class notes


80 Grandparents, Authors and Others

Please note that Reunion 2015 will be May 28 to 31. Frances (Ortega) and Jim Lukeman are new grandparents. Samuel Miller was born to their daughter Mary Anne ’07 and Andrew Miller ’08. The Sorin Hall Class of 1980 was well-represented at the Air Force game in Colorado. Cathy and Dr. Mark Pattridge hosted the weekend. Mark is a family physician and vice president with NewWest Physicians in Golden. Bill Pollock came in from Murrieta CA where he resides with his wife Nina and three sons. Bill has his own business selling website content to financial institutions. Bart Henderson was also in for the weekend. Although he and his wife Leslie enjoy living in Marietta GA, they also are making plans for retirement, which include traversing the United States and continuing to work for Habitat for Humanity. Bart’s daughter was recently selected as the U of South Carolina’s Athlete of the week. Bob Senese made it in from Egg Harbor City NJ after leaving his license at the TSA line in Philadelphia. After the Sorinites reassured him that they loved his fun identity, he reassumed it. Bob is proud of his daughter, son and wife, Terri, who are all pursuing graduate degrees. Dennis Bartlett and his wife, Anne Peters, joined the festivities. Dennis and Anne live outside of Denver and have three children, one of whom, Kevin, graduated in May 2013. Dennis is practicing law and recently started his own firm. Melissa and Rob Gordon work at St. Mary’s College in Winona MN. They are looking forward to the birth of their child. Pat McBride joined his fellow Sorinites at the game and brought his son Rory. Pat lives in Colorado and is an in-house counsel for Centennian Company. He still enjoys skiing the resorts in Colorado. Not present physically was Phil Walerko, who was attending his daughter’ wedding. Everyone congratulated Phil and his daughter, and thanked them and all military members for their service. Cindy Cronin Cahill traveled to Piura, Peru in August to work in Father Joe Uhen’s parish mission with her daughter, Cathleen, a premed student, brother Brian ’78, and Susan Burke ’97MBA. See for the amazing things Father Joe is doing and consider an online donation. Donna (Lorenzen) Barker, Mara (Quinn) Devitt, Sue (Callahan) Grubaugh, Michelle Kowalski Helle ’81, Becky (Lee) Hudson, Maureen Loughney, Michelle Simon Slack, Carrie Seringer and Anne (Nachazel) Toal had their own minireunion at the beautiful home of Mary Lou Batt in Cincinnati. They spent a relaxing weekend catching up, laughing and enjoying the theater and restaurants of the city. Mary Lou recently retired after 30 years at Proctor & Gamble. Kevin Fisher-Paulson is a captain with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, in charge of the honor guard. Fearless Books is publishing Kevin’s memoir, A Song for Lost Angels. Dr. Tricia Curtain is planning her sixth trip to Haiti in June. Medical and nonmedical alumni are welcome. Contact Tricia at if you want to join this trip or to be included at a future date. You may want to follow Tricia’s example as she is taking her daughters, one of whom is a freshman at ND. Timothy McIntyre became an author by recently publishing his book, I’m a Type A-How the Heck Will I Ever Retire? Jo Lucey was elected president of the California School Boards Association, a statewide organization focused on training and advocacy for school board members who govern the public schools in California. Please remember – Mary Ellen Woods;

80MBA Class Secretary – Doug Cooper;

80JD Land of Lincoln

Todd Greenburg is the new corporation council of the City of Springfield IL. He heads a staff of seven attorneys, three paralegals, four support staff, a loss control officer and a business licenses manager. Todd’s office is across the street from Abraham Lincoln’s home, which Todd sees every day. Congratulations, Todd. We’re happy for you. Debbie Clark answered the question, “Where is Glenn Clark?” with a newsy note: “Glenn is the managing partner and member of the executive committee at Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland and Perretti in Morristown NJ, where he has worked since he graduated from law school. I retired in 2012 from my job as a project manager for a software development firm. We have three daughters. Megan was born at ND and baptized in the Basilica, right before all of you graduated. Megan is a graduate of Boston College and Seton Hall Law School and has followed her father’s footsteps into law. Kaitlin ’09 is a systems engineer working for Lockheed Martin and attending grad school at Johns Hopkins. Mallory is a 2013 graduate of Clemson U in landscape architecture who will be attending graduate school for a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. We own a condo in Mishawaka and we go to nearly every ND home game, at least Glenn does. By the end of November, I’m usually cold and burnt out, and retreat to our home in Sarasota FL and watch from the couch. We are looking forward to the 2015 Notre Dame Clemson game at Death Valley. It will be quite a family affair. We see Cindy ’78MBA and Tony Kahn several times a year. (Cindy was a classmate of Glenn and Tony since they did the MBA/JD program). Glenn also keeps in touch with Tom Powers, another classmate of yours.” And, congrats to Glenn Clark and Tony Kahn for their quotes in the Chicago Tribune article about the classrooms at the ND Stadium. Please remember the Order of St. Thomas More, which helps the Law School. Thanks for all you do for Notre Dame. Send me your news. – Sheila O’Brien;

81 Published

Five times each week, Marc Murphy has editorial cartoons run in the Louisville Courier-Journal, resulting in two Pulitzer Prize nominations. Cartooning is his part-time pursuit. Following his Army ROTC years at ND, Marc obtained his law degree from the U of Louisville, served in the JAG Corps for four years in Germany and in Central America, and prosecuted and defended in civilian life. He’s in private practice now with three sons in college. He lives in Louisville with his wife Dustin Meek, another attorney. Bob Diemer signed copies of his novel, The Widow’s Son, at the bookstore the day before the USC game. Among those who came by to greet him and buy a book was emeritus professor Sonia Gernes. Bob took her creative writing course in 1979. Also at the book event were classmates Frank Cetta, Dave Khorey and Jean Collier ’83. Mary Ellen Konieczy is also among our published classmates. She is the author of The Spirit’s Tether: Family, Work, and Religion among American Catholics. The book is an ethnography of liberal and conservative Catholic parishes that explores the connections between parish practice, family routines and practices, and moral polarization among US Catholics. – Lee Ann McLaughlin; 849 Douglas Ave., Elgin IL 60120; 847-636-1964;

81MBA Many Happy Returns

Another year of tailgate get-togethers has passed, and it seems more of us are trickling back to campus after lengthy absences. Tom Ozeki traveled from Japan for the Navy game, his first visit to campus after 30 years of watching every ND game via the internet, starting with a 3 a.m. kickoff. Tom and wife Tomoyo live in Tokyo with their college-age daughter. Tom is in consulting after years as the regional controller for Lehman Bros. and work with several large startups. Tomoyo is a well-known television personality who also has served on the boards of several multinationals and was named the fifth most influential woman outside the US by Forbes Magazine a few years ago. Cindi and Bill Lloyd are still outside Philadelphia. Bill retired in November after 30 years with Campbell’s Soup, leaving as VP of global procurement for North America. He has jobs as a golf bum and pool boy amidst monthly trips to NYC for Broadway shows and trips to Mexico and South America. Son Steve got an MBA from U of Tennessee and works for Caterpiller in Illinois. Janice and Jay Milendar are still in Foxboro, a short walk from the stadium, where they are still mourning the Patriots’ 2013 campaign. Jay is director of sales for Lampin Corp. Sheila ’80SMC and Steve Simmerman are in Scottsdale, though Steve remains a committed road warrior as SVP of business development for TZA, a logistics software company headquartered outside Chicago. They spent a few weeks in December traveling around the Southwest from Phoenix up to Williams AZ, then taking the train to the Grand Canyon and then up to Las Vegas for New Year’s. Stacy and Dr. Joe Sopcich checked in from Overland Park KS, where Joe is president of Johnson County Community College, the biggest in the state. Stacy has consulted for years with a commercial equipment company. Eli is in Manhattan, and Kate is a junior at Kansas U. We had some great gatherings at tailgates hosted by Bill and Mary Upjohn last fall. We caught up with a bunch of long-lost classmates. Bill and Mary are on Lake Minnetonka outside Minneapolis and are neighbors with several ex-ND players now with the Vikings. Son Christopher is a hedge fund guy in NYC, David ’13 is a banker in Columbus OH and Andrew lives in Shanghai and runs a company he founded helping Chinese students prepare for American college entrance exams. Over the holidays, he and his girlfriend visited from China and the Upjohns spent a week skiing in Utah. I caught up with Ron Veith at a couple of football games. He and Lori are still in Charlotte, where Ron is a partner with a consulting firm. Daughter Sara is a senior at ND, and son Max is a high school senior. Mike Zmachinski was also at a few games. He and Betty are in New Jersey celebrating 30 years of marriage. Mike is the SVP of commercial real estate at Sovereign Bank and active with the ND Club of North Jersey. Mike Jr. graduated from Clemson and works for a marketing firm in NYC. I ran into Bob Weidner several times last summer playing golf with Park Owens before our move. Bob and Kathy live in North Barrington IL. Son Rob is a junior at DePauw U and Matt is a senior at Barrington High. The Weidner clan lives near Carol (Frank) and Park Owens. Park is building his JUVO Products Company, and Carol is busy teaching music and volunteering, but they managed to get back east as the first visitors to our new place in the country in Connecticut over Thanksgiving. They escaped the worst Chicago winter in 50 years for two weeks in Scottsdale over New Year’s. Barb and I are about settled into the new house after 30 years in Chicago. Abby is with us and doing well. Ted is in Chicago getting ready to head to U of Iowa Law School, and Colin is a sophomore at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Some sad notes came among the good news. Carol (Gephart) Dworkin lost her sister, Susan Petty, unexpectedly in late January. Carol and Steve are in Dayton. Daughter Kelsey graduated from U of Dayton and is a clinical dietician at Miami Valley Hospital’s trauma unit, and Becca is in her last semester at the U of Cincinnati nursing school. Phil is a freshman at Cincinnati studying criminal justice, and Aaron is a sixth grade soccer, volleyball and basketball player. We also remembered Larry Aleman on the February anniversary of Beatrice’s untimely 2011 passing. Larry and Beatrice were together since grade school and we all remember what a wonderful person she was. Their children are doing well. I’m told Larry is living in Nashville after many years in San Antonio. Please keep everyone in your prayers and keep in touch. – E.J. Fleming IV; 600 Hall Hill Road, Somers CT 06071; 860-749-7261;

81JD Three Weddings

Melanie and Vince Barbera report they have three children getting married in the first seven months of this year: Regina in Puerto Rico, Nathaniel ’07 in Miami and Anne Christine ’10 in Somerset PA, where Melanie and Vince reside. Regina, a Loyola graduate, is marrying her hometown sweetheart, Andy Coughenour, a talented young businessman. Nate, a Notre Dame graduate and Harvard MBA student, is marrying a wonderful young lady, Carla Sanchez ’08, who is a Duke MBA graduate. Anne Christine, a double domer and former ACE teacher who teaches in San Antonio, is marrying Michael Clemens. Melanie and Vince are counting their blessings and working very hard. Barbara and John Fitzpatrick hosted some of the Denver NDL group at their home over Christmas. Attending were Diane and Ed Blieszner, Brian Donovan and Maureen Reidy-Witt ’80. They had a great time catching up. Every Saturday at 4 p.m. CST, Bill Hammond shares what he calls a “Cup of Kindness,” a radio show that focuses on stories about people doing good for one another. He brings to his listeners interviews with fascinating people who are doing good in the world. Plus, Bill shares stories that will uplift and inspire you. You can hear The Bill Hammond Show if you’re in the Midwest on KCMO Talk Radio 710 on the AM dial, or 103.7 on the FM dial. Or you can tune in on the Internet by going to Connie and Mike O’Mara are proud new grandparents of Elin Annabeth Mowll, who was born to their daughter, Kate, and son-in-law, Ryan, on Jan.17. After a recent oral argument in Miami (US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit), Lorie Masters had lunch with fellow “Rice-Rodes” classmate Bob Allen, who practices in Miami as Robert Allen Law. For those who are looking for a really good read, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Camerado, I give You My Hand, the biography of our former dean, now Father David Link ’58, ’61JD. The book chronicles Father Link’s activities since he left the Law School and joined the ranks of the clergy. The subtitle, “How a Powerful Lawyer-Turned-Priest Is Changing the Lives of Men Behind Bars,” explains what Father Link has been involved in: counseling inmates in prison. You will be inspired. – Michael Palumbo; 3799 E. Peachtree Drive, Chandler AZ 85249; res 480-284-4004, bus 602-262-5931;

82 Families and Businesses

George Petras IV opened his own firm, The Petras Law Firm PLLC, after 19 years of working with a prior firm. The new law office specializes in civil litigation and regulatory practice. George and his wife, Kimberly, are empty nesters. Daughter Kaitlin is a junior at Savannah College of Art and Design, and Courtney is a freshman at Loyola Marymount U. John Ebert owns 16 McDonald’s stores in West Virginia and Maryland. John recently rebuilt his Bridgeport store in a record 43 days and sold Big Macs for $100. Proceeds were donated to a charity. The new restaurant features a modern design with up-to-date McDonald’s technology. The new interior includes a completely redesigned décor with decorative lighting, flat screen televisions, updated seating and contemporary wall graphic designs. Outside, a new double lane drive-through will increase convenience for travelers. Congratulations, John. Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc., a leading distributor and producer of non-standard personal automobile insurance policies, announced that its board of directors voted to appoint its acting chief executive officer, Michael J. McClure, to the position of CEO and also elected him to the board of directors effective in October. Michael joined Affirmative in 2007 and has quickly moved up the ladder. Prior to Affirmative, Michael was interim chief accounting officer and managing director of Residential Capital Corporation. Congratulations, Mike. – Dave and Tess Lewis; 30 Battle Ridge Road, Morris Plains NJ 07950; cell 973-219-4050; or

82MBA Class Secretary – Renee S. Cooper;


82JD Two Books to Read

Congratulations are in order for Dwight Smith, who received the 2013 San Diego Business Journal General Counsel Award. Dwight is the general counsel and executive vice president of the Neighborhood House Association, and he was recently appointed to the board of trustees of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation. Many of our classmates were back on campus for last fall’s football season. I saw Bob Clemens, Diana Lewis, Tim Nickels and Jeff Stuckey at the USC game. I also saw Jean Gorman, Tim Rooney and Sheila and Perry Vieth at the Navy game. (Tim, Perry and I were also on campus for the Law School Advisory Council meetings that weekend.) And I saw Maryann and Tim Abeska at the very cold BYU game. I had dinner with Kath and Greg Kruzel while in Phoenix for a business trip in October. Greg Moore and I kept our 34-year bowl game tradition alive, as Nancy and Greg and Carol and I went to the Orange Bowl this year. Greg recently published a book, Sacred Ground, which details the history of the military cemetery in St. Augustine FL. Another book to put on your list is Camerado, I Give You My Hand. Written by Maura Zagans, this book describes the inspiring life of dean emeritus Father Dave Link, ’58, ’61JD. Associate Dean Emeritus Bill McLean passed away in November at the age of 91. One of the many stories about the Captain that Tex Dutile included in his eulogy was a story of Bill, as a Navy pilot, landing a jet while it was on fire. The jet, by the way, carried a nuclear weapon. Condolences to Paul Mattaini, whose mother passed away in October. – Frank Julian; 7 W. Seventh St., Cincinnati OH 45202; 513-579-7337;

83 Congrats

The theme of this quarter’s column is “congratulations.” Chris Temple Davis is back from his trip to Colombia with Habitat for Humanity. He and his team were able to raise a large sum of money with a significant amount coming from the Class of 1983. Chris and the team traveled to Colombia to participate in hands-on work as well. You can see pictures from his trip and read about the terrific work that the team did by checking our class page on Facebook. Congratulations, Chris, on a job well done. Congratulations also are due to Tom Melsheimer. In October, he served as the lead trial counsel for Mark Cuban in the SEC case accusing Cuban of insider trading. Tom says it was the highest profile case of his career as a trial lawyer. He continues to have a broad trial practice in commercial and intellectual property litigation as the managing principal of Fish & Richardson in Dallas, where he is a partner with two others from our class, Steve Fox and Bill Mateja. Steve practices employment and commercial litigation, and Bill is a white-collar defense lawyer. Tom also reports that a play written by his wife Miki had its premiere at a theater festival in New York. John “Ike” Eichenlaub, Tim Vercelloti and Greg Hartmann attended the premiere. The play is called Division Avenue and premiered in Dallas in late November. Patty (Perry) Geiger reports that she is jealous of Laura Hirschfeld Hollis for being featured on Kevin Sorbo’s web page. Laura wrote an article on Obamacare. You can read the article in Patty’s post on our Facebook page. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in December. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and the crowds cheering on Notre Dame and Rutgers were terrific. This made for a great game and experience. The crowds were even fun and friendly on the New York subways; that is a real rarity. In keeping with the theme, congratulations to the football team on the win and all the fans for enjoying the day. Don’t forget to join our class Facebook page. To join, search on Facebook for “Notre Dame Class of 1983.” We currently have 364 class members who belong to the group. Feel free to drop me an email with any updates you want to share with the class. – Louis (Chip) Denkovic; 520 W. 43 St., Apt. 32G, New York NY 10036; res 212-564-4264, cell 917-399-8784, bus 212-762-6674;

83MBA Class Secretary – John Hilbrich;


83JD Small World

It is indeed a small world. I was eating dinner in a restaurant in Burr Ridge IL after an all-day meeting there. I looked up to find Don Strumillo staring at me. He was there eating with his wife, Vicky, and his two sons, Rob, a senior at Notre Dame, and Riley, a sophomore at Notre Dame. We had a lovely visit, but no earth-shattering news to report. No other news to report either. Please send me an email with an update on you 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 What an Accomplished Group

Dr. Eleanor Walker was named one of the top 15 African-American breast cancer doctors by Black Health Magazine. Eleanor is the division director of breast services in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Good luck to Dr. Monica Wehby, who is running for the US Senate in Oregon. Check out the article on Dave Gaus and the great work of Andean Health in the 2013 issue of Note Dame Accountancy. Sheila Shunick Burton received the Spirit of Justice Award for her work in East St. Louis IL. She and her husband, John ’82, started Join Hands ESL Inc., a program that helps underprivileged youth from one of the country’s poorest communities. Sheila’s legal practice with the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundations focuses on helping low income students and parents. Paul Ragan recently published a book, Gift of the Holy Spirit, which explores the Person, power, and mission of the Holy Spirit and the importance of the Spirit’s sanctifying and charismatic graces to a fulfilling Christian life. Please keep the family of Robert Slota in your prayers. An accomplished lawyer and loving family man, Robert passed away a few months ago. – Martha Avery;

84JD 30th Reunion Countdown

I recently learned that Professor John Gilligan ’43 died in August at age 92. An excellent article about his life, including his 12 years as a faculty member at Notre Dame, was included in the previous edition of Notre Dame Magazine. May he rest in peace. A book about the life and priestly vocation of former law school dean, Father David Link ’58, ’61JD has been published by Image books. Camerado, I Give You My Hand tracks Father Link from his boyhood to his current ministry as priest and advisor to inmates in the Indiana State Prison System. I highly recommend the book and its lessons in life. By the time you read this note, we will be within weeks of our 30th Reunion, set for May 29- June 1. I hope you have or will make plans to return to campus, enjoy its beauty and hospitality, and meet up with former classmates to share stories, laughs and maybe a beer. – Matthew J. Dunn; 19834 Timbered Estates Lane, Carlinville IL 62626; 773-294-6851;

85 More Accomplishments

Bob Marovich’s website, The Black Gospel Blog (, was nominated for a 2013 Rhythm of Gospel Award. Founded in July 2004, The Black Gospel Blog is one of gospel music’s leading resources for news, album reviews and artist interviews. Promoter and author Bill Carpenter has called it the “new Billboard Magazine for gospel musicians.” The Rhythm of Gospel Awards recognizes the contributions of independent gospel artists and the industry that supports them. Bob has been appointed to the Rhythm of Gospel Awards board. He has also completed his first book, a history of the first 50 years of gospel music in Chicago. The book is under contract to the U of Illinois Press for its Music in American Life Series. Martin Dunn has joined Morrison & Foerster’s corporate finance practice in the firm’s Washington DC office. Martin is a 20-year veteran of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, having served as deputy director and acting director of the SEC’s division of corporation finance. He has also worked for the Washington DC office of O’Melveny & Myers. In his role with the SEC, Martin supervised the Corporation Finance Division’s offices of chief counsel, chief accountant, mergers and acquisitions, international corporate finance, rulemaking, small business and enforcement liaison. He oversaw many of the SEC’s most significant initiatives on disclosure, governance and capital-raising, including implementing scaled disclosure and registration forms for small businesses, adopting plain English requirements for prospectuses, implementing Sarbanes-Oxley Act and reforming the securities offering process. Martin is co-editor of The Corporate Counsel and co-hosts a podcast on He is ranked in Band 1 for securities regulation by Chambers USA and has received numerous awards from the SEC, including the Capital Markets Award, Regulatory Simplification Award and Policy Award. The Indiana State Bar Association presented an award to John R. Maley for his contributions to the profession of law and the citizens of Indiana. John lives in Indianapolis and is a partner at the firm of Barnes & Thornburg, where he represents publicly traded and private companies in regional and national litigation. He has published numerous articles on federal practice, is the author of the Appellate Handbook for Indiana Lawyers and lectures frequently on federal civil practice, noncompete and employment matters. His civic activities include service as chair of the local rules committee, Southern District of Indiana; member of the local rules committee, Northern District of Indiana; chair of the Marion County Local Rules Committee; president of the Indianapolis chapter of the Federal Bar Association; president of the Indiana U Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Association; and chair of the Indiana State Bar Association Appellate Practice Section. John also chairs Barnes & Thornburg’s library and technology and pro bono committees. – Kathleen Doyle Yaninek; PO Box 6192, Harrisburg PA 17112;

85MBA Names Galore

Eileen O’Brien recently celebrated her 25th anniversary with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She is the director of facilities and operations at the Archdiocesan Catholic Center (chancery). Eileen thoroughly enjoys her administrative ministry. In November 2013, she completed her six-year term on the board of directors of Catholic Volunteer Network, where she also served as secretary/treasurer and chair of the finance committee. Catholic Volunteer Network is the bishops’ affiliate for full-time, faith-based volunteer programs. Eileen learned about them through the Claretian Volunteers, since she was on mission with them for three years after her graduation from ND. Eileen was also the first to locate a copy of our MBA Resume Book, published in fall of 1984. It was interesting to see that the resumes did not have references to email addresses or cell phone numbers. I’ll get this scanned to share to our email group. Karen Morinelli continues to practice law at Jackson Lewis P.C. in Sarasota FL. Karen also has a condo near Philly, spending more time near family in Pennsylvania. She is considering heading north at retirement. Bob Flaig sent pictures and videos of his award-winning Fighting Irish boat decorated for the Huntington Harbour 2013 Christmas parade. Kevin Brown lives in the New York area, working as CFO of Ports America. Kevin stays in touch with Jamie McDermott. Jeff Nemeth is president and CEO at Ford Motor Company of South Africa. Jeff has returned to campus for one game per year for the last three or four years. A couple of ND professors have been bringing their students to Africa for humanitarian immersions. Jeff has scheduled visits to their classrooms around the football schedule, attending the MSU game in 2013. Jeff has also been assisting in recruiting African students for the Hesburgh/Yusko scholarship program. Teresa and Kevin McBride continue to live in Milwaukee. Kevin is in private banking with Associated Bank, where he has been the last 15 years. Teresa is in government banking with US Bank, where she has been for almost her entire career. Kevin keeps in touch with Jim Gleason and Steve Karaffa and occasionally runs into Pete Klebba, who still lives in the Milwaukee area. Jim Lawn works for Syniverse Technologies in Tampa overseeing the global sales support teams. They provide products and solutions to the wireless providers/industry along with messaging services to the Enterprise world. Jim reports seeing Bill Schaefer occasionally. Jim also shared a story about coaching basketball at his parish grade school. At the team’s first practice, Jim was wearing an ND t-shirt. A boy assigned to Jim’s team walked up and introduced himself by saying he too loved ND and, in fact, both his parents went there. Just then, the parents walked up behind the boy and immediately Jim recognized the father as David Rivers ’88, ND basketball star and fellow Jersey boy. Of course, Jim “hired” David to assist in coaching that season. Brad Amman was impressed with Bob Flaig’s award winning boat, asking if Bob is still flying, another one of Bob’s past hidden talents. Joe Macdonell is making an effort to greet all classmates who attend a 2014 home football game. Please share your 2014 football season plans with me. We will tally a list of game attendees. Please include a phone number and your email. Please keep Reunion 2015 on your calendar. And please provide information for Class Notes. – Dom Yocius;

85JD Good Sports

Barb and Dave Scheper’s son Tom was recruited to play wide receiver for the Davidson College Wildcats in North Carolina. In addition to being a standout athlete, Tom was also named to the Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll. Barb and Dave celebrated the New Year with John “Goose” Gibbons and Betsy and Todd Kingma who were visiting the Schepers’ hometown of Pasadena to take in the Rose Bowl. Goose is co-managing partner of Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office, where he practices white collar criminal defense. Todd is exec VP, general counsel and secretary of Perrigo in Allegan MI. Walt Brown traveled to Los Angeles in January to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of Dave’s law firm, Scheper Kim & Harris LLP, a 15-lawyer firm concentrating on complex civil litigation as well as white collar and general criminal defense. Chambers USA has called Scheper Kim & Harris “a boutique that has quickly grown into a formidable player in the region." Walt is a partner in Orrick’s San Francisco office and is the managing director of Orrick’s five business units and a member of the firm’s board. After celebrating his firm’s anniversary, Dave traveled to Cambridge MA for Harvard alumni weekend, where he hosted my twins, Aidan and Bobby, and me at a Harvard basketball game. While the game was exciting (Harvard trounced Penn), the Largey boys were even more thrilled when Dave introduced them to Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker. It’s been wonderful to hear from so many classmates; please send me your news. – Kelly Kiernan Largey;

86 Under the Lights

Our 28th annual minireunion tailgater will be the Michigan game on Sept. 6. We look forward to gathering that weekend, and it’s appropriate that the last game against the Wolverines is under the lights like our first game freshman year. I have a picture hanging in my bar of nine shirtless guys each with our favorite letters, N-O-T-R-E and D-A-M-E, painted on their chests. It was from that game and brings back some great memories. The nine in order were me, David Smith, John Rubino, Rob Craig, Lou Martini, Chris Benz, Mark Herkert, Dave Koplas and Terry Sigler. That won’t be happening this time. Lev Chapelsky was seen in LA again driving a fuel cell car, or so I was told. I spoke to him a few months back and he didn’t mention the ride, but can anyone get pictures? Tana and André Hutchinson visited their daughter Kelsey ’15, a mechanical engineering major who is studying at Notre Dame’s London program this semester. Highlights of their trip include visiting the Tower of London and actually running into Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip on the sidewalk as they exited dinner. They also visited Paris, where they went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, toured the palace and gardens of Versailles, walked through the Cathedral de Notre Dame and visited the American cemetery in Normandy. André also reports that his son, Tucker, is thriving in his freshman year at Wharton where he is classmates with Don Gayhardt’s son, Kevin, who plays lacrosse for U Penn. Julie and J.J. Hogan are enjoying their sons. Patrick Hayden moved to Concord NH last year. He had a fun vacation in September at the Jersey Shore, Red Bank and Rehobeth. While back in the promised land, he visited Suzanne Ritger ’86SMC and her boyfriend Joe, a Zahmbie. They all watched the Michigan game together and had a great time despite that painful loss. Pat has some architecture residential projects going on in the Albany NY area, as well as near home. He is also working at Sturm Ruger in logistics. Well that’s it for now as we were a bit light on the news. If a handful of you brothers and sisters shot in a line or two on what’s been going on, I could let the folks in on it. If anyone has a special need or intention please let me know and I will have a candle lit for you at the Grotto. We have friends on campus who are always willing to help. Take care and God Bless. — John Spatz; 201-264-2459;

86MBA Greetings

Many thanks to Sue Giovanini, Tom Hicks, Dave Greiner, Carolyn (Anderson) Wells, Atchi Nagai and Wally Stapleton for the Christmas cards. I enjoyed all of the photos you shared. Carolyn’s boys, Matthew and Douglas, are avid cyclists; Douglas placed third overall in the US for his age group in the 2 kilometer race. Matthew has been bitten by the triathlon bug and hopes to participate in many events this summer. Atchi’s business, Sinto, recently introduced two new machines, one for shell core making and the other for shot blasting. I’m not sure what that is, but I hope it is lucrative. Dave Sobek and family attended the BYU game, braving the single digit temperatures and snow to see the Irish get a victory on Senior Day. Prior to the game, he joined Jeff Fiocci and his family, who hosted a tailgate that was also attended by Dr. Kevin Scanlon and Fred Arthur and family. Dave is looking forward to attending annual ND basketball games in Atlanta, as ND and Georgia Tech are now ACC opponents. Congratulations to Jim Mock who is managing director of shared business services at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Please share your news; let me know if you’ve reached any professional or personal milestones. Anyone retired yet? – Maureen Decker; 21855 Town Gate, Macomb MI 48044; res 586-468-7713; bus 586-741-4305; cell 586-817-1317;

h2(#1986-JD).86JD Class Secretary – Don Passenger;

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

87 Celebrating

Stacy and Steve Mettler celebrated the birth of their seventh child, Dillon Christopher, in October. Yes, Steve’s former residence hall was inspiration for the name choice. Dillon joins Stevie, Kyle, Katherine, Annaka, Shane and Sarah. Steve retired from Morgan Stanley in January 2012. He was global head of FX, EM and interest rates sales and trading. He was also a member of the firm’s management committee. Steve stays involved with ND through multiple groups, including ND’s Wall Street Leadership Committee. He has run into fellow Dillonites Frank Izzo, Kevin Daly, Leo Saenger ’89 and Terry Lally ’89 at recent WSLC events. Steve and his family live in New Canaan CT. New Jersey-based Lyons girls Connie (Nytes) Frontero, Bern (Suplick) Styliades, Anne (Doyle) Wagner, Maureen (Broderick) Hall and Tricia (Dolan) Abruzzo got together for a minireunion in February and had a great time catching up. – Katherine Bull; 14 E. 41st St., Savannah GA 31401;

87MBA Tailgate Tales

Hello everybody. It was a wonderful autumn of football tailgates at‎ Notre Dame. Members of our class met for many pregame festivities under the Canadian flag beside “Senior Bar.” Jake Frego ( attended on numerous occasions. Jake was accompanied by his wife, Janet, and of course their beautiful children. Jake Frego Jr., a senior at Notre Dame, was one of our tailgate regulars and was training for Bengal Bouts. He is not a chip off the old block. Other regulars were Ginger Brostowski and Caitlin Murphy, Notre Dame freshmen and daughters of Mark Brostowski ( and Chris Murphy ( Mark and Chris showed up too. Also making a surprise appearance was Tim Reilly. It was great to see you, Tim. Steve King (, a senior vice president, legal & compliance at PIMCO in Newport Beach CA, made our tailgate party for the second year in a row. Steve and Tim’s families were also tailgating along. Other attendees included Doug Thatcher, Rick Hans, Ellen Crawley, Susan Burke and Connie O’Brien. I’m sure there were others, but by game time, I was so excited about the games. I may have forgotten a few names. By all accounts, our classmates are doing well and prospering. ‎We’ll be doing it all again next football season. Tailgate parties under‎ the Canadian flag are planned for the Michigan, Stanford, Northwestern and Louisville games. The Stanford game is the “Family Game,” and I’ll be accompanied by my wife Sue and our two children. All are welcome. Let me know if you want to attend. We can help with travel plans. Go Irish. — 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 Updates

Thank you to Jay Brinker for submitting this column for many years. Jay convinced me to take over, which has been a nice excuse to contact classmates with whom I have lost touch. I am the director of business development for BDO USA in New York, selling e-discovery and other forensic services nationally. We live in Wayne NJ, about 25 miles from New York. We love living here. I left the active practice eight years ago when the passion was gone, and I now very much enjoy selling to and problem solving for law firms. Roberta (Robin) Binder Heath established her own practice in her hometown of Huntingdon PA after working in Philadelphia and Altoona for 20 years. Robin’s practice centers on employment and school law. She also teaches business law at Juniata College and was recently named one of the Top 11 people by Pennsylvania Business Central. John Fitzpatrick is a partner with Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold in his hometown of Phoenix. John practices trust and estate litigation, which is a good thing in Phoenix, and he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America repeatedly. John and I hacked around the Phoenix Country Club a few years ago, where his daughter now shoots par for her high school golf team. I had lunch with Jim Carr recently. Jim leads Kelley Drye & Warren’s bankruptcy practice in New York. Jim has been with the firm since he graduated. If you have any updates, please drop me a line or a call to catch up. – Tim Borchers; 38 Gannett Court, Wayne NJ 07470; 212-404-5507;

88 Random Causes for Celebration

Brian Kelly received a nomination from President Obama for promotion to the rank of brigadier general. Along with his appointment came these titles: director of force management policy and deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. Brian’s new office is located in the Pentagon. He previously held the rank of colonel and was director of manpower, personnel and services at Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis. In Los Angeles, Judy Kline practices employment law defense at Paul Hastings LLP. Sharing her expertise with others across California, she is the co-author of an annual reference book, California Business Law Deskbook through Thomson Reuters. The most recent edition was just published. This book analyzes many business law topics, including employment law issues that employers frequently face. Judy lives with her husband, John Chadwick, in Bradbury CA, where they tend to numerous pets, including three llamas. Another attorney in our ranks, Andy Cross, became a father before Christmas. Andy and wife Jen welcomed William Michael (Billy) on Dec. 9. The Cross family lives in St. Louis, where they see the following Class of ’88 all-stars: Mary and Tony Simon and their five children, Laura and Steve Clark and their three children and Sherry and Matt “Dirtman” Himich and their three children. Have you noticed that the ND Class of ’88 Facebook page has a large following with 368 classmates as members? Because our class is known for its “go big” spirit, let’s get above 400. Pictures of class events, flashback photos, an article titled, “27.5 Signs You Went to a Catholic University” (example: long, elaborate signs of peace at 10 p.m. in sweats), our very own football ticket forum, opportunities to connect, etc. And finally, as promised, here are more memories from the 25th reunion. We want to make sure that all recollections are eventually included. David Spesia noted that the All-Class Mass in the Joyce Center was literally a religious experience. Matt O’Neill’s highlights were numerous: “*Ted Smith*’s generous donation of 10 cases of his own wine; the hilarious late-night tent discussion with Molly Reuscher, Ann Seifert, Michele Spring, Chip Bacciocco and others about men and women back in the day; Mike Kurowski’s pure genius in ordering midnight pizzas for scores of over-served 40-somethings and buying Ernie Altbacker’s latest Shark Wars book on Amazon at the bar.” For Maggie (Green) Cambria, the highlights abounded and included the London minireunion within the reunion. “It was an absolute treat to see so many of my fellow Londoners from fall ’86. We were such a tight group, and catching up was an unexpected bonus for the weekend. A bunch of us sat around in the Ryan Hall lounge laughing non-stop, recounting late night dance club antics in London. We also reflected on the tragic loss of Dan Gaughan, but were comforted to learn of the bench dedicated to him at the Grotto.” Margaret “Marg” Clarkson echoed Maggie’s sentiments about the impromptu London pow-wow adding, “Sometimes it was like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle; each person knew a different angle of the story.” Erin Bartholomy also enjoyed reminiscing with the London group, as well as catching up with the Walsh girls and lots of other old friends. For Erin, who attended with husband Dave Birks ’93JD, the weekend was actually a double reunion. It was her 25th ’88 reunion and 20th ’93JD reunion. Erin and Dave, both attorneys, live in downtown Chicago with their two sons. – Laurine Megna-Davis; PO Box 18138, Avon CO 81620; 970-390-9742;

88MBA Class Secretary – Margaret M. Lyons;


88JD Class Secretary – Lisa Marie Visingardi;

3389 12th St., Riverside CA 92501; bus 951-248-0315; res 789-6272;

89 Class Secretary – Noël (Murtha) Di Nome;

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89MBA Class Secretary – Maggie (McJoynt) DeVoe;


89JD Class Secretary – Jenny O’Leary Smith;