70 Seeing 2020

The countdown begins for Reunion 2020 that clearly will be the best. Not only will it feature our own internationally famous First Friday, but it will offer us posh accommodations. No more sleeping in upper bunk beds, or lower, if your wife prefers the heights. No more roasting in hot dorms sans air conditioning. No more treks up four flights of stairs to store your precious belongings in dented Knute Rockne memorial lockers. We, as “senior alumni” will have air-conditioned centrally located quarters with sheets on every bed. Plan now for June 4-7, 2020. Eye doctors should have first choice that year, but everyone has an equal chance for a great time. Remember to hone your campaign speech; class elections will take place for officers to lead us on to 2025. Election safety is guaranteed as ballots will be on paper and Mike Morrissey has forgotten all the Russian he ever learned. Attractions to relish include meeting with old friends, roommates, teammates, and maybe even a few professors; visiting the Rock, the Basilica, Golden Dome; sitting in a back hall study carrel in the seventh floor of the library; having a beer in quart bottles at Rocco’s (sorry, Frankie’s, Louie’s, and Sumeri’s are gone); hanging out on the quad or in LaFortune; and strolling around the lakes and over to Saint Mary’s. In addition, numerous talks, programs, and seminars will update and stimulate your mind. Stay tuned for the announcement of a football minireunion from past president Paul Partyka, CCIM, MICP, president of the Partyka Group. It won’t be at the Michigan game, first contested in 1887, because we play in Ann Arbor this year. Marc Bayliss of Ashland OR chairs the board of trustees at Southern Oregon U. His soulmate, Misty Hartley, died March 27, 2018. Marc lived three years in Badin, quite a feat considering it now is a girls’ dorm. Art Fougner MD, an ob-gyn in Queens, is president of the Medical Society of the State of New York. He attended the annual June AMA convention in Chicago. Tom Bower lived in Breen-Phillips and Pangborn, both renovated, and hopes for a reshowing of Pat O’Brien’s rendition of the Gipper speech. He thinks that we were the last class to hear it live in the old fieldhouse. He recalled that Coach Stark and Ara played handball before our freshman swimming classes. Tom, studio art major, worked 37 years at the Smithsonian. He lives in Washington and volunteers at civic and church-related organizations. His brother Norman ’75 will attend the reunion. I know that we all have several reunions to consider, from kindergarten to graduate school, not to mention specialty training. Pat and I just attended my medical school reunion for the class of 1974 at Washington U. Everyone reported his or her activities and gave the grandchildren census. Unlike at ND, I won with 11. I practice outpatient medicine, concentrating on infectious diseases, but took off two weeks to join the Friends of Rick Libowitz trip to Israel in May. (More next issue). Fred Nachtwey, pulmonologist in Berkeley, specializes in sleep medicine and other outpatient maladies of the lung. Our third ND enrollee at Washington U, Terry Fuller, died Oct. 5, 2009 in St. Louis. He is survived by Tracy Mathis, two daughters and five grandchildren. He completed his residency in psychiatry in 1977, conducted research for 10 years, taught at Washington U, and practiced on the staff of Barnes-Jewish Hospital until his death. A gifted athlete and devotee of the arts, he was honored at a memorial at the Missouri Botanical Garden. — Don Graham; 1901 S. Glenwood, Springfield IL 62704; 217-652-1560; fever1@me.com


70MBA Class Secretary — John Carroll;

4315 Alta Drive, Apt. 1301, Suwanee GA 30024: johnrcarroll@bellsouth.net


70JD Greetings and Farewell

Summer has arrived and I am sure you have heard that Prof. G. Marcus Cole of Stanford Law has been appointed the dean of ND Law School. I know you join with me in congratulating Dean Cole and wishing him all the best in the years ahead. As we welcome the new dean, it is with profound sorrow that we say farewell to Prof. Thomas Shaffer who passed away in February. Born in Montana in 1934, he served in the Air Force, earned his undergrad degree from the College of St. Joseph on the Rio Grande and was a member of the ND Law Class of 1961. While a student, he was editor-in-chief of the ND Law Review and graduated first in his class. He joined the law faculty in 1963 and served as dean from 1971 to 1975. His accomplishments are many and I would refer you to his on line obituary. We will remember him as a dedicated, caring and highly intelligent member of the NDL faculty. He was a man who lived his faith and, in so doing, set an example for others to follow. On behalf of our class, I extend our prayers and condolences to his wife of 65 years, Nancy, his children and grandchildren. On a happier note, last fall Maureen and Don Schuering attended the Vanderbilt game on campus and visited with their grandson who is enrolled at Holy Cross College. During the winter months Mary Kevin and Jamie Cawley exchanged the cold of the Northeast for the sun and warmth of South Carolina and Florida. While down south, he made a return trip to Harrisburg to testify in an electric transmission line case. Jamie again notes he edges closer to full retirement but is not there yet. Back in March, Judy and Joe Leahy traveled to Portland to watch their beloved Fighting Ducks in the NCAA Elite Eight women’s basketball games. Tom DiGrazia writes from the Aloha State that his yoga studio was planning a retreat in Bali. Hats off to Tom for pursuing his dreams from the Bronx to the South Pacific. As I write this column, Jim Kirker and Mike Kelleher are about to depart on a golf trip to Ireland and Terry O’Connor tells me he has plans to visit old friends out west this summer. I wish them, and all of you, safe travels as you journey to different destinations. For the second time this year, I note with sadness that those of you who are Double Domers recently lost another classmate: Stephen Jones ’67. Steve was a high school classmate of mine at Chaminade. He loved ND and was most happy last fall when his grandson, Quinn, enrolled in ND’s freshman class. Steve and his wife Mary lived on Long Island where they raised three children and were blessed with eight grandchildren. A distinguished member of the banking and insurance industry, Steve had retired a few years back. Condolences to his family and to those of you who may have known him over the years. He was a good person and a credit to his alma maters. Finally, since my last column, I have had correspondence with Jim Starshak ’69JD. Jim wanted to say hello to our class. That’s all for now, until next time, stay well and, as always, I look forward to hearing from you. Go Irish. — John K. Plumb; jkplumb37@gmail.com


71 Updates

Mark McGowan attended the Alumni Association Leadership Conference in the spring, and he asked me to pass on his thanks to all who participated in the balloting and supported him. He and Ann were on campus in early April for their initial gathering of the group, including some long days of meetings and presentations. This is very much a working group, but they were able to break away and join Betty and me for dinner one evening, some quiet time to kick back and catch up. Carl Mehrbach checked in from Lyme NH where he and Ellin have lived for 30-plus years. After ND, Carl apprenticed in drawing and painting in NYC, added a Master of Fine Arts from Boston U to his ND chem degree and headed to Lyme to practice his art, while teaching art and physics at the local high school. Now retired from teaching, he concentrates on art. He had recent shows in the AVA Gallery in Lebanon NH and the Bromfield Gallery in Boston through June 30. Lyme is close to Dartmouth and Hanover NH, so if you are vacationing in the area, a third show will be running at the Converse Free Library in Lyme. Check out his website, mehrbach.com. Sara and Brian Furey reside in Winter Park FL. Brian has gone to the sidelines and retired from the financial automation tech business. Bob Booher continues to toil in the vineyard with Marsh & McLennan in midtown Manhattan. Per Joe Matt of Pittsburgh, Jim Villier of Charlotte has hung up his stethoscope and picks up his golf clubs more frequently. He and Ann will combine golfing trips with opportunities to visit kids and grandkids in Omaha and Denver. If you were surfing channels one night in late January, overshot ESPN and ended up on the Hallmark Channel and caught snippets of a movie Snowcoming, your eyes were not deceiving you. That was Joe Theismann in a leading role. Former physical education and golf instructor Noel Sullivan passed away in April in Elizabeth NJ. Rev. James “Flash” Flanigan, longtime artist, rector of Dillon and art professor, passed away in March. Flash had several leadership roles on campus during his 66 years as a Holy Cross priest. Enjoy the summer. This fall, we will host tailgate gatherings again in the back yard, five blocks south of the main gate. Also, note the fan friendly starting times. The only night game is USC. — John Snider; 830 N. Saint Peter Street, South Bend IN 46617-1936; res 574-217-8961; cell 312-860-1779 jlscpa@yahoo.com


71MBA Short Report

There is not much news to report this quarter. Please keep me up-to-date on your activities. The highlight this month is the news that Helena and Tony Strati will drive to South Bend in September for the New Mexico game and would like to visit alumni in the Midwest. His list includes John Halloran, Andi and John Vaughan, Patricia and Rod Spear, Louise and Steve Anella, and Robbie (Parker) ’71MA and me, Jim Fackelman. We are planning to make that game our annual reunion weekend. If I have left anyone off the list or you are planning to attend that game, please let me know. We Fackelmans attended the women’s basketball games in the Sweet Sixteen in Chicago and saw them win two excellent games to advance to the Final Four. The Spears are season ticket holders and saw a great home season with only one loss to UConn, a team that they got revenge on in the national semi-final. That’s all, let’s send in some news. — Jim Fackelman; 4635 Lakeview Circle, Slinger WI 53086; res 262-644-6245; cell 414-379-0968; jfackelman@alumni.nd.edu


71JD Classmates Remembered

I am sad to report the death of our classmates George Lind on Nov. 14 and Dave Kabat on Dec. 29. Please keep their families in your prayers. I attended Dave Kabat’s funeral, which was also attended by Dave’s mother, Eleanor, 102, whom I had not seen since Dave and I were undergraduates. Sadly, Eleanor Kabat passed away several weeks later. I have no other news to report. Many of you are reducing your practice of law or retired. Let us all know what you are doing. I have moved my office to the address below and I hope to hear from you. If you are planning to return to campus for a game this fall, you are welcome to join our tailgate party. Give me a call and I will tell you our location. My best to all of you and your families. God bless. — E. Bryan Dunigan; 19 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1202, Chicago IL 60603; 312-857-2114; bdunigan@duniganlaw.com


72 Knute Rockne Rally, Priests in Our Class

Twas the night before the Purdue game. The teams were ranked 1 and 2. Onto the balcony of the Old Fieldhouse in front of 10,000 screaming fans walked Pat O’Brien, star of Knute Rockne: All-American. It is a good way to see how the campus looked in 1940. Use this link to hear him again: notredameclassof1969blog.blogspot.com/2017/10/27-sept-1968-audio-recording-of-notre.html?q=recording. The following four members of our class were ordained. There may be more. Tom McDermott, CSC, ’77MA, who lived in Stanford and Grace, has spent a great deal of time in Uganda and Bangladesh. Patrick Meaney serves in Hebbronville TX. David Tokarz, who lived in Holy Cross, was ordained in 1991 and is the pastor of Our Savior Parish in Mobile. David Tushar was ordained a CSC in 1976 and was incardinated to the Diocese of Duluth in 1988. You will want to read American Priest, a biography of Rev. Ted Hesburgh, CSC, by history professor Rev. Bill Miscamble, CSC, ’77, ’80PhD, ’87MDiv. Also you will want to see the 100-minute documentary Hesburgh at your local theater. Steve McTigue reports that he just retired from medicine and continues to live in South Bend. He continues to see his roommates Brent Kroenor living in Dallas and Bill Parry living outside Chicago. He speaks to Mike Duggan in Cedar Rapids and Tom Schoaf in Arizona. Bill was a classmate of mine from Upper St. Clair High School outside Pittsburgh. Yes, it is known as USC. Our other classmate who graduated from ND in ’72 was Andy Lechner. Andy reports that he married Victoria Salvato in ’76 and received his PhD in ’77 in physiology from the U of California at Riverside. After four years on a postdoc at the U of Colorado School of Medicine, he began teaching at the Saint Louis U School of Medicine. In 2012 he was the first author of a textbook for second-year medical students, Respiratory: An Integrated Approach to Disease. Both of their children are in medicine. Wm. Lancaster (Lank) Smith Jr., says he has been practicing law in Dallas for 40 years and has been board certified in personal trial law from 1984 through 2009 and board certified in civil trial advocacy from 1989 to the present. Paul Muszik, ’74MBA, provided an update on some of our 18 classmates from St. Joseph High. Paul retired a year ago after a career in plant management with major auto suppliers. He lives in Crown Point IN with his wife of 45 years, Patti. They have three children and seven grandchildren. He regularly attends home games and saw John Sullivan of Farley at a game last season. John lives in South Bend and is planning a move to his dream retirement home on Lake Michigan this year. John spent his career as an advertising and internet marketing owner/executive. Mike Peiffer of Keenan is retired and living in Colleyville TX with wife Beth (Muszik). Mike was an executive in the financial industry and plays masters bridge. Tony Stough attended the high school reunion this past summer. Tony is director of engineering for a nuclear plant maintenance company. He lives in Dunedin FL with his wife Patti (Szjaiko) ’77Arch. Shawn M. Hill passed on Dec. 15. Our condolences to his wife Vicki and children Mona, Morgwn, and Rose. Thomas C. Younger died on Dec. 29. Our condolences to his wife Anita. Thomas M. Savin ’77MBA, passed on Jan. 2. Our condolences to his wife Ann and children Audrey and Michael. Let us pray for each other and our SMC friends, living and deceased, to the Mother of Holiness. — Jim Thunder; thundergroup@alumni.nd.edu


72MBA More News

I am glad we continue our streak of having news to report. Kathy and Sandy Kreps are enjoying retirement and planning a Viking River Cruise from Budapest to Passau, Germany, in October. This is despite Sandy’s reluctance to fly or to leave the friendly confines of the Lower 48. They plan to spend extra time in Budapest before the cruise and in Prague afterward, which should be particularly meaningful to Kathy whose family is Czech. The trip was temporarily in jeopardy when their son, Andrew, and his wife, Lily, announced that their first child and Sandy and Kathy’s first grandchild would be arriving in September. As of this writing, however, the trip is still on. I am happy to report that none of our classmates have appeared on the recent reports of alumni deaths. Finally, it looks like Bill Effler, John Doyle, and I will be attending the Bowling Green game on Oct. 5. I hope to see some of you there. — Alex 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 50th Reunion

I know we just had our 45th reunion, but I wanted you to know that your class officers are diligently working on plans for the 50th to be held on June 1-4, 2023. Please put these dates on your calendar now. We anticipate a great event and we will try to set the attendance record. We hope to address the reunion with every class column during the next four years. What a coincidence, my niece in Houston TX works with Jose Oti. It was great to catch up with you, Jose. He retired as VP for sales for two Univision television stations at the end of 2007. He worked for two non-profits and has been a real estate agent for three years. Jose still communicates with Ron Pogge in Des Moines as well as Katie and Phil Brady. Also, I heard from Pam King in nearby Naperville. She is busy at Northwestern Medicine and recently got back into boxing, kick boxing and bootcamp type workouts. Pam also sent me a picture of a get-together with some of her SMC friends. She keeps in contact with Melanie Walsh Flannery, Julaine Brophy Bren, Jeannie Lysaught Hull, Kris Kane Car, Beth Kennedy Sullivan and Peg FitzGibbons Higgins. I am sorry to report the death of Bob Fanning. Bob grew up on Oak Park IL and recently lived in Elmwood Park IL and ran for governor of Montana in 2011. Bob was a big game hunter in Montana and organized and defended small ranchers and hunters from wolf overpopulation. BJ Bingle, while still with the Chicago megafirm of Corboy and Demetrio, recently retired as its chairman after more than 20 years of phenomenal leadership. Greg Pappariella reports that he retired six years ago from the confectionery industry after 35 years, spending the last 25 years with Just Born, the manufacturer of Peeps and other candies. Greg resides in Mount Gretna PA, about 100 miles west of Philadelphia. His daughter Beth ʼ04 is an ND graduate. Greg is involved with his church and recently purchased an RV for traveling. He wants to know, as do I, where is Mike (Louie) Hansen, a Breen Phillips Hall classmate. Let us hear from you, Louie. If you are into national parks and lodges of the Old West, try the Notre Dame Alumni Association trip this July being hosted by Ed Edmonds, professor emeritus at ND Law School. Ed taught sports law and legal research and is co-author of the book, Baseball Meets the Law. I heard from Dennis Vogel who still practices law in Madison WI. He has a place in Canada and sails on Lake Huron for three to four weeks in the summer. He also spends two months sailing in Florida in the winter. For those in the Chicagoland area, we are soliciting classmates to play in The Denny, the annual golf outing to benefit ALS sponsored by the family of classmate Dennis Smith, who passed away of ALS several years ago. The date is July 22. I need news. Please don’t be bashful. — Michael W. Hansen; 3013 Sanctuary Court, Joliet IL 60435; mikehansen@mikehansenlaw.com


73MBA Only Just Begun

Gus Browne shares that he recently sold his condo in South Bend and officially moved to Kankakee IL. He left for a three-week trip to Croatia April 23. 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 on the way in June. Our eldest granddaughter is learning to drive and should get her permit soon. I got 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 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 Actual News to Report

Getting the hang of this class correspondent thing is a bit trickier than I thought. I draft the update for one edition before I receive the prior one, so everything seems out of sync. However, with news to report, some good and some not, it is easier this time. First the bad news: The University reported on the passing of Jim Cousins in December. He lived in Kalamazoo MI when he died, but according to his obituary he spent most of his life in Niles MI. After a few years in private practice he had a successful career in banking, rising to be president of Old Kent Bank. I had some dealings with them when I was in Chicago, and it would have been useful if I had made the connection. (Hint: this is a reason to provide updates to your correspondent.) There is a wonderful video attached to his obituary. Our deepest condolences to his life partner, Melanie Perry, and the rest of his family. On the good side of things, I received an email from John Livesay. He was the first to provide an update. He is semiretired (my words) in Port Huron MI and still doing some criminal defense work. He spent most of his career as the elected prosecutor for Branch County MI and then became the in-house city attorney for Port Huron. The University also reported that Maree Russo Mulvoy and M R Products, a manufacturing company of which she is CEO, and which was founded by her father, were cited by the National Safety Council for their efforts promoting workplace safety. I received a call from Joe Schoellkopf who lives just down the road from us in Ft. Myers. He is retired from his practice in Buffalo NY. I will make sure I have a more detailed update after we have breakfast next week. Finally, I received a note from Steve Mitchell who is still working, or at least he still has the title “senior partner” in the Tampa office of Squire Patton & Boggs. I will pester him for more information. Jane and I split our time between Ft. Myers FL and Quechee VT, which is a very small town (there is no town, only a post office) not far from Dartmouth College. We live in two places that could not be more different, in terms of geography, weather and politics. It takes a few weeks to adjust each fall and spring. We have three children and three grandchildren. One son is in Chicago and works on the coding side of a firm that provides internet/computer-based support products to financial firms. Our other son and our daughter live in Manhattan. He is a trader for a large investment firm in Connecticut. His commute is made easier when he leaves for work around 3 a.m. Our daughter is a lawyer and just made partner in the litigation department of a large NYC firm. It is hard to believe that with the bad example I set in terms of work/life balance, she still made that career choice. I will leave my update at that and add more in later editions, so I always have something to write about. This job is fun if you have something to report, so please keep the messages coming, unless you want this to become my personal blog. — Paul Reagan; 16527 Heron Coach Way, Ft. Myers FL 33908; cell 847-915-9796; pvreagan@gmail.com


74 Lively as Ever

Reunion number 45, where have the years gone? Since this will appear in the beautiful hard copy magazine after reunion, I’ll report on what our classmates have previously submitted. The notes I take at reunion will be in follow-up issues, so stay tuned. Shawn Kelly reports for the first time in 45 years. He plans on attending the reunion and remarks on how he cherishes the magazine.  Going down memory lane, Shawn also recalls happy times at the Sugar Bowl in 1973. We rocked that year. Jimmy Whalen, the scribe for the recaps of the annual POG MO THON was in a reflective mood this past April. Although the boys still went to Destin FL to tell stories, hear bad jokes, have a few adult beverages, play golf, go to the beach, hit the pool, grill out and relax, one of their regulars, Bob Fanning ’73, who passed away last year, was dearly missed. Those who attended the annual golfing event included Frank Murnane (it’s always been about me), Bob Hettinger (never met a mirror I did not like), Bob Cimino (Meatball), James McCarthy (Phantom), Jim Cahill (Coach), Rick Esposto (Topo), Tom Torretti (Pipe), Tad DeOrio (Bear), Steve Rogers (Buck), Dr. Pat McGrath (Pinko), John Trampe (Trimble), Tim McCarron (Tuber), Todd Bender (Al Haig) and Jim Whalen (Whales). In their friend’s honor, Bob Hettinger hosted a dinner farewell at Hinsdale Country Club. Attendees included Chuck Stimac, John Gawne (Goober), Ray O’Connell (ROC), Terry Johnson (Chauncey) and Larry Cima (Sims) and many of the other regulars as listed above. It is very impressive the way these POG men have remained true and solid in their friendship. Dave Casper chimed in to tell us that he and his wife Susan spent a week in Stuart FL and enjoyed spending time with Jean and Jeff Ratte. Additionally, Dave reports that he and pal Gary Potempa took two fishing trips to Canada, with Dave as the guide, and they both returned safely. Chris Stevens (Hawk) offered the color commentary on Notre Dane radio during the Women’s Basketball Tournament. Chris is the co-lead of the Inspired Leadership Initiative at Notre Dame. Chris also states that Tuck Hopkins was involved in the program and enjoyed it immensely. Congratulations to Dr. Joseph Meyer, professor of surgery, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Meyer was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for 28 years of service teaching and mentorship of surgical trainees from the department of surgery at Dartmouth. Thank you for writing; please continue to write. We are blessed that most of us can attend our reunions. After number 45, we have one more official one to attend. After that, we can crash them all. — Dede Lohle Simon; 440 N. Wabash Ave., No. 3905, Chicago IL 60611; bus 312-793-9842; cell 312-882-3731; domerdede@aol.com


74MBA Information Dwindles

Tom Mangan reports that after his retirement in 2018, he continues as a consultant. Tom volunteers with the juvenile court and with the Dayton Early College Academy, whose purpose is to prepare inner city kids for college and professional careers. To celebrate his retirement, Tom and his wife plan on taking the grandchildren on a Caribbean cruise after school is out. Congratulations to Tom on his charitable work. Helen and I just returned from a brief trip to the Southeast. After visiting relatives in Atlanta for a few days, we journeyed to Augusta to view a practice round at the Masters Golf Tournament. If you have never been to Augusta National, put it on your bucket list. This was our third time to the Masters. What a marvelous place to visit in the sunshine in early spring. We concluded our brief vacation in Tybee Island GA. That’s all I have for now. However, the information flow from the class has been disappointing. Those who have contacted me always mention the desire to hear more from classmates. I know there are stories to tell that classmates would enjoy reading. It only takes a minute to email me. I would like to hear from you. — Jack Burnett; 19248 Glen Eagles Drive, Livonia MI 48152; 734-464-3458; jburnet1@sbcglobal.net


74JD Rest in Peace, Tom

Our classmate, the Honorable Thomas M. Tucker, passed away Dec. 9 surrounded by his family at his home in Wilmette IL. Tom is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, four stepchildren and six grandchildren. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1976 to 1989. Tom became an associate judge in Cook County in 1989 assigned to District Four (Maywood) as a criminal judge. Please remember Tom and his family in your prayers. Keith Kanouse has been named to the Franchise Times Hall of Fame. There is a picture and interview with Keith in the April issue. Keith is the founder of Kanouse & Walker, PA in Boca Raton FL. Take care. — Joe O’Reilly; cell 502-649-6955; joe.oreilly34@icloud.com


75 AIA President

Bill Bates of Pittsburgh is the president of the American Institute of Architects. He formerly served as president of AIA Pennsylvania and AIA Pittsburgh. Bates said, “As a profession, we (architects) solve our clients’ problems by listening and synthesizing solutions. These are the skills that we need to apply internally to make our profession more prosperous and inclusive for the next generation.” He is the vice president of real estate at Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Inc., and an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon U. He did graduate study at Penn State and Harvard. Michael O’Connor wrote to say that he joined four classmates at the ND Club of LA’s football season preview event last summer. The group also included Jeff Brunner, Greg Collins, Larry Dailey and John Dlugolecki. Larry Dailey received the County of LA Board of Supervisors Volunteer of the Year Award on April 3 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Larry serves as a temporary judge for the superior court and sat as a judge more than 150 times in 2018. I traveled to Tampa in April to visit friends including Andy Peavler, who is retired and enjoying life in the Sunbelt. I took in some fun Irish women’s hoops while there. I got to see ND beat UConn in the national semi-finals of the NCAA tourney. Two nights later, I witnessed a great rally that fell just one point short against Baylor. Mike Martin of Tampa was at the pep rallies before both games. Please continue to send me your news. Thanks. — Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; cell 563-349-0469; normbower@mchsi.com


75MBA Class Secretary Jim Ouimet;

215-862-3080; jimouimet@comcast.net


75JD Summer Notes

Like you, I was saddened at the passing of Dean Thomas Shaffer. The law school directory described him as “the nation’s most prolific legal author,” and with more than 300 scholarly works in his name, the superlatives do him no justice. As our dean, he welcomed us at the inaugural corn roast and ushered us through our first year as we schlepped back and forth over the crusty snow piles separating Hagger Hall from our scaffold-wrapped law school. He was there again over the next two years in the sparkling hallways of the refurbished building. He liked us, no doubt there, as evidenced by his “Report of the Dean 1972-1973,” which characterized our class as the “most intellectually able class in Notre Dame history.” After flunking all but one of my practice exams in our first semester, I was not sure I belonged, but I stayed and so did you. He was the dean for only four short years, so there are relatively few law school diplomas bearing his signature, but we are among the fortunate. May he rest in peace. Meanwhile, Brennan Farrell shared a recent news article which highlighted the greatest single-season scorers in Michigan high school basketball history. Near the top of the heap, even surpassing Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s pedestrian 805 points, our classmate John Sperla clocked in at 830, the gargantuan point total from his senior season at Flint St. Matthew High School. It was there that he paced the Panthers to a second consecutive state championship in his senior year, following up on the previous year’s 25-0 perfect record. To this day, he remains Flint’s all-time leading scorer. After high school, he captained the Western Michigan U basketball team before joining us in South Bend. These days, John is still in Grand Rapids, having retired some time back from Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones, but he admits to wandering back into the office a couple of times a week. John has three daughters (Jody, Jamie, and Danielle) in Dallas and a son (Jacob) in San Francisco. He tries to get back to campus for a game each year. Phillip Morse, another graduate from Western Michigan, is easing out of his law practice in St. Charles MO. That follows a decade with the government, mostly as a federal prosecutor, and the remainder in private practice. Phil has had health issues but is on the mend. Familywise, Phil has two successful sons, a handsome grandson in high school, and two beautiful granddaughters, all living in California. I chatted with Phil recently, and he delighted in relating a story concerning his office décor. You see, hanging next to his diploma is a letter from the law school dated three years earlier denying his admission, a letter signed by the same dean who later signed his diploma. If you were searching for a definition of perseverance, you just found it. I caught up with Arturo Estrada and learned that Marta and he live in Virginia and missed some snowfall last winter by celebrating their 48th anniversary in Costa Rica and Panama. Their son, Zeke, was born during our first year of law school and is now 46. Even after four decades with the Office of Chief Counsel (IRS), Arturo finds it easier to use TurboTax. In his spare time, Arturo teaches tax classes at the Graduate Tax Program in Baltimore. And that is a wrap, folks, for this quarter. Feed me some morsels about your life, and I will make you famous in the next issue. Go Irish. — Frederick Giel; fggiel@gmail.com


76 Going Strong

Some of us were in Tampa to cheer on the Irish as they played in the NCAA Women’s Final Four. Although we fell just short of a second National Championship, the weekend brought great basketball and a lot of good weather. The Notre Dame Club of Tampa Bay teamed with the Monogram Club to host pregame parties Friday and Sunday. University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, sat several rows in front of us. Next to me was Tom Henzler and his wife, Beth. Tom retired eight years ago from McDermott International and has made all home football games, but one, ever since. Their daughter Jennifer graduated in 2011 and received her master’s in accounting the following year. Tom got back into fencing and is ranked third nationally. I also saw Jes ’78 and John Hegale ’79 who traveled from Houston. Linda and Pat Sarb continue their work for their special cause, the Boler-Parseghian CRND. They were on campus for the Blue and Gold Game and spent time with Jim Rashid, Nick Fedorenko, Robin Weber, Fran MacDonald, Wendy Duffey and Mark Witkowski and his wife Debbie. Dan Adler returned to campus to witness his parents’ posthumous recognition as recipients of the Rev. Louis J. Putz, CSC, Award for their lifetime of service to others. The award was accepted by his father’s sister Mary Beth Wilhelmi ’54SMC. Jeanine Sterling received the Alumni Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Jeanine has served as a board member of the Notre Dame Club of Detroit and was co-founder of the ND Women Connect alumnae outreach effort. Joe Sinnot is retiring after 40-plus years of working with children as a school psychologist. His last 17 years were spent with Mishawaka schools. Joe plans to find and restore antiques to sell at an antique mall in Saugatuck MI. Wife Nancy Sinnot retired from a career in fundraising and started a weaving and artisan yarn store, A Wee Bit Warped, at the South Bend Farmers Market. They both hope to spend more time on the road exploring our country with their Irish wheaten terrier, Fergus, and visiting sons Chris ’02 and Nick in California along with daughter-in-law Lisa (Corbit) ’03. Peter Conrad retired after 32 years as a high school teacher. His schedule kept him from attending reunions or football games and he now hopes to do both. Not planning to retire is Dr. Orest Stecyk. He is “going 100 percent, enjoying every day.” Ed D’Arcy Jr. left the practice of law to join the ND Law School as the assistant director of career services. He and wife Linda (Seymour) ’76SMC plan to move to South Bend. In February he joined Pete Brosnan, Pat Murphy, Tom Hogan, Mike Pavlik Dale Pelletier, Pat Leary, Phil Coyne, Chuck Sanders and Bruce Ferraro for their annual Cavanaugh Hall alumni weekend to watch the men’s basketball team play Virginia Tech. Phil came from London and Mike from San Francisco. They toured campus before having pizza at Rocco’s. Ed’s son Brian ’08 is living in Walnut Creek CA with their grandchildren and working for TPG. Daughter Kristen’02SMC lives in Manhattan and is an SVP for American Eagle. Our minireunion is the weekend of the New Mexico game, Sept. 14. Jim Rashid will host the class tailgate in the Joyce Lot. Look for him on the pathway between the main doors of the Joyce and the main entrance to Compton. He is closest to Pole 29 and next to a flag flying upside down that says Cold Beer. — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251; mareilly@rfs-pa.com


76MBA News from Tom Ritter

Tom Ritter from Gettysburg PA reported he has retired from the banking and insurance industry after 30-plus years. Tom had the opportunity to go trout fishing in Chester County PA with Dan Potts and Drew Hill this past April. One of the guys in his group snagged a monster tiger trout. Tom’s daughter got married last summer in State College PA and he visited with Drew Hill and Dan Potts. He is amazed that Drew and Dan have not changed a bit and we would recognize them in an instant. Tom hopes all our classmates are well. Tom can be reached via email at woody419znd@gmail.com. As soon as your Notre Dame Magazine arrives in your mail, send me a text or email with news about yourself or other 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 Back in the House that Sorin Built

New University faculty additions include former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and our classmate, former US Sen. Joe Donnelly. Author of two books on Big Ten histories, David J. Young MD, retired on Dec. 31 from the practice of internal medicine in Holland MI after 33 years. Newly elected Ellen Carnahan is board chairman of the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council, along with five new board members. Ellen is a principal at Machrie Enterprises LLC and was the former MPC co-vice chair for development. Thomas Kruczek resigned as president of Notre Dame College of Euclid OH in June, where he had served as president for five years. Ann Murphy Mannion received the 2019 Evangelium Vitae Medal at the University in April for her work as president of the Women’s Care Center Foundation in South Bend and other locations. Leo MacCourtney was named chairman of TVB, the Trade Association of America’s local broadcast television industry. John Shaughnessy is the author of a new book, Then Something Wondrous Happened: Unlikely Encounters and Unexpected Graces in Search of a Friendship with God. Sue Fitzpatrick Drago and Louis Drago enjoyed an Easter weekend visit with daughter Kaitlin in New Jersey. Polly Mack Spangler in Pennsylvania enjoyed Easter events with grandkids, as did Chris Bergin in Oklahoma with his family. Maureen O’Neill visited the Forbidden City in China and cherry blossoms in Japan on a U of Oxford Law work trip. Maureen also writes short stories about her family life, growing up in upstate New York. Jim Sullivan, a director at ND’s EMBA program, and Cornelius (Neil) Murphy recommend the movie Hesburgh about Rev. Theodore Hesburgh. Neil wrote, “My Dad was dean of business 1963-1974 and our family was very blessed to know Father Ted over the years and we were so blessed to have Father Hesburgh and Father Joyce say my mother's funeral Mass at Notre Dame back in 2002.” Lynn Mertensotto Girouard loved the movie, which she saw in Naples FL, and noted that her college roommate, and current Welch Hall rector, Carol Latronica is in it. Classmates gathering to watch the Hesburgh movie at the Music Box Theater in Wrigleyville included Janet Carney O’Brien and Mark O’Brien, Louise Karas Hayden and Tom Hayden, Leslie Barnes Karas and Paul Karas ’75, Sheila O’Brien, Kathy Walker Beenen, Donna Hinton, Eileen O’Grady Daday and Steve Daday, and Dan Bishop and I, followed by dinner. Cindy Buescher Parseghian attended the Notre Dame Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation cocktail reception at the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago on May 14, with many alumni and ’77 classmates present. Science Dean Sean Kassen and the bike riders arrived to support APMRF. Jen Ryder Raabe was proud to see her son Joe graduate from the University in May. Noreen Andersen, daughter of Sheila O’Brien, retired Illinois Appellate Court Justice, and Wayne Andersen, retired US District Court Justice, graduated from Princeton in June. Noreen is co-captain of the Princeton women’s lacrosse team and will play this summer for Team Ireland, the Republic of Ireland Women’s Lacrosse Team, in the Europe Cup tournament. Mary-Louise Houghton Polo works for Travelers Insurance and is president of the Southeast Connecticut Notre Dame Club. Keiren Donovan MD and Ellen Blake Keane are nearby in New Haven CT, where they practice and teach medicine and law, respectively. Patty Coogan Wyle and her husband moved to Palm City FL in 2018. Deepest condolences to Becky Thornton Mannarino on the loss of her mother Joan Thornton; may she rest in peace. — Virginia McGowan Bishop; res 847-291-7510; classof1977@alumni.nd.edu


77MBA Class SecretaryAlan J. Fisher;



77JD Classmates Mourned

Although John Borman took a couple semesters off during law school and did not graduate until 1978, most classmates will remember his laugh and at least some of his stories of growing up in Minnesota or riding helicopters in Vietnam. John did not pass up opportunities to share adventures with old or new friends, as evidenced by his trip to Australia in 2000 for the Summer Olympics. A traumatic brain injury about six years ago put an end to his travels, including trips to ND. John’s belief that he could best serve the public interest as a lawyer led him to ND. In addition to his involvement with trial lawyer associations, John was passionate about human rights. He went on missions to Tunisia, Israel, and the Occupied Territories with Amnesty International and the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. He worked on Truth and Reconciliation projects in Peru and Liberia, and he worked with the D.O.V.E. (Development of Vietnam Endeavors) Fund with a special interest in building schools. John was also very active with the Boy Scouts of America, the Winona-Dakota Unity Alliance, and the Marine Corps League, in addition to serving as a lay minister in his diocese. John is survived by his son Mac, daughter-in-law Tara, three grandchildren, eight siblings, and many friends around the globe. Vince Spohn ’78JD traveled from California for the funeral and the burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. I received news that George Ashford, who was practicing with AT&T in Detroit, passed away recently. Unfortunately, I have not learned much, so I will provide an update in the next edition. On a much happier note, James Dixon had lots of good news to share. Dickie had a great time hosting Angie and Roland Chamblee in Charlotte NC. Mike Cotter, former US Attorney, was tapped to serve as chief disciplinary counsel for Montana. Having retired from the Montana Supreme Court, Pat Cotter has gained quite the reputation as an accomplished artist in Helena. Marivonne Basten, Jayne Burkman, and Joan Spurney rendezvoused at the Marsh Theatre in San Francisco for Irma Herrera’s one-woman performance, “Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name.” A good time was had by all. — Janey Bennett; 4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; 574-298-9251; bus 574-243-4100; jbennett@maylorber.com


78 Time to Enjoy

Greetings, fellow members of the class with class. Summer is here: baseball, barbecues, beaches, iced tea and fireworks. Enjoy every minute of it. Now, let’s get to the news. On Jan. 1, Nace Mullen hosted a New Year’s Day open house and many took in Philadelphia’s famed Mummers Parade. Speaking of parades, yours truly Jim “Souls” Coyne, Nace Mullen and John “Laney-D” Delaney marched with the Notre Dame Club of Philadelphia in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Jan. 10-13 was a minireunion for some Alumni Hall guys. Dennis Doughty invited a bunch of guys to his home at Irish Crossings. Present were John “FX” Horan, doctoring up his stories, Tom “Tippy” Coryn, spouting all good things about Iowa, Jim Wendel, who continues to practice obstetrics in Cincinnati, Peter “Hales” Haley, who made friends with his dance moves at the Purcell hospitality room, Brian “BC” Cronin, passing out slices of Frango mint pie, and Chris Dugan, who brought a big slab of meat that they feasted on Saturday night. Dennis is working on some interesting real estate projects in South Bend. The boys were able to enjoy men’s hockey, men’s basketball and the number-one women’s basketball team. They did not enjoy the snow, but the campus was beautiful. They also made a pilgrimage to Rocco’s for pizza and quarts. Paul Coppola is retiring after 29 years of federal service, including 17 years at the National Institutes of Health and 12 years at the US Department of Health and Human Services headquarters. He will begin his retirement as an adjunct professor teaching chemistry and biochemistry at Washington Adventist U to pre-nursing students. Emil T. Hofman would be proud of Paul. Pat Flynn’s daughter was married in March. In attendance were Bruce “Juice” Martin, Jimmy Martin, Stan “Skip” Ziehrel, Danny Romano, Danny James and Mike Conaty. Bruce was in Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. He had dinner with John Kowieski who is still running his business helping schools raise money for their sports programs. Bruce took in a stand-up comedy show featuring Rev. Ed Shea, Jeff “Carp” Carpenter and Danny Romano. They all had dinner at Romano’s. Danny was hosting a finance club dinner for Tim Zweber, Jim Hughes, and Chis Crnkovich. Bruce was in Philadelphia in February. He spent the weekend with the Nace Mullens after manning a booth at the convention center displaying his company’s high-end sports and medical bags. Regina and Nace Mullen visited with Vicki Lopez in Miami. Nace competed in the Miami Triathlon. He finished second in his age group. In March, Nace, Greg “Sweets” Switaj and Jim “Boobie” Clarke participated in career day at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield PA, where I teach. The boys regaled the students with good advice and even better stories. Jim Clarke, Tony “Disco” Crudele and Mark Carbone were in San Diego in March for the wedding of Nancy and Jim Budde’s daughter Katie. Lyssa (O’Neill) McCaughey spoke at the Boston premiere of the new film, Hesburgh. She provided opening remarks about her uncle and answered questions after the film. Alumni Hall was well represented at the Alumni Leadership Conference on campus in April. Don “Dancing Bear” Smail, Mike Mulherin, Jack Sacco, Tim Malloy, John Delaney and I attended. Jack was a featured speaker at the conference, delivering a stirring remembrance of his Dad’s effort in WWII, recollected in Jack’s fantastic book, Where the Birds Never Sing. Ann Duensing and Ed relocated back to Kansas City from New Jersey. Her twin Jane and husband John Gumpert will be spending more time in Kansas City and less in Alaska, especially after the recent Alaskan earthquakes. Please remember our class scholarship. Contact Jim Martin at jvmartin@gmail.com or 224-944-1739. Our beloved classmate, friend and loyal son of Notre Dame, Frank Dwyer, passed away on March 1 after a brief illness. Frank spent his first three years as an Alumni Hall dawg, and in 1978 went on to careers in accounting, development and later in aircraft sales. Frank was a faultless friend and an irrepressible and enthusiastic supporter of our class. Classmates Pat Clynes, Steve Durant, Jerry Hoffman and Bob Kruse attended his funeral, preceded by a joyously wonderful gathering at his home in Lafayette CO attended by family, friends and loved ones. Frank leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Fran Valenta Dwyer ’79SMC, and four adult children. Please remember Frank and his family in your prayers. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace, amen. Stay in touch. — 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 Remembering John Borman

I am sad to report the death of our classmate, John Borman, on April 7 in Minnesota “due to complications secondary to a traumatic brain injury he sustained in May 2013.” John was the eldest of nine children. He joined the Marine Corps in the mid-1960s and served four years as an armorer, ordinance specialist and helicopter gunner, including two tours of duty in Vietnam. After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, he returned to Minnesota to practice and was an accomplished trial attorney. He was a long-time member of Amnesty International and the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. He is survived by his wife Tara, a son, three grandchildren, eight siblings and 18 nieces and nephews. May he rest in peace. This is my next to last column before I retire in July and I repeat my request for a volunteer to continue this column. Please contact me if you have an interest. Send me your news for my final column. — Dan LaVille; US Bankruptcy Court, One Division Ave. North, Room 200, Grand Rapids MI 49503; bus 616-732-2751; dlaville@comcast.net


79 Class Dominates Rome Gathering

Bill Griffin sold his dental practice and now is the vice president for dental ministries with the Christian Medical and Dental Associations in Bristol TN. He sees Chris Coraggio, who lives close by in Johnson City. Scott Buchanan, who was instrumental in the success of a counseling center that has served Newtown CT following the Sandy Hook School shooting, is featured on We Are ND (weare.nd.edu), a website from the Alumni Association that tells stories of Domers who are doing good in the world. Ken Richmond reports that 29 of the arkies who started with us, which is nearly half of the class, gathered in Rome in April to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rome architecture program. 1979 had the best turnout of all the classes, and the best parties. Celebrants included: Dan Bradford, Hugh Campbell, Joe Ceci, Curt Cooper, Liza (Goerner) ’81 and Tony Crisafi, Kevin Dyball, Brad Engelland, Kevin Fallon, Paul Hatem, Bill Herbert, Paul Kapczuk, Kevin Kerchaert, Jim Kwasnowski, Tom McCabe, Tom Meaney, Gary Metzler. Judy (Meehan) Bernicker, Michael Mercadante, Neal Mongold, Kathleen (O’Connell) Reid, George O’Neill, Kevin O’Reilly, Pat Pouler, Karen (Tierney) Hunt, Ann (Trousdale) ’80SMC and Ray Schleck, Julie (Walters) Hein, Tara (Begley) ’80 and Bob Wegener, and Ken and his wife Joan (Gallagher) Richmond ’80MFA. 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 Reunion Reminder

Just a follow-up reminder here: as mentioned in my last column, a group of our classmates has put together a nice 40-year reunion event Oct. 25 – 27 at the Law School. We will have several casual gatherings, meals and a Mass, along with a TV game watch party for the Michigan game in Ann Arbor that Saturday. You will receive more information about this in the months to come. In the interim, please note the date and plan to attend. It should be a wonderful experience. We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, South Bend at Notre Dame (574-400-2600) and the Fairfield Inn and Suites, South Bend at Notre Dame (574-234-5510). Both are in Eddy Street Commons across the street from the University. Mention you are attending the 40th Law School reunion to obtain the special rate. We urge you to make reservations as soon as possible. Please contact me at the address below for information and to give your RSVP for the event. I look forward to seeing many of you on campus next October. — Daniel F. McNeil; 1001 NW Lovejoy, Unit 205, Portland OR 97209; 503-539-9188; mcneil.daniel12@gmail.com