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Meet JB Braun’80—Sailing with Success

Fenwick grad, JB Braun ’80, pursued his dream of sailing. That has produced a transatlantic speed record and two America’s Cup victories! JB grew up in Marblehead and fell in love with sailing at a young age. He was always fascinated by how the wind could propel a boat of any size. After graduating from Fenwick, JB went on to Northeastern University to major in mechanical engineering. While at Northeastern, JB did all three of his co-op internships working in a lab at MIT helping to develop a computerized air-flow analysis system for Hood Sailmakers in Marblehead.

JB’s career after college took off like a rocket! He accepted a job with Hood Sailmakers, while at the same time pursuing his love for competitive sailing. In 1986, JB won the silver medal in the Flying Dutchman class at the Goodwill Games. In 1988, he went to the Soul, South Korea Olympic Games as an alternate and trained many of the competitors on the US Sailing Olympic Team. JB’s professional career has equally excelled in the world of sail design. He worked at Hood Sails for six years, Doyle Sailmakers for nine years, and North Sails for the past 23 years. In 2016, JB produced sails for a record-breaking solo round-the-world speed record that was captained by Thomas Coville. Currently, JB is living in London where he is working on the design of the next America’s Cup boat for England.

When asked about his favorite class at Fenwick, JB quickly answered, “Sr. Geraldine's math class!” In recalling his favorite memories of Fenwick, JB said, “Playing hockey at the old Boston Garden in the state’s high school hockey tournament, as well as being inducted into Fenwick’s Hall of Fame.” In regard to the skills he feels he learned while at Fenwick, JB told us that the School’s tight knit community helped him greatly with all of his interpersonal skills. He shared these words of advice to today’s Fenwick students: “Be sure to always follow your dream. Find the thing you really love to do and pursue that as your job. We all need to enjoy what we are doing!”

Congratulations JB, and best wishes for smooth sailing in your future endeavors!

What a Fenwick Legacy!

It is not uncommon to have several members from one family graduate from Bishop Fenwick. When all nine siblings from a family graduate from Fenwick, that deserves our attention! We were recently introduced to the McKay family to learn more about this amazing Fenwick legacy. Let’s first introduce you to the family line up—David ’66, Robert ’68, Peter ’70, John ’72, Sheila ’73, Deborah ’74, Patricia ’76, Cynthia ’79, and Janice ’80. If you do the math, this Fenwick family is an entire baseball or softball team!

When asked why they each attended Fenwick, the common answer was that their parents had a very strong belief in education and wanted all of their children to receive the very best education possible. After graduating from Fenwick, the McKay siblings continued to fulfill their parents’ wishes by pursuing college degrees and then earning many advanced degrees. Four of the McKays graduated from Boston College, one from George Washington, another from UNH, another from Salem State University, and another from University of Tampa. Five of the McKays have advanced degrees in either medicine or law. 

When expressing their favorite Fenwick memories, ice cream at Treadwells was a popular response! Other common themes included their participation on athletic teams—football, basketball, and field hockey. The most valuable skills that they learned at Fenwick were strong communication, teamwork, organization, writing, inclusion and faith, and the will always to compete.

The McKays had wonderful words of advice for today’s Fenwick students—volunteer and give back; experience as many classes, sports, and clubs that you can; look for important helpers; and follow your dreams and goals.

The McKays remain a tight and close family, just imagine what their Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays must be like! They sadly lost their sister Janice in 2017 and their brother Peter in 2019. They remember them both with great love and respect.

We thank the McKay family for sharing their Fenwick experiences with us. There are several other large legacy families of Fenwick we look forward to sharing their stories with you in a future alumni newsletter.

Getting Candid with John Tlumacki ’74

While you may not recognize his name, we are sure you will recognize his work! John Tlumacki ’74 is a well-known and highly regarded photographer for the Boston Globe, and for the past 40 years he has covered the events that make the news. From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the bombing at the Boston Marathon, from the Red Sox winning the World Series to the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, John has photographed the moments that have shaped our country and our Commonwealth. As an individual photographer, John has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize on numerous occasions, and along with the team at the Boston Globe, he earned a Pulitzer for his work on the Boston Marathon bombing. John was also named National Press Photographers Association's 2014 photojournalist of the year. John’s impact and legacy is most remarkable!

John grew up in Beverly, MA with the love of playing baseball and hockey. He chose to attend Fenwick with the intention of being seen for his talent in sports and for his Catholic faith. He took a photo course and was taught how to develop photos, and his love for photography grew from there. Sophomore year in high school, his father bought him a camera and John began taking photos at Fenwick’s sporting events and became very good friends with all the athletes.

John’s favorite class was his Spanish class, which allowed him to travel to Spain twice. Being able to explore the world at a young age and seeing Morocco and bullfighting with his fellow classmates and teachers, it inspired him to pursue a career in photojournalism and explore the world. John eventually went to Boston University and majored in Communications, afterwards had an internship at UPI, American international news agency, and then got his job at the Boston Globe, where he has the responsibility to communicate these events to the world with his talent of photography.

John shared with us his favorite memory from Fenwick, which was trying out for varsity baseball. He described the tryouts as “bootcamp for baseball”, where you had to run up the hill in the short stop which made him feel like if he can do this, he can do anything. This inspired John to share these words to us for all our current and future students. “Do everything you dream of doing, don’t give up and take yourself to the limit. Your four years of high school sets the course for the rest of your life, so go to games, go to parties, make friends, and put your heart and soul into being the best student.” – John Tlumacki

A Sure Bet with R. Stanton Dodge ‘86

“Make sure to take advantage of the great Fenwick academic foundation, work hard and study consistently, and remember to have fun!” These are the wise and sound words of advice given to today’s Fenwick students from R. Stanton Dodge’86, who is the Chief Legal Officer for DraftKings.

Stanton fondly remembers the strong academic formation that Fenwick provided him. To this day, he has the vivid memory of learning how to write in his English classes and how everything was broken down grammatically to the smallest detail, all of which he needs and uses in his daily life. Even after many years, the essential skills that Stanton learned at Fenwick are serving him well.

While attending Fenwick, Stanton very much enjoyed his Spanish class with Mr. John Farley '68 and his Art class with Mrs. Helen Babis-Licare, specifically ceramics. When he was a Senior, he fondly recalls the art award he received. Stanton’s favorite memories of Fenwick are Spirit Week, the Senior Luau, and getting to celebrate with his fellow classmates.

After his time at Fenwick, Stanton went to the University of Vermont and majored in Business Accounting. While taking his required college courses, one class really stood out to him, Business Law, and his professor’s stories and experiences inspired him to pursue law as a career. After graduating from UVM, Stanton earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School. When he graduated from Law School, he began his career working in the legal department of Dish Network, a start-up company at that time in the mid-90s. In 2016, Stanton met the CEO of DraftKings and began a discussion that led him to his current position today as the company’s Chief Legal Officer.  

Stanton, who lives in Colorado with his wife and children, currently serves on Fenwick’s President’s Council providing valuable insight on the School’s strategic plan and sacred mission.

Cheers to our Fenwick Alumnus, Chris Lohring '83!

If you visit Salem, MA regularly, you must know of Notch Brewery and Tap Room. The owner of Notch, Chris Lohring, graduated from Bishop Fenwick in 1983 and while he was here his favorite class was Physics, taught by Joe Malizia. Chris told us that physics opened his eyes to how fun learning can be, and it made him want to pursue a career something related to science.

After Fenwick, Chris attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and then went on to business school at Northeastern University and was lucky to get involved in a project developing a small brewery plan for an entrepreneurship class. That experience led him to pursue a career in brewing beer. A few years later, Chris went to brewing school in Chicago, Siebel Institute of Technology, and was a co-founder and head brewer at a brewery in Boston before starting the well-known Notch Brewery. 

In 2010, Notch Brewery officially launched, named for the nick made to a keep a record when you’re having more than one. It was the first brewing company in the US to focus exclusively on session beer. To read more of Notch’s story, go to https://www.notchbrewing.com/ or stop by one of their locations. If you visit Notch, you may spot Chris sharing a beer with some of his fellow Fenwick classmates!

Fun Fact: Chris played varsity Basketball for four years and went on to play in college. “I held the record at Fenwick for most fouls in a single season, and for all I know I still hold that honor!” – Chris Lohring

Matt Reed, reporting to you!

I’m sure many of you know Matt Reed for his daily television reporting on Boston’s WCVB Channel 5 morning news, but you probably didn’t know that Matt is a 2007 graduate from Bishop Fenwick!  Matt’s journey to being on one of the top-rated morning news programs in the country is inspirational in many ways. After his graduation from Fenwick, Matt went on to the University of Miami for his undergraduate degree, and then on to Boston University where he received his master’s degree in journalism. After completing his degree at BU, Matt’s career path took him to many television stations around the country, first in Boston at Channel 7 as a news writer, then on to Texas as a reporter and producer, then on to Providence, Rhode Island, as a general assignment reporter, and eventually to Boston’s Channel 5.

When asked about his favorite class at Fenwick, Matt quickly replied, “Mr. K and Social Studies.” Mr. K of course is Mr. Kawczynski.  “Mr. K prepared me so well for my honors classes and he was one of my refences for College.” When Matt was asked about his favorite Fenwick memory, he talked about playing on the soccer team.  “I loved playing on the Fenwick soccer team. I made lifelong friends on that team!”

When Matt reflected on how Fenwick has helped him with his television news career, he feels that his religion classes helped him to be a better reporter in many ways.  “My religion classes taught me about compassion and treating people the right way.  I use this compassion in how I conduct my interviews. It is important to me that I treat people right and that I do my job in a kind way.”

So the next time you are watching the morning news and hearing about a breaking story in Boston, most likely it is a Fenwick Crusader giving you all of the details!

Look for the Golden Arches in this Fenwick family

Bishop Fenwick loves to see success in the family and the occasional BigMac. We discovered this unique father daughter dynamic who are Fenwick alums that own multiple McDonald’s restaurants in the Sarasota and Bradenton Florida area. Bob Davies, class of ’66, recently retired from being a very successful owner of 6 different McDonald’s and his daughter, Denise Davies Wheeler class of ’93, who followed in her father’s footsteps now owns 5 McDonald’s restaurants in the same area.

Bob started working at McDonald’s part time when he was a teenager in school at Fenwick and has worked his way up the ladder until he finally opened his first restaurant in 1988. Denise joined her dad working at the same McDonald’s in 1997 until she decided in 2012 to partake in the same success as her father and open her first McDonald’s. Bob mentioned to us that Fenwick has provided him with a quality education and helped him create the foundation for going forward. He also can’t forget his class’ undefeated football team and the band marching up Margin St to celebrate with Tredwell’s ice cream. Bob also has another daughter, Heather Davies Villebrun, class of ’89, a brother, Brian Davies, class of ’71, and a sister, Diane Davies Ingalls, class of ’63, who are all a part of the Fenwick family. What a legacy!

During the COVID pandemic, Denise positioned to stay open, and the McDonald’s company supported them and offered guidance for all owners. Denise said that McDonald’s is a people business, it gives you the ability to understand other people and be compassionate. All of her restaurant locations are going strong and have around 1500 cars going through their drive thru on a daily basis. We are so proud of their success and honored that Bishop Fenwick can be a part of their story!

A FENWICK COFFEE FAVORITE!

Photo Caption: Pictured from left to right, John Mahoney '88, Mark Mahoney '80, Stephanie Gagnan Mahoney '81 and Spencer Mahoney '09

We love to see our Fenwick alumni having great success with their business ventures! Congratulations to the Mahoney family on the opening of their new coffee roasting facility for Atomic Coffee Roasters in Peabody, MA. John Mahoney ’88 and his brother Andrew’84 started Atomic Coffee Roasters 25 years ago. The genesis of the business came from when John and Andrew were professional mountain bike racers and fell in love with the coffee culture out west. They created one of the first coffee shops in New England to roast coffee “in house”, and to introduce Latte art to the North Shore.  Mark Mahoney ’80 joined the business 4 years ago and brought his sons, Spencer Mahoney ’09 and Logan Mahoney, into the Operations and Business Development of the company. 

Stephanie Gagnan Mahoney ’81 inspired her husband, Mark, to get into the food business 37 years ago. She has run multiple cafes over the years in Salem, Beverly, Manchester and now owns and operates the Blue Canoe Café in Marblehead. Stephanie’s family has been in the coffee business for generations, so coffee is in their blood!

Other Fenwick alumni engaged with the Atomic Coffee Roasters business as advisors include Jim Crowley ’80 and Mike Walsh ’80.

WICKED IN CONCERT!

Pictured is Alex Newell performing "Popular" from Wicked in the Wicked in Concert special on PBS. 
 

Congratulations to Alex Newell ‘12, who just performed in “Wicked in Concert” on PBS, which aired on August 29th, 2021. He sang beautifully to the song, Popular, which was originally sung by Kristin Chenoweth in the original Wicked cast.

Since graduating from Fenwick, Alex has been a star in all he has done. Fenwick was honored to have Alex perform at its 50th Gala. Some of Alex’s well known roles can be seen in Glee, Once Upon An Island on Broadway and, most recently, NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. We are so proud of all of his success, and we can’t wait to see more of his amazing talent!

Wicked in Concert is now streaming on pbs.org – Watch and enjoy!

Peter Andruszkiewicz '75


Hand-made artisan goods from the Catskills
Three generations of artists creating beautifully crafted bowls, charcuterie boards, pens, wine bottle stoppers, and more in the Catskill Mountains.

Alum and Fenwick Board of Trustee member Peter Andruszkiewicz '75 has remained busy since his retirement. In an email to a number of his fellow alums, Peter A recently shared ...

As you may know, I've spent quite a bit of time since my retirement learning to turn wood on a lathe. In addition I’ve also had the amazing opportunity and gift of collaborating with three of the most special women in my life... Danielle, my mother in law, Margo, and our daughter, Grace, to create a variety of wood and stained glass pieces from bowls to charcuterie boards, wine bottle stoppers, pens, boxes, and decorative wall hangings. We're excited to share our work and have recently launched a website (www.claryvillewoodworks.com) as well as Facebook / Instagram accounts.


Peter A and members of his family

Tim Taylor ’79

Lost 52 Project Founder: Fenwick Alum Tim Taylor ’79

Tim, Lost 52 Project Founder, whose mission along with the team of explorers, is dedicated to preserving and telling the story of WWII Submarines and Submariners.

Recently, Tim and his team found a Navy Submarine, Missing for 75 Years off the coast of Okinawa. The U.S.S. Grayback beneath 1,400 feet of water was discovered after realizing that a mistranslated Japanese war record had pointed searchers in the wrong direction. Read below the recently published NY Times article reagrding this incredible discovery.

Click here to watch a mini documentary of Tim's work.


Tim Taylor, an undersea explorer, set up the Lost 52 Project with the goal of finding the wrecks of every American submarine lost in World War II. Credit...Mary Inhea Kang for The New York Times

NY TIMES
By
John Ismay
Published Nov. 10, 2019 Updated Dec. 2, 2019

A 75-year-old mystery has been solved, and the families of 80 American sailors lost at sea will now have closure: the U.S.S. Grayback has finally been found.

It was hidden from discovery all this time by a single errant digit. Click to continue reading...

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