classnotes

1940s

40 The (In) Famous Trolley

The article about the trolley in the last issue of Notre Dame Magazine brought back fond memories of experiences with the street car line connecting campus with downtown South Bend. That trolley was an integral part of our campus life for all four years. It ran from a downtown intersection out to Notre Dame Avenue and on campus along the east side of the avenue to the Law School building, where a solid pole marked the end of the line in front of the tennis courts. Since we could not have cars, it was our primary source of transportation. It seemed that many of the so called “lake parties” developed from incidents on the trolley and resulted in mad rushes from the end of the line to one of the lakes. Probably one of the wildest rides took place after one of the welcome-home rallies when the football team returned from an away game. It was always a challenge to stay on the car at times, but those rides were real adventures. When asked to mention memorable items or events, the trolley rates near the top. Henry Rogers recalls the numerous interesting questions he was asked about the old street car when he attended the 70th Reunion. It was difficult for the younger generations to picture such a thing on the campus. We were notified of the death of Philip P. Winterbauer of Springfield IL. He passed away in December. It has been a long time since hearing from any of you. We think of Joe Sotak, Paul Morrisson, Ed Kelly, Bob Grisanti, and Phil Donahue, among many others. I hope that you are doing all right and looking forward to reunion in 2015. The virtual tour of the remodeled Morris Inn was most interesting. I hope we will be able to stay there when the time comes. Kay and I continue to keep going. We are blessed to have each other all this time to help get through each day. We recently celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary and happily recalled that 73 years ago we attended Senior Ball and graduation activities together. It has been a remarkable experience and we thank the good Lord for all His blessings. We wish all of you who read this column the very best, and may God shower His blessing on each of you as we end thinking about our final trolley ride 73 years ago. — Bob Sanford; 3212 N. Miller Road, 106, Scottsdale AZ 85251; 480-433-7916; r40shorty@aol.com

41 On the Move

I was delighted to exchange emails with Leo Robidoux again this spring. Leo let me know that he recently downsized and moved into a lovely retirement community called Valle Verde, in Santa Barbara. He and his wife, Andree, were thrilled to be able to sell their house relatively quickly, but ended up with less time than they’d planned to find new homes for their belongings, pack and move. They are now settled in and enjoying the community events. They are also having fun with their maltipoo dog, the cross of a Maltese and poodle. Leo reports that he is in good health and walks the dog every day. His contact info is updated in the ND directory online, and I sent it to anyone whose email address I have. If you want to get in touch and I do not have an email address for you, please call me. — Meg Julian ’03, ’06JD; 171 E. 89th St. No. 5A; New York NY 10128; 646-246-5480; megjulian@gmail.com

42 New Memories

Daniel Dahill, 93, of West Logan WV, died on April 15. Dan graduated from Logan High School in 1937, and ND in ’42 with honors. Enlisting in the Marine Corps early in 1941, he eventually rose to captain and served as a fighter pilot during WWII in the Corsair F4-U. He completed his law degree at West Virginia U in 1946. Dan was a member of the West Virginia State Senate and remained a practicing lawyer until his death. In 1960, Dan worked closely with the John F. Kennedy for President Campaign in West Virginia. As a senator, one of his proudest accomplishments was helping to pass a bill that helped elevate Marshall College to university status in 1961, giving West Virginia access to broader educational opportunities. Dan was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, several veterans groups, and charitable organizations. He played golf regularly until his passing. Dan was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Salvati. He is survived by wife Norma Jean, whom he married in 1988, and two daughters, Susan Longstreth and Nancy Brown, and five grandchildren. Dan Canale passes along greetings, and we respond with a prayer for his health. He informed us that his ND roommate, Deacon Jim Asmuth, died on Feb. 20. He provided us with background on Jim’s life. Following graduation from Notre Dame, Jim joined the Navy as a supply officer, stationed in Australia during WWII. There he met his wife, Helen Kotrys, during their service with the Navy, marrying on Oct. 22, 1945. She preceded him in death. Jim earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and began working at Wisconsin Tissue Mills, where he was employed for 37 years, until his retirement as president in 1983. Jim was ordained a deacon in 1987, serving the church, helping to build the Monastery of the Holy Name of Jesus for the Discalced Nuns in Denwark WI, the Twin Cities Perpetual Adoration Chapel, the St. Joseph’s Food Program, and other charitable organizations, and all the while looking after his seven children and 20 grandchildren. The Alumni Association was belatedly informed of the death of Philip Richards, 92, on Jan. 4 in Alpena MI. An honors graduate of Alpena High and Notre Dame, he went directly into the Air Force in WWII and served as an officer with the 20th Air Force B-29 unit based on Tinian in the Marianas Islands (They handled the A-bomb). Returning to Alpena in 1945, he rejoined the Alpena News where he had worked since 1936 in various departments, ultimately as general manager, and later as editor and publisher in 1961. Richards retired in 1988, following the sale of The News to the Ogden Newspapers on the 89th anniversary of the newspaper’s founding. In 1949, he married Joan Denton, who died in 1995. Six children, 15 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive. He was long active in the affairs of the state’s newspaper organizations and served terms as president of all the Michigan Press Association, the Michigan League of Daily Newspapers, and the University Press Club of Michigan. The state’s open meetings and open records legislation was enacted during his term as MPA president. Dr. William J. Farrell, 92, died on March 29. At Notre Dame, he was a second-string lineman. He served his country during WWII as an Army captain. A physician, he was board certified and specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, practicing in New York City. Dr. Farrell was a member of the Celtic Physician’s Guild, NY State Medical Society, Catholic Physician’s Guild, and the 3rd Order of Carmelites. He was a licensed pilot and enjoyed golf. Dr. Farrell is survived by his wife, Ann, and their 10 children, 20 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. I can tell you that Bill Morrow remains hale and active, though he relies on his walker a great deal. He reports that Bill Dillhoefer is managing fairly well in his assisted care facility within range of his devoted son and daughter. Lou Santo Belli sends greetings from New Jersey but has difficulty walking. Ray Rowan has just moved to an assisted living facility in Seattle and reports OK. Jim Frick is hoping to visit Notre Dame on Sept. 21 for the Michigan State game with sons and grandsons. Emmett Keenan also hopes to join us, as well as Dr. Ed Sullivan and wife Tessie, who are most interested, already booking tickets. Judge Bob Miller is our ever hospitable host. — John Kirby; 110 Upland Road, Kentfield CA 04904; 415-925-0544

Need notes.

43 Class Secretary — A. Robert Masters ’05; 202 Remington Court North Drive, Apt. C, Mishawaka IN 46545; 574-904-8315; a.robert.masters@gmail.com

44 Floridian Beat

Tom O’Reilly reports that while seeking the sun during parts of February and March, he was able to spend time with Ben Brunetti in Fort Lauderdale. He enjoyed several visits with him, wife Mary, and daughters Carolyn and Bernadette. When checking on other classmates in Florida, he was saddened to learn that Jack Berres had passed away in December. Tom had a pleasant phone conversation with “Black” John Murphy’s widow, Maureen. She continues to remain a Tampa resident. He was unable to find any information about Al Younghaus, who had been living in the St. Petersburg area. So Al, let us know what you are up to. Tom received a phone message and email from Gail, wife of Sam Wing. Sam is in a care facility in Dallas but is able to go with Gail to her residence about three times per week. They;ll watch a movie and enjoy their conversations. Gail is resilient and upbeat. Bill Rosanelli ’71 wrote that his father, Olindo (Lindy) Rosanelli, passed away in Sept. 2010 and his mom, Anne, joined him in January 2013. Frank Stumpf Sr. wrote of his former Navy roommate, John Hickey, who passed away in Framingham MA in February. John grew up playing football with his next door neighbor, Knute Rockne, and was one of five sons to graduate from the University and one of 29 descendants of his parents to do so. John is survived by his wife, Mary, five children, and 11 grandchildren. Thoughts of sympathy to the Rosanelli and Hickey families. I spoke with Jim Cunningham, who resides just outside of Pittsburgh, and is helping his daughter-in-law chronicle his days in the Navy aboard the USS Perkins. We spoke of former classmate Archbishop Mark McGrath and Jim’s uncle, William Cunningham, CSC, ’07, a champion of education at Notre Dame. I received a letter from Jane Englert, wife of the late Earl Englert. She is a South Bend native and married Earl after he returned from the war. She wrote to tell me about a fellow class secretary, Dick Savage ’30, whom she met at the All-Class Reunion in the Joyce Center after a football game and kept up correspondence. Dick passed away in January at 105 years of age. I too enjoyed reading his column in the notes and he will be missed. Be well and keep the news coming. — Laura (Julian) Fraser ’00; 989 Belaire Ct., Naperville IL 60563; 773-255-9843; lejulian00@yahoo.com

45 Sad News

Virgil Kennedy died in March. First word of his death came from Bob Thomas, his classmate in the October 1945 NROTC class. Virgil and Bob were born on the same day in 1925, and when Bob did not hear from Virgil on his birthday, he contacted his son. A subsequent search on Legacy.com provided more details. After the war, Virgil attended the U of Illinois and ultimately received a master’s degree in geology. He had a 38-year professional career with Shell Oil. He is survived by a son and daughter, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Jim O’Connor died in late January. He enjoyed a long career with the Essex Group, retiring as president in 1984. During his career with the company, he developed a solvent recovery system that led to his being honored by the governor of Indiana as a “Sagamore of the Wabash.” In retirement, he continued to pursue business opportunities and became a supporter of and mentor for Habitat for Humanity. He is survived by his wife, Audrey, two daughters, two sons, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. — Ted Weber Jr., 1400 Geary Blvd. Apt 1409, San Francisco CA 94109; 415-674-8771; theodoreweber@comcast.net

Need notes.

46 Class Secretary — William O’Neil; William.oneil@verizon.net

47 Barbershop Talk

Bill Archibald of Chicagoland wrote that he apparently has enough hair and is the friendly sort, so he struck up a conversation in a barbershop in Sarasota FL. The subject of WWII came up, and he discovered he was talking to a local, Dr. Larry Carden, a classmate and V-12 Navy, like Bill. They had a minireunion and shared some laughs. Larry has 11 children and several are ND grads. Bill calls Larry a wonderful man and a real credit to ND and the medical profession. I spoke briefly to the wife of Jack Keleher, who told me he wasn’t feeling up to talking when I called. Bill Koch hasn’t been feeling well lately, battling a variety of ailments. Best wishes to Bill and Jack for a full recovery soon. Lillian and Charles Koegler shared a lively conversation with me. They are in touch with the wives of deceased classmates Jim Sheridan and Jack Dillon from Long Island. Charles, who is turning 90 in May, was at the Battle of the Bulge. His son, Albert Koegler, is Class of ’74. Raymond Loy turns 90 this year and told me he stays active. He aims to pass his father, who lived to 95. He enjoys the company of his wife, Patty, and served in the Navy V-12 program and has a son who followed in his footsteps serving in the Navy. Vic Cicirelli, still teaching and researching at Purdue, shared that “in the 1940s Notre Dame had some of their greatest football successes and all enjoyed it. But something was missing and we didn’t know what it was until later. Father Hesburgh had become the new president during this time period …. It was through his vision and determination that Notre Dame has become what it is today, an institution respected by the academic world.” Classmates who passed away and will be missed include Joseph O. Emond Jr. ’47, ’50MS, age 87, of Bellevue WA on March 25. Dr. Charles J. Woelfel, 89, of High Point NC died Dec. 20. Born in Huntington WV, he also received a MBA from Butler U, a doctorate in business and accounting from the U of Texas at Austin, a diploma from the Banking Administration Institute at Southern Methodist U, and a law degree from La Salle U. He was also a CPA in North Carolina, and taught at UNC-Greensboro for many years. He received numerous teaching awards, including seven Outstanding Instructor Awards from the School of Business at Southern Illinois U. He was selected as an Outstanding Professor of Accounting in North Carolina by the North Carolina Association of CPAs. He was a member of the National Institute of CPAs, the North Carolina Association of CPAs, and the American Accounting Association. He was also president of the National Catholic Business Education Association and served as editor of the Catholic Business Education Review. The author of numerous professional articles, two journal columns, and accounting textbooks, he co-wrote the Encyclopedia of Banking and Finance and wrote books on other finance and economic topics. He enjoyed traveling and playing the violin. Rev. Matthew Mitchell Miceli, CSC, 89, died Dec. 9 at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame. Born in San Giuseppe Jato, Sicily, Italy, he moved to upstate New York at age 6. Father Miceli received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Notre Dame; a bachelor of sacred theology from the Gregorian U, Rome, in 1949; and a licentiate in sacred theology from Catholic U in 1952. Father Miceli was ordained into the priesthood on Feb. 9, 1952, in Washington DC. He also studied theology at Holy Cross College from 1952 to 1954. He taught at Notre Dame from 1954 to 1962, served as rector of Stanford Hall for three years, taught at the U of Portland in 1963, then taught at Notre Dame for the next 30 years. He also served as rector of Cavanaugh Hall from 1963 to 1990, holding the record at the time as longest-serving rector of the same residence hall. The Rev. Matthew Miceli Scholarship was established in his honor and 17 children have been named after him. He also made wine at his small vineyard on Bulla Road. John Michael Henry, 88, died March 31 in Monroe OH. A native of Strawberry Point IA, he is survived by Margaret, his wife of 57 years, five children (Bill, Mike ’79, Tom, Jim, and Marian), and 10 grandchildren. A veteran of the Navy’s V-12 Officer’s Candidate Program, he served as an ensign in the Naval Reserve at Pearl Harbor toward the end of WWII. A graduate in electrical engineering, he was a professional engineer working in the Detroit, New York, and Cincinnati areas over the course of his career. His family and friends remembered him as a devoted husband and father loyal to his Christian faith and his country. Paul B. Qualy, 90, of Lake City IA died on Feb. 13. Born in Cashton WI, Paul served in the Army during WWII. Paul worked for General Motors and Honeywell Inc., and later worked as a business consultant throughout the United States. He also was an author of many published articles on process engineering. Paul is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, June, four sons, and many grandchildren. — Michael Morris ’80; 949-433-8568; michaelmorris07@gmail.com

48 Seasons

Belated congratulations to head football coach Brian Kelly. In true ND fashion, Coach Kelly methodically attacked the competition, patently defeating each opponent one by one to the amazement of an anxious public, keeping everyone on the edge of their seat. Coach Kelly, the Class of 1948 salutes you for a stellar 125th football season. The championship results are deceptive: By qualifying to participate, you presented ND with a multimillion-dollar windfall that will certainly be put to good use in the years to come. A repeat performance in 2013 would be greatly appreciated. We are saddened to report the recent passing of John Arthur Thorpe III of Akron OH, on April 24. Mr. Thorpe received a bachelor of science in biology from Notre Dame in 1948, and later served in the Navy on the USS Aldebaran as a classified material control officer in the early 1950s. He never missed a Notre Dame football game, whether on television or by traveling to South Bend to cheer on his beloved ND with his family. — Dan Gentile; PO Box 2671, Scottsdale AZ 85252; res 480-425-1240 or Eileen Zander; 1538 Oakhill Drive North, South Bend IN 46637; res 317-292-2060; bus 574-631-7505; ezander@nd.edu

49 Service, Success, Recognition

Jim Butz, Shaumburg IL, advised us that the “Greatest Generation” isn’t done yet. The French government awarded Jim their Legion of Honor award for exploits at Utah Beach on D-Day, the Battle of Northern France, and the Battle of the Bulge. This is the highest honor that France can bestow upon those who achieved remarkable deeds for France. The formal presentation was made on March 1, at the French Consulate in Chicago. Jim participated in the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns. He now adds his knighthood to his Bronze Star and other WWII service medals. In his citation, the French consul general stated, “more than 65 years ago you gave your youth to France and the French people. Many of your fellow soldiers did not return, but they remain in our hearts. Thanks to the courage of these soldiers, France has been living in peace for the past six decades. They saved us and we will never forget. I want you to know that for us, the French people, they are heroes. Gratitude and remembrance are forever in our souls.” Our class and ND athletics lost another icon and personality, Mike DeCicco. Mike’s fantastic record as a coach, his status in the international fencing world, and the respect of scores of student athletes who passed through the Academic Advisor’s Office are legendary. I submit, however, overshadowing these successes was Mike’s deep love of family, Notre Dame, and the many students whose lives he touched. Further, Mike probably was the best planner, organizer, and director of any event he was asked to manage. By the end of the funeral Mass, we wondered why so many mourners left the Basilica before the casket started down the aisle. Outside we were rewarded to see a long cordon of present and former Notre Dame fencers lined up with blades drawn over the path of their beloved maestro. It was a fitting and inspiring sight. Charles MacMillan ’61 sent along an obit notice from the Cleveland Plain Dealer noting the death of Robert V. Schriner, Rocky River OH. Bob played on the ’49 baseball team. He passed away on Easter Sunday. MacMillan is Bob’s brother-in-law. Since the last publication, the alumni office advised us of the following classmates who have passed away: Joseph F. Hourigan, Belmont CA; Richard K. Laurer, Granger IN; Louis F. Newbold, Wentzville MO; and John J. Slattery, Rowayton CT. Dormiun in somno pacis, old friends. — Joe O’Brien; 18120 Cloverleaf, South Bend IN 46637; 574 271-2383; obie49nd@comcast.net