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 lumni Christmas Reception, 6 pm, Union Oyster House, A Boston Student Gallery Opening, 6 pm, Ryken Center for the Arts Jazz Combo Concert, 7:30 pm, Kaneb Theater St. John’s Prep Drama Guild presents “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” and a Fiesta of One Act Plays Annual Festive Christmas Concert with the Men’s Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 pm, Tabernacle Church in Salem Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 pm, Kaneb Theater

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SwingTown! Concert, 7 pm, Kaneb Theater St. John’s Prep Community Day of Service (tentative) Sunrise Easter Liturgy, St. John’s Prep Chapel

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Reed Perry and Russell Hollis, both seniors, in the A.E. Studzinski Library.

 0th Gold Eagle Reunion Weekend for the Class of 1961 and 5 25th Reunion for the Class of 1986 Commencement for the Class of 2011 Be sure to check or call 800.292.0227 for more information about Prep events and programs.


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Headmaster’s Message

I am St. John’s. I can change the world and I will not wait.


oung men who attend the Prep are in many respects a relatively standard group of adolescent boys when they arrive on campus. Some are tall, quiet, athletic and self-centered. Some are boisterous, gregarious, medium-sized and extroverted. Some are brown-haired, ambivalent about English literature, motivated by grades and not sure about religion. Some are Catholic, videogame-loving, still-not-shaving, small town residents. Some are … you get the idea … regular teenage boys! But not for long. We seek to provide opportunities that foster knowledge and build confidence in our students. We ask them to spend time identifying their unique gift so that they may use it to give back to someone else. We educate a wellinformed community in a space created for their growth and designed to nurture their hopes, enervate their dreams and inspire their commitment to social justice. We encourage them to take control and not to wait. We challenge them to act for justice in all that they do. The challenge that our new and returning students heard on day one this year was that more is expected of them now that they are at St. John’s. We told them not to wait for a gifted leader to step up, but to be that leader themselves. We challenged them with these words from the Advent Credo by Rev. Daniel Berrigan, SJ: It is not true that we have to wait for those who are especially gifted before we can be peacemakers. It is true that God pours out the Divine Spirit to us so that our young shall see visions and our old shall have dreams.

We will continue to insist that they are not young men who wait to take action as leaders. We will demand that they envision themselves as leaders and peacemakers for their entire lives. At our opening liturgy in September, I spoke directly to the student body with these words: I am ready and I am your brother. I know how to do that math problem; let me help you. I can translate that word; let me give it a try. I have a free hand; let me hold the door for you. I am getting more fries; do you need anything? I have time; let me help in your food pantry. I can dribble left-handed; let me show you. I can walk; let me show you the way. I can listen; let me help solve your problem. I can work; I’ll join the service trip to Virginia over spring break. I am an Eagle; I can help in all that you do. I am St. John’s; I can change the world and I will not wait. I concluded my remarks by quoting Father Berrigan’s words and exhorting each student to make this a blessed and peaceful school year. I told them that as brothers and sisters at the Prep, we are ready for them to bring on their visions, their dreams and their peace. I offer this same message to the extended Prep community. St. John’s Prep is committed to providing all students an academically rigorous environment wherein they can lead, work for social justice, use opportunities to seek peace and become confident in their abilities to create visions for us all. We are all challenged to share our gifts as we reach out in peace to the world. We are St. John’s.

In simplicity, Skip Shannon

S T . J OH N ’S P R E P TODAY A publication of St. John’s Preparatory School A Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Secondary School for Young Men Established 1907 Comments and contributions to this publication, as well as address updates should be directed to: Office for Institutional Advancement St. John’s Preparatory School 72 Spring Street, Danvers, MA 01923 800.292.0227  978.774.6727


Albert J. Shannon, Ph.D. Principal

Edward P. Hardiman, Ph.D.

Ryan Wiklund ’11 took his camera backstage during rehearsal for this fall’s production of “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.”

Chief Advancement Officer

Michael Newhall ’80 Chief FInancial Officer

Mary Coffey Moran Director of Advancement Operations

Dorothy Dolan Director of Alumni Relations

Jeffrey Connolly ’80 SJP Today Editor and Director of Communications

Elizabeth Forbes Director of Planned and Major Gifts

Debra R. Marino Class Notes Editor and Advancement and Gift Services Manager

Kathie Flatley Communications and Projects Manager

Denise DeChristoforo Stewardship and Special Events Manager

Lauren Ritchie

Contents My Journey from Student to Teacher ......................................................................................................................


Feature: San Francisco Striking the Right Balance ............................................................................................................................................... At Home in Sonoma .............................................................................................................................................................. Putting Down Roots in San Francisco....................................................................................................................

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Around Campus New Trustees Appointed ................................................................................................................................................... 8 Admissions News .................................................................................................................................................................... 8 Principal’s Perspective ......................................................................................................................................................... 9 Student Spotlight ..................................................................................................................................................................... 10 Designing Women ................................................................................................................................................................... 11

Alumni The Prep Network – Use It! ............................................................................................................................................. 12 A Conversation with Greg Caires ’89 ..................................................................................................................... 13 Alumni Events Summer–Fall ’10 ................................................................................................................................. 14

Sports Former Prep Goalkeeper Tim Murray ’05 Signs with the Revolution............................................ 16 Spring Sports at St. John’s ............................................................................................................................................... 16

Advancement Coordinator

Mary Carol Vitolo Administrative Assistant

Kay Maurice


Caruso Graphic Design

Philanthrophy at the Prep The Strength of Your Support........................................................................................................................................ 19 Thanks a Million (yet again)! ........................................................................................................................................... 20 Get In The Game! ..................................................................................................................................................................... 21

Advancement Headmaster’s Council Reception ............................................................................................................................... 22

Class Notes .............................................................................................................................................................................. 23


Flagship Press Photos

Bruce Bishop Terry Bleiler Amos Chan Art Durity Winslow Townson


On the Cover:

John Munro ’02 (center) with a group of his freshman English students: (l to r) Ben Rivera, Cory Lang, Ryan Powers and Alex Tansey.

My Journey from Student to Teacher by John Munro ’02


o is the Prep the same since we graduated?” It’s gotten remarkably difficult to count exactly how many times I’ve heard that question when I randomly run into fellow Prep alums. I usually respond with the stock answer of “Well, the buildings have changed, and tuition’s definitely changed, but the spirit of the place is still the same.” While my response is certainly no lie, I didn’t work too hard to come up with it. After the end of my third year of teaching English, I think I’m ready to come up with a more definitive answer. What really matters about this place that so many of us love has not changed at all, and I find myself unbelievably lucky to play my own small role in its success. Since starting at the Prep, I’ve taught freshmen and sophomores. The most recent graduating class was the first that I felt truly close to. I taught some of them, coached some of them, and went on service trips with some of them. Their last day stands out as my favorite memory as a teacher at St. John’s thus far. I walked around that afternoon as they enjoyed their last lunch together and I became oddly sentimental as I welcomed them into the Prep alumni brotherhood. Sharing high

“What really matters about this place that so many of us love has not changed at all, and I find myself unbelievably lucky to play my own small role in its success.” fives, fist pounds and hugs, I realized that this was the place where I belonged. I’ve always thought about the Prep as this great community of care. The faculty, students, staff and administration formed a legitimate family. When I was a student, the great teachers were more than teachers. Some played roles in my development very similar to that of my parents. On that sunny May day, and later that week at graduation, when I realized the depth of my caring for these students, I truly felt that I had now joined this community as a faculty member. It all starts in the classroom. I’m lucky, most days anyway, to get to work with the younger grades. As a twenty-six year old, it’s not too difficult to remember what it’s like assimilating into life at St. John’s. With my freshmen, I’m more concerned with their finding their own place and feeling comfortable with the school than I am about their knowing the definition of personification or alliteration. I want them to embrace the Prep, and know that even if

they find the work too tough, or find the absence of girls socially frustrating, there’s someone out there on their side. Honestly, I didn’t love the place until the very end of my own freshman year. I missed my friends at home terribly and I wasn’t used to working that hard. By junior year, I developed a true love for the Prep community, where I felt comfortable, safe and part of something. Any encouragement I can give my students to help them attain the feeling of community I found will certainly go a long way. I also relish my role outside of the classroom. I’ve been lucky enough to work on the sub-varsity baseball coaching staff and share my love of the sport. Even more important is my role in Campus Ministry. As a student, I learned most about myself on service trips in Ecuador and inner city Boston. It was ultimately my PULSE trip in Boston that convinced me to pursue a vocation in teaching. Those trips wouldn’t have been possible without faculty sacrificing their time, so I figure I owe it to this generation to give up some of mine. All year, I look forward to taking kids down to Grundy, Virginia, in April. It’s great to be alongside students, working for the greater good. I tell my friends that I sincerely enjoy waking up every day and going to work. St. John’s was, and still is, an incredibly special place. The great part about it, I think, is that all students have a real opportunity to find themselves in a deeper, truer sense. I know that as faculty, we are on board to do our part. This September a new crop of freshman arrived, and I know that four years later, when they graduate, I’ll be feeling that same sentimentality that I felt in May, confident that I’ve done my part to help move them on to the next phase in life. ■



MUCH AS BOSTON exempliďŹ es the history and culture of the East Coast, the San Francisco Bay Area epitomizes the romantic appeal of the West Coast. From the hills and cable cars of San Francisco, to the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, and the dynamic vibe of Silicon Valley, the area offers a vibrant mix of history, natural beauty, innovation and style. In this issue, we proďŹ le three of 348 Prep graduates who call the area home.



Striking the Right Balance


fter graduating from the Prep, Barry Munsterteiger ’92 headed west, to the Midwest that is, to study architecture at the University of Cincinnati. It was the first stop in an exhilarating career that eventually took him further west – to the Bay Area – where he led Apple’s motion graphics team and is now creative director at Bonfire Technologies.

After starting out in architecture at the University of Cincinnati (UC), Munsterteiger switched to industrial design, a better fit for his hands-on style. Thanks to UC’s co-op program, he worked with companies like Proctor & Gamble and landed a job six months before graduation. Armed with a bachelor’s in industrial design and a minor in graphic design, he worked with several start-ups in the Cincinnati area. His growing portfolio attracted interest in many quarters, and he joined a Cincinnati-based company that was working with a startup in New York to expand the ways Macromedia Flash (now Adobe Flash) was being used at the time.

more than air in the venture capitalists’ balloons were shuttering,” says Munsterteiger. “All told, there were nearly 30 rounds of layoffs between the two companies I worked for in my first two years in California. It was nuts.” Refreshed, he used his severance from SBI to purchase gear and set up a home studio. He landed a freelance position supporting the in-house graphic design team at Apple, and spent the next 18 months working on in-store interactive demos for Apple retailers and online marketing videos. In 2002, he joined Apple full time in the internal motion graphics department, where he changed his focus from the creative process to the technical side of design. In mid-2006, he switched to Apple’s rich media team, which was bringing the speed and interactivity of the desktop to web technologies. After his team launched Extras/LPs for iTunes, he began to think about new career challenges.

“The team is amazing. We do our best to balance life and work in ways that keep everyone fresh for each project. The studio is full of toys like a pool table, a pinball machine, gaming consoles, a full bar and even a unicycle.”

“It eventually led to my being invited onto the Flash Advisory Council. Twelve people from around the world would gather quarterly in San Francisco to discuss the future of Flash and its usability. This council was the door of opportunity to my move west,” says Munsterteiger. In September 2000, he moved to San Francisco and took a position with marchFIRST as a senior media technologist. He was quickly thrust into the unstable waters of the startup climate again. Less than a month after he moved across the country, marchFIRST was under great duress, closing offices and laying off people by the dozens. While his division was sold off to SBI, he stayed on to work on projects for Adidas, Samsung and Mattel before SBI changed direction and he was no longer needed.

He decided he needed a break and spent a few weeks riding his motorcycle around northern California to unwind. “Layoffs were happening everywhere, the digital gold rush was over and all the dotcom companies that were nothing

“Apple is an amazing company and hasn’t grown to be the most sought after brand by sitting idle. Talent was abundant in every department, allowing for innovation to flourish. My experience in that environment couldn’t be replaced by any number of years with any other employer,” he says. “While I considered some internal positions, I felt to really advance within the Apple culture I would have to leave the orchard.” In November 2009, he became creative director at Bonfire Communications, where he brings motion graphics together with interactivity for clients like Apple, Sony, Adobe and Google. The position brings the full range of his experience together in one role.

“The team is amazing. We do our best to balance life and work in ways that keep everyone fresh for each project,” he says. “The studio is full of toys like a pool table, a pinball machine, gaming consoles, a full bar and even a unicycle. There are many shared hobbies among the team members and that leads to relationships that extend beyond the workplace.”

WHAT TO DO Go indoor skydiving at iFly San Francisco Bay ✻ Visit the Exploratorium ✻ Walk the beaches on Sonoma’s windswept coast ✻ Take in the Farmers Market in Sonoma ✻ See Charles Shultz’s Peanuts Museum in Santa Rosa ✻ Ride the Cable Cars

He and his wife live with their two children in Belmont, a family-friendly community halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Family time and photography take up the bulk of his free time, and other hobbies include his motorcycle and snowboarding. When he looks back East from his perch in California, he credits Prep teachers, including Jordan Adair, John Boyle, and Mary Baglioni, with preparing him to thrive in a constantly changing environment. ■




As an entrepreneur, youth basketball coach, and volunteer for local schools and the Boys and Girls Club, Mike Minigan '73 has truly immersed himself in the Sonoma community.

At Home in Sonoma


fter five cross country moves, countless professional opportunities, marriage and four children, Mike Minigan ’73 has finally settled into what he considers “home” in Sonoma, California. His life has been an adventure, to say the least, and he credits St. John’s with teaching him how to adapt to new environments and thrive in transition. When attending high school in the early 70s, a time of considerable social and political upheaval, learning to manage change was a necessity. Mike put these skills to good use in many ways. Meet Minigan today and you get to know the entrepreneur, youth basketball coach, and volunteer for local schools and the Boys and Girls Club, who is truly immersed in the Sonoma community. Minigan and his wife, Elizabeth, an architect, own Minigan Properties, LLC. They renovate and sell wine country homes in and around Sonoma, working with talented and creative local craftsmen to retain the original character and detail of the historic properties. Minigan also serves as editor-in-chief of A Million Cooks, a new media network he helped to start that creates audio programs about food and cooking for platforms like iTunes and Facebook.

WHERE TO EAT Sushi: Blowfish ✻ Steak: Harris’ ✻ Vegetarian: Plant on Embarcadero ✻ Mexican: Dos Agaves ✻ Fine Dining: French Laundry in Napa ✻ Breakfast:Tartine Bakery “There’s no better place for a new food network than the heart of America’s wine country, just a few miles from California’s Central Valley, our country’s largest agricultural producer,” he says. One of the things Minigan and his wife love best about the area is the wonderful assortment of artists, civil servants, winemakers, business people, and farmhands, who mix seamlessly in a thriving wired community. With fantastic weather and accessibility to San Francisco and the Lake Tahoe region, Sonoma is a desirable place to land. Minigan’s career did not begin in California. After graduating from St. John’s, he earned a BA in political science from the University of New Hampshire, where he was editor-in-chief


The Minigan clan gathered for daughter Kelsey’s high school graduation in June: (l to r) Frances, Elizabeth, Mary, Kelsey, Mike and Jeremiah.

of “The New Hampshire,” UNH’s award winning college newspaper. He went on to get his master’s in mass communications at Boston University, and worked as a journalist and marketing professional for several years. When Joe Newman ’73 introduced Minigan to Ted Leonsis, the owner of Redgate Communications, a small marketing and advertising agency, Leonsis offered him a job and Minigan soon moved to California to open their San Francisco office. Mike, Elizabeth, and their growing family moved to Vero Beach, Florida, back to Silicon Valley, and then to Dulles, Virginia, with Redgate as it grew from three people to 35. When AOL acquired the company in 1994, Redgate had a staff of 80 professionals, while AOL had 300 employees and 100,000 members. By 2001, AOL would have 13,000 employees and 24 million members. Needless to say, Minigan’s ability to adapt was put to the test. His role was to build and grow the online shopping business, which grew to include relationships with 300 of the world’s largest direct markets, retailers and catalogers including Macy’s, Walmart, LL Bean and Barnes & Noble. When AOL announced its merger with Time Warner in 2000, it was an exciting time that led Minigan to make another big change in his life. With three children and the impending arrival of a fourth, Mike and Elizabeth decided to leave the corporate world behind and return to Sonoma, the spot where they had always enjoyed spending weekends when living in San Francisco. Now, instead of weekly business trips and missed birthdays, he is able to spend more time with his children: Kelsey, a freshman at the University of California – Santa Barbara; Jeremiah, a junior in high school; Frances, an 8th grader; and Mary, a 6th grader. Looking back, Minigan credits his teachers at St. John’s with planting the seeds for what became a rewarding career. “Every one of them asked us to go beyond the basics of their courses. They inspired us to ‘own’ the material, to be the best we could possibly be, and to really care about the work. Those ethics absolutely carry over to college and professional life.” ■

Putting Down Roots in San Francisco


ulian Blazewicz ’92 was a young Boston College graduate with a degree in business, a job in marketing, and a desire to try something new when he decided to pull up stakes in Boston and move to San Francisco in 1999.

The technology sector was booming at the time and there were plenty of opportunities in Silicon Valley, but the Peabody native opted for a job at Quaker Oats, where he was responsible for expanding one of the city’s most iconic consumer brands, Rice-A-Roni. From there he moved to Gap, another consumer brand famous for its San Francisco roots. Several years in Los Angeles followed before Blazewicz came back to the Bay Area to work at Lucasfilm, where he oversees international marketing for two legendary brands of an entirely different kind, Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Early in his career, Blazewicz focused on the research side of marketing. He still analyzes data, crunches numbers and studies consumer trends, but he’s broadened his scope to include brand management at Lucasfilm, which means bringing research together with the creative side of the business to figure out what consumers want.

“I like the tangible result of taking a new product from an idea in a focus group or meeting and seeing it on the shelf at Walmart or Target or in someone’s home.”

“I like the tangible result of taking a new product from an idea in a focus group or meeting and seeing it on the shelf at Walmart or Target or in someone’s home,” he says. Lucasfilm offers a number of intangible benefits that Blazewicz values as well, including a high degree of flexibility and creativity. “Lucasfilm is smaller than other companies I’ve worked for, which means that you can make decisions and get things done faster. It’s also a very creative place to work. I have hundreds of animators and special effects creators working in the same office.” Blazewicz also manages marketing for an animated television series called “Star Wars: the Clone Years,” which takes him to Europe, Asia and Latin America to develop marketing campaigns with the networks there. He also works with studios like Paramount, Fox and Warner Brothers on the television, print and online campaigns associated with new Lucasfilm DVD releases. “Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi were some of the first movies I remember seeing in the theater,” he says. “High schoolers probably remember the prequels and now we have an animated series that is bringing a whole new generation of fans. It’s truly amazing how many references you see to these properties in pop culture today, from TV shows like ‘Lost’ and ‘30 Rock’ to world leaders like President Obama. Television work seems to run in the family for Blazewicz. His brother Walter, a 1991 Prep graduate, edits shows that have aired on Animal Planet, New England Sports Network (NESN) and others.

Blazewicz earned his MBA at the University of North Carolina in 2005, but he still draws on some of the lessons he learned at the Prep for his work. “I particularly enjoyed Senor Henaghan’s Spanish class. Although I never mastered the language, my knowledge of Spanish comes in handy in my international work and I think some of his lessons first opened my eyes to a world of different culture,” he says. “Also, Dana Smith’s lessons on how to construct a thesis stand out. It’s the basis for building a case, which you need in business all the time.” Blazewicz and his wife, Kristin, live on Russian Hill, a neighborhood near Fisherman’s Wharf that offers a great view of the Bay and is only about a mile from his office. They enjoy living in the center of the city, where it’s easy to take advantage of everything San Francisco has to offer, from wonderful parks, museums and restaurants to the nearby wine country. And although they both grew up in New England and come back often to visit their families, Blazewicz and his wife feel totally at home in the city by the bay. “I don’t miss the snow, but you do miss the feeling of changing seasons. For me, San Francisco feels similar in size to Boston and there are tons of New Englanders out here. It’s never hard to find someone to watch a Red Sox or Pats game with,” he laughs. ■


Big Basin Redwoods ✻ The top of Mt.Tamalpais ✻ Fisherman’s Wharf ✻ Wine tasting and vineyard tours in Napa and Sonoma ✻ The Mission District ✻ Alcatraz



Around A R O U N DCampus CAMPUS

New Trustees Appointed


t. John’s is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members of the Board of Trustees this fall. Matthew Cushing ’88, Alice Hession and Daniel Manitakos bring a personal commitment and wide-ranging professional experience to their roles on the Board.

to serving as the founding principal of Catholic High School in Huntsville, Alabama, she also served as assistant principal at Mt. St. Joseph High School in Baltimore and St. Xavier High School in Louisville, both Xaverian Brothers sponsored schools. Previously, she was director of religious education at St. Mary Cathedral in Lafayette, Indiana, and director of adult religious education for the Archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Indiana, and holds a BA from Purdue University, an MRE from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, and an Ed. Spec. in educational administration from Spalding University. She lives in Halethorpe, Maryland.

Matthew J. Cushing ’88 specializes in corporate and securities law as a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP in Boston. As a member of the executive committee of the Boston Lawyers Network, he helps to recruit attorneys of color to Boston firms and he is a founding member of Men with Heart, an organization committed to fighting breast cancer. During his days as a Prep student, Cushing received two prestigious awards: the Brother Linus Scholarship Award and the Daniel L. Manitakos and Xaverian Award. He went Newly appointed to the Board of Trustees his wife, Suzanne, have on to The College of the been actively involved in the Holy Cross and Fordham (l to r): Matthew Cushing ’88, Alice Hession life of the Prep community University School of Law, through their sons Troy ’07, where he was associate editor and Daniel Manitakos bring a personal Tyler ’08 and Daniel ’14. of the Fordham Law Review. commitment and wide-ranging professional In addition to serving He now serves as New on the Prep’s Strategic England Chapter president experience to their roles on the Board. Planning Committee and of the Fordham Law Alumni the Headmaster’s Council Association. His two brothers, Leadership Committee, Manitakos and his wife are dedicated are also active members of the Prep community – John ’85 is parent volunteers and longtime members of the Headmaster’s a past president of the Prep Alumni Association, and Peter ’95 Council. Vice president of Axsys Technologies, a division of serves as a class agent and member of the Alumni Association General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Manitakos board. Cushing lives in Lynnfield with his wife, Leslie, and holds two degrees in mechanical engineering – a BS from their two young children. the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an MS from Alice I. Hession, director of sponsorship for the network Northeastern University. He also holds an MBA from Suffolk of 13 Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools (XBSS) in the University. He and his family live in Boxford. ■ United States, brings extensive experience in Catholic school administration to her role as trustee at St. John’s. In addition

ADMISSIONS NEWS The beginning of a new year invariably brings change to the Prep campus, as it did in September with new teachers, the return of veteran faculty members, and a fond farewell to John Driscoll 90, who left his position as dean of admissions and freshman academic programs to become the assistant principal of the Susan B. Anthony Middle School in Revere. 8

In many ways, Driscoll was the face of St. John’s. Often the first person to meet prospective students and their families, he was also the one who helped incoming freshman make a smooth and successful transition to St. John’s. During his tenure, Driscoll broadened the scope of the Prep’s recruiting efforts, built strong relationships with area elementary and middle schools, introduced a new honors program for incoming students, and developed innovative ways to support students during their first year at St. John’s. A graduate of from Villanova University, he taught for several years, before returning to the Prep in 2004 to become

dean of students. When longtime director of admissions Brian Flatley ’62 retired in 2005, Driscoll was named dean of admissions and freshman academic programs. “Whether he was playing catch with freshmen outside Brother Benjamin Hall or helping them grieve after the death of their classmate Steve Bekel, John Driscoll was a role model of what it meant to be ‘St. John’s,’” said his colleague, Steve Ruemenapp, assistant principal for mission and identity. “John’s sense of humor, keen insights, love of St. John’s, and overall sincerity and goodness will be missed.”

Learning the value of brotherhood begins early at St. John’s, thanks to programs like Eagle’s Wings orientation, where incoming freshmen meet one another and form lasting relationships with their junior class mentors.

Principal’s Perspective


strict new anti-bullying law goes into effect in Massachusetts on December 31, 2010. We asked Dr. Hardiman how St. John’s approaches the issue and what students and parents should know. What does the state’s new bullying law mean for St. John’s? It calls for private schools to develop, implement and publicize a bullying plan within the school community. We are doing that, but the truth is that we have been addressing bullying all along in a range of ways, beginning with freshmen and continuing through senior year. One of the things our families value about St. John’s is the safe and secure environment we provide for learning, and we will continue to be proactive in that regard. What can you say to people who think it’s all part of growing up? Certain things that were considered acceptable 30 years ago are, frankly, not acceptable now. There is definitely some behavior that I would describe as adolescent – boys being boys – but if it escalates to the point where a student feels unsafe or threatened in any way, then we’re talking about a very different type of behavior. The real difference is that in a bullying situation, when someone says, “stop,” the bullying continues. Why do young people bully? Part of it is insecurity, low selfesteem and a sense of power. We all have the ability to have an impact on someone else and our responsibility as a school is to teach our students to make it a positive impact. How have the Internet, social networking sites and cell phones changed the landscape? It’s a whole new world. School used to be an 8 am to 2:30 pm thing. Today, it’s more like 24 hours a day, seven days week, in part because what students do with social media can so easily reverberate on campus. In a school hallway, where a teacher or the dean of students could be right around the corner, a boy might think twice about making a cutting remark to another student. But if they’re online, particularly on some of the anonymous sites that are out there now, students need to know they are accountable for their actions. Beginning at freshman orientation, we make it very clear to students that they don’t have to put up with cyberbullying, that they can take action, and that there are people here to help them.

Leading the Office of Admissions now is Philip McManus ’97, who was named dean of admissions and tuition assistance. McManus came back to St. John’s in 2004 to teach English before joining the admissions staff in 2007 as associate dean of admissions. He previously taught English at Trition Regional High School in Byfield and Beverly High School, and holds a B.A. from Fairfield University and an M.Ed. from Salem State University.

Aren’t students reluctant to come forward about bullying? Our challenge is to ask students to look beyond what Michael Thompson and other educators call the “boy code,” which means you never rat on someone else. To counter that notion and to encourage them to speak up, Wendy Olson, assistant principal for student life, and Peter Richards, dean of students, have worked hard to create an atmosphere where students know they can tell someone if they see bullying or if they feel bullied themselves. After the Phoebe Prince tragedy in South Hadley last year, we surveyed our students about bullying at the Prep. Overwhelmingly, students indicated that they feel secure, they feel safe about approaching an adult, and they feel confident that someone will intervene if necessary. What can parents do? Keep the lines of communication open and try to understand that things are different today. If your son comes home and says he is being bullied or harassed, take it seriously. You don’t have to solve it, but you need to explore it with him, and you need to know that it’s okay to reach out to someone for help. As parents, we all have gut instincts about our children but when we ask them if everything is okay, are we truly ready for the answer? Have we created an environment where they can honestly and openly say, “No everything it not okay. This is what’s happening and I need help with it.” Are students getting the message? Yes, I think they are and here is an example: Walking on campus, I witnessed a senior quietly step into an exchange between two younger students and say, “That’s not how we treat each other at St. John’s.” Coming from a senior, that one comment, had a powerful effect on all three young men. That one anecdote reflects the kind of culture we strive for here at St. John’s. ■

Also joining the admissions team, Mark DiFabio was named assistant principal for freshmen and sophomores. Before coming to the Prep in 2007 as a religious studies teacher and co-director of the Summer Institute, he taught at Cheverus High School and St. Joseph’s College, both in Maine. He earned a BA in philosophy and theology at St. John’s Seminary in Boston and also earned a degree in sacred theology at Gregorian University in Rome.

Among faculty members, we were happy to welcome back Brother Robert Flaherty, CFX (Computer Science Department) and Brother Stephen Kietzman (Mathematics Department), both of whom previously taught at St. John’s. We also welcome James Barry, Campus Ministry; Brother Henry Marion, CFX, library; Eldon Santiago, religious studies; and Seann Tulloch, science.




Student Spotlight Student Scholars In a rite of passage familiar to generations of students, 1.5 million high school juniors across the country sharpened their pencils and took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last year. Based on their scores, fewer than one percent were named semifinalists. Two members of the senior class at St. John’s, Samuel Lunt and John Slattery, earned that distinction this year. Nine additional members of the senior class were among the top five percent nationally who were named Commended students for their outstanding performance on the test. Congratulations to James Bothwick, Ian Carr, John D’Amico, Russell Hollis, Andrew Jenkins, Jacob Kochocki, Peter Murphy, Tyler Newhall, and Matthew Richard. Pictured, l to r: Dr. Hardiman, John Slattery, Samuel Lunt and Dr. Shannon.

A Passion for Programming Mark Chaoui ’11 used his considerable computer programming skills to land an internship with a cutting-edge space research team at MIT last summer. He worked with scientists who are developing a satellite capable of searching the sky for planets in orbit around the stars that are brightest and closest to earth. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS as it is called, will enable researchers to determine the size, density, temperature and atmosphere of the planets, and also to detect such signs of life as oxygen. Developers hope to have the satellite ready for launch in 2012. Mark’s task was to program a series of simulations for the project, which is a joint endeavor by MIT, NASA’s Ames Research Center and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Alumni Association Scholarship When the Alumni Association’s Scholarship Committee interviewed the five finalists for the Jack Kirby ’55 Alumni Association Scholarship last spring, Peter Trainor ’11 emerged as the top choice. He impressed the group with his academic strength, his leadership skills and his commitment to community service. Trainor’s leadership traits have earned him spots on several committees, including the Eagle’s Wings freshman orientation program and the Campus Ministry Student Advisory Council. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, he serves as a mentor for fellow students through the School Counseling Office’s Community of Concern program. He also regularly participates in school service initiatives and teaches religious education in his parish, St. John’s the Evangelist in Beverly.


“I say that my job was to search for aliens, but if nothing else, TESS can help us learn about the universe,” he laughs. “I love the logic in programming and it was exciting to be able to program stuff for real.” Mark fit in easily with the TESS team, a group that included everyone from professors and doctoral students to undergraduates. “It’s an atmosphere where you can do whatever you want as long as you get your work done,” he says. “I worked with a student who knew a lot about math and physics, so we were a good combination.” Now president of the Prep’s Computer Club, he discovered his passion for programming as a freshman at St. John’s, when he took a course in C++ taught by Bernie Gilmore ’80, chair of the Computer Science Department at the Prep. “Mark instinctively thinks like a programmer,” says Gilmore. “He has the ability to understand a problem, create a solution and then break the solution down into a series of logical tasks for the computer to execute. He is incredibly focused, but he’s also determined to learn a little more every day. He’s voracious that way.”

“What makes Peter stand out is his willingness to take initiative when he sees a need and a genuine desire to serve others,” says Director of Campus Ministry Lawrence Molloy. Trainor also impressed the scholarship committee with his ability to turn a setback into an opportunity. Last year, when he didn’t make the varsity baseball team after playing on the freshmen and jayvee teams, he was disappointed. But he decided to meet with the coach and was offered the position of manager for the varsity team. “Being team manager is perfect for me,” he says. “I can combine my understanding of the game with my leadership skills. I was able to turn not making the team into something positive for both me and the school.” The scholarship, presented annually to a member of the junior class, bears the name of one of the Prep’s most loyal and active alumni – Jack Kirby ’55, who passed away in April 2007.

Designing Women


s senior designer for the prestigious bridal house Priscilla of Boston, John Burbidge ’40 spent much of his career in a cloud of white satin, silk and lace. His color palette brightened considerably, however, when he retired and began to create costumes for a collection of exquisitely detailed Victorian and Edwardian era mannequins being featured now at Ventfort Hall, a museum in Lenox Massachusetts. A Danvers native, Burbidge studied fashion design at the New England School of Design (now the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University) and became fascinated by period costumes and what they can tell us about the mores and culture of different periods in history. During a wartime visit to the Louvre in Paris, he saw an exhibit on French couture that rekindled his interest and set the stage for what he calls his “Little Ladies.” “The exhibit was called Theatre de la Mode and it was meant to show the world that Parisian couture had survived, despite all the hardships of the war,” says Burbidge, who served in Europe in the 10th armored division for three years during World War II. “I always remembered the exhibit and years later, I decided to do something similar of my own.”


Burbidge envisioned a series of 29" mannequins whose historically accurate costumes would tell the story of a past era. He decided to focus on the Gilded Age and his carefully crafted collection now includes figures that depict what fashionable women wore from 1855 to 1914 – everything




Les Petites Dames de Mode, an exhibition of Burbidge’s mannequins is on display at Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker Street, Lenox, Massachusetts. For more information, visit or call 413-637-3206.

Burbridge wrote about the making of his collection in “Les Petite Dames de Mode: An Adventure in Design” and he is working on a second book.

Cile Burbidge and her work is featured on a video produced by the Peabody Essex Museum and available online at sites/weddedbliss.

from wedding gowns and ball gowns, afternoon dresses and visiting costumes, to tea gowns and carriage ensembles. Creating the costumes is a labor of love for Burbidge, who is working on figure number seventy-five. “I started making them and they got away from me,” he laughs. Every costume is an original design. Burbidge researches period designs, fabrics and techniques before he begins a new costume. He does everything himself, from drawing the pattern and cutting the material – sometimes a piece of antique fabric – to stitching the final garment. Accessories that reflect the period – elaborate hats, smart gloves, delicate parasols and glittering jewels – add the finishing touch to his work and also reveal something about the way people lived at the time. For nearly 40 years before he began to create his “Little Ladies,” Burbidge designed bridal gowns that were known for their sophisticated elegance and refinement. When he began his career at Priscilla’s in the late 1940s, his task was to make the long rows of tiny white buttons that were de rigueur at

the time. “If you didn’t have those buttons, you weren’t legally married,” he says. Burbidge went on to become senior designer at the legendary Newbury Street shop. Among many other brides, two Presidential daughters, Luci Johnson and Tricia Nixon, wore his gowns for their White House weddings. And when Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier III in Monaco, her bridesmaids wore gowns designed by Burbidge. In a note of pure serendipity, Burbidge’s career as a bridal designer dovetailed perfectly with that of his wife, Cile, a wedding cake designer with an international clientele. Her elaborately fashioned confections have graced the window of Tiffany in New York City and her work was featured as part of the “Wedded Bliss” exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem in 2008. The two met in art school and married in 1951. They have four grown daughters and one son. All are married and, yes, John and Cile designed the gowns and cakes for their weddings! ■






If you aren’t using the Prep Network, then you are missing out on a powerful combination of tools, events, and programs designed to connect alumni.

Here are just two of many Prep network success stories: Andrew LeBlanc ’05 was a sophomore at Villanova when he met Jeff Massa ’92 at a Boston alumni event. The two struck up a conversation and discovered their mutual ties to Philadelphia, where Massa is global director – field services process and standards at SAP. When Massa had an internship to fill, he thought of LeBlanc and offered him the position. LeBlanc kept the internship through college, and after graduating, he was offered a full-time business analyst position with the company. When Matt DiVirgilio ’98 posted a summer internship opportunity on LinkedIn, Kevin Creedon ’08 responded. Creedon eventually took an internship at Northwestern Mutual, but recommended fellow alum Kyle Quadros ’10 for the post. DiVirgilio hired Quadros to work on the financial planning side of his business and met with him weekly for one-on-one mentoring sessions. It was a mutually beneficial experience and DiVirgilio invited Quadros, who is now a freshman at Boston College, to work during winter break. Pictured: Jeff Massa ’92 (left) with Andrew LeBlanc ’05 at SAP’s Philadelphia office.



Online Prep Alumni Directory

Alumni Portal with Career Networking Resources

LinkedIn Group with 1,200 Prep Professionals

Young Professionals Events

Speed Networking Events

Business Breakfasts in the Boston Area

Regional Receptions from NYC and DC to Chicago and San Francisco


The Prep Network – Use It!


s a Prep graduate, you have access to a resource that no one else has – the St. John’s Prep Alumni Directory. Available in the Alumni Portal on the Prep website, the directory is searchable by name, class year, industry and profession, college/university name, city, state and more. By keeping your data in the online directory up to date, you make yourself available to other alumni searching the directory for: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Talented college students to fill internship positions, Professionals with experience in myriad industries to fill skilled job openings, Consumers or investors looking for vendors or brokers they know they can trust, Classmates looking to hold impromptu reunions, Alumni new to a geographic area who could use some local knowledge in getting established.

An up-to-date alumni directory is crucial to future programs that we plan to roll out, so we encourage you to go to the Alumni Portal today and update your profile. Visit and click on the blue MyPrep Login button to log in to the Alumni Portal. Make sure you also check out the other resources in the portal – Business to Business Forum, Career Networking Forum, Mentor Center, Discussion Forum, and Class Notes. On LinkedIn, the Prep Alumni Group boasts nearly 1,200 members. This is another great forum where you can post or look for a job, start a discussion, and search for members by keyword. So go ahead and join the group. Look for the link on the alumni page on the Prep website. In addition to these tools, the Alumni Office offers networking events throughout the year. Almost 100 grads attended our second Speed Networking event earlier this month. The Alumni Business Breakfast series continues to attract terrific speakers and large crowds in the Boston area. Our Young Professionals Event provides our younger alums with sage advice and insights from industry leaders. And our regional receptions are fantastic opportunities to connect with alumni in different areas around the country. We are committed to enhancing our networking resources and events by introducing more programs. Don’t wait to start using the Prep Network. Update your profile in the Alumni Portal, participate in the forums there or on LinkedIn, and attend a networking event. And let us know your ideas that could strengthen the Prep Network. ■ Please get in touch with your comments and suggestions. Our goal is to ensure that you find value in the alumni programs and events. If you have any comments or suggestion, please contact Jeff Connolly ’80, Director of Alumni Relations, at or 800.292.0227 x388.

A Conversation with Greg Caires ’89


reg Caires ’89 is concluding a one-year deployment to Afghanistan, where he oversees all media visits to coalition forces in the country’s southern provinces of Helmand and Nimruz. During his time there, he earned his Fleet Marine Forces warfare pin. Caires expects to be home by Christmas 2010.

What can you tell us about embedded reporters? Most of the reporters I’ve met are names you would recognize from TV and print media. To better understand and explain the situation here, they spend a significant amount of time – at least two weeks – living with U.S. Marines. The media must operate under a few simple rules – don’t give away secrets or act in a manner that might get someone hurt or killed, and don’t show pictures of identifiable dead or wounded Marines until their next of kin have been notified. I’ve never seen the media we embed do either. They seem to respect the young men and women who are here doing tremendously difficult things amidst this alien culture and dangerous environment.

press corps that travels here from Kabul, and with reporters based at the Helmand provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. These reporters display great courage by refusing to be intimidated by the insurgents, and choosing to print, broadcast and post fact-based reports about current events. While the concept of a free press is a relatively new idea in Afghanistan, the media is emulating modern journalistic styles and ethics by using their “power of the press” to hold the Afghan government accountable for policy failures and corruption, just as we see reporters do in the United States. They seem to want what we want – peace, prosperity, and the opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their children.

“[The Afghan people] seem to want what we want – peace, prosperity, and the opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their children.”

Have embedded journalists changed the coverage of a war zone, compared to the days of Walter Cronkite in Vietnam? I’m not old enough to have first-hand knowledge of the Vietnam War, but I have been fortunate to meet reporters who did cover Vietnam, and they say the major difference is the technology available. During Vietnam, film images had to be flown to the United States, meaning a gap of days between a news-making event and a news broadcast. Today, technology allows reporters to record high-definition images and video on handheld cameras, edit and transmit complete TV news packages using laptop computers via the Internet, and conduct live interviews via satellite phones, providing almost immediate information about events in Afghanistan. Do you hear any feedback from soldiers about having the reporters with them all the time? The feedback varies. Some reporters have built enduring relationships with their Marine units, and others won’t be invited back anytime soon. The Marines respect that reporters are willing to come here and spend significant amounts of time in the field, sharing the dangers, and enduring the tedium of foot patrols. Describe your responsibilities – what are the day-to-day logistics involved with providing support for embedded journalists? My job is to lead a small team of sailors who ensure that our embeds are properly accredited by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and placed with a U.S. Marine unit that will meet their editorial needs. We are also responsible to feed, house, and move reporters via helicopters and other aircraft out to small Afghan villages and bases where Marines operate. Do you have much interaction with local Afghan people and how would you describe them? My interaction with Afghans has been limited to working with the fledgling

How did you come to receive the Fleet Marine Forces (FMF) warfare pin? Traditionally, the FMF pin is earned and worn by medical personnel and chaplains serving with the Marines, but any sailor attached to or directly supporting a Marine unit for more than 90 days may attempt to earn the pin. I had to pass physical, written, and oral tests, and hike 6 miles in full combat gear. It took me 7 months to earn the pin, and a large motivation to do so is the fact that my late father was a U.S. Marine Sergeant and U.S. Embassy guard in Moscow during the early 1960s. What did you do before and will you go back to it when you get home? I will return to the Washington, D.C. area and resume my duties as vice president for media relations at Cobham in January 2011. I will also continue serving in the U.S. Navy Reserve, with my new assignment being in support of the U.S. 5th Fleet in Manama, Bahrain, whose major mission is chasing the pirates away from merchant vessels sailing the east coast of Africa. What memories or reflections stand out about your Prep experience? There are far too many to describe in detail here. But I can say this – I can’t remember the names of a single professor I had in college, but I can still remember many of my Prep teachers, because they provided significant positive influence in my life and character development. I won’t embarrass them by naming any names, but they know – or at least I hope they know – who they are. ■



Alumni Events Summer–Fall ’10

Jason Navarro ’94, Eric Roberge ’98, John Cushing ’85, Paul Cicco ’89, and John Carnevale ’81 at the Young Professionals Event in Boston in March.

Paul McManus ’55, Sandy Polimeno (host), Tony Vorias ’61, and Joe Purtell ’53 at the Stuart, Florida alumni reception in March. Aaron Blumberg ’00, Jamie Oikle ’91, Barbara Oikle, and John Rocha ’86 at the Coconut Grove, Florida alumni reception in March.

Peter Penni ’60, Dan Sullivan ’78 (host), and Dean Lufkin ’88 at the Boca Raton, Florida alumni reception in March.

Tom Gignac ’85, Chris Papineau ’03, and Steve Coan ’86 lending a hand during the Community Day of Service in April.

Matt Morin ’06, Ian Cormier ’06, Tim Connors ’08, and Patrick Stephens ’07 at the alumni reception held at the University of New Hampshire in April. Front row: Bill Cohane ’82 (host), Andrea Cohane, Samantha Cohane, and Dave Poplaski ’05; back row: Vinny Yakoobian ’85, Brian Heslin ’88, Headmaster Skip Shannon, Mark Slaven ’74, Jan Slaven, Art McMahon ’86, Bob Gildea ’83, Michael Cooney ’90, and Danielle Cooney at the Charlotte alumni reception in April.

Chris Dowd ’03, Quinn MacNulty ’03, Peter Dolan ’74, and Garrett Larivee ’99 at the Alumni Business Breakfast in April.

Paul Demit ’84 (host), Alysia Haywood, and Matt Haywood ’93 at the Atlanta alumni reception in April.

Ted Costigan ’08, Bob Furlong ’72, Paul Linnell ’79, Ryan Fanning ’08, and Scott Darby ’08 at the Washington DC alumni reception in April. Fred Newman ’60, John Tapparo ’87, Kristin Crowley, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving Deb Marino, Chief Advancement Officer Michael Newhall ’80, Mike Mercier ’84, Shawn Crowley ’87 (host) and Joe Stupakiewicz ’61 at the Cincinnati alumni reception in May.

Chief Advancement Officer Michael Newhall ’80, Andrew Yohman ’98, Mike Lyons ’87 Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving Deb Marino, Austin Hover ’93, Amanda Hover, Phil Cohen ’80 (host), and Greg Taylor ’82 at the Cleveland alumni reception in May.

Adam Hamel ’93, Jason Canzano ’96, Jonathan Schreck ’00, Brendan Edmonds ’09, and Kurt Mullen ’90 at the Portsmouth, NH alumni reception in May. Kneeling (l to r) Don Slaven ’48 and John Ahern ’48; back row John Zazzaro ’59, Sean McGlame ’58, Bill Shea ’51, Jim Frame ’52, Peter McGee ’58, Paul Ahern ’58 (host), Andre Laus ’58, Headmaster Skip Shannon, John Crowley ’64, Frank Murphy ’55, John Brown ’55, and Bruce Fuller ’54 at the Cape Cod alumni reception in July.

Elio Nicolosi ’00 and Danielle DeLassus enjoying Prep Day at the Lowell Spinners baseball game.

A spirited group of soccer alums squared off in the Alumni Soccer game over Homecoming weekend.

Several of the Prep’s female graduates gathered for a luncheon over Homecoming weekend. Pictured bottom row Susan Mason ’73, Cindy Terzakis Gakos ’77 (past trustee), and Maureen Nestor Chesley ’77; back row Ellen Bettencourt Clarke ’75, Patricia Tardiff Tariverdian ’75, Jane Wallace Harrington ’73, trustee Maureen McCauley Evans ’75.

John Lyon ’55, Tom Mahoney ’55, Ben Rossi ’55, Steve Jones ’55, Ron Novello ’55, Jay Dunne ’55, and Leo Maestranzi ’55 gathered over Homecoming weekend for their 55th reunion luncheon.

Eric Kimble ’85, Walter Colsman ’85, Ellen Dempsey, Louie George ’85, and Jason Cahill ’85 at their 25th reunion luncheon over Homecoming weekend.

John Guerin ’80, Scott Graczyk ’80, Steve Sheehy ’80, and Steve Shaheen ’80 were on campus over Homecoming weekend for their 30th reunion.

Stan Szajna ’65, Phil Burke ’65, Bro. Ed Keefe, Tim Gormley ’65, Jim Bordinaro ’65, and Paul Gingras ’65 at their 45th reunion dinner over Homecoming weekend.

Dave O’Neil ’85, Susanne O’Neil, Jim Hackett ’85, and Sharon Hackett at their 25th reunion dinner over Homecoming weekend.

John Herzog ’75, Laura Bates, and Fran Bates ’75 at their 35th reunion dinner over Homecoming weekend.

Sports Murray readies himself for the ensuing penalty kick. Then, with one clean shot, Medford buries that penalty kick and takes a 3-2 lead. Game over.

Former Prep Goalkeeper Tim Murray ’05 Signs with the Revolution

Though Murray failed to make the save, it would be unfair to say he’s a failure at soccer. Au contraire: in April the ’05 Prep and ’09 Providence College grad was signed by Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution, hoping to spread his goalkeeping prowess onto soccer pitches of the professional variety. In fact, even as a young high school talent, Murray always dreamed of one day playing soccer in the big leagues.

by Julian Cardillo ’10


t’s a sunny, Sunday morning and high school junior Tim Murray ’05 stands between the pipes as goalkeeper for the St. John’s Prep Eagles in the 2004 soccer state quarterfinal against the undefeated Medford Mustangs. There is a rope strung around the perimeter of the field to keep the hundreds of onlookers from encroaching on any of the 22 players. Both teams have a chance at making history, but at halftime, Medford’s 2-0 lead suggests that the Prep won’t be the winners. Medford’s offside trap at midfield keeps the Eagles at bay for the duration of the first half. But second half magic changes all that; with a new strategy, the Prep roars back to score twice and even the score. Murray can help the team win by keeping them in the game. The Prep just needs one goal. But suddenly in overtime, the Eagle’s defense gives the ball away at midfield. The Mustangs are on a breakaway with no one but Murray to stop them; if they score, it’s over. Murray needs to stop this shot to keep the Prep alive. He does. Murray makes the save and the game stays at 2-2. Then, the unthinkable happens. The referee awards a penalty kick to Medford because the player that Murray stopped just moments before was tackled by a Prep defender after he took the shot. With this penalty kick, Medford could move on and knock out St. John’s Prep.

“He had been talking about going to England or Scotland to play there,” said David Crowell, who coached Murray on the Prep’s varsity soccer team, “and he mentioned that he knew a coach that could help him get a tryout somewhere.” But Murray never ended up calling the coach, as he had just applied to Brown and his parents wanted him to focus on school. By the end of the college-selecting process, Murray had actually found his way to Providence College instead. In his senior year at the Prep, the Eagles went 12-4-4 while only allowing four goals, and Murray kept his GAA (goals against average) at .22. Murray continued his success at Providence, besting the college’s all-time shutouts category with 27, and leading the Friars defense with his .90 GAA through 60 career games. The numbers were now in Murray’s favor – he was poised to throw his name out in the pro-soccer world and see if he got any nibbles. Murray didn’t have to wait too long, the

Spring Sports at St. John’s BASEBALL


Coach: Pat Yanchus ’67 Captains: Kevin Barry ’10, Nick Fabrizio ’10, Alex Markakis ’10 and Pat Connaughton ’11 The Eagles finished their season with a 16-9 record, winning six of their final seven games to capture the Division I North Championship.

Coach: Jamie Green Captains: Co-captains Andrew Dieselman ’10 and Brian Garey ’10 Led by first year head coach Green, the Prep finished the season undefeated at 7-0 and notched yet another league title.


Coach: Bill Mackinson Captains: Sam Dubin ’10, Gram Slattery ’11 Earning an 11-1 record and their first league title since 1998, the sailing team also went on to capture their first State Championship in Prep history.

Coach: John Roy ’87 Captains: Garrett Campbell ’10, James Fahey ’10, Jeff Dube ’10, and Nick Triano ’10 The Prep laxmen soared to their first Division I State Championship in the school’s history. They finished the season with an outstanding final record of 20-2.



In Murray’s senior year at the Prep, the Eagles went 12-4-4 while only allowing four goals and keeping his GAA (goals against average) at .22. Murray continued this at Providence, besting the college’s all-time shutouts category with 27, leading the Friars defense with his .90 GAA through 60 career games. local Haverhill boy would get a shot to play for his home town New England Revolution in March after the club’s main goalkeeper, Matt Reis, was sidelined by knee and shoulder surgery. The club also dealt with another loss between the goalposts – the advent of the Philadelphia Union as a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team led to the loss of New England’s second-string goalkeeper Brad Knighton when the Pennsylvania team signed him. The result was that the Revolution was left with two keepers: the injured Reis and the inexperienced, second year pro Bobby Shuttleworth. Revolution head coach Steve Nicol swiftly rectified the situation at goal. He signed veteran goalkeeper Preston Burpo from the Colorado Rapids and agreed to let Murray train with the Revolution during pre-season. When it became clear that Reis would need at least six weeks before he could resume full training, they signed Murray. But the fact that the Revolution – one of the most successful clubs in the 15-year-old MLS – have signed Murray doesn’t mean he’ll have an opportunity to start right away. With Murray’s signing, the Revolution have more goalkeepers on their rosters than any other team in Major League Soccer.

That’s going to be tough for Tim – especially since there’s only one person playing goalkeeper at a time, and two of the three goalkeepers more apt to start over him are wellseasoned veterans. Murray faces some stiff competition. Matt Reis has won an MLS Cup, played in four league finals, led the league in saves, and won the US Open Cup. Preston Burpo isn’t as decorated, but he has made some big saves in goal with a 1.67 GAA in place of the injured Reis. “He wants to play,” Crowell said twice when asked about Murray’s chances of starting. “Whether it be with New England or anyone else, he wants to play. For him this is a big step, it’s a huge step.” Crowell recognized Murray’s ethic as a keeper and the skills he had to defend the goal. His wingspan – Murray is 6'2". His confidence – not many people will dispute a .90 college GAA and leading Providence College in all-time shutouts. “I do believe at some point he will start in this league,” Crowell emphasized about his former player. See Tim Murray not only stop goals, but reach them as well. ■

Julian Cardillo ’10 attends Brandeis University. He publishes his own blog,, and writes for New England Soccer Today,, and the Brandeis Justice. A varsity fencer at the Prep, he was also an editor of the Concordia student newspaper.



Coach: Ray Carey ’67 Captains: A.J. Rossi ’10, Jared Kadich ’10, George Sessoms ’10, and Chris Oesterlin ’10 Capping off an undefeated 4-0 season, the track team earned the Catholic Conference title.

Coach: Jeff Caan Captains: Sam Terrien ’10 and Alex Milone ’10 The disc team compiled their first winning season as a varsity sport with a final record of 8-4.

TENNIS Coach: Mark Metropolis Captains: John Corvi ’11 and Reed Perry ’11 Finishing the season with a final record of 14-6, the tennis squad won an unbelievable 26th straight Catholic Conference league title.

VOLLEYBALL Coach: Andrew Viselli, Captains: Andrew Lutz ’10, James Pereira ’10 and Luka Ralic ’10 Ending a successful season with a 21-2 record, the Eagles captured the Merrimack Valley Conference title, won the Division I North Championship.



OUR STRENGTH AS A SCHOOL is a reflection of our strength as a community – alumni, faculty, staff, parents, grandparents and friends. Your generosity and faith in our mission allows St. John’s to provide a transformative experience for our students today and in the future. Each and every one of your gifts makes a significant impact on what we do at St. John’s and we are truly grateful for your commitment and support.

Highlights 2009-2010

5,649 Total number of gifts to St. John’s

290 Gifts of $1,000 or more to the Fund for St. John’s

$1,183,000 Total gifts to the Fund for St. John’s

$389,000 Amount added to our endowment

100% Board members who made an annual gift

14% Alumni who made a gift to the Fund for St. John’s

63% Members of the Class of 1960 who participated in their 50th Reunion class gift

$1,000,000 Estate gift received from a member of the Class of 1931


WE ARE GRATEFUL to all those who supported philanthropic initiatives at St. John’s Prep this year. Your generosity helps to advance our mission of educating young men of character and compassion in the tradition of the Xaverian Brothers, who founded St. John’s more than one hundred years ago. We are honored to acknowledge our benefactors – alumni, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, grandparents, students and friends – in the 2010 Annual Report of Giving. Please look for it at and thank you for your support.

The Strength of Your Support


elping 1,250 young men become the best they can be is at the heart of everything we do at St. John’s. During 2009-2010, we continued to work closely with members of our community to create the brightest possible future for our students at the Prep. We know from their actions and your feedback that your sons, nephews and grandsons grow in many ways during their four years on the hill in Danvers. When they receive their diplomas in May we are confident that they have a strong sense of self and the capacity for greater academic achievement. In addition, we know they leave us with the proper moral compass, heightened spiritual awareness and a clear understanding of their obligation to serve and make a difference in the lives of others. An education with such lofty goals and life-sustaining outcomes requires considerable financial resources and investment. As a self-funded, independent, Catholic secondary school sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers, St. John’s relies on both tuition revenue and annual giving programs like the Fund for St. John’s to achieve its objectives of providing a safe environment, competitive salaries and benefits, specialized programs, tuition assistance, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a caring faculty and staff. The Fund for St. John’s and overall philanthropic support help transform the Prep into an extraordinary experience for our young men.

The Fund for St. John’s and overall philanthropic support help transform the Prep into an extraordinary experience for our young men.

It is with heartfelt gratitude on behalf of our students, faculty and fellow members of the leadership team that we thank everyone who made this possible. During a year of economic uncertainty, giving at the Prep was up nearly 10 percent. Your response to our need has been truly remarkable. In the year ahead, we are challenged to accomplish even more. Strategic planning, continued endowment growth, and a successful leadership transition are priorities. We are also focused on increasing our alumni and parent annual giving participation rates. While we are grateful for alumni participation in the past, we remain well behind peer institutions regarding this important benchmark. Our goal is always to balance serving today’s students with strengthening our endowment. Improving participation rates will help us accomplish this goal. We will keep you apprised of our progress in this area and we appreciate your willingness to support this important goal. We value and celebrate the gifts that you share by making St. John’s a priority. You are always in our thoughts and prayers and we thank you for your faith in our mission. Albert J. Shannon, Ph.D. Headmaster

Thomas P. Riley ’75, P ’02 Chairman, Board of Trustees

This past year, your generosity helped St. John’s achieve the following: Competitive compensation and benefits for faculty and staff Tuition assistance, totaling $2,800,0000, for nearly one-third of the student body Improved campus safety measures, including more than $150,000 in upgraded fire alarm, phone and security camera systems New track at Cronin Memorial Stadium Additional seating and new fencing at the Brother Linus Athletic Commons Enhancements in Memorial Gymnasium, the Administration Building, Alumni Hall, Xavier Hall and the swimming pool

Board of Trustees 2010-2011 Chairman Thomas P. Riley ’75 Vice Chairman Peter Campbell, CFX Headmaster Albert J. Shannon, Ph.D. Edward A. Bond, Jr. Kevin Browne Bernard L. Caniff, Jr. ’72 Joseph A. Carlucci John A. Carnevale ’81 Matthew J. Cushing ’88 F. Christopher Davis ’79 Amy R. Dittrich Maureen Evans ’75 Daniel L. Fitzgerald ’73 Forrest N. Fontana ’83 Dennis M. Hanson Alice I. Hession Mary Joy Hurlburt Richard Iorio, MD ’77 Elliot M. Katzman Daniel L. Manitakos Michael J. Kennealy ’86 Kevin A. Richardson II ’86 Michael H. Shanahan Elizabeth Twomey, Ed.D




Thanks a Million (yet again)!


ctually, thanks three million times! Combined philanthropic activities at the Prep this past year yielded $3,023,845 in support of our students and faculty. We are continually heartened by the support and pride exhibited by the Prep community. We have much to celebrate and we are grateful for what we have been able to accomplish with your support. Here is a sampling: • Awarded $2.8 million in tuition assistance for more than 450 students • Updated one-third of all workstations and laptops on campus • Supported student service projects in Jamaica, Ecuador, West Virginia and Boston • Invested $500,000 for needed upgrades in Benjamin Hall, Memorial Dining Hall and campus grounds

Carlucci Challenge To encourage annual giving and to end the fund year on a high note, trustee Joe Carlucci and his wife, Mary, extended a challenge to the Prep community last spring. They generously offered to match all new and/or increased gifts made to The Fund for St. John’s between April 1 and June 30, 2010. We are thrilled to announce that the Carlucci Challenge was a resounding success that yielded 233 new or increased gifts totaling $90,156. The Carluccis are the parents of three Prep sons: Patrick ’05 Nicholas ’06 and Ryan ’14.

The Fund for St. John’s Top 5 Classes (in Dollars) 1960 1983 1975 1974 1968

$69,310 $51,305 $33,430 $33,240 $32,595

The Fund for St. John’s goal for 2011 is $1,275,000. The challenge this year is to increase dollars AND participation. Every dollar you give to this fund is invested back into the school community immediately. You can be assured that your gifts help change lives at St. John’s. Trustee and Advancement Committee Chair Chris Davis ’79, P ’14 joins us in thanking you for making the Prep a priority in your life. Because of you … the future is theirs! Michael Newhall ’80, P’11 Chief Advancement Officer

1960 1980 1975 1981 1971


1954 1960 1951 1955 1952

61.02% 58.95% 56.82% 40.43% 33.90%

Dorothy Dolan P ’05 Director of Advancement Operations

The Fund for St. John’s Constituency

56 43 41 41 38

We have much to celebrate and we are grateful for what we have been able to accomplish with your support.

Amidst this good news, we are still challenged to invest additional resources to support those most important to us. Like most private schools, the Prep’s tuition doesn’t provide sufficient revenue on an annual basis to underwrite our operations in full. This is where members of our Prep community can continue to make a difference.

Top 5 Classes (in Donors)

Top 5 Classes (in Participation)


This past year, the Fund for St. John’s exceeded expectations and raised over $1,183,000, an amazing accomplishment given the economic challenges that continued during this past year. The Carlucci Challenge was a success, and as the charts below illustrate, we have much to celebrate.

2010 176,737.65

$ 152,340.57







Foundation & Corporations






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Senior Class Gift Total



Get In The Game!


rep Pride is a familiar rallying cry for many of our graduates. And our alumni have a lot to be proud of – a top notch education, students who matriculate to the top colleges and universities in the country, an esteemed drama program that routinely wins state and regional competitions, and a storied athletic program that plays top competition and boasts league and state championships every year. We are the envy of our Catholic Conference peers. So how do you think St. John’s annual giving alumni participation rate compares to other Catholic Conference schools? You will probably be surprised to know that we are in the middle of the pack at 14%, with the top school coming in at 24%!

To meet this challenge, we need an additional 330 alumni to make a gift this year. If you stayed on the sidelines last year, we hope you will support The Fund for St. John’s now.


Don’t sit on the bench! Get in the game! Show your Prep Pride!

This year’s challenge is a great first step in our drive to become the #1 Catholic Conference school in alumni participation. The chart below illustrates what each class can do to help.

There is no reason that we can’t be the top dog. After all, more than 40% of our grads have made an annual gift at one time. If we all work together now, we can take over the #1 spot among our peer schools.

To boost our alumni giving participation rate to the top of the Catholic Conference, one of our trustees and an alumnus have teamed up to issue a new challenge: Increase alumni participation by 3 percentage points (from 14% to 17%) and they will donate $75,000 to The Fund for St. John’s.

So, whether you have given to St. John’s in the past, or this will be your first gift, this is the perfect occasion to support St. John’s. Your gift – in any amount – will have an immediate and significant impact at the Prep. ■ Pictured: Members of the 2010-2011 Alumni Association Executive Committee Jon Marcus ’01, Neil Scott ’04, Matt DiVirgilio ’98, and Taylor Bottomley ’02.

Alumni Giving 2010 Class 1911-49 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977

Donors Total Donors Participation Needed Committed in 2010 Out Of Percent in 2011 $10,060.00 49 197 24.00% 61 2,035.00 12 46 26.09% 15 4,025.00 25 44 56.82% 31 10,725.52 20 59 33.90% 25 3,475.00 18 59 30.51% 23 9,290.00 36 59 61.02% 45 11,004.00 38 94 40.43% 48 3,525.00 12 69 17.39% 15 22,655.00 21 79 26.58% 26 10,065.00 23 83 27.71% 29 3,700.00 7 76 9.21% 9 69,310.00 56 95 58.95% 70 5,395.00 23 92 25.00% 29 1,685.00 17 89 19.10% 21 810.00 8 73 10.96% 10 5,740.00 27 97 27.84% 34 6,280.00 26 91 28.57% 33 7,950.00 14 81 17.28% 18 2,950.00 12 85 14.12% 15 32,595.00 29 124 23.39% 36 9,555.00 23 126 18.25% 29 9,060.00 22 120 18.33% 28 24,533.02 38 162 23.46% 48 10,546.00 24 159 15.09% 30 20,408.00 29 173 16.76% 36 33,240.00 21 158 13.29% 26 33,430.00 41 162 25.31% 51 4,125.00 17 157 10.83% 21 22,690.00 28 172 16.28% 35

Class 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Total

Donors Total Donors Participation Needed Committed in 2010 Out Of Percent in 2011 12,480.01 19 161 11.80% 24 15,522.00 26 179 14.53% 33 26,465.00 43 194 22.16% 54 14,475.00 41 205 20.00% 51 13,295.00 21 222 9.46% 26 51,305.00 27 220 12.27% 34 20,950.00 35 221 15.84% 44 9,106.78 18 200 9.00% 23 27,795.00 22 227 9.69% 28 14,280.00 21 219 9.59% 26 8,075.00 19 223 8.52% 24 12,440.00 26 230 11.30% 33 13,621.75 20 200 10.00% 25 3,715.00 15 237 6.33% 19 2,205.00 16 207 7.73% 20 6,309.93 19 226 8.41% 24 1,975.00 12 184 6.52% 15 1,340.00 16 204 7.84% 20 14,502.00 25 208 12.02% 31 1,700.00 14 212 6.60% 18 1,025.00 8 220 3.64% 10 6,041.00 24 254 9.45% 30 835.00 6 216 2.78% 8 1,505.01 14 263 5.32% 18 3,575.00 11 256 4.30% 14 2,885.03 28 265 10.57% 35 975.34 27 242 11.16% 34 955.10 21 284 7.39% 26 $680,215.49 1,310 9,276 14.12% 1,640 ST. JO H N’S PR E P TO DAY



Headmaster’s Council Reception Stately Tupper Manor on the campus of Endicott College in Beverly was the setting for the Headmaster’s Council reception in September. A festive group of alumni, parents, trustees, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate their affection for St. John’s and to hear remarks by Headmaster Shannon and Peter Trainor, a senior at St. John’s who is the recipient of the Jack Kirby ’55 Alumni Association Scholarship. The elegant evening is held annually in the fall to thank members of the Headmaster’s Council for their support of St. John’s Prep.

2010 Headmaster’s Council

Above, left: Jim Zampell ’71 and his wife, Christine, with Mj Shannon. Right: Skip Shannon with Prep grads Maureen Chesley ’77 (left) and Maureen Evans ’75. Below, left: Carole and Gerald Sneirson P’12 enjoy the evening. Right: Headmaster’s Council Co-Chairs Dorothy and Chris Goudie P’12 with Melinda Birdsall P’08, ’11 (right).

Co-Chairs Janice Coady Paul Driscoll ’71  F. Christopher Davis ’79 Margaret Donovan Daniel Fitzgerald ’73 Christopher Goudie Dorothy Goudie Maryellen Hassey Janice Hurlbert Rebecca O’Brien Steven O’Brien Christine O’Connell  Albert J. Shannon, Ph.D. Bro. William Drinan, CFX Edward Hardiman, Ph.D. Michael Newhall ’80 Dorothy Dolan Jeffrey Connolly ’80 Debra Marino

Above, left: Prep senior Peter Trainor spoke during the evening’s program. He is pictured with his parents, Joe and Cathy Trainor, and Principal Ed Hardiman (left) and Headmaster Skip Shannon (right). Right: Raymond Barnabei P’13 (left) joins fellow parents Elaine and David McKechnie P’10, ’12. Far left: Carol-Ann and Tony Vorias ’61 (left) chat with Donna and John Reeves P’13. Left: Trustee Chris Davis ’79, P ’13 with his wife, Robyn.


Class Notes

It’s easy to stay in touch…

We hope you will enjoy reading about your classmates in this edition of Class Notes. Remember that with our online Alumni Directory, you now have a direct way to contact your old friends! Every graduate is listed in the directory and on their profile page there is a link from which you can send them an email. Check it out, and while you’re there, update your own profile information. The whole purpose of these notes and the Alumni Directory is to keep the alumni spirit alive and now it’s easier than ever!

Don Slaven ’48 (3rd from left, back row) was surprised by his family with a trip to Fenway Park to celebrate his 80th birthday.

1947 John Benoit and his wife, Phyllis, have recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They have four children, twelve grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. He reports that they love to travel, especially to Ireland.

1948 Brian Duff has brought us up to date on what has been a full and successful life both professionally and personally. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he was a fencer on two national championship teams, Brian served as a Lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy for three years before entering

In Memoriam Please remember in your prayers these members of the Prep community who have passed away recently. Joseph H. Francis ’35 Edward F. Colbert ’40 Daniel J. Rourke, Jr. ’47 Brig Gen Philippe O. Bouchard ’49 Phillip M. Sullivan ’50 William H. Crean ’51 Edward J. Fialkowski ’53 Edward B. Cronin ’58 Henry F. Panek, M.D. ’60 L. Kevin Hannaway ’65 Francis W. Driscoll ’66 Luke E. Thompson ’66 John S. Olbrych ’73 John F. Conlon III ’78 Mark A. Mercer ’81 John P. O’Donnell ’82 Anders K. Meader ’01 James P. Obremski ’06 Brother Victor Pizzolato, CFX

the insurance industry. After stints with several companies, he got his law degree at DePaul Law School. He practiced corporate law for several years and then was in private practice. His interest in politics was piqued after volunteering for Donald Rumsfeld in his bids for Congress, and for Charles Percy in his run for Governor of Illinois. Brian served in the Illinois General Assembly from 1971 to 1976 and was chair of the House Judiciary Committee and minority whip. From 1976 to 1985 he was a trial judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, and served in the criminal division, law jury, motion court and chancery. In 1985 he was appointed by President Regan to the Federal Court in the Northern District of Illinois. He is now a Senior District Judge. He and his wife, Florence, had five children, all professionally successful in the fields of law, finance, education and the arts. He has traveled extensively to 23 nations and territories, all 50 states, and the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Atlantic oceans. He has fished throughout North and Central American including what he described as his most memorable trip, 3 days with Ted Williams. Brian is a member of the Chicago Literary Club, the Caxton Club and the Union League of Chicago. He is a patron of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera and a fan of the Chicago Cubs (alas) and the Red Sox.

1950 Classmates Bill Countie and Bill Nolan with Doreen Hennessey, wife of their classmate, Steve Hennessey.

He now devotes full time to his lifelong interest in art and oil painting. He got together this summer with classmates Bill Nolan and Bill Countie in Gloucester.

1951 Don Cavett sends his greetings to the Class of ’51. Don was part of a Guinness Book of Records event in August when he and 188 other bagpipers gathered on the deck of the aircraft carrier Intrepid at its pier in New York City. He reports that this kind of piping activity and playing traditional Irish music on the Uilleann pipes and tin whistle keeps him very busy. His busiest season is, of course, St. Patrick’s month, when he plays at schools, nursing homes and other festive events. In June, his local Notre Dame club hosted an evening with Brian Kelly, the new head football coach, and Don reminded him that they were fellow St. John’s alumni. Ted Manning retired from his management role at the Chamber of Commerce in 1994 after a career spanning 37 years, during which he received a number of awards from professional associations. He was the C.E.O. of the Waltham/West Suburban chamber for 32 years. He graduated from

1949 John Shay and his wife, Lynn, welcomed their fourth grandchild and first granddaughter Molly, in February. He reports that they are the sunshine of their lives.

1950 Steve Hennessey retired in 1996 after spending 30 years as a school psychologist in East Greenbush, N.Y.

Don Cavett ’51 (center) was among the 188 bagpipers who gathered on the deck of the Intrepid in August, setting a record. ST. JO H N’S PR E P TO DAY



Boston University in 1955 and served in the Navy before starting his career. He is now in his 14th year working part time at the Ipswich Public Library. After his wife, Jacqueline, passed away in 2006 he moved to a townhouse in Ipswich. He has a son, Theodore SJP ’75, two daughters, Maureen and Elaine, three grandchildren and one great grandson.

1952 Don Brophy is the author of a new book, Catherine of Sienna: A Passionate Life, published in August by BlueBridge. The 304-page hardback is available in bookstores and online from Amazon and other distributors. Publishers Weekly says, “Brophy manages to round out Catherine’s life in a way no other biography has, preserving her spiritual magnificence even while placing her within the contexts of her fully lived earthly existence.”

1953 Albert Kozak has achieved what most golfers only dream of, a hole in one. In fact, in January of this year, he had a hole in one on three consecutive Saturdays on three different holes at Spanish Wells Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla. This brings Al’s total to six holes in one since 2002.

Al Kozak ’53 with his plaque recognizing his 3 holes-in-one on consecutive Saturdays.

1955 Bob Turain and his wife, Mary, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September with a trip to the Greenbriar Hotel in West Virginia. They are planning to celebrate it again with their four married children and nine grandchildren on a Caribbean cruise. Bob stays in touch with classmates Tim Kersey and George Kelley. Bob Bliss is an on-camera spokesman for KIXE, the PBS TV station in Redding, California. KIXE has a viewing


area equivalent to the state of Ohio. Bob is on camera about 12 times each show, encouraging viewers to phone in pledges. Bob is no stranger to TV. He made three television series for computer education during his 27 years as a professor at Saddleback College in California. One of these, “Computer Literacy with Dr. Bliss,” was distributed nationally by John Wiley & Sons Publishing Company. Bob was also a guest on ABC’s television show “AM Buffalo” where he discussed his sci-fi novel A.N.G.E.L.S., Inc. in 1999. And he was the spokesman for the National Credit Union rally held on the U.S. Capitol lawn in 1991.

1958 Peter Quinn retired in June after 36 years at St. John’s University in New York City, as a faculty member and chair of the curriculum and instruction department – a total of 44 years in education. He was honored with the 2010 Educator of the Year award from the national education honor society Phi Delta Kappa. He says he decided it was a good time to leave, when he was still “at the top of my game.”

1959 George Rickus reports that 2010 has been an eventful year. “Bud” was elected to the St. John’s Athletic Hall of Fame and he and his wife, Bonnie, will attend the induction ceremony in November. This ceremony takes place 51 years after his dad attended the father-son athletic banquet at which Bud was awarded the Best Athlete trophy in 1959. He says, “Miracles never cease to amaze.” In the circle of life, Bud lost his brother-in-law as well as his longest and best friend this year, but he also welcomed his seventh grandchild. George Christian and his wife, Ann, made a long and wonderful journey this summer to Australia for the wedding of their youngest son, Mark. They spent two days in Sydney touring sights such as the Opera Hall and the Australian Maritime Museum. They had an HMAS submarine, the Oslow, which George had actually been on when he was a young naval officer. After a visit to Brisbane, they attended the main event in the coastal town of Yeppoon, hometown of the bride, Mandy. They spent three days in Yeppoon with their whole family, including a trip with the kids to an animal rescue zoo where they mingled with kangaroos, wallabies and cockatoos. After five days in Canberra, they made the long return journey to their home in Newport News, Virginia. He recommends that everyone put Australia on their “bucket” list.

1960 Deacon David Akin remains busy with church and charitable committees, wrestling with issues of young families losing their homes. He makes time for fun, as well, and visited Ireland and Scotland in July. The beautiful summer on Cape Cod provided the opportunity for some fishing which yielded a 22.5 pound striped bass that made a few great meals. He reports that the grandchildren and the dog assisted in the conquest of the beast. He had a call recently from Joseph Curran (formerly Brother Fenton) who saw David’s name in the parish bulletin and remembered him from SJP. They had a delightful conversation catching up on old times and wonderful memories of the Prep. David was among those who shared in great Prep fellowship at last summer’s Cape Cod alumni gathering at the home of Paul Ahern ’58.

1962 Fred Sullivan serves full time as a judge on the District of Columbia Superior Court and in his downtime still plays ice hockey in a local league. He’s hoping the Class of ’62 will have a great turnout for the 50th reunion in 2012. In a previous issue of SJP Today, we mentioned that Bob Erbetta and family have started a scholarship at the Marblehead Charter School and that the first recipient was Andrew Keenan SJP ’13. It was a very pleasant surprise when Bob found out later that Andrew’s grandfather was classmate Leo Moar who passed away in 1985. Andrew invited Bob to be his honorary grandfather at SJP’s Grandparent’s Day in October.

1961 Tony Vorias and his wife, Carol-Ann, celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary in September. They met at a St. John’s mixer with the Marycliff girls from Winchester. They have two children, Anthony and Khristin, both of whom are married and have blessed them with seven grandchildren ranging in age

Tony Vorias ’61 and his wife, Carol-Ann, on their 44th wedding anniversary.

from 13 to 2. They enjoy spending their summers in Rockport and live in Stuart, Florida, most of the year. He is looking forward to seeing all of the class of ’61 at the 50th reunion in May 2011.

1964 Joe DiVincenzo is retiring after 38 years of doing labor relations and organization development work for educational employee unions in New York. Joe’s wife, Lorraine, retired from teaching two years ago. Their son Joe (35) lives in Massachusetts where he is a job coach and son Anthony (20) is a junior at Mt. St. Mary College in New York. Toby Danforth is working for Oxfam America to staff their humanitarian mission in Haiti. Oxfam has committed to help with the rebuilding of Haiti’s infrastructure and Toby will hire the senior team to manage this herculean effort. Toby has also been in contact with Paul Rudenberg ’74 who is a long time resident of Haiti and who, as a veterinarian, is playing a crucial role in the rebuilding of Haiti’s agricultural sector. Toby can be reached at tdanforth@

1965 Dr. Rick Buckley is director of weight loss surgery at Salem Hospital and has, over time, evolved into a minimally invasive surgeon. He and his wife, Pat, celebrated their 37th year of marriage in July. He describes her as a “true saint.” Their son Matt ’94 is a bond analyst for Eaton Vance in Boston and he and his wife, Val, have two daughters, Abby and Alicia. Mike ’99 has just completed 5 ½ years in the Marine Corps and has attained the rank of captain. He has begun an M.BA. program at NYU’s Stern School. Their daughter Sara is enrolled in veterinary school at Cornell. Capt. Edward Coffey, USN(Ret.) was called back to work at the Bexar County district attorney’s office in San Antonio, Texas, after three years of retirement to work on veterans affairs coordination. They have recently launched a Veterans Treatment Court to get mental health services to vets and active duty/reserve personnel with posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury who become involved with the criminal justice system, many on a recurring basis. They estimate that more than ⅓ of vets have this condition and that more than ¼ of all homeless are vets. Once the program is up and running on local bases, they will be the only Vets Court in the country serving active duty military as well. Phil Burke retired from the Salem Public Schools in June. His most recent assignment had been as principal of the Carlton school. He also retired from the National Guard in March,

after 25 years in the Army Reserve and Guard. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and in 2005-06. He is now the director of psychological health for the Joint Forces Command in Massachusetts. Richard Crane reports, “Despite an assiduous effort after St. John’s to educate myself in mathematics at Georgetown, finance and control at Yale, accounting at Northeastern, taxation at Bentley, and passing all parts of the CPA examination, my career seems to have taken an unexpected turn for me working for the past seven years as a figurative art model in Greater Boston, mostly for college and university art students and also professional artists. I use some of my modeling fees to support interests in photography enlargements of local and Hawaiian landscapes and seascape shots of mine. In the summer, I seem to gravitate to gardening at my mother’s home in North Andover. I use a bicycle to get around everywhere I go, sometimes piggybacking it on the T and buses.”

1966 Bob Luongo attended Northeastern University for a year following his graduation from the Prep and then enlisted in the Air Force during Robert Luongo ’66 the Vietnam War. When his enlistment was over, he held various jobs in the computer industry before moving to Austin, Texas, in 1988. He graduated from Texas State University in 1994 with a degree in business and started his own home building business, Craftmaster Homes. He has been a custom homebuilder for 18 years and lives in Wimberley, Texas, with his wife and two boys. Brother David Mahoney, CFX spent several months this summer and fall on the North Shore and returned to his post in Kenya in early November. On his return, he moved to Nairobi to work with young professed Xaverian Brothers, who are college students, as well as with Kenyan and Congolese third-year postulants. Richard Chiarappa writes, “Ever since the days of unlocking a piano for practicing, and playing organ for our Sunday night Benediction service, I’ve been fortunate to be able to spend my life in and around music. While it took me a while to get there – after a B.A. in English and a year in law school – it’s been music ever since. I’ve been a director of choruses, jazz bands, and, for the last 19 years, a director of two different community orchestras – the Bristol Symphony Orchestra (CT) from 19912002, then as founding music director of the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (CT) since 2002. I’ll always remember

how Brother Lionel poked his head around the corner while I was practicing Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” on the chapel organ. Once he saw me, it was Sunday night services for me. Most recently I was very happy to see and chat with Brother Sulpicius (aka Brother James Boyle) at a WHSO concert. If any Prep alum or student ever attends one of our concerts please stay afterwards and say hello. You can see our season dates at the website. I think back so fondly of the Prep and speak about it happily and often with my own students. Cheers!”

1967 David Hornig has recently moved from Larchmont, N.Y., to White Plains, N.Y. He is a senior partner in the litigation department at the law firm of Nicoletti, Hornig & Sweeney in Manhattan where he has worked for 30 years and is still an active trial attorney. He hoped to get to at least one Prep football game this year.

1968 Jim Murray retired in 2008 after 35 years in law enforcement, the last 19 as a chief of police in Georgia. During his career, both as commander of the homicide division and chief of police, he spent a lot of time on television, both on local and national shows. That led to the development of a new TV show called “Undercover Citizen,” now under contract with a major Los Angeles production company. They are in pre-production and getting ready to film this fall with the plan now being for him to host the series. He is also signed up to host another TV series dealing with police property rooms around the United States. He says he never thought that police work would lead to another career in television. He reports that it is a lot more fun and pays a whole lot better. He now lives in Murphy, N.C., on top of a mountain in a log cabin that he restored. He cannot see another neighbor without a telescope and loves it! He sends his best regards to all of his ’68 classmates.

1969 Peter Van Wagner reports that it’s been a great year for reunions with class of ’69 Prep classmates. In May he got together with Maurice Cleary in Evanston, Ill. They reunited their old band from the ’80’s, Riffmaster and The Rockme Foundation, at a club called S.P.A.C.E. and had a fantastic rock & roll revival. It went so well that the club has asked them to come back. He spent a bachelor weekend over July 4th with Tom Streit in Boston. Their wives and kids were away, so they hung out, drank a lot of beer and played a lot of music. In ST. JO H N’S PR E P TO DAY



Victor Mastone ’72 has an exciting new challenge in his role as director and chief archaeologist of the Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources (BUAR). He is overseeing the search for the British schooner, HMS Diana, which was involved in the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War. In July, the BUAR received a $48,300 grant from the National Park Service to preserve the site of the Battle of Chelsea Creek, which was long overshadowed by the Battle of Lexington and Concord and resulted in the destruction of the Diana – a loss that hampered the British fleet during the Battle of Bunker Hill. Archeological investigation will endeavor to locate the remains of HMS Diana and GIS mapping will record the sites of the British and American military operations. “It’s a relatively unknown or unrecognized battle so we want to give it more definition,’’ says Mastone. “There have been occasional reports of the Diana remnants being discovered over the years, but each time the wreck turned out to be another, unrelated ship.” Although the main goal of the grant is to help preserve an important battleground, including any remaining buildings or land forms from the time, Mastone said he is still “interested in finding the Diana in the long run.” Mastone’s path to a career in archeology was anything but direct. “I tried do something more practical like study engineering, but wasn’t too happy (or successful) at it. When I told my parents that I was quitting engineering school and changing fields, they simply thought it was a natural transition, given that I’d been digging up their yard since I could walk, and I was always interested in history,” he laughs. “As for underwater archaeology, I had worked on coastal prehistoric sites and at a maritime museum and I loved the sea.” 26

August, Peter began filming “Arthur”, a remake of the 80s film. The new version follows the same general plot but with a new cast including Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Garner and Peter as Greta’s Gerwig’s father. It will be released sometime in 2011. Anthony Coletti has been a professional photographer for many years. He had a studio in Boston for a long time shooting many jobs for corporations and advertising agencies. In the early 2000s he relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida, and changed the focus of his photography to more magazine/editorial and travel. Coastal Living magazine was a great client and provided many opportunities to travel in Florida. He now travels to Central and South America for travel material represented by Getty Images and Corbis. His work can be seen at When he was a student at St. John’s, his roommate for two of the four years was Robert Smith. Bob was the one who introduced him to photography while they were students. They have stayed in touch over the years and Bob joined Anthony for two weeks in September on a trip to Colombia to assist him on a photo shoot there. Their experiences at the Prep in the turbulent 60s resulted in one of many long standing relationships forged by the class of 1969.

1970 Gene Baron is still making music with the Blues Barons band. The band has a strong Prep connection, with current Prep faculty Pat Henaghan (bass) and Chris Lynch (keys and vocals). And band alumni over the years are well-represented by current and past Prep faculty: Michael Leonard (drums), Gary Smith (guitar), Amir Ghali (drums), Jay Pawlyk (keys and vocals), and Jim Gunn (drums). Visit them at In the summer of 2011 Gene will be directing an archaeological tour of the Bay of Naples for the Vergilian Society of America. The two-week tour will visit the many treasures of the area, including the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, Naples and the National Archaeological Museum, the royal palaces at Caserta and

Gene Baron ’70 on one of his many archeological tours.

Capodimonte, Cumae and the cave of the Sibyl, Paestum and its great Greek temples and painted tombs, the volcanic wonders of the Campi Flegrei, the “Fiery Fields”, a climb of Mount Vesuvius, and much, much more. The tour will be hosted from the Villa Vergiliana, a true villa rustica, as well as two nights on the Isle of Capri. The program is open to everyone. For more info go to: http://web. of_Program.html or the Vergilian Society site: Arthur Maurice has left his job with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association after 16 years to head the Trenton office for Tonio Burgos and Associates, Inc., a regional strategic planning, consulting Arthur Maurice ’70 and lobbying firm. While he has watched New Jersey’s private sector struggle for years to create jobs, he’s optimistic about the future of the state’s economy. Art began working in Trenton in 1980, and as a measure of how much state government has changed, he recalled that in his first Trenton job – tax forecaster for the Office of Legislative Services – he’d tally changes to the state budget using an adding machine with a paper tape. Just as budgeting has become more sophisticated, so has lobbying evolved. While lobbyists once were frequently former legislators who relied on their relationships, over time, they have come to be valued for their knowledge, Maurice said. “Now there’s a further evolution I see – which is what really has me excited about joining Tonio Burgos – and that’s that the best lobbyists not only provide relationships, information and resources, but also actually provide solutions to problems,” he said, adding that lobbyists meet with clients to advise them on the best course of action.

1971 Hank Healey says “Salam” to all of his classmates from sunny and hot Cairo, Egypt, to which he has been traveling back and forth six or seven times a year for the past four years. He has been working with the government of Egypt in efforts to decentralize public service delivery, in particular, education. He says, “Go, Prep and I hope to be able to see you all in 2011 at our 40th reunion. Dear God, has it been that long?” Ed Furey and his wife of 36 years, Barbara, have recently downsized from the family home in Acton to a condo in Hopkinton. They have two daughters, one who is married

and working in management consulting and the other pursuing a doctorate at Northeastern University. Ed is a graduate of B.C. with an M.B.A. from the University of Denver and is the director of marketing for Integra Surgical. Weekends and vacations are frequently spent on Cape Cod, where Ed indulges his newfound love of fishing for bluefin tuna. Rev. David W. Franklin celebrated his twenty-fifth anniversary of ordination to the priesthood on June 26 with a con-celebrated Mass at St. Joseph Church, Danbury, Conn., and reception at the Ethan Allen Hotel.

Walt Pechulis ’72, Mike Kelly ’73, and John Hendry ’73 attended the UMass/Michigan football game this fall at Michigan Stadium.

station WQBK – 103.9 FM in Albany, N.Y.

1974 Jim Belleau is currently producing his first reggae disc with Jamaican artist Maroghini and producer Donald Waugh. All of the songs on the disc were written by Jim and encompass a kind of “supermessage” reggae with the concept of bringing Bob Marley’s message of freedom to the next level. July marked the 25th anniversary of Jim’s framing shop, Principally Prints, in Oneonta, N.Y.

1975 Ed Furey ’71 with his catch – a bluefin tuna.

1972 The Class of 72 held their annual fishing trip from Plum Island aboard the Captains Lady III. In sharp contrast to last year, this year they had perfect weather, flat seas and lots of fish. Jack Dolan, Clete Kijek, Al MacLellan, Steve Law, Larry Cipollone, Bruce Reppucci, Bill Guinee and Bernie Caniff had a full day of fishing followed by a nice dinner at the Starboard Galley. Joining the fishing crew for dinner this year were Denis Sullivan, Joe Callahan, Mike Martini, Mike Harrison, Gary Wall, and Dave and Maureen Friel. Ross Harwood and his wife, Ruthie, have moved back east from western Massachusetts. He says, “ No professional life to report. I am thinking of going off the grid again in order to not support the war and capitalism. Beyond that I wish to support true democracy which in my mind allows equality for all and isn’t subject to status. I remember Harry Martin and I having that conversation years ago.” Ross writes poetry reflective of his philosophy.

1973 John Clark reports that he has been spinning rock and roll on the radio air waves since a few years after leaving the Prep. He started at Boston area rock station WAAF – 107.3. He has recently begun an on-air shift at the modern rock

Robert Engell first went to Afghanistan in September of 2009 with the military as an activated member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. He is a medical service corps officer (hospital administrator) and worked as an advisor/ mentor to the Afghan Army’s Surgeon General. He reports, “It is a surprisingly beautiful country and it is in great need of basic health services. When my deployment was finished and I returned home, I was recruited to become the leader of the team of medical contractors who are here working with both the Coalition forces and the Afghan military. As there was much left to accomplish and with the support of my wife and family I returned to Kabul. My work is basically in the same office as before with many of the same areas of responsibility.” John Herzog traveled to Florida in October to attend the ADA convention in Orlando, at which he was inducted into the American College of Dentists. Time not spent at the convention was spent chasing a very active three-year-old Emma around Disneyworld with his wife, Barbara.

1976 Chuck Long and his wife, Denise, recently moved to New York City where Chuck has accepted a new position with BNY Mellon Wealth Management working with agents from financial companies and accounting firms in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York to manage their clients with more than $3 million of investable assets. As a member of

the board of trustees of the Hockey Humanitarian Award, he had the honor of presenting the award for the third consecutive year at the 2010 NCAA Men’s National Hockey Championships, “The Frozen Four.” Son Charles will graduate from Colgate in December and is considering a shot at professional minor league hockey before entering the world of finance. Son Christian will be a sophomore at Colgate and is a forward on their hockey team. The youngest, Chandler, will play hockey for Apple Core in the EJHL’s Junior A league this year and will likely have some games in Massachusetts, affording Chuck the chance to visit a few times. John Macdonald is proud to report that his son, Mark ’11, was a starter and member of the SJP State Championship lacrosse team in the spring. Mark’s graduation in May will mark the 35th anniversary of John’s graduation from the Prep. His daughter, Kristen, will graduate next spring from Fairfield, where she has been a member of the golf team for four years. She has a “plus” handicap – better than scratch. John and his wife, Karen, just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

1977 David Champoux reports that he and his wife have joined the ranks of the empty nesters with their youngest son Phillip now off to Colby College. Alex is in his senior year at Trinity College in Hartford and looking at MFA programs in creative writing with a view to teaching writing at the college level. David is now a senior partner in the corporate/transactional practice group at his law firm, Pierce Atwood. He says, “I continue to enjoy the challenges of the practice of law, while continuing to work on my tennis game. Lynne and I are looking forward to the new opportunities and flexibility afforded by our new status.” Geoff Davis is the proud parent of a Prep junior, Brian. He would love to hear from classmates who have already gone through the upcoming college selection and application process! He has recently changed companies and is now the national ISV sales manager at Hewlett Packard. He and his wife, Allison, live in Middleton. In addition to son Brian, they have a daughter, Nicole, who is an eighth grader at Masconomet Regional High School. He’s looking forward to the class of 1977 golf committee meeting this winter. Angela Anastas Sullivan lives in Belmont with her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Erin (7). Angie is an associate general counsel in the Bank of America legal department in Boston where she has worked for about nine years.




Dublin resident Brian Gildea ’78 (left) hosted Patrick Smerczynski ’10 (center) and his friend Tom Regan during their tour of Ireland with family this summer.

1978 Brian Gildea was visited this summer by Pat Smerczynski ’10 son of classmate Mike Smerczynski. Pat and his mom, Chris, were on a whirlwind tour of Ireland with friends and stopped to visit Brian and his wife. Brian emigrated to Ireland more than ten years ago and works as an internet security specialist. He married Martha Motherway, a Cork native, in 2006, and the couple resides in Dublin. They have a 20-month-old boy, Stephen. Brian says, “Yes, that is months…some of us are late starters.” Martha works in the Biochemistry Department at Trinity College and Brian still referees rugby in Leinster to fill up his weekends. James Herzog was married in the spring to Eileen Carey with his brother, John Herzog ’75, as best man. The wedding took place at St. Richard’s in Danvers with a reception following at the 1640 Hart House in Ipswich. Coley Rybicki, Marc DeSisto, and Joe Cannatelli grew up a few streets away from each other in the Woodvale section of Danvers. They all went on to the Prep, and now, they each have found success in the music business. The first of the three to jump into the business, Marc began chasing his dream of being a world-class recording engineer and producer shortly after graduating from St. John’s. Joe was next, playing in the local band circuit after leaving the Prep, and more recently as the owner of a music school and recording/ mixing studio. Coley, a drummer since the age of seven, performs live at nightclubs and venues around Boston and the North Shore. Marc’s album credits read like a who’s who of the rock world. U2, Michelle Branch, Tom Petty, Don Henley, Joe Cocker, and The Who are just a few icons that he has worked with in one capacity or another. He started his career at Fleetwood Studios in Revere and that led to a staff recording engineer position at A&M Studios in Los Angeles. His career blossomed from there. What are the highlights in a career that has spanned three decades? “Working with


Bono on the Rattle and Hum album was just amazing”, says DeSisto. “He is a perfectionist.” His recording studio is now based in Sherman Oaks, California. Joe Cannatelli’s base of operations is the West Newbury School of Music with more than 300 students enrolled in many different programs including instrument and voice lessons. He built the school from ground up, and offers everything for beginners to professionals. He also runs On the Fringe Studios, a state-of-the-art recording and mixing facility. A much sought after location for musicians, it is stocked with the latest and greatest equipment, tools, and software the recording industry has to offer. Joe’s enthusiasm for the facility is boundless. “We offer a full range of options for the student and recording artist,” he says, “and we strive to give them every opportunity to learn and grow their musical interests, along with the best tools of the trade.” Coley Rybicki is the working musician and performer of the three. He has been working exclusively with Rockport based musician Satch Kerans, a prolific songwriter, who has released two studio albums, “Elliott Street” and “Riverboys.” A third release will be out shortly. Coley also plays the Boston nightclub circuit with Satch in such clubs as the Middle East, Church, Precinct, and they opened for The Pousette Dart Band at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury in August. “It is not time to give up the day job yet,” laughs Rybicki, who is director of human resources at BAE Systems, “but I would never rule it out. Crazier things have happened in the music business.”

1980 Chris Covert-Bowlds is a full-time family doctor working for the Group Health Cooperative at the Northshore Medical Center in Bothell, Wash., northeast of Seattle. His son Steven is a sophomore at Digipen in Redmond, a four-year college for learning to be a videogame programmer. Daughter Sarah is a senior at Ferndale High School, loves playing saxophone in the marching band and piano in the jazz band. Chris spends Monday through Friday at their home in Seattle and spends his weekends with the family in Ferndale. He commutes the 15 miles from Seattle to Bothell on his bicycle along the Interurban and BurkeGilman trails. In September he raced with 400 others in the Mount Baker Hill Climb, bicycling through the rain from Glacier to the ski area. Fred Rossi reports that life has been good lately with his son AJ graduating from the Prep as valedictorian this spring and enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania in August. AJ is running for the varsity Penn cross country team and enjoying classes. Tyler ’12 is a Prep junior and is working for Brother Santoro as the Drama Guild’s stage manager this year. He was the set designer his first two years and received a number of festival awards for his work. Fred is still designing and building furniture ( and his wife, Faith, is a partner practicing real estate law at Lerner & Holmes LLC in Boston. The family went backpacking in southern Utah after AJ’s graduation this summer.

1979 Frank Gorrell is very proud that his son Aidan is a member of the SJP class of 2014 and a Brother Isidore, CFX Scholar. Frank’s job as division compliance director for L-3 Communications keeps him in Virginia but he says despite having to live so far from his family, the Prep experience is worth it. James B. Quinlivan is proud to announce that his wife, Lauri-Beth, is in the recording studio putting down tracks for her upcoming CD Back in Satin, a follow-up to her 2006 CD On Angel’s Strings. James, who retired from the U.S. Navy in 2003 and recently became a grandfather, composed the lyrics to “Let Me Be Your Light” with music by LauriBeth on the latter-mentioned CD. The song appropriately follows the love story of a sailor and a singer. Her music can be found online through various outlets.

Fred Rossi ’80 with his wife, Faith, and their sons AJ ’10 and Tyler ’12 at Bryce Canyon National Park.

1981 Rick Sherman is working for Capgemini running business development for outsourcing in the northeast. Rick has three sons; Will, now a senior at the Prep, Chip, a sophomore at Masconomet Regional High School and Ned, a fifth grader. Rick’s wife, Sally, is a corporate recruiter in Boston. The Shermans live in Topsfield and like to attend high school sporting events where they see other Prep alumni whose kids are playing at the high school level.

1982 Michael Magrane retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army this fall. In his 26 years of service, Mike served with a number of combat arms units, deployed in response to the Global War of Terrorism, earned the Army Staff Badge during a tour of duty at the Pentagon, and most recently was with the J7 Executive Officer in a joint services assignment at NORAD and USNORTHCOM in Colorado Springs, Col. His awards include the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Service and the Bronze Star Medal. He and his wife of 23 years, Diane, together with their four children are, in Mike’s words, looking forward to learning what Mike is going to be “when he grows up!”

1983 Andy Kowalski and his wife, Rosa, are the owners of Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting in Lawrence. They live in Danvers with their three children; Stephanie, who attends Danvers High School, and Katherine and Joseph who are at the middle school.

1984 Joel Glickman was selected as one of 150 people to attend the NASA Tweetup for the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery on November 1. They were given VIP access and viewed the launch from the Vehicle Assemble Building, which is a close as a person can get to pad39A during the launch. They met astronauts, administrators and engineers before the launch. Joel described it as a once in a lifetime opportunity. See the sidebar on this page for more about Joel.

1985 David Mendonca has taken a position as associate professor in the department of industrial and systems engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Professor Mendonça’s research centers on the study of the cognitive processes that underlie human decision making in the management of critical infrastructure systems with a focus on understanding and supporting decision making in high consequence, non-routine, timepressured situations. He has pioneered new technologies providing cognitive support in solving sequential multi-criteria decisions for these constituents and developed novel statistical models that have explained variability in cognition, behavior and communication among individuals and collectives in the hours following disruptive events. Prior to joining Rensselaer, he was on the faculty at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Michael Hennessey and his wife, Lisa, live in Plaistow, N.H., with their two children, budding artist and fashion designer Corinne (13) and baseball and cross country athlete Nolan (11). Mike is the owner of Hennessey Landscaping Services, a business he has operated in the Merrimack Valley and in southern New Hampshire for twenty years. He has done work for Harvard University, the city of Newburyport and the Salem (MA) public library, as well as at the Prep and for classmates. He is a certified landscape professional and an accredited organic landcare professional and loves the creativity that comes with his trade. The family spend their recreational time in their 30' motor home at the beach or in the mountains and takes one annual destination trip each summer – this year it was in Quebec City for a week. He was wishing he had chosen French as a language at the Prep, rather than Spanish. He and Lisa also enjoy gardening and cooking together. Larry Gandt splits his time between Sao Paulo, Brazil, and San Francisco, Calif., opening up a quantitative financial market in South America with Thomson Reuters. With extensive travel and two teenagers at home (Katrina and Jesse), it presents its challenges. Now fluent in Portuguese, he has Sra. Maria Crotty to thank for a great Spanish base to launch from – this, in his words, despite his mediocre grades therein.

1987 Arthur Black resides in New York City. His company BBR Partners recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Arthur was recently appointed to the board of trustees at Bowdoin College. Arthur earned his B.A. in economics and legal studies from Bowdoin and holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mike Woelflein is a freelance writer and editor in Yarmouth, Maine, with a focus on custom publishing, business and finance. He and his wife, Karyn, have a one-year-old son, Cael. Brendan Edgerton now resides in Charlottesville, Va., where he is vice president of marketing for Crutchfield Corporation. After travels in Chicago, Atlanta and Boulder for school and work, Brendan and his wife, Mary Ellen, and their five children, Arden, Brigid, Conlon, Cormac and Shields, are enjoying a return to the East Coast. The family made trips back to his hometown of Gloucester this summer where they had a chance to fortify some sand castles with Dan Chaplick and his family at Good Harbor Beach. Chris Whalen is a managing director at Spouting Rock Capital, a merchant bank based in Philadelphia. He

Joel Glickman ’84 visited the Prep’s Aviation Club last May to share his passion for flying and to encourage club members to shoot for their dreams, however ambitious. A tenured mathematics professor at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., he spoke about his own 2009 coast-tocoast flight to illustrate how one can set and accomplish goals. In the mid-90s, during hikes up Mt. Greylock in western Massachusetts, Glickman was captivated by seeing gliders soaring overhead. Additionally inspired by several books on small plane pilots, including “Zero 3 Bravo,” he decided to get his pilot’s license and fly across the country. It was a gradual process, but Glickman earned his private pilot certificate in 1998 and his instrument rating in 2000. Two years later, he flew several multi-state trips from his home base in Albany, NY. His skills were tested in a cow pasture in Richardton, ND, where he had to make an emergency landing. Glickman’s coast-to-coast adventure finally began on May 31, 2009, when he took off from Albany, NY, in his ’98 Piper Cherokee, determined to visit every family member and close friend in the United States. He was gone 61 days, and flew 8,715 miles and 95 hours. He flew over all four corners of the U.S., saw the Grand Canyon and Rocky Mountains, and stood on a corner in Winslow, Ariz. made famous in the Eagles’ song, “Take it Easy.” “It took me a while to believe that I could actually get my pilot’s license and then realize my dream of flying all around the country,” Glickman says. “It helped to mentally break the journey into individual flights,” he advised the Prep’s aspiring pilots. For details on his trip, visit Pictured: Joel Glickman ’84 and Bro. Tim Paul, moderator of the Aviation Club.





Left to right: Quinn Panos, the newly adopted son of Karen and Mike Panos ’89.  Travis Felice, son of Kerry and John Felice ’92.  Cole Patrick Faro, son of Shanna and Justin Faro ’93  Andrew Gregory Morse, son of Melissa and Greg Morse ’94.  Nathan Frasca, son of Alyssa and Jason Frasca ’96.

has started their Boston office. He also teaches entrepreneurship at the Van Loan Graduate School of Business at Endicott College. Chris and his wife, Lauren, live in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

1988 Matthew Brennan and his wife, Rosane, welcomed their second child, Mayah Benta Brennan, into the world on July 28. She was one month early at a healthy 5.5 lbs. Matthew recently completed his English as a Second Language (ESL) initial licensure in the Fitchburg University master’s program through Hampshire Educational Collaborative and teaches newcomer refugee students as part of a newcomers program in the Lowell Public Schools aimed at addressing a large immigration of refugee students from Iraq, Nepal, Myanmar and various African countries. Ben Consoli produced a series of videos starring Tedy Bruschi for Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in August and has directed and produced twelve nationally distributed commercials for Dragon Naturally Speaking. His next venture with his team at BCMedia Productions is working on a series of videos for Pillsbury. Kip Durney has been helping to build a new start-up company, Serality, which provides infrastructure technology and an online-community for organizations whose missions include serving the 55+ population. It will provide shared space for community leaders to collaborate, share expertise, and mobilize their combined economic, social, and political resources. He says, “Working in a start-up atmosphere is certainly challenging, risky, and often overwhelming but building something from the ground up with a strong sense of community and philanthropy is highly rewarding. We are currently live in pilot phase with several communities in the greater Chicago area and are conducting a seed round of initial funding.” Kip lives in Georgetown with his wife, Val, and their three children, Ava (4), Zoe (4), and Connor (19 months). He blogs at


1989 Mike Panos and his wife, Karen, have adopted a son, Quinn, who they say is a future Eagle for sure! Greg Caires has been mobilized by the U.S. Navy and deployed to Afghanistan for service during the calendar year 2010. He is the officer in charge of the Media Support Center at ISAF Regional Command Southwest, Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province. Greg leads four sailors in the accreditation and transportation of approximately 60 global media representatives each month embedding with the U.S. Marines and coalition forces in southern Afghanistan. See page 13 for a conversation with Greg.

1990 Dennis Passarella George and his partner, Mike, welcomed a son, Joshua, to their home in College Park, Md. Dennis is assistant director of housing partnerships in the department of resident life at the University of Maryland. Matt Schickling and Nicole Lomerson were married in May at Old Sturbridge Village. They are living in Sturbridge. Matt is a director of program management and client services at The GMarie Group, a company that designs and develops custom learning solutions for a variety of clients. Scott Olson and his wife, Bridget, welcomed their first child, Parker, on Easter Sunday. They are very excited about the arrival of their little “eaglet.” Scott is a clinical case manager at Hunt Pediatric Psychiatry Unit in Danvers and Bridget is an online accounts manager for Philips Healthcare. The Olsons live in Beverly.

1991 Brian Bradley and his wife, Erica, welcomed their third child, Ryan Patrick, in August. The Bradleys live in Queens, N.Y. with their other children, Brendan (3) and Caleigh (5). Joshua Shulze spent a busy summer brushing up on his Spanish in Costa Rica and Nicaragua – a language he learned to love under the teaching of Mrs. Dording and Mrs. Tremblay. He started a new job in September as a full-time teacher mentor for the Boston

public schools, in addition to his work in the Graduate School of Education at UMass Boston where he trains teachers in reading methods for English language learners. He’d love to hear from Prep alums looking to teach in Boston public schools. They continue to need great teachers! Keith Perry recently took the big leap and started his own business, Peartree Solutions. Keith provides many different services, including risk management, technology development planning, technology portfolio analysis, and process improvement consulting, to name a few. He has started with government contracting and will be expanding into private banking, medical and manufacturing industries over the next few years. He and his wife, Debbie, and their sons Kyle (13), Zach (11) and Jared (8) live in Idaho Falls, ID. He says he misses the entertainment value and his family in Massachusetts, but not the cost of living. Gerard Boyle and his wife, Siobhan, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Aoibhin Sinead, in September. The Boyles live in New York City.

1992 Marc Magliozzi, his wife, Wendi, and their daughter Sabrina, (3) added a new family member, Domenic Marc, in June. He caused some concern by arriving a month early, but after some sleepless nights at the hospital and juggling the entertainment of a three year old, all are home, healthy and happy. John Felice and his wife, Kerry welcomed their second child, Travis John, in May.

1993 Jeremy Cyrier was married in August to Gia Rosenberg, sister of David Rosenberg ’94. The couple has purchased a home in Andover. Jeremy’s Lexington and Boston based commercial real estate brokerage firm, Mansard Commercial Properties, has grown to six brokers and is still growing. Tim Goldberg and his wife, Katie, welcomed a son, Evan, to their family in September. He was also welcomed by his big sister Sienna who will be two in November. Tim

and family live in Danvers. race boat from Richmond to He sells printing paper Norfolk, Va., on the James and packaging supplies for River. This was Scott’s fourth Lindenmeyr Munroe. Tom time participating in the race, Weber, his wife, Sarah, and his first as captain. Matthew their daughter, Leah, welcomed Russell and his wife, Meghan, a new baby boy, Robert, to the are the proud parents of a son, family in September. Tom says Kieran, born in January. As Robbie is looking forward to his photo indicates, he loves meeting all of his SJP “uncles.” being the tallest person in Darrin Berard is in his 11th the room. Chris Messinger, year as an English teacher at executive director of the Lowell High School. He and his nonprofit Boston Mobilization, wife, Linda, have four children: helped teens publish the Jason Navarro ’94 and family. Matthew Russell ’95 with his son Kieran. Molly (7), Benjamin (5), Speak Up! Anthology, a book Jason (3) and Aiden (1). of stories about race and Prep classmates Tucker Gibson, Marc Gregory Pyne and his wife, Erin, are racism in independent schools around Lefkowitz and Marc Dionne. John and expecting their first child in April. Greg the country. The book is available at Amanda honeymooned in South Africa, teaches English in Florida at West Orange, and includes spending their time on safari and in High School and Erin is a dolphin trainer a number of great resources to help Cape Town and Mauritius. They live in at Discovery Cove at Sea World. Recently, students, teachers and administrators Manhattan, where John is vice president Greg won a scholarship for teachers to improve the climate of their schools. The of sales at Federated Media. Brendan attend a 2010 summer graduate study teens are also available to lead peer O’Brine has returned to his home town program at Oxford University. He studied workshops in New England this year. of Salem after ten years in San Francisco. Middle English and Victorian literature He has taken the Massachusetts bar at Exeter College, Oxford, under leading exam and is awaiting the results, due Gautam Khattak has relocated from scholars in those areas. He reports that in November. He is a graduate of the Phoenix, Ariz. to Hong Kong to accept Florida has been his home for the past University of California’s Hastings School a position as a software engineering 14 years, but he still misses New England. of Law. Jason Navarro and his wife, Justin Faro and his wife, Shanna, welMandy, recently celebrated their 10th comed a son, Cole Patrick, to their family wedding anniversary. They have two in March of 2010. children, Ava (8) and Tyler (5). Jason was made a full partner at New England Wealth Management, LLC. Greg Morse and his wife, Melissa, are the proud new parents of a son, Andrew, born in August. Aspiring writer/actor Scott Sanborn and family rented an RV Jeff Cross was a finalist in the 2009 this summer to travel from their home in Exposurama screen writing contest Mobile, Ala., to their new Coast Guard sponsored annually by the International duty station in Port Angeles, Wash. They Gautam Khattak enjoyed the view of Hong Kong’s Screenwriters Association. His script, now have the Olympic National Forest in skyline after hiking to the peak on Hong Kong entitled “Gumrunners” was in the field their backyard and can see the mountains island. of comedy. Will Murray works for of Canada across the Strait of Juan de manager for Emerson Network Power. Blackboard in Washington, D.C. as an Fuca in their front yard. He reports that Nick Hall and his wife, Melissa, welinterface and experience designer. His the hiking is incredible and that the kids, comed their first child, Lyla, into the family goal is to make their products more Emma (8), Joshua (6) and Luke (3), love in July. The family enjoyed the summer attractive and easy to use, especially for their new home. Scott flies search and by the beach at their home in Revere. those users with disabilities. They recently rescue duty as an instructor pilot and his Jason Frasca and his wife, Alyssa, have received Gold Level Certification (a first first mission was to rescue an injured been married for four years and in March in the industry) and the annual Dr. Jacob hiker from a mountain and transport her to welcomed their first child, Nathan. The Bolotin Award for “groundbreaking a hospital in Seattle. Scott Verdonck, his Frascas are living in Stoneham. Luke work in accessibility” from the National wife, Susie, and classmate Mark Ponikvar Conlin is writing his dissertation in Federation for the Blind based on the participated in the Jammin on the James pursuit of a Ph.D. in science education at work he has been a part of. Blackboard River Poker Run for Shriners Hospital in the University of Maryland. He recently has taken the $10,000 award money, July. They raced Scott’s Active Thunder became engaged to Anna Lavelle of more than matched it, and will redistribute Marblehead. Jason Balich reports that it as five $5,000 Blackboard Access he is embarking on career number four. Grants which will support work enabling Since his graduation from Princeton, education for students with disabilities. he has been a chemical engineer, an So as not to be all work and no play, Will internet marketer and, most recently, a travelled to Sweden in September to visit real estate developer. He is now a first friends and then went on to Oktoberfest year law student at Quinnipiac University in Munich. John Schneider and Amanda School of Law taking all sorts of fun Jones were married on May 8th, 2010 at first-year courses including contracts, the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida. criminal law, civil procedure and torts. Brett Schneider ’90 served as best Scott Verdonck racing his boat on Virginia’s James River. He says it requires more reading than man and joining the celebration were






Wedding Bells

Above, l to r: Steve Riccio was married in June to Leslie Thomas in Washington, D.C.  John Schneider and Amanda Jones were married on May 8, 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida.  Augustin (Gus) Serino ’92 and his bride, Danielle Monique Ledoux, were married in the Prep chapel on Sunday, August 1.

It was a big year for weddings in the McGovern family. Above left, Andrew ’99 and Blandine Mercier were married in Southbury, Connecticut, on August 28. Right, Alec ’02 celebrated his wedding to Lanie Belmont on October 17 at Monte Sano Mountain in Huntsville, Alabama.

Above, from top: Andy St. Pierre ’99 and Tanea Roberts were married in the Prep chapel in July.  Kevin McNelly ’96 and his wife, Ashley, were married in October, 2009 at Our Lady of Good Voyage in Gloucester.


Above, l to r: Old Sturbridge Village was the site of the wedding of Matt Schickling and Nicole Lomerson in May 2010.  Jeremy Wolfe ’04 and Cori Lynn Lemelin were married on June 4, 2010 in the Prep chapel.  Bernie Caniff was married in July to Katie DiAntonio at St. Ignatius Church on the campus of Boston College.

he ever did as a chemical engineering student and is nothing compared to the amount of reading Mr. Gilmore required in his AP English class. Last spring he was elected to the board of trustees at the Glen Urquhart School in Beverly and he looks forward to helping strengthen alumni connections with the school. Scott Chase and Natalie Langlois were married in October of 2009 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston and held their reception at the Boston Harbor Hotel. After a honeymoon in Paris and Dubrovnik, Croatia, they are living in Boston’s South End. Scott is a corporate lawyer at Goodwin Procter in Boston. Mark Vitagliano is planning to be married next April to Jennifer Gioe. Among his groomsmen are classmates Jason Frasca, Paul Erickson and Shawn Murphy as well as Craig Feld ’95. Kostas Spalgounias ’96 will be his best man. A honeymoon will follow in Italy.

1998 Bernie Caniff was married in July to Katie DiAntonio at St. Ignatius Church on the campus of Boston College. The wedding ceremony was performed by Father Joe O’Keefe ’72, a classmate of the groom’s father, Bernie Caniff ’72. The best man was John Caniff ’00. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and is residing in Natick. Both are pharmaceutical sales reps for Sanofi-Aventis. Jason Lawrence completed his chief residency year in internal medicine at Stamford Hospital, an affiliate of Columbia University – College of Physicians & Surgeons in Stamford, Conn., this past June. He is currently working at the University of Virginia as an assistant professor of medicine and hospitalist. In his spare time, Jason is training for the Chicago Marathon in October. Jason and his wife, Jenilee, celebrated their one year wedding anniversary in May. They met while both were students at Georgetown University. He is looking forward to being a groomsman at Adam Winter’s wedding in May, 2011. Matt DiVirgilio has been named president and partner in the DiVirgilio Financial Group based in Lynn. He is also the new president of the SJP Alumni Association!


Billy O’Brien ’97 at the statue of Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janiero.

1997 Martin Connolly, a project manager at Connolly Construction, is now attending Suffolk Law School. Billy O’Brien was named director of operations of the Center for Security & Privacy at Deloitte & Touche. He and his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Sofia, welcomed the birth of their first son, William Chase, in February 2010. Billy spent time in Rio De Janeiro recently performing a feasibility study for an international hotel corporation as part of his MBA program at Cornell.

Craig Schreck ’97 with his wife Alanna and their new daughter, Maeve.

Andrew St. Pierre and Tanea Roberts of Yankton, S.D., were married in the SJP Chapel in July. Tanea is an elementary school teacher in Westwood and Andy works in the athletic department at Boston College. They are living in Waltham. Andrew McGovern and Blandine Mercier were married in Southbury, Connecticut, on August 28. Andrew and Blandine, who is originally from Paris, met at Brooklyn College. On hand to celebrate the occasion was an impressive contingent of 1999 classmates, including Paul Bradley, Colin Forbes, Wilson Karaman, Dave Maloney, Eli Mavros, Matt Murphy and Jon Schneider, as well as the groom’s brother, Alec ’02.

2000 Duncan Webb, who is the coordinator of player development programs for the Boston Red Sox, was honored in the spring with the Edward F. Kenney Player Development Award. The award is named for the long-time director of player development and goes to the member of the player development staff who demonstrated dedication, success, and work ethic befitting the man for whom the award is named. Elio Nicolosi has returned to the Boston area after living in St. Louis, Mo., for the past six years. He says he was fortunate to find a new

Ed Walsh ’98 was profiled in The Boston Globe recently for his work with the American Repertory Theater (ART) at Harvard, where he appeared in “Alice vs. Wonderland” and “Cabaret” this fall. For Walsh, who started acting in the seventh grade and served with the Marine Corps for four years, the theater and the military have much in common. “Both are highly theatrical. Both require a great amount of discipline and sacrifice and a willingness to do things that normal people would consider crazy,’’ he told the Globe. “The best shows that I’ve been in, it’s always been like the Marines. You’re servicing something other than yourself.” Walsh graduated from Fairfield University in 2002 with a degree in history and theater. He was called to active duty soon thereafter and went on to serve two tours in Iraq. In May 2006, during his second tour, he was wounded in an explosion that took the life of one of his men. Acting has helped him recover and ease the transition back to civilian life, Walsh told the Globe. “When I have an acting job, my focus is on that job. It’s like having a mission…. But when you’re not working, you’re sort of lost.’’ Walsh returned to acting full time after coming home in December 2006. He appeared in Armen Pandola’s “Homeward Bound” in New York last year. Playing the role of Tex, one of three GIs who struggle to recover from the physical and emotional wounds of war, gave him the opportunity to bring his military experience together with his work on stage. “The description of the play caught my eye because it deals with troops who have been wounded. When I saw the script, I immediately recognized that this is a good story and I wanted to be a part of it,” he told the online theater blog, Upstaged. Pictured: Ed Walsh (right) as Tex in “Homeward Bound.” Photo by Shaun Fillion.



CLASS NOTES Camp Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, was the site of a Prep reunion of sorts this summer. Taking a break from teaching English in northern Vermont, John Craig ’03 worked as a program coordinator at the camp, of which he is an alum. Joining him on staff was Andrew Hannigan ’09, who is now a sophomore at Dartmouth College. Among the campers they discovered two Prep students, Kyle Yamane ’12 and Jason Giedt ’11. Kyle participated in the Voyageur program that included bike touring over 500 miles in Nova Scotia. Jason was a member of the Odyssey group and hiked for 15 days on the Appalachian Trail through the Hundred Mile Wilderness and ending on the summit of Katahdin. Pictured (left to right) are Andrew, Kyle, and John.

Former SJP football captain Ben Martin ’01 has been hired as a staff assistant at Texas A&M following two successful years as an offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Merrimack College. He has moved onto the impressive stage of Big 12 football in a state where football is nearly a religion. Kyle Field, the Aggie’s stadium, seats 82,600. Among his responsibilities will be making sure films are broken down and that the data is imported completely and ready for practice. He says he will do whatever head coach Mike Sherman and offensive line coach Jim Turner need done. His role with the players will be to provide them with quality information. In three years, Ben has moved from Division 3 football at Curry College, to Division 2 at Merrimack, and now to Division 1 and he hopes that he’s on the fast track to his ultimate goal of being a head coach. The Marblehead native says, “This is a dream come true. I have been very fortunate to find myself working with such an incredibly talented offense and successful coaching staff. Every day has brought new challenges but with these challenges, come new experiences. I come to work happy and enthusiastic and I leave, already wanting to come back. Sharing these experiences with friends and family back home has been difficult because Texas A&M is such a unique place. I have never experienced so much culture, tradition and passion encompassing a football program, that it’s impossible not to be enthusiastic each day. I haven’t felt this way since I was senior at St. John’s Prep!” Ben played his college ball as a lineman at Trinity College in Hartford and played on three consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference championship teams.


job relatively quickly given the current status of the economy and is now working in Needham for PTC, an engineering software company, as an application engineer and project manager. He and his girlfriend, Danielle, and their dog Chloe are starting to get settled and he’d love to hear from classmates. Sean Collins has completed his Ph.D. in exercise physiology at Springfield College and is now assistant professor of exercise physiology at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va.

Belmont were married on October 17 in Huntsville, Alabama. The bride and groom met as students at Rhode Island School of Design and live in Philadelphia.

2001 Joshua Richards was married in August to Melinda Amaral at St. Theresa’s in North Reading. Their reception was at the Andover Country Club. Joshua grew up in Gloucester and Melinda in Essex and they met at a Prep dance. Andrew Simons recently released his debut EP titled, Men of Stature. He recorded it at Gasoline Studios in Nashville, Tenn., with producer/engineer Cord Phillips (Jimmy Wayne, Joe Zelek Band.) The project brought Andrew together with some of Nashville’s finest young musicians to create something refreshing and unique. Andrew describes the music as, “rock and rollism with folk tendencies.” There is more information on the project available at

Andrew Simons ’01 making music in Nashville.

2002 Ethan Alden Danforth received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Johns Hopkins in June and has now moved to New York City to pursue a career in intellectual property law. Alec McGovern and Lanie

Navy helicopter pilot LTJG Jim Morrison ’03 on duty in Kuwait.

2003 Navy helicopter pilot LTJG James P. Morrison is deployed to the Middle East with a detachment from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 (HSC-21). Known as the “Black Jacks,” pilots and crew from HSC-21 are stationed at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, with the 2515th Naval Air Ambulance Detachment and are responsible for flying rapid response MEDEVAC missions in southern Iraq and Kuwait along with logistical support operations. Commissioned in May 2007, Morrison was designated a naval aviator in March 2009 and flies the MH 60S Nighthawk helicopter. Stephen Miles graduated from Hobart College with a B.A. in economics. Since then he has spent an entire ski season in Colorado, toured 35 of the 50 states, trekked Nepal with their national princess and surfed up and down the state of California. He now resides in Venice Beach, Calif., where he is working with New England Financial doing investment, retirement and business planning. He says, “It’s a lot of work, but someone’s gotta keep sending checks to the Prep! Love you guys and your support and values you’ve instilled in me.”

2004 1LT Andy Day, currently serving as the Executive Officer for the 21st Military Police Company (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is preparing his paratroopers for the Global Response Force (GRF) mission, which includes a no notice rapid deployment within 18 hours. 1LT Will Day is serving as the Battalion S1 for the 63rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Battalion and began a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan at the end of September. Ryan Coons is currently working as an advertising copywriter in Atlanta, Ga.. His clients include Buffalo Wild Wings, BaskinRobbins, Toyota, and Florida’s Natural Growers. He also is starring in a pilot for a documentary TV show based on the advertising industry that is currently being pitched to several major cable networks. He still runs every day. Jason Jammalo graduated from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and is now a manufacturing engineer at Raytheon in Andover. He has started a two-year M.S. program at Tufts in engineering management. Nick Figueiredo is working in internet marketing for Vistaprint USA in Lexington as a search marketing specialist. Recently, Rob McCauley, Jon Harnett, Sean Doyle, Colin Connolly, Jon Dancewicz and Nick started playing Fantasy Football. They get together every Sunday to watch games around the NFL, but, most importantly, they watch the “greatest show on turf, the New England Patriots.” Steve Riccio was married in June to Leslie Thomas in Washington, D.C. On hand for the festivities were classmates Nicholas Clucas, William DeFerrari, Colin Connolly, James Papagni and Sean Kelly, as well as Anthony Costa ’02. Jeremy Wolfe and Cori Lynn Lemelin were married on June 4 in the Prep chapel. Prior to the ceremony, the groomsmen engaged in an impromptu touch football game with some students who happened to be around on a beautiful Friday afternoon. The wedding reception was held at Fenway Park.

a personal basketball training company called Premier Hoops. He was head coach of the boys’ Marblehead Maccabi basketball team this summer and is also coaching in the Marblehead High School basketball program. Nick Mancini, a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, has been awarded a grant to study for six months in Norway with Odd Nerdrum, a renowned figurative artist. This amazing opportunity will afford Nick the chance to learn Nerdrum’s old world techniques which include mixing and grinding his own pigments and stretching his own canvases. Nerdrum’s works hang in major museums around the world.

Steve Miles ’03 on his trek in Nepal.

2006 David Lynch was recently awarded the John Armington Award for the study of neuroscience at Northeastern University. He has worked for several years on an inpatient psychiatric unit at McLean Hospital and will continue to do so after he graduates in December. He is applying to clinical psychology Ph.D. programs. Nate Smith is working as a financial analyst for Quest Diagnostics in Madison, N.J. Ashish Banerjee tells us that Greg Mantell graduated from Wake Forest in May with a degree in English and is now working locally and Alex Berrian graduated summa cum laude from Tufts and is in a M.A. /Ph.D. program in math at the University of Iowa on a Presidential Fellowship. Asher graduated cum laude from Cornell in materials science and engineering and is in a M.S. /Ph.D. program in electrical engineering at Columbia. Jeff Phaneuf graduated from Harvard in the spring and is now a teaching fellow in the history department at Phillips Academy in Andover.

Jeff Gandt ’04 spent four months this summer hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail culminating in this victory photo atop Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

2007 Matt Cocciardi did a summer internship in Washington, D.C. with Senator Scott Brown. He reports that it was an amazing experience to work for the first Republican senator from

US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, shakes hands with Army 2 LT Trevor Powers ’05 at Elgin Air Force Base during the third phase of Ranger School located in the swamps of Florida.

2005 Trevor Powers graduated from U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., in July. He is now based in Fort Carson, Colo. Trevor graduated from Williams College in 2009, where he was captain of the football team. John Kuconis graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in May and was commissioned as a 2LT in the U.S. Air Force. He is now undertaking Air Force pilot training at Vance AFB in Oklahoma. Michael Leykin is running

Matthew Cocciardi ’07 with Senator Scott Brown, with whom he interned this summer.



2006 classmates (l to r) Alex Berrian, Ashish Banerjee and Greg Mantell at Asher’s graduation from Cornell.


Oh! The Places You’ll Go! Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. Dr. Seuss knew. Our teachers and administrators know, too. When our students leave St. John’s they are ready to burst forth into a world where they will experience new and fascinating things. Two of our recent graduates have wasted no time in jumping into international research projects that will shape not only their academic future, but the path that their entire future will take.

Andrew Crowley ’07 spent three weeks at the Northeast Science Station in Cherskiy, Siberia, last summer with a Polaris Project research team that included students and professors from colleges and universities in the United States and Russia. The science station is located north of the Arctic Circle on the Kolyma River, in an area described as one of the most beautiful and remote parts of the world. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Polaris Project conducts research into the Arctic ecosystem and provides undergraduates with the unusual opportunity of designing their own research programs. Andrew, who is majoring in biology and Russian at Holy Cross, reports that his work focused on “the bacterial metabolism in the river and the various rivers and streams that feed it.”

Jared Katz ’08 went deep into Guatemala’s rain forest – and other parts of Central America – during the second semester of his sophomore year at Lafayette College as part of an archeological team that worked on a variety of ancient sites, some of them six hours away from the closest village. Among many remarkable experiences in the field, he excavated and recorded the location, condition and iconography of stelae and ancient palace structures; descended 30 feet into a network of underground tunnels that link Mayan religious structures dating back to 300 BC; and tromped through a snake-infested site to create maps for future study. Check out his blog at category/jared-katz/ for fascinating commentary and marvelous photos of his adventure.

Stephen Dutcher ’07 and Billy Huzar ’07 have returned to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia for their senior year.

Massachusetts in more than 40 years. Matt has returned to Bates College for his senior year. Ben Slingerland was chosen from just under 10,000 applicants to be one of 90 summer interns with Nike at their headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. He spent two months in the North American soccer marketing department. After a summer spent rubbing shoulders with some of the country’s biggest name athletes and adjusting to the culture and climate of the Pacific Northwest, Ben is back at Georgetown for his senior year and soccer season. He gained valuable experience in marketing and learned a lot about the importance of networking.

is made up of 15 mid-Atlantic teams. In June, Christopher pitched a complete game no hitter against the Edenton Steamers in a 2-0 win. He finished the season with a 2.30 ERA and .182 batting average. He has returned to Yale for his junior year. Steve DiCarlo won the men’s club championship as Salem Country Club this summer by defeating friend and frequent playing partner Nick Mini ’07 in a very close final match. Steve is a junior at Boston College majoring in economics. Preston Pero is a junior at Providence College majoring in business economics, minoring in finance. He is a music director for WDOM 91.3 Providence College Radio, a legitimate radio station that broadcasts to the entire Providence area. He is also part of a men’s squad helping to train and scrimmage against the PC Division 1 women’s varsity soccer team

2008 Christopher O’Hare pitched for the Kill Devil Hills Daredevils in a college summer baseball league in North Carolina this summer. The Coastal Plain League 36

Nick Mini ’07 and Steve DiCarlo ’08 at Salem Country Club.

and will be playing men’s club volleyball. Justin Colella is a junior soccer player at St. Anselm College. This season he has taken on an additional challenge with his soccer team, raising money for the fight against AIDS through a program he calls “Goals for Grassroots”. For every goal the team scores this year, every player and coach on the team will donate one dollar to the program. In addition to the money that is raised from the goals, for every win and shutout the team records, all of the team members and coaches will donate one dollar to the program. The original goal of Colella’s program was to raise $1,000. Currently, his program has raised $1,050. Proceeds are sent to a global non-profit organization, Grassrootsoccer, which funds HIV/AIDS research in Africa. Beyond his own team’s efforts, Justin hopes to encourage other teams at St. Anselm and elsewhere to join in the effort. Head coach Peter Ramsey wishes he had more players like Justin, “Justin is a good soccer player, but a better person. He has gotten better every day because he works so hard. He has become one of our best players, leaders, and team members we have had in years.” Ramsey asks a lot of his players on the field, but demands even more off the pitch. “He is the unsung hero, the hardest worker, the kindest player to our freshman, a true mentor, and a great teammate. If we had 11 Colellas, Saint Anselm College would not lose.” ■


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Clockwise from top: Luke Howarth ’93, Brian Healey ’93, Dan Peluso ’93, Taidgh McClory ’93, Sal DeMartinis ’93, Tony Polimeno ’93, and Tim Goldberg ’93 at the Brother Linus Golf Tournament in October.  Grant Anderson ’03, Mj Shannon, Andy Shessler ’99, and Scott St. Pierre ’00 at the Chicago alumni reception in October.  Teammates huddle before the Homecoming game vs. St. John’s Shrewsbury.  Sporting a Prep baseball cap, Hank Healey ’71 overlooks the Nile in Cairo, where he travels frequently on business.

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