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Alumni Spotlight Archives

April 2020

Why Do Teachers Stay at Fenwick?


At the Faculty Retreat in early March, an alumnus and English Chairperson (who also teaches French and Italian and directs the fall play) shared with colleagues two reasons why he hasn’t left the Friars.

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How Fenwick Prepared Me for the Great Quarantine


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Drawing Parallels between 9/11 and COVID-19


How do Friars respond during crises? Fenwick has asked the alumni community to share memories of when the world seemed upside down and how, we as a community, responded.



February 2020

Alumni Spotlight Shines on Physics ‘Star’ Daniel H. Chang, PhD., Class of 1985






28 years after earning dual degrees from MIT, a fellow Friar let present-day students glimpse his Jet Propulsion Lab work for NASA.

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Alumnae Spotlight Shines on Cortney Hall: Class of 1999





The local television anchor/host remembers a lot about her days at Fenwick, where she received a detention on her first day as a freshman student in 1995.

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January 2020

God, Honor, Country: Fenwick Alumnus Leads U.S. Intelligence Community Counterterrorism




Protecting and serving is a way of life for this Friar and decorated military son who fights international terrorism.

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November 2019

Tim Fitzpatrick '71



Veterans Day Reflections on the Cold War, 'Freiheit' and the Berlin Wall

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October 2019




Coach G. taught and motivated players on basketball's big stage for 22 years, including one special season when his La Salle U. Team 'danced' to the Sweet 16.





September 2019

Steve Twomey '69



With his 50th Reunion one month away, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer reflects on his days as a Friar.






July 2019

Quiwana Bell Reid '96 Reflects upon Her Mother's Caring Legacy



Jackie Reid "personifies ho being a good neighbor means loving your neighbor as yourself."

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June 2019

Frank Capitanini '50


Forever Friars: The Late Franklin Capitanini ’50 of Italian Village fame.

 Like Fenwick, the storied downtown restaurant has stood the test of time for nine decades — and for three family generations.


May 2019

Coach John Teerlinck, Class of 1969              

Fenwick Fact: Highly acclaimed Defensive Line Coach John Teerlinck ’69 is the only Friars’ alumnus with three Super Bowl rings from the National Football League (NFL). Teerlinck knows how to creatively apply pressure — in a football context, that is.

April 2019

Mr. Pete Brown, Class of 1971 



The two-sport Friar athlete transferred his competitive spirit to the finance field.


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March 2019

Mr. Richard Cochrane, Class of '59

Cochrane_webPioneering perspective: Fenwick’s first black graduate reflects on the segregated life of his youth. “Mine is a difficult story to tell,” he says, offering a history lesson in the process.

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February 2019

Mr. Paul Tierney, Class of 1960



 Fenwick nurtured the service seeds planted by the parents of this alumnus, who has been employing the power of business to solve social problems for five decades.

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August 2018

Mr. William Gibbs, Class of 1993


A stand-out student and athlete at Fenwick, Billy Gibbs walked on the football team at Notre Dame. Now he looks out for his client’s safety as a trial attorney for a prominent Chicago law firm.

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July 2018

Mr. Jim Horan, Class of 1968

A foodie before it was trendy, the one-time hockey goalie brings his ‘Class of Champions’ passion to the kitchen.

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June 2018

Mr. Tom Durkin, Class of 1968

A horse-racing lifer, Tom Durkin called thoroughbred races for more than 40 years. Last year, he made...

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May 2018

Mr. William Martin, Class of 1954

The young Assistant State’s Attorney stood at the center of “The Trial of the Century” in the mid-1960s...

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April 2018

Mr. Jeremy Ireland, Class of 2014

Cut from the high school team as a freshman, the former Fenwick basketball player (Class of 2014) is...

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March 2018

Mr. Kevin Jakubowski, Class of 1997

Catching up with Fenwick’s film and television writer, producer and director – a film-school reject who...

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February 2018

Mr. Bernard "Bernie" Judge, Class of 1957

In the wake of his 60th Fenwick Reunion, the newsman reflects on a storied career during the 'Golden...

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January 2018

Mr. Ray Bandziulis, Class of 1976

Biotechnology and DNA identification have vast STEM applications in real life – and death....

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December 2017

Mr. Phil Caputo, Class of 1959

The writer and former Marine Corps lieutenant commemorates the fortieth anniversary of his critically...

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November 2017

Mr. Dan O'Brien "The Dobber", Class of 1934

Remembering Dan O'Brien: a coaching/training legend affiliated with Fenwick for seven decades....

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October 2017

Pass the Torch 2017

Despite 93-degree heat last month, the 7th annual "Pass the Torch" Golf Outing raised more than $200K...

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September 2017

Mr. Dennis "Danny" Hiffman, Class of 1960

He’s 75 years old, but Fenwick alumnus Denny Hiffman can’t slow down. He’s still working –- and racing...

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August 2017

Mr. Daniel Brutto, Class of 1974

Dan Brutto grew up in Elmwood Park, worked his way through college at Loyola and has traveled the globe...

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July 2017

Mr. Matthew McNicholas, Class of 1996

Matthew McNicholas ’96 has returned from Paris, where he and his wife/business partner, Elizabeth, visited,,,

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June 2017

Mrs. Sheena Quinn, Class of 2000

Fenwick alumnae Sheena Quinn is in her third year as the Chicago White Sox Director of Public Relations.​...

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May 2017

Mr. Ken Geiger, Class of 1949

Alumni Spotlight: Ken Geiger '49...

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April 2017

Mr. Michael Hayes Jr., Class of 1989

Alumni Spotlight: Michael Hayes, Jr. ’89...

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March 2017

Mr. Joseph Selvaggio, Class of 1955

The annual Blackfriars Gala brings the Fenwick community together to celebrate the successes of the...

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February 2017

Class of 1996, Friar Reporter: Fall 2016 Edition

Fenwick's first female class blazed a trail for the future...

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