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Stepinac Mourns The Rev. James H. Cashman, 93, Longtime Faculty Member

The Rev. James H. Cashman.
The Rev. James H. Cashman. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Archbishop Stepinac High School lost one of its beloved and longtime faculty members, when the Rev. James H. Cashman, died on Jan. 28 at the age of 93 in Onamia, Minn., where he spent the last years of his life.

Born in Blooming Prairie, Minn., to Thomas and Mary Loretta (Keenan) Cashman on May 11, 1921, Cashman was the youngest of 12 children.

He attended the Crosier Seminary College in Onamia and joined the Crosier novitiate in Hastings, Neb. in 1942 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1948.

He earned a master's degree in secondary education and served for five years on the faculty of the Crosier Brothers Our Lady of the Lake Seminary in Syracuse, Ind., before coming to Stepinac in 1954 where he taught until 1987.

"I have so many fond memories of him as an inspiring teacher who demanded excellence and, at the same time, was entertaining, thought provoking and unconventional in stoking a love for the theater arts in so many students and leaving them with a lifetime of indelible impressions,” said the Rev. Thomas Collins, Stepinac president and member of the class of  '79, who experienced him as a sophomore.

Another alumnus, Anthony Sturniolo,  class of ’62, successfully pursued a career in the theater arts as a result of Cashman’s encouragement.

“He told me that if I worked hard, my dreams of going into TV and motion pictures would come true,” said Sturniolo.

Sturniolo's distinguished career of more than 40 years included serving as manager of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City and then as director of operations for CBS’s 60 Minutes, a position he worked his way up to and along the way interfaced with CBS journalist giants Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, among others.

A member of the Knights of Columbus and the National Association for Amateur Radio, Cashman is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families and by his beloved Crosier Brothers.

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