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Richard Kadvan - Class of 1965 

(Pictured with granddaughters, Alexa Jo (L) and Samantha Lynn (R)

Why did your family chose St. Mary’s/Kennedy for your education?
I was the first baby baptized in St. James Church in 1947. My parents believed strongly in a Catholic education.  St. James Grade School and St. Mary’s/JFK supported that belief. 

What is your favorite high school memory?
Sports and Fiddlesticks. We also had Sock Hops after home Saturday night basketball and football games at SMH. 
Did you have a teacher or class that was a major influence on you?  
Mr. John Gillen taught me a great deal in the classroom but even more about life. He was a Catholic role model for not only me but for many of my high school friends. We thought the world of “Coach”!
Education/Professional Experience:
Attended Xavier University on a football scholarship and later graduated with a BS/ BA from YSU. 
What career did you choose and tell us a little bit about how you got there:
I started in the steel mills in Materials Management and later was hired at Delphi/Packard. After a year in Materials Management I was selected for a position in Human Resource Management and spent 31 years supporting various HR activities.     
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I served as Packard's HR Director for Asia/Pacific and was based in Singapore. Exposure to different nationalities, cultures, religions and values was a tremendous experience.  
What is a specific piece of advice you would give to a Kennedy senior?  
I have attempted to follow the 4 "F" Principles. Faith, Family, Friends, and Freedom. This approach, coupled with an “ I can do attitude” will serve them well. 



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