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1950 -- John C. Ford is still happily mar-
ried to his wife of nearly 61 years, Joan. The
two have raised 13 children. Ford worked
for Travelers Insurance Company for 33
years in the Claims Department. He also
served as an investigator to the superin-
tendent of training. He opted to take an
early retirement, but continued to serve as
director of the Criminal Injury Compensa-
tion Commission for the state of Connecti-
cut for 10 years.
1951 -- Walter P. Horylev served as a vil-
lage trustee in Hilton, N.Y., for 22 years, the
last 11 years as vice mayor, following a 33-
year career at the Eastman Kodak Company.
Horylev retired as quality leader for Color
Photographic Paper in Europe. He left his
position as vice mayor in 2012 and was
honored for his "many accomplishments
planning for the future, promoting eco-
nomic growth, and preserving the Central
Business District." The Hilton Village Board
approved an annual award, the Walt Horylev
Civic Beautification Award, to be given an-
nually to the business that does the best job
of enhancing its building and/or grounds.
Lt. Col. John Morgan (Ret.) has funded
the building of St. Bonaventure Chapel in
Tezpur, India, an extremely remote section
of the country. The chapel was built in
honor of his family and named in honor of
his alma mater (photo below).
1953 -- Dr. Donald Stedman was
awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award
from Vanderbilt University's Peabody Col-
lege during the university's 2012 com-
mencement ceremony. Stedman is a 1962
graduate of Vanderbilt. During his career he
taught at Duke, Peabody and the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he
served as professor of education, associate
director of the
Frank Porter Gra-
ham Child Devel-
opment Center,
chairman of the
Division of Spe-
cial Education
and dean of the
School of Educa-
tion. Early in his
career, Stedman
was appointed associate director of the
Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation in Washing-
ton, D.C. While there he helped to develop
the foundation's International Awards Pro-
gram recognizing excellence in the field of
child development and intellectual disabili-
ties. Stedman also participated in the design
of the National Institute for Child Health
and Human Development and shared in the
development of the Special Olympics under
R. Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy
Shriver. After retiring, Stedman founded
and became CEO of New Voices Founda-
BonAlumnus Updates
A Message from the 2012-2013 Alumni Association President
Robert D. Crowley, '71
Alumni Association
Dear fellow alumni and friends,
With the advent of a new papacy of
Pope Francis I, for a time all roads led to
... St. Bonaventure University! And, the
SBU community clearly enjoyed the at-
What a wonderful opportunity we
had to raise the profile of our Francis-
can tradition living in the heart of the
Enchanted Mountains. The university
looked beautiful for the television cam-
During the past year, NAAB members have made it a point to im-
merse themselves in the geography of the campus. We focused
upon a mix of old and new, familiar and unfamiliar: the Athletic
Hall of Fame Room; Franciscan Institute Publications' warehouse;
Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room and Doyle Dining Room;
the University Chapel; the Friary; the University Club inside Hickey
Dining Hall; the Quick Center for the Arts; and the new School of
Business building.
In the coming year, the theme will continue with visits to Friedsam
Memorial Library, which celebrated its 75th anniversary this spring;
the renovated Doyle Courtyard named in memory of William C. Fos-
ter, '62; the new women's basketball locker room; and the upcom-
ing turf fields project. For NAAB members from across the nation
and across the decades, SBU stewardship sparks the imagination.
How grateful we are to the benefactors of our beloved alma mater!
Continuing our strategic process, this year's NAAB has seen a
flurry of activity. The group has focused upon four committees:
Chapter Relations, Franciscan, Communications, and Development.
A new Chapter Handbook has been developed and distributed to
chapter leadership nationwide. Our interactions with, and educa-
tion about, all things Franciscan has expanded. Our website
has improved, and will continue to grow
with content, photos and news items. NAAB members have banded
together to support projects, including the Bricks program associ-
ated with the School of Business campaign.
Alumni have supported the university in so many ways this year.
Events have been well attended on and off campus -- athletics,
young alumni, Mountain On The Road -- generating thousands of
connections and reconnections among Bonnies. Meanwhile, sup-
port for enrollment and fundraising are stronger than ever. Please
contact the Office of Alumni Services
with your
interests and recommendations.
With this edition of Bonaventure magazine, I hand the gavel to
my successor. Your new president of the NAAB is Bob Kane of New
Jersey. Bob has led NAAB's Communications Committee and new
member orientation. Join me in wishing him great success in this
new adventure. Go Bonnies!
Rebuild my house -- St. Bonaventure University evolves