class notes


50 Forever Undefeated

My grandfather, Zane P. Trinkley, who had been writing these Class Notes for the last few years, passed away in September. He lived 85 wonderful years, 64 of those years with his wife Jane, who passed away just five days before him. His daughter Joy and son Kim were at his side. Zane is survived by his daughter, Joy (Tom) Heffernan of Cincinnati OH; sons, Kim W. of San Benito TX and Jan J. (Priscilla) of Walnut CA; brother Bruce of State College PA; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. His youngest son, Val (Ruth), preceded him in death in 2013. Zane graduated in 1950 with a degree in journalism. Zane and Jane were rarely apart, and their deaths, so close together, show this love went beyond this life and into the next as Zane’s last wish was to rejoin his wife. My grandpa was fond of saying that while he attended Notre Dame the football team never lost a game. (It’s true, look it up.) His good fortune continued this year as well, as the last game he saw was the team’s dismantling of Michigan. I spoke with him soon after that victory, and he was quite happy with the result. My grandpa was a happy, loving, and generous man who built an amazing family. He will be missed dearly by many, including yours truly. Other fallen members of the class of ’50 included James Sebold Jr., father of Susan Sebold Geraghty ’80. Jim passed away on April 23 and is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley. He was a true blue ND fan throughout his life. He was proud to attend the graduations of his grandsons, Ryan Geraghty ’12 and Connor Geraghty ’13. He had hoped to celebrate the graduation of his granddaughter, Erin Geraghty ’15. He was a man of deep faith, and his love of Our Lady’s University was known by all who knew him. James always looked forward to reading the Notre Dame Magazine along with his Blue and Gold Illustrated subscription. In addition, Jim McCarthy ’81 sent a note stating that his father James J. McCarthy passed away in October. We’ll need a new class secretary moving forward. Please reach out to the Alumni Association at if you’re willing to take over this column. — Colin Heffernan ’03

51 What’s Cooking?

As I put this column together, it is difficult to realize that we are nearing the end of this year, and are over half way through the football season. By the time you receive this issue of ND Magazine the season will have finished. Our president, Larry Gallagher, wants everyone to know that our Mass Fund not only goes to the deceased for Masses in their name, but also for the critically ill. Somebody let us know who they are. On July 31, Dick MacDonald of Middleton WI left us. He is survived by wife Joanne Bryan ’52SMC, seven children including son Bob ’82 and 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren including Colleen ’13 and Ryan ’15. Dr. Rand McNally of Chicago asks of us to find the summer issue of this magazine and read the story on his son, Lt. Cmdr. Rand McNally ’82, who was killed when his Navy jet crashed in San Francisco Bay this past year. It is a touching story about a young man who had a wonderful future. The story is found under the column for the Class of ’82. Al Bailey of Ann Arbor MI advised that Msgr. Frederick Brice of Lighthouse FL, died in March. Msgr. Brice had gained a wonderful reputation in his community. He was a proud Notre Dame alumnus. Joanne Moschella ’86, daughter of Joe Moschella, Bethlehem PA, tells us that her father died this past summer. Joe spent his career as a teacher, coach and an administrator. He left his wife, Tina, and four children. I received word that Dennis J.P. O’Neill passed away in August in Highland Beach FL, leaving his wife, Patricia, and five children. Dennis was the editor of our ’51 Dome yearbook. Bill Hagan of Roswell GA advises his great love, Mary Ellen, has left us. Mary Ellen attended almost all of our reunions through the years and was a delightful lady. My bio for this issue covers a classmate who following graduation decided to join the Navy to see the world. He did just that. Bill Longhi served in the Navy for 29 years and rose to the rank of captain before he retired. After three years of active duty he took command of his first ship, a wooden-hulled mine hunter. Following his duty on two mine hunters, he commanded a destroyer, mostly sailing in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. One interesting period was commanding the destroyer in the Black Sea, and playing sea tag with the Soviet Navy. Both ships attempted to evade the other, but each was anxious to know what the other was doing and why. Nothing eventful happened while this game was taking place, but the ships were trying to gain intelligence information in any manner they could. Following retirement Bill took his entire family (wife Ann, three children and seven grandchildren) to Alpine Village, Italy, from where Bill’s family emanated. There, Bill and Ann celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Bill says this was a highlight for all family members. He spent some years with Allen & Hamilton, a consulting firm, and retired as a principal in 1994. Bill and Ann live in Ashburn VA, a retirement community. Tom Brennan, Aberdeen WA, tells us that following their junior year at ND in 1950, he plus Dick Burke, Walt Clements and Bill Stelpflug collectively bought a 1935 Ford woody station wagon, and drove to the Olympic Mountains in the state of Washington, where they spent the summer working as lumberjacks. It was a great adventure, and fun too. If any of you desire to let me know about your adventures, I welcome these stories. I want all of you to know that my better half, Jane, has her latest book out, Prominent People of Notre Dame, Past & Present, Cook Book. Jane has put together a wonderful cookbook of some outstanding folks including Father Jenkins, Lou Holtz, Mike Brey and others. It is available in the bookstore and, of course, by letting us know if you desire a copy. It is a winner. Keep me posted. — Jim Gillis; 3267 Rossmoor Pkwy., Number 4, Walnut Creek CA 94595; 925-932-6454;

52 Our Class Project

Thanks to all who have already participated in our “Reach Out” endeavor. It is going fine, as you will see. Thomas Day received his Ph.D. at Cornell. He advanced through the U of Maryland system from 1957 until 1978, when he assumed the presidency of San Diego State U. He was in that role until l996. He served on a significant number of advisory boards which have impact in civil and national arenas. For instance, President Reagan appointed him to the National Science Board for 10 years. Tom and Anne have nine children and 16 grandchildren. Dick Donovan of Lake Shores MI started his own business, Dytron, in l964, manufacturing welding products such as rods and wires. His current market extends to all of North America, Asia and Europe. He and Lisa have two children, including James, who has joined Dick in the business. They are able to get away to Florida in the winter. John Barrett got his law degree at U of Virginia and practiced for a time in NYC where he met his wife Louise, also an attorney. They made a decision to move to Miami and have made it home. He was the chief legal officer for the city before opening his own business. He developed clients such as Hertz, Dobbs House, etc. He continues the business and finds time for the two children and four grandchildren. His listings include Who’s Who in America. Jack Meaney of Santa Barbara CA had three careers. He spent five years in newspaper work in Minneapolis, followed by part ownership of a VW and Porsche agency in Santa Barbara and sole ownership of a VW dealership in Thousand Oaks. He spent a total of 20 years in the automotive industry. In the current years he has been a financial advisor. He has stayed in touch with his family in Massachusetts through the years and has maintained his loyalty to ND with visits whenever possible. Jack has six children and 16 grandchildren including a granddaughter who graduated from ND in 2014. Sy DeLucia received his master’s in science education at SUNY-Albany and after classroom work progressed to various roles of responsibility, leading to becoming superintendent of schools for his district in Coxsackie NY. After having five children, he lost his wife, but married a woman who shares his zeal for ND, to which they make trips for games. Bill Dempsey of Arlington VA obtained his law degree at Yale. He spent most of his career in railroad activity, first as a labor negotiator and then a president of the Association of American Railroads. He and Mary have six children and 12 grandchildren. They all spend good portions of the summer on Cape Cod MA. He has become deeply concerned with the secularization of Catholic universities, and founded the Sycamore Trust to challenge this trend. Jack Doiron of Palm Springs CA graduated from Georgetown Medical School and practiced on both coasts in his thoracic-vascular specialty. His longest period was in San Jose CA where he had a private practice. He had six children and lost his first wife. He has been married to Jean for 20 years. Joe Cusack of Scottsdale AZ had a great 38-year career in the space division of RCA, even working on some inventions that ended up on the moon. He and Diane have three children and nine grandchildren. He is a Eucharistic minister, going to hospitals and prisons to reach people in need. Joe Deiss of Highland Park IL was a staff writer for UPI in Louisville before employment with Philip Morris led to managing the Kentucky State Fair. Gene Gerwe and Barbara live in the Villages, an active adult community in Santa Clara CA. He spent 33 years as a fundraiser for various programs before settling in for 20 years as the president of university relations at Santa Clara U. He retired from that and is able to keep up with the family. Our basketball captain Leroy Leslie passed away in Venice FL. He is fondly remembered in Joliet as a high school coach and administrator. If you would like to know the current address or contact numbers for a classmate, just contact me. — Edward F. Foley; 200 Ocean Trail Way No. 510, Jupiter FL 33477; 56l-741-1675;

53 Old Habits Hard to Break

The Tom Reedy Chicago Luncheon held in early October was acclaimed by many to be “the very best” of many great gatherings. The chemistry, which has always existed, was roiling, for reasons hard to identify other than your classmates are a wonderful bunch of men. Those who did not attend missed a wonderful time. Father Carl Beaver, class friend from Wyoming, invoked blessings; David O’Leary commented upon a book detailing the travails of Michigan State in seeking entry to the Big Ten and ND’s dominant role in the endeavor; and Father Gene Smith, our adopted “Chicago priest,” briefly described his summer as a pastor in Ireland.
Notably absent was Larry Murray, our webmaster. His absence, the first in more than 20 years, was occasioned by the illness of wife Alice. Joe Czerwinski and Leo Dohn were visibly disappointed by Larry’s inability to attend. Dave Costigan recently celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary with a party that was hosted by Quincy College, where Dave was a longtime professor. I am not sure if Don Bergman will transition from sailboat racing on Lake Michigan to ice boating, but the competitive fires still burn. From Wisconsin, Don Ross took the train; and Dan Collins and Hugh Braun, who reside in the same retirement community, arrived together. Tom Murphy, faithful attendee from Green Bay, did not make the trip. John Fortino, cowboy hat in place, journeyed from Tucson. He is threatening to make this his last because of travel connections. We hope that is an empty threat, subject to revision. Jim Malooly had a pressing tennis date following the lunch; he still looks the same, with the biggest smile in town.
John Lux and family again graced the tables with their ceaseless conviviality, as did Paul Curtin, his son and grandson. They are regulars. Efforts to ignite interest in a succession plan for webmaster and class secretary were greeted by 91 pairs of glazed eyes. It was hardly a salutary resolution to potential problems. The Class Mass Fund has been reopened for contributions. The growing number of seriously ill classmates, spouses and family members, many with memory problems, has prompted the enlistment of our “Holy Cross Missionary," Father Tom Smith, to offer special Masses for the 1953 seriously ill. Early contributors were Bob Bickert, Al Marks, Fred Ionata, and John Fortino, with promises of additional monies from those without checkbooks in hand. Dick Klumb (also from Wisconsin) and Art Midili substituted for Deacon Mike McNulty, who was ill, in the reading of the necrology. Deceased spouses were also added to the prayer list. In addition, these two Glee Clubbers led the singing of “Notre Dame Our Mother.” Art, Lee Tavis, Bill Wuetcher and I rode the South Shore. In case you wondered, the trips get longer each ride. Jim Ehinger, Vic George and Dave O’Leary drove in from Lansing/Flint and met with some but not impossible traffic. Myron Noble still goes to work a couple of days a week. Check the Broadcast for more attendees. Space limitations preclude more discussion. Those who are “on the way back from health problems” happily include John Fish, Jim Gibbons, Father Ernie Bartell, Alice Murray, Jack Powers and Father John Madden. Fred Ionata’s 52-year-old son John is in a struggle with cancer. Fred earnestly solicits your prayers. Please continue your daily prayers for classmates/spouses and families, as the need is great. More current classmate information is available on the email broadcasts. If you are not on the email list, contact Larry Murray at today. Our ranks have been diminished by the following deaths: Michael Doyle, John Gorman MD, John T. Hastings, Judge Daniel Murphy, Camillus Witzeleben MD and James Thulis. Micki Wuetcher, Bill’s wife, and Jane Maus, Bill’s wife, also moved on to their rewards. My youngest brother Larry died in Grand Rapids in early September. He was a good brother. Send contributions and news. — John T. Mulvihill; 60413 Sumption Trail, South Bend IN 46614; res 574-287-3460;

53JD Class Secretary — Bob Berry;

5806 Spaulding St., Omaha NE 68104; 402-457-4142;

54 The Best

I will begin this column by thanking Tom Campbell and Charlie Allen for the many hours they spent working to ensure that our 60th was successful. It was through their tireless efforts that we set a new 60-year attendance record. The organizers for the class of ’55 met with Tom and Charlie to learn of special arrangements that can be accommodated for returning alumni with handicaps including transportation, breakfast and our class suite in Duncan Hall. Congratulations to Betty and Bob Urbanski, who accepted our challenge on what couple has been married the longest in our class by letting me know that they celebrated their 66th in April 2014 and therefore eclipsed the 60 years we announced for Anne and Jack Mertens. Congratulations to Larry Dolan, who was selected as the 2014 recipient of the prestigious St. Thomas More award by the Catholic Lawyers of Cleveland. The following classmates were at our tailgate reunion gathering prior to the Rice game: Andy Corrao, Walt Duschka, Tom Campbell, George Koch, Pete Higgins, Dick Ehr, Gene Henry, Herman Kriegshaher, Jack Mooney, Dan Munson, John Snakard, Bob Iniech, Dick Pilger and Brenda Finney, Gerrie Finney’s widow. It is not too soon to be thinking about the 2015 season, the senior game and your ability to order tickets for you and your family and friends and grandchildren. I’m not sure what game will be the senior game because our senior game has historically been the first game, and we open up with Texas on Sept. 5. In February, we must give the ticket folks some idea of how many tickets we may want. I will let you know when I know what game is the senior game so you can contact me if interested in class seating at the game. Incidentally, the ticket folks have been very generous in permitting people to exchange the tickets ordered through me for tickets in the handicapped seating section. Please also note that Tom Campbell will continue to have a tailgate gathering for all home games. Please mark Feb. 23 as the specific day we offer our prayers and make an effort to attend Mass for our seriously ill classmates and their family as well as our deceased. As mentioned previously, a Mass will also be said on that day in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Your class officers met with Mike Riemke, associate director of financial aid at Notre Dame, on Aug. 29 to discuss in greater detail the scope, eligibility, procedure, etc., as well as other aspects on receiving financial aid from our class scholarship and endowment fund and other possible sources. It was an excellent meeting. An applicant to ND who is a descendant of a member of the class of 1954, in order to be considered for our class scholarship, must indicate in the “Notes” or “Comments” section of the ND CSS/financial aid profile application how he or she is related to a member of our class. You can get more info at Please continue to pray for our classmates who are known to be seriously ill: Milt Beaudine and Bob Ineich. Remember our deceased: Tom Godfrey, William Lenihan, Norbert “Skip” Gassensmith and Robert Davidson. Remember our class web site is — George Koch; 4758 Curtis Lane, Clarkston MI 48346; 248-623-09773;

54JD Still Interested

I am very busy with the Law Association Colorado Committee related to the ND Law School mission. Actually it is the same as I have been doing with a few good comrades for 50 years, mostly helping find jobs in the West, with the flood of attorneys here in our seven-state area that goes to Canada even. I am also busy with committee work for the fall ND Law School meeting. This was the first meeting I missed, even on the phone, in four decades. I would like to hear from you. Don Ward and his family never responded to my faxes, emails and the last column. I have two bad heart conditions including an aortic valve and atrial fibrillation. I’m awaiting risky surgery. Please contact me; I am interested in you. — Carl Eiberger; 14330 Fairview Lane, Golden CO 80401; 303-278-0707;

55 Make 60th Reservations

We think we’re the best ND Class, so let’s prove it by having the largest 60th Reunion in school history. Round up your buddies and make your reservations now at the Hilton Garden Inn and the Inn at Saint Mary’s, the two motels where Jim Hesburgh has reserved blocks of rooms. Go to for complete details. Jack Flynn led 26 on a cruise from New York to Montreal, including four ’55ers: Gerry Hillsman, Joe Kearney, Mike Kelly and Tim Devereux. Jack and Stephanie are celebrating their 58th before heading to Florida for the winter. Jerry Prassas was looking forward to a golf outing at Reynolds Plantation. Mike Kelly’s 95 closest relatives in Ireland threw a huge family reunion that our party goer couldn’t possibly resist. Unbelievably, four of our hearty souls braved the elements at the Stanford game: Gerry Hillsman, Jack Pinter, Tim Devereux and John Hester. Jim Ehret supplied details of his (and Honey’s) three-day 50th anniversary celebration. We were all surprised and happy to see Jim’s brother-in-law, Tom Carey. The former QB walks 10-15 miles a day. Ron Auer just closed his fishing camp in Minnesota, where he watches the eagles, loons, bears and 14 grandchildren, not all at one time. In from California, Dick Beeman related an interesting dinner with Father Beauchamp, former president of U of Portland. Hester brought a photo to the Chicago luncheon from Janet Haggerty that showed 57 of Joe’s clan. Dick Cook was in the dumps because the hurricane wiped out his fishing trip to Cabo San Lucas, but he did have plans for a trip to San Francisco. After major surgery at Mayo Clinic, Ron Davis thanked everyone for their prayers. I reported on my cataract surgery. After celebrating their 50th with family at Lake Geneva, Elaine and Emmet Cassidy will head east for a Hudson River cruise. Regular George Meyers is in rehab after several mini strokes. Joan and Jerry Hughes recently were certified in CPR/AED. Jerry reports that Joan fainted recently, fell and gashed her head badly so “she now looks like Tom Magill after a TKO.” Thanks again to Leon Ring for sending the Fullmer history on my 80th birthday. Paul Birdman Cardinal, who reveled in his Giants pulling off their “even-year miracle,” found time earlier to fish in Idaho and Yellowstone. Emmet Root is elated that his friend and traveling companion, Blaise Cupich, has been appointed Archbishop of Chicago. Joe McGlynn entertained the new US ambassador to Ireland and a visiting senator from the old sod. Back in Florida, George Vosmik is fishing for bone fish and perhaps tarpon. While traveling in Italy, Hugh Schaefer visited Florence, Venice and Milan. Ed Kelly’s granddaughter completed her second Chicago marathon. Pat Kearns enjoyed a trip to Vermont. Tim Devereux’s latest artistic bent is painting left-over laundry containers that he calls deterGents. He also has made a shirt from his old credit cards. Owen Sodetz looks forward to a visit from Warren Youngstrom. Along with more than 50 Hilton Head Club members, Jack Battel attended the Stanford game before visiting family in Rockford. A recent shooting on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill killed a reservist from Dick Callahan’s next door town, shaking up even the big guy. If his many other volunteer activities weren’t enough, Lee Crean is now working as a movie extra. Father Jim Blantz has found a new venue for his magic shows: nursing homes. After lugging his glockenspiel around the stadium with the Alumni Band, Dave Sheele also performs at nursing homes. Tom Magill, Sam Budnyk and others are still analyzing the controversial FSU call. Dan Moore fell after his hip operation, but he is on the mend. After averaging 83 percent in 2011 trap shooting, Don “Czar” Shanley is up to 92 percent. A lunch with Jim Barry in Milwaukee was a highlight of Dick Mueller’s summer trip. Tom May headed to Hawaii in November. Still talking about his summer trip to Nashville, Walt Flaherty is playing a lot of golf on Hilton Head. Memorial Masses have been offered for Bob Hanrahan, Edward Lievens, Bill McLain, Bill Muller, Tom O’Malley, Bob Rossiter and Bill Beck’s wife JoAnne. — Paul Fullmer; 87 Heatherdowns Lane, Galena IL 61036; 815-777-2008;

55JD Class Secretary — John Coyne;

56 Special Weekend

Treasurer Ed Cosgrove reported that the North Carolina weekend was special for the Class of 1956. We had more than 60 classmates, family and friends at the Mass at the chapel at Welsh Family Hall. Deacon Jim Revord gave a poignant homily on the virtue of hope. Father Greg Green, CSC, ’58, priest in residence at Welsh Family Hall, substituted as celebrant for Father Tom Chambers, whose brother, John, had recently died. Bob Welsh, our trustee class member, assured us that Catholicity reigns on the campus. The luncheon at the Morris Inn was a delight. Co-president Mark Burns greeted the audience, and Larry Kennedy presented our endowed scholarship recipients. Our finances are in good shape, and our remaining 646 classmates will have a Mass said for them by a Holy Cross Priest. More than 30 classmates at the luncheon each spoke briefly about their families and ND. Remember to send a check to the ND ’56 Fund: Ed Cosgrove; 525 Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY14202. Word is that this is a most appreciative trio of ND Scholars; they really enjoyed the meeting and the funds to help them complete their ND education. Health problems kept Pete Cannon from attending this affair, but he contacted Andrew McGloin and is impressed with his life plans. Classmates who attended the minireunion luncheon Oct. 11 in the Morris Inn included: John Allen, John Bower, Fred Brinskelle, Mark Burns, Angelo Capozzi, Don Carlin, Dick Clark, Frank Conte, Tom Coonan, Ed Cosgrove, Don Costello, Bob Hilger, Dave Huber, Dick Jacob, Larry Kennedy, Tom McNeill, Jim Mense, John Murray, Paul Noland, Leo O’Donnell, John Raub, Jim Revord, Frank Tighe, Julio Vizcarrondo, and Bob Welsh. Father Bob Pelton, CSC, ’43 led the invocation. Scholarship awardees and their ’56 Class honoree with whom they were matched: Justin Chen (Costello), Andrew McGloin (Pete Cannon), Conor Tallet (Cosgrove). See the class news link at for full bios and photos of the student and his honoree. Congratulations to Howard Hall on publishing the hall’s first newsletter featuring some nostalgic notables (Freddy, Patsy, Minnie, Massey twins, Tardio, etc.) residing there in 1954, which was 60 years ago. Don’t miss ND56 authored verse and stories in the Golden Domer web column of Notre Dame senior alumni; Tom Cagley and Bob “the Bard” McKenty are recent contributors. Hot from publishers Wipf and Stock, came the wonderful book by John Edgar Raub, Francis, Repair My Church. Price on the internet is $19.30, or call the publisher at 541-344-1528. Since graduating with us in 1956, John has had perfect experience to create this book. Deaths reported since the last issue included David J. Teston on June 17 in Ashtabula OH. Michael F. Carr died Feb. 21 after a long battle with Parkinson’s in Seminole FL. Joseph J. Weibel died Aug. 8 from Alzheimer/Parkinson’s in Vero Beach FL. Alfred J. Cozzi died Aug. 24 in North Bergen NJ. Richard L. “Dick” Barnett died suddenly on May 9 in Bakersfield CA; his wife, Louise, died April 6. Robert Lee Scalise passed away Nov. 20, 2013 in South Charleston WV. R.D. “Don” Bechamps died in Freehold NJ on May 31. A Mass has been celebrated on campus by the Holy Cross priests for each of these men from their ND56 Classmates. Also, we note that Dolores “Dee” Cardella, spouse of Ben Cardella, died Aug. 20. We all share the grief for the Sept. 17 death of John P. Chambers, brother of our chaplain, Father Tom Chambers. Here’s hoping your winter hasn’t been too harsh, and that your Christmas was a wonderful strengthening of your faith and family bond. Your participation in the daily morning e- newsletter can be fun if you join in; give it a try; more than 400 of our classmates are doing that. Webmaster Dick Yeager continues working 24/7 on the class website: There are 18 links; a couple should merit your enthusiastic following. — John Manion; 78402 Silver Sage Drive, Palm Desert CA 92211; 760-772-6056;

56JD Class Secretary — Lauren Sharkey;

57 Stanford Game Minireunion

It was a perfect day, except for the weather, when our class met at the Morris Inn thanks to Alec McMurtrie, who was able to procure a private dining room. Eighty or so classmates, spouses, children and friends feasted on a spectacular buffet before leaving for the stadium in 33-degree weather with a heavy rain. No wonder many of us left by halftime and saw the winning touchdown on TV. Betty and Ken Woodward were there. On the Wednesday following, they had an audience with Pope Francis. Ken had been the religion editor for Newsweek. The new field turf in the stadium was a gift from classmate Jim Morse. Jim was captain of the football team our senior year. Too many classmates have passed away since the last column. Donald E. Flock died May 19. He was survived by his wife, Patricia, and five children. Frank Harrison, Jr., died Aug. 10 in Dallas and was survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann, and five children. Patricia Schlehuber, the wife of deceased classmate Bud Schlehuber, died Aug. 26 in Carlsbad CA. Noreen Burke, wife of deceased classmate Mike Burke, died on Aug. 28. Katheryn Sullivan, wife of classmate Jack Sullivan, passed away on Aug. 22. We recently learned that John M. Aikman of Glen Ellyn IL passed away on March 13, 2013. He was survived by 11 children. Michael Tatlow, after a long bout with Alzheimer’s, died on Sept. 10. He was survived by his wife, Kathy. Thomas F. Hammer passed away on Sept. 28. Tom was a CPA and was survived by his wife, Joan, and seven children. Peter M. Raffetto passed away on Oct. 16 and was survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol, and their five children. Thomas I. Black Sr. died on Oct. 15 in Mishawaka. His wife, Myrne, predeceased him. Frank E. Ziola of Schaumburg IL died Oct. 18 and was survived by his wife, Patricia. John B. Hammett was honored by the city of San Jose CA for his years of contribution to the city. Before we could congratulate John in this column, he fell, possibly as a result of a stroke, and, after a few days in the hospital, is now in a rehab facility. Harry McKee, while at the minireunion, met the son of a classmate, Robert Mines. Harry was asked if our class would remember his dad in our prayers as he was having serious health problems. Steve Penny faced major spinal surgery in October. Steve asked that we, “Please offer a simple prayer for these old bones to the One who gave them to me in the first place.” Another health-challenged member of our class is Bob O’Keefe, who had triple bypass surgery in September in Traverse City MI. Also, pray for Jim Canny, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For good news, the FAA announced that Tom McMurtry and his family will participate in “The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award” for their 50 years of achievements and contributions to aviation. That silver-tongued barrister from the south, Richard M. “Dixie” Lewis IX, reported that a contingency visited the World War II Museum in New Orleans. Included were Annette and George Strake, Ann and Joe Reich, Frank O’Brien’s widow, Marybeth, John “Deals” McMeel and Tommy “Huggy Bear” Hughes. Dixie reported that if not for him, the others would be still languishing in a creole jailhouse. Stay well and don’t forget to take time to smell the flowers. Peace. — John A. Slevin; 456 Fulton St., Suite 425, Peoria IL 61602; 309-676-8986; fax: 309-676-4130;

57JD Class Secretary — Thomas S. Calder;


58 Still on the Bench

Charles D. Susano Jr. has been retained for another eight-year term as a judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals as a result of a retention election held in August. His eleven colleagues on the court have elected him chief judge. He anticipates remaining on the court for another year or so before retiring. Regretfully we report the death of two classmates. Frances E. Gibbons passed away on July 29 due to complications from a fall in his home in Vero Beach FL on July 10, his 82nd birthday. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janet, as well as son Michael ’85, son Daniel ’87, daughter Katie and seven grandchildren. John B. Burns M.D. died June 16 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn, as well as his three sons and six grandchildren. John earned his medical degree at Vermont Medical School in 1963 and became a noted pediatrician in the Air Force, documenting several unusual cases of childhood illness and successfully diagnosing and treating Reye’s syndrome in a boy, 6. It was believed to be the first successful diagnosis and treatment of that condition. He retired from the Air Force in 1984 and entered residency for general psychiatry at the U of South Carolina. He continued working for two years as a fellow in child psychiatry and moved to Boise, where he continued medical practice until his retirement in 2011. May the Lord bless Frances and John with everlasting peace, and comfort their loved ones. — Arthur L. Roule Jr.; 3725 W. Waverly Road, La Porte IN 46350;

58JD Class Secretary — John F. Murray,

2036 Cheltenham Ct., Woodbridge VA 22192; 703-494-2482;

59 One of Our Own

Over the years, many in our 1959 family have made significant contributions to many fine causes. Accolades and honors have come our way. A unique honor is being bestowed on one of our own. Tommy Hawkins will be inducted into ND’s “Ring of Honor” on Jan. 17 in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center. We are all aware of his many contributions on and off the court, but we were blessed also to know a man who was very humble with a caring and engaging personality. He is one of us. Also, I would be willing to bet he is the only poet among all the former all-American and NBA players. Congratulations, Tommy. In the spirit of reaching out to help others, Joan and Fred Miller recently spent a week in Ecuador doing medical work with the Notre Dame “Timmy Brigade.” This group provides remarkable patient care, affiliation with local hospitals, and follow-ups for patients at three-month intervals. They had a group of 16 ND students, interpreters, four nurses, four MDs, two PAs and a pharmacist. “Timmy” has four sites in Ecuador, two in the Dominican Republic and 1 in Guatemala. Thanks, Joan and Fred, great work. Joe Krug of Centerville OH continues to shepherd his “Brigade of Concerned Fighting Irish,” a group of Domers in the Dayton area who meet quarterly for Mass, lunch and brief presentations by local charities. The group then votes and each participant contributes $100 to the selected charity. It’s a great project. The rest of us may want to start one in our area. Denny Nead of Cincinnati received a special honor when his fellow high school golf coaches in the Cincinnati Hills League selected him coach of the year. He retired after seven years of service at Mariemont High School. Joe Harrison is still “selling” Costa Rica and invites all down to visit. It is a fantastic place for beachcombers and those interested in eco-tourism. It is the only Catholic nation in the Western Hemisphere, and is a peaceful place with no military. Joe teaches English in the capital of San Jose. Please remember Patrick O’Daniel’s wife, Rosemary, in your prayers. She died Aug. 22 in Evansville IN. Please visit FaithND at and the senior alumni site at Please send me information. Peace and good health. — Jim Keegan; 1401 Clinton St., Wilmington DE 19806; 302- 429-0545;

59JD Class Secretary — William J. Harte;