class notes

1970s

70 Updates

Many of us were looking forward to our Reunion in June, and we’ll have some reports from the big weekend in the next issue. Wally Ooulet retired in March as VP and general counsel of National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a software provider for electric and telecommunication companies with more than 700 cooperative members in 49 states and Canada. His Wired Differently, describing NISC’s collaborative business culture, which evolved into a servant leadership culture, sold 3,500 copies in the first month of publication. Wally has served three years in his gubernatorial appointment as board chair for the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation. His “Find the Good Life in North Dakota” national initiative aims to recruit 20,000 more workers. Bob Arnot MD is on the board of Save the Children and visits Africa every two months. He collaborates with the American Working Group for Syria and has reported on the MH370 crash, Ebola virus, psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Mideast helicopter crash of Gen. David Petraeus’ pilot. Bob’s 30-month-old son was a veritable senior citizen compared with Jimmy O’Connell‘s 21-month-old, Gabriella. World agricultural economist Greg Sullivan used his arboreal skills to boost the forestry of ND. Jim Rohr, former board chairman and CEO of PNC Financial Services Group, has served on the GE Board and their risk committee since 2013. Retrospectives on Austin Carr were thrilling during ND’s run to the Final 8. Expect the Final Four or better next year. Bob Harrison and Margaret (Margie) Goodwin ’70SMC of Durham NC celebrated 44 wedded years with Margie’s retirement as high school librarian. Bob retired in 2010 from banking and business analysis to enjoy four children and four grandchildren. His balky knee has slowed his senior soccer. He rows for less strenuous relaxation, surfs with family during good weather and occasional trips to Central America and is restoring a 27-foot sailboat. Among others, he noted the omitted “n” in my winter email address. I apologize, but offer a telephone for you who are familiar with great uncle Alexander G. Bell. Bob Madden consults for Sony Pictures Television after six years as senior executive VP, and two years as co-president and co-chief operating officer of CBS Television Distribution Group. Before the 2006 merger of King World and CBS Paramount Domestic Television into CBS Television Distribution, he was COO of CBS Enterprises 2004-2006 and oversaw the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Inside Edition, the CSI franchise and Everybody Loves Raymond. After UCLA Law he practiced family law in Beverly Hills from 1973 to 1987, when Michael and Roger King retained him to establish a home office responsible for the family’s financial business and personal affairs. Tom Nash, the great gentleman defensive end, died in November. Roommates from Grace Hall, including Tom Lawson, Don McDermott, Bob McCann and Bob Madden, attended the funeral in Carlsbad CA. Good friend Rich Lucke had died in 1989. Tom’s eulogy celebrated “Chopper’s” inerrant ability to create a smile. Mike McCoy, Larry Vuittemin, Dewey Poskon, Denny Kerrigan, Ed Vuillemin ’69, Tom Reynolds ’69, Ed-Grenda ’71, Bill Barz ’71, Bob Neidert ’71, Denny DePrimio ’72, Rich Thomann ’72 and Mike Creaney ’73 sent condolences. Reggie Brooks ’99 sent a jersey from the Monogram Club for the wake. Tom’s wife of 40 years, Jill, and children, Jack and Kailey, survive. Plan now for our fall football minireunion; details to follow. — Don Graham; 1901 Glenwood, Springfield IL 62704; 217-522-5120; infectn@springfieldclinic.com

70MBA Class Secretary — John Carroll;

3922 Brintons Mill, Marietta GA 30062; bus 678-218-5204; res 770-973-4588; john.raymond.carroll.1970@alumni.nd.edu

70JD Classmate on TV News

As winter came to a close in my part of the country, I would see Rich Sullivan on local news programs on a daily basis. Rich was handling the defense of a major civil case in the Buffalo courts and the media were providing extensive coverage of the same. I thought of Rich and Jack Van De North handling their mock trial case under the guidance of Prof. Barrett back in the 1960s. I even recall the name of the fictitious plaintiff in the case: Mary Ellen Murphy. I believe Joe Leahy was on the other side along with another classmate whose name escapes me. Speaking of Joe Leahy, he and Judy visited their son, Andrew, in the DC area in early March. They met up with Carol and Terry O’Connor for dinner and invited my son, John ’92, to join them. From all reports, a good time was had by all. I spoke recently with Tom Sopko. He was spending a good part of the winter in sunny Florida, where he would play golf every so often with John Meany. Tom also spoke of the plans for a 45th Reunion in June at the Law School. I trust that many of you were able to attend. (I write this column in mid-April and will report on the reunion in the fall edition). Tom and Joyce send their best to all. I would be remiss if I did not mention that in late February, Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, passed away at the age of 97. As we all know and remember, Father Ted was a leader in the Civils Rights Movement, an advisor to presidents and for 35 years (1952 to 1987), the president of Notre Dame. As Father John I. Jenkins, CSC, stated on Feb. 26, “Notre Dame lost a piece of its heart today, but Father Ted’s spirit lives on at Notre Dame and among the millions of lives he touched around the world.” That same week, Law School Prof. Charles Rice died. A former Marine, Prof. Rice was a graduate of Holy Cross and obtained his JD degree from Boston College. He joined the ND faculty as we began our final year there in 1969. Prof. Rice was survived by his wife, Mary, and 10 children. I trust you will remember Father Hesburgh and Prof. Rice in your prayers. Have a good summer. I look forward to hearing from you. — John K. Plumb; 19 Crowley St., Randolph NY 14772; jkplumb@windstream.net

71 Spring Returns

Congratulations to Dave Gomez, a newly elected member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors from Region 3, which covers Arizona and parts of California and Nevada. Congratulations also to Karen and Rick Kettler of Milwaukee on the arrival of two new grandchildren. Condolences to Chuck Malandra on the loss of his mother. Condolences to Rick Weber on the loss of his sister. Larry Scanlon of Alexandria VA was killed in an automobile accident in February in Beaufort SC. He retired in 2012 as the political director of AFSCME, a public employee union. Larry is survived by Margaret, his wife of 46 years, two children and three grandchildren. Ross Carbone of Cleveland passed way in October. A civil engineer, Ross was the third generation owner of RP Carbone Construction Company. He is survived by Ann, his wife of 42 years, two children and three grandkids. While thoughts of retirement are being considered by many, Gerry Welch is going in the other direction. The intellectual property attorney joined the law firm of Harness Dickey to launch their Dallas office. Mike Kelly found a creative way to ease into retirement. He works part time part of the year in the pro shop at a suburban Chicago golf course. Perks include discounts and tee times. Tim Dipiero had hip operation number two at the Cleveland Clinic. He opted for the resurfacing procedure rather than total replacement. There was something about preserving his ability to execute his jump shot in the weekly pickup game. Brian Zevnik had shoulder surgery. The bad news: he faces three to four months of no tennis and golf. The good news: hoisting a Guinness qualifies as physical therapy. As you start to consider fall trips to campus, we will again tailgate and fly the ’71 flag in the Stadium Lot, due south of Gate C. We serve brats, beer, etc. All are welcome. — John Snider; 2010 N. Fremont Chicago IL 60614; res 773-871-5358; fax 773-871-1189; jlsnd71@sbcglobabl.net

71MBA We Hope All Is Well

Jim McCullough communicated recently and let me know that he is still working and has maintained “pretty good” health. Jim said that while his international business travel has declined significantly, he traveled to Europe last year about 10 times, for mostly personal relaxation. Jim also said that he could accept consulting assignments in developing economies, however he has decided not to go to politically unstable areas of the world. Finally, Jim wanted to pass on his best wishes to all our classmates and to let everyone know he still resides in Brooklyn NY, although he continues to look at the advantages of warmer climes. Todd Helmeke was in the U.S. at the time of his latest communication to me but said he is trying to get an international assignment in Africa. Maybe I should ask Jim and Todd to talk to each other? Todd did indicate he was hoping to get to Hilton Head in early summer and catch up with Terry Walts, who continues to work in Atlanta with various start-up companies. I just heard from Les Larsen, who is living and consulting out of Washington DC. He may make a quick trip to New Mexico to accompany Anna Marie, who will be attending a seminar/convention in Santa Fe. It would be great to see Les and get his perspectives on what is happening in the “seat of government.” Helena and I are well and will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary later this year with a Caribbean cruise that will include our 20 kids and grandkids. If you have thought about sending
me a note that I can include in the next issue, please take a moment now and drop me a line or two. I would love to hear from those who have not recently communicated with me. — Tony Strati; 8238 Raintree Drive, NE, Albuquerque NM 87122; cell 505-205-3563; tstrati42@gmail.com

71JD Class Secretary — E. Bryan Dunigan;

221 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1454, Chicago IL 60601; 312-857-2114; bdunigan@duniganlaw.com

72 Thanks for the Memories

Thank you to Jim Shelley for the only note I received. Jim has been retired since December 2010 after 32 years as an educator at Cliffside Park High School. He and his wife, Joyce, have eight grandchildren. Jim was elected to his local board of education and serves as a volunteer at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel NY at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. He says, “I am a docent there and enjoy speaking to visiting groups about the history of the site and the 1960s.” Jim attended and is curious about how many of our classmates attended the event. My roommate, Pete Krieg ’73, was an attendee and is in the movie. Are there any attendees other than Pete and Jim? I recently received a wonderful present from Maureen O’Neill ’77, the sister of roommate Mike O’Neill ’73 aka MAO. I received a package from the U of Oxford where Maureen is the director of development of the faculty of law. Inside the package was my ND ’72 jersey, lovingly mended, complete with the laundry tag my mother had sewn in 48 years ago. At the end of my senior year it was mixed in with MAO’s laundry and Maureen wore it and took care of it for over 40 years. Thank you. Please send news. If you want to contribute to the column, please contact us. — Frank Fahey; 274 Winthrop Ave., Elmhurst IL 60126; 312-504-3409; fjfahey@gmail.com; Gary Gigot; 574-807-5772; gary.gigot@vennli.com

72MBA Not Much News

In fact, there has been no communication from anyone at all. I really would appreciate some real news from you gentlemen to make this column more interesting for all of us. I know there must be retirements, grandchildren and other things your classmates would like to know about. I did want to mention that Bill Effler, John Doyle and I are planning to attend the Temple game in John’s hometown of Philadelphia on Oct. 31. If any of you are planning to attend that game, please let me know so we can plan to get together. I hope the summer is going well for everyone. — Alex McLellan; 9662 W. 86th St., Apt. B, Overland Park KS 66212-4537; res 913-652-9909; irish72mba@excite.com

72JD Class Secretary — Christopher R. Schraff;

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, 41 S. High St. Suites 2800-3200, Columbus OH 43215; 614-227-2097; fax 614-227-2100; toll free 800-533-2794; cschraff@porterwright.com

73 Send Me Some News

Hey class, I need some news. Don’t be bashful. Please let me know what is going on. I played golf in Orlando FL in January courtesy of Jim Shanahan along with Mike McCurdy and Marty Clements. We had a great weekend. I had dinner in February in Chicago with Pat and Mike Janko and Beth and Gene Bastedo. Gene and Mike enjoyed separate trips to Europe. I am very sad to report of the death of my son Kevin Hansen ’03, who passed away on April 11 after a courageous seven-day battle with acute myelocytic leukemia. I was very humbled by the incredible attendance of our class at his wake and funeral as well as the report from many classmates. Coming all the way from Florida was John Mariani, from Michigan Tom Sarb and from Pennsylvania Lou Ferrello. Many Chicago area classmates came to the wake including Bob Bingle, Bob Ward and Jim Roolf. Please keep Kevin in your prayers. I am always looking for news from classmates. — Michael W. Hansen; 735 Essington Road, Joliet IL 60435; fax 815-744-4515; mikehansen@mikehansenlaw.com

73MBA Searching for More

Will Jones had all family members in Florida for Christmas 2014 and the blessing of the marriage of his eldest son. His four sisters also visited him in Florida for a week in March. His sisters’ visit was followed by the arrival of Michael Gormley and his wife, Mary Lu, and Bill Weldon on March 23 for a three-hour lunch visit in Fort Myers. It was great to see them after 17 years. In fact they are the only ’73MBA classmates he had seen since our Reunion in 1998. He just returned from eight days in the Tucson area to visit his son and celebrate his grandson’s first birthday. The dry heat of Arizona in mid-April was a pleasant change from the humidity of South Florida. His daughter from San Diego and his son from Arcata CA were able to visit with him as well, so it was a mini family reunion. Only his eldest son in Wisconsin was unable to attend. He rejoined the workforce this year after five years of retirement and is doing consulting work for BeRemembered.com, a very interesting free website. He encourages classmates to take a look at it. He will be traveling to Arcata CA in June to help his son renovate his 1940s era kitchen. Last year they redid his son’s ancient bathroom. Wish him luck. He plans to be in San Diego in September to celebrate his daughter’s birthday and stop in Tucson on way back to see his grandson again. Lastly, he is planning a Tucson visit and then a Hawaii trip for Christmas and New Year’s. Gus Browne shares that all is well in Kankakee IL. He is working on an Advance Life Support ambulance for the local fire protection district. He’ll be off to Europe in May and June. He will participate in the 71st anniversary of D-Day. He expects to start paramedic school this August. John Rapa has been very busy. He is finishing his first tax season with H&R Block this week. They offered him a position and he accepted. He wanted to use his enrolled agent’s license to a greater degree, so the timing was right. He will be taking several H&R Block courses that should prepare him for representing clients before the IRS. H&R Block has “supreme offices” that do tax and consulting work all year. One of those offices is near him. Eventually, he expects to be involved with that office to some extent, as he moves forward with the company. This tax work takes him back in time. He had forgotten how much he enjoyed it. He is still teaching and facilitating courses for the U of Phoenix. He has a ground campus class in Pittsburgh and an online class going at the moment, with two online classes scheduled to begin in May. U of Phoenix has an association with H&R Block. Students can take H&R Block courses through U of Phoenix for possible positions with H&R Block. So, his association with H&R Block works well with his association with U of Phoenix. Thanks to all for the continued Notre Dame Magazine responses. My wife, Susan, and I will celebrate 40 years of marriage on the 26th of July. Where does the time go? Very importantly, I urge you to please email me your updated email addresses. We had a great MBA class. You can contact me at any time to share your stories with our classmates for the next edition of the magazine. You are also always welcome to contact us and visit us when in Southern California. I look forward to hearing from all of you. Continue to help fill up our allotted space. Let us create a backlog of articles to print. If you have not corresponded in some time, please take the time to do so and share your experiences. — Thomas Jindra; 7179 Alviso Ave., Riverside CA 92509; res and fax 951-685-2091; tajindra@charter.net

73JD Adventures Await

As I write this, Anna Marie and I are packing for an exciting adventure to Switzerland. I just finished what I promised would be my last trial ever. No one believes me, but I am taking focused steps to begin reducing my bucket list. And, this trip seems like a great start. Besides, my grandkids are wonderful. So, less time in the office will be a positive thing all around. I hope many of you are experiencing the same thing. My last two columns have produced a trickle of responses. And, I am optimistic they will continue to grow. This time I have actually heard from Judy Snyder, whom I mentioned in the last column. We didn’t discuss the Ohio State -Oregon game. But, we did share some information about her and some of our classmates. Judy, Maree (Russo) Mulvoy, Mary Ellyn (Drury) Sensenbrenner and Mary Martha MacNamara have done a good job of staying in contact. In April of 2014, they gathered for a long weekend in Washington DC during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Mary Martha lives in the DC area so she was the tour guide. The group plans a gathering in July in Madison WI, where Mary Ellyn lives. While Judy just re-upped for another five years on her firm’s office lease, she advised that trips to Peru and then Cancun were confronting her and husband Paul. And, while I am trying to slow down, she has no such plans. She claims that she is “having simply too much fun to give this up. Life is good.” So, that is great for her. Judy asked me to start promoting the 45th Reunion, which she hopes to attend. So, I am following orders; let’s all try to make it to South Bend in 2018. I also heard from Mike McGoldrick. Mike is working part time as a law professor in the LL.M tax program at Villanova U Law School where he has been for 29 years. He is chair of the adjunct faculty committee for the university which has 400 adjuncts. He retired from Sunoco as the VP of tax in 2009 after 33 years, then he worked for KPMG as a full-time director primarily giving online classes and seminars. He plays 70-80 rounds of golf per annum (sounds like he lives in Arizona), competitive tennis year round and has completed 10 half and full marathons. And, he still follows the Fighting Irish avidly. He has been married to Pat for 43 years and has three children and six grandchildren.* Steve Mitchell*’s email arrived as I was finishing this column, and I will detail that next time. It will contain news of Tony Terlip, Harry Raleigh and Steve Josias. So, tune in. I mentioned Joe David in my last column and promised more details about his passing. But, I can’t find my notes. I guess that happens when your next birthday is number 70. Maybe John Lyons can remind me, and I can include it in my next column. It is springtime here in Phoenix. The weather is great. And, everything about the world seems perfect. I hope the same is true for all of you. I hope to hear from you. Until next time, God bless and go Irish. — Tony Palumbo; tpalumbo@palumbowolfe.com

74 Awards, Applause and Antics

Chris Stevens, or “Hawk” as he is affectionately called by fellow alums, has received for the second straight year the Frank O’Malley Undergraduate Teaching Award, voted on by the students. Good for you, Hawk. Do they call you that on campus? Chris also spoke at the Alumni Association’s Leadership Conference to an audience of ND club, class and group volunteer leaders from around the world. Also at the Leadership Conference were Kevin Calabria, Mike Budd, Russ Dodge and several others from our class. It’s great to see so many from our class involved and still working at their jobs. No rest for the weary, I say. Kevin was at every ND men’s basketball postseason game, including the entire ACC tournament in Greensboro NC followed by the NCAAs in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. That’s a devoted fan. Details from Mike Budd were interesting, as he is now able to tell the following story: In his senior year, Mike along with Marc Brammer, Bob Kersten, Ed Grey, Paul Chang and Jay Nichols lived off campus next to Dennis Coyle, Bob Ferraris, Rudy Wagner, Joe Lehman, Kevin Fitzgerald and Pete Dzuiban. This off-campus living situation was punishment given by the late Father Burtchaell, former provost and rector of Dillon Hall. Rumor has it that Paul Chang is in Jamaica, but Ed Grey is still missing in action somewhere. Okay Mike, so what were those “sins” anyway? Mark Wenig is still out in Cairo, Egypt, serving a three-year post that will take him into retirement in December 2017. Mark suggests that travelers venturing into Egypt are welcome to see the US Embassy. Wouldn’t it be sensational to hear some stories from Mark? Jimmy Whalen and gang had their 32nd pog-mo-thon in April for five days of golf, great food, pool time, beach time and adult beverages. It was the largest POG in history with 20 fellows attending. According to Whales, and I quote, “We have the usual misfits: Frank Hett, Dr. Pat McGrath (Pinko), Jim McCarthy (Phantom), John Trampe (Trimble), Zat (Big Load), Bruiser, Buck, Tom Jenkins, Bob Cimino (Meatball), Tom Torretti (Pipe), Jim Cahill (Coach), Tim McCarron (Tuber), plus our new rookie class of 2015 Bob Cleary (Rollo the Rich Kid), Rich Esposto (Topo), Tad DeOrio (Bear), Martin Broussard, Steve Conway and Jeff Hart (Hokie). Hawk could not make it as he has to proctor the ND students for their finals. Charlie Morrison is going to a wedding (not his own); Terry Johnson still has six kids to take care of. No responses from Rock O’Connell, John (Goober) Gawne and Jeff (Rat Man) Ratte. I truly think a featured article on this clan should be provided, including all the antics. I am fortunate that I receive an official POG shirt every year. I think it is such a sweet gesture from the guys to think of me. Greg Aielo, public relations guru for the NFL, orchestrated, along with Peter O’Reilly ’94, the draft for the NFL in Chicago this year. It was truly a “draft experience” like none other. Hopefully the NFL will return to Chicago to continue the excitement of this venue in the following years. Richard Singsank has been a stockbroker in Dallas for 30 years. He has spent the last 21 as an independent working from his home. Richard is another one from our class still active in his local club, having been president, award winner and now in his second term as the club director, working the club’s participation in a housing rehabilitation program, Hearts and Hammers. Other alums who have participated include Gary Sobolewski, Eddie Hill and Mike Yordy. Tim Daro is president of Bernard & Co and had dinner in the spring with classmates Peter Bohlander and Tom Bole. Peter, according to Tim, is an international business tycoon, trading for Marubeni, and Tom owns Canterbury Chemical in Ohio. Tom Mirabito is retired and golfing daily in The Villages outside Orlando with Dr. Rick Clark. Dr. Frank Byrne recently retired as head of St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison WI. Dave Bell runs an estate sales business with his wife, Linda, in Florida. I had the pleasure to meet classmate Rick Glee, who is our University’s head tax man. And lastly in addition to my general manager position with Trugrain made with Resysta (and yes, I own a circular saw), I’ve been elected president of the ND Club of Chicago for 2016-2017. So all of you ’74 alums in the Chicago area, watch out. You’re going to be recruited to help me make Chicago Club life interesting and worthwhile, while we’re still alive and breathing. You are the best. We are fortunate to be in the graduating class year of 1974. We have so much to be thankful for, and especially to our dear beloved Father Hesburgh for bringing us all together. May he rest in peace with all the saints. Keep writing. — Dede Simon; domerdede@aol.com

74MBA Class Secretary — William Arland III;

505-954-3921; bill@sybercafe.org

74JD Class Secretary — Christopher Kule;

ckule@emergercounsel.com

75 After 40 Years

Like it or not, our 40th Reunion was set to take place June 4-7. We’ll have some news from the weekend in the next issue. Mike Kemp was named the head football coach at York Central School in March. Classmate Dan Kopetzky passed away in February in Charlotte NC after a three-year fight against brain cancer. His survivors include wife Bridget McCoy Kopetzky ’76, sons Brandon and Brian Koptetzky ’04 and four grandchildren. Dan was a computer research scientist at the Institute for Defense Analyses. The mother of Brian Sontchi passed away in September. Anita Sontchi was an avid ND fan who grew up in South Bend and inspired her son to attend school there. Brian lives in Batavia IL and works for ACME Cryogenics. I will be retiring as development director for the Davenport Schools Foundation at the end of May. Following Reunion and a trip to Florida with our family of eight (and one-half), I will tend to the home fires, serve as a docent at the local art museum, do freelance writing, volunteer for select good causes and likely catch a nap most days around 1 p.m., but I will wake up for notes from ND classmates, I promise. Thanks for keeping us updated on you and yours. Send me your news, please. — Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; res 563-355-7738; cell 563-336-5004; normbower@mchsi.com

75MBA Class Secretary — Jim Ouimet;

215-862-3080; jimouimet@comcast.net

75JD Class Secretary — Dennis Owens;

Suite 1600, 1000 Walnut, Kansas City MO 64106; 816- 221-0080; owensappeal@aol.com

76 Mourning Father Ted

Perhaps more than others, the Class of ’76 had a special bond with Father Ted. After all, some of us would never have been here were it not for his vision and courage. All of us had the opportunity to be part of that historic fall of 1972 when women first entered Our Lady’s University as undergraduate students. Father Ted’s death earlier this year was for many of us almost akin to losing a parent. On more than one occasion I have heard a classmate say that, next to her parents, Father Ted was one of the more influential people in her life. Classmates attending Father Ted’s funeral and memorial service on campus included Sally Naxera Benson, Ed Byrne, Frank Fransioli, Denise Crowley Brenner, Mary Kay Rochford Demetrio, Mike Demetrio, Ken Champa and Shelley Muller Simon. Two days before Father Ted’s death, Shayla Keough Rumley lost her father Donald Keough. Mr. Keough was a former chairman of the Board of Trustees at Notre Dame and, along with his wife Marilyn, was a tremendous benefactor of the University. His most recent gift will create the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. He was a 1993 recipient of the Laetare Medal, the first inductee into the Irish American Hall of Fame and in 2013 he received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award honoring members of the Irish diaspora from Michael D. Higgins, president of Ireland. Ginny Curlee Koenig wrote that his Memorial Mass was concelebrated by Father John Jenkins, CSC, Father Edward Molloy, CSC, and Father Tim Scully, CSC. Please keep Shayla and her family in your prayers. Several members of our class ushered in the New Year by attending the wedding of Cathi and Tom Hogan’s son, Patrick ’10 to Meghan Fahey at Old Saint Patrick’s Church in Chicago. Four of Pat’s Notre Dame roommates served as groomsmen. A reception followed at the Bridgeport Art Center, and the fireworks could be seen at midnight. Among the well-wishers were Pete and Betsy Kall Brosnan, Terry Bowen, Dr. Pat Murphy and Dr. Ellen Ross Sobczak. Other Domers attending included Claude Zuba ’53, Ed Hogan ’70, Jim Doherty ’75, Dr. Bob Daley ’79 and Karl Liebenauer ’08. We have a block of tickets for the Navy game, so I’m sure that will be a popular game for ’76ers to attend. Please contact debidell@earthlink.net if you are interested in the Navy events. Also, Debi and your class officers are looking for volunteers to assist with our 40th Reunion on June 2-5, 2016. Please write and let me know what is happening in your lives. — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251; mareilly@rfs-pa.com

76MBA Class Secretary — Mike Norris;

1021 Bloomview Circle, Rochester MI 49307; 248-330-5366; mikenorris@alumni.nd.edu

76JD Class Secretary — Virgil L. Roth;

625 Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 255, South Pasadena CA 91030; 626-441-1178; fax 626-441-1166

77 Come Holy Spirit

Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, urged all to pray, “Come Holy Spirit,” and as winter waned, the Holy Spirit came to him in mercy and love, bringing him home. Many classmates attended services, primary being his beloved niece, Maureen O’Neill, a director of development at Oxford U’s College of Law. “God, Country, Notre Dame” and “Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope” in Latin, motto of the Holy Cross order, lined his casket; 12,000 mourners filed by it. Father Edward Malloy, CSC, recalled that in his final days, Father Ted said the three most important people to him at Notre Dame were Rev. Ned Joyce, CSC, Ed Stephan (the first lay board of trustees chairman and father of Victoria Stephan Westbrook) and his secretary, Helen. Father Ted concelebrated Ed Stephan’s funeral Mass with Francis Cardinal George of Chicago. He recently eulogized Janet Carney O’Brien‘s father, Thomas Carney, second Board of Trustees chairman, with his characteristic wit, tenderness and love. Rev. Austin Collins, CSC, was one of Father Ted’s chosen caregivers, and Rev. Jim Foster, CSC, MD, cantored from Sacred Heart Basilica to Holy Cross Cemetery. Classmates attending services included Indiana Sen. and Mrs. Joe Donnelly; Cindy Buescher Parseghian and Michael Parseghian MD; retired *Hon. Sheila O’Brien* and her daughter Mary Andersen ’15; Lauri and Jim Sullivan; Dan Bishop and myself. Sen. Donnelly and Sheila O’Brien were our ’77 classmates chosen to speak at the memorial tribute, and again at Notre Dame Day Live in April. Retired Hon. Wayne Andersen and Sheila’s daughter, Noreen, holds dual Irish and American citizenship, and will represent Ireland in the 2015 European Championship Lacrosse tournament in Prague this summer before heading to Princeton U. Joe Donahue and Bill Ellsworth courageously finished the Boston Marathon at age 60 amidst heavy security. Deb Kenny Ellsworth was a Boston Strong supporter for her husband, Bill. Eileen O’Grady Daday and Steve Daday became first-time grandparents with the arrival of John Daniel O’Brien, son of their daughter, Mary Kate ’09SMC, a speech pathologist in Nashville. Her husband, Dan O’Brien ’09, is working on a post-doctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Vanderbilt. Debbi and Frank Murray are grandparents for the third time. Son Matt and wife Bridgid’s children are Dorothyea, Regan and Russell. Daughter Alli works in political consulting. Frank is a project engineering manager for Westinghouse, traveling to UAE, Korea and Germany for nuclear power plants. Frank and Andy Fama attended a minireunion at Sue and Tom Chambers’ condo at the Rice game last year. Karen Abraham Wanders and Rich Wanders renewed their wedding vows in her rehabilitation facility on Karen’s 60th birthday, surrounded by loving family and birthday cards from ’77 classmates. Rev. Anne Dilenschneider PhD was named a South Dakota Humanities Council Scholar due to her extensive work on restorative justice to the Native American population institutionalized in an insane asylum a century ago, near Sioux Falls SD, which she has researched and catalogued. Her dissertation centers on forgiveness. Bob Grant calls NYC home after the Army. Paul Mestrich is in Oregon. Lauri and Jim Sullivan relocated to Saugatuck MI, where Jim launched his EPIC and Epicenter Life Leadership books and online courses as a second career available to help young adults find their core purpose. Timothy Bourret, sports broadcaster at Clemson U, recently broadcast his 1,000th basketball game. It was Clemson versus Notre Dame. (“What though the odds be great or small…”) Dr. Theresa (Terry) Molony was selected as the National School Psychologist of the Year in 2014 and the New Jersey School Psychologist of the Year. Patrick Spicer’s 60th birthday on St. Patrick’s Day reminded him of President Gerald Ford’s campus visit on March 17, 1975, with South Bend bars’ early hours contributing to the “celebratory air.” Prayers were asked for Michele Paulding, wife of T.R. Paulding; visit wecareformichele.wordpress.com to help. John Burger cycled 100 miles for diabetes Tour De Cure in April before a 1,200 mile ride in May from Boston to Savannah. We are deeply saddened to hear that Hector Ham died suddenly, leaving wife Chau Ming Wong. Laurence Packenham died, leaving behind his wife, Meg, and son, Patrick. May the God of consolation and mercy be with their families. Our condolences also go out to Mary T. O’Brien on the loss of her father, Raymond O’Brien; to Robert Sweeney Jr. on the loss of his father, Bob Sweeney Sr.; to Mary Letourneu Mora, who lost her mother, Bessie Letourneau; to Marilyn Sammarco on the loss of her mother, Helen Tomasko. — Virginia (Ginger) McGowan Bishop; 2594 Woodland Dr., Northbrook IL 60062; res 847-291-7510; classof1977@alumni.nd.edu

77MBA Class Secretary — Alan J. Fisher;

afisher@hoeyfarina.com

77JD Marking Selma Anniversary

In March of 1965, 20-year-old Bill Wernz joined the historic Selma to Montgomery march, which led to passage of the Voting Rights Act. In a blog for his treatise, Minnesota Legal Ethics, and in a March 19 interview with Minnesota Public Radio’s Cathy Wurzer, Bill set out the background that led to the march, shared his memories and recalled the triumphs and dangers of civil rights work and of the march. In the summer of 1964, Bill experienced segregation and discrimination first-hand when he taught at a housing project in New Orleans, and he wanted to be part of a movement that addressed denial of some of the most basic of human decencies. A priest at the Newman Center at the U of Minnesota called for volunteers to join him in Selma, and Bill was among the two carloads of young people to respond. As Bill said in the MPR interview, “It really was an opportunity for individuals to, at least, play some small part in a direct major historical change for the good.” Bill also joked in his blog, “I have become old enough to have my youthful experiences qualify as history.” Bill retired from Dorsey & Whitney, but he still chairs the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards and updates his treatise. His wife, Ann Wernz ’75JD, will be back at ND for her 40th Reunion this year while Bill spends time in Chicago visiting two of their three children and four of their six grandchildren. In the meantime, Bill and Ann are heading to Geneva for a visit with their third child and her family. Susan Buller and I had an opportunity to catch up when I was in San Francisco for a conference in March. Sue and her husband, Jeff Elliott, shared some of the beautiful non-touristy sights with my husband, Larry, and me during the visit. Susan remains busy in her position as senior regulatory analyst with Pacific Gas and Electric Company and with daughter, Jessica. For those contemplating a visit to campus, ND has been glorious this spring with flowering trees and masses of tulips. — Janey Bennett; 4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; res 574-383-5745; bus 574-243-4100; jbennett@maylorber.com

78 Enjoying Summer

Greetings, night owls and owlettes. I trust you are enjoying summer baseball, iced tea, the seashore, al fresco dining and are also preparing for fall and another season of Irish football. Let’s see what’s going on in the lives of our classmates. Jack Sacco’s book about William Faulkner, Above the Treetops, has been optioned by a production company in Hollywood to become a movie. We will have more news on that later. Everyone is invited to the premiere. In addition, Jack was recently chosen to be the writer, producer and director of a new 10-part documentary film series about the foundation of Christianity, and has begun work on a book that will tell the true story of the Notre Dame national championship football team of 1977. Brian Doyle will have a small collection of poems published this fall by Orbis Books: How the Light Gets In. Brian reports that Mike Mulherin continues to teach high school and run the family Dairy Queen in Mansfield OH. And Scott Appleby is now dean of Notre Dame’s new Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. Brian continues to razz the various former Dillon priests and residents who have taken refuge at the U of Portland, which as you know is a fellow Holy Cross school. Luther Bradley is in the final two years working at Blue Cross, and then he’ll move south to Charlotte. Luther states, “Success is only counted when we live for something greater than your own. Youth for Christ is an organization that I know is making a difference in our community. As chairman, I know that we are affecting the lives of 250 kids weekly either as mentors, providing tutoring, camping and bringing them to know Christ.” It looks like Luther will have some classmate company. Bill Reis is still moving about the republic. He’s getting the house ready to sell in Ohio (9 acres, 4,400 square feet) and moving this year to Charlotte. Bill is hoping to get more in touch with the mates from ’78. Jim “Boobie” Clarke attended ND’s men’s first round NCAA game win in Pittsburgh over Northeastern with Tom Humen. Huey just started his own business in the energy and cooling industry for data centers and critical mission facilities. Boo was at ND’s Sweet Sixteen win in Cleveland with Greg “Sweets” Switaj, where he ran into Dave Batton (the Irish Colt) and Laura and Pat Flynn. Dave is in the oil and gas business out of Houston, working onsite on a project south of Pittsburgh. Sweets just opened his fourth Jersey Mike’s sub shop in Northern Virginia. Speaking of subs, Boo had lunch with Don “Dancing Bear” Smail in DC, where he was attending a conference at the end of March. Julie Johnson Stengle is teaching high school math at an all-boys school in Covington KY. She and her husband, Barney, proudly attended their son Billy’s graduation from ND this spring. Bill “Beefsteak” Reifsteck has been busy remodeling his midcentury modern house. Next month he will be delivering a paper on the construction innovations involved in the construction of Notre Dame Stadium in 1930. This paper is for the International Congress of Construction History. It is being held in the Palmer House in Chicago. Mary Reimer had an unexpected surprise in March. She was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. She describes it as a very surreal experience, with no reason and no warning. Mary is undergoing chemotherapy, doing well, feeling good and the cancer is shrinking. Lots of blessings. Mary appreciates our prayers and wishes us all good health. Father Ed Shea, OFM, enjoys his work at St. Peter’s in downtown Chicago, especially because he runs into fellow ND grads almost daily when he’s home. Father Ed spent last fall living at Corby Hall and studying at Notre Dame through the Institute of Latino Studies, and he travels as a bilingual preacher (Spanish and English). He also works out with Danny Romano, and Danny hosts great Mass and dinner parties in his Chicago condo where the “Class with Class” is well represented by Greg Koulis, Jack Boehm, Joan Mostardi Vilim, John Talbott, Mark Malloy, Giancarlo Piano, Terry Heidkamp, Tom Marvinac, Jim Hughes, Arnie Gough, DJ Crowley and several others. Mary Lou Mulvihill Skalkos and Pat Flynn have even made an appearance from time to time as well. Pat Flynn was the lone Dillonite among the ’78ers for the groundbreaking in May for Dunne Hall and a ceremony honoring Jimmy “Dunbar” Dunne, through whose generosity the hall will be built. Other alumni present were John Coyne, Rich Riley, Stan Zierhel and Jimmy Martin. Please remember in your prayers the family of Eric Schmitt, whose wife passed away in November, as well as my family. My dad died in March. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Stay in touch. This is no dress rehearsal. Peace. — Jim “Souls” Coyne; 311 Andorra Glen Court, Lafayette Hill PA 19444; 267-847-8808; jcoyne@cohs.com

78MBA Class Secretary — Mamie Anthoine Ney;

350 Alewive Road, Kennebunk ME 04043; res 207-229-0989; bus 207-333-6640 ex. 2020; irishwasherwoman@alumni.nd.edu

78JD Retirement Congratulations

Congratulations to Jerry Ross upon his retirement at the end of 2014 as an attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he managed their environmental law practice for 22 years. Jerry and his wife, Joanne, will pursue a career in “grandparenthood” in Texas nurturing their two grandsons, with two more on the way. Please send me your news for future columns. — Dan LaVille; US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Ave. North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751; dlaville@comcast.net

79 Happy Anniversary

Congratulations to Father Bob Lombardo, who in April celebrated the 25 anniversary of his ordination. Bob has been at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels on Chicago’s near west side for 10 years. He has worked tirelessly to restore the parish buildings to accommodate needed programs for the neighborhood. Congratulations to Joe Montana, who will receive the Catalyst4Change award at the Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center’s annual program in Richmond in September. Wernle offers residential and outpatient therapy programs for troubled youth and their families. Please offer prayers and thoughts to the families of two of our classmates. Jim Trausch died in July in Arlington Heights, outside of Chicago. Jim is survived by his wife, Christine; daughters Mary Kate, Colleen, Julia and Moira; his mother and four sisters. Jim was a lawyer in Chicago and a great guy. At last year’s Reunion, several of us who had known Jim in high school were able to share his company and some laughs. Bobby Kennedy died in March in Kansas City KS. Bobby is survived by his wife of 27 years, Debbie, daughter Betsy, sons Tommy and Scott, his mother, two sisters and three brothers. We all remember Bob’s enthusiastic spirit, genuine friendliness and passion for his endeavors. Bob worked as a financial advisor, continued his love of golf and was involved with the National Parkinson Foundation Heartland, including service as the president of its board. — Barbara A. Langhenry; 3901 Whitman Ave., Cleveland OH 44113; res 216-651-8962; bus 216-664-2893; breclw@aol.com

79MBA Class Secretary — Patty Kennedy Kerr;

7750 Leonard St. NE, Ada MI 49301; 616-682-1223; kerrtaxcpa@gmail.com

79JD Class Secretary — Daniel F. McNeil;

1001 NW Lovejoy, Unit 205, Portland OR 97209; 503-539-9188; mcneil.daniel12@gmail.com