class notes

1980s

80 Angels on Call

We are very pleased to announce a new initiative for members of the class. Led by newly retired Maritza Poza-Grise, we will be launching “Angels on Call,” a program of volunteers who will reach out to classmates in times of trouble, illness or other life challenges. Our Angels include Louanne Snellgrove Bennett, Paul D’Alessandro, Rob Gordon, Cindy Elshoff Lupica, Paddy Mullen, Rob Peters, Maritza Poza-Grise, Phil Russo and Father Joe Uhen. We will “mobilize prayer and connect them to a listening ear” when classmates experience loss and difficult change. A portion of our program will include a virtual prayer circle. If you are interested in helping or would like to simply connect to our Angels, please reach out to me. We will always honor the privacy of all those we hold dear. Thank you to Maritza and her volunteer Angels. José Valdivia notes that his daughter Mary Kate ’13, ’14MSA got engaged in November to Will Heineman ’13. Will is a fifth consecutive generation ND graduate, going back to his great-great-grandfather. He proposed at the Grotto. Father Pete McCormick, CSC, ’06MDiv, head of ND campus ministry, will perform the wedding ceremony. So it is quite a Notre Dame union. Phil Jaurigue has joined the ownership group of the Philadelphia Soul, a professional arena football team. Dr. Mike McMullen’s daughter, Maria ’15, graduated from Notre Dame in May. She was a pre-professional major, same as Mike, and attends pharmacy school at Ohio State. Mike is a family physician in solo practice in Rochester NY and has been married to Christine for 25 years. Leo Latz and Nick Zagotta co-hosted a reception and minireunion at Chicago’s Union League Club for our classmate, Indiana State Senator Liz Bathon Brown, who is seeking to represent Indiana’s Third Congressional District in the US House of Representatives. She is married to Dr. Steve Brown. Other members of our class in attendance included: Michael “Doc” Cusick, Bill Kresse, Dr. Mary Blachowicz Lewis, Tom “Coyote” Weiler, Maria ’80SMC and Tom “Chet” Etling, Kathy ’80SMC and Dan Hussey, Bill Ryan and me. Kresse recently was appointed a commissioner of the City of Chicago Board of Elections. Ed Zier proudly walked his daughter, Marybeth ’15, down the aisle of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus. She wed her classmate Ryan McDonough ’15. Ed said that his Morrissey roommates Ken Kadleck of Northbrook IL, Tom Larson of Gig Harbor WA and Kevin Blake of Tucson were in attendance, along with another friend and classmate, Don Gerry of Kapolei HI. Mike Gray reported the sad news that Bob Kolas passed away suddenly after a heart attack. Friends and former Keenanites Mike Karas, Mark Palmer and Chris Kennedy wrote to share the sad news of Bob Konicek’s passing. Bob Murphy also reported that after a short illness, Brian Dolphin passed away. Our hearts go out to their families. As is our tradition, Padre Joe Uhen says Mass, and Rosemarie Mills Russell sends a note of condolence to the families. — Mary Ellen Woods; mew.1980@alumni.nd.edu; https://www.facebook.com/groups/notredame80/; www.my.nd.edu

80MBA Class Secretary — Doug Cooper;

suntubi@aol.com

80JD Catching Up

We express our sympathies to Wendell Walsh on the loss of his mom, Judith. Wendell was the eldest of 12 children, so his mom was an amazing lady. Judge Max Griffin shared his updates: “I still sit in the Child Protection Division of our Juvenile Court, hearing abuse and neglect cases. The child who was shot 16 times was a ward on my call. I love what I do but can retire in October 2018. Linda, Scott and Kaitlyn are doing well. After living in Wrigleyville for 18 years, we moved about one and a half miles west, but stayed in the city. It’s a single family home in a nice neighborhood with five bedrooms and a three-car garage. So much for downsizing.” Thanks, Judge Max. Edie Harsh wrote: “We are still in Lansing MI; been here since law school graduation. I worked for a large insurance defense firm, then a small labor law firm and finally, 23 years at the Attorney General’s office. It was good work with good people. I took a disability retirement in 2007, a long story but health issues continue. I just work around them as best I can. The good thing is that since I no longer practice law, the other half of my brain has started working again and I am into a lot of creative endeavors. I now play the Native American flute, crochet and have just started weaving. I’m having lots of fun with all of those. Clint is still working at Lansing Catholic High School. He taught for 20-some years and then, transitioned into property management. He is the director facilities at the school, working hard and pretty much loving it. The word retirement has crept into his dialogue lately as we just became grandparents again. Our daughter Margaret has an adorable and loving little guy, Blake. They live here in town, so we see them often. I babysit one day a week and he begs his mom to go see Mimi and Papa. Our son, Benjamin, just became a dad Nov. 22. They are in Austin TX and we went for two weeks to welcome the new arrival, Raymond. He is just as sweet as can be. (Spoken like a true grandma). We will go back sometime in the spring and they will spend some time in Michigan with us during the heat of the Texas summer.” Edie, thanks for writing. Ginny Roemer writes: “Our 19-year-old Nathan is in his sophomore year at UC Santa Barbara. He is 6-foot-3, like my dad. My step children are into interesting professional pursuits; Nona and Christophe work in Turkey with Syrian refugees through UNICEF.” Ginny, thanks for your note. Connie and Tim Carey are grandparents. Congrats. Judge Sue Zwick and I got to sit together as evaluators on a panel after all these years. Sue is still busy with children and married children. Sue, it was fun to be together. Remember to join the Order of St. Thomas More at NDLS. It helps students with all kinds of needs. Send your news. Love to all. — Sheila O’Brien; sobrien368@aol.com

81 New Officers to be Elected

Our 35th Reunion will take place June 2-5. Come for a day, an hour or the weekend. We hope to see you there. The class officers we elected in 1980 have resigned for personal and professional reasons. New officers will be elected and announced during Reunion. Self-nominations and nominations of others can be made online at http://nd.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bD6qbFCMUauxI4B. Email Jana (Schutt) Patchen at jpatchen@columbus.rr.com if you would like to be a reader, server or musician for the 5 p.m. Friday Reunion Class Mass. Mike “Pro” Burke and Tom McCarthy are the coordinators for our Saturday morning 9-hole golf outing on the Burke Course. If you are interested in playing golf, email proburke@gmail.com or tmac@pga.com. Additional details associated with the weekend will be emailed as they become available. Dorothy and Dave Pusateri hosted a large gathering for the Pitt football game in Pittsburgh. Joining them were Joe Ciuni, Brian Morris, Keith Morris, Dan Tarullo, Ed Callahan, Jim Dailey, John Sheehan, John Ryan, John Trier, Greg Tizio, John Saigh, Dennis Regan, Steve Conroy, Tim Twardzik, Jim Murray, Mike Turzai, Craig Chaval, Mike O’Sullivan ’82, Kevin Fallon ’80, Mark Muench ’80, Paul Stark ’80, Dave Wuertz ’80, Joe Pusateri ’76, Scott Schlautman ’03JD and Prof. John Weber. Kevin Campion left Wall Street after 32 years to buy a Right at Home franchise, providing in-home care and assistance to seniors in Nassau County on Long Island. He is really excited, as he considers it truly honorable work to help the elderly remain safely in their homes for another day. Kevin recently returned from Weston FL, where a group of alumni who call themselves the HouNDs (Hoary Old University of Notre Dame Stickmen) participated in the annual Over-50 lacrosse tournament. The event got washed out by torrential rains and soggy fields, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying a great barbecue on the one sunny day they had. The other HounNDs in attendance: Brett Jackson ’80, Pat Clynes ’78, Chuck Neff, Steve Linehan ’82, Bob Durgin, John Romanelli ’79 and Mike Lynch ’82. Last June, Nina-Rose (Netchi) ’82 and Don Ginocchio witnessed the marriage of their son, Tony Ginocchio ’09 and Stacy Mick ’09. Cindy and Kevin Dix, Tony’s godparents, were in attendance, as were many of Tony and Stacy’s classmates. The event was topped off by the performance of “Notre Dame, Our Mother,” and the “Victory March,” by members of the trombone section of the Notre Dame Band, all of whom are friends of Tony and Stacy. — Lee Ann McLaughlin; 1120 Georgiana St., South Bend IN 46617; 847-636-1964; leeannmclaughlin@alumni.nd.edu

81MBA Class Secretary — E.J. Fleming;

600 Hall Hill Road, Somers CT 06071; 860-749-7261; flemingiv@aol.com

81JD Spring Notes

Jack Sawyer has been selected as the 2016 recipient of The Greater Good Award, which is bestowed by the Georgia Planned Giving Council to an individual who has contributed to the advancement of charitable giving in the State of Georgia. Cori Ching Weston reports that she and her husband Jeff ’78 were heading to Junior Parents Weekend in February for their daughter Taylor’s celebration, and wondering where the years went. On the work side, Cori heads up a team of trust officers, wealth advisors and financial planners for Bank of Hawaii. Bill Fearnow will be in Amsterdam until the end of 2016 and is likely to remain in Europe for another year or two; Paris, London or Frankfurt are most likely, as wife Betsey will extend her work for IBM. He is working on another quasi-law practice related short story, the seventh and final one of a short story collection, which he will then try to get sold and published. He is happy to still be humming the Beatles “When I’m Sixty-Four” for a few more months. I am sorry to report that Mark Gargula’s mom, Doris Gargula, who lived in Indianapolis near Mark and Nancy (Helling), passed away peacefully on Jan. 6. May she rest in peace. Several of our classmates have retired from their professional careers: Mike Nash retired from 3M on Jan. 1; Lou Ghilardi retired from Ford; and Arnie Gough retired from Winston & Strawn LLP. John Fitzpatrick finished the year with two defense verdicts — one in a medical malpractice stroke case and the other in a car seat manufacturer products case. I get to cross an item off my bucket list. I am going to South Africa from Feb. 23 through March 25. The first part of the trip will be spent at The Open Arms Orphanage for AIDS orphans, which was founded by Sally and Bob Solis ’84. The second part of the trip will be spent on a safari in Krueger National Park and Sabi Sands Park. Lorie Masters has been selected to serve on the ABA Board of Governors as one of the Women at Large representatives, starting after the ABA’s annual meeting in August. She was selected to serve in this position by members of the ABA Nominating Committee in a contested race. Congratulations, Lorie. The Law School has announced that it is planning a “Fall Back” reunion for our class and others on Oct. 7-9. Among other things, we can get together to watch the football team play an away game at NC State. I look forward to seeing many of you at this new event. God Bless and go Irish. — Michael Palumbo; 3799 E. Peachtree Drive, Chandler AZ 85249; res 480-284-4004; bus 602-262-5931; mpalumbo@jsslaw.com

82 Close Contacts

Richard (Tippy) Martinez is recovering from his fourth back surgery from an old water skiing accident. He is the medical director of Shasta Regional Medical Group, a growing family practice clinic associated with a local hospital in Redding CA. Tippy was lucky enough to travel to Eugene OR for Coach Joe Piane’s final track meet at the NCAA Track and Field Championship. He took his sons: Rudy, 30; Richard, 28; Seth, 15; and Aaron, 13. Fellow cross-country alumnus Chuck Aragon ’81 was working as the official photographer for ND Athletics, as well as watching his daughter Alexa ’14 finish 8th in the women’s steeplechase. Afterward, they attended a barbeque at the home of another track alumnus, Tim Welch ’81. Included were Coach Piane, family and friends. Tippy is married to Gabby. Besides their four sons, they have a daughter, Gabby, who is 10. They keep in contact with Bill Slattery, Tippy’s freshman roommate from Morrissey. Bill is the managing director for Lampert Debt Advisors in New York. I am sure many of you heard about the death of Jake Scanlan, a junior in Siegfried Hall. Jake’s parents, Janet (Grawey) and Jerry Scanlan, are our classmates. Janet served on the ND Alumni Board from 1987-1990. Please keep the Scanlan family in your thoughts and prayers. More sad news: We regret to inform you that Dr. Sharon (Mesmer) Gausling passed away in October. A Breen-Phillips alum, she was part a close-knit group who enjoyed being silly and having fun together, which made ND winters more tolerable. Please pray for the family. Please plan on attending our 35th Reunion in 2017. Please save the date and join us. — Dave and Tess Lewis; 30 Battle Ridge Road, Morris Plains NJ 07950; cell 973-219-4050; bloomie711@gmail.com or dave@lewislegal.com

82MBA Class Secretary — Renée (Amirkanian) Cooper;

reneemsr@aol.com

82JD Boston Massacre Redux

The Law School, in conjunction with Boston College Law School, hosted a reenactment of the Boston Massacre trial as part of the Shamrock Series weekend in November. The participants, who wore period costumes, argued their case to a standing-room-only crowd in the Old South Meeting House. Sheila and Perry Vieth co-hosted a fabulous post-trial reception for the attendees at the Old Statehouse. Another highlight of the weekend was a special Shamrock Series concert by the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall. Tim Abeska, Tim Nickels and John Smith were on campus in November for their semi-annual Trial Ad demonstration and lecture. I saw Father Dexter Brewer and Tom Veldman on campus for the Wake Forest game. Dexter is a parish priest in Nashville, where he has been for many years. Tom is the owner of TireRack.com. (When you need new tires, this is the place to buy.) Carol and I had dinner with Kath and Greg Kruzel while in Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl. We’re ready for ND to break its 22-year streak of not having won a major bowl game. — Frank Julian; 7 W. Seventh St., Cincinnati OH 45202; 513-579-7337; frank.julian@macys.com

83 Happy New Year

Happy New Year to the Class of ’83. The members of our class have had a busy few months, and no doubt will have busy months ahead. I extend my best wishes to everyone for success in each of your endeavors for the coming year. Also, as this is the first column I am writing for 2016, my best wishes for a happy birthday in 2016, for those who still celebrate and aren’t marking time or counting backward. I’d like to start with some news about myself. I was promoted to the position of executive director in the Legal and Compliance Division of Morgan Stanley. This was truly an honor and a dream for me, and I’m really happy about it. I also was able to get to two football games this season. I traveled to Philadelphia for the Temple game and to Boston for the Boston College game at Fenway Park. While in Boston, I got the chance to say hello to Amy (Hirsh) Guarino. I know from our Class Facebook page that many of you traveled to several games this season. Among those who attended games were Bill Scala, Dan Hammer, Mary O’Connor, Don Wussler, Anne Clark, Michael Joyce, Stephen Fox, Michelle Farrow, Bill Hennessey and Andrea Perino. Meanwhile, in non-football news, Christopher Temple Davis met up with Ann Croft while on a trip to Columbus OH. He got to spend time with Ann, her husband and their three children. Chris again will work with Habitat for Humanity in Colombia to improve the homes and communities of refugees from Colombia’s long civil war. Laura Larkner-Ozga will again travel to Haiti as a member of a medical team to provide care to the Haitian people. We send best wishes to Chris and Laura for success on their trips. Mary Malone has been making sure that we are all kept up to date with the new and exciting things going on in South Bend away from campus. The 2016 Shamrock Series game will be held in San Antonio, and Eddie Magallanez has been providing updates on the interesting goings-on in San Antonio. Delia Thomas8 is working with FOCUS Center for Autism, a vital program for the autism community. Delia made a video for FOCUS’s latest campaign. You can find the video on the Class Facebook page. Best of luck with the continued important work you’re doing. I’m sure you are all aware that we have a Class Facebook page. For those who still aren’t members but wish to join, simply search for “Notre Dame Class of 1983” on Facebook and click “join.” As always, if you have any information you’d like to share with our classmates, please drop me a line and I’ll be sure to include the information in an upcoming column. — *Louis J. “Chip” Denkovic; 520 West 43 St., No. 32G, New York NY 10036; cell 917- 399-8784; bus 212-762-6674; ldenkovic@gmail.com

83MBA Class Secretary — John Hilbrich;

630-677-2725; john.hilbrich@gmail.com

83JD A Few Tidbits to Share

Thanks for the response to my plea for news. Jack Greiner sent an email reporting that he practices in the areas of commercial litigation and First Amendment law at GraydonHead in Cincinnati. Last year he handled a case in which the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that police on private campuses who have arrest powers pursuant to Ohio statute are subject to the Ohio Public Records Act. He represented a group of student journalists from Otterbein U in that case on a pro bono basis. Jack has also been doing some writing since he left law school. He serves as the editor of the firm’s e-newsletter, InfoLaw News, but he is also the author of Imagine When You’re Feeling Better, a children’s book written to benefit Josh Cares, a Cincinnati charity. Jack also maintains a very popular blog called “Jack Out of the Box.” Jack was on the Notre Dame campus this fall to encourage undergraduate students to apply to U of Cincinnati Law School. He has four children: two lawyers, one law school student and one medical school student. Marianne Lafferty Vorhees also emailed. She has filed for a third six-year term as judge in the Delaware Circuit Court No. 1 in Muncie. She continues to have a general jurisdiction docket with criminal, civil, probate and family law cases. When she is not working, she plays a lot of tennis in USTA leagues. Please send me an email with an update on you or a classmate for this column. No news is definitely not good news. — Ann E. Merchlewitz; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 700 Terrace Heights, No. 30, Winona MN 55987; res 507-454-4774; bus 507-457-1587; amerchle@smumn.edu

84 Faith, Friendship, Love

Faith, friendship and love are three words that describe our relationship with each other and ND. These were clearly on display as we sadly said goodbye to Joe Trustey and his daughter Anna, who died in a plane crash, approximately nine months after they lost their beloved son and brother, AJ. The wake and funeral were a beautiful testament to how many people called Joe a friend and loved him and his family. Father Paul Kollman, CSC, presided over the concelebrated Mass and led us in faith as we tried to cope with the loss. Pallbearers George Kolettis, Mark Manley, Jeff Toner, Tim Novak and Kevin King ’85 relied on their friendship to help them through. Brian Callaghan, John Marvin, Mark Kramer, Marie Devlin, Maureen Canavan, Lou Nanni and I joined other Domers, young and old, to celebrate Joe and Anna’s lives. It was only in the death of Joe, who lived life loudly, that we learned the extent of his quiet, loving acts of charity that benefited so many. Please keep Kris ’86SMC and their two daughters in your prayers. When you are back on campus, stop by the Trustey Family Chapel in the Stinson-Remick Engineering Hall and renew your faith through prayer. Faith and love are also on display as class members support many great causes. Mary Margaret (Schmid) and John Runger supported the Andean Health 1,500-mile bike ride and made their goal of biking 250 miles and climbing 20,000 feet. Denise Harrington Staubach participated in the Pan Mass Challenge to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dave McAvoy conquered the Gobi March for the Villages, a self-supported 250 km race across the Gobi Desert in northwest China for a charity helping abused, abandoned and neglected children. To read his blog about the race, go to 4deserts.com and click on “Gobi March,” then “Competitor Blogs,” then type in McAvoy and click on it. Rear Adm. Mathias Winter received the Rev. William Corby, CSC, Award in October, one of the highest awards bestowed by the University. The award recognizes distinguished service in the military. Winter is the chief of naval research as well as the director of Innovation Technology Requirements, Test and Evaluation. Kudos to Bob Grundewald, who put up a matching grant to buy a van for Open Arms South Africa. Additional support for this wonderful organization came from Greg Bell, Nancy Martin, Casey Cunniff, Mike Carroll and Scott Holda, who visited Open Arms as our class representatives. John Borkowski joined Husch Blackwell as a partner in the firm’s Healthcare, Life Sciences and Education Department. Finally, I am happy to report that a group of us were able to get together for our annual reunion, which was in Portland this year. Ellen (Banovetz) Kaiser, Maureen Canavan, Anne (Wernimont) Kritzmire, Sheila (Dresser) Novak, Mary Jo (Conradt) Francis, Teresa (Hedrick) Williams, Kelly Frank Kiehl and I were there in person to join in the whitewater rafting, food cart taste tour and hours of good conversation. We brought Marie Devlin, Beth (Hards) Stechschulte, Ellie (Knapp) Cullom and Josie (Kaiser) Froehlke along as Flat Stanleys so they were there in spirit. Jamie Kimmel Eiffert aptly describes these reunions as “an example of the depth and longevity of the friendships forged at ND” with “bonds that strengthen into steel.” Faith, friendship and love. We are ND. — Martha Avery; mayoravery@aol.com

84MBA Class Secretary — Tom Phillips;

bus 407-629-4420; fax 407-629-4480; mobile 407-580-8757; taprealtor@earthlink.net

84JD Rest in Peace

With profound sadness, I report the passing of our dear classmate Patrick Pedro from ALS. We offer our prayers and condolences to his wife, Julie, and their daughters. May he rest in peace. Congratulations to Ken Martinez, who was recently appointed by the elected county commissioners to serve as Bernalillo County Attorney, the supervisor of the county’s legal department. Bernalillo County is the most populous county in New Mexico, including the city of Albuquerque and the surrounding rural areas. Ken has served with distinction in the New Mexico House of Representatives for 15 years, including such leadership positions as chairman of the judiciary committee, majority floor leader and speaker of the house. This new position requires Ken to not seek reelection to the House. — Matthew J. Dunn; 19834 Timbered Estates Lane, Carlinville IL 62626; 773-294-6851; mdunn19834@gmail.com

85 Updates

Robert Marovich was interviewed in January by Dean Richards on Chicago’s WGN-TV morning news about his book, A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music. The book was published last year by the U of Illinois Press as part of its Music in American Life Series. Bob also lectured on Chicago and Gospel music at the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Center as part of its “One Book, One Chicago” series. Classmate Megan Fellman was among the attendees. Kim (Cosgrove) and Kevin McCarter will be back on campus celebrating their second ND grad in May. Kylie graduates with a degree in science/business and will join Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy Practice. Conor ’15 graduated with a degree in computer science engineering and also works for Deloitte Consulting in the digital technology practice. Fiona ’20 is excited to join her sister Kerry ’18 at ND this fall. Rowan, their last aspiring Domer, is in 10th grade and enjoys going to home games to see his siblings. This year marks Kevin’s 25th anniversary at Deloitte Consulting, where he enjoys running large health care technology projects. Kim keeps busy volunteering on several boards and providing legal counsel to the non-profits she serves. Kevin and Kim tailgate at every home game and hope to see you on campus this fall. — Kathleen Doyle Yaninek; yanzlaw@comcast.net

85MBA Class Secretary — Dom Yocius;

dyocius@ameritech.net

85JD Grand Time in Boston

It was great to see so many Notre Dame fans in Boston, my hometown, for the Shamrock Series. What a thrill to watch football at Fenway Park. My son Tommy, a sophomore at Boston College, and I were fortunate to be the guests of Denise and Walter Brown at the game. I also enjoyed catching up with Molly Murphy and Michael Bruton before the game; their son Peter is a 2013 BC grad. Also at the game were Tom Lupo, who has two daughters in Beantown, Paul Coletti, and Sue and John Gibbons. Their daughter Grace is a sophomore at BC. In non-football news, Todd Kingma reports that he had a crazy year in 2015. After helping Perrigo Company plc (a leading global healthcare supplier) close a major European acquisition on March 30, he went on a vacation on April 6. Unfortunately, on that morning, Perrigo received a hostile takeover letter from Mylan N.V. So much for a vacation. In any event, as the EVP and general counsel of Perrigo, Todd was part of a small team that led the successful defense of Perrigo against Mylan’s hostile offer. This was the largest hostile takeover in history to go to the final tender deadline. After nearly eight months of effort that included litigation and regulatory actions on three continents and significant investor relations that highlighted corporate governance issues, Perrigo prevailed and remains an independent public company. Todd also reported that he had the good fortune of catching up with Mark Engel while the two of them were in San Francisco in January for the JPMorgan Healthcare conference. Please continue to send me your news. I look forward to hearing from you. — Kelly Kiernan Largey; largey@fr.com

86 Only a Few Weeks

Soon it will be our 30th. We will be having one heck of a rolling large party for the weekend. I think we figured out how to do it right at our 25th, so we’ll basically have the same formula. You have plenty of time to do what you want over the two days, and we’ll provide two places for everyone to gather for class dinners and our own big tent with refreshments. Some folks have conflicts with graduations and will not be able to attend. Know that all of us will be raising a glass and toasting you at our class dinners and under our party tent. You have been getting all the info on our events, and so many of you have registered at this point. If any of your friends are on the fence, now is the time to get them on board. I keep getting emails from groups of friends, and I think we may break our attendance record from the 25th. That normally doesn’t happen, but the word got out. The main thing is come home to ND, and let’s all have a great time with friends. I was excited when Laura Temple called to say many of the Londoners are planning to come back for Reunion. They will be gathering on Saturday morning for their own reunion under our class tent. At the time I am writing this, we didn’t have a time set, but that info should be available now that you are reading it. Speaking of that crew, last June, eight members of the Class of ’86, along with family members, celebrated the 30th anniversary of spending spring semester junior year in London. They toured the beautiful Notre Dame London Gateway Center, visited their old Maida Vale neighborhood, which has gone considerably upscale since 1985, and dined in The Eagle pub just down the road from Cedar Lodge. They enjoyed tourist attractions together including Cambridge and punting on the River Cam there. They also saw a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It was a wonderful time together both to reminisce and to make new memories. Members of the class attending were John Affleck, Christine (Harrington) Ginsburg, Ted Kelleher, John Meyer, John Powers, Beth (Rooney) Powers, Tom Small and Laura Temple. Saint Joseph High School (Natrona Heights PA) named faculty member Christine Janicik Harmon as a recipient for its inaugural Spirit of Saint Joseph Award. The award recognizes alumni and friends of SJHS whose everyday lives exemplify that of their patron: living the ordinary in extraordinary ways. Joseph McGarry is a CPA living in Isanti MN. He works at H&R Block but also had some very exciting news to share. He published his first novel, Operation Mermaid: The Project Kraken Incident. Google the title, and you’ll find it online. Mark Herkert battled cancer for many years and has many victories as noted before in this column. He continues to run, swim and bike to raise awareness and funds to continue that fight. Last fall he ran the New York City Marathon and raised almost $16,000 for myeloma research through the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Multiple Myeloma Opportunities for Research & Education. Keep those knees healthy, Mark. I know we are all looking forward to our gathering. Let’s get there safely, and please call if you have any questions. Take care and God bless. — John Spatz; 201-264-2459; john.spatz@rbccm.com

86MBA Catching Up

Joe Celentano, SVP and chief risk officer for Pacific Life Insurance Company, spent a weekend in Scottsdale golfing and catching up with Roger Loesch, Paul Stewart, Dave Skrypkar and Louis Shelzi. The group has been getting together every year since 1987 for a weekend of golf and fun. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of their tradition. Way to go, guys. Joe taught a week-long risk management course to ND MBA students in October. He stayed at the Morris Inn and felt like a student all over again as he walked the campus. He also attended the USC game and was thrilled with the Irish victory, particularly since he lives in Southern California. On a sad note, Richard Newsted passed away in November. He is survived by his wife, Dawn, and four children. His career was largely based in the automotive and steel industries, and he served as CEO of Meridian Automotive Systems in Detroit. His career concluded by serving as a restructuring advisor to a number of corporate boards of directors. Please keep Richard’s wife and family in your prayers. David Sobek was busy this fall, attending the Virginia, UMass and Clemson games. He tailgated with Fred Arthur and Jerry Weinle at the UMass game. Dave stuck it out during the pouring rain at the Clemson game and visited with Murphy Armstrong. It seems like every time I see a Facebook post from Jorge Valencia, he and his son Aiden are pictured with ND football and basketball players and coaches. He and his family escaped chilly Iowa for the sun in Arizona when they attended the Fiesta Bowl. Jorge is very active with Iowa and national politics, particularly Latino politics. Dan Kerrigan also spent the New Year at the Fiesta Bowl. Many thanks to Wally Stapleton, Carolyn (Anderson) Wells, Tom Hicks, Dave Greiner, Atchi Nagai and Sue Giovanini for the Christmas cards and photos. I am thankful we are still in touch. My next column deadline is May 1; please send an update. — Maureen Decker; 21855 Town Gate, Macomb MI 48044; res 586-468-7713; bus 586-741-4305; cell 586-817-1317; maureen.decker@mclaren.org

86JD New Approach

2016 is our 30th Reunion year, and the Law School is trying a new approach, a fall reunion on Oct. 7-9. The football game is away, which means there should be plenty of hotel accommodations and restaurant availability. With school in session, faculty and students will be around to mingle with alums. There will be a class reception, individual class dinners, golf outings, football game watch party, etc. Plan to attend. Brian Bates will coordinate our reunion again. Please let him know if you want to help. He recently received the Catholic Lawyer Guild of Colorado’s St. Thomas More Award. Tom Evans is secretary, vice president and general counsel at Kemper Corp. Tom has been with Kemper (formerly Unitrin) for 24 years. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood with their children, Kelly, 4, and Trip, 1. Maureen Watz Gornik is the deputy clerk in charge of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit at the St. Paul MN courthouse. Maureen and her husband are proud parents of two young daughters. Mike Mulhern has been at Winston & Strawn for all 29 years of his professional life; he practices in Winston’s labor and employment law group. Mike and his wife, Beth, live in Winnetka and have three children: Kevin, a freshman at Bucknell, and Matthew and Claire, who are both at New Trier High School. Be afraid, be very afraid if you get a call from Jerome Frazel, a professional liability executive claims consultant at Berkley Select. Jerome and his wife, Nancy Wilder ’87JD, live in Chicago. Over in Philadelphia, Tom Hinchey, a products defense lawyer with a national practice, was elected as one of the top 100 lawyers of Irish descent in America and feted at the Irish ambassador’s residence in Washington DC. Tom was nominated for the honor by Tim Tompkins, a 2014 recipient of the same honor. John Mauel is head of US energy transactions for the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright in Houston, where he and Joan Flood Mauel reside. Finally, I have two bits of sad news to pass along. First, Chris Horas, the wife of Jack Horas, passed away on Jan. 15. They were married 31 years and, as Jack said in a post, “friends for 40 years.” Please keep Jack and their children Adam, Amanda, Rachel and Ashley in your prayers. Mike Maguire reports the other sad news along with his update. “When I went to get my ND Law diploma, our kids Annise and Sean went with me. Our daughter did not learn from her father, and she is an attorney with Gallagher, Farr & Wilkie in DC, with her rescue pit Charli. She is a world traveler, having climbed to the base of Mt. Everest in the fall of 2014. We are very proud of her. With Sean, we have not so nice news. Sean was the athlete his father never was; he was someone who lit up the room, someone you wanted to be your friend. He got his first job after college in Kansas City, and while working there, hurt his back severely. He had the misfortune of a carrier who messed with him, which added pressure. More importantly, he never got better. We are talking about a young man who excelled in every sport he tried. He moved back in with us and on May 27, 2009, his birthday, he took enough pain medications so he would never hurt again. Sheila, Annise and I are doing better, but you never get over losing and burying your child.” They are in Cape Girardeau MO if you wish to reach out to them. Please pray for their peace as well as that of all of our classmates with losses. — Don Passenger; 180 Ottawa Ave., Ste. 1200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; 616-632-5704; dpasseng@gmail.com

87 Businesses Expand

Eileen (Carty) Kenah has been a realtor in the western suburbs of Chicago for 12 years. She recently made a move from a local brokerage to Keller Williams Realty and was part of the team that opened an office in Downers Grove IL. She lives in Downers Grove with her husband, Don, and their children, Gerry, Katie and Brian. Eileen and her former PW roommate Diana (Romano) Matigian try to get together as often as they can. Di has a law practice in North Riverside IL. She lives in Oak Park with her husband, Matt, and sons, Mateos ’16 and Dominic. Paula (Miranda) McKeever attended the wedding of Lewis pal Mary Kohn ’88 at the Basilica on campus. Paula said she had the opportunity to visit with Patrick Murphy. They had not seen each other since their respective weddings 25 years ago. Pat had come to Boston for the ND-Boston College game at Fenway Park. Paula lives in southeastern Massachusetts with husband Dan and son Bryan, 16. Meg (Payne) Nelson wrote to say that she is the program officer at the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota, which is the nation’s largest Catholic Community Foundation. Meg lives in Minneapolis with husband Chris, a high school social studies teacher, and their daughters, who are 13 and 10. Ray Kennedy resides in Indianapolis and has a few business interests, including one as a regional developer for the national franchise system, Zerorez. Ray plans to expand Zerorez into other areas surrounding Indiana. Ray has two children: Mara, a freshman at Notre Dame living in PE, and Conor, a sophomore in high school. — Katherine Bull; 14 E. 41st St., Savannah GA 31401; kmbull47@gmail.com

87MBA Class Secretary — Perry N. Dellelce;

Wildeboer Dellelce LLP, Suite 800, Wildeboer Dellelce Place, 365 Bay St., Toronto, Ontario M5H 2V1; 416-361-5899; fax 416-361-1790; perry@wildlaw.ca

87JD Class Secretary — Tim Borchers;

206-384-6178; tim.borchers62@gmail.com

88 Ski Sherpa Business Plan

During a trip to Vail in January,* Steve Clark* discovered that the fatigued legs that come with 35,000 vertical feet of skiing made the transportation center atop multiple flights of steps appear to be an insurmountable summit. So, out of necessity, an opportunity for a willing and able 20-something was born. At the Starbucks across the way, Steve found an enterprising barista who slung his skis, and those of his friend Olivier, over her shoulders and hauled them up the stairs for a Jackson. “Ski Sherpas” awaits some flesh on the bones, but it is a venture with promise. Over dinner, Steve shared the goings-on in the lives of his ’88 buddies, and, later, it occurred to me to have him put his accountings in writing. Steve delivered, and what follows is his report. Katie ’88SMC and Jim Mangan’s son, Michael, started as a guard for the U of Rochester Yellowjackets. Considering that he is a freshman, Michael has a promising collegiate basketball career ahead of him. Willie Franklin’s charity of choice, Catch-A-Lift, was featured on the CBS Evening News. Catch-A-Lift is a non-profit that provides veterans with free access to gyms across the country or with home workout equipment to empower them to heal their wounds, both visible and invisible, through fitness. Tony Simon and Matt Himich have sons who are freshman at the U of Tulsa. In addition to raising five children (daughter Monica is a senior at ND), Tony and his wife, Monica, raise chickens. Though, according to Steve, the “Clark’s ducks are much cooler.” In Colorado Springs, Tom Dalsaso, when not keeping everyone connected as an ’88 classmate archivist, manages to find time to perform plastic surgery and to keep up with his five children and two horses, arguably cooler than chickens or ducks. Andy Cross is the father of a two-year-old, for whom Steve’s daughter babysits. His name is William, but don’t call him “Willie” or “somebody will be taken to the woodshed.” Embracing the motto “no pain, no gain,” George Love has become a lean, mean triathlon machine. Steve also wanted to acknowledge the passing of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks ’63JD, father of Molly (Crooks) McGee. A newspaper headline, “Court Loses Peacemaker,” spoke to a widely mentioned facet of his great legacy. Condolences to Molly, Tom and their four sons. Until “Ski Sherpas” takes flight, Steve works as the managing partner of Runnymede law group, the firm that he founded in 2008. Steve’s firm seeks to protect all life, and he is attending to a defining case on the rights of embryonic children. Thank you, Steve, for the major assist on this column. Classmates, please consider submitting a similar update on behalf of your ’88 pals. Finally, for the eighth time in his career and for the seventh year running, Joe Morford has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer. Joe is managing partner of Tucker Ellis LLP and focuses on the representation of corporations in mass tort, business and product liability litigation matters, as well as frequently lecturing on the defense of litigation matters and serving as a volunteer magistrate judge for the City of Shaker Heights Juvenile Court Diversion Program. With his children now aged 13, 17, 19 and 21, his efforts to relearn today’s math and science concepts have been replaced with an urgency to work to pay college tuitions. — Laurine Megna; PO Box 18138, Avon CO 81620; 970-390-9742; magnet@vail.net

88MBA New Secretary

I want to thank Meg Lyons for her years of great service to our class in keeping us well informed. She is so busy with her position as senior manager, corporate tax IT at The Walt Disney Company in Orlando that she gladly turned over the reins as class secretary when I offered to help. Some updates on me: I work as a regional development director in Notre Dame’s development office. I cover Boston and surrounding New England states and travel to the region at least twice a month. My wife, Anne (Ranaghan) ’89, and I have 10 children. Our eldest, Eddie ’14, works in Washington DC, and the next two attend the University. Grace is a senior, and John is a sophomore. Joe Robison and his sons Andrew, Patrick and Peter were not able to make it out for a football game this season so they instead made a visit to campus in January for a hockey game and men’s basketball game. It was great to have them over to dinner after the game and catch up. Joe is a senior analyst with PNC Capital Advisors in Cleveland. I encourage all of you to please inundate me with news on your families, careers and life events so we can reconnect as Notre Dame family. — Ron Linczer; 1251 N. Eddy St., Suite 300, South Bend IN 46617; mobile 574-302-2832; bus 574-631-3591; rlinczer@nd.edu

88JD Class Secretary — Lisa Marie Visingardi;

3389 12th St., Riverside CA 92501; bus 951-248-0315; res 789-6272; lisa.visingardi@jud.ca.gov

89 Notes for Spring

I heard from Mary (Pierson) Jakimier, who moved to Moscow with her daughter and toddler son. Her daughter Katarina, 14, received an invitation to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In September, as her son Nicholas turned 3, the family moved into an apartment across the street from the Academy. Her husband continues to run his development company in Dallas and spends time in Russia during the holidays. John Buscher let me know that his roommate at Notre Dame, Peter Gutrich, passed away. Peter Steele Gutrich was born in Chicago in 1966, the eldest of five children. Pete was a terrific athlete who excelled in baseball, which he continued at ND. After graduating, he worked in global finance and traveled the world. He is survived by: his parents, Tom and Peggy; brother Stephen and his wife Lynne and daughters Kaitlin, Alyssa, Sarah and Charlotte; brother Mark, his wife Eileen, daughters Morgan, Hannah and Amanda and son Matthew; brother Dan, his wife Becky, their daughter Isabel and son Henry; and sister Nancy Gutrich Weissert, her husband Jason, and Addison, Thomas and Maggie. Many of the Notre Dame family were at his funeral remembering a great, devoted and dependable friend. Please make memorial gifts to the Gift of Adoption Fund, giftofadoption.org. Be well. — Noel Murtha DiNome; noel.d.dinome@live.com

89MBA Class Secretary — Maggie DeVoe;

612-845-9662; maggie.devoe@oracle.com

89JD Class Secretary — Jenny O’Leary Smith;

jennyoleary@comcast.net