class notes


60 Fantastic Time at 55th

Most of the attendees of the 55th reunion are looking forward to the 60th reunion in 2020, and a number of classmates want to get something going at the 2017 or 2018 reunion. Your thoughts? We had about 140 or so total attendees with a number of classmates coming for one or two days. One of the most memorable aspects of this reunion is that all three of our dinners were exclusively for ’60 classmates. Our Thursday Class Mass was an exceptionable experience, celebrated by Father Jim Radde. The names of the 92 classmates who have died the past five years were read during the Mass. Peter Giaimo provided the entertainment group for our Friday dinner, and they were absolutely superb. We found a fair number of dancers among our group. A number of us attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Dick Corbett’s building on the east side of the stadium. It will house the philosophy and anthropology departments. I have asked the class officers to weigh in with their thoughts on our 55th. Howard Foley says, “Marylee and I have always left a reunion with great memories of classmates, the activities, the campus, former faculty members and the genuine religious atmosphere that defines Notre Dame. This year was even more special because of Father Ted. The entire experience this year was greatly enhanced by stories that were shared about this outstanding human being. From deeply personal one-on-one interactions to monumental achievements on the international level, not to mention his remarkable contributions to making our great University what it is today. We are indeed blessed to be a part of our Notre Dame family.” Steve Barry says, “While it is most convenient to yield to apathy and sloth by deciding that returning for the 55th reunion would be too expensive, or too much trouble, I am delighted to have made the effort to attend. It was a wonderful experience to again be in the company of ND’s Greatest Class. Two Foleys, Lekin, Corbett, Pietrzak, Lodish and Heenan tip their hats to Pete Giaimo for bringing us his show. Billy Joel was right: ‘These are the times to remember ‘cause it will not last forever. These are the days to hold on to…’ One last drink with my pal Hackman (a.k.a. The Bear) – Mike Dalzell. God rest ye who have gone before us and bless the rest of us. Three things for us to remember as septuagenarians: 1) If you need to remember something, write it down. 2) Never pass by a men’s room. 3) Never, ever buy green bananas. See you at the 56th or whichever’s next.” Terry Keating says, “What a weekend. First let me thank all who participated and those who sent along assistance to help underwrite our expenses. Special thanks to Terry Sullivan for donating his beautifully designed pens that were given as a memento to donors of $100 or more to our Class Scholarship Fund and to Peter Giaimo for providing the spectacular entertainment Friday night. The Class of ’60 was able to add $5,500 to our scholarship fund. Thanks again to all of you. As always there were special moments. For me it was on Saturday night in a great conversation with Mike and Jeanne Dalzell remembering our friendship that began in September 1956. May he rest in peace. Each month a Mass is celebrated for the deceased members and families of the Class of ’60. Remember you never want to have to say ‘I wish I would a…’ Join us in September at the Georgia Tech game or at any other Class activity, including the Florida lunches or Reunion 1960 in June 2020.” Bill Killilea says, “This 55th reunion was amazing to me, because of the wonderful turnout. The warm response of all who attended all of the events. Honoring the Corbett family will always be memorable. Tim Carroll’s seminar should be sent to all running for office. The most memorable for me personally was a very private conversation with Mike Dalzell. Little did I know it would the last. God bless a good friend and classmate.” Amen. Dan Lyons says, “After celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary last year with all our family at Mass at ND, the 55th reunion was a wonderful encore. Seeing many old friends and updating our stories was refreshing and a continued inspiration from the super Class of ’60. The Masses were poignant and memorable. Hosting the hospitality room with Bob Keeley and a large group of classmates and wives made it even more fun. A constant flow of smiling faces ran through the entire three days. Thanks to all for the help even though we didn’t have the perfect mix of food and beverage for George Richvalsky and the Griff.” I hope to see you at football games, minireunions and our 60th. — Joseph F. Jansen; 9190 Southmont Cove, No.103, Ft. Myers FL 33908; 239-461-0980; cell 317-514-4478;

60JD Class Secretary — John DiNardo;


61 Irish Marchers

The report on who marched in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is finally in from Chuck Lennon. In the interest of space I’ll have last names only. You should read these names to the tune of “Dear Old Donegal”: There came the Anneses, the Brennans, the Botts, the Cronins, the Dawsons, the Feeneys, the Fitzpatricks, the Flemmings, Father Glakin (honorary), the Grants, Bill Hennighan, the Hochs, Nancy Kidder, the Lawlors, the Leahys, the Lennons, the Marshalls, the Mays, the Monahans, Bill Murray, the Nacks, the Neimeyers, the O’Briens, Father O’Shaughnessy, the Owens, Pat Reardon, the Ryans, the Salvinos, the Sullivans, the Webers, the Werners and Donna Young. What a great collection of Irish names, especially Annese, Bott, Glakin, Neimeyer, Salvino, and Werner. As usual the parade was followed by a great dinner organized by the Anneses and the Hochs. Father O’Shaughnessy and Father Glakin concelebrated the Mass before the meal. A grand time was had by all. Ted Dawson sent me a picture of the guys at the dinner. No names were listed, so all I can report is that everyone looks young and vigorous, with a full head of dark hair and a flat belly. (If you believe this I have a bridge in New York I’d like to talk to you about.) Prince Chuck asked that I add a word on our minireunion at ND. It will be on the weekend of Sept. 19, so it will already have taken place when you read this. Ray Kashinski sent a note to Tim Monahan, who sent it to Chuck, who sent it to me. He was in Saitual, Mizoram, India. (This guy really gets around. He even came to see Abbie and me years ago). Ray included a picture of himself and some women of Saitual. I had a pleasant call from Paul Lovell this week. He is about to celebrate his 50th anniversary of receiving his PhD in chemical engineering from ND. What makes this so newsworthy is that Paul was the first ND BS graduate to receive an ND doctorate in chemical engineering in ND’s history. Congratulations, Paul, we are proud of you. He is retired for several years and enjoys the Lifetime Learning program at the university in Bethany Beach DE. He is in contact with Dick Fox, who wrote me via snail mail. He and Paul say they are having trouble getting through to me by email. I don’t know what the problem is; 75 percent of what you see here arrived by email. Anyway, Dick is retired from DuPont. He had a minireunion with Father Tom Gardocki (retired priest with Diocese of Wilmington) and Bill Slattery, who is a retired lawyer. Dick sees Mike Ferrer almost every day at Mass. The two of them are involved in a prison ministry trying to help folks who have served their time adjust back into free society. Dick also volunteers with Meals on Wheels in his area. Jack Ryan wrote that he is celebrating 50 years in his law office. Congratulations, Jack. Pete Murphy continues a stream of prompts on the Bob Morris Irish Band that is playing in Smithtown. And Tom “Waxie” Whalen holds down the fort in Incline Village. He says there are only two other ND grads that live in the village. (I guess that means he can tell his version of the story.) He says ski season was short, so hiking season will be long. I have not heard from Tom Cubbage in a while, so you can imagine my delight when an email turned up from him. I got right on it because it had a request. As it turned out, he had been hacked so I guess someone in Africa or Europe or India is enjoying my address as we speak. Nancy Sheets forwarded me an email received by Notre Dame Magazine saying that Dr. Jeremy Kaye MD passed away July 4. Please pray for him, his family and all others in our class who need our prayers. (That’s about all of us.) Well, that’s about it. Abbie and I are both at the door lamenting the passing of Father Hesburgh, who affected us in so many ways. But, the latchstring is out and you can drop in any time you are passing through South Texas, we’ll be glad to see you. — Joseph P. (“Pat”) Kelly; 2103 N. Wheeler St., Victoria Texas 77901; 361-573-9982;

61JD Big Reunion in 2016

Please remember that our 55th anniversary is coming up next year. — John N. Moreland;

62 Life Changes

Ray Durand retired after 20 years teaching (eight years full time, 12 year part time) at Broward College in the Fort Lauderdale area, and says, “As I always hoped to do, I moved back to West Virginia, where I lived and taught many years ago. I missed mountains and seasons. The mountains are lovely, and three of four seasons have been very nice. (I can’t say much for winter). So far I’m glad I did it.” Jim Krauser says that his scans in February showed no evidence of cancer. The chemotherapy and radiation took its toll, “but it beats the alternative.” He is back to playing some golf and tennis but “not at the level I want. I also continue to coach the boy’s tennis team at St. John Neumann High School in Naples. I have follow-up tests scheduled…at Sloane Kettering and I am confident that I will continue to go in the right direction.” Jim and Merrily also expressed thanks for the words of sympathy following the death of their daughter, saying the messages helped them cope. In July, my wife and I had dinner with Barb and Les Boudreaux in Oregon. Les was an accounting major, going with Haskins & Sells after graduation. After a few years, he moved to NYC to become a broker with Merrill Lynch shortly before the market collapsed. Subsequently, that found him without a job. The good news is he met Barb, and they were married within five months. They moved to New Orleans, where Les was from, and he landed a CFO type job, but after a few years they yearned for a different lifestyle. Selling their house and furniture, they bought an RV and with two young kids, toured the western US and Canada for six months. While visiting Corvallis OR, they decided it would be a good place to settle. They bought a house after “a 20 minute deliberation.” They still live there, though it has been expanded. After a couple of months in the corporate world, Les and Barb opened a store for runners, just as Nike came on the scene. It became the top selling independent Nike store in the Northwest. Les and Barb have also been active in the community, including serving on the transition team of a former governor. Les mentioned that Joe Drolla, his freshman roommate who is still practicing law in New Orleans, would be visiting them later in the month. John Keeley passed away on June 4 from complications resulting from a blood clot. John founded Keeley Investment Corp. and Keeley Asset Management Corp., and was skilled at finding value in smaller companies. Bill Snyder, Pat Monahan, Bill Weinsheimer and Bill Long represented the class at his funeral. Karl Roesler died on July 7. He had suffered a heart attack two or three years ago, but it was not known if this was the cause of death. Karl had spent time with GE in New York but came back to the Midwest to become senior vice president of finance at Therm-O-Disc/Emerson Electric. If you are into forward planning, know that the class will gather on campus for a 55th reunion in 2017. It will not be as elaborate as our 50th, but I think your class officers will come up with a few things of interest. To that end, please send me your email address if you have left your place of employment or changed it recently so you can be included in the latest happenings. — Raymond Raedy; 5310 Rileys Ridge Road, Hillsborough NC 27278; 919-967-8816;

62JD Class Secretary — Paul K. Rooney;

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

63 More Reunions?

Class president Scott Maxwell says, “*Ed Rutkowski* is trying to organize a get-together over the USC weekend at the Michigan Dunes. You might mention that there was some sentiment at our 50th for a ’63 reunion every three years. Suggest an email reply indicating willingness to attend.” Scott can be reached at Steve Kolski of Orlando FL had successful back surgery recently. Hooray. Steve says, “With the guidance of Dr. Tom Goberville ’64 (football teammate) I recently settled on a neurosurgeon for my third lumbar surgery. I am in recovery mode now and aiming to make the USC game in October. Planning to join up with Eddie Burke, Ed Rutkowski, Ed Hoerster (whose granddaughter will be at ND this fall), Frank Minik, Greg Wood and Father Charlie O’Hara and one or two more who are ‘maybes’ at this time plus spouses. We are renting a house on Lake Michigan for the fourth time in the past eight or so years. I’ve received many get well calls from the ND family including one from Ron Tochini in San Francisco.” Steve can be reached at Speaking of tailgates, Ed Delahanty reminds that his “tailgate still is on in the same place. Just had our annual planning meeting in Chicago, and we are all set. It is immediately behind Legends on the grassy plot, under some large maple trees. Our entire area is covered with old Adidas ND tents that Adidas ‘donated’ to us. There will be five gold and blue flags flying from a line between the trees, one will have the Delahanty name on it with class years of all my family alums. We look forward to seeing any and all ’63 Domers. Come have some food and beverage any time; fully staffed kitchen and bar. We are there for every game.” John O’Brien reports “about 30 ND alumni and parents played in the fourth annual Philadelphia Country Club ND Tom Shallow Memorial Invitational. Class of ’63 participants included Bill Dinger, Brian Richardson, Father Charlie O’Hara, Jerry O’Grady, John Dougherty, Mike Ryan and myself. The winner was Chip Roach ’64.” Leo McIntyre’s son, Sean, is president of the ND Club of Dallas and doing a great job, I might add. Leo is retired and living in San Antonio. Terry Desmond received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State U Mortuary Science Program. Terry is president of A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors of Troy and Royal Oak MI. Bill Yaley and Rob Price ’87 wrote to report the death of Rob’s father, Pete Price, in Rochester, after a seven-year bout with cancer. Bill and Cliff Bellone were with Pete the last week, “sharing memories.” Bill says Pete and Cliff had made it out to California in the past to play in the Rotary Mollie Suh Yaley Memorial Golf Tournament. Pete Price’s son said Pete “served many people in his life and truly embodied the Notre Dame spirit in his fight against cancer. Cliff and Bill Yaley were with him in his final days and a great support to my mother, Geri” as well as his four sons and eight grandchildren. “Pete, a ND CE, spent 32 years with Xerox (in finance). Upon retirement, he volunteered at Rochester SCORE, served on the board of the American Liver Foundation and Rochester’s Board of Habitat for Humanity where he raised over $850,000 in grant money. Pete was awarded the Michael D. Spoleta Humanitarian Award by the American Cancer Society.” — Regis W. Campfield; 7534 Oakbluff, Dallas TX 75254; res 972-239-1141; fax 972-458-6928;

63JD More Sad News

Mike Feldmeier informed me that Bill Mayette passed away on Jan. 31. In law school
I remember Bill as steady, calm and unflappable under circumstances which provided many opportunities to get flapped. After law school, Bill had a long distinguished career in public and private practice, providing legal services to the residents of northern Indiana. Late in his career, his daughter, Stacie joined him at the office, which is now Mayette & Mayette in Mishawaka. Condolences to Bill’s wife, Virginia, and his family. On a happier note, Norm Matteoni completed seven years work on a historical book tracing the life of Sitting Bull, particularly his later years of dealing with the government and specifically with one Indian agent, James McLaughlin. Interestingly, to this day, descendants of Sitting Bull and Agent McLaughlin continue to live near each other in South Dakota. The book, Prairie Man_, is available on Amazon. It reads like a novel but is meticulously documented with references to the underlying sources relied on by Norm. The book is great, but unfortunately, a little late. If anyone needed a good eminent domain lawyer, Sitting Bull did. — Bob Saxe; 15725 Ranchero Drive, Morgan Hill, CA 95037; 408-779-3668;

64 Southwest Connection

From the Southwest comes news of John Nelson. Though he was unable to attend the reunion, my badgering has prompted a beefy response. He and Linda (his bride for 50 years) spent 28 years in Arizona, all but one of them in Phoenix. He has been a legal specialist, a judge and a deputy sheriff (all at different times, of course), in addition to operating a residential rental business. They now live in the hills outside of Montrose CO, a city of 20,000. John is very active in the community, serving as president of the Regional Crime Stoppers Program and actively participating in a number of local not-for-profit activities, including the Victim Assistance Law Enforcement Fund. He is very committed to causes and organizations dedicated to the improvement of the region. While a man of strong opinions, John acknowledges that over the years he has mellowed, like the rest of us. I received a couple of notes from Jack McCabe. There are reports that he is still working all the time, which is not exactly new news. He does, however, correspond frequently with a number of our classmates. He heard from Gary Sabatte, who just completed knee replacement surgery. Gary may have set a record for operations of this nature: five on the knee and three on the hips. He reports that he is hopefully “past all this.” Speaking of joint replacement surgery, John Meyer had another knee replacement in May and is reportedly doing very well. It is apparent that our group is becoming reasonably bionic. In any event, rumor has it that Gary and Denis Damaschino still meet regularly at the Italian-American club in San Francisco. Julie and Bill Petersmark visited Jack during their West Coast travels earlier this year. We also understand that Jerry Berthold and Clyde Fessler traveled to Palm Springs to spend some time with Bud Craine, who is battling liver cancer. Kathy and I celebrated the marriage of our daughter, Ashley, with 170 of our closest friends on Nantucket in June. We were pleased that Susan and Paul Tierney, Gisela and Mike Carey, Barbie and Dave Ellis and Sandy and Bruce Tuthill joined us on “the faraway island” for the festivities. At a welcome reception, I acknowledged several groups, especially my ND buddies of the last 55 years. It is really quite remarkable to sustain such special relationships for so long. And from New Orleans comes news from retired Navy Capt. Richard McCarthy. Mac spent a career in the Navy, and then had another one with Raytheon. He is reportedly enjoying retired life, indicating that “nine grandchildren keep us on the road and busy.” Tom Longo passed away in July. We understand that his interment will be in October on the ND campus. No further details were available. A month earlier, Peter Clarke died. Apparently, he had been treated for prostate cancer for several years, but the disease continued to progress until his body could no longer function. Peter was an accomplished engineer, executive and a regular correspondent. More importantly, he was an even more substantial man. Please keep the families of both men in your thoughts and prayers. — Paul R. Charron; 44 Contentment Island Road, Darien CT 06820; 203-655-3930;

64JD Cruisers and Artists

Tom Conneely reports that all is well with Kay and him in Mill Valley. Tom continues his passion for hiking, skiing and travel with Kay. Betty and Larry Gallick are summering at their place on Lake Ontario, then sailing off on a family cruise with kids and grandkids to Alaska followed by a September trip to the Holy Land. The apparent theme, “There’s no place like Nome,” seems perpetuated by Eileen and Bob Cash, who are taking an Alaskan cruise with the family also. A Mass memorializing Dorothy Sacher was held at the Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables. The Mass was on the same date as Charles and Dorothy’s wedding and at the same church. Our class is morphing into the artistic. Betty Gallick performs with the Venice Symphony and other groups. Frank Miele continues his work with the American Ballet Theater and the NY Metropolitan Opera, recently appearing as the pope in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He sent a striking picture of himself in full regalia. Priestly duties aside, Frank has become an art consultant for a Baltimore gallery and legal consultant for Achilles Track Club, a running club for otherwise disabled athletes. Jack Rammel related to me that he has sung professionally with the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony Chorus over a 20-year span. He and Mary recently returned from a European tour of opera houses and museums. Jim Mercurio has become somewhat of an aficionado of country and western music, tunes with lyrics like “he ain’t as good as he once was but still is as good once as he was.” Prune juice debilitates. Mariana and Jim Slater are enjoying life in Santa Barbara and have been spending time with kids and grandkids in the San Francisco area. Georgia and Charlie Sweeney are doing the same with their kids here in the Bend. Dawn and Bob Frost are fine and send their best to all. Carol and Lou Pfeiler also are well, blessed and grateful for their life’s journeys. Russ Bley continues his teaching, mentoring and volunteer parent role for the Ignatian Society in St. Louis. He recently had the pleasure of escorting one of his “children” from China down the aisle for her marriage to another of Russ’s “children,” also from China. Russ’s service over 18 years certainly is laudable. Gene Kramer remains busy helping his daughter and son-in-law move into new digs in Lakewood OH. Gene is spending legal time as an expert witness in several important Ohio cases dealing with the operation of state and local governments, while JoAnn is the administrative assistant to a judge on the Ohio Court of Appeals. Bob Hanlon says he is in good health while working more in a mentoring role in his firm. Gerry Vairo is doing well, working mostly from home and appreciating a cool and pleasant summer in Lake Linden MI. Gerry recently was honored as a distinguished alumnus from his high school, which also graduated George Gipp. Sharon and I are well and send our best to you. Our door is always open and you will be welcome. — Richard Balfe Wagner; 1204 Erskine Manor Hill, South Bend IN 46614; 574-299-9888; cell 7605671270

65 We Are 50 Plus

Our 50th Reunion was a perfect combination of great bonding with classmates and the University, great dinner speakers and great South Bend weather. Thursday’s dinner, dedicated to the memory of Rick Carey, was over-subscribed. The meal was complimented by the generous contribution of Ed Ojdana’s gold-medal-winning 2009 Vineyard 511 Napa cabernet sauvignon. After dinner, everyone gathered outside for a really terrific Irish folk song performance and sing-along courtesy of Bill Tucker. Father Paul Doyle co-celebrated the Class Mass and was our Friday night dinner speaker, bringing us up-to-date on what’s happening around campus. Saturday’s speaker was John Gearen, who gave such a powerful and poignant talk that we made it available to all class members via an email from the Alumni Association’s web site. The site also contains a link to view photos taken by our official class photographer, Ed Aremento, and his wife, Jennie, plus instructions on how to upload your own reunion photos for sharing. Rick Ray, managing partner and co-founder of Brandstory, an innovative European-based branding strategy, missed the reunion because he was in the midst of relocating to Indianapolis from Europe. Rick has spent 45 years living and working in France, Belgium and Italy. For the past five years, he has also taught marketing and management at the European School of Economics, Milan campus. Now he is an adjunct professor in the Butler U College of Communications. Chuck Contino writes from Germany that Ed Barkmeyer and Dan Cordray are retired. During the reunion, the Alumni Association featured live interviews with Ojdana, John Huarte and Jim Muller. John is our Heisman Trophy recipient, and Jim is a Nobel Laureate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. Jim was one of the founders of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. The organization was a unique collaboration of Soviet and American physicians working together to further this cause. Currently, Jim is the chief medical officer of Infraredx, Inc, which he founded 17 years ago to build a coronary catheter to locate the plaques that cause heart attacks so that stents can be used proactively. He is a cardiologist who became a Harvard Medical School professor at a very young age and has since written 174 peer-reviewed publications, along with chapters in text books and monographs. Jim has been married to his wife, Kathleen, for 46 years, and they have three children and two granddaughters. Tommy Longo died in July. He is survived by his son, Tomas ’94. Tommy had an industrial wire business in New Jersey. Norm Nicola writes that Tommy was a “good person, good friend and good athlete who will be missed.” Dan Brick is an attorney in North Tonawanda NY and writes that his friend from high school and ND, Michael Batt, died in May. He is survived by his wife, Judy, two daughters and one son. Mike was active in rowing and had retired after 40 years with the DuPont Co Imaging Systems. — James P. Harnisch MD; 6759 W. Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040;

65JD Half a Century

Jack Beatty advises that it seems like a half century since we graduated, and he is quite right. Jack passed on the reunion because he and his wife had committed to a trip to Maine. After graduation, Jack took a job with Dinsmore & Shohl in Cincinnati, and he has been there ever since. He says it was a stroke of good luck and turned out better than he had any right to expect. Jack was number 19 on the letterhead when he joined the firm and, owing to deaths and retirements, has gradually ascended to the top. His firm has more than 500 attorneys. Jack focused primarily on litigation. He retired 12 years ago, at age 67, and has been “of counsel” ever since, which means he occasionally goes to the office and walks around pretending to be someone important. In reality, he says he is now a "FIP,” formerly important person. Jack and his wife, Chris, had four children. Several years ago they lost a daughter. They have four grandchildren. Jack and Chris enjoy retirement, which Jack says “beats working.” And except for the normal age-related dilapidation, Jack advises that he is in very good health. He states he misses the collegiality of the law school and many old friends. Jack and Chris have lived in Cincinnati since graduation. Mike Bishko was also unable to attend the 50th, as he had prior travel plans. After law school, Mike married Carol Bruno of Chicago. They have been married 47 years and have three children and seven grandchildren. After graduating, Mike obtained his L.L.M in taxation from NYU Law School while working for Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young). He was in their tax department his entire 36-year career. He was made a partner in 1977 and completed his career as national director of global human resource consulting in NYC. He retired in 1999. (He did lots of international travel and gained many frequent flyer miles.) Mike and his wife have lived in Darien CT for 33 years, and they spend six months a year at their winter home in the Mediterra golf community in Naples FL. They enjoy golfing, travel and the grandkids. Mike says he particularly enjoys Fox News Channel. Hubert M. (Hugh) Cunniffe also missed the 50th but advised that he’d “be thinking about ND Law and the good time that those attending would surely have.” He said, "please give them, as Dean O’Meara used to put it, ‘my fondest personal regards.’” Hugh relates that following law school, he returned to New York and began practice in the Bronx as a criminal lawyer with the Legal Aid Society. After three years, he set up a solo general practice in Manhattan, which over the years morphed into a “rather narrow practice that concentrated on representation of restaurants and other businesses that sell alcoholic beverages.” Most of his clients were restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn. His “practice has been pretty good to him and so long as he continues to be blessed with good health and a ringing telephone, he intends to stay with it.” He further states that "he hasn’t missed many meals,” and enclosed a picture to prove it. James Heimbuch sent his regrets and stated, “My Notre Dame Law School education has been the foundation which has allowed me to do things that I never dreamed possible. My teachers and my classmates provided the cement for this foundation. Moreover, I have so many wonderful memories of my outstanding classmates. So my words to my classmates (even though they are inadequate) compel a simple and sincere response: ‘Thank you to my classmates who helped shape whatever value that I have been able to give to my law firm and to my professional and community activities. ”’ Jim practiced law with Bodman PLC in Detroit. He relates that he served as legal counsel to the Detroit Lions when Ford Field was built, which is where his main office is located. He offers that if any of his classmates ever visit Detroit and would like a tour of Ford Field, he would enjoy seeing them and acting as their personal tour guide, adding that “Ford Field is a very unique facility.” Dennis Sterosky advises that after graduation he went into public accounting in Detroit. He was transferred to Albuquerque in 1975 by the national firm. In 1979 he joined a local firm where he remained for 30 years, becoming a part owner. Later, he joined a couple of longtime friends and formed the firm Broderick, Phillippi, Wright and Cord, where he remains today. Dennis plans on working for a few more years. His daughter, Kirstin, and her husband have two sons. The eldest, Tyler, is beginning his second year at the Air Force Academy. He runs track and does the decathlon. The younger, Jeremy, is into wrestling and is considering colleges. He also likes the Air Force Academy. Dennis is still dating Janet and is very busy in the community. They generally come back for one football game a year and to meet with Hoover and Sullivan. Janet doesn’t care much about football but does enjoy “the guys.” Dennis says, “She is a marvelous second grandmother and mother to my three children, and she also puts up with my politics.” I also have short bios for Dutile, Shinnick, Hoover, Krupknik, Costnetino, Walz, Weidner, Wochok and Kennedy, but space limitation forces me to reserve those for future issues. — John Donald O’Shea;

66 Clarion Call

This is a reminder that a large group of us will gather next June 3, 4 and 5 under the Dome to re-connect, remember, reflect and in many ways re-calibrate for the denouement of our life journeys on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of our commencement from ND. It promises to be an enjoyable, inspirational and joyful interlude, and it will be made all the more so by your presence. So please, put aside frenetic schedules, family business, politics and any other excuses, and come on “home” for this truly once-in-a-lifetime gathering. I have never missed a reunion and can promise you that it will be a remarkable and pleasant experience. Stay tuned for details and get your buddies together for the shindig. Just go with it. Recently I shared a glass of wine with Gail and Luke McGuinness, as we have homes on Martha’s Vineyard. Luke is leading a three-hospital system in Rhinebeck NY, Health Quest, and promises to attend the reunion if good friend Bobby Haines of Mt. Pleasant SC will be on hand. Bobby practices law in the Palmetto State, and, speaking of that lovely area, Paul Sessa recently sent sad news of John Head’s sudden passing in Mt. Pleasant. Paul and John were neighbors and golfing buddies and Paul continues his part-time teaching at the College of Charleston, where he has been engaged for 11 years. I just heard some good news from my old stomping ground in Oklahoma City. Bob Luetkemeyer recently received some great news following a significant health issue he had been dealing with. John Twohey and his wife, Mary Jane, visited Jed Key and his wife, Suzanne, at their Tucson home in March. Jed is working as executive director of Ballet Tucson after a 30-year run as an administrator and professor of public policy at George Washington U in DC. Suzanne is a former dancer with the NYC Ballet and is a guest teacher for the company. John also caught up last fall with Vince Uhl, who was in Chicago for a reunion of Peace Corps volunteers he served with in India. Vince is president of his own hydrology consulting firm based in Lambertville NJ. His client list includes USAID and public and private organizations in Botswana, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Haiti, the Philippines and Senegal. The Twoheys recently returned from a 10-day tour of Cuba, and John said the people could not have been more welcoming, but that he had never seen such widespread poverty or a big city in worse condition than Havana. Tom Bettag reports that he left NBC News in December. He had produced Ann Curry’s coverage of the Iran nuclear negotiations. Tom spent the spring semester as a visiting lecturer in ND’s Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy. He will teach at the U of Maryland this coming year. We recall that Tom spent many years producing Nightline_ with Ted Koppel and moved to CNN, where he produced CNN’s _State of the Union with Candy Crowley. I caught up briefly by phone with Doug Ford, who was off to Europe on an ND-related board trip with Father Jenkins. I had lunch earlier in the summer with Jack Gerken and Carol, along with Ray Neihengen and Kathy and John Divona and Ginny. Ray is a semiretired business consultant, and John is a retired former VP of United Airlines. By the way, Jack recently received a special honor. He was selected by the American Diabetes Association of Orange County as Father of the Year. The event raised some $330,000, and Jack is in great company, as past recipients include former presidents, CEOs, athletes and humanitarians. Denny Corrigan tells Jack that he will be in the Bend next June. Andy Dincolo connected with Cap Gagnon to report that he is a semiretired accountant in Walled Lake MI, and the two of them touched base with Barry Barth, who is retired with Barb in Hilton Head SC. I reached out to Rich Sauget recently and was reminded that Rich is the only individual I know who owns his own town. Sauget IL is across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis and was started by Rich’s forbears. He and his family own and operate the town, which stretches for about a mile along the river. Very sad news follows. Mike McKim lost his valiant battle with cancer on May 28 in St. Paul. We recall from a previous column that Mike shared with me some months ago the details of his struggle with a number of malignancies. His optimism and spirit came through continuously. He was particularly gratified that a number of you reached out to encourage him in his challenge. Mike practiced law for many years in the Twin Cities area and was loved and respected by all who knew him. At this writing, I am scheduled to have dinner in Tampa in a few days with Shirley and Tom Begley, and I am looking forward to it. That will do it for this edition. Note my new address and flood me with news. Be well. — Tom Sullivan; 26 Hidden Cove Road, Edgartown MA 02539; cell 773-454-4343;

66JD Travel Story

Our class travel guide, Bob Siebert, had an article published in the August edition of the International Travel News magazine in which he described his recent trip to Italy. Although Bob has had other articles published in the magazine, this is the first one that included his photo. I haven’t heard from other class members, so I’ll just remind you that next year we will be holding our 50th reunion. Details will be provided as we get closer. — Philip Ruddy; 15911 Lakeshore Road, Union Pier MI 49129; 269-469-1933;

67 Remembering a Free Spirit

Al Cinquino offered a beautiful obituary on classmate Jerry DiFalco, who died from cancer in August of 2014. Jerry was a Farley Haller and the original “free spirit” of the class of 1967. He loved the Beach Boys, fast cars, Notre Dame and a laid-back lifestyle. He died in his beloved Northern California in the wine country of Anderson Valley. He operated and managed several vineyards over the years and enjoyed his “back to the land” life. Those who knew Jerry appreciated that he was one of a kind, with a wonderful, twisted sense of humor and a perceptive light-hearted view of life. According to Jerry, he got his 15 minutes of fame as the cover man on the December 1987 issue of Grape Grower magazine, and he was a neighbor and friend of Donna Michelle, a 1964 centerfold. Al is in his 10th year of retirement as a pilot from US Airways. He lives in Winter Haven FL, where he enjoys his grandchildren. He annually gets together with Tom Welsh and Ed DaDura on Marco Island, where they reminisce about LaSalle High School. Al says he still uses Ed Christopher to proofread all his published articles, as Ed is an accomplished lawyer. Jim Lewallen dropped a note about his joy in the US Women’s soccer victory over Japan. Bill Delamater has been retired eight years and is living in Sun City Carolina with his wife of 47 years, Sue. Bill tries to connect periodically with Bob Dowdell. Following the publication of his book on the politics of squatter settlements in Brazil (Rights of Way to Brasillia Teimosa) and six years teaching at Carroll Community College, Chuck Fortin is leaving Baltimore for permanent residency in Dunedin FL. He continues to conduct evaluations of international development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Leo Collins has been elected chairperson of the ND Senior Alumni Board and wants classmates to know that the first NDSA golf tournament will be at the Warren Golf Course on Oct. 8, before the Navy game. All are welcome to play. Leo plays in the ND Club of Minnesota golf tournament for the benefit of the Alan Page Scholarship Fund, which supports several students at Notre Dame and other colleges. Kip Hargrave retired from Catholic Charities in Syracuse NY and is now helping his parish maintain a sister community in Nicaragua. Kip is still married to Saint Mary’s grad Terry Menke Hargrave, and together they have raised 4 children. Please write so we can keep in touch. — Bert Bondi;

67JD Golden Days

The Harringtons are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a car trip through Quebec and the Canadian Maritime provinces. Although their grandchildren were born and primarily educated in France, their eldest grandson made his second college visit to ND and it tops his college wishlist. Linda and John Nelson will also be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in August. But, living with John, a stuffed alligator and a ton of Yak outback, one wonders whether Linda will renew her vows for another 50 or settle for a month-to-month contract. The Honorable John Hargrove continues to give back with his participation in California’s credit abuse program. Aimed at high school students, the object is to make them aware of financial planning that can later keep them out of bankruptcy court. The Muenchs’ granddaughter finished her freshman year at the U of Montana. She is a wildlife-biology major. Their grandson, 15, is 6-foot-1 and hopes to play linebacker for ND; at least that’s Dick’s dream. Perennial optimist Ted Sinars was excited that his Cubs were over .500 midway during the year. He and Lynn will also manage a California vacation in September. Jerry Berthold reports the death of his mother at age 101. She was a big fan of all things ND and of Father Hesburgh; her autographed copy of God, Country, Notre Dame was a prized possession. Apparently, Mrs. Berthold was an avid reader of our quarterly column also. Jerry and Margaret spent July in the Columbia River Gorge in our great Northwest. Jack Harty reflects that unlike some of his classmates who are on cruise ships, Jack is reclining in his lounge chair recovering from hip joint replacement. Actually, I think Jack prefers to complain; too much happiness stifles his personality. Bobby Barkley is relishing the fact that he is the youngest in our class, and his delight seems to grow as time goes on. But as with all of us, our grandchildren see us through a different lens. Bobby showed our class photo to one of his grandsons who asked, “Grandpa, did they have electricity back then?” Bob starts a story with another grandson, “When I was a kid…,” and his 7-year old interjects, “You were a kid?” Bobby enjoys his six grandchildren and never tires (he mentioned it 14 times in his letter to me) of bragging that all four of the 6-8 year olds made baseball all-star teams. The Verteranos are spending a week at the Chautauqua Institute in Ohio. Frank invites his classmates on campus for the Texas, Georgia Tech or USC games to visit at their condo – Unit B-5, Ivy Court across from the Linebacker. Jim Mollison shared the story of his kid sister, Sister Mary Mollison, CSA. One wonders whether Jim calls her “sister Sister?” A nurse and administrator, Sister Mary was honored with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the Catholic health ministry. Along the way she served as the congregation’s general superior and twice filled in as interim president of Marian U in Wisconsin. Jim also reports a conversation with one of his grandchildren in which he explained that he was a doctor, albeit a juris doctor or lawyer, but not the kind of doctor that was entitled to the special parking spaces outside the hospital. “Oh” the youngster responded, “you’re not the kind of doctor that helps people.” Please let me know if you’ve changed your email address. — Jim Heinhold; 1200 Carmel Lane, New Bern NC 28562; res 252-638-5913;

68 Emil T. Taught Us All

The South Bend Tribune announcement of Prof. Emil T. Hofman’s death on July 11 included the fact that, between 1950 and 1990, Prof. Hofman taught half of each freshman class. Regardless of our own half, this professor taught us all. Who can deny that he affected our Notre Dame experience through his influence on the other phenomenal people who, like him, strove to make us educated, moral and happy? To remember him and his Notre Dame era, our era, is to remember Prof. Frank O’Malley, Prof. Ed Goerner, Prof. John Malone, Prof. Ernest Sandeen, Father John Donne CSC and many vigorous retirees such as Prof. Don Sniegowski and Prof. Don Costello. At times of reunion, we visit and admire the spread of new buildings but we return because of appreciation for the faculty and administrators who poured themselves into us. Add your own names to the reflection. Only able to pass the basic, non-Hofman freshman chemistry through the help of the late John Fowler, I had my own brush with the Emil T. Hofman version through rooming with Brien Murphy. The approach of the weekly exam had the power to quiet that wild man and many of his ilk. Do you remember, too, the once-a-week absence of so many from our quad and our dorms? With our engineering and pre-med classmates taken out of the mix for a time, the rest of us could make hay. We became available to the neglected Saint Mary’s coeds pining for the bright fellows sweating over test questions. Pat Collins and Bob Brady had space to spread out in a library study area. Bryan Dunigan, working without interruption, could progress in amassing of his prodigious contact list, a replacement for an early passion for winding string into a ball. In his own Keenan dorm room, future Class President Tom Weyer could deliberate in private the outfit for his next basketball game appearance: Batman or the Flash, Green Arrow or a gorilla? Did you see the August 2011 Notre Dame Magazine article written by Brendan O’Shaughnessy, “The Excellently Extraordinary, Iconic Emil T.?” When we meet in reunions, half of us know chemistry well and all of us know more about life because of Prof. Emil T. Hofman. Bryan Dunigan forwarded a striking note from Mick Hyland, who had been approached for a ride by an elderly man waiting in the same medical reception room where Mick was awaiting his wife Connie. After giving the man the lift, Mick asked him, “Why me?” and heard, “Your ND shirt told me that you were a good man and would help me if I needed it." In reporting the incident, Mick said, “What a great reminder it was for me and all the years I have enjoyed my ND connection. As always, wear the colors proudly.” Notre Dame appointed Jim O’Rourke to a Department of Athletics Advisory Council that is providing comment and reaction on a variety of issues. Says Jim, who requests help at, “First up: the fan experience. We’re looking at everything imaginable that fans would encounter when they come to campus.” A road trip from the West Coast to Chicago took Nancy Carlin ’69SMC and our three granddaughters through Davenport IA, scene of a remarkable Thanksgiving 1964 combat involving Tom Condon, Mike Helmer, Jim Henegan and me. The three former New London CT high school classmates had come to Davenport for a Thanksgiving with the Figels. Larry, a sister’s boyfriend, was showing us the adventures of Davenport’s one-ways cruising when an adventure ensued. Through mistake or intention at a stoplight, another carload of boys jumped our car. Tom Condon, even then no shrinking violet, engaged immediately while Mike Helmer first held his door fast and then relinquished his hold, whereupon the boy pulling on the door immediately smashed it into the face of his fellow. Jim Henegan and I took notes. Tom Condon and Mike Helmer later pursued these combative instincts in brief Army and Navy careers. Don Hynes ’69 and Linda served up a mid-July reunion brunch in their Portland OR home for John Walsh and Dia, Tim Swearingen ’69 and Denny Lopez ’74. More of this may be in the offing as the Walsh son Conall will marry in Michigan in September. Tom Fitzharris’ new painting, “Westbury, Big Red Tree No. 8” was included in an August-September show of the New York Studio School alumni. See the image at Please send me news and photos. — Tom Figel; 1054 W. North Shore, Apt. 3-E, Chicago IL 60626; 312-223-9536;

68JD Laughing and Touring

The Class of ’68 remains a silent crew. However, Nancy and Norm Smith, John Coyle, Suzanne and I attended our 50th reunion at the U of Dayton in June. It was a great occasion. I am happy to report that J.C. has not changed his disposition and provided us all with a lot of laughs. J.C.’s recollection of the past continues to expand. Tim Woods reports that he retired at the end of 2013. Janice and Tim spent January 2014 in Florida. They also toured South America for 16 days in January and February, 2015: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Iguassu Falls, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Cusco, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru; and the Inca’s Sacred Valley (near Cusco). Otherwise Janice and Tim are trying to stay healthy and keeping busy with lawn care, gardening, golf and visiting with their nine grandchildren, who are located in Cleveland Heights OH, Park Ridge IL and Sacramento CA. We see Susie and Charles Weiss at church and other social events. Finally, Charlie has some gray hair. Charlie received the senior award from the Missouri Bar in June as a result of his many contributions to the bar. Please provide me with some updates so that we can expand our next column. — Dennis G. Collins;

69 50th High School Reunions

Well boys, May and June of 1965 was the year we graduated from high school. I attended Austin Catholic Prep, which unfortunately no longer exists, but we have a strong class and held our 50th reunion on May 30. Our actual graduation date was June 1, 1965. In attendance were our classmates Dr. Frank Bagnasco, Jim Conway and Dick Merritt. Jim and Dick reside in Florida. We all had a great time. In speaking with Greg Schatz from Omaha, they also had a terrific event. Hopefully all of you will attend and enjoy your school reunions this summer and fall. John Abide, who is a semiretired dermatologist at the VA hospital in Jackson MS, writes that his senior year roommate, Brian MacPherson, emeritus lecturer in statistics at the U of Vermont, visited him and they enjoyed a tour of the Vicksburg National Military Park and wore the 2015 ND Shirt there. Don Hynes writes he is married to Linda Ethier, glass artist extraordinaire. He has three beautiful daughters and grandchildren, and has a home in Portland OR and sanctuary on Waldron Island WA. He runs a construction project management firm, CPM. There are lots of projects in Portland and the Pacific Northwest. He is working on several major projects for Mary’s Woods, a Sisters of the Holy Names senior living facility in Lake Oswego OR, and on renovations for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. Poet and author of three books, he co-taught two classes at Notre Dame this April with Prof. Louis MacKenzie, author of the online Poet’s Journal. He stays in touch with friends (who recently visited Portland) Nancy and Tom Figel ’68, Dia and John Walsh ’68, Dennis Lopez ’74 and Karen and Tim Swearingen. Also he is in touch with other good friends across the country like Helena and Kevin Daly, John Flemming, John MacKenzie, Mike Ryder, Tom Wishing, Gus Duffy, Jack Lavelle and others. On a sad note Ed Keener indicates that our classmate, Richard (Dick) H. Johnson BSAE passed away on Sept. 11, 2014. He and his wife Joyce had attended and enjoyed the 45th reunion earlier in the year and enjoyed their time with their friends at Notre Dame. Apparently he tore a tendon in his left leg after returning home. Eventually blood clots developed in his right leg. After some testing he was taken to the emergency room, kept overnight, but passed early the next morning. Our condolences to the Johnson family. I remember seeing Dick and his wife at our 45th reunion, and it’s just another reason to appreciate every day we have. I hope to see as many of you as possible at the USC game. Looking forward to a good football season. Stay in touch. Go Irish. — Tom Ryan; 248-334-9938;

69MBA Student of the Quarter

I have decided to feature a classmate in the quarters that I do not have any exciting news to share. Therefore, I reached out and contacted Gene Dixon. First of all, Gene is alive and well but struggling with possible retirement. He does not like the word “retirement” at all and is searching for a replacement word. Gene likes the daily structure that comes with work and is reluctant to make the change. However, time marches on, and Gene is considering the possibility but not until the end of 2016. Maybe he should apply for a professorship at the University in the business school. Gene’s wife, Georgia, has already retired from court reporting and has not used her steno machine in over a year. Georgia has been filling her time with property management, yoga, church choir, the Notre Dame Club of Detroit and recently golf lessons. It was during one of her out-of-town assignments for court reporting in Northern Michigan that they fell in love with the Charlevoix area and purchased a vacation home. It is a great area in which we have a couple of convenience stores. Gene wanted me to extend an invitation to visit him if you get to the Northern Michigan area. You would be wise to visit him in the spring, summer and fall unless you like a lot of snow sports. If you decide to visit, we are only two hours south, and you are always welcome here also. Gene’s brother lives in Richmond VA, and he is going to try to track down Will McGuire the next time he is there. Their two sons remain single and very busy. Bruce is a third-year medical student at the Alabama College of Medicine in Tallahassee. Jerome is a private chef for a prominent family in Michigan. I should also mention that Gene is the director of credit for ThyssenKrupp Materials NA, Inc. in Southfield MI. Hopefully, many of you attended the minireunion for the Georgia Tech game and we saw you there. Please send news. — Dennis B. McCarthy; PO Box 246, Bear Lake MI 49614; bus 231-864-3111 ext. 115;

69JD Gathering of Classmates

This football season offers many opportunities for us to get together. Besides the home games, we play Temple in Philadelphia on Oct. 31, Boston College in Fenway Park on Nov. 21 and Stanford in Palo Alto a week later. Dave Prior has offered to make arrangements for a minireunion in Philly. You can contact Dave at 215-657-2575 or Let us all know if you will be in Boston or the Bay Area for the BC or Stanford game. I will miss BC but Sue and I will be at the Stanford game. The Texas game was very popular with the Heberts, Cooneys, Trogans, Bradys, Starshaks, George Ball and Tom McCusker in attendance. George attended the Western Michigan vs. Michigan State game on Friday before heading to the Dome. Tom’s daughter, Emily, is in the marching band. Sue and I will have lunch with Lynn and Tim McLaughlin before the night games. Tim Malloy is expanding his tribe; his 10th grandchild is due this fall. Tim has a petition for certiorari pending in a patent case with $140 million triple damages at stake. Tim disregarded the Third Principle of the Common Law (avoid litigation) and went straight to the Fourth Principle: It’s not the principle of the thing, it’s the money. — Jim Starshak; 889 Kaohe Place HI 96825; res 808-395.0443; bus 808-523-2515;