class notes


50 Lifetime Achievements

Patrick A. Gelson ’59 forwarded an obituary from the Bergen Record for Richard Hahn, who passed away on April 4 at the age of 89. Dick arrived at Notre Dame in July 1944 but left in December to join the Navy. He earned a BS in electrical engineering after returning from military service in 1946. Dick liked to tell people that he never saw the Fighting Irish Football Team lose. Dick later worked for the Ford Motor Co., Cook Electronics, US Testing and Sperry Unisys. He also served as mayor of Glen Rock NJ from 2000 to 2003. Dick was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Julia (Verhalen) Hahn, but is survived by a large family. I also received word from Gerald Bartnett ’55 that his brother, Donald F. Bartnett, had passed away on April 7 at age 88, surrounded by his family. Don’s obituary states that he graduated from Notre Dame in 1950, but he appears in the University records as a member of the Class of 1951. I’m sure that some of you remember him so I wanted to let you know. After leaving ND, Don did graduate work at Syracuse U and later was employed in the accounting departments of Shell Oil, Butler Aviation and Petro Fuel. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marie Bartnett, four children, four grandchildren, a sister and a brother. Richard Eykholt died on Nov. 11 in Fort Wayne IN at the age of 87. Dick was a member of the ND marching band, graduated with a degree in music education and attended Holy Cross Seminary. He was accomplished with the organ, piano, cornet, violin and guitar and used these gifts in several parishes during his life. Dick was married to Louise (nee Kleinrichert) for more than 60 years. Philip G. Kelley passed away on Dec. 18 in Syracuse NY at age 88 after a long career in insurance. Phil was a past president of the CNY Chapter of the Notre Dame Club, served on the Onondaga Planning Board, volunteered at Jail Ministry of Syracuse and served on the Onondaga Council on Alcoholism. He is survived by his wife, Ann (Stack) Kelley, three sons, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Robert Schlosser passed away on Jan. 8 in Harrisburg PA at the age of 87. After ND, Bob earned a PhD in accountancy, finance and economics from the U of Illinois. He taught for several years, moved to Price Waterhouse and Co., later held leadership positions at AICPA and Coopers & Lybrand and finished his career as the William J. Von Minden Professor of Accounting at Rutgers. Among his accomplishments, Bob was most proud of was being a member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 50 years. William Myler died on Nov. 8 in Mount Pleasant MI, just seven days short of his 90th birthday. Though he arrived at ND in 1943, Bill’s college days were interrupted by World War II. He joined the Navy, serving in China along the Yangtze. Following graduation, he worked as an oilman for the Muskegon Development Company, rising to become its CEO and chairman of the board. Bill and his wife, Dolores (Betka) Myler, celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary before his death. The Muskegon Chronicle reported, “He was resolutely committed to his Catholic faith and steadfastly supported his church and Catholic education. He was an active parishioner of Sacred Heart Church and strongly favored Sacred Heart Academy in Mount Pleasant. He served in about every volunteer lay position possible in church and school administration, including being president of the school board, parish finance committee, parish council, and the athletic association. Bill was a true Notre Dame man, taking to heart the motto ‘God, Country, and Notre Dame.’” — Jim Coogan ’91; 6018 Oxpen Ct. Apt. 101, Alexandria VA 22315;

51 Surprised at the Changes

By the time you read this message, our class will have celebrated our 65th Reunion. It is hard to believe that those of us remaining graduated 65 years ago. I hope that I had the opportunity to visit with each of you who attended. I am sure those who attended had a great time. All of you who did attend, and had not been on campus in a while, had to be surprised at the changes. New buildings are everywhere. I am wagering that most of us are eager for the 2016 football season. Yes, it is true that football is almost here, and we have a great schedule. We open at Texas on Sunday night, Sept. 4. I was as sorry to hear that Ted Foley ’52 of Spring Lake NJ passed away this spring. Ted had written his class’s column for many years. We had been teammates on the baseball team and had served in the FBI for many years together. We had remained close through the years. It is a great loss. Speaking of teammates, I received a phone call from Tom Boland of Hannibal MO. Tom is a former catcher on the baseball team. He is still operating the Ford dealership in Hannibal, with the help of his son. It was great hearing from you, Tom. Did you know that the word “dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”? I received a nice letter and subsequent phone visit with Jim McGuire of Holstein LA. Jim is still active in his auction company, which he has owned for years. He had three daughters graduate from Notre Dame: MolIy, Peggy and Martha. I received word from Helen Flanagan of Clearwater FL that her husband, John Patrick Flanagan, died in December. Helen and family furnished some wonderful words about her husband and his life. Helen sent along a poem about John’s departure titled, “Merry Christmas from Heaven.” Rosemary Crist of Pittsburgh PA sent word that her husband, Joseph Crist, died in November. Albert Zenz of West Chester OH sends word that he and Lois have been married 62 years. They are proud of their family: six children, 14 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. The bio for this issue concerns our classmate Larry Panozzo of Flossmoor IL and his personable bride, Netti, married almost 64 years. Following basic training, he was sent to Trieste, Italy. Larry’s childhood sweetheart, Netti, followed and they were married in Trieste, a wonderful romance and great story. Following his period in Italy, he returned to his hometown to join the family’s funeral home business, and he has been there since. I want all of you to know that during the reunion, Jane and I celebrated our 66th anniversary. We were married at Sacred Heart on June 5, 1950. Also, want you to know that two of our books are still available: The Cemetery beneath the Golden Dome, the story of Cedar Grove Cemetery, and Prominent People of Notre Dame, Past and Present, Cookbook. This is Jane’s book and a good one. Guys, don’t forget our Mass fund. — Jim Gillis; 3267 Rossmoor Pkwy., Walnut Creek CA 94595; 925-932-6454;

52 Remembering Our Secretary

I am very sad as I write these Class Notes. They are not being prepared by Ted Foley, our class secretary, who served us for many decades. Ted passed away in Jupiter FL on April 5. Many of you already know this because Class President George Heidkamp sent emails to anyone whose email address he had. Ted and Colleen have a place in Jupiter, which is very close to where Mary and I spend our winters. I visited Ted in the hospital about a week before he passed and he gave me the information he had gathered for these notes. I thought he looked very good, and he was alert. We had a nice visit for about 20 minutes and he shook my hand firmly when I left. Colleen called me a few days later and told me he was resting quietly but that the doctors had given her no reason to be optimistic. I stopped to see him later that day and he was sleeping restfully. His family was in town, and he died peacefully the next day. He did a wonderful job for all of us down through the years and we will miss him. I am sure you will remember him and Colleen in your prayers. About a month before Ted’s passing, he and I had lunch with Jack Hynes, who also winters near Jupiter. Jack was feeling good, and he and I compared the respective merits of our canes. He and his wife, Mary, are thinking of moving from Chatham to a place closer to Boston. He entertained Ted and me with stories about Boston. Why do I think about Chas Schubert whenever I see Jack? Well, Chas is gradually getting used to living in Colorado. He and Marilyn decided to move to Castle Rock, which is about 25 miles south of Denver, in order to be closer to their son, Carlie. Ted got a note from Carl Eiberger telling him that Don Ward ’52, ’54JD was honored by the Indiana Law Foundation for his part in maintaining the integrity of the Indiana courts. Carl has also been honored by the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations for his pro bona work. Carl is feeling well after open heart surgery on a valve and artery. Don Mahrt spent 25 years flying B47s, B52s and FB111s for the Air Force until he retired in 1977. After that, he flew corporate planes for about 10 years and now devotes his time to fly fishing. Jack McGlinn graduated with an accounting degree and after two years during the Korean War, he worked for Price Waterhouse in New York. He and Ann have six children and 13 grandchildren. He founded McGlinn Photo Service and after retiring they moved to Naples FL. After Jim Mannion graduated with us, he went to St. Louis U Law School, and after graduating in 1955 he married Joan and enlisted in the Navy, where he served as a defense attorney. After his discharge, he spent most of his career in labor relations and human resources. He continued to work in that field after he became involved in private practice and now lives in Douglas MI. Joan died several years ago, and in 1978 Jim married Kathleen. In their combined families they have eight children and 20 grandchildren. Joe McManus started in our class but was party of the five-year architecture program. Although he graduated in 1953, he considers himself a member of our class. After graduating, he worked for various architecture firms and then married Barbara. He worked on several projects in the Midwest for about 10 years, and then he and Barbara and their five children moved to Miami, where he worked in city planning for 22 years. They now live in Boca Raton FL within an hour’s drive from their children and nine grandchildren. When he and Barbara are not traveling, they enjoy co-editing the newsletter for the South Florida Emerald Society. Roy Mion graduated with us and stayed at ND to get a master’s degree in civil engineering. After serving two years in the Army, he married Judy. After working in private practice and rising to the position of chief bridge and structural engineer, he left private practice and spent 29 years as chief of bridge engineering for two firms. In 1991, Judy died, and after 14 years as a widower, Roy married Georgene. After she developed Alzheimer’s, Roy was her personal caregiver until she entered a nursing home, where he visits her each day. Roy has four daughters and 10 grandchildren. Tom Mangelsdorf was a pre-med student and after medical school he did an internship in psychiatry. After serving two years as a medical officer in the Army, he went into private practice in St. Louis. He has traveled to many countries around the world and also enjoys spending time in Naples FL. Joe McGuire served in the Army for four years before entering ND. He got his degree in architecture and worked for a private firm in Indianapolis for 31 years as head of the specifications department. After retirement, he and his brother formed McGuire Architects. They practiced for 20 more years, and Joe finally retired in 2008 when he was 89. In addition to teaching at WPM in Indianapolis, he received many awards and honors in the architectural industry. He has six sons and a daughter. Although I am pinch hitting for Ted to finish these Class Notes, I do not anticipate being the permanent class secretary. Our president George Heidkamp and I are working on that, although I plan to stay on a class vice president. Until a new secretary takes over, please keep sending information for future issues. Ted always kept the Class Notes very interesting, and we can continue that legacy only if you keep the information flowing to the new secretary. — Joe Straub; P.O. Box 398, Whittemore IA 50598; 515-341-4104;

53 Another Grand Gathering Planned

The annual legendary Chicago Class of 1953 luncheon is scheduled for Oct. 14, the Friday before the Stanford game. Details shall be forthcoming, as usual, via letters. Mark your calendar, plan on attending and don’t miss it. Jim Rogers reports that Joe O’Neill has overcome a health challenge, moved to assisted living and still visits the Minnesota Legislature, of which he was a long-term member as a lobbyist. Now that is grit. Brendan Cryan, after 25 years, moved one block down East 69th St., to a different New York apartment. It doesn’t sound like fun, but Brendan keeps slugging away. Tom Reedy would like to receive a call from Tom Krug, with whom he has lost contact. Bill Maus’ grandson, Kevin, will enroll in ND’s physics program this fall. Upon receiving his degree, he will join a great-grandfather, grandfather Bill, great uncles and aunts and a legion of cousins who have been graduated by ND and Saint Mary’s. Do well, Kevin. David Kahlich of Weimer TX called seeking background information on the death of his ND roommate, Gene Maunier. Dave learned of Gene’s passing from the obituary list in the previous ND Magazine. Dave mentioned he retired a year ago and, lacking an interested familial successor, was forced to close the 100-year-old family sheet metal business. As with all, Dave confronts physical challenges but moves on, reporting travel is pretty much limited to Houston family visits. Mass Fund contributions have been received from Fred Ionata and Cullen Langford, with thanks. Martin Brennan MD of Pottsville PA, Jack Donoghue of Ft. Lauderdale, Al Lohamann formerly of South Bend and Frank Gerlitz of Chicago have claimed their eternal rewards. Frank’s funeral homily was delivered by Deacon Mike McNulty, in Mike’s distinctive beautiful style. Upbeat John Fortino reports that he has been diagnosed with a "sticky heart valve. Did all those cigars finally take revenge John? Let us know the resolution, John. Jim Ehinger, John Dwyer and Ralph Argen enjoyed two evening meals at Hilton Head last summer. Jim and John are retired real estate barons, while Ralph just listened. Jim is a seasonal visitor to Hilton Head from Lansing. Spring has finally arrived in South Bend, with its ups and downs. Lee Tavis and Art Midili likewise arrived home from Florida, and by the next column you will read about our “local lunches.” Jerry Hammes sent a copy of a letter received in conjunction with our 50th Reunion from ND’s then registrar, with some pertinent historic information, paraphrased: 2,414 applied for admission, 1,704 were accepted, 1,406 enrolled and four years later, 916 were graduated. (Don’t forget the combination programs and the Selective Service impact, as some left and returned to our class list.) The need for news is ever present, for the column and the email broadcasts. Please send a note and let us know what is new with you and yours. The need for your prayers is also more than evident. Irish blessing: May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live. — Jerry Mulvihill; 60413 Sumption Trail, South Bend IN 46614; res 574-287-3460;

53JD Class Secretary — Bob Berry;

5806 Spaulding St., Omaha NE 68104; 402-457-4142;

54 Summertime Livin’ is Easy

In our last column, written in January, I tried to be upbeat and speak of the future good weather, springtime in Michigan and an improvement in my golf game. Normally two out of three is a good average, but I’m not sure if Jack Mertens is willing to give me that many strokes. Jack and I got a chance to play while we were in Florida in March. On July 12, I believe I’ll take a giant step in the right direction when I have my hip replaced. On a positive note, I received a note from Andy Corrao telling me of the Class Mass on Feb. 21 followed by dinner with Carl Farah, Joe Gormley, Jim Loonam, Jim McComb*, Dick Rosenthal, John Schloegel, Tony Mandolini, Tony LaPasso and Barb Vieth in Naples FL. This group also meets for Mass and breakfast each month and has invited any of us in the area to join them to pray for deceased brethren and those seriously ill. Andy’s phone number is 239-948-9003. I received a call from Tom Short, who lives in Houston and is still working. Tom wanted to alert us to an email scam he received along with others from our class. He wanted to warn us not to open the document and attachment. Between Tom and Max Plante, those of you who may have received the missile should have been forewarned. I received a letter from Notre Dame that we may wish to boast about. Last fall, the class of 2019 enrolled a total of 2,011 freshmen. This was from an initial pool of 18,157 applications, of which 3,593 were admitted. Of the 2011 enrolled, 80 percent were Catholic. The academic profile of the class was that 34 percent were in the top 1 percent of their class, and 57 percent were in the top 5 percent of their class. Football ticket prices continue to rise with the games against Texas, Michigan State and Miami going for $150. I ordered 20 tickets for our class for the Duke game. Remember: Tom Campbell and Charley Allen host a tailgate party before all home games. I just received an email from Herman Krieshauser, with one of the subjects being the cost of football tickets. Herm said that he has four season tickets that his father bought in 1951 for $5 each. Herm also referenced today’s cost of room, board and tuition of $64,000. This compares to our costs of $1,300. Herm said that he is recovering from a 75-percent blocked artery problem and also that he was reelected to the school board. Please keep Marie and Milt Beaudine in your prayers, as well as send him notes. He enjoys hearing our comments as Marie reads the comments from us, and he knows he has not been forgotten. One of our more famous, likeable and humble classmates who won the Heisman and Maxwell awards in 1953 as the nation’s top college football player, John Lattner, passed away in February. You can read more about John, his accomplishments and the type of person he was in our class website — George Koch; 4758 Curtis Lane, Clarkston MI 48346; 248-623-0973;

54JD Class Secretary — Carl Eiberger;

14330 Fairview Lane, Golden CO 80401; 303-278-0707;

55 Corby Award

Marty Mahrt will receive the Father Corby Award for distinguished military service at halftime during the Duke game. Marty continues his service by helping direct Operation Black Hills Cabin Project, which provides vacations for qualifying vets. Hats off to Marty’s buddy, Jont Tyson, who nominated him. Father Joe O’Donnell received the Corby Award in 1996. I enjoyed a recent lunch in DC with Tom Quinn, an old journalism pal, who told me that Jim Bigelow’s granddaughter is a cheerleader at ND. He added that our journalism classmate, Mack Stewart, helped nearly 13,000 needy children through his Warm the Children program this year. Sandra and I then drove to Virginia Beach, where we were entertained royally by Barb and John Hamilton. It was quite a kick to have our grandson take us up to the flight deck of his aircraft carrier, which was docked in Norfolk. Pictures will follow in the newsletter. While waiting for Will Fuller to light up the scoreboard for his Texans, busy Bill “Mailman” Kreps serves as a hospital support coordinator for the ND Club of Houston. Now past the halfway mark, Tom Schreitmueller appreciates donations for the Brother Donald Becker project in Bangladesh. Make out checks to the Holy Cross Mission Center (with a note that that the money is for the Brother Donald Becker Fund) and send to PO Box 543 Notre Dame IN 46556. As they look forward to an extended southern trip to see family, Jacquie and John Dwyer continue to assist with the collection of surplus medical supplies in the Rochester area for shipment to poor countries. Still smiling after a 24 out of 25 trap shoot, Don “Czar” Shanley visited Don Sileo at his eight-acre estate in Sarasota. Sileo has tried three cases before the US Supreme Court. Carroll Dowden got together with his old high school friend, Bill Dougherty, for dinner in Louisville. The Dowdens have rented a house on Cape Cod in August, proving again that the family that plays together stays together. Doing well after his triple bypass that forced him to miss Pat Kearn’s first Desert Fling, Jerry Groark is planning a three-day trip to a Navajo reservation. He and Joann have invited Angela Schaeffer to join them. After flying to New York to visit his two older brothers, Jerry Hughes is driving to Iowa for a family graduation and then to Dallas to see his son and daughter and their families. He then plans to continue on to Covington LA to spend time with his old roommate, Larry Buckley. Dave Scheele was delighted with the results of his gene study, especially where it indicated 0-for-36 of bad things that could have happened to him, and which he has not passed on. No wonder Dave continues to participate in marching band reunions. Who says living in Florida is dull? Dick Connelley woke up the other morning and had to call authorities to remove a nine-foot alligator from his front yard. No doubt Dick Mueller enjoyed the Cuisine of the Central Coast tour, five days of eating and drinking wine. The daughter of Dick O’Rourke’s wife (a close friend of Lee Crean) recently retired as president of the Port of New Orleans. Emmet Root’s family sales team again won major awards at the High Point (NC) Furniture Market. Tom Magill and Joe McGlynn will attend the Alumni Association’s Past Presidents meeting over the Duke game weekend. Con McCarty continues to wonder what happened to the ND defense last year. I just received a long phone call from my freshman roomie, Hal Am-Rhein, in East Sebago ME. Why not give your roommates a call today? Frank Schillo is working on a KC project that will produce a prayer card to St. George to stop the killing of Muslims, Christians and Jews. John Herber has downsized and is living in Webster Groves MO. It is good to hear that Jim Rickling is recovering after his horrible fall and is now moving around with a walker. Tony Vallace, Jim Costello, Chuck Bennett, Howie Hart, Frank Lundy, Bob Fisher and Dick Connelley attended the funeral of Jim Vachris’ wife, Pat. Many thanks to the families of Art Sullivan and David Russell, who directed their memorials to the Class Scholarship Fund. I hope more do so in the future. Denny Conway and Dick Burke sent notes mourning the passing of Joe Swift. Memorial Masses have been offered for Peter Abt, Russ Governale, Fred Kracklauer, Frank Manley, Bill O’Toole, Tom Powers, David Russell, John Ryan, John Smith, Art Sullivan and Joe Swift.Paul Fullmer; 87 Heatherdowns Lane, Galena IL 61036; 815-777-2008;

55JD Class Secretary — John Coyne;

56 60th Reunion

Much to our delight, the storied Cyber Troops of ND’56 were on a march to have a record-breaking 60th anniversary reunion. While this column was written before Reunion, some 165 class members had paid and signed up for the big celebration, which was scheduled to start on June 2. Most of our events were scheduled for the Morris Inn. The bachelors and hardy couples were to stay at Duncan Hall, our hospitality center. Many others planned to stay at the Morris Inn, the Inn at St. Mary’s and the Hilton Garden Inn. A reception was scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday at the Hesburgh Library’s second floor south entrance. The prominent bronze plaque honors our ND56 “First Class” relationship with the new president of the University, Father Ted Hesburgh. Bill Warren, John Kelly, Ed Cosgrove, Larry Kennedy, Ben Cardlella and I were to host that event. Peter Lysy, a senior archivist at the library, is looking forward to visiting with the ND56 family; he’s the person who has cared for over 400 pounds of ND’56 documents at the library archives (and 200 pounds more in process). University librarian Diane Walker was scheduled to host the event with help from Kelly McNally at Hesburgh Libraries. Our Class Mass was scheduled for the Welsh Family Residence Chapel. Deacon Jim Revord organized the liturgy with con-celebrants Father Jerome Knoll, CSC, and Father Robert Pelton, CSC. Jim worked many hours on the Mass missalette, a treasured keepsake. For those who wish one, the Class photo from is $20. Chairman Gordon DiRenzo lists the planned schedule. Thursday night: welcome reception and buffet dinner in McKenna Hall. Hosts and greeters: Paul Noland, Jerry Kenny, DiRenzo. Friday: 2 p.m. Hesburgh Memorial Plaque reception, described above. Class banquet with reception and dinner in the Morris Inn Ballroom. Saturday: Class picnic at noon on the Morris Inn Patio and Class dinner in Club Naimoli. Sunday: Memorial Mass with Deacon Jim Revord, con-celebrants Father Jerry Knoll,CSC, and Father Bob Pelton, CSC, in Welsh Family Residence Chapel. Buffet breakfast in the Morris Inn Ballroom. More details on our reunion will appear in the next column. Larry Kennedy and Mark Burns are working on our 2016 minireunion as the Irish host the Michigan State Spartans. Details are on the web page class news link and in the newsletters. Our endowed scholarship program is now at $973,659 book value/total donations; the fund had $1,444,844 invested market value. Our contact/full service care work is appreciated; the number of men receiving care is increasing, and we need classmates to send cards and notes. Please call me for more info. Three of those men died in recent months: Frank Beytagh, Dan Van Laughlin and Mike Walsh. Their obituaries are posted on our web page: Bills from Reunion 2016 will leave us a tad short; please send your gift to our ND56 Operating Fund in care of treasurer Ed Cosgrove, 525 Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY 14202. Among those who have chipped in recently are Sheila and Dick Brown, Regina and John Gschwind of Vero Beach FL, Walt Arnold of Punta Gorda FL, Don Fish of Olean NY, John McGraw from Montreal, Ro and John Brown from Valencia PA, Jack Maloney from St. Petersburg. Dr. Angelo Capozzi continues his labors for the kids who need help repairing cleft palate. He has three missions planned for 2016. In late February, he operated on Ethiopian children, and shared some awesome cute photos on our web page. He does spectacular work for kids all over the world. Perhaps you’ve read about the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame Class of 2016 announced in April. Angelo is one of five former college athletes who excelled in their sport (LH baseball pitcher). A former distinguished scholar-athlete (before the scholar athlete All-American designation was begun), Angelo has had a distinguished professional career as a leading plastic surgeon, and has been conducting international humanitarian services since 1976. He co-founded Rotoplast and continues a full schedule. He is joined on this CoSIDA 2016 group by Drew Brees, Fred Hoiberg, Jennifer Rizzotti and Dr. James Cash. Details are on our web page. The Louis J. Putz, CSC, Award is presented by the ND Alumni Association to an alumnus for continued commitment and service to Our Lady’s University. Jim Kinnane ’57, who started with us in ’52 but graduated in 1957 due to economic challenges, is the most recent recipient. Congratulations, Jim. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, COPD and colon and rectal diseases are the most common challenges currently to ND’56 men. John R. Andrews died on July 21, 2015 in Rochester NY. His widow is Patricia. Joseph G. Bill died on April 21 in Indianapolis. Francis X. Beytagh died at Friendship Village in Dublin OH on Feb. 21. Joseph M. Burns died on April 8 in Bridgeport NY. His widow is Johanne. Charles T. Casale II died on Feb. 6, 2015 in Medford OR. His widow is Virginia. Stephen Jurman died in Langehorne PA on April 18. His widow is Eileen. Charles W. Lane died in Oklahoma City on Aug. 8, 2015. His widow is Joanne. Eugene E. Martel (No. 70) died in Sun Lakes AZ on April 19. His widow is Patricia. Daniel V. McLaughlin died on Aug. 27, 2013. Burial was in the National Cemetery, Point Loma. Joe W. Nuss died on April 4, 2016 in Bodega Bay CA. Dwain Spencer died on Dec. 1 in Redding CA. His widow is Mary Jane. Michael B. Walsh died on April 5 in The Village, Waukee IA. His widow is Kay. — John F. Manion; 78402 Silver Sage Drive, Palm Desert CA 92211; 760-772-6056;

56JD Class Secretary — Lauren Sharkey ’08;

1121 W. Webster Ave. Unit 2W, Chicago IL 60614; 703- 927-2089;

57 Right Side of the Sod

Our minireunion this fall will occur before the Nevada game from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept.10 in the lower level of the McKenna Hall, across from the Morris Inn. We’ll have a buffet lunch for $20 and a cash bar. (Such a deal we have for you). Also, the first weekend in June, 2017, will be our 60th Reunion. (Yes, Virginia, we are that old.) Those still on the right side of the sod will be there, and so should you. Send your annual dues ($25 or more) to treasurer Bob Eckland to help defray the costs of this as well as the Masses for deceased classmates and other expenses. Ken Woodward has published a new book, Getting Religion: Faith, Culture & Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama. He will be signing books at the bookstore at the MSU and Duke games. Congrats to James L. Kinnane, who was awarded the Rev. Louis Putz, CSC, Award this spring in recognition for his outstanding work on behalf of the ND Family. VP William “Bill” McGowan reported this news. A note came from Karlyn Walsh that her husband of 56 years, Thomas “Tom” Walsh, passed away suddenly last August. Karlyn attended a women’s college, St. Teresa College of Winona MN, with roommate Therese Reilly and classmates Nancy McKay, Joan Leone and Yvonne Gibbs, all of whom married men of ND ’57. That must be some kind of a record. I am sad to report Thomas “Tom” Charlton of Sun City AZ died in February. He was survived by his wife of 56 years, Judy, and five of their six children. Tom earned a PhD from OSU. This came from Harry McKee. I am sad to inform you of the death of Tom “Huggy Bear” Hughes, who was one of the greatest. His wife, Nancy, predeceased Tom, leaving one son and one daughter. Another icon in our class, John Cusack, passed away on March 9. He lived in River Forest and practiced law in Chicago. John was survived by his wife, Mary Louise, and four children. Joseph “Joe” Morelli passed away in Palm Springs CA, according to his nephew, Rich Campoli. Joe attended ND on a basketball scholarship and became CEO of an export/import company located in the French Riviera. Condolences to James “Jim” Rose, who lost his wife, Barbara, also on March 9. They resided in Toledo OH. There is much less sand in the top of the hourglass than in the bottom. So, take time to smell the flowers and don’t forget to tell someone in your life you love them while you still can. Peace. — John A. Slevin; 6123 Mandalay Dr., Peoria IL 61614; 309-691-4340

57JD Class Secretary — Thomas S. Calder;


58 Fondly Remembered

With regret, we report the passing of five classmates: Richard A. Adamy, Robert F. Thompson, Loran Sheffer, Edward Sullivan and Joseph W. Madden Jr. Richard A. Adamy of Williamsville NY died June 12, 2015. After graduation and law school at Northwestern, he served as a public defender in Buffalo. He then moved to Dearborn MI and the corporate law department of the Ford Motor Co., working in labor relations. Later, he returned to Buffalo, working with salaried personnel. He was licensed to practice in Michigan, New York and Florida, and retired in 1998, the same year that his wife, Paulette, died. He is survived by his fiancée, Susan Kipping Attea, and his son, Richard Jr. Robert F. Thompson, a resident of St. Charles MO, died on Feb. 17, 2015, after a lengthy illness. Bob and his wife, Dodie (who preceded him in death), had six children, four of whom attended ND, and eight grandchildren who are also Domers. Dodie was the daughter of Don Miller, one of the Four Horsemen. Bob was blessed with 21 grandchildren and was married in 1996 to Pat Thompson, who survives. Bob’s daughter, Karrie Carlin, forwarded this information, relating that Bob “had great love for Notre Dame, Mary and, of course, football. We are grateful he shared his devotion to Notre Dame and Our Mother with us.” Loran Sheffer died Oct. 29. He grew up in Lansing MI but spent his post graduate years in Houston, where he was involved in producing news publications for the off-shore industry, according to Pat Doherty, his sophomore roommate. Edward Sullivan, co-captain of the ’57 ND football team, died Nov. 12 at home in South Bend. Ed graduated in 1957, but took advantage of a remaining year of eligibility. Following three years in the Canadian Football League, he spent the remainder of his professional life as a salesman, realtor and entrepreneur in South Bend. Survivors include his wife, Rose, four children and 12 grandchildren. Classmate Joe Bride contributed the following note: “Ed and I had a kind of special relationship because of an article I wrote for the Scholastic football issue at the end of the 1957 season. It was about the scene in the locker room after the Oklahoma win. I described the scene of 48 players, coaches, managers, trainers and one man in a suit kneeling to pray. I wrote that the man in the suit was co-captain Ed Sullivan who was injured. Then I wrote, ‘He must have helped.’ Eddie never forgot that. He always hugged me with those strong arms and said ‘Thanks, you don’t know much that meant to me. I’ll never forget your kindness in writing that.’” Joseph W. Madden Jr. of Chicago passed away Nov. 14 from complications due to Parkinson’s disease. Joe’s wife, Kathleen, died before him after 51 years of marriage. He is survived by two daughters and 12 grandchildren. Joe served six years in the Army Reserves, and then in 1971 founded Commercial Carpet Cleaners, a business he maintained for 40 years until his retirement in 2012. News of his death came from John Morrissey, who noted that Joe captained the “Eddy Street Blues” interhall touch-football team, which defeated the “Royal Hawaiians” for the 1955 campus championship. As mentioned in previous issues, John Barthel has been gathering and editing a collection of memories and reflections from members of our class to be compiled in a booklet titled Echoes of ’58. The publication will be available in the spring. If you are interested in obtaining, a copy, contact John at or write to him at 675 Old Menhaden Road, Cutchogue NY 11935. — Arthur L. Roule Jr.; 3725 W. Waverly Road, La Porte IN 46350;

58JD Class Secretary — John F. Murray;

2036 Cheltenham Court, Woodbridge VA 22192; 703-494-2482;

59 Literary Recognition

Over the years, many class members have written and published books, written columns, composed songs, appeared in movies, been on TV, etc. Joe Heil has joined the group with a book, The War Less Civil, a panoramic American saga that begins in the fall of 1864 and ends in 1991 after the first Iraq war. Kirkus Reviews compared it to John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. The book was a finalist in the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom competition. Joe resides in Muskego WI. One of our esteemed journalists, Mark Shields, is again enjoying the fruits of a presidential campaign. He can be seen on The News Hour Friday evenings on PBS. Phyllis and Bernie Gillespie are staying active on Shelter Island NY, primarily with their local parish. He returned to ND for a doctorate in chemical engineering, spent 30 years with Mobil and retired a second time as a professor at Marshall U. Son Michael is ND Class of 1984, and grandson Kevin Cathcart ’10 also graduated from ND. Jim Sheehan has been retired for 20 years and shuttles between homes in Dakota Dunes SD and Koloa HI with wife Rosemary. Please pray for Vince Naimoli, who has been battling PSP, a degenerative brain disease. I am sorry to report the following deaths: John Ambre on Dec.11 in Weston FL; Paul Rathnau in March 2015; Paul McAllister on March 4; Tom Hoberg on Jan. 2 in Chicago; and Jerry Barber on Feb. 28 in St. John IN. Devona Beard, wife of Jack Beard, died in March in Long Beach IN. Jack died in 2004.Tom Londrigan’s wife died on March 27. Please visit the websites for FaithND at and the Senior Alumni at Please send information. Peace and good health. — Jim Keegan; 1401 Clinton St., Wilmington DE 19806; 302-429-0545;

59JD Class Secretary — William J. Harte;