class notes

Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary — Kim Talianko;


Washington DC AIA Convention ND Reception, Part II: Also attending were Martin A. DeSapio, AIA, ’81, who has his own architecture, planning, and interior design firm in Flemington NJ; Wayne Chang, AIA, associate with clr DESIGN, Philadelphia; Kurt V. Zimmerman, AIA, ’86, VP, principal, senior design architect with Zimmerman Architectural Studios and immediate past president of AIA Milwaukee; Mike Wisneski, AIA, ’87, president-elect of AIA Colorado; Jules Chiavaroli, AIA, ’72, professor, Master of Architecture Program, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, Rochester Institute of Technology; Robert C. Ritger, ’82, director of e-business development, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken NJ; Darryl H. Daniels, AIA, ’85, CEO, managing partner of jacobsendaniels associates, planning and implementation consultants, Ypsilanti MI; Stephen J. Cashman, AIA, ’83, principal architect with Cashman Stahler Group, Lombard IL; Jill V. Akins, AIA, ’83, with Van Auken Akins Architects, Cleveland; Teresa Ann Nyberg-Grim ’82 has her own firm in McLean VA; Stephen Alicandro ’74 has his own firm in Arlington VA; Robert W. Davidson, AIA, ’76, president, Davidson & Assocs. Construction Analysts, Architects, Bethesda MD; classmate James A. Fox is executive director of housing investments for J. P. Morgan, Chicago; Joseph Dolinar, AIA, ’78 is a partner with Goettsch Partners, Chicago; Martin van Koolbergen, AIA, ’94 is a partner with Kaplan Gehring McCarroll, Architectural Lighting, El Segundo CA; Kathleen O. Reid, RA, ’80 is capital improvements architecture branch manager, NAVFAC Atlantic, Norfolk VA; and Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, ’76, president of Blitch/Knevel Architects, New Orleans. Ron was installed as president of NCARB. Triple Domer Frank Musica ’73 is senior risk management attorney with Victor O. Schinnerer & Co., Chevy Chase MD; Abbey L. Oklak ’07 is with Cooper Carry, Alexandria VA. Abbey was just nominated and joined the board of the DC Chapter, Congress for New Urbanism; Cynthia Stuermer Jacobs, AIA, ’76 is VP and managing director for WATG, Seattle; D. Jason Arnold, AIA, LEED AP, ’97 is project manager for project development and coordination for the US Department of State, Overseas Building Operations. From the U of Maryland in College Park: Brian Kelly, AIA, ’81 is associate professor and director of the Architecture Program; Daniel F.C. Hayes, AIA, ’78 is architect/planner with the Dept. of Facilities Planning and Matthew J. Bell, AIA, ’83 is a professor in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; F. Jeffrey Murray, AIA, ’79, director of architecture for IDC Architects, Pittsburgh. Jeff is working on science and technology projects for Nano research facilities in Sydney, Australia. Robert S. Barringer, AIA, ’76 has his own firm in St Louis; Roxanne (Jabbra) Gunther, AIA, ’76 has her own firm in Coeur d’Alene ID and brought daughter Alexandra ’07 as a guest. Alexandra is studying fashion design at Parsons in NYC; Daniel C. Kloc ’87 is a facilities architect for St. Vincent Health, Indianapolis; Christopher P. Kennedy ’81 is principal with UK Architects, Hanover NH; Paul E. Schmid ’86 with McMillan Pazdan Smith, Spartanburg SC; and Theodore M. Mariani ’85, Woodbine MD. Also at the convention to receive his fellowship, the highest honor the AIA can bestow on its members, was Stephen M. Nilles, FAIA, ’79 with the Goettsch Partners, Chicago. At the convention but unable to attend the reception were William Bates, AIA, ’75, VP of real estate for Eat’nPark Hospitality Group, Pittsburgh, and Williston L. Dye, AIA, ’76, president and CEO Williston Enterprises, Las Vegas, who hosted his annual movers and shakers party overlooking the Capitol. A book of travel sketches by the late John W. McHugh ’41, authored by Professor Emeritus Norman Crowe, was recently published by Sunstone Press, Santa Fe. McHugh was best known for the first Santa Fe Opera House, as well as restoration for Spanish period Franciscan mission churches among the Indian Pueblos of the Rio Grande Valley. — Orlando T. Maione, AIA, ACHA, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; res 631-246-5660;

Biological Sciences Class Secretary — Joan S. ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613; 919-848-2192; fax 919-848-3166;


David Fahey ’64PhD writes of his dissertation director, M.A. Fitzsimons, and the tremendous impact he had on the lives of his students. Michael Hayes ’57PhD endowed a library collection in Fitzsimons’ name and David recalls that he was “exceptionally generous to a raw, unsophisticated graduate student.” Fitzsimons chose him to TA a Western Civ honors course and assigned him book reviews to write for a journal he edited for over 20 years, Review of Politics. David recalls the last time he saw Professor Fitzsimons was an accidental meeting on the steps of the British Museum. David’s message gives me a chance to plug updates coming next month on Donald Critchlow, Fr. Blantz, and, my dissertation director, Jay P. Dolan. If there are any other faculty you would like to salute, please send me your stories. Dick Meister ’67PhD writes from his alleged retirement. In 1993, he was appointed executive vice president for academic affairs at De Paul U. He administered its move to national status, with outstanding students and double the student population. He fully “retired” in 2005, by accepting new responsibilities. He accepted an appointment by Gov. Pat Quinn to serve on the 13-person advisory board for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Dick and his wife, Joan, split their time between Oak Park IL and Ogden Dunes IN, where he serves as curator of a local historical society. The Meisters have three children and nine grandchildren living close by. They also socialize with the incredible team of Phil and Maureen Gleason ’61PhD. Inspired by David’s earlier post, Dick sent in news of his cohorts at “History House” on Notre Dame Avenue. His first teaching post was at Xavier U with his classmate Paul Simon ’65PhD and Ernie Fontana ’69PhD. Paul has since retired, but Ernie is still teaching at the institution. Another classmate, John Marszalak ’63PhD, continues to be an active scholar at Mississippi State, having responsibility for the recently acquired U.S. Grant papers. Dick also recounts good memories of Tom Flaherty ’63MA and Bud Chappius ’66PhD. On a selfish note, I’d also love to hear from anyone at ND between 1983 and 1991. I am such a groupie of celebrity historians that I was over the moon (and having Nathan Hatch flashbacks) this summer when Patrick Conley ’70 PhD sent me a collection of letters written by such luminaries as Gordon Wood, Pauline Maier, Ronald Formisano, and Jack Greene. They were among the dignitaries who wrote glowing letters of support to Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, endorsing Pat’s appointment as historian laureate for the state. His new duties include delivering lectures about the state’s history, providing historical information or advice to government officials, and editing state-sponsored historical publications. He retired from teaching at Providence College in 1993 as a full professor. He now offers an occasional course in constitutional law at Roger Williams U in Bristol RI, where Pat lives. In his alleged retirement, Pat published his 23rd and 24th books, The Makers of Modern Rhode Island (History Press) and People, Places, Laws and Lore of the Ocean State (Rhode Island Publications Society). — Mary Linehan ’91 PhD;

Mathematics Class Secretary — Patti Strauch; bus 574-631-4177;

Master of Nonprofit Administration

Congratulations to the August 2012 MNA graduates: Laura Aragon, Sarah Balda, Kathryn Dearing, Jason Fehr, Sarah Lawless, Laurie McKeon, Krissy Miles, Suzanne Niemoth, Elizabeth Quinn, Adam Rasmussen, Ross Szlag, and Le Anne Trachok. Brandon Stewart ’09 now works as the supervisor for patient access in a Florida branch of the Cleveland Clinic. Classmate Jason Shanks ’09 is the new CEO of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (Archdiocese of Detriot). Cheryl Booms ’12 works as a consultant for O’Meara, Ferguson, Whelan and Conway, which focuses on capital fundraising and advising for Catholic Dioceses and religious orders and institutions. And finally, in September, Gerry Dohrenwend ’11 began his new position as the executive director of Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County in New York. — Anne Hayes; 105 Main Building, Notre Dame IN 46556;

Political Science Class Secretary — Charlie Kenney; 2724 Meadowbrook Dr., Norman OK 73072; 405-360-2090;