Curtis Cooper ’75

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 1/11 CURTIS COOPER ’75 Every era has its wonders and aura of innate possibilities. Coming of age on the South side of Chicago in the late nineteen-sixties and early seventies is tinged with the contradictory and the eventful. It was a time of discord and rancor but also […]

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Jack Schaller ~ Schaller’s Pump

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 8/10 JACK SCHALLER ~ SCHALLER’S PUMP A LEO STORY OF MEN GIVING BACK It could be a scene from a play, or a movie. It’s a beautiful late summer afternoon. A weekday. A group of older, clearly distinguished gentlemen, friendly and at ease with each other congregates in […]

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Peter Doyle

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 8/10 PETER DOYLE Life at Leo The hundreds of young men he taught and counseled at Leo called him Brother William. He arrived, a young adult himself, at Leo in the fall of 1967, the world gripped in social convulsions and rapidly shifting social mores. Peter Doyle has […]

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Edwon Simmons ’93

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 8/10 EDWON SIMMONS ’93 What’s in a name, Shakespeare famously asked in Romeo and Juliet. Juliet observes, “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Names are sometimes a curse, but they sometimes get right at the heart of the matter. Edwon […]

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William McFarlane ’83

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 8/10 WILLIAM MC FARLANE ’83 Losing your father at any time is difficult. It is beyond the pale to imagine the emotional experiences of William (Bill) McFarlane when his father Ronald, a retired Chicago police lieutenant, died from complications of a heart attack in June 1982, after Bill […]

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Moment of truth at Leo Dan McGrath ’68

Moment of truth at Leo, Trust newspaper veteran McGrath to do his best to revitalize alma mater The last time I truly trusted Dan McGrath was when I turned to him during Game 3 of the 2003 NL Championship Game and asked what the chemical name was for truth serum. ”Phenobarbital,” he said without so […]

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Donald Whiteside ’87

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 4/10 DONALD WHITESIDE ’87 The greatness of a man is measured from the neck up, Napoleon said. Donald Whiteside never commanded armies or fought in wars. He has from his early beginnings smart, shrewd and instinctive. He also was a guy that was never afraid to cut his […]

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James J. Arneberg ’43

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 3/10 JAMES J ARNEBERG ’45  Scene: The Southwest Side of Chicago. Time: The mid-1930s, the height of the Great Depression. It was a volatile time when people moved and acted with a naked desperation, regardless of their age, to get by, to feel worthy and to achieve self-respect. The […]

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Leo Alumni Hosts A Pizza Party 2009

Leo Alumni Hosts a Pizza Party 2009

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Mark Dwyer ’66

Interviewed and Written by Patrick Mc Gavin 10/09 MARK DWYER ’66 “Whoso would be a man,” Emerson said, “must be a nonconformist.” The story of Mark Dwyer is of a man who’s ostensibly gone against the grain. Not every time, mind you. But he found his own road, his own path and took the plunge. It […]

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