Ten alumni of the former Saint Vincent Preparatory School will be honored during Prep Alumni Reunion Weekend June 9 to 11.
Receiving Alumni of Distinction Awards will be Douglas W. Heinrichs, M.D. of Ellicott City, Maryland; Larry F. Myers of Leesburg, Virginia; John F. Vargo of Oakdale, California; and Rev. Eric Vogt, O.S.B., of St. Marys; Hall of Fame Awards will be presented to Leo Ehrensberger of St. Marys; David Fledderman of Madison, Alabama; James F. Karg of Naples, Florida; John P. Owens of McKean; Charles W. Peters of Gaithersburg, Maryland; and David A. Stiteler of Clinton Township, Michigan.
The awards dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Registration is required and may be completed online at https://eventregistration.stvincent.edu/Prep2017.
Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., and Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president of Saint Vincent College, will welcome attendees. Activities will include a presentation of the video, Fire and Ice: The Saint Vincent Fire of 1963, Benedictine Sisters German buffet, planetarium shows, state of Saint Vincent address, Basilica tour and demonstration of the new pipe organ, a video tribute to Arnold Palmer, trolley tours and a Prep Alumni Memorial Mass.
Douglas W. Heinrichs, M.D.
Douglas W. Heinrichs, M.D., graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School in 1968. A self-employed psychiatrist in general psychiatry and psychopharmacology, he was formerly active in psychiatric research in schizophrenia. His current scholarly interest is the interface of psychiatry and philosophy. He earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology and philosophy with highest honor and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Georgetown University. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati. He also completed a National Institute of Mental Health research fellowship at the University of Maryland. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Life Fellow of the Maryland Psychiatric Society, a charter member of the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and a member and executive council of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles which have been published in professional journals. He and his wife, Diane Marshall, had two children, Marshall, now deceased, and Victoria.
Larry F. Myers
Larry F. Myers, a 1956 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School, earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Saint Vincent College in 1960 and a master of business administration degree from The Ohio State University. He also completed the executive program of professional management education at the University of North Carolina. He began his career at RCA Corporation where he worked for nine years before joining General Cable Corporation, Fairchild Industries Inc. and MITRE Corporation where he was chief financial officer from 1987 to 1999. Since 2003, he has been chairman of the audit committee and a member of the board of directors of Verient Systems, Inc. A former member of the Saint Vincent Alumni Council, he is a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit Anglican in Leesburg, Virginia. He is a former member of the financial and stewardship committees at St. Francis de Sales Parish. He and his wife, Connie, have two children and two grandchildren. His interests include Civil War history, reading, family, walking and praying.
John F. Vargo
John F. Vargo is retired after a career as a nurse anesthetist, most recently with the Turlock Anesthesia Group in Turlock, California. A 1965 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School, he attended Saint Vincent College for a year before earning an associate of arts degree degree in nursing from Los Angeles Pierce College and a diploma as a certified respiratory nurse anesthetist from Westmoreland/Latrobe Hospital School of Anesthesia, now Excela Health/Saint Vincent. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He is the recipient of a Bronze Star with Combat V for service with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He is a member of St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in Oakdale, California, where he is the parish organist. He was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Stockton and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Barbara, have five children. His hobbies include golf, piano, woodworking and baking bread and pastries.
Fr. Eric Vogt, O.S.B.
Fr. Eric T. Vogt, O.S.B., was born in St. Marys and attended Queen of the World Grade School there before enrolling in Saint Vincent Preparatory School where he graduated in 1968. He received a bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Vincent College in 1973 and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1976. He entered the Benedictine monastic community of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1970 and was ordained a priest in 1979. He has served in a variety of positions prior to his appointment as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, St. Marys, in 2002 where he currently serves. He was a member of the Jeannette Juvenile Commission (1980-82), board of directors of Miners Hospital, Spangler (1986-88), the school board of Bishop Carroll High School, Ebensburg (2001-02) and has been chaplain for various Knights of Columbus chapters since 1982. In 1989 he was named an Outstanding Young Man of America. Fr. Eric has also been an official for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association in basketball, softball and baseball (1988-present), and an umpire for the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball (1987-present). He was named Umpire of the Year by Cambria County American Legion Baseball in 1988. As head baseball coach for Elk County Catholic, at the end of the 2015 season he had attained 118 career coaching wins in seven years and led the Class-A team to four district championships.
Leo E. Ehrensberger
Leo E. Ehrensberger is a 1961 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School and a 1965 graduate of Saint Vincent College where he earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting. He served in the Peace Corps after he graduated. He is now retired after a 30-year career as an accountant and controller in the carbon industry. He served as a board member and treasurer on the St. Marys Water Authority for more than 30 years, volunteered at the Christian Food Bank, served as a board member on the St. Marys Economic Development Council and as a board member of the St. Marys Country Club. He and his wife, Ruth, have a daughter, Kelly, and a son, Aaron, both of whom graduated from Saint Vincent College. He is a member of Queen of the World Parish in St. Marys where he is a volunteer member of the bereavement committee and a former Eucharistic minister, member of the parish council and member of the parent teacher organization. His hobbies include golf, hunting, fishing, bowling, volunteering and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
After graduating from the Saint Vincent Prep Scholasticate in 1967, David J. Fledderman continued his studies in philosophy at Saint Vincent in preparation for the priesthood. He entered Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1969 as Brother Scott and left a year later to continue liberal arts studies at Saint Vincent College while serving as athletic trainer for college sports and working as an electrician apprentice. After graduation, he became a management intern for the U.S. Army. His 37-year career took him to assignments in Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, Seoul, Stuttgart and Alabama. He retired from federal service in 2008 but returned to work for the past six years as an Army support contractor as a facilities planner/analyst at SigmaTech, Inc. at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville. He and his wife, Sunny, are members of St. John the Baptist Church in Madison, Alabama, where he has served as lector, cantor, usher, Eucharistic minister, parish council member and school board president. He is also a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. They are also supporters of the Benedictine monks and faculty at St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman, Alabama. They have two daughters, Emily and Erin, both of whom attended as boarding students and graduated from St. Bernard Prep.
James F. Karg
James F. Karg graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School in 1947 before earning a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Kent State University. He worked in the family business, Karg Corporation, an industrial braiding machinery manufacturer, where he completed the development of 36 patents including a large package wire carrier for use on braiding machines in the United States, Europe and Japan. The company is now managed by his son, Michael, a 1984 graduate of Saint Vincent. He was active as a Scoutmaster, was named Business Executive of the Year in 1992, served on 12 non-profit boards, the Northern Ohio District Export Council and the Ohio Export Assistance Network. He and his late wife, Joanne, had seven children, eight grandchildren and two great-granddhildren. His hobbies include tennis, golf, boardwalk volunteer naturalist at Corkscrew Swamp in Naples, classical music and historic novels.
John P. Owens
John P. Owens attended St. Benedict Grade School in Carrolltown, a Benedictine parish school. He graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School in 1968 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Saint Vincent College in 1973. He completed certification as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and as an Associate in Claims (AIC). He has more than 45 years’ experience as an executive general adjuster and currently works for York Risk Services Group/York SLA. He has also taught risk management at Gannon University, served as a certified instructor for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and was named Insurance Person of the Year in Erie County in 1999. He and his wife, Susan, have two children, Becky and Mark, who are both graduates of Saint Vincent. A past member of Saint Vincent Alumni Council, he is a member of Presque Isle Chapter CPCU, Presque Isle Kayak Safety Crew and was soccer coach for recreational, club and high school teams. He is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish, McKean. His hobbies include skiing, golf, bicycling and domestic travel.
Charles W. Peters
Charles W. Peters graduated from Saint Vincent Preparatory School in 1965 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Vincent College in 1969. While at Saint Vincent, he was active in varsity soccer, the Letterman Club and the Student Government Association. He worked for the Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department from 1971 to 1990 and worked in real estate as an agent and appraiser from 1990 to 1994. From 1994 to 2009 he was a commissioner of the District Court of Maryland and from 2000 to 2009 he was the administrative commissioner of the court in Montgomery County for the State District Court. He has been retired since June 30, 2009. He and his wife, Judith, have a daughter, Alexis. His hobbies include golf, reading history and current affairs.
David A. Stiteler
A 1959 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School, David A. Stiteler earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Troy State University and a master of arts degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University. He has more than 30 years of diverse information systems experience in federal and local government and is currently a senior consultant with Stiteler and Associates. While in the Air Force for 21 years, he was a computer superintendent and computer analyst with the Data Systems Design Center and the Pacific Command Intelligence Center, retiring as a Master Sergeant. He held both Secret and Top Secret military clearances. He previously held management positions with the Maccomb County Information Technology Department and the United States Air Force Data Systems Design Center. He served as an adjunct faculty member in information systems at Wayne State University and Macomb County Community College. Formerly active with the Boy Scouts of America as a Cubmaster and Troop Committee Member, he is a member of St. Thecla Catholic Church, Clinton Township, Michigan, and serves as a member and chairman of the parish council, member of the Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School advisory board and as a representative to the Central Maccomb Vicariate of the Diocese of Detroit. He and his wife, Carole, have four children, David Jr., William, Robert and Jennifer. His hobbies include golf and reading.
For details, phone the Alumni Office at 724-805-2568 or email email@example.com.
Photos: Douglas W. Heinrichs, M.D., Larry F. Myers, John F. Vargo, Fr. Eric Vogt, O.S.B., Leo E. Ehrensberger, David Fledderman, James F. Karg, John P. Owens, Charles W. Peters and David A. Stiteler.
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