Joseph A. O'Grady, M.D.
Nov. 29, 2006
In Kansas, at 90. Dr. O'Grady is survived by three sons; two daughters; two sisters; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Fredric T. Suss Sr.
Jan. 26, 2007
In Potomac, Md., at 91. A longtime attorney, Mr. Suss had worked five years as an administrative law judge with the New York State Public Service Commission in Albany, retiring in 1980; previously, he had maintained a private practice, specializing in antitrust law. A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Suss had served as a communications officer and, then, as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps; he was the lead prosecutor in the 1946 Japanese war crime trials on Guam — and later provided historical background for two books, Kataki, by Hank Searls, and Flyboys: A True Story Of Courage,by James Bradley. Upon completion of military service, Mr. Suss relocated to the Washington, D.C., area, where he joined the staff of former U.S. representative from Massachusetts, John Foster Furcolo. Mr. Suss had also been a staff trial attorney for the Federal Trade Commission and general counsel for the Small Business Administration in the early 1960s. He is survived by three sons; five daughters; and six grandchildren.
Wilfrid H. Lefebvre
Jan. 19, 2007
In Largo, Fla., at 91. A scout for the Red Sox for 28 years, Mr. Lefebvre began his professional career with the team as a player during the 1938 and 1939 seasons; in his first at bat — on June 10, 1938 at Fenway Park against the Chicago White Sox — he hit a home run. After a stint in the minors — playing for affiliates in Minneapolis, Louisville, Ky., and San Francisco — Mr. Lefebvre pitched two seasons with the former Washington Senators, from 1943-44. A veteran of World War II, he subsequently served as a coach at Brown University, Providence, R.I., from 1949-64, attaining a 114-131-6 record; the team won the Ivy League championship in 1952. A baseball standout at his alma mater, the former Pawtucket (R.I.) High School, Mr. Lefebvre had also been a member of the varsity baseball team at Holy Cross. He was inducted into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976 and, the Brown University Hall of Fame, in 1999. Mr. Lefebvre is survived by a son; a grandson and a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.
Monsignor John F. Sammon
Nov. 24, 2006
In Orange, Calif., at 90. A priest of the Diocese of Orange since its inception in 1976, Monsignor Sammon had held the post of vicar, pastoral and community affairs, for 30 years; previously, he had served the parishes of St. Cecilia in Tustin, Calif., from 1960-76, and St. Monica, Santa Monica, Calif., from 1955-60. Ordained to the priesthood in 1942, Monsignor Sammon began his ministry at Our Lady of Victory Parish, Compton, Calif., from 1942-44; he subsequently assisted at St. Gregory Parish, Los Angeles, from 1944-54, and at St. Vibiana Cathedral, Los Angeles, from 1954-55. Throughout his ministry, Monsignor Sammon had also been the chaplain of local police and fire departments in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Orange County. A founder of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council and the National Conference for Community and Justice, he had been involved with many service organizations, including the Orange County Burn Association; the Serra Club; the Catholic Daughters; the Boy Scouts of America; and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
William H. Daly Jr.
Nov. 24, 2006
At the Eagle Pond Rehabilitation and Living Center in South Dennis, Mass., at 90. Prior to his retirement in 1978, Mr. Daly had worked many years for Allstate Insurance in New York. A veteran, he had served four years during World War II as a captain in the Army. Mr. Daly is survived by a sister; and several nephews and nieces. His brother was the late Maurice J. '34 and his father was the late William H. '(19)04.
Arthur J. Manzi
Dec. 1, 2006
In Homestead Hall, Worcester, at 92. Mr. Manzi had founded the Arthur J. Manzi Insurance Agency in Worcester following World War II and had operated the business for many years prior to his retirement. An officer in the Army under Gen. George Patton during the war, he had been stationed in London, France and Germany. Mr. Manzi is survived by two sons, including Stephen A. '75; a daughter; a son-in-law; a sister-in-law; three grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. His brother was the late Lucian A. '41.
Daniel F. Donovan Jr.
Jan. 28, 2007
In St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, at 88. Prior to his retirement in 1984, Mr. Donovan had owned and operated Donovan's Ice Cream in Millbury, Mass., for 40 years; in 1960, he had opened a second Donovan's Ice Cream in Shrewsbury, Mass. An Air Force veteran of World War II, Mr. Donovan had served in Europe with the 9th Division. He had been active in civic affairs, serving as a corporator of the Millbury Savings Bank since 1963 and, also, as a member of the Millbury Historical Society. In addition, Mr. Donovan had been an accomplished pianist. He is survived by his wife, Alice; a son; three daughters; and several grandchildren.
John A. Svirsky
Nov. 16, 2006
At his home in Brockton, Mass., at 88. Involved in the real estate field for many years prior to his retirement, Mr. Svirsky had been an appraiser for the commonwealth of Massachusetts for its eminent domain public work projects; a consultant to cities and towns on similar matters; and a teacher of real estate appraisal courses at Suffolk University in Boston. In addition, he had been a city councilor in Brockton for Ward 6. During World War II, Mr. Svirsky had been the captain of an assault ship in the Navy. A member of the football team at Holy Cross, he had also been an avid swimmer, taking part in NCAA events and serving as a lifeguard and supervisor of public swimming pools in Brockton for many years. Mr. Svirsky had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his wife, Danute; a son; a daughter; a grandson; and nephews and nieces.
Paul P. Lavelle
Nov. 25, 2006
At the Health Alliance-Leominster (Mass.) Hospital, at 88. During his career, Mr. Lavelle had been a career educator at Shrewsbury (Mass.) High School, retiring after 35 years of service. Active in civic affairs, he had been a member of the Clinton (Mass.) Board of Selectmen for 12 consecutive years; a member of the Democratic Town Committee; and, as a student, town moderator. Mr. Lavelle had also been a member of the American Legion and a longtime volunteer for the Massachusetts American Legion Boys' State Program. He is survived by two sisters; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Martin F. Mulry
Dec. 2, 2006
In Stamford, Conn., at 89. During his career, Mr. Mulry had been a Latin teacher, serving many years in the Worcester Public Schools. An Army Air Force veteran of World War II, he had attended the School of Statistics at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and served with distinction in Britain in the intelligence field; attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel, Mr. Mulry subsequently became a member of the Air Force Reserve. He had been the recipient of numerous awards, both as a teacher and in military service. Active on many boards and with many charitable organizations, Mr. Mulry was also an amateur pianist, with an interest in classical music. He had been a member of the President's Council at Holy Cross. Mr. Mulry is survived by a sister; numerous nephews and nieces; grandnephews and grandnieces; and great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces.
Richard J. Buckley
Nov. 24, 2006
At his home in Colorado, at 87. A Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Buckley had served in the South Pacific during World War II — and, later, in the Korean War. Following the completion of military service, he had been the chief of police for several years of the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands. Mr. Buckley is survived by four sons; a daughter; and four grandchildren.
John T. Casey
Jan. 2, 2007
In Harborside Healthcare, Falmouth, Mass., at 86. During his career, Mr. Casey had been the owner of the Fletcher Hardware Store in Watertown, Mass.; he had also worked at the Cape Cod Country Club in Falmouth. A retired captain of the Marine Corps, Mr. Casey had served in Iwo Jima during World War II; he was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Silver Star Medals. A member of the Framingham (Mass.) Country Club, Mr. Casey had played for the 1935 Blackstone Valley Baseball League and the 1938 Cape Cod Baseball League. He is survived by his wife, Martha; a son, Francis J. "Chip" '69; a daughter; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Rev. Hugh J. Murphy
Dec. 30, 2006
In Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford, at 86. A longtime priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., Fr. Murphy had most recently been the pastor of St. Stephen Church, Quinebaug — from 1984, until his retirement in 1987. Previously, he had been assigned to residence at Sacred Heart Church, Norwichtown in 1978, and in residence at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich, in 1980; Fr. Murphy had served as the first executive director of the annual Bishop's Appeal of the diocese, from 1978-81. Ordained to the priesthood in 1959, he began his ministry as assistant at All Saints Church, Somersville, from 1959-60; St. Joseph Church, New London, from 1960-63; St. Agnes Church, Niantic, from 1963-64; and St. Michael Church, Pawcatuck, from 1964-65. Appointed pastor of St. Columba Church, Columbia, in 1966, Fr. Murphy served in this capacity until 1971 when he began a six-year assignment as the pastor of St. Edward Church, Stafford Springs; in 1966, he had also been named assistant director of the Family Life Apostolate, Willimantic area. An Army veteran of World War II, Fr. Murphy had been a member of the military intelligence branch; an officer in the European theater, he took part in the D-Day invasion, the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Europe with the 3rd Army. In 1994, Fr. Murphy delivered the invocation at ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium. Upon the completion of military service, he worked nine years at the American Screw Co. of Willimantic prior to entering St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Mass., in 1955. Fr. Murphy is survived by a cousin.
Dec. 19, 2006
In Branford, Conn., at 84. A longtime advertising executive, Mr. Conroy had worked many years at Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn (BBDO), assuming the post of vice president there. A copywriter at Bloomingdale's at the start of his career, he subsequently worked for Esquire magazine on the editorial staff prior to joining BBDO in 1950; Mr. Conroy left the agency in 1979 to work as an independent consultant. A veteran, he had served with the Army in Germany. Mr. Conroy had been a member of the President's Council at Holy Cross and a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his wife, Joan; six sons, including M. Peter '76, John F. '78 and Dennis E. '80; two daughters; a sister; and 14 grandchildren.
Jan. 12, 2007
In Massachusetts. An Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Coyle served in the European and Pacific theaters. He is survived by his wife, Alice; two sons; a daughter; a brother; a sister; and two granddaughters.
Gerard C. Des Rochers, M.D.
Jan. 15, 2007
In the Eliot Hospital, Manchester, N.H., at 84. During his career, Dr. Des Rochers had served as a physician in Manchester from 1958 until his retirement several years ago; he had been a member of the staff of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, the former Sacred Heart and Notre Dame hospitals, and the Catholic Medical Center. Dr. Des Rochers had also maintained a private practice and worked at Convenient Med Care. A veteran, he had served four years in the Army and then worked for the government in Thailand. Dr. Des Rochers is survived by his wife, Ellen; four sons; a daughter-in-law; a brother; and a granddaughter.
John P. Dillon
Jan. 12, 2007
In Holy Trinity Nursing Center, Worcester, at 85. During his career, Mr. Dillon had been an educator for 35 years in the Worcester public school system. A teacher at several elementary schools, he was appointed principal of the Millbury St. School in 1965. Mr. Dillon subsequently served in this capacity at the Columbus Park, Bloomingdale and Mill Swan schools. Following his retirement in 1985, he worked part time for many years with G.E.D. candidates at the career center. Mr. Dillon was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, serving as a first lieutenant and a bombardier aboard B-17s in the 369th Bomber Squadron based in England; he was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars. Upon the completion of military service, Mr. Dillon taught two years in Sterling, Mass. He had been a member of several professional organizations, including the Education Association of Worcester and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Mr. Dillon had also been a member of the Holy Cross Club of Worcester and the Alumni Sodality of Our Lady — he had been an instructor for many years of candidates for membership. Mr. Dillon is survived by his wife, Shirley; a son; a daughter; a son-in-law; a daughter-in-law; two sisters; five grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.
J. Norman O'Connor Sr.
Nov. 14, 2006
In Naples (Fla.) Community Hospital, at 83. A longtime attorney in Adams, Mass., Mr. O'Connor had joined the practice of Walter J. Donovan in 1954; he later became a partner — forming Donovan & O'Connor, attorneys at law — and served as the active manager of the practice until his retirement in 1998. Following graduation from the Boston College School of Law in 1953, Mr. O'Connor had worked one year as a law clerk for former Justice Edward Augustine Counihan Jr. of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. A veteran, he had enlisted in the Marine Corps at the start of World War II. Assigned to an accelerated 12-month officer training program at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Mr. O'Connor had served in the Pacific theater as a second lieutenant with the 5th Amphibious Corps and saw combat on Saipan, Tarawa and Guam; at the time of his discharge in 1946, he had attained the rank of captain. Mr. O'Connor then operated his own insurance agency in Putnam, Conn., for several years before attending law school. During his career, he had also been a former Adams Town Meeting member; a lector at Notre Dame-St. Thomas Parishes in Adams; a volunteer in the reading program of the Naples elementary schools; and a member of the Knights of Malta. A fellow of the American College of Trial Attorneys and of the American Bar Foundation, Mr. O'Connor had been a life member of the Massachusetts, Berkshire and American bar associations and a member and past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. He had been a member of the President's Council at Holy Cross and a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. O'Connor is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons, including J. Norman Jr. '72; five daughters, including Marilou O'Connor Lang '76 and Susan A. O'Connor-Welch '78; four sons-in-law, including Brian L. Burgess '73 and J. Michael Lang '75; two daughters-in-law; 15 grandchildren, including Patrick O. Lang '01 and Kathryn E. Lang '04; and one great-grandchild.
Francis J. McCabe Jr.
Nov. 4, 2006
At the Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Center, Providence, R.I., at 82. A longtime real estate executive, Mr. McCabe had been the owner of the 90-year-old company, F.J. McCabe & Son, in Warwick, R.I. His professional accomplishments included serving as: a member and an appraiser for the Warwick Assessment Board of Review, from 1957-60; Warwick City assessor, from 1961-72; member and secretary of the Rhode Island Real Estate Commission, from 1976-82; past national director of the National Association of Realtors; past president of the Rhode Island Realtors Association; past president of the Kent and Washington Counties Board of Realtors; past president of the Kent County Board of Realtors; founder of the Woonsocket Board of Realtors; founder and past president of the Rhode Island Assessing Officers Association; a certified senior appraiser and consultant for the American Association of Certified Appraisers; and a member of the National Real Estate Fraternity, Omega Tau Rho. Involved with many civic, fraternal and charitable organizations, Mr. McCabe had also been a lecturer and instructor at several educational institutions in Rhode Island. He was named "Realtor of the Year" for the state of Rhode Island in 1961 and for Kent and Washington Counties — as well as for Kent County, in 1976. Mr. McCabe had belonged to St. Catherine of Siena Church in Warwick, where he had been a longtime member of the Parish Council and a parish trustee. Active in alumni affairs, he had served as class chair, admissions counselor, career planning adviser and member of the Book Prize Committee. In addition, Mr. McCabe had been a member of the General Alumni Association board of directors for several years and, in 2001, a recipient of the In Hoc Signo Award. Past president of the Holy Cross Club of Rhode Island, he received its Crusader of the Year award in 1978. Mr. McCabe had been a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. Since 1947, he had been a member of Local 198, the American Federation of Musicians. Mr. McCabe is survived by three sons; two daughters; a son-in-law; a daughter-in-law; two sisters; and four grandchildren.
Harvey E. Wilkinson
Jan. 11, 2007
At his home in Longwood, Fla., at 84. During his career, Mr. Wilkinson had been a special agent of the FBI for more than 25 years, retiring in 1973; he subsequently worked more than 12 years as a special agent for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Orlando. A member of the first NROTC graduating class at Holy Cross and a Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Wilkinson had served as a commissioned officer aboard minesweepers in the Pacific. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; three sons; two grandsons; and a niece, Molly A. '89. His brother was the late Edward L. '51 and his brother-in-law was the late Richard E. Turner '43.
Ellis S. Rubin
Dec. 12, 2006
At his home in Miami, at 81. A defense attorney in Miami for 55 years, Mr. Rubin had handled more than 5,000 civil and criminal cases. During his career, he had represented many well-known clients in the political, sports and entertainment fields — including Watergate figure E. Howard Hunt — and received frequent media attention for his use of novel defense strategies. Mr. Rubin had once served 37 days in prison for contempt of court, for refusing a judge's order to represent a murder suspect he believed intended to commit perjury. A 1951 graduate of the University of Miami Law School, he later served as special assistant attorney general of Florida and as special assistant state attorney for Dade County. In 1954, the Junior Chamber of Commerce named Mr. Rubin one of "Five Outstanding Young Men," for representing pro bono 200 African-Americans in one year. In 1989, he was co-author of the book "Get Me Ellis Rubin!" The Life, Times and Cases of a Maverick Lawyer. A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Rubin had served in the amphibious fleet, naval intelligence, naval aviation — and, in the Judge Advocate General Corps, after the war — retiring as a commander; as a reservist, he took part in the Bikini atoll atomic bomb tests. Mr. Rubin is survived by his wife, Barbara; four children; and seven grandchildren.
George A. Cashman
Dec. 29, 2006
At his home in Newburyport, Mass., at 81. A longtime resident of Newburyport, Mr. Cashman had been active in civic affairs for many years; chairman of the Newburyport Economics Commission from 1950 to 1960 and a founder and first chairman of the annual Yankee Homecoming festival in 1958, he had been involved with the city's revitalization efforts for many years, including downtown renewal and the creation of an industrial park. Mr. Cashman had also been a volunteer with numerous local organizations, such as the Rotary Club of Newburyport; the Newburyport Health Center and Visiting Nurse Service; the American Legion Post 150; the Anna Jacques Hospital; the YWCA; the SHARE Food Program; and the social services organization Turning Point, Inc., for which he had been board chairman for 13 years. The recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Cashman was recognized by the United States Coast Guard in 1991 with its Meritorious Public Service Award — for his work in establishing Newburyport as the birthplace of the United States Coast Guard. At the start of his career, he had operated the Cashman Brothers Oil and Contracting Co. Appointed by former Massachusetts Gov. John Volpe in 1960 to the Governor's Committee on Service to Youth, he assumed the position of chairman following four years of service. A deputy sheriff in Superior Court from 1961-62, Mr. Cashman was subsequently appointed regional director for the Department of Youth Services. Later becoming area director for the Department of Social Services, he retired from state service in 1992. Mr. Cashman was a Navy veteran of World War II — during the war, he had been stationed throughout the United States. In addition to community involvement, he had been a longtime, active member of the General Alumni Association, serving as a class chair for 44 years and, also, as a Holy Cross class agent. A director of the Alumni Board and member of the Alumni Board Senate, as well as past chairman of the Holy Cross Alumni Council, Mr. Cashman had played an active role on many committees, including the In Hoc Signo and Alumni Executive committees, the Athletic Council, and the Reunion and Book Prize committees; he had also been a president of the Holy Cross Merrimack Valley Club. In 1977, Mr. Cashman was a recipient of the College's In Hoc Signo Award. He is survived by his wife Rosemary; four sons, including George A. Jr. '73 and Brian A. '77; five daughters; a brother; a sister; and 16 grandchildren, including Emily L. '07.
Daniel J. O'Connor
Jan. 1, 2007
In Florida, at 80. During his career, Mr. O'Connor had worked many years for the General Telephone Co.; at the time of his retirement, he had been division commercial manager in Sarasota, Fla. Mr. O'Connor subsequently served as a probation officer for the state of Florida in Palm Beach County. He had been a member of the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Robert G. Gifford
Dec. 20, 2006
In New Jersey, at 78. During his career, Mr. Gifford had been associated for 39 years with the New York City law firm of Thelen Reid & Priest; a senior partner, he had specialized in maritime law. Mr. Gifford had been a proctor in Admiralty as well as a member of the U.S. Maritime Law Association and chairman of its Foreign Sovereign Immunities Subcommittee. Traveling extensively following retirement, he wrote a series of guidebooks about canal cruises in France and Italy, including Cruising Ireland's Shannon & Erne Waterways. A resident of Upper Saddle River and a former resident of Ridgewood, Mr. Gifford had also been a member of various organizations, such as the Downtown Athletic Club, New York Lawyers Club, University Club and the Society of the Valley Hospital; in addition, he had performed with several area music groups — the Downtown Glee Club, Mt. Carmel Choir, Ridgewood Singers and Orpheus Club. Mr. Gifford had been a member of the Glee Club and Quartet at Holy Cross. A veteran, he had served during the Korean War with the New York National Guard, 4th Infantry Division and the 82nd Airborne Division of the Army; during the Vietnam War, Mr. Gifford assisted the Air Force in Taipei, Saigon and Tuy Hua. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two sons; five daughters, including Sally K. '88; and nine grandchildren.
Jorge J. Gorbea, O.D.
Nov. 7, 2006
In Puerto Rico. Mr. Gorbea is survived by his wife, Myrsa; seven children; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
G. Rick O'Shea
Dec. 23, 2006
At his home in Lutherville, Md., at 79. A longtime insurance executive, Mr. O'Shea had worked 18 years for the Baltimore-based Monumental Life Insurance Co.; recruited to work there in 1958 to organize the company's group insurance sales department, he was subsequently promoted to vice president for group insurance and, then, to senior vice president — responsible for actuarial, sales, underwriting, administrative and claims functions. Relocating to Pennsylvania in 1983, Mr. O'Shea joined Inter-County Hospitalization Plan Inc. of Horsham as executive vice president and chief operating officer; he became president and chief executive officer in 1986. Mr. O'Shea then served as the president and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Professional Liability Joint Underwriting Association of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., from 1990 until his retirement in 1997. Returning to Baltimore, Mr. O'Shea became an arbitrator for NASD and the Maryland Health Claims Arbitration Office. Beginning his career in 1949 managing the Baltimore office of the State Mutual Life Assurance Co., he later held the post of vice president of the S.M. Hyman Co., the Baltimore-based international firm of actuaries and benefit plan consultants; from 1977-83, Mr. O'Shea served as vice president of the Baltimore real estate company Charles H. Steffey Inc. Active in community affairs, he had been the president of the Advocate Club; general counsel of the Baltimore Jaycees; and president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors First Credit Union. Chairman of the Baltimore regional board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Mr. O'Shea had also been the Parish Council secretary at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen and Parish Council member at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Baltimore. In addition, he had been a former president of the parents association at the Gilman School, also in Baltimore. Mr. O'Shea was a veteran of the Army. He is survived by his wife, Mary Grace; four sons; two stepsons; three stepdaughters; and 24 grandchildren. His brother was the late Arthur A. Jr. '55.
Austin T. Fitzgerald
Oct. 30, 2006
In New York, at 76. Mr. Fitzgerald had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his wife, Rita; a son; two daughters; and five grandchildren.