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JNEWS: DeLuca, Richard [MC1968] “Connecticut in Motion” 4/25/19



The Friends of Fort Trumbull announce their April Speaker

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The Friends of Fort Trumbull State Park are proud to announce their 2019 season will be America on the Move. The Friends are going to travel back in time to explore the history of Transportation, examining a system involving roads, rivers, and railroads which helped to form a national economy. This is a very relevant topic during 2019 as Connecticut debates tolls, the need to update infrastructure such as roads and bridges, and public transportation vs. an emphasis on cars.

Our first speaker, on Thursday, April 25, 2019, will be Richard DeLuca, the author of Post Roads and Iron Horses. Mr. DeLuca’s presentation is entitled “Connecticut in Motion”. He will explore how 400 years of Transportation Technology and Policy have shaped our state. The talk will provide an overview of transportation developments from the turnpike movement of the 1800s through the Farmington Canal, steamboats, steam railroads, electric trolleys and the bicycle in the nineteenth century. In the twentieth century he will mention the automobile and the airplane.

Mr. Deluca earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Manhattan College in New York, and a Master of Science degree in transportation planning from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He has over ten years of experience in the field of engineering as a transportation planner with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and with the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency.

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DeLuca, Richard [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Richard is a member of the Class of


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

DeLuca, Richard [MC1968]

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JOBIT: Mickell, John Joseph [MC1968 RIP] 2018-Dec-18 by Trynosky, Stephen [MC1968]



I suspect you engineers never ran into John at Manhattan but he also went to Good Shepherd, in your class.  I have to tell you he was quite a guy. Weird in some ways but an honest to God human being who made things better for us all in the long run. A sad addition to the class of ’68 loss column.


Trynosky, Stephen [MC1968]

[JR: Thanks, Steve. Much appreciated. I don’t remember him at GSS or MC, but then I am really terrible remember things. I appreciate you sharing this.]

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MICKELL, John Joseph, M.D., 72, passed away December 18, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hanne Aarslev Mickell (Hemmingsen); his mother, Alice Mickell (Mauzerall); and his father, Michael Joseph Mickell. He is survived by daughters, Pamela Aarslev Mickell and her husband, Niels Petersen and Valerie Aarslev Mickell and her husband, Jeremy Renfro; and grandsons, Max Grill Mickell Petersen and Zack Grill Mickell Petersen. John was the founder of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at VCUHS. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 28, at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 29, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 800 S. Cathedral Place, Richmond, Va. 23220. Interment to follow in Hollywood Cemetery.


Mickell, John Joseph [MC1968 RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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JEMAIL: Dorritie, Frank [MC1968] remembers Peter Fazio attendee


Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:03 PM
Subject: a lost Jasper 

Hello, Ferdinand.

To the chase:

The list of credibly accused clergy released this AM put me in mind of the sad story of  the late Peter Fazio, and I began to search for recent postings about him. I came across a mention in your Jasper Jottings (2010) wherein you speculate as to whether he had a MC connection.

The answer is yes. He attended from ’64 to ’66, was a member of APO, and one of the most brilliant people I ever met. He was also very eccentric, in a “Robin Williams” sort of way, and his Manhattan friends were disappointed that he did not return after Sophomore year. He had mentioned a desire to hop a freight with his guitar and see the world. We thought perhaps he had.

A few of us looked for him throughout the years, to no avail since he was definitely off the radar. Eventually I discovered why. The article you found explains some of it. A few years back, I found the rest, which involved a priest abusing him at Bergen Catholic, before any of us knew him.

Pete Fazio was a real guy, a sort of “Bob Dylan-meets-Steven Hawking”. He was my friend, and he was a Jasper.I just thought you might like to know.

Frank Dorritie ’68

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Dorritie, Frank [MC1968]

[JR: Thanks for completing the story.  It still makes me sad to read how badly he was treated.]

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MFOUND: Sad tale with an uncertain MC connection

Friday, April 2, 2010
The greatest story ever told (about mental illness)

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An Unnecessary Death

The sad saga of a schizophrenic 51-year-old named Peter Fazio, a long-term patient at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, illustrates the consequences of the state’s relentless push to discharge. Before his schizophrenia hit, in the 1960’s, Fazio was an A student at Bergen Catholic in suburban New Jersey and won a full scholarship to Manhattan College. After the illness, he was wild. He was estranged from his family, at one point holding his mother hostage for five days before police arrested him. He lived in Bowery flophouses until he murdered another resident, suffocating the victim by shoving a sock into his mouth. At the time, the police were struck by how much other flophouse residents despised Fazio.

In jail, he stopped eating and was kept alive by a feeding tube. At Attica prison, he tried hanging himself in 1986. For the next two years, he later told a therapist, he planned how he would kill himself after his prison discharge. In May 1988, two days after that release, he slit his chest open with a scalpel, then stuck a boning knife into his heart. Miraculously, he lived, and was sent to Manhattan Psychiatric, where he spent the next 10 years. While still a troubled patient — records describe him as ‘’sadistic” and ”hostile” to fellow patients, as repeatedly pacing the halls, paranoid and arrogant — for the first time, he found a niche. He relished waking early to read the newspaper, sold bread from a little cart, got along with staff members and enjoyed grounds privileges.

When discharge was discussed, he commented, ”There’s nothing more to enjoy outside.” When pressed, he repeatedly threatened suicide. A social worker’s note describes a talk in January 1997 about discharge: ”I asked about suicide. He said, ‘Yeah, I’d basically go that route.”’

Hospital officials were well aware that Fazio had repeatedly threatened suicide if released. ”When discharge planning is discussed,” says a May 1997 note, ”Fazio retreats.” The note continues: ”I will hurt myself.’ Alert: He is a serious risk.”

In the months leading to his final night at the hospital, July 26, 1998, Fazio ”complained he and other patients are being pushed by the administrattion to be discharged whether they are ready or not,” according to records. During therapy he asked, ”Is the reason they’re pushing discharge now that they want to save money?”

For a few months, the record indicates, he was more positive about leaving, but by spring 1998, as the staff pressed, he is described as ”depressed” and ”not very happy or ready to talk about discharge.” He worried that people in the community would know he was a murderer. In May, he told a case manager that twice before at the hospital he had tried suicide but had mentioned it to no one. Still the staff pressed, and on June 3 a discharge team, sent to the hospital by the state to lower the census, indicated that Fazio was ready to go.

On July 6, he was taken to visit a community residence, though he refused a placement there. On July 12, an aide noted his ”regression” and ”isolation,” and a July 22 note mentioned his ambivalence and fear. On July 25, his next to last night at Manhattan Psychiatric, he stayed in his room at dinnertime, according to a hospital worker I interviewed: ”He says, ‘I’m being discharged, I really don’t want to leave.’ He was very depressed.”

The next evening, Fazio again did not go to dinner, but this time was found in the bathroom, ”in a pool of blood,” a final hospital note says. ”Body was cold to the touch.” Using a razor, he had cut a wedge out of his neck, piercing his jugular.

The story has an addendum. The state’s quality-care commission did a brief report on Fazio’s suicide, finding ”no deficiencies” by the hospital. The report said, ”We found no evidence that Mr. Fazio had threatened suicide since mid-1996” (though in Fazio’s hospital notes I count seven suicide threats in 1997 alone). The report found ”nothing significantly unusual in the life of Mr. Fazio in the weeks or days prior to his death” and concluded that Fazio’s death was ”unpredictable, thus not preventable.”

The report offered no theory as to why Fazio did kill himself. However, it did mention that two hospital workers who had talked to the media were disciplined for violating the confidentiality of the dead man.

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[JR: Unsure of the Jasper connection. Did he go? Is it even “our” MC? It reenforces my meme “gooferment sucks”! “No Deficiencies”? Are they <expletive deleted> kidding me? “barbara streisand”!]

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JFOUND: Maguire, Joseph [MC1968] Dir @ NCTC



Joseph Maguire

The Honorable Joseph Maguire was sworn in as the sixth director of
the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Dec. 27, 2018. He previously
served as NCTC’s Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning
from 2007 to 2010, and represented the Center as a part of the National
Security Council’s Counterterrorism Study Group.

Prior to his confirmation, Maguire served as president and CEO of the
Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit organization that
provides college scholarships and educational counseling to the
surviving children of fallen special operations personnel, and immediate
financial grants to severely combat-wounded and hospitalized special
operations personnel and their families. Prior to leading the
foundation, he was a vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton.

Maguire retired from the United States Navy in 2010 as a vice
admiral, culminating a 36-year career as a naval special warfare
officer. He commanded at every level, including the Naval Special
Warfare Command.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and master’s
in Scientific and Technical Intelligence from the Naval Postgraduate
School in Monterey, California. Maguire also served as a national
security fellow at Harvard University.

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Maguire, Joseph [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Joseph is a member of the class of 1968.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Maguire, Joseph [MC1968]

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JFACEBOOK: Trynosky, Stephen [MC1968] on Armistice Day



Al Heitzer added a new video to the album: My 2-minute interview of veteran, Stephen ‘Kenny’ Trynosky today.
Yesterday at 7:22 PM · 

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Trynosky, Stephen [MC1968]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Mom of Sweeney, Peter K. (MC1964) passes


Jaspers Jotting will be very “thin” this week.

Dorothy Sweeney, Mother of Peter K. (MC1964), and my beloved Aunt, passed away this week.

She was my “Momma Diddy” who took care of me while my single Mom went to work after my Father abandoned her. 

Recently, my fiancée has had full custody of her grandson since his release from the hospital in June 2017 after being weaned off narcotics at birth.

This little boy, Daniel, has taught me what it means to care for a baby. And especially someone else’s baby.  

Her passing drove home what Momma Diddy, and my other maiden Aunt Patty, did for me and my Mom.  

It’s another death in my life that makes me sad from All Souls Day to Saint Patrick’s Day, during which it seems all the significant people in my life passed on. 

Makes me root for March 17th to come quickly.

The only bright light was that I met my Classmate Deacon Keith Casey (MC1968) who led the prayers at the wake and assisted at the Funeral Mass.

So with my apologies, because of this, my ongoing chores with Baby Daniel, and my new responsibilities as “bar manager” at American Legion Post #401 148 Major Road Monmouth Junction NJ 08810, I haven’t had time to “do” Jasper Jottings correctly.

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Good Evening All,

Peter Sweeney has shared the sad news of the passing of his Mom. Mrs. Dorothy B. Sweeney was called home on Sunday, November 4, 2018. This Grand Lady was just two weeks shy of her 98 Birthday and lived fully throught all her years. Peter, Dianne, Anne Marie, Peter and Dianne’ Grand Sons, Connor and Liam had visited with Mrs. Sweeney the morning before her passing and as Peter had said some months ago, he wanted his Mom’s last days and memories to be of peace, caring and knowing that she was loved. She was called home peacefully and there is no doubt that she is at peace in God’s Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven. I will share further information as I receive

Peter’s email is Peter.Sweeney@Manhattan.edu. Most of you know that Peter Sweeney, PhD, is an Adjunct Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering at Manhattan College. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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https://freemanfuneralhomes. com/tribute/details/7180/ Dorothy-Sweeney/service- information.html#tribute-start

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JEMAIL: Trynosky, Stephen [MC1968] calls our attention to a solemn occasion


Perhaps Mr Reinke you would be so kind as to post this in appropriate
places. I will stand you a beer at “Coogans” ACROSS THE Street from the
monument should you decide to attend. 

Trynosky, Stephen [MC1968]

2018 10Oct 28 Stephen

[JR: While never one to pass up free beer, all I can promise is “we’ll see”.  Other Jaspers are of course welcome, but the beer may not be free. ]

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