class notes

1950s

50 Lives Filled with Travel, Art, Joy

 

I received an email from Barbara Gerra, the daughter of Ralph A. Gerra ’41, about the passing of her father. Ralph was a long-time friend of John Mendenhall and she wanted to send him a personal message. If anyone else knows how to reach John, please contact Barbara at ralphaguerra@yahoo.com. Joel Bullard passed away on Dec. 20 in South Bend at age 89. He was a manager of varsity sports while at ND and later served in the Army in Munich, Germany. His obituary in the South Bend Tribune reported that “Joel worked to eliminate racial barriers in housing, serving as president of the South Bend Urban League, a founding member of the Catholic Interracial Council, and Catholic Co-chair of the local Council of Christians and Jews. His legacy includes the North Shore Woods complex on the St. Joseph River, which showcases huge old-growth trees. Joel had an endless love of adventure and filled his life with travel, art, and joy. In the great Irish tradition, he was known for opening his home to all comers for countless celebrations.” Joel is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lou Ann (Skeen), eight children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Alexander W. Cook, 89, died on Dec. 31 in Burr Ridge, IL. A military veteran, he later received a law degree from the U of Chicago and was employed at Smith-Barney as a bonds broker. Alexander is survived by his wife of 63 years, Camille, and several nieces and nephews. John E. ‘Jack’ Courtney, 89, passed away in Michigan on Jan. 27. He was married to Pat for 66 years and leaves behind six children, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Russel J. Lesperance, 93, died on Nov. 12 in Milwaukee. He was in the military during World War II and later became a Double Domer getting his JD in 1951. An obituary in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel stated that “Russel was a dedicated family man and … was a pioneer in commercial real estate in Wisconsin and Illinois. He was always willing to lend his legal expertise to those in need and delighted in helping the poor. His typewriter is now silent.” He is survived by Virginia, his wife of 65 years, three children, seven grandchildren (three deceased) and six great-grandchildren. Richard M. Mosier passed away on Jan. 13 in Herington KS at age 90. His obituary in the Wichita Eagle included an extensive biography with comments about his Army service during World War II as a member of the occupation forces of Japan and personal aide to 11 war trial judges with the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. Also mentioned was his 59 year-career as a dentist in Kansas including participation in many dental societies, his diverse civic organization activity including the ND Club, Knights of Columbus and Civil Air Patrol, several awards and honors he received, and details about his love of flying. It also added that “He loved his family, caring for three generations of dental patients, telling stories, traveling, helping others, target shooting with expertise, scuba diving, flying, and pyrotechnics. On multiple occasions, he traveled to the jungles of Belize, Central America, providing volunteer dental care.” Richard is survived by his wife, Norma, four sons, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Benjamin H. Patterson died on Nov. 12 at age 93. He served in the Navy aboard USS Escambia during World War II and later became an honors graduate at ND. James E. Wack, 90, passed away on Nov. 15 in South Bend. He served in the Navy prior to graduation and later became a family doctor. Many of the tributes posted on the South Bend Tribune website referenced Dr. Wack’s gentle, caring demeanor and the difference he made in many people’s lives as a medical practitioner. The obituary also said, “He trusted always in the Lord's will, and he prayed every day, especially the Rosary, encouraging his family to do the same.” James is survived by two brothers, three sisters, 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. If you have news about the class or stories from your time at ND to share, let me know. Go Irish. — Jim Coogan ’91; 6018 Oxpen Court, apt. 101, Alexandria VA 22315; jcooganv@alumni.nd.edu

 

51 Staying in Touch

 

Hi everybody. I hope this message finds all of you feeling good. I couldn’t go any further without offering my congratulations to Coach Muffet McGraw and her women’s basketball team in winning the National Championship, a great honor. Kudos to a real champion, Arike Ogunbowale, for her outstanding play. I had a great telephone conversation with Andy McKenna, Chicago. It’s always a pleasure chatting with Andy. Father Johnny O’Brien, DePere WI, called recently to thank me for his bio in the last issue. Thank you, Johnny. I have sad news, guys. Our vice president, Bill Hagan, Atlanta, passed away on April 14. Our group has lost a loyal friend, and a person who loved our school. Bill, you will be missed. Carole Kaufman notified me that her father, Fred Kaufman, passed away in Rancho Palos Verdes CA. Fred spent his career as an engineer. Thank you, Carole. Guys, I received belated notification that our classmate, Jack Dunlevy, died on April 2, 2015 in Bend OR. Sharon Dunlevy, Jack’s widow, let me know. They traveled together to some 100 countries as tourists. Jack retired from the Navy as a captain. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington DC. Thank you, Sharon. Congratulations to Tom Boland, Hannibal MO in celebrating his 50th year as a Ford automobile franchise dealer. Nice going, Tom. My bio for this issue concerns a name from the past, and a real success story: Bill Whiteside, Ocean City NJ. Soon after graduation Bill enrolled at the U of Pennsylvania Law School. While in law school he coached the 150-pound football team. In those days, most of the Ivy League schools had 150-pound football teams. Bill married Eileen in 1954. They had six children and 11 grandchildren. Eileen passed away in 2008. They met when Bill was in first grade. Eileen was in second grade. Two of their sons are Notre Dame graduates: Bill ’76 and Mike ’78. Bill started his law career in 1956 as a labor lawyer. He has served on many boards of companies during his career. Maybe the most prestigious appointment was his period as chairman of the board of directors of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY. It is the eighth-largest private university in the nation. Bill received many awards and records through the years, but most of us will remember Bill as the left-handed quarterback striving to make the next road trip. Congratulations, Bill, for a remarkable career. Our books are still selling well. Keep me posted on any activity. Anybody desiring to have a bio, just let me know. Stay well. See you next time. — Jim Gillis; jimjanegillis@aol.com

 

52 Those Early Days

 

What do you remember about your first few weeks at ND 70 years ago? I vividly remember the time I spent with five other guys in a Hotel Oliver dorm room. Ralph Richard recalls how his roommates Ed Sullivan and Bob Jay got him jump-started on a study regimen during those early days. Chas Schubert comments on his train ride from NYC to South Bend, accompanied by one suitcase and other prospective freshmen. His Zahm Hall roommate was Bill Toohey, with whom he’d spend four years. Following Marine Corps service, Bill joined the CSC order, later leading Campus Ministry. Bill Corbett also landed in Zahm. Bill dismissed the Saint Mary’s tea dances as a cattle call but is now proud to say that he has three granddaughters at Saint Mary’s. Another Zahmer, Al Sullivan, was an Army vet whose roommate was Tom “Peaches” Foley. Al says, “Looking back, I met some of the finest people I was ever going to know.” As a townie, Frank Myers avoided some of the angst experienced by many of us, but clearly recalls the perils of pre-1865 US history. He found a home within the Glee Club, traveling across the country for performances. He observes that today’s singers are attuned to international concerts. Tony Messina recalls being assigned, along with Tom Reyman, Neal Moore and others, to a room in the Hotel Oliver with about eight beds. Next stop was Cavanaugh Hall where he was sequestered with juniors, far away from our freshmen fray. John Minck reports that he and his roommates Jim Richmond and Tom Britt recall the sense of discipline provided by the veterans who formed a significant part of our class. As budding engineers, they were able to concoct an electrical system that permitted study long after the 11 p.m. curfew, even under the watchful eye of Father McCarragher (Black Mac). Physician Chuck Linsenmeyer, looking back, “would like to do it all over again.” He and Ginny enjoyed their 12 beautiful children. Another MD, Jim Reid, recalls that on his first class in the pre-med curriculum, the prof predicted that only eight percent would make it into medical school. “The prediction was pretty accurate.” Jack Neumayr, a founding academic of Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula CA, reports that 12 percent of its grads have entered the religious life, including the priesthood. Jack is writing a history of the place when he’s not tuning his golf swing. James Ebzery was drafted during the Korean War and sent off to Eritrea. His avocation for the past 30 years has involved visits to nursing and retirement homes. Our track captain, Paul (Bucky) Ewing, enjoyed a rewarding teaching career. Following graduation, he ran for the New York Athletic Club, where he broke several records. He later served as an AAU official at Madison Square Garden track meets. On a sad note, we must report the passing of Mary Straub, wife of our class vice president, Judge Joe Straub. A 1952 graduate of Saint Mary’s, she brilliantly filled the roles of wife of 67 years and the mother of 14, along with a lifetime commitment to civic affairs. In addition, we have sad news on the passing of Terry Brady Jr., who died November 28 in Sun City Center, Florida. Following his time at Notre Dame, Terry served in the US Navy, enjoyed a successful business career and coached numerous youth sports He is survived by his wife, three children and spouses: Jane L. Brady, Nancy Brady Smith, Audrey H. Brady, Daniel J. Brady ’85 and Melissa A. Brady, Wendy Brady Ruff and Robert G. Ruff, as well as nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Terry's eldest son, Terence C. Brady III, preceded him in death in December of 2014. Finally, we would be remiss not to mention this year’s opening of the Duncan Student Center, the nine-story edifice that’s part of the Campus Crossroads. The gift of Ray Duncan and family, it has quickly become a center for student activities. Ray was also the benefactor of Duncan Hall. Thanks to Ray and to all of you who have embraced the University’s giving societies. — Ron Zier; 164 Brewster Road, Wyckoff NJ 07481; 201-447-6667; ronaldirishguy@aol.com

 

53 Reunion 65

 

The Reunion will have come and gone by publication time, so this is a limited report with more to follow. These events stand out: Friday night class dinner at Morris Inn, Saturday all-class dinner; and Sunday morning Mass and brunch at Moreau Seminary. Assuredly, I will overlook names of committed attendees and shall remedy the oversights in the next column. So far, some of the attendees of whom I have notice include: Tom Morsch, Father Ernie Bartell, Matt Markert, Lee Tavis, reunion chairman Jim Rogers, Vic George, Ed DeBoer, Andy Hernon, Bill Maus, Tom Reedy, Dave O’Leary and Deacon Mike McNulty. There shall be more as the time nears. Tex McMonagle is to attend a training staff reunion at Paris Island this summer, a gathering to celebrate his service as base commanding general, now too long ago. Dave Flynn assembled a listing of the freshmen football scholarship players, which provoked memories of great friends. The list was published in periodic email broadcasts and is still available upon request. Dave noted that he, Jack Whelan and Al Kohanowich are the surviving members of the class. Thanks, Dave. The nephew of Jack Powers, Chris Powers ’81, has returned to South Bend to practice cardiology. Chris will give Jack another set of eyes and ears on campus activities. Jack talked with Larry Eaton recently. Larry has given up golf and keeps busy organizing charity music concerts for worthy causes. There are four events a year and are well received. Ralph Argen is considering additional surgery on his knee, and John Dwyer will be available in Hilton Head to help when needed. Cullen Langford continues his faithful service in maintaining the class email list, earning continuing thanks. Special prayers are requested for Joe Finian, who has been diagnosed with inoperable brain and neck cancer. Joe has submitted to a relatively new treatment plan, immunology. Also, John Peck’s wife, Dolores, is undergoing treatment for advanced lung cancer. Pray for these folks, other ailing members and the recently deceased as follows: Tom Dege, Virgil Bardash, Michael Dolan, Charles Manion, Leo Dohn, Jack Varney and Jerry Hammes’ wife, Dorene. Your news will be happily received and published. — Jerry Mulvihill; 60413 Sumption Trail, South Bend IN 46614; res 574-287-3460; domerhill@aol.com

 

53JD Class Secretary Bob Berry;

 

5806 Spaulding St., Omaha NE 68104; 402-457-4142; yokeemup@aol.com

 

54 A Sad Passing

 

On March 28, our class secretary, George Koch was called home by God. It was a big loss for all. George served us exceedingly well for many years. He kept us informed. In addition, he handled the class’s group seating arrangements for the football games. George graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School and then went on to Notre Dame, marriage to Lola, raising a family and finally retiring from Bicker Corp before settling in Clarkston MI. George enjoyed an active retirement. On a personal note, George was a great friend. When in Florida, George and Lola joined Anne and me for lunch and dinner. On a few occasions George and I chased a little round ball for 18 holes, always a fun time. Please remember George and Lola in your prayers. We will no longer have group seating for football games. The ticket office discontinued the service. If you want to join classmates, get together before ordering. Our 65th class reunion is just over a year away. Charlie Allen has already started working on it. Preliminary plans are as follows: starting Thursday, May 30, 2019, there will be a class dinner at Legends. Due to limited seating, there is a limit of 50 people, so get your reservation in early. On Friday, May 31, we will have the class Mass at 8:15 a.m. in the Duncan Hall Chapel. Saturday morning, we will meet at the Duncan Hall gathering area. There will be a speaker who is well known to the University and a classmate. As the reunion plans develop or change, I will inform you via this column. Enjoy the remaining summer. — John Mertens; 68 Sparrow Ridge Road, Carmel NY 10512; res 845-630-5940; cell 845-216-7251; jacksparrow@comcast.net

 

54JD Class Secretary — Carl Eiberger;

 

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

 

55 Lifetime of Service

 

A big tip of our hat to classmate Kamal Hossain, the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree at ND commencement. He was recognized for a lifetime of service in his native Bangladesh in the legal and government areas. In addition, he had a role with the UN Human Rights Commission and made a founding contribution to a Peoples’ Forum political effort. On behalf of the class, I received a delightful note from Max Roesler’s grandson, Thomas, an engineering major at Notre Dame. His note thanked the class for his scholarship. Bernie Tracey advises that he joined a sprightly platoon in the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He further announced the ND admission of granddaughter, Caroline, to the ND class of 2022. Carol and Joe McGraw are planning a trip to Japan. They had lunch with Bob McGrath and Charlie Pollnow. Maureen and Jim Bigelow are battling health issues. Prayers are asked for them and Frank Schmidt’s wife, Donie. Pat Kearns enjoyed striding in the St. Pat’s Day Parade in his new location at the Villages in Florida. His golf game is improving. Ed Kelly reports on a good lunch in Florida with John Manix. The old St. Ed’s roommates enjoyed trading reminiscences. Trudy and Mike Kelly offered to host classmates in Westport, Ireland, during May and June. Jeanne and Dave Scheele finished a Civil War cruise on the Mississippi. The cruise featured a presentation by the great-great-grandson of Jefferson Davis. Apparently, he felt the Civil War conflict still echoes today. Next, they are off to a Mediterranean boat ride. The Magills and McGlynns plan to be at ND for the Alumni Association past presidents’ meeting in November. The session will coincide with the Florida State game. Dick Connelly reports that Brian Gaffney is tackling some tough medical issues. Prayers for him and Ed Prien are requested. Emmet Root was presented the first lifetime achievement award by the International Home Furnishing Representatives Assoc. John Fitzenz announces a new publication on travel adventures. Contact him for information. Jack Battel supplied a lively description of Harry Niewman planning a Holy Land trip. Jack Flynn and Butch Vallace wrestled for a lunch check in Florida. Jack also broke bread with Bill Stoutenburgh. My favorite foreign correspondent, Frank Tonini, sent a note from an Italian paper describing the thrilling ND women’s basketball triumph. Thanks to John Derwent for reminding us that Arlene and Leo Hawk have endowed the executive director chair at the ND Center for Social Concerns. Paul Fullmer reports improving health and Sandra is back at golf. A nice note came from Joe Baume sending Easter greetings. He keeps busy in South Carolina and makes occasional runs to visit family in Memphis. He is happy to be rid of some medications. Don Stanley is providing major humor. Be sure you get on his list. A great surprise call came from John Hamilton. He and Barbara are staying well in Virginia. I keep getting good sports feedback from Bill Richardson. A nice event took place in April at the Lincoln Belmont Branch of the Chicago Public Library. Steve Rebora’s widow, Joyce, and several family members had an exhibit of their art. Prayers are requested for the passing of James Ochs. He started with us and finished architecture in 1956. Nice notes came from John Lochtefeld, Joe McCarthy, Dick Beeman, Jerry Hughes and Joe McGlynn. Thanks for all your help in keeping the column going. Keep it up. “God bless us, everyone.” — Tom Magill; 119 Atlantic Road, North Palm Beach FL 33408; res 561-842-3019; cell 561-401-1140; magillt@bellsouth.net

 

55JD Updates

 

Joe Gargan died Dec. 12 in Lansdowne VA. Originally from Hyannis Park MA, Joe was a Double Domer, receiving his undergraduate degree in 1952. He was married to Betty Hurster since 1955. Joe was involved in the 1960 presidential campaign of Jack Kennedy and the Senate campaigns of Ted Kennedy. Joe is survived by his wife, two sisters and three children. He was a good man. I wish to thank his daughter, Terri Gargan, for this information. Patricia Harrison wrote to thank us for the information relating to Peter Harrison’s obituary. Katie Walsh advised that Jim Walsh Jr. passed away last October. Also, she reports that their daughter, Meghan, is a Notre Dame grad. Dave McBride informed me that he retired from practicing law and spends a lot of time reviewing and closing out old case files for his law firm. Dave and Rita have health issues, like most of us do. He would love to hear from our classmates. Does anyone know the whereabouts of our classmate Tom Kelleghan? We have not heard anything in years. — Jack Coyne; 19040 Shelburne Road, Shaker Heights OH 44118; res 216-932-2178; bus 216-781-1980; john.coyne@abm.com

 

56 Class Chaplain Named

 

Rev. Jerry Knoll, CSC, was selected class chaplain succeeding our long-time friend and chaplain, the late Rev. Tom Chambers, CSC. Father Jerry served the class during the sickness and death of Father Tom. In those three years, Father Jerry was celebrant for our 60th reunion in 2016, celebrant for the past three minireunions and three annual universal memorial Masses. He has worked with Deacon Jim Revord for those events. To contact Father Knoll: Rev. Jerome Knoll, CSC, Our Lady of Fatima House, PO Box 929; Notre Dame IN 46556-0929; cell 574-261-5483. Since the last issue, deaths included Sam Gerardi, who died April 6 after a battle with leukemia in Redondo Beach CA. Surviving are his children Cathy, Danny, Cynthia, Sam Jr. and Alan, grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Sam was born in Warren PA and graduated in mechanical engineering. Residence: 505 S. Broadway, Unit B; Redondo Beach CA 90277. Tom Crehan and I attended the service. Mass cards are available. William B. “Bill” McManus died March 7. He is survived by Margaret Elaine, his wife of 58 years, and six children: Tyler, Ashlyn Howard, Maggie Stegman, Ella and Molly McManus and seven adoring grandchildren. He graduated in chemical engineering. Contact Margaret Elaine McManus, 1303 Hunter Circle, Naperville IL 60540-8382. James Gerard Ochs died March 21 in Speedway IN. An architect, he was involved in major Indianapolis projects, notably the Power & Light Building. He is survived by his children Tracey Stanton, Jennifer Tooker, Mark Ochs, Matthew Ochs and Margaret Zore, and 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Residence: 5504 W. 29th Place, Speedway IN 46224. Donald G. (Tadrowski) Todd, of Delavan WI, formerly of Chicago, died Sept. 21, 2010. He was the father of three sons and grandfather of two. Norman DiDonato who headed an engineering and architecture firm, passed away in March in New York. He faced a challenge as structural engineer soon after he graduated from the ND with a civil engineering degree in 1956. He was assigned by the Army to the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project, which managed nuclear weapons. Survivors include Janet, his wife of 60 years, and two daughters, Toni and Jody Bustamante; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was in St. Pius X Catholic Church, Getzville, NY. Contact Mrs. Janet DiDonato, One Blue Ridge Court, Getzville NY 14068. William John Teschke passed away Feb. 5 in Mesa AZ. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthanne. Bill is survived by Stephen, Catherine, Suzanne and five grandchildren. Service was at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. A Mass will be celebrated on the Notre Dame Campus by the Holy Cross Priests for each of the deceased from their classmates. Not that seeing my seven doctors here in SoCal isn’t enough, but it’s always good to hear from Dr. Jerry Kenny in Bellevue WA and Dr. Fran Kittredge in Rockport ME. They are in good shape and being cared for by Karen and Adele respectively. What a wonderful world we live in, this ND ’56 class family. An email came from Dr. Angelo Capozzi in April, reporting his 85th birthday. He is still going strong. He was looking forward to a Capozzi family reunion in Syracuse NY in July, a cruise to Russia in August and a Rotaplast mission to Bangladesh in October. “Use it or lose it,” Angelo proclaims. Anyone heard from Dr. Joe O’Connor on Chicago’s north shore? Folks need to have this address: Edward C. Cosgrove, Cosgrove Law Firm, 525 Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY 14202, eccosgrove@cosgrovelawfirm.com. Ed is treasurer for our class, and he really loves to hear from you and thank you for your donation to the ND ’56 operating fund. Enclose a note with your check. ND ’56 gives kudos to Ria Kapluck at the Alumni Office for helping an aging class secretary with tech stuff. Why doesn’t each dorm have a historical document at each entrance? It should answer questions such as how did the name on the building come to be? Included would be Welsh Family Hall. John Murray noted the spring Notre Dame Magazine has good stuff. The bio on Father John Zahm was superb. Please visit our class website: nd56.org. — John F. Manion; 78402 Silver Sage Drive, Palm Desert CA 92211; 760-772-6056; johndomer9@gmail.com

 

56JD Class Secretary Lauren Sharkey ’08;

 

330 N. Wabash, Suite 2800, Chicago IL 60611; 703-927-2089; lksharkey@gmail.com

 

57 Class SecretaryJohn A Slevin;

 

6123 Mandalay Drive, Peoria IL 61614; 309-453-8986; jslev57@gmail.com

 

57JD Class Secretary Thomas S. Calder;

 

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

 

58 Remembering Friends

 

We offer our prayers and express our sympathy to the families of three departed classmates. Albert Eck Jr. died Nov. 4. A lifelong resident of Springfield IL, he  is survived by Nancy, his wife of nearly 40 years, eight children, 27 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Al practiced as a certified public accountant in Springfield for 60 years. For 36 of those years he practiced in a firm founded by his father. In 1994, he founded the firm of Eck, Schafer & Punke LLP. For many years Al’s firm served as auditor for the Community Bankers Association of Illinois. Edgar W. Day Jr. of Indianapolis died March 20. After graduation from ND, Ed earned a PhD in chemistry from Iowa State and enjoyed a career as a research scientist with Ely Lilly and Dow Elanco. In retirement, he spent his winters in Bradenton FL playing golf, volunteering and spending time with friends. Ed was an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Council of the Knights of Columbus in Indianapolis, and a founding member of the Cosmas and Damian Council in Bradenton. Ed was preceded in death by Jean, his wife of 40 years. He is survived by four children, 14 grandchildren and eight grandchildren. Gerald “Gerry” Meyer, a roommate of Ed Day,  sent a note informing me of Ed’s passing. Gerry is a retired FDA employee living in Rockville MD and reports that fellow roommate Dick Fagan, an artist and retired teacher, is living in South Carolina and Don Hoodechek, a retired college professor, is living in Minnesota. Lee F. Hinderscheid of Brookville FL died April 12. After graduation from ND with a BS in commerce, Lee spent 10 years with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company after which he joined the accounting firm of KPMG and was made a partner in 1978. Following an early retirement at age 54, he entered Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland. After three years, he was ordained in 1996 as a Deacon in the Catholic Church. He dedicated the rest of his life to the church and its charities. Lee is survived by wife Ann, two daughters, a son, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Dennis D. Conway of Wisconsin Rapids died on April 29. After graduation, he joined the Army, learned Russian and served as a translator of Russian communications while stationed in Berlin. He returned to attend law school and practiced law in Wisconsin Rapids. In 1997, the governor appointed him to a circuit court judgeship to which he was reelected four times. He retired after serving 24 years. Dennis is survived by his wife, Mary, his son David ’06, two stepsisters and several grandchildren. With fond memories of our departed brothers and thanksgiving to the Lord for the blessings imparted by their lives, I close with this prayer: May God bless all of you and your loved ones as we begin the 61st year following our graduation from Notre Dame. — Arthur L. Roule Jr.; 3725 W. Waverly Road, La Porte IN 46350; alroule@ yahoo.com

 

58JD Class Secretary John F. Murray;

 

2036 Cheltenham Court, Woodbridge VA 22192; 703-494-2482; johnandnell66@gmail.com

 

59 Memories and Military

 

As we approach our 60th Reunion on campus May 30 to June 3, 2019, many of us have great memories of that Freshman Quad, now identified as the North Quad, and our room assignments in Breen-Phillips, Farley, Zahm and Cavanaugh halls. Remarkably, and fortunately, two of our rectors from 1955-1956 are still with us. Rev. George B. Bernard, CSC, ’45, who served as rector of Breen-Phillips Hall, lives in retirement at the U of Portland, after teaching theology there for many years. Rev. Robert S. Pelton, CSC, ’43, rector of Cavanaugh Hall when we were freshmen, recently moved from Corby Hall to Holy Cross House on the north side of Saint Joseph Lake. Father Bob continues his active research and teaching involvement with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at ND. The men of Farley had Rev. Michael J. Murphy, CSC, ’45 as their rector. He died July 11, 2010. Those who lived in Zahm continue to have many interesting memories of their leader, Rev. Paul E. Fryberger, CSC, ’32. He died Dec. 2, 1999. Former Air Force officers, who we hope are planning to join us for our 60th Reunion include: Dan Cassidy (Mechanicsburg PA), Leo Ciesielski (South Bend), Don Durrett (St. Augustine FL), Bill Flynn (Fernandina Beach FL), John Frey (Cincinnati), Jim Gilehrist (Katonah NY), Pat Gorman (Ocean City NJ), Phil Kilkeary (Ninety Six SC), Ted Krawiec (Suffield CT), Neal Lamping (Colorado Springs CO), Bill Logsdon (Sewickley PA), Tom MacLennan  (Lindenhurst IL), Bill McCaffery (South Windsor CT), John McFadden (Downers Grove IL), Tom McTernan (Kenosha WI), Jim Merz (South Bend), Ed Mezzapelle (Nashua NH), Mike Morando (Santa Barbara CA), Nino (“Biff”) Moretti (West Simsbury CT), Fred Mowle (West Lafayette IN), Bob Murphy (Lafayette Hill PA), Denny Nead  (Milford OH), Tofie Owen (Alexandria VA), Dave Pilger (Cooper City FL), Darvin Planeaux (Marco Island FL), Brian Quinn (Morrison CO), Dan Rapp (Canton GA), Jack Remick (Rochester MN), Bud Robben (Fairfield CA), John Roedel (Saint Louis), John Roy (Burnsville MN), Joe Schaefer (Universal City TX), Dave Schwartz (Pittsburgh PA) Bob Sienko (Farmington CT), Shannon Smith (Cincinnati), Jerry Trautschold (Jupiter FL), Pete Walmsley (Carmel CA), Bob Welch (Warrington PA), George Wilson (Georgetown TX), Andy Wyrick (Atlantic Beach FL), and Bob Young (Bradenton FL). In the group who went through Air Force ROTC at ND, nine of the men were career officers: Bill Flynn, Neal Lamping, Tom MacLennan, Ed Mezzapelle, Tofie Owen, Bud Robben, Joe Schaefer, George Wilson and Andy Wyrick. We will feature Navy and Army men in future issues. I am sorry to report the deaths of: Gerry Seaman, the wife of Mike Seaman on March 4 in Arlington Heights IL; Joe Meyer on Sept. 11 in Cincinnati; Mike St. Peter Aug. 16, 2017 in San Francisco; Bill Barrett Dec. 12 in Klamath Falls OR; Nick Quintarelli on Nov. 19 in Fairfax Station VA. Please visit FaithND at faith.nd.edu and the Senior Alumni website at ndsenioralumni.org. Please send me information. Peace and good health. — Jim Keegan; 1401 Clinton St., Wilmington DE 19806; 302-429-0545; keeganjm@dca.net

 

59JD Class Secretary William J. Harte;

 

wharte@williamharteld.com