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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) podcast


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Today is tuesday. Means my podcast show tonight. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. Nine my time. Join me. I enjoy ranting and raving. Fun stuff, serious matters. http://www.blogtalkrado.com/key-west-lou.

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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JOBIT: Sad News Passing of Professor Roger Goebel [MC1957 RIP] 2018-Apr-20


Dear John,

               See announcement below.
                 May He Rest In Peace.

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Dear Fordham Law Alumni,

I write with the sad news that Professor Roger J. Goebel passed away on Friday, April 20. He was 82. The Fordham Law community has lost a good friend and a superb colleague whose contributions to us, our students, and our institution were immeasurable. Professor Goebel was never shy about speaking his mind and, in a gentle way, pressing his views. He always spoke from the heart, informed by his tremendous learning and intellect. He devoted particular attention to nurturing the community of international students and scholars at Fordham Law.

Born in Indianapolis, Professor Goebel earned his A.B. from Manhattan College in 1957, graduating as valedictorian of his class. He enrolled at New York University School of Law, earning his J.D. in 1960 and his LL.M. in comparative law in 1961. From 1961 to 1962, he was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Tübingen in Germany. From 1966 to 1983, he practiced international business law and French and American corporate law in the Paris and New York City offices of Coudert Brothers.

In 1984, we at Fordham Law were thrilled to welcome Professor Goebel to the faculty; he served the Law School community for 33 years as an invaluable educator, colleague, and friend. As Alpin J. Cameron Professor of Law, he inspired students and colleagues alike with his prodigious knowledge of corporations, partnership and limited liability companies, and European Union Law.

Professor Goebel represented one of the foremost American legal academics in the field of EU Law, having taught and written in the field since 1978. Indeed, he was one of the founders of this important area of study. In 1984 he created the Fordham Center on European Law, which fostered Fordham Law’s relationships with United States and European law schools and has promoted the School’s reputation in Europe as a premier school in international law. 

Professor Goebel was instrumental in building and nurturing the School’s LL.M. program, and he served as a caring mentor to the many international students who matriculated at Fordham due to his influence. During their time at the Law School, Professor Goebel deftly helped them navigate a legal system that may have initially seemed strange to them but that was nonetheless one they were eager to understand thanks to his encouragement and tutelage. 

Showcasing his commitment to the field of EU law, Professor Goebel published extensively on the topic and other international legal matters. His book Cases and Materials on European Union Law, which he co-authored with Eleanor Fox, George Bermann, Jeffrey Atik, and Frank Emmert, is now in its fourth edition and remains a vital law school text. He also co-edited Rights, Liability and Ethics in International Legal Practice, now in its second edition, with the late Mary Daly. His work is widely read and respected in Europe. Many European academics first learned of Fordham Law School through his work, making him one of the School’s great ambassadors. 

Professor Goebel taught at various institutions across the United States, in Germany, and in France. He maintained various professional affiliations and roles, including president of the American Foreign Law Association (1997–2000); advisory board member of the American Law Institute, Restatement of Agency Third (1999–2003); editorial advisory board member of the Common Market Law Review (1991–present); and executive committee member of the American Society of Comparative Law (1997–2000). 

Professor Goebel will be profoundly missed by his many friends, colleagues, and former students in the Fordham Law School community. 

The Law School will host an appropriate event to share memories of Professor Goebel. Information will be forthcoming.

I am sorry to pass on this sad news.


Matthew Diller
Paul Fuller Professor of Law

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Goebel, Roger [MC1957 RIP]

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JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) relays an email in


Dear Friends of Addis Hope (I hope),

Once again, I must resort to mass mailing to ask your assistance. This does not include those of you who have already been donor partners. Here in Addis Ababa there are recurring problems with electricity and the internet. My good friend Jim Casey has graciously agreed to do the mailing.

For those of you not familiar with my background, I first came to Ethiopia 49 years ago. During that time,  I have taught in two FSC and one Daughters of Charity school. For 26 years I was also an administrator in the Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat (ECS). While in Ethiopia I am currently a member of an FSC community consisting of 3 Ethiopian Brothers and 3 missionaries (2 Americans, 1 Irishman). We recently added to that community 3 Vietnamese DeLaSalle Sisters who fully participate in all our community activities (in a very lively and entertaining way).

17 years ago my LaSallian colleague, Ruth Girmay founded what I later named Addis Hope School. I became Chairman of the Board and Chief Fund Raiser (not my favorite sport). During those years we graduated thousands of illiterate children of street families from a two year kindergarten program. They went on to graduate from government schools, many at the top of their class. As an example, one of them, Esubalu, is today a television personality who has provided for his family so that they no longer are street beggars.      

Last year our Addis Hope School, which was rented from local authorities, was demolished to make room for government offices. Since lawyers said this action was illegal, Ruth has been going to court to seek a replacement structure, which the authorities promised in writing and which I doubt will ever happen.

Years ago two shops in a new mall were purchased so as to provide local income to the school. Ruth, who previously taught art at the Cathedral School took courses in leather production. One of those shops is now a workshop for making Ethiopian leather goods (Ethiopia has the largest domestic animal population in Africa). The other will be a sales room.  She even obtained a difficult to obtain export license. Eventually, single parent street mothers will be hired for the program and their children will be sponsored in government schools. Knowledgeable people tell us that this type program is supported by the government and can succeed. The DENA district is also able to provide limited funding.

 Both Ruth and I have been committed to assisting the poor and marginalized. If you also believe in our mission, kindly write a check to Brothers of the Christian Schools and put in the memo section “Addis Hope.” Mail to: Brother Timothy Froehlich 444A Route 35 South Eatontown, NJ 07724-2200

Live Jesus in Our Hearts,  
Bro. Greg Flynn (aka Jack)

Jim Casey (for Bro. Greg Flynn aka Jack)

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) makes an admission?



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Two women down the bar from me. We began chatting. Turned out one had gone to Fordham. I went to Manhattan. A huge park separated our two schools.

A fun conversation ensued.

She told me Fordham girls used to come to Manhattan looking for boys. We referred to ourselves back then as boys and girls. The Green Leaf Bar down the hill from Manhattan is where they camped. A good place. Where Manhattan students did their drinking..

I laughed. Manhattan was an all boy’s school. We searched for girls. At the girl’s colleges in Westchester County.

Never the twain did meet! I never met a Fordham girl…..till last night.

A collegiate rivalry existed between the schools.

Fordham’s mascot was a ram. Always a real one. Tradition being what it was, a tall statue of a ram was also on the Fordham campus.

As the annual Manhattan/Fordham basketball game approached, the respective schools did evil things to each other.

Green was Manhattan’s school color. The year 1954. The game a few days away. A group of Manhattan men sneaked onto the Fordham campus and painted the ram statue green.

Ho, ho! A big deal! And we didn’t get caught!

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

[JR: Sounds like an admission of guilt. What’s the statute of limitations? KWL says he’s a lawyer. Should know better than to admit ANYTHING EVER. Laugh!]

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) ids a Christmas miracle


From the blog of Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)


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This is a Christmas story that has nothing to do with Christmas. It represents a Jesus like miracle, however.

Their parents named them Kryrie and Brielle.

They were placed in separate incubators.

Kyrie did well. Gained weight, etc. Brielle went the other way. Lost weight. Cried constantly. It was obvious Brielle was not going to make it. Death inevitable.

Nurse Gayle had been taking care of the babies in ICU. She needed to do something more for Brielle.


At the time, European hospitals in similar situations were placing the twins  into one incubator together.

Next to each other. In some instances, the dying twin survived.

Such was not permitted in Massachusetts hospitals at the time. Specifically against the rules.

Gayle disregarded the rules and placed the dying Brielle next to Kryrie in Kryrie’s incubator. Both were placed on their stomachs. Immediately and without assistance, Kryrie’s arm lifted over her sister’s back and remained there. In a holding pattern.

Brielle immediately stopped crying. She improved from that moment on. Survived, of course.

The twins are 22 years old today. Lovely. Live vibrant lives.

God is good! He works in strange ways.

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Saying a prayer that the spirit of Nurse Gayle “covers” all nurses.

I’ve recently had first hand experience with the NICU and the heroic women who care for the babe is trouble. 

Despite the one chastising me for not vigorously washing my hands enough, I pray they are all as diligent.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) having a heart catherization Tuesday


Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)


“I am having a heart catherization Tuesday in Miami.”

from his blog.

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[JR: Prayers and good thoughts in his direction.]  

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for:

From John Reinke, we are told that Louis S. Petrone ” Key West Lou ’57 ” will be undergoing a Heart Catherization on Tuesday in Miami. Lou has been in our prayers in the past and needs our prayers now. We pray for Lou that the procedure is successful free of complication so that Lou may be back on his feel soonest. Thank you John. Thank you all. God Bless.

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Good Morning All,

John Reinke has shared an update on Key West Lou Petrone who was recently in our prayers. Lou’s Heart Catherization went as planned and Lou is O’K. Good news and Lou is no doubt up and around. Thank you for your prayers. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) 
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Jasper John…..

Thank you for remembering me. Heart cath went well. My fourth one. Getting old. No change.

I thought you were no longer sending me your blog. I was wrong. You were using an old e mail address that I use no longer. I would like to read you everyday. Please send from this point forward to {Privacy Invoked}.

Got a monitor. Discovered lack of communication when I set it up today.

Wrote a new book. Published early November. Irma and Me. Story of my flight from Irma. KW to Pompano to Atlanta to Birmingham. Then the 12 days I spent with 7 other refugees and three dogs in Birmingham. Fun stuff.

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and KoboBooks.

Would appreciate some publicity.

Friends forever,

[JR: Of course, I mentioned it already.]  

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) publishes “Irma and Me”


Irma and Me Paperback – November 6, 2017 by Louis Petrone (Author) New from $14.50 

Popular blogger Ley West Lou shares his journal that records the evacuation from Key West during the recent Hurricane Irma disaster. Along with his day-by-day diary you will find a visual record of the storm and its aftermath — a dramatic gallery to accompany Louis Petrone’s words. History told firsthand!

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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