36 105th Birthday


A few years ago, Angela Hurley Habetz ’02, ’04 noticed that Shelby Romere lived not too far from her family. She decided to seek him out and a wonderful friendship developed. After a few notes back and forth, Angela and her family visited Shelby. Angela reports that at 104, Shelby is still independent, enjoys reading, attending Mass on Sundays and walking around his retirement home. Shelby proudly displays his Notre Dame diploma and the photo of his ND baseball team. This April, Shelby will celebrate his 105th birthday. We hope to hear all about Joe Newman’s 106th birthday this past January. Go Irish. — Maureen McGinn; jwn176@aol.com


37 Class Secretary Kathleen Coverick ’08;




38 Class Secretary Meg Julian ’03, ’06JD;


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39 Subway Alumni and Other Lore


Mark Mitchell ’96 wrote with some wonderful stories from his late grandfather, Mark J. Mitchell Jr., who was a frequent contributor to ND publications and served as the editor-in-chief of Scholastic in 1938-1939. The elder Mark played a key role in the first publication of the phrase “subway alumni,” printed in a Scholastic column prior to the 1938 ND-Army game, played at Yankee Stadium. Mark IV shared his solid research on this topic and hinted at other ND stories his grandfather loved to tell. Hopefully we can share some of these in future Class Notes. During this correspondence, I learned that the ND Archives has scanned every issue of Scholastic, with these files available online for all to enjoy. Adelaide Meskill, wife of former class secretary David Meskill, celebrated her 100th birthday in York ME in January with family near and far. Though physically slowing down a bit, she remains sharp as ever and reads every day. It was a wonderful celebration complete with a “Happy Birthday” crown. Adelaide enjoyed every minute. We were disappointed when the Irish lost in the football semifinal. I hoped she’d join me for a trip to Santa Clara for the National Championship Game. — Seth O’Donnell ’04; 17 Marion St., East Greenwich RI 02818; 603-828-7335; seth.odonnell@gmail.com