70 Something to Look Forward To

Call old roommates, fellow majors, club members and poohbahs for our 50th reunion fun and memories. Play 9 holes at the Burke Course or 18 at the Warren Course, the home to the 2019 Senior Open. Our class dinner Friday June 5 features Jimmy O’Connell, president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless. University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, keynotes Saturday’s all-classes dinner. First Friday, the best 1960s surviving band (no apologies to the Rolling Stones), plays later. Our $574 treasury will defray expenses. In May, plucky classmates and spouses toured Israel as “Friends of Rick” (Libowitz). He had lived in a 1970s kibbutz and returned from Temple’s Intellectual Heritage Program, where he has taught for several decades. We started in Tel Aviv, hosting the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Then we went to beautiful hilly Haifa up the north coast, Caesarea, Herod the Great’s restored ancient port, a kibbutz near Qiryat Shemona in the Golan Heights, Kings Hotel in Jerusalem, with museums, government sites and the sobering Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, the Dead Sea and the desert fortress of Masada. Thanks to Sue Menko and Rick for planning. Joining us were John Gallagher, from London and Geneva, Larry Didier, retired from Oregon social service to his northern Illinois rural homestead, Cynthia and Wally Goulet from Bismarck ND, Sue and Eric Sandeen of Laramie WY. He taught American Studies in Austria this summer and has the original tape of the May 1970 two-hour WSND recap featuring Al Isenman, Tom Herbstritt, Barry Eifferman, Rick Libowitz and himself. Cheryl and John Hancock (Detroit) and Lucy and Frank Vatterott (St. Louis) took breaks from the bar. Frank, a retired judge, now sees private clients. Tina and Tim Collins (Philadelphia) extended to Eilat on the Red Sea and Petra in Jordan. Condolences to Mike O’Brien on his mother’s death. Mike phoned from San Diego where he manages the estate with his sisters. He lives six months in Loreto on the Sea of Cortez, five and a half months in Aldolfo Lopez Mateos on the Pacific and two weeks in Juneau, where he retired from law. Roberta and Greg Sullivan visited son Devin’s Dutch ceramic arts center in July, then to Berlin, Oslo, Copenhagen. Greg recalled marching at Dallas Jesuit High to protest a KKK parade. He proposes a class tree at Leighton Plaza in South Bend near the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Ted Hesburgh, CSC. Dennis Clark ’73JD Boston U received Detroit’s Catholic Lawyer Society 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, citing legal skills serving Connect Detroit. It links government agencies and community groups for youth summer jobs and safe after-school and recreational activities. Since 2001, Connect Detroit has mobilized $140 million. Past president of the Federal Bar Association Foundation and the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers, he has served since 2011 as adjunct professor at U of Detroit Mercy Law School. He practices law with his son John in Grosse Pointe Farms MI after years as VP of compliance and ethics for the Auto Club Group and practice in Detroit and Pittsburgh. Lou Gentine was Sargento Foods CEO until 2014 when son Louie succeeded him, and Lou became chairman of the board. Margie Goodwin ’70SMC and Bob Harrison of Durham NC retired, she as school librarian and he as commercial banker and business analyst. After four children and five grandchildren, they surfed in New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, visited Ireland, Spain, Italy and Greece’s retrial of Socrates (September). They’ll report in June. Rev. Steve Newton, CSC, is serving a three-year term on the Association of US Catholic Priests leadership team. A member of campus ministry at SMC, he lives in Flaherty Hall at ND. — Don Graham;1901 S. Glenwood, Springfield IL 62704; 217-652-1560; fever1@me.com


70MBA Class No. 2

We were reminded by Pete Siciliano and Doug Kaiser that the MBA class of 1970 is cascading toward our 50th anniversary. They asked if there was any interest in a reunion. Apparently, the MBA No. 1 Class of ’69MBA executed such a reunion and reported it being a good time. Please let Jim Slowinski or me know if there is an interest with suggestions on dates, location and activities. We also encourage you to update us on what you’ve been doing since leaving Notre Dame almost 50 years ago. Ron Malanga checked in after seeing the Class Notes in the spring issue of Notre Dame Magazine. Ron and Rosemarie are retired in Warren OH. His last posting was with General Motors. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren with the ninth due in September. Ron’s son-in-law, Zach, is assistant chair of Notre Dame’s Department of Biology and heads a cancer research laboratory. Ron indicates they make most of the home football games and will be looking for other members of MBA Class No. 2. — John Carroll; 4315 Alta Dr., Apt. 1301, Suwanee GA 30024: johnrcarroll@bellsouth.net


70JD 50th Reunion Plans

Joe Leahy, Tom Sopko and I have been in consultation for several months making plans for our 50th reunion. Our class is again fortunate to have Tom in the South Bend area where much of the groundwork has been accomplished. So, mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites adjacent to the campus at Eddy Street Commons. Dinner on Friday as well as a venue for watching the Wisconsin away game on Saturday are being arranged. The Law School is helping us with a speaker and tours. At this time, I trust you have received an email with specific details. If you have not, please contact me and provide me with your current address and email information. Joe, Tom and I felt that had we scheduled the reunion for a home football weekend we would have encountered a number of problems such as difficulty in obtaining game tickets for all, traffic congestion, finding hotel rooms at reasonable prices, reserving a facility for a class dinner and having to deal with the large number of visitors on campus. Our hope is that this non-football weekend will provide a relaxing setting to allow us to enjoy the campus, socialize and catch up on the last 50 (yes, 50) years of life. More details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. In other news, Jamie Cawley responded to Tom Ebel’s search for Dean O’Meara’s required summer reading list of 1967. Jamie recalled two of the books: Griswold’s Law and Lawyers in the US and The Lion and The Throne by Catherine Bowens. He then contacted Phil Ruddy ’66JD who still had the list given to his class and it included what we believe was our third book, The Faces of Justice by Sybille Bedford. This topic picked up interest from other grads, as I was contacted by Harry McDonaugh ’69JD who provided me with the assigned readings for the class of ’68 and ’69 during the summer of 1967. Thank you, Jamie, Phil and Harry. For those of you who have not yet finished your reading assignment, I do not believe there are any excuses not to do so now. I recently had a conversation with Steph DeSalles. He and Madge reside in Southern California and have been blessed with six wonderful grandchildren. Steph continues to handle criminal defense cases and looks forward to seeing everyone at next year’s reunion. Speaking of grandchildren, Marie and I recently welcomed a new grandson into our family who was given the traditional Irish name of Finbar. Like Steph and Madge, and many of you who have expressed the same sentiment to me, we consider our grandchildren to be one of life’s special blessings. Before I close, I want to send out wishes for a happy 70th birthday to a distinguished ND grad in the Jamestown NY area: Michael Moots ’71. A Peace Corps volunteer in the early 1970s, Mike devoted his life to helping others and served as the director of our local United Way for many years. He is a credit to his alma mater. Until next time, stay well and, as always, I look forward to hearing from you. Go Irish. — John K. Plumb; 19 Crowley St., Randolph NY14772; jkplumb37@gmail.com


71 Summer Travels

The venue for the 14th annual Hinga-Kelly golf outing moved from its historic location at the Hinga family cottage in Angola IN closer to the home office in South Bend. Juday Creek Golf Course was the site of the carnage while accommodations were secured at the Saint Joseph Farm, ND’s original farming operation, now owned by a family who has remodeled the extensive structures into a facility capable of hosting large groups. Larry DiNardo played well despite an ankle cast. Tom Eaton and John Gaski won closest to the pin, while Tim DiPiero and Jim Wright can still hit the long ball. Bob Neidert, Don McDermott, Denny DePrimio and Jim MacDonald chauffeured refreshment carts and officiated. Also golfing were Dewey Poskon, Craig Stark, Gary Kos, Mike Creaney and Ed Grenda. Non-golfing East Coast attendees were Tom Sinnott, Dickie Johnson and Mike Kondrla who opted for a less strenuous activity, lunching. Tim O’Connor and I made the long commute from South Bend. Bill Barz and Bill Trapp supplied Chicago deep dish pizza. Valparaiso-based attorney Chuck Nightengale was a last-minute cancellation, citing a work-related case before the Indiana Supreme Court. In this age of pre-packaged international trips, Gerry Giurato, Joe Utz, John Issacs, and Mike Obringer, decided to freelance it and create their own eight-day trip to Iceland. The four couples spent two days in and around Reykjavik and another six days touring the rest of the country. A photo of the four guys in parkas, with mittens, ice axes, and snow-covered mountains in the background was extra refreshing given the recent summer heat. Matt Connelly passed away in June. A native of Chicago, Matt graduated from ND’s Law School in ’74 and was a practicing attorney in Fort Wayne. A member of the rugby team, and a Bengal Bouts boxer Matt is survived by his wife Deb, seven children, their spouses and 15 grandkids. Denise and Jim D’Aurora closed the Minnesota house and decamped to Italy for six months, using Venice as a home base. Now seasoned Venetians, they no doubt complain about the damn tourists and summer heat. But then there is gelato to cure all ills. Condolences to Nick Maloni on the passing of Sally, who had been battling Alzheimer’s. Also, condolences to Jack Cahill on Sonya’s passing in May from multiple myeloma. Maria and Andy Dotterweich sold their Jackson MI home and reside fulltime further north at their lake house near Traverse City. Clem Driscoll checked in from Palos Verdes Estates CA, which he and Jan and their two sons have called home for 25 years. Clem continues to lead a strategic consulting and market research firm that he founded in 1993, which focuses on GPS and wireless products and services. If you do anything transportation or communication related, his website is a cornucopia of technical and consumer reporting. Matt St. George passed away in April after a long battle with cancer. He was a native of Cupertino, a resident of Cavanaugh Hall and graduated from Loyola Law School in 1979. Matt was an LA City attorney for 20-plus years, and most recently LA Superior Court commissioner. He was active in leadership roles in the bar association and LGBTQ rights groups throughout his career. Matt is survived by his husband Roy Williams and several siblings. Planning by email is already under way by some of you for the Navy game in Dublin Aug. 29, 2020. FYI for those so inclined, the Friends of the Snite Museum, through Anthony Travel, are creating a five-day pregame tour of arts related Irish sites, and an optional four-day backend stop in London. Tailgating will take place on our back patio again this fall. Please stop by. — John Snider; 830 N. Saint Peter St., South Bend 46617-1936; 574-217-8961; 312-860-1779; jlscpa@yahoo.com


71MBA Fall Reunion

By the time you read this in the autumn edition of Notre Dame Magazine, many of us will have reunited at the ND-U of New Mexico game. I should have lots of news to report after that weekend. The arrival of Helena and Tony Strati for their first home game in many years has provided the incentive for many of our classmates to attend. Tony reports that he has finished taking the last three of his 11 grandchildren on their 13th birthday solo trip with him to visit Disney World, Washington DC, and NYC. He still claims the title of the classmate with the most grandchildren. It is time to start thinking about what we want to do in two years when that big 50th reunion comes up. — Jim Fackelman; 4635 Lakeview Circle, Slinger WI 53086; res 262-644-6245; cell 414-379-0968; jfackelman@alumni.nd.edu


71JD Class SecretaryE. Bryan Dunigan;

19 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1202, Chicago IL 60603; 312-857-2114; bdunigan@duniganlaw.com


72 A Year Abroad, 50 Years Ago

I had lunch with Buz Craven ’73, a tax attorney in Chicago. He had gone to Tokyo for his sophomore year. This reminded me that this September marks the send-off of many of our classmates to Tokyo, Angers, and Innsbruck. (Maybe Rome’s SMC program, too.) In our day, there were only these programs and they were all year-long, although some went for just the semester. There are now 60 semester programs in 25 countries. About 75 percent of ND students study abroad. Our classmates all studied their respective languages during our freshman year rather than the normal sophomore year. Among our classmates who went to Sophia U in Tokyo, were John Cella, Jeff Gainey, and John Hunckler. John Cella attended Lake Forest (IL) High School and, after ND, obtained his medical degree from Loyola of Chicago. He practiced neurology in San Diego. Jeff’s career took him to University of Notre Dame Press and University of Scranton press and banking. Two of our classmates who attended the Loyola Academy (Wilmette IL) 50th reunion were Jim McMenamin (technically ’73) and Peter Donofrio. I had dinner with Peter, another neurologist. He obtained his medical degree from Ohio State, taught at Michigan, Wake Forest, and now at Vanderbilt. I always found it remarkable that he was in pre-med and was in the band. Jim McMenamin gave me information about the Angers folks There were 55 of them, roughly a 1-to-1 ratio of men to women. Many of them attended a reunion dinner on June 2, 2017 at Saint Mary’s College. Two of the 55 attended neither ND nor SMC. Janet Pignataro Hansen and the late Marcia Przylucki were from Rosary Hill College (now Daemon College) in Amherst NY. The following were from the ND Class of ’71: Charlie Sliter, Pete Haley, Tim Kennedy, Dave (“Domingo”) D’Ettore, and the late Dave Kovacsics. Daryl Bonicelli did not complete his undergraduate degree at ND. The 20 ND ’72 students were Ben Brees, Daniel Couttelenc, Chris Crotty, the late John Paul Duffy, Phil “Turk” Egilmez, the late Joel Ellis, Tom Gaul, Mike Gennaro, Mark Hilton, Tim Kennedy, “Jay” Kolar, the late Jim Kunkel, Tom Leitzinger, Phil Meeks, Noel Pallais, the late Ed Pino, Joe Silva, Pete Szegedy-Maszak, Tom Uebbing, and Tom Verkuilen. The 27 Saint Mary’s students were: Martine Bethards Salter, Maureen Callen Fischer, Mary Ann Dietrich DeLuca, Maureen Elliott Hook, Beth Griffith, Deborah Hilliard Ben-Nun, Jean Iaconetti Wagner, Rita Jansen Field, Jean Kozak Vencl, Clare Liebendorfer Leary, Mary Ann Luzar Tattersall, Cindy Maywait Antos, Terri McLaughlin Patterson, Carole McRedmond Nadler, Carol Ann Mooney ’77, Bonnie Peplowski Schneider, Kyra Quinlan, Connie Saville, Marilyn Schlipf, the late Pam Seifert, Cathy Singelton, Ann Stansbury, Lisa Uelk Smith, Sue Weidenbach, Carol Weiss, Joyce Young, and Mary Terlaak-Smith, who became part of our class, joining Mary Davey Bliley and Mary Ellen Stoltz Bianco as the first women with bachelor degrees. Paul J. Steinmiller passed away on July 14, 2018. William C. Carey, CPA, passed on Feb. 13, 2019. Our condolences to his wife Gayle and son Christopher. Let us pray for each other, living and deceased, to the Mother of Holiness. — Jim Thunder; thundergroup@alumni.nd.edu


72MBA Class SecretaryAlex McLellan;

913-991-0944; irish72mba@excite.com


72JD Class SecretaryChris Schraff;

1881 Marble Cliff Crossing Court, Columbus OH 43204; 614-227-2097; cschraff@porterwright.com


73 Virginia Tech Tickets

Our class was fortunate to receive 50 tickets to the Virginia Tech game this November. If you were interested in purchasing tickets, you also had to send some news about yourself and other classmates. Bernie Carleton was the first to respond. Bernie escaped to The Villages from Westchester County. He has a master’s degree in management of technology from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. He retired as a vice president from JPM/Chase in 2005 and Citibank in 2011. Bernie received many professional awards and today his activities include bad golf, bad pickleball, bad duplicate bridge and bad line dancing. Bernie also had news from other classmates. Bruce Urban is retired and living in Virginia and travels the world in search of fulfillment and his grandchildren. Jim Hayes is retired living in Warsaw IN and is a proud grandparent. Jim Harrington has “hung up his shingle” and resides in Venice FL. Jim also chases around a small white ball with large clubs. Jim Waddick is retired and resides in Massachusetts. He enjoys golf, paying high taxes and his grandchildren. Joe Holzmer also applied for tickets. Joe is a deacon at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville as well as controller for the parish and for the Diocese of Nashville. Joe and his wife Pam will be bringing their son who just graduated from Ole Miss to the game. Fellow Alumni Hall resident Chris Simpson is still working, still married and has four adult girls living in Michigan, Colorado, Tennessee and Indiana. Eight grandchildren keep him and his wife busy. Bruce Graves retired from Washington Penn Plastics at the end of 2016 where he worked for 17 years as the automotive sales manager. He continues in a consulting role. Bruce and his wife travel and have three children and nine grandchildren. Still in South Jersey is Dennis Tallman. He worked for Camden County in the election division for 25 years until retirement. He and his wife Eileen had an embroidery business until his wife passed away May 16, 2015. His eldest son, Matt, was the men’s swimming coach at ND. Dennis sees Bob Wolf, Mike Kralovec, Bob Bothe and Mike Obuhanich from time to time. They like to hang out at Wolf’s Berrien Springs MI estate. It was good to hear from Phil Brady, another of my Alumni Hall mates. Phil’s son Conor, an ND graduate, married a Virginia Tech alum earlier this year and three of Phil’s close classmates were in attendance: Denny Wilson, John McEleney and Josi Oti. His former roommate Ron Pogge was to be present, but Ron’s daughter also got married this summer and he could not be in attendance. Phil is teaching at The Catholic University of America’s law school and retains membership on national boards. Phil had headed up government affairs for Phillips 66 and is the former president of the National Automobile Dealers Association with prior government service at the White House and the Department of Justice. I hope to see you at the game, Phil. Chris Chappell retired from the practice of law on June 30, spending his entire 41 years of practice in Boston, the last 20 as a partner in Seyfarth Shaw office. Chris remains active on the board of directors of Holy Cross Family Ministries. Chris, Dan Balmert and Terry Malik manage to get together at least once a year to play golf and tell wild stories about the old days. Dan also wrote to say that he is a retired partner in the Vorys law firm in Akron. Send news. — Michael W. Hansen; 3013 Sanctuary Court, Joliet IL 60435; mikehansen@mikehansenlaw.com


73MBA Keep Those Responses Coming

John Hoffman writes that he and his wife Susan took their grandchildren and their parents to Disney World during spring break. They stayed on the grounds and experienced much of the parks. Roller coasters are not just for kids. He and Susan took their granddaughter, Abby, 10, to Europe for almost two weeks in June. They started with six days in Paris and then went by train to Nuremberg to stay with friends for the remainder of the trip. “We knew the trip was a success when Abby looked at us and said, ‘You know, I could live here.’” Her mom may not have been quite as thrilled. John has kept busy failing retirement. “UT recalled me to active duty mid-way through the spring semester to take over an international business class. They asked me to teach it this fall, and after some negotiation I agreed.” Getting back in the arena was much more fun than he expected. In addition, his service as board president of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee was extended by a year to complete several agency transforming projects. Finally, the Town of Farragut asked him to serve on a “temporary” committee to review their business signage ordinances. There is no time to be bored. “We had some health worries this past year. Who doesn’t as we head into our 70s. Susan had a routine monitoring exam, eight years after breast cancer, and it revealed an entirely new and totally different breast cancer on the opposite side. She went through a difficult surgery, but thankfully didn’t need chemo or radiation. It was very tiny and not aggressive. They are working with her now to try to find a tolerable dosage of Tamoxifen. Some women call it ‘that nasty little pill.’ The good news is that the prognosis is great. While the drug causes issues, it has not stopped her from enjoying our travel adventures and continuing to volunteer at the UT Cancer Institute two days per week.” Gus Browne shares that they just finished a great trip to Croatia in late April and May. He says Dubrovnik and Split are fantastic. He recently sold his condo in South Bend and officially moved to Kankakee IL. He celebrated his 75th birthday in January. All is well for him. You are always welcome to contact us when in Southern California. My wife Susan and I have grandchild number four, born June 12. Now there are two girls aged 16 and 1 month and two boys aged 5 and 3. Our eldest granddaughter passed the written and driving test for the state of California and is driving well. There was little news this month from classmates. Surely you have something to share with us. Let us keep each other in our prayers. If you have not corresponded in some time, please take the time to share your experiences with your classmates. Create your own legacy in the Notre Dame Magazine. Please continue to forward your new email addresses and those of classmates. — Thomas Jindra; 7179 Alviso Ave., Jurupa Valley CA 92509; res and fax 951-685-2091; tajindra@charter.net


73JD Quiet Quarter

There is not much to report. The good news is that the University did not report that any of our classmates passed away this quarter. I was getting too used to spending an evening reading obits. Other than that, the only thing new to report is that I had a terrific breakfast with Joe Schoellkopf before we left Florida to go back to Vermont. As usual for people our age, we spent the first 20 minutes talking about knees, hips and shoulders, comparing notes on what had been replaced or fixed. I think he won by a hip. He spent his career practicing in the DA’s office and then with a firm in Buffalo NY and is now fully retired. He remains in touch with others from our class, so maybe there is an opportunity to get some additional news. There is a wonderful piece on the Law School website regarding the remembrance event for Tom Shaffer. I never had him for a class; I think that he was away for at least one year during our term as a visiting professor somewhere or on a sabbatical. He had a fascinating career and one that exemplifies what Notre Dame is about. Other than that, Jane and I just returned from a week playing golf in Ireland. Great, fun courses but miserable golf. Our first day in Dublin, a young woman wearing a bright green ND shirt jogged up the steps of our hotel, eliciting my usual “Go Irish” exclamation which brought her to a halt. She is a rising senior with a summer internship in Dublin (tough duty), who lives near where we did in Chicago and went to the same high school as one of our sons. It is a small world and Notre Dame is all over it. We are now trying to decide whether to attend the Navy game next fall in Dublin. I went to the first one several years ago and had a great time with my two sons. If anyone decides to go, let me know and perhaps we can figure out how to have a minireunion. Hopefully we will have more news next time. That’s another hint. — Paul Reagan; 16527 Heron Coach Way, Ft. Myers FL 33908; cell 847-915-9796; pvreagan@gmail.com


74 Fun and Young

The Class of 1974 showed no aging at our 45th reunion. What a lively group of classmates we are. Also, as a heads up, we are aiming to break all reunion records with attendance for our 50th, so please stay healthy and strong so we can enjoy being together again. Before I dive into all the antics, I wish to provide a note from our classmate who sent me information after the submission deadline. Mark Wenig sends greetings from Vienna, Austria. Mark has retired from his duty as a US Foreign Service officer for 23 years and lives in Vienna. I love Vienna, especially at Christmastime. Mark is in splendid health after a life-saving surgery in 2016, and he and his wife Kjarstin enjoy retirement. Mark recommends those in the area attend Sunday Mass at the St. Francis of Assisi Church next to the Danube River in Vienna’s 2nd District. He is on their board, so reach out to him while visiting Vienna. On to reunion notes: I trust everyone had a great time. Ree Thelen knocked it out of the park again with the tent accommodations. Also, applause for my fellow class officers who orchestrated and arranged such a beautiful and fun exchange for all. Everything from the memorial Mass on Friday, which makes us reflect on how blessed we are to attend our 45th reunion, to the walking Stations of the Cross lead by our class president Jerry Samaniago to the beautiful penthouse stadium location for our Saturday dinner. Carol Longo Kaupp and I felt like college roommates again sharing a dorm room and laughing over the silliest of life stories. I am blessed she was my ND roommate. I secured notes from Roy “Finny” McCulgan who hails from Saginaw MI. He works with car dealers and has three sons and three grandsons. He thoroughly enjoys the football season with his youngest son, Ryan. Mike Hinga retired and has five daughters and 11 grandchildren. He loves playing golf and high school basketball and cowboy movies. He performs stand-up comedy at special events. There’s an idea for our 50th. Shawn P. Kelly submitted information for the first time. Shawn begins by saying he has attended every reunion except year five, and yes, he was at our 45th. Shawn also applauded classmate Kerry Temple, who has been the editor of Notre Dame Magazine for as long as anyone can remember. We are proud of Kerry Temple too. Shawn still lives in Manhasset NY and defends doctors and hospitals with various litigation. Don Sheehan told me the tale of being forced out of Badin. (My roommate Carol Longo Kaupp resided in Badin.) Thank you, Don. He is retired and loving life in Denver. He has three children, all ND grads. He loves traveling to Spain, playing golf and is quite the climber: 54 climbs, with 30 to go. Is that right Don? Tom Hansen, a dear friend from Western Springs who was active with the ND Club of Chicago, is still working with computer hardware in Elgin. Has enjoyed playing golf at Edgewood Valley for 39 years. Bill Kleiber joined in the fun at reunion. He and wife Diane live in Wheaton IL and have two sons and three grandkids. He is still a hardworking dentist in Hinsdale. He travels to Ireland and Italy. I imagine he will attend the ND/Navy game in Dublin in 2020. It was great to talk to Jim Mall who resides in Allison Park PA, my hometown. Jim in an attorney with two children and two grandchildren. Like most of us, he enjoys golf and travel. I conjured up information from Matt Cavanough of Seattle. He was with the Federal Aeronautics Administration and is now retired. Matt opened a consulting firm and enjoys the balance of life now with his wife Annie who is of Japanese descent. Bill Cuff of Gloucester MA built a home in 2012 in the oldest seaport in America. He has been married 44 years. He enjoyed the reunion with Mike “NIBS” Noble, Tony Zuaro, Pat Durkin and Tim “Sully” Sullivan. “Nibs” has a home in South Bend where the guys gather to play golf twice a year. And what would my column be without notation from the Pog Mo Thon boys? Their 2019 antics continued with Jim Whalen, Dr. Pat McGrath, Bob Hettinger and Bob Cimino scoring a record 9 under. Tim McCarron sported a “man-bun” with Rick Esposito winning the first annual Robert “Bruiser” Both award. I am excited to say that I now have my official Irish citizenship. Now I have dual citizenship. My mother’s parents, I swear, are doing the Irish jig in the heavens. I can tell you with Brexit, seeking your official heritage is much more challenging. If I had finished it 20 years ago when I started, it would have been easier. My sponsor, Rev. Moriarity from Holy Name Cathedral, said, “De, if you went for it then, all I had to say was you were Irish.” Now I’m off to secure my Irish passport. More to come. Stay tuned and continue to write or let me know when you’re in Chi-town. My email address is below. As the young girl from Gap said, “Oh AOL, how vintage.” Forever Irish. — Dede Lohle Simon; 440 N. Wabash Ave. Unit 3905, Chicago IL 60611; domerdede@aol.com


74MBA Continuing Saga

Wayne LeSage attended the Cotton Bowl in December with his son, Wayne Jr. ’01. Wayne reports that Bob Smith was also planning to attend the Cotton Bowl, but the two were unable to connect in Dallas. Wayne stays in touch with Betty Gallagher and her husband, John Snider ’71, and visits with them each year when he attends a home football game. Wayne also mentioned that he sees his sister-in-law Judy Carroll, wife of the late Ed Carroll, several times a year. Judy is doing well, and lives in St. Petersburg. Wayne’s daughter, Kate, was married in May. Congratulations to Wayne and family on their big event. Thanks to Wayne, we had 1974 MBA news to report. Without his contribution, you would read only about the ongoing lives of Jack and Helen. But, since no one other than Wayne has anything to report, here is the latest chapter in the Burnett saga. As I write this, Helen and I are preparing for our annual trip to Myrtle Beach SC in the first week in August. We rent a large house on the ocean, with a pool, and invite our children and grandchildren. We have been visiting Myrtle Beach for about 27 years. This summer, we will have 20 people sharing the house, and not all the family could make it. Times have changed from the early years. A final note: unless you want to continue to read the ongoing saga of Helen and Jack with each issue, I suggest that you contact me with your news. It only takes a minute, and your classmates would appreciate it. — Jack Burnett; 19248 Glen Eagles Drive, Livonia MI 48152; 734-464-3458; jburnet1@sbcglobal.net


74JD Class Picture

Bill Baughman preserved and shared with me a picture of our class on the steps of the Administration Building around the time of graduation with a key identifying each person. If you would like a copy, please send me your email address. Bill is the senior administrative magistrate judge for the northern district of Ohio in Cleveland. He stays in touch with Pat O’Hara, Rev. Jerry Bednar and Noel Augustyn. Father Jerry received a PhD from Fordham and is the vice rector of Saint Mary’s Seminary, the diocesan seminary in Cleveland. Father Jerry and Noel traveled to Rome in 1972 with Rev. Dennis Yesalonia, SJ, on holiday break from the London Program. Noel also had a case there in 1978 during “the summer of the three popes.” Noel and Father Jerry returned in 2019 with a group of 60 priests, seminarians and staff. This time Noel was pick-pocketed. They also took time to visit London and spend time with friends from their law school days there, with a pilgrimage to 23A Bloomsbury Square where 14 Domers studied. It is still used as an educational facility. They viewed the current posh ND digs next to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Noel enjoyed returning to the scene of many “crimes” committed “mostly by those in The Syndicate.” He would like to hear from his Bloomsbury and other classmates. Jim Dahl writes that a documentary film is in production about the life of Rev. Dave Link, our professor and later dean, now a priest ministering to inmates at the Michigan City State Correctional Facility. The project needs your stories and support. Jim asks that you contact him at jdahl@dahlfirm.com. Take care. — Joe O’Reilly; cell 502-649-6955; joe.oreilly34@icloud.com


75 California Dreamin’

Ernest Ribera writes from Burlingame CA that he is enjoying being “down to a 40-hour work week” with his gastroenterology practice. He and wife Maria have four children (including a daughter at ND) and three grandchildren. The good doctor also shared updates regarding several classmates. Steve Weber is enjoying his retirement in San Diego. Tom Laney is in Moses Lake WA and still works as a maxillofacial surgeon. Bryan Barnett is in the San Francisco Bay Area, still in dermatology. Steve Sylvester of Cincinnati visits the Bay Area often to visit old Raider teammates. Mike Housley is still practicing law in Toronto. Mike Gahagan remains in Milwaukee, working in radio sales. Brian Barsotti enjoys his law practice in Sun Valley ID. Dan Winnike is still thriving in his law practice in Silicon Valley. Walt Mills continues to teach and practice family medicine in Monterey. Mark Sloan is practicing pediatric medicine in Santa Rosa CA. Finally, Denny Buchanan continues as an ob-gyn in Orange County. Ernest would like to invite any and all 1975 classmates to the Ribera’ s biannual tailgate extravaganza this November in Masters Grove at Stanford. If Paul Hobbs brings a bottle of his pinot, he will get a parking spot as well. Contact Ernest at 650-342-6506. Tom DiCanio of Holmdel NJ has been inducted into the National Candle Association Hall of Fame at their recent annual conference and expo meeting. Here in the Quad Cities, we had the honor of hosting 1990s football star Reggie Brooks at our annual UND Night celebration. Reggie works in the ND Athletics Department, and shared a campus update with a lot of insights into ND many decades after our graduation. He also visited two summer programs for disadvantaged youth here during his 24 hours with us. It was a great effort. Our classmate Richard Ciambrone passed away in June. His wife Karen survives. Please continue to send me your news. Thanks. — Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; 563-349-0469; normbower@mchsi.com


75MBA Class Secretary Jim Ouimet;

215-862-3080; jimouimet@comcast.net


75JD Autumn Notes

Dean Nell Jessup Newton retired in June after a decade of service. A dinner in her honor gave an opportunity to express gratitude and catch up with Bill Grimmer, JoJo and Pete Shirk, Jeanne Jourdan, Brennan Farrell, and Rev. William Beauchamp, CSC. As Nell transitions to a new role, the law school welcomes G. Marcus Cole from Stanford as the new dean. In the meantime, there is news from the Windy City where Ron Hein anchored Franczek PC as a founder and managing partner for the past 12 years. The Chicago firm recently passed the quarter-century mark, a point of pride for Ron. He stepped down from his managing role last year and recently elected to continue his management-side labor and employment practice as a solo practitioner, establishing The Hein Law Firm LLC in late May. Ron and Robin’72SMC have been married 48 years and have three children: Ron, Christen and Michael. In his spare time, Ron enjoys cycling, travel and spending time with his children and three grandchildren: Teagan, Kendall and Patrick, ages 8, 5 and 3. Ron and Robin also enjoy Notre Dame home football games and reuniting with law classmates, including fellow members of the Ducks. Nearby, Ray Garza makes his home in northwest Indiana, near his law practice in Tinley Park IL. Ray has lived in the Chicago area his entire life, except for his years at MacMurray College and Notre Dame. He served as an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County for a decade, prosecuting high-profile cases and was a supervisor in the felony trial division before entering private practice. Later, Ray was a name partner at Garza, Vrdolyak & Associates, but went on his own in 1991, starting the Law Office of Raymond P. Garza. He concentrates his practice in civil and criminal litigation. Ray and Donna have been married nearly 45 years, and she works as a court advocate for abused and neglected children. They are the parents of two daughters; Katie is a Double Domer working as a juvenile court judge in Lake County and Becky is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the U of Chicago. Elsewhere, Tom McGill is in The City of Brotherly Love. He made his way to Philadelphia decades ago, bearing academic degrees from Lincoln U, Occidental U, and our law school. Earlier, he had a stint with Mayor Kenneth Gibson at the Office of Newark Studies, and years after law school he was appointed by Gov. Dick Thornburg to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, eventually serving as chairperson. Tom also practiced law as a criminal defense attorney for four decades. At present, he serves as general counsel for the Philadelphia Tribune Media Group, Inc. and senior advisor at Kenny Burns & McGill. His wife of 36 years, Charisse Lillie, is an attorney and star in her own right. She has an LLM from Yale and taught at Villanova Law School. After stints in government service and private practice, she joined Comcast as executive vice president for human resources and then the chair of the Comcast/ NBC10 Universal Foundation. Tom and Charisse are the parents of three children (Leslie, Thomas III, and Alison), and they enjoy time spent with their six grandchildren. In other news, a documentary is in the works about the life of Rev. David T. Link. The project needs your stories and support. Please contact Jim Dahl ’71,’74JD at jdahl@dahlfirm.com. Finally, planning is under way for a reunion in 2020 to mark 45 years; stay tuned for further information. Go Irish. — Frederick Giel; fggiel@gmail.com


76 US Senior Open

Quite a few ‘76ers were on hand for the 40th US Senior Open which was held at the Warren Golf Course. Bill Fallon served on the rules committee. He was honored by the men’s and women’s varsity golf coaches for his contributions to golf, and in particular, Notre Dame golf. They named an annual award for him which will go to the player who achieves the lowest scoring average each year. Bill ran into Jim Twist, an ophthalmologist from Buffalo NY and his wife Maureen. Their son Jimmy entered Notre Dame this fall as a member of the class of ’23. Linda and Pat Sarb spent the week volunteering and were joined by Dave ’73 and Denise Crowley Brenner, Wendy Duffey, Debbie and Mark Witkowski and Debi Dell. Also in attendance were Nick Fedorenko, Cathy Matthews, Pat Pohlen, Rich Steiner, Mike Wade and Laura Dodge. Jim Rashid came into town to prep his South Bend house for football season. Many thanks to Jim for hosting the class tailgate prior to the New Mexico game. Mark Price attended the game and hoped to connect with friends from St. Edward Hall, cafeteria co-workers and True House. After retiring 11 years ago, he has been working for Catholic Charities and is part of the Cuyahoga County Opioid Task Force and the quick response team in Strongsville OH. Also at the game were Mark Nishan, Tom Klein, Ron Skrabacz, Bob Quakenbush, Peter Withers, R.E. Foulk, Patrick Brady, Kevin Maguire, Michael O’Connor, Brian Hegarty, Bob Eddy, John Lane, Jean Flanagan Prina, Dave Tulsiak, Sam Difiglio, Charles Quackenbush, Peter Dowling, Michael Coffey, Peter Rukavina, Steve Klug, and Pete Conrad. Phil Coyne and his wife have lived in London for three years. His wife, who spent her career with the FDA, is serving as the liaison to the European Medicines Agency which is the EU equivalent of the FDA. They have been very active in the London ND Alumni Club as well as the London Global Gateway. Former Cavanaugh roommate Chuck Sanders visited them. All three of their children are ND graduates. Mary Coyne ’12 was the first ND Navy ROTC woman to win her submarine qualification. Due to Brexit, the EMA is moving to Amsterdam and the Coynes have relocated there. Tom Sullivan ’66, the ’66 class secretary, sent a note regarding the Independent Notre Dame Footballers Medical Research Project, which now has a website that former players, as well as ND alumni and friends, may visit. This medical study involves some 500 former ND players, ages 58-75, from the Fighting Irish teams 1964-1980 coached by Ara Parseghian and Dan Devine. It’s being conducted by Boston U and is designed to evaluate the long-term impact of playing major college football, particularly relative to CTE and other neurological issues. It’s entirely independent of the University. Former ND all-Americans Rocky Bleier, Dave Casper, and Vegas Ferguson are co-chairs of the Players Steering Committee. Check out Rocky’s video. You can find the website at independentndfootballers.com. My husband and I connected with Rev. Timothy Scully, CSC, last summer when he visited friends in northern Michigan. As you read this, we are just over 18 months from our 45th reunion. Your class officers have already started planning for a fabulous weekend, and we would welcome any of you who are interested to join the planning committee. If you would like to work with us, contact me or class president Bob Quakenbush at quakend76@gmail.com. — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251; mareilly@rfs-pa.com


76MBA Chairman Makes Report

Larry Overland says, “I always try to fill a vacuum.” His son Alex married a Rhode Island lass at the Aldrich Mansion in Warwick RI, “better than Newport.” Senator Aldrich was a major player in the creation of the Federal Reserve System in 1913. All four of Larry’s children are married and he has four grandchildren. A year ago, Larry became a union president in Boston for part-time faculty. Membership is about 150. He has always been pro-union in the tradition of T. Roosevelt and R. Reagan. Reach Larry at loverlan@suffolk.edu or 781-821-5939. As soon as your Notre Dame Magazine arrives in your mail, send me a text or email with news about yourself or classmates. Blessings to you and your loved ones. — Mike Norris; text 248-330-5366; 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 Summer Breeze Makes Us Feel Fine

Among the ’77 parents of 2019 University graduates rejoicing in May were Anthony and Jen Ryder Raabe, Diane and David Asmuth MD, Walter and Barbara Garigiliano, Donna and Michael Palmieri, Michael and Ellen Callahan O’Connor MD, Christen and Col. John P. Hall Jr., Debra Kolbert Heffernan and Daniel Heffernan DDS. Eileen O’Grady Daday and Steve Daday also celebrated daughter Maureen’s master’s degree from ND. Maureen O’Neill and Martin McGovern celebrated their son Timothy’s graduation from Loughborough U in London, their 25th wedding anniversary, and Maureen’s birthday, in a very joyful July. Dan Bishop Sr. and I rejoiced at our son Michael Bishop’s swearing-in ceremony to the Illinois bar. He joins his brother, Dan Jr., as an attorney. The 2019 US Senior Open at ND’s Warren Course, co-chaired by ND football legends Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown, was a happy gathering for classmate volunteers, including Alisa Fisher, Lynn Girouard, Sean Farrell, Karen and Rich Wanders, Bill Ellsworth, Dave Sonego, Steve Daday, Pat Sarb, Dan Buck, Tom Brogan, and Kristen and Tom Carey. Tom Carey’s son, Preston, is a science business major at ND and daughter Paige entered ND Law in August. Bonita Bradshaw, director of special projects at the Grace Hopper STEM Academy in LA, announced the opening of Casa Ladera, a school-based dormitory for middle school girls in foster care. Jeff Vitter, Chancellor of the U of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was inducted into the 2018 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) at Space Center Houston. Mary Curtin PhD has been diplomat-in-residence since 2013 at the U of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, teaching global policy courses. Mary had a 25-year career as a Foreign Service officer in the State Department. Kevin Shortelle was part of a delegation lobbying Florida senators for cancer research funding and legislation. Al Bucci, of the University, Peter Kelty, Dillon Kane Group, the Hon. Sheila O’Brien and Richard Thomas, Ethical Presence TM Consulting, attended the ND Lawyers of Chicago reception for outgoing ND Law Dean Nell Newton. Jim Catalano retired from Conn-Selmer after 41 years in the music instrument industry, serving as product manager, marketing manager, and director of marketing of The Ludwig Drum Division for 36 years, and trade show manager at Conn-Selmer. Jim is an adjunct instructor of music at the University and Saint Mary’s College. A drummer in the Notre Dame Faculty Jazz Trio, Jim continues to play and teach music in retirement. Jim and his wife Pam live in Goshen IN. Roxanne O’Brien Martino was featured in Thresholds Magazine for her philanthropic work with the homeless. Paula and Kevin Butler enjoy travel, visiting daughters Lucy and Meg, and seeing friends. John Turchan, a retired lawyer, leads tour groups in Alaska in the summer and Key West in the winter. Grateful thanks to Mary Reiner Shutters. I enjoyed her recollections about life on the fourth floor of Breen-Phillips Hall with her roommates Paula Griffin, Carol Hackett Garagiola, Florence Wilczewski, and the late Karen Breen MD. Bay area attorney Mike Richter’s son Daniel ’01 works in Washington DC developing energy innovation legislation with bi-party consensus in Congress. Colleen McCarthy and her husband Dan Hill are avid birders who enjoy the local Festival of the Birds at Presque Isle State Park in Erie PA sponsored by Presque Isle Audubon. Their 10-mile peninsula is located on a major migratory flyway, which gets a wonderful and varied selection of migratory birds, in addition to permanent residents. Colleen notes that her husband, a grad of U of Georgia and Dickinson Law, is an avid fly fisherman who bought a small vintage fly reel business and rebuilds reels in his spare time in retirement. Congrats to classmates blessed with new grandchildren. Peter Sweeney, who celebrated his 40th anniversary with wife Trish, has a new grandson, Sullivan. Diane Kuknyo has a new grandson, Zachary. Janet Carney O’Brien has a new granddaughter, Nora. Gayla Molinelli Bush has a new grandson, Reed. Our hearts are greatly saddened by the loss of Michael Corcoran, who left wife Jackie and children Conor (Joelle) and Callie Corcoran, and Gregory Nucci, who left a son, Matthew. Both classmates passed away last March. Deepest condolences to our class webmaster Mike Setter and to John Shaughnessy on the loss of their beloved fathers. May these beloved rest now in peace. — Virginia McGowan Bishop; 847-291-7510; classof1977@alumni.nd.edu


77MBA Class SecretaryAlan J. Fisher;

Church & Fisher, LLC, 473 Dunham Road, Ste. 101 St. Charles, IL 60174; 630-338-8740; alan@churchfisherlaw.com


77JD Another Loss

I have learned that our class has suffered another loss. Justin Stuhldreher died on March 29, leaving his wife Mary K and children Peter ’03, Katie, ’07, Amy ’13, and Jenny, along with two grandchildren. As great-nephew of Harry Stuhldreher of the storied Four Horsemen, Justin took great pride in his ND heritage. Justin’s father Gus Stuhldreher also attended ND until WWII cut his time short. Retired Col. Stuhldreher’s regret at leaving before graduation was alleviated when he received an honorary bachelor’s degree in commence during a celebration of his 90th birthday. Justin spent a year in the London program and graduated in 1978 with JD and MBA degrees. He specialized in international oil and gas law and traveled the globe negotiating major contracts. Justin was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and a man of faith, as well as a skilled attorney, negotiator, and mentor to young attorneys. Justin found many opportunities to share his love of travel with Mary K and with his children. Some of his trips to Russia involved nail-biting flights on small planes with SRO, but one of the best was a trip to Sochi to cheer on the US ice hockey team with daughter Katie, who serves in Dubai as a Foreign Service officer with the State Department. Despite his international duties, Justin made time to be home for his children’s school events and coached Peter’s little league baseball team and his daughters’ middle school basketball team. More recently, he could be seen cheering on his grandson’s T-ball team. Susan Buller reminded me that Justin was a sportsman in law school too. While playing racquetball with Justin, Sue made the mistake of looking to see if he could return her serve, and he did. Sue was forced to ask Prof. Charlie Rice to take her torts final after her eye healed a bit. (He agreed after laughing.) Justin was referred to as “the defendant.” Justin was quick at euchre too. He could steal the deal with the best of them: Sue, Steve Brischetto, Chris Dembowski, Linda Olivieri, and Bill Chenoweth to name a few. Jo and Chris Dembowski recently celebrated their anniversary in Ireland. Pamela and Bob Connolly took them to the oldest pub in Dublin where Bob instructed Chris about the proper manner to drink a Guinness. It seems that Chris would have known that after 40 years of marriage to Jo (O’Connell) whose father owned the Shamrock Bar in Jackson MI. Bob also shared a copy of his book If Walls Could Talk: Great Irish Castles Tell Their Stories. Chris maintains an office at Miller Canfield, but he has officially retired. Mention of Roland Chamblee and James Dickie Dixon in the last column made Kathie DeMetz laugh when she recalled their antics at a reunion. They had switched nametags, and Kathie was concerned that Roland had changed the most of any classmate until she saw them together. — Janey Bennett; 4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; 574-298-9251; bus 574-243-4100; jbennett@maylorber.com


78 What Comes Next

Greetings, classmates. Here’s hoping that you enjoyed summer and are ready to break out the sweaters, apple cider and blankets and have a wonderful autumn. Of course, our minds turn to Notre Dame football. Have fun at the games. In June, John Delaney emceed the Philadelphia Club’s UND celebration, which featured Rev. Monk Malloy, CSC, as the guest speaker. John was smooth as always and did Alumni Hall proud by getting in a couple of zingers aimed at some Dillon-ites in attendance. Also in June, yours truly Jim “Souls” Coyne had lunch with Jim “Boobie” Clarke at the famed Dubliner in Washington DC. Boobie is still living in Baltimore, a czar in the world of commercial real estate. Randy “Wheat” Heimbuch was reminiscing about our years under the Dome recently, fondly remembering snow football on the quad, playing Blockhead as a warmup before heading to the library, and the great vocals of England Dan and John Ford Coley. Wheat still has the autographed poster of the singing duo. In July, Nace Mullen hosted a dinner party at his summer home in Stone Harbor NJ. Among those attending were Rich Riley, Mary White Packer, Greg “Sweets” Switaj and me. Mary still enjoys the wonders of summer and regrets that the days pass so quickly. Rich is busy sitting on boards and chasing the sun. Greg was planning on a big day of surfing, snorkeling, and paddle boarding the day after the gathering. He loves his water sports. Nace is still a master music mixer and triathlete. Jimmy “Dunne-bar” Dunne took in the Open in Northern Ireland and experienced some typical Irish weather. He enjoyed it nonetheless. When the Senior PGA Championship was held at our own Warren Golf Course in June, Stan “Skip” Ziehrel and our president, Pat Flynn were chief refreshment hosts for the event. John “Cuz” Coyne enjoyed the outdoor concerts in Central Park in New York City this summer. He was also on a mission to find the city’s best vegetarian restaurant. Vicki Lopez is still dazzling them in Florida. She enjoys the occasional trip North to get together with fellow alums. Tony “Disco” Crudele was recently named chair of the board of Hibbetts Sporting Goods, a retail operation based in Alabama. This was announced shortly after Tony retired as CFO of Tractor Supply in Nashville. If you are in Centerville OH and experience teeth problems, head over to the Rahn Dental Group, where Dr. Jim Budde will take excellent care of you. Don “Dancing Bear” Smail has been working on a development project with Great Wolf Lodge in Manteca CA for many years. He is happy to report that the hotel and water park resort project is well under construction, and work has started on the fifth floor of hotel. It is the largest construction project in the Central Valley in 25 years, and at 500 rooms the biggest hotel south of Sacramento to Los Angeles. The resort is projected to employ 500-600 staff. Don is particularly happy about the 100-plus youth employment opportunities that will be offered, jobs that are very hard to find these days. Stay in touch. Keep notes on your football weekends and send me the info. Peace. — 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 04043-6013; res 207-229-0989; bus 207-333-6640 ex 2020; irishwasherwoman@alumni.nd.edu


78JD Au Revoir

I am sorry to report the passing of one of our classmates, Justin Michael Stuhldreher, on March 29 in Houston. Justin was the great nephew of Harry Stuhldreher, who was one of the storied Four Horsemen of Notre Dame football. Please remember Justin and the Stuhldreher family in your prayers. Now, the time has come to bid farewell. I am retiring as the clerk of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan on July 31 and as your humble correspondent for the column. I have enjoyed hearing from those who have sent me information and I hope this column has helped to connect our class over the past 12 years. If anyone has an interest in picking up this torch going forward, please contact me. I wish all of you the very best. — Dan LaVille; cell 616-634-0794; dlaville@comcast.net


79 So Many Years, So Little Time

Those who could not make it to ND for the reunion may have heard the news: it was the best reunion ever. The only thing that would have made it better is you. Remember that five years from now. There were several first-timers who wondered why they had not attended in the past. We stayed at Ryan Hall by the bookstore. Not only is it air-conditioned, it has a spacious common area on the first floor that leads out to a patio. Think institutional hotel lobby. Thursday evening featured a casual picnic dinner and refreshments on the patio. On Friday, many of us attended a panel discussion in Washington Hall titled “The Catholic Church in Crisis” moderated by Anne Thompson, NBC’s chief environmental correspondent who also covers the Catholic Church. The University presented Anne with the 2019 Edward Frederick Sorin, CSC, Award. Anne started our class dinner on Friday night with a prayer of thanks. The Friday dinner also featured professional comedian Mike Somerville ’94, who took time away from his own reunion to give us great laughs. After dinner, we enjoyed more time together in the dorm’s common areas. Saturday morning started with a Mass concelebrated by Rev. Jim McDonald, CSC, and Rev. Jud Weiksnar, OFM, to remember our classmates who have died. Matt Feeney, Steve Podry, Helen Wathen, Jim Hayes, John Calcutt and Steve Lillis provided music and song. Maureen (Sullivan) Borkowski, Jayne Rizzo Reardon, Sue Olin, Julie (Wehner) Greenberg, Diana DeCenso, Rita (Martin) Crowley, Laurie (Tierney) Scobee, Shiela (Quadrini) Scanlon, Patty Dwyer, and Ray O’Brien participated by reading during the liturgy, as gift bearers, and by reading the names of our classmates who have died. The service created a graceful start to our day. Many of us then attended an open house at the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being in St. Liam Hall, the old infirmary. The McDonald Center is a student mental and physical health promotion center established in 2014 thanks to a forward-looking gift from Lise Strickler and Mark Gallogly to honor their friend and our classmate Jim McDonald. At our class dinner on Saturday, we heard from Coach Kelly. Thanks to Julie Rittenhouse, who organized the Thursday dinner, planned the class Mass, and coordinated the McDonald Center Open House, in addition to a million other things she did to make the reunion great. Thanks to Abe Kohler for organizing the refreshments at our dorm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. At each night’s gathering, you could hear classmates catching up, laughing, and civilly discussing current events. I heard several references to Bob Mueller, both enthusiastic and plaintive. A special shout-out to our bartenders, Peter Kelly, son of Aimee (Rittenhouse) ’80SMC and Jim Kelly; Shea Corrigan, daughter of Lisa Minella and Terry Corrigan; and Anna Mullek ’19SMC. And, thanks to Jerry Castellini for his leadership and creativity in planning the reunion. Jerry starts coordinating conference calls with me and Julie a year out. He makes several trips to ND to check on venues and meet with reunion staff to make sure that ours is the best reunion ever. Please mark your calendars for five years from now. Andy Gotuaco, with his family-owned insurance brokerage, lives in Manila after spending time on the West Coast. The Alumni Association board elected Kevin Buckley as its president-elect, to take office as president in July of 2020. Kevin is a partner in the Richmond law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth. He and his wife Amanda ’81 are parents of four children, including two ND grads. Karen (Caruso) Murray works in corporate communications for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, based in Charlotte NC. Karen’s husband, Mike Murray ’81, died in 2015. They had been married for 36 years. His job as a chemical engineer brought them and their three children to various homes in the US. Karen has served as an officer in several local ND Clubs. Sympathy and prayers to the families of Patrick O’Brien, who died in December, and Mike Guay, who died in June. Mike lived in New Hampshire. Prayers and support to Lorraine Armstrong and Henry Goitz, whose daughter Katarina Goitz ’16, ’18MA died in an auto accident in Chicago in June. Katarina was a youth minister at Holy Family Parish in Galveston. She also is survived by her brother Dylan Goitz ’18. Barbara A. Langhenry; 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 SecretaryDaniel F. McNeil;

1001 NW Lovejoy, Unit 205, Portland OR 97209; 503-539-9188; mcneil.daniel12@gmail.com