JASPER JOTTINGS Week 53 - 2017 Dec 31    

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2017/jj2017W53.html

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POSITRACTION: Suicide prevented by random meeting?

2017-Dec-24

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/aussie-woman-builds-school-in-nepal/


Instead of Committing Suicide on a Nepalese Mountain, She Met a Villager Who Changed Everything
Sep 14, 2017

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In early 2016, 57-year-old Kathryn Lowe found herself on the precipice of turbulent life, wondering if it was all worth it.

Struggling through declining health and a bitter divorce, she decided to follow the promptings of her younger sister Carol who was keen to travel to Nepal for a trekking adventure. Despite a wariness to visit the small, environmentally unstable country that had only a year earlier been devastated by a massive earthquake, Kathryn soon found herself on a small plane coming in to land at Tenzing-Hillary airport, the site of the world’s most dangerous landing strip.

“Before I left, I wrote out my will,” she told Good News Network. “I didn’t expect to come back. I was either going to find an existence over there or quietly fall off the side of a mountain.”

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“What became the major catalyst for me deciding to become involved with education in Lukla was the tragic story of a young child who was denied formal education because his parents couldn’t afford the $15 a month asked for by the school,” Kathryn explained.

The 8-year-old boy begged to be allowed into the school only to have the door closed on him.

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Saved this for a Christmas miracle story.

Hard to imagine the depths of despair that would induce some one to jump.

I doubt that it was a “random” happenstance. I’d like to think the Universe, a Guardian Angel, or just the human will to survive made the world a better place.

I don’t fault the school. Can’t save everyone. No margin; no mission.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Suggestions?

2017-Dec-24

Always open to suggestions.

Need to grow the mailing list. Not sure how to do that, but it’s grow or die.

Happy Festivus.

Laugh!

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) about "doing great and small things graciously"

2017-Dec-24

Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,

It has been said that " You don't have to do great things to make a difference. You can make a great differenceby doing small things gratiously."

Over the years, when you have been thanked for your prayers, good thoughts and good wishes, one or more of you have said: “We have done nothing, no big deal.” You cannot be further from the truth. Your commitment, dedication, heartfelt prayers and the love you share so profoundly in your prayers are indeed a big deal. You are all an exception, you do great and small things graciously and make a difference each time you offer a prayer for someone in need of our prayers.

When I think of Gods gifts to us, Our Littlest Jasper, Luke, that precious litlle sweetheart, Eloise and of course that small wonder, Jackie and our friends and loved ones amongst us and those called home and the many others that have been in our prayers, I know that God smiles upon each of you each time you raise your voices in prayer. As someone I know always says in her ministry, " Thank You For Being." Raise the volume in thanks for the many times our prayers have been answered, as we give thanks for each other.

To each of you from the many whom you have touched through your prayers, Thank you. Merry Christmas. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JUPDATE: Scanlin, Patricia A. [MC1973 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

2017-Dec-24

> JOBIT: Scanlin, Patricia A. [MC???? RIP] 2017-Dec-18
> http://obits.masslive.com/obituaries/masslive/obituary.aspx?n=patricia-a-scanlin&pid=187598062&fhid=15518

Dear John,

              I believe that Patricia is a member of the Class of 1973.

                  May She rest In Peace.

                             Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Scanlin, Patricia A. [MC1973 RIP]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Ruth and Bill

2017-Dec-24

Good Evening All,

Mike McEneney asks for our prayers for the repose of the soul of a Former Colleague, Ruth Fraley's Husband, Bill. Bill was called home after a short illness. We pray for Bill, his Wife Ruth and their Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JLINKEDIN: Gutschmid, Jennifer [MC????] Investor at vCard Global

2017-Dec-24

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-gutschmidt-15a2a8138/


Gutschmid, Jennifer [MC????]
Investor at vCard Global Inc.
Deerfield Beach, Florida

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Dona Nobis Pacem

2017-Dec-25

https://sites.google.com/view/jasper-jottings-new-backlot/home/2017-12dec-25-video-merry-christmas


“… …  and Peace on Earth to men of goodwill.”

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JFOUND: Beckley, Rachele [MC2018] seeks Finance work

2017-Dec-25

https://www.barefootstudent.com/new_york/students/resume/rachele_beckley_1920317550


Rachele Beckley
Valhalla, NY, United States

Financial Statement Reports & Analysis • Quantitative Finance & Economics

June 2017- PresentWORK EXPERIENCE

  • Managed all Advisor calendars for client meetings, sales strategy reviews & business travel needs.
  • Researched and investigated available investment opportunities to fit into financial plans
  • Managed client relationships and helped clients access and achieve their current and future financial goals.

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MTWITTER: Chris Licata's dad played club football

2017-Dec-25

Chris Licata
‏@Licatacs

2017 12Dec 25 twit1

From the Licata family archives: my Dad played club football at Manhattan College 1973-74.

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JTWITTER: Glaser, Herbert [MC1974] gingerbread house pro

2017-Dec-25

Manhattan College ‏Verified account @ManhattanEdu Dec 22

2017 12Dec 25 twit2a

Think you're a gingerbread house pro? Go behind the scenes with alumnus Herbert Glaser '74 as he assembles a massive gingerbread village in his family's storied Yorkville bakery: http://bit.ly/2B8OtWC

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957) ids a Christmas miracle

2017-Dec-25

From the blog of Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957)

http://keywestlou.com/a-miracle-a-baby-miracle/


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This is a Christmas story that has nothing to do with Christmas. It represents a Jesus like miracle, however.

Their parents named them Kryrie and Brielle.

They were placed in separate incubators.

Kyrie did well. Gained weight, etc. Brielle went the other way. Lost weight. Cried constantly. It was obvious Brielle was not going to make it. Death inevitable.

Nurse Gayle had been taking care of the babies in ICU. She needed to do something more for Brielle.

What?

At the time, European hospitals in similar situations were placing the twins  into one incubator together.

Next to each other. In some instances, the dying twin survived.

Such was not permitted in Massachusetts hospitals at the time. Specifically against the rules.

Gayle disregarded the rules and placed the dying Brielle next to Kryrie in Kryrie's incubator. Both were placed on their stomachs. Immediately and without assistance, Kryrie's arm lifted over her sister's back and remained there. In a holding pattern.

Brielle immediately stopped crying. She improved from that moment on. Survived, of course.

The twins are 22 years old today. Lovely. Live vibrant lives.

God is good! He works in strange ways.

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Saying a prayer that the spirit of Nurse Gayle “covers” all nurses.

I’ve recently had first hand experience with the NICU and the heroic women who care for the babe in trouble.

Despite the one chastising me for not vigorously washing my hands enough, I pray they are all as diligent.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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JLINKEDIN: Killorin, Steve [MC1975] CFO at Cornerstone Macro

2017-Dec-26

https://www.linkedin.com/in/killorin-steve-869b424/


Killorin, Steve [MC1975]
CFO at Cornerstone Macro LLC
Greater New York City Area

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JFOUND: Nolan, Peter [MC1956] Professor Physics SUNY Farmingdale

2017-Dec-26

http://www.farmingdale.edu/faculty/peter-nolan/


Dr. Peter Nolan
Professor Physics
Farmingdale State College (SUNY)

Ph.D., Adelphi University   
M.S., Adelphi University   
B.S., Manhattan College

Teaching Interest:

College Physics
Meteorology  
University Physics  
Electromagnetic Theory  
Modern Physics
Awards/Grants

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1995
PHY 135 and PHY 136 Interactive Examples and Tutorials
Dr. Nolan’s Physics Texts
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Nolan, Peter [MC????]

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Dear John,

                         I believe that Peter is a member of the class of 1956

                                               Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Nolan, Peter [MC1956]

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JOBIT: Gibson, John Mitchell Galbraith [MC1959 RIP] 2017-Nov-02

2017-Dec-26

Hi,

I just happened upon your blog while surfing the net. My dad was a Jasper; he recently passed away and I thought I might share his obit with you and your regular followers.

http://www.familychoicefunerals.com/book-of-memories/3295603/Gibson-John/obituary.php


Peace,
Mandy Gibson Doar

[JR: I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I depend upon the search engines to find news. And, I know that doesn’t find everything. So much for the infallible internet. I appreciate your taking the time to let us know. I’ll pass it along to the College and he will be included in the annual Remembrance Mass. Peace of Earth is my hope too.] 

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Obituary for John Gibson

John Mitchell Galbraith Gibson, 81, died peacefully at home in Virginia Beach, VA on November 2, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of Peggy; loving father of Matthew, Mandy, Margaret and Mary and their spouses; cherished grandfather of Stephen, Ann Marie, Abigail, Alyssa, Lauren, Ryan, David, and Ella; and much-loved Uncle Bud of Johnny, Joey, Jeanne and JoAnne.

Mr. Gibson was preceded in death by his parents, John M.G. Sr. and Anna M. Gibson, and his sister, Ann Marie Cangemi. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Gibson of Virginia Beach, VA; son, Matthew Gibson (Renee) of Elgin, SC; daughters: Mandy Gibson Doar (Samuel) of Landrum, SC, Margaret Gibson Thomas (Dennis) of Deltona, FL, and Mary Gibson Steele (Rick) of Virginia Beach, VA, and eight grandchildren.

John was born on May 13, 1936 in Jamaica, Queens, New York. He was a 1954 graduate of St. John’s Prep. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1959, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While at Manhattan College, he was a member of the AFROTC Band and President of the Glee Club. It was through the Glee Club that he met his future wife, Peggy Price Johnston, a student at nearby Ladycliff College.

Mr. Gibson was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served at Fort Dix, NJ from 1959 to 1961. He and his wife married in July, 1961 and moved to Red Bank NJ, where they lived until the family moved south to Rock Hill, SC in 1976.

He held many jobs over the years, from a farm hand at a dairy farm, a delivery truck driver for a bakery, to business form salesman with Moore Business Forms, to the Site Administrator at Dystar (formerly Mobay). He retired from Dystar in 1996, after 31 years of service. He and Peggy spent the next 17 years traveling across these great United States as well as overseas. They sold their home in Rock Hill and began to travel and live full-time in their motorhome in 2003. Among their adventures: they volunteered at several California State Parks, such as Big Sur and also with the United States Forest Service at Ocala National Forest in Florida. Highlights of these times were their many visits with their children and grandchildren.

Mr. Gibson was a longtime active member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Rock Hill, SC, where he served on the Board of Religious Education for many years and was also a Lector. He enjoyed spending time with his family on camping trips and tinkering with the engines of his cars, motor homes and lawn mowers. He and the family camped in over 35 states in the USA over the years.

In 2013, he and Peggy sold the motorhome and moved to Virginia Beach, VA to begin their “official” retirement. While in Virginia Beach, they attended the Catholic Church of St. Mark. John’s spare time was spent reading the newspaper, babysitting his grandchildren, working on his computer, and providing ready advice to his children and grandchildren. He will be known best as a good husband, a good father and a good human being.

At Mr. Gibson’s request, his remains have been donated to medical research through the Virginia Anatomical Gift Program.

The family will hold a memorial service at the Catholic Church of St. Mark, 1505 Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 on December 30, 2017 at 1:00pm.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, 5041 Corporate Woods Drive, Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA 23462-4375

Please share a memory with the family via the Condolences and Tributes tab.

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Gibson, John Mitchell Galbraith [MC1959 RIP]

Guestbook: Condolences tab doesn’t work

[JR: For anyone who thinks Google and the other search engines are perfect vacuums for data, here’s why I still need “reporters”.] 

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Thank you so much for your kind words.  It means a lot to us.
 
Mandy
 
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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

2017-Dec-26

Good Morning All,

Mike McEneney has shared the sad news of the passing of Mrs. Younger. She has been in our prayers as of last week when she broke her leg stepping out of her pool. We pray for the repose of her soul and for her Famiky as they mourn the loss of their loved one. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JLINKEDIN: DeVito, Dominic [MC1988] Benfield Control Systems

2017-Dec-27

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dominic-devito-21697320/


DeVito, Dominic [MC1988]
Benfield Control Systems
Greater New York City Area

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JFOUND: Brunelli, Peter [MC1973] Founder Universal Medical Sys

2017-Dec-27

https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=27872971&privcapId=27633185


Brunelli, Peter [MC????]
Founder and President, Universal Medical Systems, Inc.

Peter Brunelli, Founded Universal Medical Systems, Inc., in 1981 and serves as President. Mr. Brunelli holds BS degree in Marketing & Finance from Manhattan College and an MBA from Iona College. He has over 30 years experience in ultrasound sales and service, and incorporated Universal Medical Systems in 1981.

Education
BS Manhattan College
MBA Iona College

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Dear John,

                      I believe that Peter is member of the class of 1973.

                                                            Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Brunelli, Peter [MC1973]

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JOBIT: Sheridan, Peter F. [MC1963 RIP] 2017-Dec-26

2017-Dec-27

FROM PLAIN OLD FACEBOOK

On 12/27/2017 10:14 PM, reinkefj (gmail) wrote:

Peter Sheridan added 2 new photos — feeling blessed at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Division.
Yesterday at 6:16pm Galloway   
On behalf of our family, I have the sad duty and honor of announcing the passing of Peter F Sheridan, our beloved Dad and "Poppie."
Dad's entry into eternal life was peaceful and filled with grace. He was surrounded by his loving family today as he embraced his loved ones in Heaven.
His was truly "a life well lived."☘💚☘🥂
 
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Dear John,

             I believe that Peter is a member of the Class of 1956.

                    May He Rest In Peace.

                                     Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sheridan, Peter F. [MC1963 RIP]

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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/app/obituary.aspx?n=peter-sheridan&pid=187672477&fhid=27195


Peter Sheridan

Pearl River, NY - Peter F. Sheridan, 83, formerly of Pearl River, NY, died peacefully December 26, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in the Bronx, NY on December 2, 1934 to the late Peter C. and Marcella (Mahedy) Sheridan, Peter attended St. Frances of Rome School, Mount Saint Michael Academy, and Manhattan College (Class of 1956), all in the Bronx, NY. He was an electrical engineer by degree, and worked as a sales engineer and manufacturers' representative for electrical equipment companies, serving New York Metropolitan Area utilities for over 50 years. With characteristic courage, imagination, integrity and intelligence, Pete founded and was Principal and President of Peter F. Sheridan, Inc., a very successful enterprise for over 30 years.

Pete's trademarks were his boundless optimism, contagious enthusiasm and senses of humor, fairness, honor and generosity. He put those qualities to great use as a coach and officer in the Pearl River Little League and Pee Wee Buccaneers football programs, as well as the St. Margaret School CYO basketball program. Pete served for many years as a member of the St. Margaret Parish Council, as well as on the Board of the Pearl River Nauraushaun Swim Club. Pete loved life and he loved people, and brought light and happiness everywhere he went, from the Bronx, to Pearl River, to his retirement home on Long Beach Island.

Predeceased by his beloved wife, Josephine (nee Biggins), Pete is survived by his devoted children; Peter T. Sheridan of Pearl River, NY, Thomas F. Sheridan (Vincent Walsh) of Washington, DC, Catherine Lawlor (John), of Little Rock, AR, Ann Sheridan of Manahawkin, NJ and Maureen Sheridan of Nyack, NY, and his sister, Ann Sheridan (Paul McAndrew) of Coopersburg, PA. He was the cherished and esteemed "Poppy" to Jack, Cara and Colleen Lawlor of Little Rock, AR and Tyler Steinbrunn of Manahawkin, NJ, and is loved by numerous nieces and nephews, as well as cousins from Arizona to Ireland.

Visiting is Monday January 1, 2018, from 4-8pm at Assumma-Shankey Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 10:30 am, at The Church of St. Aedan, 23 S. Reld Drive, Pearl River, NY. On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at St. Francis Church, 4700 Long Beach Boulevard, Brant Beach, NJ, the family will hold a visitation at 10:30 am. A Mass will follow at 11:00 am. Burial will be private at St. Mary's Cemetery, Barnegat, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to The National Down Syndrome Society, NDSS.org, 8 E. 41st. Street 8th Floor, New York, NY 10017, or to The Franciscan Friars Of The Renewal, Most Blessed Sacrament Friary, www.NewarkFriary.org, 375 13th Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103-2124.
Assumma-Shankey Funeral Home 34 N. Summit Street Pearl River, NY 10965 845-735-4849

Published in Asbury Park Press from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2017

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Guestbook: Same link

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JOBIT: Geigel, Alfred A. [MC1956 RIP] 2017-Dec-24

2017-Dec-28

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mycentraljersey/obituary.aspx?n=alfred-geigel&pid=187632818&fhid=15088


Alfred Geigel

Dunellen - Alfred A. Geigel, 83 of Dunellen, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at RWJUH in Somerville with his loving family by his side. Born in New York City, he was the son of the late Alfred J and Angeles (Ponte) Geigel.

Alfred received his Bachelor's Degree from Manhattan College and his Master's Degree from NYU. He worked for 40 years as an electrical engineer for Bell Labs in Murray Hill before retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Ship Models Society of New Jersey. Alfred was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Dunellen where he was a Eucharistic Minister and a Lector. Alfred's greatest joy came from the love he had for his family, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Besides his parents, Alfred was predeceased by his brother Edgar. He is survived by his beloved wife Grace. He is also survived by his loving children: sons Thomas and wife Ellen of Collingswood, Joseph and wife Marie of Pittsford, NY; his daughters, Mary Theresa Simpson and husband Wayne of Brick, Elaine Mustacchio and husband James of Whitehouse Station, Anne Britschge and husband Ken of Hamilton. Also surviving him are his 5 cherished grandchildren, as well as by his sisters; Grace Martin of Neshanic Station, and Maria Weyer of OR.

Friends may visit the family on Wednesday December 27 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Sheenan Funeral Home, 233 Dunellen Ave in Dunellen. A mass will be celebrated on Thursday December 28 at 10:00am at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Dunellen. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Mausoleum in Piscataway. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alfred's name to St. John the Evangelist Church, 317 First St, Dunellen, NJ 08812

Published in Courier News on Dec. 27, 2017

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Geigel, Alfred A. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

           I believe that this obituary may be for Alfred A. Geigel, (MC1956) who received a degree in Engineering and lived in Dunellen, New Jersey

            May He Rest In Peace.

                                  Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Geigel, Alfred A. [MC1956 RIP]

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JOBIT: FitzGerald, Richard [MC1970 RIP] 2017-Dec-27

2017-Dec-28

https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2017/12/28/richard-fitzgerald-juvenile-and-family-court-pioneer-dead/986951001/


Richard FitzGerald, an acclaimed juvenile and family court pioneer, has died
Andrew Wolfson, Louisville Courier Journal Published 12:21 p.m. ET Dec. 28, 2017

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Retired judge Richard FitzGerald, a nationally recognized leader in juvenile and family law who advocated for children on and off the bench, died Wednesday. He was 71 and suffered from liver disease.
A friend, Tom Payette, said FitzGerald, who was universally known as “Fitz,” died at home in Louisville with his wife, Marjorie and other family by his side.

Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, said FitzGerald was “the pioneer voice in defining juvenile justice nationally. His legacy and basic premise was that kids needed to be treated like kids and with the hope they can get back on the right track.”
But Brooks said FitzGerald also was pragmatic. “He was smart about justice, and not just tough. It is important that we remember him.”

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FitzGerald was named judge of the year by the National CASA Association and received the National Council of Juvenile and Family Courts Judges Award for Meritorious Service to the Juvenile Court System. He also was co-author of “Juvenile Practice” for West Publishing Co. and contributing consultant in the drafting of “The Resource Guidelines for Improving Practice in Abuse and Neglect Cases.”Judge Richard FitzGerald

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A native New Yorker and graduate of Manhattan College, he came to Eastern Kentucky in the 1960s as a social worker with the Christian Appalachian Project, an anti-poverty organization. He also was a junior high school teacher in East St. Louis.

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He spoke out against the death penalty after his wife’s parents were murdered in LaPorte, Indiana, where his father-in-law was mayor; the couple was attacked by a disgruntled city employee.

“I witnessed the grief and pain their slayings brought to my wife and her six siblings,” he later wrote.

“Personally, I had problems saying the Lord’s Prayer in church.”

He said the judge in that case allowed the family to decide whether to seek the death penalty and they elected against, in part because of their belief in the sanctity of life.

After the murders, he no longer tried criminal cases.

“I could not trust myself while still struggling with grief and anger,” he said.

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FitzGerald, Richard [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=richard-j-fitzgerald&pid=187672282&fhid=4753


FitzGerald, Richard J.

Judge Richard J. FitzGerald, 71, (known universally as "Fitz") passed away on December 27, 2017 after a brief illness. A native of New York City, Fitz first fell in love with Kentucky while volunteering for the Christian Appalachian Project in McKee County. After graduating from Manhattan College, he taught English at Hughes-Quinn Junior High School in East St. Louis before moving to Louisville to study law at the University of Louisville. After a brief stint in private practice, Fitz was appointed to the Juvenile Court bench in 1975, at age 29. Fitz served as Chief Judge of Juvenile Court for more than 10 years and was instrumental in the creation of the concept of a unified "family" Court, from which he retired in 2000.

Fitz devoted his entire career to advocating for the welfare of Kentucky's abused and neglected children. For his efforts, he was recognized as Judge of the Year by the National CASA Association and received the Chief Justice's Special Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Courts of Kentucky. He also received accolades from the Louisville Bar Association, the Justice Resource Center, the National Counsel of Juvenile & Family Court Judges and the Urban League. He was most rewarded, however, by hearing directly from the many children and families whose lives he touched. He firmly believed that "there are no unwanted children, only unfound parents" and celebrated his greatest joys from the bench: finalizing adoptions of children in foster care and returning children to homes that were healed. Fitz was deeply involved in his community, and served on the boards of the World Affairs Council, Actors Theater, and the National Association of Counsel for Children.

He shared his passion for family law, juvenile justice, and education by serving as adjunct faculty for the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law and as a visiting professor at the ChildLaw Center at Loyola University. He was delighted to receive a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) in 2003 from Bellarmine University. An avid banjo player, sailor, world traveler, storyteller and gardener, Fitz spent his retirement years serving as a mediator, consultant, mentor, educator, and doting grandfather, all while sporting his trademark bow tie.

Fitz is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dr. Marjorie Rumely FitzGerald, his daughters Nora Meldrum (Brian) and Molly Perry (Timothy), and granddaughters Lucy Perry and Abigail and Emmeline Meldrum. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Ruth FitzGerald and his older brother, Edward FitzGerald, Jr. His surviving family members include his brother Tom FitzGerald (Patricia), sisters Maureen Morrell (Rob) and Jane FitzGerald, and his Rumely family in-laws: Pete and Lois Rumely, Antoinette Rumely, Marti and Henry Kuehn, John and Christine Rumely, and Frances and Terry Jones. He also leaves behind dozens of nieces and nephews, who will forever treasure memories of banjo sing-alongs with their Uncle Fitz.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, January 6 at 12 p.m. at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane, 40207. Visitation will be on Friday, January 5 from 4-7 p.m. at Pearson's.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to CASA of the River Region or the Kentucky Resources Council.

Published in The Courier-Journal from Dec. 30, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018

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Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

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

                 May He Rest In Peace.

                                  Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

FitzGerald, Richard [MC1970 RIP]

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JNEWS: O’Malley, Anastasia [MC2008] ConEd PM substation equipment

2017-Dec-28

http://www.tdworld.com/grid-optimization/con-edison-system-prepared-gmd


GRID OPTIMIZATION
Con Edison System Is Prepared for GMD
Grid monitoring of geomagnetic disturbances focuses on bulk power transformers and improves resilience.
Vincenzo Panuccio, Anastasia O'Malley, Hibourahima Camara | Dec 27, 2017

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Consolidated Edison has made significant progress in assessing the vulnerability of its transmission system to the effects of geomagnetic disturbances (GMDs). The utility has enhanced its operational guidelines to mitigate the effects of geomagnetically induced currents (GICs). Con Edison will invoke these guidelines in case of a GMD event to maintain reliable operation of the transmission system.
Con Edison’s GMD-related initiatives are as follows:
• Asset assessments and GIC capability evaluation for shell-form transformers
• Evaluation of harmonic response of relays and capacitor banks that may be affected by GIC
• Installation of a comprehensive GIC monitoring system
• Enhancement of a system operation procedure for GMD
• Development of a GIC network model for Con Edison’s bulk power system
• Evaluation of the risk of system voltage collapse as a result of increased reactive power demand by saturated transformers in the event of a GMD.

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Anastasia O’Malley is a project manager in the substation equipment section of central engineering and provides technical guidance on the purchase, installation, maintenance and replacement of Con Edison’s power transformer fleet. She holds an MSEE degree from Manhattan College, a BSME degree from Rutgers University and an MBA degree from Fordham University. She is currently an officer of the Doble Engineering Transformer Committee and an active member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society Transformer Committee.

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Dear John,

            I believe that Anastasia is a member of the Class of 2008.

                                 Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

O’Malley, Anastasia [MC????]

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O’Malley, Anastasia [MC2008]

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ENDNOTE: Should be debating if the FED should exist at all

2017-Dec-30

https://manhattan.edu/news/archive/2017/12/business-students-assess-impact-federal-reserve-chair-nominee.php


BUSINESS STUDENTS ASSESS IMPACT OF FED CHAIR NOMINEE

The College Fed Challenge provided a forum for Manhattan College students to evaluate the nominee to the country’s central bank.

For the past seven years, a group of Manhattan College students in the School of Business, under the guidance of finance and economics department chair Hany Guirguis, Ph.D., have made recommendations and presentations on real world economics issues in the College Fed Challenge.

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Sorry but the FED* is the root of all Gooferment evil. It allows the Gooferment to spend far more than it steals via taxes. It funds the endless “war” and increasing “welfare”.

Argh!

I’d have hoped that smart people would see this. And that Alma Mater’s students would be educated in its effects.

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* The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians.

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