class notes

Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary — Kim Talianko


Brendan D. Crumlish’84 is president of Crumlish & Crumlish Architects in South Bend. The five-person firm is a full-service architectural design corporation that has received national and international design awards. Founded in 1968 by Brendan’s father, the late Prof. Brian Crumlish, who taught architecture from 1964-1997 at ND, the firm specializes in architecture, interiors, urban design and historic preservation. They are located in an office building designed by the firm in the South Bend Airport 2010 Development. Project types include medical, veterinary, commercial, office buildings, restaurants, shopping centers, religious and multifamily. Brendan has also been an adjunct instructor at the Indiana Vocational Technical College and the ITT Technical Institute, both in South Bend. Ralph W. Snell, AIA, ’74 of Cooperstown NY is principal of RADIUS Building Advisors, which provides building owners and design professionals with specialized services, including independent design reviews, safety planning and crime reduction strategies. He was a panelist at the 2015 AIA national convention in Atlanta for the session “Reducing the Risk of Campus Crime through Informed Design.” Ralph is specially trained in SAFE Design (Security Achieved through Functional Environmental Design) and CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) and is an advisory board member of the SAFE Design Council. Paul C. Apostolou, AIA, ’64/’65 corrected me by stating his class was the first class to graduate from Bond Hall rather than the last class to graduate from the old architecture building. David J. Neuman, FAIA, LEED BD+C, ’68 left his position as the chief planning officer/architect for the U of Virginia in 2014 after 11 years to form a new consulting company as principal of Neu Campus Planning, Inc. in San Francisco. The firm offers clients planning in campus/land use, community engagement and facility programming, as well as other services such as design assistance in competitions. His clients have included large universities, major health care systems, small private college preparatory schools and international NGOs. David was previously university architect/ assoc. vice provost for planning at Stanford U, campus architect/associate vice chancellor for planning at the U of California at Irvine and similar positions for other major universities in California, Nebraska and Hawaii. Thomas C. McCabe, AIA, LEED, ’80 of New York is senior associate/project architect at NBBJ in NYC. The firm’s projects include mixed-use high rise buildings, museums, corporate and commercial office buildings, institutional and educational facilities and research and development projects. I spent some time with Jules J. Chiavaroli, AIA, ’72 of Pittsford NY, who is a professor in the master’s program of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology. Jules was the chair for the 2015 AIA New York State Design Awards Jury and provided the jury perspective commentary during the awards presentations at the AIANYS Design Conference in October. He reported that RIT recently hired Nana-Yaw Andoh ’00 as an assistant professor in his program. Michael J. Molinelli, AIA, ’82 of Briarcliff Manor NY won an AIA Honor Award for Research and Development for compressed earth brick housing in Nepal. Michael has had his own firm, Molinelli Architects, since 1990, completing commissions for churches, colleges, healthcare and distinctive residences. He also continues his Molarity cartoons, which were originally in the Observer when he was a student, but now can be seen at and on Notre Dame Magazine’s website, featuring new and classic cartoons. John A. Martine, AIA, ’62, a founding member of Strada, a 42-person multidisciplinary design firm with offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, recently received design awards from AIA Pittsburgh. The new Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh received an award of excellence for historic preservation, and the Cathedral Campus in Wheeling WV received an honor award for architecture. Amanda Miller ’11 was part of the design team for both projects. — Orlando T. Maione, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; 631-246-5660; fax 631-751-7598;

Biological Sciences

The retirement of a mutual friend brought renewed contact with Eileen D. Franke Villasante ’82PhD. Eileen retired from the Navy with the rank of captain in February 2013 after a long, successful career in the Medical Service Corps. Eileen’s career began after her doctoral work at Notre Dame under the direction of the late Prof. Paul Weinstein, former chair of the Dept. of Biology and renowned parasitologist. She then accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) studying leishmaniasis, following which she took a commission in the Navy and worked on malaria. Upon her retirement from the Navy, Eileen considered a number of opportunities but accepted an offer to head the malaria research program as a civilian at the Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC), which is collocated with WRAIR in excellent facilities in Silver Spring MD. She follows the proud tradition of another former department graduate student, retired Navy Capt. Robert “Bob” Walter ’63, who served as the commanding officer of the NMRC’s precursor, the Naval Medical Research Institute, when it was located behind the Bethesda Naval Hospital. Eileen reports that her daughter also appears headed for a career in science and medicine; she is a biophysics major at Johns Hopkins U. — Joan S. ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613; 919-848-2192; fax 919-848-3166;


Welcome to our 2016 Year of the Faculty. Inspired by David Fahey ’61PhD, each issue will feature reminiscences about our professors. Joseph Lepore ’56MA was fortunate to work as an assistant to Rev. Thomas McAvoy, CSC, and Msgr. Phillip Hughes. He was responsible for processing Hughes’ correspondence with clergy and historians from all over the world, a dream job. Michael McCarthy ’66BA writes about the three scholars who left the greatest mark on his life. He describes Julius Pratt as a very distinguished and learned professor of US diplomacy. His courses, textbooks and two volumes on Cordell Hull were as memorable to Michael as Pratt’s being “extremely nimble” and having “courtly manners.” Charles Tull was also “very talented” and taught courses on the early 20th century and the New Deal. He was the author of a book on the famous radio orator Father Charles Coughlin. As Michael writes, to the students’ surprise, Tull was able to coax Father Coughlin (who lived in Royal Oaks MI) to come and lecture to the class. In the fall and spring semester of 1965-’66, Tull’s courses were “packed with history students” and apparently they did not give the anti-Semitic Coughlin a very warm welcome to Notre Dame. Michael also studied Latin American history with Samuel Shapiro. Born to a Brooklyn Jewish family, Shapiro’s path to ND and his ability to stay at ND were documented in the South Bend Tribune seven or eight years ago. Shapiro was sponsored by Father Hesburgh and stayed at ND for a “long, productive” teaching career. Although, Michael recalls, Shapiro complained every Monday that it took him a week to receive the Sunday New York Times by mail. Inspired by his ND professors, Michael went on to receive an MSc in economic history from the London School of Economics and is still passionate about studying history. I was excited this month to hear from old friend Thomas Spencer ’76PhD telling his stories about the “scholars and gentlemen” who taught in the department during the 1970s. Each of them, “in their own way,” served as a mentor to Tom. He has found memories of talking to Marshall Smelser before his American Revolution course, not about loyalists or Bernard Bailyn, but about Babe Ruth and Leo Durocher as he worked on his Ruth biography. Tom was also inspired by Bob Kerby’s “incredible lectures” and the political party continuum that he would put on the board and which Tom still uses in his own courses at IU South Bend. Another inspiration was Fred Pike, who “single-handedly guided me through my minor field on the oral exams and helped generate a lifelong interest in Latin American History.” Jay P. Dolan is recalled for his wonderful seminars and for teaching him how to take a huge stack of index cards and turn them into something readable and coherent. Tom is grateful to Phillip Gleason ’61PhD for his kindnesses as chairman, his “thorough and humbling” critique of Tom’s seminar papers, and for “introducing me to the world of intellectual history.” He also fondly recalls Samuel Shapiro, especially for producing a reading list on African American history and his “many eclectic comments” on Motown records and Richard Nixon. Finally, Thomas remembers his advisors and main mentors, Vincent DeSantis, “whose many favors I could never recount or repay and his famous counsel to ‘out the name of a president in the title of an article and it will have a better chance of being published,’” and “especially,” Father Thomas Blantz, CSC ’57, ’63MA. Tom’s beautiful tribute to our beloved Father Blantz deserves a full quote: “He not only guided my dissertation but taught me so much about teaching as well as scholarship. He served as a lifelong mentor and friend who I have tried to emulate each day in my teaching, research and writing.” Tom Spencer challenges Richard Szippl ’89PhD and Jamie Deming’89PhD to submit stories about some of their favorite professors including Marvin O’Connell, Matthew Fitzimons, Jim Ward, Robert Burns, Boleslaw Szzesnak and Leon Bernard. I extend that challenge to Robert Shaffern ’91PhD (how ’bout those Cubs) and all other UGHERS out there. I hope many of you will submit memories this year so the future historians of ND will know our story. We have more to come on Professors Pike, Gleason, Dolan, Kerby and Nugent, but would love stories and memories of all times, maybe even some of those “girl professors” they have now. — Mary Linehan ’91PhD;

Mathematics Class Secretary — Patti Strauch

255 Hurley Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556; bus 574-631-7083;

Master of Nonprofit Administration

It has been a beautiful autumn on Our Lady’s campus, and the winter holidays are right around the corner. The MNA program is in its first full year under the leadership of Father David Tyson, CSC, and our alumni continue to shine. Mandy Helton ’15 was hired as the executive director of Emerge Kentucky, the premier candidate training program for Kentucky Democratic women. My classmate, Glenda Buzzelli ’12, was recently appointed Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland’s corporate compliance and business ethics officer. She takes on this role in addition to her role as chief administrative officer. She also earned credentials as a certified compliance and ethics professional through the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics this year. Congratulations, Mandy and Glenda. John Kleiderer ’10 and his wife, Kelly, welcomed their fourth child last April. They recently moved from the Washington DC area to Spokane WA, where he is serving as the director of mission integration at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. In August, I was honored by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education with the Barbara Salisbury Wills Award at the national conference in Milwaukee WI. All MNA alumni are encouraged to submit your news for upcoming class notes. You may email me directly at the address below. — Betsy Quinn ’12; 2110 Brummel St., Evanston IL 60202; 847-733-0557;

Political Science Class Secretary — Charlie Kenney

455 W. Lindsey, Room 205, Norman OK 73019; 405-325-3735;

Graduate Degrees

The Rev. Robert Simon ’96MA, theology, a priest in the Scranton PA area, has created a massive Lego Vatican that was on display in Philadelphia in conjunction with the visit of Pope Francis. The display was featured on the YouTube channel “Beyond the Brick.” Sheila Nowinski ’08 MA, ’62PhD, history, has joined the faculty of Thiel College in Greenville PA as assistant professor of history. She studied at the Catholic U of Louvain Belgium in 2003 after getting her BA from Boston College. She is a historian of France and Europe with a focus on religion and social change. Paul C. Avey ’10MA, political science, ’13PhD, philosophy and political science, has been appointed an assistant professor in the department of political science at Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. He holds a BA from the U of Iowa and an MA from the U of Chicago. He was a Stanton Nuclear Security fellow at MIT and a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science at Harvard. Sister Maureen Griner ’87MA, liturgical studies, a member of the Ursuline Sisters of St. Joseph, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of entering the order. She earned a master’s degree in music form the U of Nebraska in 1979. She has had a long and distinguished career in Memphis, including director of music for the diocese of Memphis and of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Memphis. Sister Barbara Jean Head ’92MBA, a member of the Ursuline Sisters of St. Joseph, celebrated her fiftieth anniversary in the order. She has a master’s degree in education from Western Kentucky U. She has had a distinguished career with the Ursulines in Kentucky, including serving as treasurer of the order from 1989-2004. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58MA, ’62PhD English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; res 716-691-4648;