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

MOBIT: Leggett, Patrick Joseph [MCattendee] on 2018-Jan-10

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Patrick Leggett

Rhinebeck – Patrick Joseph Leggett, 90, a longtime Rhinebeck resident, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY. 

Born on May 5, 1927, in New York, NY, he was the son of the late James J. and Rose Ann (McGowan) Leggett. Patrick married Eleanor A. Rasco on June 23, 1956 in Redford, NY and she survives at home in Rhinebeck. 

Patrick received his education at Catholic University, Hunter College and Manhattan College. He taught Latin and English for 30 years in the Rhinebeck School District and was an active member of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT). Formerly a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers Order (Brother Brendan Thomas), he taught for six years in parochial schools. 

Patrick was a devoted husband and father who especially loved family gatherings. He had a great appreciation for classical music, opera and the beauty of nature. A longtime communicant of Good Shepherd Church in Rhinebeck, Patrick also volunteered at Northern Dutchess Hospital.

In addition to his loving wife of 61 years, he is survived by his children, Michael Leggett of Oneonta, NY, Christopher Leggett of Rhinebeck, NY, Maureen Nicholson of Rhinebeck, NY, Timothy (Jennifer) Leggett of Stanfordville, NY, and Peter (Maureen) Leggett of Red Hook, NY; his daughter in law, Carmen Leggett of Suffolk, VA; his grandchildren, Brendan, Beatriz, Amaya, Bethany Rose, Christopher, LeighAnne, Ian, and Liam; his great grandchildren; along with extended family and friends.

His son, Kevin Leggett, and a brother, Bernard Leggett, predeceased him.

Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes in Rhinebeck on Monday, January 15, 2018 from 3 to 7 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at Church of the Good Shepherd, Rhinebeck, NY. Fr. Douglas Crawford will officiate. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Rhinecliff.

Memorial donations may be made in Patrick’s memory to the Brothers of the Christian Schools, P.O. Box 238, Lincroft, N.J. 07738. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY.

For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2018


Leggett, Patrick Joseph [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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MOBIT: Lappano-Colletta, Eleanor Rita [MCfaculty RIP] 2018-Jan-09



Lappano-Colletta—Dr. Eleanor Rita. Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Scientist and Proud Fordham Alumna passed away January 9, 2018 at the age of 87.

She was a longtime resident of Riverdale, NY and Jackson, NJ. Born in New York City on January 12, 1930 she was the daughter of Mary and Ernest Lappano. Eleanor graduated from George Washington High School in New York City and continued her studies at Fordham University where she received three degrees: B.S. in Chemistry (1951), M.S. in Biology (1953) and a Ph.D. in Biology (1955), being one of the first females to have a PhD conferred in Biology from Fordham.

After completing her doctorate she held faculty positions at numerous medical schools and research institutions including: New York University Medical School; Rockefeller University, Downstate Medical College, Hospital for Special Surgery, Sloan Kettering Institute and New York Medical College. She continued her love of research, science and education while working at the Museum of Natural History as an Animal Behavior Research Associate, as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Manhattan College and as a Development Scientist at Lever Brothers.

Additionally, Eleanor was honored to serve on the National Advisory Research Council at The National Institutes of Health.

Eleanor enjoyed painting, reading and traveling the globe making many friends along the way. From PTA President to politics, she was always up for an engaging conversation or spirited debate.

Forever in our hearts, she will be missed by all. Eleanor was predeceased by her loving husband of 40 years Archangelo Colletta and a sister Lillian Savastano. She is survived by her sister Maria Redo of New York, NY, children Mary Cregan (David) of Atlanta, GA, John Colletta (Renee) of Destin, FL, Gina DiGuglielmo (Anthony) of Long Valley, NJ and four adoring granddaughters Daniella, Alissa, Caitlin and Audrey.

A Celebration of Eleanor’s Life will include a visitation on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at William J. Leber Funeral Home, 15 Furnace Road, Chester, NJ (908) 879-3090. A 10am Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 15 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Flanders, NJ. A private burial will take place at Brigadier General Doyle Cemetery at a later date. For online condolences visit

William J. Leber Funeral Home 15 Furnace Rd. Chester, NJ 07930 (908) 879-3090
Published in The New York Times on Jan. 11, 2018


Lappano-Colletta, Eleanor Rita [MCfaculty RIP]


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

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MOBIT: Irwin, William J. [MCcoach RIP] on 2017-Oct-30


IRWIN–William J.,

died on October 31, 2017 at the age of 89. Bill was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Rutgers University. He was an All American swimmer both as a collegian and as a US Masters competitor. He served his country in Korea then began a long career as a swimming coach including stints at Manhattan College and then Adelphi University, where he mentored three NCAA All-Americans. He was inducted into the Adelphi University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. Bill was a trusted mentor to generations of swimmers of all ages and skill levels. He is survived by his wife, Georgiana, his sons Bill and Ed, their wives Deborah and Tara, their mother Marie and five grandchildren Kathryn, Christopher, Eric, Robert and Charlotte.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 7, 2017 


Irwin, William J. [MCcoach RIP]


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

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MOBIT: Barnett, Lowell Haines [MCattendee RIP] on 2017-Aug-10


Lowell Haines Barnett
1925 – 2017

Lowell Haines Barnett, 92, of Birmingham, Mich., died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

Lowell was born March 16, 1925, in West Point, to Royal and Hilda Klingler Barnett. He married Ruth Anna Weid on July 4, 1946, in Quincy. She preceded him in death on Nov. 24, 2013.

Lowell attended Pleasant Hill School, a one-room school west of West Point. He attributed his lifelong love of learning to that early education. As a teenager, he worked in the family grocery store and sold Avon products. He graduated from West Point High School, a three-year high school in 1940, and then from Bowen High School the following year. He graduated from Gem City Business College in Quincy.

In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private. After basic training, he was selected to attend Manhattan College in New York City to study engineering. In 1943 he was ordered to Europe. Following the Battle of the Bulge, his company was deployed to the Colmar Pocket. He suffered frostbite in the trenches and was hospitalized for six months before being discharged in 1944. The effect of that injury to his feet remained with him the rest of his life. After discharge, he entered the U.S. Army Reserve as a second lieutenant and retired from the Reserve as a lieutenant colonel.

Lowell and Ruth were married while he was attending the University of Illinois.

After receiving a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering, he accepted a position with the Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Miss. From 1951 through 1962, he served as deputy chief of the engineering department at Fort Belvoir, Va. In 1963 he began work with the Army Tank Automotive Command in Warren, Mich. He became director of quality product assurance for ATAC, a position that involved the development, production and support of vehicles utilized by active and reserve Army units. His promotion to senior executive service status carried an equivalent protocol ranking to brigadier general.
He received the Legion of Merit for Military Service as a reserve officer, 1943-1977, an award not usually given to reserve officers. He also received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

During his government career he attained a master of science degree in industrial engineering from Wayne State University and a master of science degree in management of national resources from George Washington University, and graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Lowell was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. He was a member of the Quincy Consistory for over 66 years, joining originally at Dill’s Masonic Lodge in West Point.

A lifelong student with a wonderful curiosity, Lowell was an avid reader, correspondent and a devoted family man.

He prided himself on making a connection with anyone he met. With a few questions he could establish a connection relating to background, mutual acquaintances or interests.

Lowell enjoyed music, played violin, sang in a quartet in later years, and was a good dancer, delighting in ballroom dancing and whirling the ladies in a fast dance. He and Ruth were members of a square dance club.

His career required that he travel all over the world. After retirement, Lowell and Ruth enjoyed traveling, participating in more than 25 elder hostel trips and several excursions on the Delta Queen and American Queen. Traveling also included many family vacations and cruises. He lost his traveling companion when Ruth was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

She lived in a nursing facility for 10 years; he spent every afternoon with her until she retired for the night.

He is survived by two sons, Randy (Christine) of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Russell (Linda) of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; daughter, Lori Barnett of Bend, Ore.; grandchildren, Michael Turner of Frankfort, Ky., Clayton Barnett and Kyle Barnett of Lawrenceburg; and sister, Sharon L. Barnett of Quincy.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dale S. Barnett.

SERVICES: 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with the Rev. Larry Wentzel conducting. Burial will follow the service in West Point Cemetery.
VISITATION: 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
MEMORIALS: Alzheimer’s Association.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18, 2017 


Barnett, Lowell Haines [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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MOBIT: Harris, Bernard [MCxfaculty RIP] on 2017-Aug-14


Bernard Harris

Bernard Harris, 89, of Dobbs Ferry, died peacefully on August 14, 2017, surrounded by family. He was born and raised in Manhattan, the son of the late William and Lillian Harris. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Maria, children Lynn, Clifford, Robert (Loretta), Bernie (Phyllis), Peter (Jeannie), Steven (Beth), Barbara (Bob) and William (Kristin); grandchildren Mark (JimmieJo), Lindsay (Jeff), Devin, Michael, Marissa, Jacqueline, Catherine, Johnathan, Tyler and Parker. He is also survived by his great grandchildren Caroline Bea, Avery, Cooper and Logan; brother Phil, sister Fran, and many extended family members. Bernard was predeceased by his first wife, Eleanor Pogeweit, in 1968, brother Al in 1993, and son Richard in 2016. In addition to family, Bernard’s other passions included reading, theater, and opera. He traveled extensively, visiting over 60 countries.

Bernard enjoyed many academic and personal successes in his life. He held a PhD in Engineering from Columbia University. Over a long career he worked for Hudson Labs, Sperry Gyroscope, Polarad, OAS and had his own consulting company, Harris Scientific Services. After retiring from industry, Bernard pursued a career as a Professor of Engineering at Manhattan College for 34 years. He had many publications and held two patents.

The family will receive friends and family on Thurs., Aug. 17, and Fri., Aug. 18, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at Bernard and Maria’s home. A memorial service will be held on October 7, 2017 at the South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Food Pantry of South Presbyterian Church or your favorite charity.

Published in the The Journal News on Aug. 17, 2017 


Harris, Bernard [MCxfaculty RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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


Good Morning All,

Tom McCarthy has just shared such sad news. Brother Ray Meagher FSC was called home early Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  Brother Ray was a good friend to me and several others of our Prayer Group and Community, I am deeply saddened. His musings and letters/writings were always in my mind words to live by. He was loved and respected by all and gave of himself very graciously and always helpfully. I will miss Brother Ray as I am sure so many of us will. Something that he used to say resonated and stayed with me for many years in trusting God, ” When you come to the end of the cliff, do not be afraid to go over. God will teach you how to fly or He will catch you.”

I have used that phrase many times in Seminars I have delivered and I still see many writing those words down. Brother Ray was considered one of our best Speakers at our Manhattan College Reality Retreat. We pray for Brother Ray’s soul and remember him with fondness in the sure knowledge that he is at rest in God’s Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven. Good Man, Himself.

The following Quadrangle Link will take you to a well written piece on Brother Ray. If you intend to attend The Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, please check. The article states Mass will sart at 10:00 AM but may actually start at 9:30 AM.

Thank you Tom. Thank you all. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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Brother Raymond Meagher
October 21, 1942 – July 18, 2017

Brother Raymond Meagher, FSC, Ph.D a De La Salle Christian Brother for 55 years, died peacefully at the age of 74 on 7/18/2017.

Born in Bronx, NY on 10/21/1942, Br. Raymond, after completing his primary and secondary education, entered the De La Salle Christian Brothers Novitiate, Barrytown, NY, on 9/1/61.   Br. Raymond earned an BA in Biology at The Catholic University, Washington, DC , in ‘66,  before becoming involved in active ministry, an MA in Counseling Psychology from NYU in ’71, an MSW from Columbia University in ’78 and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from St. John’s University in ’96, all while engaged full-time in ministry.   

Br. Raymond was a member of many prestigious honor societies and prominent professional organizations, including among them Pi Beta Kappa, National Association of Social Workers, and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Education Honor Society.

Br. Raymond was predeceased by his parents, Jeremiah & Ann [Carney] Meagher and his brothers, Donald & Stephen.  He is survived by his brother & sister-in-law, Gerald & Madeline, of Brookfield, CT, his niece, Catherine Costella, a grandniece & grandnephews, a cousin, Mary Schlatch, and other relatives & extended family.

While his appointment to Manhattan College covered 24 years in the Manhattan College School of Education before his retirement in June, Br. Raymond’s other assignments included St. Peter High School, Staten Island, NY; Lincoln Hall, a Residential Treatment Center in Westchester County, NY; and St. Raymond’s Parish, Parkchester, Bronx, NY.

There will be a wake at Christian Brothers’ Community Residence, 4415 Post Road, Bronx, NY, on Friday, 7/21st, 4 pm-8 pm.  The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers on the Manhattan College Campus, 4513 Manhattan College Parkway, Bronx, on Saturday at 9:30 am, with a viewing before the Mass. Interment will follow immediately at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the De La Salle Nursing Development Fund, 810 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 would be appreciated.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Riverdale-on-Broadway, Inwood, New York.

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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.


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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MOBIT: Feeney, Grace [MCstaff RIP] on 2017-Jul-15


From: Mike McEneney
Date: Sun, Jul 16, 2017 1:07 PM
Subject: Grace Feeney RIP

Hi! I received a phone call from Larry Feeney, one of Grace Feeney’s son’s, telling me that Grace passed away yesterday, July 15th. Grace was the voice of the Manhattan College Alumni Society for many years. She was the pleasant voice that answered that phone and was always ready to assist any Alum that called. The last few years Grace was confined to a nursing home where her presence was hard to ignore. She will be missed by many. Her wake will be on Wednesday July 19th at The Williams Funeral Home on Broadway and 231st Street from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9. The Masswill be Thursday morning (Time to be announced) at St Barnabas RCChurch at 241st and Martha Ave in Woodlawn. Please keep Grace and her family in your prayers. May She Rest In Peace.

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Good Afternoon All,

It is with sadness that I share news from Larry Feeney through Mike McEneney, that Larry’s Mom, Grace Feeney, was called home on Saturday, July 15, 2017. Mike was on the money when he referred to Grace as the voice of the Manhattan College Alumni Society for many years. She truly was that pleasant voice that answered the phone and was always ready to help any Alum that called. She was a master of one liners, a quick wit and a smile that welcomed you on the phone or in the office. Many of us knew, loved and respected Grace. My Wife Peggy once said to me, after meeting Grace, I can see why you think the world of Grace, a very special Lady. The last few years of Grace’s life were spent in a Nursing Home where as Mike said, her presence was hard to ignore. Grace will be missed by so many.

Viewing will be on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at:      
Williams Funeral Home                                                                                           
Broadway and 231st Street                                                                                           
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM                                                                                           
7:00 PM to. 9:00 PM

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, 7/20/17 (time to be announced) at:                                                                                                  St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church                                                                                             
241st Street and Martha Ave.                                                                                             
Woodlawn, N.Y.

We pray for the repose of Grace’s soul and for her Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. We pray that they find comfort in the sure knowledge that Grace is at peace in God’s Eternal Embrace. God Speed Grace.

Thank you. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 

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     Some have asked where they  might send condolences
to Grace’s family. They suggested that they be sent to
Grace’s son Larry at:

        Larry Feeney
       240 East 235 Street
       Bronx NY  10470



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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