Class Notes


Joseph F. O’Callaghan Ph.D., ’50, wrote his latest book, Alfonso X, The Justinian of His Age: Law and Justice in Thirteenth-Century Castile, published by Cornell University Press.

Thomas J. Gola, ’55, was selected posthumously by The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission to be featured on a Pennsylvania Historical Marker outside Tom Gola Arena at TruMark Financial Center.

John C. McDevitt, ’57, published his 25th novel, Octavia Gone. He has won a Nebula, John W. Campbell Award, and the Robert Heinlein Lifetime Achievement Award. The International Astronomical Union also has put his name on an asteroid. 

John C. Hynes, ’58, has retired as a permanent deacon after celebrating 40 years at Maternity B.V.M. Parish in Philadelphia.


Joseph P. Batory, ’64, and wife Joan celebrated the 51st anniversary of their wedding.

Robert F. Moore, ’66, was inducted into the Neumann-Goretti Varsity Club Hall of Fame for swimming. 

James A. Butler, Ph.D., ’67, an English professor emeritus, recently gave a talk about Frankenstein at his new residence, Sunrise Assisted Living in Abington, Pa.


Richard Poulson, Esq., ’70, was named to the 2019 Super Lawyers List in Pennsylvania.

Ralph Teti, Esq., ’70, was named to the 2019 Super Lawyers List in Pennsylvania.

Leo P. Mount Jr., ’73, recently published a book, The Summer of 1964.

Andrew E. DiPiero Jr., Esq., ’74, of the law firm, Baratta, Russell & Baratta, achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate. Approximately three percent of American lawyers are board certified. 

Dennis M. Doyle, Ph.D., ’74, wrote The Catholic Church in a Changing World, a book that explores a variety of contemporary issues including authority, ecumenism, justice, ecology, and economics.

Kevin J. Flynn, ’74, earned re-election to a four-year term on the Denver City Council in Denver, Colo.

Joseph M. Rapczynski, ’74, received the William “Pickles” Kennedy Award at The Oldtimers Bats and Balls Association in Northeast Philadelphia. 

Kenneth Dubrow, Esq., ’78, was named to the 2019 Super Lawyers List in Pennsylvania.

Kate Harper, Esq., ’78, was named to the 2019 Super Lawyers List in Pennsylvania.


Gregory J. Nowak, Esq., ’81, published his fifth book, Hedge Fund Disclosure Documents Line by Line, and continues to teach fund formation at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, N.Y.

Rev. Joseph L. Coffey, ’82, has been named an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services.

Janice M. Beitz, Ph.D., ’83, was named a fellow of the National Academies of Practice, an interprofessional, national organization that advises governmental bodies on health care delivery in the United States.

John S. Yoast, ’83, had his house in Ambler, Pa., featured on ABC’s Christmas Light Fight. He founded Light Up A Life Foundation, with the mission to assist families in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County and Montgomery County that are facing hardships due to an illness or tragedy.

Adam Schecter, ’84, has been named chief executive officer of LabCorp.

Daniel J. Machon Jr., ’85, was named president and chief executive officer of Benchmark Federal Credit Union.

William L. Baldwin, Esq., ’87, received the PBA Conference of County Bar Leaders Arthur J. Birdsall Award by the Delaware County (Pa.) Bar Association. The award is given to a county bar executive who demonstrates professional excellence, commits to the success of his or her bar association, and significantly enhances the stature of his or her bar association.

George W. Rudolph Jr., ’88, was appointed president of the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU) Board of Directors.


Anisha S. Abraham, J.D., ’02, joined the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson LLP as Of Counsel to the firm, concentrating in the areas of environmental, mass, and toxic torts.

Thomas Robert Ryan, ’02, received the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) 40 Under 40 Award. This award is given in recognition of demonstrated leadership and commitment to their law enforcement profession.

Erica (Baker) Rios, ’03, and her husband Rick, welcomed their daughter Maisie Jaymes.

Jeffrey A. Leauby, ’05, honored La Salle University professor Dr. Susan McDonald by leading a fundraiser with the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Dr. McDonald worked in La Salle’s music department and retired at an early age due to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Edward Mahon, ’05, was a 2018 finalist in the national Livingston Awards for Young Journalists for his reporting on failures to protect domestic violence victims in Pennsylvania.

Michael Farrell, ’07, earned promotion to Deputy Chief of Leadership Development for the School District of Philadelphia.

Katherine Missimer, Esq., ’07, joined Klehr, Harvery, Harrson, Branbzburg, LLP as Of Counsel in its zoning and land use practice group.


Robert Connor, ’10, and Rachel (Dowrick) Connor, ’10, welcomed their son Luke.

Miriam Diaz-Gilbert, M.A. ’10, ABD Th.D., published an article in Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality. She is an ultrarunner who is training for her 27th ultramarathon.

Rashon Howard, ’10, started the Reach Up Foundation to generate scholarships for inner-city youth, and authored the book, Mentality of Success.

Patrick Terranova, ’11, won the Maryland Economic Development Association’s 2019 Rising Star Award in April. He and his wife, Dr. Pamela (Woodward) Terranova ’09, welcomed their son Fletcher.

Marta Maria Korytkowska, ’13, M.S. ’14, is a professor at Sacred Heart University. 

Christina Anne Franko Ullano, M.A. ’13, was among 76 teachers nationally to receive a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program Fellowship. The fellowship is a year-long professional development opportunity in global education and includes international field experience in cultural exchange and co-teaching in schools abroad. 

Matthew D. Fasano-McCarron, M.A. ’14, Psy.D. ’17, received the Psychology in Education Distinguished Departmental Award at the 2019 School of Education Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony at the University of Pittsburgh.

Karli N. Libbey, ’17, MBA ’18, was profiled by The Justice Wire for her work in data analytics to help criminal justice reform in Philadelphia.  


explorer with other college mascots

The Explorer stopped by the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as part of a “mascot-off” segment during the A-10 Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y., in March.


John McVey, ’08, and Morgan Golden McVey, ’11John McVey, ’08, and Morgan Golden McVey, ’11, were married in March 2019 at the De La Salle Chapel in College Hall. The couple first met during their years on campus as accomplished student-athletes, with John playing football and Morgan playing women’s soccer. Their wedding reception featured many fellow La Salle alumni, including John’s grandfather, Joseph Pendergast Sr., ’60, the first in the family to graduate from the University. John and Morgan are expecting their first child in March.

wedding ceremony in la salle chapel

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wedding friends and family