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LA SALLE alumni magazine z president’s report z 2019

la salle welcomes president brother dennis malloy, fsc and opens state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility

inside this issue Letter from Brother Dennis Malloy y 1 Brother Frederick’s Reflection y 2 Best Wishes, Brother Frederick y 3 Introducing the Strength & Conditioning Facility y 4, 5 La Salle Alumni Reunions y 6–9 Alumni Golf Tournament y 10 Alumni Writers’ Corner: Kyla Paolucci ’07 y 11 Bob Sweeney ’53, Master of Letters y 12 Dan McCullough ’57 Reflects on La Salle Friendships y 12 Alumni Win Accolades for Documentary y 13 Alumni Advisor/Internship Program y 14 Sympathies y 14 Remembering Robert Shea ’42, Bishop Francis Roque, DD ’46 and Teacher William Fortin y 15 Alumni Class Notes y 16, 17 Introducing New Faculty y 18 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and Commended Students Announced y 19 Faculty Participate in Habitat for Humanity Build Day y 20 Students Spend Summer Week in Service y 20

on the cover E pictured in the new strength and conditioning facility with president br. dennis malloy, fsc are la salle seniors, from left, susan mueller, girls volleyball; andre vieira, boys soccer; nathan lussier, football; kaiya boyd, girls soccer; riley coutu, field hockey; max dimuccio, boys cross country; lauren macera, girls tennis.

letter from brother dennis brother dennis malloy, fsc z president, la salle academy

Dear Member of Our Lasallian Community, As we approach the end of 2019, and anticipate Christmas, I wish us all a rich Advent season focused on Jesus’ coming. His coming not as a baby to be born but as Emmanuel, God-with-us, and our continuous opportunities to welcome and witness the experience of God’s presence in our lives. I feel most fortunate to have joined a vibrant, faith-filled community of teachers and learners. This Lasallian community has made me feel most welcome. What a privilege it is for me to serve La Salle Academy, and to witness every day the transformative mission in the lives of our students, faculty, staff and parents… indeed, everyone who crosses our threshold. We are ALL part of the larger story of Jesus and his 16th century disciple, St. John Baptist de La Salle, who called us to provide Catholic education to all youth, starting with the working class and the poor. Generations of graduates and donors testify to our school’s impact on their life. Each has a different story and path, but the persistent echo of La Salle Academy reverberates for all: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. I met with many alumni at our recent Reunion Weekend (pages 6 through 9) and those who had not visited in recent years were amazed at the tremendous facilities and technology available to our students. Over the next year, I will be traveling to regional receptions, beginning with a November stop in New York City, to meet with loyal alumni and speak about the latest happenings on Academy Avenue. From my experience meeting with alumni at events here at La Salle, I know these will be gatherings filled with camaraderie, fond memories and the desire to ensure that our mission to nurture young women and men in the Lasallian tradition continues. Our President’s Report, found in the center of this magazine, is filled with the names of generous donors who are committed to making sure this tradition of excellence continues. I am very grateful for the support of all who are listed in these pages. You are part of a wonderful network of people who are investing in our future by your generosity of resources, time and expertise. It is only with your support that we can make sure that all qualified students whose families want a Catholic, Lasallian education for their child, are able to do so. Let us rejoice that God’s extravagant love for us, Emmanuel, is not just a one-time event but an ongoing invitation to welcome Jesus into our lives, our homes and our world!

Live Jesus in our hearts!

Brother Dennis Malloy, FSC


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brother frederick’s reflection z

by brother frederick c. mueller fsc, ed.d ’66

former director of special programs and lasallian development, la salle academy

“During our journey, experience tells us that we feel fulfilled when we respond to God’s call, which is always new… What is God asking from us in this moment of our life?” from lasallians: hearts on fire (lasallian reflection #4), 2018


uring 2019 the worldwide Lasallian Family celebrated

one that has spanned great lengths of precious time. So now,

the 300th anniversary of the death of the Founder of the

we must ask ourselves: What is our contribution to this legacy?”

Brothers of the Christian Schools, Saint John Baptist de

Catherine Medeiros reminded her fellow graduates: “No matter

La Salle. La Salle Academy joined in this celebration through a

how good or bad our day was, we always had our faith to turn

series of events engaging the school community and made its

to and that faith pushed us to change the world… Today, 300

own the Tercentenary theme of One Faith — One Commitment

years after his [our Founder’s] death, his mission is thriving in

— One Life. The question that we posed to ourselves was: “What

the Lasallian community and at 612 Academy Avenue.”

does this death 300 years ago have to do with us in 2019?”

Whether it is the middle school students gathering socks

Our response centered on the reality that it was not

for the homeless of Providence or the high school students pur-

the event (a death) that we were to celebrate, but rather the

chasing, wrapping, and delivering Christmas gifts for the needy

memory of a 300 year legacy that was very much alive in the

in the Adopt-A-Family program, whether it is teachers, staff, and

minds and hearts of those who call themselves Lasallians, who

coaches reaching out to students who need a word of affirma-

try to make their own the faith, the commitment, and the life of

tion or the community of Brothers welcoming students and fac-

their Founder. Henri Nouwen has noted: “Our memory plays a

ulty to join them in prayer, whether it is parents providing food

central role in our sense of being… we perceive our world with

for the poor and distributing it in the cold at Breadlines outside

our memories.” Lasallians perceive their world with the “mem-

the Cathedral or alums giving of their time, treasure and talent

ories” of how their Founder and his followers over these 300

so that young people without the financial means can enter the

years and around the world in myriad cultures, have lived faith-

Lasallian Family at 612 Academy Avenue, the legacy continues,

fully in God’s presence, have committed their energies to the

the Mission thrives!

service of others, and have chosen a life responding to God’s

Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s death 300 years ago was

call, i.e. “What is God asking from us in this moment of our life?”

not simply an historical event marked by celebratory liturgies

Whether a sixth grader in the De La Salle Middle School, a

in cathedrals around the world or large gatherings of Lasallians

recent graduate of the Academy, a newer teacher, a veteran staff

forming great “#300” designs on fields. It was an opportunity to

person, an older Brother like me, a parent, or an alum, each of us

strengthen our faith, to deepen our commitment, and to refo-

is challenged by this Lasallian legacy in which we all now have

cus our lives. Each of us, from the youngest student in the De

a role. Each of us is challenged to be for others, for the world, a

La Salle Middle School to the oldest alum, has the opportunity,

“living reminder” of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the count-

not just during the Tercentenary but each day, to say “Yes” to our

less people who have claimed their birthright as Lasallians.

Lasallian vocation to be persons who believe deeply in the God

How do we respond to this challenge? Two members of

who loves us, who commit ourselves to act justly (particularly on

the Class of 2019 reflected on this question in their graduation

behalf of the poor and the oppressed), and who live lives of love

addresses. Austin Marinosci noted: “This year, we celebrate the

and service in the many communities in which we participate.

300th anniversary of the death of our Founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle… Now, we truly become part of this bigger legacy,

Saint John Baptist de La Salle… pray for us that we be true to your legacy! Live Jesus in our hearts… forever!

“let us remember that we are in the holy presence of god.” 2|

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thank you and best wishes, brother frederick!

br. frederick was an active participant in our lasallian community, attending alumni functions and engaging regularly with students. he and former la salle academy president br. thomas gerrow celebrated their 50th anniversary of becoming christian brothers in 2017 (bottom left).


e are happy to report that while Brother Frederick Mueller, FSC ’66 has retired as coordinator of Faculty/Staff Professional Development and Lasallian Formation at La Salle, a position he held since 2005, he will continue to contribute his insightful reflections to our alumni publications.

Brother Frederick’s career was one of intellectual endeavors and leadership. He is a 1966 graduate of La

Salle and a 1971 graduate of Catholic University. He earned a master’s degree from Manhattan College and an Ed.D. from Boston College. Brother served as principal of La Salle from 1987 to 1995 with a year’s sabbatical from 1991 to 1992. He was an assistant professor in the Education Department and director of the Secondary Teacher Education Program at Salve Regina University from 1995 to 1999. He then left Rhode Island to serve a year as headmaster/ principal at La Salle Center, New York and then as the director of education at Long Island–New England District, Brothers of the Christian Schools until he left in 2004 for a year’s sabbatical in Rome, where he studied and wrote with a focus on Lasallian Formation. Brother Frederick returned to La Salle in 2005. Throughout his years at La Salle, Brother Frederick touched many lives with his thoughtful programs for faculty, staff and alumni that explained St. John Baptist de La Salle’s teachings and how they may be applied in our modern times. He was an enthusiastic moderator of the Boys Hockey Team, and is a frequent voice on Twitter, applauding both student and alumni accomplishments. “Brother Frederick Mueller has a personal skill set in terms of working with others; guiding small groups of people in the decision making process; guiding school-wide Lasallian Formation; inspiring faculty/staff members to lead others in formation; leading new and second year teachers in professional conversation; and forming a real and true sense of community and teamwork, that is simply outstanding,” said Don Kavanagh ’69, principal. “Our faculty, staff, and administration were very lucky to have Brother Frederick as a resource, as a leader, as a role model, as an academician, and as a friend. We are a better school due to Brother Frederick Mueller’s presence.” Alumni, students and friends of La Salle can keep up to date with Brother Fred on Twitter: @Fred_Mueller la salle alumni magazine 2019


La Salle introduces state-of-the-art


a Salle students and athletes were excited to celebrate the opening of the new strength and conditioning addition to the McLaughlin Athletic Center (MAC). The facility features a turf strip, 12 power racks, complete sets of dumbbells and kettlebells in triplicate weights, six Keiser machines, 16 cardio pieces in two styles, bikes and elliptical machines, complete sets of medicine balls, and weighted vests. The facility also offers bands, foam rollers, TRX trainers, agility and acceleration ladders and sleds.

“The great thing about the La Salle administration is when they see a need, they address it,” said Dave Wright, head coach of the Girls Track and Field program and a 25-year member of La Salle’s Physical Education staff. Dave and Geoff Marcone, head coach of the Football team for the past 16 years and a 20-year member of the Physical Education staff, were both heavily involved in the design of the room. “Former President Brother Thomas Gerrow, FSC wanted his final project to be the best high school strength and conditioning facility in Rhode Island. We have achieved that goal,” said Dave. According to the installers, the facility is one of the top five of the more than 80 that they have assembled in New England. The room is a very active place. For the first two periods of every day the room is utilized by junior and senior physical education classes who have chosen the fitness elective. In the afternoons, as many as six athletic teams are scheduled for in-season or pre-season workouts. The space has wonderful light exposure with windows along the Smith Street side of the building and a wall of glass that separates the room from the courts in the MAC. Five large, striking mural graphics, including the La Salle logo and the Ram mascot, adorn the space. The graphics were produced and installed through the generosity of Jason and Melissa Jarvis, parents of Jamison ’22 and Jaydon ’22. Mr. Jarvis is the owner of New England Truck Solutions, a company that specializes in commercial truck sales, service and repair, and also provides large vehicle graphics. The company produced and installed the graphics, along with new large format graphics for the wrestling room.


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La Salle alumni celebrate classes ending in 4 or 9 attend barbecue and football game Approximately 100 alumni from the classes ending in 4 or 9 gathered together on campus to celebrate their reunions during the weekend of September 27–28. Alumni and their guests enjoyed a barbecue on Saturday before the football game against Division 1 rival Moses Brown, in which the Rams triumphed, 54–7. A number of classes held receptions later in the evening.

during reunion weekend, alumni enjoyed meeting new president br. dennis malloy, attending a mass officiated by rev. farrell mclaughlin ’62, taking tours of the campus guided by student ambassador, and enthusiastically cheering on the rams football team.


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anniversary reunions

members of the class of 1969 celebrated their 50th anniversary reunion. on september 28 the class gathered for dinner at potowomut golf club, warwick. the next day they held a mass and brunch at la salle, allowing alumni to see the growth of the campus since their high school days.

the class of 1954 celebrated their 65th anniversary!

the class of 1979 celebrated their 40th anniversary.

the class of 2004 celebrated their 15th.

the class of 1974 celebrated its 45th anniversary reunion on august 24 with a cocktail reception and dinner at the christian brothers center in narragansett. la salle alumni magazine 2019



reunion weekend 2019 pre-game cookout


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class of 1959 celebrates 60th anniversary

forty-eight members of the class of 1959 gathered on september 27 at the newport navy base to celebrate their 60th anniversary reunion. at right is the commemorative pin created for their special reunion.


class of 1964 celebrates 55th anniversary

br. dennis malloy, fsc joined the class of 1964 as they gathered in august to celebrate their 55th anniversary reunion. dinner was held on august 6 at the north kingstown golf course clubhouse. the next day a friendly round of golf was played at triggs memorial golf course, providence.

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Alumni Golf Tournament held at Alpine 2019 tournament raises more than $32,000 for president’s special needs fund


he 2019 Alumni Golf Tournament was held in August at Alpine Country Club. The successful event, rescheduled from June due to weather, raised more than $32,000 to benefit the President’s Special Needs

Fund, which assists families who find themselves in crisis due to financial or health challenges. Thank you to all the golfers, co-chairs, committee mem-

bers and sponsors. Congratulations to the winning foursome, pictured at right (from left): Dan Teguis, Steve Angelone Sr. ’76, Steve Angelone Jr. ’05 and Chris Lee ’05. Special congratulations to Steve Angelone Jr. ’05 on his hole-in-one!

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Art appreciation, courtesy of Mr. Connors z

ri al te u rs mn ’c i or ne


by kyla paolucci ’07


hen I look back on my years at La Salle, now a bit more than a decade ago, I immediately think of the compassion and nurturing I received from my wonderful teachers and coaches. I decided to go to art school after graduating from La Salle, which may have been a surprising choice to my parents

and others who may not have viewed it as a practical one. I had a lot of interests aside from art and a passion for sports. I ran competitively for four years with an exceptional team under Coach Wright. I coded websites in my small amount of free time. Though I took great pride in my athletic achievements, what shaped me the most was being invited to take supplementary art courses throughout my four years. Having my artistic potential recognized offered me an academic privilege. In my first art course, Mrs. Ricci entered my artwork in local competitions and allowed me to create pieces beyond class hours as I discovered what is meant by a creative process. The single moment that defined what I wanted for myself as a 16-year-old, was when my advanced drawing teacher, Mr. Connors, handed me the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Pre-College program brochure to bring home to my parents. It was a moment where I felt seen and understood while simultaneously being introduced to an entirely new world. With some convincing and research, I attended the program where I was able to create college-level art projects and an involved sketchbook that later became a Scholastic Award-winning portfolio. I was fortunate to have Mr. Connors’ guidance in photographing and producing it properly.

The single moment that defined what I wanted for myself as a 16-year-old, was when my advanced drawing teacher, Mr. Connors, handed me the RISD Pre-College program brochure to bring home to my parents. It was a moment where I felt seen and understood while simultaneously being introduced to an entirely new world. I was admitted to RISD and graduated with a BFA in graphic design. I began my career designing for World Wrestling Entertainment where I learned about the cultural impact of social media. I am now a senior designer at HBO where I create social media marketing campaigns for notable TV shows and keep myself focused on evolving technology while always challenging my skills as a designer and a storyteller. Anything seems possible when you have support and encouragement. I am grateful for my experience at La Salle for not only developing my athabove, kyla with some of her graphic design work for hbo. above, right, a pencil drawing she created during her senior year at la salle, and kyla drawing in chalk when she represented la salle at the providence street painting festival.

letic abilities and competitive nature, but for fostering my unique skills that have defined my life’s path and the compassion for others that I put into my work each day. Kyla’s work may be found at

Alumni Writers’ Corner is an opportunity to submit a reflection on your time at La Salle or how your Lasallian experience influenced your life. Send submissions of 500 words or less to the Alumni News editorial team at la salle alumni magazine 2019

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Bob Sweeney, master of letters bob sweeney ’53 voices his opinion in newspapers across the country


ow many of us have said, “I oughta write a letter about that” — and then actually done it? Next time you are tempted to say that out loud, think of Bob Sweeney ’53 for inspiration. Bob is a prolific writer whose opinion columns and letters to the editor have been published in newspapers across the country and

in some cases, picked up by international media. “I have been blessed with a very diverse life and try to share my blessings and perspectives,” said Bob, when asked what inspires him to offer his commentary on what it was like to grow up in a close-knit neighborhood or

about myriad issues of public interest. Bob especially focuses on safety issues. “If I see any serious hazardous incidents like a tragic fire or active shooter, I may write to the regional newspapers in that area to raise the need for proper precautions to prevent future occurrences.” Bob is very familiar with preventative safety measures after a long career in the construction industry followed by work as a consultant on issues concerning fire and safety codes that brought him around the country. He was involved in many school construction projects both here and abroad. His work gave him great appreciation for the work of law enforcement and fire and rescue workers and he was a driving force behind the State of Rhode Island declaring March 17 “Law Enforcement and Fire Service Department Day” for the past three years. He is working with others to secure a national day of recognition for those “who are entrusted with our safety each

“I have been blessed with a very diverse life and try to share my blessings and perspectives.”

and every day.” Bob also looks to holidays and the seasons when deciding on writing topics. In a recent letter to the editor that was published in the Providence Journal and the Conway Daily Sun, Bob mentions the beauty of a New England fall and advises that readers should “leave your home to savor Mother Nature’s gifts and create new memories for the cold months ahead.” Be sure to look for Bob’s byline next time you pick up a copy of your local newspaper!

Enduring friendships forged at La Salle z

by dan mccullough ’57


an McCullough ’57, a columnist for the Cape Cod Times, had a column published on July 7, 2019, in which he gave his thoughts on the importance of old friends. Here is an excerpt: “…by far, the largest group of old friends I have today are from high school. Our high school was La

Salle Academy… I remember our fifth reunion at a clambake place in northern Rhode Island. There were wed-

ding rings and even little babies, and talk about our little boys some day going to La Salle. The reunions kept coming: 10th, 20th, 30th. Then sometime around the 50th, we decided we needed to do it more often and we started to have reunions three or four times a year. We meet at Mike’s Kitchen, an Italian place, a 20-minute ride from the high school. “One time last year, after I had missed a couple of the Rhode Island meetings, Frank Cotter, a guy from my neighborhood said, ‘We should make a caravan down to see McCullough at Cape Cod.’ And so it came to be that last week seven old guys sat at a big round corner table at the Land-Ho! Restaurant in Orleans. “There was no need for conversation starters… Shakespeare was right: Don’t forget the old friends; they are the alphabet of life whereby we read and appreciate the poetry.”

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Alumni earn accolades for documentary la salle alumni and family win grand prize for “the craft”


here is a lot brewing for three La Salle graduates whose feature length documentary, “The Craft,” was awarded the Grand Prize in the Providence Film Festival category at the Rhode Island

International Film Festival. Film director Dave Ricci ’00 accepted the award which is given annually to the New England director “who brings cinematic excellence to an international audience.”  “The Craft” offers a behind-the-scenes look into Rhode Island’s booming craft beer industry. Siblings Dave, Chris and Beth Ricci ’06,

dave ricci ’00

nick charello ’04

beth ricci ’06

along with Beth’s fiancée, Nick Charello ’04, are the team that runs Eleven Design, LLC, the company that produced the documentary. Eleven Design is a full-service media production and marketing company, founded in 2016, that provides unique promotional and design services. Dave is also a teacher in La Salle’s history department. The team began work on the documentary about the craft beer industry in Rhode Island in late 2017. The project was completed in April, 2019 and accepted into the 2019 Rhode Island International Film Festival, an Oscar qualifying festival. The festival received almost 7,000 submissions and selected roughly 310 for participation. This was the first feature length film that the company produced. “The success of this project should serve as a lesson to all who wonder why people should study the humanities,” said Dave. “The critical thinking, analytical and communication skills that you develop are critical to succeeding in many different professions.”

chris and dave ricci ’00 with their award.

The film profiles the brewing process and a number of the state’s most well-known brewers. The documentary also examines the industry’s growing impact on the Ocean State’s economy and legislation that has supported its growth. The concept for “The Craft” represents

the creative team: dave ricci ’00, chris ricci, beth ricci ’06 and nick charello ’04.

a number of Dave’s interests, including entrepreneurship, history and politics combined with storytelling and filmmaking. “By the end of the project, we realized that we were showcasing something that was not just going on in Rhode Island, but in many other areas of the country as well,” said Dave. When filming began in 2017, there were 18 breweries in the state. Now there are nearly 30. Plans are in the works to show the documentary at several Rhode Island breweries in the coming months. Eleven has also signed with TALK Global Media agency and is currently pursuing global distribution and streaming avenues for “The Craft.”

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Join our alumni advisor/internship program alumni association and college counseling office seek advisors for students


re you proud of your career? And would you like to offer assistance and words of wisdom to the next generation in your chosen field? The La Salle Alumni Association and the La Salle College Counseling office are looking for you! We

are developing two different options to assist our current students. The first option is very easy. We want to develop a list of alumni who would be willing to act as advisors to current La Salle juniors and seniors who may be interested in follow-

ing in your footsteps. The idea would be to answer questions about your career, the kind of training, schooling, and certifications that may be required in your chosen field. This information would be extremely beneficial to the students as they consider their college choices and plan for their future. This role as an advisor would be very informal. All you would be required to do is provide your name, contact info, and career field. If a student is interested, they would contact you through the College Counseling office. You can answer the student’s questions and give valuable advice. Also, if it is possible to set up with your employer, you might choose to set up a shadow day for the student. We are looking for all career fields to create a contact list. That’s it! Sound like something you can help with? If so, please contact David Cardullo ’75, president of the Alumni Association, at The second option is to identify an employer or company that offers internships to high school students. We are looking to place rising seniors and recently graduated seniors into internships at local companies, ideally during the summer months. Currently, student interest is high in the fields of business, computer science, engineering, environmental science, health sciences, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pre-med, pre-physicians assistant, pre-vet, human science, education all levels, psychology counseling, social work. If your employer or your company can accommodate this type of internship, please contact Anne Clawson at

sympathies: la salle remembers


t is with sadness that La Salle notes the loss of these alumni and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go to their families and loved ones. If we have missed the passing of a loved one who is a La Salle alumnus/a, friend or former faculty or staff member, please contact Tom Glavin at (401) 351-7750, ext. 195 or so that we can

notify the La Salle community of its loss. Notices received since June 13, 2019, as of press date. Mr. Benjamin P. Lavigne ’15

Mr. A. Vincent Igliozzi ’51

Br. Francis Crowley, OSB ’58

Mr. Robert B. Shea, Esq. ’42

Mr. Gerard H. Ottaviano, Jr. ’51

Mr. Richard A. Risio ’58

Mr. Edward Whelan ’42

Mr. Daniel A. Rinaldi ’51

Mr. Edmund W. Zuleger ’65

Mr. William F. Morris ’44

Rev. Daniel M. Trainor ’53

Mr. James V. Whalen ’70

Most Rev. Francis X. Roque, DD ’46

CMSgt James C. Hobin, USAF (Ret.) ’54

Mr. Dennis J. Hoag ’71

Mr. Anthony D. Iadicola ’46

Mr. James P. Sullivan ’54

Mr. Paul M. Clark ’75

Mr. C. Vincent Fay, Esq. ’47

Mr. William A. Dwyer ’55

Mr. Anthony Musumeci, Jr. ’77

Mr. Frank C. Piccirilli, Jr. ’47

Mr. Nicholas J. Johnson ’56

Mr. Christopher E. Stenberg ’77

Mr. Walter J. Kane, Esq. ’47

Mr. David F. Dence, PhD ’57

Mr. David C. Inman, MBA, RRT ’84

Mr. Rocco G. Ferrante ’49

Mr. Paul M. Casey ’58

Mr. William Fortin

Dr. Frank M. D’Alessandro ’51

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la salle community mourns loss of benefactor robert shea ’42


he La Salle community lost one of its most generous and loyal benefactors in August, Robert B. Shea, Esq. ’42. Bob, and his wife, Mary, were involved in every major initiative at La Salle during the past two decades. Bob served as a trusted advisor to Brothers Jerome Corrigan and Michael Mc Kenery during

their terms as president of La Salle. Bob is a member of the La Salle Academy Hall of Fame. The Sheas were instrumental in the planning and construction of the Shea Science and Student Center, which opened in 2004. The building is the home to science classrooms and labs, the Campus Ministry Office, the cafeteria and the Academy Shoppe and is a key component of many educational, social and pastoral initia-

tives on campus. “My fondest memory of Bob Shea was when I visited him and asked him to make a significant contribution to the new building which would house science classrooms and the student cafeteria,” recalls Brother Michael Mc Kenery, FSC, former president of La Salle. “Bob had expressed great interest in promoting the sciences at La Salle. Bob told me that this was not simply a gift but a ‘partnership.’ As a result of this partnership, Bob provided funding to help create the athletic fields as well as on-going funding for science programming. His death is a tremendous loss for me personally and for La Salle Academy.” The Sheas also made a significant donation to last year’s purchase of the school’s property from the Diocese of Providence. In 2010, Bob founded an endowment in the name of his late classmate and brother-in-law, John Dolan ’42. La Salle is most grateful for the many ways in which Bob and Mary have contributed to the growth of La Salle and augmented our ability to provide our students with the best in technology and facilities. Born in Providence, the son of Marie and John Shea, Bob was the brother of the late Elaine Dolan. He is survived by Mary, who resides in Ocean Ridge, Florida and his children. We extend our deepest sympathies to Mary and Bob’s family and friends on their loss and will keep them in our prayers.

rest in peace, bishop roque ’46

remembering bill fortin

Most Reverend Francis X. Roque, DD ’46,

La Salle lost a beloved former teacher in

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdi-

September with the passing of William

ocese for the Military Services USA, and

Fortin. Bill taught world history and social

Titular Bishop of Bagai, died on Septem-

studies at La Salle for 38 years before he

ber 12 at the age of 90.

retired in 2004. He was born in Pawtucket

Father Roque was assistant pastor at

and attended Sacred Heart Academy in

Saint Luke Parish in Barrington from 1953

Central Falls, and went on to earn a bach-

to 1956, and at the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul in Providence

elor’s degree from Providence College and a master’s degree

from 1956 to 1961. He became a Chaplain in the U.S. Army in 1961

from Rhode Island College. He taught at St. Michael’s School,

and served in Vietnam, Korea, West Germany, and Fort Devens,

South Providence, before joining the La Salle faculty.

Mass. In 1983 he was named Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese

“I worked with Bill at La Salle from 1995 to 2002 when I was a

for the Military Services. He retired with the rank of Colonel

guidance counselor. Bill was very welcoming to me when I arrived

before being ordained a bishop in May 1983 in the Cathedral of

and was a conscientious and kind teacher. Simply put, he was a

Saint Patrick in New York City by Cardinal Terence Cooke. He

good man whose life made a difference in the lives of the people

retired from the Archdiocese for the Military Services in 2004.

with whom he came in contact,” wrote Dan Pires ’59, a member

Bishop Roque then returned to the Diocese of Providence where he generously assisted at Confirmations and other

of the La Salle Hall of Fame. “And that in and of itself is perhaps the best epitaph one can have at the end of life’s journey.”

pontifical ceremonies. He provided leadership and spiritual

Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years, Louise Langlois, their

guidance to the local Legion of Mary during his retirement. A

three daughters, son-in-law and two grandsons. We extend our

Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was offered for Bishop

deepest sympathies to his family on their loss and will keep Bill

Roque’s soul at the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Providence.

in our prayers.

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la salle alumni class notes

1997 e owen christopher mcdermott

2003 e kayla solitro ’03 and william forte

2005 e jenna pingitore ’05 and tyler trott ’05

2005 e fira carina roberti

2007 e cait scungio ’07 and fiance joe sincerny

jennifer leatherwood photography

Kayla Solitro, former La Salle head cheerleading


coach 2008–18 was wed to William Forte on

Daniela Mansella Paolino ’03 and husband Michelino Paolino welcomed

by former La Salle chaplain Monsignor Albert

son Michelino “Mico” Leo Paolino on August 23, 2019. Daniela is La Salle Academy’s director of Alumni Relations and Special Events. She writes that “Mico is already looking forward to being a Ram, Class of 2037!”

October 13, 2019. The marriage was celebrated Kenney at St. Rocco’s Church, Johnston, R.I.

2005 E Laura Graziano and Ross Boehm announce their engagement. The couple are planning a wedding for next fall.

1969 E

1997 E

Larry Roberti welcomed new granddaughter

Owen Christopher McDermott was born on

Fira Carina Roberti on July 17, 2019. Fira’s proud

July 12, 2019 to James McDermott and his

parents are Shannon Fallon ’05 and Dino Roberti.

wife Terrin Nocera McDermott ’08.

1985 E

1998 E

Dave Prior is now living in Jamestown, R.I.

Mary Ficocelli and Jesse Wiggins are excited

Jenna Pingitore and Tyler Trott married on June 15, 2019 at Saint Ann’s Church, Providence with a reception at Lakeview Pavilion. The couple live in Rehoboth, Mass. Shannon Fallon and Dino Roberti welcomed baby Fira Carina Roberti on July 17, 2019. Fira’s

to announce the birth of their first grandchild,

grandfather is Larry Roberti ’69.

Grayson Scott Wiggins in August 2019.

2007 E

being in Georgia for nearly 30 years. He serves

2002 E

Cait Scungio was engaged to Joe Sincerny

as chief of Emergency Services for the Town of

Tarek Al-Hamdouni was recently appointed

South Kingstown.

senior vice president of Digital Marketing for RCA

October 24, 2020.

recording artists. Read more about his impressive

2008 E

1986 E Craig Stanley moved back to Rhode Island after

1991 E

achievement at www.musicbusinessworldwide.

on August 31, 2019. The couple plan to wed on

After graduating from URI, Casey Aubin moved to

Tricia O’Hare Jedele was named chief of the


Environmental Advocacy Unit within the civil


Spain to work as an English teacher and received

Office last April.

2003 E

from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.

Rebecca Ricci Simon received a Ed.D. from

Allison Plumer, who was profiled in the 2018

division of the Rhode Island Attorney General’s

Northeastern University in June and was named a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in April. She is an associate professor and academic fieldwork coordinator in the new doctorate of occupational therapy program at

her master’s degree in international education She now works as a translator for an education

Alumni Magazine, is running the kitchen at the

startup in Madrid.

recently opened Red Hook Tavern, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Terrin Nocera McDermott and her husband

The restaurant is receiving rave reviews and is

James McDermott ’97 are proud to announce

billed as a perfect spot on Brooklyn’s waterfront

the arrival of baby Owen Christopher McDermott,

village to find classic American tavern fare.

born on July 12, 2019.

Johnson & Wales University, Providence.


Our La Salle alumni are interesting people with diverse

careers, projects and good works. If you have news, let us share it with the alumni community! Please fill out a Class Note form at or email To keep up what’s going on at La Salle, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

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2008 e casey aubin in spain

2009 e alexandria haughey ’09 and briton zamoyta

2010 e shelby kowal ’10 and mark boudreaux ’10 and their wedding party

2010 e nick famigletti ’10 and lauren spinella ’10

2010 e lindsey martin ’10 and fiancé alain leblond

2009 E

2011 E


Alexandria Haughey was married to Briton

Andrew Bechard published a case study on the

Do you have La Salle memorabilia to donate

Zamoyta on October 12, 2019 at Jesus Saviour

economic effects of red tide in Southern Florida in

to our archives? Class rings, sports medals,

Church. Their wedding reception was held at

the October edition of the Journal of the Academy

certificates, yearbooks, diplomas, identified

Ocean Cliff, Newport, R.I.

in Business and Economics. He is an adjunct math

and dated newspaper articles, photographs…

professor at Community College of Rhode Island.

anything La Salle is important to us as we work

Drew also submitted his project to his doctoral

to preserve our valuable history. Please contact

program at University of Rhode Island.

Albert K. Aubin’57, archivist, at (401) 351-7750 ext.

2010 E Lauren Spinella married Nick Famiglietti, last September in the La Salle Brothers’ Chapel. Mark Boudreaux and Shelby Kowal, Alumni Association board member, were wed in a ceremony officiated by Deacon Albanese in the La Salle Brother’s Chapel on May the Fourth 2019 (Star Wars day). With many La Salle alumni in attendance, the two took their vows in the presence of friends, loved ones, and lightsabers. It was a Force-filled occasion. Lindsey Martin and Alain Leblond were engaged July 14 on a Providence River Boat Ride.

2015 E

166 if you have items to donate. Thank you!

Shortly after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder in May 2019 with a degree in public relations, Corinne Baud began working as an account coordinator at Malen Yantis Public Relations in Vail, Colo. The public relations agency is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and develops buzz worthy public relations programs for iconic destinations, distinctive hotels and premium brands.

CLASS OF 1969 SERVE AS MARSHALS AT 2019 COMMENCEMENT E Twenty alumni marshals from the Class of 1969 accompanied the Class of 2019 at their graduation exercises on June 6 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. The marshals graduated 50 years ago to the day — June 6, 1969.

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Welcome to our new faculty members


here are new faces among the faculty this year; some have returned to La Salle and others are brand new to our Lasallian community. Here is a snapshot of their areas of expertise and what subjects they are currently teaching. We also asked them to share a fun fact about themselves or an initial impression of our school community. Welcome to all!

rebecca burgess ’12

craig cooley

james lourenco

stephen crawford ’70

manuel ortiz ’07

rebecca burgess ’12 E Rebecca is a member of Campus Ministry and teaches three sections of the seniors for their Christian Service course. She attended Loyola University Maryland and received her bachelor’s in theology and Catholic studies. She earned  a master’s in theology and ministry at Boston College.  Prior to returning to La Salle, she was working at Bryant University to help establish their first campus ministry office. Rebecca studied abroad in Rome, Italy while in college and lived 20 minutes from the Vatican. “It was such a special experience to walk to the Vatican on Easter Sunday and have a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis.” 

craig cooley E Craig teaches personal and social morality to juniors. He is a graduate of Providence College where he majored in philosophy. He taught at Bishop Hendricken High School before coming to La Salle. “I have been impressed at how La Salle has formed a faculty of friends who are devoted not only to their craft, but to each other.”

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jacob santos

jason gomez ’10

nicole white

stephen crawford ’70 E Stephen comes to La Salle after 44 years at Bishop Hendricken. He is a member of Campus Ministry, working with students in all grades, and a graduate of St. Anselm College where he majored in English. “I am impressed with how this school community prays to begin each day.”

jason gomez ’10 E Jason teaches sophomore geometry and junior algebra II. He attended the University of Rhode Island where he focused on economics. He previously was a middle school teacher in the Providence school district. When time allows, he enjoys reading fiction and fantasy novels.

james lourenco E James teaches freshman and sophomore English. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a M.Ed. in secondary education from Providence College. “The most impressive aspect of the school is the welcoming nature displayed by all the students, faculty, and entire La Salle community.”

manuel ortiz ’07 E Manuel teaches physics to juniors

history. He holds a master’s degree in history from Providence

and seniors. He attended Providence College where he majored

College. Jacob taught at St. Pius V School before coming to La

in biology with a pre-medicine concentration. He minored in

Salle. “I studied abroad in the Czech Republic and still know

Spanish. He was a school administrator at a K–12 charter school

some of the language!”

before returning to La Salle. “My goal is for my students to

nicole white E A long-term substitute teacher for De La

become better human beings, to know how to think critically and understand how to ask questions.”

jacob santos E Jacob is on the faculty of the De La Salle

Salle Middle School, Nicole is teaching 7th grade history, religion and literature, and 6th grade language arts and religion. She is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. She

Middle School. He teaches social studies and language arts to

majored in biology and minored in chemistry and religious stud-

Grade 6 and strategies to Grade 8. He attended the University of

ies. She has traveled to 10 countries so far in 2019. “Some of my

Rhode Island and earned a degree in secondary education and

favorites were Spain, France, Singapore, Thailand, and China!”

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist and Commended Students announced

pictured above is william bartel with principal don kavanagh. at right, from left, are dean michael mcvey, christopher nigro, tyler chartier, drew silva, sidney searles, patrick ffrench, principal kavanagh and la salle president br. dennis malloy, fsc.


ix La Salle seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation based on their performance in the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. William Bartel was named as a Semifinalist in this year’s competition. He is one of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists and will compete for National Merit Scholarships totaling more

than $31 million. Qualifying as Commended Students are Tyler Chartier, Patrick Ffrench, Christopher Nigro, Sidney Searles and Drew Silva. Commended Students are those whose scores are among the top 50,000 of more than 1.5 million who entered the competition for 2020. Congratulations to all!

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Faculty members put on their hard hats to participate in Habitat for Humanity build day


n September, a small group of teachers completed a build day for Habitat for Humanity. By day’s end, a house and shed were fully sided and a hot water system was installed. The idea for a faculty service day sprang from the experi-

ence that English teacher Jeff Miszkiewicz and social studies teacher Nikolai Wojciechowski had at a VEGA conference held in Philadelphia. VEGA is a formation program for young Lasallian professionals offered by the Brothers of the Christian Schools. “We participated in a day of service while at the conference and wanted to bring the idea back to our Lasallian community,” said Jeff. Since Jeff and Nik’s return, a Young Lasallian Group has taken root at La Salle, with the goal of meeting socially and in service a few times a year. The group has merged with a Faculty Wellness Group that had previously formed. “We hope that this initial opportunity leads to more service members of the faculty’s young lasallian group who participated were katherine haidemenos (campus ministry), chris gray (science), steve emerson (math), jeff miszkiewicz (english), and nikolai wojciechowski (social studies).

opportunities for faculty, whether it is with Habitat or other worthwhile organizations,” said Jeff.

Students spend a summer week in service


eacher Katherine Kimmerlein traveled with a group of rising seniors to Camden, New Jersey this past summer to spend a week in service alongside students from four other high schools. With the Romero Center as their

base, the students traveled each day to a different service site in Camden or nearby Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Service activities covered a broad range of endeavors. Students worked with members of an adult day care facility, weeded and prepared a half acre of land in Camden for an urban garden, helped wheelchair-bound people at a Philadelphia nursing home for those suffering from brain and spinal injuries and assisted at a summer camp program for disadvantaged children. “An important part of each day was the whole group reflection that took place after dinner,” said Katherine. “Each high school group shared what it had done during the day and we reflected on what we learned about ourselves and others.” Students also took a tour of the city of Camden and learned about its history as a prosperous industrial city, its struggles with the loss of manufacturing and the recent efforts of revitalization. Pictured at left at “Love Park” in Philadelphia are seniors Wandely Montilla, Marina Rouse, Gianna Main, Kate Babineau, Imogen Angel and Nicole Spirito.

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board of trustees

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opening mass celebrated The La Salle community gathered at Cimini Stadium for the traditional Opening of School Mass on September 13. Chaplain Father Thomas Woodhouse was the celebrant, assisted by student altar servers, readers, musicians and vocalists. Prayers for God’s continued guidance during the upcoming academic year were offered, as well as gratitude for His many blessings.





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