William D. Kelleher II
June 22, 2003
At his home in Worcester, at 95. A longtime businessman,
Mr. Kelleher had been the president of the American Supply
Co. of Worcester and Boston; founded by his father in 1899,
the company ceased operations in 1981. In addition, he and
his brother, Thomas, owned the Northbridge Furniture Co.
of Worcester and the Lewis Furniture Co. of Fitchburg and
Framingham. In 1954, Mr. Kelleher was awarded the papal medal,
Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, by the late bishop of Worcester,
John J. Wright. An avid golfer, he held an honorary life
membership at Worcester Country Club following 75 years of
membership; in 1951, he shot a hole in one on the sixth hole
there. Mr. Kelleher also studied boating and yachtmanship
with the Worcester County Power Squadron; attaining the rank
of navigator, he taught Power Squadron courses. He served
on the boards of the Worcester Country Club; Catholic Charities
of Worcester; and Bay State Savings Bank. In the 1920s, his
high school Radio Club was awarded the first FCC radio license
in Worcester, which became WSRS96.1. Mr. Kelleher is survived
by four sons; four daughters, including Polly Kelleher Sturm ’77;
a brother, Thomas A. ’37; 16 grandchildren; and many
nephews and nieces.
Rev. John P. Lucey
July 16, 2003
At the Norwell (Mass.) Knoll Skilled Nursing Facility, after
a brief illness, at 95. Ordained to the priesthood in 1932,
Fr. Lucey served as the curate of various parishes in Massachusetts,
including St. Mary’s Church, Jefferson; St. Thomas
Parish, Adams; St. Mary’s Church, Winchendon; Our Lady
Immaculate Parish, Athol; St. Patrick’s Church, South
Hadley Falls; Holy Family Church, Springfield; Blessed Sacrament
Church, Holyoke; Our Lady of Hope, Springfield; Saint Michael’s
Parish, East Longmeadow; and St. Mary’s Church, Springfield.
In 1963 be became the pastor of St. Christopher’s Church
in Brimfield and, in 1975, of Our Lady of the Annunciation
Parish in Florence. Dean of Hampshire County West from 1976
to 1978, Fr. Lucey was appointed the episcopal vicar of the
Franklin-Hampshire Vicariate in 1978. During his ministry
he served on the Bishop’s Commission for the Clergy
and two terms on the Diocesan Senate. Following his retirement
in 1980, Fr. Lucey continued to work at St. Helen Church
in Norwell. He is survived by a brother; and a sister.
Leo G. Cyr
July 27, 2003
At his home in Sterling, Va., at 93. A career foreign service
officer, Mr. Cyr worked 37 years for the federal government;
his first assignment was with the National Recovery Administration
in Washington and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Working a year for
the Rural Resettlement Administration and four years at The
National Archives, Mr. Cyr entered the service of the Department
of State in 1941; during his early years with the State Department,
he worked on economic warfare programs, postwar disposal
of surplus property and civil aviation projects. Following
an assignment to the National War College in 1948-49, Mr.
Cyr returned to the State Department to assist with the establishment
of a new African bureau; he served as deputy director and
the director of the Office of African Affairs from 1952 to
1957. Mr. Cyr was assigned to Tangier as consul general in
1957 and, in 1960, to the Republic of Cameroons, where he
held the post of chargé d’affaires in Yaoundé.
From 1961 to 1965, he served as the deputy chief of mission
in Tunis, Tunisia. Following an academic year as diplomat
in residence at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, Mr. Cyr
was appointed ambassador to Rwanda by former President Lyndon
Johnson; he served five years in the capital city of Kigali
prior to retirement. Mr. Cyr is survived by his wife, Katherine;
a son; two daughters; four grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.
George F. Derby
July 27, 2003
In St. Mary’s Healthcare Center, Worcester, at 94.
During his career, Mr. Derby worked more than 40 years
for the U.S. Postal Service. He leaves no immediate relatives.
Constant T. Paulukonis
July 6, 2003
In Autumn Village Nursing Center, Worcester, at 92. Prior
to his retirement in 1976, Mr. Paulukonis had served 36 years
as the principal of Lake View School in Worcester. Previously,
he had worked at Union Hill School, Bloomingdale School and
Grafton Street Junior High School, also in Worcester. Mr.
Paulukonis is survived by a son; a daughter; two sisters;
five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nephews
Rev. Joseph I. Collins
Sept. 30, 2003
At the Regina Cleri Residence, Boston, at 89. Ordained to
the priesthood on May 3, 1940, Fr. Collins served in the
Archdiocese of Boston for many years. He began his ministry
as a curate at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Hull, Mass.,
and Gate of Heaven Parish in South Boston. Entering the U.S.
Army in 1944, Fr. Collins had been a military chaplain with
the 89th Infantry Division, Camp Butner, N.C., and also in
Germany and France; he was the recipient of two Battle Stars
for combat. Fr. Collins then served as curate of St. Paul
Church, Cambridge, Mass., from 1948-65, and as pastor, from
1965-71; he became a chaplain at Radcliffe College and Harvard
University in 1960. Fr. Collins was the pastor of St. Pius
V Church, Lynn, Mass., from 1971-83. In addition to serving
as secretary of Liturgical Week, Boston, 1948 and as chairman
of the United Ministry at Harvard, from 1963-64, Fr. Collins
had been a member of the Liturgical Commission for the archdiocese;
the Cambridge (Mass.) Unity Committee, from 1965-71; the
Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee, from 1968-71; the
Cambridge Executive Committee, from 1959-72 and the Knights
of Columbus. Fr. Collins had been a chaplain for several
service organizations, including the Cambridge Council, Boy
Scouts of America, from 1955-61; the Lynn (Mass.) Fire Department,
from 1973-80; and the American Legion Post in Cambridge,
from 1948-71. He was also the co-founder of the Boston Archdiocese
Choir School at St. Paul, Cambridge. Fr. Collins had been
in residence for two years at St. Michael Parish, Avon, before
entering the Regina Cleri Residence in 1985; during this
time he continued to celebrate Mass as a visiting priest
in area parishes. He was a Holy Cross class agent. Fr. Collins
is survived by many nieces and nephews, including James F.
Jr., M.D., ’70; Michael F., M.D., ’77; and J.
Christopher ’80. His brothers were the late James F.,
M.D., ’33 and Francis J. ’39.
Thomas A. O’Keefe Jr.
July 31, 2003
In Massachusetts, at 90. A third generation leather manufacturer,
Mr. O’Keefe owned T.A. O’Keefe Leather, located
in Salem, Peabody and Beverly, Mass. He worked 60 years in
the industry, retiring in 1985. Mr. O’Keefe had also
been an avid horseman and showed his horses. He is survived
by two sons, including Peter J. ’64; five grandchildren,
including Peter J. Jr. ’95; and several nephews and
Paul F. Donohue Sr.
Aug. 23, 2003
At St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, N.Y., at 87. The founding
partner of the law firms of Donohue, Bohl, Clayton & Komar
and Paul F. Donohue Sr. and Associates in Albany, Mr. Donohue
had practiced law for more than 50 years, retiring in 1985.
He had also been a member of the board of trustees of St.
Coleman’s Home, Watervliet, N.Y., for over 50 years.
Following retirement, he was active in community affairs,
serving more than 18 years as a driver for Meals on Wheels
and as an announcer on RISE and WMHT radio for the blind.
A World War II veteran, Mr. Donohue had been a lieutenant
in the Navy; following the war, he worked as a law clerk
for Judge Marvin Dye of the New York Court of Appeals. Mr.
Donohue had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived
by his wife, Ann; three sons, including Paul F. Jr. ’66
and Daniel J. ’75; a daughter; and eight grandchildren.
Thomas F. Maher
July 27, 2003
In St. Vincent Hospital at Worcester Medical Center, at 87,
after an illness. Mr. Maher had been a realtor and a partner
in Maher & Associates, Worcester, retiring in January.
He is survived by a brother, Edward C. ’40; and nephews
and nieces, including Kevin J. ’76, Sheila M. Quigley ’83,
Edward C. Jr. ’87 and Mary C. Wright ’88. His
brother was the late Cornelius L. Jr. ’34.
John J. O’Neill
July 5, 2003
At the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, N.H., at 85. A
longtime educator, Mr. O’Neill had been a professor
of philosophy for more than 30 years at Boston College; he
then taught at Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, prior
to retirement. Mr. O’Neill began his career at Fitchburg
(Mass.) State. He is survived by several cousins.
Rev. Robert G. Howes
June 23, 2003
In Wayside House, Wayland, Mass., at 83. During his ministry,
Fr. Howes served in 32 different churches in the United States,
Canada and the Bahamas as a church pastor planner. Ordained
to the priesthood in 1951, he was based out of the Diocese
of Worcester. Fr. Howes was the author of several books,
including Bridges, Toward the Inter-parish
which won the 1998 first prize from the Catholic Press Association;
he also wrote poetry which appeared in many periodicals.
Fr. Howes created the first Catholic television program in
Worcester, titled “Lamp to Our Feet.” He also
supervised the creation of 200 wayside shrines throughout
Worcester County by the Catholic Youth Councils. During the
1960s, Fr. Howes formed and chaired the Clergy Committee
for the Community in Worcester. A founder of the National
Organization for Prayer in the public schools, he advocated
for this right on national television and before the U.S.
Supreme Court. He was the founder of the Conference of Pastor
Planning and Council Development and a charter member of
the American Institute of Planners. In 2003, Fr. Howes was
the recipient of the Lumen Gentium Award from the Conference
for Pastoral Planning and Council Development. A first lieutenant
in the Army during World War II, he was stationed 15 months
in Greenland and a year in occupied Germany. Fr. Howes is
survived by a sister-in-law; many nephews and nieces; and
grandnephews and grandnieces.
Robert O. Kelley
July 20, 2003
At his home in Manchester, N.H., at 84. Prior to his retirement
in 1981, Mr. Kelley had worked for the federal government
as the chairman of the Veteran’s Review Board. Previously,
he had been an attorney for the McLane Law Firm. Active in
the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Mr. Kelley had been a volunteer
for many years through the RSVP program, providing free legal
services for people in the Valley Street Jail; he was also
a founder of the North Little League’s minor league
team. During World War II, Mr. Kelley served in the Army.
He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Kelley is survived
by a son, Robert O. Jr. ’70; a daughter; and six grandchildren.
William E. Rogers, M.D.
May 6, 2003
In Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) General Hospital, at 82. A fellow of
the American College of Surgery, Dr. Rogers was licensed
to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and California; he
maintained an office in Bronxville, N.Y. During his career,
Dr. Rogers had been chief of surgery for the Veterans Administration
Hospital, Saginaw, Mich., and at the Department of Veterans
Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township, where he also served
as the director of the surgical residency programs. In addition,
Dr. Rogers had been an associate professor at New York Medical
School and Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. A World War
II Navy veteran, he served as a lieutenant colonel in the
Air Force during the Vietnam War, holding the post of chief
of surgery at Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, Calif. Dr.
Rogers is survived by his wife, Roberta “Bobbi”;
four daughters; seven grandchildren; and two sisters.
Albert L. George, D.D.S.
May 23, 2003
In Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, Md., at 81.
Prior to his retirement in 1990, Dr. George had maintained
a private dental practice in Worcester for 44 years. During
the Korean War, he served as a dentist in the Army. Dr. George
had been an accomplished 10-pin bowler. He is survived by
his wife, Gloria; a son; his caretaker, Jill George; a grandson
and a granddaughter; and several nephews and nieces.
Thomas F. Riedy Jr., M.D.
July 17, 2003
At the Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home, Albany, N.Y.,
at 81. During his career, Dr. Riedy practiced with the late
Dr. Hugh Leahy and served as the school pediatrician for
the Albany School District for 35 years. He was also a former
instructor of pediatric medicine at Albany Medical College
and an attending pediatrician at the Albany Medical Center,
St. Peter’s Hospital, Brady Maternity Hospital and
Memorial Hospital. Dr. Riedy had been a fellow of the American
Academy of Pediatrics. From 1946-48, he served as a captain
and battalion surgeon with the 25th Division U.S. Army Medical
Corps in Osaka, Japan. Dr. Riedy is survived by his wife,
Elizabeth; four sons; five daughters; and 24 grandchildren.
Rev. Robert F. Hoey, S.J.
April 29, 2003
At Campion Center, Weston, Mass., at 81. A longtime college
professor and chaplain at Boston College, Fr. Hoey had worked
at the Jesuit Provincial Offices toward the end of his career.
From 1971 to 1976, he had been director of personnel and
editor of the Province Registry. After serving as assistant
director of development at Boston College High School, assistant
pastor at a Leominster (Mass.) parish, and assistant director
of the Jesuit Missions Office, he returned to provincial
headquarters in 1985 as librarian and coordinator of the
province’s personnel data. In 1942, Fr. Hoey entered
the Society of Jesus, Lenox, Mass., where he studied for
four years before pursuing his master’s degree in philosophy
at Weston College. He then taught English, Latin and history
at Fairfield (Conn.) Preparatory School from 1948-51 and
subsequently returned to Weston College for theology studies.
Ordained to the priesthood in 1954, Fr. Hoey completed his
theology studies at Weston the following year. He then taught
theology one year at Boston College High School and completed
a year of advanced ascetical studies and pastoral work in
Connecticut. In 1957 he began working at Boston College,
where, during the next 12 years, he served as a professor
of theology; assistant dean of the School of Education; director
of the summer session; and university chaplain. Following
a one-year sabbatical, Fr. Hoey returned to the college to
serve as assistant chairman of the theology department; he
compiled a collection of new prayers for publication which
had been composed during and after Vatican Council II. Fr.
Hoey is survived by three cousins.
Austin T. McGrath
July 6, 2003
At his home in Galway, N.Y., at 81. Prior to his retirement
in 1988, Mr. McGrath had been employed by Ralph Wilson
Plastics, Congress, N.Y., as a manager for 25 years.
he was president of the Galway Senior Citizens; a master
gardener in association with the Cornell Cooperative
Extension; a volunteer gardener for the handicapped in
and a volunteer driver for the Meals on Wheels program.
Mr. McGrath is survived by his wife, Rita; two daughters;
six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several
nephews and nieces.
Philip E. Prior Sr.
April 29, 2003
In Connecticut, at 78. During his career, Mr. Prior had
been employed as a regional sales manager with International
Co., until 1977; he retired from the American Oil and
Supply Co. in 1987. Mr. Prior had also been the chairman
Economic Development Commission in Rocky Hill, Conn.,
for several years. A Navy veteran, he served aboard
Jallao submarine in the South Pacific during World
War II. Mr. Prior
is survived by his wife, Lorraine; two sons; a daughter;
five grandchildren; a stepgrandson; two brothers; two
sisters; and several nephews and nieces.
Edward J. Woodward
April 29, 2003
In Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne, Fla.,
at 79. Prior to his retirement in 1983, Mr. Woodward
packing manager at Denison Laboratories in Pawtucket,
R.I., for nine years. Previously, he had been employed
Foods in Lawrence, Mass., and the Davies-Rose Hoyt
Division of Kendall Co. in Needham, Mass. At the
start of his
career, Mr. Woodward had been employed by Calvert
in Relay, Md., from 1947 to 1957; he later worked
as plant superintendent and packing manager at Federal
Cambridge, Mass. A Navy veteran of World War II,
Mr. Woodward served as an executive officer LCI in the
He is survived by a daughter; a sister; a nephew;
three nieces; and seven grandnephews.
Raymond A. Cote
Aug. 18, 2003
In Holyoke (Mass.) Hospital, at 81. Prior to his retirement,
Mr. Cote had worked for the Allstate Company as a manager
and claims analyst for 35 years. An Army veteran of World
War II, he received the American Theater Campaign Ribbon;
Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon; Philippine Liberation
Ribbon with Bronze Service Stars; and Victory Medal. Mr.
Cote is survived by his wife, Priscilla; a son; two daughters;
a sister; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
and a nephew and two nieces.
Vincent E. Hinson
June 10, 2003
At his home in Shrewsbury, Mass., at 80. Prior to his retirement
in 1987, Mr. Hinson had been a group pensions underwriter
for the Allmerica/State Mutual Insurance Co. in Worcester
for 35 years. He had also been a coach and member of the
board of directors of the Shrewsbury Little League. A Marine
Corps veteran of World War II, Mr. Hinson served in the Pacific
where he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor; he later
served in the Korean War. Mr. Hinson had been a Holy Cross
class agent. He is survived by two sons; two daughters; two
sisters; and 11 grandchildren.
Thomas F. Kelly
May 25, 2003
At his home in Londonderry, N.H., at 81. During his career,
Mr. Kelly had served as a salesman for several insurance
companies, including Prudential and Great American. In 1995,
he came out of retirement to work for Northern Life, where
he was ranked among the company’s top salesmen for
two consecutive years. Mr. Kelly had also owned and operated
his own tax preparation business in Westborough, Mass., for
15 years. An Army veteran of World War II, he served with
the Army Air Force meteorology department. Following graduation
from Holy Cross, Mr. Kelly had been an FBI agent for four
years. He is survived by his wife, Doris; a son; three daughters;
six grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.
Robert S. Chisholm, D.D.S.
Feb. 7, 2003
At Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockport, Maine, at 80.
Prior to his retirement in 1996, Dr. Chisholm practiced dentistry
for more than 44 years in Rockland, Maine. A Navy veteran
of World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant (j.g.),
he continued in military service with the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Dr. Chisholm served many years on the board of directors
of the Rockland District Nursing Association. He is survived
by his wife, Regina; six sons; and a brother. His father
was the late John A. ’16.
At press time, the editors learned
of the death of our prominent alumnus, William A. Eagan ’49.
obituary will appear in in the winter issue of Holy
Walter C. Brennan
May 26, 2003
In the Pavilion Extended Care Center, Centerville, Mass.,
at 76, after a long illness. During his career, Mr. Brennan
had been a sales representative for Capeway Plumbing and
Heating Supply Co., Wareham, Mass., retiring in 2000. A three-sport
athlete at his alma mater, Marlboro (Mass.) High School,
he was a member of the Holy Cross football team; in 1946,
he scored a touchdown in the Orange Bowl against the University
of Miami. Mr. Brennan is survived by his wife, Doris; three
sons, including Richard S. ’74; two daughters; three
brothers; two sisters; eight grandchildren; and many nephews
and nieces. His brother was the late William J. ’55.
Philip A. Stent, M.D.
July 25, 2003
At the John N. Dempsey Hospital, Farmington, Conn., at 75.
At the time of his death, Dr. Stent was the medical director
for the Office of Emergency Medical Services, state of Connecticut.
Previously, he had served as the director of emergency services
at John N. Dempsey Hospital, UConn Health Center. At the
start of his career, Dr. Stent joined the surgical practice
of Dr. William Ellis in 1961. In 1969, he was appointed the
director of ambulatory care at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford,
Conn., where he assumed the responsibility for the emergency
department and outpatient services; he began working at the
John N. Dempsey Hospital in 1980. A Navy veteran, Dr. Stent
was stationed in Memphis, Tenn., from 1957-58. He had been
a member of many professional organizations, including the
American College of Surgeons and the American College of
Emergency Physicians. Dr. Stent is survived by his wife,
Linda; four sons; two daughters, including Belinda S. ’76;
six grandchildren; and a sister.
Rev. William L. Quirk
Aug. 2, 2003
At the Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, N.H., at 74.
Serving the Diocese of Manchester throughout his ministry,
Fr. Quirk had been the pastor of St. Timothy Parish, Bristol,
for six years prior to his retirement last October. Previously,
he had been the pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Laconia, from
1992-96; St. Mary Parish, Rochester, from 1989-92; and Immaculate
Conception Parish, Portsmouth, from 1983-89. Ordained to
the priesthood in 1954, Fr. Quirk was appointed associate
pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. He then served
as associate pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Hudson;
St. Bernard Parish, Keene; and St. Joseph Parish, Laconia.
Appointed administrator of St. Catherine Parish, Charlestown
in 1966, he later became pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish,
Pelham, St. Matthew Parish, Windham and St. Peter Parish,
Concord, from 1978 to 1983. Following retirement, Fr. Quirk
served as a temporary administrator for St. Patrick Parish,
Jaffrey, and provided pastoral assistance at St. Elizabeth
Seton Parish, Bedford. Dean of the Concord, Laconia and Dover
deaneries, he had been a member of the College of Consultors;
the Council of Priests; the Priest Personnel Board; diocesan
director for the Bureau of Information and notary of the
Marriage Tribunal. Fr. Quirk is survived by his sister-in-law;
a nephew and three nieces.