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Class Notes Summer 2022

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 ’49 

Harry Morsch recently turned 90. He has four children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 ’50 

Gene Schiller celebrated his 90th birthday on July 4, surrounded by his loving wife, Yolanda, and his adoring children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at their home in Monmouth Beach, N.J. 

 ’51 

Marie and James Valvano celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

 ’58 

John Healey, Ph.D., and his wife, Dorothy, are pleased to announce the birth of their first great-grandchild. The Healeys are also the proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren.

 ’63 

Albert Hagovsky moved to Florida and is enjoying retirement. His daughter, Lauren, recently gave birth to his second granddaughter, Eponine Marie, who lives nearby and is keeping him busy.

Jeremiah Murphy and his wife, Lorraine, of Fort Bragg, Calif., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2021.

Ron Villano hosted a Class of ’63 reunion cookout at his home in Brielle, N.J. 

 ’64 

The Clifton Times announced that the Clifton Arts Center & Sculpture Park has added a new sculpture, entitled “Ponder,”  by artist Mike Bertelli. The sculpture is part of a Covid-19 Garden Memorial on the outside grounds of the Clifton Municipal Complex near the Clifton Senior Center. It was dedicated in memory of the more than 300 Clifton residents lost to Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. The sculpture is created in cast cement.

With the onset of the global pandemic, the Times wrote, “We all had to pause and, as the sculpture shows us, carefully think and take stock. The sculpture reflects coming to grips with the situation.”

Mike is president of the Clifton Arts Center Advisory Board of Trustees. He is curator of the Clifton Sculpture Park on the grounds of the Clifton Municipal Complex and is an established sculpture artist. His sculptures are featured at the Clifton Sculpture Park, throughout the City of Clifton and beyond. 

 ’67 

The family of the late William Joseph Egan, who passed away in 2008, is expecting a baby in July. The baby would have been William’s first grandchild.

 ’68 

Bill Parell, M.D., announced he has retired from his Lexington, Ky., ENT/plastic surgery practice after 40 very gratifying years. In retirement, Bill and his wife, Marsha, are turning their attention to their Kentucky farm operation, which already consists of 50 cows, one (lucky) bull, several springer calves, 50 quail and two bird dogs.

At the April 2022 Benedict’s Northern New Jersey Golf Outing, the Class of ’68 team would have made Fr. Leo proud! Joe Candio, Ted Martens, Pete Mallon and Chet Penza combined for a blazing three under par 68. The team is hereby serving notice that next year they are the foursome to watch!

John Parish, who retired to the Long Beach Island (LBI) area, finished up four days a week of substitute teaching at the local high school in late June, a challenge that has kept John on his toes. John and his wife, Teresa, keep active for the summer and fall with strong doses of walking, biking and pickleball … and, of course, some LBI beach time!  

 ’71 

St. Bonaventure University welcomed Mark W. Sickles, an accomplished corporate leader, board director and management consultant, to campus as the second Lenna Visiting Professor of the spring semester.

 ’72 

John Hand wrote that he has “finally retired.”

 ’86 

David Ricketts was promoted to Senior Manager-Flight (Chief Pilot) at American Airlines.

 ’90 

The short film “Noisy,” written and directed by Cedric Hill, won Best Short Film in the Emerging Filmmakers Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Elliot Hyppolite ’09 also worked on the film. Cedric is a Visiting Associate Professor of Acting at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.

 ’93 

Naml Lewis hosted Elijah Allen, Antoine Soto, Michael Flounoy, Frank Robinson and Abraham Spence at a Memorial Day barbecue at his house.

 ’97 

Daniel Gibson III earned a Master of Liberal Arts from Harvard College.

 

 ’07 

Matt Achariam ’07 and Zachary Hamed

Matthew Achariam founded the app Clay (https://clay.earth) with Zachary Hamed. Clay won the award for the Best Work & Productivity App at the 26th annual Webby Awards in May.

“Our team has worked hard to help people across the world foster the relationships that matter most, and we’re honored that The Webby Awards recognizes our effort,” Matt and Zachary wrote. “We’re grateful for the support of our early members, and we look forward to continuing to build a product that helps them be more thoughtful with their relationships.” 

Hailed as the internet’s highest honor by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the internet. With more than 14,000 entries from over 70 countries, and almost 2 million votes cast by nearly 500,000 people in the Webby People’s Voice, the 26th annual Webby Awards was the largest in Webby history.

“Clay has set the standard for innovation and creativity on the internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “This award is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators.”

Matt and his wife, Jaime, live in San Francisco. He recently met with Benedict’s students to discuss his experience starting a business from scratch.

 ’08 

Kevin Dufresne started a new job as Program Assistant at WestEd, a research and development company of academic parameters.

Quadeer Porter received the 2022 Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award for his work with Brothers Building a Better Nation. This organization reaches out to brothers who need guidance and mentorship in Newark, N.J.  

 ’11 

Yasin Williams

Richard D. Vincent received his doctorate in biomedical engineering from NJIT. 

Yasin Williams was selected for the 2022 Public Policy New Voices Fellowship. The program supports and elevates PPNV Fellows in a field that historically has systemic barriers to entry for people of color. It features skills-building workshops, mentorship, a speaker series, professional networking and career guidance, among other things. 

 ’14 

Naija Omari earned his Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University-Newark.

 ’15 

On May 20, Jaheer T. Jones walked across the stage at Radio City Music Hall in recognition of his completion of a Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.


 Engagements 

Chanelle Frazier and Tamir Jackson ’10 were recently engaged.

 Marriages 

Raysor Wedding photo
Josh  Davis wedding photo

 

Nilanthi Sangarabalan and Mike Raysor ’06 were recently married. Instead of wedding gifts they asked for donations to St. Benedict’s in their honor.

Anika and Gregory Cashmir ’10 were recently married. 

Ama Akyaa and Jeffrey Agyare-Nkansah ’11 were recently married.

Meghan and Josh Davis ’11 were recently married. 

 Births 

Jeremy Kane ’07 and Dani Kander have a new baby boy, Ellery, born June 13. Uncle Danny Kane ’03 reports that all are doing well.

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