class notes

Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary — Kim Talianko;

 

ktalianko@alumni.nd.edu

 

Architecture

 

The School of Architecture annual reception for architecture alumni, family, and friends was held in Orlando FL on the first day of the 2017 AIA National Convention/Conference in late April. It was hosted by Dean/Prof. Michael Lykoudis, assisted by Barbara Panzica his executive administrator. Michael gave a short update on the construction progress of the new School of Architecture. The building is out of the ground, foundation poured, and structural steel going up. Move-in is scheduled for December 2018. Structural engineers of record for the project are Thornton Tomasetti of Chicago where Joseph G. Burns ’78 FAIA, SE, PE, is managing principal and who also attended the reception. This year ND started a new Historic Preservation Degree Program and will add a new Real Estate Program later. Additional alumni attending included William J. Bates ’75 FAIA and wife Maggie. Bill is VP, real estate, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Pittsburgh and was just elected as first vice president/president-elect of the national American Institute of Architects (AIA). He’ll be president in 2019 and is the first Notre Dame alumnus to hold that position, as far as I know. Also attending was Martha Lampkin Welborne ’75, senior VP of corporate real estate for the Walt Disney Company. Martha received an honorary doctorate of fine arts at this year’s ND commencement. In the reception attending group was triple Domer Frank Musica ’73 B Arch, ’78 MBA/JD, senior risk management attorney for Victor O. Schinnerer & Co., Chevy Chase MD.; Cherrie and Matthew S. Chalifoux ’81 FAIA, senior historic preservation architect with EYP, Washington DC, who was also in town to receive his fellowship in the AIA, the highest honor a member can receive from the organization; Joyce Owens ’84 AIA, who has her own firm in Sanbel FL and is president of AIA Florida; Richard Gage ’86 AIA, who has his own architecture/engineering firm in Berkeley CA; David J. Mack ’77 Assoc. AIA, who has a firm in Orlando; Stephen J. Cashman ’83 AIA, principal architect with Cashman Stahler Group, Lombard IL; Trevor McNeil Draper ’03 AIA, the principal in his own firm TMD Architects in Mt. Pleasant SC; Jennifer Garcia ’98 AIA, principal of her firm in Tampa; Sandra M. Pancoe ’84, senior applications architect for US Gypsum, Westlake OH; Kelly Burke ’14 with VIATechnik, Chicago; Kate Reid ’80, special assistant for architecture and design build, NAVFAC Atlantic, Norfolk VA; Terry Welsh ’01 AIA, associate with Urban Design Assocs., Pittsburgh; Edward A. Trifone ’88 director of business development for Birchmier Construction, Maitland FL; Debra Nauta-Rodriguez ’85 FAIA deputy director, Smithsonian Institution, Office of Planning, Design And Construction, Washington DC; Sean Patrick Nohelty ’97 AIA principal with David M. Schwarz Architects, Washington DC; Ronald B. Blitch ’76 FAIA, FACHA, president, Blitch/Knevel, New Orleans; Theresa L. Angelini AIA who has her own firm in Ann Arbor. Barbara and Gary M. Ainge ’81 FAIA, architect principal with HBRA Architects, Chicago, also received his fellowship in the AIA at the convention along with Edmond G. Gauvreau ’79, Washington DC. Also at the convention but unable to attend the reception were Robert S. Barringer ’76 AIA of St. Louis and Williston L. Dye ’76 FAIA of Las Vegas who was the fourth ND alumnus to receive his fellowship at the convention. One of the panelists for the convention program, “Restoring Relations: Architecture and US-Cuba Diplomacy” was Cuba native now practicing in the US, Julio Perez-Hernandez, who joined the ND Architecture faculty this July. The faculty and staff selected Leon Blank ’54, M. Engineering of Lenior TN as the recipient of the 2017 Orlando T. Maione Award. Leon is the twin brother of the late Noel Blank ’56 who died in 1991. Leon established The Noel Blank Design Award in his memory in 1992. Thanks to Joseph McManus, ’52 who sent me the obituary for classmate, retired Major Gen. Walter Kazuhiko Tagawa, Honolulu, who passed away last October. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends. — Orlando T. Maione FAIA, FACHA; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; 631-246-5660; fax 631-751-7598; omaione@optonline.net


Biological Sciences

 

The Biological Sciences submission in the spring issue of this magazine reported on the careers of two deceased alumnae: Sister Dorothy Ann Klingele SP, ’63MS, ’68PhD, known at Notre Dame as Sister Mary Borgia, and Barbara M. Peri ’70PhD. The last report brought welcome communication from James H. “Jim” Nuner ’72PhD, Chris Pazoles ’76PhD and Pamela Pazoles ’73MS (chemistry), Barb Peri’s daughter. Jim is retired, contributing time to Meals on Wheels, and is living with his wife, Diane, in New Mexico not far from El Paso TX, which is his local Notre Dame club. Older daughter Jennifer lives with her family in Michigan. Younger daughter Linda married Drew U alumnus (same Alma Mater as her dad) and ND graduate, Christopher Taggart ’92MA, ’96PhD (both of his degrees are in philosophy.) They live in England, where Chris teaches law. Jim especially recalled a memorable Christmas party at Barb Peri’s home in Valparaiso IN where Barb was a member of the Valpo faculty. Remembering Sister Borgia as well, Jim described in great detail how her habit as a nun in the Sisters of Providence changed during the late 1960s as a result of the Second Vatican Council, “Vatican II”. When she started her graduate work, Jim describes the habit as a “distinctive floor-length habit with its headdress of a starched white linen cowl framing her face like a calla lily.” He describes how she wore that habit to the departmental picnic her first year but the habit began to change in subtle ways in succeeding years until, in her fourth year, she appeared at the picnic “wearing a shag haircut and yellow culottes, which rather startled me.” Jim’s recollection of those years revives memories of how Catholic religious orders changed rather quickly then. According to the 2007 autobiography of Rita Cashman (Sister M. Bernardo, O.P.), which gives a personal and poignant perspective of those times, 1969 was the peak year for nuns in the US leaving their orders. Not mentioned in the last issue was the fact that Barb Peri spent the last year of her life in Hendersonville NC where her daughter, Pam, and son-in-law, Chris, had retired. Following graduation, Chris did a postdoc at the NIH, becoming a senior staff scientist before pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry, mostly in the Northeast. He and Pam enjoy the mountains of North Carolina, not far from Asheville. Chris remains active in pharmaceutical consulting which often brings him to Raleigh and the Research Triangle. — Joan S. ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613-6400; 919-848-2192; phil@ncsu.edu

 

History

 

I am really pushing the deadline on this. Capricorns hate lateness, but my first semester back has been rough and as it is finals week as I write this column. More than that, I am leaving Saturday for more surgery in Cleveland. This is due to the kindness and generosity of so many members of my extended ND family and I am very grateful. The Cleveland Clinic has become my Disney World and I have the best trachea doctor in the world. Thank you for making it possible for me to see him again. Patrick T. Conley ’70PhD, a wonderful contributor over the years, writes from Rhode Island to let us know his new book has some autobiographical essays, including one titled “How I Became An Historian (And Almost Didn’t).” It contains reminiscences about his years at ND. The essay is in Patrick’s new book. Unfortunately, he is a very prolific author and I don’t know which of his multiple publications is the new book. I’d love to read it if Patrick will send me the book’s title. I also published a reminiscence of ND this spring, sort of. The spring issue of the Journal of Women’s History, contains my article about the women who worked for Eugene McCarthy in 1968 and how they went on to formulate feminist politics in the National Women’s Political Caucus and Emily’s List. I started this project in my first year of grad school, 1984. Father Blantz told me it was the best paper in the class at a time when I felt like the stupidest person in Indiana. Now, 33 short years later, with much help from him and Prof. Suellen Hoy, my McCarthy saga is finally over. I feel a little bereft, but awfully pleased and very grateful. I am going to quote extensively, from an email I received from Harrisonburg VA (James Madison U). Philip F. Riley ’71PhD writes about one of the ND professors who had a huge impact on his development as an historian. G. de Bertier de Sauvigny was the premier scholar of the Bourbon Restoration and 19th century France. He taught at ND as a visiting professor in the 1950s and 1960s. It was quite a coup for him to join the department, and the professor was very proud of his affiliation and signed his publications as “Profeseur a L’Institut Catholique de Paris et a L’Universite Notre-Dame (Etat-Unis).” De Sauvigny, despite his aristocratic pedigree, loved studying the Wild West and Gilded Age and his last book was on the Robber Barons. Of his mentor, Philip writes: “G. de Bertier de Sauvigny, a visiting professor in the 1950s and 1960s, is the only French aristocrat to teach in the History Department. His bloodlines run deep in French history. One of his relatives, Francois Bertier de Sauvigny, was Louis XVI’s Intendant of Paris, and was one of the first royal officials the Paris mob executed in the summer of 1789. Another relative, Ferdinand de. Bertier, organized the royalist “Chevaliers de la Foi,” a conspiracy aimed at overthrowing Napoleon and restoring the Bourbons. To celebrate his inaugural lecture at ND, the UND Press published his “France and the European Alliance.” Certainly all of his teaching drew high praise, but his course on “European Nationalism” was perhaps his very best and on the final day of class, he received a standing ovation from his students.” A big thank you to Philip for sharing these wonderful memories with us. There is so much to be proud of in our ND heritage. And, speaking of France, Michael Clinton ’98PhD has promised updates from the retirement celebration the department hosted for Tom Kselman in March. We look forward to reading about Kselmanfest in the future and to the Cubs absolutely not being in the World Series this year. Thank you all so much for your support of this column and my journey back to health. Love. — Mary Linehan ’91PhD; mayline113@yahoo.com

 

Mathematics Class Secretary — Patti Strauch;

 

255 Hurley Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556; bus 574-631-7083; strauch.1@nd.edu

 

Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration

 

The University of Notre Dame campus is blooming with spring flowers and construction activity. At our April Mendoza College of Business Alumni Board meeting, Chris Remington ’95, Matthew Warren ’05 and I heard about exciting Mendoza updates and had the opportunity to take a tour of the Duncan Student Center, one of the Campus Crossroads buildings attached to Notre Dame Stadium. According to the University’s website, highlights of the new Duncan Student Center include flexible, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, student lounges, a dining area, student organization space, recreational sports facilities, a career services center, a 500-seat student ballroom and premium seating for football games. We also got a glimpse of the stadium updates including the video board and the new visitors’ tunnel. Thank you to Doug Marsh ’82, university architect and vice president for facilities design and operations, for the tour. New jobs and marriages seem to go hand in hand for our alumni. Congratulations to Julie Poulos ’09 on her job as director of operations at A Place Called Home, a community-based organization in South Central Los Angeles that provides after-school and wrap-around services to youth ages 8-21 and their families. One month after taking the position, she was married to Christopher Sims. Heather Anderson ’12 was named program director for the National Crime Prevention Council in Washington DC. Heather recently became engaged to Daniel Bostock. Congratulations to Heather and Julie. Congratulations to Mark Madrid ’15 on two achievements. Mark is the executive director at Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative in Palo Alto CA. He is also the recipient of Mendoza’s Recent Alumni Service Award. Finally, I had the pleasure of spending time with Heather, Yvonne Delgadillo ’12, Livier Delgadillo ’17 and Sukeshi O’Neal ’12 in Scottsdale AZ in March. We celebrated Sukeshi’s birthday and Heather’s engagement. In addition to beautiful flowers and impressive new buildings, the University of Notre Dame is a special place where lifelong friendships are grown and cultivated. All EMNA alumni are encouraged to submit news for upcoming Class Notes. You may email me directly at the address below. — Betsy Quinn ’12; 2110 Brummel St., Evanston IL 60202; 847-733-0557; betsyquinn@alumni.nd.edu

 

Political Science Class Secretary — Charlie Kenney;

 

455 W. Lindsey, Room 205, Norman OK 73019; 405-325-3735; ckenney@ou.edu

 

Graduate Degrees

 

Frank Dell’Apa ’55 MS (sociology), a former program director for the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) in Boulder CO died on March 14, in New Orleans. He was 90. A native of Hibbing MN, he served in the Navy in World War II, received a BS in sociology from the U of Denver in 1951, and a doctoral degree in special education from the U of Northern Colorado. Claude D. Proctor ’74 MA (government), was recently inducted into the Defense Language Institute (DLI) Hall of Fame at the Presidio of Monterey CA as a recognized Russian linguist who made significant contributions to the Department of Defense foreign language training and operations. Dr. Proctor is a professional linguist who served as a US Air Force intelligence officer with numerous worldwide operational assignments. Sister Martina Rockers ’65 MS (biology), is celebrating 75 years as an Ursuline Sister. She was an educator for 71 years in Kansas from grade school to high school. Since 1958, she has ministered at Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, where she continues to serve in development and in the science department. Sister Dorothy Helbling ’62 MS (mathematics), is celebrating 70 years as an Ursuline Sister. A native of St. Anthony ND, Sister Dorothy was a teacher in Illinois and North Dakota for 22 years before serving as provincial superior of the Ursuline Sisters of Bellville IL from 1975 to 1983. From 1983-89 and 1995 to 2005 she was general superior of that community. Louis M. Laita ’76 PhD, (history), died on Feb. 23. He was the first person to receive a doctorate from ND with training in the history and philosophy of science. His dissertation, “A Study of the Genesis of Boolean Logic,” was published in various journals. At ND, he initially studied philosophy with Prof. Boleslaw Sobocinski and then history with Prof. Michael J. Grove. Dr. Laita’s teaching career was chiefly at the U Politechnica in Madrid. The author of 69 articles, he was elected an associate member of Spain’s National Academy of Sciences. Dylan House ’98 MA (Italian), has joined Baker McKenzie’s North American Intellectual Property Practice in Dallas as counsel, after more than a decade of experience advising clients on trademark, copyright, and franchise matters. Her JD is from Southern Methodist U Dedman School of Law. She has served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Trademark Transactions Committee. Sam Procopio ’06 MS, (education), has been named principal of Bishop Blanchet High School starting July 1. He comes to Bishop Blanchet as an accomplished mathematics, entrepreneurship and computer science instructor. He completed his dissertation in the Seattle U Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58MA, ’62PhD English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648; mlahood@roadrunner.com