Class Notes

NEWS OF 1964

From the Alumni House:

Andy Semmel is executive director of the U.S.-China Security Review Commission, set up by Congress to review the national security implications of trade and economic ties between the United States and China.


NEWS OF 1963


NEWS OF 1962 - Reunion May 31 – June 1


NEWS OF 1961

From Sam Maczko:

On October 1, Keith Bregman ’95 represented Moravian at “College Night” at a high school in Wayne, N.J. John Bregman (his father) and Ken Sepe and I went along to provide moral support. We spoke to several students and their parents about the virtues of a liberal arts education and answered many questions about Moravian College.

On October 19, John Bregman and Robert Orbin were among those honored at the second annual Alumni Awards ceremony. Our classmates were recognized for their work in organizing our recent 40th reunion. Ken and Alice Sepe, Joe Castellano and his wife, JoAnne, and I and my wife, Irene, attended the awards ceremony. A highlight of the evening was speaking with President Haupert’s sister, Naomi Haupert Boyer ’31. She is 91years young and received an award on behalf of her class for “highest participation of giving by a reunion class.” We reminisced about the four years I spent at Moravian during President Haupert’s tenure. An especially fond memory was of visiting the Hauperts’ home at Christmastime to see the traditional putz.

Homecoming was well attended, and the Greyhounds defeated Wilkes College. It was great to see that the Omicron Gamma Omega alumni had a nice tailgate party for their friends and brothers, including Monk Morelli ’58, Paul Noonan ’60, Robert Dietrich ’63, Bruce Mumie ’58, Joe Castellano, John Bregman, Ken Sepe, George Hollendersky ’59, and Roy Goshorn ’58.

Debbie Herold Francis, who had been our head majorette, sent news about an honor she recently received. After graduation from Moravian, Debbie earned a master’s degree from Temple University. Following 30 years of teaching business at Phoenixville Area High School, Debbie retired in 1991.

For seven years, she has volunteered twice a week as a member of the Phoenixvile Hospital’s Auxiliary and worked in its Gift Box shop on Saturdays. Debbie and her late husband, Baylus, also donated artwork to the hospital’s cancer center. Debbie was cited for her gift of time with the Citizen Recognition Award, presented by the mayor. The Class of 61 sends its applause.

Everyone is encouraged to share updates for future issues of the magazine.

From the Alumni House:

At its 11th annual Hall of Fame dinner in Hagerstown, Md., Gene Jani was honored by the Middle Atlantic Major League Baseball Scouts Association for his service to amateur and professional baseball.


NEWS OF 1960


NEWS OF 1959

From Kathy Werst Detwiler:

Homecoming was a fun weekend for your classmates. For Pat and Monk Morelli, the highlight was presenting the awards at the Alumni Awards ceremony. Also attending the dinner was Roy Goshorn ’58. Participants in the Rocco Calvo Golf Tournament, in addition to Monk and Bruce Mumie ’58, were Mike Payonk and Jim Kritis ’61.

Saturday’s tailgate and game (yes, Wayne and I did go to the game!) were spectacular, with fantastic weather and fine conversation on the Steel Field practice area within sight of the game. Paul Noonan ’60, Bruce and Marian Mumie, Dot Elliot and Daneen Jones Phelps ’58 are all looking great. Daneen, academic dean of Allentown Business School, is leading it toward a degree program.

Also seen were Charlie Rush and George Hollendersky, who has relocated from New Jersey to Ocean Pines, Md. We also attended the math department’s coffee and conversation with Dr. Ruth Roberts Halperin and Dr. Doris Schattschneider, two educators who have given outstanding service to the college and community.

With us in spirit were Patti Conover Deiner, Alan Bergstein, Fred DeFrank and his wife, Diana ’60, whose messages we relayed to everyone.

Hope you all had a joyous holiday with family and loved ones.


NEWS OF 1958

From Bennie Bennett:

I hope the colder weather still affords all to be as active as possible. I’m still active despite an incurable back condition.

My sons, Bart Askera, 36, and Ken DeJulio, 33, are a big help. Bart remains self-employed; Ken works almost full-time for the local A&P and has just received a 10-year pin. Bart is making wood hand-holds for me and also is rebuilding the bathroom: plumbing, floors, and walls. Ken took first place in his weight class in May, beating his previous record in bench-pressing and dead lifting.

At the mid-September Harvest Show in Morris County, I took some awards—a surprise because this was such a poor year for vegetables. I continue to do occasional restoration/refinishing of wooden items and indoor gardening in the winter. I also still play the 12-string acoustic guitar and sing for my own pleasure. I am now writing a monthly column for Sharing, a newsletter for the challenged.

Keep the bird feeders filled!

I look forward to class correspondence.


NEWS OF 1957 - Reunion May 31 – June 1

From Pearl Stein:

Greetings from New Jersey!

Every member of the Class of 1957 is invited to attend the Alumni Weekend scheduled for May 30-June 1. (Can you believe it’s 45 years since we graduated?) Our reunion committee members have designed a program that will appeal to you, and your presence will make a difference. Look forward to seeing you.


NEWS OF 1956

Writer, Editor, Builder
Ron dePaolo '64

From his extensive involvement as a Moravian campus leader in the early ’60s, Ron dePaolo has positively influenced the many circles in which he has traveled over the past 40 years. He capped his Moravian B.A. in history (with Honors) by graduating first in his class at Northwestern University, where he earned his M.S. in journalism in 1965. Thirty years later and semi-retired after a distinguished career in magazine and book publishing, he personally built his dream house on his family’s 200 acres of forest in northwest New Jersey. Today, dePaolo, back to physical work after a two-year hiatus following a serious accident, is building a fishing camp on a remote Maine lake. He is also working on a number of writing projects, including a book on his passion (fishing), a family memoir, and “for fun, or as much fun as writing ever is,” a spy novel drawn from his experiences as a foreign correspondent.

DePaolo’s journalism career began with the Bethlehem Globe-Times, where he worked full-time as the night reporter/editor/photographer while attending Moravian. After Northwestern, he joined Life magazine as a staff correspondent, soon becoming deputy bureau chief in the Far Eastern Regional Bureau in Hong Kong, covering stories in 45 countries. He then moved up to head the magazine's Western Regional Bureau in Los Angeles. When Life died, he joined Business Week as the international news editor, later serving as Midwest Region bureau manager based in Chicago.

Bitten by the “entrepreneurship bug,” dePaolo became founding editor and associate publisher of I-AM Magazine, and then editorial consultant to the publisher of Attenzione. He then became senior editor of Boardroom Reports and Bottom Line Personal—two biweekly business publications with a combined circulation of 255,000. He then directed his talents to become editor of MD Magazine, a monthly general-interest magazine for physicians with a circulation of more than 500,000. His last formal employment was as editor and publisher of Kirkus Reviews, a biweekly book review.

In 1987, dePaolo retired to the quieter, non-commuting life of a free-lance editor and writer, which he continues today. In his new career, he has co-written seven books for Congressional Quarterly, edited books for Random House, and written articles for, among others, Audubon, Smithsonian, Institutional Investor, Across the Board, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Outdoors.

Among his honors, dePaolo has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1976 and shared an Overseas Press Club Award in 1973 as part of a Business Week team for a special report on Latin America. He is also a member of International PEN, a worldwide organization of writers (poets, playwrights, essayists, editors, and novelists).

DePaolo has great memories of his Moravian years, where he was Professor Win Kohls’s first Honors student in history. He particularly remembers the friendships he made with other students as well as faculty, many of which still endure. He also played softball and football and was elected USG president. He served on the CUB planning committee, chaired the disciplinary committee, wrote for the Comenian and the Manuscript, and was a member of the Veterans Club, the Triangle Honor Society, and Phi Alpha Theta, and was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He has since served on the Alumni Board of Directors and as reunion chairman for his class, as well as hosted and participated in numerous other alumni activities.

—Robert E. Houser ’65