class notes

1960s

60 It’s a Wonderful Life

Dee Stevenson writes, “For those of you who have been holding your breath waiting for this news, here it is. This summer, I walked into the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters and announced that I had just finished hiking the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail. One more item checked off the bucket list.” Bobby Williams replied to Dee by saying, “Congrats. Having witnessed your tenacity through high school, the thought never occurred to me that you wouldn’t finish what you started. Good job, Dee.” An email from Sally Bennett was lost for a couple years in the ND system. She said, “I am requesting prayers for Bill Bennett. He had two brain surgeries and finally got to rehab. It is going to be a long recovery process.” A recent follow-up note from Bill says, “Thanks to all for the prayers. I was released from rehab on April 5 and am about back to normal. I am able to wear my contact lenses so my sight is back to normal and I am back to serving weekday Masses. I need to do my exercises more frequently and build up the strength in my arms.” Bill Boland says, “*Bill Buonaccorsi* and I had lunch in Columbia MD with Robert ‘Beck’ Beckerle. Bob lost his wife Genie after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s. Bob is still active on the tennis court after 13 operations through the years. Bill Buonaccorsi is trying to master golf after two new hips. While in Bethany Beach MD, we had dinner with Jean and Jim Driscoll. They come north from their Naples home and summer in Maryland. I think Maryland has been hotter than Florida.” Howard Foley has been tracking the value and transactions of our class scholarship fund and as Howard heard from the Development office, “the transfer is confirmed. … the University manages the unitized pool on a quarterly basis, therefore any transfer of funds into the endowed account between Oct. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015 will receive earnings for the entire quarter. $804,777 has been transferred into the scholarship account, which completes Dick [Corbett]’s matching pledge agreement to the Class of 1960 Scholarship Endowment Fund.” From Steve Barry: “The Sept. 17 Michigan State game provided a dual forum for the always excellent President Bill Killilea: Morris Park Country Club mini-reunion dinner for 50-plus, and a beautiful memorial service and luncheon for departed classmate and former assistant Notre Dame football coach Dave Hurd. Some 35 or so classmates, family and friends attended. To paraphrase the great Lou Holtz, ‘for those who knew Dave Hurd, no description is necessary. For those who did not know him, no description would be sufficient.’ Dave’s memorial, orchestrated magnificently by his widow Kythryn, with assistance from Bob Pietrzak and Joe Jansen, commenced with a memorial Mass in the Log Chapel, followed by a luncheon in McKenna Hall, with some industrial-strength Bill McMurtrie Bloody Marys and an inspiring video produced by Dave’s son Andrew, with help from Kythryn and Aunt Karen, which allowed the attendees to share in the memories of Dave’s rich life. There is a saying I particularly admire: ‘life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.’ Dave proved to be a hell of a dancer.” Keep those cards and letters rolling in. — Joseph F. Jansen; 9190 Southmont Cove, No.103, Ft. Myers FL 33908; 239-461-0980; cell 317-514-4478; jfjansen@aol.com

60JD Class Secretary — John DiNardo;

512-264-2027; johnadinardo.58@gmail.com

61 Who Would Have Thought

The Alumni Association in April announced the 2016 recipients of three of its major awards. Just guess who showed up? Our own Chris Lund. He has been awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award, which is given each spring to a volunteer leader who consistently goes above and beyond in support of his club, class or group and ND’s alumni and friends. He is being recognized for his decades of support for the ND alumni, parents, etc. in Latin America, helping to implement NDs international efforts. Two decades after we graduated, Chris was married to wife Sue and working in Brazil. Father Hesburgh was coming to visit grads living in Latin America in search of support for ND international initiatives. They picked Chris, who was the only undergraduate living in Brazil at the time. Chris has organized many visits to Brazil by ND officials and has worked closely with enrollment to boost the number of students from Brazil. In 2015, a record number of applications, 67, were received from Brazil for the class of 2020. He founded and served as the first president of the ND Club of Brazil. He has remained a tireless advocate for the Alumni Association’s international outreach efforts. Then I heard from Jay Gallagher, saying he is a “first time writer, long time reader” of Class Notes. After four years with the IRS, he joined the law firm McKenna Long and Aldridge where he stayed for 45 years. In 1980, he moved to Los Angeles. A change in direction for MLA caused LA to break off and now is Winthrop Shaw and Pittman, where he now practices. He says he stays in touch with roommate Pete Reilly and joins Ray Reilly, who heads up a group of former Marines including Pete Schipa, Nick Ferlazzo, Rocky Ryan, George Brennan and Bill Wiest who return to the campus annually for a football game. He has prospered in LA and has five children and seven grandchildren, all of whom are off the dole. I was blessed with a condolence letter from Jim Lefere. He writes that at least twice a year he sees Dave Hipp, Bill Wetzel, Dick Kaufman and Dave Wochner. He went to Europe with the Hipps, Wetzels and Wochners in 2014, and the Kaufmans came to visit in Paris. He sent me a 1960 religious bulletin which he ordered me to return to him, which I dutifully did by return mail in the stamped self-addressed envelope provided. Joe Libby, who is the closest thing we have to Bob Hope on the golf course, said he played in an invitational charity golf match sponsored by Congressman Tom Emmer, who was the son of our classmate Eagle Emmer. From our website I am advised that we have lost Air Force Col. John L. Ruppel, Theodore A. Romanowski, William M. Champion, Thomas Patrick Ryan, Guy D. Powers and Mike Connolly. In addition I was advised that Tom Paulick’s wife has died. Please pray for their souls and for their families. For the finale, I am being honored by St. Joseph High School, which I attended from second grade to 12th grade. Don’t ask me why they called it St. J High School in the second grade. Ask the Society of Mary. For the first time they are creating a hall of honor, honoring alumni who have served the school after graduation. I am one of four inductees in the first group. I served 23 years on the board of directors, and was president for eight of those years. But then, they are also creating an Athletic Hall of Honor, and one of the first entries is the 1956 basketball team that won the state championship that year. I was a junior on that team, and my role consisted of going in about two minutes after the first tipoff (remember it was 1956) and drawing two or three fouls on the defensive man who guarded our all-state right forward, Dan Sitterle. I humbly admit I could do it but sat out quite a bit of the game while Dan took advantage of his foul-ridden defender. That’s about it for this column. Our next deadline is Feb. 1, 2017. Please know that Abbie has the latchstring out for you when you pass through South Texas. Y’all come ya hear. — Joseph P. (Pat) Kelly; 2103 N. Wheeler St., Victoria TX 77901; 361-573-9982; jpkellytx@sbcglogal.net

61JD Class Secretary — John N. Moreland;

jnmnd1958@aol.com

62 Soccer Stardom

Joe Echelle was formally recognized by the University during the MSU weekend as having introduced soccer to ND and also being one of the prime movers in the development of professional soccer in the United States. He was presented the Harvey G. Foster Award at the trustees’ dinner. The award is given annually by the Alumni Association to an alumnus who has “distinguished himself or herself through civic or University activities.” Also attending the dinner were Lou Schirano, Jim Fitzgibbon, Larry Soletti, Lynn and John Studebaker and Gwen and Jim Creagan. Preceding Joe as recipients of this award were Bob Bennett and Nick Buoniconti. No other class has had such recognition. During the weekend, Joe appeared on Jack Swarbrick’s TV show, spoke to the soccer team and kicked the ceremonial first ball at the soccer match as ND went on to beat Syracuse. Joe was a refugee of WWII, coming to the United State via Yugoslavia and Austria, as his family kept one step ahead of the Nazis and the Russians. Freshman year, Joe started a pick-up team, which by our senior year had become a club sport. After graduation, Joe went into the service and was assigned to a base that had a football team where he kicked extra points and field goals soccer style. Upon discharge, Houston signed him, but he lost out to George Blanda. He then had a tryout with Cleveland but was unable to dislodge Lou Groza. Joe later was general manager for a professional soccer team and now has a consulting company concentrating on sports franchise management. A good crowd turned out for the mini-reunion that included a dinner at the Morris Park Country Club arranged by Lou, and the last formal class tailgate at light pole 4, hosted by Patti and Angelo Dabiero. Angelo was presented with a number 44 game jersey so everyone would know who he was. Attending one or both of the events were Bill Snyder, John Pugliese, John Beall, Ginny and George Mammola, Arlene and Dave Bertrand, Sally and Ben Aspero and Maury DeWald. Special guests were Denny Strojny’s wife Gay, their daughter Heidi and granddaughter Darby, who is a sophomore at ND. Others included Elke and Carmen Belefonte, Tony Casale, Jack Regan, Gerry and Joe Hilliard, John Lewis, Tom Jorling and George Williams. Karen and Fred Triem came in from Alaska to join with Barb and Dave Scalise, Lynn and John Studebaker, Frank Dunham, Judy and Dave Eckrich, Jim Pottmyer, Nancy and Tim Dunn, Faust Capobianco, Sarah and Mike Hanley and Barbara and John Glynn. Cory and Bill Bine made it back for the first time since graduation. Dr. Bob Lee also attended. He has retired after delivering 10,000 babies, with 100 or so being the babies of previously delivered babies. As a sign that some of us may be starting to look old, John Beall noted, “During the day on campus, John Pugliese and I were asked at least six times by golf cart drivers if we wanted a ride.” Planning is underway for our 55th. Our goal is to have at least 150 members of the class attending, and at this writing, we are well on our way to meeting it. Included in the plans are a golf tournament on Thursday, and an off-site dinner Thursday evening, plus a couple of additional events that are still being developed. Please, if you have not already done so, let us know now if you plan on attending. James M. Lowe, who had been one of our missing, passed away on Sept.12 in Georgia. — Raymond Raedy; 5310 Rileys Ridge Road, Hillsborough NC 27278; 919-967-8816; nd62secy@medicinemanremedies.com

62JD Class Secretary — Paul K. Rooney;

1209 Oakmont Drive, No. 2, Walnut Creek CA 94595; rooneypaul12@gmail.com

63 The Fun We Shared

Paul Kelly, remembered as “sandwich man” in Walsh and Dillon as well as Grand Poobah of the K of C, celebrated 25 years on the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver. Paul is the senior active judge. Paul and Ruth reside in Santa Fe NM, where he has chambers. Paul writes: “Ruth and I, married 52 years, have five children, four of whom are ND grads. Three of our 13 grandchildren are Domers, so far. We spend most of the summer on our boat at the end of Long Island and find our way to Block Island, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Martha’s Vineyard.” Philip Lattavo, Case Western law grad, practiced for 10 years and worked in the family trucking business. He says, “I am still working at two trucking related businesses with our son. I am married for 50 years to Judith, a ND townie. We have four children and eight grandchildren. We split our time evenly between Canton OH, where I was born and raised, and Tucson. We’re avid duplicate bridge players. I ride motorcycles because I don’t know any better. I am on the board of our Habitat, which is the most amazing organization.” Phil reports the death of Mike Blake in Naples FL. “I knew Mike my whole life in Canton grade school, high school and Notre Dame.” Mike was in sales his entire career, mostly selling high-end bank equipment. Mike enjoyed golf, bridge, socializing with friends and participating in community service by donating platelets for eight years and volunteering at the Neighborhood Health Clinic. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gloria, and two children and five grandchildren. Robert F. Dettelbach died in August in Asheville NC. He is survived by wife Gerri, four children and four grandchildren. He had a career as a human resource manager in the automobile industry. His passions were family, people, fishing and yard work. Congratulations to the Rev. Monk Malloy, CSC, on publication of the third volume of his autobiography, Monk’s Tale: The Presidential Years 1987-2005. “The last chapter lists the things that I see as my legacy,” Monk said, including keeping Notre Dame faithful to its identity as a Catholic institution. Among his many accomplishments: the NBC contract, building the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, making ND more coed. Rita and investor Steve Peters, longtime residents of Uniontown PA and now Tampa FL, were in Chicago for John Miller’s birthday. Attendees included Mike Voss of Grosse Point MI, Sue and Lance Ehrke of Brookefield MI, John Cooney of Milbrae CA and Jack Calmyn of Chicago. Steve reports that he ordered a case of vintner Lou Lucas’s wine (Chateau d’Notre Dame or some such) available on the ND website. John Miller says his “party was held on the pool deck of my condo in downtown Chicago, overlooking the river and the lake” with 140 of his closest friends. Marianne and Mike Squyres report the fourth annual October reunion with Jim Bray of Pennsylvania, Dan Castellani of Pennsylvania, Jack Hagerty of New York, Jim Kennedy of Pennsylvania, Gerry Nathe of Virginia, Mat Sagartz of New Mexico and Oscar Wong of North Carolina and spouses. “We visited local restaurants, historic sites, a winery, watched the Irish trounce the Hurricanes and the Cubs hang on. Mass was at the oldest Catholic Parish in Pennsylvania.” Willis Fry reports the 43rd annual gathering of roommates Phil Ritchey, Gil Schimmoler, Denny Hewitt and himself, and wives at the Duke game. “Our group was once five, but sadly, the fifth, John Kraft, has departed this world. We enjoyed great weather, a few beers, a fine Sorin Society post-game dinner and conversation about the current world and memories. The game reminded us of our era and Coach Joe K. We visited with Dillon Hall Rector Father Paul Doyle, CSC, the brother of our classmate John Doyle.” Art Smith said Steve (Buddy) O’Bryan, who started with us, died recently. “Bud had a wild but interesting life. He married early, had three great boys and then divorced. Among other things, he owned Mothers, a large bar on Division Street. (It was pretty famous.) I saw him recently at our Sons of 41 gathering, Chicago guys from four high schools. We were classmates at Loyola and ND. I will keep many good memories of the Bud-Man and the fun we shared.” His obit said in lieu of flowers, have a nip of Jameson for Bud. — Regis W. Campfield; 7534 Oakbluff, Dallas TX 75254; res 972-239-1141; fax 972-458-6928; rwcampfield@alumni.nd.edu

63JD Honorary Class Member

On Aug. 26, John Yost ’60, ’64MS civil engineering, passed away in Gilbert AZ. Although John stands in the front row of the 1963 Law School class picture, he did not receive his diploma (honorary) until 2008 at our 45th reunion. John studied law the old-fashioned way by not going to law school. For the most part, his legal education was received at the Notre Dame Avenue study hall where he lived with Bud Malone, Paul Driscoll, Mike Garvey, Ed Fillenwarth and Ed Kearse. At the same time, John was busy working on his master’s in civil engineering and running a sandwich concession in the law school lounge. No one was more devoted to Notre Dame than John. He married Mary Kay ’62SMC in 1964. She passed away a year before John. Both have been interred at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Classen Gramm, whom Bud Malone once described as having an encyclopedic knowledge of ND football, is enjoying retirement in San Diego but returns to South Bend each fall for a game. Notwithstanding his commitment to the football team and in spite of sacrificing the magic of South Bend’s winter wonderland, Classen headed for San Diego right out of law school. From all accounts he has adjusted well. In October, the Cincinnati Bar Association awarded Ed Adams its Lifetime Achievement in Law Award. The award is given to individuals whose work over many years reflects the highest principles and traditions of the legal practice. Congratulations, Ed. — Bob Saxe; 15725 Ranchero Drive, Morgan Hill CA 95037; 408-779-3668; bsaxe5@aol.com

64 Fifty Years of Wedded Bliss…

Seems like a pretty good reason for a party. And Susan and Paul Tierney took good advantage at their Connecticut home around the 4th of July. Barbie and David Ellis, Gisela and Mike Carey, Maryann and Frank Gaul, Alison and Tom O’Brien and Kathy and I joined 100 plus guests for a celebration of this feat. Dancing under the stars, an operatic duo, plenty of Tierney offspring (both children and grandchildren), along with lots of great fellowship was the order of the evening. As always, a good time was had by all. Sandy and Bruce Tuthill were supposed to join, but had to cancel at the last minute. Bruce came up ill. All is well now though. The Carey’s had reason to celebrate as well. Their son, Sebastian, was married in Brooklyn over Labor Day weekend. I heard from our classmate Jon James, co-founder of the Premananda Orphanage Centres in Ongole India (near the Bay of Bengal). This effort has become full-time for Jon since retiring from his teaching career at Hawaii’s Chaminade U. This year he has 121 children and young adults in centres for girls, boys and a nursery school for very poor non-orphans. Jon also shared a recent article on his meeting with Mother Teresa back in August, 1994, and her impact on his decision to undertake orphanage work in India. Of a more mundane nature, I attended the Stanford game, staying in the apartment of my daughter and son-in-law. He is a first year MBA student at ND. Great to be with them. Not much to say about the game’s outcome though. Jack McCabe was there as well and described Saturday tailgating as a “delight.” This was probably due to the fact that Jack was joined by a couple of his kids and grandchildren and a number of our classmates. Ann and Ken Stinson joined, along with Tom Fox and wife and Bob Dunne. Rich Wolfe came by as well. His latest production is a book about Joe Maddon, the Cubs manager, which Rich is releasing on the heels of his book about Jim Harbaugh. In a recent column, I profiled the career of Bob Lynyak of Chatham MA. He spent the bulk of his years post-Notre Dame working with Chubb, the global insurance firm, before moving with his wife, Barbara, to Chatham in 2004. Sadly, Barbara passed away on July 19, having struggled with Parkinson’s for 15 years. An accomplished lawyer, Barbara had served in big firms and then as a sole practitioner for the past 25 years. Their three kids appear to be taking good care of Bob. Bruce O’Neill of Milwaukee passed away in September due to complications from ALS. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Priscilla (“Peppy”), along with seven children and 18 grandchildren. We understand that Bruce made his own choices until the very last, and was surrounded by his loving family when he said goodbye. A graduate of Marquette Law School, Bruce was a trial attorney of the highest caliber. He loved living in Milwaukee and was especially proud to have lived in the Washington Heights neighborhood for the past 44 years. Bruce lived out a lifelong dream of traveling to Greece last year to trace the ancient Greeks and their fascinating culture.
That’s it for news. I will have to start beating the bushes again for the next issue. —
Paul R. Charron; 44 Contentment Island Road; Darien CT 06820; 203-655-3930; paul.richard.charron@gmail.com

64JD Words of Wit

“They say hot air rises. And I guess it does. An airplane flying over the Capitol the other day caught fire from outside sources.” Will Rogers, Jan. 27, 1924. It is nearing October’s end as this column is submitted, and while this turbulent campaign season winds down, the above Will Rogers quote fits, particularly for Hurley Smith in his role as an election supervisor for Rappahannock County VA. This election’s mantra seems to be to “vote early and often.” I can happily report that, in general, our classmates are enjoying reasonably good health following their summer and early fall travels, family visits and exciting trips. I begin with my cohort Tom Conneely and spouse Kay, who explored Greece and Italy on a month’s sojourn. Tom also pointed out that I had mistakenly misspelled his surname in my last two columns. (My computer’s autofill and spell check are acting up, so thanks for the correction, Tim). Jim and Marian Slater also had an extended late summer trip to all parts of Spain immersing themselves in the culture as they drove on the itinerary they planned. Betty and Larry Gallic are ensconced in Venice FL following a summer with family and friends at their beach house on Lake Ontario. Larry says he’s happy to be back, but upon returning found that most appliances didn’t work. Eileen and Robert Cash are headed to their Florida home from Cincinnati, then to Quebec on a cruise via New York. Bob continues to be a class leader in the tacky joke club of ’64JD, clearly outclassing yours truly. Bob Frost called me recently to chat about Irish football woes, reminding me of a Lou Holtz comment on similar issues in the 1980s. When asked what he thought of his team’s execution, Lou agreed that they should be executed. Russ Bley is continuing his very laudable work serving as a host of an international student through St. Cecilia’s in St. Louis. Lou Pfeiler keeps busy with his great burial service detail work and reports that Carol is experiencing some health issues. We will keep her in our prayers. Gene Kramer is facing the first of two knee replacement surgeries while continuing his practice and remaining active in the Green Ribbon Coalition that is designed to influence Cleveland lakefront development. Jim Mercurio is back swatting tennis balls as his bad back has mended. Jack Rammel is engineering a complete home landscaping project, and is staying fit by doing some of the heavy lifting. Jack and Mary also had a wonderful trip to London, Paris and Lyon this summer. He praised the miracle of GPS, which kept them headed in the right direction, and says it saved his marriage. Frank Miele continues his frenetic pace in New York as a supernumerary at the Met, a gem expert at Antique Gems, various charities and a daily exercise regimen that features five-mile runs, six-mile bike rides, stretching and weight lifting. Charles Sacher also is a workout warrior, whose daily efforts also are prodigious. Sharon and I hosted a breakfast for Charles and his granddaughter (ND sophomore) at our home over the Duke weekend. Adele and Jack Kopko are well, with Jack maintaining his bankruptcy practice and proudly reporting they have a granddaughter in her first year at Notre Dame. Lastly, I spoke with Gerry Vairo who is continuing his increasingly difficult struggle with MS. I told him how proud we are of him and his heroic fight against such a progressive disease. Let’s continue to keep Gerry and all our mates in our prayers.* Bob Hanlon* is fine and in good health in his practice that involves working closely with products liability experts. He is very proud of his granddaughter who is a scholarship member of the LSU swim team. Sharon and I are well and send all of you our best. — Richard Balfe Wagner; 1204 Erskine Manor Hill, South Bend IN 46614, res 574-299-9888; cell 760-567-1270; rswagnersb@gmail.com

65 Building Bridges

Bill McTigue is a heavy construction contractor in NYC who has built 26 bridges in that area, along with other projects. His experience was courtesy of the Army, which had him rebuild two bridges in South Korea. He supervised the construction of the original World Trade Center from 1967 through 1969, during which time he met his wife, Diane Marie. They have two sons and three grandchildren, and homes in Norwood NJ and Naples FL. Kathy and David Raab are living in Welcome NC after Dave retired as VP of PMI Industries. He stays active by mentoring students at Reynolda House of American Art, Wake Forest U. Notably, Dave is the bocce ball champion of North Carolina for the fourth year in succession. Our deceased classmate, Jack Snow, has a foundation established in his name by his family to find a treatment for Wolfram Syndrome, a rare autosomal-recessive genetic disorder that causes childhood onset of diabetes, blindness, deafness and neurologic disorders. Remarkably, in October the foundation received institutional review board approval for the first-ever clinical trial of patients with this syndrome using an FDA-approved drug for another disease. Jack would have been very pleased. Many of our classmates have donated to fund a cure for another rare disease, Niemann Pick Type-C, via the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation. The APMRF last spring established a partnership with Notre Dame. Ara’s leadership has been instrumental in raising the capital necessary for productive research to find a cure and treatment for this disease. Ray McLain’s widow, Suzanne, contacted me to explain that his death in March 2016 was from complications of a traumatic brain injury sustained in a fall in October 2015. Ray had earned a master’s degree from the U of Illinois, a PhD from ND and served a fellowship at Yale. He had a penchant for social theory, but also did statistical analysis for Catholic Charities. Suzanne and Ray had three children. — James P. Harnisch MD; 6759 W. Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040; jphnd65@hotmail.com

65JD Class Secretary — John Donald O’Shea;

pelagius@qconline.com

66 Comings and Goings

The afterglow of the 50th must still be hanging on, as relatively little in the way of news has been forthcoming. I was on campus for the Miami game and saw Mike Krach, Keith Stark and Frank Murtha. Tom Ryan reported that he had a great time at the reunion with Jim Stanton, his wing from Keenan, along with Nightlighters Tom Meyer and John Houlihan, who did a few impromptu jams. Tom also partied with fellow Missourians Bob Elder, Don Hemmer, Bob Stoessel, Jim Keiper, Dick Hronick and Bill Ott. Ed Bilinski was also on hand, as was Jack Crawford, in from N’oleans. He connected with Claiborne Perrilliat and Walter Babst at Midway in Chicago and they drove down to the Bend together. Ed Seymoure from Detroit was unable to attend because of last-minute heart surgery, which went very well. Ed reports that he is hale and hearty. Brian Boyce wrote that he was unable to attend. As a retired Navy captain, Brian still works part time teaching ship handling in the Navy simulators in Norfolk. He had a bout with esophageal cancer, but is well recovered. He says he hasn’t seen any classmates in recent years but did connect a few years back with George Melnyk and Mike Gilman. Unfortunately, we always have some sad news to pass along in these missives. Gene Tully died recently after battling cancer. He had lived in recent years on Cape Cod, but moved to the West Coast so his wife could be close to their children. John Schincaroil of Paw Paw MI passed away suddenly in September. He had been at the 50th. Personally, I have “returned to the scene of the crime,” landing back in Baltimore in my new gig as chief philanthropy officer and vice president at the U of Maryland, Baltimore, after 28 years away. UMB is home to seven professional schools (medicine, law, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, social work and the graduate program), and I should remain fairly well occupied raising funds for research, scholarships, faculty recruitment and a host of special projects. Don’t forget the Class of ’66 Pete Duranko Student Athlete Safety Fund in your charitable giving. ND is doing great work in this important field. It is great to be back in the Chesapeake Bay Region, where Kim and I met and began our family. Over and out, and send some news. — Tom Sullivan; 1108 Westwicke Lane, Lutherville MD 21093; cell 773-454-4343; t66sullynd@gmail.com

66JD A Grand Reunion

Except for the disappointing loss by our football team, our 50th class reunion was a huge success, due in large part to the efforts of Steve Seall. His contacts with the Law School staff and the event planners at the Morris Inn made for a flawless series of activities over the entire weekend including cocktail parties, lunches and a dinner. Also a special memorial Mass was held in the Law School Chapel to commemorate the lives of the 15 members of our graduating class who are deceased. As I was looking around the chapel, I was pleased to note that one of the beautiful stained glass windows had been a gift from Paul Polking and his wife, Joan. For those keeping score, Steve reminded me that our class entered in 1963 with 76 members and finished with 55 graduates. We had 20 members attend the reunion, or 50 percent of the survivors, so I believe everyone would agree that it was a great turnout. In reporting on reunions, especially in the earlier years, most of the information exchanged by classmates focused on career moves, births of children, grandchildren, travels, etc. By the time of our 50th reunion, I’ve found that most of these topics have been exhausted and most of our conversation now centers on retirement plans and health issues. At our dinner on Saturday evening, for example, we learned that all but six of us were fully retired and those who were not were planning to retire in the near future. One exception was Walt Terry who has retired from his duties as judge but claims he now works 50 hours a week practicing law. Classmates are aware that Walt’s wife, Terry, frequently updates us about Notre Dame news that otherwise might escape our attention. An example of this news is that the Postal Services plan to issue a Father Hesburgh stamp next year. Bob Siebert assured us that he’s been retired for several years, but his restless nature will lead to more worldwide travels in the future. I’ll keep you posted as his travelogue comes in. Still as handsome as ever, Tom Griffen and his lovely wife, Sandra, divide their time between homes in Monaco and Florida. Tom Harvey acknowledged that one of his hobbies in retirement is watercolor painting, focusing on several of the scenic locations he and his wife, Kathy Black, have visited. Having seen some his work, I can attest that Tom’s talent in the arts may even surpass his legal skills. Jim Anthony, although unable to attend our last few reunions due to ongoing health problems, was a welcome presence this year. Back and muscle problems may have slowed him down but not weakened his spirits. Attending his very first reunion was Pat Bowers along with his wife Inhae. Pat has spent years in various government positions and hardly seems to have aged a bit. The memorial Mass was particularly moving when Steve read out the names of our deceased classmates including, of course, Frank Gregory, who was perhaps one of the first of us to pass away. I’d like to thank Tim Schimberg, Denver-based brother of our deceased classmate Mike Schimberg for stopping by to visit with us over the weekend. Mike was a prominent and well-liked member of the class, and it was a pleasure for us to reminisce about him with Tim. This column would be incomplete without mentioning the thoughtful and wise contributions that Al McKenna makes in planning these reunions and commenting on other issues concerning our class that I might bring to his attention. I’m grateful for his input and those of his wife, Windy, who, you may recall, acted as class secretary following the death of Frank Gregory. Editing restraints require me to close here but more news of the reunion will appear in the next edition. — Philip C. Ruddy; 15911 Lakeshore Road, Union Pier MI 49129; rudds241@aol.com

67 Alan Page Honored

Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page received the Moose Krause Award at the halftime of the Miami game. Alan was cited for the millions of dollars his foundation has contributed to children to enhance their education over several decades. Many of Alan’s teammates were present for the Michigan State game to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1966 National Championship, including Captain Jim Lynch, Harry Alexander, Joe Azzaro, Leo Collins, Larry Conjar, Nick Eddy, George Goeddeke, John Horney, Ron Jeziorski, Jerry Kelly, Peter Lamantia, John Lium, Joe Marsico, Jack Meyer, Tom Rhoads, Jim Ryan, Allen Sack, Angeto Schiralli, Dick Swatland and Tim Wengierski. Tim Gorman could not attend due to peripheral neuropathy in his legs, but sent messages to his teammates from Palm Coast FL. Ron Batkiewicz writes that Bob Schwartz is looking for Jim McCauley. Michael Dillon is doing artwork for wineries and breweries. He is planning on having a Zahm Zoo Brew ready for our 50th reunion in honor of his best friend, John Thomas Ottorino ’66, who died after his 50th reunion last summer. Jim Barry, Joe O’Neill, Pete Munson and Dennis McCarthy are continuing to work on plans for our 50th reunion June 2-4. We lost two classmates recently. Phil Stenger passed away in Bloomfield Hills MI, and Herb Gallagher, a native Long Islander, passed away while living temporarily in Montana with his daughter. He was planning on returning to New York for the Syracuse game to see old classmates Steve Jones, Danny Logan and Frank English. Help us stay updated. Please write. — Bert Bondi; 1891 Curtis St., Unit 1502, Denver CO 80202; bertrbondi@grnail.com

67JD Class Secretary — Jim Heinhold;

1200 Carmel Lane, New Bern NC 28562; res 252-638-5913; im4irish@aol.com

68 The Next Thrilling Episode

In the same way the old Tom Mix adventures used to end with Tom in peril, maybe dangling from the face of a cliff, Pat DeMare had himself in frightening peril at the time of the previous Class Notes. Since then, in true celluloid hero mode, albeit with a Jersey accent, Pat has rebounded from the worst of the strange bacterial infection that made him unable to walk, put him on dialysis and wracked him with pain. This was life-threatening, not the everyday after-effect of sharing a bottle in a South Bend alley with Bob Santaloci or Pat Furey. According to Rich Rogers, who spent hours at the Grotto while on campus and checked with Pat DeMare at home during the summer and fall, Pat was improving at a rate that would allow him to resume his physician work in November while continuing rehab. While all this was going on, Rich may have taken his prayerful mind off the needs of the football team from time to time. Rich did look in on that situation, for sure, with one of his annual weekend-through-weekend South Bend visits. At the ends, he overlapped with Jay Schwartz and then with Tom Condon. Seen from Bryan Dunigan’s vantage point, Tom gathered an audience with funny stories about class president Tom Weyer. The two Toms had been roommates in Dillon Hall during senior year. Joe Hale included a compliment about Bryan Dunigan along with a reminiscence: “*Bryan Dunigan* was always so funny. When we as seniors were doing a good bit of celebrating at the Dunes, a bunch of us congregated at a bar near our Dunes playground. The elderly proprietor got a bit perturbed at the loud noises from our group. When we quieted down, Dunigan made the remark, ‘Don runs a speak-easy.’ The old gentleman was the only person in the bar who didn’t think that was funny.” Brian used that wit with the grandson of Dan Lungren, attending the Stanford game: “I told Jack his grandfather used to be the quarterback for Stanford when he was at Notre Dame, so Jack asked Grandpa Dan who replied, ‘Yes, Stanford Hall.’” Dan lives in Virginia, no longer a Californian. We were honored to spend some time over the weekend with former Badin Hall track stars Shane and Pete Farrell (who retired as Princeton’s only women’s track coach), Sandy and Ken Howard, Katie and Bob Timm and Patty and Ron Kurtz. Shannon Philbin and family visited our tailgate for the Stanford game as well. They were up from Louisville. Tom Gibbs, Tom Weyer, Gene Cavanaugh, Mike Ryan, Roger Guerin, Fred Ferlic and I have continued in our Great ’68 tailgate party for our friends and classmates the entire year despite the ridiculous requirements that we be parked in our spots at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. Chicago time) even for the two night games, thus requiring a 10.5-hour tailgating experience exacerbated by two losing efforts and a return home in the 2 a.m. hour. Memphis residents Kathleen and Steve Sullivan go where the classmates and the fun are. They said, “Last year, we met Wayne Micek and Jackie in Michigan after Steve’s niece, Anne Sullivan Pifer *’01, was married in South Bend. *Ted Nebel visited us on his way to the soggy NC game. We visited with several SMC and ND classmates in Naples FL last winter: Mary Donohue ’68 and Tom Brueggen ’68, Penny Wingeir ’68 and Maurice Sullivan ’67.” Steve and Kathleen plan to have another Micek visit, and maybe a Joe Hale visit, during the San Antonio game against Army. Thanks to Kathleen Sullivan, Joe Hale, Bryan Dunigan, Tom Culcasi and others, the reporting of our class activity exceeds the space we are given. Please continue for other news and a photo at ndclass1968.com. Send me news and photos. — Tom Figel; 1054 W. North Shore, Apt. 3-E, Chicago IL 60626; 312-223-9536; tfigel@reputecture.com

68JD A Great Visit

During the last weekend of October, a mini-reunion of the class of 1968 was held at Notre Dame, which included Tom Curtin, Susie and Charlie Weiss, Carol and Tom Ward and Suzanne and me. It was great to visit with everyone. We hope next year to increase the size of the group. J.C. Coyle called while we visited Notre Dame to make sure that everyone was behaving. After a distinguished career as a prosecutor, trial lawyer, New Jersey Superior Court judge and mediator, Coyle announced his retirement on Sept. 1. He plans to spend more time with his grandchildren and family and to spend more time at the beach. Carol and Tom will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next year. Tom shared with us the details of retirement life, including bicycling through the mountains and enjoying life with his grandchildren. Tom Curtin and Charlie are still active in their law practices, and shared their insights into possible retirement, which include the following: wrinkles, hair growth on their noses and ears, eating dinner at 3 in the afternoon, adult diapers, driving 15 mph below the speed limit, napping, senior discounts, fascination with the weather channel, listening to the TV really loud, cataract surgery, a passion for bingo and all around excuses for not making any sense. On the personal side, I still remain active in the practice and had the opportunity of representing a major contractor in Illinois this fall wherein the company was being sued on the basis that the employee was terminated because he filed a worker’s compensation claim against his employer. We successfully obtained a jury award for the contractor. The trial was enjoyable, but the workup for the trial was not much fun. In closing, Suzanne and I wish you and your families health and happiness in the new year. Please provide some updates so I will not have to share with you any future retirement endeavors of Tom and Charlie. — Dennis Collins; 314-516-2648; dgc@greensfelder.com

69 Meet and Greet

Classmate Michael Brennan writes that he saw Mike Saterino on campus this summer. He has been in touch with Bob Trost, who lives in the Carolinas. They reminisced about the Lacrosse days at ND. Michael spent a week with Dave Yonto and his wife, Kathy, on a Danube River cruise. Dave said that Bob Gladieux has moved to Florida from South Bend. Michael said Ed Weinlein and Vince Kraft evacuated Hilton Head before Hurricane Matthew. Michael played golf a couple of times this summer with Mike Busby and Jim Burke, and attended the ND golf outing in Grand Rapids and played with Ernie Gargaro, Pete McInerney and Fritz Gast. Bob McGrath retired from teaching at U of Wisconsin in Madison and is involved with biking, regularly doing 100 miles. Michael said Tim Schlindwein and Ed Moran recently hosted a luncheon to talk about Tim’s trip to the Holy Land and his visit to the Notre Dame Institute of Jerusalem. Michael also talked with Bill Cella, who lives in Los Angeles, and still tries to do his recreational swimming daily. Classmate Dan Meese writes that he is envious of the Class of ’68 having a blog, so if somebody in our class would like to tackle that item, I would appreciate it and so would Dan. Thanks for the idea, Dan. Hope all is well. Classmate David Heskin writes that he and Mike Karwoski roomed together on the ND sponsored Alumni Study Abroad trip to Rome. They spent seven days touring the sights of Rome. The churches were magnificent, but the Sistine Chapel blew them away. Mike had to drag David out of there. He recommends the trip if it is offered again. Classmate Dr. Edward Marits writes that he spent 23 years as a Navy aviator, retired and then spent 21 years on the faculty of George Washington U. He retired and then wondered what was next. Well, four years ago, he found it: animal rescue, rehab and welfare. With no connection to anything from the past, he started a 501©(3), went back to school and learned about managing and caring for wildlife and domestic animals. Second Chance Animal Rescue of Mount Vernon VA (SCAR) is an all-purpose organization. SCAR does everything from transport and emergency first response (like Hurricane Matthew) to foster and adoption, training of service animals, relocation of wildlife, public advocacy and liaison with the White House and Constitutional animal welfare issues, providing health services for animals, help articles and PSAs on animal welfare. Classmate Tom Ladky writes that our classmate John “Jack” Van Etten passed away in Chicago. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Kathleen, children and grandchildren. Classmate John Stodola writes that he and his wife, Kathy, of Bethesda MD joined Pauline and Jim D’Auria of Park Ridge IL and Pam and Mark DaVia of Sewickley PA at the MSU weekend for football and reunion with friends. A great time was had by all. Kudos to Greg Wingenfeld of Portland OR for arranging the tickets and motel through the Notre Dame Club of Portland. Classmates Bill Chapman and Al Lutz hosted classmates Dr. Tom Phillips, Judge Greg Schatz, Dick Cimino, Ed Weinlein and others for the Navy game in Jacksonville FL. Lastly, we have a report on our mini-reunion at the Stanford game. Unfortunately, our classmate Richard Casey tried to reach us and we were unsuccessful in meeting him, but Dick Cimino arranged for a house in Edwardsburg MI for himself, Louis Leone, Delbert Hoseman, John Quinn, Richard Sullivan, Ralph Williams, Tom Altmeyer, Matt White and myself. We played golf, had great dinners and tailgated with Greg Downes, Cyburn Sullivan ’66, my daughter Meghan ’00 and son Brendan. Although we lost the game, we had a great a time. Ralph Williams took us to a restaurant in Dowagiac MI where two of the three original Dowagiac members, Dick Cimino and Tom Altmeyer, returned to the scene of their escapades. The only one we missed was Dr. Tom Phillips. We were able to spend Sunday and celebrate Mary Ellen and John Quinn’s 69th birthdays. Happy birthday John and Mary Ellen, and remember Nov. 1 is Brady Breen’s birthday as well. Go Irish. — Tom Ryan; 248-334-9938;
sylvanlawtr@gmail.com

69MBA Festivities

We had a great time at the MSU game on Sept. 17 despite the outcome of the game. We started with a dinner at Sunny Italy on Friday night and a lunch at the Morris Inn on Saturday. Ken Samara helped me with the dinner arrangements, and Gene Dixon set up the lunch. Thanks for the help, guys. We also met for the MBA tailgate. In attendance over the weekend were Joe Cavato and son Joe Cavato *’99 and *Bob Dowell, who looks great after his kidney transplant. In addition, Ken Samara, Sue and Tom Sanna, Sara and Nick Walz, Ginger and Gene Dixon were there for the festivities. Please mark your calendars for Sept. 30, 2017, the Miami of Ohio game, for our next mini-reunion. We would like to have more classmates join us, so please make your plans to attend. If you have news about yourself or your family, please contract me. — Dennis B. McCarthy; PO Box 246, Bear Lake MI 49614; bus 231-864-3111 ext. 115; dbmc2@blarneycastleoil.com

69JD Trending

I had an opportunity to talk with Dean Newton at the St. Thomas More reception before the Nevada game. The Law School and the University have decided to follow the lead of our class and have our reunions in the fall instead of in June with the undergrads. She suggested a weekend when the team will be on the road. We can make arrangements to have a reception and watch the game “over the arch,” as well as secure a block of rooms and have dinner at the Morris Inn. I missed my housemate, Jim Leavey, at the Nevada game, but he writes that he will be at our 50th reunion. Hank Catenacci left Podvey Meanor after 45 years and joined Connell Foley LLP on Sept. 1. He will be working in their Newark office. I met with Joe McNeil before the Stanford game. He told me he was sitting on a bench in Palm Springs CA wearing an ND Law t-shirt and was confronted by someone who asked if he graduated from the Law School. It turns out that was Al Bannon. Al is practicing law in Portland OR with Joe’s brother, Dan ’79JD. Al wanted to know how his roomie, Frank Murray, is doing. Joe Frantin sent me an email lamenting the football season. He said he ran into Pete Driscoll. Joe thought Pete would not join us for our 50th reunion, but Pete has given me a blood oath that he will be there. Stay in touch. — Jim Starshak; 889 Kaohe Place, Honolulu HI 96825; bus 808-523-2515; res 808-395-0443; jstarshak@carlsmith.com