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during which everyone referred to Mother Husson as Gabrielle or Gaby, which shocked me every time.” • From Austin, Judy Davin Knotts writes: “In May, an NCSH encounter amazed me. I was the sacristan for a first communion Mass in my parish, St. John Neumann. It was a Saturday morning event to accommodate all the first communicants and their families. I was asked to help since I knew many of the children from my years as head of St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, an independent school nearby. I recalled serving communion to a woman in a brightly colored cardigan. After Mass, she came up to me and said, ‘I was your classmate at Newton.’ It was Barbara Lynch Dilatush! She lives in Florida and was visiting her daughter and son-in-law in Austin for her grandson’s first communion. When Barbara comes again to visit her family, we plan to catch up over lunch. Another Newton/BC connection that gives me great pleasure is seeing St. Gabriel’s graduates going to BC. So the Newton bond is strong despite the miles.” • It was so nice to hear from Barbara Fortunato Hurley: “I still work full-time as director of communications for New Jersey’s medical university. I keep threatening to retire, but I truly love my job, which involves a lot of writing, from speeches for the president to articles for our magazine.” • It has been a big birthday year for many of us, giving us a reason to celebrate together. The women who gather each year in Florida decided, with the encouragement and organization of Pat McArdle Burns Shaw, Anne Gallagher Murphy, and Janet Richmond Latour, to gather in York, ME, for a house tour, dinner, and overnight. Also attending were Mary Hallisey McNamara; Edwina Lynch McCarthy; VV Martin; Robbie Von Urff Sweeney; Sue Coogan Stone; Grace Kane Kelly; Penny Whelan Kirk MEd’75, CAES’81; Marty Pallotta Llewellyn; and I. It is always great to catch up with old friends, and we all appreciated Pat hosting us. • It was great hearing from Cora LePorin: “I keep in touch with Rainie Toohill Childs and try to meet her for lunch in the city at Christmas. I also heard last Christmas from Monica Shaughnessy Hayden and Helen Harrington Gray and hope to be able to see them during this visit to New York or next Christmas.” • Marsha Whelan is already working on getting a website set up for our class. Anyone willing to help should contact her at She is looking for people with web development skills and also for pictures of us at Newton, at reunions, with our families, etc. • Our 50th will be here before you know it, so let me know of any changes in your contact information. 1963 Correspondent: Matthew J. McDonnell 121 Shore Avenue Quincy, MA 02169; 617-479-1714 Tom Hall reports that this past summer Guy Garon, our class quarterback who led the Eagles to an 8–2 record in our senior year, was honored in his home state of Maine. Guy was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Guy’s entire family as well as old friends from Biddeford were in attendance. In true BC spirit, many former players traveled to Maine to honor our classmate. Some of the attendees included Tom, Dave O’Brien, Jack Fleming, Joe Williams, and Harry Crump, as well as Harry Kushigian ’64 and John Flanagan ’64. In addition, other former players who were unable to attend sent congratulatory messages. It was a great event honoring “one of southern Maine’s greatest all-around schoolboy athletes in the late 1950s.” • Ray Orley, who has retired to condo living in Albuquerque, wrote to report the passing of his senior-year roommate, David A. Dillon. David, a renowned architecture critic for the Dallas Morning News for 25 years, died suddenly on June 3 at his home in Amherst, where he also taught architecture at Amherst College and UMass. He wrote many architec- ture-related books and published over 200 articles, many of which dealt with architectural issues in the Dallas area. He remained an avid Red Sox fan and cherished time spent at a rustic cottage on Maine’s Westport Island. He had quipped, “The way to work intelligently about architecture is to get as far away from it as possible. On the coast of Maine, for example.” He is survived by his wife, Sally, a son, and a daughter. • As always, I look forward to hearing from you with class news! nc 1963 Correspondent: Colette Koechley McCarty 106 Woodhue Lane Cary, NC 27518; 919-233-0563 The Sacred Heart community was saddened to learn of the death of Gabrielle Husson, RSCJ, MA’51, on June 30. Sr. Husson (“Mother Husson” to us old-timers) was the president of Newton during our time there. Remember quieting down as you passed her office on the way to SWC? Please keep her and all the lovely women who taught us there in your prayers. • Jack ’63 and Carol Donovan Levis have just welcomed their 10th grand- child: Thomas John Levis was born on June 14, 2009, and arrived from Korea at the Levises’ home on August 6, 2010. He joins his older sister, Hannah, and his brother, Jackson. • It was wonderful to hear from Cathy Arapoff Struve. After graduating from Newton, Cathy taught English and American literature, American history, and AP Asian studies for four years at Newton Country Day School. She writes: “The NCDS Class of ’65 honored me with an invitation to celebrate its 45th reunion at the school on May 1. It was a joy to be ‘Miss Arapoff’ again and the recipient of so much love—and to be with my former students, whom I loved teaching and who are a credit to the Sacred Heart ideals. Five of the eight students who took my AP course in Asian studies went on to major in the subject in college. Recently, my paintings have been exhibited in Philadelphia. After 35 years of living in New York City and exhibiting my work there, I am showing my work in Philadelphia, where I now live. Visit me if you can. I am looking forward to seeing everybody at our 50th.” • Maureen Sennott O’Leary gets to Washington every quarter for her Bread for the World board meeting. She and Penny Brennan Conaway enjoy the time to catch up. • John and Carol Levis, Jim and Penny Conaway, and Tom and Colette Koechley McCarty joined Maureen O’Leary for a Labor Day get-together in East Hampton, NY. • No word yet on the plans for a Boston event like the New York City Metropolitan Museum trip. I’ll keep you posted. • Don’t forget to send your news to me at ckm2@mindspring. com. We want to know about all NC’63 classmates, not just the ones I see. 1964 Correspondent: John Moynihan 27 Rockland Street Swampscott, MA 01907 Bill Collins is stepping down from his post as the coordinator of BC High’s Corcoran Living Library Lecture Series. Bill retired from teaching at BC High in 2007. • John Hayes, MBA’72, has retired from a career in business; most recently he taught business at Burlington High. • In April, Paul Sullivan was elected as selectman in Bridgewater. • Tony Spuria has retired from an engineering position with Raytheon and is living in Baltimore. • Bob Bent’s daughter Melissa was the subject of a feature article in the June issue of Vogue titled “Art Girls Changing Their Lives, Changing Their Style: Melissa Bent.” • Dave Duffy writes: “After six corporate moves (IBM, ITT, and GTE) in 30 years, I retired and picked up my late wife Judy’s thriving residential real estate business in Bergen County, NJ. I lost Judy in a surgery 14 years ago. Last week I celebrated my tenth anniversary with Karen. Between us, we have five sons; all are married, and they have blessed us with eight grandchildren.” • In attendance at a luncheon celebrating Ellie Rupp Downey’s retirement from HUD were classmates Sandra Carboni Natale, Pat Moran Ouelett, Sandra Staffier Curtin, and Ursula Maglio Lyons. • Steve Duffy has been working for the U.S. Census in Las Vegas. Steve will be seeing a lot of BC football this season, having purchased a partial season ticket among several other ’64ers in section QQ. • I got together with Jim Spillane, SJ, MA’68, MDiv’76, for a Red Sox game and went with him and Bob Scavullo, from San Francisco, for a private Mass and lunch at St. Mary’s. Jim is teaching at a Jesuit university in Tanzania. • I also went to Vermont twice this past summer to see Bill Craig’s son Liam perform at the Weston and Dorset playhouses. Judy and I stayed at Arthur Crandall’s homey B&B in Rutland. • With sadness, I report the passing of three classmates: Tom Fallon served as mayor of Malden from 1982 to 1986 and later as a U.S. administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration from 1994 until the time of his death in August. Robert Menard of Palm Coast, FL, died in April. He had served as senior VP for managed care contracting and network development at Care New England Health System from 1996 until his retirement in December 2006. Also, Tom Kelley, who was a longtime alderman in Nashua, NH, died in May, and in June we lost Diane (Walsh) MacNeil, MS’68, of Belmont.

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