Archive for November, 2008

Alumni Corner: Did You Know…

November 26th, 2008

Did you know that John (Jack) Harney , Class President and Valedictorian of the Class of 42, has had a distinguished life in the service of his country since his graduation from Classical. As a Senior at Classical, John was awarded a Competitive National Scholarship to Harvard. Soon after, John had to withdraw from Harvard when he was drafted into the Army during World War II . He was assigned to take part in the Army Specialized Training Program at the University of Nebraska. However, because of the shortage of fighting men overseas, the Army Specialized Training Program was closed and John was assigned to the Army 44th Division as a combat rifleman in France.

While serving in France, John attained the rank of Platoon Sergeant and took part in the capture of German rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun. As World War II in Europe neared its end, John, because of his knowledge of French learned at Classical and German learned at Nebraska U, was reassigned to the Counter Intelligence Corps of the 44th Div. where he worked against German saboteurs and other 5th column agents.

Following the end of the war, John returned to Harvard and graduated in 1946. He then entered Boston University, earning a Masters Degree in German Literature in 1949. John, with his new wife Betty, moved to Washington DC. He became a member of the National Security Agency [NSA] where he used his knowledge and talents as a former combat soldier and an intelligence operative to help protect our country from the threat of the Soviet Union. In the NSA, John worked as a cryptologist and became the Commandant of the NSA’s National Cryptology School. John also served seven years overseas with the Department of Defense retiring in 1980 as an Assistant Director.

John currently lives in Maryland with Betty, his wife of 57 years. He and Betty have three children, five grandchildren and a “gaggle” of step-great grandchildren.

What does John say about the impact that Classical has had on his life and those who attended Classical with him? “I shall be forever grateful to the preparation for life it gave to us.”

John, thank you for your dedication and service to our country.

Alumni Corner Update For November

November 19th, 2008

Kimberley Belmonte (Poole), Class of 84, is a Medical Oncology Staff Assistant in the Breast Cancer Group of the Duke University Medical Center. Kim’s duties include working with the Center’s Oncologist and Nurse Practitioners in providing patient medical care and counseling. Kim also takes part in the preporation of funding grants and editing manuscripts for publication in oncology journals. Kim and her husband Joe live in a small town north of Raleigh, NC. with their son Cameron age 12 and their daughter Caitlyn age 8.

Army Sgt. Nicole Meagher (Duyon) Class of 2004 is serving the United States in Iraq. Nicole shipped out for a 14 month deployment this past fall with the 167th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion. Nicole joined the Army just before her graduation in 2004. She attended Marian Court College and received an Associates Degree in Business in 2007. Nicole and her husband, Sean P. Meagher of Peabody, were married on July 9, 2008. Nicole will keep her maiden name while she serves in Iraq in honor of her grandfather, Joseph Duyon, who passed away this past Sept. God’s speed and protection Nicole.

Two outstanding Classical female athletes from the Class of 2004 are still making their marks on the playing fields. Monique Lee, a Quinnipac College basket standout, is now a graduate assistant coach in the Quinnipac women’s basketball program. Paula McGinn, a two-sport standout in soccer and softball at Endicott College, is an assistant soccer coach at Bishop Fenwick High School.