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The Joy of Reading
My son is a recent graduate of Holy Cross. I was intrigued with the cover of the summer 2007 edition of Holy Cross Magazine when it arrived in the mail this afternoon. And, oh, what a gift! “The Joy of Reading,” as well as your editorial, reminded me why I was so willing and able to lose myself in my college English courses. I have several Barnes & Noble gift cards from my students and am heading out this morning to pick up a few of the suggested readings. Hmmm … makes this 50-something elementary math teacher wonder how fractions and long-division became more compelling than Atticus Finch and Becky Thatcher …
Lainie Schuster P’06
I just wanted to say I loved the spring issue, particularly the profile of Michael Daniels ’76. I’m a graduate of the Class of ’96 and currently work for Google. Known for its intensive hiring process and rigorous interviews, the company told me upon hiring that being involved in campus ministry at Holy Cross helped me stand out among a lot of the applicants. I see how many of my friends and fellow Crusaders have gone on to great things—even if currently those careers are not related directly to social justice, it was that commitment to doing better in the world that has helped many of us secure jobs with some of the top companies in the world. Kudos on another great issue!
Laura Cococcia ’96
“Mr. Holy Cross”
I want to thank you for such a wonderful article about Pat McCarthy ’63 in the last issue of Holy Cross Magazine. The quotes by others said what we all have felt about Pat over these many years. Having been a student at the College when Pat was there, I found that reading Denny Golden’s comments brought back some of the “good old days” of the late ’50s and early ’60s. Denny was also a great player and leader in his own way.
I had the opportunity to work closely with Pat as did many other GAA Board members and officers. We recently honored Pat at the June GAA meeting and presented him with, among other things, a folder full of letters expressing our thanks and mentioning some memorable events we shared over the years. Following are a few of my comments that reflected those of many other members of the GAA:
Pat, I want to congratulate you on your many successes at Holy Cross over the past almost 40 years. Your strong leadership, talents and personality are gifts few people have and fewer choose to use to such a degree.
We thank you for the good old days on Fitton Field where you excelled as a leader on the football team and gave us so many wonderful Saturday afternoon victories—right on through your many years as the guiding light and often the sole effort at the General Alumni Association. Very few sons of Holy Cross have been so loyal and true as you have been to our alma mater.
Now about those wonderful trips to Ireland. Maureen and I had the opportunity to have you lead us through our first visit to the old sod. It was especially memorable because Maureen’s father was born and raised in CountyCavan and to make our pilgrimage with you as our guide has always been a high point of our lives. Not to mention the celebratory evenings after a day on the bus, touring the castles and kissing the Blarney Stone!
As a past president of the GAA, I can say so much about your efforts but the most obvious is that you listened, took our suggestions, encouraged us to lead and kept us informed. You are responsible for much of the success that the GAA has had over the past 39 years.
Maureen joins me in wishing you and Beverley many wonderful and healthy years of well-deserved retirement.
David A. Doern ’62
Little Compton, R.I.
Hats off to Michael Reardon on his article “Mr. Holy Cross,” about the life and career of Patrick L. McCarthy ’63. The article truly captured Pat and easily could have been a full 10 pages long! Pat has been such a public and identifiable face of Holy Cross for nearly 40 years. It is great that the College has honored Pat’s lengthy service and obvious love of Holy Cross in such a lasting way with the naming of McCarthy Lane, the new entrance to campus from McKeon Road.
Pat’s daily presence will be missed in the Alumni Office and on campus, but chances are we’ll continue to see him often around Mount St. James.
Best wishes to Pat and his likewise purple-spirited family as he embarks upon this new phase of his life and relationship with Holy Cross.
Marcy McManus Vandale ’87