class notes

1960s

60 Here’s to Health and Happiness

We continue to be thankful for the health and happiness we enjoy. Presently the winter season in sunny Florida and the traffic is like South Bend streets after a big game. The weather is worth it. I had a good crowd of classmates at the Naples ND Club UND night with Lou Nanni ’84 as featured speaker. For those who have heard Lou, you may agree he is an excellent speaker. Our two tables included the Bolands, Driscolls, Fitzgeralds, Gelsons, Giaimo and friend, Jansens, Kiley, Mootzs, Roths, and Velasquezs. A good time was had by all. Our class has five luncheons “in season” in southwest Florida, January through May. Rich Griffin and Dick Corbett organized the second annual class luncheon in Tampa on Feb. 23. Dick’s father played football for Knute Rockne in the 1924-1928 era. Congrats from Tom Camp to Roger Bernardi on his joining the Gallbladderless Club. Roger reports the procedure lasted about an hour. He took a long nap and awoke feeling some discomfort but nothing really serious. Some dietary adjustments are required but not a dramatic change in lifestyle. And finally, thanks for your thoughts and prayers, he says. For those who haven’t heard, Mark Seiler ’06 who was so great in leading us on our 50th reunion venture, rejoined the Notre Dame Development Office a few months ago. Mark is finishing his master’s at Northwestern U and will continue to work out of Chicago until he finishes his courses. Tony Borrello sent a picture of Mike Hurd, Dave Hurd, Bob Pietrzak and Mike Lodish all in tuxedos at a wedding just before Dave died. Three of them are supposed to be tenors, but who knows which ones. Mark your calendars for the fall of ’17 as our minireunion will be the Friday night before the Georgia game. We plan to have dinner at the Morris Park Country Club again. It is always a good time. Get your ticket needs turned in early. John Akalaitis’ daughter, Jane Akalaitis Falvey ’87SMC wrote, “I was reading my husband’s ND Magazine and I happened to glance at the Class of 1960 news. My father, John Akalaitis, was a faithful Domer who passed away in 1987 and would be happy to know that the ND tradition carries on. My son, Patrick Falvey ’19 is a sophomore at Notre Dame. My best to all in the Class of 1960.” Speaking of legacy, the legacy rate for the incoming fall 2016 class was 22 percent; ND’s legacy rate is generally about 22 to 25 percent, which is about double that of top 20 private and highly selective schools. Guinness McFadden reported he had a good time at dinner in San Diego with Bob Frassanito and Charlie Riehm. He was going to have dinner with Jim Ausum and Ken Adamson. He also saw Jack Saldino and reported that Jack hadn’t changed a bit. It was nice to hear a ND guy was in the top two for Supreme Court justice in January. Maybe next time. I’ll need more emails from you to feed this article, elsewise, no article. — 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 No Surprise

On, Sept. 2, 2016 our classmate Myron “Mo” Pottios was honored when his hometown Charleroi (PA) High School named the football stadium Myron Pottios Stadium. That is where he starred, and was able to win a scholarship to ND. Myron has been a great role model for us in his exploits on the gridiron. Captain of the 1960 team, he went on as a second-round draft choice to his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1966 he joined the LA Rams until 1971 when he followed his coach, George Allen, to the Washington Redskins. (The team voted to change its name from the Washington Redskins to just Redskins considering the state of things going on at the time.) Congratulations, Mo. This is an honor that took a long time to arrive but we are proud to see this honor for you. I am being honored by my high school, St. Joseph High School, which I attended from second grade through 12th grade. Don’t ask me why they called it St. Joseph High School in the second grade, ask the Society of Mary. They are creating a Hall of Honor, honoring past alumni who have served the school well after graduation. I am one of four inductees in the first group. I served for 23 years on the board of directors, and was president for eight of those years. They also are creating an Athletic Hall of Honor, and one of the first four entries is the basketball team of 1956 that won the only state championship ever won by the Flyers in school history. I was a junior on that team and my role consisted of going in about two minutes after the first tip off (remember this was 1956) and drawing two or three fouls on the defensive man who guarded our all-state forward, Dan Sitterle. Before you roll your eyes and groan, I was successful at this part of our strategy, but as you can imagine, I sat out the better part of the rest of the game while Dan took advantage of his foul-ridden defender. All in all, it is a little bit like the word going round that when you get to heaven you’ll be surprised to see some people you did not think would be there. But the big surprise is that they are all surprised to see you there. We had winter down here Jan. 6- 9. It was pretty cold, even freezing one day. The rest of the time it is in the 70s or 80s. But despite our lack of a normal weather pattern, Abbie is at the front door with the latch string out. Y’all (that’s plural by the way) drop in when you are passing through south Texas. That’s it for now. See you in August. — Joseph P. (“Pat”) Kelly; 2103 N. Wheeler St., Victoria TX 361-573-9982; jpkellytx@sbcglobal.net

61JD Class Secretary — John N. Moreland;

jnmnd1958@aol.com

62 Reunion 2017

As you read this, our 55th is approximately seven weeks away. When this was written, more than 90 members of the class had indicated they planned to attend. Reunion will begin with a buffet lunch and golf outing on Thursday, and an off-site dinner that evening. If you want to play golf but have not signed up, email Lou Schirano at ceilis@aol.com and let him know you are coming, and indicate your foursome preference. The cost, charged by the University, for the weekend is $230. If you just want to attend one or two events, such as dinner on Friday or Saturday the cost is $80 per meal. Dorm rooms on campus for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights are $25 per night if you purchase the weekend package and $60 per night otherwise. (You are only charged for the nights you stay.) If you plan to come in Wednesday night or stay over Sunday night, you will not be able to stay in the dorm. If you need to stay one or both of these nights and do not want a hotel room, you may contact the Sacred Heart Parish Center to set up a reservation at 574-631-9436. The stepson of Robert J. “Bob” Cihak (not to be confused with his cousin and classmate Robert W. Cihak) was ordained a priest of the Ruthenian Rite Byzantine Catholic (also known as Greek Catholic) last year in Seattle and was assigned to a parish in the Phoenix area where Mary Lynn and Bob plan to relocate. Another Seattle area resident, Tom Collins has joined the “downsizers” and sold his five-bedroom house and moved to a two-bedroom condo overlooking Lake Washington. “Quite a change,” Tom says. “There is no change in my employment though, as I continue battling on as a senior trial attorney in the litigation firm of Merrick, Hofstedt, and Lindsey.” If you visit the Hesburgh Library soon and come across a collection of Chinese Cultural Revolution posters featuring Chairman Mao, thank Dennis Keating who made the donation. Dennis lived in China for a number of years, where among other things, he taught English as a foreign language. Over the years, he bought about 100 posters that he found “in small towns and back alley curio shops.” Bob Henry’s long awaited second book is set for release this spring. Bob noted, “As I mentioned a couple of years ago, it is a long and arduous process. The title itself is a snoozer: Experimental Technical Bases for Evaluating Vapor/Steam Explosions in Nuclear Reactor Safety, but you do have to tell people what it is about. The American Nuclear Society will be the publisher. Whether you will be able to get it on Amazon is to be seen.” Ted Romanowski passed away on Aug. 8. He had been a teacher, coach, athletic director and school administrator in New York State for 30 years before retiring in 1995. Tom Sleeper, who was the DJ on WNDU in the mornings our senior year, passed away on Oct. 23 in Bloomington IL. After his service in the Navy, he went into the family business. James R. Freeman died Nov. 2 in Colorado. After graduation, he served in the Army and then worked as an accountant before stating a painting contractor business. Denny McLaughlin passed away on Nov. 25 in Southbury CT. Father Joe Murphy, who retired about five years ago, passed away on Dec. 12 at his home in Michigan City. He was buried on campus. Jerry Keefe died Christmas Eve in Naples FL where he had retired after 34 years as a pilot with United, plus service in the Army after graduation. — 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 Retired and Still Working

Fond du Lac WI estate planning lawyer, Louie Andrew, partially retired June 30, some 50 years to the day after he was admitted to practice. Daughter Sara continues his practice. Louie’s myriad interests include owning Wisconsin real estate law related companies and flying his airplane. He and wife Sue have visited Holy Cross missions in East Africa, and Tantour, the Holy Cross peace center in Jerusalem. Retiree Bob Gannon has pretty much lived in Connecticut since 1971. He has been a widower for 21 years, has six children (one deceased) and 12 grandchildren (one deceased). “I am the grandkids’ personal Uber driver,” he says. After a three-year absence from ND, Bob attended the Stanford game. Bartley O’Hara, a Washington DC lawyer since 1983, practices legislative and regulatory law. Previously legislative counsel for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Bartley provides pro bono fund-raising and policy assistance to Project Children, Catholic Charities and to Oxford House, an independent living program for recovering addicts and alcoholics. Bart says daughter, Lizzy, who practices with him, is becoming deputy chief of staff for a congressman who is a member of the Ways and Means committee. Bart went to Regis High School in Denver and Catholic U law school. Emails and laments after the Michigan State game included this from Jerry “White” Schmidt, referring to our senior year: “Those were wonderful times that produced today’s memories. God, I miss those times. In my mind, I haven’t changed. My body says different. Just walking around the campus told me for sure.” Brian Richardson added, “Those were the days that septuagenarians can look back to with great pride.” The ND-Wisconsin road trip and Kentucky Derby trip were remembered with John O’Brien saying, “I went to Madison in ’62. I visited the bars, met the coeds and wondered, ‘Why have I spent four years in South Bend?’” Art Smith says, speaking of the Derby, “the word was, ‘if the track is dry and fast, Chateaugay.’ So we got a bunch of cash from the priests and profs, some of our own, and head down. We sleep in a field; next day went to the track. The horse wins. Big odds. We are rich. Steaks and julips for everybody.” Phil Ruddy wrote, “one of my best friends from ND, Ozzie McConathy, unexpectedly died in Boston on Nov. 12 from a thoracic aortic dissection, a form of heart attack. He had been retired from the Social Security Administration. Wife Jennifer predeceased; son Jonathan and two grandsons survive. As for myself, I retired from law practice in 2013 and moved from Aurora IL to Michigan where my wife, Colleen, has a business renting lakefront summer houses. I spend time sailing, and volunteering at ND’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Despite the incredible expansion, I still feel like an undergraduate when I walk among the older buildings where we lived and studied more than 50 years ago.” S. N. Thomas says, “Nick Harkins went home to be with the Lord Nov. 7. Nick had been in ill health. At the funeral were Tom Elzen, George Evans, Charlie Schaffler, and myself. Up until Nick could not leave home, we rotated taking Nick to lunch each Friday for the last five years. We sang the Victory March and Alma Mater at the gravesite. We know this would have pleased him tremendously. He will be missed. God rest his soul.” David Federick alerted me to the death of Maurice Gillespie MD on June 23 at home in Monterrey CA. He is survived by wife Patricia, five children, and 10 grandchildren. He graduated from Tufts med school, and was a retired pediatrician. Maurice’s wife wrote, “he was a grace-filled person; he had a very large practice and five children, so we were busy, but tired and happy.” David and Maurice were roommates at ND. David, a California dentist of renown, said he and Maurice had somewhat parallel professional careers. — Regis W. Campfield; 7534 Oakbluff, Dallas TX 75254; res 972-239-1141; fax 972-458-6928; rwcampfield@alumni.nd.edu

63JD Hoosier Lawyer

The main, actually the only, benefit of writing Class Notes is the opportunity it provides to track down and reconnect with classmates who have been off my radar for many years. Steve Bower is a good example. I knew he was alive because Notre Dame tells us when anyone dies. I remembered that Steve was from Kentland, a small town about 75 miles south of South Bend. However I did not know anything about his interesting and accomplished legal career. He left South Bend for Indianapolis immediately after law school, and had a clerkship with the Indiana Supreme Court. Following the clerkship, he returned to Kentland and practiced law with his father. Kentland is located in a rural county with a population of 1,700. Their practice was focused on the legal needs of an agricultural area. While practicing in Kentland, Steve briefed and argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. To my knowledge, Tom Brannigan is the only other member of our class to have argued before the Supreme Court. If I am missing anyone, please let me know. After a number of years, Steve moved north and joined a criminal defense firm in Merrillville in Lake County, a county with nearly half a million people. In addition to criminal law, he had an extensive public agency practice and serves as attorney for the East Chicago City Council. Steve asked that we not forget our classmate Frank Duda who passed away more than 25 years ago. They were close friends who went through the Notre Dame’s six-year undergraduate/law school program. Frank practiced corporate law in Southern California. Steve and Frank visited each other and kept in touch until Frank passed away. — Bob Saxe; 15725 Ranchero Drive, Morgan Hill CA 95037; 408-779-3668; bsaxe5@aol.com

64 “City Work is Noble Work”

So says Jim Oliver, recently named Norfolk’s First Citizen in Civic Affairs. Jim has had quite the career in public administration. He was city manager in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Hampton, and administrator in James City County. He and Mary just celebrated their 54th anniversary in the company of three daughters and six grandchildren. Dave Stout’s latest novel, available in e-book form via Amazon and Nook, is The Election of 2028. It is about a conspiracy to rig the presidential race by killing some members of the Electoral College and replacing them with ringers. Dave started writing this in fall 2014, never dreaming how things would turn out in 2016. He is in frequent touch with two of his ND roommates, Jack Bowe, who had major bypass surgery some months ago and seems to be mending at home in Hastings NE, and Ted Topolski, gallantly battling cancer in Houston. Dave and wife Rita vacationed in Cancun, Ireland and Paris last spring and summer. But the big trip was two weeks in Russia, where Rita was born. Mike Casper and wife celebrated their 50th last July in Louisville. Best man Pat Duffy cheered them on. Pete Murray of Charlotte celebrated a 50th anniversary in February. They will cruise to French Polynesia this summer. Bucket List. Mike Cilletti and Tom Duff completed the second half (250 miles) of the Camino de Santiago last September. This pilgrim trail goes from the French side of the Pyrenees into Spain and has been in use since medieval times. Classmates will recall that Tom, Mike and Carl Massarini launched an appeal for the Kenneth Kempf scholarship, honoring their undergraduate EE instructor. Congrats to all as the endowment goal of $100,000 has been reached. John Lalli wrote from Jacksonville last fall where he was attending another ND Glee Club minireunion. These are frequently coordinated by Mary and Dick Leonhardt, with most centered around East Coast Navy games. The NFL owners have been very good to Navy, and routinely offer up their stadiums for “home” Navy games against ND as the Midshipmen can never host big games in Annapolis. Dick, with the help of local ND contacts, coordinates a hotel block, a local restaurant for fellowship and refreshment, as well as game tickets and busing. I re-discovered Dick Serafin. Originally from Chicago, Dick worked for Time Inc. for 32 years, retiring as director of print operations 21 years ago. He focuses on playing golf and traveling with Patricia. They celebrated their 50th anniversary last fall. Working out of their home base in Princeton, they travel extensively and count among their favorites the Normandy landing beaches. Dick successfully navigated triple by-pass and aortic valve replacement in July 2015 and reports that he feels great. Dick is a golf nut and reports that he has played at 41 of the top 100 golf courses in the world, including a dozen rounds at Augusta. Sadly, Don Kriner of Anderson IN passed away last August due to cancer. Don and Mary Sue had been married for 48 years. She survives, as well as their son and daughter and two grandsons. Don retired from Eli Lilly in 2002 where he had been a pharmaceutical sales representative for 32 years. He is described as a great husband and dad, and passionate about golf. Tune in next issue for the travelogues of Joe Mayer and Dave Garner. — Paul R. Charron; 44 Contentment Island Road, Darien CT 06820; 203-655-3930; paul.richard.charron@gmail.com

64JD Class Report

Sharon and I send our warm regards and best wishes for a wonderful and blessed 2017 to everyone. We have been in the desert since early December, reuniting with our kids and grandkids over the holidays. We plan a return to the Bend in March. We and the rest of our classmates seem in good health and are enjoying life’s blessings of family, travel and good friends. Russ Bley continues teaching and tutoring Hispanic children at St. Cecilia’s in St. Louis, his old grade school where he has been commissioned to write a parish history. He is a mentoring adopting parent of international students at St. Louis U. Frank Miele, our Manhattan Renaissance man, stays active as a workout warrior, supernumerary in theater productions, gemologist and author. Our other workout disciple of discipline, Charles Sacher, aka Bo Flex, remains dedicated to his Coral Gables law practice and family. He looks forward to a summer trip through the national parks of western Canada with his family. The trip is designed to revisit early family excursions that he and Dorothy took when their boys were young. Mary and Jack Rammel are doing a PBS sponsored cruise from England to Scandinavia and Russia in June. They have traveled with Burt Wolf, the PBS host, on many occasions. Kay and Tom Conneely are active and well in Mill Valley and are taking a ski trip to Alta, then Park City and all the other friendly snow banks they can find. Tom mentioned that he had learned of the passing of Phil Facenda, former Notre Dame general counsel, with whom Tom had practiced law in Chicago years ago. Phil was my next-door neighbor for several years in South Bend. RIP Phil. Jack Kopko and Adele spent some Christmas time here in Palm Desert, helping their daughter, a doctor at the Eisenhower Medical Center, relocate with her husband. They were planning a trip to Cancun in February. Helen and Ernie Zavodnyik are enjoying sunny Venice FL and family trips to Philadelphia and New England. Kathleen and Bob Hanlon are in good health, and Bob remains active in his firm’s product liability practice. They planned to head to Baton Rouge in February to watch their granddaughter compete for the LSU swim team in the SEC finals. Dorothy Jiganti says spouse Jack has a clean bill of health in his rapid recovery from heart surgery. They were heading to Florida in early February. Hurley Smith, my old colleague from Ford Motor Credit Co. days, is well and busy in Rappahannock County VA, serving on the county elections board and experiencing a tumultuous election season there. Eileen and Bob Cash are ensconced in Naples FL, close to Betty and Larry Gallic with whom they took a Notre Dame sponsored cruise to Iceland. The Gallics also made a fall odyssey to Colorado, visiting their daughter and working for a few days in her successful gluten-free energy bar business. They headed to Palo Alto CA for Halloween. Larry went trick or treating in costume with his grandson; they were peanut butter and jelly. Homes visited included that of Mark Zuckerburg. Dawn and Bob Frost bravely have wintered in Worthington OH. Bob is almost fully recovered from a back problem caused by an errant paint brush and ladder. Carol and Lou Pfeiler came through a harsh winter in Dubuque and are doing well. Marian and Jim Slater are busy planning exotic international trips, the latest being to New Zealand. Chuck Sweeney braved most of the Midwest winter before vacating to warmer climes in Long Boat Key FL. Lastly, I am pleased to report that Gerry Vairo sounds vibrant and hearty in my conversations with him. He asks that I pass along his best wishes to all of you. God Bless. — Richard Balfe Wagner; 1204 Erskine Manor Hill, South Bend IN 46614, 574-299-9888; cell 760-567-1270; rswagnersb@gmail.com

65 Golden Wedding Anniversaries

At this time, many of us are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversaries. Among the celebrants are Becky and Steve Hook of Etna OH. Having lived in Youngstown for 19 years, they marked this milestone by binge watching The Sopranos. Steve continues to write a humorous political blog. He mentioned that John Pastore reads our class column in reverse order, starting with the death notices. Judy and Pat Zilvitis have also been married for 50th years. Pat is on the board of directors of Ansys Inc. which is a software company in Pittsburgh. It has revenues of roughly $1 billion per year. He is chairman of the compensation committee and has served on the board since 2000. In his spare time, Pat works as a handyman for his children who lack the time or expertise to do plumbing or electrical work. Apparently, the college of engineering at ND was also a trade school. Phil Haley and his wife Susan (Armel) ’66SMC recently celebrated their 50th at their home in Champlin MN. Phil is a retired orthopedic surgeon who has happily transitioned from tying sutures to tying fishing lines at their winter home in Naples FL. Two of their children are ND grads. My wife, Kathleen (Bayer) ’66SMC and I celebrated our 50th this year by taking our three children (all ND grads), spouses and eight grandchildren on an Alaskan cruise. I still teach at the U of Washington Medical School where I have a Hansen’s disease clinic, but have been retired from private practice since late 2015. Retired FBI special agent Ed Armento reports that his former roommate Harrison “Harry” Pierce retired the end of last year after 40-plus years as a pediatrician in New Canaan CT. He gives great thanks to his wife, Maggie, who supported him all those years. Mary and Fran Harvey spend as much time as possible with their grandchildren to the point they feel like parents again. However, they reserve time for two annual cruises. Fran also serves on several boards, both corporate and non-profit. Jim Dwyer had an extensive winter tour of Southeast Asia with his wife and son in celebration of his 15 years of advocacy on behalf of the private Mongolian business community. They live in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Next year Jim will begin his annual return to the USA by renting in Florida for several winter months. While in remote Hua Hin, Thailand, Jim spotted an Irish pub called Father Ted’s. The Irish owner had never heard of our Father Ted, but named his establishment after a famous Irish TV show featuring three priests. Eileen and John Huarte are still living in Pacific Palisades CA and have 13 grandchildren. Retired Col. Doug Lovejoy and his wife, Jean, have moved to Annapolis MD where they are near the water and close to their family. Doug is in sustainable remission with his cancer. He is a deacon in their parish and Jean sings in the church choir. Last fall, they enjoyed an extensive European tour. Please remember Alex Maxwell and James McDonald in your prayers. Both received their MA degrees in our class year and both died last December. — James P. Harnisch MD; 6759 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040; jphnd65@hotmail.com

65JD Class Secretary — John Donald O’Shea;

pelagius@qconline.com

66 Rock On

Can you believe that many of us are looking to celebrate our 55th high school reunions? We’re just coming down from our 50th at ND. It must be true that clean living pays off. Speaking of which, Jim Hawkins writes that he is looking forward to his 55th at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington VA along with the likes of Bob Riviello, Mike Rush, Pat Lannon, John Killian, Bill Rohlin and Dick Martiny. It is sad to note that the late Dan Morper and Jim Ballard were part of that class. Also, you may have noticed that Brother Martiny was a deserving candidate for a senior alumnus slot on the ND Alumni Board. As of this writing, the election results were not available, but hope springs eternal. By the way, Dick recently married an old high school classmate. I understand that Lannon is out Denver way with wife Denise and is quite active in the local ND Club. As many of you know, Class Prez Cap Gagnon is a prolific writer and has in the works a historical epistle on the first 30 years of ND football. It’s bound to be a great read. Cap also forwarded a summary of ND dorms with one category being “notable residents.” He shares the following about some of our mates: Howard Hall, Bill Dwyer; Lyons Hall, Pedro Rossello; Pangborn Hall, the late, great (and my former roomie) Mike Wadsworth. I heard from Anthony Bolton in Chapel Hill and he’s recently published an autobiography, Second Journeys: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life. It sounds like a relevant topic for us all, check it out at boltonanthony.com. Paul Barry chimed in from Jupiter FL where he and Maryellen reside for most of the year. They stop at their Breckenridge CO home from time to time. They had been in Hawaii for a family reunion with the kids and grandkids. Paul has been in oil and gas for most of his career and lived in Jakarta for a period. He is semi-retired, but stays active in the business. Like most of us, he loved the 50th. Jim Starshak was reminiscing about his football days at ND of Niles, near Chicago, where he played with Alan Loboy on the 1961 undefeated and untied team. That team was being inducted into the high school wall of fame in early February. Jim lives in Honolulu and reports that Max Graham deserves the greatest-distance-traveled award for the 50th, having come from Kauai, 75 miles west of Jim. Also I heard from Rev. Frank Quinlivan, CSC, who reports that he has spent most of his life as a priest in Bangladesh and gets back to the US every three years. Frank lived in Moreau and was active in CILA, going one summer with a group to Peru. He is alive and well and still captivated by the Bengal. John Jackoboice checked in with Cap from the Palm Beach area, where he and Sarah were hanging out and warming up. He reported that the ND Board apparently was meeting there as well, as he bumped into Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC. John Rahiya sent word from the warm climes of Costa Rica. Dennis O’Toole let me know that he and Joan were in Stuart FL for a few months and were headed back to Arlington VA around St. Paddy’s Day. Dennis also mentioned the passing of Tom Spurr in St. Louis. Tom had been in sales for a number of computer and tech companies and he and Linda retired back to St. Louis in 2015. Keep in touch with the latest class news via the website created by Jack Gerken: 1966.undclass.org.That does it for this iteration. Be well and send news. — Tom Sullivan; 1108 Westwicke Lane, Lutherville MD 21093; cell 773-454-4343; t66sullynd@gmail.com

66JD More Reunion Notes

As I mention mentioned in the last column, editing constraints did not allow me to include all of my notes from the October reunion so I’ll continue. A highlight of the gathering was the opportunity to visit with Joan “Cookie” Gregory who was there with her husband Jack Lindsay, an “ex-officio” member of our class. Joan and Jack spend the winter on Hilton Head Island and we’re relieved that Hurricane Matthew left their home intact. A member of our class who has faced health issues is Bob Krause, who has lost his right foot as a result of diabetes. His cheerful good humor remains undiminished, however, and with the able assistance of his wife, Terri, he was able to get to all of the activities on campus and boasts that he still gets to the office several times a week. It was truly inspiring to see Bill Sanneman looking as trim as he was 50 years ago. Bill and his wife, Victoria, are living proof, as I once heard, that the 70s are the new 50s. I never had to search far to spot Tom Ward as he was usually standing or sitting by my wife Colleen as they wistfully compared notes on the Austin Healys we each owned in law school and commiserated over our failure to keep them over the years. Although Tom claims he’s still putting in the hours, I suspect the heavy legal lifting is done by his son, who is a partner in the firm. Another classmate who looks to be in even better shape than in previous years is Bob Murphy. Bob and Maureen have to my knowledge attended every reunion we’ve had. Their grace, humor and good cheer are a welcome presence at each one. Marty Idzik has lost none of his robust humor and his wife Patti none of her charm. She continues to bring warmth to every reunion. Ben Aspero and his wife Sally remain as affectionately exuberant as always and Ben’s uplifting pleasure in life is invigorating to us all. It was great to chat with the always classy “man in black” Tom Reading who is also one of the few of us to retain his law school weight. Scott Maxwell is another Double Domer, having graduated with me as an undergrad in 1963. As I’ve pointed out before, Scott’s father and mine graduated together in 1927. Like the Murphys, Scott and Etta attend every reunion. Scott and I are among the many of our class who have retired. It’s always a treat to see the elegant couple Tom Brunner and his wife Jan. If my memory is correct, Tom is one of the six members of the class who are still in practice. Dean O’Meara would be proud that at least a few of us are still weaving the tapestry. On a final note, I just received a surprise package from Jim Anthony containing a wonderful book of short stories from the 1920s describing the legal adventures of a fictitious lawyer named Mr. Tutt as well as a DVD Jim made of our 2001 reunion. Some of you may have received copies of it, but if you didn’t, contact Jim at j.anthony41@icloud.com if you would like to receive one. — Philip C. Ruddy; 15911 Lakeshore Road, Union Pier MI 49129; 630-207-0172; rudds241@aol.com

67 Reunion at 50

Our 50th Reunion will be held on campus June 1-4. O’Neill Hall will be the host dorm. The planning committee has been busy scheduling events uniquely for our class, beyond what the University provides as part of the normal Reunion activities. Those special events for our class start Thursday night at the Warren Golf Course Clubhouse with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Ara will be present, but will not speak as the gathering is intended to be casual. Friday morning at 8 will be a shotgun start for the class golf tournament at Warren Golf Course. After our class dinner Friday night, the famous Shamrocks Band will play at the O’Neill Hall lounge and tent, where drinks and snacks will be provided. O’Neill will serve as the hospitality lounge where beverages will be served all weekend for our class. Then on Sunday morning, a brunch will be held for our class at O’Brien’s Pub in the Compton Family Ice Arena. For these extras, the planning committee is requesting a $35 per person contribution to cover the costs. In less positive news, John Lium has informed us, through Carol Garvey O’Malley that Lary Kuharich passed away on Nov.13 in Litchfield CT from the same cancer that took Jim Seymour ’69. Lary roomed with Jim Lynch freshman year in Keenan Hall, before transferring to Boston College. Lary was a football coach most of his life starting with the USFL San Antonio Gunslingers. Ron Jeziorski is recovering from heart value replacement surgery in San Jose CA. He has encountered some issues due to an infection. Please write. — Bert R. Bondi; 1891 Curtis St., Unit 1502, Denver CO 80202; bertrbond@gmail.com

67JD 3 Jims and a John

Reunion 50. I’ve asked for help in planning our Reunion and the formerly honorable John Hargrove, Jim Olson and Jim Mollison stepped up big time. They met with a law school rep on campus and planned some of the details. Friday, Sept. 22: cocktails and dinner at 6:30; Saturday: tours and game watch; Sunday: Mass at 10 a. m. and brunch at11a. m. The activities will take place on campus. A few rooms are available at the Morris Inn under our reserved block. I’m expecting 70 percent of our surviving class to attend and I hope for a few more. There will be tours of the campus Saturday morning. Let me know if you or your spouse will need assistance if the tour involves extensive walking or steps. Mollison had arranged for a Mass on campus in memory of the late Mike Manzi in January. My last column was not printed in the magazine but if you would like a copy, call me and I’ll send it to you. Ted Sinars is still basking in the Cubs World Series win and expects to see another in the coming century. He did manage tickets to one of the games. Curiously, Lynn and Ted will change their long tradition of traveling to see the Cubbies in spring training and, instead, they will vacation in Hawaii. So much for loyalty. Beth and Frank Verterano had one vacation in the Virgin Islands in January and have planned another to Sicily in May. Margaret and Jerry Berthold celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first meeting: in Sweeney’s Bar, South Bend, during the Great Blizzard of ’67. Margaret still wonders whether the effect of the alcohol and the need for a ride home in the snowstorm made Jerry look especially appealing. They are still recovering from celebrating Christmas with their two children and three grands. MaryAnn and Bob Konopa write from their winter retreat in Tucson that they are planning a trip to northern Italy in the spring. Bob is considering taking down his shingle after 50 years of practice, but all that free time hanging around the house scares him. MaryAnn says that she married him for better or worse but not for lunch. They enjoy their five daughters and 12 grandchildren. Lou Brenner Jr. ’87 ’90JD, son of Lois and Lou Brenner, is taking his parents to Budapest, Vienna and Paris this summer. (Copies of this article are available for forwarding to your children.) The couple enjoyed a great Christmas with all four children and 11 grandchildren. Mike Seng is the co-director of the John Marshall Law School Restorative Justice Project and shares his recently published letter in the Chicago Tribune relating to violent police and citizen interaction in their city. Restorative justice involves a discussion between the police department, the victim and people in the community who live with the problem and who would have to live with the solution. It offers an alternative to costly lawsuits and criminal prosecutions. Mike teaches a course in restorative justice that sends students to problem neighborhoods to work with youngsters on alternative ways to resolve disputes and avoid violence. John Nelson always responds to my pleas for news. I am especially appreciative in the winter months because John and Linda apparently lead a survivalist existence in the wilds of Colorado and communicating to the outside world by dogsled is more difficult than normal. He writes that he’s filled his deer locker (and duck locker and fish locker) by traveling no more than 20 minutes from their ranch. Of course, here in New Bern, we fill our lockers at the local Publix just down the road but you have to admire his pluck. After taking several months off to re-sharpen his acerbic wit, Jack Harty is back and relating, on our class email list, his observations on sport, politics and general silliness. He did share with me privately some sensational news about ND football that he gleaned from Bob Barkley, but swore me to secrecy until Reunion. — Jim Heinhold; 1200 Carmel Lane, New Bern NC 28562; res 252-638-5913; im4irish@aol.com

68 The Election: Get Over It

The election revealed a rift that reached into many groups, including the class of 1968. Some woke to cheer, while others woke to gloomy pondering of the madness that had been expressed at the polls. But our class is resilient and our friendships are well-forged. Eventually the partisans of victor Chris Murphy and of defeated Dennis O’Dea will reconcile. The 50th class Reunion draws near. During the past football season, Class President Tom Weyer took time for meetings with advisors, mostly family members, at his Weyer-a-lago complex on Paw Paw Lake in southwestern Michigan. Though unsuccessful in lobbying for 1968 class representation on the new national cabinet (the incoming administration wanted to stick with billionaires of mid-range wealth and so avoid the political pushback of selecting Mike Browning, Bob Brady, Tom McCloskey and some other excessively prosperous candidates) those Tom Weyer assembled at the Michigan retreat worked through other important matters. The Wall Street Journal article about his representation of Guantanamo prisoners (see link at ndclass1968.com) made Tom Durkin an unlikely name for the short list of Supreme Court nominees. On the other hand, the group made progress with establishment of the Weyer Library and the maintenance of the important documents and artifacts. Kept in a sturdy Paul Powell shoebox given to the Weyer family by a former Illinois secretary of state, the materials have moved from beneath Tom Weyer’s Dillon Hall bed to many other locations over the years. Now, what to do with the records, all of such interest to scholars? Included are a Brian Sullivan business card clipped to John O’Connor’s draft of a plan for a Weyer Global Initiative: “This would be wrong,” reads the note on the back of the card. A rare note from roommate Tom Condon asks for a wake up in time for an afternoon ROTC class. A clipped Tom Brislin column from an Observer, a scrap of cloth from a Spiderman costume damaged at a campaign stop, edited copies of a couple of inaugural addresses, a $10 Bryan Dunigan check drawn on a Continental Bank account in 2003, a “paid in full” receipt from Gilbert’s, the trove is full of interest. In April, when the Observer celebrates its 500year history, Dennis Gallagher, Tom Condon, Jay Schwartz, Bob Anson, Bill Kelly, Tom Brislin, Tom (Indiana) McKenna, John Walsh, Bill Siska, David Kahn, Steve McCormick, Shaun Reynolds, John Twohey and others from that storied time will assemble for discussion of the Observer investigative style that editor Pat Collins began with our own deep, unrelenting examinations of the transgressions of Scholastic staff. If April brings the snows seen during Dennis Toolan and Mary Lou’s wedding two years ago, there may be snowball fights as Bill Knapp begins an assault on deadbeats with unpaid advertising charges. The draw of grandchildren has led Paul Zalesky and his wife to leave the West Coast for Rhode Island among in-laws, the new home proximate to grandsons in Boston and two children in New York. The World Series outcome prompted a note from Ned Buchbinder: Carmen Fanzone, a utility infielder for the Cubs who played in a jazz band, said, “Playing a trumpet is great. And sex is wonderful. But there is no greater thrill than hitting a baseball.” Bryan Dunigan and Joe Kernan can attest. Bryan was part of a group whirling among Gotham sites in December. “I just spent the weekend in New York City with Joyce and Matt Walsh, Sheila and Tom Gibbs and had dinner with Eddie Broderick. Sheila and Matt’s grammar school classmate is Cathy Wendt Sudeikis the mother of SNL’s Jason Sudeikis and he was starring in the play Dead Poets Society. We saw the play and celebrated Cathy Sudeikis’ 70th Birthday with her family. The play is terrific. Also visited the spectacular Calatrava train station, the 911 Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, had brunch at the New York Athletic Club and the Carlyle Hotel and attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.” Get details, send news and photos. — Tom Figel; 1054 W. North Shore, Apt. 3E, Chicago IL 60626; 312-223-9536; tfigel@reputecture.com

68JD Birthday to Remember

With the exception of Charlie Weiss’ 75th birthday party, I have not heard of any of my classmates for several months. As Tom Curtin stated, it is hard to write an article without your input. As to Charlie’s surprise birthday, his bride Suzie coordinated with their four children for a great night which included the Weiss family, fellow high school graduates from Charlie’s High School in Perryville MO, classmates from the U of Missouri and ND classmates Jim Cooling and me. Jim’s bride Anne and my wife Suzanne joined in the gathering. There were many acknowledgements as to the multitude of contributions that Charlie has made to the American Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association, as well as Charlie’s efforts in awarding the ND scholarship in St. Louis. There was also major recognition of Charlie’s pro bono work, where he has received national recognition for his efforts. After the many accolades that Charlie received, the roast began. I will share with you a few of the examples of actual trial transcripts where Charlie has established his reputation as one of the best trial attorneys in the United States. Weiss: Doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning? Witness: Did you actually pass the bar exam? Weiss: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he? Witness: He’s 20, much like your IQ. Weiss: Were you present when your picture was taken? Witness: Are you kidding me? Weiss: She had three children, right? Witness: Yes. Weiss: How many were boys? Witness: None. Weiss: Were there any girls? Witness: Your honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney? I served as Attorney Weiss and Jim Cooling served as the witness. Tom Curtain was unable to attend since he had a previous engagement. I am sure Tom could have added some additional war stories. Suzanne and I are departing in a few days for a trip to New Zealand, Australia and Bali. For those who may wish to make my job easier, my email address is below. I would appreciate everyone taking a few moments to provide me with an update as to what is happening with you and your families. — Dennis Collins; dgc@greensfelder.com

69 Turns 70

Well Domers, this is the year most of us turn 70, so congratulations. It has been a great ride so far and I hope we continue to enjoy it in good health. Classmate Dick Merritt writes from sunny Florida that he had the pleasant experience to be with quite a number of our classmates over recent months. A group of mostly retired classmates meet monthly for lunch, including Tom Ladky, John Hickey, Steve Kavalauskas, Tom Fischer, Jim Lyons and Mike McCauley. I recently joined the group after I retired. Another group made the trip to San Antonio for the Shamrock Series game. Included were Terry Fiorina, Mike Fogarty and Tim Roddy. Unlike the group above, these guys are still working. We did take a few days to enjoy San Antonio and Austin, as well as the game. And, recently I ran into Tom Shannon at the Milwaukee Club’s UND Night. Tom continues to practice law locally. Classmate Mike McCauley writes that classmate Chuck Perrin was honored by the Alumni Association with the Rev. Anthony J. Lauck, CSC, Award. As a student, Chuck was an active member of the campus creative scene. In addition to performing and acting, he operated a performance space that became an off-campus arts hub for interaction between teachers and students. “Notre Dame taught me the value of being a part of a strong arts community and ignited in me a passion to keep the creative arts a vital part of my life,” Perrin said. He accomplished this by establishing Dizzy’s in San Diego, an all-ages performance collective, much like the one he conceived at Notre Dame. “I made a place where artists can truly connect with audiences, where the music comes first,” he said. “Even better, my involvement keeps me inspired to continue to create my own music.” His efforts have garnered him the appreciation of countless musicians and performers, not to mention music-loving audiences of all ages. Dizzy’s has become an acclaimed San Diego institution with a reputation known to jazz fans around the world. “I am truly honored to receive the Rev. Anthony J. Lauck award and pay tribute to a man I personally knew and respected not only as an artist of high stature, but also as a caring human being,” Perrin said. Classmate John Hickey has graciously taken up the challenge offered in the last column to establish a class blog. Here is the address: notredameclassof1969blog.blogspot.com. Please contribute at your convenience. We appreciate John taking on this task for the class. Classmate Mike Brennan relates that he is eager for our 50th Reunion. Hopefully we will all remain able to attend. Keep those cards and letters coming. Go Irish. — Tom Ryan; 248-334-9938; sylvanlawtr@gmail.com

69MBA Minireunion

Please mark your calendars for Sept. 30, the Miami of Ohio game, for our next minireunion. 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 contact me. — Dennis B. McCarthy; PO Box 246, Bear Lake MI 49614; bus 231-864-3111 ext. 115; dbmc2@blarneycastleoil.com

69JD Report from San Antonio

I received a great email from Dave Prior after the Army game in San Antonio. Dave found the speech at the pep rally at the Alamo given by Rocky Bleier ’68 inspiring. Rocky was honored at the game along with Pat Brady, who saved Rocky’s life in Vietnam. Dave caught up with Jim Brady, Vince Stamp, Jim Cooney, Nick Trogan and George Ball before the game. George and I had a chance to talk before the USC game. He is doing well, enjoying retirement and looking forward to our 50th Reunion. Dave heard from Tom McCusker. Tom’s daughter, Emily, is a member of the marching band. Tom sent a video and photos of his daughter to Dave. Tom ran past me at one of the games, camera in hand, after shooting pictures of his daughter on the field at Notre Dame Stadium. I am looking for suggestions for our 50th Reunion, which is just around the corner. — Jim Starshak; 889 Kaohe Place, Honolulu HI 96825; bus 808-523-2515; res 808-395-0443; jstarshak@carlsmith.com