class notes

1970s

70 Unchanged

 

Pat Murphy, Steve Saeugling, John Slattery and wives met in New Orleans to commemorate their autumn 1969 class trip. Pat O’Brien and Preservation Hall are unchanged. Pat retired in June after 33 years teaching at ND. John retired from Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield and teaches part time. Steve retired in Minneapolis. Gene O’Brien died Dec. 24 in Rio Rico AZ, survived by wife Deborah. He was a registered land surveyor, relocated from New Hampshire. Sergio Bendixen, who founded Bendixen and Amandi International in Miami, died May 26. B&A assesses Hispanic attitudes and culture and works with US and international presidential candidates, the UN, the World Bank, major foundations, and global corporations. He managed research projects throughout the world, addressed Congress and committees, advised elected candidates and officials including Barack Obama. The Columbia Journalism Review pronounced him the pioneer of multiethnic and multilingual research with studies conducted in 30 countries and 20 languages. He spent 14 years as a national television political analyst for four Spanish language networks: SIN 1985-’86, Univision1987-’92, CNN En Espaňol 1993, and Telemundo 1994-’98. He helped five presidential candidates: George McGovern (1972), Jimmy Carter (1976), Ted Kennedy (1980), Alan Cranston of California (1984), and Bruce Babbitt (1988). A chemical engineering graduate, he never married or worked as an engineer. His brothers, Arthur and Robert, survive. Born to a Peruvian mother, he attended high school in Iran when his Norwegian father contracted as pilot for a local airline. He applied to Georgia Tech, but was accepted well after beginning ND freshman studies. He was a soccer goalie. In 1969, his low draft number was uncalled. Amazingly, Peru also drafted him, but somehow his cousin, connected with Peru’s president, intervened. Senior year housemates at 716 Notre Dame Ave. were Frank McGrath, Dennis Ducate, Willie Dvorak, John Maas and Warren Junium. All are well, including Warren, 17 years after lung cancer surgery. Sergio was his groomsman. Tom Kirley, a golfer extraordinaire, and his father managed Kirley and Sons Clothing in Kewanee IL until closure in 1993. He died Nov. 2 in Oldsmar FL. He served in the Army National Guard 1970-’76. His brother Richard ’74 survives. John McLaughlin III, originally of Philadelphia, died March 8, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach FL. He is survived by wife Carol, whom he married in 1996. He added four children to her three. He earned master’s degrees in engineering and storytelling, founded a wastewater treatment company, served a decade on a school board, cofounded a home for disabled adults, and professionally fundraised 16 years. Jean and Bill Hederman moved to Falls Church VA. They sent a spectacular Christmas picture of their family with grandchildren. Marcia and Mike Hammes shared their smiling Florida photo of three married children, nine grandchildren, and two dogs. Elise and Chris Servant glory in Massachusetts retirement with eight grandchildren. They visited Hawaii, Florida, New Hampshire, Maine, and Block Island RI while upgrading their 100-year-old house. Mary Beth and Mike Duffey will become grandparents in May. Mike continues his research in Milwaukee but welcomes visitors.  Jane and John Monnich welcomed their fourth grandchild, Alonzo Phillip, April 26, 2017. Eight months later, they celebrated John’s 70th in the Canary Islands. Three Boston grandchildren speak Spanish better than John does, but possibly less well than Father Ted, who appeared on their Christmas stamp. Mary T. and O'Malley Smith amaze judges in Bethel CT. Pat and I visited Carlsbad CA in November and welcomed six children and 10 grandchildren home for a snow-covered Christmas. — Don Graham; 1901 South Glenwood Ave., Springfield IL  62704; 217-652-1560; fever1@me.com

 

70MBA Class Secretary John Carroll;

 

3922 Brintons Mill, Marietta GA 30062; bus 678-218-5204; res 770-973-4588; john.raymond.carroll.1970@alumni.nd.edu

 

70JD London Luckies to Celebrate

 

Marie and Ken Iverson write that they have accompanied Lorraine and Dan Rybak to one away football game during each of the past four years (Stanford, Texas, USC and Miami). They send their best to all. I recently heard from Marcia Goslawski; you may recall from law school days that she was married to our classmate, Len Goslawski, who passed away at a young age some time ago. Marcia noted that she is well and looks forwarded to reading these columns on a regular basis. If you get a chance today, remember in your prayers Len and the other members of our class no longer with us. Joe Leahy reports from Oregon that he continues to teach a course at Oregon Law School; “The Chief” would be proud of him. Joyce and Tom Sopko advised they were trading a Michiana winter for several months of sunshine and golf in Florida when I heard from them in late December. Remember Bob Urland? He and Celie left the snows of western New York several years ago and now reside in Georgia. They are well and send regards to all. Anne and John Klein have been blessed with three grandchildren, two of whom have moved within a block of their home in Arlington VA. Anne says, “John does what he wants to do when he wants to do it.” It would appear John has figured out how retirement works. Dick Bovey contacted me asking for some help in identifying a picture of The London Luckies. Dick started in our class in 1967, was fortunate to spend 1968-69 in London and, upon return, the Marines called. Dick picked up his degree from NDL in 1971. After law school, he worked in Lafayette IN for National Homes Acceptance Corp. Eventually he and two other attorneys formed their own private practice. He retired in 2003. Dick refers to the year in London “as the best year of my life.” There Dick met his future wife, Michelle who is from France. They have been together ever since. He advises that in October, a 50th golden jubilation celebration of the NDL program will be held in London. Best wishes to all you London Luckies; enjoy the celebration. Nancy and Joe Kane write that they were fortunate to travel last year to Hawaii, Germany and Vienna. Joe belongs to an Irish choral group and accompanied them on a singing tour of Ireland. If we are lucky, maybe Joe will sing a few Irish songs for all of us at our reunion. Congratulations to Jerry Perry for having recently been named president elect of the alumni board of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. Jerry notes this will afford him an opportunity to help the younger members of the legal profession. I write this column in early January looking out my window at several feet of snow with temperatures hovering around 10. Spring will be here as you read these words and hopefully it will be a good time for you to drop me an email update. — John K. Plumb; jkplumb37@gmail.com

 

71 More Retirements

 

Tony Earley retired in December as executive chairman of Pacific Gas & Electric, San Francisco, after a lengthy career in the electric utility industry. On the other end of the electricity spectrum, Tom Vasoli, head of the Philadelphia family business founded by his grandfather, Vasoli Electric, retired in January. They are electrical contractors who wire hospitals, chemical and pharmaceutical plants. These are not the guys you call to install an extra outlet in the rec room. Bill Barz and Tom Herlihy were here for the Wake Forest game. Tom is retired from piloting 747s for United and he and Colleen split their time between Tampa and Dingle, on the west coast of Ireland. Pam and Tom Eaton, Akron, stopped just long enough for the Wake Forest game, on a westbound trek to Chicago to visit their first grandchild. USC was one of the better fall weekends and drew a cast of characters. Charlie Flynn, Miami, and Joe Feiweger, Portland OR teamed up for a visit. Mike Kondrla drove, Tom Sinnott slept, and Dickie Johnson narrated two 13-hour driving segments from New Jersey. Tom played basketball from pee wee days through senior year injury free. Then this winter he hits a patch of ice on the way into morning Mass, tearing ankle ligaments, requiring surgery. Go figure. Georgene and Brian Zevnik stopped on the way south to Savannah, after closing the Nantucket summer house. A bit roundabout, but there was a golf course in eastern Ohio to play. Kathy and Dave Schmidt, Grand Rapids, came south to have someone to celebrate Dave’s birthday with. He brought the cake. Mike Macken and John Harahan were in town, but for men’s soccer, Duke, not football. NC State was also a draw. Tom Desch came from Winston Salem with son Steven ’98. Chris Cicconi, Harrisburg, accepted a standing invite to bunk at Mary and Jim Malloy’s home. Bob Bullard, Bluffton SC, and Paul Dusseau, Columbus, came solo this year, Maureen and Claudia took a pass on their annual trip. Paul continues the transition from fulltime MD to full time grandfather, with side trips in the winter to the Arizona desert. Bullitt has a new grandchild to occupy his day while Maureen, a nurse, and the kids are away at their day jobs. Jim McGraw, Cincinnati, made a side trip to Rockne’s grave and was the principal speaker at an annual event honoring the late coach. Joe Kubinski, Detroit, Bill Pagendarm, Jacksonville, and Pat McAdams, Oconomowoc WI, were in the stadium while the girls were visiting back in the hotel, perhaps with some wine from Pat’s high-end home cellar. It was tough to decide who made the better choice. Tom Borger, Elkhart, passed away in November. An architecture major, Tom was part of the inaugural year abroad in Rome. His firm designed many buildings in this area, while he strove to improve his golf game. Condolences to Liz and their family. Mike Collins, Saint Louis, passed away in October. A mechanical engineer and native of Shrewsbury MA, Mike founded the Beacon Group, an equipment leasing and financing company. A product of Army ROTC, he met Sarah while both were serving in the Big Red One. Three of their five children are West Point Grads. Sue and Pete Ramsour, Webb City MO, and Sue and Don Canfield, Chicago, attended the funeral. Sid Catlett Jr., Atlanta, passed away in November. After a short stint with the Cincinnati Royals, he had a varied career as a lobbyist, talk radio host, community organizer and coach. Check out the obit in the Washington Post, a neat story on a post-basketball relationship with Alcindor/Abdul-Jabbar, a jazz aficionado and Sid Sr.’s career as a jazz drummer. Condolences to Tahira and his extended family. — John Snider; 830 N. Saint Peter, South Bend IN 46617-1936; res 574-217-8961; cell 312-860-1779; jlscpa@yahoo.com

 

71MBA Sad news

 

I am sad to report the death of Mike Greene on Nov. 5. Mike was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer shortly after many of us had the opportunity to see him at our 2016 reunion in San Antonio. Tony Strati tells me that Helena continues to make strong progress in recovering from her stroke. Patricia and Rod Spear are season ticket holders for the powerful ND women’s basketball team and occasionally attend hockey games. I’m jealous. Robbie (Parker) ’71MA and I got to see our top ranked hockey team play against the Badgers in Madison and win with three goals in the third period. Gray and Terry Walts did a lot of traveling from coast to coast during the past year. Gray has retired from teaching, and Terry is still in his medical start up business for the next year or so but has stopped consulting. A highlight of their year was hosting an eclipse watching party at their lake house near the “path of totality.” Please send me your news. — Jim Fackelman; 4635 Lakeview Circle, Slinger WI 53086; res 262-644-6245; cell 414-379-0968; jfackelman@alumni.nd.edu 

 

71JD Class Secretary — E. Bryan Dunigan;

 

221 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1454, Chicago IL 60601; 312-857-2114; bdunigan@duniganlaw.com

 

72 Pulitzer Prize, Jaws and More Jaws

 

In case you missed this on the front end of the July issue, John Cullen is the publisher of the Storm Lake (Iowa) Times. His brother Art won the Pulitzer Prize in April 2017 “for editorial writing that successfully challenged powerful corporate agriculture interests in Iowa.” For more old news: Not too many alumni have New York Times obituaries. There was a long one on Aug. 30, 2014, for John Mroz ’70. John Simone is a long-time professor of marketing communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State U of New York. Mike Ramstack is semi-retired, doing consulting work, and moved two years ago to Glenville NC, an hour southwest of Asheville. Two children live in Charlotte, and a third child lives in Columbus. He took family members for an October weekend to the NC State football game and the Omaha hockey game. John McCarthy, living in Houston, retired in 2015 from the hematology faculty of Baylor College of Medicine/Cornell Medical College/Houston Methodist. I ran into him, literally, during an intramural basketball game our senior year, breaking my jaw. “Jawbreaker” McCarthy confided recently to me that a few weeks after we hit heads, he ran into the jaw of Walt Patulski without breaking it. Tom Kemps retired and moved to Brighton CO. Karen (Postorino) ’75SMC and Rich Sherman live in Bee Cave, outside Austin. Their two daughters live in the area and a son is in Boston. Gretchen (Blumer) ’74SMC and Tom “TG” Gaul are in New Hampshire where Tom is semi-retired from, but consulting in, the packaging industry. Rich published Supply Chain Transformation: Practical Roadmap to Best Practice Results in 2012 and then joined Tata Consultancy Services. Rich and Karen, and Eric Patton and his wife, joined Mike “Tunes” Murphy for the Texas game in 2016. Mike lives near the campus and is retired from teaching and serving as the dean of the business school at Langston U, Tulsa. Eric retired from high school coaching. David Keitges, formerly of Keenan Hall, is from Miami U in Oxford OH. He spent 40 years living and traveling abroad, and at home, in the field of international education. He has three children and three grandchildren. Jack Burnett is retired from Ford Motor Company after almost 32 years in corporate finance. He and his wife Helen live about 15 miles west of Detroit. They have six children, all of whom live in Michigan, and 12 grandchildren. Greg Marx ’77JD, who played football, and who is a Domer lawyer, needs daily home care. You may direct a check payable to “Greg Marx Special Needs Trust” to George A. Goeddeke, ’67JD, a teammate, 1227 Pinecrest Drive, White Lake MI 48386. On the back of the check, in the endorsement section, write “for deposit only to the Greg Marx Special Needs Trust.” John Egart passed away Aug. 22. Our condolences to his wife Patty in Andover MN and their two daughters and son. John served as the captain of our basketball team during our senior year. (It was Digger Phelps’ first year.) He founded First Team Sports in 1986 (in-line skating). He was fortunate that the company’s IPO was done on the morning, not the afternoon, of Black Monday, Oct. 19, 1987. There’s a handsome picture of him in the Star-Tribune obituary of Sept. 2. Richard Kilsheimer passed on Nov. 3. Our condolences to his wife Susan, of Tarrytown NY and their two sons. Let us pray for each other, living and deceased, to the Mother of Holiness. — Jim Thunder; thundergroup@alumni.nd.edu

 

72MBA More Contacts

 

After seeing my request in the last issue for information on retirements, Sandy Kreps wrote to report that he retired in 2008 after he and his associates sold their bank. After his wife Kathy retired from her teaching position, the two of them have been spending mid-spring to mid-fall at their summer home in northern Wisconsin where Sandy says the weather is cool and the fishing is fabulous. Then it’s home to Illinois from late fall through the holidays to be near their two sons and their families. Then they travel in early spring until it's time to head back to Wisconsin. Also, I had a great conversation with Allen Bakos who brought me up to date on the last 46 years. After graduation Allen worked for GM in Detroit for two years, then moved to southern California to join Norton-Simon, where he spent several years before going to work for Hughes Aircraft in Arizona. He married his wife Carol in 1984 and in 1986 they moved to Colorado Springs where Allen entered the investment business with Merrill Lynch. His father’s death in 1993 caused Allen to reexamine his life and he decided to leave the corporate world. He then went to work for The Broadmoor which included golf privileges. After 20 years, I guess even that grew old and Allen retired. For the last five years he has been an avid walker. His six to 10 miles a day means he walks more in a month than I have this century. In summary, Sandy and Allen highly recommend retirement, as have all the other classmates I've heard from. But there are still many of you I’d like to hear from. — Alex McLellan; cell 913-991-0944; irish72mba@excite.com

 

72JD Class Secretary Chris Schraff;

 

1881 Marble Cliff Crossing Court, Columbus OH 43204; cschraff@porterwright.com

 

73 Reunion Coming Up

 

I look forward to seeing classmates at our 45th Reunion coming up on May 31 to June 3. It should be a great time. Hopefully you made your reservations. I went to two home games last fall. I saw Lou Ferrello, Tom Sarb and Ned Braun at the USC game. Ned will retire this year. Tom enjoys life on Lake Michigan and Lou is building a new house in Venice FL. Terry Madden came in for the USC game and for the Georgia game. I tailgated with Mike Busick at the Wake Forest game. He has grandchildren all over the country, is still working, and is cancer free for 10 years. Then I went to the tailgate of Mike Janko. His four daughters showed up. Also, I saw Gene Bastedo. I went to a sporting event in Joliet with Gene and Mike and to the Cubs NLCS game with Mike. I talked to BJ Bingle the day after the Wake Forest game. He should transition to a new Chicago law firm this year and will ease into retirement later. The following people were at the Jim Hunt house for the Wake Forest game. Jim Hunt is doing fine. His youngest daughter is a senior at ND and a Baraka Bouts champion. Mike McCurdy’s daughter just moved to North Carolina. He is retired and doing well. I played golf in Dallas with Mike last year. Bob Ward is almost retired. He plays music on Saturdays in Naperville IL with wife Cindy, who is an accomplished vocalist. Dave Reuter is doing well in Indianapolis. Bob Zigelbauer is still county executive in Wisconsin and playing golf. John Duffy came in from California. He will work for five more years. John is a litigation attorney and enjoyed our USC victory. Marty Clements came in from Kansas. He is the same old Marty. Pete Weber, the voice of the Nashville Predators, was named in 2017 the Tennessee Sportscaster of the Year for the fifth time. J.J. Patout reported that Joe DeLois, Leon Hart and Lloyd Sullivan got together recently. They are the 825 Notre Dame Avenue gang. Thanks for the 1973 picture. I saw Tom Dorn and Bob Ward at the Thanksgiving Day Mass at St. Peter and Paul in Naperville IL. Practicing law in Crystal Lake IL is John Horeled. John and his wife Heather are the parents of three grown children. Checking in from Santa Rose Beach FL is Larry Semerad. Larry owns a massage therapist business and is still playing piano and is the church choir director. Larry is enjoying life as he always has. Congratulations to John Mowbray, who recently opened the Nevada law office of the national law firm Spencer Fane. John has enjoyed a distinguished legal career in Las Vegas. You will recall that his grandfather is the namesake of the Hammes Bookstore on campus. John’s father, an ND graduate, served 25 years on the Nevada Supreme Court. The HBO movie Behind the Candelabra was about one of John’s clients, the famous entertainer Liberace, and John is prominently portrayed in the movie. I am sad to report the following deaths: John Cooney of Falmouth ME, William Todd of Bexley OH, James Wald of Lynnwood WA, Andy Huff of Toledo, John Leadley of Speculator NY, Vincent Walsh of Chatham NJ and Mike Myirski of Flemington NJ. Finally, I am starting a new question at the end of each column: where are they now? This edition’s person is Tom Ewing. Has anyone heard what Tom is doing? Please keep your information coming. — Michael W. Hansen; 3013 Sanctuary Court, Joliet IL 60435; mikehansen@mikehansenlaw.com.  

 

73MBA Happy 45th Anniversary Year

 

Gerry Meridith shares that the Caribbean was hit by Hurricane Irma Sept. 6. It was the strongest Atlantic storm ever recorded. The eye went directly over St. Maarten/St. Martin, where he has a condo. It sustained winds of 185 mph for 10 hours, with gusts over 230 mph, and many tornados. About 90 percent of the island sustained major damage or was wiped out of existence. He was in the lucky 10 percent. He is on the island for the winter, and the recovery has been amazing. If you are looking for a wonderful Caribbean vacation this year, please consider St. Maarten, which depends on tourism. The hurricane had a beneficial side effect: it blew away the overdevelopment of one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Orient Beach. (It is clothing optional, by the way.)  It is now as pristine as it was 30 years ago. If anyone would like travel info, feel free to email him at rgm@peoplepc.com. John Leedom tells us that his wife Pat remains at home during her illness. With some weekly help, he is her primary care giver and is working hard to keep her comfortable. He attends periodic support group meetings to help him cope. He relates this story to us: His collie Rosie recently died and once she was removed from their house, their cat would not come back into the house. A short time later, they obtained another collie, Roadie. Once Roadie was in their back yard, their cat came back and joined them all at the house again. Gus Brown informs us Berry and he are off to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in late April. He turned 74 on Jan. 18. All is well for him. Happy 45th anniversary to all. Please send me your anniversary greetings for the next issue. Let the Spirit continue to have all our classmates respond and share anniversary stories and new email addresses with us. You are always welcome to contact us when in Southern California. If you have not corresponded in some time, please take the time to share your experiences. — Thomas Jindra; 7179 Alviso Ave., Jurupa Valley CA 92509, res and fax 951-685-2091; tajindra@charter.net

 

73JD Class Secretary Tony Palumbo;

 

tpalumbo@palumbowolfe.com

 

74 Class Secretary Dolores “Dede” Simon;

 

440 N. Wabash Ave., Unit 3905, Chicago IL 60611; domerdede@aol.com

 

74MBA Staying in Touch

 

In the fall edition of Mendoza Business Magazine, there is an article discussing the first 50 years of the ND MBA Program. The article features one student from each of the first five decades of the program. For the 1970s, they selected Betty Gallagher. It is a nice article. Congratulations to Betty. Greg Ryder writes that he retired from Intraworld Incentives, Inc. in 2011 after 37 years with the company. Greg and Nancy have five sons and six grandchildren. They reside in Fort Pierce FL. Greg noted that he survived Hurricane Irma, though he fled to South Carolina for a few days, just to be safe. Greg reports that Mike Kozel is doing well. Mike is retired from Ford Motor Company. He and Kathy split their retirement time between Lake Murray SC and Orlando. Greg also informed me that Greg Neftzer is retired from Caterpillar after 36 years. He lives in Nashville. Lastly, Greg Ryder mentioned that Bob Jaeger is retired from the coal industry. Bob and Mary reside in Colorado. Helen and I attended the Wake Forest football game in November. We had lunch at the Mendoza School Tailgate (open to all business school grads) hoping to run into some classmates. Unfortunately, no one from our 1974 MBA class had signed in for lunch that day. I hope to see some of you there in the future before football games. All of those who have written to me thus far have shared the same sentiment: they would like to hear from more of their classmates. Let us know where you are, what you have done for the past 40 years, and what you are doing now. — Jack Burnett; jburnet1@sbcglobal.net

 

74JD Rev. Dennis Makes the Times

 

Chris Kule forwarded a New York Times article which pictured and quoted Rev. Dennis Yesalonia, SJ, who married a couple at his church, St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan. The couple had each adopted a child, led very active lives and met on Match.com. The story resonated with Chris. He and his wife Jean met on Match.com. Jean adopted a daughter, who Chris has encouraged to head to ND for grad school. Suggested reading for this quarter is Tweeddale v Tweeddale. Please emulate Chris and send news about yourself or our classmates. — Joe O’Reilly; cell 502-649-6955; joe.oreilly34@icloud.com

 

75 Noise, Night Games, Retirement

 

I had two responses to my poll on pre-game noise levels in the updated stadium. The vote was one for and one against, plus my original “against” vote. Any other voices out there, please let us know your opinion. Thanks. Brian Sontchi says he is enjoying his work with Acme Cryogenics and still shoots in the 70s for 18 holes of golf with no cart. Chris Hartrich wrote that he misses 1 p.m. start times for home football games. He met up with Bob Dressel and Carl Oberland at the NC State basketball game, watching Mike Brey pass Digger Phelps’ career win total. Carl works for Siemen’s in suburban Chicago and Bob is president of Lasalle Manor Christian Brothers retreat facility in Plano Ill. Chris retired last summer and moved from Wisconsin to north suburban Chicago. He is doing economic development in conjunction with his church and neighborhood. Please remember in your prayers our classmate George Adelo Jr. of Santa Fe who passed away in October. We want to hear about your adventures and grandkids. — Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; 563-349-0469; normbower@mchsi.com

 

75MBA Class Secretary Jim Ouimet;

 

215-862-3080; jimouimet@comcast.net

 

75JD Spring Notes

 

How could I have forgotten the horror of South Bend winters? After an absence of nearly 30 years, we relocated to the Bend to be near family and friends. But each time January rolls around, we’re forced to flee to the Deep South, where this column is being penned in the comfort of palm trees, sandy beaches and bright sunshine. First, the sad news. Roland Amundson passed away late last year after a long battle with diabetes. Godspeed, Rollie. Chris Guidroz lost Suzie, his wife of over two decades, to cancer in 2016. Still recovering from the loss, Chris spends time with friends and loved ones in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Silicon Valley. On occasion, he dusts off his law degree and fiddles about in the legal world at his law firm in the Big Easy. Now, we all know N’Awlins is nice, but for anybody wanting an authentic French adventure, there’s no place like Paris. If that’s your destination, don’t forget to contact John Henry Davis. (See parisbyjohnhenry.com for details.) Bob Weaver reports that he and Hannah Callaghan spent three weeks in Paris and Provence last autumn on a fantastic tour organized by John Henry. Magnifique! When not traveling, Bob is still at the law firm limiting himself to “meritorious” cases, and Hannah remains at the Fair Housing Council of Oregon. I caught up with Steve Botsford, and he reminded me that it’s been 40 years since he left public accounting to work for himself. Steve remains a nose-to-the-grindstone entrepreneur in the work world, developing real estate and recently branching out into an exciting venture in the medical field. If you do nothing else today, see youtube.com/watch?v=3nkAVv4E6zg for details of a HIVEX treatment pilot study. As for me, I continue to consult on international matters for a New York-based pharmaceutical/cosmetic company, giving me a chance to toil in the business arena from time to time. What’s going on in your lives? It would be great if everyone sent me a paragraph with the latest from your end. I promise to pass along the news in coming issues. Without your help, I’ll be forced to make up stuff. — Frederick Giel; fggiel@gmail.com       

 

76 Football Reunions

 

Football season is always a great time to reconnect with classmates. Rich Steiner returned for the Miami weekend where he met up with classmate Tom Ryan. Rich lives in Germantown MD where he is a research physicist for the National Institute of Standards. After leaving Notre Dame with a degree in physics, Rich earned a doctorate in physics from the U of Virginia. Tom is a research analyst for the US Department of Defense. Bob McDonnell was on campus for the rain-drenched Navy game. Bob, the former governor of Virginia, is a professor of law at Regent U in Virginia Beach. He is working on a book on politics and faith. He is a grandfather of five and lives in Virginia Beach. Joining him were classmates Mike Laird and Bill Murphy. Bill lives in Albany and is married to Mike’s sister Julia. Bill and Julia have five children and eight grandchildren. Bill is the CFO of a real estate development company. Mike is an engineer for BAE Systems in Manassas VA. Wendy Duffy recently relocated from Cape Cod to South Bend where she lives two blocks from campus. She enjoyed catching up with Shayla Keogh Rumely when she returned for a game. Wendy attended the wedding of Kelly Paulius ’11 to Tim Wallace ’11 at the Basilica on a rare warm December day. Kelly is the daughter of Tom Paulius. Kevin O’Neill was recently promoted at Ivy Tech and continues to write for NDNation. Ceyl Prinster accepted the Martin Luther King Jr. Business Award on behalf of the Colorado Enterprise Foundation of which she is president and CEO. The award recognizes Denver area individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations for their exceptional community service endeavors in honor and in memory of Dr. King. Barbara Ondercin Gowan joined University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, ’76, ’78MA and more than 1,000 Notre Dame students in Washington DC for the March for Life. Barb was named a 2017 green author. After earning her biology degree from ND, Barb shared her passion for the outdoors as a park naturalist. She is the award-winning author of six nonfiction books for young readers. Pat Sarb and Ron Skrabacz are recovering from hip and shoulder surgeries that are the result of old sports injuries. Tim Tuohy of South Bend died in December after a six-month battle with cancer. Please keep these classmates in your prayers. As I write this, our class has been allotted tickets to the Vanderbilt game on Sept. 15. Plans are in the works for a minireunion, so watch our Facebook page and website for more details. Please continue to send me your news and updates. — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251; mareilly@rfs-pa.com

 

76MBA Waiting

 

Terry Burke reports he is waiting for Angie, his lovely spouse, to retire. He has retired from practicing law and coaching high school football and basketball. He is involved in storytelling around the city of Chicago and has told stories at the Irish American Heritage Center, Mrs. Murphy’s Bistro, Franny’s, Storylab and Second City. He is also working on a project about his great-grandfather and working at the Cubs and received a World Series ring. Angie and Terry planned to spend a month in Florida starting in February. Lynn, my lovely spouse, and I planned on seeing them in Florida. You can reach Terry at 312-203-3512 or terrence.burke@sbcglobal.net. Drop me an email. Let’s get the news flowing again. Blessings to you and your loved ones. — Mike Norris; 248-330-5366; norris1021@comcast.net

 

76JD Class Secretary Virgil L. Roth;

 

625 Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 255, South Pasadena CA 91030; 626-441-1178; fax 626-441-1166; vroth@vlrlaw.com

 

77 Notre Dame’s Finest

 

“Class of ’77, Notre Dame’s Finest,” is a phrase Tony Chifari borrowed from a Class of 1944 alumnus he met on his sophomore year exchange program in Mexico City. Our 40th Reunion statistics agree. The Class of ’77 broke records for attendance and class gift again. Mike Settle wrote that ’77 Navy and Marine ROTC officers upheld the motto, and recalled that the USS Nicholson, a Spruance Class Destroyer he commissioned in 1979, had a similar motto: “There’s None Finer.” The ’77 Championship Fencing Team reunion was held at the NC State game last fall. Philip Mock MD wrote that activities included meeting the current team, dinner at Bruno’s, a tailgate, team prayer during a visit to Coach De Cicco’s grave, and acknowledgment during the game. Fencing team members attending were Drew DePaul, Tim Glass, Terry McConville, Philip Mock, Tim Mulligan and Joe Turgeon. Timothy Powell and his audio team won a Midwest Emmy award for the PBS Lyric Opera Chicago Voices Gala Show. He accepted the award at the ceremony with his wife, Betty Olivera, at his side. The Feb. 4, 2017 PBS concert included stars of opera, Broadway, jazz, pop, gospel, indie-rock, rap, The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir, and a band. On Jan. 10, Ed McAnaney ’61, a retired NYC lawyer and his wife Jeanne were working on their daily crossword puzzle in the New York Times and noticed the day’s celebrity crossword puzzle was a collaboration by the basketball-loving US Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana with Mickey Maurer, owner of the Indianapolis Business Journal. The McAnaneys, whose grandson is a sophomore and whose son graduated in ’91, were not aware that Sen. Donnelly was a Notre Dame grad, until noticing his name in the winter Notre Dame Magazine. The clues in the crossword related to basketball terms. Jeanne hoped basketball coach Mike Breywould know all the answers. William “Bill” Landuyt, (“Pups”), a former member of the men’s crew team and Grace Hall resident, founded Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship with his wife; their nonprofit is located on their family farm and offers therapy riding horses or ponies to children and adults with disabilities. A snowy winter’s evening in January in Chicago was warmed by a dinner with ’77 friends: Sheila O’Brien, Wayne Andersen, Rich Wanders, Karen Dinehart, Deb Kenny Ellsworth and Bill Ellsworth, Marie McCarthy Glass and Tim Glass, Peg Hornback Culhane and Michael Culhane, Janet Carney O’Brien and Mark O’Brien, Leslie Barnes Karas, Louise Karas Hayden and Tom Hayden, Kathy Beenen, Donna Hinton, Eileen O’Grady Daday and Steve Daday, Joanne Toeniskoetter Anderson, Maria Kimovec Grutsch and Jim Grutsch, and myself and my husband, Dan Bishop. Steve Daday is co-coordinator with Jim Hynan ’74 of the ND Club of Chicago’s Senior Alumni spiritual, social and service activities. Cincinnati resident Rich Sofranko is happy to see his two Bay Area grandsons more often, now that his son, James Sofranko, is the new artistic director of the Grand Rapids Ballet. Rev. Anne Dilenschneider, PhD, writes about the current restorative justice process for the Native Americans of Canton SD in the early 1900s. She comes from a family of writers as her father Jack Dilenschneider ’53 and brother J. Justin Dilenschneider ’82 co-authored a book, Whose Words These Are. Tom Clements’ book, How to Run a Non-Profit, is getting great reviews from readers. Andy Panelli’s documentary on legendary post-WWII Notre Dame football teams is previewed on Facebook under Greatest Team-Notre Dame. Mike Grady led fellow ND alumni band members in Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year. Rich Wanders had just returned from an extensive trip to the Holy Land, sharing beautiful photos of sites and events. Paul Pavlov MD of Ocean Springs MS, welcomed granddaughter Annadele, daughter of Matthew Pavlov ’08. Our hearts go out to Dan Lackner on the loss of his father, Daniel Regis Lackner, and to Lynn Mertensotto Girourard on the loss of her uncle, Rev. Leon Mertensotto, CSC, a Holy Cross priest for 61 years, a University theology professor, and rector of Lyons Hall. Please email me any news you’d like to share. — Virginia McGowan Bishop; 847-291-7510; classof1977@alumni.nd.edu

 

77MBA Class Secretary Alan J. Fisher;

 

afisher@hoeyfarina.com

 

77JD Minireunion in Ireland?

 

In follow-up to Pamela and Bob Connolly’s offer to arrange a fall minireunion in Ireland, please email if you have any interest so we can decide whether to move ahead with a date and plan. Fritz Gantner learned that Greg Marx, Academic All-American and captain of the 1972 football team, has a type of Parkinson’s that has left him partially paralyzed. In need of daily home care, Greg has substantial health care expenses. If you are able and willing to help financially, any support would be greatly appreciated. You may direct your check, made payable to “Greg Marx Special Needs Trust,” to George A. Goeddeke ’67, 1227 Pinecrest Drive, White Lake MI 48386. On the endorsement section, write “for deposit only to the Greg Marx Special Needs Trust.” I’m sure Greg would appreciate notes as well. Fritz served as Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc.'s general counsel for 21 years until retirement in 2012. He and Cheryl have a blended family of seven with grandchildren numbering 13. He is busy crossing items off his bucket list, beginning with the Chicago Cubs’ World Series title. John Gaal, with Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC in Syracuse, NY, was named Lawyer of the Year in Best Lawyers’ 2017 Syracuse Education Law. John defends businesses in a broad spectrum of employment litigation matters. Mary Woytek retired last year from the FCC, but still works part-time as an FINRA arbitrator. Craig Rice is still with the FDIC, although for about 15 years, he’s been involved more on the business side in the Division of Resolutions and Receiverships. Randy Petrides recently retired after 38 years as a prosecutor in Flint MI. Randy served the last 12 years as chief assistant. Many classmates had great reasons for missing the reunion last spring, but still want to stay in touch. Jim Foley moved on from his law practice six years ago to open a Cristo Rey School which is part of a network of Catholic college prep schools for low-income students. Other than family life, his work with Cristo Rey has been the most rewarding experience of his life. Jim is very proud to share that each member of the first senior class to graduate last spring was accepted into college. Karen and Robbie Crane missed reconnecting, but they were enjoying a grandparenting obligation. They are now “summering in Colorado and wintering in Arizona.” Kathy Szczepanik Lamping says life and work are great in Colorado all year round. Several classmates were traveling with family last spring. Dave Buchbinder’s family enjoyed a three-week trip to Europe. He still monitors mega-bankruptcies with the U.S. Trustee’s Office in Wilmington DE. The 10th edition of his textbook, Basic Bankruptcy for Paralegals, was published last April. Dave reported that Frank O’Shea is with the New Jersey Department of Banking, and Chris Nedeau started the Nedeau Law Firm in San Francisco. Last spring, Maureen and Mark Zalaoras traveled in England, Scotland and Ireland with their daughter Erin. Mark retired from the Las Vegas city attorney’s office in 2009 after 30 years, but he continues to work part time as a sole practitioner in the areas of personal injury and probate. Mark and Maureen are planning to return closer to the Dome with a vacation or retirement home along Lake Michigan. If you need any updated contact information for classmates who have retired or moved on, feel free to send me an email request. I do my best to include current email addresses in my mass emails. — Janey Bennett; 4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; res 574-383-5745; bus 574-243-4100; jbennett@maylorber.com

 

78 On the Road

 

Greetings, classmates. I trust that Ole Man Winter was not too tough on you. Our thoughts now turn to flowers, beaches, baseball, cookouts, and of course, Reunion. More on that later. I made the trip to Palo Alto at Thanksgiving and hung out with Don “Dancing Bear” Smail and his posse. Don and I were guests of Rosemary (Marx) and Steve Durant for a sumptuous Thanksgiving dinner. Clare Leary was also a dinner guest. The outcome of the game was disappointing, but the West Coast Domers made it a fun trip. Don Smail began the new year cruising “on the road” a la Jack Kerouac. He bought a new car in Rhode Island and drove it back home to California. (Are you surprised?) He stopped in Phoenix to watch the thrilling Irish victory over the Bayou Bengals of LSU. Sweetness. Nace Mullen hosted a soiree at his Center City home on New Year’s Day. Mary White Packer and I were among the many guests, with the Mummers Parade only blocks away. In February, several members of ’78 headed west to watch Jimmy Dunne play the AT&T Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach with his partner Phil Mickelson, along with Rory and Gerry McIlroy. Joining Don Smail this year for golf, seafood and sunshine were Joe Camarda, Greg Switaj, Clare Leary, and Steve and Rosemary Durant. Not a snowflake in sight. Mike Whiteside lives in Dallas, and I am certain he had his Eagles flag flying proudly during the Super Bowl game. Sides keeps up with the music scene in Dallas, and still has a keen ear for discovering and appreciating new talent. John Delaney and I marched again in Philadelphia’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. The green of the Irish took on special significance this year as the city of brotherly love continued to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. This just in: John Murphy is coming out of retirement to be an adviser to Horizon Nuclear in England. I ran into Mary Bak recently. Mary had a nice trip to Denver in January and is kept quite busy at work. She looks forward to seeing everyone at Reunion. Jim “Boobie” Clarke still can’t decide which he likes more, lobster rolls or cheese steaks. Jim continues to expand his culinary knowledge. He is still not sold, however, on chicken on a skewer. Please keep Paul White in your prayers. Whitey was a Holy Cross Hog and he recently suffered a traumatic fall down the steps and broke his neck. He has been stabilized and is paralyzed from the chest down for now. I’m sure Paul would appreciate a note or two as well. Now, the following from our president, Pat Flynn: “Can you believe our 40th Reunion is this year? A lot of living has happened in those 40 years. Please make an effort to come back to the arms of Our Lady on the Dome, and spend some time with classmates, roommates, and other mates that you may not have known as well. At our age, we are entering another new and unknown chapter in our lives. How better to face this part of our journey than with trusted friends and kindred spirits?  Please block out May 31 to June 3 and make the trip back to the launch pad of our lives. We are the class of 1978, the ‘class with class!’ See you soon. God bless you.” Please keep the family of Rosemary Marx Durant in your prayers. Rosemary’s dad died in October. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. I’ll see you at Reunion. Please keep in touch and enjoy your summer. Peace. — Jim “Souls” Coyne; 1801 Butler Pike, Apt. 20, Conshohocken PA 19428; res 267-847-8808; jcoyne@cohs.com

 

78MBA Class Secretary Mamie Anthoine Ney;

 

350 Alewive Road, Kennebunk ME 04043-6013; res 207-229-0989; bus 207-333-6640 ex 2020; irishwasherwoman@alumni.nd.edu

 

78JD Save the Dates

 

Can it really be 40 years since we graduated from Our Lady’s law school?  Please consider joining your classmates for a fun-filled reunion Sept. 14-15. The Irish will play Vanderbilt that Saturday and plans are in the works for a dinner, tailgate on the quad, a football game, and Mass together that weekend. Most importantly, it will be an opportunity to have fellowship with our classmates whom we have not seen in many years. You may wish to make a hotel reservation now. Watch for more details this summer. — Dan LaVille; US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Avenue North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751; dlaville@comcast.net

 

79 Class Secretary Barbara A. Langhenry;

 

3901 Whitman Ave., Cleveland OH 44113; res 216-651-8962; bus 216-664-2893; breclw@aol.com   

 

79MBA Class SecretaryPatty Kennedy Kerr;

 

7750 Leonard St. NE, Ada MI 49301; 616-682-1223; kerrtaxcpa@gmail.com

 

79JD New Paths

 

I’ve had some nice notes from some of our classmates in recent months, mostly about retirements. Tony Vogel mentioned that after bouts with lymphoma in 1991-92 and again in 2012-14, he decided not to push it to the bitter end (age 65 or older) and retired last fall from Quarles & Brady LLP in Milwaukee after 38 years, including a stint as national chair of its energy and environmental practice from 2008-14. He added that for classmates contemplating retirement, he recommends it without hesitation. Mary Murtaugh wrote with enthusiasm that she is retired. She gets to sleep more, go on walks and putter around the house and garden. She also gets to enjoy the last year before her son goes off to college. She says she does not know yet what she’ll do next year, but for now, she is enjoying the freedom of not having a plan. Deborah Griffith mentioned she had retired last fall after 30 years as a trial judge with the Phoenix Municipal Court. She has travel, golf and more ND football games on her docket. And finally, though not a retirement, Pat Dore became a senior counsel in Davis Polk’s Real Estate Group in New York City. Then last August he became a professor of the practice at the Notre Dame Institute for Real Estate and a concurrent professor in the Law School. Welcome home, Pat. David Evinger has been working behind the scenes with Ray Marvar to streamline and perhaps consolidate the scholarship funds created to honor our deceased classmates such as Ellen Carpenter. David reports the goal is to enhance the donations while providing appropriate recognition for all the classmates no longer with us. He hopes to have more information on this in the next few months. I attended the Georgia game last September along with Mark Wight and David Evinger. It was a terrific day and event, made even more so by Ed Foley’s irrepressible good cheer and hospitality at his pregame tailgate party. Ed invites all classmates to stop by when attending games. Just look for his shamrock adorned Foley Flag in the parking lot east of Legends, the old Senior Bar. Finally, I want to thank all who sent notes, prayers and condolences after my wife Claudia died last March. I was touched and honored to receive them. They made me realize (again) that Notre Dame and our classmates are very special. Only one year remains until our 40th Reunion. — Daniel F. McNeil; 1001 NW Lovejoy, Unit 205, Portland OR 97209; 503-539-9188; mcneil.daniel12@gmail.com