Bob Scavullo in Yap, Micronesia
Rocco Iacovone, right, with fellow musicians in New York City
In March, Bob Scavullo spent two weeks serving as a pro bono tutor and teacher at Yap Catholic High School in Yap, Micronesia, where his friend Rich McAuliff, S.J. is the director. Scavullo kept his classmates informed with frequent emails throughout his journey.
Jim Keenan, S.J.
Dr. Bob Weierman is retired but remains active volunteering with Gulf Coast Christian Ministry in Gulfport, Mississippi. “There are a lot of people with no insurance or money to see private doctors,” he writes. “If you are nearby, we need more doctors. We also can always use money to help pay for lab tests.”
Bill Borst writes about “some significant life changes.” In October 2016, he lost his wife of more than 50 years, Judy O’Rourke Borst. Ten months later, he met Anna Maria Bommarito on a blind date. They married in his parish church five months later. “We just love answering to the phrase newlyweds,” he writes. Borst also recently authored The St. Louis Browns: The Story of a Beloved Team with two other members of the St. Louis Browns Historical Society, a group he founded in 1984. It was voted the best baseball book of 2017 by Sports Collectors Digest. Tony Vivolo graduated from Seattle University in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a regular Army commission as a Second Lieutenant. “It was a difficult time for our country and for us—men and women who served,” he writes. “I served four years in the Army, deployed twice to the Vietnam conflict. In 1969 I left my wife and 8-month-old daughter for Tay Ninh, Vietnam. Fifty years have passed and Vietnam was something not discussed or spoken about. In my 75th year, I want to share my thoughts and feelings with family and friends.” To a read a poem Vivolo composed, turn to page 46. 1962
Elizabeth and Raymond Maruca before the 1963 Military Ball and at Xavier’s 55th Reunion in May 34 XAVIER MAGAZINE
In May, Rocco Iacovone celebrated the international release of Palermo Sketches, a CD he recorded in Italy with three other musicians— Luciano Troja, director of the Filarmonica Laudamo in Messina, Italy; Giancarlo Mazzu, musician,
Dr. Doug Fraser and his wife, Aideen
composer, and teacher at the university there; and Blaise Siwula of New York City. This is the same quartet that formed when Iacovone and his wife, fine arts department chair Denise Iacovone, were invited to teach a week-long seminar at the Filarmonica Laudamo in 2017. “We just completed a New York City tour and played with the quartet around the city. We also recorded a second CD while the Italians were here,” Iacovone writes. “As always, Denise painted the music while we played. Venues included the Downtown Music Gallery, Scholes Street Studio, and the beautiful Casa Italiana at NYU. The group rehearsed at Xavier, and all were very impressed with the school and the facilities. We even sent Giancarlo home with Xavier memorabilia for his 16-year-old son!” 1963 Rick Geffken’s new book, The Hidden History of Monmouth County, will be published in August by The History Press. Bill Porter and his wife, Joan Sullivan Porter, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 10. Frank Herrmann, S.J. officiated the anniversary Mass at their parish, the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria, Virginia. Thomas P. Lydon attended the Mass and ensuing celebration. 1964 Dr. Doug Fraser recently sold his ophthalmology practice. He is working two days a week for the new owners, traveling with his wife, Aideen, enjoying their seven grandsons and two granddaughters,