April 5, 2019

Plaque to honor Latin School students who died serving U.S. in the military

A fund drive has been started to create a memorial plaque in the courtyard of Our Lady of Holy Rosary Parish in Indianapolis—a plaque that will honor four graduates of the former Latin School who died while serving the United States in the military.

The courtyard is located between Holy Rosary Church and Lumen Christi School, whose building was the home of the Latin School between 1955 and 1978. The school building is also the home of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO).

Organizers of the effort hope the plaque will also serve as an inspiration to the students who attend school and CYO events there.

The four Latin School graduates to be honored are: Donald Cors, class of 1960, William Hartwell, class of 1962, Timothy Maude, class of 1966, and Dennis Reuter, class of 1972.

Beneath their names, the plaque will include this dedication:

Please work and pray for peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” (Mt 5:9).

One of the members of the fundraising committee is Jim Bixler, a 1974 Latin School graduate and a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Bixler has established a GoFundMe page to raise the money needed to purchase and erect the plaque, which will be less than $2,000. Holy Rosary Parish is conducting a courtyard restoration project later this year, and the committee plans to donate any excess funds to that project.

You can donate at the GoFundMe page which can be found here: bit.ly/2FFQeOu.

You can also e-mail Bixler at airbix@aol.com or send donations directly to him at 3334 Guilford Lane, Plainfield, IN, 46168. Make checks payable to Bixler with a notation that the donation is for the Latin School Military Memorial Plaque. †

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