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Class Notes T he Dr. Donald Metz ’47 Scholarship Committee thanks those who contributed this past spring to the Dr. Donald Metz ’47 Scholarship Fund. The Committee hopes to fully fund this scholarship within the next year and are well on our way to meeting that goal. Dr. Donald Metz, who died in 19 9 9, was an alumnus and member of the faculty from 1951 through 1981. He spent most of that time teaching chemistry and physics pro bono on Saturdays while serving as Director at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the Nuclear Engineering Department. In 198 4, the centennial of St. Francis receiving its Charter, Dr. Metz was recognized as one of the College’s two most prominent alumni. You can read more about him in the NY Times article, “Lives Lived Well And the Lessons That They Teach” (12 /26 /9 9 ). If you would like to help commemorate this true Franciscan, contributions can be made through http://metz.kintera.org. ● 1940s John J. O’Neill ’42 recently celebrated his 95th birthday with his daughter and two sons. He has been Professor Emeritus from Temple University School of Medicine since the 198 0s, and reports that after he graduated from St. Francis, he spent three and a half years in the Army before earning degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Maryland. John Mahon ’43, ’15 was presented with an honorary degree by Vice President for Development Thomas F. Flood and Rocky the Terrier on the occasion of his and Betty’s 65th wedding anniversary. Mahon left St. Francis to serve his county during World War II. For many years he had one BIG DREAM — to receive his SFC degree. He is now officially a member of the Class of 2015 and 19 4 3. Tom Nardo ’48 of Richmond, VA celebrated his 9 0 th birthday with the Terriers. He was so proud that the Men’s Basketball Team made it to the NIT that he bought tickets and watched them courtside in Richmond with his grandchildren, Alexis (wearing a vintage SFC sweatshirt) and Logan, as well as Director of Athletics Irma Garcia ’80. 1950s Daniel D’Errico ’50 currently resides in Fredericks­ burg, VA. He is a widower since the death of his wife, Carline, in 2011, and remembers fondly his days as Alumni President. He sends his regards to his fellow 195 0 alumni on the celebration of their 65th Anniversary. William J. Brooks ’51 and his wife, Maxine, live at Shell Point, a big retirement resort community in southwest Florida. They love hearing from old classmates, so get in touch! Gerard J. Baxter, USMC ’55 and his wife, Alice, are still active in the senior communities of both Rockaway, NJ and Vero Beach, FL. Gerard still has his antiques and collectibles business in Andover, NJ while his wife recently retired from real estate. He sends much peace, joy, love and laughter to his fellow alumni. Michael J. McPartland ’57 has been a teacher for 55 years, and has been at CUNY/Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn for the past 22 years. He credits his happiness in teaching to his English professors at St. Francis who helped put him on the path to a great career. George C. Bergleitner, Jr. ’59 was elected Vice Chairman of the Delaware County (NY) Republican Committee. He is also happy to announce the birth of his new grandchild, Jacob Michael Bergleitner. George has three sons. He is also Chairman (and founder) of the Christmas Feeling Fund based in Stamford, NY, which last year raised $25,0 0 0 for needy families in Delaware County. 1960s Harold J. Martin ’61 reports that after he graduated from St. Francis, he received his teaching credentials as well as a law degree. He sends a special “shout out” to the Key Lords, an SFC singing group from 1957-195 8. Edward D. O’Brien ’62 and his wife, Anne, celebrated their 5 0 th wedding ann iversary in August 2014, in the company of many friends and family members as well as most of their bridal party. Stephen P. Keller ’64 reports his radiation therapy concluded in March and he had his prostate-specific antigen test this past May. He is happy to report that the prognosis is good with this type of treatment. Francis “Frank” P. Roland ’40 By Alison Lowenstein When Frank Roland’s graduating class celebrated its 75th anniversary last June, he was its lone surviving member. An inauspicious position, perhaps, but Roland, continues to embrace life, viewing his world with a sense of humor and understanding that he has much for which to be grateful. R oland says that the school had an enormous impact on his life, and not St. Francis, embracing campus life, and ultimately was the Vice President just from the education he received at the hands of inspiring professors of his class, a member of the history club and a participant in many other including Francis Delaney, Bro. Leo, Bro. Columba, and Charlie Shaem. activities as well. One college friend became a clergyman and presided over his first marriage. After the war, Roland attended and graduated from St. John’s Law School. Obviously a lot has changed since Frank bid farewell to the halls of He spent most of his work career at Equitable Life Insurance in the underwritSt. Francis. Back in 19 4 0, the school charged $5 a credit, and the United ing department until his retirement in 198 0. States was on the brink of war. Several months after graduation, Roland was Noted for his strong sense of humor — he had heart surgery on St. Patrick’s drafted into the Army and served his country in the Pacific. He was a decorated Day and thanked the surgeons for wearing green — he has approached life soldier by the time he left military service in 19 45 having attained the rank of with a sense of adventure. In addition to writing poetry, he took up skiing at captain. He remained in the reserves for 10 more years. age 5 0, and regularly skied 10 0 days per season at Okemo Mountain, While the war tore apart millions of families, Roland’s earlier years had been Vermont, earning admittance into the “9 0 plus ski club.” fraught with sadness as well. A first-generation American, he was one of 13 Although he had to stop skiing shortly after joining that club, he continued children. Tragically, his to mow his own lawn parents died when he was until his heart surgery at six, and he wound up in Winthrop-University Hospital an orphanage. at age 9 6. After attending St. He raised his three kids Augustine’s High School, in Mineola, Long Island, and Brooklyn, he told Monsignor the family spent many happy Lawrence Bracken at St. summers on the east end Vincent’s Home for Boys in where he now lives full-time. Brooklyn that he wanted to A father, grandfather, attend college. It was to be great-grandfather, and twice the first of many goals that a widower, Roland has always C E N T E R : A tribute to his time at St. Francis, the poem Francis Roland ’40 with his he set for himself and that valued family, and he still Farewell of the Class of 19 4 0. R I G H T: Francis and his service medals. (Photo: Wade he achieved. Roland entered lives near his children. ● daughter, Anne McElroy. Shields). 14  |  ST. FR ANCIS COLLEGE TERRIER  |  FALL 2015