class notes

Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;

 

ktalianko@alumni.nd.edu

 

Architecture

 

Continuing with the alumni reception at this year's New York City AIA National Convention, we have the following news. Host Dean Michael Lykoudis announced the 2018 Orlando T. Maione Award recipient selected by the faculty of the ND School of Architecture as Melissa L. DelVecchio94, New York, a senior associate partner with Robert A. M. Stern Architects, New York City. She is a co-author of the firm's Designs for Learning: College and University Buildings (2016) which showcases many of the complex academic projects that have been her primary design focus for the firm. Also attending the reception were Paul Masino ’10 with Shope Reno Wharton Architecture of South Norwalk CT; Peter D. Wowkowych ’86, on the board of directors of Restoration Works International, Albany CA; Christine Gregory ’14 and Theresa Saad ’17 with Hart Howerton, NYC; Nadine K. Dacanay ’01 with NKD Architectural Design, NYC; Mary R. McGrath ’77 a principal with Carlton Architecture, NYC; Elaine R. Rose ’15 with G.P. Schafer Architect, NYC; Elizabeth G. Dillon ’05, principal with Historical Concepts, Architecture and Planning, NYC; Amanda L Miller ’11, staff architect with Hoffmann Architects, specialists in the rehabilitation of building exteriors, NYC; Jeremy Welsh ’98 with Melone Architects, NYC; Rona Reodica ’01 assistant commissioner building and land development services for NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development; Brenna Decker ’10, an associate with Robert A. M. Stern, NYC; Yi Huang ’10 with Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects, NYC; Theresa L and Bradford L. Angelini, both ’89 Master of Arch. and partners in Angelini & Associates Architects, Ann Arbor MI; Maggie and William J. Bates ’75, VP of Real Estate for Eat'nPark Hospitality Group, Homestead PA. Bill will be president of national AIA in 2019; Ronald B. Blitch, ’76 FAIA, FACHA, president of Blitch/Knevel Architects, New Orleans; Edmond G. Gauvreau ’79, FAIA, chief of the planning branch, US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington DC; Suzanne Napier ’88, FAIA, VP/studio leader for Smithgroup JJR, San Francisco and received her elevation to Fellow at the convention investiture at St. Patrick's Cathedral; David J Sassano ’85 the owner of HTA (Herring/Trowbridge Architects), Herndon VA; Brian J. Shea ’74 FAIA with Cooper Robertson & Partners NYC and a new Fellow of the AIA; Theresa M. (Power) del Ninno ’81 with Maginnessy + del Ninno Architects, Alexandria VA; Maria (Gomez) Koutsomitis ’81 has her own firm in NYC; Erin Cain ’11 is a production associate with Hachette Book Group NYC; Hugh A. Boyd ’75 has his own practice in Montclair NJ; Madeleine Donohue ’19 worked the summer at Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, NYC where William Rutledge ’13 Master of Arch. is also employed; Christian Cullinan ’19 was with Robert A.M. Stern for the summer; Elizabeth A. (Fuller) D'Amore ’11 with Antunovich Assocs. Architects, Buffalo NY; Sarah McCarthy ’14 with CNN, NYC; Lisa Becker ’78 with GFK, NYC; and Michael Decandia ’75 and Mauricio Salazar ’87 who have their own firms in NYC. Dana K. Gulling ’98 associate professor and director of graduate programs, School of Architecture, College of Design, North Carolina State U, Raleigh, had a book published in September: Manufacturing Architecture: An Architect's Guide to Custom Processes, Materials and Applications. Martha Lampkin Welborne ’75 FAIA spearheaded some of most innovative transportation and revitalization projects in Los Angeles in the past two decades. She has joined HR&A Advisors, Los Angeles. The firm is a leading national and real estate economic development consulting firm. Sean Patrick Nohelty ’97 announced that he will be taking a leave of absence from his firm, David M. Schwarz, Washington DC where he is a principal, to explore other interests in service and philanthropy as well as supporting medical research on the rare disease non-ketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH) that struck a close family member. — Orlando T. Maione FAIA, FACHA, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; 631-246-5660; omaione@optonline.net

 

Biological Sciences

 

Those who follow the podcast “This Week in Virology” (microbe.tv/TWiV) know that it recently celebrated its 500th episode. Department alumnus, Dickson D. “Dick” Despommier ’67PhD, professor emeritus of public health at Columbia U School of Public Health, has been a frequent contributor to the podcast. Dick has had a distinguished career in the field of parasitology, an odd background for a participant in a podcast on virology. Dick’s participation is a bit of genius since he acts much like a shill in keeping the virologists from going off the deep end in the use of jargon and various sidelines of little interest to listeners not actively working in the field. Dick does a fine job of asking the questions or seeking clarifications that non-virologists would like answered. (It should be noted that Dick and two colleagues have done more than 100 episodes of a parasitology podcast, microbe.tv/TWiP.) Dick was drawn to Notre Dame following his MS at Columbia to work with the late Ralph E. Thorson 48, ’49MS, an accomplished parasitologist, and former chairman of the department, who had returned to ND some years after earning his DSc at Johns Hopkins U. Dick’s lengthy career has been spent mostly at Columbia where his research has focused on trichinosis. (We can thank Dick for his contribution to the eradication of trichinosis in American pork through a diagnostic test he developed). In recent years, Dick has published outside his academic field in advocating “vertical” farming, suggesting that the approach could allow food production in urban areas such as his own New York City. Of course, Dick continues to write for various fly fishing and outdoor magazines since his true love, even at Notre Dame, has been trout fishing. (Don’t tell him about your favorite trout stream; it will soon appear in print). Although retirement permits more time for fishing, Dick is still working. Last year his popular textbook of parasitology appeared in its sixth edition. The book has been a collaboration with fellow alumnus, Robert W. “Bob” Gwadz ’62, ’70PhD, and three other colleagues. Bob, a student of the late Prof. George B. Craig, is also retired after an illustrious, career-long appointment at the NIH in the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research of the NIAID. — 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

 

Today is like class editor Christmas. After all my begging for news, I received long, chatty emails from Tom Spencer ’76 PhD, Salvatore Cilella ’66MA, David Fahey ’64 PhD and John Rossi. Let’s see how much we can cover in 600 words. Tom lives in South Bend where he is involved in all things ND. He attended the annual Cushwa Center lecture in November 2017. The keynote speaker was our very own Father Thomas Blantz, CSC, ’57, ’63. Tom described the talk on Father John Zahm, CSC, and the founding of Notre Dame as “a great lecture in typical Blantz style: meticulous, informative, lively, well-structured, and punctuated with humorous stories and anecdotes.” Father Blantz is working on a history of ND and the audience consensus was that he should swiftly conclude the project and get it in the hands of eager readers. At the lecture by Father Blantz, Thomas Spencer ran into Thomas Ksleman who is retired and teaching one course as an emeritus. Kselman’s new book is Conscience and Conversion: Religious Liberty in Post-Revolutionary France. In May, Tom S. connected with Tom K’s graduate student Jamey Deming ’89PhD and his wife Christy at their daughter Hannah’s wedding in Mendocino CA. Jamey is in his second go-round as chair of the History Department at Princeton Theological Seminary. Chairing the History Department at Holy Cross College is Angel Cortes ’08PhD. He just published a study of Sectarianism and Orestes Brownson in the American Religious Marketplace. Tom S. has been teaching as an adjunct at Holy Cross for several years. He mentions that Rev. Richard Szippel was in South Bend on a brief visit back to the states. Rich’s school in Japan is closing after 20 years and I hope to hear his plans. Tom S. has remained in close contact with his grad school friends. (Hi Catherine and Isaac.) Charles Kratz ’74MA has served as the dean of library and information fluency at the U of Scranton since 1991. Nearby is Michael Poder ’76PhD a supply specialist with the Navy in Philadelphia. Finally, back under the Dome, Peter Lombardo ’79PhD is the community-based learning coordinator for the Center for the Homeless in South Bend. Me?  I am grateful for Tom’s reporting. Salvatore, who was a UND undergrad as well as MA, retired in 2012 after 43 years in the museum field. He has worked at history museums, art museums, and served a six-year stint at the Smithsonian. Salvatore has taken to writing to share his knowledge with others. In 2009, he published his first book, Upton’s Regulars: The 121st New York Volunteers in the Civil War (U of Kansas). In 2017, U of Tennessee published Salvatore’s two-volume collection of Upton’s letters, The Correspondence of Major General Emory Upton, 1857-1881. He is now hard at work on a volume of letters Upton sent his wife after the Civil War. While he never imagined he would resume his research and writing after a long career in museums, Salvatore writes that he enjoys the “freedom.” He also published a useful guide for his successors, 2011’s Fundraising for Small Museums in Good Times and Bad (Rowman & Littlefield). This has never happened before. I have tons more news from David and John, but only 55 more words. Please tune in next time for their memories from under the Dome, including a faculty member I had never heard of. Oh, a mystery. — Mary Linehan ’91PhD; 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 Class SecretaryBetsy 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

 

Steven H. Walker ’87BS, ’97PhD aerospace and mechanical engineering, was named the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in November 2017. Dr. Walker is recognized for public service career dedicated to advancing US hypersonic flight and space access. He was awarded Notre Dame’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at a ceremony on campus on May 19. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58MA, ’62PhD English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648; mlahood@roadrunner.com