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JOBIT: Houlihan, James G. [MC1947 RIP] 2019-Mar-02



James G. Houlihan
1923 – 2019 Obituary

Bronxville – James G. Houlihan, a longtime resident of Bronxville, NY and Palm Beach, FL, passed away on March 2nd, 2019 at the age of 95.

James G. Houlihan was born in Manhattan in 1923, the only child of James A. Houlihan and Genevieve McConnell Houlihan. He grew up in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. He was a graduate of Our Lady of Angels Grammar School in 1937 and All Hallows High School in 1941. Jim served in the US Army during WWII from March 1943 to December 1945 in the South Pacific. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1947 and then received his master’s degree in Real Estate in 1948 from Columbia University School of Business. He joined his family’s Real Estate business in 1955 and was a Partner from 1960 – 2017 in Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC.

Jim was elected President of the Bronx Board of Realtors in 1960, President of the New York State Realtors in 1964 and Regional Vice President of the National Association of Realtors in 1966. Jim served as Chairman of the prestigious Finance Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York and was a Knight of Malta, a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a member of The Old Guard Society of Palm Beach Golfers and was involved in a number of other Catholic and philanthropic endeavors.

In 2004 Jim published a book called “A Hitch In Hell, An Account of My U.S. Army Service in World War II”. He enjoyed sports, particularly golf.

Surviving Jim are his children: James Houlihan (Patricia), John Houlihan (Judy), William Houlihan (Claire), Mary Coleman (James), Thomas Houlihan (Genni), and Patricia MacRae (Dave). Also surviving are his eighteen grandchildren: Christie Houlihan, Michael McEvoy, Kelly Buckley, Meghan McEvoy, Bryan Houlihan, Erin Flanagan, Kerry Salvatierra, Siobhan Houlihan, Katharine, Ellen, Terence and Mary Houlihan, Caitlin Coleman, Kara Coleman, Kevin Coleman, Emily M. Houlihan, Timothy MacRae, Elizabeth MacRae, and nine great-grandchildren: Kieran, Maggie and Grace Salvatierra, Molly and Josie Flanagan, James, Charles, and Frederick A Buckley, and Shea McEvoy.

The wake will held on Thursday, March 7 from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm at the Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home, 20 Cedar Street Bronxville, NY 10708. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 8 at 10:45 am at St. Joseph’s Church,15 Cedar Street Bronxville . In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Phyllis F. Albstein Fund for Brain Science at Johns Hopkins University.Individuals can make gifts online at the website: https://krieger.jhu.edu/giving/give-now/

Published in the The Journal News from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2019


Houlihan, James G. [MC1947 RIP]

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JOBIT: Riverso, Raphael G. [MC1947 RIP] 2017-Dec-12



In Memory of

Raphael G. Riverso

September 1, 1923 – December 12, 2017

Raphael G. Riverso passed away on December 12, 2017, with his family at his bedside. Ray, as he was known to many, was born in Satriano, Italy on September 1, 1923 to Vincent G. Riverso and Stella Chiaravalotti Riverso, both deceased. Raphael came to this country in 1935 where he met Nadia Ursini, who many years later, in 1952, he married. Raphael graduated from Manhattan College in 1947 with a degree in civil engineering. As a young man, Raphael served our country in the armed forces during World War II as a pilot and engineer in the United State Army Air Corps. Raphael returned to New York, where he was a General Contractor, responsible for many notable buildings and ground breaking projects throughout Westchester, Rockland, and Dutchess Counties. Raphael was extremely proud of his heritage and was responsible for the organization and running of the Westchester Columbus Day Parade during his tenor as President of the Antonio Meucci Lodge, Order of the Sons Of Italy. He was also President of the Federation of Italian American Organizations. Raphael was instrumental in bringing Italian as a language to many of the high schools in Westchester County. He was the recipient of many honors and accolades for his buildings and his contributions to his community. His greatest achievement was his family, children and grandchildren. Raphael is survived by six of his seven children and their spouses, Vincent (Denise), Stella, Raphael II, Maria Cameron (Robert), Milo (Michele) and Pia (Bruce Brigandi), and by seven grandchildren, Cara, John, Christopher, Michael, Anthony, Nadia and Peter Riverso. Raphael’s son John predeceased him in 2015, and Raphael lost his loving wife, Nadia in 1991. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in the name of Raphael Riverso to the “Columbus Citizens Foundation” payable to and should be mailed to “Columbus Citizens Foundation, Attention: Scholarship Department, 8 East 69th Street, New York, NY, 10021”. preferred.

Mass of Christian Burial Saturday December 16, 2017 10AM at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Scarsdale. Entombment Gate of Heaven Cemetery Valhalla NY. Visitation Thursday December 14, 2017 from 7-9PM and Friday December 15, 2017 from 2-5 PM and 7-9PM.


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JOBIT: Gannon, John J. [MC1947 RIP] on 2017-Oct-23



In Memory of
John Joseph Gannon
June 5, 1924 – October 23, 2017

Gannon, John J. Professor Emeritus The University of Michigan Age 93, passed away on October 23, 2017 at Arbor Hospice, Saline. He was born on June 5, 1924 in New York City.


Survivors include sons Thomas C. (Lois), Michael E. (Cheryl), Mark J. and daughter, Catherine A. Van Hulle (John) and his good friend Ozora McCarthy. A son John M. died in 1963. Grandchildren include Benjamin, Steven and Kevin Gannon; Michael, Jeanette, Valerie and Sean Van Hulle; and Carrie Honore. Great- grandchildren include Luc, Cole and Rhys Honore.


John served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater during World War II, and is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Distinquished Unit Citation and the Combat Infantry Badge. He is a graduate of Manhattan College in New York City in civil engineering (BCE) and the University of Michigan in public health engineering (MPH).


John was a faculty member of the University of Michigan, School of Public Health from 1950 through 1994 when he retired. He taught and performed research in water quality, with his main interest in the mathematical modeling of river water systems. Professor Gannon is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.


He has been associated with Boy Scout Troop 123 of Haisley School from 1960 through 1986, as a troop committee member and as Scoutmaster from 1968-1971. In recent years he has been active in the University of Michigan Learning in Retirement Turner Program. Also, he has been treasurer of the Tuesday Men’s Luncheon Program of the Senior Guild and was a member of the Thursday Men’s Luncheon Program.

A viewing will take place on Monday, October 30th at 10 am, with funeral services at 11 am, at the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor. Burial will immediately follow at the Forest Hills Cemetery, with arrangements through Muehlig’s Funeral Home.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a Student Scholarship Fund in the School of Public Health at The University of Michigan, 734-647-6179. Ann Arbor, Michigan


Arrangements under the direction of Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI.


Gannon, John J. [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

             I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1947.

                            May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Gannon, John J. [MC1947 RIP]

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JOBIT: Lakoski, Theodore ‘Ted’ J. Sr [MC1947 RIP] on 2017-Jan-25



Theodore (Ted) J. Lakoski, Sr.
April 11, 1924 – January 25, 2017
U.S. Veteran

Ted Lakoski was born in New York City on April 11th, 1924.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Vera of 59 years, and their son Robert Lakoski.

Survivors include a son Ted Jr. of Leesburg Indiana; daughters Joan Lakoski Mayercik of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Katherine Lakoski Loveland of Melbourne, Australia. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and his dear friend and companion Germaine M. Pearlberg.
Ted served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

After receiving a Bachelor of Engineering from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY, he subsequently joined IBM. In his career with IBM he was associated with the manufacture of semiconductor products. He was also awarded a Sloan Fellowship at M.I.T. in 1961.

His most notable assignment was the plant manager of the IBM East Fishkill New York Facility. At the time of his retirement from IBM he was plant manager at the IBM Manassas, Virginia facility.

Ted subsequently joined DuPont and served as a Plant Manager in the Research Triangle Park facility. He retired from DuPont and joined Alcoa in Rancho Bernardo, California.

In June of 1992, Ted and Vera moved to the Peridia Golf and Country Club in Manatee County. While a resident there, he enjoyed golf, reading, and taking frequent trips with Vera to visit their children and grandchildren.

He was a communicant at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church services.
Ted (our Dad, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa) will be greatly missed. His devotion to his family was ever present and had an amazing ability to make those around him feel special.

He is off to meet and be with Vera forever…

Funeral Mass
Friday, January 27, 201710:00 AM
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church
833 Magellan Dr
Bradenton, FL 34243 


Lakoski, Theodore ‘Ted’ J. Sr [MC???? RIP]

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Dear John,

             I believe that Theodore is a member of the Class of 1947, and is son, Theodore Jr., is a member of the Class of 1968.

                  May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lakoski, Theodore ‘Ted’ J. Sr. [MC1947 RIP]

Lakoski, Theodore  Jr. [MC1968]

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

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JOBIT: DiRocco, Victor J. [MC1947 RIP] on 2016-01-03



Victor J. & Beatrice E. DiRocco
Victor J. DiRocco 5/23/1922 – 1/3/2016
Beatrice E. DiRocco4/25/1923 – 1/9/2016

Victor J. DiRocco and Beatrice E. DiRocco, loving and committed spouses, and residents of their Los Altos home since 1957, were granted their wish to remain together to the end, passing away six days apart on January 3rd and 9th, 2016.

Victor and Beatrice were both born in New York, and were acquaintances since grade-school. Married for over 68 years, Vic and Bea lived in Hartford, CT before moving the growing family to California in 1956.

Vic, fluent in Italian and French, served with the U.S. Army Office of Strategic Services in London and Paris as a surgical technician during WWII. Following honorable discharge, Vic resumed college changing his major from medicine to chemistry at Manhattan College, and received his master’s degree in bacteriology at St. John’s University, New York.

In 1950 Vic began his professional career at Heublein Inc. in production management and quality control. The family moved to Los Altos when Vic became QC Manager at the under-construction Menlo Park facility, later becoming Plant Manager and retiring for the first time at age 57 as VP. Bea handily raised their four children, insuring that annual vacations were possible by clever use of resources so as to visit many of the country’s monuments, parks, and relatives in many states. Restless in retirement, Vic joined Underwriter’s Laboratories as a certification inspector, until fully retiring over a decade later.

Vic and Bea were also active in later years, Vic surprising many with his skills in woodcarving. He was also a member of SIRS and was dedicated to the American Legion. Bea always enjoyed gardening, and advanced her survival skills of sewing as a mother to include embroidery, also learning calligraphy (Pacific Scribes), watercolor and paper craft. After a family trip to Japan in 1981, they became enthused with travel and visited many parts of the world; twice to Italy meeting Vic’s cousins and relatives. Vic and Bea were founding members of St. William’s Church in Los Altos, and served as volunteers until no longer physically able.

Vic was the last survivor of the four siblings, preceded in death by: Frank of Great Falls, MT, Adam of Syracuse NY, and Julia of New York, NY. Bea had one sister Caroline Weeks of Ft. Pierce FL, who predeceased her. Victor and Beatrice are survived by their four children: Donald (Huong) of Oakland, Kenneth of Cupertino, Robert of Lodi, and Joan (Gene) in Mountain View, and a grandson Thomas, of Oakland, CA.

As per their request a private internment was held at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, including a U.S. Army ceremony for decorated service.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 30, 2016


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Dear John,

             I believe that Victor is a member of the Class of 1947.

                 May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. He graduated the year I was born. Wow!]

DiRocco, Victor J. [MC1947 RIP]

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

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JOBIT: Fox, Arthur J. Jr. [MC1947 RIP] at 2016-May-11



Arthur J. Fox Jr., ENR Editor in Chief Emeritus, Is Dead at 92
Debra K. Rubin

Arthur J. Fox Jr., who parlayed early construction field experiences for a state highway department and for the U.S. Army on World War II battlefields to build industry trade journal Engineering News-Record into the so-called “Bible” of the now $8.5-trillion global construction sector, as editor-in-chief for nearly 25 years, died on May 11 in Rockville, Md. He was 92.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, according to his daughter Jane Fox of Wilmington, N.C.

Fox set high standards of exacting news coverage on subjects often highly technical and fast-breaking, and, on ENR’s editorial page, often took stances on issues that were not always popular.

A 40-year ENR veteran, Fox also created or propelled numerous innovations that now define the non-residential construction sector—particularly the journal’s 50-year-old revenue-based rankings of leading firms that are widely referenced to measure the industry’s health and provide disciplined analysis and needed transparency in a fractious sector of mostly privately-held businesses.

Fox traveled widely to report first-hand at often remote or dangerous jobsites of massive, nation-altering projects—from record-setting dams in the Soviet Union to the U.S. military buildup in South Vietnam.
He also was a strong proponent of industry unity-building and ethics. He helped drive adoption of more stringent anti-corruption rules for engineering professionals and project owners on international work through the American Society of Civil Engineers begun in 2004.

Amending ASCE’s existing ethics code to add stronger anti-corruption language “was like adding another amendment to the Constitution,” says Michael Sanio, ASCE’s director of sustainability and international alliance. “Art’s absolute commitment to this was critical.” Adds Wendy Hallgren, Fluor Corp. vice president for compliance:  “He believed strongly that corruption drained economies, particularly developing economies, of the resources and projects that would allow them to advance.”

Fox epitomized ENR’s key role as the media authority on the non-residential construction sector, tapped by The New York Times in a 1978 story to offer quick verification and analysis of the $3.4-billion price of a planned university campus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“It was a great honor for ENR to be called the bible of the construction industry but [Fox] never let us forget the journalistic responsibility that carried,” says Howard Stussman, his successor as editor-in-chief. “People allowed themselves to be interviewed because they believed the truth about a project or situation had to be told and that ENR was the trusted place to do that.”

But Fox also took heat in 1966 from former New York City public works czar Robert Moses—and from executives at ENR’s then-parent McGraw-Hill—for a headline wording snafu related to Moses’ political feud with then-Mayor John Lindsay over a stalled highway project. Despite a mea culpa on ENR’s letters page, Fox writes in an internal office memo of being “lectured” by the formidable Moses when summoned to his office, and expecting to be “thrown out” out of the meeting. But, insisted Fox in his memo: “I can’t promise that we’ll never again run afoul of this fellow.”

“In any news organization, the journalists need to know they can do their jobs without wondering whether the eyes of ‘corporate’ are upon them,” says William Reinhardt, a former senior editor who now is editor-in-chief of industry newsletter Public Works Financing.

Referring to ENR’s particular reputation for reporting of construction disasters, Reinhardt added that “ENR under Art Fox aggressively reported the causes of major engineering failures where the reputations of important people and companies were at stake. Art never flinched. When the reporting was done professionally, he stood behind his people. The industry benefitted from having a trusted source of information on the cause of failures. ENR’s editorial staff benefitted from having Art Fox as their leader.”
Fox stepped down as ENR Editor in Chief in 1988, and is the recipient of numerous industry awards. He also served as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and helped found several organizations that link industry businesses and academic institutions.

In naming Fox for the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence in 2009, the Construction Industry Institute cited “his expert and incisive coverage of major construction projects and activities throughout the world,” adding that ENR “should be ‘must’ reading for college students planning to enter the construction profession.”

Fox received his BS in civil engineering from Manhattan College in New York City, in 1947. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1982, and remained an active alumnus.

A memorial service for Art Fox is set for Wednesday, May 18, 11:00AM  at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 9200 Kentsdale Drive in Potomac, Md., with a reception to follow at Congressional Country Club, 8500 River Road, Bethesda, Md.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to:
Arthur J. Fox Jr. Scholarship at Manhattan College
Manhattan College, Office of Planned Giving
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10471
Online contributions can be made at: connect.manhattan.edu/giving

Messages of condolence can be sent to Jane Fox and Jack Riordan, 126 Bradley Pines Drive, Wilmington NC 28403


Fox, Arthur J. Jr. [MC1947 RIP]

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Dear John,
                 Art was also a past president of the Manhattan College Alumni Society. A truly great JASPER!

                  May he Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: Lanigan, Eugene D. [MC1947 RIP]



Eugene D. Lanigan

On Sunday, August 24, 2014 Eugene D. Lanigan of Maplewood.

He was a Sales Executive at Siemans AG; Iselin NJ. Prior to Siemans he was a Sales Executive for General Electric, Schenectady, NY 1946-1976. He earned at Manhattan College a B.S. Engineering. He served U. S. Army, 1943-1946, World War II ; He volunteered at Jewish Vocational Service Immigrant Resettlement Center; Maplewood Club Trustee; Winchester Gardens Executive Search, Finance and Marketing Committees. He was an avid fisherman, who encouraged both young and old to become interested in the sport; a lover of jazz music and proficient pianist, a prolific writer and social commentator, and superb vegetable gardener.

Beloved husband of the late Rita Burke Lanigan. Devoted father of Daniel R. Lanigan, Joan L. Strauss and the late Janet M. Lanigan.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect St., South Orange, on Fri, Aug 29th at 9:30 AM. Interment Private. Visitation will be held at The Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home, 2122 Millburn Ave, Maplewood on Thursday, 2-4 & 7-9 PM.

In lieu of flowers donations to Manhattan College, Development Office, 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy, Riverdale, NY 10471 would be appreciated. For more information or to send condolences please visit

Posted by editor on August 25, 2014. Filed under OBITUARIES. 


Lanigan, Eugene D. [MC???? RIP]

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[JR: Slightly different obit and different Guestbook.]


Eugene D. Lanigan

Eugene D. Lanigan, 89, of Maplewood, N.J., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Kindred Hospital in Rahway, N.J.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 217 Prospect St., South Orange, N.J., on Friday, Aug 29, at 9:30 a.m. Interment is private. Visitation will be held at The Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home, 2122 Millburn Ave., Maplewood, on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. For more information or to send condolences, please visit jacobhollefuneralhome.com.
Eugene was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and lived in Schenectady, N.Y., before moving to Maplewood for 38 years ago.

He graduated from Manhattan College with a B.S. in engineering. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946.

Eugene was a sales executive for General Electric in Schenectady from 1946 to 1976. He later worked for Siemens AG in Iselin, N.J., also as a sales executive, from 1976 to 1990.

He was a volunteer with the Jewish Vocational Service Immigrant Resettlement Center, a trustee with the Maplewood Club, and a member of the Winchester Gardens executive search, finance, and marketing committees.

Eugene was an avid fisherman who encouraged both young and old to become interested in the sport. He was a lover of jazz music, a proficient pianist, prolific writer and social commentator, and superb vegetable gardener.

He was the beloved husband of the late Rita Burke Lanigan, and devoted father of Daniel R. Lanigan, Joan L. Strauss, and the late Janet M. Lanigan.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Manhattan College, Development Office, 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy, Riverdale, N.Y. 10471 would be appreciated.

Published in Star-Ledger on Aug. 26, 2014

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Dear John,

I believe that Eugene is a member of the Class of 1947.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lanigan, Eugene D. [MC1947 RIP]

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

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