JASPER JOTTINGS Week 27 - 2015 Jul 05    

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



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POSITRACTION: Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964) supplies a classic military story


Email from: Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964)

A classic military story courtesy of the extended MP/MC family

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>From: Janina Adelhardt
> Date: June 16, 2015 at 4:23:23 PM EDT
> actually, I believe I did see a small bit of this story in the news very recently but this video is well worth the watch. It can't help but touch you with a profound admiration for this brave and generous family!

You have to wonder why these stories never hit the news .

[JR: An admirable response to losing a son. However, I continue to reiterate my conviction that we need to bring all the girls and boys home now. This was, like most wars, is not the USA’s war. The killing and maiming of people on both sides is unacceptable. When it’s on our shores and / or here at home, then we’ll have a “just war”. Dona Nobis Pacem.] 

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COMMENT: Costello, Donald (MC1954) disagrees on Portugal



Costello, Donald (MC1954)  commented on ENDNOTE: Portugal 14 Years After Decriminalizing

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/portugal-cuts-addiction-rates-half/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_ma …

Sorry to tell you I don't buy what claim is the impact of decriminalizing drugs in Portugal.. I am not against decriminalizing drugs but just don't believe you have the full economic, social picture and situational picture of, what drugs has done to Portugal.

The fact that one article attributed an 18% unemployment rare partially to drug use suggests Portugal is nowhere near the end of the road of addiction and is firmly on the road to recovery.
A recent research article "focused on the impact of two policies Portugal implemented between 1999 and 2001 — one decriminalized possession of illicit drugs, and the other significantly increased access to substance abuse treatment by diverting “”minor drug offenders”” to treatment. This is the Portugal Model." The article argued you cannot translate the Portugal model to other countries carte blanche.

•As the authors themselves observed, “”numerous challenges ‘make it impossible to attribute any changes in drug use or related harm directly to the fact or form of the Portuguese decriminalization.’”” They noted, for instance, that it was not possible to determine whether effects observed during the study period were causally linked to decriminalization or to the increased availability of treatment, in part because they were introduced around the same time.

Rather than focus on decriminalization as a solution to something why not focus on how we are going to work our way out of a mass epidemic of whole new forms of addiction that are taking our society down the drain?

Go to treatment centers that are charging $15K a month and watch a dually addicted young man not be able to talk no less listen to treatment lectures and is no better off after 28 days than when they came in. Attempt to find new treatment regimes that can address theses issues before a whole generation goes down the drain.

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[JR: Do you give any value to emptying the prisons?]

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GOOGLE+: McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989) does blood


2015 Jun 28 blood

McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)

[JR: If you can’t see me on July1, then visit Mccarra!] 

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COMMENT: Costello, Donald (MC1954) has another view


Yes John This is a problem within a set of problems that have several possible partial solutions and some solutions may even make the problem worse.

The point is that not talking a studied data rich and information rich study of the logic involved may give the felling that you have addressed the problem when in fact little or nothing or even a bad effect might result.

I know it may seem too academic but the fact is that the addiction system including the treatment and drug use curtailing approaches need far more investigation in a more systematic approach than what we have done so far.

Approaches like “Just Say No” are expensive and counterproductive.

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[JR: I’d rather to try something different!] 

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -- attributed to Einstein

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Really all messed up


[JR: Have to get back on my routine.]

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JUPDATE: O’Keefe, Luke F. [MC1980] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JFOUND: O’Keefe, Luke F. [MC1980] Asset Manager First Reserve


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O’Keefe, Luke F. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Luke is a member of the Class of 1980.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Glad you back on duty on the Research Desk in the Virtual Jasper Newsroom.]

O’Keefe, Luke F. [MC1980]

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JUPDATE: Wall, David [MC1977 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JNEWS: Wall, David [MC1977 RIP] Hudson County Track Coaches Association HoF


HCTCA honors past, present and future
Thompson, Filipovic, Wall inducted to track Hall of Fame
by Jim Hague
Jun 21, 2015

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Dear John,

I believe that David is a member of the Class of 1977.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Wall, David [MC1977 RIP]

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JLINKEDIN: Weiss, Jim [MC2003] P&C actuary



Weiss, Jim [MC2003]
P&C actuary providing Analytics and Big Data solutions
Greater New York City Area


P&C actuary with a passion for R&D. Involved in predictive modeling projects from inception through launch. Consulted on various aspects of telematics initiative and originated development of social media data/analytics solution. Prize-winning author and frequent presenter; comfortable conversing with clients and regulators. Enjoys navigating dangerous waters of "big data" alongside multidisciplinary team of experts.

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JHQ: June 2015 Manhattan Monthly


Positive Career Outlook for 2014 Graduates
It's been more than a year since members of the class of 2014 graduated, and according to results of a follow-up survey, nearly 90% of graduates reported having either gone on to a graduate or professional school or accepted a job in that time. 

First in the Family
Four first generation college students reflect on their experiences at Manhattan and how they've navigated through and acclimated to college life. 

On Campus

College to Formally Recognize School of Liberal Arts in Fall 2015
Beginning in the fall 2015 semester, Manhattan College will change the name of its School of Arts to the School of Liberal Arts, reflecting the school's distinct emphasis on a liberal arts curriculum in a variety of disciplines.

Manhattan Hosts First Business Analytics Conference and Competition
Attracting participants from 13 colleges and universities from across the nation, Manhattan College hosted the first annual Business Analytics Conference and Competition from May 19-21.Athletics

Athletics Unveils Enhancements to Facilities
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah LeFevre recently unveiled the plans for the new basketball court at Draddy Gymnasium.

Thanks to support of Fred Marro ’77, athletics also recently announced the opening of the Marro Broadcast Studio.

Jaspers Earn Two NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards
The men's golf team and women's softball team received NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards for their success in the classroom.


Alumni Reconnect in Riverdale
This year's Reunion Weekend honored the class of 2005, celebrating their 10th anniversary, the class of 1990, celebrating their silver 25th anniversary, and the class of 1965, celebrating their golden 50th anniversary. 

Seven Seniors to Take on Positions of Service and Faith after Graduation
After graduating on May 17, seven recent Manhattan College graduates will embark on new service positions in a variety of roles. Three will join Lasallian Volunteers across the United States and other individuals will join Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Americorps, the Ameson Foundation and the Cathedral Seminary.

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JHQ: Matthew McManness Alma Mater's CFO



Matthew McManness Appointed Vice President for Finance/Chief Financial Officer

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JEMAIL: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) shares some "retirement whizdom"


Geography Lessons for Retirees Or those looking for a new place to live .
You can retire to Phoenix , Arizona where
1. You are willing to park 3 blocks away because you found shade.
2. You've experienced condensation on your butt from the hot water in the toilet bowl.
3. You can drive for 4 hours in one direction and never leave town.
4. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
5.. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
6. The 4 seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot, and ARE YOU F_ _ _ _ING KIDDING ME??!!

You can retire to California where
1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
6. The 4 seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud, and Drought.

You can retire to New York City where
1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan .
2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
3. You think Central Park is "nature."
4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
5. You've worn out a car horn. (ed note: if you have a car)
6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression..

You can retire to Maine where
1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup, and Tabasco ......
2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter, and construction.

You can retire to the Deep South where
1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
2. "Y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
3. "He needed killin'" is a valid defense.
4. Everyone has 2 first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
5. Everything is either "in yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder." It's important to know the difference, too.

You can retire to Colorado where
1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car
2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he stops at the day care center.
3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a pony tail.

You can retire to the Midwest where
1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor..
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"

AND You can retire to Florida where
1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind -- even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.

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JFOUND: Murphy, Thomas [MC????] joined The Masiello Group



Sunday, June 28, 2015

(Published in print: Monday, June 29, 2015)

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Thomas Murphy of Concord joined Better Homes & Gardens: The Masiello Group as a Realtor. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Manhattan College.

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Murphy, Thomas [MC????]

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Dear John,

I have not been able find which Thomas Murphy this is.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. That’s the “common name” problem again.]

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JNEWS: Ventner, Bruce [MC????] and “The Battle of Hubbardton"



The Daily Gazette
Monday, June 29, 2015
By Bill Buell
Author will discuss small but vital battle of Revolutionary War

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ALBANY — As an administrator for 26 years in the Albany City School District, Bruce Ventner never did a whole lot of teaching. Since he retired nearly 10 years ago, all that has changed.

An Albany native and graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, Ventner has taken his passion for history and forged a second profession for himself, schooling people about the American Revolution.

Along with being president of America’s History, his own tour and conference company, he has written a book titled “The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America.” He will discuss the book at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Canfield Casino as part of the Saratoga History Museum’s Solomon Lecture Series.

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Ventner, Bruce [MC????]

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Bruce.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JFOUND: Bouyer, Ken [MC1990] EY Inclusiveness Recruiting



1st Tuesday featuring Ken Bouyer, EY Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting
Date: October 6, 2015
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm
Location: McNamara Alumni Center

As director of inclusiveness recruiting, Ken Bouyer is responsible for developing and implementing the global EY organization’s recruiting strategy to build and attract diverse and inclusive talent pools for member firms in the Americas. Diversity at EY is defined broadly and includes gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, generational differences, and more. Fostering an inclusive work culture where all individuals are valued for their differences and can achieve their full potential is a global priority and a business imperative for EY.

In addition to his duties at EY, Bouyer is chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. Additionally, he is a board member and the chair of the Audit Committee for the American Accounting Association. He is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Accountants and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting organization.

Bouyer is a recipient of the FSA's "Practitioner Service Award" for his distinguished service to the profession of accounting and accounting education. He is also a recipient of NABA’s Presidential Award for his extraordinary accomplishments and leadership in the accounting profession and his commitment to and support of NABA.

Bouyer holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York. He is a Certified Internal Auditor and AICPA member.

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Bouyer, Ken [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Ken is a member of the Class of 1990.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bouyer, Ken [MC1990]

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MFOUND: Old movie



Claremont Theatre And Restaurant, In Edison Film, Harlem, NY (video)
Posted on 06/27/2015 by migrate

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The community was the site of churches, a grade school, and Manhattan College (1853). A ferry terminus on the Hudson River, a mill, and a brewery contributed to a thriving enclave that had about five hundred residents at mid-century.

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JHQ: July Alumni Connection


Construction Industry Golf Tournament

Monday, July 20

Join us at Leewood Golf Club (1 Leewood Dr., Eastchester, NY) for this year's Construction Industry Golf Tournament. Check-in will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by brunch at 11 a.m. and shotgun start at 12 p.m. Cocktails and dinner will begin at 5 p.m. REGISTER»

The annual outing, sponsored by the Manhattan College Alumni Society, has become a signature event for alumni and friends of Manhattan College. The program was founded in 1997 and benefits the College's civil engineering program.

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Jersey Shore Luncheon

Friday, July 24

Alumni and friends living in or visiting the Jersey Shore are invited to attend the annual summer luncheon at the Essex and Sussex (700 Ocean Ave., Spring Lake, NJ) at 11:30 a.m. The event, hosted by Bill Harkins '67 and Ray Wuertz '79, is $40 per person and includes a sit-down lunch with a salad, choice of entree, dessert, and a glass of wine or beer.

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Saratoga Day at the Races

Friday, July 31

Join the College for a day at the races at Saratoga Race Course (267 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY) followed by a dinner reception at The Inn at Saratoga (231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY).

The day will kick off at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon in the Turf Terrace. The first post time will be 1 p.m. Later in the evening, enjoy a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. and a dinner reception at The Inn. Please note this popular annual event typically sells out quickly!

Track Only: $95 per person (includes admission to the track, Turf Terrace and luncheon)

Dinner & Cocktails Only: $75 per person

Package Price: $160 per person

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Save the Date: Broderick "Jasper 66" Dinner & Golf Outing

Monday, September 21

Plan to join the College for the Broderick "Jasper 66" Dinner and Golf Outing, supporting the Donald R. Broderick '86 Memorial Scholarship. The outing will be held at Westchester Hills Golf Club (401 Ridgeway, White Plains, NY). Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by brunch at 11 a.m. and shotgun tee-off at 12 p.m. Cocktails will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Registration information is forthcoming. Visit jasper66.com to learn more.

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JUPDATE: Duggan, Michael J. [MC1970] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JFOUND: Duggan, Michael J. [MC1970] a top Massachusetts attorney


Michael J. Duggan, Esq.

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Dear John,

I believe that Michael is a member of the Class of 1970.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Duggan, Michael J. [MC1970]

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JHQ: Spencer, Emily Gordon [MC2003] founds Heartillery Group non-profit




The Heartillery Group shows support, love and gratitude to American troops serving overseas by sending cards, letters and care packages.

Just a few short months after Emily (Gordon) Spencer ’03 married fellow Harvard Extension School graduate Scott Spencer, a U.S. Army reservist, she found herself alone in a new home and a new community in Norwood, Mass. Scott and his unit, the 532nd out of Brockton, had been deployed to Afghanistan for an 11-month tour.

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Spencer, Emily Gordon [MC2003]

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JNEWS: Look, King [MC2010] one of the 50 Outstanding Asian-Americans



Con Edison Veteran From Parsippany Receives Business Honors
Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: July 01, 201512:00 p.m.

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NEW YORK – A Parsippany man who has worked for Con Edison for three decades has been named one of the 50 Outstanding Asian-Americans in Business by the Asian-American Business Development Center.

King Look, director of electricity supply, earned the honor for outstanding leadership and dedication to the New York City and Westchester County communities that Con Edison serves.
He is a mentor for the Growth Opportunities for Leadership Development program and Corporate Mentoring program. He serves as a deacon and chairman of the budget and finance committee at his church.

Look graduated from Cooper Union with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in chemical engineering. He earned an MBA in computer information systems from Baruch College and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College.

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Look, King [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that King received his Masters in 2010.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Look, King [MC2010]

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JFOUND: O’Malley, Patrick [MC1993] chief investment officer AMERICAN REALTY CAPITAL




Disclosing Change in Directors or Principal Officers
By Edgar Glimpses July 1, 2015 5:02PM

Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On June 25, 2015, the board of directors (the "Board") of American Realty Capital New York City REIT II, Inc. (the "Company") appointed Patrick O'Malley, currently the chief investment officer of the Company's advisor, New York City Advisors II, LLC (the "Advisor"), to serve as the Company's chief investment officer. There are no related party transactions involving Mr. O'Malley that are reportable under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K. Mr. O'Malley will also continue to serve in his capacity as chief investment officer of the Advisor.

Patrick A. O'Malley has served as chief investment officer of the Advisor since May 2015. Mr. O'Malley has also served as chief investment officer of American Realty Capital New York City REIT, Inc. ("ARC NYCR") since June 2015 and has served as chief investment officer of the ARC NYCR advisor since May 2015. Mr. O'Malley has also served as chief investment officer of New York REIT, Inc. ("NYRT") since June 2015 and has served as chief investment officer of the NYRT advisor since May 2015. Prior to that time, Mr. O'Malley served as the managing director of acquisitions for NYRT from June 2012 until June 2015 and as the managing director of acquisitions for the Company from July 2014 until May 2015. Mr. O'Malley is actively involved in all aspects of the real estate portfolio and has over 13 years of real estate experience with a concentration on the New York City Metro area. From February 2011 until May 2012, Mr. O'Malley was a Senior Vice President at Wagenhals Development Group ("WDG"), where he focused on real estate redevelopment opportunities. Prior to joining WDG Mr. O'Malley served as managing director for the real estate capital markets group at Rockwood Real Estate Advisors from September 2008 until January 2011. Prior to Mr. O'Malley's involvement in real estate, he worked on Wall Street at several firms including Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Salomon Smith Barney.

Mr. O'Malley holds a B.A. from Manhattan College and previously held the following financial licenses: Series 3 (commodities), Series 4 (derivatives), Series 7 (general securities), Series 24 (regulatory compliance), Series 55 (equity trading) and Series 63 (state law and regulations). Additionally, Mr. O'Malley spent two years in the United States Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa as a small business development volunteer.

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O’Malley, Patrick [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Patrick is a member of the Class of 1993.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Malley, Patrick [MC1993]

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JOBIT: Peltier, Hubert Conrad [MC1943 RIP] on 2015-Jul04


In Memory of
Hubert Conrad Peltier

April 6, 1925 - July 4, 2015

Hubert C. (Bert) Peltier, 90, of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2015, with his family present.

He was born April 6, 1925 in New York, New York and resided in Williamsburg, Virginia for the past 23 years, after having lived in Indiana, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Tokyo Japan, South Carolina, and Florida. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1943 and Indiana University's School of Medicine in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army and Air Force.

He was a physician in a private practice for pediatrics after receiving his M.D. He then served as Research Physician, Chief of Clinical Development, and Manager of Clinical Research for the Upjohn Company; Vice President & Medical Director for Bristol Laboratories; and then after having worked seventeen years for Merck Sharpe & Dohme Research Labs, he finished his career as Senior Vice President of International Corporate Affairs. He then served as consultant and interim Director of Medical Affairs for Sterling Winthrop.

He was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, served as Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, was a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Microbiologists, and the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. He was also a member of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association where he served as Vice Chairman of the Research Section and Chairman.

Bert loved reading and music and was an accomplished pianist. Bert was an avid sports fan and loved to play golf, bridge, and poker.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan, of Williamsburg; daughter, Jan Draber and husband, Skip, of Vienna, WV; daughter, Marcia Brinker and husband, Chris, of Wilmington, DE; daughter, Karen Riggert and husband, Dave, of Groton, MA; son, Bret William Peltier, of Kitty Hawk, NC; and son, Jeffrey Hubert Peltier, of Kennett Square, PA; grandchildren, Brandon Peltier; Ross and Lauren Draber; Eric, Ryan and Keith Brinker; Julie, Sarah, and Jacob Riggert; daughter-in-law, Nancy Peltier; sister, Margaret Stapleton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Mark Edward Peltier.

A private service will be held in Williamsburg, VA at a later date.


Peltier, Hubert Conrad [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link


Administrative: Forgot computer again



Will get the weekly issue out as soon and as best I can.


ENDNOTE: Reinke, F. John (MC1968) disagrees with Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957)


Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) blogged:


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I feel compelled to comment further re the nine blacks killed while in church in Charleston. An act of white supremacy. Slavery was banned via the Civil War more than a 150 years ago. The Confederacy died with it. Confederate ideology not, however.

Things have gotten worse in the six years Obama has been President. Not his fault. The fault of those whites who cannot stand the thought of a black man in power.

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I disagree that it's not Obama's fault.

I strongly disagree with “who cannot stand the thought of a black man in power”.

He has practiced racially divisive tactics politically. Spoke out inappropriately at times. And, in general, demonstrated his youthful inexperience.

For example, after blaming guns for the killing, without mentioning the SSRI component of all but two of the mass murders by young males, he incorrectly states that this doesn't happen anywhere else in the world. A fact that was quickly refuted by folks on the internet.

Then, instead of being Presidential and flying to Charlestown, he goes to Hollywood for two fund raisers.

This is his fault.

Leadership is badly lacking in this country. And, it's taking all of us -- black and white -- down to Perdition.


Happy “independence day”. Lower case because “We, The Sheeple” have lost it by electing the corrupt politicians.

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