class notes


70 Low-Key Reunion

Because of the spectacular success of our 45th Reunion last summer, we plan to hold a low-key version this fall at a daytime football game. (For some reason, members of our class do not appreciate the roaring crowds in Rockne Stadium at midnight.) Past President Paul P. Partyka proposes a postprandial pastime in the parking lot past the library and promises to keep us posted on the date. I shrank my practice March 1 by omitting night and weekend calls. The days are still extremely busy, but I did enjoy attending my granddaughter’s First Communion in Miami on April 30. Steve Wolnitzek has been appointed to his sixth four-year term as chair of the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission, which oversees judicial discipline throughout the Commonwealth’s unified court system. The appointment is made by the board of governors of the Kentucky Bar Association. Jim Rohr was re-elected in April to the board of directors of General Electric Company. A director since 2013, he serves on the management development and compensation committee and the GE capital committee. He also serves on the boards of Allegheny Technologies, EQT and Marathon Petroleum, a large national gas company, for which he is lead independent director. He also is a trustee for ND and chairman of the board of trustees for Carnegie Mellon U. I skied as usual this winter. Vail was my target mountain, which I conquered for three days with the help of several friends from Springfield. Unfortunately, our house’s second floor baseboard heater got the best of my right fifth toe and broke it, hobbling me for 40 percent of the trip. In retrospect, my injury validated Greg Sullivan’s judgment. Instead of skiing with us in late February, he practiced the craft of agricultural economics for a month in Ethiopia. Uel Pitts visited Shipshewana IN and recommends Amish crafts there. Dick Reynolds is president of Reynolds Management Services LLC in Middleton, WI. My son will serve a residency in Madison next year. Possibly can visit during Lou’s days in the hospital. Rick Libowitz proposed at his inaugural address last June that our class have an interim reunion in Jerusalem in 2017 or 2018. I’ll use this column to begin taking a straw poll of interest among potential travelers. Sally and Bill Hasbrook and 29,060 other people viewed the Blue-Gold game on April 16. Bill was most impressed by Torii Hunter Jr. Four of his grandchildren then ate at Five Guys and posed for a picture with DeShone Kizer. The family toured the basketball court, the Monogram Room, the Golden Dome, the Grotto, dorms and lakes with a brief stop at Brothers Bar and Grill. He votes for a reunion at the Miami game this year. Dan Palmer apparently will attend. Mike Yuhas, JD from Indiana, LLM in taxation from Georgetown, and LLM from Miami, SSBI planning, is professor of accounting and taxation at Grand Valley State U in Grand Rapids. He teaches undergrads and graduates, consults on taxes, and is the author of more than 60 professional journal articles including two recently in Journal of Taxation. They were on techniques to increase federal tax bases and on partnership taxes for LLCs and their retiring members. Mike also speaks at the annual ND Tax and Estate Planning Institute. Fellow Marquette High School (Michigan City) classmates Jay McGrath, Bob Schmidt, Dave Shields and Gene Topolski are well. Jane and John Monnich visited California, Florida, South Carolina and Massachusetts from February through May. The legal practice has slowed in the process. — Donald R. Graham MD, FACP; 1901 S. Glenwood Ave., Springfield IL 62704; 217-652-1560;

70MBA Class Secretary — John Carroll;

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

70JD Fondly Remembered

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. Since the last column, I had occasion to correspond with Joe Kane as he and Nancy were about to depart to Florida for a late February break from the Midwest. I heard from Joe again in early spring and he informed me (and with sadness that I report) that Prof. Conrad Kellenberg passed away on April 8. Born in Manhattan in 1928, he was a graduate of St. John’s U and Columbia Law School in 1952. After service as a JAG officer in the Air Force, he joined the ND Law School faculty in 1955 and remained until his retirement in 2005. You may recall that he taught at the U of London (1968-1970) and served as the first director of the ND London Law Center. Prof. Kellenberg is survived by his wife of 60 years, Catherine, and five children. I trust you will remember Prof. Kellenberg and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Our former class president, Joe Leahy, recently began to teach a course on municipal law at the U of Oregon Law School. I trust his students respect his many years of legal experience. (I hope that will outweigh his dry sense of humor, or attempts there at.) I am sure “the Chief,” Prof. Murphy and Dean O’Meara are proud of Joe. On a lighter note, should you ever find yourself in Lancaster NY at Frank’s Grille, a neighborhood bar and restaurant, be sure to note the plaque above a corner table honoring one of our classmates. I would suggest ordering “beef on weck,” a western New York favorite. I am writing this column the last week in April; as soon as I push the send button, Marie and I are out the door and heading to the Basilica at ND to attend the wedding of one of her former students, now completing his PhD in physics at ND. I might catch some step time while strolling the campus. I would enjoy hearing from each and every one of you; if you have a few minutes to spare, why not send me an email. — John K. Plumb; 19 Crowley St., Randolph NY 14772;

71 Summer Days

We had a nice turnout for the Georgia Tech game last fall: Al Gabriele and Chuck Nightingale of Valparaiso, John Collins of Cincinnati, Paul Dusseau of Columbus, Bob Bullard of Bluffton SC, Fred Swartz of Akron, Joe St. Onge of Yonkers and Marty Pulcari of Scottsdale. Ed O’Neill, Kevin Cosgrove and Dale Venvertloh met up for their annual gathering, including multiple golf rounds. Condolences to Carl Burrell of Dothan AL on the loss of his wife, Mona, in February. Rafael Blanco is Puerto Rico’s commissioner of financial institutions. An experienced banker with a varied resume, he was appointed to the position, which oversees the financial stability of the island’s financial institutions, by the governor in 2011. Given the island’s debt restructuring plans currently before Congress, these are probably hectic times for him. Tim Kane retired after more than 40 years as an accounting guru with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young in NYC. He and Joanne continue to summer on the Jersey Shore but spend the rest of the year in South Bend. David Carlson of Chicago continues to recuperate in good fashion from back surgery. Jenny and John Ohm are in central Maryland, about 40 miles north of DC. John is retired from many years of service in law enforcement and computer security at the federal level and now consults in the private sector for Booz Allen. Congratulations to Carol McCrudden and Jim Mertzlufft of Memphis on their marriage last year. The UMass game was the first time Chuck Malandra, a patent attorney with Pitney Bowes in Connecticut, had been on campus since the Devine years. Fellow patent attorney Jim Zeller functioned as his host and tour guide, given all of the growth during the intervening years. Joining them was fellow attorney Jerry Riley. The location of the ’71 tailgate is still unknown. We may move it from the Stadium lot to our new home six blocks south of campus, 830 St. Peter St., to be occupied in July. Enjoy the summer, see you in the fall. — John Snider; 1234 N. Eddy St. Apt. 265 E, South Bend IN 46617; res 574-217-8961; cell 312-860-1779;

71MBA Class Secretary — Tony Strati;

8238 Raintree Dr. NE, Albuquerque NM; res 505-798-1564; cell 505-205-3563;

71JD Reunion Weekend

The Law School is conducting our 45-Year Reunion Oct. 7-9, which is not a home football weekend. I hope you plan to attend. Gayle and Bill Smoley are excused as their daughter, Missy, is being married that weekend. There is plenty of evidence that our classmates are following Dylan Thomas’ urging “do not go gentle into that good night.” For example, we have Dave “Barney” Bornhorst, who suggests we check him out on You Tube under “The Citadel, Basketball, Bornhorst.” You will see that Barney gives new meaning to “blue hair.” Dave is practicing in North Charleston SC and his son, Michael, is an attorney at Mayer, Brown in Chicago. Vince Ginestre also directs us to Google our classmate Judge Timothy McCarthy. This site relates an amusing story of Tim’s frustration with a Palm Beach divorce proceeding he could only endure for a limited time: happy hour. Please keep Mary Ann Kuhar and Gayle Smoley in your prayers. We look forward to seeing you at our reunion. Please let me know of your plans to attend. Do not “go gentle into that good night.” — E. Bryan Dunigan; 221 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1454; Chicago IL 60601; 312-857-2114;

72 Class Secretary — Frank Fahey;

274 Winthrop Ave., Elmhurst IL 60126; 312-504-3409;; Gary Gigot; 574-807-5772;

72MBA More Real News

It was great to hear from Bill Herzog recently. Bill is managing partner of a small consulting firm, Course Charters, in the Twin Cities area. He says that since he enjoys what he is doing, he plans to stay at it but at a somewhat reduced level. He mentioned that he has been trying to locate Ed Gay so, Ed, if you’re reading this, I have Bill’s contact information. I’m sure your classmates would also enjoy hearing what you’ve been up to if you would care to share. Bill said he has kept in touch with Dennis Atwood in South Carolina. Denny, it would be nice to hear from you as well. It’s early May as I write this but football season will be just around the corner when you read it. As mentioned last issue, Bill Effler, John Doyle and I will be attending the Michigan State game on Sept. 17. Let me know if you plan to be there so we can get together. On a sad note, I regret to report that Jeff Jones lost his lovely wife, Sally, to cancer in July 2015. Sally was buried at Notre Dame’s Cedar Grove Cemetery on the Feast of the Assumption. Also, Notre Dame lost a great fan when Bill Effler’s father passed away on Feb. 1, just five months short of his 100th birthday. Our condolences and prayers go out to Jeff, Bill and their families. — Alex McLellan; 9662 W. 86th St., Apt. B, Overland Park KS 66212-4537; res 913-652-9909;

72JD Class Secretary — Christopher R. Schraff;

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

73 Happy 65th Birthday

Happy birthday to each and every member of our class. Many of you have already celebrated this milestone event while others have yet to achieve this goal. Best wishes to each every one of you. I am sure many of our classmates share the same birthday, and I happen to share mine with one of our most famous classmates, Catherine Hicks. Thank you again to all who reached out to me upon the death last year of my son Kevin ʼ03. I heard from Brian Neary, who is a lawyer in Hackensack NJ. His roommate at Stanford Hall, Tony Polcari, is an accountant. (Both went to Hudson Catholic High School.) Brian is happily married to soap opera actress Lisa Brown. Brian is a Top 100 Super Lawyer in the state of New Jersey and is rated as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in America. He is also a law school professor teaching criminal trial advocacy at Rutgers Law School and does a similar gig at Notre Dame Law School every summer and winter. It was very nice to hear from you, Brian. Scott Parker sent a note from Ft. Lauderdale, where he is the senior VP of wealth management for the Parker-Harrigan Group. Still active in high school education is Denny Gutowski at nearby Thornwood High School in South Holland IL. His three children were excellent athletes at Gary Andrean High School in Gary. Paul Bontempo was recently honored by the New Jersey Democratic State Committee as a “pillar of the party.” He is in regular contact with his good buddy Vince Carbone. Paul is the president of his government relations firm in Trenton NJ. Others responding regarding my son included Dennis Vogel, Tyrone Robinson, Jim Zagata, Chris Simpson, Tom Davis and Joe Zoucha. Speaking of Joe, he is still practicing law in the San Francisco Bay area. He also returns to Notre Dame twice a year to teach an intensive advocacy jury trial course at the law school. He is in contact with his former housemate Rusty Bramlage, who lives in Raleigh NC. He recently retired after a successful career in HR and health care administration. Joe also stays active in the San Jose-Silicon Valley Notre Dame Club. Thanks for reaching out to me, Joe. I also heard from good friend Jim Moynihan. Jim is still in Tokyo, but he has an annual minireunion during a Notre Dame home football game where they rendezvous at Rocco’s, play golf, tailgate and watch the game. The usual participants are: Timothy Slavin, Richard Geschke, Dennis McCoy, Jack Greeley, Patrick Steenberge, Bobby O’Brien, Danny Burke, Ed Garrity, John Peterson, Mike Creaney, Rick Dunfey, Frank Murphy, Paul Dziedzic, Peggy Dues, Patti O’Leary, Carol Cullen and Annie Gilligan. He also reports adventures with Darryll Dewan. Darryll is enjoying the life in Santa Barbara CA. I am sorry to report of the recent deaths of classmates Gary Murphy, Michael McConville, Paul O’Neil and Michael Powers. It was nice to hear from Robert Dempsey, who is a professor and chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at U of Wisconsin, where he has won many awards and is active especially in the area of repair of the injured brain after stroke and head injury. I apologize if I still have not published your response to my column request. I always look for news from classmates. — Michael W. Hansen; 735 Essington Road, Joliet IL 60435; fax 815-744-4515;

73MBA Opportunity to Share News

David Bodkin writes that he and his lovely wife, Lee ’69SMC, enjoy a nice life in The Woodlands TX. They play bridge, but Lee plays more than David, who continues to play golf. Lee also jogs four miles every other day, which is more than David. News of the day is that he lowered his golf handicap by three strokes in 2015, which keeps him at bogey-golfer status. The real news of the day came over the Christmas holidays when their son, Sean ’98, and his lovely wife, Ryan, announced they are going to have a granddaughter in June. After four grandsons, that was wonderful news, and Lee is planning a shopping spree. (Contributions will be accepted but they are not a 501(c3)). He says, “Just a joke, folks.” They are delighted to hear that they will have yet another lady to spoil. John Rapa is in tax season and clients are beginning to arrive with their W-2s. Do you recall him mentioning that he would like to eventually become associated with H&R Block’s Premium Office? Well, he has begun to work at that office. However, it has been renamed Block Advisors. The office has been transformed into a consulting type of operation. In addition to completing tax returns, the office will expand in the small business arena with a complete package offering bookkeeping services, payroll and related financial services. This year he will be spending time at his current retail office and the Block Advisors’ office. He will make a complete transition after this tax season. The Block Advisors office operates year-round. He is looking forward to helping them expand their business. In addition, I continue to facilitate and teach courses for the U of Phoenix. When you finish reading this Notre Dame Magazine, please email me your email address. Ask your classmates to do the same. Show your true ’73MBA class spirit. Don’t get into the 43-year anniversary doldrums. Let’s fill our apportioned share of space and more over two issues. I look forward to hearing from all of you. — Thomas Jindra; 7179 Alviso Ave., Jurupa Valley CA 92509, res and fax 951-685-2091;

73JD Class Secretary — Tony Palumbo;

74 Gearing Up

So let’s begin with Bill Fenton, who serves as the regional director on the ND Alumni Board representing the 19 Notre Dame clubs in Florida. I had the pleasure to see Bill, Mike Budd, who is president of the ND Club of Boca Raton, and Mike Martin, the president of the Greater Tampa Bay Club, which is the largest ND alumni club in Florida, at the Leadership Conference at Notre Dame in April. It was gorgeous on campus for that conference. What a fabulous time we enjoyed, sharing club notes, ideas and ways to more effectively run our clubs. As the new president of the ND Club of Chicago, I am excited to have all of my alumni classmates and friends get involved. That brings us to the attention of Jim Whalen and Frank Murnane. I received a handsome picture of the Pog mo THON group from their 2016 outing. Honestly, they all looked outstanding, very respectable. Although notes of their antics are still in script, it is the 33rd year for this very tight group of friends. My roommate from college, Carol Longo Kaupp, packed up her house and sold it. Although reluctant to move, she and her husband, Phil, decided to downsize, although remaining in beautiful San Clemente. Kerry Temple, editor of our beloved Notre Dame Magazine, should be honored for his dedication and longtime achievement in keeping our favorite publication interesting. Kerry says it best in his humble manner, “I’m very aware that the class columns are what people read first, and that they’re instrumental in perpetuating our sense of family and solidarity and shared lives.” Yes, that’s a plus, although the articles are always wonderful to read. The column is short and sweet this time, so write as soon as you read this; they are strict with deadlines. Please put Class Notes in the subject line. I’ll look for you during our dynamic 2016 football season. Go Irish. — Dede Simon;

74MBA Class Secretary — William Arland III;


74JD Class Secretary — Christopher Kule;

75 Class Secretary — Norm Bower;

3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; 563-349-0469;

75MBA Class Secretary — Jim Ouimet;


75JD Making a Contribution

Your classmates open Notre Dame Magazine, turn to our column and are disappointed that there is no news. I can only report when I hear from you, so please let me know what’s going on in your life. For want of any other reports, I will share with you an honor that means a great deal to me. For several years, I served as president of the Association of the Bar of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. I recently stepped down. The board of directors at our meeting in Santa Fe (after I left the meeting to make my train) bestowed their recognition of me as “Dean of the Appellate Bar,” citing my “Brief Writing of the Highest Quality, Integrity, Scholarship, and Fostering Spirit to his Law Clerks.” I was deeply touched. The American Bar Association is publishing my 463rd review of a book. Yes, I am shooting for 500 before I quit. I am going to be teaching a three-hour course on the constitution at a university here in Kansas City this fall. Retirement is an opportunity to stay as busy as one wants to be. I want to make a contribution of sorts. Well, that is all I have to report this time. The next class column is up to you. Please call or send an email with your news. Since I submitted the material above, I received the sad news of Sherry and Mike Eldred losing their grown son, Michael. Brennan Farrell was kind enough to let us know about this unexpected tragedy. Our hearts go out to Mike and Sherry. You can write to them at 724 Collett Ave., Terre Haute IN 47804-1816. — Dennis Owens;

76 Our Lady’s Butterfly Garden

By now our 40th Reunion is just a memory. Many thanks to the committee for their efforts in making this the best reunion so far and to those classmates who made contributions to fund the special events. A special thanks to: Sharon Zelinski Haverstock for coordinating the silent auction, John Carrico for organizing the golf tournament and Sally Naxera Benson for overseeing the Class Mass, which was celebrated by Father Joe Corpora. If you were unable to join in the fun, make sure to stop by Our Lady’s Butterfly Garden on your next visit to campus. The garden is located on the east side of Holy Cross Drive on the shore of St. Mary’s Lake and across from the Grotto. The Garden was the brainchild of Frank Fransioli with the seed money provided by Linda and Dan Jarvie. The class raised money during Notre Dame Days 2016 to endow the garden and planted it during the reunion weekend. In April, Denise (Crowley) and Dave Brenner ’73 welcomed their first grandchild, David Walter, born to their son, David Brenner ’05 and his wife, Dr. Keri (Oxley) Brenner ’04. The newest member of the Class of ’38 resides in Boston, where his father works for Google and his mother practices medicine. A group of Cavanaugh friends get together yearly to attend a basketball game. This year they watched Notre Dame beat NC State. They start at Legends for a cold one and catch up on old stories and find out what everyone’s kids are up to. After the game, they make a trip to the Grotto and try to name all of the buildings that weren’t there even a few years ago. Next is a stop at the bar in the Morris Inn or maybe O’Rourke’s before dinner at the Mark. Attending this year were Pat Leary, Rick Hultgen, Phil Coyne, Tom Hogan, Pat Murphy, Dale Pelletier, Terry Bowen, Pete Brosnan and Chuck Sanders. In the past, they have connected with Bruce Ferraro, Mike Pavlik, Rocky Basciano and Tom Benz. Mary Kay (Rochford) and Mike Demetrio and Paul Reilly and were on campus in May to attend the graduation of their children. Angela Reilly ’16 plans to participate in a program that mentors students in the Chicago Public Schools. Patrick Demetrio ’16 will follow in his parents’ footsteps and will enter law school in Chicago this fall. Jim Murphy lost his mother, Barbara, in March. Please keep him and his family in your prayers. Lastly, we extend a special welcome to our new class president, Bob Quakenbush. Please continue to send me your news and updates. — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251;

76MBA Class Secretary — Mike Norris;

1021 Bloomview Circle, Rochester MI 49307; 248-330-5366;

76JD Class Secretary — Virgil L. Roth;

625 Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 255, South Pasadena CA 91030; 626-441-1178; fax626-441-1166

77 To Thine Self Be True

They’re unforgettable, those people whose intrepid spirit and dedication lead the way for others to follow. Sister John Miriam Jones “made it happen” after the decision to admit women, and on Feb. 21, her 92nd birthday was celebrated in Cincinnati with the help of Jen Ryder Raabe. On Feb. 26, Father Austin Collins, CSC, religious superior of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, spoke movingly about Father Hesburgh at the Father Hesburgh Memorial Concert. In April, the Hesburgh-Stephan Award and its first recipient, Richard Notebaert, were announced. The award was named in honor of Father Hesburgh, uncle of Maureen O’Neill, and the University’s first lay chairman of the board of trustees, Chicago attorney Edmund Stephan ’33, father of Victoria Stephan Nelson. Professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University, Paul W. Bohn PhD was appointed to a four-year term as co-editor of Annual Reviews of Analytical Chemistry, “the most highly cited publication in the field.” Keiren Donovan Smith MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine at Yale, works on clinical trials in transfusion medicine. Her daughters Elizabeth and Laura are an incoming freshman and a senior at ND, respectively; her eldest, Christine, graduated from Princeton. Michael Richter litigates personal injury and workmen’s compensation cases in Santa Clara County CA and is a general aviation pilot who shows visitors the Bay area. Mike has a son, Daniel ’05, legislative director of Citizen’s Climate Lobby, and a daughter, Michaela, heading off to college. Jon Muschenheim and his wife Mary Beth have a daughter, Avery, 9, and son Sam, 11. They also have “two great adult sons who are launched,” and they “enjoy their grandson, 16 months.” Paul Pavlov MD has been in family practice in Biloxi MS for 33 years. He enjoys attending medical ethics conferences at ND with his daughter, Anna Pavlov MD ’10, who is in her first year of plastic surgery residency at UNC Chapel Hill. Attorney Stephen Daday received a community spirit award from the Village of Arlington Heights IL for his leadership in organizing Performance Arts for its citizens. Tim Bourret is the sports information director at Clemson U. Michael Grady formed a small business called Eireann Emerald Solutions, promoting green tech and green infrastructure in Seattle. Joya De Foor, formerly City of Los Angeles treasurer, is a member of the NDWomenConnect Alumni Board. Dave Caron, a director of the Bank of Montreal in Edmonton, Alberta, is the proud father of the new president of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, Monique Caron ’08. Michael Bowler, global studies and world languages professor at Winona State U in Minnesota, went on sabbatical in Bangladesh to re-study his research village. He stayed and assisted at the Jessore School of Science and Technology. Kathy DePauw Graham and I heard keynote speaker Don Wycliff ’69 at a CTK fundraiser, a work-study program high school begun by Jesuits on Chicago’s west side. Don donated proceeds from the sale of his book, Black Domers, which features essays by two of our classmates, Bonita Bradshaw and Joya De Foor. Kathy and Jerry Graham are co-chairs of the CTK Benefit next January. For the fourth year in a row, Dave Wallace biked Trek 100 in June to help fund research with Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer. Mary O’Brien, daughter of Janet Carney O’Brien and Mark O’Brien, married Philip Glenn in June. Janet’s father, Dr. Thomas Carney ’37, was the second chairman of the board of trustees at Notre Dame and a close friend of Father Ted and Ed Stephan. Our deepest condolences go out to Sue Augustus on the loss of her mother, Jeanne; to Ellen Duff on the loss of her father, the Hon. Brian Duff ’52; to Steve and the Hon. Carol Hackett Garagiola, on the loss of Steve’s father, Joe Garagiola. May they rest in peace. — Virginia McGowan Bishop; 2594 Woodland Drive, Northbrook IL 60062; 847-291-7510;

77MBA Class Secretary — Alan J. Fisher;

77JD Class Secretary — Jane Bennett;

4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; res 574-383-5745; bus 574-243-4100;

78 Live It Up

Greetings, classmates. Summer is here, and the living is easy. At least it should be. I hope you enjoy this wonderful season and get prepped for another exciting season of Irish football. Danny Romano had some news: Father Ed Shea, OFM, is spending nine months in downstate Illinois serving the farming town of Tetopolis. John Erickson has an inspiring new book, What I Saw When I Went Blind. Charlie Wolf celebrated his 60th birthday in Phoenix golfing with Jim McMenamin. Tom O’Neill, Danny and Pat Flynn were in Knoxville to help celebrate the wedding of the son of Michael Conaty. They are going back to Knoxville to help celebrate Michael’s daughter Molly’s wedding in July. Michael has twin daughters who are juniors at Notre Dame. Bob Kruse recently attended the 10 p.m. Mass in Alumni Hall, the same one that he attended so many times as an Alumni resident from 1974 to 1978. Bob said it was wonderful. He claims it has the same feel as back in the day, and the students in Alumni are every bit as bright and hard-charging as we were. Father George Rozum, CSC, was there and is still going strong. Bob was there with wife Cathy to visit daughter Emily ’16. The only thing that could possibly have made it better, Bob said, would be if his roommates were there: -Frank Dwyer, Pat Clynes and Rock Gennaro. The Alumni Hall Chapel will always be home for Bob. Speaking of Frank Dwyer, he and wife Fran moved from Godfrey IL to Lafayette CO this fall. Lafayette in is Boulder County, 30 minutes north of Denver. John Murphy was at Mac’s Tavern in Center City Philadelphia to watch the Fiesta Bowl with the Philadelphia Club and had a good time. John lives in Valley Forge PA and is the project manager for Exelon, responsible for building a $4 billion liquefied natural gas export facility in Brownsville TX. Recently, he gave a public presentation on the project and a classmate, Dr. Ramiro Barrera, drove down from McAllen TX to hear it. Many of the Stanford Studs keep in touch through the Class Notes. Mike McReynolds is retiring in April from AIG. Jim “Boobie” Clarke and Ray Vander Heyden attended Jim Budde’s surprise 60th birthday party in Dayton OH at the beginning of January. Jim also hosted a rockin’ tailgate party at the Temple game, on his birthday. And he joined Jim Coleman in Dublin for the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Mark Eck, Sal Cosimano, Brian Dunn, Steve Haskins, Matt Stolte, Mike Callahan, Tim Shea and Pat Stover are planning a joint 60th birthday party for themselves in September in Key West. The crew traveled down there junior year, 1977, and they hope the outstanding warrants have expired. John Delaney and I joined other members of the Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia as they marched in Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. John and I are past presidents of the club. Nace Mullen hosted a pre-game fest at his Center City Philadelphia home prior to the ND-Wisconsin Elite Eight game at the Wells Fargo Center. In town for the weekend were Steve “Bones” Conover, John Coyne, Jimmy Martin and I. I hope to see many of you at the Miami game. Stay in touch. Do good things. Peace. — Jim Coyne; 1801 Butler Pike, Apt. 20, Conshohocken PA 19428; 267-847-8808;

78MBA Reconnecting

Many thanks to Amy Kersten Bruno ’78SMC for reaching out. You will remember that Amy’s husband, Mike Bruno, was tragically killed when a tornado hit their newly constructed Southhold International Advisory office in South Bend in 2002. Amy and Mike founded the company after Mike’s multi-country career with Continental Bank. They had three sons and two daughters who all have varied and successful careers. Four of the five attended Big 10 schools, which Amy says makes for interesting football seasons. Amy lives in her hometown of Fort Dodge IA, where she keeps active in Southhold. For those of you who were on campus prior to starting our program, you might remember Amy’s cousin, Robert “King” Kersten ’74, who shook up student government with his successful student body president campaign. Thanks also to Darryl Adachi for checking in from North Carolina. As he wrote, Darryl was planning to have dinner with Carol and Joe Costanzo and then head north to campus for the Blue Gold game. His aim was to check out progress on the stadium renovations, which are quite spectacular. Darryl has “stepped back” from a regular work schedule to take more time to enjoy life, which includes a new found pleasure in traveling to Mexico. — Mamie Anthoine Ney; 350 Alewive Road, Kennebunk ME 04043-6013; res 207-229-0989; bus 207-333-6640 ex 2020;

78JD Playwright and Performer

Be sure to catch Irma Herrera’s one-woman show in the San Francisco Bay area, Tell Me Your Name. That is what Patricia Dunn, Vicki Mendoza and Mike Grossman were able to do on a recent surprise visit to Irma’s performance. The play, written and performed by Irma, is “one woman’s journey from a small segregated South Texas town to the Bay Area’s multicultural mecca. How can a simple introduction turn into a potential battle to be heard and seen? Weaving history and comedic insights into stories about names, Irma invites us to consider how open and welcoming we really are.” More information and performance times can be found at or at Congratulations, Irma. Please send me information about what is happening in your world. — Dan LaVille; US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Ave. North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751;

79 Class Secretary — Barbara A. Langhenry;

3901 Whitman Ave., Cleveland OH 44113; res 216-651-8962; bus 216-664-2893;

79MBA Class Secretary — Patty Kennedy Kerr;

7750 Leonard St. NE, Ada MI 49301; 616-682-1223;

79JD Class Secretary — Daniel F. McNeil;

1001 NW Lovejoy, Unit 205, Portland OR 97209; 503-539-9188;