In the 1991 publication, “When September Comes”, former Prep teacher Frank Holbrook ‘45 and former Prep librarian and historian Gus Stellwag ‘49 describe the era of Pat Shea, Jim Melican, Edward Dunne, Harry McDonough, Al Kirchner ‘26, John Lyttle ‘26 and Rudy Hanish as the “golden age” of Fordham Prep teachers. Others feel the golden age of Fordham Prep teachers was in the 1940s and 50s with the additions of Holbrook, Chuck DaParma, Jack Leonard, SJ and Edmund McHugh ‘39. Still others feel the golden age was during the 1970s.
But, when it comes to defining a golden age or determining which teachers belong, there are two teachers who certainly belong in the discussion: John “Jack” Foley ‘63 and Fr. Stanley O’ Konsky, SJ.
Both men have taught at Fordham Prep for over fifty years, joining a select club. Fr. O’Konsky arrived as a Jesuit scholastic in 1966 in the English Department, and Jack Foley joined the Classical Languages Department following his graduation from Fordham University in 1967.