class notes

1970s

70 High School Connections

After a wonderful 45th college reunion in 2015, I decided to try my 50th high school reunion. It, too, was enjoyable. We had no dormitories to offer, so Pat and I (we went to high schools across the street from each other) hosted three of our fellow alumni. Several of our classmates have passed on, of course. The mortality rate for men was three times that of women but the survivors were quite exuberant. Half of our class went to college; several who did not immediately matriculate later earned degrees. Three of 175 boys enrolled at ND: yours truly, Fred Nachtwey MD and Tom Stanley of Breen Phillips Hall. Tom returned to central Illinois in 1967 to complete his education. Since then, my high school alma mater has sent one, two or three students to ND each year. The 50th anniversary celebration of the 1966 football team took place at the Michigan State game. We were boisterous cheerleaders for the national champions from the corner of the end zone, then and now. Several classmates reunited at the Duke game. More details will follow. President Rick Libowitz decided to trade in his hip on a new model in June. I’d be interested to know what percentage of our class sports internal hardware these days. I ran into Dave Stumm on July 9 at a wedding in Three Oaks MI. Dave is a good friend of my cousin, father of the groom. Dave has retired from the insurance business in Chicago, but has been more than succeeded by his four sons, who have done a marvelous job extending and expanding the scope of the agency over 17 states. The Stumms moved from Chicago to New Buffalo MI, where their estate accommodates five children, 19 grandchildren and 400 pawpaw trees. (I always thought that pawpaw was an affectionate term for one’s grandfather, but Dave assures me that it is a nutritious, medicinal fruit.) One of Dave’s sons graduated from ND, and all certainly have done well. Warren Junium, one of “four amigos” who graduated from Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell NJ and attended our 45th reunion, retired in 2013. Fellow Bergenites included roommate Frank McGrath along with Mike Claesgens and Dennis Kohler. Charlie McCabe of the same class passed away several years ago. The four re-united in September 2016 for their 50th high school reunion. Frank and his wife moved to Laguna Niguel CA from Barrington IL in 1999. The amigos saw Prof. Emil T. Hofman in his wheelchair by Farley Hall. After a delightful conversation, they took Emil to the fire station, where his wife Joan picked him up. Not long afterward, Dr. Hofman passed away. To this day, he is fondly remembered as one who was truly devoted to his students and to ND. Our condolences go to Jill Nash of Carlsbad CA on the death of Tom Nash on Nov. 19, 2014. Fred Schrock ’70MS died on April 30. Mark Hilz MD of Cincinnati died on Feb. 14. He worked as an emergency physician in Brunswick NC, at Convenient Care in North Myrtle Beach and finally at Access Medical until retiring in 2010. A member of Shell Point Baptist Church, he is survived by his wife, Cindy, two children, and a granddaughter. I hope you saw the summer issue, but if not, return for a warm insightful review of Jimmy O’Connell’s life as president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, where he has worked since 1985. — Don Graham; 1901 S. Glenwood Ave., Springfield IL 62704; 217-652-1560; fever1@me.com

70MBA Class Secretary — John Carroll;

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

70JD Highly Respected

With sadness, I report the passing of a classmate and friend, Francis X. Wright. Born in Baltimore, Frank was a graduate of Loyola U. While at ND you will recall he was the editor of the Law Review. Frank served as a captain in the Army JAG Corps and afterward accepted a position with Piper & Marbury in Baltimore. Frank concentrated his practice in the area of bond financing and utility law; he left a partnership at Piper to form the firm of Eastwick, Rose & Wright. Prior to his retirement in 2014, he enjoyed approaching the law as a solo practitioner. Frank died on Dec. 16, 2015 and is survived by his wife of 27 years, Virginia; four daughters, Bernadette, Cecilia, Kathleen and Tolly; and two grandchildren. I trust you will join me in remembering Frank and his family in your prayers. I would be remiss if I did not mention that Frank and I attended JAG School together at the U of Virginia and that he was highly respected by his peers and faculty in Charlottesville. I recently heard from Pat Doherty. He reminisced about traveling across country from Oregon to South Bend during the summer of 1967 in a 1960 VW bus driven by Joe Leahy. Pat relived his first few days at the law school and has asked that I utilize his thoughts in our 50th year reunion collection of memories. After Pat submitted his article to me it was published in the June 2016 Oregon State Bar Bulletin. I would again invite each of you to submit your article to me prior to our 50th. Dick Jordan also forwarded (by mail) a short letter of significant events in his life since leaving ND. After 32 years as a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of White and Williams LLP, he became a sole practitioner in rural Susquehanna County PA. Dick and his wife, Maureen, were about to attend their son Christopher’s graduation from West Point at the time he wrote to me. After hearing from Pat and Dick, I am encouraged that more of you will be prompted to take similar action. In June I had a good conversation with Jim Kirker. He continues the practice of law in Rhode Island (although at a slower pace) and mentioned that he would be forwarding to me information on an upcoming book that he has written. The Administrative Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association presented the Bowman Award to Jamie Cawley. This award honors lawyers who have made a significant impact on the practice of administrative law in Pennsylvania. Jamie served as majority counsel to the Penn Senate Consumer Affairs Committee; he coauthored the Public Utility Code; from 1979 to 1985 he was a member of the Public Utility Commission; after several years of private practice he was reappointed to the PUC by Gov. Rendell in 2005 and served as chair of the commission from 2008 to 2011. He left the PUC in 2015. I trust you will join with me in congratulating Jamie on this prestigious award. I had the pleasure of knowing Jamie’s mom, as far back as the 1960s, and I suspect she is very proud of him. Marie and I attended a wedding at the Basilica on a cold, rainy day in April. A Father Hesburgh Manhattan at the Morris Inn took care of the chill in the air. As always, I look forward to hearing from you. — John K. Plumb; 19 Crowley St., Randolph N.Y. 14772 jkplumb@windstream.net

71 It’s Amore

A total of 179 classmates with 66 spouses and guests returned to campus for our 45th Reunion in early June. While ND hosted a number of seminars, events and other gatherings, the most enjoyable times were meals and quiet times spent with friends catching up. Many had not been on campus in a while and some had not seen each other in decades. Father Doug Smith and Father Phil Krill, two of our own, concelebrated the Class Mass, where the focus was remembering our deceased classmates as the names of each were read. Father Phil, a member of the baseball team while on campus, is the pastor for two parishes in St. Louis. Father Doug, after 17 years as a Navy chaplain, has been back on campus for a few years, working in admissions and financial aid. Music was by Jim D’Aurora and Tim McMorrow. Friday night dinner speakers were marketing Prof. John Gaski, addressing changes on campus, and Guy DeSapio, who put pen to paper for some poetry regarding our four years together. On Saturday night, Chris Cicconi, Guy DeSapio, Jim D’Aurora and Paul Bonitatibus entertained with their home grown production, “How Growing Up Italian Prepared Me for Notre Dame.” It was a series of personal vignettes, too numerous to do justice here. A copy is available under the class portion of the Alumni Association section of the main ND website. An example: after leaving his Italian home where 17 at the dinner table was a common raucous occurrence, one of the guys found dinner in the South Dining Hall with only seven boys was peace and quiet. Some who could not make the campus event met up elsewhere. Jim Cavanaugh, Jack Clark and Rick Korth headed west to Hawaii the same weekend, to support Patti and Vince Carr, both in the midst of medical procedures. Later in the month, Gail and Bob Battaglia, Debby and Don Crumb, Judy and J. W. Findling and Mary Beth and Bernie Buescher met up in Pebble Beach for the Parseghian Classic, a golf outing and fundraiser for the fight against Niemann-Pick Type C disease. The outing was played on Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach, while some side games were played at neighboring clubs. Bob still has the skills that he possessed when he was the captain of ND’s golf team. Also in June, Craig Williams was the father of the bride at home in Dayton. Guests included Mike Thomas and Ralph DiNicola, while Father Mike Couhig celebrated the wedding Mass. It was a nice touch since years ago Father Mike officiated at Craig and Carol’s wedding. Our condolences to John Nolan on the passing of his mother. Rick Lauricella passed away in May. A native of Rochester NY and an EE major, Rick practiced in that field his entire career in his hometown. Condolences to his wife, Donna, four children and eight grandkids. After 17 years as a member of the senior leadership team at the national headquarters of the American Red Cross in DC, Joe White is retiring. Before that he had an extensive career in banking in St. Louis. Also in DC is Joe Polito. Joe works in the private sector after retiring from the Air Force. If you are touring the National Air Museum on the Mall, look for him; he volunteers as a docent on Fridays. You might be fortunate and can show off to your grandkids what a big shot you are with your own personal tour guide. Dave Schmidt has retired from the legal world in Chicago. He and Kathy have relocated to Grand Rapids, following grandkids. George Loveland of Memphis is also retiring from the legal world. Tom Nasca, Chicago, continues with a heavy load of international travel with the American Medical Association’s outreach program. After earlier halfhearted attempts at retirement from the GE turbine group, and teaching high school math, aero engineer Ted Targonski of Crown Point IN has finally made it to full retirement. However, another aero engineer, Phil De Franco, continues to work as a consultant for KBR, Inc. in the Philly area. In fact his workload has grown since he started tutoring college students in engineering. And this is on top of his participation in amateur dancing contests on the East Coast. For tailgating, the ’71 flag will again fly in the Stadium Lot, due south of Gate C. I will see you this fall. — John Snider; 830 N. St. Peter, South Bend IN 46617; cell 312-860-1779; res 574-217-8961; jlscpa@yahoo.com

71MBA No Regrets

I have communicated recently with a number of classmates as a result of our class’s minireunion. At last count, nine classmates (not including spouses) will attend the minireunion in San Antonio at the Shamrock Series football game. John Vaughan is retired and enjoying life. John said he finally decided to sell the business he had been running for many years. He said it turned out to be a “cold turkey” decision at the time, but he has not regretted it for a moment. John still calls Chicago home although he and Andrea spend winters in Laguna Beach. Jim Fackelman indicated he is contemplating retirement. Jim finds time to visit South Bend often and remains active in ND related events. He and Robbie travel to Colorado periodically to visit Siobhan, their eldest daughter. Siobhan continues to run 100-mile ultramarathon events to raise money for Down syndrome research. Mike Greene remains active in his business in Texas although he and Gail spend as much time as possible at their second home in Angel Fire NM. Peggy and Rich Sosin continue to travel and ski, but Rich still runs the family business out of New York. Helena and I remain active and travel to see grandkids and the rest of the world whenever possible. For those who were not able to attend our minireunion, please be sure to stay in touch so we can include you in our next get-together. — Tony Strati; 8238 Raintree Drive, NE, Albuquerque NM 87122; cell 505-205-3563; tstrati42@gmail.com

71JD Class Secretary — E. Bryan Dunigan;

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

72 Class Secretary — Frank Fahey;

274 Winthrop Ave., Elmhurst IL 60126; 312-504-3409; fjfahey@gmail.com; Gary Gigot; 574-807-5772; gary.gigot@vennli.com
h2(#1972-MBA). 72MBA News from the Great Northwest

In the last issue, I mentioned that it would be nice to hear from Ed Gay, and Ed was good enough to respond. He is living in Portland OR, where he works for an environmental firm. Ed says that like Bill Herzog, he enjoys what he’s doing and plans to keep at it for a while. I have his contact information for anyone who might want to check in with him. It’s not too early to start planning for our 45th Reunion. The dates are June 1-4, 2017. Let’s have a big turnout this time. — Alex McLellan; 9662 W. 86th St., Apt. B, Overland Park KS 66212-4537; res 913-652-9909; irish72mba@excite.com

72JD Sad News

By the time you read this, many of you will know that we lost of one of our most beloved classmates. Mike McGloin succumbed to the effects of cancer and died on April 27. Mike was a popular and accomplished member of our class. He was a partner in the law firm of McGloin, Davenport, Severson & Snow for almost 40 years in Denver. In recent years, his firm merged with Burleson, LLP, and when that firm folded, he worked his last year with Lindquist & Venon, LLP. I kept in contact with Mike up to the week before he died, and he never lost his good humor and optimism about his circumstances. On May 23, I traveled to Denver to attend his memorial service, and it was a sad but uplifting celebration of his life. I enjoyed meeting Mike’s wife, Wynn Strahle, his children, Cashel McGloin and Brendan McGloin, as well as many of Mike’s family members, friends and colleagues. Jerry Mackey also made it out to Denver a few weeks later to meet Wynn and Mike’s children, and help convey the condolences of our class to Mike’s family. Here’s an excerpt from Mike’s obituary, which I think captures Mike’s spirit and life: “Mike was quick to laugh and slow to anger. He had a big voice, a big sense of humor and an even bigger personality. You knew when he was in the room. He never saw a baby he didn’t flirt with, or a dog or cat the he didn’t reach down to pet. He loved all children, especially his own. He took his Irish roots seriously, right down to his favorite soap, Irish Spring. It is fitting that he died on April 27, 2016, the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin. He succumbed to melanoma, the same disease that took his mother. Mike was a gifted athlete. In his senior year of high school, he played quarterback and led his team to win the state championship. He attended college on basketball and football scholarships. In 1997, he was inducted into the Butte Montana Sports Hall of Fame. Once you were Mike’s friend, you were his friend for life. Mike also is survived by his close friend, Luna the Wonder Cat. (You have to love that.) We will all miss him.” At the end of 2015, I retired after 37 years with my law firm, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur. I’m now working part time and enjoying the transition to retirement. In February, Susan and I rented a condo in Florida and were able to catch up with Kathy and Ray Seitz, as well as Pat and Mike Holland, who were also wintering in Florida at that time. Feel free to email me with any news you’d care to share. It’s hard to find items for this column, and hopefully some of you have good news to share. — Chris Schraff; 1881 Marble Cliff Crossing Court, Columbus OH 43204; 614-227-2097; cschraff@porterwright.com

73 Denny Smith Golf Outing

The Class of 1973 was well represented again at the annual golf outing for our classmate Dennis Smith held in Kankakee IL on Monday, July 18. The six played in one group. Participating were Bob Ward, Gene Bastedo, Lloyd Sullivan, Mark Wilcox, Bob Wolf and JD Flood. Unfortunately, Dave Bergonia and I were scheduled but could not play. We all remembered Jim Shanahan, who passed away on May 1 also of ALS. Speaking of Jim, there was a tremendous outpouring of participation at his Mass and funeral service at the Basilica. The list of attendees included Bill Kemp, Gene Bastedo, Mike Busick, Marty Clements, Jim Corgel, John Duffy, Mark Haering, Jim Hunt, Mike McCurdy, Mike Paulius, Dave Rueter, Bill Sauerland, Lloyd Sullivan, Bob Ward, Mark Wilcox and myself. Jim suffered a lot over the past three years, and we will remember him fondly. I heard from Eddie Henn, who resides in Davis CA. Eddie is retired and enjoying life traveling with his grandchildren. Joe Zoucha reached out to me after my last column to state that he recently celebrated his 65th birthday on a Viking Cruise on the Danube. Mike Casale writes from Williamsport PA, where he is an attorney and developer. Every other year, at the USC game, he and a group of classmates host a party in honor of Pat McGraw at the Jameson Inn, which Pat and Jim Musuraca developed. Attendees usually include Scott Gleason, Jimmy Roman, Bob Bixby, Dave Casper, Mike Manyak, Bob May, Darryll Dewan, Dick Ferguson, Ed Walsh, Ed Carney and Jim O’Malley. Bill Duffy resides in Chatham NJ. He and his wife recently had dinner with Mike Manyak in New Orleans. Our column is getting a little thin on the news. We would love to hear from classmates who are retired and enjoying life. Our next Reunion is less than two years away. — Michael W. Hansen; 735 Essington Road, Joliet IL 60435; fax 815-744-4515; mikehansen@mikehansenlaw.com

73MBA Looking for Responses

John Hoffman writes that he formally retired from the U of Tennessee faculty on June 30. Not satisfied simply to be a member of AARP, he is now a full member of Medicare. He and Susan are on their way to Alaska for their first cruise. Earlier this summer, they enjoyed three weeks in Europe. It was fascinating for them to be in London as the Brexit vote came down. He says to please keep classmate Bill Bartles in your thoughts and prayers. He is fighting a serious health issue. It looks like Parkinson’s but is tougher. John’s wife, Susan, was diagnosed with breast cancer late in 2010. She is cancer free after five years. Gus Browne shares that he is off to Poland and the Czech Republic in mid-September. All is well for him in South Bend and Kankakee. David Bodkin tells us that he and Lee ’69SMC had a great time at Kayak 101 last week, but they are not going to Rio to compete. They had a terrific instructor named Amber, who spoke with outstanding clarity. No “jock” talk as in “push it, push it, babeee!” It was a delightful outing, and they look forward to the next one. He says he got in the kayak well but did not exit like a pro. “That’s OK, it’s only water,” he said. They were “still able to find some breakfast post-outing and will no doubt spend some dough at the local REI for kayak gear such as waterproof bags, hand/finger gloves but no kayaks.” They “truly had a wonderful morning learning and hanging out together.” He says we are never too old to learn. John Leedom and I with our wives hope to meet in Long Beach CA in September. Susan and I just celebrated 41 years of marriage in July. Where does the time go? As many of you know, my 10-year-old computer died, and although my files were saved, I lost many email addresses. Please send me your updated email addresses, and I will place them in my new computer hard drive and back-up hard disk. You are always welcome to contact us when in Southern California. If you have not corresponded in some time, please take the time to share your experiences with your classmates. — Thomas Jindra; 7179 Alviso Ave., Riverside CA 92509; res and fax 951-685-2091; tajindra@charter.net

73JD Class Secretary — Tony Palumbo

tpalumbo@palumbowolfe.com

74 Here’s to the Very Best

Tom “Big T” Ross enjoyed a sensational time visiting Notre Dame at Reunion for the Monogram Golf Outing. The stars from our class who joined included “Geek” Wolbeck, “Duke” Scales, “ZAT” Szatko, Dennis “LOZ” Lozzi, “Goose” Novak and Chris “Hawk” Stevens. Speaking of “Hawk,” as usual Chris has been busy jumping around the country. He provided a commencement address at Austin Tennis Academy College Prep in Texas, performed (if you’ve heard Chris give a lecture, it is indeed a performance) a leadership/innovation workshop at Scotts Miracle Gro headquarters and played in the fifth annual Parseghian Classic in Pebble Beach last June. His foursome won. The event is to raise money and awareness in the fight against Niemann Pic Type C disease that took the lives of three of our classmate Mike Parseghian’s children. At the event, Chris announced that Marley Coffee, founded by Bob Marley’s son Rohan, commits five cents for every cup of Markey Coffee in K-Cup type packages back to Notre Dame for research for rare diseases. Jim Whalen has written for his band of golf brothers. Sixteen attended the 2016 Pog Mo Thon. They had two houses with pools, hot tubs and golf carts for their use in Destin FL for their event. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bob “Bruiser” Fanning had to bow out when his truck’s transmission lost it in the middle of Montana. Bob “Meatball” was a bit late after attending to a personal issue. Greg Szatko was also an unfortunate no-show, as was Bob Cleary. But all swore to their commitment for 2017. It appears that the stories of yesteryear become larger than life as the years pile up. Steve “Buck” Rogers shared his IBM animal races at work stories; Frank “Heir Apparent” Murnane won the ART award for his splendid antics on the golf course; Tad “Bear” DeOrio, along with Jeff “Hokie” Hart, was the tune man; Rick “Topo” Esposito cooked and cleaned for the boys. Jim “Chill” Cahill questioned all the rules of the game; John “Trimble” Trampe had it a tad rough and was coined “Mr. Chunk,” however he was more than gracious to anyone needing an adult beverage on the course. Steve “Cons” Conway voted for himself for the ART award; Dr. Pat McGrath became the “mouth that roared.” Tom “Jenks” Jenkins, brother of Rev. John Jenkins, CSC, is still blessed with amazing dance moves and six-pack beach abs. Todd “the Bod” Bender improved his record; Martin Brousssard apparently used the POG Classic as his warm up for a four-day golfing trip to Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and Spyglass. Jim “Phantom” McCarthy made an appearance before he had to leave for a board meeting since he is a member of the board of trustees for the U of San Diego. Tom “Pipe” Torretti along with Jim “Whales” Whalen, who orchestrated the event this year and encouraged the antics, said it was voted one of the best in POG history. Apparently Chris “Hawk” Stevens has already signed up for the 2017 POG Classic, not wanting to miss the fun. Jose Gonzalez reports in with great news, “Over the past five years I have been enrolled in a Taekwondo program here in Dallas. I started initially as a way to improve cardio and stay in shape, but grew to like it, stuck with it and worked my way up 10 belt levels. After five years of welts, bumps, bruises, aches and pain, I am pleased to report that on Sept. 12, 2015, at age 64, I tested and earned my Black Belt, first Dan, in Taekwondo, sanctioned by the Kukkiwon. My goal is to move up to the next level of second Dan and keep going. The Kukkiwon, also known as the World Taekwondo Federation, is the official Taekwondo sanctioning body in South Korea where Black Belts are registered. My instructor, Chang Sik Lee, is a 74-year old Black Belt who has earned the Kukkiwon title of Grandmaster, or Tenth Dan Black Belt. I guess we are only as young as we feel.” I’ve been elected the president of the Notre Dame Club of Chicago for the 2016-2017 term. In this new role, I’ve initiated a military/veteran’s committee, added a “friends of Notre Dame” membership category, secured our archbishop to provide a special blessing and say a Mass just for us here in Chicago and have in the works a chili cook off in January. The Notre Dame Club of Chicago hosts more than 200 events a year, a busy year ahead. So anyone in or around the Chicagoland area, please join. My job as the deputy director for the Illinois Dept. of Employment Security requires working with employers throughout Illinois seeking positions for those looking for employment or improved employment. I’m fortunate that my team of 70 is passionate about helping job seekers secure employment, with a special emphasis on veterans. However, my true blessings are my beautiful grown children and their spouses, my grandchildren, my health, dear family, friends and my faith. Please write; we all love hearing from our classmates. Irish hugs and kisses. — Dede Lohle Simon; domerdede@aol.com

74MBA Class Secretary — William Arland III;

505-954-3921; bill@sybercafe.org

74JD Class Secretary — Christopher Kule;

ckule@emergercounsel.com
h2(#1975). 75 Older and Wiser

Bill Fisher writes from Philadelphia that he believes he is the oldest member of our class, having delayed his freshman year until after his military duty that started in 1966. A freshman at 25, he graduated on his 29th birthday in 1975. Now 71, he fondly recalls some nights legally being served at Corby’s with pals who were “a cast of characters beyond the imagination of Norman Lear.” Mary McCann writes from Germantown MD, where she works for the Dept. of Health and Human Services: Classmates Mary Pat Sullivan Pollock and Jim Gresser, along with Bart Pollock ‘76, helped celebrate her May 7 birthday at University Park’s annual Porchfest. Bart and Jim, who last performed publicly in 1973 or so, performed with guitars and vocals along with Bart’s and Mary Pat’s daughter Ellen Pollock Haggarty. Sad news passed along from David Leonard that classmate Mark Frazel of Chicago passed away on July 4. Both of Mark’s parents also passed away this year, including his father, Jerome Frazel ’50JD. Anyone having memories or pictures to share with Mark’s family, please visit his FB page: facebook.com/mark.frazel. David retired after more than 35 years in the media and telecommunications business, much of it overseas (Europe and South America). He sits on several non-profit and private company boards. He and wife Clare have three sons and observed their 40th anniversary in May. Their son, Aidan ’10JD, is an ND Law grad. My wife and I traveled to Seattle for an Alaskan cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We started with three days hosted by Jed Curtis and wife Janet Stevens. We helped inaugurate their recently acquired lake house on Puget Sound — great views and great hospitality. I recommend the Inner Passage cruise to see our 49th state up close and personal. Jack Malone and wife Noony spent a week in Rome this summer. Jack is a deacon and got to meet briefly with Pope Francis. Check out our FB page for a new mural on campus depicting Father Hesburgh that was created by the ND Women’s Initiative. Well done! — Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; 563-349-0469; normbower@mchsi.com

75MBA Class Secretary — Jim Ouimet;

215-862-3080; jimouimet@comcast.net

75JD Class Secretary — Dennis Owens;

owensappeal@aol.com

76 Magic Moments

This is the first column written after Reunion, so I’m including news from the event.
Former denizens of Morrissey Manor made the trip, and their first stop was the picnic lunch at the home of Debi Dell. Cyndi and Tom Aber drove from Akron OH. Joining them were Dave Howe and his wife, Cindy. Dave is the CFO of Premier Banks in Minnesota. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Joe Conigiliaro is married and living in Utica with his 16 year-old son. He has been an optometrist in his hometown of Mohawk NY for 36 years. Friday night brought more classmates together for dinner, a silent auction coordinated by Sharon Zelinski Haverstock and dancing with the Buckinghams. Ellen (Ross) Sobczak, Mary (Dondanville) Rooney, Ginny (Curlee) Koenig, Shayla (Keough) Rumely, Maryrose Hawkins Mulvey, Ron Skrabacz, Bob Quakenbush and Linda and Pat Sarb joined in the fun. Also there was Tim Huddle, who has relocated to New Hampshire, where he is in a wound care practice. A group of former Flanner friends convened later Friday night at Rohr’s. Don Opal still lives in Wheaton IL. He is retired and enjoys traveling. His son Bill ’04 is a graduate of the U of Miami School of Law and was sworn into the Florida bar by Antonin Scalia. His son Mark is a neurobiologist. Bruce Fortelka lives in Hilton Head SC and has a granddaughter who just attended her first ND football game. Brian Dowe is still with Dionex in St. Louis after 30 years. John Pelehach is the general counsel for Kay Chemical near Greensboro NC. He and his wife of 34 years, Marilyn, have four children. Ted Ursu is happy to be in Highland Heights OH. He is married to the former Fran Gilbert ’78. They have two grandchildren. Ted is director of finance for University Hospitals. He mentioned that Ann Hawkins has her own accounting practice in Cleveland. Saturday activities included a tennis tournament planned by Ed Byrne and another dinner emceed by Tom Spencer, with Rev. John Jenkins, CSC, saying the invocation. Maryanne Ries Rogers connected with some friends she grew up with in Pittsburgh. Mark Flanagan practices law in DC, and Tom Birsic is an attorney in Pittsburgh. Maryanne lives in Boston and came to the Reunion to see Farley friends Shelley Muller Simon, Denise Crowley Brenner, Donna Crowley Campbell, Mimi Philbin Carlson and Betsy Kall Brosnan. Betsy and husband Pete Brosnan welcomed their second granddaughter in August and are busy planning the wedding of their youngest, Patti. Steve Klug saw several classmates who do not make it back to campus often: Karl Reichardt and fellow NDAA board members Lionel Phillips and Jim Gradoville. Jim came all the way from China. He also was able to catch up with former roommates DC Nokes, Jim Tytko, Pete Bialek, John Albers and Tom Geller. Making his first Reunion in decades, Tom Young is a testament to why it’s never too late to reconnect. Gregory Pope spent his entire life in South Bend and played golf at Morris Park Country Club for the first time when he joined his former roommate Rich Steiner and Wendy Duffey for the class golf tournament, which was organized by John Carrico. A special thanks to Sally Naxera Benson for organizing the Memorial Mass, which was celebrated by Father Joe Corpora, CSC. Musicians included Joe Klockenkemper, John Halstead, Ray Pikna and Barbara Hutter Fett ’76SMC. John lived in Flanner and two of his “six pack” buddies, Ed Malloy and Dick Reinert, made it to Reunion. John is a professor of environmental and resource economics at the U of New Hampshire. Joe came from Nashville and also provided music for the hospitality suite. On a sad note, Tom Lauerman wrote to report that his ND roommate, brother-in-law and lifelong friend Mike Schroeder died in May after a brief battle with cancer. Pete Kelly, Bob Eddy, Rich Cronin and many other friends attended the funeral. Mike was a dentist in Wheeling IL, where he was very involved with his community. He is survived by his father, seven siblings, his wife Cindy and four children, including his son Jake Schroeder, who is a junior at Notre Dame. Please continue to send me news and updates. Also, be sure to check our class website for the latest information about class activities: 1976.undclass.org — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251; mareilly@rfs-pa.com

76MBA Class Secretary — Mike Norris;

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

76JD Class Secretary — Virgil L. Roth;

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

77 Lots to Celebrate

In May, when Sharon Sullivan was named presiding judge, county division, Chicago, and received the NSBA Judges Award, daughters Catherine ’15 JD and Julie were all smiles. Paul Heroman ’77, ’11MBA is senior associate director of the ND Stayer Center for Executive Education. Dave Caron’s daughter Monique Caron ’08 began serving as president-elect of the Notre Dame Alumni Association in July. Dave and David Bossy organized a ND-Nevada tailgate celebrating the life of Dave’s ND roommate Roger Bourque. Joe Connelly helped with the Rich Spangler MD Memorial Golf Outing, held Sept. 8. Dave Wallace again biked 100 miles in Wisconsin to raise funds to fight childhood cancers. Tom Clements’ book, How to Run a Non-Profit, and Ellen Naylor’s book, Win-Loss Analysis, are available on Amazon.com. Kevin Shortelle completed a two-year term as the grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Council in Gainesville FL, which was named a star council for its high number of charitable works under his leadership. Classmates Kathy Walker Beenen, Susan Allen Dalton, Peg Hornback Cuhane, Mary O’Mara Lee, Beth Lavins Fitzgerald and Terry Fitzgerald, Sharon Carr Winnike and Leslie Barnes Karas attended the wedding of Louise Karas Hayden’s daughter Tess to Ryan Frenchik at a thoroughbred horse farm near Louisville. Joanne Toenjskoetter Anderson attended the wedding of her son Thomas Hayden III to Erin Doyle; her cousin Mike Doyle ’12, Shark Tank veteran and CEO of Rent Like a Champion, was present. Her son Alec Hayden married Laura Bade, all in 11 months. Ann and Kevin Shortelle plan to attend the Stanford and Navy games this fall. Janet and Jim Crawford and their son, Jon Crawford ’10, proudly watched as son Jameson Crawford ’16 graduated in May. Christina and Montgomery Kersten are on the flip side; twin boys Xan and Zak, 7, and Kai, 5, bring them joy. Dick Mattie’s daughter, Katie Mattie ’14, is director of social media for Notre Dame Varsity Athletics. Jan and Larry Merington were invited to a ceremony at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans where the French Legion of Honor Award was bestowed on prominent Americans Tom Brokaw, Tom Hanks and Nick Mueller, museum CEO. Janet Carney O’Brien’s cousin, Sharon Zelinski Haverstock `76, hosted a ND Women Connect event. Janet, Eileen O’Grady Daday, Elaine Cerny Raccuglia and I enjoyed meeting many alumnae. Leslie Barnes Karas and Mary T. O’Brien attended a summer Angers, France minireunion. Trish and Peter Sweeney, Deb and Bill Ellsworth, Dan Bishop and I met at the Rockne Dinner in Chicago. Missy and Tom Reedy accompany patients to Lourdes, France, on Order of Malta missions of mercy. Michael Bowler, on sabbatical, journeyed to the Moreau House in Dhaka, Bangladesh, visiting Father Richard Timm, CSC, and Father David Burrell, CSC, who live there. He noted that Holy Cross education in Bangladesh is an important part of ND lore. Classmates welcoming new grandchildren include Patricia “Patter” and Tom Birsic ’76, Peg Hornback Culhane and Michael Culhane, Mary “Polly” Mack Spangler and Peter Spangler, Deb Kenny Ellsworth and Bill Ellsworth, Eileen O’Grady Daday and Steve Daday and Anne Dilenschneider and Bill Holtsnider. Sheila Walsh, Sue Hudak, Teri Sullivan Seeley, Kitty Conklin, Marj Marlak Gessner and Marianne Ridge O’Connor ’76 enjoyed their annual July minireunion on campus. The Rev. Anne Dilenschneider PhD, a South Dakota Humanities Council Scholar focusing on restorative justice issues of Native Americans, offers therapy, pastoral and spiritual guidance. Anne noted that donations by the Early Women Athletes Project ensured that all 314 ND women and coaches who had originated 12 teams from 1972-1977 will be a part of the Library’s Hesburgh mural. Ellen Callahan O’Connor, Beth Corbin Murphy, Mary Fitzsimons, Jody Gormley, Ellen Hughes, Jane Lammers, Maureen Maloney, Judy Shiely King, Sharon Sullivan and Kathy Valdiserri found photos to provide the most complete record on campus of all these pioneers. The ND Women’s Initiative funding a new north entrance to the Hesburgh Library (Oct.15 ceremony) was spearheaded by Cindy Buescher Parseghian, Deb McGraw Block and Anne Thompson `76. Deepest condolences to the family of Margaret “Maggie” Smith Gillespie, wife of Paul Gillespie, and mother of Andrea and Neil. Beth Neary Bula and Bill Bula, Leeann Russo and Bob Mundy ’76, Notre Dame’s director of admissions, attended her services. Sympathies also go out to Allison Yuhl Kenney on the loss of her mother, and to Darlene Palma Connelly on the loss of her mother and sister-in-law. — Virginia McGowan Bishop; 2594 Woodland Drive, Northbrook IL 60062; res 847-291-7510; classof1977@alumni.nd.edu

77MBA Class Secretary — Alan J. Fisher;

afisher@hoeyfarina.com

77JD Class Secretary — Jane Bennett;

4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; res 574-383-5745; bus 574-243-4100; jbennett@maylorber.com

78 See You on Campus

Greetings, classmates. I hope you had a wonderful summer and survived the two political conventions. Now we are in the thick of football season, and I expect to see many of you on campus. Bob Kruse sent the following information: “My first car was a 1974 Plymouth Duster, equipped with the dependable but underpowered 225 cubic inch six-cylinder engine. But it was a reliable set of wheels, and I was happy to be no longer dependent on my friends for transportation home as a senior. I spent many an hour in the Duster with my brother John ’80 and sister Mary ’81 in the back seat driving to and from the Dome. I’ll be retiring in two years, and always wanted to find and restore my first car as a retirement project. I’ve previously done some car restoration work, and was searching for a really nice, original ’74 Duster for some time. I finally found one very similar to my original car and bought it last month. I’m calling it my ‘Tribute Car’ to honor the memory of our Class of ’78 classmates who shared the same joys and struggles as we did, and to honor the memory of those who’ve passed on. I’ve already started restoring the car as it would have appeared parked in the D-2 parking lot in the fall of 1977.” Bob nominates his car for the official car of the Class of 1978. Mike “Skeets” Teague retired from Honeywell (Bendix) after 34 years as an engineer and manager. He is also a retired commander, Navy Reserves. Bill “Beefsteak” Reifsteck saw world traveler and renaissance man Jack Sacco give a great talk on the Shroud of Turin before over a hundred enthralled people who, if they were skeptics before the talk, were believers afterward. Bill was happy to see and hear Jack. In May, Jane and John Erickson celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to Hawaii. In June, the couple attended a wedding in Virginia, and stopped by Flanner suite mate Jim Kahl’s home in Arlington VA. Jim continues to work in DC as a successful lawyer. Jim (M.) O’Brien retired in December after 35 years practicing tax litigation and international tax planning with Baker & McKenzie LLP. Jim and his wife, Kay, plan to split their time between Diamond Island MI (20 miles northeast of campus) and Eden UT (at the base of Powder Mountain). Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Rio he goes. Ted Robinson was in this exciting city in August, covering his 10th Olympics, calling diving for NBC. Ted’s wife, Mary (Walsh), stayed stateside and visited her home in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She was content to watch the diving from there. Ted’s brother-in-law Tony Bezouska and wife Tess (Walsh) ’76SMC attended the wedding of Ted’s son Patrick in March at Stanford Memorial Church. Cole Finegan was in San Francisco on business in July and caught up for dinner with Ted and Mary at their charming home in Atherton. Cole is practicing law in Denver. Joe Ungashick and his brother Mark ’79 sold their 60 year-old family business, Shick Solutions, in July. Joe reportedly was headed to Field of Dreams in Iowa to find himself and his batting stroke. Please remember in your prayers the families of Rey Pattillo, who died in June; Mike Glynn, who died in July; and Mark Braunlich, whose dad died in July. (Mike Glynn is the former husband of Mary Emich.) May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Stay in touch. — Jim “Souls” Coyne; 1801 Butler Pike, Apt. 20, Conshohocken PA19428; 267-847-8808; jcoyne@cohs.com

78MBA Class Secretary — Mamie Anthoine Ney;

350 Alewive Road, Kennebunk ME 04043-6013; res 207-229-0989; bus 207-333-6640 ex 2020; irishwasherwoman@alumni.nd.edu

78JD Hail to the Chief

Congratulations to Randy Velzen, who was elected vice president of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, which has 1,350 members. He is on the road to being president elect next year and will become president in July 2018. Please drop me a note to share with your classmates. — Dan LaVille; US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Avenue North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751; dlaville@comcast.net

79 It’s a Granddaughter

Congratulations to Judy and Jerry Castellini, who became grandparents to Lucy McNitt on April 20. Mike Gordon still has it. He managed to attract a crowd of classmates to watch his son play lacrosse in the rain at Providence College last spring. Brian Ward, David Gutschenritter, Al Brunett, Jerry Cincotta, JP McGuire and Jerry Perez braved the weather to tailgate and cheer. It may have been too much for them because the same group gathered at the Cape in early July without Mike but with Terry Corrigan and Randy Raymond. Mark Peterson lives in Detroit, where he works as a commercial banker. He keeps in touch with former housemates and friends from the class of 1978: Frank Byrne ’78, Rick Clancy ’78, Tom DeStefani ’78, Pat Mehigan ’78 and Jon Dallacqua ’78. They meet in Detroit and at football games. Keep Mark in your thoughts and prayers. He began cancer treatments in late July. He would enjoy hearing from classmates. Mark Ungashick retired and is looking forward to golf, travel, and volunteering in his hometown, Kansas City. Keep the family of Brian McHale in your thoughts and prayers. Brian died after a battle with brain cancer on April 11 in Fort Walton Beach FL. He is survived by Carol, his wife of 25 years; his mother, Mary Mudd McHale ’50SMC; and six siblings. His father, John McHale ’50, died in 2004. Brian had retired after 35 years from Boeing, where he worked as an avionics engineer. Music was an important part of his life. He played and sang with various groups and bands through college and after, including with James Murray ’80, Debbie (Szernancik) Farrell ’81, Scott O’Hara and Jim Henry ’82. He also composed music, including the song Free Dr. Mudd. He was the great-great grandson of Dr. Mudd, who went to prison after setting the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of President Lincoln. He also composed The Mass of St. Malachy, which was sung at his funeral. Brian’s roommates and fellow members of Murray’s Massage Parlor in Zahm Hall visited him before he died and were his pallbearers: Murray “Mike” Beaulieu, Tom Mielenhausen, Sean Coughlin, Mike O’Brien and Mark Szaflarski. Let me know what you are up to. — Barbara A. Langhenry; 3901 Whitman Ave., Cleveland OH 44113; res 216-651-8962; bus 216-664-2893; breclw@aol.com

79MBA Class Secretary — Patty Kennedy Kerr;

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

79JD Class Secretary — Daniel F. McNeil;

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