JOBIT: Vorst, John R. [MC???? RIP] 2019-May-21

2019-May-26

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsday/obituary.aspx?n=john-vorst&pid=192985182&fhid=5059

John Vorst 

VORST – John R., 84, of Farmingville, NY passed away peacefully on May 21, 2019.

Born in Manhattan on March 11, 1935 to the late John and Rosaleen Vorst. He graduated in 1953 from Bishop Laughlin Memorial HS, where he made lifelong friendships. He served in the Army AUS Artillery from 1956-1958. He earned his BA at Manhattan College & a MA at Adelphi University.

He met his beloved wife, Patricia, and married on May 6, 1967 & welcomed their daughter, Katherine, on March 6, 1969. Upon Patti’s passing from breast cancer in 1979, John embraced the role of a loving widowed father. John found love again with his life partner of 32 years, Judi Sykes. They traveled the world together creating special memories, John relished a good meal, & shared that love with Judi. John loved his backyard & enjoyed hosting barbecues.

John retired as Assistant Director of Child Protective Services of Suffolk County in 1990. John was generous, merciful, kind, and outgoing. He had a great love of tennis, the Yankees, church, and his family.

John is survived by partner Judi Sykes, daughter, Katherine Riberdy (Andrew), grandchildren Jacqueline & Gabrielle, children Michael Vorst & Karen Collins, step-daughter Debbie Sykes Goulette (Steve), sister Jean Stephens, nieces Deirdre and Kristen, and nephew George. He loved and was loved deeply. He will be missed. John’s long struggle with congestive heart failure was eased by the wonderful staff at Good Shepherd Hospice.

Calling hours held on Tuesday, May 28, 2-4pm & 7-9pm at Moloney Funeral Home in Lake Ronkonkoma. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton RC Church on Wednesday, May 29, at 9:45am. Burial at Calverton National Cemetery. Reception to follow. Full version @ http://www.moloneyfh.com In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society or Bishop Laughlin Memorial HS in John’s memory.

Published in Newsday on May 26, 2019

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POSITRACTION: A “foolish” man creates immuno-oncology drugs

2019-May-26

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/he-was-called-foolish-for-his-research-now-documentary-tells-how-he-won-nobel-prize-for-cancer-cure/

He Was Called Foolish for His Research; Now Documentary Tells How He Won Nobel Prize for ‘Cancer Cure’
By McKinley Corbley – Apr 14, 2019

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Jim Allison has been the quiet hero behind some of the most ground-breaking medical research of the last quarter century—but before he won the Nobel prize for his work, he was laboring tirelessly to proves his theories against a skeptical scientific community.

Back in the 90s, Allison was called “foolish” for claiming that the immune system could fight off cancer. Despite being shot down time and time again by medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies, Allison developed the basis for immuno-oncology drugs – also known as “lpi.”

Allison first became inspired to research cancer treatments as a result of his mother passing away after a long and debilitating battle with lymphoma when he was just 11 years old. After his mother’s passing, Allison would go on to lose a brother and two uncles to cancer; and he himself would end up beating cancer three different times.

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As a means of thanking him for his determined efforts, Allison was co-awarded the 2018 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine. More recently, film director Bill Haney released a documentary about Allison last month called Breakthrough – and it has been hailed as a masterpiece since its release.

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Interesting that this “foolish” man, pushed through all the nay-sayers, and did some great work for humanity.

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” George Bernard Shaw

I note the toll cancer took on his family.  And, I read this recurrent theme in many stories about doctor’s motivation to do big things.

Perhaps this is all part of a Grand Plan?

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ENDNOTE: MIT Robot Solves Rubik’s Cube

2019-May-25

https://kottke.org/19/05/mit-robot-solves-rubiks-cube-in-038-seconds

MIT Robot Solves Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 Seconds
posted by Jason Kottke   May 16, 2019

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A robot built by a pair of engineering students at MIT can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds (which happens to be 19 minutes and 59.22 seconds shorter than my fastest time):

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While this is an “easy” problem in my mind for a robot, it’s still impressive.

What a great gift to humanity.  Just think of all the cubes being solved.

Obviously, that’s tongue in cheek.

But, it does give one a feel for the speed that a robot can apply to a tough problem for a human without specialized knowledge, training, and skill.

We can relegate all the routine and mundane to the robots and move up the value chain.  At least, until the robots rise up and take over.

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MOBIT: Vreeland, James Joseph [MCxFaculty] 2019-May-15

2019-May-25

From: McGoey Tom (MC1969) 
May 24, 2019, 10:35 PM 

VREELAND–James Joseph, beloved husband of Joan, devoted father of James and Kristen, loving father-in-law of Arismendys Frias, adored grandfather of Brian, Alex, and Aris passed away peacefully on May 15, 2019, at the age of 86.

Born in Brooklyn, James attended Bishop Loughlin High School before entering the religious order of the Brothers of the Christian Schools as Brother Cosmas Gregory. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy at Saint Louis University, he joined the Manhattan College faculty.

He left the Brothers in 1969, taking a position at IBM as a writer and then manager in publications.

Upon retirement, he returned to teaching at Ulster County Community College and the New York state prison in Napanoch. Committed to civil rights, James participated in the 1963 March on Washington, and introduced his many students to the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Among his many hobbies were writing, taking his grandchildren to the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

A mass will be offered at the De La Salle Chapel at Manhattan College on June 16, 2019 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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[JR: Thanks for the assist to McGoey Tom (MC1969)]

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JNEWS: Kauber, Fred [MC1989] CTO @ BFS Capital

2019-May-23

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/bfs-capital-appoints-fred-kauber-123000090.html

BFS Capital Appoints Fred Kauber as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer
[Business Wire]
Business Wire — May 23, 2019 — CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

BFS Capital, a leader in small business lending, today announced the appointment of Fred Kauber as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer. As a member of the management team reporting to CEO Mark Ruddock, Kauber will be responsible for leading a customer-focused product and technology organization whose mission is to help BFS re-imagine financial services for small businesses.

Kauber brings more than two decades of experience in the financial services industry and has a strong track record of leadership in technology, product management, marketing and operations. Most recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at CAIS Group, a fintech marketplace platform, where he led platform development and corporate marketing initiatives.

“At BFS Capital, our mission is to leverage advanced technology and data science to unlock exciting new financial products and services for underserved small businesses, and I’m confident that Fred is the right person to advance both our vision and our capabilities in this regard,” said Mark Ruddock, CEO, BFS Capital.

Prior to CAIS Group, Kauber was CTO at TRANZACT, where he launched autoinsurance.com and directhealth.com, both joint ventures with Walmart, and helped facilitate TRANZACT’s acquisition by White Mountain in 2014. He has also held C-level and senior leadership roles at Fortune 500 firms and entrepreneurial ventures in the financial services and technology industry, including Entitle Direct Group, First Data Corporation, Dun & Bradstreet and IBM Corporation. Kauber also teaches enterprise technology strategy as an adjunct professor in the graduate program of the NYU School of Professional Studies and mentors aspiring technology leaders and entrepreneurs in the NYU Future Labs and Columbia University Technology Management programs.

“Small business owners are increasingly seeking compelling and empowering digital experiences that can help them unlock access to critical financial services in an on-demand, personalized manner. I’m excited to join the BFS Capital team to help drive the technology and product transformation that will position the company as an agile, innovative provider of financing as well as broader financial solutions,” said Fred Kauber, CTO and Chief Product Officer, BFS Capital.

Kauber graduated from Manhattan College with a BS in Computer Science and received his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He also holds an MS in Telecommunications from Pace University. He is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), has been trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt and is a member of the Forbes Technology Council.

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Dear John,

               I believe that Fred is a member of the Class of 1989.

                                   Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Kauber, Fred [MC1989]

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JOBIT: Maiello, Dominic Joseph [MC1943 RIP] 2019-May-22

2019-May-23

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Dominic-Joseph-Maiello-107128345

Dominic Joseph Maiello
May 22, 2019
New Jersey

Dominic passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Dominic was a resident of New Jersey at the time of passing.

He was graduate of Manhattan college and later earned his master’s degree from NYU.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 07601, http://www.cancer.org Dominic 1591 Alps Road at HAMBURG TURNPIKE Wayne, New Jersey 07470-3641 Phone: (973) 694-0072 | Toll Free 888-999-0856 | Fax 973-694-7549.

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Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/107128345

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Dear John,

             I believe that Dominic is a member of the Class of 1943.

                     May He Rest In Peace.

                                 Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Maiello, Dominic Joseph [MC1943 RIP]

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JOBIT: Greene, James E. [MC1958 RIP] 2019-May-20

2019-May-23

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsday/obituary.aspx?n=james-e-greene&pid=192946634&fhid=5054

James E. Greene

GREENE – James E. of Levittown departed on May 20, 2019 at the age of 87.

Beloved husband of the late Barbara A. Greene; loving father of Kevin, Timothy (Amy), Susan Castellano, Kathleen Wilson (Dean) & Patricia Pasqueralle (Chris); cherished grandfather of Lindsay (Chris) the late Karalyn, Rebecca (Justin), James, Grace, Christopher (Ashley), Marissa, the late Kevin, Scott, Toniann, and Deanna; adored Great-Grandfather (“GGPa”) of Kellan, Ethan, and Ava; dear nephew of George Boecklin and the late Margaret “Sis;” and admired uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

Amongst the countless accomplishments in James’ full life are a Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan College, a Master’s Degree from Columbia Teachers’ College, US Army Corporal, minor league baseball player in the Boston Red Sox organization, dedicated Physical Education teacher in the Great Neck school district, and longtime basketball, baseball, and soccer coach. James was a basketball official at the high school and college levels and a member of the IAABO Board 41, who bestows their annual high school sportsmanship award in James’ name.

Friends may call Thursday from 2-5 and 7-9 PM at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, 47 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville. Mass Friday 10 AM at Holy Family RC Church. Interment to follow at Calverton National Cemetery.

Published in Newsday on May 22, 2019

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Dear John,

             I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1958.

                      May He Rest In Peace.

                                    Mike

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Greene, James E. [MC1958 RIP]

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