36 Oldest Alumnus
Joe Newman celebrated his 104th birthday in January. We figure he must be the oldest living ND alumnus. He tells me he joined the Women’s March in Florida, although I understand he rode in a convertible. Good for him. Shelby Romere celebrates his 103rd birthday in Texas in April. I am hoping to make it to September so I can celebrate my 102nd. I hope we can hear from others from our class who are celebrating. Who knows, maybe we can meet up at our 81st reunion. I had a little mishap back in November that slowed me down a bit. I broke my ankle and ended up in a cast from my toes to just below my knee for several months. Of course when they asked me what color I wanted, I said Irish green.
My grandson, Jack McGinn, will graduate from Notre Dame this May. He is the youngest of my 24 grandchildren. That will make four grandchildren who are Notre Dame alumni, including Jack’s two siblings, Kevin ’14 and Anna ’15, and their cousin Sean Norton ’96. I hope one of the 17 and counting great-grandkids will decide to keep the legacy going. Go Irish. — John W. Norton; email@example.com
37 Class Secretary — Kathleen Coverick ’08;
38 Class Secretary — Meg Julian ’03, ’06JD;
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39 From Far and Wide
The Class of 1939 had graduates from 38 of the 48 states, Washington DC and four international locations including Canada. Alfonso Uribe Arango hailed from Manizales, Colombia, Alfred Burton McEneamey was from Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Francis Edward Fitzpatrick was from Balboa Heights in the Panama Canal Zone. Just one student, Joe Rizzi, came from Lead, South Dakota, and my dad and I had the pleasure of meeting him and his sisters on a cross-country motorcycle ride from New Hampshire to Oregon we took just before I started at ND in August 2000. It was an amazing trip. Joe graciously shared memories of ND and was very proud of his town and the effort to restore the Lead Opera House, originally built for the employees of the Homestake Gold Mine Co. Also of note in 1939, the Hewlett-Packard Co. was founded, Lou Gehrig played his last of 2,130 consecutive Major League Baseball games, La Guardia Airport opened in New York City, Batman and Superman comics began publication, and The Wizard of Oz premiered. — Seth O’Donnell ’04; 17 Marion St., East Greenwich RI 02818; res 603-828-7335; email@example.com