class notes

1940s

40 Bob Sanford’s Legacy

It is with honor that I write my first update for the class of 1940, having taken over duty from Bob Sanford earlier this year. For those of you who might not have known Bob, I encourage watching the Notre Dame Alumni Association’s video posted to YouTube titled, “Bob Sanford, Volunteer of the Year.” It is a wonderful look at Bob and Kay’s love and loyalty to Notre Dame, as well as Bob’s excellent work supporting his class. Bob served as class secretary for 75 years and wrote his Class Notes since the very first issue of the Notre Dame Magazine. Clearly, I have big shoes to fill and will do my best to carry on Bob’s legacy. I did not receive any news this quarter and I encourage anyone who has updates, stories or memories to reach out to me and share. I look forward to hearing from all of you. — Rebecca Antas ’08; 505 N. Lake Shore Drive, No. 3401, Chicago IL 60611; 630-254-4485; rebecca.antas@gmail.com

41 Checking In

Hello, class. It has been a quiet quarter, and I am afraid I do not have any news or stories to report. Please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing. Enjoy the fall season. Go Irish. — Meg Julian ’03, ’06JD; 11 E. 36th St., No. 603, New York NY 10016; megjulian@gmail.com

42 Class Secretary — John Kirby;

110 Upland Road, Kentfield CA 94904; res/fax 415-925-0544; cell 415-272-4016; drjd@sprintmail.com

43 Class Secretary — Bob Masters ’05;

202 Remington Court North Drive, Apt. C, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545; res 574-904-8315; bus 574-234-0121; a.robert.masters@gmail.com

44 Growing the Notre Dame Family

I heard from my chief correspondent, Tom O’Reilly, who recently had a pleasant and rather lengthy conversation with Freida and John Henneberger of Evansville IN. They had a great time remembering campus events with ND classmates. Tom hopes to connect with Gail and Sam Wing, as well as Dan Foley. The University informs me that Larry Schatzlein passed away in May. His obituary in the Cape Cod Chronicle indicated that he had lived in Harwich MA for 19 years and retired from Uniroyal, where he had been a salesman. My sympathy to his family and friends. Finally, on a happy note, I am Facebook friends with Janell Lachner, the daughter (and ninth child) of Gerald Welch. Her family recently welcomed her first grandchild, which brings Jerry’s tally up to 40 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. From their pictures I can see they are a terrific family. May God bless them all and all of those in this class. I wish you well. — Laura (Julian) Fraser ’00; 989 Belaire Court, Naperville IL 60563; 773-255-9843; lejulian00@yahoo.com

45 Still Mixed Up

My column, “Where Do You Belong,” in the last issue brought two responses, a great response considering that without those two contributions, I would have had only one item to report. The first call was from Vince Murphy, who as a freshman in 1941 roomed with Brock Lynch, whom I mentioned in the earlier column. It turns out that all three of us were on the first floor of Breen-Phillips for our freshman year, and Vince and I had an enjoyable time recalling names and life in B-P, which was the most remote dorm on campus at that time. Vince was pre-med and completed his education at Georgetown but he has a Notre Dame diploma with a footnote explaining he finished at Georgetown. After service, he established an ob-gyn practice with two other doctors in Los Altos CA. He says that the three of them delivered 19,000 babies. In retirement, his address is 20344 Zorka Ave., Saratoga CA 95070, and the phone is 408-216-9526. The second call was from Bob Thomas, who noted that there were only nine Class Notes ahead of 1945, and only three of them had any news. He also observed that there are 70 Class Notes after ours and concluded that “we are getting close to the top and must be getting old.” His NROTC group had 24 members and graduated in October 1945, but due to some obscure policy, their degrees were valid only after completing four months of active service, so their degrees were dated 1946. He believes there are only eight survivors of the original group: Bill Glass, Jim Griffin, Jack Hasten, Art Kartman, Frank McFadden, Jim Ruff, Denny Scull and himself. Bob, who lives in Monterey CA hears on occasion from Bill Klem and John Caron. And it is thanks to Bill Klem that I have the only other news for this column. He forwarded the obituary of Rev. Edwin J. Kadzielawski, CSC. Edwin did graduate work at several colleges, earning a master’s degree in psychology. During his career he served in a number of parishes and filled a variety of assignments within the congregation. Close readers of the summer issue of this magazine will have noted the deaths of John Hosbein and Dr. Arthur Haas. Neither was mentioned in this column because your secretary had not been informed of their deaths. The Alumni Association is attempting to solve this problem by making sure such information is forwarded to secretaries so that it can be included in their class columns. — Ted Weber Jr.; 1400 Geary Blvd., Apt. 1409, San Francisco CA 94109; 415-674-8771; theodoreweber@comcast.net

46 A Great Father’s Day Gift

An update on Jim Cronin came from his daughter, Laura Sandberg ’81. He turned 90 last November and was unable to attend his 70th Reunion, but the family was represented at ND by his grandson’s wife, Christina Gallo Sandberg ’11. In addition to his 70th anniversary in June, Jim also celebrated 60 years of marriage to his wife, Beatrice, and 50 years in their home in West Chicago IL They celebrated these three important dates in their lives on Father’s Day in their home with their eight children (six ND/SMC grads) and their spouses (one ND grad), 26 grandchildren (four Domers) so far and their seven spouses (one Domer) so far and three great-grandchildren with two more on the way. The Jim Cronin family continues to be blessed in countless ways, including Notre Dame. Finally, in September my wife and I will move to Florida to be closer to our son Jim. — Paul Taggett; 10 Grove Ave. West, Apt. 321, Lake Wales FL 33853; mtaggett@tampabay.rr.com

47 Ready for Football Season

John Molinarolo writes to tell of his daughter and son and jokes about his healthy Italian genes. He is ready for football season. Go Irish. Classmates who will be missed include Frank A. Cizon PhD, who died May 20 at his Chicago home at the age of 89. Sociologist, college professor, savings and loan executive, urban renewal advocate and arts activist, he was born in East Chicago and graduated from Hammond Catholic Central High School in 1944. An avid athlete, he was awarded a full sports scholarship to Notre Dame, where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He then earned a master’s degree at Loyola U in Chicago and a doctorate in sociology at Notre Dame. He began his teaching career at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, was a professor of sociology at Loyola from 1955-1968, a lecturer at the U of Chicago Industrial Relations Center and Chicago chairman of the sociology department at Indiana U Northwest. In 1972, Frank joined Talman Home Federal Savings and Loan Association as assistant vice president for public affairs and rose quickly in the company before retiring as CEO in 1986. He tripled the size of Talman and went on to serve as president of the Chicago Council on Urban Affairs. He founded and served as president of the Greater Southwest Development Corporation and Neighborhood Housing Services, both dedicated to urban redevelopment for low income Chicagoans. He also designed and facilitated seminars for superintendents at Inland Steel on changes in the workplace. He worked with the Heartland Center in establishing the Northwest Indiana Council on Urban Affairs. He co-founded the Calumet Group, Inc., which consulted on community and industrial problems nationwide. His last consultancy was N.Z.T., Inc., which specialized in family corporations. Frank was a consultant for the Justice Department’s Police Community Relations Programs, also for the Peace Corps, Vista Programs and for Economic Opportunity Programs in Indiana. His community service included serving on the board of the directors of Catholic Charities in the Gary Diocese. He was a member of the Loyola U Chicago Board of Trustees, a member of the citizens advisory council reporting to the mayor of Chicago and the Chicago Housing Authority, a member and past president of the Chicago Area Council of Savings Institutions and director of the Federal Savings and Loan Council of Illinois. He was also vice chairman and long-time dedicated volunteer for the Lira Ensemble, the nation’s only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song and dance. Frank is survived by his wife, Lucyna Migala, two children and two grandchildren.
Theodore (Ted) Ward Havely Jr. died April 19 in Houston. Ted was born on April 4, 1926 in Lexington KY, graduated from Henry Clay High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Navy. Initially, Ted was assigned to the Navy V-12 Unit at Berea College, and subsequently to the Navy V-12 Unit at Notre Dame. Ted was discharged from the Navy in 1946 and returned to Notre Dame to graduate cum laude with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. He was commissioned an ensign in the Naval Reserve. In 1947, Ted married Patricia Mendenhall, who passed away a number of years ago, and accepted a position with Shell Oil at the Wood River Research Laboratory. His career with Shell subsequently took him to Atlanta, New York and Houston. Ted was an active outdoorsman. He spent many happy summers as a boy at his parents’ farm outside Lexington. As a young man, he achieved the level of Eagle Scout. Ted enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping, astronomy and especially sailing. After his retirement from Shell, Ted served his Houston community in many capacities and spent numerous nights recounting his beloved years in Kentucky. Ted is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca, four children, eight grandchildren and a great-grandson. I look forward to hearing from class members with news and stories. Call or email me. — Michael Morris ’80; 949-433-8568; michaelmorris07@gmail.com

48 In the News

We are saddened to report the passing of our beloved 1948 alums: Fred A. Tansey on May 30; Robert W. Juday on May 12; Robert E. Dudenhoefer on May 5; David R. Caplan on Dec. 10, 2015; Robert F. Dillon on March 16, 2015; Eugene L. Molter on Jan. 5, 2015; Robert E. Kett on Jan. 2, 2015; Oscar C. Quoidbach on Dec. 22, 2014; Mario C. Santarossa on Dec. 18, 2014; Joseph C. Zur Schmiede on Oct. 3, 2014; James L. Foy on July 15, 2014; George M. Tully on Jan. 24, 2013; Dale Austin on April 20, 2012; Thomas H. Clark on Oct. 15, 2011; John D. Witt on Feb. 2, 2011; Richard O. Burns Jr. MD on Oct. 20, 2010; Lawrence E. Mackey on April 13, 2010; Paul J. Long on May 24, 2009; Lloyd T.M. Merrigan on Feb. 9, 2009; Charles L. Cucullu on Aug. 9, 2006; John E. Cassidy Jr. on June 25, 2003; David C. Kelly on Jan. 16, 2003; and Lawrence J. Barr on June 24, 1997. If you’re interested in brushing up on your Notre Dame history, Phil Eck recently published a biography of his grandfather, Frederick C. Miller ’29, titled Remembering Fred Miller: From Notre Dame to the High Life. According to the press release, Fred “experienced two golden eras of Notre Dame Football first-hand. An All-American player under Coach Knute Rockne, he was team captain and played in 1928 when the team ‘won one for the Gipper.’ Miller later served as an assistant coach with his friend, Frank Leahy. Fred became president of Miller Brewing Company in 1947. His talents propelled Miller to the fifth highest producer of beer. He was a master at marketing his product. Miller High Life became the first brewer to combine sports marketing with beer on a grand scale. Miller is also credited with saving the Green Bay Packers from financial ruin in 1950 and was the driving force that brought major league baseball to his beloved hometown with the arrival of the Milwaukee Braves.” The book can be ordered from the website, senatorspublications.com. Please stay in touch. If you have an update you would like to share, please contact us. Go Irish. — Dan Gentile; PO Box 2671, Scottsdale AZ 85252; res 480-425-1240; or Eileen Surprenant ’09, ’15; eileen.surprenant@gmail.com

49 And Our Hearts Forever

I ran into a very handsome couple from Davenport IA recently. Mary and Carl Liebscher came to the campus to attend a wake and funeral for the spouse (Alice) of our previously deceased friend and classmate, Dan Osberger. How come Mary and Carl get younger with each visit back to ND? We grieved the death of our friend Bob Williams. Al Lesko recalled the ’48 Nebraska game in Omaha and their unique performances. The Irish were up by two TDs late in the fourth quarter. While subbing for Leon Hart, Al caught his first pass for a 14-yard gain thrown by Bob. It’s was Bob’s first varsity completion as well. To us maybe it was odd that a pass was called since Coach Leahy normally halted pass plays rather than run up the score. So how did it happen? Later we were told that Coy McGee came up with the explanation. He heard some Cornhusker fans, behind our bench, casting some disparaging words about our school and our program. Coach picked up on this as well, thus the passing ban was lifted. It’s a good answer, but we’ll never know for sure. I called Dick Kirk of Ft. Wayne for some help with phone numbers. I found that he had fallen and suffered a spinal break. His rehab is working well, thank the Lord. He’s one tough ’49er. I got a notice from the Alumni Association that our classmate, Dr. Greg Sheehan of Niantic CT, passed away. Rest well, old friend. I am sorry I missed reporting any ’49er activities in the last issue. The spring was not kind to me; issues with colitis, anemia and finally full blown pneumonia kept me on the sidelines. Then, unfortunately, my dear wife Betty passed away in mid-May. Needless to say, losing a beautiful helpmate of 60-plus years has taken its toll as well. Caring family and friends are helping me get back to normal but the pace is slow. Love thee, Notre Dame. — Joe O’Brien; 18120 Cloverleaf Drive, South Bend IN 46637; 574 271 8323; obie49nd@comcast.net