Explorer SPRING 2014
THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
Explorer SPRING 2014 THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
Golf is an interesting game. I learned to play as young boy and, over the last 40+ years, have experienced an equal share of fun and frustration. More often than not, scores are dictated by two factors – the course and the level of competition. The more challenging the layout, the greater the test for the golfer. The same is true of the other players with whom one plays. The better the competition, the better the quality and pace of play. In short, golfers tend to rise to the occasion when playing tough tracks and against good players.
PRESIDENT Brother James L. Butler, FSC PRINCIPAL Michael A. O’Toole ’68 VICE PRESIDENT OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Daniel L. McGowan
The same characteristics hold true for the students at La Salle College High School. Whether it be in the classroom, on the field, or on the stage, our students push one another to reach their full potential. The most obvious ways take place between 8:00 am and 2:15 pm. The school provides its students with excellent teachers and endless resources; however, the strongest part of a La Salle education are one’s classmates. Students push each other to receive the most 5s on an Advanced Placement test or to be the first one to get an “A” in a difficult class. In addition to pushing each other, students help each other by trying to show their peers their potential in the classroom. The same is true when a classmate is a teammate. When freshmen lacrosse players are surrounded by Division I recruited athletes, their level of play increases. They have a desire to perform their best and prove that they can do more than just play with the best – they can compete with the best. Musicians are no different. Underclassmen understand the expectations of practicing during lunch periods, perfecting their rhythm after school, and participating in the various performing ensembles. These young musicians observe the excellent performers around them and strive to play with them. La Salle College High School, similar to a prestigious golf course, creates a challenging environment and pairs its students with equal peers who challenge and push them to their limits. For the last five years, I have been fortunate to coach the Golf Team at La Salle College High School. A collection of single digit handicaps, many who can drive a ball over 300 yards, makes coaching less of a challenge and more of a pleasure. As much as I like playing with them because they elevate my own game, I love coaching them more. Granted, this year’s trip to the State Finals and adding to a string of Philadelphia Catholic League Championships were significant accomplishments, it was their ability to work together as teammates in a sport that is so highly individual that made me most proud. They followed a tradition of La Salle Gentlemen – students and alums alike – who rarely settle for mediocrity, work together, and surround themselves with other individuals who are committed to excellence. Together, they bring to fruition one of the lines from the school’s Alma Mater – “great and bright our splendor, banner of gold and blue.”
EDITOR Christopher M. Carabello ’82 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Christopher M. Carabello ’82 Jarrett Collins Joseph M. Markmann, CPA ’65 Reid Rothwell Worster ’14 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE Maura M. Diehl Cathleen P. Winning PHOTOGRAPHY John Burns Christopher M. Carabello ’82 Sam Fritch Lifetouch Photography, Inc. Massachusetts General Hospital ARTWORK AND DESIGN John Burns Design Group EXPLORER LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor, PA 19038 215 233 2350 phone 215 836 4502 fax firstname.lastname@example.org www.lschs.org The Explorer is published three times a year by La Salle College High School. The Explorer welcomes letters to the Editor concerning alumni, school, and other topics covered by and in the magazine. The Editor of the Explorer reserves the right to edit and make all decisions regarding the content and information published in the magazine.
CHRISTOPHER M. CARABELLO ’82 EDITOR
PIPELINE OF SUCCESS
SETTING THE BAR
DEPARTMENTS FROM THE HIP
LET US REMEMBER
ENGINEERING THE NEXT GENERATION
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
NEWS NOTES BIRTHS AND DEATHS
HIGHLIGHTS SNAPSHOTS PHOTO GALLERY
DEAR ALUMNI, PARENTS, AND FRIENDS, CURIOUS ABOUT THE WORLD OF LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL’S LATEST ALUMNI HALL OF FAME MEMBERS, I HAD OCCASION TO TAKE A 1953 YEARBOOK OFF THE SHELF – THAT OF DAVID COLLINS, OUR MOST VETERAN INDUCTEE. THE SPORTS, CERTAINLY, ARE RECOGNIZABLE IF THERE ARE FEWER OF THEM. No lacrosse, no rugby, no volleyball, no water polo, not even soccer yet. Then, as now, there are enough Communion Breakfasts mentioned that you’d never have to crack an egg at home on a Sunday morning if you didn’t want to. The Father/Son Banquet was held then as now – though smoking cigars at the head table might be frowned upon in 2014. Mrs. English was apparently the tombola queen in 1953, just as Mrs. Crozier is 61 years later. The ratio of Brothers to lay teachers was more than the inverse of what it is today, but some of the legendary names of La Salle College High School appear on that roster: Brother Francis as principal; Brother Emilian in Latin; Brother Edward in underclassman math and Brother Felix John with the top seniors in that discipline; Brother Jeremy in what we now with cultural sensitivity call World Languages (as opposed to “foreign”); the characters – Brother Anthony with his tribe of close personal friends; the White Owl, and Big Tom – as well as Brother David Albert, the saint. They’re all there. Who’s still around today? Brother Thomas from junior history, Brother Stephen from Physics, and Brother Frederick William from art and track. What’s not around is a shorthand class. It was presumably thought useful for note-taking in college lectures, as La Salle was never renowned for producing male secretaries. There’s Microsoft OneNote for that purpose today. Only when you look at the thumbnail biographies mentioning the origins of the seniors do six decades’ of institutional change become most sharply clear. Saint Luke’s in the suburbs and Our Mother of Consolation in the city appear with about the same frequency as they do today. The most popular sending schools, however, are Saint Athanasius in West Oak Lane and “Little Flower” (Saint Therese) on Ardleigh Street. Immaculate Conception is in Germantown, not Jenkintown, however, in all but one instance. Several CYO regions could be populated with schools that just aren’t there anymore: Saint William; Holy Child; Assumption BVM on Spring Garden Street; Saint James in West Philly; the Ascension; Saint Stephen’s at Broad and Butler; Saint Boniface and Saint Bart’s. Then there are the ones current CYO ballers would likely misidentify on a map: Saint Helena’s is a feeder in Olney at this time, not Blue Bell. Likewise, Saint Rose of Lima is in West Philadelphia, not North Wales, Corpus Christi in North Philly, not Gwynedd, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the river wards of South Philadelphia, not Doylestown. Our Lady of Mercy is the name of a school on North Broad Street near Temple University, not a merger in Maple Glen, while Holy Rosary is the school of the Italian national parish in East Germantown, not a similar merger in Plymouth Meeting.
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Even the forward thinking (at least where real estate was concerned) Denis Cardinal Dougherty, only two years dead at this point, could not have foreseen the need for a school where Mary Mother of the Redeemer, now one of our most significant sending schools, stands today on Upper State Road.
Is there a constant in this river of change which could sweep away even Heraclitus himself? I think so. The parents and students who signed up for La Salle in the Brothers’ parlor at 20th and Olney back in the spring of 1949 have something in common with those comprising the Class of 2018 who had their orientation in Wyndmoor on the Sunday following the Alumni Communion Breakfast. It’s a desire, even a passion, for something more, a fuller experience, an education more captivating and complete. It’s what brought David Collins, like his brother before him, from Our Lady of Lourdes in Overbrook in 1949, to be joined by classmates from Saint Richard’s, Saint Edmond’s and King of Peace in South Philly, fellow students fording the Delaware from Moorestown and Pennsauken, New Jersey. In 1959, Dominic DiPiero’s parents scrimped and saved so that a boy from Saint Mary of the Eternal in Swampoodle would have a high school experience where his mind and character would be formed by teachers having the erudition and influence of Gerry Tremblay ’53. Ride the time machine back two additional decades to 1939. Picture a kitchen table in Lawncrest where the decision was made that, even though there was a three-figure tuition to be paid, it was to be La Salle for Joseph C. Markmann after Saint William’s (a school only 15 years old at the time). What followed? A distinguished academic career, four sons, including our honoree Jim ’79, and four grandsons sent through La Salle, a family distinguished by superb education, faithful professional service to the community, and a sustained commitment to this school.
LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL,
Come to think of it, those are the constants: educational excellence, the Catholic faith, service to those in need, and enduring relationships. Such constants characterize La Salle today, evident throughout the life of our school as well as in the lives of those men we particularly honor in this issue. Today’s students come down US 422 rather than down Ogontz Avenue. Far more travel up the Blue Route than up Broad Street. The only Saint Mary’s School we draw from is in Schwenksville. Still, they are coming from families that want these same basic lessons instilled. It’s important to be excellent, and excellence in any endeavor requires hard work. You will achieve more belonging to a supportive and challenging team than you ever will alone. Most fundamentally, though, it is essential to do good and be good, to follow the example of Jesus whose blessings I ask for your families. Fraternally,
BROTHER JAMES L. BUTLER, FSC PRESIDENT
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ADOPTED BY THE MIDDLE STATES EVALUATION TEAM MARCH 2006
A CATHOLIC INDEPENDENT, COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR YOUNG MEN OF VARIED BACKGROUNDS, IS CONDUCTED IN THE TRADITION OF ST. JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE. THROUGH A BROAD AND BALANCED, HUMAN AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL GUIDES EACH STUDENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIS UNIQUE GOD-GIVEN TALENTS AND FOSTERS A COMMITMENT TO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, SERVICE, AND LEADERSHIP.
MICROSOFT SURFACE RT DEVICES
A generous grant from the Microsoft Corporation of a
Convocation on Thursday, September 26, 2013
La Salle College High School held its annual Academic
Microsoft Surface RT tablet computer for every member
and awarded a Scholastic “L” to 245 FIRST HONORS
of the Class of 2017 plus the commitment to a unique
STUDENTS – 87 SENIORS, 75 JUNIORS, AND 83
long-term relationship with Microsoft Education, has
SOPHOMORES – WHO DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES
poised La Salle College High School to slingshot itself
BY ATTAINING A FINAL GRADE POINT AVERAGE
ahead towards a more innovative and dynamic learning
OF 3.75 OR ABOVE and no grade below a “B-“ at the
environment. The “ONE-TO-ONE” initiative is the result
conclusion of the 2012-2013 academic year. Gregory
of a few years of examination about the value of devices
Ventresca ’96, a foreign service officer for the U.S. State
in student learning and their role in the classrooms.
Department, addressed the students and parents. Mrs. Nancy Zoeltsch was recently commended for her
NATIONAL MERIT RECOGNIZED STUDENTS The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced that twenty-four seniors from La Salle College High School were recognized by the National Merit Program. Two students were named Semifinalists in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship Awards. Twenty-two additional young men were recognized as Commended Students. WINNERS STAND TO RECEIVE 8,000 CORPORATE-DONATED SCHOLARSHIPS VALUED IN EXCESS OF $35 MILLION. About 16,000 students nationwide were named as Semifinalists and given the opportunity to compete for scholarships.
twenty-five years of service to the school as a teacher of both French and Spanish.
GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS The Golf Team at La Salle College High School captured their third consecutive Philadelphia Catholic League Championship on September 30, 2013 at LuLu Country Club in North Hills, PA. LA SALLE POSTED FOUR OF THE TOP 5 SCORES AND PLACED SIX GOLFERS IN THE TOP 10 TO CAPTURE THEIR 16TH TITLE IN THE LAST NINETEEN YEARS. The following week, they won the District 12 (City) Championship at Philmont Country Club. The win was the first time since 2008 that a school has claimed both the Philadelphia Catholic League and District 12
NEW MOTHERS’ TEA
Golf Championships. The Explorers then defeated the
The Mothers’ Club welcomed new mothers to the
Huntingdon Valley Country Club to advance to the finals
District 11 Champions from Emmaus High School at
La Salle community on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at
of the Pennsylvania State Championship. On October 23,
the annual New Mother’s Tea. OVER 250 MOTHERS IN
2013, in cold and blustery conditions at Heritage Hills
ALL – 180 OF THEM WHO WERE NEW TO LA SALLE –
Golf Resort in York, PA, the team finished third behind
ATTENDED THE EVENT THAT WAS HELD IN THE NEWLY
Methacton and Upper Saint Clair. Senior Jack Gregor
RENOVATED GYMNASIUM. Brother James Butler, FSC
fired a 2-under par 69 to close out his high school
and Mothers’ Club President, Mrs. Laura Savage, spoke
career and finish with the low round of the day and
to the mothers regarding different aspects of life at
La Salle College High School. The mothers enjoyed light refreshments and came away with many new acquaintances.
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COLLEGE INTERVIEW DAY On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the Class of 2014 at
BATTLE FOR CANCER AWARENESS
La Salle College High School participated in the school’s
Prior to the football game against Saint Joseph’s
College Interview Day. HELD IN THE NEWLY RENOVATED
Prep on Friday, October 11, 2013, substantial efforts
GYMNASIUM, 75 ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES FROM
were made by the students of La Salle College High
OVER SIXTY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES SPANNING
School to raise money for various cancer research and
FROM PROVIDENCE, RI TO GAINESVILLE, FL ATTENDED
awareness programs. The Student Council organized
THE EVENT. Five Directors of Admission from colleges
a “Dress Down Day” and sold special t-shirts that were
and universities were also in attendance. Seniors were
worn at the game. THE PROCEEDS FROM THESE
scheduled for individual appointments with the colleges
EFFORTS ALONG WITH $1 FROM THE SALE OF EACH
of their choice. In the exchange, seniors presented their
TICKET WAS SPLIT AMONGST SEVERAL FOUNDATIONS
transcripts, had the opportunity to provide additional
AND CHARITIES INCLUDING: FOR PETE’S SAKE, THE
personal information, and asked questions about the
BREATHING ROOM, THE KELLY ROONEY FOUNDATION,
colleges and universities. The admission representatives
AND THE ONCOLOGY RESEARCH DEPARTMENT AT
benefitted from getting to know the applicants and
THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA. This past
La Salle College High School beyond the applications,
summer, two members of La Salle community succumbed
transcripts, and high school profile.
to cancer. P.J. Lawn, a member of the Class of 2012 passed away on May 9th and Michael Detweiler,
GOLDEN EXPLORERS LUNCHEON Almost one hundred Golden Explorers – alumni who graduated more than fifty years ago from La Salle College High School – returned to campus on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 for the annual Golden Explorers Luncheon. THE DAY BEGAN WITH MASS CELEBRATED
a member of the current senior class died on July 5th. During halftime of the game, Brother James Butler, President of La Salle College High School, along with Jack Farris, Student Council President, presented a check made payable to the Oncology Research Department at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Accepting were Angie and Pat Lawn, Mary and Larry Detweiler, and Matt DeBattista from CHOP.
IN THE MARIAN CHAPEL BY REVEREND EDMOND SPEITEL ’43 AND REVEREND ANTHONY JANTON, AFSC ’69 AND WAS FOLLOWED BY A LUNCHEON. CLASS REUNIONS
WERE CELEBRATED BY THE CLASSES OF 1938, 1943, 1948,
On October 17, 2013, over forty-five alumni of
1953, AND 1958. Walt Small and Bill Foster, both
La Salle College High School returned to campus for
members of the Class of 1938, were on on hand to
Career Day. About half were first time presenters
celebrate their 75-Year Reunion from La Salle
and several others had not returned to campus since
College High School.
their own graduation. JOE TURK ’63 GAVE THE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AND THE MEMBERS OF JUNIOR CLASS ATTENDED SMALL GROUP PRESENTATIONS, WHICH INCLUDED FINANCE, ACCOUNTING, ENGINEERING, MEDICINE, LAW, EDUCATION, AND THE ARTS. In each specific career presentation, alumni shared stories of how their La Salle education helped shape their career path. Students also had the opportunity at the end of each presentation to ask questions of the presenters.
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FRESHMAN BRANCHOUT DAY On Thursday, October 17, 2013, the freshman class (Class of 2017) at La Salle College High School participated in Freshmen Branch-Out Day. The students, along with 170 of their fathers and members of school’s faculty and staff, performed a day of service at twenty different sites in the Philadelphia Area. This year marked the 11th consecutive year that the freshman class at La Salle College High School has “branched out” in service to the community. IN TOTAL, OVER 500 MEMBERS OF THE LA SALLE COMMUNITY PROVIDED OVER 1,500 HOURS OF SERVICE TO THESE ORGANIZATIONS. The service at these
THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE The La Salle College High School Ministry and Service Team along with La Salle Responds hosted their annual “Every Can Counts” Thanksgiving Food Drive from November 19-26, 2013. STUDENTS DONATED THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN HOMEROOM: CRANBERRY SAUCE, CANNED VEGETABLES, CANNED FRUIT, INSTANT POTATOES, BOXES OF PASTA, CANNED TUNA, PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY, AND OTHER NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS. Proceeds from the Food Drive benefited Saint Vincent’s Parish in Germantown and Pheed Philly.
sites included painting, light construction, cleaning, and various other duties. Each group spent approximately four hours at their site (9:30 am to 1:30 pm). At the end
of the day, participants returned to La Salle for a prayer
The 7th Annual Freshmen Grandparents’ Day at La Salle
service and reflection. The day concluded with an ad-
College High School brought out record numbers despite
dress about the integral role community service plays in
the rainy weather on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
the Lasallian mission and a challenge to the freshmen to
THE HOLIDAY SEASON COMMENCED WITH PRINCI-
find their role in that mission.
PAL MICHAEL O’TOOLE ’68 WELCOMING OVER 350 GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL GUESTS WHO PROUDLY
OPEN HOUSE AND ENTRANCE EXAM La Salle College High School held its annual Open House on Sunday, November 10, 2013. OVER 600 PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES ATTENDED AND MORE THAN 1,750 PEOPLE TOURED THE BUILDINGS AND CAMPUS. Tours were conducted by tandems of Student Ambassadors that included an upperclassman paired with a freshman, which allowed for smaller groups to move throughout the school and visit particular areas of interest. Information sessions were held at the top of each hour in the auditorium with President Brother James Butler, FSC and Principal Michael O’Toole ’68. Music filled the air, all of the athletic programs were present in the gym, and over fifty clubs and activities were represented in “The Pit” area outside the cafeteria. The Scholarship/Entrance Exam was administered on Saturday, December 7, 2013 to over 500 prospective 8th grade boys. While their sons were taking the exam, which lasted approximately three hours, parents had the opportunity to tour parts of the school as well as participate in a Question/Answer Session held in the Auditorium by the school administration. EXPLORER SPRING 2014 6
VISITED WITH THEIR FRESHMAN GRANDSONS FOR A THANKSGIVING PRAYER SERVICE LEAD BY THE SCHOOL CHAPLAIN, REVEREND ANTHONY JANTON, AFSC ’69. Ben Ventresca ’70, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, extolled the values that the school has to offer the Class of 2017. Brother James Butler, FSC offered a few remarks before inviting the guests to light refreshments in the auditorium and family photos in the gym. The grandparents concluded their visit by touring parts of the school.
BAND AND CHORAL CONCERTS
The Music Program at La Salle College High School
Over 70 students from La Salle College High School
presented the annual Band Christmas Concert on
participated in Secret Santa and spent Christmas Eve
Monday, December 9, 2013 in the Auditorium. The con-
delivering gifts to sick children. For the past eleven
cert featured seven different ensembles and more than
years, La Salle College High School has partnered with
200 students performing a variety of music, from Christ-
Committee to Benefit the Children to provide the
mas favorites to Big Band Jazz. AT ONE POINT DURING
miracle of Christmas to patients in the Oncology and
THE CONCERT, THERE WERE 78 STUDENTS PERFORMING
Hematology Departments at Saint Christopher’s Hospital
TOGETHER ON STAGE. The Choral Program at La Salle
for Children. THIS YEAR, OVER $9,000 WAS RAISED BY
College High School performed their annual Christmas
THE LA SALLE COMMUNITY TO PURCHASE ALMOST 600
Concert on Monday, December 16, 2013. The audience in
GIFTS THAT WERE WRAPPED, TAGGED, AND DELIVERED
the auditorium was treated to fifteen arrangements fea-
ON CHRISTMAS EVE BY STUDENTS. Alumni and parents
turing the voices of fifty young men in three ensembles.
accompanied the students as they made their deliveries,
The Belcrofters, the school’s advanced ensemble of
sang songs, and brought joy to each and every home.
twenty-two singers, performed five numbers including:
Twelve Santas, along with their elves, delivered presents
Here We Come A-Wassailing, Brothers Sing On, Poor
to patients and their families in nine different counties
Man Lazarus, Le Sommeil de l’Enfant Jesus, Coventry
stretching from Cape May County to Lehigh County and
Carol, and Feliz Navidad. The concert concluded with
Berks County to Mercer County. Over 135 children were
a combined ensemble performing the classic Christmas
serviced by the project and well over 100 members of
carol “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
the La Salle community took part in the program.
NEW EXPLORER MASCOT
Furthering the school’s recognition of the “Women of
THE NEW EXPLORER MASCOT MADE HIS FIRST PUBLIC
La Salle College High School,” the President’s Medal
APPEARANCE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014 AT THE
was awarded on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to
VARSITY BASKETBALL GAME AGAINST SAINT JOSEPH’S
Mrs. Susan Ventresca. BROTHER JAMES BUTLER, FSC
PREP. The game was a “Blue Out” with the student body
PRESENTED THE AWARD TO MRS. VENTRESCA AT THE
wearing navy blue shirts featuring the new Explorer
ANNUAL PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION IN RECOGNITION OF
logo/mascot that were sold in the cafeteria during all
HER SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL AS A PARENT FROM 1991-
lunch periods by the Basketball Booster Club. The new
96 AS WELL AS HER SUPPORT OF HER HUSBAND BEN
mascot was made possible through the generosity of the
’70 IN HIS ROLE ON THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR THE PAST THIRTEEN YEARS – THE LAST FIVE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD. Brother James Butler, FSC recognized that the circle of those supporting La Salle College High School has expanded exponentially and chose to award the President’s Medal to someone whose own contributions to La Salle and its Mission is representative of those people upon whom the school has come to rely.
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SETTING BY JARRETT COLLINS
DAVID COLLINS ’53, RELISHED HIS HIGH SCHOOL YEARS IN PHILADELPHIA – IF HE WASN’T ON
But even back in the 1960s, David Collins believed that bar codes could be used for much more than just tracking railroad cars. His employer either didn’t share that vision or
CAMPUS AT LA SALLE, HE WAS ROWING ON
didn’t have the appetite for risk to pursue it, so David Collins
THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER – AND HE APPRECIATED,
left Sylvania in 1968 and set out on his own, founding
EVEN THEN, THAT THESE WOULD BE SOME OF THE HAPPIEST DAYS OF HIS LIFE. A DECORATED ROWER AS A TEENAGER, DAVID COLLINS COMPETED IN THE HEAD OF THE SCHUYLKILL REGATTA AS RECENTLY AS OCTOBER OF 2013 – SIXTY YEARS AFTER HE WAS A SENIOR AT LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL. La Salle provided David Collins with the academic foundation
Computer Identics Corporation. The young entrepreneur’s aim was to create a laser scanner capable of reading the small bar code labels you see everywhere today. Eventually, his initiative and hard work paid off. In 1970, Computer Identics sold the world’s first commercial laser scanner to General Motors, who used it to identify car axles on a Pontiac assembly line. That same year, Computer Identics delivered the first scanners used for package recognition – early versions of the ones now used by FedEx and UPS drivers millions of times every day.
on which his future accomplishments would be built. Without that formative knowledge of the sciences, math, and the
The food industry adopted the use of bar codes by 1975,
humanities – and without the encouragement of the faculty
using laser scanners for price look-up and back room
and staff who stoked his love of learning – he would not
management. Around the world each day, roughly 3 billion
have excelled at the next levels of his education.
bar codes will be scanned at retail checkout counters.
And he did excel, first as an engineering student at nearby
Even the world of athletics has benefitted from bar codes. At
Villanova, and then at MIT, where he earned his graduate
the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, for the first time
ever, organizers used Computer Identics scanners to read bar codes printed on the badges of every athlete, journalist, and
In 1959, David Collins joined Sylvania at their Applied
staff member. This enhanced security feature was so success-
Research Lab in Waltham, MA. There he created and man-
ful that even the most recent Olympic Games, concluded this
aged the development of a system to identify moving
winter in Sochi, Russia, used badges with bar codes on them.
railroad cars by scanning a pattern of red, white, blue, and black bars on each car – primitive “bar codes” on huge metal
David Collins ultimately stepped away from the day-to-day
plates that would be bolted to the side of a freight car and
management of Computer Identics in 1987, forming a con-
then read by scanners positioned along the tracks.
sulting, research, and educational firm called Data Capture Institute in Plymouth, MA. At DCI, he continues to work on
While the theory of using bars to identify things had
bar code control for large multinational corporations and
been known for some time, no scanning technology had
for branches of the U.S. Government, including the FAA, the
previously been developed to make it practical. In 1961, the
Department of Defense, and the FDA.
bar code’s “Kitty Hawk” moment finally arrived, when the first bar code scanner was installed and tested by Sylvania
In 2011, fifty years after those first successful bar code scans
on the Boston & Maine Railroad. By 1967, the Association of
on the Boston & Maine Railroad, the United States Congress
American Railroads adopted the bar code standard of
recognized David Jarrett Collins as “the father of the bar
tracking across the entire industry.
code industry.” On March 2, 2014, David Collins ’53 was inducted into the La Salle College High School Hall of Fame. He was joined by his wife, Joan, along with other members of his family and the Class of 1953.
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PIPELINE BY CHRISTOPHER M. CARABELLO ’82
THE WORD “HUMILITY” IS ONE OF MANY
He maintained close ties to his Alma Mater by serving as
THAT CAN BE USED TO DESCRIBE DOMENIC
a member of the Board of Trustees at La Salle College High
DIPIERO ’63. HE DOES NOT LIKE THE SPOTLIGHT, LIMELIGHT, OR THE LIGHT THAT FLASHES FROM
School and providing vital leadership to the Fulfilling The Promise capital campaign. Although his travels and experiences took him around the globe, Dominic DiPiero
A CAMERA. HE LEADS BY EXAMPLE, NEVER
never forgot the education he received at La Salle College
LOOKING FOR NOTORIETY OR ACCOLADES.
High. One faculty member in particular – Gerry Tremblay ’53 – had a profound effect during those formative years. The
As a student at La Salle College High School in the
legendary English teacher and moderator of The Wisterian
1960s, things were not much different. He traveled to school
truly “taught the minds and touched the hearts” of the
each day from North Taylor Street in the Hunting Park
students in the Class of 1963. Dominic DiPiero established the
section of Philadelphia. He ran both cross country and track
Gerald A. Tremblay ’53 Scholarship Fund to provide financial
and thoroughly enjoyed his four years at 20th and Olney.
assistance to students demonstrating need from the city of
Upon his graduation as a member of the Class of 1963,
Philadelphia who have exceptional ability and promise. In
he went on to Drexel University, where he earned a BS in
October of 2000, he hosted a party at The Garden Restau-
rant in Philadelphia, where he announced the endowment
Fresh out of college, he embarked on a career in the oil industry. First, he worked with the Sun Oil Company in Philadelphia and, in 1974, with the Sun Oil Trading Company in nearby Wayne, PA. He worked for Sun Oil in
fund, while he and a number of his classmates “roasted and toasted” their former teacher. The first Tremblay scholar began attending La Salle College High School in the Fall of 2001.
various capacities including Manager of Product Trading,
His ties to his other Alma Mater are equally as strong.
Manager of Planning and Economics, and Senior Corporate
In 1998, Dominic was inducted in to the Drexel 100, Drexel
Planning Analyst. He then became an Oil Broker with Triad
University’s Alumni Hall of Fame, which was launched in 1992
Petroleum in New York City. In 1981, he founded Delphi
to celebrate the school’s Centennial. He is a charter member
Petroleum, Inc. a wholesaler of petroleum products located
of the Drexel University College of Engineering Alumni Circle
in Red Bank, NJ that conducts business with other oil
of Distinction and served as a member of their Athletics
companies and traders in North America, South America,
Advisory Council. He was a trusted friend and loyal supporter
Europe, and parts of Africa. He has traveled extensively on
of Constantine Papadakis, the former President of Drexel
behalf of the oil industry and is viewed as a leader by oil
University who passed away in 2009. Dominic’s desire to
and energy companies alike.
provide financial aid for worthy and needy students was not limited to La Salle College High School. In 2004, he established the Dominic M. DiPiero Endowment Scholarship at Drexel University to benefit students who graduated with academic merit from a Catholic high school. Dominic DiPiero was inducted into the La Salle College High School Hall of Fame on March 2, 2014. Fittingly, he was introduced by Gerry Tremblay ’53 and followed the induction of one of Gerry’s classmates, David Collins ’53. Dominic and his wife, Rosera, split time between homes in Red Bank, NJ and Juno Beach, FL.
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B Y J O S E P H M . M A R K M A N N , C PA ’ 6 5
JIM MARKMANN IS A MEMBER OF THE CLASS
Jim has received millions of dollars of grants to support his
OF 1979 AND ONE OF FOUR MARKMANN BOYS
research and serves on numerous committees as well as
TO ATTEND LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH. HIS FATHER, JOSEPH MARKMANN, IS A MEMBER
society office editorial boards. His research work is funded by the NIH and JDRF and includes developing ways to perform transplants without immunosuppression, new approaches to
OF THE CLASS OF 1943 AND HIS BROTHERS JOE
alleviate the organ shortage, and utilizing pancreatic islets
’65, BILL ’66, AND DAN ’81 ALL CONTINUED THE
to treat patients with Type I diabetes. He is the recipient of
LEGACY. WHILE AT LA SALLE, JIM PLAYED FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL AND WAS A
numerous awards including perennial recognition as a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine and, more recently, Boston Magazine, along with U.S. News and World Report.
MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AS
He can almost always be found working on either a paper
WELL AS A STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICER. HE WAS
that he is about to present or a proposal for a grant that he
ALSO A NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALIST.
is attempting to receive.
Jim Markmann ’79 followed in his father’s and brothers’ footsteps and continued his education at La Salle University, where he finished near the top of his class. He then went on to complete MD, PhD, and surgical residency programs at the University of Pennsylvania. He specialized in liver, kidney, and pancreas transplant surgery and received a Fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, the busiest liver transplant program in the country. At age 37, he returned to Philadelphia and joined the transplant team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he worked with his mentor and brother-in-law Dr. Ali Naji. After nine years at Penn, he accepted the position of Chief of Transplant Surgery and Clinical Director of the Transplant Center at Massachusetts General Hospital
Jim Markmann’s current CV contains thirty-nine pages as he has published over 250 scientific papers, several of which he published as a student at La Salle University. Jim Markmann possesses many of the traits common to successful people – ambition, discipline, and intelligence. He likewise possesses the two C’s – confidence and competitiveness – as evident by his willingness to still play pick-up basketball with his teenage nephews. The four D’s – dedication, determination, diligence, and disciple – are what guide him each day. The network of physicians who have trained under Jim Markmann spans around the globe and not just across the country. He is in demand as an invited lecturer having presented at countless hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic and hospitals in Italy and Spain.
in Boston, MA and currently holds the Claude E. Welch
On March 2, 2014, he was inducted into the La Salle College
Professorship at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in
High School Hall of Fame. He resides in Weston, MA with
liver transplantation and transplantation for diabetes, but
his wife, Dana, and his four children – Nadaline, Katherine,
has diverse clinical expertise, having performed hundreds
Caroline, and William.
of liver and kidney transplants, laparoscopic donor nephrectomies, and vascular access procedures. Jim is a recognized leader in the field of pancreatic islet transplantation and recently developed the only active clinical islet transplant program in New England.
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54TH ANNUAL ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP GOLF OUTING Monday, June 16, 2014 Sunnybrook Golf Club Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
REGISTRATION/DRIVING RANGE OPENS
REGISTRATION/DRIVING RANGE OPENS
THE PRICE OF $300 PER PERSON INCLUDES BREAKFAST OR DINNER, LUNCH, GREENS FEES, AND CART RENTAL. INVITATIONS WILL BE MAILED IN THE COMING WEEKS. THE FIELD IS LIMITED, SO PLEASE REGISTER EARLY. REGISTER NOW ONLINE AT WWW.LSCHS.ORG/ALUMNI
SPONSORS ARE NEEDED IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR OF THE OUTING, PLEASE CONTACT BOB MCANESPEY ’66 AT (215) 402-4808 OR MCANESPEY@LSCHS.ORG
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Loyal Sons LEGALLY ROBERT N.C. NIX III, ESQ. ’73
BOB NIX HAS ALWAYS BEEN A LEADER. FROM HIS EARLY DAYS AS A MEMBER OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM AND STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICER AT LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL, HE NEVER “HID IN THE BACK ROW.” FOLLOWING HIS GRADUATION AS A MEMBER OF THE CLASS OF 1973, HE RECEIVED A BS IN ECONOMICS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA AND A JD FROM VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW. He has been an attorney with several prestigious Center City law firms including Dilworth Paxson Kalish & Kauffman and Obermayer Rebman Maxwell
American to be elected to statewide office in Pennsylvania. He was a prominent figure in Pennsylvania law and public service for more than three decades. Bob Nix shares his father’s passion for the law. He serves as a Member of the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which oversees the ethical standards of attorneys practicing in Pennsylvania. He was also Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Judicate, Inc., a company that offers private alternative resolution services.
& Hippel. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of
Bob likewise shares his father’s passion for education
William Penn Bank in Philadelphia and had a number of civic
and making certain that children can receive outstanding
appointments in the City of Philadelphia including Secretary
educational opportunities. He is committed to the diversity
of the Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes as well as
initiatives at La Salle College High School and the efforts of
Treasurer of the Fairmount Park Commission.
Vernard Abrams, the Director of Diversity, along with Kevin
Bob has never shied from getting involved and being active in the board room. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of First Bank of Philadelphia, Franklin Square Hospital, William Penn Bank, Philadelphia Sports Congress, Northwestern Corporation, Parkside Human Services, Patrons Foundation, and his Alma Mater, La Salle College High School. His father, the Honorable Robert Nelson Cornelius Nix, Jr. served as the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1984 to 1996. He was the first African American Chief Justice of any state’s highest court, and the first African
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Dougherty ’00, the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. His consistent contributions to the De La Salle Annual Fund are designated for financial aid so he can help to provide a La Salle education to deserving African-American young men. Nix feels “La Salle College High School can make the difference in the life of young man – it did for me – and I want to make certain that future generations can experience what I experienced, learn what I learned, and grow up to one day contribute to society in a meaningful way.” Bob Nix resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Vicki. His son, Robert IV, graduated from La Salle College High School as a member of the Class of 2011.
Loyal Sons ENGINEERING The Next Generation PAT R I C K F R I E L , P H D ’ 4 5
EDWARD PATRICK FRIEL GREW UP ON WEST DAUPHIN STREET, SEVERAL BLOCKS EAST OF TEMPLE UNIVERSITY IN NORTH PHILADELPHIA. HE ATTENDED SAINT EDWARD SCHOOL AND GRADUATED FROM LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AS A MEMBER OF THE CLASS OF 1945. AFTER GRADUATION, HE SERVED AS AN ARMY SERGEANT IN THE 38TH REGIMENT, 2ND INFANTRY DIVISION AT CAMP CARSON AND COOPER HILL, CO. He then re-
In 1966, Dr Friel joined the Advanced Research Agency (now DARPA) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was appointed Director of the Missile Defense Office. Later he was appointed an Assistant Secretary of the Army and Director of the U.S. Army’s National R&D Program in Ballistic Missile Defense. Dr. Friel was a primary proponent of a limited ballistic missile defense of the USA in order to reduce the near total reliance on nuclear retaliation to deter large scale war involving nuclear weapons. In 1969, he became President of Sadtler Research Laboratory in Philadelphia, a company that produced the infrared spectrum of a variety of chemical compounds for the chemical industry and marketed the infrared instruments produced by the parent company, Block Engineering. In 1971, he started a firm, Friel & Company, which provided consulting services to industry and the Department of Defense.
ceived a B.S. Degree
Pat Friel never forgot his early days at 20th and Olney – the
in Chemistry in
friends he made, the lessons he learned, and the Christian
1950 from Villanova
Brothers who helped to make him the success he is today.
University and, later,
In 2012, the Dr. Patrick J. and Charlotte A. Friel Endowment
an M.S. and PhD
Fund was established at La Salle College High School in an
from the University
effort to provide financial assistance to a current African
of Pennsylvania in
American student from North Philadelphia who has demon-
strated financial need and has been identified as having the
He was employed
character traits necessary to succeed at La Salle. Pat wanted
by the Sun Oil Com-
to “be able to provide a La Salle education and the oppor-
pany from 1954 to
tunities associated therewith to a young man who grew up
1958 where he met and married his beloved wife of fifty-six years, Charlotte Ann
in his former neighborhood – a neighborhood that is very different now seventy years later.” Pat Friel is grateful for
McClaskey, a fellow chemist from Chestnut Hill College. He
the education that he received from the Christian Brothers
joined the General Electric Company in 1958 and partici-
and La Salle College High School and started the endowment
pated in all the initial missile programs: The Atlas, Titan, and
fund to ensure that other boys could receive the same.
Minuteman Missile Systems and developed defense penetration aids for each of them. He was the team leader in the development of a model of the heat shield ablation process during reentry, (the REKAP design program), the effect of the reentry plasma on communications and the detection of the radar wake of reentry vehicles. He was ultimately appointed Manager of the GE’S Aerospace Physics Laboratory. .
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Pat and Charlotte, reside in Hernando, FL. They have four children – Rosanne Friel Aresty a former investment banker in New York, Patrick Friel III a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and an electrical engineer at Raytheon, Charles Friel a surgeon and faculty member at the University of Virginia’s Medical School, and Anthony Friel an owner of several Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants in the Tampa Area – and eight grandchildren.
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JOE HAND WAS MOST ASSOCIATED WITH BASKETBALL AS A STUDENT AT LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL; YET, IT IS TWO OTHER SPORTS WHERE HE HAS LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK AND MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS CHILDREN. AFTER HIS GRADUATION AS A MEMBER OF THE CLASS OF 1976, HE WENT ON TO KING’S COLLEGE IN WILKES-BARE, PA. HE THEN ENTERED THE FAMILY BUSINESS – JOE HAND PROMOTIONS, INC. – A BOXING AND WRESTLING PROMOTION FIRM ASSOCIATED WITH THE LEGENDARY BLUE HORIZON ON NORTH BROAD STREET IN PHILADELPHIA. In 1983, he and his father, Joe, Jr., opened Joe Hand Boxing Gym on North Third Street in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. The gym offers regulation boxing arenas and brand new equipment where young, up-and-coming boxers from inner city neighborhoods can train. More importantly, it houses a modern computer center where children from the same communities can participate in the education process, whether or not they’re interested in learning how to box. The children, and boxers, are mentored by educators and athletes, guiding them down what can be a difficult path. The gym has been a community landmark for over thirty years as well as a safe place for neighborhood children and young adults to come and hone their skills in boxing or
FieldTurf surface, but its rubberized granules were laid down and smoothed by a hand trowel. It is designed to allow children in wheel chairs and with other special needs to play the game of baseball in a Little League environment. Joe, who serves as president of the local Miracle League board, help to raise over $1 million in less than three years for construction of the field. Joe commented, “The games on this field, richly attended on Sunday, come back to the heart of the matter. Here you can see children of all ages and abilities playing together for the sheer love of sport.” Joe has also never forgotten his Alma Mater and the young men who “Enter to Learn” and “Leave to Serve.” Joe has been an ardent supporter of the De La Salle Annual Fund through EITC – the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit – a program established in 2001 that provides businesses in Pennsylvania with a tax credit for their donations to non-profit Scholarship or Education Improvement Organizations. Joe said, “The program is a win win. It is a no brainer and La Salle made it easy by doing all of the paperwork. We were going to have to part with the funds regardless. Why not give them to La Salle and help provide financial aid to deserving young
spend time learning computer skills.
men. My hope is that these boys will one day be able to give
Joe Hand was equally instrumental in the construction of the
help provide the same educational opportunities that
Miracle Field at Northampton Municipal Park in Churchville,
I received to deserving young men.”
PA. Opened in April of 2012, the field, made of a rubberized surface, is home to the local edition of the Miracle League, an assembly of organizations dedicated to improving playing conditions for special-needs children. Complete with two dugouts and a left-field scoreboard, the field resembles a
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back in the same way, but for now I am thrilled to be able to
Joe and his wife, Linda, reside in Holland, PA. Their two sons, Joe IV ’01 and Peter ’04, are both graduates of La Salle College High School.
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HALL OF ATHLETICS INDUCTION OCTOBER 4, 2013
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HALL OF ATHLETICS In September of 2012, La Salle College High School inducted the inaugural class into its Hall of Athletics in an effort to honor athletic legends at the school. The Class of 2014 will be honored at an induction ceremony that will take place on Friday evening, October 17, 2014, in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend. Alumni, parents, faculty, students, and friends of La Salle College High School can nominate individual athletes, teams, and leaders (coaches, moderators, athletic directors). The Hall of Athletics Selection Committee will review all nominations solely on accomplishments and performances at La Salle College High School. Accolades achieved following high school or while not representing La Salle College High School will not be considered. Individual athletes must have graduated at least ten years ago (prior to 2004 for this nominating class) and coaches must have been retired from active coaching for at least one year. An announcement regarding the initial inductees will be made in early June and the inductees will be formally presented in the Summer 2013 issue of the Explorer as well as on the school’s website.
THE HALL OF ATHLETICS SELECTION COMMITTEE IS COMPRISED OF THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS:
MARTY STANCZAK ’60, CHAIRMAN • Athletic Director 1970-1991 • Dean of Students 1991-2007 BOB PEFFLE • Hall of Fame Soccer Coach • Head Wrestling and Baseball Coach (Frankford High School)
JOSEPH COLISTRA ’64 • Hall of Fame Football Coach SEAN McCOOK ’86 • Alumni Association Representative • All-Catholic Runner
PAUL COLISTRA ’00 • All-Catholic Selection in Football and Lacrosse TONY RESCH • Hall of Fame Lacrosse Coach • Athletic Director 2001-2012
DAVE DIEHL ’55 • 50 Years as a Principal, Teacher, and/or Administrator • Football and Golf Coach
BILL DONOHOE ’96 • Football and Basketball Coach • School Historian
WILLIAM WHITESIDE, ESQ. ’46 • Board of Trustees Representative • Football Player, University of Notre Dame • Founder of the Hockey Program at La Salle College High School
JOE PARISI • Athletic Director 1991-2001, 2012 to present • Head Baseball Coach
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Please visit www.lschs.org/hoa to view induction rules and qualifications as well as download a nomination form. NOMINATIONS CAN BE SUBMITTED ONLINE OR DIRECTED TO: La Salle College High School ATTN: Hall of Athletics 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor, PA 19038
THE DEADLINE FOR ALL NOMINATIONS IS MAY 2, 2014.
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HOMECOMING OCTOBER 5, 2013
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AUCTION NOVEMBER 2, 2013
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DINNER DANCE FEBRUARY 8, 2014
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COMMUNION BREAKFAST/HALL OF FAME INDUCTION MARCH 2, 2014
DURING THE COMMUNION BREAKFAST ON MARCH 2, 2014, WALTER J. KAMINSKI ’62 WAS PRESENTED WITH THE WILLIAM J. WHELAN ’55 ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD FOR HIS DEDICATED AND CONSISTENT SERVICE TO LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL. FOR OVER FIFTEEN YEARS, WALT KAMINSKI WAS THE “VOICE OF LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL” AS THE PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCER FOR FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL GAMES. IN ADDITION, HE WAS A PRESENCE ON THE EXPLORER BENCH DURING BASEBALL GAMES AS WELL AS A SCOUT AND STATISTICIAN FOR THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT. HE IS NOW RETIRED AND LIVING IN PLANTATION, FL.
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LTC WILLIAM J. O’DONNELL, USAF (RET.) ’38 still shoots his age (93) from the forward tees.
ED BADER ’47 is married sixty-four years to his wife, Dolores. Together, they have five children, nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. RONALD DONATO ’48 and his wife, Lorraine Ireland, recently celebrated their 60th anniversary by partying with their thirty-one offspring – seven kids, eighteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren plus their significant others. They are blessed and thankful! JAMES SHEMELEY ’48 has been in Florida for about forty years, but still isn’t used to the heat, snakes, or hurricanes…”oh, for the Jersey Shore!” COSTANTINO CERINI, PHD ’49 has been 100% retired for five years and feels fortunate to have good health and a loving family. He wishes the best to his fellow ’49ers as they enter their 65th Reunion Year. WILLIAM J. MCMAHON, SR. ’49 and his wife, Pat, welcomed their twin great-grandsons in December. JOSEPH PETTINEO, SR. ’49 welcomed his eighth great-grandchild in September 2013.
EDWARD J. SCHMID ’50 is proud to have seven children, thirteen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. Together, they will be celebrating his wife Diane’s 80th Birthday! JOSEPH D. ECHELMEIER, PE ’51, a widower since 2009, married again on March 16, 2013 and will live most of the time in Mexico.
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JAMES NUSS ’52 reports that retirement is great with ten grandchildren, three great grandchildren, lots of Senior Softball, and a loving wife! JACK GRANAHAN ’53 retired from active portfolio management after forty-four years. KARL J. JONES ’55 retired after fifty years with the Department of Defense. PETER FREY, PHD ’56 is enjoying time with his grandchildren and on-line chats with some classmates. ROBERT LYONS ’56 just finished two years as President of the Beaumont Medical Club, a history of Medicine Club at Yale. FREDERICK WECK ’56 reports that the Washington Archdiocesan Music Teachers Counsel announced at the annual honor band concert that one of the scholarships that are given out each year will be named the “Frederick Weck Scholarship for Musical Excellence.” He has also been commissioned to write a composition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Contemporary Music Forum. SAMUEL HERB, PE ’56 was once again an Annual Future City Competition Judge for the “Sam Herb/Jack McGrath Automation Award.” Jack McGrath is a member of the Class of 1953. JIM OSBORNE ’56 writes that great La Salle Physicians Bill Markmann ’66 and Chip Dearolf ’74 replaced his hip. GERARD DRACH ’57 has semi-retired after 50+ years at Holy Redeemer Health System. JAMES J. MCGILL, LTC, USA (RET) ’57 and his wife Andrea celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in Cape May Courthouse, NJ and enjoyed lunch in July at the Avalon Links Golf Course with classmates from the Class of 1957. JOSEPH FORD ’58 recently retired from AIG after thirty-two years as Claims Director.
EDWARD J. DONAHUE, MD ’66
FRANK GUZEK ’62 is enjoying retirement, traveling, and his five grandchildren. JON P. WALHEIM, MD ’62 was inducted into La Salle University Hall of Athletics for swimming in 2013. John joined his brother, Peter ’56, in the Hall of Fame. LOU BECCARIA ’63 authored a chapter on professional baseball bats in a book called “Balls, Bats & More” – a book about the many things involved in putting on a Phillies baseball game. TOM O’KEEFE ’63 has been elected to La Salle University’s Alumni Board of Directors for a 3-year term. DAVID COFFEY, DO ’64 was installed as President of the American Academy of Osteopathy for the calendar year March 23, 2013 through March 22, 2014. JAMES CUNNINGHAM ’64 writes that he is enjoying his 17-month old granddaughter. THOMAS GALLAGHER, ESQ. ’64 is looking forward to his 50th Reunion. REVEREND JOSEPH V. MULLIGAN ’64 is the Chaplain for the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC as well as Chaplain to the Carolina Panthers. RON CODARIO, MD, FACP ’65 led a medical humanitarian mission to Peru in July. Ron was named a Fellow in the National Lipid Association.
LOU BECCARIA ’63
MICHAEL NORMILE ’65 recently retired from the last of his many careers – high school math teacher. He lives in suburban Boston, MA.
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EDWARD J. DONAHUE, MD ’66 has been named Chief Medical Officer of Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Part of Saint Joseph’s team for more than thirty years, Dr. Donahue previously served in several leadership positions at the hospital including Chief of Surgery, Chair of the Cancer Committee, and Vice Chief of Staff. In his new position, Dr. Donahue will focus on quality of care, the patient experience, medical staff relations and growth at Saint Joseph’s. A graduate of Villanova University, Dr. Donahue served in the United States Navy as a navigator during the Vietnam War. He earned a medical degree from Temple University and a Master of Science in Surgery from the University of Illinois. Dr. Donahue underwent surgical training at Rush Presbyterian Saint Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL.
TIM ERB ’66 and his wife, Joan, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in Bermuda. They also traveled to Hawaii to attend the American Psychological Association’s National Convention. ROB LIBERATORE ’67 has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Chrysler Group, LLC. JOHN MCGILL ’67 wrote that he and his wife Mary traveled a bit over 1,500 miles in their boat last summer – from Pensacola, FL to Chattanooga, TN and back. This summer, they will travel to the Chesapeake.
REVEREND ANTHONY JANTON ‘69 MET WITH POPE FRANCIS AND DURING THEIR CONVERSATION, HE PRESENTED POPE FRANCIS WITH A HAT FROM LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL.
JAKE BARRETT ’69 was re-elected to his second two-year term as a District City Councilor in Syracuse, NY. Jake has firmly earned his nickname of “Landslide” by trouncing his challenger by 39 votes (1st term was 13) as each vote count was 3,200 votes cast.
CAPT MICHAEL J. DOUGHERTY, USN (RET.) ’69 retired in October of 2013 after forty years in Naval Aviation (twenty-nine Military and eleven Civilian). He is now the owner of Hudson Consulting, LLC and focusing on Foreign Military Sales and Organizational Management. PHILIP GRANDE ’69 formed Avalon House Lifting, LLC after 40+ years in Engineering/Supply Chain with Scott Paper Company and SCA (Swedish Forrest Products Company). He is renovating homes at the Jersey Shore one family at a time post-Sandy. PHILLIP HELLER ’69 is restoring a steel sailboat and hopes to sail to Bermuda durning the summer of 2015.
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REVEREND ANTHONY JANTON ’69, AFSC concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis at the Domus Santae Martha in the Vatican on January 20, 2014. Domus Santae Martha is the residence for Vatican officials where the Pope chose to live rather than the papal apartments. After the Mass, Father Janton met with Pope Francis and during their conversation, he presented Pope Francis with a hat from La Salle College High School. GRANT MacAVOY ’69 was inducted into “The Walk of Fame” on the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia. JOSEPH PASCUZZO, DO ’69 is partner and recent acting CFO, Hematology/Oncology Group, the largest private practice oncology group in California. MIKE SHEEHAN ’69 celebrated his 40th year of employment with General Electric in February 2014. BILL WASYLENKO ’69 is now into his fifth year compiling the history of the 100 seasons of La Salle football. To get onto his email list, contact Bill at email@example.com.
FREDERICK HOECK ’70 and his wife, Debbie, moved to Florida’s Villages.
JOHN ZERR ’80, his wife Marie, and their children Shane (15), Siena (12), and Willow (7) live in Houston, TX, where they moved seven years ago.
RICHARD BARRETT ’71 is retiring from the Defense Logistics Agency after thirty years of service as a Computer Systems Analyst. BILL BENZ, ’72 reports that he officiated at the marriage ceremony of his son Bill (’04) and Caroline Shuhart. FRANK LEAMING ’72 recently received his Masters in theology and is a Deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, VA. His parish is Saint Mary of the Annunciation in Ladysmith, VA. GREG KOCHANOWICZ ’72 is a Cape May County “Jersey Shore” Realtor. Contact him to buy or sell your summer home. THOMAS ALBERICO ’74 and his wife Jeanette (Sacchetti) are the proud grandparents of their first grandchildren – Nicholas and Roman Bevad. PAUL J. KELLY III ’74 was recently named a Principal by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, the nation’s 10th largest Public Accounting and Business Advisory Firm. JAMES CUMMINGS ’76 has been elected by his colleagues from across the nation as the President of the National School Public Relations Association.
MAJ FREDERICK C. HELLWIG, USA (RET.) ’76 is Program Director, Surface/Public Transportation Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ST/PTISACs). He was awarded the 2013 AFEI Award (Honorable Mention) – Industry Category. DAVID SCHOFIELD ’77 has been appointed to the Investment Committee of the De La Salle Institute in Napa, CA. TIM GILLESPIE ’78 was named President for Wealth Advisory for Wilmington Trust, a subsidiary of M&T Bank. Tim will oversee Pennsylvania, Delaware, Southern New Jersey, and Maryland.
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CAPT EUGENE P. KIERNAN, JR. ’81 recently retired from the US Naval Reserves in August 2013 after twenty-eight years of active and reserve service. LTC MICHAEL MASUCCI USAF (RET.) ’81 recently started working for Virgin Galactic as a test pilot flying the White Night 2 and Spaceship 2 vehicles. DAVID ESPENSHADE JR., ’82 founded a consulting company called Advanced Sales and Marketing Solutions, which is focused on helping small growth firms in the Life Sciences sector. PATRICK DURBIN ’84 launched Sea Bird Wines this year from his winery in Sonoma, CA. Sea Bird makes Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay from vineyards in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. WILLIAM C. REGLI, III PhD ’85 helped lead the formation of Drexel College of Computing and Informatics and is now Associate Dean for Research. CHRISTOPHER HALEY ’86 AND DAVID MITCHELL ’86 completed the Louisville Ironman in August 2013. JIM STABILITO ’87 is now a partner with the Denver Series of Lockton Companies. MICHAEL TIDD, OSB ’88 was ordained a priest of Saint Mary’s Abbey in December 2013. SEAN O’HARA ’89 and his wife, Katie, celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in November 2013 with a trip to Paris.
JAMIE BARTON ’91 is now the Owner and President of Barton Insurance Group. DANIEL RAKOWSKI, MD ’91 married Tonya Powell on March 3, 2013. SEAN McDERMOTT ’93 was named NFL Coordinator Of The Year by The Sporting News. The 39-year-old has held the position of Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator since 2011, joining the staff of fellow former Eagles assistant Ron Rivera, the Panthers’ head coach. The Panthers defense ranked number two in the National Football League this season. Prior to joining the Carolina Panthers, McDermott was the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles. During his time at La Salle, McDermott was an All-Catholic football selection and state champion wrestler. PETER MADDEN ’95 and his wife, Ashley, reside in Ocean City, NJ. Peter works for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and they have four children: Riley (9), Aubry (7), Brynn (4) and Carter (21 months). RAY FITZPATRICK ’96 has relocated to the Lehigh Valley where he is a Cardiac Surgeon at Saint Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. Ray and his wife Colleen have two sons, Liam, 4, and Colin, 2.
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WILLIAM PHELAN, IV, ESQ. ’00 is a partner at The Gowen Group Law Office, PLLC, a general practice firm serving the Philadelphia and Washington, DC Areas. RORY HEENAN ’03, married Heather Toolan, daughter of P. James Toolan, Esq. ’72 in Avalon, NJ on November 2, 2013. Groomsmen included: Brian Heenan ’05, James Harkins ’03, Bill Loughery ’03, Colin Whitaker ’03, James Sacchetta ’03, John Barrett ’03, and James Toolan ’04. JOHN A. GIAIMO, JR. ’04 is now the Owner/Operator of the Dairy Queen, North Penn Market Place in Lansdale, PA. ALEX HIMES ’04, along with his brother, is opening a craft beer pub in Blue Bell – “Harry’s Blue Bell Tap Room, Ltd.“ – on 202 just north of Route 73 and Village Square. DOUGLAS TAYLOR ’04 recently purchased a home in New Hope, PA. He serves as Vice President for an educational non-profit. Amped for Education, which focuses on building schools in Nicaragua. He is also an MBA candidate at Saint Joseph’s University. PAUL KELLY IV, USMC, ’05 was promoted to captain and is now serving oversees. JAMES P. MURPHY ’05 is doing post graduate study at the University of Chicago. PETER A. TERRERI ’05 and Lauren Pelkey were married at Saint Alphonsus Church in Maple Glen, PA on September 21, 2013. A reception at The Joseph Ambler Inn followed. ROBERT CHAPMAN-SMITH ’06 is currently working as an Associate Producer at Freethink Media. His film credits include Honor Flight (2012), a documentary about a devoted team of Midwest volunteers’ efforts to send every WWII veteran to see their memorial in Washington DC (www.honorflightthemovie.com).
THOMAS KELLY ’06 graduated from Drexel Law School. SEAN BENZ ’07 graduated from Temple University Fox School of Business and currently works in advertising for Redd Tetemer in Philadelphia. COLIN DEVLIN ’07 is serving on the USS Mason DDG87 deployed to 5th fleet. He was awarded the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation in February 2014. JOHN HARRISON ’08 is currently coaching wide receivers at The University of Chicago. DEREK BOGOROWSKI ’09 graduated Lehigh University in May 2013 and is employed as an Analyst for Magnetar, a hedge fund headquartered in Chicago, IL. SEAN GILLESPIE ’09 is currently working as a Management Trainee for MAM Software, Inc. in Allentown, PA. KEVIN JOHNSON ’09 graduated from the University of Delaware and is working in North Jersey for Techtronic Industries North America (TTI).
KRISTIAN BENZ ’10 studied in Spain this past summer. JOHN P. TONER, JR. ’10 enjoyed his summer semester in Australia. He will be graduating from Penn State in May 2014. MICHAEL D. CROUSE ’11 is an Electrical Engineering student at Drexel University. He has joined TKE Fraternity, Alpha Tau chapter. TYLER DUNPHY ’11 interned on Capitol Hill for US Representative Peter Roskam (IL). CASEY GILLESPIE ’11 spent his fall semester in Barcelona, Spain and is a junior at Wake Forest University.
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W E W E L C O M E / W E R E M E M B E R JAMES TURNITSA ’73 AND HIS WIFE, SUSAN, WELCOMED THEIR FIRST CHILD, ALYSSA, ON AUGUST 16, 2013. MICHAEL MILLER ’85 AND HIS WIFE, JENNIFER, WELCOMED A DAUGHTER, HAYDEN BLAIR, ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2012. MICHAEL WITKOWSKI ’94 AND HIS WIFE, ALANA, WELCOMED THEIR THIRD CHILD, SHANE, IN 2013. DAVID ELLIS ’00 AND HIS WIFE, ERIN WELCOMED A SON, HARRY DAVID, ON AUGUST 22, 2013. KYLE ELLIOTT ’01 AND HIS WIFE, LAURA, WELCOMED A SON, KYLE JACKSON, ON DECEMBER 28, 2013. MAX MORGAN ’06 AND HIS WIFE, KATIE, WELCOMED A DAUGHTER, REID LILLIAN MORGAN ON DECEMBER 5, 2013. LEW CLARK (CAMPUS MINISTRY) AND HIS WIFE, KATHLEEN, WELCOMED THEIR FIRST CHILD, A BOY, LEWIS KEENAN, ON JANUARY 24, 2014.
SAMUEL J. MOROSS ’37, brother of John ’43. JAMES E. MCGOLDRICK ’39 JAMES J. FAHY ’40 KENNETH L. BEECH ’41 JOSEPH F. MCBRIDE, SR. ’41 JOHN J. MARKULIN ’42
ROBERT W. SCHELL, JR. ’63 CHARLES J. KNOWLES ’67 EDWARD G. STROMBERG, JR. ’67 JOHN M. MCGRATH ’69 THOMAS J. RUSSO ’71 MICHAEL J. KANE ’82, brother of Brother John Kane, FSC ’76, James ’80, Matthew ’86, and Paul ’88 Kane.
JOHN J. “JACK” FRENCH ’47 GEORGE B. BOTTO ’48 ROBERT B. GRAHAM ’48 GERALD E. SPEITEL ’48, brother of Reverend Edmond J. Speitel ’43, brother-in-law of Martin McCann ’50. GERALD V. BEGGIN ’49 JOSEPH ANTHONY MANCUSO ’49 THOMAS J. GOLA ’51, father of Thomas C. ’77, brother of Paul ’56. JOHN F. RODENBAUGH ’51 WILLIAM J. HANSBURY, JR. ’53 JOHN W. QUINN ’55, brother of Gerard ’56 and John ’60. JOSEPH F. HELLENBRAND ’57 JOHN E. GLASER ’58 ROBERT J. CONNER ’60
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JOSEPH P. MCAFEE, father-in-law of John Wilson ’72. PATRICK MCNULTY, father of Patrick ’74 and Sean ’76. JOHN M. MEDVETZ, father of Marc M. Medvetz, Esq. ’90.
GORDON GRIMM, stepfather of Brother James L. Butler, FSC.
PATRICIA ’TRISH” MURPHY, wife of Robert ’55, mother of Robert, Jr. ’80, and Martin ’81 Murphy.
JOSEPH BAKER, father of Joseph ’70, grandfather of Kevin ’00 and Colin ’07 Baker and Stephen Klarich ’99.
MARY K. GRUNDY, mother of Patrick ’81.
SANDRA O’HARA, wife of Dennis O’Hara ’69.
ANGELO D. GUERRA, brother of Robert ’69 and Ronald ’76, uncle of Joseph ’03 and Cosmo ’10.
CHARLES PERUTO, SR., father of James A. Peruto, Esq. ’70, grandfather of John ’06 and Vincent ’13 Peruto.
ERNEST W. HARKNESS, JR., father-in-law of William Regli ’85.
PEGGY M. PILLA, grandmother of Craig ’12 and William ’15 Burdulis.
JOSEPH J. HANNA, OD ’49, father of Joseph ’74.
JULIE PLUCK, mother of Joseph ’88, grandmother of Joseph Pluck ’17 and Matthew Weikel ’17.
NANCY BERNHARDT, wife of John Bernhardt ’47. ANDREA F. BOZZI, mother of Eric ’14. KATHARINE L. BRENNAN, mother of Andrew Brennan (Dec’d.) ’78. MARY ELLEN CARROLL BROWN, wife of James ’46 (Dec’d.), mother of Michael ’74, James ’75, Mark ’77, grandmother of Kurt Lutter ’13. MARY JANE CARLIN, mother of William ’69 and Richard ’72. PETER D. CARLINO, father of Stephen ’75. DENIS J. CARLSON, SR., father of Denis, Jr. 04. JOAN F. COFFEY, mother of James ’70, Michael (Dec’d.) ’72, David ’75, Patrick ’82, grandmother of Drew’95 and Ian ’95.
PATRICIA CORNELY, mother of Kevin ’72.
PETER S. DOONER, JR. ’47
VINCENT GIANNINI, father of Jonathan ’16.
MARY C. MAY, grandmother of Brendan May ’97 and W. Peter Seweryn ’03.
EDWARD R. ALBERTSON, grandfather of Thomas P. Albertson ’15.
JOSEPH L. MESSA, ESQ. ’43
JOSEPH A. MUNDY ’46
JOANNE P. GANDOLFO, wife of Paul R. “Ron” Gandolfo ’52, mother of Anton R. Bauer ’79, grandmother of Anton Z. Bauer ’17.
HARRY F. GREEN, father of Timothy Green ’86.
BRIAN E. COOPER ’67, father of Christian ’94 and Ian ’02.
JOSEPH A. MARTIN ’44
EILEEN GRADY, mother of Thomas F. Jr. ’79.
JAMES A. MADDEN, JR., father of James ’87, Kenneth ’88 and Gregory ’01 Madden.
AUSTIN J. NOONAN ’89, brother of Frank’ 75, Patrick ’76, Mark ’86, uncle of Thomas ’13 and Kevin ’16.
REVEREND SIDNEY C. BURGOYNE, PHD ’43
JOSEPH A. MARTELL ’44
HELEN ETZL, wife of Michael ’34, mother of Michael ’66 and Richard ’79.
DONALD CERICOLA, SR., grandfather of Joseph Cericola ’12. JOHN J. CHESNA, father of John ’73, Scott ’77, Mark ’80, Eric (Dec’d) ’89. ELYNORE D. CHRISTINE, mother of Kevin ’84. ROSE M. CODY, mother of Robert J. Cody, MD ’66. DOLORES COURTNEY, mother of Joseph ’68, F. Richard ’69, Matthew ’71, grandmother of F. Richard ’90. LEO COYLE, father of Anthony ’83. RITA B. CUSHING, mother of Paul F. Cushing ’66. PHILIP G. DAMM, father of Philip II ’76. JOHN B. DEVRIES, father of Peter ’79. EVELYN DINELLA, mother of John J. DiNella, DPM ’71. JOSEPH J. DONATO ’50, brother of Ronald ’48.
REGINA HENDRICK, wife of Thomas ’62. FREDERICK W. HESS, JR. ’50, grandfather of Michael Rockwood ’04. THOMAS E. HOBAN ’45, father of John ’70, Thomas ’74, Martin ’82 and James ’85, grandfather of Colin Dingley ’12.
LORRAINE A. POSPISCHIL, mother of Victor Pospischil ’77. JOHN S. PULKOWSKI, father of John P. Pulkowski ’69. EUGENIA RODDEN-WANINGER, mother of Kevin ’73, James ’80, and Brian ’82 Rodden.
CORINNE JANTON, mother of Reverend Anthony Janton, AFSC ’69.
PALMIRA R. SCALVINO, grandmother of Matthew Daly ’13.
MARY KERSHAW, daughter of Justin Kershaw ’48.
JEANNE STOKES, wife of James J. ’43, mother of James, III ’76 and Mark ’83 Stokes.
JOHN F. KLAIBER ’80, brother of Michael ’82. ROBERTA I. KOLKKA, mother of Paul ’83. JOHN A. KROL, grandfather of Matthew ’10, Nicholas ’11 and Joseph ’14 Krol. KATHLEEN A. KRUCKENBERGER, wife of Deacon William A. Kruckenberger ’54, mother of William A. ’88. MILDRED KUREK, mother of Bernard W. Kurek, DMD ’64. LINDA A. LAWLER, wife of Terence ’69, sister-in-law of Denis ’66, Rory ’73, Timothy ’75 and Brendan ’83 Lawler. DEANE R. LEADER, father of Deane and Dan ’92.
THOMAS STONE, grandfather of Thomas ’05, Matthew ’07 and Eric ’11 Stone. ALICIA A. TULLY, wife of Robert G. Tully ’45. JAN VANEEKELEN, grandfather of John ’04 and Christopher ’08 RENE VARALLO, mother of Louis ’76, Francis ’77, grandmother of James Pollino ’12.Catherine E. Wilbur, mother of George R. Wilbur ’78. EDWARD “WALLY” WALZAK, father of Richard ’75 and Robert ’79. HERMAN R. WILBUR, father of George ’78. CHARLES R. WITTKAMP, father of William ’92.
BARBARA LEMPRECHT, mother of John ’54, Frank ’55, grandmother of Thomas’ 97, great-grandmother of John ’09.
PATRICIA YOUNG, wife of John ’49, mother of Sean ’80, Christopher ’82, and Patrick ’82 Young
EDWARD LESZCZYNSKI, father-in-law of Andrew Malone, CPA ’78, grandfather of Patrick ’06 and Colin ’11.
CHARLES G. ZANGER, father of Charles A. Zanger ’72, brother-in-law of Stephen Cook ’59, uncle of Steven Cook, Jr. ’92.
JOAN MACMASTER, grandmother of Douglas ’15 and Keegan ’16 MacMaster.
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Loyal Sons We’ll Ever Be… High we’ll hold your memory Hail La Salle our Alma Mater Hail all Hail!
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La Salle College High School 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor, PA 19038
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS The Alumni Association is currently seeking nominations for the Hall of Fame.Qualified candidates must be alumni of La Salle College High School who meet at least one of the following criteria:
Submissions should include a letter stating the candidates name and qualifications (based on above criteria) and should be accompanied by a resume or brief biography.
• Service, loyalty, and contributions to La Salle College High School; • Service and contributions to the community; • Excellence in one’s profession; • Nominee shares the Christian values of La Salle College High School, the Alumni Association, and the Christian Brothers; and/or • Nominee has proven his willingness to assist La Salle College High School and the Alumni Association in the realization of its mission of a Christian education.
Nominations should be submitted in writing to the following address: Trustees of the Alumni Association La Salle College High School 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor, PA 19038 firstname.lastname@example.org