class notes


70 Must Reading

See Bob Schmuhl’s article in the winter ND Magazine about the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Bob, the Annenberg-Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism and director of the Gallivan Journalism Program, just published Ireland’s Exiled Children: America and Easter Rising. Mary T and O’Malley Smith thrive in Bethel CT; he has transitioned from managing partner to retired shareholder but still lawyers quite a bit. Mary T navigates the Lincoln Tunnel regularly to see their new granddaughter in Hoboken. She tutors, Zumbas, quilts (Quilts of Valor), reads and requests book suggestions. (Send me your favorite title; I’ll report next issue). I ran into John Cox at the USC game Monogram Club dinner, a spectacular spread open to John as a swimmer and me as the father of a student trainer, Lou ’08. Bob Jackson also attended; he’s retired from R.R. Donnelley and his many international contacts. Chris Servant will retire from 15 years of presidency of Bishop Feehan High School in Attelboro Falls MA after teaching 29 years. Elise resigned Jan. 15 from Sturdy Memorial Hospital after 40 years of ER nursing. Their four children and five beautiful grandchildren live nearby. Her mother is next door. The Servants will travel south and west and welcome invitations from Irish hoteliers. Marcia and Jim Murphy retired to Hilton Head full time. Last fall, they had a minireunion with the Simantzes and Murtaghs. Belated thanks to Peter M. Kelly for helping with our 20th Reunion. His old correspondence was incredibly detailed and organized, sent courtesy of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd in Chicago. He noted then that Illinois provided 11percent of alums from our class, and Ohio and New York had 7 percent. Next were California and Indiana. Plan now for our 50th Reunion in June 2020. Paul Partyka wrote that Brother Francis Gorch, CSC, manager of LaFortune Student Center and its poolroom, died. Also passing was Donna Davis, survived by John “Red Dog” Davis, after 43 years of marriage with four children and seven grandchildren. Seven priests and one deacon concelebrated the funeral Mass. Pat and I took an inspirational trip to the Holy Land in December with a group from our diocese. We stayed at the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem overlooking the old city. Although not run by the University, it maintains the high quality expected from the Golden Dome. A highlight was Gethsemane, the site of the Agony. The original garden has one 2,000-year-old olive tree. It continually widens by extending new shoots along the original trunk and produces olives. Popes Francis and John Paul planted two commemorative trees that reminded me of our class tree planted to honor Father Ted at Holy Cross Cemetery. Bill Hederman’s child married last summer. He sends greetings from Billy, Eileen, Jackie, Kevin, Bria, Corey and Corey Sr. Mike Duffey’s eldest son wed in July. John runs half marathons, and his wife teaches physical fitness. Two daughters are social workers in Austin TX and Chicago. Mike retired from the classroom to teach “self-exploration” in three minimum security prisons in Milwaukee. Each session includes meditation and yoga to guide the transition out of prison. He maintains his office at Marquette U where, following a national trend, enrollment in the humanities has declined. In January 2015, he visited a Nicaraguan construction of 200 homes, underwritten by a generous US parish. Mike also enjoyed the Glee Club’s 100th anniversary with 500 crooners. His book on peace is due in 2017. Keep me posted on your activities. — Don Graham; 1901 S. Glenwood Ave., Springfield IL 62704; 217-652-1560;

70MBA Class Secretary — John Carroll;

3922 Brintons Mill, Marietta GA 30062; bus 678-218-5204; res 770-973-4588;

70JD Aloha

Tom DiGrazia sends his best from his home in Hawaii and wanted all of you to know that he published a book, Light on Peacemaking: Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Mediating Family Conflict. It is available on Amazon or from the publisher, Business Expert Press. Tom’s emails always bring a smile to my face when he signs off saying “aloha” as I watch the snow fall outside my window. Tom was the first to respond to the idea I raised in an earlier column: namely that each of you forward to me a short statement addressing your professional background, a significant case/matter handled by you over the years, a memorable event from our days at Notre Dame and your advice to today’s students at the Law School. My hope would be to have all such submissions available to distribute at our 50th Reunion. John Meany writes that last fall his usual space in the parking lot before games at ND was converted into a construction site, and he was forced to move closer to the bookstore. Nevertheless ardent followers of the games and John’s tailgate tracked him down. They included Joe Kane, Dan Rybak and Ken Iverson. Over Christmas I heard from Anne and John Klein. John had a distinguished career with the Department of Justice, perhaps a result of his law school study group with Joe Leahy, Terry O’Connor, Gerry Bambrick et al. He and Anne live in Arlington VA. They have raised two fine sons (John and Michael) and have three wonderful grandsons. Joe Jankowski contacted me in early January. Joe was drafted into the Army upon graduation from law school. He applied for and received a commission into the JAG Corps and was stationed for his entire tour of duty at Fort Lee VA, where Frank Wright and I also were assigned in February 1971 as part of our Army JAG training. Joe and Lorraine have been married for 44 years; they have a daughter, Natalie ’94. After the Army, Joe settled in New Jersey. He is a partner in Wilentz, Goldman & Spear in their Woodbridge office and concentrates his practice on commercial real estate finance. For over 25 years, Joe has been a trustee of Raritan Bay Medical Center, now merged with Meridan Health. He was recently named Hospital Trustee of the Year by the New Jersey Hospital Association. Joe still enjoys playing the piano and spending summers cruising the Jersey Coast and Long Island Sound on his boat, “Sweet Lorraine.” Finally, I note that late last fall to celebrate Mike Kelleher’s 70th birthday, he and JoAnn and Marie and I traveled to Washington DC for a long weekend. It was an enjoyable visit to our nation’s capital and also gave us a chance to meet Terry O’Connor for dinner at one of his favorite restaurants. Speaking of Terry, belated congratulations are in order to him and Carol on the arrival of a new grandson in 2015: Connor. It was good to hear from so many of you these past few months. I trust the pattern will continue; if you have not written for a while, or ever, why not do so right now. — John K. Plumb; 19 Crowley St., Randolph NY 14772;

71 Last Call, Reunion 45

Gentlemen, our 45th Reunion will be June 2-5 on campus. Grab two or three classmates and plan on attending. While formal programs are scheduled for those interested, the most enjoyable times are meals, the Thursday night kickoff, evening social hours in the beer tents, golf games and other opportunities to lounge and visit. If it’s been a while since you have been at a reunion or you are retired and work no longer prevents you from attending, plan on being there. The online reservation at is pretty painless. No surprise, the USC game was well attended; for Tom Palmieri, a Miami attorney, it was his first one back in five years. Also attending were Tim Tremblay of North Carolina and Ron Osman of Austin with grandsons in tow; Patti and Mike Cotter of Montana; newlyweds Janine Forney and Chris Ciccone of Allentown PA; Mike Kondrla, Dickie Johnson and Tom Sinnott from the East Coast; Pat McAdams of Wisconsin; Joe Kubinski of Detroit and Gerry Giurato of Jacksonville. Pat sold off the family grocery stores a few years back but keeps his longtime contacts with wine suppliers in the Napa valley for periodic trips back to restock his personal holdings. Mike Thomas of Columbus and Craig Williams of Dayton passed on the USC game for some Civil War touring to Vicksburg and Shiloh, as a well as parts of the Kentucky Bourbon trail and the Louisville Slugger Museum. Ed O’Neill sold his manufacturers’ rep business in the Twin Cities and winters in Florida. Architecture alumnus Steve Hunter retired and left St. Louis for a new home in the Ozarks. Tom Desch continues to work in his executive counseling and training practice based in Winston Salem. Pete Van Dyk built upon his 20 years of construction experience with the Navy Seabees, gaining expertise as a client rep in building and renovating museums. Projects have included the Barnes in St. Louis, the GRAM in Grand Rapids, the Piano addition to the Art Institute of Chicago and most recently the Clark at Williams College in Massachusetts. Neat projects, great experience, lousy travel as he and Ann make their home in Valparaiso IN. Karen and Rick Kettler of Milwaukee welcomed two new grandchildren last year. Jack Clark was father of the bride last year, affording him an opportunity to host Vince Carr, Jim Cavanaugh, Ed Mattingly and Rick Korth in southern California. Rick has a conflict in June, but the others plan to regroup on campus then. Sandy and Tom Vasoli of Philly hosted an extended family outing at the UMass game. We send condolences to Paul Bonitatibus and Lew Derbes on the loss of their mothers. Jim Malloy, South Bend, retired Jan. 1 after 30 years at ND with the admissions and financial aid team. The extra time will provide Jim and Mary opportunities to travel and spoil numerous grandkids in Indy and the Carolinas. Kate ’72SMC and Dan Diedrich are in Ireland until May 12; Dan is teaching at the Aquinas Center in Tully Cross, County Galway. They are not far from Kylemore Abbey. Anyone who will be in the area is welcome to stop by and share a pint. Prior to departure for Ireland in January, Dan retired from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids MI after 30 years in the education dept. They stay in touch with Eileen and Mike Lindurg, Marie and Jerry Kammer and Tommy Kress. On a personal note, I retired in January. Betty and I sold the Chicago home, relocated to South Bend and are building a new home six blocks from campus. Given the proximity to campus, the ’71 flag may fly in our back yard where tailgates will be hosted, eliminating the need to transport, set up and vacate the Stadium lot, especially after the late night games. The final decision is to be determined, so stand by. Note new email and other contact info below. See you on campus in June. — John Snider; 1234 N. Eddy St. Apt. 265E South Bend IN 46617; res 574-217-8961; cell 312-860-1779;

71MBA Minireunion

A number of classmates plan to attend the ND-Army football game in San Antonio on the weekend of Nov. 11-13. Several have already made hotel reservations. This year is the 45th anniversary of our MBA graduation and is a great opportunity to gather and share information on our lives and activities. San Antonio has numerous activities and should have great weather in November. Please contact me as soon as possible for more details and information. I recently received an update from Mike Greene who continues to work and is one of three partner/owners who acquired their ongoing business operations from their previous Irish-owned parent. Mike and Gail continue to spend significant time at their second home in Angel Fire NM. They were able to attend the USC game this year. Mike also reminded me that participation as a member of the John Cardinal O’Hara Society is a great way to give back to ND. I know a number of our classmates are already members of this giving society, and I encourage all who have not yet joined to consider doing so. Also, I heard from Rich Sosin who continues to travel extensively with Peggy. Rich is still running the family business and resides in the NYC area. Rich snow skies frequently and this past winter skied in the French Alps and in Telluride CO. I don’t think I would call him a “ski bum,” but it is good to see that Rich remains fit and active. Jim Fackelman tells me he attends as many ND football games as possible. His time is limited due to his long-held economic development responsibilities for the state of Wisconsin. Jim and Robbie often return to campus for activities and events. Now that Gary Groom has sold his Indiana lake house, he spends significant time in Florida and enjoys an active life as a committed bachelor. Todd Helmeke spends time at his residence in Sun Valley ID and continues to work as an international development consultant. Todd and Mary Jo travel whenever their busy schedules allow. Patricia and Rod Spear encourage classmates who are back on campus to visit their beautiful home overlooking the river in Mishawaka IN. While I continue to work with the Alumni Association to ensure I have everyone’s contact information, I appreciate receiving current contact information from those who have not contacted me in a number of years. I hope all is well with everyone and I look forward to seeing as many as possible in San Antonio in November. — Tony Strati; 8238 Raintree Dr. NE, Albuquerque NM; res 505-798-1564; cell 505-205-3563;

71JD Class Secretary — E. Bryan Dunigan;

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

72 Great Notes

Thanks to former Stanford Hall resident Bill Claypool for the great note. Currently living in suburbs of Philly, after medical training and several years of serving on medical school faculties, Bill found a home in the pharmaceutical industry developing new drugs for the past 30 years. He serves on ND’s College of Science Advisory Council. Bill recently published his third novel, The House Beneath the Damen Off Ramp. If is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other e-retailers. His first novel, Windfall Nights, is a coming of age novel involving the old LaSalle Hotel in South Bend, and it deals with a variety of topics set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. His novels are worthwhile reads, per this critic. The BC game welcomed a number of classmates to Boston. Many thanks to all those sending pictures and texts. Great times were had by all those managing to keep warm. Mark Zukaitis, Paul McLennon and Pat Mullee went to the game as part of a spring break ’70 redux. They hooked up with Pete Krieg ’73. Their laughter made it difficult to discern what was being said during the pregame call. Peter saw Mike O’Neill ’73MAO and Rick Dunfey ’73 before the game. Noel Pallais reached out from Lima, Peru, in search of a good streaming site for South American viewers of Irish football. Boston native Larry Overlan ’71 and* RJ Keady* were at Fenway but unable to find the other four. Bob is retired from Pratt-Whitney and spending time mastering the art of flying. Jerry McPartlin organized a minireunion of the “Last Men of Walsh” at a late February ND hockey game. Expected attendees were Brian Hickey, Jim Blaum, Pete Dockery, Gary Gigot, Dennis Quinn Jerry and myself. Please send news. If you want to contribute to the column, please contact us. — Frank Fahey; 274 Winthrop Ave., Elmhurst IL 60126; 312-504-3409;; Gary Gigot; 574-807-5772;

72MBA Real News

Let me begin with an apology. After my plea for news in the fall issue, two of our classmates, Bob McBride and Mike Lopach, were kind enough to respond with extensive updates. Regrettably, a personal situation caused me to miss the Class Notes deadline for the winter issue. Bob even called to make sure I was OK. So, with apologies to Bob and Mike, here’s the news. Bob reports that life has been good. He and Jackie have been married for 45 years and have five children and four grandchildren. He included a family photo, and I can attest that they are a nice looking group. Bob says that despite his disdain for accounting in school, he became a CPA. It turns out he and I both worked for Arthur Andersen for a while after graduation. Bob’s career took him to a number of interesting places including the Chicago area, Denver, Maryland (outside DC), Calgary, Singapore, Silicon Valley and Connecticut (outside NYC). About four years ago, Bob and Jackie “sort of retired” to the Boston area, and they are lucky enough to have two grandchildren living down the street. Bob indicated that he corresponded with Ed Gay and would like to hear from other ND friends. I have Bob’s (and Mike’s) contact information if anyone would like to get in touch with them. Mike also became a CPA but has lived in Helena MT since shortly after graduation. He worked for a regional accounting firm for 27 years and was managing partner for 10 of those years. He left in 1999 to form his own firm, which specializes in tax work for cattle ranchers, doctors and dentists. Mike’s first marriage lasted 24 years, and he has been married to his second wife, Dawn, for 22 years. They enjoy traveling extensively, including hiking trips in Europe. Mike has three children. One daughter is dean of admissions at Gonzaga U, a son is executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and a second daughter is a stay-at-home mother of two children. Mike echoed Bob’s sentiment that life has been good. Thanks to both gentlemen for writing. John Doyle retired from his position as CFO at Project Management Institute in October and became a grandfather for the second time on Nov. 28 when his daughter Erin gave birth to her second daughter, Rowan Ann Lavin. Also I want to mention that John, Bill Effler and I are planning to attend the Michigan State game on Sept. 17. Let me know if you are going to that game; it would be great to get together. — Alex McLellan; 9662 W. 86th St., Apt. B, Overland Park KS 66212-4537; res 913-652-9909;

72JD Class Secretary — Christopher R. Schraff;

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, 41 S. High St. Suites 2800-3200, Columbus OH 43215; 614-227-2097; fax 614-227-2100; toll free 800-533-2794;

73 Greetings from South Korea

I received a nice postcard from Tim Dempsey. Tim, his wife and daughter toured South Korea in August. He stated that South Korea was a nation transformed and that you’ll have to see it to comprehend it. Thanks for the card, Tim. Congratulations to John Mowbray who received the Champion of Justice through Service Award on Feb. 27 from the Clark County Law Foundation in Las Vegas. John and the Hammes-Mowbray family were honored also at the March 9 Bishop Gorman High School annual fundraiser. Congratulations, John. Cornell U Professor Dr. John M. Abowd has joined the US Census Bureau through an inner agency personnel agreement as the new associate director for research and methodology and chief scientist. John will modernize the Census Bureau’s operations and products. John has been an internationally renowned scholar in the area of privacy and statistical disclosure limitation. He is a professor of economics at Cornell U. Jane and Mike McCurdy recently had dinner in Dallas with Bill Kemp. Bill and his wife were visiting their daughter who lives in Dallas. Bill is a retired senior attorney at General Motors. Condolences to Kevin Kelly, whose father passed away over the holidays. Kevin recently was married on the beach in St. Maarten. It was good to hear from Mike Lyons. Mike lives in Philadelphia and is an internationally known motivational speaker, author and actor. He will be at ND on April 22 to speak to the film/TV/theater students. He has appeared in major films, television shows and national TV commercials and also appeared on QVC more than 350 times as a product host. Thanks to Denis Vogel for reporting on the 100th Glee Club Anniversary Reunion Concert last fall. Two fellow Alumni Hall classmates were in attendance. Jim Judge is a successful real estate mogul in the Twin Cities. Jim is featured in the Glee Club video with several close-up shots. Bob Oppold is an attorney in Kansas City MO. Other classmates participating in the reunion were: Mike Trainor, who owns a consulting business in Virginia; Dennis Dawson, who is an attorney in Geneseo NY; Wayne Essel, a retired teacher living in California; Mike O’Brien (stage name Mike Sonata), an actor and singer who regularly performs as Frank Sinatra; Paul Kay, senior vice president of Ferris Manufacturing Corporation in Ft. Worth TX who makes his home in the Chicago area and commutes to Texas; and finally Howie Bathon, a surgeon from Baltimore. Also I heard from Alumni Hall classmate Chris Simpson who reported the sad news that Steven Kopp passed away in December 2014. He was the president of Marshall U in West Virginia. Prior to this engagement, he was the provost at Ohio U, where Chris works as a professor. Jim Dawson reported in September that he played the Warren Golf Course with high school friend and classmate Andy Gore. He brought his daughter Sydney to watch the Blackhawks at the hockey arena. I spent a weekend in Orlando in late January with Jim Shanahan, Bob Ward, Mike McCurdy and Marty Clements. It was great to catch up with these guys. Bob Ward will be performing again this summer on the Naperville IL Riverwalk every Saturday from 9 am to noon. I understand the crowds are very large. Be sure to visit Bob if you reside in the Chicago area. I’m always looking for news from classmates. — Michael W. Hansen; 735 Essington Road, Joliet IL 60435; fax 815-744-4515;

73MBA Save our Sharing Opportunity

David Bodkin writes that he and his lovely wife, Lee ’69SMC, enjoy a nice life in The Woodlands TX. They play bridge, but Lee plays much more, and he continues to play golf. Lee jogs four miles every other day, which is also much more than David. News of the day is that David lowered his golf handicap by three strokes in 2015, which keeps him at bogey-golfer status. The real news of the day came over the Christmas holidays when their son, Sean ’98, and his wife, Ryan, announced they are going to have a baby daughter in June. After four grandsons, that was wonderful news, and Lee is planning a shopping spree. They are delighted that they will have another lady to spoil. John Rapa is in tax season, and clients are beginning to arrive with their W-2s. Do you recall he mentioned that he would like to become associated with H&R Block’s Premium Office? Well, he has begun to work at that office. However, it has been renamed Block Advisors. The office has been transformed into a consulting operation. In addition to completing tax returns, the office will expand in the small business arena with a complete package of bookkeeping, payroll and related financial services. This year, he will spend time at his retail office and the Block Advisors’ office. He will make a complete transition after this tax season. The Block Advisor’s office operates year-round. He is looking forward to helping them expand their business. In addition, I continue to facilitate/teach courses for the U of Phoenix. When you finish reading this class report, please email me your email address and tell our classmates to do as well. Let’s fill our space and more. Let me know how to gain more input from you. Thanks to all past respondents for the continued success of our participation. You can contact me at any time to share your stories with classmates for the next edition of the ND Magazine. You are always welcome to contact and visit us when in Southern California. I look forward to hearing from all of you. — Thomas Jindra; 7179 Alviso Ave., Jurupa Valley CA 92509; res and fax 951-685-2091;

73JD Class Secretary — Tony Palumbo;

74 Off to the Races

As we are now ankle deep into 2016, the Class of 1974 is still as invigorated as ever with life. Some of us are enjoying the leisure of retirement, some of us are working on maintaining our health, others are still working like we were in our 30s. I’m in the last group. Our new year always begins with birthday greetings to our Class president, Jerry Samaniego. I hope the boys don’t realize I’m on that email thread, as it is tremendous fun to read all the banter that goes back and forth among them and remember the antics of long ago. Although, when I shout out for class news, it suddenly goes quiet. Hah, too late boys. Jerry has knighted Frank Murnane Jr. chief of the birthday ministry, as Frank always remembers Jerry’s birthday and others. I should also note that a correction is needed, since many columns have claimed that Jim Whalen is the Pog Mo Thon group organizer, whereas Frank Murnane “is the originator of the POG many years ago with his original band of six misfits from Chicago, including Hett, Timmy, Cahill, Bruiser and Jimmy McCarthy.” Speaking of POG, it appears they are off to the races for the 2016 POG. Thank you for your invite, Jim, but I’m headed to a leadership training for work in Denver for veterans, and my Mickey Mouse Golf Clubs would need to be found. According to Whales, the original POGS went locally for dinner and golf, then graduated to Green Bay for an outing, then expanded to warmer climates, Tampa/Jacksonville. They then graciously added the junior members, Trampe, McGrath, Whalen, Torretti and Zat, to add a little class to the group. Over the years, they graciously included the class of 2013 (Buck), the class of 2014 (Meatball and Jenks) and then the class of 2015 (Rollo, Martin, Steve, Topo, Bear and Hokie). Charlie Morrison attended once, and we are hoping to secure Hawk, Chris Stevens, if he can get away from his classes at ND to join them this year. Classmates, please don’t ask me to translate the nicknames and their true meaning; even in these times, it’s most likely scandalous. It is best to keep all of us guessing. And the years aren’t their graduation years, rather when they were inducted to the POG hall of fame. According to Tad “Bear” DeOrio, The 825 Club, including Martin Broussard, Rick Esposto, Bob Cleary, Jeff Hart and Steve Conway, met at DeOrio’s estate on Singer Island in Palm Beach for a Super Bowl 50 reunion weekend. They enjoyed a few days of golf, sun, beach and boot camp readiness to prepare for the POG in April. Ed “Duke” Scales traveled to Las Vegas for the International Builders Show. Duke is the president of the Treasure Coast Builders Association. Tom “Big T” Ross still encourages everyone to buy through him when deciding to settle out West, or to at least stop by for a tour when in metro Phoenix. And he is thrilled his wife, Jan, is still doing well after her pancreas transplant four years ago. It is such a blessing, and no one appreciates it more than Tom. Mike Budd is enjoying his world in Boca Raton and will be president of the ND Club in his area for the third year. That reminds me, as president of the ND Club of Chicago for 2016-17, I need all of my classmates to rally around our ND Chicago events if you plan to visit, or fly or drive into Chicago. You can rest assured that I’ll be having the Pog group involved — hint, hint boys. I’m visiting Carol Longo Kaupp and Bobbie Riconoscuito ’74SMC in Palm Springs, which will be sensational fun. Continue to write; you have much to share, and we enjoy hearing it all. No matter how inconsequential you may think it reads, we love hearing from you. I can receive emails but not respond when at work. Please put in the subject line Class 74 news. Thanks. — Dede Simon;;

74MBA Class Secretary — William Arland III;


74JD Class Secretary — Christopher Kule;

75 40 Years and Counting

Jeff Pfister is a criminal trial attorney in Lake County FL. His wife just opened a restaurant, Buster Tubbs, near his office in Tavares. Their daughter, Delaney Erin Pfister ’15, graduated from ND in May and is working on vaccines in Iowa. Matt Fitzsimmons, a partner at Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, concluded a five-year term as board chair for NorthEast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. The group operates six medical and dental clinics in Cuyahoga County for underserved people. Matt is also an adjunct professor at Cleveland State U’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Jim Lewis and his wife Denise really enjoyed the 40th Reunion, although they didn’t connect with friend Bill Shiel until they found him in the class photo. They have three sons, two of whom are students at Temple and Catholic U. Jim enjoys his granddaughters, Carmen and Vera. Jim wrote with great appreciation about friends who helped him with his education, among them John Murray of Blue Bell PA.* Jack Malone* of Columbus OH is happy to announce that in the past year he has a new grandson, Jimmy Martin, and a new granddaughter, Caroline Soracoe, both in Chicago. Check out our new Class of 1975 page on Facebook, and send some news via that platform. We want to know about your retirement, career, kids and grandkids, your gifts to fund Notre Dame and other good causes. — Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; 563-349-0469;

75MBA Award Winner

I received a nice note from Jim Pattison. Jim recently received the Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award, which salutes a school professional for his/her dedication to an institution, the advancement profession and CASE [Council for Advancement and Support of Education, a national organization of colleges, universities and independent schools]. It was a huge honor for Jim to receive this award in front of 1500 of his colleagues. The ceremony took place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Jim is currently the senior advancement officer and director of major gifts at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. He lives in Santa Barbara. It was great to hear from Jim, and I look forward to hearing from more of you. Please send me your news. — Jim Ouimet; 215-862-3080;

75JD Class Secretary — Dennis Owens;

76 Getting Ready for Reunion

June 2, 3, 4 and 5 are the dates for our 40th Reunion. The committee is working hard to make sure we have the best experience possible. The weekend starts with a special event on Thursday. A golf outing starts the day Friday, followed by a barbeque lunch and dinner that evening. We are looking for volunteers to help plant a class butterfly garden near the Grotto on Saturday. The weekend will conclude with the Memorial Mass celebrated by our classmate, Father Tim Scully, CSC. After Mass, we will dedicate the butterfly garden and enjoy a farewell brunch in the Oak Room at the South Dining Hall. Make sure to connect with your friends and roommates so you can enjoy the weekend together. You can stay abreast of what is happening on the class website and Facebook page. Before ordering football tickets, keep in mind that the class minireunion is the Miami game, and we have an allocation of tickets. If you have questions, want to volunteer to help at the reunion or want to reserve Miami tickets, please contact Debi Dell at Nancy Brenner Sinnott recently left her job at the YMCA in South Bend to devote her full-time efforts to her fiber art business, A Wee Bit Warped. Nancy markets her woven items and demonstrates weaving at a booth at the South Bend Farmers’ Market on Thursdays and Saturdays. She was awarded a Notre Dame license to hand-weave the official Notre Dame tartan, the one worn by the Irish Guard. She will be demonstrating the hand-weaving of the Tartan at our reunion. The Tartan wraps and scarves that she weaves will only be sold by the bookstore. I can tell you from experience that if you are in South Bend, it is worth a trip to the market to see Nancy at work and admire the beautiful creations she weaves. Mike Shaw, who was Navy ROTC at ND, retired from the Marines and joined United Technologies, then worked 10 years in coal mining equipment. Most of his career was spent abroad, but he now calls Pittsburgh home. He has four children, the eldest of whom graduated from ND in 2009. Recently, he ended his second retirement and accepted a job in Chennai, India, working with manufacturing sites. His first week there was marked by huge floods that killed several hundred people, but things have settled down. Bart Pollock wrote to let me know of the death of John F. Walsh in Butte MT. John was a third generation stone mason and particularly enjoyed restorative masonry work. He raised six children, was an avid Patriots fan, created the first online catalog for rare Judaic books and was invited by the doctor for the Dali Lama to travel to India to become a doctor of Tibetan medicine. Several of John’s classmates gathered at Maudslay State Park in Newberryport MA for his memorial. The group included Pete McHugh from New Orleans, Pat Small from Andover MA and Mary Pat (Sullivan)’75 and Bart Pollock of University Park MD. James Davis retired from teaching in a public junior high school in Harlem in 2010. On June 14, 2014, on his father’s 89th birthday, he was ordained as a Catholic priest. He works in the diocese of Albany NY ministering to two parishes, Holy Trinity in Johnstown and Holy Spirit in Gloversville. He will have to miss the reunion as he will be on a pilgrimage to Ireland. I hope to see many of you at the reunion. Please continue to send me your news and updates. — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL33702; 727-480-1251;

76MBA Just Saying Hello

Lawrence Overland, aka The Chairman, reports ND Magazine inadvertently dropped him from distribution. Two possible reasons: Departed from the planet, but how can that be if there is no notice in the deaths section of the magazine, or in retaliation for his divided allegiance with America’s greatest football team, Alabama, where he received his MA in 1974. God alone can judge that reasoning. He is well and can be reached by email: I need some news to report. Drop me an email. — Mike Norris; 1021 Bloomview Circle, Rochester MI 49307; 248-330-5366;

76JD Class Secretary — Virgil L. Roth;

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77 Fly Like an Eagle

In January, former ambassador David Robinson was confirmed and sworn in as US Assistant Secretary of State. Robinson is responsible for conflict and stabilization operations globally. Being in the Foreign Service for more than 30 years, David has been in many conflict zones and unstable environments, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, El Salvador and Bolivia. He did extensive refugee work in the Balkans, Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Jeff Vitter became chancellor at the U of Mississippi last fall, just in time to see the Ole Miss win at the Sugar Bowl; he attended the game with his wife Sharon, family and devoted fans. Returning to Minnesota in 2011 after 25 years in the Foreign Service, Mary Curtin PhD teaches foreign policy, and is a diplomat in residence at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the U of Minnesota. Mary created a two-year Master’s of Human Rights Program, working with Barb Frey ’78. Her daughters are 19 and 15. Dennis Hanno, president of Wheaton College in Norton MA, wrote an article printed in the Washington Post titled, “Reckless Incivility: The Talk that Ails Us,” when his secular liberal arts college was targeted with hate mail, mistaken for a Christian college with the same name in the Midwest. Boston’s Shamrock Series game held minireunions for Rich Wanders and some friends: Bob Craigie, Barb Boylan, Eileen (O’Grady) and Steve Daday, Barb ’77SMC and Leo MacCourtney, Patsy Jones Mullin ’77SMC and Kathy DePauw Graham. Bob Driscoll’s wife, Cinde, ran the ND-sponsored race down Commonwealth Avenue before the game. Former TV show host Phil Donahue ’57 held a scholarship fundraiser in his New York penthouse in November; it was organized by Jack Bergen for LGBT Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students. Ed Lefnesky had St. Ed’s updates: Tom Benson is a chemist in Mishawaka; Ed Singer is a sociology professor and gentleman farmer in Defiance OH; and Willie Sword is a civil engineer in American Samoa. Frank Murray is a deputy project manager for Westinghouse, with global responsibility and travel for new plants and projects in Korea and the UAE. Leslie Barnes Karas, Debbie Kenny Ellsworth, Elaine Cerny Raccuglia and I enjoyed the annual ND Women Connect Holiday Tea in Chicago. Kevin Murphy and John Strainic were among many classmates at the Fiesta Bowl. The marriage of Carolyn Short Torsella’s daughter Kelly to Michael “Quinn” Henry in Philadelphia in July was attended by Candice Frankovelgia and Shane Carew, as well as family members * Brian Short ’72, ’75JD*; Kevin Short ’78JD; Elizabeth Short ’76, ’79MA, ’81PhD; Colleen Short Lucke ’81, ’84JD; Meghan Short Worthington ’05; Robert Short ’07; Maura Short ’09, ’12JD; and Michael Short ’09, ’10MS. Grandmothers Pat Torsella and Marion Short, husband Joe Torsella and their other three children, Grace, Joey and Travis, danced the night away at the Ritz Carlton reception. Keiren Donovan Smith MD and her husband Brian R. Smith MD are physicians working at Yale U School of Medicine in New Haven CT. Keiren works on clinical trials in transfusion medicine as an assistant clinical professor of medicine. They have three daughters: Christine, a senior at Princeton; Laura, a junior at Notre Dame; and Elizabeth, who will join her sister on campus next fall. Jon Muschenheim enjoys life with wife Mary Beth; son Sam, 11; and daughter Avery, 9. He has two adult sons and a grandchild. Mike Richter is a litigator for personal injury and workers’ compensation cases in Santa Clara County CA and is a general aviation pilot in the Bay area. He loves being “tour guide” if anyone is planning a trip there. Mike’s son Daniel ’05 “is doing a fantastic job saving the world” as legislative director for the Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Mike’s daughter Michaela is in the college application process. We are deeply saddened to have lost classmates Roger Antoine Bourque and Tom Eastman, and we offer their families our heartfelt condolences and prayers. Our sympathies also go out to: Ellen Myler on the loss of her father, William Myler; Stephanie Urillo on the loss of her mother, Jennie Urillo; Eileen (O’Grady) and Stephen Daday on the loss of his father, Robert “Bert” Daday; Ellen Duffy Naylor on the loss of her mother, Helen Duffy; Ginny Faust, on the loss of her mother; John Guido on the loss of his mother, Madeline; Candice Frankovelgia on the loss of her mother, Angela Frankovelgia; and to Sue Augustus on the loss of her mother, Jeanne Augustus. May they rest in peace. — Virginia McGowan Bishop; 2594 Woodland Drive, Northbrook IL 60062; res 847-291-7510;

77MBA Class Secretary

Steve Sturtz and I spoke recently. He is in Alexandria Bay, New York, semi-retired, active in the community and focusing on photography. We talked about our experiences at ND and after. Steve remarked that ND gave each of us a foundation for ethics in our personal life’s decision and as professionals. (May God continue to bless Dean Malone.) During our conversation he asked me to reach out to the class. He wants to hear from all. He shared that G. Dewey Ratliff is the judge in Bosque County, Texas, and Rob Gilmore is on the west coast. He laughed about meeting Richard Gretsch after work for a beer in Chicago a long time ago. We agreed to ask Larry Bush and Peter Abate to respond and for them to reach out to other classmates. Steve personally challenges Akshatt Chinai and Steve Bossu to make a contribution to the Class Notes. Brenda Darnley Martin wrote that the weather has been nice ins Florida. She continues to promote her Treasure-Hunt Fish series of children’s books; something for the grandkids! Mary Sinnott follows her Auburn University Marching Band. When I don’t have class news, I share my family news. My son George is wrestling at 141 lbs. for the University of Michigan. The team is ranked No. 6 in the nation. I know Larry Bush appreciates the dedication it takes to participate in this sport. — Alan J. Fisher;

77JD Loss to Class and World

Diane Langston died in November and was buried at ND’s Cedar Grove Cemetery. Diane retired as a senior policy officer/attorney with the United Nations Development Programme. She had worked at the UN Population Fund for almost a quarter century with responsibilities in many areas, including law and population, women’s empowerment, education projects and human rights. After retirement, Diane continued her work as a consultant in such fields as social responsibility and poverty reduction. Her obituary described Diane as “a lifelong internationalist who cared deeply for the world. Her professional and personal travels took her to the corners of the earth.” Kathy Lamping, who shared the news about Diane, is working in Colorado at Vectrus, Inc., a governmental services company, following 30 years at Ford in Michigan and about seven years at Integra LifeSciences Corp., a global med tech company in New Jersey. Steve Chavez provided some entertaining excuses for being incognito for so long but admits to missing classmates and campus life. Steve was appointed to the metropolitan council by Minnesota’s governor in 2011 and was recently reappointed. Steve’s service includes a focus on the challenges of stewardship of sustainable growth. Additionally, Steve is a consulting attorney with a multinational legal practice serving clients in industries which are headquartered in the region. He also serves as the managing director of public advocacy for Integrated Governance Solutions, which provides advice and guidance to boards of directors and senior management teams. Steve’s wife, Catherine, is in private practice as a psychotherapist in the Twin Cities area. One daughter is a teacher in Taiwan, and one is a teacher in San Antonio. Steve is also blessed with two granddaughters. Mac Stuckey has enjoyed private practice since ’77. He has spent most of that time handling estate planning in Stuart FL. His son Taylor ’06 earned a degree in accounting and went on to get a master’s of accounting and law degree from the U of KY. Daughter Erin was named after ND. After their mother died when they were teens, Mac married Dr. Kendra Brown, a licensed psychologist. Mac and Kendra happily share five grandchildren and practice in the building that they built and where Mac says Kendra can conveniently remind him that normal people don’t think like lawyers. Joel Dowley practiced as a litigator in Lansing for several years before running a tool manufacturing business. In 2005, Joel and Janelle moved to Southeast FL, where they own and operate two Two Men and a Truck franchises. One office is near Stuart, so, hopefully, Joel and Mac can connect. Janelle and Joel have two daughters, Kara ’07 and Alayna, who is the mother of their two grandchildren. With the fantasy world of The Force Awakens, I am faced with the reality of the quick passage of the years since graduation. I fondly recall watching the original Star Wars with Linda Olivieri, Bill Chenoweth and Chris Dembowski after we took the Michigan Bar. I watched the newest episode with my three grandchildren. Harrison Ford still looks good, so I like to think we are just gracefully gaining wisdom. — Jane Bennett; 4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; res 574-383-5745; bus 574-243-4100;

78 April in Paris

Don “Dancing Bear” Smail played host again at the ND¬-Stanford game. Don and son Shamus kept the adult beverages flowing, assisted by Rich Barlow and son Ryan. Rosemary (Marx) and Steve Durant also came to the game. Mary and Ted Robinson hosted their biennial tailgater, attended by Celeste Volz Ford and Tony Bezouska. Lynn and Rich Barlow were great hosts to Don at their home in Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl. Jimmy Dunne hit the fairways at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro¬Am Golf Tournament. Don Smail and Nace Mullen were there and kept Jimmy well supplied with cigars from the gallery. Nace continued his triathlete career with some off-season training along the Pacific Coast Highway in Monterey, leaving Don far behind in his dust. Kathleen Sullivan Sealey sent a note that she would like to get the word out to biology alumni from 1978 who participated in the first aquatic ecology courses at the Notre Dame field station at Land O’ Lakes WI. The first field course was offered in May 1976 with Dr. George Craig and Dr. David Morgan leading the team. This will be the 40-¬year anniversary of Notre Dame’s field ecology teaching at University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Centre, UNDERC. Today, there are modern laboratories and dorms and a second field station in Montana. Alumni who were students in these first field courses are invited to participate in the UNDERC alumni 40-¬year reunion Aug. 4-¬8. Anyone interested should contact Kathleen Sullivan Sealey at Tom Van Eck apologized for not contributing for more than 30 years, but after raising his family, he now has a little time to breathe and enjoy life. Tom gets a lot out of giving back and hopes that everyone gets the chance to be needed. He has been giving pool lessons at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Elgin IL. Recently, he developed a practice ball, the iCue, and the kids seem to do well with it. Tom has a website: He donates $2 for every ball purchased to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Joe Zavodny has been promoted to inspector in the Transportation Security Administration. Maureen (Eyres) and Mike Staub went down to the Duke game in Cameron earlier this year. They are convinced there were only 52 ND fans there: the 50 seats the basketball team gets to hand out to family and friends and Maureen and Mike. The crowds were raucous going in but ¬very quiet leaving. In 2015 they joined up with Lorraine Ehrline, Mary Ellen Scalera and Ann Combs at the Temple and BC games. As fans of the Jersey Shore, they get to see Marybeth (Tumulty) Brandes often during the summer. Mike was lucky enough to cycle the Camino de Santiago in October with his cousins from Ireland. It was truly a spiritual and physical experience. They traveled just over 500K with climbs that totaled more than 10,000 feet and descents at 37mph. David Martinez checked in and let us know that Tony Longoria moved back to Texas last year after 35 years in California. He lives in Austin with his wife, Diane. You may know that he graduated with an MBA from SMU and worked in advertising and marketing for Ford and Toyota for years, but I don’t know what he’s up to in Austin other than getting closer to friends and family. Brian Doyle has a new novel from St Martin’s Press out in March, Chicago. It is about, well, Chicagoness. Brian remembers, as do all of our classmates, I bet, “driving or taking the South Shore railroad up to Chicago for the first time from ND and seeing the city rise from the plains and the inland ocean of the lake like a sturdy wild huge alluring mysterious epic vast entrancing stone and steel Oz.” Please keep in your prayers the family of John P. (Zeke) Mahoney,who died on Oct. 8. Zeke leaves behind a wife and two daughters. His funeral in Chicago was attended by Mark Molloy, Tim Taylor, Kevin Heraty, Mike Falash, Mike Trucano, Tom Nussdorfer, Giancarlo Piano, Terry Heidkamp and Bill Carmichael. And remember in your prayers Pat McKillen’s mother, who died in December. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, amen. — Jim Coyne; 12 DeForest Road, Gladstone Manor, Lansdowne PA 19050; 267¬-847-¬8808;

78MBA Mail Call

The holiday mailbag was extremely light this year. One of these days I’ll get back into the habit of Christmas cards. I always think of doing them in July, but when the season rolls around, the time to write them just isn’t there. It was great to hear from Julie Maloney Lee. Her big news was the arrival of their first grandchild, Grace, whose parents are Katie (McDonnell) ’09 and Brian Lee’08. Julie will soon be heading across the pond to visit Vanderbilt daughter Nancy in Dublin and daughter Bridget ’17 in London, where Julie spent a semester. I enjoy keeping in touch with Joe Hession and Connie Hogan on Facebook. I would like to see other classmates join us. — Mamie Anthoine Ney; 350 Alewive Road, Kennebunk ME 04043-6013; res 207-229-0989; bus 207-333-6640 × 2020;

78JD Sad Christmas

Sandy Bisignano wrote with sad news: “I am very sad to report that my best friend and our former law school classmate, Steve Artusi, died on Dec. 12 from his third bout of cancer. My wife, Tia ’70SMC, and I had a great visit with Steve in mid-November at his home in North Port FL. Steve is survived by his wife Susan, his daughters Stephanie and Jennifer and their husbands, a stepson Tony Finn and four wonderful grandchildren. Steve was buried with full military honors at Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka IN.” May his soul and all the souls of our faithful departed classmates rest in peace. Please take a minute to drop me a note about what is happening in your neck of the woods. — Dan LaVille; US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Avenue North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751;

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