class notes


60 Get-Togethers

Here we are in October writing for the January 2016 issue. We had great submissions by our class officers in the November issue. We have had minireunions in a number of venues over the years: Florida, Carlsbad, Baltimore, Notre Dame, etc. Currently, fewer classmates attend games and fewer are in a mode to trek across campus. The minireunion on Friday night before the Georgia Tech game was a big success with 35 in attendance. All had a great time visiting classmates before and during dinner. Mark your calendars now, as our minireunion in 2016 will be Friday night before the Michigan State game. It should be two of the top teams in the country. Also, we are promoting a new regional lunch in Tampa in late February. Rich Griffin ( and world traveler Dick Corbett are in charge of this one. Rich will do the coordination of the date and time, and we hope to see 20 or 30 or more at this one. The Fort Myers group will be coming up with a carload. There was a fun dinner at Carmela’s in South Bend Friday before the Texas game with Jan and Bill Killilea, Bonnie and Tom Fitzgerald and Joan and Tom Torri. The following submissions are by author, poet and historian Steve Barry. He writes: Ben Finley and beautiful bride reported a spectacular Tanzanian Adventure, including much time with local populace and wildlife. Jerry Lally will winter at The Villages in Florida this year. Tony Borrello is “stuck” in an oceanfront condo in Hallandale sipping Coppola pinot grigio. Dr. Mike Lodish called to advise he was enjoying a complimentary lunch at Van Barry’s Public House in Orlando with his Uber driver. Don White has wrapped up another successful year of operation of the ND non-profit ticket exchange, rounding up 23 tickets for classmates to the Shamrock Series game in Fenway Park, thereby saving classmates many thousands of dollars via Stub Hub at $1,000 per. There were a ton of happy buyers and sellers. Bob Pietrzak and Mary will be hosting an entourage at the Shamrock series game, motoring up from their Duxbury estate. Poor Frank Carpin was stranded for days due to flooding in Clemson following our tough loss. The mayor of the Waterford, Bill McMurtrie, narrowly avoided the same fate but was warned off the trip at the last minute by Frank. Diane McAllister was again seen this year pouring vintage wine and sharing comestibles with Notre Dame game watchers on the patio outside of her unit at the Waterford Estates Lodge. Nancy and Phil Singleton and daughter Danielle enjoyed the Georgia Tech game and dinners at Tippecanoe and Bonefish Grill. Capt. Ken Adamson flew from Sacramento for the USC game and had difficulty deciding whether to brave the stadium crowds or watch the vanquishing of USC on his high definition flat screen in his Eddy Street condominium. Emmett McCarthy reports game watching while sipping gold-medal Napa Valley chardonnay on the elliptical trainer. Guinness McFadden invites Emmett, and all classmates to join the McFadden Wine Club, Katie and Jim Lekin attended Pope Francis’ Mass in Washington DC. Steve Barry shared a FaceTime butt call with Gen. John Dreska. The general looked great, but Steve, not so much. — Joseph F. Jansen; 9190 Southmont Cove No. 103, Ft. Myers FL 33908; 239-461-0980; cell 317-514-4478;

60JD Class Secretary — John DiNardo;


61 The Bench

No, I am not starting this column with a spread on all the judges in the class. This is truly historic. Within the class is a group that calls itself The Rat Pack. When you see the names of this pack, you will not be surprised at what they have done. Some years ago they took up a collection to purchase a bench to be placed on campus and dedicated to this motley crew with all their names etched on it: H. Baby, T. Brennan, N. Chester (deceased), J.J. Cunningham (deceased), E. Daly, T. Dawson, D. Doran (deceased), T. Emmer, P. Farley, P. Feeney, T. H. Freeman, N. Grant, P. Kearney, B. Kearney (deceased), J. Kearns, R. Kelly, B. McGivern (deceased), R. McMahon, T. Melby, J. Milton, B. Murphy, W. O’Brien, Rev. D. O’Shaugnessy, B. Pogue, B. Queenan, T. Reardon (deceased), M. Ryan, B. Steber, J. Wareham and B. Weber. The bench was placed in a location that now is a construction site. The bench was removed and placed in storage until 2017, the scheduled date for completion of the building. McMahon discovered this slight to The Pack and called ND to express the collective indignation. The bench was removed from storage and placed at the front gate of the Purcell Pavilion. At the Georgia Tech game, it was rededicated with 16 members of The Pack and many of their wives gathered for a minireunion. Tom Cubbage wrote to express his distress over me being hacked in his name as reported in the previous issue of these notes. He is teaching a course titled “Intelligence, Deception, and Surprise in WWII and Viet Nam (at Tet.)” He is basing his course on six years of active duty as a military intelligence officer (1965-71) and later as an intelligence history researcher and presenter at annual conferences at the Army War College (1986-91). His other careers include 21 years as senior counsel for Phillips Petroleum Co., 10 years in the business of life and health insurance and mutual fund investment, and his lifelong love of photography. Check it out at James Ray writes that he ran into Tom Hoban on an Alaskan cruise in September. Tom picked him out from the ND logo on his shirt. James wanted his wife Kay to see Kodiak, where he has fished over the last eight years. They have 18 grandkids. He does a lot of fishing and took two of his grandkids with him this year. Apparently we are a class at sea. Bob Higley read my last notes and saw a comment on Pete Murphy (Sandwich Man). He met Pete and his wife on an Adriatic cruise, they struck up a good relationship and dined together on the trip. He noted that Pete and wife celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 22, 2016. I might add that Abbie and I celebrated ours last May. Pete has sent me three more flyers on Bob Morris’ Irish Band. Dick Fox reported with sadness the death of Terry Hutton, saying that he was the last of the ’60 Howard Hall backfield. Clyde Hightower called him “one of those guys you looked forward to seeing and better off knowing.” James Harty reported that the wife of his former roommate, Bob Bennett, passed away in July. Tom Conneely wrote to me asking for prayers for Bill Galvan, who was very sick. Before I could send this note, Larry Erickson wrote to say Bill had passed away. Please keep their souls and their loved ones in your prayers. That’s about it for now, but please be assured Abbie is at the front door with the latch string out and hopes you will drop in while passing through South Texas. Y’all come ya’ hear. — Joseph P. (“Pat”) Kelly; 2103 N. Wheeler St., Victoria TX 77901; 361-573-9982;

61JD Class Secretary — John N. Moreland;

62 Hitting the Right Note

Fred Weber, Tom Delay, Mark McShane, Jim Creagan and Bill Weinsheimer sang in the Glee Club’s Centennial Concert in October. Bill noted that almost 500 alums joined the Glee Club before a crowd of close to 2,000. He added, “Some of us were at the Grotto when we saw a bride and groom and their wedding party taking some photos for their wedding. We took the opportunity to serenade the bride (an ND grad) with one of the Glee Club’s favorites, Passing By.” Bill also said John Crowe recently had a second stroke and is struggling. While at the Grotto the group prayed for John as well as deceased Glee Clubbers Gene Tuitt and Jack Egan. Anita and Jim Fitzgibbon had a great lunch and afternoon with Laurel and Jim Boyd in Pensacola Beach. Dr. Jim retired after 36 years as a general and trauma surgeon, practicing at three Pensacola Hospitals, a skill honed with a Marine battalion in Vietnam. Laurel retired after many years as a public health nurse and professor. Their beachside home is a perfect retirement location. Jerry McKenna worked with Aaron Taylor ’94 to create the Joe Moore Award for the best offensive line in college football; it was presented in December. It is three-feet tall, five-feet wide, weighs 475 pounds and depicts the line approaching the ball at the line of scrimmage. Jerry says, “It is designed so that it takes five linemen to lift it over their heads, symbolizing teamwork. Aaron is checking with the Guinness Book of World Records to see if it qualifies as the biggest football trophy.” Tim Dunn practices law in northern New Jersey but has taken a second job as team photographer for the Old Tappan High School football team, where one son is the head coach and another is the defensive coordinator. Jane and John Kovacs, Jo and John Mader, Tom Hogan, Larry Soletti and Tom Maxwell met up with John Beall, George Lensing, Tony Marra and John Pugliese at the front of the Law School before the Navy game. They spent most of the time catching up on things while the ND Chorale was singing and purveying brats, dogs and burgers in the middle of the quad. Mike Precobb is a proud dad. His son James, a double Domer, has begun his formation to become a diocesan priest in the San Francisco area. He practiced law in Virginia and found his calling at the age of 37. Neil Hitz has developed a booklet that can assist those of our age in recording the location of important documents and information, so that when someone is removed from daily living due to stroke, accident, dementia, etc., there is a record of where things are and what happens when. It covers a myriad of details such as location of the keys, the lease on the storage unit, real estate purchase documents, what bills are paid automatically, which charities one supports and any special loans, etc. “This document has 100 thought starters to encourage creation and list location and is designed to smooth the transition when someone else has to take over.” If you would like an early copy, contact Neil at John Gillard said Jack Hayford passed away on April 24 in Indianapolis. Jack was an accountant and placed number one in the country on the CPA exam a year after graduation. He and Barbara had three children, one being a Domer. Vince Sweeney died Sept. 1 in State College PA. Tom McGarvey died on April 21 in Waterloo IA, and Pat Booker on Sept. 29 in New Orleans. — Raymond Raedy; 5310 Rileys Ridge Road, Hillsborough NC 27278; 919-967-8816;

62JD Class Secretary — Paul K. Rooney;

1209 Oakmont Drive, No. 2, Walnut Creek CA 94595;

63 Travels and Talks

Susan and Larry Shubnell recently traveled through France and were joined in Aix de Provence by Kelly Kammerer, a fellow CILA junkie, and his wife, Nancy, for a lovely afternoon of past and future reflections. Kelly is retired from the State Department and living on an olive and grape farm southeast of Aix, a bit over an hour away. They expect to again reunite with Kelly and Nancy, along with Harry Fleck and a few other ’63 Domers, when they visit Florida in January. Bob Heath, after virtually a lifetime of service to Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington MO, his alma mater, became the first elected holder of the title trustee emeritus. John O’Brien says, “*Tom Carroll’s* partner for the past 15 years, the actress Stefanie Powers, who heads the William Holden Wildlife Foundation,” wrote telling John that the Foundation had inaugurated a memorial shrine to Tom at the education center which has a memorial pathway for departed directors’ family and friends who supported the foundation. “We lit candles…laid flowers…planted a tree and opened a good bottle of champagne…that day we honored his passing and on the 30th a group of us will go to the Larchmont Yacht Club…take a boat out into Long Island sound where Tom sailed most of his life…we will commit the ashes …lay flowers…have a send off drink…then join some of the 25 men who sailed with him to victory on Sirensong back at the Yacht Club. It seems to be a fitting circle to celebrate Tom’s life this way…a year has passed and in one way it seems an eternity.” President Scott Maxwell reported on the SC minireunion, saying, “I caught up with them in the Monogram Room before the game. I know they stopped at a couple of tailgaters before getting indoors. It got cold, especially for old guys like me. Father Charlie O’Hara came down to campus early, and he and I stopped in to see Micki and Brian Boulac at Memorial Hospital, where Brian was recovering from a knee infection. He was there for two weeks, but looked good and expected to be released just after the weekend. I didn’t get to Ed Delahanty’s gala or the class table in the ACC. I’ve heard from a few classmates about a possible three-year reunion. Felix Balmaz likes the three-year idea because it gives us more options before we get too old. Tim Haidinger likes every five years, and he volunteered to head a group of callers to maximize attendance. Paul Tschirhart (T-shirt), Mike Whitney and Larry Shubnell would like to see an annual reunion around the Vero Beach area to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Meg O’Malley’s. Larry suggested that while most would fly or drive, Bob Bartolo could jog down the side of I-95. And don’t forget the sick, the tired, the lonely and the grieving members of the class. Your prayers are needed now and always. Make a visit, a telephone call, whatever you can do. It’s time. Get’er done. — Regis W. Campfield; 7534 Oakbluff, Dallas TX 75254; res 972-239-1141; fax 972-458-6928;

63JD Sadness Again

Our classmate Justice Pat Crooks of the Wisconsin Supreme Court died on Sept. 21. He excused himself from a hearing in progress, went into his chambers and passed away. We all remember Pat as an unassuming, normal guy who rose to the height of our profession by just being himself. His commitment was total to his family, to his faith, to Notre Dame and to his many friends. Pat and Kris raised a great family of six children, five of whom became lawyers —and the sixth was blessed with extraordinarily sound judgment. They have 22 grandchildren. He served 19 years as a trial judge and 19 years as a Supreme Court justice. Reading this will bring back your own memories of Pat. Mike Feldmeier told me of good times his family shared with the Crooks family when each had a son attending ND. Bob Feldmeier ’87 and Mike Crooks ’87 were roommates in Dillon Hall. Both became lawyers and remained good friends until sadly Bob Feldmeier passed away in 2012. I have many memories of Pat from two years living in a house on Douglas Road with him and other classmates including, at various times, Kevin Connelly, Tom Brannigan, Bob Noe, Chick McErlean, Steve Bower, Ed Adams and Joe Birmingham ’62JD. Except for Joe from New York and me from California, they were all deeply rooted sons of the Midwest. We cooked for each other on a rotation system. One day I borrowed some corn from a nearby field, cooked it for them and instantly became the object of ridicule as a typical Californian who didn’t know the difference between field corn and sweet corn. They were right, but later I bought some artichokes. None of my Midwestern friends had ever eaten an artichoke. I told Pat that the best way was to just eat it like an apple. He tried but that obviously did not work too well. By the time I explained that he should take off each petal, dip it in mayonnaise, and try to scrape off as much as he could with his teeth, I had lost all credibility. I take great satisfaction in having taught Pat how to prepare and eat an artichoke. Probably not the most important information he got from law school, but it may have been helpful years later when he found himself explaining to contentious colleagues how to stuff artichokes. Our prayers are with you, Kris, and with your family. — Bob Saxe; 15725 Ranchero Drive, Morgan Hill CA 95037; 408-779-3668;

64 In News of Note

Bob Lehmann continues to feed his insatiable appetite for competition. Having earned all-American honors in football as an offensive and defensive lineman, Bob is now a “Life Master” in contract bridge, traveling regionally out of Louisville to participate in sanctioned tournaments. Mike Ciletti is quite the photographer. His most recent book of photographs, In Our Hearts Forever, is dedicated to the Holy Cross order. Mike indicates that this book began with a pitch to Corby Publications for a coffee table format, but detoured through the three-volume _Remembering Notre Dame* series before ultimately coming back to the coffee table. Speaking of books, the prolific Jon Dull has just published his latest. The Miracle of American Independence is the first book to consider in-depth and collectively the significance of 20 iconic moments in the Revolutionary War and their importance to its outcome. Bobbye (Borchers) Flecker ’64SMC shared news of an SMC/ND minireunion in September in Charleston. Cathy and Bob Macdonald organized this “Big Chill” weekend, renting a beach house and having a blast, as was the case in that 1983 movie. Participants included Anne and Don Stephan from Chicago, Kathie and Bob Lesko from Pasadena, Sue and Dick Wolsfeld from Minneapolis and a handful of other couples. I reported previously on the untimely passing of Peter Clark. John Gearen ’65 reports that Peter, beyond being quite the engineer and philanthropist, was also a lover of folk music. Back in the day, Peter and Nancy hosted traveling folk musicians, including concerts in their living room. About 400 attended a recent concert in Peter’s memory, with many of the musicians talking about Peter and Nancy and the debt owed to this fine couple. We learned that Paul Costa passed away this summer of prostate cancer. After Notre Dame and eight years in professional football, Paul became a Christian minister. ( This news provoked an abundance of Costa stories. John Meyer told of his first exposure to Paul and Jim Snowden as they lined up to get their equipment as freshman football players. When this duo indicated they were a fullback and a halfback, John was stunned because he was three inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter and playing offensive tackle, supposedly blocking for these studs. Frank Fee was a good friend of Paul at ND. Some years later, after Paul joined the ministry, he gave the invocation and a motivational talk at a regional football awards dinner where one of Frank’s sons was an honoree. Jack McCabe remembered Paul grabbing a 255 pound lineman by the seat of his pants and shirt and pressing him overhead. Gene DeAgostino recalls a beach trip to Lake Michigan during junior or senior year. It seemed there were some locals who wanted to get it on with the ND group, which included Gene. With the antagonists moving toward our boys, Paul Costa materialized with a plastic baseball bat some kid had left at the beach. Paul ran toward this group with a yell, and about 30 of the opposing crew ran for their lives. John Poelker observed that it was particularly sad to hear of friends so vibrant and strong succumbing to the ravages of age and disease. John noted that Jack Simon, another great athlete, suffered a stroke a few years ago and is somewhat physically incapacitated. They visited in October with John describing Jack as “sassy and clever as ever.” Keep all in your prayers. — Paul R. Charron; 44 Contentment Island Road, Darien CT 06820; 203-655-3930;

64JD Happy Travels

Sharon and I are again headed to Seattle to visit kids and grandkids, and then going to the Palm Desert area in early December to eliminate Midwestern winter from our schedule. Our son Joseph had reservations with us at our South Bend “B & B” for the USC game, which was thrilling. I have sad news that our classmate and friend John H. Leahy passed on Aug. 19 at his home in Lake Arrowhead CA after losing his battle with cancer. His professional career encompassed notable public service in the California Assembly and several judgeships, while he likely is best remembered by us as the proprietor of the “Stadium Bar and Grill,” living in the stadium during law school. Masses of Christian burial were said in Lake Arrowhead and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, with interment at Our Lady of Sorrows Mausoleum on the Notre Dame campus. Jack Jiganti, Charlie Sweeney and I attended the service in South Bend. RIP, John. Tom Conneely attended the California services and reports that Sheila is doing well. All is well with him and Kay, and he remains an avid hiker and outdoorsman. Tom also organized a memorial service for an undergraduate classmate, Bill Galvin ’61, who passed away recently. This fall, a special Mass celebrating the life of Charles Sacher’s beloved spouse, Dorothy, was concelebrated at the Law School by Fathers Bill Miscamble ’77, Denis O’Shaugnessy ’61 (an ND undergraduate mate of Charles), and Bill Dailey ’94. In addition to the Sacher clan and many law school and University guests, the event was attended by Dorothy and Jack Jiganti, Sharon and me. We hosted a breakfast for the Sachers at our home the following day. Jack’s footprints in Chicago grow: the Loop’s refurbished Hampton Inn features a gorgeous new lounge named Jack’s Place. It is rare for this hotel chain to have a bar. You will have to contact Jack for the details on how this came to pass. Our class medical report includes Bob Hanlon, who Kathleen reports underwent successful aortic valve replacement, and Jack Kopko, who Adele advises suffered a stroke recently. Jack is recovering well, and the Kopkos are headed to Mexico for a respite at their time-share there. Bob Frost is celebrating five-years of cancer remission by continuing to enjoy a gorgeous fall with Dawn in Worthington OH. Jim Slater and Marian stayed with us over the Georgia Tech weekend. Despite Jim’s heavy arbitration schedule, he and Marian find time for travel, most recently a rail and auto trip to the Banff area. Russ Bley returned from a fascinating trip to the Galapagos and Peru, including an arduous climb to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. His next trip will be Egypt. Larry Gallick and Betty returned from a cruise to the Greek islands and a tour of the Holy Land, reporting that tensions there are palpable and rising. Eileen and Bob Cash have returned safely from their Alaskan cruise and are again wintering in Venice FL, as are the Gallicks. Suzy and Ernie Zavodnyik also live in Venice where Ernie has been a member of the city council and involved in many civic projects such as Habitat for Humanity. Jim Mercurio greets all of us and reports that he is well, while Nancy continues to suffer from stenosis. He continues to be very active in the Chevy Chase Bethesda Democratic Club, where he is responsible for arranging high profile speakers and programs. Hurley Smith says life is good in Washington VA and sends a big hello to all his mates. Gerry Vairo continues his good fight with MS. After an eight-day hospital stint for pneumonia, he has returned home and is much improved to the point of regular involvement in his normal pursuits. Frank Miele seems to be living 48-hour days, adding roles with the Metropolitan Opera to those of the American Ballet Theatre in addition to his “day jobs” and recreational running and biking. Carol and Lou Pfeiler are well. He remains busy with his labor of love, providing military details for grave site and related services in the Dubuque IA area. Blessings to us all, and stay healthy and in touch. — Richard Balfe Wagner; 1204 Erskine Manor Hill, South Bend IN 46614; 574-299-9888; cell 760-567-1270

65 Classmates Making a Difference

Paul Geary’s company, GWR Med Inc. in Chadds Ford PA has donated their medical device, a topical oxygen boot, for wound healing to the needy in Honduras. Paul’s children work for the family business. Son Sean ’90 is the program’s director. Marianne ’65SMC and Dave Schiavone hosted a cocktail party for 75 guests at their Oak Park IL home in September to introduce the local community to the OK programs for disabled young adults, and promote the program’s new Warrior Catering Co. Most of these “warriors” have Down’s Syndrome or other developmental problems. After graduation from ND, Ed Lupton played three years of pro baseball with the Washington Senators. Injuries forced a career change and he worked as a stockbroker and trust officer for 16 years. Later he owned and operated a 48-bed assisted living facility, produced a series of sports instruction videos in four sports with pro athletes, and had three books published. Ed lives in Ventura CA and has three children and a grandson. Last summer Ed and Mike Connerty visited Ken Lipinski, who lives in a retirement community in Laguna Woods CA. Ken was a CPA upon graduation but moved to California and became involved in real estate development. Ken was inducted into the National Senior Slow Pitch Hall of Fame, and coached and sponsored a team that won two national titles. Barry Branagan and Mike Murphy write that Pat Kealy died in Stressa, Italy last June from myelofibrosis. Pat had been a rugby player and worked in NYC until he retired in 2009, when he moved to Italy with his wife, Inna. Dick McCarthy is a retired manufacturing manager in Medford MA. His wife, Patricia Devine McCarthy ’65SMC, is deceased. They have three children: Brian ’90, Amy ’91SMC and Dan, plus 10 grandchildren. Dick wrote that Stan Antongiovani died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in September in Bakersfield CA. Stan married Kathleen Devine, Dick’s sister-in-law. Since graduation, Stan spent his life raising a family and farming in Bakersfield and Ventura. He has nine children and 26 grandchildren. Eileen and John Huarte attended the funeral. Please write and let us all know how and where you are. — James P. Harnisch MD; 6759 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040;

65JD Memorable Character

John T. Mulvihill provided the following on behalf of David Marco Costantino, who died Dec. 31, 2006. David was born in Indianapolis. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1962. Then he attended ND law school because his father “wanted him to.” David’s goals were to avoid flunking out, graduate, pass the Indiana Bar and join the Marine Corps. He achieved all his goals. During his second year of law school, David enlisted in the Marine Officer’s Platoon Leader’s Program and attended summer camp. Following graduation and admission to the bar, he participated in the mandatory six-month Marine Officer’s Infantry Training Program at Quantico VA. (Every Marine officer is required to complete this program. The Marine motto is: Every Marine is an infantryman.) He was then assigned to the Navy Judge Advocate Generals’ School for three or more months of intensive training in military justice. His next duty was Vietnam, where he served as a Marine legal officer, prosecuting and defending courts martial cases. He was in Vietnam for 12 months as a legal officer. He then volunteered to serve as an infantry platoon leader on the field of battle. He served there for six months. David was wounded, received the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal with Combat V for Valor. His platoon captured the first Chinese rocket launcher, evidence of China’s support for the North Vietnamese. Upon returning to the United States, he was briefly assigned to the base legal office at Quantico for the balance of his service obligation. He had been promoted to captain prior to leaving Vietnam. While in Virginia, he taught classes to new Marine officers. The officer in charge of base legal affairs pressured David to become a career Marine legal officer. His pitch to David included a classic, “there isn’t a man on this base that doesn’t know you earned a Purple Heart. Not many lawyers have.” David’s logic in declining was primarily based upon the fact the only general officer in the legal department was a brigadier general. Not worth it in his mind. Following his return to Indianapolis, he married. His next employment was to work for the Indiana attorney general’s office, trying real estate condemnation cases before juries throughout the state. He rather enjoyed that work but became bored after a few years. He then went to work for Ed Filenworth ’63JD in the Indianapolis labor law firm headed by Ed’s father. David was diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent surgery and extended chemotherapy. Indianapolis was then, and still is, a center for treatment of testicular cancer. Lance Armstrong was treated there also. His recovery was extended. This occurred after he had fathered two children. He and his doctors thought his recovery was complete. He then joined a close high school friend in a business of leasing truck drivers. The friend, also a lawyer, took over his father’s business. David and the friend worked together for 35 years and made a great team. The big tall Irishman and the short squat Italian. Along the way, David’s 20-year marriage ended in the way David did things: his way. Without yelling or antagonism, he simply declared “it was over.” He paid the house expenses for an extended period and educated his children. Then, the cancer recurred. This time it involved his thoracic area. The surgery required an entry through his back. Dave responded well, and he returned to work full time. In late 2005 or early 2006, David began to feel poorly. He was again diagnosed with cancer. The doctors were of the mind that it was caused by his exposure to Agent Orange, and that was the source of all of his cancers. He was bedridden and cared for at home by his sister (a nurse) and his mother, to whom he was very attached. (His father had died some years before, which rocked David). David was buried with his Marine sword. Frank Walz and I were honored to be pall bearers on that cold, wet winter day in Indianapolis. Frank Walz and I share David Costantino stories from time to time. My adult children on occasion will talk about David’s visits. There are plenty of David Costantino stories. Perhaps they will be told at our 60th reunion. RIP, Capt. David, USMC. — John Donald O’Shea;

66 Life of Your Times

With our 50th Reunion in focus, next June 2-5, know that plans are crystalizing to ensure a memorable, enjoyable gathering of the ’66 clan. Local arrangements are being coordinated by class president Cap Gagnon along with class VP Greg Rust and South Benders Ray Flynn, Joe Guiltinan and Pat Farrell. The class dorm will likely be McGlinn Hall, but arrangements are also being made to secure rooms at a local hotel. Free shuttle service will be available and if you need any additional incentive, rumor has it that the Nightliters will emerge from retirement for an encore performance. Bob Basche is still a chick magnet, but the groupies have turned into hens. Tony Andrea and Tom Meyer are tuning up the vocal chords, and Bob Straker will be sitting in from on high. The crucial component in making this event truly special is you. Put aside any plans, reservations or excuses you have and commit to gather with your brothers of the Dome. Class dinners will happen Friday and Saturday evenings, so good socializing will be in order. Lots more information will be forthcoming, and you can obtain more details via Be sure to check out the latest edition of the class page (, which Jack Gerken initiated and maintains. Members of each 50-year Reunion class are approached to consider making a special gift to the University to commemorate the momentous milestone. Many of us have been supporting ND for most of the 50 years since we graduated, expressing gratitude for the preparation ND provided to help us confront the real world, out of belief in ND’s extraordinary mission as a leader in Catholic higher education, or for a host of other reasons that matter to us individually. If you haven’t yet been contacted, you can expect someone to reach out to you in the coming weeks/months about your willingness to make a gift commitment. Thanks to the creativity of John Twohey, ably assisted by Tom Bettag and Minch Lewis and yours truly, we have a unique funding option to consider, along with other important ND philanthropic needs. John’s concept is that since ND is the touchstone, the motherlode of football, and given the growing crisis related to head injury in football and other impact sports, it would make eminent sense for ND to be a significant “player” in gathering data and ultimately contributing to potential solutions to this problem. The outcome of discussion with University and Athletic Department officials is the establishment of the the Class of 1966 Pete Duranko Fund for Student Athlete Safety. This will be a distinct program at ND, and funds raised will initially be used to acquire software, purchase equipment and cover the cost of staff time. The goal is to plan and implement a program that will first serve ND student athletes, but will hopefully have a much broader impact. The hope is to raise a minimum of $350,000 in current use funds, again in memory of Pete “Diesel” Duranko, a gentle giant and dear friend to many of us who distinguished himself as an all-American at ND and went on to play with the Denver Broncos. Unfortunately, Pete died in 2013 of ALS, which may have been related to head trauma resulting in CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) that he experienced throughout his football career. You may opt to designate all or part of your 50th anniversary gift to the Class of 1966 Pete Duranko Fund for Student Athlete Safety. Information about this program is being disseminated, and this endeavor is totally voluntary. That does it for this edition. A cursory calculation suggests that this is probably around my 235th column since I began scribing in 1968. Thanks for sharing the life of your times, keep the news coming and definitely plan to join in the 50th. — Tom Sullivan; 26 Hidden Cove Road, Edgartown MA 02539; 773-454-4343;

66JD 50th Reunion Plans

I’m sure that you share with me the astonishment of reluctantly realizing that we left the warm embrace of Dean O’Meara’s loving arms only 50 years ago this June. Volunteering at the Debartolo Performing Arts Center, as I do frequently now that Colleen and I are fulltime residents of Michigan only 40 minutes from campus, I can impress and amaze the younger law students with the concept of comprehensive exams as well as the rare opportunity among the higher ranking students to enjoy Dover sole with the dean at the Morris Inn. Regrettably, if not surprisingly, it was a treat I never experienced. In a nod to this tradition, however, I will point out that the dish is still on the menu of the Morris Inn, and I can well imagine Frank Gregory dining there splendidly with the dean. We have another opportunity to share memories next fall as we gather for our 50th Reunion Oct. 14-16 for the Stanford game. Again Steve Seall has volunteered to make arrangements for the weekend and is attempting to reach out to classmates for whom we have mailing or email addresses. Steve and I will be providing more info as we draw closer but, for now, mark the date. History indicates that many ND graduates stop attending reunions after their 50th. True or not, I believe you’ll agree that this will be a significant gathering and an important one for all to attend. We begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Morris Inn on Oct. 14 followed by informal pizza at Rocco’s or elsewhere as you choose. As of now, the game against Stanford is 3:30 p.m., although this may change. If not, our post game dinner will be held somewhere on campus since the Summit Club in downtown South Bend has closed. Steve is using his extensive local contacts to make it all work out as seamlessly as usual. Since this column only appears four times a year, it would be great if I could hear from as many of you as possible to let me know if you plan to attend the reunion so that we can begin making arrangements accordingly. If it is too early to plan, that’s no problem. Last minute plans are welcome; it’s a big celebration so we’ll all look forward to seeing as many of you, with spouses, significant others, children, grandchildren and others close to you. — Philip Ruddy; 15911 Lakeshore Road, Union Pier MI 49129;

67 Conroy Classic

Pete Shirk started a small golf tournament over 30 years ago at the Dunes Golf Club in Grand Beach IN on Lake Michigan. It occurs before an early home football game. Original members were Pete, Joe Kehoe, Jack Meyer and Paul Ferguson. Others were added in the 1990s, including Jim Purcell, Mike Conroy, John Toland, Joe Belden and John Adams. Over the years more started to make the golf outing. Among them were Chris Siegler, JB Quinn and Nort Schonfeld. This year, they were joined by Paul Kelly. When Conroy unexpectedly passed away in 2013, everyone agreed to name the annual get together The Conroy Classic. Jim was at the Georgia Tech game sporting a “Conroy Classic” polo, and he emphasized how key Pete Shirk and his wife, Joann, were to this annual event. Angelo Scharelli and John Lium were also at the Georgia Tech game, and while having dinner together, John began to explain why Joe Cairo of Long Island should be canonized a saint for the three miracles he has performed. Before John could finish, Angelo fell asleep. Bob “Punxsy” Roberts is recovering from a stroke caused from an aneurism bursting in his brain. After surgery, Punxsy is rehabilitating with speech therapy and physical therapy, and he is progressing very well. He has no cognitive damage from the stoke. Mike McGuire wrote to inform us that his freshman roommate Chuck Sizer died in late July feeling he had led a full life. Chuck joined the Marines after graduation and flew medic helicopters in Vietnam. After the war, Chuck came home and worked in merchandising. He was in AA and was sober the last 20 years of his life. Mike and his wife, Holly, have been married since 1967. Mike spent a career in steel manufacturing after getting a PhD at Case Western Reserve. He worked at J&L in Pittsburgh, where he finished as vice president. Mike wrote a book on stainless steel while at Case Western. He and Holly now try to keep the cruise ship lines in business. Please write so we have a class column in each issue of the magazine. — Bert R. Bondi; 1891 Curtis St., Unit 1502, Denver CO 80202;

67JD Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Lori and Mo Nicholson on their wedding. They planned to take a cruise to Hawaii and then return to Mo’s house in Sun City West AZ. Mo has given up refereeing football but is still involved in lacrosse. Dick Muench follows the accomplishments of his grandchildren very closely and with obvious pride. Granddaughter Carly is a rising star at the U of Montana, and grandson Jack is a sophomore in high school and aspires to play linebacker for ND. Mike Seng just published a new book of essays, Restorative Justice in Practice: A Holistic Approach. The book has a forward by Desmond Tutu and essays from a number of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and others involved in the practice of restorative justice. The book focuses on criminal law and civil law and the use of restorative justice in the courts, law schools and the community. Also, Mike will again lead the John Marshall Law School’s 23rd annual study tour to the Czech Republic. Mike will teach a week-long course in the Czech Republic on American law for Czech and Slovak lawyers in December. But Mike’s not our only classmate visiting the Czech Republic. Nancy and Jim Olson traveled with a group of Domers for a vacation in Krakow and Prague. Thanks also to Jim for forwarding the news article that Tony Luber, in the best tradition that everyone deserves legal counsel, is defending the alleged killer in a murder that took place in South Bend 28 years ago. Sean Keenan dropped in to visit Ken Lazarus and his family and stayed to watch the U-Mass game. Ken writes that he saw the Pope up close when the Pope’s motorcade to the airport passed while he was jogging alongside the Potomac. Ken says the Pope waived and blessed him. Beth Verterano reports that Frank is behaving himself and therefore she has nothing to report. Flo and I traveled to Europe for three weeks and sailed on back-to-back cruises out of Rome’s port. The first cruise was around the Mediterranean stopping in Spain, France and Italy. I think the highlight was visiting three of the Cinque Terra villages, including Monterosso on Italy’s west coast. I repeatedly mentioned that Dominic Monterosso and I were classmates and friends in the hope of being offered a free vino but to no avail. The second cruise was to the Aegean, stopping in Turkey and several Greek islands. I send a shout-out to Frank Cihlar that his email address is no longer valid and he needs to send me a new address. I say the same to other classmates who are not receiving our email exchanges. The amusing rants of Jack Harty alone are worth the price of admission. — Jim Heinhold; 1200 Carmel Lane, New Bern NC 28562; res 252-638-5913;

68 Gathered at the Great ’68 Flag

Richie Rogers, with grace and good sense, arranged the sale of his Rockaway Park NY bar to buyers of his same stripe, people who would keep Rich’s staff and respect the Rogers Bar’s regular Joe customers. This lack of venality, nurtured during theology classes and proven when Rich and his wife added triplet daughters to the family roster, may explain why Rich’s years with the FBI didn’t morph into a rich position with one of the East Coast venture capital firms. As for the regular Joe customers, the patronage at times included Joes who were not regular ones: Pat DeMare, Mike “Rhino” Ryan, Bob Santalocci, Dave Graves, Mike Trombetta, Pat Furey, Dave Martin, Jim Hutchinson and the late Al Berryman and Tom Weems. Now that he is retired and the triplets are employed university graduates, Rich is able to engage in a practice he began a few years ago: traveling from New York for back-to-back home games, without going home between them. His regular Joe South Bend friends now attend Class of 1968 tailgates with him. The constancy of the tailgate, marked with the class flag, spurred a thankful note from Brian Gormley to Bryan Dunigan and classmates after Brian and Kathleen came from Oakton VA for the USC game: “I know it’s a tremendous amount of work for you all (Brian’s a southern boy) to maintain that tradition every weekend, but for those of us who live outside the area, it’s comforting to know that locating and rekindling with classmates is as simple as finding the Great ’68 flag.” Larry “Monk” Forness, who hosted Jim Smithberger that weekend, is pushing the retired classmate to relocate from Dade County FL to Granger IN. The Chicago classmates had a pitcher to cheer in the World Series competition this season: Pat Misch, son of Tom Misch and Linda, brought a seventh-game victory to his Lamingo Monkeys (Taiwan) with a no-hitter. The happy Monkeys, after beating the Chinatrust Brothers 11-0, had enough oomph left for throwing the lanky Misch into the air. Pat spent the 2006-2011 seasons pitching for the Mets and the Giants. Matt Walsh managed logistics for friends in possession of some of the precious Boston tickets. After arriving in Boston from Chicago, maybe directly from morning Mass, the group, including Class President Tom Weyer, Roger Guerin, Bob Ptak, Rick McPartlin and Bryan Dunigan, made its presence known at Fenway Park. Dick Kelly came from Portland ME. Also in town was Dave Lensing and his family, from Memphis. After the Georgia Tech game, Tom Weyer sent these comments: “*Ralph Neas* brought greetings from the Pope. Ralph met him at the White House. My invitation, apparently, got lost. Richie Rogers, Mike Helmer, Steve Quinn, many others from the Great 68 there. John Sheehan and John Pearson represented the clergy classmates. I attended The Play in Pittsburgh, a one-man show starring Rocky Bleier. It was great, a sold-out house.” Jim O’Rourke writes from South Bend that Tom Warner and his son James visited South Bend recently to catch up on old times and share a few ideas about what’s ahead for the family. Tom, former chairman and CEO of Del Monte International, still has homes in London, Tuscany and northern California, and is fire chief at the Shaver Lake CA volunteer fire department. “He’s still in the same condition he was when he occupied the No. 4 seat in Notre Dame’s heavyweight eight-oar shell in 1966-’67-’68,” O’Rourke reports. Tom Scully, older brother of Father Tim Scully, CSC, ’76 paid a visit to campus recently. “My task,” he said to Jim O’Rourke, “is to remain relevant while encouraging my wife to continue working.” Tom was chief marketing officer at Axsys International, a renal dialysis firm in Chicago, but is “fully, completely and entirely retired,” as he puts it. “Running errands, of course, is the task of the newly retired.” Chuck Perrin, running his club, Dizzy’s Jazz in San Diego, has a new CD, available at Dennis Lopez of Oregon has written a book. Rich Pivnicka wants Tom McCloskey to repeat the tuxedoed party Tom threw our senior year, an event marred (or, in the sense of entertainment, improved) by Fred Schwartz’s assassination of Chris Murphy. Bob Brady has suffered two major losses: his wife Margaret in late August and his mother Dorothy Elizabeth Lindsay Brady, age 102, on Oct. 29. Mrs. Brady’s remarkable history, plus information about others we’ve lost, including Margaret Fox Brady, William Sullivan, Mike Philbin and Peter Noonan, has been posted on our class blog, — Tom Figel; 1054 West North Shore, Apt. 3-E, Chicago IL 60626; 312-223-9536;

68JD Bar Association Honors

It is with great pleasure that I am able to report that Tom Curtin and Charlie Weiss have received awards from their bar associations. The New Jersey Bar Association honored Tom for his lifetime achievement and commitment to the highest ideals of the profession at its annual awards ceremony on Oct. 29. Tom received the prestigious Daniel J. O’Hern Award given annually in memory of the esteemed state Supreme Court justice. Peter Laughlin, the managing partner at Graham & Curtin, noted that Tom’s dedication to the interests of his clients and the profession has always set the tone at the firm. In the presentation, it was noted that Tom helped create the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program, which provides support to attorneys and judges struggling with addiction and depression. Tom later served on its board. Tom serves as the chairman for the US District Court of New Jersey’s Lawyers Advisory Committee. On Oct. 7, Charlie received the Missouri Bar Foundation Public Service Award. This award recognized Charlie’s many contributions to the legal community, including being a former president of the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis Bar Foundation and Lawyers Trust Account Foundation. The award was also in recognition of Charlie having served in the house of delegates of the American Bar Association for 25 years. He also served on the board of governors. As many of you are aware, Charlie was a recipient of the Sean O’Brien Freedom Award from the Missouri Midwest Innocence Project in 2014 and the Walston Chubb Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in 2003. On behalf of the class of 1968, we are honored to have two individuals who have made significant contributions to their respective bar associations. In addition to the fine accomplishments of Tom and Charlie, we are happy to report that Congressman Pete King is now a professional sports writer and provided a detailed article on the Mets’ loss to the Royals. If anyone needs a copy of Congressman King’s endeavor to become a sports writer, please let me know. On the home front, I still enjoy the practice and was again selected by Chambers as a leading management-labor law attorney. I hope all is well. Please drop me a line since I am in need of some updates. — Dennis Collins; Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, PC, 10 S. Broadway, Suite 2000, St. Louis MO 63102; 314-516-2648; fax 314-241-3643;

69 Turning 69

Well Domers, this is the year that we match our graduation year; also Brady Michael Breen turned 8 years old on Nov.1. Art Majcina writes with the sad news that his beloved wife, Jane, passed away last September after a three-year battle with thymic cancer. Art and Jane were married 44 years. She was the mother of three ND grads: Dr. Kathy Majcina ’93, Dr. Ryan Majcina ’02 and Jennifer Majcina Teubl ’03. Jane visited Art at ND, and our Keenan Hall brothers may remember her as “Ottawa Jane.” Our condolences to Art and his family. Please keep them in your prayers. Tim Meskill writes that he has located classmate Dan Quinn, who is living in Arlington Heights IL and is retired from the banking business. John Hickey has sent several missives that on Sept. 17, 1965, we checked into our dorms for the first time and began our orientation at Notre Dame. Also, the USC was the 50th anniversary of our first USC game as ND students, so 2015 begins our countdown to our 50th reunion, as we began our ND college careers in September of 1965. Speaking about Southern California, many of us joined a minireunion for the Southern Cal victory under the lights and tailgated at Joe Fisher’s tailgate with Greg Downes, Ralph Williams, Dick Cimino, John Quinn, Louis Leone, Richard Sullivan and myself along with my daughter, Meghan ’00, and Cyburn Sullivan ’66. It was good to see everybody, and it’s always great to beat Southern Cal. Speaking of nostalgia, apparently Drewrys beer is back and the brewery has reopened for business in South Bend. I am sure many of our classmates appreciate the effects of a quart of Drewrys at Corby’s or other such establishments. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, a blessed Christmas and I wish everyone the best for the coming year as we turn 69. Go Irish. — Tom Ryan; 248-334-9938;

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