JASPER JOTTINGS Week 48 - 2012 November 25    

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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WWII hero priest who saved thousands from the Nazis honored by the Irish State
“Humble” priest who cared for and saved over 6,500 people was nicknamed “The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican”
By DARA KELLY, IrishCentral Staff Writer
Published Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 8:17 AMUpdated Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 8:17 AM

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Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, an Irish priest who saved more than 6,500 people during World War II is being honored by the Irish States.

Monsignor O’Flaherty, originally from Kiskeam, County Cork, died 50 years ago. Ireland’s leader Enda Kenny has said it is time that O’Flaherty, and other Irish “humanitarian heroes” were recognized by the State as well as being part of Ireland’s public consciousness.

O’Flaherty became known as the “Scarlet Pimpernel of The Vatican” because of his valiant exploits during World War II. The Cork priest is credited with saving over 6,500 Jews, Americans, and British soldiers by hiding them in safe houses around Rome.

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I remember the movie. One thing that we do poorly is remember those who did good deeds.

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JOBIT: Sardonia, Joseph D. [MC???? RIP]


Death Notice

U.S. AIR FORCE (Ret.) 

Colonel Joseph D. Sardonia USAF (Ret.) passed away peacefully at home July 6, 2012 at the age of 93. He was the son of the late Joseph and MaryEllen VanKeuren Sardonia. He was born on November 30, 1918 in Mongaup Valley, NY. Joseph Sardonia graduated from Manhattan College, NYC, N.Y. with a Bachelor of Science degree. He joined the U.S. Army in 1941, assigned to the 44th Infantry Division. He graduated from Yale as an Aviation Cadet and became a Communications Officer 9 September 1943. Colonel Sardonia served over 30 years, assigned to HQUSAF, Pentagon, Intelligence Electronic Reconnaissance, retiring in 1973. His career continued at Locus Inc until 1985.He relocated to Buckhead, Georgia. While in Georgia he organized the establishment of the Sugar Creek Fire Department where he served as the first Fire Chief.

His life was one of dedication to his country, his community and his family. Left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Nancy Needleman and her husband John Ghilardi, Adrie Custer and her husband Dr. Randy Custer, and Emily Toone; two sisters, Melvina Keegan and Francis Kewley; and six grandchildren, Gina Ghilardi, Alexandra and Zachary Custer, Glennon,Greyden and Trevyn Toone. Colonel Sardonia was predeceased by his wife Shirlie, his brother Milton Sardonia, and his sister Rosa Albrecht.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday November 29 at 10:45 a.m. at the Ft. Myer Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

Published in The Washington Post on November 18, 2012


Sardonia, Joseph D. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/washingtonpost/guestbook.aspx?n=joseph-sardonia&pid=161110680&cid=full

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JFOUND: Quigley, Michael [MC????] mentioned on a site


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Michael Quigley (Cousin) 1958-1968 went on to Play Ball At Manhattan College and became educator in the NYC School system.

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[JR: Strange site. Don't understand it, but it mentioned a Jasper.]

Quigley, Michael [MC????]

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JLINKEDIN: Boylan, Mary Kate [MC2012] B.A., Manhattan College


Boylan, Mary Kate [MC2012] B.A., Manhattan College

Bronx, New York (Greater New York City Area)
Broadcast Media

As an intern in television, online, and editorial news, I gained a well-rounded understanding of production. This, combined with a fun and fearless approach to working non-stop make me excited to join the world of television news professionally.

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JLINKEDIN: Allen, John [MC1978] Senior Project Manager at ALLSector Technology Group


Allen, John [MC1978]
Senior Project Manager at ALLSector Technology Group
Greater New York City Area
Hospital & Health Care


Information Technology systems support professional with a strong healthcare history:
- System implementation and management;
- Experienced in client relationship management (CRM),Team building and leadership;
- Operational know-how in providing data for improved patient care.

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JOBIT: Blaney, Henry Joseph (Hank) [MC1957 RIP]


Henry Joseph (Hank) Blaney (1935 - 2012)

Blaney, Henry Joseph (Hank)

Henry Joseph (Hank) Blaney, born April 8, 1935 and raised in Jackson Heights, NY. He died peacefully on Nov. 19, 2012 after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. Hank graduated from Manhattan College and New York University with advanced degrees. He was an electrical engineer whose career spanned several decades at Bell Labs, AT&T, NY Telephone, NYNEX and Verizon, where he was on the forefront of innovative telecommunications technology. Hank particularly enjoyed Irish music and culture, and among the highlights of his life were his trips to Ireland to trace his family roots and visit relatives. He was also an avid photographer. Hank's faith also gave him great comfort. He was a longtime member of St. Patrick's parish in Bedford, NY. Hank was devoted to his family, and particularly later in his life, his grandchildren gave him great joy.

Beloved husband and father, he leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Kathleen; daughters, Mary, (Dozois) and Diana (Sabados); sons, Henry, Daniel, and Thomas; brothers, John and Richard; sisters, Arline (Pavlochik) and Margaret (Christy); nine grandchildren, Kevin, Michael, Matthew, Daniel, Emmet, Ian, Ailish, Dylan and Kyle; and numerous extended family.

Friends may visit at Clark Associates Funeral Home, 4 Woods Bridge Rd., Katonah, NY on Fri. from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Sat. at 10am at St Patrick's RC Church, Bedford, NY. Interment will follow at Mt. St. Mary's Cemetery, Flushing, NY. The family is requesting donations to the Alzheimer's Association (http://www.alz.org/) in lieu of flowers.

Clark Associates Funeral Home 4 Woods Bridge Road Katonah, NY 10536 (914) 232-3033 www.clarkassociatesfuneralhome.com

Published in the The Journal News on November 21, 2012


Blaney, Henry Joseph (Hank) [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=henry-blaney&pid=161165086&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Hank is a member of the Class of 1957.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Blaney, Henry Joseph (Hank) [MC1957 RIP]

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JLINKEDIN: Meyer, John P. [MC1974] Director of Development at National Resources


Meyer, John P. [MC1974]
Director of Development at National Resources
Greater New York City Area
Government Administration

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Hall, Stephen [MC1988]
Greater New York City Area


I am a dedicated and highly motivated leader who has excelled in project management and is experienced in managing finances and operations in the telecom industry. As a methodical visionary I develop effective, innovative solutions to diverse sets of problems through efficient and focused financial reporting and analysis. I have strong executive communication skills and have the ability to clearly articulate and present complex business problems to drive solution development. I have presented and defended proposals and strategic initiatives to senior leaders and am comfortable interfacing with all levels within an organization. I thrive in diverse environments and am a team player who seeks challenging and new opportunities. I am looking to explore opportunities that utilize my educational and professional experience.

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JLINKEDIN: Angelilli, Donald [MC????] Sales associate at Weichert Realtors


Angelilli, Donald [MC????]
Sales associate at Weichert Realtors
Greater New York City Area
Real Estate

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JOBIT: Geary, Walter Thomas [MC???? RIP]



Walter Thomas Geary passed away Oct. 29, 2012, with his family by his side. His beloved wife, of 70 years, Annamae, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his children, Lynn Ann Baker (Gene) of Suwanee, Ga., Katherine Ferguson of Las Vegas, Thomas Geary (Bonita) of Redmond, Ore., Patricia Thompson (Daryl) of Las Vegas, and John Geary (Donna) of Santa Maria, Calif. He also leaves 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Walter was born March 28, 1918, in Staten Island, N.Y. He graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in electrical engineering. He worked for Western Electric in New Jersey. In 1948, he moved his family to Dallas. There he was active in church and civic groups. In 1958, he again followed opportunities in public utilities to Las Vegas. He was vice president, general manager of Southern Nevada Telephone Company (later to become Centel).

He was active with the society of professional engineers, Boy Scouts, Rotary and other civic organizations. He was in Serra Club and an active member of St. Anne's parish; later, he helped with the development of St. Viator's parish.

Walt and Annamae enjoyed golfing as members of the Desert Inn Country Club and any course they found in their travels. Always a sports fan he avidly followed many favorite teams.

A Mass celebrating the life of Walter will be at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Bishop Gorman Memorial Chapel, 5959 S. Hualaphi Way.


Geary, Walter Thomas [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lvrj/guestbook.aspx?n=walter-geary&pid=161199153&cid=full

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) Thanksgiving wishes

Good Afternoon All,

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with loved ones, we may take a moment to give thanks for our many blessings, for our loved ones who have been kept healthy and safe, for those of our prayers rhat have been answered in the way we prayed for and for those prayers that have yet to be answered and those that were not answered in the exact way we wanted. God knows who we are, His Children, and as we pray, we further have the gift of hope, sharing and trust in God. We are together in this journey of life and we pray that God's Blessings and His Light always brighten our way.

Please remember in your prayers the Men and Women of our Armed forces, those who serve and have served, we owe them so much.

Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JLINKEDIN: Di Pietro, Adrienne [MC????] Highly Accomplished Vice President & Director of Business Development, Sales and Marketing


Di Pietro, Adrienne [MC????]
Highly Accomplished Vice President & Director of Business Development, Sales and Marketing
Greater New York City Area
Marketing and Advertising


Highly accomplished and dynamic Business, Sales Management, Marketing and Promotion Executive with proven track record converting corporate priorities and market data into increased sales and brand loyalty through innovative marketing initiatives and long range business planning and communication.


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ENDNOTE: Pregnant woman dies in Irish hospital


17-week pregnant woman dies in Irish hospital after doctors refuse termination | Irish News and Politics spanning the US, Ireland and the World | IrishCentral

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Savita Halappanavar (31), an Indian native and dentist in Galway, died of septic shock a week after being admitted, the Irish Times has revealed.

Her husband, Praveen Halappanavar (34), who is an engineer at Boston Scientific in Galway, says his wife asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated but was refused because the foetal heartbeat was present and they were told “this is a Catholic country.”

He said she spent two and half days in agony until the heartbeat stopped.

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There's a lot of opinion floating around.

I'm no theologian and I have the D's to prove it.

But I remember something about "saving the life of the mother" as morally acceptable. She has a right life too. It's a disaster. A tragedy. A moral no-win situation.

Sounds like some one made a terrible call. Maybe an honest mistake.

I'd be interested in hearing from someone on this one.

After all I am just fat old white guy injineer.

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