class notes

1970s

70 Reunion Activities

Our 45th Reunion was a spectacular success. Nearly 200 classmates and spouses participated in the reunion activities around the Golden Dome, the Basilica, Washington Hall, the Huddle, our dormitories, St. Joseph Lake, St. Mary’s Lake, the Grotto and the wonderful forested campus. Most important was the chance to reunite with old friends. In many cases, friendships were made among classmates who barely knew each other in the 1960s and have now found large areas of common ground. Life in the dormitories once again is fun, especially when we stayed in the new air-conditioned Ryan Hall. We commemorated the presentation of a memorial tree in honor of Father Theodore Hesburgh during reunion Friday. Our tree will stand at the west edge of Holy Cross Cemetery on Saint Mary’s Road half way between ND and Saint Mary’s. I recommend that you walk from the administration building and Basilica past Corby Hall, the Grotto and up the hill to the cemetery. The lovely procession through the forest provides the utmost in contemplation. We visited the site during a memorial led by Father Bill Lies, CSC. Thanks to Gregory Sullivan. Busy during the reunion on assignment in Central Asia, he arranged with the arborist, grounds crew and development office of Notre Dame to plant this fitting memorial. Our class Mass Friday was celebrated by Father Austin Collins, CSC, reputed to have purchased the cigar for Father Hesburgh’s final smoke. An all-time highlight at dinner in the Mendoza School of Business was Bill Picchioni’s delightful reminiscence explaining how he converted the disappointment of not attending West Point to a lifetime of satisfaction with ND. Saturday evening dinner at the Senior Bar featured Mandi Strachota ’00, who shared her reunion with father, Steve. Mandi’s Atlanta repertoire delighted us with familiar tunes from our college days as well as her new composition, “Fly.” At the dinner, Paul Partyka stepped down after two glorious presidential terms, succeeded by Rabbi Richard Libowitz. Rick, on the faculty at Temple, is well known from his days on the student union and his WSND announcing. Rick plans to pursue the aggressive participatory presidential policies of Paul P. Partyka and mentioned the possibility of an interim reunion in Jerusalem in 2018. Barney King was re-elected VP; family emergencies precluded his attendance. I was re-elected secretary and was humbled to learn that Bob Sanford ’40 has served as his class secretary for 75 years. Kevin Myles was re-elected treasurer and sang in the all-class Mass choir. Duties include counting, verification and safekeeping of cash collected for the Hesburgh memorial tree. Jed Ervin remains active with his KC research practice and played his harmonica version of the fight song. Late Saturday evening, Jim Brogan joined three other professional ND comics in a rib-tickling revue titled, “The Laughing Irish,” at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Warren Bowles recalled at the Hesburgh Seminar that he was one of only 12 black students in our class and was even rarer in that he is not an athlete. To jog our memories, he discussed Father Ted’s controversial edict that the University could serve “in loco parentis.” Rick recounted Father Ted’s arrangement of a one-off date for him with a lovely, young, Jewish woman in Israel, Joan Nathan, now a famous cookbook author. He returned to the US to accumulate over 40 years of marriage to his wonderful wife and enough gumption to run for office at the 45th reunion. Father Tom Blantz, CSC, now a semiretired historian in residence, recalled Father Ted’s comment about Richard Nixon, “He left office the same way he came: Fired with enthusiasm.” Father Blantz’s assessment was that Father Ted felt that LBJ was the most effective president that he knew. Father Bill Keeler provided unofficial video services, which we are attempting to edit into a professional copy available for everyone. Marcia and Mike Hammes, Jane and John Monnich, Kathy and Larry Moser and Patti and Uel Pitts enjoyed the burgers, beer and banter during lunch at the reunion tent. Dick Terrell attended from Maryland and promised to contact as many classmates as he could for the next reunion. Chuck Amato of Chicago reunited with old friends. He received law degrees from Loyola and Tulane. After a cerebral hemorrhage on Jan. 12, 1980, he had a long difficult recovery. He was able to practice part time for several years but now is retired. — Don Graham; 1901 S. Glenwood Ave., Springfield IL 62704; 217-525-4536; 217-652-1560; infectn@springfieldclinic.com

70MBA Class Secretary — John Carroll;

3922 Brintons Mill, Marietta GA 30062; bus 678-218-5204; res 770-973-4588; john.raymond.carroll.1970@alumni.nd.edu

70JD Happy 70th

As I write this column, it occurs to me that many of you will reach (or have reached) the big 70 this year. Thus I want to start off by wishing you a happy birthday. To those who served on active duty before entering law school in August of 1967, a belated happy 70th. I spoke with Tom Sopko in late spring. As you know, no informal 45th minireunion was planned this year; I trust some of you attended the formal reunion at the Law School in June. Tom said he will be helping to plan a 50th a few years down the road. I suspect we will have a good turnout for that one, and ask you to keep the idea of attending in the back of your mind. Along those lines, I have a request: I’d like to compile a folder containing a short essay from each of you addressing three things: first, a short summary of your legal career, noting one specific event during your career; second, address one event or memory from our law school days; and finally, some words of advice for today’s law students. If we have sufficient participation, I will see that it is distributed at our 50th to each class member and hopefully we could present a copy to the dean of the Law School to make available to students. As it will be autumn by the time this column is read, I want to thank our veterans as Veteran’s Day approaches and wish all of you and your families a happy Thanksgiving. I look forward to hearing from you. — John K. Plumb; jkplumb@windstream.net

71 Reunion 2016

Gentlemen, please mark your calendars for our 45th reunion, June 2-5. If you have not been able to attend a recent reunion because of work or family demands but your schedule is now lighter, plan on attending. You will be glad you did. The annual Hinga-Kelly Memorial golf, elk burger and BS outing was held in June in Angola IN at the Hinga family lake cottage, hosted by Mike Hinga ’74. Attendees included Jim Wright, Ed Grenda, Mike Kondrla, Dickie Johnson, Tom Sinnott, Frank Bossu, Tim DiPiero, Gary Kos, Tom Eaton and Bob Neidert. Per a note from Don Kudas of Pittsburgh, Mike Flinn was honored by the Pittsburgh National Aviary for his decades of service to the organization for his legal counsel, board membership and tenure as president. In his honor, the Aviary named their newest eagle “Flinn.” Four years ago, Joe Hand retired after 35 years with the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, where he worked on numerous projects studying and protecting Florida’s lakes, streams, springs and estuaries during a period of rapid population and industrial growth in that state. After retiring he and Bunny moved to Cedar Key, a hundred miles north of Tampa, one of Florida’s last frontiers, and the source of most clams harvested in the US. No surprise, in this environment, Joe is as an avid and accomplished fisherman. David Krashna reports that his former political running mate, Mark Winings, passed away in July in his hometown of Elwood IN. Mark served in the Peace Corps, traveled extensively and worked as a political speech writer before returning home to Elwood. Mary and Jim Malloy attended the June nuptials of Janine Forney and Chris Cicconi in Allentown PA. The honeymoon destination was Portugal. Chris practices law as a corporate attorney in Harrisburg. Condolences to Peter Nordberg of Holden MA on the loss of his wife, Claudia. A lover of books, she turned her lifelong passion into a career as a manager of multiple bookstores. Bill Carter, the longtime television writer for the New York Times, has moved to CNN. Prior to working at the Times, Bill was at the Baltimore Sun for 14 years. Do not let the massive construction project around the perimeter of the stadium deter you in the search for our tailgate. Plans are to be in the same area as previous years, in the Stadium Lot due south of Gate C. The Class of ’71 flag will be flying. All are welcome. Another marker, the Illinois license plate Beat USC, belongs to Jim Zeller and is parked close by. — John Snider; 2010 N. Fremont Chicago IL 60614; res 773-871-5358; fax 773-871-1189; jlsnd71@sbcglobal.net

71MBA It’s All About Me

Since I have no recent information from the class, I will bore you by filling you in on my activities. Helena and I took 22 family members on a week’s cruise to the Caribbean in late June. We decided to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary by capturing the kids and grandkids on the ship. We had a fantastic time, and the family did also. I was back on campus in July showing one of my granddaughters the sights. She was there for a summer soccer camp and pretended to enjoy hearing about my escapades when I was in school. On a sadder note, I was in Elkhart in July for my dad’s funeral. He was almost 102. He lived a great life that started many years ago in Italy. I have visited the Italian village and house where he was born. And because of his memory and recollections I have been able to meet and stay in touch with members of my Italian family. I was blessed to have him as my father. My mother is 98 and living in an assisted living facility in Elkhart. Everyone says I have “good genes,” however some mornings I feel like the “bad genes” are winning when I get out of bed. I still do a bit of business consulting but most of my discretionary time is spent on volunteer boards including work for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Helena and I are traveling to Galapagos and Machu Picchu this fall and then New Zealand in the spring. Of course we plan to ski this winter at our condo in Durango CO as well as at other resorts in Colorado. Well, I think you have heard enough about me. In order to make sure you don’t have to be burdened with reading about my activities in the future, I need to get information on your lives. I would really like to hear from you. I pray that your lives are blessed and that your families are well. — Tony Strati; 8238 Raintree Drive, NE, Albuquerque NM 87122; cell 505-205-3563; tstrati42@gmail.com

71JD Class Secretary — E. Bryan Dunigan;

221 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1454, Chicago IL 60601; 312-857-2114; bdunigan@duniganlaw.com

72 Much to Remember

A number of the denizens of Holy Cross Hall contacted me to let me know about Tim McKay’s passing from lung cancer. Tim graduated summa cum laude from ND and earned his JD from the U of Iowa Law School. He practiced and taught for most of his career in his beloved hometown of Ottumwa IA. Tim was an avid and faithful ND fan. During this last year, he came home twice to campus with his Holy Cross Hall roommates and close friends: Chuck Boros, John Cox ’70, Mark Kalas, Mike Kennedy, Jim Yoder and Mike Stella to attend the Stanford football game, the Clemson basketball game, the UMass hockey game and, of course, dine at Rocco’s. Tim will be remembered for his quick wit, and as a St. Louis Cardinal junkie, DJ supreme, an encyclopedic knowledge of Saturday morning cartoons and love for all that is Notre Dame. I received a great letter from Dr. Will Ivory, a clinical psychologist. The opus is too long to include in its entirety. Here are some of his spot-on memories: “It was as much about a ‘First Friday’ performance on Football Saturday morning as the game itself. It was also about courses in Buddhism, Indian philosophy, the Bible, anti-war marches, Teddy Hesburgh, Rev. Robert Griffin, candlelight vigils, Jane Fonda and members of the Chicago Seven at Stepan Center, Chuck Perrin and folk music, first loves (thank you, SMC), and a newly acquired sense of social consciousness, not to mention the general music scene, which included an annual Blues Festival at Stepan Center. In fact, I remember leaving the library late one night after studying for a psychology exam and hearing this glorious music coming from somewhere; it took me straight to the steps of Washington Hall where Luther Allison and his blues band performed an impromptu concert for free. Those of you who may remember me and my interest in all things guitar, I’ve also been involved with numerous rock, blues, and R&B bands as a lead and/or rhythm guitarist since the day I left Notre Dame. Thank you, Norm Zeller, you and your late 1950s sunburst Les Paul were truly an inspiration. I blow a little blues harp on the side as well. My most recent gig was a few days ago as I write this, outdoors in Sea Bright NJ at the beach, a cool wind blowing off the Atlantic. Sorry, but this is so much better than plaid pants and golf. Not bad for 64. My best to you readers who may remember me, especially members of ‘100 percent American Dog,’ our own little Keenan Hall band.” Anyone who is interested in the entirety of the letter should contact Frank. Please send news. If you want to contribute to the column, please contact us. — Frank Fahey; 274 Winthrop Ave., Elmhurst IL 60126; 312-504-3409; fjfahey@gmail.com; Gary Gigot; 574-807-5772; gary.gigot@vennli.com

72MBA Send News

When I took over this column, I made it my goal to have something to put in every issue. As you probably know, however, I rarely hear from any of you, which means most of the time I’m just reporting that there is no news. I imagine that is getting as tiresome for you as it is for me. I still would appreciate hearing from you, but, unless I do, I’m not going to bother writing that I have nothing to report. Please don’t let that happen. Even though it will be in the 90s this weekend in Kansas City, we will be approaching the holiday season by the time you read this. So, let me wish you all a blessed Christmas and a great 2016. — Alex McLellan; 9662 W. 86th St., Apt. B, Overland Park KS 66212-4537; res 913-652-9909; irish72mba@excite.com

72JD Class Secretary — Christopher R. Schraff;

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, 41 S. High St. Suites 2800-3200, Columbus OH 43215; 614-227-2097; fax 614-227-2100; toll free 800-533-2794; cschraff@porterwright.com

73 Moving From Kansas to Florida

Our classmates responded very well to my plea for news. Frank Banfield informs me that he is moving from Wichita KS to Florida to start working as a pediatrician at Volusia Pediatrics. Frank has been at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita and very involved in the pediatric practice in the Kansas for a number of years, and now he and his wife, Debra, have decided to slow down. Will Friese retired last year after 41 years as an Air Force and civilian service senior intelligence officer, having spent years in Russia, Bulgaria, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Hawaii and Washington DC. Will is a permanent deacon for Diocese of Honolulu, visiting hospitals, hospice and doing God’s work. Congratulations to you, Will. Writing from Worthington just outside of Columbus OH is Paul Breen. Paul is still working as a CPA/financial planner with his son and is involved with the Central Ohio Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a board member. It was good to hear from fellow Alumni Hall classmate Al Depman. Al lives in Rochester MN, where he has his own consulting firm doing financial life insurance and financial planning. Al has written two books: ¬¬_Organic Referrals and How to Build Your Financial Advisory Business and Sell It at a Profit¬_. Still practicing law in Chicago is Bob Higgins. Bob rides with a group of 15 other cyclists in the annual Tri-State Trek, a 270-mile three-day bicycle ride from Boston to New York City in late June. John Kubinski is an adjunct faculty member in the nursing department at IU South Bend. John’s first wife passed away with brain cancer, but he is now happily married to Kathy Miller. Checking in from Los Angeles is Patti Perkovich McCormick. She is the human resources specialist in the US attorney’s office. She owns horses and enjoys riding in her spare time. Joe Prochaska writes from Northfield IL, where he is self-employed with his own investment company. He has been active at the UND Library Council and the Private Company Advisory Board at Innovation Park. Another Alumni Hall classmate sending news is John Ring. John is a pediatric physician in Alexandria VA dealing with pediatric cardiology, critical care and trauma. It was good to hear from Victor Rizzuto. He is a land development manager residing in Eatontown NJ. He enjoys golf, surfing and bicycling, and he and his wife, Amy, had their first grandchild this summer. He stays in touch with Mike Szomjassy, Jim Dehner, Dick Rusnak and Mike Paulius. Thanks to Steve Schaefer for writing in from Lutherville MD. Steve is a retired president of Sensor Systems. He stays in contact with Ed Tenholder, Pete Chaput, Joe Clement and Joe Fitzmyer. He met up with his roommate, Larry Morden, a couple years ago when he moved from Hawaii to Indianapolis. Steve enjoys riding motorcycles, scuba diving and traveling. Another author in our class is Kevin Clancy. He is a retired high school math and science teacher in New York. He has two books on Amazon Kindle: Original Augustine Psalms and Ten Intriguing Questions about the Civil War. Thank you to my classmates who responded following the news in my last column about the sudden passing of my son, Kevin ’03. My wife and family really appreciate your prayers and condolences. I am always looking for news from classmates. — W. Hansen; 735 Essington Road, Joliet IL 60435; fax 815-744-4515; mikehansen@mikehansenlaw.com

73MBA Keep Correspondence Coming

Gene Schraeder writes that he and his wife Ellen hosted an amateur golfer, Anthony Murdaca from Australia, last year for a national amateur tournament at their club. They started a friendship with him. Later in the year he won a big event and qualified to play in the Masters. They went to watch him in April and met his mom and dad. It is cool how the world is so small that they have made a friendship with a 20-year-old from halfway around the world. This summer they hosted about 20 family members for a big partial reunion. Gene and Ellen are going to visit Dan Reelitz and his wife in September. Gene has discovered a great primary care doctor on Hilton Head: Joseph Hickey ’73. It turns out he played football for ND in the early 1970s. John Leedom shares he has completed 13 months of retirement and enjoys it because he has no more: bosses, driving in rush hour traffic, alarm clocks, grocery shopping on the weekends, projects, deadlines or presentations. He thinks that for him and his wife Pat, it has been the best time in their marriage. They, and their dog who owns them, live in a house that is four houses away from where he lived when he received his degree. The most excitement, other than when the grandkids visit, has been riding around in the 1962 Imperial that he had restored a year ago. Thanks to all for the continued ¬_Notre Dame Magazine_ responses. Very importantly, I urge you to please email me your updated email addresses. We had a great MBA class. You can contact me at any time to share your stories with our classmates for the next edition of this magazine. You are always welcome to contact and visit us when in Southern California. I look forward to hearing from all of you. Continue to help fill up our allotted space. Let us again create a backlog of articles to print. If you have not corresponded in some time, please take the time to do so and share your experiences with your classmates. — Thomas Jindra; 7179 Alviso Ave., Riverside CA 92509; res and fax 951-685-2091; tajindra@charter.net

73JD Fall Notes

My previous column appeared in the summer edition of this magazine. It hit mailboxes a couple of weeks ago, as of this writing. I had hoped that it would prompt a flurry of responses from “the gang.” Alas, not one as I type this. Color me disappointed. Oh, well. I keep on trying. Anna Marie and I had a wonderful time in Switzerland. The chocolate was as good as advertised. The scenery was more beautiful than we could have imagined. The fondue was a mixed bag. And, the train system ran like clockwork. Imagine that in Switzerland. Our favorite places? Probably Zermatt (home of the Matterhorn) and Lucerne. But, you can’t go wrong anywhere. We are off to France in September. I am practicing my “parlez vous.” Well, I told you that Steve Mitchell wrote just as we went to press last time. He reports that he and Judy celebrated their 48th anniversary and that all four of their children have graduated from universities. He is still with Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, formerly known as Squire Sanders & Dempsey. He continues to have an active practice and enjoys working with the quality lawyers at the firm. Steve keeps in touch from time to time with Tony Terlep. Like Steve, and many others, Tony was one of the military veterans in our class. Tony’s wife Jean passed away many years ago. But Tony, who has retired, remarried and spends his time traveling the world. Steve also hears from Harry Raleigh from time to time. Harry is doing well and still lives in the Fort Lauderdale area. Steve Josias retired from his practice in the Fort Lauderdale area. He had an extremely successful practice and was very active with the Democratic Party. His son, who is a lawyer, took a job with a prestigious Tampa law firm. Steve relocated to the Tampa area to be close to his family. In going through some of my old ND stuff, I uncovered an email that Ray Sweeney sent me a while back which I had not reported on previously. Ray shared his various career moves over the past 40 years. In short, his bio can be divided into three pieces. 1973-1993: General counsel/litigation counsel for international labor unions and their related pension funds in Washington DC. 1993-2013: Managing director/senior vice president for a hedge fund responsible for product development and client services in NYC. 2014: “I am gradually ending my hedge fund career and will assume the responsibility as the business manager on a pro bono basis for a Benedictine monastery and other Roman Catholic religious orders.” He promised to give me a call when his travels took him to the Phoenix area. I guess he hasn’t made it out here yet. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Prof. Charlie Rice’s recent passing. Even now, almost 45 years later, this man looms larger than life. I am sure we all have our memories of this revered former professor. But, one thing is for certain, he never failed to impress regardless of the circumstances. RIP. Well, that is it for now. You will probably read this column sometime in October or November. Football season will be in full swing. Thanksgiving will be staring us in the face. And I hope that each one of you will be happy, smiling and enjoying the good life. Maybe you will even have something to report so we can all share it. In the interim, go Irish and God bless. — Tony Palumbo; tpalumbo@palumbowolfe.com

74 Living the Dream

Fun news came my way since our last column. Now when you read some of these shared notes, you have to picture the visual. Tom Ross, or as we affectionately refer to him as Big T, is living the dream and had one sensational time with his son Tommy at the British Open. Not only was there a father and son bonding, we have no doubt they both came away with Scottish accents after a few pints. Tom, always full of life, also has plans to take his youngest son to the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont next year. Tom, in all seriousness, “encourages anyone who has adult children to go somewhere with that child and spend quality time with them before time runs out.” How true that statement is. Chris Stevens, “Hawk,” will host “Evening to Never Forget” on Veterans’ Day at the Morris Inn. Additionally, Chris was named by our Alumni Association as the winner of the 2015 Harvey G. Foster Award. Chris also mentions that the students in the business class he teaches at Notre Dame offer free consulting for any business, and his students are always up for a challenge. Thunderous applause to you, Chris. William O’Connor wrote a book recently on reflections of Notre Dame called Mother Knows Best. It’s a wonderful little book of heroes and heroines, with many a laugh included. I was honored to be presented a copy and it’s a pleasure to read. Jerry Samaniego, our illustrious class president, is now known to friends and family as titanium Jer. Jerry is bragging that his knee, after total knee replacement surgery is made of titanium, cobalt and polyurethane. According to Jerry, it was a brutal surgery that laid him out for months. He’s fully recovered now and is hiking 15-20 miles in Yosemite without any pain or discomfort. With the ability to move his knee, he’s getting cut at the gym and ready to take on the dance floor. Watch out 45th Reunion. He and his wife Susanna purchased a new office building. His son has worked for him for five years, and they are a great team. His daughters are doing well and thriving remarkably. Jerry and his family and friends in June went to Yosemite National Park. They rented 25 rooms and made it a sensational family and friends gathering. John Flannigan recently retired from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights IL. He had been a professor of English and president of the faculty union. John firmly believes in lifelong learning and recently returned from an international seminar at the U of Nebraska-Lincoln honoring American author Willa Cather, at which John was a panelist and a presenter. Mike Hinga writes that he purchased a timeshare in Breckenridge CO and is enjoying life in semi-retirement. He enjoyed a vacation this past summer with his family in Breckenridge and Yellowstone National Park. I am personally delighted to announce that my family is doing extremely well. My daughter Michelle ’02 is a partner at a private equity firm in Boston, my son Patrick ’04 is a plastic surgeon in Santa Monica and my youngest Stephen is an option trader in Chicago. I’m a grandmother of three and still working strong. While some of you are hanging up your professional attire for retirement years, I am now into a new career. I have been selected to be the executive deputy director of business services for the Illinois Department of Employment Security for the State of Illinois. I’m responsible for working with employers in Illinois, connecting them with the veterans, underemployed, unemployed and those seeking a better position with their careers. Sometimes when you aren’t looking for a change, the Almighty presents you with an opportunity you just can’t refuse. I was able to find my replacement in the building industry to take the business I secured for the last five years and to continue to move it forward. It was very fortunate indeed. Although, I kept my circular saw. After all, I earned that right. Keep writing; it’s great to hear from you. We are blessed indeed. — Dede Simon; domerdede@aol.com

74MBA Class Secretary — William Arland III;

505-954-3921; bill@sybercafe.org

74JD Class Secretary — Christopher Kule;

ckule@emergercounsel.com

75 Great Reunion

We had such fun in early June in South Bend with ideal weather, almost 300 classmates assembled, a nice array of programs and learning opportunities, banquets, golf, walks by the lake and beverages under the tents. A real highlight had to be the Friday night banquet when Digger Phelps helped us relive the excitement of hoops action during our undergrad years, especially the big win over UCLA. But Digger also discussed his relationship with Father Hesburgh and Father Joyce, two men who shaped the academic and athletic reputation of our beloved school. Despite a severe head cold, Digger shared memories and ideas for 45 minutes, and we are so grateful for his visit. I was lucky to attend the panel discussion about Father Hesburgh’s career in Washington Hall. Touching and humorous insights came from his personal driver and others. Thank you to the 714 classmates who donated to our Class Gift this year. The Development Office says $2.3 million was contributed to the University. Thanks for the acclamation at the Saturday banquet as we elected alumni officers for the next five years. I am happy to continue as secretary, preparing class notes on a quarterly basis, but will rely on all of you to provide content. If you retire, get a new grandchild or tour the Canadian Rockies, let me know. If you make a significant gift, it’s great to share that info and to inspire others to follow in those footsteps. The other officers are as follows: president Pat Lally, vice president Tim Meinken, vice president, Howard Stierwalt, vice president Jeanne Murphy, treasurer Butch Smith and past president Bill McLean. For the first time in 40 years, a group of Flanner friends (plus a few strays) made the reunion all together. Ed Elliott from Vermont, Jed Curtis from Seattle, Bob Kontz from Cedar Rapids, Brady Hull from Houston, Jack Malone from Columbus OH, Bill McCarthy from northern Michigan and myself from Davenport IA all made the trip out. Terry Moran ’76 from Detroit also visited. And Susan Basto came in from DC with husband John. It was great to see my freshman year roommate, Nick Grosch, from Newark, too. And Lynn Larkin Flanagan writes from California, “Only the wedding of our daughter, Laura, to Chris Raub on June 6 could have kept me from our reunion. Thanks to those who earmarked their 2015 ND annual fund donation for breast cancer research at ND’s Harper Cancer Research Institute. This option is now permanently available to all. Just write out your check to ND and specify your donation be used by Harper.” Lynn’s mother, Marita Oppenheim Larkin ’43SMC, passed away on June 29. Bill Schoewler, who is the country finance director for Alstom USA in Washington DC, spent Feb. 15 with classmates Jim McCormick and John Hutton climbing to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Bravo. Many classmates had Emil T. Hofman for chemistry at ND. This iconic professor, whose quizzes induced sleeplessness in a generation of pre-meds and scientists, passed away in July. He taught more than half of each first-year class from 1950 to 1990, counting more than 32,000 graduates as former students. His funeral video is available online at news.nd.edu/news/58500-emil-hofman. Linda and I have a third granddaughter, Emma Clare Bower, born July 21 here in the Quad Cities. What a joyful day. For all classmates on Facebook, please find the newly created Notre Dame Class of 1975 page and post your news items. Send me your news, please. — Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; res 563-355-7738; cell 563-336-5004; normbower@mchsi.com

75MBA Class Secretary — Jim Ouimet;

215-862-3080; jimouimet@comcast.net

75JD Reunion Was the Best

It was the best reunion ever. Pete Shirk worked tirelessly on encouraging classmates to attend. The results were remarkable. A very high percentage of the class attended. Due to physical ailments, I could not drive to South Bend and back. So my dear wife Cathy did all the driving. I thought of another reunion at which my neck tie was cut off. Would I be ambushed again? As soon as we arrived at the hotel parking lot, we were greeted by Martha and Arturo Estrada. Tury just retired from the general counsel’s office of the IRS. It was great to talk with a friend from the very first day of law school. Chris Guidroz, another first-day friend, was there from New Orleans. Chris has retired also and is volunteering at Legal Aid. John Davis and his wife attended, and it was enjoyable to talk with them. Jack Garbo, the premier estate planner in the DFW Metroplex, had a seemingly limitless memory of classes, funny stories and faculty legends. Marcia Gaughn Murphy has retired from her law professor position at American U in Washington D.C. Steve Botsford picked up where he left off, telling one funny story after another about our law school days. David Murchison, whose picture appears on page 99 of The Hoynes Reporter, did not attend the reunion, which is par for him. Andy Napolitano told me that his family was giving him a big birthday during the reunion’s weekend, but he flew in to join us. At our Saturday evening banquet, we all sang happy birthday to him. Judge Jeanne (Swartz) Jourdan and her husband were kind enough to host a delightful brunch at their lakeside home. Fred Gill and his wife attended. He is retired from his position as general counsel from the cosmetics firm back East and is building a house in the South Bend area. He has written a book and is working on another. Anne Williams was saluted by the Class for 20 years of service as a US judge, first in district court and now in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The first get-together was off-campus at O’Rourke’s. Ray Garza, Beth and Paul Mattingly, Ron Hein, Joe Noack, Mary Somers Sandack, Bob Weaver and Carol Ann Nix were among those in attendance. Conversations seem to erase 40 years, and we were just continuing our chats in law school. Father David Link gave a very thoughtful and inspiring talk on “Being Atticus Finch.” Remarkably, all of our events were blessed with Father Dave’s presence. He said that of all the classes that went through the law school while he was teaching or serving as the dean, ours was the closest. The Law School Mass was celebrated by Father Bill Beauchamp, CSC, who retired from the presidency of the U of Portland after 20 years of service. Father David celebrated a Mass for our class. After the class picture was taken, we had a buffet dinner. Brennan Farrell talked about the Pete Lardey Scholarship Fund and urged us to contribute generously. Paul Fortino made a remarkable commitment and challenged us to match it. Paul recently retired from his big firm. I spoke to the class on the Secrets of The Hoynes Reporter, in which I revealed the truth about David Murchison. Each evening there was an informal party back at our hotel. I could not attend Friday night due to back pain. Cathy went and returned with a beautiful tie, a gift from the Ducks. Thank you, Bob Foster. I am sorry that I could not get a chance to talk to several other classmates: Hannah Callaghan, Tom McGill, Joe Cooney, Mike Eldred, Joe Gilfillan, Bill Grimmer, Mary Joan Hoene, John Kazanjian, Tom Pollihan, Mike Quinn, Brian Short, Gene Smary and Anne Wernz. When we returned home, I received a letter from John Lynch. He wrote, “I can’t believe that I have not seen you in 40 years. It was a really sentimental and transforming weekend for me. When I returned to Boston, I reviewed my copy of The Hoynes Reporter. I can’t believe you put all that together or that you were able to round up $2,750 to publish it. That was a considerable amount of money in 1975. In any event, thanks for all the work. I will be indebted to you as are our classmates to you for creating that bridge back to 1975. In talking with several of our classmates, they seem to have either lost or do not remember receiving a copy. Since I assume that you own the copyright, I would like your permission to copy it and send it to them so that they can have and review at their leisure. I will only do it if I have your permission. Thanks again for The Hoynes Reporter.” I never copyrighted it, but John certainly has my permission to make reprints. So classmates, contact John to reserve your copy at jlynch@davismalm.com. And John, I want four more copies myself. Yes, indeed, it was simply the best reunion ever. — Dennis Owens; owensappeal@aol.com

76 Merger of Two Families

Dan Fitzgerald and Kathy ’76 SMC and Ron Miller never crossed paths during their time at Notre Dame, but they were together in July at Lake George NY, for the wedding of their children. Dan and Becky’s son, Sean, and Ron and Kathy’s daughter, Caroline, met at the U of Dayton. Both grew up attending Notre Dame football games, and Caroline’s older brother is a ND grad. The Notre Dame connection was one of many things they had in common. Sean proposed to Caroline at the Grotto during the weekend of the Michigan game last year. Phil Coyne has moved to London, where his wife has accepted a job to be part of the US Embassy delegation in London. She will be the official US FDA representative to the European Medicines Agency, the equivalent of the FDA in Europe. Their eldest daughter, LTJG Mary Catherine Coyne ’12, is on the ballistic nuclear sub USS Maine. She is the first female ND ROTC grad to get her nuclear power submarine qualifications. Their daughter Virginia Coyne ’15 will make the move to London with her parents. She was a four-year resident of Cavanaugh, as was Phil’s father. Their son Brendan Coyne ’17 will be in Dublin for the fall semester. Phil hopes to continue his adjunct teaching duties with the ND London program. Look for Phil and his daughters at the Navy game. Dan Adler’s first grandson, William Young Chee, was born to his daughter Rachel and her husband Robert Chee in Aurora IL. Rachel is an art teacher in nearby Oswego. Steve Klug was elected to a three-year-term as Region 10 Director of the Alumni Association. Steve joins classmates Lionel Phillips and Jim Gradoville, whose terms started last year. The Board of Directors represents Notre Dame alumni in communicating with the University administration and setting policy for the Alumni Association. Lynda and Pat Sarb first met with Greg Crawford, Dean of the College of Science, and the staff of the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases (CRND) in 2013. Their grandson Owen is afflicted by nonketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH), and they were hoping to open a dialogue. Their son and daughter-in-law Joe and Michelle later traveled with Owen from Davenport IA to ND to meet with Dean Crawford and his staff. Last December, the CRND set up a fund dedicated to NKH research. For his part, Dean Crawford has spent his summers since 2010 cycling across the country while raising awareness and funds for research to find treatments for rare diseases. Last summer he embarked upon his final cross-country bike ride to raise $1 million for rare disease research at Notre Dame. As part of his ride he stopped in the Quad Cities where he was joined by Pat and his family and spoke at the 2015 Universal Notre Dame Celebration in Davenport. Sally Naxera Benson retired last year, followed closely by her husband Gary. That has allowed them to travel extensively. Her favorite destination is Missouri where she visits her father, Big Fred, 90. At home she is a cantor and is active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society at her parish. She said that in addition to classmates mentioned in the last issue, Ed Byrne and Ceyl Prinster were at Father Hesburgh’s memorial services. Please start making your plans for our 40th Reunion, which is scheduled for June 2-5, 2016. Debi and the class officers welcome anyone who wants to help. Email Debi at debidell@earthlink.net. — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251; mareilly@rfs-pa.com

76MBA Class Secretary — Mike Norris;

1021 Bloomview Circle, Rochester MI 49307; 248-330-5366; mikenorris@alumni.nd.edu

76JD Class Secretary — Virgil L. Roth;

625 Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 255, South Pasadena CA 91030; 626-441-1178; fax 626-441-1166

77 Joys, Passions, Perseverance

Many Class of ’77 parents proudly watched their children graduate last May, including Mary and Bill Fallon, Patricia (Patter) Sheeran Birsic and Tom Birsic ’76, Judy Shiely King and Joseph King, Mary-Louise Houghton Polo and Tom Polo and Gabrielle and the Hon. Dan Buckley. The Hon. Sharon Sullivan and Thomas Snitzer had an undergraduate son and a law school graduate daughter. University tradition gives a judge the special honor of hooding their law school daughter or son at graduation. Judge Sullivan was recently named county division, acting presiding judge and will preside at court in the Daley Center in Chicago. In May, the Class of ’77 sent 92nd birthday wishes to Coach Ara Parseghian, father of Michael Parseghian MD. Cindy Buescher Parseghian said Ara enjoyed all his birthday cards. Rev. Austin Collins, CSC, joined the University’s Board of Fellows as well as its Board of Trustees on July 1, when he became religious superior of the Holy Cross Priests and Brothers at Notre Dame. John Veihmeyer, KPMG international global chairman, was key in sponsoring the Women’s Leadership Summit this July at the Women’s PGA Championship. The keynote speaker was Condoleeza Rice ’75MA, former US secretary of state, and Muffet McGraw, ND women’s basketball coach was also featured. Paul Bohn, a professor of chemical and bio-molecular engineering and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University, works with multi-state partners in Precision Medicine, a program of ND’s Advanced Diagnostics & Therapeutics Strategic Research Initiative. Ambassador David Robinson is US principal deputy assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration (PRM). Manuel Joaquin works for Booz, Allen, Hamilton Inc., and spoke at the National Contract Management Association’s 2015 World Congress in Dallas in July. Brian Lopina partners with fellow Domer and former California Congressman Dan Lungren ’68 in a Washington lobbying firm, Lungren, Lopina LLC. Gayle Molinelli Bush’s son Bryan Bush ’08, ’09MS in accountancy, married Leslie Brown ’08SMC at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in April with Barb Boylan, Sue O’Hearn Brennan, Ann Murphy Manion, Dana Nahlen, Ellen Myler and Mary Mazanec attending the wedding reception. In May, Gayla and Sue Fendi Wenger reminisced with fellow Farley Hall classmate Cindy Parseghian when ND Science Dean Crawford stopped in Harrisburg on his cross-country bike ride for NPC research. Joe Donahue ran the Boston Marathon again. Bill Ellsworth also finished Boston Strong, with Debbie Kenny Ellsworth cheering him on. Eileen and Steve Daday welcomed their first grandchild, John O’Brien, son of Mary Kate ’09SMC and Dan O’Brien ’09. Bonita Bradshaw is in Digger Phelps’ book, Notre Dame Hardwood, and in Black Domers: 70 Years at Notre Dame, edited by Don Wycliff ’69 and David Krashna ’71. Jerry and Cathy DePauw Graham, Diane and Greg Ivancic, Rocco ’76 and Roxanne O’Brien Martino, Barbara and Jim O’Connor, Donna and Ken Patricia, Liz and Bill Turnure, Katie and Jim Walsh, and Nancy and Jack Willenbrink gathered in Louisville the first weekend in May to attend the Kentucky Oaks. Beth Corbin Murphy, Mary Spalding Burns, Carol Latronica, Mary Fitzsimons and Jody Gormley are in the Olden Domer rowers, having trained in Seattle and South Bend with 16 former ND women rowers. They will row in the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia on Oct.24, and hope to race in the Head of the Charles in Boston. Molly Sample met them for a little row during the Texas game weekend. Deepest condolences go out to the families of classmates Richard (Bear) Hebert Jr. who left behind wife Shelby and children Jacques, Maxwell, Emily, Madeleine, Abigail and his father, Richard Hebert Sr. And to Timothy Baker’s mother Jeanette, and fiancée Louise, at Tim’s unexpected passing. Our sympathies also go out to Roxanne O’Brien Martino on the death of her mother, Adeline O’Brien; to Rob Pfeifer on the loss of his mother, Virginia Pfeifer; to Ann Kenney on the loss of her father, V. Paul Kenney, a physics professor at Notre Dame recruited by Father Hesburgh and a renowned scholar. May they rest now in peace. — Virginia (Ginger) McGowan Bishop; 2594 Woodland Drive, Northbrook IL 60062; res: 847-291-7510; classof1977@alumni.nd.edu

77MBA Keeping in Touch

I heard from Fred Anderholm and Brenda Darnley Martin. Fred has worked the last 28 years at his family’s fan manufacturing business in College Station TX. He has resisted becoming a Texas A&M Aggie. He and his wife Cheryl have spent the last seven years traveling the world after their three children went off to college. Fred also wrote that he recently watched Pres. Jimmy Carter’s commencement address to the graduating classes on May 22, 1977. His speech became a major turning point in US foreign policy. Fred found the address on C-SPAN’s archives online. Brenda started her own communications business in 2008. She received immediate recognition with her children’s book series promoting life lessons to children through the experiences of three young fish living in Old Tampa Bay. (treasurehuntfish.com). After many author appearances she was selected last year to narrate the documentary, Tony’s Tale: Tragedy in Arizona, which won six awards at various film festivals. Brenda’s husband Mike ’74 is the president of the ND Club of Greater Tampa Bay. Mike and Brenda were actively involved with the ND Club in hosting events for the NCAA Women’s Final Four this past year. They attended Mike’s 40th class reunion last year and enjoyed connecting with ND friends including Ray Borus ’74, ND Marching Band tuba player extraordinaire, and Bob Quakenbush ’76. Brenda keeps in touch with Paul Herbig and Steve Sturtz on Facebook and with Ed Kennedy by snail mail. — Alan J. Fisher; afisher@hoeyfarina.com

77JD Classmates Still Practicing

Dean Armstrong, still hard at work practicing at Armstrong Law Firm in Flossmoor IL, quipped that he will continue practicing until he gets it right. He is proud of his daughter Ashley ’15, who graduated summa cum laude with a BS in mechanical engineering. Ashley was captain of the women’s golf team her junior and senior years. According to ND’s Official Athletic Site, Ashley was just the 11th student-athlete and the first Fighting Irish women’s golfer in ND athletics history to be a three-time Academic All-American selection and the third student-athlete to be a four-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team choice. One of four ND golfers to compete in four NCAA regionals, Ashley ranks third in program history with a 74.98 career stroke average. Like her dad, Ashley loved her time at ND. Joanne Frasca, a partner with the southern California firm of Freeman Freeman & Smiley, practices business and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. Given her love of trial, appellate and arbitration/mediation work, Joanne hopes to continue practicing for many years to come. Joanne’s son is following his parents’ career path and attends law school at UCLA.
Peter Cabrera, who has a law office near Palm Springs CA, practices primarily criminal defense. Peter’s most enduring legacy involves raising independent, successful children, including Rebecca ’10, who is spending a year as senior lead accountant in the Santiago, Chile office of Pattern Energy Group, a publicly-traded green energy company. Now that college tuition days are behind him, Peter is considering retirement. — Janey Bennett; 4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; res 574-383-5745; bus 574-241-4100; jbennett@maylorber.com

78 Talented Class

Greetings, classmates. Now that the summer wind has gone on vacation, and we are enjoying all things autumn, don’t forget to send me info on your events. Bob Kruse is still working as a captain for Delta Airlines in Minneapolis. He flew the Notre Dame football team to LA last fall for the USC game and had a brief chat with Father Jenkins on the plane. Bob thinks the president is a great guy. Bob’s daughter Emily is a junior at ND, enjoying life in Walsh Hall. Otherwise all is well. Bob also wanted to remind Tom “Tippy” Coryn, his roommate in Alumni freshman year, that he still owes him a new clock radio. Warren Cinnick is the chief learning executive and leader of talent management at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. So, his anthropology degree worked out after all. Ken Haffey and a number of our classmates attended a dinner in Chicago sponsored by Horizons for Youth. Mike Golic ’85 was the master of ceremonies and almost 700 people attended. The event raised approximately $700,000 for inner¬ city youth. Ken and wife Elizabeth were invited by Mike Streit ’79. We sat next to Pat Flynn’s table which included Pat and Laura, Charlie Wolf,Tom O’Neill, Danny Romano and Mike Conaty. Mike told me that his table mates did their best to misbehave, and just like the old days on Dillon’s third floor, it came pretty naturally. Chris Datzman Cosimano reports that Farley Hall has an alumni Facebook page that a lot of ’78 Farley grads have joined, plus Farley sends out a newsletter of what’s going on in the hall. If anyone wants to receive it, they can email farleyalumni@gmail.com or like their page on Facebook. After seeing the newsletters and videos of this year’s hall activities and the great spirit there, some of the Farley Class of ’78 decided to do something for the dorm for finals. So, this past May, a flower arrangement, 240 bagels, cream cheese and coffee were delivered to the dorm as a treat on the first day of finals. They are hoping to make it a tradition. Next spring, Marianne Murphy Zarzana will be on sabbatical from teaching and directing the creative writing program at Southwest Minnesota State U. She’ll work on a documentary film that she’s creating focused on Sister Jean Lenz, OSF, former assistant vice president for student affairs and former rector of Farley Hall, and her pivotal role in ND’s transition to coeducation. Marty Dytrych began a two-year term this spring as chairman of the board at Jupiter Medical Center, a not for profit hospital in northern Palm Beach County. Marty and wife Tesa attend all the home games, and classmates are welcome to visit their place on home weekends on the east side of campus in Stadium Village. Maureen “Mo” Flynn Walsh lives south of Boston with her husband, Kevin Walsh ’79, ’82JD, and the youngest of their three sons. They survived the record-breaking snow last winter, surpassing Boston itself by about 30 inches. Maureen writes weekly news features for her town newspaper and publishes occasional short mystery fiction while revising her novel. She is vice president of the New England chapter of Mystery Writers of America and committee member of the New England Crime Bake (crimebake.org), voted one of the best genre conferences for writers and fans. They welcome new blood. Maureen recently reconnected with freshman year roommate Clare Leary on Facebook and would love to hear from other ND friends. Dr. Kathleen Sullivan Sealy is mentoring Patrick Lennon’s daughter Ellery at the marine biology school at the U of Miami. Vinnie Renz caught two men’s basketball games (UVA and Miami) and a hockey game (UConn) last season. He spent UVA weekend with Sorin roommate Jerry Hattrup,who is busy building an emerging medical writing business outside Philadelphia. Vinnie was in Chicago for what has become an annual get together prior to the official guys BB and hockey weekend, for dinner at Salerno’s with Dave O’Keefe (the host), Jack Boehm, DJ Crowley, Jim Hughes, Greg Kulis, Chris Crnkovich, Chip Lee and Michael Duffy. Chip, Chris and Vinnie then met up with Pat Kennedy of Indianapolis and Mike Reda of St. Louis back at Notre Dame for the weekend, where they were able to enjoy both sports victories with the likes of Pat Flynn (surprise, surprise), Tom Marvinac and Jeff Carpenter.Vinnie and Karen became first-time grandparents courtesy of their eldest son, Tim ’06, just prior to the USC debacle, providing a well needed distraction from that mess. Please remember in your prayers the families of Chris Erickson, who died in June, and Maureen Flynn Walsh, whose mother died in March. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Keep in touch. — Jim “Souls” Coyne; 311 Andorra Glen Court, Lafayette Hill PA 19444; 267-847-8808; jcoyne@cohs.com

78MBA Class Secretary — Mamie Anthoine Ney;

350 Alewive Road, Kennebunk ME 04043; res 207-229-0989; bus 207-333-6640 ex. 2020; irishwasherwoman@alumni.nd.edu

JD Class Secretary — Dan LaVille;

US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Ave. North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751; dlaville@comcast.net

79 Not Too Old for School

Congratulations to Rev. Manny Williams, who earned a master’s in pastoral theology from Xavier’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Manny is the CEO and pastor of Resurrection Catholic Missions of the South in Montgomery AL, with whom he has been associated for 25 years. After 36 years in San Diego, Jerry Wills moved to St. Louis to become CFO of a division of Aegion, a publicly-traded infrastructure protection company with products that line sewers and reinforce bridge structures. He will be close to Tim Sullivan whose daughter Erin is starting at ND. Dan Darnley recently relocated from Massachusetts to Kalamazoo, where he joined Honigman law firm as a partner in the patent practice group. Let me know what is happening in your lives. — Barbara A. Langhenry; 3901 Whitman Ave., Cleveland OH 44113; res 216-651-8962; bus 216-664-2893; breclw@aol.com

79MBA Class Secretary — Patty Kennedy Kerr;

7750 Leonard St. NE, Ada MI 49301; 616-682-1223; kerrtaxcpa@gmail.com

79JD Class Secretary — Daniel F. McNeil;

1001 NW Lovejoy, Unit 205, Portland OR 97209; 503-539-9188; mcneil.daniel12@gmail.com