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DeMatha Express- July 5th
Here is the latest from DeMatha:
  • We would like to thank all who have so generously supported the DeMatha Fund in the fiscal year which ended on June 30. We are still working on finalizing our data and will have more information to share later in the month. Of course, our Annual Report will be published in the fall, which we detail all giving to DeMatha in the past 12 months.
    Thank you!
  • During July and August, we will be sending out an Express every other week. The next Express will be sent out on July 19 and will include the promised videos from our Graduation in June.
  • Mr. Harry Qiang, DeMatha's Mandarin teacher, is returning to China this week after teaching at DeMatha for the past two years. We will miss him!
  • Principal Dr. Daniel McMahon '76 and Mr. Pat Smith '82 will be speaking at the Institute Catholic School Conference, on July 16 in Los Angeles, about the DeMatha Way program geared for freshmen at DeMatha.
  • In late June, Fr. Damian celebrated Mass in the Church of San Tommaso in Formis, Rome, where St. John de Matha lived and died. Father was in Italy visiting his cousin Fr. Albert Anuszewski. The two met up with current DM Board Member Dave DiLuigi '88 and his family, who were visiting the country as well.
  • Several DeMatha students, with Dr. Daniel McMahon '76 and Mr. Marty Hager '73, spent the past week on a summer service trip at Nazareth Farms in West Virginia where they assisted on various projects and learned more about rural poverty. We hope to share some pictures in the next Express.
  • Rising senior Harrison Sturges was on stage as a guitarist at the legendary Whiskey A Go-Go venue in Los Angeles, playing as part of a California tour with the Metro DC School of Rock.
In Memoriam:
  • Richard Payne '55, brother of John '58 and Thomas '66: Obituary
  • Leo Weisgerber, father of John '77 and James '80: Obituary.
  • Etha Thel Boykin, father of Michael '76 and David '81: Obituary
  • John D. Greene, Jr., grandfather of rising junior Alex: Obituary
  • Rosalie F. Curtin, mother-in-law to Gregg Kaderabek '74, grandmother to Chase Lintner '15 and Michael Kaderabek '20, cousin and aunt to Daniel Crowley '65, Danny Crowley '91 and Timothy Crowley '96: Obituary
  • George Aulisio, brother of Callixtus 'Kix' '68 and Julius '73: Obituary
  • Cay Thi Mai, mother of staff member Paul Pham: Obituary.
  • Mary Lee Kane, grandmother of staff member Connor Glowacki: Obituary.
  • Emmett S. "Dickey" Melcher '62.
  • Hannah Battle, mother-in-law of Phil Whatley '68, grandmother of Jason '94 and Joshua '00 Whatley. The funeral is tomorrow (July 6) in Richmond.
  • John McNamara, friend of DeMatha. John is a St. John's grad who has been covering the Stags since he was a student at the University of Maryland in the early 1980's. John was one of the victims of the terrible shootings at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis last week.
  • Congrats to Alex Greene '20, Jake Maske '20 and Thomas Keehn '19 on making the 2017-18 All-USA Maryland Baseball 1st Team and Jack Bulger '20 on making 2nd Team. Link.
  • Congrats to rising senior Carsten Kogelnik on committing to attend and play basketball for Brown University in the fall of 2019.
  • Rising junior Earl Timberlake was featured in The Washington Post on his surge of offers from schools to play college basketball: Link.
  • The varsity football team's schedule for the Fall 2018 season has been released: Link
Alumni News:
  • Pete Strickland '75 was featured on an Irish sports website on coaching the Irish National basketball team and being a 'renaissance man.' Link. His team would go on to win the bronze medal at the 2018 FIBA European Small Country championships.
  • Deacon Curtis Turner '86 traveled with his wife and mother to the Holy Land last week and were joined by former coach and faculty member Morgan Wootten and his wife Kathy.
  • Pete DeMattei '99 received the 2017 Program Manager of the Year Award for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District.
  • Victor Oladipo '10 was named the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 2017-18 season last week.
  • Luke Higgins '11 married Emilia Pedersoll (Seton '11) last weekend in Edgewater, MD. Several Stags were in attendance.
  • Jerami Grant '12 signed a three-year contract to return to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
  • Galen Grant Baker '13 graduated from Drexel University, College of Engineering on June 15th with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Engineering and a minor in Engineering Management.
  • Brian Charles '13 is undergoing training with the Baltimore Police Department where he is a squad leader for Squad 1 and also runs the flag detail.
  • Matt Fitzsimmons '13, a grad student in trumpet performance at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, is studying in Slovenia this summer as a recipient of the American Slovenian Education Foundation Fellowship where he'll sub with the Ljubljana Philharmonic Orchestra and work with the Ljubljana Radio Orchestra.
  • Jairus Lyles '13 is playing for the Utah Jazz currently in the NBA Summer League.
  • Matt Malits '18 shot rounds of 75-73-71 to tied for second place in the 2018 Frank Emmet Schoolboy Golf Championship.
  • There will be a Red and Blue Meet Up for ALL DeMatha alumni on July 25 at The University of Maryland Golf Course from 6-9pm featuring live music, a cash bar and more. Click here for more information and to register: Link.
Misc. Information:
  • A Class of 2011 DeMatha alum who recently graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a double major in math and economics is looking for a job in the financial world as a financial analyst. Any DeMatha alums with potential job leads, please contact
  • Future DM reunions include: Class of '88 (Sept. 8), Class of '78 (Sept. 15) and Class of '98 (Oct. 5). Other reunions to be announced soon. Please make sure we have your current contact information: Update Your Alumni Information
That is all.

Thomas Ponton '78
Director of Advancement
From the Office of Advancement:
A DeMatha organized group of roughly 50 people just returned from a 12-day trip to Ireland, where, if you can believe it, it was 80 degrees and sunny each day. Unbelievable.

The travelling party included 12 alumni, several parents of alums, four DM staff members, and was organized by DM Board Chair Tim O'Brien '77 and Charlie Kenny '68. Charlie is also a member of the DM Board and President of DM Alumni Association. He also is a moderator of the Mock Trial team (along with faculty member John McConnell, who was also on the trip).

Along the way, there was cliff viewing, a demonstration of the Irish sport of hurling, golf, a Tullamore Dew tasting, horse racing and riding, several lectures on Irish history and religion, as well as plenty of music and discussion.

This was the fourth trip to Ireland sponsored by DeMatha (2001,'11,'14,'18), while a trip to Italy was organized in '16. When will the next trip be and where? Stay tuned.

Of course, it just so happens the group was in Ireland when our own lad Pete Strickland '75 was leading the Irish National Basketball team to bronze at the International Small Nations Tournament in the small country of San Marino. The group expected to have a victory celebration with Coach Strickland and his wife Mary Catherine (DM staff member) but their plane got delayed. The celebration will have to be held stateside. The Irish do not pay much attention to the sport of basketball, but we think they will once Pete is finished coaching
over there.

Anyway, the group arrived back in DC yesterday, fittingly, on the 4th of July. And we will leave you today with this verse which was just shared with the group:

Glasses were raised
Songs were sung
The night is over
The morning young
The time of departure is now at hand
We leave us a memory of an evening so grand
And all that is left is to bid adieu
We cherish this bond we all hold so true
Down through the years we've remained best of friends
We'll always have IRELAND
Til we meet again

And, as they say in Ireland, Slainte! (Cheers)
God Bless,