Brother Rice Remembers the Life of John Tracy ‘64

John Tracy 64 CoverIt is with deep sadness that Brother Rice High School announces the passing of John B. Tracy, Jr. ’64. John is the brother of James M. Tracy ’70, Timothy P. Tracy ’72 and the late Thomas D. Tracy ’65.

John attended Brother Rice High School, graduating in 1964. While at Brother Rice, he competed in every varsity basketball game during his four years, earning All-Catholic League as a junior and senior and also All-State honors. He is the school’s fifth leading scorer. He attended the University of Notre Dame on an athletic scholarship, graduating in 1968. At Notre Dame, he earned the basketball varsity letter, and during his senior year, he also served as a student assistant coach. In 1968, John came to Marquette Catholic High School, Michigan City, to serve as head basketball coach, where his teams won four conference titles and four tournament titles. He was also awarded “Area Coach of the Year” on four separate occasions. John then returned home to Chicago to serve as assistant basketball coach under former Notre Dame coach Gene Sullivan at Loyola University from 1988-1989. In 1991, he became the Dean of Students and head basketball coach at Chicago’s St. Ignatius College Prep. Under his direction, the Wolfpack basketball program won one North Sectional title, one York Tournament title, and, in 2000, captured SICP’s first Catholic League title in 42 years. One highlight of John’s coaching career was the school’s first and only Illinois Sweet Sixteen appearance. From 2009-2011, John was a television and radio color analyst for the Loyola University Ramblers. In 2011, he was inducted into the inaugural class of Brother Rice’s Circle of Champions, and in 2012, John was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League’s Hall of Fame.

John is survived by his children John Tracy III (Cheri), Mill Creek, IN, Kristine Tracy Lewis (Matthew), Carmel, IN, and stepdaughter Lauren Laramore, Wallingford, CT; grandchildren Quentin Tracy, MacKinnon Tracy, Alexander Tracy, Holly Tracy, Elizabeth Lewis, Ted Lewis, and Ben Lewis; mother of his children, Mary Laramore; brothers James Tracy (Deborah), Pleasanton, CA, Timothy Tracy (Anita), Ft Thomas, KY, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is loved by many and will be missed by us all.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Thomas Tracy.

Visitation on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at St Ignatius College Prep (Tully Hall), 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608 at 10:30 A.M., will precede the Funeral Mass at neighboring Holy Family Church at 12:30 P.M. A reception at Tully Hall will follow the Mass. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN, is handling arrangements.

The family would like to express a special thanks to the St. Anthony Hospice staff, Donna Suida RN and Pat Sandberg for the loving care of our Dad.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marquette Foundation-John Tracy Award, 306 West 10th Street, Michigan City, Indiana 46360, or Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60655, or Saint Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608.

To sign the guestbook please visit http://www.otthaverstock.com and then select John Tracy from the list on the right-hand side of the webpage.

We Remember the Life of Chris Ulrich ’87

Chris UlrichChris Ulrich ’87 passed away on Monday, January 14, 2013 while working on his motorcycle, nine months after he was inducted into the Brother Rice Circle of Champions Athletic Hall of Fame.  Chris was deeply loved by family and friends and will be long remembered as one of the best athletes/swimmers in Brother Rice history.  We are proud to reprint two photos and a short profile that were published in April 14, 2012 Circle of Champions Memory Book, and in the Summer Rice Review Alumni Newsletter.

Chris, a two-sport standout in swimming and water polo, participated in both for all four years.  He earned an amazing four major letters in each sport during his Crusader athletic career.  As a member of the water polo team, Chris and his team won the state title during his junior year and took third in his senior campaign.  Chris had a stellar career as a member of the swim team.  In his junior year, Chris took fourth in state in the 100 yard butterfly.  His senior year culminated with Chris’s being the Illinois State Champion in the 100 yard butterfly and fifth place in the 50 yard freestyle, earning him the Lawless Award.  Chris made an appearance at the 1988 Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana in the 100 meter butterfly.  Chris continued his swimming career at Iowa State on scholarship, where he captured the Big Eight’s 100 meter butterfly title.  Chris competed at the NCAA Division I Championships as a member of the 400 freestyle relay team for the Cyclones.  Chris left Iowa State and continued his swimming career at Southwest Missouri State University.  As a Bear, Chris set school records in the 100 meter butterfly, the 100 meter freestyle, and the 50 meter freestyle.  As a junior at SMSU, Chris captured top honors in the 100 butterfly at the Midwest Regional Championships and placed second in the 200 IM and regional championships.  Ulrich finished in third at the Midwest Regional in total points scored for an individual.  Chris finished as a Big 8 Champion and an NCAA qualifier.

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Christopher Martin Ulrich, CFD. Beloved son of Edward, Ret. Batallion Chief, CFD and Judy, Ret. CPD, Ulrich. Loving brother of the late Linda Marie and Annette Marie Ulrich. Loving owner of Fuzzy Bob. Dearest nephew of Rosemary (John) Kosaka and Barbara (the late Phil) Partipillo. Fond cousin of Christine (Christopher) Karpluk, Deborah (Cody) Lettiere, Melanie (John) Summers, Felicia and John Partipillo and great uncle of Colin, Kyle and Abby Karpluk, Joshua and Sophia Lettiere and Rosebud and Violet Summers. Funeral Saturday 9:45 a.m. from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn to St. Christina Church, Mass 10:30 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Visitation Friday 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Member of Knights of Columbus, Fr. Perez Council 1444, Axemen Club and Illinois Patriot Guard. Info, 708-636-1193 or www.blakelamboaklawn.com

Circle of Champions Tickets on Sale Now

The Circle of Champions, the Brother Rice athletic hall of fame, is welcoming its second class of dedicated coaches and athletes to this prestigious fraternity.  Much anticipation surrounds this event after witnessing 700 attendees honoring its inaugural class.  The Circle will have the induction ceremony on April 14, 2012 for the class of 2012.  Inaugural Class inductee Coach Pat Richardson had this to say about last year’s event, “The Circle of Champions night was the best event I’ve ever attended at Brother Rice.  Seeing alumni from five different decades reminisce and reconnect with one another was awesome… Seeing over 600 Crusader alumni, their families, and friends singing the Brother Rice Fight Song gave everyone chills and was a great way to end the evening.”

The members of the class of 2012 include:  Arthur Bibbs ’73, James Coleman, Jr. ’74, Don Cranley ’64, Ray Crowley ’71, Bob Cummings ’78, Tom Gorman ’85, Jimmy Harkness ’90, Brian Kelly ’90, Pat MacFarlane ’70, Jerry Mader ’61, Br. John B. Moore, Bob O’Connor ’64, Louis Pasierb ’65, Ed Riska ’71, Jim Stalley ’69, Mike Stritch ’93, Lamar Summers ’78, Mark Telander ’00, Chris Ulrich ’87, John Walsh ’61.

Tickets for the event are now on sale and be purchased online below or by contacting Susan Stanley at 773-429-4300 x307.  Tickets are $85 per person or $800 per table, which seats 10 people.  An adult only cocktail hour will begin at 6 PM in the north gymnasium with dinner set to start at 7 PM in the south gymnasium.  Included in the cost are appetizers, 4 hour top shelf open bar, plated dinner, and dessert.

Please note that tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door.

Another way to support the event and honorees is through the Souvenir Ad Book which will be distributed to the estimated 500 people who will be in attendance. Ads can also be purchased online or by completing and mailing this form.  The deadline for ad submissions is March 30th.

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Circle of Champions Ad Book

The Circle of Champions committee is beginning to put together the Souvenir Ad Book for the induction ceremony of the Class of 2012, which will be held on Saturday, April 14.  This Souvenir Ad Book will be viewed by at least 600 attendees of this event; it is a great opportunity to congratulate this year’s inductees and promote your business or service.  Last year nearly 200 ads were placed. Those interested in placing an ad are asked to fill out this sponsorship form.  Ad donations must be submitted by March 30, 2012, to guarantee placement.  Any questions should be directed to Sue Stanley at 773-429-4301, ext. 307 or crusadercircle@gmail.com.

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Alumni Spotlight: Don Webster ’66 Enjoyed Hall of Fame Athletic Career at Brother Rice

Don Webster is grateful that he had some height when he first attended Brother Rice High School as a freshman.

That proved to be the criteria necessary to start what would become a remarkable football career for the 1966 graduate.

“I went out for football freshman year and there were only 10 uniforms left, so the guys that didn’t already have one were told to stand in line from tallest to shortest,” Webster said. “I happened to be one of the tallest guys, so they gave me a uniform. That’s the only reason I made the varsity that season.”

While his first season was relatively uneventful, he would go on to become the first all-state player in program history.

Webster was a two-way standout for the Crusaders, demonstrating his versatility by being a running back, split end, linebacker and defensive back during his high school career.

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Source: Oak Lawn Patch | Ken Ryan