As St. John’s University celebrates its 150th anniversary, Irene Bozzi Caccavallo ’75CBA reflects on another seminal birthday for her alma mater.
Choosing a college is often a family decision. For the Ghiozzi family, attending St. John’s is a choice made by two generations.
Little did Kimberly DeFronzo, R.Ph., M.B.A. ’88MS know when she came to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1986 to pursue a Master of Science degree in Industrial Pharmacy, that attending St. John’s would become a family tradition.
When Catherine R. D’Angelo receives her undergraduate degree during Commencement Exercises on May 19 at the Queens, NY, campus of St. John’s University, she will proudly mark the occasion as the 13th member of her extensive family to experience life as a Johnny.
A proud member of a family steeped in military tradition, Andrew Lyons ’82SVC, ’97G originally came to St. John's University because of its acclaimed Army ROTC program. “I had always wanted to join the United States Army, but my father — who went in as an enlisted man — encouraged me to get my degree and go in as an officer.” Now a Lieutenant Colonel, Lyons has spent 28 years in the army — 12 on active duty and 16 in the reserves.
When Lola Santangelo ’63Ed began her collegiate life, it was not at St. John’s University. She had excellent grades, so she decided to save her parents the expense of tuition at a private college and enrolled at Queens College, a branch of the City University of New York. Within days, however, it was apparent to her family that she was not happy.
St. John’s University’s vast alumni network is most prevalent in New York City. Often called the media capital of the world, Manhattan is home to a large number of alumni working in television, film, radio, and book publishing, as well as marketing and advertising. The Misery Index, a popular game show currently airing on TBS, is taped at ABC Television Center on the Upper West Side, and several members of its production staff are Johnnies.
The McCarrick family has always been connected to St. John's University in a very special way, so it was not surprising that John J. McCarrick III, '64CBA, '71GEd left a provision in his will for the establishment of a scholarship in his name at his alma mater. "Our father taught at St. John's and was Assistant Dean of the College of Business Administration for several years," recalled Thomas McCarrick "My sister Kathleen (McCarrick) Fagan '67Ed and my brothers James '73NDC and Kevin '80CBA all graduated from St. John's, so the connection to the University is really strong for many of us."
What is better than having one member of the Piracha family among College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences alumni? Having four family members, of course!