McParland, Dominic (Brendan Owen FSC)
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Brother Brendan McParland was born December 21, 1928 as the second son of Dominic and Elizabeth. He was baptized in the Acension Church and given the name Dominic Charles, but he was often referred to as Charles as his father was also Dominic. He attended the Ascension parochial school, where his teachers Brother Austin Barry and Brother Walter Guardine inspired him to be a follower of St. John Baptist de la Salle. In September 1942 he entered the Brothers Junior Novitiate at Barrytown, entered the Novitiate four years later, and received the robe and his new name, Brother Brendan Owen on September 7, 1946. Brother Brendan went onto De La Salle College in Washington D.C. in 1950, majoring in math and science, but his college days were cut short after three years. In September 1950 he began teaching 5th grade at La Salle Academy, Albany, and he managed to attain an MA in mathematics from Manhattan College in 1958. He settled down to a six-year stay working with delinquents at Lincoln Hall in 1958. In 1964, he was assigned to St. Peter's High School in Staten Island and after a few years was appointed to the chairman of the math department, a position in which he was able to help younger teachers. During the summer months he applied for and receieved several NSF grants to various universities to enhance his background in teaching physics and also obtained a Finn Grant from Manhattan College, which allowed him a summer in Ireland. Brother Brendan was also a talented painter and some of his works may still be viewed in a corridor of the fifth floor of the Brothers residence at Manhattan College. He later applied for a position at the College of Mount St. Vincent and was hired to build up a computer lab as well as teach courses. At this time he joined the Lloyd Hall community located on the West Hill campus of Manhattan College. He served as the director of St. Peter's community as well as the director of the San Miguel community. He was serving as Director of the San Miguel community when the college sold the property to the Riverdale School. He encouraged the Brothers to plan ahead in moving to their new communities, and in his careful way prepared all for his move. With most of the community he moved to the Manhattan College Community. He started to work at De La Salle Hall in 2005. He fell ill in 2007 and his death certificate describes his cause of death as Alzheimer's Disease at midnight May 21, 2008.
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