class notes


60 Nothing but Positives

The saga of Notre Dame Football has been exciting this fall, a lot of close games and good times with the classmates getting together. Judy and Mike Dehaemer did the train tour of the Canadian Rockies this summer. I am serving as president of the Star Spangled Banner Chapter (Baltimore) of the Military Officers Association of America. MOAA is for all who hold or have held a commission as an officer. A couple of Domers are in the chapter, but no Class of ’60 yet. Almost 400,000 members belong to MOAA, which pushes for a strong national defense and taking care of our veterans. During the Cold War, I was a nuclear ballistic missile submarine commander. I retired as a captain in 1988. Leo Dilling had quadruple bypass at the Washington Hospital Center in August and has been recovering well. Everyone’s prayers and concerns are deeply appreciated as things got a little dicey along the way. He is feeling better now and getting out and about. Marv Anderson says, “Our article is the only thing in the ND Magazine I read completely. I will be updating you soon on our new book on autism and other activities.” Tom Kamp recalls David Maresh as very quiet, but funny. As a fellow Glee Clubber, I got to know him as we traveled by bus to our gigs, especially the two-week tours we did during Easter vacation. While quiet, he also had a very wry sense of humor. He was always the last one to speak up and always left us laughing. He will be missed. Fred Gade, also in the Glee Club as a tenor says: “Thanks for all the info that I always wanted to know but never knew why, and still don’t.” Mike McKee was reminded “of those long bus trips on tour. Sadly, that ol’ grim reaper is even gathering us happy warriors from the ’50s.” Bruce Cosacchi was on the field with the Alumni Band at the Stanford game. Others were Jake Marhofer, John Maher, Bob Keeley, Dave Roller and Paul Barela. Rest in peace Rev. Rivers Aristide Patout III, who would have been there, too. In preparation for our 55th, Terry Keating reports there has been no substantial increase in dues. Our balance is $2,160. The only expenses are the Masses said for classmates and families at ND. We saw Jerry Lally, Steve Barry, Mike Lodish and Bob Peiterzak at the Stanford game. Charlotte SCORE presented its prestigious Dick O’Brien Award for 2014 to Chuck Sawicki for his volunteer services since joining SCORE seven years ago. Rev. Rivers Aristide Patout III died Monday morning, June 2, in Houston TX surrounded by loved ones. He was born to Mary Azzalie Griffis and Rivers A. Patout Jr. on April 2, 1938 in Galveston TX. He attended school in Navasota TX, continued his education at Notre Dame, receiving a BA in philosophy. He entered St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1967. Hot off the press, a note from Terry Keating, 55th reunion chairman, from his ship on the Rhone River: Basic schedule for our 55th includes a Thursday private class Mass followed by dinner in the Monogram Room. Friday and Saturday feature multiple seminars throughout the day on a variety of topics, and the 50-year Mass in the Basilica. Class dinners will be held Friday and Saturday nights. There is a Big Band music event Friday night after dinner with a little ’50s rock and roll. (Peter Giaimo is the main sponsor of the band, but assistance is requested for the $7 grand event.) More details on resident hall assignment and other highlights will be available in January. Having a great trip with the Bill Wards, Pat Walsh and the Keatings. Tip for the day: Be grateful. Write down five things you’re grateful for, no matter how small. You might feel more thankful, generous and overall happier. “Funny how a little reminder of what we have can turn a frown into a smile.” – Mark Twain. — Joseph F. Jansen; 9190 Southmont Cove, No.103, Ft. Myers FL 33908; 239-461-0980, cell 317-514-4478;

60JD Class SecretaryJohn DiNardo;


61 Mea Coulpa

Larry McEvoy was kind enough to point out that in an outrageous act of judicial activism, I changed George Macor’s given name to “Ed.” I plead information overload. That was the issue where I had way over two times the length allowed by our editor. I also apologize to George; that name has such lilting beauty to it, but “Ed” rings pretty itself. At least Larry knew who I was talking about. Along with his ID advice, Larry said that in the summer edition of ND Magazine, George’s daughter, Alison Macor ’88, penned an article about the grief she and her roommates were going through as one of their classmates suffers from ALS. Don’t we all know that from the death of our Bob Korek years ago? Red Mack is still a champion in my book. Prince Chuck (Charles F. Lennon Jr.) wrote to tell me about volunteer work Red and his wife, Jean, are doing for an institution known as Healthwin in South Bend. Recently a number of ND alums went as volunteers to complete tasks that need to be accomplished in and around their building and grounds. Red also provided time to pose for pictures and sign his football cards. One photo shows him with the maintenance man (a gent of some age) who is wearing Red’s Super Bowl championship ring. (While I’m at it, Red could you give me some medical advice on torn knee cartilage?) Bill Galvin wrote to report that he and his wife, Carol, and another ND couple led the Fighting Irish into a charitable bocce tournament for Casa Alegra in San Rafael CA. (No it’s not a home for people with allergies, it’s for permanently impaired adults.) They successfully battled their way into the finals where they were eliminated by a highly questionable call by one of the opponents’ hometown referees. (Was it another ND team squeezed out of a victory by a late flag?) They resolved to return to avenge this obvious injustice, and sent their best wishes to all of us. Now Dr. Red, here is my problem. In 2009 I was sitting on the bench hearing evidence and ruling on objections by a lawyer who sounded like he studied evidence in Russia. Suddenly my left knee began to hurt. Sometime later, an MRI showed a slight tear in the cartilage. I didn’t want to take time out for knee replacement surgery. Two years later I went to a healing Mass and in two months, I went from a 7-8 level of pain out of 10 to a level 2 right before our 50th reunion. Now, about a month ago I woke up one morning with a pain (only worse) in my right knee. What should I do? I’ve already played the healing Mass trump card. I know you are experienced in these matters. I have not had any official notification from ND, but I have received sad news of the deaths of three of our classmates. Marilyn F. Fedewa writes of the passing of her husband. Stanley Christopher Fedewa. He was well known in Michigan and the nation’s banking industry. Tim Monahan advised me by email that Dan Hagan passed away. Art Barille sent me a note about the death of Jack Doherty. After graduation, Jack flew for the Air Force for five years, and after discharge he joined TWA and flew for them. He retired from TWA in 1999. He is survived by Joni, his wife of 50 years, as well as two brothers and a sister. Please pray for their souls and their families. That’s about it for now, but you can count on Abbie being right beside the front door with the latch string out just hoping you’ll drop by on your way through south Texas. Y’all come, ya’ hear. — Joseph P. (“Pat”) Kelly; 2103 N. Wheeler St., Victoria TX 77901; 361-573-9982,

61JD Class SecretaryJohn N. Moreland;

62 Perfect Day

This past summer, Nami and John Govreau hosted Pat Monahan, Bill Snyder, Walt Kelly, Chuck Persyn and Mike Loparco for an afternoon and evening at their home on Lake Geneva. All who attended agreed it was a perfect day. In October, Pat, who is from "Amazing Arcola IL,” was named a distinguished alumnus of Arcola High School, not only for his achievements while a student there but also for his significant and varied economic and social contributions to his community, including the formation of the “world renown” Lawn Rangers that have performed at parades around the country. Bill, also a member of the Rangers, was inducted into the Electric Association of Illinois Hall of Fame that month in recognition of his 52 years of service including several in leadership positions. Bill owns Snyder Sales with clients in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. He often pilots his plane to customer meetings and events, as well as to home games. Pete Hyland’s “Sound of the Rockies” barbershop chorus placed four out of 31 in the annual international Barbershop Harmony Society contest held in Las Vegas last summer. Pete said he “hadn’t been to Vegas since 1961 when the Glee Club’s Easter tour went west. (I) walked…to the Tropicana to see where we swam as guests in the big (for 1961) pool. Apparently the hotel was only four years old when we were there 53 years ago.” Paul Radde, Con Nolan, Peter Dempsey and Paul Clulo were at the Stanford game on an “imperfect day” to participate in the alumni band festivities. Paul Radde said he was cold, wet, shaking and he could not hold his trumpet steady to play it. All four retired to dryer quarters immediately after halftime. More than 40 members of the class gathered for the minireunion at the North Carolina game weekend. It started off with Joan and Pete Curtin, Barry Ryan, my wife Miriam and me meeting for lunch on Friday at the Morris Inn. Stopping by for a bit of conversation were Carl Ebey, who is stationed in Rome but was on campus for that month, and Jim Creegan who was attending a University board meeting. That evening, 27 members of the class plus wives and guests took over most of a restaurant for a great dinner organized by Linda and Lou Schirano. Fred Triem came in from Alaska, Tom Maxwell came from Connecticut, and Tom Zlaket came from Arizona. Bill Murphy, who is retired from Amex, was with Jack McDonald and Jack’s twin sister, Judy. Jim Fitzgibbon retired from Sears and now drives a truck in a volunteer capacity for a charitable entity in Louisville. Joe Mohlenkamp lives in Cincinnati and is retired from Proctor & Gamble. Others attending were Jim Pottmyer; John Beall; John Pugliese; John Lewis and his brother, Father Clyde, who has a parish on the New York – Canada border; Fred Nemic; Russ Bonacci; Jim Olsen; Mike Hanley; John Studebaker; Joe Hilliard; Bob Henry; and Tony Casole. Tom Smith and Dave Hemmy have retired from their medical practices, although Dave works with the Marine Corps on traumatic brain injuries. Those at Saturday’s tailgate, in addition to the above, were Tony Hyder, Pat Mazza, Bucky O’Connor, Al Highducheck, Pete Connolly, Tom Ricca, Mike Sanderson and Hal Sterns. At the game, I was seated near Ted Middendorf, Jerry Belian and John Macheca. Three members of the class passed away last spring. Raymond W. Brown passed away on April 3 in Arizona; Pat Morris passed away on April 19 in Maryland; Fred Sharkey passed away on May 21 in Illinois. — Raymond Raedy; 5310 Rileys Ridge Road, Hillsborough NC 27278; 919-967-8816;

62JD Class SecretaryPaul K. Rooney;

1209 Oakmont Drive, No. 2, Walnut Creek CA 94595;

63 Remembering Two Great Men

We lost Tom Carroll and Jack Reilly. John O’Brien wrote, “Last Wednesday I attended the celebration of the life of Tom Carroll in NYC. On Friday I attended the celebration of the life of Jack Reilly in Washington DC. They each came from modest backgrounds, and attended Notre Dame on Naval ROTC scholarships. Both were very successful businessmen, Tom in the corporate world, Jack as a real estate entrepreneur. They were each described as highly skilled, and with a strong moral compass that provided guidance in difficult times to their colleagues and organizations. They each thrived on the outdoors, Tom as a sailor and marathon runner, Jack as a cyclist. Both charitable, Tom was very active with veterans affairs, both in employment programs and projects for wounded vets. Jack gave funds and his time to housing for the poor. They both loved Notre Dame. Among other things, Tom established a scholarship in his Irish immigrant parents’ names. Jack gave substantially to the Snite Museum, and established, in his father’s memory, the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values. The other common characteristic described was each’s intense interest in what other people thought and were doing. They were good men lost to us and to Notre Dame, but at peace after long battles with cancer.” Tom’s obit said he was a CPA, former partner at KPMG, Credit Suisse and a Prudential exec, and, with a passion for sailing, was a member of New York Yacht Club and the Larchmont Yacht Club, and captain of “Siren Song.” “He ran nine New York Marathons coming once under four hours. He served on the board of the William Holden Wildlife Foundation. He is survived by two children and his partner of 14 years Stefanie Powers.” A neighbor’s note said Tom was “a wonderful man who treated everyone with kindness and respect.” John O’Brien and Jack Reilly met 55 years ago on the fourth floor of Keenan and roomed together in Morrisey. John said Jack was an Agent Orange victim. Jack had a Harvard MBA; his wife, Sarah Carey, a prominent DC lawyer, died of ALS several years ago. Three daughters survive. Mike Squyres is in a leg brace following left quadriceps tendon surgery. He walks “slowly in penguin steps.” Mike and Jack Reilly were in AB/engineering. A biography was been written about Dick Martin based on his 52 years as a Catholic educator in Pittsburgh, Bishop O’Connell High School, and Kalamazoo MI. It is titled Of Mice and Miracles with the subtitle, An American Educator’s Story. Monk Malloy wrote, “Dick Martin’s story is a chronicle of obstacles overcome, an educational call recognized, and generations of young people generously served. The account is inspiring in tone as it captures the humanity of a person who genuinely loved the students entrusted to his care but was also willing to make the hard decisions that are the true test of effective leadership. I am honored to be able to recommend this fine book.” For more, see Dick says that he and some of our classmates attended the Monogram Club Stanford luncheon, including Eddie Rutkowski, Steve Kolski, Frankie Minnick and Denny Murphy. — Regis W. Campfield; 7534 Oakbluff, Dallas TX 75254; 972-239-1141; fax 972-458-6928;

63JD Avoiding Those Rockets

It’s been a while since notes for this column have been compiled and published. It was a combination of a health problem (the first significant health matter of my adult life, but it’s a doozy) and a mix-up between me and our publisher on email addresses. However, I am back in the saddle for now. Ed Fillenwarth advises that he and Val cancelled their planned trip to the Holy Land this fall, given the proliferation of missiles and gunfire over there. Ed says they have too many kids and grandkids who’d worry the whole time they’d be gone. It is not tolerable, spending your days and nights worrying about the worriers. Norm Matteoni spent a weekend in August with Bob Saxe in the Lake Tahoe area. They hiked Mt. Rose, the highest peak there at 10,700 feet. The peak overlooks Lake Tahoe and Reno. They’re certain they spotted Bob Berry’s house in Reno, but could not tell if he was home. Too bad. Bob would have loved to see them. I am told that Frank Maggio has moved permanently to Colorado. I don’t know the reaction of Rockport to his absence but we Texans are jealous of the new location, a good place to be when the high heat of summer hits down here. If this news is correct please confirm, Frank, and give us an address. Some time back, Frank did inform that some golfing research he has done confirms that our dear departed classmate, Jim Wysocki, was the first golfer in his active years to have golfed all 100 of the World’s Top Golf Courses. So, Jim (God rest his soul) is in the record books; a noteworthy achievement to be sure. We thank God for daughters. Jim Lekin informs that daughter, Jeanne, was inducted on Oct. 12 into the Roland Park Country School Hall of Fame, a testament to her incredible athletic career there in soccer and in lacrosse. Our daughter, Emily Malone Stevens, a mother of an 8-year old, who’d raised $3,000 for Parkinson’s disease research, repaid her benefactors by running the NYC Marathon in 4.34. As the song says, “Thank heaven for little girls.” — Bernard P. “Bud” Malone; Mortgages USA, 4455 LBJ Freeway, No. 1200, Dallas TX 75244; 972-720-0500 ext. 465; fax 214-393-5536;

64 More Reunion Notes, Some Sad News

In going to press, I learned of the sudden passing of our classmate, Clay Stephens. A great student, athlete, business executive and person, Clay will be sorely missed. Ironically, Clay just shared a lengthy note filled with news from the Reunion. His commentary provides the basis for much in this column. Please keep Anne and their family in your prayers. Clay reported that Ken Stinson, Red Moroney and he stayed together in a condo along with Rich Russell, a former senior financial executive at Wheelabrator. The Stinsons split their time between Omaha and Santa Barbara. Ken is chairman emeritus of Peter Kiewit. Also in Santa Barbara is Bill Meeker, retired from a real estate career in France and the US. Bill and Nick Muller (a practicing attorney in Golden CO) joined the larger group for dinner. Red is a retired San Francisco attorney and got to play several rounds of golf with his former roommates. Georgi and Tom MacDonald are tax advisors in southern California; and Linne and Tom Goberville, a practicing orthopedic MD in Fort Lauderdale, hosted a pregame party before last year’s National Championship game. Joan and Joe Farrell were there. Reunion appearances were made by John Hargrove, Bob Lesko (a retired CPA and currently an actor in southern California), Joe McGowan (formerly of Chase), Gino DeAgostino, Bay area guys Gary Sabatte and Denny Damaschino, as well as Barry Curtin (Florida attorney and part of the crew for the Dublin and National Championship games). Also joining were Loretta and John Meyer, Barbara and Frank Fee and Joe Monahan. John reports that as he returned home to Green Bay, he reflected on how fortunate he had been to be able to attend ND. Other than the decision to marry Loretta in the Log Chapel in December 1963 (Wow, 51 years ago), John considers ND the best decision he made during his life. Frank has made all 10 of our reunions and has been fortunate enough to get together with classmates at numerous games. Still CEO of the family company, Frank expects to get kicked upstairs to chairman in 2015. He is definitely late to the retirement game. Frank and Barbara are on the move visiting kids and seven grandchildren in several locations. In between, they have mixed business and pleasure while traveling globally. Joe still manages the investment portfolio for the Arcola First Bank, but after raising eight kids with five grandchildren, he and his wife are living part-time in Dingle, Ireland. His son, Father Timothy Monahan ’99, is assistant pastor at Mary Seat of Wisdom in Park Ridge IL. Like Frank Fee, John Baker has attended all of our reunions over the past 50 years; however, this was the first one where his wife, Misty, accompanied him. They met several classmates for lunch in the South Dining Hall on Friday including Jerry and John Bradley, Mike Barton, Mike Cummings and Bill Geary. John and Misty renewed their marriage vows Friday afternoon. The renewal had special meaning as it took place on their 45th wedding anniversary. Mike Bradley of Shreveport, a 41-year veteran of the Air Force, had an emotional reunion. He and his wife, Lien, also renewed their marriage vows at Sacred Heart, and were joined by their daughter and son-in-law (both ’01 grads) and their granddaughter. Mike reports they particularly enjoyed having Bette and Bob Burgfechtel as their suite-mates in McGlinn Hall. They shared dinner the first night with Bonnie and Pete LaFleur. Dave Stout writes that his sophomore year roommate, Ted Topolski of Houston, is seriously ill and was unable to attend the reunion. Dave visited at length with our classmate (and Ted’s brother-in-law) Dick Kennedy, as well as with Ed Castellini, another of Ted’s roommates. I learned that 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the first lacrosse team at Notre Dame. Started as a club sport by our classmate, the late Jack Tate, the program has grown and flourished as indicated by the recent appearance in the National Championship game against Duke. The anniversary was celebrated on campus in May with several classmates and original team members in attendance: Pete Ricchiuti, Tom Settanni and Rick Sheahan. Sadly, Frank Gasper died in May. He was a prosecuting attorney in the Cleveland area for more than 30 years. And Pat Duffy just advised that his freshman roommate, Vinnie DiFusco, died from complications of prostate cancer. We understand that Vinnie lived in Brooklyn for his entire life. Stay tuned. There will be more to come in the next issue. — Paul R. Charron; 44 Contentment Island Road, Darien CT 06820; 203-655-3930;

64JD Sad News

Jim Slater is the bearer of sad news that his young grandson, Cormac Slater O’Toole, 12, passed away from melanoma. May our prayers commend him to God’s eternal love and also support Marian and Jim in this most difficult time. The fall season brought some of our mates back to the Bend. Betty and Larry Gallick were our houseguests for the chilling, wet and thoroughly enjoyable Stanford weekend. They have returned to their winter abode in Venice FL, where Eileen and Bob Cash also hibernate, as do Sue and Ernie Zavodnyik. Georgia and Chuck Sweeney also head to Florida and their home in Long Boat Key shortly after Christmas. Others Floridians crossing our doorstep to join Sharon and me for dinner were Dorothy and Charles Satcher during North Carolina week in conjunction with Charles attending the Law Advisory Council meeting. Dorothy and Jack Jiganti also were in town for the North Carolina game and attended the pregame luncheon at the Law School with us, the Sachers and our other guests from Washington DC. Jack reports that he and Dorothy visited Claudine and Gerry Vairo at Lake Linden in Michigan’s UP over Labor Day and that Gerry is holding his own in his battle with MS. I also spoke with Gerry recently and can confirm that he is strong of heart and is an example for us all. Adele and Jack Kopko, who continue to live at beautiful Dune Acres, also are frequent pregame lunch attendees for the March Under the Arch event. Frank Miele, a true Renaissance man living off Central Park South, is well and sends his regards to all. He is continuing his adventures as a supernumerary at the New York Met, appearing in operas Aida, La Bohème and Die Meistersinger while pondering resumption of his legal and management career. Russ Bley visited his kids and grandkids in New Jersey and was also able to meet with Frank. Russ remains very active in the St. Louis area mentoring children. He is expanding his good works to a prison ministry. Gene Kramer remains a recognized leader in Ohio for his work in Ohio government reform, most recently for his acclaimed efforts in developing a charter amendment to form a single metropolitan unitary government for Cuyahoga County. Hurley Smith also is heavily involved in political reform by his service on the election board of Rappahannock County VA. Bob Frost’s recovery from prostate cancer continues successfully while he and Dawn enjoy life at their Worthington OH home. Bob Hanlon is reducing his trial practice so he can travel and spend more time with Kathleen and the family. Carol and Lou Pfeiler report they are well in Dubuque, with Lou continuing his laudatory work in providing appropriate military services at funerals and burials for our fallen heroes. Peace to all. — Richard Balfe Wagner; 1204 Erskine Manor Hill South Bend IN 46614; 574-299-9888, cell 760-567-1270;

65 Our 50th is June 4-7

Early registration forms should be arriving soon. Bob Lee and Don Zone are busy planning our Thursday dinner at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The venue will accommodate only 200 attendees, so please sign up immediately. The projected cost is $40 per person. Menu choices will be available for anyone with dietary concerns. Our designated class hotel is The Doubletree Inn by Hilton, and transportation will be provided. A campus dorm will also be assigned to our class. During the Stanford game, ND’s great 1964 football team was honored. John Huarte and Jim Carroll helped represent our class. Norm Nicola has retired from the Guardian Life Insurance Co. He and his wife, Judie, have moved from Canton OH to Florida. Tommie and Jim “Tex” Zoeller celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary. Tex retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel and lives in Gordon TX, where he continues his passion for flying and aviation instruction. Jim Jennings has retired from the meat packing business and lives in Hernado MS. Jim and his family own a large cattle ranch in New Mexico. Phil Mantey remains active in mergers and acquisitions from the banking side. He has an MS in EE from ND and an MBA from Harvard. Phil and his wife, Katherine, have three children and live in Bay Village OH. After Bill Tucker retired in l999 from a successful career as a history teacher and high school football coach in Michigan, he embarked on a second career as a one-man Irish entertainer of music, comedy and tales of “the old sod.” He has a terrific CD titled, “It’s Just the Irish in Me.” He has found time to travel throughout South America and even drive a charter bus across the country. Kathy (Bayer) ’66SMC and I still live on Mercer Island WA, and we will celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary in June. I continue my solo private practice of dermatology four days a week, in addition to running the Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) Clinic at the U of Washington, where I am a clinical prof. of medicine. Since first opening my office doors some 40 years ago, Kathy has been there with me every day managing the business side of my practice. We have been blessed with three children and eight grandchildren. Kevin ’92 is a securities attorney in Washington DC. Darin ’93 is an infectious diseases physician in Chicago, and Heatherlyn ’96 is the head of Kindle and mobile advertising sales at Amazon. Bill Peters died in October 2013 in San Francisco from a pulmonary embolism. He worked in the city as an attorney. He and his wife, Rosemary, had been married for 21 years. — James P. Harnisch; MD, 6759 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040;

65JD Class SecretaryJohn Donald O’Shea;

66 Noodlings

I heard from James Zatopa that he retired a year or so back after 36 years as an Illinois Dept. of Employment administrative law judge, where he heard tax cases. James went on from ND to earn his JD at the U of Chicago. He attended Fenwick and ND classmate Terry O’Donnell’s wake. I bumped into Denny O’Toole at the Stanford game. He is enjoying retirement and while recently in St. Louis, he saw Tom Spurr, who is retired in Easton CT; Denny O’Connell, senior partner at a St. Louis law firm; and Ron Rhoades, retired and living in the St. Louis area. Out of that discussion came a query: has anyone heard from mates Don Hemmer or Bob Edler? Denny shared lunch with Joe Bodell, who is living in Philly and retired from his law practice. Joe sees Terry Golden frequently down DC way, where Terry and his wife are active in the archdiocesan school program. Denny also attended the Syracuse game, where he saw Mike Carroll, a Long Island real estate magnate, and Bob Crotty, partner in an NYC law firm. Denny, inveterate adventurer Bill Hill and Dr. John Wylie were planning to host a major tailgate party at the Navy game in DC. Tom Bergen took a low level clerical job at Citibank in NYC back in ’72, thinking he would stay until he figured things out. He never left Citi and retired in 2000 as managing director and global treasurer. Tom and Linda spend half the year in Westbury NY and the other half in West Palm Beach. Class president and stalwart Cap Gagnon often is responsible for lots of the news I get to share. He met up with* John Berges* after the Michigan game and had brunch at the Morris Inn with John Flatley, Hank Schlacter and Joe Pete Wilbert. Flats noted that Jay MacDonald had been in Chi-town previously from California, spearheading the painting for one of the Transformers movies being shot here. Cap also ran into John Rahyia at a baseball meeting and attended George Blaha’s birthday bash in Gaylord, MI along with Keith Stark. Ray Flynn hosted a football prediction lunch in South Bend and joining in were Pat Farrell and Joe Guiltinan. Cap saw Tom Begley at Frank Murtha’s “world class tailgate” at Rice. I can attest to Frank’s unbelievable hospitality. I visited his hostelry, along with Cap, at the NC game. Cap was in touch with Dick Frey and among the names that came up was Ralph Boyd, about whom I don’t have specifics. Cap and Doug Ford managed to hit a Red Sox game in Bean Town last summer. Mike MacDonald sent word that he and Phil Morrow were planning to celebrate their 70th together last August with wives in Madison, where they both previously lived. Dr. Ed O’Connor sent word that he is still practicing neurology and was able to connect with Dr. John Frey in Santa Fe, finally catching up after 48 years. John is partially retired, but still practices family medicine at UW Madison. Al Loboy has retired from teaching/coaching after almost 40 years in Catholic schools in the Portland OR area. He still does some part-time teaching and sounds very busy with grandkids. Skip Medina’s cousin is an ND cheerleader; Dave Gadd is one of the top bridge players in Indiana; Jim Ireton was on campus for the UNC game; Cap keeps in regular touch with Floridians Jack Pavlic and Dean Planeaux. I was honored to join ND grid teammates Phil Sheridan, Bob Meeker, Tom Longo, Rich Sauget, Nick Eddy and Jim Smith on the field at the Stanford game, as the 50th anniversary of Ara’s first team was celebrated. Also on the personal front, Kim and I have just acquired a home on Martha’s Vineyard, where we have been going each summer for 22 years and where Luke McGuinness also has a place. This could be a precursor to retirement, in five to seven years. I have two passings to report this issue. Paul Bertagnoll MD died suddenly while hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Paul had practiced surgery and urology for 40 years and was a partner in a Manchester NH physician’s group. Fred Gund passed away on Aug. 3 in Pensacola, where he had worked as a CPA for many years, after earning his JD from SMU. Thoughts and prayers. Send news, be well and plan now for our 50th, barely 18 months hence. — Tom Sullivan; 2028 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette IL 60091; cell 312-415-3353;

66JD Enjoying Warmer Climes

As you are aware, the deadline for the Class Notes to be submitted is well before the column is sent out in the magazine. That means that if news gets to me right after a deadline it may be three months before I can incorporate it into my column and another three before it gets to you. I say this by way of apology to Bill Sanneman, who wrote to me last August reporting that he and Victoria have purchased a condo in Boca Raton where they now spend their winters. Last winter they were able to swing over to Florida’s west coast to visit with Windy and Al McKenna. Others enjoying warmer climes during the bitter winters afflicting the Midwest and East Coasts are Diane and Walt Terry, who spent last winter in Aruba and Australia. In more recent news, I’ve received an email from Bob Siebert, who continues to travel the world including a September trip to Italy. Bob has been working on an article on his trip which he plans to submit to International Travel News for possible publication. I’ve found that I’m greatly enjoying full retirement from the practice of law although I do enjoy helping Colleen with her cottage rental business here on the shores of Lake Michigan. With both of our children and our three grandchildren living in California, we get out to LA and San Francisco three or four times a year, so we miss the worst of the Michigan polar vortex including the incredible amount of lake effect snow that descends upon us each winter. It is beautiful but treacherous. — Philip C Ruddy; 15911 Lakeshore Road; Union Pier MI 49129; 269-469-1933;

67 Finally Correspondence

With no class news in the last issue of Notre Dame Magazine, several classmates responded with relevant correspondence. Thank you to all who provided info for the rest of us to read. Retired Navy Capt. Bill Pollock is roaming the country in a motor home and decided to feed the class news column. Bill and his wife, Gisela, had lunch with Bob Crongeyer and his wife, Esther, and Bob Raef and his wife, Barb, in Fort Meyers FL. Crongeyer is a retired judge in Fort Meyers, and Bob Raef is retired from the CPA and consulting profession. Bill also attended the award banquet for* Pat Finneran* when he received the Corby Award. Bill notes that Pat is the second member of our class to receive the Corby award. The other is John Lancanster, who was presented the award in 2000. The ceremony was held in the South Dining Hall, which Pollock says is not the same place he remembers slopping garbage with Dana Jackson, Jim Baldwin, Danny Detzner, Jerry Pascale, Bob Lieberman and the Sheneckelberger brothers, Charlie and Jim, along with the dining hall queens from St. Joseph High School. Bill also visited Tom Rhoads and his wife Kathy in Raleigh NC, as well as the crash site of Knute Rockne in Kansas and the George Gipp memorial at his boyhood home in Laurium MI. Bill Sugnet was at the North Carolina game with his sons Bill and TJ. Jerry Romanek writes to update us on Northwest Chicago classmates Bob Michalak, Mike Novy, Don Savaiano and Gene Klesta, all of whom meet regularly for lunch at the Old Fifth in Chicago. Rich Luckew joins them when he is in Chicago from Atlanta. They have had a total of 187 lunch/dinner meetings since 1999. Jerry, Gene and Rich are retired. Don is semiretired. Mike is the director at the federal tax clinic at Loyola U in Chicago. Bob is an attorney with Schuyler Roche and Crisham in Chicago. John Brandau, Bill Veno, John Walker and Glen Woo attended the 50th anniversary of lacrosse at Notre Dame. Each of them played in the very first game against Colorado State. Phil Lamb’s son Michael graduated in May with a BS in mechanical engineering and will do a year of service with the Passionist Priests in Jamaica. Many classmates attended the cotillion organized by Joe Devlin in NYC before the Syracuse game. Among those in attendance were Chip Malik and his wife, Theresa; Brian O’Conner and his wife, Christine; Judge Tim Creany and his wife, Anne; Gus Wines; and Joe and his wife, Gabriele. There were several missed air connections due to the air traffic control fire in Chicago. Steaks were served to the group at Keen’s Steakhouse in midtown, accommodations at the Yale Club and a party bus to the game came complete with a full length stainless steel pole in the middle of the bus. Chip is an attorney in Boston; Tim is a judge in Western PA; Brian is an architect/businessman in Chicago; Gus is retired from Anheuser Busch; and Joe is a retired architect in NYC. Chip has promised to top this event for classmates next year with a frenzy at Fenway, where he expects more than 50 classmates. Sign up soon. John Lium was also at the Syracuse game with two full buses of family and friends. Joe Cairo serves as the head of the Republican Party on Long Island, and hosted an event for Rep. Peter King ’68JD, who is considering a presidential bid in 2016. Joe invited several members of the ’66 national championship football team to speak at the event. Among those present were Dick Swatland, John Lium, Geroge Goeddeke, Tommy Longo ’65 and Terry Hanratty ’69. Reports say George led the audience in singing our Alma Mater to conclude the evening. Larry Rocca checked in from Chicago where he is retired from banking. He still sees Larry Conjar and his wife Donna, Pat Donovan, Joe Marsico and Paul Tobin regularly. Please keep the emails coming. — Bert Bondi; 49 Glenalla Place, Castle Rock CO 80108;

67JD Old Friends, Still Friends

Mike Cook is still living and prospering in the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph MI area. His principal focus is real estate development, in particular housing subdivisions, and he owns two home building companies. I sense that his real love is his position as president of the Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan, a very prestigious speakers’ forum for prominent people in various fields of endeavor. Despite the relatively small size of the local metropolitan area, the reputation of this forum has attracted, over the years, five US presidents, four British prime ministers and a who’s who in the worlds of politics, news, medicine, sports and entertainment. Sadly, Mike lost the love of his life, Carla, earlier this year after a prolonged illness. His three sons live nearby. Beverly and Larry Fleming are in St. Louis, where Larry still practices criminal law in his six-man firm. He has no plans for retirement, although at some point he would like to turn his legal experiences into a novel. Their daughter, Erin ’97, is also an attorney. Margaret and Jerry Berthold traveled from their home in Georgia on their annual trek to the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, visiting their daughter and grandson. Their son’s family and daughters from Denver joined them. Margaret continues to paint and displays her work at art shows. You can see her work on Jerry’s mom celebrated her 100th birthday last April, and there was an even larger Berthold reunion as her nine children, 15 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren gathered on Amelia Island FL in July. Beth and John Kirby are living in a suburb of Chicago. John, with an undergraduate engineering degree, had a penchant for patents until he retired about 10 years ago. Their sons are in St. Louis and New York, and he and Beth are enjoying traveling and visiting. They recently traveled to Boston for a family wedding and extended the trip to visit other northeastern highlights. In spring, they plan on attending John’s 55th reunion at West Point. Pat Pochiro retired as a prosecutor for Mahoning County OH after 34 years. He enjoys travelling throughout the East to attend Doo Wop revival concerts (the songs of the ’50s and ’60s). But Pat is not satisfied to relive the past. Five years ago he started taking piano lessons and recently he enrolled in a beginner’s Spanish class at the local college. Pat regularly visits his son and family in Dublin OH and his daughter in New Mexico. Sadly, his wife, Jean, passed away four years ago. Christine and Jay Johnston split their time between Libertyville IL and Bonita Springs FL. Jay retired six years ago from his firm but still keeps his hand in with a few real estate projects. Their younger son is in the practice. They love to travel and golf and often combine the two as in recent trips to South Africa and Scotland. Linda and Mike Fogarty are enjoying life in Manassas VA. He retired 12 years ago after 35 years with the NLRB, having risen to chief counsel to one of the five board members. Now his life revolves around seven classic cars that he owns and displays at car shows. He has even driven several of his cars as background in Hollywood productions. When he told me that the pay was minimal, sometimes only the promise of a good meal and gas money, I asked him why not refuse the offers? Mike was quick to reply, “What? And quit show business?”— Jim Heinhold; 1200 Carmel Lane, New Bern NC 28562; res 252-638-5913;

68 We’re Pumped

Mike Helmer’s contribution from the West Coast last time around has no immediate successor. After a night of revelry following his San Francisco Giants World Series success, Mike is recuperating from the strain of tipping over his neighbors’ cars. Since Mike and Elizabeth live in the Napa region, the cars are no easy matter: mostly Bentleys and Teslas, unlike the compacts known to most of us practical liberal arts majors. Fortunately, Forrest Hainline and John O’Connor had their fleets secured during Mike’s joyous rampage. Maybe Southern California’s mound of muscle, Crossfit trainer Mike Burgener, can help Mike get in shape for any repeat of the Giants’ season. Larry “Monk” Forness, far along in his recovery from a heart repair, wrote from Granger IN that Mike Burgener was one of Father Bernard Lange’s gym group assembled for the Michigan weekend: “We had a great time at the Father Lange Weight Room in the Rockne Memorial. Big Steve Quinn was one of the better lifters. I couldn’t participate because of my recent surgery. Mad Dog (Burgener) looked so buffed that he didn’t lift, but instead was the judge. After the lifting, we went out into the parking lot and Kent “Iron Man” Durso ’67 had brought up an arm wrestling table stand, driven all the way from his farm outside Nashville TN. Big Steve Quinn got into a match with Dr. Jed Ervin ’70 and tore Jed’s biceps tendon. Thankfully, it won’t require surgery. Iron Man got into it and dislocated his right shoulder. The only saving grace was that there were two bottles of booze: a $150 bottle of Irish whiskey that we drained in toasts to Father Lange, and a $120 bottle of scotch that we drained to our own stupidity.” During the Stanford weekend, Monk and Florida’s Jim Smithberger turned to heavy intellectual lifting when they sat in on a class in classical and scientific genetics, an interest of Jim’s grandson, Clayton, who is a Notre Dame prospect. Also around for Michigan was Jim Hutchinson, who filed this mysterious report: “Jerry Murray, Bob Kubiak and I were part of the Rochester NY crew that rented a house in Mishawaka. The weekend even included some non-pc insight from Mike Ryan regarding the football player scandal. Only rough patch was a misunderstanding (now known as Towelgate) which resulted in Jerry M. shouting at everyone, ‘We are not supposed to use the towels, stand out on the lawn naked, and drip dry.’” Feeling the prick of conscience after decades of presence at the tailgates of Class president Tom Weyer and his family, Carmel IN’s Tom McKenna and Mike Browning organized their own party for the Purdue weekend. Tom reported, with a photo posted on the blog, “Beautiful weather, great food, uniforms looked good, rare sighting of Maggie Kernan and Mary Ann O’Toole, two former governors (our own Joe Kernan and Evan Bayh). … Attendees: Joe Kernan, Mike Ryan, Tom Gibbs, Gene Cavanaugh brought our class flag, Denny Toolin, Wally Moxham, Michael Browning, Tom Weyer, Mike Wolf and Skip Strzelecki, generous provider of the T-shirts especially made for the game.” Jim O’Rourke sent word of Thomas M. Connolly’s Aug. 26 death. After serving as a Navy pilot, Tom came back to South Bend, married Bonnie McHugh, made his career in the automotive and aviation industries, and enjoyed a wide circle of friends. Suffering from cancer at the end, Tom was the father of two sons and grandfather of four. Please keep him and Bonnie in your prayers. Pals of John Schmelzer can write him at 200 North Maple Ave., Apt. 611, Falls Church VA 22046-4328. Though suffering from some health issues, John is sure to reply with interesting comments. Also, keep Bill Knapp and his wife Mary Clare in your thoughts as Mary Clare deals with some health matters. Thanks. — Tom Figel; 1054 W. North Shore, Apt. 3-E, Chicago IL 60626; bus 312-223-9536;

68JD Making Things Up

I want to begin with a comment that was forwarded to me by John Pusey, “Incidentally, I remember a number of years ago Tim Woods, who was in writing the class column, threatened that if his classmates didn’t get more news to him that he was going to start “making things up.” I do believe that I can be quite imaginative so we need to hear some news from the Class of ’68. In this spirit, please let us hear from you, Mr. Woods. While Rep. Peter King repeatedly appears on the news, we need for you to provide an update. John Pusey writes that Patty and he visited Carol and Tom Ward in Seattle and had a wonderful time. John reports that Pat and Carol looked great and that Tom and he looked…well, “older.” Tom is a professor emeritus at the U of Maine Law School. John notes that Tom and Carol will be in Europe in the fall doing the 500-mile Santiago trail. John became of counsel at his firm a year ago. Patty and John are enjoying visits with their children and grandchildren and traveling, including a trip to Ireland and to Germany for a Rhine River Cruise. At the Oct. 4 Stanford game, Suzanne and I had the pleasure of visiting with Tom Curtin, John Coyle and Shirley Pfenning, who is the widow of Bob Wilczek. John Coyle has not changed; every woman that he meets is the most beautiful woman in the world. J.C. is also enjoying his work as a mediator and an arbitrator following his retirement from the bench. Lanny Bonenberger reports that he and Barb were going on a two-week Viking River cruise in Europe. Suzie and Charlie Weiss attended the annual meeting of the American College of Trial Lawyers in London and Paris in September. While there, they visited with Jim Seckinger and his wife, Sheila Stuart, who also attended the London meeting. Sheila, who practices in Canada, is a fellow in the American College of Trial lawyers. Please send me updates to share with everyone. — Dennis G. Collins; Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, PC, 10 S. Broadway, Suite 2000, St. Louis MO 63102; 314-516-2648; fax 314-241-3643;

69 Reunion Recap

I think it is safe to say that during the 49 years from the day we first gathered in South Bend in August of 1965 to today, many events have occurred. It’s the inevitable part of the human condition that the longer we are fortunate to live, many events are hopefully, mostly good and some difficult will befall us. Studies show that individuals who maintain close social contacts with other individuals are generally healthier and happier. To that end, I address the nonattendance of our class at our 45th reunion. Whether you are in the group that is disenchanted or angry at Notre Dame regarding an issue that has occurred in the last four decades; or if you feel that there is no one with whom you can associate in our class, thus not attending the reunion, I would like to say respectfully both of those theories are without merit. Notre Dame at the end of the day is a temporal institution run by human beings. As with any organization, there are many levels of decisions that can be made by any group of people, who for whatever reason may not agree with your individual point of view. However, the predecessor of human beings who allowed us to enter the University and offered us the opportunity to become acquainted with one another from states all throughout the country, has given us a gift far greater than our degree from this wonderful institution. None of us would have had the opportunity to enhance our lives by our experience at Notre Dame and specifically to meet our classmates if Notre Dame did not exist and accept us. Thus I say whatever your grievances are against the University, they are minor in comparison to the lifetime gift of the friendship of our classmates. You are only punishing us by your nonattendance. Those classmates would enjoy seeing you again. Secondly, for those of you who feel that there is no one who would like to see you at a reunion or worse there is no one you care to socialize with at a reunion, I again believe you are misguided and mistaken. There is not a reunion that I attend where I meet classmates whom I did not know or “hang with” at school, where I do not find some common bond or a classmate connected to that group of people that allows me to engage with folks, who while I might have seen at school, did not socialize with them on a regular basis. I submit no one can have enough friends or acquaintances in life and meeting other classmates, basically at reunions after graduation, has further enhanced my life as well. Thus, I would respectfully request those who did not attend the 45th reunion, for whatever reason and I understand there are legitimate reasons that prevent attendance, that you clear your schedule for 2019, which will be our 50th reunion. God willing these intervening years will be kind to us and will allow us to be healthy and survive, to be present at our 50th as it will be a glorious celebration for all of us. I will now step down from my soapbox and resume our regular class column news. Tom Lakdy indicates that he and the Milwaukee group, mentioned last column, are still meeting and celebrating their 67 years. Classmate Mike Brennan wanted to fill us in on classmates that he has seen or talked to. He has talked with Ed Weinlein in Hilton Head, who has been helpful in advice for his Mike’s wedding there in May of 2015. He sees Vinnie Kraft who is there for the winter months. John Garvie was in Seattle and saw Jim Lyons, who was there on business. He visited Dave Yonto in Orrville OH, toured the facilities of Quality Casting, his company, and then his wife, Jackie, joined Kathy and him for a river cruise in France. He enjoyed a terrific minireunion before the North Carolina game at the tailgate of Fritz Gast and the chef of the day, Kevin Gallagher. Classmates in attendance included Rick Ellinghaus, John Lynch, Dave Liss, Steve Hext, Tom Hock, Paul Miller, Jim Lyons, Eb Moran, Jack Beneklase, Ernie Gargaro and Jerry Teagen. Missing was Mike Joyce, who was babysitting for his newborn twin granddaughters. On a sad note, Paul Miller’s wife passed away last summer. He mentioned that his ND family has been special to him and his family during this difficult time. Bob Plain writes that for the past five years he has been serving the ND Alumni Association as career coach. He meets annually with Ed Weinlein and Hugh Terrei ’68 to golf on Hilton Head Island. I was in Chicago to watch the Purdue game with Louis M. Leone and Ralph J. Williams, as well as the Navy game. For the Stanford weekend, classmate John Quinn rented a house on North Ironwood Drive, and Richard Sullivan stayed there as well. All had a great time at night with a dinner and cookout. Attending were Richard Sullivan, Dick Cimino, Ralph Williams, Louis M. Leone and myself. Unfortunately, Delbert Hoseman could not attend as he had important issues in Mississippi, but Greg Downes and Thomas Altmeyer visited as well. Thomas Breen and his lovely wife, Jeanine, came to the Stanford game and recently celebrated their son Brady’s 7th birthday on Nov. 1. I wish you all the best. Go Irish. — Tom Ryan; 248-334-9938;

h2(#1969—MBA). 69MBA Great Time

We all had a great time at the North Carolina game on Oct. 11. The game and dinner at Sunny Italy was well-attended with around 35 people attending. A large number came from North Carolina to remember our classmate John Knittel. Rita Knittel brought a lot of her family, consisting of 13 adults and three children. It was great visiting with Rita and her family, and a pleasure for John’s classmates to meet his family members. My later communications with Rita confirm that her family had a wonderful time meeting with John’s classmates and sharing all the stories that went with it. We also attempted to correct some of the stories that John liked to tell. Also in attendance were Sue Jerutis and her daughter, Sarah. It is with fond memories that we remember Ron Jerutis also. John and Ron were sorely missed at the dinner, but we knew that they were there in spirit. Additionally, Linda and Joe Cavato attended with middle daughter Amy, her husband Bob, their daughter Abby and son Ryan. Also attending were Vinny George, Ken Samara, Joe McCourt, Nick Walz, Sue and Tom Sanna, Barbara and Bernie Bieg, my wife Beth, our son Brian McCarthy ’98 and myself. It was around midnight when they kicked the last of our classmates out of the restaurant. The stories got better as the night progressed. Please mark your calendars for Sept. 19, the Georgia Tech game, for the next minireunion. We would like to have the rest of our classmates and families join us. We have reserved the basement room at Sunny Italy, which is a great spot to socialize with only our class. Indicative of the fun we had, Joe McCourt promised to attend all the reunions to come. If you have news about yourself or your family for the next issue, please contact me. — Dennis B. McCarthy; PO Box 246, Bear Lake MI 49614; bus 231-864-3111 ext. 115;

69JD Simple Question

At our 45th reunion, someone asked a simple question, “Who is our class president?” Thirty minutes later, after a trip down memory lane that included Bobby Kennedy’s campaign trip to Notre Dame and South Bend, the question was answered by class president Joe Frantin. The story was hilarious and included a trip to the Stepan Center, the South Bend Tribune and the national television coverage of the Kennedy’s stop at Notre Dame. Joe ran on the “Blow Out Party” against Tom McCusker, who attended the reunion but missed the story. Tom’s daughter is a member of the marching band and we watched as she passed “Under the Arch.” Joe’s campaign manager, Merle Wilberding, missed this reunion but promises to be at our 50th. We had a great turnout for the reunion including Joe McNeil, Brain Hughes, Pat Cooney, Dave Prior, Bill Keck, Jim Dempsey, Jim Brady, Dan Hebert (Peggy, I am waiting for the pictures), Tony Siemer, Tim McLaughlin, Frank Murray, Bob Greene and Hugh Mundy. Dean Newton stopped by Friday evening and brought us up to date on the Law School. She also talked with Bob Greene and had some suggestions for our 50th reunion. Dean Newton is amazed at how close our class is after 45 years. One of Hugh Mundy’s duties as the “spook” of the Law School was raising the flag on campus. He was asked by a professor one morning if the campus was in distress since Hugh had inadvertently hung the flag upside down. Nick Trogan missed the reunion but I did catch up with him at the Stanford game. I also saw Ralph Litzenberger at the Stanford game; he took his granddaughter to see the campus. Jim Gillece did not stay retired very long. Jim is now of counsel with Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf, & Hendler LLC in Baltimore. Thanks to the new Notre Dame Alumni Directory, I was able to locate Jim Leavey who is a retired assistant US attorney living in Cape Cod with his wife, Sue. Jim has three children. His son, Chris ’92, is a military judge stationed with the Air Force in Germany. His daughter, Jeannie ’93, is a high school counselor in Connecticut. His son, Tim, is a college security guard in Minnesota. Jim promises he will be at our 50th. Peter Kutcher made the reunion but had the misfortune of a medical problem that landed him in St. Joe Hospital for the week after the reunion. He had emergency surgery but is recovering. I saw J. C. Coyle ’68JD and Tom Curtain ’68JD at the Stanford game. JC is still licking his wounds from the touch football beating we put on the team from his class. — Jim Starshak; 889 Kaohe Place, Honolulu HI 96825; res 808-395-0443; bus 808-523-2515