Loyola Magazine Spring 2020

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L YOLA The Magazine for Loyola Academy Alumni, Parents and Friends

S P R I N G 2020

OPENING DOORS TO THE ARTS A leadership gift from

Ellen S. and Peter G. Leemputte ’75 is setting

the stage for creative expression by bringing a new theater within reach for Loyola’s Ramblers.


The personal and professional journeys of 12 accomplished Loyola alumni


A virtual experience that will unite our Rambler community to raise critically needed support for tuition assistance.

ALSO INSIDE Rambler alumni check in from around the country and around the world.

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Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ President

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Charles Heintz Principal


Setting the Stage for Creative Expression

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Class Notes Page 26

Coming soon: A 21st-century performing arts center—–home to the 550-seat Leemputte Family Theater

In Memoriam Page 28

Ways to Connect Prayer Resources Page 29

Upcoming Events


Dennis R. Stonequist ‘90 Executive Vice President

OFFICE OF ALUMNI R E L AT I O NS A N D NETWORKING Martin Jennings ’98 Vice President of Alumni

OFFICE OF ADVANCEMENT Robert O. Miller Vice President of Advancement C O M M U N I C AT I O N S D E PA R T M E N T

Lynn Egan Director of Web Development and Digital Communications Robin Hunt Director of Public Relations Shelby Walchuk ‘05 Senior Writer and Communications Manager

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Larry Donoghue ‘37

Mark Heyrman ‘67

Ralph Velasco ‘81

Hon. Ryan McCarthy ‘92

At the age of 101, this Rambler centenarian is still living large.

A dedicated legal advocate for the rights of the mentally ill

The unfettered life of an international travel photographer and tour leader

A former Army Ranger answers the call to serve as Secretary of the U.S. Army.


Kristin Ciarrachi Data Specialist Katherine Connor ‘04 Program Assistant Thomas J. Cramer Principal Gifts Officer Terri Guercio Associate Director of Prospect Research Mike Kelley ’94 Major Gifts Officer Joan Schniedwind Special Events Coordinator Lesley J. Seitzinger ’88 Principal Gifts Officer

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Rich McHugh ‘93

Will McGrath ‘98

Matthew Cherry ‘99

John Garcia ‘99

The film producer and investigative journalist who helped bring Harvey Weinstein to justice

Author of the memoir, Everything Lost is Found Again: Four Seasons in Lesotho

The former NFL wide receiver turned filmmaker brings home an Oscar for Hair Love.

From self-driving cars to aerial intelligence, this engineer is changing the way we work and live.

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Dr. Elizabeth Stoll ’99 A pioneer in neurooncology pursues affordable new treatments for brain cancer patients.

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Rev. Robert Carlton ‘01 Dr. Michael Brennan ‘03 A Rambler’s path from Loyola Academy and Georgetown University to the priesthood

Healing the invisible wounds of war as clinical director of the Road Home Program

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Saly Sebastian ‘06 Helping young alumni stay connected as chair of Loyola’s President’s Leadership Council

Bridget Snyders Director of Annual Giving Briana Wells Director of Special and Philanthropic Events Tammy Tsakalios Gift Processor Mark Warner Associate Director of Database Management LOYOLA magazine is published by the Office of Advancement and posted online at goramblers.org/ loyolamagazine. Please send class notes, correspondence, address and email updates and subscription requests to editor Robin Hunt at rhunt@loy.org or Loyola Academy, 1100 Laramie Avenue, Wilmette IL 60091. Loyola Academy admits students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin.



us. In the words of Pope Francis, now is the

I am consoled by the many examples of Ramblers

time to decide to live differently, live better,

responding with great grace to the unprecedented

love more and care for others. Let’s continue

challenges that our society is facing. I am not

to respond with love and generosity to the

surprised. Our formation in the Jesuit way has

challenges that we face.

prepared us for days like these. Like St. Ignatius Loyola

and his first Jesuit companions, it is our mission to

affected by the coronavirus in your daily prayers

experience God in all things and to respond to His

and know that you remain in mine. As we move

invitation to be women and men for others—–even in

forward, let us pray for perspective and calm,

times of great uncertainty. We are prepared because

reminding ourselves that God is with us. Informed

flexibility is at the core of a Jesuit education, and

by our faith, let us strive to be thoughtful discerners,

Loyola has sought to develop in us an intellectual

sifting through the noise and fears of our times,

agility that enables us to always remain open to

always leading with love and compassion.

new questions.

The Loyola Academy community is full of

this abbreviated, online-only version of LOYOLA

reflective and self-aware people who know that

magazine and read about the accomplishments,

ingenuity and adaptability are not simply skills that the

service and milestones of our global network of

marketplace has come to value, but qualities of people

Rambler alumni. I urge you to keep in touch with us

of faith who are confident that God is always with them.

and one another during these uncertain times.

I am confident that the spirit of unity and generosity

In all of our transitions during this time, we are

Please join me in keeping those who are

I hope you will take some time to enjoy

reminded that we ought to remain rooted in our

so characteristic of our community will lead

core values. We are companions of Jesus and our

us forward.

view is global, long-term and focused on eternity.



AS OUR SPRING ISSUE OF LOYOLA magazine was about to go to press, the COVID-19 pandemic changed life as we knew it.

In Christ,

Twists and turns in our pilgrimage are to be expected. It’s how we respond that matters. We are called to be compassionate and generous in the ways that we share what we have and who we are with those around

Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ President, Loyola Academy






Heart speaks to heart in mysterious ways—– and it is the artist

who holds the key to the mystery. He can touch the wellsprings of the human heart and release energies of the soul that the rest of the world does not suspect. —– REV. PED RO A RRUPE, S J, Former Superior General of the Jesuits

Setting the Stage for Creative Expression


INCE THE FIRST JESUIT SCHOOL OPENED half a millennium ago, the Jesuits have understood that the arts play an important role in the enrichment of the human spirit and the development of creative thinkers with the potential to transform society in positive ways. The Jesuits also believed that the arts provided a “special pathway to the human heart” and “could exert a vast influence,

performers; fostered the development of transferable skills such as leadership, collaboration and creative problemsolving; and provided opportunities for all students to develop an appreciation of the performing arts, regardless of their artistic aspirations or abilities. Now—–with a multimillion-dollar leadership gift from Ellen S. and Peter G. Leemputte ’75—–we are poised to give Loyola’s Ramblers the facilities they need to grow as artists and as people through the performing arts.

whether it be with respect to the growth and unfolding of human personality, or to the development of a civil society, or to the mutual union of [people]—–a union that paves the way to union with God.” 1 Loyola Academy has carried this timehonored tradition of arts education into the 21st century with a comprehensive program of study in dance, music and theater. Grounded in the Jesuit mission of educating the whole person, this distinctive program has nurtured the nascent talents of generations of young

Art’s Transformational Impact


• Higher achievement in math

and reading

• Gains in self-confidence, empathy,

Enhanced critical-thinking and verbal skills

• Improved focus and concentration • More fully developed teamwork and

A 21st-century center for the performing arts—–home to the 550seat Leemputte Family Theater—– will transform the northeast corner of our campus with indoor and outdoor performance spaces that will support a vibrant performing arts program.




OYOLA ACADEMY’S arts programming isn’t just about preparing young people for careers in the arts. Numerous studies show that exposure to the arts benefits all students and is linked to:

• Social-emotional growth

insight and self-control

collaboration skills

Students who participate in the arts are also more likely to:

• Reflect on the human condition • Forge healthy social bonds • Stand up for people who are being • Empathize with others mistreated Demonstrate compassion and social • tolerance • Work for social justice

An artist’s rendering of our future performing arts center, defined by a 600-foot curved-glass wall that will illuminate the interior of the performing arts center during the day and create a glowing focal point on the Loyola quadrangle at night. Designed to suggest rippling water or sound waves, the curved wall is not only symbolic of the organic, flowing nature of self-expression, but practical: creating a concave, covered staging area for outdoor performances and events. The Leemputtes were among the earliest supporters of our Second Century Campaign Theater Initiative, which was launched in fiscal 2012–13 to generate support for the development of the final campus enhancement outlined our Strategic Vision for Loyola Academy in the 21st Century: a $25.7 million center for the performing arts. In 2014, the Leemputtes made a generous major gift to kick off the Theater Initiative and inspire others to invest in state-of-the-art facilities to support our students’ creative endeavors in the performing arts. Last year, the Leemputtes made an additional gift to name the Leemputte Family Theater and bring our goal of breaking ground on a 28,000-square-foot performing arts center within reach. The Leemputtes’ leadership gift reflects their shared belief that the benefits of a high-quality performing arts program extend far beyond the stage. “Because the arts are key to educating the whole person—–and the small, outdated theater that has served Loyola’s Ramblers for decades


cannot support a thriving 21st-century performing arts program—–Ellen and I have made it a personal priority to support the Second Century Campaign Theater Initiative,” explains Peter G. Leemputte ’75, a former member of Loyola’s Board of Trustees. “Participation in the performing arts teaches young people how to communicate effectively, work collaboratively and take command of a stage, which will serve them well throughout their lives.” “The Leemputtes’ extraordinary generosity has brought us to a pivotal point in our $25.7 million fundraising initiative for a new performing arts facility,” says Vice President of Advancement Robert O. Miller. “With more than $20.6 million in gifts now in hand, Loyola’s leadership team and members of our Building and Grounds Committee are working closely with architects to finalize designs for the new performing arts center—–a place where Ramblers will soon be able to engage in creative expression and develop their God-given talents as they gain an appreciation of the performing arts.” 4



TRATEGICALLY POSITIONED at the northeast corner of the Loyola Academy campus, our 28,000-square-foot performing arts center will be equipped with the following features to support students’ creative endeavors in dance, music and theater and increase every Rambler’s exposure to the performing arts:

• A spacious lobby and gallery space • The Leemputte Family Theater,

a 550-seat proscenium theater with a balcony and orchestra pit

• Offstage rehearsal and staging areas • A fully equipped scene shop • A green room • Makeup and dressing rooms • A director’s office • State-of-the-art lighting and production


• A 600-foot curved glass wall

overlooking an outdoor plaza that will function as an open-air performance stage and a gathering place for the Loyola community

“Cultivating the Arts in the Society,” Society of Jesus, General Congregation 31, Decree 30




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AMBLER ALUMNI of all ages reconnected with Loyola Academy and one another at reunion celebrations and other alumni gatherings in 2017, 2018 and 2019—–from our Golden Ramblers Reunion to our 25th Annual Golf Outing. We’ve included photos from some, but not all, of these celebrations, which were attended by alumni from locations near and far. As you can see, our alumni network of more than 25,000 Ramblers is still going strong!

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CLASS Notes 1937

John Lawrence “Larry” Donoghue ‘37—– see story on page 7


Rev. John L. O’Malley, SJ, celebrated 70 years as a Jesuit and 56 years as a Jesuit priest in 2019. Father O’Malley spent most of his Jesuit years in Japan teaching English, serving as a parish priest and building churches and community centers. He retired from active ministry in 2017 and now resides at Loyola House in Tokyo. He is active on Facebook.

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William M. Plante was inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in June 2018. During his prolific career—–which spanned the Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations—–he covered many of the defining moments of our time, including the civil rights movement and Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic march from Selma to Montgomery, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and the Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Iceland.

Fifteen members of the Class of 1953 gathered for their annual Christmas luncheon at Hackney’s in December 2019. John H. Scheid Sr. reports that he brought the 1953 yearbook and “the fellows got a kick out of seeing how little they had changed.”


Rev. James C. L. Arimond, SJ, was assigned to the Colombiere Center—–a Jesuit retirement community in Clarkston, Michigan—–in September 2018. Before his departure, 36 Loyola alumni from the Classes of 1956 and 1957 gathered at Hackney’s to celebrate his 50-plus years of service as a Jesuit, to the Catholic Church and to thousands of students. Father Arimond served as headmaster of Loyola Academy from 1971 to 1982. Among his many accomplishments, he was responsible for bringing Loyola and other Chicago Catholic League teams into the Illinois High School Athletic Association. David R. Bryant, of counsel to Bryant Legal Group of Chicago, was appointed to the Environmental Quality Commission of the Village of LaGrange in June 2018.


Dr. Bruce D. Shriver Sr. and his wife, Beverly, established the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative at the Connective Tissue and Oncology Society in 2003 in




Still Rambling at 101




OHN LAWRENCE “LARRY” DONOGHUE ’37 HAS ALWAYS LIVED LIFE TO THE FULLEST—–even during his Loyola days. Despite the long train commute to Dumbach Hall from his home on the city’s South Side, he was an honor student who ran track; played baseball, basketball and football; and participated in a dizzying array of extracurricular activities, including the Camera Club, the Dance A Cen tenaria Committee, the Debate Team, n Cele k n ow n bratio a s “ L au n: Joh Dramatics, the Missions Collections rie” to with fa nL his frie mily an n d s , c e aw r e n c e “ L d Gerald friends Club, the Torch Club and even the arr y ” D lebrate , includ T. Don onogh d his 1 oghue ing (s ta Dr. Ed 0 0 th b ue ’37 cheerleading squad. ’69 an mund n d ir thday in (cente g, l-r): d Kevin R . Don r) in Feb s ons L o F g . r uar y 2 , h D aw r e n ue ’62 onogh His post-Loyola years were 019 ce M . D an d Th ue ’72 oma s J onogh and ne ue Jr. ’6 . Dono p equally impressive. He earned two ghue ’6 hews 7, 8 engineering degrees; inspected B-26 retirement in 2015 at the age of 96. twin-engine bombers as a stress analyst Larry Donoghue in 1937 Today, this Rambler centenarian is still living large for Martin Aircraft during WWII; and at the age of 101. served as a naval lieutenant, junior “My short-term memory isn’t what it used to be, and I joke grade, as well as an engineering officer in a fighter squadron that Connie and I should be wearing name tags in case we forget aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid in WWII. While he raised each other’s names,” he says with a chuckle. “But we are happy and five children with his wife, Connie, he worked on the original enjoying life, including our five children, our nine grandchildren planning for the development of O’Hare Airport and launched and our eight great-grandchildren!” 4 a successful engineering firm, which he led for 55 years until his



memory of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann Marie Shriver. In November 2017, the couple established the initiative’s final grant: the Liddy Shriver Early Career Research Award. Designed to engender dialogue and promote collaboration between award recipients and their colleagues from around the world, the annual award recognizes accomplished early-career scientists working in the sarcoma field. Awardees receive a $50,000 grant to fund further sarcoma research and an invitation to lecture at the Connective Tissue Oncology Society’s annual meeting.

Beverly and Bruce Shriver Sr. ‘58


Joseph M. O’Callaghan Sr. is now semiretired and living in Naples, Florida, after practicing law for 50 years.


Martin J. Lane received the Mayfair Veterans Committee’s Vietnam Veteran award in November 2018. He is the coauthor of a book about the late Loyola University Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Dr. Carl Moore. Lane and his coauthor, Denise Hall, were students of Dr. Moore. In Fall 2019, Lane celebrated his 50th work anniversary at Loyola University, where he continues to work part-time. He also serves as a Loyola Academy ambassador, greeting visitors to our campus on Thursdays. Barry W. McCarthy, PhD, collaborated with his wife, Emily J. McCarthy, on the book, Finding Your Sexual Voice, published in November 2018. A professor of psychology at American University, he received the Masters and Johnson

award for lifetime contributions to the field of sexuality in 2016. John J. Oelerich published The Off Season: National League 1953–54, a book of baseball poetry, in Summer 2019. Oelerich and his wife of 49 years have held season tickets to the Cubs since 1981.


James R. Voss, president of JVI Inc., was awarded the Precast Concrete Institute’s Medal of Honor in March 2016. He is the first supplier member and one of only 50 people to receive the award since the institute’s founding in 1954.


Thomas M. Lera was the recipient of the American Philatelic Society’s 2019 Luff Award for Distinguished Philatelic Research. Among his many accomplishments, Lera was recognized for establishing the Smithsonian National Postal Museum as the world’s foremost center for philatelic continued on page 8




Members of the Class of 1962 met up for a mini reunion in Indian Wells, California, in January 2019. The group included (l-r): Edward W. Bough, Peter J. Lynch, L. Robert Pasquesi, Dr. Frances V. Cook and George P. Sullivan Jr.

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forensic research and for helping more than 50 researchers publish their studies in philatelic journals around the world.


jockey, reporter and news editor at the former WMET and as a reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago.


James K. Murphy and his brother, Robert M. Murphy Mark J. Heyrman ‘67—– ’74, celebrated the see story on page 9 30th anniversary of their nonprofit, the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund, at Stephen C. Schulte’s the organization’s nonprofit, the Greater annual gala in Organization for the 1 October 2019 ‘7 y h rp u d Jim M Less Fortunate (G.O.L.F.), hy ‘74 an and raised more Bob Murp celebrated its 40th annual than $1.5 million to help young people Chicago Charity Classic at the Glenview in need. The organization, named in Park Golf Club in August 2018. One memory of their father, helps students hundred percent of the proceeds from from Chicago’s most economically the nonprofit’s fundraising activities challenged communities navigate a path are used to support scholarships for to and through college, starting with underserved and at-risk youth. Over the scholarships to college preparatory high past four decades, G.O.L.F. has raised schools throughout the city and country. more than $2.3 million to send deserving What started in 1989 as a scholarship for young people to college. Other founding four students has grown to support 460 members include Carl L. Camastro ’68, students, called Murphy Scholars, at more Jerry R. Mack ’68 and William T. than 80 partner high schools, including Zanoni ’68. Loyola Academy. More than 3,000 scholarships have been awarded over the past 30 years, with 100 percent of Murphy Scholars graduating from high school Robert F. Rodenkirk, aka Bob Roberts, and 84 percent graduating from four-year was a member of the WBBM Radio team colleges and universities or on track to that received the AP’s Best Spot News graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Coverage award in 2017. Roberts retired John E. Musker returned to Loyola from Chicago radio in April 2019 after 31 Academy in August 2017 to reunite with years on the air and 19 years at WBBM. Ramblers in our fine and performing arts Earlier in his career, he worked as a disc






program. The Disney writer, director and producer had led the young creatives on a VIP tour of Disney’s animation studio in Los Angeles the previous spring. The acclaimed animator spent the morning touring Loyola’s arts facilities, including choir, orchestra and architecture classes; the dance and art studios; and the theater. Watch WGN-TV reporter Michael A. Lowe ’97’s news report documenting Musker’s return to Loyola at https://wgntv. com/2017/10/11/chicago-man-behindsome-of-the-most-legendary-disneyanimated-movies/.

John E. Musker ‘71 shared stories of his Loyola days with Ramblers during a visit to his high school alma mater in August 2017.


Edward J. O’Malley published American Renewal: A New Season of Optimism, Cooperation, and Community in November 2018. The book chronicles the cycles of social, political and foreign policy changes in America since 1945. O’Malley serves as vice president of supply chain at Imperfect Produce, a San Francisco-based national e-commerce company with a mission to reduce food waste. O’Malley and his wife, Timi, reside in Seaside, California. Timothy R. Powell won an Emmy for Outstanding Crafts Achievement OffAir—–Audio for his outstanding work on “Chicago Voices” at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chicago/Midwest Chapter Emmy Awards in December 2017.


Robert M. Murphy—–see James K. Murphy ’71


Susan Becker Doroshow, DDS, LdM, a general dentist practicing in Skokie, was installed as a trustee of the American Dental Association in 2018. Doroshow graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1983 and Oberlin College in 1979. David J. Marconi’s film, The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, debuted on home video in January 2018. He adapted the screenplay from Stephen Leather’s 1992 novel, The Chinaman. Marconi is best known for his original script for the Will Smith thriller, Enemy of the State.


Photos courtesy of The University of Chicago Law School

Mark J. Heyrman ‘67 (above) during his 41-year tenure as director of the University of Chicago Law School’s Mental Health Advocacy Project

John C. Amato supported excellence in athletics by underwriting the cost of new hurdles for our Track and Field Team in Spring 2019. Amato noted that his experience as a former hurdler and the influence of his father, the legendary Loyola coach Frank J. Amato, as well as longtime coaches Daniel Seeberg ’75 and ChrisJohn L. Simon ’86, inspired him to pay it forward by supporting today’s track and field athletes at Loyola.


Richard C. Lyons’s book, The DNA of Democracy, published in May 2019, traces democracy from its historical roots to the modern day, constructing a blueprint of what defines tyranny or democratic government.


Thomas C. Robertson retired as deputy chief of the Wilmette Fire Department in 2017 after three decades of service. He was lauded for his contributions to firefighter training during his distinguished career.


William P. O’Keefe III—–executive vice president of mission, mobilization and advocacy for Catholic Relief Services (CRS)—–shared his perspective on the rising tide of humanitarian need around the continued on page 10

A Champion for the Mentally Ill


N 1969, WHEN MARK J. HEYRMAN ’67 STOOD BEFORE THE LOCAL DRAFT BOARD in Evanston to declare his conscientious objection to the Vietnam War, he could not have foreseen that his personal act of resistance—–an act rooted in his Catholic faith—–would set him on a new and unexpected path in life. The parole board granted Heyrman his military exemption in exchange for two years of alternate service at an approved nonprofit—–and the 20-yearold signed on as a nurse’s aide in the psychiatric ward at Michael Reese Hospital. Later, when Heyrman began working toward a law degree at the University of Chicago, his work at Michael Reese attracted the attention of the director of the school’s legal aid clinic, who tasked the young law student with all of the clinic’s cases involving mental illness. In 1978, Heyrman, then a practicing attorney, was hired by the University of Chicago to join the law school faculty and launch the university’s new Mental Health Advocacy Project—–an interdisciplinary program that brought students from the University of Chicago Law School and School of Social Service Administration together to provide legal and social services for vulnerable Chicagoans with mental health issues.

Heyrman spent the next 41 years filling a critical gap in the legal system through his work as a law professor, lawyer, Mental Health Advocacy Project director and advocate for the mentally ill. During that time, he litigated more than 1,000 cases to protect the rights of clients with mental health issues, shaped mental health policy, promoted clinical legal education Heyrman in the 198 0s and influenced hundreds of students. This dedicated advocate for the rights of the mentally ill—–who retired in 2019—–has left an enduring legal and humanitarian legacy, according to University of Chicago Law School Dean Thomas J. Miles. “Mark’s legacy is that of a champion—–someone who fought not only for his clients and others with mental illness, but for his students and colleagues and for clinical legal education as a whole. He has left a lasting impression on many in our community, and we are thankful for his passion, dedication and years of service.” 1 4 1 An Unexpected Path and a Devoted Champion, April 5, 2019, https://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/unexpectedpath-and-devoted-champion




William R. Nimrod was awarded the Richard J. Daley Police Medal of Honor in May 2018 for his service as a 24-hour primary care nurse for Officer James J. Mullen ’82, who was shot and permanently disabled while responding to a 911 call in 1996. Ralph A. Velasco ‘81—– see story on page 11

Paul Antonello ’78 hosted the 14th annual Class of 1978 mini reunion in Telluride in January 2019. Pictured above (l-r): William L. Tan, Neal P. Pflum, Stuart T. Feeley, Thomas B. Crowley, Patrick J. Hannigan, David J. Fox, Michael D. Reagan, J. Paul Antonello and Daniel G. Collyer

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globe and the role of the Church and faith-based organizations in shaping foreign policy and international humanitarianism at the 2019 Women of Wisdom Fall Lecture Series. After the lecture, he met with Loyola students to talk about his career at CRS and the organization’s mission to assist vulnerable refugees and help ease the human suffering caused by war, oppressive regimes, natural disasters and other crises around the world.

William P. O’Keefe III ‘80 spoke to the Loyola community about his work with Catholic Relief Services at our 2019 Women of Wisdom Lecture Series.

Joseph J. Willems was named the collision center manager at the Grossinger Auto Group in 2017. He manages collision repairs for all 12 Grossinger dealerships that have been acquired by Auto Canada. Contact Joe at jwillems@grossinger.com.





Mark C. Curran Jr., who served as the sheriff of Lake County, Illinois, from 2006 to 2018, is the U.S. Senate Republican candidate for the 2020 election. Curran serves on several boards, including the Chicago Archdiocese Office for Human Dignity and Solidarity and Carmel High School. Joseph X. Cushing, executive vice president at Cushing, a family-owned Chicago graphics and print shop, received the City of Hope’s 2017 Spirit of Life Award at the nonprofit’s annual gala. He was honored for more than 20 years of support and volunteer work to advance City of Hope’s mission to make a difference in the lives of people with cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Donald G. Haderlein’s film, The World Awaits, was released on DVD in November 2017. The film —– which depicts the effects of nuclear weapons and the urgent need to reduce and eventually eliminate these highly destructive weapons of mass destruction —– features interviews with philosopher and linguist Noam Chomsky; physician, author and activist Helen Caldicott; and Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Founder David Krieger. Haderlein, an independent feature film producer, writer and director, runs Don Haderlein Productions in Hollywood.

Kevin R. Wallace, DMD, became an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate in 2018. The ABDSM serves dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Earning diplomate status from the ABDSM is a unique honor that recognizes special competency in dental sleep medicine. Wallace practices in Chicago, Skokie and Oak Brook.


James J. Mullen—–see William R. Nimrod ’81 Dr. Michael Schifano sold his private OBGYN practice, Heartland Women’s Health, in 2019 to Advantia Health, a Virginia-based health care provider that is expanding its footprint nationally. Schifano opened his practice in 2001 in Marian, Illinois, and expanded it over the next 18 years to 25 locations in Illinois and Missouri—–primarily in small, medically underserved communities that lacked OB-GYN specialty care. He will continue to play a leadership role in the practice as he partners with Advantia to drive new development in the Midwest and enhance patient services by bringing subspecialists—– such as physicians who specialize in high-risk pregnancies—–to the region.


Robert H. Muriel—–a civil and commercial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience representing small businesses and professionals in trials, appeals and arbitrations in state and federal courts—–was appointed director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI) in March 2019. Muriel has served as president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and president of the Alumni Board of Governors at the Loyola University School of Law, where he earned his JD. He has also served on several civic boards for nonprofits such as the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago and Almost Home Kids, as well as the executive committee for the Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening.


Hon. Robert F. Martwick filled the Illinois Senate seat in the 10th District that opened up when former State Senator John G. Mulroney accepted an appointment as Cook County judge in June 2019. Prior to his appointment as Illinois state senator, Martwick served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019, representing the 19th House District. As an assistant state’s attorney to former state’s attorney Richard A. Devine ‘61, he focused on domestic violence, child support enforcement and criminal prosecution.

Ralph A. Velasco ’81 (front row, right) with a PhotoEnrichment Adventures tour group in Viscri, Romania

A Rambler Follows His Bliss


ALPH A. VELASCO ’81 has a motto: “Life’s too short not to travel.” With a motto like this, one had better not be deskbound. So Velasco reinvented his life in 2007 to accommodate his wanderlust, trading his desk job as a financial consultant for the unfettered life of a travel photographer and international tour leader. Velasco unbound is a force to be reckoned with. As the founder and CEO (chief experience officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures (PhotoEnrichment.com), he has built a career out of helping clients capture better images of their travels. In 2019, he expanded his global tour enterprise with the launch of Alla Campagna Experiences (AllaCampagna.com), which are Ralph Ve lasco ‘81 less focused on photography and more focused on cultural immersion and local cuisine. Over the past 12 years, he has created more than 100 once-ina-lifetime international travel experiences for his clients in more than 30 countries, including Cambodia, Morocco, Cuba, Romania, India and the Baltic States. Velasco was bitten by the travel bug during his Loyola years. “This all started with my Loyola Academy summer service and immersion trips to Spain and Peru,” he notes. Meanwhile, this globetrotting creative has more projects in the pipeline, including The Continental Drifter. Filmed in the studio and in the field, this YouTube Channel series hosted —– R A L PH A . V EL A SCO ’81 by Velasco will feature travel and photography tips and interviews with travel and photography experts, as well as gear, app and service reviews. Follow this link and subscribe for a preview of what’s to come at https://youtu.be/E7WQsbL92Ak. 4

“I hear over and over again, ‘Ralph this is the best trip I’ve ever taken in my life.’ It’s like traveling with friends.”


Phil Andrew was named director of violence prevention initiatives for the Archdiocese of Chicago in February 2018. Andrew is responsible for the Archdiocese’s peace-building initiatives through coalition-building and an increased charitable presence in distressed neighborhoods. Prior to joining the Archdiocese, Andrew spent 21 years at the FBI, most recently at the bureau’s Chicago Division as a special agent with a focus on gun violence, counterterrorism, counterintelligence and crisis management.

At the 2018 Loyola Academy Women of Wisdom Fall Lecture Series, Phil Andrew ’85 spoke to the Loyola community about the events that led to his appointment as the first director of violence prevention for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Thomas J. Kessler ‘85 married Farah Christi in June 2017 at Immanuel Church in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Hon. Daniel W. Kotowski, president and CEO of ChildServ, and members of the Class of 1985 who serve on the ChildServ continued on page 12




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board worked together to build better lives for children at the nonprofit’s Founder’s Day Gala in November 2019. Established in 1894, ChildServ currently provides early childhood programs, foster care, housing and counseling to more than 2,500 children and teens and their families in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Kevin A. Krakora joined Geztler Henrich & Associates as a Chicago-based managing director in January 2019. Krakora is a corporate turnaround professional who leads financial and operational restructurings for distressed companies. He currently serves as chair of the Turnaround Management Association, the premier global organization for corporate renewal and restructuring professionals worldwide.


Brian M. Hellgeth serves as a business performance advisor at Insperity in Rosemont. Edward D. Hobart III was inducted into the Benedictine University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. The first-ever men’s soccer player to be honored as an inductee, Hobart has been passionate about the sport of soccer since the age of five. The first player in program history to achieve 60 career goals, he tallied 29 points in the 1989 season. Today, Hobart is a certified customer experience professional and serves as the director of customer experience at Zoetis Inc. Daniel D. Noonan’s play, Blue Over You, which ran during the month of January in 2018 at the Northminster Presbyterian Church Theater, received rave reviews. The one-man show starred highly regarded Chicago Equity actor Michael Joseph Mitchell. Noonan, who was born with hemophilia and contracted HIV from a blood transfusion at the age of 13, often writes about characters with disabilities or chronic health concerns. Capt. David R. Sauve, USN, was promoted to captain in September 2017 at the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon.


Neal K. Katyal’s book, Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump, was published




in November 2019. Two years earlier, Katyal, a lawyer and Georgetown law professor, broke Thurgood Marshall’s record as the minority lawyer with the most arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has orally argued 39 Supreme Court cases to date.


Timothy P. Devine, principal of Walter Payton College Prep, was a budget analyst before going back to graduate school to study education. In 2011, after teaching for 14 years at Chicago Public Schools, he was named principal of Payton. His magnet school was named the 2018 #1 Best Public High School in Illinois by Niche, a platform that helps families find the best schools and neighborhoods for their children.

Dr. George D. Tsonis ‘88 (above, left), Steven A. Mikuzis ’93 (center) and George C. Xamplas ’92 raised $7,000 for Loyola Academy’s Hellenic Alumni Association Scholarship at a lamb-roast tailgate party for a September 2018 home football game. The scholarship provides tuition assistance for Ramblers of Hellenic heritage.

Christopher E. O’Donnell, a television and film actor, is a board member and supporter of the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF). The fund invests in social enterprise businesses that hire the unemployable, such as people who have been incarcerated, who have mental health challenges or substance abuse problems, who are or have been homeless or who lack the training or education that they need to join the workforce. In addition to helping these individuals build work histories, REDF also provides housing and vocational training. In 2018, O’Donnell’s portfolio included support for 22 businesses.



Michael M. Cabonargi ran for clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County in the 2020 primary election. He serves as vice chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois, as well as chair and commissioner of the Cook County Board of Review. Dr. George T. Chiampas—–chief medical officer of U.S. Soccer, assistant professor of emergency medicine and orthopedic surgery at the Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago Blackhawks team physician, Chicago Marathon medical director and a current Loyola Academy parent—–celebrated the U.S. men’s national soccer team championship win in July 2017. Chiampas has taken the lead among the world’s

soccer governing bodies in addressing concussion prevention, management and awareness.

Charles B. Donlea‘s fourth novel, Some Choose Darkness, was published in May 2019. His novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages across 15 countries. Donlea signed a four-book deal with Kensington Publishing Corp. to publish books through 2023. Joseph M. O’Callaghan Jr. was promoted to the rank of U.S. Army Colonel in 2017. O’Callaghan was commissioned in December 1991 and served on active duty for nearly 20 years. Among his deployments, he served as director of operations in Iraq for the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition to his U.S. decorations, he was awarded the French Military Award for the Defense of France for actions while in Iraq—–a medal rarely awarded to U.S. military personnel. Thomas G. Peroulas was honored with a Courage Award from the Sarcoma Foundation of America in April 2017. Peroulas, a sarcoma survivor, has gone on to support others with this rare cancer, while raising funds and awareness for the Sarcoma Foundation. Joseph S. Ravago was knighted by Jerome E. Listeck, DD, Archbishop of Milwaukee, and admitted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in October

2018. With the Pope as its sovereign, the order’s origins date back to the first crusade and the establishment of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.


Jackson Bliss, a writer and assistant professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, had his short love story, “Not Done With the World,” published in the New York Times’s “Tiny Love Stories” series in October 2018. Read it at https://www.nytimes. com/2018/10/23/style/tiny-love-modernget-up-its-ok.html Michael J. Jacob married Peachy Olsen in June 2018 in Florida. The couple resides in Chicago. Hon. Ryan D. McCarthy ‘92—–see story at right Peter J. Patton joined the Dallas Mavericks as shooting coach in August 2018. Previously, he held the same position with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He and his wife, Stacey, have three sons: Luke, Nick and CJ. Michael J. Reed, drummer and impresario, was named one of three 2019 Meier Achievement Award winners. The award, funded by Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier, recognizes the past work of three mid-career arts professionals each year with $40,000 checks for each artist. Timothy S. Wambach and his wife, Sarah, announced the birth of their first child, Cecilia Rose, in June 2018. George C. Xamplas—–see Dr. George D. Tsonis ’88


Richard M. McHugh ‘93—–see story on page 14 Steven P. Mikuzis—–see Dr. George D. Tsonis ’88


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Secretary of the Army Hon. Ryan D. McCarthy ’92 (above left) with U.S. Army War College Commandant Maj. Gen. John S. Kem during a visit to the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Answering the Call to Serve


HEN Ryan D. McCarthy ’92 was a kid, he dreamed of being in the military. The call to serve was practically encoded into his DNA. His grandfather had served in World War II and his father, the first mentor in his life, was a veteran of the Vietnam War. At Loyola, he found another mentor: Head Coach and former U.S. Marine Frank J. Amato. It was during this period that McCarthy’s journey from Rambler to Army Ranger to Secretary of the U.S. Army really began. “As a husband, father, coach and former Marine who served in World War II, Coach Amato exhibited many of the values that were instilled in me at Loyola,” McCarthy recalls. “He showed me what right looked like.” McCarthy remembers having several conversations with Coach Amato about his future—–conversations that led to his decision to attend the Virginia Military Institute and eventually join the Army Rangers, known as the “Ironmen” of the U.S. military. After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, McCarthy’s unit—–the 75th Ranger Regiment of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command—–led the way in assisting the Northern Alliance forces, a group dedicated to defeating the Taliban in Afghanistan. He returned to the U.S. in 2002 to work in the private sector. But this chapter was cut short by a profound personal loss. “My roommate from college was killed in Iraq, and I thought seriously about returning to active duty,” he confides. “But,

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after talking to some friends, I started looking for a different path—–one that would allow me to influence major policy decisions at the macro level.” That path would eventually lead to the Pentagon, where McCarthy served in variety of roles ranging from special assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to his appointment in 2017 as Undersecretary of the U.S. Army. In September 2019, McCarthy took on a role that he had spent a lifetime preparing for when he was sworn in as the 24th Secretary of the U.S. Army. In his new position, he oversees 1.2 million soldiers, more than 300,000 civilian employees, millions of military family members and a $178-billion budget. “It’s a massive responsibility, and the stakes couldn’t be higher for our country,” he acknowledges. “But it is the greatest professional honor of my career. I will remain in this role and run as hard as I can for as long as they will let me.” McCarthy’s dedication to his new position is fueled by a fierce loyalty to the nation that he has risked his life to protect. But this former member of one of America’s most elite military forces—–who was inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame in 2019 for his extraordinary contributions to national security—–is also driven by the memory of those who can no longer serve. “I have a lot of friends at Arlington National Cemetery,” he says quietly. “People I care about are gone, and I think about them every day. It’s why I do what I do.” 4




In October 2019, Rich McHugh ’93 (above right) and Ronan Farrow (center) revealed the story behind their search for the truth about Harvey Weinstein at “Truth Be Told,” a special engagement hosted by Chicago Ideas at the Harris Theater. McHugh is featured prominently in Farrow’s book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.

Investigating Injustice


HEN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST and film producer Rich McHugh ’93 began working with Ronan Farrow at NBC, the two could not have foreseen that their investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein would alter the course of countless lives—–including their own. McHugh joined forces with Farrow in 2015 for Undercovered with Ronan Farrow, an NBC investigative series. The pair zeroed in on Weinstein in 2017 and interviewed actress Rose McGowan about her allegations that Weinstein had sexually assaulted her at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. McHugh and Farrow spent months pursuing the story. Yet, from the moment they interviewed McGowan, they were dogged by Weinstein’s own private investigators, including elite trained covert operatives from Black Cube, a shadowy intelligence firm staffed by former members of Mossad, a specialized Israeli intelligence unit. “It was terrifying,” McHugh recalls. “They were tracking us to figure out who we were interviewing and sending daily reports back to Weinstein. My cell phone and emails were hacked. I warned my wife and daughters not to open the door for strangers, and we began communicating through encrypted apps and burner phones.” But, as McHugh and Farrow continued to gather evidence to support the allegations against Weinstein, the network began to balk. Eight months into the investigation, McHugh was summoned by NBC’s top brass and told: “No further calls. You are to stand down.”



Six weeks after NBC killed the investigation, Farrow published their reporting in The New Yorker and the story exploded. McHugh resigned from the network in August 2018 and has since written extensively about the Weinstein trial, as well as NBC’s decision to suppress the story, for Vanity Fair. McHugh was in the courtroom Rich McHugh ’93 earlier this year, when Weinstein was convicted of rape and criminal sexual assault—–a verdict that would lead to a 23-year prison sentence. “When we began looking into the allegations against Harvey Weinstein in early 2017, we had no idea how enormous the story would become or how widespread his abuse of power was,” he reflects today. “So it was absolutely gratifying to be there when the verdict was read and to watch him be remanded into custody. The verdict in this trial shows us that powerful people can be brought to justice, no matter how much money they have or how hard they can fight to suppress stories and allegations.” McHugh—–who is currently developing an investigative series with Lionsgate TV—–says that his parents, but also his Rambler years, helped him develop the moral compass that guides him in his investigative work today. “I remember taking a Faith and Justice course that had a big impact on me,” he explains. “Whenever I’m tested in my career, I can trace my decision to do what is ethically right back to the values I learned from my parents and at Loyola.” 4

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Chicago Midwest Chapter over the past four years for a career total of 25 wins and 74 nominations. Lowe’s story about Loyola alumnus John E. Musker ’71’s visit to Loyola Academy was nominated in the 2018 Arts category. (See John Musker’s class note on page 8 for a link to Lowe’s news segment about Musker’s visit to Loyola.)

team in October 2019. Conlon has coached the team for 11 seasons, with 11 NCAA tournament appearances, eight conference titles and a national championship. Thomas G. Foley Sr. was named vice president of membership and customer development at the Institute of Food Technology in 2017. Michael P. Kelley joined the Loyola Academy Development Office as a major gift officer in October 2018. He and his wife, Gretchen, have four children. Kelley graduated from Georgetown University in 1998 and Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2006. He has served as a Loyola crew coach for nearly 20 years.


Jahaan R. Abdullah was the recipient of a National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellow Program award in 2017. The award gave Abdullah—–a doctoral student in the counselor education and supervision program at Governors State University—–the support and training she needed to address the needs of underserved minority populations. She is currently an associate in private practice at the Lighthouse Professional Counseling Center. Robert W. Hunt III published Stack Silver Get Gold: How to Buy Gold and Silver Bullion without Getting Ripped Off! under the pen name Hunter Riley III in December 2017. Hunt is also the talent behind stacksilvergetgoldbuybitcoin.com, an online training program developed to school investors and entrepreneurs in the art of buying, selling, securing and storing gold and silver, as well as cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. He lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico. William B. McNulty III—–cofounder of Team Rubicon and founder of Team Rubicon Global, the internationally acclaimed veteran-led disaster response organization—–transitioned to founder emeritus in 2017 and then returned as CEO in January 2020, as the organization celebrated its 10th anniversary. Recently, Team Rubicon has focused its efforts on the devastating wildfires in Australia and the COVID-19 pandemic.

William B. McNulty III ’95 spoke about Team Rubicon Global—–his disaster response organization—–at Loyola Academy’s Women of Wisdom Fall Lecture Series in 2018


Conor J. Heaton, a former practicing attorney, made a career change in 2017 when he accepted a position at the Cristo Rey Network national office in Chicago. As director of school growth, he is responsible for guiding a national growth strategy and overseeing the feasibility, development and launch of new Cristo Rey schools. Daniel R. Pawlikowski, the head men’s volleyball coach at Dominican University, led his team to its best finish in the program’s five-year history, making it to the Final Four of the NCAA in June 2018—–all during his first year in the position.


Thomas G. Cronin was selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch in Fall 2018. Cronin was among more than 1,200 nominees considered for selection. He is a partner at Gordon & Rees. Julie (VonderHeide) Hammerle made the USA Today best-seller list in May 2019 with her contemporary romance novel, Knocked-Up Cinderella. James J. Hennessey and Marc Zahr, cofounders of the Chicago investment management firm, Oak Street Real Estate Capital, were named Crain’s Chicago’s 40 Under 40 honorees in January 2019. Hennessey serves as the firm’s CFO and Zahr as the CEO. Michael A. Lowe, a WGN Chicago reporter, won 11 Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Emmy winner Michael A. Lowe ’97 of WGNTV (center) with NBC 5 morning news anchor Alexander G. Maragos ’09 (left) and Thomas G. Cronin ’97 at the Chicago/Midwest Emmy awards in November 2018.

Myles P. O’Rourke and his wife, Angie, celebrated the birth of their second child, Shannon Aya, in Bern, Switzerland, in 2017.


Elizabeth A. (Suffredin) Boyle and her husband announced the birth of their son, George Suffredin Boyle, in February 2019. Timothy K. Johnson and Ellen C. (Ziegler) Johnson ’01 celebrated the birth of their daughter, Claire, in June 2017. Kasia O. (Krynski) McCormick and her husband, David, welcomed their third child, Grace Garvey Rose McCormick, in January 2018. Grace joins her big brothers, Henry and Walter. Will McGrath ‘98—–see story on page 16 Brendan J. Shields and Maire Mulroe Shields ’04 married in August 2016 at St. Juliana Church in Chicago. Shields is a Chicago police officer, and Mulroe Shields is a paramedic in charge with the Chicago Fire Department. In Fall 2017, she successfully delivered twin baby girls at the Roosevelt CTA station. Kathleen “Katie” Smith, vice president of marketing at the Audubon Nature continued on page 16




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Institute in New Orleans, received the 2019 Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Excellence in Marketing Award for the institute’s “Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children’s Hospital 2018” campaign. The award recognizes excellence in marketing campaigns developed and executed by AZA member facilities. The campaign created an unprecedented amount of buzz for the new multinight Audubon Zoo Lights event, generating 70.5 million impressions with an earned media value of $1.6 million, 229 news stories and more than 1,000 social media mentions in November and December 2019.

Will McGrath ’98, author of the award-winning memoir, Everything Lost is Found Again: Four Seasons in Lesotho

A Love Letter to Lesotho


HEN WILL MCGRATH’S cultural anthropologist wife, Ellen, suggested that they spend a year in Lesotho, he had never heard of the tiny landlocked country entirely surrounded by South Africa—– or its unenviable status as the site of the second highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS on the planet. Nevertheless, McGrath embraced the idea and took a job as a high school teacher in Lesotho while Ellen researched the impact of the AIDS crisis on Lesotho’s residents. During their stay, the award-winning journalist—– who has written for The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Guernica, Pacific Standard, Roads & Kingdoms and other magazines—–fell in love with the ruggedly beautiful mountain kingdom and its inhabitants. His Will McGrath ‘98 memoir about the experience, Everything Lost is Found Again: Four Seasons in Lesotho, was published in January 2019. “I’m excited to have this book out in the world, and I wanted to pass the information along to the Loyola community,” he says. “I’m proud of the book but, beyond that, the publisher has agreed to donate 15 percent of all sales to a tiny Lesotho orphanage that is featured prominently in the book, so the more readers it reaches, the better.” Early in the book, McGrath made his intentions clear. “I can say one thing with certainty,” he wrote. “I did not come to Lesotho to find myself. There is nothing more tedious than white people venturing into foreign territory in search of self-knowledge, in search of authenticity—–which must be among the language’s emptiest words. There is something deeply unsettling about people who collect the essential stuff of someone else’s existence for exotic furniture in their own small-scale dramas. I did not come to Lesotho for set dressing; I came to learn about the different ways that people live.” Described by Kirkus Reviews as “a memorable love letter to the remote African kingdom that stole his heart,” McGrath’s memoir has won numerous awards, including the Dzanc/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize, which celebrates works that express diverse points of view and global ways of thinking and being. To learn more about McGrath’s books and publications, visit willmcgrath.net. 4




Haroula R. Spyropoulos, aka Haroula Rose—–a musician, screenwriter and former Fulbright scholar—–directed “Once Upon a River,” a coming-of-age drama that was screened at 30 film festivals in Fall and Winter 2019. Rose told the Pioneer Press that she’s now working on a documentary about gun violence.


Matthew A. Cherry—–see story on page 17 Juan M. “John” Garcia ‘99—–see story on page 18 Terence P. Heffernan was named assistant offensive line coach of the Buffalo Bills in January 2019. Previously, Heffernan served as the associate head coach and offensive line coach at Eastern Kentucky and as the assistant offensive line coach and quality control coach for the offensive line for the Detroit Lions. Michael A. Salvatore, owner and CEO of Heritage Bicycles, Chicago’s original bike cafe, set up the Heritage Initiative, which collects donations from customers for coffee and food delivery to essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2017, Salvatore expanded his operation to include Heritage Kitchen at the bike cafe’s Lakeview location. Dr. Elizabeth A. Stoll ‘99—–see story on page 20


Rev. Robert F. Carlton ‘01—–see story on page 22 Christopher G. Howland married Maryam Sara Faridian in June 2018 at the Nicklaus Club in Monterrey, California. Groomsmen

included Dr. Christopher E. Gross ’01 and Michael Ryan Robinson ’01. Howland is currently serving as vice president of entertainment banking at Torrey Pines Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank. Ellen C. (Ziegler) Johnson—–see Timothy K. Johnson ’98 Caroline F. (Cannizzaro) Newell joined the University of Chicago Law School as chief of staff to Dean Thomas J. Miles in April 2019.


Augusto O. “Gus” Delgado and Katherine C. “Kat” (Adams) Delgado, Esq., announced the birth of their first child, Calliope, in 2017. Kat Delgado earned her JD and MS in marriage and family counseling at St. Thomas University and her LLM in taxation at the University of Washington. She is an associate attorney at the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group by Haid & Teich. Gus Delgado attended DePaul University and is a national admissions advisor at American InterContinental University. The two didn’t know each other as Ramblers, but started dating in 2010 when mutual friends introduced them. Joseph B. Kennedy and his wife celebrated the birth of their son, Emmett Joseph Kennedy, in September 2018. Samantha H. Simpson ran as a Democratic candidate for the Illinois House 31st District in the 2020 primary election. She is a consulting manager for Deloitte. She served as senior business relationship manager and product director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2012 to 2018 and communications and policy manager for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office from 2009 to 2010. She earned her MA in public policy continued on page 18

Matthew A. Cherry ‘99 (above left) and his producer, Karen Rupert Toliver, celebrated their Oscar win for Hair Love at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards in February 2020

An Oscar-Winning Ode to Black Hair and Black Fatherhood


HE MULTITALENTED Matthew A. Cherry ’99—–a former NFL wide receiver turned filmmaker—–brought some much-needed diversity to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ pantheon of award-winning films in February 2020 with his Oscar win for Best Animated Short Film. Cherry and his producer shared the spotlight as they accepted the award for Hair Love—–a seven-minute animated film about a black father who learns how to style his young daughter’s hair while his wife is in the hospital. “I just want to say that Hair Love was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation—–we wanted to normalize black hair,” Cherry noted in —– J OR DA N P E E LE his acceptance speech. Actor and Filmmaker The Twitterverse lit up after the awards ceremony with retweets of Cherry’s prescient tweet from 2012: “I’m gonna be nominated for an Oscar one day. Already claiming it.” View Cherry’s Oscar-winning film—–which he cowrote, directed and coproduced—–at matthewcherry.com/hair-love. In 2019, Hair Love was adapted into a best-selling children’s book written by Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison. 4


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Dr. Samir K. Shah and his wife celebrated the birth of their son, Roshan, in June 2018. Shah, a vascular surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, started a research program to investigate patient-centered outcomes after lower extremity arterial procedures. His research earned him the Tipping Point Award from the Center of Surgery and Public Health, a joint venture between the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.




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Engineering a Safer, More User-Friendly Future


UAN M. “JOHN” GARCIA ’99 has been tinkering with machinery and electronics since grade school. A precocious kid with an insatiable curiosity about how things work, he’s been building his own computers since the age of 12. Since earning his electrical John Gar cia ‘99 engineering degree from the University of Iowa in 2003, he has been at the forefront of a technological revolution that is changing the way we live and work. From 2016 to 2019, he served as an engineer and product manager for HARMAN, where he researched autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle product strategies, including GPS navigation systems that will employ machine learning and other artificial intelligence technologies to enhance the user experience. According to Garcia, we can look forward to navigation systems that will suggest the location of a favorite restaurant at lunchtime or alert us to the location of gas or charging stations when our fuel tanks or batteries are running low. Now at Motorola Solutions, Garcia is creating aerial intelligence solutions for public safety agencies worldwide. 4




from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and a BA in Spanish from Johns Hopkins University.


Dr. Michael B. Brennan ‘03—–see story on page 23 Thomas A. Schlacks and Kelly A. O’Shea were married in September 2017 in Chicago with a small reception in South Haven, Michigan. The couple, who met 16 years ago at Loyola Academy, honeymooned in Bermuda. O’Shea earned her master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015 and works in perinatal mental health research at Northwestern University. Schlacks is acting and working in film production.

Newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Schlacks ‘03

Stephen D. Christ, a former architecture student of James Cleland, created a series of metallic posters entitled Decades in 2017. Each architectural poster focused on a notable building from every decade since the Great Chicago Fire. A limited supply of the posters, as well as other items, can be found in his Etsy shop, Design Pavilion. Christian Friedrich signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization in July 2019. Kelly A. O’Shea—–see Thomas A. Schlacks ’03 Andreas G. Safakas (see top photo on opposite page) married Kirstin E. Kuenzi in Cleveland, Ohio, in July 2017. The couple honeymooned in Santorini, Greece, and currently resides in Chicago. Safakas, who earned a master’s degree in urban planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is a development finance manager at the Chicago Housing Authority. Safakas also serves as a mentor for Loyola’s Alumni Mentor Program and LA Tank, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago. Liam T. Stanton, a senior manager for strategic growth at West Monroe Partners, cofounded Buoy in January 2017. Buoy is an online marketplace of office perks and experiences—–from yoga classes and chair massages to family-style lunches—–that offers a fast and easy way for companies to boost office morale and bring employees together.


Alison M. Strom wrapped up her eighth year of teaching German at Fenwick High School in June 2019. In addition to teaching, Strom stays busy at home as the mother of two-year-old quadruplets.

Nicole C. Woitowich returned to Loyola to speak to our Women in STEAM cocurricular club members in January 2019. Woitowich, a biochemist at Northwestern University, is passionate about the advancement of women in the STEM disciplines.


Maire Mulroe Shields—–see Brendan J. Shields ’98


Mary Catherine Casey celebrated the one-year anniversary of her physical therapy private practice, The FIT Institute, in Chicago in July 2017. Learn more at thefitinstitutechicago.com.

Irene M. Brown married Stephen Toyoda in June 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wilmette.

Irene M . Brow n ’06 (center) with fellow Rambl er s Chris toph er R. Heredia ’05 (left) and Co lleen G. (Gorman) Der rico ’06.

“secret” shows in communities across the U.S.—–was interviewed for a January 2019 Chicago Tribune article as he set up his 23rd show at a Wintrust Bank branch in Roscoe Village. Billed as a purveyor of “secret comedy shows in secret locations with secret comedians,” Don’t Tell Comedy keeps the exact location of each event under wraps until a few hours before showtime, and the comedic lineup is revealed only as the show unfolds. Cawley is always on the lookout for unique venues for his shows. To contact him or reserve tickets, visit donttellcomedy.com/chicago. The Safakas nuptials included a mini reunion for Class of 2005 Ramblers in the wedding party (l-r): Steve M. Hollander; Ryan A. Maki; Christopher Graca; the groom, Andreas G. Safakas; Mark G. Gameng; Connor J. McMenamin; Dr. Philip C. Gutsell; and Michael Martinez.

Margaret M. “Maggie” Cramer and her husband celebrated the birth of their first child, Margot (left), in September 2018.

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Dana H. (Braun) Salazar married Alejandro Salazar in May 2019 at Concordia Church in Chicago.

Jeffery M. Jordan and Radina Aneva announced their engagement in January 2018.


Anya J. Leck and Charles G. “Gavin” Robey celebrated the birth of their daughter, Kasia Elizabeth, in June 2017.

Dana H. (Braun) Salazar ’06 (center) at her wedding with fellow Ramblers from the Class of 2006 (l-r): Mary E. Travail, Melissa M. Otter, Amy M. (Roder) McArthur and Daniel J. Bishop

Saly M. Sebastian ‘06—–see story on page 25

2007 The Robey Family: Anya J. Leck ’06 and Charles G. “Gavin” Robey ’06 with their daughter, Kasia Elizabeth, and dogs, Billie (center) and Sunnie

Alexander K. (Scott) Rose and his wife celebrated the birth of their daughter, Anya Bernadette Rose (right), in June 2017.

John W. Graham, one of the first engineers to help design the popular money distribution app, Venmo, was featured on the fifth season of ABC’s The Bachelorette, which aired in 2018. He is currently an engineering manager at Asana. Loyola Academy architectural design teacher James Cleland reports that John was one his very finest architecture and design students while at Loyola.

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James C. “Jimmy” Boratyn and his wife, Melissa Beck Boratyn, codirectors of Ginger, won Best in Fest when the film premiered at the 2018 Lady Filmmakers Festival in Beverly Hills. The film, with a $12,000 budget, was inspired by Beck Boratyn’s battle with breast cancer. The film’s Chicago premiere at the Logan Theater in October 2018 sold out, with 30 percent of the profits benefiting the American Cancer Society. Conor Cawley—–a stand-up comic and the Chicago producer of Don’t Tell Comedy, a live comedy showcase with

Daniel T. Kearns pitched his newly launched soundBYTE app at SXSW Release It—–a special pitch competition featuring 10 cutting-edge companies selected to pitch their product or service to a panel of technology industry experts, venture capitalists and high-profile media representatives. Kearn’s soundBYTE app, which enables users to play, create and share short audio clips, finished in the top three, earning the Rambler innovator an invitation to the SXSW Spotlight Showcase. According to the startup’s Facebook page, “Byte strives to be the new and improved method of instant communication, connectivity and social networking for people of all ages and interests. If Facebook is the heart, Twitter is the brain and Instagram is the eyes, then soundBYTE is the voice and ears of social media.”


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World Rowing Championship in Florida in October 2017. Aghai was named to the U.S. Men’s Four for the 2018 World Rowing Championship.

Neuroscientist and author Dr. Elizabeth A. Stoll ’99

A Pioneer in Neuro-Oncology and the Nature of Consciousness


OR Dr. Elizabeth A. Stoll ’99—–who earned her doctoral degree in neurobiology and behavior—–the human brain is an endless source of fascination. She has led award-winning research that has advanced our understanding of what makes brain tumors grow, made key discoveries about brain function and its relationship to aging and cancer and written a philosophical foray into the nature of consciousness entitled What We Are: The Physical Basis of Consciousness. After conducting postdoctoral research in the United Kingdom, Stoll led a team of researchers at the Newcastle University Institute of Neuroscience in a quest to develop new treatments for neurological diseases. Her team was recognized by the Society for Neuro-Oncology for its groundbreaking research on new therapeutic interventions for malignant brain tumors. She is now advancing knowledge as director of the Denver-based Western Institute for Advanced Study, which provides “Grand Challenge” grants to fellows in the fields of mathematics, physics and biological science to help us meet the myriad challenges confronting science and society today. Meanwhile, this pioneering researcher and author is investing her considerable intellect and energies in another ambitious endeavor: the development of her previous research findings on therapeutic interventions for malignant brain tumors toward clinical trial, with the goal of providing affordable new treatments for brain cancer patients. “There just aren’t many options out there to prolong the survival of patients with malignant brain tumors, and there is such a need for hope and progress,” she points out. “Meanwhile, I have this incredible dataset that I want to put to good use.” 4

Amanda A. Avalos, a national canvas operations lead for the Sustainability Initiative at the Center for Popular Democracy and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, was appointed by the Milwaukee mayor to sit in on the Safety and Civic Commission in December 2017. Avalos settled in Milwaukee after graduating from Marquette University with a degree in social welfare and justice. She went on to earn a master’s in public health, community and behavioral health promotion from the University of Wisconsin. She loves the city so much that she created milwaukeebeautiful.com, a website featuring essays, poems and photographs that celebrate her adopted city. Peter D. Badovinac was named assistant wide receivers coach for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals in February 2019. Meghan E. Borah’s first solo exhibition, I’d Rather be a Hammer than a Nail, opened in March 2019 at the Goldfinch Gallery in Chicago and ran through April 2019. Patrick C. Corcoran and colleague Tim Smith teamed up with Lettuce Entertain You sommelier and wine director Ryan Arnold to launch No Fine Print Wine and Fine Print Wine (a higher-end label) in 2018. Prices range from $20 to $35 dollars a bottle and a portion of the proceeds are donated to socially and environmentally focused charities. Rose C. Leisner and Peter G. Servatius married in September 2017 in Chicago. The couple met and started dating during their high-school years at Loyola Academy and now live in Los Angeles. Leisner is a professional actor and yoga instructor, and Servatius is a project manager for LendLease. Thomas H. McNamara was chosen by Caroline’s on Broadway in New York City as the Breakout Comedy Artist for the month of March 2018.

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Her first team roster included Ramblersturned-Bulldogs Hannah Burgess ’16 and Colleen Huffman ’17.

Michelle E. Bilek was named assistant women’s coach of the University of Chicago’s basketball team in May 2018. Prior to her return to Chicago, she served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at New York University and director of basketball operations at Columbia University. Katie M. Wheeler is a marketing manager at McGraw-Hill Education.


Meghan L. Edwards and Andrew T. Kindelin married in September 2019 (see photo at top), with many Ramblers in attendance. The two were high-school sweethearts at Loyola. Maeve N. O’Connor and Elliot Sykora were married in August 2018 at St. Hilary’s Church (see bottom photo). On two Navy ROTC scholarships, Sykora earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and nuclear engineering in 2014 and a master’s in nuclear engineering in 2015. He was then deployed three times to serve as a submarine officer on the USS Tennessee. After finishing five years of active service as a lieutenant in the Navy, Sykora is now a graduate student at the University of Chicago on track to earn a graduate degree in financial mathematics in December 2020. Meanwhile, O’Connor earned undergraduate degrees in marketing and supply chain management from the University of Maryland College Park in 2014 and a master’s degree in advertising at Boston University, completing the degree in 2015 in London, England. She then moved to Dublin, Ireland, to play for the Irish Women’s National Water Polo Team, competing internationally for three seasons and captaining the team to its best-ever international finish. O’Connor is currently working as the supervisor of connected commerce in the Chicago offices of PhD, a global communications planning and media buying agency network.

Meghan L. Edwards ‘10 and Andrew T. Kindelin ‘10

Dr. Yolanda J. Seliga is the founder of Healing Point Wellness Center, a traditional Chinese medicine practice in Park Ridge. She earned her master’s and doctoral Dr. Yolan da Selig a ’10 degrees from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago and San Diego. To learn more, visit healingpointwellness.com.


Katie V. Faught began her first year of law school at Loyola University Chicago in Fall 2018. Molly B. Hulseman joined Colleen M. Smith ’10 as an assistant coach for the Yale women’s lacrosse team in August 2017.

Kaitlyn E. “Katie” Muench started her second season as the assistant women’s rowing coach at Clemson University in Fall 2017. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports industry and management from Georgetown University. In June 2017, she earned an advanced certificate in rowing leadership from the Institute for Rowing Leadership in Boston. During the 2016–17 season, Muench served as a volunteer assistant coach for the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight rowing team.


Mervin B. Dino, a project leader at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, appeared on local and national news in February 2018 to talk about his program, the Medical Organization for Latino Advancement. The program serves as a pipeline to health care careers for underrepresented Latino high school students, who are mentored and trained by health care leaders and physicians at Chicago-area hospitals and universities. Watch local NBC 5 coverage at https:// www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/ making-a-difference/chicago-doctorslatino-students/136494/. William W. Hague III—–a first-time halfmarathoner—–won the New Bedford Half continued on page 22

More than 40 Ramblers from the Classes of 1971 through 2014 celebrated the nuptials of Maeve N. O’Connor ’10 and Elliot Sykora ’10 in August 2018.

Jacklyn D. Pepoon and her real estate partner, Barbara A. Pepoon (also her mom), were honored as the number one team for Coldwell Banker Northbrook in 2018.




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Marathon in March 2019. Hague, who started training in late 2018, was among a field of about 2,300 runners. He hoped to finish under 1:09, but never expected to win. He is an Oracle account manager for engineered systems and cloud technologies. Molly A. Matteson served as a Peace Corps health educator in a small rural village in Ghana from January 2017 to March 2019. During her 27-month stay, she worked with the local population to help reduce malaria incidents, improve child and maternal health, increase knowledge about HIV/AIDS and improve sanitation and hygiene. She is currently an African Scholar Fellow at Yale University.

Rev. Robert F. Carlton ’01 (above center) presiding at his first Mass at St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles on the day of his ordination in May 2019

A Path to the Priesthood


EV. ROBERT F. CARLTON ’01 FIRST FELT THE CALL to the priesthood as a Rambler and then, later, during his undergraduate years at Georgetown University. In May 2019, he achieved that dream when he was ordained a diocesan priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago. “Through the priests that I had met [at Loyola and Georgetown], I saw how rewarding and valuable the life and work of a priest could be,” he told a reporter from Chicago Catholic, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago, on ordination day. Fr. Carlton was also profoundly influenced by the military chaplains that he encountered while serving in the Navy on the USS Halyburton. The young naval officer came to believe that God was calling him to Celebrating the Sacrament of Ba do the same kind of work. ptism While teaching theology and English at Fordham Preparatory School in New York, Carlton spent a summer working at Ignatianum University, a Jesuit school in Krakow, Poland. In Fall 2014, he entered Mundelein Seminary. During his seminary years, he spent a summer working as a chaplain at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and visited holy sites in Israel. After his ordination in May 2019, he began a new chapter in his life as a priest for St. John Brebeuf Parish in Niles. “My first year of priesthood has been a great privilege,” Fr. Carlton says today. “By far the best part has been getting to know and working with people from all over the Archdiocese and learning from them and their stories.” 4




Michelle B. Ricolcol is the marketing manager for the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. Kathleen C. “K. C.” Stralka serves as the legislative liaison for the State of Illinois Department of Insurance. Previously, Stralka served as the assistant policy advisor to Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza.


Jenna M. Bagley and Margaret S. “Maggie” Simons, both 2017 Santa Clara University (SCU) graduates, received the 2016–17 Markkula Prize from SCU’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics for their leadership in research and programming in applied ethics. Bagley, a former research assistant for the center’s Bioethics Program, investigated common ethical issues in the mental health field.

Markkula Prize recipients Margaret S. “Maggie” Simons ’13 (left) and Jenna M. Bagley ’13 (right) with Kristi Markkula Bowers

She is currently a research coordinator at Rush University Medical Center. Simons was honored for her Hackworth Fellowship project, Pathways to Peace, a series of concerts that included her own performances, as well as an original composition featuring the testimony of individuals who had suffered due to their cultural or personal differences. She is currently studying music at the VanderCook College of Music to achieve her goal of passing on her love of music as a high-school or college-level choir director.

Michael B. Brennan ’03, PsyD, ABPP, shown above (left) in 2014 during his nine-month tour as an Army psychologist in Afghanistan, received the Adler University Leadership and Innovation Alumni Achievement Award in 2019 for his pioneering work on behalf of veterans suffering from PTSD.

Healing the Invisible Wounds of War

Wall Street analysts Samari L. Gilbert ’13 (left) and Aleksandra K. Kurzydlowski ’13

Samari L. Gilbert and Aleksandra K. Kurzydlowski reunited as analysts at BlackRock in New York City. The duo participated in an International Women’s Day celebration in 2018 at BlackRock’s Wall Street headquarters, where both were active members of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Network. Both graduated with degrees in economics, Gilbert’s from Cornell University and Kurzydlowski’s from Barnard College of Columbia University. Gilbert is now a business integrity analyst at Facebook, and Kurzydlowski is an associate for the international and corporate strategy chief of staff office at BlackRock. James M. Murray, an offensive lineman, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018. He was promoted to the team’s active roster midseason and made two appearances on special teams. He left the Chiefs in September 2019 and signed with the New York Jets’ practice squad two months later.

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R. MICHAEL B. BRENNAN ’03—–now an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush—–spent five years on active duty with the U.S. Army starting in 2011 and served as the first psychologist to be embedded within the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. Deployed to Afghanistan with the regiment for nine months, he was responsible for the mental health of more than 8,000 soldiers and military personnel. During that time, Brennan developed a deep understanding of the trauma that serving on the front lines can cause—–and the lingering psychological scars that can wreak havoc on the lives of soldiers and their families. Up to 30 percent of the troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and returning veterans have a 41 percent higher suicide risk than the general population. Today, as the clinical director of the Road Home Program: The National Center of Excellence for Veterans and Their Families at Rush, this former Army psychologist has made it a personal mission to ensure that military veterans

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receive the mental health services and support that they need to heal. Veterans have flown to Chicago from all over the country to participate in Brennan’s intensive, three-week outpatient program, which employs a team of nationally recognized experts who are trained in military culture and skilled in the evaluation and treatment of trauma-based disorders. Many of the treatment providers, like Brennan, are military veterans. In 2018, Brennan was instrumental in securing a $45-million grant from the Wounded Warrior Project—–the largest in the history of Rush University—–to expand the Road Home Program and cover the cost of therapies, travel, lodging, food and miscellaneous expenses for every veteran in need. Thus far, the majority of Road Home Program graduates have experienced rapid and life-changing improvements in their PTSD and depression symptoms. For Brennan, nothing could be more gratifying. “We are transforming the way that evidence-based treatments can be delivered effectively over a short period of time,” he notes, “and we have saved a lot of lives.” 4




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Ian N. Torres was a contestant on Jeopardy in September 2019. Torres is a video game programmer in California, where he now resides after graduating from Stanford University. Nicholas A. Rejebian was the recipient of the Hufstader Senior Prize at Dickinson College’s Class of 2017 commencement. The prize is awarded annually to two students who made the greatest contribution to the good of the college. Rejebian is currently an admissions counselor at Fairfield University. ecialis t .S. Army sp per ’13, a U ys the em la K p e is d rg n, io Geo borne Divis ir A ria in t Sy 1s t 10 in the in Nor thwes demy flag to be ed ag g Loyola Aca en is 19. Kemper October 20 20. 20 ly Ju in married

Patrick J. Nally earned his master’s degree with merit from the London School of Economics in 2019. He currently works in New York City. Danielle C. Oddo and Michael A. Pins married at St. Juliana Church in September 2018. The couple met in Mrs. Lawrence’s freshman English class and started dating that year. Oddo studied biology pre-med at the University of Tampa and is currently a pancreatic cancer researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Pins studied mechanical engineering and technology at Purdue University and is currently a system engineer at Frigel.

Travis Weber was a member of the Lawrence University baseball team that made it to the playoffs in Spring 2018. This was the university’s first postseason appearance since 1990. Daniel Woodrow was assigned to the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Advanced “A” team for the Detroit Tigers, in March 2019.


David A. Higgins was the captain of the Elon University team that won first place in the 2017 Diamond Dollars Case Competition at the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Analytics Conference in Phoenix. The annual conference brings together the leading statistical minds in baseball. Higgins majored in statistics and minored in sports and events management, economics and information science. David M. Wieczorek, a former member of the Pepperdine University volleyball team, was selected in Summer 2019 to play professional volleyball with the TSV Giesen Grizzlys. The up-andcoming team is in the top league in Germany. Fortunately, the practices are conducted in English, as Wieczorek is not fluent in German.

Michael A. Pins ‘13 gave Danielle C. Oddo ’13 a drumline jacket with his name on it when they dated as Ramblers. Five years later, they returned to Loyola to pose for this nostalgic engagement photo.

Tara M. Honda is an inbound sales representative at Groupon.





Jack T. Yalowitz, a four-year starter for University of Illinois baseball, was selected in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball draft in June 2019. He signed with the Rockies and was assigned to the Grand Junction Rockies

Aaron M . Yasko ’1 5 (above, partners right) and in the st a his rtup ventu re, Spark Matcha

of the Pioneer League in June 2019.

Aaron M. Yasko (see photo above) is a cofounder of the startup, Spark Matcha, which was launched in April 2019. Yasko and his partners won best pitch for their product in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Clapp IDEA competition. The coffee alternative is available on Amazon. Find out more at sparkelements.com.


Tanea M. Crawford was featured in The Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago’s student newspaper, during her junior year for her mixed-media artwork. Her artistic creations can be found at Tanea Marie on Instagram. She teaches a mixed-media art camp at the Evanston Art Center. Crawford is scheduled to earn her bachelor of applied science degree in neuroscience this spring. Andrew M. Gombac, an automotive design major at the College of Creative Studies, spent the second semester of his junior year as a 2019 exterior design intern at GAC, a major Chinese auto company based in Guangzhou, China. Maria K. Kyle, a member of the Emory University National Swim Team in March 2017, helped her team win the NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship. John Shannon, who graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics in January 2020, was named the inaugural recipient of the Patrick Mannelly Award in honor of his achievement as the best long-snapper in Division I football in 2019. The presentation was made in December 2019 at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff.

Jacob “Jake” Van Cleef, currently a senior at Villanova University, founded the Villanova Sentry during his sophomore year to raise Jacob V a n C le e f ‘16 awareness of social injustices. Fellow Rambler Katherine Nicole Baker ’16 serves as a reporter for the publication. Van Cleef has been involved in a variety of activist groups, including ACT (the Association for Change and Transformation), The Forum, VUSLAM (the Villanova University Student Labor Action Movement) and POWER (Peers Offering Wellness Education and Resources). He also starred in Villanova’s production of Arsenic and Lace.


Jack P. Badovinac, an offensive lineman at Colgate, was named to the Patriot League preseason team in Summer 2019. M. Brennan Dwyer was the starting draw control specialist for Northwestern University’s women’s lacrosse team during her sophomore year in Spring 2019. She finished the year with 181 draw controls, fifth in the NCAA, earning her All-Big Ten honors, Intercollegiate Lacrosse Women’s Coach Association Third-Team All-American honors and Inside Lacrosse Media First Team AllAmerican honors. To top off this great season, Dwyer’s team won the 2019 Big Ten championship for the first time since the Big Ten began sponsoring women’s lacrosse. Brian M. Vance, a catcher for the Kenosha Kingfishers, a summer baseball league, was featured on WGN-TV in June 2019, when his dance moves to Beyoncé in the bullpen went viral on social media. The Kingfishers’ marketing team kept the dancing going with the “Vancy Dancy Dance-Off,” a dancing competition between Vance and fans from the stands. During the school year, Vance plays baseball at St. Joseph’s University. 4

A leader in service: New President’s Leadership Council Chair Saly M. Sebastian ’06 (center) with Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, (right) and Vice President of Alumni and Network Engagement Martin G. Jennings ‘98

Helping Young Rambler Alumni Stay Connected


HEN Saly M. Sebastian ’06 was working as an international banking senior analyst for J.P. Morgan in New York City, she couldn’t get home very often to see her fellow Ramblers. So she was especially gratified when our alumni relations team began holding regional reunions in New York City to reconnect with Loyola alumni living on the East Coast. “I attended several of those New York regional reunions, and I remember thinking that it was amazing to be a graduate of a high school that really cares about its students and is proactively reengaging alumni after graduation,” she recalls today. “Loyola’s alumni network is truly unique. It rivals the alumni networks of universities and feels like a family of students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents who will be forever invested in your success.” Those New York reunions inspired Sebastian to stay connected with the Loyola community. When she moved back to the Midwest in 2014 to work in J.P. Morgan’s Chicago office, she

joined our President’s Leadership Council (PLC)—–a board of young alumni leaders who support Loyola by serving as ambassadors to the school’s young alumni community. After serving as a member of the group’s executive board for several years, she took over as chair of the President’s Leadership Council in Fall 2019. “Through the dedication of our emeritus members, the PLC now plays a vital role in Loyola’s alumni engagement efforts,” says Sebastian. “I am excited to lead us into the next chapter. Our priorities over the next few years are to ensure that our programs are meeting the needs of Loyola’s young alumni community and to create more leadership opportunities for PLC members who are interested in getting more involved.” Sebastian—–now a senior program manager at Snapfish—–also mentors current Loyola students and serves on the Board of Trustees’ Jesuit Catholic Identity Committee. 4 Find out more about President’s Leadership Council membership and upcoming events at goramblers.org/plc.




The Loyola Academy community joins in prayerful

REMEMBRANCE of those who have passed away and offers condolences to their families.

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Mr. George J. Marcin


Mr. Robert J. Gantner Dr. Edward R. Garrity


Mr. John F. Kennedy


Mr. Joseph C. Fenner Mr. James E. Hicks Mr. Robert B. Wall


Mr. Raymond C. Holland Mr. Edward L. Rybski


Mr. Francis J. Maloney Dr. John C. Tobin


Dr. William T. Donovan Sr. Dr. Brian H. Jarchow Mr. Robert O. Luhr


Mr. Daniel J. Cleary Mr. Raymond T. Denten Mr. Charles A. Feit Mr. Robert J. Foley Mr. Robert H. Garmoe Rev. Robert J. Ochs, SJ Mr. James S. Phillips Mr. P. Dwyer Roche Mr. Michael E. Schiltz Prof. Peter P. Weidenbruch Jr.


Prof. Charles R. Bauer Mr. Richard P. Cody Dr. Gerard V. Egan Mr. Roy F. Kasten Jr. Mr. Joseph L. Mohan Mr. George A. Soule Mr. Richard A. Stuercke Mr. Philip J. Wieland


Mr. John H. Chamberlain




Mr. Philip N. Collins Dr. Thomas J. Considine Mr. Michael E. Doherty Mr. James W. Martin Jr. Mr. John J. McMahon III Mr. Robert C. Simon

Mr. Bartley J. McKee Mr. John W. Philbin Mr. Russell R. Pirovano Mr. James M. Sammons Mr. Alfred C. Stepan III Rev. George W. Traub, SJ

Mr. Thomas W. Dempsey Rev. Michael J. Hoolahan, CP Mr. W. Quinn Kelly Mr. Robert D. McHugh

Rev. Francis P. Chamberlain, SJ Dr. James F. Chambliss Dr. Daniel R. Considine Mr. Norman P. Lind Mr. Peter M. Marino Mr. Don L. Meyers Mr. Robert L. Rappel Mr. Franklin R. St. Lawrence Mr. Justin A. Vazzano



Rev. Robert L. Bireley, SJ Mr. Peter B. Bryant Mr. James A. Coleman Mr. Terence S. Fitzgerald Mr. Mark J. Gamber Mr. Stephen R. Rebora Mr. Richard E. Shea Mr. James H. Thureson Mr. George A. Van Der Bosch Mr. John M. Woythal


Dr. Gerald R. Blake Mr. Peter J. Cannon Mr. Patrick J. Clemens Mr. Frank T. Fitzsimmons Mr. Frank J. Hahn Mr. Robert G. Hornof Mr. Paul M. Jarchow Mr. Thomas L. McRaith Jr. Mr. Kevin E. Moran Mr. Kevin E. Nowlan Mr. Frank A. Serpico


Mr. John D. Bagley, PhD Mr. Paul S. Gerding Mr. John P. Glunz Sr. Dr. Kevin P. Glynn Mr. Peter R. Harvey Mr. George B. Kearney Mr. Paul E. Plunkett


Mr. Joseph L. Bernstein Dr. Bruce W. Bielinski Dr. James T. Bolan Mr. John T. Bycraft III Rev. M. Joseph Casey, SJ Mr. Michael C. Dollahan Mr. Frank M. Fox Mr. Robert J. Lane Mr. Dennis W. McGuire



Mr. Thomas J. Cavanagh Mr. Frank J. Cihak Mr. Robert J. Klaas Mr. William P. Krackenberger Mr. Robert P. Marschall Dr. Joseph S. Morrissey Mr. Thomas J. Muench Mr. Gerard A. Parrilli Mr. Theodore M. Peters Mr. Robert F. Toland


Mr. Robert L. Gerich Mr. J. Michael Gira Mr. Thomas J. Hillenbrand Mr. Stephen J. Murphy Mr. Donald J. O’Meara Mr. John J. Sullivan


Mr. John T. Crilly Mr. Samuel D. McGlone Rev. Michael P. Norkett Mr. John P. Rappel Mr. Herbert J. Theisen Mr. George P. Wagner


Dr. James E. Killean Mr. Edward F. Szymanski Dr. Christian Zacher


Mr. John A. Breen III Mr. Patrick T. Driscoll Jr. Mr. Gerard J. Marzano Mr. Robert V. Stenson


Mr. William M. Gibbons Mr. William F. Mages Dr. George F. Seidenbecker Mr. Daniel A. Sullivan Mr. Donald P. Witty


Mr. Jay E. Cannon Jr. Mr. Richard O. Castro Dr. John J. Fahey Jr. Mr. Frederick D. Keady Mr. Patrick D. Kelly Mr. Thomas F. Leahy Mr. Edward J. McFadden Mr. Andrew T. Murphy Mr. Robert H. Nelson Mr. William T. O’Brien Mr. William J. Phillips Mr. James M. Schell Mr. Robert F. Sennott Jr. Mr. John C. Weidert


Mr. John J. Cerami Mr. Donald R. MacGregor Dr. John T. Preston Mr. Gary F. Rivard Hon. Thomas M. Tucker


Mr. Franklin J. Bak Mr. H. S. Barrettsmith II Mr. J. Terry Franke Mr. William J. Indelli Dr. Joseph R. Lentino Mr. Dennis F. McAllister Mr. William J. McDermott Mr. Norman W. Menz III Mr. Philip J. Rengel


Mr. S. Michael Boyle Mr. Thomas H. Cramer Mr. Anthony V. Giampa Mr. Stephen D. Killian Mr. John J. Leahy Jr. Mr. Peter A. Nutini Mr. James B. Russo


Dr. Robert G. Cook Mr. John P. DeGryse Mr. John T. Heuser Mr. Bruce McKeever Jr. Mr. Anthony A. Pinelli


Mr. Randall J. Nellessen Mr. James M. Rothbauer Mr. Henry Stephen Seul Mr. John B. Sheridan


Mr. Christopher R. Birren Mr. Brian W. Bulger Mr. Frank F. Castellano Mr. George J. Lucchetti Mr. Daniel T. Murphy Mr. Timothy D. O’Malley Mr. Walter J. Starck


Mr. James M. Braithwaite Mr. James E. Deignan Mr. Richard J. Marino Mr. John J. Nolan Jr. Mr. Robert A. Ostholthoff


Mr. Matthew J. Cullen Mr. William J. Deevy Mr. Robert A. Golden Mr. Anthony Savaglio Mr. David Sowa


Mr. Thomas P. Brinegar Mr. John W. Clifford Mr. Michael L. Fahey Mr. Charles E. Matz Mr. Sean B. McCourt Mr. Timothy G. Meinken Mr. Michael F. Murphy Mr. Glenn A. Scalzitti


Mr. James R. Boveri Mr. Kelly J. Tyrrell

Mr. Kent A. Smith Mr. Thomas J. Spencer Jr.


Mr. Daniel J. Clohisy Mr. Timothy B. Gassert Mr. Mark A. Mickey


Mr. James R. Carney Mr. Mark F. Rebora Mr. Joseph M. Schiele Mr. John R. Slattery


Mr. Joseph S. Capitani Mr. Vincent M. Jans Mr. Mark J. Rollins Mr. Robert F. Toland Jr.


Mr. Joseph P. Jekot


Mr. Lawrence M. Gamber Mr. John P. Kenny Mr. Timothy L. Mitchell


Mr. Luis A. Espinosa


Mr. Michael J. Lamendella Mr. Barry J. McNulty Mr. Bartly F. Reilly


Mr. Michael R. Jimms Mr. Timothy D. O’Brien


Mr. Randall S. Racana







Mr. Michael J. Jennings Mr. John G. Skehen Mr. Thomas H. Walsh Mr. Harry L. Wellbank Jr.

Mr. Stanley T. Crossland Mr. Douglas B. Driscoll Mr. Robert E. Ward Mr. Gavin Woodward

Mr. Thomas E. Burns Mr. Thomas J. Friel

Dr. Paul D. Choi Mr. Keith A. Sweeney

Mr. Greg J. Kamrow Mr. Timothy E. Kemper

Mr. Paul J. Gallagher Mr. Gregory J. Tosto

Mr. Brian P. Doherty


Mr. Michael P. Kohler Mr. Michael F. Welch


Mr. John C. Blume Mr. William P. McCarte


Mr. Jeremy T. Begy Mr. Edward J. O’Callaghan


Mr. Matthew K. Switski


Mr. Patrick W. Corcoran Mr. Timothy N. E. Marrs Mr. Steven L. Szymanski


Ms. Amanda M. Valerugo


Mr. Alan M. Swartz


Mr. Rayel J. Jallah


Mr. Kevin E. Williams

Other Loyola Academy Community Members Mr. John A. Ahern Mr. Nikola Akrap Mr. Gus G. Alpogianis Mr. John R. Andersen Mr. Jeff Ball Mr. Gilia Barih Mrs. Dorothy L. Barrett Mr. Clyde E. Bassett Mrs. Janet F. Bates Mr. Robert D. Beaulieu

Mrs. Mercedes B. Gilpatric Mr. Michael R. Gorski Mr. David R. Gould Mr. Dwight A. Gramm Mrs. Eileen Greisch Rev. Philip Grib, SJ Mrs. Darlene Griesmeyer Mrs. Cecelia Hagedorn Mrs. Charlotte Hahn Mr. Ernest A. Halvorsen Sr. Mr. Timothy G. Hamilton Mr. George A. Haralampopoulos Mrs. Ann Harrington Hon. John F. Hechinger Dr. Gloria V. Heffernan Mrs. Margery Heider Mrs. Kathryn S. Henn Mrs. Beryl Hermes Dr. Walid A. Hindo Mrs. Patricia Hitt Mr. John G. Holden Mr. Michael Holewinski Mr. Peter D. Horne Mrs. Kathryn Horning Mr. Thomas B. Hutch Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Darrick Johnson Mr. Robert R. Johnson Mrs. Mary P. Joyce Mrs. Maria G. Kebr Mr. Guy F. Keefer Mr. John A. Keller Mrs. Trudy Kelly Mrs. Joanne M. Kennedy Dr. Matilda R. Kimovec Mrs. Dolores Kissane Mr. Burton G. Klabunde Mr. John L. Klemmer Mr. John G. Korovilas Mr. Mate Kovacevic Mr. Richard P. Kropp Mr. Lloyd J. Kurkowski Mrs. Jane L. Lamey Mr. Richard H. Langrill Mr. Joseph J. Lantolf Ms. Carla C. LaSalle Mrs. Doris J. Latousek Mr. Richard P. Laue Mr. Michael R. Laughlin Mr. John Lawlor Mrs. Trinidad L. Leal-Gomez Mr. William B. Lehman Sr. Dr. Floramado A. Licudine Mr. Edward A. Lieske Mr. T. J. Lisowski Sr. Ms. JoMarie Listinsky Mr. John Lozano Mr. Philip F. Maher Dr. Arturo Manas Mr. Arturo S. Marcelo Ms. Dina L. Markham Hon. Daniel G. Martin Mr. James V. Martin Jr. Mr. William A. Martin Dr. Gregory J. Matz Mrs. Judith Matz Mr. Beniamino Mazzetta Mr. John J. McCann Mrs. Lisa I. McCarthy Prof. Fred S. McChesney Ms. Patricia P. McCurdy Mrs. Jeanne M. McDonagh Mrs. Mary Leona McDonnell Dr. John P. McGee II Ms. Diane M. McGowan Mr. Robert V. McGrath Mr. Thomas J. McHugh Mrs. Joan P. McKenna Mr. Edward P. McNeela Mrs. Hannah D. McNulty Mr. Peter J. Meehan Jr. Mr. Victor Menis Mr. Donald R. Michonski Mr. Robert W. Mickey



Mr. Bernard E. Bergquist Mrs. Evlyn D. Betar Mr. Ronald E. Bielinski Mr. Patrick Blake Mrs. Patricia M. Blume Mr. Douglas A. Bodnovich Mr. Roy E. Bollhoffer Sr. Mr. Frank Bonnike Mr. Gus G. Boznos Mr. Maik Breckwoldt Mrs. Patricia M. Breen Mr. Michael R. Budnik Rev. Robert J. Bueter, SJ Dr. and Mrs. William J. Burns Mr. Daniel J. Cahill Jr. Mr. Frank Caira Mr. Thomas V. Callahan Jr. Mr. Rito Camarillo Mr. James W. Campbell Ms. Nancy Campbell Mrs. Kathryn Carley Mr. Domingo J. Carreira, PhD Dr. Philip A. Casella Mr. William R. Chambers Mrs. Patricia Chaput Mr. Simon Chlimoun Mr. Edward J. Claffey Mr. Eugene J. Clarke Mr. John R. Coath Mrs. Marilyn Coluzzi Mrs. Mary Pat R. Compernolle Mr. Lawrence P. Conroy Mrs. Patricia Corboy-Matthys Mr. Joseph Cosgrove Mr. and Mrs. E. Lee Cotten Mr. Richard D. Coulon Mr. F. P. D’Amore Jr. Mrs. Kathleen M. Deger Mrs. Patricia Delaney Ms. Joan E. Desmond Mr. Peter Diambri Mr. Tomas A. Diaz-Lee Mr. Joseph N. Dietrich Mrs. Peggy Dietrich Mr. William T. Divane Mrs. Bernadette Doherty Mrs. Christine P. Dohm Mrs. Suzanne Donahue Mr. Thomas Donohoe Mr. Richard Driscoll Mrs. Patricia Dunbar Mr. Lowell A. Dunlap, PhD Mr. William J. Dunn Mrs. Kathryn J. Ebert Mr. Norman G. Eichhorn Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Einsweiler Mrs. Victora H. Fahey Mrs. Bridget Fernando Mrs. Carolyn Feuer Mrs. Mary Fiocchi Mr. Robert W. Fitzgerald Mr. James T. FitzGibbon Rev. Daniel L. Flaherty, SJ Mrs. Ruth O. Floberg Mr. Stephen X. Foley Sr. Mrs. Jean Foran Mrs. Janet Fretland Mr. Willard R. Froehlich Mrs. Enie Fucak Mr. James F. Futrell Mr. Edmund L. Gadek Mr. George P. Galiotos Mr. William J. Gallagher Jr. Mr. Gino Gambacorta Mrs. Helen F. Garrity Mr. Bernard C. Garvey Sr. Mrs. Maria De la Luz Nodal Gaytan-Fonseca Mrs. Jane Geldermann Mr. Martin J. Giarelli Mr. Donald J. Gier Mr. Francis H. Giesen Mr. C. E. Gilpatric

Ms. Alice E. Miller Mr. Robert J. Miller Mr. William C. Mitchell Sr. Mr. Thomas J. Monforti Mr. John T. Moynahan Mrs. Ann M. MrKic-Zgonena Mrs. Ann Murphy Mr. Joseph S. Nasser Mr. John Nickele Mrs. Helen M. O’Brien Mr. Raymond A. O’Connell Dr. Joseph S. O’Connor Mr. Thomas F. O’Gara Mr. Michael J. O’Grady Mrs. Nessa O’Halloran Mr. Richard E. Olson Drs. Emmanuel F. and Ann N. Onyeali Mr. Buddy G. Oseda Mr. James R. Padar Dr. Jay K. Pandit Mrs. Maura Pandit Mr. Robert L. Parkinson Jr. Mr. Rocco J. Peters Mrs. Mary Phenner Mr. John W. Philbin Mr. Pellegrino C. Picchietti Mr. Frank A. Pucci Mr. Mark Puch Mrs. Katherine M. Radler Dr. Teralandur K. Raghunath Mr. Matt S. Raimondi Mr. Philip E. Rashid Sr. Mrs. Mary K. Rice Mrs. Gisela E. Rill Mr. Edgard J. Rivera Mr. Thomas A. Robison Mr. Michael B. Roche Mr. Michael J. Russell Dr. Thomas A. Russell Mrs. Charlotte H. Ryan Mr. Lawrence W. Ryan Mr. Robert B. Ryan Dr. John D. Saletta Mr. Peter H. Salmon Mr. Thomas R. Sanders Mrs. Vianne Sanders Mr. Ronald C. Schaefer Dr. Michael F. Schafer Mr. Jay J. Scherer Mrs. Claire S. Schermerhorn Mr. R. H. Schmalfeld Br. Robert W. Schneider, SJ Mrs. Maria Schoon Mr. John R. Schufreider Mrs. Marjorie Schufreider Mr. Guy Scopelliti

Mr. Dominic F. Senese Mr. Peter A. Sheehan Mr. Roger Simon Mr. James B. Sloan Mr. Gerald W. Smith Mr. Ronald C. Smith Ms. Michelle N. Sotelo Mr. Michael J. Spingola Mr. Robert A. Spoo Mr. David P. Stefani Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stelzel Mrs. Frances Strumpen-Darrie Mrs. Marceline K. Sullivan Mrs. Rosemary B. Sullivan Mr. Todd C. Swenson Ms. Margaret A. Tellez Mr. Peter Thalman Dr. Charlene A. Thomas Mr. Kevin J. Tighe Mr. James P. Tully Mr. Gary P. Turner Mrs. Maureen Valdenaire Dr. Galdino E. Valvassori Mr. James P. Van Horn Mrs. Jean Vanderbosch Mr. Victor V. Verdico Mr. Blase Viti Jr. Mrs. Marion E. von Holdt Mr. Doran J. Von Unschuld Mr. John B. Vottero Dr. Ronald E. Walker Mr. Tom Ward Mr. Joseph N. Warga Mr. Gerald M. Waters Mrs. Faith Wenger Mrs. Theresa Werhane Mr. N. Lee Wesley Mr. Joseph R. Wiedemann Mr. Hugh O. Williams Jr. Mr. Roger L. Worrell Mr. Vaughn J. Wuertz Mrs. Dianne Yauch Mr. Virgil G. Yumo Mrs. Mary R. Zanoni As of February 18, 2020 To include your departed loved one, please contact Ashley Sanks ‘10 at 847.920.2421 or asanks@loy.org.




Ways to Stay Connected


Join our Facebook community of more than 9,200 alumni, students, parents and friends to keep your finger on the pulse of local and global Loyola life. Tap into our LinkedIn community of more than 7,700 members and nearly 3,700 followers.


Join our community of more than 5,100 followers on Twitter @LoyolaAcademy. Follow Fr. McGrath at @frpatmcgrath. Follow us on Instagram and share your Loyola moments with more than 4,700 Loyola Academy Instagram followers using #LoyolaAcademy and #goramblers in the post. Your photos could be featured on our feed.

Daily Mass and Prayer Resources at Loyola Academy


URING THIS TIME OF SOCIAL ISOLATION, it is important that we find avenues for prayer and reflection that keep us connected. We invite you to join us as we come together as a faith community in the following ways:

Weekday Mass—Our weekday Mass is streamed live every day at 8 a.m. (except during Loyola’s Easter break from April 9 through April 19). Join our Weekday Mass and find additional Mass resources here.

Virtual Rosary—Don’t worry if it’s been a while. Trust the rhythm of this beautiful prayer to lead you into deeper reflection. Our virtual rosary is offered through Zoom on Sundays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Fridays at 7:30 a.m.

Prayer Intentions for Our Faith Community —While we are unable to gather together in prayer, you are invited to share your prayers of gratitude and your intentions for the sick and suffering, local and universal Church, needs of the world and all who might be in need of a prayer. These intentions will be remembered daily.

Prayerful Music—Join Campus Minister Mike Gregg for prayer through music on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. on Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

Weekly Food for Thought Email—Receive a weekly Sunday email containing a short reflection, story, prayer or quote, as well as questions to ponder during the coming week. To sign up, email Adult Chaplain Doug Gleber.

Prayer is a balm for our worries, our fears and our wounds; let us hold each other in prayer during these days of isolation. Additional information is available on our Daily Mass and Prayer Resources page.




Upcoming EVENTS

Friday, May 29, 2020

REIMAGINED RAMBLE 2020: A Night to Unite

JOIN US FOR A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE that will unite our Rambler community as we raise critically needed support for our Tuition Assistance Program. 7 p.m. 8 p.m.

Ramble with Friends Watch Parties Virtual Live Auction and Paddle Raise

Five-Day Silent Auction and Exclusive Offerings open Monday, May 25, at 8 a.m. and close Friday, May 29, at 10 p.m.

Questions? Contact Loyola Academy Special and Philanthropic Events Director Briana Wells at 847.920.2714 or bwells@loy.org. See back cover for details.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

A MORNING WITH BIG SHOULDERS 10 a.m. to Noon St. Matthias Elementary School 4910 N. Claremont, Chicago

VOLUNTEER WITH BIG SHOULDERS to help clean St. Matthias elementary school. For more information, contact PLC Executive Committee Member Maddy Bednar at bednarmg2@gmail.com.

FALL 2020 REUNIONS Friday, September 18, to Saturday, September 19, 2020


Friday, September 18, 2020 Details to be announced

Saturday, September 19, 2020 SAVE THE DATE!

Friday, November 6, 2020

63RD ANNUAL PRESIDENT’S DINNER Wintrust’s Grand Banking Hall Details to be announced.

In-person gatherings on this calendar may be subject to postponement or cancelation, according to social-distancing orders and state guidelines. Please confirm individual events with the event organizer or check our school calendar for any updates.

Loyola Academy 6 p.m. Mass in the Chapel 6:45 p.m. Reunion Celebration Dinner

Saturday, October 3, 2020

60TH REUNION: CLASS OF 1960 Loyola Academy 9 a.m. Mass in the Chapel 9:45 a.m. Breakfast and Tour

Saturday, October 3, 2020


Loyola Academy 6 p.m. Mass in the Chapel 6:45 p.m. Cocktails and Dinner

Saturday, October 3, 2020


Loyola Academy 6 p.m. Mass in the Chapel 6:45 p.m. Cocktails and Dinner

Saturday, October 3, 2020


Loyola Academy 6 p.m. Mass in the Chapel 6:45 p.m. Cocktails and Dinner

Saturday, October 3, 2020


Loyola Academy 6 p.m. Mass in the Chapel 6:45 p.m. Cocktails and Dinner

Friday, October 16, 2020


To join your class reunion committee or find out more about reunions or the 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony, please contact Loyola Academy Vice President of Alumni and Network Engagement Martin G. Jennings ’98 at 847.920.2429 or mjennings@loy.org or visit your reunion class web page or the Athletic Hall of Fame web page at goramblers.org.

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Ramble 2020


Please join us for our reimagined Ramble—a virtual experience that will safely unite our Rambler community with a common mission: to generate critically needed support for our Tuition Assistance Program. Five-Day Silent Auction and Exclusive Offerings


Make this a record-breaking Ramble in a year of unprecedented need.


Become a Ramble sponsor.


Bid on silent auction items.

Watch parties may be held in person or virtually, depending on the measures that must be taken to keep our community safe.

Virtual Live Auction and Paddle Raise



Ramble with Friends Watch Parties with Live “Ramblethon” Programming 8 p.m.


Donate to our Ramble Guardian Angel Fund.

Including concert tickets, fabulous dining experiences, fine wine, golf packages and more



One thing is certain in these uncertain times: Our Rambler families need you now more than ever. Here’s how you can help:

Monday, May 25, at 8 a.m. through Friday, May 29, at 10 p.m.

Friday, May 29 7 p.m.




Join us for our virtual live auction.


Featuring items such as a trip to the Holy Land with Fr. McGrath, a weekend experience at the 2021 Murray Bros. Caddyshack® Charity Golf Tournament and a two-year lease on a BMW with a free parking spot in Loyola’s lot

Advertise with us during our Ramblethon live broadcast.


Make a cash donation.

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