class notes


70 Interesting Pursuits

John Zipprich, former general counsel and senior VP of CHRISTUS Health System in Texas, helped build Mexico’s second largest private health system. He works in Ireland, Santa Fe and Houston. He also serves on boards of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and of Medical Bridges, which transports surplus medical supplies to the developing world. John has helped religious congregations with educational and counseling programs for women. He still skis. After graduating from ND Law in 1972, he saw Pat Downs when both represented Indiana religious health systems. John Albright runs Fromex in Long Beach. Father Jerome Esper, CSC, ’58, who was the Stanford Hall rector in 1966, is at Fatima House. He retired from teaching German in Innsbruck and high school in Niles. Mary T. and O’Malley Smith enjoy Bethel CT where O’Malley has practiced law since graduation. He’ll never quit, but enjoys 5- and 3-year-old grandsons via daughter Bridget and her husband, an orthopedist. Mary T. teaches 30 fourth-graders. Daughter Kelly practices locum tenens medicine and wintered in London studying tropical diseases. Daughter Caitlin is an attorney for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Condolences to Rich Michaels on the death of Monika after nine years fighting cancer. Six priests concelebrated her funeral at Church of the Holy Spirit in Plattsmouth NE. Monika moved from Germany to Lubbock in 1958. After Texas Tech, she worked at a utility and bank and met Rich at Reese AFB; they moved to West Lafayette, Colorado Springs, Omaha, Liberty MO and back to Plattsmouth. For 25 years she managed My Neighbor’s Closet thrift shop. Two children and five grandchildren survive. Father John S. Dunne, CSC, ’51, who taught philosophy of religion, died Nov. 11. Named in 1999 as one of the most influential spiritual writers of the century, he taught more students than anyone else in ND’s history and was the most inspiring teacher I ever had. I retook his class senior year to bask in his enthusiastic glow. His excited smile after concluding the long journey into horizons of understanding was enough to excite me for the week. At that time I took 21 hours to switch majors without staying another year. (In retrospect, I should have stayed; an extra year at ND would be like a decade in heaven). What I did not realize, until I read a glowing eulogy from Denis Nolan, whose family dined with Father Dunne every week, was that the man who would later chair the Theology Department drove a Vega, which he propelled with Denis, Cathy and their firstborn from South Bend to Yale in 1972 as Cathy read Tolkien aloud the entire journey. The Nolans also joined him on a Medjugorje pilgrimage.Never fearing the dangers of travel, he quoted Ephesians 6 to help drive through lightning in northern Michigan. Father Dunne will be missed by us all. Bill Hederman, of Annandale VA still has that electric smile and has added two grandchildren. Rita and Al LaReau hiked 90 miles of the Camino Trail to Santiago de Compostela, St. James’ burial place, and on to Finisterre, “Europe’s westernmost point.” (Remember the Martin Sheen movie, The Way). Al, a fly fishing initiate, landed a few North Carolina trout in October and ran into a deer in November. Three South Bend grandchildren add to the old pediatrician’s practice, but Rita retired after 12 years of geriatric nursing at Kalamazoo’s Bronson Hospital. After grandson Caleb’s baptism at Chicago’s St. Clement Church, the LaReaus traveled to the Stanford game. – Don Graham; 1901 Glenwood, Springfield IL 62704; 217-522-5120; 800-444-7541;

70MBA Class Secretary – John Carroll;

3922 Brintons ML, Marietta GA 30062; bus 678-218-5204; res 770-973-4588;

70JD Waving to TV Cameras

Did you see them? They were under the gold and blue ND flag proudly waving on the plaza of the Today Show on a chilly October morning? In the late 1960s several spouses of members of our class created a friendship that has lasted for more than 45 years now. Last autumn, five of them, JoAnn Kelleher, Dee Dee VandeNorth, Maureen Schuering, Mary Hamblet and Marie Plumb, took in the sights of NYC and renewed that friendship first formed on the campus of Notre Dame. We got out to the Navy game in early November and ran into Alice and Rich Sullivan at the Grotto on Saturday morning. Rich sends his best; he continues his active trial practice in Buffalo and remains an avid Irish fan. Rich mentioned he had stopped to say a prayer for Kevin Murphy who, as you recall, lost his life in a tragic auto accident about six weeks into our first year of studies at ND. I trust you too will remember Kevin and all our deceased class members as we begin a new year. Jack VandeNorth continues to serve “on the bench” in Minnesota. He and Dee Dee find time for skiing in Park City UT as well as visits to New Jersey and San Francisco to spend time with their four grandchildren. Dee Dee and Jack raised two fine sons, both ND grads. They send their best to all. Please drop me a note at any time. I look forward to hearing from you. – John K. Plumb; 19 Crowley St., Randolph NY 14772;

71 Techno Savvy

Gentlemen, Andy Dotterwich of Jackson MI retired a couple of years ago, but Maria is still working, thus Andy needs something to occupy his time and has volunteered to whip our class website into shape. It is accessible through the myNotreDame website and has an email address of It will take a bit to get it updated, but should serve as a communications focal point for email, notes and photos, etc. The NBC “What Would You Fight For?” ad aired during the Navy game featured our own retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Bob Latiff. Since leaving the Air Force, Bob has been teaching part time on campus. The ad is titled Fighting for the Ethical Use of Technology and is available on the ND website for your viewing. Tom Sinnott resides full time at the Jersey Shore in Lavallette. If you are down that way this summer and see a large ND flag flying at a beach side residence, stop and say hello. John Sweeney was re-elected to the New York State Supreme Court and reappointed to the appellate division, which sits in Manhattan. Karen and Rick Kettler are new grandparents, as are Janet and Ned Cavanaugh. The Cavanaughs’ 40th wedding anniversary is this spring, and they plan to celebrate in Paris. A neighbor of Ned’s in Pelham NY is Ed Davey, the director of business development and corporate placement at Cristo Re High School in Brooklyn. Ed Grenda is retired, living in Maryland and an avid fisherman. Tom Olivieri has retired from the bench in New Jersey but has returned to the practice of law as an attorney. Tracy and Bill Pagendarm retired from the Chicago area a year ago to Jacksonville. They had excellent timing considering the brutal winter we had this year. Condolences to Helene Carroll on the passing of Mike Carroll in Rockford IL in November from cancer. A native of Eau Claire WI, Mike did graduate work at Marquette and spent his career in the aerospace industry, specializing in the HR function, and was an avid golfer. He is survived by two children and a granddaughter. Doug Bradley passed away in December after a long battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He earned a Master’s in museum practice from Michigan and returned to campus in 1979 as a curator at the Snite Museum of Art. His professional efforts were focused on Mesoamerican art and artifacts of the Olmec civilization in ancient Mexico, becoming an international expert in the area. For more than 30 years, Doug built the Snite’s Mesoamerican collection into what may be the best in the nation. More than once he expressed good fortune at being able to spend his career in the one professional position he really wanted to occupy. He is survived by two daughters and a grandson. Joe McDonough, a native and long-time resident of the metro Boston area, passed away in September. Joe was a CPA, beginning his career with Arthur Andersen and later establishing his own practice. He is survived by three children and two grandchildren. A roommate of mine during one summer at ND and later in Chicago, Joe was an encyclopedia on local pubs, their beverages and the viewing schedules of the Irish, the Cubs, the Bruins and the Celtics, long before there was cable and dish TV and the internet. I hope he was buried in his Sweeneys jersey. For most of us, the calendar turns over to 65 this year. If you continue to toil in the vineyard, may it be enjoyable and rewarding. If you are already retired or transitioning into retirement, enjoy the time with others and the opportunity to address those long delayed projects or travel. – John Snider; 2010 N. Fremont, Chicago IL 60614; res 773- 871-5358; fax 773-871-1189;

71MBA Class SecretaryTony Strati;

8238 Raintree Drive NE, Albuquerque NM 87122; 505-205-3563;

71JD Class SecretaryE. Bryan Dunigan;

221 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1454, Chicago IL 6060; 312-857-2114;

72 Class SecretaryFrank Fahey;


72MBA No News Can Be Good News

Again I have no news from our classmates. I did receive a deceased alumni report for September through November. Since none of us were on it, I’m counting that as the good news for this quarter. Let’s keep it that way. And please let me hear from some of you. – Alex McLellan; 9662 W. 86th St., Apt. B, Overland Park KS 66212; 913-652-9909;

72JD Frigid Winter

For all of you alums who suffered through this winter in the north, my condolences. Susan and I have gotten our share of frigid winter days in Ohio. Perhaps that’s why our mailbox is a little light this time of year. In any event, I did hear from Don Wich Jr., who is not shivering through the winter. Don is in Lighthouse Point FL near Fort Lauderdale. Don has a personal injury practice there, and he was named for the eighth consecutive year to Florida Super Lawyers and Judges. He also has been board-certified in civil trial law in Florida since 1983, making him a member of the Florida “30-year club.” Don also is a director of the Notre Dame Club of Fort Lauderdale, and participated in several local high school college fairs for Notre Dame. Don’s family still has a family lake cottage in Oxford MI, so he’s able to get back for ND football games on a regular basis, including the Michigan State and Oklahoma games last season. And speaking of ND football, several of us are planning to attend the Stanford game on Oct. 4. So if you’re planning to be at ND that weekend, let me know and we can meet up. – Christopher R. Schraff; 41 S. High St. Suites 2800-3200, Columbus OH 43215; 614-227-2097; fax 614-227-2100; toll free 800-533-2794;

73 Connected to the Past

I received an interesting email from Doug Cerretti, who received his PhD in biochemistry from Southern Illinois U and then worked as a molecular biologist studying inflammation and cancer at Immunex Corp. in Seattle; he retired in 2007. Through his father’s connection with Larry (Moon) Mullins ʼ30 and Fred Miller ʼ30, Doug became the recipient of the Miller Family Scholarship when he started at ND in 1969. Rich Macchia spent his entire business career in Atlanta with senior financial and operations roles in public companies, including as the CFO of Internet Security Systems, which was acquired by IBM in 2006. Rich and his wife now enjoy the good life in Reynolds Plantation, which is 90 miles outside of Atlanta. Checking in from Fort Wayne IN is Dan Shank. He is a retired McDonald’s owner and operator. Life is good for Dan as he spends his winters in The Villages FL playing pickleball daily and his summers on the northern coast of British Columbia where he fishes for salmon, halibut, cod and crab. It was good to hear from Alumni Hall friend Chris Simpson. His daughter Liz married Jonathan Reckling, son of Bill Reckling. Chris recently took early retirement from Ohio U in Athens. Still active in aquatics is George Block, now residing in San Antonio TX. He and wife Margie just finished building a beach house on South Padre Island. He has received multiple awards from the National Swimming Coaches Association. Alan Schreck is a professor of theology at Franciscan U in Steubenville OH. Alan has published 14 books since 1984 and has received many awards and honors for his work. Greg Stidham lives in Kingston, Ontario. He is a retired professor of pediatrics at Queen’s U. He now dabbles in fiction, poetry and creative writing. It was good to hear from another Alumni Hall resident, David Brenner, who is the executive director of Innovation Park at ND and doing a phenomenal job. His daughter was recently married in Chicago. Classmates in attendance included Chuck Liddy, Debby (Lavin) White, Mary Beth (Denefe) Anderion. Another prolific writer is Richard Bard, who is soaking the beaches in Redondo Beach CA. He just signed a three-year publishing contract. Look for his Brainrush action thrillers on Amazon. John Dacey checks in from Phoenix where he has a health law practice. He regularly sees Roger Burrell, Dr. Tim Flood and his old roommate, Mike “Kansas” Dunlay. He also stays in regular contact with fellow Stanford Hall friends Clarke Keller, Ray Popek, Mike Walsh, Tony Polcari, Dr. Greg Hoffman, Bill Rouse, B.J. Bingle, Steve Aselage and Andy Jardini. Go see John this year for the ASU game. Recently married is Edmund Wallace, who is a retired civil servant. Eileen Fitzpatrick DeSalme reports that she is a neuropsychology supervisor in the brain injury unit at MossRehab Hospital in Philadelphia. She sees Maureen Gerety Burke several times a year. Bill Little is residing in Dublin, Ireland and pursuing a degree in international and comparative law. He will complete his dissertation in June. Bill retired recently after a stellar career in Houston in civil litigation. He graduated in ʼ10 from Rice U with a Master’s of liberal studies and resides in Waxahachie TX. Geoffrey Hui reports in from Templestowe, Victoria, Australia, where he is a retired lawyer. Geoff came in for the 2013 reunion and caught up with several of our classmates from Lyons Hall. If you are going through Melbourne, check in with Geoff, who moved there 23 years ago from Hong Kong. – Michael W. Hansen; 735 Essington Road, Joliet IL 60435; fax 815-744-4515;

73MBA Great Expectations

John Rapa shares with us that the Department of the Treasury through the Internal Revenue Service granted him an Enrolled Agent’s License in November 2013. He is enrolled to practice before the IRS. He had to pass three exams (individuals, businesses, and representation, practices and procedures) at a Prometric center. In addition, he also had to undergo a background check to ensure that he was a suitable candidate. He passed the tests and the background check. This EA License brings him full circle. When he graduated from ND, he accepted a job in Detroit in the corporate tax department of Burroughs Corporation (now Unisys). This license gets him back into taxation. He would like to get involved with tax research. It fits nicely with his affiliation with the U of Phoenix. Gus Browne writes that all is well in South Bend and Oak Park. It was below zero and more to come. He had a great Christmas, which featured a seven-day Caribbean cruise with his entire family: kids, grandkids and more. A group of 11 of them cruised Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Haiti. They will be taking off for a Euro tour in May. He will also continue to do volunteer work at Us Too, a prostate cancer information organization, the ER at a local hospital and on a 911 ambulance as an EMT. Susan and I were blessed with a second grandchild, James Patrick Conway Jindra, born on Nov. 27 to our son Peter and his wife Susan. Our other grandchild, Victoria Van Hulle, turned 11 in January. You are always welcome to contact us when in Southern California. If you have not corresponded in some time, please take the time to share your experiences with your classmates. Please forward your new email addresses and those of classmates. – Thomas Jindra; 7179 Alviso Ave., Riverside CA 92509; res and fax 951-685-2091;

73JD Class Secretary – Anthony J. Palumbo;


74 Fabulous News and More

Samuel Chmell celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary with Nancy and 30 years as an orthopedic surgeon. John “Hag” Haggerty loves his new home in Hershey’s Mill PA. Hags also ran into Kevin Mailey, who was a fellow Flanner resident. Dave Casper mentioned that he and his wife Sue (Anderson) and Dave Casper are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on May 25. Tom Eichler is due for a round of applause as he was selected as a fellow by the American Society for Radiation Oncology and was elected to their board of directors for a four-year term. If Dr. Eichler isn’t assisting patients, he’s continuing his auditions in theater. He highly recommends vacationing in Ireland by renting a house in the village of Glandore, County Cork, on the southern coast, and living like a true Irishman with his clan. “Twas a grand experience.” Bob “Meatball” Cimino enjoys grandparenthood. Several members of his family married major league baseball players. In attendance at those weddings were classmates Steve Rodgers, Charlie Morrison, Tom Jenkins and Bob Chong. Bob tells that Jenkins, famous for being a prominent attorney for Blue Cross, Blue Shield and the brother of Father John Jenkins, retired last May and is enjoying paradise when not residing in Omaha, where Bob also hails from. Tom “Big T” Ross sounds upbeat now that he and his wife, Jan, moved to Phoenix. Tom appreciates every day, especially after his wife had a pancreas transplant three years ago which cured her of Type 1 diabetes. He offers a slice of paradise in Phoenix if you reach out to him for real estate there. Jean and Geoff Ratte ’75 enjoy grandparenthood and all the pleasures that come with it. Robert Cleary spreads the rumor that Kevin “KO” O’Neil is getting some air time on WJR AM radio (760) in Detroit and “sounds as smooth as ever.” Chris “Hawk” Stevens continues to enjoy teaching at Notre Dame; we have no doubt his classes are more than entertaining. All is good in my Resysta building world. Chick-fil-A is using my company’s product on their façade. And my youngest son Stephen is married to a beautiful girl. We enjoyed the celebration in Palm Springs in February. It was the perfect wedding and location after the winter most of us experienced. Keep the news coming, and no matter what your journey, whether it be running the corporation of your dreams, or enjoying being surrounded by those you love with fun events, we always want to hear what’s going on in your lives, as do your classmates. – Dede Lohle Simon;

74MBA Class Secretary – William Arland III;


74JD Class Secretary – Christopher Kule;

75 Bruin-busting Memories

In mid-January, the week of the 40th anniversary of ND’s defeat of UCLA in men’s hoops, when we broke their 88-game winning streak, I went to the ND athletics website to see what they had to say about that day. There was a big article with a handful of pictures I had never seen, including one of myself and a handful of buddies behind the basket where Dwight Clay sank the FG that won it. It was crazy to see the expressions of joy and excitement (despite all those bad hairstyles) on Ed Elliott, Bob Kontz, Brady Hull, Buck Beeler, Greg Collins and 100 other fans on the verge of frenzy. If you want to relive the game, catch ESPN’s “88-1” documentary-style movie. If you want the picture electronically, send me an email request, along with some news. Jim Lewis returned to campus with his son for the official observance of the 40th reunion and attended the Virginia Tech game. Digger Phelps was inducted into ND’s basketball Ring of Honor at the game, and the 1974 team was recognized, including our classmates Clay, Pete Crotty and Tom Vargas. John Coombe has marked 35 years with Hanson Professional Services Inc., in Springfield IL. He serves as exec VP and chief operating officer. He has been a partner since 1987 and a VP since 1989. He has been recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies and ACEC Illinois. Sue Lonergan Basto reports that her daughter, Megan Basto Akatu ’04 is the director of sales and marketing for the newly renovated Morris Inn, as well as the ND Conference Center. Her son-in-law, Bernard Akatu ’03, works in HR for ND. Steve Weber reports from San Diego that daughter Kate Weber ’11 was married in October to classmate Nick DeTrempe ’11, and they live in Chicago. Steve retired on New Year’s Eve as national sales manager for NBC. Thanks for taking the time to stay in touch. – Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; res 563-355-7738; bus 563-336-5004;

75MBA Class Secretary — Jim Ouimet;


75JD Farewell to Mentor

There is sad news from Detroit. Willie Lipscomb died in November. Willie was a district court judge for nearly three decades, retiring in 2012. While we were in law school, he was executive director of the Notre Dame Legal Aid & Defenders Association. He was a prosecutor for four years and in private practice for four years. Then, he rose to the bench. The current Wayne County prosecutor, Kym Worthy ’84JD, first met Willie when she was a Notre Dame law student herself. She said that Willie “was the sole reason I joined the prosecutor’s office. He was a mentor to a generation of African American lawyers. He had a profound impact on many lawyers. He had a passion for the law, he was committed to the community, and he was generous with his time and wisdom.” Judge Lipscomb instituted the Handgun Intervention Program. He would speak every Saturday with those who had been convicted of illegally carrying guns. Last year, he ran for mayor of Detroit in a crowded field, and he did respectfully well. Willie left a daughter and three grandchildren. The family asked that gifts be made to the Willie Lipscomb Scholarship Fund at the Law School in care of the dean’s office. I really liked Willie. I know that we all did. We will miss him. — Dennis Owens; 7th Floor, Harzfeld’s Building, Town Pavilion, 1111 Main St., Kansas City MO 64105; 816-474-3000; fax 816-474-5533

76 Weddings, Retirements and Babies

Betsy (Kall) and Pete Brosnan’s son John married Chad McLaughlin on Feb. 9 at the Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco. Classmates joining in the celebration included the Honorable Mary Kay Rochford and husband Michael Demetrio, Maryanne (Ries) Rogers, Mary Anne (Kennedy) Reilly and husband Ross Roeder, Becky and Terry Bowen, Pat Murphy and Mike Pavlik. The Brosnans hosted their guests for a tour of the city, Saturday dinner at an Irish pub and a fabulous reception at the Starlight Room. Maryanne Rogers earned her master’s in educational, research, measurement and evaluation from Boston College in December, making her an Irish Eagle. She works at the International Study Center at Boston College. She has three sons. Dan is working on his MFA at Brown, and Ben is working on a PhD in biostatistics at UCLA. Tim just graduated from Loyola of Maryland. The highlight of last year for her was taking all three of her sons to the sixth game of the World Series at Fenway Park. She “grew” a beard of course. George McLaughlin expanded his family with the birth of son Jimmy, who joins Sean, 2. He claims “60 is the new 30” and still rides his bike a hundred miles in the mountains near Denver, but he now he pulls a baby trailer behind it. He keeps in contact with Ken Andler, Mark Povalski, Betsy Short and Ceyl Prinster. The Honorable Thomas J. Felts’ exceptional contributions to the profession of law and the citizens of Indiana were recognized at the Indiana State Bar Association’s annual meeting, where he received a presidential citation. Tom, who graduated from Indiana U School of Law and resides in Fort Wayne, is judge of the Allen circuit Court. Pat Pohlen spoke at the January Notre Dame Senior’s Lunch in Costa Mesa CA. Pat is the owner of Athletic Republic, a company that trains athletes in many sports. Pat is a member of the PGA and is the golf coach of the boys and girls programs at Canyon High School in Anaheim CA. Dave Lazzeri wrote that he and his wife Sue attended the USC and BYU games last fall and welcomed family members and friends to two tailgates. Dave retired from DuPont Performance Coatings after 38 years and 10 family moves. He looks forward to finishing some household projects, volunteer work and travel. Mark Nishan reported two of our classmates, Stan Cardenas and Pat Keefe, are dealing with serious health issues. Mark suggests that sending them a note might be a way to brighten their day and let them know we are thinking of them. Stan’s address is 1900 Washington St. No. 302, San Francisco, CA 94109. Stan has had great support from many of his classmates from Alumni Hall and his fellow members of the Notre Dame Library Advisory Council. Pat’s address is 2 Castle Pointe Drive, Belleville IL 62223. Pat has been supported by the guys from Alumni Hall, Kevin Barry from Dillon and Dave Hadley from Holy Cross Hall. You can contact Class President Debi Dell at to let her know of any classmates who could use support from the Class.
As most of us prepare to turn 60 this year, please let me know how you intend to celebrate. Also, please continue to send me your news and updates. Please check out the Class website and Facebook page to see which game weekend will be our minireunion. – Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th Street NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251;

76MBA Thanks to Overlan and Ritter

Larry Overlan has been asked to lecture at the Massachusetts Historical Society, founded in 1791. It is the oldest historical society in America. He conducted his first lecture on Feb. 6 as a free public program. The lecture was titled: “Boston’s Mayor James Michael Curley: The Quintessential Politician & Public Works Patron.” Curley was perhaps the most prolific politician in Massachusetts history. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Curley’s first election as mayor of Boston, the talk highlighted the building of public works in Boston during his time in office. Parks, police and fire stations, public schools, transit expansion, hospitals, beaches and public art erected during his tenure abound in Boston and provide comfort, beauty and long-term economic benefits for visitors and Bostonians alike. Larry has been researching, teaching, speaking and writing about Curley for over a decade. Larry can be reached at Tom Ritter reached out from Gettysburg PA with some news. Their small town is just coming off the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 2013, during which they welcomed visitors from all over the globe. The town was prepared for the guests and now they are returning to a normal 2014. Tom reports that the classmates who graduated from college in 1974 will have their 40-year reunion, which includes Tom and many of our MBA classmates. He hopes everyone has a big time, wherever their destination may be. He will turn 62 in early 2014 and plans to run a few more laps before any serious thoughts of retirement. He sees or hears from Dan Potts and Drew Hill with some regularity, and the boys seem to be doing well, despite their transgressions of youth. Tom’s three children are educated, independent and living in Arizona and Virginia. His wife Linda tends to things at home, while Tom tries to collect a few bad loans that his bank made during the housing boom/bust cycle. ACNB Bank in Gettysburg, where Tom is president and CEO, is safe, sound and in good financial condition. This will be the bank’s 157th year in the local markets. He is grateful for his springer spaniel, Woody, who is his faithful companion after hours and on weekends. They hunt, spit and relieve themselves together. What a life. Tom can be reached at his office phone: 717-339-5067 or Blessings to you and your families, and keep the news coming. – Mike Norris; 248-656-2704;

76JD Compelling Biography

Jim Dahl ’71, ’74JD has brought to my attention a must read: Camerado, I Give You My Hand by Maura Zagans. It is a biography of the remarkable life of our beloved former dean, Father David Link ’58, ’61JD. As you may remember, Dean Link followed Tom Shaffer as dean of Notre Dame Law School in 1974. He served in that capacity for 24 years. David was married for 45 years to his high school sweetheart, Barbara. Sadly, he lost Barbara to cancer in 2003. Rather than live out his senior years wallowing in self-pity and loneliness, David, at age 71, became an ordained priest. Unbelievable. As a priest, God called him to what has developed into a remarkable prison ministry. This wonderful book chronicles the life of this special man, with particular emphasis on this ministry. What Father Link has accomplished in the years when most men are playing golf and gin rummy is humbling and challenging. Do yourself a favor and read it. Camerado, I Give You My Hand is available through for $15. – Virgil L. Roth;

625 Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 255, South Pasadena CA 91030; 626-441-1178; fax 626-441-1166

77 Visit to Mission Control

Rich Wanders was given a well-deserved VIP tour of the Mission Control Center of the Apollo 13 mission in Houston’s NASA Space Center, by a friend on “Team Karen.” Rich found many similarities between the great teamwork and support of Mission Control and “Team Karen,” which has assisted Karen Abraham Wanders with such love and care. The entire Wanders’ family sends their thanks to the Class of 1977 that has supported them with calls, visits, prayers and encouraging comments on Karen’s Caring Bridge website. Nana Wanders’ artistic talent is present in her young granddaughters, Charlie and Molly, ably in charge of her room decorations. The family of young Gavin Rearer-Horak, only grandson of Tom Rearer, also thanks everyone for supporting Gavin through his Facebook site after his accident. It has been a year of wonder and awe for Cindy and Mike Parseghian, who celebrated the October birth of granddaughter Lila Parseghian, daughter of son Ara and Cicely Parseghian. They also had the honor of meeting Pope Francis in January during the University’s Board of Trustees meeting in Rome. Peg (Hornbeck) and Mike Culhane are thrilled to announce the December birth of their grandson, Edward Kevin O’Shaughnessy, son of Katie Culhane O’Shaughnessy ’04 and husband Kevin. Janet (Carney) and Mark O’Brien joyfully announce the January birth of Jane Frances O’Brien, daughter of Elise Bartzen O’Brien ’08 and Daniel O’Brien ’07. Dave Caron completed his term on the Notre Dame Alumni Association Board in February; thank you for your service, Dave. The Class of 1977 is still well-represented by board member Hugh Sonk. Professor Michael Bowler of Winona State U in Rochester MN is vice president of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS). He leads students attending the American Model United Nations Conference, held in Chicago last Thanksgiving. Bonita Bradshaw is proud to announce that her artwork was selected to be this year’s official design for the Toyota-sponsored Long Beach CA Grand Prix, held during Toyota’s 40th anniversary year events. The Rev. Anne Dilenschneider PhD, now living and working in South Dakota, published an article in The Northern Plains Ethics Journal titled, “The Canton Asylum for Insane Indians.” The article is about the maltreatment of Native Americans in a mental health facility during the early part of the last century. Anne is active in oral history and restorative justice programs with 53 Native American tribes, and she enjoyed traditional foods of fry-bread and buffalo during the ceremonies. Sharon Carr Winnikes hosted an autumn Breen-Phillips dorm minireunion of ND friends, including Mary Miller Lee, at her Michigan lake home. The Drake Hotel in Chicago was the site for an ND Women Connect Christmas event. Those in attendance included Debbie Kenny Ellsworth; Mary Reher; Elaine Cerny Racuglia; Leslie Barnes Karas; Eileen O’Grady Daday and daughter Meg Daday ’02, ’04MA,’ 07JD; Janet Carney O’Brien; Betsy Donoghue Later, sister of John “JD” Donoghue; Mary Ann Bredemann Travnik; and myself. With great sadness we learned that Michael W. Donovan, an attorney practicing in Michigan and third generation Domer, passed away in October, leaving wife Jackie Scott, daughter, Katherine, granddaughter Makena and his mother, Jacqueline. Thomas Keenan Evans, founder of American Power Systems, Inc., also passed away after a long illness. Tom leaves behind his beloved wife Amy; children Colin, Lily, and Hunter; and his parents, Joan and Richard. Margaret Matlak, mother of Marge Matlak Gessner, and Susan Argus McNamara, wife of Mike McNamara ’67 and sister of Bill Argus, are also at rest with the Lord. May the Angels lead them into Paradise, and their families be comforted by loving memories. – Virginia (Ginger) McGowan Bishop; 2594 Woodland Drive, Northbrook IL 60062; 847-291-7510;

77MBA Class Secretary – Alan J. Fisher;

77JD Brogan Meets Pope

Steve Brogan, along with other members of ND’s Board of Trustees, had the honor of participating in an audience with Pope Francis. The South Bend Tribune quoted Pope Francis as praising University founder Father Edward Sorin and the first religious of the Congregation of Holy Cross and saying the vision which guided them remains central to the University’s identity and service. We appreciate the work of Steve and other leaders in keeping the vision alive and focused. Robbie Crane was named by Law Week Colorado as 2013 Barrister’s Best/Best Mediator for the State of Colorado. Robbie’s problem-solving skills, calm demeanor, and sense of humor obviously serve him well in settling disputes, including complicated multiparty multimillion-dollar claims. Robbie also played a significant role in helping the Southwest Colorado Bar Association set up a volunteer mediation program so that small claims cases could be mediated at no cost to the parties. In addition to his work in facilitating settlements, Robbie stays active riding tandem bikes with Karen (as he has done for as long as we have known him), traveling, hiking, jogging and otherwise spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Bob Connolly was cheering from Ireland when the men’s soccer team won its first national championship in December. The groundwork was laid when men’s soccer became a varsity sport at ND as Bob’s last official act as head coach. – Janey Bennett; 4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; res 574-383-5745; bus 574-243-4100;

78 Class Secretary — Jim “Souls” Coyne;

12 DeForest Road Gladstone Manor, Lansdowne PA 19050; 267-847-8808;

78MBA Class Secretary — Mamie Anthoine Ney;

350 Alewive Road, Kennebunk ME 04043-6013; res 207-229-0989, bus 207-333-6640 × 2020;

h2(#1979) 79 See You in May
Our 35th reunion is May 29 to June 1. We all want to see you. Larry Locascio attended the USC game with his daughter Lisa, a PhD fellow in USC’s Creative Writing and Literature Department, his son-in-law Theis Duelund, a PhD candidate in Scandinavian Studies at UCLA, and his daughter Julia, a theater professional in Chicago. Larry heads his law firm and commercial real estate company in River Forest IL. The third floor Alumni Hall men had a minireunion at Joe Botticelli’s family get-away place in Door County WI. Joe, who has moved to Houston TX, is director of pharmacy at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston. Rob Ezze and Jim Bence drove over from East Lansing, where Rob is engineering group manager with Government Motors, his employer since graduation, and Jim is a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State. Dan Harn, a public defender, came in from DC, and Mike Doyle came up from the Milwaukee area where he is treasurer of Tosa Skateboarders United, a nonprofit group building a skate park in memory of Mike’s son, Jack, who passed away at age 13. Bob Kerrigan missed the event because he stayed in LA for the birth of his first grandchild. Bob is the founder and chairman of Valgard Capital Partners. Bob Morin ’80, CEO of Holiday Signs in Richmond, joined the group. Lou Krug’s daughter Maria, a senior civil/environmental engineering major, was selected for the 2013-14 ND SEED team. The team spent fall break in Nicaragua where they worked with local residents to build a bridge. The design work had been done at ND during the academic year. In May, the team returns to Nicaragua to complete the construction. Lou’s roommate Dave Palmer’s daughter Emily also is majoring in civil engineering and spent last summer studying in Peru. Marian (Ulicny) Szczepanski’s debut novel, Playing St. Barbara, was released last fall and drew a rave review in The Huffington Post. It’s available online at Indiebound, Amazon and B&N. Details are at John “J.R.” Ryan’s son Joe ran in the Chicago Marathon on the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels team to raise money for the mission, which is located in a Chicago neighborhood and lead by Father Bob Lombardo. Louise and Tom McKernan celebrated two weddings in 2013 despite various natural disasters. Their daughter Rachel married Brian Thompson in June in their hometown of Colorado Springs amid fires and floods. Their son Kevin ’11 and Katie McNelis ’11 married on Dec. 27 in New Jersey, narrowly avoiding December’s snowstorms. Congratulations to Tom Conlin, who was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, invited to join the American Board of Trial Advocates, listed among the Best Lawyers in America for plaintiff personal injury litigation and named a Minnesota Super Lawyer. Tom founded and owns Conlin Law Firm in Minneapolis. Jay Rafter was sad to report the sudden death in September of John McKie, who also was Jay’s classmate at Georgetown Prep High School in the DC area. John had lived in Naperville IL with Mary Pat, his wife of 30 years. He is survived by his daughters, Maggie and Liz. After George Washington Law School, John worked with the US International Trade Commission. For the past 18 years, he was with Ladas & Parry, LLP in Chicago. Former Morrissey hall president Paul Falduto also died suddenly in September in Efland NC, where he had been living for 15 years. He was active with antique auctions and posted his insightful and provocative political thoughts online. He is survived by his mother, three brothers and one sister. Many of his Morrissey hall-mates noted the positive impact Paul had on them and remember him as caring, funny and interesting. – Barbara A. Langhenry; 3901 Whitman Ave., Cleveland OH 44113; res 216-651-8962, bus 216-664-2893;

79MBA Class Secretary – Patty Kennedy Kerr;

7750 Leonard St. NE, Ada MI 49301; 616-682-1223;

79JD Class Secretary – Dan LaVille;

US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Ave. North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751;