class notes


80JD Fondly Remembered

Our classmates Mike Curley and Brian Baker have been bouncing around in my head lately; both died in the past few years. They were great people and had great families. We send our love and continued condolences to Nancy and Linda and their children, as well as to the families of Harry Bainbridge, Bruce Dodds, Hal Moore and other deceased classmates. It is so hard to believe that these classmates, who were fun and interesting people, have gone on ahead of us, but we can count on Curley to have the party started in paradise. Get it going, Mike. All of us have had some tough times: losing spouses, children, parents, careers and going through divorces and illnesses. And we have had good times: grandchildren, personal and professional achievements, the joy of being together, if only by reading these Class Notes four times per year. Through it all, we have each other. You can rely on the people who read this column to be emotionally with you through thick and thin. I hope to get everyone’s email out to each of you in an excel spreadsheet soon to make connecting easier. Now, here is the news. Jack Horak is retiring from his firm and joining, where he will build a nonprofit board education and governance consulting business. Jack says he’s very excited to be doing something new and that he has too much energy to retire. Wonderful Maureen Reidy Witt received another award. This time it was the Denver Catholic Lawyers Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. Maureen is the head of the St. Thomas More Society at the Law School, an unrestricted fund for any need. Please become a member today. Judge Bo Scott, are you Judge Bo or Judge Scott? Let us know how you’re doing on the bench. Jane Farrell has another lawyer in her family, one of her children. Congratulations, Jane. Jana and Jim Martin are the proud grandparents of their first grandchild, a girl named Reagan Riley Stephens, who is 6 months old at this moment. Congrats Grandma and Grandpa Martin. Tina Walsh McLaughlin, Carolyn Short and Tom Jennings were in their law firms working like mad in Philly while the Democratic convention swirled around them. Tina and I commiserated over our children attending Lollapalooza in Chicago, while Tom sent missives about the Democratic speakers and his involvement with the Sister Cities organization. Judge Dave Dreyer is a co-chair of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative in Indianapolis, developing a park and programming to commemorate the spirit of Bobby Kennedy arriving in Indianapolis on the night Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and speaking from his heart to calm people in distress. It is a great cause to support: Let’s sing the praises of Judge Terri Springman, US district court judge for the northern district of Indiana, sitting in Ft. Wayne. Terri has been an Article III judge for over 13 years after almost 10 years as a US magistrate. It is a fabulous achievement. Terri, we have not sung your praises enough. Judy Gunderson Muncy, where are you? Still singing? Finally, here is a shout out to all of you in the service of our nation: in the military, in public life, in our courts, police, firefighters, teachers or those building bridges in your community by making our world more loving. Thank you, thank you. And, so life goes on, grandchildren are born, life moves forward. I send you love and prayers for where you are at the moment as you read these words. — Sheila O’Brien;

81 Grand Celebration

Reunion 2016 was where the Class of ’81 reconnected and celebrated the faith, education and experiences that are the basis of our friendships. We toasted retiring class officers Mickey Turzai, Janie Revord Calabrese, Chuck Meakin and Dave Campbell and elected new officers Keith Melaragno, Janet Bergeron, Mary Murphy and Mike “Pro” Burke. Our new officers are excited to lead and look forward to hearing your ideas for having fun. We also thanked Lee Ann McLaughlin for her hard work over the past several years. Best moments of the weekend? The conversations in the beer tent, on the quads and around the lakes, with folks who knew us when we had a longer list of things we knew for sure and were relatively unscathed by the vagaries of life. Tim Coonan retired from his work in the National Park Service and is enjoying life in Southern California. Ed Durbin is an ob/gyn in South Bend and the father of four daughters. Tom “Action” Jackson practices law in Denver and enjoyed his first ever ND Reunion. Kevin Hawkins is a federal mediator and pastor in Las Vegas and welcomes everyone to visit, which Rose Tenney and Peter Urbain did last summer. Terry Coonan is executive director of the Florida State U Center for Human Rights and a nationally-renowned expert on human trafficking. Liz Boo works for Catholic Extension based in Edina. Beth Toomey is a real estate executive in Seattle, where she gets to see Shaun Corry and Jo Natale Cameron. Bob Van Hoomissen is retiring from Boeing after 30 years and enjoys a silenced alarm clock. He delivered a copy of Michael Molinelli’s complete Molarity collection to Tom Ahearne back in Seattle. We sent another copy to Ann Hesburgh in Colorado. Mike Ruwe lives in Indianapolis and drives his own big rig. Steve Reifenberg leads Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Chris Conboy lives in Stamford CT and works in the hotel industry. Mary Ahern is a corporate attorney in Sunnyvale CA and recently celebrated the life of her fiancé, Dave McCombe, who passed away in 2013. Michael Golden exhibited 20 years of his artwork at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago last summer. The Men of Dillon competed in their 38th annual golf weekend at Notre Dame last summer, and Dennis Cotter took the big prize. Michael Goodwin is selling group health insurance and enjoying life in Central Florida. John Boehm and Steve Beckman got together at a barbecue with Thin Lizzy as background music. Kathy Corcoran works at the Associated Press in Mexico City and attended a summer Notre Dame reception hosted by Father John Jenkins, CSC, along with Ann Stockmann Firth. Ginny Morrison Gadel has relocated to Louisville and hopes to make it to a football game this fall. Five-time equestrian world champion Anne Conradt Wilson is enjoying time in Dallas and in competition. Julie Joyce is working and enjoying life in Des Moines. Tim Mitchell is based in Louisville and serving as an Episcopal priest. Marilyn Funk Gebhardt represented her husband, Mark Gebhardt, in the beer tent Saturday night. Also attending Reunion were Lewis Hall women Jane Nani (ob/gyn in Glenview IL), Kathy Pry Coryell (bankruptcy attorney in New Albany IN), Rachael Jones (veterinarian in Valparaiso IN), Elena Rodney DiPietro (chief solicitor in Baltimore), Generosa Grana (oncologist in New Jersey) and Susan Melley Molinaro (instructor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine). Mary Ellen Konieczny is an ND sociology professor. Marcy McBrien works as public information officer for the Michigan Supreme Court and especially enjoyed a reunion with friends of her brother Richard McBrien ’91, who passed away in 2003. Laura Leitzinger is recovering from knee surgery, with her eye on the Colorado slopes. Kate Niland Huber is an internist at the U of Florida. Martha Pagliari is director of legal writing at DePaul U, her law school alma mater. I am sorry to report the passing of classmates Greg Bricker of Fort Myers FL, Tom Klingler of Lake Orion MI and Michelle Kowalski-Helle, wife of classmate Robert Helle. Please pray for them and their families. Please join us on the Class of 1981 Facebook page where hundreds of us amuse ourselves and each other. And please email updates about you and your classmates before our Nov. 1 deadline. You are an important and loved member of the Class of ’81, and we want to know how you are doing. — Mary Murphy;

81MBA Class Secretary — E.J. Fleming;

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81JD Autumn Notes

Lenora Baughman informs us that effective July 28, she is retired from the regular practice of law and leaving Kilpatrick & Associates PC. Now that her children are grown and gone, she and her husband Jene are selling their home in the metro Detroit area and moving to their vacation home in the thumb of Michigan. During the winter, they plan on wandering in warmer climes in a recently purchased motorhome, at least until they settle on a regular winter residence. Mark Gargula retired from Ernst & Young effective July 1. Heidi Masano and Ellen McLaughlin had automatic email replies indicating that they were out of the country on vacation. Hopefully, they had fun. Jim Blase had a letter published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The theme of the letter was that the movie, Remember the Titans, particularly its leadership and reliance on God aspects, could serve as a model for race relations in our society. Dorianna Fontanella reports that she and her sister, Laura, spent two weeks in Italy with family. They stayed at Dorianna’s apartment on the estate of a late count, steps away from the center of town. Every morning, Dorianna would go to town to shop for the day: buffalo milk, mozzarella, prosciutto and fresh bread. They were there during local celebrations which her parents would describe to them when they were growing up. The trip also included a Papal Mass in Saint Peter’s Square. My wife Jean and I had dinner with Claire Corson Skinner, her husband Jim, and Patty O’Hara at Corndance in Mishawaka. Good food; better company. By the time these Class Notes are published, I hope that my internet book, Twentieth Century American History Songbook: Looking at 20th Century American History through the Eyes of Singers and Songwriters, will be finished with the editing process and will be available at This e-book is a free, non-commercial resource for teachers, students, academicians or anyone else who has an interest in history. It is a compilation of topical songs (with lyrics and audio) that relate to typical historical events found in 20th century American history curriculum. It is based on my belief, developed largely on my experiences as a high school teacher, that songs help bring otherwise dry stories to life, and, thereby, engage teenage students, who, in any event, are musically oriented. Take a look and let me know what you think. Not to monopolize these notes, but Jean and I are also the proud grandparents of our first grandchild, Daniel Timothy Shinnick, born to Katie Palumbo ’09 and Tim Shinnick ’09 on May 5. God Bless and Go Irish. — Michael Palumbo; 3799 E. Peachtree Drive, Chandler AZ 85249; res 480-284-4004; bus 602-262-5931;

82 Still Close after all these Years

Mary (Allen) Kissner and Carol Buzzard hosted an ’82 Breen-Phillips reunion in February at their homes in Punta Gorda and Ft. Meyers. In attendance were Sue (Malloy) Ventura, Luann Duesterberg, Kathleen (Waterbury) Reilly, Kathaleen Wildhaber, Vicky Regan, Kelly (Leahy) Kamm, Rose (May) Carroll, Christine (Remppel) Larrick, Tamara (Miller) Masciola, Patty Reider, Alesia (Dooley) Carroll, Kathy (Maley) Bailey, Martina Kamaka, Shelly (Obermiller) Feeman, Stephanie Miley, Lisa Kennedy and Denise (Offer) Dnwaezeapu. This gathering provided an opportunity to share memories and honor a dear friend and dorm mate, Sharon (Gausling) Mesmer, who passed away last September. Our most sincere condolences to her family. Father Chuck Wood ’82, ’97 became the pastor of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose OR, about 20 miles north of Portland. He was previously the parochial vicar (associate pastor) at Our Lady of the Lake Church, a large parish in Lake Oswego OR. He is looking forward to serving as chaplain for our Class Reunion this summer. Mike Schafer is married to Nancy ’82SMC and has three sons who graduated from ND: Daniel ’10, Brian ’12 and Stephen ’16. Stephen was the salutatorian for his class. Dave and I were honored to hear his great speech. His roommates for the last two years were Sheldon Day ’16 and Ronnie Stanley ’16, who were drafted by the NFL. We are proud to say that our daughter Jennifer ’16 and Stephen were good friends. Jennifer leaves in September on a program to provide healthcare in the Tena, Ecuador. We are very proud of her. John Buckley was named the Michigan Credit Union League and Affiliates board chairman at the annual convention and exposition in Detroit. John was appointed CEO at Gerber FCU in 2006 and has exhibited a strong passion for furthering the credit union mission, the CU stated. His efforts include chairing MCUL’s league audit committee, serving as a council member for the CFPB’s credit union advisory council and receiving an award from the CUNA HR/TD Council recognizing excellence in employee engagement. Rose Carroll had surgery this year on her left internal carotid artery and is the proud owner of five stents. She and her husband are moving to South Bend and will begin preparations for our reunion in June. Please plan on attending our 35th in 2017. If you have not made plans to attend, please add that first weekend in June to your calendars. Let’s make this one a special one. Don’t forget to send updates to our email address below. — Dave and Tess Lewis; 30 Battle Ridge Road, Morris Plains NJ 07950; cell 973-219-4050;;

82MBA Class Secretary — Renée (Amirkanian) Cooper;

82JD Reunion Planning

Mark your calendars for our 35th Reunion, which will be held June 1-4, 2017, on campus. I hope our class will have a great turnout. Watch for more details after the first of the year. Congratulations to Paul Mattaini, who recently became a grandfather. Paul’s daughter, Katie, had a son while she was in the middle of her PhD program at MIT. Katie is now doing post-doc work at Tufts. As Paul says, she is a real slacker. Carol and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with Maryann and Tim Abeska and Wendy and Tim Nickels at the Carriage House in May to celebrate our wedding anniversaries. Condolences to Chuck Gallagher, whose mother passed away in June, and to Tim Abeska, whose younger sister also passed away in June. Please send me news. — Frank Julian; 7 W. Seventh St., Cincinnati OH 45202; 513-579-7337;

83 Updates

Tom Griffin, Todd Hooper and Mike Flores recently pulled off a Morrissey Manor round robin. Over Easter, Patti and Tom traveled to the UK to visit their daughter, Renee, who is studying in the Notre Dame London Program. While in London, they saw Todd’s daughter, Sophia, who is also in the program. The Griffins got together with Kate ’83SMC and Mike in Switzerland, where Mike has worked for several years. Afterward, Mike and Kate flew to Morocco and spent a week with Nancy and Todd exploring souks and the dunes of the Sahara. They then returned home through London where they enjoyed the West End with Sophia and Renee. Steve Fox is proud and happy to report that his daughter, Kendall, a sophomore, will be a Notre Dame cheerleader.* John Young* reports that he is a recent recipient of a double lung transplant and is getting back into shape and recovering. He encourages all to sign up to be organ donors. Sandy Pancoe and Sonny Peek provided updates on Sonny’s progress after surgery. Both report that he has a long recovery ahead, but the surgery went well. Christopher Temple Davis reports that he is participating in a leukemia clinical trial at Ohio State and the treatment is showing early success. Best wishes to John, Sonny and Chris in their recoveries. Christopher Fasano is the proud father of two Notre Dame legacies. His son, Patrick ’16, graduated from the University this spring and will continue as a PhD student in physics as a Notebaert Fellow. Chris’s daughter, Cecilia, will be entering the Class of 2020. Mick DePaolo reported that our classmate, John Brown, is running for Pennsylvania State Auditor General. John is the county executive for Northampton County PA. Mick’s daughter, Kate ’16, was a member of the Class of 2016. Congratulations to Suzanne (Tremblay) Anderson on her appointment as the first female president of Virginia Mason Medical Center. She also is executive vice president of Virginia Mason Health System. Previously, Suzanne was chief information officer and chief financial officer. Diane and Russ Wyborski will be moving to the Cleveland area. Russ started a new job as a project manager for Biomotiv in Cleveland after 10 years at Avon Products. Russ says the time at Avon is why he still looks so good. In his new position, he will be identifying and pushing new drugs through the development phase. Russ also says the move will put him in a location with cheaper golf and closer to South Bend for football games. Congratulations to TJ Conley on being named one of the Top 100, 2016 Minnesota Super Lawyers. TJ is an employment and labor attorney in Minneapolis. Patrick Gallagher’s son, Thomas ’16, graduated from the University this year with a degree in theology. Terry Brown’s son, Michael ’16, graduated from the University this year and will attend law school at UCLA. Be sure to join the Class Facebook page. You’ll reconnect with class members, get information on what everyone is doing and enjoy a sneak peek of this column. Search for “Notre Dame Class of 1983” and click “join.” Feel free to drop me a line with any news you’d like to share with the class. — Louis J. (Chip) Denkovic; 520 West 43 St., No. 32G, New York NY 10036; cell 917-399-8784; bus 212-762-6674;

83MBA Class Secretary — John Hilbrich;


83JD Class Secretary — Ann E. Merchlewitz;

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84 Lots of Grads

Spring was exciting for several classmates whose children graduated with the ND Class of 2016. Rick Naylor, Mike Conroy, David Deranek, Sue (Schuller) and Tom Allen, Jeff Lindholm, Brian Ledley, Tracey ’84SMC and Gregory Russell, Tracy (Reimer) and Mike Neis and Katie McDonnell Bredemann were bursting with pride as they watched their children graduate. Congrats to Elizabeth Haneman Karkula, who was sworn in as a judge by the Illinois Supreme Court, and is sitting at the Daley Center, Chicago. Mike Stephan joined the board of trustees of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Martin Riegel is living in Auckland, New Zealand. I enjoyed a great annual reunion in Minnesota with a wonderful group. Locals Ellen (Banovetz) Kaiser and Maureen (Hesburgh) Ryan planned fabulous activities for us. Sheila (Dresser) Novak flew in early for the festivities. Also in Minnesota were Marie Devlin, Beth (Hards) Stechschulte (no broken bones), our extraordinary photographer Mary Jo (Conradt) Francis, Teresa (Hedrick) Williams, Anne (Wernimont) Kritzmire, Maureen Canavan, the paddleboard queen Ellie Cullom and me. Great food, laughs, walks around the lake, a water ski show and a comedy club made it a truly wonderful weekend. I treasure these ND friendships. Cathy Pieronek was posthumously awarded the Alumni Association James Armstrong Award, which recognizes a graduate who has given distinguished service to ND as an employee. Please keep the families of Larry Andreini and Mark Kirkland in your prayers as they cope with their deaths. — Martha Avery;

84MBA Class Secretary — Tom Phillips;

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84JD More Condolences

In the spring edition of this magazine, I mistakenly reported the passing of Pat Pedro, and offered our class’s condolences to his family. Upon learning of my error, the Law School Alumni Association emailed my correction letter to our class. Pat graciously accepted my heartfelt apology for my error. Now, I have confirmed through the Law School that Pat died in May after a long battle with ALS. Therese and Tom Waters traveled from Michigan to represent our class at Pat’s funeral at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fayetteville NY. Tom shares this reflection on our friend and classmate: “Julie Pedro, Pat’s wife, became his voice and his lifeline as he lost his own speech. Julie was supported by daughters Melissa and Maria as well as many colleagues, friends and extended family. Although Pat lost strength of body, he never lost his spirit or capacity to love. His well-attended funeral included eulogies by the Catholic priest and by an Episcopalian minister who was a close family friend. She said of Pat’s journey through this life that he concluded that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Those lucky enough to have had Pat in their lives will remember his quick wit, his warm laughter and his inclusive, compassionate nature. Our class is blessed to have been touched by Pat Pedro and he will be missed.” Our deepest condolences to Barb Grady on the unexpected death of her husband, David Dugan, in March. Barb and David have a son Ryan and daughter Emily, and shared a law practice, Dugan Grady law office in Providence RI. David was an attorney for 31 years, the last 18 as senior counsel to the Rhode Island Office of Child Support Enforcement. May they rest in peace. — Matthew J. Dunn; 19834 Timbered Estates Lane, Carlinville IL 62626; 773-294-6851;

85 Milestones

The Rev. Patrick Neary recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination. In August, Bill Phelan took his third child, Sean, to Notre Dame for freshman orientation. Sean will be a member of the Class of 2020, and will one day join his brothers Brian Phelan ’13 and Dan Phelan ’14 as Notre Dame graduates. Bill lives in Hoffman Estates IL with his wife of 26 years, Lynn. He is the CFO for the American Bar Association. Bill will join his former roommate, Dick “Bird” Larkin, and other Zahm Hall alumni for a reunion at the Duke game. Former Zahm Hall rector Father Tom King will attend as well. — Kathleen Doyle Yaninek;

85MBA Class Secretary — Dom Yocius;

85JD Arguments

Joe Harraka, who is a senior litigator and member at the law firm Becker LLC in New Jersey, argued before the Supreme Court of New Jersey in a case involving a novel question of law regarding the nature and extent of a landowner’s or employer’s liability for off-site injuries and the associated scope of duty. In an entertaining oral argument, the court addressed an issue brought before it by way of a certified question from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Joe said, “It truly was an honor to have argued before the highest court of this state on behalf of one of the firm’s clients on such an interesting legal issue. All of the justices were well prepared and asked pointed and insightful questions during oral argument of both me and opposing counsel.” Also on the east coast, Frank Tantone checked in from Long Island NY, where he has a general practice with a concentration in personal injury and real estate (transactional and zoning). Frank recently completed seven-years as the local Republican Party chairman. Frank’s sons are following in their father’s footsteps. Son Frank graduated St. John’s U Law School and sat for the New York Bar Exam. Nick ’13 is beginning his third year at Fordham Law. Here is a plug for the Career Services office: for the past few summers I have enjoyed participating in the Law School’s nationwide Summer Mock Interview Program. Agreeing to provide a practice interview to a rising 2L will help these students prepare for the rigorous OCI process. The time commitment is modest and it is a wonderful opportunity to meet engaging, bright, enthusiastic future Notre Dame lawyers. Contact Vincent Versagli, Director of Career Development, if you would like to help out next summer: Please continue to send your news, I look forward to hearing from you. — Kelly Kiernan Largey;

86 That’s a Wrap

We had an incredible gathering for the 30th Reunion. I want to send a resounding and sincere thank you on behalf of all those who attended our Class Mass to Kathleen Burke and Denise Blank for all of their hard work and planning. They again made our Mass one of the most memorable moments of our weekend. These two have taken such care in making it special for all of us over three decades. Every five years, I call Kathleen to ask her if she would like to do the Mass, and before I finish the sentence she has Denise on the phone and they are on it. They have partnered each time to deliver a masterpiece. We also want to thank Father Dan Groody and Deacon Mel Tardy for celebrating a beautiful Mass. I know I speak for everyone that it is a special gift to have our own classmates on the altar. Father Dan’s homily touched us all, and it felt like we were home again. Special thanks to Denise Blank, Heather O’Shea, Julie and Sean O’Brien, Tony Del Castillo and John McGrath for lending their beautiful voices in the choir. This is another group that answers the call every five years. Thanks also to our readers Liz Siegel and Rich Enderle; our Prayers of the Faithful readers KC Culum, Fifi Paraiso, Tom Grant and Janet Seidl; our gift bearers Kate O’Malley, Brian Thelen and Karen Leeker; and our Eucharistic ministers *Jackie Byers, Andre Hutchinson, Anne Williams and Tom Grant. We ended the Mass remembering all of our classmates who we have lost over these 34 years by reading their names as a candle was passed around by all in the congregation. They will not be forgotten. Pam, Lori, Chris and I want to thank all who were able to make the trip and celebrate the awesome fellowship that occurred over the weekend. Your generosity allowed us to fill our tent with all that we needed to enjoy great evenings after our dinners. For those who were not able to be with us, we raised a glass to each of you both evenings as we do each Reunion. I speak on behalf of all those that attended when I say that we hope you can make the next one. Someone said over the weekend that we only have eight of these left if we live to 90. Rather ambitious fellow that Jack Gibbs is, but we can all work toward it. In August Mary Langer became a judge in the Richmond VA Juvenile and Domestic Relations General District Court. She was appointed by the Virginia General Assembly. She has been practicing criminal law in Richmond for 27 years, most recently as a prosecutor of child physical and sexual abuse. Jack Gibbs and his daughter Ainsley visited New York for a few days in July. In addition to taking in Jersey Boys, they visited lower Manhattan, and I had the pleasure of grabbing lunch with them. Susie Baker Shipley’s daughter Fabiola is starting at Notre Dame this fall. Susie left RBS a few years ago to become the regional president for Huntington Bank in Western PA. Please take a moment to fire in a quick update. — John Spatz; 201-264-2459;

86MBA Class Secretary — Maureen Decker;

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86JD Class Secretary — Don Passenger;

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87 New Jobs for Classmates

Over the last few years, Tom Riley has purchased beach vacation rentals on Treasure Island FL. One of his vacation rentals, aptly named Riley’s Retreat, has been a place for ND friends and former football teammates to gather for weekends and minireunions. Joe Schweninger reports that his eldest child, Maureen, is a freshman at Notre Dame. Joe works in corporate operations for Cardinal Health and lives in Columbus OH with his four children. He is on campus frequently for recruiting trips and football weekends and would love to hear from old friends. Joe mentioned that his alumni directory information is current; I encourage everyone to keep their alumni directory information up-to-date so people can easily contact you. Congrats to Valerie (Barker) Waller, who joined the YMCA of the USA as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Valerie is married to Steve Waller ’90. They live in Chicago and have two girls: Marin, 10, and Greer, 9. John “JC” Coffey is leading the efforts of Cherokee Nation Technologies to provide unmanned support and services. JC is working directly with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to develop and implement an unmanned systems strategy that provides recommendations for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems, as well as other unmanned technologies. JC was previously chief of staff at the Naval Research Laboratory. I recently accepted the position of vice president, content strategy at V3B, a marketing and communications firm. I’m responsible for the content strategies for four websites as well as new business development. — Katherine Bull; 2 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Unit 407, Savannah, GA 31410;

87MBA Looking Ahead

Hello everyone. In one more year, it will be our 30th anniversary. Get ready for our biggest Reunion ever. As a warm-up to our 30th, there will be three tailgaters this fall that many classmates will attend. Mark Brostowski will host the Michigan State tailgate. I will host the Stanford and Virginia Tech tailgates. Look for the Canadian flag beside Legends, or Senior Bar as you know it. Regulars from the MBA Class of ’87 are Jake Frego, Rick Hans, Mark Brostowski, Chris Murphy, Van Pearcy, Connie O’Brien and yours truly. Special appearances over the last year have been Nancy Martin, Bill McGillicuddy, Doug Thatcher, Timothy O’Reilly and Bernardo Norena. Hopefully, we will see more of our classmates during this football season. If not, plan for our Reunion in 2017. If you are attending any of the above noted games, let me know by email, and I’ll ensure that we all meet. Go Irish. — Perry N. Dellelce; Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, Suite 800, Wildeboer Dellelce Place, 365 Bay St., Toronto, Ontario M5H 2V1; 416-361-5899; fax 416-361-1790;

87JD Goodbye, Old Friend

There is sad news with the passing of John Coutilish in late July. John had a successful solo practice, was a great father and family man and huge supporter of Michigan State sports. He is survived by his wife, Theresa, sons Paul and Ben and daughter Alex. John always had a big smile and made friends with everyone in the class. That makes eight from our class who have departed. I had a chance to have dinner with John Fitzpatrick on a recent trip to Phoenix. He and I were speaking, separately, at the Arizona State Bar Convention. John is a partner with Frazer, Ryan, Goldberg & Arnold, a multiple year Super Lawyer and very proud of daughter Mikayla, who is getting a golf scholarship at Xavier U in Cincinnati, and son John Jr., who was just admitted with honors into one of Arizona’s finest high schools. John admired a house for years while playing at his club, and when it recently came open, he bought it. — Tim Borchers; 206-384-6178;

88 Emerald Isle Memorial

Some events are so significant and uplifting that they merit messages from numerous participants. One such event was a sun-kissed memorial golfing trip to Ireland in honor of classmate Tom McLean, who made the most of his almost 40 years of life and of his multiple sets of lungs. This trip coincided with what would have been Tom’s 50th birthday. Tom’s brother, Tim ’83,’88JD, first contacted me and shared that a number of classmates from St. Ed’s joined him for the journey, including Chris Borgstrom, Jeff Crouth, Todd Glomb, Matt Kairis, Mike Nelligan and Greg Noe. They spent a week revisiting the golf courses, sights and pubs that Tim and Tom visited with their parents and sister back in 2001 to celebrate Tom’s first double lung transplant. Additionally, above-mentioned Matt Kairis went to great lengths to make certain that news of this gathering was included in our column. He pointed out that each golf game was followed by Guinness toasts that were lit by the flame of a candle borrowed from the Grotto. (The candle is to be returned this football season of course.) He further noted that “Tom’s love of the Cubs was not discussed.” How life-giving that the group was able to be powerfully in Tom’s presence again, sharing laughs and memories. In Georgia, Christy (Sieger) Barker, Chatham County assistant district attorney, was named “2016 Assistant District Attorney of the Year” by the state’s district attorneys’ association. A prosecutor in superior court since ’94, Christy was nominated “for all of the hard work she does in the major crimes division prosecuting murderers and armed robbers.” Her efforts in the public corruption area, where she volunteers above and beyond her regular duties, along with her 20-plus years of service assisting young or future lawyers, helped to cement her selection. A look at a number of the cases Christy has prosecuted reveals that much justice has been served in Chatham County thanks to her talents and her passion. Paul Reuvers will have another son, Jonathan ’20, in Alumni Hall, and Rector Father George Rozum, CSC, is still there, going on 38 years. Father George married son Zacherie ’11 to Colleen Lake ’11SMC at the Basilica in October 2015. Siblings Courtney ’13SMC and Riley ’17 were in attendance. His youngest child, Nathan, a 6-foot-10 top-100 national player, will be playing college basketball at Wisconsin, joining a top-10 2017 recruiting class for the Badgers. Nathan looks forward to playing the Irish soon, after getting to scrimmage with the current and former Irish players before the Texas game last fall. The Reuvers plan to hit most of the Irish home games this fall and to spend time at the “cabin” in South Bend. I was saddened to learn from Rafael Torrens that Frank Mackle IV passed away on Feb. 2. Frank’s obituary described him as “an extraordinarily devoted family man (whose) greatest treasures were his beloved wife, Lisa, and three daughters, Alessandra, Cristina and Francesca, around whom his whole life revolved.” Frank was a master builder who upheld the family construction traditions and who was the force behind many fine homes in the Miami area. Outside of his work, he was an avid outdoorsman who loved boating, fishing and diving. Prayers and peace to the family members and friends who, like Rafael, were devastated by Frank’s death. — Laurine Megna; PO Box 18138, Avon CO 81620; 970-390-9742;

88MBA Soccer Connections, Early Retirement

I heard from two of our classmates with exciting news. First, Toni and Mario Zepponi brought their daughter, Samantha ’20, to campus this summer to prepare for her freshman year of studies and to play for the Notre Dame Women’s Soccer Team. So look for Samantha wearing the number 6 jersey and playing for the defense this season. Congrats Samantha. Mario also shared news about his two older children: Anthony graduated from college in the Los Angeles area and Colette attends college in San Diego. Mario transitioned from practicing law several years ago to start a merger and acquisition advisory firm that specializes in the wine and beverage alcohol industry. He regularly travels throughout the country pursuing and working on transactions. Be sure to look him up at their website, It was great to hear from Don Cline, who shared that he retired last year. After graduating from Notre Dame, he worked with a number of banking institutions in corporate and private banking, most recently with Morgan Stanley Private Bank. With more time on his hands, he is enjoying his family and pursuing other interests. Don has two children: Kevin will be a senior at the U of Michigan, and Jenny will start her freshman year at Indiana U. Don’s wife, Sue, continues working as a part-time regional administrator for a large pharmaceutical company and enjoys working from home. They have lived in Rochester Hills MI for 25 years and are looking forward to their new adventures now that both kids are in college. Don is excited to see the renewed rivalry between ND and U of Michigan in 2018. I hope to hear from more of you. Who else has star athlete kids, is retired or enjoying grandchildren at this very young age? Contact me and let me know. — Ron Linczer; 1251 N. Eddy St., Suite 300, South Bend IN 46617; mobile 574-302-2832; bus 574-631-3591;

88JD Class Secretary — Lisa Marie Visingardi;

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89 News to Share

Thanks to all who reached out over the last few months. I heard from Rich Tylka, who is a database administrator at WP Glimcher. He has five children and lives in Columbus OH. His eldest son, Daniel, graduated from U of Alabama last year and is a loan officer at Alabama Credit Union. His daughter Anastasia will graduate from Saint Mary’s in May and will spend this next year working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Minneapolis and then on to med school. His son Clayton is a junior at U of Alabama, and son Nicholas just became an Army ranger and is stationed in the state of Washington. Last but not least, his youngest, Jonathan, is a junior in high school. Kevin W. Burke shared that he has been named the first managing director of the Notre Dame Institute of Global Investing at the University’s Mendoza College of Business. He retired as president of Conatus Capital in December 2015. He will be responsible for implementing the vision of the institute and managing its operations, including developing and directing curriculum and programs, mentoring students and recruiting and coordinating faculty to participate in the institute’s programs. He will work in collaboration with the institute’s faculty director, Shane Corwin. Lastly, Kevin Boughal reached out about the unexpected death of his roommate Steve Highter. Steve received a bachelor’s degree from ND, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U of Massachusetts Amherst in 1994 and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Stanford U in 1995. Steve was a licensed professional engineer in California. Following graduation from Stanford, Steve worked in the planning division of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in Whittier. He became the head of the district’s public information section in 2014, which was his responsibility until his death. Steve leaves the loves of his life, his daughters Sydney and Sheridan. He also leaves his mother, Carolyn Leach, and her husband, Chris, of Gales Ferry CT, his dad, Bill, of Amherst MA and his sister, Beth, of Gales Ferry. Be well and keep the information coming. — Noel Murtha DiNome;

89MBA A Lifetime

We know 27 years is a lifetime for some people. I was 27 when I graduated from ND with my MBA. Yet, it has been 27 years since we graduated, and it seems like such a short time ago. There have been many changes to ND in these 27 years as well as many changes to our lives: marriages and divorces, births and deaths, careers made and broken and even some retirements. I have not heard from many of you in a long time, so if you are interested in having me share your news, please send it my way. — Maggie DeVoe; 612-845-9662;

89JD Class Secretary — Jenny O’Leary Smith