class notes

1930s

33 Class Secretary Katie Gorman Duffy ’95;

 

duffynd95@yahoo.com 

 

36 Doing Great

 

I heard from Joe Newman, who is still doing great in Florida. He enjoyed the last issue of Notre Dame Magazine. He grew up in South Bend and remembers many of the stories. By the time you read this, I hopefully will have celebrated my 102nd birthday in September. I can’t believe I have lived this long. I’m not sure how many more columns I have left in me. Go Irish. — John W. Norton; jwn176@aol.com

 

37 Milestone

 

Bernie Hartz celebrated his 102nd birthday on June 11. Friends and family traveled to Indianapolis for the occasion from Texas and Ohio. They enjoyed lots of chocolate desserts and laughed at Bernie’s endless supply of jokes. Happy 102, Bernie. — Kathleen Coverick ’08; kathleen.coverick@gmail.com

 

38 Autumn Updates

I recently learned from Neville Ward of the passing of her husband John “Jack” Ward in March of this year. Jack had been ill for about 7 weeks, but had recently celebrated the joyful occasion and milestone of his 100th birthday, with family and friends.  Jack spent significant portions of his life dedicated to his career, 27 years with the CIA, and then his significant hobby—breeding championship show dogs. His first wife, Norma, passed away many years ago. Friends who worked with Jack on the board of the American Kennel Club noted he was very private about his CIA work, not surprisingly, and displayed the utmost integrity and honesty. He is remembered for his kind and equal treatment of all officers and employees of the AKC, for his leadership, and for his care for the betterment of purebred dogs. Despite the challenges of macular degeneration for more than 20 years, Jack continued to breed parti cocker spaniels and attend shows with his wife Neville. Please keep Jack’s memory and his family in your thoughts and prayers. — Meg Julian ’03, ’06JD; 11 E. 36th St., No. 603, New York NY 10016; megjulian@gmail.com

39 78 Years if a Day

 

This May marked the 78th reunion year for the Class of 1939. Bill Donnelly, your longtime secretary who knows the occasional difficulty one can have gathering information for a column, sent a much appreciated email. He shared that while completing his doctor of education degree in the teaching of English at Columbia U (1957-1958), the New York Times, New York Daily Mirror and his wife’s company newspaper did feature stories on him and his family. Someone had learned of his studies, of his wife working in the actuary department of the Equitable Life Insurance Company and of their raising eight children. The eldest was in high school and the youngest, age 2, stayed home to help Bill with his course work. They were flooded with letters from social groups. Class members, we’d love to hear your stories. I hope you are well and enjoyed the summer. Please write, call or email. — Seth O’Donnell ’04; 17 Marion St., East Greenwich RI 02818; 603-828-7335; seth.odonnell@gmail.com