class notes

1960s

60 Football Season Is Coming

 

In time, all things change. The ND football program is no exception; good times and not so good times. This year, we have another stack of good players and a new coaching staff, if they can just win the games after gaining the lead. The ticket pricing business is another story. Remember our minireunion is Friday before the Georgia game. Please let me know your intentions to attend. Dinner will be at Morris Park Country Club and will begin at 6 p.m. We had a good crowd at our mini last season and all agreed it was a worthwhile and fun get together. Winter has withered away and spring is in the air. Future death notices will be emailed to the 595 of our remaining 885 classmates who have email addresses in the ND system. We will not be publishing obituaries in the class article due to the 600-word constraint. The death notices are also available in Notre Dame Magazine. A note from Tom Hirons: “I managed to survive 2016 with no new joint replacements. (I have five already.) I saw two ND football games in 2016, MSU and NC State. Neither had great results. The NC State game in Raleigh was played in a deluge, courtesy of a recent hurricane. I enjoyed a visit in Santa Fe from former roommate Tim Carroll on his way to his hangout in Arizona for the winter. I had lunch with Elaine and Bob Frassanito on their way to Denver to visit kids and grandkids. I enjoyed a visit in April from Sandy and Dave Huarte. Bob Nicolazzi has a lock on the presidency of the Hilton Head ND Club at 14 years. They have been awarded best F class club three times in the past few years.” The Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha presented Bob the Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement in Business. This award was for Bob’s 31 years of work at Ford. Bill Boland had a senior ND lunch recently with a few ’60 attendees. Bill and Barb attended a UND night in May with Father Sheets, who is doing work in Haiti, as the keynote speaker. Kay Kness attended with the Bolands. Rich Griffin reported on the Tampa class luncheon in February attended by Bill White, Jerry Lally, Dick Corbett, Mike Shipman, and Steve Barry. Wives of Griffin, Lally and Shipman came along for lunch, shopping and whatever. Tony Russo says he has not contributed a lot to our article, but he published a book last year that he thinks is newsworthy; titled Follow the Pope, it is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kindle. He says, “it is something I wanted to do for a long time.” Pam and Jack Schroeder are in the process of relocating to Blairsville GA. Pam is still employed and Jack joined a friend in the insurance/investment business. He says, “our six children are all doing well, a true blessing. Although none are close, we get to see them. My health has been marginal although nothing to force me into the hospital. I am still battling a higher heart rate than the cardiologist would like, but stability is improving. I always wanted to be off the grid and do other things, like writing and teaching. The Lord has been faithful and preserves my being. Good health to all who read this note. My phone number remains 208-262-1732.” — Joseph F. Jansen; 9190 Southmont Cove, No. 103, Ft. Myers FL 33908; 239-461-0980; cell 317-514-4478; jfjansen@aol.com

 

60JD Class Secretary — John DiNardo;

 

512-264-2027; johnadinardo.58@gmail.com

     

61 Swift

 

Our own Ron Gregory was inducted into the National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame on April 8 during the annual Summit and Hall of Fame Banquet in St. Louis, part of the National Black Marathoners Association annual summit at the Go St. Louis Marathon. The Hall of Fame was started as a way of honoring black American distance runners. These individuals have competed in distances from the mile to the ultramarathon. Also honored are individuals and organizations who support Black distance runners and encourage running in the black community. Frank Prochaska dropped me a note with a newspaper article about his last Fulbright teaching assignment (at age 77) in the Czech Republic. Frank is professor emeritus at Colorado Tech U. On this six-week Fulbright assignment he taught creative leadership courses at the U of Defense to Army, Air Force and civilian personnel. His wife Elfi joined him the last two weeks and improved his diet with one-pot healthy meals. This was his third Fulbright assignment. He taught it in Czech which he learned at home growing up in Michigan. I received enough info on the death of Tom Gardocki to print an entire column. Dick Fox writes that Tom’s funeral was magnificent: 20 priests and several hundred mourners. He was retired since 1995 due to poor health. In spite of his health he was able to get his master’s degree and a PhD. He suffered incredibly over the last 22 years. Dick ran into several people at the funeral and elsewhere, including Bill Slattery. He has a master’s degree and a law degree from Harvard. He practiced as a products liability lawyer. After retirement he taught critical thinking at his high school and is in the school’s hall of fame. Dick sees Mike Farrar, Roger McMahon, and Marty Decre. Mike and Dick see each other at daily Mass. Mike is president of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. He recently lost one of his daughters to breast cancer. He lost his wife of it too, and raised three daughters by himself. He is a retired judge of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Dick and wife Sharon have many activities. Along with a list of charities, he is a mentor in the fifth grade at their school. They play tennis; there is no report on wins and losses. They have traveled to 60 countries and plan a trip to the Amazon River in December. Along with Tom Gardocki, I regret to report the death of James Felix. He attended law school at Georgetown and graduated from the U of Cincinnati. He then began a 27-year career with the FBI and retired in 1994. He is survived by his wife Theresa, six children and 10 grandchildren. I am also sad to report the death of Philip F. Schuster, who passed away on April 23. He is survived by family, including his wife, Margherita; his son, Eric Schuster (Simona); daughter, Chiara Schuster; and brothers James Schuster and Thomas Schuster ’66. Our thoughts and prayers are with Philip’s family. Well that’s about it for this issue. It is April as I write this and we already had one day at 94 degrees. In spite of the heat (and we wonder what summer holds for us) Abbie is anxiously waiting by the door with the latch string out hoping you will stop in on your way through South Texas. Y’all come ya hear. — Joseph P. (Pat) Kelly; 103 N. Wheeler St., Victoria TX 77901; 361-573-9982; jpkellytx@sbcglobal.net

 

61JD Class Secretary — John N. Moreland;

 

jnmnd1958@aol.com

 

62 Another Success

 

Angelo Dabiero and Jim Krauser organized the very successful 15th annual class golf outing in March. Part of the credit goes to Angelo and Pat, who hosted a gathering of 60 at their home for a cocktail party. The other part goes to Mary and George Williams for hosting the golf and then a gala dinner with more than 80 attending. The golf winners were Dick Dyniewicz, Bill Ford, Bob Henry and Mike Loparco as they barely edged out the team of Walt Kelly, Mike Marchilden, Jim Olsen and Dave Scalise. Other participants were George Anderson, Ben Aspero, Jim Black, Don Candido, Tony Casale, Paul Clulo, Dave Eckrich, John Goverau, John Guenin, Mike Hanley, Don Imbus, Al Kearns, Ray Kelly, Tim Kitteridge, Jim Krauser, Earl Linehan, Jack Madigan, George Mammola, Mike Marchilden, Jack McDonald, Terry McGlinn, Ted Middendorf, Charley Monahan, Pat Monahan, Bill Moston, Bill Murphy, Arm Reo, John Ryan, George Scharpf, Paul Sica, Bill Snyder, Tom Weber, and Bill Weinsheimer. Bill Dodd, an optimist, had a pacemaker installed in April and is doing fine. He noted, “It’s genetic. My dad had five pacemakers. He was 51 with the first one; lived to 91. That’s 40 more years, not bad.” Condolences go out to Anne and Pat Monahan on the passing of their daughter, Margaret Ann ’87SMC. Dick Hodder broke his hip earlier this year but is recovering nicely. Jim Fischer lost a two-year battle with multiple cancers at the end of March. He had been open about his situation and wrote to a number of classmates on a regular basis as to how he was or was not doing. In his last email, after giving his final update, Jim ended with these words: “The conclusion is that there is not a clinical trial available that would be of benefit to me. So, I will proceed as if I can have some quality of life, but knowing I cannot meet my original goal of kicking cancer in the butt. (My doctor) suspects I will be fortunate to survive until Christmas. He was most impressed that I survived this long (29 months). He said most people when diagnosed with my initial condition would only survive four-six months. So, please know your prayers and support have been very beneficial.” Craig Vollhaber, a very close friend of Jim’s, wrote to say, “Some of my vivid memories are of Jim and me sweating through Prof. Rohrbach's thermodynamics classes, not knowing what the hell the dynamics class was all about and constantly bitching about Coach Kuharich’s lousy football teams…” The University sent word that John L. Horvath, a physician, passed away on July 6, 2015. — Raymond Raedy; 5310 Rileys Ridge Road, Hillsborough NC 27278; 919-967-8816; nd62secy@medicinemanremedies.com

 

62JD Class Secretary — Paul K. Rooney;

 

1209 Oakmont Drive, No. 2, Walnut Creek CA 94595; rooneypaul12@gmail.com

 

63 Good Friends

 

I have word of the deaths of James J. Thomas on Dec. 16 in Blountville TN, survived by his four children. After 29 years with Eastman Kodak, Jim, a ME, and wife Annette founded and operated Countryside Vineyards and Winery. Known for his famous storytelling, it was said that he never met a stranger. Mike Stocking died on Jan. 11 in Seattle. He is survived by his wife, Ann. Dennis C. McMahon died on Jan. 19. Edward C. Basso Sr. died on Feb. 11 in Wilmington NC, survived by his wife, Paula. His children include Edward ’90 and Elise ’91. A ChemE and a Fordham law grad, Ed was a textile executive with Culp, Inc. of High Point NC. He was an avid golfer, teacher of RCIA, Apologetics and Confirmation classes, Tuesday cook at Good Shepherd Ministries, lover of scripture, and K of C Grand Knight. Paul C. Powers MD died on Feb. 7 in Muncie IN, survived by his wife, Julie, and children, Christopher ’94, and Wendy ’90. R.I.P. Kathleen Graham Lomax ’90 and David Peter Graham ’92 said their parents, Janet and David Yates Graham, celebrated 50 years of marriage. The same is true for Mary and me at a Dallas event hosted by our daughters Allison and Claire Campfield Storino ’97, ’00JD. Bob Bartolo says, “My wife and I have been to Morocco, Spain, France, and Nicaragua, with the Baltic states next. I ran the Boston Marathon in 2014, my 27th (and probably last) marathon. I did a half Ironman triathlon last September, which was really tough and I lunched with Paul Tschirhart in Venice FL in March. I am keeping active in parish and city activities, and trying to keep up with two active grandsons. Life is very good.” Thomas Lawrence Reid Jr died Dec. 29. A longtime Wyckoff NJ resident, Tommy and wife Donna retired to Indian Wells CA. They have six children and eight grandchildren. He was known for his work on the indie hit film Kill the Irishman in 2011, 7-10 Split in 2007 and Screwball: The Ted Whitfield Story in 2010. Tommy had “worked as a Wall Street stock broker before helping his wife turn her nursery schools into one of New Jersey’s top child development centers.” “His Irish wisdom, faith, and love gave our family big compassionate hearts, welcoming smiles, the ability to laugh, and courage to take the road less traveled. A gifted and philosophical storyteller, he shared his honest wisdom with many. A loyal man, he taught us that life is a blessing and to enjoy the little things in life for someday you will realize they were the big things.” Jack Kelleher’s wife Rennee, who was bed ridden for the past several years, died Feb 15. Chair Gene Faut and Dr. Bill Gatti ’60 entertained at the ND Club of Lake County Christmas dinner with a storytelling contest, along with the usual Irish sing-along. Dave Federick wrote me about the death of Hilton G. (Buddy) Hill, III, on March 20, 2016, in Cookeville TN, after a long illness. Buddy, a lifelong Bermuda resident, was survived by wife Carol and daughter Alexis. The Bermuda Royal Gazette said he was a “modern-day renaissance man who excelled in everything he did; Mr. Hill’s voice was much loved and well-known on Bermuda’s airwaves.” In 2008, he received a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the performing arts. His wife was quoted as saying, “I am sure that God gave me the best man who ever breathed.” Dave says, “Buddy lived in Keenan with John Greene just two doors from me. He was first tenor in the Glee Club all four years. I was told his initial audition required only two minutes.” — Regis W. Campfield; 7534 Oakbluff, Dallas TX 75254; res 972-239-1141; fax 972-458-6928; rwcampfield@alumni.nd.edu

 

63JD Roll Call

 

I know you will be reading this during the summer but I am writing it as Memorial Day approaches. There were only 36 in our graduating class. It seems appropriate to reflect on those classmates no longer able to answer the roll call. Paul Driscoll and Jim Wysocki left far too soon. Paul died in an avalanche while skiing in Jackson Hole. He had worked tirelessly for the farm workers in California as one of the early staff attorneys of California Rural Legal Assistance. His office was in the Central Valley town of Macfarlane, ground zero for the movement. Jim Wysocki, a trial lawyer in New Orleans, was killed in a Louisiana plane crash during the 1980s. An avid golfer, he accomplished his mission to become the first person to play golf at each of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Golf Courses in the World. Jim’s feat was a major sports story at the time. Some of our classmates left in the prime of their careers. Charlie Griffin, first in the class, brilliant mind, great sense of humor, passed away at 62 and at the time was one of the leading labor lawyers in Chicago. Harry McKee, another Chicago big firm all-star, was only 54. His practice was primarily corporate and securities transactions. Frank Duda was also practicing corporate law but in Southern California at the time of his death more than 25 years ago. Our two classmates in the judiciary, Kevin Connelly and Pat Crooks, died in office. Kevin was a trial court judge in Du Page County for many years. Pat was a trial judge in Green Bay for 19 years and a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for 19 years. Bud Malone, who became a nationally recognized authority on development of affordable housing, worked literally until the day he died in a Dallas hospital. Joe Sullivan, John Costello, Bill Mayette and Dave Hosinski remained in the South Bend area. Joe, a decorated Marine who saw action in the Korean War, worked for Associates. John’s practice was in banking and real estate. Bill passed away in 2015 with many years in private practice representing public and private clients. Dave Hosinski retired in 2009 after a banking career. He founded Indiana Trust and Investment Management Company, which was the first trust firm in Indiana not owned and operated by a bank. Dave passed away in 2011. Our classmates are gone but not forgotten. — Bob Saxe; 15725 Ranchero Drive, Morgan Hill CA 95037; 408-779-3668; bsaxe5@aol.com

 

64 As I Draft This Column…

 

Memorial Day approaches. I was reminded of this via correspondence with John Gillan of Morton Grove IL who was reflecting on the boys he knew who went to Vietnam and didn’t return. John describes himself as a “lapsed architect,” having retired from his own firm in April 2008. We shared remembrances of our classmate Joe Adrian, an Air Force pilot who went MIA in March 1967. John and Joe (aka Jody) had known each other since grammar school in River Edge NJ, and John had spent time with Joe’s family at their summer cottage in Damascus PA. John indicated that after Jody went missing, he and his wife, Mary Sue Watson Gillan ’66SMC, became an auxiliary part of their family. Their first-born is named for their friend, Joseph Daniel Adrian. Extensive reports follow from two other classmates who spent time in Vietnam. Dave Garner and Julie cruised again last fall, beginning in Venice then through the Adriatic and Aegean Seas, ending up in Athens. It is always great to read about a Marine aboard a ship. Earlier, they spent time in Jacksonville with Dave’s roommate Mike Mayer and his wife, Deni. Mike reports golfing at least three days a week, while Dave claims to play tennis twice weekly. Recently, Dave and Julie attended the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner where they saw Adrian King and Pete Kump. Beyond tennis, Dave has taken to cataloging his military book collection, now up to 1,075, with at least a couple hundred more to enter. Sharon Doll and my old Navy buddy Joe Mayer are world travelers. They spent the last half of 2016 essentially traveling around the world, including Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. They traveled for six weeks in Vietnam looking for a compound and village where Joe lived 50 years earlier, during the war. Shortly after I submitted my column for spring, I received a note from Dick Erlenbaugh via Jack McCabe and Rich Wolfe. Dick was particularly excited that he and Patti had celebrated a minireunion of ND men’s basketball team captains with Theresa and John Andrioli ’63 and Pat and Walt Sahm ’65. Of course, Dick was captain in 1964. About a month after seeing the pictures of this unique luncheon I received sad news from Rich Wolfe that Dick had passed away in his sleep in Greenville SC. Dick had been at a rehab hospital recovering from knee replacement. He and Rich were teammates on the freshman basketball team and lived on the fourth floor of Keenan. They shared lunch together last June when Dick, Patti and their son were in Iowa, not too far from Lost Nation. Rich shared a couple of remembrances from freshman year. Those of us who know Rich can appreciate that they encapsulated some of the foolishness most of us engaged in during that glorious period more than 50 years ago. I was also pleased to renew acquaintances with my former roommate Mike Coy. After starting out in architecture, Mike graduated in the GP, picked up his MBA from Columbia, then spent five years engaging in fascinating exploits as a Navy submarine officer. He settled in Hawaii where he established himself as a successful investor and executive in the healthcare field. Please keep in your thoughts the families of Tom Fraser of Dryer IN, who passed away in February, and Dr. Ernest Schukraft of Bad Ax MI who died shortly after the first of the year. — Paul R. Charron; 44 Contentment Island Road, Darien CT; 203-655-3930; paul.richard.charron@gmail.com

 

64JD Grateful for Our Blessings

 

Over the years, our mate Gerry Vairo has been an inspiration to all of us by his faith, courage and great good humor in his continuing struggle with MS. His health deteriorated this year, made worse by his contracting pneumonia leading to an air evacuation from his home in Michigan’s UP to a hospital in Wausau WI for an eight-day stint in intensive care. He is at home now, and told me he has regained much of the ground lost. Gerry asked that I send his wishes to everyone that we should be grateful for all our blessings, especially for our days at the Law School. Some sad news to report is the passing of Prof. John Noonan, 90, who was appointed by President Reagan to the Federal Bench in 1985 and later to the 9th CCA. Bob Frost reports that a comedy of medical botches put him in the hospital for tests and treatment for spinal stenosis and disc problems. Bob says he’s doing well at home, in no small part because of the efforts of Dawn. Gene Kramer also has some issues, namely a second hip replacement scheduled in early May. Gene is actively involved with the Great Lakes Restoration project, with his specific focus on developing a trail along the north border of Lake Erie. Jack Rammel is joining our workout warriors Frank Miele and Charles Sacher with a regimen of daily golf, running several miles, strength training, etc. Jack also has developed an imaginative money-making hobby of internet sales of old and rare CDs that can produce huge returns. Frank is involved with too many activities to enumerate, including finishing the season at the Met with appearances in LaBoheme, Aida and Fidelio. He and Russ Bley are considering a trip to India later this year. Adele and Jack Kopko are enjoying their new digs along the Indiana Dunes and are planning another Mexican trip and a cruise. Kay and Tom Conneely have returned to Mill Valley after some long skiing trips in the Rockies, Wasatch and other slopes. Eileen and Bob Cash are staying in their Venice FL home until late May before returning to Cincinnati. Kathleen and Bob Hanlon are well and happy in their new home in New Jersey while Bob continues his motor vehicle product liability practice. Hurley Smith and I reminisced about our days together some 40 years ago at Ford Motor Credit. Hurley and family are well in Rappahannock County VA notwithstanding the totaling of his new Mustang convertible. Carol and Lou Pfeiler survived the winter in Dubuque, with Lou continuing his outstanding volunteer work providing honor guards at veterans’ funerals and other activities, such as leading the formation of a leasing company related to real estate owned by the Legion in Dubuque. Marian and Jim Slater continue to be world travelers, returning recently from a lengthy trip to New Zealand, followed by trips to the Bay Area, Kansas City and later this year to Lyon, France, where they have rented an apartment for several weeks. Sharon and I are fine and enjoying our South Bend home after trips to Palm Desert, Seattle, northern Minnesota and places west. We have a new family member, Pascal, a very young Great Dane puppy who thinks he owns the household. All the best, and blessings all around. — Richard Balfe Wagner; 1204 Erskine Manor Hill, South Bend IN 46614; 574-299-9888; cell 760-567-1270; rswagnersb@gmail.com

 

65 Football in Florida

 

Norm Nicola, our All American Center, lives in Ft. Myers FL with his wife, Judie, and is frequently visited by former teammates. Incidentally, in our senior year, Norm was voted to be on the All Italian American football team; funny thing is that Norm is Lebanese. Ken Maglicic makes several trips a year to see Norm and rehash ND memories, including those good old times at Guiseppi’s. Ken and his wife, Mary, have four children and numerous grandchildren. He has retired from OSHA where he served for many years, and rumor has it that he used his linebacker mentality to close more than a few factories. In March, Tom Kostelnik suffered a hemorrhagic stroke while playing golf in Arizona where he and his wife, Connie, have retired. A craniotomy confirmed the diagnosis of a brain tumor. The good news is that he is slowly improving. After graduation, Tom roomed with Jim Dwyer in Cleveland for several years while working for a Big Eight accounting firm. After marrying Connie, he became a top official with Lamson & Sessions, a leading manufacturer of fastener products, and eventually ended up as comptroller. Len Seraphin continues to practice law with his son in St. Charles IL. They have a concentration in estate planning, contested estates and related litigation. His two other children are ND and SMC grads; his son is a physician and his daughter is a teacher. One of his 10 grandchildren is a sophomore at ND. Len and wife, Sue, celebrated their 50th in June with a family gathering in Lake Geneva WI. Linda and Ken Geoly live in Virginia and celebrated their third wedding anniversary this summer. Ken continues his part-time job in computer technology and still practices pro bono nephrology at the county clinic several days a month. In January, Callisto Madavo PhD died in Potomac MD. He is survived by his wife, Emily, and two children. In July 2015, John “Bud” Ruel passed away in Chicago. He is survived by his wife, Betsy. In March, my good friend Paul Geary died of a rare bile duct cancer. Less than a month passed from the time of diagnosis, which was determined during imaging studies of an unrelated problem. Paul had retired last year from the company he founded, GWR Medical, Inc. which developed a novel delivery system of topical oxygen for treatment of cutaneous ulcers and wounds. He is survived by his wife, Ann Marie, six children, two of which are ND grads, and 12 grandchildren. John Huarte represented our class at Paul’s funeral in Chadds Ford PA. — James P. Harnisch MD; 6759 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040; jphnd65@hotmail.com

 

65JD Class Secretary — John Donald O'Shea;

 

pelagius@qconline.com

 

66 Here’s To You

 

John Flatley reported that he visited with Joe Pete Wilbert in San Antonio for the Army game and spent the winter in Naples FL. Flats attended Pat Cahill’s funeral in Reno in August and saw Gusti Rini, Tim Streb and Paul Fieberg, among others. Jack Crawford was in touch with class prez Cap Gagnon and was inquiring as to the status of Ed Calior. Cap reported having seen Ed at a number of ND games. Pat McRedmond from down Nashville way sent word that his grandson has been accepted to ND. The grandson is the son of his ND daughter, Jennifer. Sheila and Don Snyder are doing a river cruise in Europe this summer and are still raving about last June’s 50th Reunion. Don got a call from Frank Sheehan and they were planning to get together over lunch in Raynham MA. I met over drinks with Vicki and Jim Conley, who were visiting relatives here in the Baltimore area. Jim had a long career in the Canton area in retail, before returning to law school and becoming a mediator, which he still does. Jim had news on lots of folks. Fran and Tom Callahan live in Houston, where Tom is in investments. Tom Belden is still active in Canton. The aforementioned Streb is retired from banking in California. Dave Rentschler apparently is still skiing his rear off in Utah. Dan Gulling is retired and splits time between Green Bay and Florida. Air Force Lt. Gen. Gene Santarelli is a retired, but I didn’t catch where he is located. Marty O’Connell went on to Stanford from ND, earning an advanced degree in electrical engineering, and ended up working at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, from which he is retired. We also talked about the late, great Herb Seymour and wondered about the status of Denny Conway, Ken Ivan and Bill Zloch, all of whom have been incommunicado of late. Skip Medina is involved in Operation Fishing Freedom, which gets vets to share their stories on a TV show, apparently while fishing. John Berges checked in from the rural Missouri Ozarks where he and Claudia live with their nine horses and four dogs. JB finally retired, which gives him more time to compete in national and regional ranch sorting and team penning events. They spent time last fall in Nashville with Jude Linehan at the Packers/Titans game. JB also heard from Rudy Navarri who has retired to Mt. Olive AL. JB regularly hauls horses up and down I-44 and says he used to see a lot of Con-Way double rigs, a trucking firm that is/was owned by Bob Conway. A sad note, John Lungren passed away in November in Fair Oaks CA after a long battle with Parkinson’s. John had a multi-faceted career, including stints in the Army and as a reporter and public relations manager for TRW, in addition to having a number of senior positions in California state government. John’s late father was Richard Nixon’s personal physician. John is survived by Nancy Jean and four children. I’m hoping to connect soon with Charlie O’Brien, who lives north of Baltimore and is a retired trash magnate. That does it for this edition. Stay in front of the train and send news. — Tom Sullivan; 1108 Westwicke Lane, Lutherville MD 21093; cell 773-454-4343; t66sullynd@gmail.com

 

66JD Summer Notes

 

I’ve just received word from Pat Bowers that former professor and US Court of Appeals judge John T. Noonan died April 17. Pat reminds me that Prof. Noonan, a Harvard Law graduate, taught us a course in professional responsibility and left ND the same year we did, teaching at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall until his appointment to the 9th Circuit by President Reagan in 1985. He received Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal in 1984 and had been widely acclaimed for his groundbreaking book, Contraception: A History of Its Treatment by the Catholic Theologians and Canonists, and for his many publications, according to Wikipedia, relating to the interaction of Catholic moral doctrine and American law. If you have the time and inclination, I suggest that you read more about Professor Noonan on the Internet to remind yourselves how fortunate we were to have had him as a teacher. I’ve also heard from Bob Siebert, who continues to travel the globe. He reported in the International Travel News on his recent visits to Morocco and Singapore. This September Bob will travel to Israel and Jordan and in January he’s off on a Caribbean cruise. No grass is growing under Bob’s feet. Other than the notes from Pat and Bob, I’d not heard from other classmates so I trust you are all still recovering from our 50th Reunion. I hope that you, or your significant others, will drop me a line so that I can continue to submit this column. In the meantime, be well. — Philip C. Ruddy; 15911 Lakeshore Drive, Union Pier MI 49129; 269-469-1933; rudds241@aol.com

 

67 Foery at Quinnipiac

 

Ray Foery PhD is finishing his 35th year of teaching film studies at Quinnipiac U in Hamden CT just outside of New Haven. He enjoys what he’s doing and hopes to teach a few more years. Ray will be at our 50th reunion. Bob Scheuble writes from the DC area that he has been traveling all over the country. Bob and his wife Liz spent February in Florida. They saw Judy and Dan Shaughnessy in Englewood FL where they bought a home. At the Duke game, Bob and Liz met up with Ethel and John Martin. In October the Schuebles were in New Jersey for Ray Zolnowski’s wedding. Nancy and Tom Welsh were also there for the wedding as well as Ethel and John Martin. John and Bob have seen each other regularly over the past several years. Bob also attended the Shamrock Series game in San Antonio. Bob anticipates attending the Miami of Ohio game this fall as Liz is a Miami alumna. As this column is being submitted in late April, our 50th reunion has not yet occurred, but by the time of publication in the summer, reunion will have been completed. I hope I’ll have more news of classmates for the fall issue, if I remember everything. Preliminary feedback from the Alumni Association indicates we have one of the largest registrations of 50-year class reunions in recent history. Please write to let us know what you’re up to. — Bert Bondi; bertrbondi@gmail.com

 

67JD Reunion 50 Nears

 

Reunion 50 redux. Our reunion plans are coming together. The dates are Sept. 22-24. Friday, we meet for cocktails and dinner at 6:30; Saturday includes tours and game watch with food; Sunday features Mass at 10 a.m. and brunch at 11. All of the activities will take place on campus. Jim Olson has been putting together a fantastic menu for the cocktail party and dinner Friday night at the Morris Inn and John Hargrove has been liaising with ND reps to arrange campus tours and activities during the weekend. Jim Mollison has been planning the Sunday brunch following Mass at the Law School. Jim M. has even recruited his daughter-in-law (who works on campus) to arrange some additional activities. Jerry Berthold has scheduled golf at the beautiful course on campus for Saturday morning and he is looking to fill out a second foursome. I’m sure you can rent clubs so let me know if you’re interested. Everything is looking great for a fantastic weekend, so make your plans now. Call the Morris Inn directly and book under “Class of ’67 Law Reunion.” It is with sadness that I relay the news of the death of Prof. John Noonan at the age of 90. A towering intellect, he had entered Harvard in his senior year of high school and graduated at 19 followed by Cambridge. He earned a master’s and doctorate from Catholic U and returned to Harvard to earn a law degree. Father Ted Hesburgh recruited him to teach at the law school 1961-66, after which he taught at Berkley Law School until appointed in 1985 to the 9th Circuit. Over his 30 years on the bench, he heard oral arguments in 3,459 cases and wrote 1,080 opinions and dissents, reputedly in longhand on yellow legal pads. He was the author of 13 books on law, politics and religion including his 1966 work on contraception said to have influenced Pope Paul VI’s decision to create a papal commission to study the issue and to which Judge Noonan was appointed a member. He is survived by his wife, three children and seven grandchildren. Margaret and Jerry Berthold have survived their week-long (seems longer) annual grandkids camp where they entertain their 15 grandchildren. Beth and Frank Verterano have returned from Sicily and Beth had a wonderful time. Frank’s enjoyment was tempered because he didn’t bring enough work files with him. Roseann and Jim Harrington’s retirement has been a little different from the norm. They have hosted several of their grandchildren over the past four years as their children were working overseas or had moved from the area and didn’t want to upset their children’s education. Now, the grands are off to college and the Harringtons are empty nesters again. Reading between the lines, I detect that they are a bit sad at the prospect of a quiet house. Alas, John Nelson also is sad that his beloved Colorado has legalized marijuana. Of course, John has spent his retirement volunteering and supporting the local police in an ongoing battle against crime, and he sees this latest move by their government as undercutting and actually promoting the opioid epidemic in his state. John will travel to Hawaii to give an address at the annual convention of Crime Stoppers. Make your reunion plans now. — Jim Heinhold; 1200 Carmel Lane, New Bern NC 28562; res 252-638-5913; im4irish@aol.com

 

68 Then and Now, and All Between

 

When he moderated the April 21, 2017 journalism panel that launched the 50-year celebration of The Observer’s founding, Tom Condon began with the observation that, “There is no now without a then.” Then the group of young journalists proceeded to a discussion meant to help a mostly student audience learn about ways to enter today's journalism. After that, we and about 125 present and former Observer staff members celebrated the “then.” With John Twohey, Bob Anson, and Bill Giles present, our longtime champion Prof. Donald Sniegowski refraining from clarifications, Prof. Don Costello sending good wishes, and Pat Collins chiming in with a reflection sent before he headed to a family wedding he called a “no-cut” Philadelphia event, we roamed over our own storied histories as well as companion memories such as the time Brien Murphy opened a Sorin Hall door by ramming his unprotected head through a panel. We let it all hang out, some of us even risking caffeinated coffee during evening hours. It was that kind of weekend. The Saturday night event had our table looking like chaperones at a prom, and one young speaker looked ahead to additional Observer reunions, maybe a 75th, for example. This brought laughter from us and from those around us. But, that weekend and in following emails and conversations, all of us (Dennis Gallagher, John McCoy, Tom (Carmel IN) McKenna, Jay Schwartz, Don Hynes, Tom Condon, Shaun Reynolds and the absent Bill Kelly and Tom Brislin) resolved to make use of other approaching celebrations. As we anticipate the 50th reunion coming in June 2018, the admonition of Eddie Kurtz holds true, “No croakin.’” There is no now without a then, and there is not much appreciation of then or now unless we are gathered to celebrate. Let’s get the reunion on our calendars, buy the airline tickets, call the old friends, recruit the perennial no-shows (such as Dick Blumberg, John Alzamora, Pat Hermann, and Brian McTigue), change the hearing aid batteries, and build up a tolerance for nighttime caffeine. The Great ’68 needs full attendance, Philadelphia no-cut weddings and any foot booboos be damned. Despite their austere, careful habits, Pat DeMare (now well on the mend), Tom Brislin (recovering from surgical correction of a broken neck after a fall) and Mike Hampsey, recovering from heart surgery, flirted with the no croakin’ dictate. Let's have no more of that. During the same Observer reunion weekend, Class President Tom Weyer kept his distance from the journalists as well as the Blue-Gold game while he spent time with his Saint Mary’s granddaughter, the popular blogger Shannon Weyer, and her lacrosse teammates. The team was trailing by three until Tom Condon's presence brought the score to even before Tom had to depart for an Observer dinner. Prior to the Blue-Gold exhibition, we had the benefit of some sharp analyses from Bryan Dunigan and Roger Guerin, assessments now available on our class blog, ndclass1968.com. Some reunion training is already in progress. The Naples and Bonita Springs FL area has become a winter training center, with Joan (Waters) and Will Dunfey, Roger Guerin, Bob Ptak, Chris Murphy, Paul Dunn, Jeff Jeyes, and Bob Brady part of a big Notre Dame group from multiple classes. Bill Mordan and some friends tried out their own get-together: “In April 2017, Traveling Irish Mary and Dave Brueggen, Vicki and Mike Granger, and Sue and Bill Mordan, plus eight other ’68 alumni and their spouses, cruised for two weeks around Australia and New Zealand, through an Alumni Association Travel Program. Judy and Prof. Bob Schmuhl ’70 were hosts.” Mike Brennan traveled back in time, to memories of the rugby team's Ireland trip 50 years ago, recalling Dick Carrigan snatching the Irish flag from the post office, the Guinness brewery tour, and the Irish admiration for Bill “Wheels” Kenealy’s sprints to the try line. Tom Fitzgerald is ready after a heady Italian experience during summer of 2017. He says, “I was a visiting artist for four weeks at The American Academy in Rome. Given the writers, architects, archeologists, classical scholars et al: dinners were like general program seminars.” Dia and John Walsh, making their wandering way home to Evanston IL from a winter in San Diego, stopped in the Santa Fe area to visit with Joe Brennan. The Brennans are selling their desert spread in order to return to northern California. Don Hynes brought and sold many copies of his poetry book, The Irish Girl, at the Observer reunion. The reviews are enthusiastic, including one from a 90 year-old Hynes aunt who celebrated her birthday at the racetrack with a daughter, cigarettes and beer. Awful news came through Bryan Dunigan: Chuck Kelsey's daughter, married mother of three, died of cancer. The obituary (on the blog) is full of inspiring accomplishments and love. What a loss for Chuck, his family, and us.  Prof. James S. O’Rourke has been named to direct Notre Dame's business education program in the United Kingdom during spring 2018. In addition, Jim, who is director of the Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication, is stepping down. There is no quit in our classmate, the author of 19 books. He will return to the faculty to teach. As Bill Mordan has shown, emails from outside Chicago, even those with an Alabama inflection, can make it to the Class Notes. Please send news and photos for posting on the blog. — Tom Figel; 1054 W. North Shore, Apt. 3E, Chicago IL 60626; 312-223-9536; tfigel@reputecture.com; blog ndclass1968.com

 

68JD Independent Voice

 

In addition to Carol and Tom Ward celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year, I received a note from Pat Pacella that brought back many memories of Madison Manor. Pat met Diane at Madison Manor on Oct. 2, 1965 and they were married on July 1, 1967. Pat reports Diane is the same beautiful bride that he married 50 years ago. Pat practices law at Emch, Schaffer, Schaub & Porcello Co., LPA in Toledo. Congressman Pete King again was named the most bipartisan member of Congress. The Bipartisan Index Rankings used to make this determination are based on bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship and demonstrate the degree that members of Congress work across party lines. Pete expressed his appreciation for the honor and noted the following, “At a time of too much blind partisanship in Congress and a growing number of activists and special interest groups, I try to find common ground without sacrificing principles. My goal is to get the job done and serve the national interest, not appeal to the partisan extremes or the loudest voices. So long as I am in Congress, I will continue to be an independent voice fighting for my constituents.” John Coyle’s granddaughter, KC, will begin her studies in ND Engineering School in August, and she has been selected for the cheerleading squad. Tom Curtin will be taking his entire family to Ireland this summer, and will have the opportunity to spend some time with Carol and Tom Ward, who will be in Ireland for the summer. It seems that Carol and Tom are enjoying retirement. Tom Curtin was appointed chair of the USDC Lawyers Advisory Committee by the USDC New Jersey chief judge. This committee works with the judges on matters including local rule revisions, creation of study groups and lawyer discipline. Tom has been chair of the committee since 2009. Tom also reports that his youngest grandchild, Tommy, 5, son of his daughter, Amy Curtin Pini ’02, and her husband, Josh Pini ’02, is autistic and that the family has become involved in the organization Autism New Jersey. Tom reports that he will be at the Miami of Ohio game and possibly the USC game. Suzanne and I had a great trip to New Zealand, Australia and Bali. New Zealand is by far our favorite of the three countries. It is simply magnificent. For those who wish to make my job easier, I would appreciate everyone taking a few moments to provide me with an update as to what is happening with you and your family. Finally, we will celebrate our 50th reunion in 2018. Please email Tom Curtin or me as to any thoughts you may have about the reunion, since we want to start making plans. The initial thought is to have the reunion on a football weekend when ND is playing, but not playing in South Bend. — Dennis Collins; dgc@greensfelder.com

 

69 Checking In

 

In January, while visiting their son in Cincinnati, Jackie and Mike Brennan got together with Sally and Steve Hext. Steve said he, Tom Hock and Bob Arnzen meet for lunch from time to time. They were high school classmates as well. John Hickey continues to do an excellent job with our Class of ’69 blog: notredameclassof1969blog.blogspot.com. We thank John for all his efforts. Further, he, Steve Kavalauskas, Tom Ladky, Mike McCauley and their wives celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with dinner together. I’m sure it was a different celebration from those we had at Sweeney’s, Nicola’s or the Senior Bar. Mike Cerre was treated by his children to a copy of his video that he did for his senior project for Communication Arts for Rommy Hammes Ford/WNDU: https://www.dropbox.com/s/z9qcabopwx5tues/R_Hommes.mp4?dl=0.

 

I remember Bob Whitmore and other of our famous classmates praising the Ford, although the royalty checks have apparently been lost in the mail. Anyway, thanks for checking in, Mike. Happy birthday. Tom Altmeyer has contacted John Wehrheim in Hawaii. John is an expert on Kauai and John has recompiled a high definition documentary film about the Taylor Camp for “hippies, surfers and a Paradise Lost” on Kauai. You can find the latest edition on the Internet. Unfortunately, we have two deaths to announce in our class. Jim Leahy passed away on March 7. Nancy Leahy, his wife, reached out to me and wished everyone in the Class of ’69 the best. I have communicated with her as well. Jim was a great classmate and he will be missed by all. Secondly, Dan Meese and Tom Fischer reached out to me with news about William J. Daddio, who died April 25 in Pittsburgh, where he lived most of his life. Dan wrote: “Bill was my roommate senior year and we were part of the Great Eight of Holy Cross Hall. The Great Eight consisted of Bill Daddio, Charles Sheedy, Don Clarkson, Mike Pepek, Neil Short, Craig “Bernie” Wald, Tom Fischer and myself. Bill asked that there be no memorial service. Bill is the third of the eight to pass. He was preceded in death by Don Clarkson and J. Michael Pepek.” Both of these gentlemen will be thoroughly missed by all. The Omaha Contingent of Dick Cimino, Mike Coffey and Greg Schatz are celebrating their birthdays in June. Their births occurred within a week of each other and they have remained friends ever since. They obviously changed the trajectory of the city of Omaha by their births in 1947. Bill Chapman indicates that he and Al Lutz and their wives had dinner in Jacksonville FL last month prior to Bill and Trish coming back to Atlanta for the summer and fall. Speaking of the fall, arrangements are rapidly falling into place for our minireunion at the U of Southern California game on Oct. 21. Eight of us will again be in a house in southern Michigan, so please contact me if you’re going to be at school that day or for the weekend. Hopefully we can get together. I hope everyone has a great summer. We look forward to the new football season with optimism and anticipation. All the best. Go Irish. — Tom Ryan; 248-334-9938; sylvanlawtr@gmail.com

 

69MBA Class Secretary — Dennis B. McCarthy;

 

PO Box 246, Bear Lake MI 49614; bus 231-864-3111 ext. 115; dbmc2@blarneycastleoil.com

 

69JD The R Word

 

Merle Wilberding attended his 50th undergrad reunion at St. Mary’s U in Minnesota where he was awarded the distinguished alumnus award. He is still working and enjoying it. Bill Keck wrote and explained how to turn required minimum distributions from IRA into gifts to the Law School without including the distribution in income. It is a nice ploy and one we may discuss as we approach our 50th reunion and our class gift. Mike Dodge has reached age 70, the mandatory retirement age for judges in Michigan. Mike has been on the bench for 39 years and is looking forward moving to Bluffton SC with his wife, Beth. Jim Barba is still at work but Rose has retired. Rose took Jim for better or worse but not lunch every day. Jim is enjoying his grandchildren, Chloe and Alex. Rose took a trip to the Baltic Countries and left Jim at home to feed the cat. My wife, Sue, is on a tour of Japan and left me in charge of the dogs. Bob Greene retired when he reached the mandatory retirement age at Phillips Lytle. Bob is enjoying traveling and reading for pleasure, which means something other than law books. He suggests that we have our 50th reunion on football weekend when the team is on the road. Let me know if you have an opinion. Tim Malloy is still hard at work. He won an appeal in a case before the US Supreme Court that may net his client an additional $150 million. — Jim Starshak; 889 Kaohe Place, Honolulu HI 96825; bus 808-523-2515; res 808-395-0443; jstarshak@carlsmith.com