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JASPER JOTTINGS Week 22 – 2010 May 29

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 22 – 2010 May 29

Jasper Jottings – The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2011/jj2011W22.html

INDEX 

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May 22, 2011

POSITRACTION: A unique way to spend a birthday

http://articles.boston.com/2011-02-01/news/29339349_1_young-adults-college-students-national-service

Volunteering spirit catches fire
Young adults donate time, embrace the chance to give back
February 01, 2011
Linda Matchan, Globe Staff

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Harvard sophomore Julie Zauzmer turned 20 on Jan. 22, and her birthday couldn’t have been better: She got to work the overnight shift at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter.

Zauzmer, an English major, spent the wee hours washing dishes and laundering bedding at the emergency shelter in the University Lutheran Church on Winthrop Street, which is run entirely by local college students. “It was a perfect way to celebrate my birthday,’’ she said.

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[JR: Every so often, I’m shocked. One thinks, or at least I do, that today’s liberals don’t get their hands dirty. They stand back and tell us how we should live our lives. And, have no compunctions about using the Gooferment to ensure that we follow their diktats. Harvard doesn’t produce conservatives or libertarians. But obviously there are good people there. There’s no shortage of good people in this world. And, it shows up in strange places. Even Harvard. I’m sure that my fellow alums are less shocked.]

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May 22, 2011

JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] thinks actions “restrained”

Re: JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] sympathizes Gooferment “Peace”

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Your points are quite well made and well taken John. As I noted, although I have feelings and rationalizations that support the approach we took with Bin Laden, I also have moral qualms about it. When I originally began thinking about Peace Studies in 1970 with Tom Stonier, Joe Fahey, Bob Christen, and the other wonderful members of Pacem In Terris, we focused strongly on a largely practical, scientific perspective — the idea of applying the knowledge from all the different disciplines as they dealt with human aggression and conflict to a solution that would simply keep us from blowing up the world. Joe Fahey’s dedication to the Gandhian philosophy was one that I eventually came to appreciate and largely absorb, but, as you can see from my earlier thoughts on Bin Laden’s killing, one that I never was able to commit to fully.

Part of that hesitation came from my studies on Nazi Germany and a failure to understand how the “Good Germans” let the Holocaust develop in its earlier stages. Without that understanding I felt I could not have justified a nonviolent reaction in the WW Two era. As I’ve been studying and writing in the last ten years about another area of sowing and inflaming division in our society I’ve begun to reach that understanding: Whether you call it “the slippery slope,” “the camel’s nose in the tent,” or Mussolini’s “slicing of the salami,” the step-by-step approach in creating dissonance, fears and hatreds is a sadly effective political approach to manipulating populations. I believe that it’s at that stage that people need to make a strong nonviolent stand … before it comes to the sad point where the forces you are facing no longer see you as human enough to feel the guilt of exterminating you.

One thing I am quite proud of about our government in the last ten years is that we specifically did *not* take the easy populist step of simply inciting hatred against Muslims: something that the bulk of the population might all too easily have embraced with a little coaching from right-wing propagandists aided by a bit of pandering to racism. Our actions overseas have been a lot more questionable, but at least they’ve been more restrained than the firebombings of many entire German and Japanese cities in WW2. The problem of course is that once we accept crossing the line from true nonviolence, we’ve opened our own tent flap to that camel’s nose and have to be very careful as to what comes after.

Michael J. McFadden
Peace Studies, 1973

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Well, I am sure that all those “collateral damage” folks in AfPak, Iraq, and around the world will certainly be over joyed that “we” have been “more restrained”. Oh yeah, that’s right, they’re dead!

And, let’s not forget all “our” young girls and boys who have been killed and maimed in the process of being “restrained”.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Quaker pacifist. Maybe I should be. But I believe there is a moral case for “war” and self-defense. I “learnt” that from the good Christian Brothers at Good Shepherd grammar school and Manhattan Prep. We just don’t have it.

(I even managed to squeeze that into my novel CHURCH 10●19●62 — “Chapter Fifty Three — What’s a Just War?” Page 353. ROFL! We really did “discuss” in the Seventh and Eighth Grade. They pushed us hard. I was just too dumb to understand too much.)

As a fat old white guy injineer, I’ve gradually come to the notion that “it ain’t MY government” since nowhere do I see my principles or those of the Dead Old White Guys in it.

And, like Lysander Spooner, the Constitution is a “dead letter” contract of government, which could not logically apply to anyone other than the individuals who signed it, and thus void on us today. Furthermore, since the government now existing under the Constitution pursued coercive policies that were contrary to the Natural Law and to the consent of the governed, it demonstrates the ineffectiveness of “constitutional restraint”. Our consent has always been assumed, thus not a valid contract.

The time for “care” has come and gone. There’s a whole herd of very nasty, smelly, pooping camels in “the tent”. And, no room for me under it. Time to start over. Secession! Which “state” will be first? It’s going to get even more messy since those in power aren’t goign to give it up easily. Where’s our Gandhi to free us now?

Donna Nobis Pacem

fjohn68

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May 22, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Munson, Jaclyn [MC2010] Research Assoc at NYU’s SoMed

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jaclyn-munson/26/ba9/690

Munson, Jaclyn [MC2010]
Research Associate at New York University’s School of Medicine
Greater New York City Area
Research

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May 22, 2011

JEMAIL: Reinke, F. John (MC1968) asks you to give blood on July 1st

Hold the date: 01 July 2011

A blood drive is going to be held in New Brunswick NJ on what would have been Frau Reinke’s 64th birthday. Details will follow.

My niece-out-of-law — not actually any relation according to Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee — Gooferment — what does “it” know — thought that this would be a great way to memorialize her. I agree, and was touched by the thoughtfulness.

In the last year of her life, “the medical system” poured over a 100 pints of blood and 50 pints of platelets into her trying to buy time so they could figure out what was wrong. They ran out of time and ideas. But never blood. It’s only on House or one of the other medical dramas, that the gallant iconic but grumpy doctor single handedly figures out the problem patient in time to dramatically save their lives just before the final commercial. We just ran out of time. It was never “figured out”.

While I was a gallon guy in MC, and gave frequently after that, my modest “bleedings” fall way short of what was given to her by complete strangers. It is a great karmic debt that I feel. This will go part of the way to pay that forward for someone else.

If you can’t get to New Brunswick that day, I’d appreciate a donation where ever you can. If you can’t donate due to age or health, twist someone else’s arm.

It truly was, for Frau Reinke, “the gift of life”.

I was touched by how they always had enough. I’d like to make sure that some else has the same chance.

Fourth of July and the summer means increased need and lower donations, so this is a “perfect date”.

And, she would have been embarrassed by all the fuss about her. IMHO she was, and is, worth it.

Donna Nobis Pacem

Thanks,
fjohn68

p.s., details to follow

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May 22, 2011

JOBIT: Dowling, Joseph F. [MC1945 RIP]

http://www.tributes.com/show/Joseph-Dowling-91524524

Joseph F. Dowling, 87, died Friday May 20th at the Garden Terrace Nursing Home in Chatham. Funeral Services will be private. Arrangements by Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home. For further information or to send a message of condolence, go to http://www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.

A resident of Summit since 1981, Mr. Dowling was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. where he attended St Vincent Ferrer’s Grammar School and St Augustine’s Diocesan High School and was awarded an academic scholarship to Manhattan College’s School of Engineering. His studies at Manhattan College were interrupted by World War II, with service in the United States Army Signal Corps from l943 to 1946 in China and India.

Returning to civilian life he resumed his studies at Manhattan College, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Electrical Engineering. He also pursued additional undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, N.Y.U.’s Graduate School of Business, The Wharton School, Rutgers, and Stanford University.

Mr. Dowling joined the Bell System as an Assistant Engineer with the New York Telephone Company, serving in a variety of engineering functions before transferring to A. T. & T. Corporate Headquarters. There, his assignments included providing advice and assistance to the Bell Operating Companies in the areas of Systems Planning and Construction Programming. A transfer to the Program Planning Division of the Western Electric Company provided exposure to the manufacturing arm of Bell System. Returning to A.T. &T. Corporate Headquarters, he filled a number of positions concerned with long-range planning, cost determination, and rate-making. He retired from A.T. &T. in l984 as Director –Tariffs and Costs.

Mr. Dowling was a Senior Life Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was elected to Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society and was a retired Registered Professional Engineer, licensed to practice in the State of New York.

Surviving are his wife, Helen, of 56 years; a sister Marilyn O’Reilly and her husband Martin; a sister in law Marie McDowell and her son Robert McDowell. He was predeceased by a son John; his brother in law John McDowell and nephew Thomas McDowell.

Contributions in memory of Joseph may be made to Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad, PO Box 234, Summit, NJ 07902; American Red Cross – Cross Roads Chapter, 2805 N. Navarro St., Suite 500, Vitoria TX 77901 or Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1259 /fourth St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Dowling, Joseph F. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/91524524

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Dear John,

I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1945.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Dowling, Joseph F. [MC1945 RIP]

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May 23, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Flood, Eileen [MC1978] AP at DC COMICS

http://www.linkedin.com/in/eileenflood

Flood, Eileen [MC????]
Accounts Payable and Administrative Assistant at DC COMICS
Greater New York City Area
Publishing

Summary: Flexible, productive, detail oriented, professional capable of handling multiple time sensitive administrative and Accounts Payable responsibilities in fast paced environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Specialties: Proficient in SAP, FoxPro, NAV, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office. Experienced public speaker capable of conducting tours, making presentations and giving demonstrations.

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Dear John,

I believe that Eileen is a member of the Class of 1978.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Flood, Eileen [MC1978]

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May 23, 2011

JNEWS: Gallagher, Robert J. [MC1974] ExChair2011 World Green Energy

http://worldgreenenergysymposium.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/professor-robert-gallagher
-executive-chairman-2011-world-green-energy-symposium-council/

May 22, 2011
Professor Robert Gallagher Executive Chairman 2011 World Green Energy Symposium Council

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Professor Robert J. Gallagher serves as the Executive Chairman of the World Green Energy Symposium (WGES) Council.

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Professor Gallagher earned his postgraduate degrees from Adelphi University in Education and Health and a Bachelor of Science from Manhattan College. In addition, he has received numerous recognitions and holds several certifications.

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Gallagher, Robert J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that the Professor is a member of the Class of 1974.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Gallagher, Robert J. [MC1974]

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May 23, 2011

JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) differs about “greed”

Hello John,

We seem to differ over the definition of greed. Below is the definition from Wikipedia with which I agree.

Greed is an excessive desire to possess wealth or goods with the intention to keep it for one’s self. Greed – like lust and gluttony – is a sin of excess.

This definition does not include the farmer making a living. The more broad definition of greed that you use was created by spin from the gooferment and greedy corporations and individuals to legitimize their activities. You claim to oppose the gooferment but use the definition which legitimizes their activities. The gooferment and corporations are only collections of persons. I do see some of the persons behind gooferment and corporations as robbing us through gooferment and corporations when they are greedy, but not robbing us when they are not excessive. Not every government or corporate action is bad. I agree that taxes are over used and that is why gooferment is out of control.

Regards,
Mark A. Mangone
Senior Environmental Engineer
Buckman International

Mangone, Mark (MC1977)

[JR: So we need a better word, but what would you call “motivating people by money”? I’d call it greed. Guess I have a problem with the word “excessive”. As a little L libertarian and a voluntarist, the Gooferment is the thief and “corporations” are an illusion. I’m hard pressed to find a Gooferment action that’s not “bad”. I’d go father and say that most are immoral, ineffective, and | or inefficient.]

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May 23, 2011

JNEWS: Quinn, Peter [MC1969] top 100

http://www.irishcentral.com/business/lists/top_100/Quinn-Peter-119087624.html

Quinn, Peter

Irish-American novelist and political historian Peter Quinn is the author of four books, the most recent of which, The Man Who Never Returned, was published last summer to praise from The New York Times and many other reviewers. In this work, Quinn attempts to answer, via his own fictional exploration, the great mystery of New York Judge Joe Carter’s disappearance in 1930. His other novels include The Banished Children of Eve, which won the 1995 American Book Award, and Looking for Jimmy: In Search of Irish America.

After attending Manhattan College and receiving a master’s degree in history from Fordham, Quinn was appointed chief staff speechwriter to Governor Hugh Carey, and held the same position in Governor Mario Cuomo’s staff. He joined Time Inc. as the chief speechwriter in 1985 and retired as corporate editorial director for Time Warner in 2007.

Quinn has written and participated in the conception of many film and documentary scripts, including McSorley’s New York, The Irish in America, and the Oscar-nominated The Passion of Sister Rose. He was one of the advisors who worked on The Gangs of New York.

Highly involved in the New York Irish American community, Quinn was the editor of The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society from 1986 to 1993. He is currently on the advisory boards of the American Irish Historical Society, NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House, the Tenement Museum and the New York City Landmark Conservancy.

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Quinn, Peter [MC1969]

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May 23, 2011

JNEWS: Donlin, Gerard J. [MC1971] NCB CIO

http://dc.citybizlist.com/5/2011/5/23/NCB-Appoints-Gerard-J.-Donlin-to-Chief-Information-Officer.aspx

NCB Appoints Gerard J. Donlin to Chief Information Officer
Posted May 23, 2011

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Arlington, VA — NCB, a leading financial services company serving cooperatives nationwide, names Gerard J. Donlin as the Bank’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO), where he will oversee all of its information technology operations and new initiatives.

“Technology in the banking industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, and we are committed to providing the best service to our customers by implementing the finest, secure software available,” said Charles Snyder, NCB President & CEO. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Gerard’s knowledge and experience tasked with employing the most convenient banking options to our customers.”

As CIO, Mr. Donlin will direct, create and utilize enterprise information technology (IT) systems to support NCB’s business operations, while also improving effectiveness and service quality. Prior to this position, Mr. Donlin served as an independent consultant at GJD Global Consulting, LLC, advising senior management of financial service organizations, both domestically and internationally on strategy development, technology and operational management and was Chief Operating Officer at ABN AMRO Asset Management.

Mr. Donlin holds a Masters of Business Administration in Information Systems & Finance from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY and a Bachelor of Arts from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.

NCB is dedicated to strengthening communities nationwide through the delivery of banking and financial services, complemented by a special focus on cooperative expansion and economic development. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Bank has offices in Alaska, California, New York, Ohio and Virginia. To learn more, visit http://www.ncb.coop.

NCB Financial Group (NCB) consists of National Consumer Cooperative Bank, a federally chartered cooperative corporation; its wholly-owned subsidiary NCB, FSB, a federally chartered savings bank; and, NCB Capital Impact, a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate. Loans and other financial services are provided by NCB, FSB and NCB Capital Impact. Deposit products and services are provided by NCB, FSB, which is a member FDIC. Each is a separate corporation within the NCB Financial Group.

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Donlin, Gerard J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Gerard is a member of the Class of 1971.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Donlin, Gerard J. [MC1971]

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May 24, 2011

JFOUND: Mundelein, George William [MC1889 RIP]

http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/
George-W-Mundelein-Putting-the-Church-on-the-Map-
Pat-McNamara-05-24-2011-?offset=0&max=1

IN AGES PAST
George W. Mundelein: Putting the Church on the Map
In a period of dramatic growth in America, perhaps no churchman matched the energy or business acumen of “God’s Bricklayer,” who became Chicago’s first Cardinal.
By Pat McNamara, May 23, 2011

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George Mundelein didn’t do small. As Chicago’s Archbishop (1915-1939), he erected an average of twenty-five buildings every year: churches, schools, and convents. Under Mundelein’s leadership, Chicago became home to the world’s largest Catholic school system. His seminary campus was larger than many universities. In 1926, Chicago hosted the single largest gathering of Roman Catholics on the North American continent. This was Catholic America’s “brick and mortar” era, and Mundelein was God’s bricklayer.

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Mundelein, George William [MC1889 RIP]

[JR: An FDR supported. Argh! Guess despite being a “financier”, he skipped “Eckynomics” and “Thou shalt not steal”. Different times. “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” — attributed to Einstein]

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May 24, 2011

JFOUND: Cetinski, Andreas [MC1992] performs on 6/5 in New Rochelle

http://andreascetinski.blogspot.com/2011/05/should-have-my-full-11-12-song-cd.html

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The live show will be Sunday June 5th, at Hogs for Hope, a yearly charity event for the Ronald McDonald House at the Harley Davidson Dealer in New Rochelle

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[JR: Hope our fellow Jaspers will come out and applaud.]

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May 24, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Kivlehan, Terence [MC1986] Vice President at Computershare

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/terence-kivlehan/13/555/1a3

Kivlehan, Terence [MC1986]
Vice President at Computershare
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

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May 24, 2011

JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) no right to a decent living

Hello Bill, John, and Donald,

I agree with all of you. There is no right to a decent living. One must bust there butt and earn it. There is a right to the pursuit of happiness or the pursuit of a decent living. 40 years ago racial discrimination denied some persons this right, which the civil rights movement has mostly corrected by this time. Also remember, each of us define happiness differently.

Regards,
Mark A. Mangone

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Mangone, Mark (MC1977)

[JR: Nice to have some one agree with something.]

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May 24, 2011

MEMAIL: Jokes about injineers

EMAIL FORWARDED FROM A NON-ENGINEER JASPER

John: I thought you could appreciate these. As a techno-geek I loved #7 myself.

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http://jasperjottings-daily.com/2011/05/24/memail-jokes-about-injineers/

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[JR: Using my “editorial license”, I thought I’d share these because they made me laff. Especially #6.]

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May 25, 2011

JOBIT: McGahan, Francis “Frank” [MC1949 RIP]

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lohud/obituary.aspx?n=Francis-McGahan&pid=151276492

Francis McGahan (1924 – 2011)

Francis “Frank” McGahan, 86, of Larchmont, passed away on May 24, 2011. Frank was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1924 to Marie Dehn and Nicholas McGahan, but spent his formative years in Jackson Heights, Queens. He attended Blessed Sacrament School and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. Inducted into the Navy during World War II, Frank attended Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, often called “the toughest school in the United States,” and after the war graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Civil Engineering.

As a Professional Engineer in heavy marine construction management, Frank’s work touched the whole harbor of the City of New York – its piers, docks, and bridges. Among his many accomplishments were: the foundations of the Throgs Neck Bridge (“Poppi’s bridge”); the runway over the water at LaGuardia Airport; Howland Hook Container Terminal on Staten Island; US Navy Homeport Pier on Staten Island, one of the largest marine structures ever built on the East coast. The Homeport construction received numerous engineering awards and the industry lauded it as a “monument to engineering and construction ingenuity.” Rear Admiral Benjamin Montaya honored Frank for “the best work ever done for the Navy.” Frank’s other projects included the North Channel Bridge across Jamaica Bay and the Newburgh Beacon Bridge across the Hudson. Frank also managed eight contracts in the construction of the Atlanta subway. He spent the longest part of his career with J. Rich Steers, of which he was Vice-President. He was particularly proud of his election to The Moles, described as the “most prestigious society of heavy construction in the world.”

Frank is survived by Mary, his loving wife of 61 years, his children and their spouses: Michael and Amy McGahan, Christine and Lloyd Fleisher, Elizabeth and Vincent Bell, John and Elizabeth McGahan, Peter McGahan and Joseph Redinger; and eight grandchildren, Michelle and Emma McGahan, Daniel and Colin Fleisher, Christopher and Stephanie Bell, Sean and Shannon McGahan.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 25 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at John J. Fox Funeral Home, Larchmont. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10am on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Church of St. Augustine, Larchmont, NY. Burial at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank’s memory to the Scholarship Fund of The Moles, http://www.themoles.info or the American Heart Association http://www.heart.org.

Published in the The Journal News on May 25, 2011

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McGahan, Francis “Frank” [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/lohud/guestbook.aspx?n=francis-mcgahan&pid=151276492&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Francis is a member of the Class of 1949.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

McGahan, Francis “Frank” [MC1949 RIP]

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May 25, 2011

JFOUND: Callender, Gina (2000) posts her schedule

http://karmichenna.blogspot.com/2011/05/upcoming-shows.html

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Here is my updated schedule:

June 25-26, 2011 – Midsummer Fantasty Renaissance Faire – Ansonia, CT 11am – 6:30pm

August 6 – September 25, 2011 – New York Renaissance Faire – Tuxedo, NY 10am – 7pm

October 2, 2011 (rain date October 9, 2011) – The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park at the Cloisters – New York, NY 11:30am – 6pm

Please come out to visit me!!!

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Callender, Gina (2000)

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May 25, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Kivlehan, James [MC1987] SrLoanOpOfficer at Citybrook Corp

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/james-kivlehan/1a/3b4/38

Kivlehan, James [MC1987]
Senior Loan Operations Officer at Citybrook Corp
Greater New York City Area
Financial Services

Specialties

· Operations Management – Successful track record in multiple technical areas of financial service operations including Loan trading, Syndications, Collateralized Lending, Restructurings, Fixed Income, Derivatives, Structured Finance and Emerging Markets.

· Systems and Technology – Facilitate growth and increase efficiency by implementing and enhancing software applications, policies, procedures, and controls, and by streamlining operations.

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May 25, 2011

JHQ: MC NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

http://www.manhattan.edu/news/news_releases/051911_1.shtml

May 19, 2011

MANHATTAN COLLEGE RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

RIVERDALE, N.Y. –– As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently honored Manhattan College as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Manhattan College was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, including Manhattan College, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.

“As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to Manhattan College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

Derived from its Lasallian Catholic roots, Manhattan College strives to instill a commitment to service in every student that attends the College locally and internationally. Manhattan College offers volunteer opportunities including the Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L.O.V.E.), which allows students to serve around the world. Students also participate in tutoring and free income tax assistance programs, volunteer at blood and toy drives, Habitat for Humanity and much more. In addition to volunteer options available on campus, Manhattan College brings service learning into the classroom from students working with community organizers on housing issues to mechanical engineering students designing products to benefit senior citizens with limited mobility, and other community engagement projects.

“Our listing on the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll acknowledges Manhattan College’s longstanding emphasis on integrating social justice and public service in the classroom and within the campus community. We are pleased to be recognized for excellence in this important aspect of our mission,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College.

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.

On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs and much more.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning. Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment. CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, in classes and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit http://www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

About The Corporation for National and Community Service:

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May 25, 2011

JEMAIL: Mangone, Mark (MC1977) opposes the death penalty

Hello John,

I also philosophically oppose the death penalty. There is just 1 philosophical point.

“As a pro-lifer, I don’t ever accept the “death penalty”. Seems “cruel and unusual”.”

When Patrick Henry spoke in the Virginia House of Burgesses, he said, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

The New Hampshire license plates say, “Live Free or Die”.

In traditional American philosophy, liberty is valued more highly than life. Life without parole is more cruel than death. It is the permanence of death that is the issue, because death cannot be reversed if new evidence overturns the past verdict.

Thanks for the opportunity to argue.

Regards,
Mark A. Mangone

Mangone, Mark (MC1977)

[JR: Well, seems like we have some common ground. No death penalty. Life without parole will have to be tolerated? I love when we can all agree.]

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May 25, 2011

JFOUND: Stagnaro, Melissa (MC1997) Amer Foundation Suicide Prevention

http://theovernight.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=2496

Melissa Stagnaro
Team Chenango

Please support me as I take an amazing journey. The Out of the Darkness Overnight Experience is an 18-mile walk over the course of one night. Net proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, funding research, advocacy, survivor support, education, and awareness programs – both to prevent suicide and to assist those affected by suicide.

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Stagnaro, Melissa (MC1997)

{JR: If your change purse is weighing you down, here’s a Jasper raising donations. Remember the “rich man” and the “eye of the needle”.]

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May 26, 2011

JOBIT: Giallombardo, Gina [MC2010? RIP]

http://www.liherald.com/stories/Gina-Giallombardo-22,33063

May 26, 2011
OBITUARY
Gina Giallombardo, 22

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Gina Giallombardo, a 2006 graduate of South Side High School, lost a long and valiant battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare soft-tissue pediatric cancer, succumbing to the disease on May 12. She was diagnosed with it in November 2009, and from that time until her death, she underwent continuous chemotherapy and several rounds of radiation.

Giallombardo was starting her junior year at Manhattan College, studying psychology, when the disease struck.

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Giallombardo was the beloved daughter of Marie and Sal and the loving sister of Jennifer and Janice (Eric). She was also the devoted aunt of Katlyn and Brandon, the cherished granddaughter of Frank. She was the adored friend of many and loved by all.

Her body lay in repose at Thomas A. Glynn & Son Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial took place on May 16, with mourners filling every pew in St. Agnes Cathedral. A procession of 60 cars went to her interment at Pinelawn Memorial Park. A celebration of her life followed at the South Hempstead Fire Department later that day.

Giallombardo’s family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Pediatric Unit, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065.

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Giallombardo, Gina [MC2010? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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[JR: I don’t know about you, dead reader, but this bumms me out. And, I’ve been bummed out a lot lately. Makes me want to say a word like <synonym for excrement>! I know the platitudes, but I don’t understand.]

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May 26, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Berishaj, Hasime [MC2002] Director – WestLB AG

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/hasime-berishaj/7/978/b02

Berishaj, Hasime [MC2002]
Director – WestLB AG
Greater New York City Area
Information Technology and Services

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May 26, 2011

JEMAIL: Stebbins, Donald M (MC1961) taxonomizes libertarians

Dear Jasper John,

I was surprised to see that you, a libertarian, were so concerned about the copyright laws regarding my article quoting snopes.com. Snopes is indeed strict about claiming the rights to their material and says people referring to their articles should provide a link only. Of course these rights are ultimately dependent on the “gooferment” for enforcement, which seems to violate libertarian principles.

I investigated the libertarian views of copyright and found widely divergent camps. Some libertarians recognize the validity of intellectual property laws and believe in enforcement of patents and copyrights. Included in this group are Ayn Rand and the Cato Institute. Others, such as Murray Rothbard, argue for allowing contractually arising infinite copyright terms and against the need for any government role in protecting intellectual property. Roderick T. Long argues that the concept of intellectual property is not libertarian. He holds that prohibiting people from using, reproducing, and trading copyrighted material is an infringement of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and that since information exists in people’s minds and other people’s property, one cannot own information without owning other people.

Details of the variant libertarian positions on copyrights and patents are contained in the Wikipedia article

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertarian_perspectives_on_intellectual_property.

I don’t know which camp you fall into; I would have suspected you would have championed the Rothbard view given your attitude toward “gooferment” and its complete worthlessness. But I understand your caution given the fact that your lawyers fear “gooferment” action or a lawsuit if you violate the rules.. Maybe I have been violating these rules unwittingly for many years as have millions of others. For a discussion of copyrights and the internet see the link below

Copyright Laws on the Internet Many myths have caused people to believe copyright laws do not apply to the Internet.

However, copyright laws are in effect in today’s cyberspace. …

http://www.pitt.edu/~skvarka/education/copyright/

Sincerely
Donald M Stebbins
BS 1961

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Dear Jasper Stebbins,

(1) I can’t win. I’m just trying to slip under the radar. You, the Gooferment lover, violate the copyright and criticize me for not. No, those “rights”, or any rights, don’t JUST depend upon Gooferment. “Governments are instituted among men …” “We, The People” can enforce any rights that they agree on.

(2) Snopes SOMETIMES provides a good service, when their politics don’t interfere with objectivity. Men, of good will, can abide by the terms of any gift. Hence, if they feel its important to only share their stuff by links, then I feel it’s my moral duty to not defraud them of their work.

(3) Congratulations, maybe all that time at MC wasn’t wasted. Life long desire to learn. Libertarians are like snowflakes. There are other ways to protect information than Gooferment force; just check with any magician. And, yes, the Gooferment can’t do ANYTHING right.

(4) “Lawyers”? I don’t have any lawyers, (unless McEneney, Mike (MC1953) counts), and, yes, I do pick my battles. As far as “rules”, I just try to observe the moral ones and let all the rest take care of themselves. Since you love “Gooferment” so much, I’d have though you would meticulously learn and follow ALL the diktats. Oh yeah, that’s right — that’s impossible.

(5) Copyrights are an illusion. But those, who are deluded into believing there is such a think as “government”, use yet another delusion to inflict force on their fellow man.

ATDA,
fjohn68

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May 27, 2011

JBLOGGER: Nigro, Nicholas [MC1984] remembers Msgr Anthony Rubsys

http://nicholasnigro.blogspot.com/2011/05/monsignor-on-high.html

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monsignor on High

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In 2002, Monsignor Anthony Rubsys passed away. I knew him as plain old Father Rubsys, Manhattan College professor. In what were, in retrospect, less complicated times for the both the wider world and for me, I had this genuinely pious Catholic priest for a course called “Islam.” While I knew Rubsys was of Lithuanian descent, I didn’t know much more about the man. Until I read his obituary, I was unaware that he had escaped from a German prison camp during the Second World War and was on the run, and in hiding, for years.

Father Rubsys was a humble and gentle soul. This man of the cloth was godly—the real deal and, from what I’ve observed through the years, an exception to the general rule. He had something of an ethereal glow about him—literally. Rubsys would have his students write “reflection papers” on various subject matter, and return them with such comments as “What a delight it is to follow your mind in action.”

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Nigro, Nicholas [MC1984]

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May 27, 2011

JOBIT: Privitera, Sr. Marie [MC???? RIP] by Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970)

REPORTED BY: Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970) via FACEBOOK

http://www.licatholic.org/news/2011/05/052511/052511obituaries.html

Sister Marie Secour Privitera, CSJ

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BRENTWOOD — A teacher whose ministry included St. Joseph College (1971-1978) and the Academy of St. Joseph here (1979-1991), Sister Marie Secour Privitera, 97, died May 10. She was in the 76th year of religious life.

Most of her service was in the Brooklyn Diocese at St. Teresa of Avila, St. Ambrose, St. Francis of Assisi, Bishop McDonnell H.S. and annex, St. Pascal Baylon H.S., St. Angela Hall Academy, and St. Francis de Sales. She also taught at Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce.

Sister Marie Secour earned a B.A. from Manhattan College and an MLS from St. John’s University.

Interment in Calvary Cemetery here followed the Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in Sacred Heart Chapel May 14.

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Privitera, Sr. Marie Secour [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

[JR: Thanks, Robert. Much appreciated.]

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Dear John,

I do not anything in my “stuff” for Sister Marie.

May She Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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May 27, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Adrover, Kaysel [MC2002] TechArchitect at Gotham Tech Group

http://www.linkedin.com/in/kaysel

Adrover, Kaysel [MC2002]
Technical Architect at Gotham Technology Group
Greater New York City Area
Information Technology and Services

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May 28, 2011

JOBIT: Branigan, James F. Jr. [MC???? RIP]

http://www.silive.com/obituaries/index.ssf/2011/05/james_branigan_87.html

James Branigan, 87

Published: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 7:12 AM Updated: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 7:14 AM

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — James F. Branigan Jr., 87, of Shore Acres, the loving patriarch of three generations who loved sports and dancing with his wife, died    in Staten Island University Hospital, in Ocean Breeze.

Born in New Brighton, he graduated from St. Peter’s Boys High School and attended Manhattan College, the Bronx. He moved to Westerleigh in 1954 and to Shore Acres in 2001, dividing his time between the Island and Lady Lake, Fla.

Mr. Branigan served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. A seaman first class, he saw duty in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

After his military discharge, he began his 22-year career with the city Police Department, assigned to the 7th Precinct and the Harbor Unit, both in Manhattan. He retired in 1972.

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“We were happily married for 63 years, and he was the love of my life,” his wife said.

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A devout Catholic, Mr. Branigan was an altar boy at St. Peter’s R.C. Church. He was a parishioner of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Rosebank, and a former parishioner of Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church, West Brighton.

Surviving, along with his wife, are his sons, Michael and James III; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be Monday from the Casey Funeral Home, Castleton Corners, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church. Arrangements include cremation.

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Branigan, James F. Jr. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my stuff on James.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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May 28, 2011

JLINKEDIN: Wallwork, Joe [MC1997] GrpMgr at The Louis Berger Group

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joe-wallwork/7/71a/354

Wallwork, Joe [MC1997]
Group Manager
Cost, Risk, and Claims Services – WTC Reconstruction Project
at The Louis Berger Group
Greater New York City Area
Construction

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May 28, 2011

ENDNOTE: Can Catholic schools be saved?

http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/education/ed0453.htm

Can Catholic schools be saved?
ANDY SMARICK

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Implementing such a policy will not be without its political and legal challenges, of course. But far less appealing is the alternative: an acceleration of the tragic decline of urban Catholic schools, and the eventual regret that we did nothing over half a century while one of the nation’s greatest educational treasures disappeared.

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[JR: No, they can’t be. And, Catholicism and then Catholics won’t be far behind. The “Secular Progressives” aka Marxist Communists have taken over the Gooferment and are using it to suppress all “religions”. Only the “worship” of the State, from whom all blessings flow, will be permitted. The politicians and bureaucrats are the new “priesthood”. And, we being slowly eaten by this “boa constrictor”. Gooferment Skrules are the unconstitutional way they are propagandizing the youth. There’s no hope but to secede. And try again. The Dead Old White Guys knew the enemy, but couldn’t imagine how their “experiment” could be perverted.]

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