class notes


80 Reunion Planning and Giving

Mark your calendars. Reunion will be June 4-7, 2015. Please contact me or Joe Carey ( if you are interested in helping with planning or the events of the Reunion. Reach out to friends and dorm-mates so that we continue setting attendance records. Here is a shout-out to Joe Carey, who reprises his role as Reunion chair. To help defray expenses, we ask you to make a contribution to our class dues account at In honor of the 35th anniversary of our graduation from Notre Dame, our class has established a Class of 1980 Endowment for Excellence. It will fund an International Summer Service Learning Program Scholarship with the Center for So cial Concerns. This endowment will be the object of our 2015 reunion giving. Please pledge your reunion gift at Our minimum goal of $400,000 will accrue enough interest to send one student on a summer volunteer project. A goal of $800,000 will send two. Our dream goal of $1.2 million will ensure that three students have the opportunity to serve. Former Philips Medical executive Greg Sebasky has been named chief executive officer of Ascend Learning, a provider of technology-based learning solutions. Sebasky, who is chairman of the town’s Green Advisory Board, was most recently chairman of Philips Medical’s North American operations. He left his position at Philips to take the job with Ascend, which provides content, software and students to healthcare and other high-growth career industries. Also from a press release, Tom Crotty was named a trustee of the University. Tom is a senior adviser at Battery Ventures in Boston. Jim Reynolds reports that a few friends got together at Brian Budd’s place in Pompano Beach FL. In attendance were Brian Budd, Mike Sexton, Bob Bettendorf, John Thurston, John Schweisthal and Jim. They started the festivities by heading down to Key Largo, hitting a few establishments on the way for some much needed refreshment. They sat on the beach, watched the sun set and did their part to contribute to the aluminum recycle drive. The next day, at the urging of the hotel management, they beat a hasty retreat back to Pompano Beach. Bill Mackay was recently recognized on the Barron’s “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State” list and on the Financial Times “Top 400 Financial Advisors” list. Paul D’Alessandro rang the bell at the NYSE on June 30. Nashville resident and ND Glee Clubber Chris Fenoglio is trying to work his way up through the Chicago Cubs’ minor leagues to earn another appearance in the majors. This summer Fenoglio sang the national anthem (and occasionally God Bless America and Take Me Out to the Ballgame) at the Cubs’ minor league parks in Sevierville TN (AA); Boise (A) and Daytona Beach (A – Advanced). Next year he hopes to sing at a spring training game in Mesa AZ plus games at the minor league parks in Kane County IL (A) and Des Moines (AAA). If all goes well, he hopes for an invitation to sing at Wrigley Field. Mike Karas says that he was very proud to walk his daughter Jillian ’09 down the aisle as she was married to Don Joyce ’09. The wedding was held in Buffalo NY, and they had about 30 ND alumni in attendance. Josephine Lucey reports that the Lyons Hall Ladies are having another minireunion, this time in Sonoma CA. Planning to attend were Kathy Carey, Jo Lucey, Lucy Maloney Jones, Maritza Poza-Grise, Michelle Ferguson, Molly Rhine, Michelle Abbott, Karen Pierce and Leslie Brinkley. Plans included wine-tasting, hot tubs and hiking. — Mary Ellen Woods;;

80MBA Class Secretary—Doug Cooper;;

80JD In the Running

Jane Farrell is campaigning hard for circuit judge. Follow and support Jane at Go Jane, go. Tina Walsh McLaughlin and husband Bob will be empty nesters in a year or so. Their son is studying computer technology at Rochester Institute of Technology, and their daughter was in India this summer. Judge Dan Buckley was elected to the Law School Alumni Association Board. Thanks to everyone for your vote. Judge Barb McDonald retired from the trial bench in Chicago. Congratulations, Barb. Bo Scott is happy and healthy in Kansas City. Jamee Decio is in and out of Chicago to see family and friends and still loves the Los Angeles weather. Congrats to Dillon and Tom Costa. Their son Robert was elected to the Notre Dame Board of Trustees and is a frequent commentator on the Sunday morning news shows. He is a political reporter for the Washington Post. Our 35th Reunion is next year; mark your calendars. — Sheila O’Brien;

81 Festivities

Lisa and Kevin Lovejoy and their children had the pleasure of returning to ND to share in the graduation festivities for daughter Sarah ’14. After 25 years in the Army JAG Corps, and a few years of private practice, Kevin put his shingle away and is now the parish and school administrator of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tacoma WA, and assistant soccer coach for his son Dan’s youth team. Tom Ahearne, economics major, Cavanaugh resident, and practicing attorney in Seattle, suffered spinal damage during a snowboarding accident in February. Please drop Tom a line at his page on Nina Netchi ’82 and Don Ginocchio split their time between their home near Chicago and their second home in Granger IN. Don works for SAP (an enterprise software and software-related services) and recently transferred to Innovation Park, where he will drive engagement at ND across all of SAP’s University strategy pillars: engaging students, innovation, entrepreneurship, recruiting and corporate social responsibility. Don reports their children, Anthony ’09 and Angela ’12, are out of the house and gainfully employed. I recently relocated to a home just south of campus. The door is always open for any of you returning to the area for a sporting event, just passing through or any other reason. — Lee Ann McLaughlin; 1120 Georgiana St., South Bend IN 46617; 847-636-1964;

81MBA Spot of News

I am waiting to hear from those of you who are still in the land of the missing. Larry Aleman left San Antonio for Nashville TN, after the sad passing of Beatrice. He works with his son in the auctioneer business. Son Larry went to Rice undergrad, worked for NASA for three years and got an MBA from ND. Thomas graduated from Harvard and daughter Theresa from ND. Stephen graduated from Yale. Tim and Susan (Barbacane) Leopold are still in Kingwood TX, and she continues her work on the ND Career Advisory Board. Daughter Natalie, a former ND cheerleader, is in Chicago working for Barclays, and son Jonathan is an oil engineer with Halliburton working in the Permian Basin. Susan and Tim moved their trucking logistics business into offices in Dallas and have 22 employees and a growing commercial finance business that has become bigger than the logistics business. You can find them at and Their director of operations is a ND MBA class of 2010. The Barbacanes will be at the North Carolina and Michigan games, and Susan also started a luxury soap distribution business, Glorietta Luxury Soap, and she is working with Gary Eggleston, still happily ensconced at the Little Harbour, Anguilla, British West Indies and running a hotel consulting business. Janice and Jay Milendar are still in Foxboro MA, where Jay is director of sales for Lampin Corp. I heard from the long lost Jim Connolly, who lives with Irene in Haddon Township NJ and is the long-time engineering manager at L-3 Communications. Eldest son Jim is a sophomore psychology student at Rutgers, and Ryan is a junior in high school. The Connollys will be at Syracuse and hopefully Michigan for a campus visit with Ryan. Lori and Ron Veith remain in Charlotte, where Ron is a partner in a consulting group. Daughter Sara ’13 works for BankAmerica in Charlotte and son Max is about to start his freshman year at Georgia. Jan and Mike Langnecker are outside Pittsburgh, where Mike is an SVP with Bank of New York/Mellon. Son Sean is a middle school teacher in Sumpter SC and daughter Amy is with PNC in Philadelphia. The Langneckers will also be at the North Carolina game. Barb and I love the Connecticut countryside so if any of you are taking a New England trip, drop in. Abby is here with us and doing well, Ted is heading to U of IA law and Colin in finishing up at Berklee School of Music in Boston and touring with his girlfriend most of the summer. I will again ask/beg that you phantoms please get in touch so we can let our classmates know what you’ve been up to. — E.J. Fleming IV; 600 Hall Hill Road, Somers CT 06071; 860-749-7261;

81JD A Decisive Draw

H. Allen Pennington reports that his son, Parker, and Steve Cordill’s son, Peter, have been competing against each other in free style swimming for the last three years at the state private school meet. Cordill and Pennington finished this year with the same time to the hundredth of the second, leaving their three-year battle at a decisive draw. Parker will be a freshman at Trinity U in San Antonio and will play baseball as long as he keeps his grades up. Allen’s daughter Clara is a senior business major at U of South Carolina. The Penningtons get to see the Cordills and Ron and Ellen McLaughlin Cimala regularly as they both have kids at SMU in Fort Worth where the Penningtons live. Bill Fearnow is on the road again, following wife Betsey on her around-the-world business travels. Betsy is taking an IBM assignment in Amsterdam for six months and then most likely 18 months in Frankfurt. John Fitzpatrick’s third son, James, is “marrying a nice Catholic girl” in Portland OR on Aug. 23. Heidi Masano, whose daughter will be a senior at ND this year, intends to attend the Rice, Michigan, Stanford and Northwestern games. Jim Blasé, who will be going to the Michigan and Stanford games, received a roll of stadium sod as an early Father’s Day gift from his three children, all of whom earned Notre Dame bachelor’s degrees. Jim installed the sod in his back yard next to a brick that was removed from the Notre Dame Stadium locker room during the 1990s expansion, together with a small golden figure of the Virgin Mary, Blase’s nod to the statue atop the Golden Dome. There is big news out of Washington DC; Lorelie Masters has thrown her hat into the first election for the position of DC attorney general. Also, during a recent trip to Los Angeles, Lori had Sunday brunch on the beach in Huntington Beach with Adrienne Coffin, first vice president and counsel, mortgage, banking and secondary marketing of OneWest Bank, N.A., in Pasadena, and Regina Fink, vice president and senior counsel of AssetMark, Inc., an SEC registered investment adviser. As a result of the immediately preceding communication with yours truly, Regina Fink and I had lunch in Phoenix, which resulted in Regina sending some legal work to Jennings Strouss & Salmon, my law firm. Todd L. Cooper practices tax law, specializing in exempt organizations and public finance, with Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP in Cincinnati. As a result of a recent merger, the firm now has an office in Denver, and he is in the process of getting admitted in Colorado. Todd tells us that his wife Ethna ’80 is in her 14th year as a common pleas judge in Hamilton County OH. She also runs, on a volunteer basis, the first felony level veteran’s court in the US and she has found that work incredibly rewarding. Todd and Ethna have three sons in their 20s. All are doing great. No weddings or grandchildren are in the immediate future. God Bless and Go Irish. — Michael Palumbo; 3799 East Peachtree Drive, Chandler AZ 85249; res 480-284-4004; bus 602-262-5931;

82 Class Secretary — Dave and Tess Lewis;

30 Battle Ridge Road, Morris Plains NJ 07950; cell 973-219-4050; or

82MBA Class Secretary — Renee S. Cooper;


82JD Classmate Remembered

I am sad to report that our classmate Paul Heltzel passed away on June 30 after an extended illness. Paul was a county commissioner in Trumbull County OH where he had a private law practice. Paul is survived by his wife Rosemary and four sons. Requiescat in pace. Jean Gorman retired from the Notre Dame Development Office in February and moved to Palo Alto CA. Jean is a development officer at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Foundation at Stanford U. I saw Tim Rooney and Perry Vieth in Chicago in July at the Law School Advisory Council meeting. Tim told me that he and Kim (Ptak) recently had dinner with Nancy Franks and Betsy (Wolf) Friestedt in Chicago. Carol and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary in May with a dinner at the Carriage House, where we were joined by Maryann and Tim Abeska and Wendy and Tim Nickels. I had dinner with Bill Raby while on a business trip to Phoenix in July. In addition to his law practice, Bill is in his 21st year as an adjunct professor at the U of Arizona Law School, where he teaches international business law in the LLM program. I also had dinner with Kath and Greg Kruzel on the same trip. Greg informed me that his mother passed away in May. — Frank Julian; 7 W. Seventh St., Cincinnati OH 45202; 513-579-7337;

83 Well Done

Dan Hammer recently started a new job in the newly created position of senior vice president/general manager of the frozen division of Inventure Foods, a leading specialty food marketer and manufacturer in Phoenix. He brings more than 30 years of management, sales and marketing experience in the frozen food industry to Inventure. Dan describes this new chapter as “great company, great opportunity and great location.” He will be commuting from Austin TX for two years so he can get his daughter Lillie through high school. Dan wants all to come to Tempe on Nov. 8 for the football game against Arizona State and to attend a tailgate party he’ll be hosting. Congratulations to Sarah McGrath who earned her juris doctor from the U of Denver Sturm School of Law this year. Thanks to Michele Thomas for the information. Good luck on the bar exam, Sarah. Our classmates Steve Fox, Bill Mateja and Tom Melsheimer have been named to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas 2014” in D Magazine. TJ Conley was named to the “Top 100: 2013 Minnesota Super Lawyers.” Congratulations to all our fine lawyers. Thanks to Clare Padgett for keeping tabs on those of us who practice law. Speaking of well-deserved congratulations, Bernie Cafarelli received multiple awards at the recent College Sports Information Directors of America convention in Orlando. Bernie was recognized in multiple categories, including best in the nation and best cover for men’s basketball game program, among the nine awards earned by Irish athletics publications. Thanks to Jean Collier for the heads up on Bernie’s awards. Christopher Temple Davis is putting together another Habitat for Humanity trip to Colombia from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1. If you are interested in joining the team for this trip, information is available at Chris did a similar trip last year and posted some amazing pictures of the terrific work the team did on the class Facebook page. Kathy (Suplick) Shelton was recognized as one of DuPont’s women scientists as part of the DuPont celebration for International Women’s Day. Kathy is the global technology director for DuPont’s crop protection business. She lives in Swarthmore PA with her husband Dave and three children. Pete Lawson has decided to sell his townhouse next to campus now that his sons, Devin ’12, David ’13 and Dillon ’13 have graduated. Information is available on the class Facebook page. Congratulations to our classmates whose children graduated from the University, including Paul Ritter, Chris Hatfield and Tim McLean, and other schools this year. Don’t forget to join the class Facebook page; search “Notre Dame Class of 1983” on Facebook. If you have information to share about yourself or others in our class, drop me a line and I’ll include it here. — Louis (Chip) Denkovic; 520 West 43 St., Apt. 32G, New York NY 10036; res 212-564-4264, bus 212-762-6674;

83MBA Class Secretary — John Hilbrich;


83JD News to Share

Thanks to the great correspondents, I have a smattering of news to report. Congratulations to Mary Beth Beazley, who was promoted to professor of law at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State U. Wolters Kluwer is publishing the 4th edition of her textbook, A Practical Guide to Appellate Advocacy, and the first edition of her co-authored (with Morrie Smith) textbook, Legal Writing for Legal Readers. Per Mary Beth, both tomes would make great Christmas gifts. Mary Beth also just had an article published in the highly-esteemed publication, Notre Dame’s Journal of Legislation. She’s planning on sending a copy to Mike Bigler. Mary Beth taught Joe Greiner, the son of Jack Greiner. Eddie Snelling had two of his sons graduate from Notre Dame this year; Mark received his master’s degree and Ryan received a BS in aerospace engineering. Eddie looked quite distinguished in the graduation picture he sent me. Alan Rosenfield has a solo practice in central Massachusetts. His practice centers on divorce, personal injury and sophisticated criminal trial work. He started a nonprofit, the Upton Men’s Club Inc., that has raised money for children and town projects for 17 years. Mark and I had the pleasure of spending a weekend in Des Moines with Cindy and Eric Diamond in late June where we had the pleasure of hearing the Midnight Cruisers, a Steely Dan cover band, featuring my son Frank Merchlewitz on keyboards and as lead singer. I also had the pleasure of drinking several Moscow Mules with Cindy Diamond and daughter Abby Diamond. Frank and Abby attend Drake U. It was a very fun weekend. Please send me an email with an update on yourself or a classmate. — Ann E. Merchlewitz; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 700 Terrace Heights, No. 30, Winona MN 55987; res 507-454-4774, bus 507-457-1587;

84 30 Years and Going Strong

I was so disappointed to miss our 30th Reunion, but I heard it was a great turnout with many fabulous events. Thanks to Dan Walsh for adding a new event, a service project in South Bend. If anyone has updates from the Reunion that they would like to share, please forward them to me. In other news, Mark Himsworth was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, an honor bestowed on less than 5 percent of the state’s attorneys. After working at ND for 12 years as director of development in New York City, Tom Gibbons took a position as vice president at Catholic Relief Services. As a member of the executive leadership team, he gets to work closely with alum Annemarie Reilly ’88, who was featured in the spring issue of Notre Dame Magazine and president and CEO Carolyn Woo, the former Dean of Mendoza. CRS and ND have many synergies, so he gets to keep his ND connections alive. I just returned from my 14th annual get-together with classmates. Once again, we were able to come together from all over the country in Savannah GA. Sheila Novak traveled the farthest, from Phoenix. Ellie Cullom scheduled a great food tour, Maureen Canavan booked us an amusing ghost tour and Mary Jo Francis made sure we got a reservation at the Olde Pink House for dinner. Beth Stechshulte, Ellen Kaiser, Anne Kritzmire and Marie Devlin kept us all laughing as we reminisced about the past 34 years. — Martha Avery;

84MBA Class Secretary — Tom Phillips;

bus 407-629-4420, fax 407-629-4480, mobile 407-580-8757;

84JD 30th Reunion

My wife Jackie and I attended the 30th Reunion of our law school class in early June. Other class members in attendance were Wayne Patrick, Anne Vanderlaan, Tim Merker, Tom Brilbeck, Matt Miklave, Ann Firth and Jim Slattery. The weather and campus were beautiful for the early summer days and evenings. Jackie and I joined Ann Firth, chief of staff to University President Rev. John Jenkins, CSC, at an opening Mass in Dillon Hall celebrated by Father Jenkins. Ann told me of the amazing trip she made this spring to Rome with University administrators and the board of trustees for their annual meeting, which included a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. What a moving and spiritual encounter for Ann. While at Dillon Hall we noticed a bulletin board listing the Dillon Hall resident assistants for the 2013-14 school year; included was Connor Toohill ’14, son of Steve Toohill and Karen Kiley Toohill ’82, ’85JD. In June, my family and I spent a few days at Disney World with Michelle and Ed Ristaino, their son Marco and daughter Renatta. On another personal note, in July, my daughter Megan had successful heart surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. It was comforting that the team of doctors involved in her care included four Notre Dame grads: Dr. Tom Weigel ’80, Dr. Andie Rauh ’80, Dr. John Costello ’91 and Dr. Frank Cetta ’81. These doctors are at the absolute highest level in their professions, dedicated to the care and comfort of their patients. — Matthew J. Dunn; 19834 Timbered Estates Lane, Carlinville IL 62626; 773-294-6851;

85 Save the Date

Dick “Bird” Larkin is Oak Street Health’s senior vice president of outreach. Oak Street Health provides primary medical care and social services to underserved senior citizens through seven community medical clinics around Chicago. Dick contacted and met with Bob Marovich after reading in this column about Bob’s gospel music blog. Bob agreed to perform his Gospel Memories Show at Oak Street Health’s south side centers in Ashburn and Avalon Park. According to Dick, Bob’s gospel music show “is wildly popular among African-American seniors in Chicago who could otherwise not hear the music that Bob plays.” Javi Mulero lives in Los Angeles and has continued his show business career. He was featured in NBC’s Ironside and CBS’s NCIS. Joseph Bongiovi joined Michael Baker International, a global provider of engineering and consulting services headquartered in Pittsburgh, as executive vice president and chief human resources officer. Previously Joe was at the U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as a teaching and research fellow and assistant director and advisor for UNC’s management and society major degree program. His previous leadership positions include vice president, global human resources for Gilbarco Veeder-Root (Greensboro NC); managing director, human resources for Marsh Americas (New York); vice president, human resources for RP Sherer Americas (St. Petersburg FL); and vice president, human resources for Citibank NY Consumer Bank (New York). Lisa (Bartholomy) Hendey has had four books published by Notre Dame’s Ave Maria Press. The latest book, The Grace of Yes, is due out in November. Lisa writes that “this book speaks to the great joy of living a generous life and trying to give our best ‘yes’ to God’s will for the gifts he has instilled within us.” You can take a look at the book at or on Amazon. Lisa also speaks around the country on faith, family and technology topics related to the New Evangelization. And she might be one of the seminar speakers at Reunion this June when she and husband Greg return to campus for their first Notre Dame Reunion. Our Reunion will be held June 4-7. Save the date. — Kathleen Doyle Yaninek; PO Box 6192, Harrisburg PA 17112;

85MBA Class Secretary — Dom Yocius;

85JD You Never Know

You never know who you might run into when you visit South Bend. Tom Hartzell and Ted Eichelberger attended Notre Dame Commencement in May. Ted saw his nephew graduate, and Tom saw his niece graduate. Ted is a partner in the Atlanta office of Alston & Bird LLP, where he handles a broad range of commercial and tort litigation matters for plaintiffs and defendants. Tom runs a small firm in Pittsford NY, a suburb of Rochester. Finucane and Hartzell, LLP has a general practice including all forms of civil litigation, personal injury, and family law. Tom’s wife Melinda (U of Rochester undergrad, and Buffalo law) is “of Counsel” to the firm, practicing exclusively in family law. Tom and Melinda have three daughters. If you are on campus, chances are good that you will see one of the Barrett clan. Matt is a professor at the law school, and his wife Kate ’85 is the assistant director of undergraduate ministry. Their son Kevin is a sophomore at ND and his younger brother Wilson is a freshman. You might even run into ND classmates when you visit other college campuses. I enjoyed seeing Sue and John Gibbons in June at Boston College, where we attended orientation for parents of incoming freshmen. Grace Gibbons and my son Tommy are classmates at BC. John’s eldest, Conor, is a junior at Michigan State, where he plays hockey. Laura Hanson is starting to think about college visits. Laura and her husband John have three children, ages 15, 13 and 11. Laura’s son is a hockey player and her two girls are swimmers, like their mom. Laura is a partner at Meagher and Geer in Minneapolis and is also co-chair of the ABA’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. Laura sees Tom Ajamie and Joe Harraka at ABA events. In addition to being leaders in our profession, our classmates are making news. Bill Hughes, who is the executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Tibco Software Inc, was profiled in the July 14 issue of the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Bill joined Tibco in 1999 and became GC in 2003. On a personal note, I had the privilege of introducing my late husband’s law partner, Bill Sullivan ’79, at his induction ceremony in July when he became an associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Congratulations, Judge Sullivan. Please continue to send me your news. — Kelly Kiernan Largey;

86 Congrats

After nearly 27 years of active duty, Col. Chris Richardson retired from the Air Force in July. His final posting was as the Air Education and Training Command Inspector General, stationed at Randolph AFB in San Antonio. I think he’ll miss flying fast jets and serving our great country. He plans on staying in the San Antonio area for now and likely will settle in Texas somewhere. He hopes to make it back to campus this fall for a game. Pete Pranica is in his 11th season with the Memphis Grizzlies and will pass the 1,000 NBA games called mark for his career, which started at WSND/WVFI. He also had the opportunity to moderate a forum on intercollegiate athletics with Jack Swarbrick ’76 and U of Memphis AD Tom Bowen’83 that was sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Memphis. Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, we were told to look for the reviews as he performed in a one-man show, “Mark Twain at Twilight,” to benefit the Tennessee Shakespeare Company. After so many years in one arena, it should have been fun kicking back and performing in a different one. Bob McMenamin is married and living in New Jersey with three middle-school daughters. He is a SVP with Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA. We received a nice update from Tara (Walter) Elgass. She lives in Downers Grove IL with her husband Jim (Michigan alum) and two teenage daughters. After putting her architecture career on hold for 16 years while raising kids, living overseas for a while (London ’97-’99) and supporting a husband who did extensive overseas travel, she returned to her architecture career almost two years ago. She wrote that a brush with breast cancer in 2012 and the early retirement of her husband reinvigorated her desire to use her creative energies again in designing buildings. She works for a small firm designing custom homes, additions and remodels in the Chicago suburbs. All is clear health-wise, so she is eagerly anticipating our 30th Reunion in just two years. About 15 of her fellow architecture classmates attended our 25th, and she is hoping they will have an even bigger presence in 2016. Speaking of architecture classmates, she got together with classmates Bob Jakubik and Mike Fitzgerald when the annual AIA convention was held in Chicago this summer. Bob flew in from Seattle, and the three of them got together at the ND Architecture School reception at their downtown Chicago campus. She keeps in touch with her PW roommate, Laura Temple. In fact, they live in the same town and their girls go to school together. They relive memories of going to ND football games together when they sit together at their high school football games and watch their kids in the marching band. Their older daughters are good friends, and now about the same age Laura and Tara were when they met at PW freshman year. Yes, time certainly marches on for all of us. Lynn and Tony Furjanic moved to New Buffalo MI and are enjoying their new home. Please let me know if you need a candle lit at the Grotto for a special need. We have friends on campus who will take care of that. Please drop us a quick update. Take care and God Bless. — John Spatz; 201-264-2459;

86MBA New Careers

Dan Flynn was recently named president at City Wide of Michigan, a management company in the facility services building maintenance industry. Prior to moving to this industry, Dan worked in commercial banking in the southeastern Michigan area. He is also a licensed builder and real estate broker. Congratulations to Robert Kalina, who is EVP-sales with Sum Total Financial Management in West Chicago. STFM works with businesses and individuals to offer succession planning, key person, non-qualified deferred compensation, and distribution of individual retirement streams. After 25 years of selling software for several large companies, Lisa and Fred Arthur purchased a franchise business about four years ago called 1-800-Water Damage. In fewer than three years, they are battling for the top franchise position in the country. Their business goes in and saves the day when water-based problems occur. The Arthurs celebrated the graduation of their eldest son from Loyola Chicago last year and this year’s graduation of their next son from MSU. Their eldest daughter is a junior at Northern Michigan U, and Rosie is attending ND as a freshman. The youngest is a high school sophomore. Proud Fred has been sporting his “Notre Dame Dad” t-shirt for several months. Let me know where your kids are headed. Who is headed to college or starting a career? — Maureen Decker; 21855 Town Gate, Macomb MI 48044; res 586-468-7713, bus 586-741-4305, mobile 586-817-1317;

86JD Class Secretary — Don Passenger;

61st District Court, 180 Ottawa NW, Ste. 8500, Grand Rapids MI 49503; 616-632-5678;

87 New Freshmen And An Author

The good news continues to flow in from our class about their kids attending ND this fall. Marc Gallant wrote to say that his son, Robert, is entering Notre Dame this fall as a freshman. Marc and his wife, Colleen ’88SMC, live in Arlington Heights IL. Congrats to Nick More whose book, Nietzsche’s Last Laugh, has been published by Cambridge University Press. Nick is a professor of philosophy at Westminster College in Salt Lake City UT. While you’re at football games this fall, please collect information from your classmates and send it on to me. Or, send me your news directly. — Katherine Bull; 14 E. 41st St., Savannah GA 31401;

87MBA A Few Notes

Hello everyone. I hope this note finds everyone doing well and enjoying the weather. There hasn’t been much information from our classmates, so please send us a note. We have heard from Bob Krohn ( Bob and his wife Kathy have been married 16 years and have two children, Celia, 14, and Ryan, 12. Professionally, Bob is working at ISG, a global sourcing advisory firm. They advise Hydro One of Ontario, Canada, and Bob spent most of the summer in Toronto. Bob and I were scheduled to have a drink together in August. James Fitzgerald ( also contacted us. Jim works for IBM as SWG services finance security brand lead. Jim and his wife Nancy have been married for 27 years and are the proud parents of two sons and a daughter and the grandparents of two. Jim and Nancy live in the Austin TX area. Ron Bigler ( also sent me some information. Ron is in his 27th year with Verizon. He started with GTE in Indianapolis after graduation. He manages marketing and product positioning for core video service for Verizon. Some of Ron’s past engagements included business development, product development, customer segment management and sales channel operations leadership roles. Ron and his wife Jennifer (married 20 years) have been living in Colleyville TX since 1997 and have two sons, Maxwell and Camden. Jen has a BS and MS in education from Indiana U and has held several vice principal and consulting positions. Max, 14, is a freshman at Grapevine High School and participates in football, pole vaulting and high jumping. Cam, 12, played his first year of tackle football in seventh grade and plays competitive soccer. Preston “Presto” Jones, our valedictorian, was recently in the Dallas area. He is touring across the Southwest and Northwest in his massive RV. It provided a few nights of catching up all our stories of life, truth, justice and beauty. (That was a line borrowed from Ron’s academic advisor at Wabash). On June 3, representatives from Notre Dame, including Lou Nanni ’84, ’88 M.A., vice president for University Relations, and our very own Chris Murphy, director of regional development (, visited Toronto for a Notre Dame Day in Canada. The contingent visited Canada in order to advance the Notre Dame mission, including student recruitment, alumni relations, academic partnerships and advancement and development. It was a fabulous day attended by our classmates, Kevin “Wally” Bridges (, Ahmed Moussa ( and me. The day included the ringing of the opening bell of the Toronto Stock Exchange, an ND Club of Toronto reception and a dinner with business, education and community leaders from throughout Ontario. Finally, I will be hosting four tailgaters in 2014. Look for the Canadian flag near Legends (Senior Bar) at the Michigan, Stanford, Northwestern and Louisville games. All are invited. My wife Sue and our children, Taylor, 10, and Nicholas, 8, will be at the Stanford game. Please feel free to invite your friends and family as well. Please stay in touch. — Perry N. Dellelce; Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, Suite 800, Wildeboer Dellelce Place, 365 Bay St., Toronto, Ontario M5H 2V1; 416-361-5899; fax 416-361-1790;

87JD Class Secretary — Tim Borchers;

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88 Swimming in News

The email call went out, and you answered in spades. From the north side of Chicago, Tricia and Kevin McGowan are delighted to announce the arrival of their first child, Elizabeth Christine, “Ellie.” Kevin is the VP of finance for PCTEL. John Omernik, an in-demand principal with an already prodigious career, recently left Mexico City for Tucson to take the helm of San Miguel Cristo Rey High School. He will likely have some visitors in November for the ASU game. Bill Webb reported from San Rafael CA that his client won the case that caused him to miss our 25th Reunion. Bill employs a couple of Domers at the commercial litigation law firm that he founded six years ago. He and wife Irina have a son, Connor, 2, who will potentially keep our class in legacies through 2034. Laurie Hix is thrilled to be reliving her Lewis days with her legacy daughter, Lea ’17, who has demonstrated surprising prowess in tackling collegiate academics. Laurie enjoys sharing the legacy experience with Janel Blount Carroll and Bob Carroll, whose son, Jay ’16, lives in Alumni, and with Mary (Kirsch) and Jimmy Lampe, whose daughter, Anna ’17, lives in Walsh. This campus convergence has made tailgating a blast with South Bend classmates Lisa (Buonocorsi) Kelly and Cindy (Alvarado) and Matt Zyniewicz. In August, Brian Owsley moved to Fort Wayne IN to teach law at Indiana Tech Law School. With his closer proximity to South Bend, he plans to attend more football games, including Rice and Michigan, which will be in the books when this column publishes. Happy 26th anniversary to Paula (Adams) and Paul Aguon Perez, who were married at ND amidst our graduation festivities. They have two sons: Zach, who attends UCLA and is in Navy ROTC as Paul was, and Jonah, a senior in high school. Erin Bartholomy and Dave Birks ’93JD make their home in Chicago with sons, Evan, 10, and Tyler, 8. Erin is finishing her 21st year with Chapman and Cutler, the firm where she is a partner, and Dave runs his own law practice, concentrating on real estate transactions and estate planning. Their summer was dominated by baseball, ending with Evan’s team winning the league championship. Donna (Bettler) Berg and daughter Christina, 6, along with Julie Thornbury and daughter Grace, 5, recently took a “no hubbies allowed” girls’ trip to coastal Manzanita in Oregon. Donna and Julie had never met one another’s girls and enjoyed a wonderful time catching up through twice-daily visits to the beach. It didn’t hurt that the girls bonded over Disney movies including Frozen. From Toronto, Erin (O’Shea) ’86 and Hugh Hart just sent their eldest, Cameron ’17, to ND for his sophomore year. He had such an amazing freshman year that siblings can’t wait to get there. They are Patrick, a high school senior; Hughie, a sophomore; Katie, a freshman; Kellyanne, a seventh grader and Bridget, a fifth grader. This summer, the Harts combined a family vacation in New Brunswick with Cameron’s drop-off in South Bend, hangout time at the Dunes and the Rice game. A year ago, Hugh had the opportunity to connect with fellow hog David Duncan in San Francisco, which prompted him to note that the 25th anniversary of the demolition of Holy Cross is coming up this fall. Long live the memories of the hogs in our ranks. — Laurine Megna-Davis; PO Box 18138, Avon CO 81620; 970-390-9742;

88MBA Class Secretary — Margaret M. Lyons;


88JD Class Secretary — Lisa Marie Visingardi;

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89 Class Secretary — Noël (Murtha) Di Nome;

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89MBA Class Secretary — Maggie DeVoe;


89JD Class Secretary — Jenny O’Leary Smith;