class notes


60 Happenings

From Notre Dame: Our current goal is that on average, students graduating from Notre Dame should leave with need-based debt less than 10 percent of the four-year cost of attendance, which includes tuition, room and board, books, travel and living expenses. We project that for the 2015 entering class, students on financial aid will leave with an average of 7.1 percent in debt. Note that the key issues are need-based debt and on average. Some students take on debt over and above need-based debt. This could be to help their parents more, to buy a car, to go on vacation, etc. Because it is not need-based debt, we do not include this in our calculations. We have previously reported via email the deaths of Ken Bourgon on Feb. 8, David Hurd on Feb. 19, Peter Hasbrook on Feb. 22 and Bob Beckerle’s, wife, Jeanie on Jan. 11 after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s. Please keep these families as well as all of us with medical issues in your prayers. John Edwin Aisthorpe died in 1988 just four years after retiring from the Navy. His widow, Mary Kay, reports: Our daughter, Kelly Aisthorpe Waller ’86SMC, married John Waller ’86 and for her 50th birthday last year her husband established a scholarship at Notre Dame in honor of her dad. The Capt. John E. Aisthorpe Memorial Scholarship is directed to outstanding ND students in need of financial assistance, specifically whose family background is military. Jerry Lally reports: “I mentioned to you that a friend of mine who is a Manhattan College grad told me that this year’s commencement speaker at Manhattan was Dave O’Brien, a classmate of ours. If you Google David O’Brien, College of the Holy Cross, there is a good deal of information on Dave’s career as a leading historian of the Catholic Church in the US.” From Bill Roth: “David Roth ’91 will be ready to walk across the country to help raise money for veterans and their families. It doesn’t matter if it means training in the ring with a former heavyweight boxing champion, dropping almost 50 pounds so far, or striding long past the time his legs grow sore, Roth will be prepared, come April, to walk more than 3,000 miles.” From Steve Barry: “Thanks to Dick Corbett, Rich Griffin, Joe Jansen and others, we enjoyed a memorable get together for our classmates in the Tampa Bay area on Tuesday, March 1 at the Ocean Prime restaurant in Tampa, in the International Plaza developed by Dick. Others in attendance were Fred Kurst, Mike Shipman, Pants Walker, Mike Foley, Jerry Lally, Frank Buzolits and Armand ‘Belge’ Bobrick. Dick told us the fascinating story of his 20-year effort to develop the plaza. We had a class luncheon gathering at Seasons 52 in Palm Beach Gardens on April 4. We had a great lunch with Gen. John Dreska, Bob ‘Tex’ Marschall, Emmett McCarthy who says ‘I shall live to be 100,’ Sebastian the Lion Hearted (Crown Prince of Cecil’s) and ‘negative handicap’ Christie Flanagan. Emmett is 170 pounds but looks 147. Perhaps ready to challenge Bob Fitzsimons for the championship? Or Judge Mike Connor, or Pat Arnoult.” Mark your calendars: Class of 1960 reunion game is Sept. 17 against the Michigan State Spartans. Don White handles our ticket exchange. So plan to renew ties and share old stories with classmates for the MSU game. Reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 at the Morris Park Country Club on Friday night. It is separate checks and leave your walkers at the door. Don’t miss out. Be one of the 78-year-old guys in ND shirts gumming their pompano en papillote. Dr. Mike Lodish will entertain the group with a few stanzas of “Springtime for Hitler.” Not to be outdone by Emmett, George Richvalsky advises that his diet has no sugar, no grains and no starch, but he cheats of course as the vodka gives him grains or starch. — Joseph F. Jansen; 9190 Southmont Cove, No.103, Ft. Myers FL 33908; 239-461-0980; cell 317-514-4478;

60JD Class Secretary — John DiNardo;


61 Reunion Opportunities

By the time you read this our 55th Reunion will be history, but I hope many of you made the trip and shared the fellowship and education that each reunion promises and hopes to deliver for all. There is another reunion coming up this fall. Our minireunion is scheduled for the Nevada game, Sept. 10. The reunion will be held at the Eck Center (next to the bookstore) with the usual tailgate fare of hotdogs, hamburgers and all the trimmings. The reunion is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Mass starting at 2 p.m. More details on reservations, fees and plans will be sent out as plans for the event progress. Jerry McKenna ’62 wrote me on St. Patrick’s Day to show me a copy of the Athletic Department’s St. Pat’s card. They used the image of Jerry’s “Seamus” as the picture of a leprechaun on the greeting. Jerry later wrote that he spent the weekend of April 2-3 in Kansas commemorating the 85th anniversary of the death of Knute Rockne. Part was at the crash site, and then they adjourned to a one-room school house where Jerry gave the keynote speech. He said it was all very moving, especially at the crash site. Arthur Condon wrote a brief history about his life and times at ND. I did not know that he and Father Collins (dean of discipline in our time) were on a first name basis. His story reads much like J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. Bill Pogue wrote to comment on my words about the “Bench” in the April column. He warned me about describing “The Rat Pack” as a “motley crew.” Then, worst of all, he reminded me that I was made an honorary member (shirt and all) 10 years ago. So in hopes that I do not wake up some night with a horse’s head in bed with me, I hereby retract the description. Tom Cubbage wrote asking for contact info on Ron Sampson. I sent him what I have and hope they made contact with one another. I received word from his brother that Mike Schimberg passed away. He was a lawyer and a Double Domer. Another lawyer and Double Domer, Bernie Dobranski passed away. He had a distinguished career in law. He was the founding dean of Ave Maria U Law School, and was dean emeritus at the time of his death. I have a request. On March 19, my youngest son, Christopher, passed away suddenly. He was 43 and left a wife and two sons aged 6 and 1. Please pray for the souls of these men and their families. That’s about it for this quarter. In your travels, don’t forget us down here in South Texas. Abbie’s got the latchstring out just for you. — Joseph P. (“Pat”) Kelly; 2103 N. Wheeler, Victoria TX 77901;361-573-9982;

61JD Class Secretary — John N. Moreland;

62 News and Notes

Jim Fisher is just about back to normal after the stem cell transplant that he underwent in February. Earlier this year, ABC News did a piece on the 50th anniversary of the start of the US involvement Vietnam War, interviewing several veterans, including Kevin Connolly. Kevin was with the Military Assistance Command Vietnam as an assistant district advisor in 1965 and 1966. Kevin writes: “In 1968 I returned for a three-year tour as an economic development advisor with US Agency for International Development.” Quin Denvir was the subject of a long article in a Sacramento paper which reported on his asking Gov. Jerry Brown to commute the sentences of California’s death row prisoners. Quin has long been an opponent of the death penalty and represented the Unabomber. Angelo Dabiero and Jim Krauser organized another successful golf outing in March that brought together 39 members of the class. Angelo and Pat hosted a gathering of more than 60 at their home the night before. After the outing, 80 attended a dinner hosted by Mary and George Williams. Those participating in some or all of the events included, in addition to the above, George Anderson, Mike Bishko, Tony Casale, John Dearie, Dick Dyniewicz, Bill Ford, Dave Eckrich, John Govereau, John Guenin, Mike Hanley, Bob Henry, Hank Higgins, Don Imbus, Walt Kelly, Ray Kelly, Tom Klett, Earl Linehan, Mike Loparco, Jack Madigan, George Mammola, Deno Marino, Terry McGlinn, Ted Middendorf, Bill Moston, Bill Murphy, Ted Nylese, Bruce Odlaug, Brian O’Neill, Arm Reo, John Ryan, Dave Scalise, Fred Spatz, George Scharpf, Eddie Schnurr, Bill Snyder and Bill Weinsheimer. The weekend concluded with several taking part in the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Jerry McKenna and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani were inducted into the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame. Earlier, Jerry was the speaker at a ceremony commemorating the 85th anniversary of the death of Knute Rockne. If you are planning to attend the MSU game, please let me know so you can be included in the class events to take place that weekend. It will be the kick-off for a series of events leading up to our 55th reunion in May 2017. Like safaris? I found out from Wayne Thompson that there is an annual Safari Club convention. If interested, let Wayne know at We lost four classmates. Dan O’Gara died on Dec. 5 from cancer. He had retired after more than 30 years as a teacher. Paul Zanetti passed away on March 11. He was a neurosurgeon in Corpus Christi and active in Timons Ministries, a faith-based resource center serving that community. Jim “Red” Murphy passed away on March 14. He had open heart surgery in September but never recovered fully. Jim was a chem-E and worked in the petro chemical industry in Houston. Clement Evans passed away on March 18 in Austin TX. He had retired as president of a wholesale printing company and until recently was active with his wife in her business. — Raymond Raedy; 5310 Rileys Ridge Road, Hillsborough NC 27278; 919-967-8816;

62JD Class Secretary — Paul K. Rooney;

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

63 Memorable Times

Larry Shubnell sent a picture of himself, Paul Tschirhart, Bob Bartolo, Mile Whitney, Felix Balmaz and Harry Fleck gathered at Meg O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Melbourne FL for St. Pat’s. There they joined the oldest living ND football player, Marty Ingwerse ’41. This has been an ongoing gathering for several years and all classmates are welcome. They start at 8 a.m. with their Irish buffet breakfast and stumble out about 4 p.m. after their Irish luncheon. “The day is filled with wonderful Irish entertainment and terrible conversation.” Mary Anne and Jack O’Connell met in kindergarten and have been married 53 years. They live in Milford CT, just a few feet from their eldest son and grandson Jack III, 12. Another son is a few miles away and a daughter is in Maine. Mary Anne has diabetes and pulmonary fibroses, so there are a lot of trips to doctors. Last year she was in ICU in Florida, so they decided to sell the house there and spend their time nearer to family in Connecticut. Jack says, “I’ve really learned what the phrase caregiver means. I am still a part-time labor arbitrator, which I really enjoy because it gets me out and some of the cases wake up my brain.” Jack is also managing partner in a 110-unit Section 8 apartment building. Dick Fellrath is still practicing bankruptcy law in Troy MI when not attending his granddaughter’s dance competitions. He says, “We will be in Sicily for our 50th wedding anniversary. The last time we went overseas, five years ago, we went with Charley Hartman’s widow.” Los Angeles Judge Thomas A. Peterson passed away in December after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by wife, Janis, three sons and four grandchildren. Son Brett ’00, daughter-in-law Eliza’00 and brother Ross ’64 were all Domers. Brett said of Tom, “besides sneaking over to Saint Mary’s occasionally, all I know is that he was handball champion at the Rock and lived in Lyons. An RA while in law school at ND, he once assisted Father Hesburgh with Mass. He truly loved that place and the first time I saw him cry was when the ND marching band marched right by us when he and my mother were dropping me off for my frosh year.” Tom’s LA Times obit said Tom was “known widely for his integrity, which, when coupled with his ample wit, endeared all those fortunate enough to cross his path. He left this world just as he entered it: with an unabashed enthusiasm and a knack for captivating all around him. His love of well written books and inexpensive scotch, together with his mastery of the chessboard, was only outmatched by the truly sacred: golf. Tom commanded the game and won several tournaments. When not sinking a birdie or watching Notre Dame football, Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, for whom his generosity knew no bounds.” While in the Army in Germany, Tom “successfully shepherded Shirley Temple across the Czechoslovakian border during the Prague Spring.” Nancy and Bill Killer, married 48 years, live in Austin TX. Retired from the U of Texas, Bill taught medieval French for 40 years. Bill has two Domer daughters, Charlotte ’98 and Mary Alis ’94. Mary-Alis married Brian Kelly ’94 and is CFO of Austin’s Kendra Scott Fashions. With five grandchildren, Bill spends much of his time going to soccer games and other command performances. Otherwise he builds furniture with Mary Alis, works in his yard and travels to locations such as Brazil, Costa Rica, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, French Polynesia, around Cape Horn, all across the Baltic and through the Panama Canal. Philadelphian John O’Brien, blog provider of the wonderful Monsignor Henry Kriegel homilies, says, “This morning I got up feeling great. I did 100 push ups, showered, put on my best suit and headed off for the train to NYC. At the parking garage, I walked up two flights to the bridge over to the station. I felt terrific. An attractive woman of about 50 got off the elevator about 20 feet in front of me. When she got to the door to the bridge she stopped and held it for the old man behind her. I didn’t feel quite as energetic.” Nuf’ said. Finally, on a personal note, our daughter and her family brought us a 65-pound, 14-month-old golden doodle puppy, just what we needed. He takes great interest in my generously given commentaries on presidential politics. — Regis W. Campfield; 7534 Oakbluff, Dallas TX 75254; res 972-239-1141; fax 972-458-6928;

63JD Moving On

For the first time in more than a year, there is only good news to report. Recently Norm Matteoni received a thank-you card from a current law student expressing gratitude to the Class of 1963 for having established a fund to help students stay afloat while navigating the financial rapids of law school. If you recall, it was Jim Lekin’s idea at the time of our 50th reunion to create this fund, which now has in excess of $100,000. It is encouraging to realize that our contributions, while serving the immediate purpose of getting Lekin off our backs, assist real people when they need help. I am going to add a little to the pot by sending a check to the dean for deposit into the Class of 1963 Fund. Earlier this year, Ed Adams received the German American Friendship Award from the German government for his work with the Sister Cities program. In 1980, Ed was responsible for starting a Sister City program in Cincinnati. He is on the board of directors of Sister Cities International in Washington DC. For many years, Pat Cullen has been working to improve the educational system in the City of Baltimore. He was president of the school board for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Five years ago, he established You Too Can, Inc. ( a nonprofit with the mission of motivating parents of children in the City of Baltimore public school system to become more involved with their children’s education at home and in the classroom. His project has been embraced by school district authorities and involves one-on-one contact between U2Can staff and parents at workshops and other events throughout Baltimore. — Bob Saxe; 15725 Ranchero Drive, Morgan Hill CA 95037; 408-779-3668;

64 Cruising up the Rhone

That’s what Jane and John Hargrove were doing last November. After this experience, they spent three days in Paris. After turning in early on Friday the 13th, the Hargroves were awakened with expressions of concern from the US. It seems that the Islamist attacks occurred three miles south of their hotel that Friday evening. I also heard from Jack Farrell. He and Fran plan to attend a reunion when they break free of babysitting assignments. We may not see them for a while as they have eight grandchildren, five in the last four years. Jack Harty dropped me a couple of cryptic emails. What I gather is that Jack is not retired; he continues to work diligently, and he travels for recreation. Enough said. I had a series of exchanges about our classmate Marine 1st Lt. Jim Egan, who went missing in action on Jan. 21, 1966. Jim Mahood ’65 was a good friend and traveled back and forth for breaks and vacation with Jim and John Lalli. In any event, Jim Mahood noted the 50th anniversary of Jim Egan’s MIA date. He asked Jim’s hometown of Mountainside NJ if it would make a note of this special anniversary. The result was a proclamation honoring Jim’s sacrifice, and a flag placed on the street named in Jim’s honor: Egan Court. I subsequently received a lengthy note from John providing perspective that was certainly very new to me. It seems that John (an Army lieutenant based outside of Saigon), had arrived in-country around Christmas 1965. He and Jim Egan had been in phone conversation just before the patrol that cost Jim his life. It turns out that Jim had been on his way to R&R in Japan and Hong Kong when he changed his mind and decided to accompany the unit, which subsequently came under attack. Said another way, Jim Egan volunteered to take that patrol because it was lacking a forward observer. He was a very special guy who made the ultimate sacrifice. It continues to be a special privilege to communicate with warrior classmates like John and Dave Garner, who also weighed in on this subject. From Tom Calpin comes news of the passing in March of his former roommate, Chuck Richards of Warren OH. Chuck was a walk-on pitcher at ND and earned his law degree after graduation. He proudly opened his own firm in 1982, focusing on commercial and general litigation and defense of governmental entities. Chuck earned impressive professional honors, was a scratch golfer and enjoyed fishing with his sons. He is survived by Janet, his wife of 50 years, four children and six grandchildren. Pat and Tom reside in Buffalo, winter in Sarasota and are blessed with eight children and 20 grandchildren, all in Buffalo. Tom made his mark primarily as an investor and stays close to the University via memberships in several groups, including Irish Angels, an early-stage investment network. It has evolved over time and now looks at businesses seeking funding whose founding entrepreneurs have some direct connection to ND. Tom Gerlacher lives in Frisco TX and still has a part-time CPA practice after many years as a CFO. He reports that his wife Joan ’66SMC passed away in August, just prior to their 50th wedding anniversary. She dealt with cancer for 25 years, and her story on Caring Bridge covers the last 21 months of her life. Finally Lance Babst reports that Jim Blum passed away a year ago. The careers of Lance and Jim crossed several times. — Paul R. Charron; 44 Contentment Island Road, Darien CT 06820; 203-655-3930;

64JD Journeys Continue

Sharon and I have returned home from our three-month sojourn in the desert, including celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary with our family. Lou Pfeiler is enjoying spring in Dubuque, tending to his 2,500 sq. feet of lawn and continuing his prodigious commitment to providing military details to fallen veterans. Georgia and Chuck Sweeney have returned to the Bend from Longboat Key. He and I will be spending time this spring and summer on the Burke Golf Course at Notre Dame. “Life is good” in Chicago for Jack Rammel as he recalibrates his arbitration activities to include becoming a FINRA securities industry arbitrator while still finding time for golf, a strenuous physical training regimen and painting. He and Mary are also planning a trip to London, Paris and the French countryside this summer. Kay and Tom Connelly visited Cuba for two weeks and on the way were house guests of Charles Sacher in Miami. Charles was a wonderful host, arranging special botanical tours of gardens whose controlling foundations were led, over many years, by Dorothy and him. Tom and Kay traveled the length of Cuba from Havana to Santiago (near Guantanamo) and found the people wonderful, the food ranging from OK to great and the cigars the best. Larry Gallic, Robert Cash and spouses returned from their European cruise and are planning another cruise, this one to the North Sea in July. In the interim, Larry is celebrating becoming a grandfather again, as has Russ Bley. He is continuing his tutoring work at his old grammar school in St. Louis and is planning a trip to Costa Rica at the end of this school term. Jack Kopko reports that he also is a grandfather, with the birth of a grandson to his daughter in Buffalo NY, where she is an anesthesiologist. He still works full-time in his bankruptcy practice, punctuated by several trips to Mexico yearly. Marian and Jim Slater had a fabulous trip to Argentina, touring the entire country, including Buenos Aires, and bits of Uruguay. They were overwhelmed with the beauty of the country and the warmth of the people. Jim was particularly taken by the Mendoza vineyards. Kathleen and Bob Hanlon have relocated, moving into a retirement community near Toms River NJ. They love their new digs and lifestyle. At the top of Bob’s “gratitude list” is his full recovery from aortic heart valve replacement surgery. Bob Frost feels the same, now cancer free for more than five years. He also is recovering well from knee replacement surgery. One of my most rewarding conversations as I prepare this column each quarter is with Gerry Vairo because of the love he projects for Notre Dame, his gratitude for the many blessings that have come his way and his strength in the face of a debilitating illness. He sends his greetings to everyone and says he is doing well. Jim Mercurio says he is fine and that his tennis game has greatly improved since shoulder therapy. He told me of the musical exploits of his son Robert, the bass player of the New Orleans musical group Galactic, which received the award for the best music created in New Orleans for its “Into the Deep” album. Frank Miele and I have 77th birthdays upcoming and are trading congrats/condolences. Unlike me, Frank is in tremendous shape by virtue of his daily six-mile runs, eight-mile bike rides, half-hour weight training, etc. He still is on stage at the Met: Tosca as a cardinal, LaBoheme as an upper class Parisian, Turnadot as a priest and trumpeter, Romeo and Juliet as a priest and elegant gentleman and Sleeping Beauty as an escort. Lastly, I urge everyone to stay in touch as time moves on. Blessings, peace and good health to all. — Richard Balfe Wagner; 1204 Erskine Manor Hill, South Bend IN 46614; 574-299-9888; cell 760-567-1270;

65 Spring Fling

In April, there was an informal gathering of classmates at Hilton Head Island SC, where many of the group have lovely homes and are either full-time or part-time residents. Key organizers of the event were Mary Lou and Don Zone, Dianne and Carl Giombetti and Margot and Bob Lee. Kathleen and I flew in from Seattle and stayed with Mary Lou and Don, as did Gail and Nass Cannon, who drove up from Birmingham AL. Don, Nass and I were roommates in Sorin Hall our junior and senior years, so it felt a lot like old times. Don and Mary Lou have five children, including Andrew ’99. They split their time between their homes in Hilton Head and Erie PA. Don is a retired invasive cardiologist, but he lectures and writes on dietary modifications to either prevent or reverse cardiovascular disease. Nass serves as an infectious disease consultant at the Birmingham county hospital. He delivers primary care to the indigent and teaches U of Alabama medical residents who rotate through the hospital. He and Gail had just returned from Paris, where Nass presented a paper at a meeting of the Thomas Merton Society. He has been an active member of that organization and has written many treatises over the years. Their son, John ’03, is in the seminary in Oregon. Carl Giombetti has sold his pediatric practice but continues to see patients three days a week at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Haverford PA. He and Diane recently became grandparents for the first time. Margot and Bob Lee spend five months annually at their waterfront home in Hilton Head and the remainder of the year in Lake Forest IL. Bob is our class treasurer. He has retired three times and now serves as chairman of the board of Allendale Assoc., a philanthropic organization that assists adolescents with emotional and social issues. Dick Murray and Beth and Tom Hawkins came up for the Hilton Head gathering from Naples FL. Dick is retired from Owen’s Illinois and has relocated from New Jersey to Naples. Tom is a retired ob-gyn and serves on his country club’s community association board. Sarah and Peter Jost live in Chicago but had been vacationing in Florida and detoured to join the group. Peter is retired from The Chicago Board of Trade and CBOE. Stillman St. Clair came down from South Port NC for the occasion. He is retired from the Meritz Corp in St. Louis. Louise and Mike Koetters have homes in Cincinnati and Hilton Head. Mike retired as chief investment officer of the health insurance company, Anthem, Inc. in Indianapolis and joined the insurance investment consulting firm, Strategic Assets Alliance, as managing director. He also serves on the board of the Worker’s Compensation Bureau for the state of Ohio. Terry Garrigan is VP of the Hilton Head ND Club and lives in the Sun City section of Hilton Head. He and his wife, Lee, have three children. In 2005, Terry retired as a construction manager and earlier as a Navy commander in the Civil Engineer Corps. Olga and Dick Ritter live in Hilton Head since his retirement from the Justice Dept. Bill Baker‘s widow, Sheila, another Hilton Head resident, hosted an event at her club in honor of Bill. Robert Dilenschneider, CEO of the Dilenschneider Group, Inc. in NY and Chicago, has been instrumental in having his firm periodically produce concise “red books” for their clients and friends. They contain essays on such subjects as “Happiness and Its Pursuit,” “Kindness” and “Why Community Service Matters.” Bob’s firm helps corporations plan ahead and communicate globally. Mary and Fran Harvey live in Carmel CA. His retirement consists of serving on eight company boards, either corporate or advisory. Additionally, Fran is on the strategic advisory board of Paladin Capital Group, a venture capital firm with offices in DC, London and Silicon Valley. John Andrew (“Andy”) Howard of Henrietta NY died in March after a long illness. Judy, his wife of 38 years, reports that his only regret was missing our 50th, as he was too ill to travel. They have three children, including Amy ’91 and eight grandchildren. Andy retired three years ago after 39 years with a manufacturing company where he was executive VP and general manager. — James P. Harnisch MD; 6759 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040;

65JD An Unusual Twist

Henry Boitel has been heard from, and he relates a little-known tale of yore. Dorothea and Henry Boitel were married on Saturday, Aug. 31, 1961, just before Henry’s second year of law school. Dorothea had secured a position as a third grade teacher in a South Bend public school. Their honeymoon consisted of a trip from the wedding and reception in Queens NY to South Bend, in their “brand new used car.” Dorothea started teaching the following Tuesday. Things went well until a Friday in mid-October, when Henry received a call to go to Perley School and pick up Dorothea. Dorothea was complaining of abdominal pain. Her pains worsened as afternoon passed into evening. Jon Krupnik’s wife, Elaine, pointed Dorothea in the direction of a local surgeon who diagnosed appendicitis. The operation went forward, and when the doctor eventually emerged, he told Henry that “all went well, and that the baby was fine too!” Henry adds, “Neither one of us knew that Dorothea was with child.” In an unusual twist, it was Henry who “broke the news” to Dorothea when she came out of the anesthesia. Henry adds, “For those of you who still like to do math, our first child, Irene, was born in Brooklyn on July 7, 1964. All of this favorably influenced by the good counsel of Chris Beatty and Elaine Krupnik.” Frank Walz relates that after law school, he clerked for Judge Luther Swygert (7th Circuit Court of Appeals) in Chicago for two years, and that he married wife Alice in 1966. Their first-born arrived in 1967. They moved back to Minnesota in 1967, where he spent 18 years and 16 years at two mid-size Minneapolis firms before retiring at the end of 2001 at age 61. Frank says he began "as an aspiring general practitioner, but wound up rather quickly in commercial litigation,” where he remained thereafter. He tried a good number of cases, most of them to the Court without a jury. Along the way, Frank became a reluctant practitioner of what has come to be known as “campaign finance law,” representing several prominent federal Democratic candidates, including Hubert Humphrey and Mark Dayton. Frank and his wife, Alice, have three kids (the youngest is 42) and three grandkids, all of whom reside in the Twin Cities area and are doing well. Frank and Alice celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in August 2015. Frank’s favorite pastime is driving. He has motored to all of the lower 48 states at least twice, with two additional 30-day fishing trips to Alaska. Their eldest son was married in Hawaii, the 50th. Recently, Frank and his wife discovered the wonders of Europe. They have covered most of Europe. Frank says a 10-day bus trip through eastern Europe has been their most enjoyable European venture. Frank, his brothers, brothers-in-law and sons have comprised a “small contingent which has attended ND football games, generally two or three per year, home and away, for more than 30 years.” — John O’Shea;

66 Echoes

This is being written on the eve of our 50th Reunion, so the news will be brief, knowing that there should be reams of copy to follow the celebration of fellowship on campus. I did hear from Hal “Buck” Hunter, who was planning to be on hand. John Berges was in Maine and noted Pete Thornton’s smiling face on real estate posters in the Portland area. I connected with Charlie O’Brien, who has retired up north of Baltimore, following a successful career in the trash business in Montgomery County MD outside of the nation’s capital. Charlie owned a company that had 65 trucks and built a trash transfer station that served similar companies throughout the region. He couldn’t make the reunion because of a grandchild’s graduation in Texas. I also spoke with Gene Tully, who shared the unfortunate news of his terminal illness. Gene and his wife were in the process of relocating from Cape Cod to California to be near the kids. Mark Mahaffey was planning to give a special stained glass depiction of the Touchdown Jesus mural to Father Jenkins and ND at the reunion. It is a unique piece and the copy given to ND will be the last iteration done by the artist. Also I heard from Jim Egan in the Chicago area, who has dealt with some serious health issues but has bounced back and was planning to be on hand for the reunion. Chuck Nigro forwarded a picture of himself and Dick Frey at the 85th anniversary of Knute Rockne’s death in Shawnee KS near where the plane went down. I heard the sad news that Joe Doherty passed away in February in Santa Ynez CA, his home. Joe had worked for the Air Force on the NASA Space Shuttle and Titan Missile programs. Boston attorney Paul (Don) Snyder’s recently-published first novel, An Angry God, provides a picture of a WWII vet who returns from battle and enrolls at ND. The class initiative to launch the Pete Duranko fund for Student Athlete Safety at ND has caught on and generated more than $100,000 prior to the reunion. If you haven’t considered the project, please do so. The goal is to create an endeavor that will have long-term positive impact on ND athletes and many beyond the campus. Jim Bradley of Dallas was scheduled to retire from his successful career as a litigator on May 31 and was planning to attend the 50th. Jim indicated that Joe Pete Wilbert, also from Big D, was planning to be at the reunion and that Jim was working to convince others to be on hand. Whether you attended the reunion or not, congrats on your induction into the 50 Year Club. — Tom Sullivan; 26 Hidden Cove Road, Edgartown MA 02539; cell 773-454-4343;

66JD Choose Now

By the time this column is in your hands, the presidential primaries should have ended, so the next choice I’m asking you to make is to attend our 50th Class Reunion for the Stanford weekend of Oct. 14-16. Steve Seall informs me that, as of mid-April, 21 of the 41 survivors of our graduating class of 55 have confirmed their attendance. Since Steve needs to conclude final plans for the various scheduled events as soon as possible, we ask you to contact him now at confirming that you’ll be joining us in South Bend in October. One classmate who, sadly, will not be in attendance is Thomas A. Peterson, who died in Claremont CA on Dec.10 after a year-long bout with pancreatic cancer. Tom and his brother, Ross, are remembered for their enthusiasm and humor. Tom was appointed a California judge in 1984, and his obituary noted that Tom was “known widely for his integrity, which, when coupled with his ample wit, endeared him to all those fortunate enough to cross his path.” Tom is survived by his wife, Janis, several children, four grandchildren and three brothers, including our classmate, Ross. Another person close to our class, Prof. Conrad Kellenberg, died on April 8. His extensive service to Notre Dame and the Law School began in 1955 when he was first appointed to the faculty; he remained at the Law School until his retirement in 2005. Prof. Kellenberg was an outstanding teacher known for his friendly and approachable manner, which was greatly appreciated by his students, especially during the reign of a certain dean we all remember. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, and five children. Just as the professor’s death was announced, Bob Siebert had written to inform Steve that he was about to invite him to our reunion Friday evening cocktail party. He had attended several of them in the past and his gentle good humor will be missed. Bob also reports that his wanderlust is unabated during his retirement and in August he will be taking his third cruise on Holland America’s Zuiderdam, this time visiting St. Petersburg. Bob also applied for two tickets to the Stanford game and since he’ll use only one, he is suggesting that anyone in our class who needs a ticket contact him at I recently received a welcome note from Ben Aspero commenting (favorably, I might add) on one of these columns and inquiring if I had any recollection of a dining group called the Thanes of Whittenagamote which held a “sumptuous dinner at a restaurant in Niles.” Frank Gregory was one of the organizers, but, alas, I have no recall but urge anyone who does to let me know. — Philip C. Ruddy; 15911 Lakeshore Road, Union Pier MI 49129; 269-469-1933;

67 Punxsy’s Gone

Robert “Bob” Roberts died April 13 after suffering three or more strokes in the previous six months. “Punxsy,” as he was affectionately known, due to his hometown and lifelong residency of Punxsutawney PA, was an active participant in Punxsutawney civic activities, including being a longtime member of the Inner Circle, the men in the top hats who pull the groundhog from the stump on Feb. 2. He was buried in a Notre Dame sweatshirt, attended by family, friends and classmates Tony O’Brien, Tim Creany, Joe Devlin and George Goeddeke, while the Notre Dame Victory March and Alma Mater played on. He will be missed. Jim Thornton writes that he has retired from a lifetime in the leather tanning business and is keeping the cruise lines busy. He traveled on Holland America to the Caribbean in July on Royal Caribbean, and then from London to St. Petersburg on Celebrity. Jim informs us Tom Rhoads recently underwent shoulder replacement surgery in Raleigh. Bill Pollack sold his home in the Virginia woods five years ago and with Gisela has been traveling the USA in a huge motor home. But Bill and Gislea finally set down roots in Durham NC, about 20 minutes from Tom Rhoads. Roger Baran and wife Mette, with daughters Carlin and Kaja, returned from a year in Oslo, Norway. Roger continues to be a professor at DePaul U, but he and Mette will return to their home in Racine WI in September. Miguel Deleon hopes that we all remember Pat Dixon, who was featured in LOOK Magazine, before they went out of business, as the last man killed in Vietnam. Miguel noted that 10 members of our class attended Marquette Medical School before the Jesuits sold it and it became the Medical School of Wisconsin. Miguel had the privilege to visit with Father *Ted before he passed, in his office where he said Mass with only Miguel and Father Ted’s secretary present. Miguel read the gospel for that Mass, which he said he will never forget. Please remember to write so we have the opportunity to stay in touch. — Bert Bondi; 1891 Curtis St., Unit 1502, Denver CO 80202;

67JD Reunion 50 Set

The Class, as represented by our email list, has been busy considering and choosing types and times for our reunion next year. If you are not on that list, please send me your email address and let us have an opportunity to hear your opinions and preferences. I have called each classmate not on the email list and for whom I have a phone number, but there are still perhaps eight mates I have no way of contacting aside from this column. To date, we have selected a non-home football weekend: Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday morning, Sept. 24, 2017. But there are a lot more decisions to be made: hotel, activities, cocktail parties, Class Dinner and Class Gift. You can be a part of all those decisions and make this reunion truly your reunion. An initial survey indicates that roughly 32 of our class plan on attending. That is more than 60 percent of our surviving members. One of the fun parts of this job is to hear from you after a long period of time. The flurry of emails about our reunion has elicited a response from Lou Jachnycky. Lou was last mentioned in this column in the spring of 2008. Lou retired in 2009 after 42 years of federal service. After returning from Vietnam, he spent 20 years in DC, mostly at the Justice Dept. In 1990, he was appointed a federal administrative law judge, the position he held until retirement. Lou and his wife of 19 years, Lydia, live in Rochester Hills MN. Their daughter and two grandchildren live nearby, and it is not surprising that Lou says both children are very good at chess. He plans to attend our reunion. Bobby Barkley writes that he is looking forward to returning to campus for a banana split. Apparently, Bobby was overcome, but only once each year during law school, with an uncontrollable urge for one of these delights. Who knew? Flo and I are celebrating our 50th year of marriage with cruises in the spring and fall and a “pig pickin’ party” at our golf club on the anniversary date in August. Dick Muench is still the Marathon Man, having completed his ninth. He runs with his college-age granddaughter Carla and admits that she finished nearly three hours ahead of him this year. Margaret and Jerry Berthold are recovering from a week of “camp” with their three grandkids all under the age of 10. It’s an annual spring break ritual with hikes and fishing, movies and junk food. In other words, they’re spoiling them silly. Beth and John Kirby do not get a lot of coverage in these columns because John is convinced that the internet is just a passing fad and doesn’t use email. Nevertheless, they are living in Lake Forest IL and will join us for the reunion. Len Bonfanti believes in the internet but, in his solo private practice, can’t find the time to read his emails. Nevertheless, he and Mary plan on being in South Bend for the reunion. Greg Walta, who was last mentioned in our column in 2008, is in Colorado Springs and he plans on joining us for the reunion. I hope you will be as well. — Jim Heinhold; 1200 Carmel Lane, New Bern NC 28562; 252-638-5913;

68 Well and Good

Was the tepid response of some congressmen to President Barack Obama’s US Supreme Court nominee mere politics, or was it a keen disappointment that the President had overlooked the nation’s true wealth of legal expertise, the roster of lawyers who are members of the Class of 1968? Will history forgive the President for overlooking such as these: the experienced magistrate Jeff Keyes; Forrest Hainline; a choice of Walshes: Matt and John, Jim Davis; a choice of Bradys: John and Bob, Bryan Dunigan, Bill Knapp, Walt Moxham; savvy Thomas F. McKenna, Dennis O’Dea, Mike Minton, Ed Kickham, Tom Moore, John O’Connor, Neil Rogers, Mike Burman, Tom Brislin, Tom Durkin, Tony Shaheen, Ed Farry Jr* and Mike McGarry? Is the Supreme Court so deep in rugby talent that it can do without the likes of Tom Condon and Tom Gibbs? Sure, a Harvard background is respectable. (Chris Murphy has one, and is also a lawyer, so there). Well and good. But who has made such Solomonic decisions as someone who’s had to allocate four Boston College tickets among five family members, or one Saint Mary’s phone number among three roommates, and this in January in South Bend? Assembled as a class back when a squeeze of the shoulder and “Do your best” constituted test preparation, our lawyer classmates have long lived by their wiles in courts and other legal settings populated by those who think the law is not beautiful or sacred but functional. We’ve lived in triples and quad rooms so we understand prison conditions. And here’s the crusher: the class jurists have been able to show that Class President Tom Weyer was in Kansas at the times of the alleged events of reunions 5 through 45. The President may not have known where to reach Jeff Keyes, who had gone with Meg from Edina MN for a late winter respite at their Naples FL home. Gathered with them one night were Joan and Will Dunfey, Bob Brady and Elise and Dennis Reeder. Bob Brady returned from Mideast travels. In the midst of all the reminiscing, Jeff may not have heard the phone. John Roche’s friends stepped forward quickly when the late January hockey game ceremony honoring Joe Kernan and classmates lost in Vietnam did not include John’s name along with the others: Mike McCormick, John Crikelair and Bruce "Duke” Heskett. Mike Kucmicz’s death in September prompted memories from Roger Guerin about Mike’s strengths and fearlessness when they lived in Farley Hall. Please remember Mike in your prayers. Please remember, too, the late mothers of John Walsh and Arch McCarthy, as well as Tom Gibbs’ sister, Maggie Gibbs, who succumbed to cancer in April. Mrs. Loretta Walsh’s sizable family gathered after her funeral at Butterfield Country Club, where a fine library displays a pristine copy of the Norton Anthology, donated by member Bob Ptak. Walt Moxham, with no Supreme Court duties on his calendar, will come to the Michigan State game. He wrote, "I will bring some Niagara Beer to our class tailgate party. My boys and I are planning to be there. I will also bring some ‘real’ Buffalo chicken wings for all. I tried to get Tom Brislin to join us, but he has a wedding. Tom and I did get together for the BC game at Fenway.” Time grows short, everyone. Update your Facebook status and show that you are attending Class Reunion 50, the real gathering of champions. Use for early viewing of Class Notes, messages, photos and for posting of your own notes. — Tom Figel; 1054 W. North Shore, Apt. 3E, Chicago IL 60626; 312-223-9536,

68JD Updates

Skip Griffin reports he recently argued his 46th case before the Illinois Supreme Court. This is quite an accomplishment in that a lawyer is lucky to have one case a year accepted for Supreme Court review. Ernie Abate confirmed that he continues to keep himself in shape. Ernie pledges to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. Ernie reports he recently did a partial segment of this trail as it winds through the northwest section of the beautiful state of Connecticut. From our sports reporter, Congressman Pete King advised that House Speaker Paul Ryan appointed him to lead the American Congressional Delegation to Dublin for the 100th commemoration of the Easter Rising in Ireland. The trip occurred in March. Pete stated that it was an honor to be chosen for this appointment since his mother’s family was involved in the fight. (His grand-uncle John McNamara was imprisoned). Pete reports he was accompanied on the trip by his bride, Rosemary. All went well, and our congressman returned to the United States without creating an international incident. Tom Curtin is planning for our 50th Reunion. We are trying to obtain an updated email list with everyone’s address. We request that you email me your current email address so we can keep everyone advised of the plans for the reunion. — Dennis G. Collins; 314-516-2648;

69 Updates Galore

Classmate Michael Brennan has provided a lot of information for this installment of our class column. He attended the ND-Georgia Tech basketball game in January. In the group from Detroit were Jerry Teagan, Ernie Gargaro and Pete McInereny. Also at the game were Ebby Moran, Jim Burke, Tim Schlindwein, Mike Busby and Fritz Gast. Tim was able to get the group a tour of the Mendoza Business School and a visit with the dean. The Chicago Tribune recently wrote an article about the Bengal Bouts. It mentioned roommate Bob McGrath and how his family contributed to the history of the Bouts; Bob, his four brothers and their dad participated. Mike has indicated that our classmate Mark Grantham’s wife, Margaret, passed away and, most recently, our classmate Tom Quinn passed away. Tom was very successful in business with the American Hospital Supply and then teaming up with classmate Jay Jordan and Jordan Associates. Tom was very generous to many organizations and charities and was a contributor in all ways to the University. He is survived by his wife, Diane. Mike Neumeister tells us that Peter McKee passed on Feb. 8. Pete struggled for five years with an auto immune disease. He reports there was not a dry eye at the funeral as the Alma Mater was sung by more than 20 Notre Dame alums including classmates Jim Julian and Mike. Peter and Mike went to high school as well as Notre Dame together and were very close friends for a long time, and Mike was fortunate to be able to provide the eulogy at the funeral. The Buffalo area as well as Notre Dame is much sadder for his passing. James D’Auria writes that Tim LeJuene passed away suddenly at his home in Traverse City MI on Jan. 29 with Bea, his wife of 42 years, at his side. Tim will be remembered for his wit, limitless stream of stories and unwavering love for Bea and their five children. He was an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, as well as an avid golfer and cross country skier. On a brighter note, Dave Heskin writes that he just returned from a week at ND attending his final meeting of the Notre Dame Senior Alumni Board and the 2016 Alumni Leadership Conference. After three years as the NDSA director for Region 10 and then three years on the executive committee as board vice chair, chair and past chair, he reluctantly ended his six years of NDSA Board service on June 30. Mike Karwoski’s three-year term as NDSA Director for Region 6 (Michigan) is also ending. Rick Duerr from Memphis has two years remaining on the board as the Region 14 Director from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He also wanted to let us know that he skied nine days with Dr. Bob Burke at Vail and Beaver Creek at the beginning of March. He also skied a few days with Dave Eickholt, now a Beaver Creek resident. Ken Bowden was coming to ski with Dave a few days later. Bob has been living in Colorado since he finished medical school in 1974. Dave has been coming out to ski with him since 1976, so this was their 41st annual trip. Ed Weinlein writes that the ’69ers have invaded Hilton Head this year and have broken a record in April as Tom Altmeyer and his family and Vinny Kraft and family met for drinks and dinner in April. They played golf with Mike Pasquale and met Jim Lyons for breakfast while they discussed our “last in the class rankings” in NROTC for military aptitude and attitude in 1969. They were taken anyway and did a pretty good job. Lastly, John Quinn sends notice from the Scholastic dated Dec. 13, 1963 indicating that undergraduate tuition has been set at $1,400 for the 1964-65 school year, announced by Father Hesburgh. We obviously have come a long way from that. Go Irish. Keep those cards and emails coming. See you at Stanford in the fall. — Tom Ryan; 248-334-9938;

69MBA More Great News

I am happy to report that Bob Dowell is doing great after his kidney transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. His donor, Jack Zita, is doing well also. Bob cannot say enough about the fabulous gift that he received, all the support, prayers and the staff and physicians at Mayo. He describes Mayo as “better than their splendid reputation.” Bob is back on the golf course and attending business meetings. Joe Cavato reports that he is only 40 percent retired since he is still doing consulting work for government municipalities around St. Louis. Joe enjoys his work on the board of trustees for the White House Jesuit Center. Linda and Joe have six grandchildren, ages 2 to 13, all in the St. Louis area. They just returned from a family trip to Italy that they planned for June. Archie Sullivan has been a manager at Raymond James for 16 years, and he cannot figure out how to retire. His clients count on him and assume he will never retire. However, he still loves helping families with financial planning. Archie’s wife, Pat, retired a couple of years ago. Rick Yarborough is doing OK but fighting COPD from his many years of smoking. Rick retired in 2006 and lives in Wilmington DE. He sends best wishes to everyone and hopes to attend one of our reunions. Sara and Nick Walz are still in Michigan City IN. Nick is a retired corporate banker. Son Tom ’89 is senior director of private banking for JP Morgan Chase. Daughter Beth, a Saint Mary’s graduate, is a principal at an elementary school. Son Kevin is a lacrosse coach and early childhood educator. Sara and Nick have nine grandchildren. I hope to see you in South Bend for the Michigan State game on Sept. 17. We have reserved a room at Sunny Italy again and hope you will attend. Joe McCourt says he will make it this time. He came close last time but stopped about two bars short. Ken Samara is going to work on the dessert selection. You should receive more information by mail or email. If you have news about yourself or family for the next issue, please contact me. — Dennis B. McCarthy; PO Box 246, Bear Lake MI 49614; bus 231-864-3111 ext.115;

69JD Time for Catching Up

By the time you’re reading this, applications for football tickets should have been sent in as we make plans for gatherings. I received an email from one of my second-year North Ironwood housemates, Jim Leavey. Jim will attend the Nevada game. He and I will have a lot of catching up to do at the Sorin Society’s “Under the Arch.” The mini-reunion will be at the game in San Antonio. Vincent Stamp, Dan Hebert, Jim Brady, Nick Trogan and Jim Cooney will be at the game. On a sad note, Prof. Conrad Kellenberg passed away. Please send me emails with news and any suggestions for our 50th Reunion. — Jim Starshak; 889 Kaohe Place, Honolulu HI 96825; bus 808-523-2515; res 808-395-0443;