Page 2 - CROSSROADS - October, 1977
Aerial prints get good exposure HOMECOMBVG
Hazel Dennehy and Josh Birmingham displayj print of Abbey at Douglas Municipal Airport.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dennehy of
Charlotte have donated three
aerial-view prints of the
Belmont Abbey College campus
to the College.
Ed Dennehy, a teacher and
coach at Northwest Junior High
School in Charlotte, arranged
for a friend in the National
Guard to take the picture from a
National Guard helicopter. The
picture was taken in late spring
when the campus grounds and
trees were at their peak. j
Mr. and Mrs. Dennehy
presented the three prints to Fr.
John Bradley, president of the
College. They gave one print to
him to hang in his office.
Another one has been framed
and hung in the foyer of the
Administration Building to be
enjoyed by the College com
Mrs. Dennehy, 'who is a
member of Belmont Abbey
College’s Board of Advisors and
the supervisor of passenger
services for Eastern Airlines at
the Douglas Municipal Airport
in Charlotte, arranged with
Josh Birmingham, airport
manager of Douglas Municipal
Airport, to hang the other print
in the Airport at Eastern’s
western concourse. Bir
mingham is a 1948 graduate of
The College is most grateful ^
to Ed and Hazel Dennehy and
Josh Birmingham for their
interest and support.
’ By now you should!
have received your flyer!
with all the, details for'
Homecoming ’77. You
should have also made
your reservations. If you
haven’t, pick up the
phone and call the
Alumni Office today. We
have to know how many
to plan for.
coming in from all over;
we are hoping for the
largest turn out ever. An
alumni soccer game has
been added to the
schedule following the
Abbey varsity game on
Saturday. Coach George
Kennedy wants as many
alumni to play as
possible. Knowing the
size of the field and the
condition of most alumni,
we will need a lot of
Once again, the cost is
$17 per person. This
includes all events on the
schedule. A great
weekend is planned, so
try to make it back,
especially if you’re a ’57
or ’77 grad. See you on
Abbey is in consortium
Belmont Abbey College has
been selected as one of forty-
three schools eligible to par
ticipate in the Consortium of
Small Private Colleges.
The Consortium was;
established in 1975 by the United
States Office of Education
under the Basic Developing
Institutions Program. The
Consortium program, coor
dinated through Tuscalum
College, Greeneville, Ten
nessee, supports activities on
the campuses of forty-three
colleges designated by thi
Office of Education.
: The purpose of the Con
sortium is to assist its members
in promoting greater
prospective student Access
through admissions andj
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the
Mecklenburg County Alumm
held a dinner-dance at the
A cocktail hour was followed
by a delicious dinner. Fr.;
James Solari, O.S.B. updated
the group concerning the
changes on campus. Warren
Clark, vice president for
development, told of the suc-|
cessful fund-raising efforts
being done by the College, anc'
Jay Briody told the group ot
upcoming alumni events.
A good time was had by all;
the facilities, food, and band
were terrific. The event
enabled the local alumni to get
together, and most “cut the'
mg’’ until 1 a.m.
A tip of the hat for the officers
of the Mecklenburg Chapter for,
a job well done. Other events
are being planned by the group.
Don’t forget to return the
questionnaires you received'
financial aid program im-|
provements, and in achieving-
greater enrolled student sue-,
cess through improved student,
services programs. The Con-'
sortium staff helps colleges in
analyzing their needs, in
designing effective plans to
meet those needs, in im
plementing the plans, and in
evaluating the impact of
Consortium programs on each /
DR. FRANCIS MURRAY
Maintaining his high standards
As the 101st. acaoemic year at Belmont Abbey College gets un
derway, Dr. Frank Murray has been appointed chairman of the
department of history. He succeeds Fr. Anselm Biggs, O.S.B. who
held this position for more than twenty years. Abbey students of the
past decade will recognize the new department head as a very
capable if demanding teacher.
Frank Murray hails from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., a city situated on the
Susquehanna River, with the Poctmo Mountains rising not far to the
east. He attended parochial school there and was graduated from
the Hanover Township High School about the time the United States
was becoming involv^ in the Korean conflict. He decided to venture
to New York City to seek what fortune might bring him and was
successful in finding a promising position as an assistant to the
Secretary of General Motors Corporation. For the next year and a
half Frank savored the exciting sights and sounds of the nation’s
largest city. As the Korean action grew more intense, he left his job
to enlist in the United States Air Force. He would serve from 1952 to
1956, as a flying medic with an air rescue squadron.
His unit was stationed oh the island of Kwajalein, site of one of the *
fierce battles of World War IL In unglamorous conditions of heat anc
humidity, he was a crew member on amphibious aircraft which
carried out rescue missions at sea. After some months there thc: j
outflt was moved to a primitive air field on Eniwetok Atoll where
they participated in the secret “Project Castle’’ - the series ot
nuclear tests which culminated in the detonation of the first |
hydrogen bomb! Thence the squadron was reassigned to the air base |
on Okinawa and Frank moved into helicopter rescue work. While on |
this tour of duty, he received a Sikorsky citation for a remarkable
“save” of a pUot within nineteen minutes of his crash into the
Pacifle. Returning to the States, he spent his Hnal months of military
service at Westover A.F.B. in Massachusetts and took part in somej
rescue efforts of flood victims.
After receiving an honorable discharge from Oie Air Force, he;
went back home to WUkes-Bane and, assisted by the G.I. |
educational benefits, enrolled in the fall of 1956 at King’s College. He
was, of course, a history major; was active in campus organizations
and dramatics; and eventually was elected to be president of the
college’s historical society. In 1960 he completed his bachelor’s
degree and was offered a full fellowship to Niagara University.
While in the process of writing his Master’s thesis, he obtained a
teaching position in the public school system of Kingston, N. Y. In
1962 with the M.A. in his possession, he took the train south to
Belmont and in September began his college tenehing career as an
instructor at the Abbey. His special interests have been the areas of
modem European history and Latin American history. Frank is an
avid reader of mystery novels and has been tempted to try his hand
at this literary genre under the pen name of Ellery King!
Realizing the importance of having a terminal degree in the
teaching profession, he requested a leave of absence in 1966 to return
to graduate study for the doctorate at the Catholic University of
America. He was awarded a Fullbright grant in 1968 for summer
study in Chile. This afforded him firsthand experience of Latin
American social and cultural realities and contributed much to his
eventual selection of a topic for thesis research. While in the capital
city, Santiago, he had the opportunity to meet President Frei, a
carismatic and highly respected leader of his people. Frank
returned to Belmont ;Abbey to resume his instruction in 1969 with
his course work completed but the thesis yet to be written.
During the past seven years he has served on a number of standing
committees of the College. He is the moderator of the Phi Kappa
Theta fraternity. In 1972 he shared in the Reynolds grant to the
College for faculty enrichment and was able to travel to the Yucatan
Peninsula in Mexico to study the famous Mayan ruins at Chichen
Itza. He was a Lilly Foundation scholar at Duke University during
the 1976-1977 year and was successful in defending his doctoral
dissertation on “The General Fellowship Program of the
Organization of American States: 1958-1968.” Recently he received
a letter of commendation for the high quality of this work from the
Secretary General of the O.A.S., Senor Alejandro Orfila.
“CTMcraads” salutes Dr. Frank Murray for his accom;riishments
and wishes him well in the task of maintaining the high standards
which have characterized the history department of the college.