Category Archives: MObit

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

MOBIT: Vecchio, Alfred [MCxfaculty RIP] 2018-Dec-04


Alfred Del Vecchio, White Plains’ longest serving mayor, dies at 95
by Richard Liebson, Rockland/Westchester Journal News
Published 4:00 p.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018 | Updated 4:01 p.m. ET Dec. 5, 2018

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WHITE PLAINS — Alfred Del Vecchio, who led White Plains through what at the time was the second-largest urban renewal program in the country and served as mayor for 18 years, died Tuesday morning. He was 95.

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A former engineering professor at Manhattan College and head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, Del Vecchio’s desk at City Hall was usually buried under blueprints, technical papers and building designs.

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Vecchio, Alfred [MCxfaculty RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Good Morning All,

From Jasper Jottings, our prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Former Professor, Alfred Del Vecchio.Dr. Del Vecchio, an institution in Manhattan College Engineering, Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Mayor of White Plains, N.Y. for 18 years, was called home on December 4, 2018. Some of us remember Professor Del Vecchio well from our time at Manhattan. We pray for him, his Wife of 73 years, Clair, their 7 Children (one of their children predeceased him), 17 Grand Children and 9 Great Grand Children as the Famiky mourn the loss of their loved one. a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sunday, December 9 at 10:00 AM, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 920 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, N.Y. The Family have shared the following link for his Obituary and information on Visitation, December 8, 2018. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

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MOBIT: Sue Anne, wife of Scanlon, Thomas P. [MC1959]


Sue Anne Scanlon 
1931 – 2018 Obituary 
August 13, 1931 – October 1, 2018

Sue passed away peacefully in the company of her husband of 63 years Deacon Thomas P. Scanlon and after two weeks of loving goodbyes and visits from friends and family at the Jerome Home in New Britain, CT.

She was born during the Great Depression, the second daughter in a close-knit family of five. Born in Reading, PA the family relocated four times following her father’s employment. They lived in Eau Claire and Sparta, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, PA and ended up in Crestwood, NY. Because of these early experiences she developed a strong sense of family, valued her friendships, her Catholic faith and developed her positive attitude in hard times. “Count your Blessings” was her mantra throughout her life. And as the elder sister of three younger mischievous siblings, she developed a nurturing, loving spirit.

Sue graduated from Roosevelt High in Yonkers, NY in 1948 having studied pre-nursing and was accepted at several schools, but events of the times disallowed that dream and so she went to work NYC as a secretary, model, and expert “Wrapper”. Five years later, on a blind date she met Tom Scanlon, the love of her life. They married in 1955. It was as a wife and mother of five children and aunt to more than a dozen nieces and nephews that she realized her calling was that of nurturer. She and Tom teamed up to see Tom graduate from Manhattan College in 1959.

Sue worked, typed papers, helped Tom study and delivered two children before graduation. They moved to Granby, CT in 1961 to open the Arthur Anderson Office in Hartford, CT with a third child in tow and soon two more children arrived. Sue was very active in all the PTA activities in her children’s schools and her neighborhood “The Glen” association and in the Ladies Guilds of St. Therese Parish in Granby and later at St. Bernard’s in Tariffville. Her abiding faith was emblazoned in her spirit!

Through her words and actions she followed Jesus. She constantly wondered at the demonstration of God’s love for us in the flowers in her garden, the birds and bears at her feeder, the sunrises and sunsets on Cape Cod and the smile of a baby. She exclaimed often “How could anyone not believe in God? Just look!” She humbly pursued acts of kindness, offering friendship and kind words and deeds to everyone. She gave rides to the elderly, made prayer shawls, cooked and hosted dinners for friends, and babysat for friends’ and families’ children when needed. She provided constant support to her husband Tom in his calling as a Catholic deacon at St. Mary’s and St. Bernard’s in Simbury, CT.

Her most profound testimony to her faith was the example she set in the tragic loss of her young daughter Suzy and later her son Tom. She shared her coping philosophy with anyone asking for her advice. Her belief “I firmly believe in the promise of an eternal life where we will all be together again. We have to continue living for the rest of our family and do the best we can do on earth.” She received great comfort from her devotion to Mary the Mother of Jesus.

Even after several strokes she held each bead of the rosary despite not being able to speak. Sue believed you use your God given talents for a purpose. She especially encouraged her daughters and granddaughters to pursue their educations and careers. That they be independent minded and marry for love, because they wanted to not because they needed to. Likewise she wanted her sons and grandsons to enter into marriage partnerships and to respect their wives. She went back to work after 28 years to help with college tuitions at CIGNA.

And oh how she loved and advocated for her husband Tom, partners to the end. As their medical needs mandated, they moved from their much loved home of 52 years in Granby. She bravely made the move first to Cheshire Hillside Village and 2 years later to Mulberry Gardens, where she was tickled to be crowned Miss Mulberry Gardens’ 2016 (she was never one to focus on physical beauty).

But the biggest challenge was to downsize to one bedroom at Jerome Home in New Britain, CT. Sue resolved to focus on what they could do to brighten the lives of other residents and to help the staff. Again she focused on the blessing of still being with Tom. They often went to sleep holding hands between the two beds pushed together as close as allowed.

Sue leaves her husband, Thomas P. Scanlon; her daughters, Katherine Rawden and her husband Lou of Darien, CT and Jeanne Anderson and her husband John of Cheshire, CT; her son, Christopher Scanlon and his wife Glynnis of Milford, CT; and seven grandchildren, Thomas A. Scanlon, Katie Suzie and Louie Rawden, Zoe and Jack Anderson, and Sara and Matthew Scanlon; her brothers, Stephen and Michael Palen; a brother-in-law, Robert Lindgren; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by a daughter, Suzanne Bernice; a son, Thomas Vernon; her mother and father, Vernon and Bernice (Roy) Palen; her sisters, Patricia Waddill and Mary Lindgren; a brother-in-law, George Waddill; a sister-in-law, Jean Palen; and a nephew, Bobby Lindgren.

Her family will receive friends on Friday, October 12, 3-7 p.m., at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m., at St. Therese Church, 120 West Granby Rd., Granby. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery, Tariffville. Memorial donations may be made to Jerome Home, Attn: Employee Tuition Reimbursement Fund, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain, CT 06052. For online condolences please visit,

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 7, 2018

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

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MOBIT: Dobransky, Catherine M. [MCstaff RIP] 2018-May-14


Catherine M. Dobransky

Irvington – Catherine M. Dobransky, 88, a longtime resident of Irvington passed away on May 14, 2018. Born and raised in Yonkers, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Dobransky. Catherine was an Associate Registrar at Manhattan College in Riverdale for over 47 years. She was a devout Catholic and lived her life serving others.

Catherine is survived by her brother Rudolph (Lorraine) Dobransky and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Emil, sister-in-law Margaret and niece Jeannie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 16 N Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533.

Mass of the Resurrection Thursday 10AM Immaculate Conception Church, Irvington. Visiting Thursday 8:30-9:30AM Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Ave, Dobbs Ferry.

Published in the The Journal News on May 16, 2018


Dobransky, Catherine M. [MCstaff RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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

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MOBIT: Miele, John Anthony [MCxfaculty RIP] 2018-Apr-28


John Miele’s obit retired faculty

reported anonymously

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March 2, 1924 – April 25, 2018
Born in Brooklyn, NY
Resided in Amissville, Virginia

John Miele, 94, passed away Wednesday morning April 25, 2018, in Warrenton, Virginia. He was born March 2, 1924, in Brooklyn, NY.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Spencer, son, Michael, daughters Alice and Sandy Rae, and grandsons, John and Michael.

John, a former resident of Hopewell Junction, New York, was a proud Navy veteran who served honorably in World War II as a radioman on PT Boat 462 in RON 31, and in the Korean War. He spent many years as a psychology professor at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY, part of that time as Chairman of the Psychology Department.

John was active in following national and foreign affairs from an issue and values standpoint and enjoyed cooking and reading about American history,

Friends may call on Monday, April 30 from 9-10 AM at Moser Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 AM. interment with honors provided by the VFW Post 2524 to follow at Culpeper National Cemetery.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to PT Boats. Inc. P.O. Box 38070, Germantown, TN, 38183, phone (901)-755-8440 in memory of John Miele.


Miele, John Anthony [MCxfaculty RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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MOBIT: Zenz, Frederick A. [MCfaculty RIP] 2018-Feb-28


Frederick Zenz (1922-2018)
By Site Editor on March 3, 2018

Frederick A. Zenz, 95, a Philipstown resident since 1972 and noted chemical engineer, died Feb. 28, 2018, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

Born Aug. 1, 1922, in New York City, he began an illustrious career in 1942 with the M.W. Kellogg Co. as a process development engineer after receiving his bachelor’s in chemistry from Queens College. He later earned a masters degree in chemical engineering from New York University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from Polytechnic University.

In 1944, he began working for the Kellex Corporation in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on the Manhattan Project, the World War II research and development program that produced the first nuclear weapons.

From 1946 to 1962, he worked for HRI, M.W. Kellogg and Stone & Webster Engineering. In 1962, he became an independent consultant. During his career he also taught at Manhattan College, during which time he became the technical director of Particulate Solid Research Inc. (PSRI) and founded and served as technical director of Analogies in Matters of Science (A.I.M.S.) from 1989 to 2007.

He authored at least 90 scientific papers, 18 book chapters, countless research papers for PSRI and A.I.M.S. and held 20 patents. In 1960, he co-authored one of the most influential books in engineering, Fluidization and Fluid-Particle Systems. His third and most recent book was published in 2015.

He was recognized as one of 30 notable authors of groundbreaking chemical engineering books and one of the 100 notable chemical engineers of the modern era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He had a great passion for his field in engineering coupled with a strong work ethic, working until the last weeks of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth; three children, Dennis Zenz, Jonathon Zenz (Donna) and Terese Olsen (Jim); nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Fredric Zenz.

Information provided by Clinton Funeral Home.


Zenz, Frederick A. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

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Dear John,

I believe that Frederick was a member of the faculty at Manhattan.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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

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MOBIT: Burke, Robert Joseph Sr. [MCattendee RIP] 2018-Feb-25


Robert Joseph Burke Sr.
MARCH 16, 1922 – FEBRUARY 25, 2018

“Life Is But A Wink In The Eye Of Time”

Robert Joseph Burke, Sr., age 95, of McLean, VA and Northport, NY, passed peacefully on Sunday, February 25, 2018 in the loving arms of his daughters at home in New York. Born March 16, 1922 in Hells Kitchen, NY, he was the only child of Nelle Burke. Robert graduated from St. Nicholas of Tolentine in1940 and attended Manhattan College for 2 years. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted with the US Navy in 1942, serving aboard the TBF Avenger aircraft in the South Pacific. Robert was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Purple Heart. In 1947, Robert married his devoted wife of 45 years, Cecelia O’Rourke Burke, and together they raised 5 children. He enjoyed a very successful business career, including the role as Executive Vice President for Giant Food, Inc.

Robert was the loving father of 5 children; Kathy Burke Rhodes (John), Patricia Ann, Therese Lee, Robert Joseph, Jr. (Terry) and Michael Anthony, Sr. (Rosemary) and cherished grandfather of 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 5 – 8 PM at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA. A funeral Mass will follow on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1 PM at St. James Catholic Church, 905 Park Avenue, Falls Church, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis TN. Online condolences may be made at


Burke, Robert Joseph Sr. [MCattendee RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

[JR: Attendees are recognized on the theory “if it’s important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers”. Perhaps, the time at MC was both formative and important to our comrade. And, imho, WW2 interrupted many plans. A good many went to never came back and maybe those that did had new priorities.]

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

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MOBIT: Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC, president emeritus of Manhattan College passed


Manhattan College1 hr · 
Manhattan mourns the passing of Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC, president emeritus of Manhattan College. May he rest in peace.

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Good Afternoon All,

Tom Delaney shared the very sad news that our Past President, Tom Scanlan was called home today, February 10, 2018. A very sad day forour Manhattan College Community. Tom died of complications of his Open Heart Surgery about ten days ago. Details as to his wishes for Visitation and Mass Of Christian Burial are not yet available and I will share them as soon as I have them.. 

Many of us considered Tom a friend, all of us were thankful for what he accomplished for the College. He protected our Values, shared our Faith. And Beliefs and, yes, many of us feel he saved our College. He will be missed. May he rest in peace. Thank you God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Manhattan College Mourns Passing of President Emeritus, Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC
The longtime president of Manhattan College passed away at age 72.

Brother Thomas J. Scanlan, FSC, president emeritus of Manhattan College, passed away on Sunday, February 4, at the age of 72. 

The 18th president of Manhattan College, serving from 1987 to 2009, Br. Thomas helped to navigate the College through a difficult financial period in the 1980s to become the institution it is today. During his 22-year tenure, the College’s enrollment increased by 120 percent and received accreditations by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). 

Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, said: “In the time that I have come to know Br. Thomas, I developed a deep appreciation for his visionary side … Brother’s decisions were grounded firmly in a deep faith and in the Lasallian mission. He made bold and courageous decisions grounded in that faith.”

Under Br. Thomas’ leadership, the College transformed into a largely residential campus while still preserving its commitment to serving first-generation students. The College also saw several enhancements and expansions under Br. Thomas, including the opening of Horan Hall, Lee Hall and the Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley Library.

Br. Thomas came to Manhattan College from Bethlehem University in Palestine, where he served as vice chancellor and chief executive officer. Prior to that, he was director of finance and education for the New York Province of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Br. Thomas also served as a teacher, vice principal, and principal at Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington, N.J.

Born in New York City, Br. Thomas received his B.A. in physics from The Catholic University of America, his M.A. in mathematics from New York University, and his Ph.D. in business administration from Columbia University.

Br. Thomas received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal in 1986. He was a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He also received the Good Scout Award from the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1995. In 1997, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. He also received a Community Leadership Award from the New York City Community Board 8 in 1998 and an Interfaith Brotherhood Award from the Riverdale Jewish Community Council in 2003. In addition, Br. Thomas was a member of the Fellows of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

In 2016, Br. Thomas was awarded the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award, named in honor of the influential former Notre Dame president, and typically given to a former college president who has made outstanding contributions to Catholic higher education through service and academic work.

“Being a Catholic college president is one of the most complex and challenging roles in our nation. To succeed takes a true team effort, and my most critical ability was to say ‘I need your help.’ And I was gratified, both at Bethlehem University and at Manhattan College, by the extremely positive response of so many talented individuals,” Br. Thomas said upon receiving the Hesburgh Award.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Wilfrid Auger; niece Pamela Auger-Thornton, and nephews Peter Auger, Vincent Auger, and his wife Karen. Additionally, Br. Thomas is survived by great nieces Christelle Auger and Cassandra Thornton, and nephew Evan Thornton, as well as many beloved cousins and friends. 

Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.

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Good Evening All,

You have received the sad news of the passing of Brother Thomas. The Link below is the statement and Obituary shared by President Brennan O’Donnell, Manhattan College. It speaks of Brother Thomas and his contributions not only to Manhattan College but to the Lasallian Tradition at large and the many that he touched in his lifetime. 

Brother Thomas was a Friend, a Mentor, an Educator, an Administrator and wherever he went, a hard act to follow. He will be missed. 

Brother Thomas was asked a few years back by a school mate of his, a Fellow Jasper and member of the Manhattan College Retreat Team, Don Bane, if he would be willing to join us as a speaker at our Retreat and to our good fortune, he said yes. Many of us consider him to have been one of our best speakers throught the 26 years we have celebrated our Manhattan College and Friends Retreat. I don’t recall him using notes, he was entirely extempore and totally well prepared and held our attention. At some point during his witness, it became evident that we, the attendees at that Retreat, were impressed and all wanted to hear more about his successes. He shared some more of his witness with us and in wrapping up he said, ” ……..I am just an Administrator.” One thing that his Friends, Family, colleagues and Community will agree with, Just is not a word that would be used to describe Brother Thomas. He will be missed and not forgotten. God Speed.

We pray for the repose of Brother Thomas, his Sister and Brother-in-Law, Helen and Wilfred Auger and their Family, Brother Thomas’s Friends and Community as they mourn the loss of their loved one. Brother Thomas was predeceased by his Parents, Thomas and Anna Scanlan and his Brother, John.

Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

In case you have difficulty opening the Link, Visitation will be in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers on Friday, February 9 from 3 PM to 8 PM and Saturday, February 10 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.

Mass of the Resurrection will be Celebrated in the Chapel on Saturday, February 10 at 11:00 AM. Following the Mass, a Buffet Lunch will be served in Smith Auditorium. Interment will be on Monday, February 12 at 10:00 AM in bate of Heaven Cemetery, located at 10 West Steve s Avenue, Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532.

Link: archive/2018/02/manhattan- college-mourns-passing- brother-thomas-scanlan.php

If you have difficulty opening the Link and would like a copy of President O’Donnell’s announcement, please  send me an email and I will send you a copy.

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

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