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  Readers Write

"Joe Maguire"

Congratulations to, and ad multos annos of pleasant and productive retirement for Joe Maguire. I was privileged to be a student of Joe's in his first year of teaching at Holy Cross. Joe was a wonderful professor-insightful, caring, inspiring-the very embodiment of the values of Holy Cross. Back then, he was an extraordinary mentor to the "day students," being himself a son of Worcester. He made us feel at home on the Hill that overlooked our homes. A photo in the spring 2001 issue of this magazine shows Joe wearing a purple shirt. How fittingly symbolic! Joe really does exemplify the Purple. I'm led to ponder: Could a Joe Maguire be hired at Holy Cross today? After all, he has no doctorate. Indeed, the President of Holy Cross then, Rev. Raymond Swords, S.J., didn't have a doctorate! Nor did the biologist, Rev. Joseph Busam, S.J., whose very recommendations to medical school started the careers in medicine of countless Holy Cross alums. I think of my beloved uncle, Rev. John Donnelly, S.J., and other professors who had no doctorates, yet who managed to inspire (like Joe) a host of alums to get  advanced degrees by their pedagogic labors. Clearly many gifted and charismatic teachers have squired Holy Cross students to much success, but none surpass the Squire himself. Joe Maguire is truly irreplaceable. I hope the College gives him another Hoya and a Choo-choo Rah-rah in the form of an honorary doctorate.

John Donnelly '63
San Diego, Calif.



Regarding Pat McCarthy's comments on the changing reunion model in the last issue: If there were any among the Class of 1951 who, prior to the weekend, had misgivings about sharing our reunion with the Commencement ceremonies, those doubts went up in smoke when we marched onto Fitton Field at the head of the academic procession. There is really no way to express the honest pride and joy we all felt at that moment, and it will live in our hearts forever. I am told that the sight of our marching ranks was so impressive and heartwarming that many in the stands, waving wildly and smiling, were also weeping openly. I can't remember a happier moment since my last child was born.

The dedication, experience and hard work of the College staff made all of this possible. The fact that we were the only alumni group on campus meant that the staff was able to focus on our needs and requests. I speak for all my classmates when I say that we appreciate the attention that was lavished on the Class of 1951. Thank you!

Richard L. Ahern '51
New Canaan, Conn.


The Class of 1951's 50th reunion celebration will be remembered by all as an outstanding time. The spirit of the reunion was so high, largely due to the tremendous efforts of the reunion committee, the alumni office, and the volunteer students who were always available to shuttle us around the campus. Kristyn Dyer was constantly checking to see that our needs were met. And everyone was thrilled with the wonderful food available throughout the reunion.

The spouses present shall always remember our husbands leading the graduating class onto Fitton Field. Such a thrill! It was a wonderful reunion, culminating in a wonderful graduation. The crowning glory of the reunion was the thoughtful gesture of setting up a reception tent with a lovely luncheon for the Class of 1951 so that we could get together for one last visit. We were treated royally! We want to thank everyone for this remarkable 50th reunion experience.

Robert and Ruth Burns '51 
Wellesley, Mass.



The article in the spring 2001 issue of Holy Cross Magazine regarding the NROTC Annual President's Review mentions that it is believed Holy Cross is the only national liberal arts college to continue to host a Navy unit. Is this fact supposed to be a source of pride or a cause for concern for our College? If it is true, should we not examine why Holy Cross continues to do so while other national liberal arts colleges have apparently chosen to discontinue their programs.

Perhaps we should begin to question the impact of the role, minor as it may be, that our Christian, Catholic, Jesuit College played by fostering these ROTC programs in supporting, for example, the military action of reinstalling the emir of Kuwait (a country in which women have limited rights) to keep oil flowing, or in supporting a military system that trained the Salvadoran army units that murdered the Jesuits of El Salvador, and what role our College should be playing in the future concerning its support for a political and military system that seems at odds with our College's fundamental values.

Michael O. Duane '73 
East Montpelier, Vt.


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