The Press Newspaper
Long time Cardinal Stritch Catholic administrator Tim Mahoney joined graduates William M. Pasztor, Jr. (1965) and Phillip C. Skeldon, Jr. (1980) as inductees into the school’s hall of fame.
A banquet was held before the holidays with Stritch President Rev. Eric P. Schild providing prayer and a thank you; welcome remarks by Vice President of Advancement Kevin Parkins (who emceed the event), and remarks from Athletic Director Craig Meinzer.
Timothy P. Mahoney
rom 2002 through 2007, he served on the Bishop’s Education Council, and in 2005 he received the Father John A. Thomas Leadership Award.
Mahoney is currently employed as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Diocese of Toledo. He and his wife, Maureen, have six children — all of whom are CSCHS graduates – Tara ‘00, Padraic ‘01, Seamus ‘02, Casey Gargac ’05, Delaney ‘09, and Murphy ’11. They also have one grandchild.
“In my time at Stritch, I participated or helped in many school activities, including numerous festivals and musicals. I served as Quiz Bowl and Student Council moderator for many years, and was a freshman football coach for three years,” Mahoney wrote.
“During my tenure as an administrator I oversaw the transition to block scheduling in the ‘90s, as well as the implementation and expansion of technology. This included everything from the development of computer labs to the installation of SMART boards in the classrooms and laptops for all teachers.
“During my tenure as principal, CSCHS was named one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the country by the Catholic High School Honor Roll in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.”
After Stritch, he attended The University of Toledo, and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Education degree, majoring in Physical Education and Health Education and minoring in Earth Science. He later returned to school, and in 1990, earned his Master of Education degree, majoring in Applied Exercise Sciences.
He began his long teaching career as the Physical Education Teacher at Wynn and Starr elementary schools from 1970-89. During that time, he also coached the Wynn Oregon Recreation football team and the first Oregon girls’ basketball team.
Pasztor taught the first outdoor education program at Camp Courageous and later taught at Camp High Hope and Camp Mohican. He also implemented and taught a Saturday elementary gymnastic program, and taught visual perception programs for primary and early education students. He also developed the Adaptive Physical Education program for Oregon Schools, where he served as a consultant to teachers throughout the system in working with handicapped students of all age levels.
In 1997, Pasztor also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toledo, was a certified Crisis Prevention Intervention Instructor for Oregon City Schools from 1990-2006, and was the director of the Eagle Learning Center from 2006-10.
During all these activities, Pasztor somehow found time for other community service. He was a member of the Hungarian Club; an Oregonian Club Trustee; served on the Lucas County Mental Health Board from 1991‐1993; the East Center for Community Mental Health, serving as both president and vice‐president: a Birmingham Hall of Fame Trustee from 1988‐2010: and a member of the Oregon City Federation of Teachers from 1970 through 2006, serving as president from 1992-2006.
He was also a member of the Ohio Federations of Teachers, involved in the Democratic Club, and began the move to keep the Birmingham Library open. Pasztor urged the CSCHS Class of 1965 to raise money for the school sign at the Coy Road entrance in 1992, and initiated the first-ever CSCHS combined `60s reunion in 2005.
Over the years, Pasztor received many honors, which include Lucas County Mental Health Board Certificate of Appreciation; Certificate of Commendation upon being an applicant for NASA Teacher in Space Project; Birmingham Hall of Fame Distinguished Citizen‐Athlete, Recognition of Excellence Award; Recognition of Service Award, named Northwest Ohio SERRC Outstanding Special Educator; Community award from Oregon Health and Welfare Committee; and the Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Service Awards from Ohio Federation of Teachers.
Before his death, Pasztor established criteria for scholarships to be awarded each year to a graduating senior from Stritch, Clay High School, and the Eagle Learning Center.
He and his wife, Jane, were blessed with twin daughters, Melinda Kennedy ‘95 (Keith ‘94), and Melissa Mummert ’95 (Brian ‘94), and four grandchildren, Logan and Morgan Kennedy and Blake and Brianna Mummert.
With three older brothers, (Marty ‘68, Peter ’75 and Jeff ‘78, and a brother‐in‐law, Dr. Paul Dusseau ‘67) who were CSCHS alumni, it was easy for Phil to find his niche. He immediately became involved playing football and tennis, as well as in the musical productions playing Lt. Cable in “South Pacific” and Billy Bigelow in “Carousel.”
After graduation, Skeldon attended The University of Toledo, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He returned once again to his alma mater to student teach with Dan Foote and Carol Swartz.
His love of the performing arts led him to more than 30 stage productions in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan at The Toledo Rep, The Village Players, The University of Toledo and Croswell Opera House. It was during that time that Skeldon was named Best Theatrical Performer by the Lake Erie West Awards.
Skeldon has been teaching at St. John’s Jesuit for 28 years, and is currently the Christian Service Director. He has been recognized in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” and has established many national and international service immersion programs in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Appalachia, and Camden, N.J.
With the help of others, he established the Toledo Labre Program, which meets every Monday to serve simple meals to the hungry in the central city of Toledo. Skeldon is also a former member of America’s Promise Youth Volunteerism Committee.
Earlier this year, Skeldon was honored as BCSN Teacher of the Year and was the Diocese of Toledo Golden Apple Award winner. Skeldon also served on the Chuck Ealey Foundation Board and established the Undefeated Mentoring Program with Ealey for kids at MLK, Jr. Academy for Boys. Skeldon also currently serves as the Service Director Chair for Jesuit schools in the Midwest.
After his wife, Gretchen’s, death from breast cancer in 2010, Skeldon, his friends and family, created the Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Fund to financially support three types of agencies which were dear to his late wife — and also to carry on her legacy of service to the community:
1. Agencies which serve women struggling with breast cancer.
2. Agencies which serve children with terminal illnesses.
3. Agencies which serve children with disabilities.
In the last three years, the Gretchen Gotthart Skeldon Fund has gifted close to $100,000 to the local agencies.
Skeldon and his 9-year-old daughter, Lily, currently reside in Sylvania.
Philip C. Skeldon