JASPER JOTTINGS Week 28  - 2016 Jul 10    

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



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POSITRACTION: Catholic Schools Need ... ...



Bishop: Catholic Schools Need New Financial Models to Survive 
Justin Petrisek / June 14, 2016 / News

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Catholic Education About More Than Tuition

“I can see the spiritual and evangelization value of the Catholic school,” Bishop Barber told the Newman Society, noting his hope that the schools in his diocese would continue to play a critical role in faithfully educating its students, fostering vocations and participating in the Church’s mission of evangelization.

“The Catholic school is an extension of the Catholic Church. If the schools are not Catholic and teaching the Catholic faith, then the Catholic Church should not be operating them,” he said. Catholic schools should remain, above all else, focused on handing on the faith and introducing students to becoming disciples in the faith.

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Nice to see that the leadership is open to changing their thinking.

Might be too little to late?

I’ve often thought that “publik eddy cation” was the camel’s nose under the tent.

Add to that the Prussian “education” system was intended to create cannon fodder for the Army, willing morons for the factories, and useful idiots to vote for and be led by the elite. Notice where the elite send their children to school!

The elite then looked the other way on the pedophilla scandal and the Church leadership didn’t fight “free public education”.

Still in all, the children are the key to the future.

And, possibly the key to if Catholicism and Liberty survive?

One can only hope and donate!

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JOBIT: Orlando, William J. [MC1951 RIP] on 2016-Jun-29




William J. Orlando, 86
Controller at American Metals, Army captain, enthusiastic traveler and volunteer

William J. Orlando, 86, a Staten Island native, died peacefully at his home in Dongan Hills on June 29, 2016.

William was the son of the late William and Antoinette Orlando, beloved husband of the late Jessie A. Orlando (nee LaCurta), and older brother of the late August W. Orlando.

Mr. Orlando received his bachelor's degree in business from Manhattan College and received a master's degree in business from New York University. He was controller for American Metals for over 40 years. He served as a captain in the Army during the Korean War.

He enjoyed his time volunteering on the board at The New York Center for Interpersonal Development for conflict management, youth and community development. Mr. Orlando was also a board member and one-time president at Tiro A Segno, the oldest Italian heritage organization in the United States on MacDougal Street in Manhattan. He was a member of the New York Athletic Club and a devoted parishioner at St. Ann's Church. His greatest joy was traveling with his wife, Jessie.

William is survived by his nephews, William, and August Jr. and his wife, Arlene; his grand-nephews, August III and Aiden, and many close cousins.

Visitation is on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hanley Funeral Home. Mass will be on Thursday at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at 9:30 a.m.

Hanley Funeral Home
60 New Dorp Lane
Staten Island, NY 10306
(718) 351-180

Published in Staten Island Advance on July 3, 2016


Orlando, William J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/siadvance/william-orlando-condolences/180539078?cid=full

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Dear John,

             I believe that William is a member of the Class of 1951.

                   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Orlando, William J. [MC1951 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Waden, Larissa Sophia [MC???? RIP] on 2016-Jun-26



Larissa Waden


Larissa Sophia, 31, died suddenly on Sunday June 26, 2016.

Although an official determination of death is yet to be determined, Larissa struggled with drug addiction for many years and preliminary reports indicate a likely drug related overdose.

Larissa was born August 2, 1984, in Englewood, New Jersey and lived most of her life in Alpine, New Jersey. She also resided in Germany for 2 years and for a short period in Spain. Larissa graduated from Manhattan College in Bronx, New York and while employed, worked at Colex Imaging with her father Werner, brother Peter, and sister Taylor.

She is survived by her mother and father, Helen and Werner Waden; beloved brothers Alexander, Peter, and Marc; beloved sisters Tania and Taylor.

Larissa was a sensitive soul who loved animals, deeply cared for people, and was especially passionate about helping others less fortunate than her. Larissa was particularly focused on Doctors Without Borders and contributed to their efforts frequently. Doctors Without Borders is an international humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases.

Contributions in memory of Larissa may be made to:doctorswithoutborders.org

Published in The Record on July 3, 2016


Waden, Larissa Sophia [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/northjersey/larissa-waden-condolences/180539736?cid=full

[JR: The scourge of drug addiction is a preventable imho by legalizing all drugs. It’s a medical problem; not a legal problem. Argh!] 

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Dear John,

              I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Larissa.
                     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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JUPDATE: Gerlock, Richard Joseph [MC1960 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JOBIT: Gerlock, Richard Joseph [MC1960 RIP] on 2016-Jun-272016-Jun-28
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Dear John,

          I believe that Richard is a member of the Class of 1960, and his son Richard is a member of the Class of 1985.

           May He Rest In Peace.


Gerlock, Richard Joseph [MC1960 RIP]

Gerlock, Richard Jr. [MC1985]

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JNEWS: Bassi, Joseph P. ‘Joe’ [MC1974] does The Space Show


1. Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 7-8:30 PM PDT (July 6, 2-3:30 GMT)
How Boulder Became a World Center for Space & Atmospheric Science with Dr. Joe Bassi.


Joseph P. (Joe) Bassi is an Assistant Professor of Arts and Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University/Worldwide Campus. He is also an (online) adjunct lecturer at the National Security Studies Institute, University of Texas/El Paso.  Dr Bassi completed his PhD in History of Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara in June 2009. He specialized in the history of modern US science and technology. He was a senior project engineer with the Aerospace Corporation supporting national security space efforts at Vandenberg AFB from 2009-2010.  During his PhD program, Dr Bassi was a Guggenheim pre-doctoral fellow in Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. His recent book, “A Scientific Peak: How Boulder Became a World Center for Space and Atmospheric Science,” recently was selected as one of the best books in atmospheric sciences for 2015 (History category) by Atmospheric Sciences Librarians International.

A retired US Air Force officer with twenty-six years of active duty, he at various points in his military career served as Director of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (Guam), Professor of Strategic Studies at a DOD college, Headquarters US Air Force Action Officer and Program Element Manager, Chief of the Acquisition Meteorology Office at Air Force Space Systems Division, and Assistant Professor of Physics at the USAF Academy.  After retirement from active service, Professor Bassi served as a space policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense while working for the Aerospace Corporation.

In addition to the PhD, he has graduate degrees in Meteorology from Penn State, Astrophysics from the University of Colorado, and History from the George Washington University.  While at GWU, he was a NASA Space Grant Research Fellow at the Space Policy Institute, Elliot School of International Affairs.  He graduated from Manhattan College in 1974 with a BS in Physics (Phi Beta Kappa) and was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program.

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Bassi, Joseph P. ‘Joe’ [MC1974]

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JNEWS: Ucan, Veysel [MC2006] becomes US citizen



Could you pass U.S. citizenship test? Take our quiz to seeCitizenship test a challenge for immigrants but what about for those born here?
By Paul Grondahl Published 10:40 pm, Sunday, July 3, 2016

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Many immigrants procrastinate, as Veysel Ucan did for years. The executive director of the Turkish Cultural Center of Albany emigrated to the U.S. from Turkey in 2001 at 23 and earned a master's degree in computer engineering at Manhattan College. He worked at the Turkish Cultural Center in New York City before being hired in Albany in 2009.

"I always wanted to be a citizen, but I kept putting it off," Ucan said. "I had lived here and studied American history, so I knew about 70 percent of the questions."

He studied a booklet of 100 test questions and got quizzed by his wife, Ozgul, who grew up in Queens after emigrating from Turkey in eighth grade. She passed her citizenship test in 2005 in New York City.

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Ucan, Veysel [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I believe that Veysel is a member of the Class of 2006.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ucan, Veysel [MC2006]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Independence Day


This so resonates with me each time I hear it and I hope you don't mind my sharing it on this special celebration. We thank and remember those who have served and those who serve, their loved ones who also sacrifice, and those who love and support them. Thank you. God Bless

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

-----Original Message-----

Sent: Sun, Jul 3, 2016 06:38 PM
Subject: Happy 4th of July.

    4th of July is coming up.      Be sure to hang your flag outside and remember:

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COMMENT: Farina, John F. [MC1978 RIP] remembered


Author    Philip Romano
In Response To    JOBIT: Farina, John F. [MC1978 RIP] 2016-Jun-14
Submitted on    2016/07/04 at 12:20 pm
I met John Farina many years ago when he was still with the brothers. I had a reptile petshop in Queens and John quickly went from a customer to a good friend for many years. We saw each other rarely, but communicated via email regularly for all these years until recently when his emails of fascinating science discoveries and and poignant political essays and quotes he found online suddenly stopped. This had happened before due to his issues with computer access, but never for so long. My investigation landed me here. I am heartbroken. I would appreciate it if you could in some way connect me with his brother or someone to get more details and to offer my condolences directly.
Sharing your sorrow,
Philip Romano .

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JOY: Wittbold, Patrick [MC2011] weds



Alli Sheerin with Patrick Wittbold.13 hrs

PICTURE 2016 07Jul 04 Sheerin

A private ceremony yesterday with just the two of us-- we made it official and got married!!! <3 7/2/16

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Wittbold, Patrick [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Patrick is a member of the Class of 2011.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Wittbold, Patrick [MC2011]

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

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JNEWS: Kiely, Brendan [MC2012] returns to River Dell High School



Officers prepare young River Edge cadets for academy and beyond
By Mark Kurdish Managing Editor | Town News

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RIVER EDGE - A River Edge born and raised Capitol Police Officer was welcomed home last week by a roomful of youngsters who may someday follow in the officer's footsteps.Capitol Police Officer and River Edge native Brendan Kiely speaks to cadets attending the River Dell Police Academy on June 27.

Officer Brendan Kiely, a 2008 graduate of River Dell High School and now a Capitol Police Officer in Washington, DC, returned to his hometown on June 27 to speak to the River Dell Police Academy cadets about his experiences in law enforcement.

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From there, he volunteered for the River Edge police reserves while a student at Manhattan College. He moved up the ranks from sergeant and lieutenant to captain. While he was a captain, he was hired as a dispatcher in the River Edge Police Department.

However, without any openings available in his hometown, Kiely decided to apply for a position as a Capitol Police Officer and he was accepted. He then described the arduous journey he took through training to become an officer.

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Kiely, Brendan [MC????]

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Dear John,

          I believe that Brendan is a member of the Class of 2012.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kiely, Brendan [MC2012]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Scott W


Good Morning All,

From Mike McEneney, our prayers are requested for Scott W. Who fell from his bike and suffered multiple injuries. We pray that his damaged bones heal completely and for a full recovery free of complication.

Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) shares update from Nancy Maksomski


Good Evening All,

I have just heard from Nancy Maksomski. She and her Family thank you for all your prayers for her Mom and Dad. Mrs. Maksomski, who had gone back in hospital three days ago with severe pain was just allowed to go home. She is being treated for Gout but is doing better. Up and around a bit more, under medication and today was able to enjoy two beautiful Nieces, Margaret. ( big cousin) and Charlotte (-Baby Cousin and newest Granddaughter) who have enjoyed hanging out and sharing their Grandma's space. Great medicine this for Mrs. Maksomski. Please keep Mrs. Maksomski in your prayers as she continues to heal from her extensive back surgery. Thank you Nancy.

Thank you all. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) agrees about "live and let live"


Dear F. John,

For once (out of a few times), I am very much in agreement with your endnote - live and let live. I may not agree with your position - but you are free to advocate for it - as am I for mine. And I don't think you should force your position on me as I should not impose my position on you...  Gay marriage - advocate as you wish - but if you don't approve - don't enter into one. Likewise don't infringe on my ability to enter into one... Similarly, you don't approve of abortion - don't have one. But don't interfere with my decision to have one...

mike toner
buffalo, ny
bee 1972

[JR: Yay! Yes, us little L libertarians just want you to be as free as we want to be. Unfortunately, Gooferment makes that impossible. It’s used by power-mad politicians and bureaucrats to “enforce” diktats that get everyone minding everyone else’s business. Argh! ]

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JHQ: Alma Mater pushes "Giving and Receiving"



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JOBIT: Bailie, Sr. Ann ‘Alexandrine’ [MC???? RIP] on 2016-Jul-04



Ann Bailie

Bailie Dominican Sister of Peace, Sister Ann Bailie, (Sister Alexandrine), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, Ohio on July 4, 2016.

She was born in Manhattan, New York in 1929 and was professed in 1950 in the former congregation of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She earned degrees from Manhattan College, Laval University, Quebec, Canada, and New York University. She ministered as a teacher in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Ohio. In Ohio she taught at Holy Trinity School in Somerset and was Directress of St. Mary of the Springs Academy in Columbus. During her last years of ministry Sister Ann spent over 30 years as a Professor at Albertus College in New Haven CT.

Sister Ann was preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Agnes Bailie, her brothers Alexander and Father Robert Bailie, OP and her sister Sister Ellen Bailie, OP. Her body will be received at the Columbus Motherhouse on Wednesday, July 6 at 3 p.m. A Vigil of Remembrance Service will be held at 4:45 p.m. with the wake continuing until 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Columbus Motherhouse at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 7 with the burial at a later date. Memorial gifts in Sr. Ann's memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219 or submitted securely at www.oppeace.org. Funeral arrangements completed by EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME.

Funeral Home
Egan-Ryan Funeral Service - Central Chapel
403 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 221-6665

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 6, 2016


Bailie, Sr. Ann ‘Alexandrine’ [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/dispatch/ann-bailie-condolences/180560015?cid=full

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

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Dear John,

           I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Sister Ann,

                 May She rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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COMMENT: Costello, Donald (MC1954) disagrees


Author    Costello, Donald (MC1954)
In Response To    JEMAIL: Toner, Mike (MC1972) agrees about “live and let live”
Submitted on    2016/07/05 at 3:08 pm
Sorry Mike…I prefer to believe that it is just and necessary to shine our brights on those who approve of abortion and/or gay marriage and thereby admonish the sinner as we were advised to do.

This is especially true if you, as I am, are a sinner who with God’s help somebody flashed their brights at me saying” there is a hell” and that is where you well may go if you keep on living a sinful life. By listening to him I changed my spots admitted my sins and came back to the Church and God’s love.

The rationalism that accompanies the pro choice and gay marriage voices is killing many of our children and my prayer is that God will shine his light on you and yours. and save your brain, heart and soul.


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JEMAIL: Rooney, John Peter (MC1965) suggest appealing to the Pope


6 JULY 2016

Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida.

I’m sorry Brian, but writing Bishop Robert Lynch is NOT worth your time.

In his book, “The Faithful Departed”, (Encounter Books, NY, 2008), the author, Philip F. Lawler, notes on page 238, that Bishop Robert Lynch “…made a $100,000 severance payment to William Urbanski who left his job as spokesman for the diocese protesting that the bishop has sexually harassed him.  The bishop denied the charges and insisted the severance was not ‘hush money’.  But reporters investigating the case found that Lynch had showered Urbanski with personal gifts for 5 years….”

The good Bishop is suspect.  Do you think he will even read your letters? Why does Bishop Lynch want us to apologize to homosexuals? You fill in the blanks.

In any event, Bishop Robert Lynch has reached the mandatory age of retirement, 75 years, so the best way to deal with this man is to write the Pope and ask His Holiness to accept Lynch’s retirement.

It is easy to write the Pope:

His Holiness, Pope Francis
Apostolic Palace 00120
Vatican City, Italy.

A single sheet of paper in one envelope will cost you $1.15 postage at the USPS Post Office in your city.  Ask for the international stamp, a nice circular postage stamp depicting the moon.

Do it now.

John Peter Rooney
BEE 1965

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Mrs. Kathrene Houlihan


Good Afternoon All,

From Tom Delaney, our prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Kathrene Houlihan. Mrs. Houlihan had been in our prayers as she went into Hospice Care and was called home on July 2, 2016. We pray for this good Woman and her Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. We pray the Family finds peace in the sure knowledge that she is at peace in God's Eternal Embrace. The following Obituary and information was shared by the Family. Thank you Tom Delaney. Thank you all. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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From Tom Delaney:

Phil ,

Her husband and 3 of his brothers were all Jaspers plus 3 of her children (Gerry, Barbara(Masters) & Mark)

Her son Gerry and her husband (Dan) uncle are both in the MC Athletic Hall of Fame>

Reading the obituary below you will feel the family's Catholic values and their support of Catholic Education.

A great lady at 96 years young. May she rest in peace.


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Obituary and link :

Here is the Obituary and the link McGrath Funeral Home : http://www.mcgrathandson.com/current-services/31-obituaries-2016/837-houlihan-kathrene-b.html


Houlihan, Kathrene B.

HOULIHAN - Kathrene “Kate” (nee Blish) of Chicago, IL; New Rochelle, Crestwood, and Bronxville, NY died July 2 at home surrounded by family. She was 96. She and Dan, her husband of 53 years raised nine children in love and faith: Kathie (Jim), Rita, Dorothy (Marcel), Daniel (Marie), Joe (Anna), Mark (Amy), Barbara (Bill), Gerry (Maureen) and Elizabeth (Ralph).

A graduate of Maplehurst Convent of the Sacred Heart (1937) and Manhattanville College (1941) her faith, intellectual curiosity and love of beauty sparked many interests - American History, Church History, art, architecture, ballet, opera, embroidery, travel, baseball, the US Open and French cooking! Her legendary dinner parties were a key ingredient of Dan’s and his partners’ (James G. Houlihan and Howard Parnes) business, Houlihan-Parnes Realtors. An enthusiastic, late-in life golfer, Kate enjoyed many “9 holes” with Siwanoy friends.

Long time parishioners of Annunciation (1949-1999, Crestwood, NY), Kate and Dan were generous supporters of Catholic education - Manhattan College, Iona College and Prep, College of New Rochelle, De La Salle Academy, Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, Cornelia Connelly Center, Convent of the Sacred Heart Greenwich, Annunciation School, and The Ursuline School and in addition, Covenant House and Graymoor. Kate joined St. Joseph’s parish in 1999. She served on the board of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich and was the school’s 1992 Outstanding Alumna.

She is survived by 19 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, her brother-in-law, Joe and his wonderful wife June (Northbrook, IL), five cousins, her longtime nurse and friend Grace Sendras, plus many dear friends. She kept us all connected through visits, letters, calls and email. Kate was predeceased by her husband, her brother (Syl) and sisters (Sally, Marie, Betsy) and sisters-in-law (Rita Anne, Janet). A woman of deep faith, Kate encouraged her family to cultivate interests, to “always do something worthwhile” and “to be good to everybody.”

Wake will be held at McGrath’s, Bronxville, July 5, 6-9; July 6, 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s, July 7, 9:45 AM. In lieu of flowers please contribute to Annunciation School, Crestwood, NY or The Pregnancy Care Center, New Rochelle, NY. http://school.annunciationcrestwood.com/giving/ OR (http://emr4motherandchild.org/donate/)

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JOBIT: Cooley, James William [MC1949 RIP] on 2016-Jun-29



James William Cooley
1926 - 2016

James William Cooley, 89, of Huntington Beach California passed away on June 29, 2016.

He was born in 1926 in New York, New York. He was one of three children born to Anna Fanning and William Francis Cooley. After graduating from Grover Cleveland High School, he served in the Army Air Corps in 1944-1945 in Bakersfield. Under the G.I. bill, he attended college and received a B.A. degree in 1949 from Manhattan College, Bronx, NY, an M.A. degree in 1951 and a Ph.D. degree in 1961 in applied mathematics from Columbia University, NY.

He was a programmer on John von Neumann's computer at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, from 1953 to 1956. He worked on quantum mechanical computations at the Courant Institute, New York University, from 1956 to 1962, when he joined the Research Staff at the IBM Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. During his employment at IBM, he took a one-year sabbatical teaching at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

Upon retirement from IBM in 1991, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, where he served on the faculty of the computer engineering program. After a full retirement, he split his time between Naples Florida and South Kingstown Rhode Island. His last 3 years were spent in Huntington Beach California. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Ingrid Uddholm Cooley, and is survived by his 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

His most significant contribution to the world of mathematics and digital signal processing is the Fast Fourier transform, which he co-developed with John Tukey (see Cooley–Tukey FFT algorithm) while working for the research division of IBM in 1965. The motivation for it was provided by Dr. Richard L. Garwin at IBM Watson Research who was concerned about verifying a Nuclear arms treaty with the Soviet Union for the SALT talks. Dr. Garwin thought that if he had a very much faster Fourier Transform he could plant sensors in the ground in countries surrounding the Soviet Union. He suggested the idea of how Fourier transforms could be programmed to be much faster to both Cooley and Tukey. They did the work, the sensors were planted, and he was able to locate nuclear explosions to within 15 kilometers of where they were occurring. The development of the FFT allowed is considered as the dawning of the digital era, allowing computers and microprocessors to quickly convert analog signals into digital data, and vice versa.

Dr. James William Cooley was a member of the Digital Signal Processing Committee of the IEEE, and was later awarded a fellowship of IEEE for his work on FFT. In 2002 he received the IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal. He considerably contributed to the establishing of terminology in digital signal processing.

A service will be held in Charlestown, Rhode Island in the end of August. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable contributions be made in his name to the ALS Foundation.

Published on NYTimes.com from July 6 to July 7, 2016


Cooley, James William [MC1949 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/nytimes/james-william-cooley-condolences/180576599?cid=full

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

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Dear John,

           Again, we do not know of our Alums accomplishments
until we read their obituary!

               May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: Powers, Peter J. [MC1965 RIP] on 2016-Jul-07



N.Y. / Region
Peter Powers, Mayor Giuliani’s Steady Right Hand, Dies at 72

Peter J. Powers, a high school friend whom Rudolph W. Giuliani recruited to impose order on his chaotic novice mayoral campaign and later installed as his even-tempered alter ego to manage New York City’s government, died on Thursday in the Bronx. He was 72.

The cause was complications of lung cancer, Mr. Giuliani said. Mr. Powers, who lived in Manhattan, died at Calvary Hospital Hospice.

Before being hired to manage Mr. Giuliani’s 1989 mayoral race, Mr. Powers, a tax lawyer, had last been involved in a campaign in college, when his losing effort for senior class council president was managed by Mr. Giuliani. And before becoming deputy mayor in 1994, his only government job had been in the parks department mail room one summer three decades earlier.

Mr. Giuliani, the most famous prosecutor in America but a neophyte candidate, had squandered $2 million, was being challenged for the Republican nomination and was trailing the Democrat, David N. Dinkins, by about 29 points in public opinion polls when he enlisted Mr. Powers.

Mr. Powers proceeded to impose discipline on Mr. Giuliani’s disparate Republican, Liberal and independent supporters and, with Roger Ailes, focus on a runaway campaign. He helped steer Mr. Giuliani to within two points of victory that November in a race that Mr. Dinkins won.

In 1993, with Mr. Powers managing the rematch, joined by the media consultant David Garth, Mr. Giuliani toppled Mayor Dinkins with 51 percent of the vote.

In 32 months in City Hall, as deputy mayor for operations and first deputy mayor, Mr. Powers presided over the largest budget cuts the city had made since the fiscal crisis of the mid-1970s. He reduced the payroll by 20,000 workers, most of them induced to leave with buyouts, and slowed the rate, though not the total amount, of city spending.

“We changed the agenda,” Mr. Giuliani said at the time, referring to a shift in focus from how to spend money to how to cut budgets. “I helped, and so did my three budget directors. But Peter was at the core of much of that, if not all of that.”

When Mr. Powers was first drafted to help in 1989, Mr. Giuliani, a former United States attorney, was already surrounded by a loyal and competent — if sometimes too compliant — cadre of fellow former prosecutors. But Mr. Powers enjoyed a personal rapport with Mr. Giuliani that gave him the leeway to reverse political losses in the campaign and, later, years of rising municipal spending and crime.

“Peter was the glue that held the thing together,” Joseph J. Lhota, Mr. Giuliani’s former budget director and deputy mayor for operations, said in an interview on Thursday.

Mr. Powers was variously characterized as the mayor’s Cardinal Richelieu, the good cop to Mr. Giuliani’s bad cop and even the conscience of the city administration.

“I’m not afraid of losing my job if I give him bad news,” Mr. Powers said not long after becoming the mayor’s deputy.

Peter J. Powers in November 1993 when he was leading the transition team of Rudolph W. Giuliani, who had just been elected mayor of New York. “I never had a brother,” Mr. Giuliani said in an interview this week. “Peter was my brother.” s

Mr. Giuliani himself described their relationship in familial terms. “I never had a brother,” he said in a telephone interview this week. “Peter was my brother.”

Peter James Powers was born on April 9, 1944, in Middle Village, Queens, the son of Thomas Powers, an organizer for the retail clerks’ union, and the former Florence Fitzgibbon.

He befriended Mr. Giuliani during their sophomore year at Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn. Mr. Giuliani induced him to join the opera club, though Mr. Powers preferred country music, and they ran on the same ticket for class office — Mr. Giuliani for president and Mr. Powers for treasurer — winning as sophomores but losing the next year.

After high school, they both went on to Manhattan College, where they were members of the same fraternity, Phi Rho Pi, and from which they earned bachelor’s degrees in 1965. They were also classmates at the New York University School of Law. Mr. Giuliani even introduced Mr. Powers, on a blind date, to Kathleen Ingrassia, whom he would marry.

That marriage ended in divorce. Mr. Powers is survived by their daughters, Heather McBride and Krista Harvey; his wife, Sylvia Ng; his brothers, Jack and Dan; and four grandchildren.

As young men, Mr. Giuliani was a Kennedy Democrat (he became a Republican later), and Mr. Powers a Goldwater Republican. They would argue regularly but politely — splicing, Mr. Powers once said, fiscal conservatism with a progressive social consciousness.

“I think we both moved closer to the center,” he told The New York Times in 1993. “We’ve ended in the same place.”

Mr. Powers, as a certified public accountant with advanced law degrees, became a successful corporate tax lawyer. He and Mr. Giuliani collaborated on several cases when they were in private practice.

When Mr. Giuliani was elected mayor in 1993, he named Mr. Powers chairman of his transition team and, following his advice, focused first on finding a budget director once he had discovered the size of the deficit he was inheriting.

Mr. Powers was self-effacing and carefully rationed his responses to reporters’ questions. His profile was so low that early on a police officer asked him for identification when he tried to enter City Hall. But woe to whomever defied him or reneged on a commitment.

“If he got angry — and it was so rare — you didn’t want to be on the other side of him,” Mr. Giuliani said in the phone interview, “because it was probably for a really good reason, as opposed to those of us with a more volatile temper.”

After he left city government in September 1996 and was succeeded by Randy M. Mastro, the mayor’s chief of staff, Mr. Powers joined a hedge fund, was chairman of a city charter revision commission and formed a consulting firm with powerhouse clients, some of whom had business dealings with the city.

Before he left, he said, he had learned a revelatory lesson about the city. After only a few months as deputy mayor, his doubts about whether the city could be run effectively were dispelled. “It is very governable,” he said.

But Mr. Powers had proved his political bona fides even earlier by grasping another lesson that public officials often forget. In his City Hall office, not far from the mayor’s, the screen on his computer was programmed to blink repeatedly “Power on Loan” — a reminder that his job was just temporary and subject to the voters’ approval.

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MFACEBOOK: Teaching jobs in Buffalo and Beacon City



Diana Gonzalez Aviles
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Looking for anyone who has a teaching degree especially in bilingual, who is highly motivated to work with young minds and would like to live and work in Buffalo, please message me! 😀 it's truly a great place to live and raise a family! I am volunteering to help the Buffalo Public schools and we are in need of certified teachers! Please pass this along to others! Thank you! 😀
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Antony Tseng I have to make a similar post for the Beacon City School District: https://www.pnwboces.org/TeacherApplication/Jobs.aspx...

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JOBIT: Celentano, Ralph A. [MC???? RIP] on 2016-Jul-07



Ralph A. Celentano

Passed away peacefully July 7, 2016. Born March 4,1929, in the Bronx, New York.

He is predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Elaine; his parents, Anthony and Carmela; and his daughter-in-law, Dawn. He is survived by his children, Bernadette (Nicholas) Piccininni, Barbara (Robert) Surash, Therese (Donald) Miller, Anthony Celentano and Mark (Kimberly) Celentano; grandchildren, Thomas Piccininni, Gabrielle Piccininni, Mia Piccininni, Isabella Piccininni, Rebecca Surash, William Surash, Paul Miller, Stephanie Miller, Anthony Miller, Gregory Celentano, Marielle Celentano, Robert Celentano, Laura Celentano, Joseph Celentano, Thomas Celentano, and Gianna Celentano; sister, Mary Louise Celentano, and brother-in-law Albert (Julia) Fairclough.

Ralph graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in accounting. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army. Ralph then graduated from Fordham University Law School. After many years as a trial lawyer in New York City, Ralph became an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration.

While Ralph had a successful law career, he will be most remembered for being a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather.

The family extends special thanks to Unity Hospital ICU and Hildebrant Hospice Care Center for their care during his last days. For more information about Ralph, visit aliferemembered.com.

Friends may visit BARTOLOMEO & PEROTTO Funeral Home, Inc., 1411 Vintage Lane Sunday July 10th from 2-5PM. Ralph's Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 AM on July 11th at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, 167 Lake Avenue, Hilton. Interment will follow the Funeral Mass at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hildebrandt Hospice, 3111 Winton Road South. Rochester, NY 14623, in Ralph's memory.

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on July 9, 2016


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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Pete


Good Morning All,
Our prayers are called for Pete Gunston, John's oldest Friend (that would be time, not age). Pete will be undergoing a heart Catherization on National Monday and as John has said, "fix anything that's broken." We pray that all goes well and that Pete will be back on his feet soon wiith no further complications.Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ENDNOTE: The fix is in



FBI recommends no charges against Clinton in email probe
By Nick Gass
07/05/16 11:18 AM EDT

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“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges,” Comey

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SO the fix is in. Everyone gets paid off! Disgraceful. I expected more of a son of a Jasper.

There is no “justice” any more in the USA.

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