Category Archives: MObit

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

MOBIT: Haines, Daniel W. [MCxfaculty RIP] 2016-Jan-11



HAINES–Daniel W.,

died January 11, 2016, age 78.

Husband of Brynne, father of Gordon and Laurel, retired Professor of Engineering at Manhattan College and University of South Carolina.

Greatly interested in music, substitutes for wood in musical instruments, history of New Jersey and of White Plains, NY. Consider donations to ALS Association – Greater NY Chapter.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 24, 2016


Haines, Daniel W. [MCxfaculty RIP]


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

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MOBIT: McLean, Steven M. [MCstaff RIP] on 2016-Jan-09


Steven M. McLean
1964 – 2016

KINGSTON -Steven M. McLean, 51 of Tremper Avenue, Kingston died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at HealthAlliance Hospital, Broadway Campus after a long illness.

Born Oct. 17, 1964 in Manhattan, he was the son of Emily Soto and the late Peter John McLean.

Steven worked in the printing department at Manhattan College. He loved music and socializing with friends. Throughout the years, Steven helped a great deal of people through his inspiration.

Surviving in addition to mother are his brothers, Shaun Peter McLean and his partner Laura Santiago of Bronx, N.Y., Charles Clifford Angerson and his wife Elizabeth of Matthews, North Carolina, many nieces and nephews also survive.

Cremation and memorial arrangements are under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc., 27 Smith Avenue, Kingston

A memorial service will take place Sunday, Jan. 17th 1 p.m. at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church in Kingston.

Published in Daily Freeman on Jan. 17, 2016


McLean, Steven M. [MCstaff RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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

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MOBIT: William B. Quinn had a connection to Alma Mater



William B. Quinn, 89, of Montague, N.J., formerly of No. Bergen & Jersey City died: January 5, 2016.

Loving husband to Amelia (nee Napolitano). Happy to be a caring father to his four children Aimee, William R., Sally, and William B. Happy to be the elder brother to Tom, Jack and Bob. True friend to Amelia’s children, Crisanne Simeone and Louis DeCosmo, and their spouses Rick & Kathy. Through Kathy and Louis he has three dearly beloved and treasured grandchildren Elizabeth, Anthony & Ryan. Through Crisanne and Rick, sweet grand-daughters, Caly-Renee, and Mia-Faith. And delighted to be Uncle to Marcela, Dylan, Ryan (Quinn), and Frank Jr., Dominic, Anthony, Thomas, Jr. (Giorgianni), and Isabella (godchild), Nicholas (Ferreri), and Christofer and Mary Kathryn (Hoehl); Isabel, Alexander, Abigail, and Nicholas (Ortiz) – just to name a few.

Mr. Quinn served in the Navy late in WWII: and for sixteen years after worked at a wide range of occupations. In the early 1960’s he studied for a newly emerging field of computer programming; he soon became a lecturer, teacher (as PSI, ITT, II, MAI, Penn State, St. Peter’s college (briefly)) and programmer. He was also the initiator and director of a project that installed the first accredited computer programming courses at Manhattan College, NYC.

In 1975 Mr. Quinn joined NY Presbyterian Hospital as a computer/analyst and retired after twenty years of service.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 East Main Street, Port Jervis on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 11, 2016 with a prayer at 9:15am at funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Church, 46 Ball Street, Port Jervis, NY with Rev. Matthew Newcomb officiating. Burial will be at Bevans Cemetery, Layton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the deceased would truly appreciate gifts in his name sent to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 18444 or Disabled American Veterans , P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250. For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit  

Funeral Home
Gray-Parker Funeral Home
100 East Main Street
Port Jervis, NY 12771
(845) 856-5191

Published in The Jersey Journal on Jan. 7, 2016

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MOBIT: Hairston, William B. Jr. [MCattendee RIP] on 2015-Dec-24


William B. Hairston Jr.
December 14, 1924 – December 24, 2015

Bill (or Billy to his friends that knew him the longest) peacefully departed from his home in Birmingham, Alabama to be fully with his savior this past Christmas Eve. He was the son of the late William B. Hairston and Kate Steele Hairston, both of Birmingham. Bill is survived by his wife of sixty years, Louise (“Weezie”) Poe Hairston, his son Bill Hairston III (Lynn) of Birmingham, his sister Kathryn H. Green of Alexandria, Virginia, and his three nephews: Gordon Green (Barbara) of Grey, Georgia, Russell Green of Centreville, Virginia, and Dillard Green (Regina) of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

While attending Phillips High School, Bill caught his first glance of Weezie at a dance, but their marriage would have to wait for fifteen long years. During those years, Bill began his studies at the University of Alabama, only to have those scholastic endeavors postponed by World War II. Bill’s service to his country began with his education as an engineer at Manhattan College. But as the Nazi war machine raged across Europe, this education was also postponed so that Bill could train to be a paratrooper. A training accident injured Bill’s knee (an injury that would continue to plague him the rest of his life) and Bill was transferred into the infantry. As a Sergeant with the 69th Infantry Division, Bill spent the remainder of his military service in the European theatre pushing across France, until finally meeting up with the Russian forces in the vicinities of Torgau and Strehla, Germany, thereby splitting the Nazi forces into two parts and hastening the end of this bloody conflict. In recognition of his service, Bill was awarded the Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Upon returning home, Bill completed his studies at the University of Alabama obtaining a BS degree from the Commerce School (1949) and a LLB degree from the Law School (1950). While at Alabama, he was inducted into both Omicron Delta Kappa, and Jasons. Socially he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity (and later was inducted into ATO’s hall of fame). His graduation, however, did not end his connection with his alma mater. In the years that followed, Bill would become a charter member of the Farrah Law Society, the president of both the UA Law School Alumni Association and of the UA Law School Foundation where he continued to serve with distinction as an emeritus director.

In 2001, Bill was honored to receive the Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater. Following graduation, Bill, along with Ben A. Engel, founded a law firm that still bears his name. Later, Rick Johanson would join them and build on Bill’s teaching and mentoring practices to both clients and colleagues in the legal profession.

Bill’s sixty year legacy practicing law, can be felt in many arenas. He taught “Bills and Notes” at the Birmingham School of Law, receiving the 1968 Outstanding Faculty Award. He authored the treatise entitled Detinue, Executions, and Mechanics’ Liens: The Law in Alabama. (The Harrison Co., 1982. 124 pp. Latest Update 1999). He was instrumental in developing a unified judicial system in the state. He instituted in Birmingham the nation’s first Law Day Parade, receiving the ABA’s Award of Merit. After working his way up the ranks Bill was elected president first of the Birmingham Bar Association (Secretary, 1967; Vice President, 1969; President, 1970), and then of the Alabama Bar Association (Member, Board of Commissioners, 1973-1979; Second Vice President, 1978; Chairman, Disciplinary Commission, 1978-1979; President-Elect, 1982; President, 1983-1984). In recognition of these services Bill, in 2004, received the Birmingham Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to these bar associations, and the American Bar Association, Bill was a life fellow of both the Alabama Bar Foundation, and the American Bar Foundation, and a member of both the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He was a fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers. He served as the “Recorder” in Leeds, Alabama, and as a member of the Alabama Judicial Conference, the Judicial Inquiry Commission, and the Alabama Law Institute. In the federal arena, Bill was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, and a trustee of and later president (1986-1990) of the Eleventh Circuit Historical Society.

He also served on the management board of the downtown YMCA, as the treasurer of Vestavia Country Club and as a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. Following his marriage to Weezie in 1955, Bill transferred his membership from Sixth Avenue Presbyterian Church to Highlands United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School for over fifty years, held every office, including chairman of the Board of Stewards, and was instrumental in establishing Highlands’ foundation, and the Methodist Educational Leave Society (now the Institute for Clergy Excellence “ICE”).

But his real passion was one he shared with his wife – the cultivation of the state flower. These gems were his pride and joy, and he showed them throughout the southeast. Bill was president and show chairman of the Birmingham Camellia Society, judge of the American Camellia Society and is honored to have a camellia that bears his name.

The family would like to express its gratitude and love to Sharon Hagler for her compassionate care, along with special recognition and thanks to Ida Brand, Kandace Beasley, and Liz Rayford, and also to Kris and Sheila from New Beacon Hospice whose tender care allowed Bill to rest peacefully in his home until the time of his eternal rest.

Funeral service for Bill will be held Wednesday, December 30th at 10:00 a.m. at Highlands United Methodist Church with committal in Highlands’ columbarium and visitation in the fellowship hall to follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Music Fund of Highlands United Methodist Church (1045 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205).

Published in The Birmingham News from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, 2015 


Hairston, William B. Jr. [MCattendee RIP]


[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 went to never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]

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

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MOBIT: Farrell, Joseph B. [MCxfaculty RIP] on 2015-Dec-19


Joseph B. Farrell

Joseph Brendan Farrell died peacefully in his home on December 19, 2015 at the age of 92 surrounded by his children.

He is survived by his seven children: Joe Farrell of Lewes, Delaware, Bob Farrell (Michelle) of Bellevue, Kentucky, Rose Hammell of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Mary Rosenfeldt, Tom (Ginny) Farrell, Chris Farrell (LeAnn) and Theresa Farrell all of Cincinnati. He was a loving grandfather to many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Agnes Farrell, his loving wife of 63 years, Winifred Farrell, his sister, Agnes Marsh and his brother, William Farrell, one son-in-law, John Rosenfeldt, one grandson, Reed Farrell and two infant granddaughters, Katherine and Stephanie Farrell.

Joseph grew up in the Bronx, New York. He graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1944, M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1947 and a Ph. D from Cornell University in 1954.

He worked in private industry until 1960 when he answered the call to teach chemical engineering at Manhattan College. When asked by his seven children why he left, he said it was more important to make a positive difference in the vocation we chose, rather than how much money we would make.

Joe moved his family to Cincinnati in 1967 to work for the EPA to help in the new field of Environmental Science. While at the EPA, Dr. Farrell’s work directly impacted the treatment of all domestic waste water in the United States. His work was instrumental in developing the current framework for biosolids management, allowing for beneficial land application for soil replenishment, while ensuring public safety by defining the treatment to eliminate harmful microorganisms and reduce metals in domestic biosolids.

He retired from the EPA in 1993 and continued as an environmental consultant until 2012. His contributions to protect public and environmental health have stood the test of time, and have been recognized with distinguished honors, including the “William W. Edgar Pioneer Award” for outstanding contributions to the disinfection field, awarded in 2005 by the Water Environment Federation.

Joseph was a parishioner of Guardian Angels Parish for 48 years serving in a variety of leadership roles including President of both the School Board and Parish Council. Since he retired from the EPA, he has enjoyed serving various charities, but he had a particular passion for his work as a tutor and mentor in math and science for students from Purcell-Marian.

Memorial Mass will be held at Guardian Angels Church on January 9 at 10 am. Friends may greet family members at 9 a.m. in the Gathering Space, and there will be a reception immediately following the mass. Memorial contributions can be made to C/O Sister Janet Linz, Lavatas Powell Tutoring/Mentoring Program, 2935 Hackberry, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206.

Published in the Kentucky Enquirer on Dec. 27, 2015


Farrell, Joseph B. [MCxfaculty RIP]


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

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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.