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The Amazing Class of ’63
to your feature (summer 2004) on the “Amazing
Class of ’63,” I think Billy Collins’ memory
is slightly askew. The vigorous teacher of literature was
Rev. Leonard J. McCarthy, S.J. Rev. Eugene McCarthy, S.J.,
was the vigorous Dean of Discipline, or was when I graduated
in 1958. By the way, the last time I checked I was dismayed
to find that Dinand Library did not have a copy of Fr. Leonard
McCarthy’s published poems.
Anthony S. Carroll ’58
Garden City, N.Y.
Edward Jones ’72 and The
Congratulations to the talented Edward
P. Jones on his Pulitzer Prize novel, The Known World,
the story of Henry Townsend, a free Black who owned slaves.
The work is intriguing, horrifying and captivating. It
evokes some of the history of the Blacks at Holy Cross:
the first valedictorian of the College was James Augustine
Healy, class of 1849, a Black from Georgia , who, upon
the death of his father, became one of the heirs of his
estate and, thus, an owner of slaves valued at $22,000.
Professor Maurice Géracht must be admired for encouraging
Ed Jones, his student at Holy Cross. Let him be a model to
other faculty members who still do not understand that outstanding
teaching includes challenging and encouraging at the same
Edward Jones wrote, “Slavery did things to everyone;
some were able to transcend and others succumbed.” In
truth, we are all slaves in this life: slaves to our addictions,
greed, passions, etc., which some of us transcend and to
which some of us succumb.
Henry A.M. Rush Jr. ’62
East Millnocket , Maine
Joe Califano ’52 and the
I read with pride and
interest your story on Joe Califano ’52.
I was saddened, however, to compare the cherished Jesuit
educational experience of Mr. Califano and his peers to that
of today’s students. While it is true that Holy Cross
continues to stress, at least generically, the imperative
of service to others, the sort of formative, Catholic intellectual
education that was the absolute hallmark of the Jesuits has
all but gone the way of Mr. Califano’s other treasured
alma mater, Brooklyn Prep. It is sadly ironic that, through
Mr. Califano’s story, the College attempts to trumpet
its Jesuit credentials, when, in fact, the College, along
with most of its sister institutions, has long since ceased
to provide the kind of education that was so central to Mr.
Califano’s development as a human being.
Mr. Califano’s story points to many lessons of the
20th century, including, perhaps unintentionally, the power
that was the classical Jesuit education and the less-than-stellar
stand in for it we have chosen to give the students of the
Christian Browne ’98
New York , N.Y.
Remembering Jim Mahoney ’37
was with a true sense of sadness that I read in this summer's
insider of the death of the wonderful Mr. Mahoney. I have
vivid memories of sitting in his office in Dinand during
my freshman year, homesick, forlorn, and in need of a corny “fatherly” joke.
He was just the ticket. I have been forever thankful to him
for being so good and understanding. He personified what
Holy Cross is all about!
Anne Casey Cuneo ’84
Scituate , Mass.