By Troy McManigal ‘19
The Brother Rice Alumni Association sponsored an alumni reunion. Many of the graduates from the classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 77, 82 87 92, 97, and 02 gathered to discuss their memories. Over 230 people were in attendance, most of them alumni, however, the faculty, staff, and other friends were also invited.
Pictured (left to right): Patrick Mahoney '12, Mr. Mike Dolan, and Matt Heavey ‘12
Before the dinner, the Classes of 1987 and 1967 enjoyed separate receptions at separate locations, while the remaining guests enjoyed their pre-dinner reception in the Carmody Center. Then, everyone came together in the Carmody Center to introduce the Alumni Association Men of the Year and Hall of Fame inductees, who were honored in the Chapel with friends and family in attendance.
The Class of 1967 paraded into the Carmody Center as the Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Band played the fight song. The band then played the national anthem and Robbie Helm, a student who is a junior at Brother Rice, played an excellent version of Taps for the respect for our veterans. The veterans in the audience stood and saluted.
Dr. Burns welcomed all the guests and asked everyone to remember all alumni who died in the line of duty as members of the military or as first responders. Dr. Burns read every single name and there was complete silence throughout. It was touching and unifying.
Mr. Jim Casey ’70 introduced the Master of Ceremonies, Tom Gorman ’85, who began by honoring the 2017 Alumni Association Juniors of the Year & finalists, who are now seniors: Junior of the Year Tom Phelan ’18, and finalists Brendan Coghlan, Richard Godsell, Brendan Hosty, and Joe Kresic. Mr. Gorman then asked the Alumni Association Men of the Year Doc Mathius, Terry Bowen ’72, and Paul Gudonis ’72 to take a bow.
Doc Mathius was honored for his 40 years of devotion and multifaceted service to Brother Rice. Terry Bowen ’72 and Paul Gudonis ’72 were named Men of the Year for their generosity as major donors to Brother Rice. Mr. Gorman then asked for donations to the Lifeguard Fund and $10,000 was raised on the spot.
After the presentations, everyone was invited to roam the halls, take anniversary class photos in the main gym, or simply enjoy each other’s company in the Carmody Center.
Whether they were from the Class of 1962 or 2012, laughter was shared by all, except for those relatively brief moments of prayer and reverence in remembering those who could not be with us, and out of respect for all veterans, since the event was held Veteran’s Day weekend.