Letters to the Editor

“Everything you could ask for in a teacher”
I was saddened to see that Professor John R. McCarthy (In Memoriam) has passed away, although pleased to see that he lived a long, loving and productive life. I was his student in freshman math in 1961 and struggling mightily to understand calculus, which was a daunting challenge for me. Professor McCarthy was everything you could ask for in a teacher: very clear in explaining and illustrating concepts, helpful in every way, kind and considerate. I just managed to get by, and but for him would not have. May he rest in peace.  ■

Walter F. Kelly ’65
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Importance of Water
I was delighted to learn that Holy Cross now has a course in Watershed Hydrology (Syllabus). It seems fitting that a college whose founding was bankrolled by Irish immigrant Tobias Boland, builder of the Blackstone Canal, should have such a course. Many years ago, I was asked to settle issues for a Missouri town involved in very large wastewater management projects. I’d like to say Holy Cross equipped me with some econometric magic that helped me settle who owed what to whom, but really it was mostly topographic map reading that I’d picked up from the NROTC unit and the Navy ...  and maybe a little physics...water flows downhill. My fellow HC hockey alum Luke Thompson ’70, may he rest in peace, was the deputy commissioner of Massachusetts natural resources. Water’s something we need to stop taking for granted.  ■

Jim McManus ’70  
Phoenix, Arizona

Living the Mission
I read the Food Issue and I was so impressed on how successful Holy Cross alumni are in the health food industry! I was also impressed by the story about Dorothea McCarthy Rourke ’76 (Small Plates), registered dietician and nutritionist, and the importance of food nourishment, not only for the body, but for the mind, spirit and soul.

I enjoy reading your magazine because it reflects Holy Cross students/alumni and faculty living the Holy Cross mission. Great work!  ■

Carlos Puentes P13
East Greenbush, New York

More on Small Plates
Editor's Note: As you’ll read below, it looks like there was a second set of the commemorative Holy Cross porcelain plates (Small Plates, Page 63), featuring two different buildings than are found in the original set. Two readers told us about the other designs, and their own sets of these plates.

Greetings,
What a great photo/essay on the 12 Holy Cross Wedgwood plates (1932) in the Fall 2016 Holy Cross Magazine from Tom Rettig. I look forward to “devouring” that (food) issue.

1. While they came out in 1932, they were still being sold during my Holy Cross years (1963-1967), in a purple edition. The royal purple plates are darker. The purple set had eight dinner plates. They were available at the Holy Cross bookstore.
2. The four which are NOT in the “newer” purple set are the Entrance, the Fenwick/Commencement Porch, Old Print of Buildings and airplane view.
3. I bet that there are alums having trouble locating the (1932) Loyola Hall. It was renamed Carlin Hall and updated in the later set.

Thanks for the visit to the past. ■

Rev. Lee F. Bartlett III ’67  
Worcester, Massachusetts  

My husband, Thomas McGovern ’54, and I were married in 1955 and we received the Holy Cross plates as a wedding gift. When I saw them in the magazine, I went through my set of plates to see which ones I had, and I had two that were not listed, Old College Yard and Carlin Hall. I still have 11 of the 12 plates, only one broke!  ■

Miriam McGovern W54 P85
via phone
Danbury, Connecticut

Holy Cross Connections Revealed
Congratulations on your latest issue of Holy Cross Magazine. As expected, it is informative and entertaining. Thank you for including my profile in the issue (Small Plates). I hope your readers are impressed by the number of alumni involved in the food industry!

I was particularly surprised to find that one of my customers, Steve Rapillo ’82, (Small Plates) and the COO of one of my suppliers, Tom Schufreider ’80, (Small Plates) are HC alums! Hopefully, you will revisit the theme of highlighting Crusaders from a particular industry. I believe it serves to showcase the impact Holy Cross can have in a broad variety of fields.

I look forward to the next issue.  Keep up the good work.  ■

Nick DePalma ’87
Westfield, New Jersey

Encouraging Entrepreneurs
I read the Holy Cross publications and I must say that your Fall 2016 issue was in sharp contrast to what is usually published. It is encouraging to see Holy Cross supporting entrepreneurs in the food industry. ■

Richard B. Fisher ’47 P79
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Best Ever

Mary Iafelice ’11 of Alexandria, Virginia, tweeted on Oct. 15, 2016, to let us know just how much she enjoyed the Food Issue. ■

Continuing the Conversation
Thank you for an issue focused on a topic that affects every human: food. It is exciting to see how Holy Cross has cultivated both students who bring new ideas to the table, and faculty who can help these students pursue their interests in depth.

I would like to point out that Mary Patrice Hamilton’s observation (The Bees and Their Keepers), that some kindergarten children were unfamiliar with and apprehensive about handling and eating fresh apples and oranges, may have more to do with other factors than the prices of these fresh fruits.

During my time working at elementary schools, I have witnessed many interactions with students and healthy food…Most young children would rather spend time playing than eating during their short recess and lunch breaks, so the easiest-to-eat food is often consumed before the rush to the playground.

Unfamiliarity with certain fresh fruits may also be caused by a child’s family not choosing them based on cultural preferences, or other decisions. Even at home, potential spoilage, plus the time it takes an adult to prepare fresh fruits for children, may cause some busy or chaotic families to choose snacks their youngsters can prepare themselves. These habitual choices are hard to change, however, as children grow older.

Less fresh fruit, less healthy? Yes. More fresh fruit, plus taking the time to prepare, share and eat it, is more healthy for families and their children, not just at school, and not only in terms of nutrients. Thank you, Mary Patrice Hamilton, for noticing and caring about what children in America are eating.
I wish you well in your studies. ■

Catherine Shinskey Heppell ‘83
Los Angeles

Proud to be HC

Lizzie McManus ’13 tweeted on Oct. 17, 2016, to share that the Food Issue made her even more proud to be a Holy Cross graduate. ■

Life in the Retail Grocery Business
Read with interest the summer edition of HCM and, in particular, your interest in alumni in the food industry. As I reflected on your plans for the issue, I thought you might well be describing my entire life.

Forty years of retail grocery sales, from Dairy Queen to Kimball, to Mister Donut and on to General Foods, Quaker Oats and finally, Ocean Spray Cranberries, I lived my life in the retail foods business. I loved every minute, every challenge, all my managers and co-workers. Holy Cross prepared me in ways hard to describe and was always at my side as I wrote, edited and presented programs to customers. I loved my career, although I never guessed this was where I would spend my life. I thank God every day for my Holy Cross education, for my wife, sons and grandchildren, and my life in the retail grocery business.  ■

William C. Humberd Jr. ‘68
Norwell, Massachusetts

Editor's Note: In the Spring 2016 issue, we told the story of Kate Ginsbach ’11, who rides in elite mountain biking races to raise money for the charity World Bicycle Relief, which provides bicycles to entrepreneurs, health care workers, students and others in Africa. Kate wrote to HCM with an update after the 2016 Leadville 100 MTB race:

The World Bicycle Relief Team raised over $80,000 for the program and had a few pros, retired racer Ted King, Timmy Duggan (2012 Olympian), Laurens ten Dam (who joked he had used the Tour de France as training for the race), Joe Dombroski and Craig Lewis, along with a handful of amateurs: Dave Thompson, Ryan Vanderloop, Katie Boiling, Sharon Shachar, Chuck Leach, David Houston and myself.

I didn’t take that much off my time, only about 2 minutes, but ended up winning my age group, females 20-29, which was nice.

I’ve also taken a leave of absence from law school to attend a master’s of global health program at the University of Notre Dame and then will return to law school. Still training and still trying to race during school.  ■

Erratum
In the Fall 2016 issue (The Profile, Pages 108-109), the hometown of Dan Shaugnessy ’75 was incorrectly listed as Groton, Connecticut; it is Groton, Massachusetts.

In the obituary for Col. Donald N. McKeon Sr., USMC (Ret.) (In Memoriam, Page 125), the dates that Col. McKeon worked at Holy Cross were incorrect. He was a naval science professor at the College from 1963-1966.

Holy Cross Magazine regrets these errors.  ■

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