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List of 5 news stories.

  • Class of 1954

    Members of the Class of 1954 maintained their long-standing tradition of monthly breakfast gatherings and decided to make a stop at Loyola's new Veteran's Memorial wall in July! Alumni from the Class of 1954 who found themselves at Lake and Laramie included: Jerome L. Duffy, Frederick C. Fosi, Albert J. Glueckert, Kenneth L. Kwiatt, Michael R. Leyden, Timothy J. Murtaugh III, Robert H. Oldershaw, Walter A. Ovaert, Robert P. Perkaus Jr., Kenneth J. Printen, John A. Revord, Peter D. Roverson, William J. Rooney, Robert J. Seeberg, John F. Smith III, and Robert E. Ward.
  • William T. Murphy Jr. '59

    In November 2020, William T. Murphy Jr. self-published his book Muldoon’s Luck. A novel set in Washington, D.C. that follows a small cast of lobbyists and gamblers. You can ready Muldoon's Luck on Amazon. 
  • William M. Plante '55

    Former CBS anchor of the Sunday Night News and White House correspondent, told the North Shore Daily News that he's enjoying retirement reading, writing, speaking to groups and consuming news. He's also involved in the "village" movement, an nonprofit community group that helps older residents remain in their homes as they age. He credits the Jesuits at Loyola for encouraging him to focus and figure out what he wanted to do.
  • Rev. Thomas P. Henehan, MM '56

    In 2020, Father Henehan celebrated 55 years as a missionary priest. During his service, Father Henehan has been to Guatemala, Chile and Bolivia and currently in the United States.
  • Rev. Robert J. Borre '52

    Father Borre celebrated 60 years as an ordained priest in May 2020. He has served as a parish priest at churches in the Northwest Suburbs and at the former Naval Air Station in Glenview. He studied to be a priest at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee and later went on to earn degrees in educational psychology and secondary education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He returned to Illinois in 1987 serving under pastor John Dussman at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview. His combination of faith, counseling and psychology, prepared him well for military service, which he began in 1966 as an Air Force chaplain and later as an Army reservist and member of the Wisconsin National Guard. He was named an honorary brigadier general in 2019. Nowadays, Father Borre stays active at home gardening. He continues to serve at the Jesse Brown and Edward Hines Jr. VA hospitals, at St. Colette Catholic Church in Rolling Meadows and St. Edna Catholic Church in Arlington Heights, to name several.

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  • Martin J. Lane '61

    Martin J. "Marty" Lane retired after 53 years of service to Loyola University Chicago. He began his career in credit and collection at the new hospital at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Most recently, he was administrative assistant in the major gifts department. "I will continue cheering on the Ramblers from the sidelines! Go Ramblers!" he says.
  • Bill Murray '68

    The documentary New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization captures Bill Murray '68 alongside cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez in their final performance of their European "New Worlds" tour. The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2021 and made its U.S. debut in February 2022. It promotes travel as a way to experience different attitudes, ideas and experiences, helping to create a culture of acceptance. "To be shaken out of your ordinary circumstances and to see a new reality, which challenges your perception of reality is very good for all of us," Murray told journalist Jim Ryan.
  • Class of 1968

    Slainte! Lifelong friends from the Class of 1968 enjoyed a day on the links in Lahinch, Ireland.
  • John F. Gorman '62

    Death Before Life, a fast-paced detective thriller that depicts the gritty streets of Chicago, was written by John F. Gorman '62 and published in July 2022. The former communications director for the Cook County State's Attorney Office—where he worked for Dick Devine '61—and a former federal beat reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Gorman drew upon his decades of experience covering the cops, courts, and politicians of Chicago for this thrilling read.
  • Mark K. Lahey '67

    Mark's LA letterman sweater was featured in the column "Everyday Heirloom" in the September 2021 issue of Country Living. Lahey's daughter, Megan Riley, who submitted the story, lovingly talked about their family’s difficult time since Lahey was diagnosed with dementia. She spoke about her father’s ability to remember his days at Loyola as part of the football team, which won back-to-back city championships in 1965 and 1966, and the life lessons he learned from playing: the camaraderie, the community and the support system of his teammates and coaches.
  • Dr. John A. Dowdle '66


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  • Track & Field and Cross Country Ramblers Reunite

    1970s-era members of the Loyola Academy track & field and cross country teams reunited in December. The day began with Mass in the Loyola Academy Chapel, followed by a luncheon at Hackney's. Also in attendance was Frank Amato, longtime Loyola Academy track & field coach and mentor.
  • Class of 1979

    Hosted by Roger Hickey '79 and organized by Gary Michalek '79, members of the Class of 1979 gathered in December for a Saturday afternoon paddle outing at the Skokie Country Club. In addition to Hickey and Michalek, the roster included: F. Thomas Bertsche III '79, William K. Blanchard Jr '79, James L. "Jim" Brault '79, Michael A. Cascio '79, John T. Durkin Jr '79, Daniel G. McNulty '79, David P. Murawski '79, Edmund J. "EJ" Orr Jr '79, Michael J. Perkaus '79, Daniel C. Powers '79, and Joseph D. Shelly III '79.
  • Christopher J. Brennan '76

    The Lake Forest-based Brennan Rehabilitation Foundation, chaired by Christopher J. Brennan '76, recently awarded the Socrates Award, a lifetime cash grant, to three spinal cord injury survivors, including two local recipients: 8-year-old Cooper Roberts, whose injuries during the Highland Park Fourth of July parade left him paralyzed, and Daniel Golden, a Chicago Police Officer and U.S. Army veteran who was shot in the back while reportedly breaking up a fight in July. Brennan, a 2003 Loyola Athletic Hall of Fame inductee for football and track, created the Socrates Award during his tenure in sports media. In 2000, Brennan worked with his late father, Terry Brennan, former head football coach at the University of Notre Dame, to set up this award, which originally recognized collegiate athletes who achieved a combination of athletic and academic success. Following a spinal cord injury in 2014 that left Christopher with tetraplegia—partial-to-total loss of all four limbs and torso—the award shifted to its current form.
  • Joe Barbera '72

    Joseph F. "Joe" Barbera II '72 and his wife, Mary, owners of AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar in Columbia, Maryland, were named 2022 Restaurateurs of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM). A celebration honoring Joe and Mary, along with other industry leaders, was held in March at the Maryland Live Casino in Hanover. 
  • John A. Haderlein '78

    John A. Haderlein was instituted as an acolyte on his journey toward becoming a deacon with the Archdiocese of Chicago. He’s pursuing his diaconal studies at the University of St. Mary at the Lake.
  • Class of 1979

    Members of the Class of 1979 have been gathering monthly to play paddleball at local venues hosted by one of their classmates. To join the fun or learn more, contact Gary A. Michalek ’79 at

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  • Matthew R. Devine '85

    White & Chase LLP, and international law firm that helps companies, governments, and financial institutions achieve their global ambitions, appointed Matthew R. Devine '85 as the office executive partner of its Chicago office. Matthew first joined the firm in 2020 and sits in its global commercial litigation practice. As office executive partner, Matthew acts as a liaison between the office and the firm.
  • Timothy P. Devine '88

    Loyola Academy President Gregory J. Ostdiek, SJ, announced on January 11, 2023, that Mr. Timothy P. Devine '88 has been named Loyola Academy's next principal.

    Mr. Devine has nearly 25 years of classroom and administrative experience, most recently as social studies teacher here at Loyola Academy. Before returning to Loyola Academy, Mr. Devine served as principal of Walter Payton College Preparatory High School for nine years. 

    Click here to read the full announcement.
  • Class of 1980

    On May 26, Class of 1980 alumni John J. Betterman, Mark A. Rofles, Louis J. Glunz IV, Fred J. O'Connor, Christopher C. Furth and William J. O'Connell gathered for the internment of their classmate Col. Robert C. Schwarze (USAF) at Arlington National Cemetery. Col. Schwarze was an accomplished flier—Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and multiple Oak Leaf Clusters—accomplishments that few serve to achieve.
  • Fred O'Connor '80

    Fred O'Connor '80, wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual officed in both Chicago and Deerfield, received Honorable Mention in the 16th Annual Invest in Others Awards for his charitable contributions to the Big Shoulders Fund, an independent charitable organization that supports a network of 72 under-resourced Catholic schools in Chicago serving nearly 20,000 student. The Invest in Others Awards recognizes the charitable work of financial advisors in communities across the country and around the world.
  • Hon. Daniel Kotowski '85

    A $50,000 commitment to the Danny Did Foundation from emeritus board member Hon. Daniel Kotowski '85, and his wife Anne, will launch a new fund to provide seizure detection devices to support 100 families. The Kotowski Detection Device Fund (K-DDF) will boost long-term funding for Danny Did's signature program by providing 100 seizure-alerting devices for underserved children and families who cope with epilepsy. Dan served a leader on the Danny Did board of directors since its inception in 2010 until December of 2021. He will now focus on recruiting donors to build the K-DDF and to bridge a critical financial gap for those who face seizures. The Danny Did Foundation is an Evanston, IL-based nonprofit founded after the passing of 4-year-old Danny Stanton, son of Mariann and Michael Stanton '88, due to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, or SUPED.
  • Kenneth J. Young '80

    The American Floral Endowment (AFE), a nonprofit organization that funds research and scholarships in floriculture and environmental horticulture for the benefit of growers. wholesalers, retailers, allied industry organizations and the general public, announced the appointment of Kenneth J. Young '80 as its new Chairman of the Board. Young has been in the industry for over 40 years and is the owner of Phoenix Flower Shops in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

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  • Dennis R. Stonequist '90

    After more than 20 years of service to Loyola Academy, Dennis R. Stonequist '90 accepted the position of vice president of institutional advancement at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Under his stewardship and leadership here at Loyola Academy as first swimming coach, then director of alumni relations, and finally as executive vice president, our campus and our community have been made immeasurably better. Most recently, as executive vice president, Dennis oversaw much of the success of Loyola's Second Century Campaign. His tireless work and collaborative efforts to mediate between the Village of Wilmette, our own Board of Trustees, our neighbors, and our many contractors and vendors brought vision to reality for the John D. Norcross '54 Aquatic Center, the Mary and L. Robert Pasquesi '62 Piazza, and the McGrath Family Performing Arts Center, home of the Leemputte Family Theater. Effective February 1, Dennis now serves our shared Jesuit mission by implementing Vision 30, the strategic campaign of Saint Ignatius High School.
  • Dr. Jahaan R. Abdullah '95

    Dr. Jahaan R. Abdullah '95 is an assistant professor at Chicago State University, board certified and licensed counselor, social and restorative justice advocate, and a morally and ethically engaged researcher. In spring 2022, she came back to campus and spoke to current students about her career and time at Loyola as part of Loyola’s Lenten Lunch-and-Learn series for the school community. Notably, Dr. Abdullah is the first African American female to graduate from Loyola Academy.
  • Michael A. Lowe '97

    Michael A. Lowe '97, A WGN reporter, added four more Emmys to his ever-growing collection at the 64th Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards ceremony in December 2022. Lowe's 2022 Emmys include Outstanding Achievement for Hard News Report for "A Night on the Street;" Outstanding Achievement for Business/Consumer News for "Where's the Beef? Tracing Inflation from the Cattle Ranch to the Restaurant;" Outstanding Achievement for News Gathering - Sports News for "College Baseball Player's Most Important Save? His Dad;" and Outstanding Crafts Achievement for Writing - News for "Song Sublimely Cast Shall Citadel Outlast." Continuing their annual tradition of gathering for the ceremony, Mike celebrated with former classmates Christopher M. Wolf '97 (left) and Peter C. Lee '97 (right).
  • Gregory Qaiyum '94 and Jeffrey Qaiyum '97

    Award-winning and internationally acclaimed theater artists Gregory Qaiyum '94 and Jeffrey Qaiyum '97—better known as the Q brothers—performed tracks from "Buggin,'" their debut album for kids, at Lollapalooza's kid's stage in July 2022. The Q Brothers are known for fusing hip hop and theater and adapting classic stories to a wholly original, entertaining and fast-paced style of comedic performance that has been energizing audiences for over two decades. In October, they presented to Loyola Academy students in the new McGrath Family Performing Arts Center, beginning an exciting year-long artist-in-residence program.
  • Kathy Zebracki Jefson, PhD '96

    Kathy Zebracki Jefson, PhD '96
    was named a 2023 fellow of the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA). The association is a leader in spinal cord injury care, education, and research. According to the award winning summary, "Dr. Zebracki has a national and international reputation as an investigator, educator, and contributor to the pediatric SCI field." Zebracki is the chief of psychology at Shriners Hospitals for Children Chicago, where she specializes in pediatric spinal cord injury clinical care and research. She also serves as the clinical and research mentor for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows at Shriners Children's. Zebracki will be honored at the ASIA Annual Scientific Meeting in Spring 2023.

    Kathy Zebracki Jefson, PhD '96 is chief of psychology at Shriner's Hospitals for Children Chicago and adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Her new book Pediatric Neuropsychology within the Multidisciplinary Context was recently published by Mac Keith Press.
  • Mark Kocovski '93

    Mark Kocovski '93 has been appointed assistant vice president for people strategy and partnerships in the Office of Human Resources at the University of Notre Dame. Kocovski has served for 20 years in various strategic and leadership roles in human resources at Notre Dame. In his new role, Kocovski will expand collaboration and HR strategic support with partners across campus and continue to lead the HR consulting team. He holds a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame, a master's degree from the University of Portland, and a law degree from DePaul University.

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  • Jessica "J" Godwin '01

    Loyola Academy choirs presented their annual fall concert themed "Better Together" on Thursday, October 13. Notably, this was their first performance in Loyola's new Leemputte Family Theater. To mark the occasion, they debuted five original songs co-written with alumna Jessica "J" Godwin '01, an immensely talented audiovisual artist and mentor based in Brooklyn, New York. Beginning last spring, J has led choir students through the invaluable experience of singing harmonies, building lyrics and recording music to produce an EP of their own.
  • Andres Robledo Jr. '04

    Andres Robledo Jr. '04 is the founder of Feeding People Through Plants, a Chicago-based organization that provides resources such as food, tents, heat, blankets, clothing, and hotel stays to those experiencing homelessness. In December, Robledo and a group of volunteers conducted wellbeing checks and distributed blankets, hand warmers, and gloves to those in need. The group also helps connect people with employment, mental health resources, addiction treatment, and housing programs.
  • Alex Maragos '09

    Alex Maragos '09 started the new year in a new role with NBC Chicago, anchoring the 11am and 4pm newscasts on weekdays with Marian Brooks.
  • Cynthia Mazariegos '03

    Immigration attorney Cynthia Mazariegos '03 spoke to Modern Global Issues students in November 2022 about immigration today. Cynthia is the founder of the Group Reu Law firm in Chicago, which specializes in immigration and family law.
  • Fr. Robert F. Carlton '01

    Ramblers connect for a cause in Maryland! Fr. Robert F. Carlton '01 (left), a global fellow with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), met with fellow Rambler William P. "Bill" O'Keefe III '80 (right), CRS executive president for mission, mobilization and advocacy, at the end of October for the annual CRS Global Fellows meeting in Baltimore.
  • Adam R. Braeback '00

    Adam R. Braeback '00 married Danica Westerman in October. Adam was the manager of Loyola's state championship girls' basketball teams in both 1997 and 1998.

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  • Maria J. Varela '16

    In January, Maria J. Varela '16 made a visit to Loyola Academy's Art Club meeting and spoke about her experience as a fashion design student at Columbia College in Chicago, where she earned her BFA in 2020, and as a textile design student at Bath Spa University in England, where she earned her MA in 2022. Maria brought examples of her master's thesis, a collection entitled "Dear Diary", for students to explore and explained that the inspiration for the collection were the sights, sounds, and experiences she encountered abroad during her time at Bath Spa. "This collection is a maximalist's approach to exploring the joys and freedom of European travels in a post-pandemic world," she says. Learn more about Maria's work at
  • Jessica Ayala '13

    Jessica Ayala '13 helped manage the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund's (DMSF) mural project, themed "Uplifting Tomorrow's Leaders," which is seen by thousands of commuters every day while driving the Kennedy Expressway. DMSF supports scholars with tuition assistance and other programs and services, like their Caddy Program, which Ayala participated in. She now works at DMSF as their marketing and communications manager.
  • Arish Merchant '18

    In November, Arish Merchant '18 became the youngest owner and operator in Culver's franchising history. After graduating college, Arish focused on his goals and achieved this milestone after countless hours, early mornings, late nights, the biggest smile, and a whole lot of work.
  • Daniel P. Leemputte '12

    Daniel P. Leemputte '12 married Rebecca Caplan in October in Boston, MA. Daniel's sister Mary Leemputte '04 was a bridesmaid and brothers Peter N. Leemputte '08 and John F. Leemputte '20 were best men.
  • Emma (Wojnicki) Kresock '14

    Emma (Wojnicki) Kresock '14 married Daniel Kresock on April 30, 2022.
  • Emma C. Walsh '12 and Luke Billhorn '12

    Emma C. Walsh '12 and Luke Billhorn '12 were married in October 2021. Former Loyola Academy President Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, presided at the nuptials, and several of the couples' Rambler classmates were in attendance. Walsh is a member of the Loyola Academy President's Leadership Council (PLC).

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