Hill. Bill McCrystal ’08 was a student in two of Fr. K’s most well-known and appreciated courses: Lincoln and His Legacy, and The Age of Jackson. Today, McCrystal teaches history to high school students at Oratory Prep Middle and High School in Summit, New Jersey. “It was Fr. K who instilled an even deeper love of history into a slowly maturing
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Fellow Jacksonians, The mid-term is coming; but please don’t you fret: You’re all well prepared. On that I would bet. There’s so much to cover, with Jackson and Clay, The Battle of New Orleans– remember that day? The disputed election, good gosh that was brutal; Was it a bargain?– Clay’s denial was futile. And sweet Peggy Eaton, “as chaste as a virgin,” I wonder if Jackson consulted a surgeon?
We’ve seen Jackson censured, and then get expunged; And then with Van Buren, the economy plunged. I loved the debate between Webster and Hayne, Dan’s boost to the Union gave Calhoun a pain. To keep matters straight, we will have a review– To clear up confusion that may bother you. O’Kane 365; eight thirty’s the time, Wednesday night: be there in your prime! All of this leads to the end of my ditty– To loosen your thinking, I tried to be witty. At least I can hope you will find it OK– A message in rhyme from your friend, Fr. K. Fr. Kuzniewski
Beyond the classroom, Fr. K took the lead as a chaplain for the Crusader athletic teams. Most notably, he served the football, men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s basketball teams, but he spent time reaching out to athletes in all sports. During his sophomore year, lacrosse player Conor Sofield ’16 was injured, off the field and considering leaving Holy Cross. But a chance encounter with Fr. K — and the thought-provoking conversation that ensued — changed his mind. “I wish I was better at verbalizing the magic that exists in the Holy Cross community, and what my fellow Crusaders and I mean by ‘life on The Hill.’ Luckily for me, in the spring of my sophomore year up in the Hart Center, Fr. K did exactly that,” Sofield recalls. “He used words and spoke in such a way that flipped a switch in my head, ultimately keeping me in the best place in the world with my best friends in the world.”
Memorable moments from Fr. K's nearly 40 years on The Hill: He blessed engagements, performed weddings and baptisms, led Ignatian pilgrimages for faculty and staff, said countless Masses and, of course, was a beloved and respected teacher.
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Two years later, Sofield was on the field when the Crusaders earned a spot in the playoffs for the first time in program history. The full version of the letter he wrote to Holy Cross Magazine is on Page 35. Rev. Mike Rogers, S.J., ’02 is the current chaplain of the men’s basketball team, a role he embraced after Fr. K invited him to get involved. “This [athletics chaplaincy] was just something that he did,” Fr. Rogers says. “Tony, just by seeing a need and then deciding to meet that need without complaint or fanfare, really demonstrated for all of us that this is an important thing, and we need to pay attention to it.” The deep and abiding appreciation that Holy Cross alumni feel for Fr. K was mutual. Fr. K worked hard for the wellbeing of the College and its students. “Nothing thrilled him more than to see students get very excited about reading and, of course, about history,” says Fr. Harman. “His particular love for the College was that he saw this as a place that brought together everything that was important: faith, knowledge and service.”
In the late 1990s, Fr. K was a candidate for the role of dean of the College, and many in the community thought he was the man for the job. But he felt called to stay in the classroom, with his students. “He had prayed about this,” Rev. James M. Hayes, S.J., the College’s associate chaplain for mission, recalls. “When he saw who the other candidates were, he felt that we would be in good hands and withdrew his name, because he really did love the classroom and love his contact with students.” Fr. K also loved his brother Jesuits, with whom he lived in Ciampi Hall. He was the rector of the community from 1998-2004, and then passed the torch to Fr. Hayes. “He was very helpful in handing the job over to me, and he was very affirming and gracious,” Fr. Hayes remembers. “I could always count on him for support, and I was deeply grateful for that.” Fr. Hayes says he came to look to Fr. K as an older brother figure, and Fr. Harman echoed those sentiments, noting how they held each other accountable in the community: “He did care very much for his brother Jesuits. He could call us to
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task and we could call him to task, too.” Not only did Fr. K care for the people within Ciampi Hall, but he also took an interest in the building itself. “As a historian, he was always the one to make sure we had the [American] flag out on certain days, the national holidays,” remembers Fr. Harman, “and he took great care and pride in setting up bird feeders outside our dining room windows.” In 2011, Fr. K wrote a post for his blog on the College website, musing about the removal of a 160-year-old apple tree on the hillside by the library, one of the few remaining from the land’s previous existence as an orchard. Today, those words are reminders of the comfort and blessing memories can hold in times of loss: “One ancient apple tree remains, on the southeast lawn of Clark Hall. I visited it today; it is showing its age, serving as a reminder that we live in a world that is passing away. But, thank God, we have memories of beautiful things that are no more.” ■ w e b e x c l u s i v e Read Fr. K’s blog post about the apple tree at holycross.edu/ hcm/apple.
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fter Fr. K’s passing, we invited members of the community to share their memories with HCM. Thank you to all the alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College who shared special memories of Fr. K. When HCM compiled them all, there were more than 30 pages of memories, photos and “thank yous” for this remarkable man. We’ve included a sampling of those memories here, and you can find the rest at magazine. holycross.edu.
A Life-Changing Conversation with Fr. K Connor Sofield ’16 played lacrosse. An injury during his sophomore year led to a prolonged time off the field and some struggles in the classroom. His frustration built, and he even considered transferring to schools in sunny California, far from the snow on The Hill in Worcester. Until a fortuitous conversation with Fr. K: While these thoughts were going through my head, I still had to go up to the Hart Center for rehab. After rehab, I always went to the locker room, grabbed a towel and went to the sauna. One day
I was sitting in the sauna alone. It was the middle of the day, varsity practices hadn’t started and most students still had classes, so I was pretty much alone ... and then in walks Fr. K. He was wearing the Velcro flip-flops that squeaked when he walked and a towel around his neck the way QBs wear them between offensive series. He walked in on his toes, in that way he always did, and plopped down next to me. We had never really had a conversation before that day, and I didn’t know much about him other than that he was our team priest and taught history classes at the College. I introduced myself and a conversation ensued. He recognized me from the lacrosse team, so we spoke mostly about that … the upcoming season, my major and the food around the city of Worcester and in Boston. At one point he asked me what my favorite part of the experience was last year and what I was hoping for in the new season. It was pretty easy to say that the coolest part of freshman year was beating Navy at Citi Field. My younger brother’s team played after the game, and how it was cool to see the little guys I used to coach, while I was
decked out in my college gear. At that, he looked over and said something along the lines of, “That’s the best part about college sports.” He spoke about how in all his years of being involved with the athletics at Holy Cross, the one thing that he enjoyed the most was seeing how the young athletes looked up to the college guys. He spoke about how it was that interaction that makes it worth it. How he thinks it’s awesome we do things like Big Brothers Big Sisters, and how we give back to the community around the College. I remember he repeated that phrase a couple more times, “worth it.” He then went on to use words like “community” and “magical” while describing the way athletics at Holy Cross is such an integral part of life on and around The Hill. As I left for class, I shook his hand and told him I enjoyed speaking. I couldn’t stop thinking about what he said about life on The Hill, about how he spoke of us athletes at Holy Cross and how we were a large part of the community, and the influence we had on younger athletes who looked up to us. I thought about how he had said it was “worth it.”
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Two and a half years later we went to the playoffs for the first time in program history.
weddings and the baptisms of both of Weber’s daughters with husband Joseph Weber ’05 (Page 33, bottom right).
I wish I was better at verbalizing the magic that exists in the Holy Cross community, and what my fellow Crusaders and I mean by “life on The Hill.” Luckily for me, in the spring of my sophomore year in the sauna up in the Hart Center, Fr. K did exactly that. He used words and spoke in such a way that flipped a switch in my head, ultimately keeping me in the best place in the world with my best friends in the world.
“Jan. 28 was bittersweet this year,” Cashman says, “but I know he was sending his well wishes and prayers our way, and I was absolutely thinking of my birthday buddy.”
Thank you, Fr. K, for all you did for us as athletes, and thanks for preventing me from making what would have been the biggest mistake of my life.
— Conor Sofield ’16
Birthday Memories Mary Beth Ryan Cashman ’05 and Maggie Weber ’05 (below) shared their Jan. 28 birthday with Fr. K. Both are daughters of alumni who had a close relationship with Fr. K (Thomas Ryan ’76 and John Fontana ’72), and the three made it a point to celebrate their birthdays together while they were all on Mount St. James. “Fr. K always remarked how special it was that
two of his close friends had daughters on his birthday — and that we both ended up at Holy Cross — and good friends at that!” says Cashman. They stayed in close touch over the years, with Fr. K presiding at both of their
The Privilege of Helping Others We met Fr. K when he was just Mr. K, in 1974, when he was in the final stages of preparing to be ordained into the Society of Jesus. He was so open and easy to talk to that many of us spent a large amount of time discussing why he wanted to become a priest and why the Society of Jesus. I, for one, came away understanding a call that I never could get my arms around. I believed, but really did not fully understand what it meant to be a good Catholic. You did what was right because you did not really want to embarrass your family and it felt good to not let your parents down, even though we would not admit it. After having a class and the associated time to talk to Fr. K about life in general, you could come away believing that the sacrifices he was about to make to be a Jesuit made sense. There was a true feeling that he could have an impact on young people’s lives and help them grow into their full potential. You believed that listening to him and following his direction would really help you be a better person. Somehow helping others seemed less of a task and more of a privilege. I will never forget a dinner this fall that really says it all. Forty-two years ago, a few students thought they made a tiny, insignificant gesture to say thank you by buying him a Bible. Apparently it meant more to him than we ever thought, as he brought the Bible to the dinner to show me that he still used it every day. I am happy that so many people recognized him publicly. But Fr. K, as you look down on us, I disagree that you
passed. You live through so many of us that you molded and helped become who we are. It will be many generations before people will not remember firsthand what you did for them. What you taught us made us better, and now, in your memory, I only hope that we can repay you by teaching the next generations what you stood for and living our lives in a way you would approve of. — Al Correia ’78 P14
Thursday Night Mass During my time at Holy Cross, there were four Jesuits on campus who had developed a nice tradition of taking turns celebrating Mass in the lower (crypt) chapel at 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday. That late daily Mass became something I really looked forward to each evening before bed. Since the Mass did not attract a lot of participants, those who did attend would sit on a bench connected to the semicircular wall behind the altar. The celebration of the Eucharist this way, with the congregation sitting together, illuminated mostly by candlelight with the priest facing us, made for a very intimate setting. It was a beautiful way to end the day. Fr. Kuzniewski was usually on the schedule for Thursday night, and I always looked forward to his Masses. I never had him as a professor, but always knew he was a special priest. Requiescat in pace, Fr. K. You were well known as a history professor, but I shall always remember your evening Masses.
— Leonard J. Moraglio ’91
The Grace of Fr. K I am so sad to have lost Fr. Kuzniewski, but am inspired by the grace with which he accepted his illness and moved to "the life of the world to come with a strong sense of Jesus leading [him]" as he said in his recent letter to us. Tony was our Jesuit leader on the 2015 Ignatian pilgrimage. After saying Mass on the last day at Sant'Andrea al Quirinale in Rome, he asked me to take a couple of photos. He laughed that he might make one his Christmas card that year... A lovely man with a big impact on Holy Cross. God bless him. — Ellen Keohane, Holy Cross Chief Information Officer ■
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Rev. Jim Hayes, S.J., '72 at the Spiritual Exercises silent retreat, held in March 2017 at the Joyce Contemplative Center.
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Faith Without Boundaries Holy Cross chaplains meet students wherever they are â€” on the field, in the classroom or in the residence hall â€” to accompany them on their faith journeys BY M AU R A S U L L I VA N H I L L
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hen lacrosse player John Price ’01 passed away suddenly during his junior year in 2000, it was the late Rev. Anthony Kuzniewski, S.J. — in his role as team chaplain — who helped Price’s teammates process their grief. Together with then-coach Mike McCaffrey, Fr. K encouraged the team to honor Price’s devotion to service in the Worcester community by establishing a partnership with Worcester’s Big Brothers Big Sisters that still exists today.
“Since then, every member of the team and their coaches has been paired with a boy at the Canterbury Street School,”
It’s just one example of how the chaplains at Holy Cross reach out to students wherever they are — on the field, in the classroom or in the residence hall — to accompany them, both literally and spiritually, on their faith journeys. The chaplains at Holy Cross are trained campus ministers, both Jesuit priests and lay people, who have studied theology and ministry and work to integrate the spiritual and academic experiences on campus. With a full-time staff of nine chaplains and the brand-new Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center as a resource, the Office of the College Chaplains
investing in. The size of our staff and the new contemplative center are a great reflection of the commitment to the College’s Jesuit and Catholic identity.” Kearns-Barrett and her fellow chaplains are dedicated to the Jesuit and Catholic portions of the College’s mission, and work with partners across campus to ensure that this aspect of the mission touches all parts of the undergraduate experience. This academic year, 100 first-year students experienced the Joyce Contemplative Center through a joint effort with professors teaching in Montserrat, a program that introduces them to the
“Students today are getting a lot more of what is explicitly Jesuit and Catholic, compared to when I was a student (at Holy Cross) in the early 1980s. Not only is the chaplains’ office still here, but it is far more extensive. The number of lay people who are trained and committed to the Jesuit identity of the College has multiplied, and there is something to really celebrate in that.” — marybeth kearns-barrett
director of the office of the college chaplains
Fr. K wrote in his blog on the Holy Cross website in 2010. “In that time, the blessing associated with remembering John has flowed both to the boys and to their ‘big brothers.’” As the team’s athletics chaplain, Fr. K not only led Mass and prayers, he also offered guidance for the team off the field as the players confronted their unexpected loss. “Fr. K was an instrumental part of supporting the men’s lacrosse team, particularly through the tragic passing of our teammate,” remembers Nick Washburn ’02, a player on the team at that time, who wrote to HCM after Fr. K’s death in December 2016.
thrives through collaboration across departments and disciplines. Beyond the retreats, service opportunities and liturgical ministry that have always been a hallmark of the office, the newest offerings bring the work of the chaplains together with academic affairs, student affairs, athletics and residence life — essentially, all aspects of campus life on The Hill. “Of other liberal arts colleges, we are one of the few with a living faith tradition,” says Marybeth Kearns-Barrett ’84, the director of the Office of the College Chaplains. “I’m grateful that Holy Cross has seen that as worth pursuing and
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liberal arts through interdisciplinary seminars and residence hall living. Kearns-Barrett and Megan Fox-Kelly ’99, associate chaplain and director of retreats, both led sessions on meditation and the Ignatian examen, a five-step, prayerful reflection on the events of a day with the aim of detecting God's presence and discerning his direction. The course topics range from philosophy classes on the environment to classics courses on ancient Rome, but contemplation is important to each of them. “An important part of Ignatian spirituality is the belief that God is found in all
things,” says Fox-Kelly. “When students visit the Joyce Contemplative Center, they are offered the opportunity to slow down and pay attention to what
is happening in their lives, what brings them joy and when they experience challenge.”
After the students have this opportunity in class, Kearns-Barrett hopes that they’ll consider attending other chaplains’ office programming.
(sitting, from left) Karla Keppel, assistant chaplain and director of domestic immersion; Marybeth Kearns-Barrett '84, director of the office of the College chaplains (back row, from left) Marty Kelly, associate chaplain and advisor to SPUD; Andrea Grant, receptionist; Rev. Jim Hayes, S.J., '72, associate chaplain for mission; Normand Gouin, assistant chaplain and director of liturgy and music; Jan Berry, coordinator for Campion House and chaplains' office; Emily Rauer Davis, assistant chaplain and assistant director of liturgy; Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J., '02, assistant chaplain; Megan Fox-Kelly '99, associate chaplain and director of retreats (not pictured) Karen Kallio, chaplains' administrator for Joyce Contemplative Center, retreats and immersions
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“To have these students experience the Joyce Contemplative Center so early in their time at Holy Cross, we hope this will shape their understanding of the College’s prioritization of contemplation,” KearnsBarrett says. In addition to the Montserrat courses, Fox-Kelly also worked with Aaron Sieder, assistant professor of classics, on his course, Nature in the Classical World. She hosted Sieder and his students at the Joyce Contemplative Center for several hours, for a meditation geared towards environmental spirituality. “We did a contemplation of place to help the students get a sense of the connection
In attending student affairs events about justice issues, Kelly started to notice that students he knew were involved in Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD) or other chaplains’ office programs weren’t in attendance, and vice versa. “So we thought, ‘Why don’t we bring those students together, and build a sense of community around common interests and common values?’ We hoped that they could collaborate more effectively and were also trying to model that collaboration between our offices at the same time.” Isabelle Jenkins, the associate director of CBL, and Rob Jones, the associate director of multicultural peer education,
“We’re not fragmenting. Rather we are talking about mind, body and spirit, and integrating these concepts into the academic and residential experience of the students.” — rev. william campbell, s.j.,
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between spirituality and nature in the contemporary world, compared to the classical world they were studying,” she says. “It is an Ignatian tool of prayer to get a sense of where they are, an awareness of space and the place they are in.” Marty Kelly, associate chaplain and director of service and social justice programs (and Fox-Kelly’s husband), worked with the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning (CBL) and the Office of Multicultural Education on a social justice retreat, which also took place at the Joyce Contemplative Center, in October 2016. “We felt that there were lots of students concerned with issues of justice, but they were not really connected to one another,” Kelly says.
worked with Kelly on the overnight retreat, which included discussions about the meaning of social justice and their efforts in context with the mission of Holy Cross. Students from peace group Pax Christi, SPUD, Eco-Action, PRIDE and multicultural peer educators (MPEs), as well as CBL student interns, came together for the event. “One of the goals was to encourage students to take action together, and that is still ongoing,” Kelly says. The retreat participants have formed a new student group, the Social Justice Coalition, to plan future events. “This cross-fertilization is exciting and shows the interdisciplinary nature of our efforts here,” says Rev. William Campbell, S.J., ’87, vice president for mission. “We’re not fragmenting. Rather we are
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talking about mind, body and spirit, and integrating these concepts into the academic and residential experience of the students.” That includes the student-athletes, whose jam-packed schedules usually include weekends and school breaks dedicated to games, meets, races and competitions. There often isn’t time to get away and contemplate at a retreat, but this is where the athletics chaplains come in. Fr. K took the lead in creating an athletics chaplain program, and today, Rev. Mike Rogers, S.J., ’02, Rev. John Gavin, S.J., and Rev. Edward Vodoklys, S.J., ’72 keep the tradition alive. The chaplains’ office is collaborating with athletics to create a model for the future that would offer chaplain support to all teams, says Kearns-Barrett. She is working with Fr. Rogers to create opportunities for each team to visit the Joyce Contemplative Center for dinner and prayerful reflection. "I think it's really the wave of the future," she says. “It’s about being there when a student needs to talk or needs a listening ear that is not a coach. We are going to our students where they are and being there for them when they need to talk about something," says Fr. Rogers. “This is something that Fr. K said, that our students oftentimes see a division in their lives: I’m this person in the classroom, this person on the court and this person when I am relaxing with my friends,” Fr. Rogers says. “As chaplains, we can show them that with faith, they can integrate all those things. All parts of their lives are good and holy and God can be in that.” Fr. K’s reminder has also inspired Fr. Rogers to reach out to groups that don’t necessarily have a traditional chaplain, but still need community support. “I am also going to show up at the jazz band concert and the theater productions, for example, because that’s a part of who we are,” he says.
“A lot of students who come to Holy Cross and hear ‘chaplains’ office' are not sure what that means,” says Kelly. “People are coming from a lot of different contexts, so living in the dorm was a way to break down barriers and misperceptions of what our role as chaplains is. We were able to meet students outside of work, and them meeting the kids was a way to normalize us as people. From there it was encouraging students to think about the programs we offer and getting involved.”
Chaplain Karla Keppel (far right) welcomes students into her BrooksMulledy Hall apartment once a month for cookies and conversation, fondly known as "Cookies with the Keppels."
The efforts of the office also extend to residence life here on campus — two chaplains live in first-year residence halls, as an intentional way of connecting with students beyond the walls of their Campion House offices. “It’s a neat way to come to know students in a different way, in their natural habitat, if you will,” says Karla Keppel, assistant chaplain and director of domestic immersion, who lives in an apartment in the basement of Brooks-Mulledy Hall with her husband. “It creates a really important common ground for me when I’m building relationships with students, especially first-year students who are finding their place on campus. I can talk about how I live in a hall, too, or ask them about their dorm or hallmates.” Keppel and her husband, Matt — a high school theology teacher with a master’s degree in theology — are excited about how their dorm home offers opportunities to get to know students. Their easygoing spirit is evident: They don’t mind when their front door is used
as the goal for hallway hockey games, and they make a point to invite students to their apartment. Keppel will order pizza during finals week, and on the third Tuesday of every month, she hosts “Cookies with Keppels.” “I bake cookies and invite people in,” she says, and their location near the laundry room makes it a highly trafficked route. “People will stop in and leave, or other times we have folks hanging out. If we have a good crowd, we invite them in to an examen or meditative experience; we play that by ear month to month.” Before the Keppels moved in, the Kelly family lived in the apartment with their three sons. “Our kids miss living here,” Fox-Kelly says. “They called Holy Cross their backyard.” As a family, they saw living in the residence hall as an opportunity to connect with students who might not normally have signed up for a retreat or visited the chaplains’ office. Oftentimes, these interactions would happen when students would see the boys playing outside and join in. Fox-Kelly says that the Holy Cross students were generous with their time in playing with the kids. In this case, the generosity went both ways.
Each full-time chaplain is also assigned to a class, as a class chaplain, to journey with them throughout their four years to be a support and sounding board. They are there as another point of contact and resource — for students, faculty and parents alike — if a student is struggling academically or personally. But the class chaplain isn’t just called upon in times of trouble. Rev. Jim Hayes, S.J., ’71, the associate chaplain for mission, served as the class chaplain for the class of 2015 and started a men’s spirituality group for the class. “We’d meet as a group, almost weekly,” he says. “We’d tell our stories and discuss different topics, so I was very proud to see that class graduate.” As the office grows and offers new and expanded programming, the student experience remains central to its work. “Students today are getting a lot more of what is explicitly Jesuit and Catholic, compared to when I was a student (at Holy Cross) in the early 1980s,” KearnsBarrett says. “Not only is the chaplains’ office still here, but the opportunities are far more extensive. The number of lay people who are trained and committed to the Jesuit identity of the College has multiplied, and there is something to really celebrate in that.” ■
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He tapped the arts to change public perception in Worcester.
These days, Che Anderson â€™11 hopes to ignite similar artistic revivals in post-industrial cities seeking reinvention.
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WHEN CHE ANDERSON WAS GROWING UP IN THE PROJECTS OF NEW YORK CITY, HIS MOTHER RAN A TIGHT BUT LOVING SHIP. Her two boys were not allowed to watch TV until their homework was done, not allowed outside after dark and they were encouraged to get involved in extracurricular activities. Lysa Adams worked as a prison guard at Rikers Island, and she did not want the sons she was raising alone to suffer the fate of the incarcerated young men she saw at work. From the time he was 4 or 5 years old, Anderson recalls his mother hammering home the daily message that became the family mantra: “In life you have choices. Be a leader and not a follower.” He took those words to heart, even sharing them with student leaders in a recent talk at Holy Cross. “If I had a tattoo, which I don’t, that’s probably the one I’d get,” he says with a laugh, during a break from his job as a staff assistant to the city manager in Worcester. In that role, the 2011 Holy Cross graduate coordinates special events, including initiatives intended to spark the cultural economy of the city. Though he is quick to stress that such projects are a team effort, Anderson has emerged as the point man for public art in Worcester, especially after leading the initiative to bring the mural project Pow! Wow! to the city last year. Under Anderson’s direction, Worcester became the first city on the East Coast to host a Pow! Wow! festival, which has been held in Hawaii, Japan and Taiwan, among other places. These festivals partner local and international artists with communities to enrich and beautify neighborhoods through art. Late last year,
Worcester Magazine named Anderson its 2016 Person of the Year, calling him “pretty much the face of the local effort to bring the festival to fruition.” Now, Anderson’s energy and expertise are being tapped to bring public art elsewhere, including Lynn, Massachusetts, which, like Worcester, is a former industrial city that sees art as one way to boost revitalization. He’s working with Joe Mulligan ’87, a transformative development fellow for MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development and finance arm. “The hope is that we might be able to tap into his experience, connections and resources to export some of those best practices, and apply them to Lynn and other places,” says Mulligan, a third generation Crusader.
CHOOSING TO “DO MORE” IN WORCESTER Anderson attended two high schools in Manhattan, Rice and Regis, and it was a Jesuit brother at Regis who recommended that he look into Holy Cross in “Worchester.” Anderson fell in love with the place during a weekend visit.
became less enticing. What made his decision clear, however, was a suggestion from Augustus: that he could do more for a developing city like Worcester than a much bigger one like Boston or New York. He served as a graduate intern in the Office of Multicultural Education at Holy Cross and worked as assistant director of student activities at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester before landing his current job with the city manager. Not an artist himself, Anderson says he’s a promoter and a collector of art, and an aficionado, especially of street art such as murals on buildings. “One of my hobbies at this point in my life is watching paint dry,” he jokes. He is tireless in his efforts to promote art in his job with the city, as a member of Worcester’s Public Arts Working Group and as a volunteer elsewhere. Mulligan met Anderson through MassDevelopment, and saw him in action in Miami. Mulligan and Al Wilson, a proponent of a mural project for Lynn, had traveled to Miami to see Wynwood Walls, a former industrial and commercial area near the airport where building facades covered by the work of famous muralists draw tens of thousands of visitors.
And it was Ed Augustus, then director of government and community relations at Holy Cross and now Anderson’s boss as city manager, who convinced him to stay in Worcester after graduating. Anderson says he had considered himself a “big city guy” who might go into law and return to New York after earning his degree in political science and government at Holy Cross. But during college, his appreciation of art, music and theater grew, and the idea of a law career
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While there, they watched as Anderson served as master of ceremonies for a crowd-judged competition between two groups of muralists. “It was fascinating to see this kid from Holy Cross commanding a crowd of people down in Miami,” Mulligan recalls.
Che Anderson ’11 visits his childhood home in New York City. (left) From left, Al Wilson of Lynn’s mural project, Anderson and Joe Mulligan ’87 at Wynwood Walls in Miami, a former industrial area reclaimed and revitalized by murals.
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Murals depicting the history of Lynn adorn the side of the LynnArts Building in the town’s Central Square. Anderson is working to bring more public art to Lynn this summer.
CHANGING A “SENSE OF PLACE” THROUGH ART It might seem that struggling postindustrial cities would have higher priorities than art, but planners and developers see it as integral to revitalization efforts. Success stories can be found across the country, including Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Arts and culture are key contributors to a community’s well-being, along with adequate transportation infrastructure, affordable housing and economic opportunity,” the National Endowment of the Arts writes on its website. “It is evident that arts and cultural strategies hold great promise for American communities to reinvent themselves and imagine a strong, more resilient future.” Providence, Rhode Island, owes much of its comeback to WaterFire, which features 100 baskets of flaming, fragrant wood on the waterways that wind through a mile of the city’s downtown. Begun in the 1990s, WaterFire events also feature music and other performances. Each WaterFire draws 100,000 people downtown, and the project is credited with reviving the city’s economy and public spirit, according to the Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit organization that helps communities enhance public places. Mulligan saw the transformative power of art when he lived in Boston’s Fort Point Channel Historic District. Buildings once
used for warehousing and manufacturing had been abandoned before artists moved into the expansive loft spaces, forming what became New England’s largest artist group, the Fort Point Arts Community, and eventually making the area a highly desirable place to live. “All these post-industrial cities that had great heydays at the turn of the last century have struggled to find their footing in today’s economy,” says Mulligan, who holds degrees from Holy Cross, Boston Architectural College and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Such cities have rich architectural and cultural histories that can be tapped, he points out. “When you look at them with fresh eyes, you can begin to tease out those stories and find ways to reinterpret them through art or cultural activities, place-making strategies or just having events to bring those areas to life,” he says. The arts can change people’s perceptions of an area, Mulligan says, and when that happens “the market will follow,” attracting business development, real estate conversions and new residents, all while improving the lives of people already there. Worcester has a number of things coming together, he points out, including transportation improvements, downtown development that respects traditional cityscapes - unlike some of the urban
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renewal projects of the 1960s and 1970s and a blossoming arts, entertainment and residential area in the Canal District. “That begins to feed on itself,” he says. Mulligan, who has served in a number of real estate development and revitalization positions in Boston, says he always had a predilection for architecture. “Architecture is the mother of all arts,” he says. “You can see how you can go from the smallest installation to a mural to a beautiful building. All have the power of beauty to transform people’s perception, and begin to change the sense of place.” Mulligan hopes the Lynn mural project, in that city’s designated arts and cultural district, will get underway at the end of the summer. Before then, walls for the murals will be identified, access rights must be secured, artists and volunteers recruited, money raised and materials gathered. That to-do list is similar to the one Anderson followed last year in Worcester for the Pow! Wow! event. The 10-day festival featured more than a dozen largescale murals on building walls, painted by artists from across the country and around the world. And Pow! Wow! will be back this year in Worcester, with new artists painting as many as 15 to 20 murals on new facades, including one on the side of
Coney Island, the iconic downtown hot dog venue. Anderson says there will be more opportunity for local artists and he’s hoping to engage more youths in the festival, perhaps meeting with the artists and even doing some painting. Fellow Holy Cross alum Sarah Valente ’16 is coordinating walking tours that include restaurants and bars along the way. Anderson is also hoping artists will be paid this year, although last year they were provided lodging, meals and supplies. He calls the event a cultural exchange, one that involved Worcester in the national conversation on the arts and gives people one more reason to live in a city that he says is constantly developing. The city that once depended on manufacturing wire, clothing, abrasives, guns and other products made possible by the Industrial Revolution is still one of makers and creators, but now in a different way. Worcester’s arts beautify the city, tell its history, enhance its walkability and appeal to millennials like himself, says Anderson, who considers art an aspect of a community’s livability. And, along with other developments, arts have upended a cynical mindset that had been in place for decades. “It’s an amazing thing for people to have civic pride,” he says. “So I’m excited. I’m here at the right time.”
Anderson notes that many of the people involved in bringing Pow! Wow! to Worcester were not natives of the city, which he views as an example of college graduates staying and getting involved. Worcester has a lot to offer young people, he says, including job and business opportunities, livability, affordability and easy access to other communities. He has lived downtown since moving off College Hill. Though he studied political science and planned to go into law, Anderson says that during his time at Holy Cross “I was forced to dabble in different things. That gives you a different perspective on education.” He developed an interest in art, history and community development, and participated in Holy Cross Cares Day, the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism, various conferences and student education groups. “Whether it’s on The Hill or off The Hill, Holy Cross had embedded in me that whatever it is you do, you get involved and engaged,” he says. Last year was a big one for Anderson, who received a key to the city as well as the honor from Worcester Magazine. Augustus told Worcester Magazine, “Che is a really dedicated city employee. He brings the same amount of passion to everything he does. He has a real passion for art in general, murals in particular.” Adds Erin Williams, the city’s cultural development officer, “Che and other
volunteers brought Pow! Wow! Worcester to life last year, bringing world class international and local muralists to Worcester for a summer mural festival. There was no stopping them. Needless to say, Pow! Wow! Worcester was a smashing success.” While the accolades are appreciated, Anderson always stresses the involvement of others, and says he gives his awards to his mother. She shaped him, after all, and he refers to her as his first hero. He told Worcester Magazine she is the “toughest woman I know.” But Anderson, in the interview for this story, said his mom was also nurturing and fun. As a teen, he once challenged her to play one of his favorite video games, “Street Fighter II.” “Let me show you how to play this,” he remembers saying. Then, she beat him at his own game. “She just whipped me bad.” In the years that followed, Anderson made plenty of choices to make his mother proud, but staying in Worcester initially was not one of them. She had expected her son to return to New York. “She couldn’t understand why I didn’t want to come back to NYC,” Anderson says. “Since then she’s been extremely supportive and proud of my role and accomplishments here. She just wants me to lead a fulfilling life, without some of the struggles she had to endure.” ■
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For his winery and his alma mater, Joe Donelan ’72 expects nothing less than the best.
The Pursuit of Excellence
BY R E B ECCA SM IT H ’ 9 9 A N D K I M B E R LY S TA L E Y ’ 9 9
Learning about wine is a celebration of life,” explains Joseph P. Donelan II ’72, the larger-than-life founder of Donelan Family Wines, a boutique winery in Santa Rosa, California. Indeed, this was motivation enough for Donelan to leave his executive position in the paper industry in 2000 and pursue his passion for wine full time. Today, he and his family own and operate one of Sonoma Valley’s premier wineries, consistently producing acclaimed Syrah, pinot noir, chardonnay and a variety of blends. Donelan and his team work tirelessly to create only the highest quality wines — and their commitment to excellence is recognized by connoisseurs and critics alike. In fact, two Donelan wines have been awarded the exceedingly rare rating of 100 points by renowned wine critic Robert Parker.
• • • • • Donelan and his wife, Chris, are parents to four children: Keltie, Tripp, Cushing and Moriah. Tripp serves as the winery’s director of sales, and Cushing, the director of marketing. For Donelan, operating a family winery is a perfect fit with his personal values and goals: “I like meeting people, learning about what they do and why,” he says. “I have a sense of adventure, and I wanted to build something from the ground up.” A self-described teacher at heart, Donelan strives to share his deep knowledge of — and appreciation for — wine with each customer. Guiding people through their discovery of great wine is a philosophy that appears on the label of every bottle he produces: “Wine is a journey not a destination.” In keeping with this principle, Donelan and his team pride themselves on offering exceptional customer service. Whether on a tasting visit to the winery or at one of the many wine dinners Donelan hosts around the world, customers delight in their many opportunities to learn firsthand from the Donelans.
“We hope they’ll say it’s among the best experiences they’ve ever had,” says Donelan. “If I could bring joy to people every day with a bottle of wine, that’s pretty powerful.” Equal to the company’s commitment to outstanding service is its dedication to superior quality. Case in point: In 2011, the company planned to make 6,500 cases of wine but only released 3,900 because Donelan did not feel the wines were up to par. And while it was a financial loss to his company, Donelan simply was unwilling to sacrifice quality.
• • • • • Is it any wonder, then, that a man as discerning as Joe Donelan would want only the best for Holy Cross — and its students? A former trustee and longtime benefactor of the College, Donelan is quick to point out the many advantages of a Holy Cross education — from its innovative program for first-year students to its exceptionally strong and engaged faculty body. “I think Holy Cross is an undiscovered gem … students can learn a lot about themselves and how they can change the world,” he says. “Everything to me is about changing the world.” It’s that perspective that drives him to give back to the College — to give its students, in his words, an “unfair advantage” by providing them with the education and the real-world experiences that will shape their perspective. That’s why he established the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning with a generous endowment in 2000, enabling faculty and students to combine challenging course work with experiential learning in the Worcester community. “The liberal arts teach us how to think. I believe students who participate in community-based learning can learn firsthand about the richness of life by helping others – and in turn, their lives will be totally changed forever,” Donelan says. The idea for the office grew out of
Donelan’s own student experience, when he decided to spend his junior year abroad in Vienna. That exposure – and his personal interest in understanding the history and societal attitudes that led to the Holocaust – broadened his understanding of the world and his responsibility to be a positive force within it. Donelan returned to campus and immersed himself in all that the city of Worcester had to offer. “To me, the Donelan Office of CommunityBased Learning allows students to understand how the world works, how a city works — good and bad — and to work with professors who really want to enhance their experience to learn and grow and develop,” explains Donelan, who currently serves on the College’s Advisory Board. “In learning and helping others, one becomes more conscious of the people around them and what needs to be done.” Since the office opened in September 2001, more than 6,000 students have participated in community-based learning courses, according to Donelan Office Director Michelle Sterk Barrett. “Year after year, I’ve witnessed the powerful way in which students, faculty and community partners are deeply impacted by the opportunity to be involved with community-based learning — an opportunity that would not be possible without the generosity of Joe Donelan,” she says. During the 2015-2016 academic year, a total of 39 courses offered contained a community-based learning component, which put 705 Holy Cross students out in the Worcester community. Faculty members that collaborate with Sterk Barrett say the unique opportunities offered by the Donelan Office transform the classroom experience for their students. And that, says Donelan, is just what he envisioned. “We all have a responsibility to give back. And to do that, students need to get out into the world, understand how it works and then decide how to change it.” ■
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Marcellis Perkins ’19 was recruited because he’s good at basketball. But it’s his off-the-court goal — to be a man for others — that makes him great.
BY MARY CUNNINGHAM ’17
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Growing up, I had amazing role models in school,” says Marcellis Perkins ’19, a sociology major and basketball player from Virginia. “My coaches and teachers pushed me to be who I am today.” At 21, Perkins is acutely aware of the importance of such individuals in his own young life. Determined to pay their efforts forward, he lives each day with a simple motto in mind: “Be the person you needed when you were younger.” “I told myself, I want to be that person. You never know how the small [amount of] time you share with people can impact their lives,” he says. Perkins was recruited to Holy Cross for basketball in 2013. Although he had never been to New England, the school’s commitment to service and its mission statement really resonated with him. “I firmly believe in doing well for humanity,” he says. “During my visits to Holy Cross, I met a couple of professors who encouraged me not to think just about basketball, but also the academic portion and the [personal] growth that could come here.” Ultimately, Perkins decided to leave the warm neighborhoods of Chesapeake, Virginia, and take on the cold winters on Mount St. James. He played his first year, despite a previous surgery that prevented him from fully engaging on the court. He suffered a new injury to his shoulder this past August, and was forced to sit out games following surgery in October. Despite his personal setbacks, Perkins has stayed committed to his team, attending practices and encouraging fellow players. And that commitment on the court, says coach Bill Carmody, is indicative of Perkins’ overall character. “He’s a hard worker, Perkins behind the mic at WCHC 88.1 FM, the campus radio station, where he records his radio show, "The Back Room," on Sundays at 8 p.m.
and usually people who work hard on the court work hard on other things,” he adds. “It carries over.”
prompted a discussion about how the education system in the U.S. differs from where they grew up.
Indeed, Perkins has approached his entire college experience with tremendous passion. During his time in Monserrat, the College’s first-year student program that introduces the liberal arts through interdisciplinary seminars and residence hall living, he was fascinated by a course with Professor Virginia Ryan titled Exploring Difference.
“It was cool to see that people were listening and calling in to ask questions,” he says.
“It really opened my eyes to talking about people that are different from us, but not separating ourselves from them," Perkins recalls. “We can acknowledge people are different from us, but I don’t think we should separate ourselves from them or approach them from a place of superiority.” Montserrat was also the inspiration for "The Back Room," Perkins’ show on WCHC, the campus radio station. The
Helping students express their ideas in written format was next. Perkins discovered a 1970s Holy Cross publication called “Being Black at Holy Cross,” and was intrigued to read how students’ experiences back then echo what many students feel now. “Those students had an outlet for their raw feelings. So I told my friends, ‘We need to do something similar to this.’” Together they founded “Impact,” a campus blog that showcases students’ photos, videos, poems and articles. He has also served as a mentor for Odyssey, a weeklong summer program designed to help first generation students, students of color and immigrant students acclimate to
“It gets tiring to live the mission every day. You really can’t fight every battle; it’s just not possible. But you can always put in effort or be an ally, and you can always show your support. And you can’t just stand in solidarity; you have to move forward in solidarity.” title stands for “Being Aware, Conscious and Knowledgeable of the Room and Spaces.” “I invite students on the show and let them pick the conversation. We’ve talked relationships, race identity, immigration, social and economic class, hyper masculinity, depression within the male community and more.” Last semester, Perkins invited two female classmates to the show, one from the Dominican Republic, the other from Puerto Rico. A listener called in and
college life. Having participated in the program himself as a first-year student, Perkins knew it was one more way he could give back. In addition to showing incoming students around campus and accompanying them to workshops, Perkins even offered his own presentation on a topic close to students’ hearts: “How to save dining dollars.” “That year is a lot of searching and finding. I had someone there to encourage me and motivate me and I wanted to be that person for somebody else,” he says.
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Perkins rises above the Oregon Ducks to take a shot during the men's basketball team's historic appearance in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
Off the Course
retiring golf coach
Bob Molt BY CAROLINE SHANNON ’17
olf coach Bob Molt will retire this spring after more than four decades with the College. Under Molt’s leadership, the program experienced great success, with the men’s team making two consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 1982 and 1983, as well as winning numerous Worcester City Championships. In addition to coaching the men’s team for 41 years, Molt also served as head coach for the women’s golf team from 2000-2013. In total, Holy Cross golfers have earned 13 spots on the All-Patriot League teams under his direction.
Rob Jones, associate director of the Office of Multicultural Education, is one of Perkins' mentors, and the respect and admiration is mutual. Perkins’ ability to “actualize his passions” is tied to his willingness to experience new things and form new relationships, Jones says. “Marcellis is not afraid to engage with anyone,” he adds. “He does not limit himself to people he knows.” Meeting new people and learning about differences has been one of the most rewarding experiences at Holy Cross, Perkins says. It can also be one of the most exhausting. “It gets tiring to live the mission every day. You really can’t fight every battle; it’s just not possible. But you can always put in effort or be an
ally, and you can always show your support. And you can’t just stand in solidarity; you have to move forward in solidarity.” Perkins is considering education as a possible career path, due in part to another mentor. His “Uncle Johnnie” is a second-grade teacher in Virginia, and as a child, Perkins helped his uncle set up his classroom before the school year began. Parents would approach his uncle and offer their profound thanks for teaching their children.
Molt understands well the studentathlete experience, having attended the University of Arizona on a golf scholarship and graduating in 1972. He became a member of the Professional Golfer's Association (PGA) of America, earning his PGA Tour card in 1982 and playing in tournaments overseas from 1983 to 1996. For 22 years, he served as the resident golf professional at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Massachusetts, and has owned and operated the Solomon Pond Golf Center in Berlin, Massachusetts, since 1996.
Witnessing their gratitude, and watching his uncle devote his time and energy so selflessly, inspired Perkins to coin the nickname “Candlelight” for his uncle.
With his wealth of experience and dedication to the game, Molt has been an essential part of the Holy Cross golf program. We sat down with him as he reflected on his tenure with the College.
“He burns himself out to light someone else’s fire,” he says. ■
HOLY CROSS MAGAZINE What initially brought you to Holy Cross?
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Marcellis Perkins ’19 was recruited because he’s good at basketball. But it’s his off-the-court goal — to be a man for others — that makes him great.
BOB MOLT I was the director of golf at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton. Fr. Markey [then-vice president of student affairs and dean of students, and current associate director of Jesuit relations in the Office of Admissions] played at Pleasant Valley Country Clu.b occasionally and was a close friend. He suggested that I apply for the coach’s job at Holy Cross, when Gerry Anderson ’38 [men’s golf coach from 1966-1976] retired. I applied for the position and was hired in 1976.
HCM Is there any moment that stands out to you over your coaching career that was particularly special? MOLT Yes, there are two moments that are very special to me. One is receiving the Gordon McCullough Award in 2006, naming me the Coach of the Year in New England. The second is coaching my daughter, Alicia ’09, at the Big South Championship in May 2009 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Harney ’52, Holy Cross Hall of Famer and a top player on the PGA Tour. Paul told me to work very hard on my short game and said, “Anyone can shoot good scores when they are hitting the ball well; good players can shoot good scores when they are NOT hitting the ball well.” I have given this advice to every player that I have coached at Holy Cross since 1976, both men and women.
HCM Are there any traditions that have developed over the years or is there anything you do for luck before a tournament? MOLT We always leave from the Hogan Center. I believe that we have left from Hogan for all tournaments during my 41 years of coaching. When his schedule permits, Fr. Markey often sees us off from Hogan and wishes us good luck.
HCM What do you most want to accomplish in this last season?
MOLT I would like to win the Patriot League Championship.
HCM What is the best piece of advice that you can give your players?
MOLT I learned the game from Paul
HCM What will you miss about coaching at Holy Cross?
MOLT The student-athletes. A great deal is written about how the “millennials” are totally different to coach than their predecessors. I do not find this to be the case. The student-athletes that I coach now and that I coached 40 years ago are extremely motivated to compete and to exceed both on the golf course and in the classroom. They understand that the coach has a job to do and adhere to any rules put forth by the coach. The sport they have chosen to play is based on integrity and adherence to rules and they accept it. In 41 years I have never had a player not graduate. HCM What do you plan to do in retirement?
MOLT I own and operate the Solomon Pond Golf Center in Berlin, Massachusetts, which is a large outdoor golf driving range. I have been a PGA Professional for 44 years and do a great deal of teaching and have clients from all over New England. A very large percentage of my former players stop in at the range and visit with me over the summer. This contact and friendship with former players is very important to me. ■
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100th anniversary of 300-yard dash world record by Andrew Kelly, class of 1917
n March 17, 1917, Andrew B. Kelly, class of 1917, set the then-world record for the indoor 300-yard dash.
As a senior captain of the Holy Cross track team, Kelly was already a national champion, New England champion and New England record holder. But on St. Patrick’s Day 1917,
“Growing up, I knew he was a great runner and all that, but it wasn’t until I sat down with the newspaper clippings from that time that I realized how exceptional he really was.” — Andrew J. Kelly '60
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he became an individual world record holder with his time of 31.4 seconds. Kelly’s son, Andrew J. Kelly ’60, postulates that his father was one of the best athletes to ever put on a Holy Cross uniform, but the elder Kelly was never one to boast about his successes.
Kelly’s entry in the 1917 Purple Patcher yearbook reads: “Perhaps the greatest cause of his popularity is his very modesty, for no one would ever guess from his demeanor that he is the first national champion and world’s record holder who ever breasted the tape with the H.C.”
The gold medal that Kelly won when he broke the world record was on display in the Field House when his son arrived on campus in the late 1950s, and Kelly was one of six inaugural inductees into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1956. ■ — Maura Sullivan Hill
Kelly is pictured (top row, second from left / bottom row, second from right, setting a 100-yard dash record) in a scrapbook stored in the Holy Cross Archives. The scrapbook belonged to John Michael Fallon, M.D, class of 1919, P51. Fallon was a surgeon, recipient of an honorary Holy Cross doctor of science degree and the son of Michael Fallon, M.D, class of 1884, who founded the Fallon Clinic in central Massachusetts (now Reliant Medical Group). The Archives team is in the process of digitizing the scrapbook – check back in a future issue for the date this piece of Holy Cross history will be available.
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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
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A message from Bryan TOM RETTIG
connection to alma mater for all. This winter I had the pleasure of attending many events and meetings, both on and off campus, which allowed me to interact with our incredible Holy Cross students, faculty and staff. My interactions with student groups, faculty, administration, athletics, career services and beyond truly brought me back to my time on campus and served as a reminder of how fortunate I am to be associated with Holy Cross, where our unique community thrives on the qualities of passion, drive and respect for one another.
ello, fellow Crusaders! I am happy to report that the HCAA is in the midst of yet another productive year on all fronts. Programming this winter featured our Young Alumni Committee’s “Seniors in the City” event in Boston in January, Winter Homecoming in February and another incredible National Holy Cross Cares Day in March. Additionally there have been affinity group gatherings, alumni retreat opportunities, a number of regional club events and so much more.
I hope that many of you were able to experience at least one of these programs firsthand to continue to strengthen your ties to Holy Cross and maintain your HC network. As I’ve noted in previous correspondence, the HCAA’s goal is to engage alumni for life, in order to maintain our incredible Holy Cross community and provide a
HCAA gains seat on board of trustees
An incredibly important foundation of our Holy Cross community is, of course, the Jesuit community with whom we have been so fortunate to interact during our time as Crusaders. So much has evolved in the role of the Jesuit community on campus since 1843, but their impact remains the same, so wonderfully highlighted by the late Rev. Anthony Kuzniewski, S.J., who I hope you’ll read more about in this issue starting on Page 30. Fr. K left a positive impact on the lives of so many, whether through his work in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in the chapel or most recently for our Alumni Association on our HCAA board of directors. He has certainly been missed by many, but how lucky are we as Holy Cross alumni to have the support of people like Fr. K? Many of us have had mentors and friends not only in the Jesuit community, but also in the chaplains’ office, whose programs provide another dimension to our Holy Cross education that help make us unique and second to none.
ince 2009, the HCAA president has held an associate trustee (non-voting) position on the board and served on its Institutional Advancement subcommittee. Over the past two years,
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Because of the Chaplains’ Office, we have a better sense of how to give back and support our own individual communities in our lives as alumni. We also often think that it wouldn’t be a religious event without some HC representation. Over the past three years, my wife, Katy, and I have been extremely fortunate to have Rev. William Campbell, S.J., ’87 marry us and baptize our first child. The additional meaning that experiences like these provide is very humbling and makes me eternally grateful for my Holy Cross education, and I’m sure that many of you may share the same sentiment. We are also fortunate that, as an Alumni Association, one of our recent areas of focus has been on spirituality programming. Our Spirituality Committee has been busy planning a variety of events, from our virtual book club to in-person faith sharing programs and much more. Additionally, the College is now hosting alumni retreats at the Joyce Contemplative Center, which I hope many of you will attend. And if you have ideas for any other new programs to engage alumni, do not hesitate to reach out! I’ll close by reminding you that each one of us can play a key role in strengthening our Crusader network and, as always, I encourage you to get involved by volunteering or attending an HCAA program this spring! ■ Bryan DiMare ’06 HCAA President
Bryan.DiMare@alumni.holycross.edu @hcalumni #HCAAPrez
the HCAA board of directors has reviewed, revised and revamped its leadership structure. This new model includes a two-year term of office for the Association’s President. Designed to provide more continuity
HCAA announces board nominees
of candidates represents the choices of the HCAA nominating committee, it should be noted that any member of the HCAA may be nominated in accordance with Article VII of the bylaws, as follows: “Any member of the Alumni Association may be nominated for director by a petition containing the signatures of 20 alumni with the executive secretary no later than May 1." Any member of the HCAA who would like to be so nominated should submit a petition to Kristyn Dyer by May 1, 2017. If any petition should be received, a ballot will appear in an issue of Holy Cross Magazine so that alumni can vote for the candidate(s) nominated by petition. To view all the HCAA Board of Directors candidates, go to holycross.edu/alumni/crusadersconnect/hcaa
he Holy Cross Alumni Association has announced the names of those alumni nominated to serve as officers and members of its board of directors. Kristyn M. Dyer ’94 has been re-appointed executive secretary. Michael H. Shanahan ’78 has been re-appointed treasurer. Alumni Association bylaws do not require yearly nomination to these offices. Nominations for the board were selected in accordance with the Alumni Association bylaws, which allow for no more than 13 alumni to be chosen annually for three-year terms, with 10 of them from class year groupings, two representing regional clubs and one representing affinity groups. Although this slate
Brian P. Duggan ’96 Brian Duggan has served on the HCAA board of directors since 2009, including two years as vice president (2014-2016) and one year as president-elect (2016-2017). Duggan, who served on the Alumni Senate from 2003 to 2009, is a former co-chair of the HCAA Spirituality Committee and Book Prize. He is currently a member of the following committees: Executive, Budget & Finance, Nominations & Elections and Spirituality. Duggan served as the president of the Holy Cross Club of Greater Boston from 2002 to 2003 as part of his eight-year tenure as a member of the club’s board of directors. Additionally, he is a class agent and Linden Lane Society member. Duggan is a class dean at Babson College. He resides in Babson Park, Massachusetts. ■
of leadership for the Association, this new leadership structure also allows for the HCAA president to have a greater role on the College’s Board of Trustees. Moving forward, the HCAA president will serve as a full trustee
with two sub-committee assignments and full voting privileges. The HCAA is eager to advance the great work of the College and represent all alumni for life with this new position on the board of trustees. ■
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 Margaret O’Rourke Granados ’88
vice pr e side n t Michael H. Shanahan ’78
t r e asur e r Kristyn M. Dyer ’94
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questions, comments and suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org 508- 793- 2418 alumni.holycross.edu/hcaa
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. ■
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Regional clubs volunteer award
Holy Cross Club of Rhode Island
he Holy Cross Alumni Association has announced the 2017 recipient of its Regional Clubs Volunteer Award, which recognizes outstanding service to alma mater through the Holy Cross Regional Clubs Program.
ANN F. ANESTA '82 Ann has been an active and influential member of the Holy Cross Club of Rhode Island for over three decades. The club is indebted to her commitment, collaborative spirit and leadership, all of which have had an influence on the club’s programming and communication efforts to engage multiple generations of RI Crusaders. Ann has held a number of volunteer roles within the club, having served as a past president and most recently as treasurer. Her enthusiasm and encouragement to test ideas for new events and processes, coupled with an exceptional team of dedicated club volunteers, have been a winning combination. Through her involvement and service, Ann continues to keep the Holy Cross spirit alive and well in the Ocean State. A Rhode Island native, Ann was a sociology major at Holy Cross. She and her husband, Joe, are the proud parents of two sons, Tom and Jim. ■
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hough Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the U.S., the Holy Cross Club of Rhode Island is anything but small within the Holy Cross alumni network. Serving over 1,500 alumni, parents and friends within the state's borders, the club also draws interest from Crusaders in southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut. An active group, the club organizes at least one event each quarter, ranging from Communion Mass breakfasts in Newport to "Holy Cross Cares Day" service projects in North Kingstown to "fan rallies" whenever HC athletic teams visit Providence College, URI,
Bryant or Brown. The club keeps a strong connection to current Holy Cross students: It awards four Monsignor John L. Drury Scholarship prizes each year to students from Rhode Island and funds Joseph H. Driscoll '27 Fellowship grants to student interns every summer at a Rhode Island nonprofit organization. Through this summer internship program, the club has established a longstanding relationship with Sargent Rehabilitation Center in Warwick. Year-round and occasional visitors are always welcome at club events. There's something for every Crusader in the Ocean State! ■
HISTORY Elda Driscoll is presented the club’s Crusader of the Year Award in May 2002 by volunteer Ann Anesta ’82. Mrs. Driscoll, wife of the late Joseph H. Driscoll ’27, was selected for the award in honor of her dedication and devotion to Holy Cross. CAMARADERIE Crusaders gather at a recent “Welcome to Your City” social event in Providence. SERVICE Alumni and families take part in a “Holy Cross Cares Day” cleanup at Kingstown Crossings in April 2015.
100 years of the Pulitzer Prize C E L E B R A T I N G T H R E E H O LY C R O S S W I N N E R S
ince 1917, The Pulitzer Prize Board has handed out awards for excellence in journalism and the arts. Presented to individuals, teams and news organizations, the Pulitzer is one of the most prestigious national honors. Three of those Pulitzer Prize winners are Holy Cross alumni. The Prize celebrated its 100th year in 2017, and HCM took this opportunity to commemorate the Holy Cross alumni who have received the award. A sports columnist, an editorial cartoonist and a fiction writer, Holy Cross Pulitzer Prize recipients represent the diversity of thought and talent cultivated by a Holy Cross education. Dave Anderson ’51 (left) paved the way for his career in journalism as a staffer at the student newspaper, The Crusader. As the sports editor, Anderson covered the noteworthy college career of basketball legend Bob Cousy ’50. Anderson's career led him to The New York Times, where he began writing a sports column and reported on landmark events such as
A day at Saint Joseph’s Abbey SATURDAY, MAY 13
the USA hockey team’s victory over the Soviets in 1980. Anderson is the author of 21 books, and has written more than 300 magazine articles. Anderson won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in 1981, for his sports column in The New York Times. Jack Higgins ’76 (middle) graduated from Holy Cross with a degree in economics, but he discovered his passion for cartooning during an elective drawing course. Portraits that Higgins drew of John F. Kennedy while at Holy Cross are now part of the collection at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Since 1984, Higgins has been working as an editorial cartoonist in his home city of Chicago at the Chicago Sun-Times, combining humor with outrage to expose the hypocritical and the corrupt in the local political scene. This work won him the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1989. In 2004, Higgins received the College’s prestigious Sanctae Crucis Award. His book, “My Kind of 'Toon, Chicago Is: Political Cartoons,” was published in 2009.
oly Cross alumni and friends are invited to experience Sext, the midday prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, with the Trappist monks at Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. Participants will be welcomed and hear from a member of the Trappist community and then participate in the 12:15 p.m.
BY CAROLINE SHANNON '17 Edward P. Jones ’72 (right) began his undergraduate career as a calculus major, but his studies suffered due to poor eyesight and an inability to see the blackboard properly, so he changed course and became an English major, discovering his affinity for fiction in a creative writing seminar. That decision launched his future as an award-winning writer. Jones’ second novel, “The Known World,” received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2004 and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2005. His third and most recent book, “All Aunt Hagar’s Children,” was published in 2006. In 2009, he was appointed a visiting professor of creative writing at the George Washington University, and in the fall of 2010 he joined the University’s English department faculty to teach creative writing. Jones was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from both the College of the Holy Cross and Georgetown University. Holy Cross also boasts two distinguished alumni who served as jurors for the Pulitzer Prize. Lawrence O’Donnell ’57 served on the jury for the 1982 and 1983 Pulitzer Prizes for journalism. O’Donnell, a history major and editor-in-chief of The Crusader while at Holy Cross, went on to work as the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1958 to 1983. He took on the same role at Dow Jones & Company, Inc. from 1983 to 1990. Michael Days '75 is the editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. He served on the 2010 jury for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism. ■
midday prayer. A luncheon will follow at the Spencer Country Inn. For more information and to RSVP, go to alumni. holycross.edu/abbey or call Alumni Relations at 508-793-2418.
Sponsored by the Spirituality Committee of the Holy Cross Alumni Association
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5 things to know about Patrick Maloney ’02 3 Hospital, Maloney has lived within the city limits his entire life — and wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are five things to know about this local education leader:
His grandfather came to Worcester from Ireland in the 1880s, and owned a blacksmith shop on Grafton Street. “He worked hard to start a new life here, but I know his success was not solely due to his sacrifices and determination, but also because of the assistance he received from many people throughout this city and the communities he was a part of. I look at my work at Nativity School of Worcester as one small way that I can pay back those who have given my family so much. Everyone deserves the chance to put down roots here and to thrive. They just need someone to give them a chance.”
atrick Maloney ’02 was named president of the Nativity School of Worcester, a Jesuit school serving boys in grades 5-8, in January 2017. Born in St. Vincent
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He lives in the same neighborhood he grew up in: “I grew up in the neighborhood known as Newton Square, and then purchased a home in the same neighborhood after I got married ... to a girl from Worcester. No surprise there!”
Tuscany and the Philosophy of Food Led by Professor Andrea Borghini, Holy Cross professor of philosophy
October 6 – 15, 2017 $3,999 per person double occupancy/ $4,999 per person single occupancy Based on his popular monthlong
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Family time is his favorite way to end the day, after the hustle and bustle at the Nativity School. He and his wife, Kristine, who used to work in the Office of College Marketing and Communications, have two kids: Anna, age 7, and John, age 5. “My daughter is a wonderful hostess for tea, and my son and I have some great basketball games in the kitchen. Most of all though, I love when all four of us get together before bed to read.”
When HCM asked Maloney if he had a favorite “hidden gem” in Worcester, this native wouldn’t give away his secrets: “Don’t you know that a real Worcester person doesn’t voluntarily give away their secret spots? You’ve got to earn it. But I will say that I love the variety that you see in Worcester. You could be hiking past waterfalls or stuck in unbearable city traffic all within the same square mile.”
He is the 12th member of his family to graduate from Holy Cross. “My father never pressured me to attend Holy Cross, but he did tell me that if I wanted to go to Boston College, that I’d have to pay for it all by myself. (I didn’t Maura Sullivan Hill even apply.)” ■ —
“Maymester” program for Holy Cross students, Professor Borghini has planned an itinerary that includes guided walks through the countryside; visits and tastings with butchers, wineries, and olive oil and cheese producers; stops at specialty stores such as chocolate and ice cream shops; and visits to markets and restaurants. These activities will help address foundational questions of philosophy from three points of view: the production, the consumption and the writing about food.
For more information, go to www.holycross.edu/alumni/crusadersconnect/alumni-travel or call Alumni Relations at 508-793-2418. ■
YOU’RE ALWAYS WELCOMED BACK TO THE HILL.
REUNION 2017 COME BACK TO HOLY CROSS, WHERE YOUR FRIENDS ARE
WAITING TO WELCOME YOU.
Classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012
Classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and Purple Knights
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From our alumni authors
Identity in Latin America and Latina Literature:
The Struggle to Self-Define in a Global Era Where Space, Capitalism and Power Rule By Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez '92
n "Identity in Latin America and Latina Literature," QuinnSánchez sheds light on how Latina authors contest the exploitation of women through power and space. She explores different literary meanings of identity in the barrio and the Garden of Eden, providing a critical lens for viewing society’s implications on women as “weak” and “worthless,” and a hurrah for the renegotiation of their identity.
W H AT OT H E RS S AY “Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez’s book is a critical addition to scholarship on Latin American and Latino literature. It seeks to find a commonality of discussion across borders and races rather than limiting analysis to a single author or country. It is always a pleasure to read Dr. Quinn-Sánchez’s work because of her ability to make connections between seemingly disparate topics,
BY MICHELLE JIN ’17
By Tom Breen '73
makes them easy to read without taking away from the story’s overall plot and pace. Anyone who is a fan of thrillers, suspense and medical and/or legal novels should definitely read 'The Device Trial.'” — 5-star review, Manhattan
and to analyze texts and themes critically in a clear, interesting way.” — Dr. Michele
Shaul, Queens University of Charlotte
The Device Trial
ollowing Breen’s inclusion in Alumni Authors in the Summer 2014 issue of HCM, the P08,10 alumnus has written another novel, "The Device Trial," which was recognized as a Finalist in the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards. An acclaimed sequel to his first novel, "The Complaint," "The Device Trial" is a story of lawsuits and marriage troubles, violence and sexual diversion that all test the limits of perseverance in the courtroom.
W H AT OT H E RS S AY “'The Device Trial' is a thrilling suspense novel from beginning to end. Well-written and engaging, the storyline is fast-paced and will keep the reader’s attention from the first page to the last. Breen does a great job taking the topic of medical devices and their purposes, as well as medical terminology, and
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Out of the Storm
By M. Saverio Clemente '11
lemente manipulates the weather to bring two ostensibly different people — a widower and an adult film star — together in one cramped apartment in the San Fernando Valley of California. Despite their differing circumstances, they are able to find comfort in each other’s humanity. Several faculty members from Holy Cross have endorsed Clemente’s novella as erotically climactic and powerfully mysterious. WHAT OTHE RS S AY “Good fiction can be measured by how successfully it has resisted the temptation of being didactic rather than doing what all good literature does: tell a story. Clemente avoids this trap in a way that reveals the truth-telling
power of fiction. 'Out of the Storm' starts where all good Christian thinking starts, not with morality or a list of do’s and don’ts, but with suffering, human fragility, beauty and the body.” — John Panteleimon
Monoussakis, associate professor of philosophy, College of the Holy Cross
Meeting God in the Upper Room:
Three Moments to Change Your Life By Monsignor Peter Vaghi '70 Servant
(an imprint of Franciscan Media)
onsignor Peter Vaghi brings the reader on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, to meditate on and appreciate the historical significance of a sacred place. Monsignor Vaghi’s personal experiences have taken him, and now us [the readers], to look for Jesus at three moments in time. Beginning with the Upper Room (the scene of the Last Supper), to the resurrection of Christ, and finally to the Pentecost, this novel will inspire you to follow him in prayer, service and in worship. WHAT OTHE RS S AY “Like many of you, I always await
S O LV E D P H O T O Msgr. Vaghi’s next book...Sure enough, this one’s another winner, as he takes us to where it all began, the Upper Room. This work inspires the kind of meditation encouraged by St. Ignatius and his son, Pope Francis, as we prayerfully imagine ourselves in a biblical scene.” — Cardinal Timothy
Michael Dolan, archbishop of New York
Mending Broken Relationships, Building Strong Ones By John J. Boucher '70 and Therese Boucher
The Word Among Us Press
ince 2012, John J. Boucher ’70 and Therese Boucher have published four books on spirituality and Catholic evangelization. Their latest publication, "Mending Broken Relationships, Building Strong Ones," gives eight tips to surviving relationship struggles: forgiveness, respect, prayer, gratitude, forbearance, honesty, affirmation and healing. The Bouchers show how loving like Jesus can develop and solidify the foundation of future relationships.
W H AT OT H E RS S AY “'Mending Broken Relationships, Building Strong Ones' is an insightful, inspiring and practical book that offers scripturally based and psychologically sound ways to heal and strengthen our relationships. Individuals, couples, ministry leaders, pastors, spiritual directors — in short, anyone who wants to become an instrument of God’s love and healing mercy — will find this book transformational.” — Art and
Loraine Bennett, authors of several best-selling books on temperament ■
or only the second time, our Mystery Photo has remained unsolved. We didn’t hear from any alumni about this series of pictures from the Winter 2017 issue, so we’re printing those here again along with our other unsolved photo from our Summer 2015 issue, just in case the answer is still out there! Let us know at email@example.com. ■
Admissions webinar for alumni & parents
interactive, online webinar discussion that will address these important questions.
“Navigating the Admissions Process” Wednesday, May 10 | 7– 8 p.m. EST
s your son or daughter starting to think about college applications? What do institutions look for in prospective students?
All alumni are invited to take part in an
Gain insight from experienced members of the Holy Cross admissions team on how to approach this sometimes confusing and emotionally charged process.
Register online at http://alumni.holycross.edu/ admissionswebinar or call the Alumni Relations Office at 508-793-2418. ■
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THE POWER OF ONE
Young alumni are a vital part of the Holy Cross family. No matter how frequently they return to The Hill, they share one desire: to stay connected and pay it forward.
OSWALDO E. SUBILLAGA â€™16
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name Oswaldo E. Subillaga ’16 hometown Queens, New York family Father, Oswaldo; mother, Esther
“I stay connected because I am inspired by the fact that previous classes continue to be so invested in the success of current students ... So now that I am an alumnus, I am committed to staying connected to my fellow Crusaders.”
Subillaga at his school in East Harlem, Cristo Rey New York High School
what he did at holy cross “I served as a resident assistant in Carlin and Figge, an admissions senior interviewer, an [English as a Second Language] ESL tutor at the Worcester County Jail, a parent orientation leader and a member of the Senior Gift Committee. I also had the great experience of studying in Paris for a month!” how holy cross affected his life “My time at Holy Cross was so much better than I could have ever imagined, mainly due to all of the wonderful people I met on and off campus. I am excited to see what great things my friends accomplish as we grow as professionals.” the working life “I am working as the deans’ associate as part of the full-time residential volunteer program at Cristo Rey New York High School. I am also applying to medical schools. I love working for a school that strives to eradicate educational injustice. It is an amazing experience to see our students grow as they work in an array of corporate environments throughout New York City every week. Cristo Rey also provides me with a great connection to fellow alumni. I was recruited to the volunteer program by, and serve alongside, Pat Durgin ’15. Additionally, we have other faculty and members of our advisory board who have gone to Holy Cross. It is reassuring to know that I have a bit of Mount St. James here in East Harlem.” holy cross memories “Professor Matt Eggemeier from the religious studies department influenced and supported me. He was
my faculty mentor during my first year on The Hill and he ensured that I was well-equipped to become a successful student at Holy Cross. Additionally, as a liberation theologian, he made me question the status quo and understand how my actions affect oppressed groups. I believe this is indicative of the care with which Holy Cross professors ensure they educate the whole person.” how he stays connected to holy cross “I continue to foster the great friendships that I made on The Hill. My friends and I have had a couple of reunions in New York and Boston. Though we can’t see each other as often as we’d like, it is nice to hear from them frequently. I talk once a month with my roommate, Ben, who is serving in the Peace Corps in Guinea!” why he stays connected to holy cross “I stay connected because I am inspired by the fact that previous classes continue to be so invested in the success of current students. During my time on The Hill, I was lucky to shadow various alumni who work in an array of health care fields. One such example is Dr. John J. Kelly ’88, who allowed me to shadow him for a full semester as part of the Academic Internship Program. My experience with Dr. Kelly, and with the other wonderful alumni, reassured me that I would enjoy a career in medicine. So now that I am an alumnus, I am committed to staying connected to my fellow Crusaders.” why he believes in holy cross “I believe in Holy Cross because we need more people who are openminded, aware of injustice and who work for and with others.” why he gives to holy cross “I give to Holy Cross so that future students have access to the same financial aid and opportunities that made this beautiful experience accessible to me.” ■
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IN YOUR OWN WORDS
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An expert in workplace environments shares why being treated with respect is more important to employees than recognition, appreciation — even promotions. BY CHRISTINE P O R AT H ’ 9 5
he summer after I graduated from Holy Cross, I thought I landed my dream job: helping launch a sports academy. However, I quickly learned that this workplace was rife with rudeness. The actions of a narcissistic, dictatorial boss trickled down through the ranks. He belittled employees, demeaned managers in front of others and barked orders at subordinates. Employees felt disconnected and disengaged. Some intentionally sabotaged the organization; many took out their frustrations on others, disparaging colleagues, making snide remarks to customers and failing to pitch in like good teammates do. This experience led me to study the costs of incivility — defined as any rude, disrespectful or insensitive behavior. My goal was to help organizations build more positive cultures. Over the past 20 years, I’ve researched the experiences of tens of thousands of people, across six continents and in nearly every industry and type of organization. I’ve learned that our interactions with people — even our non-verbals — impact others more than we might think. You lift people up by showing people respect: making them feel valued, appreciated and heard. Uncivil behaviors — which vary widely and include ignoring, demeaning or undermining others — hold people down. Incivility is extremely costly to people and organizations. In a poll of 800 managers and employees across 17 industries that I conducted with Christine Pearson of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, we found that when employees don’t feel
respected, they perform worse. About half intentionally decrease the time spent at work, 38 percent said that they deliberately decreased the quality of their work and 66 percent acknowledged that their performance declined. Twentyfive percent admitted to taking their frustration out on customers. Eighty percent lost work time worrying about the incident, and 63 percent lost work time in their effort to avoid the offender. Twelve percent said they had left their job because of the uncivil treatment. Separate experiments conducted with Amir Erez of the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida reveal that incivility exacts a deeper toll because of the subtle ways it affects people’s thinking skills and helpfulness. In one study, in which an experimenter belittled the peer group the participants belonged to, participants performed 33 percent worse on anagram word puzzles and came up with 39 percent fewer creative ideas during a brainstorming task focused on how they might use a brick. In our second experiment, a stranger (a “busy professor,” encountered en route to the experiment) was rude to participants by admonishing them for bothering him. Participants’ performance was 61 percent worse on word puzzles, and they produced 58 percent fewer ideas in the brick task compared to those who had not been treated rudely. In these studies, people were also nearly three times less likely to help the experimenter pick up something that had been intentionally dropped. In subsequent experiments with Erez, I found the same pattern for those who merely witnessed incivility. Even if people want to perform at their best, they can’t in a hostile work environment. Incivility hijacks focus, decreasing creativity and performance. Just being around incivility shatters focus, stifles success and squashes helpfulness. It shuts people down. People stop speaking up, sharing ideas and discussing issues. Civility pays. In a social network study of a research and development department
of a biotechnology firm, Alexandra Gerbasi at the University of Surrey, Sebastian Schorch at the Universidad de los Andes and I found that people who perceived a colleague as civil — defined as treating someone respectfully, with dignity, politeness or pleasantry — would be more likely to seek that person out for work advice and were twice as likely to see that person as a leader. Those seen as civil performed 13 percent better as rated annually by their manager. By being civil, leaders create a positive cycle in their organization. In another study in which I surveyed over 20,000 employees across industries, those who felt their leader “demonstrated respect” reported 56 percent better health and well-being, 92 percent greater focus and prioritization, 26 percent more meaning and significance and 55 percent more engagement. In fact, no other leader behavior had a bigger effect on employees across the outcomes measured. Being treated with respect was more important to employees than recognition and appreciation, communicating an inspiring vision, providing useful feedback — even opportunities for learning, growth and development. Little actions you take make work better. Small actions, such as listening attentively, humbly asking questions, acknowledging others, thanking people and sharing credit can give you a performance boost. Yet, when you’re busy or feeling stressed, it’s easy to forget pleasantries, lose sight of our tone, speak brusquely, fail to smile or acknowledge others and ignore other niceties when interacting with your employees, team or others. Becoming more mindful of your interactions and more aware of how you’re perceived are key to mastering civility. In every interaction, you have a choice. Do you want to lift people up or hold them down? Who do you want to be? ■ web exclusive
Head to magazine.holycross.edu to take a “Civility Quiz” — assess how civil you are towards coworkers, and learn what you can do to improve.
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The Path of
In 2013, a ski accident left Kate Barrett ’14 with a devastating spinal cord injury. Today, she's back on her own two feet, thanks to an
Better. Not Bitter.” That’s one of the slogans Kate Barrett ’14 stared at in her room, for three grueling, intense months, at Boston’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. It was one of countless slogans and decorations, actually; thanks to her immediate family, huge extended family (43 cousins!) and dozens of Holy Cross friends, the room was so abundantly adorned that the wall paint was barely visible.
First it was all reds and pinks for Valentine’s Day. Then they went full-blast emerald for St. Patrick’s Day. Next, Easter pastels. No matter the day, Barrett’s room was filled with a riot of flowers, streamers, little-kid crayoned drawings and great big stacks of books and DVDs to pass the time.
outpouring of support from family and friends — and her refusal to accept anything less. B Y K AT H A R I N E W H I T T E M O R E
The Spaulding staff said they’d never seen a room this decked out. “Inspirational quotes and pictures were plastered all over the place,” Barrett recalls. And for good reason: Barrett’s family knew she needed inspiration wherever she could find it. Barrett had arrived at Spaulding in February of 2013 following a freak accident during a ski trip in Spain, when she fell getting off a chairlift. The impact broke one of her vertebrae and the shattered bone compressed her spinal cord, paralyzing the lower half of her body. Doctors worried that she’d never use her legs again. She was 20 years old.
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“My dad came up with ‘better, not bitter’ and it became a kind of mantra for me,” says Barrett. “It reminded me that ‘bitter’ wasn’t a choice. But working to get better, every single day? That was my choice.” In February 2013, Barrett was midway through her year studying abroad in Léon, Spain. “I’d really hit my stride,” she says. “I loved Spain. I loved my host family. I’d gotten extremely close to the eight other Holy Cross students there with me. My Spanish had gotten really good.” When her finals were over, she went skiing with two Holy Cross friends north of Léon. When she fell getting off the lift, “I had some awareness it was serious,” says Barrett. “I couldn’t
(left) Kate walks near her apartment in Brookline, after taking the train home from a day of graduate classes at Boston University.
move my left leg.” The ski patrol brought her down to the medic tent, and then an ambulance sped her to a trauma center in nearby Oviedo, where she was put in the intensive care unit. Her parents flew in from the U.S. The decision was made to do surgery to decompress Barrett’s spinal cord since bone from her L1 vertebra was pushing up against it. After a short recovery, another decision was made: to head back to the States for rehabilitation. Barrett remembers a feeling of everything happening quickly. “I had no real sense of what all this meant. I was incredibly scared, but also sort of blindly optimistic,” she says. “I couldn’t yet imagine the obstacles and didn’t fully realize the seriousness of what had happened.” And while her body had suffered the injury, her heart and mind were still stuck on the fact that her year abroad was ending so abruptly. “Honestly, at that moment, I was most devastated to leave Spain. My friends and host family were religiously by my side at the hospital every single day. It was breaking my heart to go.” Back in Boston, her doctors had measured hope; while she couldn’t feel her left leg at all, she could flex the quad muscle in her right. The proof that a signal from her brain was getting through set the stage for a rigorous course of physical and occupational therapy at Spaulding. “My therapists were three of the most incredible, motivated and compassionate women,” says Barrett. “They helped make my hospital stay bearable.” For days, she practiced simply sitting up, a major challenge given her sense of balance was so compromised (when you can’t feel your legs, you have to learn to use your core differently, Barrett explains). Once she achieved that goal, she methodically learned how to transfer in and out of her wheelchair.
After that, she rehearsed slowly standing up — without passing out. (One’s blood pressure must re-adjust after a long period of lying down.) She then practiced walking, holding on to rails supported by a full harness from above (she couldn’t yet bear any weight on her legs), with two physical therapists helping lock her knees from the back and front. In time, she began using a walker on her own, tentatively, minus the harness. “Rehabilitation work is tedious and painstaking, and there are no overnight results,” says her mother, Marybeth Kearns-Barrett ’84. “But Kate never complained about that part of it. What Kate’s had to do by way of patience is extraordinary to me.”
who’ve just suffered an injury like this are usually staring off into space and not paying attention to what I’m saying. I walk in and meet Kate, and she says ‘You’re the physical therapist? Okay. I want to move.’ I usually have to coerce people. But not Kate. She’d literally do whatever we asked.” “(Agrimanakis) was the person who was there when I stood up for the first time, when I took my first steps,” Barrett recalls. “I think she realized how motivated I was, so she really pushed for me. And she also recognized I was a 20-year-old girl and could relate to me, make me feel a little more normal in a really abnormal, stressful situation.”
“The world needs to be more accessible and inclusive to those of us with disabilities. When we talk about diversity, disability is one hundred percent a part of that ... One of the graces of having my own experience is my eyes are open — and I see there’s a long way to go.” There were bad times, to be sure. One of the worst came six weeks into her stay at Spaulding, when an MRI showed there was still some bone pressing on her spinal cord, and it was determined she needed a second surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Getting that news “was one of the most difficult moments,” says Barrett. “I felt like I was going back to ground zero.”
By the time Barrett was discharged in May, she was standing tall. She’s 5’10” – which, to staff, seemed that much taller after seeing her sitting for weeks. Now Barrett could inch the length of the hallway using her walker. She found herself contemplating another inspirational saying on her wall, tricked out with markers and glitter, that quoted Audrey Hepburn: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m Possible!’”
But the operation was a success. Afterward, Barrett found she could move her left leg a tiny bit, which meant signals were now registering in both limbs. Then it was back to Spaulding for more rehab. One physical therapist who witnessed a pivotal moment in Barrett’s recovery was Melissa Agrimanakis, a young woman in her late 20s who marveled at Barrett’s drive.
Barrett likes to joke that she first attended Holy Cross in utero. Her mother is the director of the Office of the College Chaplains, and began working at the College a few years before Kate was born. Until Kate was 3 1/2, the family lived right on College Hill.
“I remember the first day I met her,” Agrimanakis says. “Most patients
“We used the campus as an extended playground,” says Kearns-Barrett. Kate’s
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(left) Kate and her mother, Marybeth Kearns-Barrett '84, shared a jubiliant moment during commencement. (above) Kate's grandfather, Chris Barrett Sr., leapt up in joy when she walked across the stage to accept her diploma.
father, Christopher Barrett ’83, was a stay-at-home dad then, and he’d take Kate and her big brother Daniel to romp on the pole vault mats at the Field House. They kicked a ball on the grass, pointed at the statues, frequented the cookouts at Campion House. Some of Kate’s earliest memories involved playing with Holy Cross students; her mom hired several as babysitters. Later, the Barretts moved to Tatnuck Square in Worcester. What kind of a kid was this spirited blue-eyed girl? “Kate was always a very determined and strong-willed person,” her mom says over the phone, a rueful, appreciative smile evident in her voice. “Even as a little toddler, she insisted on picking out her own clothes and she always wanted to know the plan for the day. She wasn’t content to let the day unfold. She wanted purpose.” Case in point: When Kate started first grade, her mother recalls, she was upset when the teacher didn’t assign homework. Her older brother got homework, argued young Kate – it wasn’t fair. When her teacher explained first graders didn’t get homework, the ambitious student wouldn’t let the matter drop. “She was driving us all nuts, and so I told the teacher to just give her worksheets to bring home,” laughs Kearns-Barrett. “Now Chris and I look back on Kate’s determination: What could be challenging then, we’re so grateful for now.”
Even with two Crusader parents, Barrett wasn’t sure she wanted in until she watched her big brother Daniel, a member of the Class of 2013, on MoveIn Day. “I was jealous about how much he loved it!” she says. “Holy Cross had always been a part of me and now I wanted to be a part of it. The incredible academics. The strong, close-knit community. No other college gave me that vibe.”
home. Each evening, after dinner, she’d put on her forearm crutches, align the arm cuffs and painstakingly walk outside. Her father would spot her, hugging the air around her hips, ready to catch her if she fell. Together, they walked as far as one house one night, two houses the next, until they eventually covered the whole block, her family and the neighbors watching discreetly, in quiet exultation, behind their windows.
She became a history major; Professor Ed O’Donnell’s first-year survey course on social justice movements, in particular, lit that fire. “I was so affected by how studying the past informs the present,” says Barrett. She was also inspired by her science requirement course on the biological principles behind HIV/ AIDS, taught by Associate Professor Ann Sheehy. And she got involved with the Holy Cross chapter of Pax Christi, an international organization that promotes justice and peace, took several immersion trips (to Virginia, Texas and El Salvador) and embarked on a number of retreats, including Escape, for first-year students, and Manresa, which focuses on encountering God in your relationships and community.
Meanwhile, she spent several hours a day sweating it out at a remarkable organization recommended to her by Agrimanakis. Journey Forward, based in Canton, Massachusetts, looks and feels like a gym — dance music, sweaty people chatting, exercise machines — but it’s specially designed for people with spinal cord injuries. In 2014, Barrett appeared on The Today Show’s “Hope to It” series to promote Journey Forward. “That was cool,” says Barrett. “I credit so much of my recovery to Journey Forward, and they do such incredible work.”
After she left Spaulding in the spring of 2013, Barrett used that summer to gain strength for returning to Holy Cross for her senior year. Her family (including her sister, Sarah ’18, and brother, Matthew, now a high school senior) set out to support her continued rehabilitation at
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With her senior year looming, “there were times I thought I was not going to be ready to go back to Holy Cross,” Barrett admits. “Holy Cross was so familiar and I loved it so much — but I was so different. Yet, in other ways, I was the same. It’s hard to convey that to people sometimes. While in the hospital, I had received such an outpouring of love from the community, but I was so worried about what it would be like to be back on campus.”
Kate being Kate, she was determined to walk Mount St. James with her crutches, rather than depend on her walker or wheelchair. Still, she worried: “Would I be able to navigate the hills? Was this insane?” But the community had her back. Margaret Freije, vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the College, gave her parking space to Barrett for the year, since it was the closest spot to the senior’s on-campus apartment in Williams Hall. She got a car with hand controls, and was allowed to drive on campus. The grounds crew made sure to put extra salt outside her building when it snowed, and someone from the Department of Public Safety drove her if the weather was iffy. She coordinated with the Office of Disability Services to make sure she had access to automatic doors and handicapped bathrooms. Her classes were grouped so that she didn’t have to switch between buildings. Roommates kept up her spirits. Classmates opened doors. Cashiers at Cool Beans carried her coffee for her. Barrett is awash in gratitude: “There were so many acts of kindness, I can’t possibly name them all!” • • • • • At commencement in May 2014, Katherine Kearns Barrett walked across the stage, on her crutches, to get her diploma. The applause was thunderous. Her parents were — are — beyond proud. “Kate’s handled this situation with a tremendous amount of grace and determination,” says her father. “She’s very, very … ” His voice catches. “She’s very inspiring. She is always looking
forward into the future. Never have I ever heard her look backward. Only forward.” That fall, Barrett took a job teaching at Mother Caroline Academy in Dorchester, Massachusetts, a private, tuition-free school for young girls of limited financial means. She loved it, but felt called to blend teaching with health care, and is now enrolled in the master of science education program in speech-language pathology at Boston University. “Given my own experiences, I could relate to people who had undergone some sort of illness and injury and were in need of rehabilitation,” she says. Today, she lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with three roommates from graduate school. Every day, she walks a few blocks to the T to get to class, aided by her crutches, and then the few blocks back. “It’s definitely tiring,” Barrett admits. But she’s conscious that her disabilities pale in comparison to what some others live with, and she’s committed to speaking up for all of them.
Charles River (above, second from right). “I wanted a sport that used my legs, but I can’t go for a run,” explains Barrett. “I got absolutely hooked on rowing. It takes upright balance out of the equation, it’s a phenomenal workout, and I get to leave my crutches on the dock and be out on the water. It felt perfect for my continued recovery.” For the past two years, she’s competed at the Head of the Charles regatta in the Inclusion LTA 4 class. To translate: Inclusion means 50 percent of the rowers have a disability and are included with able-bodied rowers, and LTA means a rower must have use of at least one leg, arm and their trunk. The “4” signifies that four rowers are in the boat. In 2016, her boat took first place. “Ironically, I’m now in the best shape of my life,” says Barrett. Indeed, these days, she rows like she rehabilitates: with fervor, purpose and a competitive spirit. But the little girl who needed to know what the plan was has changed.
“The world needs to be more accessible and inclusive to those of us with disabilities. When we talk about diversity, disability is one hundred percent a part of that,” she says. “I’m aware of what so many people had to do to make the Americans with Disabilities Act. One of the graces of having my own experience is my eyes are open — and I see there’s a long way to go.”
“I’m more patient,” says Barrett. “I can’t get places quickly, and I realize I can’t do everything. I used to be very go-go-go, but my injury has allowed me to let some things go. I’m still a highly motivated and determined person, but now I can keep things in perspective. At the end of the day, it’s about spending time with people that I love. That’s one of the blessings that’s come out of this. For sure.” ■
Meanwhile, she’s found a new passion: para-rowing, formerly called adaptive rowing, which she practices regularly with Community Rowing, Inc. on the
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1945 Joseph H. Harney
and graduated with a doctor of
vicar general, director of fiscal affairs
at New London Hospital and stayed
dental surgery degree in 1958. Dr.
and coordinator of Catholic Relief
connected to the College as a class
Joseph H. “Joe” Harney, of Haines
Cardamone practiced dentistry in
Services during his long service to
agent. He is survived by one daughter
City, Florida, died on June 29, 2015,
Utica for 35 years and then retired
the diocese. In 1975, he established
and her spouse; one son; and two
at 91. Mr. Harney attended Holy
to Englewood in 1992. He was a
ARCHway in Leicester, a program for
grandchildren. He was predeceased
Cross before he was drafted in to
member of the American Dental
children with autism. He was also a
by his wife of 65 years, Isabel, in 2014.
the U.S. Army at the age of 19. He
Association, New York State Dental
longtime chaplain for The Emerald
served for three years during World
Society, Oneider/Herkimer Dental
Club in Worcester and member of
Jerome C. Berrigan
War II and was awarded a Purple
Society and Psi Omega Fraternity.
many church and community boards,
Jerome C. “Jerry” Berrigan, of
Heart. After his military service, he
He is survived by his wife of 65
and, in his later years, he was an
Syracuse, New York, died on July
attended Babson College in Wellesley,
years, Roberta; one daughter, two
assisting priest at St. John’s Parish
26, 2015, at 95. Mr. Berrigan served
Massachusetts, as an economics
sons and one daughter-in-law; one
in Worcester. He is survived by
in the U.S. Army for three years
major and graduated in 1946. He
granddaughter; and many nieces and
one sister-in-law; many nieces and
during World War II. He enrolled at
then joined the Colgate-Palmolive
nephews. He was predeceased by
nephews, including E. Paul Tinsley
the College with the class of 1949,
Company, where he worked as a sales
’68, David N. Tinsley ’69, Marjorie
before leaving to enter the Josephite
T. Ursoleo ’77, Jeffrey S. Carlson
seminary. He later left the seminary
’86 and Kerry A. Carlson ’91; many
and earned his undergraduate degree
executive for 36 years. Mr. Harney moved to Atlanta in 1964, where he
Francis J. McNulty
lived until 1989, when he retired to a
Francis J. “Frank” McNulty, of Laurel,
grandnieces and grandnephews,
at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. He
golfing community in central Florida.
New York, died on Sept. 21, 2015. He is
including Patrick C. Tinsley ’98,
spent 35 years teaching English and
He is survived by his wife of 42 years,
survived by one daughter.
Daniel C. Tinsley ’01, Michael C.
writing composition at Onondaga
Tinsley ’07 and Richard S. Toomey II
Community College in Syracuse, and
’12; great-grandnieces and great-
retired in 2002. He was also active
grandchildren. He was predeceased
1948 Monsignor Edmond T. Tinsley
grandnephews; his brother priests;
with the Syracuse-area Catholic
by one brother, John Harney ’38; and
Monsignor Edmond T. Tinsley, of
and the Sisters of Mercy who worked
Worker activities, including jail
Worcester, died on Sept. 19, 2015,
with him at McAuley Nazareth Home.
ministry and Unity Acres, a men’s
at 88. Monsignor Tinsley was born
He was predeceased by five brothers,
shelter. He is survived by his wife of
in Worcester, the youngest of 10
including the Honorable Joseph
60 years, Carol; four children; and
Rev. Richard W. Rousseau, S.J., of
children, and served the Diocese of
Tinsley ’38; and four sisters.
Weston, Massachusetts, died on Sept.
Worcester as a priest for 64 years.
27, 2015. He entered Holy Cross with
He graduated from the former Worcester Classical High School,
1949 Joseph W. Bergin Jr.
Arthur B. Colligan
the Class of 1945 before becoming a Jesuit. He oversaw the Jesuit Oral
where he played varsity basketball
Joseph W. “Joe”
Colligan, of Yonkers,
History Project for the New England
and baseball and was named to
Bergin Jr., of New
New York, died on
Province of Jesuits. He is survived
the all-city team in both sports. He
Aug. 28, 2015, at 88.
by one sister; one brother, Paul R.
attended Holy Cross on an athletics
Rousseau ’51; nieces and nephews;
scholarship with the class of 1948
on July 30, 2015,
and his Jesuit brothers. He was
before leaving to enter the Grand
at 90. Mr. Bergin grew up in Boston
graduated with cum laude honors. He
predeceased by his parents.
Seminary in Montreal. Monsignor
and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942,
served in the U.S. Navy during World
Tinsley was ordained a priest in May
during World War II. He served with
War II and then earned a law degree at
1951. He earned a master’s degree
the 9th Infantry Division in North
Fordham University School of Law in
in social work from Boston College
Africa, Italy, Belgium, France and
New York City in 1952. He practiced as
Lawrence R. “Larry”
in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, in
Germany until 1945 and was awarded
an attorney for the Allstate Insurance
1961 and an MBA from Anna Maria
a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. In
Company in the appellate department
College in Paxton, Massachusetts,
2010, he received the French Legion
for more than 40 years. He served as
Florida, died on Aug.
in 2001. Monsignor Tinsley served
of Honor Medal for his service in the
an usher at Annunciation Parish in
31, 2015, at 90. Dr.
in a variety of roles throughout
liberation of France. After graduating
Tuckahoe, New York, since 1969. He
Cardamone was born in Utica, New
his priesthood: Catholic Charities
from Holy Cross, he worked as a
stayed connected to the College as a
York, the youngest of nine children.
director from 1987-1990, during
special agent with the FBI before
class agent and member of the Holy
He was a biology major at Holy
a 33-year stint with the agency;
returning to Boston to run the family
Cross Lawyers Association. He is
Cross. He served in the military in
chaplain, program director and
business, Bergin Liquors. In the 1970s,
survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean;
both World War II and the Korean
adviser during his 55-year affiliation
he started selling real estate in the
three children and their spouses,
War, attaining the rank of sergeant.
with the McAuley Nazareth Home for
Needham, Massachusetts, area, and
including daughter Ann C. McEvily ’79
He attended Georgetown University
Boys in Leicester, Massachusetts; and
continued when he moved to New
and son-in-law Patrick McEvily ’77;
School of Dentistry on the GI Bill
diocesan director of human services,
London. Mr. Bergin also volunteered
five grandchildren; and one sister.
Joan; four children and their spouses; nine grandchildren; and two great-
Rev. Richard W. Rousseau, S.J.
1946 Lawrence R. Cardamone, D.D.S.
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Arthur B. “Art”
Mr. Colligan was an English major at Holy Cross and
1950 John D. Colgan Jr.
it was one of the few of its kind in
Massachusetts, died on Sept. 13,
career, he worked for Westinghouse
the country. Mr. Conrad was also a
2015, at 86. Mr. Smith graduated
Electric, Imperial Distributors,
John D. “Jack”
member of Union Memorial Church
from St. Joseph Central High School
Wright Line Incorporated and
Colgan Jr., of
of Stamford, where he served as
in Pittsfield before attending Holy
various transportation companies.
deacon, trustee and moderator. He
Cross, where he played intramural
He retired from Wright Line in
Jersey, died on July
is survived by two daughters; one
sports and went on a community
1988, but continued to work in
19, 2015, at 87. Mr.
son-in-law; two grandsons; and
service trip to Appalachia. He
retirement, for the Grafton Job
Colgan was a longtime resident of
one sister. At the time of his death,
served in the U.S. Army during the
Corps, Excel Transportation and
Englewood, and a veteran of the
he was survived by his wife, Reva,
Korean War. In 1955, he joined the
the Massachusetts Society for the
Korean War, during which he served
who has since passed away. He was
McCormick and Toole Insurance
Protection of Children. He was a
as an officer in the U.S. Navy. At
predeceased by three brothers.
Agency in Pittsfield. He later became
member of the American Society of
a partner of that agency and then
Traffic and Transportation and the
founded McCormick, Smith and
American Society of Production and
Holy Cross, he was a member of the Naval ROTC. He stayed connected
John B. Pickard
to the College as a member of the
John B. “Ben”
Curry Agency. Mr. Smith was a
Inventory Control. Mr. Swan received
O’Callahan NRTOC Society and
Pickard, of Black
community leader in the town of
a national prize from Shipping
the 1843 Society. He is survived by
Pittsfield: He was a Jaycees (Junior
and Handling Magazine and also
his wife, Sigrid; two sons and their
Carolina, died on
Chamber, a leadership training and
wrote articles for Production and
spouses; and three grandchildren.
Aug. 19, 2015, at
civic organization) president and
Inventory Management Quarterly.
86. Mr. Pickard passed away at his
Young Man of the Year, and also
He was a longtime member of
home, Givens Highland Farms. He
served as president on the boards
Saint Joseph Church in Auburn,
Eugene A. “Gene” Conrad, of Stamford,
was born in Newton, Massachusetts,
of the former St. Luke’s Hospital,
where he taught the Confraternity
Connecticut, died on Aug. 2, 2015, at
and then attended Holy Cross, where
Berkshire Medical Center, City
of Christian Doctrine program and
87. Mr. Conrad served in the U.S. Air
he was an English major and wrote
Savings Bank (and its successor,
served as a Eucharistic minister.
Force during World War II and, after
for the Purple Patcher. He earned his
Legacy Bank), the Catholic Youth
He was previously a trustee at
his honorable discharge, pursued his
Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin
Center and the Chamber of
Worcester State Hospital and an
education with the support of the GI
in Madison, and then served as an
Commerce. He was president of the
adjunct professor at Worcester
Bill. He was a biology major at Holy
English teacher in Korea. He also
Pittsfield Catholic Schools and was
State College, and also volunteered
Cross, and then went on to earn a
taught at Rice University in Houston
named volunteer of the year at St.
at the Massachusetts Association
Ph.D. in pharmacology at Vanderbilt
before relocating to the University
Joseph Central High School in 1983.
for the Blind. He is survived by his
University in Nashville, Tennessee.
of Florida in Gainesville, where
He also officiated football games as
wife of 61 years, Irene; two sons, two
He devoted his career to research and
he taught American literature and
a member of the Berkshire County
daughters and their spouses; nine
was on the faculty at Wake Forest
film for the rest of his career. Mr.
Football Officials Association and
grandchildren; and several nieces
Medical University in Winston-
Pickard helped start The Historic
was a board member of the Pittsfield
and nephews. He was predeceased by
Salem, North Carolina, and the New
Gainesville, Inc., and was an active
Babe Ruth League. Mr. Smith was a
one sister and one brother.
York Medical College in Valhalla. He
member. He was also a founding
longtime parishioner at St. Joseph’s
also held research positions with
director of the Matheson Museum,
Church and also served on the parish
Sterling Drug, the American Medical
a history museum in Gainesville,
council. Later in life, he volunteered
Association and Perdue Pharma,
where he volunteered full time after
with Elder Services of Berkshire
John J. “Bud”
where he managed clinical research
his retirement. He wrote several
County, Inc. He stayed connected
Costello Jr., of
on new drugs for more than 20 years.
books about historic Gainesville and
to the College as a class agent. He is
From 1994-1998, he published a
Alachua County, Florida, created
survived by three children and their
York, and Palm
newsletter called Conrad Notes on
the Alachua Press in 1999 and also
spouses, including his son, Luke
Medical Meetings and received the
wrote and led tours of surrounding
Smith ’83; five grandchildren; one
Florida, died on Sept. 13, 2015, at
Will Solimene Award for Excellence
towns. After moving to North
great-grandson; and his former wife.
85. Mr. Costello graduated from
in Medical Communication for the
Carolina, he taught about films at a
He was predeceased by his wife of 40
Christian Brothers Academy in
November 1997 issue. Late in his
local Elderhostel and also gave talks
Syracuse, New York, before attending
career, he earned a master’s degree in
on local history. Mr. Pickard is a
public health from New York Medical
relative of poet and abolitionist John
College and conducted public health
Greenleaf Whittier and published/
Robert J. “Bob”
Syracuse University Law School and
surveys in Stamford for five years. He
edited 13 books, frequently on
Swan, of Worcester
then formed the law firm of Byrne
twice served as the interim director of
Whittier and Emily Dickinson. In
and Costello (later Byrne, Costello
public health for the city of Stamford.
1975, his book, “The Letters of John
and Pickard) with his brother-in-law
He wrote a book on elder care in
Greenleaf Whittier” was named one of
and friend, Matthew V. Byrne. Mr.
2002, inspired by his wife’s battle with
the 100 outstanding scholarly books
died on Aug. 11, 2015, at 88. Mr.
Costello also served in the National
Alzheimer’s disease and his work as
of the year. He is survived by his wife,
Swan attended Worcester's Classical
Guard, and advocated for projects,
a volunteer resident advocate at a
Carol; one daughter; three sons; and
High School and then Holy Cross,
health care services and housing to
nursing home and on the board of
where he was a member of the 1944
support the Syracuse region’s elderly
Orange Bowl football team. He
and poor. At the time of his death,
served in the Massachusetts State
he was survived by his wife of 61
Eugene A. Conrad
directors at another nursing home; he published two editions of the book,
James J. Smith
1951 John J. Costello Jr.
Holy Cross as an English major and
Robert J. Swan
varsity football player. He attended
titled Conrad Notes: Home Health
James J. “Jim”
Guard until he was inducted into
years, Virginia, who is now deceased.
Care, Assisted Living and Long-
Smith, of Lenox,
the U.S. Army Corps during World
He is survived by four children and
Term Nursing. In 2008, he started a
War II. He later served as a first
their spouses; 12 grandchildren; nine
support group for men whose wives
lieutenant in the Massachusetts
great-grandchildren; two sisters; and
have dementia or Alzheimer’s, and
Air National Guard. During his
many nieces and nephews.
IN MEMORIAM / ALUMNI NEWS / 87
IN MEMORIAM Louis G. Guadagnoli
philosophy minor at Holy Cross, as
Heart School in Winnetka, Illinois. At
Plymouth-Carver Regional School
Louis G. “Lou”
well as a member of the Dramatic
Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois,
District. He was appointed to his
Society. He graduated with cum laude
he was the class president and was
first judgeship in 1972 and became a
honors. He also earned a degree as
named to the Illinois All-Star football
full-time judge in 1976. Judge Collari
died on Sept. 22,
a chartered life underwriter, with a
team during his senior year. At Holy
retired in 1992, after 20 years on the
2013, at 83. Mr.
focus on investment management,
Cross, he was an economics major
bench. He stayed connected to alma
Guadagnoli lived in McLean for 43
from the American College of
and participated in Naval ROTC. Mr.
mater as a member of the Holy Cross
years, and worked as an economist
Financial Services in Bryn Mawr,
Hayes served in the Korean War and
Lawyers Association. He is survived
and former loan officer for the
Pennsylvania. Mr. Scholl served in
remained in the Illinois Naval Reserve
by three children; six grandchildren;
Export-Import Bank of the United
the Korean War, and then went on
for almost three decades. He also
and several nieces and nephews. He
States in Washington, D.C. He was
to a career in the insurance industry.
earned an MBA from the University of
was predeceased by his wife, Shirley.
born in Massachusetts and served
He was a founding parishioner of
Michigan in Ann Arbor. He served on
in the U.S. Army in Austria, working
the Church of the Transfiguration
committees for Loyola Academy and
in intelligence. Mr. Guadagnoli
in Pittsford, where he served as a
the Naval War College in Newport,
Alan L. Larson, of
earned a Ph.D. in economics from
lector for many years. He was also
Rhode Island, as well as at Holy
American University in Washington,
a third degree Knight of Columbus.
Cross. He supported the College as
died on July 4, 2015,
D.C. He is survived by his wife of 43
In retirement, he volunteered with
a member of the O’Callahan Society,
at 83. Mr. Larson was
years, Susan; two daughters; two
Elderberry Express in Pittsford, a
the Holy Cross Fund Society and the
grandchildren; one sister; and many
transportation service for senior
Fitton Society, and also served as a
Evansville, Indiana, before attending
nieces and nephews.
citizens, and Lifespan. He is survived
class agent, class chair, admissions
Holy Cross. He served in the U.S.
by his wife of 57 years, Mary; two sons
adviser and reunion class chair.
Marine Corps and attained the rank
and their spouses; two daughters and
During his career, he was at the
of major. Mr. Larson worked in retail
Daniel X. “Dan”
their spouses; nine grandchildren;
helm of Hayes Paving, an Illinois
throughout his career. He is survived
Kelley, of Cary, North
three great-grandchildren; one sister;
construction company, worked as
by six children and their spouses;
Carolina, died on
and nieces and nephews.
vice president of syndication and
12 grandchildren; and two great-
institutional sales at Morgan Stanley
grandchildren. He was predeceased
in New York City and also founded
by his wife, Margaret.
Daniel X. Kelley
Oct. 2, 2015, at 87. Mr. Kelley grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, and then
1952 Robert F. Hanratty
Alan L. Larson
born and raised in
Hayes & Griffith Capital/Convergent
attended Holy Cross as a math major.
Robert F. “Bob”
Capital. He is survived by his wife,
He participated in track, varsity cross
Marie; two sons; one daughter-in-law;
1954 Philip T. Breen
country and the Purple Key Society
two grandchildren; and nieces and
Philip T. “Phil” Breen, of Sutton,
while he was on The Hill. He raised his
Hampshire, died on
nephews, including Patrick Hayes ’85.
Massachusetts, died on Aug. 13,
family in Kingston, New York, where
Sept. 30, 2015, at 88.
2015, at 83. Mr. Breen was born
1953 Hon. Dennis L. Collari
he worked at IBM for 28 years and
Mr. Hanratty attended Dover (New
was a member of the Mendelssohn
Hampshire) High School, where he
Choir. He was also active with his
lettered in four sports and graduated
Hon. Dennis L.
was a biology and chemistry double
church and volunteered at a local
in 1945. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy
Collari, of Duxbury,
major with a premed concentration
food bank. Mr. Kelley also served in
in 1945 and served in Guam and the
at Holy Cross, and graduated with
the U.S. Navy. He and his wife moved
Aleutian Islands. After his service,
died on March
cum laude honors. He was also
to Cary in 1984, where he enjoyed
he attended Holy Cross and then
9, 2014, at 81.
a member of the Glee Club. Mr.
oil painting in retirement and won
embarked on a 37-year career with
Judge Collari attended Plymouth
Breen served in the U.S. Navy for
awards for his work. He was also a
General Electric in Somersworth in
(Massachusetts) High School prior
two years as a hospital corpsman
member of the Fine Arts League of
the sales and marketing department.
to Holy Cross, where he was a
before attending Boston College Law
Cary. Mr. Kelley stayed connected
He retired in 1990. Mr. Hanratty
sociology major. He obtained a law
School in Newton, Massachusetts.
to the College as a class agent and
coached numerous youth teams,
degree at Georgetown University
He graduated with a law degree
member of the Varsity Club. He is
including Little League Baseball and
(now Georgetown University Law
in 1960. He spent several years in
survived by five daughters, including
CYO Basketball in Rochester, New
Center) in Washington, D.C., in 1956.
private practice with his father before
Maureen Kelley O’Connor ’76 and
Hampshire. At the time of his death,
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force
becoming the assistant clerk of the
Megan Kelley Coppola ’88, and their
he was survived by his wife, Betty,
and spent four years in the judge
Superior Courts of Worcester, a job he
spouses; one son, Daniel X. Kelley Jr.
who is now deceased. He is survived
advocate program in both Little Rock,
held until his retirement in May 2001.
’78, and his wife; 15 grandchildren;
by four sons and their spouses;
Arkansas, and Germany. He attained
He also worked as a tax preparer
three great-grandchildren; three
three stepsons; one stepdaughter; 10
the rank of captain before returning
and belonged to the Southeastern
sisters; and one brother-in-law. He
grandchildren; and many nieces and
to his hometown of Plymouth, where
Massachusetts Police Association.
was predeceased by his wife of 60
nephews. He was predeceased by his
he opened his first law office. He also
Mr. Breen stayed connected to the
years, Mary Alice, in 2012; and two
wife of 41 years, Phyllis, in 1994; his
established the Twin Rock Insurance
College as a class agent and member
brothers, including Francis Kelley ’43.
parents; and one stepson.
Co. In 1963, Judge Collari was
of the Sodality group and Holy Cross
appointed assistant clerk of Plymouth
Lawyers Association. He was an
County Superior Court. The following
active member of St. Mark’s Catholic
David W. Scholl
James E. Hayes
in Worcester and graduated from Classical High School in 1950. He
David W. “Dave”
James E. “Jim” or
year, he won a two-year term as
Church in Sutton for 39 years. He
Scholl, of Pittsford,
“Whitey” Hayes, of
selectman, and in 1966, he was
is survived by two daughters and
New York, died on
Chicago, died on
appointed Plymouth town counsel,
one son, including Alanna M. Breen
July 20, 2015, at 85.
Aug. 24, 2015, at 84.
an office he held for six years. He also
’00 and Philip J. Breen ’01, and their
Mr. Scholl was an
Mr. Hayes was a
served as a local assistant district
spouses; two grandchildren; one
attorney and legal counsel for the
sister-in-law and one brother-in-law;
economics/accounting major and a
fourth-generation alumnus of Sacred
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holy cross remembers political science professor, 1989–2015
Hussein M. Adam P11, 06, 02
Sub-Committee on Africa of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives.
Professor Adam was also a key player in the development and nation-building dialogue regarding Somalia and Africa as a whole, and was a member of the World Bank’s Advisory Committee on Africa and a consultant to the U.N. Council of Economic and Social Affairs. Professor Adam joined the Holy Cross political science department in 1989 and retired 26 years later, in December 2015. He was one of the first faculty members of color at the College, and was instrumental in creating the African-American (now Africana) Studies concentration, of which he subsequently served as director. He served on the Diversity Committee and the Black Student Advisory Committee, as well as a resource and mentor for minority students. He was also a member of the International Studies Committee, the Holy Cross-Catholic Relief Services Committee and the Social Concerns Committee. “Hussein brought his impressive breadth of education and his on-the-ground political experience to our Holy Cross students at a time when his were the only courses on Africa at the College,” says Judith Chubb, distinguished professor of ethics and society in the political science department at Holy Cross. Over a period of 25 years, he taught African Politics,
Robert Brun, Unknown, Earl Peace, Unknown, Ogretta McNeil, Hussein Adam, Thomas Stokes
Africa and the World, African Literature, Politics of International Humanitarian Assistance, and Black Political and Social Thought. In conjunction with these courses, he used his pan-African connections to bring distinguished African academics and
Hussein M. Adam, of Worcester,
chair of the social sciences division of the
writers to speak at the College. As founder of
died on Jan. 14, 2017. Professor
newly established Somali National University
the Somali Studies International Association,
Adam was a renowned Somali
and was responsible for building a political
he coordinated the organization’s Fifth World
scholar and a pioneer in the
science program. During his time at Somali
Congress at Holy Cross in 1993, in conjunction with
subject of Africana studies at Holy
National University, he served as a journal editor,
the College’s 150th anniversary; the congress drew
development consultant and policy adviser to the
Cross and in U.S. higher education.
government from 1975-1987. In 1981, he founded He came to the United States from Tanzania in the
the Somali Unit for Research on Emergencies and
Professor Adam’s research focused on African
early 1960s, as part of a Kennedy administration
Rural Development, within the country’s Ministry
politics with an emphasis on Somalia, and his many
program that brought outstanding African
of the Interior, and served as its director until 1987.
publications — two books, a co-edited volume and
students to the U.S. in an effort to shape the next
He returned to the U.S. in that year to work as a
several dozen articles, book chapters, conference
generation of post-independence African leaders.
senior research associate at Harvard’s International
papers, and policy memoranda — address such
He received a scholarship to Princeton University
Relief and Development Project, studying the role
topics as ethnic conflict, democratization, the
in New Jersey, where he earned a B.A. in 1966. He
of local NGOs in the design and implementation
role of NGOs and conflict resolution. “His work
earned a master’s degree at Makerere University
of emergency relief projects in Africa; he also
on Somalia is of broader significance because the
in Kampala, Uganda, before returning to the U.S.
organized a three-year Workshop on Famine and
post-independence Somali story challenged many
to study for a Ph.D. in political science at Harvard
Famine Policy at Tufts University in Medford,
of the prevailing assumptions about statehood,
University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also
nationhood and cultural homogeneity, and produced a paradigm shift in the study of political
spent time studying in The Hague, Paris and Cairo, and was multilingual, speaking English, French,
Professor Adam was a trusted, nonpartisan adviser
development and national integration” says Chubb.
Swahili and Somali.
to the United States during the breakdown of the
“As both a teacher and a colleague, his was always
Somali state in the late 1980s and early 1990s,
a strong voice promoting the intrinsic value of
After graduating from Harvard, Professor Adam
which was a major foreign policy challenge for
diversity in a liberal arts education.”
taught and served as chair of the newly created
the U.S. He was a senior research associate at the
Department of African and Afro-American Studies
U.S. Institute for Peace and an adviser to the U.S.
Professor Adam is survived by his wife, Faduma,
at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts,
ambassador to Somalia and other area specialists
and seven children, including Guled H. Adam ’02,
before returning to Somalia, where he became
at the State Department. He testified before the
Zahra H. Adam ’06 and Mohamed H. Adam ’11. ■
IN MEMORIAM / ALUMNI NEWS / 89
IN MEMORIAM three nieces; two nephews; and six
of the football, men’s ice hockey
graduating from Holy Cross, he joined
part of the medical team caring for
grandnieces. He was predeceased by
and women’s ice hockey teams.
the U.S. Air Force as a 1st lieutenant.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dr.
his wife, Rosemary, in 1997; his father,
He is survived by his wife, Joan;
He flew worldwide missions, stationed
Collins gave medical updates about
Philip H. Breen, class of 1920; and
one son; one daughter; and three
out of Dover, Delaware, until 1965,
the president on national television.
his uncles, Walter R. Donovan, class
grandchildren. He was predeceased
when he began a 30-year career as a
Later in his career, Dr. Collins had a
of 1923, Thomas J. Migauckas, class
by one daughter.
pilot for American Airlines. He was a
private medical practice in Hillside,
727 captain for American Airlines and
New Jersey, for many years and
retired in 1995 as a DC-10 captain.
also worked for the Department of
Mr. Brown supported the College as
Corrections in New Jersey. He moved
a class agent and admissions adviser,
to Virginia 12 years prior to his death
of 1914 and James F. Tunney, class of 1924.
Thomas McGrory, M.D.
1956 Maj. Andrew J. Breen, USAF (Ret)
Maj. Andrew J.
as well as a member of the Varsity
and worked for the Department of
“Andy” Breen, USAF
Club, class reunion committee, class
Corrections there before retiring.
of North Adams,
(Ret), of Lexington,
reunion gift committee and reunion
He is survived by two sons; one
gift committee. He was also a member
stepdaughter; one daughter-in-
on Aug. 20, 2015, at
died on Oct. 7,
of the President’s Council for many
law; one sister-in-law; and nine
83. Dr. McGrory was a native of North
2015, at 80. Maj. Breen served in
years. He is survived by his wife,
grandchildren. He was predeceased
Adams, though he spent the last
the U.S. Air Force for more than 20
Susan; two children and their spouses,
by his wife, Ruth Anne.
five years of his life in the Vermont
years, reaching the rank of major
including his daughter, Kathleen
Veteran’s Home in Bennington. He
at retirement. He was awarded the
Koerber ’93; one sister and brother-in-
graduated from Drury High School
Distinguished Flying Cross for his
law; and four grandchildren.
in North Adams and then attended
service during the Vietnam War. After
the Cranwell Preparatory School in
retiring from the Air Force, he worked
Lenox, Massachusetts. Dr. McGrory
as the HR manager at the New York
Bernard E. “Bernie”
earned his doctorate in medicine/
State Electric and Gas Corp, and
Cleary, of Leicester,
cardiology at Georgetown University
retired in 1995. Maj. Breen supported
85. Mr. Cronin was born in Somer-
in Washington, D.C. He served in the
athletics at the College and was also
on Sept. 19, 2015,
ville, Massachusetts, and graduated
U.S. Navy for 12 years and achieved
a member of the O’Callahan NROTC
at 86. Mr. Cleary
from Somerville High School, where
the rank of lieutenant commander.
Society. He was a member of Corpus
was born in Holden, Massachusetts,
he was the captain of the basketball
After his service, Dr. McGrory
Christi Church in Lexington. He is
but lived in Leicester all his life. He
team that won the 1949 New England
returned to his hometown and began
survived by his wife, Marie; two sons
graduated from Leicester High School
High School Championships. He also
his private medical practice. He
and their spouses; two daughters and
before attending Holy Cross. During
earned an MBA at Boston College in
joined the Community Health Plan in
one son-in-law; 11 grandchildren;
his career, he worked as a contract
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Mr. Cro-
1992, practicing with them until his
two great-grandchildren; one
engineer and prequalification
nin served in the U.S. Marine Corps
retirement in 1997. He is survived by
brother; two cousins; and one niece,
administrator for the commonwealth
during the Korea War. During his ca-
his wife of 42 years, Cynthia; seven
Patricia Maginn Yauch ’88. He was
of Massachusetts, as well as the
reer, he was the owner and president
children and their spouses; and four
predeceased by his parents.
manager of ground transportation at
of Industrial Plastic Fabricators, Inc.
Logan Airport in Boston. He retired
He is survived by his wife of 59 years,
in 1991. Mr. Cleary served in the U.S.
Nancy; six children and their spouses;
Army during the Korean War. He
six grandchildren; two sisters; and
“Rick” Lewis Jr.,
was also a longtime member of St.
one brother. He was predeceased by
Aloysius-St. Jude Parish in Leicester
his parents and one sister.
and the American Legion Cherry
on July 1, 2015, at 81.
Valley Post, as well as a former
grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and one brother.
Richard E. Lewis Jr.
1955 Paul G. Collins Jr. Paul G. Collins Jr., of Warwick, Rhode
Leo F. Cronin Leo F. Cronin, of Mashpee, and
Bernard E. Cleary
formerly of Dover, Massachusetts, died on Sept. 29, 2015, at
Martin Rodriguez Ema, M.D.
Island, died on
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; one
member of the Knights of Columbus
Sept. 22, 2015, at 81.
daughter; and one son.
and former Leicester selectman. He
is survived by his wife of 57 years,
M.D., of Miami, died
Maureen; one son; two daughters and
on July 10, 2015, at
Mr. Collins was a political science major at Holy Cross and played on the football team. A
1957 William G. Brown
their spouses; six grandchildren; one
79. Dr. Rodriguez
graduate of the American Bankers
William G. “Bill”
brother; and nieces and nephews. He
Ema was born in Puerto Rico. He is
Association Stonier School of Banking
Brown, of Severna
was predeceased by one brother and
survived by his son, who wrote to the
in Washington, D.C., he started a
College about his father’s passing: “He
public relations/public affairs career
died on Sept. 9, 2015,
in the city. He moved to Providence
at 80. Mr. Brown
Brian J. Collins, M.D.
always spoke with great affection of the times he spent at Holy Cross, and
to take a job as vice president of
was a resident of Severna Park for
Brian J. Collins, M.D.,
the College was an important part of
public affairs for the former Industrial
42 years. He attended Holy Cross
of Moseley, Virginia,
National Bank and later formed
as an economics major, and was
died on July 7, 2015,
his own public relations firm. He
also a member of Air Force ROTC, a
at 79. Dr. Collins
received a number of industry awards
manager for the baseball team and a
earned his medical
throughout his career. Mr. Collins
participant in intramural sports. His
degree at New York Medical College
Rev. Hugh F.
stayed connected to the College as a
daughter wrote to us that, “There are
in Valhalla. He served in the U.S. Army
Crean, of Holyoke,
class agent and admissions adviser, as
also some rumors that he may have
and attained the rank of major. In
well as a member of the class reunion
been involved in painting the Boston
the early part of his career, he was
on Oct. 6, 2015, at
committee and 1955 Support Network
College eagle purple before one of
stationed at Walter Reed Hospital
Committee. He was also a supporter
the rival football games.” A year after
in Bethesda, Maryland, and was
9 0 \ H O LY C R OS S M A G A Z I N E \ S PR I N G 2 017
1958 Rev. Hugh F. Crean
78. Fr. Crean was born in Westfield, Massachusetts,
where he attended St. Mary’s
Victor J. Morano
Elementary and High School.
Victor J. “Vic”
He was an English literature
major at Holy Cross, and
made the dean’s list. Fr. Crean
also served as president of
died on June
his senior class, as well as a
26, 2015, at 79. Mr. Morano
member of student congress
earned a master’s degree in
and the Purple Key Society. He
psychology at Assumption
attended St. Mary’s Seminary
College in Worcester, and
in Baltimore from 1958-1962
worked as an instructor at Clark
and was ordained to the
University in Worcester and a
priesthood for the Diocese of
management consultant during
Springfield in 1962. He earned
his career. He is survived by his
a doctoral degree in sacred
wife, Karen; four children; three
theology (Ph.D. and S.T.D.) from
sisters; and two brothers-in-
the University of Louvain in
law. He was predeceased by one
Belgium. Fr. Crean presided at a
brother and sister-in-law; and
number of parishes through the
Diocese of Springfield during his priesthood: St. Michael Parish in East Longmeadow,
1959 John J. Dumphy
1962-1969; co-pastor of Sacred
Heart Parish in Springfield
from 1979-1989; pastor of Holy
Name Parish in Springfield
from 1993-1999; and pastor of
on June 27,
holy cross remembers physics professor and former department chair, 1960-1998
as chair of the physics department for 13 years and was also elected to numerous College committees.
Edward F. Kennedy
According to the Kennedy family, “Dr. Kennedy was well-known for a keen sense of humor, a facility
P87, 85, 82, 80, 79
for communicating complex ideas and an easygoing manner. He was
frequently honored by his students
Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament
2015, at 78. Mr. Dumphy was
in Westfield from 1999-2004.
born in Worcester and attended
He also served the diocese in
St. John’s High School in
Edward F. Kennedy, Ph.D., of
a number of roles, including
Worcester before Holy Cross.
Worcester, died on Jan. 23, 2017, at 85.
In his faculty evaluation from the 1975-
diocesan director of continuing
He also earned a law degree
Professor Kennedy was born on Jan.
1976 academic year, students praised
education for priests from
from Boston University. Mr.
2, 1932, in Chicago, the second of five
his “response to [their] questions, his
1974-1980 and diocesan
Dumphy practiced law in
siblings. He attended Loyola University
patience, his fairness and his dedication
vicar for priests and director
Chicago on a full scholarship while
to the student as a human being.” The
of clergy personnel from
until his retirement. He also
also working full time at Argonne
evaluation also noted that, “Comments
1989-1992. Fr. Crean taught
served in the Marine Corps.
National Laboratory, a science and
regarding courses taught by Dr.
theology at Elms College in
He lived in Keller, Texas,
engineering laboratory operated
Kennedy were almost unanimous in
Chicopee, Massachusetts, from
before moving to Georgia in
on behalf of the U.S. Department of
their high degree of praise.”
1973-1979 and later received
2006, where he was a member
Energy in Lemont, Illinois. He earned
an honorary degree from the
of Good Shepherd Catholic
his Ph.D. in physics at the University of
Outside the classroom, Professor
school. Beginning in 1973, he
Church in Cumming. Mr.
Notre Dame in Indiana.
Kennedy was involved in many
preached at more than 100
Dumpy stayed connected to
priest retreats throughout the
the College as a class agent for
Professor Kennedy was a distinguished
Conception Parish in Worcester, and
U.S. and Canada. In retirement,
12 years, from 1991-2003, and
member of the physics department
frequently attended daily Mass at
Fr. Crean served as chaplain at
a member of the Holy Cross
at the College for 38 years, from
the Assumption College Chapel in
Providence Place Retirement
Lawyers Association. He is
1960 until his retirement in 1998
Worcester. In 2016, the St. Vincent de
Community from 2004-2010.
survived by his wife of 53 years,
as professor emeritus. He was a
Paul Society honored him with the Top
He stayed connected to the
Betsy; two sons and daughters-
popular and respected teacher who
Hat Award, for extraordinary service to
College as a member of the 1843
in-law; three grandchildren;
supervised many undergraduate
members of the community who suffer
Society, reunion gift committee,
one sister; one brother; and
research projects in his lab. He was
from poverty and other hardships.
class reunion committee and
a number of other relatives,
active in experimental research in
career advisor network, as well
including T. Michael Dumphy
nuclear physics and surface physics,
He is survived by his wife of 60
as a class agent and admissions
’80. He was predeceased by one
and, in addition to his research at
years, Marcia; six children and
adviser. In 1980, he received
brother, Timothy F. Dumphy ’47.
Holy Cross, was a visiting scientist
their spouses, including Kathryn
at Argonne National Laboratory,
M. Kennedy-Brown ’79, Edward F.
Cornell University in Ithaca, New York,
Kennedy III ’80 and his wife, Danielle
a regional Crusader of the Year award. He is survived by
George R. Hughes, M.D.
with teaching awards.”
service groups through Immaculate
one sister; two sisters-in-law;
University of Cambridge in England,
Kennedy ’81, Maribeth Kennedy
two cousins; many nieces,
the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany
Salois ’82, Christopher C. Kennedy,
nephews, grandnieces and
and Aarhus University in Denmark. His
M.D., ’85 and Marci Kennedy Toalson
grandnephews; friends and
died on Sept.
work was supported by grants from
’87; and 20 grandchildren, including
parishioners; and his brother
22, 2015, at
Research Corporation, the U.S. Naval
Daniel C. Kennedy ’09, Kathryn L.
priests. He was predeceased by
77. Dr. Hughes was a premed
Research Laboratory and the U.S.
Kennedy, M.D., ’12, Kara J. Kennedy ’17
major at Holy Cross and
Air Force. Professor Kennedy served
and Deirdre D. Kennedy ’20. ■
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IN MEMORIAM graduated with cum laude honors.
and special projects. In recent
was also a parishioner at St. John the
stayed connected to the College as
He earned his medical degree from
years, Fr. Walsh assisted at local
Evangelist Church in Wellesley for
a member of the Varsity Club and
New York Medical College in Valhalla.
Massachusetts parishes in Concord,
45 years. He supported the College
Holy Cross Lawyers Association.
He worked as an internal medicine
Belmont, Maynard and Hingham.
as a member of the alumni board
He is survived by his wife of 48
physician at the Milwaukee Medical
He was a member of the Holy Cross
senate and an alumni board director.
years, Stephanie; two daughters,
Clinic. Dr. Hughes supported the
Varsity Club. He is survived by three
He is survived by his wife, Ann;
one son and their spouses; three
College as an admissions adviser.
brothers, three sisters and their
three children and their spouses,
grandchildren; three brothers-in-law;
He is survived by his wife, Debby;
spouses, including brother Quentin
including John P. O’Hearn III ’88 and
two sisters-in-law; and seven nieces
three sons; one daughter; two
Walsh ’65 and brothers-in-law
his wife, Erin O’Hearn ’91, and Ann
and nephews. He was predeceased by
stepdaughters; and his former wife.
William J. Stoloski ’58 and Thomas
O’Hearn Rourke ’89 and her husband,
his parents and one sister-in-law.
W. Moore ’65; nieces and nephews,
David Rourke ’90; 11 grandchildren,
Joseph T. Stagnone
1964 Bernard H. Dempsey Jr.
including Kacia Mastrangeli ’84,
including David Rourke Jr. ’20; and
Joseph T. “Joe”
Kara Salvadore ’88 and Martina
two sisters. He was predeceased by
Moore Cravedi ’95; grandnieces
one sister and his parents; his father
Bernard H. “Bernie”
and grandnephews; and his Jesuit
was the late John P. O’Hearn, class
Dempsey Jr., of
died on Aug. 3,
brothers. He was predeceased by
2015, at 78. Mr.
his parents, including his father, E.
Stagnone played varsity football
Corbett Walsh, class of 1928.
at Holy Cross and was also part of Naval ROTC. He served in the U.S. Navy after graduation, and then
1961 Joseph P. Leddy, M.D.
died on Aug. 18,
1962 William P. Brosnahan Jr.
2015, at 73. Mr. Dempsey was born in Chicago. He
William P. “Bill”
was a history major and member of
Brosnahan Jr., of
the varsity football team while he was
went on to a career as a teacher
Joseph P. “Joe”
Fort Myers, Florida,
a student at Holy Cross. He earned
and coach at Nova High School in
Leddy, M.D., of Man-
died on Aug. 10, 2015,
a law degree at Georgetown Law
Davie, Florida. He stayed connected
toloking, New Jersey,
at 74. Mr. Brosnahan
Center in Washington, D.C., and went
to the College as a member of the
died on Aug. 15,
participated in Naval ROTC while
on to practice law in Tampa, Florida,
Varsity Club. He is survived by his
2015, at 75. Dr. Leddy
he was a student at Holy Cross and
where he was a federal prosecutor
wife, Margaret; four children and
graduated from Xavier High School in
stayed connected to the College as
until establishing his private
their spouses; two stepchildren and
New York City in 1957. After graduat-
a member of the O’Callahan Society
practice in Winter Park, Florida.
their spouses; six grandchildren; four
ing from Holy Cross, he attended Jef-
and as a class agent. He is survived
Mr. Dempsey received the John
stepgrandchildren; three siblings and
ferson Medical College in Philadelphia
by two daughters, one son and their
Marshall Award from the American
their spouses; and many nieces and
and earned a medical degree in 1965.
spouses; five grandchildren; his
Bar Association, which recognizes
nephews. He was predeceased by one
Dr. Leddy spent 40 years in the medi-
former wife; and nieces and nephews.
those dedicated to the improvement
cal field, retiring as chairman of the
He was predeceased by two sisters.
of the administration of justice. He
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Michael H. Heneghan
supported the College as a member of
1960 Rev. E. Corbett Walsh, S.J.
at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in
Michael H. “Mike”
1843 Society, Fitton Society, Parents
Rev. E. Corbett “Corb” Walsh, S.J., of
2005. Dr. Leddy also served in the
Heneghan, of Rocky
Council, class reunion committee,
Weston, Massachusetts, died on Sept.
U.S. Air Force. He stayed connected
class reunion gift committee, and also
24, 2015. Fr. Walsh graduated from
to the College as a class agent. He is
died on Sept. 9,
served as an admissions adviser and
Roxbury Latin School in Boston,
survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary
2015, at 75. Mr.
class agent. He is survived by seven
and then attended Holy Cross for
Jo; three sons and their spouses; four
Heneghan was born in Hartford,
children and their spouses, including
two years as a member of the Class
grandchildren; and two brothers. He
Connecticut, and began his baseball
Alexandra C. Dempsey ’08; and nine
of 1960 before entering the Society
was predeceased by one son.
career there, playing for both
grandchildren. He was predeceased
Cathedral High School and Hartford
by his wife, Cynthia.
of Jesus. He studied philosophy at
the Holy Cross Lawyers Association,
Weston College (now Boston College
John P. O'Hearn Jr.
School of Theology and Ministry),
John P. O'Hearn Jr., of Sudbury,
the varsity baseball team at Holy
theology at the Jesuitenkolleg at the
Massachusetts, formerly of
Cross, and was part of the team that
Thomas V. “Tom”
University of Innsbruck in Austria,
Dorchester, Wellesley and Waban,
won the 1952 College World Series
Gradler, M.D., of
mathematics at Purdue University in
Massachusetts, died on Sept. 14, 2015,
in Omaha, Nebraska. He earned a
West Lafayette, Indiana, and theology
at 76. Mr. O’Hearn went to school
bachelor of laws degree at George
York, died on
at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
at Walnut Park School in Newton,
Washington University School of
March 20, 2015, at
His apostolic assignments included
Massachusetts, and St. Sebastian’s
Law in Washington, D.C., in 1965.
72. Dr. Gradler was a classics major
teaching at Boston College High
School in Needham, Massachusetts,
He then returned to his hometown
at Holy Cross, and also a minor in
School in Boston, the University of
before attending Holy Cross. In 1962,
of Hartford, where he practiced law
psychology. He was a member of
Scranton in Pennsylvania, Creighton
he joined commercial real estate
for 48 years, first with the firm of
the Varsity Club and participated in
University in Omaha, Nebraska,
company Meredith and Grew Inc.
Heneghan, Pikor and Hebb, then with
baseball, basketball and football as
and Marquette, where he also
(now Colliers International), where
Heneghan, Kennedy and Doyle. Mr.
both a varsity athlete and a manager
served as dean of the College of Arts
he worked for 52 years and was a
Heneghan served as counsel to the
during his time at Holy Cross. He
and Sciences. Fr. Walsh’s pastoral
member of the board of directors and
Connecticut Gaming Commission for
earned a master of arts degree at
assignments were in Jamaica and
executive senior vice president. Mr.
three years and to the town of Rocky
Fordham University in New York
Tanzania. He also served as director
O’Hearn also served as director of the
Hill for 17 years. He was an active
City and a medical degree from
of the Jesuit Mission Bureau in
Massachusetts Cooperative Bank and
member of the Rocky Hill Democratic
SUNY Downstate Medical Center in
Boston, where he was the assistant to
the Abington Savings Bank, as well as
Town Committee and served on
New York City. He is survived by his
the provincial for communications
a trustee of St. Sebastian’s School. He
the town council for four years. He
brother, Herbert P. Gradler III ’65.
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Public High School. He played on
Thomas V. Gradler, M.D.
1965 John J. Haggerty Jr. John J. “Jack” Haggerty Jr., of Pelham, New York,
holy cross remembers alumnus and honorary degree recipient, 1981
Rev. William J. Richardson, S.J., ’41 (1920–2016)
died on Sept. 10, 2015, at
doctor of letters degree during
72. Mr. Haggerty worked
the 1981 commencement. The
as a financial adviser
Very Reverend Archimandrite
during his career. He is survived by his
John Panteleimon Manoussakis,
wife, Marianne, and his daughter, Maura
an associate professor of
C. Haggerty ’90.
philosophy at Holy Cross, was one of Fr. Richardson’s students
1966 John A. Cassidy
at Boston College and also served as his doctoral assistant.
John A. Cassidy, of Phoenix, Arizona, died
“From all my memories of Fr.
on July 21, 2015, at 71.
Richardson — since the first
Mr. Cassidy was born
seminar on Lacan I took with
and raised in Natick,
him in 1999, during which I
Massachusetts. He was a history major
learned that the cryptic notation
and played on the varsity soccer team
‘N.G.’ in the margins of my
when he was a student at Holy Cross.
papers meant ‘not good’ — the
He earned a law degree from Suffolk
one I recall most fondly was
University Law School in Boston in 1969,
a cruise in the Aegean after
and also served in the U.S. Army for four
the conference on ‘Heidegger
years during the Vietnam War. Mr. Cassidy
and the Greeks’ in July 2003 in Athens,” he says. “Once the
and his wife moved to Arizona in 1974, where he worked as a medical claims
Poughkeepsie, New York, and
academic work was done, I
examiner for the Veterans Administration,
went on to study at Woodstock
accompanied Fr. Richardson on
helping U.S. veterans receive benefits
S.J., ’41, of
College in Maryland, a Jesuit
a five-day sailing of the Aegean.
from being injured or killed during
seminary that has since closed.
It was a journey that Heidegger
service. He volunteered with the St.
He also studied at the University
had undertaken before, in 1967
Vincent de Paul Society for more than
died on Dec. 10, 2016, at 96. Fr.
of Louvain in Belgium, where he
— not long after the famous
20 years. In 2009, he received the Family
Richardson was a renowned
was ordained in 1953.
letter he addressed to Fr.
Assistance Ministry Volunteer of the Year
philosopher, teacher and
Award. Mr. Cassidy stayed connected to
priest, as well as the foremost
Throughout his long and
the preface of Fr. Richardson’s
the College as an admissions and career
American expert on the German
distinguished teaching career,
magnum opus, ‘Heidegger:
network advisor, as well as a member of
philosopher Martin Heidegger.
he held positions at St. Peter’s
Through Phenomenology to
College in Jersey City, New
Thought.’ Heidegger recalls
the Varsity Club and Holy Cross Lawyers
Richardson in 1962 that became
Association. He is survived by his wife,
Heidegger focused on otology, or
Jersey, and Le Moyne College
that first journey to Greece in
Ratchanee, and five children.
the study of being, but was often
in Syracuse, New York. From
his ‘Sojourns,’ the published
misconstrued as an existentialist
1964-1981, he taught at Fordham
translation of which I dedicated
— until the 1963 publication
University in New York City.
to Fr. Richardson in memory
David A. “Dave” Day,
of Fr. Richardson’s 800-page
In the 1970s, he became a
of our own memorable joint
of Toronto, Canada,
book, “Heidegger: Through
certified psychoanalyst and
adventure. Mykonos, Patmos,
died on Feb. 23, 2015.
Phenomenology to Thought.”
served as director of research
Ephesus, Santorini, Rhodes and
He earned a Ph.D.
Fr. Richardson spoke with
at the Austin Riggs Institute for
Knossos — each one of these
and owned a private
Heidegger himself as part of the
places demarcating a mythical
clinical psychology practice. While he
research process, and Heidegger
was a student at Holy Cross, he played
wrote the preface for the book,
In 1981, Fr. Richardson joined
revisiting me today, as I sit in
on the varsity football team; he stayed
which is widely regarded as
the faculty at Boston College in
my office looking out of the
connected to the College as a member of
changing the misperceptions
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts,
window at Fenwick Hall — the
the Varsity Club.
surrounding Heidegger’s work.
where, “Colleagues and friends
building that housed a young Bill
remembered [him] as a deeply
Richardson when, as a student of Holy Cross, he embarked
David A. Day
geography, repay our visit by
John J. Ewing Jr.
Fr. Richardson graduated from
thoughtful scholar who, while
John J. Ewing Jr. died on Sept. 7, 2015,
Holy Cross in 1941 and was a
ever engaged in intellectual
upon his lifelong journey across
at 71. Mr. Ewing grew up in Pittsfield,
member of the Alpha Sigma
pursuits, never neglected his
philosophy’s winedark sea.”
Massachusetts, where he was the
Nu Jesuit Honor Society. He
role as teacher and mentor,”
valedictorian at St. Joseph Central High
was a proficient debater as
according to an obituary
Fr. Richardson is survived by
School. He studied economics at Holy
an undergraduate and also
released by BC. He retired in
his Jesuit brothers and two
Cross before serving in the U.S. Navy.
performed the title role in a
2007, but continued to work as
cousins, Laurence G. O’Donnell
During his career, he spent many years
production of Shakespeare’s
an emeritus faculty member.
’51 and Rev. Monsignor Peter
as a programmer analyst in the financial
“Richard the III.” He entered
sector. He is survived by two sons, two
the Society of Jesus in 1941
Holy Cross honored Fr.
predeceased by his parents and
daughters and their spouses; the two
at St. Andrew on Hudson in
Richardson with an honorary
C. O'Donnell ’53. He was
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IN MEMORIAM mothers of his children; one brother;
moved many times in his childhood,
worked from 1972 until his retirement
five grandchildren; three sisters;
two sisters; six grandchildren; and
as part of a military family, and
in 2009. During his career, he earned
his mother-in-law and father-in-
many nieces and nephews.
graduated from Frankfurt American
a chartered property casualty
law; 11 nieces and nephews; and 25
High School in Frankfurt, Germany.
underwriter (CPCU) designation
grandnieces and nephews.
He was a history major at Holy Cross
and also worked as an instructor for
Michael P. Persico Michael P. Persico, of Seaford, Dela-
and went on to a career in teaching
others seeking this designation. Mr.
ware, and formerly of Teaneck, New
and library science. He worked across
Giblin was a member of the American
1971 Thomas J. Burke
Jersey, died on Sept. 30, 2015, at 71.
the country, in Minnesota, Boston
Bar Association and the Holy Cross
Thomas J. “Tim” Burke, of Newbury,
Mr. Persico graduated from Xavier
and at the John Tyler Community
Lawyers Association, as well as the
Massachusetts, died on Aug. 13,
High School in New York City, and
College in Chesterfield, Virginia. He is
O’Callahan NROTC Society. He is
2017, at 66. Mr. Burke held advanced
was a sociology major at Holy Cross.
survived by four sisters, two brothers
survived by three daughters and their
degrees in photography and
He also earned a law degree from the
and their spouses; three nieces; five
spouses; three grandchildren; one
instructional technology from the
University of Miami, and was a mem-
nephews; and many grandnieces and
sister; one brother; one sister-in-law;
Rochester Institute of Technology
ber of the Bar Association in both
grandnephews. He was predeceased
nieces and nephews; and his lifelong
in New York. He worked as a
Florida and Washington, D.C., as well
by his parents and one brother.
friend, Maureen. He was predeceased
project manager at Information
by his parents, brother and niece.
Mapping Inc. for 10 years, and then
as the Supreme Court Bar. During his career, Mr. Persico worked as the
Robert F. Shandorf
HR manager of the Maryland Jockey
Robert F. “Bob” Shandorf, of Mendota
James K. Holland
Club, the clerk of courts for the Dis-
Heights, Minnesota, died on Aug. 5,
James K. “Jim” Holland, of Worcester,
500 companies for several years. He
trict of Columbia Supreme Court and
2015, at 68. Mr. Shandorf attended
died on Sept. 23, 2015, at 68. Mr.
lived in the Boston area for several
counsel for the Equal Employment
Campion High School in Wisconsin
Holland was born in Worcester, and
years and then moved to Plum Island,
Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
before Holy Cross, and later earned
attended Holy Cross as an English
Massachusetts, to raise his family
headquarters. He was a group
a master of arts degree in English
major. He earned his law degree at
and they lived there for 28 years. Mr.
facilitator of HIV/AIDS patients at the
at the University of Wisconsin in
Western New England Law School
Burke and his wife volunteered in
Whitman Walker Clinic in Washing-
Madison. He also did postgraduate
in Springfield, Massachusetts, and
the Newbury schools as coaches for
ton, D.C., and also worked as a lay
work in religion and literature at
operated his private law practice for
Odyssey of the Mind for seven years.
minister and grief counselor at the
the University of Chicago. After
30 years. He focused primarily on real
He is survived by his wife of 41 years,
AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National
living in Chicago for several years,
estate law. Mr. Holland was a member
Rebecca; one daughter; his mother-in-
Mall. Mr. Persico stayed connected to
he returned to the Twin Cities area
of the Holy Cross Lawyers Association
law; one brother and sister-in-law; and
the College as a member of the Holy
of Minnesota and taught American
and Immaculate Conception Parish
several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cross Lawyers Association. He is sur-
and British literature at Convent of
in Worcester, and also served on the
He was predeceased by his parents.
vived by his husband, Robert; three
the Visitation School in Mendota
board of directors of Joy of Music, a
siblings and one brother-in-law; and
Heights until 2004. He worked on
nonprofit community music school in
three nephews. He was predeceased
the planning committee for St. Paul’s
the city. He is survived by his wife of
by his parents.
Centennial Fitzgerald Celebration
45 years, Anne Carol; two daughters
Robert J. “Bob”
in 1996. He is survived by his wife,
and one son-in-law; one grandson;
Stanton, of Wayland,
Dianna; one son; one sister and one
and two sisters. He was predeceased
brother; and a niece and a nephew.
by his parents and two sisters.
on Oct. 10, 2015,
1968 Paul P. Blanchette Paul P. Blanchette,
He was predeceased by his parents.
of Lexington Park, Maryland, died on
1969 Daniel J. Giblin
continued to work as a consultant in instructional technology for Fortune
1974 Robert J. Stanton
at 63. Mr. Stanton
1970 Mark L. Lynch III
lived in Waltham, Massachusetts, all his life, until moving to Wayland in
Mark L. Lynch III,
2009. He graduated from Xavier High
Daniel J. “Dan”
School in Concord, Massachusetts,
chemistry major as a student at Holy
Giblin, of Plover,
in 1970 and then attended Holy
Cross, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in
Wisconsin, died on
on Aug. 3, 2015,
Cross. After graduating from the
the same subject at Brown University
Aug. 1, 2015, at 67.
at 67. Mr. Lynch
College, he began his lifelong career
in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1977.
Mr. Giblin was born
Aug. 27, 2015, at 69. Mr. Blanchette was a
graduated from Boston College High
in the family insurance business
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August
in Springfield, Massachusetts, and
School in 1966 before enrolling at
started by his father, Coleman and
1968 and served until his honorable
attended Cathedral High School in his
Holy Cross as a mathematics major.
Sons in Waltham. In 1991, the office
discharge in August 1974. He spent
hometown. He was a political science
After graduating from Holy Cross, he
became Stanton Insurance, of which
40 years as a professor of chemistry
major at Holy Cross and a Naval
moved to Connecticut to pursue his
Mr. Stanton served as president
at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
ROTC cadet. He was commissioned
career in the insurance field. He rose
until his retirement in 2010. During
Mr. Blanchette was a member of the
as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy upon
to the role of senior vice president
his career, he became a certified
American Chemical Society, VFW Post
graduation from Holy Cross and
of retirement plan strategies at
insurance counselor and a certified
2632 and St. Mary’s County Emergency
served as first lieutenant and legal
Prudential in Hartford, Connecticut,
risk manager. Mr. Stanton was active
Friendly Fund. He is survived by
officer on the USS Fort Snelling. He
where he helped create the total
in his community. Alongside his wife,
his wife of 44 years, Kathleen; one
was honorably discharged from the
retirement outsourcing product and
he helped start marriage preparation
brother; and many nieces, nephews,
Navy in 1972. Mr. Giblin went on to
led the development of retirement
programs in Catholic parishes in
cousins and friends. He was
graduate from the Woodrow Wilson
plan strategies. He retired in 2010. Mr.
Waltham and surrounding towns,
predeceased by his parents.
College of Law in Atlanta, which is
Lynch also coached for 20 years in
and they spent 25 years helping to
no longer in existence, in 1982. He
the Bloomfield (Connecticut) Youth
run the Catholic Engaged Encounter,
moved to Stevens Point, Wisconsin,
League. He is survived by his wife,
a marriage preparation program
Peter P. McTague, of Virginia, died
with his family in 1983 to continue his
Carolyn; two sons, one daughter and
through the Archdiocese of Boston.
on Aug. 26, 2015, at 68. Mr. McTague
career at Sentry Insurance, where he
their spouses; two stepdaughters;
Mr. Stanton was one of the co-
Peter P. McTague
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founders of Meadow House, now an
and an MBA from Boston University
spouses, including Ellen Sieber Kohl
Bacon ’60; Barbara Bellerose, mother
agency of Middlesex Human Services,
in 2002. Dr. Hughes attended UMass
’91; many nieces and nephews; and
of William J. Bellerose ’77, formerly of
and, in recognition of his generosity
Medical on a Navy scholarship
Julie’s extended family.
the athletics department, and Barbara
to those in need, received the Robert
and rose to the rank of lieutenant
and Thomas McNamara Award. He
commander while serving as an
served as president of the Waltham
undersea medical officer, stationed
Boys and Girls Club in the late 1990s
in Puerto Rico, San Diego and
Richard D. Shumilla
M. Germain '13; Virginia Burke and
and also served on the board of
Groton, Connecticut. Dr. Hughes was
Jr., of Stoughton,
Thomas Burke, mother and father of
directors for many years. In 2014, the
a board-certified emergency room
Steve Burke ’84; Ruth Powers Burns,
Boys and Girls Club honored him
physician and worked in this role for
wife of the late Robert G. Burns, D.D.S.,
as the first recipient of the Robert J.
more than 20 years in hospitals in
died on Sept. 27,
’51 and mother of James E. Burns
Stanton Legacy Award in recognition
Massachusetts: Mt. Auburn Hospital
2015, at 47. Mr. Shumilla was born
’76; Leonard H. Crawford, father of
of his lifetime commitment to helping
in Cambridge, South Shore Hospital
in Boston and raised in Hyde Park,
Leonard G. Crawford ’18; Alice R.
young people in Waltham. Mr. Stanton
in Weymouth and Cape Cod Hospital
Massachusetts. He graduated from
Dorrington, wife of the late Paul E.
served on the Waltham City Council
in Barnstable. He had recently opened
Catholic Memorial High School in
Dorrington ’41; Paula Fisher, of dining
for two terms and was also involved
Health Express Urgent Care Centers
Boston, and then enrolled at Holy
services; Claire Harty, wife of the
with the Waltham West Suburban
to serve the needs of residents of the
Cross, where he played on the varsity
late Thaddeus J. Harty ’47; Barbara
Chamber of Commerce, serving as
South Shore. Dr. Hughes supported
football team. After graduating from
Hayes, mother of the late Elizabeth
president and receiving the chamber’s
Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a
the College, he spent his career in
Anne Hayes ’86; Robert Hulseman,
Community Achievement Award.
charity serving troubled and runaway
the finance industry. Mr. Shumilla
father of Richard Hulseman ’81 and
He coached and sponsored teams
teens; he volunteered in their medical
stayed connected to Holy Cross as
Joseph Hulseman P18, father-in-law of
in the Waltham Youth Basketball
van and was also a member of their
a member of the Varsity Club. He is
Frances Spann ’85 and grandfather of
Association for 22 years. He was also a
board of directors, serving as chair for
survived by his father; two children;
Anna Hulseman ’18; Mary Kaylor, wife
member of the Waltham Rotary Club,
five years. He was the annual event
one brother and sister-in-law; three
of the late George M. Kaylor ’50; Sarah
on the board of the former Waltham
doctor at the Cohasset Triathlon, and
nephews; and his girlfriend, Rachel.
Kilby, daughter of Kate Kilby of the
Hospital and a member and past
was a runner himself, completing
president of the Massachusetts Bay
two Boston Marathons and one New
Investment Trust. In addition to all his
I. Germain of health services, and
1990 Richard D. Shumilla Jr.
grandmother of William J. Bellerose Jr. '12, Lauren M. Bellerose '14 and Kelcey
human resources department; Marie Lahey, wife of the late Philip J. Lahey,
York City Marathon. Dr. Hughes was
2002 Shiloh B. Morgado
community involvement, Mr. Stanton
a member of the crew team while
Shiloh B. Morgado, of Westborough,
M.D., ’69 P02, Stephen J. Lahey, M.D.,
also supported the College. He was
he was a student at Holy Cross and
Massachusetts, died on Aug. 30,
’71 P06, 03, Peter M. Lahey ’76 and the
a class agent, regional club career
continued his affinity with the sport,
2015, at 36. Mr. Morgado was born in
late John J. Lahey ’70, grandmother
counselor, a member of the career
rowing in several Head of the Charles
California before moving to central
of Ann M. Lahey ’02, Dermot S. Lahey
advisor network and also an athletics
Regattas. Dr. Hughes supported the
Massachusetts at age 11. He was a
’03 and Margaret L. Raymond ’06;
supporter. He is survived by his wife
College as a member of the President’s
political science major at Holy Cross.
Salvatore "Sam" Lovullo, grandfather
of 41 years, Julie; his mother; one son,
Council. He was also a member of
He is survived by one daughter;
of Nick Lovullo ’16; Rosalyn P.
four daughters and their significant
St. Anthony’s Church in Cohasset.
one son; his father and stepmother;
Malgieri, mother of John J. Malgieri,
others, including daughter Emily T.
He is survived by his wife, Nina; two
his mother; and extended family
M.D., ’69, Robert A. Malgieri ’72,
Stanton ’01; four grandchildren; two
children; his mother; one sister; and
Patrick M. Malgieri, Esq., ’76 and the
brothers, one sister and their spouses,
two brothers. He was predeceased by
including brother-in-law Robert R.
Hansel Jr. ’88; nieces and nephews, including Amy H. Lussier ’08 and Benjamin J. Nardozzi ’12; and cousins,
1988 Christopher J. Sieber
M.D., ’39, mother of Philip J. Lahey Jr.,
late Richard E. Malgieri ’71; Helen
2007 John T. Christensen
McCartin, wife of the late Francis E. McCartin ’26; Thomas F. McEvily
John T. Christensen,
Jr., father of Thomas F. McEvily III
’73, Richard P. McEvily ’74, Patrick J.
including John Emmett Tully ’75. He
Christopher J. “Chris”
McEvily ’77 and Michael J. McEvily ’84
was predeceased by his father and
Sieber, of Norwalk,
on Aug. 7, 2015, at 30.
and father-in-law of Michelle Fournier
Mr. Christensen was
McEvily ’76, Keith J. McMillan ’76
on May 28, 2015,
an economics major at Holy Cross
and Ann Colligan McEvily ’79; Arthur
at 48. Born in
and worked for Fidelity Investments
Roach, father of Timothy Roach of
Peekskill, New York, Mr. Sieber was
for many years. He participated in
the physics department; Stanley Q.
Michael G. “Mike”
a psychology major at Holy Cross.
retreats as a student at Holy Cross.
Semple, father of Cdr. Bernadette
He worked as a commodities broker,
He graduated from St. John’s High
M. Semple, USN (Ret.) ’82; Philip R.
eventually founding his own firm,
School in Shrewsbury. He is survived
Shea, retired director of food services
High Grade Trading. Inspired by his
by his parents; one sister and
and 54-year employee of the College
on Sept. 26, 2015, at
father’s medical career and a desire
brother-in-law; and one nephew.
and father of Philip R. Shea Jr. ’75;
1984 Michael G. Hughes, M.D.
52. Dr. Hughes was born in Hingham
to help others, he had recently earned
and graduated from Hingham High
a nursing degree from Fairfield
economics; Shannon Sullivan, mother
School. He attended Holy Cross as
University in Connecticut. Mr. Sieber
Virginia M. Amann, mother of Peter
of Erin Sullivan ’18; Ryan P. Walsh,
a chemistry and premed major, and
supported the College as a member
Amann, M.D., ’93 and mother-in-law
son of William J. Walsh Jr., M.D., ’60,
graduated with cum laude honors.
of the career advisor network. He is
of Colleen Amann ’92; Isabelle Bacon,
brother of Colleen Walsh ’89, nephew
After graduation, he spent a year with
survived by his wife of 14 years, Julie;
wife of the late Edward M. Bacon Jr.
of Francis X. Walsh, M.D., ’63, cousin
the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Portland,
three children; his mother; three
’52, mother of E. Michael Bacon III ’79,
of the late Francis X. Walsh Jr. ’88,
Oregon. He earned his medical degree
brothers and their spouses, including
Mary Elizabeth Bacon ’81 and Thomas
cousin of Timothy W. O’Brien ’93 and
at the University of Massachusetts
Steven Sieber, M.D., ’83 and James
H. Bacon ’85, grandmother of Emily E.
grandson of the late William J. Walsh
Medical School in Worcester in 1989
Sieber, M.D., ’87; three sisters and their
Bacon ’17 and sister-in-law of John F.
Sr. ’34. ■
Frederick Strobel, former professor of
IN MEMORIAM / ALUMNI NEWS / 95
WWI Mass Kit
BY MEREDITH FIDROCKI
anywhere; he doesn’t have to be in the church to do it.” The kit allowed Fr. Conaty, who served during World War I as a first lieutenant, chaplain in the U.S. Army, to improvise an altar to say Mass in any field, trench or camp where the soldiers were stationed during the war. When he donated the kit to Holy Cross, Fr. Conaty included a note detailing its history: “It saw five months active service ‘on the line’ with the 111th Infantry of the 28th U.S. Division. The kit itself was wounded once and the alb [ecclesiastical cloth, not pictured] has on it the dirt and mud of the Marne and the Argonne.” Fr. Conaty’s note humbly focuses on the kit, but archival records reveal the army chaplain’s own exceptional service. On July 16, 1918, Fr. Conaty displayed “extraordinary heroism in action near Crezancy, France,” for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest military decoration for the U.S. Army. His citation reads: “Without regard for his personal safety, Chaplain Conaty, under intense shell fire, following the attack of his troops from Crezancy to the Marne River, attended the wounded, and throughout the night searched and assisted in carrying wounded to the dressing station.”
Could it but speak it would tell of the wonderful faith of many a brave lad,” Rev. Charles C. Conaty, class of 1912, wrote of his World War I Mass kit, upon donating it to Holy Cross in 1925. Fr. Conaty (1890-1955), a native of Taunton, Massachusetts, received the kit in 1918 from the Pittsfield branch of the Chaplain’s Aid Society and used it for worship in the United States and on the battlefield in France.
Rev. James Hayes, S.J., ’72, associate chaplain for mission, helped identify the contents: a crucifix, a flask for wine, a small chalice, a paten [gold plate], two candles, a container for hosts and an altar stone to place under the cloth corporal. The crucifix and chalice are easily disassembled into two parts that fit into the compact travelling case. “Men on the battlefield couldn’t go to church, so church had to come to them,” Fr. Hayes says. “A priest can say Mass
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The Holy Cross Archives team, who house the Mass kit in their climatecontrolled space on the third floor of Dinand Library, recently loaned the kit for the first time to the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Connecticut, for an exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I. The loan recipient is a fitting choice, as Fr. Conaty had acted as a Knights of Columbus chaplain prior to serving overseas. At the close of the nine-month exhibit, the Mass kit — and all it represents — will return, according to Fr. Conaty’s wishes, into the “tender care” of Holy Cross. ■
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Did you notice our new Creative Spaces feature? It opens our newly branded Faculty & Staff section (Page 18) and showcases where our faculty and staff work and find inspiration. We’re looking for suggestions on who to feature next. If you know of (or are) a faculty or staff member who Artist-in-residence works in a unique Patrick spot (on or off Dougherty one of his campus!), let usconstructs know. Stickwork sculptures on Linden Lane.
The 171st Commencement
ith the Luth Athletic Complex still under construction, Holy Cross will hold another commencement at the DCU Center. We look forward to providing you with a comprehensive look at all the events that celebrate the class of 2017.
ALSO Visit Professor Lynn Kremer’s Voice in Acting class in Syllabus • Gus Concilio ’51 and the class of 1951 Living Histories program
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When construction began at the Hart Center, we found a time capsule behind the 1975 cornerstone of the building. Before it is re-entombed, we will share its contents — and give you a chance to suggest some new athletics items to add! The new items will be placed in the time capsule and put back in the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex when it is finished in summer 2018. Send us your item suggestions — or items you may want to contribute. We’ll let you know what makes the cut!
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