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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: Holzberg, Harvey [MCxfac RIP]


Harvey Holzberg

Mr. Harvey Holzberg, 76, died on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, N.J., with his family by his side.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the M. David DeMarco Funeral Home, 205 Rhode Hall Rd., Monroe Township, NJ 08831, (732)521-0555. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Fernwood Cemetery, Jamesburg, N.J.

Mr. Holzberg was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to New Jersey in 1986.

After serving for four years in the United States Marine Corps, he earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Bernard Baruch School of the City University of New York.

Mr. Holzberg was the former president and chief executive officer and president emeritus of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., serving from 1989 to 2009.

Throughout his 40-year career, he earned a reputation as a hospital administrator who engineered the transformation of struggling hospitals into thriving institutions. He was a champion of marrying academic medicine and clinical excellence.

Mr. Holzberg was also proud of his tenure as senior vice president of Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where, under his mentor George Adams’ tenure, they increased community access to quality health care by developing the Sunset Park Family Health Center, the nation’s largest federally qualified health center.

Mr. Holzberg was a fellow of The American College of Health Care Executives. As chairman of the National Council of Teaching Hospitals, he served on the Executive Council of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He was also chairman of the University of Medicine and Dentistry Board of Trustees. Additionally, he was a founder and past president of the National Association of Community Health Centers and the New York Association of Ambulatory Care Centers.

A noted expert and published author, Mr. Holzberg was an adjunct professor of UMDNJ-RWJ Medical School’s Department of Environmental and Community and Medicine. He also served on the adjunct faculties of New York University and Manhattan College.

Mr. Holzberg was the recipient of many awards during his career including the Medical Executive Award of the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey, the Israel Peace Medal-State of Israel Bonds, Distinguished Service Award-Melvin H. Motolinsky Research Foundation and the Torch of Liberty of the Anti-Defamation League.

Mr. Holzberg played golf, mostly as an excuse to smoke the occasional cigar and enjoy the 19th hole.
His real passion, however, was skiing. He started skiing at the age of 50 as a way of spending time with his family on the weekends. He skied at almost every ski resort in the western United States, but his favorite place was his home at Windham Mountain, New York. Skiing with his children, grandchildren and friends was his greatest joy.

He was predeceased by his parents, Julius and Dorothy Holzberg, and his son, Eric S. Holzberg.
Mr. Holzberg is survived by his wife, Janice Chiantese; son, Dr. Adam S. Holzberg and his wife, Dr. Michelle Salvatore, of Moorestown, N.J.; daughter-in-law, Agnes Holzberg of Eastchester, N.Y. and step-daughter, Christie Chiantese and her husband, Dale Pinchot, of Yardley, Pa.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Andrew, Olivia and Grace, Sasha, Andrei and Alexei, Lily, Gabriella and Trent, and sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Irwin Stein.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation, 150 New Providence Road, Mountainside, N.J. 07092, (908)301-5410,

Published in Star-Ledger on Apr. 2, 2014


Holzberg, Harvey [MCxfac RIP]

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MOBIT: Harten, James P. [MCfaculty RIP]


In Memory of
Dr. James P. Harten
March 20, 1943 – March 24, 2014

Harten, James, Dr.,

Dr. James P. Harten, 71, of Old Saybrook, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014.

Jim was born in the Bronx, NY. He began his teaching career at Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia, NY, where he met his wife of 45 years, Marilyn (Riccardone) Harten, who predeceased him in 2013.

He was a high school and middle school history teacher and department chair in Eastchester, NY, for 30 years. He earned his Doctor of Arts from St. John’s University in 1994. After retiring from Eastchester in 1998, he joined the faculty of Manhattan College’s School of Education in Riverdale, NY. He taught and supervised student teachers there until this past week and continued to share his positive passion for teachers and education.

He loved the New York Yankees; coaching, watching, and discussing basketball; and a good debate about politics, as long as you agreed with him. He was generous with his time and often surprised friends and family with meals, gifts, and visits.

He is survived by three sons: James and wife Ina of Shrewsbury, MA; Michael and wife Kelly Danielson of Woodstock, CT; and Joseph and wife Allison of Rockaway, NJ; four grandchildren: Ariana, Victoria, Troy, and Austin; sister Mary Jo Clark of Newark, DE; brother Dennis Harten of Naples, FL; and brother Daniel Harten and wife Noreen of Carteret, NJ.

Family and friends may visit the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd. Old Saybrook, Friday March 28, from 4 to 7pm. A mass to celebrate James life will be held Saturday March 29, at 11am. at St. John Church, Main St. Old Saybrook. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Old Saybrook High School Activity Fund/Harten Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1111 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.

Please visit for online condolences and tributes.


Harten, James P. [MCfaculty RIP]

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MOBIT: Decker, Melvin L. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]


Dear John,

I believe that he is an attendee as I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Melvin.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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April 16, 1935 – March 11, 2014
Highland Mills, NY

Melvin L. Decker, Jr. of Highland Mills, NY passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Born on April 16, 1935, he grew up with his parents, Katherine M. and Melvin L. Decker, Sr. and his younger brother, Martin “Joe”, all of whom have predeceased him. He lived in East Elmhurst, NY and Cedar Grove, NJ and spent many summers in Lake Placid, NY. Indeed, some of his favorite memories originated from his working at the “North Pole”. A graduate of Brooklyn Prep, he attended Manhattan College, and eventually began working at Sage Instruments, which was where he developed his desire to be an entrepreneur.

In 1962 he married MaryAnn Lawrence. Shortly thereafter, they built their home in Highland Mills, where they raised their five children. There they opened OPTI-QUIP, Inc. in 1970, specializing in bulbs and equipment for research microscopes, and employing many local residents over the years. Mel loved to talk and had an uncanny ability to find a solution to any problem, making friends all along the way. Mel’s favorite singer was Frank Sinatra. Befittingly, in his song “My Way”, Frank Sinatra infamously sings ‘I’ve lived a life that’s full, I traveled each and ev’ry highway, and more, much more than this, I did it my way.’ Mel truly embodied those words in every aspect of his own life to the very end.

In addition to MaryAnn, Mel leaves behind two sons: Larry with wife, Jennifer, Timothy with wife, Ellen; three daughters: Kim with Jeff Abrams, Bonnie with husband, Larry Hart, and Nancy with husband, Doug Monroe; six grandchildren: C.J. Marshall with wife, Samantha, Ashley, Brandon and Quinlan Hart; and Sydney and Martin Decker; and one great-granddaughter: Amelia Marshall.

A Funeral Mass in honor of Mel will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 15th at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Cornwall, NY, with burial in the spring at St. Agnes Cemetery in Lake Placid, NY. As he wished, a celebration of Mel’s life will be held later.

Donations in Mel’s name may be made to St. Joseph’s Abbey, Attn: Brother Thomas, Treasurer, 167 North Spencer Road, Spencer, MA 01562 or the Woodbury Fire Department, PO Box 643, Highland Mills, NY 10930.

Funeral arrangements made by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 845-782-8185 or


Decker, Melvin L. Jr. [MCattendee RIP] 

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[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory "if it's important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers". Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, WW2 interrupted many plans. A good many who went never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities. With a 50+ year marriage, that’s a characteristic I see in a lot of Jaspers.]

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MOBIT: Miller, Herbert Kenneth [MCxfac RIP]



MILLER–Herbert Kenneth, April 5th, 1921 – February 1, 2014 died at Kendal House, Sleepy Hollow, New York. Herbert earned his PhD in biochemistry from Columbia University and was a Professor at Manhattan College. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Audrey Miller; two children, Emily Zeigler of Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Jonathan Miller of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and two adult grandchildren, Abigail Miller of Brooklyn, NY, and Benjamin Miller of Boston, Massachusetts. His family and friends will remember him for his intelligence, sense of humor and charm. Donations in his memory may be sent to Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, 31 Glengary Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

Published in The New York Times on Feb. 3, 2014


Miller, Herbert Kenneth [MCxfac RIP]


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MOBIT: McGee, Phyllis [MCxStaff RIP]


Phyllis McGee (1933 – 2014)

McGee, Phyllis

Phyllis McGee, 80, of Yonkers, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Phyllis was proudly employed at Manhattan College for many years.

She was an avid parishioner of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Yonkers for 45 years and was a lover of nature, especially cardinals.

Phyllis is survived by her loving husband Jim, her beloved children Seamus, Larry, Roseanne Rooney, Martin, and Denise & Jeremy Katz. She is also survived by her adored grandchildren Caitlin, Michael and Alyssa as well as her siblings, Thomas & Dennis Hynes and Mary & Bill O’Connell.

She was predeceased by her siblings Michael & Sally. She was a mother to all and will be missed.

Funeral Mass Saturday 11:30 am at St. Paul the Apostle Church, Yonkers, NY. Cremation will take place privately. The family will be present Friday 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at F. Ruggiero & Sons, Inc. – 732 Yonkers Avenue – Yonkers, NY 10704 (914) 375-1400 –

Published in the The Journal News on Jan. 23, 2014


McGee, Phyllis [MCxStaff RIP]


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Dear John,

Phyllis worked for many years in the Alumni Relations office where she was the one who went out of her way to help any alum that called – always with a smile in her voice. A very nice lady.

May She rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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MOBIT: McEntegart, Eileen F. [MCxtrustee? RIP]


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McENTEGART–Eileen, F., 84, passed away December 29, 2013, at her home in Katonah, NY.

Born July 1, 1929, she graduated from The College of New Rochelle and earned an MBA from New York University. Her career began at M.W. Kellogg Company as a junior engineer. In 1962 she joined Mobil Corp. as a computer programmer, retiring in 1991 as Manager of United States Computer Operations.

She was on the board of All Saints Catholic Church in Dallas and was an active volunteer in pastoral work and social ministry to prisoners. She was a trustee of Manhattan College.

Visiting hours at Clark’s Funeral Home, 2104 Saw Mill River Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY, on Friday, January 3 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, January 4 at 10am at St. Patrick’s Church, 137 Moseman Road, Yorktown Heights, NY. Burial: Monday, January 6 at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY.

She is survived by her sisters, Mary McEntegart Welch and Kathleen McEntegart; her niece, Mary Christine Welch; nephew-in-law, Daniel Cullen; and grandnieces Nora and Gwenyth Cullen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Providence House, Inc. 703 Lexington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11221.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 1, 2014


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MOBIT: Driscoll, Anne. J. [xStaff RIP]


Anne. J. Driscoll (1922 – 2013)


ANNE J. DRISCOLL (nee Jablowski), of Yonkers, passed away on December 13, 2013, at age 91.

Most of her life Anne worked for the Yonkers Board of Education and Manhattan College. Anne is survived by her sons, Wayne (Pam), Thomas (Arlene), daughter,

Sheila (Richard) Sica, her sister, Madeline Cacciatore, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas and sister, Sophie Racjewski.

Visitation on Monday, December 16th, at YONKERS FUNERAL SERVICE (107 Yonkers Ave.) from 2-4PM & 7-9PM. Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at 10AM at St. Casimir’s Church. Interment follows at Rose Hills Memorial.

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Driscoll, Anne. J. [xStaff RIP]

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MOBIT: Groves, Mary Ann Summers [xFac RIP]


Mary Ann Groves

Mary Ann (nee Summers), age 69, of Leonia, NJ died Friday November 29, 2013 at home. Beloved wife of Joel Groves, devoted mother of Mark Groves and Jill Groves, dear sister of Van Summers, and loving grandmother of Nathan and Max Goldberg. She was a retired Professor of Sociology at Manhattan College.

She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 3 PM at the Leonia United Methodist Church, 396 Broad Avenue, Leonia NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary Ann’s memory to the PKD Foundation ( For directions of more information please visit

Published in The Record/Herald News on Dec. 3, 2013

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Groves, Mary Ann Summers [xFac RIP]

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MOBIT: Brother of Byrnes, Bob [MC1968]

Good Morning All,

Tom Delaney has shared with us the sad news of the death of Garrett Byrnes, Brother of Bob Byrnes ‘ 68, our Manhattan College Athletic Director. Please keep Garrett, Bob and their family in your prayers as we pray for the repose of Garrett’s soul as he enters the Kingdom Of Heaven and his family mourns his passing. Please remember them in your prayers. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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Obituary for Garrett Joseph Byrnes

Garrett Joseph Byrnes, age 63, of Buford, GA, died Saturday, October 12, 2013 after a long battle with Neuroendocrine Carcinoid Cancer. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Flowery Branch. Father Eric Hill will officiate. The family will receive friends on Monday, October, 14, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the funeral home. Mr. Byrnes was preceded in death by his parents, John E. Byrnes, Jr. and Evelyn O’Conner Byrnes. Brother, John E. Byrnes. Sister, Margaret M. Brady. He is survived by his wife, Gail Byrnes, Buford, GA. Daughters and Sons In-Law, Heather and Kevin Cote, Buford, GA, Terri and Ryan Aasen, Buford, GA. Son and Daughter In-Law, Michael and Maria Jones, Cold Spring, NY. Grandchildren, Luke, Jake, Emily, Sarah, Garrett, Ava, and Evelyn-Merritt. Brothers and Sisters In-Law, Gerald “Gerry” and Joan Byrnes, Cape May, NJ, Charles E. and Marie Byrnes, Charlemont, MA, Lawrence T. and Kathleen Byrnes, Sommerset, NJ, Walter V. and Alice Byrnes, The Villages, FL, Robert “Bob” and Rosemary Byrnes, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Brother, Paul J. Byrnes, The Villages, FL. Sister and Brother In-Law, Evelyn “Evie” Byrnes and Kurt Mast, Atlanta, GA and Highlands, NC. Sister, Sister Ellen M. Byrnes, Lincoln Park, NJ. Many Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins. Mr. Byrnes was a native of Garrison, NY and had lived in the Atlanta area for the past 20 years. He was a quality control engineer for IBM and was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He was an avid NY Giant and NY Yankees fan. He was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel 770-945-6924 Share memories of Garrett at

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Byrnes, Bob [MC1968]

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MOBIT: Father of Bogart, Elizabeth [MC2000] passes away

David Bogart (1950 – 2013)
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1950 – 2013

David W. Bogart, age 63, died October 3, 2013, of complication of sarcoma. Son of John Milton Bogart and Ruth Whittaker Bogart. He was a loving husband for 16 years to Anne Gilbert Bogart and adoring father to two daughters from a previous marriage, Elizabeth Colleen Cassese (Bill) of Nanuet, New York, and Megan Vanessa Johnston (Douglas) of New City, New York, and a son, Jordon Alexander Bogart of Tappan, New York. He is also survived by a brother, Doug Bogart of Binghamton, New York, a sister Diane Bogart of Clarence Center, New York, and two grandchildren, 3-year-old Aidan Conner Johnston and 3-month-old Emma Christine Johnston, both of New City, New York.

Born on July 8, 1950 in Binghamton, New York, David graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. His grandmother was proud that David was the first college graduate of the family.

David was a respected engineer whose work as owner of David W. Bogart Associates took him to many countries around the work. He had many professional certifications and titles. His major client was Mars Incorporated for whom he worked until his death. A friend and director at Mars Incorporated, Thomas M. Terracino said to David, “Your legacy will stay with many of us for years?many will also benefit from your incredible impact.”

In addition to Mars, another notable client was the Gemini Observatories in Hawaii and Chile. His work with multitude of clients also took him to the North Slope of Alaska, and the Hanford Nuclear Power Generating Station in Washington. Prior to forming his own business in 1988, David worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, General Motors, FMC Corporation. American Cyanamid and Marsh McLennan.

Often, David would use teaching approach with his clients to achieve engineering goals. Even during his later years and with his speech challenges, David taught large classes at the University of Oregon where students commented “you changed my life.” After teaching Shasta Middle school student’s classes in photography, the teacher said, “David is a natural teacher.”

David loved people, but most important in his life was his family. He treasured his wife Anne, whom he met in Eugene and married in Hawaii on April 6, 1997. They enjoyed many of Eugene’s cultural events together and traveled throughout the United States, and nine other countries. One of their favorite places was Easter Island. Anne loved traveling with David because TSA agents called him by name and with over a million air miles, they were most often places in First Class. Aneurysm surgery in 2009 left David with walking and speaking challenges and two years later, he was attacked by cancer, all requiring many trips to hospitals, doctor’s offices, speech clinic and physical therapy. David said of Anne, “She has been a saint and has stuck with me through all the good days and bad.”

David was also proud of his daughters and son. Elizabeth went to Manhattan College on a lacrosse scholarship and now is a kindergarten teacher in the Monroe Woodberry school district in Nanuet, New York. Megan went to Albany State College on a soccer scholarship and is a special education teacher at Pearl River School district in New City, New York. Jordan joined the Marines and served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. Since, he has earned an associate degree and is working on his bachelor’s degree while working several jobs, including a fireman for the Larchmont FD in Westchester County, New York. David’s greatest joy was messages of love from Elizabeth and Megan on Father’s Day and frequent calls from Jordan giving him encouragement. His only regret is that he will not see his grandchildren grow up and that he will not be able to help his children and his wife with life’s little troubles.

David loved golfing and running, completing 17 marathons. His passion was photography. From 2000 to 2009, he took almost 45,000 photos and had several shows of his work. Through his Photography, David saw the beauty of everyday life, and a side of people and life that is simple and sacred.

His photographs will be shown at a memorial service on Friday, October 18, at 3 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church, at 777 Coburg Road in Eugene.

In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make contributions to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the University of Oregon Foundation, specifying HEDCO Clinic in the College of Education. HEDCO is home to the Speech-Language-Hearing center where David was treated.

Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove Family Mortuary. Please access the obituary and you are invited to sign the guestbook at

Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Oct. 13, 2013


Bogart, Elizabeth [MC????]


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Dear John,

I believe that Elizabeth is a member of the Class of 2000.

May Her Father David Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Bogart, Elizabeth [MC2000]

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