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Thomas G. Burish ’72 was named president of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, the nation’s ninth-oldest university. He was formerly provost of Vanderbilt University. . . . James A. Doppke ’57 retired from the presidency of the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois. . . . James E. Muller ’65, Harvard medical researcher and director of clinical cardiology research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, is founder and president of Voice of the Faithful, a group pushing for reform of the Catholic church in the wake of the priest sex-abuse scandal. The organization’s motto is “Keep the faith, change the church.” . . . Father John Hardin, OFM, ’00MSA was named executive director of the Saint Anthony Foundation in San Francisco. The organization is best known for its Free Dining Room that serves an average of 2,000 meals a day. . . . Michael N. Bruno ’78MBA died of injuries suffered when a tornado struck his family’s business in South Bend last fall. He was 49. . . . Alison Kocoras ’94, formerly an All-American soccer player for the Irish, was promoted to general counsel of the U.S. Soccer Federation. . . . After being charged with stealing more than $300,000 from a trust fund, Roland Amundson ’75J.D. resigned as a judge of the Minnesota Appeals Court. . . . Former ND student and one-time Chicago mayor Michael A. Bilandic died in January at age 78. Bilandic succeeded his mentor, the legendary Richard J. Daley, after Daley’s death in 1976. He was elected six months later to serve out the remaining two years of Daley’s term. . . . Another former student, Francis “Gabby” Gabreski, long regarded as America’s greatest living ace fighter pilot, died in February at age 83. Gabreski was credited with 31 kills in World War II and more than six in the Korean War. As a premedical student at Notre Dame, he began taking flying lessons with the Army Air Corps. He was at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked and managed to take off but was too late to catch the departing raiders. . . . Captain Stephen Black ’81 is the new commander of the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in Washington state’s Puget Sound. . . . Susan T. Muskett ’85J.D., former legislative affairs director of the Christian Coalition of America, joined the National Council of Catholic Women as executive director. . . . Jose Reyes ’88LL.M. was appointed interim mayor of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, last year after irregularities in the July election (he was not a candidate) caused the Mexican government to call for new elections. His father once served as the city’s mayor. . . . Adriana Trigiani ’81SMC, who read at last year’s Sophomore Literary Festival, is writing, directing and producing the movie version of her popular first novel, _Big Stone Gap-, set in her real-life Virginia hometown of the same name. Her family ties to Notre Dame include her father, Anthony Trigiani ’54, and brother, Carlo Trigiani ’86. Four of her sisters graduated from Saint Mary’s. While a senior at Saint Mary’s, she wrote and directed an original comedy, Notes from the Nile, which played to sold-out houses in Washington Hall. That’s also where she read for the literary festival. . . . Mike Cloonan ’95J.D., MBA spent 33 days in Utah working on NBC’s coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He produced shorter human-interest segments broadcast throughout the games. . . . Brian Murray ’97, ’00J.D. is clerking for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. . . . Leon F. DeJulius Jr. ’02J.D. has been appointed a Supreme Court clerkship for the 2003-04 term with Chief Justice William Rehnquist. . . . Daniel R. Murphy ’94J.D. stepped down as chief of staff to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Mel R. Martinez to become senior counsel and director of federal affairs for lobbyists Barbour Griffith & Rogers Inc. . . . Eugene Woloshyn ’79 was named vice president of labor relations at The Boeing Company. His new duties will include overseeing collective bargaining with Boeing’s union employees. . . . Patent attorney Charles C. McCloskey ’90 is running as a Republican for state representative from Missouri’s 66th district, which includes portions of Saint Louis county and city. . . . Mark Cole ’96J.D. of Houston is running for the Texas House of Representatives as a Republican. . . . David M. Finn ’86 is running for Dallas County district attorney as a Republican. . . . Robert Sullivan Jr. ’67 was named Oklahoma’s secretary of energy. . . . Robert M. Bennett ’62 was elected chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, which presides over both the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department. . . . Tobin Finwall ’008 won the title of Miss Dupage at a pageant in Dupage County, Illinois, west of Chicago. She was earlier Miss Rockford and finished as runner-up in the Miss Chicago pageant. . . . Brian Shannon ’60, who entered Notre Dame at age 16, earned an accounting degree and then retired at age 44 to concentrate on philanthropy and community service, died in March at age 62. Among his other activities, he was chairman of Chicago’s Misericordia Heart of Mercy, a center for people with mental and physical disabilities. . . . Jeff Dellapina’ 84, a managing director of J.P. Morgan Chase & Company and frormer ND men’s soccer manager, defended his company’s financial dealings with the bankrupt energy trading company Enron in testimony before a Senate panel investigating the Enron Collapse. . . John Salveson ’77, ’78M.A. is speaking publicly again about seven years of sexual abuse he says he suffered at the hands of former priest Robert D. Huneke ’76M.A. Salveson told Long Island’s Newsday that the abuse started when Salveson was 13 and attending Saint Dominic’s High School on Long Island. He said it began on a weekend trip when he was a freshman and continued during his time at Notre Dame, where Huneke, who was then still a priest, was studying toward a graduate degree in psychology. Huneke acknowledged his responsibility for the incidents in a letter to a bishop, a copy of which Salveson provided to the paper, but the priest continued to be assigned parish work, in Florida and later back on Long Island, the paper reported. Salveson said he supports legislation that would force clergy to report sexual misconduct to law enforcement so clerics who have molested children would be identified on a central sex-abuse registry.

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Ethna Bennert Cooper ’80J.D. was appointed judge of the Hamilton County (Ohio) Municipal Court. . . . Former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Frederick J. Martone ’72J.D. has become a federal judge in Arizona. . . . John J. Coyle Jr. ’68J.D. was named a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court. . . . William Klatt ’81, former chief legal counsel to Ohio Governor Bob Taft, was appointed to a vacant seat on the 10th District Court of Appeals in Franklin County. He plans to run for election to the judgeship this fall. . . . John J. Hargrove ’64, ’67J.D. was appointed chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California. . . . Frank Julian ’82J.D., general counsel for Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati, testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the subject of Internet taxation. Earlier he testified on the same subject before the Senate Commerce Committee and before the House Judiciary Committee, plus he was a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and the Oliver North Show. . . . The Arizona Republic profiled attorney Tim Hogan ’76J.D., executive director of Arizona’s Center for Law in the Public Interest, which has won lawsuits against the state over unequal school construction financing, poor air quality and inadequate mental health care. . . . The Rochester Business Journal profiled psychiatrist John McIntyre ’63, chairman of Unity Health System’s department of psychiatry and behavioral health. He also teaches at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, maintains a part-time private psychiatric practice and is a past president of the American Psychiatric Association. . . . Attorney Joseph McGlynn ’55, who helped organize Saint Louis’s first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 33 years ago, is among the leaders of a project to build an 18-foot-high, 60-foot-long granite wall on the side of an old Irish Catholic church in the city that will commemorate Irish immigrants’ contributions to building Saint Louis. For $350 people can get their family name inscribed on the wall. . . . The Palm Beach Post reported that Michael O’Hara Sr. is the psychiatrist for a Florida woman who says she gave in to unwanted advances from her parish priest and later suffered a suicidal depression that led her to undergo electroshock therapy. Several woman have come forward to report that the priest made unwanted advances toward them during his 1978-1988 tenure at Saint Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The paper said the priest has been working in Ireland since 1997. . . . Alumnus and trustee Thomas Fischer ’69 retired as managing partner of Arthur Andersen’s Milwaukee office for health reasons. He was already on medical leave and scheduled to retire before the scandalous collapse of Houston-based Enron Corporation, which dealt a huge blow to Arthur Andersen as the company’s auditor. . . . James McCoy ’68 was named chief medical officer for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Medical Group in Park Ridge, Illinois, and chief academic officer for Advocate Health Care. . . Carol (Lally) Shields ’79 captained the women’s varsity basketball team her senior year and became the first female athlete at Notre Dame to win the Byron Kaneley Award for excellence in academics by a varsity athlete. Today she and her husband, fellow ophthalmologist Jerry Shields, are recognized as national experts on cancers of the eye. They direct the oncology department at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, according to an article in the magazine of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, from which Carol Shields earned her M.D. in 1983. . . . The Cincinnati Business Courier’s profile of pediatrician Thomas Holubeck ’85 described how the doctor was grazed by a bullet during the race riots that erupted in 2001 after a shooting by police in the city’s Over-the-Rhine district. It also said he continued to see patients at the free-clinic where he works even as he was receiving chemotherapy for colon cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease in September 2000. . . . The St. Petersburg (Florida) Times told the story of how Indiana Superior Court Judge Robert W. Lensing ’59 got his Notre Dame class ring back earlier this year, 42 years it disappeared. It appears likely the ring was stolen from his mother’s house soon after his graduation. Unbeknownst to Lensing, it turned up a few years later in a camper a man purchased. The man meant to try to return the ring to its owner but forgot. It was only rediscovered by his second wife recently in a jewelry box. She insisted they try to locate its owner. They succeeded with the help of Notre Dame officials, who traced the ring to Lensing by the inscription, “R.W.L. 59.” . . . The Connecticut Law Tribune profiled attorney Richard T. Meehan Jr. ’70, who was defending Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim against federal corruption charges. The piece recalled how during Meehan’s undergrad days his folk-rock group won a competition on a TV show hosted by Arthur Godfrey. Two of the judges, both now deceased, were Irene Ryan (Granny on the The Beverley Hillbillies) and Jim Backus (Thurston Howell III on Gilligan’s Island and the voice of Mister Magoo). . . . A.A. “Al” Sommer ’25, a Washington lawyer who served on the SEC in the mid-1970s and was instrumental in the commission’s landmark decision to eliminate fixed-commission rates for stockbrokers, died last January at age 77. After leaving the SEC, he was chairman of a national accounting industry oversight board and vice chairman of the National Association of Securities Dealers.


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