Domers in the News

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Author: Notre Dame Magazine staff

When the parents of Terri Schiavo asked the three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta for an emergency order restoring the feeding tube to their brain-damaged daughter, the court denied the request in a 2-1 vote. The dissenter was Judge Charles Wilson ‘76, ’79J.D. . . . Thomas Sneddon Jr. ’63 was the prosecutor in the Michael Jackson child-molestation trial. . . . John Roncz ’71 designed GlobalFlyer, the single-pilot plane that adventurer Steve Fossett used to fly around the globe in slightly more than 67 hours. . . . Father Denis Madden ’73 was named an auxiliary bishop of Baltimore by Pope Benedict XVI. . . . Father Thomas Powers ’87 is leaving Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, Connecticut, for the Vatican. He’ll be joining the Congregation for Bishops in Rome as coordinator for the appointment of bishops in English-speaking countries. . . . Chicago Mayor Richard Daley selected Danielle Green-Byrd ‘99, former Notre Dame basketball player and wounded Iraq war veteran, to be the Grand Marshal of Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade. . . . Former valedictorian Tim Cordes ‘98 finished medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has become one of the few blind medical doctors in the United States. He finished in the top sixth of his class (receiving just one B) and is currently working on his Ph.D. to become a medical researcher. . . . James C. Dever ’84 was confirmed as a U.S. judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. . . . Jose Ravano ’88 became the relief coordinator for CARE in Sri Lanka after his wife, Irene Fraser, was nearly killed by the tsunami in Sri Lanka. . . . Robert J. Sullivan Jr. ’67, ending his year as president of the ND Alumni Association, announced his candidacy for Oklahoma governor on the Republican ticket. . . . Adam Milani ’88, a law professor at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and a disability activist, died in May at age 39 of complications from surgery. The son of Ken Milani, a professor of accountancy at ND, he became a quadriplegic at age 17 from injuries during a hockey game. . . . The story in the July 2005 issue of Vanity Fair that identified W. Mark Felt as Deep Throat ws written by John D. O’Connor ‘68, a lawyer in San Francisco who knows the Felt family. Felt’s identity as the mysterious government source for the Watergate reporting of Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward was kept secret for more than 30 years. . . . Former Observer editor-in-chief David Kinney ‘94 was part of the team at the Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, that won the Pulitzer Prize for its breaking-news reporting on the resignation of New Jersey’s governor. The governor announced he was gay and confessed to adultery with a male. . . . The spring issue of this magazine listed some alumni holding prominent positions in the news media. Here are some others: Jeff Harrington ‘84, business writer, St. Petersburg Times; Paige (Smoron) Wiser ’92, columnist, Chicago Sun-Times; Tim Rogers ’92, executive editor, D Magazine (Dallas); Pat Collins ’68, reporter, WRC-TV, Washington, D.C.; Steve Garagiola ’77, anchor, WDIV-TV, Detroit; Jesse Pesta ’88, news editor, the Wall Street Journal_; Abigail Pesta ’91, copy desk chief and personal finance editor_, Glamour Magazine; Howard J. Smith ’65, executive sports editor, The Buffalo News. The spring list contained two misspellings: Washington Post Deputy National Editor Dan LeDuc ’83 was misidentified as “Dan DeLuc,” and the second “e” was missing from the first name of Kelley Tuthill ’92, a TV reporter and anchor in Boston. . . . John Brust ’01MBA placed fourth out of 179 runners from 15 countries in the 7th Antarctica Marathon on King George Island, Antarctica. He had a time of 4:08:21. Lawrence Meyer ’72J.D. finished 165th. In the half-marathon, Charles Monahan ‘62 placed 21st and Barney Thomas ’75 was 32nd. . . . Madison, Wisconsin, writer Jennifer Chiaverini ’91 was recognized by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for her novels involving quilting. Her newest book, The Sugar Camp Quilt, is the seventh in her successful series of Elm Creek Quilts novels. . . . Tiana Checchia ’01 plays the role of Sandy in the traveling company of _Grease, _ which has played 40 states and six Canadian provinces. . . . Former AutoZone CEO Steve Odland ’80 was appointed CEO and chairman of Office Depot. . . . Patrick Ward ’80MBA, chairman and CEO of the Penn Liberty Bank in Wayne, Pennsylvania, was appointed to the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Government Relations Policy Committee. PBA is the state’s major banking trade association and determines policy positions and priorities on state and federal legislation. . . . Barry Bachrach ‘77, a partner in the business litigation practice at Bowditch and Dewey, was named by his peers to a list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Only 5 percent of attorneys in Massachusetts are selected for the honor. . . . Chicago magazine named Timothy J. Malloy ’66, ’69J.D. to its list of 100 Super Lawyers of Illinois. . . . Stanley Liberty ’65, ’68M.S., ’71Ph.D. was named president of Kettering University, formerly called the General Motors Institute. The school offers students career-based education. Liberty was previously the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. . . . Former Notre Dame professor Frank Rosa ’87Ph.D. was named chair of the government and international relations program of the American Public University System. The system is composed of the American Public University, American Community College and the American Military University. The system supports students in 50 states and 110 countries through distance-learning programs. . . . Timothy Klusas ’95 was elected president of The Marketing Alliance Inc., which supports independent insurance brokerage agencies. . . . Meredith Dincolo ’93 returned to being a full company member at Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago. The company is known for its unique approach to contemporary dance. . . . Dan Coonan ’84 completed his first year as athletic director at Santa Clara University. His Broncos won the first West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Cup for spring sports in the school’s history. . . . Joseph Frick ‘74 was named president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, the leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. . . . Michael Radzicki ’82M.A.,’85Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was elected president of the System Dynamics Society. The society is an international nonprofit devoted to encouraging the development and use of systems thinking and system dynamics. . . . The Chicago Tribune wrote about Walter Smithe ’89MBA and the offbeat commercials he and his two brothers produce for their growing furniture company, Walter E. Smithe Furniture in Chicago.

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