class notes

1980s

80 Congratulations

Reunion 2015 will be June 4-7. Joe Carey is reprising his role as chair, and Paul D’Alessandro, Ellen Dorney Colyer and Leo Latz will be helping with our Class gift. Donations to class dues can be made at mynotredame.nd.edu/volclassdues. While dues count toward your football contribution minimum, we suggest a modest contribution of $25 to $50. If a number of us help, we’ll cover Reunion costs and our memorials and recognitions. Please visit reunion.nd.edu for details on hotel accommodations and the agenda. The U of Alabama Birmingham recognized S. Louis (Lou) Bridges Jr. MD PhD as the new holder of the Anna Lois Waters Endowed Chair in Rheumatology. Jeff Scholemer was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015. Jeff was among six other Domer lawyers at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP who made the announcement. From the left coast, Cindy Lupica writes that her son, Nick, has graduated from ND and loves his job at the Jet Propulsion Labs, and that her youngest, Greg, was accepted to ND early action. Cindy and I became pen pals 10 years ago after she lost her daughter, Marisa. I remain in awe of the strength of parents who lose a child. Susan Groeschel Lovelette lost her cousin, Father Benedict Groeschel, who was a co-founder of the Christian Friars of the Renewal. Susan was blessed to sing “Panis Angelicus” during Communion at his Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. (In the very small ND world, Father Bob Lombardo ’79 is a co-founder with Father Benedict and a dear friend of mine.) Susan and her husband live in Bryan TX. They are training cantors, offering musical devotions and singing live on “Sacred Sounds; Exploring the Music of Catholic Liturgy and Worship.” Susan saw Lisa Murray in Temple NH. They met in music theory class freshman year. Carol (Jennings) and Mike Rolfs celebrated the wedding of their daughter, Jennifer ’09, to* Gregory O’Donnell ’08* in the Basilica at Notre Dame in October. Classmates in attendance were Grace Falkenberg Moriarty; Nick and Erin Burns Schneeman whose daughter, Caity ’08, was a bridesmaid; Sally Boetto Cicciarielli; Alan Stein and Sue Kunkel; Rick and Donna Omari Mohrig; George ’79 and Mary Reppa Behrens; Tom Rolfs; and Dick Wallach. According to Carol, it was a fabulous day, and the Basilica makes it so special. Debbie Bieber is back working with her first employer, Caltrans, in Northern California after civil engineering in California and Arizona. She visited the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, where her daughter, Songee, is featured in several exhibits as the Georgia Tech Golden Girl Fire Twirler. Debbie makes it back to campus every summer for Baton Twirling National Championships. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Gina Coniglio, who recently lost a long battle with cancer. Gina had been very private about her illness. A group of her Farley friends gathered for a minireunion in August. They had been a huge support to her in the past two years. Rosemary Mills Russell and Jane Knight saw her in June and spent a happy day and a half with her. – Mary Ellen Woods; mew.1980@alumni.nd.edu; www.facebook.com/groups/notredame80

80MBA Class Secretary-Doug Cooper;

SuntUbi@aol.com;

80JD Good News

Congrats to Tom Costa on his retirement from Bristol Myers Squibb, just in time to watch his son Robert ’08 on the morning news shows and read Robert’s columns on the front page of the Washington Post. (My words, not Tom’s.) Tom Jennings has joined Curtin Heeler in Philadelphia and is close to his home in Yardley PA. Judge Sue Zwick retired from the bench and is now a mediator/arbitrator with JAMS, Chicago. Our sympathies are with Judge Katie Kearney on the death of her father. Jane Farrell carried three out of four counties in her judicial race, but not enough to put her over the top. Hang in there, Jane, and try again. You would be great. Dick Waris will be father-of-the bride in 2015. And, most importantly, our 35th reunion is the first weekend of June. Mark your calendars and be there. Send your news, please. You are important. – Sheila O’Brien; sobrien368@aol.com

81 No News, Again

Once again, we have no news to share in this column. My conclusion: we are an extremely private group and choose to share our triumphs and failures with only our closest friends and confidantes. There is nothing wrong that. However, isn’t this column one of your favorite parts of the magazine? When there is news of classmates in it, that is. So, I can continue to submit the column with nothing or you can send me news to share. Drop me an email or give me a call. -Lee Ann McLaughlin; 1120 Georgiana St., South Bend IN 46617; 847-636-1964; LeeAnnMcLaughlin@alumni.ND.edu

81MBA Class SecretaryE.J. Fleming IV;

600 Hall Hill Road, Somers CT 06071; 860-749-7261; flemingiv@aol.com

81JD Noted Classmates

John Fitzpatrick attended his 40-year reunion at West Point in early October. Fitz rubbed elbows with several noted classmates: Retired Gen. Dave Petraeus (Iraq, Afghanistan and CIA); Gen. Marty Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Retired Gen. Keith Alexander, former head of NSA and in charge during the Snowden affair; and Retired Gen. Skip Sharp, former head of intelligence for the Army. Fitz’s West Point class has the largest collection of four-star generals (four) since Dwight Eisenhower’s class of 1915. Mike Borders reports that Nancy McDonald Borders has been appointed general counsel and corporate secretary of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago effective Jan. 1, and that he has been appointed vice chairman of Dykema Gossett. Congratulations to both. For the second year in a row, Arnie Gough and Fritz Shadley joined the bike ride from Chicago to ND for the first football game. Again, Fritz crashed, this time riding the last 40 miles with a broken rib. He says he will do it again next year. Third time the charm? Jim Blasé recently received the “2014 Wealth Advisors with Heart” honor from Trusts & Estates magazine. Ed Bleisner ran into* Tim Kapshandy* at the Stanford game, and it sounds like he and Marcie are doing well. Ed says that I need to ask Tim and Marcy about their daughter’s role with the New York Jets. OK, Tim and Marcy, what’s up? I am sorry to report that our classmate, Carol Dorge, passed away recently after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Several of our classmates, including Nancy Borders, attended the memorial services, which were held in Lake Forest IL. Please keep Carol and her family in your prayers. God bless and go Irish. – Michael Palumbo; 3799 East Peachtree Drive, Chandler AZ 85249; res 480-284-4004; bus 602-262-5931; mpalumbo@jsslaw.com

82 Irish Came Out on Top

Thanks to those who attended the minireunion for the Stanford game. The weather wasn’t the best, and it was a very tight and stressful game. However, the Irish came out on top. Among the crowd were Jane Wagner Murphy, Kathy Maley Bailey and Curt Bailey, Rose May Carroll, Eileen Wirley, Carol Mullaney, Kathleen Collins Eisbrenner, James Braunlin, Tim Chen, Scott Howard, Jeffrey Didion, Bobby MacDonald, Christopher Arena and Hugh VanAuken. Michael Method, a double Domer, is vice president for strategic planning for Michiana Hematology Oncology. He is a triathlete with two kids: Patrice, who is working on her MBA at Indiana U, and Connor, a junior at Marquette. Cindy DeFazio Smetana is still involved in Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Married to Mark, they have two kids: a 2014 ND grad and a current junior. Cynthia Crennell, who is married to Mike Conroy ’81, lives in Palo Alto and is interim CMO of Palo Alto Medical Foundation. I want to add a very inspiring story to the column. Our classmate Jeff Ogden recently fell about 10 feet, landing on a concrete floor, nearly killing himself. He was hospitalized for months but never faltered. His occupational therapist would often come into the room and say, “Jeff, every time I see you, you are in a great mood and smiling. That is so impressive and uplifting.” Yes, Jeff always kept his spirits up, even while wearing a halo 24 hours a day, even sleeping with it. It took him months to be able to walk but he kept trying, six exhausting steps at a time. When he was finally released, an injured professional pianist in the room next door said, “Jeff, I am sad to see you go. You have been a great inspiration for us all. Your attitude has been wonderful and an example to all.” Well, Jeff’s motto is, “Smile, and the whole world smiles with you.” There is not much else to add. There are many attributes to a great leader and a great person, but attitude tops them all. You are a testament that a positive outlook pays off. Thanks for your story. You are an inspiration to us all. Jeff, you rock. Dave and I want to mention that our eldest was married in August. David ’07 married Gabriela Moscoso. Yes, a girl from Puerto Rico. Albeit a BC grad, she is a great gal and a wonderful addition to our family. Look at pictures on Facebook. More than 20 ’07 ND grads attended the wedding in San Juan. – Dave and Tess Lewis; 30 Battle Ridge Road, Morris Plains NJ 07950; cell 973-219-4050; bloomie711@gmail.com or dave@lewislegal.com

82MBA Class Secretary – Renee S. Cooper;

630-850-9707; reneemsr@aol.com

82JD Next Generation

Our class had another great showing at the Law School’s Intensive Trial Ad program this fall. Bob Clemmons, Ophelia (Camina) Flegle, Tim Nickels and Tim Rooney taught at this year’s program. I ran into Mike Daugherty at the Stanford game. Mike said that he represents several professional athletes who graduated from ND. I saw Tim Rooney and Sheila and Perry Vieth at the North Carolina game. Tim, Perry and I were on campus for the Law School Advisory Council meetings that weekend. Chuck Gallagher will be spending a bit more time on campus for the next few years as his daughter, Kelly, is a freshman at Saint Mary’s. Congratulations to Pam and Paul Mattaini. They became new grandparents in August as their daughter, Katie, and her husband, Mike, had a baby boy. Please send me news. – Frank Julian; 7 W. Seventh St., Cincinnati OH 45202; 513-579-7337; frank.julian@macys.com

83 Catching Up

Congratulations to Larry Smith on his recent marriage to Tracy Dorminy Jarvis. Congratulations also to Sarah McGrath, who passed the bar exam. Please also keep Sarah and her family in your prayers as Sarah’s father passed away on Sept. 21. Steve Fox has joined the Dallas office of Polsinelli as an equity shareholder in the firm’s national labor and employment and commercial litigation practices. Steve is one of the leading complex commercial and employment litigators in Texas. He earned widespread recognition after winning jury verdicts and final judgments on behalf of a renowned computer game executive and developer. The verdict that he won was one of the 10 largest verdicts in Texas in 2010. Jan Poczobutt reports that his eldest son, Jonah, is a Domer. Jan also reported that the Alumni Association says there are 42 legacy students from the Class of 1983 that are a part of the Class of 2018. Good luck to all our legacy students in their college careers. Nina DeLeone Mazuzan has provided an update on her journey with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She completed the six-week treatment regimen, even though it was not easy, and is now on to the next leg of her journey: recovery. We all wish her (and everyone undergoing such a journey) the best. On a happier note, Nina and her husband were able to bring her son, Alex, to St. Lawrence to begin his college career. Steve Fox reported on the Class Facebook page about a Class of 1983 tailgate he had with T.J. Conley and Greg Barth for the North Carolina game. Steve also met up with Tony DiSpigno, who was visiting campus with his son. Bill Bastedo posted a picture of himself with some of the gentlemen of Keenan Hall getting ready to cheer on the Irish in Tallahassee against Florida State. Check out the pictures and video that Christopher Temple Davis posted on the Facebook page about his trip to Colombia with Habitat for Humanity. Many of our classmates have been diligent in keeping us updated on their thoughts, activities and travels on the Facebook page, including Patricia Perry Geiger, Bill Scala, Michelle Tiller, Sonny Peek, Russ Wyborski, Eduardo Magallenez, Don Wussler, Dan Hammer, Fran Beggs Litton, Maureen Burns Zappala, Michael Joyce, Pierre Miller and many others. To join our Facebook page, search “Notre Dame Class of 1983” on Facebook and click the “join” button. If you have any information to share, about yourself or others in our class, drop me a line and I’ll be sure to include it here. – Louis (Chip) Denkovic; 520 West 43 Street, Apt. 32G, New York NY 10036; res 212-564-4264; bus 212-762-6674; ldenkovic@gmail.com

83MBA We Are Back

I know that this column is the first thing you look for when you get this magazine. Doug Bernacchi saw his spring edition and picked up the phone and called me. After giving me grief for my lack of reporting, he filled me in on his antics. When not running for public office or running a successful law firm in Michigan City, Old Bernach is a passionate sportsman, closely following his kids’ sports. The Bernacchi athletes have found success at volleyball and baseball. The kids have attended Colorado College, Washington and Lee, Indiana U and Ball State. Although I am sure that both the beauty and brains in the family emanate from Doug’s lovely wife Susan, the big guy works hard to keep up. It was great to talk to him as the clients piled up in his waiting room late on a Friday afternoon. I chat every month or so with my ND roomie, Jim Hart. Jim and his wife, Karen, just celebrated their 28th anniversary. Their son, Kevin, was recently married and works at Yelp! Their daughter, Kaitlyn, took a sweet job as an interior designer with an architectural firm in Indianapolis. Their son, Sean, is at IU up to his usual antics, and their daughter Brianna is the family all-sport athlete. I think she can whip Jim at golf. It was awesome to reconnect with Jay Carter recently in Chicago. As it turns out, both of us have spent our entire careers in the advertising business. Jay has worked at Abelson Taylor, a prominent health care agency in Chicago for almost 30 years. He is the same Jay, a humble, affable, wicked smart health care marketing guru. When he is not traveling and keeping the AT clients on top of Obamacare, Jay splits his time between Chicago and a home in Michigan. He and his wife Rhonda have a daughter, Billie Marie, 11. Jay’s other five kids, yes he is prodigious, have grown up, left the nest and have their own cell phone plans. He caught me up on some of our classmates. Al Jonas has been at GM in finance for many years. Dave Valenti is a wealth management guru at Bank of America in the Chicago area. Dave Wirl is a shooter at Mellon Bank in commercial lending. Mike Burton is corporate counsel at Ameriprise. Thanks Jay. That is literally more news than I have been able to coax out of our class in years. I went to the Blue-Gold game this year with my dad, Jack Hilbrich ’50. We stopped by the Monogram Event to see if Dad could see some of his pals. He is in perfect shape and outliving them all so there weren’t many in attendance. It was great to see his name chiseled in the wood in the Monogram Hall for the letter he won playing baseball for Jake Kline. Mom and Dad are ardent Irish fans and get to a number of football games each year. My nephew, Connor Hilbrich Davis ’18, is a newly minted freshman. Our family is moving on smartly since my last report. Oldest son Jack graduated from U of New Hampshire and works for Outward Bound. He recently accepted a fellowship at the Eagle Rock School in Estes Park CO. Daughter Annika is an equestrian instructor in the Toronto area and was wed in September to Tyler Hough. Tom is a junior hockey player at Quinnipiac U. Likewise, son Christian is playing hockey as a junior at Cornell U. Daughter Sanne is junior at DePauw U and is currently on an overseas semester in Patagonia with National Outdoor Leadership School. Our youngest, Nicholette, is a senior in high school and a volleyball player as well. She is going through her choices for college now. My wife, Sue, keeps us all together and connected while we are all literally across the country. She also was a master planner for Annika’s wedding. We saw my sister, Judy Hilbrich Sheppard ’90MBA, when she celebrated her 50th birthday last October, looking younger than ever. I didn’t know karaoke could be elevated to such a high level. Thanks again Jay, Roomie and Bernach for connecting. Write or call, folks. I can get you a job, promote your business, pump up your kids and give you a reason to read this fine publication. Actually, I think it best that you write me before I make up something about you. Go ND. – John Hilbrich; 630-677-2725; john.hilbrich@gmail.com

83JD Class Secretary – 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; amerchle@smumn.edu

84 Send News, Please

Karen Flynn is president of pharmaceutical packaging systems at West Pharmaceutical Corporation. Michael Suffren, an attorney at Ulmer & Berne, is on the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list. Please keep the families of classmates Casey Snyder and Don Mihalko in your prayers. Both passed away recently. Please also keep the family of Kris (Anderson) ’86SMC and Joe Trustey in your prayers as they grieve the loss of their son, A.J. – Martha Avery; mayoravery@aol.com

84MBA Class Secretary – Tom Phillips;

bus 407-629-4420; fax 407-629-4480; mobile 407-580-8757; taprealtor@earthlink.net

84JD Write On

Leslie Budewitz reports that she continues to flourish as a writer and has two new books. Her first mystery, Death al Dente, won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, making her the first author to win Agatha Awards for fiction and nonfiction. In 2011, Leslie won an Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction, for her book, Books, Crooks and Counselors: How to Write Accurately about Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure. Her second mystery, Crime Rib, was released this summer. Congratulations, Leslie. A Life Short and Loud; And the Long Road Back, is the title of a book written by Kevin Luby in which he recounts the life of his son, Conner, who died in a 2009 traffic accident. The book recounts the aftermath of a tragic accident, the grief, the surviving family and other concerns endured by Kevin, his wife Jane, and their daughter Moira. More than just an examination of grief, however, he explores the remarkable life of his son. Congratulations to Brian Moynihan, who was named chairman of the board of directors at Bank of America. Brian will also retain his position as CEO. A recent email brought word that Casey Toohill, son of Steve Toohill and Karen Kiley Toohill ’82, ’85JD has committed to play football at Stanford. The Fighting Irish will need to augment their blocking schemes when the Cardinal team is on the field. We send our condolences to Jim Carr ’79, ’84JD on the death of his father, James A. Carr ’47 of South Bend. Mr. Carr was the son of Irish immigrants from County Mayo. He was a navigator in the Army Air Corps during WWII. I fondly recall the hospitality at the Carr home during our years in law school and since. Jim, you learned from the best. The deceased members of our class, Thomas Grant, Joseph Sepeda, Therese Zeman and Karen Werme, were remembered in prayer at the Grotto on All Souls Day. John Maciejczyk, assistant US attorney in South Bend, visited NDLS speaking on cybercrime to the Future Prosecuting Attorneys Council student group. John will be teaching a class this semester on cybercrime at NDLS. – Matthew J. Dunn; 19834 Timbered Estates Lane, Carlinville IL 62626; 773-294-6851; mdunn@atg.state.il.us

85 New Reading

Lisa (Bartholomy) Hendey‘s new book, The Grace of Yes, was released in November by Ave Maria Press. Lisa and Ave Maria Press sponsored a special “The Grace of Yes Day” on Nov. 18. The purpose of the day was to urge others to say “yes” to God in their lives and to give to their favorite charity. Lisa lives in Fresno CA and is also the author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. Tod Tamberg married Louise Mihalovits in July in the Log Chapel. In attendance were Joe Bova, Tom Dlugoz, and Father Jim Heyd. Congregation of Holy Cross priests Mark Thesing ’81, Tom Streit ’80 and Jim McDonald ’79 concelebrated. Cardinal Roger Mahony ’89Hon, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, was principal celebrant. Also attending were Jake and Mary Neary, parents of Father Pat Neary, who is district superior of East Africa and could not make it back to Notre Dame for the wedding. Tod worked for 23 years in the communications office of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In 2013, he attended the election of Pope Francis in Rome. He now works in the office of communications and public outreach at UCLA. Tod notes, “Now I get to root against USC twice as often.” James Stern, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of A.O. Smith Corporation, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Manufactures (NAM). The NAM board is comprised of manufacturing leaders in various industrial sectors. The board provides advocacy efforts in government policy debates affecting manufacturers. James joined A.O. Smith in 2007 and serves on the leadership team of the global water technology company. His responsibilities include management of legal, compliance and government affairs throughout the company’s worldwide operations. He focuses heavily on strategy and corporate development. James serves on the board of directors of Jason Industries, Inc., a global manufacturer of seating, furnishing and automotive acoustics. He also serves on the board of directors of the Fleck Foundation, a Milwaukee-based charitable organization focused on inner-city schools and transitional housing. James graduated from the Northwestern U School of Law and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Save the Date: June 4-7. It is time for Reunion. – Kathleen Doyle Yaninek; yanzlaw@comcast.net

85MBA Class Secretary – Dom Yocius;

dyocius@ameritech.net

85JD Read All About It

ND Law Class of 1985 is making news. Tom Lupo, who is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson in Chicago, was profiled in Leading Lawyers magazine after being named a Leading Lawyer in the areas of environmental law and environmental litigation. Leading Lawyers are nominated by peers and chosen by an advisory board after a rigorous vetting process. Tom’s profile in Leading Lawyers magazine included a shout-out to former professor and now judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Kenneth Ripple. Tom’s middle daughter, Claire, is a senior at ND, having just returned from a semester abroad in Shanghai, and his youngest, Grace, is a freshman at the U of Illinois. Dave Scheper’s firm, Scheper, Kim & Harris, was chosen as a Top Boutique by the Daily Journal newspaper. This is a great accomplishment for a firm that is only 10 years old and a relative new kid on the block. The Daily Journal called the firm highly successful and said its lawyers are high profile, accomplished litigators. Barb Scheper reports that she and Dave have been crisscrossing the country this fall to watch their son Tom, a sophomore at Davidson College, play football. Dave and Barb also attended the ND-UNC game, where they visited with Walt Brown, John Gibbons, and Kate and Matt Barrett. Casey Toohill, son of Karen (Kiley) and Steve Toohill ’84JD, was interviewed by San Diego television station KUSI. Casey was recognized as a star senior linebacker for Cathedral Catholic High School and a role model at his school. Casey is committed to play football at Stanford U next year. Cathedral Catholic’s football program also includes Steve Cavellier’s son, Jack, a sophomore on the JV team. Karen Keltz has her own firm in Dallas, practicing civil and family law. She has served in leadership roles for the State Bar of Texas Insurance law section, is an e- mentor for high school students, co-chairs the mock trial high school competition, and presents every year on career day to the local middle school. Karen’s son, Zachary, is a sophomore at Georgetown in DC, where he is pursuing his interest in debate through Georgetown’s top-ranked debate team. Zachary excelled at debate in high school, and is studying war powers and international economics with a minor in Korean; he will spend a semester at the London School of Economics. Speaking of international news, Mark Engel recently launched a new business in Shanghai and proudly reports that his eldest, Hunter, graduated from Emory last spring. Chris Hazlitt is a corporate partner at Bryan Cave in Boulder CO where he does domestic and international business deals for technology and consumer product companies. It’s the best of both worlds: a big firm practice in a small mountainside town. Chris says that he and his wife, Marcia, visited Boulder in 1988, and never left. Their two grown sons also live in the area. Give Chris a call if you are in Boulder. Congratulations to Kim Kirn, who was named to the Panel of Senior Arbitrators at US Arbitration and Mediation based in St. Louis. Kim focuses on commercial, employment and real estate disputes. Those mediation skills likely come in handy at home, where Kim and her husband are raising two teenage boys and hosting Pauli Tapia, 16, an exchange student from Chili. Kim reports that Pauli speaks English very well and is giving her boys a chance to have a sister. Please continue to send me your news. I look forward to hearing from you. – Kelly Kiernan Largey; largey@fr.com

86 Many Things to Talk About

Dava Newman, MIT aerospace professor, was nominated by President Obama to be deputy administrator of NASA. Among her responsibilities would be legislative and governmental affairs, communications, the Mission Support directorate and international relationships, including the multinational partnership that manages the International Space Station. Dava is well known for developing the “shrink-wrap” spacesuit. A number of classmates made it to the Syracuse game including Laura and Ron Plantz, Kitty and Tom White, Missy Sommer and Ellen ’87 and Mike Dudas. Some of the Cavanaugh crew made the game including KC Culum, Bill Purcell, Greg Ehrman, Rich Enderle, George Tong, Dave Epping and Gary Cooper. Our minireunion for the final Michigan game was well attended. I may be missing some who joined the party, but the crew included Mary O’Malley, Muffin Dowd ’87, Missy Sommer, Mary and Tim Condon, Bob Carillo, Tom “Tag” Grant (tent savior), Karen Leeker, John Rubino, Patrick Conboy, Craig and Fifi Paraiso, Ann and Pete DiChiara ’85, Tim Grozier ’85, Julie and Casey Newell ’85, Chris and Bryan Dedrick (thanks for helping with the early set-up), Kelly and John Waller, Michelle and Matt Albano ’85, Suzanne Napier, Ellen Crowley ’87MBA, Katie’85 and John Anthony, John Kunz, Brian McAlpine, Mark Gramelspacher, Kathleen Texido, Brian ’85 and Anne Davis, Brian Rady, Werner “Rip” Graf, Mike Quinn ’85, John Nicodemus ’87, Ken Schuermann ’87, John Gleason, Pat Sexton, Pete Thursby, Moose Kosco, Tim Clark, Jennifer Cho Hankamer, Cathy and Stan Ochs, Dave Crouch and Joe Cripe. Jennifer Cho and Linda Ryndak shot out to NYC to celebrate their birthdays. Jennifer just took a job with DirecTV and moved the family to Manhattan Beach. She is heading up corporate development (M&A), treasury and financial planning. Ben and Julie (Boss) Jones hiked into the 10,000-foot Haleakala Crater and camped in a cabin to watch the full lunar eclipse with a few friends for her 50th. I had a nice surprise last August when Mike Huber emailed saying he was heading into the subway to head down to Ground Zero to visit the memorials while he was in town for the US Open with his brother. It’s across the street from my building and we were able to spend some time at the reflecting pools and grounds and then head over to the World Financial Center, Brookfield Place and harbor. We got to catch up. Mike’s son, Kyle, is in his second year at Notre Dame and lives in Dillon Hall. His second son is a freshman at one of the Seattle universities, and his daughter is a junior in high school getting ready to look at colleges. Jack Gibbs was fortunate to get back to campus last April for the National Championship Soccer Banquet along with his dad, John Gibbs ’57. He met up with many old mates from our era including Dave Miles, Chris Telk, Stuart MacDonald, Tom Bowsher ’87, Ted Schwartz ’84, Rob Snyder ’84, Michael Collins ’87, Sean Toomey ’88, Ted Kommers ’88, Rich Herdegan ’85, Ken Harkenrider ’84, Larry Smith ’83, Bruce Novotny ’84, Mark Luetkehans ’84, Dave Krus ’88 and Jim Morrissey ’83. Jack also says he gets to see Matthew Langenderfer, Dave Turner, Bill Keenan, Tom Jones and Mike Nappi for home or California games. Air Force Col. Brian Pierson left the service on Sept. 1 after 28 years of active duty. He and his wife, Denise, recently celebrated their 25th anniversary and reside in South Carolina. Their eldest son, Air Force Lt. Shayler Pierson ’12, is on his first combat deployment to the Middle East. He’s keeping the ND and military tradition alive in their family. Their second son, Connor, is a senior at Clemson, so there will be some ND-ACC rivalry in that family. Their third son, Gregory, is a junior at Mount Saint Mary’s and their fourth son, Noah, is in high school. I am sorry to write that we lost our friend and classmate with the passing of Maggie Geselbracht on Sept. 11 after a 30-year battle with lymphoma. She was an inspirational and well-loved professor of chemistry at Reed College for 21 years. Please keep her husband, Tom, and sons, Kieran and Zach, in your thoughts and prayers. I have sent Tom and the boys a Mass card from the Basilica on behalf of all of us in the ’86 family. If anyone would like a candle lit at the Grotto, please let me know. We have friends on campus who take care of it. Take care and God Bless. – John Spatz; 201-264-2459; john.spatz@rbccm.com

86 MBA Big Move

Lisa (Miller) and Jamie Maguire are moving across the country from Pennsylvania to Santa Barbara CA. Lisa continues to thrive with her business, Groothie (GReen smOOTHIE). She loves to see the looks on the faces of children when they have their first taste. Jamie and Lisa cheered on the Irish at the Michigan and Stanford games. Lisa’s dad, Judge Robert Miller ’42, ’47JD, is still going strong at age 93. Jamie’s parents joined in the fun and attended the Stanford game. If you’re walking on campus and see someone who looks just like Atchi Nagai, it could be his son, Ken, who began in the MBA program this fall. Atchi’s daughter, Aya, is in her second year at the Governor’s Academy at Byfield MA. Both are happy to be studying in the US. Dan Kerrigan visited the civil protests in Hong Kong. He found the experience to be enlightening. While expecting to witness an Asian version of Occupy Wall Street, he found the opposite, a polite pro-democracy protest. As a former Marine, Bob Teets is active in veteran affairs. He recently met with VA Secretary Robert McDonald to discuss the state of VA healthcare in Atlanta. Keep me posted on your activities. Send an email or text a quick line or two. I’d love to hear from you. – Maureen Decker; 21855 Town Gate, Macomb MI 48044; res 586-468-7713; bus 586-741-4305; cell 586-817-1317; Maureen.decker@mclaren.org

86JD Class Secretary – Don Passenger;

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

87 New Beginnings and Forever Friends

Christa-Marie Singleton MD, MPH and Brett Westmoreland were married in Atlanta on Oct. 11 and officially became a new family along with Christa-Marie’s son, Matthew Christopher Thomas Horne. Classmates and roommates Charmaine (Bilyeu) Davis and Beth (Phillips) Twohy were in attendance to celebrate and to wish the new family well. Christa-Marie is the senior medical advisor, Division of State and Local Readiness, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and works on issues of state and local public health and healthcare integration. Christa-Marie and Brett are making their home in Atlanta and are busy keeping up with Matthew, 8, and his traveling soccer schedule. In honor of turning the big 5-0 in 2015, PWers Patricia Clark, Maura Mandyck and Nylce Prada Myers are walking the Mayor’s Midnight Marathon in Anchorage on June 20. Any other ’87 alumnae, regardless of dorm, are welcome to join them for the walk. Runners are welcome, too. If you have questions, please contact nylce@alumni.nd.edu. Beth (DeCrick) Lundwall wrote to say that she visited with Mary (Malloy) and Chris Junge, Lori (Lubawy) O’Donnell and Don Urgo at the Navy game. Beth is a tax director for Corrigan Oil in Brighton MI. She and her husband have a blended family of nine kids, four of whom are in college. I was thrilled to spend time with my Lyons friends at the Michigan game. Katie (Carlson) Bergstrom, Anne (Culligan) Toal, Lisa (Dickinson) Michaux, Beth (Nolan) Miller, Christine (Sapienza) Figueroa, Karen (Phelps) Moyer, Allison (Farhenkopf) Brigati, Kelli (Graham) Coppola, Mary Carol (Creadon) Murphy and I had a terrific time. I also had the opportunity to spend time catching up with Patrick McCauley and Tom Hardiman at pregame tailgating. Karen Phelps Moyer had great news to share. She won an Emmy for her role as a producer of an HBO documentary, “One Last Hug (…And a Few Smooches): Three Days at Grief Camp.” It chronicles three days at Camp Erin, a camp for children learning to cope with the death of a loved one. Karen and her husband, Jamie, formed The Moyer Foundation that created and funds Camp Erin, the largest network of free bereavement camps in the country for children and teens who are grieving a significant loss. The Moyer Foundation also funds Camp Mariposa for children affected by addiction in their families. I had the opportunity to watch the film and it is truly a documentary you don’t want to miss. It is with sadness that I have to report that we lost two of our classmates in recent months. Lori Conlin passed away on March 21 in Chicago. Lori worked in the public relations industry during her 27-year career. Lori is survived by her mother, Linda, and brothers, Tom and Mike. Lori was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Conlin. Memorial donations may be given to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at jdrf.org. Paul Nonte passed away on Sept.17. Paul was a marketing executive in McLean VA. Paul lived in Morrissey Hall and was a member of the Notre Dame Choir. He is survived by his father, Paul E. Nonte, and his siblings, Bill Nonte, Cathy Walden, Beth Russell and Barbie Nonte. Preceding him in death was his mother, Joan Nonte, and one sister, Patrice Nonte. Please say a prayer for their families. – Katherine Bull; 14 E. 41st St., Savannah GA 31401; kmbull47@gmail.com

87MBA News Galore

Hello Everyone. Along with football, the autumn months at Notre Dame are filled with reunions of old classmates and friends. While walking on campus during the Michigan weekend, I happened to meet Joe Bars. We spoke very quickly, and Joe was unable to attend our tailgater as he was rushing to pregame festivities as both his sons were playing in the game; one for the Irish and one for Michigan. Congratulations to Joe and the Bars family for this amazing accomplishment. Speaking of tailgaters, we enjoyed great attendance from our classmates this year. Nancy Ball, Rick Hans, Mark Brostowski, Chris Murphy, Jake Frego, Van Pearcy, Connie O’Brien, Ellen Crawley, Susan Burke and yours truly were at one or both of the events. We have heard from Jake on a regular basis; thank you, Jake. Jake’s eldest daughter, Katie, is a freshman this year at Saint Mary’s. We also hear from Kevin “Wally” Bridges and Ahmed Moussa. Kevin, Ahmed and I live in Toronto, Canada. We enjoyed dinner together in September. Kevin recently joined Bell Canada in their finance department, and Ahmed continues commuting from Toronto to manage his various businesses in Saudi Arabia. Nick Panepinto wrote to us as well. Nick is an assistant professor in the department of business administration, accounting and economics at Flagler College in Saint Augustine FL. Nick teaches marketing. Nick can be reached at panepiRN@flager.edu. Nick informs us that Jim Makowski is also at Flagler College teaching accounting and finance. They attended the Florida State game together.
We also heard from Mukesh Goel. Mukesh visited Notre Dame at Christmas with his family. It was his first visit in 26 years. He wishes everyone well and would welcome us to contact him at mukesh@marsautocomponents.com. Peter Dolan wrote and here is his update: Peter is an 18 year partner at KPMG. He and his wife, Kristin, are located in Munich for their fourth international assignment. Their eldest son, Ryan, is a recent university graduate and working at Comcast. Their youngest son is a sophomore at LaSalle U in Philadelphia. Peter can be reached at Pdolan@kpmg.com. Finally, one person who has been a regular at all of our tailgates is Prof. Frank Reilly. Most of you will remember Frank as dean of the Business School while we were students. Frank is retiring at the end of this academic year. If you ask Frank which class was his favorite, he will always say the MBA Class of 1987. There will be a reception in honor of Frank and his wife, Therese, on Feb. 28 at Notre Dame. A fellowship is being endowed in honor of Frank and Therese in recognition of their life-long service and dedication to Notre Dame. His family and many of his colleagues and friends will be in attendance. A number of us from the MBA Class of 1987 will be attending. Following the reception, we will enjoy dinner together and the ND men’s hockey game. If you would like to attend, please contact me and I will provide further details and assist you with arrangements. A separate invitation will be delivered to you. That’s it for now. Go Irish. – Perry N. Dellelce; Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, Suite 800, Wildeboer Dellelce Place, 365 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2V1; tel 416-361-5899; fax 416-361-1790; perry@wildlaw.ca

87JD Class Secretary – Tim Borchers;

38 Gannett Court, Wayne NJ 07470; bus 212-404-5507; tim.borchers62@gmail.com

88 The Update Cup Runneth Over

So we left off (on our summer ’14 news reports) with a nod to Holy Cross Hall, may she rest in peace, though I’m imagining that many of the Hogs’ fondest memories are anything but peaceful. Lisa (Ulager) Zurovchak and husband, Jerry ’90, rolled up their sleeves and attended ND’s Family Volunteer Camp with their children in July. Lisa reports that it was, “a great time and a great cause.” By the way, if this is an opportunity that interests you, registration for this summer’s sessions opens in January. Contact the Alumni Association for details. Living back in Colorado Springs, Cindy (Broderick) Provost has surpassed her 25th year of Air Force service and is now the executive officer to the director of admissions at the Air Force Academy. After finally getting her youngest of four into school full time, Lisa (Perez) Tighe has begun act two. She writes a column for the Los Angeles Post Examiner and serves on the board of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. She lives north of Boston with her husband and kids. Her Lewis roommate, Sharon (Vandolman) Kaseta, moved to New York after a job relocation, but they were able to connect on Cape Cod. Trisha (Smith) and Tim Scanlan call Chicago home for most of the year, but relish cottage-living each summer on the other side of Lake Michigan in South Haven MI. They enjoy kayaking, paddle-boarding, berry-picking, s’more consuming and spending time with family and friends. Guests last summer included Joe Dearie, his wife, Heather, and their daughters; as well as Tim’s brother, Dan Scanlan ’86, his wife, Karla, and their nephews. They welcome future visitors, in the summer or otherwise. Trisha’s email is patrsmit@umail.iu.edu. Joe Weber recently became TiVo’s CTO of the service provider division in Silicon Valley, where he lives with his wife, Lucy, and their two children. He reports that he enjoys watching the HBO show, Silicon Valley, because, as the saying goes, “it’s funny because it’s true.” Steve Clark’s son, Stephen, is a freshman at the U of Michigan so, of course, a tailgater was in order for the UM game. We hope Stephen’s college football experience improves from now on. And, speaking of freshman progeny, word has it that more than 40 members of ND’s Class of ’18 are the children of ’88 classmates, which has them graduating just prior to our 30th reunion. Kate (Hyder) and Pete Lindstrom reported that their son, Nick, is a sophomore at ND. For some strange reason, Nick loves being in Keenan on North Quad, baffling Pete, who believes that Alumni on South Quad is “so much better.” Nick can be found performing at most every open mic night at “La Fun.” (When did that become campus-speak?) Their second son, Dan, is a senior at Bishop Shanahan in Downingtown PA, which is Muffet McGraw’s alma mater. He is taking a serious look at ND; their daughter, Sara, is in eighth grade. Pete, a cybersecurity industry analyst, proudly shared that Kate gave the “distinguished student” talk at her Penn State master’s graduation ceremony last spring and works as VP of information services for a Philadelphia-area company. Kevin Sandberg, our class chaplain, completed his doctorate at Fordham U and is back on campus as the director of graduate student initiatives and faith education at the Center for Social Concerns. He taught a graduate immersion course called the Common Good Initiative in the fall and is teaching undergraduates, perhaps some of our children, this spring. Stay tuned. The cup still overflows and more good news is in store. – Laurine Megna-Davis; PO Box 18138, Avon CO 81620; 970-390-9742; magnet@vail.net

88MBA Class Secretary – Margaret M. Lyons;

203-869-7267; meglyons@optionline.net

88JD Class Secretary – Lisa Marie Visingardi;

3389 12th St., Riverside CA 92501; bus 951-248-0315; res 789-6272; lisa.visingardi@jud.ca.gov

89 Reunion Memories

On the train home from work this evening, I was thinking about how much I enjoyed our 25th reunion. It was lots of fun catching up with Pamela Stanush Edens, Kim Yuratovac Kipp, Mike Kipp, Kathleen McDavid Harrison, her husband Mark and two beautiful daughters. Pam and I also squeezed in the South Bend Sunburst half marathon. That’s not too shabby for old ladies like us. I am not sure I have smiled or laughed as much as I did that weekend in a very long while. I appreciate the few that have reached out to share what’s been happening in their lives. Big shout out to Julie Fessel Flanigan, who was sworn in as magistrate judge for Floyd County IN. I heard from Kathleen McKernan Whitefield. She and her husband, Paul, relocated to Plano TX, where he works for Investor’s Business Daily. Kathleen has a very busy household because she does editorial consulting work and homeschools their five children: Peter, 18; Kateri, 16; Flannery, 13; Thomas, 10; and Blaise, 3. Kevin Grogran contacted me as well. He shared that Senior Bar favorites, “The Chewing Black Bones,” including Russ Humberston, Jeff Gerlach and Mike Jacob, reunited for the Michigan game. They performed at the Grogan Ziffarelie tailgater, where fun was had by all. It was a great gear-up for the fabulous game that night. Please keep the news coming. I know many are tired of my relentless begging, but I also hear how disappointed you are when the magazine shows up with no news about our class. – Noël (Murtha) Di Nome; 326 Melbourne Ave., Mamaroneck NY 10543; res 914-806 3760; noel.d.dinome@live.com

89MBA Class Secretary – Maggie DeVoe;

612-845-9662; maggie.devoe@oracle.com

89JD Love and Admiration

On a very personal note, I wanted to inform you that we lost my beautiful husband of 23 years, Jim Smith, on Sept. 29 after a brief but intense battle with a rare, aggressive form of colon cancer. At the time of his death, Jim was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Butler Pappas. He also had retired from the Air Force in June after 32 years, at the rank of brigadier general, a long way from his “Captain Equity” days at ND. We held his Air Force retirement ceremony at the Law School, followed by a party at Parisi’s, fewer than two weeks before Jim died. Jim was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest non-combat medal awarded by the President. The 130 family members and friends in attendance got to hear the significant contributions Jim made to our nation during the last three decades, and Jim got to hear many words of love and admiration from many people whom he loved. Approximately 40 of our class members attended Jim’s wake and funeral, and countless others reached out to him during his illness. Jim will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Our dear friends, Monica Harder ’90JD and Ed Gibbons, have been by our side throughout this ordeal, and many others from our class have extended tremendous support to my family. Jim loved our class. He was very touched by the friendships he enjoyed in this group, and would be so very pleased by the love and support you have given to Luke, Matt, Joe and me. I would love to specifically mention many of you who have helped, but I am sure this article would be too long. Although inadequate, I will simply say thank you to our wonderful law class of 1989. – Jenny O’Leary Smith; jennyoleary@comcast.net