VOLUME 45 NUMBER 1
Love and Loss
The entire Holy Cross community—students, alumni, parents, Jesuits, faculty and staff, friends in Worcester—benefits in countless ways from our common ties. And here at Holy Cross Magazine, we feel an extra kinship with those we have featured in the pages of the magazine. That is why I note with a heavy heart the passing of three people who have graced these pages, sharing with us their insights and allowing us to show their examples of service to others.
Claire Burns ’90 immersed herself in the life of Holy Cross after she had raised a family of eight children with her husband, Donal J. Burns ’49. “She resumed her collegiate pursuits, enrolling and living on campus,” says Donna Wrenn, director of human resources. Though already close to the College (six of her children attended Holy Cross), Mrs. Burns developed an even deeper connection to the Hill over those years, especially its hourly employees, Wrenn notes, adding, “The gratitude that Claire felt toward ‘the people who by their work make Holy Cross work’ resulted in the establishment of the Claire B. Burns Award program.” Holy Cross Magazine, through the years, has printed stories about the many award winners and accompanying luncheons, which Mr. and Mrs. Burns enjoyed attending.
“The loss of Claire is a great one for Holy Cross,” Wrenn says. “Family was her greatest love, and we were so blessed that she came to see Holy Cross as her extended family, which also included the retired Jesuits at Weston. She was a devoted friend, alumna and supporter of our community.”
Leo Cullum ’63 made us chuckle, think and ponder with the clever and memorable cartoons he inked for The New Yorker over his 30-year career. In Holy Cross Magazine’s Summer 2006 cover feature about the New Jersey native, readers learned that he was more than an artist with a sense of humor: He was a Vietnam veteran and later a commercial pilot who, as a child, spent time at his uncle’s New Hampshire summer camp with a young George Carlin. When news of Cullum’s death arrived in our office, those on our staff who recall the 2006 photo shoot and interview with the artist at his Malibu, Calif., home remembered his graciousness, and the wonderful “triple self portrait” he created for our cover.
Professor Joanna E. Ziegler, known to all as Jody, succumbed to illness this fall, leaving a hole in the hearts of those who loved working and studying with her.
Her image is among those on the cover of our last issue, with a bit of her well-known, wavy white mane peeking in at the edge of the frame. It was an eye-catching signature, but no more so than the signature guidance she offered her students in her 28 years on the Hill. She had long advocated for a magazine feature about her beloved art department, and we are comforted knowing that she was able to see that issue before her death.
“Jody Ziegler was a beloved colleague, innovative scholar and life-changing teacher and mentor,” said Fr. McFarland. “Drawing as it did on Catholic and Jesuit spirituality, her work was an especially insightful and effective way of realizing our mission as a Jesuit liberal arts college dedicated both to serious academic exploration and moral and religious formation.” (Read more about Professor Ziegler and a concert planned in her honor on Page 70 of the Winter 2011 issue; obituaries for Mr. Cullum and Mrs. Burns will appear in a future issue.)
And though the passing of loved ones has weighed heavily on our minds this fall, we are always reminded through the life-affirming work of you, the alumni of Holy Cross, of the gift of God’s grace. In this issue, we highlight a few alumni working on the ground in devastated Haiti, where an earthquake rocked Port-au-Prince almost one year ago. Please be sure to also read this issue’s Web Exclusives at http://holycross.edu/magazine, which include revealing personal essays about the work being done in Haiti. We also spend some time with star figure skating coach and Worcester native Frank Carroll ’60, whose successes are legendary, and whose no-nonsense attitude and great wit shine just as bright as his stars on the ice.
As always, we welcome your comments about this issue, and hope that you and those dear to your heart enjoy all the blessings of this holy season.