JEMAIL: Eulogy of Meagher, Brother Ray [MCfaculty RIP]

2017-Jul-24

RE: MOBIT: Meagher, Brother Ray [MCfaculty RIP] on 2017-Jul-18

Dear John,

                Below is the eulogy that Br. Brian Carty,  FSC
delivered at Br. Ray’s Mass.This is a great tribute
 to Brother Ray,

               May He Rest In Peace.

                           Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Brother Brian Carty

This morning to a capacity crowd of Brothers, Friends, and former students at the Chapel at Manhattan College, I gave the eulogy for a great friend and colleague of sixty years, Brother Raymond Meagher. Brother Ray was a professor in the School of Education at Manhattan College. He was a powerful force for good in the lives of all of the people he met and worked with. He was one of those giants that makes the world a better place. This is the eulogy I delivered.

For sixty years Brother Ray’s life and mine have paralleled. In 1957 we were freshman classmates in High School, trying to discern at the ripe old age of 14 if we had a vocation to be a Brother. In high school we boarded, lived in community and made our Novitiate together at Barrytown. All of us got to know each other well and the characteristics that came to define us as adults were formed in those years. That is why they called this period of training, formation! The Brother Ray you all knew was the same one that I got to know sixty years ago. Of all of the things I could say about Ray, let me share with you the one aspect of Ray that I believe truly defined him and made him the person we came to know and love.

(Adrdessing Brother Ray’s Casket) It seems to me my very dear Brother that you hate to lose! Ray was a fierce competitor so losing was not an option. He was a good athlete, his preferred games being basketball and handball. In basketball he was all over the court, seemingly inexhaustible. When he drove to the basket with his shoulder lowered, you got out of his way. I made the mistake trying to stop him and paid the price. We also played Football and he was the team’s fullback. Again he would just lower that shoulder and plow into the line without fear. He would play three-wall handball ferociously, taking on any and all comers. He ruled the court. He was the best! He let you know that! This quality of hating to lose and never giving up defined him.

In college, like me, he was a Biology major. We were in many of the same classes. He had the habit of “borrowing” my notes to make sure that he didn’t miss anything. He fought for those As, whatever it took. He liked to remind me from time to time, just how well he did! “So Brian, what did you get” was his favorite question to me. He liked to remind me that his GPA was a little higher than mine. I told him that was because he took the easy A electives. I took the tough ones. Before we could graduate we had to take three full days of comprehensive exams, where we were tested on anything and everything in our major field, I got an A and he got a B+. He wasn’t happy! I too was and still am a little competitive!

As we both aged, Ray’s professional life and mine turned from Biology to counseling and child care and then to teaching. His counseling Psych degree from NYU, followed by his MSW from Columbia, fed into his competitive nature. It gave him bragging rights because he earned both degrees while still working full time. His competitiveness morphed or should I say matured, into his being passionate about the people he was asked to care for, whether it was the boys at Saint Peter’s on Staten Island, or in the Elm cottage at Lincoln Hall, his clients at the Family Outreach Program, his students at Saint Raymond’s, his students at Manhattan College or his beloved little family of the Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society. He wanted nothing but the best for them. His Ph.D brought him great joy because it allowed him to have an even greater impact on the world by allowing him to train the people who would be the next generation of caretakers.

Ray was indefatigable. If someone needed him, he was there. He couldn’t say NO to any one who needed him. He set a high standard for himself. Like I said, he hated to be anything less than his best! He tried to take care of everyone else. He just forgot to take care of himself. Saint La Salle asked his Brothers to give of themselves selflessly and that he did that with a “Lasallian Ferocity! “

The story of Brother Raymond needs to be told and each of us here is the story-teller. Find a way to write your own eulogy for Brother Ray and share it on social media. Let the world know that there are people who truly care about others and who dedicate their lives in humble service to God and to the people for whom God asked them to care. That is how we change the world.

I will sorely miss you Ray, my fiercest competitor, my Brother, and dear friend. So, true to the spirit of our loving sixty-year competition, I have to say, Ray, just remember who got an A on the Comps and who got the B+! Just saying!! Love you, Dear Brother.

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JNEWS: Dorkhom, Elaine [MC????] Dir Compliance Solutions @ Axletree Solutions

2017-Jul-24

http://www.bobsguide.com/guide/news/2017/Jul/24/axletree-solutions-appoints-new-compliance-solutions-director/

Axletree Solutions appoints new Compliance Solutions Director
North Brunswick, NJ – 24 July 2017

Elaine Dorkhom has joined Axletree Solutions as Director of Compliance Solutions. In this role, Elaine is responsible for business development and delivery of solutions to new and incumbent clients. She brings over 12 years of investigative analysis, risk assessment, and regulatory compliance experience. Elaine has played integral roles in the implementation of global programs (process and procedure) for large U.S. financial institutions with global operations in the Retail, Corporate, and Investment banking spaces. She has worked with regulatory bodies, such as the Federal Reserve Bank, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS). Elaine holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Economics from Manhattan College (Cum Laude), as well as a People and Financial Management Master’s Certificate from Harvard Business School (HBS).

“Elaine will be a major asset to our company as we continue to grow our business in the banking compliance space,” stated Martin Lightman, Chief Operations Officer.

Axletree Solutions Inc. is a Treasury, SWIFT Connectivity, and Compliance expert, providing comprehensive solutions to banks and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Our team of dedicated specialists and fully managed data centers provide these services with our private, secure cloud infrastructure. Axletree helps corporates and banks automate processes and efficiently manage, optimize and improve their global messaging, treasury operations and compliance.  

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Dorkhom, Elaine [MC????]

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JUPDATE: Blais, Norman [MC1950 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

2017-Jul-23

JOBIT: Blais, Norman [MC1950 RIP] on 2017-Jul-16
2017-Jul-18 
http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Norman-Blais-104997647

Norman Blais
March 5, 1929 – July 16, 2017    
Madison, Alabama

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/104997647

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Dear John,

            I believe that Norman is a member of the Class of 1950.

                    May He Rest In Peace.

                          Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Blais, Norman [MC1950 RIP]

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JUPDATE: Dowd, J. Steven [MC1975] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

2017-Jul-23

JNEWS: Dowd, J. Steven [MC1975] US Director of the African Development Bank
2017-Jul-20
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/07/19/president-donald-j-trump-announces-intent-nominate-personnel-key

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

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J. Steven Dowd of Florida to be United States Director of the African Development Bank for a term of five years.

{Extraneous Deleted}

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Dowd, J. Steven [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that J. Steven is a member of the Class of 1975.

                     Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Dowd, J. Steven [MC1975]

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JFACEBOOK: Lamatina, Lou [MC1979] mother-in-law passes

2017-Jul-23

REPORTING LIVE FROM THE FACEBOOK NEWS DESK
IN THE VIRTUAL JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM …

Lou Lamatina in Eastchester, New York. 22 hrs · Jeanine Lamatina’s mom passed away today at Greenwich Hospital. She was 87. Burial will be at Pinelawn National Cemetary in Long Island on Tuesday at 11:30 am. There will not be a viewing. The family will welcome guests at Pas-Tinas in Hartsdale, New York at 6 pm on Tuesday.

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Lamatina, Lou [MC1979] 

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Good Evening All,

Louis Calvelli, Director, Alumni Relations, has shared an update from Lou Lamatina regarding the sad news of the passing of Mrs. Joan Helen Grau, Jeanine Lamatina’s Mom. Many of you know Jeanine and Lou and Lou shared the following message regarding his Mother-in-Law’s passing and her wishes. We pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Grau, for Jeanine and Lou and their Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one.

Thank you Louis C. For the update. Thank you all. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

As per Lou & Jeanine Lamatina:

Joan Helen Grau. She did not want flowers. Being burried at Pinelawn on Tuesday. Also, no wake. We are at Westchester Funeral Hone in Eastchester. We will be having a dinner at Pastinas in Hartsdale after the burial if anyone is interested.

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POSITRACTION: A crowd “catch”

2017-Jul-23

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/watch-crowd-make-amazing-catch-girl-falls-ride/

Watch Crowd Make Amazing Catch When Girl Falls From Ride
by McKinley Corbley – Jun 26, 2017

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There was nothing amusing about this young woman dangling from an amusement park ride on Saturday evening – but the resulting rescue was an inspiring example of humanity.

Visitors of the Six Flags theme park of Lake George, New York were shocked to see a 14-year-old girl hanging from the Sky Ride gondola 25 feet above the ground.

As park goers attracted the attention of emergency personnel and park security, several pedestrians gathered under the girl and started organizing themselves into a makeshift human safety net.

When Park personnel stopped the ride, one man climbed a nearby tree so he could move the branches out of the girl’s path. Once the way was clear, the climber yelled out for the girl to let go.

And she did, landing safely into the arms of the people below.

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While the event is still under investigation, however, one thing is clear: this group of random strangers were ready to risk their own health just to help a girl in distress.

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“Love thy neighbor as thyself” in action.

A lot of things COULD have gone wrong for the rescuers.

Maybe even death or serious injury. 

In this case, it all worked out for the best.

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ENDNOTE: A former inmate skips a job interview to save a life

2017-Jul-22

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GOOD_SAMARITAN_CRASH?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-15-17-57-05

Jul 15, 5:57 PM EDT
EX-INMATE MISSES JOB INTERVIEW TO HELP DRIVER IN CRASH

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WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former inmate on his way to a job interview is being lauded for helping the driver of a car that flipped over on a Connecticut highway.

Aaron Tucker was traveling by bus through Westport Wednesday when he saw the crash and jumped off to help the driver.

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The bus left the scene and Tucker missed his interview. But he says he’s since gotten other job offers.

He tells WABC-TV it was “the right thing” to do.

A GoFundMe was set up to raise money for Tucker, who served nearly two years in prison on a weapons charge, and his 21-month-old son.

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https://www.gofundme.com/thankyoufundforaarontucker

I chipped in. Maybe you might want to? You can’t always just applaud for the “peanut gallery”.

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