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Pasquale Di Pasquale, Jr.: 1928 – 2004


Born in East Boston, Massachusetts, Pasquale “Pat” Di Pasquale, ’55, graduated from Somerville High School in 1945 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean conflict.  After his military service, he graduated with a BA from the University of Notre Dame in 1955, before proceeding to Pembroke in 1955 as a Fulbright Scholar, graduating with an MA.  After returning to the U.S., Pat obtained a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in Medieval English and literary criticism. He spent three years as an English instructor in Mwanza (then British Tanganyika), where he met his wife.


He taught at Seton Hill University and the Illinois State University before presiding over four Catholic liberal arts colleges – Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida and College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania.


Pat was the author of numerous scholarly articles and the recipient of several honorary degrees,


He was a jazz aficionado, and an admirer of Thomas Aquinas and Gerard Manley Hopkins


Pat was honored in 2001 by Pope John Paul II, who conferred on him the highest honor awarded to Roman Catholic laypersons, a knighthood in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.


He is survived by his wife, Charlotte and three daughters, Cathy, Marie and Theresa.


Hywel Madoc-Jones: 1938 – 2004


Hwyel Madoc-Jones, ’57, M.D. and Ph.D., was Radiation–oncologist-in-chief at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston.  He was born in Cardiff, Wales and retained a wonderful Welsh accent even after having lived in America for many years.


After obtaining his undergraduate degree at Pembroke, Hywel trained as a cancer researcher in London.  He taught radiobiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and earned his M.D. with honors at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1973.  In 1980, he moved to Boston to lead the Radiation Oncology Department at Tufts University School of Medicine. At his death, he was secretary-treasurer of the Massachusetts Medical Society.


Hywel was a pioneer in the field of experimental cancer therapies.


Hywel was a passionate sailor, and was frequently found navigating off the Massachusetts coast in his custom Rhodes yawl “Infanta.”


He is survived by his wife Suzanne (CoCo) and daughters Laura Megan Bessinger of Houston, Texas, and Jessica Suzanne Madoc-Jones of San Francisco.


Paolo Vivante:  1921 – 2004


Paolo Vivante,’46, was John Macnaughton Emeritus Professor of Classics at McGill University in Montreal.


Born in Rome, Italy on September 30, 1921, his family was forced to flee Italy when anti-Semitic laws were imposed by the Italian fascists.


He pursued his studies at Pembroke and then joined the British Army. His knowledge of languages led him to become an interpreter during the allied invasion in France in 1944. After the war, he returned to Pembroke to complete his studies.


A Homeric scholar, Professor Vivante taught classics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 1959-1962, University of Texas at Austin from 1963-1966, and McGill University from 1966-1987.


Professor Vivante was a renowned classics scholar who published five books on Homer: The Homeric Imagination (1970), The Epithets in Homer (1982), Homer (1985), The Iliad: Action as Poetry (1990), and Homeric Rhythm: A Philosophical Study (1997). He was a champion of truth, beauty and the poetic imagination. His articles appeared in Classical World, Arion and many other journals.


He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Vera Vivante, his brothers, Arturo and Caesare, and his sister, Charis.


James Jerome Walsh: 1924 – 2004


James Jerome Walsh,’49, was Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University from 1954 to 1990, and Professor Emeritus thereafter. He was also a former Chairman and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia.


Jim Walsh came to Pembroke in 1949 as a Rhodes Scholar from Reed College in Oregon.  He received his MA in Philosophy from Oxford in 1956 and his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1960.


He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart.


His publications include Aristotle’s Conception of Moral Weakness (1963), Free Will (with Sidney Morgenbesser) (1962), and Philosophy in the Middle Ages (with Arthur Hyman) (1967).


Professor Walsh was a Ford Foundation Fellow (1958) and a Guggenheim scholar (1966).  He was a consultant to the popular television show College Bowl from 1965-1970.