class notes

1950s

50 Spellbound by Stories

William E. Lamm, 87, died on Sept. 15 after a short illness. His obituary in the San Antonio Express-News included a biography: “Bill was a life-long resident of San Antonio. He was married to his beloved Diana Petsch for 55 years; she predeceased him in 2007. No doubt they are thrilled to be reunited. He was a 1950 engineering graduate of the University of Notre Dame and entered the Air Force as a pilot with the Strategic Air Command. He later earned a law degree and MBA from St Mary’s U. After completing his military service, Bill and Diana returned to San Antonio where he enjoyed a successful career with Friederich Corporation and later as in independent international businessman. He had a full life of travel, work and family. Bill is survived by his children Angela Lamm Zarnoti of San Antonio, Thomas of Austin and Edward of San Antonio, as well as his sisters, Pat Lamm Dalton of San Antonio and Loretta Lamm Lyden of San Jose CA. He was an active member of the San Antonio Petroleum Club and enjoyed the company of his friends at the club.” The University also informed me of the passing of Thomas F. Garrett on Nov. 25 but I was not able to find any details on his life since he left ND. Just as I was about to send in the notes, I received an email from Dan Mahan, who described a recent encounter with George Dickson. “I live in the San Diego area and got involved with a service attending to seniors who are housebound. They hooked me up with George who is perfectly ambulatory and whose mind is quite sharp, considering his 95 years. George is a real character. His ND years were interrupted by the World War II (paratrooper, 101st Airborne, Normandy, Battle of the Bulge). He spent the balance of his life coaching football, recruited for ND and worked extensively with his good friend Vince Lombardi. He started boxing at the age of 13 and was a professional middleweight. I’m retired myself but didn’t attend ND (Colgate ’75). I am spellbound, though, by his stories of the school he loves, of interaction with Muhammad Ali, Graziano, Sugar Ray Robinson, Lombardi, and others. I saw your note at the bottom of a story about the 2015 reunion of the Class of ’50 and thought this might be of interest to you.” Indeed it was. Thanks for the email, Dan. — Jim Coogan ’91; 6018 Oxpen Court, Apt. 101, Alexandria VA 22315; jcooganv@alumni.nd.edu

51 Remembering Classmates

Hi everybody. Our football season was a big disappointment. I suppose most of you felt the same as I did. Our basketball coach, Mike Brey, is doing a great job with his squad. As I write this, Mike is winning in the ACC. That is not an easy task. Tim Twardzik ’81, former Irish swimmer, advises that his father and our classmate, Ted Twardzik, passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Ted left a legacy helping his hometown of Shenandoah VA by building a food company that employed many needy folks. Phil Faccenda died Jan. 12. After graduating from law school, Phil joined the legal staff of Notre Dame, became a trustee, and the general counsel of the University. Later he was the special assistant to Father Ted Hesburgh. He was a big part of Notre Dame in all legal matters associated with the school. He will be missed. Robert Kearney ’73 let us know that our classmate Edward Kearney died in November at age 91. I had a pleasant visit with former teammate Don Grieve. Don is living in Toledo in an assisted living facility, and finds it very comfortable. Our bio for this issue is Henry “Hank” Madden of Iowa City who likes our classmate bios in each issue, so he decided to be part of the action. Welcome, Henry, it is great having you join us. Following graduation, Henry joined the Navy, became an officer and spent three years patrolling the Georgia shoreline. Following his discharge, he joined Allis-Chalmers in Pittsburgh, working himself up to plant manager, and earning his MBA at the U of Pittsburgh night school. Later he accepted a job offer in Dormund, Germany. He was a manufacturing engineer and a construction equipment expert. When he returned to the states, Henry realized economic conditions had changed. He applied for a position with the U of Iowa, and was accepted. He has been associated with the MBA program at the university for 13 years. He says his health has been good except for a couple of setbacks of late, but he still enjoys life with his grown family. Thank you, Hank. It was great hearing from you. Notre Dame has announced that our friend and classmate, Andy McKenna, has made a major contribution to the University to establish the Andrew J. and Joan P. McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business. The center is part of Notre Dame’s new Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs. Congratulations, Andy and Joan. I want to thank Larry Panosso of Flossmoor IL for stepping in and taking over as our new treasurer. Good job. Don’t forget our book, Where Sleep the Makers of Notre Dame. We had a couple notes from folks telling us of their enjoyment while reading, and learning new things about Notre Dame. Thank you for the kind words. With complete humility, I must tell everyone that I received the Legends Award from the Southern California Sports Broadcasters in January. I was very honored. Vin Scully, Dodger legend as a broadcaster, was also honored at the same affair. Vin received the Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a great, great day. I received word from Jennifer Durot that her stepfather, James Riley of Lake Forest IL, passed away Jan. 23. Thank you for letting us know, Jennifer. My best to all. — Jimmy Gillis; 3267 Rossmoor Parkway, No. 4, Walnut Creek CA 94595; 925-932-6454; jimjanegillis@aol.com

52 The Days Dwindle Down

Our 65th reunion is only weeks away. There’s still time to join us. To enroll, contact class president George Heidkamp or the Morris Inn at 800-280-7265. Your officers have developed an informative program, complementing the Alumni Association’s offerings. Lou Rieg tells us that after graduating with a degree in geology, he continued to pursue the field with a PhD from the U of Pittsburgh. His career focused on the oil industry (Gulf and Chevron), including a posting in Nigeria. Lou and Christine celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in December; the bishop of Buffalo presided. Speaking of Buffalo, that’s where Richard Gacek MD obtained his medical degree. Dick’s distinguished career was dedicated to addressing diseases of the ear, hearing loss and dizziness. His faculty appointments include Harvard, Syracuse, Alabama, Boston U and U Mass, which is his present position. He has served as president of a number of national medical societies, been honored with multiple lectureships bearing his name, and has published more than 250 medical reports. Gerry Costello’s career revolved around Catholic publishing. He retired as editor-in-chief of Catholic New York, the archdiocesan bi-weekly newspaper. Jerry continues his work with the Christophers. He and his wife, Jane, can boast of 21 grandkids and five greats. Frank Semetko’s 30-year career at AT&T was marked by managerial positions in human resources, sales and real estate administration. His external efforts included parish governance and work with learning disabled persons as well as tutoring immigrants in ESL. The success of that effort led to similar stints in Budapest. Following the death of Agnes, his wife of 53 years, Frank married a high school classmate, Nancy Sexton Miller. Their joint family has 95 members, one of whom is a Notre Dame professor. Bruno Chmiel may hold the record for jumpstarts. Within 10 days of graduation, he married Ellen and began a career with ITT Avionics. He was there for 35 years, with much of his work dedicated to protecting military aircraft from external radar. He retired as director of strategic systems engineering, managing the integration of electronic defense and counter measures. Carl Bachle served as a Navy pilot in the Pacific and Middle East. He and Patricia were married in the basilica in 1954. They have four children. Carl was a marketing manager with Aeroquip Corp. and had assignments on both coasts, while earning an MBA at Northeastern. His reaction to ND in one word: gratitude. After gaining monograms in golf and fencing, Jim Jacobs went to Lackland AFB with Mike Kelly and Jerry Stricker. He later received a master’s degree in film and TV at USC. That launched his 40-year career as an actor and producer, working with stars such as Bob Hope, Jimmy Cagney and Danny Kaye. Still golfing, he can boast of two holes-in-one. Frank Amato is the quintessential coach (football, basketball and track). He retired at 86 after serving Loyola Academy in Wilmette IL for nearly half a century. He also taught physical education and held posts as dean of students, facilities manager and alumni director. He notes that Frank Leahy ’31 launched his career with a recommendation to Norfolk (VA) Catholic High School in 1952. Tony Messina took early retirement from Lockheed Martin after two decades in engineering sales, gaining a BA from USC along the way. He is proud of his leadership role in the Elks organization in Orange County CA. Bob Klein served the Ford Motor Co. for 30 years, concluding as controller for two of its major manufacturing plants. He then joined Kenmar Corp. where he was senior VP and CFO. He and his wife, Louise, have been married for 62 years. John Marhoefer’s service as a Marine officer included shepherding a thousand anti-communist Chinese to the safety of Taiwan. Much of his career was dedicated to the family meat packing business and ownership of a True Value hardware store. His community work included management positions in his parish, along with Rotary and the Boy Scouts. His wife of 42 years, Margaret, passed away in 1997. He later married Mary Beth, the widow of Jim Schlagheck ’53. Mal Wakin retired as a brigadier general after 57 years as a professor at the Air Force Academy. Holder of a PhD from USC, Mal’s academic concentration focused on ethics and morality as they pertain to the military. He was recognized as a great professor by People Magazine, was profiled by Newsweek, and was honored by ND with the Corby Award. Chas Schubert sadly reports the passing of Marilyn, his wife of 53 years. They successfully managed highly regarded inns in Dorsett VT and Apalachicola FL. He resides near his son Carlie ’90 in Colorado. — Ron Zier; 164 Brewster Road, Wyckoff NJ; 201-447-6667; ronaldirishguy@aol.com

53 Spring has Come and Gone

The deadline for submission of this column is Feb. 1, with a limit of 600 words. Please read most of the material in the past tense and don’t be hurt if you don’t make mention. I still love you. Our Mass-a-Day Fund has received year-end contributions, and many came with kindly notes including from Jack Donoghue’s widow Jean, Don Ross, Andy Heron, Bill Lammers, Andy Adelhardt, David McBride, Bill Maus and Matt Markert. Father Tom Smith, CSC, is the on-site missionary overseeing the program. It is hoped that the thought of daily Masses, with our collective intentions, is great solace to those of us in great need of prayers. Mike Turco celebrated his 89th birthday after Christmas. He mentions that he may be the eldest surviving member of the Class of ’53. He has lived in Oceanside CA for 20 years, and hopefully will for many more years. Andy Adelhardt again made the annual bus trip with seven family members to a football game. This is a long haul from New York but, as stated, it is an annual event. Andy is 88 and reports good health. John Fink still writes a weekly column for the Indianapolis Diocese newspaper, has written 17 books and travels extensively. Bill Lammers and Judge Jim Murphy continue to support the class from Akron, both being in reasonably good health and harboring great attitudes about all things good. Class stalwart Andy Heron, a Chicago luncheon regular, notes that life for him in NYC is moving along nicely. Keep it up, Andy. Matt Markert continues his family visitations. A grandson, Charlie Markert, has been accepted at ND with a full NROTC scholarship. He is awaiting acceptance from Yale and the Naval Academy. Charlie aspires to be a Naval aviator as was his father, David ’84. Go for it, Charlie. Kirsten Lentch, ND sophomore band member, granddaughter of Tom Collins, is a fourth-generation Domer via her maternal grandfather who was in the Class of ’26, the year of the four Horsemen. A kindly brief note came from Chicago’s Dave McBride accompanying his contribution. Thanks, Dave, for both. Al Marks is serving as an ombudsman for nursing home residents. He is older than most of his clients. Al is due to arrive in Florida for the month of March. Cullen Langford reported that Charlie Misner’s award-winning book on gravity costs $145 for a used paperback and $450 for a used hardcopy. Now that is remarkable. John Fortino reports Tucson is receiving a tad too much rain, but his cardio rehab is going well. John is a faithful contributor of class news. Zulu Santoro sends greetings to his former roommate, Father Ernie Bartell, via our class email list. Zulu is fine, though not as mobile as in the days of his world travels. Speaking of world travels, John Tuberty mentioned that Don Ross will enjoy his cruise stop in Havana, as he did some years ago on his foreign visa. Don planned to escape the winter in Wisconsin with a March cruise. Dick Lorenz had a December procedure, a clip on his mitral valve. Thanks, Dick, for your updates on classmates. Dave Ausburger and wife Rosemary ask for prayers for their son John, who has terminal brain cancer. Dave is using a walker and notes the kindness of his parish priest, Father Costello, the son of a ND ’80 grad. Add to your prayer list the intentions of Jim Malooly. Chuck Stimming died in January. A word about Chuck: pursuant to modern memory, Chuck never missed a Chicago luncheon. In high school Chuck moved from the south side of Chicago to Indianapolis. He worked for the telephone systems for 40 years, was a master bridge player, among other notable activities, and to stimulate his mind in retirement he entered a program leading to ordination as a Protestant minister. He declined the ordination. If you wish inclusion in our periodic email broadcasts, send your address to Cullen Langford, nd53@nd53.com. Pray for your living and deceased classmates and their families. — 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 63rd Class Reunion, Business Meeting

The title for our column directs us to an old adage, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you should do today,” especially at our age. Those who have an email address in our file have received basic information on the class reunion and business meeting. Please note that attendance at either activity does not require registration with the Notre Dame Alumni, since both are Class of 1954 activities only. Our rooms in the 50 Year Club Hall (we believe Duncan Hall) will be on the third floor near bathrooms and a lounge. Preference will be given to locate ladies and disabled persons near bathrooms. The business meeting will begin at 4 p.m. on June 1. The meeting probably will be at Legends but we will confirm this by email as soon as we have a better handle on the number who will attend. The business meeting agenda will include subjects submitted from you as well as comments about our class treasury, pregame tailgating and how to increase attendance, problems getting around campus after games, obituary reporting, class communications and our class website (1954.undclass.org). We will invite alumni or Notre Dame management to attend to answer questions or comment on subjects specific to their area of responsibility. We would appreciate receiving your suggestions on subjects to be addressed ASAP. Please send to me. Our reception and dinner will be at Legends beginning at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner will be ordered from the menu. After dinner you will be encouraged to continue visiting in the Class of ’54 lounge on the third floor of Duncan Hall. In 2015, there were 40 in attendance, including spouses and widows. On June 2, at 8:15 a.m., we will have a Memorial Mass in the Duncan Hall Chapel. Mass will be followed by a panel of three CSC priests discussing the global mission of Holy Cross. Near the chapel is the Duncan Hall lounge where we will have juice, coffee, bagels, sweets, etc. available after Mass. We have ordered 19 tickets for the Miami of Ohio game. We are working to improve golf cart availability after the game. In case you were not aware, we were involved in Notre Dame having a separate handicapped parking lot. Buses servicing this area have wheel chair capability. The Class of ’54 Scholarship Fund continues to grow. Total gifts to this endowed fund are $178,000, with a fiscal year 2016 distribution of $13,778 and cumulative fund distribution of $111,665. Funding is available to students who have the academic credentials and have been accepted by Notre Dame and who are generational offspring. The key person to contact is Michael Riemke, associate director, Office of Financial Aid, University of Notre Dame, 574-631-6436. I just received a letter from a classmate who I have not seen in years, who may never have been to a Reunion, but who stayed in touch with other Notre Dame grads. Some of those Tom Rogers has kept in touch with, who he said are all in good health, are John Pigott, Ron Cauley and John McGraw. Obituaries have been written for John Schloegel, Herman Kriegshauser, Paul Forsman, Joseph Wester, Dave Boredman, James Mayer, Brian Jennings. — George Koch; 4758 Curtis Lane, Clarkston MI 48346; 248-623-0973; kochgnl@yahoo.com

54JD Class Secretary — Carl Eiberger;

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

55 Connelly, Murnane, Kearns Host Flings

Kudos to Dick Connelly and John Murnane for hosting the Florida Fling, and Pat Kearns for again hosting the Desert Fling. Tom Magill and Joe McGlynn attended the annual Alumni Board Reunion in South Bend. Dick Burke’s daughter, Mary, received the St. Mary’s College President’s Medal at a special dinner her parents attended. Jack Battel’s family held a Christmas reunion in Florida. After some heavy duty chemo, John Lochtefeld felt strong enough to go hunting in the fall, according to Con McCarty. A long snapper for Rose Poly, Jack Flynn’s grandson was selected for an All-Star game and ended up snapping for both teams because the other team’s specialist didn’t show up. That’s what is great about Division III. Howie Hart shot a 76 after rehabbing from knee surgery. To celebrate Alma’s birthday, Frank Tonini booked a two-week cruise in the Indian Ocean. Peter Ritten enjoyed an auto trip through the Midwest. John Manix is a Bible study facilitator at his parish. Although dealing with several medical problems, Rod Cyrier talked to Clem Divine, who had just returned from Boston after visiting family. Marty Mahrt sent thanks to all who wished him well for receiving the Corby Award. Tom Neville has fond memories of days on Catalina Island with Dick Lofgren. Jim Porcari’s new address is 421 Larkspur Drive, Canton GA 30114. Jerry Prassas, Ron Davis, Jim Ehret, John Hester, Paul Fullmer, Jack Pinter, Mike Kelly, Joe Kearney, Jack Flynn, Gerry Hillsman and Dick Cook attended the Chicago Christmas luncheon. Leo Callaghan (Haiti Project), Mack Stewart (Warm the Children) and Tom Streitmueller (Brother Donald Becker Project) appreciated recent donations. Callaghan also was the first to ID our football captains: Jim Mutcheler ’51, Jack Alesandrini ’52, Don Penza ’53, Dan Shannon and Paul Matz ’54. Hannah, the widow of Bill Kreps, sent a nice note thanking the ’55ers who contributed to the scholarship fund in Bill’s memory. Mike Jackman visited George Shelton and Dick Gauthier after attending Jean’s 60th reunion at Saint Mary’s. Joe Stein’s son, who is head of investment banking at J.P.Morgan, invited his dad to a convention in Utah where Lou Holtz was the main speaker. The photo and conversation were priceless, Joe added. After the hurricane hit Hilton Head, Walt Flaherty had to figure out a way to get a tree off his house. Dan Healy has downsized and is now at 201 Amarillo Trail, No. 311, Houston TX 77077. Mike Carroll got a kick out of taking Angie to ND for her first visit. John Hartigan’s widow, Mary Kathryn, wrote that their granddaughter just received her MBA from ND. Carl Peters sent a funny note about pawning his raincoat to Tom Quinn. The McGrath Institute for Church Life (endowed by Joan and Bob McGrath) received a $1.675 million grant to train religion teachers. Dick O’Rourke’s daughter and son-in-law were chosen as New Orleans Business Couple of the Year. I hope you saw Charles Duryea’s letter about ND admissions in the last issue of this magazine. I enjoyed dinner with Warren Youngstrom in Palm Desert and learned that he shot his age for the first time when 73 and has carded five holes-in-one. His wife Jackie has three aces. Eleanor and Carroll Dowden are installing an elevator in their New Jersey home and resting their knees in Florida during construction. John Hobbs spent Thanksgiving with his son and family in Seattle. Upon hearing of Ralph Guglielmi’s death, Wally Clarke and Dave Metz sent interesting stories about the Hall of Fame quarterback. John Dwyer has been appointed to the Buffalo Diocese Board of Education. He also was MC of the regional meeting of Catholic Charities in preparation for its annual fund drive. Dick Farrell is the designated traveler between Georgia, St. Augustine and Memphis (St. Jude Hospital) as grandson Caleb undergoes surgery to remove two brain tumors. Cy Lindemann reports that fellow Milwaukee architect Jack Shepherd has developed Alzheimer’s and is in a group home. George Marr and Walt Langford are caregivers for wives with Alzheimer’s. Memorial Masses have been offered for Bob Hinderscheid, Father Jim McGrath, CSC, Bill Janes, Dick Canfield, Art Eggers, George Meyers, Ron Auer, Jim Pitcavage, Ralph Guglielmi, Bill McCullough and John Kurtz. Donations to the Class of ’55 Fund can be sent at any time to the address below. Stay healthy. — Paul Fullmer; 87 Heatherdowns Lane, Galena IL 61036; 815-777-2008; psfullmer@gmail.com

55JD Class Secretary — John Coyne;

john.coyne@abm.com

56 Remembering

The Universal Memorial Mass was celebrated by Father Jerome “Jerry” Knoll, CSC, ’56 during a spring stay in Ohio. He was filling in for our chaplain, Father Tom Chambers, CSC, whose health does not permit travel. He filled Father Tom’s shoes well, celebrating the Mass on Feb. 25, the 56th day of the year. The Mass remembers those who are deceased and who are with our Lord. Please email names to me for accumulating and providing to Father Jerry. Scholarship chair Larry Kennedy will report latest totals, heading toward $1.5 million. You can help on this project that makes funds available for students having financial need. For some reason, it was a bit of a hidden fact, but Jim Mense, the Fighting Irish center/linebacker on the 1955 team set a single school record, playing a total of 531.30 minutes (53 minutes per game) against one of the nation’s toughest schedules. He was feted for this accomplishment last year by his classmates at a minireunion organized Bernie VanEtten and Jim Finnegan. The Bed N Bed Registry in South Bend has gone out of business, and will not be able to serve Irish fans in the future; Wanda and Dave Shock thank you folks who enjoyed their hosts’ wonderful service. Maybe you’ve heard, but Ed Cosgrove is exited to hear from his classmates with the latest family news, and a check for $25 (or more if you want to show appreciation) for the ND ’56 Operating Fund. Send your check to ND56 Fund, Cosgrove Law Firm, 525 Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY 14202-1303. Some recent mail came from Julia and Don Schaefer in Wyckoff NJ, Bill Warren in Tulsa OK, and Frederick D’Arienzo in Miami. Joe Cline wrote from San Francisco noting his regrets at missing our 60th Reunion in June. He’s been enjoying time with his son ’93 and daughter ’95USC and five grandchildren aged 7-13. When Mary Margaret and Lou Malandra returned home from the June reunion, she was given shocking news that she has cancer. As of Feb. 1, Mary Margaret is undergoing radiation treatment for her uterine cancer. She will have 27 treatments, one a day. The radiation caused extreme fatigue. Very tiring. They say thanks for all the prayers and thoughts. Dr. Frank Cicciarelli wrote from Dubuque IA. He asked for and promptly received snapshots from those great days in Sneak’n Deacon’s Zahm Hall. He had fun sharing them with his wife, Terry, who is battling Alzheimer’s (to view photos, please visit nd56.org and click on ND52-56 Nostalgia). I just read a book I identified with completely because I was taught by Catholic nuns for 12 years, and then attended ND. Hang Your Wraps in the Cloak Room! Growing up Catholic in the Forties by Dr. Jim O’Brien, jimrobr@gmail.com. The book is available from Amazon and iUniverse.com. You can order from the author directly and he will include an autograph and note. Prices are $13.99 for paper, $3.99 for smartphone card, $15 from the author. Go on Amazon to read a nice review and sample pages. Ed Joyce, Dick Meager and Dick Jacob are prominent classmates sharing ink in the story. Deaths in the ND ’56 family since the last issue included James R. “Jim” Sasso who died Jan. 18. He is survived by his sister, Leslie, and four daughters: Lynn, Jean, Ann and Amy, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The family address is Lyne Sasso, 16728 Glenshire Drive, Truckee CA 96161. James Edward Baldinger died in Raleigh NC on Jan. 14. He is survived by his wife, Alayne Kollar, five children: Sue, Jan, Jim, Mike and Dave, and his brother, Charles. He was preceded in death by his father, Dean Lawrence Baldinger. The family address is Alayne Baldinger, 3405 Forest Road, Raleigh NC 27604-3804. James Thomas Hewitt died Jan. 9 in Duke Hospital after a short illness. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol Ann, three daughters, Janice, Linda Frawley, Kim Bishop, a son, Jim, 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The family residence: Carol Hewitt; 306 Cedar Ridge Way, Durham NC 27705-3318. Robert Filipiak Sr. died from complications from rheumatic fever on May 22, 1969 according to a phone visit with Bob’s son, Robert Jr. The family address is 822 Whisperwood Parkway, Holland OH 43528. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Toledo. I hope you and yours enjoy a pleasant summer. Slow down and smell the flowers. — John F. Manion; 78402 Silver Sage Drive, Palm Desert CA 92211-1348; 760-772-6056; johndomer56@verizon.net

56JD Fondly Remembered

Greetings class of 1956JD. I hope everyone had wonderful holidays and a happy new year. The only update I have is unfortunately a sad one. James (Jim) Murray ’54, ’56JD passed away in December. He is survived by his wife Mary Murray and children, Kathleen, Kerry, Susan and William ’89, and 10 grandchildren. After ND law, Jim served as a law clerk to Luther M. Swygert, chief judge of the Federal District Court in Indiana. He then served active duty in the Army as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps from 1958 to 1960 before becoming a partner with Hogan & Hartson in Washington DC in 1967. Joining Fannie Mae as a vice president and general counsel in 1970, he became president of Fannie Mae in 1981. He then served as partner-in-charge of Brown & Wood’s Washington office from 1983 until his retirement from the firm in 1999. Most recently, he was a board member of Educational Credit Management Corp. (ECMC), a nonprofit company that provides support for the administration of the Federal Family Education Loan Program as a student loan guaranty agency. A resident of Bethesda, Jim was the former president of the John Carroll Society, a group of Catholic lay people in the Archdiocese of Washington. Please feel free to email, write or call write me. Go Irish. — Lauren Sharkey ’08; 330 N. Wabash, Suite 2800, Chicago IL 60611; 703-927-2089; lksharkey@gmail.com

57 Gearing Up for Our 60th

We are gearing up for our 60th reunion in June. Already planned is Thursday night dinner at O’Brien’s Pub, Friday night at Club Naimoli, Saturday night at the Morris Inn Ballroom, and Sunday breakfast/brunch in the tent at Morris Inn. We will have our own tent next to our dorm, with our own bartender and popcorn machine. The late Eddie Sullivan will be there in spirit. John “Bear” Graves checked in and is desirous of single occupancy for the weekend. Paul Byron is checking in on that Bear. We know you are not alone in this request. It seems it comes with our age. W.T. “Bill” Braun wrote of their annual trip to Arizona and California to play golf. In 2016, they included Tucson, called Bob Maier, and with spouses Mary Maier and Susan Braun, they had a delightful dinner. Seeking a redux, Bill called in January only to learn from Mary that Bob had passed a week before. He was survived by Mary and four children. Bob was a retired pathologist and had moved to Tucson. Bill’s letter recalled our sophomore year in Lyons Hall when this thorn bush lived among four pre-med rose bushes: Ron Herman, a cardiologist, who retired from Florida to Chester PA; Manny Rivas, still practicing in New Orleans; and Bill, a radiologist now retired, has lived in Wichita KS for 50 years. Pat Conway wrote of the death of Jim Kiwus. From the Monogram Club, we learned that Charles P. Gordon died April 6, 2016 and was survived by wife Inga and daughter Kelly Ramos. Dan Kelly reported the death of Tom Corrigan who fought cancer for an extended period. He was survived by wife, Peggy. Jim Eggers, MD, commenting on Tom’s death, pointed out that of 150 grads from St. Edward’s High School in Lakewood OH, 16 classmates graduated from ND: Ken Breen, Phil Donahue, Phil Heyl, Jack Hogue, Jim Canny RIP, Tom Corrigan RIP, Brother Dan Kane, C.S.C, Bill Jolly, Bill McClarnon, Bill McGuire RIP, Tom O’Malley, Bernie Schorle, Brother Tom Shaugnessy, CSC, RIP, Connie Urbanski RIP, Matt Wey, and Jim Eggers. That’s quite a record. I don’t believe there is another high school with a record of 16 out of 150 where all attended ND and all graduated. Tragically, Maureen Brown lost both her husband William “Bill” (Jones) Brown and her brother Richard “Dick” Brown in a 24-hour period. Bill died in his sleep on Nov. 17 and Dick passed the following day after surgery for stomach cancer. Besides Maureen, Bill was survived by four children. Dick was survived by daughter Claire. Keep in your prayers K.J. Phelan and Bob Eckland. I hope to see you all at our 60th. And, while you still can, smell the roses and tell the ones you care about, you love them. Peace. — John A. Slevin; 309-456-8986; jaslevin@sbcglobal.net

57JD Class Secretary — Thomas S. Calder;

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

58 Enjoying Retired Life

After reading our column in the last issue, Chuck Vanoncini sent a note to report that he is well and enjoying retired life after spending 56 years as an insurance broker. Some 25 of those years were spent with Dealey, Renton & Assoc. in Oakland CA specializing in professional liability insurance for architects and engineers. A recent knee replacement went well, but he no longer plays tennis due to shoulder and back problems. Chuck has been married 57 years and has two children and four grandchildren. All live nearby in Walnut Creek CA. He attends ND monthly luncheons occasionally and watches all games on TV. Chuck attended our 30-year reunion but missed the 50th. He stays in touch with former roommates Vince Wehby and Len Di Giacomo. His email address is cvanoncini@yahoo.com. He would enjoy hearing from classmates. Congratulations to Jack Barthel for editing and publishing a volume of recollections of the Notre Dame Class of 1958, which he titled Echoes of ’58 as we reported previously. Readers and contributors of recollections will be pleased to hear that Jack was able to donate to the Center for Social Concerns, on behalf of the Class of ’58, the sum of $550, which represented the proceeds above costs from sale of the book. — 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 Memories Made and Recalled

Over the past few years, many columns have been in the category of “where are they now.” We have many memories and a few are included here. We could use more. Gene Bertoncini, famed jazz guitarist, received the Father Art Harvey, CSC, Award for the arts from the Alumni Association. He has been described as the “Segovia of Jazz.” Gene performed with many famed singers and in the Tonight Show band. He is still going strong and teaches at Eastman Conservatory and William Patterson U. Paul Willihnganz, Gene’s drummer in the Lettermen Band, which played for the victory dances in the Navy Drill Hall and for the first Collegiate Jazz Festival, came from Santa Rosa CA to celebrate with Gene. Joe Heil’s book, The War Less Civil, has received good reviews and includes three vignettes on Notre Dame. The e-book is available on Amazon.com. Phil “Blackie” Pier retired from his medical practice. He and Marna live in Rio Verde AZ. They have 13 grandchildren and a great grandchild. We have interesting clusters of classmates, some on campus and some as alums. One such cluster was St. Xavier High School in Louisville. Among the names are Rich Boland who died in 2012, Max Brown who died in 2011, Father Jim Connelly, CSC, of Notre Dame, Jim Coorssen of Louisville, Dick Donaldson of Louisville, Jim Ogburn of Louisville, Charlie Stephens of Edgewood KY, Rick Remmers of Prospect KY, Bill Steiden of Louisville, Roy Wessel of Boulder CO and Ed Weyhing who died in 2016. Another cluster is Glenview IL at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Included are Tom McBreen, Mike Haverty, Ray Collins, Bob Cowhey, Pat Walsh and Warren Grienenberger. Mike was a key runner on the 1957 NCAA Cross Country Championship team. Another connection is that Pat and Mike’s daughter, Laura, is married to classmate Gene Boyle’s son, Kevin, who is also a ND grad. John Cortesio stays active at a law firm he joined 51 years ago in Des Moines. He and wife Barbara have 12 grandchildren with many ND connections spread throughout the family. Barbara is the most recent ND student who spent eight summers taking post-grad theology courses and received a certificate in theology in 2009. Jim McMahon is still a successful legal practitioner in Algona IA. Our resident black belt classmate Ed Ricciutti, received two fourth degrees in combat in Killingworth CT. Mike Kohout is still reaching out to help others, particularly children at The Shepherd’s Home in McCall ID. I am sorry to report the deaths of George Weis on Sept. 25, Dan Cahill (who earned his MS degree in our class year) on Dec. 5, Rich Ryan’s wife, Marty, on Jan. 2 in Fort Wayne and Bob Kaercher’s wife, Patricia, on Jan. 21. This year more and more of our classmates and their families are facing afflictions and challenges, so please pray for them. Please visit FaithND at faith.nd.edu and the Senior Alumni website 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