class notes


80 See You at Reunion 2015

Reunion will be June 4-7. Joe Carey is reprising his role as chair, assisted by Ellen Dorney Colyer and Dominic Yocious. Paul D’Alessandro and Leo Latz will help with our Class gift. Our goal is to fund an endowment that will allow a few ND students to participate in the International Summer Service Learning Project (ISSLP). Any contributions in the year of our Reunion count toward our gift, so you can still contribute even if you are reading this after you return from Reunion. Donations to Class Dues can be made at We suggest a modest contribution of $25 to $50. If a number of us help, we’ll be well able to cover Reunion costs and our memorials and recognitions. Please visit for details on hotel accommodations and to check out the exciting agenda for Reunion. In related news, Mary Ryan Amato nominated Ellen Dorney Colyer to replace her as class president. The vote will take place in June. Mary Dobbertien says she is, “Deploying in April with the Marines for Operation African Lion. I will miss the 35th but will be there in spirit. Go Irish.” Paul D’Alessandro reports that Jay Ferriero’s daughter got married in Virgina, and that he and Chris Lyons went. Jay’s son-in-law proposed in the new Compton Family Ice Arena. First timer contributor Bob Hillstrom writes that his daughter, Sara, graduated from ND as a double major in marketing and graphic design. He and his wife were joined at graduation by Bob’s sister, Linda ’79, his brother, Tom ’82, and two of Tom’s sons who are ND Grads as well. Bob entered his 25th year of practice as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Sarasota FL and was named chairman of the board of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, a community hospital and medical complex. Bob participates in the annual Dave Knee Invitational, a golf outing to remember our classmate and Bob’s roommate, Dave Knee, who passed away after a long bout with cancer. The event has been hosted by Dick King, with Phil O’Loane, Bob and Paul Faherty hacking up his golf course and getting him in trouble with the authorities. Ellen Dorney Colyer and Susie Meyers Driscoll met Jane Politiski in Arizona for a little R&R. Molly McLaughlin Rhine has already booked her flights for Reunion and put out an email urging others to do the same. José Valdivia writes that Mary Jo (Basara) Higgins and Steve Keppel had their second grandchild, a boy, Elliott. The parents are Jessica ’09 and Chris Higgins ’09. Jose’s son, Joey Valdivia ’08, ’13JD is getting married this summer in Minnesota to Maura Short ’09, ’12JD. Tom Nilsson reports that his third novel, The Next First Kiss, was released in time for Christmas by Tate Publishing. Mary Blachowicz Lewis MD traveled to Honduras as part of a medical mission team from Adventist Midwest Health. The team partnered with Pan American Health Services, a faith-based organization, to provide medical care to the poorest residents of Honduras. Mary says the trip was life-changing. She felt as if she was doing God’s work, and hopes to participate again. Mary also hosted the November wedding of her daughter, Stephanie ’08, and asks for prayers for her dad, Bruno ’58, who passed away in November from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Joe Mundy, who passed away suddenly. The Notre Dame family and all the members of the Class of 1980 are ready to help those who are experiencing challenges or sadness. Please feel free to connect with any one of us. The selfless examples of kindness and goodness that I have witnessed are truly amazing. Thank you. — Mary Ellen Woods;;

80MBA Class Secretary — Doug Cooper;

80JD Time to Reconnect

Reunion 2015 is almost here. Register soon and come home to Notre Dame. Wendell Walsh is spearheading Reunion this year. If you cannot make it, think about gathering with classmates where you are and reconnecting. We need each other. Those of us who went straight to law school are turning 60 this year. Please send a note on how you are celebrating. Some of us are partying, traveling, working. Congratulations to retirees Tom Costa, Judge Sue Zwick (now mediating at JAMS Chicago), Judge Barb McDonald, Jerry Doak and Mike Curreri. Anyone else? Thanks for your notes about my dad, Thomas Ignatius O’Brien, who went home to God peacefully on Jan. 19. A subway alum and police officer, he was a “what though the odds” kind of guy. So long, Dad. Now, you have the best seats to watch the Irish and the St. Louis Cardinals. Bring home some winners for us. Please mark your calendars for Reunion June 4 to 7 and send your news. You are important. Love to all. — Sheila O’Brien;

81 January Travels

Anne Fink Roy and Jim Sebesta joined a contingent of Jacksonville FL grads and friends on a mid-January trip to South Bend to attend the men’s hockey game against UConn. They then watched the men’s basketball team in an exciting victory over Miami. One of the highlights was watching Kevin Hawkins’ dad, Tom Hawkins ’59, inducted into the Ring of Honor at halftime. Kevin and his wife, Karen, were back for the event. Keith Melaragno was in town, too. Jim is the CEO of Phoenix Realty, and Anne works as the talent coordinator at WJXT-TV. Anne’s son is a freshman at Clemson. Classmates planning to attend the Clemson game in October should contact Anne. Bob Hull retired from Boeing (formerly Hughes) a year ago after 31 years working on satellites and satellite components in LA. He met up with roommate Jeff Hebig for the Stanford game. It was the first time in 33 years they were on campus at the same time. Bob recently had lunch with Larry Gervais and found out several Stanford 2EW dorm mates are also in LA. Contact Bob to set up an LA reunion. For those contemplating retirement, Bob reports that he hasn’t found a down side yet. Mark Stout and his wife, Toni (married 35-plus years), have lived in Naples FL for 14 years. Toni is a successful real estate agent, and Bob owns a small CPA firm that does income taxes and bookkeeping. Mark is a past president and treasurer of the local ND club. Mark catches up with Tim Malloy (Berk) when he is in the area. If you will be in Naples, give Mark a call. Frank Browne’s daughter Marissa just got accepted to ND. However, she has also been accepted to Georgetown. Will she follow in the footsteps of her father and four ND brothers? Mary Ahern’s fiancé, Dave McCombe, passed away suddenly in early September after suffering a brain hemorrhage. They had been together for 10 years. Mary is grateful for the many classmates offering messages of love and support. Kevin Hawkins, Mary Murphy and Bob Van Hoomison brought much love and comfort during the weekend of Dave’s memorial service. Mary Ahern will be relocating back to northern California to start the next chapter of her life. Kevin Campion, Brett Jackson ’80, Dan Pace ’83, Dr. Tracy Cotter ’83 and Dave Ferguson ’83 spent an amazing week of service in Port-au-Prince to help The St. Luc Foundation build houses in Cite Soleil, while Don Zimmer ’04, Mike McCurdy ’99 and Nicole Shirilla ’00 worked at the local hospital. Terry Brady passed away in December after his courageous bout with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Audrey, and their twin sons. While on campus, he served as the Eucharistic minister in Alumni Hall. — Lee Ann McLaughlin; 1120 Georgiana St., South Bend IN 46617; 847-636-1964;

81MBA Football, Families, Careers

It seems like our lives are slowly evolving into time spent at football games and grand-parenting. Tim and Susan (Barbacane) Leopold are still in Woodland TX running their trucking logistics and commercial finance company that has grown to almost 25 employees (including a new director of operations who was ND class of 2010) and new office space. Daughter Natalie and her husband are in Chicago, where she works for Barclays. Son Jonathan is in the oil business in Texas. If that’s not enough, Susan also started a luxury soap distribution business, Glorietta Luxury Soap, and is working with Gary Eggleston to get it into high end resorts and spas. Gary runs one such property in the Virgin Islands. Not too far from the Leopolds in Woodlands is Rick Duszynski, who is a principal consultant with Mergent Energy Group, working with private equity groups seeking to identify specific acquisition targets in energy services. Irene and Jim Connolly are in Haddon Town NJ, where he is an engineering manager at L-3 Communications. Older son Jim is a sophomore at Rutgers, and Ryan is a high school junior. Jim met up with Mike Zmachinski at the Syracuse game at the Meadowlands. Mike and Betty are in Morristown NJ and also went to the Stanford and Navy games. Bill Copeland is in the Philadelphia area and is the US life sciences and health care leader for Deloitte LLP and the sector leader of the practice’s health plans group. In addition to his Deloitte responsibilities, Bill has served on the finance committee for the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s College. He also leads Deloitte’s national collaboration with City Year, an AmeriCorps organization that provides leadership and teaching opportunities to youths 18-24. Bill is the author of papers, including “Power to the People?” “I’m OK, You’re OK … But Will We be All Right?” and “The Catalyst for Health Care Reform.” He has been quoted on health care issues in Managed Healthcare Executive as well as numerous top-tier publications, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and BusinessWeek. Steve and Carol (Gephart) Dworkin are in Dayton. Daughter Becca graduated summa cum laude from the U of Cincinnati nursing school and was accepted to the nurse residency program at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville. Phil is a freshman at UC in criminal justice, Kelsey is a second-year clinical dietician on the neuro/trauma floor at Miami Valley Hospital working on her masters in nutrition, and Aaron is a middle school soccer and basketball player. Chris Grant is the vice president for investment advisor research at PNC Asset Management. Wife Amy and daughters Alice, Anne and Claire were on campus for son Christopher’s graduation in 2014. Larry Jakows is in Scottsdale, where he is a director for azLearning and involved in private equity. Jim Kermott is in Moscow ID and reports he has too many grandchildren and great grandchildren being born to get back to campus. Jan and Mike Langnecker are in Coraopolis PA, where Mike is with PNC. They attended the North Carolina game with daughter Amy and her boyfriend. Son Sean is a middle school teacher in Sumpter SC. Cindy and Bill Lloyd are enjoying Bill’s retirement from Campbell’s Soups in Glen Mills PA; they celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2014. They spend most of their time traveling. This past year they toured South America, Acadia and Grand Canyon national parks, and visited daughter Trish, who’s a manager at PWC in asset management in Manhattan. Son Steve is in Peoria with Caterpiller, and Cindy reports that Bill has become our first official classmate with a pacemaker. Bill tells me that Cindy had eye surgery and had her first good look at him in 20 years but managed to hide any disappointment. Janice and Jay Milendar are in Foxboro MA relishing the success of his beloved Patriots and living 20 minutes from the stadium. Son Parker is a lawyer in Manhattan; daughter Schuyler (Harvard’13) works for Bain Consulting; Morgan is a high school senior; and Kendall is in eighth grade. Donna and Kevin Moon are in Lompoc CA, where he is the marketing director and SVP at Mission Community Bank. Daughter Katie is a teacher in Santa Barbara after taking a year off to travel around the world, and Monica graduated from Sacramento State in 2014. Barb and I were excited to have Park and Carol (Franke) Owens and their kids for Thanksgiving again last year but were saddened by the passing of his mother, Jan, in December. Daughter Sara is in LA pursuing a music career, and Chris is a college sophomore. Park is building his company, Juvo Products, which markets products tailored to seniors. Shelia ’81SMC and Steve Simmerman are in Phoenix and celebrated their 33rd anniversary in January. Steve is still a committed road warrior for a software company and manages to get to just about every ND football game. Paul and Joyce (Lovado) Soucy are in Farmington CT where daughter Maura was married in August. She got a master’s in public health from BU in global health and pharmaceuticals and works in in Alexandria VA. Younger daughter Beth graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in industrial design and also from Brown in environmental studies, and is in Seattle working with a furniture design firm. Bill and Mary (Mulholland) Upjohn are still in the Minneapolis area and still hosting amazing tailgates at almost every home game. Son Andrew returned, after several years running an education business in China, with a fiancé and plans a 2015 wedding. David ’14 is at ASU studying for a master’s in public health administration, and Christopher is in San Francisco taking leave from investment banking to start a consulting company. Lori and Ron Veith are in Charlotte NC. Daughter Sara ’13 works for BankAmerica in Charlotte and son Max is a freshman at Georgia. Ron managed to get to the North Carolina and Stanford games. Barb and I are in Somers CT and everyone is well. Barb’s a therapist and I’m busy with several writing projects. Abby is here with us and doing great; Ted is at U of Iowa Law School; and Colin is at Berklee School of Music in Boston when he’s not touring with his girlfriend or one of several bands. — E.J. Fleming; 600 Hall Hill Road, Somers CT 06071; 860-749-7261;

81JD News Notes

Brian McDonough’s daughter, Madison, began her professional ballet career this past year with the Los Angeles Ballet. Brian’s wife, Georgia, whom he met at ND, started a ballet apparel company called Bullet Pointe. ( His middle daughter, Jane, is a graduate student at Parsons School of Design in NYC, and his eldest daughter, Morgan, is about to start a federal clerkship with the Honorable Robert Scola. Bill Fearnow and wife Betsey are living in Amsterdam. Bill takes piano lessons from a teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatory and spends time reading, traveling and going to museums. One of Bill’s more interesting experiences occurred when he was practicing on the piano of a friend of a friend, who is a retired law professor at Amsterdam U. She taught intellectual property and now volunteers on a committee that is charged with returning Nazi-plundered art and artifacts to their rightful owners or, more commonly, their heirs. They had a very interesting conversation. Continuing a tradition that has occurred almost every year since we graduated from Law School, Claire Corson Skinner hosted a “reunion” for Martha Miller (wife of Fred Miller) and Jean and me for the North Carolina game last October. In earlier years, before he became “Mr. National Trial Lawyer,” John Fitzpatrick joined the festivities. Of course, every year we lift a glass in memory of Fred. Donna and Jim Blasé had a great time at the Music City Bowl. It was the first time they had visited Nashville, and they really enjoyed the music district, as well as the outstanding Notre Dame victory. Jack Nugent reports that he is now permanently retired from the Connecticut Bar, which has some advantages: No Connecticut attorney occupational tax, no bar dues and free Bar Association membership. The downside is that he can give legal advice but cannot charge for it.
Several members of our class have suggested that we publish a list of classmates who will be attending home football games with indications where they will be tailgating so that we can visit with each other. Believing that would be fun, I volunteer (when you are retired, you have time on your hands) to serve as the communication center for that purpose. Before each home game, I will send out an email asking classmates to indicate if they are going to the game and where they will be hanging out. I will then summarize the information and distribute it to the group. God bless and go Irish. — Michael Palumbo; 3799 East Peachtree Drive, Chandler AZ 85249; res 480-284-4004; bus 602-262-5931;

82 Classic Contest

Mike (Lynchie) Lynch and Steve Linehan traveled to Fort Lauderdale for the Florida Lacrosse Classic. Forty teams competed. Among the athletes were Kevin Campion ’81, Dan Pace ’83, Tracy Cotter ’83 and Sean Corscaden ’83 coached by TD Paulius. They had a blast, and I am happy to report that everyone returned home in one piece. Mike scored a goal but lost a toenail in the process. Not bad to relive his glory days. Steve lost 25 pounds preparing for fierce competition. Well, the hard work paid off as their team took second place in their division. Kevin was a star as a FOGO guy. Most of these guys went to play after spending a week in Haiti building homes. Mike has three kids. Shannon, a senior at Colorado U, is on the dean’s list and looking into law school. Mike, a senior at Telluride High, is looking at colleges. Mary, 16, plays for two hockey teams and has Mike driving all over the state. Steve, now a thin new man, is preparing for retirement from Capital One after 17 years of service. There is not much else to report. Dave and I attended Junior Parents Weekend in South Bend and look forward to seeing many of you in the fall. Please send us your updates. — Tess and Dave Lewis;

82MBA Class Secretary — Renee S. Cooper;


82JD Law School Institution

Cele (Glacy) and Bruce Baty, Carol and I went to Phoenix for the Arizona State game. We had dinner with Bill Raby and tailgated with Kath and Greg Kruzel. Other than the ugly outcome of the game, it was a fun trip. Bruce, Tim Nickels and I were on campus during the Northwestern weekend for the NDLA Board meeting. I also saw South Bend residents Kathy Brickley and Tom Veldman over that weekend. (You may have seen TV advertisements recently for Tom’s company, Tim Abeska, Tim Nickels and John Smith taught a Trial Ad class at the Law School in November. The Carriage House restaurant in South Bend closed in January. Many in our class have fond memories of the Carriage House, going back to our Law School days when Tim Abeska was the bartender there. I am saddened to report that Professor Rodes passed away on Nov. 25 at the age of 87. Professor Rodes taught at the Law School from 1956 until his retirement in May 2014. For those of us who had Professor Rodes for Civil Procedure, we will always remember the infamous, “writ from the king.” — Frank Julian; 7 W. Seventh St., Cincinnati OH 45249; 513-579-7337;

83 A New Year

Congratulations to Michael Joyce on completing the 2014 New York City Marathon. Mike finished in a time of 4 hours 57 minutes. That’s an amazing feat. Steve Fox ran in the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving. Steve was recently inducted as a Fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. The induction ceremony took place in Los Angeles. This is a terrific professional honor. Christopher Temple Davis is working on a novel, Samuel’s Dream, and has posted the opening paragraphs on the class Facebook page. In addition to his novel, Chris recently travelled to Colombia to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity building homes for those in need. Chris has posted pictures and information on the trip on the Facebook page. Amy (Hirsh) Guarino has moved to Tokyo with her husband on a long-term assignment to launch Marketo in Japan. Amy’s eldest son is in Atlanta to help start the Marketo Atlanta office, and her youngest son will graduate from Loyola Marymount U this spring. Tim Hart will be traveling to Tokyo to visit with Amy and her husband in February. Be sure to read the article on page 10 of the winter Notre Dame Magazine. It features our own Dr. Dan Krach and his son Patrick ’15. Steve Chronert’s son Michael was featured in a news article that appeared in the Connecticut Post about meeting Louis Zamperini, who was the inspiration for the movie Unbroken. Tony DiSpigno provided pictures on the class Facebook page from a 1983 Zahm Hall Christmas get together held in New York. Among the attendees were Tony, Jack McCabe, Tim Bozik and Dave Wischerath. I’ve mentioned the class Facebook page several times. You may be wondering how to join. It’s simple. On Facebook, search for “Notre Dame Class of 1983” and select join. That’s all there is to it. We have more than 375 members and would be very happy to add more. You’ll be able to reconnect with classmates without waiting for Reunion, see pictures and get news of who will be attending various Notre Dame and non-Notre Dame events. If you have any news you’d like to share with the class, send me a note or email and I’ll be happy to include it in the next column. — Louis J. (“Chip”) Denkovic; 520 W. 43 St., No. 32G, New York NY 10036; res 212-564-4264; bus 212-762-6674;

83MBA Keep Cards and Letters Coming

It was great to get some response to the winter notes as well as the odd connection to folks on Linkedln. Mike “Quinner” Quinn jumped in first, saying, “Brick, what a pleasure to hear from you. Always brings a smile. Life is good. I’ve been VP of alliances at Shopatron since June 2013 and am transforming how we do business. Our daughter, Mei Li (which fittingly means ‘beautiful’ in Mandarin) started Detroit County Day this year and turns 7 at the end of this month. I will be working forever, my friend.” Quinner has been living in South Lyon MI for 15 years. I remember the days we met for lunch in the Chicago Loop while he was with AT&T Long Lines, back in the day when they had long lines. It was great to hear from you, my man, and wonderful to hear about your beautiful daughter. If she continues the current path, she will be a shoo-in at Michigan or ND. It was great to hear from Dave Valenti, SVP portfolio manager at US Trust. He says, “This fall was the 33rd year of the Motor Home Weekend at the Michigan game. Founding fathers Mike Burton, Jay Carter, Dave Wiri and Al Jonas were in attendance. We don’t rent the RV anymore. Instead we stay at Jay Carter’s lake house in Berrien Springs MI. Join us for Motorhome XXXIV at the USC game in the fall.” I must say it is really awesome to hear that these guys have kept the Motor Home extravaganza going for so long. Iconic boys. That’s real Breaking Bad kind of stuff. Dave’s son, DJ, is a senior in the Mendoza College of Business and will be working at BMO Harris after graduation in May. He sounds like a rock star. Go forth and conquer DJ, you come from good stock. My roomy, Jim Hart, also had some news about his youngest daughter, Brianna, the last to leave the nest. Brianna committed to Central Michigan U for lacrosse. They came after her for her academic prowess and her wicked attack. She will be an inaugural member of CMU’s new D1 lacrosse squad. She loved the feel of the place and connected with the new coach. Congratulations, Brianna. Go git ’er done. That said, I hope with all this lacrosse that she doesn’t let her golf slip. It is most extraordinary that she can whip Roomy. Big changes are afoot in the Hart household now that all the kids are gone and Karen recovered from rotator cuff surgery in December. Jim will be doing all the cooking for the Hart ND tailgate that revs up at every home game just outside the Leahy gate. Karen has earned the right to pour wine and smile like the beauty she is. Stop by after you visit the Motorhome XXXIV at the USC game. Jim and Karen’s son, Kevin, has moved back to the Chicago area. He has been an account manager with CDW in Phoenix. Roomy also mentioned that his mom, Kathleen, would have been 100 on Jan. 12. Many will remember her because she had us over to her place for a tasty bowl of chili every now and again. The only price you had to pay for that great meal was listening to her take you to task for using the wrong tense in your speech or not being completely up to date on important political news. She didn’t miss much. She was a great lady and a real family matriarch. Last but not least, Roomy, the fountain of information that he is, also mentioned that Dean Reilly retired this year. Jim Hart, honest, humble and lovable financial guru of the Oliver Estate in South Bend, was an occasional guest speaker in Dean Reilly’s class. That aside, the Dean was a great leader of the business school and a prodigious finance professor and scholar. I know he was pretty good at kicking our butts in portfolio management. He has truly been a stalwart in the Mendoza climb to the elite list of business schools. It makes us look good. We have much to thank him for. We wish him Godspeed as he rides off into the financial metadata sunset. I am sure he will continue knocking down wins in the market for his own account now. Last but not least, a word about my parents. Mom just had foot surgery and is barking orders at Dad, Jack Hilbrich ’50. Dad just turned 87 and still works out frequently, sprinting up and down stairs after he knocks out dozens of push-ups. He offhandedly stated the other day that he was angry he could only do five pull-ups. Not kidding. OK, all you ’83MBAs, it is time to get to the gym. Last but not least, my wife Sue and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29. We are very lucky to have lived the life we have, and I am excited about the next 30 years. Please write or call, folks. I can get you a job, promote your business, pump up your kids and give you a 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 Condolences, Congratulations, Thanks

We express our condolences to the family of Anthony Roth, who passed away Sept. 7 after a four-year battle with metastatic colon cancer. After graduation, Tony clerked for Justice James L. Ryan of the Michigan Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Pierce Lively of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 1985, he moved to Washington DC as an Honors Program lawyer for the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, where he received the Civil Division Special Award for Superior Performance. In 1987, Tony joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he became a partner in the litigation and intellectual property practice groups. Tony is survived by his wife of nearly 37 years, Deena, and his sons, Keegan, 24, and Carraig, 19. Congratulations to Rob LaBerge, a partner with Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, who has been named to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in the firm’s Syracuse office for labor law management. Thanks to Bill Hittler for his long and important work as a mentor to scholars of the Page Education Foundation. The foundation grants financial assistance to post-secondary students of color. In return, these students actively foster positive attitudes toward literacy and learning among younger, school-age children of color through mentoring relationships. Bill also serves on the advisory board for the foundation. Please send me an email with an update on you or a classmate. — 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 Send News Please

Rear Admiral Mathias W. Winter was sworn in as the chief of naval research at the Office of Naval Research, which leads Navy and Marine research around the world. — Martha Avery;
h2(#1984-MBA). 84MBA Class Secretary — Tom Phillips;

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

84JD Award to Judge Ripple

In November, the Notre Dame Law Association presented the Father Michael McCafferty Award to the Honorable Kenneth Ripple for his 37 years of distinguished service to the University, having joined the faculty of the Law School in 1977. The award was presented by Dean Nell Newton and NDLA Board President Jared des Rosiers ’89, ’92JD at a dinner following the NDLA fall board meeting. As many will recall, Judge Ripple was voted Teacher of the Year by our class, an honor he received four other times. In 1985, President Reagan appointed Judge Ripple to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In 2008, he took senior status on that court. — Matthew J. Dunn; 19834 Timbered Estates Lane, Carlinville IL 62626; 773-294-6851;

85 Plan to Attend Reunion

Registration for Reunion 2015 is open. The big event is just around the corner so it is time to prepare for your return to campus. Call your roommates. Make plans to meet up with old friends. Book your hotel. But most importantly, register online today at The Reunion schedule is packed with interesting and exciting events. Return to the classroom by attending academic seminars taught by Notre Dame professors. Relive your Notre Dame experiences and create new memories under the Dome. In other news, Anna Marie (Furleigh) and John O’Connor had a busy 2014. They went on an Alaska cruise with Marya (Sakowicz) and Ken King in July. They proudly hosted the wedding of their daughter, Katie ’09, and Bobby Westlund in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Oct. 25. It was attended by Ken and Marya; Kathy (Roller) Walker; John’s dad, John F. O’Connor ’58; John’s brother, Jim O’Connor ’91, and Kathy (Pelleck) O’Connor ’91 along with many others. John and Anna Marie’s son, Navy Lt. Jg. Sean O’Connor ’12, plans to marry in December. He is in pilot training at Naval Air Station Kingsville TX. Catherine David Buley is executive vice president for merchandising at Pier 1 Imports. She lives in Fort Worth but travels the world in search of fabulous merchandise. She serves on the Advisory Council for the Undergraduate Experience and is one of the interviewers for the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program. She initiated the recruiting program for Target at Notre Dame. She is also an active member of the ND Club of Fort Worth. She was recently named as “Great Woman of Texas” by the Fort Worth Business Press. In addition, she serves on the Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, is a mentor in the community and supports the Vision Fort Worth project, which involves young professionals. Robert V. Jones is president and CEO of PreSafe Technologies, a company that provides cybersecurity services. In late September, the US Small Business Administration (SBA) recognized PreSafe Technologies as a participant in the SBA’s Business Development Program. The program provides a variety of services, sourcing opportunities and support for continued growth and expansion for small business participants. The goal of the program is to provide an avenue by which a business can gain a foothold in the federal market place. I am sad to report that on Sept.14, our class lost Tony Peszka. Tony was a proud resident of Howard Hall. Greg Kosse writes that Tony was a great friend, “He had an engaging smile, a sharp wit, and a wonderful sense of humor.” Tony was buried in Philadelphia and many of his classmates were at his service and served as pall bearers. We’ll miss ye, Tony. — Kathleen Doyle Yaninek;

85MBA Class Secretary — Dom Yocius;

85JD Special Event

“Please come to South Bend for the springtime.” OK, I’m no songwriter, but I do know that if you come to our 30th Reunion from June 5 to 7, you will see lots of friends and have a wonderful time. Tom Ajamie has graciously agreed to chair the event. Twenty-five people traveled from all over the world to attend our 25th reunion; let’s break that record for the 30th. The University puts together an excellent program, and Tom is planning a special event for our class on Saturday afternoon. If you can help with the planning and would like an excuse to connect with your ND friends, please email Tom at You can learn more about the Reunion at I hope to see you there. Speaking of Tom Ajamie, in January The National Law Journal named Tom to its list of the “Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers,” a national ranking of the most elite trial lawyers. The National Law Journal writes that Tom has blazed trails by representing the underdog, be it a company or an individual, against abusers of power. He won a record $112 million civil RICO jury verdict as well as the largest securities arbitration award in history. Also making headlines, Todd Kingma, executive vice president and general counsel for Perrigo Company PLC, was named Governance Professional of the Year by Corporate Secretary Magazine in the area of corporate governance and compliance. Additionally, Perrigo was awarded Best Overall Governance Compliance and Ethics Program. Todd has been busy with acquisitions at Perrigo. They completed the acquisition of Elan plc and announced the acquisition of Omega Pharma. With these deals, Perrigo becomes one of the largest OTC pharmaceutical companies in the world. Rounding out our newsmakers, Assistant US Attorney Madeleine Murphy was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune after her successful prosecution of a federal mail fraud case against a defendant who stole $34 million in a Ponzi scheme. Madeleine persuaded the judge to impose a lengthy sentence, noting the extreme hardship suffered by the victims of the scheme. Please continue to send me your news. I look forward to hearing from you. See you in South Bend. — Kelly Kiernan Largey;

86 Can it be 30 years?

We plan to gather for our 30th anniversary minireunion at the Georgia Tech game. We have not missed a year since we left Our Lady’s care and we plan to keep rolling with this great tradition. Thanks to everyone for making them an awesome time. It all started with Dan McMahon and his crew helping organize the inaugural tailgater. We have many fond memories of RVs and live bands when one could actually pull off that kind of thing. The momentum was started, and we thank you for helping to kick off three decades of gatherings. We’ll also be gearing up later this year for our official 30th Reunion and hope you start thinking about making the trip in June 2016. Andre Hutchinson wrote to report that many of us, especially ’86 Dillonites, will remember Rev. Mark Poorman, CSC, who was rector of Dillon Hall for our freshman through junior years. Father Mark was recently inaugurated the 20th president of the U of Portland. Classmates sent letters of congratulations, which were bound together into a hard-covered book that was presented to Father Mark at his inauguration Sept. 26. Letters were written by Mike Allegretti, John Cierzniak; Marty Connor, Brian Donley, Mike Falso, Greg Fick, Dave Finn, Dale Ganobsik, André Hutchinson, Paul Kolano, John Krug, John Kunz, Mike Mazza, John Meara, Pete Piché and Dave Tracy. Rev. John Donato, CSC, lost his mother on Jan. 12. John is the associate vice president for student life at the U of Portland, which is run by the Congregation of Holy Cross. Let’s please keep John and his family in our thoughts and prayers. A number of classmates have children graduating Notre Dame this year including Tana and Andre Hutchinson, who are parents of Kelsey; Kathleen (Kiley) and Lou Martine, who are parents of Daniel; and Julie ’87SMC and Dan Stumpf, who are parents of Jack. There are a number of others, and we wish them and all graduating seniors great success as they head off. Congratulations to Joann Moschella and her wife, Kitti, as they celebrated their 22nd anniversary in December. They moved back to the Bay Area from Santa Cruz, where Joann is a family doctor at the Centro de Salud of Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. For those of us who didn’t make the Rice game, our very own John Coffey joined his brother Steve Coffey ’87, along with Monogram Club President Haley Scott DeMaria ’95, at midfield during pregame festivities to honor longtime swimming coach Tim Welsh, who retired after 29 years of service. John and Steve were captains of the first two Irish teams. Pete Laches and Kevin Mickey will be riding in the RAGBRAI, a 7-day bike ride across Iowa, this July. If you are planning to ride, please let me know, and I’ll connect you to them. There will be north of 10,000 riders this summer. Please take a minute to fire me a quick update. We would love to hear what’s up in your life. Take care and God bless. — John Spatz; 201-264-2459;

86MBA Send an Update

I have no news to share for this edition. Please send an update to keep this column alive. —*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;

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

87 Congrats Are in Order

David Cosgrove and Sheila Carroll tied the knot earlier this year. They live in Webster Groves outside of St. Louis with a small herd of rescue dogs. They are both very busy running a successful law practice, so they had an abbreviated honeymoon at the Historic Mt. Washington Resort in New Hampshire. Tom Darrow, founder and principal of Talent Connections LLC and Career Spa LLC, has been elected chair of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation Board of Directors. He began a two-year term on Jan. 1.
Katherine Bull; 14 E. 41st St., Savannah GA 31401;

87MBA Thoughts and Prayers

I am saddened to inform you that after a battle with cancer, our classmate Ike Preston passed away in December. He was a loving husband, a great father and an incredibly successful businessman. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Tassy and the entire Preston Family.
The updates are few and far between. Please send me any and all updates. Go Irish. — 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 Class Secretary — Tim Borchers;

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88 The Sine Wave of Life

Michael Fitzpatrick emailed with news on two fronts. First, he was recently elected to the board of partners at Baker Tilly, his firm of the last 14 years. With Baker Tilly’s recent merger with the former Parente Beard firm, they’re now the 12th largest CPA firm in the US. And then, in a merger of a personal sort, Mike is marrying Emily Peterson after losing his first wife to cancer 10 years ago. Emily’s three kids combined with Mike’s three make for their own Brady Bunch, with two college freshmen, two high school juniors and two high school sophomores in their family. This past October, Eric Hunter, an actor and comic, co-starred in an episode of the fourth season of “Homicide Hunter,” a television police drama that airs on the Investigation Discovery Channel. He also recently scripted a greeting card that reads, “I won a bet because I said you would graduate. Your parents owe me $50.” (Wondering where he gained his inspiration for this wording?) With graduation season approaching, Eric’s card can be purchased by logging onto and searching “Eric Hunter.” Tim Brown continues to do us proud, being elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. His brother Don will present him at the induction ceremony in Canton this summer. After 20 years as a money manager in various capacities, Edward Fitzpatrick has become the director of planned giving at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, an independent university that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. Prior to his new position, Ed was a wealth management advisor for TIAA-CREF, where he provided financial planning for high net-worth university professors. When out of the office, he has served as a development volunteer for the American Heart Association, a coach for the Milwaukee Winter Club Youth Hockey Association and a volunteer teacher at St. Monica Parish. Mary ’90SMC and Paul Bierbusse have two children in college: Mary, a junior, and Patrick, a freshman. Both attend the U of Georgia, which is naturally causing a stir in their family given the upcoming Irish vs. Dawgs match-ups. Paul seems to have the situation under control, letting his children know that those footing the tuition bill have complete say over family allegiance. From a professional standpoint, Paul’s means for making those tuition payments is his position with EY America as the leader of advisory/consulting recruiting. In fact, he is continually enthusiastic about recruiting undergraduate and graduate students from Mendoza and encourages fellow alumni to tap into the Mendoza talent pool as well. Speaking of networking, Peter Thillman, who is in his 10th year as the vice president of workforce and economic development at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland WI, provided an update announcing that Ed Janairo became his colleague at LTC upon accepting the position of dean of business and technology there in 2013. John Mosier reported with great sadness that Deena, his wife of 22 years, unexpectedly passed away of cardiac arrest on Dec. 13. She was a wonderful wife, mother and friend and is sorely missed by many. Their children are: John, 20; Grace, 18; Anne, 12; and Joseph, 9. Deena was laid to rest in Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola FL. John, a captain in the Navy, has been floored by the incredible support that he’s received from the Notre Dame community. We send thoughts and prayers to the Mosier family as they carry on Deena’s legacy. — 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 Thanks for the Updates

Happy spring to all. I have a few updates to share. I heard from Johnny Devine. After graduating from Notre Dame, he worked with IBM in New York and then moved to Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando to work as special effects director. He left Disney to attend law school at Florida State U College of Law, graduating in 1999. Johnny now has his own law firm in Tallahassee, where he practices law in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury. Be sure to let him know if you are in Tallahassee: Greetings also came from Andrew Tometich, who was kind enough to respond to my request for news. Andy recently wrapped up as chairman and president at Dow Corning’s largest joint venture, the Hemlock Semiconductor Group. He has assumed operational leadership of Dow Corning as senior vice president. After multiple overseas assignments, Andy, his wife and daughter reside in Michigan. His son attends Grinnell College. Keep the news coming. — Noël (Murtha) Di Nome; 326 Melbourne Ave., Mamaroneck NY 10543; res 914-806 3760;

89MBA Class Secretary — Maggie DeVoe;


89JD Class Secretary — Jenny O’Leary Smith;