class notes

1950s

50 Old School All the Way

Bill Donovan informed me that he has moved from Chatham Township NJ to 11 Hastings Road, Morris Plains NJ 07950. He also shared some happy news about a recent family event. “Our Donovan family was honored last December when Bayonne Municipal officials and VFW members dedicated a park in New York harbor, at the former Military Ocean Terminal, to my father, James J. Donovan. While Bayonne Mayor (1939-1943), he convinced the Navy to locate a Naval base in the Bayonne Harbor. A large group of Veterans of Foreign Wars was supportive of the dedication in honoring my father who was a WWI veteran and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery in 1918. It was a memorable event and, after all these years, a day that will live on with Donovan family descendants. Notre Dame was always special to Dad, with his two sons as graduates: James Donovan ’45 and myself.” Patrick A. Dougherty passed away in Minnesota on April 30 at age 90. He attended Notre Dame for one semester before enlisting in the Army in 1944 at age 18. He served as a captain and parachute infantry unit commander in the Philippines and Japan until 1947. Patrick then returned to Notre Dame and earned a mechanical engineering degree, marrying the former Frances Whitaker in 1948. She passed away in 1996. Here is an excerpt from the loving tribute from his family: “When Dad wasn’t hunting ducks (his one true passion), much of his time was spent using his engineering skills in his puttering at the family cabin on Whitefish Lake and force-feeding his kids canned peas, beans and corn pilfered from the office. Dad was old school all the way. He drank his Scotch straight. He cut our hair in the backyard. He was consistent with his expectations and in administering discipline when we deserved it. He was comfortable with guns, loved the outdoors, didn’t complain, opened doors for ladies, never cried, always bought Fords, had an opinion, served his country and volunteered at our church.” Patrick was survived by four children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. John Fredlake died on April 26 at the age of 90 in Parker CO. Jack lived in South Bend for 28 years, starting in 1933. Following service in the military, he completed a degree in mathematics. He married Lorraine Milewski on Aug. 26, 1950; she survives him. Jack was an engineer from 1961 to 1987 in Arizona and, after his retirement, enjoyed travel, camping, fishing, hiking, reading and working in his woodshop. He is survived by seven children, 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. John Hoff passed away in Milwaukee WI on May 31 at age 90. He served as a US Marine in WWII in the Pacific Theater before returning to ND to obtain his degree. He was married to the former Jeanne Hormuth for 64 years. For many years, John worked in the food and brokerage business, retiring in 1989. His obituary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, “John always exhilarated a love for people and food and never complained. Those who knew him knew that everything in this world was ‘terrific.’ Old ice men, (he would say), never die, they simply melt away.” John is survived by four children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Richard Mattson died on March 18 at the age of 91, also in Milwaukee. He served in the Army Air Forces during WWII and was an employee at AO Smith for 37 years. Dick was married to Betty Odahl for 66 years and is survived by three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. George Schlosser, the son of Robert Schlosser, wrote to me this summer to let me know that his dad passed away on Oct. 28, 2015, not Jan. 8, 2016, as I’d reported. I’m sorry about the mix-up. Keep the news coming. — Jim Coogan ’91; 6018 Oxpen Court, Apt. 101, Alexandria VA 22315; jcooganv@alumni.nd.edu

51 Travel Stories

Hi everybody. It does not seem possible that it has been six months since our Reunion in June. I mentioned last time that if I missed listing anybody in attendance to let me know. I did miss one person: Jerry Kerns of Portland OR. Sorry, Jerry. Jane and I spent an enjoyable week cruising the Columbia River in July. We met a young lady, Diane Kelly, a member of the staff of the ship. Diane is the granddaughter of Anne and Bill Longhi of Ashburn VA. Diane could not believe we knew her grandparents. Thanks to John Geragthy of Amelia Island FL for his very generous check for our Mass Fund. Also, thanks to Father John O’Brien of DePere WI for his very nice contribution. I received a note from Al Bailey, Ann Arbor MI. Al and Mary visited campus for the Duke game but also to participate along with the family of Tom Brennan, Aberdeen WA, in a memorial to Tom. He passed away in July 2015. They dedicated a memorial tree in Tom’s memory. Three of Tom’s sons are Domers. Gretchen, Tom’s wife, their sons, plus several other family members attended the ceremony. The tree is located at the north entrance to the library. Congratulations to the Brennan family and others for being part of this memorial. Thank you, Al and Mary, for letting me know. It was great hearing from Ray Jonardi, Lakeland FL. Ray says he doesn’t miss those Pittsburgh winters. He spends most of his time helping care for his wife, Diane, who is confined to a care facility. Good luck to Diane and Ray. Our bio this time is dedicated to Harv O’Neill, Mandeville LA. He and Mooney have been married 60 years. They have eight children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He spent 40 years in the agriculture chemical industry. Some of those years were spent handling joint ventures in Korea, Ireland, Brazil and Argentina. He had offices in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Paris. Harv and Mooney even spent some years in the states living in Louisville, Kansas City, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Vicksburg MS. Talk about moving around. Harv and Mooney had been everywhere before retiring in 1995, and settling in Mandeville. They planned to attend our 65th reunion when Mooney fell, fracturing her leg. All plans were cancelled. Next time, Mooney. Thank you, Harv, for this wonderful bio. Our latest book, Where Sleep the Makers of Notre Dame, is out. We have received some terrific reviews. I am certain that I am not alone in saying this football season has been disappointing. We may not get to see the Irish football team in a bowl game this year. I hope I am wrong. All of you take care of yourselves, and your loved ones. What you have been doing, others would like to know. See you next issue. — Jim Gillis; 3267 Rossmoor Pkwy., No. 4, Walnut Creek CA 94595; 925-932-6454; jimjanegillis@aol.com

52 Reunion Ready

With our 65th reunion just months away, plans are being finalized. We’ve been able to arrange a separate class dinner. Speakers include Lou Somogyi ’84, senior editor of Blue & Gold Illustrated, and Lou Nanni ’84, vice president for University Relations. To enroll, contact George Heidkamp and the Morris Inn (800-280-7265). Hats off to varsity basketball player Jack Neumayr. He achieved his master’s in philosophy while coaching our freshman team, and his PhD at Quebec’s Universite’ Laval. After teaching at Santa Clara, he joined other educators in establishing Thomas Aquinas College in California. Jack was its first dean and a member of its board of governors. The late Mike Perino served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam between 1965 and 1973, earning many commendations: Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star and three Distinguished Flying Crosses. Veteran’s Day enabled us to celebrate two heroes who fell in Korean combat: Bob Herlihy (Silver Star) and Bud Butler (Navy Cross). Bill Corbett reminds us that he went from jet pilot to the aviation staff at ND, ferrying academic and athletic staffers around the country. Rudy Unger, a 32-year reporter for the Chicago Tribune and the author of seven books, sent along a Tribune tribute to the late Judge Lou Garippo. According to the Tribune, “He taught character, and law, and life, and family, and everything else by example.” Dana Fitzpatrick was a Navy supply officer during the Korean War. His career involved the family business, a hardwood products manufacturer. He’s proud that he served as chairman of the industry’s trade association. Ron Wilder, following service in military finance, managed a family business in agricultural and industrial equipment. Early in his career, he served the Jaycees at local and national levels. After retirement, he participated in the local industrial development corporation and was cited as volunteer of the year. Gene Wagner credits Air Force training for his successful human resources career in Cleveland. He served a major electrical company and a bank, where as a vice president he focused on government compliance issues. Post retirement, he consulted in the outplacement field. Chuck Linsenmeyer served two years in the Coast Guard after receiving his degree in civil engineering. He then made a monumental career move, gaining his medical degree in orthopedics from the U of Michigan. He practiced in Saint Charles IL for more than 40 years. Carl Eiberger ’52, ’54JD says he’s nobody special, but his pro bono work as a champion for open space initiatives in Denver, and the symphony orchestra, say otherwise. His Notre Dame involvement included presidency of the Denver Club and receipt of the Michael McCafferty Award for service to our Law School. Tom Hampton served as chief engineer at GE and Pratt & Whitney, developing engines for military jets. Tom and Ed Sullivan hitchhiked to and from San Francisco in 1949 to accomplish their Navy cruise requirement. Saturday nights called for dinner at the home of Tom’s girlfriend and future wife, Edie. As a newly minted Air Force lieutenant, Bill Delaney hopped aboard an Austin-bound plane to attend the 1952 Texas game; we won 14-3. Through his relationship with Charlie Callahan ’38, ND’s sports information director, Bill gained access to an unused radio booth. The only other occupant was golfing great, Ben Hogan. Architecture grads Ray Bayless and Fred Pugliano recently revisited their earlier design projects. Ray’s work included distinctive homes on the North Shore of Massachusetts, while Fred designed a handsome residential community surrounding the Springfield IL Country Club. — Ron Zier; 164 Brewster Road, Wyckoff NJ 07481; 201-447-6667; ronaldirishguy@aol.com

53 Luncheon a Success

The well-planned and executed luncheon was again the happiest of times for those who attended, and lamentation for those unable to attend. Robert McMonigal ’85 spoke of his climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ray Smith spoke about his assessment of a long line of ND coaches and Larry Murray reported on his research that ours is the only college class holding annual reunions dating back to 1050, the date of the founding of the first university. Late in the afternoon of the luncheon, Larry was stricken with a heart attack, hospitalized and, at this writing, following a heart valve repair in Evanston, is on his way back to St. Louis. Tom Reedy was vigilant in acting as an ombudsman for Larry until his family assembled. Prayer has power. David O’Leary’s grandson Jacob, who resides in Chicago, attended the luncheon for the second year. He again commented to Dave, “Your friends acted just like they must have 65 years ago, with the joshing and jibes.” Good observation, which in part makes the luncheons so delightful. John Paritz and daughter Pam made the trip from South Bend, a first for Pam. Dick Perry, our Argentina classmate, was accompanied by his daughter Marina and her two daughters. Marina attended previous class functions, but it was the first for her teenaged daughters. Side note: Dick and Bill Maus will meet again for the USC game in California; West Coast games are a tradition for them. At the risk of overlooking some, other attendees included Matt Markert and son Chris, Dave Costigan and son Joe, John Clark and son Steven, Mike McNulty and son Joe, Charlie Manion and daughter Sharon, Paul Curtin and grandson Chris, and Chuck Stimming and daughter Mary. Dave Flynn, aka the Bionic Man, stayed with Bernie Hester, rather a “home and home” series. Dave resides in Columbia SC as does a Hester daughter. Bernie and Therese visit Dave and Paula annually on their route to Ft. Myers for the winter. Many other wonderful folks attended, but mentioning all is prohibited by column word limitations. John Fortino, a Mass Fund contributor, is headed for a heart valve repair, which he awaits with no trepidation. John Murray sent a contribution and reports a 60th wedding anniversary and that his Dillon Hall grandson is a very happy ND student. Ed Dugan called to visit, which hasn’t happened for a couple of years. Ed is fine and was checking on some ND rumors he had heard in New Jersey. John Dwyer, Hilton Head, experienced multiple downed trees in the recent storm. None broke through the roof but some scary “leanings” against the house occurred. Ralph Argen experienced minimal water damage from the same Hilton Head storm. I am optimistic about a “locals’ lunch” and Florida gathering, which should fuel more interesting class news. Since the last column, death notices have been received for Msgr. John Madden, John O’Conner, James Applegate, Richard Douglas, Lou Emerick, John Shay, Robert Schaefer and Henry McGann. Pray for them. An effort is made to include obituaries where retrievable online for publication in periodic emails to the class along with classmate news. If you are not receiving the class emails and wish to, communicate your current address to me for inclusion on the list. Information about your activities and donations are always welcome. — Jerry Mulvihill; 60413 Sumption Trail, South Bend IN 46614; res 574-287-3460; domerhill@aol.com

53JD Class Secretary — Bob Berry;

5806 Spaulding St., Omaha NE 68104; 402-457-4142; yokeemup@aol.com

54 Technology

Your class officers would like to improve communications. There are four basic ways. First is our class column, which occurs four times a year. My deadlines are Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 1. Second is a blanket email from your class officers. Recently you should have received from Gene Henry an email of the minutes from a meeting Sept. 9. Please let me know if you did not receive. We now have only have 183 email addresses, so we would like those who have email to send email addresses to our web master, Hugh Haggerty at hugh@hahaggerty.com. Third is our class web site, 1954.undclass.org. You can always ask your grandchild to check. Fourth is snail mail, which is very expensive. With a record of 2-4 currently, just think of the money you will save on tickets and the travel associated with going to a bowl game. Think of the additional monies you can donate to Notre Dame. In our last column I mentioned my hip surgery and handicap seating. Notre Dame has seven handicap seating areas. The location is above the lower level and below the upper level. You and your caregiver take an elevator to that level and then proceed to the section where your seats are. If you are using a wheelchair you can sit in it or a separate chair the usher will get for you. To get more information, including ticket exchange for two tickets and handicap parking, call 574-631-7356. It is rumored that the senior game in 2017 is against Miami of Ohio on Sept. 30. Thus far I am telling the ticket folks that the class of ’54 would like 16 tickets for that game based on input from our class. Tom Campbell, Dick Ehr, Mike Celeste, Brenda Finney, Jerry Kiefer, Herman Kriegshaher and me had a mini-reunion prior to the Nevada game. Please remember that Tom has a tailgate location prior to all home games. I received a note from Tony Garruto telling me that he and his wife Peg met Jane and Dick Gobbie in July in Atlantic City to celebrate the two couples’ wedding anniversary of June 22, 1957. Please make an effort to attend Mass on Feb. 23 for our deceased brothers and seriously ill classmates and their spouses. Please let me know if this results in a gathering of others from our class and if so who was there. Please also remember that a class Mass is being celebrated on that date at Notre Dame in the Basilica. It is not too early to begin thinking of Reunion 2017 plans. Reunion dates are from June 2-4, but Tom and Charlie Allen will be making dinner reservations for our class dinner June 1, 2017. They will also make arrangements to get us a reservation in Duncan Hall for our fellowship gathering. Reservations are not required by Notre Dame for our gathering. In my previous issues, I have ended up listing obituaries. Hugh Haggerty has been working with Notre Dame in an effort to make sure our information is correct. As of Oct. 19, we have lost 537 from a class of 1038. I will not show a list for this issue but I will resume this practice in my spring column. Please contact Hugh or me if you want to know about a classmate alive or deceased. — George Koch; 4758 Curtis Lane, Clarkston MI 48364; 248-623-0973; kocgnl@yahoo.com

54JD Class Secretary — Carl Eiberger;

14330 Fairview Lane, Golden CO 80401; 303-278-0707; carleiberger@comcast.net

55 Diocese Honors Peters

Catholic Charities of San Diego presented its annual Matthew 23 Award to Maureen and Carl Peters, who, through their compassionate service, exemplify Christ’s ministry for those in need. Both have overcome major medical problems while making tremendous contributions to their parish and diocese. (Carl had a long siege of serious blood problems.) US Catholic Bishops met at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame, recently endowed with $15 million dollars by Joan and Bob McGrath. Pat Kearns will host a Desert Fling lunch at the Esmeralda Hotel in Indian Wells on Feb. 7, while the Florida committee is arranging its Florida Fling lunch on Feb. 16 at the Bonita Bay Club. The Brother Donald Becker Fund quarterbacked by Tom Schreitmueller has reached the $100,000 mark in its three-year plan to finance a new youth hostel at the Holy Cross Mission in Bangladesh as a way to honor the humble life of our classmate who worked there his entire life. To donate, write and send a check to Holy Cross Mission Center, PO Box 543, Notre Dame, IN 46556, marking it for the Brother Becker Fund. Max Stewart’s Warm the Children Project is in full winter swing. Leo Callaghan reports that by the grace of God, Hurricane Matthew missed St. Francis Xavier’s buildings in Haiti, although there was damage to parishioners’ homes. Sharen and Joe Mayer are departing on an exciting 45-day trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. It is always good to get a postcard from another of our world travelers; Al Cowles checked in from Iceland. Sponsor Jont Tyson and past Alumni Association presidents Tom Magill and Joe McGlynn were proud to pose with Marty Marhart at the Corby Award Dinner. Leon Ring reports that John Burgee will oversee the restoration of the Old Mission Chapel in Santa Barbara. Lee Crean enjoyed lunch with Jeanne and Dave Scheele, who embarked on a Mississippi River cruise from New Orleans. They spent an entire day at the National World War II Museum, where Lee serves as a guide. Joanne and Pat Kearns headed to the Villages in Florida to see their daughter and son-in-law before boarding the Harmony of the Sea for a weeklong Caribbean cruise. Earlier they visited Pat’s old roomie, John Nemetz, who guided them around San Antonio and Austin. Kathy and Dick Mueller said the highlight of their year was an eight-day National Geographic river cruise on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Father Jim Blantz continues to donate all his earnings from his magic shows back to missions in Uganda and Bangladesh. Jack Battel enjoyed the movie Sully, but it recalled the time a wild turkey flew into one of his kid’s airplanes. After a week of heavy-duty radiation for prostate cancer, John Lochtefeld spent the summer painting and running his studio on Nantucket. Thankfully, the treatments and the studio went well. The Hugh Schaefer Memorial Golf Tournament will be held March 23 at The Highlands Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Arizona, according to Hugh’s widow, Angela. Hugh started a nine-hole group and then spearheaded the creation of a short game practice area. Jerry Groark nailed a hole-in-one in Arizona. After attending the Nevada game, Don Gels admitted that it’s “getting tougher to climb to the top row of a stadium.” Abby and Bob Moore, who have seven sons and one daughter, celebrated their 60th anniversary on Sept. 29. Bob is delighted that the Cubbies and Indians are playing in the World Series. Bob sang with other alums who attended the ND Glee Club concert in Philadelphia. Cubs fan Father Joe O’Donnell suffered during their comeback effort. Eleanor and Carroll Dowden celebrated their 60th at Sandy Lane in Barbados, followed by a week at their Florida home. Carroll added, “Thanksgiving was spent in New Jersey with family and a bottle of Chateau d’Yquem.” Pete Campbell got rained out of the North Carolina State game, which was played just three miles from his house. Paul “Birdman’’ Cardinal of San Francisco sent congratulations after the Cubbies eliminated the Giants. Frank Lynch is very excited in following the exploits of three granddaughters, all of whom are outstanding students and athletes. One was named All-European Goalie in women’s lacrosse after being allowed to play for Spain because of her grandmother’s heritage. Tom Magill attended an ACE Program at a diocesan grade school, and was very impressed. He urges classmates who have an opportunity to get involved with ACE in their communities. Jim Porcari says he hasn’t played golf since knee replacement surgery, which was followed by 10 weeks in a hip-to-ankle cast that wasn’t removed until May. Jim says his Aquinas High School in Rochester has been a great football feeder for ND: Frank Varrichione, Jack Lee and now Jarron Jones. Al Nardine had a long weekend with daughter Leslie for the Texas game, and wasn’t too happy with the result. John Hamilton says Chuck Doherty is back on the links after rehab. Rick Hicks recommends Life Extension magazine and products to classmates who want to stay healthy and live better without prescription medications. After a round of chemo treatments for lung cancer, Brian Gaffney is dealing with COPD. When David Russell died, Gaffney remembered that he had a legal matter with Russell 30 years ago and they ended up playing Monopoly! Brian is also excited about having a granddaughter at ND. After reading about Jerry Hughes’ problem with ND being mistaken for North Dakota State, Don Yeckel wrote that many years ago he was shocked to find that und.edu is the website of the U of North Dakota. Emmet Root had dinner with Cardinal-elect Blaise Cupich in Chicago on his way to ND to see his grandson and take in the Miami game. Larry Buckley’s grandson, Colin Babcock (former Class Scholar), won the Lake Tahoe swim relay. I enjoyed having Sue and Dick Beeman stop by. Walt Langford wrote that Greg McCormick, who was attacked by some thugs, is progressing slowly. The staples and stitches have been removed from his head but he is on his third cast that is slow to heal. Then he needed surgery on his leg for a vein problem and that will take six months to clear up. Pray that South Bend’s gremlins don’t destroy this column like they did the last one. Let’s keep the prayers coming for all of our sick and wounded. Memorial Masses have been arranged for Gordon Goetemann, Max Herrli, Bob Hinderscheid, Dick Capka, Cathy Kelly, Jim Kelly’s wife, and Jeremy Weithers, son of John Weithers. — Paul Fullmer; 87 Heatherdowns Lane, Galena IL 61036; 815-777-2008; psfullmer@gmail.com

55JD Class Secretary — John Coyne;

john.coyne@abm.com

56 60th a Huge Success

The follow-up to our spectacular 60th reunion seems unending. Father Bob Pelton, CSC, had recently celebrated his 95th birthday, and was pleased to concelebrate the all-class Mass on Saturday afternoon. Planning the liturgy with Father Bob was Deacon Jim Revord. The ’56 class Mass was very well attended on Sunday morning. Dick Yeager has posted many of the highlights of the reunion on our website: nd56.org. You will especially enjoy the verse that was written and presented by Bob McKenty and Jerry Pottebaum. Copies of Jerry Massey’s memories of visits with Father Ted are available. Reunion chairman and class president Gordon DiRenzo arranged for classmates to obtain a DVD with appropriate musical background of virtually all the attendees and events. The DVDs sold quickly, but there remain four copies that you may obtain for $10 including secured shipping. Send cash or check to me at my address below. Writers in the ND ’56 family were heard from.* Tom Cagle*y published a wonderful love story born of the Holocaust, one that he put to life in September, with the cast of characters he had lived with for so long. Even the Day of My Wedding is available at Amazon. A love story also, John Raub wrote a little something he wished to share with us; he is unable to send or receive correspondence at this time. He wrote it for their 15th wedding anniversary on Sept. 25, 2016. I think it’s fair to identify it as a 1,500-word love story for his wife, Ann. I would be glad to share a copy. Dr. David Landry, president of U of Holy Cross in New Orleans, provided a report on the continuing growth of two endowed scholarships created under the counsel of classmate and then-president Father Tom Chambers, CSC. The balance for each as of June 30, 2016 is $150,051.05 and $138,177.10. Father Chambers, although retired from the University, includes many visits to University events. The Sept. 26, issue of the Buffalo Law Journal cites* Edward Cosgrove*, trial attorney and managing partner of the Cosgrove Law Firm, was selected one of the top 10 in western New York for the third consecutive year (this is the third year it has been awarded). Class treasurer Ed Cosgrove urges sending him $25 or more, for our class operating fund: E.C. Cosgrove, Cosgrove Law Firm, 525 Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY 14202. Do you know a classmate for the full care attention of ND ’56? Here are the deaths in the ’56 family since the last issue. James Robert “Bob” Costello died Oct. 16 in Hugo MN. He is survived by his wife, Lyn, three children and 13 grandchildren. Contact Lyn Costello, 4853 Europa Trail N, Hugo MN 55038. Robert Keith Miller died from COPD July 4 in Glen Allen VA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, in 2010. He received his BS in civil engineering from Notre Dame and an MS in management. He was a captain in the Navy and is by survived five children and 17 grandchildren. Contact the family through Dr. Michael Miller ’88, 227 Apples Church Road, Thurmont MD 21788. Frank Alan Dwan MD died on Sept. 1. Vincent Lewis Sheeran died Sept. 6 in Clarkston MI. He was the husband of Judith, father of Dawn and grandfather of two lads. Burial was in Great Lakes National Cemetery. Contact Judith Sheeran, 7191 Bluewater Drive, Clarkston MI 48348. James Mark Olin died Aug. 24 in Bloomfield Hills MI. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, four daughters (three varsity cheerleaders at Notre Dame) and 10 grandchildren. He worked for 48 years as an investment advisor and broker. He was a Navy officer for three years, and in the Naval Reserves until 1966. Thomas K. McCluhan died in Ohio Township PA on Aug. 23. He is survived by his widow, Suzanne McCluhan, four children and 11 grandchildren. He received his BS in metallurgical engineering. Contact Suzanne McCluhan, 101 Buckskin Court, Sewickley PA 15143. John E. “Jack” Gallagher died Aug. 2 in West Des Moines IA. He is survived by four children and five grandchildren. Family contact: Anne Baumhover, 300 W. 41st St., West Des Moines IA.* James B. Clarke Jr.* lost his battle with Alzheimer’s and died in Summit NJ. He is survived by his wife, Bonny, 11 children and eight grandchildren. Contact the family at 57 Portland Road, Summit NJ 07901. Retired Col. John F. Weeks of Sandusky OH died on July 29. He received a Purple Heart and retired as a full colonel in 1981. He was director of the Ohio Veterans Home. He was a deacon in his parish and had many duties serving military veterans. Carlos A. Chambonnet died in Panama on July 20. He was a foreign marketing major and a member of the Propeller Club. He is survived by his wife, Rosario. He founded his own insurance brokerage firm, and was a leader in many civic organizations. Mass will be celebrated on campus for each of these men; may their souls rest in peace. We all share the loss of Bernie Van Etten’s brother, Jack. Jack was much younger, and Bernie had a special relationship with the lad. Also, we remember Jim Kinnane ’57, who started with us in ’52. His wife Lynn died this fall. Keep warm or come visit us in the So Cal sand. — John F. Manion; 78402 Silver Sage Drive, Palm Desert CA 92211-1348; 760-772-6056; johndomer56@verizon.net

56JD Class Secretary — Lauren Sharkey ’08;

330 N. Wabash, Suite 2800, Chicago IL 60611; 703-927-2089; lksharkey@gmail.com

57 Prayers Requested

There seems to be an unusual number of classmates who have requested our prayers. Tony Yurchak is suffering from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung. Paul Tritschler has pancreatic cancer. Remember him and his wife, Joyce, during this ordeal. Also, Dick Dunley has requested our prayers, as has Tom Hilligan who is undergoing surgery. His wife, Pam, wrote us with this news. Dick Brennan asked to be on our prayer list. Jim Fees, who lives in Spain, is undergoing medical treatment in Belgium. Please keep them in your prayers. Passing on since our last column was Lt. Col. Albert M. P. Porter Jr. Al lettered three years in track and was survived by his wife, Jill, and three children. Al lived in North Dartmouth MA. This news came from Joseph “Joe” Panzerella who also wrote that James “Jim” Harris passed away several years ago. Bob Riley died recently and is survived by his wife, Rona, whom you may contact at 30 Bene Barque Road, Chilmark MA 02575. On Dec. 16, 2015, Mel Bello died, leaving his wife, May. Contact her at 2076 W.233rd St., Torrence CA 90501. For more pleasant news, 22-23 came to our mini-reunion before the Nevada game. Many were unable to be there as they cannot ambulate around the campus and the stadium. Some came just for the lunch, which was outstanding, thanks to Paul Byron. This included Father John Smyth, and Mary and K.J. Phelan. Some of those who stayed for the game (we won for a change) were Annette and George Strake, Joan and Bill McGowan, Joan and Bill Newhouse, Bob Eckland, Mary Beth O’Brien and daughter Connie, Cindy and Paul Byron, Bob Griffin and Mary and me. Mark Watson Jr. wrote to extend an invitation to classmates who came to the Army game, as did Moore McDonough. I hope some of you made it to San Antonio and took them up on their Texas hospitality. Dr. Jim Eggers wrote of a gathering at St. Ed’s High School where Phil Donohue was the guest speaker. Attending were Phil Heil, Jack Hogan, Peg and Tom Corrigan and Jim’s wife, Joan. Our beloved scribe, Tom Schriber, in a letter to Bob Griffin, spoke of his retirement from the U of Michigan MBA faculty as the first in the business school to serve more than 50 years. Incidentally, if you are not receiving our Class of ’57 emails, write to Tom at schriber@umich.com and he will walk you through it. I hope we can all make it for our 60th reunion in June. And, don’t forget to smell those roses, while you still can. Peace. — John A. Slevin; 6123 Mandalay Drive, Peoria IL 61614; 309-453-8986; jaslevin@sbcglobal.net

57JD Class Secretary — Thomas S. Calder;

513-271-0560; thomas.calder@dinslaw.com

58 Remembering Classmates

With regret, we begin with the passing of three classmates.* James J. Dunnigan Jr.* of Phoenix died on Aug. 22. After graduation, Jim became a racetrack executive, working in a variety of executive positions at tracks throughout the country before shifting his career to public relations in baseball. He spent a number of years employed in the New York Yankee organization under the late George Steinbrenner. He is survived by his brother, Edward Dunnigan, sister in-law Susan Dunnigan and several nieces and nephews. Dick Alfaro died on Aug. 8 according to news forwarded by his ND roommate, Carl Boznanski. Dick and his wife, Carol, resided in Napa CA. Robert Schreiner died on Sept. 8, in Las Vegas. He is survived by his wife, Grace. According to Richard Kwak, who forwarded the news of Bob’s passing, Bob sold insurance after joining Sun Life of Canada following graduation from ND. He was a Benedictine Oblate and through the years donated over 100,000 religious pamphlets pertaining to Divine Mercy and St. Maria Faustina that were distributed to parish churches throughout the country. Eternal rest grant unto them, oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. Congratulations to our class president, Rev. Don McNeill, CSC, who celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on May 27 at a jubilee Mass concelebrated by Father Don and a group of fellow jubilarians in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at ND. I was pleased to be able to attend, as was our class VP, Jim “Hoot” Walsh. In closing, here is a promotional announcement from J. Patrick Doherty: “Calling all ’58ers. It’s time to lock up plans for our annual luncheon in Naples FL, Friday, March 3, at Tiburon Golf Club (Sydney’s Pub). If you reside or winter in southwest Florida or are within driving distance, it’s a great chance to catch up with 30-40 fellow grads. It is strictly for guys and private for 1958 ND grads. Cost is $30. The club needs a head count and Fred Booth is tracking attendance at 941-243-3569 or fredbooth3@gmail.com. In addition to Fred, your committee includes Dave Immonen, Jim Indiveri, Roy Williams, Bill Geary, John Higgins and Pat Doherty.” Final note: I have attended the luncheon the past three years and have enjoyed it immensely. — Arthur L. Roule Jr.; 3725 W. Waverly Road, La Porte IN 46350; alroule@yahoo.com

58JD Class Secretary — John F. Murray;

2036 Cheltenham Court, Woodbridge VA 22192; 703-494-2482; jonnel662@verizon.net

59 Families and Blessings

We have been blessed in many ways over the years and I am sure families would be at the top of most lists. I would like to share with you an interesting family connected to our class. Marty Deignan was one of the last physical education grads from ND. He returned to Wisconsin to teach. After 35 years, he retired to Madison and lives in a retirement community and is still teaching exercise classes. Marty and his wife, who passed away in 1986, had 10 children who are married with 48 grandchildren, six of whom are great-grandchildren. They now total 75 as a family. There are 24 teachers in the clan. Marty stays active with downhill skiing, tennis, inline skating and hiking. Great job, Marty. The class has another legacy with Jack Benchik, who lives in South Bend. He has a son Ted ’88 and grandson Jack Osborne, class of 2020. Their uniqueness is that they have all played tuba in the marching band. Joe Marrone reported in from northern Virginia. He had contact with Jack Fox, a retired pathologist who worked at the Mayo Clinic. Jack said we had over 100 pre-meds in our freshman class. Jim Hilliard, a lawyer in Chicago, is still working as an usher at ND Stadium. He is in Section 2 for all home games. This year, he joined the game management team, which on Friday and Saturday before the games helps those who are around campus. John Elder and Elaine Gay live in the Woodlands TX. They have been blessed with seven children, including three ND grads in classes of ’85, ’86 and ’90, 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild. John was diagnosed seven years ago with two neurological diseases (CIDP and PLS). He communicates with the iPad. We will pray for you, John. Jerry Halloran is still in South Bend, where he hosts one of the biggest kids’ Halloween parties in the area. Somehow Jim Coorssen has started following on “class memories” and “class barbers” popped up. There could be more but the following surfaced: Julio Sparacino, Tim O’Brien of New York, Tom McHale and Harry Ryan of Ashburn VA. Vince Naimoli of Tampa and Jack Remick of Rochester MN are working as advisors to Engineering Dean Peter Kilpartrick on the construction of McCourtney Hall for molecular science and engineering. Mary and Mike Phenner live in a retirement community, the Mather, in Evanston IL. A core group of Joe Mulligan, Bob Daily, John Hayward, Julie Gleixner, Ralph Danglemaier and I hosted a mini-reunion tailgate for the Duke game. There were about 50 of us at the Ivy Court and no one got arrested. The Miami of Ohio game on Sept. 30 has been proposed for 2017.* Jack McGrath* reported in from Sanibel FL where he splits time with Cleveland. He has been blessed with two college athletes, a grandson who was an academic All-American football player at Johns Hopkins and a granddaughter who will play basketball at Yale this coming year. Please pray for the following: Carol Berdick, wife of Jack Burdick, who passed away April 26, Clinton NY; Linda Kay MacIntyre, wife of Bruce MacIntyre, who passed away Oct. 15, Billing MT; Jack Hughes who passed away Oct. 26, Chicago; Sue Walsh, wife of Chris Walsh, who passed away Oct. 25, Grosse Pointe MI; Al Myers, who passed away June 1, Long Boat Key FL; and Dave Farrell, who passed away Sept. 18, Reston VA. Please visit websites for FaithND at faith.nd.edu and the senior alumni at ndsenioralumni.org. Please send information. Peace and good health. — Jim Keegan; 1401 Clinton St., Wilmington DE 19806; 302-429-0545; keeganjm@dca.net

59JD Class Secretary — William J. Harte;

wharte@williamharteld.com