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Obit of Manhattan College people who are not Jaspers. Beloved for laboring in “our” vineyard, we don’t let the deaths pass unmourned.

MOBIT: Harkins, James P. [MCxfaculty RIP] on 2015-Oct-28



Lt. Colonel JAMES PATRICK HARKINS WWII and Korean conflict veteran passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in McLean, VA at the age of 93, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Harkins was born in Davenport, Iowa on December 17, 1921 to the late James Patrick Aloysius Harkins and Marian Christine Harrison Harkins. He had three sisters, the late Barbara Harkins, the late Dorothy Harkins and the late Mary Harkins. Mr. Harkins was raised in Methuen, Massachusetts and New York City, New York. He attended Newtown High School in Queens, New York, from which he graduated in 1939.

While attending High School, Mr. Harkins worked for the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in Radio City. After High School, he worked for the New York World’s Fair, welcoming visitors to the Ford Motor Company exhibit. During that same year, Mr. Harkins enlisted in the 7th Regiment of the New York National Guard for an anticipated period of 24 months of active duty. Pearl Harbor changed those plans and the 24 months became 5 ½ years of active duty. Colonel Harkins served in Air Control for the Mighty 8th Air Force, 492nd Bomb Group, and was headquartered in Warrington, UK during the war.

After the war, Mr. Harkins attended Harvard University under the GI Bill and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Economics and History. While at Harvard, he was an active and enthusiastic member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity (SAE).

In 1950, after the outbreak of war in Korea, Colonel Harkins was recalled to the Air Force as a Captain and became an Assistant Professor of Air Science and Tactics at Manhattan College and New York University. Colonel Harkins resigned from active duty in 1954, after armed hostilities in Korea came to an end. He remained in the Air Force Reserves, attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Mr. Harkins met Marta Ulrika Eden, a Swedish immigrant, in 1958 while both lived in Greenwich Village in New York City. They were married on January 16, 1959 and enjoyed 56 years of wedded bliss. After marrying, Mr. Harkins joined the Civil Service, taking a position with the Veteran’s Administration. First assigned in Croton, New York and later at Veteran’s Administration headquarters in Washington, DC.

They lived in Peekskill, New York and Arlington, VA, where they raised their children. Mr. Harkins retired from the Civil Service in 1984. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marta of McLean, Virginia; his son Adrian of Stockholm, Sweden and his wife, Birgitta; his daughter Marian of Ashburn, Virginia and her husband, Roger; his son Paul of Round Hill, Virginia and his wife, Ania; his daughter-in-law Susan of Round Hill, Virginia; his seven grandchildren – Anna, Malin, James, Jorden, Sarah, Joseph and Grace; great-granddaughter Lycke and great-grandson Trey.

Mr. Harkins is remembered with deep love for his sense of humor, his intellectual hunger, his love of books, his keen interest in his children and grandchildren and for piloting his family ship with warmth, grace and stability for so many years.

A Celebration of Life service will be held for Mr. Harkins on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2PM at the Chapel at Vinson Hall, 6251 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22101. In lieu of flowers, donations and/or memorial contributions can be made to: The 8th Air Force Historical Society PO Box 60369 Savannah, GA 31420-0369

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 15, 2015


Harkins, James P. [MCxfaculty RIP]


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MOBIT: Dwyer, June [MCfaculty RIP] by McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)


Subject: June Dwyer Memorial Service

Dear Alums,

The memorial service for June Dwyer will take place on campus on Saturday 5 December. The service will begin at 3 PM in the DeLaSalle Chapel, followed by a reception downstairs in Smith Auditorium. We hope to see many of you there so that we may celebrate the life and memory of our dear friend, teacher, and colleague.

Once again, please share this information with any former classmates who may not be on this list.

Best wishes,

Rocco Marinaccio, Ph.D.

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Dwyer, June [MCfaculty RIP]

[JR: Reported by McCarra-Fitzpatrick MaryAnn (MC1989)]  

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Subject: June Dwyer Memorial Service

Dear Alums,

The memorial service for June Dwyer will take place on campus on Saturday 5 December. The service will begin at 3 PM in the DeLaSalle Chapel, followed by a reception downstairs in Smith Auditorium. We hope to see many of you there so that we may celebrate the life and memory of our dear friend, teacher, and colleague.

Once again, please share this information with any former classmates who may not be on this list.
Best wishes,


Rocco Marinaccio, Ph.D.

MOBIT: Cody, Donald Kevin [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Nov-01


Donald K. Cody
1931 – 2015 

Donald Kevin Cody, 84, beloved husband of Anne Elizabeth (Landwehrle) Cody, died peacefully on November 1, 2015.

Don was born on March 3, 1931, to the late Alfred Francis Cody and Kathryn (Berry) Cody. He was predeceased by a sister Maureen, in childhood. Don was raised in Yonkers, NY, and was the valedictorian of the All Hallows High School Class of 1949. After enrolling at Manhattan College, he spent two years of active duty service in the Army National Guard stationed at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island. He then returned to college, graduating from Fordham University in 1955.

In June of 1955 Don and Anne were married and began their life together. After finding his calling for teaching, Don went on to obtain a Masters degree from New York University and a Doctoral degree in education from Columbia University Teachers College. He taught History and English for 11 years at Irvington (NY) High School where he made many lifelong friends among the students, faculty and administration.

Don began teaching at the City College of New York in 1967, where he taught for 25 years before retiring as a Professor Emeritus in 1992. While at CCNY, he chaired the Education Department and later served as Associate Dean. His great love was teaching methods classes for aspiring social studies teachers, including supervising student teachers throughout the public schools of New York City. Don was proud to take a leadership role in the early years of the A. Philip Randolph Campus High School, a collaboration of the New York City school system and CCNY with the goal of preparing students for college.

In retirement, Don greatly enjoyed travel and golf with Anne. Favorite destinations over the years included The Reefs in Bermuda, St. Augustine, FL, and Manchester, VT.

Don was grateful for his friendships with Father George Couturier, formerly of St. Dunstan Church in Glastonbury, and Father Dominic Valla of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Oxford, CT.

Don will long be remembered for his engaged approach to life and his keen interest in all aspects of public affairs. Not a day went by that he did not read the New York Times from cover to cover. He cherished time spent with family and friends, but especially with his two adored grandsons, thoroughly enjoying his active role in their lives. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

Don is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years Anne, son Thomas and daughter-in-law Mary Ellen, and grandsons Patrick and Kevin Cody, all of Glastonbury. Don also leaves behind two special brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Janice and Robert Rueppel, and Susan and Richard Landwehrle, as well as 9 much-loved nieces and nephews and their 18 children.

Calling hours will be held on November 5, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Mulryan Funeral Home, 725 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Dunstan Church, 1345 Manchester Road, Glastonbury, on November 6 at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Nov. 3, 2015


Cody, Donald Kevin [MCattendee RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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Dear John,

             Don Cody was a classmate of mine at St Barnabas Elementary School,
Class of 1945. His widow Anne, is a St Barnabas High School Graduate.

             May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Sorry for your loss.]

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MOBIT: Goodman, Miles [MCxfaculty RIP] on 2015-Oct-29


Miles Goodman

Miles Goodman, 82, passed away peacefully Thursday October 29,2015 at Hospice of Palm Beach County in Delray Beach.

He leaves his wife of 53 years, Barbara (Solomon) Goodman; his son Wayne Goodman and his wife Karin Goodman; his daughter Valerie Cuseo and her husband Rick Cuseo; his three granddaughters Amber, Addison and Alexa Goodman, family and close friends. Born on April 6, 1933, in New York, New York, to Arthur and Julia (Goldblatt) Goodman, he was the eldest of three sons.

Mr. Goodman’s interest in academia began at a young age, and his study of chemistry, physics and math led to a long and fulfilling career in teaching. He graduated from Brooklyn College, earned his Master of Arts degree at Yale University, and continued his doctoral studies at Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Mr. Goodman was an assistant professor at Manhattan College. He married his sweetheart Barbara on June 24, 1962. In 1963 he joined the founding faculty at Kingsborough Community College. Over the next 32 years he became tenured, and served as a Dean and as Chairman of the Physical Sciences Department. In 1995, he retired as an Emeritus Professor, and moved to Florida, where he enjoyed 20 years of leisure.

Mr. Goodman will be remembered as a loyal, loving husband, doting father and grandfather, and respected member of the community.

Arrangements are with Beth Israel Memorial Chapel. Donations may be sent to Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation.

Funeral Home
Beth Israel Memorial Chapel
5808 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33484

Published in Sun-Sentinel on Oct. 31, 2015


Goodman, Miles [MCxfaculty RIP]


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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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MOBIT: Laurier, Maurice Josef [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Oct-09


Maurice Josef Laurier
1926 – 2015

YORKTOWN – Maurice Josef Laurier, Naval Architect and Marine Engineer, passed away on October 9, 2015.

He was born in Faulkton, South Dakota on October 11, 1926, lived in Fairfield, Iowa and Hempstead, New York. He attended Manhattan College in New York City, the United States Merchant Marine Academy and graduated from Webb Institute receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering plus a commission in the US Naval Reserve. Mr. Laurier was later a Sloan Fellow at MIT earning a Master’s Degree.

Upon graduating from Webb Institute Mr. Laurier went to work at Electric Boat/General Dynamics for twenty-one years. He was involved with the first two nuclear powered submarines. He spent over a year at the National Reactor Test Station in Idaho, and later became senior test engineer during the start-up and sea trials of USS Nautilus.

At the end of 1971 Mr. Laurier resigned from General Dynamics and in 1972 bought the Greenway Marine Railway, in Gloucester and the name was changed to Glass Marine. In 1974 he designed the “Chesapeake Forty” and the Chesapeake Work Boat Company was established. In 1988 Glass Marine was sold and Mr. Laurier established his private Marine Surveying and Engineering Consulting Practice.

Mr. Laurier was a life member of the Webb Alumni Association, The United States Naval Institute and longtime member and volunteer at the Waterman’s Museum in Yorktown, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years Margaret Lee Shiver Laurier his second wife Nancy Laing Cole Laurier and son Brian Douglas Laurier. Survivors include, his son David Bruce Laurier and wife Lisa, daughter Karen Lee Laurier Morisato plus four grandchildren, Allison Morisato, Garrett Morisato, Margueritte de Laurier and Alice Mcgillicudy.

The family will receive friends Monday, October 12, 2015 at Hogg Funeral Home Gloucester Point from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Services and Inurnment will be held at a later date in Mystic, Connecticut. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Web Institute, 298 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, New York 11542-1398 or Waterman’s Museum, Post Office Box 519, Yorktown, Virginia 23690. Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.

Published in Daily Press on Oct. 11, 2015


Laurier, Maurice Josef [MCattendee RIP]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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MOBIT: Strosser, George E. [MCmight_have_been RIP] on 2015-Sep-30


In Memory of
George E Strosser
January 8, 1923 – September 30, 2015

George Strosser, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, -in law, neighbor, fellow worker and friend passed away Wednesday, 3 months shy of his 93rd birthday.

George (born in Ossining hospital) was a life long resident of the town of Cortlandt; residing in Buchanan 70 years; attended Peekskill high school, where he excelled in football, co captained the 1940 team; was going to play for Manhattan College, when his father, Alfred Strosser (a prior light weight boxer from the Lancaster Pa, area) died suddenly. His mother, Florence Styles’s from Astoria Queens; graduated Hunter College.

George married the late Inza Gilman of Buchanan in 1942 (who pre-deceased him by 32 years, 9 months).

He volunteered for the WWII draft and was inducted in the United States Army where he served at West Point; teaching enlisted men and cadets to drive transport vehicles.

George and Inza had two children, Susan Strosser (Keon), Bridgeport Ct. and Kim Strosser, Sunnyside Queens.

Dividing his time between work, family and building his own home (initially), when the war ended. George was Lead Man, working shift work at Fleishmans, Standard Brands for 36 years, where he held positions as president and secretary of the Yeast Makers Local Union. He worked week ends (1 and 1/2 days) ~57 years for Curran and Rileys-Cole’s-Buchanan Hardware store. Part time days ~10 years, as a Laborer, for Frank Santulli (dec.) Construction, (while working 2nd and 3rd shifts); 11 years for Hendrick Hudson High School District, as a custodian (upon retiring); and 3 years for Combined Books, waiting to get on with the school. As exhausting as it may sound; on waking George (taking a cat nap), wanting him to do something, he’d get right up, without complaint, and simply say ok.

George enjoyed having picnics for family and friends. Helping his wife in her hobby, planting the whole front yard with her perennials; flowers in the Spring, rotating with a vegetable garden; watching Sports on TV; but more, his grandson, Patrick Keon (Longmont Co.) pitching in baseball games (George attending, most all); or visiting with his granddaughter and her daughters, Mrs. Delilah Keon-Heyman (Trumbull, Ct.).

In later years George would help his then dec. wife’s elderly widowed aunt and sister; taking them places, doing work around their homes. Also his son-in laws. George’s son, Kim, living home 10 years after his mother’ passing, keeping George company; upon moving, for years took George to the Best Restaurants in NYC (visiting sites after).

His devoted daughter’ Susan Strosser’s loving care these last 14 years was a comfort to George. Visiting faithfully, doing everything for her father; (as he use to, for her). “He was the best father”. His very good friend Wayne visiting, standing by him throughout George’s long illness. Helping him, us. George very much enjoyed visiting with his son; his granddaughter’s holiday family dinners, with all his great granddaughters; seeing his grandson when he came in; and his niece Gioia’s letters in the VA.

George, Loving: great grandfather to Arielle, Miranda, Lilah, Jolie, Casey and Elise Heyman; and Julia Keon; brother to Robert Strosser, Phoenix Az;. Alfred (dec). Loving uncle to.Robert Strosser Jr., Medford Or., Leonard Grasso Jr.(dec.), Tyrone Lou (and Barbara) Menga (both dec.),Kathy (Strosser) Buchwald, Azzusa Ca, Gioia Grasso (Dick) Cattabriga, Raymond (Nancy) Gilman, Jr., Donny Menga (dec.), Donny Gilman, (dec.) Deborah Gilman (John) Cassidy, James (Gerilyn) Gilman, Shawnee Grasso (Larry) Moschiano. Nancy(Strosser) Crimmins (dec.) John (Nancy) Gilman and Paulie Gilman (dec.). Brother In Law to Rachael (Gilman) Grasso (dec.), Leonard Grasso Sr (dec.), Don( Pauline dec.)Gilman Sr. (dec.), Rhoda Menga, Lancaster Pa., Louis Menga Sr. (dec.), Raymond (Marjorie dec.) Gilman Sr. Father-In Law to Thomas Keon. (Great)father-in law to Joel Heyman and Alicia (Berger) Keon.

The family wish to Thank All of George’s neighbors, fellow workers, friends, the NYS Veterans Home staff; Dr. Reyher for helping, supporting George in winning his severe battle for 14 years, that he valiantly waged, as a Diabetic Amputee. He enjoyed everyone’s camaraderie over all the years. Your prayers are appreciated.


Strosser, George E. [MCmight_have_been RIP]

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Dear John,

             I would carry it as it says “was going to play for Manhattan College when his father . . .
died suddenly . . ” It appears that as a result he never made it to Manhattan.               

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Agreed. Like the men who’s education was interrupted by the WW2, he might have been planning to come back after his familial responsibilities were attended to but then the war. Sounds like a hell of a hard worker. Would have made a great Jasper.] 
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Good Morning All,
John Reinke, Jasper Jottings, came upon this good man and although he was not a Jasper, his intention was to play ball for Manhattan College and attend Manhattan. Upon the sudden death of George’s Father, George’s plans changed and he was unable to join the Jasper Family but with respect, we pray for the repose of his soul and for his Family as they mourn the loss of their loved one. His Family have posted the following loving tribute. Thank you. God Bless.
Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 
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MOBIT: Callahan, Fr. Jerome F. [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Sep-09


Ronan Callahan
1923 – 2015 | Obituary 

Father Ronan Callahan, a Passionist priest, seminary professor, and overseas missionary, died at Saint Mary Home, West Hartford, Connecticut on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. He was 92.

Born Jerome F. Callahan in 1923, the second son the late Walter S. Callahan and the late Rose (Tierney) Callahan and named for his grandfather. Brother of Robert Callahan of Farmingdale, New York and the late Walter Callahan.

Father Ronan grew up in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. He attended Saint Augustine High School in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Farmingdale High School in Farmingdale, NY in 1941. He studied at Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY and graduated from Cathedral College of Immaculate Conception Preparatory Seminary, Brooklyn, NY in 1944.

He then entered the Passionist Community, a Roman Catholic community of brothers and priests dedicated to preaching the Passion of the Christ, contemplative prayer, the preaching of parish missions and retreats, and overseas missionary work. After completing novitiate at Saint Paul of the Cross Monastery, Pittsburgh, PA in 1945, Father Ronan studied theology at Saint Michael Monastery, Union City, NJ. He received an MA in Theology and was ordained a priest in 1951. He then studied philosophy at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy from 1952-1954, the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, Laval University, Quebec, Canada, and Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He received a Carnegie Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Indiana in 1968.

Father Callahan taught philosophy at the Passionist Monastic Seminary, Jamaica, New York from 1954-1970. He also taught at Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT from 1964-1968 and held membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association. In 1970 he embarked on a missionary career with the Passionists in the southern Philippines. He taught philosophy at Notre dame of Marbel University in Cotabato, served as consultor to the Bishop, was chancellor of the Diocese of Marbel from 1975-1990, and ministered as a prison and hospital chaplain.

He was president of the Philosophy Association of the Visayas and Mindanao in the southern Philippines and received numerous awards for public service.

Returning to the United States, Father Ronan taught at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, CT from 1993 until his death. He also served in local leadership at Holy Family Monastery, West Hartford, CT during that time period.

The Passionists are grateful for the care Fr. Ronan received through the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist with home care, and the Sisters of Mercy at St. Mary Home. The Funeral will be held at Holy Family Monastery Chapel, West Hartford, CT. The wake will be at 9AM on Monday, September 14th with the Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11AM, also at Holy Family Chapel. Burial will be immediately afterward at Holy Family Cemetery on the Monastery grounds. Donations may be made to the Passionist Retirement Fund, Holy Family Monastery, 303 Tunxis Road, W. Hartford, CT 06107.

Published in The Hartford Courant from Sept. 10 to Sept. 12, 2015 


Callahan,  Jerome F. [MC???? RIP] 

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