class notes


60 Winter in Florida

Tornadoes in Florida? Who woulda thunk it? We have excellent input from VP Steve Barry for this issue. Bob Pietrzak and Dr. Ed Nebel reported rewarding chats to encourage Ed’s Howard Hall roomie Dave Hurd, who is suffering from a rare blood illness. Dave is under an excellent treatment program run by the James Cancer Center at Ohio State U in Columbus. Dave is loved by all who know him, a cerebral, affable and spiritual man. Dave may be reached at 740-983-8354, or Keep him in your prayers. Bengal Bout 147-pound champ Bob Fitzsimons watched the Irish curse (Fiesta Bowl) from Point Lookout NY and will spend February and March in Arizona this year with his pal Jean. Gene Dolan is splitting time between his residences at the Jersey Shore, Fort Myers FL and Vermont; possibly thanks to the astute portfolio management by Joe Drago. Joe is splitting time between Long Island and Jupiter FL. Joe caught up with Bob “Tex” Marschall and reports that Phil O’Reilly took a fall but is progressing nicely. It could be suggested that classmate Phil took harder falls in the Linebacker Lounge and bigger hits on the interhall gridiron. But that was then. This is now. Joe Cooper brokered lengthy telephone conversations between Al Chonko, Pat Heenan and John “Bluntnose” Stiloski. It was great to re-connect with Big Al! There is no truth to the rumor that Joe Cooper and Brian VanGorder exchanged Christmas cards. Bill McMurtrie is in good health and spirits, enjoying his golf game in Boynton Beach FL with his bodyguard, Jean, for the winter. He plans to meet with quasi-half-brother Frank Carpin (Longboat Key) for additional rounds of golf, bloodies and Mount Gay rum and tonics. Bill spoke with Diane McAllister on the second anniversary of Don’s passing and reports that Diane is keeping busy with projects in Louisville and Cabo San Lucas. Brendan Barry has been nominated for New Jersey High School Most Outstanding Basketball Player. Brendan is the grandson of Georgetown Hall of Famer Jim Barry, brother of Steve Barry. Jackson White, grandson of Don White, had a fabulous senior year quarterbacking Bucholtz High School in Gainesville FL to the state tournament. Déjà vu? Now from “ole” Joe. Bob Beckerle’s wife, Genie, passed away on Jan. 10 after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s. She received excellent treatment through the years and was able to get around pretty well. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bob and the Beckerle family. Bob Skrzycki made his sixth hole-in-one Sept. 9. He used a 4-hybrid on the 175-yard 11th hole at The Preserve at Jordan Lake. He said it felt good and looked good as soon as it left the club. By the way, his first one was made on July 12, 1954, his dad’s birthday. Lawrence F. Barone Jr., 77, Newport Beach, died Jan. 14; his arrangements were through With the additional transfer of $804,777 on Nov. 24, which completed Dick Corbett’s matching pledge agreement, the balance in the Class of 1960 Scholarship Endowment Fund was $3,740,604.26. Thank you, Dick, and thank you to the “Greatest Class Ever” for your continuing support in making this happen. — Joseph F. Jansen; 9190 Southmont Cove, No.103, Ft. Myers FL 33908; 239-461-0980; cell 317-514-4478;

60JD Class Secretary — John DiNardo;


61 Reunion

Registrations are being received for our 55th Reunion to be held on campus June 2-5. Our president, Prince Chuck Lennon, encourages as many of you as possible to attend the reunion. The committee is working on a Class Mass and seminar. The 50-Year Club members (us) have first access to the Morris Inn at regular rates, call 574-631-2000. They have a waiting list. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 2, there will be a box lunch and discussion: Reflections on Spirituality for Senior Alums. After the opening reception, June 2, for all the classes, there will be a dinner at the Morris Park Country Club, and then we will return to our dorm for the hospitality room and conversation. There will be transportation and a cash bar. The dinner is a separate cost of $30 per person, not included in the registration. Friday to Saturday night we follow the regular reunion schedule. Sunday morning from 10 to noon, Joan and Chuck Lennon will have an open house at their home for the class, after the on-campus breakfast. Tim Monahan emailed that Father Dennis O’Shaughnessy just consecrated his new church, Mary Queen of Heaven in Orange Park FL. He was put in charge there right after his ordination in 2008. He presided over his congregation in a multi-purpose building for seven years until they raised $1,400,000 to build the church. “Father Osh” worked for Cadillac division of GM first as VP of sales on the West Coast then moved to Detroit to oversee all Cadillac sales. He lost his wife to cancer. They had four kids. At age 64, he decided to become a priest and was ordained at age 69. At age 68 he ran the Chicago Marathon. He has lots of energy. Red Mack played pro football for the Steelers when they went to the first Super Bowl in 1967. As a part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary, that team was introduced on the field Sept. 19 when the Steelers played the Seahawks. Each team member was given a gold football, which Red gave to his high school’s athletic director. He gave his jersey from Super Bowl I to his high school. He was accompanied by his wife, Jean. I heard from Chris Lund; he is up for the 55th Reunion. David Mitchell wrote to say that John Hornak passed away in September.Larry Erickson wrote that Jerry Wolfe died also in September. He had a distinguished career in aerospace with General Electric and Orbital Sciences, including managing the Hubble Space Telescope. Also, Larry wrote of the death of Thomas W. Gamel. Larry’s last note was that we have lost Jim Kenny. Jim was a heroic Marine helicopter pilot and served in Vietnam, as well as an accomplished golfer and all around nice guy who was nice to be with. That’s about it for today. Abbie is at the front door with the latch string out hoping you will drop by and enjoy some of our 80-degree weather here in winter. Y’all come, ya’ hear. — Joseph P. (Pat) Kelly; 2103 N. Wheeler St., Victoria TX 77901; 361-573-9982;

61JD New Reunion Plans

Over the years, law alumni have expressed a desire to return to campus on a weekend that would allow them to see faculty, students and the law school in action. After considering the available options, the University is offering an NDLS Fall Reunion for 2016 on campus Oct. 7 to 9. Some alumni may have made plans to attend Notre Dame Reunion 2016 in June. Those alumni are still welcome to attend Notre Dame Reunion 2016 and should look on the ND website for details about registration. I will be sending a full column for the next issue detailing our activities, including the class-specific events that I am planning. — John N. Moreland;

62 Remembering Our President

Class President Denny Strojny died suddenly of cardiac arrest on Nov. 18. There had been no warning of problems along this line, and earlier that day he had been doing his normal thing of sending texts, adding to his Facebook page, etc. Lou Schirano and I attended his memorial service which turned into a celebration of his life. Several funny stories were told by his daughter Heidi. Afterward, we went to the home of his daughter Krissy ’87 for a reception and more amusing stories. While we were the only ones from the class, others attending included two fellow American Airlines pilots who added to the memories. Denny was highly respected by his peers at American, and we found that the airline relied on Denny’s assessment as to whether it was safe to add commercial service to Aspen, a very difficult airport for a large plane. In addition, he was one of the few American pilots to certify others to pilot a 767. Denny spent the last year of his career as a 777 captain, a job he loved. In a note sent after the funeral, his wife, Gay, indicated that Denny was most proud of being president of our class. As a memorial, the class made a donation in Denny’s name to the “God, Country, and Notre Dame Scholarship” because he had served four years in the Air Force after graduation. Eligible recipients are students who have served on active duty and the sons and daughters of an active duty veteran. If you would like to make a contribution in Denny’s memory, make your check out to the University but send it to Mike Brown in the Alumni Office so that it gets credited properly. With Denny’s passing, Lou Schirano has become class president. His nomination was supported unanimously by those responding. In one of his first acts, Lou is working to obtain an allocation of tickets to the Michigan State game on Sept.17. This will kick off our 55th Reunion celebration, set for late May 2017. You will hear more of as the year goes by. Pat Booker, who passed away in September, will be interred in the cemetery on campus on April 23. Les Boudreaux and Joe Drolla plan to represent the class. In the “we are approaching middle age at a gallop” department, John Shanahan reports that he and his wife celebrated his 75th at a restaurant near Lugano, Switzerland. John said when the owner learned it was his birthday, she brought out a special cake with only one candle that burned like an Atlas rocket and then extinguished itself. It made it a lot easier than blowing out 75. Bob Kenny received The Victory Season by Robert Weintrab for Christmas; he highly recommends it. It describes 1946 as centered on baseball, as well as the labor strife, housing shortages, racism, etc. of the post-war era. “Dickie” Musial is mentioned for panicking the entire Midwest by answering the phone and telling an inquisitive reporter the family was “packing.” They were indeed packing, but for a St. Louis move, not to the Mexican League, as was widely feared, because they had offered Stan a king’s ransom to jump. Chapter 21 features Stan the Man, and “Dickie” gets another mention. Barry Leone died in October and was living in Irvine CA at the time. Tom Gamel passed away on Nov. 28. Tom graduated in three years and was a major benefactor to schools in Denver where he lived. Mike Jasper passed away on Jan. 22 after a long fight with multiple myeloma. He was a cardiothoracic surgeon in Pensacola and retired about two years ago. On Jan. 23, George Sefick died after a two-year bout with Alzheimer’s. He was living in Florida having retired from the Atlanta Falcons after the 2001 season, capping a 30-year NFL coaching career. Mike Musiano passed away on Jan. 25 from amyloidosis; he spent the last several months in a nursing home. He had retired as a VP of a construction management company. — Raymond Raedy; 5310 Rileys Ridge Road, Hillsborough NC 27278; 919-967-8816;

62JD Class Secretary — Paul K. Rooney;

1209 Oakmont Drive, No. 2, Walnut Creek CA 94595;

63 Enjoying Life

Ronald Ciancio is mayor of Seabrook Island SC, “a great place to visit and even better place to live; hope to see some classmates down this way.” Lou Lucas, father of six daughters and grandfather to 10, is “enjoying winter in the Santa Ynez Valley and praying for more rain; we’re putting to bed last year’s vintage of wine and pruning the grapevines for the new vintage.” He says, “we drank more than 30 cases of my wine at the 50th. (Use coupon code notredame at for the ND family discount.) I wish we could all be together again soon.” Frank Vitro of Denton TX and emeritus professor at U of North Texas, says, “I just had to share my exuberance and my pride after returning to the campus for the first time since graduation. We attended the Wake Forest game and got to visit every nook and cranny of the campus led by my grandson who is a freshman at ND in mechanical engineering. The property has undergone an incredible metamorphosis since we were students there. It was a memorable experience.” Retired as chair of the psychology department, Frank plays golf six days a week, gets to the Masters in Augusta GA and New England in the summer. Michael H. McCarthy, professor emeritus of philosophy at Vassar College, has published a new book titled Authenticity as Self Transcendence: The Enduring Insights of Bernard Lonergan, designed to show Lonergan’s exceptional relevance to the cultural situation of late modernity. McCarthy has carefully studied the writings of Lonergan, a Canadian philosopher theologian, for 50 years. Michael says that he is at work on a third book, and “when the muse visits, I also attempt to turn the truth of my life into poetry, which I share with friends, our extended family and former students.” He seeks to “balance the solitude of thinking with the quite different joys of the human circle,” and has a “good life taken all in all.” When pressed, Michael will say, “I still look very much like the young Irishman in 322 Keenan, adjusting for weight, whitened hair and six grandchildren.” (“Our grandchildren are a great blessing in this the autumn/winter of our lives.”) Among many others, Michael keeps in touch with Denis O’Donoghue, a grammar school classmate and now a retired AA pilot living in Plano TX. Jim Remmer’s wife, Diana, died in February after a massive stroke. Rest in peace. Lifelong Louisville KY residents, Jim and Diana met in grade school. They were married 48 years. Jim was an ME at ND and lived in141 Keenan. A professional engineer, his firm had a role in the design of Papa John’s Cardinal Football Stadium as well as Churchill Downs. — Regis W. Campfield; 7534 Oakbluff, Dallas TX 75254; res 972-239-1141; fax 972-458-6928;

63JD Semper Fi, Joe

Bob Berry writes: “*Joe Sullivan* passed away in May. All of us saw Joe in declining health but, true to form, he was his brave self and attended all of our reunion functions. Joe was a combat Marine in the Korean War and received several battlefield medals. He was one of our older students, married and lived for our football team in spite of the fact that the team had the poorest record in school history. Joe was, like all of us, always in financial difficulty. During the summers, Joe and I went to Reno and Tahoe to work in the casinos and were able to make enough money to get through the second and third years. Joe loved the football team so much he decided to stay in South Bend and work for Associates Financial Corp. He rests in peace with his fellow combat Marines who paid the ultimate price.” — Bob Saxe; 15725 Ranchero Drive, Morgan Hill CA 95037; 408-779-3668;

64 After 51 Years…

Bob Lynyak breaks radio silence. In response to my recounting details of our daughter’s recent Nantucket wedding, Bob reminisced about the Nantucket marriage of his son, Kevin ’95, seven years back. It turns out that we used some of the same venues for wedding events. Bob spent 39 years with Chubb in various underwriting and management positions in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California. For the last 11 years, he has been retired in Chatham on Cape Cod. My Marine Corp buddy, Dave Garner, wrote a very moving Christmas Eve missive. The headline was Christmas 1965, and it began, “…was much like any other day in December south of Da Nang, Vietnam.” He then recounted the story of his return from patrol that evening to a small village where he and his Marines were invited to attend midnight Mass at a church and orphanage. Among many notable memories was Dave’s awareness that there was a grotto outside the church dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, similar to the Grotto at Notre Dame. We fast forward to 1999, when Julie and Dave returned to Vietnam with a military historical tours group. They saw lots of old combat bases but the highlight was returning to his Christmas church, recently repainted and looking good. Their guide explained to one of the local women who they were, and she hurried off as they entered the church. She soon returned with an old priest, who had been the celebrant at that midnight Mass. The grotto was still there, looking better than it did in 1965. Those were wonderful memories from a time long ago. I learned from Mike Ciletti that he and Tom Duff walked 250 miles of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela from the French Pyrenees to the half-way point in Sahagun, Spain. Mike reports that this coming September, God willing, they will walk the final 250 miles to Santiago. Bruce Tuthill reports from Boston that the Irish “owned” the city during the recent BC weekend. Our band even played at the Boston Pops. Bruce hosted 16 (including Adrian King) for dinner at a restaurant near Fenway Park. With 14 grandkids, Bruce and Sandy hosted a total of 25 for Thanksgiving. There were no reports of an Adrian King sighting on that occasion. John Nelson writes from Montrose CO that he is really focused on improving the quality of life in the neighborhood. He has been instrumental in building four fire stations, buying a medical clinic, funding a law enforcement/judicial agency and building a hospice program. He reports that he and Linda get no kick out of traveling anymore so these local activities keep them busy and happy. Jon James reports that all is well at his orphanage in Ongole, India. He and his colleagues have a positive impact on the young lives they touch. Jerry Berthold reports that his ND roommate and dear friend, Bud Craine, passed away in December. After graduation, Bud continued to dental school in Detroit and then on to Northwestern, where he received a degree in orthodontics. He and Patti married in 1970, leaving Chicago and moving to Palm Springs a year later. Bud had a successful orthodontics practice for 40 years, during which time he received many honors and much recognition for abundant contributions to the community. Please keep Bud’s family in your prayers. — Paul R. Charron; 44 Contentment Island Road, Darien CT 06820; 203-655-3930;

64JD High Season

Sharon and I greet everyone from Palm Springs, where we are wintering with our son in his sparkling new condo and enjoying an amiable, ambient lifestyle of great weather and food, hiking, golf and swimming and taking advantage of some special high season programs at, of all coincidences, Sacred Heart Church in Palm Desert, where some 13,000-14,000 visitors celebrate 10 weekend Masses. We also spent several days in Las Vegas watching our Seattle grandson play in a regional soccer playoff and are preparing for our 50th wedding anniversary here in February. A Santa Barbara visit with Marian and Jim Slater is on tap for the end of January. Kay and Tom Conneely report from Mill Valley (Bay Area) that they are planning a trip to Cuba in April preceded by some skiing in Park City and Alta. Robert Cash and Larry Gallick and spouses are sailing to Amsterdam (do not inhale at coffee shops) and touring parts of Europe this spring after returning to the Midwest from their winter abodes in Venice FL. I spoke with Ernie Zavodnyik, a full-time Venice resident and former city council member, who says hello to his classmates and reports his and Helen’s continuing good health. Bob Frost echoes that thought for him and Dawn from Worthington OH. Russ Bley was able to visit Frank Miele in New York over Christmas and will become a new grandfather in April. Frank continues as our “renaissance man,” rationing his time at the Met in Turandot and LaBoheme, working at an art gallery and biking, running and lifting weights. Bobby Hanlon says he is doing “amazingly well” in his recovery from aortic valve replacement surgery and has resumed some legal work from home. Gerry Vairo continues his good fight with MS while dealing with two bouts of pneumonia and reports that he has stabilized and is resuming some board work in the UP. Gene Kramer recently has had sciatic nerve back surgery, managing to trip over a rolled carpet while moving into new digs and reports he’s doing well. Chuck Sweeney and Georgia have delayed their snow birding to Long Boat Key pending Georgia’s treatment for health issues. Jack Jiganti greets everyone and reports all is well with him and Dorothy. As he nears his 75th birthday, Jack plans to take some time from his many activities for reflection on his future directions. Hurley Smith says the same while bemoaning his decision to quit playing full-court basketball a few years ago. Lou Pfeiler has received another award for his outstanding service in providing military funeral services for veterans. This time the honor came from Quilts of Value, a northern Iowa women’s group. Adele and Jack Kopko will be experiencing the birth of their first grandchild in early February and then will retreat from the winter weather and his bankruptcy practice to Puerto Vallarta. Charles Sacher continues his practice in Coral Gables, supported by his loving family and friends. — Richard B. Wagner; 1204 Erskine Manor Hill, South Bend IN 46614, 574-299 -9888; cell 760-567-1270;

65 Army Man Moves into Navy Territory

After a career in the Army teaching at West Point, serving in Army Intelligence and achieving the rank of colonel, Doug Lovejoy and his wife, Jean, settled in Princeton NJ, where he became a deacon at Princeton’s Aquinas Institute. Early in his Army life, Doug earned an MBA from Princeton. Recently the Lovejoys moved to Annapolis to be closer to some of their six children, three of whom are ND grads: Rachel ’91, Jessica ’94 and Charles ’99. Phil Haley and his wife, Sue (Armel) ’66SMC, winter in Naples FL and summer in Champlin MN. Phil is a retired orthopedic surgeon. His time is well spent fishing and golfing. Two of their three children are ND grads: John ’90 and Maureen ’94. John Killeen was Phil’s roommate at ND and married his sister, Tricia ’70SMC. John earned an MA in education and another MA in history from ND. They live in Mishawaka and have two children. John is a retired high school teacher and tennis coach. Linda and Ted Valenti live in Kildeer, a northwestern suburb of Chicago and spend time visiting their four children and five grandchildren, who are scattered across the country and in Germany. Son, David, is ND ’97. Ted was one of ND’s early rugby players and has now taken up biking. He has been retired for five years after working at ADP for 37 years in many capacities including VP of sales for two product lines. Like so many classmates, Ted felt that our 50th Reunion was a tremendous success and will always be a milestone memory. Judy and Jim Eifert live in Three Rivers MI, not far from South Bend. Their two children are ND grads: Rebecca ’93 and Andrew ’97. Mick Donovan lives in Pensacola FL. Martha and Frank Hinchey are in Delaware OH. They have three children, including daughter Elizabeth ’93. Frank called with sad news of the passing of Bill Pfouts on Christmas Eve from esophageal cancer. Bill and his wife, Kathy, lived in Greensburg PA. Two of his three daughters are ND grads: Laura ’03 and Rebecca ’00. After ND, Bill served on a destroyer as a Navy lieutenant (junior grade) and the ship’s Catholic chaplain. Later he earned a PhD in metallurgical engineering from Ohio State. He worked for GE and Kennametal. — James P. Harnisch; 6759 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040;

65JD Fulfilling Lives

Following graduation from NDLS, Tex Dutile worked as a trial attorney at the US Department of Justice, and then joined the law faculty at Catholic U of America. In 1971, he was invited to teach at Notre Dame, which he did until his retirement 40 years later. Tex says that “one of the toughest things he encountered after joining the faculty was calling his former profs by their first names at lunch: ‘Say, Con, would you pass the salt?’” In addition to working with wonderful colleagues and students at his favorite university, career highlights include seven terms at ND’s London Program; service as acting dean (”imagine how I felt having Dean O’Meara’s former office"); and six exciting years as NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and Chair of the Faculty Board on Athletics, positions formerly held by Fathers Joyce and Beauchamp. Tex says, “the fulfillment occasioned by my professional life was surpassed only by that of my personal life.” While in law school, Tex married his landlady’s daughter, Brigid Dooley, whose father had been ND’s first career-services director. Tex cut class for a full week to honeymoon in Chicago, a spectacularly worthwhile tradeoff. Tex and Brigid have been married 51 years and have two children (both ND grads) and four grandchildren. Tex enjoys reading fiction, traveling, doing crossword puzzles and playing the piano. Recall from those late-night sing-alongs at Frankie’s. Other high points include having visited with a president in the Oval Office and accompanying Frankie Avalon as he sang “Venus.” Tex muses, “I have been immensely blessed, and my law school education and classmates rank high among my blessings.” After 45 years, as a small town general practitioner in New Hampshire, Art Hoover’s small practice was consumed by a 14-lawyer firm in Concord NH. Today that practice is limited to real estate, estate planning and probate. Art is now “of counsel,” and works in a four-attorney branch office in Alton NH with his lawyer daughter, Jennifer, who received her undergraduate degree at ND. “The small town practice has not made me a wealthy man, but the experience has made me a rich man in many ways,” Art says. Susan and Art have three children. Jennifer’s twin brother, Jeffrey, a Dartmouth grad, works as a freelance journalist. His career has taken him around the world often. Their younger son, Matthew, lives nearby and has a management position with a local company. They inherited a fourth child, Patrick, when a married couple, their good friends, died. This son lives and works in the Boston area. The Hoovers have five delightful grandchildren: four girls and one boy, ages 7 to 20. Art served on the Bar Association’s Board of Governors for five years, on a local hospital board, and on a good-size credit union board, as well as on sundry charity boards and the board of the local Catholic High School. Art devoted many years to youth sports and was elected to the City of Rochester Sports Hall of Fame. About four years ago, Art was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Prior to that, Art was very active. He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 65 with two sons and friends. He played baseball (retiring at 63) with Matthew in an over-30 league. Art took up running at 29, and is still at it, but to a lesser extent. He ran his last marathon at age 70. He has also skydived. He says, “until just recently I was blessed with good health, and was able to take advantage of great recreational opportunities in
New Hampshire.” Art advises, “he married well.” He met Sue (Anderson) at ND during the summer of his second year. He worked at the Morris Inn that summer. Sue was an Indiana girl, attending South Bend’s Holy Cross School of Nursing. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in September 2015. “Without question, Sue is the glue that has kept our family grounded,” Art recalls, "The three years I spent at ND were perhaps the best three years of my life. The education I received at the law school was excellent, and I was well prepared for the Bar Exam. But most of all it was the character of my classmates that most impressed me. What a great group of men. I have been blessed.” Art is still working, but at a much-reduced time and effort. His doctor has encouraged him “to stay at it for as long as he can.” — John Donald O’Shea;

66 Come Again

This is the last call for all mates to plan to attend our 50th Reunion June 2-5 under the Dome that has shed its unique aura over our lives for more than five decades. We will gather for the 10th time since that hot June afternoon on which Lady Barbara Ward Jackson challenged us to begin what turned out to be diverse and often fascinating individual journeys. Class president Cap Gagnon along with VP Greg Rust and South Bend locals Ray Flynn, Joe Guiltinan and Pat Farrell are working to provide a stimulating and enjoyable agenda for the weekend. There will be an informal opening event hosting our gang on Thursday evening (details to be announced), followed by some modest formal activities during the weekend. But our best time will be spent catching up, reconnecting and reminiscing with good friends on a campus that, like each of us, has changed markedly over the years. The Nightliters will reprise their concert at an earlier reunion. By now you have received information from the University as to reunion registration, and we are also requesting a modest $25 contribution to help cover the cost of our private class celebrations. Send your check, made out to ND Class of 66 Fund, to Ray Flynn at 18117 Annettas Court, South Bend IN 46637. Now for some news: Charlie Nigro writes from Kansas City, where he has been retired since 2007 and remains active in a number of volunteer capacities. He met up with Hugh McGowan and Jerry Bintz from Indy last spring, and they cheered the Irish to victory over Duke in the ACC tourney. Charlie also connected in May with Dick Frey for coffee and had a phone visit with Orby Overly, who also lives in the KC area. He also keeps in touch with Tom Meuer, formerly of KC, who spends his time between Boston and Long Boat Key FL, playing golf. Dick Martiny sends word from Columbia MD of pending nuptials next May with former high school mate Frances O’Connell. Dick has been a widower for five years and re-connected with Frances 18 months ago. Dick says Gar Isacco retired from his government job, but continues doing private CPA work in Howard County MD near Baltimore. Dick and his son Geoff were planning to hit the BC game, and he will be at the 50th as well. Dick noted that Gary Hediger, late of Chicago, has moved to South Carolina where he is in real estate and still consults. Gary and Dick serve on the ND Senior Alumni Board. I picked up vibrations that Leo Greenawalt is living in Bellvue WA and keeps in touch with Paul Barry. Keith Stark reminisced that he and Don Umhofer ran food sales in Badin and were able to leverage the Nightliters to perform on the famous Badin porch before home football games. Cap recalls that Don was some sort of a judge in Santa Barbara or thereabouts. Denny Corrigan chimes in that he lived in Stanford where the Nightliters hung out. Denny had them play on his “Live from Studio A” show on WSND in 1962, before they hit the big-time. Barry Barth and Barb were on campus for the Georgia Tech game, and my son Chris and I hit the SC game, where we bumped into Pat McRedmond from Nashville. John Flatley attended the Texas game with Joe Pete Wilbert and Dick Van Etten. Dangerous Dan McGinn was on hand for UT, and Larry Dwyer continues as a major cog in the ND Marching Band machine. I heard from Jose “Pepe” Ballester from Puerto Rico, who was planning to be at the WFU game, along with a number of old ND friends. Pepe recently had a full knee replacement. Jack Gerken is working diligently to encourage at least 25 of the contingent from ND Niles High School to attend our 50th. Among the commitments he has are Jerry Erbach (DC), Terry Kiwala (Chicago), Chuck Reali (Oregon), Jim Starshak (Hawaii) and Tom Trebat (Brazil). I heard from Larry Scrivner who lives in Vegas, following earning his PhD in psychology and enjoying a career working in universities and mental health centers. A certified tennis pro, Larry teaches tennis and is tutoring in math, sciences, statistics and psychology at the College of Southern Nevada. Other than that, he’s retired. Tony Andrea is rounding up his buds Joe Pete Wilbert, Tony Rivizzigno, Bob Basche and others to join in the reunion festivities. Word is that Corey Hart and Bill Dwyer will also be on hand. I was in Bean Town for the BC game and caught up with Mike Rush and Cappy. Edie and Xavier Maruyama were having another busy year, including a trip to Turkey. I am pleased to report that through early February, response to our 50th anniversary gift initiative, the Class of 1966 Pete Duranko Student Athlete Safety Fund, is approaching $60,000 from almost 100 donors, most from our class. The goal is to raise a minimum of $350,000 in Diesel’s name to support a new ND program to prevent and treat head injuries among all athletes through enhanced research, data collection and information sharing. This could be the start of something significant based at ND, and we hope that each of you will be inspired to participate. If you happen to know others outside of the class who would be interested in helping with this initiative, which will have impact at ND and well beyond, feel free to invite their engagement. Send gifts to the Pete Duranko Fund, Pablo Martinez, ND Development Office, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556. See you in June. — Tom Sullivan; 26 Hidden Cove Road, Edgartown MA 02539; cell 773-454-4343;

66JD 50th Reunion Updates

Thanks as usual to the time and efforts of Steve Seall, the plans for our 50th Reunion are quickly being put in place. Steve informs me that as of the end January, 18 of our 42 surviving classmates have committed to attend the festivities scheduled for the Stanford weekend, Oct. 14-16. Steve has made arrangements for our Friday evening cocktail reception to be held again at the recently remodeled Morris Inn. Those choosing to continue socializing after the reception can plan to meet at Rocco’s or Barnaby’s for the traditional pizza party. Paul Polking has arranged with Dean Newton to reserve the Law School Chapel for our Memorial Mass honoring deceased classmates at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, to be followed by our pre-game brunch to be held, thanks again to Steve, at the Morris Inn at 12:30 p.m. Dean Newton has kindly invited our class to attend the St . Thomas More Society pre-game reception in the Eck Commons Lounge from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Our post-game cocktail party and dinner will be held in McKenna Hall, across the street from the Morris Inn. Please keep in mind that the game may be moved to an evening start by NBC and, if so, our cocktail party and dinner will become a pre-game event. You will probably have received more detailed information from Steve by the time this column is published, and if you have not already confirmed your attendance at this auspicious occasion, I urge you to do so now. Steve reminds me that the Morris Inn will expect a final tally of attendees soon, so it’s important to confirm your attendance without delay by contacting Steve or me. Steve’s email remains Please be certain that Steve has your current email address and other contact information so that he can update you on the arrangements. Walt Terry has written to confirm that, “God willing,” he and Dee will be attending, and Al McKenna assures me that he and Windy will also be coming, as will Bill Sanneman and Victoria. Bob Siebert is planning to be there and has been steadfast in his appeals to make this the best reunion of all. He encourages those of you who have not come to previous reunions make a serious effort to attend this one. You know who you are! Steve and I echo Bob’s sentiments and look forward to seeing you in South Bend this October. I regret, however, that I’ve just now received word that one of our classmates won’t be coming. Mike Schimberg died on Jan. 8 in Dallas. You may recall that Mike was one of the first in our class to land a job in our third year when he was hired by Dewey Ballantine in New York City. Even more impressive was that Mike’s starting salary at the firm was increased even before he graduated. In 1974, Mike went to work with Vinson and Elkins, doing corporate and securities work from their Dallas office including stints in DC, Warsaw and Moscow before retiring in 2004. In retirement he was able to devote more time to his passion for skiing in Park City UT. Mike always exuded a quiet, kind and civil gentility, and he will be missed at our reunion. — Philip C. Ruddy; 15911 Lakeshore Road, Union Pier MI 49129;

67 Dowdell Recovering

Bob Dowdell is recovering from a kidney transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Bob found the donor on his own and arranged for the transplant to occur in late January after several months on dialysis. By the time this is read, I hope Bob will be home in California with his wife, Grace. George Goeddeke went through stem cell processing in January for his injured knee and shoulder. The process takes stem cells from his body, runs them through a centrifuge, then reinstalls the stem cells in the injured segments of his body, which were the result of many years in the NFL. Jack Donahue writes that he has retired for the third and final time: once from a master Army aviator, once from United Airlines and once as a FAA air carrier operations inspector. Jack resides in Las Vegas. He was part of a committee with Ron Jezioski and John Lium to honor the legacy of Coach Mike Decicco, who helped Notre Dame get a 98 percent graduation rate for its athletes. Father Ted Hesburgh wrote the forward to the book,_ A Notre Dame Man: The Mike Decicco Story_ by Jeremy D. Bonfiglio and published by Corby Books. Jack reminds classmates that this September a celebration will take place at the Michigan State game, for the 50th anniversary of the 1966 National Championship. Jack plans to be there. Phil Beauregard wrote to inform us of the passing of his friend and our classmate W. Jim O’Neill in September from cancer. Phil and Jim were from New Bedford MA but did not meet until 1965 at Notre Dame. Jim served as a judge in Barnstable District Court of MA since 1987 when he was appointed by then-Gov. Michael Dukakis. Our class and the 1966 National Champion football team have started a fund in honor of Pete Duranko for the purpose of student athlete safety and concussion management. Contributions can be sent to Pablo Martinez, Department of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556. Please write so we can be informed. — Bert Bondi; 1891 Curtis St., Unit 1502, Denver CO 8020

67JD Two Wrongs Make It Right

In the last column I erroneously noted that Frank Cihlar (rather than Mike Smith) changed his email address and the columns I was sending were being returned. Frank responded that he had not changed his email address. I checked my distribution list and found my second error: I had failed to include Frank’s name on my master list. But, as I’ve found over the years, making a mistake in my column almost assures getting a response from otherwise recalcitrant classmates. Frank wrote to me on his first day of retirement from the Justice Dept. after more than 25 years of service. He was the chief of the tax division’s Criminal Appeals and Tax Enforcement Policy Section and, according to the assistant attorney general of the division, the acknowledged resident expert on international tax matters. He also is credited with an instrumental role in drafting and securing enactment of the legislation creating the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Court of Federal Claims. Frank received numerous awards over the years, including four departmental awards for distinguished service and outstanding legal achievement. He is living in Woodstock VA on a branch of the Shenandoah River, and he claims all classmates are welcome. Jack Harty, on the other hand, doesn’t plan to retire until he sells his backlog of real estate investment trusts that went out of fashion 30 years ago. Sean Keenan was elected to the board of trustees of Community Legal Aid Services, which serves eight counties in northeastern Ohio. He’s planning another trip to Ireland this fall to visit the Hill of Tara and other places of interest near Dublin. He may also include an excursion to Northern Ireland as both sides of his family have roots in that area. Kip Roe writes that two of his older granddaughters have been accepted into ND and Saint Mary’s for the Class of 2020. Kip’s plan is to have all of his 16 grandchildren eventually become part of the ND/Saint Mary’s family. The Roes were at the Vatican earlier in the year and, Kip claims, had a “private” audience with the Holy Father. Private, that is, except for the other hundred thousand people in the square with them. John Nelson continues his active participation with local law enforcement agencies and Crime Stoppers. He was the featured speaker at the City and County Peace Officers Annual Banquet, and he is a 20-year veteran of the county sheriff’s posse. I always wanted to be on a posse. Giddyup! John also is interested in fly fishing and he recently landed a 14-pound rainbow on a No. 3 weight fly rod. I’m not sure what that means but apparently it is pretty remarkable. Gregg Nasky writes, I think, just to remind us that he is enjoying life in Hawaii and we’re not. Beth and Frank Verterano were in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl. Enough said. But they did meet the team in the airport, and Beth talked with and had her picture taken with DeShone Kizer, our quarterback. Frank demurred. Beth adds that he is very nice and well-spoken, an excellent representative for ND. May I remind you that if, like Mike Smith, you’re not getting the unexpurgated versions of these columns, it means that I don’t have an email address for you. Why don’t you fix that? — Jim Heinhold; 1200 Carmel Lane, New Bern NC 28562; 252-638-5913;

68 Free to be the Class of 1968

Now that many of us, (OK, OK, except for you, Jim Hutchinson, and a couple of other near-Millennials born in 1947) have reached the sweet interlude between forgetting our workaday cares and forgetting to put on our pants, this is a good moment to consider the profile of the Class of 1968 in retirement. What prompts this, besides envy, is the arrival of some retirement announcements from Tom Condon in Connecticut and Jay Schwartz in Baltimore at the end of 2015, as well as word from retired Dennis Reeder that Jeff Keyes will be leaving his federal magistrate position in 2016. Here we are, no longer answering to the man, free to be us, the Class of 1968 pure and unfettered. Observation of Tom Condon in his natural state at Notre Dame — that is, at rest — leads to expectations that Tom has reverted to form. There was a time when Tom’s sleep habits were causing him to miss his early afternoon ROTC class and imperil his military career, but that is not the risk now. After Tom’s years as a reporter and a columnist for the Hartford Courant and the writing of books and articles, we all run the risk that Tom will give in to his punning muse. Beware the advent of Tom warmed up for retirement with a vacation in Bilbao, Spain, during the fall. Others throwing off the shackles of the workplace have fled the whole thing. Brian Schanning sails all over the world with Susan. Tom Cuggino lives in South Bend. Roger Guerin and Dennis Toolan took their households to Long Beach, Michigan City IN. Tom McKenna has kept his hand in Indiana politics while taking on a large helping of grandfathering. Mike Baroody turned to reflections on public policy. For example, Mike proposes a Constitutional amendment preventing anyone who wants to be president from being president. Bob Smith is a permanent deacon with the Diocese of Charleston SC. The occasional sagging jowl and rounded hip attest to Brien Murphy’s retirement from his plastic surgery practice. This leaves the responsibility of the economy on a coterie of unstoppable classmates. Retired Army Gen. Bob Noonan is executive vice president of Booze Allen Hamilton. Pat Collins is covering DC gang violence for NBC-TV and poking a blue stick in snowbanks. Class President Tom Weyer is … irreplaceable. John Walsh is protecting his doctor clients from errant judicial decisions. Dave Lensing is hard at work in Memphis as he tries to dig out of a financial hole caused by the price of a fistful of tickets to the Boston College game. Jay Schwartz, who intended to walk out onto a Maryland golf course every morning, is working on getting spring back in his step. Jay was going to La Jolla CA at the end of January for a treatment designed to cure or alleviate his MS. I will accompany Jay, and we will go on to San Francisco for visits with our sons. If you haven’t seen the class blog,, please read the sad report of Tim Fangman’s death in a truck-automobile collision. In January, when Tom Durkin’s daughter Ali ’11 married her classmate Alex Richer ’11, Tom “Rock” McKenna, Tom McCann, Tom Gibbs, Bill Bingle, Bryan Dunigan and Dave Martin attended the Chicago wedding celebration. Writing as Dennis Brennan, Denny Lopez has published Tales of a Tradesman, his account of 25 years of caring for the homes and eccentricities of Block Island owners. See Gus Duffy’s artwork graces the announcement. Joe Kernan, who will be honored for his military service at a January hockey game, prepared remarks remembering the service of fallen classmates Mike McCormick, John Crikelair and Bruce “Duke” Heskett. Photos to share? News? Information about people we remember but don’t track so well? Pat Hermann, once the U of Alabama English professor? George Kelly? Dick Blumberg? Send them in from the cold. Please post to the class blog and send me news. — Tom Figel; 1054 West North Shore, Apt. 3-E, Chicago, IL 60626; 312-223-9536;

68JD Active in Hall of Fame

It has been a slow start for 2016. However, I did hear from Jim Cooling, and I am happy to report that Jim and his family are doing well. In addition to being the founding father of his firm, Jim continues to be active in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. The organization includes space-walking astronauts and adventurers, military veterans and record-setting pilots, scholars, educators and decedents of Orville and Wilber Wright. Jim serves as a trustee and chairman of the board of nominations for the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Members of the board of nominations are selected for this lifetime appointment based on recommendations made to the NAHF Board of Trustees. Jim’s firm will sponsor a tour of the Wright Brothers home this year, and he welcomes everyone to join him on Oct. 1 in Dayton. Please drop me an email; I need some updates. Take care. — Dennis Collins; Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, PC, 10 S. Broadway, Suite 2000, St. Louis MO 63102; 314-516-2648; fax 314-241-3643;

69 Announcements

We have a number of classmate retirements. Tom Ladky indicates that John Kenefick retired from the steel business after 46 years. He hung up his hardhat in the middle of December, so we wish John the best in his retirement. Classmate John Hickey writes, “I retired on Oct. 31 after a 44-year career in teaching, insurance, real estate and banking. It was my treat and probably a trick for my wife Kathleen ’71SMC who retired from her psychology practice in December last year. We both have a lot of family projects, volunteer work and travel lined up for 2016. Our three children (located in Milwaukee, Brooklyn and Edison NJ) and three grandchildren are doing well. We had an opportunity to gather on Cape Cod in August for a week.” The Milwaukee ’69er club, Steve Kavalauskas, Tom Ladky, Jim Lyons, Mike McCauley and I, continue to meet monthly at a local deli for breakfast. In November, four of us traveled to Rockford to have lunch with John Leinart and Dick Farrell, who drove up from Moline to meet us. Mike could not join us on the trip because he was recovering from knee replacement surgery in October. Ed Weinlein and Mike McCauley wished Terry Hanratty a happy birthday on Jan. 19 and noted that Ron Dushney nicknamed Terry “The Gobbler.” I visited my grandson in Chicago on Jan. 23 and had lunch with my daughter Meghan ’00, son Brendan and daughter-in-law Kelly, as well as special guests, Ralph J. Williams and Thomas M. Breen. Ralph’s father turned 100 last month and still is going strong. I hope everybody’s winter is going well. Stanford looks like our minireunion game for next year. Also, at the Michigan State game we will remember the 1966 10-10 tie and the minireunion for the “Kalamazoo Seven.” Lastly, Cheryl and Dean Benner and Joan and Tim Meskill celebrated wedding anniversaries on Jan. 31, so I wish them the best. I received a great Christmas card from the John J. Quinn family with a photo taken at the wedding of their son Joe last fall. Keep those cards and letters coming. Best wishes to all. Go Irish. — Tom Ryan; 248-334-9938;

69MBA Sad News Again

This is not the first time I have to be the bearer of sad news in this column. Maybe it is expected since we have such a small, close-knit class. Barbara Claeys, wife of Jerry Claeys, passed away on Dec. 19. Barbara gracefully battled several health issues as long as she could. She passed away from complications from surgery that was performed in November. Barbara is survived by four wonderful children and five grandchildren. Jerry is doing OK with the support of his children and friends. On the other hand, I am glad to report that Bob Dowdell is doing well after a kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. As I write this column, the transplant took place two days ago. I did, however, receive an email from Grace Dowdell saying that the surgery went well and everything looks good. Bob and his donor are recovering and the kidney is working well. Tom Condon is managing director – investments at Benjamin F. Edwards in White Plains NY. Peggy and Tom have four children and eight grandchildren, two of whom are twin boys, the only boys among the grandchildren. Tom keeps in touch with Bob Dowdell. I also received a card from Pam and Rick Yarborough, who are doing well and say “hello” to everyone. We had another nice minireunion during the Georgia Tech weekend. It was great reminiscing and seeing our classmates, spouses and friends. The following attended the reunion: Linda and Joe Cavato with daughter Jennifer, husband and two daughters; Ken Samara; Nick Walz; Sue and Tom Sanna; Vinny George; Georgia and Gene Dixon; Jerry Claeys with brother Greg and his wife Greta; myself and wife Beth and son Brian McCarthy ’98. Joe McCourt was in town and had planned on attending but, unfortunately, he could not join us. Please mark your calendars for Sept. 17, the Michigan State game, for our next minireunion. We would like the rest of our classmates and families to join us. We have reserved the basement room at Sunny Italy again, which is a great spot to socialize. Ken Samara has agreed to supervise the preparation of the Italian food to make sure it is authentic, including his favorite dessert. If you have news about yourself or your family for the next issue, please contact me. — Dennis B. McCarthy; PO Box 246, Bear Lake MI 49614; bus 231-864-3111 ext. 115;

69JD Minireunion Question

I am not sure what happened, but I did submit a column for the last issue. Most of this content is “old news” now. George Burgett retired but is assistant general counsel for Midwestern U and has more time to play golf. Jim Brady is the Alumnus of the Year for Western Michigan U. Nick Trogan attended to help Jim celebrate. George Ball has retired and splits his time between Laguna Hills, Park City and Baltimore. George promised to attend our 50th Reunion. Hopefully, we will see more of him before then. Tom Curtain and J. C. Coyle ’68JD attended the St. Thomas More reception before the Texas game and want a touch football rematch with our class team. Tim Malloy is still working. He argued a case for his client, Stryker, which will likely go to the US Supreme Court. His 10th grandchild was due in February, and he was scheduled for a hip replacement on Feb. 2. His world travels include British Columbia in May and Australia in October. Bill Keck and his wife spent Thanksgiving in London. He stopped by the ND Law School in London, which is to the left of the National Portrait Gallery. ND Law School in London may be a great place for our 50th Reunion? No decision has been made on our minireunion this year. San Antonio has the votes of Jim Brady, Nick Trogan and Jim Cooney. Florida is an option if Joe Frantin will host us. Send me your suggestions. — Jim Starshak; 889 Kaohe Place, Honolulu HI 96825; res 808-395 0443; bus 808-523-2515;