December 2012 Letters to the Editor

November 29, 2012


During my senior year, Rev. Vincent Beatty, S.J., then president of Loyola, would invite a few of us to have lunch with him. We would discuss campus issues primarily.

On occasion the conversation would drift to other topics. He once said that it was his desire
to build a Jesuit high school in Highlandtown (in Baltimore City). This was prompted by the large Catholic population in that area (of which I was one).

A side comment was, “Think of the football team we would have!”

I submit that Cristo Rey is Fr. Beatty’s dream wish fulfilled.

I very much enjoy the Loyola magazine. As an aside, it was nice to see a picture of my next-door neighbor, J.P. Dalton, in the current issue.

Go Hounds!

Mickey Pelczar, ’60
Queenstown, Md.


I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to read about the ways in which the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School-Loyola University Maryland partnership has led to greater successes for students at both of our schools.

We have been grateful for the many ways Loyola has supported our growth as a school community ever since we held our first Admissions Open House in McGuire Hall in 2006—before there even was a Cristo Rey! Now, to see two of our alumni, James Lambert and Ruben Torres, highlighted in your magazine six years later is just an amazing and wonderful thing.

Thank you for all you have done for our school and our students. We are very proud of all they have accomplished and will always appreciate the role you have played, and continue to play, in their progress.

Tom Malone
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Baltimore, Md.


I thoroughly enjoyed the article (“Jesuit Education’s Reflection into the Future”) by Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs. Thank you, Dr. Snyder, for taking the time to write such a thoughtful, thought-provoking, and interesting piece. I find I absolutely believe in the “unbelievable” as our world is constantly changing and the unfathomable becomes real/possible all the time. It just stands to reason that as our needs change so do our abilities.

My daughter is a freshman this year at Loyola and it brings me great comfort knowing that this article represents the type of thinking that is going into her education. Though I was brought up as a Catholic, I did not continue that tradition with my own child. Although I did bring her up with basic Christian values, and shared with her my belief in a being greater than myself, she knows that I am not too fond of organized religion.

That being said, I do “imagine what various futures will demand from us and consider how Jesuit education might meet them.” I feel in my core that my daughter’s choice to attend Loyola was the right one. I do pray that she takes full advantage of what this Jesuit education has to offer. I believe in doing so she will be properly prepared to go forward into this crazy world of ours as a well-rounded human being with an open mind…apparently more open than we could have ever imagined!

Jackie Kolb
White Plains, N.Y.


I enjoyed the articles in the August 2012 issue. I have two favorite food memories from Loyola:
First, I was a swimmer in high school and was looking for a place to swim for a college. I knew about Loyola—my late Dad taught there; my family had many Jesuit friends. But I was not sold on going there. I had visited several colleges/universities in the area. I’d meet the coach or assistant and then be dropped off in a dorm or at the pool with swimmers already attending the respective institution. I don’t recall ever getting a meal.

Then Coach Bill Klarner called me and took me around the campus. He took me for lunch at the cafeteria and ordered a steak for me! It was wonderful and it made me decide, “This is the place for me!” No regrets! (I am still in touch with Bill and my fantastic teammates.)

I usually brown-bagged but sometimes I would eat lunch in the cafeteria; or I would eat there if I had to stay on campus late for swimming or working on a paper in the library. My favorite thing to eat was the meatball sub. I think the chef was “Joe.” He would hollow out the bun, put in two big meatballs and sauce, then plug the open end with a piece of the bread removed in the hollowing process.

I have never since had a meatball sub made that way. What a meal!

Ken Freimuth, ’63
Ogden, Utah

In the August issue of Loyola magazine, we invited readers to submit their favorite Loyola food memories for a chance to win a cookbook autographed by Bobby Flay. Congratulations to Ken Freimuth for winning the cookbook!

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