A graduate of St. Ludger Academy in Creighton will deliver the keynote address at the school’s alumni banquet Saturday, June 15.
Dr. James Manion graduated from the academy in 1959.
Manion left Creighton that year, enrolling in college at Creighton University in Omaha, where he graduated from medical school.
With degrees in hand, he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1966, serving his medical internship at San Diego Navy Hospital, followed by a two-year stint as a submarine medical officer.
Manion completed a residency in anesthesiology at the San Diego Navy Hospital and served as a staff anesthesiologist at Long Beach Navy Hospital from 1970-1973, serving temporary additional duty with a surgical team in Vietnam - on USS Okinawa and USS Tripoli, from March through June 1972.
He met a Navy nurse who was serving at the Long Beach hospital in 1971. He and Pat were married in September 1972.
The young doctor went into private practice at St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach, from 1974 to 1979. The couple became the parents of two sons, Joe Manion and Dan Manion, during their time there.
The family “came home” to Omaha and Creighton University in March 1979, where two more children joined the family, a daughter, Kathleen, and another son, Jimmy.
Manion joined the faculty of the anesthesiology department, serving until March 2018.
The son of the late Joe and Marg Manion, Manion grew up in Creighton with a brother, Mike Manion; and sisters, Mary Ellen Reiter, Pat Bursell, Jody Ritzdorf and Teri Brady.
Manion will be among the honored alum at the banquet, as a member of the 60-year class. The alumni will honor the last 50-year class at this year’s banquet. The final class graduated from the academy in 1969.
The banquet will take place in the parish social hall, with a social hour planned at the conclusion of a 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Ludger Catholic Church. Dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m.