class notes

1970s

70 Names in the News

 

Mary and Kevin Myles and seven children celebrated son Patrick’s wedding Sept. 8. Geri and John Murtagh’s daughter Jean Marie ’92 celebrated her 25th Reunion. John required repair of his shoulder and now has a bum hip. Geri had heart surgery. Rich Michaels fights cancer, inspired by hockey games and Wisconsin shrines. Cynthia and Wally Goulet about-faced on retirement. They hiked in Arizona national parks, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, taught at the Center of Action and Contemplation, but now are back in Dickinson ND. Wally is COO of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Teddy spent parts of three years in North Dakota where he owned a bison ranch. Only recent presidents have an automatic presidential museum. Springfield proudly created the Lincoln Presidential Museum in 2005. Wally is eminently qualified as a long-time resident of North Dakota and three-term chair of the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation. Elise and Chris Servant remain in Rhode Island where he served 1972-2016 as principal and president of Bishop Feehan High School. They have toured Italy, Block Island, Disney World, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, and Florida. Eight grandchildren include three in only six months. He watched Georgia with successor Tim Sullivan ’91. Lynn and Don Simantz retired to Orlando. Mike Giannone, of Cavanaugh Hall, (four years in one dorm), lives in Alexandria NJ and has three all-star athletic daughters. He retired from world traveling as AT&T global marketing manager for corporate data networks. He appreciated Mendoza College’s ethical support. A lifelong volunteer firefighter, once chief, he drives an engine, operates a pump, and is fire marshal for several western New Jersey townships. His granddaughter plays lacrosse at Belmont Abbey College, North Carolina. Sergio Baeza Valdés graduated from St. George’s College in 1965 and next year joined ND. St. George’s, founded in the 1930s, is a 12-year Holy Cross school in Santiago. On their Economic Advisory Board since 1997, Sergio hails the inauguration of Chile’s best indoor sports facility. He sported a velour ND pullover to his family reunion to prepare for our 50th. Congratulations to John Kohne ’17 who started with us. His concern about Dow Chemical and Vietnam prompted him to withdraw during senior year. After an Indianapolis gastroenterology career, he retired in 2014 as chief medical officer of Indiana U Health with a gnawing desire to complete studies at ND. Old roommate John Cox, environmental technology consultant and ND guest lecturer, encouraged him. After strenuous catchup classes, he re enrolled in January 2017 to study laboratory work, process design and control. Despite challenging re-learning of undergraduate student habits, he graduated magna cum laude May 21 to VP Mike Pence’s commencement address. Attending the department's degree ceremony were his wife, daughters and classmates John Cox and Bob Jackson. See his full story at magazine.nd.edu/news/the-47-year-final-semester/. October’s fires interrupted Vince Spohn’s Napa law practice. His home church, St. Apollinaris, provided several funerals. The 1967-68 Innsbruck students reunited during the Miami weekend. Friday featured Stiegl beer and Austrian dinner at Moser’s in New Carlisle. Jane and Ken Buser coordinated the tailgate and postgame dinner at their Granger home. Bob Arnot, Tim Berry, Paul Buchbinder, Ken, Chris Cotter, Bob Coughlin, Marty Donlan, Dave Edmonds, Mike Gerrity, Tom Heinen, Linda Spoleti (for John Higgins, deceased), Cecilia Isenman (for Al Isenman, deceased), Pat Laflin, Woody Northup, Mike Nussbaum, Jim O’Connell, Dan Sedley, and Dick White attended. Dan’s T-shirt displayed 36 Innsbruckers. Denny Kerrigan welcomes old roommates to winter warm ups on St. Simon’s Island. After Hurricane Irma, Paul Partyka joined Dave O’Donovan at St. Joseph MI for North Carolina State. — Don Graham; 1901 Glenwood Ave., Springfield IL 62704; 217-652-1560; 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 From Here and There

 

I trust you had a Merry Christmas and as January begins, I wish everyone the best in 2018. You may recall that in early August Ara Parseghian passed away. He will be remembered as a legend in his own right and a part of our days spent at Notre Dame in the 1960s. Joe Kane advises that he ran into Dan Kruse at a 50th wedding anniversary party recently. Dan continues his law practice in the Cincinnati area and has been an avid fan of Xavier U basketball for years. Joe also proudly noted that his grandson Brody Ellingsworth has become a talented high school basketball player. After watching Brody on YouTube, I would wholeheartedly agree. Joe and Nancy send their best to all. Dan Rybak has retired from his practice. He and Lorraine enjoy travelling and spending time at their condo in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Dan was planning on meeting Ken Iverson in Florida for the Miami game in November. Marie and Ken Iverson visited the Big Apple in October and enjoyed every minute of it. Ken had plans to attend the Wake Forest game at ND before heading down to Florida for the Miami game. On a cold, blustery October day, Marie and I attended the NC State game along with two subway alumni friends. The spirit on campus was reminiscent of that felt during the Parseghian years. John Meany advises he continued his tailgating tradition for the Georgia and NC State games. Pat Doherty writes that after 36 years of practice in the Portland area, he found time to write an article for the Oregon State Bar Bulletin about our first few months at ND Law. Pat wanted all to know if you would like a copy, you can contact him at tcboy1965@gmail.com. In late August Marie and I had occasion to have dinner on the grounds of nearby Chautauqua Institution with several college students enrolled in the 2017 Summer Music Festival. Among the students from all over the world was a Notre Dame undergrad, Katie Gallagher. She played the viola and was one of the best and brightest members of this very talented group. Kudos to the Department of Music at ND for encouraging and helping this fine young musician. We welcomed our 10th grandchild into our family a few weeks ago: John “Jack” Iyengar Plumb. In November we met him for the first time as we visited our son John ’92 and our daughter-in-law, Radha, at their home in San Francisco. As I suspect many of you have found, grandchildren are one of life’s most precious gifts. As I close this column I ask that if you have not contacted me recently, why not do so right now? It would be a great way to start the New Year. — John K. Plumb; jkplumb37@gmail.com

 

71 Fall Visits

 

With retirements come greater opportunities for more travel as well as relocations. Jane and Tim O’Connor have made a couple of extended trips from upstate NY to town for ND football, (Temple, Georgia, USC, NC State), visits with their son’s family and golf. Michelle and Barry Pflum did likewise, coming from NJ and shepherding their grandkids around town for weeks at a time. Rick Kettler retired in September, closed on the Milwaukee house one day earlier, and he and Karen were ensconced in new digs here in town 24 hours later. Dave Schmidt, Grand Rapids and Chuck Snakard, Fort Worth, embarked on another Civil War tour, this time to Richmond and Petersburg. Jane and Paul Roberts, Atlanta, were on campus for the Georgia game with a number of family members. Mixed loyalties were present since Jane, and one of their sons, are UGA grads. The trip provided an opportunity to meet up with Debbie and Joe Loughery, Indianapolis, and Barb and Ken Strottman, Newport Beach. Paul is retired from the corporate world but volunteer activities keep him occupied. Pat and Sam Rumore, Birmingham, were also at the Georgia game. Kathy and Rick Wohlhuter, Jacksonville, made the Temple game, as did Barb and Tom O’Laughlin, Chicago. This past summer Rick attended the Portland Track Festival, where a US 2016 Olympian was gunning for Rick’s American record in the 1,000 meter event, but to no avail. Rick’s record still stands 43 years later. Tom continues to participate in the annual sailing race from Chicago to Mackinac Island in northern Michigan. His boat finished this year, aided by an early departure, before high winds and storms prevented a third of the later entrants from finishing. Patti and Kevin Cosgrove, Thousand Oaks, CA, Sue and Pete Ramsour, Webb City MO, and Terry and Steve Schrantz, Cincinnati, were able to rendezvous at the Miami of Ohio game. Julie and Jim Cavanaugh, Dallas, were the parents of the groom at a September wedding on campus. Joining the festivities were Jill and Ed Mattingly, Houston, and Susie and Eric Korth, Granbury TX. Although their home was spared flood damage Ed and Jill welcomed the trip as a respite from general recovery issues affecting other family members. After departing ND the Korths continued on a long road trip, to Montreal to board a ship and sail the St. Lawrence. Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Bob Latiff PhD is an adjunct prof at the John J. Reilly Center at ND, where science, technology and values meet. In addition to teaching a course or two here and at George Mason U, he has time to write. His latest work was published by Alfred A. Knopf and is titled Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield. Amanda and Marty Cregg split their time between upstate NY, Skaneateles and the Carolinas where they raise horses. Bill Moylan, Chicago, passed away in September and is survived by his three daughters. He had been an executive VP with a software firm. Bruce Bacia passed away in July. He was a longtime teacher and assistant principal in Austin after attending grad school at the U of Texas. Condolences to his wife Deyanira, his children and grandchildren. Walter Kasianchuk, Discovery Bay, Ca, died in May. A chemical engineer and product of Naval ROTC, Wally served on the nuclear submarine USS Sam Houston before embarking on a career with various industrial companies. Condolences to his wife Sheryn and two sons. Hope your Thanksgiving and Christmas were enjoyable. Have a happy and healthy 2018! — John Snider; 830 N. Saint Peter Street South Bend IN 46617; res 574-217-8961; cell 312-860-1779; jlscpa@yahoo.com

 

71MBA Reunion at USC Game

 

Robbie (Parker) ’71MA and I visited with Patricia and Rod Spear for the Temple game and again for that sweet beat down of Southern Cal. We all went to the Mendoza tailgate party for that game and saw John Halloran. On his way to South Bend from Minnesota (he lives across the river in Hudson WI) he stopped to visit with Andy and John Vaughan, who are enjoying their new home in Oconomowoc WI. Tony Strati filled me in on life in Albuquerque for him and his family. He claims to be the class leader in grandchildren with 11. Any challengers out there? He followed up with the unfortunate news that Helena has suffered a minor stroke, but is coming along well, and with therapy, is expected to make a full recovery. You can send well wishes to her at 8238 Raintree Drive NE, Albuquerque NM 87122. I have not heard from many of you since our minireunion a year ago in San Antonio. Please send me your news and your plans to visit the campus. — Jim Fackelman; 4635 Lakeview Circle, Slinger WI 53086; res 262-644-6245; cell 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 Outlined Against an October Sky

 

I am happy to serve as your new class secretary. We thank Frank Fahey for his nearly 30 years of service, and before that Rich Sherman. My first news features David Colbert, Mike Conway and Bill Streeter, two of them wearing ND caps, who had just left a downtown Washington DC restaurant. Outlined against a black Oct. 2 night sky, they saw Rev. Edward A. Malloy, CSC, ’63, ’67MA, ’69MA. The three greeted the former president, who said he had just attended an event at a local museum. David is in DC, retired from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, but continues working in the environmental field. At this writing, he is in Kabul. Mike retired as a high school guidance counselor with Fairfax County VA public schools, and Bill retired as vice chancellor of U of Wisconsin-Parkside. When Bill moved to Racine in 1992, he and Ray Camosy, then of Kenosha, started getting together monthly for lunch. Mark Johnson of Kenosha joined them in 2007, as did Chris Kashnig from Madison. Ray is retired from his family construction firm and lives in South Bend. How fortunate am I that ND joined the ACC in July 2013? A daughter and her husband, subway alums who live in Charlottesville VA, took their three children to see ND women beat UVA in soccer Oct. 5 and see ND women beat UVA in volleyball Oct. 6. The family traveled to Raleigh to see ND beat UNC in football Oct. 7. Three days, three sports, three wins. I am sorry to report the deaths of Ken Kozelski of Camden SC, Dec. 19, 2016. Our condolences to his wife Ginger and their three children. Deacon Gerald F. Kotas of Evergreen CO died March 18, 2017. Our condolences to his wife Debra and their three children. William J. Powers of Lisle IL died April 25, 2017. Register with myNotreDame with current contact information. Have a temporary address in winter? There’s an entry for seasonal information. To change your forwarding email address, email onlinehelp@alumni.nd.edu. As we retire and move about, your closest classmates will have your contact information, but what about those with whom you have lost touch? In anticipation of our 45th Reunion, I sent illustrated memories of our years together to 60 classmates, using email addresses from myNotreDame. Share family stories? Bill was in DC attending the Streeter Family Association for which he is treasurer and a director. Pete Maszak is an administrative law judge with DC government. His sister, Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, published a book on their family: I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls and Wars in Hungary (2013). Their father was the ambassador from Hungary to the US and sought refuge here. My eldest sister was in Vietnam during our freshman year. In October, Rosemary Thunder Schwoebel published A Vietnam Memoir: Adventures of an American Red Cross Donut Dolly, 1968-69. Our surname is not native American, but Irish. I just found a picture of my grandfather at age 19 as a founding member of the London Irish Rugby Football Club, 1898. I learned from an elderly relative in Australia in 1994 that he and relatives were classmates of James Joyce at Clongowes Woods and University College Dublin. (See the character “Cecil Thunder” in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.) I discovered that if journalist Winston Churchill had embedded with my

grandfather’s brother’s unit, not another, he would have been captured a second time in six months in the Boer War’s “Lindlay Affair.” There are plans to publish posthumously government Prof. Edward A. Goerner ’52’s manuscript Aristocracy. — Jim Thunder; thundergroup@alumni.nd.edu
 

72MBA One Contact

 

It was great to hear from Ed Gay in Portland OR. He and his wife are doing well, and Ed is planning to retire in February, about the time you see these Class Notes in print. He mentioned he would like to get caught up with old friends. If you want to get in touch with Ed, just email or call me for his contact information. Ed's pending retirement makes me wonder how many of us are still working and how many have retired. As for me, I’ve been at least semiretired most of this century and now am fully retired. Let me know your status if you would like me to update our classmates. The holidays will be long past when you read this but as I write it I'm hoping all of you will have had a wonderful Christmas and that 2018 is off to a great start. — Alex McLellan; cell 913-991-0944; irish72mba@excite.com
 

72JD Reunion Remembered

 

Fifteen members of our class journeyed back to Notre Dame Sept. 29-30 for our 45th Law School Reunion. In attendance were Ed Schmidt, Denny McNicholas, Jim Groves, Bob Barton, Joe Canepa, Larry Meyer, Mike Holland, Dick Russell, Gene Silva, Joe McFadden, John Zipprich, Mike Hilliard, Mark Dunn, Mike Patterson, yours truly and several spouses. Paul Binder, Jim Lechner and Jim Crowley were late cancellations due to family and professional emergencies. Our class gathered for a cocktail hour and dinner on Friday night at Papa Vino’s in Mishawaka, thanks to the recommendation of Bob Barton. On Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed a tailgate brunch and beverages, courtesy of Notre Dame Law School, which organized an all-class tailgate on the quadrangle next to the Law School before the football game. We then watched a resurgent Notre Dame football team win out over Miami of Ohio 52-17. We are already beginning to plan for what hopefully will be a much larger contingent of classmates for our 50th Reunion in 2022. In the meantime, stay tuned, while we look for other ways to connect with all of you. We are planning to launch a Facebook page. I’ll be reaching out to let everyone know when we have that up and running. If you know of classmates who have lost touch with our class, please forward their contact information to me. The ND Law School contact list for our class contains out-of-date information, or no information at all. In the meantime, as always, let me know about anything going on in your life. — Chris Schraff; 1881 Marble Cliff Crossing Ct., Columbus OH 43204; cschraff@porterwright.com
 

73 Authors

 

Two of our classmates recently had books published. Terry Malik writes from Sanibel Bell Island FL where he and his wife, Cathy, moved in 2012 following his successful presidency at Guerin Prep in Chicago. Prior to assuming this position, Terry was a partner at the Chicago law firm of Winston and Strawn. He recently released his debut novel, The Bricklayer of Albany Park. You can find out more about the book at terryjohnmalik.com. In addition, Ed Edmonds informs me that he is an emeritus law professor at ND. He still teaches sports law but is no longer the law library director and associate dean. He recently published a book, Baseball Meets the Law, which can be found on Amazon. I had the pleasure of playing golf at the ND Senior Golf Outing in September with Bill Phillips. Bill and his wife Sue (who greatly assisted our team to a second-place finish) reside in Perryville MO. Bill is semiretired after having worked 39 years in various capacities at the Association of the Miraculous Medal. For the past 20 years, he has served as a director of the Bank of Missouri. Bill has three grown children. Speaking of golf, Lloyd Sullivan writes that Leon Hart hosted Lloyd, Ernie DiBenedetto, Joe DeLois, Mike Carmichael and Bill (the Mayor) Kevil for a reunion of the 825 Notre Dame Avenue gang at his summer home in Grand Junction MI in July. Allegedly, tall stories were told. It was good to hear from Mike MacDonald. Mike was formerly the CEO of the Northern Department Stores division of Saks Inc. Carson Pirie Scott and Bergner’s were two of his portfolio companies. Mike retired in 2015 from Designer Shoe Warehouse and serves on two boards living full time in Kiawah Island SC. This summer he spent a delightful several days with his St. Ed’s roommate David Cannon and his wife Louise in Pittsburgh where they enjoyed golf at Oakmont. David recently retired after a distinguished career in the legal arena specializing in environmental law. David also informed me about my freshman roommate Mark Niederkorn, who lives in Chicago with his wife Karen. Mark is the president of Computer Business Forms, Inc. Rated as one of the best lawyers in America is Edward T. Ellis, a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Littler, the world’s largest labor and employment law practice. Ed has defended employers in discrimination lawsuits and whistleblower actions as well as trade secret and non-compete matters. He has tried more than 40 cases to verdict. It was nice to hear from David Johnson, who has taken the plunge into retirement after 27 plus years as a senior IT project manager with SunGard Data Systems in Ohio. He informs me that Jack Meister is a retired chemical engineer from Union Carbide/Dow. He also met up at the Georgia game with Mike Brady. Mike is past chairman of pediatric medicine at Ohio State U Medical School and a past recipient of the Thomas A. Dooley Alumni Award. His old Walsh Hall roommate Ed Szewzyk is a partner with a law firm in Granite City IL. Thanks for the news, David. I am sorry to report of the death of Pat Tyrrell. I was notified by good friend Mike Loughrey. His twin brother Tim is a doctor in Chicago. Please keep your news coming. — Michael W. Hansen; 3013 Sanctuary Court, Joliet IL 60435; mikehansen@mikehansenlaw.com  

 

73MBA Coming Together Again

 

David Bodkin has passed away. Lee Bodkin, his wife, notified us of his death. She shares: “He had been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in March that had metastasized. He had been quite ill the past two weeks as the chemo was not working. But Our Lady of the Lake was smiling down and after a rough night, he slipped away very quietly and peacefully, in our home, just him and me, watching golf. Although he was a Double Domer, he considered his MBA classmates his real alumni friends. We have such great memories from those two years and I know he is smiling down and using all his PR powers of persuasion to get a winning season for the Irish. Per his wishes, there will be no funeral but a Mass and an Irish Wake. We can’t think of a better day than Oct. 21, the USC-ND game. We will miss him but will do our utmost to belly up to the bar and shake down the thunder in his honor. They must have for a great win that day for the Irish.” Gus Browne tells us he went on a family cruise in August to honor his eldest granddaughter's graduation from high school and admission to the U of Wisconsin. They were on the Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, with over 6,000 passengers plus crew. There were 10 in his party. A great time was had by all. John Rapa tells us that he still teaches for the U of Phoenix, and completed a finance class this week. He is getting ready for tax season with H&R Block. They have meetings and course work that begin in a couple of weeks. To maintain his Enrolled Agents License with the IRS, he must have 72 continuing professional educational (CPE) credits over a three-year period. H&R Block requires 18 CPE credits every year. Fortunately, he can take these courses through H&R Block at no cost to him. It is a nice benefit. My son Peter, his wife Susan and two sons James and Will survived hurricane Harvey in Houston and did not get flooded out. They just moved into a new home there. My daughter Christina teaches second graders in the public-school system out here. 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. If you have not corresponded in some time, please take the time to share your experiences with your classmates. — 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 Classmates Keep Busy

 

We are indeed active and very involved with Notre Dame. Bill Fenton completed his three-year assignment as the Region 17 regional director. Bill, we all thank you for your service to ND Alumni Association. Last July, Mike Martin took the helm for Region 17, replacing Bill. Additional applause goes to Jack Leight who began a three-year assignment as the Senior Alumni Director on the board. Congratulations to all. And in another development, Russ Dodge became the Region 8 Regional Director for the Notre Dame Senior Alumni Affinity Board. Jimmy “Whales” Whalen sends profuse apologies to his POG MO Thon friend Bob Fanning, also known as “Bruiser.” Not only did Bruiser attend the 2017 POG annual event, it took him 12 hours to travel from southern Florida to join the revelers. Upon arrival, I understand he became quickly caught up in the fun. And thanks boys for sending me a wonderful memento of your trip. It was very thoughtful. Carol Longo Kaupp, her two grown daughters and her husband came into town for the USC game. The weather was spectacular for mid-October. We were convinced it was California weather. It was great to see my college roommate. Michael Budd ventured into town from Boca Raton for the USC game. Mike works for Wells Fargo and is not ready to hang up his hat and retire just yet. I had a whirlwind month of travel in October. First was Paris, France. Yes, there is a Paris IL too, which I discovered when I mentioned to work colleagues I went to Paris. Then I went to Portland ME and Springfield IL. There were different foods, cultures, atmospheres and variety. You’ve got to enjoy it all. A reminder about our Reunion. I remember from one of my marketing classes that it takes seven times before a thought truly registers. At our age, maybe a few more reminders will help us put our reunion on our calendars. Only two more official reunions remain, folks: 45 and 50. After that, I hear we are welcome to join any class reunions. Be there, and kindly be generous to make it one of the best yet. Fill me in on your news. — Dolores “Dede” Simon; 440 N. Wabash Ave., Unit 3905, Chicago IL 60611; domerdede@aol.com
 

74MBA Retired Life

 

Tom Eisle reports that he worked for NIBCO for more than 30 years. After receiving his MBA, Tom went on to obtain a law degree. He retired in 2015 as senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary. Tom and wife Anne reside in Elkhart IN. They have two married daughters, both of whom graduated from ND. Wayne LeSage is retired after working 26 years for ARCO Chemical and 13 years for Bayer Corp. Wayne and wife Cathy have four children (one of whom graduated from ND) and seven grandchildren. They reside in Paoli PA, just outside Philadelphia. Wayne reports that he ran into Sam Lanzafame a couple of years ago at one of Betty Gallagher’s tailgate parties. Sam is retired and, reportedly is starting a winery in upstate New York. Randy Marks and wife Sandy report that they survived Hurricane Irma with no damage to their Sarasota home. They planned to head to Miami to root for the Irish against the Hurricanes. Hopefully, their experience with Irma aided in bringing home another victory for the Irish. I planned to attend the Wake Forest game with my wife, Helen, daughter and son-in-law. Thanks to all who contacted me with information about themselves, their families, and classmates. We would like to hear from more of you prior to the next publication. — Jack Burnett; jburnet1@sbcglobal.net
 

74JD O’Connell Accolade

 

Mike O’Connell been honored as the Outstanding Commonwealth Attorney of the Year. A feat made more impressive by the fact that we have 120 counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Mike is running for reelection. He travelled north this past season for both the Temple and USC games. At Temple he saw Tony Colacino and John Cariotto at the Law School prior to the game. Tony is practicing law in Des Moines, IA. John is an Associate State Court Administrator for the Nebraska Supreme Court in Lincoln. Mike saw Pat O’Hara at the USC game. Pat is enjoying teaching a full course load at the Law School. Suggested reading for this quarter is Pennoyer v Neff. Joe O’Reilly; 2405 Top Hill Road, Louisville KY 40206; cell 502-649-6955; joe.oreilly34@icloud.com Joe O’Reilly; cell 502-649-6955; joe.oreilly34@icloud.com

 

75 Florida Retreat

 

Pamela Strode Nosbusch, Mary Sweet Palladino, Lynda Roesch, Chris Burger Burns, and Rikke Szczodrowski Meissner continued their girls-only summer get-together in Estero FL in July. Chris hosted the 15th annual party at her condo. They also gathered at ND for the USC game. Kathy and Ed Elliott MD live in Brattleboro VT and have four daughters and six grandchildren. They were incredible hosts for Linda and Norm Bower during a New England adventure for the Bowers in early October. Later in the month, Kathy Osberger of Chicago joined Norm and Linda for Hamilton, the amazing musical that swept the Tony Awards a couple years ago. Kathy is very involved in civic and religious activities, and enjoys visits to South Bend to visit family and friends. Penny and Art Gilloon of Dubuque IA and daughters Sara ’05 and Emily ’10 attended NC State game “and had a great time in dismal weather.” He found the new scoreboard to be “loud, informative, with good use of Catholic messages and sportsmanship, but longed for a few moments without sensory overload.” Nick Grosch of Colona NJ was one of four classmates recognized for their participation in ND club soccer in the 1960s and ’70s at a soccer reunion on campus in April. Joining Nick with a “Bert” award were Bob Ralph, Guy Higgins and the late Sean Carroll. Nick was also given a prestigious President’s Award in October for his volunteer efforts at Christ the King Prep School in Newark. Congrats, old roommate. Howard Stierwalt MD reports that he retired after 37 years in family practice. He attended three home games with his brothers and the U of Miami game with his sister, Pat ’85. In July Joe Melehan, Harry Van Bavel and Tim Negro participated in the annual Greg Hunckler Memorial Golf classic held in Iowa City IA. “The Hunk” would have been proud. Tim offers saludos to the Randeroo, the Tarn, and Trisha. Frank and Lynn Larkin Flanagan came from Southern California for the USC weekend, visiting with Marsha and John Brintnall, who have six grands in Minneapolis. Frank and Lynn have three grandkids in DC, Virginia and New York City. In late October, the ’75 sophomore Rome program alumni from Saint Mary’s and ND gathered in Pittsburgh, according to Marie Fiduccia. Lifelong friends from a dozen states celebrated the year abroad when they created family-like bonds and special memories. Marie, Bill Bates, Bill Foglia, Bill Joyce, and Lauren Goodman ’75SMC, were part of the organizing group from Pittsburgh. Anyone in the program who wants to connect in the future, should contact Marie at mariefiduc@yahoo.com. I attended the USC game and while I enjoyed the game very much, I found the noise level for the pre-game music to be annoying and unnecessary. Just wondering if any other ’75ers have had a similar reaction. Who likes it? Who doesn’t? Let me hear from you in this unscientific poll. I made an appeal to the administration to turn it down, and I sure hope they consider it. Thanks for sending so much timely news. Keep it up. — Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; phone and text 563-349-0469; normbower@mchsi.com
 

75MBA Class Secretary Jim Ouimet;

 

215-862-3080; jimouimet@comcast.net

 

75JD Remembering Dennis Owens

 

The passing of Dennis Owens at the end of 2016 is a sad milestone. He served with distinction as our class secretary for decades and will be sorely missed. His Jeopardy appearance remains a highlight of our law school years. Godspeed, Dennis. I’ll pick up the class secretary task going forward unless somebody else wants it; you won’t have to say please to wrestle it away. Meanwhile, congratulations to John Lynch for being recognized once again, this time in 2016 as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Kudos to Joe Noack for also being named a Super Lawyer for the last three years by Minnesota Law and Politics. Rev. Bill Beauchamp, CSC, is back on campus serving as assistant provincial and steward. I caught up with Ken Klatt and his son in September on the weekend of the Georgia football game. Ken retired from Delta Air Lines and is associated with an Atlanta firm. It’s unlikely I’ll ever catch up with Andy Napolitano, the most prolific author in our class with nearly a dozen books at last count, but I launched my second book a few months back. Shattered Shells is a memoir that tells the story of my seminary years with a mixture of humor and regret; there are chapters on our law school years as well. Trust me, you’ll laugh and cringe. My earlier book, Willowgate Park, is a work of fiction that traces the aftermath of a child’s death. Both are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the usual online sources. When you hear from Brennan Farrell in his year-end solicitation for the Peter Lardy and Ed Lark scholarships, please give generously. Finally, when you have a moment, drop me an email with contact information and let me know what’s happening in your life. Go Irish. — Frederick Giel; fggiel@gmail.com       

 

76 On the Notre Dame Trail

 

Several classmates made the pilgrimage on the Notre Dame Trail. Tim Huddle, Bill Borders and Pat Sarb were members of the core team, which meant they walked the entire 320 miles over 13 days. Tim dedicated his pilgrimage to his brother Bill, who has remained “unbroken” in his battle with pancreatic cancer. Pat said his participation was life-changing, leaving him with priceless memories, new friends and spiritual growth. He did it to raise awareness and funds for ND’s NKH research. His grandson Owen suffers from the rare disease. Bill, Tim and Pat did not know each other as undergrads but bonded as they walked the length of Indiana. Shelley Muller Simon joined the trail for five days. She wanted to represent the Class of ’76, and made sure that she coved 76 miles that week. Others walking five days included Dick Guiltinan and Frank Fansioli. Frank was joined by his brother Bob for 73 miles. Jill Truitt Donnelly, Rob Hoertz, Maryanne Ries Rogers, Mitch Stoltz, Bob Sullivan and Mark Witkowski walked the final three days. Class members also face-timed with Sally Naxera Benson, who wanted to walk the trail, but was taking care of her father. Tommy Murphy wrote to me from Australia, where he has just been named one of Australia’s top five financial advisors by Barron’s. Tommy manages the portfolios of several family offices and charitable foundations. He is a regular commentator on Australia’s ABC TV and Bloomberg Television. He tries to keep close to the 1973-’74 Mexico City group. Mike Kuhlmann’s father Alfred Donald Kuhlmann ’50 died at age 88. Mike is a CPA in Atlanta and has been married to his wife Susan for almost 20 years. They have a son who is a sophomore in high school. Dillon alum Bob Boos has been living in Tampa the past 30 years where he practices law. Bob returns to campus for a few football games each fall, usually with his three teenaged children in tow, and re-unites with fellow Dillon denizens Tom Lauerman, Roy Kolstad, Mark Olive, Bob Mouch, Rich Cronin and Mark Ruof. Tom recently moved from Chicago to their summer home in Southwest Michigan. Tom is the CFO of Metal Spinners, Inc. and has a daughter, Catherine, at Saint Mary’s. Rich Cronin has been on campus one week per month for the last two years working as a media consultant on a new multiplatform online network for young Catholics. Rich lives in LA with his wife Anne ’76SMC and four children. John Halstead has been appointed director of the Thompson School of Applied Science at the U of New Hampshire. He and Dick Reinert attended the minireunion at the Temple game. Also returning to campus for the minireunion were John Albers, Pete Bialek, Kathy Gallogly Cox, Debi Dell, Sal DifiglioWendy Duffey, Paul Francis, Carol ’76 SMC and John Froman, Steve Gertz, Sharon Zelinski Haverstock, Tom Haunert, Brian HegartyWilliam Keene, Bill Kelly, Tom Klein, Steve Klug, Ed Marr, Rocco Martino, Mark Nishan, Don Opal, Lionel Phillips, Mark Pietrykowski, Steve Poetzinger, Bob Quakenbush. Rob Quigley, Jim Rashid, Rick Santry (Duck), Pat SarbMike Shaw, Ron Skrabacz, Greg Sosnovich, Jeanine Sterling, Mark Sullivan and Ralph Trofino. Tom Klein is running for regional director of the ND Alumni Association Alumni Board representing Region 11 (Connecticut, Southern New York, New Jersey, Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania). When the on-line elections open in January, please vote to add a ’76er to the board. 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 Send News, Will Print

           

As a class, we can get our column newsworthy if we get some news. I heard from Dick Bohling. Contact him at rtbohling@gmail.com or 415-519-0097. He feels it would be fun to hear from classmates since some of us have completed successful careers and started retirement. Dick retired from a career in the insurance brokerage industry, most recently as CFO for a firm in San Francisco. He moved with his wife Rita to Boston to be near family. They have daughters in Boston (ND grad also) and New York City. He usually gets to attend two or three ND games a year. Lawrence Overlan checked in. He can be reached at loverlan@suffolk.edu. He still goes by his nickname, “Chairman.” Larry is in semiretirement, still teaching though. In the spirit of reinventing himself, he is trying to become a screenwriter. He has just completed a partial script of 80 pages titled, “Curley: Mayor of the Poor,” about Boston’s most productive and popular mayor, James Michael Curley. He was mayor four times but none consecutively between 1914 and 1950. He was also governor and a congressman. Some refer to him as the Caesar Augustus of Boston due to his massive public works programs. He is working on financing for a full-length movie or perhaps an eight-segment Netflix run. As soon as you read this, send an email with something, at least contact information and city. I trust everyone is well. — Michael V. Norris; 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 Waking Up the Echoes

 

It wasn’t just a new stadium Jumbotron that woke up the echoes this fall. Many extraordinary things happened. Lynn Mertensotto Girourard, Kevin Shortelle, and Kathy Zerda were safe after devastating hurricanes. Sean Farrell continued his compassionate work with the ND program in Haiti. Timothy F. Casey is on the short list for Best Lawyers for 2018. Dave Wallace’s book, Brilliant Breakthroughs for the Small Business Owner: Fresh Perspectives on Profitability, People, Productivity, and Finding Peace in Your Business, launched on Amazon in November. Rick Richter published Three Cheers for the Chesapeake, a history of the 4th Maryland Light Artillery Battery during the Civil War. Joyful family reunions marked last summer for Polly Mack Spangler, Chris Bergin, Candace Carson Geurtz, Patricia “Patter” Birsic, Shane Carew, Steve and Eileen O’Grady Daday, Kathy Beenen, Michael Settle, Carolyn Short, Michael Bowler, Bonita Bradshaw, Maria Kimovec, Pat Metcalf Klepper, Marybeth Ward Brown and retired Navy Rear Adm. Marty Brown, Alisa Fisher, Carol Latronica, Dave Caron, and Maureen O’Neill. Rob Tully, Jay Pittas, Mike Santillo, and Bob Blanck enjoyed Cubs ‘n’ Pubs in Chicago. Rich Wanders hosted Cavanaugh Hall’s Marty Koppenhafer, Leo MacCourtney, Jim Gorman, Carmen and Dave Sonego, Bill Ellsworth, Pat Finnegan ’78, Sheila O’Brien (Walsh Hall), and Karen Dinehart in Cleveland, to celebrate Maria and Bill Mullen’s 40th wedding anniversary. Walsh Hall roommates Donna Hinton, Leslie Barnes Karas, Elaine Cerny Raccuglia and Janet Carney O’Brien reunited for the Georgia game. Jennifer Ryder Raabe organized a minireunion for Miami of Ohio, attended by Joe Burns ’78 Arch, Gregg Bangs, Jim “Hogie” Hogerty, Sue Kowal Swanfeldt, Jen Ryder Raabe, Leo Hansen ’78 Arch, Marie Hansen, Cary Bangs, Tessa Bangs ’18, Gloria Hogerty, Andy Swanfeldt, Judy Shiely King, Jackson Bangs ’12, Ed Blieszner ’78 Arch, ’81JD, Diane Blieszner ’78SMC, ’81JD, Anne Marie Blieszner ’14, ’17MA, Dom Carbone ’78 Arch, Ray Fedorko, Michael Nolan ’78 Arch, Chris Przywara ’78 Arch and Jack Przywara ’11. A Holy Cross Hall reunion for NC State included Steve Blubaugh, Paul MartuscelloDan Hayden, Joseph Anders, Jack Koval, Larry McCrief, Steven Pecinovsky, Glen Villano, John Guido, and Greg Bachman. In October, Sharon and Jeff Vitter, the U of Mississippi Chancellor, hosted Mitzi Audette Bucchi, and Alumni Hall friends Greg Strollo, John Strainic, Barry Goggins, Kevin Murphy, and Doug Ogburn, at Ole Miss with Southern hospitality. Mitzi, Kathy and Jerry Graham, Mike Casey and his son Colin Casey ’12, and Jim Sullivan were at the USC game. Cindy and Mike Casey live in Fort Worth; Mike is an attorney in the oil and gas industry. Jim Sullivan coaches 160 Mendoza EMBA students at ND’s Stayer Center. Jim and his wife Lauri are grandparents to Theo. Jim says, “Theo’s parents are my eldest daughter Claire and husband Adam who met as classmates at Purdue, the influence of my wife, a 1977 Purdue U grad. In a split decision, my middle daughter Kerry is making plans to be married here in Saugatuck next June to a young man she met while at Notre Dame. Both are 2013 classmates. That left son Danny to break the tie, which fortunately he chose not to do by graduating from Hope College this May with a degree in computer engineering or something like that. (It's tough for us poets to keep track).” Michael Grady and Mike Richter organized the “Alumni Band of the West” weekend for the Stanford game. By chance, Deb and Bill Ellsworth met Kathy O’Hara Pivarsky and her husband Rich Schornstein, both retired from the Air Force, in Colorado. Congrats to Trish and Peter Sweeney on granddaughter Cecily, daughter of Peter ’06. Congrats to Deb and Bill Ellsworth on grandson Brandon, son of Bill ’03. And congrats to Rich Wanders on granddaughter, Audrey. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of our deceased classmates Rob Hurley, Bob Bode, Arlene Hunter and Kristin Thorson. May they rest in peace. — Virginia McGowan Bishop; res 847-291-7510; classof1977@alumni.nd.edu

 

77MBA Class Secretary Alan J. Fisher;

 

afisher@hoeyfarina.com

 

77JD Class Secretary — Janey Bennett;

 

4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; res 574-383-5745; bus 574-243-4100; jbennett@maylorber.com

 

78 Winter Updates

 

Bill “Beefsteak” Reifsteck started a new job in downtown LA. He is working for Webcor. He is working on putting together a project to build the new LA County Museum of Art. This new building is approximately $800 million and if funded will be a multi-year project that will possibly take Bill to retirement. Bill and Cathy spent the summer building an addition to their house. Bill says that working every weekend makes him very sore on Monday, but it is exciting to see the end of construction approaching quickly. Bill and family were on campus for the Temple and Georgia games. Speaking of Beefsteak, he came back home to his South Jersey roots for a week in November and got together for dinner and memories at Chris’ Jazz House in center city Philadelphia with friends and former roomies, John Delaney, Kevin “Bug” Sugg, and myself. John Delaney holds down the esteemed number two spot in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. John Murphy is coming out of retirement to be an adviser to Horizon Nuclear in England. Laura and Pat Flynn continue to host the greatest tailgaters at ND, not only for the fine array of food and beverages, but for all the A-list guests who drop by to share in conversation. Just a few of those spotted at the Miami of Ohio and USC games were: Pat “Jaws” Coveny, a scion of the Chicago financial scene, and still into underground music; Ed May, who looks like he still lives on campus; Marianne Corr, who was making sure everything was legal; John Coyne, still the prince of Wall Street, and desperately seeking a nap; Stan Ziehrel, looking dapper as usual and looking for the next best thing; Jimmy “Dun-Bar” Dunne, waxing eloquently about the many benefits of living in a big city; and Jimmy “Martini” Martin, still with the one-liners and the improving golf game. Mary Lou Mulvihill Skalkos was in attendance, reminding all to recycle and don’t waste. Father Ed Shea came in from Chicago to give his blessing on the proceedings. Danny James was discussing works of art, and what a good investment art is now. Kris Kluka was reminiscing with Don “Dancing Bear” Smail about all the good times spent on South Quad and local environs. Steve and Rosemary Durant were in from the Bay area, remarking on the unusually warm South Bend weather. John Talbot, Chip Lee, Nace Mullen, Pat Kennedy, Charlie Wolf, and Tony “Disco” Crudele were huddled in a corner discussing 1970s dance moves, who dated whom, and who left the biggest legacy at the Dome. Funny stuff. Bruce Martin was chatting with Jeff “Carp” Carpenter about the Irish men’s basketball team’s season, and Carp’s appearance in the ESPN “30 for 30” about the Catholics vs. the Convicts game. Dennis Doughty hosted a gathering of friends at his South Bend home on the Friday evening before the USC game. Among those in attendance were Pete “Hales” Haley, Brian “B.C. Croin, Jim Wendel, Rosemary Durant, Don Smail, Nace Mullen, and myself. Now, the following from our president, Pat Flynn: Can you believe that our 40th reunion is this year?  A lot of living has happened in those 40 years, some good, some not so good. Please try to come back to the arms of Our Lady on the Dome, and spend some time with classmates, roommates, and other mates that you may not have known as well. At our age, we are entering another new and unknown chapter in our lives. How better to face this part of our journey than with trusted friends and kindred spirits?  Please block out May 31 to June 3, and make the trip back to the launch pad of our lives. We are the class of 1978, the “class with class.” See you in a few months. God bless you. Please remember in your prayers the father of Bruce Martin, who has died. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace. Stay in touch. — 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; res 207-229-0989; bus 207-333-6640 ex 2020; irishwasherwoman@alumni.nd.edu

 

78JD A Man for All Seasons

 

Sometimes this column is very difficult to write. We lost our class president, George Adelo Jr., on Oct. 23 in New Mexico from complications related to an infection. He was a talented lawyer and musician. The Santa Fe New Mexican described him: “Whether behind the handlebars of his 17-foot super-trike wearing a T-shirt bearing his trademarked phrase Carpe Mañana, storming the courthouse country-lawyer style in a three-piece suit, or on stage flamboyant in fur with a ring on every finger, he cut an impressive figure. But the hundreds of people who considered him a friend knew that behind that imposing façade beat a tender and generous heart.” I have heard from many classmates who are saddened by George’s death. Perhaps Sandy Bisignano summed it up best, “This is very difficult for me. George was one of the kindest persons I have ever known. He would give you the shirt off his back and if he didn’t have a shirt, he would buy one and give it to you.” Please remember in your prayers George’s family: wife Maria, sons George III and Ben, daughter Amanda, and the love of his life, and keeper of his heart, granddaughter Paloma. May eternal light shine upon you George. — Dan LaVille; US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Ave. North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751; dlaville@comcast.net

 

79 Distinguished Teachers

 

Tim Heimann is chief medical information officer for Susquehanna Health Medical Group and a long-time faculty member for Williamsport Family Medicine Residency Program. His daughters, Caroline ’14 and Lizzie ’15, were members of the marching band and his son, Andy ’19, entered the college of engineering as a transfer student as part of the 3:2 program with King’s College, which is run by the Congregation of Holy Cross in Wilkes-Barre PA. Tim keeps up with fellow Keenanites Tom Gryp, CEO of the Notre Dame Credit Union, and Mary Ellen ’80 and Mike Ball, a cardiologist in Indianapolis, whose son Brian is a walk-on wide receiver for the Irish. Anne Cordesman Maxfield was inducted into the WGN Radio Walk of Fame in Chicago. Anne spent 12 of her more than 20 years in radio on the air at WGN. In Chicago you can visit ­the WGN Walk of Fame on the sidewalk outside Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue. Anne helped with the Notre Dame Day broadcast in April that raised more than $2 million for the University. To celebrate 60, Anne traveled to Italy. Mt. Hood Community College in Portland awarded Pat Casey the Distinguished Teaching Award. He is back from a semester teaching at Mt. Hood’s Barcelona program. Travel for conventions and research has allowed him to visit various classmates, including Meg-o Hackett, a partner with Thune Law in Grand Rapids and parent of ND grads Kevin ’08 and Patrick Carrier ’09JD and SMC grad Elizabeth; Adella (Malvezzi) Heard a lawyer and VP for First Tennessee Bank in Memphis; Carey Ewing, principal of Ewing Law Firm in Durham NC; and Liz (Donovan) and Paul Peralta in Charlotte where Paul is a lawyer and Liz is a writer. Their daughters Katherine ’10 and Ellen ’12 are ND grads. Pat also visited Jill (Beery) Fellman in Denver and Mike Falk in San Ramon CA. After retiring from a teaching and administrative career with Jefferson County Schools, Jill served two terms on the Jefferson County School Board. Mike is with Xcel Energy. Cathy (Santoro) and Bruce Flowers visited Joan (Gallagher) ’80MFA and Ken Richmond in Michigan for the Traverse City Film Festival. Patti DeCoste Guido hosted a 60th birthday celebration at her Cape Cod home. Connie Price MacTaggart, Sarah Devine-Avery, Susan Lawler, Ellen Isley and Carolyn O’Connor Ferry visited from Libertyville IL, Phoenix, Louisville, Scituate MA and Evanston IL, respectively. They enjoyed lobster, the beach and each other. Eleven friends from the Angers Sophomore Year Abroad Program, gathered in Buffalo to celebrate the 40th year of their triumphant return from France: Chris Kuczynski, Teri Welsh Corsones, Lori Nolan Hendry, Maura O’Malley McDonald, Connie Price MacTaggart, Patrick Joyce, John Hoff, Carolyn O’Connor Ferry, Michael Guay, Steve Cooney, and Father Jud Weiksnar. Jud hosted the event at St. Patrick Friary. They enjoyed a fish fry, a tour of a Frank Lloyd Wright house, lunch at a hipster pierogi joint, a pedal bike tour that included a couple of bar stops, and Mass with Jud presiding. They shared memories of Dr. Bernard Doering, longtime ND French professor and Angers director, who passed away last year. Jud is a pastor at Saints Columba-Brigid Church in Buffalo. Dillon resident Alex Tomei is a candidate for the ND Alumni Board to represent Region 10, which consists of NYC, New Jersey, Connecticut and Southern New York. Remember Alex when you vote. Thanks for all the news; keep it coming. — Barbara A. Langhenry; 3901 Whitman Ave., Cleveland OH 44113; res 216-651-8962; bus 216-664-2893; breclw@aol.com   

 

79MBA Class SecretaryPatty Kennedy Kerr;

 

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

 

79JD Class Secretary Daniel F. McNeil;

 

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