class notes

1940s

40 Class Secretary — Bob Sanford;

3212 N. Miller Road, No. 106 Scottsdale AZ 85251; 480-998-5380

41 Keep in Touch

It was another quiet quarter, but I was glad to hear from Marty Ingwersen again, through LinkedIn, the online networking website. Marty is doing well in Vero Beach FL, keeping busy with several organizations, and still driving. He enjoyed watching the ND men’s and women’s basketball teams in the NCAA tournaments this spring. That’s all the news I have to report; please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing. It is always wonderful to hear from you. — Meg Julian ’03, ’06JD; 6 Carriage Trail, Princeton, NJ 08540; 646-246-5480; megjulian@gmail.com

42 Disclosures

We were advised recently that Thomas E. Reilly of Palm Beach Gardens FL died on Sept. 8. He was an Army veteran. A military color guard attended his graveside service. Joseph M. Lane of Little Neck NY died on Oct. 27. A Navy veteran, he was a retired Queens County Supreme Court Justice of New York. Joe was survived by his sister, Joan M. Lane, as well as many cousins. My son, Colin J. Kirby ’12JD, who attended several of our ’42 tailgates, is an associate at a law firm in New York representing the cofounders of Swyft Media, which was acquired by Monotype, a publicly traded company. Evan Wray ’12 and Sean O’ Brien ’12 were second semester seniors when they started Swyft. They had been talking about emotions such as smiley faces and frowny faces, when a business idea came to them. They signed their first licensing agreement with Notre Dame in July 2012 and now have a multimillion dollar company. My Father Hesburgh story: When Colin entered Notre Dame Law School after graduating from UC Santa Barbara, I strongly urged him to visit Father Ted Hesburgh, an old friend of mine. As a conversation opener, I said, “Tell him your dad and his ’42 classmates were still curious about a quote in his address to us at our 60th anniversary dinner.” Father Ted had always been interested in outer space, he told us, and had hired a professor with a great background in spatial matters. He was honored subsequently by the Navy for confidential work in outer space. Father Ted mentioned that when he hired that professor, he had a friend who was president, “who arranged for Father Ted to go for a space ride in the top-secret SR-71 Blackbird that flew at 2,200 miles per hour. He was delighted with the question and laughingly told Colin, “It’s OK now to disclose it was President Jimmy Carter who arranged my ride in the rocket plane.” — John Kirby; 110 Upland Road, Kentfield CA 94904; res and fax 415-925-0544; cell 415-272-4016

43 Summer Update

Greetings, Class of ’43. I received a nice letter from Tom Cooney. These days, Tom is splitting his time between homes in San Francisco and Boise ID. (Tom’s late wife of 66 years, Joan, was an Idaho girl.) While ND students are enjoying their summer vacation, Tom remembers going to school continuously with no summer break during 1942. “Boy was it hot in the dorms,” Tom says. Like many of his classmates, after leaving ND, Tom entered the service during World War II. Tom adds, “My memories of my ND school days give me great pleasure and comfort.” Hear, hear! I must pass on the sad news of the passing of Dan Holwell of Sea Ranch Lakes FL. Dan was born in Kankakee IL and made his way to ND after graduating from Kankakee’s Bishop McNamara High School. After graduating from ND, Dan served as an officer in the Navy. He participated in combat operations during the Marshall Islands Campaign and during the liberation of the Philippines. After leaving the Navy, Dan went to work in the furniture industry. Work took Dan to Florida, where he spent 45 years as a manufacturer’s sales representative throughout the state. Dan was pre-deceased by his wife, Loretta, and his sister Alexine. Dan’s children, Kevin (Paula), Kathleen (Mike), and Mary Beth (Dan), and his grand-children, Courtney, Winston, Abigail, and Michael, survive him, as do many nieces and nephews. I join Dan’s classmates in mourning his passing. — Bob Masters ’05; 202 Remington Court N. Drive, Apartment C, Mishawaka IN 46545; res 574-904-8315

44 Generations

Via a nice note from Jim O’Rourke ’68, I learned that column readership spans four generations. So, we send a special shout-out to Cianan, 13, who I hope had a terrific visit to campus and will one day follow in his great-grandfather’s footsteps. In the meantime, perhaps he can be my West Coast correspondent. As I noted in last quarter’s Class Notes, Jack Doyle died on Jan. 13. His son, Patrick Doyle ’77, shared the following with me. Jack’s funeral Mass was offered by Bishop Roger Gries as a tribute to Jack’s many years of service to the diocese of Cleveland. Jack’s ND roommate, John Borkowski, was in attendance. Jack was a past chairman of the board of trustees of Catholic Charities for the diocese and a founding member of the First Friday Club of Cleveland that takes its name from the monthly devotion to the Sacred Heart. Up until his death, he was a fixture at its monthly luncheons featuring a speaker of interest to Catholics. He was the ND Club of Cleveland’s Man of the Year in 1986. He attended daily Mass throughout his adult life except for his final three years when he was confined to a wheelchair. He was very active in his local parish, where he had a number of leadership roles. His wife of 60 years, Peg, died in 2012. They celebrated their 50th anniversary with their five children and seven grandchildren in a memorable weekend at ND, staying at the Morris Inn, renewing their vows at a family Mass in the Log Chapel, and enjoying all the campus amenities. He so enjoyed his career as a stockbroker that he worked until he was 78 and retired from the same firm he started with 52 years earlier. Tom O’Reilly wrote to me from Florida, where he visited with Ben Brunetti and family. Tom also spoke with Sam Wing and his wife, Gail, who live in Dallas. It was great to hear from Janell Lachner, daughter of Gerald Welch. Through our new Facebook connection I was able to view photos from his 90th birthday. It looks as though he is surrounded by loving family at home in New Jersey and enjoying good health. I wish the same to all of you. Please share stories from Reunion if you attend. Unfortunately I cannot be there this year. —*Laura (Julian) Fraser ’00*; 989 Belaire Ct., Naperville IL 60563; 773-255-9843; lejulian00@yahoo.com

45 Problems, Problems

The first difficulty is the impossibility of saying anything significant about our 70th Reunion. Most of you will be reading this just as the festivities get under way; that means any reporting must be held over for the fall issue. The second problem is receiving news from you faithful readers or the Alumni office. Case in point: The spring issue of this column had no news of deaths but the obituary page in the same issue reported the deaths of four classmates. In cases like this, I often turn to an Internet site which prints local obituaries; unfortunately as I write this column, the site is being refurbished and is not available. In case you missed the deaths in the spring issue they were: William Bracken of Spring Lakes NJ.; James Gooley of Charlotte NC; Charles T. Hastings Sr. of Minnetonka MN; and Aloysius J. Wrape Jr. of Kansas City MO. To close on a happier note, I did have one letter from a classmate. The writer was Dr. Charles A. Crown of New Canaan CT, who recalled freshman days in Brownson under the watchful eye of “Brother Dome,” almost certainly Brother Patrick Cain, CSC, who was rector of Brownson at that time. Charles also recalls how impressed he and his friends were in passing “our star quarterback” on campus. That would have been Angelo Bertelli. After two years as an army doctor in Germany, Charles settled in New Canaan, where he practiced family internal medicine for 50 years, retiring in 2007. — Ted Weber Jr.; 1400 Geary Blvd. Apt 1409, San Francisco CA 94109; 415-674-8771; theodoreweber@comcast.net

46 Rest in Peace

Bill O’Neill, the secretary for this class, passed away on February 15 surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Cornelia Marshall Peabody O’Neil (Nina); their children, Paul, Molly, Jim (Ann), Eunice and Gene (Dawn); son-in-law, Gerry Henson; grandchildren: Arron Healy and Sarah (Guy) Healy Pyrzak, Meaghan and Katie O’Neil, Max and Sydney O’Neil, Louis William Henson; and great grand-daughter, Aliza Pyrzak. Two children, Willy and Kelly, preceded him in death. Bill grew up in Snoqualmie Falls WA. At Notre Dame, he was captain of the track team and an all-American. He served in the Army during the occupation after World War II. Bill began his career in Everett WA with Weyerhaeuser and Summit Timber Company but later changed careers, becoming a stock broker and investment advisor. He will be greatly missed by his family and his classmates. May he rest in peace. If you would like to take over Bill’s duties as class secretary, please email the Alumni Association at alumpubs@nd.edu.

47 Class Shares Past and Present

Robert Snyder is still happily married to his wife of 65 years, Marie, and resides in Wichita. He retired from Boeing more than 20 years ago after 40 years of service. Clayton Toddy of Roswell GA was an ensign on the USS Preston after the V-12 program and later attended Georgetown Law, becoming a patent attorney utilizing his mechanical engineering degree. He’s been married 67 years and has eight children and 18 grandchildren. Frank Walerko is a retired urologist and resides in Mishawaka. William Young joked that he’s still alive and well in Rochester NY. Bob Reid is “still hanging around at 91,” still driving and recently attended his granddaughter’s wedding. He was a civil engineer, and he and his daughter are double Domers. John Molinarolo emailed, “I have been thinking about doing some short trips after my bumpy four months. I don’t think it will be with a football excitement weekend though. I just received my form to pre-order choices of the games. I think I would opt to do a relaxed weekend, then walk through the campus and visit the Grotto. Schedule a time for Mass and time to reminisce. Being in the USNR in 1943 and 1944 and being re-enrolled as a civilian was a bit different. I had applied for enrollment to ND six months before the Navy came into the picture and changed the scene. Go Irish.” Bruce Harlan, a native of the South Side of Chicago, was in the V-12 program with his roommate, the late William Clark Riley ’48. He played bridge with several Holy Cross priests including Father Hesburgh in Dillon Hall or Alumni Hall. He told Father Hesburgh he didn’t have a high school diploma, and therefore might not be eligible for an ND diploma, but the problem got solved. In 1945, he was part of a LST (Landing Ship, Tank) preparing for the invasion of Japan. Later, after an MBA from U of Chicago, he had several retail businesses in Chicago and served as a supply officer stateside during the Korean War. Bruce lives in Florida and has five children and five grandchildren. Dr. Vic Cirirelli, still teaching at 88 at another Indiana college down the road called Purdue, wrote me about Father Hesburgh: “I remember the day that he was appointed president of the University. He met with the press and he looked forward to it as it would give him the opportunity to express his views about the changes to come at Notre Dame. But his meeting with the press turned out differently. He never had a discussion with them on what Notre Dame might become. He was full of ideas for the future. However, he never had the opportunity to express such views. When the press came, they were primarily sportswriters who wanted to discuss football and ND’s prospects for winning the national championship next year. He was furious and felt humiliated that all Notre Dame meant to them was football with little respect as an academic institution. He vowed that never again would Notre Dame be viewed as nothing but a football factory. He was determined from that moment on that Notre Dame would become an academic institution equal to the best of them and be respected by others for such an accomplishment. From that day on, change began, and many improvements have occurred over the years, and continue today. He put into motion an energized spirit for Notre Dame which still exists today leading to bigger dreams that will be fulfilled tomorrow. He wanted Notre Dame to be the academic equal of the best universities in America. The attainment of that goal is still in progress but his spirit and determination is still with us, and Notre Dame continues to move closer to it. He was determined to attain this goal, and I am happy that before he died, he could experience the satisfaction of seeing how close we are to attaining it.” I look forward to hearing from class members with news and stories. Call or email me. — Michael Morris ’80; 949-433-8568; michaelmorris07@gmail.com

48 Lo and Behold

As one giant ND icon is laid to eternal rest, another major icon, the original 1921-1965 ND Daily Bulletin, is resurrected from the dark and concealing confines of ND’s Archives. Unduly neglected by the indulgent, hippie student body of the 1960s, the entire bulletin library was revived by the gracious archives staff member, Angela Kindig, as noted here in a letter dated Feb.11: “Dear Dan, Thank you for asking the Archives to dig up your WWII religious bulletins. I am happy to announce that the 1921-1965 bulletins are online at archives.nd.edu/rb/. Sincerely, Angela M. Kindig, Assistant Archivist.” Five years ago, while leafing through some old papers, I ran across some old copies of the ND Bulletin from my student days on campus. Reading them conjured up many memories of those war years: weekly cab trips to the station seeing off another classmate whose draft number had been called, Friday night spaghetti send-off dinner at Rosie’s, etc. That was happening on campus during those days when we were fighting in godforsaken areas. It then occurred to me to retrieve wartime bulletins from the archives so a vet could Google those days when matters were getting desperate. I approached Angela and she provided copies of each WWII Bulletin. I then bound these into one volume which is now in the Archives and the Eck Center. God had other plans: he inspired the Archive staff to digitize all the Bulletins. For some time, I’ve felt the 50-Year Club was the end of the line for us 90-year-olds. Now we have another source of contemplation and inspiration available at will from the campus. Supplementing the Eck Center with papers was important. Many grateful thanks to Father Tom Blantz, CSC, noted ND history professor, for his efforts on my behalf and writing the foreword for my book. — Dan Gentile; PO Box 2671, Scottsdale AZ 85252; res 480-425-1240 or Eileen Zander; 1815 Hartman Drive, South Bend IN 46617; bus 574-631-7505; ezander@nd.edu

49 Progeny Plus

I talked with Jane Ann Sobota of Forty Fort PA, Ray Sobota’s bride. They’re doing OK and planned to attend Reunion in June as long as the pill supply holds out. We all understand. Corrine and Jim Murphy of Austin TX will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in Annapolis MD in August along with the wedding of their grandson. Jim and Corrine have nine children and 18 grandchildren. They’ll be coming up to campus for the George Tech football game and the Monogram Club meeting that weekend. Mary and Al Hardesty of Louisville KY are coming up on their 65th wedding anniversary in July. Al tells me that his family takes a two-week vacation every year in Grand Harbor IN. French Lick IN is another of their favorite vacation spots. Al meets monthly for luncheon with the Senior ND Club of Louisville. Rules require that members must have graduated from ND prior to 1965. He lists eight children, 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. All of his children have university degrees that total 64 collegiate years of education. I’m certain that these offspring numbers of Al and Jim will be challenged by greater totals among our classmates. Let’s see if they do. Nick Imgrund ’13 emailed to let us know that his grandpa, James Reddington MD of St. Louis, passed away in March. Jim was an MD for almost 60 years. Like we all, he loved ND and was thrilled to have two children, a son-in-law and a grandson-in-law graduate from ND. He was buried wearing his favorite ND tie. We’ll toast all 49ers in our Morris Inn hospitality room at the reunion. – Joe O’Brien; 18120 Cloverleaf, South Bend IN 46637; 574-271-8323; obie49nd@comcast.net