Vol. 34. No. 2
A PUBLICATION FOR THE ALUMNI, PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF FORDHAM PREP
“Nothing which is done without joy can last.”
Very Rev. Father Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Jesuit Father General Adolfo Nicolás speaks to the
New York Province Jesuits in the Leonard Theatre
On October 3, 2013, Father Adolfo Nicolás, S.J. visited
Fordham Prep as part of a two-week tour of the United
States. On campus, he met with his brother Jesuits, spoke
with lay and clerical leaders of various Ignatian works, and
celebrated Mass in the University Church.
Father Nicolás’ visit was notable for a number of reasons.
First, it’s not every day that the “Black Pope” visits the
Bronx. Especially if he’s the old boss of the gentleman that
now serves as the “White Pope.”
But much more importantly, he used his presence
and his words to inspire the living mission that is Fordham
Prep. Father Nicolás is fluent in six languages and his
message in English could not have been any clearer: it is
an honor to serve others, a responsibility we should assume
with joy. Whether as students performing Christian service
or as alumni creating financial aid, we engage these works
with excitement. It is in this work, this service, that we
can find lasting happiness.
In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis writes that “an
authentic faith... always involves a deep desire to change
the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow
better than we found it.” As we read in this Ramview of the
collective service of the Fordham Prep family, we consider
– how have we engaged our own work? What can we make
better? To reflect the words above from Father Nicolás’
sermon at Fordham, how have we enjoyed our own
engagement in this continuous process?
This June, I will complete nine years of service on
the Fordham Prep Board of Trustees. It has truly been an
honor. I would encourage anyone who has interest in
engaging Fordham Prep from a Board perspective, or from
any other perspective described in these pages – the arts,
the Endowment, basketball, service, ice hockey, whatever –
to simply start. Just begin. And don’t stop. You will find
some of what Father General described.
John F. Neary ’87
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Speaks to Students on the 20th Anniversary of Schindler’s List
In this Issue:
Bastianich & Friends
at Del Posto
Daniel Neeson ’15, Liam Neeson, English Department member Lynette Scallion, Father Devron, Bob Gomprecht ’65
Fordham Prep Partners
with Mark Messier and
the Kingsbridge National
Over $1.3 Million
Raised for the
Patrick S. Joyce, Jr. ’88
By Lynette Scallion
The first time I saw Schindler’s List was days after
it opened in December 1993. I knew I had not just
seen another movie about the Holocaust. This was an
important film with a poignant message, one that I
would share with my high school students in Maryland,
one that I wanted to share with all of my students for the
next twenty years. This was not just an event to watch
the film. I wanted to ask Liam Neeson how he prepared
for such a demanding role.
In early September 2013, I saw an article on the
Internet about commemorating the twentieth anniversary
of Schindler’s List. I drafted a proposal for Mr. Gomprecht
requesting that we dedicate one instructional day to
watching the three hour and sixteen minute film and
then invite Mr. Neeson for a Question and Answer
Forum. I contacted Mr. Neeson’s personal assistant and
received a response within a few days. Imagine my
reaction when I read “Mr. Neeson accepts your invitation
to participate in a Forum.” The mere idea from 1993 was
becoming a reality in 2013!
This event took over two months of planning with
many emails, phone conversations, and one meeting with
Mr. Neeson’s assistant. The greatest obstacle was his backto-back filming schedule. Once the dates were confirmed,
the juniors watched the movie on Monday December 16.
I wasn’t sure how our boys would respond to a twenty-
year-old black and white film; however, the attentiveness
and focus in the theatre was palpable. For the next three
days, the boys commented on how they had a better
understanding of the brutality of the actions committed
against Jews in the concentration camps.
On December 19, the juniors gathered in the theatre
first to hear long-time Chairperson of the Fordham Prep
Fine Arts Department Marilyn Honigman’s story of how
her parents survived the Holocaust. She discussed her
paintings about teaching the Holocaust through her art, as
well as showed her son’s short film where he interviewed
his mother for her memories of her parents. It was during
her presentation that I felt a shift in the boys’ perspectives.
Suddenly, we weren’t watching a film about the Holocaust.
We were hearing a daughter’s poignant story of her parents’
survival in a concentration camp in Poland close to the
one depicted in the movie.
When Mr. Neeson came on stage to answer my
questions, I expected him to be much like his characters:
aggressive, serious, and committed to justice. Instead, I
was having a quiet conversation with a humble, thoughtful,
sometimes humorous man about the characters he plays
in his movies. As he addressed my questions and those of
the boys, I think everyone noted how he never quickly
answered any question. He reflected and responded with
purpose and thought. He shared with us how the first
scene that was filmed outside Auschwitz was when
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Around the Prep
Chaplain’s Corner Made in the Image of God
By Rev. Donald Devine, S.J., Chaplain
I would like to begin by sharing with you a lovely
observation/reflection on Genesis 2:18-24: “Woman was not
taken from man’s head to be ruled by him, nor from his feet
to be trampled upon by him. Rather, she was taken from his
side to walk beside him, from under his arm to be protected
by him and from his heart to be loved by him.” (Gordon
God saw from the very beginning that Adam
needed ‘another being like himself,’ someone with whom
to communicate and share himself fully – emotionally,
intellectually, spiritually and physically. He needed another
person he could really get to know and be known by at
the very deepest level of his being through mutual selfdisclosure.
Today, as we walk the streets and ride on buses, we see
people constantly checking their cell phones to see if anyone
called or texted them in the past ten minutes and looking
visibly depressed and lonely if no one has. With email, we
have direct, instantaneous communication with people
almost anywhere in our world. But chatter and data sharing
are not enough to give us real, lasting satisfaction. We want,
need more than that.
Jesus views marriage as husband and wife living in unity
and interdependence, a symbol of restored creation, an
image of God’s original plan for Adam and Eve, man and
woman in union as a mirror of the mystery of God.
Mark’s gospel has a story about Jesus holding a child.
For Jesus, the child is a symbol of both non-domination and
the need for care that should characterize married and all
human relationships. Jesus, the unmarried prophet, holds
children in His arms and blesses them, an enduring image
of God’s delight in the fruitful gift of marriage.
Fordham Prep Faculty Chaplain,
Fr. Donald G. Devine, S.J., passed
away on December 26, 2013 after
celebrating his 80th birthday with
his fellow Jesuits. His Chaplain’s
Corner columns have been a wellreceived part of Ramview. We can
think of no better way to pay tribute
to Father Devine than by printing
this column, which he submitted in
Requiescas in Pace, Father Devine.
2014 Wall Street Forum
Monday, May 12, 2014 at 12 noon
THE YALE CLUB
44th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue
The speakers will be Kevin Parker, founder, and Mark
Messier, CEO – and NHL Hall of Fame member, – of the
Kingsbridge National Ice Center. The transformation of
the Kingsbridge Armory, in the Kingsbridge section of
the Bronx, into the Kingsbridge National Ice Center will
be completed in 2017. The facility will be the largest
ice center in the world. To follow the project’s progress,
you can like the Kingsbridge National Ice Center’s Facebook
page - https://www.facebook.com/KNICNYC.
Ramview / Winter 2014
When I am privileged to witness and bless a marriage as
representative of the Church, I always tell two stories. The
first is that every couple needs three bones in their bodies:
a backbone, a wishbone and a funny bone. I elaborate on
the importance of each depending upon what I know of the
The second story goes like this. In the next to last line
in Eric Segal’s Love Story, the author writes: “Love is never
having to say you’re sorry.” NONSENSE! What love really
means is that I have the faith and trust in my beloved that
when the times come to say “I’m sorry,” (as they will in every
human and married life), I know that I shall be forgiven.
That’s what true love is all about.
A third story that I may add in the future would go like
this. In Beauty and the Beast, the girl didn’t love the beast
because he was beautiful. Instead, she restores his humanity
and makes him beautiful because she loves him. Jesus does
the same thing in becoming truly human, one of us in all
things but sin. He restored our humanity, made us beautiful
by loving us. As St. John tells us: “This is love – not that we
loved God but God first loved us,” 1 John 4:10.
The purpose of any relationship is for us to help others
become the-best-version-of-themselves and for others to
help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves. This is the
glue of intimacy that it intended to bind together all relationships, especially those of husband and wife.
If I have rambled a bit, that’s alright – love is not always
logical, it doesn’t always write in straight lines with wellreasoned thoughts. In fact, love is intended to be creative, to
mystify, to be a source of wonder. THANKS BE TO GOD!
From the President’s Office
The President’s Report
Dear friends of Fordham Prep,
You may be surprised to see the second edition of Ramview arrive so early in your
mailbox. This is intentional: we sped up our publication deadline so we could send this
issue to the several hundred students (and their families) who have been accepted into
the Class of 2018, beginning as freshmen in the fall of 2014.
To those young men and their parents: Congratulations! We hope this issue of
Ramview will give you a greater sense of why, for generations, young men have found a
sense of belonging and purpose here at Fordham Prep.
Since arriving on campus in August, I have been truly inspired by the commitment
of our faculty and staff to the mission of Jesuit education—a mission to “set the world
aflame” for God’s greater glory and the help of souls (St. Ignatius Loyola). In fact, this
mission has had a lasting impact on our alumni, who continue to set the world on fire.
God’s greater glory and the help of souls are reflected in the lives of men recognized
at this year’s Hall of Honor Dinner—men like Col. Robert Gould Shaw Ex 1854 and
Matthew O. Fitzsimons ’76 (see p. 12).
Col. Gould commanded the only all-Black regiment during the Civil War. Shaw’s
courage and commitment to equality were portrayed on the big screen by Matthew
Broderick in the Oscar-winning 1989 film Glory.
Matthew Fitzsimons’ contributions, though more unheralded are arguably as impressive.
Matt is the founding principal of Grace Academy, a middle school for girls from low-income
backgrounds who reside in inner-city Hartford. Through Matt’s efforts at Grace Academy,
students—many who may have otherwise been neglected by a failed educational system—
have achieved, succeeded and realized their human potential, all to God’s greater glory.
God’s greater glory and the help of souls also shine through Donnie Walsh ’58, who
currently serves as consultant to the Indiana Pacers. During his career as an NBA coach and
team executive, Donnie has exemplified quiet integrity and dedication to social justice. This
is the inside story that explains why, this past fall, our basketball alumni decided we should
name our new floor in the Higgins Gymnasium the “Donnie Walsh Court” (see p. 8 ). It is
also the reason why Fordham Prep received tribute messages for Donnie from the likes of
NBA hall of famers Larry Bird and Reggie Miller, and NBA president and CEO David Stern.
God’s greater glory and the help of souls are found when alumni like the late Joe
Trimarco ’31 and Joe Bastianich ’85 and members of the Classes of ’64, ’87, and ’88 credit
their Fordham Prep Jesuit education with giving them the skills to think critically, question
the status quo and become leaders in their respective fields. Recognizing God’s gifts to them,
they have invested in the Prep’s endowment, and, therefore, in the future of young men
from families of modest means who need financial assistance to make a Jesuit education
affordable (see pp. 4 – 7).
It is also at work on a day like today,
when I can call on an alumnus to help a
freshman student—earning all A’s and B’s—
because his single mother needs additional
financial assistance to make her tuition
payments. While separated by 50 years, both
freshman student and alumnus are from just
a couple miles apart, in the Bronx.
Speaking of the Bronx, God’s glory and
the help of souls even operate in the private
sector, as Fordham Prep joins forces with NHL
hall of famer Mark Messier in support of turning the Kingsbridge Armory, a 100-year-old
abandoned edifice, into the world’s largest ice
center (see p. 9). Fordham Prep is proud to
stand with its Bronx neighbors in supporting
Rev. Christopher J. Devron, S.J.
this initiative which will bring jobs and ecoPresident
nomic development to a community that, for
too long, has been left out of New York City’s renaissance.
Sometimes, God’s glory surprises us. In March 2013, this was the case when the College
of Cardinals elected a Jesuit pope, Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina, to lead the Church.
Very Reverend Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, spoke about
Pope Francis during his October 2013 visit to Fordham Prep (see p. 1). Father General
Nicolas reminded us that Pope Francis invites us to embrace a paradox at the heart of our
Christian faith: we are called to be both a Church of the poor, and a community of joy.
Because Pope Francis has captured the attention of the world, Fordham Prep and its Leonard
Theatre is proud to host Anderson Cooper of CNN who will moderate a special Town Hall
Forum marking the first anniversary of this papacy, sometime this school year. The forum
will feature Cardinal Timothy Dolan and an outstanding panel of Catholic thought leaders.
All members of the Fordham Prep community will be invited, so please consult Fordham
Prep’s website as the date and details for this extraordinary event emerge.
So whether you are an 8th grade student who has been accepted to Fordham Prep, a
parent of a current student, an alumnus or a faculty member—whatever the nature of your
relationship to Fordham Prep—consider yourself truly blessed to be part of a community
where God’s glory and the help of souls so readily abound. I certainly do!
Best regards always,
Fr. Christopher J. Devron, S.J.
The Principal’s Report
This is the time of year when we focus
on recruitment and the admission of the
incoming class. In a sense, of course, everything we do at the Prep affects admissions.
Many activities are publicized, and students,
parents, faculty, and friends talk about their
experiences at the Prep to others. This plays
a large role in creating the public persona
of the Prep. You as members of the Prep
community do this as well. The pride you
express in Fordham Prep is crucial. Keep up
the great work! But, there is also a need to have
formal ongoing efforts to bring that public
image into sharp focus and to be sure it reaches
students and their families who might be
interested in attending the Prep. The yeoman’s
Robert J. Gomprecht ’65
portion of this work is the responsibility of the
Admissions Office. Mr. Christopher Lauber
’79, Director of Admissions, teaches Classics
and works year-round on Admissions, ably assisted by Mrs. Tina Porco of the Prep’s
Administrative staff. They devote summers to planning and to updating and revising
admission publications, especially the Prep’s attractive Admissions brochure. From the
time school starts in September, Mr. Lauber and Mrs. Porco oversee the Day at the Prep
program, in which 8th grade students spend a day with a Prep freshman, accompanying
him to classes, lunch and any other scheduled activities. It is a credit to the faculty that
most boys who go through the day end up with an enthusiastic interest in returning as
In addition, Mr. Lauber and Religious Studies teacher Mr. Randy Pedro attend high
school fairs, visit individual grammar schools and open houses, and speak to individual
families who are interested in the Prep. Other faculty volunteer to make contact with a
particular elementary school to establish an ongoing communication with school personnel.
The Admissions Office orchestrates the Prep’s annual Open House on a Sunday in late
October or early November. All faculty and many staff are on hand as anywhere from 1,500
– 1,700 individuals visit during the three-hour program. Families are welcomed, and then
proceed in groups to rooms where teams of teachers talk about various aspects of Prep life
and answer questions. They then move to the Computer Center for a brief presentation
of technology, and through the Library to the Higgins Gym where teachers from every
department are assembled to talk individually about classes and curriculum. The groups
then move into the Intramural Gym where students, coaches and moderators with various
artifacts are arranged by activity and speak with the families about extracurriculars.
The day ends with the groups in the Commons. There, Day at the Prep procedures are
explained and Financial Aid and transportation information is available. In addition, the
Mothers’ and Fathers’ Clubs answer questions, and Prep faculty, staff, and parents mingle
to speak with our guests while they are enjoying refreshments.
Fr. Christopher Devron and I also hosted a Pastors’ Dinner in October and a grammar
school Principals’ and Eighth Grade Teachers’ Dinner in December to improve communication with these key constituencies and to give them the opportunity to learn more about
Just before Christmas, the results of the Test of Admission to Catholic Schools
(TACHs) exams (formerly the COOP, for us older alumni) arrive at the Prep. Mr. Lauber
adds that data to other information he has accumulated on each applicant. In the week we
return from Christmas break, we discuss each applicant individually to make a decision.
We look primarily at TACHs scores, 7th and 8th grade marks, and other useful information
that may be available. We are particularly interested in recommendations from alumni and
therefore solicit it. This year, 162 candidates were so recommended and we are grateful.
On a date determined by the New York Archdiocese, all schools mail their admission
results to each candidate. The Prep follows up with a congratulatory and welcoming phone
call to every accepted student. Ninety of our parents volunteer to complete these calls.
Along with acceptance material, we invite the top performers on the entrance exam
and their parents to the Prep on an afternoon and evening for a scholarship competition.
The boys take a written test, provide a writing sample, and are interviewed by a faculty
member. There is a separate concurrent program for parents to learn more about the
school. At the end of the competition, the boys – along with Prep students – have dinner in
the gym, get a chance to talk with each other, and then enjoy some recreation. The parents,
along with current Prep parents and faculty, have a buffet dinner in the Commons.
We also offer two Open House evenings, one for Bronx families and one for all other
families. Separating the Bronx constituents is done to show our special commitment to our
Finally, some of our parents host evening receptions in their homes for families in
their neighborhoods who have sons who have been accepted to the Prep. Mr. Lauber, Mrs.
Napoli, the Prep’s Assistant Principal, and I attend these. We have a chance to speak to the
parents and answer questions.
March 5, a date also set by the Archdiocese, is Registration Day for all Catholic
schools. It is on that day the families make a firm commitment to the school their sons
(and daughters) will attend.
This admissions process is extensive and labor intensive. However, this is how we, as a
community, work together to perpetuate the unique ethnic, racial, geographic, and economic
blend of good students who are open to Ignatian Spirituality that is Fordham Prep.
Robert Gomprecht ’65
Ramview / Winter 2014
From the Development Office
Over $1.3 Million Raised
for the Patrick S. Joyce, Jr. ’88 Scholarships
“It was important to me to participate on
multiple levels. First, to honor Patrick Joyce and
his family by keeping his memory alive at the Prep
and in his community. Second, to bond together
and be a part of something great with my fellow
classmates. Through the communications and
gatherings on this endowment/scholarship, I feel I
have become closer with my fellow alumni and I
have rekindled many friendships.”
“When I was at the Prep I received a small
scholarship, and the Patrick Joyce Scholarship was
a unique opportunity to pay forward that generosity I received from others. It was also a good way
to join my classmates in showing our ongoing
commitment to the school that meant so much to
us and the friendships we formed there.”
“I’m proud that our class pulled together to honor
our fallen friend. This scholarship will not only
help deserving students. It will serve as a living
testament to Pat’s service and sacrifice.”
“I was out of the Prep loop for a while, and
the Endowment was a perfect opportunity for me
to not only give back to the Fordham family, but
to reconnect with so many old friends. God bless.”
“Although my wife and I do not presently
have children, we made a multi-year contribution
to the Class of ’88 Endowment because I
benefited from a similar fund. Without that
financial assistance, I would have missed out
on many important life experiences and
friendships that endure to this day.”
Charles ’15 and William ’88 Fenwick
As you may know, the Patrick S. Joyce, Jr. ’88 Scholarships were founded by
the Class of 1987 (thanks in very large part to the tireless efforts of John Neary, ’87
and Donn McNamee, ’87), for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to
students who were academically qualified to attend the Prep, but whose families
absolutely needed financial assistance in order to send their sons to the Prep. The
scholarships are named after Patrick Joyce, ’88, who died in 2009 while serving in
the line of duty as a City of Yonkers Fireman.
The Class of 1987 completed the most successful class endowment campaign
in the Prep’s history by raising over $800,000 which was entirely directed to support
the scholarships. The Class of 1987 also set a then-record for class participation by
counting 57% of their class as contributors. The Class of 1988 followed the Class
of 1987 by raising over $500,000 and setting a new record for class participation by
counting almost two-thirds of their class, about 64%, as contributors to their Class
Endowment which was also entirely directed to support the Patrick S. Joyce, Jr. ’88
Scholarships. Thanks to the efforts of the Classes of 1987 and 1988, over $1.3
million has been raised for the Patrick S. Joyce, Jr. ’88 Scholarships. To date, this
is the largest amount of money ever raised to support an endowed scholarship at
There may have been an element of competition with the Class of 1987 that
contributed to the Class of 1988’s record level of participation. However, when you
listen to the contributors, you discover that their reasons for giving had a lot to do
with the sacrifice made by Patrick Joyce, their appreciation for the Prep and for the
friendships developed with their classmates, their desire to give other students the
opportunity to attend the Prep, and the chance to be part of something historic at
And, as Rey Hollingsworth-Falu so aptly pointed out, “the Prep is family now.
For more reasons than one.” Rey, William Fenwick, and Kevin Rooney, all members
of the Class of 1988, have sons currently enrolled at the Prep. Please note, however,
that none of their sons received any funds from the Patrick S. Joyce, Jr. ’88
Scholarships /Class of 1988 Endowment.
Thank you to all who pledged and contributed to the Class of 1988 Endowment.
We are very grateful for your support. And a special thanks to the Class of 1988
Fundraising Committee for their tireless efforts to ensure such a successful
The Class of 1989 is in the process of planning their 25th Reunion and
beginning to lay the groundwork for a successful endowment campaign. Despite
his competitive nature, Kevin Rooney, ’88 wishes them well. “I know that my
friends and former football teammates from the Class of 1989 may not believe
this, but I truly hope that they break our record for participation and the Class of
1987’s record for total dollars raised. If they succeed, we all win because more kids
will have the opportunity to attend the Prep and receive an outstanding education.”
“We’re inspired by the efforts of the classes of ’87 and ’88 to grow the
Prep’s Endowment. They’ve established themselves as true ‘Men for Others’ in
undertaking and delivering this significant gift for Prep students of today and the
future. The Class of 1989 looks to continue this great work to honor our years at
the Prep, to remember the classmates we’ve lost, and to continue the ideals of the
Prep for the future.”
Al D’Onofrio, ’89 and Brendan Neary, ’89
Rey Hollingsworth-Falu ’88 and his son,
Aaron Hollingsworth-Harris ’15
“The Patrick Joyce Scholarship Fund pays tribute
to a wonderful father, husband, and a man who
truly put the needs of others before his own.
Those are the kind of values that are instilled in
the young men who attend the Prep. Joining my
classmates and creating an endowment that will
touch the lives of many families for years to come
is the greatest tribute we can pay Pat and other
selfless classmates who left us all too soon.”
“I really felt I had to give back something for all
that was given to me…The Prep changed me
forever, during some of the most important years
of my life, and the experience was priceless.”
“When I learned about the Class of 1988
Endowment / Patrick S. Joyce, Jr. ’88 Scholarship
efforts, I felt compelled to contribute in a more
meaningful way. Having specific students who
benefit from these scholarships will help form a
strong connection between our Class and those
students. The permanent nature of the Endowment
results in a long-term investment in the students
(and the Prep itself) that will continue to yield
benefits year after year.”
“I gave because Pat gave everything, and it feels
good to support anything that celebrates his life
and honors his memory.”
John ’15 and Kevin Rooney ’88
LIAM NEESON (Continued from page 1)
Schindler demanded to get the children back and saved them from death. He said he
and his fellow actors Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley would wait at a local pub on the
days the actors playing Jews were filming. They knew how emotionally exhausting the
concentration camp scenes were for those actors and wanted to provide some levity to
their otherwise gruesome days. He told us how difficult it was to film the last scene in
the movie when Oskar Schindler received the ring with the inscription “Whoever saves
one life saves the world.” To end the movie, director Stephen Spielberg decided to fly to
Israel forty-five of Schindler’s survivors and have them place pebbles on Schindler’s
grave for the last scene. While most people thought this would be a depressing event,
Mr. Neeson said it was a late night celebration of survival, a reunion of people who had
survived one of the greatest atrocities committed against mankind.
CLASS OF 1968
Launching an Endowed Scholarship Fund
In honor of the Class of 1968’s 45th Anniversary, and planning ahead toward
its 50th Anniversary, the class’s goal is to create an Endowed Scholarship Fund at
Fordham Preparatory School, which will provide financial assistance for deserving
students at the Prep who would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of tuition.
The campaign committee includes: co-chairs Frank Petrilli and George
Zambetti; and committee members Mike Alvino, Rich Ferrara, Carmine Lucia,
Gerry Moss, Bill Reilly and Tony Williamson.
The class’s five-year goal, which is presently being determined, will culminate
with the class’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2018. The program will be launched
in early 2014.
Ramview / Winter 2014
By the end of the interview Mr. Neeson had shared with the boys how he was
inspired to become an actor when he was their age and stressed the importance of
following one’s passion in life. He left us with a lasting impression of a personable man,
an actor committed to his craft, and a loving father dedicated to his sons. For me, I had
fulfilled one of my dreams: our juniors watched one of the most important films ever
made and then had the privilege of listening to the actor who played Oskar Schindler
offer his insight into a character who eventually found purpose and meaning in his life.
Schindler had selflessly given to others with no expectation of a return. The character
Oskar Schindler and the actor Liam Neeson demonstrated many Jesuit ideals we hope
to leave with our graduates - reflection, introspection, commitment to justice, purpose,
Please support Fordham Preparatory School’s
2013-2014 Annual Fund.
Our school’s Annual Fund provides unrestricted support for the operation of our
school which ensures:
• Strength in the Prep’s curriculum
• High standards for classroom instruction
• Financial Aid
• An expanded roster of cocurricular activities
• Timely maintenance of the physical plant
Each gift, no matter what size, makes a difference. Please use the response envelope
provided in Ramview or contact Joan Wollman (telephone 718-367-7500 ext. 209 or
by e-mail at [email protected]). To make a gift online, please visit the Prep’s
website at www.fordhamprep.org.
From the Development Office
Bastianich and Friends Endowment being Created
Launching at Del Posto in Manhattan a Great Success
Joe ’85 and Lidia Bastianich
On January 14, 2014 Fordham Prep
alumni, parents and friends enjoyed a
very special evening with Joe Bastianich ’85
and his mother Lidia at their restaurant,
Del Posto. This group of 94 people had
an unforgettable evening of fabulous food
and wine, all in support of financial
assistance for deserving students at
Joe and Lidia oversaw the menu and
pairings at Del Posto and shared the table
with the Prep’s special guests. They also
kicked-off an initiative to raise $440,000
for the Bastianich and Friends Endowed
Scholarship Fund at Fordham Preparatory
School. Through the generosity of Joe and
our dinner companions, Fordham Prep
raised $200,000, more than 45% of this
Joe is a judge on the highly popular
MasterChef and MasterChef Junior
nationally-televised shows. He, along
with partners Lidia and chef Mario Batali,
co-own and operate 25 restaurants worldwide as well as Eataly New York, the
world’s largest Italian artisanal marketplace. Lidia is a world-class culinary talent,
well-known through her beloved television
appearances and as co-owner of B&B
Del Posto is the first Italian restaurant
in almost 40 years to receive a coveted
4 star rating from The New York Times,
and one of only six establishments in New
York City to receive this recognition. Del
Posto is proud to hold the coveted Relais
and Chateaux distinction, a 5 Diamond
Award from AAA, and the Grand Award
from the Wine Spectator. Joe and Lidia
are two of America’s most successful
The outstanding menu prepared by
Lidia and Joe included: Antipasto – Cool
Lobster Salad with Burrata, Fermented
Broccolini and Lemon Pane Grattato;
Primo – Gigli Verdi al Ragu Bolognese;
Secondi – Tilefish with Caponatina and
Arugula or Neapolitan Lamb Rack with
Smoked Neck, Salsa Madre and Wilted
Water Spinach; Dolce – Tartufo al Caffe,
Dark Chocolate, Saint’Eustachio Coffee
and Candied Bread; and Biscotti Assortiti
with a selection of cookies and drip coffee.
At the dinner, Father Devron spoke
about two prospective students who would
benefit by the Bastianich and Friends
Scholarship Endowment – an 8th grade
applicant and a freshman student from
Crestwood and the Bronx, respectively.
In both cases the scholarship recipients
are hard working students with good
grades, and very interested in becoming
involved in the extracurricular activities of
the school. And most important, both
would receive sizeable financial aid awards
and otherwise would not be able to attend
Fordham Prep without a considerable
amount of support from the school.
Father thanked everyone in attendance
for contributing to the Bastianich and
Friends Scholarship Fund.
Father Devron also thanked Gina and
Glenn Giordano ’15, current parents at the
Prep and dinner Chair Couple, for helping
to plan and execute this event from the
very beginning. Their hard work contributed a great deal to the success of the
evening. They noted that “the dinner at Del
Posto was outstanding. The generosity of
Lidia, Joe, and the entire Prep community
in supporting scholarship to maintain the
diversity of the school was heartwarming”.
Joe spoke movingly about what
Fordham Prep meant to his development
Class of 1976 Modernizing the Prep’s Religious Studies Center
in Memory of Classmate Rev. Peter K. Arabia, S.J.
Over five years ago Rev. Peter K. Arabia, S.J. ’76 suddenly passed away. As a
priest, and throughout his life, Peter truly exemplified the Jesuit ideal of faithful
To honor his memory, a Class of 1976 Committee — Tom Bell, Ed Bonanno,
Mike Considine, Rich Duke, Matt Fitzsimons, Dieter Freer, Guy Lester, Jim Howard,
Bill Korchak, Bill McCabe, Joe Molloy, and Bill Whelan, and also Ken Singleton and
Brian Arabia – is creating a fund at Fordham Prep that will be used to modernize
the technology in the Prep’s Religious Studies Center. It will also be used to create
an area for prayer in the Center with a stained glass window of Peter’s patron saint,
The committee is hoping to raise $25,000 for the fund in this fiscal year, so that
the work can begin before the 2014-2015 school year. The committee has already
raised funds totaling over $15,000.
Please contact John Kahl if any classmates or friends of Peter would be interested
in supporting this effort (telephone: 718-367-7500, ext: 210; email: [email protected]).
as a young man, how it has formed and
shaped him, and why he is so motivated to
send his son to the Rose Hill campus this
fall. He spoke about the many friends he
made at the Prep which took him beyond
his Queens neighborhood, about favorite
teachers, and the impact the Prep made
on his life which has carried over to the
success he has achieved in life.
Joe’s motivation is highly personal:
“In 1981, I began my four years at
Fordham Prep. Donors to the Prep made
a Jesuit high school education affordable
for my family, which prepared me for
success at Boston College and beyond. I
benefited from studying with young men
from all backgrounds, communities and
walks of life. This is why my mother and I
are thrilled to be in a position to give back
to the Prep by sponsoring a scholarship
dinner at Del Posto. This event will allow
Fordham Prep to extend the gift of Jesuit
education to deserving students who need
The goal for the evening was set at
$150,000 for the endowment, and $172,000
had been raised prior to the dinner. Joe
made a spontaneous invitation to the
guests to raise even more in support of the
Bastianich and Friends Scholarship Fund
and, by a show of hands, $200,000 was
raised. Through this generosity, the
evening’s goal was far exceeded which
means that more deserving students from
families of modest means will have the
opportunity to receive a quality Jesuit
education at Fordham Prep.
A highlight of the evening was a raffle
drawing for the next Bastianich initiative
scheduled to take place in the late fall or
early 2014. The winners, Ellen and Chuck
Bryceland, won two complimentary
invitations to the next event.
The guests at the event included
Fordham Prep Board members Ellen
Fahey-Smith P ’14, Rev. Charles Frederico,
S.J., Rod Murray ’78, and Cary Stier P ’16;
Mario Gabelli ’61, Jack Geraghty ’60, Paul
Brusco ’82, Chris Santomero ’87, and
Craig Overlander ’78; and current parents
Sheila and Mike Sohr P’15; Kathleen and
Rob Coughlin P’15, and Maggie and John
Trimble P ’16.
We are grateful to Joe and Lidia
for their kindness and generosity in
underwriting this event. All of the funds
committed by guests went directly toward
We apologize for the following
mistakes that appeared in the 2013
In the list of the members of the Board of
Trustees that appeared on page 4, Roderick
Murray’s ’78 employer’s name was spelled
incorrectly. Rod is the Managing Director,
Mortgage/ABS Trading at Jefferies LLC.
On page 24, in the Alumni Giving By Class,
we did not include the statistics for the
Class of 1960 in the 1960’s decade list.
The statistics were: 157 Members, 49 Donors,
31.2% Participation, $34,202.60 Total
Ramview / Winter 2014
From the Development Office
A [BIG] Drop
in the Bucket
Endowment is the next phase in the Prep’s advancement and future security.
The Chair of the Board of Trustees, John Neary ’87, has a critical message:
“The Prep is 174 years old from its founding, but a mere 44 years old in terms
of its financial self-sufficiency. There is much important work to be done in
terms of increasing the Prep’s endowment.” One effort towards that end is
The following is an interview with “The Friends of John,” seven members of the Class of 1964. In 2010, they proposed the establishment of a scholarship at the Prep in honor
of classmate, John J. Vrionis. Three plus years later, the fund is on its way to providing a full tuition scholarship to a deserving young Prep scholar. The Friends are Andy Paterno,
Brian Heller, Jim DiMarzo, Jerry O’Gorman, Lee Higdon, John Malone and Bill Perry.
Did you have any luck?
Friend 1: Not with those. Roger Staubach donated. John played with him on the Pensacola
Goshawks when he was in flight school.
Friend 2: The President of Holy Cross gave and the head of the New York Province of
Jesuits also contributed.
Friend 5: Don’t forget John Dockery. He was an All-City football player from Brooklyn
Prep who played against Big John in football and basketball. Dockery was a
member of the 1968 Jets Super Bowl championship team.
Friend 3: We also experienced the appearance of ‘angels.’
Friend 6: He’s talking about unexpected donors—almost from heaven.
Friend 2: We believed that our work was guided by the Holy Spirit—leading us as we
needed it. Donors pitched in beyond what we’d hoped for.
Friend 5: We’d contacted them and made our appeal, but we could not have anticipated
John Vrionis ’64 at 2013 Hall of Honor Induction Dinner [photo: Tom Baffer]
First of all, thank you for what you’ve accomplished on behalf of the Prep.
Friend 1: We are delighted that it is turning out successfully. People can still contribute to
the fund—it will always be open to new donations. I don’t want to give the
impression that all our work is finished.
Friend 6: There were a number of times that we weren’t very sure at all about the outcome.
Friend 2: We always believed in what we were doing. Jerry used to remind us, ‘Our cause
What prompted you to undertake this project?
Friend 4: John Vrionis is an extraordinary person. He was a superb athlete who is a Hall
of Famer at Holy Cross in two sports. But, more significantly, he is an inspiring
model of the kind of person the Prep has always aimed to produce.
Friend 5: As you know, last November he was inducted into the Prep’s Hall of Honor.
Did you find it hard to generate interest in supporting this scholarship?
Friend 7: (laughs) It depends upon whom you were dealing with. Most classmates were
Friend 1: Some were tougher to convince.
Friend 3: This, I think, is interesting. A number of people didn’t give once—but repeatedly.
We have those numbers somewhere…
Friend 7: Yes, so far, 160 donors have made 233 donations.
Friend 2: That tells you something. Several classmates with limited resources wanted to
help and did.
Friend 4: We asked two fellows for a token contribution to have them participate. They
each gave much more.
Friend 6: It showed us the depth of people’s feelings about the Prep.
What surprised you about trying to raise funds?
Friend 7: Each of us had individual surprises. My mistake was in thinking because a
person was well-off, he would be well disposed towards giving.
Friend 5: I thought that you could eventually convince anyone to help in one form or
another. But that didn’t prove true.
How did you organize the work?
We were pretty unscientific, actually. But we were tenacious.
I’d try this guy. He’d try that guy. Then, if that didn’t work, he’d try his guy…
You have to have someone in your group who has a connection with the person
Friend 5: A number, though, were shots in the dark. All someone could say was, ‘No.’
Friend 6: It was grunt work, in the end, but we tried to keep it light and keep each other ‘up.’
So you found fundraising could be fun?
We tried a few people who were not ‘normal’ prospects.
George Bush and John Mara.
Donald Trump and Bill Gates. Folks like that.
Ramview / Winter 2014
Prep: Can you provide names?
Friend 3: In May of 2011, the pace of giving had slowed. Then John’s son, John, Jr., made
a donation that energized our efforts.
Friend 2: Another boost came from Joe Moglia ’67, who was a freshman when Big John
was a senior. Joe was terrific. Again, the timing (June, 2012) and the nature of
his gift provided a huge lift.
Friend 4: It’s hard not to get discouraged at times when you’re doing this kind of work.
Who likes to be asked for money—really? As Lee has said, we did find 160
donors. But we’d asked over 350 people for help. So, you hear a lot more ‘no’s’
than ‘yesses’ in the course of things.
You indicated there was a third major donor.
Friend 4: Jim Buckman, Class of ’62. He’s a prince of a man.
Friend 5: His younger brother, Tommy, was a member of our class. Sadly, he passed away
in his 40’s of a heart attack.
Friend 2: Jim offered us a $100,000 Challenge Match.
Friend 7: This was totally his idea. He’d already given to the scholarship fund a year earlier.
Friend 3: The match was a way to honor Tom and to acknowledge John’s selection to the
Hall of Honor…
Friend 4: …and, to quote his letter, ‘to help the school we all love.’
Friend 3: You can understand how we saw the work of the Holy Spirit in our campaign.
You can’t attribute what happened in these cases to ‘good luck.’
Were there any strictures to the challenge?
Friend 7: We had sixty days to raise $100,000 in gifts and pledges. Jim would match all
donations and pledges as they were received by the Prep up to $100,000.
Friend 3: Our classmates really answered the call.
Friend 5: It was exhilarating to watch.
Friend 1: Our class reached the $100,000 figure within twenty-six days.
Friend 6: They were amazing. Every Prep class is ‘the best.’
Friend 4: But we have hard evidence about ours. (He laughs.)
Friend 2: What were the stats on that?
Friend 1: Ninety-four donors gave or pledged a total of $131,724 within the match period.
Friend 5: This solidified the scholarship fund beyond our expectations. When we began
in late 2010 we had targeted $300,000.
Friend 2: By the time all pledges are fulfilled and the match is completely gifted—and
with a modest yearly increase due to investment—the Vrionis Scholarship Fund
will exceed $400,000. That should underwrite a full tuition scholarship.
There are smiles all around.
You must be pleased.
Friend 5: We’re happy for John and his family and very pleased for the Prep. We’re
extremely proud of all the donors and grateful for their generosity.
Friend 6: Joan Wollman and John Kahl in the Development Office kept us on track in
terms of advice, contacts and gifts, etc. We would have been lost without their
guidance and support.
Yes. Many thanks are due Joan and John.
Any final thoughts?
Friend 7: The end result was well worth the work. A wonderful friend has been
appropriately honored. This project rejuvenated friendships formed fifty years
ago at this special place. We had great fun.
Friend 3: Several deserving young men will now have the opportunity to experience a
Jesuit education. We’re all grateful to have been of service.
From the Development Office
From Graduate – To Teacher – To Major Benefactor
Joseph A. Trimarco
Class of 1931
Oftentimes blessings drop in quite unexpectedly. Such was
the case when a visitor arrived at Shea Hall in the spring of
2013 to make a donation that had a major impact on the Prep’s
endowment. Without any fanfare, the school was unobtrusively
presented with a check for more than $420,000 from the estate
of Joseph A. Trimarco, 1931 Prep graduate and former teacher.
To categorize this as a “surprise” would be an understatement.
There is an important story behind this gift—one involving
life-long loyalty, sacrifice, loss, sustaining faith and wonderful
Born in lower Manhattan of Italian immigrant parents,
Joe Trimarco was raised in farmland in the North Bronx. In
1928 he entered Fordham Prep where he excelled in classical
languages. Upon graduation he remained at Rose Hill,
graduating from the University with honors in English. Eight
years of exposure to the Jesuits molded his Catholic character
and provided the foundation for his choice of teaching as a
profession. His career began at the Prep, where he taught Latin
and English from 1938-1947. His colleagues included some of
the early giants of the Prep lay faculty: Rudy Hanish, Pat Shea,
Al Kirchner and John Lyttle. One of his students was Vin
Scully—whose “golden voice” is still going strong after more
than sixty years for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With great reluctance Joe left, in his words, “this very
special place” to teach in the New York City public school
The President’s Dinner
system. He capped fifty years of teaching with twenty-five years
of distinguished service at the Bronx High School of Science.
But Joe never forgot what Fordham Prep had meant to him—
and what it might mean for others.
Through his encouragement, his sons, Joseph, ’70 and
Gerard, attended the Prep as well as nephew, Thomas H.
Trimarco, ’56. Tragically both Joe’s children predeceased him in
separate accidents at early ages. The lives of Joe and Tess, his
wife of seventy years, were never the same. Their deep faith
sustained them, however, as they bore their losses with great
dignity. Out of their grief came a commitment: the memories of
their sons would live forever through an endowed scholarship at
Fordham Prep. Joe and Tess established an Irrevocable Trust
naming the Prep as sole beneficiary—with the avowed purpose
of funding an endowed scholarship in memory of their sons. In
addition, the vast majority of Joe’s estate was also bequeathed to
the Prep for this perpetual memorial. As a result, each year a
deserving student who would otherwise not be able to afford to
attend the Prep will be awarded a full scholarship in memory of
Joseph and Gerard Trimarco.
Who can predict from where true generosity will spring?
Despite painful personal tragedy, Joe and Tess Trimarco continued
to demonstrate their great capacity to believe and to love.
We pause to express our profound gratitude to Joe and Tess
Trimarco—a true son and daughter of a thankful Fordham Prep.
The Water Club, NYC
Friday, September 27, 2013
Patty and Bob Fink ’80, Michael and Suzanne Valentino
Jack Geraghty ’60, Carl Liggio ’61, Father Devron
John ’87 and Jaime Neary, Belkis and Ronald ’83 deCastro
Fordham Preparatory School Scholarships
Due to rising economic costs, the need for scholarship endowment is more
important than ever for Fordham Prep.
By increasing financial aid and scholarship endowment, we can further reward
academic excellence and provide greater financial assistance to deserving students as
well as opportunity and access for higher education to students of diverse cultures.
Fordham Prep is committed to keeping the tuition affordable and accessible to
students who desire quality education. Despite the Prep’s efforts to keep the tuition
affordable, it remains a hardship for many families to pay the tuition.
During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, approximately 45% of our students received
We must rely on gifts from alumni, parents and friends, as well as corporate and
foundation contributions, to provide the academic and financial aid enhancements
needed. Currently the Prep’s endowment designated for financial aid and scholarship
is $24.3 million which provides a modest income for Prep sponsored student support.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
A gift to Fordham Preparatory School can be designated for either (1) an expendable
scholarship or (2) an endowed scholarship fund.
An Expendable Scholarship is awarded to a student on an ongoing basis by
the Office of Financial Aid in the name of an individual or organization.
An Endowed Scholarship Fund is a permanent scholarship fund which can
be established in an individual’s or organization’s name. A portion of the earnings
from a scholarship endowment fund provides revenue for scholarship support.
An endowment (Endowed Scholarship Fund) can be created as follows:
• Full Endowment - $440,000 (provides the cost of tuition for one year)
• Three-Quarter Endowment - $330,000
• Half Endowment - $220,000
• One Quarter Endowment - $110,000
In establishing scholarship endowments, we suggest that scholarship recipients be
students who are academically qualified and/or in need of financial assistance.
Fordham Prep ensures sound stewardship of every named endowment through a
“Memorandum of Agreement” that expresses the donor’s and the Prep’s intent. Unless
stated otherwise in your Memorandum of Agreement when the gift is established, your
fund can be left “open” to future gifts from you or other individuals who choose to
support your fund.
Stories about recently created endowments are included in this issue of Ramview.
Please contact John Kahl, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
(telephone: 718-367-7500, email: [email protected]) if you would like further
information about contributing to scholarships at Fordham Prep.
Volunteers are needed for March's Alumni Phonothon
which will be held March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 18, 19 & 25.
Contact Director of Annual Giving Joan Wollman at
[email protected] or 718-367-7500 ext. 209
Ramview / Winter 2014
Around the Prep
Donnie Walsh and the basketball alumni who attended the Dedication Dinner
Donnie Walsh Court Dedication
By Kevin Pigott
On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Prep students,
alumni, friends, faculty and staff, representatives of the
National Basketball Association, and the Indiana Pacers
gathered in the newly renovated Higgins Gymnasium to
witness the new basketball court being named to honor
to Prep basketball legend Donnie Walsh ’58. Donnie was
joined by his family for this event, including his brother
and fellow Prep alumnus, Jim ’71.
Donnie, a member of the New York City Catholic
High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Hall of Fame,
was an outstanding basketball player during his three
years on the Prep varsity team. He scored 1,260 points,
second highest in the school’s history. He also set the
highest single season average during the 1957 – 1958
season, when he averaged 25.2 points per game. After his
Prep graduation, he played basketball at the University of
North Carolina, where he graduated with a bachelor of
arts degree in political science. At UNC, Donnie played
for two legendary coaches, Xavier’s Frank McGuire and
Dean Smith. He then attended the University of North
Carolina Law School. Donnie coached at the college level
before being hired by Larry Brown in 1977 as an assistant
coach with the Denver Nuggets. Donnie became the head
coach of the Nuggets in 1979. In 1984, he joined the
Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach. He has also held the
positions of general manager, franchise president, and
chief executive officer with the Pacers. Donnie now serves
as a basketball consultant with the Pacers. From 2008
through 2012, he served as president of basketball
operations and general manager of the New York Knicks.
The November 19th event started with Donnie
taking the opportunity to renew ties and share stories with
his classmates. He talked to the current Prep players and
coaches as well as their scrimmage opponents, the coaches
and players from Archbishop Stepinac High School.
The players were thrilled not only to meet
Donnie, but also had the opportunity to
meet and chat with both Rod Thorn,
current NBA President of Basketball
Operations and Kiki Vandeweghe,
current Vice President of Basketball
Operations, who both attended the
The ceremony started with the
The Walsh family
dedication and blessing of the court by
Father Devron, S.J., President of the
Prep. After Father’s blessing, Donnie
spoke to the audience. He emphasized
how important Fordham Prep was to
him. For Donnie, Fordham Prep affected
him in three areas. First, he was grateful
for the coaching expertise that he was
exposed to. Secondly, he felt that
Fordham Prep had prepared him
academically. He noted his success in
both his college studies and law school.
Finally, he discussed the importance of
the religious education he received from
the Jesuits. According to Donnie,
Donnie Walsh and NBA Executives Rod Thorn and Kiki Vandeweghe and the
Prep coaches and players
“The Jesuits provided me with the
spiritual foundation to handle the
‘ups-and-downs’ of everyday life. And
see the renovations that were done. New lights make t
in the NBA, there are plenty of ‘ups-and-downs’
he gym brighter. There is a new scoreboard. A beautiful
everyday.” Donnie’s appreciation of this honor by the
wooden floor has replaced the floor made from
Prep community was felt by all in the audience.
‘vulcanized rubber.’ Now you can hear the squeaking of
After the scrimmage, a dinner was held in the
the players’ sneakers as they move about on the floor.
ballroom of Fordham University’s McGinley Center
Inscribed at both ends of the floor you can see ‘Donnie
where Donnie’s long-time friend and fellow Prep hoop
Walsh Court.’ Not only is this an honor for Donnie, but
star, Frank McLaughlin ’65, served as the Master of
it is also an honor for the Fordham Prep community to
Ceremonies. A video featuring greetings to Donnie
be able to publically recognize this ‘Man for Others.’
from Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, and NBA Commissioner
To see more photos and video from the court
David Stern was part of the evening’s tribute.
dedication, you can go to http://www.fordhamprep.org/
When you get a chance, visit the Prep and go
downstairs to the Higgins Gymnasium. There you will
Left: Father Devron blesses the Donnie Walsh Court
Below: The newly renovated Higgins Gymnasium
Ramview / Winter 2014
Around the Prep
Fordham Prep’s Historic Move
to Revitalize Hockey in the Bronx
Nelson G. Ritter ’96, Assistant Varsity
Hockey Coach and Program Moderator
The nearly one hundred-year-old
Kingsbridge Armory, “reputedly the
largest armory in the world,” almost
completely vacant for two decades, has
stood as a symbol of the decline of the
Bronx since the 1980s. In recent years,
several developers and potential investors
have attempted to repurpose the Armory
in an effort to revitalize this nationallyrecognized and historic structure. The
Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC)
proposal, with former New York Rangers
captain Mark Messier as the CEO of
KNIC Partners was given final approval
by The New York City Council in
December of 2013. KNIC is a $350 million
proposal that endeavors to transform the
Armory into the largest ice center in the
world, complete with nine ice surfaces
(including a 5,000 seat arena surrounding
the central rink), community activity
spaces, dining areas, shops and a wellness
center. The KNIC design includes taking
the current usable space, approximately
600,000 square feet, and transforming it
into nearly 800,000 square feet of icerelated and community-related activity
spaces, all by mid-2017.
Fordham Prep’s Hockey Program and
the KNIC plan are natural collaborators
in the enterprise to revitalize the Armory,
as our Hockey Program has always been
deeply committed to hockey in the Bronx,
but no rink has existed in the Bronx
during the last three decades. In late 2013,
however, one outdoor rink (not regulation-
sized) was opened in Van
Cortland Park and Fordham
Prep Hockey immediately
seized on the opportunity to
once again buy ice at a Bronx
facility. Therefore, the plan to
make the Bronx a destination
for ice sports, as well as the
economic and societal
revival of a neighborhood
located only one mile from
Fordham Prep’s campus are
goals Fordham Prep Hockey
are proud to promote.
Fordham Prep’s relationship
with the KNIC, including a
personal relationship with
Mark Messier has been mutually beneficial
since its inception in mid-2013. Fordham
Prep has distinguished itself in support of
the project, as the first institution to sign
a non-binding letter of intent, promising
to participate in all opportunities offered
by KNIC, including purchasing ice time,
helping in service projects and community
outreach efforts and keeping a dedicated
locker room space for our Hockey teams.
All of our JV and Varsity hockey
players and coaches have been able to
meet with Mark Messier – at a KNIC rally
at St. Nicholas of Tolentine church and
also during Mr. Messier’s visit to Fordham
Prep in late November. The rally provided
all present with a unique opportunity to
understand the potential for the tremendous
advantages KNIC hopes to create in the
local area through its historic community
benefits agreement. Among other promises,
the developers have guaranteed all jobs at
KNIC will be living-wage jobs, preference
will be shown to hiring local residents and
substantial annual revenue percentages will
be given back to the community. Clearly,
the priorities of KNIC are aligned with
the values of Fordham Prep in all of its
During the KNIC rally, Mr. Messier
requested an opportunity to meet with all
Fordham Prep Hockey players, which
took place on 26 November in the Prep’s
Leonard Theatre; Mr. Messier spent an
hour with both teams, sharing his reflections on leadership. As a six-time Stanley
Cup winner and the only NHL player to
captain two different championship teams
(The Edmonton Oilers and The New York
Rangers), Mr. Messier has a wealth of
experience to share with others on that
topic and certainly did not disappoint,
having regaled all present with life lessons
Mr. Messier has learned at each level of
play and since his retirement from the
NHL. In addition, at the annual Fordham
Prep Hockey Alumni Hall of Fame induction dinner on 29 November, our guests
were given a special treat – a video tribute
to the 2013 honorees (Geoffrey DeSoye
’06, Frank Dunn ’69, Joseph Namy ’06,
and JC Young), prepared by Mr. Messier
especially for the occasion. Here is the
link to the FP website for highlight photos
and video clips from all of these exciting
page.cfm?p=3184. Considering how much
enthusiasm the planning phases of the
Kingsbridge National Ice Center has
created, everyone associated with
Fordham Prep Hockey – players, parents,
alumni, coaches, friends – cannot wait for
the completion of this “game-changer” in
the history of hockey in the Bronx! See
A NOTE OF THANKS TO MARK MESSIER , CEO of KNIC
Connor M. Smith ’14, Varsity Hockey Captain
Fordham Prep’s 2013-2014 hockey
season got off to a bang, even before the
first game was played. We, along with the
whole Fordham Prep community, were
able to celebrate a crowning achievement
for the Bronx, our school, and our newfound friend Mark Messier.
We, along with the entire Fordham
Prep community, would like to acknowledge Mr. Messier’s superb accomplishment and unheralded generosity to both
our school community, and the community
of the Northwest Bronx. He brought an
incredible buzz throughout the school
upon his visit, and the entire hockey
program was truly blessed to hear his
words of advice about leadership, as well
as the background information on his
mission with the Kingsbridge National Ice
Center. Mr. Messier instilled in all of us
the sense of pride that comes with being a
leader, and gave us all so many great tips
that we will never forget, especially since
they are coming from a man with so
much experience on the matter. He
provided us an opportunity that no other
school or hockey program may ever get
and an opportunity that will last with us
all for a lifetime.
As Herb Brooks once said, “Great
moments are born from great opportunities,”
and that is what Mr. Messier provided all
of the students and athletes of Fordham
Prep, as well as the people of the Bronx.
We wanted to express how much we truly
appreciate what he is doing, and thank
him for the great generosity that he has
shown already in the early parts of the
establishment of the Kingsbridge National
Ice Center. Being able to see first hand the
amazing work that he has done for all of
us in the Bronx, and watch him take his
opportunity, and make something great o
f it, is just a testament to his amazing
character and generosity that he has
blatantly displayed throughout his
interactions with all of us.
Words cannot do justice how truly
grateful and thankful we are for all that he
has done, and, assure Mr. Messier that we
are behind him fully in his efforts to make
KNIC a reality.
Ramview / Winter 2014
Lou DiGiorno ’88, School Historian
As sort of a meditation in finding God both everywhere and everywhen, we’ve decided to look at Prep history through the lens of the Book of Qoheleth, which, as any of Mr.
Beck’s 5,127 past or present students could tell you, is the Hebrew name for the Book of Ecclesiastes.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born,
It’s official: Prep people have now
been born in 4 centuries: the 18th,
19th, 20th & 21st.
Our Founder, Archbishop John
Hughes — born 1797
Freshman, Enmanuel Frias —
first Prep student born in the
and a time to die;
Fordham Prep would remain a boarding school from 1841 through the early 1920s.
In March of 1901, senior Andrew Heide died of pneumonia here at Rose Hill.
From the diary of the Prefect of Discipline:
Heide died last night. All went to Communion.
The boys all liked “Dutch” Heide.
He was one of those jolly, good-natured fellows, very noisy, but good as gold.
He received the last sacraments with the best disposition.
He told Fr. O’Hara that he did not care to live but wished to die.
At 5:45 he passed away without a struggle as though falling asleep.
One never appreciates the consolation and help of our Catholic religion as at death.
a time to plant,
According to an old Campus legend, the famous Fordham elms were planted by Lady
Mary Alexander. The family of her husband, Robert Watts, were the owners of this
land before it was purchased by Bishop Hughes. Mary’s father,
Lord William Alexander, a Scotsman, was a trusted general in
the army of George Washington (who, by the way, according
to another old Campus legend, actually did sleep here).
As the story goes, Lord Alexander presented his daughter
with slips from the elm trees near Holyrood Palace in
Scotland as a wedding gift.
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
In 1995, Fr. Nick Lombardi, S.J., Class of 1961 — a
member of the Prep Classics Department at the time —
was tapped by the Provincial to head up the fledgling
Faculty Technology Resource Center at the University.
Leaving the Prep Faculty, Lombardi would take up
residence in Spellman Hall, the community of Rose Hill
Jesuits working on the University level. During his years
at Spellman Hall, Father would cultivate a rooftop
“farm,” harvesting tomatoes, peppers, eggplants,
parsley, basil, oregano, and even a once small cantaloupe, a brutto ma buono varietal to be precise
a time to kill,
From the time of Fordham’s founding up until the First World War, the site where
the Prep stands today was part of the Rose Hill Farm. In addition to fruit and
vegetables — the Campus orchards extended through what is today Murphy Field
and the Hawthorn-Rooney Tennis Courts — cows and pigs were also raised on the
farm. The livestock were butchered on the spot providing food for the faculty and
staff in residence as well as the boarding students.
As recalled by Joseph A. McCreery, Class of 1869, in a letter to the Fordham Monthly:
“Periodically we had fresh pork for dinner, and I remember seeing carcasses of oxen
dressed there for the kitchen.”
and a time to heal;
Sr. Mary Basilia McCann, SC was the first school nurse
on Campus. She arrived at Fordham on September 7,
1841. She would be joined shortly by other members of
the Sisters of Charity who would staff the Infirmary
until the Jesuits arrived in 1846.
a time to break down,
Ceremonial groundbreaking for the “New Prep
Building” took place on November 30, 1969. It rained.
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and a time to build up;
Keating Hall, the centerpiece of the Rose Hill Campus,
stands majestically overlooking Edward’s Parade. It was
built in the 1930s and was opened to students in 1936.
For decades before the construction of Shea Hall, the
dining facilities in the basement of Keating Hall would
be used by Prep students daily as their lunchroom.
a time to weep,
From the yearbook quote of Thomas Murphy, Class of 1978:
Smiles, tears, decembers, mays
into a few Last Lines
(capturing four years of days)
trying to sing the song
of a Life (every rise and Fall)
All in a few short bars.
and a time to laugh;
On December 8, 1928, sophomore Daniel McAuliffe “caused many laughs as he played
the part of Schmaltz, an old Swedish janitor,” in the Dramatic Society’s production of
A Millionaire Janitor, a two-act comedy. “Dapper, dashing, Dan,” as he was known by
his classmates, was said to have “a hearty laugh and the singing voice of those popular
a time to mourn,
The Fordham Prep community joined with the members of the Devine family and the
Jesuits of Rose Hill in the University Church on January 31, 2013 for the funeral Mass
of Rev. Donald Devine, SJ, Faculty Chaplain from 2009-2013.
Father passed away on December 26, a day after his 80th
birthday. Requiescat in pace.
and a time to dance;
This year’s Senior Mother-Son Valentine’s Day Dance
(or “Mom Prom,” as it is known in student circles) will
take place on February 13, 2014.
a time to cast away stones,
As reported by the Prefect on September 19, 1893: “A racket in the
dorm last evening about 9:45. The night is made burdensome, for a few stones were
carried to dorm and dropped on the floor, thus disturbing those who wished to sleep.”
and a time to gather stones together;
In addition to building a ship-in-a-bottle, constructing a nighttable, and lending their
talents to the war effort by creating model aircraft that were actually used by the military for training purposes, the members of Industrial Arts Club picked up a new skill
during the 1941-1942 school year: polishing semi-precious stones.
a time to embrace,
It has long been a Prep custom that an alumnus father or grandfather is permitted the
honor of presenting his son’s or grandson’s diploma at graduation. That same honor is
extended to Prep (and University) personnel as well. This made for an interesting and
touching family photo opportunity in 2012 when Daniel Lee received his Prep diploma
from both his father, Paul, Class of 1981 and his mother, Patricia, a member of the
and a time to refrain from embracing;
From a caveat that has posted at the entrance of school dances, the 21st-century version of “Leave some room for the Holy Ghost:”
Dancing must be appropriate to a Catholic high school setting.
NO bump and grind dancing permitted.
a time to seek,
On a school-sponsored Little Italy/Chinatown scavenger hunt arranged by Ms. Arianne
Dempsey of the Mathematics Department, Gavin Reidy, Class of 2010, was charged to
find the hidden writing in front of Umberto’s Clam House on Mulberry Street.
and a time to lose;
As a junior in the 1965-1966 Ramkin reminds us, no matter what
happens at an away game, “you always sing ‘The Ram’ song as
the bus turns into Bathgate.” Incidentally, the #1 single on the
Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks that school year was
“Turn! Turn! Turn!” by an American folk rock band known
as the Byrds.
a time to keep,
Among the holdings of the Prep Archives: a century-old wooden chair from Hughes
Hall, a lever from the original lightboard in Collins Auditorium, a pennant from
Fordham Prep’s 1991 sesquicentennial anniversary, a Greek typewriter from the early
1960s, and a yardstick that belonged to Mr. Harry McDonough, who taught math from
1928 to 1978.
For generations of Prepsters, the image of Mr. McDonough walking through the halls
carrying his giant wooden compass and thick yardstick was an enduring image of their
Fordham Prep years. The ruler housed in the Archives is inscribed “Mr. McDonough,
thanks for a great year, Class 2E, 1967.”
and a time to speak;
Under the moderatorship of Ms. Georgette Kagan, the chairman of the 1984-5 Model
Congress was senior Christopher Michailoff. That year, the club would travel to meet
with their counterparts at Fairfield Prep, North Haven High School and E. O. Smith
a time to love,
On September 19, 1987, alumnus and longtime Faculty member “Captain” Jack Foley
married Frances Kime in the University Church. They had known each other since
their high school days
and a time to hate;
and a time to cast away;
To quote the 2001 Ramkin: “Under the leadership of Mr. Iorio and seniors Mike Viele
and Max Ferguson, the Outdoors Club was formed in order to allow students to take
advantage of the environment around them. The Outdoors Club has something for
everyone —from fishing to rafting.”
Viele would return to the Prep in 2010 as a member of the Social Studies Department,
and soon enough, would have Prepsters casting their rods once again on a 2011
Metropolitan Day fishing trip. Forty boys joined Mr. Viele aboard the Klondike IX on
that rainy, windy May morning. Best (and only) catch of the day: Chris Byrne, Class
of 2014. It was not a keeper.
My heart and my memory are laid open before Thee, Who wast even then guiding me
by the secret impulse of Thy providence and wast setting my shameful errors before my
face so that I might see and hate them.
—St. Augustine’s Confessions, Book V, Chapter 11
The Confessions is one of the texts read by Prep seniors in Mr. Paul
Homer’s Religious Studies III classes, Mr. Michael Kravatz’
Introduction to Philosophy classes, Mr. Nelson Ritter’s Religious
Studies IV Honors Seminar and the English Department’s offering,
the Quest Motif in Literature.
a time for war,
Robert Minnick, Class of 1937, had always been an adventurous soul — he was
nearly expelled from the Prep when he was caught taking an unauthorized tour of
Keating Hall while it was still under construction.
a time to rend,
In December 1888, the baseball team would complain of having to share their
uniforms with the footballers. Baseball was by far the most popular pastime
among students of the day.
From the “Second Division Notes” of the Monthly: “There has been some talk lately
of getting genuine football suits for our eleven. The game is somewhat wearing on
the baseball jerseys.”
When he heard of the atrocities being committed overseas, Robert knew he had to do
something. Before America’s involvement in World War II was even decided, Minnick
plotted his own course of action and headed north to join the Royal Canadian Air
Force and take a stand. He could not abide such extraordinary injustice in the world.
and a time to sew;
and a time for peace.
As part of a service project in 1943, students
collected, cleaned and repaired used toys and
distributed them to needy children for Christmas.
Paint was retouched, wheels were replaced, and
dolly dresses were resewn.
Most every school day at 7:55, Prep sophomore Trung Nguyen can be found at
morning Mass in the Prep chapel. In the ancient gesture of penitence, he strikes
his chest three times at the Agnus Dei:
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world, grant us peace.
a time to keep silence,
In his letters home to his parents in Pennsylvania,
James Walsh, Class of 1880, offers glimpses of Prep life, which in those days included
meals taken in disciplined silence.
Science Department Chairman and Director of Technology
Gregory Curran, Director of Campus Ministry Brian Carney,
Attendance Officer Geraldine Downey, Facilities staff member
Edwin Gonzalez, Director of Admissions and Classics Department
member Christopher Lauber ’79 and Fine Arts Department member
Douglas Otis received their Bene Merenti medals for their twenty
years of meritorious service to the Prep.
English Department member Rosanne English, Modern
Language and Technology Department member Yi Han and
Mathematics Department members Christopher Hemsley and
John Verlezza ’94 were awarded tenure.
Congratulations to these faculty and staff members who were honored on Saturday,
October 18, 2013 at the Annual Faculty and Staff Convocation Dinner. Principal
Robert Gomprecht ’65 received his Double Bene Merenti medal for his forty years of
meritorious service to the Prep.
Robert Gomprecht ’65
Christopher Lauber ’79
Congratulations to these faculty
members who received tenure.
John Verlezza ’94
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Hall of Honor
Hall of Honor 2013
F O R D H A M P R E PA R AT O R Y S C H O O L
HALL OF HONOR Induction Dinner
Friday, November 22, 2013 • 6:00 p.m.
The Garden Terrace Room at The New York Botanical Garden
On Friday, November 22, 2013, more than 260 alumni, parents and friends of the Prep gathered in The Garden Terrace Room at The New York Botanical Garden to witness the
induction of nineteen new members into the Hall of Honor. Paul A. Carielli, Sr., Michael J. Conway ’59, Rev. Patrick F. Dealy, SJ ’847, Matthew O. Fitzsimons ’76, John J. Foley ’63,
Col. Robert Gould Shaw, ex. 1854, Rev. James Griffin, SJ, John T. Halligan ’59, John LaFarge 1852, Rev. Peter McCall, OFM, Cap ’54, John Cardinal McCloskey, Marie McGovern,
William J. Moore ’36, John J.F. Mulcahy, Sr. 1891, Thomas D. Rizzo ’49, Paul A. Victor ’50, John J. Vrionis ’64, Charles Melton Walcot, Jr. 1857 and George J. Zambetti ’68 were
honored for their accomplishments.
WE WISH TO THANK THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHOSE WORK MADE THE 2013 HALL OF HONOR DINNER A SUCCESSFUL EVENT:
2013 Hall of Honor Dinner Committee
Mr. Bruce G. Bott ’59
Mr. Michael G. Considine ’76
Mr. Gerard F. Moss ’68
Mr. Michael K. Stanton ’79
2013 Hall of Honor Nominating Committee
Mr. Louis J. DiGiorno ’88
Mr. John M. Geraghty ’60 - Chair
Mr. Edward K. Lenci ’81
Mr. Michael K. Stanton, Jr. ’79
Mr. Martin J. Waters, Jr. ’57
Rosemary Campion, Blackbird Creative Services, Bronxville
Liana Colella and Bill Fedorchick, Larchmont Art,
Frank Soriano, House of Flowers, Mamaroneck
Robert Corvino and Rose Press, Mount Vernon
David Fernandez and Stephanie Hill and their staff at Abigail
Kirsch at The New York Botanical Garden
The family of Paul Carielli, Sr.
Michael Conway ’59 and his family
Matthew Fitzsimons ’76 and Family
Jack Foley ’63 and his friends
The family and friends of John Halligan ’59
The family of Marie McGovern
The family of William Moore ’36
The family and friends of John Mulcahy 1891
The family of Thomas Rizzo ’49
Hon. Paul Victor ’50 and his family
Video narrator, Kevin Pigott
Hall of Honor Dinner Producer, Mary
Fordham Prep archivist Louis DiGiorno ’88,
who also teaches Latin and Greek at the Prep
Robert Moschetta ’90 and Michael Hall,
Entertainment and Sounds Unlimited
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John Vrionis ’64 and his family and friends
George Zambetti ’68 and his family and friends
The Ram’s Union & Phonathon Volunteer Cocktail Party
Yale Club, NYC
– Tuesday, October 16, 2013
Prep parents Michael Sohr ’15, Linda Costelloe ’10, ’11, ’14,
’16, Andrea and Christopher Pace ’16, Joe Costelloe
Ralph ’55 and Jane O’Connell, Father Devron, Joe DioGuardi
Max Pelisson ’53, Patrick Swift ’62, Ernest Harris,
Frank D’Onofrio ’60
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Gus Stellwag - [email protected]
Ed Squire - [email protected]
Al Gabrielli retired after 41 years as fund
raising counsel with CCS, New York.
Adolph Ehbrecht - [email protected]
Thomas Murphy has been a permanent deacon
in the archdiocese of Detroit since 1985.
Gerry McCabe - [email protected]
Ed O’Brien - [email protected]
John Murphy - [email protected]
Max Pelisson - [email protected]
Jack Donahue - [email protected]
Paul Petrocelli - [email protected]
George Wade - [email protected]
Michael Campbell recently returned from
Monopoly, Italy where he served as a member
of the Global Volunteer Program teaching
conversational English, Geography and United
States History at the local high school. He also
demonstrated ballroom dancing and instruction.
Mike said of his trip: “It was a worthwhile and
rewarding experience. I highly recommend it.
If interested, contact Global Volunteers.”
Tom Brennan - [email protected]
Tony Fiorella - [email protected]
Paul Williams - [email protected]
Carl Cutrone and his wife Carol celebrated
their 55th wedding anniversary in September
2013. They have been dating since his junior
year at The Prep.
Al Apicelli - [email protected]
Ed McAnaney - [email protected]
Al Preisser - [email protected]
Greg Rinn - [email protected]
Bill Skehan - [email protected]
run the Albanian American Civic League and
Foundation (www.aacl.com) as volunteer
corporate officers and political advisers. Joe
is also the volunteer president of Truth in
a watchdog group that monitors the federal
John Hoey sent in the following update: “As
Chairman of Mundoro Capital, we just defeated a
dissident Chinese shareholder group with 42% at
www.mundoro.com at our 27 August 2012 AGM
in Vancouver. Mundoro is actively acquiring
concessions exploring and drilling to assay
precious metals in México, Serbia and Bulgaria.
Co-Founder and Director at www.tethysoil.com
where production in Oman up to 22,000 bbls/day
and acquisition in Lithuania in process of
increasing production and as we just farmed
out a shale gas play with Chevron for a carried
interest. Recently sold all my founder shares in
Tethys oil at the 2013 AGM and resigned from
Company and Board. My investment company,
Beneficial Capital Corp, owned since 1975 and
founded in 1956 as a SBIC, now concentrates on
short term bridge secured loans with equity
kickers as evidenced by our www.bacterin.com;
www.abtech.com; www.rymedtech.com and
www.xi3.com ; www.truedrinks.com/ and
Steve Amoretty - [email protected]
Joe DioGuardi - [email protected]
Jim Melican - [email protected]
Ed Pardon - [email protected]
Victoria Gray’s latest book, Troublemaker:
Troubling Words for Troubled Times, is
available from Red Moon Publications at
Congressman Joe DioGuardi and his wife,
Shirley Cloyes, were instrumental in revealing
the story of Albanian heroism and tolerance in
saving Europe’s Jews from the Nazis in Albania
and Kosova, as reflected in an article in The New
York Times on November 19, 2013. The article
can be found by searching www.nytimes.com for
“Casting Light on Little-Known Story of Albania
Rescuing Jews from Nazis.” On December 8, they
co-chaired a unique program at the Museum of
Jewish Heritage, bringing together Jews rescued
from the Holocaust, descendants of Albanian
rescuers from Albania and Kosova, genocide
prevention experts, and Members of the U.S.
Congress to expand awareness of the Albanian
response to the Holocaust and how it applies to
genocide prevention in our time. Joe and Shirley
Bob Armbruster - [email protected]
Frank D’Onofrio - [email protected]
Jack Geraghty - [email protected]
Paul Powers - [email protected]
Norb Sander - [email protected]
Jack Kraus is retired and enjoying golf and the
weather in the Villages, FL. Classmate Jim
Collins also in residence here and “doing a
great job keeping it in the fairway.”
Carl Liggio - [email protected]
John Connolly is retiring this June from Smith
College after 41 years. His book on the 14thcentury philosopher Meister Eckhart will be
published by Oxford University Press this
Jim Buckman - [email protected]
Gerry Byrne - [email protected]
Peter Maher – [email protected]
For the past 10 years, Donald Brisson has been
volunteering with a non-profit group called
Bridge for Peace. They have been to many places
around the globe preaching and praying for
healings. They have mainly focused on praying
for and with priests from third world countries
who are studying in Rome. That has led them,
among other places, to Uganda where they are
working with locals to build an orphanage. Don
invites any interested classmates to contact him
at [email protected] William Thomas, two of
his daughters, two granddaughters and one of
their boyfriends participated in the So Others
Might Eat Turkey Trot in Washington, DC on
Thanksgiving. SOME was started by Prep grad,
Fr. Horace McKenna, SJ 1916. He would like all
Prep grads in the DC area to form a team next
year in his honor.
THE D O CTORS DENNIS
Dennis Roggemann, MD ’62 recently
visited Dennis Marks, PhD ’62 at his
home in Valdosta, GA.
Jenik Radon - [email protected]
Hank White - [email protected]
50 Year Reunion – Events TBD
Thursday, May, 29, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Robert O’Donnell – [email protected]
Jerry O’Gorman - [email protected]
Bernhard Preisser – [email protected]
John Roy – [email protected]
Joseph Ciotti and his middle son Nainoa
climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania this past
September. Joe continues to serve as a NASA
Space Ambassador through his Hawaii Teacherin-Space role at the University of Hawaii—
Windward Community College. Kevin Bell is
the senior vice president for the Woda Group, an
Ohio-based company that builds and manages
affordable housing. He was featured in an article
titled North Avenue Gateway Apartments Build
Hope in West Baltimore in the December 2, 2013
issue of The Baltimore Sun. Leo Higdon has
retired from his position as President of
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John Secco - [email protected]
Bill Boylan sent in the following: “Michael Sulick
has written two books recently. They are exciting,
informative and well worth reading. Spying In
America covers espionage in the US from before
the Revolutionary War to the Cold War.
American Spying starts at the Cold War to the
almost present. Timely in view of recent NSA and
Benghazi events. I found the books to be thrilling
and a fun read, so much so that I’m attempting to
develop them for a film or TV series and welcome others in that profession to join me: [email protected] Both books are available
on Amazon in hard cover and Kindle, search
Amazon for Michael Sulick in books. There are
also some YouTube interviews with Michael.”
Bill Heitmann - [email protected]
Peter Leider - [email protected]
Bill Mulligan - [email protected]
Billy Ayres has been working with Arts for
Healing, “a non-profit organization dedicated to
providing integrated music therapy, art therapy
and dance/movement therapy to individuals with
emotional, physical, developmental and social
needs throughout their lives.” He is producing a
documentary on what people can learn from people with traumatic brain injuries. You can contact
Billy at [email protected]
Ed Bonnano - [email protected]
Guy Lester - [email protected]
James Fleming received the 2013 Citation Design
Award from the Westchester Hudson Chapter of
the American Institute of Architects for Historic
Preservation regarding renovations to the
Larchmont Yacht Club.
Al Naclerio - [email protected]
Bill Porcaro - [email protected]
Robert Schuster is living in Charlotte, NC and is
a semi-retired real estate appraiser. Robert and
his wife Catherine have been married for 42 years
and have four children and seven grandchildren.
Jack Doyle was featured in a recent New York
Times article, The Real Mayors of New York City
for his work in the Mount Eden section of the
Mike Alvino - [email protected]
Rich Ferrara - [email protected]
Carmine Lucia - [email protected]
Gerry Moss - [email protected]
Bill Reilly - [email protected]
George Zambetti - [email protected]
Steve Flynn - [email protected]
Maurice Hyacinthe - [email protected]
John Murphy - [email protected]
Steve Ruggiero - [email protected]
John McCaffrey - [email protected]
35 YEAR REUNION
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Marty Avallone - [email protected]
Nick Brusco - [email protected]
Michael Cleary - [email protected]
45 YEAR REUNION
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Jim Harrison - [email protected]
J. Peter Byrne is Associate Dean and Professor
of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center
in Washington, DC, where he teaches and
publishes in the areas of Property, Land Use,
Historic Preservation, and Natural Resources
Law. Peter and his wife, Karen, recently
celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary
and have three grown children.
Michael Letterese - [email protected]
Jim Parker - [email protected]
Howie Hopkins - [email protected]
In June 2012, Frank Pumillo was awarded a
certification as an Expert Systems Engineering
Professional by the International Council on
Systems Engineering. “I am currently 1 of less
than 150 recipients in the world for this
certification. It was based on my ability to
have verified by employment and peers that
I demonstrated proficiency in the field of
Julio Diaz - [email protected]
Mike Hannigan - [email protected]
Jim Mustich - [email protected]
40 YEAR REUNION
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Tim Tostanoski - [email protected]
Ray Dorado - [email protected]
John Renzulli - [email protected]
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Members of the Brusco Family at the Notre Dame – USC Football game John
Brusco ’83 was joined by Brusco family members Savino ’15, Daniel ’08 and
Charles ’17 at the USC – Notre Dame Football game. John was the highest
bidder for the USC – Notre Dame Football package at last Spring’s Mother’s
Club Fashion Show. John won lodging, four 50 yard line tickets and pre-game
stadium and locker room tour.
Bar. You can like Murray Bar on Facebook and
other social networks. This bar is in addition to the
other bars they separately own in NYC. Rob is the
owner of American Trash and The Blue Room.
Christian is the owner of Thunder Jackson’s and
Idle Hands. Francis Rizzo has joined SeaCrest
Wealth Management in Purchase, NY.
Tom Andruss - [email protected]
Pat Deane - [email protected]
Tony Fletcher - [email protected]
Nick Leshi - [email protected]
Kevin Rooney - [email protected]
Sean Davey - [email protected]
Bob Fink - [email protected]
Lew Hyacinthe - [email protected]
Gerry Parker - [email protected]
Ed Lenci - [email protected]
THE WINNING BID
Paul Brusco - [email protected]
Vince DonVito - [email protected]
Tony DiNota - [email protected]
Mike Sohr - [email protected]
Simon Walsh - [email protected]
30 YEAR REUNION
April 5, 2014
Nick Katsoris’ latest book in the 6 book
Loukoumi series, Loukoumi And The Schoolyard
Bully, has won the Mom’s Choice Award for
Excellence. The book not only spreads the
message of kindness and tolerance to children
but also gives back with proceeds from the book
benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Marc Flamino - [email protected]
Michael Trovini - [email protected]
William Wollman is Executive Vice President,
Member Regulation - Risk Oversight &
Operational Regulation at FINRA. Martin
Schneider married Kristen Everett on September
28, 2013 at St. Bartholomew’s Church in
Manhattan. They were joined by Prep classmates
Fareed Kandalaft, Roniel Santos and Daniel
Cuniberti. Marty and Kristen live in Ridgefield,
Connecticut with their daughter Zoe. Marty is a
grant writer and Kristen is a pediatric nurse.
Kevin Fitzpatrick - [email protected]
Eric Groepler - [email protected]
Dario Martinez - [email protected]
Tim McGrath - [email protected]
Pat O’Brien - [email protected]
Christian Call and Robert Gerola ’86 opened a
two story bar at 58 East 34th Street called Murray
Rey Hollingsworth Falu launched his own real
estate brokerage named Hollingsworth Real
Estate Group in January. His office is in White
Plains, NY. He covers the lower Westchester
residential market. Best wishes to Rey and his
25 YEAR REUNION
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Jim Andruss - [email protected]
Vince Buccieri - [email protected]
Brendan Neary - [email protected]
Angelo A. Sedacca has recently been approved
for Fellowship in the Royal Society of the Arts, a
centuries-old learned society in the United
Kingdom. In September of 2013, he was invested
into the Royal Order of the Engabu (Shield), thus
made an hereditary knight (war chief) and styled
“The Most Honourable” by the King of the
Bunyoro-Kitara Kingdom of Uganda. In
December 2012, he was admitted as a member
of the Noble Compania de Ballesteros Hijosdalgo
de S. Felipe y Santiago, a noble corporation based
in Rioja, Spain founded ca. 1350. Sean Salo is
leading the rebrand of Military Channel to AHC:
American Heroes Channel this March in his role
as Strategic Marketing Director at Discovery
Communications (owners of Discovery Channel,
TLC, Animal Planet, OWN and ID.) AHC will
expand on the Military Channel’s promise to
honor the great defenders of our freedom, while
providing a rare glimpse into major events that
shaped our world and the trailblazers and unexpected advocates who made a difference.
RJ Linehan - [email protected]
Charlie Andruss - [email protected]
Jake Dolce - [email protected]
John Sullivan started the Sully Clock Company
in 2013 and his clock collection will go into
production this spring. Go to his website,
www.sullyclockcompany.com, to see the
Rich DioGuardi - [email protected]
Dom Galimi - [email protected]
Eric Goldschmidt - [email protected]
Art O’Reilly - [email protected]
Luke Sweeney [email protected]
Tim Fitzpatrick - [email protected]
Mickey Merrigan - [email protected]
Al Viafore proudly reports that Certus Capital
LLC reached it’s 10 year anniversary in
November. He is the Owner and Managing
Member of the company which arranges residential
and commercial loans in the Tri-State area.
20 YEAR REUNION
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Sean Bowden - [email protected]
Ben Caiola - [email protected]
Charon Darris - [email protected]
Sean Gregory - [email protected]
Albert Sackey - [email protected]
Albert Sackey has been named the 2014
Connecticut Middle School Assistant Principal of
the Year by the Connecticut Association of
Schools and the National Association of
Secondary School Principals. He is the Assistant
Principal at the Western Middle School in
Greenwich, CT. Daniel Flores’ book, The BestDressed Man in the Room: A Photographic History
of the Sartorially Inclined Goniffs, Gamblers and
Gangsters of the Inter-War Years, 1920-1945, is
available through www.blurb.com and iTunes.
Dean Sovolos is the recipient of the 2013 U.S.
Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished
Service, the second highest honor given in the
Department of Justice. Leveraging his background as an Oxford University trained attorney,
trial experience as a NYC prosecutor, and investigative background as an FBI Special Agent,
Dean received this award in recognition of
crafting joint diplomatic and prosecution strategies
with the government of the UK, notably enhancing
the relationship between the US and the UK on
National Security matters.
Brian Duffy - [email protected]
Brad Serton - [email protected]
Chris Celentano - [email protected]
Paul DiSenso - [email protected]
Conan Dolce - [email protected]
Bill McNamara - [email protected]
Nelson Ritter - [email protected]
Rob Weitzman - [email protected]
FRESHMAN CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Each year, as part of the Freshman service requirement, each mentor group
makes Christmas Crafts that are given to the residents of Rose Hill Apartments
and the residents of Murray Weigel Hall. This year, one of the recipients at
Murray Weigel was longtime faculty member Father Jack Leonard, S.J.
CHICAGO ALUMNI REUNION
Union League Club of Chicago – Thursday, October 30, 2013
Hosted by Dennis FitzSimons ’67 and Henry White ’63
Anton Dengler - [email protected]
Michael Fraterrigo will be marrying Jennifer
Harte in June of 2014.
Blaise Goswami - [email protected]
Mark Hannigan - [email protected]
Bob Lynch - [email protected]
Michael Murray - [email protected]
Kevin Phipps - [email protected]
Matt Rinklin - [email protected]
Dan Sherman - [email protected]
Mike Viele - [email protected]
Philip John Basile is a Senior Software Engineer
at BaubleBar. Mark Jennings recently left his
post as deputy manager at investment firm LOM
Group for a job with Morgan Stanley’s wealthmanagement business in New York. At Bermudabased LOM, Jennings raised capital and managed
accounts form LOM Securities, one of several
units that run a combined $750 million via hedge
funds and other investments. He had joined
LOM in 2009. Previously, he did stints at
Blackstone, Blackstone subsidiary GSO Capital,
J.P. Morgan’s Highbridge Capital and Alliance
John Alli - [email protected]
Niall Henry - [email protected]
Kevin Howard exited his commercial production
company, Canal Creatures, for a full-time staff
position as Project Manager for the Ad Sales and
On-Air Promos departments at AMC Networks.
Chris Cavanagh - [email protected]
Joe Donat - [email protected]
Joe FitzSimons - [email protected]
Jared Kildare - [email protected]
15 YEAR REUNION
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Jon Bagwell - [email protected]
Anthony Chiodi - [email protected]
Daryn Johnson - [email protected]
Peter Kilpatrick - [email protected]
Colin Reilly - [email protected]
Deric Zaphire - [email protected]
Alexander Hyacinthe completed graduate
studies in Communications at Boston University.
Frank Lively - [email protected]
Joe Neckles - [email protected]
Sean O’Keefe - [email protected]
John Schwartz - [email protected]
Doug Serton - [email protected]
Roger Nani graduated with a PhD in Chemistry
from the California Institute of Technology in
June 2013. He co-authored two papers published
in the Journal of the American Chemical Society
(JACS) while at Cal Tech. Adding to his busy
year, Roger married Leah Mentch on September
7, 2013 in Larchmont, New York. Fellow Rams
Richard Schwam, Patrick Frame, Sam Pond,
and Fred Rivera, all from the class of 2002, were
among the groomsmen. Roger is currently pursuing a post-doctoral degree at the National Cancer
Institute in Frederick, Maryland.
Charles Beale - [email protected]
Rich Berretta - [email protected]
Jay Feighery - [email protected]
Dan Altenau - [email protected]
Kenny Hyacinthe - [email protected]
Chris Luboja - [email protected]
Chuck Mackenzie - [email protected]
Calvin McCoy - [email protected]
Mike Wrotniak - [email protected]
10 YEAR REUNION
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Joe Altenau - [email protected]
Vijay DaCosta - [email protected]
Joe Hallinan - [email protected]
Sean LaGamma - [email protected]
Jim Lundy - [email protected]
Joe Migliaccio - [email protected]
John Murtagh - [email protected]
Steve Tesoro - [email protected]
Michael Duffy was appointed as an Assistant
District Attorney for Bronx County.
Eric Collazo - [email protected]
Sean Connolly - [email protected]
Ramon DeLaCruz - [email protected]
Geoff DeSoye - [email protected]
John Dingee - [email protected]
Travis Long - [email protected]
Hal Mackenzie - [email protected]
Connor Nugent - [email protected]
Patrick Schramm - [email protected]
Will Ferguson - [email protected]
Mo Kanu - [email protected]
Jim Lipscomb - [email protected]
Jim Moore - [email protected]
5 YEAR REUNION
Friday, May 16, 2014
Connor Brown - [email protected]
Adrian Mansylla - [email protected]
John O’Shea - [email protected]
Mike Troiano - [email protected]
John Lyttle is the Chief Operating Officer of
Ogee Group LLC.
Eric Lynch - [email protected]
Gavin Reidy - [email protected]
Brendan Siebecker - [email protected]
James Gallo and his work to organizing a concert at Boston College to help flood victims in
the Philippines was featured in the November 19,
2013 issue of USA Today College.
Max Kinder - [email protected]
Kyle O’Keefe - [email protected]
Mike Santeramo - [email protected]
Kenneth McKenna moved back to New York
after two years in Boston, MA. He is a Retail
Trade Spend Analyst for PepsiCo at their Somers,
Sienna, to Jonathan and Nicole Giannettino
Eva Ilaria, to John and Sarah Marinacci
Samuela Rose, to Michael and Danielle Balestra
Michael Agustin, to Pasquale and Andrea Antolino
Pelham Emeline, to John and Cristina Lozito
Conor Sebastian, to Daniel and Danielle Cronin
Brenna and Olivia, to Tim and Ruth Slakas
Catherine Marjorie, to Christopher and Alyss Cavanagh
James Holden, to Michael and Allison Kavanagh
Henry A. Schloemer ’32
Edward D. Nolin ’38
Thomas A. McNamara ’41
Daniel B. Meade ’41
Rev. Robert E. O’Brien, S.J. ’41
James A. Mitchell ’42
Robert A. Maffei ’43, father of Robert ’85
Maurice J. Casey ’44
Vincent Ciletti ’44
Thomas M. Gill ’44
Thomas J. Mulligan ’44
Howard J. Tarpey ’47
Ross R. Fulco ’48
Thomas C. Kent ’48
Charles V. O’Neill ’48
Robert T. Marchand ’50
Richard T. Stringfellow ’54
Kevin M. Reilly ’56
William J. Knoesel ’62
Brendan G. Lennon ’66
Francis J. Ficarra ’75
Gary Loughran ’77
Joseph Rio ’82
Victor G. Boissiere ’89
Walter X. “Ted” Stanton, Jr., brother of the late Michael ’50
Mary Webber, wife of Thomas ’62
Constance Lucia, mother of Thomas ’65
Regina McCormack, wife of former Director of Admissions Arthur
McCormack, mother of Sean ’69, Kevin ’71, Kerry ’72, Artie ’83
Gloria Neale, mother of Tim ’69, past Mothers’ Club President
Marianne Filizzola, wife of Frank ’70
Marie G. Bellone, mother of Thomas ’71, Lawrence ’73, Robert ’77
Ann Fitzpatrick McNierney, father of Edward ’76, Patrick ’79
Luis Henshaw Nottage, mother of Warren ’77
Eugene Sullivan, father of Eugene ’78, Christopher ’83, grandfather of
Christopher ’10, John ’12
Gerard Carty, brother of Patrick ’83, Paul ’83
Patricia Sheehy, mother of Mark ’83
Michael Lee, father of Christopher ’86, Robert ’94
Rev. Donald Devine, S.J., Prep Chaplain
Rev. Joseph S. Rooney, S.J., former faculty member
Ramview / Winter 2014
Save the Date
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Track Alumni Dinner
Make plans now to be with us at our
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Class of 1989 þ 25 Year Reunion
Saturday, April 5, 2014
BIG Reunion (1969, 1974, 1979, 1984,
1994, 1999, 2004)
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2013
Alumni þ Senior Breakfast
QUA KE R RID G E G OL F C LUB
& WYKAGYL C OUNT RY C LUB
May 12, 2014
Wall Street Forum
The Yale Club, NYC
The Fordham Prep Golf Outing will begin with registration, at the
courses where the golfers will play, at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will follow
starting at 11:30 a.m. A shotgun start will be at 1:00 p.m. at each
course. A cocktail reception/dinner buffet at Quaker Ridge, for all
of the outing participants, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Silent and live auctions will feature golf foursomes at prestigious clubs, dinners at top
restaurants, tickets to sporting events, among other fine offerings.
The cost for golf is $525 (at each course) and $2,000 for a foursome
($100 savings). These rates include the day’s activities: lunch, golf,
caddie/golf cart, cocktail reception and dinner buffet. The cost for
the cocktail reception and dinner buffet only option is $125.
Participation and sponsorship options (including a tee or green
sponsorship sign – $400; signs on the two courses – $500) are also
The Fordham Prep Golf Outing will benefit the school’s Annual
Fund, which provides unrestricted support for the operation of the
school. The outing also benefits the Prep’s Annual Scholarship Fund
which provides financial assistance for 45% of our students.
There is also a special corporate sponsorship option costing $15,000
which includes three foursomes, four tee signs, clubhouse signage,
and name on other promotional material.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Class of 2009 þ 5 Year Reunion
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Young Alumni Golf Outing
Split Rock Golf Course, Bronx, NY
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Sunday, June 1, 2014
The Class of 1964 þ 50 Year Reunion
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
19th Annual Golf Outing
Quaker Ridge & Wygakyl Golf Courses
To reserve a spot, or if you would like additional information, please contact John Kahl
(telephone: 718-367-7500, ext: 210; email: [email protected]).
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DESIGN - Rosemary Campion, Blackbird Creative Services
PRINTING - Rose Press Inc.
Fr. Christopher J. Devron, SJ – President
Robert J. Gomprecht ’65 – Principal
John L. Kahl – Vice President for
Development and Alumni Relations
Larry Curran ’77 – Managing Editor
Volume 34 – No. 2
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