class notes


70 Inspiring Story

Dr. Jimmy O’Connell published Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor, his memoir of more than 30 years of treating homeless patients. He was interviewed Sept. 29 by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air. His 2-year-old daughter continues to prosper and should soon be able to read her father’s autobiography. Tom Schrepfer, among 22,000 participants in the world’s largest poker tournament in Las Vegas, won $1,200 as he finished in the top 5 percent. Owen Devlin has led the Dallas Rotary in their campaign with the Gates Foundation to eradicate polio. Together they have raised $2 billion. Cases remain in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Jay Standring moved last decade from Leo High School to St. Rita, which consolidated with Chicago’s Quigley Prep South. He taught theology for many years and now directs PE, his first love after a career in ND football. Among many teammates attending the reunion this summer was John Gasser from Ohio, “a small town boy who made it big when Joe Doyle of the South Bend Tribune saw my number.” Bob Mooney retired from politics after several terms on the city council of Wethersfield CT. John Brugger retired from the US Postal Service inspection division and is moving to Wilmington NC. Bud Clifford slowed his annual skiing from 70 to 30 days. He prefers Keystone. Ron Mosca’s wife ran in the Sunburst 5K during the reunion. Bob Ryan of Dillon Hall said that his “family” would send news of 100 students. Pat Dowdall is writing a book about his 60 years in basketball. He has played against short ones, tall ones, wide ones and narrow ones. He has not yet faced Barack Obama, but he has met some very interesting opponents. Look for his book soon. Dick Reynolds continues to lead Reynolds Management Services in Middleton WI, providing consulting engineering services, especially for hospitals and other large buildings. John Cox is an environmental health and safety engineer and entrepreneur. Pat Gaffney continues to work at the Tantur Center in Jerusalem and was unable to attend the reunion. Cork Sterling of Cincinnati is slowing his occupational life, but is speeding his tennis game. He plays three or four times a week in Cincinnati. The highlight of the autumn was the planting of the commemorative white oak (Quercus alba) honoring Father Hesburgh. See it 40 feet west of his grave in Holy Cross Cemetery. A large contingent of our class, led by Greg Sullivan, who enlisted the help of Joe Urbanski and Pat McCauslin from ND, cooperated on this worthy endeavor, coincidentally planted in “Oaktober,” Oak Awareness Month. We hope that it will grow to 100 feet and live 300 years to outlast even President Methusela Libowitz. Steve Strachota, Bud Clifford, Larry Christensen, John Cox, Tom Kaminski, Dan Foley, Joe Vidrin and other chemical engineers celebrated the reunion in whole or in part. Paige McGirr, Ray Lane and Tom Zawodny retired as aerospace engineers and now assist ND in a program to develop a self-flying airplane. Tom has an impressive archive of thousands of ND articles at his residence in Niles MI. John Kohne has been COO of Indiana U Health System. He trained as a gastrointestinal fellow at the Cleveland Clinic. Jack Reed retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2012. Dave Liss passed away in 2014 in Austin. Kevin McCarthy JD practices law in Indianapolis and remains a spirited theological correspondent. Bill Keeler filmed several activities of the reunion and is now editing the film. — Don Graham; 1901 South Glenwood Ave., Springfield IL 62704; 217-525-4536; 217-652-1560;

70MBA Class Secretary — John Carroll

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70JD News Galore

Jack Van De North wrote to me in July and noted that he had retired from the bench in Minnesota last March and, one month later, went back to work. After a distinguished career as the Ramsey County District Court judge from 1998 to 2015, Jack is now a member of Larson & King in St. Paul. He focuses on resolving disputes as a mediator, arbitrator and court appointed special master. He and Dee Dee spend a good deal of time traveling between Minnesota, California and New Jersey as they visit children and grandchildren. They send their best to all. In early August, we had occasion to visit with Joann and Mike Kelleher’s daughter, Shannon Bauer ’92, while passing through Lancaster NY. Shannon and her husband, Dennis, have four children whom Mike and Joann adore. During our visit, Mike proudly gave us a tour of the newly developed canal side and harbor area of Buffalo. Labor Day was special this year as Judy and Joe Leahy visited with us for an extended weekend. They reside in Oregon and were on an East Coast vacation. Dinner with the Kellehers, a visit to Niagara Falls and a tour of the rural areas of Western New York made for a good time. Joe was to join the faculty of the U of Oregon Law School upon his return home. Carol and Terry O’Connor were in Buffalo that same weekend visiting Terry’s mom. They all joined us on our back porch for an enjoyable afternoon of good food, good drinks and good discussions. Several toasts were made to the Law Class of 1970. Plans are in the works (I am writing this column in mid-October) for a late autumn visit to DC where, we hope Mary Kevin and Jamie Cawley will join the Kellehers, O’Connors and Plumbs for dinner. Marie and I made our annual trip to the Midwest to catch the ND-Navy game. It was a beautiful autumn weekend and, as always, we enjoyed being on campus. Joe Kane advised that he and Nancy along with Dick Blumberg, Ken Iverson and Dan Rybak were planning to meet up for the USC game on Oct. 17. Joe also noted that as an undergrad at ND, he was a member of the Glee Club and he returned to campus in early October for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ND Glee Club. A concert featured 500 alumni and 100 current members and was held in the Morris Center for the Performing Arts. Joe noted it was great fun for all involved. I would be remiss if did not note that my son, John ’92, is running for the US Congress in New York’s 23rd District. Through his contacts, he arranged for us to be on the White House lawn as the President welcomed Pope Francis to Washington in September. It was a truly memorable experience. As the year comes to a close, I extend to each of you and your families my very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016. I thank you for allowing me to continue to write this column all these years, but I want to stress it is your column and hope that you will contact me in the year ahead. I know your fellow classmates would enjoy hearing from you. — John K. Plumb; 19 Crowley St., Randolph NY 14772;

71 Our 45th Reunion

Here is a second reminder to mark your calendars for June 2-5, our next formal gathering on campus. Two of Charlie Blum’s boys play football for Carroll College in Montana, so he and Tracy headed west from Cincinnati, along with Tom Herlihy of Tampa and Dinky and Bill Barz of Chicago, to take in a game. Their first stop was Helena where, Mary Ellen and Mike Morrsion hosted them and then acted as guides for an overland tour to Dillon and the home of Laurie and Jim Hagenbarth. The week-long trip was enjoyed by all, as the boys were victorious in their game. Stops included Yellowstone Park and Virginia City as well as watering holes to cut the trail dust with adult beverages and the opportunity to catch up with each other. Now that sailing season is over, Barb and Tom O’Laughlin of Chicago will head west for a month of skiing in Utah. This past year he was elected to a two-year term as commodore of the Island Goats Sailing Society a fraternal group of Island Goats, sailors who have participated in at least 25 Chicago to Mackinac Island yacht races. Unfortunately, Tom reported the passing of John Romano of Chicago. John passed away in August and is survived by his four daughters. Don Dempsey, Pete Moulder and Tom Mangan chose the Bay area as the destination for their 2015 Baseball excursion, taking in A’s and Giants games. More importantly, Gina and David Krashna of Oakland hosted them while in town, leading them on a tour of the Napa Wine Trail. David relates that he has been back to campus since graduation for other visits but never a reunion. Gina plans to rectify the earlier oversights and has next June circled on the calendar. Steve Metzler of Kansas City passed away in March from a stroke. Steve was a second generation owner of Metzler Brothers Insurance Agency, a local philanthropist and an active supporter of the KC nonprofit and arts community, often serving in leadership positions. The ’71 Cotton Bowl team used the opener with Texas as an opportunity to gather. Turnout was substantial by players and coaches. Others used the long Labor Day weekend to make the trip. Chuck Snakard and Ed Mattingly came from Texas, Lance Corey from Brooklyn, Pat McFadden from Hawaii via a summer stay in Massachusetts, Tom Sinnott and Barry Pflum from New Jersey, Dan Donohue from South Dakota and Rick Wohlhuter from Florida. Make sure you circle early June for the next reunion. Wishing a healthy and happy year to all. Hoist a glass of your favorite beverage in memory of your roommates and classmates who are no longer with us and in honor of those who are. — John Snider; 2010 N. Fremont Chicago IL 60614; res 771-871-5358; fax 773-871-1189;

71MBA Another Classmate Lost

It is always hard to learn of a classmate’s passing, but unfortunately we lost Charlie Onofrio in September. Terry Walts, one of Charlie’s closest friends, shared this information with me and wrote a touching tribute to Charlie that was read at Charlie’s funeral in Connecticut. Many of you may know that after our MBA graduation Charlie spent virtually his entire work career with Union Carbide and did extensive worldwide traveling because of that career. He and Emily had two sons (Rob and Ryan) and when Emily died, Charlie remarried and completed his amazing life story with Dannette by his side. All of us who knew Charlie remember him fondly and wish only the best for his family. On a more positive note, Helena and I met Terry for lunch in October at the Atlanta airport while we were there on a long layover on our way to Peru and Ecuador. Terry continues to work in health related start-up businesses, and it seems that Terry is doing well, although beginning to think a bit about slowing down. Gray continues to teach and dote over grandchildren. I reported in my last column that my dad passed in June, and not unexpectedly my mom, 98, passed in August. They had been married for 76 years and shared an amazing life together. I got a nice note from Gary Groom, who is retired and spends most of his time in Florida. Gary sold his Elkhart lake home and indicates he remains very active in Florida, although he returns periodically to Indiana to spend time with kids and grandkids. I wish all of you the very best, and very much appreciate receiving information on your activities. — Tony Strati; 8238 Raintree Drive NE, Albuquerque NM 87122; cell 505-205-3563;

71JD Class Secretary — E. Bryan Dunigan;

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72 Tidbits

There is a dearth of news for this edition. Rick Dow is following his father’s footsteps as an educator at the Mendoza College of Business. Rick, as principal at Dojo, was a lead panelist on Trends in Marketing at the Notre Dame Marketing Collaboration Fall Summit. I had my own marketing summit in Chicago with a national figure in market research, Peter Krieg ’73. Pete brought news about brothers-in-law Michael Dacey ’73 and Bill Dacey ’73. Willie is wintering in Mexico, while Michael is still on Cape Cod. Chuck Perrin ’69 continues to make music and create art in San Diego. Chuck was a musical constant as a member of the Shaggs, founder of the SMC coffeehouse Webster’s Last Word and a nationally known folksinger with his sister, Mary. Check out for a comprehensive overview of Chuck’s artistic career. Pete Burke ’73, wife Nancy and assorted children and cousins visited prior to the USC game. There was lots of cheer and hearty laughter. 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;; Gary Gigot; 574-807-5772;

72MBA Class Secretary — Alex McLellan;

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72JD Class Secretary — Christopher R. Schraff;

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73 Flood Serves His Time

J.D. Flood, who resides in nearby Morris IL, recently retired after 40 years as the Grundy County public defender. I can attest to the fact that J.D. did an outstanding job and represented the citizens of Grundy County very well. J.D. will keep his law practice and will soon retire in the sunset. Denis Vogel reports that he is alive and well and still working as a trial lawyer in Madison WI. He has had numerous high profile cases and intends to work a few more years. I am waiting for his report of the Glee Club Reunion this fall. It was good to hear from you, Denis. Defending champion Mike McCurdy again won his title in the annual Oliva Memorial Golf Tournament at the Warren Golf Course Oct. 11. We had a good showing this year which included Bob Ziegelbauer, Bob Ward, Lloyd Sullivan, Bob Wolf, Mark Wilcox, Marty Clements, Bill McGrath, Jim Roolf, John Duffy and myself. As usual, Jim Shanahan was the tournament chairman. It was good to play golf twice this summer with members of our class. I am sad to report the deaths of Frank Mahon and Dick Westerheide. Frank was a playwright, columnist, producer and attorney. Dick enjoyed a stellar career with Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Caterpillar Corporation in Peoria and was currently a controller with General Motors in Detroit. Thanks to Mike Lally for this news. I watched the Irish play Navy and USC this year and stopped at the tailgate of Jim Marcuscelli, who is still doing well in Fort Wayne. I was a guest at the home of Lou Ferrello, where I also saw Ned Braun, Tom Sarb and Kevin McDermott. It was good to see Carol Cullen at the annual cheerleaders’ reunion. Carol is a pediatric anesthesiologist in Omaha. Tom Opiel reports that he is approaching retirement after 42 years of public accounting. He has been married 37 years and has three sons. Tom enjoyed the Temple game in Philadelphia and says hello to Herb Tamer of Knoxsville TN. I always welcome news from classmates. — Michael W. Hansen; 735 Essington Road, Joliet IL 60435; fax 815-744-4515;

73MBA Calling All Classmates

Gus Browne shares that he is in paramedic school for the next year and loving it. He asks, “Does anyone need a doctor?” This is the only input I received for this issue from the list of classmates that I emailed. This is the lowest number of responses in seven years. Surely, our class has more spirit. Let’s fill our space. Please email me your updated email addresses. If you have not corresponded in some time, please take the time to do so and share your experiences with your classmates. I am working hard for all of you. — Thomas Jindra; 7179 Alviso Ave., Riverside CA 92509; res and fax 951-685-2091;

73JD Winter Notes

If someone writes a column and nobody reads it, did it ever really exist? Forgive the parody on the old adage, but I really have to wonder if this column has a genuine raison d’etre. Am I the only one who actually believes that there is value in trying to hold our class together via this form of communication? You can prove that it does by sending me news about what is happening in your lives. At least I did hear from one of our classmates. Jack Ubinger reports that he is still in Pittsburgh. He retired from Jones Day at the end of 2007 and has spent the past seven-plus years working with environmental nonprofit advocacy groups. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Duquesne U, having taught environmental conflict resolution and problem solving to master’s degree students since 1993. His mostly retired schedule allows Jack and his wife, Linda, to spend time doing things they enjoy. He has two grown kids and three grand pets. Apropos to an item in one of our recent columns, Jack provided some additional information on Joe David. They were partners together at Jones Day. Joe was one of the partners sent to open a Pittsburgh office in 1989 and persuaded Jack to join the firm in 1990. He subsequently transferred to the DC office, but they saw each other frequently. Joe retired from Jones Day in 2009. He died unexpectedly in his DC home in February 2014. He was 70. I am informed that Mike Cunningham, a founding partner of the plaintiff personal injury, business and environmental litigation firm of Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde LLP in Albany NY and its environs, has been honored by the Super Lawyers organization as someone who has attained a high degree of peer recognition, professional achievement and excellence. No surprise, there, at least from my perspective. Mike’s firm is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms and can be reached at I had the great opportunity to attend the ND/USC game in mid-October. I hadn’t been back in almost six years. What a change I observed, not only to the law school, but to the entire campus. There is a new ice hockey arena, a new soccer stadium, a lacrosse stadium, a first class Morris Inn, etc. But, it is still the same place with the same feel and it continues to be Mecca to me. It never ceases to inspire me in so many ways. The Grotto still beckons and the law school building is beyond my ability to adequately describe it. To those of us who spent our last year in the biology building, we wouldn’t recognize a structure that must be four times larger than the one we inhabited. It is full of state of the art classrooms, courtrooms, teacher offices, meeting rooms, a commons, a chapel, etc. But, it still has the old library with the same character, and the band still passes by starting the Fight Song as it reaches the building. At least those things haven’t changed over the last 42 years. Rumor has it that Tom Gores and Annie, Gerry O’Shaunnesey and Chris Stephans and their wives were in town the week before. It would have been nice to see them. I hope all of you are happy and healthy. I sincerely believe that this column has value. And I hope to hear from you to prove it. May God bless you in many ways. Go Irish. — Tony Palumbo;

74 It Doesn’t Get Any Better

Marc Brammer, Mike Budd, Dennis Coyle and Rudy Wagner met on campus for their traditional attendance at the USC game. Ed Carney ’73 and a fellow Dillon Hall resident also made a guest appearance. The stories of ND student years gone by commenced rapidly, bringing with it an exaggeration as long as the year’s past. Great laughs and jabs at one another fueled a healthy get-together. A few libations helped fuel the stories as well. Lew Shioleno wrote to apologize saying he missed my birthday (no worries Lew, I’m still 39, or is it 49 now) and to mention that his golf game is par excellence in the Raleigh area. Thanks much for the many compliments, Lew. Dave Casper blew through Chicago and stopped by my office. He created quite a stir with adoring fans surrounding him. Dave was gracious to join some of my business service team, my chief of staff and a few others from the office for drinks after work, while entertaining us with continual jokes. I haven’t seen my staff so thrilled and full of laughter as I did that evening. Thanks Dave, and more want to know when you are coming into the office again. Tom Mirabito Jr. is graciously assisting me in securing a great speaker for the May, 2017 Rockne Dinner here in Chicago, right Tom? I’ll be the president of the Notre Dame Club of Chicago for the 2016-2017 year. Let’s see how much influence you have, Tom. Chris Stevens graciously provided a motivating lecture on effective business approaches to employers at the Veterans Summit in Illinois. Dennis Corrigan ’66 has reached out to Philomena whose son, Michael Hess, was in our class. Jane, Michael’s sister, reached back to Dennis with the following: “…you can imagine any information or photos mean so much to my mum and I always feel that it is so sad that they never got the opportunity to reunite with each other, but she does at least know some of his life in the US that gives her great comfort.” If any classmate has any such pictures of Michael, please send them to Lastly, Bill O’Connor sent to me a CD titled, “Father knows Best,” containing nine original songs of Notre Dame performed by musicians who played with Sinatra and Bennett. Good music, Bill; thanks for sending. Lastly, the Pog Mo Thon golf enthusiasts, aka Jim Whalen’s group, is in the throes of gathering up the troops for their 2016 escapades, or rather their annual golf outing. I’m sure copious notes will be sent my way, of which I can only share a few. Laughs ahead, no doubt. Continue to write, and when in Chicago, reach out. — Dede Simon; Chicago IL;

74MBA Class Secretary — William Arland III;


74JD Class Secretary — Christopher Kule;

75 Like Us on Facebook

Check out our new Class of 1975 page on Facebook, and send some news via that platform. We want to know about your retirement, your career, your kids and grandkids, your gifts to fund Notre Dame and other good causes. Otherwise, I will be forced to write about political fortunes in Iowa and that won’t be pretty, trust me. Lynn Larkin Flanagan writes, “Son Patrick, Frank Flanagan and I went to the Georgia Tech game for a minireunion with Paul Laughlin and wife Michelle. We hosted a tailgate and some of the attendees were Walter Barry and Theresa, Art Gilloon and Penny, John Brintnall and Marsha, and Howie Stierwalt. It’s great to have our children getting acquainted with our classmates as well as their young adults.” Adonna and Jack O’Brien, who live near Atlanta, met up with former roommate Tony Montagnese and Denise, who live near Pittsburgh, at the Georgia Tech game, when the skies opened for a wonderful, winning afternoon. Jack said, “It was as if old roommates from Farley, then Flanner, had never parted. Such fun we had reminiscing and cheering on our Irish.” I was lucky to attend the Texas and USC games this fall, tailgating with buddies from many classes aside from ours. I like this retired status, volunteering for schools and political interests, working on those postponed household chores and planning a trip to Alaska next fall via Seattle. (Jed Curtis Land.) I also was named the Male Athlete of the Year at the 2015 Iowa Games summer sports festival. The award was presented at a reception hosted by Gov. Terry Branstad on Sept. 28. I was a backstroker on the ND varsity swim team in the 1970s and have competed in US Masters Swimming competition for more than 30 years. I coached the QC Masters swim team to five Iowa state championships and have won more than 180 medals at the annual Iowa Games meet in Ames. I also serve as chair of Iowa Masters Swimming and wrote a book, Swimming Just for Laughs, published by the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in 1998. Send me your news, please. — Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; 563-349-0469;

75MBA Class Secretary — Jim Ouimet;


75JD Class Secretary — Dennis Owens;

76 Preparing for 40th Reunion

Bob Mundy, director of admissions at Notre Dame has been elected to the board of directors for The Common Application, a leading higher education membership organization. Bob began his admissions work in 1983 and has been committed to removing the barriers for students seeking the advantage of a college education. His work with The Common Application will further these goals. Kieran Pillion called to tell me his father, also Kieran Pillion, died earlier this year. His father, an avid Notre Dame fan had been to campus only three times, once to drop his son off, a second to attend his graduation and at age 81 to attend the 2012 Stanford game with his son. Those of you who attended that game will remember the famous goal-line stand as well as the wet and cold weather. Kieran, an attorney who practices in the Princeton area, recently connected with friends from his Flanner days, Terry Murphy ’78 and Terry Eurick ’78. They reminisced about hanging out with then red-shirt sophomore Joe Montana ’79 and buddy Charlie Weis ’78. A dozen or so people attended the class minireunion Navy weekend. Thanks go out to Roxanne and Rocco Martino for hosting the tailgate party. Enjoying their hospitality were Shelley and Craig Simon ’74, Phil Coyne, Mark Price, Tom Klein, Brian Hegarty, Robert Walls, Mark Nishan, Mark Herr, Chuck Sanders, Frank Fransioli, Kevin Bouffard, Lionel Phillips, Jim Rashid and Steve Klug. Steve recently became a first-time grandfather with the birth of grandson Benjamin. For the second year in a row, the Stanford Hall group convened on campus, this time to watch ND defeat USC. Braving the cold and eating great gumbo made by Paul Grogan were Irene and Ron Kall, Mary and Edward DePaola, Dave Mennel, Mark Buynak, John Fancher and Rich Danfy ’77. Thanks to two new knees, Wendy Duffy, was able to make it to campus for the USC game with a stop in Chicago to visit former roommate Sue Caranci Pronove. She joined Debi Dell, Steve Klug and Tom Paulius for the second half. Earlier in the year, Wendy and Cathy Matthews hosted a sendoff party for eight students from Cape Cod heading to ND. Wendy hosted an indoor tailgate near Fenway Park for the ND/BC game. Jeanine Sterling was one of 30 alumnae who participated in the Campus to Career event sponsored by ND Women Connect. This event brought together interested ND alumnae to share career advice and networking with current ND women students. Mike Kenney lost his battle with cancer in Houston. He is survived by his wife, Allison Yuhl Kenney ’77, four children and one grandchild. We also lost Tom Conaty, who died in Huntington WV. He leaves six children and five grandchildren. Paul Reilly’s brother Mark Reilly ’74 died in November. Please keep their families in your prayers. Please start making your plans for our 40th Reunion June 2-5. We have already started planning and promise you a great time. Debi and the class officers welcome anyone who wants to help. Please contact Debi at As always, please send me your news. — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251;

76MBA Class Secretary — Mike Norris;

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76JD Class Secretary — Virgil L. Roth;

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77 Bronze is the New Gold

Beth Corbin wrote that the NDames, a team name evolved from The Olden Domers (17 women rowing alumna, two eights and an alternate, using borrowed equipment) won the bronze medal in the Women’s Master’s (over 50), on Oct. 24 in the Head of the Schuykill Regatta in Philadelphia. Class of ’77 rowers include Jody Gormley, Mary Spaulding, Carol Latronica, Mary Fitzsimons and Beth. In other news, Marybeth Ward Brown and Navy Rear Admiral Marty Brown have been married 37 years, have three grown children and became grandparents to Trevor Lincoln LaFemina in March. Trevor was baptized in a christening gown that Marybeth’s grandmother made in 1916, the fourth generation to wear the gown. Marybeth has completed three two-day, 40-mile walks for the City of Hope Cancer and Diabetes Research Hospital in Duarte CA after twice participating in the Susan G. Komen three-day 60-mile walks. Banking executive Mark Hogan was appointed CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation by Gov. Scott Walker. Mark and Janet Laughlin Hogan have three grown children. The final play of the Michigan State-Michigan game this fall could arguably inspire a sequel to David Young’s second book on Big Ten sports rivalries, The Student and His Professor: John Hannah, Ralph Aigler and the Origin of the Michigan State-Michigan Rivalry. In his new position, Jim Sullivan works with graduates of the University’s Mendoza Business School Executive MBA programs in Chicago and South Bend and new master’s programs in finance and business analytics. Paul Bohn, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University, explained precision medicine in the “What Would You Fight For?” TV ad during the U-Mass game and by webinar later. Tom O’Neil, a former Observer editor, sold his website, which translates Oscar, Grammy and Emmy predictions for the competitive fan, to Penske Media Corporation; he continues as editor and company president. Peg Hornback Culhane and Mike Culhane were among classmates who celebrated the Louisville wedding of Louise Karas Hayden and Thomas Hayden’s daughter Tess. Missy and Tom Reedy, Janet Carney O’Brien and Mark O’Brien, Elaine Cerny Raccuglia and Bob Raccuglia, Victoria Stephan Westbrook and Terry Westbrook, Deb Kenny Ellsworth and Bill Ellsworth, Diane Kuknyo and her sister Elizabeth Orech, Mary-Louise Houghton Polo and Tom Polo, and Karla and Greg Irving ’81 joined Dan Bishop Sr. and me at the wedding celebration of our daughter, Victoria. At the wedding of Rich and Karen Abraham Wanders’ son Dan, granddaughters Charlie and Molly wore Karen’s pearl necklaces. Class birthday celebrations were held by Janet Carney O’Brien, Leslie Barnes Karas, Debbie Kenny Ellsworth, Eileen O’Grady Daday, Donna Hinton and Estelle Broussard Huston at a Millenium Park concert in Chicago in August. In July at Notre Dame, Kitty Conklin, Sue Hudak Tomlanovich, Teri Sullivan Seeley, Sheila Walsh Crowley, Marjorie Matlak Gessner and Mariann Ridge O’Connor ’76 gathered to celebrate together. Jack Bergen writes that he is the proud grandfather of Lucy, daughter of his daughter, Kerri Bergen Byrne ’07, and her wife, Rachel Byrne ’06, ’08. At the GA Tech game, Tom Brogan from Georgia, Rob Pfeifer from New Jersey, Dan Buck ’77, `79MBA, from Pennsylvania and fellow MBA grads Len Morris ’79MBA and John Hurley ’79MBA got together for the 20th year in a row. Class President Rob Tully traveled from Iowa to join Mike Santillo at the Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley Field. Roxanne O’Brien Martino and Rocco Martino hosted a tailgate at the USC game attended by Jerry and Kathy DePauw Graham, John and Nancy Kraft, Jim O’Connor, Ken Patricia and Rich Wanders, who also joined a Cavanaugh Hall reunion of Bill Ellsworth, Dave Sonego, Jim Gorman and Rene Orillac. Michael Grady of NOAA sponsored the Alumni Band of the West at the Stanford game. Our deepest condolences go out to Allison Yuhl Kenney, children Ryan, Kristin, Jennifer Kenney and Shawn Kenney Stiles, on the loss of beloved husband and father Mike Kenney ’76; to Kathy Falkenberg Russell and Marvin Russell on the loss of Kathy’s father, Charles Falkenberg ’52; and to Eileen O’Grady Daday and Steve Daday, on the loss of Eileen’s father, Arthur O’Grady. We were saddened to learn that Diane Gastineau passed away in 2014. May she and all our beloved deceased rest now, in peace. — Virginia (Ginger) McGowan Bishop; 2594 Woodland Drive, Northbrook IL 60062; res 847-291-7510;

77MBA Class Secretary — Alan J. Fisher;

77JD Class Secretary — Janey Bennett;

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78 It’s a Wonderful Life

Veteran author and sports writer Mike “Monte” Towle is working on a book about Notre Dame football and basketball focused on our years there. If you played football or basketball for the Irish during that era, or have unique insights about those teams, Monte would like to hear from you at He also is the compiling author of the Quotable Ara, available at Paul Kwiecinski celebrates 15 years as president of Face The Music. His job is helping business conference attendees write songs about their work life and sing them with the FTM band. Joan (Fremeau) and George Spohrer’s daughter, Rebecca ’06, married Matthew Freeman Oct. 4, 2014 at the villa of Catureglio, Borgo a Mozzano in Tuscany, Italy. Dave Krempecki retired from Johnson & Johnson in April after 34 years as benefits accounting manager at the corporate headquarters in New Brunswick NJ. He still lives in South River with his wife, Andrea. (They celebrated 35 years in August.) Vinnie plans on playing golf, babysitting, cooking, which is his biggest hobby, and getting out to ND more often. He sees Carl Casazza and his wife, Laurie, on a regular basis. Peter Pistol Zabroski celebrated the wedding of his daughter Danielle at Disney World April 16. Classmate Ross Browner and his wife, Shayla, attended. The reception at Epcot was highlighted by the bride, Pistol and Ross jamming to the Notre Dame Victory March, much to the chagrin of the groom’s family, which predominantly cheers for Penn State. Here is a little news from Mechanicsburg PA, where Bob Ahern’s family has lived since 1999 when he returned to active duty for three and a half years with the Naval Supply Systems Command. He has regularly crossed paths with Navy ROTC classmates in Mechanicsburg, most recently Rev. Michael Reid, who is the pastor of Bob’s parish, St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church. Bob and Mary have eight children and eight grandchildren. Richard Flores, professor of anthropology and Mexican American studies, holds the C. B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in US/¬Mexico Relations at the U of Texas at Austin, where he is also senior associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Liberal Arts. Rich delivered a talk, “Liberal Education in the Age of Globalization,” in April at the Kellogg Institute on campus. Several of Chris Birdie Erickson’s classmates were present for his Mass of Resurrection in Concord MA following his death in June. Lyssa O’Neill MacCaughey, JohnDelaney, Pete Haley, John Horan, Tom Coryn, Dennis Doughty, Brian Cronin, Randy Heimbuch, Jim Wendel and I celebrated Chris’ life and remembered him through many a story. Singing the Alma Mater at the end of Mass was a beautiful touch, and I’m sure Chris was smiling. Nace Mullen continued his open door policy at his villa in Stone Harbor NJ this past summer. Noted guests included Don Smail, Rich Riley, Jim Clarke, Greg Switaj, Jeff Carpenter and me. Nace and Regina are perfect hosts. Be sure to check out the new book, The Life Story and Memories of Louis Charles D’Addio, by Paul Coppola. D’Addio was an advocate for civil rights, the unborn and Palestinian Christians. The USC weekend was a blast. Pat Flynn hosted his extravagant tailgater. John Coyne and Stan Ziehrel were among the noted guests. Pete Haley, the master chef of the grilled cheese sandwich, also welcomed friends to his pregame affair. Dennis Doughty hosted a dinner party Friday night in his new South Bend home. Among the attendees were Don Smail, Jim Wendel, Chris Dugan, and me. Brian Cronin blew in from the Windy City, full of good humor. I heard rumors of a Steve Thomas sighting. Carl Penn was in contact from his base in California, doing well and giving a shout out to all his fellow Alumni Hall Dawgs. He also operates out of El Paso TX. — Jim Coyne; 311 Andorra Glen Court, Lafayette Hill PA 19444; 267-847-8808;

78MBA Extra, Extra

The Bob Hittle family of Indianapolis is now in the publishing business. The first issue of The New Hittle Times arrived a few weeks ago. Filled with great news about the Hittle family, I learned that Bob is still with International Paper and continues to fill in for Santa where needed. Bob’s wife, Rosita, and children Hannah, Nick, Sam and Rose are very busy, giving editor Rosita a lot to write about. Russ Dodge ’74, a long-time WSND friend, was in Maine for a wedding this summer, so he stopped by the library where I work for a nice long cup of coffee. It was great catching up on the news of old radio friends from my SMC and ND days. I finally got back to campus for the USC football game, my first game in 20 years. It was a treat, and I loved all the traditions that have sprung up since our days on campus, like the team’s walk in front of the Hesburgh Library, the trumpets in the Dome and more. The campus continues to grow by leaps and bounds. If you haven’t been back in 10 to 15 years, you would need a map. It is all very impressive. Rest assured, though, Hayes-Healey, while no longer home to the business programs, is still a stalwart in the middle of the campus. — Mamie Anthoine Ney; 350 Alewive Road, Kennebunk ME 04043; res 207-229-0989; bus 207-333-6640 ex. 2020;

78JD Retirement Activities

Doug Weimer continues to enjoy his retirement and his interest in history and genealogy. He spends his winters in Palm Beach, where he serves on the membership committee of the Palm Beach Friends of Hillwood Museum, is a charter member and the historian of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution and is actively involved in the Florida Society of Colonial Wars. In April, he was elected to membership in the hereditary organization, One Hundred Living Descendants of Blood Royal, and in May he was elected to membership in the St. Nicholas Society of the City of New York. If you are in Palm Beach during the winter, please contact Doug at Please take a minute to drop me a note about what is happening in your neck of the woods. — Dan LaVille; US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Ave. North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751;

79 Wedding Bells Are Ringing

Jim Ladner and Tracy Van Steenburg married on Oct. 10 in Minneapolis, where they live. Jim has three daughters and is a lawyer with St. Jude’s Medical Center. At the annual fall gathering of Alumni Hall mates and hangers-on for the U-Mass game, Brian Ward and Sharon Weiss surprised everyone by turning Friday night into a wedding celebration. In the yard of a vacation house near the Lake Michigan shore, the guests hummed Mendelssohn’s Wedding March as Sharon, dressed in a lovely long, fitted, ivory gown and carrying a mixed flower bouquet, and Brian, suited in a kilt, processed to the deck. Judge John Lohn of Ohio officiated at the ceremony witnessed by his wife, Linda. Also attending were: Julie and Kevin Maher, who are retired in Dallas; Joan (Gallagher) ’80MFA and Ken Richmond, artist and architect in Traverse City; Michael Gordon of Dallas; Lisa Minnella and Terry Corrigan of Valparaiso; Maureen (Sullivan) and Dan Borkowski of St. Louis; and Brian’s brother Tim and his family from Grand Rapids. Dinner was prepared collectively and featured salmon and steak, roasted potatoes, broiled eggplant, cheeses, Lisa’s famous crunchy salad and a towering cupcake wedding cake created by Judge Johnny’s wife, Linda. After the traditional pudding shots and final champagne toast, Brian and Sharon revealed that they had married the week before in Mystic CT near their home, in a ceremony with family. The week-long wedding celebration capped at each end by an official wedding and a planned, impromptu wedding should become a trend. Pat Donley and Rika Semba married over the summer. They live in Western Springs IL. David Wemhoff’s book, John Courtney Murray, Time/Life, and the American Proposition: How the CIA’s Doctrinal Warfare Program Changed the Catholic Church, was recently published. David is a lawyer in South Bend. Guests at the USC game tailgate hosted by Aimee (Rittenhouse) ’80SMC and Jim Kelly paused to pay tribute to Bobby Kennedy, who died earlier this year. Jim, who was Bobby’s roommate in Alumni, shared thoughts and memories. In honor of Bobby, they distributed ND ball caps with “1979” on the bill and Bobby’s name on the inside. Attendees included Julie Rittenhouse, Mary (Hesburgh) and Jay Flaherty, Ted Carnavale, John Calcutt, Maura (O’Malley) McDonald, Patty Dwyer and Ray O’Brien, Judy and Jerry Castellini, Jerry Wills, Bob Spittler, Matt Lindon, Mark Ungashick* and Terry Corrigan. Mary Hums, professor of sports administration at the U of Louisville and advocate for people with disabilities in sports, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at a White House event, where she met the president and vice president. I learned recently that two spaces after a period and the Oxford comma are old-fashioned. Will the indignities of old age never end? Send me your tales of late-middle life. — Barbara A. Langhenry; 3901 Whitman Ave., Cleveland OH 44113; res 216-651-8962; bus 216-664-2893;

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79JD Few Updates

I have a few items after a relatively quiet year. Greg Murphy sent a note describing some big changes in his life and practice. First, he withdrew from his law firm after 35 years of service to become an arbitrator and mediator for matters in and around Billings MT. It is going well so far, as Greg reports he has less pressure and more time to pursue other legal interests, like becoming the distinguished practitioner in residence at the Cornell Law School. That’s right, it is the Ivy League for our man from Montana. Greg also mentioned that he remains active in the American Bar Association Section on law school accreditation. That brought him to Chicago recently, where he was able to have dinner and reconnect with Tom Fitzgerald (still top dog at Winston & Strawn) and Mary Kay (Rochford) Demetrio, who is in her fourth year on the Illinois Court of Appeals. Greg reported they are doing well, too. Scott Sullivan and wife Suzi ’79SMC made a surprise visit to Oregon last spring and made time for a reconnection breakfast here in Portland. They were on their way to a long weekend on the Oregon Coast with some friends from Rockford IL. Scott and Suzi are proud grandparents, with many pictures to show. They are beginning to think about retirement sometime in the next few years. Finally, Gerry Shea sent a note mentioning he continues to do well in Boston, and that he is very busy with his twin girls, now in the fifth grade. Gerry says they are doing well, but growing up too fast. Gerry was looking forward to attending the ND-Boston College football game at Fenway Park. He was also cautiously optimistic that old pal Duane Tarnacki would come in from Detroit to join him for the game. That’s it for now. — Daniel F. McNeil; 1001 NW Lovejoy, Unit 205, Portland OR 97209; 503-539-9188;