JASPER JOTTINGS Week 45 - 2014 Nov 09    

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



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POSITRACTION: The remains of WW2



Recovered remains of WWII airman to be buried with full military honors
Published October 26, 2014

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OAKLAND, Calif. –  A World War II airman whose remains were found more than 60 years after he was shot down over Germany will finally be laid to rest.

A burial with full military honors for Lt. William "Billy" Cook is set for Sunday at a cemetery in Oakland.
The 27-year-old airman and his five-man crew were on a Dec. 23, 1944, mission when they were shot down over Germany.

The crew and their bomber were not recovered until two years ago, when amateur historians found the crash site near the Germany-Belgium border.

An excavation of the site led to the identification of remains belonging to Cook.

He grew up in San Francisco and Alameda, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

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“amateur historians”?

Excuse me?


What part of “leave no man behind” was forgotten?

The reason little L libertarians, and Moravians, and Quakers, are SO against war is that “We, The Sheeple” forget about the cost that the innocents pay. (By innocents, I include the young mostly men who believe the propaganda and go to sacrifice their bodies for old not-wise men at home!)


Dona Nobis Pacem

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JLINKEDIN: Geary, Michael [MC2001] looking to hire NYC MEP engineers



Looking to hire NYC MEP engineers

Michael Geary
Associate Principal & Mechanical at Edwards & Zuck, MEP Engineering Consultant

We are looking to hire NYC MEP engineers with experience in high-rise new construction, especially hotel and residential projects, as well as corporate interiors. We have great Jaspers here and are looking for more. Looking to jump Ship? Let me ...

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Geary, Michael [MC2001]

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GOOGLE+: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) 12/7 Peekskill Spotlight on Women


Spotlight on Women: Poets, Performers, and Panelists
On December 7th, as part of Peekskill: The Power of Women, the museum will be hosting a special evening of female poets, artists and dancers. Join us for panel dissuasions, feminist poetry readings,  and original dance performance. Our panel discussion will be based around the new “Women's Room" video exhibit here, will include video artist Sara Shaoul and Art History professor Melissa Hall and  be led by the collection's curators Marcy B. Freedman and Livia Strauss. The poetry reading, organized by Mara Mills, will feature Donna Barkman, Elizabeth Burk, Ann Cefola, Karen Marie Marmer, MaryAnn McCarra-Fitzpatrick, and Alicia Morgan. Finally, site-specific original dance will be performed by Marsi Burns, in her 60s, and Alice Teirstein, in her 80s.  See our website for more information on the program and how to attend.  This program is part of Peekskill's Power.

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McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)

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JOBIT: Gabriel, Joseph [MC???? RIP]



Joseph Gabriel

Joseph Gabriel, 91, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2014.

Joe was born in New York City, NY, the youngest of six. He proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II as a radio operator in the PT Service in Okinawa.

He met Louise (Letty), the love of his life, graduated from Manhattan College and enjoyed a long career as an accounting executive and VP in the textile industry. They married and raised their family in New Jersey, retiring in 1984 to Florida.

Joe served on the Board of Directors of the Lake Beresford Yacht Club and as Director to the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs for many years.

Joe is survived by Louise, his wife of 64 years; his daughters: Chris Torrano (Nick) & Lou Muniz (Steve); his three grandsons: Nick (Wendy & great-grandson, Joseph), Marc (Ali DeRosa), Michael (Meghan) and his only granddaughter, Emily.

He leaves a trail of people who feel blessed to have had him in their lives for so long. Joe (Poppy) was a husband, father, golfer, advisor, role model, friend, and will be long remembered for his gentle spirit, sense of humor, integrity, his love for his family and his love of the Lord.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Nov. 7, 2014 at 11:30 am at St. Ann's in DeBary, FL. Please visit www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com for donation information.

Lohman Funeral Home Deltona
1681 Providence Blvd Deltona, FL 32725
(386) 860-5900

Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Nov. 2, 2014


Gabriel, Joseph [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/news-journalonline/joseph-gabriel-condolences/173026359?cid=full#sthash.oOC1C6iJ.dpbs

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JOBIT: Jordan, John “Jack" Jr. [MC1961 RIP]



John "Jack" Jordan Jr.

John (Jack) D. Jordan Jr. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Severna Park. He was 75 years old. Rita Jordan nee McMahon passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis Md. She was 75 years old.

Jack was born on April 5, 1939 in New York, New York. He was one of three sons of the late John D. Jordan and Mary Agnes Jordan nee McGrath. Jack was raised in New York City, and attended De La Salle institute.

He graduated from Manhattan College in 1961 and later joined the United States Air Force. Jack served in the Air Force for over 20 years. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked several years for Planning Research Corporation (PRC) in McLean Virginia before completely retiring in 1995, Rita was born on July 18, 1939 in New York, New York. She was one of three children of the late John J McMahon and Winifred Rita McMahon nee Fletcher. Rita was raised in New York City. She graduated from Saint Vincent's Nursing School. She worked in various hospitals as she and Jack moved from place to place with the Air Force and raised four children. She retired her nursing career in 1995 after spending the last 15 years working for the American Red Cross.

Jack and Rita were married on November 25, 1961. They raised four children while moving from place to place with the military. Jack and Rita loved sailing. After retiring, they sold their home and spent most of the next 10 years living on boats and sailing from port to port. They docked their boat for the final time and settled in Vero Beach Florida in 2006.

In October, 2013, they moved to Sunrise Assisted living in Severna Park. MD to be closer to family.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his brother Patrick Joseph Jordan. He leaves behind his brother, James Peter Jordan of Upper Marlboro Md and his two half-sisters Mary Ryan of Renmore, County Galway, Ireland and Ann Martyn of Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland. In addition to her parents, Rita was preceded in death by her sister Claire Ryan. She leaves behind her brother, John J. McMahon of Boise Id. Jack and Rita also leave behind 3 sons, John Jordan and wife Lynn of Annapolis, Md., Michael Jordan and wife Jodi of Niceville, Fl. and Robert Jordan and wife Lisa of Powder Springs, Ga.; 1 daughter, Regina Edwards and husband John of Brambleton, Va; ten Grandchildren: Bridgette Jordan, Danielle Jordan, David Jordan, Robert Jordan, Matthew Jordan, Mark Jordan, Katie Jordan, Eric Jordan, Tara Edwards and Shannon Edwards and one step-grandson Michael Ritcheson

Friends may visit on Monday November 3, 2014 from 4-7:00pm at the Barranco & Sons,P.A Severna Park Funeral Home 495 Ritchie Hwy. Severna Park, MD 21146. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday November 4, 2014 at 11:00am in the St. John Catholic Church 689 Ritchie Hwy. Severna Park, MD 21146.

Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home - Severna Park
495 Ritchie Highway Severna Park, MD 21146

Published in The Capital Gazette on Nov. 2, 2014


Jordan, John “Jack" Jr. [MC1961 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/capitalgazette/john-jordan-jack-condolences/173028391?cid=full#sthash.tcoVYRNs.dpbs

[JR: There’s something that is just perfect for lovers to die “together”. Then the other isn’t left with the sadness. Dona Nobis Pacem]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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MFOUND: Sad long story about a potential Jasper who dropped out due to illness



Paul's story: Left untreated, mental illness threatens lives, families, jobs
October 30, 2014 11:12 PM MST
David Balog
Schenectady Personal Finance Examiner

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Before moving to the Capital Region, I spent my early life in Yonkers with my large baby-boomer family of seven (parents plus five children). My oldest brother was Paul, and to a person, we all remember the cold December night in 1966 when the ambulance arrived. Paul had fallen in the bathroom after studying long into the night for his semester finals at Manhattan College. Paul was trying to maintain his college deferment from serving in Vietnam...and facing a failure in computer programming, and loss of his exemption. Only nine at the time, I was confused, scared, and largely unaware of what had happened.

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Finally, my sister, who had learned some hard lessons in navigating the social work system, managed to get Paul to a psychiatric doctor. Paul put down his guard, remarkably, and let her drive him to the hospital. He now is getting the treatment he so needed for three decades. He lives in an assisted-living facility. He's clear, he laughs, he helps people. He's not bitter. He's the big brother I remember.

I view this story through a different lens now. I had the privilege of working with a renowned brain science foundation, which let me produce the Sourcebook of Brain Science. I chafe only at the fact that the information in the book could have spared Paul, my parents, and my sibling so much suffering.

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JHQ: 12/22 Alumni pre-game reception


Dec 22, 2014: Barclays Pregame Alumni Reception at Woodland
Manhattan College Calendar

Alumni, family and friends are invited to join other Jaspers for a pregame reception prior to the men's basketball game against Fordham at the Barclays Center. A cash bar will be available.

Tip-off is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by emailing gojaspers@manhattan.edu.

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JLINKEDIN: Hurley, Don [MC1972] Worldwide International Marketing Op IBM


Hurley, Don [MC1972]
Director of Worldwide International Marketing Operations at IBM Corporation
Naples, Florida Area
Information Technology and Services

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JFACEBOOK: O’Grady, Tim [MC1991] recommends Wing Chick app



Tim O'Grady
12 hrs · Driftwood, TX

Hello alumni, I am a jasper graduate from 1991 living in Austin Texas. I along with my niece have built and launched an app called Wing Chick. Please check out our FB page and download the free app. Thanks for your support.


- Wing Chick is a way for women new to town to get to know the women and the town. If your wife or girlfriend has a business or two, you want that Wing Chick to get to know her.
- That new Wing Chick wants to meet like minded women to help them explore their new city or a city they are visiting. Your wife or girlfriend might be a great ambassador to your city/town and she may love to show people your city and introduce her to other friends.
- Maybe your wife or girlfriend needs to add a couple new friends into her circle of friends. We all have a friend or our wife or girlfriend that you may not really want your wife to spend too much time with. Wing Chick helps her expand her social network.
- Wing Chick connects moms to other moms for kid play dates
- Wing Chick connects women to other women for double dates with their husbands/girlfriends (again expanding the circle of friends).
- Wing Chick will help your wife or girlfriend find another Wing Chick to go to that musical that us guys refuse to go see with her. That Wing Chick is in the same boat with her husband.
- When a Wing Chick arrives in a new city, there are so many concerns from day care to grocery shopping to restaurants to kids activities, your wife or girlfriend can be an asset.

The app is for women only to be a safe place for women to meet other women for so many different reasons. Within the app there is a large list of interests to choose from so new Wing Chicks can see who your wife or girlfriend is about before making a connection.

We envision the app to be a global source for women to be there for other women, this is not simply a dating site, it is so much more.

So to wrap up, I have faith that we, with the help and input of many focus groups across the country, have something special here. We will be expanding the app with the ability to form Wing Chick groups as well as a forum to announce events that are happening in your area.

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O’Grady, Tim [MC1991]

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JUPDATE: Walsh, Margaret T. [MC1986] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JFOUND: Walsh, Margaret T. [MC1986] judge NY Albany County Family Court
ON: 2014-Oct-28
AT: http://goo.gl/SWpudc

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Dear John,

I believe that Margaret is a member of the Class of 1986.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Walsh, Margaret T. [MC1986]

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GOOGLE+: Tsao, Steph [MC2013] database administrator CernerWorks



Steph Tsao 曹奇雯
Works at Cerner Corporation
Attended Manhattan College
Lives in Kansas City, KS


I graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and double minor in Math and Religion in May of 2013. Currently, I am a database administrator on the CernerWorks North Atlantic Client Operations team at Cerner Corporation. My professional experience up to date lies in computer programming in R and SQL. I am skilled in monitoring, interpreting and analyzing large data sets then transforming the data into clear and consolidated spreadsheets, data tables, graphs and PowerPoints for client consideration. With these jobs, I performed excellent time management between multiple projects and responded well under pressure. I am creative, reliable, hard working, energetic and extremely passionate. I enjoy seeing the success of my hard work. I consider myself a strong listener, communicator and problem solver with great attention to detail. My specialties include project management, web design and data analysis.

Bragging rights

Published Poet, NYS Tennis Gold Medalist, PTR Certified Junior Development Instructor, Oracle 11G Admin Certified

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JLINKEDIN: Gormley, Matthew [MC2011] Investment Risk Analyst at Pioneer Investments



Gormley, Matthew [MC2011]
Investment Risk Analyst at Pioneer Investments
Boston, Massachusetts   
Financial Services

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MFOUND: Alma Mater Men's Basketball Graduation 73% -- not the best!


Manhattan College Men's Basketball. Graduation Success Rate: 73. Source: NCAA. (Christian Abraham)

[JR: Not acceptable!]

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JFOUND: Zurakhinsky, Michael [MC2000] Digital Humanities Initiative



The Art Story - Digital Humanities Initiative
Author: Michael Zurakhinsky
Posted: 11/4/2014 - 12:29pm

The Art Story Foundation
253 West 73rd St Suite 11B
New York, NY 10016
United States

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Our non-profit venture is looking for some help.
We have been putting together information on modern art on the website www.TheArtStory.org for the last 5 years. 

We are now looking to:

1. Take this website initiative in the direction of true interdisciplinary interaction by providing tools to our online visitors.  We are currently evaluating existing tools used in similar projects, and considering building our own implementation.  We would love to be a part of connecting the different humanities together.
2. Seeking individuals that will be interested in being a part of the general building out of this project. 

We run a virtual project - everyone is reached via phone or email.

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Personal information
First name    Michael
Last name    Zurakhinsky
Brief Bio    Michael Zurakhinsky is a graduate of Manhattan College, with an MBA from New York University. His background includes extensive experience in web technology, business and finance and a passion for art and literature. Michael has traveled extensively, and has a deep appreciation and broad understanding of modern art. He was motivated to start the Art Story Foundation as a result of his personal frustration with the existing resources covering modern and contemporary art - on and off-line.

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Zurakhinsky, Michael [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 2000.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Zurakhinsky, Michael [MC2000]

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JFOUND: Scolaro, Thomas [MC1972] Leesfield Scolaro, P.A.



Leesfield & Partners, P.A. Now Leesfield Scolaro, P.A.

2014 Nov 04 thomas1

Name change reflects significant contributions made by long-term Partner Thomas Scolaro

Following nearly two decades of trials at Leesfield & Partners, Thomas Scolaro has become a named partner at the firm, now known as Leesfield Scolaro. This name change is effective immediately and reflects Mr. Scolaro’s contributions made to the firm, his leadership, dedication, and successful results achieved.

Mr. Scolaro is nationally recognized for results in a variety of complex liability and severe injury cases including negligent security, wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury claims. He has won verdicts throughout the state of Florida including a $15.4 million jury award in Broward County and a $40.5 million dollar verdict in Monroe County, which stands as the largest personal injury verdict in the County’s history.

“As a tireless advocate for civil justice, Tom has carved his niche as one of the most respected trial lawyers in the state,” said Leesfield Scolaro Founding Partner Ira Leesfield. “With Tom’s continued leadership and support, Leesfield Scolaro is poised to maintain its reach across Florida and beyond.”

The South Florida Legal Guide and Florida Trend Legal Elite have recognized Scolarofor his achievement as a top litigator. He gained statewide praise for the prosecution and law-changing results to improve public safety in the area of carbon monoxide detectors. This legislation came after the successful results for 25 clients who recovered against the Key West Hotel for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Scolaro received his Bachelor of Science, Dean’s Honor list, from Manhattan College and his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Miami School of Law. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, Florida Association for Justice, Dade County Bar Association, Monroe County Bar Association, and Cuban American Bar Association.

The firm’s name change coincides with a number of strategic hires as it celebrates 38 years in practice as one of Florida’s premier trial law firms. Among these additions include Daniel Diaz-Balart, former assistant state attorney and son of former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

About Leesfield Scolaro, P.A.

Founded in 1976 and celebrating almost four decades of legal service, Leesfield Scolaro is widely regarded as one of Florida’s leading trial law firms. The practice focuses on cases involving serious personal injury, wrongful death, aviation, travel torts, cruise ship and maritime, motor vehicle accidents, product and premises liability, negligent security, medical malpractice and nursing home litigation. The firm’s headquarters are located at 2350 South Dixie Highway in Miami, with additional offices in Central Florida/Orlando, Key West and South Beach. For more information, call (305) 854-4900 or 800-836-6400, or visit www.Leesfield.com.

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Scolaro, Thomas [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a Member of the Class of 1972.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Scolaro, Thomas [MC1972]

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JOBIT: Hartmann, Edward Christopher [MC1958 RIP]



Edward Christopher Hartmann
April 21, 1936 - November 1, 2014

Hartmann, Edward, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on November 1st.

Edward was born on April 21, 1936 to Wolfgang and Frances Hartmann in New York City. He spent his early life in New York, where he attended St. Ignatius Elementary, La Salle Academy and Manhattan College.

After graduation, he went to California to work for North American Aviation, Autonetics, Rockwell International and Boeing for 43 years on aircraft, radar, space, Minuteman missile and National Missile Defense programs. He earned his MBA at USC.

Edward was an active member of St. Joseph’s Church, with St. Vincent de Paul, the FUTURE program, the Vietnamese Resettlement program, and as a member of the Pastoral Council. He participated in the AARP Tax Aide program for seniors. He enjoyed computers and staying in shape, especially through cycling (over 95,000 miles).

His wife of 54 years, Suzanne, his daughters Mary (Walt Bradley), Lucy (Chris White) and Terri (Wayne Griffin), his son Dan (wife Valerie), his seven grandchildren, Kelly Hartmann, Russell Hartmann, Carl Hartmann, Jason White, Nathan White, Julia Griffin and Ethan Griffin, his brother James Hartmann (wife Jane), and his nephews David Portwood and Edward Portwood (wife Margaret), survive him.

A Rosary will take place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Placentia on November 14th at 10 AM followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 1505 East Seventeenth Street, Suite #109, Santa Ana, CA 92705.


Hartmann, Edward Christopher [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.mcaulaywallace.com/sitemaker/memsol.cgi?user_id=1452183

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Dear John,

I believe that Edward is a member of the Class of 1958.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hartmann, Edward Christopher [MC1958 RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JOBIT: O’Driscoll, Sr. Margaret [MC???? RIP]



Sister Margaret O'Driscoll (1922 - 2014)

Sister Margaret O'Driscoll, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, died on November 3, 2014 in Siena Hall, Sparkill, NY. Born in St. Louis on February 27, 1922, Margaret was the daughter of Patrick and Helen O'Toole O'Driscoll. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on February 2, 1940 and received the name Sister Marie Gabriel. She professed her first vows in 1941 and her final vows in 1946.

Sister earned a B.S. in English from Manhattan College, NY and a MS in Education from St. Louis University, MO.

During her professional life, Sister Margaret ministered in the Brooklyn diocese and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She taught in St. Teresa, Woodside, NY (1946-53) and ln St. Louis at St. Mary Magdalen (1941-46); Holy Redeemer (1953-56); St. Kevin (1956-62), (1979-85) & as principal (1986-90); St. Dominic HS (1962-68) & as principal (1968-79). From 1990-1994, Sr. Margaret was secretary at St. Richard School in St. Louis. Upon her retirement, she offered local community service in St. Kevin Parish and at Dominican Convent in Sparkill. In 2011, Sr. Margaret became a resident of Siena Hall.

Sr. Margaret is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Knapp (Justin, dec.) of St. Charles, MO, her nieces Mary Sue Norman (Robert) of Graston, IL, Peggy Shockley (Steve) of Houston, TX, Carol Walker (Jim) of St. Charles. MO, Julia Beaudoin (Michael) of St. Louis, MO and her nephews Pat Knapp (Alice) of St. Louis, MO and John Knapp (Gail) of Olathe, KS. She was the proud aunt of many grandnieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Dominican Convent, Sparkill, NY, on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation is on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Convent, 175 Rte. 340, Sparkill, NY. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in Sparkill. Arrangements are by Higgins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Dominican Sisters, at the above address, attention: Sister Mary Murray, President.

Published in the The Journal News on Nov. 5, 2014


O’Driscoll, Sr. Margaret [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/margaret-odriscoll-condolences/173051664?cid=full

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Sister Margaret.

May She Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JLINKEDIN: Garritano, Dante [MC1983] Principal at Intelligent Technology Group



Garritano, Dante [MC1983]
Principal at Intelligent Technology Group
Greater New York City Area   
Consumer Electronics


ITG is a leader in the design and implementation of Lutron Lighting Control and ultra-quiet Motorized Shading Systems, AMX Control Systems, Elan g! and RTI Control Systems. ITG designs and installs custom audio/video and media systems such as video walls, digital signage, video conferencing systems, surveillance, access control and security systems for all comercial/corporate and residential applications as standalone systems or integrated to work together seemlessly. We also specialize in the design and installion of Lutron lighting control and mortorized shading systems. Our goal is to listen to our customer and provide them with what they need leading to a satisfying experience.

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JFOUND: Lanicci, John [MC1979] Professor Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U



John Lanicci
Professor of Meteorology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

John Lanicci is a Professor of Meteorology and the Coordinator for the M.S. in Aeronautics program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He joined the Embry-Riddle faculty in 2006 after completing a 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force, which included assignments as a staff weather officer, research meteorologist, and Commander of the A.F. Weather Agency. Dr. Lanicci received a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Physics from Manhattan College, Bronx, New York; a B.S. (with highest distinction), M.S., and Ph.D. in Meteorology from Penn State University through A.F. Institute of Technology sponsorship. Dr. Lanicci has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in synoptic and mesoscale meteorology, weather analysis and forecasting, aviation meteorology, and environmental security. His research interests include the study of extreme weather events and climate change, the integration of weather information into aviation decision-making, and central Florida severe-storms. Dr. Lanicci is currently Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s Committee on Environmental Security, part of the AMS Board on Global Strategies.

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Lanicci, John [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the class of 1979.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lanicci, John [MC1979]

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JFOUND: Portanova, Renée [MC????] Staff New Garden Society MA



Renée Portanova is a horticulturist and environmental educator. She holds degrees in Psychology, Conservation Biology and Environmental Education from Manhattan College, Columbia University and Lesley University, respectively.  Renee received her Organic Land Care Professional accreditation through the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and UMASS Green School Landscaping Management certification in 2010. Renée's teaching experience includes a breadth of horticultural topics, to various communities. Her pedagogical approach is both political and scientific, emphasizing the importance of horticulture in our society and personal lives.  She brings proficiency, through extensive field work, and her passion for teaching/learning to every "classroom" setting. Renee's field experience includes "best practices' in land management in the following settings: specialty cut flower farm, fine gardening, orcharding and ecological restoration.  Co-founding and directing The New Garden Society is an ideal synthesis of her passion, education and expertise. Originally from Long Island, NY, Renée currently resides in Somerville, MA with her dog Shasta Boy.

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Portanova, Renée [MC????]

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JNEWS: Lamatina, Lou (MC1979) Mayor-elect at Borough of Emerson


Lou Lamatina has a new job.
Now Mayor-elect at Borough of Emerson.

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Lamatina, Lou (MC1979)
Mayor-elect at Borough of Emerson
Greater New York City Area
Law Practice

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JLINKEDIN: Mills, Sha-keith [MC1999] Virtualization Architect at ICS-NETT



Mills, Sha-keith [MC1999]
Virtualization Architect at ICS-NETT
Greater New York City Area   
Financial Services

Specialties: Virtualization architecture and implementation, specifically VMware.

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JOBIT: Myers, Peter C. [MC1960 RIP]



Peter C. Myers

Myers, Peter C.

Peter C. Myers, 76, of Ridgefield passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, under hospice care. He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine, of 27 years and four children of a former marriage: Cara Kinser of Glendale, AZ., Donna Kronwetter of Burlingame, CA., Lorraine Mulcahy of Secaucus, NJ, and Steven Myers of Oakland, CA. He is also survived by two grandsons; Erik Baude of Chatham, NJ and Rhys Myers of Oakland, CA.

Peter was born on May 27th, 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts and with his late adopted parents, Regina & Guy Myers, grew up in Flushing, N.Y. In 1960 graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Civil Engineering. In 1958, while attending Manhattan College, he was admitted to the National Honorary Civil Engineering Fraternity and upon graduation in 1960 he was awarded honorary membership into the Tau Beta Pi Society. In 1960, he earned his Professional Engineering (PE) License.

His 35 year career with the NY Telephone began in 1960 as a Civil Engineer, with the Building Engineers., at 811 10th Avenue, the construction site for the 1st central office windowless building in NY. From 1967 to 1970, he was on loan to ATT to serve as an instructor in Data Transmission Principles and computers for the Training Data Communications Program, Cooperstown, NY. The 1980's he played a major role in AT&T's divestiture proceedings giving written and oral testimonials. Peter's several positions for N.Y. Telephone included Supervisor, District, and Division's Director. He was a General Planning Engineer, General Mechanization Engineer, District Building Engineer, Division Plant Extension Engineer, and in the 1990's with NYNEX, Director of Service Order Provisioning Systems, NY & New England.

Peter was an exemplary person in volunteering his services. In New Jersey, he was a Crew Chief and Lieutenant of Chatham's EMT unit. When he moved to Ridgefield he drove for Meals-On-Wheels and FISH. Evenings, he supervised at the Dorothy Day House in Danbury and served as usher at Sunday Mass in St. Mary Church. He was former President of AARP and the Ridgefield Men's Club. He diligently recorded computer data for the RMC, due to his love for the membership and men's camaraderie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 10:15 am at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church; 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield.

Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ridgefield.

There will be no calling hours.

He will be missed by all his family and friends and donations can be made in his name to Regional Hospice & Home Care, 39 Old Ridgebury Rd., Danbury, CT, 06810.

Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home Inc
9 Granville Ave Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 748-6262

Published in News Times on Nov. 7, 2014


Myers, Peter C. [MC1960 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/newstimes/peter-c-myers-condolences/173075743?cid=full#sthash.LITebbdA.dpbs

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JOBIT: Nevins, Thomas Aquinas [MC1950 RIP]



Thomas Aquinas Nevins

Thomas A. Nevins passed away after a brief illness at Physicians Regional Hospital in Naples, Florida on November 5, 2014 at the age of 89.

He was pre-deceased in 2003 by his beloved wife of 52 years, Jean C. Nevins. He is survived by daughters, Gail McHale (and son-in-law Bill) of Naples, FL; Janet Gressler (and son-in-law Gary) of Sparta, NJ; Nancy DeGrosa (and son-in-law Bob) of Merritt Island, FL; Elizabeth Ellingsen (and son-in-law Dan) of Wells, VT; and Mary Nevins-Greene (and son-in-law Ted) of Schnecksville, PA; as well as 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sisters, Ann Hoehn of Clermont, FL and Marie Patane (and brother-in-law Andy Patane) of East Northport, NY as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and their children.

Mr. Nevins grew up in Queens, New York and was a graduate of Bishop Loughlan High School. After serving in the U.S. Navy during WW II, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Manhattan College. Mr. Nevins spent most of his career working in various managerial positions with the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.

Mr. Nevins was a strong Catholic who loved his extended family and his constant companion, Sammy the wonder dog. He will be missed by the many who loved him in return.

The family will receive visitors on Sunday, November 9th, 2014 from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM at Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Road, 34109. The funeral mass with military honors will be celebrated on Monday, November 10th, 10:00 AM, St. William Catholic Church, 601 Seagate Drive, Naples, 34103.

Donations in Mr. Nevins memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Or go to www.diabetes.org/donate


Nevins, Thomas Aquinas [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://florida.obituaries.funeral.com/2014/11/06/mr-thomas-aquinas-nevins/

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Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1950.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Nevins, Thomas Aquinas [MC1950 RIP]

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JHQ: Eight into Athletic HoF


Eight Jaspers To Be Inducted Into Athletic Hall Of Fame Saturday
Courtesy: Manhattan Athletics Department
Release: 11/06/2014

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Seven former Manhattan College student-athletes, including four in their first year of eligibility, and one coach will be inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 8.

The 2014 Hall of Fame honorees are:

Gerald Buckley ’64 (track & field)
Patrick Callahan ’99 (baseball)
LaCole Fields ’00 (track & field)
Luis Flores ’04 (men’s basketball)
Thomas Jacob Freeman ’04 (track & field)
Steve Lappas, coach (men’s basketball)
Rosalee Mason ’04 (women’s basketball)
Nicholas Silva ’04 (men’s lacrosse)

“The Manhattan College Athletic Department is pleased to welcome these eight very accomplished contributors into our Hall of Fame,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre said. “The diversity of the 2014 class in sport disciplines, contributing roles and generations is a credit to the well-roundedness and longevity of our overall athletic program success.”

Buckley (posthumous) was a valuable middle distance runner on head coach George Eastment’s teams, serving as co-captain his senior year. He helped the two-mile relay squad capture first place at both the Millrose Games and Metropolitan Indoor Championships in 1962, and he took third in the 880 yards at the 1963 Metropolitan Outdoor Championships.

In 1997, Callahan became the first Jaspers baseball player ever to earn Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year honors after leading the league with a .381 batting average. He posted a .317 career batting average and was Manhattan’s all-time leader in hits (147) at the time of his graduation.

LaCole Fields set four Manhattan records in the shot put and weight throw during her career, and still holds the indoor mark in the shot put. She was named All-East seven times and won a total of 13 individual MAAC championships. During the 2000 outdoor season, Fields captured the MAAC title and scored at the ECAC Championships in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

Manhattan’s all-time leading scorer (2,046 points), Flores was named MAAC Player of the Year and MAAC Tournament MVP in both 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. He led the Jaspers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004, when Manhattan upset Florida in the Round of 64. Flores was inducted into the MAAC Honor Roll at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during the 2014 MAAC Tournament.

Freeman is the only eight-time All-American in the history of the track & field program. He won a pair of NCAA Championships at Manhattan (2003 indoor weight throw, 2004 outdoor hammer throw). Freeman also captured four consecutive IC4A titles in the hammer throw and is the NCAA record holder in the event. He finished third in the hammer throw at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and represented the United States at the 2009 World Championships.

Lappas coached the Jaspers for four seasons from 1988-1989 to 1991-1992. He led Manhattan back to prominence during his tenure, capped by a 25-9 campaign in 1991-1992. That season, the Jaspers reached the MAAC championship game for the first time and made their first postseason appearance in nearly 20 years, reaching the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

A three-time first team All-MAAC selection, Mason is the MAAC’s all-time leading rebounder (1,217). She also ranks second on Manhattan’s all-time scoring list (1,875). In 2002-2003, Mason led the Jaspers to both the MAAC regular season and tournament championships and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Silva was named MAAC Player of the Year in 2002, as he led the Jaspers to their first ever MAAC championship. He ranks second on Manhattan’s all-time assists chart (84) and has the two highest single-season assist totals in program history. Silva is also third on the all-time list with 155 career points.

The 36th Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame event will begin with a Mass in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers at 4 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony and dinner in the Great Room of the new Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons at 5 p.m.

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JLINKEDIN: John McArdle, [MC????] Principal Partner at Redwood Innovation



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JOBIT: Buckley, John 'Dan’ [MC1956 RIP]



John "Dan" Buckley
September 13, 1934 - November 4, 2014
Resided in Littleton, CO


Passed away from cancer on November 4.

John was born 9/14/1934 in NYC to Anne (Connor) and Daniel Buckley. John attended LaSalle Academy in NYC and in 1956 graduated from Manhattan College with a BBA in Industrial Relations. Served 2 years in the US Army, discharged in 1958.

John was employed in the energy sector by AMAX Petroleum in NYC and was assigned various land functions in Tulsa, OK City, Denver, Billings and Calgary offices. In 1962, AMAX relocated to Tulsa, where John elected to move to Calgary, where he met his wife of 50 years, Jeanette MacDonald.

He moved back to the states in 1969 via Indianapolis to Denver, where John held land positions with AMAX, Wainoco, Petro-Lewis, Edwin L. Cox, Evergreen Resources, Pioneer Natural Resources, and most recently with Enerplus and Continental Resources.

John is survived by his wife, Jeanette; children Cathy (Bryan) Bennett, John Buckley, Denis Buckley, Ryan (Kendall) Buckley; grandchildren Austin and Jake Bennett, Caden, Noah, Ella and Isabella Buckley; brother, Dan (Roni) Buckley of Long Island.

Celebration of Life Service Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 11am at Rock Of Southwest, 10393 West Alamo Place, Littleton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Isabella Buckley's Medical Fund at Wells Fargo.


Buckley, John 'Dan’ [MC1956 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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JLINKEDIN: Lavasani, Mojgan (MC2008) Education Management Pro



Lavasani, Mojgan (MC2008)
Education Management Professional
Greater New York City Area
Education Management

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JOBIT: Roth, John J. [MC1940 RIP] id-ed by Scarlata, Richard M. (MC1964)



Another Jasper.

Richard Scarlata

> From: "Bernard J. Flaherty"
> Date: November 8, 2014 at 7:25:55 AM EST
> To: "Richard M. Scarlata"
> Subject: Fwd: John J. Roth (1947-1978) Rest in Peace
> Richie: Forwarded for your information since this gentleman is, like you, a Jasper.
> Bern
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Nov 8, 2014 7:07 AM
> Subject: John J. Roth (1947-1978) Rest in Peace
> To:
> My Dad, John J. Roth, who served the FBI for 31 years, almost all of it in
> the NYO, and was a member of the Society for 36 years passed away this
> morning, in peace and grace, at home in his sleep. He was 96.
> Dad was a member of the greatest generation, one of the millions of
> American heroes who gave the prime of the lives to save the world in WWII. He
> was born in NYC in 1918, graduated from Manhattan College in 1940 and served
> as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in World War II and participated in the
> D-Day landings. After the war, he worked briefly as an accountant and then
> joined the Bureau. He retired in 1978 after the change to the age 55
> mandatory retirement. It was my great privilege to serve the first three years
> of my career in the NYO with him.
> My Mom, who died in 2007, and Dad had 8 children, 16 grandchildren and 8
> great grandchildren. Dad was devoted to his God, his family and his
> country. He was the epitome of a gentleman in every sense of the word. He
> touched all of us who knew him and those of us who knew him or had the
> opportunity to meet him are the better for it.
> Dad will be waked at Andrett's Funeral Home, 353 Second Ave. (between 20th
> and 21st Street) in NYC on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9. His
> funeral is at Immaculate Conception Church, 414 East 14th Street (14th about 100
> feet east of First Avenue) on Wednesday, November 12, at 11AM.
> In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations to Manhattan
> College, the Immaculate Conception School Helping Hands Fund, the Inner City
> Scholarship Fund or a charity of their choice.
> Jim Roth
> 75-00 NYO

[JR: Thanks, Rich. Much appreciated.]

Scarlata, Richard M. (MC1964)

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In Memory of
John J. Roth
September 7, 1918 - November 7, 2014

Roth, John J.-Loving husband of the late Mary (Henry), Father of the late Elizabeth Danbeck (Robert), and surviving children Jane, John (Andrea), James (Frances), Mary Karl (Billy Bob), Kathryn Lilly (Kevin), Patricia, Margaret Depp (Oren Richard); PopPop to 16 cherished grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and Uncle "Kiffee" to his special niece and companion Regina Henry as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He passed away at home, in peace and grace.

Born on the West Side in 1918, John graduated from Manhattan College in 1940, served as Lt. in the U.S. Navy in WWII, including the D-Day landings, and went on to serve as a Special Agent of the FBI from 1947 – 1978. He was a loyal supporter St. Veronica's in Greenwich Village and of Immaculate Conception Church where he served as a trustee, President of the Parish Council and lector until his late 80's. Devoted to his God, his family and his country, he will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Friends may call at Andrett Funeral Home, 353 Second Ave @ 21st St. on Monday & Tuesday 2-5 & 7-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Church 414 E 14th St. on Wednesday 11am. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Manhattan College, Immaculate Conception School Helping Hands Fund or the Inner City Scholarship Fund (www.innercityscholarshipfund.org) or a charity of your choosing.


Roth, John J. [MC1940 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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ENDNOTE: Those euphemisms can kill?



Cleansing The Stock’ And Other Ways Governments Talk About Human Beings
Those in power don’t speak of ‘people’ or ‘killing’
By George Monbiot

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October 23, 2014 "ICH" - "The Guardian" -   To blot people out of existence first you must blot them from your mind. Then you can persuade yourself that what you are doing is moral and necessary. Today this isn’t difficult. Those who act without compassion can draw upon a system of thought and language whose purpose is to shield them – and blind us – to the consequences.

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Terms such as these are designed to replace mental images of death and mutilation with images of something else. Others, such as “collateral damage” (dead or wounded civilians), “kinetic activity” (shooting and bombing), “compounds” (homes) and “extraordinary rendition” (kidnapping and torture by states), are intended to prevent the formation of any mental pictures at all. If you can’t see what is being discussed, you will struggle to grasp the implications. The clearest example is “neutralising”, which neutralises the act of killing it describes.

I doubt many people could kill and wound if their language accurately represented what they were doing. It is notable that those who are most enthusiastic about waging war are the least able to describe what they are talking about without resorting to metaphor and euphemism. Few people have nightmares about squashing insects or mowing the lawn.

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As a pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, I have a real problem with the “Culture of Death” and the “euphemisms” to describe killing!

A euphemism is defined as a mild or indirect word or expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing. Such as, “downsizing” as a euphemism for “cuts”!

I think this perversion of our language and understanding goes far beyond a mere euphemism!

The Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats should at least have the honest decency use plain English.

Then, maybe “We, The Sheeple” will wake up.

When that terminology is applied to us, it will be too late.


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