Picturing Dad

By Christine McCormick Schuermann

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Sixty years ago our dad, John F. McCormick, began his freshmen year at Notre Dame as a 24- year-old, newly discharged veteran from World War II. Dad had not originally planned to attend Notre Dame because, as he put it, “a Notre Dame education was not an option for a poor kid from Lima, Ohio.” However, he landed at Notre Dame after hitchhiking with a childhood schoolmate and fellow war veteran, Virgil Cassidy, who wanted a traveling companion.…

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