Tag Archives: MC1974

JUPDATE: Haughton, Jim [MC1974] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JFOUND: Haughton, Jim [MC1974] LAUCHSPACE instructor

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Haughton, Jim [MC1974]

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JFOUND: Haughton, Jim [MC1974] LAUCHSPACE instructor



P.O. Box 34473
Bethesda, MD USA 20827-0473

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Jim Haughton

Jim Haughton is an engineer with extensive experience in structural dynamics testing of aerospace, mechanical and electrical systems. He specializes in launch environment analysis, acoustic, vibration and modal survey testing of spacecraft. His aerospace work has been primarily through the Naval Research Laboratory’s Naval Center for Space Technology and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He has also supported many design and testing review efforts including the NASA Plumbrook VTC and the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). He has a BSME degree from Manhattan College, Bronx, N.Y. and he has been the President of, and Structural Test Engineer for, Kinetic Research Corp since 1985. Jim is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland.

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Haughton, Jim [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Haughton, Jim [MC1974]

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JLINKEDIN: Dreher, Jim [MC1974] Program Manager IBM



Dreher, Jim [MC1974] 
Program Manager at IBM Corp
Greater New York City Area   
Computer Hardware

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JFOUND: Savage, Joe [MC1974] President of Webster Bank



CEO Luncheon with Joe Savage

May 31, 2014
Thank you to Webster Bank for hosting this month’s CEO Luncheon! We were fortunate enough to sit down with Joe Savage, President of Webster Bank, and learn about his journey in banking.

Joe is from a hard working class family in New Jersey. He is one of seven children and education was always very important to his parents. They did everything possible to be able to afford his education starting with a Catholic High School. Since Catholic Schools are no small fee, his mother had to ask the Parish for a grant, which she did receive that allowed Joe to attend for a lower cost. Joe received a track scholarship to Manhattan College after his high school graduation. He loved to run and eventually made it to Nationals as well as qualified to run in the Olympic Trials. Although he did not win it was still a great opportunity!

Along with his own eagerness and drive, Joe was raised with strong family values. He married young and started his own family. He knew that he needed to provide for them by any means necessary like his parents did for him throughout his life.

Joe’s first job was as a teacher for a few years. Once he realized that teaching was not going to pay the bills, he started to attend night school for his MBA at Seton Hall University. In order to afford to go to classes he was coaching on the side. “I would wake up, go to work at the Federal Reserves Bank in NY, after work I would coach and then get home late at night. Then do it all over again the next day. I could never do that kind of schedule now, but when your young and have the drive to take care of your family you make it work.”

It seemed almost impossible that Joe could be so successful at work while he had so much going on at home. “The hallmark of my success is that I would always do the right thing at the right time for the right reason. Do the right thing even when no one is looking and people start to take you under their wing and help you along the way. I believe very strongly in this which allowed me to start being successful at work.” said Joe.

Joe’s banking career began when he took a job working at Charmant Bank and he stayed there for the next ten years. Joe then transitioned and founded [Joe Savage Luncheon] a telecommunications company. “Telecommunications is a great industry, but at that time I was a few years to early in developing that business. I had family needs, and needed to pay the bills so I sold that company and moved to Denver, CO for 8 years.” There Joe was the Vice President of the Communications and Energy Banking Group for CoBank. “I turned my hardships into something I really wanted to do and that propelled me forward and I found motivation to keep going.”

In 2002 Jim Smith, a good friend of Joe’s who happened to be chairman and CEO of Webster Bank, told him that he needed to come to Webster for a job opening. “I thought he was crazy! Why would I leave Denver to come to Connecticut” stated Joe. Since Joe is a very family orientated man, he knew that this opportunity would be a well providing position, Joe took the Head of Commercial Bank as his first job at Webster. “I eat, sleep and breath Webster values of converting customers to Webster and the client success in the market place. Believing in those values and being who I am at the work place, I was able to continue moving forward and eventually become President of Webster Bank. I had no idea that I would become a banker. If you asked me when I was younger what I wanted to be when I grew up I would have told you a track coach. I believe that if you are true to yourself at all times and have fun, good things will happen to you.”

Joe closed the luncheon explaining what he thinks are the keys to success: “The best advice I can give to a young professional is to love what you do and be happy with who you are personally and professionally. Make sure that those qualities are apparent in all that you do. I encourage young professional involvement in the community because that is a way of gaining personal growth. Personal growth will dramatically influence your work. There is no personal growth in your comfort zone – challenge yourself and be you even when no one is looking.”

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Savage, Joe [MC????] 

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

 Savage, Joe [MC1974]

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[JR: also, reported by Ferrara, Richard (MC1972)]

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JFOUND: DeSantis, Joe [MC1974] “Escape From Devil’s Den”



Escape From Devil’s Den: The Walls Of Time Will Be Breached by Joe DeSantis
Posted on May 20, 2014 by Ray Robinson – Publisher

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Joe DeSantis was born and raised in Yonkers, NY, just a stone’s throw from New York City. Upon graduation from Manhattan College in 1974 with a B.A. in English, he soon after embarked on a career with the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation, where he stayed for 20 years, rising to the position of Park Superintendent. During that span, he returned to school and received a M.S. in Recreation Services from Herbert Lehman College. In 1988, he left to become Superintendent of Parks for the City of White Plains, and subsequently retired but returned to White Plains as Superintendent of Parking after receiving a M.A. in Military History/Civil War Studies from American Military University. “Blue Dawn Over Gettysburg” was his first novel and combined his love of the Civil War with his childhood fascination with vampires. “Escape From Devil’s Den” is the companion novel and sequel. He currently lives in a 100 plus year old haunted Victorian with his wife and children in Brewster, NY. 

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DeSantis, Joe [MC1974]

JFOUND: Soloski, Mark [MC1974] Professor of Medicine in Rheumatology



Mark J. Soloski, PhD
Joint Appointment in Molecular Biology and Genetics
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Pathology

Research Interests

Class I histocompatibility proteins termed class Ib molecules


Dr. Mark Soloski is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology. He studies class I histocompatibility proteins termed class Ib molecules.

Dr. Soloski received a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a PhD from Rutgers University before joining the Johns Hopkins faculty.

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Soloski, Mark [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Soloski, Mark [MC1974]

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JNEWS: Biggar, Barry [MC1974] McGuireWoods Partner Debt Finance



Barry Biggar Joins McGuireWoods’ New York Office as Partner in Debt Finance Department
March 14, 2014

McGuireWoods LLP is pleased to announce that Barry Biggar is joining the firm as a partner in its New York office within the Debt Finance Department, bringing particularly deep experience to McGuireWoods’ capabilities in its airline finance practice.

His work representing major global air carriers has twice been recognized as the Airfinance Journal’s Deal of the Year. He represented significant creditors in the United Airlines and Northwest Airlines bankruptcy cases. Airfinance Journal also identified him as one of the top aviation lawyers in North America.

“Barry is a strong addition to McGuireWoods’ capabilities not only for our New York office, but particularly for our work in the competitive and growing area of debt finance. His arrival is more good news for McGuireWoods clients,” said Philip Goldstein, managing partner of the firm’s New York office.

Biggar comes to McGuireWoods after six years with the finance practice group of King & Spalding LLP in New York.

Biggar, a 1974 graduate of Manhattan College and a cum laude graduate of the Pace University School of Law, has been practicing law for 25 years, much of it in aircraft and airline financing transactions.

“Barry brings a wealth of experience in equipment finance in general and specifically in the area of aircraft finance. Together with a core group in Charlotte and an experienced partner in our London office, we can now offer our financial clients a deep aircraft finance team,” said Robert W. Cramer, a partner in McGuireWoods’ Charlotte, N.C., office and the chairman of the firm’s debt finance practice.

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Biggar, Barry [MC1974]

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JLINKEDIN: O’Connor, John Edward (MC1974) new job Senior Director, Southeast Region at Flairsoft Federal



John E. O’Connor, Jr. has a new job.
Now Senior Director, Southeast Region at Flairsoft Federal.

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O’Connor, John Edward (MC1974)
Senior Director, Southeast Region at Flairsoft Federal
Montgomery, Alabama Area
Information Technology and Services


General Management / Senior Executive

Strategic Planning / Project Management / Senior Organizational Leadership

Profile: Successful military career in middle to senior leadership and management positions in defense systems acquisition and testing, including command control systems, space and missile systems, and information technology. Strong team building and staff development skills.

Specialties:Air Force, Army, Budget planning, Business Development, Concept development, Consulting, Content management, contract management, cost control, Executive management, Financial, Government, Information systems, Marketing, Procurement, Proposal writing, Technical support

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O’Connor, John Edward (1974)

JFOUND: Clune, Richard [MC1974] Associate Professor of Accounting Kennesaw State University



Clune, Richard
Associate Professor of Accounting, Coles College of Business, M.B.A., Kennesaw State University, Business Admin and Mgmt, General, 2001, E.D.M., Case Western Reserve University, Business Admin and Mgmt, General, 2005, B.S., Manhattan College, Accounting, 1974.

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Clune, Richard [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Clune, Richard [MC1974]

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JNEWS: Moran, Tom [MC1974] #9 2014 Power 50, the most powerful Irish Americans



2014 Power 50, the most powerful Irish Americans
Sean Dunne @SeanDunne NYC January 15, 2014 06:48 AM

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Who are the 50 most powerful Irish in America? IrishCentral decided to make our list of the best and the brightest, and while we know it will cause controversy, it will surely also enlighten.

We have identified a super group of people who collectively make us all so proud of our roots. Our criteria was not just fame but influence in their respective fields – from politics to religion, entertainment to science, and beyond.


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9. Tom Moran

Chairman, president and CEO of Mutual of America, Tom Moran grew up in Staten Island, one of three children of an Irish-Italian-American mother and an Irish-American father, with roots in Counties Fermanagh and Tipperary. He has been a very influential player in the Irish peace process, reaching across both communities and becoming a frequent visitor to Northern Ireland.

Moran has always been a hard worker. At 14, he began his first job as a janitor at his high school. While attending Manhattan College, he drove a cab during the night shift. Through these diverse work experiences, he learned valuable lessons and developed the beliefs that continue to influence his life and work today.

After earning his degree in mathematics, Moran began working at Mutual of America in 1975. His first responsibility there was to “paperclip anything that needed to be signed” whenever a pension had been sold. He has been president and CEO since 1994, and chairman of the board since 2005.

Mr Moran is currently chairman of Concern Worldwide (US). He serves on the boards of directors of the American Cancer Society Foundation, the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Channel Thirteen WNET, and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy.

He is a member of. the Irish Government’s Economic Advisory Board; the board of the Irish Chamber of Commerce in the USA; and the Ireland-US Council for Commerce & Industry. He served as a member of the board of Aer Lingus.

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Moran, Tom [MC1974]

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