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Matthew Feldmann (R98), Grady Waldron (L97), and David Downey (R85) are inducted into The Xavier Hall of Fame. Emiko Coffey Photo.

Matthew Feldmann (R98), Grady Waldron (L97), and David Downey (R85) are inducted into The Xavier Hall of Fame. Emiko Coffey Photo.

Matthew Feldmann (R98), Grady Waldron (L97), and David Downey (R85) are inducted into The Xavier Hall of Fame. Emiko Coffey Photo.

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David Downey (R85), Matthew Feldmann (R98), and Grady Waldron (L97) now represent the Class of 2017 in the LaSalle- Regis-Xavier Alumni Hall of Fame. On Friday, February 10, these inductees were presented with the honor during halftime of the boys’ basketball game against Linn-Mar at Xavier. Downey and Waldron were inducted as athletes, while Feldmann was inducted as an outstanding alumnus.

Downey is a 1985 graduate of Regis High School where he was named All-State in football, basketball, and baseball. In 1985, he was named Male Athlete of the Year. Downey set the Regis High School reception record with 45 catches for 611 yards and four touchdowns in eight games. He was also selected to play in the 1985 All-Iowa Shrine Bowl as a starting offensive end. In his basketball career, he led his team in both scoring and rebounding, and paved the way for his team to win three consecutive state titles. In 1985, Downey and his team won the 3A State Championship title in baseball, and he led the team in both home runs and at-bats.

After graduation, he played baseball for Muscatine Community College for a year and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He transferred to Iowa to receive his bachelor’s degree and later earned a Master’s in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University.

Downey, his wife, Wendy, and his son, Jack, live in Cedar Rapids,Iowawhereheisalicensed Investment Advisor Representative and owns Downey Financial Services. Downey gives back to the Xavier community through his participation in a variety of coaching jobs for the youth.

Feldmann is the 1998 valedictorian of Regis High School. Throughout high school, he was heavily involved in academic programs, and he received the John CrystalAwardfromTheWorldFood Prize Foundation for his work as a representative of the World Food Prize Foundation in Mexico City.

He was awarded the John Harvard Scholarship at Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with an AB degree. After graduation, he began his career as a nancial analyst at Morgan Stanley’s global headquarters in New York City. After eight years, he was managing the foreign exchange derivatives business for North and South America.

In 2011, Feldmann moved to Geneva, Switzerland to become a partner at Brevan Howard, where he focused on managing an asset allocation in the Master Fund and trading global macro products. Five years later, Feldmann returned to the states and became a managing director at Citadel, LLC. Here he was responsible for building a foreign exchange business and managing a capital allocation in their Fixed Income Fund.

Currently, Feldmann manages his independent investment rm, Feldmann Capital, LLC, based in New York City and was elected to be a part of The Young Partner Board of The New York Public Theater.

Waldron is a 1997 graduate of LaSalle High School, where he excelled in varsity football, basketball, track, and baseball. In his football career, he led his team to a perfect season and a district championship in 1996, while setting the LaSalle High School record for most receiving touchdowns in a single season and earning 1st and 2nd team All-State honors. He went on to play semi-pro football with the Iowa Tractors, and was named the Most Valuable Player in 1999. Additionally, he collected a variety of metro and conference honors in baseball as a center elder and quali ed in multiple events at the state and Drake relays for track.

Waldron remained involved in the Xavier community after his graduation by assisting with coaching both track and football for four years while he received an education from the University of Iowa. He earned a degree in Economics and a minor in Social Work. Currently, he is a Regional Government Sales Manager for New Horizons Computer Learning Center.

Waldron now lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his wife, Brooke (Smith) Waldron (X00) and their two children, Kona and Graydon, who they plan to send to Xavier High School.

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