class notes


70 Reunion Preview

Special features for the June 4-6 Reunion: 1. Bill Picchioni keynotes the Class Dinner and recounts lessons from 33 years of teaching, 43 years of marriage, and 49 years of ND experience in a quarter hour; 2. Mandi Strachota, daughter of Steve Strachota, trills before dinner and in the tent; 3. You. Rooms will be in hotels or dorms for the romantic, nostalgic, and lovers of bunk beds. My corner gas station charges only $1.77 per gallon, making travel costs (inflation-adjusted) what Steve Kish and I paid to jointly power our 1957 Chevy, listed April 1, 1966 for $100; each of us paid half in cash. Mary T. and O’Malley Smith will drive from Bethel CT. She retired from teaching in June, but O’Malley remains an active lawyer. Daughter Kelly of Manhattan travels as a locum tenens physician; Bridget and orthopod-husband John have two boys; Caitlin of Hoboken was married in August. Dave DeCoursey died of cancer at home Dec. 18. He is survived by his wife, Joanne (nee Lingle), five brothers, three children and five grandchildren. One of Leadership Greater Chicago’s 1985 inaugural class, he was government affairs representative for Catholic Charities and United Way before serving as LGC’s executive director from 1989-2014. Alumni included Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Arne Duncan, Bruce Rauner and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. In his memory, LGC created the annual David DeCoursey Fellowship. "Dave’s leadership is truly inspiring and I am moved by all he did to unify our community,” said Michelle Obama. "By fostering future business, government, and civic leaders, he made a lasting impact … on the lives of our next generation.” In July, Father Dave Tyson, CSC, becomes Luke McGuinness Director of Nonprofit Professional Development at Mendoza College of Business, succeeding Thomas Harvey. The program, one of the nation’s few in a business school, comprises the non-degree Nonprofit Executive Program (NEP) and the Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA). He left ND to become President of U of Portland from 1990-2003. During his tenure, the endowment tripled, the campus expanded, and its national standing skyrocketed. He also served on ND’s Board of Trustees and as the US Provincial Superior of the Holy Cross. A Doctor of Education from Indiana, Father Tyson received an honorary JD from ND, won Portland’s highest accolade, the Christus Magister Medal, and received the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for guidance and support for military education in the context of a university. Linda and Denny Malinowski reside in Milwaukee, where Denny directs Sequoia Consulting Group. They married in our sophomore year and possess the marriage endurance record. Marilyn and Dan Palmer, married late in 2014, hold the sprint record. Republican US Congressman Mike (George) Kelly was elected for a third time from Pennsylvania’s 3rd District. Rich Michaels saw two Halloween hockey games against Vermont at Compton Family Ice Arena. Other late returnees should study the campus map carefully, especially if they arrive at night. Rich paid respects at the gravesites of former roommate Bob Vasily’s parents in Merrillville IN. Rabbi Rick Libowitz was highlighted in Echoes, the Alumni Association’s email newsletter, for college teaching and the June 2010 loss of his moustache. Mike McCoy (sans pads) wore his ’77 jersey during the Michigan minireunion. It fit remarkably well. (I’m nostalgic for the old rivalry now that Jim Harbaugh will coach.) Mike Murphy and Jed Ervin weightlifted at ND on Sept. 6; Jed, the oldest competitor, won. Wrestlers included Bill Hasbrook, Jim Hansen, Mike McCoy and Mike Duell. That’s not bad for a group of 45 classmates whose main interest was socializing. Jodee McCabe commended Paul Partyka’s photos of the minireunion and promised to share them with Dan in heaven. Cathy and Denis Nolan manage Mary TV, now an internet TV channel, streaming apparitions and, for the fifth year, the prayer evening led by Cardinal Schönborn in Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral. They have prayed the rosary live over the internet since 2008. Grandparent derby entrants: note Dave Stumm’s 19th grandchild is due in May. His family fills their manse during visits to New Buffalo. They fed 32 at Thanksgiving. Some children live nearby, so “only” 23 stayed overnight. Pat and I welcomed our eighth grandchild June 15. Mike O’Brien lives in Puerto Escondido, near Loreto, Baja CA. Even with $1.77 gas, the longest drive to reunion will be expensive. DC lawyer Jim Roberts’ daughter married recently in St. Louis, where he roomed in law school with my good friend, Al Gardner of Springfield. — Don Graham; 1901 Glenwood, Springfield IL 62704; 217-522-5120;

70JD Remembering a Favorite Professor

For my first column in 2015, I note that one of our favorite professors from the late 1960s recently passed away: Robert Rodes. A graduate of Brown U and Harvard Law School, Professor Rodes joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty in 1957; he had previously taught law at Rutgers. He was admitted to practice before the Massachusetts and Indiana State Courts. When he died on Nov. 25, 2014, he was 87 years of age. Professor Rodes had the responsibility of introducing many of us to corporate law, and, you may recall, sharing his deep knowledge of the early Anglican Church. Not only was he extremely intelligent but also a deeply compassionate individual. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne, and seven children. I have sent a Mass card to his family on behalf of our class and I ask that you remember him in your prayers. Over Christmas, Marie and I had a chance to visit with JoAnn and Mike Kelleher. They live just outside of Buffalo and survived the November storm that left more than seven feet of snow on their doorstep. Mike is senior counsel for Hogan Willig in Lancaster NY. I received word that Judge Jack Van de North will be retiring from the bench in Minnesota this year. He and DeeDee look forward to spending more time in Utah, where they love to ski. Over Christmas, I also heard from Marcia Goslawski who sends her best to all. Marcia’s husband, our classmate Len Goslawski, as you will recall, passed away a number of years ago. I recall that Len and Tom Harvick “helped” me bake a birthday cake for Marie the first year we were married and living at ND. They strongly suggested, with a smirk on their faces, that I add more yeast to the ingredients than the recipe stated. I suspect Tom and Len are still laughing over the fiasco that ensued. Needless to say, a cake was purchased later that night from a local bakery. Finally, I share with you a story from John Meany. He and his son-in-law drove over from Chicago for last fall’s Northwestern game. John’s son-in-law is a graduate student at Northwestern. After the game, John was so upset about the outcome he suggested the young man take the train back to Chicago. (Although he relented, I understand it was a quiet ride back to the Windy City.) I should point out that John was willing to pay the fare for the train ride. John is spending the winter in Florida and sends greetings to all. In closing, let me suggest if you haven’t contacted me recently that you do so. I know that your classmates would enjoy hearing from you. — John K. Plumb; 19 Crowley St., Randolph NY 14772;

71 Spring Fever

Ned Cavanagh is in his 34th year at St. John’s U School of Law in New York, where he teaches antitrust, civil procedure and conflict of laws. During the 2014 fall semester, he taught antitrust at Columbia Law School. Lucy (Bell) ’71SMC and Gary Negin celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary in December. They also celebrated Gary’s latest novel, The Queen of the Snowflake Ball. The Kindle book is an epic story for baby boomers. Condolences to Jim Devoe on the loss of his mother last November. Condolences also to Craig Stark on the loss of his father, Dennis ’47, the longtime coach of the men’s swimming and diving team, which he founded in 1958. Doug Bradley passed away in December 2013. He was honored posthumously for his long service at ND’s Snite Museum of Art at that institution’s 2014 Christmas benefit dinner.
Bob Cotter was back on campus during the Louisville weekend with his son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons. Bob and Kathy escaped Chicago winters for Clearwater FL 40 years ago. He had a long career in administration at Clearwater Central Catholic High School, and is now easing into full retirement working for a home products distribution company. Eileen and Mike Lindburg have relocated to South Bend from Albany. After finishing an advanced program at ND’s Kroc Institute, Mike was not retired long when he embarked on a startup operation, South Bend Woodworks. The company makes wooden toys for children, hiring local veterans and long-term unemployed. The company’s train engine was incorporated into the 2014 White House Christmas display. See Bill Barz hosted son Bob and two of Bob’s NU football teammates at the Northwestern game. That was a long ride home to Chicago. The 2014 version of the annual Dusseau-Bullard road trip to campus was the Louisville game. Paul and Claudia come from Columbus OH while Bob and Maureen come from Bluffton SC. Paul continues to practice as an MD while Bob spells Maureen as Mr. Mom chasing his grandson. Susan and William de Talance, Molineuf, France, welcomed another grandchild in October. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and remember to hoist a glass for our departed friends. — John Snider; 2010 N. Fremont, Chicago IL 60614; res 773-871-5358; fax 773-871-1189;

71MBA Need More News

I received a brief note from Terry Walts that he continues to work with several start-up businesses. Terry and Gray have a lake house close to Atlanta and get there as much as possible. Gray continues to teach and dote on seven grandkids. I have not heard from others in the class and will try to bug more of you to keep me informed on your activities. All is well with Helena and me as we chase grandkids and look for interesting and new places to visit. — Tony Strati; 8238 Raintree Drive NE, Albuquerque NM 87122; cell 505-205-3563;

71JD Class Secretary — E. Bryan Dunigan;

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72 A Special Classmate

Gerald (Jerry) F. Hogan passed away Dec. 8. Jerry’s passing was the impetus for many of the “Last Men of Walsh” to reconnect: Brian Hickey, Gary Gigot, Dennis Quinn, Jim Blaum, Larry Inra, Pete Dockery, Jerry Fenzel, Dave Fromm, Jerry McPartlin and Noel Pallais. Jerry organized the class golf outing for the past 40 years. Jerry always directed his life energy, his attention, and his focus on how you were doing and how your life was going. One came away from time with Jerry feeling better about one’s self, which is a special gift. He showed the same selflessness with his battle with cancer. The San Francisco Chronicle published a tribute to Jerry as a person and as the father of Kevin Hogan, the Stanford QB. The writer stated, “Perpetually in good humor, he always was interested in finding out what other people thought rather than in illuminating them with his own world view.” Truly he was one of many special classmates. Noel Pallais is still in Lima, Peru, and is an internationally recognized expert on agro-climatology. Noel is looking to reconnect with classmate Dan Couttolenc. Congratulations to Thom Gatewood on his selection to the College Football Hall of Fame. Swimming Coach Dennis Stark ’47, ’49 passed away on Dec. 22 at age 91. Coach Stark is the last of a generation epitomizing the archetype Notre Dame person. Coach was a constant reminder that family and community are integral to God, Country and Notre Dame. Coach is survived by Dave ’70, Craig ’71 and Tim Stark ’79. Please send news. If you want to contribute to the column, please contact one of us. — Frank Fahey; 274 Winthrop Ave., Elmhurst IL 60126; 312-504-3409;; Gary Gigot; 574-807-5772;

72MBA What Happened?

Don’t ask me. I sent in columns for the last two issues but neither was published. And I had some good news, too. So I’m just going to repeat that news even though it’s getting a bit dated. Bill Effler’s younger daughter, Francie, was married to Kiel O’Connor July 5. Congratulations and best wishes to the newlyweds as they approach their first anniversary. I hope everyone has a great summer. — Alex McLellan; 9662 W. 86th St., Apt. B, Overland Park KS 66212-4537; res 913-652-9909;

72JD Class Secretary — Christopher R. Schraff;

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73 Show Me Some News

Thanks to Sue Mogab for very lengthy and prolific reports on a reunion at her new St. Louis home in late June and on the Stanford game in October. Sue recently relocated to St. Louis from Chicago. She worked for the past three years as the general manager of a large local garden center and retired last summer. In June she hosted a reunion at her home for 28 ND/SMC friends who toured St. Louis, played golf and hung out by her pool laughing, telling stories and generally playing college and creating a ruckus. The group consisted of Kay (Peters) ’73SMC and Wayne Hall of Ft. Wayne IN; Mary Lu (Schleck) ’73SMC and EJ Donnelly ʼ71 of Pittsburgh; Therese (Conway) Moltz ʼ73SMC and Fran Motlz of Cleveland; Ann Faherty ʼ73SMC of South Bend; Sally (Hickey) Connelly ʼ73SMC of Philadelphia; Maribeth (Cashmen) Coughlin ʼ73SMC of Duxbury MA; Mary Fisher ʼ73SMC and Tom Heath ʼ73 of Indianapolis; Nancy (Sheeran) Dana ʼ73SMC and Dan Hannon of Columbus OH; Marilyn (Smith) ’73SMC and Bob Hasty of Trafalgar IN; Suzanne (Head) ʼ73SMC and Kevin McAuliffe ʼ72 of Syracuse NY; Jane (Grillot) ’73SMC and Mike McCurdy of Dallas; Sharon (Ames) ’73SMC and Chuck Nelson ʼ68 of South Bend; Cathy (Reinhart) ’73SMC and Gus Perea of Doylestown PA; and Claudia (aka Muggs) Traudt ’73SMC. Sue also attended the Stanford game and reported that Jim Marcuccilli hosted his usual tailgate. His roommate, Jack Luechtefeld, gave up his St. Louis roots and moved permanently out to Big Sky MT. Also in attendance was Steve Deeb, whose daughter is a professor at ND. Thanks for the great news report, Sue. I am sorry to report the deaths of Robert Picciano and Ronald Irvine. Bob was a retiree of Kodak and an active youth baseball coach in the Rochester NY area. He received the Person of the Year Award from the Rochester ND Club in 2007. Ron Irvine was a resident of Lake Forest IL and recently assisted in the publication of the book, “_Black Domers: 70 Years at Notre Dame._” Thanks for this report from Tyrone Robinson, who is an account manager for Charles River Labs, which assists pharmaceutical companies with drug discovery and development. Mary Anne Hoffman reports from Indianapolis where she is vice president for human resources for Allison Transmission. She and husband Howard ʼ72 have four grown children. Mike Lyons reports that he is a professional actor and full-time motivational speaker. He can be reached He will be playing a senator on “House of Cards” in season three and will be at the Notre Dame film/theater presentation this spring. I am always looking for news from classmates. — Michael W. Hansen; 735 Essington Road, Joliet IL 60435; fax 815-744-4515;

73MBA Moving Ahead

Chuck Welter has undertaken a historic building renovation project at Lincoln Way and Franklin Street in Valparaiso IN. He is renovating an old office building to its original mint condition to hold his insurance business and other prospective tenants. It is an exciting project uncovering many old artifacts and nostalgic history, which the city anticipates will add great value to its downtown location. Dan Reelitz and his wife Jan visited in late September along with a few friends for a weekend of Low Country life: kayaking, beer and southern cooking. All are welcome to come by and stay a spell. It won’t snow and the golf is good. Plus the beach is nearby. Summers are a little warm and the humidity isn’t like California. He and Jan are on their annual winter pilgrimage to Durango CO to be with daughter Michelle, husband Chris, and grandsons Aedan, Rowan and Griffin. In April, they will return to their cabin in Cedarville MI to begin a new season of volunteer work with their local watershed and conservancy organizations. Their favorite activity is lodging and entertaining family and friends in their bit of paradise: the Les Cheneaux Islands area of Michigan. This fall, they spent a long weekend with classmate Gene Schraeder at his home in Bluffton SC. Gene and his wife Ellen hosted the sixth annual “geezer” reunion of old friends from their working years with Burroughs/Unisys. In October, he participated in the week-long Jimmy & Roslyn Carter Habitat for Humanity Work Project in Dallas. This was the 10th JRCWP he has done over the last 20 years. The 2015 build is in Nepal in November. Slim Chandra-Shekar writes that he and his wife Penelope are doing great in semiretirement, dividing their time between their home in Northern California and their second home on the Big Island of Hawaii. They celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary on the Big Island on Dec. 27. Slim notes that it will be 10 years since his wife Steffi (whom some of you may remember) passed away. Slim and Penelope are thoroughly enjoying being grandparents to three lovely little girls, with a fourth on the way. Slim’s son Kim is on a partner track at McKinsey and Co., and his daughter Sheila is a senior director of marketing at Athleta, a GAP company. Both live close by with their families, which is great for Slim and Penelope. Slim has taken up abstract art and has shown some of his work. He graduated from Cornell U’s program in plant-based nutrition and is consulting with clients internationally to help them with lifestyle changes. Many of his clients have heart disease or Type 2 diabetes, and he finds great satisfaction in being able to help such folks. Slim himself has lost 40 pounds and is off all his medication since making changes to his diet. He says that this is the best he has ever felt in his life. He and Penelope travel to Europe once a year and are planning their 2015 trip for the coming fall. Slim’s dad, who lives in India, will be 99 this June, so he hopes that he can go to India to celebrate. He sends warm greetings to everyone and invites anyone coming his way to drop a note or email. Gene Schraeder shares more about Chuck Welter’s hole in one. It was a lovely day in Bluffton SC, and Chuck hit a great 5-wood about 185 yards uphill into a breeze. Gene had hit right before him, and his ball headed right for the cup. The way the hole is designed, you can’t see the bottom of the pin. It appeared his ball would end up being fairly close to the hole. After Chuck hit, they drove to the green to see Gene’s ball resting a few feet away from the cup and Chuck’s ball nowhere to be found. As it turns out, he was in the hole. (No. 8 for him I might add.) Gene still contends Chuck’s ball was deflected into the hole by his ball on the green. He might also add that this cannot be disproved. Gene’s Mom passed away on Nov. 30 after a brief illness, a very peaceful passing at age 93. She told him a few days before her passing that she was ready and at peace with what was to come. His son Matt will retire from his Navy career this fall as a commander. He is teaching at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA. David Bodkin writes his wife Lee and he recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Since they saw everyone last, they moved to Detroit, Cleveland, back to Detroit and then went international, spending time in Zurich (three years), Tokyo (five years) and Hong Kong (18 months). Then, they went back to Detroit until he retired in June 2008. They now live in The Woodlands TX, just northwest of Houston, near their daughter Jennifer, whom some of you might remember. She has a terrific husband and two lovely boys. Their son Sean ’98 lives just west of Washington DC with his great wife and two lovely boys. Dan and his wife have loved reading about y’all in this magazine. Dick Swadley reports that he and his wife Dianne also celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with a cruise on Oceania Cruises to the “heart of the Caribbean.” Visiting the Turks & Caicos Islands, St. Barts, St. Marteen and Tortola among other stops provided a welcome diversion from the dreariness of winter. A trip to the Pacific Northwest this summer has been planned, and hopefully they will be able to catch up with some of their friends along the way. Thanks for the great response. You can contact me at any time to share your stories with our classmates. You are welcome to contact us when in Southern California. I look forward to hearing from all of you. If you have not corresponded in some time, please take the time to share your experiences with your classmates. Most importantly, forward to me your new email addresses and those of your classmates. — Thomas Jindra; 7179 Alviso Ave., Riverside CA 92509; res and fax 951-685-2091;

73JD Two in a Row

In the winter 2014 edition, we reached out to all of you with the hope that we might rekindle some communication as we face our 70s and our 50th reunion in the near future. Well, small successes lead to bigger ones. So, we will thank Kathy Cekanski-Farrand for starting the process. I hope her response leads to contact with the rest of you. Kathy reports that she was recently re-appointed as South Bend’s City Counsel for the 41st consecutive term. That is pretty amazing when you think about it. Congrats to her. She and Carmen Piasecki see each other periodically. Apparently, Carmen is doing well. (Carmen, why don’t you report in personally?) Kathy also advised that her daughter, Katie, has received her PhD from The Ohio State U and will be heading out my way to teach at ASU in a couple of months. Hopefully, we will be able to connect when she visits Kate. Speaking of Ohio State, Kathy was thrilled that the Buckeyes prevailed in the recent inaugural College Football Playoff. Hmmm, I wonder how Judy Snyder, an avowed Oregon Duck, might react to that. Kathy also sent along some bad news. Mike Howlett passed away recently from complications from prostate cancer. Mike had been married to his wife, Kathy, for 43 years, had three daughters and three grandchildren. He was a Cook County judge, and taught at several Chicago law schools. On another sad note, Kathy’s husband Rollin passed away in August 2009 after being paralyzed for 13 years from a stroke. They spent some time driving the Alaskan Highway together about a year before his passing, creating memories that will last forever. I also heard from John Lyons some time back. John had a remarkable experience and career over the last 40-plus years. He was a trial lawyer and supervisor with the IRS in the Bay area, Hawaii, Miami and in DC. He eventually became the assistant commissioner (international) for the IRS. That job took him to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Riyadh and similar locations. When I asked him about it, he politely declined details. Interesting, huh? He retired in 2003 and has lectured at law schools such as Harvard, Duke, Georgetown, Villanova etc. He is well and spends time with his wife, Christa, enjoying the good life in the Arlington VA area. As part of our conversation, John advised that Joe David passed away. I will address that in detail next time. I do hope to hear from you. I sincerely believe that a renewed sense of class spirit will be a good thing for all of us. So, as I listen to Creedence on my Pandora playlist, I wish you the best of everything. I can’t wait to report the news that you send. Go Irish and God Bless. — Tony Palumbo;

74 Golf, Retirement and Deacon News

As of this writing, I am only able to assume the exalted Pog Mo Thon group has successfully secured another chapter in their yearly journals. Included are the original six, known infamously from our class as Frank, Hett, Chill, Bruiser, Tim (aka Tuber) and Phantom (aka Jim McCarthy); plus the junior members, Pinko (aka Pat McGrath), Trimble (aka John Trampe), Todd Bender, Torretti (aka Fred or Pipe) and Jim “Whales” Whalen; plus the class of 2012, Buck; the class of 2014, Meatball and Jenks; and now the class of 2015, Rollo, Hoke, Topo, Bear, Martin and Steve Conway. We, as their classmates, can only await the escapades that occurred from that annual excursion with baited breath. Details, although somewhat vague, hopefully will be sent forward for a future column. Tom “Big T” Ross, real estate sales agent for KW Realty, Biltmore Partners, has shouted out that everyone should be looking to invest in Phoenix real estate, and he’s the man to assist. Tom and his son, Tommy, are going to the British Open at St. Andrews. He plans to dress himself in ND regalia. Jim Mullenix recently recaptured memories for me for our class column and mentioned that in his younger ND days he was a fencer and government major who joined the Peace Corps in the fall of 1974 and spent 25 months turning swamp lands into rice paddies in Sierra Leone. After attending law school in Chicago, he spent 30 years with the public defender’s office, the majority with the homicide task force at 26th and California. Jim’s office represented indigent defendants charged with homicide and facing severe sentences including life in prison. Those who know Chicago know that this was not an easy job. Jim’s wife, Judy, is also a public defender. Now that Jim is retired, he enjoys spending time with his two sons and three little girls. Finally Jim mentions, with more time to spare, he plans to come back to visit Notre Dame. Jim, we can only imagine the stories you could share around the campfire. Dave “Critter” Kane was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Honolulu by Bishop Larry Silva. The ordination took place at Dave’s home parish, Immaculate Conception, on the island of Kauai. Dave said Domers in attendance included Anne (Weber) Kane ’75, Eddie Kane ’07, Todd Kane ’11, Susan ’75 and Bill Schoelwer ’75, Will Friese ’73 and his wife and others. Dave, if you are already in paradise (Hawaii), what’s to look forward to? Seriously, congratulations. Keep the news coming, and thanks for sending. — Dede Lohle Simon;

74MBA Class Secretary — William Arland III;


74JD Class Secretary — Christopher Kule;

75 Class Secretary — Norm Bower;

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75MBA Class Secretary — Jim Ouimet;


75JD Class Secretary — Dennis Owens;

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76 Becoming Grandparents

Now that most of us have turned 60, it’s fitting that many of us are becoming grandparents. Betsy (Kall) and Pete Brosnan welcomed Bridget Helm into the family. Their daughter, Kate, and her husband, Dan Helm, are the parents. Fran and Ted Ursu joined the club when their daughter, Mary ’06, and her husband, Matt Zenker ’06, became the parents of Hannah Clair. Their youngest, Anne, is a junior at the U of Dayton, majoring in accounting. Their son, TJ, another Dayton grad, works in property management in Cleveland, and daughter Kerry is pursuing a master’s in speech pathology at Case Western Reserve U. Ted is the director of finance at University Hospitals in Cleveland, and Fran tutors students studying English as a second language. Paul Giorlando is a pediatrician in New Orleans and a grandfather to baby Keane. Don Opal lives in Wheaton. Brian Dowe is in St. Louis working for Termo Fisher Scientific. Pat Corbett lives in Houston and is with American Express. John Pelehach is an attorney at Ecolab in North Carolina. Bruce Fortelka lives in Hilton Head and works for Hargray Communications. He is also a new grandfather thanks to his daughter, Kim ’07, who with her husband, Kurt, became parents to Nelmi Mae. Debbie and Al Rutherford hosted a Keenan minireunion at their home outside Charlottesville VA. Attending were Cindy (Jones) ’76SMC and Jim Eder, Maryann (Cipkowski) ’76SMC and John Kuhn and Mary Eileen (Murphy) ’77SMC and Hank Van Dyke. The group enjoyed a weekend of visiting the many wineries in Virginia. Al and Debbie’s youngest son will graduate this spring from William & Mary, where he is majoring in accounting. Their son Al is in Taiwan teaching English, and Pat and Keith are in New Jersey. Gerard “Jerry” Davidson’s daughter, Joanne ’03, married Kiernan Fahey in Siesta Key FL. Classmates in attendance included Jim Shea and Jack Dagenais. Eileen Davidson ’10 and Bridget O’Brien Hoyt ’03 were bridesmaids, and Andrew Hoyt ’05 officiated at the ceremony. Joanne recently accepted a job as the research communications program director at Notre Dame, so the couple relocated from Dublin, Ireland, to South Bend. Sadly several of our classmates have lost parents. Shelley Muller Simon’s father, Joe Muller, passed away, as did Paul Reilly’s mother, Angela Reilly. Please keep them in your prayers. It is not too early to start planning to attend our 40th reunion in June 2016. Your class officers are looking for the best and worst of past reunions. Class gatherings generally start on Thursday night and continue through Sunday morning, concluding with the Class Memorial Mass and brunch. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with the planning. Sign up to help or just send your ideas, preferred venues and requests to Please continue to send me your news and updates and to check out the website and Facebook page. — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251;

76MBA News Needed

Consider sending me an email with at least a few lines. Blessings to you and your loved ones. — Mike Norris; 1021 Bloomview Circle, Rochester MI 49307; 248-330-5366;

77 Fly Like an Eagle

Air Force Reserve Col. Larry Merington was inspired by a visit with his wife, Jan, to Omaha Beach on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion to help with fundraising and other activity now and work in the future to develop the WWII Museum in New Orleans, where they live. Larry noted the importance of memorializing military service, from all military actions, including those providing disaster relief and Good Samaritan acts of kindness. A Veterans’ Day Service List for the Class of 1977 educated all of us about the incredible variety of service to our country, in all branches of the service. Three highest ranking of ’77: Major Gen. Phil Volpe, retired Rear Adm. Mark Balmert and Rear Adm. Marty Brown. We discovered that retired Air Force Col. Karen Daneu was one of the first women military aviators and a founding member of the Women’s Military Pilots Association in 1982. Tom Chambers is the new CFO and senior financial officer of Kosmos Energy in Dallas. Susan ’77SMC and Tom have six children and three grandchildren; their son, Nicholas ’08, and wife Mindy recently had baby Elizabeth. Daughter Courtney attends Notre Dame College in Ohio, whose president is our classmate, Thomas Kruczek. The Chambers hosted Marie (McCarthy) and Tim Glass, Mary (Spaulding) and Joe Burns ’78 and many others during football season at their townhome. Cary and Gregg Bangs have a son, Jackson ’12, and daughter, Tessa ’18, and enjoyed organizing NYC pregame gatherings, which included Kim and Mark Budd, Anne and Mark Koplin, Diom and Barb Boylan O’Connell, Mary McGrath and Lisa Becker. They later headed to ND for the North Carolina game, joined by Jen Ryder Raabe, Mary (Spaulding) and Joe Burns ’78, Kathy Knue ’79 and Chris Przywara, Joe and Judy Shiely King, Rob Howard, Dom Carbone, among others. Gregg is helping Drew Danik ’76 in putting together a Holy Cross Hall reunion for the Texas game; Gregg has contacted all 57 of the ’77 “Hogs.” Michael Grady works with Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll on a school program called We Day. Chris Mahon’s book, County Clare and Other Poems, is available on Amazon and at the ND Bookstore. Rich Wanders sends thanks to all who sent more than 200 birthday cards to Karen Abraham Wanders in a rehabilitation facility. Class VP Darlene Palma Connelly is enjoying her new grandson, Arthur, and will soon be “fighting the advancing years as a physical fitness personal trainer. 60 here we come!” An ND Women Connect holiday tea at the Drake Hotel in Chicago was attended by Elaine Cerny Raccuglia, Leslie Barnes Karas, Debbie Kenny Ellsworth, Meg Daday ’02, Eileen O’Grady Daday, myself and my daughter, Victoria Marie. Eileen O’Grady Daday was honored by the Daily Herald, a Chicago newspaper, for her 28 years of work as a columnist. Eileen and Steve Daday’s youngest daughter, Maureen Daday ’17SMC, enjoys playing in the ND Marching Band. Phyllis Provost McNeil’s son, Doug, is studying in China again, on a second Fulbright scholarship. Chris Kuhl’s art exhibition, Searching for Redtown, will open this April at the Atlanta Central Library and run for a month. March 17, fittingly, was the fourth Class Solidarity Day, a day for fun and time to connect with a classmate. We are deeply saddened by news of the death of Denise Haylon O’Neal after a lifelong battle with muscular dystrophy. Our deepest condolences go out to her husband David, son David Jr., mother Cecile, and loved ones. Joe Bury lost his father, Andrew Bury, an eloquent man with a quit wit and strong values, not long after he celebrated 61 years of marriage last fall. The father of Tom Chambers passed away last fall after coming to a final ND game with family. Scott and Phyllis Provost McNeil also lost Scott’s mother, Lillias McNeil, not long after the passing of Phyllis’ mother. Condolences also go out to Mike and Peg Hornback Culhane on the loss of Peg’s brother last fall. Joya De Foor’s beloved mother, Minnie De Foor, was married 62 years to John Sr. when she passed away in December. Susan Kowal Swanfeldt lost her mother, Helen Kowal. Lynn Mertensotto Girouard lost her mother two months after losing husband Ken Girouard, our classmate. Sheila O’Brien’s father Thomas I. O’Brien was 98 when he passed away in her arms in January, surrounded by loved ones. May the angels lead them into paradise. — Virginia (Ginger) McGowan Bishop; 2594 Woodland Dr., Northbrook IL 60062; res 847-291-7510;

77MBA Having a Good Time

Classmates, another issue has been printed and there is no news from anyone. I have not retired from the practice of law. My sons are in college which means tuition payments. Charlie is at Ole Miss and having a good time. George is wrestling at 141 pounds for the U of Michigan. So, I drink bourbon when in Oxford and can now tolerate “Hail to the Victors.” — Alan J. Fisher;

77JD Presentation to Pope

Saint Mary’s College President Carol Ann Mooney and her husband, George Efta ’72, had the honor of attending an audience with Pope Francis in November. In order to address the love of young women for Catholic tradition, but also their concerns and the reasons some of them were leaving the Church, students at Saint Mary’s College began the project of collecting letters and artwork. Carol Ann, along with a Saint Mary’s College senior and a graduate, were introduced by Bishop Kevin Rhoades to Pope Francis for a presentation of a handmade stole, artwork and letters which represented the voices of young Catholic women. Carol Ann said, “It was a thrill to carry the letters from over 200 millennial women who poured their hearts out to Pope Francis. I can’t think of a more appropriate place than Saint Mary’s College to undertake the project of bringing the voice of young Catholic women to the Vatican. It was a true privilege.” Carol Ann and George said Pope Francis is even more vital and charismatic in person than he appears to be in the media. He connects with people in an amazing way. John Horan retired from his practice as a partner at the Orlando office of Foley & Lardner in 2012. He was elected as one of five members of the County Commission of Seminole County in 2010. John enjoys public service and politics, and he has been reelected to a second term with a county election record of winning a majority of votes in all precincts. John keeps busy serving the large community and managing the considerable budget. His wife Joette’s recent retirement from teaching third grade allows them time to travel. They also enjoy time with sons J.R. and Jim who live nearby. Nossaman partner Christopher Nedeau has been elected to the San Francisco Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates as an associate member, a prestigious invitation-only membership which is awarded to an attorney for high personal character, for honorable reputation, and for having tried a significant number of civil jury trials to verdict. Christopher, who specializes in civil antitrust class actions and corporate criminal defense, has tried approximately 100 criminal and civil trials to verdict. He firmly believes in ABOTA’s mission to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public may benefit by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation. For 34 years, Steve Brischetto has maintained his solo practice in plaintiffs’ employment law in Portland while Steve’s wife Cheryl ’80GR contracts with Social Security to perform disability evaluations. Their sons Matthew and Aaron live and work in Portland. As I was listening to NPR recently, I heard an account of a centenarian who is still writing alumni notes for his university’s class of 1935, even though the class numbers have dwindled to three. That’s a lot of class notes. The story leads me to reach out for help, so please send news. For those who send news to my home, please note the change of address. — Janey Bennett; 50850 Tarrington Way, Granger IN 46530; res 574-383-5745; bus 574-243-4100;

78 Spring Is in the Air

Greetings lads and lassies from the class with class. I trust that life has been treating you well, and that you have stopped along the way to smell the roses, or tulips, or whatever your favorite flower is. Bruce Martin paid a visit to Philadelphia recently. He had a trade show and then stayed with Nace Mullen for a night. He took a walking tour, ate at the world famous 4th St. Deli and had fun. Bruce was in town for the Eastern Athletic Trainer Associations annual conference with a booth selling his line of professional medical bags, a business he acquired three years ago. They make and sell high quality medical bags for first responders, and have sold some to the Irish. Mary Jo and Bruce will be grandparents in June as their youngest, Andy ’08, and his wife, Grace (Myers) ’08, are having their first child. Bruce passed along other news as well: Gordon Drake sold his share of his wine business, William Gordon Wine; Pat Flynn is still running the Indiana Beverage distributorship in South Bend; Danny Romano spends a lot of time doing charity work in Honduras when he is not in Chicago; Greg Switaj was just in Minnesota to play in the US Pond Hockey Tournament with Joe O’Neill; Ken Haffey’s eldest, Oona, has been accepted to ND; Tim Zweber spends much of his year farming in southern Minnesota with his family. Yup, he is driving a combine. Don Smail and Jack Sacco had an inspirational visit with Father Hesburgh while on campus in the fall. Gary Forystek and Bob Murphy played golf together at the 2014 Code of Men Championship in Vail CO in September along with former Domer Bob Nejedly. Forystek won the Best New Guy award while Murphy and Nejedly won nothing. John Erickson had lunch with Joe Camarda last summer in Los Angeles while he was visiting his son JP, who is a cameraman for the Food Network. Joe has been in LA several years as regional manager for Goldman Sachs. John’s twin brother, Pete (part of the ND Archies of 1979 who are honorary members of our ’78 class), and his wife, Cyrese, spent 24 years in the Chicago suburb of Clarendon Hills and just moved to a townhouse in downtown Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. John still gets together with Dennis (DJ) Crowley on a regular basis. Dennis and his wife Rene live in Glenn Ellyn IL, and Dennis continues his success as a principal for Hutchinson Shockey Securities in Chicago. At his 40th high school reunion, John saw Sue Bailey. John retired from 35 years of bond fund management and investment advising this past year. He also published a book, That God’s Work Be Displayed. It’s the story of becoming legally blind and only then seeing all the blessings in life, like family, friends, and opportunities. The book is on Amazon and at the Notre Dame Bookstore under biographies. Bill “Beefsteak” Reifsteck checked in from California. He just got back from teaching for the Design Build Institute in Phoenix. Didn’t they know that the Super Bowl is going on there, he mused? Bill ran into fellow Alumni Hall resident Jim Ernzen ’75 and had the joy of teaching one of his daughters in class. He says, “I just submitted my paper on the construction of Notre Dame Stadium to the International Congress of Construction History which will be presented this spring in Chicago. The local story is what they want. It seems like my little book has given me the opportunity to present at a lot of really neat places. Not as fancy as Jack Sacco, however.” Bill hears regularly from Pete Andreyev from China and he shared new pictures of his vacation home in Phuket, Thailand. Pete will be competing with Nace Mullen for the oldest father of a grad. Pete has a daughter, 2. Beef had dinner with Melinda and Bob Maier in Newport KY last November when on another teaching trip. Bob was telling him of the stories he and his son Max had from their recent climb of Mt Kilimanjaro. Martin Marten is the title of Brian Doyle’s latest novel, due out in April from Saint Martin’s Press. Joan Fremeau Spohrer wrote to inform that a few friends were going to do a minireunion in New York for the weekend of the game against Syracuse at Met Life Stadium. Julie (Wehner) Greenberg ’79, with her husband Marty, were flying out of Midway Airport in Chicago. Joan, Jodie (Korth) Nalezny and husband Lance were flying out of O’Hare. All got caught up in the air traffic control fire problem. They spent six hours at the airport just to have all flights canceled. They kept up via text and messaging with friends in New York all weekend. David Kleer ’79 hosted a party Friday night for some of the East Coast people who were able to make it. Included were Nancy Budds, with husband Myles Laffey, and Maria (Mirto) Brill. Also joining in the weekend festivities were Jill (Pascuso) Seymour, with husband Bob. They were visiting their daughter Meg in the city and brought her along to the game when the Chicago crew, stuck back in the Midwest, couldn’t use their tickets. Jim McElroy also came in from Conneticut. Margaret Schramm Horn, also from New York, couldn’t make the weekend events as she had obligations she couldn’t break, but said she was there in spirit. Reporting from China, the aforementioned Pete Andreyev, was lucky that the Duke game (huge win) was televised live in China. Pete is looking forward to the NCAAs and also to the upcoming pigskin season since many lessons were learned last year. Jim Gajewsli is professor of medicine at Oregon Health Science U doing bone marrow transplant clinical care, and health policy advisory roles to federal and state government. His children are: Sarah, 2; Theodore, 19, a freshman at Trinitiy U; Alexander, a junior in high school; plus a stepson Alex, 7. Jim says, “I am loving living in ultraliberal northwest and don’t miss Philly at all, and I get to care for CSC priests at U of Portland as well as when I visit South Bend. Claude Pomerleau, CSC, and I were guests of his brother-in-law Sen. Patrick Leahy, president pro tem of the US Senate, at the 2012 inauguration.” Jim spoke in Beijing in honor of 50 years of bone marrow transplantation in China at a symposium honoring his friend Prof. Lu Dao-pei for his lifetime of work in this field in China. Please remember in your prayers all who have died. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace, amen. Stay classy. Keep me informed. Peace. — Jim Coyne; 311 Andorra Glen Court, Lafayette Hill PA 19444; 267-847-8808;

78MBA Class Secretary — Mamie Anthoine Ney;

350 Alewive Road, Kennebunk ME 04043; res 207-229-0989; bus 207-333-6640 ex. 2020;

78JD Order in the Court

Congratulations to John Ruhl for winning re-election to his first full term as King County WA superior court judge in November. He ran unopposed. Also, congratulations to Vince Ochoa who won a contested reelection as Clark County NV family court judge with nearly 65 percent of the votes. Please take a minute to drop me a note about what is happening in your neck of the woods. — Dan LaVille; US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Ave. North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751;

79 Class Secretary — Barbara A. Langhenry;

3901 Whitman Ave., Cleveland OH 44113; res 216-651-8962; bus 216-664-2893;

79MBA Class Secretary — Patty Kennedy Kerr;

7750 Leonard St. NE, Ada MI 49301; 616-682-1223;

79JD Class Secretary — Daniel F. McNeil;

1001 NW Lovejoy, Unit 205, Portland OR 97209; 503-539-9188;