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  In Memoriam
     
    1923-1950

1951-2004

Friends

1931

David J. Gatzenmeier
April 15, 2002

At his home in Newport, R.I., at 92. During his career, Mr. Gatzenmeier had been employed for more than 30 years in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C.; at the time of his retirement in 1972, he received the Albert Gallatin Award for meritorious service. Previously, Mr. Gatzenmeier had served in the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, working on the resettlement program for people from the Dust Bowl and as a mail reader in the White House. A member of the federal, Virginia and District of Columbia bar associations, he was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Gatzenmeier is survived by a sister; nephews and nieces; and grandnephews and grandnieces.

1932

Rev. John J. Sexton
March 18, 2002

In Mount St. Vincent Home, Holyoke, Mass., at 91. Prior to his retirement in 1985, Fr. Sexton had been the pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Springfield, Mass., for 17 years; previously, he had served 18 years at Holy Cross Parish, Holyoke, Mass. Following his ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Sexton began his ministry as the curate at Corpus Christi Church, Housatonic. He then served at Our Lady of Hope Parish, Springfield, Mass., from 1936-44, and at Holy Family Parish, also in Springfield, from 1944-50. In addition, Fr. Sexton had been the former chaplain of the Springfield St. Patrick’s Parade Committee and the former chaplain of the Springfield Fire Department. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Fr. Sexton is survived by a nephew; a niece; and several cousins.

1933

James E. Cannon
Feb. 20, 2002

In HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster, Mass., at 90, after a short illness. During his career, Mr. Cannon worked 39 years for the Massachusetts Electric Co. in Leominster, Winchendon and Worcester, Mass., retiring as the company’s supervisor of accounts. A founding member of the Holy Family of Nazareth Church in Leominster, he served on various parish committees and belonged to the men’s group. During World War II, Mr. Cannon had been a storekeeper with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Vermont. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; two daughters; five grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

William S. Conway Jr.
March 6, 2002

In New York. Mr. Conway is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

Lawrence M. Quinn
Feb. 11, 2002

In Minnesota, at 90. Mr. Quinn is survived by his wife, Peggy; two sons; and three daughters.

1935

Benedict V. McGrath Jr.
April 14, 2002

At the Eastwood Care Center, Dedham, Mass., at 88. During his career, Mr. McGrath had worked 31 years at the former Pawtucket (R.I.) Times—now called The Times—as a reporter, copy editor and city editor; he retired in 1978. Mr. McGrath is survived by his son; a sister; and several nephews and nieces.

1936

William V. Callan
March 20, 2002

At his home in Auburn, Mass., at 88, after a long illness. Prior to his retirement in 1978, Mr. Callan had been a right of way engineer for the New England Telephone Company for 30 years. He had served as a Holy Cross class agent and worked on the sidelines for 25 years at Holy Cross football games. Mr. Callan is survived by his wife, Florence; a son; a daughter; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

John R. Hayes
May 20, 2002

In the JML Care Center, Falmouth, Mass., at 89, after a brief illness. During his career, Mr. Hayes had served 21 years as a special agent with the FBI in San Antonio, Texas; New York; Anchorage, Alaska; and Boston; and as agent in charge in New Hampshire. He then worked 10 years as the director of security at the former L.G. Balfour Co. of Attleboro, Mass., retiring in 1980. Relocating to Cape Cod, Mass., Mr. Hayes served as a volunteer with the Falmouth Police Department and as a member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association. He had been a Holy Cross class agent for many years. Mr. Hayes is survived by two sons; two daughters; a sister; and eight grandchildren.

Frederick J. Huss
April 6, 2002

In Connecticut, at 88. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Huss had been employed by Eastern Tool & Die, Inc. A Navy veteran, he served on the P.T. boats during World War II. There are no known survivors.

1937

Philip B. Sullivan, M.D.
March 26, 2002

At Oxford Manor Nursing Home, Haverhill, Mass., at 86. During his career, Dr. Sullivan had maintained a private practice in Haverhill for many years and served as the head of obstetrics at the Hale Hospital, also in Haverhill. A lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II, Dr. Sullivan then served in the Naval Reserve. He had been a member of many professional associations and a fellow of the Massachusetts Medical Society; the American Society of Anesthesiologists; and a founding fellow with the American Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Sullivan is survived by his wife, Frances; three sons, including Mark W. ’71 and Eugene D., M.D., ’73; and seven grandchildren.

1938

Charles P. Collins
March 9, 2002

In Sun City Center, Fla. Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Anne; three sons; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Rev. T. Byron Collins, S.J., ’42.

1939

William J. O’Connor Jr.
March 29, 2002

In Doctor’s Hospital-Parkway, Houston, Texas, at 84. During his career, Mr. O’Connor had been vice president of Stobbs Press, Worcester, from 1947 to 1966, and president of O’Connor & Co., a Worcester advertising and publishing business. He had also served as the editor of many industrial publications and worked in sales and advertising at local companies. A founding member of the Worcester County Editors Council, he received its Ralph Hall Award. During World War II, Mr. O’Connor served as a lieutenant in the Army on the island of Anguar in the South Pacific. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. O’Connor is survived by a son; two daughters; a brother; two sisters; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

C. Vincent Shea
May 12, 2002

At his home in Worcester, at 85, after an illness. During his career, Mr. Shea worked at the Worcester County Hospital, serving as executive assistant and personnel director, and, then, as an administrator, from 1982 until his retirement in 1988. A Massachusetts state representative from Worcester from 1965 to 1978, he had been an assistant majority leader. Previously, Mr. Shea and his brother owned and operated Shea’s Tavern in Kelley Square. An Army veteran of World War II, he served in Europe. Mr. Shea is survived by his wife, M. Ruth; three sons; six daughters; 28 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

Rev. Francis W. Sweeney, S.J.
April 25, 2002

In Campion Center, Weston, Mass., at 86. During his career, Fr. Sweeney served 41 years as the director of the Boston College Humanities Series, from its inception, until his retirement in 1998. The lecture series, which was renamed the Lowell Lectures Humanities Series in 1978, hosted prominent literary figures, including Robert Frost, W.H. Auden, Seamus Heaney, Maya Angelou and T.S. Eliot; more than 350 lecturers presented under the auspices of this program and the Younger Poets Series, also founded by Fr. Sweeney. A published poet and essayist, he contributed to The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Jesuit magazine America; his poem, “Fanfare for Elizabeth,” appeared on the op-ed page of The New York Times on the day the English queen was crowned in 1953. In 1999, the Burns Library at Boston College published a collection of his poems, titled Morning Window, Evening Window; his first volume, Baroque Moment, was published in 1951. Fr. Sweeney entered the Society of Jesus in 1939, earned a master’s degree from Boston College in 1944 and then taught Latin and English at the Cranwell School in Lenox, Mass., through 1948. Ordained to the priesthood in 1948, Fr. Sweeney joined the Boston College faculty in 1951 as faculty advisor to the student literary magazine, The Stylus; he began teaching at the college the following year. There are no known survivors.

1940

G. William Holst
Feb. 25, 2002

In Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, Millbury, Mass., at 86. Prior to his retirement in 1976, Mr. Holst had worked 29 years at the Wyman-Gordon Co., Grafton, Mass. Active in civic affairs, he had been a member of the Sutton (Mass.) School Committee; the Sutton Financial Committee; the Sutton Historical Society; and a former cemetery commissioner. During World War II, Mr. Holst served in the Army. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

William H. Moran Jr.
June 2, 2002

At Rose Hawthorne Lathrop Home in Fall River, Mass., at 83. During his career, Mr. Moran had been employed by the former Firestone Rubber and Latex Co. in Fall River, Mass., for 19 years, as an employment manager and time-study manager. He had also worked as an industrial engineer at the Mine Safety Appliance Co. in Esmond, R.I. A member of the Tiverton (R.I.) Town Council from 1953 to 1954 and the building committee for additions to Fort Barton and Nonquit Schools, Mr. Moran had been the town’s first harbormaster. He is survived by his wife, Madeline; a daughter; three grandsons; four great-grandchildren; two sisters; and several nephews and nieces.

1941

Rev. Frederick J. Buckley
Feb. 9, 2002

At University Community Hospital, Carrollwood, Fla., at 81. Fr. Buckley had served as the parochial vicar at St. Paul Church in Tampa since 1984. Ordained to the priesthood in 1945, he began his ministry as an assistant pastor at St. Peter Parish in Gloucester, Mass., in 1945, and at Immaculate Conception Parish in Marlboro, Mass., in 1947; from 1950 to 1952, he held the post of assistant director of the Catholic Charitable Bureau and director of the Catholic Center, both in Boston. From 1952 to 1959, Fr. Buckley taught sociology and psychology at St. John’s Major Seminary in Boston. In 1960, he relocated to Florida where he served at St. Joseph Parish in Miami Beach for five years and at St. Matthew Parish in Hallandale, from 1965 to 1970. During this time, Fr. Buckley became involved with the charismatic renewal movement and served as a consultant to the Ecumenical Commission. He then served at several parishes in the St. Petersburg Diocese, most extensively at St. Paul Parish in Tampa. In addition to parish ministry, Fr. Buckley pursued an interest in broadcasting and interviewing, presenting a radio series on psychoanalysis and religion in Boston; offering spiritual reflections on local stations in the Tampa Bay area; and conducting his own weekly interview program, “Proclaiming the Gospel in the Modern World,” on the Catholic radio station, Spirit FM 90.5. Fr. Buckley had been a Holy Cross class agent. He is survived by his brother, John K. ’42 and several nieces.

1943

William J. Connellan
March 7, 2002

In St. Raphael’s Hospital, New Haven, Conn., at 81. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Connellan had worked for many years as an accountant in the New Haven area. He is survived by a sister.

Matthew H. Towle Sr.
March 10, 2002

In St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Brighton, Mass., at 82. A longtime teacher and administrator, Mr. Towle worked for the Massachusetts Department of Education prior to his retirement in 1984. He then served as a volunteer representative for the American Association of Retired Persons, visiting chapters throughout central and western Massachusetts. Mr. Towle is survived by two sons; a daughter; a sister; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a niece; and a grandnephew.

1945

Dr. John J. O’Loughlin
April 24, 2002

At his home in Waterford, Conn., at 79. Prior to his retirement in 1990, Dr. O’Loughlin had practiced dentistry in Waterford for 37 years, serving on the staff of oral surgeons at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. From 1958 until 1960, he had been a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives; he had also served on the Waterford Democratic Committee and the Board of Police Commissioners. A Navy veteran, Dr. O’Loughlin had been a line officer during World War II and a member of the Dental Corps in the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Mary; four daughters; and 12 grandchildren.

Richard G. Williamson
March 5, 2002

In Florida, at 77. Active in the banking industry, Mr. Williamson began his career with the First National Bank of Boston; at the time of his retirement, he had been president of Bankers Trust, Rochester, N.Y. During World War II, he served in the Navy. Mr. Williamson is survived by his wife, Florence; three children; five grandchildren; and a brother.

1946

Edward C. Brisley Jr.
Dec. 6, 2001

At his home in Hendersonville, N.C., at 77. Prior to his retirement in 1978, Mr. Brisley had been employed as the Columbus, Ohio, branch manager for the National Cash Register. From 1981 to 1988, he served as the executive director of the United Way of Henderson County. Active in several service organizations, Mr. Brisley had been president, vice president and board member of the Rotary Club of Hendersonville. A veteran, he served in the Navy during World War II. Mr. Brisley is survived by four sons; two daughters; two brothers; three sisters; and eight grandchildren.

1947

Donald V. Dolan
May 15, 2002

In UMass Memorial Medical Center–Memorial Campus, Worcester, at 79. Mr. Dolan, who retired in 1973, had been a math teacher at Hardwick High School, Gilbertville, Mass., Quabbin Regional High School, Barre, Mass., and Montachusett Vocational Technical High School, Fitchburg, Mass. In addition, he taught part time at Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State College and served as a math tutor at WPI. During his career, Mr. Dolan also worked 15 years as a sales manager at Dolan Oldsmobile and as a part-time first-class radio operator for the Moran Towing Co. of New York. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. Mr. Dolan is survived by his wife, S. Joyce; four sons; two daughters; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

1948

Rev. Thomas J. Markey
May 16, 2002

In Worcester, at 75, after a long illness. Ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Worcester in 1951, Fr. Markey had been a curate at St. Anne’s Parish in Southboro; Our Lady of the Rosary, St. John’s and St. Joan of Arc parishes in Worcester; Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Gardner; and St. Paul’s Cathedral. The temporary administrator of St. Paul’s for three months in 1961, he then served as an assistant pastor at St. Stephen’s Parish in Worcester, St. Joseph’s Parish in Leicester and St. Mary’s Parish in Southbridge. Fr. Markey had also been the pastor of Holy Family of Nazareth Parish in Leominster, St. Mary’s Church in Uxbridge and St. Brigid’s Church, Millbury. Most recently, he had been in residence as a senior priest at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Worcester. Fr. Markey is survived by a sister; and nephews and nieces.

Thomas F. O’Hearn
May 14, 2002

In St. Vincent Hospital-Worcester Medical Center, at 78. Prior to his retirement in 1985, Mr. O’Hearn had worked 35 years for the home improvement company, D.A. Howe & Sons Co., where he had been the president and general manager. A veteran, he served in the Army Air Force during World War II. Mr. O’Hearn is survived by his wife, Grace; five sons; seven daughters; a brother; a sister; 27 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and nephews and nieces.

1949

Henry Baldyga
Feb. 10, 2002

In Maryland, at 73. Mr. Baldyga is survived by his wife, Amelia; two sons; two daughters; and six grandchildren.

John H. Bray
March 6, 2002

At Mariner at Pendleton, Mystic, Conn., at 75. During his career, Mr. Bray had owned and operated Sound Real Estate and for the past 20 years had served as a substitute teacher at New London (Conn.) High School. An executive at General Dynamics from 1953 to 1964, he had been a consultant for James Drug Company Hospital and Surgical Supply Division. During World War II, Mr. Bray served in the 121st Calvary Reconnaissance Squad of the U.S. Army as a technician fourth grade. Mr. Bray is survived by his wife, Peggy; a son, John K. ’79; two brothers; and a granddaughter.

Matthew P. Dwyer
April 5, 2002

In New York. Mr. Dwyer is survived by his wife, Frances; two sons; three daughters; seven grandchildren; and a sister.

John C. Laporte
March 15, 2002

In Connecticut, at 78. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Laporte had been a real estate broker with Hurwit & Simons Realtors & Personal Properties, West Hartford, Conn., for many years. Active in several service organizations, he was named Cub Master of the Year in 1971. During World War II, Mr. Laporte served in the Navy Air Corps. He is survived by his wife, Corlyse; three sons; a daughter; a brother; a sister; and eight grandchildren.

Robert P. Murphy
March 19, 2002

In UMass Memorial Medical Center-University Campus, Worcester, at 78. Prior to his retirement in 1995, Mr. Murphy had been a salesman for Chase Corp. in Randolph, Mass., for 40 years. A Marine Corps veteran, he served in the Pacific during World War II. Mr. Murphy is survived by his wife, F. Patricia; a son; a daughter; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Frederick E. Welch
March 16, 2002

In New Jersey, at 73. Mr. Welch is survived by his wife, Patricia; a daughter; a brother; a sister; and three grandsons.

1950

John F. McDermott Sr.
May 30, 2002

At his home in Auburn, Mass., at 76. During his career, Mr. McDermott had been a probation officer for 10 years at Fitchburg (Mass.) District Court and a teacher at Auburn High School. Previously, he worked eight years as an adjuster for the Insurance Company of America. A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. McDermott served in the South Pacific. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. McDermott is survived by a son; a daughter; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

David A. Rose Sr.
April 4, 2002

In Holy Trinity Nursing Center, Worcester, at 73. An attorney in private practice for many years, Mr. Rose served 20 years as an assistant clerk magistrate in Worcester Juvenile Court, retiring in 1993. He had also taught English at North High School in Worcester and in the Shrewsbury (Mass.) school system. Interested in politics, Mr. Rose had been an administrative aide to former Worcester Mayor John M. Shea. During the Korean War, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Rose is survived by his wife, Leona; four sons, including Rev. Michael F. ’77 and Stephen A. ’83; three daughters, including Catherine L. ’78 and Ann Marie Rose-Foran ’81; eight grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

 

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