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1926

Rev. Francis J. Sullivan
July 25, 2005
At the Life Care Center in Wilbraham, Mass., at 99. A longtime priest of the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., Fr. Sullivan had been the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Holyoke, prior to his retirement in 1976. Previously, he had served as the pastor of: St. Cecilia's Parish in Wilbraham; St. James Parish in South Deerfield; and St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Cheshire; from 1954-55, Fr. Sullivan had been the administrator of Blessed Sacrament Church in Northampton. Ordained to the priesthood in 1930, he began his ministry at St. Paul's Cathedral in Worcester. Fr. Sullivan then served as a curate at: St. Ann's Parish in Lenox; St. Joseph's Parish in Pittsfield; St. Agnes Parish in Dalton; Holy Family Parish in Springfield; and Blessed Sacrament Parish in Northampton; from 1943-51, he had also been the chaplain at the Farren Memorial Hospital in Montague. Fr. Sullivan is survived by a nephew and his wife; and friends.

1928

Joseph M. Porcella
Oct. 5, 2005
At his home in Chelsea, Maine, at 97. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Porcella had worked many years for the Revere, Mass., public schools; a teacher at the McKinley School and Revere High School, he later served as principal of the Abraham Lincoln School. During World War II, Mr. Porcella had been a lieutenant in the Navy. He is survived by three nieces; and a cousin.

1934

Hayden W. Keller
Sept. 28, 2005
In Connecticut, at 91. Prior to his retirement in 1970, Mr. Keller had been employed by Contramatics, Inc., in Vernon, Conn. Previously had had worked at Arrow Hart in Hartford and Russell Manufacturing in Middletown, Conn. Mr. Keller is survived by a son, Stephen H. '69; three daughters; six grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.

F. Russell Sandford, M.D.
Aug. 16, 2005
At his home in Sea Girt, N.J., at 93. Prior to his retirement in 1982, Dr. Sandford had maintained a medical practice in Caldwell, N.J., for more than 30 years. Team physician for the Caldwell High School football team for more than 20 years, he had provided medical services as well for the Curtis-Wright Corp. in Wood-Ridge. Dr. Sandford had been an Army veteran of World War II, serving as commanding officer of the 134th and 331st medical regiments; his responsibilities included activation and training of the 182 nd Medical Battalion in the United States and operation of his unit in the European theatre. Dr. Sandford, whose unit was attached to the Third Army, took part in the Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes campaigns; he received the Bronze Star in honor of his service in the Ardennes. Dr. Sandford is survived by two sons; a daughter; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

1935

Philip R. Byrne
Oct. 24, 2005

In Norwell, Mass., at 91. During his career, Mr. Byrne had been active in the wholesale paper and building materials business; soon after graduation, he joined Whitney Bros. Inc. of Boston which had been acquired by his father and others in 1914. Becoming president of the firm in 1958, he worked there until the company's closing and his retirement in 1987. Mr. Byrne had been the president of both the Boston Paper Trade Association and the New England Paper Merchants Association. A longtime resident of Milton, Mass., he was co-founder and first commissioner of the town's Little League Baseball program and, later, a director and coach for many years. In 1969, Mr. Byrne and his wife became co-founders and leaders of the New England chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation, which has raised funds for research and support programs for individuals with the disease. A 53-year member of the Wollaston Golf Club in Milton, he was club secretary from 1965-66; president from 1967-68; and a member of the board of directors from 1965-69. After the construction of a new club facility in 1975, Mr. Byrne continued to serve on numerous committees as well as on the Board of Governors; in 2004, he received the club's Distinguished Service Award. Involved in sports, Mr. Byrne had played hockey at his alma mater, the Boston Latin School, and, as a student at Holy Cross; he had been a member and president of the College's Student Athletic Council. Mr. Byrne had been active in alumni affairs, serving as a Holy Cross class agent and, also, as a career planning counselor; from 1946-47, he had been the president of the Holy Cross Club of Boston. Mr. Byrne was a recipient of the College's In Hoc Signo Award in 1981. A member of the Coast Guard Reserve during World War II, he had served with the Coast Guard in Boston. Mr. Byrne is survived by four sons, including Philip M. '62 and Matthew P. '67; a brother, Robert M. Sr. '41; five grandchildren; six nephews; and nine nieces.

1937

John T. Reilly, M.D.
Oct. 17, 2005

At the Holly Manor Nursing Home in Mendham, N.J., at 90. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Reilly had maintained a medical practice in Morristown, N.J. During his career, he had been affiliated with All Souls and Morristown Memorial hospitals, where he had held the post of chief of medicine and cardiology. Dr. Reilly later worked at the VA hospitals in East Orange and Newark, N.J., as assistant chief of pulmonary medicine. A former president of the Morris County (N.J.) Heart Association, Dr. Reilly had been a visiting lecturer at the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant commander in the Pacific, in P.T. Boat Squadron 16. Dr. Reilly is survived by his wife, Isabelle; two sons; a daughter; and five grandchildren.

1939

John J. Reardon Sr.
Oct. 10, 2005

In Middletown, Conn., at 88. Prior to his retirement in 1989, Mr. Reardon had been a purchasing agent for the American Steel Co. in Pawtucket, R.I.; previously, he had worked for the Bob Director Shipyard. During World War II, Mr. Reardon had served as a lieutenant in the Navy. A longtime resident of Barrington, R.I., he had been a member of the Holy Cross Club of Rhode Island. Mr. Reardon is survived by his wife, Ellen; two sons; four daughters; and 10 grandchildren.

1940

Thomas J. O'Leary Sr.
Oct. 17, 2005

At his home in North Reading, Mass., at 88. A management consultant for many years, Mr. O'Leary had worked for the H.B. Maynard and Company Consulting Firm in New York City and for the Bigelow, Kent, Williard Consulting Firm in Boston; prior to his retirement in 1985, he had been self-employed. Active in civic affairs, Mr. O'Leary had been a longtime member of School Committee in North Reading, Mass., and a member of the town's School Building Committees; he had also served on the Housing Authority and the Democratic Town Committee. Mr. O'Leary had been a member of the Holy Cross Clubs of Merrimack Valley and Boston. He is survived by his wife, Edith; five sons; two daughters; a sister; 25 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

1942

Robert M. Dee
Sept. 11, 2005

In Grosvenor Park Nursing Center, Salem, Mass., at 85. An organic chemist, Mr. Dee had owned and operated Seaboard Chemicals Incorporated in Salem, prior to his retirement. During World War II, he served in the Navy. Mr. Dee is survived by three sons; a daughter; a sister; three grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

1943

Daniel A. Gallagher
Jan. 1, 2005

In Massachusetts, at 85. An international hide and skin broker, Mr. Gallagher had been the president of Daniel A. Gallagher Inc., prior to his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Anne; two sons; two daughters; and 12 grandchildren.

1944

Thomas F. Kilfoil
Aug. 21, 2005

In Connecticut, at 82. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Kilfoil had worked 33 years at the West Hartford ( Conn.) Public Library; joining the staff in 1968 as a reference librarian, he was subsequently promoted to head of circulation and, then, head of reference services. At the start of his career, Mr. Kilfoil taught speech for five years at St. Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J.; he then served as the director of the Brander Matthews Dramatic Museum at Columbia University in New York City, while pursuing his master's degree in library science there. A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Kilfoil had been a lieutenant junior grade aboard the destroyer escort USS Spangenberg in the North Atlantic. He is survived by two sisters; and several cousins, including Henry F. '44.

1945

Felix G. Cataldo, M.D.
Sept. 22, 2005

At his home in Worcester, at 81. A surgeon in Worcester for 52 years, Dr. Cataldo had been a member of the staff of Worcester City Hospital and Fairlawn Hospital and, later, of the University of Massachusetts and Memorial hospitals; his tenure at Worcester City Hospital included serving as chief of surgery and chief of staff. Dr. Cataldo retired from full-time medical practice in 2002. During his career, he had also been an associate clinical professor of surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; in 1983, his residents named him "Teacher of the Year." In addition, Dr. Cataldo had been associated for many years with the Family Health Center of Worcester, working there until two months before his death; in recognition of his years of dedicated service, the center established the Dr. Felix G. Cataldo Lifetime Achievement Award last September in his honor. Dr. Cataldo was a Navy veteran and a recipient of the Bronze Star, for his service as a surgeon with U.S. forces in Korea. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, he had been a member of the board of trustees of Worcester City Hospital and the Massachusetts Medical Society as well as a member of the Ethics and Library committees of the Worcester District Medical Society. Additional community involvement included serving as a founding member of the New England Aquarium in Worcester and as a member of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Dr. Cataldo had been a member of the President's Council at Holy Cross. He is survived by his wife, Anne; four sons, including Paul F. '79; three daughters, including Eileen M. '84; 12 grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. His brother was the late Lewis J. Jr., M.D., '43.

1947

Robert P. Dubord, D.M.D.
July 14, 2005

In Maine, at 79. Dr. Dubord had maintained a private dental practice in Waterville, Maine, from 1948 until his retirement in 1996; following retirement, he volunteered at the MaineGeneral Medical Center. A member of the Army Reserves while attending college, Dr. Dubord had enlisted in the Army in 1944; during the Korean War, he served in the Air Force as a dental officer and attained the rank of captain. A member of the Maine and Kennebec Valley Dental associations, Dr. Dubord had been active in many community associations, including the Waterville board of education and the Waterville Public Library; he had also been a director of the Waterville Savings Bank and, later, the Peoples Heritage Bank. Dr. Dubord is survived by his wife, Beatrice; a son, Daniel J. '73; a daughter; a sister; and many nephews and nieces. His brother was the late Richard J. '43.

Edward J. Galuska
Aug. 17, 2005

In the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, at 83. Prior to his retirement in 1982, Mr. Galuska had been an English teacher in the Pawtucket school system for 38 years. A Marine Corps veteran, he served during World War II in the South Pacific and, later, in the Korean War, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. Mr. Galuska is survived by his wife, A. Laurian; three sons; three daughters; four grandchildren; and a nephew and a niece.

John M. Reynolds
Aug. 22, 2005

At the Cheshire Medical Center, Keene, N.H., at 81. A longtime attorney in Keene, Mr. Reynolds had begun his practice there in 1958; previously, he had worked eight years as an attorney for the CIA. A World War II Army veteran, Mr. Reynolds had served with the 95th Infantry Division, 359th Field Artillery Battalion and earned three Battle Stars during the Battle of the Bulge; he was also a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Active in community affairs, Mr. Reynolds had served as president of the Monadnock Region Humane Society, the Cheshire County Heart Fund and the Hinsdale Raceway; he had also been a member of the Keene Rotary Club. Mr. Reynolds is survived by his wife, Jane; two daughters; a brother; two sisters; and three grandsons.

1948

John L. Hussey
July 24, 2005

At the Delray (Fla.) Medical Center, at 78. Prior to his retirement in 1982, Mr. Hussey had taught English for 30 years at Malden ( Mass.) High School, becoming the chairman of the department in 1968. During his career he had also coached football, baseball, basketball and golf at the school; from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, he had been the head boys' basketball coach. Elected to the Golden Tornado Club Hall of Fame as a coach, Mr. Hussey had held the post of president of the club for several years. A World War II Navy veteran, he had served aboard the USS General S.D. Sturges and the USS Malabor; discharged as a seaman first class in July 1946, Mr. Hussey had been the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Medal. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Hussey is survived by a son; a brother; and a sister. His father was the late Patrick F. '15, and his brother was the late Robert J. '52.

1949

Robert J. Donoghue
Sept. 14, 2005

At the UMass-Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, at 78. A longtime Worcester attorney, Mr. Donoghue had been associated for more than 30 years with attorneys John W. Spillane and William C. Tattan; at the start of his career, he had practiced law with his father, specializing in estate administration, banking and real estate. Mr. Donoghue had been honored by the St. Thomas More Society for his professional endeavors. A trustee of the Bay State Savings Bank for many years, he had served as its clerk and legal counsel; in 1960, Mr. Donoghue had been involved with the formation and operation of the Shrewsbury Bank & Trust Company. Legal counsel to the Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District since 1968, he had been associated as well with the Worcester office of the Massachusetts Bonding and Insurance Company. A veteran, Mr. Donoghue had served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He had been a Holy Cross class agent. Mr. Donoghue is survived by a son; a daughter; and many nephews and nieces.

Sigismund L. Koperniak
Aug. 28, 2005

In the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London, Conn., at 83. Prior to his retirement in 1979, Mr. Koperniak had worked many years as an insurance broker for the John Hancock Insurance Co. A veteran, he served in the Navy during World War II. Mr. Koperniak was a former president and director of the Polish Naturalization Independent (PNI) and Polish National Alliance (PNA) Clubs. He is survived by two sons; four daughters; a brother; a sister; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; and his longtime companion, Esther Moynagh.

Edward A. Lofy
Sept. 9, 2005

In Wisconsin, at 80. Mr. Lofy had served in the Navy during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Rita; two daughters; a brother; three grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

1950

James F. Butler Sr.
Aug. 18, 2005

In the UMass Memorial Medical Center–university campus, Worcester, at 77. During his career, Mr. Butler had owned and operated Butler Fuel and Trailer Sales in Oxford, Mass., for 51 years. He is survived by his wife, Carol; one son; three daughters; two stepsons; a sister; 14 grandchildren; and nephews and nieces.

William S. Kovel
July 31, 2005

In Foley, Ala., at 78. Prior to his retirement in 1992, Mr. Kovel had been the director of compensation for J. Ray McDermott in New Orleans, La. Previously, he had served in managerial positions with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft; the Univac Division of Sperry Rand; and Babcock & Wilcox in New York City. Mr. Kovel was a veteran of the Navy. He is survived by three sons; a daughter; a brother; a sister; two grandchildren; several nephews and nieces; and his companion, Alice Berardi.

Peter J. Longo
Sept. 27, 2005

In Virginia, at 77. During his career, Mr. Longo had served as an interior designer/decorator for Sloan's, De Pinna's, Lord & Taylor's and Stern's in New York. He was a veteran of the Army. Mr. Longo is survived by his wife, Anna; a son; two daughters; a brother; three sisters; and three grandchildren.

Philip J. Molloy III, D.M.D.
Oct. 4, 2005

In MetroWest Medical Center, Natick, Mass., at 81. An endodontist, Dr. Molloy had maintained a private dental practice in Boston and on Cape Cod, Mass., for many years, retiring in 1998; he began his career in dentistry in 1955 in Framingham, Mass. Until 2004, Dr. Molloy had served as a longtime instructor of endodontics at the Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston; in addition, he had taught at Harvard University, Cambridge, and the VA Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Mass., for more than 20 years. During his career, Dr. Molloy had lectured in Europe, Russia, Australia, Asia and Central America; in 1969, he volunteered his services in Guatemala for three months, opening a dental clinic there. Dr. Molloy had served as a communication specialist in the Army during World War II. A member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, he had been a diplomat of the American Association of Endodontics and both general chairman and scientific chairman of the Yankee Dental Congress. Dr. Molloy is survived by his wife, Claire; five sons; three daughters; two brothers; two sisters; and 20 grandchildren.

C. Philip O'Rourke Jr.
Sept. 18, 2005

At Bryn Mawr ( Pa.) Hospital, at 79. Mr. O'Rourke had worked 18 years for Conrail in Philadelphia, retiring in 1994 as assistant vice president for government sales; previously, he had been associated for five years with the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Bethlehem, Pa., holding the post of sales and marketing director. Mr. O'Rourke began his career with the Boston and Maine Railroad; he had joined its sales department in Boston in 1952. Mr. O'Rourke was a Navy veteran, serving aboard destroyers in the South Pacific during World War II; a naval intelligence officer in the United States in the Korean War, he later continued military service in the Naval Reserve. Mr. O'Rourke had been a member of the President's Council at Holy Cross. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons; a daughter; his stepmother; a sister; and four grandchildren. His brother was the late Edward F. '49.

James F. Riley Jr.
Sept. 8, 2005

In Florida, at 78. Prior to his retirement in 1988, Mr. Riley had worked 34 years for the IBM Corp. He had belonged to the Society of Former FBI Agents. A Holy Cross class agent, Mr. Riley had been a member of the President's Council at Holy Cross. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; four sons; two daughters; and 10 grandchildren.

 

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