. . . the newsletter of the Fordham College Alumni Association

Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York, N.Y. 10023

September 1991

The University has awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law to Joseph Louis Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago. At a conference, "The Future of American Catholic Institutional Ministries in the 21st Century," on Rose Hill in April, Cardinal Bernardin spoke on "Catholic Identity: Resolving Conflicting Expectations." He recommended that bishops and persons involved in ministries discuss how to deal with ethical dilemmas in a pluralistic society. He also suggested that universities help lay leaders understand Catholic culture, identity and mission.

Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, delivered the benediction at the University's Sesquicentennial Commencement on May 18, 1991 and was the principal celebrant and homilist at the baccalaureate mass. Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, delivered the commencement address, telling a hushed audience on Edwards Parade that the struggle of the 1990s will be for America's conscience. The University awarded honorary degrees to Ms. Edelman, Denzel Washington '77, the Academy Award winning actor, Sr. Mary Rose McGeady '61, president and chief executive officer of Covenant House, and the Rev. Stanley L. Jaki '58, distinguished university professor at Seton Hall University. Six hundred forty-five members of The College Class of 1991 received degrees.

Ramology. Just before World War I, Dr. Victor F. Hess, who would later become a member of the Fordham Physics faculty, noticed a high-level of unexplained radiation in his laboratory in Austria. According to Barrett McGurn '35, Hess suspected that radiation from outer space was bombarding earth. So, with a special hard-shelled electrometer, built for him by Theodore Wulf, a local manufacturer, Dr. Hess ascended three miles above the earth in a balloon. He measured radiation levels in the balloon, learned that radiation is six times stronger at 15,000 feet than it had been in his laboratory and, thus, discovered "cosmic rays, " high speed particles from outer space. The discovery prompted decades of further research from other scientists, excited the imaginations of generations of science fiction writers and brought Dr. Hess the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1934. At a recent ceremony in our nation's capitol, Sesquicentennial Chairman Rev. Eugene J. O'Brien, S.J. and Salvatore J. D'Amico '48, president of the Fordham Club of Washington, D.C., presented Dr. Hess' Wulf electrometer, a thick-skinned object looking like a cooking pot with a cannon nose, to the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum where you may now see it on display.  

Happy Anniversary. The Fordham Club of Washington, D.C., with over 400 members, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.




The Ram roundballers earned a 25-8 record and captured both the regular season and tournament Patriot League titles. Twelve contests were decided in the last twenty seconds and seven at the buzzer. Season highlights included: the play of the Patriot League Player of the Year, center Damon Lopez '91; Jean Prioleau's '92 buzzer-beating, game winning three pointers against Big East Champion Seton Hall, Lehigh and Holy Cross, and a school record sixteen game home winning streak. Coach Nick Macarchuk earned honors as Patriot League and NCAA District II (New York State) Coach of the Year.

The Sports Page. Lauren Gubicza '93 has set the Fordham record in the women's indoor mile at 4:47 and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 1500. . . . Joe Pantginis '91 has set the Fordham record in the high jump at 7'1-1/4". . . . Atsushi Ohtaka '92 has set the 200 meter breaststroke record at 2:03.15 as Coach Don Galluzzi's men's swimming team finished its season undefeated. . . . Ted Sobel, a graduate student, captured the national and world powerlifting championships in the 242 lb. open class. . . . Lisa Rymaniak '91 was named the Patriot League's top tennis scholar-athlete. A theology major, Lisa maintains a 3.54 cumulative average. . . . Coach Dan Gallagher's baseball team won the Patriot League championship while compiling a record of 35-16. The New York Yankees presented the championship trophy to Dan on June 21, 1991 in a ceremony at the Stadium which marked Rev. Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J's major league debut. Fr. O'Hare threw out the first ball but was then removed from the game. . . . Oarsman Duke Perrucci ‘92 has broken the United States record in the 2,000 ergometer standard with a 6:16.3 timing.

Sua Sponte, TRADITION elects the late John J. "Pat" Rooney '24, a fixture in Rose Hill Tennis for more than 50 years, as the all-time All-Fordham women’s tennis coach. During Pat’s years coaching the women’s team, it boasted a record of 284 wins, 34 losses and no ties. He most recently guided his team to the inaugural Patriot League title. He cared with conviction. . . . TRADITION also elects Damon Lopez '91 to the all-time All-Fordham basketball team as a power forward. A late achiever who never made his high school varsity, Damon was a 1,000 point scorer on Rose Hill and set the school record for blocked shots (266).

Coach Larry Glueck's Fordham footballers will play on Rose Hill against Lehigh (September 14), Bucknell (September 21), Princeton (September 28), Harvard (October 12-HOMECOMING), Hofstra (October 19) and Villanova (November 23). The footballers play against Columbia (October 5), Colgate (October 26) and Lafayette (November 9) on the opponent's field and against Holy Cross in the Wild Geese Classic in Limerick, Ireland (November 16). Contact George Kolb of the Department of Athletics (212-579-2447) for details.

More Graham. Bill Healy '30 remembers that the 1925 Georgetown footballers led by 225 lb. fullback Tony Plansky, a decathlon and hurdling champion with track speed, were favored over the Rams. But, a heavy rain handicapped the Hoya attack, and Tom Leary, Fordham's dominating left defensive end, proved Plansky's undoing. Meanwhile, Zev Graham, the Rams' 5'6", 165 lb. quarterback, proved a gallant mudder. Playing offense and defense, running, passing, punting and drop-kicking, Zev led Fordham around and through the formidable Hoya defense for the victory. The return match in 1926, played on a dry field at the Polo Grounds, was Zev's last game for Fordham. The Hoya's 285 lb. monster defender "Babe" Connaughton battered Zev, and Georgetown took a comfortable lead. However, late in the final quarter, Zev, playing safety, made what has been described as the greatest defensive play in Fordham football history. Plansky broke through the Fordham line, and all that stood between him and the goal was the redoubtable Graham. The undersized safety, now limping from Connaughton's beating, moved up to challenge Plansky. The ballcarrier ran at Graham, feinted left and then hurdled high over his head. The doughty Ram grabbed the fullback just above the ankle, and Plansky cartwheeled in the air before falling head first to the turf. The dazed fullback was helped from the field, and two plays later an era ended as Graham was removed from the game. Zev limped from the field to a tremendous roar which shook the stadium. The Polo Grounds fans reportedly delayed the game for fifteen minutes as, on their feet, they cheered in tribute to a Fordham immortal.



On Jesuit Learning. According to Rev. Timothy Healy, S.J., Fordham's first alumni director, an old and frequent Jesuit saying goes, "I don't know anything about that subject, I never even taught it."

Rev. Vincent O'Keefe, S.J., our past president, advises that a nun, told that the Society of Jesus, the largest and most prestigious order in the Roman Catholic Church, was celebrating its 450th anniversary and the 500th birthday of its founder, raised her eyes to heaven and sighed: "The Jesuits, ah, the Jesuits. They know everything - but nothing else."

The Faculty. Rev. Vincent Novak, S.J. has accepted a visiting scholars appointment at U.C.L.A. for the 1991/92 academic year. Fr. Novak will explore how societal and personal values can be fostered in public education through appropriate religious studies, counselling and caring teacher-student relationships. . . . Dr. Harry Evans, associate professor of classics, is writing a book on water distribution in ancient Rome. . . . Dr. Frank Hsu, chairman of the department of computer and information sciences, co-authored the paper "On hamiltonian consecutive-d digraphs," published in Combinatorics and Graph Theory, Banach Center Publications, Warsaw. . . . Babette E. Babich, assistant professor of philosophy, gave the paper, "Heidegger's Reading of Nietzsche and Technology: A Musical Retrieve of the Range of Value and Light Feet," at the Nietzsche Society of Great Britain, University of Warwick. . . . Joseph Y. Shapiro, associate professor of physics, presented "WKB subbarrier fusion calculations for light nuclei using a one-pion-exchange potential," coauthored with Quamrul Haider, assistant professor of physics, at the spring meeting of the American Physical Society in Washington, D.C.

More Cox. Rev. Andrew Ansbro, C.P. '27 remembers Fr. Ignatius Cox. Attending a Novena of Grace in March 1924 so that he would not have to attend class, Andrew, a high school senior, was anticipating entry to the Naval Academy as Fr. Cox graphically told the tale of Loyola asking Xavier the Lord's own question: "What will it profit a man . . . ?" Moments later, the entire direction of Andrew's life changed as Cox pointed (Andrew is sure it was directly at him) and repeated the question. Andrew shook, sweated and, to the lasting gratitude of America's armed forces, chose to attend Fordham. He is celebrating his 60th anniversary as a priest of the Passionist Congregation.

Even More Cox. Walter L. Mooney ‘61 remembers Fr. Cox’s opening line in senior theology. To the delight of the students, Fr. Cox revealed to them that in the previous three years they had been trained “ in Jesuitical chicanery and fraud.”

Chairman Steve DeGroat '72 announces that the annual Fordham Golf Classic at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York will be held on Monday, October 7,1991. A limited number of sponsorships and chances on a one-week golf trip to Adare Manor, Ireland are still available. Contact Julio Diaz of the Department of Athletics (212-579-2447) for details.

Chairman Leo Connelly '51 announces that the fourth annual Fordham Tennis Outing to the quarter-finals of the Virginia Slims Tournament at Madison Square Garden will be held on Friday, November 22, 1991. Dinner at Toots Shors will precede an evening of great tennis. Contact Ed Buckley of Alumni House (212-636-6522) for details.

Reader Tom Mullaney '66 invites all past and present editors to contact him c/o TRADITION to discuss plans for THE RAM's 75th anniversary celebration in February 1993. . . . Michael DiLegge '49 enjoys reading TRADITION and congratulates TRADITION's staff "for this noble effort in keeping the alumni informed." . . . Bill Power '33 accuses TRADITION of editing the "flavor" out of recollections printed on these pages. TRADITION denies this charge, suggests that Bill may be confusing TRADITION with some other Fordham publication, perhaps the President's Annual Report, and contends that it has, in fact, enhanced Bill's writings. . . . John Shepard '29 remembers the Twenties on the campus as a time "when tradition was growing . . . . a great time!"

On listening to your mother. Tom McCaffrey '52 advises that, in its February 1991 edition, TRADITION incorrectly identified the ball carrier who exploded into the Princeton end zone to score Fordham's first touchdown against the Tigers. In fact, the ball carrier was Frank McCaffrey '11, Tom's father and Fordham's first All-America. Frank stood an unimposing 5'11", 165 lbs. but, much to the displeasure of his mother Margaret, earned the nickname "Bull" for his determination and powerful running style. While Walter Camp selected Frank to the 1909 All-America football team, Margaret McCaffrey objected to those who referred to her Francis "by the name of an animal" and was relieved when Fordham discontinued football before Francis' senior season in 1910. When Princeton offered "Bull" a scholarship for that senior season, Mother McCaffrey, who must have been the source of at least some of Frank's determination, objected because football was too rough for Francis. She refused to allow him to play for the Tigers, and, thus, Fordham's first All-America, whom all the forces of Princeton could not stop the year before, was halted by a middle-aged Irish woman from The Bronx and became the first Fordham All-America not to repeat his selection. Following graduation from Rose Hill and from New York University Dental School, "Bull" practiced dentistry in New York and became a professor of oral surgery at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. "Bull's" five sons, Francis '39, Connie '46, Joe '46, Dick '50 and Tom, our correspondent, graduated from The College.

In October 1991, the Army ROTC will mark its 105th anniversary of training students for the military on Rose Hill. The first military instructor to be assigned to Fordham was Lt. Herbert G. Squiers, a 7th Cavalry Officer and veteran of the frontier wars who eventually became U. S. Ambassador to China. Fifty students made up the first military cadet battalion at St. John's College in October 1886. The Corps had a bumpy road thereafter. Eliminated in the isolationist period preceding the first World War, the Army ROTC grew to a strength of 925 cadets in 1948. The Fordham Army ROTC today serves about 140 students. Fifteen students are enlisted in the Navy ROTC program which is 5 years old.

The University named Edwards Parade for Lt. Clarence R. Edwards, a popular military science instructor during the 1890s. Under Edwards, the cadets actively served Fordham on and off the campus, stressing military, university and community service. After leaving Fordham, Edwards rose to the rank of Major General and commanded the famous 16th "Yankee" Division during World War I.

All in Favor, . . . . The Nominating Committee has proposed the following candidates to the Board of The Fordham College Alumni Association: John V. Chervokas '59 - president; Patrick Burke '63, Annemarie DiCola '80, James McGuire '57, Gerri Cunningham Pare '68 and John Walton '72 - vice-presidents; Leo Connelly '51 - secretary; John Pettenati '81 - treasurer; William Banks '48, William Connell '66, Edward Farrell '57, Patrick Foye '78, Gerald Haggerty '60, Mary Ellen Hoffman '81, David Kulo '53, Edward Leahey '41, Nicholas Sassone '75 and Lisa Zangara '90 - directors.


TRADITION: Minister of Propaganda: George P. McKeegan '69; Contributing Editor: William J. Healy '30