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Deaths

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Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. ‘39, 02/26/2015, Notre Dame, IN
Robert J. Frost, M.D. ’40, 03/13/2015, Michigan City, IN
Joseph A. Matthews ’40, 01/28/2015, Hempstead, NY
Bernard R. Seguin ’40, 10/17/2014, Moretown, VT
Robert J. Fitzpatrick ’41, 03/01/2015, Tucson, AZ
Joseph W. Gibbons ’43, 02/25/2015, Massapequa Park, NY

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A view from the stands

By John Wukovits ’67

The complex obstacles behind launching a new enterprise boiled down to a simple formula for Dave Finocchio ’05 — combine vision and passion with hard work. He observed numerous examples of this while growing up in California’s renowned Silicon Valley. “I figured out that I wanted to do something I was passionate about, rather than only looking for the best-paying job,” the San Francisco resident says.

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Finding me

By Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. ’02

Juniors are rare in Italian culture. The first-born male is customarily named after the paternal grandfather, and the second-born male is named after the maternal grandfather. My oldest brother hogged the name of both of our grandfathers, Robert and Edward. Robert, at age 3, successfully lobbied my parents to name their second son Steven, after The Six Million Dollar Man character, Steve Austin. Three years later, my father, Vincent, wanted to give me his name, and my mother acquiesced.

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Campus and Community

Deaths

By Alumni Association

Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. ‘39, 02/26/2015, Notre Dame, IN
Robert J. Frost, M.D. ’40, 03/13/2015, Michigan City, IN
Joseph A. Matthews ’40, 01/28/2015, Hempstead, NY
Bernard R. Seguin ’40, 10/17/2014, Moretown, VT
Robert J. Fitzpatrick ’41, 03/01/2015, Tucson, AZ
Joseph W. Gibbons ’43, 02/25/2015, Massapequa Park, NY

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Letter from Campus: The priest at Selma

By Kerry Temple ’74

When the marchers advanced on the courthouse in Selma, Alabama, in March 1965, they were confronted by police and state troopers. They knew that protesters in a previous march had been hammered by law enforcement authorities using billy clubs and tear gas. But this band of activists was intent on a peaceful protest but determined to help Southern blacks gain voting rights still deprived them despite the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Act. At the head of line was a Holy Cross priest, Notre Dame’s 14th president, Father John J. Cavanaugh, CSC.

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Deaths in the family

Remembering the theologian Josephine Ford, the medievalist Lewis Nicholson, administrator Cathy Pieronek, the former provost Rev. James Burtchaell and design professor Robert Sedlack.

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Church

Gifts So Ordinary

By Tara Hunt ’12

There it is. Illuminated by the first rays of morning sunlight, we see it. The leprosy colony. It’s why we’ve traveled here, to a place that is both paradise and prison.

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Family Counseling

By Terrence Keeley ’81

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church and its leaders to grapple with a troubling array of social issues to help preserve the faith and familial integrity. A surprising report from the synod so far.

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Hesburgh Edition on Sale

A special edition of Notre Dame Magazine commemorating the life of Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, is now available through the magazine offices.

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Current Affairs

Family Counseling

By Terrence Keeley ’81

Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church and its leaders to grapple with a troubling array of social issues to help preserve the faith and familial integrity. A surprising report from the synod so far.

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Science and Technology

Out of the Office: Universal questions

By Jason Kelly '95

Last year Guy Consolmagno, S.J., received the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society for outstanding communication of planetary science to the general public. A gray-bearded, amiable presence in front of about 150 people last week at Notre Dame, he hopped easily across cobblestones of conversation: meteorite hunting in Antarctica, multiverses, the warming planet’s rising seas, insights from science fiction, and the confusion of communication between science and religion.

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Society and Culture

Closing time

By Brian Doyle ’78

One of the three old grocery stores in our town is closing slowly. Its demise was announced a month ago, a casualty of corporate chess, and week by week the discounts mount and the shelves grow thin.

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Letter from Campus: The priest at Selma

By Kerry Temple ’74

When the marchers advanced on the courthouse in Selma, Alabama, in March 1965, they were confronted by police and state troopers. They knew that protesters in a previous march had been hammered by law enforcement authorities using billy clubs and tear gas. But this band of activists was intent on a peaceful protest but determined to help Southern blacks gain voting rights still deprived them despite the 1964 U.S. Civil Rights Act. At the head of line was a Holy Cross priest, Notre Dame’s 14th president, Father John J. Cavanaugh, CSC.

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Waiting till the wait is over

By Steve Adams

Sitzfleisch has to do with being still, with waiting. It has to do with being able to maintain one’s focus through discomfort to the other side of discomfort; with learning that this is the work, and if you can do it, something surprising may appear. An animal.

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A view from the stands

By John Wukovits ’67

The complex obstacles behind launching a new enterprise boiled down to a simple formula for Dave Finocchio ’05 — combine vision and passion with hard work. He observed numerous examples of this while growing up in California’s renowned Silicon Valley. “I figured out that I wanted to do something I was passionate about, rather than only looking for the best-paying job,” the San Francisco resident says.

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