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Father McShane Welcomes New Students

Flag From Operation Enduring Freedom Donated to Law School

Rev. James H. Reid, S.J., Professor of Classics, Dies

Napoli to Lead McGannon Communication Research Center

College at Sixty Founder Dies at 87

WFUV Garners Honors

Kiwanis Rallies For “Manon Tomorrow”

Former Marymount Drama Professor Ronald M. Weyand Dies

Father McShane Welcomes New Students

Joseph M. McShane, S.J., the president of Fordham University, handed out water, greeted parents and personally welcomed hundreds of freshmen on Sunday, Aug. 31, during a whirlwind tour of all three Fordham campuses.

During his welcome address to students and their parents at Rose Hill, Father McShane thanked parents for allowing Fordham to help educate their children and promised the students a nurturing and supportive environment. He assured the freshmen that they would reach new heights during their four years at the University.

“What you can expect here is a community of scholars who will take you seriously, faculty who will worry about you, who will take you to new heights, challenging you even when you think you can go no further,” Father McShane said. “Fordham is a most extraordinary place. The only thing that has kept us from greatness is that we have been waiting for you to arrive.”

In addition to handing out water to travel-weary students and their families, Father McShane inquired about their journeys to Fordham and offered his best wishes for the academic year. Photo: Peter Freed

Flag From Operation Enduring Freedom Donated to Law School

An American flag that flew from an Army fighter jet during a combat mission in Afghanistan has been donated to Fordham Law School by Captain Kevin Carroll, a 2001 graduate. The flag will be displayed in the Law School’s atrium.

Capt. Carroll donated the flag in honor of the members of the Fordham community who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. The flag was flown in an A/OA-10A Thunderbolt II “Warthog” on June 27, 2003, during Operation Enduring Freedom.

“We’re honored that Captain Carroll chose to donate this flag to Fordham Law School,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. “His efforts to protect our country are a perfect example of the value of service to others that is a key part of a Fordham education in the Jesuit tradition.”

Rev. James H. Reid, S.J., Professor of Classics, Dies

The Rev. James H. Reid, S.J., who taught Latin and Greek literature at Fordham University for 27 years, died at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in the Bronx on Wednesday, July 16. He was 88 years old.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Father Reid also lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland, before moving to New York. After graduating from Manhattan’s Regis High School in 1933, he entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He taught at Fordham College from 1941 to 1942, and at Fordham Prep from 1942 to 1943. In 1946, he was ordained to the priesthood at Woodstock College in Maryland. Two years later, he traveled to England, where he spent three years studying Latin and Greek at Oxford University. In 1951, he returned to Poughkeepsie to teach at St. Andrew-on-Hudson for two years before joining Fordham’s Department of Classical Languages, where he taught from 1953 to 1980. For 11 years, from 1957 to 1966, he also served as the chair of the department. After leaving Fordham, Father Reid taught classical literature at the University of San Diego from 1981 to 1986.

The Rev. W. Norris Clarke, S.J., professor emeritus of philosophy at Fordham, remembered Father Reid’s wide knowledge, his passion for literature and his strong character.

“He loved the classics and taught them vigorously,” said Father Clarke, who first met Father Reid 70 years ago, when the two joined the Jesuit order. “He was friendly and gracious, but he could also be feisty. He always fought for the truth and stood up strongly for his beliefs.”

Father Reid is survived by his brother, Thomas Vincent Reid, and his nephews, Thomas Reid (CBA’78) and James Reid (CBA ’81).

Napoli to Lead McGannon Communication Research Center

Philip Napoli, Ph.D., assistant professor of communications and media management at the Fordham University Scools of Business, has been named director of the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center.

“Recent rulings by the FCC and other developments point to both an exciting and uncertain future for the media industry,” said John Hollwitz, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs. “With a seasoned researcher like Professor Napoli leading the McGannon Communication Research Center, Fordham hopes to play a prominent role in studying communication policy and ethics.”

Napoli, whose research focuses on media economics and policy, is the author of Foundations of Communications Policy: Principles and Process in the Regulation of Electronic Media (Hampton Press, 2001) and Audience Economics: Media Institutions and the Audience Marketplace (Columbia University Press, 2003). His work has appeared in several publications including The Journal of Communication, Telecommunications Policy and the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics.

“Our goal is for the McGannon Center to be an important source of objective research that can help inform ongoing communications policy debates,” said Napoli. “We’re particularly interested in conducting and supporting research that addresses the public interest dimensions of media performance and policymaking.”

Founded in 1986, the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center of Fordham University provides research on telecommunications policy to decision makers in business, government and nonprofit organizations. The center sponsors annual symposia, lectures and awards in the area of communications.

College at Sixty Founder Dies at 87

Robert William Adamson, Ph.D., a seasoned editor and educator who founded Fordham’s College at Sixty program in the early 1970s, died at his home in Old Greenwich, Conn., on July 13 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 87.

Born in Glens Falls, N.Y., Adamson attended Glens Falls High School and the prestigious Phillips Andover Academy in Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard in 1938 and went on to receive a social studies certificate from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Adamson also attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and received a master’s degree in philosophy in 1947.

In addition to his academic endeavors, Adamson also served his country from 1942 until 1946 as a U.S. naval officer, during which time he was stationed in the South Pacific and was awarded the Bronze Star and a commendation ribbon. He left the Navy as a lieutenant.

In 1952, Adamson and his family moved to Old Greenwich, Conn., where he landed a job at Seabury Press. He later served as a senior editor at Cambridge Press in New York, but took a leave of absence in the mid-1960s to return to academia and write his doctoral thesis for Columbia and Union Theological Seminary.

In 1973, guided by a strong belief that it was important for older or retired people to stay intellectually active, Adamson created Fordham’s College at Sixty program. Even after his retirement as the program’s director in 1985, Adamson continued to teach and study in the College at Sixty program until 1989.

“Bob Adamson founded the College at Sixty because he knew from his own life experience that learning is a source of incomparable joy and because he wanted others to discover that truth for themselves,” said longtime colleague and friend Reverend Byron Shafer, Ph.D., associate professor emeritus of theology and pastor of Rutgers Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. “In administering the program, Bob was a living embodiment of ‘caring for persons,’ which is Fordham University’s hallmark.”

Adamson is survived by his wife, Katherine Pinneo Adamson, of Old Greenwich; a brother, Charles Adamson of Glens Falls; three daughters, Elizabeth Adamson of East Hartwick, Vt., Judith Adamson of Santa Fe, N.M., and Star McLean of Old Greenwich; and four grandchildren.

Rev. Shafer will officiate at a memorial service for Adamson to be held on Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Lincoln Center campus chapel (Leon Lowenstein Building, room 221). For more information, please contact College at Sixty Director Cira Vernazza at (212) 636-6372.

WFUV Garners Honors

WFUV (90.7 FM) recently received high honors for its news and public affairs programming in a number of prestigious competitions.

The New York Broadcasters Association presented its Best Documentary Award to Start Making Sense, a one-hour special exploring literacy in New York City and its suburbs. The show’s producer was Karen Michel and its executive producer was Julianne Welby.

The Public Radio News Directors, Inc., awarded first place for a news series to The Portraits of Healing, a five-part series documenting how art helped New Yorkers heal in the aftermath of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks. This program was also a finalist for Best News Series in an Associated Press competition and was named Best News Documentary in the Radio & Television News Directors Association Large Market Awards.

George Bodarky, assistant news director at WFUV, also produced several pieces that have been honored in recent months. The Radio & Television News Directors Association presented the station with the Best Feature Reporting prize in the Large Market Awards for Tattooing Their Grief, a report about firefighters getting tattoos to help heal from the loss of their colleagues in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The program was also a finalist for the Best News Feature in the Associated Press competition. The Public Radio News Directors, Inc., gave the second-place prize for best News/Public Affairs Program to Bodarky’s Transcending Tragedy, a one-hour Cityscape special about looking forward instead of backward after the terrorist attacks. Mothers Against Drunk Driving recognized Bodarky’s 30-minute panel discussion on lowering the drinking age to 18 with an award for Outstanding Coverage of Underage Drinking Issues.

Many of the award-winning entries can be heard online through the WFUV Archives at

Kiwanis Rallies For “Manon Tomorrow”

Last spring, the Kiwanis Club at Fordham University at Rose Hill answered the plea of a six-year-old French girl, Manon Beauvais, who suffered from a debilitating and rare brain tumor that required specialized surgery unavailable in France.

“Fordham is a part of the 300,000 active members of Kiwanis from nearly every culture on every continent that help children around the world,” said Thomas DeJulio, Esq., the general legal counsel and founder of the Kiwanis Club at Rose Hill. “Reaching out corresponds with our mission as a Kiwanis group to serve the health needs of these children.”

The New York District of Kiwanis became aware of Manon’s situation through a French group called “Manon Tomorrow,” which was formed to raise money for the costly operation. Fordham’s club members immediately rallied to accommodate the needs of Manon and her family. They raised $500 by hosting an ice-cream fundraiser and closely monitored Manon’s progress during her family’s three-week stay in New York. Former Kiwanis member David Rigney, who speaks fluent French, coordinated the efforts. The successful operation took place at Schneider Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, N.Y., on April 27.

“The cumulative efforts of the Kiwanis organization provided encouragement and support to Manon’s family in dealing with the challenges of a foreign country and language, compounded by the stress of surgery and the fatigue of travel,” said DeJulio. “Kiwanians demonstrated by their actions that the value of human life overshadows any geographical or political differences between nations.”

Fordham Kiwanis was chartered in 1989. It includes members from all areas of the University, including the administration, faculty and staff. Kiwanis carries the mission of working to help improve the lives of others, placing young children as the number one priority.

Former Marymount Drama Professor Ronald M. Weyand Dies

Professor Ronald M. Weyand, who taught in Marymount College’s theatre department for 40 years, died on July 17. He was 74 years old.

After graduating from Boston College in 1951 with a degree in English, Weyand attended Yale University School of Fine Arts, earning an M.F.A. in drama in 1953. He then performed with touring companies and summer stock, and appeared in the 1957 Broadway production of “Inherit the Wind,” before joining Marymount’s faculty in 1958.

While at Marymount, Weyand was often granted leaves of absence to act. In 1964, he received an Obie Award for his performance as the professor in the Off-Broadway production of The Lesson. He also appeared in such films as Alice’s Restaurant (1969), Child’s Play (1972), Ragtime (1981), Lonesome Dove (1989) and Shadows and Fog (1992).

Ellen Casper Flood, Marymount associate professor of sociology, said Weyand was a “very caring teacher” who was first and foremost an actor. “He knew what it was like to be critiqued, and he was very sensitive to that with students,” she said. He also “paid close attention to people,” a habit that led to his reputation as a faculty lunch-table mimic, where he would often entertain with “hilarious” imitations of colleagues, Casper Flood said.

Weyand is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, three children, a brother and three grandchildren.

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