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Alumni Across the Decades

Bob Fahey

Class of 1952 

Age: 83

Major: English; minor in history; master’s in English from WVU

A World War II and Korean War veteran, Bob chose the College of Steubenville for its convenience and attended under the GI Bill. “Everyone was so friendly,” he remembers, and his favorite teacher was Dr. John Carrigg. Bob helped pay for his education by working summers at the local steel mill. When he finished college, Bob taught for 14 years in Powhatan, Ohio, and 18 years in Shadyside. He substitute taught for another 10 years after retirement. He has four children and seven grandchildren. He currently resides in Bridgeport, Ohio, where he enjoys walking and reading.

Gerald (“Yonk”) DiLoreto 

Class of 1962 

Major: History 

FraternityAlpha Phi Delta; treasurer. He has fond memories of working on the annual Christmas parade. 

Yonk attended the College because he knew he could get a quality education at a reasonable price. After graduation, he went into the service for two years. Later, he earned his certification to teach and in 1964 began teaching high school in Richmond, Ohio. He earned his master’s from West Virginia University and became a school principal. Active in local politics for over 20 years, he currently serves as the 1st ward councilman for the city of Steubenville. He is grateful to his alma mater and supports the University through membership in the Century Club. He is proud to see what a fine institution it has become. Since retirement, Yonk loves to exercise and travel in his spare time. 

Shawn (McShane) Smith

Class of 1972 

Major: Elementary Education

Sorority: Phi Mu

Shawn’s dad thought the College was “good enough for me” because they knew other students going to school there, and she was excited that it was eight hours away! “As one of eight kids I assured them I wouldn’t be home TOO often,” she says. After graduating, she taught school in Bergenfield, New Jersey, for seven years and got married in 1977. She and her husband lived in Hackensack, New Jersey, then Warwick, New York, and finally moved to Guilford, Connecticut, where they live today. “I stayed home for 16 years raising kids and doing my share of volunteering for PTOs, town committees, church organizations, Girl Scouts, Soccer Club, and Theater Arts Parent Group,” she says. “I returned to teaching in 1993 and went back to school for two master’s degrees in 1999 and 2004.” The biggest thing Shawn has been doing, however, is surviving. “I had five children and a wonderful husband. Losing my daughter, Kyle, in 1998 at age 17 allowed me to look at life and appreciate it even more than I did before. Jerry and I have worked to find meaning and let our children know they can still experience joy while cherishing their sister’s memory. Now, with the birth of our first grandson, Kyle Thomas, we are experiencing the joy we never thought would come again.”

Class of 1982 

Patrick Hickey

Major: Biology

Fraternity: Alpha Phi Delta

Other: Biology Club, Activities Board, student government

Patrick heard about the school through his parents’ involvement with the charismatic renewal and came here because it was a small, affordable Catholic college. He met his wife, Beth, during his Steubenville years, and then went to grad school at Texas A&M and received a master’s degree in industrial hygiene. After that, he began working for IBM and continues to work for a company that has taken over for them in the Endicott, New York, area—Endicott Interconnect Technologies. Pat and Beth have four children, one of whom is a Franciscan alumnus and two currently attending there. He lists golfing, skiing, boating, and working on home improvement projects among his hobbies. 

Originally published in the Spring 2009 Baronette newsletter. Since then, Bob Fahey and Yonk DiLoreto have passed away. May they rest in peace.