class notes

1960s

Class Secretary — Joseph F. Jansen;

9190 Southmont Cove, No.103, Ft. Myers FL 33908; 239-461-0980; cell 317-514-4478; jfjansen@aol.com

Class Secretary — John DiNardo;

512-264-2027; johnadinardo.58@gmail.com

61 Economic Outlook

Our class has struck again. On Jan. 28, Tim Monahan originated and organized a symposium at Ave Maria U titled, “Investment Strategy and Economic Outlook.” Tim was the moderator, and Charles F. Lennon Jr. said he did a great job. Class members attending were Tim and wife Joan, Susie and Mike Hoch, Sheila and Mike Geddes, Carol and Al Salvino, Kathy and Brian Regan, Kathy and Tom O’Donnell, Spike Wheeler, George Bott, Frank Annese, John May, Ted Dawson and of course Prince Chuck. This was accompanied by a guessing game to predict the 2015 GDP, and the tie breaker was to guess the Dow at Dec. 31, 2015. After the event, our class members had a minireunion at Tim’s home in Ave Maria and then went to dinner together at the Ave Maria Pub. A swell time was had by all. This has really been a slow news quarter. The only correspondence I have received other than the foregoing was from Joe Libby who, to my regret, was notifying me that our classmate Bernard “Bo” O’Neill died on Nov. 4 of a heart attack. A stroke prevented him from making our 50th reunion in 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melinda, and is survived by his daughter, Marie Trifone ’95, and son, Ed O’Neill ’94. Jerome Crowley, Tim O’Reilly and Armand Zilioli attended his funeral along with Joe. Joe said it was a hard loss for him as he had known Bo for over 55 years. On the brighter side, Joe says that he and wife Patsie stay busy with their eight grandchildren. Joe is involved with assisting and supporting the ACE teachers in the DC area. He says they are exceptional young people and ND can be proud of them. He also said that he and the ND Club were going to host 700 ND students coming to DC for the March for Life. I will bore you with some information of my own. In November, I was selected to receive the Humanitarian Award from the African American Chamber of Commerce of Victoria. This to me, as a district judge with general jurisdiction (including felony cases), was an affirmation of my principal goal to do the right thing in every instance as a judge. To receive this award from this community meant a great deal to me. Shortly after that, I had a phone call from my roommate, Bill Soule. I was in Atlanta for the baptism of my 11th grandchild, which makes me tied with Bill and Peggy. We shared a moment of celebration over the win in the Music City Bowl. Well that’s all I have for now. When you have time, drop me a line or an email and let me know what’s going on in your lives and please know that Abbie is always at the front door with the latch string out just waiting for you to drop by on your way through South Texas. — Joseph P. (“Pat”) Kelly; 2103 N. Wheeler St., Victoria TX 77901; 361-573-9982; jpkellytx@sbcglobal.net

Class Secretary — John N. Moreland;

jnmnd1958@aol.com

62 The Authors

Tom Walsh published his second novel, The Sons. It is based on a love story of a Catholic boy and girl living in Belfast in the late 1980s. The story then moves to the Isle of Man because of the lack of work available to Catholics, as well as the everyday danger they faced because of their religion. Tom said, “I guess the book is formed in some way by the 20 trips my wife, Wynnie, and I have taken to Ireland, including some serious time in the North as well.” To get a copy, contact Tom at tlwalshund62@silverstar.com. The cost is $23.45 and includes shipping. For his other activities, Tom continues to teach skiing at a resort in western Wyoming. Bob Henry has drafted another book, this time with his business partner who was his PhD thesis advisor. It is titled Physical/Vapor Explosions: Theory and Experiments with Application to Thermal and Fast Reactor Safety. For the uninitiated, Bob gives this example: a vapor/steam explosion is what happens in an aluminum or steel foundry when high temperature molten metal is accidentally spilled into water, or water is injected into molten metal, resulting in an explosion where the building is usually damaged by the resulting shock wave. Bob says the American Nuclear Society book committee is reviewing the final draft, which usually takes a year or more. Bob, knowing the members of our class, said “This is another geek book that you will likely enjoy if you are an insomniac.” He added, “I still enjoy the technical aspects of the nuclear business and this is one of the more engaging technical areas that I have experienced.” When the book is published, I will let you know how to get a copy. Taking a different path, Jerry Belian is writing a book for his family. The proposed title is, The Life and Times of Jerry Belian. Jerry says it is basically “a compilation of my life experiences based upon my earliest memories to those the day I finish the book by providing a more complete view of what I have experienced in life that formed me to who I was, and who I am.” Jerry noted the book is meant for his family and others who may be interested in his experiences over a life span from the 1940s to the 2010s, “and beyond, one hopes.” It complements the research of the genealogy of his family back to 1825, by adding personal information to the present. “It will be a while before the book is finished, as I am 95 pages into the book and, following a timeline, I have just completed my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering education at ND.” In other news, there is an error on page 317 of the yearbook, where David Butler and Dennis Butler’s names and pictures are transposed. If you have a like situation, let me know. David Clarke reports he set his cycling goal at 5,000 miles for 2014 and finished with 5,240 miles. For Tony Dean, 2014 was the Year of Medicare. In August he had an operation for a torn meniscus, in September there was hernia surgery, and in December cataract surgery. His previous surgery was on his elbow that ended his wrestling career in sophomore year. As of last count, we have 121 members of the class who will have been married 50 or more years this year. Word has been received that Michael F. Murray passed away on March 29, 2014, and that James Michael Rhodes passed away on Jan. 23 after a brief illness. — Raymond Raedy; 5310 Rileys Ridge Road, Hillsborough NC 27278; 919-967-8816; nd62secy@medicinemanremedies.com

Class Secretary — Paul K. Rooney;

1209 Oakmont Drive, No. 2, Walnut Creek CA 94595; pkr101@aol.com

63 Marathon Runner

Jim Fraser’s ninth marathon was in November in Athens, the original marathon course. He moves on to the one at Big Sur, said to be the most difficult of them all. Son Scott ’92 is present to cheer him on. Jim and Elizabeth live in Sarasota FL. Scott says his dad “loves meeting people along the way and trading stories and thoughts to pass the grueling six-plus hours.” Jim ran the Sunburst in South Bend in conjunction with our 50th reunion. Rita and Steve Peters are year-round residents in the Tampa Bay area after living for 50 years in Steve’s home town of Uniontown PA, where Steve was an investment advisor. Arnold Testa, retired nine years, was CIO for the Electric Power Research Institute. He says, “Since then I have been active in many volunteer organizations including the Red Cross. My direction has been mainly to work with children and earthquake/disaster preparedness programs and to use my interest in outdoors activities and the environment. Ann and I live in Los Altos CA not far from sons Mike and Dan, and their families and daughter Teresa ’94 who is a PhAud from Gallaudet U.” Arnie has been on ND Alumni Board and the Senior Alumni Board. Tom Snedden, the elected district attorney in Santa Barbara County CA from 1982 until his retirement in 2006, has died. He is survived by his wife, Pamela, and his nine children and 14 grandchildren. He enjoyed national recognition for a lifetime of distinguished service. Athlete, parent, coach, community volunteer, leader of national organizations, Tom did it all, and his efforts were widely acknowledged and celebrated. — Regis W. Campfield; 7534 Oakbluff, Dallas TX 75254; res 972-239-1141; fax 972-458-6928; rwcampfield@alumni.nd.edu

63JD Class Secretary — Bernard P. “Bud” Malone;

Mortgages USA, 4455 LBJ Freeway, No. 1200, Dallas TX 75244; 972-720-0500 ext. 465; fax 214-393-5536; budmalone@mortgagesusa.com

64 Still More Reunion Notes

Evelyn and Tony Rodriguez came all the way from Puerto Rico for the Reunion. They spent time with Linda and Bob Manning, reporting that Bob has not changed much, especially in his “funny personality and demeanor.” Talk about damning with faint praise. They also connected with Juan Cintron, who lived in Tony’s hometown for a year and was in grade school with Tony in Arecibo long ago. Tony’s eldest son graduated from ND 25 years ago, and Tony had only been back a couple of times for football games. Staying in Chicago rather than in South Bend, he felt he had not really seen the University in 25 years, describing the changes as really amazing. Jack McCabe reported that he enjoyed many satisfying hours in conversation with several classmates over the Reunion weekend. He singled out Mary Jo and Dave Atkinson as new friends after the Reunion conversations, and highlighted the time he spent with Paul Tierney and with Sandy and Bruce Tuthill. I saw Peter Clark in the bar line on one of the evenings. He told me he is starting a company to commercialize an invention for which he is applying for a patent. It offers a cost-saving, natural refrigeration system for cooling supermarket cabinets and process equipment. Peter continues to write a monthly column on food processing and does independent consulting while traveling to see grandchildren on both coasts. Observation: You meet the nicest people while standing in line for a drink. I spent time with Carol and Tom Butler at the Friday night class dinner. Tom is still CEO of PayNet in Skokie IL, a 60-person company providing credit information on small businesses to banking and commercial finance lenders. In addition to Skokie, the Butlers have a home in Chile and visit it regularly with family and friends. They also own a golf club in St. Cloud FL. (royalstcloudgolflinks.com) They extend an invitation to classmates and spouses to play 18 holes as their guests. Just mention Carol and Tom to the general manager before you tee off. Thanks, Tom. Frank Bujan had a great time at Reunion and was especially pleased that former roommates Joe Jordan and Herm Shipman were there. Frank is a CPA in Homer Glen IL. Newspaper guy Dave Stout wrote that the Reunion was one of the few anticipated events in his life that exceeded expectations. But the big news was that upon returning home to Washington DC, he received a check for the latest e-book royalties on his first novel, Carolina Skeletons. The check was for $110.57. Dave commented that his freshman English prof, the great Frank O’Malley, must be smiling down from above at the success of one of his students. I had the opportunity to re-connect with many of my ROTC friends at a military open house on Friday. I was especially pleased to see John Kolata, former Navy drill team commander at ND and captain of the USS Manitowoc (LST-1180). Since his retirement, John has been in a city manager business. He keeps getting specialized training in this field, and was recently recognized by the International City/County Management Association as a credentialed manager. We will assume that this designation confirms that John knows what he is doing. Finally, I was sorry that my good friend, Gene Koster, didn’t make it back to Reunion. He instead attended the Band Reunion at the Stanford Game. The Alumni Band this year was over 500 strong. Gene met up with Bob Casey from our class, and joined the student band for pre-game, half-time and post-game. He reports that he felt the aftereffects of marching and playing for seven hours in the rain, wind and cold. But we got a win out of it. Gene is managing director of a consulting firm in the Sacramento CA area. His firm works in the financial services sector with emphasis on the life insurance industry. He reports that he no longer does the 60 to 70-hour work week gig, and that more of his time goes to community service and the family business of six children, four grandchildren, many dogs and, of course, his wife. This pretty much does it for Reunion-related news. You guys are going to have to get back to work to feed me fodder for the column. I will start to bug you in April. — Paul R. Charron; 44 Contentment Island Road, Darien CT 06820; 203-655-3930; paul.richard.charron@gmail.com

64JD Life Is Good

As this report is submitted in late January, I have no worsening health or other concerning issues with our mates to report. We need to keep each other in our prayers, particularly Gerry Vairo, who continues his MS struggles. Dorothy and Jack Jiganti enjoyed a visit with Gerry and Claudette in Lake Linden shortly after our Reunion in May. In 2014, Gerry was inducted into his high school athletic hall of fame. His spirit is unflagging, and he wishes to pass on to us that life is wonderful when one is surrounded by loving and caring family and friends. Sharon and I send our best to all from Palm Springs where we are escaping the cold rigors of the Bend while visiting our son in his sparkling new condo. Our Christmas in South Bend was wonderful; our home was chock full of our family from Seattle and from Palm Springs, along with old friends from Detroit. Betty and Larry Gallic celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Lexington KY (Betty’s original hometown) at the same church where they were married and with a Mass by the priest who married them. They are planning trips this year to South Africa in April, a Disney cruise with grandkids in the summer and a September cruise to the Holy Land. Their Venice neighbors, Eilene and Bob Cash and Helen and Ernie Zavodnyik, enjoyed a family Christmas and greet all of their classmates for the new year. Georgia and Chuck Sweeney also are in their Florida winter home and enjoying the warm weather while their compatriots in the Bend freeze. Dorothy and Charles Sacher send their warm wishes from Miami to everyone as Charles continues his practice and Dorothy anticipates knee surgery soon. Adele and Jack Kopko are planning a second 2015 vacation from their home on wintry Dune Acres to a resort south of Cancun. Marian and Jim Slater are heading to northern India for a vacation and well-deserved respite from Jim’s mediation practice in Southern California, while Sheila and John Leahy8 returned in January from a Mexican cruise. Carol and *Louis Pfeiler report they are fine and enjoying life in Dubuque. The local newspaper, the Telegraph Herald, featured the outstanding work of the American Legion and Lou in providing many military funerals for veterans in 2014. Dawn and Bob Frost are enjoying their winter in Worthington OH, highlighted by the addition of a charmingly active puppy and a visit from their son, a teacher at the U of Seoul in South Korea. Robert Hanlon reports all is well with him and Kathleen in West Long Branch NJ. He is contracting his trial practice and enjoying more time with family and friends. Gene Kramer says it well: “There is nothing exciting about January and February.” Hurley Smith concurs from Washington VA, where he is active in conservative causes. Kay and Tom Conneely disagree with winter discontent as they take a 30-day ski trip in January to Park City, Alta and other ski slopes. David Petre and I still are playing phone tag, but a recent message from him indicates he is well, living “the life of Riley” in Florida and happily hunting deer with his son in the Midwest as he recovers from the loss of his wife, Joyce. After submission of our report, we are stunned to learn that Dorothy Sacher, beloved wife of our classmate and dear friend Charles Sacher, has passed away. Please keep Dorothy, Charles, and the Sacher family in our prayers. Lastly, Frank Miele has checked in to say thanks to us for this column, which we acknowledge with our own thanks to him for the kind thought. Blessings to all. — Richard Balfe Wagner; 1204 Erskine Manor Hill, South Bend IN 46614; 574-299-9888; cell 760-567-1270; rswagnersb@gmail.com

65 Last Call for the 50th

Now hear this. Resurrect those Reunion registration forms from underneath the piles on your desk; fill them out, and send them in. Time is of the essence. No way should any of us miss our 50th and the significant opportunity it presents to reconnect with old friends. The one item not in your registration booklet is golf. Those who would like to play in a Friday morning shotgun should contact Tom Hawkins at tee65bone@yahoo.com. John Fisher is an infectious disease specialist in Augusta GA, where he has taught medical students and house staff at the Medical College of Georgia (now known as Georgia Regents U) since 1977. In April he received the very prestigious Jane F. DesForges MD Distinguished Teacher Award from The American College of Physicians. John and his wife, Peggy, have six children and two grandchildren. After 30 years in a hematology/oncology practice followed by 10 years of developing continuing medical education programs for that specialty, Jim Epstein retired. He now enjoys a life of travel, and volunteers at his medical center on their institutional review board. Jim and his wife, Janie, plan to remain in St. Louis. They have two daughters and a son. Vicki and Joe Dundon split their time between homes in South Bend and Venice FL. They are devoted Red Sox fans, so spring training in Ft. Myers is a big draw. In January they cruised around French Polynesia with the “Travelin’ Irish,” the Alumni Association’s travel program. During our Reunion, Nancy and Pat Ward will be renewing their vows at the Log Chapel, where they were married after graduation. Joe Dundon was his best man and a repeat performance is planned. Father Mike Hoffman ’64 will officiate. Pat and Nancy have a home in Navarre FL. Both Pat and Joe spend considerable time with Al Shulte, who lives in Sarasota. Jack Timmes is an ophthalmologist specializing in diseases of the retina. He is a solo practitioner and continues to work full time. He and his wife, Kitty, live in Fairfax VA. When time permits, Jack enjoys target shooting and golf. Last year Joe Yadouga was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, but thanks to successful chemotherapy and blood transfusions, he is now cancer-free. With a new lease on life, Joe has been traveling extensively to Europe, including golf outings at the famous courses in Ireland and Scotland. He credits his recovery to all the prayers from family and friends. In 2013 he retired from the FAA but continues to live in Ft. Worth TX. A fellow Keenan Hall resident from our freshman year, Tony Alessandrini, writes that he would enjoy hearing from some of the men from Keenan at tonyalessjr@optimum.net. He will be at the 50th. Bernie Zahren co-founded Clean Feet Investors in 2010 and raised $21 million from 87 investors to provide financing for renewable energy and conservation projects with a specific focus on solar energy. He is chairman of the Avon CT Clean Energy Commission, and through his efforts the school system installed solar photovoltaic systems. For 35 years, Rex Lardner has worked in sports television with NBC, CBS, and Turner Sports, as well as Intersport, a sports production company in Chicago. For the past decade he has been the managing editor of American Football Monthly and Gridiron Strategies, trade publications for high school and college football coaches. His office is in Palm Beach Gardens and he lives in Boca Raton with his wife, Carolyn. Rex’s ND roommate was Steve Hester, who resides in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park with his wife, Dot. They have three children and a number of grandchildren. Over the years, Steve and Rex managed to talk once a week. In January, Bill Baker died in Hilton Head SC. He is survived by his wife, Sheila. Bill was known as the consummate ND man. Twice he served as president of the Notre Dame Club of Hilton Head, and he chaired a fundraiser to build a beautiful war memorial at Hilton Head. He was a retired captain in the Navy and later became a managing general partner with H&B Options Co. in Hilton Head. — James P. Harnisch MD; 6759 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040; jphnd65@hotmail.com

65JD Class Secretary — John Donald O’Shea;

pelagius@aconline.com

66 As You Were

I continue to pick up notes and information from class president “Mr. ND ’66” Cappy Gagnon, along with various others. Thanks for communicating. Joe Hogan is still practicing podiatry in Binghamton and is growing his group. Five of his six kids were home for Christmas, and Joe’s wife is still a practicing RN. Skip Medina recently tagged along with ND grid great Mike McCoy in Mike’s ministry work in Skip’s hometown of Galveston. Skip says Mike does a great job with the youngsters. John Leinhard checked in. He lives in Annapolis and is retired following a 2008 stroke. He spends time reading about politics and follows ND sports. John sees Al D’Allessandro, who used to be and may still be in the banking business in DC. Ernie Austin reports from Gray ME that he has been retired from his VP finance position with Dunlap Corp for 10 years, and that he and Susan are fortunate to have all four kids living within 15 miles. Ernie spends his time on woodworking and golf, and Susan was just re-elected to the Maine House of Representatives for a fifth term. They also head for Myrtle Beach for some winter warmth. I heard from Jack Gerken. He and Carol, living in southern California, finally pulled the plug and started to retire. Jack worked the launch of the new Corvette Z06 his first week on the beach, and Carol recently became a certified legal nursing consultant, so she can give expert testimony in legal cases. Jack had dinner last summer in Portland with Al Loboy, who is retired from teaching and coaching, and with Chuck Reali, who subsequently bought a manufacturing company with his son, also a Domer. Jack broke bread with Glenn Man at Legends on campus before the Michigan game. Glenn has been an English professor at the U of Hawaii for 40 years. Jerry Erbach showed up for the Gerken’s pre-Michigan tailgate, along with Jack’s roomie, Dan Rooney, now retired in Maine. Don’t forget to check out the class web site that Jack pioneered and produces, 1966.ndclass.org. I heard from Bob Edler out of St. Louis, where he still practices law and keeps in touch with Don Hemmer, who does insurance, although both are dialing it back a bit. Bob notes that Bill Ott is also practicing medicine in St. Louis and that Bob and Don had a mid-Missouri reunion with retired mate Dick Hironick, who resides in Jefferson City. Jerry Kennell sent word that he is retired and splitting time between Cold Spring Harbor and East Hampton. He and Carol have endowed a scholarship at ND for children who have lost a parent in service of their country and feel very grateful to the University. They are looking forward to our 50th, barely a year hence. Bob Corcoran, now retired from JP Morgan Chase and living in the Finger Lakes in upstate NY, brought wife Sharon to the Stanford game. They met up with Howard York and Pat for a great re-connect reunion. I heard from Pat McRedmond down Nashville way, who was looking forward to the ND-LSU festivities, which turned out quite well. Reports from campus are that Rev. David Tyson, CSC, will assume the Luke McGuinness (our mate) Director of Nonprofit Professional Development position this July. John Kane, of the Miami area, and Gusti Rini exchanged holiday greetings and extended good wishes broadly to friends and mates. Following contact from Tom Begley, I had a very nice note from Mike McKim, up Minneapolis way. Mike is courageously battling a number of cancers and fighting the great fight. He has been through numerous treatment regimens and maintains a tremendously positive and optimistic attitude. Mike is exceedingly grateful for the prayers and good wishes extended to him by so many. If you want to communicate directly with Mike, he would love to hear from you and his phone is 651-343-1685. Unfortunately, we lost Jim Keller unexpectedly and suddenly right at the end of the year in Dallas. Jim was known and highly regarded by many in the class. Among his good friends attending the memorial service on Jan. 3 were Ed Eiswirth, George Palmer, Tom Anderson and Dick Schreder. I spent a few hours with Mike Rush in Boston during a mid-January visit. Mike continues to enjoy his teaching gig in the business school at BC and has moved his residence to southern New Hampshire. Keep me in your news loop, and plan for our 50th next June. It will be special. — Tom Sullivan; 2028 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette IL 60091; cell 312-415-3353; tsullivan@ric.org

66JD Remembering a Faithful Classmate

I’ve received word from Jim Anthony that his good friend and our classmate Maury Nelson, 88, passed away in Michigan on Jan. 12. Unlike most of us, Maury chose to enter law school later in life after serving in the Army during World War II, graduating from Kalamazoo College on the GI Bill and spending years working in his family’s trucking business in Buchanan MI. After he and his wife Jo Anne had their fourth child, Maury decided to change careers and entered law school with us in 1963. After graduation he became an assistant prosecutor for Berrien County MI before entering private practice in Buchanan, where he remained for the next two decades before retiring in 1996. Maury was very active in the Southwest Michigan community, serving on Buchanan’s City Commission and actively participating in many civic clubs and organizations. He had a love of life and employed his diverse and multiple talents in working on his beloved 1935 Pontiac and his 1971 Land Rover, growing sweet corn on the family farm, working on his computers and enthusiastically playing the clarinet and saxophone into his 80s. Maury was a faithful attendee at our class reunions and we will miss both his good humor and his enthusiasm when we meet for our 50th next year. — Philip C. Ruddy; 15911 Lakeshore Road, Union Pier MI 49129; rudds241@aol.com

67 Masters

Jim Barry will be returning to Augusta National Golf Club for his 13th year of marshaling the 18th hole. He invites all to visit him there if they are attending the Masters. Bob Scheuble in Minneapolis has welcomed two new grandchildren for a total of four. His daughter has moved back East to start a master’s in fine arts at Towson State U. Bob was at the Purdue game in Indy, where he met with Judy and Dan Shaughnessy and Donna and Fred Hostler ’64. Bob and his wife were also at the Syracuse game with the Shaughnessys, as well as Ethel and John Martin. John, who is in Boston, also came down for the Navy game to meet the crew. Michael Schaefer invited Pat Shaw to speak to the Illustrious Clients of Indianapolis, one of the most active Sherlock Holmes societies in the world, at their December meeting at the Columbia Club. Pat spoke on the bibliophilic career of his father, John Sennet Shaw ’37, the “Johnny Appleseed” of the interest in the great detective. Pat and Mike are retired from the practice of law. Bob Dowdell is recovering from surgery associated with his prostate and lone remaining kidney. Mike Tobin coincidently sat next to classmate Bill McGovern at the Florida State game last fall. Both are now Florida residents; Bill near Orlando, and Mike in Jacksonville. Both are retired from the health care industry. Chip Malik is still planning a minireunion, billed as the Frenzy in Fenway, surrounding the Boston College game in November. Get the details and reservations from Chip to help make it a success. Bob (Punxsy) Roberts, Tim Creany and Joe Devlin are planning a minireunion for the Pitt game in Pittsburgh the fall, so apply for tickets and pester Punxsy and Tim for details. Please keep the info flowing to the same email address, but note that I have a new residence address. — Bert Bondi; 1891 Curtis St., Unit 1502, Denver CO 80202; bertrbondi@qmail.com

67JD Professor Rodes

Sadly, Professor “Dusty” Rodes died in November at the age of 87. He spent 58 years on the faculty of the Law School retiring last year as the Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Legal Ethics. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and five sons. Professor Rodes graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law. During his time at ND, Professor Rodes taught and wrote in the areas of jurisprudence, law and theology, ethics, legal history, public welfare law, administrative law, corporation law and civil procedure. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and the recipient of several awards and honors for his work, including the Notre Dame Faculty Award for teaching and service and the Reinhold Neibuhr Award for social justice. The professor was laid to rest in Cedar Grove Cemetery, just off Notre Dame Avenue. Carol and Jack Couch have settled in for a long winter. Carol opted to have total knee surgery knowing that she will not be walking anywhere anytime soon. The prognosis for Carol is a total recovery by spring; the prognosis for spring to come by spring, in upstate New York, is far more problematical. Beth and Frank Verterano (in truth, Beth is doing the planning) have their own plan to leave the snow behind in Pennsylvania by taking their first cruise. They plan to fly to Tahiti and cruise around Polynesia. You may remember past vacations when Frank took work files along to Caribbean beaches, and when the Pennsylvania Bar held their convention in the Bahamas, Frank actually attended every session. Beth figures the Southern Pacific will be sufficiently isolated to prevent Frank from calling clients and vice versa. Kip Roe is enjoying his rookie year as a retiree. He frequently posts on Facebook, and it is apparent he and Mary Jo continue to enjoy their large family. They were at the bowl game against LSU with their 8-year-old grandson, who split his loyalty between the two teams so no one was disappointed at the results. Jim Mollison has not retired and has no immediate plans to do so. Counting his dad’s career, this is the 70th consecutive year there has been a Mollison shingle hanging in Niles, Mich. Wife Germaine is no quitter either; she still sings for Mass in the crypt in the Basilica on campus. Their son Jim, also a lawyer, practices in nearby St. Joseph, Mich. Not quite as enjoyable as their daily lives, Jim and Germaine attended the ASU game in Arizona. Lynn and Ted Sinars have booked their annual pilgrimage to the Cubs spring training camp in Arizona. They recognize the blessing they enjoy in having short-term and long-term memory loss when it comes to their Cubbies. I heard from Gregg Nasky. You’ll remember that after spending most of his career in Las Vegas, Gregg retired for six years but then joined the largest firm in Hawaii and continues his SEC practice. He and Roseanne enjoy not travelling but then, there is no need to travel when they are already living in paradise. Gregg continues to plead that they only have a small house and no room for his old Moot Court partner looking to sponge off him. John Nelson continues his efforts to run the State of Colorado without holding high elective office. He’s started yet another community program, this one dedicated to stopping the transportation of illegal drugs from neighboring states. The local police department has made John an honorary member and even given him a badge but, mercifully, no weapon. John is on the board of at least four other non-profit organizations that he has created. — Jim Heinhold; 1200 Carmel Lane, New Bern NC 28562; res 252-638-5913; im4irish@aol.com

68 Rest in Peace

In early December, Jay Schwartz’s modest, ever-encouraging father Joseph A. Schwartz, Jr. died in Maryland at the age of 93. As sad things often do, Mr. Schwartz’s funeral created a time to see and appreciate other friends while spending time with the children, grandchildren, cousins and friends of a man whose kindness and good advice flavored decades of Notre Dame experience. In fact, Jay’s eulogy centered on the impact of a Notre Dame football game played when Mr. Schwartz was 14. Losing to Ohio State as the end of the game loomed, Notre Dame came to life with a number of scores and finished as the victor. His father, Jay said, mentioned that game when explaining why Notre Dame should be Jay’s school. “Dad, it’s only a football game,” Jay said. “No, it’s not.” his father responded. “Those are people who don’t quit, don’t give up. Those are the kind of people you should be around.” Our class is well-represented in the DC area with generous people. John McCoy, also present with Emily and Pat Collins at Mr. Schwartz’s funeral, made me at home in the Annapolis waterfront condo across from the US Naval Academy, all in strolling distance of as much history, coffee and ice cream as a body can absorb. Elise and Dennis Reeder, about to leave for granddaughter Kate’s music concert in Minneapolis, made their Alexandria VA home the first stop. And on the way to Mr. Schwartz’s wake, the route led through Falls Church VA, where John Schmelzer has his apartment. John’s phone was out of order and, since the building’s directory is phone number-based, John was nearby but not reachable at first. However, like all ’68 members, John is known to the ladies. Two in the lobby lit up at his name and soon delivered me to John, who lives in a large place that is still not able to encompass the expanse of his Notre Dame delight, his recall of class events, and his far-ranging interests. John is a very frequent correspondent but one whose letters always come marked, “Private, not for public.” This means that we all have to wait for revelations that meanwhile remain confidential, whether they pertain to the mystery of Loch Ness, the disappearance of Judge Crater or the secret formula for Coke. Another DC visit was with Muff and Mike Baroody, no doubt the liveliest recent great-grandparents in our class. At an Alexandria VA restaurant close to the parish school he attended, Mike spoke of a time a restaurant proprietor made a black classmate leave. Within the span of our time, Mike observed, that boy’s color would be no barrier to the White House, just across the Potomac. Meanwhile, back in Chicago, December remained busy. Bryan Dunigan filled his Oak Park house with the annual Christmas party attended by Dave Kabat; Mary Lou and Dennis Toolan; Kathy and Tom Moore; Ted Nugent; Matt Walsh; Mary Pat and (Chicago cuz) Tom McKenna; and Sheila and Tom Gibbs. Class President Tom Weyer and Mary were away but in touch. During January, Tom sent news that Rocky Bleier’s mother, who had managed the bookkeeping for her son-in-law’s multi-million construction company until age 85 in California, died at age 92. Dia and John Walsh, whose Evanston home is always at the center of class news and gatherings, spent a December Saturday night with John Flemming in Chicago for an exhibition of his leather sculpture and designs at a show. John learned that Brien Murphy’s brother Turk died recently. Several years ahead of us, always much admired by Brien, Turk Murphy was a solid, friendly rugby giant living some of the time near a campus lake in his station wagon. John and Dia are now at the center of plans that began to form while the Walshes and other friends reflected on the two-year anniversary of Eddie Kurtz’s death. The event will be a July 2015 meeting in Chicago for the reunion concert of The Grateful Dead. Jim O’Rourke, another center of correspondence, wrote after hearing from these: Tom Scully is now “somewhat” retired from the dialysis medical equipment industry, though he continues to consult. He and wife Debbie spend their winters in Florida and summers in Chicago. Tom Warner, retired as CEO of Del Monte Foods International, still hopes to remain involved as an executive in the food business. He and wife Mary live in Shaver Lake CA, though life occasionally takes them to London, Thailand, Australia or an olive farm they own in Tuscany. Tom and Mary generously donated a week’s stay in their Italian villa near Florence as an auction prize for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association at Notre Dame. Pam O’Rourke is the Fischoff Association’s director of education. Pam and Jim are hoping to join them in Italy, perhaps later this year. The other stalwart I see around campus regularly is Rich Linting of Linting Brown Ltd., Laguna Beach. He spends a week on campus every spring and again in the fall just before semester break to teach an intensive, deep dive course on funding new ventures. — Tom Figel; 1054 W. North Shore, Apt. 3-E, Chicago IL 60626; bus 312-223-9536; tfigel@lake-effect.com

68JD Attorney Emeritus

I recently heard from our classmate Bob Herr. He has enjoyed a decade of retirement during which he traveled throughout the United States hiking, taking photos and honing his musical skills, which he shared with “companions” and others as a hospice volunteer in his home state of Minnesota and his winter residence in Arizona. He admits that he misses the solo practice that he maintained for 28 years as well as the governmental work that he did before entering private practice. His current activity as a lawyer is as Retired Attorney Emeritus, a new legal practice status created by the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2013 to allow retired Minnesota attorneys who are restricted from the practice of law to engage in pro-bono services. The Minnesota Supreme Court quoted Bob’s “testimony” in creating this new status. While Bob notes that the electronic services have been a challenge in his new career, he really enjoys continuing to serve as a lawyer in this capacity. As for me, I continue to practice full time and was once again named by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the Labor and Employment field. Suzanne and I see Suzi and Charlie Weiss on a regular basis and neither is aging. As per his German culture, Charlie still closes each night with a beer. I spoke with Tom Curtain. Tom was wondering if other members of the class would be interested in attending a football game this fall. If so, please let me know and we can make arrangements. Finally, I would appreciate some updates from everyone. — Dennis Collins; Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, PC, 10 S. Broadway, Suite 2000, St. Louis MO 63102; 314-516-2648; fax 314-241-3643; dgc@greensfelder.com

69 RIP Patrick Corrado and Peter Maich

We recently lost two of our classmates. James Seidler ’02 reports that Patrick Corrado passed away Jan. 19. Apparently, Patrick was Jim’s landlord in Chicago for several years and a friend as well who was a vibrant, curious guy with a great love for art and reading. Our condolences to Patrick’s family and friends. Also, I am sad to report that Peter A. Maich passed away on Dec. 9 after an extended bout with leukemia. I take this opportunity to speak about Peter, who was one of my dear friends from the Class of ’69. He resided on the fourth floor of Keenan Hall. We met in August of 1965 in that great adventure of being away at college for the first time and being thrown in with a bunch of knuckleheads from all over the country. Peter was larger than life, extremely intelligent and hard-working. He rose from modest beginnings in Norwalk CT. He excelled at Fairfield Prep, attended Notre Dame and thereafter attended the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Upon graduation he began a long career in the retail industry following in his father’s footsteps. He rose to the top of the TJX Corp. He resided on the south shore of Boston in Cohasset for many years. He was a community leader, as shown by his funeral. The church was packed with people who came from near and far to honor his memory and to provide support for his son William ’09, sister Patty, brother Paul ’72, Paul’s wife Jess, and their daughters. Unfortunately his beloved mother, Marie, was unable to attend. Peter’s wife Mary Ellen, who was the love of his life, passed away just four years and a day prior to Pete’s passing after her own courageous health battles. Classmate Greg Downes provided Prayers of the Faithful at the Mass and his wife, Mary, attended as well. They were close friends of Peter. Also attending were John Quinn, Delbert Hoseman, Tony MacLeod and myself. Peter had been retired for a few years but was extremely philanthropic not only to ND but to the Boston community. He joined the board of directors of the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund and was their chief fundraiser in New England. He had a lifelong love of golf and created an endowed scholarship, the Billy Maich Award, named after his late father. Peter will be sorely missed by his friends and family. It was an honor and privilege to call him a friend; he enhanced all of our lives by the pleasure of knowing him. Bud Finan indicates that he has not checked in for some time, but in the 1990s he retired from law and went to medical school in the Caribbean, where he found a better fit. He talks to Mike Barrs8 occasionally, and Mike has his law office just down the street from me. Bud remembers Mike returning at 3 a.m., after visiting various establishments, and starting wrestling matches on the linoleum floor of Breen Phillips. He also sees *Ernie Gargaro periodically at U of Detroit Jesuit High School reunions, and they will be celebrating their 50th along with the rest of us this year. Bud hopes to see everybody at the 50th ND reunion. Next, I continue on my soap box. I received a very thoughtful letter from our classmate George McLaughlin regarding reunion attendance. As I tried to state in my initial article, I understand that people are upset with some decisions made by the University. My simple point is I would request that those of you who believe for principle sake and you are unhappy with the University, that you revisit your thought process in punishing us for your non-attendance at functions, such as the reunions. One of the things I cherish most in life, especially in light of Peter Maich’s passing, is that every year I could count on seeing him at a football game or minireunion back at school. That’s not to say we couldn’t visit at other places and in fact we did, but it is always a wonderful experience for me to see my classmates at a football game and walk around campus. The Grotto is still as beautiful as ever. The campus is still as gorgeous as it was when we were there. The Class of ’69 had nothing whatsoever to do with the decisions made by the administration, so do not punish us. At the end of the day, it is a personal decision and everyone is entitled to make his own decision, but I personally vote for inclusion, as opposed to exclusion, understanding the University is a human institution and is not perfect. That is my personal choice and I respect yours. I wish everyone all the best. Go Irish. — Tom Ryan; 248-334-9938; sylvanlawtr@gmail.com

Class Secretary — Dennis B. McCarthy;

PO Box 246, Bear Lake MI 49614; bus 231-864-3111 ext. 115; dbmc2@blarneycastleoil.com

69JD Gathering in Philly?

Dave Prior has volunteered to coordinate a minireunion in Philadelphia when we play Temple on Oct. 31. He is looking for other Pennsylvania classmates to help with the minireunion. It will be an opportunity for LaSalle Explorer grads like Jim Gillece to return to his undergrad campus and catch up with his Law School classmates. Philly may be crowded since the weekend will coincide with the visit from Pope Francis. I did hear from George Rice, who told me he will practice law until he gets it right. He is devoting more of his time to representing not-for-profits, religious and academic institutions. George has also chaired two health systems comprised of multiple hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers. He and Jim Barba would have a lot to talk about. — Jim Starshak; 889 Kaohe Place, Honolulu HI 96825; res 808-395-0443; bus 808-523-2515; jstarshak@carlsmith.com