Daily Archives: March 15, 2019

JNEWS: Fife, William “Bill” (MC1967) celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary



Long Island
Love Story: Romance brewed at Sunday tea dance at Manhattan College in 1964

  • Bill and Patricia Fife of Merrick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August 2018. 

By Newsday Readers
Updated March 14, 2019 6:00 PM

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Patricia Fife of Merrick recalls the day she met her husband, Bill.

We met at a Sunday tea dance at Manhattan College in November 1964. I was sitting with my friends when Bill Fife, a young man I hadn’t noticed before, came over and asked me to dance. It was the last dance of the afternoon.

He was a junior at Manhattan College studying engineering. I told him my name was Patti DeAngelis. I was a freshman at the College of New Rochelle studying nursing. I was 17. He was 20.

Bill and Patricia Fife of Merrick attend the Valentine’s Day Military Ball in 1970 at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio. The couple were married in August 1968 in Pelham Manor, in Westchester. Photo 

Bill was a cadet with the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and asked if I’d like to go with him to an ROTC party the next Saturday. I said, “Yes.”

Since he didn’t have a car, he had to take a 90-minute ride on two different buses from his house in Yonkers to mine in Pelham Manor, in Westchester. We had a terrific time at the party. And, despite the bus commute, we continued dating. He was persistent.

We participated in many ROTC social events including the ROTC Military Ball at the Statler Hilton, now the Hotel Pennsylvania, and St. Patrick’s Day parades in Manhattan.

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Fife, William “Bill” (MC1967)

[JR: Bill was my bridge partner often down in the Ingineering Cafeteria.  Everyone humorously referred to them as “Fife and Wife” long before they were married.  They were inseparable.  There was no doubt of that.  So they were our “J-Rod” (Jennifer Lopez and A-Rod). Laugh!]

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QUADRANGLE: Jasper Jottings Connects Alumni



Jasper Jottings Connects Alumni
Posted on March 15, 2019 by The Quadrangle in Features
by TAYLOR BRETHAUER, Senior Writer

It’s no surprise that the alumni network of Jaspers around the world is a strong one. But where is the best place for any and all alums to find up-to-date knowledge on old friends? That would be jasperjottings-daily.com.

The blog was started by Ferdinand J. Reinke, a graduate of the class of 1968, “back before I can remember” in his words. He now runs it with help from Mike McEneney ‘53 and Philip J. Colon ‘62.

The purpose of the blog came out of inspiration from a co-worker of Reinke’s. He explains, “I was energized by a co-worker from Duke where there was an extremely active networking effort. I felt we should have one too. Unfortunately, that never seemed to take root.”

He wasn’t seeing a response for a stronger network, where every former student of Manhattan College could see what the others were up to all compiled in one place. Thus, he took it upon himself and the Jasper Jottings was born.

Anyone visiting the site for the first time will see many blog entries ranging from letters written in to Reinke and his team inquiring about fellow classmates or press releases and articles written about Jaspers and their accomplishments. Each person named is formatted as such: “Last Name, First Name [MC####].” The pound signs are the year they graduated.

Specific posts are also labeled as such: for e-mails from alums, JEMAIL. For obituaries or death notices, JOBIT. For news about a specific person, JFOUND. There are many other headers, but these are the most common.

But how does this information seemingly fall into Reinke’s lap? That’s the power of the Internet.

“Each day, I have about ten Internet searches I run and collect anything interesting. On Saturday I compile it into a e-mail blast. It takes about an hour per day average. My fellow alum [McEneney], looks up all the missing class years he can find for me. [Colon] runs a prayer group that picks up my feed and often supplies prayer requests that he gets,” said Reinke.

He’s become a kind of celebrity in the Jasper world. He tells a story of when he was introduced as the “Jasper Jottings” guy at a friend’s party.

“There were several young alums and he introduced me as ‘Jasper Jottings’ and their response was fantastic. Made it all worthwhile. Several said they read every issue and especially enjoyed reading about folks’ careers in the obits. It gave them ideas what to pursue. [I] felt like a rock star,” said Reinke.

Don’t think that Reinke is doing this for the fame or recognition, though. He genuinely wants to give back to the community.

Plus, he definitely attains this goal. He says that about once a year, he’s able to put old friends back in touch through his posts.

Most of all, he is highlighting the amazing work Jaspers have been doing since leaving their alma mater. On the site’s “about” page, it says, “Jasper Jottings is an unofficial irreverent free-wheeling chronology of what the Manhattan College community is seen doing on the web. It’s a hobby. But over the years, they have impressive accomplishments. So [to] some extent, this is their applause.”

His next goal with the site is to invite any and all undergraduates to subscribe to his site. To do so, visit jasperjottings-daily.com, where you can enter your e-mail address on the right-hand column. Reinke sends out e-mail blasts every week.

If you’re looking for an efficient journal of all Jasper accomplishments, look no further than Jasper Jottings.

Or take it from Reinke, a prime example of a dedicated Jasper, who says, “I feel that I got more than I deserved from my education. And, I am just trying to pay it back in a small way.”

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JOBIT: Whiteside, Richard “Dick” [MC1969 RIP] 2019-Mar-05



Richard (“Dick”) Whiteside
1947 – 2019 Obituary 

Whiteside, Richard (“Dick”) 71, of Glen Allen, Virginia passed away peacefully surrounded by many family members on March 5, 2019 after sustaining injuries in a car accident.

Dick is survived by his loving wife of forty-six years, Kathleen, his daughters Megan Whiteside and Elizabeth Whiteside (Nicolai Shuman), his three granddaughters Mia Vernon, Grant Shuman and Mathilde Shuman and many in-laws, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was born on June 9, 1947 in Pawtucket, R.I., son of the late Edward Jefferson Whiteside and the late Doris (Cardin) Whiteside. He was predeceased by his brother Edward Whiteside and his sister Doreen Whiteside.

A lifelong learner, Dick graduated from St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, R.I. He earned a B.A. from Manhattan College and holds two master’s degrees from The Johns Hopkins University. His Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership was conferred by the University of Connecticut.

Throughout his career, Dick worked at various higher education institutions including The Johns Hopkins University, The University of Hartford and Tulane University, before transitioning to consulting work that he did with Royall & Company and EAB. He was considered an expert in higher education enrollment management and belonged to many professional organizations. During his time at Tulane University he was an integral part of the team responsible for bringing the university back after Hurricane Katrina and subsequently became a sought-after speaker in university emergency planning and recovery. Additionally, Dick authored many articles and book chapters on enrollment management.

Dick was a consummate storyteller who believed in the power of the spoken word and was always looking to entertain and include those around him. He put these skills to use professionally by tirelessly dedicating himself to helping colleges and universities manage their enrollments and strengthen their brands. He mentored countless colleagues, family and friends.

Dick cherished his family, especially his three granddaughters, to whom he will always be their beloved “Papa.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond, VA 23229, followed by a Celebration of Life luncheon. The family would love to gather remembrances of Dick and ask that any stories or pictures be emailed to whitesidememorial@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Richard Whiteside Scholarship Fund at Manhattan College, Manhattan College Development Office, and 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Riverdale, NY 10471.

Published in The Providence Journal on Mar. 16, 2019


Whiteside, Richard “Dick” [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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Dear John,

                I believe that Dick is a member of the Class of 1969.

                                    May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Whiteside, Richard “Dick” [MC1969 RIP]

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JOBIT: Lewis, Thomas [MC1977 RIP] 2019-Mar-09



Thomas Lewis

Tom passed away unexpectedly while on vacation with friends near Anaconda, Montana on Saturday, March 9th , 2019. He was a resident of Brattleboro, VT; formerly of Conway, MA.

Tom was born the sixth child of Marie (O’Sullivan) Lewis and Hugh Elvet Lewis in Bronx, NY on May 16, 1955. Tom grew up in the Bronx, spending his later summers at his family’s cottage in New Fairfield, CT, life guarding at Ball Pond. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1977 and went on to study at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, earning his M.D. degree in 1981. He chose to stay in the area for his residency, living in Norwich, VT and working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, where he met his future wife of 29 years, Marcia. He then went on to complete a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery in Santa Barbara, CA, afterwards moving back East to raise his family in Conway, MA.

He worked in private practice for 25 years in Northampton, MA and most recently practiced as a general surgeon at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.

Beyond medicine, Tom was an enthusiastic outdoorsman, spending much of his free time exploring the mountains and valleys of Vermont and Western Mass by foot, bike and ski. While living in Conway he dove headfirst into country living, deciding to raise a pair of oxen, whom he chose to name after his two brothers. He taught all his kids how to yolk and maneuver the oxen, entering them in many fairs in the area. At home, he used the oxen to collect sap for a small maple sugaring operation, which sweetened the lives of many friends and family.

Tom was an avid reader and lifelong learner; he especially enjoyed reading about American history and recently began exploring an interest in Shakespeare. He often traveled with multiple books in tow to read during spare moments throughout the day. Along with reading, he had a fondness for writing poetry and attending plays and performances in the region.

Tom always enjoyed sharing his love of Vermont with his family on weekend getaways to Saxtons River, VT and later Newark, VT. He was ecstatic when two of his children chose to attend college in the state and often would drop by campus unannounced to treat them to dinner or just a visit. His children were his pride and joy in life and he was passionate about supporting them in all their endeavors, be it attending horse shows or baseball games or snowmobiling the backcountry of Vermont. He was looking forward to retirement so he could travel and spend more time with his children and family.

Tom will be missed dearly by his loving family, including Marcia Lewis and his children Brian, Connor and Ellie Lewis. Tom is also survived by his siblings Maureen Dangelo, Jean Shen, Bob Lewis and Ken Lewis, their spouses and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Marie and Hugh Elvet Lewis and sister, Virginia Chandler. His family will most miss the humor and compassion he brought to their lives and to those around him.

Services will be held at the Hawks and Reed event space in Greenfield, MA on Saturday March 30th , 2019 at 11:30 am. All are welcome to attend and share stories about Tom at the service or with the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tom’s name to the Rochester Area Sports Trail Alliance at http://www.rastavt.org.

Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 15, 201


Lewis, Thomas [MC1977 RIP]

Guestbook: https://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/gazettenet/thomas-lewis-condolences/191838740?cid=full

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Sharon


Good Morning All,

Mike Mceneney asks for our prayers for a long time past colleague of his, Retired Judge, Supreme Court, NY, Sharon Townsend. The request was asked of our Prayer Group by a good Friend of Mike’s, Judge Richard Sise, after Judge Townsend’s extensive Brain surgery to remove a very large benign tumor.

From Judge Sise: “She recently underwent brain surgery to have a very large benign brain tumor removed. She’s rehabbing now from that traumatic 4.4 hour surgery. Unfortunately, during her work up for her brain surgery, a scan of her lungs found a mass. She has surgery the first week of May to remove this tumor which, according to her doctors, is likely cancerous. Sharon was a Family Court Judge in Erie County before being elected to the Supreme Court. She was the AJ in the 8th JD before becoming the Assistant Dean at the NYS Judicial Institute. She retired just a coople of years ago and moved with her husband Brad (42 yrs) to North Carolina to be near her Son and Daughter-in-law and their Children. She’s a fighter. I. Have confidence that with communal prayer she will be OK. Dick “

Please keep Mrs. Townsend in your prayers as we pray for a complete and fast recovery from her Brain surgery and that her belief, strength, and Doctors bring her successfully through her surgery in May. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Kathleen


Good Afternoon All,

Lou Calvelli has shared the sad news of the sudden passing of Kathleen D. Rathgeber. We pray for Kathleen and her Family as they cope with the sudden loss of their loved one. We pray that the Family’s grief is overshadowed by their memory of having had Kathleen in their lives. She is at peace in God’s Eternal Embrace. Kathleen is Cousin to Ken Rathgeber ’70, Chairman of the Manhattan College Board of Trustees. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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