class notes


80 Thanks, Reunion Committee

Thank you to all who helped plan and attended Reunion 2015. Please remember to make a generous donation to ND in our reunion year. Contributions to replenish our Class Fund can also be made online. There are lots of great photos and memories on our Class Facebook page. Please share more. A special thank you to Mary Ryan Amato, who served brilliantly as class president for the last 10 years. And a warm welcome to Ellen Dorney Colyer, who takes over in the same role. We owe a very special thank you to Frances and Marine Corps Major Gen. Jim Lukeman. They demonstrated the true nature of a very effective (and fun-filled) partnership in all things family, ND, military and football at our Class Dinner. Rosemary Mills Russell and all the women of Farley are understandably proud of Barbara Digangi Sisson, assistant chief of the Army Reserve. Barb is the second most senior leader in the Army Reserves. She is the equivalent of a three-star general. Barb is among many classmates who are members of the armed forces serving on active duty, the reserves or retired. Please send updates on their distinguished service. Rosemary also notes that Beth Jones Raseman was recognized as Barrington Citizen of the Year. Herman Jorgensen shared a video compiled of digitized clips from home movies he took during our years at ND. The video is posted on our Facebook page. Herman retired from the Navy after 25 years, worked in the corporate world for about five years, then became a science and math teacher at an inner city Catholic school. BakerHostetler announced that Kevin Shaughnessy was recognized by The Legal 500. Kevin is a class action litigator who provides consultation to employers on sensitive internal matters and corporate compliance issues. Kevin Thaddeus Fisher-Paulson reports that his book, A Song for Lost Angels, won the silver medal in the Ben Franklin Awards. Mike Gilroy and Bob Rudy connected in Chicago for the Grateful Dead concert at Soldier Field. They were at the Saturday night performance. Mike Rolfs attended Sunday. Lynn Joyce Hunter and husband David Hunter ’86PhD spent a lovely evening at the home of Cindy ’80SMC and Tim Kelley in Columbus OH. They were joined by Joanna and Paul (P.K.) Hemmer, who also live in the Columbus area. Dining al fresco on the Kelley patio, Lynn, Paul, Cindy and Tim reminisced about their year in the Saint Mary’s Rome Program, marveling that 38 years have elapsed since they first met in Assisi in September 1977. Michelle Renaldo Ferguson welcomed her granddaughter, Molly, the daughter of Mike Ferguson ’05. Paul Stauder will be walking his daughter, Lauren ’14, down the aisle at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. (She is marrying a high school sweetheart who swam at Purdue.) Chris Lyons has accepted the role of president of NAPCO Media’s Target Marketing Division. Chris was recently asked to join Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Council in West Chester PA. Brian Conaty was among classmates who joined friends and family to witness and celebrate the marriage of Michael “Sego’’ Segobiano and Greg Desmond ’83 on the rooftop of Navy Pier in Chicago. It was a special and joyful celebration and plenty of fun was had by all, including Laura and John “Maddog” Muldoon, Kathy (McMann) and Bob Carey, Tom “Crash” Carr, Sue and Joseph “Shaz” Sherer, Carolyn and Mark Hentschell, Dick Wallach and Margaret (Turk) Wallach ’80SMC, Mary (Bergin) Staunton, and Susan Wayde ’80SMC. The happy couple exited the ceremony to the “Notre Dame Victory March,” heralded by all except the handful of Michigan alums in attendance. Mark Angelini is finishing his first year as president of Mercy Housing Lakefront, a provider of supportive housing in the Chicago area. He and his wife are empty nesters with two grown daughters in Southern California; the eldest graduated from Tulane and is working for California Rep. Raul Ruiz, and the youngest will be a sophomore at Pomona College. Our hearts go out to Mike Melbinger, who lost his dad recently. — Mary Ellen Woods;;

80MBA Class Secretary — Doug Cooper;

80JD Memories, Memorials

Sympathies and prayers to the family of Don Keough, former chair of the ND Board of Trustees and a huge supporter of all things Notre Dame and Irish. His support of the University is legion, and his family carries on his mission. He was a gentleman and all-around great person. Thanks, Mr. Keough, for all you did for all of us. The sudden death of our classmate Mike Curley feels unbelievable. His love for life, his wonderful wife Nancy and his love and pride in his children are Mike’s legacies in addition to his extensive work as a zoning lawyer in Phoenix. God rest your soul, Mike. Get the party started in heaven as only you can do. Thanks to all of you who reached out to Nancy during the wake and funeral. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Classmate Bo Scott is celebrating the arrival of a fifth grandchild, the third granddaughter. Congrats Bo. And, Todd Greenberg has left his position as corporation counsel for the city of Springfield IL. A new mayor hired a whole new staff, and Todd is awaiting the next adventure. Judge Sue Zwick is doing private mediation and arbitration with JAMS in Chicago. Connect with Sue. Tina Walsh McLaughlin and husband Bob will be empty nesters in the fall. So will I. It is hard to believe. Carolyn Short spent her summer going to lots of family weddings, and Dick Waris hosted one. Are we looking forward to our 40th Reunion or the 50th? Let’s start thinking how to celebrate no matter where we are. Send your news. You are important. Love to all. — Sheila O’Brien;

81 What a Class

Dan Connors and his wife Shannon live half the year in Casey Key FL and half the year on a big farm 10 miles north of ND. Dan retired last year after serving as the CEO of three companies: technology, health care and distribution. Prior to the CEO gigs, he was with Bain & Company Consulting. He started out practicing law in Washington DC. Dan was recently appointed by Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, ’76, ’78MA to be a member of Notre Dame’s Student Athlete Advisory Council. Mark Muething is the COO of Great American Financial in Cincinnati. He had been general counsel of the company for a number of years before this recent promotion. Mike and Meg have four boys. Tom McCarthy is a golf pro in Naples FL. He and his wife, Deb, have four children. Dr. Rick Franza is the associate dean of Kennesaw State U near Atlanta. He and his wife have two girls. Tio Totaro is alive and well in California. Tio and Rick Franza were in the Air Force for a number of years before entering private industry. Bill Hochul has served as a US Attorney since 2010 and celebrated his 28th year as a federal prosecutor. His wife, Kathy, was elected lieutenant governor of New York. Beth Toomey and Shaun McCauley Corry rode bikes from Seattle to Spokane to raise money for Andean Health, a charity hospital group set up by the Hesburgh Foundation in Central America. Bob Stewart is a member of the Edina MN City Council. Kevin Hawkins runs a weekly prayer service in Las Vegas and takes special intentions. Anne (Conrad) Wilson sold her horse after five consecutive riding national quarter horse titles. Marybeth Marx has been globetrotting from Honk Kong to the Guinness brewery. Carl Lundblad lives in Arizona and coaches a high school lacrosse team when he is not doing strategic planning for corporate groups. Ralph Jaccodine won the 2015 Dean’s Award for Innovation and Service at Berklee College of Music in Boston as a result of programs he has brought to the school since joining the faculty as an adjunct professor in the Music Business/Management Department in 2012. Jack Connolly is officially a master of education in reading instruction. Mike O’Connor spent the coldest weekend on record in Manhattan visiting Joe Pellicane, who has lived in Manhattan for many years. They toured a number of watering holes and historic sites, including an afternoon of cigars, military history and Pebble Beach golf viewing in the Presidential Room at the Union League Club with Mike’s eldest son, who is a second year medical student at Hofstra LIJ School of Medicine. Mike recently relocated from Arizona to Valparaiso IN. Mike Burke visited Mark Nasca in Cleveland where they watched the Irish men’s NCAA basketball games. They met up with Keith Melaragno and Maureen and Jeff Kohler ’79. Mike and Mark were joined by Mike Janssen, Mike Goodwin, Dennis Cotter, Graham Crawford, Pete Urbain, Leo Duggan, Gerry Walsh, Tom Needham, John Daly, Matt Rush, Pat Conklin, Paul Nelson, Steve Blatt, John O’Neil, Dana Crowley, Tim Ronan, Dan Flynn, Tom Lange and Greg Irving for the 37th Dillon golf tourney. Mary Joan Silva passed away in January from complications of dermatomyositis, a disease she battled since she was 9. Mary Jo received her master’s in English from Webster U in St Louis. Her professional life as a teacher took her many places around the country. She returned to Maine in 1990 and worked as the director of religious education in Madawaska. She also was very active teaching English as a second language. We lost our classmate and friend Larry Gervais in May. Larry had several chronic illnesses that he’d been bravely battling for the last few years. Always the loyal ND fan (and Santa Monica-based USC-ND tailgate “kingpin”), he managed to get to those coveted 50-yard line seats sooner than many would have liked him to. Stanford Hall classmates Bob Hull, Jeff Hebig, Mark Franko, Mark Johnston and John Legault all attended his funeral. Also at the funeral Mass were classmates Tim Coonan, Paul Turgeon and Mark Amstok, as well as Tom Coonan ’56, Dan Coonan ’84, Tim Gervais ’83, Mike Cervenak ’84, Sean Gervais ’15 and Liam Madden ’15. If anyone is interested in planning our 35th Reunion, please drop me a line. — Lee Ann McLaughlin; 1120 Georgiana St., South Bend IN 46617; 847-636-1964;

81MBA Class Secretary — E.J. Fleming IV;

600 Hall Hill Road, Somers CT 06071; 860-749-7261;

81JD Big News

Jack Sawyer reports that he and Debbie have a granddaughter, Georgia Mae Sawyer, born April 27, to go along with their grandson, John Chandler Sawyer, 2. The grandchildren live in Boston, so Jack is now FaceTime’s biggest fan. There is big news regarding Nancy J. (Helling) Gargula. She will receive the 2015 Woman for All Seasons Award from the St. Thomas More Society of Indianapolis at the annual Red Mass Dinner on Oct. 5. This award is given annually to an individual whose life and work exemplifies the ideals of St. Thomas More. Nancy is being honored for her distinguished legal career, which has included her role as the general counsel and secretary to the board of one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, a partnership in a large multi-jurisdictional law firm and her current service as the US trustee for Region 10 and Region 13 as well for the past 14 years. The award is also based on Nancy’s significant Catholic social activity as reflected in her serving as past president of the St. Thomas More Society and board member for 34 years; the Red Mass planning chair for 34 years; past president of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation; service on six professional associations and non-profit boards for the past 30 years including serving as the Region 8 Director on the Notre Dame Law Association Board for the past three years; service on the Indiana Supreme Court’s IOLTA Committee; and volunteering with many more community organizations, events and projects. Many congratulations, Nancy. Your classmates are proud of you. Tim Rastello’s fourth and youngest child, Reilly, will enter ND this August as a freshman. Reilly was assigned randomly to Keough Hall, whose rector is Rev. Pat Reidy, CSC, ’08, the nephew of Maureen Reidy Witt ’80JD. Maureen was Tim’s assigned big sister as a 1L and law partner of 31 years at Holland & Hart in Denver-Boulder. Tim recently left H&H to open his own practice in Boulder and his email is or John Fitzpatrick is in trial in Joplin MO defending the local power in a $10 million personal injury case. He then will go to Wyoming to try a three-week medical malpractice case. “Have gun, will travel.” In May, Lorie Masters finished her term as president of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. Lorie was a founding board member of the College, which promotes scholarship, collegiality and professionalism in the practice of insurance coverage and bad faith law. Margaret (Peg) Warner is also a member of the College. Bob Allen’s law firm recently opened a New York City office at 125 Park Ave., but he still works mostly out of the Miami office. Bob is regularly in touch with Lorne Liechty, who, he indicates, was considering a run for the Texas state legislature. He also hears from Heidi Masano, who is kind enough to regularly refer legal work to his law firm. I ran into Peter Durand while visiting Port Huron MI this summer. Peter was there in his role as member of the planning committee for the Bayview Yacht Club’s 91st Port Huron Mackinac Sailing Race. Ellen and Peter’s younger son will be attending John Carroll U in Cleveland this fall. After 25 years with Northrop Grumman both as corporate counsel and later as director of undersea systems and international systems business units, Jim Carlsen will be retiring in September. Jim writes, “We have a great house on the water on the Chesapeake Bay and both our children are in the area. I will now limit my practice to pro bono representation of honorably discharged veterans regarding veteran’s benefits before the US Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Claims. Ann and I are looking forward to a change of pace and will throw in some travel for good measure. I hope you all are doing well.” Doriana Fontanella had a Mass said for Prof. Charlie Rice. She is especially saddened by his passing because it means next Christmas will be the first since graduation that she will not be receiving a Christmas card from him. Doriana is practicing estate planning, probate, trust administration, tax, business planning law with Wiegand Attorneys & Counselors, LLC on a reduced schedule. When she is not practicing law, she helps a local author, Bonnie McCune, market with her senior-oriented novels. Finally, in my proud father role, I hope that you had the chance to read the article by my daughter, Katie Palumbo Shinnick, in the summer issue of this magazine. The article was titled “A Cup of Quiet,” and was a reflection on her transition back to American life after a semester at ND’s program in Rome when she was an undergrad at ND. Thanks for your continued support of this column. Good luck to the Irish in the upcoming football season. God bless and go Irish. — Michael Palumbo; 3799 E. Peachtree Drive, Chandler AZ 85249; res 480-284-4004; bus 602-262-5931;

82 San Francisco Fest

In February, Barb (Favret) Mitchell hosted a group of women and a few assorted Morrissey men from the Class of ’82 in San Francisco for ND/SMC Wild Women’s Weekend No. 8. Classmates traveled from Alaska, Atlanta, Boston and New Mexico to join in the festivities. Alisa (Collins) Anderson, Rose (Hardart) Wylie, Maura (Welch) Abernethy and Carolyn (Neff) Ritten represented the Chicago contingency. Lou Ritten also joined the group from his cross-country road trip. Carolyn (Elliott) Farino made the trip from Atlanta, while Tara (Carney) Runnals and Tara Kenney Grassey came in from Boston. Clare Twist and Melanie (Murray) Schane, also in the Bay area, helped play tour guides, along with Bob Zimmermann, who currently works for the Marriott Corp. Rachael (Scherer) Imholte ’82SMC joined them from Minneapolis, and Maribeth (Faccenda) Hough came in from New York. The Detroit contingency of Julie (Stenger) Ryckman and Martie (Frey) Hart added Motown flavor, and Kathy (Cooney) Ritschell entertained them from Albuquerque. Former roommate Amy (Faulhaber) Haddow ’83 made her way down from Seward AK to complete the team. The reunion was filled with laughter, relaxation and catching up. The gang also toured the beautiful city on foot, enjoyed a tour of Alcatraz and took in the infamous “Beach Blanket Babylon.” Several in the group, including Barb and Mike Mitchell, Carolyn and Lou Ritten , Maribeth Faccenda and Duane Hough ’85JD and Martie and Kevin Hart, count ND grads among their children. Tara and Gary’s oldest, Jack Grassey, will be a junior in Alumni Hall. Missing in action this reunion were Nancy (Kelly) Connolly from Boston, as she and husband Frank were home with son Jack and their daughter from China, Nell, 3. Sue (Murphy) Kirsch ’82SMC of Pittsburgh sent her warm regards and promised to make the next gathering. Kathy (Cannon) Laurini, representing NASA and working with the European Space Agency at The Hague, was unable to make it, as was Patty (Jacques) Emmanuel of Tampa. Patty is the department chair of pediatrics at U of South Florida, and John is an attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney in Tampa. Their daughter Jacqueline ’12 works at Penguin Books in New York. Also looking forward to the next reunion are Badinites Stephanie (DeCrane) Cavanor from Minneapolis and Tess (Vizcarrondo) Lewis from New Jersey, who also has three ND graduates and a daughter who is a senior. The group celebrated several milestones, including Clare Twist’s running of her 23rd consecutive Boston Marathon for Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Clare is associate professor of pediatrics (hematology/oncology) at Stanford U’s Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto. They also cheered on Tara (Carney) Runnals, a consultant with KPMG, who planned to participate in her third Pan Mass Challenge bike race for cancer prevention in August. Tara and Martie had another reason for celebrating as they welcomed granddaughters to the ND Wild Women’s group last year. Tara, Tara and Nancy plan to host another reunion in Boston this November for the ND/Boston College Shamrock Series game. Please advise if you will be headed to this Fenway Park classic. — Dave and Tess Lewis; 30 Battle Ridge Road, Morris Plains NJ 07950; cell 973-219-4050;;

82MBA It’s Been Awhile

I know it may be shocking, but I am writing a column, since I received a shout-out from our classmate, Jim LaFrance. He wishes to begin a flow of information to/from our classmates since it has been eons since anyone has communicated. Jim is back in Connecticut for the last seven years after long stints in Boston and Tucson. He is married to Janis and has two children, Katie ’02 and Jake, a junior in high school, as well as two grandchildren. He retired in January from a career in healthcare, primarily in cancer diagnostics from both big (Roche, Bayer, GE) and small (Vermillion, Ventana) companies. He remains chairman of the board at Vermillion, enjoys golf and road cycling and, of course, ND football. His email is If anyone would like to reach out, he would be happy to hear from you. I think it is great that Jim began this process; I would love to hear from anyone and everyone who is interested in sharing what they have been up to. For an update on me, I am a financial consultant for Wintrust Wealth Management in Chicago. My youngest of three children just turned 21, and the other two are condo owners in Chicago, so I guess I am a true empty-nester. Keep in touch. — Renée (Amirkanian) Cooper;

82JD Mr. Smith Goes to South Bend

Congratulations to John Smith on being elected to the board of directors of the ND Law Association (NDLA). When John learned that the newest board member typically picks up the bar tab for the rest of the board at its fall meeting, his only comment was that he is glad Tim Rooney is not on the board. Our class has a member on the ND Board of Trustees (Diana Lewis), three members on the Law School Advisory Council (Tim Rooney, Perry Vieth and me), and five members on the NDLA Board of Directors (Bruce Baty, Liz (Medina) Imhoff, Tim Nickels, John Smith and me). Tim Nickels began a two-year term as president of the board on July 1. ’82JD rocks. Carol and I had dinner with Maryann and Tim Abeska in South Bend in May. In June, John Smith treated Tim Nickels, Ed Sommer and me to a great dinner at the Union League Club in Chicago. John was complaining that Ed makes him rake his sand traps when they play golf. I suppose that if Ed didn’t hit his ball in the sand traps, he would not need anyone to rake them. I hope to see many of you on campus during football season this fall. In the meantime, please send me news items. — Frank Julian; 7 W. Seventh St., Cincinnati OH 45202; 513-579-7337;

83 Congratulations

Michael Mader and his wife, Sonia, celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary in June. Mike completed his MS in applied statistics last year and works as a statistician for the U of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he assists investigators with the analysis of data related to improving health outcomes for veterans in the VA Healthcare System. His youngest daughter, Luisa, finished her freshman year at the University. She joined her sister Brandy ’10, her brother Kevin ’12 and cousin Ethan ’16 as Domers. Tony Scott, uncle of Stuart Moss ’15, reports that a minireunion took place at the commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2015 when he got together with Tom Sinnott (dad of Tommy Sinnott ’15) and Jennifer (Murtagh) Brunner (mom of Bobby Brunner ’15). Nina (DeLeone) Mazuzan provided an update to let the class know that her son Alex’s graduation day was a much healthier day for her this year. Nina says this is a very important benchmark for her, and she is now looking forward to graduation for her son, Zach, on June 11, 2016 as her benchmark for a complete recovery from cancer. Nina has created a team, Nina’s Posse, for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. You can access Nina’s donation page through the Class of 1983 Facebook page for more information and to make a donation to this worthy cause. Congratulations and continued best wishes, Nina. Laura Larkner-Ozga shared a picture on the Class Facebook page from her visit to campus. She found Emil T. Hofman “holding office hours” in the main quad. Laura reported that they had a nice chat. With his recent passing at age 94, classmates have shared memories below the picture, and we offer our condolences to all in the Notre Dame family who mourn his loss. Keith Kriegshauser attended Universal Notre Dame Night in St. Louis, and the guest speaker was Dr. Ken Dye, director of the University Marching Band. Keith says that he gave a great talk. Christopher Temple Davis and Sarah McGrath were able to meet up for lunch in Denver this summer. Chris will be going to South America again this year with Habitat for Humanity. If you’d like to join the travel team or get more information, it is available on the Class Facebook page. Mary Malone has been keeping the class informed of many of the non-University events taking place in South Bend. The city is more vibrant than ever. Stephen Fox has reported that his eldest daughter, Kendall, will be attending the University. She will be a member of the same class as Greg Barth’s daughter, Stephen’s law school roommate’s son and his former law partner’s son. Best of luck to Michele Thomas in her campaign for mayor of Lebanon IN. I’ve mentioned the Class Facebook page several times now. For those who still aren’t members but wish to join, simply search for Notre Dame Class of 1983 on Facebook and click “join.” As always, if you have information you’d like to share with our classmates, please drop me a line and I’ll include the information in the column. I hope to see you during football season. — Louis J. (“Chip”) Denkovic; 520 W. 43 Street, No. 32G, New York NY 10036; res. 212-564-4264; bus. 212-762-6674;

h(#1983MBA). 83MBA In Full Swing

The dog days of summer have hit so the news has slowed. Thank goodness Jack Schaible picked up the slack with family news. Jack writes, “I want to drop you a note for the next ¬_Notre Dame Magazine_, and thanks for doing the class notes. I really appreciate your efforts. I am still living in New Jersey and am the controller at Catholic Charities at the Archdiocese of Newark. I have two sons: Christian who is a recent Boston College graduate, Navy officer, and a Naval aviator stationed in San Diego; and Peter who is entering his senior year at Virginia Tech majoring in meteorology and geospatial analysis. (Yup, that is a real thing.) I’d love to hear from any of our classmates. Reach out to me at, Linked-In, or 908- 627-2801. If anyone is ever in the NYC area for business, let’s get together.” It sounds like Jack should be mighty proud of those boys. Jim Hart is in full swing as president of the Oliver Estate in South Bend. He is busy with operating the organization and has accepted board positions on companies they have invested in. He and Karen have spent some quality time at their lake house on Lake Michigan in between lacrosse tournaments for daughter Brianna. Write or call, folks. I can get you a job, promote your business, pump up your kids and give you another reason to read this fine publication. Actually, I think it best that you write me before I make up something about you. Go ND. — John Hilbrich; 630-677-2725;

83JD Class Secretary — Ann E. Merchlewitz;

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 700 Terrace Heights No. 30, Winona MN 55987; res 507-454-4774; bus 507-457-1587;

84 Faith, Friendship and Love

Faith, friendship and love. Words that describe our relationships with each other and ND. These were clearly on display as we sadly said goodbye to Joe Trustey and his daughter Anna, who died in a plane crash approximately nine months after they lost their beloved son and brother, AJ. The wake and funeral were a beautiful testament to how many people called Joe a friend and loved him and his family. Rev. Paul Kollman, CSC, presided over the concelebrated Mass and led us in faith as we tried to cope with the loss. Pallbearers George Kolettis, Mark Manley, Jeff Toner, Tim Novak and Kevin King ’85 relied on their friendship to help them through. Brian Callaghan, John Marvin, Mark Kramer, Marie Devlin, Maureen Canavan, Lou Nanni and I joined together with other Domers, young and old, to celebrate Joe and Anna’s lives. It was only in the death of Joe, who lived life very loudly, that we learned of the extent of his quiet, loving acts of charity that benefit so many others. Please keep Kris ’86SMC and their two daughters in your prayers. When you are back on campus, stop by the Trustey family chapel in the Stinson-Remick Engineering Hall and renew your faith through prayer. Faith and love are also on display as so many class members support so many great causes. Mary Margaret (Schmid) and John Runger supported the Andean Health 1500 mile bike ride and made their goal of biking 250 miles and climbing 20,000 feet. Denise Harrington Staubach participated in the Pan Mass Challenge to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dave McAvoy conquered the Gobi March for the Villages, a self-supported 250 km race across the Gobi Desert in extreme northwestern China for a charity helping abused, abandoned and neglected children. To read his blog about the race, go to and click on “Gobi March,” then “Competitor Blogs,” then type in “McAvoy” and click on it. Rear Admiral Mathias Winter will receive the Rev. William Corby, CSC, Award from the Alumni Association in October. The award recognizes distinguished service in the military. Winter is the chief of Naval research as well as the director of innovation technology requirements, test and evaluation. Kudos to Bob Grundewald, who put up a matching grant program to buy a van for Open Arms South Africa. Additional support for this wonderful organization came from Greg Bell, Nancy Martin, Casey Cunniff, Mike Carroll and Scott Holda, who visited Open Arms as our class representatives. John Borkowski joined Husch Blackwell as a partner in the firm’s healthcare, life sciences and education department. Finally, I am happy to report that a group of us were able to get together for our annual reunion, which was in Portland this year. Ellen (Banovetz) Kaiser, Maureen Canavan, Anne (Wernimont) Kritzmire, Sheila (Dresser) Novak, Mary Jo (Conradt) Francis, Teresa (Hedrick) Williams, Kelly Frank Kiehl and I were there in person to join in the whitewater rafting, food cart taste tour and hours of good conversation. We brought Marie Devlin, Beth (Hards) Stechschulte, Ellie (Knapp) Cullom and Josie (Kaiser) Froehlke along as Flat Stanleys, so they were there in spirit. Jamie Kimmel Eiffert aptly describes these reunions as “an example of the depth and longevity of the friendships forged at ND” with “bonds that strengthen into steel.” Faith, friendship and love. We are ND. — Martha Avery;

84MBA Class Secretary — Tom Phillips;

bus 407-629-4420; fax 407-629-4480; mobile 407-580-8757;

84JD Favorite Professor

While Father Hesburgh’s signature is on each of our ND diplomas, Prof. Charlie Rice’s signature is on our legal education, thanks to his rigorous approach to teaching us first year Torts. Both men went home to the Lord within one week of each other earlier this year. A member of the law school faculty since 1969, Prof. Rice was a landmark of the faculty for decades. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and 10 children. Our heartfelt condolences go out to our classmate Mary Rice Hasson ’81,’84JD and the entire Rice family. Mary reports, “My husband, Kevin Seamus Hasson, and I enjoy life with our seven children (five sons and two daughters), ages 14-30. The eldest four are launched (two are married), one is in college and two are in high school. Seamus founded the Becket Fund, the religious liberty firm that won Hobby Lobby. I have a great position with a small DC think tank, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where I head a project on Catholic women, and write on policy questions related to marriage, family and religion. Virginia is our home, although we make frequent trips north to the Golden Dome. It’s a full life.” Reliving the days of the “Rolling Groans” from the 1982 Law School talent show, Jim Slattery joined Wayne Patrick and Tom Brilbeck at a July Rolling Stones concert in Buffalo NY. Please text or email updates to me. — Matthew J. Dunn; 19834 Timbered Estates Lane, Carlinville, IL 62626; 773-294-6851;

85 Reunion News

I hope all of you who attended Reunion 2015 had a great time. At reunion, Rev. Pat Neary, CSC, who works in Kampala, Uganda, concelebrated Mass with Rev. Jim Hyde. John “Jack” Seiler is mayor of Fort Lauderdale. David Packo is a board-certified emergency room physician who co-founded Emergency Medicine Physicians, a national company that provides emergency room physicians to hospitals across the United States. Brian DeToy retired from West Point and began his own company called Essential History Expeditions. Brian is a historian, speaker and historical tour and battlefield guide. I regret to inform you that we have lost several classmates. Karl Turro, who resided in Alumni Hall while at Notre Dame, passed away in March. Jim Babka of Austin TX lost his eight-month battle with cancer on April 29. He had earned his degree in math and computer science. He spent most of his career as a software engineer for IBM, first in Endicott NY and then in Austin. Jim held several patents and was well-respected in his field. He is survived by Donna, his wife of 26 years, sons Steven and Zachary, and siblings including George Babka ’88, Pat Babka ’96, and Susie Paulik Babka ’89, ’97MA, ’07PhD. John F. “Jack” Robie of Kirtland Hills OH and a former St. Ed’s resident died in January. He earned an electrical engineering degree and enjoyed singing and playing the guitar and piano. Also at Reunion, the following class officers were re-elected: Dean W. Christy, president; E. Ward Fitzgerald, vice president; Patricia Cisle, vice president; Kathleen Doyle Yaninek, secretary; Richard F. Irwin, treasurer; and Douglas P. Regan, treasurer. — Kathleen Doyle Yaninek;

85MBA Reunion Report

Eileen O’Brien had a wonderful time at our 30-year Reunion in June. It was her first time back on campus in 20 years, and it is still as beautiful as ever (but with no stress this time, since there were no classes, tests or projects). She and I had a great visit on Saturday afternoon at the all-class picnic. Eileen just celebrated her 27th anniversary working at the chancery office of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; she is now its Director of Operations. She wanted to share the good news of a project she is working on that will have nationwide benefits. Under Eileen’s leadership, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles recently became the first Catholic diocese in the country to enter into an agreement with the American Red Cross to allow all of its parishes and diocesan schools to apply to be Red Cross shelters. The contract (written up by the Archdiocese’s legal office) is also available to all of the other Catholic dioceses across the country. This could greatly increase the number of Red Cross shelters available across the country in times of disaster. Any Catholic organization interested in this is welcome to contact Eileen at 213-637-7618 or at Eileen and I participated in the MBA all-class picture along with 7 of the approximately 20 MBAs who attended the Reunion Weekend. In addition to seeing Eileen and many of my Class of 1980 undergraduate classmates, I had the opportunity to enjoy visits with Accounting Professor Ken Milani and Finance Professor Barry Keating. Please reserve the first weekend of June 2020 for our 35th Reunion. As always, Joe MacDonell attends many of the football games and is willing to coordinate visits at games. Please do send me information for Class Notes. — Dom Yocius;

85JD Reunion Connections

It was fantastic to see so many of you at our 30th Reunion in June. Thank you to Matt Barrett and his wonderful wife, Kate, for hosting our class cookout on Saturday afternoon at their beautiful home. Thank you to Tom Ajamie for serving as our reunion chair and for sponsoring the cookout. It was great to see Patty O’Hara ’74JD there. Our reunion group included Arthur Aalward, Terry Brady, Denise and Walter Brown, Mike Bruton and Molly Murphy, Paul Coletti, Bob DiSilvestro, Mike Dunn, Sue and John Gibbons, Steve Gouletas, Amy and Joe Harraka, Betsy and Todd Kingma, Kim Kirn and Dave George, Tom Lupo, Tom Nessinger, John Polster, John Roda, Ed Rolwes, Barb and Dave Scheper, Karen Kiley Toohill, Nancy Townsend and William Casey and Nadia Boburczak Vargo and Stephen Vargo. Special thanks to Nadia for bringing delicious cookies to the Saturday dinner and for sharing copies of our graduation photo. John Roda and I have been looking for that photo for some time, and we were both thrilled to see it. John shared news of his very busy family. John’s wife, Ann, is retired from legal practice and is a stay-at-home mom doing a terrific job with all aspects of household management. John’s eldest (and namesake) graduated from Ursinus College and is working at WBAL, the NBC Affiliate in Baltimore, where he is looking forward to selling ad time for ND football games. Two of John’s sons, Brian and Matt, are at Penn State. Brian is a junior in the college of engineering and Matt is a freshman pre-med major in the Schreyer’s Honors College. John’s daughter, Mary Katharine, is a high school freshman. Mary, who has Down syndrome, is active in the color guard and is a budding singer-songwriter. John is general counsel at Burnham Holdings Inc. in Lancaster PA., where he has learned a great deal about asbestos litigation (Tom Lupo’s law firm does work for an Illinois subsidiary.), labor law (four union contracts with three unions) and human resources (which report into the legal department). John will be in Peru IN this fall preparing for the next labor negotiations and will use that as an excuse to visit ND. Karen Kiley Toohill was at our reunion in South Bend fresh from her family’s trip to visit her son Connor ’14 in Johannesburg, South Africa, over Easter break. Connor works at African Leadership Academy, which offers a two-year pre-university program with the mission to develop the next generation of African leaders. There are 26 ALA students studying at ND. Karen, Steve ’84JD, Kathleen ’12 and Casey (Stanford 2018) enjoyed meeting some of the amazing ALA students and faculty and touring ALA’s campus. Other highlights of the trip included a safari in Kruger National Park and climbing Table Mountain in Cape Town. A few classmates who were not able to attend reunion sent news. Cari Votava wrote that she was unable to attend because her job requires frequent international travel. Cari is senior legal/financial sector specialist for the World Bank, an international organization dedicated to poverty reduction. Cari provides technical assistance to post-conflict/fragile states to help build the legal systems and frameworks to prevent and detect corruption, financial crime, money laundering and terrorist financing, in accordance with international standards and relevant UN conventions. Cari represents the World Bank in the regional anti-money laundering organization for West Africa and works closely with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. She has contributed to the drafting and improvement of the global anti-money laundering and countering of the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) evaluation methodology and has led AML/CFT evaluations in Russia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Romania, Papua New Guinea and Iraq. Currently Cari is working in Somalia, Somaliland, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Gambia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Ghana. Kathy and John Heitkamp, who were the parents of two children during our law school days, now have six kids. The eldest, Marie, is a psychotherapist with a marriage and family therapy practice in Milwaukee. Rachel, who was born the summer before our first year, is a married mom of three sons. After applying her degree as a healthcare recruiter, she runs a hairstylist business from her home. Their oldest son, Thomas, is applying his marketing degree as the sales manager of an Audi dealership in Milwaukee. Margaret just graduated from Northwestern Law School and has accepted a position with a Milwaukee firm. Michael graduated with a degree in finance and insurance and is completing his third year of a management training rotation in claims with Liberty Mutual. The youngest, Robert, will complete his business degree in December, at which point the Heitkamps will enjoy the full measure of what John calls “the diploma dividend.” Tom Lupo’s two eldest daughters are moving to Boston. Adelaide (Wake Forest ’11) works for Aon Benfield, and Claire ’15 will join Ernst & Young Business Advisory Services. Boston is a great place to visit, and I hear that there are some nice Domers there. Please continue to send me your news. I look forward to hearing from you. — Kelly Kiernan Largey;

86 Calling All Folks

Our 30th Reunion is just around the corner. As I write this in August, I look forward to starting planning with Pam, Lori and Chris and the awesome folks on the Alumni Association Reunion team. The feedback from the 25th about our class tent being located next to our class dorm was very positive. We will certainly plan to do that again as it made for easy gathering and finding friends. We will find out what dorm we have soon and also where our class dinner will be held. I have already been copied on some email chains by groups of friends, and people are getting fired up to meet in June. Stay tuned for more details. If you have recently moved, please update your address with the Alumni Association or fire it to me and I will take care of it. It was a quiet quarter for news. Patrick Conboy and Peg visited Lev Chapelsky’s Palm Springs pad. Lori Griffith Bush was in the Annapolis area for a half Iron Man and stopped by Pam Fox’s to relax after the race for a couple of days. Pam also told me she ran into Michael and Kathleen Texido at the Congressional Country Club for the July 4 fireworks celebration when they were in from California visiting family in Bethesda. The best news is that Pam and Jim Raycraft are engaged. Congrats to you both. Patrick Hayden wrote that he had a great summer in New Hampshire and also got to travel to Charlotte to visit some Domer friends who are considering a house project. Besides enjoying his work in architecture, he is active with his local ND club and helps in a soup kitchen that the club participates in every year. Well that is it for now. Hey, send me an update when you get a chance. Someone out there might like to hear what’s going on in your life. Take care and God Bless. — John Spatz; 201-264-2459;

86MBA Short but Sweet

Congratulations to Mike Meffert on his June marriage to Claudia Carhart. Mike is a commercial real estate agent in Palo Alto CA. He has two daughters: Gabriella, 22, and Francesca, 20. Gabriella got married in January, and Francesca is earning an international business degree from the U of Limerick in Ireland. (Go Irish.) Let me know of your fall football antics, and I’ll share the info in the next column. My deadline is Nov. 1. — Maureen Decker; 21855 Town Gate, Macomb MI 48044; res 586-468-7713; bus 586-741-4305; mobile 586-817-1317;

86JD Class Secretary — Don Passenger;

6th District Court, 180 Ottawa NW, Ste. 8500, Grand Rapids MI 49503; 616-632-5678;

87 New Jobs and Empty Nests

Congratulations to Rich Ingrassia on his appointment as managing director of new media, technology and entertainment practice at Digital Offering, a next generation, technology-driven investment bank. Rich is working out of the firm’s office in Newport Beach CA. Prior to joining Digital Offering, Rich spent 11 years as a senior research analyst at ROTH Capital Partners, where he was among the first analysts to cover companies such as Netflix and IMAX. Rich has written and published numerous financial newsletters and research reports, has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today and Forbes. Rich and his wife, Kari, have four children. Mike Zaske wrote to say that he and his wife, Nancy, suddenly found themselves with an empty nest. Their two children graduated from college. Their son, Tim, is off to Memphis to begin pharmacy school at the U of Tennessee, and their daughter, Ann, moved to the Charlotte NC area to begin her career as a high school math teacher. Mike works as a software developer for Canadian Pacific Railway in downtown Minneapolis. Mike was an ordained Lutheran minister who served full-time from 1998-2010 but is no longer under a permanent call to a specific church. Still, more than 30 Sundays per year, he supplies preaching and worship leadership at Lutheran churches in south-central Minnesota. Mike shared that his main reason for no longer doing full-time ministry is so he could make better use of his math/computer science degree. He says it has been a good balance for him. Tricia (Dolan) Abruzzo hosted Cath O’Neill, Kathy (Martin) O’Neil, Kathleen (Priest) Celeste and Linda Cifelli for a weekend reunion at her Jersey Shore house. Maureen (Broderick) Hall, Bern (Suplick) Styliades, Ann (Doyle) Wagner and Connie (Nytes) Frontero also came to visit for a day. Tricia said it was so much fun for the Lyons girls to connect. Carie (Hand) McGauley and her husband, Ken, celebrated 26 years of marriage on St. Patrick’s Day. Their daughter, Kelly ’11, is living and working in New York. She’s the assistant manager in the ad/promo department of MacMillan Kids. Son Patrick, 23, is a professional dog trainer working to establish a business in the Los Angeles area. Colin, 21, began his senior year at Loyola U Chicago and had a great summer interning with TimeZoneOne in Chicago. I hope to hear news from all of you attending football games this fall. — Katherine Bull; 14 E. 41st St., Savannah GA 31401;

87MBA Class Secretary — Perry N. Dellelce;

Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, Suite 800, Wildeboer Dellelce Place, 365 Bay St., Toronto, Ontario M5H 2V1; 416-361-5899; fax 416-361-1790;

87JD Busy Lawyers

Roberta (Binder) Heath practices employment law in the bucolic town of Huntingdon PA. She represents municipal and other employers. Suzette Nanovic and her husband, Carlos, visited Robin and Rick Heath recently. Their day of boating ended with a nine-mile tow back to the marina. Dan Ryan recently retired from the Michigan bench and formed MI-JAMS, a mediation/arbitration service. Dan’s new venture is paperless, and scheduling is handled electronically, which is a bit different than when we started to practice. Jim Carr and Christina Smith were with me at the ND NY lawyers event in June. Jim is the chairman of Kelley Drye, leads their bankruptcy practice and heads the ND lawyer committee in New York. Christina just finished several years as the Region 10 director of the Alumni Association for much of greater New York and is a senior claims director at Ace American Insurance in Jersey City NJ. John Farnan is with Weston Hurd in Cleveland doing insurance coverage work. John has three children at St. Louis U but no Domers. He is one of the few of us who started with a firm after graduation and remains at the same firm. Jim Carr is another. If there are others, let me know. As always, send news. — Tim Borchers; 206-384-6178;

88 Classmates at Home and Abroad

It looks like we will continue to help populate the inbound freshman classes for years to come. Joe Padanilam provided an inaugural update for his family, reporting that his son, Simon, has joined the Class of ’19. Simon’s decision to attend ND was reinforced by his participation in the Reilly Visitation Program in April. Kate (Hyder) and Pete Lindstrom were also happy to send their son, Dan, to ND this year as a Keenan Knight and as a member of the Air Force ROTC program. Dan arrived on campus just as his brother, Nick, departed to spend junior year abroad in Angers, France. This leaves high school freshman, Sara, home with Mom and Dad. Pete enjoys his position as an industry analyst specializing in technology risk management, while Kate is the VP of information services at a small, but fast-growing e-billing company. I’m imagining that numerous classmates ran into Joe, Pete, Kate and one another during Welcome Weekend in August. Prayers and support for peace and courage to Kara O’Neil Harris, who sent word from Brookfield WI that her husband, Joe Harris, passed away on July 13. Joe was 45 and took on pancreatic cancer as best he could. Joe coached their 12-year-old twins, Luke and Liam, year-round in baseball, football and basketball and served on the board for Elmbrook Little League. John Adams reported from Kenmare, Ireland, that, while back “home” in Kennebunk ME during the summer of 2014, his Howard Hall roommate, Paul Christian, visited with the extended Adams family. It was all the more memorable as Paul took the opportunity to share first-day-at-ND stories with John’s dad, Earl Adams, who sadly and unexpectedly passed away a few weeks later while John was still there. John feels fortunate that he and his family had that last chance to spend time with his dad, a trip that included a father-son-grandson (Conor) guided tour of Fenway Park. This summer, Peggy (FitzGerald) and Bill Wood celebrated 25 years of marriage with a vacation to the United Kingdom and Ireland for Wimbledon and the Open Championship. Here’s hoping that the next 25 years hold further adventures at home and abroad. Kathy ’91MA and Shawn Sexton have been living in Atlanta for 16 years, along with their son, John, who is a ninth grader at Marist School. In October 2014, Shawn was diagnosed with ALS. He has been in contact with a number of classmates since his diagnosis and is thankful for all of the support that he’s received from friends and family. What’s more, he encourages classmates to consider picking up where last summer’s ice bucket challenge left off in supporting the research efforts related to finding treatments and even a possible cure for ALS. Janel (Blount) Carroll Walker reached out regarding multiple brushes with classmates. First of all, she and Bob Carroll attended JPW along with Jen (Diem) and Scott Inglis and their juniors, Jay and Madeline respectively. And when it comes to visiting the dentist, Janel sits in the chair of P. Chuck Madden. Chuck and his wife, Ginger, live in Cincinnati and have two children. Janel related that “getting a chance to catch up with him makes going to the dentist not such a chore.” Marilyn (Laurenzano) von Hoennig lives in Munich, Germany, and would like to have contact with any ’88 Domers who might happen to live in her vicinity. If this is the case, please let me know, and I can put you in touch. — Laurine Megna; PO Box 18138, Avon CO 81620; 970-390-9742;

88MBA Class Secretary — Margaret M. Lyons;


88JD Class Secretary — Lisa Marie Visingardi;

3389 12th St., Riverside CA 92501; bus 951-248-0315; res 789-6272;

89 Sad News

I have the hard job of sharing that our classmate Robert Sedlack, professor of visual communication design at Notre Dame, died May 30. A native of Greencastle IN, he earned a master of fine arts degree from Indiana U in 1993 and worked in design firms in Chicago before joining the Notre Dame faculty in 1998. During his 17 years at the University, Robert became one of its most popular and respected teachers. He is survived by his wife, Theresa, and their children, Emma and Trey. His life force as a teacher, friend, mentor and colleague is one that we should continue to celebrate by affecting positive change in our own families and communities. I heard from Air Force Col. Gianna Zeh, who is serving in Afghanistan for the year. She deployed in March as the commander of Task Force Medical Afghanistan as well the commander of Craig Theater Hospital. Her husband had the hard job of moving the family to Colorado and taking care of two boys during her deployment. Mike Dooley ( shared he is celebrating eight years running his own private headhunting firm, Dooley Search Group LLC ( in Indianapolis. Mike lives in the Carmel area with his wife of 21 years, Leah, and their daughters Ryan, 18, and twins Quinn and Sage, 14. I look forward to hearing from you. Keep the updates coming. — Noël (Murtha) Di Nome; 326 Melbourne Ave., Mamaroneck NY 10543; home 914-806 3760;

89MBA Class Secretary — Maggie DeVoe;


89JD Class Secretary — Jenny O’Leary Smith;