Loyola Magazine Winter 2014

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The Magazine for Loyola Academy Alumni, Parents and Friends

Winter 2014

THE RAMBLER IN RAHM’S OFFICE Mayoral spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton ’99 tackles life on the front lines of Chicago politics


Honoring the good works of a legendary Loyola couple


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A New Way to Stay Connected

6 A President’s Dinner Tribute

It’s a new year —– the perfect time to roll out a brand new publication for our growing global community of more than 30,000 Loyola alumni, parents and friends. LOYOLA magazine replaces our long-running THE Focus newsletter with a new reader-friendly format, R AMBLER IN R AH full-color photos and 16 pages to showcase the OFFICEM’S accomplishments of Loyola community members, Mayoral spo keswoman Sarah Hami lto keep you informed about news and events and life on the fro n ’99 tackles nt lines of Chicago pol itics share our time-honored Jesuit traditions. You’ll still find all of your favorite features from TRIBUT E Honoring the works of a good lege Loyola cou ndary Focus, including alumni profiles and photos from ple NE W YE reunions and events, as well as an expanded NE W LOAR , Ringing in 201 O K with a fresh, 4 Class Notes section and links to videos, photo friendly formreaderLoyola new at for s galleries and other online extras. We hope that this fresh and engaging publication inspires you to take advantage of more of what Loyola has to offer, from opportunities to connect and network with other community members to faith and education programming. We want to hear from you! Don’t forget to send us regular updates so that we can celebrate and share your personal and professional milestones with other members of the Loyola community. We also welcome your feedback about our new format and your suggestions for future issues. After all, this is your magazine. Enjoy your premiere issue!

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Winter 2014

More Ways to Stay Connected In between issues of LOYOLA magazine, keep your Rambler connections strong by joining our online faith, professional and social communities.

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4 The Rambler in Rahm’s Office

Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ President Kathryn M. Baal, PhD Principal Office of Advancement Robert O. Miller Vice President of Advancement Communications Depar tment Lynn Composto Communications Manager Robin Hunt Director of Public Relations O’Donavan Johnson ’00 Campaign Manager and Director of Social Media Timothy Sassen, PhD Director of Web Development and Communications Development Depar tment





Join our prayer community. Log on to the PrayLA web page at prayla.goramblers.org to refresh your spirit with our daily Scripture readings and Ignatian reflections and prayers. While you’re there, subscribe to our PrayLA daily email for delivery to your inbox or download our PrayLA app to your mobile device and set reminder alerts for your daily prayer. You can also submit a prayer request and your intentions will be prayed for by Loyola students every Wednesday.

Thomas J. Cramer Principal Gifts Officer

Stories of Loyola alumni and parents helping one another climb the career ladder abound. Tap into this extraordinary professional resource by joining our Loyola Academy LinkedIn community, which is now over 2,400 members strong. Visit us at linkedin.com/company/loyola-academy and select alumni or parents from our featured groups.

Joan Schniedwind Special Events Coordinator

Join our Facebook community of nearly 5,000 alumni, parents and friends at facebook.com/goramblers and keep your finger on the pulse of local and global Loyola life. Join our community of nearly 2,000 followers on Twitter @ LoyolaAcademy (twitter.com/loyolaacademy). Follow Loyola President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, at @frpatmcgrath.


> View our 2012-2013 Loyola Academy Annual Report at www.goramblers.org/annualreport.

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Karen Diener Associate Director of Database Management Julie Fischer Director of Special Events Elizabeth Kadison O’Connor ’02 Director of Annual Giving

Lesley J. Seitzinger ’88 Principal Gifts Officer Dennis R. Stonequist ‘90 Director of Alumni Relations Sandra M. Taggart Director of Prospect Research Tammy Tsakalios Gift Processor

LOYOLA magazine is published twice a year by the Office of Advancement and posted online at goramblers.org/loyolamagazine. Please send class notes and correspondence, address and email updates, print subscription requests and requests for the electronic version of the magazine to Editor Robin Hunt at rhunt@loy.org or Loyola Academy, 1100 Laramie Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091.

ways that God has worked in his life. As he reflects on his life journey, he considers his story and wonders where God has been in his pilgrimage. Coming to a deep realization of the abiding presence of God, he writes, “Late have I loved you, O beauty ever ancient, ever new.” Augustine confesses that his life to that point had been filled with an exhausting search for God in all the wrong places. He finally realizes that God has been with him all along. God, the ancient one, is also always new, creative and the source of liberating imagination.

I think of Augustine’s insight as I review a year in the life of Loyola Academy. Some things are

part of the ancient tradition of our Catholic faith and the 105 years of Jesuit education at Loyola. In a sense, some things never change; our core mission will always be to form young women


and men for meaningful lives of service and leadership as they prepare for college and beyond. Rhythms and patterns of the year are very familiar. And yet, our mission of Jesuit education is always new here at Loyola. Every day is another opportunity for members of our community to

How blessed we are to have journeyed this past year with all of its highs and lows in the sure and certain knowledge that our God, ever ancient and ever new, companions us each step of the way.

respond more generously to God’s invitation to become the people we were sent into this world to be, manifesting God’s creative newness with awe-inspiring energy.

President’s Message

In his fourth-century, reflective, autobiographical masterpiece, St. Augustine ponders the

I see this ever-emerging newness in the ways that our community has attempted to inte-

grate technology into our shared learning. Such powerful tools have made their way into our classrooms as our one-to-one iPad initiative has been rolled out over the last 18 months. There are so many new and exciting dimensions to this experience, such as flipped classrooms and increased collaboration among teachers and students as they learn together in teams. The newness is thrilling, but there is something very ancient embedded in this new reality as well. We work hard to remember that these technological innovations are simply tools to assist us in our very old mission of education and formation. The great human questions framed within our Catholic and Jesuit traditions remain our core purpose for learning. We continue to see all of our learning as a quest to engage God’s good creation in a reflective conversation about who we are and who we are called to become. Learning and technology…ever ancient, ever new.

As I reflect on these last 12 months at Loyola, I find myself filled with gratitude. We are

blessed by 2,000 students whose families have chosen this place to be their home away from

Here’s to a creative, imaginative, hope-charged 2014!


home and a center for learning and formation. I am grateful for our phenomenal, talented faculty members who daily engage the great questions with zeal and imagination. I am grateful that Loyola Academy is such a vibrant community—–fully aware of its mission to be an imaginative Jesuit faith and education center for our students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff. We are charged up and thankful for the inspired leadership of a new Jesuit pope who burst onto the scene in 2013 and revived the imagination and joy of a worldwide Church we call home.

How blessed we are to have journeyed this past year with all of its highs and lows in the sure

and certain knowledge that our God, ever ancient and ever new, companions us each step of the way. Here’s to a creative, imaginative, hope-charged 2014!

Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ President, Loyola Academy A version of Fr. McGrath’s letter was published in the Wilmette Beacon on January 2, 2014.


> Ramblers reflect on the selection of Pope Francis as TIME magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year. View the video at goramblers.org/pope-timemag.

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After parlaying an unpaid 2004 internship into a plum position as deputy director of communications for the Clinton Foundation in Harlem, coordinating media on the campaign trail for Hillary’s 2008 presidential bid and crossing the continent to serve as senior press secretary for the mayor of L.A., Sarah A. Hamilton ’99 has returned to her home turf to tackle the rough and tumble world of Chicago politics as communications director for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It was 6:15 on a snowy December morning and Sarah Hamilton was already on the job, scouring a stack of local and national papers and logging on to the local news websites to get a jump on the day’s news. By 7 a.m., she was on the phone with Mayor Emanuel, giving him a quick overview of the news stories that were likely to have an impact on their day and discussing an upcoming press conference announcing the city’s new task force on domestic violence. And that was before Hamilton had even left her Lincoln Park apartment to tackle the controlled chaos of the Mayor’s Communications Office at City Hall. It was the usual rapid-fire start to a day in




Hamilton’s life as Rahm Emanuel’s director of communications. But, then, fast starts are business as usual for this ambitious 32-year-old, who has channeled her passion for politics, her skill as a communicator and her ability to think on her feet into a high-profile career as a spokesperson for some of America’s most prominent politicians. Colleen A. Clennon ’99, a Loyola classmate and close friend, recalls that Hamilton’s driven pursuit of excellence was evident even during their Rambler days. “Sarah was a multi-sport athlete and an honors student who loved American history,” recalls Clennon. “She was a deep thinker even then. She had fantastic

relationships with her teachers, and she was always introducing everyone she knew to more mature experiences and more insightful ways of looking at the world.” Hamilton’s swift ascent into the highaltitude world of presidential and mayoral politics began, interestingly enough, as a “Plan B” of sorts. After graduating from Loyola Academy in 1999, she headed east to Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service to earn her bachelor’s degree in foreign policy and international politics. From there, she continued on to New York University to pursue a graduate degree and possibly a career in international relations. In 2004, after her first semester at NYU, Hamilton applied for an unpaid internship working for the foreign policy advisor at the Clinton Foundation, which at that time was a very new NGO in Harlem. She started in January. Four months later, she was offered a full-time position at the foundation. And that’s when things got interesting. Because the position wasn’t with the foreign policy advisor. It was in Bill Clinton’s press office. “The chief of staff at the foundation approached me and said, ‘We think you’re smart and talented, and we’d like to offer you a job working in the press office doing anything and everything—–from going

through the papers every morning and clipping stories that would be of interest to the foundation to writing Clinton’s briefing memos, talking points and formal remarks, working with the senior staff to hit just the right note.’” Hamilton would also be charged with assisting in the development of long-term press strategies for major foundation initiatives such as the Clinton Global Initiative, the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she seized the opportunity. Despite the steep learning curve, she continued to pursue her NYU graduate studies at night, completing the two-year program in a year and a half with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. “I was working seven-day weeks—–and then some,” she recalls with a chuckle. “There were a lot of really late nights and really early mornings.” Three years later, she was promoted to deputy director of communications. “It was a remarkable period,” Hamilton muses. “I was, for all intents and purposes, a kid working for the former president of the United States. Clinton was Jesuit educated as well, and his conviction that we all

have a greater purpose—–that we are not here to sit idly by when there are problems in the world to be solved—–had a tremendous impact on me. It was an experience that could never be replicated—–an opportunity to learn from one of the best communicators and politicians that we are going to see in many years. My years at the foundation have had a big impact on what I do now as a communicator charged with putting forth a message.” Over the next four years, Hamilton’s ability to keep a cool head in the pressure cooker of American politics opened doors to a mind-boggling array of career opportunities. She zigzagged across the country managing media and campaign messaging for Hillary Clinton’s presidential primary campaign and then headed out to the West Coast to handle press duties for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But mayoral terms come to an end. With that reality looming on the horizon, Hamilton made the decision to return to her native city to run the press shop for the Chicago Police Department. Hamilton had spent a mere four months flacking for the city’s police commissioner when the mayor’s office came knocking. She signed on as director of

c lo c kw i s e f r o m u p p e r le f t :

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sarah Hamilton ’99 and the city’s former deputy mayor, Mark Angelson, en

route to an event in early 2012; Mayor Emanuel, Sarah and staffers watch Pope Francis make his first public appearance on March 13, 2013; Sarah with Nelson Mandela and President Clinton in New York City in 2005 communications for Rahm Emanuel in December 2011. Today, Hamilton heads up a team of 15 —– including two deputy directors of communications, one press secretary, three assistant press secretaries, press aides, a speechwriter and a rotating cast of interns. Her days are action-packed and often unpredictable. But this is what Hamilton thrives on. “I love working in city government,” she confides. “Everything that I’ve done so far has honed my skills for this role and led me to this point. There are days that are challenging, but it’s a great feeling to know that I’m serving the city and its taxpayers. I’ve always been drawn to public service—– and that stems from my Jesuit education and my desire to improve the lives of others in any small way that I can.” 4

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A Tribute to a True Couple for Others In November, the Loyola community stepped out to support our Jesuit mission and pay tribute to the late Joan F. and William J. Lavezzorio ’46, who were honored in memoriam with the Rev. Daniel A. Lord, SJ, Award for Distinguished Service in the Cause of Youth. “It is a privilege tonight to celebrate a great couple and their extraordinary legacy,” commented Fr. McGrath as he gazed out at nearly 600 elegantly attired guests gathered in the Chicago Hilton’s Grand Ballroom. “We have all been touched by the legacy of Joan and Bill Lavezzorio, their children, their generosity to so many exceptional charities, their great love and their great devotion to Loyola Academy.” “We know our parents are watching over this event tonight —– if for no other reason than they would never miss a good party!” quipped Gilmore Lavezzorio-Brennan after accepting the award on her family’s behalf. She went on to describe her parents as “two people who simply tried to do God’s work using the gifts that He gave them.”

T 19 0 9 Gilmore LavezzorioBrennan’s eloquent and emotionally stirring tribute to her late parents, Lord Award recipients Joan F. and William J. Lavezzorio ’46, was a highlight of the evening.

Carry on the Lavezzorios’ legacy by contributing to The Joan F. and William J. Lavezzorio Scholarship. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Vice President of Advancement Robert O. Miller at 847.920.2428 or bmiller@loy.org.

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A life dedicated to faith, charity, service and family


Joan F. and William J. Lavezzorio ’46 firmly believed in the power of faith and education—–and they worked diligently to offer both to young people through their lifelong support of Loyola Academy. They quietly paid the tuition of numerous Ramblers in need, supported the renovation of Loyola’s chapel in the 1970s and gave

Joan F. and William J. Lavezzorio ’46

unstintingly of their time and financial resources to help ensure the success of our Ramble auction during its early years.

After Bill passed away at the

age of 50, Joan continued to devote her life to helping others by serving on the boards of the Big Shoulders Foundation, the Cabrini Mission Foundation, Catholic Charities of Chicago, the Catholic Theological Union, the Gregorian University Foundation, LINK Unlimited, Loyola Academy, the Mazza Foundation, St. Francis Hospital and the St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary.


In the 1980s, she generously

funded new bleachers for Loyola’s football stadium and began a six-year term as the Academy’s first female trustee.

> View our video tribute to the Lavezzorios’ extraordinary legacy and our President’s Dinner photo gallery at goramblers.org/ presidentsdinner. Web Extra

Later, she was instrumental in supporting a second major chapel renovation through the Mazza Foundation, as well as the development of a 12-part documentary on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. A b o v e : Dinner Chaircouple Jane and James W. Lyman ’79, shown here with Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, orchestrated an inspiring and enjoyable evening that raised $300,000 to support Loyola’s mission of Jesuit education. B e l o w : Scenes from our 56th annual President’s Dinner

“Joan and Bill Lavezzorio are leg-

ends in the story of Loyola Academy,” reflects Fr. McGrath. “Their legacy of charity and generosity is dramatic testimony to the faith and spirit of a dynamic Catholic couple.”




Rambler Athletes in the News Lacrosse luminaries continue historic winning streak: The Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Team maintained its dominance on the lacrosse field in May with its fifth consecutive state championship and the ninth state championship in school history. Led by Head Lacrosse Coach John E. Dwyer ’67 and Assistant Coach Elizabeth K. O’Connor ’02, the team defeated Montini Catholic 16-5 in its final game of the state championship series, leaving no doubt about which team was best in state.

The Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Team celebrates after winning its fifth consecutive state championship.

in the 100 butterfly and second in the 100 backstroke. The 200 medley relay team finished in fourth place, the 200 freestyle relay team finished in fifth place and the 400 freestyle relay team finished in tenth place.

Girls’ Swimming and Diving Team advances to fourth in state: In November, the Girls’ Swimming and Diving Team finished fourth at the Illinois Girls High School State Swimming and Diving Championships. Grace Tierney ’15 swam to a third-place finish in the 200 freestyle and a second-place finish in the 500 freestyle. Maria Jardeleza ‘15 finished fifth

Signed, sealed and delivered: In November, 14 accomplished Rambler athletes signed early letters of intent to play college sports in Fall 2014. For lacrosse, Maggie Nick will play for Stanford University, Anne Dooley will play for the University of Notre Dame, Gieriet Bowen will play for Boston College, Alex Gambacorta will play for Marquette Uni-

versity, Delia Snediker will play for the University of Denver and Karina deHueck will play for Bowdoin College. For volleyball, Victoria Lord will play for Emory University, David Wieczorek will play for Pepperdine University and Kelsey O’Neill will play for the University of Pittsburgh. For baseball, Tom Bordignon will play for Northwestern University and Andrew Owen will play for Villanova University. For golf, Michael Abrahamson will play for the University of Wisconsin, Isabelle Kane will play for Dartmouth College and Taylor Gentzkow will play for Santa Clara University. Haley Banas signed with Southern Methodist University to ride with its equestrian team.

A thlete s for O ther s

Hoops and Hope for Emmanuel

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The members of our Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team dedicated their playing season to Emmanuel Sarpong ’16, who collapsed during basketball practice in June 2013. Emmanuel was rushed to the hospital, where physicians discovered an undiagnosed heart condition. In December, the team sponsored a Sarpong Awareness Night, which raised more than $15,000 from gate and concession revenues, a Healing for Emmanuel raffle and donations from the Loyola community Emmanuel Sarpong ‘16 to help cover the cost of Emmanuel’s long-term care at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The benefit also featured some inspired action on the basketball court as our girls’ and boys’ teams competed against their Evanston rivals. Emmanuel’s fellow players on the boys’ team beat Evanston 65-57. We are appealing to our global community of Loyola alumni, parents, students and friends to help the Sarpong family pay for the rapidly escalating medical costs associated with Emmanuel’s continued rehabilitation. To lend your much-needed support, please donate to the Loyola Academy Needy Family Fund online at goramblers.org/sarpongfund or mail your check made payable to the Loyola Academy Needy Family Fund to Loyola Academy, 1100 Laramie Avenue, Wilmette IL 60091, Attention: Emmanuel Sarpong Support Fund.

Around Campus

Football Team finishes second in state: After a valiant fight, the Varsity Football Team fell one victory short of a state championship, losing to Naperville Central 13-10 in November. The team had a great season nonetheless, finishing with a 12-2 record and a top 10 ranking.

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50 Years and Still Men for Others Fifty years of life after Loyola is a major milestone, so the members of the Class of 1963 decided to commemorate their 50th reunion last June with a grand gesture: a class gift of $53,000 to establish a scholarship for Ramblers in need. The gift will be used to fund a $10,000 Class of 1963 Scholarship for one Rambler each year for five consecutive years. When the class celebrates its 55th Reunion in 2018, the members plan to fund another scholarship to help more Ramblers. But this spirited reunion celebration wasn’t just about giving. It was also about reconnecting as nearly 80 alumni rambled in from all over the country to commune with their former Loyola classmates. “Both during and since the reunion, our classmates have been extraordinarily generous with their praise and gratitude,” the reunion committee reported in a post-event letter. “They enjoyed the golf outing, the cocktail party, the architectural tour, the dinner and the school tour. In particular, the Mass touched hearts, with its votive procession commemorating our deceased classmates, while classmate Deacon John Lucas assisted Loyola President Rev. Pat McGrath, SJ, in celebrating the Eucharist. Later, during dinner, our veterans were formally recognized, while the inimitable Pat Boyle, SJ, appeared in person to be cheered for his dual Silver Stars service to us and our country. It doesn’t get better than this!”


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> View our Class of 1963 50th Reunion photo gallery at goramblers.org/1963classpage.

The Class of 1963, 50 years out —

f r o n t r o w ( l e f t to r i g h t ) : Stephen L. Durlacher, Dr. William A. Cook, James C. Runkle, Loren R. Miller III, Raymond F. Ferrara, Roger W. Salemi and Thomas A. Violini; s e c o n d r o w: Joseph M. Havriko, Edward J. Murray, Brian J. Murray, Charles J. Mann, Juan A. Molina, Dr. Patrick Murphy, Konrad Gerstenbrand, William M. Riordan, Wayne L. Sorensen, Dr. Robert C. Oehlberg, Robert J. Radcliffe, Richard E. Segerson, Paul O. Savard and David C. Ure; t h i r d r o w: Geraldo L. Prior, Richard Souyoul, Robert W. Thomas, John E. Becker, Brian J. Redding, Dr. Michael J. Bierele, Daniel V. Considine, Donald V. Potter, Col. Jeffrey H. Markey, Joseph F. Schwaba, Robert V. Ferrera, Anthony E. Valentino, James E. Ostry, Thomas M. Sheridan and Norman X. Raidl; f o u r t h r o w : John T. Preston, Richard W. Michaels, John P. Hills, James F. Binsfield, John R. Graham, John W. McCaffrey, Dr. Gerard T. Parent, Donald L. Temple, William R. Moody, V. James Seng, George W. Lamping, Robert W. Fletcher, Bruce R. Hartney, John J. Murphy, Cezar M. Froelich, Thomas J. Beaven and Christopher Mullen; f i f t h r o w: Robert W. Linehan, Robert E. Gorman, John R. Valko, John T. Schriver, Deacon John V. Lucas, Lorin E. Volberding, John J. Fegan, Lee T. Polk, Philip J. Butzen, John R. Plante, Robert E. Murphy, Peter W. Kirch, Terence J. Mahoney, Stephen A. Snakard, Dr. Robert Hartman, Richard T. Kehoe and Richard R. Arens




Class Notes

ety of Civil Engineers. He was nominated by fellow Rambler Robert J. Best ’68. Randall J. Marks was elected highway commissioner of Cuba Township in Barrington, IL, in April 2013.

1971 Robert C. Ryan, a patent attorney and partner at Holland and Hart LLP, was named a 2014 Best Lawyer in America for intellectual property litigation.

1948 Members of the Class of 1948 meet at Hackney’s on Lake for lunch every other month. Mark your calendars and join us at noon for our next two gatherings on March 20 and May 22. Questions? Contact Edmond E. Walsh at edwalsh6@ comcast.net. Joining Ed (above, far right) at our summer gathering were (left to right): John F. Kane Jr., Richard Steurke, Robert J. Weaver, Raymond L. Berry Jr., Edwin L. Ryan Jr. and Jack C. Krause.

1959 Alexander A. Burkholder

coauthored the book, Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards: A History of Flame and Folly in the Jungle, published in February 2013 by The History Press.

1963 Brian Doyle Murray —– see Keong B. Sim ’87

1966 Brian P. McIntyre received a Damen

Award from his college alma mater, Loyola University Chicago, at the university’s annual Founders’ Dinner in June.

1967 Robert B. Hamilton was awarded the

2013 Civil Engineer of the Year award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Soci-



Patrick J. Foley recently celebrated 30

years as the voice of the Chicago Blackhawks. Robert E. Otter, a grain market veteran, and a colleague have launched Third Street AG Investments, an agricultural managed commodities trading company.

1979 Patrick F. Sullivan’s third novel, Enthusia: The Hope for Humankind, was published in May 2013. Find out more at facebook. com/EnthusiaTheHopeForHumankind.

1980 Louis J. Glunz IV —– see Taylor E. Francis ‘12 G. Preston Kendall III received the

Cristo Rey Network’s Founders’ Award for founding the Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study Program in 1996 and for his many years of exceptional service to the Cristo Rey Network. In 2011, Preston was named president of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan, IL. Joel F. Murray hosted the Tour of Duty

Celebrity Golf Classic at the Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Course in August. The event benefited the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, the Chicago Fire Department Ignite the Spirit Fund and first responders from Boston, MA; Newtown, CT; and New York, NY. John V. Owens was recently interviewed

on Inspiration Radio in Lagos, Nigeria,

Influencing Public Policy:

A Panel Discussion About the Jesuit Network’s Role


In December, 80 alumni representing class years ranging from 1957 to 2008 convened at the Wacker Drive offices of McGuireWoods Consulting for a panel discussion about the role that the Jesuit network can play in influencing public policy and decision-makers in government. Fox News political reporter Michael A. Lowe ’97 (far right) moderated the discussion, which featured (left to right) Illinois State Senator Thomas E. Cullerton ’87, Illinois State Representative Robert F. Martwick ’84 and City of Chicago Alderman Patrick O’Connor. The event was sponsored by our President’s Leadership Council and hosted by Michael P. Cassidy ’97 and McGuireWoods Consulting.


> View our public policy event photo gallery at goramblers.org/plcpublicpolicygallery.

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1985 John V.

O wens ‘8


where he shared insights from his experiences in the field of mobile money.

1981 John H. Baxter II, associate head football

coach at the University of Southern California, has released his first book, I Hate School: How a College Football Coach Has Inspired Students to Value Education and Become Lifelong Learners.

F. Robert Paloma serves as the Jacobs Engineering project safety manager for the University of Connecticut Health Center project.

1986 Claude-Alix Jacob has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. As the chief public health officer for the City of Cambridge, Claude-Alix oversees operations for the Cambridge Public Health Department. He is also a member of the Schweitzer Fellowship Boston Advisory Board and a Schweitzer Fellow for Life.

Christopher S. Canning, former president of the Village of Wilmette, was appointed to the PACE Board of Directors in June 2013. William F. Fritz was one of 11

teachers from across the state to be named as a finalist in the Illinois Board of Education’s “Those Who Excel” educator recognition award program.


1987 Keong B. Sim and

fellow Rambler Brian Doyle Murray ’63 star in the TBS comedy, Sullivan and Son. Keong is also a series and B. Sim ’87 g on regular on David E. Ke s Rambler Mur ray ’63 le oy D Kelley’s TNT show, n ia Br Monday Mornings, and has a minor role in the latest Gerard Butler film, Olympus Has Fallen.

Michael P. Lunden RIP —– see sidebar at

top right

1983 Maria K. Heslin LdM

has launched Independent George LLC, a firm specializing in strategic communications and Maria K. Heslin LdM ‘83 success development. She also teaches a senior-level public relations course at Indiana University’s School of Journalism. Prior to pursuing a career in the private sector, she served as the first female deputy mayor of Bloomington, IN. Maria is happy to hear from fellow alumnae at maria@independentgeorge.us.

1990 have opened the Top Note Music Academy at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, IL. The new school offers private lessons in piano, violin, guitar, drums and other instruments, as well as group musical development programs for children. Top Note is offering a free group or private music lesson for Rambler graduates and their families.




During a performance trip to New York in June, Loyola’s Chorale and Honors Chambers Singers visited the city’s 9/11 Memorial. Choir Director Christopher Nakielski drew their attention to the name of Michael P. Lunden ’82 RIP, who perished in the World Trade Center attacks. “Most of us didn’t know about Mr. Lunden until Mr. Nakielski pointed out his name and told us about his life,” explains Honors Chamber singer Francesca Fridman ’14. “We were so moved that we decided to sing ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’ at Mr. Lunden’s gravesite, which is part of the South Pool of the memorial.”

Michael T. Tarjan was elected president of the St. John Brebeuf School Board in Niles.

1991 Daniel G. Rosa —– see Roderick S. Guico ’90

1992 Thomas G. McBreen, a wealth management

advisor at Northwestern Mutual, received the Forum Recognition and Lives Leaders Summit Awards at the company’s annual meeting in June.

1993 Robert M. “Beau” Desherow (below, right in

photo) and Rambler comrades Jarrett W. Hagene ‘96

Robert T. Bielinski won the April election


A Song for a Fallen Rambler

Roderick S. Guico and Daniel G. Rosa ’91

1984 for the Village of Wilmette’s presidency, a position previously held by fellow Rambler Christopher S. Canning ’81.

Ramblers pause to pay their respects to Michael P. Lunden ‘82 RIP and other victims of the World Trade Center attacks at New York City’s 9/11 Memorial.

(center) and Matthew M. Roderick S. Guico ’90 and Daniel G. Rosa ’91 outside of their new music academy

Piccietti ‘97 (left) com-

pleted the Chicago Tough

a l u m n i H EROES

Mudder, a 12-mile obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces. The event raised $5 million for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Jarrett W. Hagene —– see Robert M. “Beau” Desherow ‘93 Meredith A. Lavender —– see p. 13 sidebar Michael J. Schaefer RIP, a former police

1994 Joseph P. “J. P.” Kelly is currently direct-

ing the Catholic Relief Services response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Michael S. McGrory, a partner at Smith-

Amundsen’s Chicago office, has been elected to the board of directors of Mental Health America of Illinois. M. Rorke Miller Jr. —– see sidebar at right Gregory J. Qaiyum and Jeffrey A. Qaiyum ‘97, aka the “Q Brothers,” received

accolades for Othello: the Remix and their Christmas show, A Christmas Carol, at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. James V. Tomaska and his wife, Daniela, Loyola’s coordinator of athletic training, announced the birth of their daughter, Lucia Rosalia, in June.


officer, was remembered by his family and friends at a Spring 2013 benefit that raised $26,000 for Loyola’s Tuition Assistance Program. David M. Shane and his wife, Gabrielle, celebrated the birth of their first child, Lilliana Rae, in April.

1997 Kristofer J. Jones, MD, has completed his

fellowship training in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He is currently serving as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. Michael A. Lowe —– see p. 12 sidebar Jeffrey A. Qaiyum —– see Gregory J. Qaiyum ‘94 Matthew M. Piccietti —– see Robert M.

Jaswinder S. Bolina, PhD, is the newest

assistant professor of English and creative writing at the University of Miami in Florida. He previously taught creative writing and literature at the University of Michigan, Ohio University, Columbia College Chicago and Lesley University in Cambridge.

Bride Colin McCourt ‘98 and groom Stephen Bueche

“Beau” Desherow ‘93 Rene J. Velazco Jr. and Bernadette H. Remo ‘99 were married in May 2011 at

Loyola University Chicago. Their siblings, also Rambler alumni, were part of the wedding party (shown left to right in photo at right): Mylene H. Remo ‘03, Bernadette and Rene, Robert M. Velazco ‘98 and Liza Marie P. Velazco ‘01.

Smooth Sailing for Troubled Teens


In December, M. Rorke Miller Jr. ’94 received the Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award, which honors individuals who make significant contributions to their local sailing community. Miller was nominated for his service as captain and program coordinator of the SAIL Champion Program —– a therapeutic sailing program established by the Maritime Heritage Alliance to teach leadership, responsibility and self-awareness to at-risk youth. He was also recognized for founding RED8 Boatworks, which encourages personal growth for at-risk youth through the development of maritime skills on the water and boat-building skills in the workshop.


> View Rorke in a video about the SAIL Champion Program at youtube.com/watch?v=MSguCIn0n6M.

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1998 Tracy (Eng) Chen is a TV producer

for Inside INdiana Business, a business news company in Indianapolis, IN. She recently The Ve lazco -R received her first Emmy em o we dding p art y at the 44th annual Emmy Awards for a show that she Chicago. Colin is a recruiter with co-produced on the 2012 Career Partners Inc. in Chicago. She Super Bowl in Indiaearned her undergraduate degree from napolis. Georgetown University and her MBA Colin McCourt from the University of Chicago. Colin is a (left) married founding member of the Loyola Academy Stephen Bueche President’s Leadership Council. in October at Elizabeth A. Suffredin recently traveled Old St. Patrick’s to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand with Church in

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An Armload of Emmys

Michael A. Lowe ‘97


Fox News reporter Michael A. Lowe ’97 could barely hang on to all of the Emmys he garnered in a single night at the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Awards in November. Lowe took home six Emmys for Investigative Reporting, Reporting on the Arts, Reporting on Religion, Writing, Best General Assignment Reporter and Best Features Reporter—–bringing his career Emmy total up to eight. Fellow Class of 1997 alumni Thomas G. Cronin, Peter C. Lee and Christopher M. Wolf were suited up and standing by at the ceremony to celebrate their friend’s achievement and help him carry home the winged statuettes. “Chris, Tom, Peter and I have all been best friends since our days at Loyola—– and they’ve come to the Emmys with me every year,” says Lowe. “When I won the first Emmy at this year’s ceremony, I thanked the three of them and asked them to stand up. Afterwards, the presenter joked, ‘Thanking your best friends? What are we, 12 years old?’”

in Southeast Asia for their MBA program at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. The foursome is shown above in front of the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia.

Gretchen Proesel Roth —– see Ryan Roth



Bernadette H. Remo —– see Rene J. Velazco Jr.


Ryan Roth and Gretchen Proesel Roth ‘02

Thomas S. Grego and Jesse L. Lapin —– see Elizabeth A. Suffredin ’98

wed in June 2012 at Queen of All Saints Basilica. They celebrated the birth of their son, Thomas Daniel, in February 2013.

2000 Margaret Ryznar joined the faculty of

Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law as an associate professor of law in Fall 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and The Law School at the University of Notre Dame.

2001 Jessica E. “Jess” Godwin has released

Greater>Than, a music video about bullying and the importance of art as an outlet. View her video at youtube.com/ watch?v=CXd7WP7IS4s. Samantha E. Lofgren married Mark T.

Josupait in August 2012 at St. Norbert Catholic Church in Northbrook. The couple resides in Chandler, AZ, with their dog, Sadie. Lauren E. (Serantoni) Weiss and her husband, Matthew, announced the birth of their second child, Hunter Joseph (shown below with his older sister, Avery), in July.

Michael A. Lowe ’97 (second from right) with fellow Class of 1997 alumni (left to right): Christopher M. Wolf, Peter C. Lee and Thomas G. Cronin.




Sheridan, was recently hired as the new nighttime radio personality for WUSN FM 99.5, CBS Radio’s country music station in Milwaukee, WI. The Evanston native majored in media arts and radio at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and earned a law degree from Marquette University Law School.

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M. William Panek is directing the Brown

Paper Box Company’s theater production of A New Brain, which will run from February 21 through March 9 at the Rivendell Theatre in Chicago. He was nominated for Best Direction of a Play (Resident NonEquity) by Broadway World Chicago for Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls.

2004 Susan Lister completed four years in the

U. S. Navy, leaving as a petty officer, third class, in 2009. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Ashford University in 2012. Susan lives in Youngstown, OH, with her husband and two daughters. Maryann N. Onyeali, MD, MBA , graduated in Summer 2013 with a dual degree in medicine and business from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Onyeali is now moving on to the next stage of her Dr. Maryann N. Onyeali ‘04 medical training: a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Chicago Medical Center.


Kevin Sullivan, MD, is completing his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

Sameer M. Kapadia, MD —– see photo at left John C. Norkus was recently

selected for the inaugural class of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project, which serves as an incubator for Dr. Kevin Sullivan ’04 (right) with Dr. Sameer M. Kapadia ‘05 at recent law school graduates Annelyse R. Ahmad their Emory School of Medicine interested in starting their and Thomas J. Kelly commencement ceremony in May own socially conscious law ‘06 graduated from firms for low- and middleChicago’s Second City income clients. Through the program, Conservatory program in Spring 2013 and John and his partner have launched the continue to perform sketch and improv law firm of Norkus McCoid LLP. with their group, Porch Protocol.


Marcella J. “Marcy” Capron, partner

Kenneth P. Sullivan is a member of the

and CEO of Polymathic, recently gave a TEDx Talk at DePaul University. Listen in at youtube.com/watch?v=piDM1_TN41k. Marcy lives in Chicago.

Marine Corps’ newest class of second lieutenants. He took his Commissioning Oath in April at the U. S. Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA.


2006 Patrick J. Brennan, an English teacher at DePaul Cristo Rey High School in Ohio, received the Principal’s Award of Zeal for serving as a leader and role model in faith. Thomas J. Kelly —– see Anneylse R.

Meredith A. Lavender ‘96

Advice for Aspiring Filmmakers


Meredith A. Lavender ’96, a writer and co-

executive producer for the television series, Nashville, swung by Chicago on her way from Los Angeles to Nashville in November to chat with the members of Loyola’s Filmmakers Club. She answered questions about her career as a producer and writer and offered advice and encouragement to club members contemplating careers in the film and television industry.


> View video highlights from Meredith’s visit at vimeo.com/79153933.

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Ahmad ‘05 Margaret E.B. Luce —– see Elizabeth A. Suffredin ’98

2007 James C. Boratyn —– see sidebar at left Behind the lens: James C. Boratyn ‘07

The Giggles Premieres in Peoria


James C. Boratyn ’07 co-produced and directed The Giggles, a mockumentary comedy about children’s performers. The film premiered at the Apollo Theatre in Peoria, IL, on November 16. “Think of people like the Wiggles or the actor in Blues Clues trying to break into the children’s entertainment industry,” explains Boratyn. “It’s completely fictional and a lot of it is improv-based, as we worked with some very talented actors from Second City and the Improv Olympics.” The film’s next screening is on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Damen Student Center Theater at Loyola University Chicago.


he graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2012.


Conor J. Dwyer won a silver medal for his performance in the 200 freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Nicolas J. “Nico” Composto ’10 placed 30th at the NCAA Division 1 National Cross Country Championship in November, earning U. S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Erin M. Sullivan was commissioned into All-American Honors. In November, his the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as an ensign team also won the Ivy League Championin May 2011. She is stationed at the ship, with Nico Naval Medical Center in San Diego, taking second CA, and was deployed to Kandahar, place with a Afghanistan, for seven months in career-best time support of Operation Enduring of 23:44.5. His Freedom. runner-up finish marked the fastest individual 8K time in Columbia UniThomas H. McNamara recently versity history and performed live at the Laugh earned him FirstFactory in Chicago, IL. Tommy Nicolas J. “N Team All-Ivy League has been performing stand-up, ico” Compo sto ‘10 Honors. improv and sketch comedy since


> View The Giggles trailer at youtube.com/watch?v=-16uRYdyVcs.

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Charles S. “Karol” Kurzydlowski interned in the international Summer 2013 program at the Collegium Civitas and the Adam Smith Center for Economics in Warsaw, Poland. Karol is a junior with a double major in economic public policy and Polish and Western Slavic languages and literature at the University of Chicago, where he is also the starting placekicker for the university’s varsity football team. Daniel Martin ‘13 (left) and Matthew J. Deligio ’10

Rival Schools, Fellow Ramblers


Matthew J. Deligio ’10, a drum major with the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band, and Daniel Martin ’13, a member of the University of Notre Dame’s Band of the Fighting Irish, paused for a photo at the ND vs. USC game on October 19.

2012 Taylor E. Francis completed her third

summer internship in the Pharmaceutical Quality Control Laboratory of Regis Technologies, owned by Louis J. Glunz IV ’80 and Louis J. Glunz III ’47. Taylor is studying biology at Washington University.

2013 Maureen “Molly” Brekke was one of

30 incoming freshmen to be accepted into the Ozanam Scholars Program at St. John’s University. Matthew J. Deligio —– see sidebar above Michael P. Fallon fulfilled his dream to participate in the “Frozen Four” NCAA Division I College Hockey Championship during his first season of hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. The team finished 29-10-2 for the season. Lindsay A. Mecher won first place in the College Classical Division of the Chicago National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition. View her performance at youtube.com/ watch?v=HaDT1-shq_E.

Aleksandra K. Kurzydlowski was one of 40 Barnard College freshmen to be accepted into the Emerging Leaders Program at Columbia University. Daniel Martin —– see top left sidebar Michael A. Pins traveled to Haiti on a

medical mission with Little by Little, an organization that provides healthcare and health education to the people of Haiti, in January 2013. Peter E. Pujals,

a freshman quarterback at the College of the Holy Cross, was named Patriot League Rookie of the Year. He placed eighth in Michael A . Pins ‘13 the voting with Hai ti children an in need o f care. for the 2013 Jerry Rice Award, which is presented annually to the top freshman football player by the Sports Network. Elizabeth A. “Libby” Schwab and a partner have established Hannazakari, a company that creates made-to-order floral crowns. Schwab’s crowns have already been commissioned by boutiques in Chicago’s Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods. Libby is studying entrepreneurship at Xavier University and plans to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

Golfing for Good

Timothy M. O’Brien suited up for 33 out

of 34 Dartmouth College hockey games during 2012-2013—– the second best figure by a Dartmouth rookie. Prior to Dartmouth, Tim played with the Sioux City Musketeers of the U. S. Hockey League for two seasons.

2011 Anthony C. Colosimo recently joined the inaugural baseball team for Purdue University Calumet. The team will debut in the spring, competing as an independent in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.




Hitting the Green to Benefit Ramblers in Need


More than 130 Loyola alumni, parents and friends gathered at the North Shore Country Club in September to enjoy a day of golf and camaraderie while raising critically needed funds for Ramblers in need. Ronald E. “Reb” Banas ‘81 and his committee members organized the outing, which raised $14,275 to cover the cost of one year’s tuition for a deserving student and $25,000 for the Loyola Academy Needy Family Fund and the Patrick Stein Foundation.

Save the date

for our 20th annual Ramblers Golf Outing on September 8, 2014.

of those among us who have passed away and offers condolences to their families. Please visit goramblers.org/ loyolamagazine for a listing of the faithful departed and their surviving Rambler family members.

Wednesday, February 5

Saturday, May 3

Loyola Academy Bar Association Awards Luncheon

Loyola Academy West Gym
 6:00 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction 7:30 p.m. Dinner and Live Auction

University Club of Chicago 76 East Monroe Street, Chicago 11:30 a.m. Reception 12:00 p.m. Luncheon and Magis Medal Presentations Don’t miss the LA Bar Association’s first annual awards luncheon and the presentation of the association’s inaugural Magis Medals for Achievement in the Law honoring Patrick T. Driscoll ‘60 and Daniel V. Considine ‘63. Register online at goramblers.org/ labarluncheon. For more information, contact Dennis R. Stonequist ’90 at 847.920.2443 or dstonequist@loy.org or Elizabeth Suffredin ’98 at 312.915.9336 or elizabethsuffredin@gmail.com. Proceeds will benefit the Loyola Academy Tuition Assistance Program.

May their souls rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon them.

Thursday, February 27

Noon is for Networking

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush Chicago Steakhouse 437 North Rush Street, Chicago

A bove , left to right:

Low-gross winners Ronald E. “Reb” Banas ‘81, Timothy J. Haggerty ‘81, Charles K. “Chas” Stevens ‘85 and James R. Sullivan ‘88 Peoria scoring winners Andrew J. Engels ‘88, Don J. Engels ‘81, Casey M. Kenny ‘89 and Kevin Marshall

> View our 2013 golf outing photo gallery at goramblers.org/golfouting.

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“Go Forth and Set the World on Fire” is the theme of this year’s Ramble, which will showcase the many ways that our tuition assistance recipients have gone on to lead lives of leadership and service. For more information, contact Julie Fischer at 847.920.2714 or jfischer@loy.org or visit goramblers.org/ramble.

Saturday, May 10

Reception for Scholarship DONORs 5:00 p.m. Mass in the Loyola Chapel 5:45 p.m. Reception and hors d’oeuvres Join us for this uplifting event as our scholarship and tuition assistance benefactors meet the deserving Ramblers who have benefited from their generosity. If you’re a scholarship or tuition assistance benefactor, or are considering becoming one, you won’t want to miss this inspiring evening as our tuition assistance recipients express their gratitude and share their stories.

RAMBLER REUNIONS Alumni for Others Cross Country Reunion Tour

Join fellow Loyola alumni, parents and friends for lunch and a casual discussion of shared interests at this new monthly lunchtime networking series co-sponsored by the Loyola Academy President’s Leadership Council and Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush.

Join us for a day of service and socializing! Our alumni relations team will be crisscrossing the country in Spring 2014 to engage Loyola alumni in a day of service followed by a social gathering. Watch for upcoming emails to find out if there’s an Alumni for Others regional reunion coming to a location near you.

Mark McNabola ’77 of McNabola Law Group will lead a discussion about the legal profession.

Saturday, May 17

Admission is free and lunch is on us, but space is limited, so sign up soon. To register, contact Dennis R. Stonequist ‘90 at 847.920.2443 or dstonequist@loy. org. Find out more at goramblers.org/ alumninetworking.

Reunions for the Classes of 1974, 1984, 1989 and 1994 Saturday, June 7

Reunions for the Classes of 2004 and 2009 Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21

Class of 1964 50th Reunion Join our 50th Reunion committee and help us plan an unforgettable reunion weekend. To find out more, visit goramblers.org/1964classpage or contact Dennis R. Stonequist ’90 at 847.920.2443 or dstonequist@loy.org.

Congratulations to William T. O’Donnell Jr. ’67 for winning closest to the pin and hitting the longest drive.


Ramble 2014

2014 Calendar

The Loyola Academy community joins in prayerful remembrance


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> Visit goramblers.org/schoolcalendar for additional upcoming school events

and goramblers.org/athleticcalendar for spring sporting events.

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Winter 2014

NoOn is for Networking Why eat alone when you can break bread with friends? Bust out of your workaday lunchtime routine, get away from your desk and join your fellow Loyola alumni, parents and friends every month for lunch, lively conversation,

Thursday, February 27 Noon to 1 p.m. Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush Chicago Steakhouse 437 North Rush Street, Chicago D i s c u s s i on le a de r :

Mark McNabola ‘77 McNabola Law Group

networking and discussions led by industry leaders on topics ranging from advertising and media to

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health care, finance, insurance, law and public policy.

Co-sponsored by the Loyola Academy President’s Leadership Council and Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush.

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