The history of these years
is taken from our 75th Anniversary History published in 2004
Four score and eight years ago our
forebears came together to form an association.
On June 10, 1929, just two days before graduation, the ninety-seven
young men of the Class of 1929 met in banquet at a center city hotel.
During the course of the evening, Father George A. Mahoney, OSFS, the
immensely popular Class moderator, broached the subject of forming an
alumni association. His suggestion was overwhelmingly received by his
Officially, the alumni association of Northeast
Catholic High School was born.
We wonder if these young men, on the eve of their
grad-uation from the school they had come to know and love over the past
three years, realized the giant step they were about to take.
Over the past eighty-eight years the infant
organization crawled through its formative years...and with the youthful
exuberance of a teenager was spreading out on its own when tragedy
struck — World War II.
Our young men off to war, the organization tread water
for the next five years. After the war, we began to flex the muscles of
young men and the organization grew; and as it came to its middle years,
it became a parent with the birth of the Alumni Memorial Scholarship
Fund, which in forty-nine years has grown into a fine strapping
organization of its own.
We've provided a rough outline; now return with us to
those golden days of yesteryear for a step-by-step journey through the
glorious eight plus years of our life.
— 1929 —
The first order of business was to
select the leaders of this fledgling organization. The Class unanimously
moved that its officers, John J. Conmy, president; Paul M. Kennedy,
vice-president; Gerard L. Klauder, secretary; and John S. Walsh,
treasurer, become the initial officers of the association. Father
Mahoney is named Moderator.
Shortly after their election, John
Conmy and Paul Kennedy announce their intention of following their
teachers as Oblates of St. Francis deSales. The officers select a
committee consisting of Edward G. Burgoyne, John A. Cavanaugh, John P.
Clark, John H. (Swede) Mallon and Francis T. McKee to assist them in
managing the association. Thus, the first Board of Governors is
With both the president and
vice-president busy with their studies at Childs, Frank McKee assumes
the awesome task of whipping the new organization into shape. Most of
the early meetings of the Board are held in his home on the SWC of Broad
St. and Cheltenham Ave. At one of these meetings, the hat is passed to
accumulate working capital. The treasury is greatly swelled by a loan of
$40.00 from Ed Burgoyne.
The first formal affair sponsored by
the organization is a Koffee Klatch held at the home of Ed Graham, in
the autumn of 1929. The following May, the 21st to be exact, sixty-five
members of the alumni association and their dates convene at the
Adelphia Hotel for an evening of dancing to the music of "Doc" Daugherty
and his Jesters.
The night is full of fun and laughter
for the young alumni, with the exception of McKee and Graham. These two,
along with Father Mahoney, are closeted with hotel officials, who are
demanding to be paid. Alas and alack...the receipts are $165.00 short of
expenses. And Father Mahoney, to the chagrin of the youths, is in
apparent agreement with the management that they (McKee and Graham)
should be held fully responsible.
However, after giving the matter a
great deal of thought, Father saves the day by coming up with sufficient
cash. Imagine the sighs of relief from the two youthful entrepreneurs.
Four days after the dance, the Class
holds its first Reunion...a memorial Mass in honor of Andy Hanhauser,
who passed away one week prior to his graduation. Interestingly enough,
it was Hanhauser who wrote the class prophecy; and in it he envisioned
meeting classmate Jimmy Graham in New York. Graham proceeded to show him
the whereabouts of the Class and what they were about through the medium
of an invention of Gerry Mahoney and Jim Tisdale.
A few turns of the dial allowed the
two friends to view their Classmates as they were in 1949. Hanhauser's
predictions were only slightly off base. Among them he depicted John
Conmy as the District Attorney and John Tye, as a paint salesman, whose
specialty involved striped paint for barber poles. Both entered the
Oblates, Father Conmy later became the Provincial of the American
Province and Father Tye served as Moderator of the Alumni Association
for almost thirteen years.
A general meeting of the Association
is held in the auditorium at North Catholic on the evening of Wednesday,
November 19, 1930. John Conmy, OSFS, calls the meeting
to order at 8:30 p.m. with eighty
members of the organization present. The purpose of the meeting is to
adopt the Constitution which has been drawn up by Joseph T. Murphy,'29.
A general discussion ensues and after lengthy debate, the Constitution
is adopted. On January 14, 1931, the first general meeting under the
newly adopted Constitution is held with M r. John Conmy, OSFS, '29,
presiding. Mr. Conmy reviews the business of the Association; and such
matters as committees, dues and eligible members are touched upon. With
eighty-five members present, the first general election of the Board of
Governors (Executive Committee) takes place. After their election, the
nine members of the Board go into session and name the following
officers: Frank T. McKee, '29, President; James P. Scanlon, '30,
Vice-President; Gerard L. K lauder, '29, Secretary; John A. Cavanaugh,
'29, Treasurer; John J. Garry, '30, Assistant Secretary and John W.
Brecht, '30, Assistant Treasurer. The remaining Board members are John
P. Clark, '29, James B. Graham, '29, and William A. Fenerty, '30.
At the Board meeting of February 16,
1931, the first suggestion of an alumni publication is presented. The
name, The Falcon is put forth and it is decided that the
Board will act as Editorial Staff until appointments can be made. In
reality, it is May, 1934, before the first edition of an alumni paper
ever gets into print.
The Spring Dance in '31 is moved to
the Cedarbrook Country Club and...lo and behold...we make eighty bucks.
However, disaster strikes. The alumni
association, along with a great many others during this period, goes
bankrupt when Bankers Trust Co. folds.
Does this deter our resourceful Board?
Never! A slight delay while we regroup, however.
In the spring of 1932, the first
Communion Breakfast is held. Mass is celebrated in the Faculty House
Chapel and the alumni present adjourn to the gymnasium for a breakfast
of ham and eggs. June, 1932, and we return to Cedarbrook Country Club
for the Third Spring Dance which results in a profit of $187.75...we're
back in the chips!
Fall, 1932...school reopens with some
changes. Father William A. Stahl succeeds Father Mahoney as Moderator.
At the Board meeting held at North
Catholic on November 29, 1932, the Constitution is revised to allow the
President to be elected by the general body. The election will be held
at the Communion Breakfast and the successful candidate will have to
achieve a two-thirds majority. A simple majority will elect the
remaining eight members of the Board. The Breakfast is scheduled for
December 18th with Johnny Brecht, '30, as the Toastmaster. Mass will be
held in the auditorium for the first time; followed by breakfast in the
Incidentally, two notes of interest
gleaned from the yearbooks of this era show that the '29 Basketball
Champs returned to play the '32 squad and defeated them; and Frank
Nordell, '30, currently running for N YU, is named the nation's
At the general meeting of the
Association held in the auditorium immediately following the breakfast,
the Constitution is revised to limit the number of Board members from an
individual Class to no more than three. Further, the nine members of the
Board shall be titled as president, first and second vice-presidents,
secretary and two assistants, treasurer and two assistants.
Nominations for officers are opened.
McKee and Clark are nominated for president, Clark declines the
nomination and Mallon moves that McKee be reelected unanimously. It is
duly seconded and carried by the body. John Brecht, '30, finishes first
among the six nominees for vice-president with "Swede" Mallon, '29,
named second vice-president. After some torrid campaigning, involving
the offices of secretary and treasurer, Bill Fenerty, '30, emerges as
the treasurer and Ank Scanlon, '30 wins out as secretary.
Mike O'Meara, '32, and Jim Graham,
'29, are named assistant secretaries and the assistant treasurer posts
go to Larry Goldschmidt, '31, and John Schlotterback, '32.
At the first meeting of the new Board
on January 13, 1933, Goldschmidt, reporting for Treasurer Fenerty,
announces our treasury balance as $56.00 with one bill for $7.00
The Board decides at their next
meeting that absence from two consecutive Board meetings shall
constitute cause for a member to be dropped.
May 24, 1933, is the date of the
Annual Spring Dance and Brookline Country Club, the site. Despite a
driving rainstorm that knocks down many trees and makes driving
hazardous, many of our hardier brothers journey out West Chester Pike
and spend an enjoyable evening dancing to the music of Frank Staub and
Carn Reid. Messrs. Brecht and Scanlon are to be congratulated for their
hard work in insuring the success of this venture.
The Class of 1933 graduates and now we
are 1,000 strong.
The success of the Spring Dance leads
the Board to approve the production of a play and dance to be held in
the latter part of October. Frank Bigley, '31; Jim Graham, '29, and Bill
Lang, '30, are named to the committee. A dance will be held in
conjunction with the play.
The Penn A. C., 19th & Locust Streets,
is chosen as the site for the extravaganza and the Jim Fettis Orchestra
will provide the music. Graham will act as director for the play and
Marty Riley, '31, will build the scenery...a decision that we come to
An enthusiastic crowd arrives and is
keeping our ticket sellers busy...but back stage the crew is having its
problems. Stage Manager Riley, a pre-med at Penn, has been detained at
school, consequently the set is being erected just moments before the
curtain is to rise on the premier performance of the alumni players.
The play, "Loose Ankles," would have
been more aptly named "Loose Set" for no sooner does our accomplished
thespian, Jim Graham, who has recently been named as the best individual
intercollegiate performer, set foot on stage than he is greeted by
falling rubble. The show is delayed as all members of the cast are
pressed into service as stage hands. The audience came to see a one-act
farce and they are certainly being treated to one...and in appreciation
of the talent being displayed so profusely...they roar their approval.
Despite this inauspicious start, both
the play and dance are well received by the audience and the affair is a
financial success. So much so that we are finally able to repay Ed
Burgoyne his forty dollars.
Inflated by the success of this
venture, the Board authorizes Mr. Graham to enter the one-act play
contest sponsored by the Catholic Interscholastic Alumni Dramatic
One hundred and forty-four members
arrive at North Catholic for the annual Communion Breakfast and General
Meeting. Our largest crowd to date.
The big topic for discussion at the
meeting is the awarding of honorary memberships. After much discussion
and heated debate, it is decided to confer them on the following
Oblates: our Provincial, the Very Reverend Walter S. Knight; our
principal, Father Thomas A. Lawless; moderator, Father William Stahl;
former moderator, Father George Mahoney; former Provincial, current
Retreat-Master and the first American Oblate, Father J. Francis Tucker
and last but by no means least, Father John McElwee.
Elections are the next order of
business and they consume the balance of the afternoon...we don't
adjourn until 4 p.m... as the intensity of the races are only exceeded
by the determination of the candidates. Final results show the
incumbents triumph with but a few exceptions; Goldschmidt, '31, and
Graham, '29, trade their posts of assistant treasurer and assistant
secretary, respectively, and newcomers Bill McNulty, '33, (assistant
secretary) and Frank Bigley, '31, (assistant treasurer) join the Board.
The discussions of the past four years
over the possibility of an alumni paper finally come to fruition. The
Board selects John Cavanaugh, '29, as Editor-in-Chief; with Vic Barr,
'30, Vince Lloyd, '31, Al Faure, '32, and Charlie Stahlecker, '33, as
Associate Editors. The publication will be known as the
Volume I, No. 1, appears on the scene
in May, '34, headlining the Fifth Spring Dance, which will be held, once
again, at the popular Brookline Country Club on May 29th.
The ballroom of the popular Main Line
club is transformed into a galaxy of colors with red and white
predominating and once again we have a success on our hands.
A second annual show and dance is
authorized for the Penn A.C., to be held in the latter part of October.
The play will again be a comedy featuring the effervescent twosome of
Lang and Graham and will be directed by Edwin Stanley, the dramatics
coach at St. Joseph's College. Music for the dance will be provided by
Regretfully, Bill Fenerty submits his
resignation as Treasurer and Bill Goldschmidt is automatically elevated
to the position. Ernest Gilbert, '32, is named to the vacancy on the
At their September 20, 1934, meeting,
the Board officially adopts the seal and motto of the association. The
seal is a circle with the name of the organization on the outer edge
upon which a Falcon is superimposed bearing a banner with our motto..."Vestigia
nulla retrorsum"...Never a backward step.
A controversy arises over the
publication of the second issue of the FALCONER and some
of its content. A debate rages at the October Board meeting over the
independence of the Editorial Staff and whether or not they are under
the control of the Board. Editor Cavanaugh resigns and Sam DeBow, '30,
As a result of the controversy
throughout the organization, Frank McKee, '29, submits his resignation
to the Board at the December meeting. However, because of the present
turmoil extant, the Board rejects it.
An alumni basketball league is formed
under the direction of "Swede" Mallon and begins play in January, 1935.
The 1935 Communion Breakfast is
attended by 300 members of the association. The meeting following the
breakfast is marked by a hot and heavy debate over the structure of the
Board. John Sommar, '29, moves that the Constitution be amended to allow
for four regular officers and a class representative from each Class. It
is seconded by Joe McGowan, '32, and after a lengthy debate, is defeated
90 to 47.
Father Harry J. Quinn, who succeeded
Father Stahl as Alumni Moderator last June when the latter was named
Principal, is awarded honorary membership in the Association.
Elections in the past had consumed
quite a bit of time and year is to be no exception. With the retirement
of Frank McKee, the race for the presidency is wide open. Five men are
nominated: Mallon, '29, Brecht, '30, Graham, '29, McNulty, '33, and
The results of the first ballot read;
Mallon 60, Brecht 59, Graham 11, McNulty 6 and Scanlon 6...no candidate
has a two-third majority. A second ballot is taken and no decision is
reached. A third ballot...still no decision. Finally six members change
their ballots...and John W. Brecht, '30, becomes the third president of
John Mallon, '29, is unanimously
elected 1st Vice President. Vince Lloyd, '31, is named to the 2nd
vice-presidency over four other candidates and Jim Scanlon, '30, defeats
three candidates to retain his Secretary position. John Sommar, '29, is
elected Treasurer with Larry Goldschmidt, '31, and George A. Stout, '34,
filling the Assistant Treasurer positions. Named as the Assistant
Secretaries are Jim McGuire, '34, and Bill McNulty, '33. The meeting
ends at 5 p.m.
During the winter, Father Quinn came
up with an idea of "alumni keys." These have been designed in two
styles, a gold finish and a silver finish, and are available at $1.75
each. They prove to be quite a "hot" item.
President Brecht calls for a meeting
of the general body to be held at North Catholic on May 7th. The purpose
of the meeting, to discuss a proposed alumni convention to be held in
Wildwood, N.J. during the week of July 8th. After a general
discussion it is unanimously adopted to hold the Convention.
Sunday, July 7, 1935...Wildwood, N.J.
Three hundred North Catholic conventioneers descend on this tiny hamlet
by the sea.
President John Brecht is greeted by
lady mayor, Doris Bradway, who presents him with the keys to the City
and the week-long festivities commence.
The fortunate who are able to attend
are blessed with perfect weather. July 12th dawns bright and sunny. The
City of Wildwood has cordoned off a section of the beach for the
Association's field events. Among the day's champions are Bernard
Bellew, '36, (a ringer, since he is just entering his senior year) in
the 150-yard swim, while the 50 and 100-yard dashes are captured by
classmate Ed Hennessey. The biggest thrill of the day is provided by two
'33ers, Joe Duffy and Frank Salerno, who struggle to victory in the
wheelbarrow race to the merriment of the spectators.
That evening, a dance is held at
Convention Hall to the music of Del Regis, that city's most popular
orchestra. A crooning contest is held, won by Sam DeBow, '30, in a close
victory over Marty Burns, '31, and Joe Hoefling, '31.
Among the items discussed at the
general meeting following the 1936 Communion Breakfast are the selection
of a FALCONER staff and the limiting of presidential terms
of office. The former is to be a bone of contention for many years. The
latter is resolved when Jim McGuire, '34, moves the adoption of an
amendment to the Constitution limiting the president to three
consecutive terms; it is seconded by Dick McKeown, '29; and approved by
a majority of those present.
Another item of major interest is a
motion by Goldschmidt and Fehrenbach, '29, altering the constitutional
provision governing the election of the president. No longer will the
cumbersome two-third majority be required...a simple majority will
suffice. The motion is carried overwhelmingly.
Five men are nominated for the
presidency of the Association and incumbent Brecht is reelected by a
wide margin. "Swede" Mallon retains his first vice-presidency. Jim
McGuire moves up to the second vice-presidency. Bill Robinson, '29,
assumes the post of treasurer and will be assisted by Joe Byrne, '35,
and Dick McKeown, '29. Jim Scanlon is elected to his fourth consecutive
term as secretary with Bill McNulty, '33, and Frank Hanlon, '34, as his
The Annual Spring Dance at Brookline
Country Club features Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters. Approximately
1,500 alumni and friends crowd the ballroom, lobby and terrace to
capacity. This swing session provides the Association with its greatest
social success to date.
John Conmy, '29, our first president,
and classmate George P. Shugrue receive the sacrament of Holy Orders on
July 12, 1936. Members of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, they are
ordained in Fribourg, Switzerland, where they were studying at the
University for the past two years.
The second annual convention is held
at Wildwood during the week of July 12-19 with about five hundred
members of the Association in attendance together with an almost equal
number of non-member friends.
Once again, Wildwood's vivacious Mrs.
Bradway presents the equally vivacious and loquacious Alumni President
Brecht with the key to the City. Convention week is chuck-full of
activities. Through the courtesy of the City, the Association is
successful in securing the use of the exclusive Wildwood Beach Club for
our beach party. Many conventioneers dance the evening away while others
lounge on the beach under the mantle of twinkling stars...of course,
most are accompanied by beautiful young ladies. At midnight, under the
watchful eye of six of Wildwood's most experienced lifeguards and aided
by the powerful searchlight of the Beach Club, the entire ensemble goes
for a dip in the refreshing waters.
The final day of the convention is set
apart as field day. A beautiful silver trophy, symbolic of winning the
half-mile swim, goes to Mart Regan, '34. Bill Guiteras, '36, walks away
with the honors in the 100-yard dash.
The highlight of the day is the male
beauty contest where the ultra-feminine charms of Jim Farley, '33, stand
out far above everyone else. His prize—a bottle of perfume.
August 20, 1936...the Board makes a
momentous decision. They approve the purchase of an addressograph
machine which is to become the backbone of the Association over the next
forty years. We applaud their decision to buy the superior model at
$150.00 since it served us well until 1976.
Encouraged by the success of the
Spring Dance, the Board signs Jan Savitt and his popular swing band for
a return engagement at Brookline Country Club on October 2nd.
The Communion Breakfast is held on
December 27th and at the meeting following, the officers for the coming
year are selected. The balloting lasts until 4:30 p.m.; and the
procedure could have been rightfully titled "the election of the
aisles," as strong fraternity groups line up in various parts of the
auditorium behind their favorite candidate until such time as he throws
his votes to someone else in a method not unlike that used in large
Jimmy McGuire, '34, emerges as the
victor in the presidential race. The vice-presidencies go to Bill
Robinson, '29 and "Swede" Mallon, '29. The Class of 1934 dominates the
election, as in addition to McGuire, they sweep Bill Goldschmidt
(Treasurer), John Hooten (Secretary) and Frank Hanlon (Assistant
Treasurer) into office. Other winners are John Brophy '33, and Ed
Flanagan, '32, as assistant secretaries; and Bill McNulty, '33, as the
second assistant treasurer.
The first free dance in the history of
the organization is held in the gymnasium on the evening of February 3rd
with music by Bill McNulty and the Continentals.
June, 1937...the Alumni Association
acquires its first doctors (MD's, we mean)...Bill Robinson, '29 and Joe
Once again the topic of election
procedures dominates the business at the general meeting of the
Association on December 26, 1937. The length of time required to elect
officers and the politicking that took place is starting to wear on the
nerves of the average alumnus. After lengthy debate, Charles Gensheimer,
'31, makes a motion "that it be mandatory the Board submit at least two
plans of election at the next general meeting when they will be voted on
and a form of elections definitely decided." It is seconded by Art
Godley, '34, and carried.
In the election following, Bill
Goldschmidt, '34, is the only holdover, being named Treasurer. Bill
Robinson, '29, is named President on the second ballot. Former President
Jim McGuire, '34, is elected First Vice-President, and Stan Adamczyk,
'33, wins the second vice-presidency. Long time 1st V.P. John Mallon is
elected Secretary and his assistants are Joe Fehrenbach, '29, and John
Brophy, '33. Named to assist Goldschmidt are Ed Hennessey, '36, and Paul
The Communion Mass, which opens the
day's proceedings, is celebrated by Father Walt Kelly, OSFS, '29. The
sermon is delivered by our first president, Father John Conmy.
President Robinson, reports to the
membership, in his column in the May '38 Falconer that many members have
expressed an interest in a Retreat and that plans are underway to
sponsor a Retreat in the near future at Malvern.
The 10th Anniversary Communion
Breakfast is held on the feast of St. Francis deSales, January 29, 1939.
Over 700 attend, to mark the largest turnout to date.
By a majority vote, assuming landslide
proportions, Dr. Bill Robinson is reelected president. Jim McGuire
retains his first vice-presidency with Mallon assuming the other
vice-presidential post. Paul Kelly is named secretary and Bill
Goldschmidt remains as treasurer. Rounding out the Board are Ed
Hennessey, '36, and Jim Scanlon, '30, as assistant treasurers.
February 24th, fifty-four members of the Alumni journey to St. Joseph's
in-the-Hills, Malvern, Pa. For the first time, our members experience
the quiet, restful solitude of the retreat house. Despite the inclement
weather, all make a vow to return.
During this period the Alumni
Basketball League continued to flourish, there is even a suggestion of
forming a bowling league.
And so with 3,745 alumni on the rolls...our first
decade came to a close with the promise of a bigger and better future.
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-eight 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.
Paul D. Quinn, '36 - November, 1948 to September, 2000.
Deceased October 20, 2002. John F. Handley, '58 - March, 1967 - Present
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.
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. John R. Hanejko, '65 - November, 1978 - Present
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. Edmund A. Markowski, Jr., '56 - September, 1977 to
September, 1992; September, 1994 to September, 2009. William M. FitzPatrick, '59 - September, 1986 -
Deceased August 15, 2015. Kenneth J. Florkowski, '88 - November, 1988 - Present.
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
William J. Brennan
Joseph S. Oaks
Christian J. Spoerl
John W. Toland
E. George West
Stanley A. Gogoj
John L. Sullivan
Stephen C. Walter
James R. Grove
Joseph J. Leszczynski
Charles T. Tait
Charles P. Schwind
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
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.