class notes

Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;

 

ktalianko@alumni.nd.edu

 

Architecture

 

In recognition of a career that spanned more than four decades, Norman R. Newberry ’64 of Universal City CA received the lifetime achievement award at this year’s Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards, a branch of Cinema Arts. They copy the Academy Awards and present the awards about the same time. The Art Directors Guild honors production designers “who create the best set environments for movies and television for the year 2017.” Surrounded by wife Carolyn, family, friends, and co-workers, past and present, Norm received the award for tackling increasingly complex challenges in his career, such as creating a simulation of a NASA space probe, the 1970s TV show The Six Million Dollar Man, devising sets for early motion-capture movies like 2004's The Polar Express and summoning imaginary worlds like Avatar’s iridescent Pandora. In addition, he and his staff and partners designed almost $4 billion in backlot sets, themed studio environments and attractions for Universal Studios. Congratulations to Peter F. Vieira Jr. ’90 of Boston and Melody (Horne) Harclerode ’92 of Atlanta, who were elevated to fellows of the AIA at the June national convention in New York City. “The honor recognizes architects who have made a notable contribution to the profession and to society.” Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Peter is a principal with Payette Architects, Boston. Melody received her honor for “the excellence and national impact of her volunteer work to make the profession of ever-increasing service to society.” She is recognized for her writings and leadership in engaging architects from coast to coast about K-12 design education. She is the executive director of the Sandy Springs Conservancy managing the board of directors, staff, and volunteers of the non-profit to create, connect, and conserve parks and greenspace in the largest suburb of Atlanta. Her husband Mark is also an architect. Lisa (Lynn Schmitt) Bergman ’96 of Evanston IL is desperately seeking a copy of the 1995-1996 “Green Guide” made for the Class of ’98 as it headed to Rome. It appears that the returning fourth-year “Rome class” updates the guide for the next class scheduled to go to Rome, i.e. second-year students. All returning students and faculty provide input. I briefly saw a copy for the first time and it is a thorough compilation of advice, facts, figures, hints, suggestions, best buys, best places to eat, etc. Included are valuable details on where to buy supplies, architectural and other, how to navigate while there, travel hints, etc. It’s updated every two years voluntarily by ND architecture Rome students since life changes, restaurants get better or worse, haunts close, etc. When Lisa came back, she took the responsibility to upgrade the guide and did a complete rewrite, but she neglected to keep her own copy or the originals. So, if anyone has a copy they can reproduce or send to Lisa, please contact her at lisa@staapress.com. Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, FACHA ’76 of the New Orleans firm Blitch Knevel received a major design award in recognition of a multiyear phased design and construction collaboration with Memorial Hospital at Gulfport LA. The design team of Blitch Knevel Architects and the construction management team were recognized for excellence with the VISTA Award for the “best renovation healthcare project in the US.” The award was presented at the recent American Hospital Association’s annual conference. Another promotion is announced for Edmond G. Gauvreau ’79 of Washington DC who is now acting chief, Installation Support Div., HQ, Army Corps of Engineers. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Dale T. DeBruyne ’79, who passed away in January. — 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

 

For the second time in three years, a former graduate student of the department was the recipient of the Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association. Honored was Sister Katherine “Kay” Seibert, SC, MD, ’67MS, ’73PhD. The previous recipient, Rev. Thomas Streit, CSC, ’80, ’85MDiv, ’94DP, shared the 2016 award with Peter J. Daly MD ’82. At a banquet April 18, Sister Kay, 83, was presented with a beautiful cast bronze statuette of Dooley holding a child as a memento of the award in recognition of her life’s work as a Sister of Charity for 65 years. A Bronx native and a recipient of the 2008 Person of the Year Award of the ND Club of New York, Kay was especially recognized for her decades of work treating the indigent population of Sullivan County NY. The county, known worldwide among trout fishermen for its famous Beaverkill River, is considered the most economically stressed in New York. The April banquet, held during the spring meeting of the ND Alumni Association Board of Directors, was attended by several of Kay’s friends, supporters, and graduate school colleagues. Among them were her first cousin Jack Callahan with Colleen Leahy, nuns in her order, including regional superior Sister Sheila Brosnan, SC, RN and Sister Margaret Ellen Burke, SC, staff members from her rural Catskill clinic, retired ND professor Rev. Joseph B. Wilson ’48 (the former Brother Raphael, CSC,) and your correspondents. Sister Kay completed her doctoral studies in the laboratory of the late Prof. Morris Pollard after working over five summers for her MS degree. She set a high bar academically for her graduate student contemporaries in the department, most of whom were a decade younger, and was always willing to help when needed. Kay’s religious order is known for its focus on medical care, most members serving as nurses. Kay took a different path by pursuing her MD at Creighton U before she submitted her doctoral thesis by taking courses with the Indiana U medical students studying on campus. Engaging in this combined program, Kay missed her ND graduation ceremony, so it was a special surprise when Rev. Edward A. “Monk” Malloy, CSC, ’63,’67MA, ’69 MA placed the doctoral hood on her shoulders during the 2008 NDNY banquet, emceed by Anne Thompson ’79 and Mary Thompson ’85. Following a three-year fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, Kay pursued specialization in oncology and served cancer patients at St. Jude’s Hospital, Memphis, and locations in New York City before heading to her rural clinic. In taking the “One Medicine” movement to the next level, Kay has become involved in caring for rescue dogs that serve as therapy animals for her patients. The Dooley Award, established in 1984, is conferred on alumni who have exhibited outstanding service to humanity. It memorializes the life and work of the late alumnus Thomas A. Dooley MD ’48, ’60 DSc (honorary) and is one of the Alumni Association's highest awards and probably the best known. (Refer to Notre Dame Archives for more history on Dooley and see the letter reproduced on stainless steel at the Grotto.) Regarding last issue’s report of the recent passing of former department chairman, Prof. Mort Fuchs, it was gratifying to receive feedback from so many alumni, a  few of whom were not even in the department, such as Dan Shaughnessy JD ’67. An especially delightful story about Mort was received from James L. “Jim” McDonel ’73PhD. The story would exceed the space limitations, but Jim would be happy to share it if contacted. — Joan Smith Carter ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613-6400; res 919-848-2192; phil@ncsu.edu

 

History

 

We begin this issue with some very sad news. Patricia McNeal Dolan passed away on March 6. Her ashes were interred at Cedar Grove Cemetery at Notre Dame. As most of you know, Pat was the wife of our beloved Jay P. Dolan. She was much more than “the wife” to his graduate students. In 1983, before I even knew I needed or wanted a role model, Pat Dolan was my hero. She (and later, Suellen Hoy) were exemplars of what I wanted to be but could barely articulate: the elusive scholar of women. McNeal received her BA from the College of Notre Dame in Maryland and earned her MA and PhD from Temple. Very active in the Catholic peace movement, she published an influential book, Harder Than War: Catholic Peacemaking in Twentieth Century America. At IU South Bend she created the major in women’s studies and directed the program. Her special focus was reaching out to the women in South Bend. Pat organized hundreds of programs open to the women of the city. She received IUSB’s most prestigious teaching award, as well as lifetime achievement awards from the YWCA of St. Joseph County, South Bend Women First, and Indiana U. Pat had the unfailing admiration of generations of ND grad students who benefitted from her guidance and advice. In the fall of 1983, the Dolans hosted the first-year grad students in their home. It was a huge big deal for us, and it was the nicest welcome we received that year. We will never forget her many kindnesses and the love and respect we hold for our mentor and hero. If you would like to contact Dr. Dolan, please contact me privately for his address. Another sad tribute comes from Bob Shaffern ’92 PhD at the U of Scranton. He writes that Robert F. Hueston ’77 PhD passed away on Feb. 16. Bob was a Phil Gleason ’61 PhD student and taught American ethnic, Catholic, and diplomatic history at Scranton for more than 30 years, before retiring in 2010 to his ancestral farm near Philadelphia. The Bobs shared a close friendship and Bob H was godfather to Bob S’s youngest, Caroline. I quote Bob S because it is such a fitting tribute: “he was a great colleague and a fine Catholic gentleman, now among the saints in glory.” In happier news, also from Scranton, Sean Brennan ’09 PhD ended a long drought for this column when he sent in actual news. You know, you can do that too. Sean’s second book, The Priest Who Put Europe Back Together: The Life of Fabian Flynn, CP will be published by The Catholic U Press in August. Then, in the fall, Sean’s article, “Henry Cabot Lodge and the Catholic Church,” will appear in The US Catholic Historian. Go out and buy the book, but first send me some news. At the 53rd annual Wesleyan Theological Society meeting in March 2018, William Kostlevy ’96 PhD received the lifetime achievement award. Bill, who is the archivist for the Church of the Brethren was honored for his career achievement in Wesleyan/holiness scholarship and his service to the society. Congratulations from your ND family. Bill Kostlevy graduated after I did and yet he received a lifetime achievement award. How can this be possible when I swear I was living in 17 O’Hara-Grace just last week? Isaac, Catherine? Where did the time go?  And, if you are waiting for my 2017 Christmas card, have just a little more patience, please. For some reason, they keep scheduling Christmas right after exam week. — Mary Linehan ’91 PhD; maryline113@yahoo.com

 

Mathematics Class Secretary Patti Strauch;

 

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

 

Master of Nonprofit Administration

 

Angela R. Logan PhD​ has been named St. Andre Bessette Director of Nonprofit Professional Development. She joined the University of Notre Dame in the summer of 2013 as the associate director for planning and development for Nonprofit Professional Development. In 2015, she became the associate director for operations for NPD. Angela has over 20 years of experience in higher education and philanthropy, working for small private colleges in the Midwest and serving as the program officer for education at a small, private foundation in the Southeast. Angela holds a BA in communication from the U of Toledo, a Master of Business and Organizational Leadership from Defiance College and is the first African-American woman to earn a PhD in philanthropic studies from the Indiana U Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Congratulations to Zenaida Landero ’17​ who is the assistant executive director at the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In November, she was named an Influential Citizen Honoree at the YWCA of Quad Cities 100 Years with Jill Biden. She is also a featured author for Today's Inspired Latina, a book series of inspiration and hope through a collection of personal stories. She says these are success stories that need to be told, to motivate our community for generations to come. By overcoming language barriers, self-doubts and other obstacles in their way, these strong Latinas show how inspiration and perseverance can lead you to happiness and success in business and life. It’s a positive, empowering read for anyone sitting on a dream and thinking it can’t come true. A book launch was scheduled in Chicago in May and at the Idea Lab at the New York Times in October. Ray Camosy ’12​ began a new role as adjunct faculty at the University of Notre Dame during the spring semester. He taught a three-credit elective course on construction management in the Civil Engineering Department. Interestingly,  three Mendoza MBA students were enrolled in the class. The 2018 Master of Nonprofit Administration graduates are Ashley Conley, Laura Dodd, Katherine Gardner, Maria Daniela Rivero Gutierrez, Sara Iwanski, Elizabeth Lankford, Father Lorcan O’Reilly, Bridget Marian Price, Sarah Kathleen Ruszkowski, Lillian Marie Scannell ​and Tracy Weber.​ Congratulations to you all. — Betsy Quinn; 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

 

Rachelle Justice ’06 MS, chemistry, has published a children’s book, Steampunk A to Z, under the penname of R.E. Lane. This attractive book is available on Amazon. George Baumgartner ’53 PhD, chemistry, died on Feb. 10 in Atchison KA. He was an academic dean at Benedictine College. Nicholas Paul Klaas ’48 PhD died on Jan. 14 at age 92. After earning his degree from Notre Dame, Paul worked in the chemical industry as an executive at 3M, Wyomissing, and GAF, and finally retired as chief executive of J.T. Baker Chemical. He is survived by Betty, his beloved wife of 68 years, four children and their spouses: Paul (Barbara), Patricia (Paul), Kathleen (Thomas), and James (Andrea); 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sister Ethel; and his brothers Edwin and Phil. Kenneth D. Smith, ’70 PhD, a Marine Corps veteran, of North Palm Beach, Florida, formerly of Chatham, New York, passed away May 4. A specialist in American literature, he taught at a number of academic institutions and was a lifelong poet, with several chapbooks and an autobiography to his credit. He is survived by his wife, Lenne A. Gapstur; his former wife, Yolanda Urrutia Smith; his brother, Father Lee Smith; and two sons, Sean and Christopher. He was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58 MA, ’62 PhD, English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648; mlahood@roadrunner.com