class notes


80 Angels, Continued

As part of our Angels on Call program, we will mobilize a Virtual Prayer Time to pray together for individuals in our class who are in special need of the Lord’s assistance. This may be due to illness, a death in the family, emotional issues or any other needs that send us to our knees in prayer. Max Lucado says it well, “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” We encourage you to join us in Virtual Prayer the first Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. ET. We will send out more details on how to request prayers. Bill Kresse has been busy. The US Patent and Trademark Office informed Bill that “Professor Fraud” is registered as his personal trademark. He spoke to more than 1,000 New York and Indiana state auditors, investigators and inspectors general at conferences in Albany NY and Indianapolis. And, he was named election commissioner for the City of Chicago. Susan Barry had dinner with Dr. Beth Schweitzer in Oakland CA. They never met at ND but were Peace Corps volunteers in Togo, West Africa, in the early 1980s. Dr. Ron Stefani had a reunion with his roommate, John Sweeney. John stood up when Ron married Nina Anesi ’80SMC and the following day left for Europe to summer tour with the American Choir. The tour ended in Vienna. John stayed the rest of the summer to take singing lessons, fell in love, got married, had a family and a 30-year professional opera singing career in Europe. Nina and Ron were traveling to Vienna and since they had not seen John since the wedding 33 years ago, they arranged to meet. Thousands of miles from ND, they were set to meet in the bar at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna and as scheduled, John walked through the door. After 33 years, they picked up right where they left off. John McNulty notes that his twins (Ethan and Emilie) are now 13. John thinks it is cool to have two teenagers in the house, keeping him young and crazy. Polly *(Wiegand) and John Hoffman are proud to announce that son Michael ’10 has accepted a faculty position in the political science department at ND. Their eldest, PJ ’07, is an accounting professor at Purdue and youngest, Bryan ’10, is a financial analyst at SEI. Barb Pokornowski was on Dancing with the Stars on April 18, the switch-up week. Barb won tickets to be in the studio audience and with four days’ notice flew to LAX for the filming. She was on camera twice and got to meet Wanya Morris from Boyz II Men, whom Barb hopes wins the mirror ball. Travelin’ Mike Gilroy found time to reconnect with his wife of 30 years and enjoy a successful day of fly fishing. Dr. Mike McCormick wrote with sad news that his roommate, John Hamlin, passed away suddenly. Gene McCullagh also passed away suddenly. Gene created our first class website, for which we are very grateful. Bill Kresse lost his mom, Bonnie Kresse; Carol Rolf lost her mom, Mrs. Frances Jennings, and Paul D’Alessandro lost his mom, Rosemary D’Alessandro. Cindy Cronin Cahill lost her dad, Dr. Richard Cronin ’46, and Jerry Lynes lost his dad, Jerome Lynes ’59. Our hearts go out to our friends and their families. — Mary Ellen Woods;;

80MBA Changing of the Guard

After more than 20 years as our class secretary, Doug Cooper is handing the reins over to me, although I’m not sure I will last quite as long as he did. Nevertheless, I will do my best to keep our class informed with information that you wish to pass along. However, I fully recognize that some classmates may wish to remain off the grid, or believe they have nothing worth mentioning. Having seen or corresponded with a number of you recently, I know the latter is not the case, so for those not currently in a witness protection program, please try and keep me informed via email, mail or phone as I don’t do Facebook, at least not yet. Even a sentence or two telling the class a bit of your news will be greatly appreciated. Home or away football games seem to be the best way to catch up with people and in recent years I have run into Dave Kavanaugh, Larry Sellars, Peter King, Vic Yeandel, Maureen (Eyres) Staub, Molly (Murtagh) Myers, Raul Jasso, Scott Jessup, Dennis Shea, John Lomacz, Pat Ward, Mike Colbert, Jim Publicover and Walt Zukowski, mostly thanks to the efforts of Mike Traeger, who organized reunions for our 30th and 32nd, including food, drinks and music. It was fantastic to see everyone, reminisce and learn about recent events in classmates’ lives. I have also maintained communication over the years with Joe Bowers, Mike Maloney, Bill Homer and Rich Walker. Joe’s daughter and Bill’s son graduated from Notre Dame, and I had a nice dinner with Rich Walker in Dallas when I was there recently on a business trip. Rich is in the rental storage business in Texas and has promised to attend our next reunion. Another great thing about the MBA program is that we got to know many students from the preceding or succeeding years, and I have been fortunate enough to remain close to the ’79MBA graduates Dan Buck ’79MBA, Tom Brogan ’79MBA, Rob Pfeifer ’79MBA, Jim Uriah ’79MBA, John Hurley ’79MBA and Len Morris ’79MBA as well as fellow Campus View Apartment residents Brian Furio ’78 and Doug Wetmore ’79. I can’t complete my inaugural column without mentioning, with sadness, the passing of our classmates over the past few years including Mike Flynn, Dan Griffin, Jim Severyn and Bill Earley. I think of them often and hope we remember them in our prayers. My wife Azian and I live in western Connecticut. I’m still in the duty free business, and our two older sons, Patrick and Matthew, graduated from Syracuse and UConn, respectively. Our youngest son, Torin, is a big ND fan, which generates rivalries with his brothers during basketball season. I also have two nieces attending Notre Dame and one who will be attending Saint Mary’s in the fall, so it’s safe to say I will be visiting South Bend a fair amount in the next few years. My contact info is below, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Go Irish. — Joe Kearney; 9 Daniels Hill Road, Newtown CT 06470; res 203-364-0346;

80JD Special Profile

Search “Spiderwoman” plus “Attorney” and what name pops up? Our own Kathy Moriarty. Kathy has been heralded as a legend in the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) Bitcoin world, according to the Wall Street Journal. She received the 2016 William F. Sharpe Indexing Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Institutional Investor’s The Journal of Investing in recognition of her many contributions to the exchange-traded funds (ETF) and indexing industries. Kathy is at Kay Scholer in New York and is all over financial publications with a recent special profile in the Wall Street Journal. Congrats on your achievements. And, here is a shout out to RJ. (Read the articles to find out why she is “Spiderwoman.”) Thanks to Tom Costa for sending the articles on Kathy. We send our sympathies to the family of Prof. Conrad Kellenberg on his recent death. His concern for those in need of legal and personal help was his hallmark. Rest in peace, Prof. Kellenberg. In happier news, Bo Scott and wife are proud grandparents of their sixth grandchild. Lisa and John Hendrickson are new grandparents, too, as are Peggy Foran ’76, ’79JD and husband Dave Schmidt; TJ and Darlene Palma Connelly; Tom Costa and Dillon Dalton Costa ’79JD, Kathy and Tom Jennings; Dan D’Antonio and his wife; and Edie Harsh and her husband. Has anyone else become a grandparent? Send the news of your grandchildren. And, finally, you meet Notre Dame classmates in the most interesting places. Judge Dave Dreyer and I often see each other in a nursing home. During the holidays, Bernadette Broccolo was sitting in the next seat at a Christmas concert, and Robert Costa ’08, son of Tom and Dillon, is all over the airwaves and the Washington Post during this election year. Domers are everywhere. Bo Scott will become a municipal judge next month in Lenexa KS, a Kansas City suburb. Congratulations, Judge Scott. Love to all. — Sheila O’Brien;

81 Award

By the time you read this, our 35th Reunion will have taken place, and new class officers will have been elected. I am certain a good time will have been had by all at the reunion. Due to publication deadlines, the names of the new officers are not available for this column. Check back in the next edition for their names and other reunion news. Bonnie Ferri was unanimously selected for the 2016 Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. A faculty member in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) since 1988, Bonnie was the first female PhD graduate from Georgia Tech and was ECE’s first female faculty member. On a somber note, four of our classmates recently passed away: Mike “The Mule” Murray in October, Tom Shilen and Tom McCarthy in January and Tom Klingler in April. All were known for their love of their families, their loyalty to friends and putting their talents to good use in helping others. They will be missed. It has been my pleasure to serve as the scribe in Dave Campbell’s stead for the last five years. Please send me your news for the next issue, and I will forward it to the new secretary who will take over this column. — Lee Ann McLaughlin; 1120 Georgiana St., South Bend IN 46617; 847-636-1964;

81MBA Class Secretary — E.J. Fleming;

600 Hall Hill Road, Somers CT 06071; 860-749-7261;

81JD Travel Adventures

We have sad news to report. Craig Whitman tells us that Ann Barnes Carlsen, the beloved wife of our classmate, Jim Carlsen, passed away from complications of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Also, Claire Corson Skinner informed me that her mother, Dorthy Scheide Corson, passed away from complications related to congestive heart failure. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Jim’s wife and Claire’s mom. Donna and Jim Blasé took a “pretty neat” trip to Lourdes and Fatima in March. You can view their trip video at Jim and Donna will also be traveling to Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota for the Centennial of the National Park Service on Aug. 25, then doing volunteer work at Grand Teton National Park, all in honor of the 100th anniversary. As part of his personal celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Jim is writing a book, Edith and Teddy, America’s Greatest Marriage, about Teddy Roosevelt and his childhood friend, Edith, who became his wife. Jim is dedicating the book to Donna, who reminds him so much of Edith, and to his father, who first exposed his family to the national parks. Over the years, law alumni have expressed a desire to return to campus on a fall weekend that would allow them to see faculty, students and the law school in action. After listening to those requests and considering the available options, the Law School is offering a reunion Oct. 7-9. This is a law school event only, so there is a greater likelihood that you will be able to interact with friends from many classes. Several of our classmates have indicated their intention to be there. The more the merrier. Please look for an invitation and registration information early this summer. Also, there is a save the date request on the law school website at We hope you will join us. My trip to South Africa that I mentioned in the last column turned out, as expected, to be the trip of a lifetime. Most memorable was the time that I spent with the young people who live at Open Arms Home for Children in Komga, Eastern Cape, South Africa. These 50 wonderful and happy youngsters, mostly AIDS orphans, who otherwise would be subject to grossly deprived lives in South Africa’s townships, benefit greatly from the generosity of many good hearted supporters from the United States. Their lives have hope and opportunity that would not exist had they remained in the townships from which they came. Each year several ND graduate volunteers spend a year at the home assisting the operations and interacting with the children. For more information, visit After my time at the orphanage, I visited Cape Town and Johannesburg. While in Johannesburg, I went to Soweto, the scene of the historic native uprisings against the apartheid regime. While in Cape Town, I took a tour to the Cape of Good Hope and saw some dramatic scenery along the coast. I was also able to do a safari in Kruger National Park, where I saw all kinds of exotic animals, including the big five: lions, leopards, cape buffalo, rhinos and elephants. I had an incredible experience. God bless and go Irish. — Michael Palumbo; 3799 E. Peachtree Drive, Chandler AZ 85249; res 480-284-4004; bus 602-262-5931;

82 Dooley Award

Peter J. Daly was presented with the 2015 Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Award. This award is conferred on alumni (living or deceased) who exhibit outstanding service to humankind. Peter and his wife, Lulu, set up medical missions in Honduras. The surgical team performs much needed operations to improve the lives of impoverished patients. In 2003, Peter built, equipped and staffed the Holy Family Surgery Center, a first-world, state-of-the-art surgical facility, whose mission is to address global health disparities for the poor. Since its opening in 2008, the facility has provided more than 12,000 consultations and 1,700 surgeries to those who would never have been able to receive care. This is what the spirit of Notre Dame is all about. Peter received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester MN followed by an orthopedic surgical residency at the Mayo Clinic. He completed a shoulder fellowship at Harvard in 1992 and joined a private practice in St. Paul. Bob Cronin, Dillon Hall, who is the president-elect of the Alumni Board, and Kevin Mullane, Cavanaugh Hall, who represents Region 4 (which includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin), were in South Bend for the Alumni Association’s annual Leadership Conference. They were in attendance at the award ceremony for Peter. Thank you for the work you do for our alma mater. Dave and I are proud to announce that our fourth child, Jennifer Lewis, is a graduate of the University. She is our fourth ND grad. (No discounts have been given.) Kevin, our baby, plays lacrosse for Lafayette College. We have one more year before we can be tuition free. Please plan on attending our 35th Reunion in 2017. Don’t forget to send updates to our email addresses below. — Dave and Tess Lewis; 30 Battle Ridge Road, Morris Plains NJ 07950; 973-219-4050; or

82MBA Class Secretary — Renée (Amirkanian) Cooper;

82JD Class Generosity

Sheila and Perry Vieth donated $1.5 million to the Law School to establish the Vieth Family Law Fellowship. Perry is the co-founder and president of Ceres Partners, LLC. In April, former Indiana Chief Justice Randy Shepard recognized Tim Abeska for his $25,000 gift to the Indiana Bar Foundation. Congratulations to both of our classmates for their generosity. Kevin Walsh reports that he recently fulfilled a longtime goal by creating a small publishing and media company called Wicklow Media. The company published its first book, An Angry God. The book is about a soldier who returns from war with PTSD, enrolls at ND and struggles with such issues as “how do war and religion co-exist?” In addition to his publishing business, Kevin is practicing civil litigation in Boston. Kevin’s eldest son, Dennis, was married in October. I had dinner with Tim Nickels and John Smith in Chicago on March 15, which was the fifth anniversary of Dick Goehler’s death. We shared some fond memories of Dick. John and Tim Abeska taught a Trial Ad class at the Law School in March. Perry Vieth and I were in London in April for the Law School Advisory Council meeting. In addition to touring ND’s facilities in London and meeting several students and faculty members, we learned a lot about the British legal system. Liz Imhoff, Tim Nickels, John Smith and I were on campus in April for the NDLA board meeting. Tom Veldman attended the board dinner with daughter Julie ’11JD, who is also on the NDLA board. The board presented an award to Prof. Carol Mooney, who is retiring this year as president of Saint Mary’s College. Prof. Conrad Kellenberg passed away in April at the age of 88. He taught at the Law School for 50 years before his retirement in 2005. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our 35th Reunion, which will be held on June 1-4, 2017. — Frank Julian; 7 W. Seventh St., Cincinnati OH 45202; 513-579-7337;

83 Congratulations, Condolences and Catching Up

Congratulations from the Class of 1983 to Michele Schneider Tiller and her family, who welcomed a new grandchild in January. Congratulations are also in order for Chris Temple Davis and Gregory Marita ’84 on their marriage. Best wishes to all these families for continued happiness. Maureen (Burns) Zappala won several Toastmasters speech contests in the past quarter. Congratulations on these achievements. We offer condolences to Rose (Mueller) Miller and her family on their recent loss. Condolences are also offered to Jennifer (David) Hilger on the passing of her husband, David ’82. Condolences are also extended to Nina DeLeone Mazuzan and her family on the passing of her father-in-law. Tom Cushing ran for election as a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County in March. Jeff Monaghan is still in Superior WI and is still driving over 1,000 miles a week to deliver ice cream in northern Minnesota. He has visited campus twice recently. One trip was in the fall to see Father Hesburgh’s grave. While there, he found that Father Burtchaell and Father Dunne had also passed away. Jeff reports that it was moving emotionally to stand in the cemetery and see so many members of the Holy Cross order buried there after having known them during our time as students. He also got to visit campus for commencement 2015 and heard Aaron Neville singing the Ave Maria in Notre Dame Stadium. He gives the performance a rave review. As you are aware, Chris Temple Davis does work with Habitat for Humanity. He reports that through the years, his team has raised $225,000 for this worthy cause, with more than 10 percent coming from graduates of Notre Dame, including the Class of ’83. Well done. A couple of class members have been involved with recent issues of Notre Dame Magazine. Daphne Baille wrote an article, and Michael Rigali and family were featured in an article. Both articles are wonderful reads, and I recommend them to you. Michele Dietz Chynoweth is on the book tour circuit with her new novel, The Runaway Prophet. While on the tour, Michele got to spend time in Tampa with her former roommate, Jean Gartland. Richard Temofeew spent St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago reminiscing about St. Patrick’s Day events during our time as students. Margaret (Greene) and Edward Ryan visited campus for the premiere of the documentary commemorating the 1916 Irish uprising. Be sure to join the Class Facebook page if you haven’t done so already. You’ll be able to reconnect with class members, get information on what everyone is doing and find a “sneak peek” of this column. Search “Notre Dame Class of 1983” and click “join.” Best wishes for a wonderful summer. Feel free to drop me a line with news you’d like to share with the class. — Louis J. (“Chip”) Denkovic; 520 West 43rd St., Apt. 32G, New York NY 10036; cell 917-399-8784; bus. 212-762-6674;

83MBA Class Secretary — John Hilbrich;


84 Lots of New News

My apologies that my column in the last issue was a repeat of the prior column, although the theme of Faith, Friendship and Love still describes our class. I’m not sure what the mix-up was, but here is some new news. I am continually amazed at all the generous activities our class participates in. Linda Legault Quinn was on campus to help the new ND Neuroscience Club lead their first ALS walk fundraiser, extending the annual walk her ND Club has been doing for seven years. Jamie Kimmel Eifert, Dan Walsh and Lynn Malooly came up with some great giving events on our class Facebook page. (If you’re not a part of this group, you are missing out.) Jamie rallied our classmates to donate to the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. Several classmates participated and sent pajamas, socks and other necessary items to the center. Dan suggested including the South Bend Veterans’ Center, which we did to support our vets. And Lynn suggested adding a well in the South Sudan, which is partially funded. Please check out the Facebook group for ways to help Andean Health and Dave Gaus as they work to help Ecuador recover from the devastating earthquake. Jill (McPartlin) ’84SMC and Ted Schwartz happily sent in news of the wedding of their daughter Lindsay ’11. Several classmates helped them celebrate: Dan Tortorelli, Jeff Rauh and Mike Kitz. Nancy (Scribner) Ruscheinski was named global chief operating officer for Zeno Group, a global communications company. She will oversee the growth, development and integration of Zeno’s global practices (consumer, health, technology and corporate), as well as several key functions including strategy and planning, creative, intellectual property, talent and the firm’s continuing education initiative known as Fearless U. Nancy and her family live in Chicago. Maureen Canavan wrote about a group of Farley women enjoying their first reunion, which took place in California. Emily (Burns) Roeder hosted Julie (Vormezeele) Dunn, Julie (Heinz) Montgomery, Joan (Feltes) Herrmann, Tina (Coin) Cunningham, Ellen (Beston) Harris, Sheila (Shunick) Burton, Anne Marie Kucera-Sablock and Maureen. Unfortunately, Ann (Berners) Lynn, Suzanne (Cushing) Bodevin and Cindy (Jett) Pilon were unable to join them, but were there in spirit. A great time was had by all as they explored Balboa Island and Huntington Beach, took a gondola ride, experienced Corgi day at the beach and enjoyed many laughs together. Please keep three families in your prayers as they mourn their losses: Karen Brownlee, Margie (Smith) Wrobel and Mark Kirkland. Karen passed away at home with her family at her side, Margie leaves behind a husband and two children, and Mark leaves behind a wife and three children. — Martha Avery;

84MBA Class Secretary — Tom Phillips;

bus 407-629-4420; fax 407-629-4480; mobile 407-580-8757;

84JD Class Secretary — Matthew J. Dunn;

19834 Timbered Estates Lane, Carlinville IL 62626; 773-294-6851;

85 Newly Elected

Congratulations to Brian Davis, who was elected to the Notre Dame Alumni Board. He will represent Region 9, which includes Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Brian lives in Akron OH and is president of Davis Wealth Management, LLC. He is a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) and the Cleveland Academy of Collaborative Professionals, where he has served as vice president. Brian is also a member of the Northeast Ohio Associated Builders and Contractors, where he serves on the continuing education committee. He was part of the leadership team that restarted the Notre Dame Club of Akron 10 years ago. He serves as president and a board member. Brian and his family are involved with Holy Martyrs Church, and he has served on the Hattie Larlham Legacy Advisory Committee. — Kathleen Doyle Yaninek;

85MBA Class Secretary — Dom Yocius;

85JD Kids No More

Some of our classmates had small kids while we were in law school, and guess what? Those small kids are all grown up. Kathy and John Heitkamp, who is general counsel at Old Republic International Corp., recently celebrated the marriage of their eldest son, Thomas, who is a sales manager at an Audi dealership in Jacksonville FL. Thomas has five siblings: Marie-Therese, who many may remember from our law school days, is a psychotherapist who does marriage and family therapy; Rachel, who was born just before our 1L, is married with three adorable sons; Margaret graduated from Northwestern Law School and is a first year associate in the litigation department at Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek in Milwaukee; Michael is with Liberty Mutual claims department; and Robert is graduating from Northern Illinois U this year with a business degree, enabling John and Kathy to enjoy the full "college dividend.” Kathy is a much-adored grandmother as well as a teacher at St. James the Apostle School in Glen Ellyn IL. Empty nesters John and Kathy moved into Chicago from the suburbs. Steve Dunn and his wife, Geri, had two boys while we were in law school: Paul and John. Paul is a shareholder and ferocious litigator at Howard & Howard in Royal Oak MI and a major in the Army JAG Corps. John, who was born when we were 3Ls and was baptized in the Log Chapel by Father Mike, is a fourth-year resident in orthopedics at Beaumont Army Medical Center and Texas Tech Hospital in El Paso TX and an active duty captain in the Army. The Dunns also have a daughter, Mary, who is a lawyer practicing health care law. And, they have eight grandkids. Steve’s firm in Troy MI focuses on foreign accounts compliance. Steve published a treatise on the subject, Foreign Accounts Compliance (Thomson Reuters 2016). The firm also handles civil forfeitures and estate planning. Joe Harraka didn’t have kids while we were in school, but he will have three in college this fall. His youngest son, Jake, just signed a letter of intent to run track at the U of Laverne in Southern California. Joe’s older son, Josh, will be a senior at Cornell engineering school, and his daughter, Mimi, transferred to USC as a sophomore. While visiting Mimi at USC, Joe and his wife, Amy, have enjoyed seeing Barb and Dave Scheper. Dave and Joe saw Kobe Bryant play one of his last home games at the Staples Center, and Mimi attended Dave’s lecture on closing arguments at USC Law School. Mimi is interested in law school, and Dave is doing his best to persuade her to go to ND. The Schepers and their fellow Californians, Denise and Walter Brown, met up with Tom Ajamie in New York City, where they attended a Kings at Rangers game, the Frick Collection, the 911 Museum and Hamilton (I’m so jealous) while freezing and eating (at Marea and Vaucluse) and shopping. Tom Lupo visited Michael Bruton and Molly Murphy at their lake house, which is just a short drive from campus. Tom and Michael took in the ND-Louisville hoops game. I enjoyed seeing Molly and Karen Kiley Toohill at a minireunion in San Diego, with Deb Hennigan Knapp joining us by FaceTime. Congratulations to Kim Kirn, who has been elected chair of the labor and employment section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Kim serves on the mediator and senior arbitrator panel at United States Arbitration & Mediation, the leading provider of mediation and arbitration services. It was great to hear from so many of you. Please continue to send me your news. — Kelly Kiernan Largey;

86 Let’s Get Together Again

As I type away to get this copy in to Notre Dame Magazine for the deadline, it is one month away from our 30th Reunion. The next column will have some great stories for sure. Remember that our 31st annual minireunion tailgater will be held at the Michigan State game on Sept. 17. This year we are going to locate behind Legends in the Stadium Lot. I was talking with Casey Newell ’85, and he told me the Class of ’85 is hosting their third annual minireunion tailgater that weekend as well. Since we know many of those folks, I thought we would saddle up next to them. They threw one heck of a party last year, and I thought we would show them how we have been doing it for the last three decades. All are welcome, and we hope you join the crew. I just got back from the Swools Annual, which was held in Nashville this year. In attendance were Patrick Conboy and Bryan Dedrick along with ’85ers and friends Chris Connor, Joe Frendo, Tim Grozier, Dan Hogan, Mark McNally, Casey Newell, Mike Perrini, Mike Quinn, David Suttle and Jerry Whooley. It’s not about the golf anymore, but we played two courses and spent a lot of time on Broadway in the evening. The Rainmaker made an appearance at Tootsies and lit the place on fire. Meanwhile on the Left Coast, a small group of ’86ers sent me a picture last night from their own minireunion in SoCal, saying they would be in South Bend with us in spirit. We send the good wishes back to Lev Chalelsky, Linda Gase, Susan Hamilton Brin, Peter McManus and Holly Becker. I learned that Linda just finished a three-year run as executive producer of Switched at Birth and is getting ready for her next gig. She was on campus in April as a guest lecturer for a film/TV class. Her old roommate Barb Hardin Powers drove in from Chicago, and they had a blast. Paul Anderson wrote to tell me that his daughter Charlotte was joining the ND class of 2016, along with Lon Huffman’s Hannah, Dave Stang’s Kristina and John Adam’s Becky. Martha Sommers is scheduled to depart for the Democratic Republic of Congo just after Reunion. She will be training Congolese doctors in family medicine at Institut Medical Chretien du Kasai and was sponsored by the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Take a minute and fire in an update. We hope to see you in September. Take care and God bless. — John Spatz; 201-264-2459;

86MBA 30 Years Out

How many of you have worked at the same organization since graduation? Dave Greiner is celebrating his 30th anniversary with Precision Packaging, a broker of industrial packaging in Grand Rapids. He founded Precision Label 22 years ago. Precision Label is a flexographic printer of tags and labels. It received an award from the Tag & Label Manufacturer’s Institute as the best managed label company in the US. Congratulations, Dave. He and his wife, Lisa, are anticipating being empty nesters this fall, with both of their kids attending college in Colorado. Grant is a senior at Durango, and Grace is a freshman in Boulder. Dave and Jim Conlin caught up in April and had a great time; Dave continues to ski and runs into Seth Mason at the local ski resort. Jeff Fiocci, Fred Arthur and Jim Mock are hosting a tailgater in the Joyce Lot for the Miami game. All are invited and welcome to join in the fun; I plan on being there, presuming I’m victorious in the ticket lottery. Dave Sobek is hoping to attend the Nevada and Duke games this year. He attended a two-sport ND double-header in February, watching the Irish lacrosse team play Georgetown in the season opener at Kennesaw State (just north of Atlanta), then traveling to Georgia Tech to see the Irish basketball team lose in a final second heartbreaker. — Maureen Decker; 21855 Town Gate, Macomb MI 48044; res 586-468-7713; bus 586-741-4305; mobile 586-817-1317;

86JD Class Secretary — Don Passenger;

180 Ottawa Ave., Ste. 1200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; 616-632-5704;

87 Freshmen, Graduates and Babies

Liza (McAndrews) and Mark Conces are thrilled to share that their son Andrew is joining the class of 2020. He will attend the Holy Cross Gateway program this fall. Sheila (Kanehann) ’87SMC and Brian Reilly are excited that their eldest daughter, Quinn, will be following brothers Jake ’16 and Matt to Notre Dame. Jake graduated in May with an electrical engineering degree and will be going into investment banking in Chicago. Matt will be a junior next year and is a computer science major. Quinn is a pre-admit to Mendoza. Dave Hennekes wrote to say that he and his family moved to Houston in 2015, and he works for the founder of Spark Energy. Congrats to Byron Spruell ’87, ’89MBA, vice chairman, central region marketplace leader and Chicago managing principal of Deloitte LLP, who was recently honored as one of the 2016 Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. The Savoy Top 100 is the definitive listing of African-American executives, influencers and achievers proactively impacting corporate America. Melanie Blodgett lives in Lancaster County PA with her husband, Barry, and teenage daughters, Arla Jean and Georgia. Melanie works for Perrotti Partners Wealth Management, LLC. Melonni (Erkins) Shields and her husband, Tom ’86, also live in Lancaster County, and Melanie sees them often. Congratulations to Jessie and David Zoretic, who had their first child, Zoe Natalie, born on Jan. 21. — Katherine Bull; 2 Johnny Mercer Blvd., Unit 407, Savannah GA 31410;

87MBA Class Secretary — Perry N. Dellelce;

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

87JD Class Secretary — Tim Borchers;


88 50th Reunions

While we still have a few decades before we’re eligible to join the 50 Year Club, there have been numerous gatherings of ’88 classmates to celebrate the fabulous 5-0 in the finest of company. Annie McGlinn-Work emailed that a contingent of Lyons girls met in New Orleans for a 50th birthday reunion. Sue (Mahoney) Welch, Adele (Kittredge) Murray, Monique (Hesburgh) Watts, Theresa (Kiolbasa) Campbell, Elizabeth (Kennedy) McCarty, Sheila (Kennedy) Brown, Mimi (Beretz) Miller, Molly (Crooks) McGee, Julie (Flaherty) Livingstone, Annie McGlinn-Work, Mary (Grimes) Trotter, Tracey (Heinbecker) Irving and adopted Lyonites Joanne (Marshall) Shea, Michele (Geary) Girgis, Colleen (Dowd) Kollman, Kathy (Goggins) James and Joelle (Bafile) Chapman managed to be in the same place at the same time. Annie added that with them in spirit were Nancy (Wehner) Kelly and Marilyn (Broderick) Dingens. Nancy stayed home to be with Bob for his 50th, while Marilyn was tending to Matt during his recuperation. Then, Lauren (Pillar) Trocano reached out to report that 12 members of the Badin herd gathered in Nashville for a weekend, dividing their time between honkey tonks and soul-drenching talks about life at the mid-century mark. Kathy (Goggin) James is a reading specialist with the Talawanda School District and is surrounded by her boys: husband Paul, a bio professor at Miami of Ohio; eldest son Sam; twins Will and Tom and adopted son Eric. All four sons are students at Miami. Mary Grace (Giorgio) Dyleski and Don love their new life in Bozeman MT, where, between ski runs, Mary Grace practices law as a remote partner with the Orlando firm Urban Thier & Federer. Jenny (Uber) Kincaid and Jay, with Josie, Liam, Frannie, Cecelia and Jude, enjoy life in Bloomington IN, where Jen is chief policy officer at IU. In Miami, FBI special agent Anne (Costello) Eddy is married to Chris and savors her role as the adorably protective mom of Megan and Ryan. Diane (Magill) Trammell and Eddie run a successful business, Stillwater Millwork, in Orlando and recently sent son Ryan off to Providence on an academic-swimming scholarship. Daughter Erin is swimming her way through high school. Jane (Blaha) Vitou sells real estate in Cleveland and enjoys an empty nest with Jim, as her OSU grads, Billy and Danny, have joined the workforce and her younger two, Jack and Michael, are off attending Miami of Ohio. In Phoenix, Monica Imbriaco works for Wells Fargo Advisors and has two children: Tara, a freshman at Santa Clara, and JD. Lindsay (Dodd) and Bill Gannon’s eldest, Caroline, is a sophomore at ND, with second-in-line, Liam, headed to ND this fall. Lindsay juggles the care of the younger three, Andrew, Finn and Seton, with a job at the town library in Madison NJ. Kelly (Gore) O’Brien lives in Arlington Heights IL with husband David and three kiddos: Aidan, 12, Kyle, 10, and Megan, 8. She volunteers at school and carpools kids all over town. Stephanie Iverson, husband Colin Mathews and sons Finn, 15, Beck, 13, and Conrad, 10, live in Lenox MA. Stephanie generously volunteers her time at school, teaches yoga and designs jewelry for her company, Iverson Studio. Check out her site,, as her pieces are beautifully crafted. Rochester NY is where Chris (Lum) and Shawn Coyle are raising their kids, Joe and Anna, and where Chris teaches English at the secondary and community college levels. Finally, Lauren Trocano just joined Comcast as director of employee communications and still calls Pittsburgh home with husband Jim and children Grace, 20, and Danny, 19, when they’re home from college. — Laurine Megna; PO Box 18138, Avon CO 81620; 970-390-9742;

88MBA Wine, Retirement, Grandchildren

Our classmate John Bargetto writes from sunny California, “Two of our three children are studying enology and interested in the family wine business, so dad is proud of that. They don’t yet know all the hard work ahead of them. Notre Dame chose one of our Chardonnays to be included in the Notre Dame Family Wines program later this year. We are still surviving in a very competitive wine industry, but I think I could use a refresher course on marketing.” Marc Kuestermann and I will meet in Miami to help the Missionary of Charity sisters, Mother Teresa’s order. Meg Lyons may drive to meet us there. Our original goal was Havana, but daily flights are not yet fully available. It was great to hear from Kendall Keech Hunsicker who writes, “My husband Ron and I have lived in Lancaster PA for 26 years. For the last 16, I have been the VP of Healthcare at Willow Valley Communities, a not-for-profit, very large, upscale retirement community in Lancaster. We have 500 healthcare beds, so it is like running a hospital in four different buildings. There are 2,300 residents who live at Willow Valley and we are one of the largest single-site retirement communities in the country. So, if anyone is in the market to move to a retirement community, I can tell you all about them. On a personal note, we have two grandchildren, ages 13 and 5, who live in Chicago. We wish they lived closer, but we travel to Chicago two or three times per year. We have not been back to South Bend for many years. One of these days, we will return to visit.” Please keep the updates coming. — Ron Linczer; 1251 N. Eddy St., Suite 300, South Bend, IN 46617; mobile 574-302-2832; bus 574-631-3591;

88JD Class Secretary — Lisa Marie Visingardi;

3389 12th St., Riverside CA 92501; bus 951-248-0315; res 789-6272;

89 Class Secretary — Noel Murtha DiNome;

89MBA Class Secretary — Maggie DeVoe;


89JD Class Secretary — Jenny O’Leary Smith;