JASPER JOTTINGS Week 34  - 2017 Aug 20    

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



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POSITRACTION: All life is sacred and Moms deserve a lot of credit


FWIW, for some number of unfortunate reasons, I’m now “pop pop” to a seven week old baby boy named Daniel (aka Gift from God) due to a drug addicted mother — my fiancé’s daughter. I’ve always been a pro-life pro-choice fat old white guy injineer. This experience has reinforced two things — (1) Moms deserve a lot of credit for the work that a baby represents; and (2) the baby is really a miracle. Daniel has taught me a lot. Not the least of which that every human is a unique Gift from God. We allow them to be killed (i.e., aborted) at our own peril. While I’d never want the Gooferment involve in a Mom’s body, we certainly should be able to figure out how to preserve life.


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JOBIT: Sweeney, Walter Francis Jr. [MC1965 RIP] on 2017-Aug-07




Walter Francis Sweeney Jr., 74, of Boulder, Colo., formerly of Staten Island, N.Y., passed away on Aug. 7, 2017, in Boulder.

Walter was born on May 5, 1943, in Tampa, Fla., to Walter and Jennie (DeFazio) Sweeney. He graduated from Saint Peter's High School and Manhattan College and earned a law degree from NYU Law School.

In 1986, Walter was ordained a deacon from Saint Joseph Seminary in New York. He worked at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Staten Island.

After moving to Boulder in 2004, Walter worked at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and was an instructor in the deacon's program for the Diocese of Denver.

Kathleen and Walter were married on Jan. 20, 1968, in Staten Island.

Walter is survived by his wife, Kathleen; children, Daniel, Christopher and Maureen; siblings, Warren and Ronald; and grandchildren, Sean, Santiago and Maya.Visitation and vigil will be on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Boulder. Mass of Christian Burial will be at the church at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14. To offer condolences, please visit www.greenwoodmyersfuneral.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of Charity of New York at Sisters of Charity Center, 6301 Riverdale Ave., Bronx, N.Y. 10471.

Greenwood & Myers Mortuary 2969 Baseline Rd. Boulder, Colo. 80303 (303) 440-3960

Published in Staten Island Advance on Aug. 13, 2017


Sweeney, Walter Francis Jr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

       I believe that Walter is a member of the Class of 1965.

               May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sweeney, Walter Francis Jr. [MC1965 RIP]

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JOBIT: Lewis, John [MC1959 RIP] on 2017-Apr-12



John H. Lewis
1936 - 2017
Forked River

On April 12, 2017, as John Lewis sat in his favorite chair for his daily reading of the scriptures, he heard the Lord call his name. He gladly answered the call to join Him in Heaven.

He was born on August 16, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY to a British father, George, and an Irish mother, Josephine.

John received a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Systems Management from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

John was a proud member of the United States Navy. During his career, he served on the USS Moale (DD-693), the USS Gridley (DLG- 21), and the USS Koelsch (DE-1049) as an officer, and finally the BUPERS Computer Center at the Pentagon. He retired from the US Navy in 1979 in the rank of Commander after serving for 20 years.

Post-military, he had a successful career with the Wall Street firm of Dillon Read, Inc. He retired in 1995 as senior Vice President.

In his retirement, he gave much of his time volunteering at The Church of St. Pius the Tenth, the Lacey School District, and other organizations benefitting the poor. He was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church in The Villages, FL.

He is survived by his wife, Bridget Quinn Lewis. He is also survived by his five sons: John H. Lewis, Jr. (Margaret) of Paris, France; Bryan (Susan) of Colts Neck, NJ; Gregory Lewis (Alicia) of New York, NY; Kevin Lewis of Montclair, NJ; and Brendan (Jessica) of Maramoneck, NY; and five grandchildren: Isabelle, Jack, Keegan, Cailey, and Madeline. Other survivors include his stepchildren, Eileen Horn (Jeff) of Pompton Lakes, NJ; James Clayton of Pompton Lakes; and Sean Clayton of Brick, NJ; as well as four grandchildren Matthew, Maggie Rose, Carley, and Zachariah.

His first wife, Patricia Ward Lewis, predeceased him.

A Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 19, at The Church of St. Pius the Tenth, 300 Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ 08731. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Toms River, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675 or www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Layton's Home For Funerals, Forked River is in charge of arrangements.


Lewis, John [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

             I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1959.

                   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lewis, John [MC1959 RIP]

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JNEWS: Nisbet, Dana [MC????] project engineer DiPrete Engineering



DiPrete Engineering promotes Dana Nisbet to project engineer
August 13, 2017 02:01AM

DiPrete Engineering has promoted Dana Nisbet, a Cranston-based civil engineer, to project engineer.

Nisbet, of North Kingstown, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from Manhattan College, and then went to work with environmental consulting firms in Providence and New York. She joined DiPrete in 2015 and has become “a key design team member,” said Nicole Reilly, senior project manager.

Nisbet has worked on stormwater management, grading and utility design, and the preparation of submittals to regulatory agencies. She gained her professional engineering license last year. DiPrete, a leading civil engineering, planning and surveying firm, has offices in Cranston, Newport, and Boston.

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Nisbet, Dana [MC????]

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JNEWS: Costantini, Dan [MC1974] VP, Pgm Ops Horizon Global Partners


As of March 2017, Costantini, Dan [MC1974] is the VP, Program Operations for Horizon Global Partners (HgP).  This is an international integration consortium specializing in C4I and national security systems and operations, based out of Washington DC

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JLINKEDIN: Lavino, Timothy [MC2008] Corp VP NYLIFE Securities



Timothy Lavino, CFA
Corporate Vice President, Wealth Management - Product Positioning
NYLIFE Securities / Eagle Strategies LLC
Hoboken, New Jersey

2017 08Aug 14 Lavino

Seasoned investment professional possessing an entrepreneurial spirit inside of a Fortune 100 company. Currently cultivating relationships with over 250 advisors primarily in the Mid-West region in an effort to mitigate the noise of macroeconomic events and financial markets and design portfolios that meet the long-term expectations of affluent clients. Timothy is a proven leader that has been selected from his peer group several times over the course of his young career to consult with senior leadership on strategy, lead training efforts internally and externally, and design work streams. Tim assisted in growing RIA business by over $4b in 5 short years which represented over a 200% growth rate. His diligence and untiring desire permitted him to complete the CFA curriculum in slightly over 18 months while also exceeding expectations in his primary job responsibilities.

Although his technical skills have enabled Tim to become the “go to guy” in each of his roles with Eagle Strategies, Tim is interested in opportunities to further broaden his experience in the investment industry through new challenges that allow him to think more strategically and create a plan of action in a corporate role. Research or product opportunities are preferred.

Tim has a strong desire to assist others in his professional and personal life. He has spent countless hours in training and responding to emergencies as a volunteer firefighter as well as completing service projects for his community. These experiences have made Tim a decisive leader who is able to make swift decisions in a responsible manner.

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Lavino, Timothy [MC2008]

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JHQ: Alma Mater says thanks with a video



Thank You | 2017

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JNEWS: Beamon, George [MC2014] at Stop the Violence tourney


SportsBasketball: Stop the Violence tourney in Riverhead fosters goodwill
by Bob Liepa |08/13/2017 6:29 PM

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George Beamon, a burgundy player who has Manhattan College and the NBA developmental league on his playing résumé, said: “They got a great thing out here, man. I love it.”

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Beamon, George [MC2014]

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JLINKEDIN: Yanes, Katherine [MC1990] Administrator at GBI Consulting



Yanes, Katherine [MC1990]
Administrator at GBI Consulting
Stewartsville, New Jersey

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JOBIT: McGowan, John W. Jr. [MC1950 RIP] on 2017-Aug-16




John W. McGowan, Jr. Retired insurance adjuster, wounded in Pacific in WWII

John W. McGowan, Jr., 91, died on Aug. 16, 2017, in Lansdale, Pa. Mr. McGowan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in Richmond Hill, Queens, N.Y. He served in the Navy during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat in the Pacific. He was a graduate of Manhattan College, class of 1950. He worked as an independent insurance adjuster prior to his retirement in 1987.

Mr. McGowan lived in Kew Gardens, N.Y., Garden City, N.Y., Livingston, N.J., and Morristown, N.J. before moving to Florida in 1987. He lived in Stuart, Fla. and Vero Beach, Fla., before moving to Lansdale in 2009.

He and his wife, Gloria, were former members of Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown and Mariner Sands Golf and Country Club in Stuart.

Mr. McGowan is survived by his daughter, Margaret Kohler (Richard) of Califon, N.J.; his sons, John III of Basking Ridge, N.J., and James (Kathryn) of Mason, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Brian Kohler (Honora), Leigh McGowan-Carothers (Eric), Michael, Kaitlyn, John, William, and Andrew McGowan, and by one great-granddaughter, Susanna Kohler. He was predeceased by his wife, Gloria, in 2011, and by his daughter-in-law, Donna Washburn McGowan, in 2002.

Funeral arrangements have been made private for the family. For further information, or to light an online condolence candle please visit www.gcfuneralhome.com.

Published in Star-Ledger on Aug. 18, 2017


McGowan, John W. Jr. [MC1950 RIP]

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MOBIT: Harris, Bernard [MCxfaculty RIP] on 2017-Aug-14



Bernard Harris

Bernard Harris, 89, of Dobbs Ferry, died peacefully on August 14, 2017, surrounded by family. He was born and raised in Manhattan, the son of the late William and Lillian Harris. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Maria, children Lynn, Clifford, Robert (Loretta), Bernie (Phyllis), Peter (Jeannie), Steven (Beth), Barbara (Bob) and William (Kristin); grandchildren Mark (JimmieJo), Lindsay (Jeff), Devin, Michael, Marissa, Jacqueline, Catherine, Johnathan, Tyler and Parker. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Caroline Bea, Avery, Cooper and Logan; brother Phil, sister Fran, and many extended family members. Bernard was predeceased by his first wife, Eleanor Pogeweit, in 1968, brother Al in 1993, and son Richard in 2016. In addition to family, Bernard's other passions included reading, theater, and opera. He traveled extensively, visiting over 60 countries.

Bernard enjoyed many academic and personal successes in his life. He held a PhD in Engineering from Columbia University. Over a long career he worked for Hudson Labs, Sperry Gyroscope, Polarad, OAS and had his own consulting company, Harris Scientific Services. After retiring from industry, Bernard pursued a career as a Professor of Engineering at Manhattan College for 34 years. He had many publications and held two patents.

The family will receive friends and family on Thurs., Aug. 17, and Fri., Aug. 18, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Bernard and Maria's home. A memorial service will be held on October 7, 2017 at the South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Food Pantry of South Presbyterian Church or your favorite charity.

Published in the The Journal News on Aug. 17, 2017


Harris, Bernard [MCxfaculty RIP]

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MOBIT: Barnett, Lowell Haines [MCattendee RIP] on 2017-Aug-10



Lowell Haines Barnett
1925 - 2017

Lowell Haines Barnett, 92, of Birmingham, Mich., died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

Lowell was born March 16, 1925, in West Point, to Royal and Hilda Klingler Barnett. He married Ruth Anna Weid on July 4, 1946, in Quincy. She preceded him in death on Nov. 24, 2013.

Lowell attended Pleasant Hill School, a one-room school west of West Point. He attributed his lifelong love of learning to that early education. As a teenager, he worked in the family grocery store and sold Avon products. He graduated from West Point High School, a three-year high school in 1940, and then from Bowen High School the following year. He graduated from Gem City Business College in Quincy.

In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private. After basic training, he was selected to attend Manhattan College in New York City to study engineering. In 1943 he was ordered to Europe. Following the Battle of the Bulge, his company was deployed to the Colmar Pocket. He suffered frostbite in the trenches and was hospitalized for six months before being discharged in 1944. The effect of that injury to his feet remained with him the rest of his life. After discharge, he entered the U.S. Army Reserve as a second lieutenant and retired from the Reserve as a lieutenant colonel.

Lowell and Ruth were married while he was attending the University of Illinois.

After receiving a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, he accepted a position with the Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Miss. From 1951 through 1962, he served as deputy chief of the engineering department at Fort Belvoir, Va. In 1963 he began work with the Army Tank Automotive Command in Warren, Mich. He became director of quality product assurance for ATAC, a position that involved the development, production and support of vehicles utilized by active and reserve Army units. His promotion to senior executive service status carried an equivalent protocol ranking to brigadier general.
He received the Legion of Merit for Military Service as a reserve officer, 1943-1977, an award not usually given to reserve officers. He also received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

During his government career he attained a master of science degree in industrial engineering from Wayne State University and a master of science degree in management of national resources from George Washington University, and graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Lowell was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. He was a member of the Quincy Consistory for over 66 years, joining originally at Dill's Masonic Lodge in West Point.

A lifelong student with a wonderful curiosity, Lowell was an avid reader, correspondent and a devoted family man.

He prided himself on making a connection with anyone he met. With a few questions he could establish a connection relating to background, mutual acquaintances or interests.

Lowell enjoyed music, played violin, sang in a quartet in later years, and was a good dancer, delighting in ballroom dancing and whirling the ladies in a fast dance. He and Ruth were members of a square dance club.

His career required that he travel all over the world. After retirement, Lowell and Ruth enjoyed traveling, participating in more than 25 elder hostel trips and several excursions on the Delta Queen and American Queen. Traveling also included many family vacations and cruises. He lost his traveling companion when Ruth was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

She lived in a nursing facility for 10 years; he spent every afternoon with her until she retired for the night.

He is survived by two sons, Randy (Christine) of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Russell (Linda) of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; daughter, Lori Barnett of Bend, Ore.; grandchildren, Michael Turner of Frankfort, Ky., Clayton Barnett and Kyle Barnett of Lawrenceburg; and sister, Sharon L. Barnett of Quincy.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dale S. Barnett.

SERVICES: 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with the Rev. Larry Wentzel conducting. Burial will follow the service in West Point Cemetery.
VISITATION: 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Alzheimer's Association.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
WEBSITE: hansenspear.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18, 2017


Barnett, Lowell Haines [MCattendee RIP]

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ENDNOTE: Confederate General Robert E. Lee is now persona non grata



New York City church removes two plaques honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee
  • The plaques commemorate a tree planted by General Robert E. Lee in the 1840s outside St. John's Episcopal Church
  • They were installed in 1912 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy
  • The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island agreed to take down the plaque in light of the recent violence in Virginia
  • Activists are still hoping to change the names of two streets inside Fort Hamilton named for Lee and Stonewall Jackson
  • Army officials say the streets were originally named in a spirit of reconciliation
By Associated Press
PUBLISHED: 07:12 EDT, 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:04 EDT, 16 August 2017  

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Leaders of a New York Episcopal diocese have taken down two plaques honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a church property in Brooklyn.

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While I despise the “supremacists” of any color, I don’t think that one can rewrite history to suit the current political correctness.


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