In Memoriam: 1953-1983

Holy Cross Magazine publishes In Memoriam to inform the College community of the deaths of alumni, Trustees, students, employees and friends. In Memoriam content, which is based on obituaries published in public forums or provided directly to HCM by the family, is limited to an overview of an individual’s life accomplishments, including service to alma mater and a survivors’ listing. Featured obituaries, labeled “Holy Cross Remembers,” are provided for faculty, senior administrators, Jesuits, honorary degree recipients and Trustees. Portrait photos from The Purple Patcher appear as space permits and at the discretion of the editor (photos provided by the deceased’s family are not accepted). Tributes appear in the order in which they are received; due to the volume of submissions and Magazine deadlines, it may be several issues before they appear in print. To notify the College of a death, please call the Alumni Office at 508-793-3039 or email, attaching a copy of an obituary, if available.

Rev. Ronald J. Boccieri

Rev. Ronald J. “Ron” Boccieri, of Hadley, New York, died on May 1, 2015, at 83. He participated in Naval ROTC at Holy Cross and enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduation, serving in the Korean War. Fr. Boccieri was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and entered the seminary at Maryknoll in Maryknoll, New York. After his ordination to the priesthood, he was assigned to minister in Taiwan and served there for 15 years, until his retirement in 1990. In retirement, he moved to Hadley and served as the chaplain at Skidmore College in nearby Saratoga Springs, New York. Fr. Boccieri was also active in St. Cecilia’s Church in Warrensburg, New York, and remained connected to the College as a member of the O’Callahan NROTC Society. He is survived by his cousins.

John S.T. Gallagher
John S.T. “Jack” Gallagher, of North Palm Beach, Florida, died on April 18, 2015, at 83. Mr. Gallagher was a native of Queens, New York, and majored in business at Holy Cross. He worked in his family tire business until his early 30s, when he began a career in health care administration. He earned a master of science degree in epidemiology and public health at Yale University in 1963 and joined the administrative staff at then-North Shore Hospital that same year. He would go on to become president and CEO of the hospital in the 1980s, leading a number of historic mergers and partnerships in Queens and on Long Island, New York, to establish the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Today, this health system is the largest in New York state and the nation’s 11th-largest nonprofit health system; it created a model for integrated health systems. Mr. Gallagher worked in the North Shore-LIJ Health System until his retirement at the end of 2000 and then continued to serve as a life trustee of the organization. In 2002, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Long Island Association and, in 2011, he received the David Award from Networking Magazine, which honors men who have done exceptional, heroic acts of kindness for the betterment of their communities. He was a member of the Holy Cross Varsity Club. Mr. Gallagher is survived by his wife, Aileen; four sons; two daughters; seven step-children; 27 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Lawrence C. Rowe
Lawrence C. “Larry” Rowe, of Hollywood, Florida, died on May 16, 2013. He worked as an attorney and is survived by his wife, Elaine.

Hon. John A. Tierney
The Hon. John A. Tierney, of New Bedford and Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Fort Myers, Florida, died on May 22, 2015, at 83. Judge Tierney graduated from the Boston Latin School with distinction before enrolling at Holy Cross. He earned his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1956 and a master of law degree in taxation from Boston University in 1970. Judge Tierney had a long legal career, starting as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Air Force, which included a three-year assignment in France. After his discharge from the Air Force, he worked in private practice in New Bedford before serving as both assistant city solicitor (1972-1974) and city solicitor (1983-1984). In 1974, he was elected district attorney for Bristol County, Massachusetts, and served for four years. In 1989, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis appointed him as a Superior Court judge. Judge Tierney served as a judge of the Superior Court until his mandatory retirement in 2002, at the age of 70. After retiring from the bench, he served as the New Bedford representative on the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority board of governors and worked as an arbitrator and mediator with Commonwealth Mediation and Conciliation, Inc., in Brockton, Massachusetts. Judge Tierney was also active in his community, working with the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society and Massachusetts Bar Association. He was a past president of the New Bedford Bar Association and a founding member of the Bristol County Bar Association. Judge Tierney received the prestigious Public Service Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association and the St. Thomas More Award from the Diocese of Fall River, which is presented to members of the legal community in recognition of dedicated service. He was a member of the Holy Cross Lawyers Association and the Varsity Club. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosemary; five children; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother and two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

William J. Kane, M.D.

William J. “Bill” Kane, M.D., of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, died on March 27, 2015, at 82. Dr. Kane was previously a resident of Kenilworth, Illinois, and Chicago. While he was a student at Holy Cross, Dr. Kane was a member of the Glee Club, Knights of Columbus, Sodality and Sanctuary Society. After graduation in 1954, he attended medical school at Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Kane completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. He also earned a Ph.D. in orthopedic surgery from the University of Minnesota in 1965 and was one of the surgeons who helped ensure that orthopedics was established as a full department at the university. Throughout his career, Dr. Kane was a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Scoliosis Research Society, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and the Continental Orthopaedic Society. He also published and edited a number of medical textbook chapters and academic articles, as well as a biography of a Holy Cross classmate. Dr. Kane is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Elizabeth; five children, including Kathleen E. Kane ’84, Anne E. Kane ’89 and William J. Kane Jr. ’85; six grandchildren; and numerous relatives, including niece Mary Ellen Lepley ’84. He was predeceased by his parents, brother and sister-in-law.

John J. Kennedy
John J. Kennedy, of St. Albans, Vermont, and formerly of Keeseville, New York, died on April 22, 2015, at 82. Mr. Kennedy served in the U.S. Army from December 1954 to August 1956, and then entered the National Guard Reserves, where he served until 1962. During his time in the Reserves, he completed a master of arts degree at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Mr. Kennedy married Mary Carrigan in 1959 and they moved to Keeseville. He taught in the AuSable Valley School District in Clintonville, New York, for 30 years. He was active in the town as a member of the Keeseville Free Library, the Keeseville Elks Club and the Kiwanis Club. He was a member of both St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary; three daughters and their spouses; one sister; one sister-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

Raymond O’Brien
Raymond O’Brien, of Barnegat, New Jersey, died on April 10, 2015, at 81. Mr. O’Brien was born and raised in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Brooklyn Preparatory High School. He enrolled at the College with the Class of 1954, but departed after his first year to enter the Trappist monastery in Huntsville, Utah, the Abbey of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity. He was a monk at the abbey from 1951 to 1955. He left the monastery and completed a bachelor of arts degree in English at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a master of arts degree in English from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. Mr. O’Brien also served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He moved to West Brighton, Staten Island, New York, in 1960 and began teaching English at New Dorp High School in Staten Island. He worked there for 25 years, until his retirement in 1985. In his retirement, he lived in New Jersey, Florida and Mexico before settling in Barnegat, where he lived for more than 15 years. Mr. O’Brien was a volunteer at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission in New Jersey, working in the soup kitchen and driving the elderly to appointments. He is survived by one son; five daughters; one brother; and nine grandchildren.

John P. Kennedy

John P. Kennedy, of Chatham, New Jersey, died on April 9, 2015, at 82. Mr. Kennedy was a longtime resident of Short Hills, New Jersey. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia in 1951. He enrolled at the College with the Class of 1955, but completed his degree at St. Louis University in 1956, receiving cum laude honors. He graduated from Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C., in 1959 (now Georgetown Law Center) and also completed graduate work in systems planning at American University in Washington, D.C., and in facilities management at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy in Oklahoma City. Mr. Kennedy was an airline executive, government consultant and founder and president of airline services company Airport Corporation of America. Throughout his career, he worked for the Air Transport Association, Eastern Airlines and Pan AM World Services, and was a consultant to the assistant secretary of transportation for science and technology. He also managed the Adirondack and Lake Placid airports during the 1980 Olympics, which were held in Lake Placid, New York. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Short Hills. Mr. Kennedy is survived by his wife of 51 years, Teresa; two daughters, including Kathleen T. Kennedy ’86; two sons; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, Patrick J. Kennedy, M.D. ’26; mother; and two sisters.

Rev. Peter S. Dargan

Rev. Peter S. Dargan, of West Haven, Connecticut, died on April 7, 2015, at 80. Fr. Dargan entered Holy Cross with the Class of 1956 and then answered the call to become a priest, enrolling at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut. He continued his education at Saint Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore. Fr. Dargan received his bachelor of sacred theology in 1961 and was ordained that same year. He served at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut, as well as a number of other parishes in the state, including St. Rose Parish in East Hartford, St. Ann Parish in Milford, St. Pius X Church in Wolcott and St. Bernard’s Parish in Tariffville. He also taught at high schools across Connecticut during his career. From 1990 to 2012, Fr. Dargan was the pastor of Holy Infant Church in Orange, Connecticut, and served as pastor emeritus after 2012. Fr. Dargan was a dedicated alumnus of Notre Dame High School in West Haven and served on their board of directors. In 1994, he received the Knights of Honor Award and was inducted into the Knights of Honor Society in recognition of his dedication to the Church and the school. He is survived by two sisters; two brothers; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

Donald J. MacMaster
Donald J. “Don” MacMaster, of Woodland Hills, California, died on March 21, 2015, at 80. Mr. MacMaster was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force and served on active duty as a special agent for the Office of Special Investigations. After he was released to the Air Force Reserve, he served as director of security and law enforcement for the New York Air National Guard. After moving to California, he served as liaison officer for the Air Force Academy. He retired in 1984 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Following his Air Force career, Mr. MacMaster worked in real estate, as president of California Business and Industrial Properties in Northridge, California. He was active in the American Industrial Real Estate Association (AIR) and served as the organization’s president in 1985. During his college career, he was on both the varsity track and varsity cross country teams. In addition to his athletic pursuits, he was the business manager of the weekly newsletter and a student instructor in economics courses. Mr. MacMaster also earned a master of business administration degree from the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and was an Eagle Scout. He lived in Woodland Hills for almost 40 years, where he served on the board of directors of Pacific Lodge Youth Services for 20 years and was named emeritus director in 2006. He was a member of the parish and finance councils at St. Mel’s Catholic Church in Woodland Hills, as well as fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Pamela; three sons; one stepson; one sister; five grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

Christopher A. Fox

Christopher A. “Chris” Fox, of Nicholson, Georgia, died on April 4, 2015, at 79. Mr. Fox was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Jefferson, Georgia, where he was a lector, Eucharistic minister, caseworker for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, religious education teacher and member of the Knights of Columbus and parish council. He was the president and owner of the Hotel Furnishings Group in Nicholson, Georgia, which specializes in furniture for the hospitality industry. Mr. Fox graduated cum laude from Holy Cross and was an English major. He stayed connected to his Holy Cross classmates, serving as a Class Agent from 1995 to 2015. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a son; a stepdaughter and her husband; a stepson and his wife; seven grandchildren; a brother, Mark F. Fox ’58; and several nieces and nephews, including Megan E. Kelly ’84. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marion; and a son.

William H. Marrs
William H. “Bill” Marrs, of Framingham, Massachusetts, died on March 9, 2015. Mr. Marrs worked for the Ford Motor Company as a field manager before retiring in 1998. He is survived by two sons, including Christopher M. Marrs ’86; and two granddaughters. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ellen.

Rev. Francis B. Nuss Jr.
Rev. Francis B. “Frank” Nuss Jr., of Amityville, New York, died on April 8, 2015, at 80. Fr. Nuss attended St. Bernard’s Seminary in Rochester, New York, and served as a parish priest. He was assigned to parishes throughout New York: Our Lady of the Snow Church in Blue Point, Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in West Babylon, Church of St. Hugh of Lincoln in Huntington Station, Christ the King Church in Commack and St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Dix Hills. He also served as the chaplain of the Fire Chiefs’ Council of Suffolk County, New York, the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Sayville, New York, and St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Moriches, New York. He is survived by one brother, the Hon. Thomas F. Nuss ’54; four sisters; many nieces and nephews, including Michael Finnegan ’79; and many cousins.

John F. Barlow III

John F. Barlow III, of Ladue, Missouri, died on Jan. 28, 2015. Mr. Barlow was an interior designer and owned Barlow Design Group. He is survived by two children and their spouses; five grandchildren; and many friends and extended family.

Alfred T. McDonnell
Alfred T. “Alf” McDonnell, of Boulder, Colorado, died on April 18, 2015, at 76. Mr. McDonnell was born in Chicago and attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, for high school before enrolling at Holy Cross. He attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1964. Mr. McDonnell had a long law career, working in a number of firms in private practice from 1964-1970, and then again from 1986-2008. He handled cases for the likes of tobacco company Philip Morris and the Hopi Indian tribe, in their land disputes with the Navajo Nation. From 1970 to 1986, Mr. McDonnell served as professor of law and associate dean at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder. He was a member of the Holy Cross Lawyers Association. Mr. McDonnell is survived by his wife, Jo; three daughters; one granddaughter; three sisters; and four brothers. He was predeceased by his parents and one brother.

Rev. Thomas V. Walsh

Rev. Thomas V. “Tom” Walsh, of Centerville, Massachusetts, died on April 9, 2015, at 75. After graduating from Holy Cross in 1962, Fr. Walsh studied at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. He was ordained a priest on May 4, 1967, by Bishop Bernard Flanagan at Ascension Church in Worcester. During his priestly ministry, Fr. Walsh served as associate pastor at Saint Louis Parish in Webster, Massachusetts, the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Worcester, the former St. Margaret Mary Church in Worcester, and then was named pastor at St. Mark’s Parish in Sutton, Massachusetts, a post he held for six years. In 1989, Fr. Walsh became the pastor at St. John the Guardian of Our Lady Parish in Clinton, Massachusetts, where he remained for 25 years, until his retirement in 2014. At St. John’s, he founded the Women of Mary, a parish group that led the Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent for 18 years. He is survived by two brothers; one sister; and many nieces and nephews.

F. Thomas Nissi

F. Thomas “Tom” Nissi, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, died on March 20, 2015, at 71. A lifelong resident of Haverhill, Mr. Nissi was a basketball, baseball and football star at Haverhill High School before attending Holy Cross on a full athletic scholarship for football. He played linebacker for the Crusaders football team. In 1964, he won the Davitt Award, given to one of the best players on the team. He returned to Haverhill after graduation, where he spent his career as an advertising salesman for the Haverhill Gazette. The program at his funeral included an excerpt from an article about him in The Crusader: “Number 58 and the man who wore it for three years (was) one of the finest linebackers and finest men ever to don a Purple uniform.” He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Patricia; two daughters and a son-in-law; one grandson; two siblings and their spouses; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Richard J. Murphy

Richard J. “Dick” Murphy, of Hicksville, New York, died on April 1, 2015. Mr. Murphy was formerly a resident of the Bronx and Bellerose Village, New York. He was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2002, in honor of his achievements as a member of the men’s basketball team. Mr. Murphy is survived by his wife, Maureen; one daughter; and four sons.

J. Daniel Buckley Jr.

J. Daniel “Dan” Buckley Jr., of Abington, Massachusetts, and Wallingford, Vermont, died on May 11, 2015, at 68. Mr. Buckley started his career as a social worker, advocating for abused and neglected children and people with intellectual disabilities. After taking accounting courses at Harvard University, he joined his family’s warehouse rack business in Rockland, Massachusetts, as assistant treasurer. He also worked as vice president of finance at National Braille Press in Boston. Mr. Buckley is survived by one daughter and son-in-law; two grandchildren; two brothers, one sister and their spouses; 12 nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

Thomas F. Sweeney, M.D.

Thomas F. “Tom” Sweeney, M.D., of North Haven, Connecticut, died on March 20, 2015, at 67. Dr. Sweeney received a bachelor of arts degree from Holy Cross with a major in biology and was also a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the premedical honor society. He graduated from Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, and completed his internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery with special qualification in general vascular surgery. Dr. Sweeney spent his career as a vascular surgeon in the New Haven community, serving in a number of roles and participating in the training of medical students and residents at both Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven. He was a founding partner of the Connecticut Vascular Center, and served as the associate chief of vascular surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital for 14 years. In 2012, Yale-New Haven merged with the Hospital of Saint Raphael and Dr. Sweeney was appointed associate chief of the department of surgery and director of surgical services. He was also active in professional organizations as the president of the New Haven Medical Society, member of the board of directors of the Yale Surgical Society and member of the Yale Medical School Alumni Fund and Reunion Committee. He served on the board of directors of the New Haven Symphony. He is survived by his wife, Anne; two sons; one daughter; two granddaughters; three siblings; and many nieces and nephews.

Donald M. McGrath

Donald M. “Don” McGrath, of Hopewell Junction, New York, died on April 11, 2015, at 66. Mr. McGrath was a baseball and basketball player in his youth, and a member of the first graduating class of John F. Kennedy High School in Somers, New York. He was a real estate appraiser for more than 40 years, first working for his father before founding McGrath & Company Commercial Real Estate Appraisers in Fishkill, New York. Mr. McGrath was a past president of the Mid Hudson Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, as well as the chair of the East Fishkill Recreation Commission for 13 years. He was a longtime resident of Hopewell Junction. Mr. McGrath is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kathleen; one daughter, two sons and their spouses; six grandchildren; three brothers, one sister and their spouses; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mark M. McCaffery

Mark M. McCaffery, of Austin, Texas, died on March 6, 2015, at 54. Mr. McCaffery graduated with honors from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and received a full scholarship to study at Holy Cross. He majored in classics and went on to study the subject at the University of Texas at Austin after graduating from the College. He had worked as the administrative assistant in the biology department at Austin Community College since 2001, and his colleagues say he helped both the department and the college grow. Mr. McCaffery is survived by two brothers; as well as nieces, nephews and friends.