Accountancy Class Secretary — Kim Talianko;


The School of Architecture hosted its annual reception for alumni at the May AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. Organizers and hosts for the event were Michael Lykoudis, dean/professor of architecture and John W. Stamper, PhD, AIA, professor/ associate dean. Due to the usual high turnout, I’ll have to split information about those attending between two columns. The dean announced the 2016 Orlando T. Maione Award selected by the school and faculty is William R. Ponko ’71 of Mishawaka, where he has his practice. Bill has also been a visiting professor. In the festive crowd were Rochelle and Greg Strollo ’79, who has his own firm in Youngstown OH, as well as Hal P. Munger, FAIA, ’78 and wife Melissa. Hal is with the family firm of Munger Munger + Associates Architects in Toledo. Charles Durocher ’79 has his own firm, CDR Architecture + Design, in Grand Rapids MI. Peggy McDonough Jan, AIA, ’87 is president/design principal of MHTN Architects in Salt Lake City and is president-elect of AIA Utah. Rick Ryniak, AIA, ’76 has his architecture firm, Sacred Spaces, in Lahaina, Maui HI. Julie Disston, AIA, ’00 is an architect with WRT Design in Philadelphia; also local to Philly was Mark Purcell, AIA, ’91, who is VP for Hill International. Triple Domer Frank Musica ’73 is senior risk management attorney with Victor O. Schinnerer & Co. in Chevy Chase MD. John DuConge, RA, ’83 is senior project manager at Georgia Institute of Technology, Facilities Design and Construction. Christopher Toddy, AIA, ’88 is president of Christopher @ Architects in Cleveland. F. Jeffrey Murray, FAIA, ’78 is practice leader architect with CH2M in Pittsburgh; Jeff was one of two Domers receiving their Fellowship in the AIA, the highest honor a member can receive from the organization. The other was William J. Bates, FAIA, ’75, the VP for real estate of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group in Pittsburgh. He attended with his wife, Maggie. Joseph Dolinar, AIA, ’79 is a partner with Goettsch Partners in Chicago. Debra Nauta-Rodriguez, AIA, ’85 is project executive at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. H. Jules Dingle, AIA, ’95 is a principal with DIGSAU in Philadelphia. Also a principal with the same firm is Mark Sanderson AIA, ’93. Sara Lardinois ’95 is a project specialist at The Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. Sean Patrick Nohelty, AIA, ’97 was recently promoted to managing director and principal of David M. Schwarz (DMSAS) Architects in Washington DC. Sean joined the firm shortly after graduating summa cum laude. He and Julian Murphy ’13 were also asked to serve on the School of Architecture Advisory Council. The council is charged with serving as ambassadors for ND and the profession and providing valuable council and professional expertise to the school. Ronald B. Blitch, FAIA, ’76 is president of Blitch/Knevel Architects in New Orleans. Peter M. van Dyk, AIA, ’72 is associate VP for ARCADIS in Chicago. After the reception, it was a pleasure to have dinner with Peter and Kevin D. Hart, AIA, ’80 and wife Martie ’82. Kevin is the son of football legend Leon Hart ’50. Kevin was one of the first to prove you can play ND football and still earn an architecture degree. He has his own firm in Birmingham MI and offers “green new urban architecture, planning, design and engineering.” The firm is a Detroit Home Award winner. Congratulations to Monique Caron ’08 of Morristown NJ, who was just elected by her fellow board members to be president-elect of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. She will become president in July 2017 and will also serve on the University’s Board of Trustees. Monique works for the US Green Building Council in Washington DC, where she is a green building specialist and project manager. — Orlando T. Maione, FAIA, FACHA; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; 631-246-5660; fax 631-751-7598;

Biological Sciences

Contact from all alumni is most welcome but younger alumni from the department are especially encouraged to communicate, particularly when there is a change of position, job, etc. since such occurs with greater frequency among young alumni. All that is needed is a short note or email. A recent birthday chat with Donald J. Mulcare ’68PhD brought welcome news outside of the usual Christmas communique. Having been retired several years now from his professorship at the U of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Don serves as a Eucharistic minister each Thursday at a home for the aged or those rehabilitating after serious illness or surgery. He recounted how he is still in contact with Blandina, the eldest daughter of his grad school roommate Wencelaus L. “Wen” Kilama ’70PhD. Don and his wife served as local surrogate parents for the young woman during her graduate work at Harvard. (Wen and his wife, Anne, have realized their dream of establishing a school for girls in their hometown of Bukoba, Tanzania, on the northwest shore of Lake Victoria.) Conversation with Don led to contact with another of Don’s roommates, Robert G. “Bob” Summers ’65, ’68MS. Bob left his native California to study chemical engineering at Notre Dame as an undergraduate but soon changed his major to biology. He stayed at ND for his master’s degree, working on invertebrates in the laboratory of Julian Haynes. He then moved to New Orleans to complete a doctorate at Tulane U. Bob remained in contact with Haynes, even utilizing that lab to do electron microscopy necessary for his PhD thesis work. After Haynes moved from ND to the U of Maine-Orono, Bob rejoined his former mentor, this time as a post-doctoral fellow, which led to a faculty appointment at the university. Most of Bob’s career in academia was spent at SUNY-Buffalo (now the University of Buffalo), where he held the post of professor of anatomy, mostly teaching gross anatomy and, his favorite, developmental biology. Retiring from snowy Buffalo in 1999, Bob was drawn back to California and worked for several years at the Scripps Research Institute and the Salk Institute in La Jolla, virtually across the street from UC-San Diego. In 2004, Bob “retired” a second time and has been drawn back to his love of broadcast journalism and video documentaries, which was a hobby (and part-time job) when he was an undergraduate. (While at ND, Bob worked as a broadcaster for several of the local television and radio stations.) In his second retirement, Bob has established a company, Shoestring Educational Productions, which makes video documentaries, the subjects often being about aeronautics and the military, especially the Navy. Condolences are extended to the family and friends of Sister Mary Monica Asman ’60MS, ’66PhD and retired Lt. Col. Richard O. “Dick” Spertzel DVM ’70PhD, both of whom died recently. Each lived a commitment to service: Sister Monica in service to church and Dick in service to country. Sister Monica studied under the late Prof. George B. Craig and continued on in entomology. Dick began his career in the Army Veterinary Corps after graduating with his veterinary degree. He was a mid-career officer when he joined the laboratory of the late Prof. Morris Pollard to study virology. Following his ND doctorate, Dick spent a good part of his career at the Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick MD. There he often worked closely with two other alumni, David L. Huxsoll DVM ’65PhD, the first of several veterinarians to command USAMRIID, and Gerald A. Eddy DVM ’68PhD. — Joan S. ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613; 919-848-2192;


We start this month with some sad news. Rev. Marvin O’Connell passed away on Aug. 19. A professor emeritus of history, Father O’Connell joined the faculty in 1972. He chaired the department from 1974-80 and directed the ND undergraduate program in London from 1993-95. A distinguished scholar, Father O’Connell wrote the acclaimed biography of Notre Dame’s founder, Rev. Edward Sorin, CSC. Also dispiriting, Maureen Nutting ’69MA, ’75PhD wrote in the spring to report that Sister Helena ’72PhD died on March 3, just weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer. Maureen said, “Those who knew Helena in the history department and at Lewis Hall in the late 1960s and early 1970s will remember her wisdom, grace, gentle ways and generosity. She was also a very good historian who taught at Chabot and other colleges in the Bay Area after earning her degree. After retiring, she worked at the Mercy Provincial Archives in Burlingame. She attended the ACHA meetings regularly until a couple of years ago and I, among others, always looked forward to getting together with her then.” Helena’s identical twin sister, Rose Marie Meany, died suddenly a few months earlier. She was the widow of Dr. John Meany of the ND psychology department. Maureen asks that anyone who would like to share memories of Helena email Sister Ellen FitzGerald ’74PhD (English) at I officially declare a sabbatical in our year of honoring faculty. I have some great stuff coming up in the next issue, and some of it has been waiting a while, but I heard from Father Richard Szippl, SVD, ’84MA, ’89PhD. I mean, Rich Szippl, after all these years. My world came to a crashing halt. Rich is still in Nagoya, Japan, teaching German and European History at Nanzan U. From 2002 to 2008, he was vice president for international affairs at the university. In that capacity, he was directly involved with the Notre Dame in Japan program and made several trips back to campus. He was then appointed principal of Nanzan Kokusai (international) Junior and Senior High School in Toyota. Rich’s school has a unique mission. They accept only students who have lived abroad when their parents were working for Japanese subsidiaries in Europe or the USA. Some of the students find it difficult to transition back to the Japanese educational system, and Rich offers them small classes, advanced English classes and personal attention from their instructors. Sadly, the school will be closing in 2022. Then Rich will only have one full time job, teaching at his beloved university, and one part time job, helping out with Masses in local parishes. Rich offers a challenge to Jamey Deming ’85MA,’89PhD to write in and update us on your life and share your memories of the ND faculty. He dares you, and I double-dog dare you. We will enjoy Rich’s memories of ND in the future. Finally, from St. Paul MN comes word of Jonathan Den Hartog ’06PhD, who is associate professor and chair of the history department at the U of Northwestern. At ND, Jonathan worked with George Marsden, James Turner and Linda Przybszewski and, eventually, turned that work into a book, Patriotism and Piety: Federalist Politics and Religious Struggle in the New American Nation, that was published by UVA Press. He is concerned with the intersection of religion and politics in the decades following the American Revolution. A recent sabbatical allowed Jonathan to spend a year at Princeton, with side trips to the American Antiquarian Society and the Clements Library at the U of Michigan. Jonathan is busy at work on his next project on the life, thought and politics of John Jay. Please tune in to our next episode. — Mary Linehan ’91PhD;

Mathematics Class Secretary — Patti Strauch;

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Master of Nonprofit Administration

Servant Heart, Business Mind. The Master of Nonprofit motto is alive in the work of our alumni and students. They continue to positively impact their communities across the country. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg appointed Christina Brooks ’14MNA_ to serve as the city’s diversity and inclusion officer. In her new role, Brooks will lead the development and implementation of the mayor’s initiative to promote equal opportunity within the city’s workforce and operations. Brooks previously served as manager for staff diversity recruiting at Notre Dame. In September 2014, Franklyn Baker ’16 moved from COO at Volunteers of America Chesapeake to the COO at Greenpeace USA, working in the Washington DC office. He finished the MNA program after completing the planning and policy class in July. Congratulations, Franklyn. James Lucot ’94 received the Murray Ebner Foundation Scholarship to attend a Poland Holocaust Student Seminar this summer with Classrooms Without Borders. The late Mr. Ebner was a Holocaust survivor from Columbus OH who provides scholars the opportunity to tour and experience the subject firsthand. The mission description reads: “Comparing Poland yesterday and today based on daily themes such as a thousand years of Jewish life in Poland; dilemmas surrounding life and death and bearing witness; and personal reflection and soul searching are just a few of the ways teachers will focus on the history of the Holocaust. Accompanied by a Holocaust survivor, teachers will view Poland, its people, its government and socioeconomics in unique ways that will increase their understanding of the value of diversity and the results of prejudice. This experience is powerful and life changing. It offers a distinctive view of the history of Poland, its current position in global relationships and how genocide remains a reality today in third world countries.” James will be teaching a Holocaust class this fall at Butler County Community College and plans to use this experience to enhance his course. Within a few months of finishing the MNA program, Julie Howland ’15 was hired as executive director of Amicus, a private nonprofit organization in Bangor ME providing community based support to adults with intellectual disabilities and autism since 1971. The organization’s mission is near and dear to her heart since she has an adult son who has enjoyed one of their programs for 12 years. MNA alumni are encouraged to share your important work and life updates. Please submit your news by emailing me. — Betsy Quinn ’12; 2110 Brummel St., Evanston IL 60202; 847-733-0557;

Political Science Class Secretary — Charlie Kenney;

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Graduate Degrees

Joseph Millichap, professor emeritus in the English department at Western Kentucky U, has published a book, The Language of Vision: Photography and Southern Literature in the 1930s and After. Published in April by the Louisiana U Press, the book celebrates and interprets how the complementary expressions of photography and literature in Southern imagery and text affect one another. Sara L. Crosby, associate professor of English at Ohio State U at Marion, and a former NEH Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, had a book published by the U of Iowa Press on April 16, The Female Prisoner in Jacksonian American Authorship. It covers the era from 1820 to 1845. Henry Tobie ’10MBA has been appointed chief development officer at DuPage Medical Group, the last independent, multi-specialty physician group in the Chicago area. Prior to joining DMG, Tobie held business development leadership positions with ATI Physical Therapy in Bolingbrook IL. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58 MA, ’62 PhD English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648;