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Harold J. Laggner, M.D. ’42, Longwood, Florida
Romeyn Snyder Gerrity ’45, Tampa, Florida
John J. Fendrock, DPS ’48, Burlington, Massachusetts
Eli Fleisher ’49, Kingston
William R. Montone ’49, Harrisburg
William U. Roulette ’50, Stroudsburg
S. Leonard Shufler ’50, Pittsburgh
Walter J. Sweeney ’50, Syracuse, New York
Paul T. Burke ’51, Scranton
Angelo J. Fata ’51, Valhalla, New York
John J. Malina, M.D. ’51, Taylor
John G. Signorino ’51, Venice, Florida
Joseph T. Reddington ’52, Canton, Massachusetts
Algrid J. Moceyunas ’54, St. Simons Island, Georgia
Thomas J. Streznewski ’54, Furlong
William J. Bevelock ’55, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Robert F. Miller, M.D. ’55, Cumberland, Maryland
Thomas J. Powell ’55, Nashville, Tennessee
Leonard Weiss, O.D. ’55, Haverford
George W. Compton, Ph.D. ’56, Hawley
Harold F. Gillern ’56, Dunmore
Fred Mitchell ’56, Scranton
John T. Comeford ’57, Scranton
Richard H. Capozzi ’57, Dunmore
Paul J. Dougherty ’57, G’64, Dunmore
John J. Farrell, Jr. ’57, Mamaroneck, New York
Robert M. Gilroy ’57, Silver Spring, Maryland
Leonard S. Maldonato ’57, Scranton
Gerald J. Davies ’58, Pittsburgh
Bernard Hochman ’58, Los Angeles, California

Eugene M. Langan ’58, Clarks Green

Hon. James M. Munley ’58, Archbald

Albert Tawil, M.D. ’58, Tampa, Florida

Edward B. Vanisky ’58, Clarks Summit

Edward E. Adrian ’59, Johnson City, New York

John T. Gough ’59, Horseheads, New York

 

Walter B. McNichols ’59, Endicott, New York

 

Eugene R. Molnar ’59, Cary, North Carolina

 

Ronald Skiscim ’59, Crestwood, Kentucky

Paul F. Dwyer ’60, Scranton

Stephen A. Korducavich ’60, Binghamton, New York

The late John P. Mahon ’60

John P. Mahon ’60, Studio City, California

John Patrick Mahon ‘60 passed away on May 3, 2020, of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, California.

John was an actor and director, starting off in New York City and eventually ending up in Los Angeles, California. The stage was the home of his heart, and he often said the theater was his church. As an actor in New York City, Mahon toured with Tammy Grimes in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” appeared with Leslie Caron in “Nicole” and played on Broadway alongside Al Pacino in “Richard III.” In 1971 he was nominated for Best Actor of the Year by the New York Drama Critics for his portrayal of Father Hanley in “Nobody Hears a Broken Drum.”

He developed extensive off-Broadway and stock credits. His directorial credits included New York-based productions of “Hair,” “Camelot,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” He directed multiple runs of Jason Miller's “That Championship Season” with Broderick Crawford, for which he won the Straw Hat Award as Best Director of the East Coast, 1974. Mahon continued to build an illustrious career in Los Angeles. Over three decades of television appearances include “The Rockford Files,” “MacGyver,” “Knots Landing,” “The X-Files,” “Frasier” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”

He was the sole voice of Stanley Tools, Ping Golf and Pennzoil for several years. Notable film performances include “The Exorcist,” “LA Confidential” and “Armageddon.” As a writer, John penned multiple stage plays, screenplays, and a memoir entitled A Life of Make Believe. Read a profile of him done by this magazine in 2015.

August J. Nicastro ’60, Forest Hill, Maryland


Nicholas Pezak ’60, Jessup


John J. Kearney ’61, Pottstown


Robert C. Mayer ’61, Loganville, Georgia


Robert J. Morgan ’61, Marlton, New Jersey


Robert D. Zoka ’61, Kingston


Michael D. Costa ’62, Mayfield


George Karsko, Jr. ’62, Toms River, New Jersey


Robert G. McAndrew ’62, Scranton


Francis T. Oberman ’62, Webster, New York


Edward J. Sowinski, Jr., Ph.D. ’62, Williamsburg, Virginia


Joseph J. Barbuti ’63, Scranton


John M. Martin ’63, G’71, Lake Winola


Henry D. Ritzie, Jr. ’63, Dupont


LTC. Earl E. Bechtold, USA, Ret. ’64, Leavenworth, Kansas


Paul Brazill ’64, Vestal, New York


David P. Chowanec ’64, Frederick, Maryland


Patrick F. Fischetti ’64, Archbald


Daniel J. McGlone ’64, Scranton


Anthony P. Molinaro, Jr. ’64, Blakely


John F. Rooney, Ed.D. ’64, Taylor


Leonard L. Szpara, Ed.D. ’65, Mount Joy


Edmund Zelno ’65, Narberth


E. Robert Galligan G’66, New York, New York


Ronald Krafjack G’66, Newton Township


Raymond J. Lintner ’66, Honesdale


John J. Lucchi ’66, Moosic


Henry Evan Powderly, Ed.D. ’66, Pawling, New York


Eugene J. Zaverl ’66, G’71, Charlotte, North Carolina


Robert J. Fordiani ’67, G’69, Hinesville, Georgia

Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., University President, presents John (Jack) Brennan '68, P'06 with a 50-Year Reunion Medal at Reunion Weekend 2018.

John E. (Jack) Brennan ’68, P’06, Old Tappan, New Jersey

John E. (Jack) Brennan ’68, P’06, who served two different terms on The University of Scranton’s Board of Trustees, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the age of 74.

Jack is remembered by many for his kindness, honesty, intelligence, a self-deprecating sense of humor and his dedication to the University.

He served on the Board of Trustees longer than any other layperson in the University's history during his twin terms of service (1992-2001 and 2002-2008, respectively). He was also a member of the Kania School of Management (KSOM) Advisory Board and the President’s Business Council.

In October 2000, Brennan Hall, home of KSOM, was named in his honor.

Dr. Michael Mensah, who served as the dean of the Kania School from 2005-2018, spoke fondly of Jack’s dedication and service to The University of Scranton.

“Jack was outstanding in regards to his personal service to the Kania School of Management and our students. He was selected to the KSOM Advisory Board in 2006 and brought some much-needed personal characteristics to the board, including his humbleness. This was very helpful to a new dean like myself,” Dr. Mensah said.

Mensah recalled the story of a very tense board meeting early on in his term as dean and how Jack immediately was able to lighten the mood with a joke regarding his own performance as a student.

“The devotion to student affairs and student issues is what I want people to know about Jack. He drove to Scranton for every board meeting (from New Jersey) and was always present on campus giving his personal time to interact with students,” Dr. Mensah said. “The KSOM Internship Office, along with the Career Development Center, were all things that Jack fought for and devoted his time to.”

Close friend Bill Lynett '72 offered similar sentiments regarding Jack’s dedication to the University.

“Jack cared so deeply about The University of Scranton and he devoted so much time to it. He served as a guest lecturer in several classes and students liked him because they could identify with him,” Lynett said. “He wasn’t out to better himself, but to better the University and those that lead the University.”

Jack served as a mentor for several students during his time on the KSOM Advisory Board and was the recipient of the University’s O’Hara Award for Management in 2003. He was also among the first inductees into the KSOM Business Leader Hall of Fame in 2015.

“Some people just build a certain kind of relationship with their alma mater, and Jack felt that way about The University of Scranton. He not only loved the Kania School of Management, but everything about the University as a whole,” Lynett added.

Lynett served on the Board of Trustees with Jack in the 1990s and is a current member of the KSOM Advisory Board.

“What you saw was what you got with Jack," said close friend Edward R. Leahy, J.D. '68. "He was as honest as the day is long and was a smart and direct guy. There was a real practicality about his intelligence."

Ed and Jack became fast friends during their first day on campus on a Sunday night before classes began the next day, in the fall of 1964. In fact, Ed recalled that after walking up to main campus from his dorm, the old Hotel Casey, which was located across the street from the now Hilton Hotel in downtown Scranton, he saw Jack sitting on a bench in the quad. The two began talking, and Jack became Ed’s first friend at the University.

Little did both know at the time that their conversation would mark the start of a more than 50-year friendship as both served together on the Board of Trustees from 1994-2000.

Jack graduated from the University in 1968 and then enlisted in the U.S. Army. His service included a tour of duty as a first lieutenant with the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

His experience with the Signal Corps led to a long and distinguished business career over the years. Jack was a co-founder of Metro Mobile CTS, Inc., which was one of the first cell phone providers, and served as president & COO of the company. During his career, he also served as president and COO of SkyWay systems; vice chairman of the board of directors of Southern Union Company; president of Activated Communications; and member of the board of directors of Spectrum Signal Processing.

Jack is survived by his wife, Lucinda, and the couple’s two children, Ryan and Sarah, as well as several other relatives. His son, Ryan, is a 2006 graduate of the University.

Edward B. Testa ’68, Eynon


William F. Yachymiak ’68, Brooklyn


Marie O. Carpenter G’69, Dickson City


Michael G. Fuller ’69, G’76, Clarks Summit


Otto J. Heil ’70, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida


Frederick P. Bifano ’71, Newark, Delaware


Francis J. Chabala ’71, Mount Pocono


Howard M. Pachter ’71, Scranton


Ronald G. Roskos ’71, Kingston


Andrew G. Golden ’73, Scranton


Joseph S. Kutsop ’73, Blakely


Joseph F. O’Donnell G’73, York


Joseph P. Sharkness G’73, Dallas


Edward A. Stecco ’73, Olyphant


Russell O. Gunton ’74, Mill City


Joseph G. Betachini ’75, G’79, Archbald


Joseph B. Dente, M.D. ’75, Metlakatla, Alaska


Kenneth G. Lewis, Ph.D. ’75, G’76, Scranton


Patricia P. Lawhon G’76, Corpus Christi, Texas


Rev. Peter D. Menghini ’76, Scranton


Joseph F. Poklemba ’76, Blakely


Rev. Lynn H. Tompkins ’76, Kingsley

 

Rev. Joseph F. Sica ’77, Scranton


William J. Schlittler ’78, Moscow


James Soya ’78, Dickson City


Lewis A. Sebia ’81, Plains


Henry P. Magdon ’82, Olyphant


Thomas C. Kenney ’83, Clarks Green


Jeanne Piccirilli Milazzo ’85, Wyoming


James A. Rodda G’86, Prompton


John M. Berry ’87, Archbald


Laurie Wall Callahan G’88, Clarks Summit


Karen Amann Talerico, Ph.D. ’88, Portland, Oregon


Christopher P. Arnone ’91, Jefferson Township


Margaret O’Connell Carrick ’92, South Abington Township


Edward L. “Ned” Posluszny ’92, Throop


Michael A. Hegedus ’93, Jefferson, Township


Danielle P. Irvin ’94, Scranton


James A. Lamonica ’95, Scranton


Peter M. Millets ’96, G’97, Bethlehem


Kristen Erk Erbach, D.M.D. ’00, Honesdale


H. Merritt Hughes G’00, Wilkes-Barre


Mary Grace Dolores Dirks ’01, New Hyde Park, New York


Francis Dehaut ’10, Wilkes-Barre


Sean P. McCauley ’11, Levittown, New York


Maximillian M. Mukerjee ’16, Wilkes-Barre


Sophie V. West ’17, Los Angeles, California

In Memoriam Friends & Family

Louise DeSanto, mother of Jerome DeSanto ’75, G’78

William Fendrock, brother of John Fendrock ’48

Thomas Hughes, father of Amy Hughes Hassaj ’92 and brother of Edward J. Hughes, Sr. ’58

Helen Kost, twin sister of Frank G. Kost ’64

Donna Lewis, sister of William George ’79, G’81

Joan Lonsdorf, widow of James Lonsdorf ’50

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