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VOLUME 22 • CHAPTER 4 • October 2022


Memoirs


The first Campionette, the student newsletter, was published 105 years ago, on November 11, 1917. The first Editor of the Campionette was Tom O'Connor, class of 1920. The last official issue was the one announcing the closing of the school in May 1975. Over the years various classes have published special editions for their class reunions, of which some have been pretty extravagant.

The Campion Forever Newsletter was first published by Aaron Huguenard, class of 1947 in 2000 as a means for alumni and faculty to keep in touch and share in life experiences.

We've been trying to get memoirs from retired and not-so-retired Campion Jebbies for our newsletter for quite some time. We don't care if the memoirs are about when they went to Campion, taught at Campion, or just what they've done since leaving Campion. We just want to hear something from our mentors in the first person; perhaps words of wisdom learned while IHS; typically we only get 3rd person post mortem. Not to lay all the blame on the Jebbies... why can't we get memoirs from more alumni, or what they've done since leaving Campion. Where are all those other authors and editors of the old 'ette.

While it has been a task getting people to submit articles, there are a few dedicated alumni and Jebbies who do regularly provide ideas for articles. This is a good thing, else I would have to conjure the 'Ghost of Joe Campion' for ideas more than I care to.

I have been tagged to write an article, so be it! There were a couple others who were expected to supply articles for this newsletter. Perhaps they will get them in for the next one.



Tom Olson '72

Campion Jesuit HS Nostalgia Site

The Back Story by Thomas Olson

I've been told that I should write an article for the Campion Forever Newsletter about my history creating the Campion Jesuit High School Nostalgia Page.

My initial reply was that I already did that. It is documented in the Campion Alumni Association website, CampionForever.COM Note the .COM is not .ORG which is the CF Newsletter.

After a few months mulling over "should I?", I thought maybe I just need to reference the previous articles. Is that a cop out? Well, probably. Perhaps I should describe my background and interest in digital computers. I tend to explain things by using lists. That should be quite evident in the way Campion-Knights.ORG is arranged.

So the lead in; and then maybe the Back Story.

The Lead In

It has been 30 years since I first started this project as my Vitae (1992) at CERF.net (California Education Research Federation) for use with the now ancient deprecated Internet protocols (Finger, Veronica, Archie, and WAIS) which were all text based search engines before CERN introduced HTML and before graphics browsers were introduced by NSCA Mosaic and Netscape.

Most all of my souvineers, memorabilia, and letters from during my Campion years were destroyed in the Iowa Floods of the 1980s. Mom sent me my yearbooks. The books were highly water damaged... warped covers and the pages were all stuck together. So, I set out to borrow yearbooks to scan so I would have the class pictures, etc. Also, since all the schools class picture archives were destroyed in the 1968 Kostka Hall fire sans the class of 1970 I thought it would be nice to create an on-the-line archive of all our senior class pictures for the school.

If it wasn't for the former Wisconsin Governor Patrick Lucey (of all people) discovering my vitae and encouraging me to expand it, I would not have progressed beyond my original goals of collecting and scanning yearbooks for their senior class pictures, covers, and the occasionally profound stories. It definitely snowballed.

If you have the time to relax with a glass of wine, Campion-Knights.org is loaded with - as Fr. Aspenleiter, SJ, would say - "boo coo" history and facts about the best Jesuit High School ever - until it was order closed by the Superior General of the Jesuit Order (the Popes Right hand) in 1975. "That's my story and I am sticking to it".

The Campion Knights Project took on other projects over the years. One being the Campion Forever Newsletter which you are reading and has taken priority.

First a little history excerpted from the Campion Alumni Association regarding the development of Campion's Internet presence.

The digital age came to the world of Campion Alumni by way of the work of several Campion Alumni members.

Unware of the Campion Alumni Association, Tom Olson '72 in the early-mid 90's as a charter member of classmates.com, began contacting Campion alumni for their memoirs and comradery. He began setting up an alumni database and posting pictures to a "Campion Jesuit High School Nostalgia Page." Tom registered the Campion-Knights.org domain in 1999 to display his collection of Yearbook Front Covers, Senior Class Pictures, and other contributed student albums and memoriabilia. He made his database available to alumni in the In Privatum Campianum.

During the years 1997 through 2001, several graduating classes were taking out domain names and starting up sites with information about their own classes. This includes Campion58.org, Campion56.org, Campion64.org, CampionClassof61.homestead.com and in 2004, Campion65.com and Campion66.org and, in 2007, Campion60.org

Tom Olson continued to develop his Campion-Knights.org site and in December 2000, hosted a "Campion Forever" newsletter for Aaron Huguenard '47. By October 2001, Aaron had registered the name CampionForever.org and began to publish his quarterly newsletterly on that site. Throughout the first decade of this century, Aaron has hosted all-class reunions, every year in Florida.

In his letter of July 7, 2009 Aaron Huguenard announced that he was discontinuing his Campion Forever newsletter, for reasons of age and health, as well, as the diminished amounts of information he was getting for the newsletter.

In Aaron's final days on earth (mid 2010) he transferred the CampionForever.ORG domain back to Tom Olson. Tom has consequently extended the domains registration and began producing new content for the on-line newsletter.

Campion JHS Alumni Internet Activity Time Line

Campion JHS Alumni Internet Activity Time Line


1992 - Tom Olson '72 wrote campion.txt for reference in his vitae at CERF.net
       (California Education Research Federation) for Finger, Veronica, Archie,
       and WAIS text based search engines.
1993 - Converted to HTML for text based LYNX WWW browsers; Campion Jesuit High School
       Nostalgia Page. NSCA Mosaic browser became available allowing pictures
       to be viewed in-line on a text page. The World Wide Web takes off.
       http://cerf.net/~tolson/ Campion-Knights Nostalgia Page  (deprecated years ago)
1994 - Tom experimented building Linux Servers and database engines to keep track
       of his contacts to share with his alumni contacts.
1995 - As a charter member of classmates.com Tom actively expands contacting
       alumni. Encouraged by Gov. Lucey '35, Robert Muhs '38, Ed OConnor '43,
       Jim Williamson '47, Bob Kearney '46, James Radtke '47, Ted Sachs '47,
       Larry deLorimier '48, Robert Lawler '48, Bob DuBrul '53, Charles Conrad '56
1997 - Class reunion - Schaefer Oneill '72 registers Campion.ORG and proposes
       to point it at Tom's page. For what ever reason it didn't happened.
1998 October - Mike Kelly '58 registers Campion58.ORG
1999 November - Bob Jakoubek '66 creates jakoubek.org with a Campion Page.
1999 December - Campion.ORG on hold so Tom registers Campion-Knights.org.
       Mark Gomez '74 encourages Tom to build boffo website and ships
       trunk load of memoriabilia for Tom to scan in support of new direction.
	Mary Gillitzer (PdC HS '72), grandaughter of Coach Hoffman is source
        of boat load of Coach Hoffman related materials.
2000 July - Pat Mower '64 registers Campion64.ORG
2000 December through 2001 Tom hosts Campion Forever Newsletter for Aaron Huguenard '47
       on the Campion-Knights.org site within the In Privatum Campianum.
2000 - Bob Graver '68 creates the Campionette OnLINE at campionhs.tripod.com site
2001 March - Charles Conrad '56 registers Campion56.ORG
2001 - Frank Larkin '61 creates CampionClassOf1961.homestead.com
2001 October - Aaron Huguenard '47 registers CampionForever.ORG to publish quarterly
      newsletter.
2003 September - Schaefer registers and parks CampionForever.COM.
2004 October - Bill Elliot '65 registers Campion1965.COM
2004 November - Bob Voosen '66 registers Campion66.ORG
2007 April - James Benso '60 registers Campion60.ORG
2009 December - Tom receives Campion.ORG and CampionForever.COM from Schaefer.
       Tom offers CampionForever.COM to be used for Campion Alumni Association
       historical records. CampionForever.COM was initially hosted on one of
       Pat Mower's servers that he and Tom setup. Campion.ORG is used to 
       link to CJHS phenomena and archives of deprecated CJHS domains.
2010 July - Tom receives CampionForever.ORG from Aaron. New editions of the
       on-line newsletter begin to appear with embedded videos(Youtube, Vimeo).
2012 September - Campion1962.com is registered
2013 June - Jim Geldermann '70 registers Campion70.ORG
2015 February - Campion65Knights.com replaces Campion1965.com

NOTE 1: Several Campion related Yahoo Groups exist (not related to above domains).
Campion-Knights (all classes) - Christopher Lamal '70 (RIP) and Tom Olson '72
CampionAlumni (all classes/primarily Class 56-ish) - Charles Conrad '56 (RIP) and Bob Valeri '56 
Campion65 (primarily Class 65-ish) - David Robbins '65
NOTE 2: Social networkng sites like Facebook have several Campion Jesuit
High School groups. LinkedIN, a professional contacts site, also has a Campion
presence.  

The Back Back Story

This might get nerdy.

Where in this mess did I decide to start Campion Knights.?? TBD I am tired.

  1. I received a Christmas present in 1964 that was a 3-bit mechanical computer. I think I did a show and tell for my 5th grade science class. My memory evades me. I wish I still had it. It might make sense to me now.

  2. Senior year our Math Department head, Coach Shipley taught a college prep class on programming the IBM 360. Coach Shipley obtained an actual IBM card punch machine. What a piece of machinery.

    The process worked like this. I will keep it simple. We would create a deck of cards representing commands...a program. Each card contained one command. He sends the deck of cards to a processing facility in Dububue, IA. where they would be fed into an IBM 360 card reader. Then, in about a week we would get back a printout with the results of the commands. I'm a little foggy on the details. I wasn't into documenting stuff for historic nostalgia until decades later.

  3. Taking Electrical Engineering at ISU introduced me to the Altair 8800. An 8-bit microprocessor which is programmed by toggling switches on the front panel. This was the new state of the art. It had 256 bytes of ram. That's right...only 256 bytes. It was programmed via 16 toggle switches with accompanying LEDs to set the address of a memory location. 8 more for the data. Plus 3 or 4 additional toggle switches. One to load the 8 bits of data to a specific 16 bit address. One to go to the next address, one to single step through the addresses, one to run the program, etc. If you made a mistake you would have to re-toggle in everything from the point you fixed. Ugh! I spent hours wrapping my head around machine language of the Intel 8080 and the octal and hex numbering system.

    One of our assignments was to write the shortest program that would place 1 and 0 alternating throughout the memory without overwriting your own program. Then shift the pattern throughout continously. You can observe each address and data via the LEDs. No beer for me that week. We each had to write our program on the chalk board to be evaluated by the class. I got worried when everyone had more lines in their programs than mine. Oh man, did I miss something? The class consensus was that mine must be flawed to be so short. The professor explained it and ran it. Yep, 'no it is perfectly correct'. A real morale booster there!

    The professor offered me a chance to do a 500 level special projects course for credit. All I had to do was design and prototype a character generator. A character generator is the digital mechanism that represents alphabets and numbers. I had to create a ROM storage device to store a dot matrix of 8 by 8 dot patterns for each character in the alphabet; As well as the circuitry to address the characters and display them to a monitor. An oscilloscpe was the monitor. I could display one character at a time. Next I had to add a circuit to display multiple characters in a row. And then finally multiple rows. When I turned in the project I had modified an old black and white TV set to perform like an oscilloscope.

    The setup used a standard ASR-33 teletype to send charactors to my black box. The black box took care of sending the dots to the screen in the correct order. My black box could display 8 lines of 16 characters. I received an A and that is what I needed to graduate with a degree in Microwave Engineering and Microprecessor development. Go figure.

    A side note. At the time the general consensus was that these things called microprocessors would never be used as home computer devices. Just controllers. IBM did it anyways with the PC. While I was working on my project another grad student had built the first digital display gas pump. Today, that is all you see at gas stations. A note that the first digital computer was the ABC (Atanasoff Berry Computer) computer. It was not the Eniac as most people were taught. The guy that built the Eniac for the military stole the concepts and circuitry by picking the brain of Professor Atanasoff. It took years to clear that up because at the time the patents were top secret because of the war. But, eventally the courts overturn the patents.

  4. I applied to Amana for a Microwave Engineering job as Amana had recently invented the Microwave oven. Back then it was called a Radar Oven or Radar Range. They said the Microwave design was already done and what they needed were mechanical engineers to change the cosmetics every year. I instead landed a job with NSC(National Semiconductor Corporation) in Santa Clara, CA. I told my parents I'll be back in 3 years. Well, that never happened. As a product engineer for discreet and hybrid semiconductors specifically for Hi-REL Military and Medical devices my job included correlating process variables to specific characteristics. Some of the test equipment used PDP 8 and 11 mini-computers. I had an actual CRT monitor with built-in keyboard connected to the IBM 370 in another building.

  5. I was sitting in a lecture room at Stanford University with the Bay Area Computer club. Most everyone was into trying to build their own microprocessor based computers. One night this guy two rows behind my friend and me stood up and introduced himself and announced that he and his buddy had a circuit board all ready to go. They called it the Apple One. When asked what it can do. They said nothing. You have to program it yourself. Despite what you hear in the history channel accounts, he actually got a gafaw! Most everybody was into designing and building their own hardware; not really interested in programming.

    Well a couple months go by these same guys are behind me again and announce they took the gafaw to heart and have a new improved circuit board, the Apple II. What does it do? Well, now it has a simple basic command interpreter. They have it set up in the lobby to demonstrate. Pretty cool. The pixel size was about 1/4" square. Their demo produced a color changing spiral from center to outer edge and back each time changing to one of 8 primary colors. Now they had something of interest, but expensive.

  6. The guys I worked with at NSC had a side business building test equipment. They were working out of what were known as garage shops. You get a small office along with a roll up garage door. The company next to them was sawing away and putting TV tubes into a box with joysticks and buttons and a coin thingy. Hmm! Atari! Another missed opportunity.

  7. In the meantime, my buddy and I worked for this little shop down in Las Gatos called The MicroByte Shop. We didn't get paid in cash, but for parts. He eventually was forced out of business when The Byte Shop claimed they had the right to the name.

  8. I bought an Altair 8800. My buddy bought a newer Imsai 8080. We spent most of our time hacking those to save programs to paper tape and cassette tape; also made simple TV monitors. We had an ASR-33 teletype for the keyboard input and a paper reader/punch. I bought a Scelbi 8008. It actually predated the Altair 8800. It only add 8-bit addressing.

  9. After two years in the Bay Area, I got offered a job in San Diego, CA with IMED Corp as a test engineer. They made volumetric infusion pumps. The orignal pumps used all digital CMOS chips. The new pumps we designed used an Intel 8045 microprocessor(now known as a microcontroller). Warner Lambert buys IMED for a record amount of money (at that time). They wanted to make us the largest medical plastic molding/extruding company(IE I.V. Tubing and cassette syringes). By then I was product engineering manager with three departments under me in the instrument division.

  10. I take a job with another startup company, Ultramed, designing Ultrasonic PhacoEmulsification devices for removing cateracts. We sell off the patents and devices to Coopervision. Research begins to explore using ultrasonics to break up plaque in artiries. I determined that our approach may be better off using a roto-rooter method. We change name of company to InterVentional Technologies. We received FDA approval first for use on peripheral(leg) arteries and subsequently coronary arteries. Next would be renal and carotid arteries. We coined the device TEC(Transluminal Endarterectomy Catheter). We developed balloon catheters with micro syringes that could eject drugs into the wall of arteries. We developed a cutting ballon catheter which ensures controlled expansion of the artery during angioplasty. We develped the perfusion balloon cathater which allows blood to flow through while expanding the artery. We pioneered using electro-chemical etching process to make stents to avoid paying royalties everone pays to J&J for their patented laser cutting process. The industry said we couldn't make stents using an etching process. It took 10 years, but we did it, got FDA approval and become the best stent on the market. Boston Scientic buys us and takes our products off the market. So the story goes.
  11. In retro-reflection: Sophmore year we had to take Biology. I didn't feel comfortable pithing frogs and dissecting animals, so I pleaded with the principal and president of the school to get me out of that class. They agreed, but I would have to take Harvard Physics with the Senior class. I took to that class well. Professor Gunderson told me I ranked 3rd in his class. Who knew then that I would end up with a 40 year career engineering medical devices. Go figure. At our 40th reunion(I think) Mr McCarthy, Biology professor was a guest. I introduced my self and told him I was sorry I didn't take his course. He replied that he knew about me and was OK with how things turned out. Made my day!

    Campion-Knights - scanning documents

    One year, instead of attending the all class golf tournament, I visited the PdC library and registered to become a friend of the library. I bought a scanner at the only computer store in PdC at the time and proceeded to scan documents stored in the file cabinets in the archives room of the library. The snowball is forming! I bought my young son a computer and scanner and paid him $xx.xx per page or book to scan them in for me. I then cropped the images and using OCR(Optical Character Recognition) when possible to convert the scanned text to actual text. The snowball was getting bigger! That is all for now...More topics for another day, maybe: SDADS(San Diego Amiga Developers Society) Computer Club and learning about the DARPA Ethernet. I become a certified Amiga Developer designing expansion boards for the Amiga Computers. Linux 0.9 CERF.net. UUCP(Unix to Unix Copy) to transfer files and email between computers. My registered user ID on the early internet is TO9; the 9th registered person with initials T.O.



From the Scarlet Knight

The Last Thoughts of The Scarlet Knight

The Scarlet Knight at The Gates of Elysium

Yet Another Cold Night Lying Alone with Sword at My Side. The battle ended several days ago and I survived with neither Steed nor Comrade to speak with of My Life in My Land, My Life in the World. My only comfort is the Intermittent Rainfall that cleanses my Armor of blood and pain, that wakes Me Alive and that eases My Thirst. The End of My Days as a Campion Knight will come Soon. I willingly await My Final Adventure.

I was Pledged into the Knights Elite in My last year of My 4 year Quest. I believed that I Pledged well and that I would live and serve well as a Knight Elite. Once Pledged, The Strength that Pulsed through My Young Life, My Armor, My Sword and Steed resounded in My Heart with every thought conceived and every action taken as a Knight Elite. My Quest in The land is now within reach. My Destiny will be revealed to me soon. I am now prepared for the Revelation.

My Quest in The Land has Ended and I am now without a Land to Protect, to Serve and to Save. My Belief in Someone Else surely will hold me well until I Discover My Land. With My Belief in Someone Else, I began My Journey as One, to Find and Establish My Land. It is There that I will Teach My Beliefs and share My Strength derived from The Land and The Knights of Campion. It is there, in My Land, that I will Save All the World.

After uncountable months of Journeying and Trepidation, My Journey Ended. I finally found My Land, My Future, My Destiny. I found a Land that I Needed to Protect, to Serve and to Save and yet still I Needed to Win This Land over. I Needed to Win My Land against All Others and yet share with Them My Beliefs and Strengths in making this land The Land of The Scarlet Knight.

After Years of Struggle, My New Found Land became known as Omnia Terra. It is a Long and Wide Valley, lush and fertile, with natural escarpments forged by Time and Earth that guard both the East and West frontiers. Through the Valley Floor flows a small but strong River fed by many streams carrying water down from the cliffs. It is the Purest of water making it the Purest of lands. It will be here in Omnia Terra that My Eyes will forever close upon All the World and yet My Strength shall forever remain to nurture the Valley.

Omnia Terra has survived and flourished for so Many Years, Years that I wish not to revisit. Many battles were fought for Omnia Terra with much Gain, much Honor Achieved and much Loss absorbed over These Years.

I am now Aged and lacking in Strength, a consequence of all the battles and all the Loss, but I must fight one Last Battle for Omnia Terra.

The Southern Border of Omnia Terra will soon be breached by an army of Marauders bearing allegiance to no Land and to no Belief. These Marauders are guilty of killing and pillaging in all the lands within their chosen path. After sending troops and cavalry to support our Southern Allies, our Defense against the Marauders has faltered. Omnia Terra is now in jeopardy. I, The Scarlet Knight, will now lead the strength of Omnia Terra in battle against the Marauders at the Southern Border.

The Battle at the Southern Border raged for 2 days and 2 nights before I was felled with Sword in hand and lost consciousness. When I became aware of my surroundings I knew not of the outcome of the battle and had not the strength to rise from the mud holding my armor. My Sword would stay at My Side while I counted the sunrises. My count would be few.

Never Forget, even with the End of My Life, that I am Forever The Scarlet Knight of the Campion Knights of The Land, and that I am Forever The Scarlet Knight of All the World.

There Were These Times



From the Desk Of John Duskey '63

Reunions

In the year 2023, it is safe to say that all Campion alumni will have reached the traditional retirement age of 65. We are all growing old and our numbers are dwindling. Our class had over 120 graduates, of whom about 90 are still alive, and 70 continue to have regular contact with their classmates. Among that number, several live at a great distance, or because of health concerns, were unable to travel to our reunion in July.

As time moves on, we can expect smaller numbers attending reunions. I am the social committee chairman for the class of 1963. In fall of 2021, our only surviving teacher who was able to come to a reunion was Mr. Reynold Frutkin. When I talked to him last fall, he mentioned that he taught a section of honors English to sophomores (class of '64), and that it would be nice to see some of them again. The social committee discussed this and we decided to invite everyone in the class of '64 to our 59th anniversary reunion. Jerry O'Kane '64 facilitated the contacts with that class.

The reunion was held last July 8-9-10 in Des Plaines, IL. We had 35 people there, and the guys in '63 were happy to meet and visit with members of the class of '64, and vice versa. For the class of '63 - sixtieth anniversary reunion next summer, we are inviting both classes, '62 and '64, to join us. This might be a good idea for other classes, or groups of classes. After fifty years, there shouldn't be a wall between different classes who shared the same Campion experience.

Film Review

From time to time I come across a film that deals with boarding school issues. In 1955 there was a film "The Private War of Major Benson" which dealt with the ROTC program at a boarding school in California. Then there was that other film (Dead Poets, 1989) that was mentioned in my article about the characteristics of boarding school life in the April 2021 issue.

Right now, I want to acknowledge and thank Jack Garvey '63 for bringing another boarding school film to my attention. The film is "The Emperor's Club" (2002) and it featured Kevin Kline as William Hundert, the teacher in a Western Civilization course at a high school called St. Benedict's, and Emile Hirsch as Sedgewick Bell, one of Mr. Hindert's troublesome students.

The film had several elements that would be reminiscent of what we experienced at Campion: Mr. Hundert was also a dorm prefect, Students made a forbidden trip off campus. However, it seemed that time in the dorm room was not as strictly regulated as it was at Campion. Also, the librarian was somewhat rude to Mr. Hundert; I can't even imagine such behavior by Miss Mulheim or Mrs. McGinley.

While there were religions sisters on the faculty at the nearby girls' school, St. Mary's, there was no sign of any priests, Benedictine or otherwise, or any religion at all, at St. Benedict's Academy.

Sedgewick Bell comes into the picture as a trouble-maker and Mr Hundert tries to make him into a serious student. At one point, Mr. Hundert visits Sedgewick's father, who tells him that the school cannot mold Sedgewick's character, that he, his father, does that. It is clear that Mr. Hundert has standards that are different from Sedgewick's father .

The school has a contest to award the title "Mr. Julius Caesar" to the student-contestant who can answer a series of questions about Roman history. It appeared to me that this system, and Mr. Hundert's demands, placed an emphasis on memorizing answers and knowing a lot of facts.

That class graduated in 1976 and they have a reunion of all these contestants 25 years later Turns out that Sedgewick Bell has a questionable moral philosophy that allows him to bend the rules in order to achieve success. Mr. Hundert feels that he has failed in his effort to influence Bell, and blames himself for some of that failure.

The film pays no attention to any academic work except the Western Civilization course. No other faculty play significant roles. There is one incident where, after the headmaster dies, Mr. Hundert applies to be the new headmaster. He is passed over, in spite of the fact that he is the best teacher, because the governing board wants to hire a person more inclined toward interaction with the community and who has plans for fund raising.

All the students were keenly aware of the amount of money their parents were spending to put them in St. Benedict's. It was obviously a lot more than our tuition at Campion. This sheds further light why Number 23 on that list (April 2021 Campion Forever) is pertinent: "Expulsion was a fate worse than death." That depends on the amount of tuition money that could be lost, as well as the particular father-son relationship.

The film isn't always enjoyable, but it does give the viewer a lot of issues to think about: Mr. Hundert's role as an educator, the father-son relationship that formed the character of Sedgewick Bell, and the tendency for people to lie, cheat and steal in order to achieve success in the political and financial world.

The film opens the door to several questions. (1) Who should be the headmaster of the school? Should it be the best teacher, or the best community-action fund raiser? In our case at Campion, we couldn't have had a better answer than our experience with Fr. Kalb and Fr. Doran. The authority they jointly held successfully led the school. (2) Did the Julius Caesar contest put too much emphasis on memorizing facts, and was the glorification of one winning student really in the best interest of that student or of all the students? (3) Did the students have too much freedom during the time in their rooms, or should they have had some time for "room-rec" and some time for strict study as we had at Campion? (4) Did the school teach anything besides Western Civilization? Up-to-date classes in World History, nowadays, have a broader scope.



From the Desk Of Harry Stark '61

Hello Tom.

This morning I was actually looking for something else Campion wise and ran across all your emails. You have a great web site and I have to confess I have not viewed it as often as I should have.

In looking over your pending and past Campion class reunions, I notice our class as being not there. Our class of 1961 has had a stellar record of reunions as you can see from my attached list. This fall we head to Charlotte, NC. This was originally scheduled for 2020, but with covid it had to be cancelled.

Our best reunion was our 50th in Phoenix. We had 55 classmates attend, most with spouses for a three day event held at the Marriott Desert Ridge. This was a fantastic hotel on over 300 acres with two golf courses, 940 rooms & 5 swimming pools. It was selected because one of our Ohio classmates, Tom Ramella, sold menus there and knew their chef and, of course, we could not go back to Campion because of all the barbed wire fences. Ha! The other deciding factor to chose that Phoenix site was the fact that we had 6 classmates residing there. Two had started businesses in Phoenix after college (Bud Hughey & Ed Printy) and three had retired there (Dick Kimberly, Mike Donnelly & John Novey) and I (Harry Stark) was a snowbird from Minnesota and purchased a condo there the year before I retired. Of course, my wife grew up in Phoenix from age 9 and as the youngest of 10 children, we therefore have a ton of relatives there.

For our 50th, we planned all kinds of events for classmates to do from hot air balloon rides, horse back riding, hiking and golf. On our first night we had a beautiful outdoor dinner setting (May in AZ means nice warm weather) and after dinner one of our classmates, Denny Foley, who per his profession traveled on cruise ships as a musician, he played a guitar to entertain us all and while some classmates danced. On our concluding evening we held a great outdoor banquet on a small island surrounded by water from the extensive pool system. We handed out some fun gag gifts for the champion golfers of the past two days. We were fortunate also to have one Jesuit from Campion join us, Fr. Eagan. All in all, we had so much fun that everyone wanted to do it every year thereafter. So far we have not had any problem with a classmate stepping up to the plate and offering to host.

Just couldn't resist send this information to you.

Best Regards,
Harry Stark
Campion Class of 1961
from Minneapolis

Campion Class of 1961		
		Reunions
2011	50th	Phoenix, Arizona
2012	51st	St. Louis, MO
2013	52nd	Savannah, GA
2014	53rd	Austin, Texas
2015	54th	Colorado Springs, CO
2016	55th	Minneapolis, MN
2017	56th	Washington DC
2018	57th	Sterling, Virginia
2019	58th	Rapid City South Dakota
2020	59th	Covid - No reunion
2021	60th	Cody Wyoming
2022	61st	Charlotte, North Carolina
2023	62nd	???



From the Desk Of James Radde, SJ

Hi Tom,

Thanks for your faithfulness year after year.

I'm celebrating my 50th anniversary of ordination.

I still live in St. Paul. When I'm not responding to requests to say mass or hear confessions in Spanish I'm a spiritual director and a potter. I'll be on a retreat team in July at the Jesuit Retreat House near Oshkosh,WI.

Keep up your good work.

God bless you.

Jim

P.S. Fr. Joe Eagan, S.J. turns 100 on October 29. He's at St. Camillus.




RIPObituaries:
nameclass_ofdeceaseddatecity_grad
Peter J. Haurykiewicz19662022-01-09Kenosha
John J. Callahan, S.J.19572022-01-21Plymouth
Jim A. Bruce19582022-01-31Milwaukee
James M. Wilhelm19542022-02-03Indianapolis
Fred L. Peterson19532022-02-11Kokomo
Robert W. Wallace19652022-02-16Palatine
Chris Schmitt19612022-03-01Milwaukee
Michael R. Gibboney19652022-03-04Middletown
Thomas J. Doyle19472022-04-19Wausau
John Patrick Stewart19482022-04-27Fort Eustice
Fr. James K. Serrick, S.J.19492022-05-06Toledo
George A. Bannantine19452022-05-08Ciudad Trujillo
Jeffrey J. Jankowski19702022-05-13Fort Lee
John Martin19592022-07-06Dayton
David C. Crutcher19692022-08-14Lexington
Rev. Martin W. Pfab19542022-08-24Bernard
William J. Dooley19602022-08-29West Bend

Alumni who have passed in...
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, All known by class.

Faculty who have passed:

  • Coach Clem Massey 2022-08-07. Teacher of History and Social Studies. Basketball and Wrestling Coach. 1966-69
  • Fr. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., 2021-09-30, Scholastic: Teacher of Latin, Sodality 1959-61; Priest: Principal 1969-70, President 1970-75, Rector 1973-75.
  • Lieselotte "Lu" Patnode, 2021-09-09.
    She married Donald Kenneth Patnode in Manheim, Germany on April 11, 1947. She followed Don to Prairie du Chien for his position at Campion Jesuit High School as the head of the ROTC program. Together they raised their family in the Prairie du Chien...
  • Fr. Philip Dreckman, S.J., 2021-03-25, Teacher of History 1966-1975
  • Doris M. Buening, 2021-02-10, Secretary 19??-19??
  • Fr. Eugene Dutkiewicz, S.J., 2021-01-24, Scholastic: Teacher of Chemistry 1957-58; Priest: Teacher of Math 1963-69, Asst. Principal 1965-69

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