class notes

1960s

h2(#1960) 60 Warmer Weather Guaranteed

We will begin planning soon for our big 55th reunion the first week of June 2015. I look forward to seeing you for this grand event. We will take suggestions for events, get-togethers, dinners, etc. Let us hear from you. We will also need considerable funds donated for our events. We have less than a couple grand in the account. Some of you were most generous at our last minireunion to cover expenses and get us out of the hole. Dues/donations can be sent to ND Class ’60 in care of Terry Keating. We are in the middle of our winter season of Class luncheons in the Ft. Myers/Marco/Naples area. Chuck Lennon ’61 was our speaker for the Feb. 20 Luncheon. Chuck is always well-received. From Joe Hilger: “Diane and Chuck Ladner invited Class of ’60 couples for a party over the Navy weekend. Friday we met early in the afternoon to exchange our many memories of school and then went to dinner at Ristorante Primavera. Saturday we met for horticultural art at Longwood Gardens. Then back to Chuck’s for some lively game watching. At the end, it was abundantly clear that the Irish could not have won the game without our influence.” From our illustrious Steve Barry in November: “I have just returned from eight days in the coronary ICU at Florida Hospital with bi-lateral blood clots in the lungs and a deep vein clot behind the left knee. I am pretty weak; can’t talk on the phone. Scary. Thank God for my longsuffering Susan, who has not left my side. I guess I should have listened to Bob Wetoska re: the brats and braunschweiger.” Steve has lost a lot of weight, and we hope soon he will be jogging in marathons. The cardiologist told Steve that 40 percent of those who have this condition do not make it to the hospital and another 40 percent never make it back out. From Dick Nowery: “Thanks for your emails and what you do for the Class of 1960. By the way, I have a new email address: richnow1960@gmail.com. I’m not rich(ard) nor now(ery) in the year 1960 but sure miss ND and the great classmates.” From Bill Roth: “On Dec. 12, we moved into Moorings Park, a very nice continuing care community in Naples. To become a resident, one has to pass mental and physical exams. Luckily, we both did. My address: 150 Moorings Park Drive No. K502 Naples FL 34105, 239-331-4024.” From Jim Lekin: “I remember Ted Dudley introducing the Kingston Trio in the old field house.” – Joseph F. Jansen; 9190 Southmont Cove, No. 103, Ft. Myers FL 33908; 239-461-0980; 317-514-4478; jfjansen@aol.com

h2(#1960-JD) 60JD Class Secretary – John DiNardo;

512-264-2027; johnadinardo.58@gmail.com

h2(#1961) 61 World is Smaller Today

A friend of mine recently was in Dallas. He met our own John V. Diaz who, when he learned the doctor was from Victoria, passed along his greetings to me. It was good to hear from such a long-lost mate. I want to say, “back at you John.” John lives in Arkansas. I was doing some reading and learned that in 1961 at a debate tournament, John (Jay) Whitney and Joel Haggard debated for our team. What makes this so interesting to me is that the subject of the debate was national health care. With what is going on today, one cannot help but wonder how things went. So I’m asking John to write or email me and tell me who won, what position they had on the subject and did the debate involve mandatory health insurance. John, if you do that, I’ll put it in the next news notes. I had a Christmas note from Chris Lund. He is still in Sao Paulo. I would like to hear his thoughts on our new pontiff, Pope Francis. Write or email me if you will. It would be interesting to hear your account of his history and reputation in Brazil. I had a delightful conversation with Tim Monahan. He related a conversation he was having in Florida with other members of our class. They were talking about our star basketball player John Tully and how he holds the ND record for the shortest time it took for a player to foul out in a basketball game. This occurred during a home game against Detroit in our sophomore year. During the game, there was a struggle for the ball. It was Don McGann of our team against several Detroit players, one of which went for Don instead of the ball. Don was seriously injured (broken collar bone) and had to leave the game. This was John’s chance to enter the fray. The refs called a jump ball instead of a foul. John was really angry because this was such an intentional foul and Don was John’s roommate when the team was on the road. As the ref went to pitch the jump ball he punched the Detroit offender. (That was the first foul.) Then after the free throws he fouled him again on the way back down the court. He managed a third foul (assault by elbow) in short order and picked up two more to be fouled out in 2 and 1/2 minutes. (John says it was actually 2:32). Don’t let me hear you say we don’t have record holders in our class. Tully thinks this is actually a NCAA record as well. I had a delightful conversation followed by an email from Joe Schwartz. He was telling me of the loss of our classmate Carl D. (Buzz) Van Hecke Jr. Carl passed away Nov. 6. He is survived by his loving wife Cee Cee ’61SMC, seven children and 16 grandchildren. He was an electrical engineer, served in the Air Force, and worked for Andrew Electronics for many years before starting his own investment firm in Chicago. Attending his funeral Mass along with Joe was Terry Andrew of our class. I recently came home to a message from Dick Fox advising me of the death of Fred Gamble on Jan. 20. Dick remembered playing interhall football with Fred and Terry Hutton for Howard Hall. ND notified me of the deaths of Michael D. Gadwell MD, William Frederick Jr., Thomas J. Gallagher and Anthony A. Carpenter. Please pray for their souls and for their grieving families. While we’re at it, let’s pray for each other. We’ve entered the age when being in good health does not mean free from disease or disability. I was talking to Chilton Maverick on the occasion of the umpteenth celebration of his 39th birthday and he commented on how close we are getting to the top of the news notes in this magazine. That’s about it for now. Abbie’s already taken a position at the front door with the latch string out hoping you’ll stop and visit us while you are passing through South Texas. We’d love to see you. – Joseph P. (“Pat”) Kelly; 2103 N. Wheeler St., Victoria TX 77901; 361-573-9982; jpkellytx@sbcglobal.net

h2(#1961) 61JD Class Secretary – John N. Moreland;

jnmnd1958@aol.com

h2(#1962) 62 Helping the Impoverished
I spent part of January volunteering on a combination Rotary/church project in Richmond, South Africa, an impoverished community of 8,400 where the average income is $120 per month. Half the time was helping prepare 90-120 lunches for children each day. Unfortunately, on some days there were more kids than food, with those at the end just getting a slice of bread with peanut butter. It was a real eye opener seeing how those with nearly nothing live as contrasted with our lifestyle. The kids are happy, extremely polite and grateful for whatever help we bring. Jim Squyres, another volunteer, has taken up tutoring an eighth-grade Ecuadorian student in Norwalk CT. It seems Jim is the one learning about “real” football and linear equations. Neil Hitz has moved from strategic planning for non-profits to being part of discussion sessions at incubator and entrepreneurial group sessions consisting mostly of 25-40 year-olds. In addition to learning about Pinterest, Hashtags, Bitcoins and CrowdSourcing, Neil says it allows an “elder” to add a different perspective. Also, Neil came across the book What Are Old People For, which discusses the phases of life and how the world is pushing elders to achieve more when there is also the need for elders to perform other vital contributions to society that go beyond “doing” and keeping score. Jim Mikacich’s wife, Barbara, in a recent note lamented that Jim did not “take, borrow, or steal his leather football helmet” last used by our freshman team. She added, “Now that he is older, he is constantly bumping his head and could really use that helmet!” Mike Clayton has retired as engineering director from Exelis Geospatial Systems, where he worked on a number of “black” programs for 30 years. He is writing a book about his experiences which are unclassified and “represent some of the most amazing efforts during the early days of the space program.” Bob Kelley noted that he and Ben Salvaty came to the University via the Sante Fe which they boarded in Pasadena, about five miles from their homes. “39 hours later we arrived in Chicago and took the South Shore to South Bend, arriving exhausted at BP.” Bob said from then on, at Christmas and June, we drove a Dodge off the Detroit assembly line to our LA homes, “with detours, once to Fresno to drop Joe Gallo off, as well as other cities and towns charging their paying; passengers $25 plus an equal share of the gas.” Dick Hodder is wintering in Vero Beach Florida until May. “The weather has been great and I plan to get together with Ed Connolly before heading home.” Other future residents of Florida are Barb and Dave Scalise, who are selling their home in Arizona and moving to Venice to be closer to their Midwestern families during the winter. “Currently, we are waiting for the ‘right person to fall in love’ with our Arizona home.” Jerry McKenna, who has done numerous sculptures around the campus, is working on a seven-foot sculpture of Saint Andre Bessette, CSC, for Holy Cross College. David Clarke noted that during 2013 he peddled 4,378 miles, including three metric centuries of 62-plus miles. Sadly, we lost three members of the class. John DeFalco died on Jan. 17. He suffered a heart attack about a year ago and had not fully recovered. Peter Schmidt passed away on Jan. 29 from an unspecified illness. The University notified me that Mark Hermann died on Sept. 13 but had no details of his passing. – Raymond Raedy; 5310 Rileys Ridge Road, Hillsborough NC 27278; 919-967-8816; ND62Secy@Medicinemanremedies.com

h2(#1962) 62JD Avoiding the Cold
Katherine and I are living away from New York about six months of the year to avoid the cold and humid weather. I’ve given up trying to get out of New York during the winter holidays because of the frequent flight cancellations. On the West Coast we live in the community of Rossmoor, a lovely 2,300 acre estate 30 miles east of San Francisco. — Paul K. Rooney; 1209 Oakmont Drive, No. 2, Walnut Creek CA 94595; pkr101@aol.com

h2(#1963) 63 Back Home
Ed “Spugs” Kennedy says, “I had to miss the 50th since we were in the midst of moving back to Austin. Kathy and I had 12 good years in the desert foothills of Tucson but the pull of the Texas Hill Country was too great, so back we came. We are in Sun City TX, which is in Georgetown, just north of Austin.” Dan Castellani reported the death of Joe Whiteside in January in Pittsburgh. Dan’s daughter Sue and Joe’s daughter Jen were Lyons Hall roommates. Joe, an EE, had a MBA and, in 1966, began a long, distinguished career in banking as a CEO or CFO, retiring ultimately as vice chair of PNB Corp. Joe’s wife, Priscilla, his three children and three grandchildren survive. (A fellow Pittsburgher, Joe’s death is reminder of how our Pitt Club chartered red-eye Cardinal Buses to take us from home to ND, arriving at the circle at 7a.m. just in time for classes on cold snowy mornings.) Jerry DiDonna MD, now in Maine, formerly an El Paso cardiologist, reports that he and Brigid were vested in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in October in Manchester NH. Jerry says that he and Brian Sheedy, at Reunion, “discussed our medical careers and our time in Italian class with Professor Bosco. With regard to the difference between God and Father Hesburgh, I believe the answer is that God is everywhere and Father Hesburgh is everywhere but Notre Dame. (Not true these days). Regards to old roommate Joe Simoni whom I also met at the 50th.” Joseph J. O’Keane of Maine died in July in Boulder CO. He is survived by five children and eight grandchildren. He retired from Eastman Kodak in Rochester NY. Nancy and retired Navy Reserve Capt. George Maddock are long-time residents of Homer Glen IL; George has been a deacon for 26 years. Pauline and Jim Eversman, CPA, are in Wilmington DE, where Jim is a retired real estate developer and very active in civic affairs at the city and state level. Barbara and Richard Woods are in Island Heights NJ, where Jim is a lawyer; he has degrees from U of Penn Law and the U of London, England, in public international law. Bonnie’64SMC and Terry Elberson are in Fort Wayne, where Terry is an investor and financial advisor. Patricia and Frank Weldon are in New London NH, where Frank is a retired portfolio manager and a full-time skier. Frank is certified as an adaptive ski instructor and volunteers with New England Handicap Ski organization where he works with wounded warriors. A Marine pilot and Vietnam vet, he has the Distinguished Flying Cross, 19 Air Medals and an MBA from U of Southern California. Alexia and Bill Lieber are in Macon GA. An operator of a family business for many years, Bill is into residential real estate sales. Bill’s team won the ’79 Am Bowling Congress Championship; he was president of Kiwanis International in 1992. Tommy Elzen, president of his family clothing manufacturing company in Jackson MS, is not retired and is “working more than full time.” Tommy and Helen Mary’s son, Thomas, is in the business. In his free time, Tommy is a real estate investor and manages his commercial real estate. Susan Mary and Ron Ciancio live in Seabrook Island SC. Ron is a retired corporate lawyer, with JD and MBA degrees from Northwestern. He is on the town council and president of Sea Island Habitat for Humanity. Frank Flanagan is in Michigan City IN and recently retired as human resources manager for St. Joseph County Airport Authority after a career in broadcasting. – Regis W. Campfield; 7534 Oakbluff, Dallas TX 75254; 972-239-1141; fax 972-458-6928; rwcampfield@alumni.nd.edu

h2(#1963) 63JD Class Secretary – Bernard P. “Bud” Malone; Mortgages USA, 4455 LBJ Freeway, No. 1200, Dallas TX 75244; 972-720-0500 ext. 465; fax 214-393-5536; budmalone@mortgagesusa.com

h2(#1964) 64 Three Classmates
Mike Ciletti, Carl Massarini and Tom Duff launched a campaign last year to raise a minimum endowment of $100,000 to establish a scholarship honoring Kenny Kempf, their electrical engineering instructor. The three were motivated by recalling Kempf’s drill sergeant approach and the “blue collar, lunch bucket, roll up your sleeves” ambience of his classroom. They agree that Kempf challenged them to go beyond their comfort zone and nurtured a stronger work ethic than they ever dreamed possible. Donations of any amount are welcome and may be pledged over a period of five years. Note Kempf Memorial Scholarship on any contributions. Tom joined the Peace Corps in Africa after graduation. He then started working as an electrical engineer for Kaiser Aluminum in Oakland. He had a 38-year career there and served in many locations around the world, becoming a corporate VP in the process. He and Catherine have four children and live in Spokane. It sounds like Tom is a real outdoorsman. Carl served in the Army after graduation. He then spent the next 34 years at NSA. He retired in 2000 to work with a son-in-law providing wireless audio and video services. He and Judy have five children and live in Maryland. Mike retired from the U of Colorado system and has spent the last four fall semesters at Notre Dame working with a high-tech start-up spun out of the Computer Science and Engineering Department and into the University’s Innovation Park. In his spare time, Mike pursues his passion for photography with the ND campus as his point of focus. The result is a three-part series of books titled Remembering Notre Dame. He had book signings in the bookstore on football weekends. J. Peter Clark is a consultant to the food process industries. Over the years, he and his associates have had their fingerprints on many well-known foods through their consulting work with major food companies. This year he worked with smaller firms, innovating in all sorts of areas including nutritional beverages, pepperoni, pet foods, candy and natural ingredients. He and Nancy travel, spend time with their family and do a great deal of volunteer work in and around Oak Park IL. Matt Storin reports that he and a crew from the fourth floor of Walsh are conspiring to be sure that Father Charlie O’Hara (allegedly a member of the Class of ’63 but redshirted into actually graduating with us) will be at the Reunion. Ernie Larini has been designated as the one to make this happen. Matt and Jim Baker passed along the sad news of the death of Walt Bargeron in November. Walt received his degree in metallurgical engineering and then married his high school sweetheart, Jean. He subsequently earned his doctorate at the U of Michigan. Walt had a successful 30-year career with Bethlehem Steel, ultimately becoming president of Bethlehem’s Burns Harbor Division. He retired in 2000 in Ogden Dunes IN. He and Jean had two children. Their son died in 1996. Reunion planning is moving ahead with a number of classmates engaged. Reach out if you want to be involved. – Paul R. Charron; 44 Contentment Island Road, Darien CT 06820; 203-655-3930; paul.richard.charron@gmail.com

h2(#1964) 64JD Golden Days
Our Golden Anniversary Class reunion is nearly upon us, and I am thrilled to celebrate the event with those of you who are attending. As Gene Kramer has aptly observed, there have been seismic changes to our world and in our lives, beginning with our third year at NDLS and as we began, and then experienced, our legal careers. I am very pleased to report that as of early February, I know of no health problems or other issues impacting the 31 remaining classmates, and that life for all seems amiable. I have been able to speak with most of you but need your help in locating David Petre, Bernie Katz and Michael Sullivan. John Leahy reports all is well after a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands and a reunion after many years with Sheila’s uncle, age 98. Larry Gallick says all is well in Venice FL, with him doing special projects with his Buffalo firm and with Betty performing with the Venice Symphony. She also is working with Eileen Cash (Mrs. Robert Cash) on a 1963 SMC reunion for Florida grads and visitors. Ron Fakler is enjoying retirement in Springville UT (near Provo) where he and Mary Ann are avid basketball fans for their grandchildren, one of whom has an appointment to the Air Force Academy among other offers. Ron invites all those traipsing west to call him to get together. (801-491-3187). Jim Mercurio says he is active in Bethesda MD with twice weekly tennis matches, and that Nancy’s health has stabilized. Carol and Lou Pheiler weathered the cold in Dubuque in a winter of record frigid temperatures. Gerry Vairo admits to feeling “cooped up” in record snows in Michigan’s UP but is holding his own, enjoying his family and blessings. Following a corporate practice at Dow in Midland MI and Dan River Mills in Danville VA, Don Wintrode was bitten by the business bug, forming several home building companies. He has expanded into the import/export of sports equipment. All stay well. Sharon and I look forward to seeing you soon. – Richard Balfe Wagner; 1204 Erskine Manor Hill, South Bend IN 46614; 574-299-9888; 760-567-1270; rswagnersb@gmail.com

h2(#1965) 65 Many Passings
Paul Stepan, longtime Chicagoan and a major force in the real estate and political arena of that city, died last August from cancer of the jaw. During his long struggle, he and wife Ann moved to Beverly Shores along the coast of Lake Michigan within the Indiana Dunes. They have two children and four grandchildren. Paul earned an MA in politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford U and a JD from the U of Chicago. He rose to partner in the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown & Platt along with fellow classmate and Rhodes Scholar, John Gearen. When Paul left to start his own development firm, John continued to be his council. In addition to starting several well-known restaurants and building projects, Paul served as treasurer of the Illinois Democratic Party and as financial chairman for former Mayor Richard Daley. Tim Griffin was another close friend of Paul’s and lived in nearby Beverly Shores with his wife, Susan. After serving as a pilot in Vietnam, he earned an MBA and worked in corporate finance. Tim retired at the age of 55 and became a high school teacher in Chicago’s inner city. He taught for 11 years and states that it was hardest but best job he ever had. Lil ’65SMC and Larry Beshel live in Short Hills NJ near their daughters and two grandchildren. Larry is a managing director of investments at Wells Fargo and does not plan on retiring anytime soon. Fran and Bob Zielsdorf are residents of Vero Beach FL and Burt Lake MI. In 2008, Bob sold his company, The Peerless Group (makers of industrial bakery machinery), to Illinois Tool Works. Last October he and his wife sponsored the Irish Impact Conference on social entrepreneurism at The Gigot Center. They believe strongly that the power of the entrepreneurial spirit can be harnessed to improve people’s lives. They also published a book, Sealed with a Kiss: an American Love Story in Letters. It is based on letters Bob and Fran wrote to each other through high school and college. The book is available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon. Joe DiGregorio has battled non-Hodgkin lymphoma for seven years including five rounds of chemotherapy. In February, he became one of the earliest patients to begin a just-approved oral immunotherapy that has hopes for a sustained remission. Joe and his wife, Carolyn, live in Sonoma. Bill McGuire is retired but serves as a director of three publically-traded companies and chairs the board of two. He also does occasional consulting in NYC and Puerto Rico. Tom Williams died in Kalamazoo MI. He had been president/COO of the GE Foundation. He is survived by his wife, Barbara. Three of our classmates passed away in October: Edward D.J. Orsini, Ignacio Flores III and John Koellner. Ed was VP of Tower Automotive and is survived by his wife, Serena, and two children. Ignacio passed away in Dallas where he was a partner in Ceres Capital. He earned his MBA at Harvard, and he and his wife, Marion, had one child. John Koellner is survived by his wife, Patricia, daughter Kathryn ’05, and sons Greg ’88 and Matthew ’89. After earning a MS in chemistry at ND, he served as a chemistry teacher at Riley High School in South Bend. In November Alan Burke died in Denver where he and his wife, Rita, lived in retirement. They have one son. Alan served as president/CEO of Farmers State Bank in Hawarden IA. Kevin Dooley of Carmel IN died in December. After ND, he served as an Air Force captain in Vietnam. Subsequently he enjoyed a lengthy career building restaurants for several companies, ultimately retiring from Steak ‘n Shake Inc. as VP of development and construction. Kevin also coached CYO basketball for 20 years. He leaves behind his wife, Mary, and four sons. – James P. Harnisch MD; 6759 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040; jphnd65@hotmail.com

h2(#1965) 65JD Class Secretary – John Donald O’Shea; pelaguis@aconline.com

h2(#1966) 66 Briefs
The header above refers to the skimpy array of news sent from mates since my last missive. Herb Seymour reported from Detroit through class president Cappy Gagnon that he spent time fly fishing for steelhead in the Pere Marquette and numerous other rivers. He also reported that brother Ed Seymour is well and still working for a local accounting firm in the Motor City area after he and Marti put two kids through ND. Herb recently spoke to Jim Smith, who is happy and well in Lancaster PA. Recall that Smitty did yeoman service for the late Pete Duranko, driving many miles to Johnstown PA on a regular basis to look in on Pete as he was declining from ALS. Great job Smitty! Herb also mentioned Dan McGinn, Denny “Skeeter” Conway, Ken Ivan and Harry Long, all of whom he reported are in fine fettle. Herb is lobbying hard to encourage Mike “Bear” Webster to come in from Vancouver for our 50th…barely two years nigh! Larry Dwyer continues to do a super job as assistant director of the ND bands, spreading the Fighting Irish spirit far and wide. Sheila and Don Snyder were in England last fall visiting their son and his family. Dr. Rudy Navarri has stepped down as dean of the Indiana U School of Medicine-South Bend to take a new job with the World Health Organization. Rudy had led the med school program since its opening in 2005. Rudy has led numerous initiatives, including an NCI task force to define research directions for long-term cancer survival. Word is that Bob Downs is engaged to a lovely lady – Ermi from Manila – who was expected to join him in Phoenix after the first of the year, with a wedding to follow in short order. Cap G sent a reminder about the beginning of the ND-SMC co-exchange program, which first allowed ND students to take classes across the road. Among the 52 pioneers were Barry Barth, Barry Lopez, Pat Bauer and Cap…all taking acting. Brevity it is for this issue. Hope to hear from more of you as we gear up for the 50th. Check out the class website (1966.ndclass.org). – Tom Sullivan; 2028 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091; 312-415-3359; tsullivan@ric.org

h2(#1966) 66JD Class Secretary – Philip C. Ruddy; 15911 Lakeshore Road, Union Pier MI 49129; 269-469-1933; rudds241@aol.com

h2(#1967) 67 Groundhog Day
Angelo Schiralli forwarded an article from the Wall Street Journal regarding Notre Dame’s endowment and how the University’s investment team, headed by Scott Malpass ’84, has beaten the growth results of all other college endowment funds. Also noteworthy in the piece is how Notre Dame goes out of its way to hire Notre dame graduates to its investment staff. Phil Lamb’s daughter Maria Lamb speed-skated for the US Olympic team in February during the Sochi games. Maria competed in the 5,000 meter race. Pat Yurasek is living in Richmond TX with his wife Jan, a teacher and a native Texan. Pat and Jan have been married 42 years. Pat was permanently disabled 12 years ago but can navigate somewhat with a cane. Pat hopes to visit Rich Kalamaya, who is practicing law in Longmont CO while also bringing Jan back to her alma mater, the U of Colorado in Boulder. Jim Barry, still in St. Louis, will be making his 40th consecutive motor home trip to an Irish football game with his St. Louis U High School classmates. The SLU boys will be attending the North Carolina game. Bob “Punxsy” Roberts was again caught in a tuxedo on Feb. 2, holding Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsy and his merry band of misfits have created a cottage industry in western Pennsylvania around that groundhog peeking his head out of the ground each February. And they have given themselves titles that would make the Masons and Shriners envious. Punxsy has been the “the Protector” of Punxsutawney Phil for several years. Now he is selling naming rights to the hole in the ground that varmint crawls from. Bob Schoenherr, who resides in the San Francisco area, reports that his son Jay ’06 is finishing his last year of anesthesia residency at the U of North Carolina. Bob aspires to use Jay’s services extensively in the coming years. Joe Devlin is anticipating holding a cotillion for ‘67 classmates in New York City over the Syracuse game weekend. Joe is having some difficulty finding a suitable venue that would accommodate a sufficient number of handicapped rooms, walker-proof dance floor and a bar with sippy cups. He was in the process of seeking advice from Joan Collins in order to continue. The good news is that all of us reading this are still alive. Please write. – Bert Bondi; 49 Glenalla Place, Castle Rock CO 80108; bertrbondi@gmail.com

h2(#1967) 67JD Correction
Dave Holmes writes to correct a misstatement in my last column on the life of Bill Albright. I assumed that Bill was a South Bend native. In fact, Bill was from Sharon PA and had an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Tech, as it was then known. After graduation, he worked at Ford as an engineer until moving his family to Indiana for law school. On a personal note, Dave has decided not to run for reelection as prosecuting attorney. He was first elected in 1970 and later went into private practice in Brennan IN where he and Jan still live. He was elected again as prosecutor six years ago. Margaret and Jerry Berthold welcomed their son’s and daughter’s families to Georgia for Christmas. But they should have held it in the Mayo Clinic. Margaret was recovering from a bicycle accident that left her with a concussion, broken clavicle and fractured rib. Their son, 45, wrecked his rotator cuff playing soccer and their son-in-law was late getting to the party because he had to have a pacemaker installed. Their three grandchildren are just fine. Ken Lazarus writes that he had one of his parts replaced, his left hip. He is encouraged that most of his other parts are replaceable as well. Ken went to Florida for a few days of golf to test the hip and it works fine. Lynn and Ted Sinars booked their annual trip to Arizona to attend the Cubs spring training. The team is rebuilding (again) but hope springs eternal in the spring but falters in the fall. The Sinars have booked a river cruise in France later in the year without worrying they may miss their team in the playoffs. Beth and Frank Verterano are attending the Pennsylvania Bar Association meeting in the Virgin Islands. When they return, Frank will get a dose of reality when he travels to Fargo ND for a case. Dave Kamm writes from his Florida retreat that a recent monsoon dropped nearly six inches of rain overnight and added 12 new water holes on his golf course. Dick Muench is planning to run his seventh marathon with his granddaughter in March. Dick is still practicing law, although he admits at this point it is more like a hobby than a job, working about 20-30 hours per week. Dick also volunteers to sit as a temporary judge one day a week to help settle civil law cases that are pending. Dick joined John Hargrove and other former JAG attorneys that served in Vietnam for a reunion last September. Lots of lies were exchanged about their experiences in Vietnam. Also from Judge Hargrove, for the fifth year, he volunteered for the chain gang at the Poinsettia Bowl moving the sideline markers. But during the game the action got too close and the ball carrier and tacklers wiped out the fella holding the other end of the chain. Bodies were flying everywhere but John never hesitated. He assumed the position of a Marine raising the flag on Mount Suribachi and stood his ground. If your TV volume was turned up, you could hear John saying, “Put me in coach, put me in.” – Jim Heinhold; 1200 Carmel Lane, New Bern NC 28562; 252-638-5913; im4irish@aol.com

h2(#1968) 68 State of the Great ’68 Address
President Tom Weyer’s State of the Class address delivered to the class council during late January included a call for continuation of a hallmark of the Weyer administration, class contribution inequality. “Looking in the rear view mirror or 2013,” the president said, “we had a fantastic 45th reunion, wonderful get-togethers at our tailgates and we suffered the loss of dear classmates. During 2014, the year that the Class of ’68 turns 68, this administration pledges itself to protection of all the high average contribution rate privileges created by the recent generosity of Matt Walsh and Joyce.” His administration, the president said, will support the plans for stadium enlargement while paying great attention to any encroachments that threaten the Mary Weyer memorial plantings honoring her parents and Honest John and Annie Weyer. January ended with an Evanston IL get-together occasioned by the death of Moose Krause’s daughter Mary Carrigan, who succumbed to cancer six months after the death of Sandy Carrigan. The four Carrigan sons and their sister Jill amused and saddened the memorial service audience with reflections on a lovely woman who had raised her own family while being Mom (“Mombo” in the Carrigan family) to many others. The ’68 contingent – Mary and Tom Weyer, Sheila and Tom Gibbs, Dave Kabat, Tom Moore, Bryan Dunigan, Mary Lou and Dennis Toolan, Nancy and Tom Figel – heard son Chris remember that the romping Carrigan kids “tested the laws of physics, Mombo’s patience, and the limits of our health coverage.” Bryan Dunigan, of a family with generations of ties to the Krauses, said that his grandfather had known and helped the young Moose. The grandfather, for whom Bryan is named, was in charge of printing for the Sears Roebuck catalog (“like being in charge of the Internet,” said Bryan.) Bryan’s own immense email directory shows that management of contacts is in the Dunigan DNA. Frank Leahy, who took care of the grandfather’s yard work, was being recruited from Boston College when Notre Dame asked Grandfather Dunigan to help with the wooing. Bryan said his grandfather flew to Cleveland for the successful pitch. January also saw a Chicago get-together organized by Shaun Reynolds and his family in memory of Shaun’s brother Damien, whose world-roaming, friend-gathering life included an appearance in a Life Magazine photo taken at Woodstock. Dave Hirschboeck and Dia and John Walsh were there with Nancy Figel, still Nancy Carlin 69SMC to Shaun, and to me. Dia and John Walsh organized a dinner evening with John Flemming when John came to Chicago from New Orleans to present his art at a December show. The onset of Chicago winter had no apparent effect on John’s happy spirits and laughs about the late Eddie Kurtz’s novels as John visited with Christine and Geof Thornton, Peggy Barber O’Rourke, the Walshes and the Figels. An Evanston IL high school class seeking to interview US war veterans during January received help and powerful remembrances from classmates Gene Cavanaugh, Tom Condon, Bill Brennan, Pat Collins, Joe Kernan, Mike Browning8 and *Mark Lies, as well as Tom Nerney ’69. Gene Cavanaugh, seeking respite in Chicago from the cold of South Bend, visited the classroom during some days he spent visiting with his daughters and grandchildren in Evanston. The reflections of people slightly older than the Evanston students were revealing, generous and often painfully assembled. After considering the magazine pages devoted to class notes, John Grima sent this optimistic reflection: “It strikes me that, in magazine terms, the life of a Notre Dame class might be said to be 26 pages; that we have lived 18 of them and still have eight to go. That feels pretty good for a bunch of 67 and 68 year-olds. A lot of time has gone by, still plenty to look forward to.” In addition to photos, including a bow-tied Mike Baroody from the Gonzaga High School yearbook, our blog has instructions about using Notre Dame’s database to locate alumni friends. If you enjoy seeing old men and their young wives, see www.ndclass1968.com. Stay in touch. – Tom Figel; 1054 W. North Shore, Apt. 3-E, Chicago IL 60626; bus 312-223-9536; tfigel@lake-effect.com

h2(#1968) 68JD Final Column
After years of reporting our news, it’s time to pass the torch to Dennis Collins, who will take over after this column. I’ve enjoyed keeping in touch with many of our classmates and regret I could not get some to share their post ND life with our class. I rarely tell you about my life so I thought I’d tell you in this final column. I have been divorced since 2009. I have three grown children, Paul, Alison and Amy. Alison has three sons: Dylan, 14, Collin, 12 and Ryan, 11. Amy has three sons: Josh, 9, Matt, 4 and Tommy, 2. Amy graduated from ND and married her Notre Dame classmate, Josh Pini ’02. I have a wonderful sweetheart, Sandy, who was introduced to me by J.C. Coyle. Thank you J.C. I have been at my 40-lawyer firm, Graham Curtin, since 1987. I continue to work and plan to do so until my golf handicap is 10 or I die. I am the governor for New Jersey and Pennsylvania on the ABA Board of Governors and also serve on the boards of a number of local charities. Since much of my litigation is in Federal Court, our chief judges have appointed and reappointed me to chair the Lawyers Advisory Committee. I also chair the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Expedited Civil Litigation. I was the president of the Notre Dame Law Association in 2001 and was followed as president by Charlie Weiss. I have served on the Notre Dame Law Council since 1999 and my time on the council ends in June. Writing this column has been fun most of the time, but it is sad when I’ve had to report the passing of our classmates Al Dudash, Jack Amerman, Steve Odgers, John Burgess, Bob Belluomini, Dick Hirsch, Joe Ladd, Larry Miller and Bob Wilczek. I’ve been blessed to report your successes as lawyers, judges, elected officials, law professors, business executives and as parents and grandparents. Over the years I’ve reported about Ernie Abate, Allen Barnard, Lou Bianchi, Ivan Bodensteiner, Dennis Collins, Jim Cooling, J.C. Coyle, Steve Madonna, Skip Griffin, Jack Sandner, Tom Ward, Charlie Weiss, Lanny Bonenberger, Dick Manning, Bob Rossi, Pat Pacella, Denny Kelly, Terry Kelly, Rich Hennessey, John Pusey, Dave McCarthy, Frank Smith, John Scripp, Bud Seall, Bob Sidman, Tim Woods, Jim Wirtz, Jim Seckinger, Norm Smith, Gerry Rapien, Owen Lopez, Owen Moon, Lew Laderer, Jack Rowe, Pete King (in almost every issue),Tom Kapacinskas, Mike Williamson, Bob Herr and Paul Gore. I have not heard recently from Bill Coleman, Bill Tepe, Tim Kristal, Chris Carroll, Jim Hancock, Andy Tranovich, Jim McGovern nor Denny Thelen. Please be sure to keep Dennis Collins updated with your news as he follows me as I followed Tim Woods. The best part of writing is that it enabled me to maintain the friendships which began on a hot day in 1965. My body left Notre Dame in 1968. My heart never left. God Bless You. Count your blessings each day. Root for the Irish. – Thomas R. Curtin. Dennis G. Collins; Greensfelder LLC, 200 Equitable Building, 10 S. Broadway; St. Louis MO 63102; 414-241-9090; dgc@greensfelder.com

h2(#1969) 69 See You at Reunion
Classmate Greg Wingenfeld, director, Region 1, Notre Dame Senior Alumni Board writes that classmate Dave Heskin was elected as ascending chair of NDSA at the April 2013 Board meeting and will become the new chairman effective July 1. Classmates can access the Senior Alumni website at www.ndsa.ndgroup.org. They are looking to increase membership in each local club. Don Wich Jr. writes he attended the Purdue game at West Lafayette and also attended the MSU and Oklahoma games on campus. He has been selected for the eighth successive year for inclusion in the list of Florida Super Lawyers: personal injury-general. He has been Florida Bar board certified in civil trial law since 1983. He is still attending to his busy law practice and is also the director of the Notre Dame Club of Fort Lauderdale. Mike Collins writes he was one of our fourth-floor Keenan neighbors at 429 Keenan and went to high school with all the other Indianapolis boys: John Quinn, Joe Fisher, Tom Feske, John Boyle and others. Mike has been living in San Diego the last 11 years, and is still actively working as president of a medium sized company called LifeWave. He is going to be celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary with his wife, Laura, and he still enjoys telling folks he brings to campus stories from the old days when we were still roaming around the campus. Don Jacobson from Houston writes that he has retired from ExxonMobil Chemical the last few years and is enjoying retirement. He and his wife, Linda, split their time between their house in Houston and a condo on Lake Michigan in Kenosha WI. He is unfortunately unable to attend our reunion but has made a significant contribution to our Class Fund, which is matched by his former employer in a three to one match. He is planning on attending our 50th reunion and will be at the 100th anniversary of the Glee Club in 2015. He has been involved in ND alumni affairs for 40 years, including board positions in two cities and a club presidency in Baton Rouge and is still active in the ND Club of Houston. Last month he attended the ND Senior Alumni meeting in Houston, where he ran into John Joyce Jr. (Father Joyce’s nephew) and Roger Rolewicz from our class. Michael Brennan writes that last fall Bob Burke from Colorado was in for the USC game. He still keeps in touch with Jim Pratt, his old roommate in Sorin. Charlie Beauregard from Washington and John Garvie from Hawaii flew in for the Oklahoma game and he ran into them after the game having dinner with Jim Lyons and Rick Redmond. He also saw Bruce Deichl, who lives in LA, at the rugby reunion. On a sad note, Dave Yonto’s dad, Anthony Yonto, passed away in January in Orrville OH. Classmate Charles Frantz contacted me that his mother, Veronica, 99, passed away before Thanksgiving. She was a huge ND fan and subscribed to this magazine. Donna Sweeny ’72SMC, wife of classmate Anthony (Tony) Sweeney MD, writes to say that Tony passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 31. By the time this article is published, many of you will be planning to attend our 45th reunion. Many of us have stayed in close contact over these many years, and it’s a great way to continue our connection with each other and Notre Dame. I wish you safe travels to our reunion. Think spring; it has been quite a winter. – Tom Ryan; 248-334-9938; sylvanlawtr@gmail.com

h2(#1969) 69MBA Save the Date
Please mark your calendar for Oct. 11, the North Carolina game and our next minireunion. We are trying to get the University to assist us with an event since it will be our 45th reunion. Marianne and Will McGuire completed a 36-day cross-country trip last year mainly to visit their son Will Jr., who had just returned from Afghanistan. Sara and Nick Walz acted as trip planners and provided them with a great itinerary of places to see. Will and Marianne also visited their daughter Beth in Brussels last year and took a side trip to London. Will says that he should have retired earlier. I also received a New Year’s greeting from Sue and Tom Sanna. They traveled to Carmel CA in 2013 for the wedding of their daughter Francie ’00. Sue and Tom attended the minireunion last year. I have had some communication with other class members and all of them are well. Please make plans to join us on Oct. 11. If you need rooms or tickets please let me know. If you have news to share for the summer issue, please contact me. – Dennis B. McCarthy; P.O Box 246, Bear Lake MI 49614; bus 231-864-3111 ext. 115; dbmc2@blarneycastleoil.com

h2(#1969) 69JD Sad News
Two more classmates died recently. Jim Rolls died on Oct. 15, 2012 and Scott Atwell sent me an email that Jim Dukat passed away on Oct. 17, 2013. I was looking through my old class columns and did not see a mention of Tom Elmer’s death on Dec. 30, 2004. Let’s get together at our 45th reunion this year while we still can. I talked with Tony “QA” Siemer who is in favor of holding our reunion during an away football game date. Last time we had the campus to ourselves and watched the game on a big screen TV. This format allowed us more time to be together to catch up. We also had open access to the golf course. Let me know what you think. Jim Gillece has become senior partner in his firm. Jim opined that our class, on a percentage basis, has more members honored by Chambers and Super Lawyers than any other Law School class. I agree. Jim has gone back to driving a convertible but he did not mention if the wind still blew through his hair when the top is down. Jim’s son is a lawyer and his daughter is the chief social worker for the Children’s Guild in Baltimore. He is still on the board of the Notre Dame Law Association after serving as president for 15 years. Jim met with Tom “T Bone” Bonner while he was giving a seminar in NYC. The two of them renewed their political debates from college and law school. Send me some news, especially on the reunion. – Jim Starshak; 889 Kaohe Place, Honolulu HI 96825; res 808-395.0443; bus 808-523-2515; jstarshak@carlsmith.com