Al Loboy & Chuck Reali, Portland, OR

Jul 05, 2014

A dear friend of ours was losing his battle with prostrate cancer, so Carol and I headed to Portland for a long weekend over the July 4th holiday. At our 50th ND Dons reunion in 2012, I promised two of my classmates that the next time we were in the Portland area we would try to get together for dinner. And that’s how I got the following journeys of Al Loboy and Chuck Reali.

In an email Chuck reminisced about his Don days playing baseball with Ron Schmidt and having to relay defensive signals to his LB partner Ray Neihengen as Rhino couldn’t see without his glasses. He also wrote about attending the Univ. of Madrid with Ed Callahan in their junior year; Ed later was best man at Chuck’s wedding. All of these were ND Dons who went to ND.

After ND, Chuck went to work for Alcoa and ended up in the aluminum industry his entire career. After nine locations with Alcoa, Chuck and his partners purchased the Alcoa smelter in Vancouver, WA, in 1987 across the river from Portland. In 2000, Chuck decided to close the smelter due to surging energy prices, but subsequently sold the plant to Glencore International. Chuck continued to serve as Managing Director for Glencore until he decided to “retire” in 2010.

Although Chuck’s wife Noreen passed away in 2000, he and his wife raised two Domers: a daughter Cristan, a ’97 grad with an AB in English and a BS in Chemical Engineering working in the petrochemical industry in Houston; and a son Jon with a JD MBA in 2003 who is a patent attorney in Vancouver. Thanks to Cristan, Chuck has two precious granddaughters.

Over dinner, Chuck revealed that he and Jon (see below) had just purchased Real Axis Machining. So much for retirement, Chuck! But he plans on joining us for our 50th in 2016. Chuck can be reached at creali@comcast.net. Check out his new business web site at www.realaxismachining.com.

Probably the most famous transplant from ND Niles was a short, rotund, near-bald man we called “Uncle Joe.” Coach Yonto to most of you.  In the fall of 1961, our senior year, Yonto coached a team that went undefeated and led by #40, Captain Alan Loboy. Whereas Yonto was a cigar-chewing, fire breather; Loboy was a quiet, sincere, intelligent bull of a fullback. Still is to this day.

When I was sophomore at Niles, I went out for football. When the coaches asked to line up at the position we wanted to try out for, I wisely noted that there was no line behind Alan so I became the second-string fullback by default. Fortunately that didn’t last long and Uncle Joe booted my butt back to the typewriter to write about sports, not play it.

In his senior year, Alan was chosen a Parade All-American fullback and received a full scholarship to play in the backfield for the University of Notre Dame. Unfortunately, in his junior year, a leg injury during the last contact practice before the Air Force game ended Alan’s playing days and he began a lifetime of coaching and teaching. He eventually earned a Masters in Teaching and his administrative credential from Lewis & Clark College in Portland.

After ND, Alan headed back to ND Niles where he coached and taught for 10 years before heading to the Portland area in 1976. Alan served as athletic director, football coach and head tennis coach at La Salle HS where his tennis team was state champions in 1980. He was also the principal of St. John the Apostle Elementary School in Oregon City, OR, from 1992 to 2002.

Alan was married to Judy Ferlic in 1967 and they had five children and six grandchildren before Judy passed after 21 years of marriage. For the past 22 years, Alan has been married to Merrie, who has four children and five grandchildren. He is now retired, though he does substitute at La Salle when needed.

When I wrote him to join us for our 45th ND Reunion, Alan replied that he and Merrie were actually on the pilgrimage of St. James, a 790 km. walk across northern Spain from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela made famous by The Way, a movie starring Martin Sheen. But Alan assured us that he and Merrie plan on being at our 50th in 2016.

Alan can be reached at al4892@yahoo.com.

 


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