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Number I 

November, 1953 


Nassau-Suffolk Chapter 
Newly-elected officers of the Nassau- 
Suffolk Chapter are: 
Chairman : 

Agnes Coughlan Dioguardi 
V ice-Chairman : 

Grace Sluiter White 
Secretary :Anne Lewis Howe 
Treasurer : Betty Patti 
Area Regents : 

Alice Harrigan Bihl for North 

Doris Price for South Nassau 
Rosemary Brown Fischer for 
Mary Wiest Hoxie tells us that the 
Breakfast-Fashion Show held on Sep- 
tember 17 at Altaian's in Manhasset 
for the benefit of the Sister Gerardus 
Scholarship Hund was a wonderful 
social and financial success. Co-chair- 
man were : Helen Young Cohen, Agnes 
Brown Drummond and Margaret 
Reilly Parker. Clothes were modeled 
by Marie Rickerby Blake, Grace Olsen 
Egan, Helen Brown Nugent, Margaret 
Reilly Parker, Gertrude Dilworth Ross- 
worn and Jean O'Reilly Stone. 
Queens Chapter 

Joan Dietrig Kawecki (91-24 193 St., 
Hollis 23) reports the following past, 
present and future plans and activities 
of the Queens Chapter — 

Past — The first meeting of the year 
was held at Mary Immaculate Hospital 
on October 21. The highlight of this 
friendly evening get-together was a 
demonstration by an expert from a gift 
wrapping firm of the art of making 
Christmas gifts attractive. 

Present — A mission group and a 
canasta group regularly function with- 
in the chapter and plans are underway 
for a bridge group. 

Future — An informal get-together 
dance is planned for January. Details 
will be announced at a later date. The 
spring luncheon so successful last year 
will be on the calendar for 1954. 

Alumnae from other chapters will be 
most welcome at these functions. 

The chapter is planning a variety of 
absorbing programs for its meetings 
with the hope of attracting a larger 
number of active members during the 
coming year. New members and new 
ideas for future activities of the chap- 
ter are always welcome. Though the 
meeting place is very accessible, many 
of the alumnae like company back and 
forth. If you will let the officers know 
where you live, you can, in all prob- 
ability, be included in a car pool. 

Officers — Joan Dietrig Kawecki, 
chairman; Miriam Mannix, vice-chair- 
man ; Mary Lassoff, secretary, Dorothy 
Droesch Szabo, treasurer. 

TWO R's 

Miss Katherine Reif in her com- 
mencement address of June, 1953 
directed the attention of the graduates 
to several R's among which were two 
we underscore — 

"READING — a special kind and 
for a particular space of time and for 
many reasons . . . reading the Bible 
for fifteen minutes every day — all 
through from Genesis to the Apoca- 
lypse. Does that sound hard or as 
wonderful as it is? ... In the morning 
you will be too rushed; in the after- 
noon too busy ; at night too tired, but 
the wonderfulness of it will make up 
for the difficulty. It will serve you 
spiritually and intellectually; it will 
comfort you privately and give you 
strength socially. 

RESOURCE — your close, vital, 
loving, well-informed alma mater, St. 
Joseph's College. All you have to do 
is come back and ask, and what a 
treasure of help is waiting for you : 
priests, sisters, teachers, library and 
the lovely intimacy of the chapel. They 
are right here, not miles away, not 
somehow 'finished' with you at the 
end of four years, but near you. Just 


• There's something new in the 
Alumnagram headquarters, the college 
library. We contemplated a picture of 
the change for this paper, but no pic- 
ture we could afford would do it 
justice. Our library patrons themselves 
have remarked the eye-saving atmos- 
phere for study created by the new 
fluorescent lighting and the freshly 
painted rooms. So do come and see this 
change. We were most happy to see 
those alumnae who visited us on Col- 
umbus Day, a holiday for them. 

• Unless you have at one time or 
another served on an alumnae mailing 
committee, the latest purchase of the 
Association will not mean much to 
you. Those alumnae who have nursed 
sore muscles fromhand-addressograph- 
ing the alumnae mailing will be glad 
to know that the old manual addresso- 
graphing machine has been replaced by 
an electric one, which without any un- 
desirable physical effects, reduces the 
time required for addressographing to 
one-fifth that formerly required. This 
machine and the addressograph plates 
are in the alumnae room — another 
change. Do you remember when the 
equipment was first moved from the 
business office to the students activi- 
ties room? 

• There's a brand new typewriter in 
the students' activities room for those 
last minute bibliographical details. The 
Class of '53 donated it. 

step off a bus or out of the subway 
and you will be met with wide, welcome 
doors and eager, loving attention and 
solicitude. I, who am not even a St. 
Joe's alumna, have felt all that and 
often. How much more you who have 
had years of warm welcome to call you 
back. I wonder if there is any college 
anywhere to which alumnae come so 
often, so confidently and so willingly 
for help, for reassurance and just for 


Our Newest Brides 

Ann Walsh Renz '38 is now Mrs. John F. 

Rita Eichell '42 married Dr. H. Raymond 
Mc Kendall on June 20. 

If you do not get the Brooklyn Eagle, 
you may not know that J. Virginia Lee '43 
became the bride of Thomas J. Donlan on 
October 3. 

Patricia Mallon '46 who is now married 
to Alfred E. Joyce honeymooned in Europe. 

Gloria Delatour \1 is now Mrs. Thomas 

Pat Lesher '47 is married to Harold N. 
Hedges, Jr. 

Rosemary Glimm '48 is now Mrs. Charles 

F. Myers. 

Irene Lahey '49, now Mrs. Charles J. 
Martinek (.since July i9), teaches in the 
kindergarten of P.S. 147, St. Albans. 

There are five brides from the Class of 
'5i of which we have record: 

Ellen Duffy, now Mrs. Robert J. Smith. 

Eileen Malloy, who is Mrs. Michael Joseph 

Mrs. Joseph R. Fitzpatrick, the former 
Marilyn Marvin. 

Maryanne Murphy, now Mrs. Robert G. 
Lankenau, Jr. 

Mrs. John P. Rowley, nee Lucrezia 

We received wedding announcements from 
ten of the Class of 52: 

Therese Copin is married to William 
Campbell Median ; Jeanne Doyle to Edmund 
J. McDonough ; Terry Farrell to Paul 
Ducharme; Patricia Kermath to James T. 
Lynch; Patricia McKenna to Thomas J. 
Fitzgerald ; Catherine Meehan to Lawrence 

G. Mais; Mary Ann Nagle to Bernard F. 
Kurley ; Doris Rogers to Patrick V. Con- 
nelly ; Ann Schmitt to James Krebs ; Carolyn 
Taylor to Robert W. Anner. 

Matching the Class of '51 record is the 
Class of '53 with five brides : Doris Busch 
who is now Mrs. Thomas E. Peppard, Jr., 
Arlene Butler, now Mrs. Robert D. Boyne ; 
Mrs. Bruce J. Kniffen, the former Carol 
Cardinale; Mrs. Roy E. Cicale, nee Mary 
Duca ; Joan Geraghty who became the bride 
of John J. Ross on Oct. 10. 

Jeanne Cushing ex '54 elected a 'fop 
flight career' when she married Philip R. 
Clark, Aug. 22. 
New Arrivals 

Kay McNeely McMullen '3O welcomed a 
third child recently. 

Muriel Hottenroth Magenheimer '34 now 
has seven children., Her twin sons were 
born on August 31. Margaret Zegers is 
their godmother. 

Our chit-chat news editor, Frances Ben- 
nett Jacobsen '37, had her fourth son this 
fall. His name is Robert Thomas. 

The sixth child of Celeste Hughes John- 
son '37, a son, is about three months old 

Cecilia Ruane Finnegan '4O welcomed a 
second daughter, Anne Josephine, on June 8. 

Marjoric Andresen McManus '41 writes 
that her fifth child, second son, was born 
in July. His name is Stephen. 

Agnes Connolly Ilucther '4I had her 
second child, Sarah, in July. 

Eileen Hccnan Caswell '4I, who is living 
in Ohio, announced the arrival of her sixth 
son, Clem, on October 6. 

Kathleen, daughter of Kathleen Lambert 
McLean '43, just missed the May issue of 
Alumnagram. Her birthday is May 25. 

Peggy Garvey Purcell, '44 who is still in 
Argentina, gave birth to her sixth child, 
third daughter, Margaret. 

Paula Haller Bowes '44 named her third 
daughter, filth child, Catherine Alice. 

Mary Collins Hanrahan '45 has a second 
son, Paul. Mary is living in Virginia. 

August 10 is the birthday of Betty, 
daughter of Maureen Hastings Haberer '46. 

Elizabeth Anne, daughter of Rita Penner 
Delaney '46, was born on August 8. 

Andrea is a very welcome addition to the 
family of Virginia Ryan Klaus '46. 

Loretto Blaber Costello '47 gave birth 
to a son, Francis, on October I3. 

We didn't know about Therese Martin 
'47, Jurek's daughter, Mary Ann, in time 
to include her in the last issue of Alumna- 
yram. She's an April baby. 

Theresa Mary was born to Mary Doyle 
Augustine '48 on August 8. 

The second child, first son of Doris 
McNamara '48, James Francis, who was 
born on August I3, can be seen occasionally 
on Clinton Avenue. 

Pat O'Brien Lawson '48 had her third 
daughter, Kathy, recently. 

Eleanor Miller O'Connor '48 welcomed 
Christopher Joseph, her first child, since 
we last went to press. 

Irene is the second child of Dolores Redi" 
can Quinlivan '48. 

John William, the second child of Jean 
Clune Hoffman '5O, was born on August 9. 

Also just too late to make the last issue 
of Alumnagram was Marylee, daughter of 
Terry Doyle Gallagher '50. 

August 27 is the birth date of Timothy 
James, son of Anne Serena Klemmer '5O. 

Two members of the Class of '5I had 
daughters : Ann Davis Hutton named hers 
Joyce Ann and Virginia Scharf Falls' 
daughter will be known as Alison Mary. 
Catherine McGuirk Barrett, also of this 
class, had her first son, Peter. 

Boys are the 'style' in the Class of '52: 
Vincent is the new son of Phyllis Leo 
Pagano, James Richard of Joan Little 
Donaghue, and Kevin of Peggy O'Brien 
Also Noteworthy 

A full page spread was given to Dorothy 
Willmann *23 in the September, 1953 issue 
of The Sign. We think that the summary 
of her many activities as a lay apostle and 
her thirty years work with young people 
will inspire other SJC alumnae. 

Kay Dugan '24 visited Alaska this summer 
and Margaret Crowley '26 went to Mexico. 

Marge Keenan '26 Moyles' son, Bill, has 
been made adjutant at a secret radar air 
base . . . The only communication with the 
outside world is by plane . . . This is the 
toughest assignment in the Air Force. Bill 
is a lieutenant and when his term of service 
expires in August, he hopes to study law. 

Margaret Normile '27 McLoughlin's 
daughter won a scholarship to Notre Dame 
in Baltimore. 

Elva Rockefeller '27 Ryan's Elva Dorothy 
is a freshman at the University of Detroit. 
Her double cousin and almost "twin," Philip, 
son of Marietta Rockefeller Ryan '26, is a 

freshman at Holy Cross. The two sisters 
visited last May, in Detroit, after Marietta 
flew to Chicago with her husband for an 
Engineers' Convention. The "down East" 
Ryans went on a cruise up the Hudson, 
passing through twelve locks, and over Lake 
Champlain as far as the Canadian border. 
They brought Marita and Phil from the 
'Trapp Family Music Camp' where they 
have spent the last three summers. 

Kay Fisher Tracy '26 celebrated her silver 
wedding anniversary with a Mass followed 
by breakfast at St. Simon and Jude's. Many 
of the alumnae were present. 

Catherine Gebelein Carlson '33 was award- 
ed her bachelor of laws in June by St. John's. 

Members of the Class of '33 enjoyed a 
reunion luncheon at the Town and Country 
Restaurant in New York. Marie Schluter 
took some excellent candid pictures. Copies 
are available through Marie. 

Elvira Goddard '41 is engaged to Robert 

Marjorie Andresen McManus '4I has 
moved from Massachusetts to Glenshaw, Pa. 
Her husband is in charge of the Pathology 
Department of the Western Pennsylvania 
Hospital, Pittsburgh. 

Annette Nolan '44 is assistant engineer in 
traffic at the New York Telephone Co. 

Eileen '44 and Jean '47 Mullen took a 
trip this summer to California. They visited , 
with Barbara Maguire Martin '48 in Chicago 
and Gloria Wagner Erhart '47 in California. 

The Class of '44 is planning a tenth re- 
union. For information please contact either 
Lynn Sutherland McKenna (4OI2 Farragut 
Rd., Brooklyn lO) or Annette Nolan (28p 
Clinton St., Brooklyn 2). 

Kathryn Driscoll Reggio '48 received her 
doctorate from St. John's in June. 

Agnes Hylind '50 received her bachelor of 
library science from St. John's at the same 

Anne Serena Klemmer '5O is living in 
Cornwall, N. Y. Her husband, West Point 
'49, teaches social science there now. 

Roberta Nelson '52 had a wonderful vaca- 
tion this summer in Mexico. 

Margaret Clines 's2 is now Sister Mar- 
garet Joseph of the Amityville Dominicans. 

Ann Clancy '52 is a postulant in Brent- 
wood. Mildred Feudtner '52 has entered 
the Sisters of the Presentation. 

Sister Amata (Marie May '50) was trans- 
ferred from Maryknoll to Hawaii shortly 
after the ordination of her second redemp- 
torist brother in June. Marie is the sister 
of Catherine May '35. 

We received the following information 
from the Katherine Gibbs School's News 
Bureau : Regis Gill '52 is now a secretary 
in the Law firm of Chadbourne, Parke, 
Whiteside, Wolff and Brophy. 

A year ago August, Kay Cahill Durkin 
'35 joined her husband in France. She 
writes : "He is in the U.S. Army stationed 
in Metz and I have now adjusted myself 
to doing household chores in the manner of 
my grandmother. We have taken several 
trips . . . last May we spent five days, in 
Rome and had an audience with our Holy 
Father. This past August we took a pilgrim- 
age to Lourdes and Fatima . . . Now that 
winter is fast approaching (thermometer 
was down to freezing this morning) we 
will stay put until spring." 


In recent months many excellent 
K ooks and articles have been written 
nd published by missionaries and 
thers telling of their experiences be- 
ind China's bamboo curtain. Father 
lark Tennien's No Secret Is Safe, 
"ather Robert Greene's Calvary in 
'hina, and Sister M. Rosalie's Nun in 
led China are all compelling accounts 
f life under a Communist rule. 

Many of our alumnae have undoubt- 
dly read such reports as these and 
ave been moved to admiration at the 
ourage of our American missionaries 
ravely carrying on their apostolate in 
le face of indignities and persecution. 
Iowever, comparatively few alumnae 
now that one of these missionaries is 
aeir own Sister St. Francis of Assisi 
Eva Flinn '21) formerly superior of 
le Good Shepherd Sisters at Shanghai, 
ow still laboring for China — but in 
le United States — as superior of the 

At the general meeting of the 
alumnae Association in May, Mary St. 
ohn Murphy, who was not able to 
ittend, through a representative sug- 
;ested that the breakfast following the 
Corporate Communion on Palm Sun- 
lay, 1954 be held at the College and 
nanaged by either members of the 
;ommittee or undergraduates. The 
~ - easons offered were : A simple break- 
fast consisting of fruit juice, rolls or 
nms and coffee, served at the College 
would be less expensive, more alumnae 
would be able to come and the spiritual 
aspect of the affair would receive its 
rightful place. The opinion was offered 
that the tickets are too high and that 
the Communion Breakfast has lost a 
great deal of its spirituality since the 
affair has been held at the Waldorf 
Astoria Hotel. Discussion followed. It 
was decided to present the matter to 
the alumnae in the November issue of 
Alumnagram for their vote. 

These facts are offered for your 

Alumnae officers have heard definite 
pointed criticism concerning each of 
the Brooklyn hotels at which the break- 
fast has been held during recent years. 
The price of the breakfast at the Wal- 
dorf was one dollar less than that 
charged by any of these hotels during 
the same year. 

A consideration of the matter of the 
burden which would be placed on those 

Provincial House for the Orient in 
Los Angeles. Sister was the last of 
her community to be released by the 
Communists chiefly because she had 
worked zealously with the Legion of 
Mary, an organization much feared 
and hated by the Reds. 

Sister has not written a book about 
her experiences, but a few passages 
from letters written at the time she 
was in China are indicative. One of 
Mother St. Francis' subjects wrote re- 
assuringly to her friends in the States : 
We were the only place that had 
children that did not also have com- 
munist teachers, teaching their poi- 
son, but Mother held so firm on 
every point that we went the whole 
time without any of this. 
Mother's firmness, the fact that she 
had no native sisters among her sub- 
jects, and the utter unfamiliarity of 
the Communists with the type of work 


serving the breakfast merits considera- 

It might be well to stress the spiritual 
side of the retreat through increased 
attendance at the exercises of the re- 
treat on Friday and Saturday. The 
spiritual aspect of alumnae life might 
be stressed, too, through increased at- 
tendance at the November Mass for 
deceased alumnae. 

In 1953 the breakfast cost $3.25 per 
person ; tickets were sold for $4.50. 
Three hundred forty persons attended. 
Expenses other than those for food 
included in the ticket were : Offering 
to Retreat Master — $100; Mailing ex- 
penses— $26; Printing— $38.46 ; Gift 
to violin soloist and accompanist — $20; 
Gratuities — $165.75 ; Cost of flowers 

If the retreat is held at the College 
the cost of the ticket will still include 
the items listed above, except gratitui- 
ties, but tips for the men setting up 
tables and chairs, and the rental cost 
of extra dishes and perhaps extra 
tables will be added expenses. Of 
course the services of an outside 
speaker require a fee. In 1953 the 
Saturday breakfast was served at a 
charge of fifty cents per person ; the 
previous year it had been served at a 
financial loss. In 1952 souvenir memen- 
tos cost ten dollars ; in 1953 the chair- 
man received" them gratuitously. 

Helen Reilly, at the invitation of 
Clare Bauch, writes: "We ask you to 

done by the Good Shepherd nuns 
proved stumbling blocks to the Com- 
munists in their frequently renewed 
attempts to condemn Mother St. 
Francis' mission. She thus had time 
to see that every child in the institution 
was placed in a Catholic home and to 
study their adjustment before she was 
forced to close her mission doors. Be- 
fore leaving the Orient, Mother wrote 
to the States this request in code for 
her persecutors whom she called 
"Joan" : 

/ feel the need for doing something 
for poor Joan. Will you ask Dermod 
to offer the morning sacrifice for 
her? I think one in honor of Dismas 
would be most appropriate. She ex- 
cels in his trade, but the poor dear 
is overcome with difficulties and 
will never have any happiness. We 
really pity Iter. As for us, we are 
at peace. 

decide for yourselves what you wish 
to do. For 1954 the breakfast will be 
held out, since we have to secure 
reservations a good nine or ten months 
ahead at the Waldorf, but for 1955 
the place where the breakfast will be 
held will be determined by your vote. 
Clip out the ballot, indicate your choice 
and mail the ballot to Sister Mary 

Sister Mary Beatrice 
245 Clinton Avenue 
Brooklyn 5, New York 
Dear Sister Mary Beatrice: 

I have checked my preference for 
the Communion Breakfast to be held 
in i95S. 

r~~| At the College arranged by 
the committee. 

|~1 At a hotel selected by the 
committee with the approval 
of the executive board. 




Sister St. Angela, formerly 
member of the editorial staff of 
Alumnagram, was transferred to 
the library at the Catholic Uni- 
versity in Ponce, Puerto Rico. 

Miss Kathryn Foley decided 
this year to transfer to the public 
school system. 


There are really two plans of ad- 
mission for students and a third plan 
which is used only in emergencies. 

The candidate who presents evidence 
that she will have successfully com- 
pleted four years of secondary school, 
will have acquired skill in English 
composition, a good command of at 
least one foreign language, a reason- 
able competence in algebra and plane 
geometry and an acquaintance with 
the principles and methods of one 
science, is asked to take the Scholastic 
Aptitude Test administered by the 
College Entrance Board during her 
senior year of high school. If this 
candidate attains a competent score 
and has a recommendation from the 
high school principal, she will be ad- 
mitted to the College. 

Candidates should present sixteen 
units which include prescribed and 
elective work as follows: 


In response to the request of 
our Most Reverend Archbishop 
Molloy for the performance of 
sacred functions "to give thanks 
to God for the countless graces 
and blessings which He has be- 
stowed on the diocese during the 
past one hundred years", a Sol- 
emn High Mass of Thanksgiving 
was offered on Friday, May 15, 
in the College chapel to signalize 
the centenary of the canonical 
erection of the Diocese of 

Prescribed : 

English 4 units 

Foreign Language 3 or 4 units 

(3 yrs. of 1 language 
or 2 languages of 2 
yrs. each 

Algebra 1 unit 

Geometry 1 unit 

History „ 1 unit 

Science 1 unit 

Electives : 




Foreign Language 


Comprehensive Art 
(or in other subjects at the discretion 
of the Committee on Admissions) 

The average required under this 
plan is 75 % and a letter of recommen- 
dation from the principal is also re- 


Students who for good and sufficient 
reason cannot take the College Board 
Examination, but are recommended by 
their Principals and give evidence of 
their ability to do work on the College 
level, both by their high school record 
and by passing a series of tests admin- 
istered by the Committee on Admis- 
sions may be admitted to matriculation. 

The use of the College Entrance 
Board Examination gives a student 
every opportunity to prove her cap- 
ability of doing college work. If she 
does well in that examination and has 
in her high school training the founda- 
tion subjects for college, there is every 
reason to believe that she will com- 
plete her college course successfully. 
Through this method we hope to in- 
clude in the undergraduate body many 
students who would not have been 
eligible under the 16 unit system, but 
are, nevertheless, good college material. 


We extend our sincerest sym- 
pathy to 

The families of the late Marion 
Packert Buckley '28 and Mary 
Fraser Divine '43. 

Josephine Weiden Barth '27, 
Rosemary McDermott Myers '27, 
Ruth Hagan Carney '30 and 
Mary Golden Meehan '30 on the 
death of their husbands. 

Betty Harkin '51 on the death 
of her mother and father. 

Mary Stack Phelan '27, Helen 
Farrell '33, Ethel Fitzsimmons 
Kennedy '35, Catherine Farley 
'36, Rita Gilligan '46, and Eileen 
Almon '52 on the death of their 

Dorothy Harold '33 and Helen 
Harold Mulkeen '38, Elvie Trim- 
born Mullally '35, Elizabeth Eck- 
off Rhatigan '35, Virginia Hum- 
phrey Cooke '36, Elizabeth Con- 
nolly '40, Agatha Maimone Lom- 
bardo '41, Catherine Glynn '45 
and Rosemary Glynn '43, Clare 
Bauch '45 and Ann Bauch '56 
Ann Sheehan '49 and Loretto 
Sheehan '54, Anne Davis Hatton 
'51 and Joan O'Malley '52 on 
the death of their fathers. 

Elinor Woods Paul '28 on the 
death of her brother. 

Jane Gorman '34 on the death 
of her aunt. 



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8:00 p.m. 



5 7 :00 p.m. 

8:00 p.m. 

Evening with Christ. Exposition. 

Holy Hour. 

Varsity-Alumnae Game. 
Alumnae Meeting. 

Alumnae Bridge. 
Modern Dance Recital. 
Final filing date for scholarship 

Evening with Christ. Exposition. 

Holy Hour. 
Scholarship exam for fall entrants. 


Sec. 34.66 (e) P. L. & R. 


Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Permit No* 6048 

Form 3547 Requested 


Brooklyn, New York 

Volume 5 

Number 2 

February, 1954 


U.N. Secretary Dag Hammarskjold 
in his first message of 1954 said that 
ultimately peace can be achieved only 
as the result of positive development 
of the attitude of individual men and 
women toward life and their neighbors. 
Predating his suggestion that work for 
peace must begin within the private 
world of each individual, our Inter- 
national Relations Club initiated a 
series of talks which aim at helping 
the undergraduates toward better in- 
ternational understanding. 

The first speaker of the season was 
Mr. Nezid Manyas, assistant director 
of the Turkish Information Office, 
N.Y.C., who outlined Turkey's posi- 
tion in the world today, stressing her 
geographic and strategic position there- 
in as well as her economic and political 
strength. He showed a film to demon- 
strate the use of American money pro- 
vided by the Marshall Plan for chrom- 
ium mining, road-building and similar 
developments. Mr. Manyas emphasized 
Turkey's distrust of Russia based on 
that country's almost continuous covet- 
ing over the years of the Turkish-con- 
trolled Dardanelles. It is not surpris- 
ing, therefore, that Communism is 
outlawed in the latter country under 
the death penalty and that Turkey was 
one of the first countries to offer her 
troops to Korea. Later Mr. Manyas set 
up in the college library an exhibit 
loaned by his office. It included photo- 
graphs of Turkish life, illustrations of 
modern medical care of country dwel- 
lers, framed pictures of the country's 
landmarks, and examples of Turkish 
arts and crafts in ivory, silver, linen 
and silk. 

On December 16, Reverend John T. 
Kakizaki, a native- Japanese convert to 
Catholicism, who has spent his two 
years in the United States studying 
social work at Catholic University and 
applying its principles at the Social 
Action Department of Catholic Char- 
ities in Brooklyn, lectured on the cul- 
tural and religious aspects of Japanese 

life. One of the points which he em- 
phasized was the number of mixed 
marriages in Japan. Usually the women 
are the Catholic partners in these mar- 
riages and because of their subordinate 
position are faced with great difficul- 
ties in practicing their religion. Father 
intends to return to Japan in the near 
future to work among its youth. 

Shortly after the Christmas vacation, 
Janice Alberti and Helen Lande, both 
seniors, met members of St. Peter's 
College Political Science Forum at 
SJC to discuss McCarthyism with 
particular reference to its effect on 
international affairs. 

On January 20, Father Lloyd Glass, 
a veteran Maryknoll missioner, who 
has spent sixteen years in China, dur- 
ing more than a year of which he was 
incarcerated by the Communists, des- 
cribed life in Red China and current 
problems in the Far East. Without 
emotion, but with telling impact, he 
sketched the outline of what Commun- 
ism really means in practice for the 
Chinese, emphasizing the hardships and 
persecution suffered by the Chinese 
Christian population in particular. 
Father Glass and his fellow mission- 
aries have similar experiences differing 
only in intensity. All are deprived of 
the right to carry on their missionary 
activities and are finally expelled, often 
with the parting threat that the Reds 
will "catch up with them in America 
in ten years' time." 

For the spring meetings, the Club 
intends to continue its lecture-discus- 
sion program, to participate in meetings 
of the Collegiate Council for the United 
Nations, and to take part in regional 
meetings of the Association of Inter- 
national Relations Clubs and its na- 
tional convention to be held in New 
York during Easter week. 


Agnes Fennelly Place '45 announces that 
the Alumnae Spring Dance will be held in 
the Bowman Room of the Biltmore on May 
22. Volunteers for the committee will be 


In December, the dean, Very Rev- 
erend Francis X. FitzGibbon, was 
elected president of the N. Y. Confer- 
ence of Catholic Colleges for 1954. 

Miss Margaret C. Byrne, chairman 
of the mathematics department, was 
awarded the first Archbishop Thomas 
E. Molloy medal for Interracial Jus- 
tice by the Brooklyn Catholic Inter- 
racial Council for her outstanding con- 
tributions to better interracial relations. 

Sister Dorothy Mercedes was recent- 
ly named one of the fifty charter mem- 
bers of the Poetry Public, a group de- 
voted to improving the poetry tastes 
of the nation. 

The chairman of the science depart- 
ment, Sister Marie Clotilde, has been 
appointed a member of the testing com- 
mittee of the American Chemical So- 
ciety for the revision and formulation 
of tests in physical chemistry. 

Whether for recreation, information 
or professional reasons, faculty mem- 
bers have been traveling a bit mostly 
during their vacations : Dr. Mary 
Huschle and Mrs. Raffali to Mexico, 
Father Diviney to the Holy Land, and 
Monsignor F. X. FitzGibbon to meet- 
ings of groups interested in higher 
education wherever held — the last in 

Miss Jean Benson is our new public 
relations officer. 

On leave for further study or to com- 
plete residence requirements for higher 
degrees are Mary Shea, chairman of 
the speech department, Sister Raymond 
Augustine, assistant librarian, Sisters 
Teresa Avila and Mary Florence of 
the history and English departments 

Sister Mary Winifred, librarian, has 
been elected a member of the executive 
board of the Metropolitan Catholic 
College Librarians Unit for 1953-55. 

Sister Vincent Therese has been in- 
vited to teach in Catholic University 
again this summer. 

Miss Mary Kruse '51 has been teach- 
ing some of Miss Shea's speech courses. 


In March, 1951 the urgent need of 
organizing physically handicapped 
Catholics into a group for the purpose 
of receiving instruction in their holy 
religion was brought to the attention 
of Monsignor Dillon. He offered assis- 
tance personally and placed at the dis- 
posal of the group the facilities of the 
College. Faculty, alumnae and under- 
graduates likewise made a generous 
response. With such support the ven- 
ture prospered. Classes in religion were 
formed for children and adults. Those 
not of our religion became interested, 
too, and membership was extended to 
them with a program of social and 
recreational activities. Later on speech 
improvement classes were added. The 
organization of a special library com- 
prising chiefly books donated by the 
Declan X. McMullen Company was 
the next activity undertaken. The en- 
tire program now cares for the physi- 
cally handicapped of any age and 

With the approval of Archbishop 
Molloy, the Guild — composed of the 
handicapped themselves — and the Aux- 
iliary — composed of those who carry 
on the work of the Guild — function 
in the Diocese of Brooklyn under the 
special protection of St. Jeanne Valois. 
Saint Jeanne Valois (1464-1504) was 
the daughter of Louis XI, King of 
France. Deformed in body from birth 
she was an unwanted child, a banished 
Queen. As Duchess of Berry her power 
on earth was her gentle touch in curing 
the sick and infirm subjects of Berry 
of their physical ailments. She was 
"the good Duchess"; her labors were 
crowned with sanctity, meriting canon- 
ization in May, 1950. She, the patron 
of our organization, serves as a model 
of acceptance and resignation in physi- 
cal trials and sufferings. 

Realization of our purpose can be 
better attained and the functioning of 
the group strengthened with an in- 
creased membership in the Auxiliary. 
At the present time, men and women 
carry out the program by giving gen- 
erously of their talents and time at 
the monthly meetings of the Guild 
from October through May. May we 
ask you to consider membership in the 
group and to promote the work of this 
organization ? Visit with us some Sun- 
day and see the physically afflicted — 
happy, joyous, and inspiration to all of 
us. Read their publication, "The Valois 
Views", an indicator of their talent, 
spirit, courage, and inspiration. 

Serving the Auxiliary for the term 

1953-1955 as officers are: 

Mr. James Tracy (husband of Kathryn 
Fisher '26) President. 

Miss Helen Craddock, Vice President. 

Miss Marie Teaken '24, Treasurer. 

Mrs. Grace Wilson, Secretary. 

Reverend Richard Walsh, Moderator. 

Mrs. Mary St. John Murphy '24, ad- 
viser, organizer and first president 
of the Auxiliary, 1951-53. 


Time: April 9, 10. 11 

Place : College Chapel 

Purpose : Spiritual "Re-f reshment" 

Let's make a very special effort 
during this wonderful Marian year to 
combine our spiritual strength as Alum- 
nae of S.J.C. ! Our annual Alumnae 
Retreat conducted by Reverend John 
Reynolds will open on Friday evening, 
April 9 at 8 p.m. and will close on 
Palm Sunday morning, April 11 with 
Mass celebrated by Monsignor Dillon 
in the College Chapel. 

Following the Mass our Communion 
Breakfast will be served at the Wal- 
dorf-Astoria Hotel at 11 a.m. The 
principal speaker will be our retreat 
master, Father Reynolds, an experienc- 
ed Paulist missionary. 

Mary Burns Quinn '44 and Sister 
Joseph Damien '46, co-chairmen of the 
Retreat and Communion Breakfast, 
hope to make 1954, Our Lady's Year, 
a banner year for attendance at both 
the Retreat and Breakfast. Watch for 
those tickets in the mail and make re- 
turns early — or late so long as you 
come ! 

Report on the General Meetings 

The Alumnae- Varsity game scheduled for 
January 11 was called off: the College 
closed at four that day to allow students 
ample time to make connections for trave 
homeward. A few hardy alumnae weath- 
ered the snowstorm and discussed alumnae 
affairs over coffee and cake served by 
Jennie Corsaro and Rose Castelli. 

Executive board members elected for a two- 
year period are: Margaret Manning '4I, 
Ann Bennett '48, and Helen McGrover 'S3. 

Volunteers for mailing Alumnagram are 
Jean Clune Hoffman '5O, Adele Garbon 
'53, and Eugenia Scafidi '53. New volun- 
teer reporters are Eileen Sutherland 
-McKenna '44, Dorothy Harte 's2, and 
Agnes Greco '53. 

Your president requests that on the death 
of an alumna or a member of her imme- 
diate family, alumnae notify an officer 
of the Association. 


For the second consecutive year, Foot- 
prints has been awarded a second 
place citation in the annual yearbook 
critique and contest conducted by 
the Columbia Scholastic Press Asso- 
ciation. The 1953 Footprints accum- 
ulated almost enough points for lay- 
out, photography, etc. for a first 
place award, the 1954 goal. 

The recently formed "Quid Novi Soci- 
ety" has entertained two guest speak- 
ers : Miss Marie O'Shea '28 who 
discussed the problems in Puerto . 
Rico brought to her attention in a 
study-trip she made there and Miss 
Margaret Boylan. executive secretary 
of Brooklyn Catholic Charities, 
whose recent trip to India was a 
springboard for a discussion of In- 
dian social welfare problems. 

* * * 

Father Victor Yanitelli of Fordham 
University who studied under the 
well-known Dante Scholar, Father 
Gerald Walsh, was a guest speaker 
at the Dante program sponsored by 
the English department on Jan. 12.' 

* * * 

The theme of the Child Study Club 
monthly meetings this year is "The 
Christian Home." Speakers to date 
have been Father Gerard Murphy 
of St. Peter's College, Mrs. Virginia 
Ryan Klaus '46, who has taught at 
Marymount and St. Catherine's in 
Minnesota, and Mr. Ernst Winters 
of Iona College who, in turn, spoke 
on the relation of the Christian home 
to the child, religion, and recreation. 

* * * 

The annual Fashion Show and 
Bridge sponsored by the Religion Com- 
mittee will be held at the College on 
Friday evening, March 26. The Re- 
ligion Committee cordially invites all 
alumnae to attend. The Bridge will 
afford you another opportunity to meet 
your alumnae friends and will provide 
you with an evening of entertainment. 


Please remember to send your Spiri- 
tual Bouquet returns to Marie O'Shea 
by March 15. Don't forget! 

* * * 

The Alumnae Association must know 
by April 15 where you wish to have 
next year's Annual Communion 
Breakfast held — at a hotel or at the 
College. Please reread the November 
issue of Alumnagram if you do not 
remember what is involved in your 
voting. Send your vote to Sister 
Mary Beatrice. 


Our Newest Brides 

Marie Ceiling '4I to William J. Watt, 
May 23. 

Helen Kotch '46 to Michael Lashkow, 
July 4. 

Patricia Hubbard '49 to Francis Clark. 
Patricia is living in Montreal. 

Dorothy Beck '50 to Robert Panoff, Sept. 

Mary Melomo '50 to Maurice Pace, Nov. 

Margaret Simonelli '5I to Joseph La Cerra, 
Jan. 30, 1954. 

Margaret Crane '52 to Robert E. Laffan, 
Dec. 2b. 

Geraldine Goodine '52 to John P. Hurley, 
Dec. 26. 

Joan Winfield '52 to Thomas N. Klimko, 
Nov. 28. 

Other brides whose husbands' names our 
reporters did not know are: Gertrude Taus- 
sig '46, Miriam Boyle '50 and Peggy Walker 

New Arrivals 

To Irene Costarino Sarro '33, a son, Michael. 
To Frances McLoughlin Reilly '38, her third 

child, second daughter, Mary Frances. 
To Peggy Magee Buckley '38, a daughter, 

Catherine, her third child. 
To Cathleen Farrell Walsh '40, her fifth 

child, third son, Quentin. 
To Betty Morgan Shearn '4O, her fourth 

child, a daughter. 
To Catherine Phillips Haffey '45, her third 

child, first daughter, Susan. 
To Eleanor Cary Reilly '45, her third 

To Grace Leary Schmitt '45, her second son. 
To Marion Quealy Zoll '46, her second child, 

first daughter, Monica. 
To Marie Mallon MoCormack '47, a second 

daughter, Megan. 
To Patricia Devine McMackin '47, a son, 

To Catherine Sclafani Lenihan '48, a third 

child, second daughter, Patricia Marie. 
To Joan Dolan Conlin '48, her second son, 

To Louise Barotta Zellem '49, a son, Ralph. 

Louise is now living in Augsburg, Ger- 
To Gladys Cranmer Bruy '5O, her second 

child, Claudia. 
To Evelyn Dever Saal '50, a daughter, 

To Ann Davis Hatton '50, a second child, 

Vincent James. We printed the news of 

his year old sister, Joyce Ann, in the 

November issue. 
To Audrey Marnell Savage '50, her third 

child, first daughter. 
To Maureen Flood Coleman '51, a son, 

To Claire MacVenn Dillon '51, a son, John. 
To Joan Richardson McXiff 'Si, a daughter, 

Also Noteworthy 
Ruth McCormack Schneider '2 1 is spending 

the first part of her sabbatical in Florida. 
Helen D. Campbell '2i who lives in Wash- 
ington, D.C. spent Christmas week in New 

Sister St. Francis of Assisi (Eva Flinn '2i) 
may be reached at I50O South Arlington 

Avenue, Los Angeles 18, California. 
Sister Consuelo Marie (Mildred Duffy '21) 

is now teaching English at Xavier Univer- 
sity, New Orleans. 
In September, Grace A Reynolds '2i was 

appointed librarian at Pershing Junior 


Bcrnadette Garvey '26 has been named 
administrative assistant at Samuel Gom- 
pers High School in the Bronx. 

Helen Stewart Jameson '26 is completing a 
sabbatical leave. 

May Magrath '26 visited Eileen Murray 
Heaney recently. May is living in Colum- 
bia, S. C. and is doing social service work 
there as a civilian for the Army. 

Barbara Eckles Cataggio '26 is chairman of 
the annual Luncheon and Bridge of Our 
Ladv of Victory League ot the Sisters of 
the Sick Poor to be held at the Biltmore. 
She is also assistant treasurer of the 
Queens Auxiliary of St. John's University. 

Helen Weiden McCarthy's sons were in an 
automobile accident, but have recovered 

Violet Farrell Carty '26 and her husband 
celebrated their silver wedding anniversary 
with a trip to Bermuda. Their Maureen, 
a senior at Ladycliff, will teach in Massa- 
pequa in September. 

Marie Savino Donohue '27 is moving back 
to Brooklyn after living in Merion, Pa. 
for several years. 

Margaret Normile McLoughlin '27 is flying 
to Rome as the guest of her daughter, 
Jean. Jean, a sophomore at St. Saviour's, 
won the trip on "The Big Payoff" tele- 
vision program, November 2. 

Elva Rockefeller Ryan '27 is planning to 
move from Detroit to Chicago. 

Dr. Cecilia Trunz '27 reports that she loves 
the work she's doing at the family farm 
in Millerton, N. Y. 

Mary Murray Kelly '28 is very active in 
Redburn, N. J. community affairs. 

Mary Bolton McDonald '29 summers in 
Stony Brook, L. I. 

Marcella Canale Reid '4O is now a member 
of the Suffolk Chapter, having moved 
to East Northport in October. 

Grace Sluiter White '4O flew to Maryland 
over the Thanksgiving holidays to be god- 
mother to Michael Schule, the fourth son 
of Mary Radigan Schule, also of '4O. 

Irene Eichhorn Najera '4O has moved to 
Puerto Rico where she and her husband 
plan to live permanently. With them have 
gone their four children and both sets of 

Kathleen Mulligan '4O departed on January 
1 2 for duty as recreation supervisor in 
Germany and France. 

Ann Hyland Furer '4O moved back to Ham- 
den, Conn, from Buffalo. 

Anne Conlon McCoy '42 adopted a son, 
Timothy John, on Nov. 20. 

Jeannette Cook Clausen '44 moved from 
Port Jefferson to Smithtown. 

Winifred Comer Turner '45 traveled to Cali- 
fornia with her family to visit her brother. 

Grace Leary Schmitt '45 is living in Niagara, 
where her husband teaches at the Univer- 

Margaret Millus '45 is now an assistant 
district attorney in Eastern District, N. Y. 
She visited with Lily Mannix Morris '45 
in her new home in Massachusetts. 

Valerie Fleisher Cleary '47 moved to South 
Huntington from Roslyn. 

Marie Gribbin '48 entered the Trappistines 
in September. 

Mary Hoffman '48 entered Maryknoll in 

Lillian Disken, Teresa Cuneo and Bernadette 
Cassidy — all of '48 — took a six weeks' 
automobile trip to California. 
Rita Paolucci Vassallo '49, of Babylon, had 

her first born, close to Christmas. He is 
Vincent, Jr. 

Lillian Fox Reilly '5O is the editor of the 
local weekly newspaper, The Deer Park- 
W 'yandanch News. 

Mary Wiest Hoxie '35 reports that the 
Sister Gerardus Scholarship Fund is building 
up quite satisfactorily. The flyer enclosed 
in the alumnae mailing last month brought 
in five hundred dollars so that to date the 
fund has over thirteen hundred dollars in it. 
She writes, "We would like to say thank you 
to all who have responded and particularly 
to those who donated anonymously as we 
could not send personal notes to them." 


Newest alumnae members of Delta Epsilon 
Sigma, Margaret Lennon Martin '23 and 
Regina Peppard Fitzpatrick '28, have records 
of dynamic leadership in community affairs 
which it would be diffcult for many to 
match : 

Mrs. Martin : co-founder and first director 
of Wilton Playshop; co-founder of a pre- 
school incorporated in 1941 into the public 
school system ; guiding spirit in the estab- 
lishment of a school of Christian Doctrine 
which had as one of its outgrowths, the 
erection of the Church of Our Lady of 
Fatima in Hartford Diocese; since i923, 
volunteer trainer and director of Girl Scouts ; 
reviewer for five years of books for The 
Christopher Corner, Greenwich, Conn. ; first 
woman appointee of the five member Board 
of Finance; legislative chairman for three 
years of the Local League of Women Vot- 
ers ; chairman for three years of the Dem- 
ocratic Town Committee of Wilton. 

Mrs. Fitzpatrick: promoter of high school 
retreats; organizer of the Newman Club in 
Bushwick High School where she has taught 
since 1935 ; director in charge of the New 
York City High School Press Association, 
member of Speakers Bureau of the College, 
program chairman for the Diocesan Council 
of Catholic Women, executive board member 
of the Catholic Teachers' Association and 
chairman of its clothing drive for children; 
author of published articles in her special 

R. I. P. 

Our sympathy for members of the faculty 
and alumnae who have lost loved ones re- 
cently — we trust — will be accompanied by the 
prayers of all our readers for the souls of 
the faithful departed. 

Sincerest sympathy is extended to — ■ 
Cecilia McLoughlin '25, Gertrude Berry 
Sherman '27, Eileen McLoughlin '27, 
Kathleen Vaughan Fitzgerald '33, Rita 
Melvin Alexander '36, Sister Vincent 
Miriam '46, Joan Crane '5O and Margaret 
Crane Laffan '52 on the deaths of their 

Sister John Baptist, Mary Sheehy '32, Mar- 
garet Sheehy '36 and Anne Reilly Flaherty 
'42 on the deaths of their fathers. 

Margaret Meehan Copeland '24 on the death 
of her husband. 

Mrs. Esther Raffali and Violet Farrell 
Carty '26 on the loss of their brothers. 

Sister Margaret Ursula on the death of her 

Anita Lopez McCarthy '4O on the death of 
her baby, Mary. 


The Alumnae Magazine Project 
begun in September, 1951 under the 
chairmanship of Rosemary Murphy 
'48 and Sister Teresa Marie '33 has 
been growing each year since in a most 
satisfactory manner. The commission 
we receive on every magazine ordered 
or renewed through us goes into the 
Alumnae Campus Fund. The folders 
we mail to you suggesting various 
magazines list only some of the titles. 
Actually you may order or renew any 

magazine, Catholic or secular, through 
us any time during the year. If any 
special rates on new orders or re- 
newals have been offered you, please 
send the offer along with your order. 
It facilitates placing the order at the 
special price with the publisher. 

We are very grateful to all the 
alumnae, who during these years have 
been sending along renewals and new 
orders. They have made this project a 
solid and healthy growth. 

We Must Declare a Moratorium 

Three years ago we published 
an article in this paper entitled 
'Dragnet'. In it we initiated a 
thirty day drive for the contents 
of your libraries — living room, 
finished basement or expansion 
attic variety. The response was 
generous and continuous. We 
have not, however, been able to 
keep up with the work involved 
in accepting your gifts so that 
much of this material must still 
be screened, processed or ex- 
changed for something we need 

May we please ask you to hold 
all books and magazines which 
are not current (1950-date) until 
we again make an appeal ? In the 
meantime, if you are willing to 
bear the cost of transportation, 
the library has a short list of other 
institutions requesting books for 
their libraries. 

We are most grateful to you 
for all your gifts to the library. 
Your generous response in this 
as in every other alumnae-initia- 
ted drive has been unforgettably 

Dear Alumna, 

Do you enjoy receiving alumnae mail 
as much as I do? Take this issue of 
Alumnagram, for instance. Hasn't it 
been interesting up to now ? Don't you 
enjoy having the mailman deliver our 
other letters and notices from time to 

Have you any idea how much this 
bit of enjoyment is costing the Alum- 
nae Association? In welcoming the 
last class, the number of living lay 
members of the Alumnae Association 
reached the amazing total of 2198! 
This means, with each mailing you 
receive, more than 2200 pieces have 
gone into the letterbox. That's a lot 
of postage! Added to this, paper and 
printing costs have risen considerably 
since we were undergraduates . . . 
and so have the little metal plates 
we have to buy each time you change 
your name or address. 

I've been expecting each day to have 
the mailman bring me a letter from 
you. You've no idea what pleasure 
there is in this job until you read the 
interesting letters that come from our 
alumnae in all parts of the world. 

So please, look through your wallet 
for a receipt from me ... or through 
your checkbook for a cancelled check 
or stub. If you can't find a record of 
payment, won't you write a check for 
$3.00 payable to St. Joseph's College 
Alumnae Association and send it to: 

Miss Eleanor Lagatutta 

349 Cornelia Street 

Brooklyn 27, N. Y. 


Dr. Francis P. Kilcoyne, formerly of 
our faculty, has been appointed dean 
of administration at Brooklyn Col- 
lege, an office which ranks next to 
the office of president. Congratula- 
tions, Dr. Kilcoyne! 

Also our congratulations to Catherine 
Gebelein Carlson '33. The Woodstock 
Townsman recently cited -Catherine, 
the first lady justice of the peace in 
Ulster County, for giving evidence 
so soon after her election of her 
willingness to put the taxpayers' in- 
terests first. Catherine won her elec- 
tion on the Democratic ticket in a 
hitherto Republican area. 

Alice McCarthy '48, former secretary 
to Father Daly, counselor of Catholic 
students at Columbia University, is 
on her way to Uganda, British East 
Africa, as a member of the Grail lay 
mission team. 

In a recent national survey of book 
and periodical resources of Catholic 
college and university libraries, your 
own college library ranked-out of a 
total of 142 libraries — 41 from the 
top for its periodical holdings and 
50 for its book stock. One of the 
conclusions based on this study was : 
"If a single norm for measuring 
library adequacy were to be selected 
at this time, that of current periodi- 
cals might well be chosen." 


Editor: Sister Mary Winifred 
Associates: Sister Clare Imelda, Mrs. Frances 
Bennett Jacobsen and Jean Mooney. 



Dance. Queens Chapter. Georgian Inn. 




Evening with Christ. 
Religion Committee Bridge. 



Evening with Christ. 
Alumnae Retreat and 
•Corporate Communion Breakfast. 


Dramatic Club Production. 



Alumnae Meeting. 

Evening with Christ. 

Glee Club Concert. 

Alumnae Dance. Hotel Biltmore. 


Sec. 34.44(e) P. L. & R. 


Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Permit No. 6048 


Brooklyn, New York 

Volume 5 

Number 3 




Last spring, the first segment of the 
first year reading course as developed 
by the highly successful Great Books 
Foundation was given as part of the 
adult education program of the Col- 
lege. The thirty alumnae who regis- 
tered for the course met on alternate 
Thursdays from 8 to 10 p.m. Mon- 
signor FitzGibbon and Father Diviney 
were the discussion leaders. 

The first six books of the first year 
reading list including the Declaration 
of Independence and selections from 
the Old Testament, Plato, Aristo- 
phanes and Thucydides were discussed 
informally in the order suggested by 
the Foundation. It was heartening to 
see that while in the beginning many 
were reluctant to participate in the dis- 
cussion, before the end of the course 
nearly all had expressed themselves to 
some degree. Members were all given 
subscriptions to The Gadfly, the stim- 
ulating little magazine published by 
the Foundation to inform members of 
the Great Books idea. 

In the fall of 1953, the course was 
resumed with practically the same reg- 
istration. Selections from the second 
six books in the first year course in- 
cluding Plutarch, St. Augustine and 
St. Thomas were used. 

This spring, the registration was 
opened to include non-alumnae and the 
maximum number of registrants in- 
creased. The response was large enough 
to require the division of the group 
into two sections, which necessitated 
the addition of two discussion leaders. 
Fortunately Katherine Shea '38 and 
Bernadette Cassidy '48 volunteered 
and were gladly accepted. The last six 
books of the first year reading list 
were studied. 

If the plan is continued, it will take 
approximately five years to complete 
the entire series as outlined— an ambi- 
tious project. Judging from the re- 
actions of those who have participated 

thus far, it should succeed. In anv 
event it has proven to be a very satis- 
fying excursion in the field of self- 


At St. Joseph's and St. Peter's 

The first annual Modern Dance 
Concert presented by the Dance Group 
of St. Joseph's College for Women on 
February 12 was enthusiastically re- 
ceived. The recital was remarkably 
varied in spite of the limitation of a 
cast lacking male members. Classical, 
folk and jazz selections contributed to 
the variety. The program included : 
Prelude, Lament for a Dead Child, 
Jass Suite, The Uuicorn, As the Earth 
Turns, Ionisation, The Sacrifice (Iphi- 
genia), Games, Folk Fragments. Night 
Song, Celebration, The Puppets and 
The Twelve Days of Christmas. 

At a dinner party on March 8 to 
Which all who had been instrumental 
in putting on the production had been 
invited, gifts were presented to the 
guest of honor, Mrs. Gilbert, dance 
instructor, and to her accompanist, 
Miss Virginia Layefsky. 

On April 2 the Dance Group was 
invited by the undergraduates of St. 
Peter's College, New Jersey, to parti- 
cipate in a Dance Symposium. A panel 
discussion of modern dance vs. classi- 
cal ballet followed a recital consisting 
of selected numbers from the February 
32 concert. Panelists included Vincent 
Ryan, Susan Todd, and Mary Shea. 
A dance sponsored by St. Peter's 

The Dance Club cordially invites all 
interested alumnae to share its activi- 
ties. Those who as undergraduates 
were members of the club are invited 
to rejoin. Miss Barbara Carney, chair- 
man, will be happy to hear from alum- 
nae to arrange for meetings and ac- 


St. Joseph's College for Women was 
hostess to three neighboring men's 
colleges as part of a program initiated 
by the Student Council this semester. 

A concert by the Glee Club of St. 
Peter's College on Sunday afternoon, 
February 21 at three o'clock, in the 
auditorium of St. Joseph's College was 
followed by refreshments and dancing 
in the recreation room. On March 21 
a similar program was followed, with 
Seton Hall entertaining. Undergradu- 
ates from Manhattan College attended 
a dance here from three to seven on 
March 14. 

The success of these dances encour- 
aged the Student Council to extend the 
program through next year. Five 
dances and concerts are scheduled. 

Reservations Necessary 

A collation will be served to alumnae 
who plan to walk in the Academic 
Procession on June 9 which begins 
at 4 :40 p.m. and who wish to remain 
for the Holy Hour that evening. 
Please mail reservations to the Alum- 
nagram Editor before June 3 so that 
adequate provision can be made for all. 


Biweekly, undergraduates look for- 
ward to the latest issue of The Topaz, 
a newspaper edited by Marita Ryan 
assisted by Joan Scanlon, Angela 
Crociata, Marie Therese Pomares and 
the members of the business, feature 
and news reporting staffs. An enthu- 
siastic group interested in working on 
the staff of the paper met and began 
work on the first, the March 25 issue, 
after a motion to start a newspaper 
at St. Joseph's had been passed at a 
U.A. meeting. The editor, Marita 
Ryan, is continuing in the tradition 
of her mother, Marietta Rockefeller 
Ryan '26 who for many years edited 
{he Alumnae News. 


With current public interest centered 
on monetary issues we feel that the 
alumnae has a definite interest in 
financial matters; therefore, we come 
before you to give an accounting of 

Financially speaking, included in the 
Alumnae Association's assets is the 
Campus Fund, which is in the neigh- 
borhood of $6,000. The fund remains 
intact until we can once again resume 
activities for it. Also in existence is 
our Scholarship Fund, now recently 
renamed Grant-in-Aid. This presently 
has reached a grand total of $7,946.50. 
It was set up to provide a college 
education at St. Joseph's for daughters 
of alumnae who might otherwise not 
be able to attain one. 

There, now we've done it, but we 
really haven't finished our story. Last 
October the Alumnae Association spon- 
sored a bridge which was held at the 
College, the proceeds of which were 
to be for the new obligations assumed 
by the College. That convinced us 
that something had to be done in that 
direction ; therefore your Executive 
Board has arrived at a new approach 
to the problem of dues. We have de- 
cided to abolish dues and instead have 
an annual contribution. If your con- 
tribution exceeds three dollars, the re- 
mainder will be used as a basis for a 
College fund. However, you have the 
privilege of deciding that your dona- 
tion should be used entirely for this 
fund. Since most other alumnae asso- 
ciations follow this line of financial 
thinking, we have decided that St. 
Joseph's should give it a try. 

Enough of this. Details will be 
forthcoming in the fall. Our thoughts 
turn to the approaching dance at the 
Biltmore, the new Reception and Re- 
union, Commencement Week exercises, 
and that summer vacation you've plan- 
ned so long. Have a wonderful sum- 
mer. We look forward to seeing you 
in the fall. 


Our sinccrest sympathy is extended to : 

Sister George Aquin, and Jeanette Klipp '31 
on the deaths of their mothers. 

Helen Farrington Clayton '35, Claire O'Neill 
Seiz '39, Sister Mary Luke, C.I.J. (Florence 
Rau '43), Rosemarie Schwerman O'Connor 
'45, Alice McCarthy '48, Dora Augus '49, 
Rosemary Huntington 49, Doris Oshinski 
'S3 on the deaths of their fathers. 

Marie Xolan Reynolds 'i2 on the death of 
her husband. 

Helen Callahan Brink '28 on the death of her 
brother, Rev. Eugene Callahan of the 
Archdiocese of N. Y. 

Sister Margaret Louise, Miss Mary Shea 
and Gertrude Shea '50 on the death of 
their brother. 


.Marietta Rockefeller Ryan '26 and 
her husband earned the gratitude of 
parents, undergraduates and members 
of the Faculty who attended the last 
evening meeting of the Parents' Club 
for their presentation of a film in 
color of their European trip and for 
their genial running commentary. 
Among the scenes which were a 
special treat were those of the rose 
windows of the Cathedral of Notre 
Dame, all the beauty of color and 
design having been skillfully caught in 
the shots of these works of art. Scenes 
of Rome at the time of the announce- 
ment of the dogma of the Assumption 
and the commentary on the events of 
this great occasion brought home to 
the audience that St. Joseph's College 
had unofficial ambassadors in the Holy 
City on that eventful day. 

'29 OBSERVES . . . 

Twenty-nine is twenty-five. "It 
can't be true. I don't believe it" 
exclaimed at least twenty- five of our 
class when they realized that this was 
their Silver Jubilee Year. It will really 
be true for us on May 22, Saturday 
morning at nine-thirty, when Mon- 
signor Dillon will offer Mass for us 
in the College Chapel. After break- 
fast at which Monsignor Dillon and 
Sister Charitina will be our guests. 
we hope to see a little bit of "St. 
Joseph's, 1954." A luncheon will close 
our day, which promises to be a 
memorable and exciting one. For those 
of us who have not had an opportunity 
to return to the College since gradua- 
tion, it will be a deep privilege to 
kneel once more, after a quarter of a 
century, in the same Chapel where we 
had knelt daily for four years. It 
will truly be "a coming home." 

One feature of our observance of 
our Silver Jubilee Year takes place 
on Commencement Day, Wednesday, 
June 9, when we will act as Honor 
Guard to our Most Reverend Arch- 
bishop. We will assemble in the 
Alumnae Room in time to join the 
Academic Procession that starts at 
four- forty. 

To those of the class who may still 
be hesitating about coming on either 
May 22, or June 9, or both days, we 
would like to say, "Please come. 
Everyone will be glad to see you. And 
you'll be so glad afterwards." 


Gerturde Unser '32 made the highest 
final score on the examinations for 
two candidates for the position of 
examiner, Board of Education. Four 
men, however, were given disability or 
veterans' points placing Miss Unser in 
fifth position. 


Jubilee, a Magazine of the Church & 
Her People. 

A picture and pen sketch of an 
alumna of 1949 appeared in the April 
issue. Kathleen Goess, editorial asso- 
ciate of this new magazine, "came to 
Jubilee well before publication, hav- 
ing decided she'd rather work here for 
less than anywhere else for more. She 
is now the staff's most reliable 'norm- 
alcy' test : she speaks, we feel, for at 
least 10 million potential readers with 
every syllable she utters ..." Articles 
by Kathleen have appeared in the Feb- 
ruary and March issues of the maga- 
The Catholic School Journal 

"Holding the Line", an article by 
Sister Vincent Therese, is in the April, 
1954 issue, Vol. 54, No. 1. 
The Historical Bulletin 

Sister Joseph Damien's article on 
"The Attitude of the American Diplo- 
mats to the Kulturkamp, 1871-1877", 
was published in Vol. 33, No. 3, March, 

Of interest to our alumnae who at- 
tended the Brentwood Academy is a 
review in the Spring, 1954 issue. Mr. 
John Pick, evaluating the University 
of Nebraska's publication of Sister 
Paraclita's latest book shortly to appear 
in an Irish edition, writes "the great 
merit of Sister Paraclita's book is that 
she sees him Aubrey De Vere in per- 
spective. Recognizing his place as a 
genuine minor writer, she sees his real 
importance as a friend, advisor, and 
critic of men greater than himself." 
The Catholic Alumnae Quarterly 

Dorothy Willman '23 is one of the 
contributors to the Spring, 1954 issue. 
The Catholic Educator 

In the May, 1954 issue there is 
an article by Sister St. Angela '41 
entitled "The Retreat Movement." 

Note : We did not make a survey ; the 
articles noted above are the only ones 
we knew about. If we have skipped 
any, we'll be glad to include them in 
a later issue. 

Eleanor Lagatutta Writes . . . 

Your response to my letter in the 
last issue of Alutnnagram was gratify- 
ing and heartwarming. Some of you 
didn't bother to check your wallets 
for receipts or check-stubs, you just 
sent in duplicate dues ! There were a 
few of you who haven't written to us 
in many years — we were especially 
glad to hear from you. We appreciate 
most the thoughtfulness of many of 
you in giving us your maiden name 
and year of graduation together with 
your marriage name. It saved us so 
much time ! 


Our Newest Brides 

Evelyn Walsh '48 to Robert Bules, May 2. 
Claire Arnold '51 to Robert Ficarra. 
Mary Kruse 'Si to William J. White, May 8. Schreiner '51 to Patrick DeStcphano. 
Nancy Walker '51 to Stanley Frenge. 
Joan Williams '5I to be married to Raymond 

Kane, June 26. 
Jeannette Mazzuka '52 to Vincent J. Som- 

brotto, April 24. 
Joan Walsh '52 to Joseph Robinson, May 1. 
Regina Dougherty '53 to Hugh MacDonald, 

April 24. 
Maureen Dougherty '53 who will be married 

to Duncan Fraser on June 19. 
Adele Garbon '53 to Arthur Nelson. 
Doris Oshinski 'S3 who will be married on 

May 29 to Edward Powers. 
Rosemary Welch '54 to Michael Strianese, 

April 18. 

Latest Arrivals 

To Anne Mc.Mullen O'Connell '33, her fourth 
child, third daughter, Audrey, last fall. 

To Kay Holland Janson '36, fourth child, 
second son, Stephen. To Regina Meany 
Loftus '36, third child, second son. To 
Claire Brennan Suchan '36, her second 
daughter. To Eileen Gilroy Gaffney '36, 
fifth child, second son, Joseph. 

To Anne Dolan Connolly '37, fourth child, 
first daughter. To Margaret Sullivan 
Sweeney '37, first child, William. 

To Angela Astarita Pellegrini '38, fifth son, 

To Eugenia Tyler Hagan '39, third child, 
second daughter, Mary Eugenie. To Eileen 
Daly O'Shea '39, fourth child, Martin. To 
Beatrice Hunkele Brennan '39, fourth son, 
Richard. To Marjorie Burns Gallagher 
'39, sixth child, second son, Albert. To 
Carmela Napoli Loizzo '39, fourth daugh- 
ter, Margaret. 

To Marion Noel Rasafi '4O, a new daughter, 
Nicole. To Helen Rochford Shalvoy '4O, 
a son, Thomas Patrick. 

To Peggy McDerby Shea '41, third child, 
Gerald. To Jeanne Calame Puvogel '43, 
twins, William and Stephen. 

To Muriel O'Connor Dauscher '44, her third 
daughter. To Eileen Kelley Coulter '44, 
fifth child, fourth daughter, Clare. To 
Joyce McDonald Newton '44, fourth child, 
second son. 

To Eileen McDermott Ott '45, her second 
daughter, Patricia. 

To Diane Volze Cukro '46, a son, Geoffrey. 
To Helen Kotch Lashkow '46, a daughter, 
Justine Marie. 

To Elaine Burns Eilenberg '47, a daughter, 
Lynne. To Mary Sparrow Albert 'tf, a 
daughter, April 27. 

To Kathleen Driscoll Reggio '48, a son, 
Robert. To Regina Hughes Haffey '48, 
a daughter, Regina. 

To Mary Holihan Travers '49, her first 
daughter, Katherine. 

To Marie Prizzi Citrone '50, a daughter, 

To Jean Walsh McGonigle '5I, a daughter, 
Susan. To Rita Dorgler Bartscherer '51, 
a son, John. To Evelyn Turck MacAve- 
nue '5I, her second daughter. To Gloria 
Lopez Bruschini '5I, her second son, John. 
To Maureen Flood Coleman '5I, a son, 
Joseph. To Dolores Weick McGuire '51, 
a son, Kevin. 

To Catherine Meehan Mais '52, a son, 

To Joan Baker Ferri '53, a son on April 26. 
To Carol Cardinale Kniffen '53, a son, 

Also Noteworthy 

This year the Class of '2i celebrated a 
reunion by making a pilgrimage to the Shrine 
of Mother Cabrini and then were luncheon 
guests of Helen D'Albora at Bill Leighton's 
Woodlands Lake Restaurant on Sawmill 

Tom O'Leary, son of Eleanor Howard 
O'Leary '21, and Harry Hill, son of Grace 
Byrne Hill '2l, both among the first St. 
Joseph's Nursery Schoolers, are sopho- 
mores at Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. 

Rita Fearon Bryan '24 is a grandmother 
for the second time. 

We're happy to hear that Gen D'Albora 
Phillips '26 is making a splendid recovery 
from her recent operation. Mary Jane, 
daughter of Margaret Johnston Jova '26 
is a first year student at Sacred Heart 
Academy, Hempstead. Genieve Carter '26 
spent her sabbatical last year on a won- 
derful trip to Central America, visiting 
nine countries. Margaret Crowley '26 went 
abroad at the same time. Roselyn, daugh- 
ter of Helen Weiden McCarthy, '26, will 
represent her alma mater at the World 
Congress of the Children of Mary Immac- 
ulate in Rome. She will graduate from 
St. Joseph's, Emmitsburg in June and will 
sail on the twenty-sixth. Gladys Reardon 
Hughes '2b has a daughter a Sister of 
Charity at Convent Station, N. J., known 
in religion as Sister Gladys Jose. Her son, 
Hubert, entered the Society of Jesus in 
1948 and is now at Bellarmine College, 

In the freshman class at the College there 
are cousins who are daughters of the Kelly 
sisters of the Class of '28. Bernadette is 
the daughter of Mary Hoermann and Dolores 
is Agnes Bryan's daughter. 

Agnes Coughlan Dioguardi '3O has a son 
graduating from Chaminade this year. He's 
president of the Student Body and co-captain 
of the football team. 

Marie O'Connor '31, who has just been 
appointed to the Catholic Forum of Newark, 
took her customary annual trip with Janet 
Prendergast Vickrey. This year they headed 
for Daytona Beach, Fla. 

Madeline Kendall Friel '32 has been living 
in Aruba for nearly ten years. Her husband 
is associated with Socony there. Christine 
Barton '32 is executive secretary with Pan 
American Airlines. Laura Fournier Flanni- 
gan '32 who holds an executive position 
in Martin's has a son, Michael, who will 
graduate in June from Brooklyn Tech. Kay 
Driscoll Murphy '32 does social work in 
the mornings for Angel Guardian Home. 

Marion Eldridge '33 is office manager 
for the Department of Welfare. Sister Mary 
Germaine (Grace Finlay '33) is recovering 
from radical neck surgery. Sister is on the 
Faculty of Santa Maria University, Ponce, 
Puerto Rico. 

Kay Cahill Durkin '35 returned from 
Germany with her husband on Christmas 
morning. They are now stationed near 
Washington, D.C. 

Dorothy Tobin Forget '35 has moved 
from Brooklyn to Bellemore, L. I. 

Sister Marie Louise, O.P. (Louise Hubert 
'36) will sail in June for Rome where she 
will do special work for a year at the newly 
created Pontifical Institute for Religious 
btudies. Regina Meany Loftus '36 is moving 
to Ridgewood, N. J., where she will be a 
neighbor of Marge Bannon Teaken '34. The 
John Toomey family (Mary Urquhart '36) 
returned to their Howard Beach home from 
an extended visit to Washington, D.C. The 
1 oomeys have three children. 

Frances Coffey Kelly '38 has moved with 
her family from Brookfield, Conn, to Oyster 
Bay. Rita McGovern Root '32 has received 
her permanent appointment to the city school 

Florence Kennedy '39 is educational con- 
sultant for the Child Day Care Division of 
the Department of Welfare. 

Irene Butler Lozano '4I wrote recently, 
"Our household now boasts of there little 
boys. It would be nice to see or hear from 
any of our alumnae who may be living in 
the vicinity of Elkhart, Indiana." 

lmmaculata Waters Douglas '42 has had 
her fourth son, Patrick. 

Lena Terry Prestia '43 had a home built 
in Holliswood and is living there with her 
husband and small daughter, Lee-Anne. 

Josephine Mullen Degan '43 is back from 
two years in Hawaii. She is now living in 
West Hempstead. 

Patricia Euler Seaton '44 now has two 
children, Patty Anne, aged two, and Robert 
Leonard, born in December. 

We finally caught up with Rosemarie 
Schwerman O'Connor '45 to find that she 
has been married since 1950 and has two 
children : Billy, two years old and Roseanne, 
a year old. 

Babette Harper '45 has moved to Garden 
City and is teaching in Port Washington. 

Mary Jo Freese Bennett '45 has moved 
to Fanwood, N. J. 

Pat Lawlor Meaney '48 is now living in 
Garden City. 

Dorothy Hucke '49 has been appointed a 
member of the executive staff of the Charles 
Pfizer Company. 

Wilma Kohler '5O, left on April 16 for 
a two year stay in Germany/France as 
Librarian NGS-6, an Army Special Services 

Dorothy V. Sauss '51 left Feb. 27 for a 
two year stay as a recreation leader in Ger- 
many/France. Sister Grace Avila (Helen 
Seckendorf '5I) is teaching in St. Mary Star 
of the Sea School, Far Rockaway. Joan 
Martin '51 will spend three months in Europe 
this summer. This is her second trip. Lucille 
McKearney '51 of the Waves returned re- 
cently from there. Joan McCarthy, Ellen 
Duffy and Dorothy and Vilma Sauss, all of 
the Class of '51, were there last summer. 
All but Ellen are saving for a return trip. 
Ellen is now Mrs. Robert Smith and is 
presently teaching in Maryland. Suzanne 
Gannon '51 spent last summer in San Juan 
on an N.Y.U. scholarship, for which she 
was eligible since she is teaching in a Puerto 
Rican area. 

An enthusiastic alumna stopped in the Col- 
lege after a weekend retreat at Mary Rep- 
aratrix Retreat House, 14 E. 29th St., N.Y.C. 
with a retreat schedule for 1954. Of interest 
to alumnae are four weekend retreats for 
business and professional women: the open- 
ing dates are August 27, Oct. 22, Nov. 26, 
and Dec. 10. 


A combined reunion of the Classes 
of '24, '29, '34, '39, '44 and '49 and 
a reception to the Class of '54 is plan- 
ned lor Baccalaureate Sunday, June 
u from two to five o'clock. Enter- 
tainment including a selection from the 
Modern Dance Club's repertoire fol- 
lowed by refreshments is planned. 
Tickets for alumnae sell for $1.75. 


Few of the alumnae who made this 
year's retreat with Reverend John 
Reynolds, C.S.P. will forget its lesson 
illustrated in the closing Holy Hour 
Conference by the story of the soldier 
who after a bombing raid was separa- 
ted from his buddies for five days. 
Fatigued and wounded, he made his 
way back to them, though it was a 
miracle that he lived. When asked 
how he could have done this, he re- 
plied, "I just kept repeating to myself, 

Father Sheerin, guest speaker at the 
last annual Communion Breakfast, 
consoled those present with his message 
that they should maintain a spirit of 
Christian hope and joy based on trust 
in Divine Providence in the face of 
the present world situation. Father 
Sheerin, editor of The Catholic 
World, is the brother of two of our 
alumnae and the brother-in-law of 
two other alumnae. 

Helen Straub Hillman '26 is pre- 
paring to reopen her two summer 
camps. Anyone interested in Hill 
Manor, a select camp for young girls, 
or its companion camp, Hilltop for 
boys, may write to Helen for informa- 
tion at Kelsey, N. Y. We've heard 
that our graduates' children who have 
been at the camps have been very 


Present Show In 
Garden City Casino 

An all-alumnae cast played in Any- 
thin g Went at the Garden City Casino 
on Sunday, May 16. Agnes Brown 
Drummond '34 directed this show per- 
formed for the benefit of the Sister 
(ierardus Scholarship Fund. 


Addresses Chapters 

St. Bernard's Hall, Levittown was 
the scene of the annual Mny meeting 
of the Nassau-Suffolk Chapter at 
which Monsignor FitzGibbon was the 
guest speaker and new officers were 
elected. Members of the North Nassau 
Group were hostesses at the social 
which followed. 

On May 18 a similar meeting wns 
held by the Queens Chapter at which 
Monsignor FitzGibbon was the guest 
speaker. The meeting was held at the 
Nurses' Home, Mary Immaculate Hos- 
pital, which was also the place of the 
March meeting at which Father Grady 

Hold Dinner Meetings 

The Queens Chapter luncheon, held 
at the Riviera in Port Washington on 
Saturday, April 24, was very success- 
ful. Claire McKay was chairman. The 
alumnae president, Claire Bauch, con- 
gratulated the Chapter for its very 
successful February dance and for a 
very pleasant afternoon at the Riviera. 

Felice's Restaurant in Westbury was 
chosen by the members of the North 
Nassau Group as the place for their 
third annual dinner meeting on April 


Sister Margaret Louise is working 
with representatives of seven metro- 
politan colleges on a guide for the 
student teaching program in elemen- 
tary schools. 

His Excellency, Archbishop Molloy, 
has appointed Father Diviney together 
vvith several other priests to the posi- 
tion of Censors of Books for the 

Mary Kruse '51 coached the excel- 
lent dramatic society production, Our 
Hearts Were Young and Gay, presen- 
ted on April 30. 

Monsignor Francis X. FitzGibbon 
will be ordained twenty-five years on 
May 25. 

At the May meeting of the A. A., 
Claire Bauch read Sister Charitina's 
letter thanking the alumnae for their 
spiritual bouquet and gift to the Chapel 
on the occasion of her golden jubilee. 


An informal group gathered in front of 
the T.V. set in the College parlor on Feb- 
ruary 16 to see and hear Mary E. Shea '55 
take her place as panelist on the International 
Forum, a weekly feature of the Kate Smith 
Hour. The fifteen-minute forum chaired by 
Ted Collins consisted of a discussion, based 
on disagreement, of several topics of general 
interest. Undergraduates from Bennington 
College, Hunter College, St. Joseph's College 
for Women, and a native French graduate 
student of Columbia University — all staff 
members of their respective student publica- 
tions — participated. 

Miss Shea believes that the panel provides 
an excellent opportunity for the presentation 
of intelligent Catholic viewpoints. 

Helen Lande '54 represented the College 
on this program last spring. 


The Alumnae are cordially invited to attend all the 
exercises. This notice is in lieu of the customary an- 
nouncement by mail. 

Saturday, June 5 — Field Day. 

Sunday, June 6 — Baccalaureate Exercises — 

On the Mall. 
Missa Cantata— 10 :30 A.M. 

Celebrant, Very Rev. Francis X. FitzGibbon, A.M. 
Baccalaureate Sermon — Very Rev. James F. Coffey, 

S.T.D., Ph.D. 
Alumnae Reception to the Class of '54 — 2"5 P.M. 
Tuesday, June 8— Formal Class Day at 4 P.M. 

On the Mall. 
Wednesday, June 9 — 5 P.M. — Conferring of Degrees 
by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Thomas 
E. Molloy, S.T.D., Archbishop-Bishop of B'klyn. 
Commencement Address — Hon. John E. Cone, Jr., 
\.B., LL.B., Justice, Court of Special Sessions, 
New York. 
Holy Hour^S:30 P.M.— Rt. Rev. William T. Dillon 
J.D., LL.D. 

N.B. If you wish tickets for Commencement for your 
friends, drop a postal to the Commencement Com- 


Sec. 34.65 (e) P. L & R. 


Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Permit No. 6048 


Brooklyn, New York 

Volume 6 

Number I 


November, 1954 

At their last joint meeting, parents 
of children in St. Joseph's Preschool 
and members of the Child Study Club 
welcomed guidance in some fundamen- 
tal thinking on "Religion and the 
Preschool Child". 

Monsignor Dillon, guest speaker, 
pointed out that "In other days we did 
not begin the religious instruction of 
the child until he entered elementary 
school. Fitfully, sporadically, a parent 
or another might speak of the things 
of God or initiate spiritual practices 
but it was pretty aimless . . . We have 
worked upon the hypothesis that since 
the child cannot sin until it has attained 
the use of reason and since it does not 
acquire that status until it is six we 
were justified in ignoring the matter 
of religious training until that magical 

"Is it true that the child does not 
learn anything of real value until the 
Bawn of reason?", the speaker asked, 
and answered, "There is no period of 
his life when he is so open to infor- 
mation, and what he learns for weal 
or woe in those days will never be 
uprooted. True it may that his learning 
process is largely on the merely sensi- 
tive level but in every one of these 
three areas of consciousness he is 
building and perhaps more effectively 
in the emotional and conative factor 
than in the knowing field." 

Monsignor Dillon drew attention to 
the fact that those who accept the 
seeming truism discount the reality 
"that one child of five is much better 
equipped to handle mental problems 
than another of seven and yet both can 
be normal as we use the term." 

He explained further: "If by reason 
we mean the ability to abstract, it is 
reasonably accurate to set an 'age of 
sin' although this is pretty arbitrary 
at best." He continued, "If by reason 

you mean the power not only to judge 
but the thing technically called ratioci- 
nation, I submit that it is pretty 
shadowy even at a much later date in 
any child's life." He stated that growth 
is slow, steady and reasonable, and 
that "there is no hour that is not sacred 
and attuned to teaching the child of 
God and Christ and all things good 
and holy on every plateau of conscious- 
ness — the knowing, the thinking, the 
feeling, the doing." 

"It is basic that we should not 
emphasize sin. This is not to be inter- 
preted as approving the avoidance of 
the question of right and wrong. It 
definitely condemns the differentiation 
between mortal and venial sin. This 
must be reserved to a later date and 
then must be done most discreetly. 
There must be no injection of fear of 
God or of anything else in so for as 
that can be avoided. There are physical 
fears that are preservatives of life. No 
spiritual intimidation can accomplish 
anything but final disaster. 

I approach the next prohibition with 
no little hesitancy. I am very aware 
that pictural representations are valu- 
able, almost essential, but I am deadly 
opposed to any such representation of 
God as may lead at last to involvements 
which can never be cured." 

Monsignor Dillon presented a few 
reflections on methodology, remarking 
that the catechetical method is bad, 
even for advanced pupils, but unpar- 
donable for young children and so are 
the saccharine books and brochures 
being published . The second help he 
suggested to parents is the utilization 
of their own observations and their 
own experience, particularly of their 
earliest years. "There is no lamp so 
brilliant as this to light the road for 
others who must walk its perilous 
way." Finally, he encouraged parents 

to be brave and venturesome and to use 
every whit of intelligence they have, 
not accepting anything until they have 
screened it in their own souls. 

An experienced teacher of the very 
young, he cautioned his listeners to 
approach the task with humility, be- 
cause it is an "uncharted sea" and 
inspired them with the thought that 
"it is the most permanent deed that is 
done this side of the stars." 




Mrs. James Reilly (Helen Fennelly) 
has been appointed chairman of alum- 
nae news from all sources, committees, 
chapters, and individuals. The College 
Public Relations Office will write and 
distribute news releases, arrange for 
pictures, and otherwise try to build 
alumnae publicity. 

Your cooperation would be appreci- 
ated. If you know of an upcoming 
alumnae activity, please notify Mrs. 
Reilly or Miss Benson at the College. 
Once they know about it, they will 
work to let the public know about it. 


Do circle February 5 on your calendar of 
social events for that's the date of the annual 
Alumnae Bridge. Helene Lane '47 and Imelda 
Lavin '46, co-chairman, are already busy pre- 
paring for it. If you feel that you can con- 
tribute your services in any way to make it 
a success, write to Miss Lane at her home : 
9105 97th Street, Woodhaven 21, N. Y. 


Three full tuition scholarships to 
St. Joseph*s will be awarded to high 
school seniors this year by the Board 
of Trustees of St. Joseph's College. 
Interested students must take either 
the December, January or March Col- 
lege Board Scholastic Aptitude Test. 
Applications for the scholarships must 
be made both with the College and with 

the Board. 

The first examination will take place 
December 4 at centers all over the 
United States. In order to take this 
examination a candidate must file her 
application by November 13. The next 
examination is January 8 ; applications 
must be filed by December 14. 


.Miss Jean Benson of the O'Leary Associ- 
ates was introduced to the Alumnae by 
Monsignor Francis X. FitzGibbon who said 
that so far her work had been directed 
toward helping us in two ways : 1 ) Recruit- 
ment of new students through personal con- 
tacts with high school students and their 
parents. 2) Instruction in how to give effec- 
tive publicity to any event at St. Joseph's 
sponsored either by undergraduates or alum- 

Alumnae can help Miss Benson's activities 
in behalf of the College by having in their 
homes literature about the College available 
to visitors, by supplying her with names and 
addresses of interested girls and by helping 
to have her introduced to Newman Clubs. 

Your class needs more than one representa- 
tive for class news and class contacts. 
Volunteers are requested to write to Clare 
Bauch, alumnae president. 

There are many requests for alumnae 
speakers at Communion breakfasts, for 
alumnae representatives on civic programs, 
etc. Won't you let Miss Bauch know if you 
can help in any way - even behind the scenes? 

The combination of reunions and recep- 
tion to newest alumnae was a happy ex- 
periment and the graciousness of the affair 
noted. Don't miss the next one especially if 
you belong to a five, ten, fifteen, twenty, 
twenty-five or thirty-five year class. 


The students' annual charity bridge 
and fashion show will take place in 
the College auditorium on Friday 
evening, November 19 at 8 :00 p.m. 
Miss Elaine Jacklitsch '56 is chairman. 

Simplicity Patterns will produce the 
fashion show this year with St. Joseph 
I i i'.-ls. There will be all varieties of 
card games - for men and women - and 
prizes galore ! 

The luckiest ticket holder this year 
will win a NINETY-ONE piece silver 


Chance books are on sale now and 
will be mi sale at the door. Tickets may 
be obtained by calling or writing The 
Card Party Chairman at the College. 

The event is an annual project of the 
Religion Committee. Proceeds are 
donated to numerous Catholic charities. 


Sister M. Charatina who has devotedly 
served the College tor over a quarter of a 
century as a teacher of classical languages 
and dean of women was assigned this sum- 
mer to St. Agnes Seminary as superior and 

Miss Mary Shea, Sister Raymond Augus- 
tine and Sister Teresa Avila have returned 
to their respective departments after a year's 
leave of absence for study. 

On leave for this year are Sisters Joseph 
Damien and Clare Imelda who are studying 
at Columbia University. 

Sister Lalande '54 is assistant laboratory 
instructor in the chemistry department. 

Sister Margaret Louise is giving a series 
of six lectures on Today's child. The series 
is sponsored by the Family Life Conference 
of Brooklyn Diocesan Council of Catholic 
Women and began on October 19. 

Sister Veneranda, registrar of the College, 
is the new superior of the College convent. 

Sisters Maureen and Beatrice gave summer 
courses to the Sisters of St. Joseph in 
Brentwood ; Sister Teresa Marie gave an 
institute on literature to the Sisters teaching 
in the elementary schools of the diocese. 
Sister Vincent Therese taught at Catholic 
University again this summer and Sister 
Mary Winifred gave two library courses at 
St. John's University. 

Travelers among the priest members of the 
Faculty were Father Hession who took the 
"Grand Tour" to Europe, Father Diviney 
who again visited the "Golden West" and 
Father D'Ecclesiis who obtained some back- 
ground material for his course "South of 
the Border". 


The U. A. is again sponsoring a series of 
tea dances. Manhattan and St. Peter's Col- 
leges were the first guests of the season. 

Delegates from the more than two hundred 
member colleges of the National Federation 
of Catholic College Students met in Chicago 
on August 3l for the Eleventh National 
Congress. Joan Reardon '56, daughter of 
Eleanor Dolan Reardon '26, and Anne Porter 
'56 represented the College. 

The recreation room has taken on a "new 
look". Undergraduates are all very pleased 
with the cheerful effects produced by the 
drapes. Everywhere the College is at its 
".shining and smiling best". 

A highly successful innovation in the 
social activities of the College was the 
Reception and Tea for Freshman Families 
held on the campus, Sunday evening, August 
22. Attendance was very gratifying and 


Three hundred high school seniors 
visited the campus Columbus Day. 
They were guests of the Undergradu- 
ate Association in a program based on 
the theme "Go to College for a Day". 
The St. Joseph students were in regular 
session - simultaneously. 

The high school guests visited 
classes, were entertained, heard ad- 
dresses by the president and the dean, 
enjoyed lunch, went on tour, cheered 
a basketball game and participated in 
interviews with various department 

A similar program will take place in 
the spring for underclassmen in high 
school. If you know of any seniors or 
undergraduates who might be inter- 
ested in St. Joseph's, please send their 
names to the Registrar so that they 
may be placed on the invitation list. 


This year the Alumnae Association 
has changed its appeal for dues. In 
doing so, the Association is following 
a general trend of alumnae associations 
in this regard. With the inauguration 
of the Alumnae-College Fund, each 
alumna is being asked to take an active 
part in the financial life of the College 
by donating on a continuing basis to 
her Alma Mater. From time to time 
the Association will turn over to the 
College a sum of money from this 
Fund to be used for whatever purpose 
the College deems most suitable at that 

As explained in the leaflets mailed 
to all alumnae, you may decide for 
yourself how your contribution is to be 
allocated - to the New Fund, to the 
Alumnae Association or to both. Don't 
overlook this opportunity to do your bit 
for St. Joseph's College - and for 
Catholic education. As your Alumnae 
President remarked at the first general 
meeting of the year, "No amount is too 
small. Give what you can this year 
- even a dollar. Another year you may 
be able to give much more." 

enthusiasm ran high due to Miss Benson's 
efforts in publicizing the events not only by 
way of formal invitation but also by articles 
concerning it which appeared in both metro- 
politan and local papers. The increased 
freshmen registration this semester is a 
tribute to the College's concentration on 
publicity and to Miss Benson's work. 


St. Joseph's College for Women was 
host to the first convocation of the 
Leo Honor Society students of the 
Diocese of Brooklyn on Monday after- 
noon, June 7, at four o'clock. 

St. Joseph's undertook the sponsor- 
ship of the convocation to bring to 
public attention some of the acute 
problems young people face today and 
to help some of these same young 
people make significant decisions with 
regard to their future. A primary 
reason for this project is the need for 
able Catholic leaders in the Church, in 
education, in business and in the home. 

Myles J. Lane, noted attorney, who 
has figured in countless famous trials 
and convictions, discussed "Assign- 
ment : Tomorrow" with about five 
hundred girls and boys representing 
schools in Brooklyn. Queens. Nassau 
and Suffolk counties. An enthusiastic 
discussion period followed his talk. So 
wholehearted was the audience's ex- 
pression of approval of the project and 
so desirous of a continuation of the 
program in 1955 it was decided to 
schedule a second convocation on May 
15 of next year. This convocation 
promises to be the foundation of an an- 
nual event which will highlight the con- 
tributions of Pope Leo XIII to social 
progress and which will honor the 
achievements of the young guests of 
the College, the boys and girls whose 
society bears his name. 


Queens Chapter 

On November 9, the Honorable Godfrey 
P. Schmidt of Fordham University and the 
law firm of Schmidt, Egan, Kenny and Mur- 
ray will speak on Subversion in Education. 
Mr. Schmidt is the guest of Manhattanville 
and St. Joseph for Women College alumnae 
chapters. Co-chairmen of the affair are 
Mrs. Donald Byrne of Manhattanville and 
Mrs. Joseph Davis of St. Joseph's. All our 
alumnae are cordially invited to attend this 
meeting which will take place in Mary 
Immaculate Hospital, Jamaica, at 8 .3O p.m. 

The Bridge Club meets approximately 
every three weeks. If you are interested, 
please call Clare McKay (HOUis 5-2424). 

To swell the treasury of the Queens Chap- 
ter, stockings are on sale at bargain prices 
to alumnae members. Call Mary Davt's 
(Hollis 5-5052). 

Nassau-Suffolk Chapter 

New officers of the Chapter are : Grace 
Sluiter White, chairman; Anne Lewis Howe, 
vice-chairman ; Maude Whitbread Farrell, 
treasurer; Babette Harper, secretary. 

The regular fall meeting will be combined 
with a luncheon to be held on November 20 
at Guy Lombardo's East Point House in 
Freeport. Doris Price is group chairman 
assisted by Terry Schreiber Kelly, Mary 
Fran Sullivan and Lillian Fox Reilly. All 
alumnae are cordially invited to the luncheon 
which starts at 12:30 and costs $3.50 per 
person. Reservations close on November 10. 

The Chapter is also planning a combina- 
tion Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show at 
Altman's in Manhasset in the early spring. 
The models will be chosen from among the 


On October 18, as a preliminary to 
something rather new in Delta activi- 
ties, Margaret Lennon Martin '23 led 
a discussion of some of the most fre- 
quently heard questions relative to 
campus honor societies, and particular- 
ly to Delta Epsilon Sigma. Matters 
of nomination, evaluation and election 
to college honor societies were clarified. 
Since the aim of Delta is to encourage 
group activities of a scholarly nature, 
the participants saw their role as Delta 
members to be "active" as well as 
"honorary". Reference to membership 
nctivities revealed that three of the 
national presidents of the Society have 
been members of the Epsilon Chapter, 
St. Joseph' College for Women. The 
chapter has also assumed leadership at 
several of the annual conventions. 

Consultants on the October 18 
assembly program were Bernadette 
Garvey '26, Mary St. John Murphy '24, 
and Sister Joseph Immaculate '38. 
Virginia Clines '52 and Mary Shea '55 
were the inquirers. One of their aims 
was to arouse student interest in the 
reception on November 29 to new Delta 
members. This year the reception will 
not be a part of the Parents' Day pro- 
gram as in the past but will be a sepa- 
rate Delta function including a public 
lecture. Alumnae are most welcome. 




Plans are being formulated for Alumnae 
Week to be held in the latter part of the 
spring semester. It is hoped that all alumnae 
will keep the event in mind and that atten- 
dance will be as rewarding as in the past. 


Alumnae plan to buy a block of tickets for 
a Blackfriars production during Lent. 


Frances Kurdziel would like any alumna 
interested in the modern dance (dancing, 
scenery, make-up, etc.) to contact her. The 
alumnae hope to participate in the Modern 
Dance Club's annual Festival. 


Terry Gough Carroll is chairman of this 
event which is scheduled for April 1, 2, 3. 

Dorothy Pierce Fitzpatrick '43 writes — 

"My husband is in the Air Force, and in 
connection with his present assignment, we 
are now living in Japan. I've been here 
for a year, expect to return to the States late 
next summer. This is a fascinating, baffling, 
enchanting country and we both like it 
tremendously. But the most exciting bit of 
news that I can offer is that we have adopted 
two delightful sons - Gerald, six years old, 
and James, aged four. Now we're hoping 
for a daughter ! 

I'm always pleased by the arrival of 
Alumnagram and all the other news of 
St. Joe's - and I'm happily anticipating the 
time when I'll again be able to join actively 
in alumnae activities." 

Ann Dolan McBride '3O also writes that 
she enjoys receiving the Alumnagram because 
it is her only contact with the College. Ann 

is now living in Mansfield, Ohio where she 
continues her interest in scouting. In Akron 
where she formerly lived, she was chairman 
of the Catholic Advisory Committee on 
Girl Scouting for the Akron Deanery Coun- 
cil of N. C. C. W. 

In writing to tell how she eagerly awaits 
the arrival of Alumnagram, Margaret 
Auglim Weber '49 brought us up to date on 
the news about her sister-in-law, Joanne 
Breininger Weber '49 and herself. She said 
that Joan is back in Michigan having spent 
the previous year at Stanford University 
and the two preceding years teaching in 
New Mexico with her husband. Margaret 
who also lives in Michigan (Dearborn) has 
two daughters, Cathleen and Denise, who 
celebrated their second and first birthdays 
respectively in August. 


To Margaret Impellizeri Valle '34, a 
daughter, Louise. 

To Mary Pinter La Caste '36, second 
child, Claudette. 

To Lillian Keenan Hayes '37, her fifth 
daughter, Dierdre. 

To Dorothy Allen Murphy '38, fifth child, 
fourth daughter, Ann Elizabeth. 

To Fran Coffey Kelly '38, her eighth child, 
seventh daughter, Maureen Ann. 

To Kay Coffey Blasco's, Deborah has 
a brother Michael Lawrence, seventeen 
months old, but he missed getting into 
Alumnagram until now. 

To Ann Kane Nolting '38, a sixth child, 
third son, Paul Edmund. 

To Pat Muller Ryan '38, a sixth child, 
second son, Robert Kevin. 

To Violet Tully Kane '38, fourth daughter, 

To Anita Lopez McCarthy '4O, her eighth 
child, third boy, Francis Ford. 

To Doris Whelan Coneys '4O, her first 
daughter, fourth child, Kathleen. 

To Ce!e Ruane Finnegan '4O, her third 
daughter, Dcnise Keverne. 

To Rosemary Brown Fischer '4I, her fifth 
child, Richard. 

To Marjorie Murphy Lynch '4I, her 
seventh child, Marita. 

To Eleanor Sullivan Smith '4I, a daughter, 
Joan Carol. 

To Anne Pinto Squiteri '43, a son, Michael 

To Lyn Sutherland McKenna '44, a second 
son, Robert. Lyn has moved to Rosedale. 

To Rosemary Christman Casey '44, a sec- 
ond daughter, Maura. 

To Paula Haller Bowes '44, a sixth child, 
third son, Thomas Ignatius. Paula is now 
living in Philadelphia. 

To Winifred Comer Turner '45, her fourth 
child, third daughter, Winifred Ann. 

To Joan Goubeaud Daverin '45, her fifth 
daughter, Ann Elizabeth. 

To Marie Maddock Turner '45, a second 
daughter, Margaret Ann. 

To Therese Martin Jurek '47, a son, 
Edward James. 

To Rosemary Glimm Myers '48, her first 
child, Rosemary. 

To Eleanor Miller O'Connor, her second 
child, first daughter, Mary Ellen. 

To Frances Moch Neil '48, her first child, 

To Ann Raso Montalbano '48, her third 
son, Phillip. 

To Jean Clune Hoffman 'SO, a daughter, 
Mary Louise. 

To Eileen Molloy Muzio '51, a son, Mich- 
ael Joseph. 

To Maryanne Murphy Lankenau '51, a son, 
Robert Gray. 

To Rita Dorgler Bartscherer '51, a son, 

To Clarie Althisar Moran '52, a daughter, 

To Elyse Deublein Harney '52, a son, 
John David, 

To Jeanne Doyle McDonough '52, her first 
son, Joseph. 

'I " I (oris Rogers Conneely '52, a daughter, 
Virginia Mary. 

rry Farrell Ducharme '52, a daugh- 
ter, .Marie Elizabeth. 

To Joan Rettig Irving '52, a daughter. 

To Joan Winfield Klimko '52, a daughter, 
Ann Marie, 

To Mary Duca Cicale '53, a daughter, 
Virginia Mary. 


Harry, son of Grace Byrne Hill '21 is 
attending Harvard Law School and Tom, 
son of Eleanor Howard O'Leary '21 is at 
(^aantico in the Officers Training Corps of 
tlie U. S. Marines. 

Several members of the Class of '24 met 
recently at the home of Theresa Dolan 
Janton and caught up on some class news: 
Mary St. John .Murphy, Caroline Corcoran 
and Kathleen Dugan went together to 
Europe this summer, visiting France, Spain, 
England, Scotland and Ireland; Margaret 
Ormonde also visited France and Spain ; 
Thomas Bryan, son of Rita Fearon Bryan 
has entered the Passionists ; Marion Teaken 
and Katherine Keely '23 studied art this 
summer at the University of Rhode Island: 
Doris, daughter of Thersa Dolan Janton and 
Claire, daughter of Mildred Hayes Donohue, 
recently became brides ; Ethel Gleason Skin- 
ner has a daughter in the Community of the 
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. 

Mareitta Rockefeller Ryan '26, with her 
family, cruised to Nantucket, Martha's 
Vineyard and Cape Cod. Rough seas forced 
them to dock at Newport. Mareitta and her 
daughters sought shelter on land when the 
half hour's warning about hurricane Carol 
came through. Phil, his father, and five 
others spent the night, reinforcing ropes and 
setting spring lines. Theirs was one of the 
few boats that remained afloat. Even the 
dock was no more. . . 

Mareitta's sister (Class of '27) moved in 
September to La Grange, Illinois. Her oldest 
daughter attends Rosary College. Edward, 
son of Margaret Normile McLoughlin '27, 
is attending Fordham. 

Genevieve Boston Slavin '28, and her 
daughter, Anne Marie '54, are both class 
representatives on the Alumnae College Fund 

Rita Stoddart, daughter of Zita Hawkins 
Stoddart '3O, started her college career at 
St. Joseph's this year together with her 
cousin, Mary Hawkins. 

Margaret Cosgrove '3O spent the summer 
travelling through Italy, France and Spain. 
She was joined by her brother, Rev. Henry 
Cosgrove, assistant superior of the Graduate 
House of the North American College in 

Margaret Doyle Ticho '3O has moved to 
Garden City. Her third son, born last January, 
makes the Ticho children number seven. 

Sister Mary Germaine (Grace Finlay '33) 
is now teaching in the Mary Louis Academy. 

Sister Mary Eucharia of Maryknoll (Rita 
Doherty '34) is again assigned to the Pacific 

Peggy English '3I is now a mortgage 
broker with X. J. Marschall & Co. 

Frances Young '37 will spend some time 
in Kansas City for IBM and later will 
journey to California in connection with the 
same work. 

Helen Dolan '38 and her sister Mary '34 
took a leisurely six weeks' motor trip through 
the Northwest and Canada visiting their 
brother in Denver en route. 

Miriam Mannix '38 and a friend flew to 
pe where they met Miriam's sister, 
traveled to many of the major cities includ- 
ing Rome, Paris and Brussels. Molly Mora- 
bito '38 throughly enjoyed a similar trip. 

On September 25, several 38ers gathered 
for a picnic in Bear Mountain Park. Eleven 
classmates, nine husbands and thirty-two 
children were present including Norma 
Straus Slater, Winifred Meade Burke, 
Eileen Mahcr Costarino, Rosemary Welstead 

McDermott, Peggy Magee Buckley, Ann 
Kane Nolting, Vi Tully Kane, Kay Holm- 
berg Englert, Frances McLoughlin Reilly, 
Helen Dolan and Miriam Mannix who 
brought Margaret Masterson Eifler's daugh- 
ter and son with her. All agreed that another 
picnic should be planned. 

Jane Bell Norton '39 is now living in West 

Ursula Reilly '39 returns from a six-weeks 
European tour in October. 

Marie Gough Brown '39 expects her hus- 
band, Lt. Colonel G. Brown, back from Kor- 
ea by Thanksgiving. Her daughter, Patricia, 
won a scholarship to Marymount-on-the 
-Potomac High School. 

Present at a Day of Recollection given by 
Father Diviney at Notre Dame Convent 
School were Mary Kane Gillen, Carmela 
Napoli Lizzo, Connie Giampietro Annuci, 
Eleanor Van Wagner, Peggy Bolton Barsin, 
Elen O' Toole Heckman. With them were 
their husbands and a total of twenty-six 

Dorothy Carlin O'Hara '4O has gone to 
Toule, France, for three years with her 
husband and her three children. Her young- 
est daughter is almost a year old. 

Florence Ryan Dias '42 came up from 
Anderson, S. C. for three weeks this summer 
and visited many of her friends from the 

Molly Sheehan V and Bernadette Cassidy 
'48 spent their summer vacation in Ireland. 

Lucretia Romani '48 has gone into the 
teaching field. She has the second grade 
in a Ronkonkoma public school. 

After spending the summer in the East, 
Mary Ellen Boyling '52 has returned to Cali- 
fornia where she will be teaching high 
school English. 

Mary O'Shea '52 and Maryann Frost re- 
turned recently from Puerto Rico. This was 
Maryann's second visit. 

Frances De Meo '52 is a postulant at the 
Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Presenta- 
tion of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Staten 


Elvira Goddard '4I to R. Jahn, July, 1954. 

Evelyn Walsh '48 to Robert Beuhle, May, 

Ann Bennett '48 to William Breuel, June, 

Jean Templeton '49 to Robert Stavrakas, 
July, 1954- 

Mary Huschle '49 to Dr. Edward G. 
Colbert, September, I954. 

Helen Burke '51 to Alfred J. Naylor, Jr., 
July, 1954.. 

Joan Ferry '51 to Edward B. Carne, 
September, 1954. 

Mary Jane llawkrigg '51 to Vincent M. 
Handal, August, 1954. 

Joan Williams '51 to Raymond Kane, June, 
195 4 . 

Maureen Casey '52 to Francis R. Mc- 
Ginniss, May, 1954. 

Catherine Collins '53 to John F. Muskopf, 
Jr., August, 1954. 

Maureen Dougherty '53 to Duncan A. 
Fraser, Jr., June, 1954. 

Joan Mary Martin '53 to Herbert Sweeney, 
August, lg.54. 

Sheila Mclia '53 to John H. Pelan, July. 

Nancy Sottile '53 to Vincent J. Cafiero, 
October, 1954. 

Virginia Bradley '54 to Ensign John J. 
Connolly, August, 1954. 

Patricia Walsh '54 to Thomas R. Swanson, 
October, 1954. 


"In the sight of the unwise they 
seemed to die and their departure was 
taken for misery and their going away 
for utter destruction but they are in 
peace." Wisdom 3 :2 

The list of deceased members of the 
alumnae which is printed in this issue 
of Alumnagram indicates that there are 
few classes which do not have at least 
one member whose enjoyment of the 
Beatific Vision depends upon the 
prayers and sacrifices of the living 
members of her class. Annually Mass 
is offered in the College Chapel for 
the repose of the souls of these 
departed alumnae. This beautiful 
tradition, so beneficial to these suffer- 
ing souls, should be one of the best 
attended exercises on the alumnae 
calendar. Some day each alumna will 
be grateful for the merciful laver of 
this annual Mass. 

This year Mass will be celebrated on 
Sunday, November 14, at ten o'clock. 
Breakfast will be served afterwards. 
If you plan to be present at the Mass, 
will you please clip and fill in the form 
below or write to Sister Mary Corde, 
chairman, before November 10. 

Dear Sister Mary Corde, 
I shall attend the Mass for the deceased 

alumnae fc 

I shall also attend the breakfast 

Name Class 



Our sincerest sympathy is extended to the 
families of Ida O'Connor Smith '23, Agnes 
Dooley Cully '35 and Marguerite McGuire 

Miss Margaret C. Byrne, chairman of the 
mathematics department, on the death of her 

Ethel Gleason Skinner '2\ and Angela 
Deegan Purcell '32 on the deaths of their 


Eleanor Hennessy Boyce '32 and Ethel 
Walters Bampton (auxiliary alumna) on the 
death of their mothers. 

Bernadette Dolan '27, Alice Adams Elliott 
'28, Eleanor Parks Bolger '29, Geraldine 
Walsh Shea '3O, Grace Brennan Lawton '39, 
Helen Brown Nugent '39, Rosemary Brown 
Fisher '4I, Elsie Carillo '43, Joan Breininger 
Weber '49, Joan Corbett Colgan '49, Geral- 
dine Kozlowski '50 and Joan Ryan 'SO: 
Josephine Pisani '34 on the deaths of their 

Deceased Alumnae of 
St. Joseph's College for Women 

Class of 1920 

Helen Clark 

Ethel Kellam (Mrs. Robert Griebe) 

Helen Parks 
Class of 1921 

Maureen Bingham (Mrs. John Brady) 

Agnita Duffy (Mrs. Clarence O'Connor) 
Class of 1922 

Sarina Cali (Mrs. Pietro Rocca) 
Class of 1923 

Ida O'Connor (Mrs. Norbert Smith) 
Class of 1924 

Claire O'Malley 
Class of 1925 

Anna McDonald (Mrs. Joseph Costa) 
Class of 1926 

Mabel Barton (Mrs. E. T. O'Shea) 
Class of 1927 

Marie Hilt (Mrs. Murphy) 

Virginia Nathan (Mrs. D. Kilfoyle) 

Estelle Stawiarski 
Class of 1928 

Helen Allen (Mrs. Gordon Phillips) 

Eileen Burgen 

Mary Kane (Sister Consuela) 

Catherine Lavery (Mrs. W. Patterson) 

Mary Middlecamp 

Margaret McNulty 

Marion Packert (.Mrs. Edward Buckley) 
Class of 1929 

Catherine Sabbotino 

Mary Shimiick 
Class of 1930 

Sara Holien (Mrs. August Smolnik') 

Helen Williams (Mrs. Joseph Delahanty) 
Class of 1931 

Mary Cronin (Mrs. Edward Purcell) 
Class of 1932 

Marie Sabbatino (Mrs. Frank Barrera) 
Class of 1933 

Regina Hogan (Mrs. Andrew J. Walsh) 
Class of 1934 

Ruth Gallagher (died as undergraduate) 
Class of 1935 

Margaret Burns 

Agnes Dooley (Mrs. John Cully) 
Class of 1936" 

Victoria Jacob (Mrs. Kelly) 

Regina Mahoney 

Frances Scudder (Mrs. Victor Fischer) 

Mary Daly (died as an unlergraduate) 
Class of 1937 

Helen Reilly (Mrs. William Kane) 
Margaret Young (Mrs. Robert Nebot) 

Mary Hundley (died as an undergraduate) 
Class of 1938 

Kathryn Reardon (died as an under- 
Class of 1939 

Margaret Williams (Mrs. J. J. Hayes) 

Kathryn Cross (died as an undergraduate) 

Class of 1941 

Virginia Grecgan (Mrs. Walter Kaurin) 
Class of 1942 

Mary Joy (Mrs. Andrew Connor) 
Mabel Devins (died as an undergraduate) 

Class of 1943 

Mary Fraser (Mrs. J. F. Devine, Jr.) 

Mary E. Fleisch (died as an 

undergraduate) — ■. 
Class of 1946 {s 

Marguerite M. McGuire 
Class of 1948 

Mary Mathues 



Announcement was made at the first 
general alumnae meeting that a partial 
scholarship had been granted from the 
Scholarship Fund raised by the alumnae as 
a tribute to the memory of Sister Gerardus. 
It was awarded to Mary Farrell, a deserving 
graduate of Bishop McDonnell Memorial 
High School. 

Fulbright Winner 
The Class of 1954 boasts a Fulbright win- 
ner among its members. Joan Sokolowski, 
the winner of the award, is studying at the 
University of Cologne. Mary Warren is on 
a fellowship in chemistry at Fordham Uni- 
versity and Carmen Ortega, last year's U. A. 
president has a scholarship in the Fordham 
School of Social Service. Carmen visited 
Panama shortly after graduation. 


Mary Plunkett Bentzlin '49 spent some 
time abroad this summer. Her trip look her 
to Paris, Rome, Athens and Istanbul. 

Grace Byrne Hill '21 was recently named 
a member of the New York City Youth 

Grace Hundermann '29 has been doing 
excellent work among the elderly. She is 
director of the Elliott Neighbor Club, Hud- 
son Guild, W. 28th St., N. Y. C. 

Margaret Bier '34 was recently appointed 
supervisor of high school libraries in the 
New York City system. 

Ethel Madden '3O, a former New York 
City public school teacher has given up her 
job in the public library at Fort Wayne, 
Indiana to become assistant librarian in 
charge of reference and serials at the Uni- 
versity of Dayton, Ohio. 

Anne Dannemiller Louthan '47 had a short 
story published in America on September 28. 

Rosalie Saitta '4O helped in the compilation 
of the physical sciences section of the 1954 
Supplement to the Guide to Reference Books. 

Eugenia Urbanek '45 flew to Europe 
recently and toured nine countries. She 
also had an informal reception in Washing- 
ton with President Eisenhower. 

Vilma Margaret Sauss '51 left this summer 
for a two year assignment as recreation 
leader in Germany/France. 

Bernadette Garvey '26 is president of 
Brooklyn Catholic Teachers Association. 

The interviewer on the staff of The 
Survey, student publication of Brooklyn 
Technical High School, pointed out that 
"Tech" is co-ed : the quality of the young 
ladies in his school, he offered, more than 
makes up for their quantity. As partial 
evidence he presented, in the May, 1954 issue, 
photographs, and sketches based on inter- 
views with three teachers and two student 
teachers, all of St. Joseph's College : Mary 
Heslin '52, Judith Bennett '52, Dorothy Harte 
'52, and Eileen O' Keefe '54 and Janice 
Alberti of '54. The writer assured "these 
ladies" of Tech's best wishes for continued 
success in their every endeavor." 


The Park Department has an - 
($3080/year with usual increments). 
Requirements are a B. A degree or two 
years of college and two years of playground 
experience. If interested, call Miss Marv 
O'Grady (Liggett 4-44OO). Miss O'Grady 
will also be interviewing for a number of 
summer jobs in the Park Department. Appli- 
cants should phone Miss O'Grady before 
April, lg55. 





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This issue as »ceroe2Ilease .do not give away or mislay this 
copy which is needed for binding. 


Brooklyn, New York 

Volume 6 

Number 2 

February, 1955 



The college classes for adults, spon- 
sored semi-annually by St. Joseph's Col- 
lege for Women, will start on February 
21. These non-credit courses which are 
offered to alumnae and non-alumnae 
alike carry a fee of two dollars for each 
course and a registration fee of one 
dollar for one or more courses. 

Classes will take place on Monday 
evenings from February 21 to March 28 
and on Wednesday evenings from Febru- 
ary 23 to March 30. Registration by 
mail is being accepted now while in 
person registration will take place at the 
College from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. on 
February 16, 17, and 18. Please address 
registration by mail to Registrar — Adult 
Courses, 245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn 
5, N. Y. A coupon for your conveni- 
ence in registering is printed in this 
news bulletin. 

On Monday evenings, Father Raymond 
Leonard is offering a course in theology 
called "The Saints Speak of Happiness". 
At the same time (7 - 7:50) Sister 
Virginia Therese is giving a course in 
"Chemistry in Your World". Beginning 
at eight o'clock, Father John Hession is 
offering a series of lectures on the phi- 
losophy of inanimate nature and Sister 
Dorothy Mercedes is continuing her 
series on the "Living Shakespeare". 

On Wednesday evenings at 7 P.M., 
students have a choice of conversational 
French offered by Miss Mallia, conversa- 
tional Spanish offered by Mrs. Raffalli, or 
a discussion of the adjustment problems 
of everyday living by Dr. Strassburger. 
At 8 o'clock, Sister Maria Eucharia will 
give the background for current labor 
issues and Miss Shea will offer simul- 
taneously a course in public speaking. 

Additional information may be ob- 
tained by telephone or mail from the 
Registrar for Adult Courses. 

St. Joseph's College 
Brooklyn 5, N. Y. 

I wish to register for the courses checked below. 
I am enclosing a check ( ) money order ( ) for $- 

Make checks payable to St. Joseph's College for the full amount. 


□ Mr. 

□ Mrs. 

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Alumnae are going Little-Theatre-wise 
this Lent. In fact, they are buying up 
all the tickets for the March 11 showing 
of Bamboo Cross, a Blackfriars Guild 
production. You'll appreciate the play 
even if you know nothing about the 
Blackfriars Guild, but if you want to 
know more, the Library has a book en- 
titled Behind the Masque by one of the 
Guild co-founders. Since 1941, the Guild 
has been producing one to three original 
plays a season such as Savonarola, Trial 
by Fire, Praise of Folly, and City of 
Kings. If you have attended any of these 
productions and vividly recall uncom- 
fortable seating quarters, be reassured 
for the Guild has recently installed up- 
holstered chairs. 

Prices of tickets are $2.75 for centre 
orchestra, $2.25 for side orchestra and 
$1.75 for the balcony seats. They may be 
obtained by writing to Eleanor Lagatruta, 
349 Cornelia Street, Brooklyn 27. 

See you at Blackfriars! 



The Alumnae Association of St. 
Joseph's College some years ago estab- 
lished the "Scholarship Fund" to enable 
daughters of members of the alumnae to 
attend St. Joseph's College provided they 
meet the entrance requirements of the 
College and cannot pay full or partial 

Any interested candidate who desires 
further information or wishes to file an 
application for a scholarship should write 

Marie O'Shea 

Chairman, Board of Trustees 
Scholarship Fund 

St. Joseph's College 
253 Clinton Avenue 
Brooklyn 5, N. Y. 


Announcement was made in late No- 
vember that Sister Margaret Louise, head 
of the child study department, would 
succeed Sister Charitina as dean of 
women. Sister will continue in her role 
as head of the child study department 
and as one of its teachers. In her new 
capacity, Sister will act as a liaison officer 
between the Faculty and Undergraduate 
Association and between the Community 
of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the 
College. She is in a coordinating posi- 
tion in regard to all extracurricular mat- 
ters, is responsible in all disciplinary 
matters and represents the College on 
any occasion that the dean is unable to 
do so. In addition to these teaching and 
administrative positions, Sister is at pres- 
ent the program chairman of the Amer- 
ican Catholic Psychological Association. 


It is a fact that private colleges all 
over the country are finding it necessary 
to appeal to their alumni for financial 
aid. With operating costs on a constant 
upward trend, with prices of some things 
a college must buy at 50 to 100 per 
cent above prewar levels, a college must 
look for assistance to continue its func- 

Unlike commercial organizations that 
can increase production, raise prices or 
lay off employees to overcome their defi- 
cits, a private college is limited in the 
ways that it can remain financially stable. 
To raise tuitions in order to cover ex- 
penses would make the cost of an educa- 
tion prohibitive to many and would re- 
sult in college educations for the children 
of the wealthy only. 

In many cases the number of faculty 
members has been decreased to the barest 
minimum possible without sacrificing too 
many of the ultimate goals of each in- 
stitution. However, a smaller faculty al- 
most invariably results in an overworked 
group of dedicated men and women, each 
teaching extra classes or taking on addi- 
tional activities. Such a situation is a 
definite deterrent to the expansion of 
college facilities and to the development 
of plans for the betterment and exten- 
sion of the curricula offered. 

St. Joseph's as a small institution has 
always supplemented tuition with other 
means in order to meet its operating 
costs. This was as true when you were 
in college as it is today — only the dollar 
bought much more than it does now! 
The records at St. Joseph's College show 
that the income from tuition and fees 
takes care of only 49 per cent of the 
college's annual expenditures while the 
pre-school and adult education programs 
take care of 3 per cent. The balance is 

met by donations, that is, 32 per cent is 
met by the donated services of the priests 
and sisters who hold teaching or admin- 
istrative positions at the College and 16 
per cent by gifts from various sources. 
In the absence of large endowments 
from big philanthropists, St. Joseph's is 
joining the swelling ranks of those col- 
leges that are appealing to many small 
philanthropists for funds to continue 
their operations. 


You — as alumnae of St. Joseph's- — are 
the logical candidates for positions as 
benefactors to your Alma Mater. Last 
spring, a small committee of your Alum- 
nae Association met with Monsignor 
Dillon and Monsignor FitzGibbon to dis- 
cuss plans for approaching the alumnae 
on this important subject. You saw the 
results of this planning when, in October, 
you each received a combined dues no- 
tice and appeal for contributions to the 
newly-established Alumnae Fund. After 
that, a group of girls, interested in help- 
ing to carry this message to all their 
former classmates, began a more inten- 
sive personal contact program. 


As the small brochure explained 
briefly, the Fund was established by your 
Alumnae Association to amass contribu- 
tions from loyal alumnae for the use of 
the College. The Fund is not earmarked 
for any particular undertaking, but may 
be used at one time to meet current ex- 
penses and at another to underwrite 
future development of college facilities. 
It is planned and hoped that the Fund 
will be put on each alumna's list of or- 
ganizations worthy of her annual con- 
tribution — along with The Christophers, 
Red Cross, Infantile Paralysis Founda- 
tion, etc. A small donation from each 
girl is our goal — our slogan, "At least a 
dollar a year from each alumna". As 
the alumnae group grows, so will the 


Will you enable other young people 
to enjoy the same privilege you had of 
obtaining a better education than your 
tuition covered? Be assured that what- 
ever you contribute to the figurative 
mortar-board cap which the Alumnae 
Fund Committee will pass around each 
year, will pay you dividends in the 
knowledge that you are a benefactor, a 
philanthropist helping to establish "hid- 
den scholarships" and, above all, a loyal 
alumna to whom gratification will most 
certainly come with the resultant growth 
of your Alma Mater. 


Our busy alumnae have so little time 
for browsing when they visit the Col- 
lege library that from time to time we 

plan to use some space in Alumnagram 
to call your attention to our "wares". 

Of interest to all our alumnae, married 
or single, is a series of articles on the 
American Catholic family in an alien 
dominant culture by Father John L. 
Thomas which are scheduled to appear 
in this year's issues of Social Order. This 
magazine is published by the Institute of 
Social Order, St. Louis, Mo., and has in 
the past contained many thoughtful, in- 
formative articles on such varied socio- 
logical problems as codetermination in 
Germany; profit sharing and organized 
labor; foreign aid policies; experiment in 
modern penology; federal family allow- 
ances; clothes, culture and modesty; the 
hierarchy on international problems, etc. 
Two new magazines are fast proving 
their worth in our library: The Pope 
Speaks: which was first published last 
Spring and includes texts in translation 
of important letters and messages of the 
Holy Father on a variety of subjects; 
the totally different, eight page, twenty- 
five cents per monthly issue, the Two to 
Five World Newsletter, which discusses 
briefly the myriad problems of mothers 
of prekindergarteners and provides many 
a practical suggestion for trying rainy 

If you have children of high school 
age, you will certainly not want to miss 
the two articles in America on the sub- 
version of faith in secular institutions of 
higher learning and the reaction of read- 
ers in the "Feature X" article in the 
January 22 issue. The initial articles ap- 
peared in the October 9 and December 4 
issues. Worth reflecting on is the state- 
ment by the author of the latter article, 
Rev. James J. Maguire, C.S.P., that 

There are many reasons why Cath- 
olics attend secular schools. But the 
basic reason seems to me to be that 
Catholics, by and large, do not really 
understand the meaning of education 
itself. For Catholics, asfor most other 
Americans, a college education is a 
means of social and economic advance- 
ment and prestige. Most Catholics 
come to college not primarily to at- 
tain wisdom but to acquire techniques 
and skills. To most of them the idea 
that a college education is an impor- 
tant means of advancing in the spiri- 
tual life and of coming closer to God 
would seem strange. Nevertheless, 
when we say that wisdom is the goal 
of education, that is precisely what 

we mean . 

This concentration on magazine articles 
should not lead the alumnae to believe 
that we permit them to have only ref- 
erence use of the library. Actually we 
are always glad to lend books not needed 
by our faculty and undergraduates to 
alumnae on the same terms that we lend 
them to undergraduates. 


Miss Margaret C. Byrne, head of 
the mathematics department, has been 
granted a leave of absence which begins 
with the Spring semester . 

Sister Helen Loyola, bursar, has been 
transferred to St Brendan's Commercial 
High School. Sister Alma Virgo will 
take her place here. 

Monsignor Francis X. FitzGibbon re- 
presented the college at the Washington 
meeting of the Association of American 
Colleges. Father John Hession presided 
at one of the meetings of the Catholic 
Renascence Society. 

The work of Mrs. Elizabeth Gilbert 
and the Modern Dance Club is to be 
featured in one of the forthcoming issues 
of Jubilee. 

Father D'Ecclesiis was asked by Arch- 
bishop Thomas E. Molloy to direct the 
Diocesan Choir for its annual concert 
this year. 


In your charity you are asked to pray- 
erfully remember the souls of the fol- 
lowing relatives of our alumnae: 

The son of Agnes Kelly Bryan '28. 

The fathers of Geraldine Young 
Murphy '33, Geraldine Donnelly Chapey 
'39, Mary Haffey Winters '41, Grace 
Haffey Murphy '42, Dorothy Haffey 
Krahm '48, Gertrude Haffey Rooney '50. 

The mothers of Beatrice Rick Rich- 
ards '25 and Constance Rick Reyna '28; 
and Sister Dolores Marie (Margaret 
Kelly '26) 

Peter, the fifth son of Elvie Trimborn 

Mullally '35. 
The fifth child, second daughter of 

Madeline Porpora Scotto '36. 
Gertrude, sixth child, third daughter of 

Gen. Farrell O'Donnell '41, born on 

December 30 in Okinawa. 
Edward, third child, first son of Wini- 
fred Reilly Gaffney '42. 
Nancy, fourth daughter of Helen Finley 

Fajen '42, born on Christmas Day. 
Sheila Ann, daughter of Dr. Lenore 

Berkery Buckley '42, on Dec. 29. 
Deborah Joann, third child, second 

daughter of Eleanor Sullivan Shea '42. 
Thomas More, fourth child, third son 

of Virginia Kehoe Lopez '43. 
The third son of Mary McGinness Brady 

Joseph, second son of Cathleen Neary 

Callahan '44, on December 12. 
Mary Jo, fourth child, first daughter of 

Grace Olsen Egan '45 on Thanksgiv- 
ing Day. 
The first son, fourth child of Eleanor 

Gary Reilly '45. 

Geoffrey, third son of Diane Volze 
Cukro '46. 

Thomas, first son of Evelyn Burkhart 
Powers '47. 

A daughter, her first, to Gloria Delatour 
Garrity '47 in October. 

Edmund, fourth child, third son of 
Agnes Geist Hausenbauer '48. 

Kevin, son of Mary Farrell Walsh 49, 
born on November 22. 

Stephen, third child of Joan Corbett 
Colgan '49, born December 26. 

Richard, second child, first son of Terry 
Doyle Gallagher '50, on December 7. 

Thomas, first son of Catherine McCaff- 
rey Pomerico '50. 

Robert, son of Claire Arnold Ficarro '51. 

John, son of Jean Walsh McGonigle '51, 
on November 8. 

Michael, son of Jeanne Corbett Jamie- 
son '51. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Gerry Hanlon 
Weiss, '51, December 13. 

Patrick, son of Gerry Goodine Hurley 

The first child of Arlene Butler Boyne 

Correction: Doris Rogers Conneely '52 
called her daughter Maureen, not Vir- 
ginia, as noted in the November issue. 


Josephine Weiden Barth '27 to Louis A. 

McBride, Nov. 11. Their combined 

families consist of seven children and 

seven grandchildren. 
Helen Sullivan '46 to Paul J. McGregor, 

Dec. 1. 
Nancy Billings '51 to Robert Brazill. 
Regis Gill '52 to Carl Buckley, Jan. 8. 
Juliana Bennett '52 to William F. La- 

velle, Feb. 5. 
Jane Chamberlin '53 to Brendan P. 

O'Hara Feb. 5. 
Betty Ebert '53 to Eugene Leonard, Dec. 

Rosemary Corbett '54 to Daniel J. 

Hannon, Feb. 12. 
Carol Clark '55 to Russell Lynch, Feb. 12. 


Dr. Helen D'Albora '21 is in Troy, N.Y. 
She may be reached at 129 Second 
Street, Troy, N.Y. 

Catherine May '35 saw Sister Mary Ed- 
mund (Helen Madden '48) in Hawaii 
when she visited her sister, Sister 
Amata (Marie May '50), who is also 
a Maryknoller. 

Catherine Loftus '35 has been re-elected 
financial secretary of the Brooklyn 
Catholic Teachers Association. Cathe- 
erine was one of our lucky alumnae 
who was able to make a Marian pil- 
grimage last year. She visited Ireland, 
England, France, Italy, Switzerland 

and Belgium. In London, she met 
Kathleen Dugan '24 and in Rome she 
saw Margaret Cosgrove '30. 

Diane Volze Cukro '46 writes from Sei- 
bert, Colorado, that her husband is 
superintendent of the grade and high 
school there. Diane is teaching Band, 
Chorus, English, French and Typing. 
"It's fascinating but wearing!" It 
must be since Diane also has Greg, 
Ronnie and Geoffrey to take care of. 

Gloria Delatour Garrity '47 is living in 
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 

Elaine Burns Eilenberg '47 is now liv- 
ing in Foxboro, Mass. 

Marygrace Calhoun Dunn '46 has moved 
from Dallas, Texas, to Menlo Park, 

Roma Norelli '49 is in Germany. She 
writes that she met Mary Lassoff '48 
in Munich. Mary told her that an- 
other classmate, Pat Nicholson '49, is 
also in Germany. 

Joan Winfield Klimco '52 has just 
moved to Campbell, Ohio. 

When last heard from, Fran Kurdziel 
'52 was planning a trip through the 
Caribbean with Venezuela as her des- 

The Class of '51, according to Betty 
Harkin, are holding monthly reunions 
on the third Friday of each month. 
These reunions are strictly social. The 
only membership requirements are that 
each one respond to one out of every 
three notices and be willing to take 
her turn to have the meeting. At pres- 
ent about thirty '51ers meet regularly. 

Arlene Butler Boyne is living in Massa- 

State Housing Commissioner, Joseph P. 
McMurray, has appointed Mary Lavery 
as his assistant. When the commis- 
sioner was executive director of the 
New York City Housing Authority, 
Mary was his administrative assistant. 

The Class of 1945 will celebrate its tenth 
anniversary this spring. All sugges- 
tions can be sent either to Martha 
Leaver or Eileen McDermott Ott c/o 
The College. 

Anne Hinchey '48 and Mary Morrison 
Mee '48 participated as speakers in a 
three-day program sponsored by Mon- 
ica House, the Grail center of Brook- 
lyn and conducted at St. Cecilia's 
Lyceum during December. Mary gave 
the talk on Christian family life on 
the second evening and Anne spoke 
on opportunities for the girl who 
works on the third evening. The en- 
tire program, entitled, "You in Par- 
ticular" was devoted to aiding young 
women seventeen and over in finding 
their part in God's plan and suggest- 
ing possibilities for immediate action 
in the lay apostolate. 


Under the gay Halloween decorations 
of the Officers Club in the Brooklyn 
Navy Yard, 165 couples danced for four 
hours to the music of Charles Prince and 
his orchestra The highlight of the after- 
noon was a Lucky Number Dance, the 
prize being two bottles of champagne. 
The initial Cocktail Dance, sponsored by 
the Alumnae Association, proved to be 
a social as well as a financial success, the 
net profit amounting to $140.30. Be- 
cause everyone present enjoyed this event 
so much, the Executive Board decided to 
make a Cocktail Dance an annual part 
of the social calendar. 

The second general meeting of the 
Alumnae Association was preceded by 
the traditional alumnae-varsity game. Un- 
der the captaincy of Loretto Crockett, D. 
Hucke, A. Hunter, A. Seguljic, M. Fen- 
ton, F. Mulvaney, Eileen O'Keefe, E. 
Birnkammer, Mary Brennan and R. Cas- 
telli stacked up a score of 43 points 
against the varsity's 44. Pat Egan, Rose- 
mary Glimm Myers and Eleanor Lagat- 
tutta were elected as members of the 
nominating committee responsible for ar- 
ranging the slate of candidates for ex- 
ecutive officers of the Association. Solemn 
Benediction given as usual by Father 
Grady ended the meeting. Mary Con- 
nelly was hostess for the social which al- 
ways follows the business meeting. 


Returning from the Christmas vaca- 
tion, undergraduates were not surprised 
to see freshly painted walls and new 
fluorescent lighting in the biology sec- 
tion of the College for they had wit- 

nessed some of the preliminaries before 
the holidays. Alumnae who have not 
been back to the College in a while may 
be interested, however, to know that the 
biology department has added two rooms 
to its quarters since their undergrad days. 
The chemistry department has also ex- 
panded to provide organic and physical 
chemistry laboratories for chem majors. 
These laboratories are the gift of Arch- 
bishop-Bishop Thomas E. Molloy. 

Even if you have the feeling that you 
should leave your slippers outside when 
you step into the front hall of the Col- 
lege these days, don't be deceived. The 
old floors have been scraped and refin- 
ished with a "Magic Something" (manu- 
facturer's secret) which makes them 
glossier — and hardier than before. 

A second edition of our faculty hand- 
book was distributed this Fall. It is an 
entirely new revision of the first hand- 
book which was edited by Reverend 
Charles Diviney and Sister Charitina. 
Sister Clare Imelda edited the second 

Miss Jean Benson, public relations offi- 
cer of the College, is responsible for one 
of the most attractive brochures on the 
College yet published. Write to Miss 
Benson if you wish copies for distribu- 
tion to interested parents or high school 



Jane Walsh Di Paola '39 sent us the 
good news about the successful 'College 
Night' which Father John Cass, pastor 
of St. Ignatius Martyr Church, spon- 
sored in the Long Beach Catholic School 
Hall on January 13. An enthusiastic 

crowd of 250 parents and children at- 
tended the program at which our dean, 
Monsignor F. X. FitzGibbon was one 
of the speakers. Nineteen colleges sent 
representatives to what is probably the 
first 'College Night' program sponsored 
by a parish. Father Cass said of the 

Children in public high schools will 
be directed toward secular colleges in 
spite of heroic efforts on the part of 
clergy and laity to interest high school 
guidance directors in Catholic colleges. 
Unless we are to see all of our college- 
minded youngsters go off to the secu- 
lar colleges, parishes will have to 
initiate their own college guidance 
programs especially where the majority 
attend public high schools. 

GOOD NEWS . . for You 

and for Us! 

During the entire month of March 
whenever you buy anything in Lewis & 
Conger (45th St. and Avenue of Amer- 
icas), 10 per cent of the amount of your 
purchase will be remitted to us as a con- 
tribution in your name, /'/ you mention 
St. Joseph's College for Women at the 


Have you seen the beautifully de- 
signed and printed pocket-size editions 
of outstanding Catholic works — the 
Image Books — published by Doubleday. 
Prices vary from 50c to $1.25 per book. 
This is one means of acquiring an inex- 
pensive personal library of Catholic titles 
of enduring worth. Other paperbacks of 
interest to Catholics are the Lumen Books 
and the Par/list Miniature Books. 





Permit No. 6048 


Brooklyn, New York 

Volume 6 

Number 3 

May, 1955 


Our annuai Retreat and Communion 
Breakfast was held as usual on the Palm 
Sunday weekend. The retreat master was 
Reverend John Hession of the College 
Faculty who for two days led us through 
a series of conferences and hours with 
Christ designed to help each retreatant 
to do some soul searching into her inner 

Father exhorted us to lead true, Christ- 
like lives, reminding us that the spirit 
of the inner life shines through us to 
those in the world about us. Although 
we do not realize it, each of us is looked 
upon by both Catholics and non-Catholics 
as a living example of what our Church 
stands for. We are charged with the 
duty and the privilege of bringing truth, 
goodness and love to our jobs, our class- 
rooms and our homes. To be happy one 
must give not only of worldly goods but 
of oneself. Selfless love is one of the 
most beautiful things to behold. Christ 
crucified showed us this love. 

Devotion to God does not necessarily 
mean attendance at formal exercises only 
In addition to the fulfillment of our re- 
ligious obligations and our devotion to 
the greatest prayer of all, the Holy 

Sacrifice of the Mass, we can manifest 
our love in a thousand little ways each 
day. How happy God would be to re- 
ceive the ottering ot our daily chores "for 
His greater honor and glory" and to 
hear each of us from time to time whisper 
a little prayer or say a quick 'Hail Mary' 
as we go about our separate tasks. We, 
in turn, would find a greater happiness 
derived from our inner tranquillity. 

Immediately after the Mass on Palm 
Sunday which Monsignor Dillon cele- 
brated in the College chapel, Monsignor 
FitzGibbon, dean of the College, relig- 
ious and lay faculty members, guests of 
St. Joseph's and 550 alumnae journeyed 
to the Waldorf-Astoria in New York 
with a common objective. Each had set 
aside individual pursuits in order to pay 
a special, long overdue tribute to a priest 
who has given us thirty-five years of his 
life. Some, it is true, were unable to 
make the journey, but their prayers, 
thoughts and good wishes were joined 
spiritually to those of the group assem- 
bled to honor one whom we have ad- 
mired for his example of democracy, 
sacrifice and selfless devotion to an ideal 
of Catholic college education, one-time 
teacher, dean and now president of 
St. Joseph's College, our own "Father 

We, St. Joseph's College Alumnae, hail you, Father Dillon, on your 
wise, courageous leadership in 
Catholic education and American 

challenging teaching with sublime 
faith in young womanhood 

selfless friendship through our 
depths, our heights and our 
ordinary days 

priestliness combining deep 
spirituality with sensibility 
to mundane affairs 

With us you have shared the "Grandeur of Living" for thirty-five 
years. For you, in grateful appreciation, we implore a full return of life's 
beauty and harmony, and an infinite wealth of God's love. 

Text of the tribute presented to Monsignor Dillon at this year's Alumnae Communion Breakfast. 

So many of us have eyes to wonder 
but lack tongues to praise. It was, there- 
fore, left to Mary St. John Murphy to 
voice our tribute and to express what 
was in our hearts. 

Mary reminded us that Father Dillon 
is almost synonymous with St. Joseph's, 
for it was four years after the founding 
of the College that Father Dillon joined 
the Faculty. For thirty-five years he has 
continued to show courageous leadership 
in Catholic education and has afforded 
the constant inspiration to raise spirits 
and standards, to pursue scholarly inter- 
ests and to produce practical and reward- 
ing effects in our lives. During his ten- 
ure as dean and throughout his years as 
president we have observed the establish- 
ment of distinctive, farsighted, and at the 
time of organization, unique and trail- 
blazing college features. Among these 
are the nursery school and kindergarten, 
a system of student government, a teacher 
training program, the development ot 
cultural life through music, dramatics, 
and the modern dance, and an honor 
system based upon individual integrity 
and giving full scope to the intelligence, 
free will and idealism of youth. These 
accomplishments are indications of that 
dynamic, nonconservative lead e r s h i p 
which has brought Father recognition as 
a pioneer in women's education. 

Here we have Father's statement of 
his principles — "The spirit of God must 
move across our lives, must energize our 
souls, must be more present than the sun, 
more loved than our brother. The most 
important thing in any Catholic life is 
the ratio of Christ in it." 

Freedom of the spirit has been his 
theme for us, through knowledge, wis- 
dom, good will, and love, the freedom 
and idealism that ever find new heights 
to climb. 

As Bernadette Garvey, our toastmaster, 
put it: "The recounting of his achieve- 
ments as a preface to his presentation is 
unnecessary. These can be found in any 
copy of Who's Who. We prefer to 
think of him in a more personal way 
and for many of us it is the intangible 

(Cont'd on p. 4) 


Dr. Josephine Pisani '34, Liberto Scotto 
i\ Helene Lane '47, Jane McNamee '-48, 
Rose Lopapa 50, Dolores Duffy '51, 
Regina McNeirney '51, Carol McNierney 
51, Marilyn Eckhoff 52, Helen Mc- 
Grover 53, Eugenia Standi 53, Dorothy 
Harte 53. Mary Brennan '54, Dierdre 
McVeigh 54. are all engaged, we under- 


Betty Patti 46 to Stanley J. Miazga, 

April 30. 
Bernadette Foley 51 to Robert Donahue. 
Catherine Wiggins '51 to John D. 

Duncan. April 14. 
Miriam Rettig '52 to Lieutenant George 

Davy. U.S.A., February 12. 
Claude Jordan '53 to Dr. John J. Seyler, 

January 15. 
Edwina Carew '54 to James E. Brennan, 

May 7. 


To Dorothy Dempsey Savarese '34. a 
daughter. Mar}- Jane, whose godpar- 
ents arc Muriel Hottenroth Magen- 
heimer '34 and Fred Magenheimer. 

To Man- McLernon McLoughlm 34, her 
second daughter, Ann de Lourdes, born 
on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. 
Ann's godmother is Martha Quinotte 


To Jean O'Reilly Stone '38, her fourth 

child, first daughter, Deborah Marie, 

born last September. 
To Edith Mullen Boise '41, her fifth 

child, second daughter, Patricia Anne, 

born in January. 
To Helen Fenneliy Reilly 42. her first 

son, Kevin Anthony. 
To Eleanor Sullivan Shea 42, her third 

child, second daughter, Deborah Joanne. 
To Margaret Connors Weigand 45, her 

second child, first daughter, Kathleen. 
To Agnes Fennelly Place '45, her sixth 

child, fourth daughter, Mar)- Virginia. 
To Maureen Hastings Haberer '46, a son, 

John, February 16. 
To Catherine Sclafani Lenihan '48, her 

fourth child, second son, Daniel, on 

February 20. 
To Ann Bennett Breuel '48, a daughter, 

on April 19. 
To Doris McNamee McNamara '48, a 

daughter, her third child. 
To Margaret Schmadeke Hart '49, her 

first child, Cathleen Mary, December 7. 
To Mar)- Kruse White '51, a daughter, 

Mary Jo, February 28. 
To Joan Richardson McNiff '51, a son, 

Timothy, February 26. 
To Margaret Simonelli La Cerra '51, her 

first child, Charles Edward, Dec. 4. 
To Maureen Flood Coleman '51, her sec- 
ond son, born in November. 
To Jeannette Mazzuka Sombrotto '51, a 

son, Joseph, February 24. 

To Jeanne Bove Kabbert '52, a son, 
William. February 16. 

To Regina Dougherty MacDonald '53, a 
son. Hugh Arthur, February 15. 

To Joan Geraghty Ross '53, a son, Don- 
ald Michael, February 22. 

To Doris Oshinski Powers '53, a son, 
Gregory Ward. 

To Adele Garbon Nelson '53, a daughter, 


Helen D'Albora Cuoco '21 came from Troy, 
XV., and Helen Campbell '21 from Wash- 
ington, D.C., to attend the annual Com- 
munion Breakfast. After the breakfast there 
was a reunion at the Waldorf which in- 
cluded Ruth McCormack Schneider, Florence 
Newman, Helen Livellara. Helen D'Albora 
Cuoco, Helen Campbell and Grace Reynolds. 

The Class of '24 recently arranged for the 
celebration of a Mass by Monsignor Dillon 
in memory of Claire O'Malley, a member 
of the class. 

Several members of '24 are active supporters of 
the Jeanne Valois Guild for the Handi- 
capped which meets regularly at the Col- 
lege. Marion Teaken is now its treasurer. 

Kay Fischer Tracy '26 is the proud grand- 
mother of four. 

Kay Kilgallen Rooney '26 is moving to Pitts- 
burgh. Her oldest son. Jay. who is study- 
ing civil engineering was married last De- 

Barbara Echels Cataggio '26 is a very active 
Girl Scout leader in Jamaica. 

Joan, daughter of Eleanor Dolan Reardon '26, 
is planning a ten weeks' trip to Europe this 
summer under the auspices of the National 
Federation of Catholic College Students. 

M.iv Magrath '26 is a psychiatric social work- 
er at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, 
D.C. May received her M.S.W. from Tu- 
lane University, New Orleans, some years 
ago. Her first assignment was with the 
V.A. in Baltimore. Since then, she has 
worked at the Brooke Army Medical Center 
in San Antonio. Texas and the U.S. Army 
Hospital, Fort Jackson, Columbia, S. C. 
Small wonder, we have heard so few times 
from her ! 

Marie Savino Donohue '27 has moved back 
to Brooklyn after several years in Bryn 
M.uvr and Mcnon. Pa. 

Elva Rockefeller Ryan '27 is still on the move 
— this time to La Grange, III. 

Dorothy Donllon Faller '29 is very happy 
about the fact that her two oldest daughters 
have both won scholarships to Catholic col- 
leges: Virginia '58 at Trinity College, 
Wash.. D.C. and Glenna '59 at New 

The Class of '30 will hold its Silver 
Anniversary Reunion on May 14. 
Mass celebrated in the College chapel 
by Monsignor Dillon will be followed 
by breakfast and a tour of the Col- 
lege. There will be a luncheon at the 
Officers' Club, Brooklyn Navy Yard. 

Sister St. Angela '40, librarian at the Catholic 
university in Ponce, wrote an article on 
Tobias for America, March 12, 1955. 

Eileen Heenan Caswell '41 drove from Cleve- 
land. Ohio, on a visit with Warren and 
their six sons just in time to make the 
Communion Breakfast. 

Elvira Goddard Jahn '41 now calls Detroit 

Ethel King 41 is a maternity medical social 
worker at Kings Count)- Hospital. 

Mary Haffey '4l became Mrs. Winters last 

Joyce MacDonald Newton '44 has moved to 
her new home in Northport. 

Jeanne Ardath Liehr Janzer, '48 class corre- 
spondent, writes that she is no longer able 
to send class news to Alumnagram as she 
is living in Miami, Florida. Would anyone 
like to take her place? 

Florence Miller Beuchs '42 has moved to 
Jackson Heights after living in Wisconsin 
for several years. The Beuchs have three 
little girls. 

The Class of 1945 is marking 
its anniversary by a luncheon reunion at 
the Maison Foffe, Montague Street 
Brooklyn, on Saturday, June 11. Mar- 
garet Jokiel Joyce, class president, is 
in charge of arrangements. A newslet- 
ter just for the Class of '45 is planned. 

Mary Dolan '33, Helen Dolan '38 and Marita 
Egan '38 plan a European trip for this 

Ann Kenny '38 went on a 57 day cruise of 
the Mediterranean this spring on the Inde- 
pendence as secretary of the cruise director 
of the American Export Line. 

Mary Kane Gillen '39 went with her husband 
on a cruise to South America this spring. 

Alice McCarthy '48 writes from Ijer mission 
in Masaka, Uganda, British East Africa, that 
time has rolled by very quickly since her ar- 
rival m Africa. She is teaching in Christ the 
King Junior Secondary School with its special 
features of kerosene lamps, outdoor kitchen, 
monkeys galore, exotic fruits for daily fare 
and Lake Victoria in the background. In ad- 
dition to teaching the usual high school sub- 
jects, she has had to make the uniforms for 
the girls — bright red ! She begs your prayers 
and an occasional letter (Box 106 at the 
above address). 

Sister Ramona (Antonio Pena '50) is now 
teaching at the Mary Louis. 

A recent student survey reveals that thirty- 
three undergraduates are related to graduates 
of St. Joseph's College. The daughters of 
Zita Hawkins Stoddart '30, Eleanor Dolan 
Reardon '26, Eugenie Cormier Ahders '28, 
Marietta Rockefeller Ryan 26, Agnes Kelly 
Brv.m 27, Mary Hopkins Engelskirger '32 
and Mary Kelly Hoermann '28 are attending 
St. Joseph's. Joan Costa is the daughter of 
the late Anna McDonald Costa '25. Catherine 
Kccly '23, Zita Hawkins Stoddart '30, Mary 
Melomo Pace '50, Evelyn Hogan McGovern '42 
have nieces at St. Joseph's while Catherine 
Collins '53, Helen Burke Naylor '51, Clare 
Bauch '45, Eugenia Scafidi '53, Eileen Molloy 
Muzio '51, Peggy Garvey Purcell '44, Anne 
Garvey Sanchez '50, Elizabeth O'Connor '53, 
Loretta Blaber Costello '47, Marie Blaber 
Schmitt '53. Arlene Peirana '54, Patricia 
Dennen Dunne '52, Eileen Guerra '53, Jean 
Moran '52, Mary McCarry Schoos '49, Sister 
Mary (Delany '50), Sister Marie Lalande '54, 
Bernadette Foley Donahue '51, Ann Bennett 
Breuel '48, Virginia Clines '52, Sister Margaret 
Joseph, O.P. (Clines '52) and Marion Bracken 
51 have sisters who are undergraduates. 
Jennie Neri '58 is the cousin of Jennie Cor- 
saro '53. 

Is your class being overlooked in Alumna- 
Facts on File' section? If so, this 
merely means that Frances Bennett Jacobsen 
(189 Peachtree Lane, Roslyn Heights) is not 
receiving news from the correspondent for 
your class. Frances would be glad to have 
you send the news directly to her if you do 
not know the name of the class correspondent. 


Alumnae Week will take place again 
this year during Commencement Week. 
Elizabeth Savino, Class of 1956, has been 
elected dean. Preliminary letters have 
been mailed to the alumnae. Enclosed in 
the letter was a reply card which can still 
be mailed back to the College. Registra- 
tion, however, does not depend on the 
return of the reply card. Alumnae may 
register by mail any time or in person on 
the first night of Alumnae Week. Checks 
should be made out to Marie Lydon, 
treasurer of the week. 

The purpose of the week is to reac- 
quaint the graduates of St. Joseph's with 
the activities of college life. The child 
study, philosophy, theology, English, his- 
tory, music, science, psychology, speech, 
modern languages and social sciences de- 
partments will each offer a series of lec- 
tures. Some of the subjects to be covered 
are: "The Child in the World of Today", 
"Metaphysics", "The Speech-handicapped 
Child", "The Four R's in Science" and 
"The Sources of Faith". A panel dis- 
cussion on the "Impact of Romanticism 
on Christian Culture" by members of the 
history, philosophy, English and music 
departments will be a highlight of the 
academic activities. 


Three science majors of the Class of 
June '55, Eleanor Tyszka, Angela Cro- 
ciata and Clara Haber, actively partici- 
pated in the Eastern Colleges Science 
Conference held at Seton Hall University, 
South Orange, N.J., on April 16 through 
the presentation of original research in 
their major fields. 

* * * 

The Chapel Players will present Barries 
Alice Si/ By the Fire on the evening of 
May 20. 

Are You Celebrating the 

Anniversary of Your College 

Commencement This Year? 

If you graduated in 1920, 1925, 1930, 
L935, 1^40, 1945 or 1950, ]une 5 should 
be circled on your social calendar. At 
three-thirty on June 5 there will be a 
reunion of all the above anniversary 
classes and an alumnae reception of the 
Class of 195 s !. A buffet supper is 
planned. Reservations and inquiries are 
to be sent to the chairman, 

Agnes Greco 

150-09 Coolidge Avenue 

Jamaica Hill 32, N. V. 

Make 37n 

C JuU Wave! 


Yes! You! If you have not contributed to the 1954-55 Alumnae Fund, the 
coupon below is for you. Mail it with your check, cash, or money order in an 
envelope addressed to the Si. Joseph's Alumnae-College Fund, 245 Clinton Avenue, 
Brooklyn 5, N. Y. Give now — no matter what the amount. 



Long-playing records of the ma- 
jor portion of the tribute to Mon- 
signor Dillon are available. If you 
wish to purchase a record, please 
send a check or money order for 
$8.00 on or before May 31 to 

Rosemary Murphy 

St. Joseph's College Alumnae 

245 Clinton Avenue 

Brooklyn 5, N. Y. 
If you wish your record mailed to 
you, add forty cents for postage. 
We cannot, however, accept respon- 
sibility for breakage in the mails. 




If you know ot any alumna who does 
not receive Alumnagram, may we ask you 
to let Sister Mary Winifred, editor of 
Alumnagram, know her name, her hus- 
band's name if the alumna is married, 
class, present address. We send Alumna- 
grain to every alumna for whom we have 
the correct address. 


Are you planning to be part of the 
Academic Procession on Commencement 
Day? If you are, you will rind your 
alumnae friends assembled in the alum- 
nae room before four-thirty on June 8. 
Meet your friends in the library lunch- 
room afterwards and join us at 8:30 in 
giving thanks to God for His blessings 
by means of the traditional Holy Hour. 

If you are coming, won't you please 
write or phone Sister M. Leonie before 
May 31. 



Prayerful sympathy is extended to 

Rose Stuart Doran '27, Sister 
Mary of the Holy Ghost '43, 
Marion Bracken '51 and Claire 
Arnold Ficarra '51 on the deaths 
of their mothers. 
Reverend Gennaro D'Ecclesiis, 
Ruth Lavin '25, Irene Lavin '27, 
Eileen Lavin May '29, Sister 
Clare Imelda '34, Clare Ruane 
'37, Cecilia Ruane Finnegan '40, 
Elaine Burns Eilenberg '47 on 
the deaths of their fathers. 
Helen Livellara '21 on the death 
of her sister. 

Reverend Raymond Leonard and 
Elizabeth McLoughlin '49 on the 
deaths of their brothers. 


St. Joseph's College received publicity 
from some unexpected quarters this 
spring. These ranged widely, from the 
World Telegram's picture of our under 
graduate Junior Achiever, Monica Man 
gan, sipping a Kelly green soda on St 
Patrick's Day to the citation of the Col 
lege personnel's views on Catholic edu 
cation. For example — 

JUBILEE featured our modern dance 
program in the March issue with Joan 
Garbarini '55 as cover girl for the mag- 
azine. As a result, the editors of AMER- 
ICA took this opportunity to commend 
Father Dillon in the March 26 issue. 

In the March issue of VIEW, formerly 
The Cowl. Monsignor F. X. FitzGibbon's 
reaction to survey statistics on Catholic 
education was contrasted with that of Dr. 
John J. Kane, head of the sociology de- 
partment at Notre Dame. 

Members of the science department 
conducted a series of lectures on the 
latest developments in science for the 
benefit of those Sisters of St. Joseph who 
are teaching in the high schools of the 

Sister Virginia Therese was named 
secretary of the CATHOLIC ROUND 
TABLE OF SCIENCE and Sister Mary 
Winifred was a candidate for the office 
of national vice-president, president-elect 
CIATION. Sister has also been asked 
to write from time to time articles simi- 
lar to the one she wrote for the Febru- 
ary issue of the CATHOLIC LIBRARY 

Sister Margaret Louise presented a 
paper at one of the meetings of the 
Easter Week in Atlantic City. 


(Cont'd, from p. 1 ) 

inspiration and deep kindliness which 
wore severity's thin veil that have im- 
pressed themselves on our memories." 


"Happily", said Father Dillon, "this 
occasion presents me ready-made the 
background and opportunity that I have 
longed for these many years. I accept 
it avidly." 

Father then spoke of coming to St. 
Joseph's at the ripe old age of 27. n.i 
that time he hated pedagogues more than 
any other species in the world and sud- 
denly he was one of them. How he 
dreaded that first day when, trembling 
and afraid, he was to stand before his 
first classes. 

Then he revealed that behind the 
seemingly dark veil of severity he truly 
loved and often sympathized with us. 
However, he was carrying the discipline 
ot the college on the tenuous thread of 
a fiction. He knew that there must be an 
altar rail between us, not because he was 
a priest but because he was our teacher. 
He often longed to tell us after he had 
seemed to flay and flagellate that his 
heart was heavy. However, this was his 
concept of duty, this his ideal of teacher. 
He could not allow the barriers to lower 
so much as a micron lest he be destroyed. 
Many, however, saw through this pretense 
for when they came to him in trouble 
he could never deny their plea. 

He confessed how much he cherished 
us despite the seemingly "great stone 
face" and apparently stonier heart; how 
our sorrows have been his, our success 
his gladness. 

Ten years ago Father quietly began a 

reorganization seeking to set things in 
order so that should death come "like a 
thief in the night", the College would 
be ready. Now, St Joseph's is ready. 

"Soon at longest I must leave the place 
that has been my all, the people who 
have been my existence — the scenes that 
are my world." 

"In going, I give you a heritage — 
great and good I trust but like most leg- 
acies fraught with responsibility. I came 
to St. Joseph's with a theory and an 
ideal. My theory was that Catholic edu- 
cation on its highest level was not doing 
its best. My ideal was and is that there 
is no power on earth or beneath that 
can keep us from the pinnacle if we but 

"I saw two things that St. Joseph's 
could do even on its humble plateau: 
First, set and keep standards both for 
students and faculty, and secondly, make 
democracy real again for students and 

"These I leave your heritage — your 
blessing or your bane." 

In closing Father said that if he had 
his choice and could live again'he would 
ask God to "give me this day beyond 
all others in His countless eons. I would 
choose this place to live and so to die. 
I would ask this task, this privilege, to 
labor as I have. Then if in His gracious 
kindness He might grant me the choice 
to select those people who would be 
friends and confreres, I would choose no 
great names, no people of mighty fame, 
no aristocracy of wealth or caste, but 
writing laboriously the long list I would 
give Him the thousands whom I have 
cherished — great — good — lovely — 
incomparable — YOU." 


Saturday, June 4 — FIELD DAY 
Sunday, June 5 

Missa Cantata — 10:30 A.M. — Celebrant: 

Reverend Joseph Grady, Chaplain of the College 
Reverend Thomas F. Cribbin, Associate Director of the 
Apostolate for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 
Diocese of Brooklyn. 

Class of 1955 — 3:30 P.M. — On the Mall 
Tuesday, June 7 — 4:00 P.M. 

Wednesday, June 8 — 5:00 P.M. 

His Excellency The Most Reverend Thomas E. Molloy, S.T.D. 
Archbishop - Bishop of Brooklyn 


Principal, Edgar D. Shimer, Junior H.S. 142, Queens, N.Y. 
HOLY HOUR — 8:30 P.M. 

Right Reverend William T. Dillon, J.D., LL.D., 
President of the College 





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