class notes

1970s

70 Correspondences

 

Bob Mitchell, Southbury CT, recognized by Engineering News Record as a 2016 Newsmaker of the Year, chaired the Newtown Building Commission for Sandy Hook Elementary School. Jim Rohr, re-elected to GE’s Board, also serves Allegheny Technologies, EQT, Marathon Petroleum, ND and chairs Carnegie Mellon. Condolences to the family of David Heise ’77MBA of Indiana, a chemical engineer for 36 years at Eli Lilly after Army service. He was Kiwanis Club president and Hunger, Inc. volunteer, and is survived by Patricia, his wife of 47 years, three children, six grandchildren and six siblings. Chris Bonwit died Jan. 2 at home in Dunwoody GA, survived by Gracemarie (Gem), his wife of 44 years (married by Ernest Bartell, CSC, now professor emeritus at ND); sons Holden and Neville; his brother and sister; and five grandchildren. Before gap years were popular, he studied at Brighton College in England and entered ND courtesy of Navy ROTC. During summer deployment to a German patrol boat he learned German, his favorite of his six languages. He sailed the Mediterranean and Pacific, becoming USS Badger chief engineer. After Wharton MBA and construction engineering for Dravo of Pittsburgh, often in Latin America, he sold wire splicing and connectors a decade for Raychem, featuring assignments in Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. He worked for Dura-Line, Thomas & Betts, and finally as ND Regional Director. Pastor Msgr. Hugh Marren, Rev. Paul Doyle, CSC, ’65, ’75M.Div., and Rev. William Lies, CSC, ’93M.Div., concelebrated the funeral. His remains were interred at Cedar Grove. Ron Wasowski, CSC, died Dec. 5. John Keys, ’73JD Georgetown, died May 18, 2016. He practiced commercial, arbitration, and intellectual property law 30 years at Winston and Strawn in Washington. General Counsel to the National Institute of Building Sciences in Washington, he served on boards of council for the Accreditation of Counseling, Inspire USA Foundation and High Desert Journal. On to Bend OR, he practiced arbitration, mediation, intellectual property. Survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan Gies Keys, two daughters, two grandchildren, and two brothers, he maintained an enormous collection of photographs and photo journal essays after associate editorship of the Scholastic in 1970 under Phil Kukielski, executive editor, and Rich Moran, editor-in chief. Phil, retired, visits regularly at the DC ND Club with Warren Junium and Bill Hughes. Bill Sorrell retired from his 10th two-year term as Vermont Attorney General featuring several US Supreme Court appearances. He was the second longest serving AG in the US. Now visiting scholar at Vermont’s US - Asia Partnerships for Environmental Law, he has lectured at law schools, Supreme People’s Court, and National Prosecutors’ College, in Kunming, Shanghai and Beijing. His son is a physical therapist in Phoenix. His daughter is a medical resident in Columbia SC. He greets former denizens of Alumni Hall Jim and Tim Murphy, Rich and Jack Moran, O'Malley Smith, Kelly Knauer (I had forgotten all our Irish.) Pat and I visited Jane and John Monnich at their lovely home in Marietta SC in March, finishing out of the money in their Paddyshack Tournament. Gary Player’s $6 million golf course manse is for sale. John and I phoned Mike Hammes to say happy birthday; next year we’ll try in person. I skied in January with the Springfield bunch, joined by Greg Sullivan of Littleton CO, using his 1968 Olympic skis to great advantage. Recent trips included Japan and Cambodia. Plan to attend our Georgia football minireunion. An anonymous classmate notes that his alumni children often have empty Class Notes. Thanks for your wonderful correspondence through the years. Without your contributions, our section would also be blank. — Don Graham; 1901 S. Glenwood Ave., Springfield IL 62704; 217-522-5120; fever1@me.com

 

70MBA Class Secretary — John Carroll;

 

3922 Brintons Mill, Marietta GA 30062; bus 678-218-5204; res 770-973-4588; john.raymond.carroll.1970@alumni.nd.edu

 

70JD Milestones

 

It occurs to me that it was 50 years ago (August 1967) that we began our law school years at Notre Dame. While you ponder that thought, let me share some news from our classmates. John Meany sent word that in winter he left the Midwest and headed south for sun and a few good rounds of golf. Joe Kane enjoys singing with a group known as The Sons of St. Patrick. During the month of March, they performed at numerous hospitals and nursing homes in the Cincinnati area. Marie and I, upon return from a short Florida trip in early March, met JoAnn and Mike Kelleher for dinner in the Buffalo area as they were about to depart to Arizona for warm weather and golf. (That’s how northerners deal with snowy weather at our age.) Remember our Administrative Law professor, Les Foschio? You may recall he had ventured out to Notre Dame along with Dean Lawless in 1968. After several years he returned to New York and eventually became a US magistrate judge for the western district of New York. Over the years I had appeared before him on a number of occasions and now that I am retired I can say that he always conducted his courtroom with the utmost dignity and professionalism one would expect from the federal judiciary. As I started to write this column I glanced at a local paper on my desk and saw a photo of Judge Foschio. The accompanying article addressed a naturalization ceremony the judge had conducted admitting some 26 new citizens to our country. His advice to them might apply to all of us: “be good citizens.” Carol and Terry O’Connor traveled from their home in Alexandria VA to Buffalo on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate the 99th birthday of Terry’s mom, Regina O’Connor. Unfortunately, Terry picked up a cold along the way and was forced to stay at the family home while his mom attended a festive party in her honor. If you were ever fortunate enough to meet Mrs. O’Connor, as I was in the 1960s, you would know that she is truly a wonderful person. Happy 99th birthday, Regina. Perhaps next year Terry will be able to keep up with you as you celebrate your 100th. I guess that is all for now. I look forward to hearing from all of you in the months ahead. Please note that my email address has changed. If you sent me any updates recently, please forward them again to my new address. — John K. Plumb; 19 Crowley St., Randolph NY 14772; jkplumb37@gmail.com

 

71 A Moveable Feast

 

Gentlemen, an administrative matter comes first. Our days of tailgating in the stadium parking lot under the ’71 flag have come to an end. For a variety of reasons, we have decided to move game day festivities to our back patio approximately five blocks south of ND’s main gate. See the address below. As in earlier years, all are welcome. Contact info is below for more details.

A tip of the hat and a hearty thank you are due Mike Cotter for his service to the country in general, and Montana in particular, as the US Attorney for Montana these past eight years. Mike was appointed to the office by President Obama in 2009. Mike Boyce is also serving in a public capacity, although he came to his current position in a rather circuitous route. Mike retired to Marietta GA in 2001 after 30 years in the Marine Corps and worked in the consulting sector for a while. Last year he decided to run for local office and was successful. In December he was sworn into office for a four-year term as the chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners in Marietta. This is not a part-time job; the county is in the metro Atlanta area with a population of 700,000 plus. Talk about rolling out of the retirement hammock into the political frying pan. Condolences to Dan Donahue on the loss of his father, Phillip ’40, and to Jerry Welch on the loss of his father, Jerry ’44. On one of those ubiquitous alumni trips, three of our group were travel companions. Patti and Vince Carr, Susy and Rick Korth, and Karen and Rick Kettler embarked on an African trip, safaris into the bush etc. Doug Coppola continues to practice law in upstate New York but has focused his efforts in the area of mediation and arbitration which allows more control over his calendar. The net result is that he and Mimi are free to travel more often. Also work trips take him to NYC allowing for visits with Ed Davey and John Sweeny. Condolences to Jim DeVoe on the loss of his father, retired Air Force Lt. Col. George. Harry Lapham, a longtime resident of Farmington MI, passed away in December. He is survived by his six children and a number of grandkids. EJ Donnelly continues to practice as a doc in internal medicine in Pittsburgh, but rumor has it he and Mary are downsizing the residence. A recent road trip out west provided an opportunity to visit with retired doc Paul Dusseau and Claudia, who were wintering in Sedona. Joe Dowd was back on campus for the Stanford game with a grandson in tow. He continues to work in the pharma industry in Greensboro NC. If you are headed to campus this fall for a game with family or as part of a larger group, a housing alternative has become available that you may find financially attractive. Holy Cross Parish, about 10 minutes west of campus on Wilber Street, has converted their former convent into a parish center. The second floor has approximately 15 double rooms and the space has been cleaned up and refurbished. Our own Father Mike Couhig is associate pastor at Holy Cross Parish and contributed much of the sweat equity and elbow grease to the cleanup effort. Contact info for room availability is 574-233-2179 and parish@hcssparish.org.

Enjoy the summer, whether working, vacationing, on the golf course or with grandkids. — John Snider; 830 N. Saint Peter St. South Bend IN 46617-1936; cell 312-860-1779; res 574-217-8961; jlscpa@yahoo.com

 

71MBA Thanks, Tony

 

Many thanks to Tony Strati for serving as class secretary for so many years. I follow in the footsteps of a legend. I’ve received updates from a handful of our classmates. Ann Marie and Les Larsen are sorry they had to back out of our reunion in San Antonio. They have moved from the shadows of the White House to Alexandria VA to be near five of their eight grandchildren. Ann Marie continues to manage the executive coaching business, but Les is pondering a change to make use of his business experience to serve our Catholic faith, possibly with Notre Dame. Mike Greene reported that he is undergoing chemo for a recently discovered illness and requests your prayers. You can send him a message at mgreene@ipmkt.net. He sounds in great spirits and I’m sure he would appreciate some encouragement from his classmates. Robbie ’71MA and Jim Fackelman have been back to the Dome twice since the reunion. Once was for the Virginia Tech football game and another to see a women’s basketball game and to attend a fundraiser sponsored by ND staff for Down syndrome research. John Sullivan stopped by to visit at the Mendoza tailgate for the Virginia Tech game. We were hosted each time by Patricia and Rod Spear, who are gracious hosts and they welcome any classmates who are in the South Bend area. They have a lovely house on the St. Joe River. Rod has become a docent for the Snite Museum of Art and can dazzle you with his new-found knowledge of the arts. Helena and Tony Strati have made frequent visits with the Spears while visiting family in Elkhart. They also visit a daughter and her family in Muskegon MI. Andi and John Vaughan have moved to Oconomowoc WI, near us, and we hope to visit soon. Try your hand at pronouncing that one. Please be sure to send me news of any encounters with classmates. — Jim Fackelman; 4635 Lakeview Circle, Slinger WI 53986; res 262-644-6245; cl 414-379-0968; jfackelman@alumni.nd.edu

 

71JD Class Secretary — E. Bryan Dunigan;

 

221 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1454; Chicago IL 60601; 312-857-2114; bdunigan@duniganlaw.com

 

72 Reunion Inspires Poetry

 

Our 45th class Reunion took place June 1-4. The Class Notes about that reunion will be the first for a new class secretary. Rich Sherman was class secretary for the first 15 years after our graduation. After nearly 30 years, it is time for me to let someone new volunteer. The following poem, “Reunion,” was sent to me after our 15th reunion by K.C. Pocius, the poet laureate of the Class of ’72. “one phrase wipes out / the distance / the time / that has passed / I notice the changes / much better now: / your black hair / shorter / your face dark / from the sun / we sit in the shade / of days gone by: / all good blended / not quite forgotten / the weekend’s too brief / for detail or acrimony / chained to the memory / of an event / the memories fade / as your train pulls away / lumbering ’round the station / gathering speed / one day these moments / will also be memories / but now I walk / down the boulevard/ turn the corner / savor the glow.” If you want to contribute to the column, please contact me or Gary. We will make sure any communication is forwarded to the new class secretary. — Frank Fahey; 312-504-3409; fjfahey@gmail.com; Gary Gigot; 574-807-5772; gary.gigot@vennli.com

 

72MBA Class Secretary — Alex McLellan;

 

9662 W. 86th St., Apt. B, Overland Park KS 66212-4537; res 913-652-9909; irish72mba@excite.com

 

72JD Class Secretary — Chris Schraff;

 

1881 Marble Cliff Crossing Court, Columbus OH 43204; 614-227-2097; cschraff@porterwright.com

 

73 Frozen Four

 

It was a virtual minireunion at the Frozen Four in Chicago on April 6 when a group of our class watched the hockey team fall to the U of Denver in semifinals. It was good to see Terry Madden, who flew from Colorado Springs. Also in attendance were Jim Corgel, a familiar face around Chicago and South Bend now that he has retired from IBM along with Artie Moore. Also we saw Jim Cannon. Unfortunately, Jim Dawson could not make it in from Detroit where he was coaching his daughter’s hockey team in her own national tournament. Congratulations to former quarterback Pat Steenberge who helped to open Mexico’s Football Hall of Fame. Pat himself is immortalized in the hall. Many of our classmates are retiring this year. Lou Ferrello and Alan Hart have joined that group. Congratulations to both on outstanding careers. As you can see, I am short on news. I would like to get back to a full column for the fall edition. Please send me your information. — Michael W. Hansen; Kavanagh Grumley & Gorbold, LLC, 111 N. Ottawa St., Joliet IL 60431; fax 815-727-1586; mhansen@kggllc.com  

 

73MBA Good News

 

Jack Leedom writes that they had a great Easter. He and his wife went to Mass with one of the four boys and his family, and they got to see two grandchildren sing in the choir. Then they visited with another boy and his family. His wife Pat came home from the nursing care on April 1 and Jack hopes to be able to keep her home for a long time. They have been getting assistance from visiting therapists and home care aides. Jack says, “Thanks for all the prayers. They must be working.” Gus Browne tells us that life continues to treat him well. He was at the Grotto last weekend. The ND campus is beautiful. Soon he is off to Paris, Florence and Venice in two weeks, then back in mid-May. He will then take 10 family members on a cruise on the Harmony of the Seas in August. He says, “That should get them through summer.” My wife Susan was named lecturer of the year at Cal State U San Bernardino for 2017 and will be recognized at summer graduation for her efforts. She is in her eighth year and has become the education school graduate division program coordinator in which teachers earn their California administrative credential to become a principal. She has taught and coached many successful principals and school administers. She is truly sought after there. My granddaughter Victoria, 14, has become a two-time photography winner taking best of class and first place for two pictures each in two consecutive years in the junior photography division at the Riverside County Faire. My daughter-in law, also named Susan, will complete her medical internship residency in June and has accepted an emergency doctor position at a hospital in the Houston area. She and my son are house hunting there with their two boys. Please continue to send in your responses. Let the Spirit continue to have all our classmates respond and share stories and new email addresses with us. You are always welcome to contact us when in Southern California. — Thomas Jindra; 7179 Alviso Ave., Riverside CA 92509; res and fax 951-685-2091; tajindra@charter.net

 

73JD Class Secretary — Tony Palumbo;

 

tpalumbo@palumbowolfe.com

 

74 Short and Sweet

 

Mark L. Wenig, senior cultural advisor, US Embassy, Cairo, Egypt, is retiring from the US Foreign Service in September after 23 years, and he and his wife Kjarstin will be living in Vienna, Austria, after that. I will visit Mark! I love, love Vienna! Mark writes, “I had to have emergency surgery here in Cairo last October and Egyptian doctors saved my life. Not many people can say that. I had to be med evacuated to Washington after that, but I’m OK now.” Wow, Mark, we are so very glad you are fine. Welcome back to the States meanwhile. Thank God you are OK. Then there is the POG-MO-THON news. Another blast was had at the 2017 POG-MO-THON. This year, the usual suspects were there. Thanks to scribe Jim Whalen who graciously recaptured the antics with retelling of old stories, laughs, golf, spa therapy, beach time and adult beverages. Thanks to my co-chair Tom Torretti (Pipe) for his great work to again make this an awesome event. We also had some memory lapses. Dr. Pat McGrath (Pinko) left his phone at the course, Steve Rogers (Buck) left his golf clubs at the course, we temporarily lost one of our golf carts and we left Bob Cimino (Meatball) at the course. Tom Jenkins (Jenks/Scibbers) forgot his Omaha buddy. Dear men, I’m not sure you can still blame it on the libations, or the age of the gathering. Whales also expressed that a few endured some maladies with Frank Murnane Tad DeOrio (Bear) and Pinko getting a 24-hour bug. We also had some highlights: a record 8 under on Saturday: a new POG record scored by Buck/Tim McCarron (Tuber) and Jim Whalen (Whales). Meatball won the ART award for being forgotten at the course and then making the boys pan pizza and egg quiche for the early risers. He was humbled by the honor with the best acceptance speech ever. Accolades go to Rick Esposto (Topo), Jenks, John Trampe (Trimble) and Jim Cahill (Coach) for their grilling/cooking/cleanup efforts. Pinko endured a grocery shopping experience at Sam’s with Buck (never again per Pinko). We also received a contribution from Bob Benkendorf (Benks) for POG beverages. We are applying that to Benk’s down payment for the 2018 POG scheduled for April 16-22, 2018. We missed Greg Zatko (Big Load), Chris Stevens (Hawk), Charlie Morrison and Bob Hettinger this year but they are in for 2018. Dave Casper arrived in Chicago to participate on the Notre Dame to NFL panel for our Rockne Athletic Banquet. He made the class of 1974 proud. My news is that my youngest son, Stephen and his wife Sarah gave birth to their first child, Isla Roe Simon. Isla is Irish and Scottish. Go Irish! This makes me grandma to five beautiful and fantastic grandchildren. How blessed am I. And I hang up my tiara as president of the Notre Dame Club of Chicago in July. Reunion will be here in two years. Yikes. Please stay healthy and soak up all the moments. — Dede Lohle Simon; 440 N. Wabash Ave., No. 3905, Chicago IL 60611-312-882-3731; Domerdede@aol.com

 

74 MBA New Class Secretary

 

A brief note to kick off the new 1974 MBA Class Notes: I worked in Ford Motor Company Finance for 32 years. I am now retired and reside in Michigan. Last Fall, Helen and I met up with Charlie and Donna Lanktree and Randy and Sandy Marks in Jacksonville for the ND-Navy game. Charlie is still working. Randy is now retired from Dow-Corning. It was a great visit with old friends. WeSchuster hope to get together again in the near future. As the new class secretary, I am looking forward to your input. Tell us where you are, what you are doing, and what transpired in the last 40-plus years since graduation. If you are like me, you are interested in what happened with our classmates over their careers and their lives since we left ND. I look forward to sharing your information with our class in upcoming issues of Notre Dame Magazine. — Jack Burnett; 19248 Glen Eagles Drive, Livonia, MI 48152; res 734-464-3458; jburnet1@sbcglobal.net

 

74JD Thanks, Chris

 

Chris Kule deserves our thanks for laboring in the Class Notes vineyards lo these many years. He married Jean McMahon last summer and they live in the Pennsylvania woods northwest of Scranton. Chris practiced international commercial law in New York City, and is a master in the U Penn Law School Inns of Court. The oldest of his seven grandchildren is heading off to college at Indiana U. Noel Augustyn and Bob Seminara attended the installation of Father Dennis Yessalonia SJ as pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue in Manhattan. Noel reports that Father Dennis is an impressive homilist. Pete McGonigle retired after 24 years in Fannie Mae’s Philadelphia office. During 2007 to 2012, he focused on work involving the bankruptcies and FDIC receiverships of many loan servicers that failed during the recession. Pete and Linda have been married 37 years, and have three children who Pete reports are all much brighter than he is. Pat Broderick works in Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia. Pete and Pat endured the Duke game and had a chance to visit with Debbie and Mike Cronin, Laurie and Drew Brown and Pat O’Hara. The also saw Steve Pfeiffer, recently retired from the US Attorney’s Office in Portland. On a stop in Phoenix, Pete and Linda were hosted by the Browns, Cronins and Kim and Tom Lordan. Drew is in real estate development. Mike primarily does estate planning. Tom does commercial and real estate litigation and maintains an interest in political science. He presented to the American Political Science Association at their convention in Philadelphia. Pete hears from George McCarthy, Andy DeAguero, Dan McCarthy, Dan Grosh, Jim Boland and Jim Cavanaugh. Rhonda and George live in the Melbourne FL area. George has retired from the public defender’s office where he defended in capital murder trials. Rhonda and George are seeing as many national parks as possible as well as Alaska and have the Danube on their agenda. Mary Beth and I live in Louisville with our children and grandchildren. I retired after 14 years on the family court bench and do some mediation and hearing officer work. We get to see fellow Louisvillians Ellen and Mike O’Connell. Mike is the county attorney for Metro Louisville and a former circuit court judge. Ellen is a talented artist. They get to spend a lot of time with their grandchildren. Tragically Mike and Ellen lost their son Matt three years ago. Matt was an ND fan among fans. He never missed an opportunity to see a game, and he won’t miss an opportunity to pull strings for us with Our Lady. Ellen’s father, Dr. Richard Welsh, recently passed away, after a full life and medical practice in Lancaster OH. Gina and Bill Dolan live in Glastonbury CN and are active golfers and travelers. Bill is a retired Social Security administrative law judge. Janet and Mike Laird live outside Chicago. As you might expect, Mike has an active practice and got our son Sean ’97 a clerkship in his offices when Sean was at Loyola Law School. At one time, Mike had a radio show focused on Irish music and the local Irish community. Pete has suggested we compile a list of email addresses for classmates who want to communicate with each other. If you want in, send me your email address. I know from past experience that it is a challenge to get info. Please share your news with me. — Joe O’Reilly; 2405 Top Hill Road, Louisville KY40206; res 502-897-9106; cell 502-649-6955; joe.oreilly34@icloud.com

 

75 A Special Anniversary

 

Thomas J. DiCanio celebrated his 10th anniversary as a deacon at a Mass of thanksgiving on May 12 in Trenton NJ. His family was with him, including wife Patricia, children, grandchildren and parishioners from St. Catharine Church in Holmdel NJ where Thomas serves as a deacon. Jim Lewis was at ND for the Virginia men’s hoops game in January. He visited with other Philly students and the Farley rector who chatted about co-education’s arrival at ND 45 years ago. He also visited the apartment he shared with Sergio Ciccone in 1974, Tippecanoe Place (Studebaker Mansion) and Studebaker Museum in South Bend. Jim’s four children are advancing in their college and professional lives. He has two grandchildren. Nick Grosch of New Jersey announces the arrival of his new grandson, Finn Malone, bringing the total count for grandkids to six. He also shared that Gerry Vitiello became a grandfather in January with the arrival of baby girl Peyton Shirley. Gerry is a chemical engineer with Lummus Co. He earned an MBA from ND in 1976. Class President Pat Lally and VP Howard Stierwalt held a “cabinet meeting” in early 2017 on the slopes of Aspen and ran into Roger Klauer’s sons who were also skiing. They report a fun time with “no broken parts.” Jed Curtis of Seattle celebrated his son Colin’s wedding in January. He just got back from a week in Cuba and is dreaming of a trip to Africa next year. Don Sammons has retired from piloting for FedEx after 33 years. He winters in Ft. Myers and summers in Cincy but welcomes Domers who golf year round at either location. Contact him at dssjr1@netscape.net. Please remember a classmate in your prayers. Dick Schlosser of Brandon FL passed away Jan. 6. He is survived by wife Carol and daughter Sarah. Dick also got a JD degree from ND in 1978. My wife Linda and I traveled to Florida in April to share Magic Kingdom time with our grandchildren and to attend a family wedding in St. Augustine. A 12-hour day with Mickey Mouse was fun but a bit challenging for Papa’s feet. We hope to visit New England and Montreal this fall. Thanks for sending so much timely news. Keep it up. I have no land line at home or office, so please call or text me at 563-349-0469. — Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; normbower@mchsi.com

 

75MBA Class Secretary — Jim Ouimet;

 

215-862-3080; jimouimet@comcast.net

 

76 Career Achievement Award

 

Tom Spencer was honored by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as a recipient of the Career Achievement Award. One of the foundations of Tom’s life and faith focuses on the question, “Are you and I changing other people’s lives?” Tom has tried to answer that question by his numerous efforts throughout the archdiocese. He supports the caring ministry of the Little Sisters of the Poor at the St. Augustine Home for the Aged and is an advocate of the Women’s Care Center, both in Indianapolis. Tom has also been a longtime member of the Serra Club of Indianapolis, which promotes vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life. Tom has been married to Gayle for 36 years, has two grown children and is a grandfather. Indianapolis native Kelley Flynn ’73 was kind enough to forward me information on Tom’s prestigious award. I heard from Kevin Walsh who wants to connect with former Grace Gorillas. He still marvels at the recollection that Oshkie could throw a snowball from the ground to the top of the tower back in the day. Kevin has been living in Richmond VA since 1979. He works in the finance department of a regional fuel distributor. He is the grandfather of three and would love to hear from Jack Packo, Steve Klug, Mark Stern, Ron Sandmeyer and of course Oshkie. The wedding of Betsy (Kall) and Pete Brosnan’s daughter Patti to St. Louis attorney Tim Burgdorf turned into a minireunion for ’76ers from Farley and Cavanaugh. Joining in the celebration at the Kimpton Grey Hotel in Chicago were recently retired Mike Tovey, Rocco Basciano, Pat Murphy, Denise (Crowley) and Dave Brenner ’73, Donna (Crowley) and Jack Campbell, Maryanne (Ries) Rogers, Mike Pavlik, Becky and Terry Bowen, Cathi and Tom Hogan, Linda ’76SMC and Ed D’Arcy, Mary Kay (Rochford) and Michael Demetrio, Mimi (Philbin) and Dave Carlson, Shelley (Muller) Simon, Pat Leary, and me. Mary Kay (Rochford) Demetrio’s father passed away early this year so please keep her and her family in your prayers. Class President Bob Quackenbush reports that we did very well on Notre Dame Day. We finished number 50 out of 900 competing interests, which earned us $5,030 for the endowment of our class butterfly garden. The minireunion for our class will be Labor Day weekend for the Temple game. Classmate Rocco Martino and his wife Roxanne will again host a pregame tailgate for class members. Please try to stop by if you are on campus. In the past they have been outside Legends, and we hope they will be able to secure that location again. Please continue to send me your news and updates. — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251; mareilly@rfs-pa.com

 

76MBA Class Secretary — Mike Norris;

 

1021 Bloomview Circle, Rochester MI 49307; 248-330-5366; mikenorris@alumni.nd.edu

 

76JD Class Secretary — Virgil L. Roth;

 

625 Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 255, South Pasadena CA 91030; 626-441-1178; fax 626-441-1166; vroth@vlrlaw.com

 

77 40th Reunion

 

It’s hard to believe our 40th Reunion is a fond memory. Grateful thanks to class treasurer Bob Blanck, reunion chairman, and the many classmates serving on reunion committees: Golf Dan McCarty (chair), Dave Caron, Bill Kelly, Tom Clements; Class Mass celebrant Father Jim Foster, CSC, Kevin Shortelle (chair), Janet Carney O’Brien, Ellen Duffy Naylor, Deb Paul Beckmann, Deb Kenny Ellsworth, Eileen O’Grady Daday, Stephen Daday, Elaine Cerny Raccuglia, Nick Winnike, Jan Rackish, Argery Cooke, Marijo Kelly ’77SMC, Kevin Kelly, Gayla Molinelly, Ellen Myler, Polly Mack Spangler, and Susan Grant. Classmates participating in the liturgy included: Gregg Bangs, Sue and Lou Drago, Alisa Fisher, Dan Towle, Ray Fedorko, Lynn Mertensotto Girouard, Mary Ann Hays, Walt Ling, Thomas Tulsiak, Rich Wanders, Brian Lopina, Mitzi Bucchi, Dom Carbone, Joanne Anderson, Lisa Becker, Steve O’Neil, Dave Caron. The women’s reception committee: Jan Rakish and Argery Cooke. Dave Caron’s daughter, Monique MacKinnon ’08, will take office in July as president of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. The Charlotte Touchdown Club and the FWAA announced the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Legends Award Recipient, to be presented by the Florida East Coast Railway this December: our classmate, No. 89, Ross Browner. Jerry and Kathy DePauw Graham chaired a benefit for Christ the King College Preparatory High School, in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. Roxanne O'Brien Martino and Rocco Martino ’76 were CTK Gala sponsors. Maria Kimovec Grutsch MD, Donna Hinton, Janet Carney O’Brien, Kathy Walker Beenen, Elaine Cerny Raccuglia, Leslie Barnes Karas and I enjoyed a Michigan Avenue lunch welcoming Kathy Beenen to her new home and job in Chicago. Maria Grutsch also met classmates Mary Kay McGuinnis Kenyon, Janet McLaughlin Hogan and Judi Gorski McMullen for a minireunion. Cary and Gregg Bangs and daughter Tessa ’18, Laura and Mike Pesce and daughter Michaela ’18, Brenda and Steve Santanello and daughter Katie ’18 all celebrated memories old and new at ND’s Junior Parents Weekend. Mike Pesce attended the reunion with ’77 roommate Chris Kemph of St. Louis, and rode out “with Kevin Murphy, who also lives in New Jersey and has attended several prior reunions with his Alumni Hall buddies.” The ND Men’s Hockey Team “Frozen Four” tournament in Chicago minireunions included Rich Wanders, Marty Koppenhaffer and Sheila O’Brien; David Bossy visited with members of the 1976, ’77 and ’78 hockey teams, including Brian “Dukie” Walsh, Steve Schneider, Don and Terry Fairholm, Dan Byers, Paul Clarke, Al Karsnia, Geoff Collier, Ted Weltzin, Tom Moffit and Tim Cawley. Dan Heffernan, a Cincinnati dentist for 37 years, finished the Boston Marathon in 3:20. He is married to Debbie Kolbert ’78 and their daughter, Annie ’19, is on the ND women’s track team. Kathy and Tim McCarthy of Oconomowoc WI have 11 grandchildren under 7 years old. Tim is recently retired from the industrial controls and construction space. “Their daughter Meghan and husband Andrew have Nicole and Clara. Daughter Anna and husband Isaac have Elsie, Kate and Sullivan. Son Mac and wife Josie have Timothy III, Tighe, Kieran and Griffin. And daughter Laura and husband Greg have Maxwell, Olivia and Charlotte.” We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of William Gibson last year, and offer our sympathies to his wife Patricia, and daughters, Billie, and EJ Gibson-Stroh and her husband Sean. Condolences also go out to Nick Winnike and Sharon Carr Winnike on the loss of his mother and her mother-in-law, to Deb Paul Beckman on the loss of her mother and brother; and to Phyllis Provost McNeil on the loss of her sister. May the angels lead all these beloved to paradise. — Virginia McGowan Bishop; 2594 Woodland Dr. Northbrook IL 60062; res. 847-291-7510; Classof1977@alumni.nd.edu

 

77MBA Class Secretary — Alan J. Fisher;

 

afisher@hoeyfarina.com

 

77JD Class Secretary — Jane F. Bennett;

 

4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; 574-243-4100; jbennett@maylorber.com  

 

78 Summer Greetings

 

Greetings, fellow classmates. I can hear the roar of the ocean and smell the pizza cooking on the boardwalk—sure signs that the magical season of summer will soon be here. I wish you all a summer of wonder filled moments. Once again, in March, John Delaney and I helped to lead the Philadelphia Alumni Club’s contingent in the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade. John and I were also in attendance, along with a true A-roster of guests, at Nace Mullen’s 60th birthday bash (yes, he ages), in December, thrown for him by his wife Regina at the Moshulu, an historic ship refashioned into a restaurant. The ship is docked at Delaware Avenue. Among others spotted in the crowd: Pete Haley, still in fine crooning voice; Brian “BC” Cronin, in from Chicago, lamenting the demise of Marshall-Fields; Steve “Bones” Conover,who still slays you with that staccato laugh; Jim”Boobie” Clarke, looking both festive and maitre D-ish in his red blazer; Danny Romano, who looks the same as he did in 1974; Don “Dancing Bear” Smail, who has really succeeded in becoming known as “America’s traveller;” Jeff “Carp” Carpenter, who was asking if he could go fishing off of the ship; and last, but certainly not least, Mary White Packer, who remains the epitome of class and good jokes! Don Smail and I travelled to Newark NJ the following day to catch the ND-Villanova game at the Prudential Center. Speaking of Mary White Packer, she celebrated a birthday bash of her own in January. Details to follow in the next column. The Notre Dame California Launch Party was held in San Francisco in February. Under the direction of Professor Pat Flynn, the first cohort of 10 ND students are participating in the inaugural Silicon Valley Semester Program. Speakers at the event included our own Ted Robinson along with 49ers CEO Jed York ’03 and Joe Schmidt ’15 from Accel Partners. Also attending were Mary Robinson, Rosemary Marx Durant, Steve Durant, Don Smail and Lisa Maglio Brown ’78SMC. Jimmy Dunne was back on the fabled links of Pebble Beach again for the AT&T Pro-Am Golf Tournament, also in February. Spectators in town to watch Dunbar in the event included Greg Switaj , Jeff Carpenter, Nace Mullen and Don Smail, who all rented a house in Monterey for the Big Chill weekend. Sad news sent in from Dave Martinez: Tony Longoria (Antonio A. Longoria) died in December in Austin, Texas. He got an MBA from SMU after Notre Dame and worked in Marketing / Advertising for Ford, then Toyota in California. He married Diane and they had two girls, Erica and Rachel. They lived in California for a long time and had just recently moved back to Texas, in Austin. Tony was born in Mission TX and his father still lives there. Tony also has a sister Laura who lives in Texas. Tony had a stroke on December 30 and died January 3. His wife, daughters and sister were with him. Tony and Dave went to the MSU game in ’76 in East Lansing, two Padre Island spring break trips with Bill Wirthman, John “Cowboy” Driscoll, Dan Duffin and Jay Case, and the ’78 Kentucky Derby. They went to both Cotton Bowls. After school Dave would visit Tony in Huntington Beach for the USC games and one UCLA game. Dave said that Tony was unique … always smiling and a whole bunch of fun with a slice of mischief (Texas style). It was never dull around Tony. Thanks for that memory, Dave! Please keep all in your prayers. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace, amen. Please keep me informed so that I may keep all informed! Do good in the world! — Jim “Souls” Coyne; 1801 Butler Pike, Apt. 20, Conshohocken PA 19428; 267-847-8808 jcoyne@cohs.com

 

78MBA Class Secretary — Mamie Anthoine Ney;

 

350 Alewive Road, Kennebunk ME 04043-6013; res 207-229-0989; bus 207-333-6640 ex 2020; irishwasherwoman@alumni.nd.edu

 

78JD 40-Year Class Reunion

 

It is not too early to make plans to attend our 40th Class Reunion May 31 to June 3, 2018. Please consider returning to campus for that weekend to visit with classmates and faculty. Please send me your news for the next issue. — Dan LaVille; US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Avenue North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751; dlaville@comcast.net

 

79 Walking to Remember

 

In August, Suzanna (Behnke) Carney is walking with the core group on the ND Trail, a recreation of Father Sorin’s walk from Vincennes to South Bend to start the University. The walk is part of ND’s 175th anniversary remembrance. Suzanna is dedicating her walk to our deceased classmates and invites others to join her on Aug. 26 for the last three miles from downtown South Bend to campus. Information and registration is at trail.nd.edu. Joe Cosgrove was appointed a judge on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, a statewide appellate court. Joe previously served as a trial judge. Paul Callahan retired from a career in employee benefits in December. He spent most of his career with MetLife. In retirement, he is active in the delivery of emergency services, including working as an EMT. He also is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He and Debbie will celebrate 37 years of marriage. They live in Wisconsin close to their two sons and daughter-in-law. Paul and Debbie, who is an acclaimed artist, started the Debbie Callahan Arts Fund to provide annual grants to art students attending college. Maureen (Sullivan) Borkowski retired from a career in the energy industry. In January, she partnered with a professional dancer in Dancing with the St. Louis Stars to benefit the Independence Center, which provides services to adults with mental illness. Scott Buchanan of Newtown CT retired after 26 years with PepsiCo. He and his wife Diane supported the start of the Resiliency Center of Newton, which focuses on providing trauma-informed care for those impacted by the Sandy Hook School shooting. Scott is the chairman of the board and his wife and three children all volunteer for the center. Sheila ’80SMC and Steve Simmerman have been busy celebrating 60th birthday parties in the Phoenix area. Molly (Kreemer) ’78SMC and Bill Scott, his ND roommate, surprised Steve at his party. Sheila and Steve attended a party for Jimmy Kelly hosted by Jimmy’s wife Aimee (Rittenhouse)’80SMC. Brad Newman and Elyse Bonahoom, also Phoenix residents, attended as well. Sheila and Steve have new twin grandsons, who joined another grandson. Steve travels the globe with JDA Software. Elisa and Russ Blackwell will be celebrating 38 years of marriage that included raising five children (three ND grads, one SMC grad, and one SLU) and 13 grandchildren. After the last one headed to college in 2005, they moved from Columbus OH to Paris where Russ worked as an international director for LaSalle Investment Management in Europe and Asia. In 2009, he retired and they moved to Orlando. In addition to playing golf, they travel to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area where they have a home and 10 of their grandchildren. Their youngest daughter, Amanda ’09SMC, is a speech pathologist in Guatemala. Pam and Mark Ungashick, Tracey and Matt Lindon, and Katie and Dennis Grindinger joined the wedding celebration for Monica and John Swoboda’s son in St. Louis. Tom McKernan works for Parsons on a Missile Defense Agency engineering services contract, which takes him to Europe monthly. His wife Louise joined him on a trip to Italy where they visited their granddaughter Lillian and son and daughter-in-law, Katie (McNelis) ’11 and Air Force Capt. Kevin ’11. Steve Konstant finished his 20th year as a physical therapist. He and his wife have been married for 36 years and live in Greenville SC where they are close to their daughters and their families. — Barbara A. Langhenry; 3901 Whitman Ave., Cleveland OH 44113; res 216-651-8962; bus 216-664-2893; breclw@aol.com

 

79MBA Class Secretary — Patty Kennedy Kerr;

 

7750 Leonard St. NE, Ada MI 49301; 616-682-1223; kerrtaxcpa@gmail.com

 

79JD Class Secretary — Daniel F. McNeil;

1001 NW Lovejoy, Unit 205, Portland OR 97209; 503-539-9188; mcneil.daniel12@gmail.com