Summer 2005 Dawn of a New Era Brother Richard Kestler, FSC ’60 Returns to La Salle Page 8 1 Explorer Summer 2005 Features Farewell From A Friend A Man For All Seasons Dawn Of A New Era Bro. René Sterner, FSC Michael O’Toole ’68 concludes Bro. Richard Kestler, FSC ’60 bids farewell as President thirty-five years at La Salle returns as President of his Alma Mater by Jeremy Cooke ’99 by Michael O’Toole ’68 Page 3 Page 6 Page 8 Comings and Goings Salute to the Class of 2005 Flying High Meet Joe Marchese Page 12 Joe Mihalich leads the by Christopher Carabello ’82 Purple Eagles of Niagara All attendees must Recollections of Fred Assaf We Are The Champions! by Stephen Daly '74 be twenty-one or older by Thomas Barna, Vice Principal Catholic League Championships Page 30 to attend. Page 11 in Cross Country, Swimming, Golf, Lacrosse, and Baseball No Admission Fee! Join us for a Page 15 summer time thing… Graduation 2005 Page 14 …as we mix it up at the Whitebriar! Saturday, July 30, 2005 4:00 to 8:00 pm No Cover • Drink Specials • Free Parking Departments Editorial Notes Photo Gallery Class Notes and Photos Whitebriar Page 2 • Communion Breakfast Page 24 260 20th Street and Hall of Fame Induction Letter From the President William dePasquale ’51 Announcements Avalon, New Jersey of the Alumni Association Page 31 John E. Glaser ’58 (609) 967-5225 New Hall of Fame Display • Career Day by Robert T. Szostak ’72 Alumni Sponsors • Grand Reunion Page 16 Page 32 • 50-Year Reunion (Class of 1955) • 45th Annual Alumni Golf Outing For additional information, please contact the Alumni Office Pages 18 – 23 at (215) 233-2350 or email@example.com. www.lschs.org 2 Explorer Summer 2005 3 Explorer Summer 2005 Editorial Notes In July, a new administration will assume the helm at La Salle College High School and with it, the birth of the Office of Institutional Advancement, which will be responsible for development, annual and planned giving, alumni relations, special events, marketing and communications, public Farewell from a Friend relations, and a myriad of other duties. During the past year, La Salle has conducted an extensive analysis of its development and marketing programs. In response to the findings in these studies, President and in an effort to meet its strategic priorities, La Salle College High School has embarked on one Brother René Sterner, FSC of the most comprehensive marketing programs ever undertaken by an independent school. The Vice President program will include improved media relations, the development of a Style and Identity Manual, Michael A. O’Toole ’68 new and exciting publications, the launch of a web communications portal and eLearning system, and a variety of other means to promote our message and enhance communication with all Alumni Association President our constituents. Robert T. Szostak, Esq. ’72 Editor On Saturday, June 4, 2005, 253 young men graduated from La Salle During the coming months, the Explorer magazine will undergo an extensive redesign. The fall Christopher M. Carabello ’82 College High School, joining our 12,000 plus alumni. This year’s Senior edition will launch a new look, focus, and direction as the magazine is a critical tool in carrying out the strategic marketing plan of La Salle College High School. I encourage Alumni Contributing Writers Class is the largest in La Salle’s 147 year history. Joining them at graduation to submit articles or photographs for publication in the Explorer and take an active role in all Thomas Barna, Vice Principal were 38 members of the Class of 1955. Of the 253 graduates 47 were sons of our communications efforts. Jeremy Cook ’99 of graduates, 7 were sons of fathers and grandfathers who were graduates and Stephen Daly ’74 I would like to thank Michael O’Toole ’68 for his thirty-five years of service to La Salle College one – Paul Kelly is a fourth generation graduate. The Class of 2005 was an Michael O’Toole ’68 High School and the mission of the Christian Brothers (four as a student leader and thirty-one as a Raymond Shay ’00 exceptionally talented group of young men and included seven National dedicated teacher and administrator). As his former student, I can personally attest to his skills and Merit Finalists, one Semi-Finalist, and 24 National Merit Commended passion. Mike O’Toole is a gifted teacher and, like his mentor Gerald Tremblay ’53, is an “educator Editorial and Production Assistance Florence Ward students. The Class earned in excess of $15,000,000 in scholarships and of educators.” I am proud to have known him as colleague and honored to follow in his editorial footsteps. Mike’s efforts are responsible for the evolution of the Explorer magazine and most Cathleen Winning grants and were accepted into over 100 Colleges and Universities. During of La Salle’s other publications. More importantly, he is a man of character, class, and conviction. Photography their senior year they won Catholic League Championships in Cross Country, Mark Chesnik Swimming, Golf, Lacrosse, and Baseball, were Finalists in Tennis and In an effort to complement Bro. René’s farewell message (found on the following pages), former David DeBalko Wrestling, made the Catholic League Playoffs in Soccer and Football, and members of the Forum were solicited for thoughts and recollections. Dozens of his former students Davor Studios responded and all spoke fondly of Brother’s dedication, discipline, and debate skills; however, the Wally Muehlbronner the Flyers Cup Semi-Finals in Ice Hockey. Our Lacrosse team also played in overwhelming comment was something that I have experienced first hand: “From Bro. René you Niagara University Media Relations the championship game for the Eastern Pennsylvania State Championship. learn a great deal, but never know that you are being taught.” One of the remarks came from Matt Brother James Rieck, FSC ’57 Canning ’99, who readily admitted that Bro. René described him as a “defiant little pest.” Although RNews.com La Salle also had numerous participants in the All-Catholic Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, I have never met Matt, we apparently have something in common. I won’t miss Brother’s green Robert Szostak ’72 and Chorus. Several choristers made the Pennsylvania District Chorus and one made the All-State pen or frozen bottles of water, and I certainly won’t miss his papers spread across the board room Chorus. La Salle’s Novice Debate team also won the Novice State Championship in Debate. table. I will miss his wit and uncanny knowledge of almost every subject matter known to mankind. Address Bro. René is a brilliant man who helped to change the face of La Salle and has left a permanent Explorer La Salle College High School La Salle will welcome Brother Richard Kestler, FSC as its third President in July of 2005. mark in our long and storied history. Brother Richard is no stranger to La Salle, having gone here as a student, served three tours 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor, PA 19038 of duty as a classroom teacher, an Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, and Director of The entire La Salle Community joins in thanking Bro. René Sterner, FSC and Michael O’Toole for their Alumni Relations. Brother Richard also served La Salle as its Chairman of the Board when he years of dedicated and passionate service and wishes them well in their new endeavors. Phone: (215) 233-2350 served as Provincial of the Baltimore District of the Christian Brothers. Fax: (215) 836-4502 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The Explorer is published quarterly by La Salle College High School. Christopher M. Carabello ’82 The Explorer welcomes letters to Brother René Sterner, FSC at La Salle College High School Editor the Editor concerning alumni, school, Presidency By The Numbers and topics published in the magazine. • $150,000,000 in scholarships were awarded • 18 years as a teacher and administrator to graduating seniors • 14 years as President • $17,000,000 increase in La Salle‘s endowment • 11 international students were admitted from • $10,000,000 in financial aid to La Salle students economically distressed nations • 26,749 square feet of additional school space • 10 State Champions in Speech and Debate • 220 students received National Merit Recognition • 4 buildings renovated or constructed • 126 issues of The Belcroft • 2 successful capital campaigns: • 50 years as a Christian Brother Legacy For La Salle and Forever La Salle • 46 years as a Speech and Debate Coach • 1 Remarkable Career 4 Explorer Summer 2005 5 Explorer Summer 2005 Farewell From A Friend (continued) La Salle also welcomes Joseph Marchese as its new Principal. As of press time his successor has not been named. La Salle’s Joe comes to La Salle with many years of administrative PRESIDENT’S MEDAL was awarded at the 2005 Graduation experience at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, NY. to Mr. Fred Assaf and to Mr. Michael O’Toole for their years of Joe was the unanimous selection of La Salle’s Principal Search dedicated service to the La Salle community. Committee. While there is much enthusiasm for our new Administrators there is also a touch of sadness as so many The implementation of La Salle’s Strategic Plan continues. As of La Salle’s current administration move on to other of June, 2005 most of the non-physical plant recommendations assignments. I will be taking a year sabbatical. After twenty-four for additions in certain areas to faculty and staff, and a years as a chief administrator (ten at Calvert Hall and significant increase in financial aid for student assistance were fourteen at La Salle), a year to study, travel, and visit will be a accomplished. Other aspects of the plan will take longer because welcome change. The unread books have continued to pile up. they involve major fund raising and the construction of new facilities. These will take a few years of capital campaign(s) to “Brother is recognized in the recollections of his students as a complete. More articles will appear on the Strategic Plan in upcoming editions of the Explorer magazine. leader with the patient yet stern belief in their ability to exceed their preconceived academic limits and embrace the classical.” La Salle Academy in North Philadelphia, located on Second Arnold A. Foley, Esq. ’81 Street, right across from St. Michael Church, has concluded its second year. This school for academically at-risk boys and girls who desire a Catholic education but are economically La Salle will also miss the very dynamic presence of disadvantaged will, when complete, have grades three through Fred Assaf who has served La Salle so ably as Principal eight. In the fall of 2005 the school will have grades three, four, for the past five years. His presence has bridged the always existing tension between continuity and change and ”Brother taught me, ‘Success isn’t about just being better than Brother René Sterner, FSC and his father, Willard Sterner challenged La Salle both technologically the next person, it’s about doing something special, and in better serving the community something of which I can be proud, something memorable.’ beyond La Salle. His gifts and talents will be missed but the Pace Academy commu- It’s some of the best advice I’ve ever received.” nity in Atlanta where he will serve as Gabriel L. Bevilacqua, Jr. ’94 If you have not yet made your contribution to the 2004 – 2005 Headmaster will be richer for his Annual Fund, please do so promptly. Your response to date has presence. Michael O’Toole ’68 will become the new Principal five, and six. The school has an extended school been very good. If you wish to have your gift included in your at Holy Ghost Prep and takes with him thirty some years of day – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and an extended school year Class listing, you need to make your gift promptly. Your experience at La Salle. Mike’s contributions in the classroom, –September through the end of July. The results contin- generosity enables La Salle to achieve its mission of assisting in activities, in administration, in faculty in-service work, and in ue to be impressive, e.g., average daily attendance is all deserving young men seeking a La Salle education. publications have made him a true renaissance man in 98.7%, a record not even matched here at La Salle. secondary education. The average family income is $13,000.00 and all stu- In closing I thank each of you for all of your support over dents qualify for the Federal Lunch Program. One these past fourteen years. Brother Emery Mollenhauer, FSC of important way in which you can help this Lasallian La Salle University tells me that it is the longest tenure as “Bro. René’s dedication to the Forum has given students many project for the neediest of God’s children is through head of a Brother’s secondary school in the history of the opportunities throughout the years. Although the primary purpose your United Way Campaign gift. Many of you work Province. While it may have been the longest it has also been with firms that strongly encourage United Way gifts. the most enjoyable, made so by a loyal and generous alumni. of the Forum is to develop one’s speech and debate skills, the Let me close as I have done so often at La Salle’s graduations La Salle Academy’s United Way numbers are 15142 if friendships formed as a result of the Forum are much more important.” you work in southeastern PA., 239079 if you work in with that wonderful set of lines from T.S. Eliott. It’s what Nicholas J. Covolus ’03 Chester County, and 584659 if you work in Burlington being an EXPLORER is all about: County. If you are uncertain please call the Academy at 215-739-5804 and ask to speak to Sister Jean “We shall not cease from Exploration and the end of all our Brother Gerry Frendreis, FSC, after eleven years as McGowan, SSJ. The Academy’s presence in exploring will be to arrive where we started and we know the Chief Financial Officer also moved on in January of 2005 to St. Michael Parish is significant to all of us associated place for the first time”. accept a similar role with the Christian Brothers Conference in with La Salle for it is here that Archbishop Frederick T.S. Eliot, “Four Quartets”, Little Gidding, Quartet No. 4 Washington, D.C. Brother’s many financial skills will be put to Wood and Brother Teliow first opened the doors of good use on a larger national scale. He has been succeeded by Christian Brothers Academy in 1858, a venture that his long-time Assistant Mr. Mark Gibbons ’92. Mr. John Meko ’86, would within three years be renamed La Salle College Happy exploring! La Salle’s Director of Development has accepted a position at the High School and La Salle College. It was a beginning Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences. We wish John much from which we all have benefited. success in his new venture. John’s leadership and direction brought great success to our 2001 – 2004 FOREVER LA SALLE Campaign, as well as a steady growth in La Salle’s Annual Fund. 6 Explorer Summer 2005 7 Explorer Summer 2005 Amanfor all seasons Mike describes five-year (or so) cycles that have shaped his “The last five years have been exciting-and challenging,” he career: getting involved in a new area of school life, learning as says, “whether working with parents of students from the nearby much as possible about it, implementing and nurturing some Philadelphia neighborhoods or overseeing the construction of proposals and programs, and then starting to look around again the West Wing.” for new challenges, both within and outside of La Salle. This career pattern of expertise and new challenges is one he can But after such successes in connecting La Salle to the outside trace back to his own education at both at La Salle and Penn. community, his thoughts and interests have turned once more to A job offer from a Central New Jersey school almost pulled the heart of academic life, a key area for a man whose personal him away five years ago, for example, but La Salle offered him interests range from the books of Jonathan Kozol and Kazuo the Vice Presidency: “There was always something that Ishiguro to the musical works of Gustav Mahler and Awadagin By Jeremy Cooke ’99 drew me back in.” Pratt. And that academic search led him to Holy Ghost. Michael A. O’Toole ’68 completes his service as Vice President at La Salle College High School and At core a dedicated teacher, he has taught every level of English Exploring this latest move, he says he was very impressed by became Principal of Holy Ghost Prep on July 1, 2005. class, recently returning to the AP senior lit class. He has also his new school’s strength of academic achievement. He’s He was awarded the President’s Medal at La Salle’s chaired the department, coordinated the writing curriculum and also excited to see what can be done with a smaller student Commencement on June 4, 2005, and the inaugural academic technology, directed the academic summer programs, body in a community whose religious mission focuses on Michael A. O’Toole ’68 Medal for Creative Writing and chaired the school’s 1995 – 96 regional accreditation cultivating leaders to be in touch with “the poorest of the poor.” was awarded to Timothy Cullen ’05. Jeremy Cooke ’99 process. He’s advised students on the Wisterian and Gazebo, caught up with his former teacher to discuss his put together the last six years of issues of Explorer, and initiated Still, Mike admits he will miss what has become his home-away- career at La Salle. La Salle’s presence on the world-wide web. from-home for so many years. Michael O’Toole didn’t get the job at La Salle the Now preparing to be a principal, he looks back especially at With his house in nearby Elkins Park, he’s always been about first time around. his leadership of La Salle’s summer programs as a hands-on ten minutes away from La Salle, and has spent countless hours course in overseeing everything from curriculum, scheduling and there beyond the regular school day. “Just ask my family,” Not long after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, budget to hiring faculty, guiding students, and arranging he adds. he explored the idea of coming back to teach at La Salle. In the transportation. He recalls patrolling the campus on his bicycle, meantime, he worked at a Philadelphia law firm, at a research job in Washington, D.C., and for the U.S. Food and Drug picking up tips from then Principal Dave Diehl ’55 and experi- He says he’ll also miss the La Salle student and La Salle teacher, Administration, helping to devise a drug coding system. He even logged several months in New York, in the film and camera menting with different daily intro activities. Morning assemblies, who he says bring unique attitudes to the classroom and student department of Macy’s famous Herald Square department store during the Christmas season. for instance, proved to be less than ideal, he says, while life. Teaching at La Salle can been tiring and exhausting, he program-wide silent reading time kicked off the day with a acknowledges, but it’s usually been rewarding and enjoyable. The second time La Salle called him, right in the middle of a coding problem one day, he recalls. better tone. “To me La Salle has always been a bright place with the power to change the lives of students.” Now preparing to make another major transition in his life, Mike recalls how his interviewer in 1974, Brother Edward Gallagher, Once an expanded summer explained that initial reluctance in hiring him: “We weren’t sure you were going to stick around.” program was established, As he prepares to leave, I ask him what he considers important Mike responded to the in high school education. He highlighted several areas. But stick around he has – for thirty-one – in capacities that reveal La Salle’s trust in his variety of talents. As Mike takes over the desire of the school in Developing complex and critical thinking skills is at the core reins this summer at Holy Ghost Prep, he says he heard a similar refrain during his latest round of interviews. This time, it was from increasing diversity at of a strong college preparatory education. Ten years after the HGP search committee, wondering aloud whether he was really willing to pick up and leave La Salle. La Salle. And he did it in the explosion of the internet, digital technology remains typical Mike O’Toole style. “an important nut to crack in teaching and learning.” “I absolutely did not think I’d be there this long,” he says over lunch earlier this spring at a deli on New York’s Upper West Side, He began a strong person- a favorite home away from home. al involvement in the The cultivation of student leadership skills and the emotional Northwest Philadelphia growth that goes with them are vital, especially when it comes I knew “Mr. O’Toole” primarily as the newspaper adviser, but also as a sounding board for my writing and academic aspirations neighborhoods, worked to community service. Volunteering can be a transformative and as an advisor for Governor’s School candidates. A shrewd guide and verbal sparring partner, he nonetheless had your best with school and community experience, so that students can think of themselves as true interests in mind. In his most recent role in external affairs, he has been a strong ongoing connection to the school. leaders to learn about the advocates for those in need. And remain committed to fostering needs of potential stu- inclusivity at the school in all its forms – racial, ethnic, Daniel O’Toole ’05 and Michael While in New York, the departing Vice President is also sharing notes with a private school administrator friend he met during O’Toole ’68 at Graduation on dents, and established new pathways to draw them in. His social and economic. his year-long Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University during 1994 – 95. The experience from that sabbatical year was just June 4, 2005. The upcoming fall involvement included a five-year stint playing the piano at chil- one of the ways Mike says he was able to stay a part of the La Salle community while still growing professionally. semester will mark the first time dren’s liturgies at St. Vincent De Paul Church and has extended Mike will start his duties at Holy Ghost a month after his son, since 1960 that a member of to his service on the board of Face to Face, a community services Daniel graduates from La Salle. He has been looking forward to the O’Toole Family has not been a “I needed to get out there and gain some fresh perspectives,” he explains of his decision to take a year off from teaching. student or teacher on La Salle’s organization in Germantown. His initiatives such as the getting settled in his new home, and maybe even returning to his When he returned, he was ready to take on new tasks, from academic technology to diversity to curriculum management and an Wyndmoor campus. Northwest Scholars Program and the African-American Alumni piano studies, but – always the seeker when it comes to new unusual one that landed on his desk in 2000 – construction management. The year-long distance from teaching also included consult- Group have helped to increase diversity among the student body areas of learning – he’s got another topic in the back of his mind: ing projects at both public and private schools and enabled him to return with a deeper insight into the mission of his own school. and awareness of La Salle in the larger community. “I’m interested in exploring literacy studies·” Not the first year, he says, but sometime soon after that. 8 Explorer Summer 2005 9 Explorer Summer 2005 Dawn of a What have been your own most formative educational experiences? Which Christian Brothers had a strong impact upon you during your student days? NEW I’m a Brother today because of Brothers who greatly influenced To be honest, the variety of men I experienced at La Salle me early in my La Salle education, but I prefer to reflect upon a was key to my deciding to become a Brother. I was attracted to non-classroom experience that formed my outlook and sensitivity. their life and the things they were able to accomplish. Two stand While on a visit to Central America, I had the opportunity to out as men I would try to imitate. Brother George William, my work first hand with the native people. Their strong faith and freshman homeroom moderator and teacher of English, daily simplicity of life were formative for me. Again while visiting impressed me with both his strength and gentleness. Brother the Philippines; I again was impressed with simplicity of life and Claude Demetrius who had me for the upper classes was again a strong faith of the people. The experience of these peoples giant in my life. Among our lay teachers, two stood out and I influenced the way I was to look at my future life. recall them fondly, Mr. John Moore and Mr. Gerald Tremblay ’53. I still live by the motto – “Boys will be boys but La Salle Tell us about the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian boys will be gentlemen.” The goal of all our teachers should Schools and its relation to La Salle College High School. be to transform us from youths into men. The Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools happily ERA serves at La Salle. The service of a Brother is primarily given to the poor and marginalized but never exclusively. La Salle High grew from humble beginnings at Saint Michael’s Parish and prides itself on serving all classes of students. La Salle gives both staff and students the opportunity to both learn from and serve those less blessed. God has a plan for each of us and part of this is to use wisely the gifts He has given. Explain briefly your view of the President/Principal model. This will be the third time I will serve as President of one of the Brothers schools. I hope by now that I have it straight. The President and the Principal work together to create an environment that makes life at La Salle both enjoyable By Michael A. O’Toole ’68 and successful for all members of the La Salle family. As principal, Mr. Marchese will supervise the daily operation and programs of the school, including staff development and the On July 1, 2005, Bro. Richard Kestler, FSC ’60 returns to his supervision of the students. These responsibilities bring him into Bro. Richard Kestler, FSC ’60 with former Alumni Association President all aspects of school life. A good working relationship is C.T. Heckmann ’84 (left) and the late Bill Whelan ’55 (right) Alma Mater as the third President of La Salle College High essential between these two individuals. I can assure you that School. Recently, Bro. Richard sat down with Mike O’Toole to I feel that Mr. Marchese and I will work very well together. In your view, how has La Salle changed since your discuss the challenges that face La Salle today. student days? How had it not? As President, I see my role as working with the community both Obviously, the Belcroft campus and the physical plant are What does it mean that La Salle is a “Lasallian” or “Christian Brothers” school? outside and inside the school. My main responsibility will be to different from my days of classes atop “cardiac” hall at 20th and To be a “Lasallian” school is to belong to something very special. Lasallian schools are part of a see to the implementation of our recently adopted Strategic Plan. Olney. The student body also has changed with more coming worldwide educational network spanning every continent except Antarctica. Lasallian schools cross I hope not to be excluded from the daily life of the school and to from the suburbs than in my day. Academic programming seems all levels of education from elementary to university and include schools for dependent and interact with many students during the course of my day. I will to cover a more complex area but I’m not sure it is any more delinquent youth. Lasallian students come from all economic classes and faiths. A characteristic also serve as moderator of the Mothers Club and be a presence demanding. I recall several of my classes that simply helped form of Lasallian education is openness to all. A Christian Brothers’ school is Lasallian in its mission and to many other groups in the school. I also look forward to me, public speaking and art/music appreciation, and hope that in those served. Brothers work with all classes of students to share the Gospel message and to representing La Salle at meetings of other independent schools. La Salle still encourages such. And yet, I realize that many ensure a quality education. Brothers add a unique element to the mission of their schools. Brothers’ of today’s academic programs are more challenging than schools strive to “touch the hearts of youth” and to make real the Gospel message. anything I experienced. La Salle hasn’t changed in that it still calls for the very best in its students. The name La Salle How would you place La Salle in the universe of secondary schools? still stands for excellence and character. I am smart enough to never rank any school against another. If a school does its very best to influence its students for good, there is no worry about its ranking among peer schools. For almost 150 years, La Salle has always done the very best for all its students. You can find very few men who would say they are disappointed with their La Salle education. No doubt that La Salle points with pride to the accomplishments of both current students and graduates. 10 Explorer Summer 2005 11 Explorer Summer 2005 Dawn Of A New Era (continued) Comings and Goings You lead a fairly busy life. What do you do for leisure? For most of us, we stay a part of things that are meaningful On a rainy Sunday afternoon I love to look at an old time black in our lives. I believe the same holds true for today’s La Salle Meet Joe Marchese by Christopher Carabello ’82 and while film. I always have enjoyed events associated with the student. On a more mundane level, I will need our alums life of the school community. Landscaping and gardening, and to continue and in some cases increase their support of La Salle. Joseph Marchese, a 28-year member of the faculty and administration of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, activities associated with camping always relax me. You most La Salle has need of their support if it is to remain true to its New York, will become Principal of La Salle College High School on July 1, 2005. Joe will join a short (only seven likely will see me planting some flowers with the change mission. If La Salle is to fulfill all the aspects of its newly since the 1940’s) but distinguished list of gentlemen who have served as Principal. of seasons. On the quiet side, I enjoy model trains and stamp adopted Strategic Plan then each of us has to do our part to collecting. Usually, I make some time each day for personal make this “dream” come true. A native of Rochester, NY, Joe is currently Middle School Administrator for McQuaid Jesuit High School, a school program which he originally implemented. Prior to his current position, he served as Assistant Principal for relaxing reading. Admissions, Assistant Principal for Students Affairs, and teacher of science. What are the major challenges facing La Salle today? I believe the first challenge of the school is to share with Joe is a 1968 graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School. He holds a Certificate in Educational Administration its students the faith tradition that has been the bedrock of from SUNY-Brockport, a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of a Lasallian education. Joe Marchese and his family celebrate his 300th win as Rochester. Joe brings a strong background in teaching, administration, and athletics. He was also the Head Varsity a Head Basketball Coach Basketball Coach at McQuaid, a position he held for nineteen years since replacing Houston Rocket’s Coach La Salle must be a place that opens opportunities. Our academic Jeff Van Gundy in 1986. He recently achieved his 300th career victory and his accomplishments include eight Sectional Championships, five Western New York Regional Championships, life must keep pace with today’s and tomorrow’s possibilities. and three New York State Championships. He was named New York State Coach of the Year in 2003. We must continue to develop a program of extra-curriculars and athletics where students always feel that they are well-rounded “It’s definitely a bittersweet emotion. I’m very excited about La Salle and the people who made me feel so welcome,” said Joe. “But of course leaving McQuaid and the people, faculty, students and my basketball players, all of whom have been outstanding people to be around, will be difficult. I’m going to miss them.” and that they are well-coached and competitive. Joe added, “I’ve always loved administration and this is an unbelievable opportunity with a great school. La Salle did everything they could to encourage me to take the position.” Like all independent schools, La Salle is challenged to remain When asked if he will miss coaching Joe said, “I will remember every game and every team I coached. Those three state champions, particularly the 2003 unbeaten nationally ranked true to its mission and purpose. With almost 150 years of team will stand out the most.” tradition, La Salle must face today’s students and bring to them the same message that sparked careers and successes Joe is a gifted educator and communicator. He, his wife Dorothy, and their four children the youngest of whom, Daniel, will be joining the Sophomore Class at La Salle next year look through these years. forward to becoming part of the La Salle Community. While I attended La Salle, we didn’t know much of the Lasallian world aside from the Brothers schools that we competed against. Today the opportunities to expand this awareness are one of the key challenges facing La Salle. Recollections of Fred Assaf On a practical level, La Salle continues to need its alumni by Thomas Barna, Vice Principal support. Without this support, La Salle could lose its edge on It was spring 2000 when Fred Assaf first arrived on the Belcroft campus. A new millennia had arrived and the variety of young men served. A dedicated faculty somehow we all survived the impending doom of a Y2K Armageddon. During this time, a period of change and La Salle proudly boasts 12,000 alumni. What is the best knowledgeable in their academic areas and able to touch optimism blew up the drive on Cheltenham Avenue. No one really knew much of the man named Fred Assaf, but reason they should stay connected – both physically and the hearts of youth is critical for our success. I invite both there was little doubt he would make his mark at La Salle College High School. financially to La Salle? students and staff to reflect on the excellence of character Most of the men that I associate with find being part of and performance that have always been hallmarks of So often a first impression defines a person as a whole. After a few minutes, everyone knew him by his unmistak- something larger is important in their lives. I can think of nothing our graduates. able laugh, his electric charm, and his dedication and love for his family. As months passed, it was Fred’s wife as meaningful as helping other young men continue their Martha and their five young boys that would become his noticeable mantra. Seeing Fred, Martha, and the boys at La Salle education. Many younger alums are involved with their Finally, La Salle must follow the Strategic Plan every La Salle function became commonplace. children’s little leagues and establishing their careers. As one already adopted that sets a clear course for our future. Fred will be remembered for being a number of things, particularly, a feverish multitasker. He worked very hard and moves on in life, there is more time to give to organizations and very long advancing ideas that he believed would position La Salle at the top of all catholic independent schools. parish. At special moments, celebrating La Salle reunions and Over these years it became clear that Fred was a school leader who felt at home with the ‘big idea’. He worked celebrations begin to make greater sense. This year marks well at communicating aggressive dreams to all constituencies in an attempt to build a better La Salle. On occasion the 45th anniversary of my graduation from La Salle he fell short, more often he reached heights greater than anyone could have ever expected. Fred was never afraid and I thoroughly enjoyed joining my classmates at the to take a chance. While here, he fast forwarded advances in technology making sure La Salle’s teachers and stu- Fred and Martha Assaf with their sons Jack, Hank, Mick, Sam, and Tommy school this year. dents had the equipment and training to make learning occur at a higher level and a faster pace. La Salle quickly became a regional model for wireless campuses and a national one for our faculty laptop initiative. SMART Board technology was made available in every classroom. Significant service learning initiatives were nurtured under his leadership and Branch Out Days became a calendar event as underclass dad’s spent a day of service with their sons each year. Technology was being used to bridge the digital divide of social injustice in ways even colleges couldn’t dream. La Salle’s TechServe program was even offering our own student’s an opportunity to earn college credits and free tuition from one of our nation’s best universities. Fred’s working personality changed the paradigm when it came to functioning with groups. Parents and students were permitted access to plenty of his time. It is generally accepted that no school administrator ever has or ever will be able to match Fred’s ability to be in two places at once all the time. Somehow, Fred made it work, got the job done, and always had time for a smile and a laugh. His spirit for the job was contagious. Fred has written his chapter in the archives of Lasallian history. Our community is thankful for having the opportunity of Fred’s leadership and owes a significant part of our future success to those years he has spent with all of us. 12 Explorer Summer 2005 13 Explorer Summer 2005 La Salle College High School – Class of 2005 Christopher P. Adamski Christopher Anthony Ciufo Sean R. Ford Thomas Johnson John Edward McCoey Richard Andrew Panettieri Christopher James Sheffer John Paul Agostine John Joseph Clifford Tyler Justin Ford Thomas M. Jorfi Michael John McCoy Michael Thomas Pennington Joseph M. Skoien Allen Alzona Steven John Connolly Robert Smith Forster Kevin Shane Juliff Andrew James McDermott Douglas Michael Phelan Timothy Joseph Small Kellen Ryan Anderson Christopher Mark Conti Sean Michael Forster Matthew Allen Kalkbrenner Gerard Joseph McEvilly, Jr. Nicholas A. Pucci Joseph M. Sobocinski Cesare Joseph Angeloni Andrew J. Cotlov Robert S. Fratamico Konrad J. Karczewski Kevin Peter McGee Scott Andrew Ranweiler John Staffi, III Gabriel Joseph Antonello Travis James Cozzie Christopher James Gallagher John A. Keating Michael F. McGee Peter Thomas Recigno, III Michael F. Stanczak Athian Athian John T. Croke Eugene Joseph Gallagher, III Paul James Kelly, IV Sean Thomas McGinley Thomas Edward Reeb John Michael Staub Michael Jeffrey Andrews John Robert Crouse Michael J. Gazzara Shane Vincent Kelly Sean Anthony McGoldrick Conor Patrick Regan Patrick Joseph Staudt Brian Thomas Azeff Timothy Edward Cullen Jeffrey David Gemi, Jr. William Stewart Kessler John Thomas McGowan Michael J. Reilly Thomas J. Stone Gregory J. Banecker William J. Cummings, III Ryan Brendon Gibbons Joseph T. Kirk Matthew Joseph McGowan J. Blake Remley Raymond Patrick Subers John Richard Barr, III Scott James Cumpstone Andrew Michael Gill Stephen Michael Klenk Brooke McKim Alexander Johnathan Rhein Adam Wayne Sutkus Christian John Barrett Kyle G. Cunningham Michael A. Grant Bernard John Krasnisky Michael Roy McKinney John James Rice Andrew T. Sweeney Ryan Patrick Barrett Thayer W. Damm Kevin W. Guckin David Chol Kuch Kevin Thomas McShane Patrick John Rider Jake Patrick Swiger Colin Stout Behr Christopher A. Darragh, Jr. Sean Patrick Guinan Joseph Charles Lacon Thomas Steffa McVey Sean Patrick Riley Michael Tahadjod Michael William Berger Francis Robert Daulerio Brian Francis Givnish Andrew Ryan Lagner Christopher Raymond Mehr Joseph Francis Ritinski John Joseph Tanney Gerald B. Bidus Matthew Z. Dempsey Andrew Junker Haenn Ian Christian LaRocca Tyler Raymond Meves Robert Perry Roberts, IV Vincent Tecce Matthew Joseph Bolinski Patrick Daniel Dempsey Frederick Joseph Haesler, III Paul M. Le Brian S. Michel Andrew Patrick Rocks Andrew J. Terreri Michael Andrew Boyle Michael S. DePaulo Brennan Lee Hagy Gavin M. Leighton Shawn Alan Miles Matthew P. Romagano Peter A. Terreri John Braca, III Robert Charles Devlin Wendell Haley-Dingle Andrew J. Lewandowski Chase Vincent Miller Erik Michael Ronzone Andreas V. Thuy Matthew C. Bradwell Edward A. Diasio Jeffrey M. Hamilton Anthony Constantine Kevin William Miller Scott G. Ross William John Torelli, III Andrew R. Britt Brian Anthony DiBiagio Andrew M. Harrison Limberakis Michael Robert Mills Nicholas Miles Rowe Kevin Patrick Trainer Patrick Felice Broderick Edward William DiDonato Thomas James Hartman Thomas Patrick Little Daniel Joseph Moll M. Stewart Ryan Brett James Trucksess Kyle Michael Buchanan Edward S. DiNola Brian Anthony Heenan Patrick Ryan Lombard Patrick William Montgomery Nicholas Lee Salatino Andrew Robert Tull Gerard F. Burke, Jr. Aldo DiPrato Jason John Henner Ryan John Luby James Patrick Murphy Richard Daniel Salvucci Chinedu Ukwu Thomas P. Callahan, III Hai Hoang Do Michael Edward Henner Michael C. Lynch Bradley Adam Murtha Michael Louis Sannuti Edward Anthony Valentino Brian Andrew Carlin James C. Dooney Stephen Joseph Herbert Francis Thomas Lyons Andrew John Nelson Nicholas Michael Scalfaro George James Walters R. Sean Carlin Adam Robert Douglas Kevin Seamus Heron Alexander J. Madrak Sean D. O’Connell Timothy Michael Schaible John Philip Whalon Vincent Edward Cartwright Matthew J. Doyle Gregory Patrick Herzog Nicholas A. Manzi J. Kyle O’Donnell Christopher Joseph Schieve Daniel P. White Christopher Glen Carvalho Norman Anthony Dukes Zachary Michael Hess Timothy Robert Marcinek Thomas Jeffrey O’Donnell David P. Schnupp Christian E. Williams Cody M. Casale Timothy Patrick Dunn Gregory Bernard Hogan Daniel Kirk Marcolina Brendan O’Hara Christopher Peter Schulz Ronald V. Williamson Michael Roy Chapman Dennis Robert Dunne Donald Carl Huber Joseph Earl Martin, IV George Robert Oliver, Jr. Bryan Anthony Schwartz Joseph William Winning Francesco P. Chinnici Thomas John Edger Andrew M. Hyatt Scott James McBride Michael Gregory O’Neill Ryan J. Sciolla Kenneth Fredrick Wochele, III Brandon K. Chong Richard Turner Eichert Kevin Douglas Hylinski James Colombo McCabe Brian Joseph Olszak Rahul J. Selvanathan Pasquale John Ciammetti, Jr. William N. Eichwald, Jr. James Francis Irwin Patrick C. McCaffery Daniel Peter Castaldi O’Toole Joseph Jaroslaw Semen Stephen A. Ciliberto Michael James Elnitski Rizwan Ishmail Brendan Richard McCann Vincent G. Paglione John A. Sharaf Cameron Paul Ciminera Raymond Christian Favata Leonard A. Ivanoski, III Ryan Patrick McCann Paul Houston Paige Jonathan Sharer David Gaetano Cipolla Stephen Paul Feeley Leo Patrick Jackson Philip James McCarthy, IV Luke Frederick Palidora Timothy J. Shea Acceptances and Destinations for the Class of 2005 Albright College Northeastern University Arcadia University Northwestern University Arizona State University Occidental College Bates College Ohio State University Bloomsburg University Pennsylvania State University Boston College System & Honors Boston University Philadelphia University Cabrini College Princeton University Carnegie Mellon University Providence College Case Western Reserve Purdue University University Rhode Island School of Design The Catholic University Rochester Institute of America of Technology Excellence in Service Chestnut Hill College Rollins College The Citadel Saint Bonaventure University Initiated in 2001 in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, Clemson University Saint Joseph’s University Community TechServe received the 2005 Leading Edge Award from the Colby College Savannah College of National Association of Independent Schools. This innovative program helped Colgate University Art & Design The College of New Jersey Seton Hall University more than 15,000 citizens of Philadelphia overcome the “digital divide.” Inspired by three centuries The College of William and Mary Daniel Webster College DeSales University Dickinson College Drexel University Shippensburg University Syracuse University Temple University Trinity College Tulane University United States Coast Guard of the distinctive spirituality Duquesne University Academy Excellence in Athletics Eckerd College United States • Cross Country – Catholic League and State Prep Champions Elizabethtown College Merchant Marine Embry-Riddle Academy • Swimming – Catholic League Champions (17th Consecutive) Aeronautical University United States Military • Lacrosse – Catholic League Champions Florida A&M University Academy • Golf – Catholic League Champions Fordham University University of Chicago of the Christian Brothers, • Baseball – Catholic League Champions – Ranked No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania Franklin & Marshall College George Washington University Georgetown University Gettysburg College Goucher College University of Delaware University of Maryland University of Minnesota University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania Excellence in Academics Gwynedd Mercy College University of Pittsburgh La Salle educates the whole Haverford College System & Honors • 253 Seniors from 84 grade schools and 63 zip codes Holy Family College University of Rhode Island • 7 National Merit Finalists and 1 National Merit Semi-Finalist Ithaca College University of Richmond Johns Hopkins University University of Scranton • 24 National Merit Commended Students King’s College University of Wisconsin • 87 Senior Members of the National Honor Society Kutztown University Ursinus College Lafayette College Vassar College person, developing young • 99% of the Class enroute to 89 Colleges and Universities • Earned over $15.2 million in Scholarships and Grants La Salle University Lehigh University Loyola College in Maryland Loyola University New Orleans Manhattan College Villanova University Wake Forest University Washington College Wesleyan University West Chester University Manor College Widener University men in their unique talents Excellence in the Arts • University of the Arts Tri-State Band Competition Marist College Marquette University Neumann College New College of Florida York College – First Place Award for Overall Excellence and strengths. – First Place Award for the Saxophone Section 14 Explorer Summer 2005 15 Explorer Summer 2005 Graduation 2005: Photo Gallery We Are The Champions! Saturday, June 4, 2005 On Sunday, November 7, 2004, La Salle’s Cross-Country Team successfully defended its Catholic League Championship by placing five runners among the top eleven finishers for a team total of 31 points. Sean McGinley ’05 took individual honors and set a new La Salle course record for Belmont Plateau. The championship was the fifth for Coach Pat Devine. On Sunday, March 6, 2005, the La Salle Explorers captured their Three Generations of Explorers 17th consecutive Catholic League The Trainer’s – Jim ’54 and Jim ’05, The Lombard’s – Jerry ’79, Jerry ’58, and Pat ’05; The Marcolina’s – Dan ’76, Championship in Swimming. Dan ’05, and Pierre ’48; The McCarthy’s – Philip ’70 and Jamie ’05; The Gallagher’s – Eugene, Jr. ’76 and Eugene III ’05; The Kelly’s – Paul III ’74 and Paul IV ’05; Missing are The Dunne’s – Robert ’79 and Dennis ’05 La Salle’s Golf Team captured the Catholic League Championship on Thursday, May 26, 2005 at the Golf Course at Glen Mills. The championship was the Explorer’s eleventh in twelve years. Sean Ford ’05 fired a 1-over-par round of 72 to take individual honors. On Friday, May 24, 2005, the Lacrosse Team defeated St. Joseph’s Prep by a score of 13-2 to win the Catholic League Championship. The Explorers were lead by League MVP Pat Lombard ’05 who scored three goals. On Wednesday, June 1, 2005, the La Salle Baseball team defeated Conwell-Egan by a score of 4-3 to win its first Catholic League Championship since 1994. The Explorers were lead by League MVP and Inquirer Player of the Year, Matt Zielinski ’06, who threw a complete game on four days rest. 16 Explorer Summer 2005 17 Explorer Summer 2005 Letter from the President of the Alumni Association Although we strive to live by the deep-rooted cannon of the Christian Brothers to Live Jesus in our hearts, forever, few things in life are never-ending. Our Hall of Fame is a symbol of unparalleled excellence. Our inductees are, indeed, courageous captains of industry, military and government After all, we are human with limitations set by nature and God. leaders, professionals, sports stars, orchestra directors, Priests and Brothers, educators, coaches and men of distinction. Their calling in life seems to surpass the deeds of lesser known Alumni. Yet, when we view our more celebrated Alumni in this unified fashion, we begin to see in each of Our Alumni Association was founded over 35 years ago to support the philosophy, goals, and objectives of La Salle College High School. In fulfilling them a true sense of the Christian Brothers’ heritage shared by all of us. Through our ritual of Hall of Fame convocation, we give voice to the ultimate this charge, we dedicate ourselves to the 325 year mission of the Christian Brothers. Our purpose is unified and true, for it serves to blend our past values by which we were all empowered. with our present into our future. Our purpose is, irrefutably, forever. The Brothers and lay faculty prepared us for life. We received, and our boys continue to receive, the best education in the world. Through personal The Christian Brothers established our La Salle in 1858. Over 147 years and 14,000 Alumni later, La Salle has produced a host of diverse leaders in relationships at all levels, La Salle has exceeded the awesome pace of an ever changing world. La Salle’s culture of Christian fidelity, academic the Church, Community and Nation. Our involvement, stewardship and profound loyalty to cause distinguish us as, perhaps, La Salle’s and athletic excellence, spiritual fulfillment and selfless service have remained constant throughout our history. After challenging us to reach proudest achievement. We stand as living testament to the spirit and success that La Salle has fostered for generations of young men from our fullest potential, La Salle has enriched each one of us with a sense of Hall of Fame integrity. As one of our school’s most distinctive strengths, we the Philadelphia Area. uphold the Lasallian traditions with zeal in our hearts. Although our Hall of Fame attributes are earned and not bestowed, our faith based foundation will always ground the direction of our very active lives. The notion of Hall of Fame caliber bears an unreachable mystique marked by glory and greatness reserved for the venerable few who rise above the ordinary measures of the common man. At La Salle, we confer upon our most renowned brothers the distinction of Hall of Fame standing, It was with great satisfaction and pride that we blessed and dedicated our new Hall of Fame display. As you ponder this timeless memorial, find a symbolic ritual that transcends our mortal limitations. We embrace the noble character of the men we recognize by our display of honor for the comfort in knowing that it will accommodate future inductees over the course of the next two decades. Even nicer, we must certainly acknowledge, Lasallian generations to preserve. While the moral fiber and individual deeds of these honored men may fade with the passage of time, their that its impact shall be forever. By virtue of our La Salle education, the Hall of Fame embraces all of us. We have thus given La Salle our gift collective will, their unwavering character and their gracious service intrinsically represent the fortitude of our purpose. It is this resolve that inspires of this tradition as witness to the strength of our common bond. infinite consequence beyond the measure of our bounded lives. Recognizing the significance of our Hall of Fame tribute and display, two years ago we knew that our long-established display cases would, after housing 47 famed inductees, run out of space. We undertook a thoughtful expansion project. We chose not to simply accentuate our inductees as individuals. Instead, we decided to present a dynamic view intended to perpetuate Saint La Salle’s fundamental dedication to building a society that is more human, more Christ-like and more just. Robert T. Szostak ’72 President 18 Explorer Summer 2005 19 Explorer Summer 2005 Communion Breakfast and Hall of Fame Induction Career Day: Photo Gallery Sunday, March 6, 2005 Thursday, March 10, 2005 Hall of Fame Celebrants – Fr. Anthony Janton ’69 William dePasquale ’51 is congratulated on his induction Keynote Speaker – Rod Von Lipsey ’76 Michael Kennedy ’72 and Fr. Robert Breen ’45 by fellow inductee Marty Stanczak ’60 William dePasquale ’51 performing with La Salle’s String Ensemble Alumni Association President Robert Szostak ’72 presents the Michael Donohoe, DC ’79 and Anthony Viggiano ’72 Brian McGeehan ’95 William J. Whelan ’55 Alumni Service Award to Philip Cassidy ’70 The Flannery Family in front of the new Archive Display paying tribute Sixteen members of the Hall of Fame in front of the new Tom Kolsun ’85 George Winslow ’82 to John “Tex” Flannery ’40 Hall of Fame Display Hall of Fame members Tom Lynch ’58 and Ken Shaw ’60 John Glaser ’58 accepting his induction into the Hall of Fame Paul Kelly ’74 Ken Booker ’84 20 Explorer Summer 2005 21 Explorer Summer 2005 Grand Reunion: Photo Gallery 50-Year Reunion: Photo Gallery Saturday, April 23, 2005 June 3 – 4, 2005 22 Explorer Summer 2005 23 Explorer Summer 2005 45th Annual Alumni Golf Outing Monday, June 13, 2005 – Blue Bell Country Club Bob McCreight ’71, Fr. Robert Breen ’45, and Peter Moore ’71 Riley Smith ’79, George Johnson, Jr. ’79, George Johnson, Sr., Winning Foursome – Class of 1998 – Ed Bongard, Jeff Huntzinger, Larry Wentz ’55 and Dr. Jim Richard ’56 and Steve Johnson ’82 Brett Gordon, and Andrew Rakowski Class of 1963 – Hon. Maurino Rossanese, Ed Drach, Joe Turk, Former Principal Bro. Edward Gallagher, FSC with his former student Class of 1981 – Butch Farris, Pat Loftus, Neil Fitzpatrick, Joe Slabinski IV ’01 and Joe Slabinski III ’67 and Lou Galzerano Phil Cassidy ’70 and Ward Fitzgerald Brett Gordon ’98 and Andrew Rakowski ’98 Bud Hansen III ’86 and Bud Hansen, Jr. ’54 Chris McDermott ’75 Rich Sherman ’85 Four Decades of Explorers – Chris Carabello ’82, Bill Benz ’72, Class of 1943 – Jim Logue, Joe Gerngross, Frank McCrossen, Class of 1983 – Mark Gola, Dave Martosella, Dave Riley, Jim Carroll Seventy Years Apart – Walt Small ’38 and Patrick Melvin ’08 John Fenningham ’68, and Sean Seese ’02 and Jim Maloney 24 Explorer Summer 2005 25 Explorer Summer 2005 Class Notes 1940’s John McHale ’42 and his wife, Genevieve, celebrated their 1950’s Vincent McDermott, MD ’50 has retired from office 1960’s James Pressler ’61 is a Pediatrician for Settlement Health in 55th wedding anniversary with their four children and eleven and hospital practice, but will still continue caring for patients East Harlem, NY and is married with two children. grandchildren on Superbowl Sunday, February 6, 2005. at St. Mary’s Catholic Home. He will volunteer weekly at the Community Health Practice, a free clinic for the uninsured Joe Minarik ’67 has retired from the federal government to Charles Wynn ’46 and his wife, Beverly, traveled to Australia to in Camden, NJ. become Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef. Highlights of the trip Committee for Economic Development (CED) in Washington, DC. included crossing the continent by train. Ed Schmid ’50 is still working in the paving industry, enjoying He had served for eight years as the Chief Economist in the his grandchildren who are close by and thankful for all La Salle White House Office of Management and Budget (during the has meant to him. He apologizes for not being able to attend his Clinton Administration) and four years as the Chief Economist Eugene McLoone ’47 was a member of the Oxford Roundtable The Honorable James R. Matthews, Chairman of Montgomery County 55-Year Reunion and wished his “best” to his classmates. and Policy Director for the Democratic Staff of the House Budget Commissioners, is sworn into office as a member of the Pennsylvania On Financing Education at Oxford College in England. Committee under Rep. John M. Spratt (D-SC). Convention Center Authority Board of Directors by The Honorable Charles McMahon ’51 stopped teaching three years ago, Richard J. Hodgson, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge, on January 27, 2005. Both men are Alumni from the Class of 1966. but still has an active research group. Jack Barrett ’69 recently began working for Catholic Charities of Syracuse, NY. He will be administering a HUD Grant designed Pete Waters ’52, after several granddaughters, finally to secure permanent hosing for the chronically homeless. has a grandson, Kevin D. McLarnon, and candidate for the Class of 2022. Jim Osborne ’58 was elected as Treasurer of Radnor Township, PA. Class of 1945 Class of 1951 joins to celebrate the induction of William dePasquale ’51 into the Hall of Fame on March 6, 2005 Class of 1960 A Shore Thing Mass and Dinner Sunday, September 11, 2005 Golf Outing and Luncheon Monday, September 12, 2004 Greate Bay Golf Club Somers Point, New Jersey Class fo 1958 joins to celebrate the induction of John E. Glaser ’58 into the Hall of Fame on March 6, 2005 Class of 1965 26 Explorer Summer 2005 27 Explorer Summer 2005 Class Notes (continued) 1970’s Mark Zielinski ’77 graduated from the FBI Academy (219th 1980’s Peter Tantala, P.E. ’88 was reappointed to the International Session) in Quantico, VA. Property Maintenance and Zoning Code Committee for the International Code Conference. Richard Catrambone, PhD ’78 was the 2004 recipient of the Ed O’Brien ’71 is a Partner in McConnell Energy Solutions Georgia Institute of Technology’s “Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Kevin Funchion ’82 is pleased to announce the opening of Paul Wynn ’88 married Julia Bellrose on October 23, 2004 in developing large solar energy arrays. Outstanding Teacher Award,” which is the highest teaching Triton Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment Newtown, PA. Rev. Anthony Janton ’69 and Rev. Anthony Gruber, award given a the institute. He is an Associate Professor of advisory group in Wayne, PA. an uncle to Paul, con-celebrated the Nuptial Mass. Kirk Mark Sutton ’72 has been promoted to Senior Director Psychology and teacher of undergraduate and graduate courses Marcolina ’88 was best man and Mark Wynn ’79 was of Franchise Development for Choice Hotels in the at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on ways to improve John Meko ’86 is the Vice President for Development at the a groomsman. The couple honeymooned in Belize and now Mid-Atlantic Region. teaching and training materials, educational technology, and Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. reside in Brooklyn, NY. human-computer interaction. Carl Graf ’73 has joined Metro Development Company, Michael Korman, USN ’87 is serving in Iraq as Command Paul Kane ’88, a journalist with Roll Call, received the Everett a Philadelphia-based regional real estate development Michael Donohoe, DC ’79 has joined Philadelphia Chiropractic Master Chief for the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team McKinley Dirksen Awards for Distinguished Coverage of and management company, as a Partner and CFO. and Rehabilitation in Levittown, PA as Clinical Director. in Baghdad. Congress at the National Press Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner in February. Mike Driscoll ’76 has three sons – Michael ’04, a freshman Charlie McGowan ’87 was recently appointed as the Director at Georgetwon University, Chris ’06 a junior, and Patrick ’09 an of Sales for the Mid-Atlantic Region for Brighton Best incoming freshman. Manufacturing. Class of 1970 Class of 1980 Class of 1975 Class of 1985 28 Explorer Summer 2005 29 Explorer Summer 2005 Class Notes (continued) 1990’s Tom Flannery ’95 and his wife, Erin, recently relocated to Silver Spring, MD, where Tom is employed by GEICO in their IT Department. Richard Durso ’92 married Suzanne Cordie in May. Rich Michael Monaghan, USN ’95 is on an extended overseas recently received his CFP (Certified Financial Planner). deployment on board the fast attack nuclear powered submarine USS Los Angeles. He will stop in Guam, Singapore, South Korea, Drew Morrisroe ’92, President and CEO of CTN Solutions in and Japan while on a mission that includes reconnaissance, Lafayette Hill, PA, is a recipient of the prestigious “40 Under 40” intelligence, and special operations support. Award sponsored by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The award recognizes forty individuals under the age of forty who are Matt Fineberg ’97 has announced his candidacy for a seat on proven performers in their respective industries and communi- the Board of Commissioners in Abington Township, PA. ties.He was profiled in the April 8, 2005 issue of the Philadelphia Business Journal. CTN Solutions provides network infrastructure, Kevin Brewster ’99 recently joined the Cheltenham Township application development, and web development services to small Police Department after spending a year working on the Broad and mid-sized organizations throughout the region. Street Subway in North Philadelphia as SEPTA Police Officer. He graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy in November Michael Tantala, P.E. ’94 earned his license as a Professional 2003 after earning a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. DeSales University. Steve Shaheen ’95, is currently a student at Harvard Business School. Recently, Chris Matthews ’63 , aired his show “Hardball” from the Harvard campus. Steve had the opportunity to attend the show and meet Chris. 2000’s Joe Dwyer ’00 is a Financial Wholesaler for Lordabbett Company Investing in Jersey City, NJ. Class of 1990 Chris Glavin ’00 has opened Huddelson LLC, an online educational resource job center for those in the K-12 education system. The web site, www.k12academics.com, has links to Friday, August 5, 2005 The Bay Course schools, districts and training certification, school profiles Seaview Marriott Resort and Spa throughout the USA, teacher tips, and a job database complete Absecon, New jersey with postings and resumes. Brett Thompson ’01 is majoring in English at Arcadia University Josh Borkowski ’01 participated in an academic exchange/ and will spend the fall semester studying in Wales. He is the fellowship program for five months in Florianopolis, Brazil, Co-Editor of Mosaic, Arcadia’s independent literary magazine. studying agroecology with students at UFSC in Florianopolis. The Fall semester was spent taking classes and participating in field Terry Wilkin ’02, a member of the Men’s Rowing Team at research projects related to the subject area under the Syracuse University, was honored as Scholar Athlete of the supervision of faculty from Berkley and the Instituto de Biologia. Week in December. He is majoring in political science and speech communication and has been selected to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll each of his first four semesters. Class of 1995 30 Explorer Summer 2005 31 Explorer Summer 2005 Flying Announcements By Stephen Daly ’74 High For Joe Mihalich ’74, currently the Head Basketball Coach at Niagara University, this past season was a very special one. Since taking over at Niagara in April of 1998, Joe has been on something of a roll. He is the first head coach at Niagara to begin his career with seven consecutive winning seasons, and has twice been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coach of the year, including this past season. But Joe’s was no overnight success story. As far back as his sophomore season at La Salle High School, he says, he knew wanted to be a head basketball coach. He also realized, early on, that he would never be a great player. Yet he worked hard on his game and went on to La Salle University, where he Births We Welcome To Michael Funchion ’82 and wife, Vivian, a girl, Sophia Elizabeth, on January 10, 2005 To Carl Holmes ’83 and wife, Elizabeth, a girl, Avery Marie, on April 26, 2005 To Martin McDonnell ’83 and wife Margo, a girl, Caitlin Martina, on February 17, 2005 Deaths We Remember Frederick Betz ’28 John F. Hagerty ’30 Charles Schreader, MD ’30 Roger O’Brien ’32 Edward J. Grubb ’36 Robert E. Walton ’36 Robert J. Butler, Jr. ’39 Barbara Albanese, wife of Mario ’47 Peggy Belcher, mother of Brian ’69, James ’72 and Thomas ’75 Thomas Grebis, father of Thomas ’94 and Bryan ’96 Thomas Ignas, father of Thomas ’75 and brother of Frank Ignas Michael Maicher, Joe led the Purple Eagles to their first NCAA tournament played under Paul Westhead, helping the Explorers to two NCAA To Jim Donahue ’86 and wife, Karen, a girl (finally), John P. Campbell ’40 Long-Time School Photographer appearances and one Big Five title. He graduated in 1978 with a Mary Katherine, on April 30, 2005 appearance in thirty-five years, since the days of the William R. Sterner ’41 Mary Naab, degree in mathematics and education, but there was never any question where he was headed in his career. Thomas L. Kearney ’42 wife of George Naab ’38 great Calvin Murphy. To John McFadden ’88 and wife, Jennifer, twins, Maile Genevieve and Sean Holt, on December 30, 2004 Thomas M. Redanauer ’43 Sally O’Brien He spent the next twenty years as an assistant coach, first John J. McCoy ’44 (wife of Charles J. “O’Bie” O’Brien under the legendary Morgan Wooten at DeMatha High School in To Dan Rakowski ’91 and wife, Joy, a boy, and mother of Charles J. O’Brien ’56, Robert L. Pigeon ’44 Hyattsville, MD, then back at La Salle University, where he Matthew Jude, on February 19, 2005 grandmother of Patrick McFadden (father of Robert ’67, Joseph ’68, stayed for the next seventeen years, working with Lefty Ervin and Michael McFadden ’94) grandfather of Robert III, Thomas ’92 and later Speedy Morris. It was during those years as an assis- To Patrick Randles ’91 and wife, Whitney, a boy, Stanley Peffle, Andrew ’95 and Edward ’01) tant that he learned the intricacies of the game, scouting other Sean Patrick, on March 4, 2005 father of Soccer Coach Bob Peffle teams, recruiting players from around the country, putting in his Richard J. Devine ’45, time, waiting for his shot at a head coaching position, which father of Richard ’72 Josephine Smith, To Tom McDonald ’92 and wife, Lori, twins, mother of John Whalen ’67 was a long time in coming. Kaitlyn Teresa and Connor Vincent, on June 1, 2004 Donald H. McGill ’45 Mary Rita Sommar Joseph P. Grace ’46 “You learn from all the coaches you work with,” Joe says. “Then (mother of Albert ’62, James ’64, To Brian Romano ’94 and wife, Megan, a boy, Nicholas Maguire ’46 you bring to the game your own skills and talents. Eventually Kevin ’72, Michael ’74, Brian ’77 and James Patrick, on March 8, 2005 you start to develop your own philosophy and style. The key is Bernard Schreiber ’46 Timothy ’80) being a great teacher and having a passion for the game. If you To Jim Tate ’94 and wife, Kathy, a boy, Robert J. Sorensen, MD ’46 Ella Sontheimer, don’t have that, you shouldn’t be coaching.” James Christopher, on April 15, 2005 wife of Edward Sontheimer ’39 Walter C. Maslowski, DDS ’47 John J. Bradley ’48 Harry Williamson He is, by nature, an optimist. But he is also a realist, and there were many times during those shadow years when he would lie William J. McNeill ’49 awake at night and think that maybe he was destined to be an Retirements We Appreciate Thomas A. Harverson ’50 assistant coach his entire career, that maybe his dream of Joseph P. Kearney ’50 becoming a division-one head coach was never going to happen. ”Gentleman George” Charles J. Mohr ’50 In June, George Hohenleitner retired after thirty-six years as a “But I never stopped believing,” he says. “And I was lucky.” That member of the faculty of La Salle College High School. George George Nuss ’50 ability to dream, to believe in oneself, he says, is something he taught Religion and German, and coached Tennis. He was a Michael F. Avallone, DO ’51 learned during his four years at La Salle College High School. quiet man, whose gentle and prayerful demeanor affected five Fr. Charles E. Murphy ’51 decades of La Salle stundents. La Salle had such an effect on him, Joe says, that he and his Richard J. Mullin ’57 wife Mary made sure all three of their sons – Joe, Tony and Matthew Ledwith ’58 Matt – went to a Christian Brothers’ school, St. Joseph’s Charles J. Mooney ’60 Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, which according to Joe has very much the same spirit and guiding principles as La Salle College Anthony E. Martin III ’65 High School. James P. Mooney ’72 Eric Chesna ’89, “La Salle instills in you a desire to achieve, but in a healthy brother of John ’73, Scott ’77, Mark ’80 way,” he says. “It teaches you to dream, to set goals for your- Auf Wiedersehn Erik J. Mitsch ’96 self, to want to accomplish something with your life. The quality of the people I went to school with, the people who taught me Terrence McCann ’03 there – it was the best four years of my life. ” Joe Mihalich ’74 leads the Purple Eagles of Niagara to the NCAA Tournament 32 Explorer Summer 2005 33 Explorer Summer 2005 Thank You to our Alumni Sponsors Adventures In Success DII Computers, Inc. Thomas C. Lowry PC & Redring Solder Tim Erb ’66 Tom Drummond ’84 Associates Christopher M. Carabello ’82 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Thomas C. Lowry, Esq. ’71 The Avallone Family Michael ’51, Michael, Jr. ’77, Deloitte & Touche, LLP Stephen A. Gardner ’72 Magarity Ford and Schmidt Chiropractic Michael F. Donohoe, DC ’79 Specialty License Plate John ’81 Chevrolet Dunphy Ford Bill ’63, Greg ’65, Joe ’70, Slabinski Funeral Homes Gary Barbera Jay Dunphy ’54 Mark ’72, Mike ’74, Jake ’78, Joseph F. Slabinski ’67 Automotive Group Kevin Dunphy ’83 Chris ’96 Geno Barbera ’77 Signature Homes McCrea Dunton The Markmann Family J.T. Maloney ’43 The Beck Family Charles J. Dunton, MD ’70 Joe ’43, Joe Michael ’65, Tim Maloney ’96 Lloyd, Jr. ’74, Lloyd III ’98, Bill ’66, Jim ’79, Dan ’81, Ryan ’01, Andrew ’04 Bob Durney ’57 Timoney Knox, LLP Joe ’92, Steve ’95, Bill ’98 Scott H. Wolpert, Esq. ’84 William J. Benz, Esq. ’72 Eastern Mortgage Services, Inc. William L. McKernan, CPA Tracey Mechanical, Inc. Blank Rome, LLP Philip E. Cassidy, Jr. ’70 David A. Stagliano ’93 John W. Wozniak ’77 Denis James Lawler, Esq. ’66 The McLaughlin Family The Foley Insurance Trenchtech, Inc. Blue Bell Country Club Agency Bernard ’23, Jim ’57, Michael Dave Martosella ’83 Elmer (Bud) F. Hansen, Jr. ’54 Tim Foley ’66 ’01, Ian ’03, Dennis ’07 Elmer F. Hansen III ’86 Gerry Foley ’74 U.S. Roofing Corporation Available to Alumni, Faculty and Staff, Parents (Past and Present), and Students Mellon Webster & Shelly Ryan P. Tyrrell ’91 Fr. Robert Breen ’45 Foundation Capital Management, Inc. Joseph A. Cullen, Jr. Esq. ’91 The Urbanski Family Only $35.00 John M. Burtnick, Sr. ’64 M. Mark Mendel, Ltd. Tim ’63, Andrew ’02 Chuck Minnich, Bob Szostak ’72 Joseph Camardo ’70 MSFS, CLU, CHFC ’85 Jim Ward ’55 Please contact the Alumni Office at (215) 233-2350 for an application Morgan Stanley or email email@example.com Carabello, Mansell, and Gabriel Building Group Jack Williams ’73 Sam Gabriel ’80 Wells Fargo Home Knouse Dental Associates Mortgage John F. Carabello, DMD Owen L. Murray ’61 Michael J. Gallagher, Brian D. Trymbiski ’96 CBIZ Accounting, Tax, and DDS ’70 Orleans Homebuilders Michael Vesey ’77 Wharco Realty Group Advisory, Inc. Garrison Printing Company John J. Whalen ’67 Andrew J. Malone, CPA ’78 La Salle College High School William B. Fynes, Jr. ’65 Orthopedic Surgery Chestnut Hill Dental Group GMAC Commercial And Rehabilitation Patrick J. White, DC ’69 The Loggia and Robert F. Gallagher, DDS ’42 Associates Williamson Caterers Robin F. Gallagher, DMD ’67 Mortgage Charles E. Dunleavy, Jr. ’61 William J. Markmann, MD ’66 William C. Hamilton, MD ’66 Bob McCreight ’71 St. Michael Hall Joe Williamson ’80 City Champs 1950 Vincent Giordano Company Walter W. Dearolf, MD ’74 A Limited Edition Thomas J. Gola ’51 Williamson Guy Giordano ’72 Narducci, Moore, Hospitality Services of Five Hundred Prints Class Of 1966 Kindt, Kaye & Wentz, Inc. Fleisher & Roeberg Jim Osborne ’56 Robert F. McAnespey ’66 Larry Wentz ’55 Peter E. Moore, Esq. ’71 Dan McGill ’78 By Robert A. Knight ’48 Corr, Stevens & Ed Wentz ’99 Pennsylvania Windsor Wood Service Fenningham Liberty Personnel Orthopedic Associates Don Hughes ’80 $175.00 John C. Fenningham, Esq. ’68 Services, Inc. David E. Reinhardt, DO ’84 Wood Mode Cabinetry (including shipping and handling) Country Club Editions Boyd A. Kelly ’93 Miriam and Frank Chuck Walsh ’68 • 18" x 22" Frame with top mat embossed with the school seal William D. Vare ’49 Liberty Property Trust Pfluger ’50 Commerce Bank Ward Fitzgerald ’81 Plexus Ventures, LLC • Three Frame Options: Cherry, Gold, or Walnut Live Jesus In Our Hearts Robert P. Moran ’69 • Two Mat Options: Blue/Gold or Wheat/Blue/Gold Creative Financial Group Anonymous ’52 S. John Gorman IV ’67 Quality Mailing Brian C. McGeehan ’95 Services, Inc. Wm. Timothy McAndrews, Jr. Please contact the Alumni Office at (215) 233-2350 ’83 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Non-Profit Org. 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