class notes


80 Dooley Award


ND 80 Serves highlights two of our own who have been recipients of the ND Alumni Association Dooley Awards for outstanding service. Rev. Thomas Streit, CSC, ’85 MDiv, ’94 PhD was honored in 2015 for his tireless efforts in the fight against lymphatic filariasis (LF), the cause of elephantiasis and a leading cause of disability worldwide. Rev. Joseph Uhen was honored in 2013 for his outstanding ministry as a priest in the Archdiocese of Piura, Peru. If you would like to be a member of the ND 80 Serves Steering Committee, contact Carrie Seringer at or Erin Schneeman at Collins Einhorn Farrell PC announced that firm president Michael J. Sullivan has been recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2018 Legal Malpractice Law Defendants Lawyer of the Year in metro Detroit. Gus Widmayer and daughter Sophie drove across the country to begin a trial year of semiretirement in Palm Springs CA where Sophie is in fifth grade. They visited Rosann and Greg Anselmi in Montclair NJ. Greg has a private neurology practice. They lit a candle at the Grotto for Gus’ ND friend, the late Tim Flood ’81. Tim’s widow, Stacy is in Georgia now. In Rapid City SD, they visited Saint Mary’s alumna Ann (Nichols) ’81 and husband Jim Leach. Gus reports that Dominic Mancuso lives in Buffalo with his wife Teresa and manages the local CBS affiliate. Paul Hemmer and wife Joanna live in Powell OH and send news of their three children. Terri and Tom DesLoge and their three children live in Chesterfield MO. Mary Ryan Amato, returning as class president, sent the following:  Erin (O’Keefe) Hedge and John are grandparents to a daughter Christine Huefner ’08’s son. Mary Jo Basara Higgins went to Ft. Wayne IN for a birthday party Liz Bathon Brown threw for her husband, Dr. Steve Brown. It was great fun, featuring lots of family and friends and a 14-piece band. Other classmates attending included Paul Hemmer, Tim and Cindy Kelly and Mark and Carol Shepherd. Beth Imbriaco Hjelm was in Estonia as a faculty member on a trip for the U of Oregon's executive MBA. She and her husband, Ron, continued to Norway and Sweden. Mary Blachowicz Lewis is one of a team of 25 healthcare professionals journeying to rural Dominican Republic for a medical mission to help Haitian refugees in the DR. Mary reports that Ann McRedmond Waddey joined Karen Pierce and Beth LaRocca at the ND-USC game. They met up with fellow Lyonites Cindy Casper Durley and Mary in Chicago. Cindy Lupica has been chosen to replace the Region 3 Notre Dame Senior Alumni Board member. On one day’s notice, she traveled from LA to Chicago to South Bend for meetings with the ND Alumni Association and and ND Senior Alumni. Cindy joins ND ’80 grads Mark Lynch and Frank Connelly on the board. Martha McLean Whittaker became a member of the Notre Dame Club of Boca Raton's executive board. Prior to her commitment, the board decided to sponsor her to attend the ND Excellence in Teaching Conference and nominated her as a candidate for the Outstanding Educator Award presented annually to a deserving alumnus or alumna. Her son, John Whittaker ’13 received his master’s in theology this year. He teaches religion at Georgetown's Visitation High School in Washington DC. Another highlight of her year was the marriage of her eldest daughter, Michelle, to Kevin Boyle in Rehoboth Beach DE. Cheryl and Ken Kadleck were thrilled to have Morrissey Manor roommates and their wives attend the wedding of son Cameron in Spokane WA. Attending were Freda and Kevin Blake, Karen and Tom Larson and Tara ’81SMC and Ed Zier. Our class family mourns the losses of Joyce Bartish, wife of David Bartish, the mother of Mary Schmidtlein Rhodes, classmates Don Schweighart and Jeff Hawk and the father of Lucy Maloney Jones. — Mary Ellen Woods;

80MBA Non-Reunion Year Reunion


I connected with Michele and Mike Traeger and family at their tailgate party for the Temple game in September. Mike and Michele have been in Minneapolis since graduation, and he heads the consulting practice he started in 1990 advising community banks in the upper Midwest. Their two daughters are Notre Dame graduates, and both married Notre Dame classmates, which is not unusual at Notre Dame. What is unusual is the sisters are married to brothers. Following the game on Sunday, the Traeger family gathered at the Notre Dame Log Chapel for a double baptism of double first cousins. Mike writes that he is all set for the next reunion. Speaking of which, our class had a non-reunion year reunion at the North Carolina State game. Attending were 11 classmates and another 14 guests including spouses, children, nieces, and friends. The weather was very cold but thanks to Dave Kavanagh, Larry Sellars and Mike Maloney, we had a tent, tables, food, beverages and snacks. We had plenty of beer, wine, and Jameson Irish Whiskey, which was in high demand on such a cold day. Dave and Mike still work and reside in Chicago while Larry lives in Milwaukee and works in the trucking industry. Joe Bowers is a solo practitioner for tax and investment advice in Pennsylvania. During our tailgate, I noticed Dick Vitale was standing about 30 feet away, so Joe now has another picture with him to add to his collection. Many of us hadn’t seen some of our classmates since graduation so it was a real thrill to catch up with them starting with Pat and Anoop Rai. Anoop has been teaching finance at Hofstra U after receiving his PhD from Indiana U. They are the proud parents of son Justin, and daughter Sonali. Nancy (Zaytoun) Kenna brought her charming Carolina accent, husband Tom and sons Patrick and Jeffrey to Notre Dame for their first game. Her five sons attended the U of North Carolina but were Irish fans all the way against NC State. Mary Beth and Bill Homer stopped by with their daughter Liz. Bill recently retired from Deloitte Touche and spent the summer at his Jersey Shore home getting it ready for an invasion of classmates. Well, at least my family will invade. Scott Jessup works for the development office at Notre Dame and hosted Pat Ward at his home for the weekend. Pat remains in banking despite selling two of them already. Make up your mind, Pat. Nancy and Walt Zukowski attended and were impressed with our turnout. Walt runs a boutique law firm and Nancy is his sometime chauffeur. My nieces Anna and Clara also stopped by to say hello. Besides talking about family and careers, there were lots of remembrances of our times at ND and London. I have heard from about 30 of our classmates. I try to keep email addresses current and give notice of events. A common question was how many classmates we had in the program, and I believe it was around 70. That means we still have a way to go in collecting emails. All that I can say is that everyone is genuinely interested and would be thrilled to hear from classmates from 37 years ago. Don’t be shy. Please drop me a line with your current email. That way you can at least keep up with the class and see the occasional photos. As we bid goodbye, just about everyone asked when we will have another reunion. Stay tuned and Go Irish. — Joe Kearney; 9 Daniels Hill Road, Newtown CT 06470; 203-364-0346;

80JD Reaching Out


Happy New Year to all. It was fun to watch the Irish win this season. I hope you got a chance to be back at campus for an Irish win. The Law School is buzzing with the news of the Senate confirmation of ND Law Prof. Amy Barrett to the US Court of Appeals. Congratulations Judge Barrett. Tom Jennings has joined FisherBroyles ( and enjoys it. Congratulations to Tom and Kathy on being honored as the citizen diplomats of the year in Philadelphia. Carolyn Short is busy with her law practice and the 2018 political season. Judge Bo Scott is enjoying the bench in Lenexa KS and enjoys having grandchildren. Judge Dan Buckley is the chief presiding judge of Los Angeles County and busy, busy, busy. He missed the USC game this year for only the second time since graduation. He is a very dedicated public servant. Judge Sue Zwick is hitting it out of the park as a mediator/arbitrator at JAMS in Chicago. She works all over the country. Congratulations to Lucille Del Tufo Davy on the birth of another grandson in Florida, another generation of Domers. The first Law School Homecoming was a great success. I will post next year’s date when it is set. Rumor has it that many of us have retired. Write and tell us of your plans and lives and how you are doing. Reach out to a classmate and make their day. Sending love to each of you. — Sheila O’Brien;


81 Class Secretary Mary Murphy;


81MBA Emptying Nests


Some of us are sliding into retirement and some are still gainfully employed, but it seems all of us are edging toward empty nest syndrome. At least it allows us to get back for football weekends more often. Tim and Susan Barbacane Leopold, still in Kingwood TX, and doing trucking logistics, escaped major Hurricane Harvey damage, though some close neighbors were not as lucky. Susan was traveling during the storm and stayed in Chicago with daughter Natalie and her grandson, named after Father Ted. Tim and Susan were at the Temple game and visited Betty and Mike Zmachinski. Mike is still with Sovereign Bank and active with the New Jersey Alumni. Son Michael is a Clemson grad working in New York City. I was on campus for the Senior Alumni golf outing the weekend of the Miami of Ohio game and had a great day with Park Owens. He and Carol are in North Barrington IL and he’s commuting to China for his Juvo Products Company, a designer and retailer of senior-related products. Dave Marchiori is still in Chicago, in his 38th year at Walsh Construction. Son Barrett is a biochemist in San Diego, Kevin is with Coyote Logistics in Chicago, and Alexandra is a teacher in Schaumburg IL. Dave spends a lot of time at homes in Wisconsin and Bonita Beach FL. Mary and Lorne Liechty are near Dallas and are official empty nesters playing host to six grandchildren. Lorne is in his second term as mayor of Heath TX and a partner at Liechty, McGinnis PC. Shiela ’80SMC and Steve Simmerman are outside Phoenix and he still runs all over the world with JDA Software. Stacy and Dr. Joe Sopcich are in Overland Park KS, where Joe is the czar at the massive Johnson Country Community College. They were at the Georgia and USC games. Also at Georgia and USC were Lori and Ron Veith, along with Max, a senior at Georgia, and Sarah ’14. Jan and Mike Langnecker are outside Pittsburg where Mike joined the 60-year club last year and retired after a long career with Bank of New York Mellon, and immediately signed up for any senior league sport he could find. He used the same softball glove he used at ND. Ann and Mark Toth have been married 33 years and live in Libertyville IL where she is an HR director for a division of Becton Dickinson and he is in the pharmaceutical engineering industry as sales manager for Genentech. Son Chris graduated from Marquette and is a product manager for a surgical instrument company in Chicago. Meghan graduated from the Butler pharmacy school and is doing a pharmacy residency in Peoria IL. Barb and I won’t be empty nesters, as we are lucky to have Abby along. She’s busy at an equine therapy center and Barb is a very busy therapist. (Cue the “counseling E.J. for years” comments). Ted and Annabelle are in Sartell MN, where he just passed the bar after Minnesota Law and works for Gray, Plant, Mooty. Colin is finishing at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has worked at a music studio in Cambridge for three years. He didn’t walk in Berklee’s graduation because he was producing a session with Queen Latifah. My book, I’ll Tell: The Catholic Church and the Danny Croteau Murder, is due in December. Hopefully, they’ll let me keep writing this after the release. As usual, I’m begging the missing to get in touch, and if your travels take you to New England, say hi. — E.J. Fleming; 600 Hall Hill Road, Somers CT 06071; 860-749-7621;

81JD President Elect


Nancy (Helling) Gargula, our Region 8 NDLA representative, was elected president elect of the Notre Dame Law Association at the board’s fall meeting Sept. 29. Nancy will become president in the summer of 2019. Nancy and Maureen (O’Connor) Hurley are also co-chairing the board’s Alumni Outreach Committee. Nancy and Maureen report that the Law School will host the second Homecoming weekend and a tailgate prior to the Vanderbilt game Sept. 15, 2018. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. While at the Law School for a St. Thomas More Society-NDLA Board Reception on Sept. 29, Nancy and Mark Gargula ran into Ed and Diane Bleiszner, who were on campus for the football weekend. Each agreed that no one had changed a bit in the 36 years since they had last seen one another, and all agreed to stick with that story. Paul Patricoski reports that his son Adam and wife Beth gave him his first grandchild (Lucas) born on Aug. 20. Paul attended the USC game with Jim Howe. Lorne Liechty completed another long-time goal by finishing his own personal iron man triathlon in October. (It was the “Old Man Iron Man.”) His times were: 2.4-mile swim - slow, 112-mile bike - slower, and marathon run - slowest. Dream fulfilled. Jim Blasé uses the book that he published in 2017 in teaching in the Villanova Law School LLM in Taxation program. Jack Sawyer has joined a new firm in Atlanta. His contact information is Taylor English Duma LLP, 1600 Parkwood Circle, Suite 200, Atlanta GA 30339, 404-640-5918, As reported in the last Notre Dame Magazine, Terry Coogan passed in July. Keep Terry in your thoughts and prayers. God bless and go Irish. — Michael Palumbo; 3799 E. Peachtree Drive, Chandler AZ 85249; res 480-284-4004; bus 602-262-5931;

82 A Force for Good


The Rev. John J. Cavanaugh CSC Award, named in honor of Notre Dame’s 14th president, honors an alumnus or alumna who has performed outstanding service in the field of government or public service. The 2017 recipient of the Cavanaugh Award is Stephanie Miley. Stephanie joined the US Mission to Morocco as the Deputy Chief of Mission in August 2016 and became chargé d’affaires in January 2017. She has worked on a range of economic and political issues for over 27 years and has spent almost a decade overseas and in Washington working on post-conflict stabilization efforts as well as civil-military and political-military affairs. Washington assignments have included the National Security Council and the staff of Secretary of State Madeline Albright. Overseas assignments have taken her to the Dominican Republic, Finland, the Sinai Desert, Kosovo, Iraq, Belgium, and Mexico. During the US reconstruction efforts in Iraq, Stephanie volunteered twice as a foreign service officer in a combat zone, working to help establish political stability and civilian governance. While serving in Mexico, she helped promote women’s economic empowerment and access to justice. Over the years, she has worked tirelessly as a diplomat around the world, drawing on the ND vision of being force for good. Congratulations. Julie (Kosnik) Hersh and husband Ken, along with Linda Roach, Alesia (Doley) Carroll and husband Jerrell hosted a Dallas weekend in September for the Breen-Phillips ’82 ladies. They hosted museum tours, plays and delicious meals for their visitors Rose (May) Carroll, Theresa (Schilling) Doyle, Luann Duesterberg, Kelly (Leahy) Kamm, Mary (Allen) Kissner, Christine (Rammpel) Larrick, Karen (Fernandez) Mitchell and husband, Rob. Ann (McKinney) Holtby and husband, Christopher, Dallas residents, also joined the events. Linda Weissler-Hughes and husband Michael graciously hosted a ’82 Washington DC gathering Oct. 14. In attendance were Rose (May) Carroll, Jeff Didion, Greg Jeffries, Tom Nessinger, Denise (Offer) Nwaezeapu and David Schurr. Father Chuck Wood, a priest of the Archdiocese of Portland OR has a video-projected cameo role in a new play, Tolton: From Slave to Priest. It premiered in Portland and began a national tour in October 2017. St. Luke Productions, an internationally known Catholic theater company, created this one-man drama. It portrays Father Augustus Tolton, the first Catholic priest in the US who was publicly known to be an American of African descent. Father Chuck’s few lines are as a Protestant minister who’s wary of Father Tolton. Chief Judge Andrew J. Gleeson of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, State of Illinois was selected as a 2017 McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow. Andrew is one of 23 leaders throughout Illinois in the judicial, political and civic sectors selected to participate in the executive-level leadership program of the Early Childhood Leadership Academy. — Dave and Tess Lewis; 30 Battle Ridge Road, Morris Plains NJ 07950; cell 973-219-4050; or


82MBA Class Secretary — Renée (Amirkanian) Cooper;


82JD A Strong Start


As I write this column, the ND football team is off to a 6-1 start to the 2017 football season. The “pre-season” began the last weekend of August with a showing of the movie Rudy on the new video board in the stadium. It was an awesome event. I ran into Kathy Brickley the next day on the Notre Dame Trail, an event to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the University’s founding. I saw Tim Nickels and Tom Veldman at the Temple game. Bruce Baty, Liz (Medina) Imhoff, Tim Nickels, John Smith and I were on campus the weekend of the Miami (OH) game for the NDLA Board meeting. I saw Tracy and Rob Neate at the Law School Homecoming event the afternoon before the game. Please note that the 2018 Law School Homecoming will be Sept. 15, the day of the Vanderbilt football game. Please plan to attend. This year’s event was a lot of fun. I ran into Diana Lewis the day before the USC game. Diana was on campus for the ND Trustees’ meeting. Bob Clemons, Tim Nickels, Ed Sommer, Tom Veldman and Perry Vieth attended ND’s thrilling victory over USC. That game is one for the ages. According to an Aug. 9 article in the Wall Street Journal, President Trump had narrowed his choices for the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York to two potential nominees, one being our own Ed McNally. Good luck, Ed. — Frank Julian;  

83 Remembrances and Reunion


Please keep Vincent LaSalle and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Vince passed away on June 2. Please pray as well for the family of Tony Scott, who passed away on Oct. 30. Tony was the heart and soul of the Notre Dame Club of the Quad Cities for the past 35 years. His enthusiasm for and devotion to Our Lady’s university and all of its outreach programs never faded over his years of volunteer work, during which he served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. He is survived by his wife, Patty, and son, Alex. Patti Kozlovsky and her husband, Paul, lost their home and all belongings in the Partrick Fire outside Sonoma CA. Patti and Paul are healthy and safe and are beyond grateful for that. Patti is asking for donations to the Red Cross or other groups working to save, protect and support victims of the California wildfires. Thank you to Clare Padgett for passing this information along. Fran (Beggs) Litton and Anne (Tuerk) Klinepeter reported that they made it through the hurricanes in the southern part of the country with minimal damage. For all our classmates and others impacted by the wildfires and hurricanes, we hope your recovery is quick. Also in happy news, Chris Temple Davis reports that after a long series of treatments, his medical tests are back and there is no leukemia in his body. His status is now complete remission, minimum residual disease negative. This is great news. Chris also notes that he and his husband, Greg Marita ’84, celebrated their 24th anniversary. John Gallo has left Sidley Austin and became the chief executive officer and executive director of LAF, formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago. LAF provides legal services in all areas of poverty law, including housing, consumer, domestic violence, education, and immigration and public benefits. Thomas (TJ) Conley has been appointed a district court judge in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County). Congratulations Judge Conley. Russ Wyborski met up with Keenan Hall buddies Bill Bastedo, Terry Brown, Pierre Miller, Steve Fox, Mike Powers and Kevin Simpson. Russ and his wife, Diane, saw Hamilton in Chicago after being unable to get tickets for the show in New York. He gives the show a great review. Greg Hartman has joined Sadis & Goldberg law firm in New York. Greg practices corporate and asset management law. He lives with his wife, Karim, and twin daughters, Anna and Rachel, in New Jersey. Mark and Lynn Marie (Rukavina) Myhra are traveling to Fatima, Portugal, for the centennial celebration of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Mike O’Brien has started a new blog called “The Boy Monk” that is a friendly conversation about church, religion and spirituality in the 21st century. You can find the blog at Matt Mullen, John Mangan and Mike Murphy played in the Mike McCoy ministries golf tournament on the Warren Golf Course in September. There was no report of scores. Remember that Reunion 2018 is coming up from May 31 to June 3, 2018. Watch your email and the class Facebook page for more information. Be sure to join the Class Facebook page if you haven’t already. You’ll be able to reconnect with class members, get information on what everyone is doing and a sneak peek of this column. Membership on the Class Facebook page is still growing. Search for “Notre Dame Class of 1983” and click “join”. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to provide updates about our classmates. Feel free to drop me a line with news you’d like to share. — Louis J. “Chip” Denkovic; 520 West 43 St. Apt. 32G, New York NY 10036; cell 917-399-8784; bus 212-762-6674;

83MBA Class Secretary John Hilbrich; 630-677-2725;


83JD Class Secretary Ann E. Merchlewitz;


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84 Service to Humankind

Congratulations to Dr. John May, who received the Dr. Thomas Dooley Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association in recognition of his “outstanding service to humankind.” Dr. May devotes himself to medical care for prisoners around the world through his Health through Walls nonprofit organization. Dr. May lives in Miami with his partner and their two sons. Dr. May is the third recipient of the Dooley Award from our class, joining Lou Nanni and Dave Gaus. Jackie (Vitello) Hopkins is a managing director at Stifel Bank & Trust in Chicago, running the division that provides senior financing to portfolio companies of private equity firms. She’s also raising three boys. Paula Autry is the new CEO of Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne IN. This is her second CEO position, coming to Lutheran from Detroit’s Sinai-Grace Hospital. Her husband, Jon Autry, is returning to his hometown of Fort Wayne with her, and the dynamic duo is expected to do great things for the community. Lastly, my apologies to the always fabulous Maureen Canavan, who I neglected to mention as another Lyons annual get-together participant. How could we have enjoyed the weekend without her culinary creations? — Martha Avery;


84MBA Class Secretary Tom Phillips;


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84JD Football Is Back


An enthusiastic group of classmates returned to campus in October to watch the Irish romp of USC. Kate and Chip Cavanaugh, Nancy and Peter Reilly, Ann and John Firth, Therese and Jim Carr, Kristie and Greg Cozad, Donna and Dan McCurrie, Peter Burrell, Mark Carney, Pat Galvin and Jackie and Matt Dunn enjoyed the warm fall night and dominating performance by the football team in all facets of the game. The new stadium is wonderfully designed, and the huge replay board in the south end zone has greatly improved the game experience with replays of key plays. Our condolences to Don Cleary on the death of his father, Francis Cleary MD, a longtime family practitioner in Ohio. And to Brian Moynihan on the death of his father, Robert Moynihan, a PhD chemist from Purdue U, who spent his career developing products for DuPont, eight of which received US patents. Kindly send me updates. — Matthew J. Dunn; 773-294-6851;

85 Tailgate Afterword


Nancy Walsh sent the following report on our class tailgater: “The not-officially-sanctioned-because we’re rebels fourth annual Bad A-- Class Tailgater (BACT) was Sept. 30 at the Miami of Ohio game. It was awesome: perfect weather, Irish won, and over 150 classmates came to the party, making 2017 our biggest turnout ever. The BACT (pronounced “backed”) has become a venerated class tradition and annual minireunion, bringing together folks from all over the country, from every dorm, the tall and the short, the loud and the quiet, the hirsute and the waxed, frequent ND visitors and those who’ve rarely set foot on campus since graduation, followers and violators of Du Lac. And a good time was had by all. Huge thanks to our wonderful, generous hosts: Bob and Anne (Parigi) Michels, Julie and Casey Newell, Erika and Jerry Judd, Brian and Trish (Hobert) Milligan, Connie O’Brien, Tom Comer, Joanne (Madden) and Kevin Finger, Ed Roohan and Tom Reidy, who got up at 6 a.m. to stake out our primo spot behind Legends, fed us delicious food, made sure no one went thirsty, played great music, and generally feted everyone in grand style. We also had a celebrity guest: Cap’n Crunch (handsome, cardboard, 5-feet tall), who served as a powerful reminder of our youthful idealism and the importance of taking a stand against injustice. He sparked fond memories of the famed cereal protests our class spearheaded 30 years ago. There were numerous first-time BACT attendees, all of whom said it was the biggest mistake of their lives missing the first three BACTs, and they vowed to return every year. All classmates are always invited, so please join us next year if you can. The BACT game is announced in late spring or early summer. BACT details, classmate news, witty banter and other fascinating info can be found on the Class of ’85 Facebook page ( Any classmates on Facebook can join the group, which has more than 550 members, by having a classmate already in the group add them or by contacting one of the administrators, Nancy Walsh or Connie O’Brien. Those not on Facebook who’d like to receive BACT info can send their email address to Nancy at” In other news, Jeff Stevens is the new editor of the scientific journal Drug Metabolism and Disposition, published by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). Jeff had served as an associate editor of the journal since 2004. He has also served as chair of the ASPET Division of Drug Metabolism and as a member of the ASPET Board of Publications Trustees. He has worked with several biopharmaceutical companies throughout his career, most recently as senior director at Pfizer in Andover MA. He now lives in Phoenix and consults in the areas of drug metabolism, scientific strategy, and publishing. Jeff enjoys hiking, volunteering, researching local brew pubs, and following Fighting Irish sports. Laurie DeBoer May graduated with an anthropology degree, but years later attended the U of Tennessee and earned a master’s degree in library science. While in Tennessee, she spent weekends hiking in nearby Great Smoky Mountain National Park. She subsequently worked in the Fulton County library system as a children’s librarian. Laurie married a Navy officer and has three children: a daughter attending the U of Georgia; a son who is a Notre Dame sophomore; and the youngest child, who is in high school and hopes to study marine science. Laurie has spent 16 years as a school volunteer with a focus on the media center, orchestra, chorus and the guidance department. She has been a baseball mom, a volleyball mom, an avid basketball parent and an animal rescuer. Thanks for your updates. Send more. —Kathleen Doyle Yaninek;


85MBA Rushing Ahead


Bob Flaig provided a link to a press release announcing a new position for one of our classmates. In Rapid City SD, the Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild, announced on Sept. 20 that Joe Macdonell has joined the Rapid City Rush as president of the organization. Joe had been in the Chicago area for the last 11 years, first with the Chicago Fire, professional soccer team, then with the US Hockey League. In addition to socializing with each other’s families, Joe and I regularly attended ND Club of Chicago and Mendoza events. While I had been aware of Joe’s new position, when I asked Bob how he had learned of the news, Bob reminded me that he is a “highly qualified Notre Dame MBA.” Prior to heading to South Dakota, Joe was in the Boston Area for a wedding. He and Scott Kamieneski had an opportunity to meet for breakfast at Floyd’s Diner in Farmingham MA. The Mendoza College of Business Administration remains active in Chicago. I had the pleasure of attending two recent sponsored events during September. The Notre Dame Master of Science in Finance Program sponsored an evening with Prof. Martijn Cremers at the University Club of Chicago. Prof. Cremers discussed his “active share” measure of evaluating mutual fund investments. Mendoza Alumni Network Forum sponsored an evening with Tom Darrow ’87. Tom’s topic was “How to Build a Legacy, Not Just a Resume.” Jim Lawn recently joined Vector Solutions as VP of sales. Please send me news for future Class Notes. — Dom Yocius;


85JD Class Updates


Chris Hazlitt and his wife, Marcia, are celebrating 30 years in Boulder, Colorado (National Geographic’s “Happiest City in the United States”). Chris is Managing Partner at Bryan Cave’s Boulder Office, where he works as corporate counsel to early stage and emerging companies, and leads technology and consumer goods transactions.  If you’re in Boulder, give him a call! Olga Pribyl is doing interesting and important work at Equip for Equality, which advances the human and civil rights of children and adults with disabilities in Illinois. She is Vice President of the Special Education Clinic where they help families obtain special education services for their children with disabilities. Olga also manages Equip for Equality’s pro bono program, through which law firms and corporate law departments provide legal advocacy services to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. If you are in Chicago and looking for rewarding pro bono work, please contact Olga. Long before Harvey Weinstein became a household name (for all the wrong reasons) Tom Ajamie raised the alarm on a shady deal involving the Hollywood mogul.   Mr. Weinstein had arranged for donations that were made at a charity auction to benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, to be channeled to his theater production company. amfAR hired Tom to conduct an independent investigation. According to a story in the New York Times, “Tom Ajamie, the first lawyer hired by the charity to review the $600,000 transaction, concluded that failure to disclose [the ultimate destination of donations made to amfAR through the auction] was ‘fraud on the bidders’ by amfAR…” The New York attorney general’s office opened a civil investigation and federal prosecutors in Manhattan have now opened a criminal inquiry. I enjoyed a tailgate and football game in San Diego with Karen Kiley Toohill, watching her son Casey play for Stanford. Glass bottles were not allowed at the tailgate, so Karen and I learned that boxed wine tastes better than you think. Karen and her husband Steve (ND Law 1984) have traveled extensively to cheer for Casey and his team. Tom Lupo surprised me for lunch in late August via an Outlook lunch invitation for that day with “You pick where!” as the location. Tom was visiting from Chicago, where he is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, to see Billy Joel at Fenway Park with his two Boston-based daughters, Adelaide (“Addie,” Aon re-insurance professional) and Claire (EY Business Consulting). Addie joined us for lunch, where we learned that Addie and I had both just run the Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod the weekend before (Addie finished juuust a bit before me). Tom’s youngest, Grace, is a senior at the University of Illinois. Please continue to send me your news. Kelly Kiernan Largey;


86 Getting Together


The twin daughters of Rick and Carolyn Stubbs are enjoying their junior year at ND. Two Novembers ago, a group of St. Ed’s guys celebrated 30 consecutive years of their annual “Week of Shame” down in Jacksonville for the Navy game. In attendance were Rick Conklin, Mike Brennan, Mike Milani, Dave Cox, Pat Cogan, Dan Roche ’85 and Tim Nolan ’85. Pete Pranica finished up year 13 with the Memphis Grizzlies and was re-signed to a new contract. He was also selected by fellow Domer Byron Spruell (and current NBA president of league operations) to be on the NBA’s Officiating Advisory Council. Last summer he called seven NBA summer league games for NBA TV. On the personal side, he made his first solo flight en route to pursuing a pilot’s license. He also got back to campus for the Temple game. Lori Bush joined Pam Fox at the celebration of Pam’s brother’s life when he lost his 16-year battle with cancer. They spent quality time in Ponte Vedra Beach FL with Pam’s finance Jim and Lori’s friend John. Pam’s nephew Jack Fox, her brother’s son, is a freshman at the Mendoza School, majoring in data analytics. Pam recently traveled to Birmingham AL to visit a close childhood friend and they joined Nell (Boland) Fredella and Connie O’Brien ’85 and Connie’s mom for dinner. They had a great dinner and took advantage of half price bottle wine night. We heard that John Kunz left Tenneco, where he was vice president, corporate controller and principal accounting officer to become the senior vice president and chief financial officer of US Concrete. Tom “Tag” Grant wrote from Australia to say that he will be spending two years working as chief of engineering and construction for a project in Alice Springs. Dave Crouch hosted numerous monster tailgates this past football season near the Eck Baseball Field. Armando Martinez made it back to campus a few times this past fall as his daughter is a freshman. Teresa Donovan wrote in for the first time ever and we were happy to hear from her. Over the past three-plus decades, her post-ND journeys have taken her from Washington DC (including four years in the George Bush 41 White House) to Boston (full time pro-life, pro-family ministry) to Lexington KY and now home to her native Ohio, where she is working for the U of Cincinnati. In August 2016 she had the pleasure of visiting briefly in Cincy with her Farley Hall roommate of two years, Cathie (Lohmuller) Cicchiello and two of her and Jim’s three beautiful daughters: Margaret and Mary. (Her youngest, Genevieve, was not on the trip.) They had a great visit, and Teresa wanted to give Cathie a huge shout-out on these pages for proving to be a wonderful lifelong friend as she battled breast cancer over the past year. Teresa was truly touched by Cathie’s incredibly thoughtful support and mature Christian friendship, the kind of thing that fellow Domers can well understand and appreciate. Teresa said it speaks volumes about Cathie and their common faith. Teresa said that with the medical “trench warfare” behind her now, she is pleased to report that she is doing very well as the proverbial “long march” now continues. Andre Hutchinson wrote that he finally accomplished one of his bucket list goals by riding on Dave Tracy's annual 100-mile bike ride from Chicago to Notre Dame. I might add that Lori Bush made the ride too. That football weekend Andre ran into a pile of friends including Kathleen (McCarthy) Texido, Dan Murphy, Tom Collins, Don Gayhardt and Dave Stumpf. Andre also wrote that his daughter Kelsey ’15 is a 1st lieutenant in the Marine Corps stationed in San Diego and his son Tucker is a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force stationed in Los Angeles, so the family spent Thanksgiving together around the ND/Stanford game. As always, we would love to hear what is going on with you. Take a few minutes and shoot in an update. Take care and God Bless. — John Spatz; 201-264-2459;


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87 Pride in Our Classmate


We are extremely proud of our classmate, Lt. Gen. Bryan Fenton, who was named the 2017 recipient of the Notre Dame Monogram Club’s Edward “Moose” Krause Distinguished Service Award. The award is the highest honor given by the Monogram Club. This award is for an active Monogram Club member who has achieved notoriety in the following areas: exemplary performance in local, state or national government, outstanding dedication to the spirit and ideals of Notre Dame, demonstrated responsibility to and concern for their respective communities, and extraordinary commitment and involvement with youth. Bryan is in amazing company, with other award winners such as Father Hesburgh, Ara Parseghian, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, CSC, ’63, ’67MA, ’69MA and Lou Holtz. The award was presented during the weekend of the Notre Dame-North Carolina State football game. Many of our classmates wrote to say how touching the ceremony was and how proud they were of Bryan. All of us are. The guys from Cavanaugh Hall held their annual football weekend reunion for the Georgia game and it was a big crowd:  Kevin Malone, Greg Bakeis, Paul Messier, Mark Mutschler, Jim Collins, John Conway, Paul Romano, Bill Lytle, Jim Schommer and Marc Burdell. Marc’s wife Jeanette ’87SMC joined in as well. Six of the Breen-Phillips girls were not able to go to the reunion, so they met up in Chicago instead. Beth (DeCrick) Lundwall lives in Brighton MI, and is a CPA and tax director for a large oil company. She and Bob have a blended gang of nine kids, with three at MSU and one at Georgetown. Stephanie (Mole) Argila, who has lived in Maryland since graduation, is a federal account manager at FCN. Her eldest, Erica, is in her first year at Loyola U in Baltimore and her youngest, Julia, is in seventh grade. Marge Eckerman lives in Colorado and is an engineer. Lori (Lubaway) O’Donnell is the supply chain manager for Aleris Rolled Products in Uhrichsville OH. She recently transferred from the corporate headquarters in Cleveland where she was a sales supervisor for the last eight years. Her two daughters will be graduating from Loyola U in Chicago within the year. Her son is a freshman at Miami of Ohio. Kathy McGuire lives in Sunnyvale CA and works at NASA’s Ames Research Center where she is a project manager and the NASA systems analysis lead for the Orion thermal protection system. She and her husband, Joe Conley, have two children who are in grad school at UC Davis. Jackie (Rusek) Zofkie recently graduated from Institute of Integrative Nutrition as Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and is studying to become a holistic cancer coach. Jackie is a stage three breast cancer survivor and is using this education and her passion for helping others by becoming a coach for people on their own path of wellness. You can contact Jackie for a free coaching session at I got together with Anne (Culligan) Toal, Lisa (Dickinson) Michaux and Katie (Carlson) Bergstrom for dinner in St. Paul when I was in Minnesota on business. We had a fun time catching up, great food and the surprise pleasure of having our entire dinner bill paid for by a gentleman who preferred to remain anonymous. Sadly, Paul Lyskava passed away in June. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Kathleen, and his son Sean. After Notre Dame, Paul earned his master’s degree from Penn State and worked for the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association, The Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture, and for the last 15 years as executive director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Anne LaFlamme’s husband of eleven years, Jay DeWitt, passed away suddenly in October. Anne drove to Santa Rosa in Sonoma County with her brother to donate Jay’s clothing to the survivors of the massive fire in October. She said it was incredibly therapeutic and something Jay would have wanted her to do. — Katherine Bull; 406 E. 50th St., Lower Unit, Savannah GA 31405;


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88 Updates Aplenty


Ask and you shall receive. An update-seeking email went out, and classmates responded, 18 classmates to be exact. So here we go, starting with Paul Pahoresky from Cleveland. Paul, whom you may remember as photography editor of the Dome yearbook, is a partner in a small but fast-growing CPA practice. He’s evidence of the fact that, while tricky, one can become a CPA without an accounting degree. He and wife Christine have four children, three of whom are students at Gilmour Academy, a Holy Cross high school with ND ties. Paul serves as a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. In fact, he sat out a family trip to campus this past fall because he was recovering from a meniscus repair necessitated by a scout-related accident. Hopefully, as he reads this, Paul is footloose and campus-ready. David Jones, Mike Dorgan and Tom Hynes (really their wives) are hosting a gathering in Riverside IL on Jan. 20, 2018 to raise money for John Omernik’s Little Spanish-English School. While I’m not sure when this issue of ND Magazine will reach you. I’m thinking that Jan. 20 is now imminent. David anticipates that this event will also be a minireunion for ND and Zahm Hall. Interested in attending? Email me and I will put you in touch with David for specifics. Also hailing from the Chicago burbs, in Plainfield, Kevin Keane shared that he and high school classmate Erin first dated following their 20th high school reunion and are now married with two sons. Kevin has it worked out that 10-year-old Brady Quinn (yes, he admits to being “that guy”) is a future drum major and that 8-year-old Aiden James will be donning leprechaun garb. Career-wise, he is a finance director with Elkay Manufacturing, producer of water bottle filling stations. While a regular attendee of tri-annual ND Glee Club reunions (he even rallied ’88 glee clubbers to join him at their centennial gathering and concert) Kevin has never attended the regular reunion. This serves as a sales pitch for him and for everyone else who is a never participant to join us this year to see why future attendance will become a given. Whether attending solo or with a group, class camaraderie abounds once back on campus. And, in case Reunion ’18 is not yet on your calendar, the dates are May 31 to June 3 with registration soon to open. Getting back to Kevin, he also reported that Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, a fellow Holy Cross Hog, has made a name for himself on EWTN, the global Catholic news network, and as a nationwide speaker regarding Catholicism. Harold is based in Portland OR. Teresa and Paul Reuvers are thrilled to announce that they’ve added grandparent to their list of roles. Ryan Patrick, Class of ’39 hopeful, was born on July 3 to son Zach ’11 and Colleen ’11SMC. Ryan stayed at the family cabin in South Bend and attended the Temple, USC and Navy games. Paul’s son, Jon ’20, keeps track of Father George Rozum, who has been going strong as the rector of Alumni Hall since ’78. Jamie and Amy (Humphrey) O’Brien are looking forward to our 30th reunion, which will be followed shortly thereafter by their 30th wedding anniversary on June 11. Their children Jamie Jr. ’12 and Josh ’16 are ND graduates, and Meg ’20 is a sophomore living in PE. Jamie is an accounting professor at ND, teaching tax and business law. He also serves as assistant chairman of the accounting department at Mendoza. — Laurine Megna; PO Box 6847, Avon CO 81620; 970-390-9742;

88MBA Deepest Sympathies


Dave Clark shared with me the sad news of Rodney Tam passing away on July 4 from complications due to a rare form of pneumonia. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his wife Tammy and his son Jonathan. After ND, Rodney earned a Law degree from Lewis and Clark U in Oregon and went on to serve as deputy attorney general for the State of Hawaii for the better part of 25 years. Rodney was giver in every sense of the word, and the world is a better place for the time he spent with us all. Rod, you will be missed. I caught up with Dave Piotrowski after the Miami of Ohio game. Dave, my daughter Veronica (who joined me at the game) and I grabbed a bite to eat at Brew Werks in downtown South Bend. Dave and his wife Jamie live most of the year in Charleston SC in a lovely, 240-year-old historical gem on King Street. Dave is regional sales manager at ForeFront, a global technology consulting firm. When Dave and Jamie are not juggling the heavy travel demands of their jobs, they are caring for rescue dogs, specifically pugs. They also escape the heat and tourism of Charleston summers at their place in Chicago for several months every summer. How could I pass up the invitation from Bill St. Clair to join him and his wife Peggy at their beach home in Topsail Island NC for the UNC weekend. Bill and I were able to connect briefly with Bubba Cunningham, North Carolina’s athletic director, on the Friday afternoon before the game. Bubba and his wife Tina hosted a meet and greet at UNC’s Sports Hall of Fame where there were several former ND football players in attendance. Bill, Peggy, Bill’s brother-in-law Lloyd and I enjoyed watching the Irish romp on the Tar Heels. Hopefully we can do the same in basketball in January. Sorry, Bubba. I learned that Sarita and Tracy Harcourt recently made a trip back to Nepal. Sarita traveled with her parents who were returning home. Tracy joined her later where they had a wonderful visit to Kathmandu, Chitwan where they went on an elephant safari and got to bathe baby elephants, and Pokhara to view the Annapurna mountain range known for the famous Fishtail Mountain. The devastation from the earthquake two years ago is still present in Nepal. More recently landslides, as a result of the seasonal monsoons, have done major damage which they saw firsthand in the eight-hour drive from Chitwan to Pokhara. According to Sarita, it is still the most beautiful place in the world with its culture, history and friendly people. So, there is buzz building over our 30th Reunion in 2018. There seems to be agreement to gather over a home football game next fall and there are three games that would probably work: Vanderbilt Sept.15, Stanford Sept. 29 or Pittsburgh Oct.13. If you would like to voice your opinion on a preferred date, email me. I am still looking for more personal updates so please send me a quick email with news. — Ron Linczer; 1251 N. Eddy St., Suite 300, South Bend IN 46617; mobile 574-302-2832; bus 574-631-3591;


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89JD Classmate Sightings


After a long hiatus, our column is back and hopefully will continue regularly. Since the last time I wrote, we have had several classmates with important news. Our dear friend, Bonnie Austin, married David Cluxton in September in Vermont. David is a retired Army officer and lawyer. Several classmates attended the wedding, including Kathy (Young) Connors and her husband, Tim, Susan (Kelly) Burkitt, Susan (Magee) and Arthur McColgan, and Deanne (Kopkas) Calvert. The happy couple resides in Virginia, where Bonnie is a VP with AcademyHealth. I have had the good fortune of seeing some of our classmates on campus on football weekends. Tricia and Gary Glass make the trip regularly from Cincinnati where Gary is a partner with Thompson Hine. Cindy (Constantino) and Sean Gleason have a little more incentive to be on campus this year because their youngest child, Aerin, is a sophomore. She is their third child to attend the University. Regina and Joe Jennings were at the orange van for the NC State game. Their eldest son, Patrick, also is a sophomore at ND. Peter Noone made the long trek from the Pacific Northwest with his son, Paul, for the Georgia game. Peter reports that he is a financial advisor with Principal in the Seattle area. Gene Feeney, fresh off hip replacement surgery, made it to the USC game with his son Robert. Gene’s eldest son, Patrick, is a senior at ND. Summer and Neil Maune and their two boys also attended the USC game. Other regulars on campus are Charlie Mustell, Patty and Tom Griffin, Ann (David) and Tom O’Neill, and Audra and Bob Schultz. Of course, Monica (Harder) ’90JD and Ed Gibbons are at every game and Ed is the real force behind the Orange Van tailgate. He told me that he would love to see every one of you there for a game. The Gibbons’ son John is a senior at ND and daughter Megan is a junior. On a more serious note, after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, our friend Yvette Flores, her sister, Jeannie Edwards ’92JD, and their family founded a charity, LIPAhelp2017, and are donating 100 percent of the proceeds toward humanitarian relief in Puerto Rico. Yvette has a lot of family living in Puerto Rico and receives first-hand accounts of the difficulties. LIPA already has chartered an airplane that carried approximately 43,000 bottles of water to Aguada, Puerto Rico, in October. Yvette expressed her gratitude to classmates for the support they have shown. Please send news, even if it seems old. I look forward to hearing from all of you. — Jenny O’Leary Smith; 701 Big Sky Trail, Cary IL 60013; 312-504-2298;