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The Third Decade

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In the Beginning....The Third Decade 1950-1959

The history of these years is taken from our 75th Anniversary History published in 2004

In a magnificent display of Catholic Action, 236 men follow C.A. Captain Bernie Bygott, '34 to Malvern on the weekend of February 17, 1950.

Johnny Austin and his band play for the Spring Dance at Melrose Country Club on May 19th. Our $3.00 ticket price is the lowest in years for a Spring Dance.

With the graduation of the Class of 1950, our ranks are swelled to more than 10,000.

We are at war again!...And the impact is felt almost immediately. On September 1st, Sergeant First Class John F. McGovern, '45, a member of the 5th Regimental Combat Team, is shot in the chest while manning a machine gun. Sgt. McGovern is the first of twenty-eight alumni to give their lives in this conflict.

Dues Increase

September 21, 1950...The Board is concerned about finances. After a lengthy discussion, Frank Gormley, '38, and Jim Sholly, '32, move that dues be increased from $1.00 to $2.00.

Former alumni president, Father Jimmy McGuire, '34, is the celebrant of the Mass at the November 26th Communion Breakfast.

Honorary membership is conferred on Tommy Loughran, former light-heavyweight boxer, who in his address to the assemblage, delivers a stirring message on the responsibilities of a Catholic layman. Sports personalities Jimmy Dykes and Benny Bengough, as A's and Phillies' coaches, respectively, are also named honorary members.

"Chick" Quinn, '36, is reelected to a second term and at the Board meeting following the Breakfast the balance of the Executive Board is named. Two members of the Class of '34, Bernie Bygott and Joe Colman, are elected vice-presidents. Paul Quinn, '36, is renamed Secretary with Frank Kilian, '49, as his assistant. Vince Bee, '35, declines nomination for reelection as Treasurer and Joe McKeown, '33, succeeds him in that post. Tom Blessington, '48, is elected Assistant Treasurer.

For the first time, the Association will compensate one of its officers. Due to the increased workload on the Treasurer, Kilian, '35, and Colman, '34, move that the Treasurer be reimbursed $100 annually for expenses incurred in carrying out his duties.

No sooner does McKeown assume his duties than he is recalled to active duty with the Navy. He resigns his post as Treasurer and the duties are taken over by Tom Blessington. Members of the Association recite the rosary as a group at Radio Station WJMJ on Thursday, February 22, 1951.

Hallahan Alumnae and our Association join forces to sponsor a moonlight cruise on the Delaware. Chairman Joe Kilian, '35, who doubles as Falconer editor, advises the Board that there were 229 in attendance from the North Catholic group. A small profit is realized.

In recognition of his past services, the title of Alumni Coordinator is conferred on Father Eisenbarth at the June 28th meeting of the Board.

To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Northeast Catholic and in appreciation of the services rendered by the Oblates, the Board approves, on September 13th, the expenditure of $5,000. The money is to be given to the Oblates to help underwrite construction costs for their new Scholasticate in Hyattsville, Md.

The Silver Anniversary of the school is commemorated at the November 25th Communion Breakfast. Celebrant of the Mass is Father Bill Seelaus, OSFS, '42, and the sermon is delivered by our Moderator, Father Brennan.

"Chick" Quinn, '36, wins a third term. Election of the remaining executive officers takes place at the December 4th Board meeting. Vince Bee, '35, and Joe Colman, '34, are named vice-presidents. William Ries, '47, is elected Treasurer and Tom Foy, '43, is elected Assistant Treasurer. Named to his third consecutive term as Secretary is Paul Quinn, '36; with Steve Tracy, '40, to assist him.

On January 10, 1952, President Quinn represents the Association at a formal reception honoring our new archbishop, John F. O'Hara, CSC.

Participants at the Invitation Dance at the United Hungarian Hall are treated to a surprise visit by our own "Mickey" Shaughnessy, Hon. '49. This Philly and Wildwood comedian gives one of his wittiest performances for his fellow alumni before leaving for a nite club engagement. Music at the January 25th affair is provided by the Clete McBride Orchestra.

Malvern attendance is dwindling, we are down to two hundred and twenty-nine. Bygott urges all-out assistance from the Board of Governors in the future.

A Paddy's Day Dance is held at the Rifle Club on March 17th (what else???). Music is supplied by McNamara's Band...no, no—we mean, McBride's Band (Clete, '42).

The first mention of incorporating the Association is propounded by President Quinn in March of '52.

For the second time, in little more than a year, we lose a treasurer. Bill Ries resigns due to ill health and once again Blessington takes up the task. Joe McKeown returns from the service in April and is asked by President Quinn to assume the treasurer's chores. He accepts.

Again, the Hallahan and North Associations' team up to sponsor a moonlight cruise on the Delaware Belle. Once more, our participation is very little.

Catholic Forum

September '52 is an auspicious month for the Association. It undertakes to sponsor a Catholic Forum. The theme of the Forum is to be "Beware of False Prophets." Over the next four months, audiences are treated to such speakers as Professor James M. O'Neil, the Rev. Max Jordan and Valentine DeBalla. The concluding session is a debate between John Bracken and Godfrey Schmidt. The moderator of the debate is Bob Benson, of KYW Radio.

The Board agrees to spend almost $5,000 to purchase new band uniforms for the school . . . Father Tocik, who became principal in 1949 and is to hold this post longer than anyone in the school's history, is most appreciative.

The Board of Governors proposes an Amendment to the Constitution & By-Laws which will increase the term of office of Class Representative from one to two years. There will be a maximum of two from each Class, elected in alternate years. The motion is passed by the Board and the Amendment adopted by the general membership at their meeting prior to the Communion Breakfast on November 30th.

"Chick" Quinn is returned to office for the fourth consecutive time. Only twice previously (Robinson, '29 and Kelly, '34) have we had a president prevail this long.

At the December Board meeting, Vince Bee, '35, is reelected First Vice-President and Joe Kilian, '35, is named Second Vice-President. Returned to office as secretary and assistant secretary are Quinn and Tracy, respectively. And the Treasurer post goes to McKeown, unopposed, with Blessington as the assistant.

The Malvern Retreat achieves a new high in attendance when 254 men spend the weekend of February 19, 1953, at St. Joseph's-in-the-H ills.

Clete McBride and his band provide the music for the Annual St. Patrick's Invitation Dance. The German Hungarian Hall, at 2nd and Norris, is again the site. As usual, this gala affair is well attended ... you can't beat the price - ZERO!

After much debate throughout the years, the Board unanimously adopts a motion, on March 12, 1953, to incorporate the Association.

The first Memorial Day Service takes place at 10 a.m. on May 30th. A wreath is placed at the base of the Shrine by President Quinn and Father Eisenbarth delivers a short sermon. Outside of the members of the Board, there are very few in attendance. Inclement weather plays a large part in holding down the crowd.

The Spring Dance at Melrose Country Club is well-attended and is considered by one and all to be a social, as well as financial, success.

On June 5th, the Silver Anniversary Class of 1953 joins the ranks of the alumni association - nine hundred thirty-four members, the largest class to date. They are welcomed into the association with a dance held at Brookline-on-the-Boulevard.

Constitutional Revision

Since January, a committee has been hard at work reviewing the existing Constitution and By-Laws and drafting a new one for presentation to the general body. At last, the final draft is completed. Our new constitution is ready!

Accordingly, President Quinn calls for the first General Meeting of the Association in more than ten years. It is scheduled for September 28, 1953.

More than four hundred members attend. Copies of the revised Constitution and By-Laws are presented to each member as they enter the auditorium. Almost from the opening gavel, there is discussion and debate over the various changes. And debate quickly gives way to argument. The evening wears on. By 10:45 p.m. we have adopted only the first two articles. Finally, cooler heads prevail, common sense and logic take over. Jack Thiers, '34, and Gene Shields, '41, move that the remaining articles be adopted in toto.

The motion carries and the new Constitution and By-Laws are adopted! The major changes now allow the Board of Governors to elect the President, who will be limited to three consecutive terms, and the establishment of a Board of Trustees which will consist of all past-presidents. The fiscal year is established as July 1st to June 30th.

Archbishop John F. O'Hara, CSC, presides at the Silver Jubilee Mass and Communion Breakfast on November 29th. His Excellency, a former president of Notre Dame University, delivers the sermon. At ceremonies, held after Mass, Archbishop O'Hara is awarded honorary membership in the Association.

More than nine hundred attend...our largest turnout to date. Under the new Constitution and By-Laws, this also marks the first time the election of the President is not held at the Breakfast. He and all other officers will be elected by the Board of Governors at their June, 1954 meeting. Until then, "Chick" Quinn and his incumbent Executive Board will continue in office.

Charles Shaw, WCAU news commentator is the principal speaker and "Cozy" Morley is the Toastmaster.

Alumni Kids Feted

Our first annual Kiddies' Christmas Party is held at the school on Sunday, December 20th. Santa Claus (a.k.a. Jim Fitzgerald, '42) distributes gifts to the more than 550 children who attend with their parents. In addition to toys, each child is treated to ice cream, pretzels, chips and candy canes. All, parents included, are delighted by the movie and cartoons that are presented by Bernie Bygott, '34, and his hard-working committee.

Frank Staub and his orchestra provide the musical setting for the Winter Dance held at the Cedarbrook Country Club on January 30th. Frank's grasp of what pleased his listeners at previous dances almost automatically insures the success of this venture. And success, it was! A huge crowd overflows the main ballroom. Thanks to the foresight of the Committee, headed by Frank Gormley and Jim Gibson, both '38, several ante-rooms are available. There, the audience is treated to the music of roving accordionist, Ray Hottinger.

Attendance at our annual retreat rises slightly over last year . . . there is still plenty of room for growth, Malvern will now accommodate three hundred.

More than four hundred attend the Spring Dance at Cedarbrook Country Club on May 22nd. The dancers and listeners are treated to the music of Dee Porter and his orchestra.

June 8, 1954 .. . The Board elects Joseph T. Murphy, '29, Esq. as President. From among a field of ten, he receives 65% of the votes. Joe was our first attorney graduate and currently acts as legal counsel to the Association.

In another wide open race, Joe Kilian, '35, and "Chick" Quinn, '36, squeak to narrow victories as first and second vice-president, respectively. Steve Tracy, '40, wins by a large margin to unseat Paul Quinn, '36, as Secretary. Quinn is named Assistant Secretary. Joe McKeown, '33, is reelected Treasurer and Blessington continues as his assistant.

At the same meeting, the Board takes its first step into the world of high finance. Till now, all of our cash has been kept in a checking account . .. what little we have had. The Board realizing, for the first time, that it could be more advantageous to put this money to work, authorizes the investment of $500 in a mutual fund - Keystone Funds. Jack Thiers, '34, will act as our investment counselor.

We are 25 Years Old

In our midst appears the Class of 1954 - all one thousand and six of them - the first class to go over the magic mark of 1000.

Six hundred people attend the Fall Invitation Dance at the Philadelphia Rifle Club on November 12th. Music for our dancing pleasure is provided by the Fred Vincen Band.

We are in our heyday...for the first time in history we exceed one thousand in attendance at the Communion Breakfast. The auditorium is packed for Mass and the overflow crowd in the gym is seated in the cafeteria. John Hvasta apprises us of the horrors of living behind the Iron Curtain. Honorary membership is bestowed on Ira Thomas.

A resolution to incorporate the Association is adopted by the general body.

A committee, headed by Treasurer Joe McKeown, '33, in an attempt to increase membership in the Association, makes a revolutionary proposal. A portion of each member's dues will be credited to his Class. The Class, in turn, will be permitted to draw on this credit for use in promoting Class Reunions. The Board concurs...thus, the Class Activities Fund is created.

Another success...more than one thousand parents and kids attend our second annual Kiddies' Christmas Party on December 19th. Once more, the kids are treated to toys, candy and ice cream and a grand time is had by all.

Winter, 1955...Leo Zollo and his orchestra provide the music, Cedarbrook Country Club is the setting...again we fill the place to overflowing. A combo plays during intermissions and tours the ante-rooms delighting the sitters and sippers.

C.A. Captain Bernie Bygott, '34, disappointed by the attendance (268) at our retreat to St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills, submits his resignation as Captain to the Board. It is unanimously rejected.

The Board authorizes a fund raising drive on behalf of the Oblate Scholasticate. The goal is $1,000...if it falls short, we will make up the difference from the Treasury.

Under a new procedure, the Board holds nominations for the Executive Offices in May. The election will be held at the June meeting of the Board. At the same meeting, Vince Bee proposes hiring a full time clerk. Father Eisenbarth concurs. He feels the work load has progressed to the point where it can no longer be adequately handled by the students working part time after school; and they cannot be properly supervised.

Despite plans calling for a major Memorial Day Service involving a Field Mass and parade replete with marching bands, the wreath laying ceremony prevails. Father Eisenbarth delivers the sermon. Attendance is, as usual, small. It is evident that something must be done to increase attendance and give this event the dignity and solemnity it well deserves.

Joe Murphy, '29, is reelected to his second term by a wide margin over challenger Joe McKeown. "Chick" Quinn, '36, is elected 1st Vice-President and Bob Fuessinger, '48,

narrowly defeats Joe Campbell, '46, for the second vice-presidency. McKeown and his assistant Tom Blessington, '48, retain their posts in the financial wing. Frank Gormley, '38, is elected Secretary in a close win over Paul Quinn, who is then reelected Assistant Secretary.

Incorporation

Common Pleas Court Judge Charles A. Waters grants articles of incorporation to the Association in ceremonies in his courtroom on August 15, 1955. The final step in our gradual emergence as a full-fledged organization has been taken.

With the September meeting, the Board moves to new quarters in the basement of the Faculty House. We have a separate office and meeting room.

Our First Harvest Dance is held at Cedarbrook Country Club on November 11th. Dancing to the music of Ray Smyth and his orchestra. The club has been redecorated and there are ample parking facilities available. We look for a large turnout.

OH! OH!...We've also planned an Invitation (free to dues' payers) Dance for November 25th at Canstatter's with music by the Imperials. Given a choice between paying $3.50 and coming free, we wonder what will be the choice.

Our biggest fears are realized...you can't sell two dances two weeks apart. And when one is free, that's the one that will be well attended. The Invitation Dance draws more than five hundred to Canstatter's while the Harvest Dance...well, that can best be termed a social success.

Classes Honored

The practice established at last year's Breakfast of honoring the Class celebrating its Silver Anniversary is continued. The Class of '30 is accorded its rightful place at the head of the auditorium, as Father Tom O'Connell, '30, the Principal of the recently opened Father Judge High School, is the celebrant. We are honored to have as our guest at the Breakfast the Superior General of the Oblates, the Most Rev. Domenico Balducelli. Father Balducelli is awarded Honorary membership in the Association. This honor is also conferred on Father Eisenbarth in recognition of his long standing work on behalf of the organization.

Attendance falls dramatically from last year's high, possibly due to the overcrowding experienced by certain classes on that occasion.

Among some of our more active Board members of this era are Bill Moos, '47, Ron Deery, '45, and Charlie Dorland, '46. It's interesting to note that eight men who first joined the Board in these post-war years are still members. Of course, the longevity record belongs to Dick McGrath, '39, who, when he resigned from the Board in 1998, had served for fifty-two years and three months - some of us haven't even been alive that long!

Edward A. McCabe, '34, is named Associate Counsel for legislative matters to President Dwight Eisenhower.

Our annual trek to Malvern, on the third weekend in February, sees a record turnout. Two hundred ninety-six men...quite a tribute to the pulling power of the Lord and the persuasiveness of Bernie Bygott, Jim Fitzgerald, et al.

Four hundred and twenty people attend the St. Paddy's Invitation Dance at Canstatter's. You can't rightfully call it a Paddy's dance since it is held on April 6th...oh, well! The music, by the Imperials, has an Irish ring to it, at least. President Murphy complains that the tempo is too fast for some of the early alumni members at the affair. You can't please everybody!

Joe Darby, '41, suggests, at the April 12th Board meeting, we hire a part-time executive secretary. Murphy takes the matter under consideration.

The ubiquitous trio of Gormley, '38, Gibson, '38, and Al McCole, '50 have signed Dee Porter and his orchestra to play at the Annual Spring Dance on June 1st. While they occupy the main ballroom at the Cedarbrook Country Club, Al Ipri and his combo will satisfy the "cool cats" with jazz and dixieland in the dining room. A packed-house assures the Dance will be continued in the future.

First Bishop

On June 11, at St. Anthony's Church, Wilmington, Father Edward J. Schlotterback, OSFS, '30, is raised to the episcopate by Archbishop Celestine J. Daminano. The sermon is preached by Archbishop O'Hara. The new bishop is the Vicar Apostolic of Keetmanshoop, Southwest Africa. Bishop Schlotterback, who was president of his senior class, also served as editor-in-chief of the "Good News" and was a three-year letterman in track, during his undergraduate days.

Joe Murphy is unanimously returned to office for a third term. Bob Fuessinger, '48, moves up to first vice-president from second by narrowly defeating Jim Fitzgerald, '42. The vacated second vice-presidency goes to Falconer editor Joe Darby, '41, who wins a close victory over Jack O'Hara, '52, and two other candidates. McKeown is unopposed in his bid for reelection as treasurer as is Frank McBride, '43, in his bid for office, as assistant secretary. Joe Campbell, '46 defeats incumbent Assistant Treasurer Tom Blessington, '48. Paul Quinn, '36, after a two year hiatus, is returned to the office of Secretary.

At the same meeting, immediately prior to the election, the Board of Governors establishes the position of executive secretary. This individual will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Alumni Office on a part-time basis, six days a week and will be reimbursed $1,500 per year to cover anticipated expenses. Joe McKeown, '33, is named to the post with one dissenting vote.

More than seven hundred attend the Communion Breakfast on November 25th. Major addresses are delivered by Monsignor Tom Rilley, and Dr. Joe Flubacher, both from the honor Class of '31. The Mass preceding, is celebrated by Father Thomas Furphy, OSFS, '31. Toastmaster chores are handled by our own Jack Whitaker, '41. Father John Tocik, school principal, is awarded honorary membership in the Association.

The Board of Governor election, preceding Mass, is interesting, if for no other reason, that it marks the appearance, for the first time, on the Board of Governors of three future presidents—Charles Malone, '30, Leonard Knobbs, '53, and Rocco lacone, '55.

Jim Sholly, '32, alias Santa, entertains more than nine hundred children, their moms and dads at our Annual Christmas Party on Sunday, December 18th. Bygott and his committee are on hand to assist Sholly in distributing the ice cream, pretzels and candy. Each child is given a toy and treated to a cartoon show.

Frank Reagan, '37, is named football coach and athletic director at Villanova University.

One hundred and ninety-three couples journey to West Philly on Friday evening, January 25, 1957, to attend our Annual Winter Dance. The rhythm arrangements of George Sommer's orchestra pervade the beautiful ballroom of the Penn Sherwood Hotel. The ballroom, in addition to providing more than ample space for dancing, allows a large number of our older men to sit back, watch the dancers and reminisce and at the same time enjoy the relaxing music. Finger-snapping V.P. Bob Fuessinger deserves a round of applause for a well run affair.

Largest Retreat

The most successful retreat in our nineteen-year history at St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills takes place on the weekend of February 15th with 326 retreatants in attendance. Bernie Bygott and his capable right-hand men, Jim Fitzgerald and John Brady, '38, are ecstatic.

The swing and sway of that great Irish band leader, Leo (Mc) Zollo and his orchestra, is the feature attraction of the Annual St. Patrick's Dance held at Boulevard Ballroom. People driving past on the Boulevard on Sunday evening, the 17th of March, are treated to the sounds of the jigs and reels emanating from the ballroom. Many a North Catholic lad and his colleen are in attendance. And who else, but a fine broth of a lad, like Irish Jack Healy, '41, would be in charge of such an affair.

Another Alumni First...the May, 1957, Board meeting is a dinner-meeting held at the Four Chefs. Board members pay their own way and this practice of breaking bread together annually continues even 'til today.

Jim Fitzgerald, '42, is elected president by a wide margin over three other candidates. Two newcomers, Jim Sholly, '32, and Jim Cox '36, are named vice-presidents. As usual, Quinn and McKeown are returned to office as are Frank McBride and Joe Campbell as their assistants.

The Fall Invitation Dance is a disaster! Even taking the bad weather and the flu epidemic into consideration, the Committee is disappointed by the meager attendance. Chairman Cox recommends, unless attendance is vastly improved over the thirty-five couples present on October 24th at the Rifle Club, these dances should be discontinued. Joe McKeown suggests the establishment of alumni achievement awards. The proposal is taken under advisement and a committee is appointed to consider the recommendation.

In an attempt to hype attendance at the Communion Breakfast and make it easier for our far-flung suburban brothers to be present, the Board changes our annual affair to a Communion Dinner. Mass is celebrated in the school auditorium at 5:00 p.m. on December 1st, and then we adjourn to the Four Chefs for dinner.

Twixt the pillar and the post...something goes wrong. Only two hundred ninety attend...our lowest figure in almost twenty years. Those who do attend are treated to an inspiring address by Father Frederick J. Stevenson, a member of the Class of 1932 and, assistant superintendent of diocesan schools. Once again, toastmaster chores are handled by Jack Whitaker. Phillies' pitcher and N.L. "rookie of the year" Jack Sanford is also on hand.

For the first time, we allow mail ballots for the Board of Governors' election. Another fiasco! Very little response leads the Board to abandon this method in future elections.

The Mass, prior to the dinner, is celebrated by our moderator, Father Brennan. The sermon is delivered by another representative of the Class of '32, Father Aloysius Gaffigan, OSFS, the religious superior at Father Judge.

At 1:30 p.m., on December 15th, Santa Claus, in the person of Jim Sholly,'32, arrives at North Catholic laden with toys. Over nine hundred children mob him. Our committee provides the usual fare of ice cream, candy canes and pretzels. Santa gives out the toys and the kids leave happy and contented...until next year.

Broadwood Filled

A crowning achievement for the Association takes place on the evening of January 17, 1958. Over one thousand couples crowd the main ballroom of the Broadwood Hotel, as well as almost filling the large balcony surrounding it. They are there to listen and dance to the popular and unforgettable music of the Glen Miller band, under the direction of Ray McKinley.

The Eddie Masters' trio plays in the Gold Room for the benefit of those who buy tickets late and cannot be accommodated in the main ballroom. We apologize to those who have to be turned away at the door (some of whom are in formal dress) but the Fire Marshal places a 2,200 person capacity restriction on the affair. This is the best reason we know of to make your reservations early next time.

Due to a large snow storm, attendance at our annual retreat on the weekend of February 15th drops to two hundred and thirty-nine. In fact, it snows so hard, many are of the opinion we will be marooned in the wilds of Chester County. The rector, Father Kane, advises us that there is food enough on hand to last a few days. Eventually, the snow plows get through to us and after some struggling everyone is able to get his car moving. All arrive home safe and sound.

George Gerlach, '42, and his band provide the music for the March 19th St. Paddy's Day Invitation Dance at the Rifle Club. A hundred couples brave the snow to spend an enjoyable evening dancing and comparing the various articles of green that are in full array.

Attendance at our Annual Memorial Day Service drops to an all-time low of twenty-three people. Much concern among the Board as to the continuance of this affair.

Fitzgerald, '42, is reelected unanimously to his second term as alumni president. Ed Mooney, '32, defeats three other candidates by a wide margin to succeed classmate Sholly as 1st V.P. In the race for second vice-president Len Kent, '39, emerges victorious in a close race over incumbent Cox and two other candidates. Secretary Paul Quinn and Assistant Treasurer Joe Campbell are unopposed for reelection. McKeown retains his treasurer's post with a landslide victory over Tom Blessington, '48. The race for assistant secretary is wide open. Pat Boyle, '49, squeeks to a narrow three-vote victory over four other candidates.

Earlier in the year, President Fitzgerald appointed a committee headed by Jack Healy, '41, to review the Association's entire program of events, step-by-step, and to make recommendations concerning them. The committee delivers an extensive report, so extensive that it requires two Board meetings to debate and vote on their recommendations. Three items that are still in existence today are: a charge of fifty cents for lost membership cards, the Malvern Retreat not subsidized by the Association unless attendance at the retreat is 100% active members; and standardization of awards made to championship school teams.

The Fall Invitation Dance is held on Halloween night at the Rifle Club. Clete McBride's band provides the music and quite a few of the one hundred and two couples show up in costume.

Our Second Annual Communion Dinner is scheduled for November 23rd at the Four Chefs.

Father Joseph F. Lynn, OSFS, a member of the honor Class of 1933, celebrates the Mass in the school auditorium and our moderator, Father Fernan Brennan, '32, delivers an inspiring sermon.

After a delicious dinner, we are treated to quite a few Irish jokes by Toastmaster Joe Glennon, '34. However, the highlight of the evening is an instructive and humorous account of his experiences as permanent labor arbitrator on the Delaware Valley waterfront by the Rev. Dennis J. Comey, S.J.

Unfortunately, attendance is well below three hundred. We say unfortunately because the Board has chosen the Dinner to be the vehicle with which we honor all our past presidents. All these gentlemen, from Father Conmy to Joe Murphy, are presented gavels, symbolic of the office they held, adorned with silver bands upon which are engraved the dates they had held office.

Another highlight of this affair is the awarding of honorary membership to the provincial of the Oblates, Father William Buckley. We take this occasion to award additional honorary memberships to all former principals of North Catholic who had not previously been given this honor - Fathers Joseph Butler and Edward Smith. Former Coaches "Jocko" Collins, "Si" Simendinger, Mal Gowen, Bill Dougherty are similarly honored.

Due to inclement weather, attendance at St. Nick's annual visit to the North Catholic auditorium on Sunday, December 14th, is held to eight hundred. Despite the frightful weather outside, the fun inside is delightful. As usual, the kids stuff themselves on ice cream, pretzels and candy canes; while the parents fret about soiled clothes and future tummy aches. Sholly, as Santa, is the hit of the affair.

— 1959 —

It is pointed out to the Board, at the January 8th meeting, that the President and Moderator have been incurring extraordinary expenses due to the fact that they have been attending an inordinately large number of Class reunions recently. Accordingly, Knobbs, '53, and Iacone, '55, move to establish $100.00 annual expense accounts for whoever holds these offices - a practice that is still in effect, although the amount has increased.

Buoyed by the outstanding success of last year's Winter Dance, the Board grabs the bull by the horns and authorizes another large scale dance. January 30th is selected as the date and Woody Herman and his band are booked into the Broadwood Hotel. All stops are pulled out to publicize the affair, transit ads are purchased and half-page ads bought in the Catholic Standard and the two local newspapers.

Despite the all-out effort by the committee, headed by Frank Devinney, '42, the affair is a financial, as well as a social flop - less than four hundred couples attend - a far cry from last year's attendance of two thousand people.

The week-end of February 20th brings chilly temperatures and unwanted winds - at least there is no snow. We go over the top at Malvern again. Three hundred and eight retreatants follow Bygott and his associate captains to St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills.

After an absence of more than a decade, the Alumni Basketball League is resurrected under the chairmanship of Rocco lacone, '55.

Only forty-three couples attend our Annual St. Patrick's Day Invitation Dance. Various members of the Board express the thought "we are dancing ourselves to death." Four a year seems too many - we should rearrange our program with less emphasis on dances.

At their May meeting, the Board comes to a decision on the "Achievement Awards." There will be two - one to an outstanding graduate and a second to an outstanding Catholic layman, who is not a graduate. It is suggested that these awards become the vehicle for obtaining Communion Breakfast speakers.

George Sommer's orchestra provides the musical entertainment at the Spring Dance on May 29th. We move from a country club to the Four Chefs to provide a conveniently reached location...to no avail - only one hundred thirty-two couples show up. Another financial flop...and the Board spends hours at the June meeting bemoaning the fact...that nobody cares.

Jim Fitzgerald, '42, sweeps to a third term victory by an almost two-to-one margin over Ed Mooney, '32. In turn, Mooney retains his first vice-presidency in a tight race with Joe Edwards, '40, and two other candidates. With seven candidates seeking the second vice-presidential post, incumbent Jim Cox, '36, squeeks to victory. Treasurer Joe McKeown, '33, is unopposed in his bid for reelection. Paul Quinn, '36, retains his job as Secretary by a wide margin victory over Len Knobbs, '53, and Jim Bengough. '52. Joe Campbell, '46, and Pat Boyle, '49, are returned to office as Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Secretary.

Our First Golf Outing is held at Torresdale-Frankford Country Club on Friday, June 26th. Forty duffers tee off. Eleven are so exhausted after their 18-hole tour of the Torresdale countryside that they couldn't stay for the Awards Dinner that evening. President Fitzgerald and Chairman Bill Rueter, '35, present suitable trophies to the champions in various categories.

The Halloween Dance on October 30th at the Rifle Club is promoted as a costume party-dance. Chairman Rocco Iacone, '55, appoints a committee consisting of our most eminent senior citizens as costume judges—Father Brennan, '32, Mooney, '32, Cox, '36, Darby, '41, and Fitzgerald, '42. Their job is made easier when only forty-two couples arrive.

Faced with lagging attendance at the Communion Dinners, we return to the Breakfast theme. Four hundred and twenty-one attend our Annual Communion Breakfast on November 29th, honoring the Class of 1934. Mass is celebrated by Father Dan McLernan, '34, long time soccer coach at North, and former alumni president, Father Jimmy McGuire, '34, delivers the sermon. The versatile Father Jim also handles the toastmaster chores at the Breakfast. The principal address is delivered by another member of the Class of 1934, Ed McCabe, President Eisenhower's associate counsel.

At our Annual Christmas Party, we host five hundred and ten. "Kris Kringle" Sholly delights the small-fry with his usual Irish blarney and gifts. Chairman Bygott and his committee provide the usual refreshments in the cafeteria.

At the meeting following, the increasing cost of running the Party is the main topic of discussion by the Board. John King, '35, ventures the opinion that the money would be better spent in establishing a Scholarship Fund for some deserving student. The seed is planted! And it finds fertile soil in the minds of a few who nurture it in their hearts and minds until it is ready to bloom.

 

Father John B. Tye, OSFS, '29

Outstanding Alumnus Award Recipients

This award, created by the Board of Governors and first presented in 1960, was renamed to honor Father Tye in 1976.


Father Tye
Alumni Moderator
June, 1960 - April, 1973

     Captain (Chaplain) John B. Tye, USA, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in connection with combat operations against the enemy with the 1st Cavalry Division in the Pacific Theatre of Operations (Luzon, Phillipines) during World War II.
General Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, General Order No. 50 (1945).

     The men below have received this award in recognition of their exemplary dedication and service to the ideals and purpose of the Alumni Association.

1960
Rev. Fernan J. Brennan, OSFS, '32

1961
Bernard F. Bygott, '34

1967
"Mickey" Shaughnessy, Hon., '49

1968
Joseph E. McKeown, '33

1969
Paul D. Quinn, '36

1971
Most Rev. William J. Ward, OSFS, '32

1973
Rev. Joseph P. Eisenbarth, OSFS,
Hon., '55

1978
Leonard F. Knobbs, '53

1979
Edward J. Guinan, '37

1980
Charles J. Quinn, '36

1981
Rev. Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34

1982
Edward J. Ganister, '32

1983
Bil Keane, '40

1983
Paul J. Kelly, '34

1986
Most Rev. Edward J. Schlotterback, OSFS, '30

1987
William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34

1988
William M. Nesbitt, '59

1989
Thomas P. Casey, '31

1989
Rev. James J. McGuire, OSFS, '34

1992
Thomas W. Kelly, '50

1992
Rev. Thomas P. Walsh, OSFS, Hon. '66

1995
John T. Musial, '63

1995
Rev. John J. Conmy, OSFS, '29

1996
Francis J. Gleason, '53

1998
John R. Hanejko, '65

1998
Rev. Robert P. Hanlon, OSFS, '43

2001
Francis J. Dunleavy, '32

2003
Rev. Vincent E. Smith, OSFS, '74

2004
Lawrence A. Dolan, '37

2004
James P. Scanlon, '30

2007
Francis J. Devinney, '42

2007
Nicholas A. Giordano, '61

2008
Robert H. Fitzsimmons, '53

2009
Patrick J. Boyle, '49

2010
Rev. Neil F. Kilty, OSFS, '59

2010
James W. Bollendorf, '73


2013
Raymond P. Zegarski, '59


2015
Kevin McCloskey, '05


2016
Joseph J. Mackin, '40

 

Association Presidents

 

Rev. John J. Conmy, OSFS, '29

June 10, 1929 -
January 14, 1931

 

Frank T. McKee, '29

January 14, 1931 -
January 20, 1935

 

John W. Brecht, '30

January 20, 1935 -
December 27, 1936

 

Rev. James J. McGuire, OSFS, '34

December 27, 1936 -
December 26, 1937

 

William P. Robinson, MD, '29

December 26, 1937 -
January 25, 1942

 

Rev. James J. McGuire, OSFS, '34

January 25, 1942 -
July 6, 1942

 

Paul J. Kelly, '34

July 6, 1942 -
January 26, 1947

 

George W. Sommer, '36

January 26, 1947 -
December 16, 1947

 

Bernard F. Bygott, '34

December 16, 1947 -
November 27, 1949

 

Charles J. Quinn, '36

November 27, 1949 -
June 10, 1954

 

Hon. Joseph T. Murphy, '29

June 10, 1954 -
June 13, 1957

 

James E. Fitzgerald, '42

June 13, 1957 -
June 9, 1960

 

Charles E. Malone, '30

June 9, 1960 -
June 8, 1961

 

James J. Cox, Jr., '36

June 8, 1961 -
June 13, 1963

 

Patrick J. Boyle, '49

June 13, 1963 -
June 9, 1966

 

Leonard F. Knobbs, '53

June 9, 1966 -
June 12, 1969

 

Rocco G. Iacone, '55

June 12, 1969 -
June 11, 1970

 

J. William Arnoldy, '38

June 11, 1970 -
June 14, 1973

 

Francis J. Gleason, '53

June 14, 1973 -
June 10, 1976

 

Anthony J. Cendrowski, '57

June 10, 1976 -
June 9, 1977

 

Raymond P. Zegarski, '59

June 9, 1977 -
June 12, 1980

 

Leonard F. Knobbs, '53

June 12, 1980 -
June 9, 1983

 

John T. Musial, '63

June 9, 1983 -
June 30, 1986

 

John R. Hanejko, '65

July 1, 1986 -
June 30, 1989

 

Thomas P. Morgan, '64

July 1, 1989 -
June 30, 1992

 

Francis J. Gleason, '53

July 1, 1992 -
June 30, 1995

 

James W. Bollendorf, '73

July 1, 1995 -
June 30, 1997

 

Stephen A. Cardullo, '72

July 1, 1997 -
June 30, 2000

 

Edward J. White, '55

July 1, 2000 -
June 30, 2003

 

Anthony J. Colletta, '72

July 1, 2003 -
June 30, 2006

 

Edward J. White, '55

July 1, 2006 -
June 30, 2009



John R. Hanejko, '65

July 1, 2009 -
June 30, 2012



John T. Musial, '63

July 1, 2012 -
June 30, 2013

 

Jeffrey W. Brown, '79

July 1, 2013 -
June 30, 2016

 

Albert P. Waskiewicz, '79

July 1, 2016 -
June 30, 2019


Robert J. Kensil, Jr., '74

July 1, 2019 -

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Class Representatives

     In our eighty-nine years, almost one thousand men have served on our Board of Governors.  Some have served as little as one month while others have performed dedicated service for many years.  We would like to recognize the thirty one Class Representatives who served for twenty five years or longer.

     Patrick J. Boyle, '49 - November, 1954 - Present
     Leonard F. Knobbs, '53 - November, 1956 - Present
 
    Francis J. Devinney, '42 - November, 1950 to November, 1951; January, 1954 to September, 2011.
    Richard C. McGrath, '39 - July, 1943 to November, 1951; November, 1952 to November, 1957; November, 1958 to November, 1977; March, 1978 to February, 1998.  Deceased March 24, 2003.
     
John F. Handley, '58 - March, 1967 - Present
     Paul D. Quinn, '36 - November, 1948 to September, 2000.  Deceased October 20, 2002.

     John T. Musial, '63 - January, 1966 to September, 1990; September, 1992 to Present

     Raymond E. Rysak, '66 - March, 1969 - Present
     John S. Boyle, '39 - November, 1961 - September, 2008.  Deceased January 30, 2012.
     Stephen A. Cardullo, '72 - September, 1972 - Present
     William J. McCormac, '61 - March, 1969 to March, 2011, September, 2011 - September, 2013.
  
Joseph E. McKeown, '33 - November, 1950 to January, 1951; November, 1953 to September, 1996.  Deceased September 29, 1996
   
Lawrence A. Dolan, '37 - November, 1948 to September, 1957; November, 1957 to May, 1958; March, 1973 to October, 2005.  Deceased October 30, 2005.
     Robert J. Fuessinger, '48 - November, 1952 to September, 1993.  Deceased August 15, 2006.
    John R. Hanejko, '65 - November, 1978 - Present
     Francis J. Gleason, '53 - November, 1960 to September, 2000.  Deceased September 10, 2000.
    Joseph J. Mackin, '40 - November, 1947 to October, 1959; November, 1962 to March, 1972; March, 1977 to June, 1995.  Deceased June 23, 1995.

    J. William Arnoldy, '38 - January, 1964 to August, 1998.  Deceased August 15, 1998.
   Bernard J. McGuire, '50 - November, 1952 to November, 1958; January, 1959 to September, 1972; October, 1972 to November, 1975; March, 1976 to June, 1985; September, 1985 to February, 1986.  Deceased August 5, 1987.    
     
Joseph P. Brennan, Jr., '69 - March, 1977 to October, 2006; September, 2008 - May, 2011.
     
Edward J. Ganister, '32 - March, 1967 to January, 1999.  Deceased January 3, 1999.    

    
Anthony J. Colletta, '72 - March, 1973 to February, 1985; April, 1989 to November, 2008.  Deceased November 19, 2011.   
    Michael A. Donofrio, '47 - November, 1955 to October, 1965; January, 1966 to February, 1967; March, 1967 to September, 1967; September, 1989 to July, 2009.  Deceased July 5, 2009.
    Thomas M. Cleary, '47 - January, 1965 to February, 1996.  Deceased January 18, 2001.

   
Robert E. Kennedy, '54 - September, 1984 to February, 1994; May, 1994 - April, 2015.
     Kenneth J. Florkowski, '88 - November, 1988  - Present.
     Edmund A. Markowski, Jr., '56 - September, 1977 to September, 1992; September, 1994 to September, 2009.

     William M. FitzPatrick, '59 - September, 1986 - August, 2015.  Deceased August 15, 2015.
    Louis J. Peters, '31 - December, 1964 to September, 1992.  Deceased December 31, 1993.
     Joseph T. Mulawka, '51 - December, 1987 to April, 2014
.  Deceased April 10, 2014.
     
William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34 - January, 1965 to November, 1990.  Deceased November 26, 1990.
    

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ASSOCIATION CHAPLAINS


Rev. George A. Mahoney, OSFS, Hon. '34

June 10, 1929 -
September 1, 1932


Rev. William A. Stahl, OSFS,
Hon. '34

September 1, 1932 -
June 30, 1934


Rev. Harry J. Quinn, OSFS,
Hon., '35

June 30, 1934 -
June 30, 1940


Rev. Francis X. O'Donnell,
OSFS, '29

June 30, 1940 -
June 30, 1947


Rev. George A. Godley,
 OSFS, '31

June 30, 1947 -
June 30, 1948


Rev. Fernan J. Brennan,
OSFS, '32

June 30, 1948 -
June 30, 1960


Rev. John B. Tye, OSFS, '29

June 30, 1960 -
April 1, 1973


Rev. John J. Green, OSFS, '35

April 1, 1973 -
January 30, 1974


Rev. Francis X. Quaile, OSFS, '35

January 30, 1974 -
June 30, 1974

Rev. James J. Behan, OSFS, '62

June 30, 1974 -
September 1, 1976


Rev. Edward J. Simons,
OSFS, '34

September 1, 1976 -
December 31, 1999

Rev. Neil F. Kilty. OSFS, '59

December 31, 1999 -
 

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V. + J.

NORTHEAST CATHOLIC HONOR ROLL

Not for fame or reward, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it, these suffered all, sacrificed all, dared and died.

(Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery)

     These men, our brothers, gave their lives in defense of their country in World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, and Afghanistan.  Please remember them in your prayers.

WORLD WAR II

1930

Lawrence C. Hoelzle
Joseph T. Walsh

1931

Nicholas P. Kavanagh
Joseph P. Mahoney
Joseph L. Rabenstein

1932

William J. Connell
Leo P. Hassett
Charles P. Loeper
Joseph F. Stutz

1933

Edward J. Coleman
Samuel J. Dunbar
Joseph S. Fiala
Joseph A. Gogoj
James F. Harkins
Edward F. Heard
Robert E. McCarthy
Aloysius A. Monaghan

1934

Joseph F. Carr
Andrew J. Frosch
Edward J. Galloway
William J. MacElderry
John J. McCann
Joseph V. Murray
Thomas H. Murray
Walter J. Robinson
George L. Smith

1935

Thomas A. Byrne
Edward B. Drueding
John A. Farrell
Albert P. Foley
John J. Gray
Anthony F. Matthews
Leonard J. McGee
Nelson A. Reed
Hugh T. Shellem

1936

John A. Anderson
Richard J. Burns
Thomas J. Cassidy
John J. Dooner
Joseph T. Dwyer
John W. Farrell
Harold Garman
Thomas J. Hobson
Edward E. Houseman
John R. Kelley
Robert J. Kelley
John F. Lawlor
Michael J. Marley
John B. McCann
Vincent J. McElroy
George A. McGee
William J. Newis
James O'Rourke
Herman P. Winterer

1937

William J. Casey
Thomas F. Kelly
James Litz
James McConnell
Joseph A. Minnichbach
Lawrence W. Minnick
Andrew C. O'Keefe
Joseph K. Seiler
Edward C. Sekula
Joseph W. Shedaker
Raymond J. Slazas
Vincent K. Snyder
Albert J. Spanier

1938

Albert Appel
Edward J. Coleman
James V. Derbyshire
John D. Duffy
Thomas F. Fenerty
Edmund J. Gaffney
Joseph M. Garlick
Gerald F. Gowen
John Mallen
James J. McGinnis
Philip J. Razler
James E. Saul
John C. Schmieder
Francis J. Strenger
Martin E. Wagner
Alfred A. Zajac
Walter J. Zarada

1939

William L. Cobb
Raymond W. Devlin
Alfred F. Dougherty
Stephen A.Ganiszewski
John Gibbons
Charles D. Gibson
Daniel J. Grant
Henry L. Grathwohl
Thomas E. Jardel
Edward F. Kent
George Kuhn
Warren Lane
Charles T. Lewis
William F. Lynch
Leo E. Markey
John J. McNulty
John J. McVeigh
Edward J. Phillips
William T. Urban
John J. White

WORLD WAR II

1940

William H. Becker
John J. Delaney
John B. Gilkey
Raymond E. Gruber
Lawrence Lanahan
Philip T. Lehman
Edward Litwin
Eugene P. Magee
Robert McAuliffe
Francis X. McKenna
Charles J. McLinden
Charles J. McVey
Horace J. Murphy
Robert J. Reilly
Francis G. Rudolph
George J. Whalen
James A. White

1941

Paul A. Becker
John F. Clinch
James J. Coffey
Joseph J. Daley
John J. Davis
Edward J. Dooner
Joseph A. Finley
Francis J. Fitzpatrick
Paul R. Foley
Francis J. Gillespie
Eugene T. Gladkowski
James J. Hanlon
Charles W. Lockwood
William F. Matthews
John M. McCann
Frank J. McDonnell
Hugh J. McFadden
Henry T. McMahon
John F. McNally
Charles A. Nessel
Louis B. Rieffel
Anthony J. Rosowski
William H. Schenkel
Anthony T. Serravalli
John D. Sykes
James J. Turner
Maurice L. VanZandt

1942

Harry J. Bell
Raymond J. Broderick
Henry E. Dempski
Norman DeProbert
John A. Donahue
Ralph J. Dooley
Stephen F. Halner
William G. Hare
Charles X. Kuntz
Robert J. Lautenbach
Raymond A. Makin
John G. McBride
Henry P. McCann
Joseph H. McCann
James J. McVey
James P. Mellon
Carmen V. Olivet
Gerald J. O'Neill
Leo J. Reilly
Arthur J. Roit
Joseph F. Rossetti
John J. Rowan
John M. Rutter
James M. Ryan
Ernest E. Schmidt
John J. Stevenson
Raymond J. Trost
Donald M. Woods

1943

Richard E. Bagnor
Anthony T. Cassese
Thomas J. Eck
Charles H. Fox
Francis A. Glanzmann
James F. Gormley
John J. Hannigan
Joseph F. Hendron
Leonard P. Kolodziejski
Joseph McDevitt
Thomas W. Phillips
John T. Stevenson

1944

James B. Boyle
William J. Conley
Charles W. Coyle
William J. DeLaurentis
Patrick J. Dever
Aloysius F. Dougherty
William E. Hagerty

1945

Robert Melhuish
Emmett J. Ryan
George A. Steigerwald

1946

Francis J. Davenport

 

KOREA

1934

William J. Brennan

1935

Charles M. Klein

1937

William T. Gould
Harry B. Loy

KOREA

1940

Robert B. Appel

1941

Frank A. Johnson
Thomas J. Schimpf

1942

Maurice T. Cleary
Charles D. Hogue

1944

Robert J. Evans

1945

John F. McGovern

1946

Daniel C. Bianco
Joseph M. Lynch
Joseph J. Sweeney

1947

Bernard F. Sevier
E. George West

1948

William J. Brennan
Joseph S. Oaks
Christian J. Spoerl
John W. Toland

1949

Stanley A. Gogoj
John L. Sullivan
Stephen C. Walter

1951

James R. Grove
Joseph J. Leszczynski
Charles P. Schwind
Charles T. Tait
 

1954

John F. Dunne


VIET NAM

1950

James F. McCafferty

1956

William P. Coll
Joseph M. Gorman

1958

Joseph J. Crawford

1962

Ronald D. Briggs
William D. McCuen
George D. Speece
Robert V. Stever

1963

William A. Kuprevich
Leonard S. Pelullo

1964

Richard J. Conlin
Michael P. Rymarczuk

1965

Joseph J. Nitka
Louis W. Potempa
William M. Riley
Albert C. Wall, Jr.

1966

Lawrence A. Branigan
Anthony J. Metzger
Joseph T. Monaghan
Thomas F. Nilan
George J. Reed, Jr.
Joseph F. Schimpf
Patrick J. Thiroway, Jr.

1967

Anthony F. Citrigno
Edward J. Kapusta
Robert T. Koehler

1968

Dennis Donovan
William T. Findlay

1969

John R. Feeser

 

AFGHANISTAN

2004

Michael J. Strange

 

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Sergeant John J. McVeigh, '39

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Outstanding Achievement Award

     This award was created in 1960 to honor a non-alumnus individual or organization who made a significant contribution in a given field.  It is presented at our annual Communion Breakfast.

1960
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Congresswoman Kathryn M. Granahan
Donald Barnhouse, WCAU-TV News
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
U. S. Senator Hugh Scott
Philadelphia Police Captain Clarence Ferguson
Vince Leonard, KYW-TV News
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Dr. Herbert S. Denenberg
Philadelphia District Attorney Arlen Specter
Rolfe Neill, Editor, Philadelphia Daily News
Richard Sprague, Esq., Special Prosecutor
Barney Morris, WCAU-TV News
Tom Fox, Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer
U. S. Attorney David Marston, Esq.
U. S. Senator Joseph Biden
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Joseph O'Neill
Larry Kane, WCAU-TV News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott
U. S. Senator John Heinz
Pat Polillo, KYW-TV News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix, Jr.
Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald D. Castille
Congressman Robert Borski
Philadelphia Councilman W. Thatcher Longstreth
Thomas Brookshier, CBS Sportscaster
Brother Patrick Ellis, FSC, LaSalle University President
Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey
U. S. Armed Forces - Operation Desert Storm
Bill "Speedy" Morris, LaSalle University Basketball Coach
Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham
Walt Hunter, KYW-TV News
Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel
Philadelphia Councilwoman Joan Krajewski
David R. Boldt, Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer
Ray Didinger, Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Columnist
Marc Howard, Channel 6-TV News
Philadelphia Police Commissioner John F. Timoney
Michael Smerconish, Esq., Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist
Philadelphia Archdiocesan Vicar for Education Dr. Richard McCarron, Jr.
Bill Campbell, Sports Broadcaster and Columnist
Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker
Former Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale
U. S. Attorney Patrick Meehan, Esq.
Don Tollefson, Sports Broadcaster
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery
Oblates of St. Francis deSales
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey
Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Sports Columnist
Dom Giordano, WPHT Radio Talk Show Host
Vai Sikahema, NBC10 Sports Director
Sam Katz, Film & TV Documentarian
Matt Rhule, Temple University Football Coach
Former U. S. Congressman Michael G. Fitzpatrick
C. R. "Chuck" Pennoni, Chairman Pennoni Associates
Christine Flowers, Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist

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NECHS

Hall of Fame

     Created by the School and the Association in 1989 to honor individuals that had brought fame and distinction to the school and themselves by their actions in certain disciplines.  Until school closed the inductees were honored at ceremonies held at NECHS.  Since 2010, the recipients are inducted at the Association's Communion Breakfast.  A select committee consisting of the President, Executive Secretary, and Chaplain of the Association, along with four members - two from the Board of Governors and two active members of the Association - appointed by the President review the nominations submitted by the public and make the final decision.

           

Arts/Education/
Entertainment

Athletics

Business/Labor/
        Military

Religion/Science

Service to NECHS/
     Community

1989 Bil
Keane, '40
John H.
Mallon, '29
Francis J. "Tim" Dunleavy, '32 M. Rev. Edward J.
Schlotterback, OSFS, '30
Robert A.
Crout, '58
1990 John F.
Whitaker, '41
Francis X.
Reagan, '37
Wendell W.
Young III, '56
Albert E.
Welsh, MD, '32
Joseph F.
Kilroy, '65
1991 Vincent J.
Trombetta, '58
Joseph T.
Verdeur, '44
Joseph J. Donahue, '31 Thomas J.
Cullen, '69
Leonard F.
Knobbs, '53
1992 Jay J.
Dugan, '36
Frank J.
Hoerst, '35
Peter P.
Gallagher, '37
Rev. Edward J.
Simons, OSFS, '34
Joseph C.
McCloskey, '37
1993 George W.
Sommer, '36
Frank J. "Bucko"
Kilroy, '39
John J.
McVeigh, '39
John D.
Mahan, '69
Joseph E. McKeown, '33
1994 William P.
Plumley, '54
John J.
Gillespie, '35
Lt. Gen. Thomas W. Kelly, USA, '50 J. Richard
White, '46
Paul D.
Quinn, '36
1995 Jesse D.
Cain, '44
Robert J.
McNeill, '56
John J.
Marquess, Esq. '67
John E.
Murray, SJD, '50
Francis X. Dougherty, '59
1996 Gerald B.
Buckley, '50
Bernard J.
McLaughlin, '46
Martin J.
McCormick, '52
Rev. John J.
Conmy, OSFS, '29
Robert P.
O'Neill, '65
1997 Joseph F.
Flubacher, PhD, '31
Walter M.
Masterson, '38
Armond F.
Gentile, '52
Rev. Richard T.
Reece, OSFS, '54
Hon. James R.
Cavanaugh, '49
1998 Rev. Gerard J.
Schubert,
OSFS, '47
John J.
Quinn, '52
Maj. Gen. Joseph V. McLernan, USMC, '45 Rev. David I.
Hagan, OSFS, '56
Francis J.
Gleason, '53
1999 Frank J.
Dougherty, '59
James R.
Walsh, '53
Michael J. McKenna, '52 Bernard C.
Sekula, PhD, '69
Francis J.
Byrne, '65
2000 Robert H. Fitzsimmons, '53 Barry D.
Brodzinski, '73
Martin J. Maddaloni, '57 M. Rev. Martin N.
Lohmuller, DD, JCD, '37
John T. "Herb"
Smith, '46
2001 James V.
Amadie, '54
Edward P.
Geisz, '42
Erwin T.
Straw , '46
Oliver G.
Ludwig, PhD, '53
Lawrence P.
Conti, '63
2002 John R.
Doman, '62
Henry R. "Hank"
Siemiontkowski, '68
Capt. Thomas W. Kelley, OSFS, USN, '41 Edmund F.
Gordon, '64
Joseph L.
Zazyczny, '53
2003 Kenneth W.
Milano, '77
Joseph F.
Kadlec, '62
James A.
Williams, '68
Michael E.
Pietrzak, '67
John T.
Musial, '63
2004 Gerard J.
Jonas, '49
Michael F.
Fallon, '48
Louis J.
Sigmund, '50
Charles J.
Wolf, MD, '61
John J.
Taylor, '73
2005 Thomas J.
Smith, '66
Dennis R.
Seddon, '67
Carl F.
Gregory, '51
Rev. Neil F.
Kilty, OSFS, '59
Joseph P.
Hand, '54
2006 John S.
Grady, '55
Donald J.
D'Ambra, '90
James J.
Avery, '69
Michael S.
Shetzline, MD, PhD, '77
Edward J.
Lowry, '62
2007 James E.
Arnosky, '64
James A.
Gallagher, '47
James E.
Dugan, '63
Rev. John J.
Dennis,
OSFS, '37
Vincent E.
Furlong, '50
2008 James E.
Dougherty, PhD, '41
Gerard J.
Brindisi, '74
John T.
Fries, '61
James A.
Padova, MD, '56
Edward J.
White, '55
2009 Thomas P.
Forkin, Sr., '52
James C.
Hueber, '66
Steven J. McCaffrey, '81 Edward F.
McClay, MD, '67
Paul J.
Hondros, '66
2010 Ernest F.
Koschineg, '61
Robert J. Wheeler, '67 Joseph F. Petaccio, Jr., '59 Rev. George S.
Salzmann,
OSFS, '66
James P.
Meehan, '67
2011   Michael P. McDevitt, '82 Hon. John R.
Padova, '52
Rev. Francis W. Collins, MM, '38 John R.
Hanejko, '65
2012 Edward A.
Turzanski, '77
      Francis J.
Fedele, '64
2013 Stanley R.
Witalec, '66
Laurence L.
Sullivan, '66
Timothy G.
O'Shaughnessy, '81
V. Rev. Edward M. Dougherty, MM, '67 Stephen A.
Cardullo, '72
2014 Reynold J.
Levocz, '59
Thomas J.
Gilmore, '82
Vincent A.
Panvini, '65
Samuel P.
DeBow, '71
William F.
Coyle, Esq., '56
2015 Thomas A.
Razzano, '65
James P.
Savage, Jr., '92
Cosmo T.
DeNicola, '72
Rev. Joseph T.
Muller, MSC, '49
Hon. Gerard A.
Kosinski, '72
2016 Thomas H. Windfelder, '68 James V.
Gavaghan, '54
Joseph J.
Ashton, '66
Lester A.
Ruppersberger,
DO, '66
John L.
McCloskey, '38
2017 David
Livewell, '85
Edward
Alvarez, '01
Edward F.
McCauley, '57
Abbot Edmund M.
Boyce, OSB, '55
Thomas P.
Morgan, '64
2018 Leo D.
Trombetta, '69
Patrick D.
Morris, '95
Vincent J.
Market, '81
Joseph R.
Vaisnys, PhD, '52
Robert B.
Devine, '73
2019 Joseph R.
Marbach, PhD, '79
Michael P. McCarron, '84 Gregory J.
Blazic, '64
William J.
Welsh, PhD, '65
Patrick J.
Boyle, '49

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