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TODAY (USPS #15660) issue #012 is published quarterly by Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. 12345 Inwood Road, Dallas TX. 75244-8094. Mail at Periodical Postage Prices at Dallas, TX 75260. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to “TODAY” at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, Advancement Office, 12345 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75244-8094.


Celebrating 75 years of Jesuit Dallas

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas

Michael A. Earsing President Thomas E. Garrison ’92 Principal Rev. Walter T. Sidney, S.J. Rector of the Jesuit Community David C. Berend Vice President of Operations & CFO William L. Antes II Vice President of Advancement Executive Director of the Jesuit Foundation


Chairman: Edwin S. Bell, Jr. Trustees: William L. Antes II; Kevin Bartholomew;

David C. Berend; J.D. Dell; Michael A. Earsing; Rev. Carlos D. Esparza, S.J. ’98; Thomas E. Garrison ’92; Rev. Francis W. Huete, S.J.; John Leinbaugh; Michael J. Marz ’74; Rev. Robert Murphy, S.J.; Clinton B. Shouse; Rev. Walter T. Sidney, S.J.; Michael F. Terry


Chairman: J.D. Dell Trustees: William L. Antes II; Edwin S. Bell, Jr.;

Michael A. Earsing; George A. Fisk ’67; Deborah Gibbins; Thomas J. Hever ’78; Joseph V. Hughes, Jr. ’71; Douglas J. Lattner ’69; Joseph M. Manogue; David T. Moran; Dr. Robert E. Morgan, Jr. ’71; Trey Morsbach’88; Kathleen A. Muldoon; Stephanie M. Phillips; Aileen M. Pratt; Stephen G. Suellentrop; Kevin M. Whelan ’77 General Counsel: David M. Rosenberg

In 2002, as part of the Dallas Soars! citywide art project, a 30-foot sculpture was constructed at the back of the School. Containing a giant fiberglass Pegasus, D. Tillery ’83 engineered the horse to rotate 360 degrees and as a result fly with the wind. Read more about the history of Jesuit inside this special 75th anniversary retrospective.


Campus Buzz


Jesuit Profiles


News + Notes


Course Spotlight


David Anderson Director of Development Jan Deck Events Coordinator Natalie Devero Administrative Assistant to Vice President Katie Kinsley Digital Communications and Social Media Coordinator James Kramer Director of Communications Rosann Mack Assistant Director of Communications Sean McMullen ’96 Director of Alumni Relations Bryan Montgomery Sports Information Director Maureen Nawalaniec Accountant Candice Price Graphic Designer John Sabine Principal Gifts Officer Pat Sayers Celebration Auction and MAGIS Golf Classic Coordinator Shelly Schutze Advancement Services Coordinator

14 Grandparents Day 15 Distinguished Alumnus 16 Homecoming Weekend 42 Jesuit and the UIL 44 Class Notes 59 In Memoriam


On the Cover: Bill DeOre ’65 is a nationally award-winning and nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist. He served as artist, cartoonist, and art director at the Dallas Morning News for nearly 35 years, and his work has appeared in newspapers and magazines all over the world.

Bishop Robert Coerver ’72

Credits: A special thank you to Jowdy Photography for providing event coverage in support of the Jesuit Dallas community. To see and download photos, visit

Printing: Eric Bonenberger ’90 Business Printing, Inc. Direct letters to the editor, address changes, or other correspondence to: Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Advancement Office 12345 Inwood Road Dallas, TX 75244-8094


Message from the President As we begin the celebration of our 75th

anniversary, it’s easy to marvel at the changes


that have occurred in our School and our wider

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19 Mother/Son Brunch

15 Blood Drive

community, from the little high school on Oak Lawn to our current 28-acre campus on Inwood Road.

It is good to be reminded that our beloved School

was founded over 400 years after the beginning of


the Society of Jesus and that the first Jesuit school

10 Last Day for Blazers

in the United States was started in 1789, 153 years

13-17 Spring Break

25 Jesuit-Sheaner Relays

28 Parent/Teacher Conferences

before Jesuit Dallas opened its doors. Looking at our 75 years through this lens clearly illustrates that while we are not the new kid on the block, it certainly places us in the ranks as one of the


1 Celebration Auction

8 Junior/Senior Prom

16 Easter Sunday

21-22 Spring Theater Production

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28-29 Spring Theater Production

I believe this is an enviable place to be in the Jesuit family for it gives us a perspective

that generates a youthful vision, an excitement of life, and hope for the future. Through the first three-quarters of a century, Jesuit Dallas has produced many outstanding men, and powered a tangible change in our world.

I look forward to the role that the next 75 years of Jesuit graduates will play in shaping the world as a more just, and loving place. A place that with the Lord’s help will be a


younger brothers.

3 Spring Band Concert

12 Senior Convocation Special Games Jesuit Film Festival

14 Graduation Mass and Breakfast

16 Underclassmen Convocation

18 Junior Convocation

brighter tomorrow for all. Happy Anniversary!

Michael A. Earsing

27 Commencement


12-30 Summer Semester

All dates subject to change. Check for up-to-date information.

MISSION STATEMENT Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas offers young men an excellent, Catholic education in the classical Jesuit tradition with the purpose of forming a community of men of high moral principles and service to others.

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At 14 years, Mike Earsing was the longest serving principal in the history of Jesuit Dallas (1997-2011). Now in his sixth year as president, he has served in one of the School’s two highest posts longer than any individual in Jesuit’s rich history.

Sunshine, golf and volunteering at the MAGIS Golf Classic benefiting the outstanding young men of @jesuitdallas - fabulous event! @spotontalent

Faculty appreciation for @jesuitdallas @JesuitAthletics repping LB @ LucasKincade_ beat Skyline @MarkBatik

Jesuit Dallas in DC! @JesuitRoundup @jesuitdallas @tacosinthemail

Loading up donations @jesuitdallas for #BatonRouge! @alexkeggen @ JesuitRugby #LouisianaFlood #AMDG @JayHooks1 Jesuit College Prep Men’s Choir kicking off our final @PeaceDayDallas event @musicweaponblog @AdamMcGoughD10

Fun Fact of the Day: There are only 2 private schools in the state of TX that compete at the UIL level. (@jesuitdallas & @strake_jesuit) @TexSports

Great new group of volunteers from @jesuitdallas! We are so thankful for their help! @NotreDameDallas

Thank you to Dallas Mayor @Mike_ Rawlings for your address and dialogue with @jesuitdallas for our Election Issues Day

“A Jesuit student is dedicated to service”. Soldier Bay cleanup today accompanied by Dive BVI staff and a nice rain.




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Osamu Moro Athletic Trainer

Dea Silvani Ochs

Social Studies Department Chair

Rich Perry

Director of Community Service and Social Justice

HOMETOWN Osaka, Japan

HOMETOWN Key Biscayne, Florida


FIRST JOB Server at a restaurant

ceramics teacher); sons, Tyler ’19, and Lee

HOBBIES Exercise, learning languages,

Listening to the student body sing the alma mater acapella; it chokes me up every single time

FIRST JOB Grocery store clerk




Strong community and solidarity


FAVORITE MOVIE Contact, School of Rock




FAMILY husband, Raymond (Jesuit

Middleborough, Massachusetts




Looking around the auditorium during Prayer Services and seeing people I have trusted and relied on for half of my entire life; seeing individuals that I taught as teenagers who are now my colleagues


I am not a big movie fan but I have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail 16 times


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (for the 5th time)

MY MOTTO IS Men for Others


All of my championship rings


MY FAVORITE POSSESSION IS WILDEST DREAM King crab fishing at the Bering Sea


PROUDEST MOMENT When I passed BOC exam to be a certified athletic trainer

MY PERFECT DAY Playing golf under great weather

I WISH I KNEW HOW TO Speak native English

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, I WOULD Buy a house in a beach town


Organized, blunt, disciplined

would have said Steven Tyler but I met him on August 1, 2016

FAVORITE MUSICAL ARTIST Aerosmith BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED Walk in like you own the place


Luck favors the well prepared

NOBODY KNOWS That Raymond and

I are seriously considering joining the Peace Corps together should we ever decide to retire from Jesuit


real conversation with someone in a language other than English



Jesuit Special Games – this special day effectively illustrates who we are and what we believe as a community


community support, visit with family





Witness: The Life and Calling of Jean Donovan



kind to others. You do not know their struggles


great grandfather’s rosary beads and family ring


motorcycle from Southern Argentina to Northern Alaska

NOBODY KNOWS I am really only 29 years old

MY PERFECT DAY IS Morning walk

with my dogs around White Rock Lake, reading a good book at a coffee shop, preparing dinner for friends and family

I WISH I KNEW HOW TO Play the guitar

BEST VACATION Okinawa, hot springs

and buy each of my sons a house when they respectively decided it was time to settle down

FONDEST MEMORY All of my time with





in Japan, Hawaii my family


teacher and professional baseball player

admitting to one another that we were both considering marrying the other. wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice


puppy Enzo on the day that he was to be euthanized at the shelter or talk show host

Anonymous Grant Supports Advanced Classroom Technology Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Jesuit recently received a $43,000 grant to fund technology in mathematics, including project-based learning activities, as well as the addition of several class sets of advanced graphing calculators and accompanying resource software. The grant also provides funds for the remodel and refit of the math lab, incorporating more progressive technology that mirrors the kinds of tools being used in the classroom, while training our faculty in using the latest software in mathematics instruction.

Ciao Italia! New this year, Jesuit Dallas Latin students have been given the opportunity to experience Italian culture and immerse themselves in the history and monuments of ancient Rome by participating in the Jesuit Italy Exchange Program (JIEP) with students from the Jesuit school in Milan, Istituto Leone XIII. For two weeks in November, Italian students joined us to experience life here at Jesuit. Each visiting student stayed with one of our students and their families, while participating in their host student’s classes and activities. In March, our students will reciprocate by spending a week in Milan, attending Latin class at Istituto Leone XIII, helping students with English conversations, and exploring sights around Milan such as Da Vinci’s Last Supper, Duomo Cathedral and Lake Como. The group has planned an additional week traveling to Florence and Rome, which will include visits to the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, the apartments of Saint Ignatius, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Via Appia and its catacombs, Accademia, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and the Pantheon. Through this unique program, students are expected to gain an understanding of the historical and religious significance in both ancient and modern Italy, and be provided with an opportunity that supports their formation through experiencing the culture, history and beauty of Italy.

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Did you know that over a dozen unique languages are spoken by our students? Teaming with Jesuit Dallas administration and the Office of Diversity, a committee within the ranks of the Jesuit Women’s Auxiliary (JWA) initiated a formal language translation program for the 2016-17 academic year. The program is designed to serve the needs of active Jesuit families for whom English is not a first language. Through the development of print collateral, as well as dedicated space within the Jesuit Dallas website, the committee has been actively engaging parents to ensure that language is never a barrier from participating in the complete student experience. While there are a handful of public schools that offer formal translation services, this program is currently unique to other private schools in Texas or secondary schools in the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN). Initial efforts have focused on serving the Spanish-speaking contingent of our community, but there is an expressed desire to expand the scope of the program.

Translation Service First of Its Kind

Issues Day Puts Politics in Focus THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Museum of Biblical Arts Benefitting the Jesuit Dallas Museum and the Andrew Bark ’98 Memorial Scholarship

Toward the end of fall, faculty, staff, students, and local civic leaders participated at Jesuit in the School’s annual Election Issues Day entitled Competence, Conscience, Compassion, and Courage: Being an Educated Voter. Industry experts and Jesuit faculty delivered a series of presentations throughout the day, animating the current election cycle by exploring a variety of topics while elevating political discourse among the students. The goal of the day is to teach students the importance of politics at the national, state, and local levels, as well as provide tools to assist students in developing their own political perspective. Speakers included Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (pictured above), Dr. Dennis Simon of the SMU political science department, Jesuit faculty member Dr. Tracy McFarland, and Bee Moorhead, Executive Director of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

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Instructor: David Myers


Fine Arts credit

Course Description:

Filmmaking introduces students to the fundamentals of crafting a film, including preproduction activities like writing a script and storyboarding, production activities like shooting with a camera and lighting a scene, and postproduction activities like editing, color-grading, and scoring.

Course Work:

The course starts with a six week unit in which the students produce a green-screen film in our new green-screen lab. This year, we had a film in which a student played chess with himself, a student fought his own 10-foot hand, and another student flew through the New York City landscape. In the last 12 weeks of the course, students produce a five-minute film. Much of the work produced in the course is featured in our yearly film festival, which will take place on Friday, May 12, 2017.

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Primarily fueled by volunteer contributions to fund the program’s existing needs, the Jesuit Dallas car club received a significant boost from the Carroll Shelby Foundation, which provided a grant to cover the cost of a portable scissor lift and lighting in the current workshop. The grant will also result in the purchase of additional tools, storage, air compressor, and coveralls for the student mechanics. The car club has been increasingly popular with our students since its inception in 2004, and many have leveraged the experience to nurture an interest in engineering.

Surrounded by students and moderators of the car club, Mike Earsing accepts a check from Aaron Shelby, co-president of the Carroll Shelby Foundation.

Riding Around in My Automobile…

Preserving His Spirit, Inspiring Our Future by Ryan Jetton ’04

I remember when Fr. Martinez took over the Community Service and Social Justice program at Jesuit when I was a junior. He had two goals: eliminate from the program the organizations that did not utilize Jesuit seniors to their greatest ability and to motivate those half-asleep. To accomplish the second goal, he started each Wednesday with an elevating speech that channeled a football coach before the big game before sending us into, as he called it, the “community service battle.” His energy and passion were infectious and made us all strive to be better people. In 2009, we really saw what Fr. Martinez was made of when he started Cristo Rey Jesuit in Houston. I remember him talking about the challenges he faced, but he always managed to find the good, or as he liked to say, “find the God,” no matter the circumstance. This is where he perfected his “we do the difficult immediately and the impossible soon after” mantra. I recently watched an interview Fr. Martinez did with Fr. Hooks talking about his illness. He spoke about how it had been tough, but how “watching someone else suffer was harder than suffering.” I can tell you that as hard as it was watching Fr. Martinez suffer, it was magnitudes better watching him succeed in Houston. I cannot wait to see how his legacy continues. He would always talk about the bigger picture and say “the story is going to end well.” After his death in 2014, I reached out to Mike Earsing in hopes of coming up with some ideas on how to honor Fr. Martinez and keep his spirit alive. With the generous support of my classmates and Jesuit we were able to start the Rev. T.J. Martinez, S.J. Memorial Fund for Community Service. The fund recognizes the selflessness and humility that Fr. Martinez taught us from the front of the classroom, on Wednesday mornings as seniors, and in our daily lives. Our goal with this fund is to keep telling his story and send more Jesuit graduates out into the world with that same love, life, and passion for others that Fr. Martinez taught us. To date, we have raised enough to provide a partial tuition award for one rising senior each year who has exemplified the spirit of community service. Our ultimate goal is to raise enough money so that we can provide a full tuition scholarship and eventually add more scholarships as funds become available. In the words of Fr. Martinez, “there is always more you can do.” To contribute to the Rev. T.J. Martinez, S.J. Memorial Fund for Community Service or another existing endowment, please contact Maureen Nawalaniec (972-387-8700 x479;

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Making a lasting difference...

Can you discuss the practicality of creating a will, and why you wanted to include Jesuit in your estate plans? When Marguerite and I chose to create our donor-advised fund, we wanted to provide sustainability to the organizations and people we believed positively impacted the lives and communities they served. We both felt strongly that the mission and educational framework of Men for Others at Jesuit Dallas was something we wanted to help preserve. The School’s record of producing future scholars, doctors, and civic leaders, and its commitment to educating the whole person continues to inspire us. How did Jesuit impact your life? The Jesuit experience and its impact goes far beyond what is learned in the classroom. We were taught to believe in our abilities Marguerite and Michael Marz ’74

and to make our mission affecting positive change in our community. Jesuit not only instilled in me the tools to be successful, but it taught me compassion, and a sense of acceptance of others which guided us to be agents of positive change for those less fortunate. What about being in the Jesuit community do you most cherish? The community itself is one of the hallmarks that makes Jesuit so unique. A great education is only one of the reasons that we have remained so committed to the mission. The deep sense of brotherhood that permeates throughout campus between faculty, administrators, parents, alumni, and students remains the distinguishing factor. Like so many others, we feel blessed to be part of such a loving and dedicated community. Your generosity goes to support future generations of Jesuit students. What is most important to you in that regard? I love Jesuit for its unique ability to give young men “brothers for life.” It is a place filled with remarkable people exploring faith through critical thinking in a diverse environment. The School has enriched our whole family, and we wanted to leave a legacy that would give future generations the opportunity to experience what it means to become a “Man for Others.”



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T h e MA G IS G olf Cla ssic n e ts o v e r $ 28 0,000 Simply put, The MAGIS Golf Classic is one of the premier charity golf tournaments in North Texas, and the best thing about the event is that it benefits Jesuit Dallas students through enhanced tuition assistance and student programs. For the seventh consecutive year, the tournament, which is co-presented by LegacyTexas and JLL, featured a full-field of 240 golfers, and hundreds of volunteers and sponsors. Thank you to everyone that once again made the MAGIS Golf Classic a stunning success.

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53 Students Recognized By National Merit Scholarship Program Nearly 20 percent of the Jesuit Dallas Class of 2017 was honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for demonstrating exceptional academic ability and the potential for rigorous college studies. The students were formally recognized at an on-campus ceremony in Hughes Hall during the fall. Over 1.6 million students in more than 23,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The 27 students from Jesuit who earned Commendation status were among the top 2% of all test takers in the country, while the eight seniors earning Semifinalist honors mark the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent less than 1% of high school seniors across the United States. In addition, a School-record 18 students were honored through the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program as National Merit Hispanic Scholars, and rate among the top 2% of all Hispanic/Latino students nationwide. Jesuit’s Semifinalists will have a chance to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by meeting additional standards and fulfilling several requirements. These include having a record of very high academic performance in college preparatory course work; SAT scores that confirm the PSAT/NMSQT performance; and the completion of a detailed scholarship application.

Connor O’Neill Caps Record-Breaking Season at National Championships Senior Connor O’Neill closed out one of the best cross country seasons in Jesuit Dallas lore after finishing 24th overall at the 2016 Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Portland, Oregon. O’Neill logged the fifth best time from the South Region (16:05), and bested Jordan Brannan from Colts Neck High School (N.J.) by 1.6 seconds in securing the best finish at the national championships in program history. O’Neill compiled an impressive resume during his senior campaign, totaling seven consecutive top-five finishes prior to nationals, including four individual wins. His postseason run included a dominating one-minute victory at the UIL 9-6A District Championships, a runner-up finish at the UIL Regional Championships, a sixth-place finish in the fastest state championship race in UIL history, and a top-six finish at the Nike South Regional Cross Country Championships. A two-time all-state selection, O’Neill’s time of 15:04 at the UIL 6A State Championships marked the fastest performance by a Jesuit runner in the history of the state meet.

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We Nearly Didn’t Have Enough Chairs! GRANDPARENTS DAY

GRANDPARENTS Grandparents Day is a unique and special opportunity, and President Mike Earsing marks it among his most favorite days of the year. After another fabulous turnout on a warm Sunday morning in late Nov., it’s easy to see why. Nearly 600 grandparents and their grandsons gathered for Mass in the Terry Center, followed by refreshments. Students gave personalized tours to their grandparents, sharing the things and places at Jesuit most important to them, while museum docents answered questions about the School’s vast art collection.

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THOMAS MELSHEIMER CLASS OF 1979 Named Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus A devoted husband, father, colleague, and friend, Tom Melsheimer has spent a lifetime seeking the fullest development of his God-given talents while putting his faith into action. Espousing the tenants described in the Profile of the Jesuit Graduate, the ways in which Melsheimer’s service has impacted the Jesuit Dallas community have been innumerable. In recognition of his extraordinary achievements as a scholar and public servant, and for his steadfast commitment to the Jesuit mission, Melsheimer was recognized as the recipient of the 2016 Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus Award in a School-wide prayer service on Nov. 3. As one of the most preeminent litigators in the country, Melsheimer’s success has been lauded by nearly every existing peer review. His writings have been published in major daily newspapers, magazines, and law journals, and his reputation led The American Lawyer to declare Melsheimer, “one of the most sought after trial lawyers in the country.” His list of distinctions is striking, and include his selection to the annual listing of Best Lawyers in America every year from 2007-16. Melsheimer, who has served as lead or co-counsel in five separate cases recognized among the nation’s Top Verdicts of the Year by The National Law Journal, became the youngest-ever recipient of the Dallas Bar Association Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 2014. Speaking to the entire student body Melsheimer proclaimed, “At Jesuit, faith is not elevated above reason. Both are viewed as gifts from God. Even in concepts like The MAGIS and the School’s motto, Men for Others, your mind is as important to living these words as your heart. The second profile of the Jesuit graduate is intellectually competent, because after all, being intelligent allows you to help someone in need and can turn a good heart into a lasting good deed.” In addition to a decorated record as the managing principal of Fish & Richardson’s Dallas office and head of the office’s trial practice, Melsheimer has been hugely devoted to Jesuit, to which he has given an abundance of his time, expertise, and resources. An outgoing member of the Jesuit Dallas Foundation Board of Trustees, he has served on the legal committee and board of advisors. He has previously served as a class captain in the Parents’ Challenge Drive, on the Jesuit Dallas Alumni Board, and has been a significant donor to the MAGIS Golf Classic, Alumni Phonathon, and the Celebration Auction. In 1999, he started the Albert H. Melsheimer Memorial Scholarship Fund in his father’s honor, which supports need-based student scholarships. In closing out his speech, which was often light-hearted and humorous, Melsheimer added, “It turns out that we’re all called upon to answer a question that has been asked in Christian and secular philosophy ever since it was first asked in the ancient words of the Bible thousands of years ago: Am I my brother’s keeper? A question which is improbable when asked from the perspective of Cain, who first asked that question hoping that the answer would be no. But at Jesuit your heart and your mind should tell you, that the only answer to that question is a resounding yes. I am my brother’s keeper.”

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HOMECOMIN Jesuit Dallas alumni live in all 50 states, and over a dozen other countries, yet there is one weekend on the calendar each year designed to galvanize our community of graduates. Homecoming 2016 delivered another spectacular series of events, starting with Thursday’s presentation of the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award and continuing through Sunday’s Alumni Memorial Mass. During halftime of the homecoming football game, in which your district-champion Rangers throttled Berkner, 51-26, golden diplomas were presented to the Class of 1966, marking 50 years since their graduation. In addition, five classes celebrated their class reunions. Saturday at Jesuit was a bee-hive of activity, as the smells in the air from the second annual alumni BBQ cook-off augmented the family day activity that saw a record-setting number of future Rangers enjoying tons of fun. As has been the tradition going back over 15 years, Saturday’s busy slate was capped with another outstanding homecoming concert, this time hosted at legendary venue Gilley’s, and featuring the sounds of Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx and Randy Rogers Band. We hope you had a great time, and look forward to seeing you next year as we celebrate our 75th!

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Parents Challenge Drive Raises $1.3 Million The 2016 Challenge Drive celebrated another banner year, raising over $1.3 million to support the student experience at Jesuit. Over 95% of all current parents pledged their support to the campaign, including a sparkling 100% participation rate by the Class of 2020. The entirety of funds raised through the Drive supports student programming, academic resources, extracurricular activities, and campus renovations – such as the wonderful new green screen lab and upgrades to the science labs. The Challenge Drive positively impacts every student on campus, and strives to cover the cost between tuition and the actual cost of educating a Jesuit student during his years in formation. A special thank you to this year’s Drive chair, Craig Lengyel, and co-chair Pete Delkus for their exceptional leadership.

The Jesuit-Ursuline Ranger Band (JURB) received a Superior rating from all judges at the Texas Private School Music Educators Association State Marching Band Contest, earning Sweepstakes designation following its “We Will Rock You” show. In addition to its outstanding performance on the team board, the band took home a program-record number of caption awards. Featuring soloists Joey Wong-Vermilion (trumpet) and Carson Ward (flute), the band’s performance was lauded for having the top drum majors (Martin Flores and Michael Gasper), drumline, winds section and marching in the competition.

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Jesuit’s burgeoning stage & film program, which just two years ago resurrected its own national film festival, walked away with the top honor at the ESD Film Festival, presented by Episcopal School of Dallas. The festival was juried by film critics from The Dallas Morning News, and included actress Carolyn McCormack, Emmy Awardwinning film critic Gary Cogill, and Dallas County Community College faculty member Andy Chiles. The winning film, titled “Through the Ashes,” was written and directed by senior Spencer Vilicic. The film’s original score was created by Martin Flores, with Calvin Herbst and Jake Hessong serving as director of photography and production assistant, respectively.

Stage & Film Takes Top Prize at ESD Film Festival

Celebrating of


Jesuit Dallas

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On Nov. 15, 1941, nearly one year after Bishop Joseph Patrick Lynch and Rev. Thomas Shields, S.J. met in El Paso to discuss the possibility of a Jesuit school in Dallas, The legal corporation known as the “The Jesuit High School of Dallas Incorporated” was formed. Then-principal of Jesuit New Orleans High School, Rev. Joseph C. Mulhern, S.J., was announced as the first rector/principal.


Under the leadership of Marguerite Nabholtz, a delegation of ladies met with Father Mulhern on Jan. 25, 1943 to discuss the formation of the Jesuit Mother’s Club, a precursor to what eventually became the Jesuit Women’s Auxiliary (JWA).


With 195 students registered, Jesuit Dallas opened for business on Sept. 14, 1942.

­ On Nov. 24, 1942, The Ranger ® Roundup newspaper made its print debut. The Roundup, which was a collection of student-submitted stories and poems, also started in 1942 as a quarterly publication. The publications consolidated their efforts, reintroducing The Roundup as a monthly paper beginning in Sept. 1948. ® The recently-formed Jesuit band ­ performed its first concert on Dec. 16, 1942 in a School-wide general assembly, which also included the presentation of citations to students on the Honor Roll. The choral club also made its first appearance during the 1942 Christmas season, while JJ Cazenavette, S.J., triggered the launch of the School’s first marching band in Fall 1947. I­ n February of 1943, students Billy Underhill ’46, Bob Mullen ’46 and David O’Brien ’46 created the Jesuit Dallas seal that appears on all rings, diplomas, and official administrative correspondence, such as those from The Office of the President. The seal consists of four parts: a crown of thorns to represent endurance, such as the crown worn by Jesus Christ when he was crucified; the letter J to represent the Jesuit Fathers who founded the School; a Lone Star surrounded by a laurel wreath to represent the emblem of Texas, and its honor and dignity; and a cowboy on a bucking bronco to represent the early days of Texas industry.

­rom March 1-3, 1943, students from the newly-created Philothespic F Society staged their first production, William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Under the direction of moderator Rev. Michael Kammer, S.J., all of the male and female parts were performed by Jesuit students.

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The story of how Jesuit Dallas picked up the nickname “Rangers” is the stuff of legend, as no documentation has ever been found to indicate the complete origins of the name. What is known, is that the term has been affectionately used to describe our students and athletic teams since 1942, soon after the School first opened its doors. Students who were present when the name was adopted have said that much of the credit can be traced back to Eddie Maher, son of one of the most prominent Ford dealers in Dallas and the first head coach of the Jesuit football program. Coach Maher’s family hailed from Ranger, Texas, and according to Pat Schnitzius ’45, “Coach Maher suggested the name Rangers, and taking into consideration that the Texas Rangers were a great force upholding law and order in Texas history, the students liked it. Just like the Jesuit student body at the time, the Rangers were few, but they were fierce.” In December 1942, Rev. Frederic O’Connor, S.J. was presented with a dog as a gift, which the students quickly named Ranger. He roamed campus freely and was a constant presence on the School grounds, although The Roundup indicates that one day Ranger was banished from the School’s inner sanctum after wandering into the chapel during Mass. Part red chow “with maybe a touch of Australian puli,” the dog served as Jesuit’s unofficial mascot for nearly a decade and is considered an intricate part in the history of the School’s nickname.

­esuit Dallas celebrated commencement for the first time on May 28, 1943. As part of the J presentation of awards, Jesuit’s highest award for outstanding achievement, the Bishop Lynch Award, was presented for the first time, which initially, could be bestowed to a student from any grade level. Since 1946, it has been exclusive to graduating seniors judged to be most representative of Jesuit Dallas and most responsive to the influence of the School, as voted by the faculty. The award, which until 1994 could be awarded to multiple students, recognizes scholastic achievement, combined with character leadership, participation in extra-curricular activities and service on behalf of the School and the wider community. Beginning in 2002, the Bishop Lynch Award winner has given the keynote address at graduation.

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1947 In response to a challenge issued by the principal of St. John’s High School in Shreveport, La., the debate team at Jesuit was formed in Fall 1947. The program, which was known as the speech team until 1995, was first moderated and coached by Thomas Cronin, S.J.

1943 (continued) ­esuit hosted students from Merici, St. Joseph’s Home for Girls, St. J Edward’s and Our Lady of Good Counsel on Oct. 8, 1943 in the School’s first known social and dance. The Roundup notes that Jimmy Scanlan ’47 and Jack Burney ’46 performed a magic show, and that a jitterbug contest was held with the winners receiving a season pass for Jesuit football.

1952 Jamile “Jay” Ashmore ’52, a fouryear letterman and captain of the cheerleading squad, won the Texas State Gymnastics Championship, becoming the first Jesuit studentathlete to win an individual state title. Ashmore went on to become a national champion at Florida State, and in 1993, was elected to the United States Gymnastics Hall of Fame.


Ray Ruwaldt ’55 rushed for 194 yards, and Skippy McCaffrey ’55 added 130, as Jesuit football topped the Kirwin Buccaneers, 26-12, in the TCIL Championship to win the School’s first team state title in any sport.


Guided by Jesuit’s commitment to human rights and dignity, two young men enrolled at Jesuit Dallas on Sept. 1, 1955, breaking the atrocity of racial segregation then pervasive at high school and college campuses. Charles Edmond ’58, who became the first black man in Dallas to graduate from an integrated high school, graduated cum laude from Grambing State University before pursuing a career in secondary education. Arthur Allen ’59 (pictured below) built a successful business following his graduation from Marquette University, and was the recipient of the Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1994.


At a special assembly on Feb. 27, 1956, Fr. Kammer established plans for an elected student council. Eleven elected members, representing each of the four grades, were joined with 10 members from the National Honor Society to form the School’s first popularly elected student government.


Claiborne ’56 and Tracy ’57 Johnson, brothers and one year apart, became the first two siblings from Jesuit Dallas to be named National Merit Scholars.


Jack Harper ’58 was selected to play for the United States in the World Series of Amateur Baseball in Mexico City. The author of three no hitters, he tossed the first no-hitter in the history of the TCIL state baseball tournament.

1955 junior class officers in front of Oak Lawn school (L-R) Tommy Ruwaldt, Joe Biasatti, Tom Fuechtmann

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1959 Led by team captain and MVP Bill Taylor ’60, Jesuit Dallas football finished the year 12-0, registering the only undefeated, untied season in School history while winning its fourth straight TCIL title and fifth state championship in six years.


Located on a 28-acre tract on Inwood Road at Willow Lane, construction for what would become Jesuit’s new home began on Dec. 4, 1960.


Carl Pellegrini ’61 was the nation’s top-ranked high school discus thrower in 1961, and set a new Texas high school record with a distance of 189’5”.

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­n Nov. 2, 1961, in an effort to present O Jesuit students with a united look, blazers were officially introduced into the dress code. The original color of the School blazer was olive green. Freshmen from this period could also be spotted wearing beanies, which were first introduced during the early 1950s. Initially considered a rite of passage for all first-year students, the faculty, in an effort to eliminate traditions regarding freshman initiation, voted the beanies out in 1975.


“Route 66,” a popular television drama that ran on CBS from 196064, filmed several scenes at Jesuit on Sunday, March 18, 1962 for the second-season episode, “Kiss the Maiden for All Forlorn.” Most of the filming took place inside the office of Principal Rev. Walter McCauley, S.J., the chapel, and on the front steps outside of the school.


The new campus was ready for occupancy on Aug. 1, 1963. The real story behind the chosen address of 1-2-3-4-5 is lost to lore, although the best remembered explanation was that it came from Brother Patrick Usina, who thought it would be easy to remember.

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Jesuit Relays began following the completion of a new all-weather track. Upon the retirement of coach Herb Sheaner in 1975, the meet was renamed Jesuit-Sheaner Relays. Now serving as the largest high school-only track meet in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, the 2016 Relays produced nearly 300 U.S. National Elite performances.


Under the watchful eye of moderator George Griener, S.J., WJHS began broadcasting at Jesuit through closed-circuit television. Expanding from an original crew of three cameramen, within five years the operation included over 30 students serving as writers, reporters, announcers, and an editorial board.

­hanks to the efforts of T Dr. and Mrs. David Henry, who owned Angle H. Stock Farm in Lewisville, and cheerleader Guy Hirsch ’66, Jesuit debuted the School’s first official mascot for the 1965 football season opener…a 185-pound horse named Otis.


Students in the Spanish Honor Society became the first at Jesuit to take part in an international immersion experience as a group headed to Mexico under the guidance of Rev. Claude Boudreaux, S.J.


A joint approach with Ursuline Academy began for seniors at both schools. Jesuit students commuted to Ursuline to take advanced chemistry and AP English. Ursuline seniors attend Jesuit for AP biology, physics, music history, and literature.


Debate closed out the decade with unprecedented success. Starting with Mike Byrd’s ’66 (pictured below) second-place finish in impromptu speaking at the 1966 National Forensic League National Championships, in 1967, Mike McKool ’67 and Larry Ackels ’68 went further than any Jesuit debate team had prior by finishing fifth overall at nationals. In 1968, the duo of Michael Fernandez ’68 and Larry Ackels ’68 finished third overall at the national championships, and were selected as alternates for a three-week tour of Europe sponsored by Readers Digest. The next season, Henry Ackels ’69 and Chuck Brophy ’70 qualified for nationals after winning the North Texas National Forensic League Championship as well as the TCIL State Championship. Ackels was named top speaker, while Jesuit won the sweepstakes award in the overall district competition for the fifth consecutive year.

An organized display of school spirit began at Jesuit in 1966 with the formation of the Black Derbies spirit club. Each homeroom elected two representatives, both of whom were to attend all home athletic events. The next year the group was reorganized by Ray Bulger ’67 and cheerleader Lucian LaBarba ’68 and became the Lone Rangers. Despite a strong start, participation declined until, in 1973, the group dropped the homeroom elections and decided to open enrollment. By 1976 the group was noted as the “most enthusiastic and well organized group in the school.” The group wore black cowboy hats until the early 1970s when they adopted the white dress shirt with “Lone Rangers” embroidered on the back. After a period where club members viewed themselves as an art club, a spirit club, or both, the Lone Rangers was once again revitalized in 2003. The most noticeable changes being the start of a new tradition of grilling before football games, the firing of a cannon, and the introduction of school flags to run on the field like other schools and colleges. ­ In April 1969, John Baugh ’69 won the National Catholic Youth ® Organization Oratorical contest in Washington, D.C., earning a full tuition scholarship to the Catholic university of his choice. ­ Initially announced in the president’s summer newsletter, the ® School officially changed its name from Jesuit High School to Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas in August 1969. As described by Rev. Paul Schott, S.J. (pictured left) “the new name merely describes more accurately our character and our curricula.”


Eric Elkins ’70 won the high hurdles at the Houston Astrodome National Indoor Track & Field Championships, setting a new world record for a high school athlete in that event (13.7).


Rev. Marvin Kitten, S.J., launched the Jesuit film department and the start of a course in filmmaking. Despite a modest set-up, the program was successful right out of the gate, winning top prizes at state-wide competitions in 1974 and 1975.


Originally introduced as a bi-monthly alumni newsletter, Jesuit Today made its publication debut in Sept. 1973.

Ranger Day 1975

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“Last week the seniors of 1974 began what is believed to be the start of something extraordinary.” – David Kile ’74, The Roundup, Sept. 7, 1973 In 1973, three years after a group of principals, faculty, staff, and students from Jesuit high schools across the country met in Chicago to develop a program of renewal in the secondary school apostolate, community service became a graduation requirement at Jesuit Dallas. Under the direction of Bill Schuster ’58, among the School’s initial service sites were the United Way, Red Cross, Notre Dame School of Dallas, and Catholic Renewal Center. The program eventually blossomed into the most comprehensive service and social justice program in Texas and one of the largest nationwide. As of 2016, the program works with over 100 different organizations domestically and abroad with students contributing over 100,000 hours of annual service.

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In January, KERA-TV Channel 13 conducted the Young Filmmakers’ Festival, at which the Jesuit student film, “Instant Shock” won a special award that resulted in the movie being broadcast to the public in primetime on March 19. The film was produced by Tim Dove ’75 and Jim Savage ’75.

Bill Schuster ’58, an ordained deacon who was acclaimed as a teacher and director of the community service program, became the first recipient of the Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was presented with the award at halftime of the Rangers’ 1975 homecoming football game.

Robert Tierney ’76 was named to the 1975 U.S. World Championship Team in swimming. A fourtime All-American and 1976 Junior National champion in the 100-yard backstroke, he was part of a 4x100-meter relay team that set an American open record in Bremen, Germany.



In the first debate championship competition following the merger of public and private schools, Greg Ackels ’79 (L) and Jeff Tillotson ’80 (R) captured first place at the Texas Forensic Association State Championships. The duo defeated teams from San Antonio Churchill and Beaumont Forest Park in the semifinals and finals, and ensured that for the 15th time in 16 years, Jesuit Dallas would have representation at the NDCA National Championships.

A pair of Jesuit Dallas swimmers enjoyed spectacular success at the start of the School’s fifth decade. A three-time All-American, John Spaulding ’80 (pictured left) qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials in Irvine Calif., which because of the United States’ boycott for the summer games, was held in August after the actual Olympics. The following year, Glenn Gehan ’82 was the Junior National Olympic champion in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events, and was ranked as the No. 2 high school recruit in the United States.

1982 One of the School’s most wonderful Holiday traditions, Adopt-a-Family, started in 1982 as a faculty/student initiative organized by homeroom. Using funds to buy turkeys, presents, clothes, and Christmas trees, the classrooms adopted approximately a dozen families in its first few years. Fueled by the Alumni Association and the JWA since 1989, the program now adopts over 100 underserved families across DFW each year.

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The seeds for what eventually became the Jesuit Dallas Museum were planted in Sept. 1983 when then-President Rev. Clyde LeBlanc, S.J., agreed to display art on loan from the extensive collection of Frank Ribelin ’50. Among the JDM’s very first pieces was a bronze sculpture by Francisco Zuniga entitled “Four Standing Women.” The JDM, was incorporated in 1986, and its collection, which now contains over 500 works spanning over 2,000 years, can be found adorning hallways, classrooms, offices, and courtyards. Tom Wensinger and David Finn in 1982


On April 7, 1984 at the Registry Hotel, the first Jesuit auction, entitled Celebration 1984, was held to generate funds for the general endowment as well as to support capital improvements. The Celebration Auction, which features a unique theme each year, has grown to become Jesuit’s largest annual fundraising event.

Then-President Fr. Clyde LeBlanc and Carolyn Marquez, who planned and executed the first Celebration Auction.

Although computer classes existed at Jesuit as early as 1968, donations in ­ the early 80s enabled computer software use in classrooms for the first time. Assisted by the purchase of two new electronic balances that interfaced with the donated Apple computers, the Computer Assisted Science Lab (CASL) was initiated in chemistry in 1984. A dedicated computer lab with a mix of Amigas, Apples and IBM machines arrived two years later.

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Mike Grimes ’86 was drafted in the 20th Round of the MLB Draft in 1986 by the San Diego Padres, becoming the first Jesuit Dallas graduate to be drafted by a major American professional sports league directly out of high school. Grimes opted for a scholarship to Michigan, and was drafted again in the third round of the 1989 draft by the Oakland A’s.


On Feb. 4, 1987, the Jesuit Dallas School Board of Trustees unanimously adopted the mission statement of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas and the Profile of a Graduate at graduation.


For the first time in the 23-year history of the award, the Dallas Morning News Teenage Citizenship Tribute (TACT) selected four finalists from the same school. (pictured above L-R) Jesuit seniors Matthew Duncan ’88 (the eventual winner), Albert Guitierrez ’88, David Rhee ’88, and Raymond Casipit ’88 were among the 10 boys selected out of 325 nominees from public and private schools in the Dallas area for their outstanding service to the community. (Jesuit had four finalists again in 1990, with Curt Cronister ’90 winning the award)

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In 1988, science faculty member Don Dorsey was awarded a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship at Princeton University, with the purpose of developing a national curriculum to be integrated into high school chemistry courses.


I­ ssues Day began in 1989 as an inspired experiment by the Jesuit faculty, igniting an unexpected annual tradition to discuss important current issues with scholars, industry experts, and civic leaders.

In 1989, The National Catholic Bandmasters Association named the Jesuit-Ursuline Ranger Band as the best in the United States based on a recorded version of the band’s performance at the Texas state championships. Under the direction of E. Thayne Tolle, JURB received “superior” ratings in every category at the state competition and was later filmed for the motion-picture smash, “Born on the Fourth of July.” JURB was once again rated as the best Catholic band in the nation by the NCBA in 1990.


Under the leadership of Louise Lamberty, and students Ladell Hill, Jr. ’90 and Brian Tusa ’90, the Jesuit senior class organized and hosted the first iteration of the Special Games for physically and developmentally disabled students in the DFW community. The annual event brings hundreds of students to Jesuit for a day of adaptive field games, and marks the culmination of service for each outgoing senior class.

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Christopher Dean ’91 was named Gatorade Texas High School Player of the Year in soccer and selected to the U.S. Junior National Team. Dean was one of many players to help lead Jesuit Dallas to a state-record 72-game (69-0-3) unbeaten streak dating back to the start of the 1988 season.

­he first third generation student in Jesuit Dallas history entered in 1991 T with the enrollment of Shane Schnitzius ’94, who followed in the path of grandfather, Pat ’45, and father, Harry ’70.


Affectionately known as Jesuit’s tireless champion, Rev. Philip Postell, S.J. served as president of Jesuit Dallas from 1992-2011, 13 years longer than any president prior to his appointment. Fueled by his vision, leadership, and longevity, every aspect of the School bears his imprint – from a 60% enrollment increase without comprising academic excellence to serving as the central figure in Jesuit’s lengthy battle to join the UIL.

A four-time high school All-American, swimmer Drew Calver ’92 established meet records in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events en route to a pair of victories at the 1992 Junior National Championships.

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1997 “Life choices can revolutionize our vision and pathways. I had no idea the direction we would head, when in 1997, our fledgling club of six students interested in medicine were asked to travel to Guayupa Arriba, El Salvador, to medically treat people who can’t buy medications or access to a doctor. It was at that moment that our mission experience began.” – Jan Jones Faculty members Jan Jones and Linda Messer began the Jesuit Dallas Medical Society. Preparing students for the possibility of a future career in medicine, the program has coordinated annual mission trips to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Lesotho, South Africa.


Albert Doskey ’98 (pictured below) was named a Presidential Scholar by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. The announcement was made by President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Education, Richard Riley. A valedictorian, National Merit Finalist, and author of a perfect score on the SAT, Doskey was the only recipient from the State of Texas. Doskey was one of three Presidential Scholars from Jesuit in an eight-year period. Two year earlier, Travis Baggett ’96, was one of 100 students nationwide to earn the prestigious honor, while Jason Misium ’04 was also named a Presidential Scholar following his senior year.


Twenty three former student-athletes, coaches, and administrators comprised the inaugural class of the Jesuit Dallas Sports Hall of Fame. Initially chaired by John Boykin ’53, the Hall of Fame committee also gave rise to the Alumni Letterman’s Club.

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Named First Team All-American by Baseball America, Michael Hollimon ’01 was ranked as the No. 1 college prospect in the State of Texas and was a two-time selection for Team USA.

I­ n 2001, English teacher Dr. Michael Degen was one of six educators statewide to be recognized by the Texas Council for the Humanities for outstanding contributions in teaching and curriculum development. Distinguished from 400,000+ teachers in Texas at the grade and secondary levels, the annual award covers all academic disciplines.


Leading debate to its second state title in three years, Anthony Jardina ’02 became the first debater in Jesuit’s illustrious history to earn all-state recognition three times. Jesuit’s coaching staff was also lauded, as Tracy McFarland received The Acolyte Award, which recognizes the nation’s most outstanding debate coach, and Dan Lingel was named president of The National Debate Coaches Association.

Selected on the basis of character, community service, leadership, academic performance and athletic excellence, Jeff Miller ’02 was named as the 2002 recipient of the esteemed Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award. An achievement that carries a four-year college scholarship, Miller is pictured above to the right of Eric Crouch, winner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award as the nation’s best college quarterback, and Roger Staubach. Joel Sharp ’87 was the very first recipient of the award, giving Jesuit Dallas the unique distinction of boasting two winners of the prestigious prize.

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Standing: Coaches Dan Lingel, Justin Green, and Tracy McFarland Sitting: State championship team of Anthony Jardina ’02 and Sam Ackels ’03


Jesuit Dallas, along with Strake Jesuit (Houston), became the first private schools to be admitted to the University Interscholastic League (UIL), which serves as the public and charter school governing body for Texas high school extracurricular activities. (read more on page 42)

First presented to Fr. Schott in 1975, the Man of the Year Award was re-named in honor of Rev. Patrick Koch, S.J. in 2003. A 1944 graduate of Jesuit Dallas, Fr. Koch taught English at Jesuit as a scholastic from 1951-54. In 1971 he returned again as a priest, and served over 20 years as a teacher, principal (1972-79), president (1979-80), alumni director, and alumni chaplain.


Kenny Halloran ’04 cemented his legacy in Ranger lore when he became Jesuit’s first individual UIL state champion, in any sport, following his victory over Sean Glassel (Conroe The Woodlands) in the 145-pound weight class at the 2004 UIL State Wrestling Championships.

Thanks to a grant from The Catholic Foundation in 2004, SMART Boards were introduced into the classroom, creating a true multi-media learning environment for the first time in School history.


“The Daily Examen,” a prayerful reflection unique to Ignatian education, is implemented at Jesuit. The daily school-wide exercise continues to be observed during regular class order.


Matt Thompson ’09 capped a dazzling high school swimming career by collecting three top-10 finishes at the 2009 U.S. World Championships. A six-time UIL state champion, seven-time junior national champion, and 14-time NISCA/Speedo All-American, he was a semifinalist in the 200 back at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials. Authoring a pair of Texas state records, Thompson established a national record in the 200 IM (1:45.27) during his senior season.

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2009 (continued) ­tarting with grads Kurt Freund ’05, Jonathan Segal ’05, Matt DuRoss S ’05, and Matthew Erickson ’04, Jesuit launched the Alumni Service Corps (ASC), a volunteer opportunity available to graduates of Jesuit high schools who have recently graduated from college, and wish to devote a year of their lives in service and thanksgiving for their Jesuit education.

Only a sophomore, Jordan Spieth ’11 was named the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex National Player of the Year after capturing his first of two U.S. Junior Amateur Championships. Spieth, who was a three-time AJGA All-American, won three consecutive UIL 5A state titles (2009-11). As a Jesuit junior, he received the first amateur exemption into the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship in 15 years, finishing in a tie for 16th.

2010 Jesuit Dallas soccer, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation according to ESPN and the NSCAA, finished the year 25-0-0 and became the first private school team in the history of Texas to capture a UIL state championship.

Ranger Day chariot races in 2011

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Officially introduced during Spring 2010, the now iconic Jesuit shield honors the traditions of the School while offering a distinctive logo that visually represents its quality and integrity. Following decades of evolving iterations, color variances, and an overall lack of stability, it was determined that a clear and consistent visual identity was needed to build upon the School’s longstanding traditions and reputation. The logo, which is widely identifiable with or without the accompanying Jesuit text, echoes the shield design inside the School seal and includes the traditional Jesuit cross. The mark is featured prominently on official communications, athletic uniforms, and spirit wear, and has come to reflect the brand essence of the School.

A year after closing out (sweeping the first two places) at the Texas Forensic Association State Championships, Ryan Gorman ’11 (L) and Sullivan McCormick ’11 (C) enabled Jesuit to repeat as state champions in cross examination debate. The victory marked Jesuit’s fourth state title in 11 years, while McCormick became the first two-time state champion in School history.


After years of research and months of preparation, Jesuit Dallas went oneto-one for the first time by distributing an iPad to each student and faculty member while integrating the devices into the educational framework.

Parade All-American Jake Oliver ’13 set a Texas state record with 308 career pass receptions. On Dec. 12, he was presented with the coveted Landry Award as the best high school football player in North Texas. He was also selected to compete in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which brings together 90 of the nation’s top high school players.

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­ith a 5-0 victory over Lake Highlands on March W 20, 2013, soccer coach Charlie DeLong won his 500th career game, becoming only the second coach from Texas to reach that milestone, and the first to ever accomplish the feat at a single school.

Jesuit Dallas hockey became the first high school program from Texas to ever be invited to the USA Hockey High School National Championships following its third state title. The Rangers replicated the feat in 2015 after its fourth state crown.


The Texas Medical Association named Jan Jones as the recipient of the 2014 Ernest and Sarah Butler Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Selected by a panel of physicians and science professionals, Jones was honored at the TMA Foundation Gala on May 2.

I­ n front of over 20,000 spectators and against more than 12,000 students from around the globe, Jesuit Dallas robotics won the 2014 FIRST World Robotics Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Formed in 2009 by faculty member Michael Couvillion ’94 and Steve Alaniz ’71, by its sixth year the program had won every technical award offered through FIRST.


Rising seniors Thomas Jordan ’16 and Charles (Clay) Phillips ’16 achieved perfect scores on the ACT, marking the first time in School history that two students received a top composite score in the same year.

­ichael Boyson ’16 was named a recipient M of the 2015 Gold Congressional Award Medal, and was recognized in a national ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 17.


Led by the consensus National High School Player of the Year Kyle Muller ’16, the nationally-ranked No. 10 Rangers defeated nationally-ranked No. 11 San Antonio Johnson, 6-2, to win the UIL 6A State Baseball Championship. Brian Jones was named TSWA and USAToday Texas Coach of the Year as the team finished the campaign with a School-record 36 wins (36-8-2).

­he Rangers’ crew team T concluded its historic season with an impressive run in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. After becoming the first Texas program to ever qualify for Henley, and earning victories through the first two rounds against the world’s elite high school programs, Jesuit fell to reigning world champion St. Paul’s School of London in the quarterfinals. The Rangers were the last American team, at any level, still competing in the worldrenowned regatta. John Michael Priddy ’16 helped power lacrosse to its first state title, while becoming the first three-time US Lacrosse All-American in program history. The Rangers, who in 2013 became the first Texas team to finish the season in the top 25 of the Lax Power national rankings, won their first state crown after making its third trip in five years to the title game.

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vote against Jesuit’s admittance. During this time, Jesuit conducted a national survey of state organizations and found that only two other states (Maryland and Virginia) excluded private schools from competing against its public peers. In June 2000, knowing that it would never be able to secure the necessary votes to sway the individual school districts, Jesuit requested that the UIL Legislative Council call a special meeting to allow Jesuit Dallas to participate in all UIL activities, specifically on the ground that the UIL was already accepting charter schools. The motion was refused. After years of trying to seek membership in the UIL through time-honored means of applying for admission and through the Texas State Legislature, Jesuit Dallas filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal District Court in November 2000 to determine a verdict. Said Postell at the time, “Jesuit wants the opportunity to fulfill its educational mission without extreme (measures) of travel and scheduling. We simply want the extracurricular exposure the rest of the children in Texas have, whether it be debate, music, or basketball.” The case sat on the desk of Judge Sam A. Lindsay for over a year. In the past, UIL officials had argued the unfair advantage that would be created from the potential recruitment of athletes, despite Jesuit’s assertion that it had never and would never recruit students on the pretense of athletic ability, and that it would abide by every rule presented by the UIL. Said Jim Harris, with the firm of Thompson & Knight and one of the attorney’s representing Jesuit, “If the UIL is going to say that private schools are out because of a concern over recruiting, then they can’t keep in all the public schools that perpetuate the same problem.” As the legislative battles raged on, the School found it increasingly difficult to schedule athletic competitions and the morale of its student-athletes suffered without any specific incentive associated with their competitions. Forced to assemble patch-work schedules where the result wasn’t counted against a public school’s record, Jesuit was forced to travel further to play games (sometimes out of state), and without regularly facing the same opponents or the ability to establish rivalries, the programs suffered from the resulting lack of camaraderie, school spirit, and sense of community.

In a lengthy, complicated, and captivating story that wouldn’t be out of place as an ESPN 30 for 30 special, Jesuit’s acceptance into the official governing body of Texas’ public and charter schools was decades in the making, as the School long argued for a parents’ fundamental constitutional right to provide an education for their children in a privately operated school without sacrificing the benefits of participating in the UIL’s public extracurricular program. While the initial charge to change the UIL’s position was led by the Texas Christian Interscholastic League (TCIL), Jesuit Dallas began its own attempts starting in 1993. Continually rebuffed in those efforts, by 1999 only four schools remained in the TCIL, and two of those were quickly accepted into the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). Jesuit also sought admission to TAPPS and the Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC), but were denied by both leagues because of its size. Jesuit Dallas and its brother school, Strake Jesuit (Houston), had dominated the TCIL for so long, and those leagues had no interest in replicating that history. Jesuit was left with no league to compete in. In 1997, Jesuit filed a proposal to the UIL seeking non-honors membership, but despite the endorsement of both the State Legislature and the governor, and an impassioned plea from President Philip Postell, S.J., the proposal was denied. Two years later, Senate Bill 266 and House Bill 1026 were drafted and referred to the Texas Senate Education Committee, but again, the UIL Legislative Council encouraged its membership to

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In 2001, the UIL filed a motion to dismiss Jesuit’s discrimination lawsuit, to which the School quickly filed a response. Later that year, a state Senate bill that would have granted Jesuit admission into the UIL failed to get out of the House. It was the second straight legislative session where a bill was killed without given the chance to be reviewed on the House floor. In a crushing blow to Jesuit’s prospects, Judge Lindsay granted the UIL’s motion to dismiss Jesuit’s lawsuit, 14 months after it was filed and only one month after it was reviewed. Unrelenting in its pursuit of justice, Jesuit Dallas took its case to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, where the case began oral arguments on June 3, 2002. After exhaustive and decades-long legal wrangling, and possibly sensing that the court was planning to rule in the plaintiff’s favor, Jesuit’s application to enter the UIL was unexpectedly approved in January 2003. The ratification of the UIL’s policy was swiftly approved by the state’s commissioner of education, while a letter from the Court of Appeals sent to Jesuit in February stated that following the modification of the UIL’s rules and its concession to accept Jesuit Dallas as a member, the litigation was finally over, and the case considered settled. “The excitement throughout our community is unbelievable,” said thenhead football coach and faculty member Bob Wunderlick ’84 the day after the announcement. “I had to get 40 minutes of English in, but of course every class wanted to talk about it. It’s just so great to see the kids’ faces light up. It’s going to be a huge challenge, but we’re eager to get going. This will be remembered as a huge moment in our School’s history.”

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Robert Coerver ’72 Ordained as Bishop of Lubbock As initially reported by Vatican Radio, and later announced by the papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Pope Francis named Monsignor Robert Milner Coerver as Bishop of the Lubbock Catholic Diocese on Sept. 27, 2016. Coerver, who is the first Jesuit Dallas graduate to ever be appointed bishop, had been serving as pastor of Saint Rita Parish in Dallas.

within the Roman Curia declared, “How wonderful that, once again, our Holy Father Pope Francis has chosen a priest of the Diocese of Dallas to serve the Church as a bishop. I am so happy I have the opportunity before I leave for Rome to congratulate Bishop-elect Bob Coerver on this honor and I applaud the decision of our Holy Father to appoint him to lead the Catholic Church in Lubbock.”

Coerver officially received his new title at an ordination and installation Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King on Nov. 21. As the third-ever Bishop of the Diocese of Lubbock, Coerver will provide oversight to a diocese that serves nearly 140,000 Catholics in 63 parishes and 25 counties in an area of 25,000 square miles.

Following graduation from Jesuit Dallas, Coerver studied philosophy at Holy Trinity Seminary and the University of Dallas before being sent to the Pontifical North American College in Rome. On June 27, 1980, he joined a long list of Jesuit Dallas graduates when he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Dallas.

His Eminence Kevin Farrell, who served as Bishop of Dallas before being named Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life

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Bill Underhill ’46 is happy to report that he is now a grandparent. Jaxon and Jadyn, born in December of 2015 are boy and girl twins. “They live in Plano and we enjoy them immensely!”


J.D. Roberts ’50 is proud of his five children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Pat McDowell ’52 continues his work as a senior district judge and is enjoying his four grandchildren.

This past July, Jim Bauer ’53 celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering at his home. In attendance were his six children, 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Bob Glaser ’53 recently celebrated his 81st birthday and is still working as vice president of business development at Summit Bank of Kansas City. He is on the board of the Independence Chamber of Commerce and is in charge of the membership division. Dave Konderla ’53 announces with great happiness that Pope Francis has appointed his son, Father David Konderla, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Center in College Station, as the fourth Bishop of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

John Tillotson ’53 and son James ’79 followed and cheered for Jordan Spieth ’11 at The Open in Troon, Scotland in July. While in the UK, they met up with brother Jerome ’88 who lives in England with his wife Rebecca and son Callum.

Bishop David Konderla grew up in Bryan, Texas, and is Dave’s second eldest of 12 children. He was ordained as a minister in 1995 and will now oversee 78 parishes in the Tulsa area.

Four decades of Jesuit men enjoying their annual beach get-together. L-R: Dominic Mancuso ’19, Louis Mancuso ’83, Charles Jonathan Mentesana ’07 and Charles Mentesana ’70.

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John Wolcott ’53 continues to enjoy retirement in Arizona and is preparing for winter in Scottsdale. “Glad to read in the Jesuit Today that my good friend, Jack McGowan, is still enjoying life at 82. His 1936 Hupmobile provided reliable transportation to and from the old Oak Lawn campus, and was built like a Sherman tank. I continue to be

so appreciative of our days at Jesuit, and so proud of what I read and hear of the School today. Go Rangers!” Joe Salvador ’56 and his wife, Judith, have been married 53 years. They have three grown children and have lived in Las Vegas for 30 years. “I have worked in radio and TV for 55 years including working for the Cowboys, WFAA, KLIF, the Sports & Entertainment network and four major radio and TV stations. I also did a live sports talk show at Caesar’s Palace for two years.”

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Henry Daboub ’57 and his wife of 51 years, Cathey, enjoyed their family of 21 which included 11 grandchildren, in Cancun, Mexico this summer. Tony Grandinetti ’57 retired from Bishop Lynch after 35 years and has eight grandchildren. Joe Stephenson ’57 has attended the last three Texas GOP conventions as a delegate.

Terry Roche ’76 and Tere Latham Roche (UA ’76) at the wedding of their son Shea Patrick Roche this summer in Madison, Wis.

As of December 20, 2016

Leon Flusche ’58 has been working on Holy Scripture since retiring six years ago. He studied under Dr. Toni Craven, Dean at Bright Divinity School, TCU. “I’m working on a book about Moses and his possible connection with the female pharaoh Hatshepsut. I need a screen writer like Jesuit student of my era, Kit Carson, to help me put this into a form suitable for a movie or TV miniseries. I’m also working on other projects. One is a home for mentally challenged adults that will provide equine therapy and jobs for them in Burleson, Texas. I’m staying busy in my retirement.

JohnPaul Jourard ’58 is the senior sales manager at the Crowne Plaza Suites Hotel. He just completed his 10th year at this southwest Houston hotel property. He does business with 19 Chinese and two Japanese inbound travel operators in addition to a dozen corporate and commercial Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese businesses. He is currently on the board of directors of the Houston chapter of the U.S. China Peoples Friendship Association and works on the steering committee for the Emperors Treasures Chinese Art Exhibit from the National Palace Museum, Taipei. He is a past president of the Houston chapter of the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association and has received their distinguished service award for his tenure. He received his degree in sociology from St. Mary’s University and his master’s degree in group dynamics from Our Lady of the Lake University where he was an assistant adjunct professor in the Worden Graduate School. Both universities are in San Antonio, Texas.

Members of the Jesuit Class of 1966 were awarded their Golden Diplomas at midfield during a pregame ceremony before Jesuit’s homecoming football game. Tony Levatino ’58 was elected as chair of the 2017 Counselors of Real Estate, Dallas Fort Worth chapter. Appointed to the facilities committee of Catholic Charities of Dallas, he was also reappointed to the board of directors of the Catholic Housing Initiative. He is currently employed as senior vice president at Park Cities Interbank. Gene Mikeska ’58 now a retired GS-12 employer, still lives in the same log cabin house that he has lived in for the last 20 years. “My

Members of the Jesuit Class of 1969 gathered at Whitefish, Montana. L-R Javier Escobar, Dave McGowan and Brian Muldoon.

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sons and daughters keep watch over me, making sure I behave and go to church on Sunday at St. Jerome in Waco, Texas, where I am a third degree knight. Friday and Saturday is dedicated to flying members of Chapter 59 experimental aircraft association at McGregor Airport. Jim Burnham ’59, CEO at the Law Offices of Jim Burnham was selected for inclusion in The Dallas 500, a D Magazine publication of Dallas-Fort Worth’s 500 most powerful business

leaders. Heavily involved in the banking business for the last 20 years, including as part owner of three different banks, Burnham served as a top assistant to legendary District Attorney Henry Wade, and has served as the President of the Dallas Bar Association and Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Bar Association. Jim and his wife Diane, have two daughters, Ann Burnham and Amy Ciatto, and is the proud grandfather of Elise Ciatto, who celebrated her first birthday on Aug. 19.

Billy Dore ’59 is president and chief executive officer of SOHO Realty Partners, which he founded in 1999. He is an international real estate development and investment veteran. He has achieved notable success in the international real estate arena through a deep understanding of the intricacies of doing business in diverse cultures, as well as a genuine appreciation of the social values and customs that create the unique fabric of these regions. Don Schol ’59 says turning 75 years old is somewhat of a landmark in his life. “My father always said that if he lived to be 75 everything thereafter would be gravy. I am now looking for the gravy! Having graduated from Jesuit 57 years ago gave me a taste of what gravy was like. Now I can fully enjoy it, God willing!”


Dick LaMarche ’60 is happy to announce the birth of Maya Valentina Graubart. “She is our ninth grandchild and we have the 10th on the way!” Jim Bradley ’62 celebrated his 50th college reunion at the

University of Notre Dame with his Jesuit Dallas classmates Joe Pete Wilbert ’62 and Terry Golden ’62. Don Milberger ’62 is trading the hot temperatures and traffic congestion of Austin, Texas for even hotter temperatures but much less traffic of Phoenix, Arizona. “After living in Dallas, Houston, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Austin we have again moved. My wife of 49 years, Jean Luckel Milberger, and I have relocated to Chandler, Arizona. We moved in

July and are anxiously awaiting the cooler weather of fall so that we can do some exploring of this beautiful state.” Jim Harford ’63 is a docent at a strategic air command and aerospace museum. He volunteers one to three days a week.

Photo credit: Dave Arrigo

Tom Rutledge ’63 says that retirement has led him to many new things. “I volunteer with


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Following a meteoric rise through the minor leagues, Josh Bell ’11 made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates against the world champion Chicago Cubs on July 8, 2016. Pinch-hitting in the bottom of the seventh, on the first pitch of his first major league atbat, Bell singled to right field off Cy Young award winner Jake Arietta, and would later score the tying run in an eventual Pirates’ victory. The following night, Bell was once again called on to pinch hit, this time in the bottom of the fifth with the Bucs ahead, 7-5. In his second major league at bat, Bell smashed a 1-1 pitch off Adam Warren high into the right-field stands at PNC Park. The bags were full, and the crowd ecstatic, as Bell rounded the bases with a monster grand slam. His hot start continued through July and August as Bell reached base safely in 13 of his first 14 major league games. He finished the season with a .273 average, three homeruns and 19 RBI. Because he didn’t accumulate enough at-bats, Bell maintained his rookie status heading into the 2017 campaign.

Vicky and Doug Lattner ’69 were recently honored by the DFW Airport Interfaith Chaplaincy with the organization’s Ministry of Presence Award, which recognizes individuals who exemplify the spirit of inclusion and grace in the way in which they live and work. The couple was presented with the award by Chairman of the Board of Directors Joe Ackels ’75, at a special luncheon on Nov. 18.

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In September, Bell was named the 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Player of the Year. It was an award he had already won in 2014 after dominating stints in Single-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. Bell started 19 games at first base and 14 in right field in his first half-season with Pittsburgh, but every indication has been that he is being groomed as the Pirates’ first baseman of the future. winter 2017 | 47




Five classes (1966, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006) celebrated their reunions on the Jesuit campus during Homecoming Weekend, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to have everyone back. To learn how you can participate in the planning of next year’s reunion season (classes ending in 2 and 7), contact Sean McMullen ’96 (972-387-8700 x342).

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Members of the Jesuit Class of 1986 celebrated their 30th reunion. the local democratic party, various environmental groups, walk the local trails, manage the homeowners association at my town home, visit the grandchildren in Florida, Colorado and Washington, and am digitizing all my boxes of pictures. It has been great. I will be married 37 years on December 22 to Colleen.” Joe Brophy ’65 was spotlighted in a recent edition of the American Institute of CPA’s. A graduate from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in accounting as well as an MBA, he is currently a Shareholder at Joseph D. Brophy, CPA, in Dallas. When not

working, Joe enjoys travelling, and has taken over 20 cruises, and visited Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, Europe, South America, Russia. He is looking forward to visiting New Zealand later this year or next. Read his profile at: As he enters his fifth year of retirement, Andy Chase ’65 is realizing the meaning of the term relaxation. “I finally finished writing a book on education and am enjoying an occasional trip to South Bend to visit with my son, Nathan ’08 as he works toward his doctorate degree.

Don Maher ’65 is enjoying his retirement. “Retired with my wonderful wife, Jeannette in 2010 and live in McKinney, Texas. We travel as much as we can all over the country, about 10-12,000 miles per year. We spend six weeks in Camden, Maine each summer appreciating the ocean! Enjoyed our 50th Class Reunion in 2015! I also spend time working with some companies, and working on the Jesuit Phonathon! After a whale watching trip off the coast of Oregon, Caesar Smith ’65 and his wife, Susie, stopped in Austin, Texas to visit their college roommates who married the same year in 1970. “After

a visit to the UT Kappa Alpha House, we watched a beautiful sunset at the Oasis Restaurant over scenic Lake Travis.” David Kultgen ’66 retired from Saudi Aramco on October 1, 2016 after a 41 year career with the company and its predecessor, the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco), 34 years of which were spent in Saudi Arabia. “I served as general counsel and secretary of the company from 2010 to 2016. I also held the title of senior vice president, special assignment until my retirement.” Michael Darrow ’69 has two beautiful married children. Paul Robert is in the home audiovisual

Class of 1976 celebrates their 40-year reunion with a Friday night party at the home of Bill DeLoache ’76.

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Jesuit sponsors a Sons of Alumni breakfast in the spring and fall each year. This fall, current students and their Jesuit alumni dads feasted on omelets with biscuits and gravy, and played a competitive game of Jesuit trivia.

business. Samantha is at the top of her class at Widener University Law School, employed by Potter Anderson in Wilmington and a law clerk for the Delaware Supreme court. She recently won the Pease Award for best legal writing in the State of Delaware. “I continue to practice law although not full time. We continue to raise our still at home kitty cat.”

Members of the Class of 1967 gather to celebrate the success of Frank Hart’s Back Country BBQ, which he recently sold. Frank is excited to attend more Jesuit athletic events and start to help plan his 50th Reunion.

Greg Lynch ’87 has published his first novel. Plain Brown Wrapper is a fast-paced and quick-witted caper set in and around Dallas. It’s racking up great reviews and Greg is hard at work on two more projects.

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Mike LaRocca ’70 has two great sons living in Dallas. Rosario Anthony is 32 years old and James Michael is 30 years old. His company Gibraltar Glass has been in business 35 years as of August 2016. Next year, Tim Muldoon ’70 will be retiring from his full time ministry position at Christ the King Church. Soon after he will make the move to Atenas, Costa Rica where they are building a retirement home. Nancy, his wife of 42 years, will join him as soon as the house is built. Since his three sons (Dan ’90, Conor ’98, and Ian ’01) live in Texas, he expects to return to Dallas on a regular basis - mainly to see his grandson Gabriel, of course! He hopes to spend his retirement years landscaping their new property, and growing vegetables and fruit trees while Nancy continues her hobby of throwing pottery (hopefully not at him).

Mark Simon ’70 and wife, Kathryn, have been married for 38 years. Our grandson, Zachary, just had his first birthday! See photo on page 51. Mark Baldwin ’72 opened the Pint & Cork, a gastropub and sports bar in Wailea, Maui in June 2016. “Stop in the next time you visit Maui - any Jesuit alum gets the first one on the house!” Bob Lehn ’72 has a new granddaughter, Catherine Marie. Her dad is Stephen Lehn ’00. Philip McCaffrey ’73 is the president and owner of Premier Essential Services LLC, a personal transportation service company. They specialize in non-emergency medical transportation for procedures such as endoscopy, colonoscopy, LASIK eye surgery, and dental surgery where sedation is administered. See for more information. Charles Wallen ’73 affirms that “My wife, Gay, and I have so much to be thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving this year. Both sons have met their objective of becoming lawyers— not sure how the lawyer career choices happened—we thought they would be an engineer and a veterinarian.” Ben ’09 graduated from University of Houston’s Law School, recently passed the Texas Bar and is practicing commercial bankruptcy at a firm in Fort Worth. Oldest son, Charles IV, is practicing

2017 BLUE & GOLD BANQUET C E L E B R A T I N G Ben Wallen ’09 taking his oath to become a Texas attorney. financial services law at a law firm serving New Hampshire and Massachusetts clients. “Gay and I live in Irving, continue to manage our day jobs and are enjoying our farm and wildlife refuge northeast of Dallas in Telephone, Texas. See photo above. Rich Wierman ’73 has traveled to Kingston, Jamaica with the Missionaries of the Poor and Fr. Richard Holung for the last 17

years to help build homes and roofs in the slums. He has two grandsons, Charlie (3) and Henry (6 mos.). Dan DeMarco ’74 is proud to announce that his son, Michael ’10 is in the Ph.D. program of MIT studying theoretical physics. Glenn Hart ’74 has six grandchildren.

JESUIT SPORTS HALL OF FAME A PR I L 2 9 J E S UI T T E R RY CE N TE R w w s u i t c p .o rg /sh of Weber Baker ’75 retired at the end of 2015-16 school year from public school teaching. “Over the years I taught English (thank you, Stan Kajs) and Spanish (thank you, Carmen Fernandez-Vinas), computers, speech, history, business and reading.” Hun Lucido ’75 is the owner of Lucido’s Landscape. “My company maintains lawns, flower beds and trees, and we have been in business for four years. I have been cutting lawns for some great Jesuit alumni and families in the St. Monica neighborhood.” Jim Moore ’75 married Thomas Reilly on January 19th of this year. Jim continues to pursue his career passion of conservation biology with 26 years of employment with The Nature Conservancy of Nevada - but is now living in Phoenix and working from home.

Mark Simon ’70 with son, Ross, and grandson, Zach who just celebrated his first birthday. To submit a class note, please send an email to

Doug DeMarco ’77 is attempting to retire and support his wife, Cheryle in their business in Rockwall.

is the largest private multisport facility in the state. Our son, Anthony Victor, married Krystal Maher with her daughter, McKinley, in the backyard of our house on Lake Ray Hubbard. He’s currently attending AIM (Aviation Institute of Maintenance) taking advantage of his GI Bill and Marine training. Our daughter, Myka Maria, who was on a full scholarship, graduated a year ago from “We Are” Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, and is working for PepsiCo in Princeton, W.Va. Mark Tranchina ’77 and wife, Sara, moved to downtown Chicago with Bank of America and downsized to a high rise. Son Jordan ’12 is working at Ernst and Young in financial consulting in Chicago. “With three of four in the family transplanted north, daughter Emily provides an anchor for us in Texas.” She is a junior pursuing a biochemistry genetics degree at Texas A&M.

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For over 10 years in a row members from the Class of 1993 get together at Horseshoe Bay. Attending this year were James Tolle, Joey Weaver, Jimmy Archie, Clayton Kline, Brian Leek, David Frost, Danny Lowry, Mike Koeth, and Jeff Staubach. Pictured above are their sons that went along. L-R: Clayton Kline, Michael Koeth, Joe Staubach, Dylan Lowry, Luke Lowry, and Wallace Archie. Nat Lacy ’78 retired from Southwest Airlines this year after 25 years of service in IT. He has resettled in New Mexico after living in Dallas for 46 years. Jim Hairston ’79 will be cheering on William Hairston ’13 as he plays baseball for St. Edwards University in Austin. He lettered last year at Texas Tech. Jim is enjoying three grandchildren and six children. His daughter Emily is a strength and conditioning coach at LSU. He is also celebrating the marriage of his step mother, Raynelle Hairston (widow of James L. Hairston ’48) to LT Michael E Thornton. “Mike is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, an American hero and role model for everyone.” Larry Latham ’79 retired from Texas Instruments and is beginning a new career of buying, rehabbing and selling houses until his wife can retire. “We welcomed grandson No. 2, Gabriel Latham.” Jeff Plauche ’79 has three grandchildren: Davis and Gage, twin boys are almost three and a half. Annabelle is almost two years old.

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Rusty Roberts ’81 is proud to announce that his twins have graduated college and are working. Korey (22) graduated Texas A&M and works at Hess Oil Corp. Karson (22) graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy after being the starting quarterback on the football team. He played in the Armed Forces Bowl game against Jared Goff, this year’s NFL #1 draft pick, and Karson won MVP for the game. He is now at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio getting a Master’s in astronautical engineering. Younger brother, Mason (20) is at the University of Texas studying mechanical engineering. Lyndsey (16) is a junior in high school and wants to be a nurse. “Lisa and I are married 28 years.” Scott May ’82 is happy to report that his two children married this summer. “They found their forevers. My daughter Megan married Micah Effinger in Nevada, Texas and my son Taylor married Lauren Ainsley in New Braunfels, Texas. Our youngest, Brook, is 15 years old

Weddings Thomas Reilly to Jim Moore ’75 Jennifer to Jason Nelms ’93 Laura Peterson to Lantry Houillion ’95 Kirsten to Vincent Turner ’96 Erika Waddell to Rory Barrett ’01 Katherine to Jim Neuhoff ’02 Katie McCord to Aaron Ambrite ’05 Michelle King to Rob Joyner ’06 Margaret to Hurley Smith ’06 Brenna to Brett Deatherage ’08 Vanessa to Drew Taylor ’08 Rebecca Austin to David Tilden ’08 Zoe Ray to Matt Halfmann ’11

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L-R: Doug deMarco ’77, Bob Swenson ’77, Mike Quarry ’75, Ross Bickle ’75 carry on a 25-year tradition of Wednesday disc golf

and made the high school drill team for the second year.” Matt Martin ’84 has another son wearing blue and gold. Michael, a freshman this year is following his older brother, Matthew ’15. Jason Terk ’85 was appointed to a three-year term on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Federal Government Affairs. This national committee guides the American Academy of Pediatrics on legislative issues that affect the health and wellbeing of children in the U.S.; members provide testimony in congressional hearings and meet with legislators to promote policies and legislation that support children’s health. Stephen Cho ’87 recently moved to Basel, Switzerland, with his family where he is currently head of Strategy and Operations for Novartis. Stephen and his family are looking forward to their time in Europe to travel around and visit some of the wonderful European cities. Doug Gephart ’87 and his wife live in an orphanage in Queretaro, Mexico. Their sole focus is to be obedient to God first, then their ministry. “As a family, we do not earn an income for our services so we are always looking for new donors who can contribute. Please email me at gephards@ Praise God and thank you!”

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John Ledford ’90 joined Merrill Lynch in Dallas as a senior vice president private wealth advisor. He resides in Dallas with wife, Kelley and three children. Matt Murphy ’91 is a veterinarian partner of CityVet in Uptown Dallas. He is married to Christy for 18 years, has a son, Patrick (11), who plans to attend Jesuit, and a daughter Meagan (6).

Following the conclusion of his ministry as Pastor of St. Rita Catholic Community, Bishop-Elect Bob Coerver ’72, met with several Jesuit students who spoke about his impact on their lives. Preston Poulter ’91 has created a historical comic book, White Lily, about Russian women who were drafted into the air war during WWII.

Jay Krystinik ’95, his wife Sara Stoltz (BL ’02), and now, big sister, Ellie, are pleased to announce the birth of Fred on October 5, 2016.

Justin Long ’93 and wife, Alissa, celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary this past year.

Michael Alcantar ’96 and his wife, Kaila, welcomed Owen Michael on Nov. 9. Owen joins big sister, Harper, who turned six this year. Michael is with Frost Bank and completed his MBA from SMU Cox in August 2016. See photo on page 55.

Jason Nelms ’93 married Jennifer Helm on September 3, 2016 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Lance Beckner ’93 was the best man. See photo on page 53.

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APRIL 22, 2017 Jesuit Dallas campus

New Arrivals DAUGHTERS

Emily Madeleine to Kirsten and Vincent Turner ’96 Abigail Lydia to Lydia and Mike Chebino ’00 Callie Brynn to Darby and James Henry ’00 Catherine Marie to Michelle and Stephen Lehn ’00 Brecca-Anne Jean to Trisha and Bill Neuhoff ’00 Justina to Cynthia and Grant Schmidt ’06


Julian Alexander to Jessica and Joey Reyes ’89 Fred to Sara Stoltz (BL’02) and Jay Krystinik ’95 Owen Michael to Kaila and Michael Alcantar ’96 Maxwell to Caitie and Brian Bianco ’99 William Thomas to Kathryn and Jeff Pope ’01 Dean to Lucy and Kipp Cummins ’02 Nicholas Ryan to Lauren and Ryan Werner ’02 Jude to Jessie and Val Eisele ’03 Joseph Oliver to Sarah and Mike Foster ’04 Felix George to Rebecca and John Teresi ’07

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from the alumni director Greetings Fellow Alumni, Putting into practice our mantra of Men for Others while making a positive impact on our community, the first half of the year was filled with our most successful alumni activities to date. Sons of Alums breakfast, Alumni Family Day, the Distinguished Alumnus Prayer Service, Alumni Memorial Mass, Phonathon and Christmas Eve Mass marked just a few of the many highlights. Of course, nothing was more gratifying than executing our most successful Adopt-aFamily event since beginning the tradition over 25 years ago.

Matthew Marziani ’00 is pleased to announce that in the last year he has realized two of the most wonderful events since his marriage in 2009. In December of 2015 he and his wife, Mimi, welcomed the birth of their healthy baby girl, Carmine. In July 2016, close of funding with major institutional investors brought his company assets to over $400M and set a new path for Aethon Energy and the future. “Counting my blessings for sure!” Artie Abello ’01 will be opening nine freestanding ERs in Texas, including two in the DFW area. Currently with five locations in the Corpus Christi area, the next Physicians Premier locations will be open within a year in Clear Lake and Bastrop. Jack Beesley ’01 celebrated his five year anniversary of being sworn into the Oklahoma bar. He works in Tulsa as an attorney

representing injured plaintiffs and this year he obtained his largest settlement ever for one of his clients. In his spare time he helps wife, Libby, run OK Cookie Momster, their bakery which specializing in decorative sugar cookies and other baked goods. He also helps coach his sons, Will (11) and Sam (5) in basketball. “If anyone is ever in Tulsa look me up and let’s get together!” Kipp Cummins ’02 and his wife Lucy, welcomed their new son, Dean, in the spring of 2016. The family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where Kipp continues working as a fixed income portfolio manager for Dimensional Fund Advisors. “The Cowboys are still televised on the East Coast!” Ryan Werner ’02 and his wife, Lauren, welcomed Nicholas Ryan Werner to the world on November 21, 2016. They are very excited to celebrate the holidays as a family. See photo on page 55. Michael Hylden ’04 passed the Arkansas Bar exam in 2015 and was hired to work as deputy prosecuting attorney for the State of Arkansas. “Our daughter, Charlotte, starts kindergarten at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic School in Little Rock.”

All of these events were coordinated and attended by alumni volunteers and their families. Our alumni association is comprised of a dedicated group of board members, committee members and so many wonderful men who give of their time, talent and treasure to support Jesuit’s mission. I thank each of you that played a part and included your families! I was inspired by the display of community and brotherhood at our class reunion celebrations this fall; the conversations between classmates that enjoyed a reconnection with Jesuit- some who have been away from the community for over 50 years! Having events full of alumni really is a special thing. I hope you will help us continue to build on the momentum and our successes. If you would like to play a part in our alumni association please reach out to me as there are lots of opportunities to plug in. Together we can continue to do great things! We sing Hurrah for the Blue and Gold! Sean G. McMullen ’96 Director of Alumni Relations

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Kevin Young ’99 and wife, Ashley, introduce sweet new baby Tyler Scott Young, born June 23, 2016. Also pictured are Wyatt (4), and big sister Elyse (2). To submit a class note, please send an email to

Aaron Ambrite ’05 and Katie McCord, of Cincinnati, celebrated their wedding at the Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, South Carolina on May 21, 2016. After honeymooning in Thailand, the couple returned home to Chicago where Aaron works in the law department of MOL America and Katie is the Operations Manager at Echo Global Logistics. They have recently added a Golden Doodle puppy, Charlie, to the family. See photo on page 53. Eric Wilhelm ’05 is pursuing his doctorate degree in economics at George Mason University. “Mr. David Oglesby originally recommended GMU as a possible school for undergrad. I ended up at Penn State for undergrad, however, Mr. Oglesby’s recommendation was ultimately realized for my graduate school education.”

Charlie Carver ’04 has opened his own law practice in Austin, Texas and has been made a member of the Texas College Board. Called “The Wheels of Justice” his new office is in a 1973 Airstream, located across from the Carver Museum in the heart of East Austin.

Rob Joyner ’06 married Michelle King on April 16, 2016 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Among the groomsman were Justin Reilly ’06 (far left), Rob Wright ’06 (far right) See photo on page 53. When Hurley Smith ’06 and Margaret (Jesuit High School Portland, Ore. ’06) had their wedding, it was a Jesuit affair. David Klickman ’06 was the best man while Eric Hekele ’06 and Stephen Hubach ’06

Class of 2011 takes over Peru. L-R: Mitch Pagel, John Thompson, Christian Buechel and Clay Salinas.

When the 2016 outstanding achievers were announced at the NuVasive global sales conference, out of only 24 inducted in 2016 from throughout the world (representing the top 4% of the global salesforce) five had one thing in common—they were all Jesuit graduates! Pictured in Nevis, West Indies, for the Chairman’s Club trip. L-R: Paul Hansen ’97, Jesuit Portland; Derek Pinella ’97, Jesuit Tampa; Casey Camero ’02, Jesuit Tampa; Josh Cervi ’97, Jesuit Tampa; Jay Pendleton ’98, Jesuit Dallas.

Jacob Khoury ’12 graduated from Xavier University in May 2016 with majors in biology and philosophy, and a minor in jazz. He was selected as the John A. Elet, S.J. Scholar, an award given to the top graduating senior at Xavier University. Chosen for academic success and excellence in service, he presented the commencement address to the graduating seniors. He will attend UT Southwestern Medical School to pursue an M.D.

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The annual SIPtember Brew Review packed the Terry Center once again this fall, with alums interacting with brew reps while sampling beers from five different craft breweries. Some lucky attendees won prizes such as Dallas Cowboys tickets, although everyone left well-fed and happy. were groomsmen. See photo on page 53.

happy and healthy, as are we. See photo on page 55.

Austin Smith ’07 graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech Law School. He is an associate at Kilpatrick, Townsend and Stockton LLP in Dallas.

Brett Deatherage ’08 received his medical degree May 1, 2016 and is doing his residency in radiology at Baylor Scott and White in Temple, Texas.

John Teresi ’07 and Rebecca would like to share the joyous news of the arrival of their first child, future Ranger Felix George Teresi. Felix was born on July 12, 2016 weighing 9 lbs. 5 oz. and measuring 22 inches long. He is

David Tilden ’08 married Rebecca Austin on June 18, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis, Missouri, after meeting at Saint Louis University in 2011. Jesuit alumni, Chris Patterson ’08, Collin Weir ’08, and Brad Boudreaux ’08 were

groomsmen in the wedding party. Later in August, he was elected as the 59th National President of Alpha Delta Gamma Fraternity, a fraternity founded on the ideals and traditions of Ignatius Loyola. In addition, David recently switched to the Neuro Team at the Israelibased medical device company, Insightec, where he trains neurologists on the non-invasive treatment of Essential Tremor. See photo on page 53. Oscar Ibezim ’09 is an industrial engineer for a drilling solutions company. In his spare time he

volunteers to help others and recently participated in the March of Dimes charity event.

2010s Chase LaDue ’10 earned his Master of Science degree in biology from Western Kentucky University in May 2016, receiving the John D. Minton Graduate Student Award for outstanding contributions to

Mike Gavin ’98 (far right in picture) co-moderated a panel discussion on “Race and the Community” at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano on September 18. The five panelists included clergy and community leaders from Collin County and addressed how to reconcile and heal persistent racial wounds. “If you would like to be a part of these solutions, please contact Mike at”

Ted Dunlap, Jeff Miller, and Parker Lee, all from the Class of 2002, were in Santa Barbara, Calif., for Ted’s wedding.

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†Mike Vance ’63 (Stephanie Ann Vance)

Dan Murphy ’71 (Roger J. Murphy ’47) Ed Vaughan ’72 (William E. Vaughan, Jr.) Tim Murphy ’73 (Roger J. Murphy ’47) George Vilfordi ’73 (George Vilfordi, Jr.) Terry DeWitt ’75 (Dale M. DeWitt) Randy DeWitt ’76 (Dale M. DeWitt) Pat Connolly ’77 (John Thomas Connolly) Brian Ziegler ’77 (Norman L. Ziegler) Nathaniel Lacy ’78 (Nathaniel Lacy, Jr.) Mike Flynn ’79 (Daniel M. Flynn) Tom Labinski ’79 (Raymond John Labinski) Jeff Plauche ’79 (Jeffrey Lynn Plauche, Sr.) Mark Flynn ’82 (Daniel M. Flynn) John Regan ’82 (Francis James Regan) Mike Labinski ’83 (Raymond John Labinski) Mike Regan ’83 (Francis James Regan) Bryan Bell ’84 (William Harrison Bell) Fran Regan ’85 (Francis James Regan) Chris Rice ’85 (Vernon James Rice) † Matthew Brennan ’88 (Gregory L. Brennan) Kevin Rice ’89 (Vernon James Rice) Ron Regan ’90 (Francis James Regan) Kevin Flynn ’91 (Daniel M. Flynn) Jose Libano ’92 (Alfonso Raul Libano) JR Yarbrough ’96 (Frederick Lee Yarbrough) Alex Rinaldi ’07 (Barney Rinaldi) †Jahn Toole ’07 (Martin J. Toole) Mike Rinaldi ’10 (Barney Rinaldi) Luke Przybylski ’18 (Joseph P. Przybylski) Alex Segal ’18 (David A. Segal) Max Segal ’20 (David A. Segal)

Mother of

Sister of

Joseph M. Garcia ’46 Roger J. Murphy ’47 Gerad Puyau ’47 Matthew E. Sweeney ’47 Daniel F. Folzenlogen ’48 Thomas E. Carr ’49 Jerome N. Post ’49 Donald L. Moffitt ’50 James Edward Hunt, Jr. ’52 Jerry Amlong ’54 Charles B. Arnold ’54 Joseph A. Loria ’54 Clifton A. Hill ’55 Cecil Parkerson ’56 Robert Stephen Fleming ’65 Patrick J. Carroll ’66 Paul H. Simonsen ’72 Charles E. Klein ’75 Kevin Neil Burris ’78 Michael A. Cardenas ’78 Alejandro De La Garza ’80 Eugene J. Gilliam ’81 Mark E. Mackenzie ’88 Matthew R. Johnson ’04

Wife of

†Carl W. Vance ’55 (Sandra Jean Vance

Daughter of

Mike Muckleroy ’65 (Elizabeth Ann Muckleroy) Bill Abright ’67 (Mary Lee Powell Abright) Ed Fulbright ’69 (Peggy Fulbright) Keith Thomas ’69 (Frances Gieb Thomas) Rick Redmond ’70 (Nola Redmond) Harlan Abright ’72 (Mary Lee Powell Abright) Chuck Kershner ’72 (Bertha Kershner) †Mickey Klein ’73 (Mildred Juanita Klein) †Chuck Klein ’75 (Mildred Juanita Klein) Jim Slater ’75 (Elaine Cimperman Slater) David Slater ’76 (Elaine Cimperman Slater) Robert Rodriguez ’77 (Matilde Rodriguez) Lance Descourouez ’79 (Mary Angela Jaeb Hughes) Russell Smith ’80 (Clara T. Smith) Dave Prachyl ’81 (Jean Prachyl) Russ Roberts ’81 (Sydney Roberts) Hank Pearson ’82 (Nancy Pearson) Bob Dalton ’83 (Barbara Jean Dalton) Blair Descourouez ’83 (Mary Angela Jaeb Hughes) Jeff Vance ’83 (Sandra Jean Vance) Michael Deasy ’85 (Mary M. Deasy) Andy Vance ’86 (Sandra Jean Vance) Chris Robles ’96 (Lucila Robles) Paul Sula ’01 (Janice Buroker Sula) Michael Sula ’05 (Janice Buroker Sula)

Father of

Chris Vilfordi ’68 (George Vilfordi, Jr.) Mike Murphy ’69 (Roger J. Murphy ’47) Gus Pellizzi ’69 (Gus Pellizzi) Cave Johnson ’70 (Cave L. Johnson Jr.) Bobby Hubley ’71 (Robert E. Hubley, Jr.)

Joe Leverette ’46 (Theresa Leverette Powell) Harold Gieb ’59 (Frances Gieb Thomas) †Jake Reichenstein ’65 (Betty Fluet) Bill Reichenstein ’70 (Betty Fluet) Mike Reichenstein ’80 (Betty Fluet) Mike Vance ’86 (Stephanie Ann Vance)

Brother of

Eddie Puyau ’43 (Jerry Puyau ’47) †David Folzenlogen ’45 (Daniel Folzenlogen ’48) †Jim Amlong ’50 (Jerry Amlong ’54) Tim Carr ’52 (Thomas Carr ’49) John Folzenlogen ’52 (Daniel Folzenlogen ’48) †Jack Moffitt ’52 (Donald L. Moffitt ’50) Paul Folzenlogen ’56 (Daniel Folzenlogen ’48) Frank Sweeney ’57 (Matthew E. Sweeney ’47) Jack Sweeney ’58 (Matthew E. Sweeney ’47) Michael Janick ’63 (Thomas David Janick) †Mickey Klein ’73 (Chuck Klein ’75) Alvin Burris ’76 (Kevin Neil Burris ’78) Chris Benigno ’79 (Mark E. Benigno) James Cardenas ’79 (Michael Cardenas ’78) Mike Craig ’80 (Mark Craig) Steve Benigno ’81 (Mark E. Benigno) Anthony Miller ’81 (William R. Miller, II) Greg Cardenas ’82 (Michael Cardenas ’78) †Mark Gilliam ’85 (Eugene Gilliam ’81) Richard Benigno ’86 (Mark E. Benigno) Joe Burris ’95 (Kevin Neil Burris ’78) James Jenneman ’01 (Jeffrey Jenneman)

Grandmother of

John Munoz ’78 (Frances Miramontes) Jimmy Miramontes ’86 (Frances Miramontes) Jeremy Fulbright ’95 (Peggy Fulbright) Albert Doskey ’98 (Maria Elena Gutierrez) Mike Gavin ’98 (Carolyn Nierste) Sean Gavin ’00 (Carolyn Nierste) Alexander Doskey ’01 (Maria Elena Gutierrez) Nick Doskey ’03 (Maria Elena Gutierrez) Kevin Lutz ’04 (Eunice Grabow) Chad Davis ’05 (Helen Cordes Buckley) Beau Hafner ’06 (Peggy Fulbright) Stephen Brady ’08 (Maria Elena Gutierrez) Graham Davis ’08 (Helen Cordes Buckley) Joseph Kernodle ’08 (Maria Elena Gutierrez) Andrew Schluterman ’10 (Joann Fedler Fritz) Robert Kernodle ’11 (Maria Elena Gutierrez) Michael Schluterman ’12 (Joann Fedler Fritz) Drew Highlander ’13 (Cleo Ruhnke) Pearson Byrne ’18 (Nancy Pearson) Michael Deasy ’18 (Mary M. Deasy) Russell Descourouez ’19 (Mary Angela Jaeb Hughes)

Grandfather of

Adam Vilfordi ’96 (George Vilfordi, Jr.) Ben Kirby ’00 (Robert Truston Kirby) Aaron Vilfordi ’00 (George Vilfordi, Jr.) Brendon Dove ’01 (George Vilfordi, Jr.) Brian Kirby ’02 (Robert Truston Kirby) Alex Vilfordi ’05 (George Vilfordi, Jr.) Joseph Beachner ’07 (Daniel Michael Flynn) Chris Flynn ’08 (Daniel Michael Flynn) Stephen Mathews ’08 (Donald F. Doody) Patrick Beachner ’09 (Daniel Michael Flynn) Andy Ogden ’09 (Karl Harvey) Ryan Mathews ’10 (Donald F. Doody) Christopher Pellizzi ’10 (Gus Pellizzi) Reid Plauche ’10 (Jeffrey Lynn Plauche, Sr.) Chris Sergiovanni ’11 (Dale M. DeWitt) Eric Maras ’12 (Joseph Paul Studer) Brian Ogden ’12 (Karl Harvey) Ryan Regan ’12 (Francis James Regan) Daniel Flynn ’15 (Daniel Michael Flynn) Garrett Frick ’15 (Melvin Gene Riggs) Jacob Maras ’15 (Joseph Paul Studer) Trey Russell ’16 (Bill Russell, Sr.) Miles Burrow ’17 (Bill Glaspy) Hunter Bailey ’18 (Martin Nesbitt) Jake Frick ’18 (Melvin Gene Riggs) Seth Burrow ’19 (Bill Glaspy) Brody Hilberth ’19 (Adalbert K. Hilberth)

Friend of Jesuit

Rev. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J. (former rector) John P. Flavin Rev. Francis Pistorius, S.J. (former faculty member)

† deceased

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Joseph M. Garcia ’46

Joe Garcia passed away peacefully on October 31, 2016. Joe was born in Dallas and is survived by his wife of 62 years, Guadalupe Garcia; children and grandchildren. Joe enjoyed life and people. He knew no stranger and brought happiness and joy to every person he came in contact with. He will be deeply missed for his smile and friendliness. He was a true servant of God with a loving and giving spirit. Joe lived his last days before joining our Heavenly Father surrounded by loving friends and family.

Roger Joseph Murphy ’47

Roger entered into eternal rest on May 24, 2016. Born in Topeka, Kansas, he was a Dallas firefighter for 31 years, retiring from Station 36 as a lieutenant. Roger enjoyed the outdoors, sailing and fishing, and he loved being up in the air piloting his small personal aircraft. Roger had a boundless desire to help others and was the center of a large, close-knit family. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Ann Murphy of Trinidad; five daughters; 3 sons; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Gerard “Jerry” Puyau ’47

Jerry Puyau, Sr., a native and resident of New Orleans, passed away May 31, 2016 at the age of 86. He is happily reunited with his best friend and love of 52 years, Nina Bodin Puyau who preceded him in death. He spent most of his years in New Orleans, but treasured the time he spent in Dallas at Jesuit High School and SMU. He retired from Shell Oil Company after 35 years of service in the Safety & Training and Human Resources departments. He is survived by his four children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Matthew Eugene Sweeney ’47

Matthew Eugene Sweeney of The Woodlands, Texas, passed away June 23, 2016. After earning his B.S. in petroleum engineering from Texas Tech University, Matt moved to Venezuela to work for Creole Petroleum Corporation as a production engineer. He worked for various oil companies in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, and Midland moving in 1990 to The Woodlands with Mobil Oil, then retiring in 1992 at the age of 62. Matt is survived by his wife, Mary “Elaine” Sweeney; three children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Patrick Sweeney.

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Daniel Francis Folzenlogen ’48 Dan Folzenlogen passed away at home on October 22, 2015. Born in Dallas, Dan graduated from Southern Methodist University Law School and spent his entire career as an attorney in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service, rising to the job he always wanted, Special Appellate Counsel. Along the way he gathered many honors and was most proud that he received the prestigious Albert Gallatin Award from the Department of the Treasury. This is the highest career service award that the Treasury Department gives. He is survived by his devoted wife, Doreen, and his beloved daughters and grandchildren.

Thomas E. Carr II ’49

Thomas Carr passed away at his home on November 14, 2016 at the age of 85. Born in Dallas, Tom received his BA from SMU and after graduation, served in the U.S. Air Force for where he reached the rank of Lieutenant. After leaving the military, Tom began his business career and recognizing the growing demand for quality artwork for residential consumers, became an independent rep for several national art publishers. Tom was an outgoing and engaging man and remained active in several Dallas social organizations until late in life. He will be missed by his friends and large extended family.

Donald LeRoy Moffitt ’50

Army veteran, beloved husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather, Donald L. Moffitt went to be with the Lord on September 27, 2016. Born July 2, 1931 in Dallas, he is survived by his loving wife, Patricia, of 61 years; Diane and Fred Clark; Debbie and Mike Adams; sister, Bobbie Long; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree.

James Edward Hunt, Jr. ’52

Jim Hunt passed away June 24, 2016 of cardiopulmonary failure. Born in Dallas, he received his B.S. from New Mexico Military Institute. After graduation, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army and with the Texas National Guard. He also played football for his high school, college, and the Army. He was the vice president for Fieldcrest-Cannon with a very successful career of 31 years. He is preceded in his death by his daughter, Cary Allison Hegg. He is survived by

his wife, Gail Baker Hunt; his children and their families including 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Gerald Joseph Amlong ’54

Jerry J. Amlong passed away June 9, 2016 at his home in Pennsylvania. A graduate of North Texas State University, he was an avid Texas Longhorn and Dallas Cowboy fan. He loved to golf and he loved horse racing. In addition to his wife of 55 years, Judy, he is survived by four children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Charles B. Arnold ’54

Charles B. Arnold passed away unexpectedly September 12, 2016. At Jesuit, he was the quarterback of the football team and was later named to the Sports Hall of Fame. Charlie earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business while playing football at SMU. In 1956, while playing quarterback, he led the SMU Mustangs to a 19-13 victory over the 3rd ranked team in the nation, Notre Dame. His career started in 1960 with Fieldcrest Cannon Inc. He retired as VP of Sales in 1999. Charlie was an avid golfer who enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Survivors include his loving wife of 26 years, Kathleen (Wallace) Arnold; three children; seven grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Arnold in 1985.

Joseph Anthony Loria, III ’54

Joe Loria, of Whitewright, Texas, passed away June 8, 2016 at his home. Born in Dallas, Joe served 10 years in the Army Reserves. He ran Caddo Grocery in Dallas with his grandfather and later built Loria’s Drive In on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas. Joe also worked for Semco in Plano, Texas as a welder, and then at One Stop Liquor as a clerk and buyer. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pat Loria; three sons; three daughters; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Clifton Adar Hill ’55

Clifton A. Hill was born in Dallas, graduated from Jesuit High School where he played football for four years, and later served in the Navy Reserves. He graduated with a B.A. in math from the University of Texas, and later earned a second B.A. from UTD in historical studies, graduating cum laude. Cliff worked for 30 plus years at Merck Pharmaceuticals earning numerous awards throughout his career. In 1987, he and wife,

Carole, co-founded Oak Hill Academy where he gave his time and energy for many years. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carole, and his son, Joseph Kevin. Cliff is preceded in death by his infant daughter, Mary Virginia.

Cecil F. Parkerson ’56

Cecil Parkerson passed away at home surrounded by his family on November 2, 2015. He was raised in Dallas, graduated Jesuit High School, served in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Navy, and graduated from UTA. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Amy and Joe; brothers, Pat and Mike; sisters, Margaret, Mary, Theresa and Kathy; and four grandchildren.

Robert Stephen Fleming ’65

Steve Fleming died on November 27, 2016. He proudly served as a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force and retired with 22 years of service. He had a large extended family whom he loved very much. As a hobby, he was an amazing chef and loved to cook. He was a member of Buckhall United Methodist Church and tried to volunteer as often as he could. He is survived by his loving wife, Natalie, with whom he celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary; his daughter, Jessica; his son, Robert ; and seven grandchildren.

Patrick J. Carroll ’66

Patrick J. Carroll passed away on September 17, 2016 at his home in Oklahoma. Patrick was born in Dallas, and after Jesuit enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, to pursue a degree in architecture. He was employed as an architect for C.H. Guernsey and Company of Oklahoma City. Later he was named to the Board of Directors and served as president for several years. An avid Oklahoma Sooners fan, Patrick attended OU football and basketball games for many years He is survived by his wife, Luly; his son, Sean and many loving friends and family.

Paul Herbert Simonsen ’72

Paul Simonsen was born in Dallas and passed away on October 24, 2016 in Plano, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Doris; sons, Michael and Joshua; brothers, Robert Simonsen (Rhona), Herb Simonsen Jr. (Katrina); and sister, Anna Dkyema (Scott). He received his bachelor and master’s degree from North Texas State University in music. Currently he worked for Sabre and formerly JCPenney. His love was playing his music, especially The Praise Band at Spring Valley United Methodist Church.

Charles E. Klein ’75

Chuck Klein passed away September 18, 2016 at age 59 after a courageous fight against cancer. Chuck attended St. Monica Catholic School and Jesuit College Preparatory School. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, his MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Juris Doctor at Texas Tech University School of Law. He is preceded in death by his wife, Anna Wolf Klein; and his brother, Mickey Klein. He is survived by three daughters whom he was very proud especially of their involvement in dance. He received a lifetime achievement award for attending over 10 years of drill team performances. Chuck practiced commercial real estate law for over 30 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Kevin Neil Burris ’78

Kevin Burris passed away on June 15, 2016. He endured with grace and courage his sufferings due to advanced renal disease. Kevin was a captain of the 1977 Jesuit football team, named AllAmerican, and was inducted into the Jesuit Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. Kevin played at the University of Texas on a scholarship until an injury ended his football career in 1979. Kevin traveled the globe after his football career ended, serving others while residing in Liberia and Israel, exemplifying the “Men for Others” motto that he learned at Jesuit. Kevin is survived by his son, Benjamin, brothers Alvin Burris Jr. ‘76, Joseph C. Burris ‘95 and sister, Jackie Green.

Eugene Joseph Gilliam ’81

Gene Gilliam passed away suddenly July 9, 2016 in Changchun, China, where he taught English as a foreign language instructor at Jilin University, Lambton College. Gene taught special needs children for many years in Dallas and NOLA. He then went to work with the United Nations Africa Mission in Darfur where he helped open and teach at the American School in Kartoum, Sudan. He made a difference in the lives of so many students that he taught and loved traveling and experiencing other cultures. He served his country in the U.S. Army Airborne Infantry stationed in both Georgia and Alaska. He is survived by his daughter, Jordan Jennifer Gilliam; and grandson, Landon Michael Gilliam.

Mark Egon Mackenzie ’88

Mark Mackenzie passed away June 6, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. Mark was born in Tripoli, Libya. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and New York University Stern School of Business with an MBA. Mark’s professional life started in Austin and moved him to London, Beijing, and finally New York where he married Sandra Faber in 2008. He was highly regarded by peers and clients alike. Following a start in the accounting field, he focused on media, technology and telecommunications companies for most of his career, serving as an investment banker, analyst and venture capital investor at Lehman Brothers, Alliance Bernstein and UBS. Mark is survived by his wife, Sandra; his parents, Mac and Gaby; and his sister, Philippa.

Michael A. Cardenas ’78

Michael Cardenas passed away October 23, 2016 at his home in Florida. Mike was the first of his three brothers to attend Jesuit where he played soccer and was a cheerleader among other things. He is survived by a son, Brandon; and wife, Doretta; as well as many family and friends. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Alejandro De La Garza ’80

Alejandro passed away August 26, 2016. He was a resident of San Antonio at the time of his passing. Alejandro is preceded in death by his father, Gerardo De La Garza and his beloved cats, Spike and Angel. He is survived by his loving wife, Angela Reznicek; mother, Dolores De La Garza; sister, Beatrice De La Garza; brother, Gerardo De La Garza, Jr. He will be missed by numerous other family members and friends.

We remember our deceased alumni in a special way each fall during the Alumni Memorial Mass. Visit We make every effort to reflect each passing in our community and regret any oversights that may occur. Please inform us of any losses in your immediate family. Listings received as of December 1, 2016.

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Western Kentucky University. He is currently working on his doctorate degree at George Mason University. Class Notes continued on pg 62. Johnny Van ’10 co-founded and launched Technium, a new, tech-enabled IP investment bank. “We are the easiest way to find and launch deep technologies. On our platform, entrepreneurs get intelligently matched with deep technologies to create partnerships and launch startups. I would love working with and connecting Jesuit alumni inventors and entrepreneurs.” Matt Halfmann ’11 married Zoe Ray on July 23, 2016 at Christ the King Church in Dallas, Texas. Three of the groomsmen were his Jesuit classmates, Dylan Seelie ’11 (best man), Luc Johnson ’11, and Robert Donachie ’11. See photo on page 53. Jackson Smith ’11 graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama. He is now an associate of Sewell Lexus in Dallas. Jordan Tranchina ’12 graduated from Indiana University in May and moved up to Chicago in September to work at Ernst

and Young. “I love my job and traveling to clients in financial services! When in Chicago, I enjoy exploring the city with my family and friends. I recently took the GMAT in preparation for graduate school.”

Our newest alumni from the Class of 2016 return to Jesuit to compare their first semester stories at the annual yearbook party.

Drew Goethals ’14 is a junior at University of Mississippi. Ross Minigutti ’14, a cadet at the University of Houston, has distinguished himself by organizing five events for his squadron this semester leading to 200+ service hours. He also organized and led a JROTC Cadet Leadership Camp that impacted over 300 JROTC cadets. Chris Muller ’14 is now playing Division I NCAA baseball for UT San Antonio. After a year at UT San Antonio, Patrick Gleim ’15 has been accepted to UT Austin for his sophomore year. “I am joining my brother, Connor Gleim ’13 who will be a senior.” Kyle Muller ’16 is in the Atlanta Braves Minor League organization.

Mike Chebino ’00 and family are now stationed in Virginia and enjoying life near the beach!

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Tanner Coffin ’12, a senior defender for the Hardin-Simmons men’s soccer team, has been named a second-team all-West region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He helped lead the Cowboys to the ASC Championship game as one of the top defenders in the conference and also tied for the team lead in goals with five. Coffin was named to the 2016 College Sports Information Director’s of America Division III Academic All-District team. He is a senior defender and has a 4.00 as a graduate student in the sports management program.

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