The history of these years
is taken from our 75th Anniversary History published in 2004
In a magnificent display of Catholic Action, 236 men
follow C.A. Captain Bernie Bygott, '34 to Malvern on the weekend of
February 17, 1950.
Johnny Austin and his band play for the Spring
Dance at Melrose Country Club on May 19th. Our $3.00 ticket price is the
lowest in years for a Spring Dance.
With the graduation of the Class of 1950, our ranks are swelled to
more than 10,000.
We are at war again!...And the impact is felt almost immediately. On
September 1st, Sergeant First Class John F. McGovern, '45, a member of
the 5th Regimental Combat Team, is shot in the chest while manning a
machine gun. Sgt. McGovern is the first of twenty-eight alumni to give
their lives in this conflict.
September 21, 1950...The Board is concerned about
finances. After a lengthy discussion, Frank Gormley, '38, and Jim Sholly,
'32, move that dues be increased from $1.00 to $2.00.
Former alumni president, Father Jimmy McGuire, '34,
is the celebrant of the Mass at the November 26th Communion Breakfast.
Honorary membership is conferred on Tommy Loughran,
former light-heavyweight boxer, who in his address to the assemblage,
delivers a stirring message on the responsibilities of a Catholic
layman. Sports personalities Jimmy Dykes and Benny Bengough, as A's and
Phillies' coaches, respectively, are also named honorary members.
"Chick" Quinn, '36, is reelected to a second term and
at the Board meeting following the Breakfast the balance of the
Executive Board is named. Two members of the Class of '34, Bernie Bygott
and Joe Colman, are elected vice-presidents. Paul Quinn, '36, is renamed
Secretary with Frank Kilian, '49, as his assistant. Vince Bee, '35,
declines nomination for reelection as Treasurer and Joe McKeown, '33,
succeeds him in that post. Tom Blessington, '48, is elected Assistant
For the first time, the Association will compensate
one of its officers. Due to the increased workload on the Treasurer,
Kilian, '35, and Colman, '34, move that the Treasurer be reimbursed $100
annually for expenses incurred in carrying out his duties.
No sooner does McKeown assume his duties than he is
recalled to active duty with the Navy. He resigns his post as Treasurer
and the duties are taken over by Tom Blessington. Members of the
Association recite the rosary as a group at Radio Station WJMJ on
Thursday, February 22, 1951.
Hallahan Alumnae and our Association join forces to
sponsor a moonlight cruise on the Delaware. Chairman Joe Kilian, '35,
who doubles as Falconer editor, advises the Board that there were 229 in
attendance from the North Catholic group. A small profit is realized.
In recognition of his past services, the title of
Alumni Coordinator is conferred on Father Eisenbarth at the June 28th
meeting of the Board.
To commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of
Northeast Catholic and in appreciation of the services rendered by the
Oblates, the Board approves, on September 13th, the expenditure of
$5,000. The money is to be given to the Oblates to help underwrite
construction costs for their new Scholasticate in Hyattsville, Md.
The Silver Anniversary of the school is commemorated
at the November 25th Communion Breakfast. Celebrant of the Mass is
Father Bill Seelaus, OSFS, '42, and the sermon is delivered by our
Moderator, Father Brennan.
"Chick" Quinn, '36, wins a third term. Election of
the remaining executive officers takes place at the December 4th Board
meeting. Vince Bee, '35, and Joe Colman, '34, are named vice-presidents.
William Ries, '47, is elected Treasurer and Tom Foy, '43, is elected
Assistant Treasurer. Named to his third consecutive term as Secretary is
Paul Quinn, '36; with Steve Tracy, '40, to assist him.
On January 10, 1952, President Quinn represents the
Association at a formal reception honoring our new archbishop, John F.
Participants at the Invitation Dance at the United
Hungarian Hall are treated to a surprise visit by our own "Mickey"
Shaughnessy, Hon. '49. This Philly and Wildwood comedian gives one of
his wittiest performances for his fellow alumni before leaving for a
nite club engagement. Music at the January 25th affair is provided by
the Clete McBride Orchestra.
Malvern attendance is dwindling, we are down to two
hundred and twenty-nine. Bygott urges all-out assistance from the Board
of Governors in the future.
A Paddy's Day Dance is held at the Rifle Club on
March 17th (what else???). Music is supplied by McNamara's Band...no,
no—we mean, McBride's Band (Clete, '42).
The first mention of incorporating the Association is
propounded by President Quinn in March of '52.
For the second time, in little more than a year, we
lose a treasurer. Bill Ries resigns due to ill health and once again
Blessington takes up the task. Joe McKeown returns from the service in
April and is asked by President Quinn to assume the treasurer's chores.
Again, the Hallahan and North Associations' team up
to sponsor a moonlight cruise on the Delaware Belle. Once more, our
participation is very little.
September '52 is an auspicious month for the
Association. It undertakes to sponsor a Catholic Forum. The theme of the
Forum is to be "Beware of False Prophets." Over the next four months,
audiences are treated to such speakers as Professor James M. O'Neil, the
Rev. Max Jordan and Valentine DeBalla. The concluding session is a
debate between John Bracken and Godfrey Schmidt. The moderator of the
debate is Bob Benson, of KYW Radio.
The Board agrees to spend almost $5,000 to purchase
new band uniforms for the school . . . Father Tocik, who became
principal in 1949 and is to hold this post longer than anyone in the
school's history, is most appreciative.
The Board of Governors proposes an Amendment to the
Constitution & By-Laws which will increase the term of office of Class
Representative from one to two years. There will be a maximum of two
from each Class, elected in alternate years. The motion is passed by the
Board and the Amendment adopted by the general membership at their
meeting prior to the Communion Breakfast on November 30th.
"Chick" Quinn is returned to office for the fourth
consecutive time. Only twice previously (Robinson, '29 and Kelly, '34)
have we had a president prevail this long.
At the December Board meeting, Vince Bee, '35, is
reelected First Vice-President and Joe Kilian, '35, is named Second
Vice-President. Returned to office as secretary and assistant secretary
are Quinn and Tracy, respectively. And the Treasurer post goes to
McKeown, unopposed, with Blessington as the assistant.
The Malvern Retreat achieves a new high in attendance
when 254 men spend the weekend of February 19, 1953, at St.
Clete McBride and his band provide the music for the
Annual St. Patrick's Invitation Dance. The German Hungarian Hall, at 2nd
and Norris, is again the site. As usual, this gala affair is well
attended ... you can't beat the price - ZERO!
After much debate throughout the years, the Board
unanimously adopts a motion, on March 12, 1953, to incorporate the
The first Memorial Day Service takes place at 10 a.m.
on May 30th. A wreath is placed at the base of the Shrine by President
Quinn and Father Eisenbarth delivers a short sermon. Outside of the
members of the Board, there are very few in attendance. Inclement
weather plays a large part in holding down the crowd.
The Spring Dance at Melrose Country Club is
well-attended and is considered by one and all to be a social, as well
as financial, success.
On June 5th, the Silver Anniversary Class of 1953
joins the ranks of the alumni association - nine hundred thirty-four
members, the largest class to date. They are welcomed into the
association with a dance held at Brookline-on-the-Boulevard.
Since January, a committee has been hard at work
reviewing the existing Constitution and By-Laws and drafting a new one
for presentation to the general body. At last, the final draft is
completed. Our new constitution is ready!
Accordingly, President Quinn calls for the first
General Meeting of the Association in more than ten years. It is
scheduled for September 28, 1953.
More than four hundred members attend. Copies of the
revised Constitution and By-Laws are presented to each member as they
enter the auditorium. Almost from the opening gavel, there is discussion
and debate over the various changes. And debate quickly gives way to
argument. The evening wears on. By 10:45 p.m. we have adopted only the
first two articles. Finally, cooler heads prevail, common sense and
logic take over. Jack Thiers, '34, and Gene Shields, '41, move that the
remaining articles be adopted in toto.
The motion carries and the new Constitution and
By-Laws are adopted! The major changes now allow the Board of Governors
to elect the President, who will be limited to three consecutive terms,
and the establishment of a Board of Trustees which will consist of all
past-presidents. The fiscal year is established as July 1st to June
Archbishop John F. O'Hara, CSC, presides at the
Silver Jubilee Mass and Communion Breakfast on November 29th. His
Excellency, a former president of Notre Dame University, delivers the
sermon. At ceremonies, held after Mass, Archbishop O'Hara is awarded
honorary membership in the Association.
More than nine hundred attend...our largest turnout
to date. Under the new Constitution and By-Laws, this also marks the
first time the election of the President is not held at the Breakfast.
He and all other officers will be elected by the Board of Governors at
their June, 1954 meeting. Until then, "Chick" Quinn and his incumbent
Executive Board will continue in office.
Charles Shaw, WCAU news commentator is the principal
speaker and "Cozy" Morley is the Toastmaster.
Alumni Kids Feted
Our first annual Kiddies' Christmas Party is held at
the school on Sunday, December 20th. Santa Claus (a.k.a. Jim Fitzgerald,
'42) distributes gifts to the more than 550 children who attend with
their parents. In addition to toys, each child is treated to ice cream,
pretzels, chips and candy canes. All, parents included, are delighted by
the movie and cartoons that are presented by Bernie Bygott, '34, and his
Frank Staub and his orchestra provide the musical
setting for the Winter Dance held at the Cedarbrook Country Club on
January 30th. Frank's grasp of what pleased his listeners at previous
dances almost automatically insures the success of this venture. And
success, it was! A huge crowd overflows the main ballroom. Thanks to the
foresight of the Committee, headed by Frank Gormley and Jim Gibson, both
'38, several ante-rooms are available. There, the audience is treated to
the music of roving accordionist, Ray Hottinger.
Attendance at our annual retreat rises slightly over
last year . . . there is still plenty of room for growth, Malvern will
now accommodate three hundred.
More than four hundred attend the Spring Dance at
Cedarbrook Country Club on May 22nd. The dancers and listeners are
treated to the music of Dee Porter and his orchestra.
June 8, 1954 .. . The Board elects Joseph T. Murphy,
'29, Esq. as President. From among a field of ten, he receives 65% of
the votes. Joe was our first attorney graduate and currently acts as
legal counsel to the Association.
In another wide open race, Joe Kilian, '35, and
"Chick" Quinn, '36, squeak to narrow victories as first and second
vice-president, respectively. Steve Tracy, '40, wins by a large margin
to unseat Paul Quinn, '36, as Secretary. Quinn is named Assistant
Secretary. Joe McKeown, '33, is reelected Treasurer and Blessington
continues as his assistant.
At the same meeting, the Board takes its first step
into the world of high finance. Till now, all of our cash has been kept
in a checking account . .. what little we have had. The Board realizing,
for the first time, that it could be more advantageous to put this money
to work, authorizes the investment of $500 in a mutual fund - Keystone
Funds. Jack Thiers, '34, will act as our investment counselor.
We are 25 Years Old
In our midst appears the Class of 1954 - all one
thousand and six of them - the first class to go over the magic mark of
Six hundred people attend the Fall Invitation Dance
at the Philadelphia Rifle Club on November 12th. Music for our dancing
pleasure is provided by the Fred Vincen Band.
are in our heyday...for the first time in history we exceed one thousand
in attendance at the Communion Breakfast. The auditorium is packed for
Mass and the overflow crowd in the gym is seated in the cafeteria. John
Hvasta apprises us of the horrors of living behind the Iron Curtain.
Honorary membership is bestowed on Ira Thomas.
A resolution to incorporate the Association is
adopted by the general body.
A committee, headed by Treasurer Joe McKeown, '33, in
an attempt to increase membership in the Association, makes a
revolutionary proposal. A portion of each member's dues will be credited
to his Class. The Class, in turn, will be permitted to draw on this
credit for use in promoting Class Reunions. The Board concurs...thus,
the Class Activities Fund is created.
Another success...more than one thousand parents and
kids attend our second annual Kiddies' Christmas Party on December 19th.
Once more, the kids are treated to toys, candy and ice cream and a grand
time is had by all.
Winter, 1955...Leo Zollo and his orchestra provide
the music, Cedarbrook Country Club is the setting...again we fill the
place to overflowing. A combo plays during intermissions and tours the
ante-rooms delighting the sitters and sippers.
C.A. Captain Bernie Bygott, '34, disappointed by the
attendance (268) at our retreat to St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills, submits
his resignation as Captain to the Board. It is unanimously rejected.
The Board authorizes a fund raising drive on behalf
of the Oblate Scholasticate. The goal is $1,000...if it falls short, we
will make up the difference from the Treasury.
Under a new procedure, the Board holds nominations
for the Executive Offices in May. The election will be held at the June
meeting of the Board. At the same meeting, Vince Bee proposes hiring a
full time clerk. Father Eisenbarth concurs. He feels the work load has
progressed to the point where it can no longer be adequately handled by
the students working part time after school; and they cannot be properly
Despite plans calling for a major Memorial Day
Service involving a Field Mass and parade replete with marching bands,
the wreath laying ceremony prevails. Father Eisenbarth delivers the
sermon. Attendance is, as usual, small. It is evident that something
must be done to increase attendance and give this event the dignity and
solemnity it well deserves.
Joe Murphy, '29, is reelected to his second term by a
wide margin over challenger Joe McKeown. "Chick" Quinn, '36, is elected
1st Vice-President and Bob Fuessinger, '48,
narrowly defeats Joe Campbell, '46, for the second
vice-presidency. McKeown and his assistant Tom Blessington, '48, retain
their posts in the financial wing. Frank Gormley, '38, is elected
Secretary in a close win over Paul Quinn, who is then reelected
Common Pleas Court Judge Charles A. Waters grants
articles of incorporation to the Association in ceremonies in his
courtroom on August 15, 1955. The final step in our gradual emergence as
a full-fledged organization has been taken.
With the September meeting, the Board moves to new
quarters in the basement of the Faculty House. We have a separate office
and meeting room.
Our First Harvest Dance is held at Cedarbrook Country
Club on November 11th. Dancing to the music of Ray Smyth and his
orchestra. The club has been redecorated and there are ample parking
facilities available. We look for a large turnout.
OH! OH!...We've also planned an Invitation (free to
dues' payers) Dance for November 25th at Canstatter's with music by the
Imperials. Given a choice between paying $3.50 and coming free, we
wonder what will be the choice.
Our biggest fears are realized...you can't sell two
dances two weeks apart. And when one is free, that's the one that will
be well attended. The Invitation Dance draws more than five hundred to
Canstatter's while the Harvest Dance...well, that can best be termed a
The practice established at last year's Breakfast of
honoring the Class celebrating its Silver Anniversary is continued. The
Class of '30 is accorded its rightful place at the head of the
auditorium, as Father Tom O'Connell, '30, the Principal of the recently
opened Father Judge High School, is the celebrant. We are honored to
have as our guest at the Breakfast the Superior General of the Oblates,
the Most Rev. Domenico Balducelli. Father Balducelli is awarded Honorary
membership in the Association. This honor is also conferred on Father
Eisenbarth in recognition of his long standing work on behalf of the
Attendance falls dramatically from last year's high,
possibly due to the overcrowding experienced by certain classes on that
Among some of our more active Board members of this
era are Bill Moos, '47, Ron Deery, '45, and Charlie Dorland, '46. It's
interesting to note that eight men who first joined the Board in these
post-war years are still members. Of course, the longevity record
belongs to Dick McGrath, '39, who, when he resigned from the Board in
1998, had served for fifty-two years and three months - some of us
haven't even been alive that long!
Edward A. McCabe, '34, is named Associate Counsel for
legislative matters to President Dwight Eisenhower.
Our annual trek to Malvern, on the third weekend in
February, sees a record turnout. Two hundred ninety-six men...quite a
tribute to the pulling power of the Lord and the persuasiveness of
Bernie Bygott, Jim Fitzgerald, et al.
Four hundred and twenty people attend the St. Paddy's
Invitation Dance at Canstatter's. You can't rightfully call it a Paddy's
dance since it is held on April 6th...oh, well! The music, by the
Imperials, has an Irish ring to it, at least. President Murphy complains
that the tempo is too fast for some of the early alumni members at the
affair. You can't please everybody!
Joe Darby, '41, suggests, at the April 12th Board
meeting, we hire a part-time executive secretary. Murphy takes the
matter under consideration.
The ubiquitous trio of Gormley, '38, Gibson, '38, and
Al McCole, '50 have signed Dee Porter and his orchestra to play at the
Annual Spring Dance on June 1st. While they occupy the main ballroom at
the Cedarbrook Country Club, Al Ipri and his combo will satisfy the
"cool cats" with jazz and dixieland in the dining room. A packed-house
assures the Dance will be continued in the future.
On June 11, at St. Anthony's Church, Wilmington,
Father Edward J. Schlotterback, OSFS, '30, is raised to the episcopate
by Archbishop Celestine J. Daminano. The sermon is preached by
Archbishop O'Hara. The new bishop is the Vicar Apostolic of Keetmanshoop,
Southwest Africa. Bishop Schlotterback, who was president of his senior
class, also served as editor-in-chief of the "Good News" and was a
three-year letterman in track, during his undergraduate days.
Joe Murphy is unanimously returned to office for a
third term. Bob Fuessinger, '48, moves up to first vice-president from
second by narrowly defeating Jim Fitzgerald, '42. The vacated second
vice-presidency goes to Falconer editor Joe Darby, '41, who wins a close
victory over Jack O'Hara, '52, and two other candidates. McKeown is
unopposed in his bid for reelection as treasurer as is Frank McBride,
'43, in his bid for office, as assistant secretary. Joe Campbell, '46
defeats incumbent Assistant Treasurer Tom Blessington, '48. Paul Quinn,
'36, after a two year hiatus, is returned to the office of Secretary.
At the same meeting, immediately prior to the
election, the Board of Governors establishes the position of executive
secretary. This individual will be responsible for the day-to-day
operation of the Alumni Office on a part-time basis, six days a week and
will be reimbursed $1,500 per year to cover anticipated expenses. Joe
McKeown, '33, is named to the post with one dissenting vote.
More than seven hundred attend the Communion
Breakfast on November 25th. Major addresses are delivered by Monsignor
Tom Rilley, and Dr. Joe Flubacher, both from the honor Class of '31. The
Mass preceding, is celebrated by Father Thomas Furphy, OSFS, '31.
Toastmaster chores are handled by our own Jack Whitaker, '41. Father
John Tocik, school principal, is awarded honorary membership in the
The Board of Governor election, preceding Mass, is
interesting, if for no other reason, that it marks the appearance, for
the first time, on the Board of Governors of three future
presidents—Charles Malone, '30, Leonard Knobbs, '53, and Rocco lacone,
Sholly, '32, alias Santa, entertains more than nine hundred children,
their moms and dads at our Annual Christmas Party on Sunday, December
18th. Bygott and his committee are on hand to assist Sholly in
distributing the ice cream, pretzels and candy. Each child is given a
toy and treated to a cartoon show.
Frank Reagan, '37, is named football coach and
athletic director at Villanova University.
One hundred and ninety-three couples journey to West
Philly on Friday evening, January 25, 1957, to attend our Annual Winter
Dance. The rhythm arrangements of George Sommer's orchestra pervade the
beautiful ballroom of the Penn Sherwood Hotel. The ballroom, in addition
to providing more than ample space for dancing, allows a large number of
our older men to sit back, watch the dancers and reminisce and at the
same time enjoy the relaxing music. Finger-snapping V.P. Bob Fuessinger
deserves a round of applause for a well run affair.
The most successful retreat in our nineteen-year
history at St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills takes place on the weekend of
February 15th with 326 retreatants in attendance. Bernie Bygott and his
capable right-hand men, Jim Fitzgerald and John Brady, '38, are
The swing and sway of that great Irish band leader,
Leo (Mc) Zollo and his orchestra, is the feature attraction of the
Annual St. Patrick's Dance held at Boulevard Ballroom. People driving
past on the Boulevard on Sunday evening, the 17th of March, are treated
to the sounds of the jigs and reels emanating from the ballroom. Many a
North Catholic lad and his colleen are in attendance. And who else, but
a fine broth of a lad, like Irish Jack Healy, '41, would be in charge of
such an affair.
Another Alumni First...the May, 1957, Board meeting
is a dinner-meeting held at the Four Chefs. Board members pay their own
way and this practice of breaking bread together annually continues even
Jim Fitzgerald, '42, is elected president by a wide
margin over three other candidates. Two newcomers, Jim Sholly, '32, and
Jim Cox '36, are named vice-presidents. As usual, Quinn and McKeown are
returned to office as are Frank McBride and Joe Campbell as their
The Fall Invitation Dance is a disaster! Even taking
the bad weather and the flu epidemic into consideration, the Committee
is disappointed by the meager attendance. Chairman Cox recommends,
unless attendance is vastly improved over the thirty-five couples
present on October 24th at the Rifle Club, these dances should be
discontinued. Joe McKeown suggests the establishment of alumni
achievement awards. The proposal is taken under advisement and a
committee is appointed to consider the recommendation.
In an attempt to hype attendance at the Communion
Breakfast and make it easier for our far-flung suburban brothers to be
present, the Board changes our annual affair to a Communion Dinner. Mass
is celebrated in the school auditorium at 5:00 p.m. on December 1st, and
then we adjourn to the Four Chefs for dinner.
Twixt the pillar and the post...something goes wrong.
Only two hundred ninety attend...our lowest figure in almost twenty
years. Those who do attend are treated to an inspiring address by Father
Frederick J. Stevenson, a member of the Class of 1932 and, assistant
superintendent of diocesan schools. Once again, toastmaster chores are
handled by Jack Whitaker. Phillies' pitcher and N.L. "rookie of the
year" Jack Sanford is also on hand.
For the first time, we allow mail ballots for the
Board of Governors' election. Another fiasco! Very little response leads
the Board to abandon this method in future elections.
The Mass, prior to the dinner, is celebrated by our
moderator, Father Brennan. The sermon is delivered by another
representative of the Class of '32, Father Aloysius Gaffigan, OSFS, the
religious superior at Father Judge.
At 1:30 p.m., on December 15th, Santa Claus, in the
person of Jim Sholly,'32, arrives at North Catholic laden with toys.
Over nine hundred children mob him. Our committee provides the usual
fare of ice cream, candy canes and pretzels. Santa gives out the toys
and the kids leave happy and contented...until next year.
A crowning achievement for the Association takes
place on the evening of January 17, 1958. Over one thousand
crowd the main ballroom of the Broadwood Hotel, as well as almost
filling the large balcony surrounding it. They are there to listen and
dance to the popular and unforgettable music of the Glen Miller band,
under the direction of Ray McKinley.
The Eddie Masters' trio plays in the Gold Room for
the benefit of those who buy tickets late and cannot be accommodated in
the main ballroom. We apologize to those who have to be turned away at
the door (some of whom are in formal dress) but the Fire Marshal places
a 2,200 person capacity restriction on the affair. This is the best
reason we know of to make your reservations early next time.
Due to a large snow storm, attendance at our annual
retreat on the weekend of February 15th drops to two hundred and
thirty-nine. In fact, it snows so hard, many are of the opinion we will
be marooned in the wilds of Chester County. The rector, Father Kane,
advises us that there is food enough on hand to last a few days.
Eventually, the snow plows get through to us and after some struggling
everyone is able to get his car moving. All arrive home safe and sound.
George Gerlach, '42, and his band provide the music
for the March 19th St. Paddy's Day Invitation Dance at the Rifle Club. A
hundred couples brave the snow to spend an enjoyable evening dancing and
comparing the various articles of green that are in full array.
Attendance at our Annual Memorial Day Service drops
to an all-time low of twenty-three people. Much concern among the Board
as to the continuance of this affair.
Fitzgerald, '42, is reelected unanimously to his
second term as alumni president. Ed Mooney, '32, defeats three other
candidates by a wide margin to succeed classmate Sholly as 1st V.P. In
the race for second vice-president Len Kent, '39, emerges victorious in
a close race over incumbent Cox and two other candidates. Secretary Paul
Quinn and Assistant Treasurer Joe Campbell are unopposed for reelection.
McKeown retains his treasurer's post with a landslide victory over Tom
Blessington, '48. The race for assistant secretary is wide open. Pat
Boyle, '49, squeeks to a narrow three-vote victory over four other
Earlier in the year, President Fitzgerald appointed a
committee headed by Jack Healy, '41, to review the Association's entire
program of events, step-by-step, and to make recommendations concerning
them. The committee delivers an extensive report, so extensive that it
requires two Board meetings to debate and vote on their recommendations.
Three items that are still in existence today are: a charge of fifty
cents for lost membership cards, the Malvern Retreat not subsidized by
the Association unless attendance at the retreat is 100% active members;
and standardization of awards made to championship school teams.
The Fall Invitation Dance is held on Halloween night
at the Rifle Club. Clete McBride's band provides the music and quite a
few of the one hundred and two couples show up in costume.
Our Second Annual Communion Dinner is scheduled for
November 23rd at the Four Chefs.
Father Joseph F. Lynn, OSFS, a member of the honor
Class of 1933, celebrates the Mass in the school auditorium and our
moderator, Father Fernan Brennan, '32, delivers an inspiring sermon.
After a delicious dinner, we are treated to quite a
few Irish jokes by Toastmaster Joe Glennon, '34. However, the highlight
of the evening is an instructive and humorous account of his experiences
as permanent labor arbitrator on the Delaware Valley waterfront by the
Rev. Dennis J. Comey, S.J.
Unfortunately, attendance is well below three
hundred. We say unfortunately because the Board has chosen the Dinner to
be the vehicle with which we honor all our past presidents. All these
gentlemen, from Father Conmy to Joe Murphy, are presented gavels,
symbolic of the office they held, adorned with silver bands upon which
are engraved the dates they had held office.
Another highlight of this affair is the awarding of
honorary membership to the provincial of the Oblates, Father William
Buckley. We take this occasion to award additional honorary memberships
to all former principals of North Catholic who had not previously been
given this honor - Fathers Joseph Butler and Edward Smith. Former
Coaches "Jocko" Collins, "Si" Simendinger, Mal Gowen, Bill Dougherty are
Due to inclement weather, attendance at St. Nick's
annual visit to the North Catholic auditorium on Sunday, December 14th,
is held to eight hundred. Despite the frightful weather outside, the fun
inside is delightful. As usual, the kids stuff themselves on ice cream,
pretzels and candy canes; while the parents fret about soiled clothes
and future tummy aches. Sholly, as Santa, is the hit of the affair.
— 1959 —
It is pointed out to the Board, at the January 8th
meeting, that the President and Moderator have been incurring
extraordinary expenses due to the fact that they have been attending an
inordinately large number of Class reunions recently. Accordingly,
Knobbs, '53, and Iacone, '55, move to establish $100.00 annual expense
accounts for whoever holds these offices - a practice that is still in
effect, although the amount has increased.
Buoyed by the outstanding success of last year's
Winter Dance, the Board grabs the bull by the horns and authorizes
another large scale dance. January 30th is selected as the date and
Woody Herman and his band are booked into the Broadwood Hotel. All stops
are pulled out to publicize the affair, transit ads are purchased and
half-page ads bought in the Catholic Standard and the two local
Despite the all-out effort by the committee, headed
by Frank Devinney, '42, the affair is a financial, as well as a social
flop - less than four hundred couples attend - a far cry from last
year's attendance of two thousand people.
The week-end of February 20th brings chilly
temperatures and unwanted winds - at least there is no snow. We go over
the top at Malvern again. Three hundred and eight retreatants follow
Bygott and his associate captains to St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills.
After an absence of more than a decade, the Alumni
Basketball League is resurrected under the chairmanship of Rocco lacone,
Only forty-three couples attend our Annual St.
Patrick's Day Invitation Dance. Various members of the Board express the
thought "we are dancing ourselves to death." Four a year seems too many
- we should rearrange our program with less emphasis on dances.
At their May meeting, the Board comes to a decision
on the "Achievement Awards." There will be two - one to an outstanding
graduate and a second to an outstanding Catholic layman, who is not a
graduate. It is suggested that these awards become the vehicle for
obtaining Communion Breakfast speakers.
George Sommer's orchestra provides the musical
entertainment at the Spring Dance on May 29th. We move from a country
club to the Four Chefs to provide a conveniently reached location...to
no avail - only one hundred thirty-two couples show up. Another
financial flop...and the Board spends hours at the June meeting
bemoaning the fact...that nobody cares.
Jim Fitzgerald, '42, sweeps to a third term victory
by an almost two-to-one margin over Ed Mooney, '32. In turn, Mooney
retains his first vice-presidency in a tight race with Joe Edwards, '40,
and two other candidates. With seven candidates seeking the second
vice-presidential post, incumbent Jim Cox, '36, squeeks to victory.
Treasurer Joe McKeown, '33, is unopposed in his bid for reelection. Paul
Quinn, '36, retains his job as Secretary by a wide margin victory over
Len Knobbs, '53, and Jim Bengough. '52. Joe Campbell, '46, and Pat
Boyle, '49, are returned to office as Assistant Treasurer and Assistant
Our First Golf Outing is held at Torresdale-Frankford
Country Club on Friday, June 26th. Forty duffers tee off. Eleven are so
exhausted after their 18-hole tour of the Torresdale countryside that
they couldn't stay for the Awards Dinner that evening. President
Fitzgerald and Chairman Bill Rueter, '35, present suitable trophies to
the champions in various categories.
The Halloween Dance on October 30th at the Rifle Club
is promoted as a costume party-dance. Chairman Rocco Iacone, '55,
appoints a committee consisting of our most eminent senior citizens as
costume judges—Father Brennan, '32, Mooney, '32, Cox, '36, Darby, '41,
and Fitzgerald, '42. Their job is made easier when only forty-two
Faced with lagging attendance at the Communion
Dinners, we return to the Breakfast theme. Four hundred and twenty-one
attend our Annual Communion Breakfast on November 29th, honoring the
Class of 1934. Mass is celebrated by Father Dan McLernan, '34, long time
soccer coach at North, and former alumni president, Father Jimmy
McGuire, '34, delivers the sermon. The versatile Father Jim also handles
the toastmaster chores at the Breakfast. The principal address is
delivered by another member of the Class of 1934, Ed McCabe, President
Eisenhower's associate counsel.
At our Annual Christmas Party, we host five hundred
and ten. "Kris Kringle" Sholly delights the small-fry with his usual
Irish blarney and gifts. Chairman Bygott and his committee provide the
usual refreshments in the cafeteria.
At the meeting following, the increasing cost of running the Party is
the main topic of discussion by the Board. John King, '35, ventures the
opinion that the money would be better spent in establishing a
Scholarship Fund for some deserving student. The seed is planted! And it
finds fertile soil in the minds of a few who nurture it in their hearts
and minds until it is ready to bloom.
This award, created by
the Board of Governors and first presented in 1960, was renamed to honor
Father Tye in 1976.
Alumni Moderator June, 1960 - April, 1973
Captain (Chaplain) John B.
Tye, USA, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in
in connection with combat operations against the enemy with the 1st
Cavalry Division in the Pacific Theatre of Operations (Luzon,
Phillipines) during World War II.
General Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, General Order No. 50 (1945).
below have received this award in recognition of their exemplary
dedication and service to the ideals and purpose of the Alumni
In our eighty-nine years, almost one thousand men have served
on our Board of Governors. Some have served as little as one month
while others have performed dedicated service for many years. We
would like to recognize the thirty one Class Representatives who served
for twenty five years or longer.
Patrick J. Boyle, '49 - November, 1954 - Present Leonard F. Knobbs, '53 - November, 1956 - Present Francis J. Devinney, '42
- November, 1950 to November, 1951; January, 1954 to September, 2011.
Richard C. McGrath, '39 - July, 1943 to November, 1951; November,
1952 to November, 1957; November, 1958 to November, 1977; March, 1978 to February, 1998.
Deceased March 24, 2003.
John F. Handley, '58 - March, 1967 - Present
Paul D. Quinn, '36 - November, 1948 to September, 2000.
Deceased October 20, 2002.
Musial, '63 - January, 1966 to September, 1990; September, 1992 to
Raymond E. Rysak, '66 - March, 1969 - Present John S. Boyle, '39 - November, 1961 - September, 2008. Deceased
January 30, 2012.
Stephen A. Cardullo, '72 - September, 1972 - Present William J. McCormac, '61 - March, 1969 to March,
2011, September, 2011 - September, 2013. Joseph E. McKeown, '33 - November, 1950 to January,
1951; November, 1953 to September, 1996. Deceased September 29,
1996 Lawrence A. Dolan, '37 - November, 1948 to September,
1957; November, 1957 to May, 1958; March, 1973 to October, 2005.
Deceased October 30, 2005.
Robert J. Fuessinger, '48 - November, 1952 to
September, 1993. Deceased August 15, 2006. John R. Hanejko, '65 - November, 1978 - Present Francis J. Gleason, '53 - November, 1960 to September,
2000. Deceased September 10, 2000.
Joseph J. Mackin, '40 - November, 1947 to October,
1959; November, 1962 to March, 1972; March, 1977 to June, 1995.
Deceased June 23, 1995.
J. William Arnoldy, '38 - January, 1964 to August,
1998. Deceased August 15, 1998.
Bernard J. McGuire, '50 - November, 1952 to November,
1958; January, 1959 to September, 1972; October, 1972 to November, 1975;
March, 1976 to June, 1985; September, 1985 to February, 1986.
Deceased August 5, 1987.
Joseph P. Brennan, Jr., '69 - March,
1977 to October, 2006; September, 2008 - May, 2011.
Edward J. Ganister, '32 - March, 1967 to January, 1999.
Deceased January 3, 1999. Anthony J. Colletta, '72 - March, 1973 to February,
1985; April, 1989 to November, 2008. Deceased November 19, 2011.
Michael A. Donofrio, '47 - November, 1955 to October,
1965; January, 1966 to February, 1967; March, 1967 to September, 1967;
September, 1989 to July, 2009. Deceased July 5, 2009.
Thomas M. Cleary, '47 - January, 1965 to February,
1996. Deceased January 18, 2001.
Robert E. Kennedy, '54 - September, 1984 to February, 1994; May, 1994 -
April, 2015. Kenneth J. Florkowski, '88 - November, 1988 - Present.
Edmund A. Markowski, Jr., '56 - September, 1977 to
September, 1992; September, 1994 to September, 2009. William M. FitzPatrick, '59 - September, 1986 -
August, 2015. Deceased August 15, 2015.
Louis J. Peters, '31 - December, 1964 to September,
1992. Deceased December 31, 1993.
Joseph T. Mulawka, '51 - December, 1987 to April, 2014.
Deceased April 10, 2014. William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34 - January, 1965 to
November, 1990. Deceased November 26, 1990.
Not for fame or reward, not lured by ambition or
goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood
it, these suffered all, sacrificed all, dared and died.
(Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery)
These men, our brothers,
gave their lives in defense of their country in World War II, Korea,
Viet Nam, and Afghanistan. Please remember them in your prayers.
WORLD WAR II
Lawrence C. Hoelzle
Joseph T. Walsh
Nicholas P. Kavanagh
Joseph P. Mahoney
Joseph L. Rabenstein
William J. Connell
Leo P. Hassett
Charles P. Loeper
Joseph F. Stutz
Edward J. Coleman
Samuel J. Dunbar
Joseph S. Fiala
Joseph A. Gogoj
James F. Harkins
Edward F. Heard
Robert E. McCarthy
Aloysius A. Monaghan
Joseph F. Carr
Andrew J. Frosch
Edward J. Galloway
William J. MacElderry
John J. McCann
Joseph V. Murray
Thomas H. Murray
Walter J. Robinson
George L. Smith
Thomas A. Byrne
Edward B. Drueding
John A. Farrell
Albert P. Foley
John J. Gray
Anthony F. Matthews
Leonard J. McGee
Nelson A. Reed
Hugh T. Shellem
John A. Anderson
Richard J. Burns
Thomas J. Cassidy
John J. Dooner
Joseph T. Dwyer
John W. Farrell
Thomas J. Hobson
Edward E. Houseman
John R. Kelley
Robert J. Kelley
John F. Lawlor
Michael J. Marley
John B. McCann
Vincent J. McElroy
George A. McGee
William J. Newis
Herman P. Winterer
William J. Casey
Thomas F. Kelly
Joseph A. Minnichbach
Lawrence W. Minnick
Andrew C. O'Keefe
Joseph K. Seiler
Edward C. Sekula
Joseph W. Shedaker
Raymond J. Slazas
Vincent K. Snyder
Albert J. Spanier
Edward J. Coleman
James V. Derbyshire
John D. Duffy
Thomas F. Fenerty
Edmund J. Gaffney
Joseph M. Garlick
Gerald F. Gowen
James J. McGinnis
Philip J. Razler
James E. Saul
John C. Schmieder
Francis J. Strenger
Martin E. Wagner
Alfred A. Zajac
Walter J. Zarada
William L. Cobb
Raymond W. Devlin
Alfred F. Dougherty
Charles D. Gibson
Daniel J. Grant
Henry L. Grathwohl
Thomas E. Jardel
Edward F. Kent
Charles T. Lewis
William F. Lynch
Leo E. Markey
John J. McNulty
John J. McVeigh
Edward J. Phillips
William T. Urban
John J. White
WORLD WAR II
William H. Becker
John J. Delaney
John B. Gilkey
Raymond E. Gruber
Philip T. Lehman
Eugene P. Magee
Francis X. McKenna
Charles J. McLinden
Charles J. McVey
Horace J. Murphy
Robert J. Reilly
Francis G. Rudolph
George J. Whalen
James A. White
Paul A. Becker
John F. Clinch
James J. Coffey
Joseph J. Daley
John J. Davis
Edward J. Dooner
Joseph A. Finley
Francis J. Fitzpatrick
Paul R. Foley
Francis J. Gillespie
Eugene T. Gladkowski
James J. Hanlon
Charles W. Lockwood
William F. Matthews
John M. McCann
Frank J. McDonnell
Hugh J. McFadden
Henry T. McMahon
John F. McNally
Charles A. Nessel
Louis B. Rieffel
Anthony J. Rosowski
William H. Schenkel
Anthony T. Serravalli
John D. Sykes
James J. Turner
Maurice L. VanZandt
Harry J. Bell
Raymond J. Broderick
Henry E. Dempski
John A. Donahue
Ralph J. Dooley
Stephen F. Halner
William G. Hare
Charles X. Kuntz
Robert J. Lautenbach
Raymond A. Makin
John G. McBride
Henry P. McCann
Joseph H. McCann
James J. McVey
James P. Mellon
Carmen V. Olivet
Gerald J. O'Neill
Leo J. Reilly
Arthur J. Roit
Joseph F. Rossetti
John J. Rowan
John M. Rutter
James M. Ryan
Ernest E. Schmidt
John J. Stevenson
Raymond J. Trost
Donald M. Woods
Richard E. Bagnor
Anthony T. Cassese
Thomas J. Eck
Charles H. Fox
Francis A. Glanzmann
James F. Gormley
John J. Hannigan
Joseph F. Hendron
Leonard P. Kolodziejski
Thomas W. Phillips
John T. Stevenson
James B. Boyle
William J. Conley
Charles W. Coyle
William J. DeLaurentis
Patrick J. Dever
Aloysius F. Dougherty
William E. Hagerty
Emmett J. Ryan
George A. Steigerwald
Francis J. Davenport
William J. Brennan
Charles M. Klein
William T. Gould
Harry B. Loy
Robert B. Appel
Frank A. Johnson
Thomas J. Schimpf
Maurice T. Cleary
Charles D. Hogue
Robert J. Evans
John F. McGovern
Daniel C. Bianco
Joseph M. Lynch
Joseph J. Sweeney
Bernard F. Sevier
E. George West
William J. Brennan
Joseph S. Oaks
Christian J. Spoerl
John W. Toland
Stanley A. Gogoj
John L. Sullivan
Stephen C. Walter
James R. Grove
Joseph J. Leszczynski
Charles P. Schwind
Charles T. Tait
John F. Dunne
James F. McCafferty
William P. Coll
Joseph M. Gorman
Joseph J. Crawford
Ronald D. Briggs
William D. McCuen
George D. Speece
Robert V. Stever
William A. Kuprevich Leonard S. Pelullo
Richard J. Conlin
Michael P. Rymarczuk
Joseph J. Nitka
Louis W. Potempa
William M. Riley
Albert C. Wall, Jr.
Lawrence A. Branigan
Anthony J. Metzger
Joseph T. Monaghan
Thomas F. Nilan
George J. Reed, Jr.
Joseph F. Schimpf
Patrick J. Thiroway, Jr.
Anthony F. Citrigno
Edward J. Kapusta
Robert T. Koehler
Congresswoman Kathryn M.
Donald Barnhouse, WCAU-TV News
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
U. S. Senator Hugh Scott
Philadelphia Police Captain Clarence Ferguson
Vince Leonard, KYW-TV News
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Dr. Herbert S. Denenberg
Philadelphia District Attorney Arlen Specter
Rolfe Neill, Editor, Philadelphia Daily News
Richard Sprague, Esq., Special Prosecutor
Barney Morris, WCAU-TV News
Tom Fox, Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer
U. S. Attorney David Marston, Esq.
U. S. Senator Joseph Biden
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Joseph O'Neill
Larry Kane, WCAU-TV News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott
U. S. Senator John Heinz
Pat Polillo, KYW-TV News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix, Jr.
Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald D. Castille
Congressman Robert Borski
Philadelphia Councilman W. Thatcher Longstreth
Thomas Brookshier, CBS Sportscaster
Brother Patrick Ellis, FSC, LaSalle University President
Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey
U. S. Armed Forces - Operation Desert Storm
Bill "Speedy" Morris, LaSalle University Basketball Coach
Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham
Walt Hunter, KYW-TV News
Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel
Philadelphia Councilwoman Joan Krajewski
David R. Boldt, Columnist,
Ray Didinger, Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Columnist
Marc Howard, Channel 6-TV News
Philadelphia Police Commissioner John F. Timoney
Michael Smerconish, Esq., Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist
Philadelphia Archdiocesan Vicar for Education Dr. Richard McCarron, Jr.
Bill Campbell, Sports Broadcaster and Columnist
Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker
Former Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale
U. S. Attorney Patrick Meehan, Esq.
Don Tollefson, Sports Broadcaster
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery
Oblates of St. Francis deSales
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey
Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Sports Columnist
Dom Giordano, WPHT Radio Talk Show Host
Vai Sikahema, NBC10 Sports Director
Sam Katz, Film & TV Documentarian
Matt Rhule, Temple University Football Coach
Former U. S. Congressman Michael G. Fitzpatrick
C. R. "Chuck" Pennoni, Chairman Pennoni Associates
Christine Flowers, Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist
the School and the Association in 1989 to honor individuals that had
brought fame and distinction to the school and themselves by their
actions in certain disciplines. Until school closed the inductees
were honored at ceremonies held at NECHS. Since 2010, the
recipients are inducted at the Association's Communion Breakfast.
A select committee consisting of the President, Executive Secretary, and
Chaplain of the Association, along with four members - two from the
Board of Governors and two active members of the Association - appointed
by the President review the nominations submitted by the public and make
the final decision.