70 Thinking Ahead to Reunion

As we enjoy Irish basketball and hockey success, remember to reserve your spot for the reunion June 4-7. Cheryl and Dominic Lacovara called from Los Osos CA where he retired in 2013 from clinical social work. He keeps active with part-time crisis intervention and substance abuse counseling but will devote full time to the reunion. Keep in mind the great company, lovely grounds, First Friday’s Stones-worthy performance, and Jimmy O’Connell’s keynote. I predict sun and temperatures in the 70s. I previewed the grounds when I watched the Irish beat Virginia in September. Then, more than 20 classmates joined Paul Partyka, our past president, for a minireunion at the Bowling Green game. Even Congressman George (Mike) Kelly was able to break away from Washington to join the action, which featured an Air Force flyover. Condolences to the family of Tom Mailliard who died of pancreatic cancer at home in Prairie Village KS May 29. He is survived by his wife, Deborah, children Bryan and Laura, and five grandchildren. He married in the Log Chapel two days before graduation. For most of his career, he was president of Mailliard’s men’s clothiers. He was also president of the Shawnee Mission Rotary and the Johnson County Safe Home. Geri and John Murtagh sailed to Barcelona in April, rented a car to Carcassone, Toulouse and Lourdes, then to Girona, Spain. In the summer they drove to Memphis for the PGA tournament, followed by golfing and hiking at Beaver Creek CO. After the Bowling Green game, they toured Ohio, Michigan and Hilton Head. John Gallagher is spending his sabbatical year in the second class of ND’s Inspired Leadership Initiative for individuals who have already had an accomplished career but who seek to leverage that experience in new ways for “second act” endeavors, demonstrating the value and need for lifelong learning. Harvard and Stanford have similar programs. ND also offers a focus pathway for discernment in the second semester, a global Gateway to one of the ND international programs, primary residence in the South Bend community, and spiritual enrichment. Led by founder Tom Schreier ’84, retired chair of Nuveen Asset Management, the program included 15 talented learners the first year. John will brief us after he graduates. Wally Goulet is enrolled for two years studying Christian mysticism in the Living School with the Center for Action and Contemplation founded by Brother Richard Rohr, OFM, in Albuquerque. Many of you probably look for news in the Class Notes of friends close in age. In the autumn, the secretariat for 1969 passed after 33 years from Tom Ryan to John Hickey, who speculated that Tom had set a record. I’ve written for all of you since the autumn of 1970, but even that term takes a back seat to George Scheuer ’28, who corresponded for over 50 years and convened the first meeting of all class secretaries in the 1980s. Congratulations to Bob Schmuhl on publication of The Glory and the Burden: The American Presidency from FDR to Trump. Bob is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce chair emeritus in American Studies and journalism. Our class has been working with the South Bend Parks Department to plant a tree commemorating the joint Civil Rights appearance of Father Ted Hesburgh, CSC, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. A minipark at the northwest corner of Angela and Riverside Drive overlooks the St. Joseph River next to a lovely walking path and bicycle trail. There we will include a decorative 3-foot boulder and plaque mentioning our class. Details will follow for this very exciting project to honor two great leaders of our era. — Don Graham; 1901 S. Glenwood Ave., Springfield IL 62704; 217-652-1560; fever1@me.com


70MBA 50th Anniversary Coming Up

So far, the revival of the ’70MBA Class Notes has not generated a huge interest from the members of our class. The usual suspects including Jim Slowinski (key inspiration for the revival), Pete Siciliano, Doug Kaiser, Ron Malanga, Rich Russell and Mike Yourtee have provided updates over the past year, but they represent only about 10 percent of our classmates.

Please let us know what you are doing. Retired? Family stories? Notre Dame legacies? Remembrances? What’s up? We missed the opportunity for a fall reunion. Is there any interest in doing something in the spring? Ideas? — John Carroll; 4315 Alta Drive, Apt. 1301, Suwanee GA 30024; johnrcarroll@bellsouth.net


70JD Winter News

I trust by now that everyone has received correspondence from Tom Sopko, Joe Leahy and me about our 50th reunion. If you have not, please contact me and I will make sure the information is forwarded to you. The date for the reunion is Oct. 2 and 3, 2020 and we hope to see everyone there. The initial response has been positive and the number of classmates who have indicated they will attend exceeds 30. We are off to a very good start. A few weeks ago, I heard from Jack Van de North, who said he appreciated my comments on Prof. Tom Schaffer in the July column. Jack wrote, “Tom’s class was like a breath of fresh air” that would always inspire him in many ways. Jack still references the “Principles of the Common Law” that Prof. Schaffer gave to us at graduation. Having retired from the Minnesota bench, Jack is a member of the firm of Larson-King LLP in St. Paul. He edges closer to his second retirement and in the interim enjoys his four grandchildren, whom he describes in an objective fashion as “beautiful, handsome, smart and all-around wonderful.” Spoken like a good grandpa. Jack and Dee Dee look forward to seeing all of you at our 50th reunion. In late August, Marie and I met up with JoAnn and Mike Kelleher at Chautauqua Institution here in western New York for dinner and an evening of jazz on the shores of Chautauqua Lake. Like Jack and Dee Dee, the Kellehers look forward to catching up with everyone at the reunion. Joe Kane advises that he and Nancy attended the first game of the Irish football season against Louisville. Joe sends his best to all. As 2020 approaches, let me be the first to wish Mary Kevin and Jamie Cawley a happy 50th anniversary. It seems like yesterday that Marie and I attended their beautiful wedding in Bolivar NY. John Forhan retired from his solo practice in Santa Barbara and he and Carol travel often, including a visit not long ago with Tom DiGrazia in Kailua HI. John has been teaching part time at Antioch U in Santa Barbara and volunteers with first graders a couple of times a week at a local school. He says they are blessed by having their children and grandchildren nearby. Pat Dougherty points out that the author of The Lion and the Throne was Catherine Bowen, not Bowens as I mentioned in the last column. Nothing gets by those attorneys from Oregon. Joyce and Tom Sopko were at the USC game. Speaking of which, word has it that as a result of the Irish victory, Jack Slimm may have collected a free lunch from one of his New Jersey law partners who graduated from USC. Jack also plans on being at the reunion in fall. It is mid-October as I write this column, and Veteran’s Day is right around the corner. Hats off to all of you who served on active duty and in the reserves back in the 1960s and ’70s. Likewise, by the time you read these comments, the holidays will have come and gone. I wish each of you, and all your families, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Until next time, stay well and, as always, I look forward to hearing from you. Go Irish. — John K. Plumb; jkplumb37@gmail.com


71 Fall Foliage

Gentlemen, if you are looking for one of the guys, you can access the alumni database through the general web page, nd.edu, then through the Alumni vertical, to create your own account under myND. As 2019 winds down, we send one more wish for a happy 70th to the younger cadre. Tim Dipiero was a member of the Team USA 70 basketball squad participating in the FIMBA games in Helsinki in July. Our old guys beat the Ukraine’s old guys for the gold.

In June, ND’s Warren Golf Course hosted the USGA’s Senior Open, the first for a collegiate course. A big deal for the course, ND and the community. Jim Malloy is usually a starter at Warren but was one of three captains overseeing the practice tee for seven days, while volunteers Jack Cahill and Tim O’Connor worked the gates during some extremely hot periods. Spectators included Paula and Ed O’Neil of Minneapolis and roommates, John Kennedy and Bob Battaglia. Present at the New Mexico home opener were Rick Wolhuter of the Villages FL, Dan Donahue of Sioux Falls, and Rev. Phil Krill of St. Louis, who was able to get in a round at Warren while here. A fall pig roast inaugurated 20-plus years ago by family members of classmates was resurrected at the Virginia game, now encompassing three generations of the Villier and Polcari clans. Jim and Ann came from Charlotte, while Marty arrived from Scottsdale. Kudos to Jim Coolahan, Ellicott City MD, for organizing the sixth annual golf outing at Warren as a fundraiser for ND’s Vets Scholarship Fund. Also in for the Virginia game were recently retired Mike Meyers of Chicago and Herb Melton of Louisville, working toward retirement. Condolences to Pat Leino on the passing of John Leino. A native of Brule WI, a rugger, and a graduate of George Mason Law School, John, a Marine vet, was interred at Quantico National Cemetery. Morrissey roommate John Zurcher was in attendance. As a criminal attorney, an appellate case involving an active duty Marine became the subject of a 60 Minutes segment and an HBO production titled “Dangerous Evidence.” A local attorney, Bob Mysliwiec, passed away in August. A native of Grand Rapids and an accounting undergrad, he graduated from ND Law in ’74. A longtime baseball player, Bob stayed with the game late in life as a coach for area teams. Condolences to Joean and their family. Tom Gustafson, Wellington FL, a longtime attorney and member of the Florida House of Representatives, has changed careers and joined the faculty at Florida International U. Working on local environmental matters, Tom visited ND this fall, combining a game and meetings with faculty focused on similar issues. U of Southern California attendees included Joe Kubinski of Detroit, Pat McAdams of Oconomowoc WI, and Bill Pagendarm of Jacksonville, while the girls passed on the game and planned the group’s next trip. A Rhine or Danube cruise perhaps? Also present from New Jersey were Tom Sinnott, Dickie Johnson and Mike Kondrla. Their next trip may be a return west for multiple basketball games, both men and women’s. Planning is easier without jobs cluttering up the calendars. Also at USC were Zahm neighbors Bob Bramlette, Chicago, and Ken Israel, who has retired from a long career with the SEC in Salt Lake City and migrated to the warmer climes of Myrtle Beach. Tom Kennedy, a native of Canandaigua NY, passed way in October. A ’74 grad of ND’s Law school, he practiced in Rochester and his hometown. In retirement, Tom headed west to Oregon to work and golf at the Eugene Country Club. John Lyons, a dentist practicing in the metro Syracuse area, passed away in August. A Navy veteran, he served on destroyers during the Vietnam War. Professionally, he mentored dental students for 37 years at their local hospital. Condolences to his wife Marty and their family. — John Snider; 830 N. Saint Peter St., South Bend 46617-1936; res 574-217-8961; cell 312-860-1779; jlscpa@yahoo.com


71MBA Lobo Reunion

The U of New Mexico game turned into a good opportunity for our annual minireunion. Helen and Tony Strati finished up their summer road trip with a visit to Milwaukee to see Robbie (Parker) ’71MA and yours truly, Jim Fackelman. We did the usual tourist things: Lakefront brewery tour, Harley-Davidson museum tour, and the “Bronze Fonz.” Andy and John Vaughan joined us for dinner overlooking Lake Michigan, and Gray and Terry Walts took a train up from Chicago to join us. At Notre Dame, the Stratis and Fackelmans stayed with gracious hosts, Patricia and Rod Spear. We all went to the Mendoza tailgate party and were joined by John “Sully” Sullivan, who entertained us with stories of his passion for horses. At the USC tailgate a few weeks later, Rod ran into John Halloran, who had been in contact with Mary Jo and Todd Helmeke. We are considering our minireunion next year at the Wisconsin game at the legendary Lambeau Field, named for that ND legend Curly Lambeau. Hotels are filling up fast so make your reservations quickly. We are starting to plan for our 50th reunion in 2021. Do we go to the big June reunion or plan for a football game in the fall? Please send me your thoughts. — 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 New on Campus in Fall ’68

The last issue listed everyone who studied in Angers our sophomore year. As far as I can tell, there never was any such list published before, during, or after their year abroad. The same for Tokyo and Innsbruck. The last issue identified three who studied in Tokyo. This is the full list: John Cella, Dave Fahey, Dave Felton, Jeffrey Leo Gainey, John Hunckler, Don Morrison, Steve Nussbaum, Michael Van Remortel, Eli Steele Springs III, and three Saint Mary’s students: Kathleen Gibbons, Mary Jane Moriarty, and Patricia Pantano. Fall 1969 was the third year that ND sent students to Tokyo, but it was the first year that the group had studied Japanese language, culture and history before shipping off. All were under the tutelage of Rev. George Minamiki, SJ, ’77PhD (1917-2002). When we walked around campus in the fall of 1968, we took for granted many buildings that were, in fact, fairly new. The library came in 1964. The previous library had been housed in the architecture building, Bond Hall. Also new: Center for Continuing Education (1965) (now McKenna Hall), Life Sciences (1967), an addition to Nieuwland (1967), Hayes-Healy (1968). But more than buildings were new. The Observer started in the fall of ’66, AnTostal and Sophomore Literary Festival started in ’67. Our first semester was the first in which there were telephones in each dorm room. This was not so at Saint Mary’s. The Athletic and Convocations Center (ACC) opened during our first semester so we never saw varsity basketball in the Fieldhouse. Construction of the ACC pushed the football practice field further away from the center of campus. The Knights of Columbus offered gameday steak sales for the first time in the fall of ’68. According to a February 2019 letter in The Observer, the Knights have raised $1.5 million for charity through gameday sales since that time. Our sophomore year, 50 years ago, Grace and Flanner opened. While we were students, home games ended before dusk. There was no overtime play to break ties until 1996 and there were no lights. Temporary ones weren’t used until 1982 and permanent lights came in 1997. In our day, we had geographical clubs that chartered buses for holidays, and we had summer storage in the Fieldhouse. Tom Thompson wrote that, when his father died at age 94 in 2018, Joe Markosek attended the funeral. And, through Joe, Tom keeps in touch with Bill Reising and Richard Zettler. Tom also keeps in touch with his roommate Kerry Temple ’74. Tom and the late Matt St. George ’71 played trombone in the band and oversaw the band’s newsletter. Although retired near Austin, Tom works three days a week at a nonprofit health group that does hospice and housing for people with AIDS. William S. Eiler passed on June 23. Our condolences to his sister Kathy. Bill had been a PR executive in western Pennsylvania. His obituary states, “In his spare time he was a premier comedy magician at several venues in western Pennsylvania including opening at the Funnybone Comedy Club and performing table magic for the Pittsburgh Steelers.” Thomas P. York passed on July 17, on vacation in Poland. Our condolences to his wife Gosia of Eatontown NJ and their sons James, Joseph and Matthew. After graduation, Tom obtained a degree in theology and one from the Culinary Institute of America. For the past decade, he taught at Rutgers Business School. 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 Namesake Found

One of the most famous members of our class is my namesake Mike (Louie) Hansen. Mike was an accounting major who lived in Breen Phillips and was the instigator of many food fights in the North Dining Hall. Mike was all about his hometown of Milwaukee. Unbelievably, I played golf with his nephew at Oak Park Country Club outside of Chicago in late September. When he said his uncle was Mike Hansen from Milwaukee, I knew I had found Louie after asking his whereabouts a couple of columns ago. Mike and his wife Nancy live in Ft. Lauderdale traveling back to Wisconsin many times each year. They have five married children and 11 grandchildren. Mike worked for Arthur Andersen for 13 years then started a small PE firm in 1986. His children now do most of the work. Mike and Nancy are active with Andean Health and Development which has two hospitals in Ecuador and The Women’s Care Center. Louie wanted to say hi to Greg (Pap) Pappariella who was a great offensive lineman for the Breen Phillips Nads as well as a champion ping pong player. I have news from classmates who purchased Virginia Tech tickets. Chris Chappell retired from the practice of law on June 30, spending his entire 41 years in Boston, the last 20 as a partner in the Seyfarth Shaw office. Chris remains active on the board of directors of Holy Cross Family Ministries. Chris, Dan Balmert and Terry Malik get together at least once a year to play golf, tell lies about the old days and eat more red meat than they should. They are looking for their freshman roommate Dave Kravetz. Mike Sydlik is still working as the owner of a small engineering consulting firm he established 36 years ago in Pittsburgh. Mike and his wife Roseann have two children, Ryan ’08 and Marie ’10. Tom Leary has been working for the last 14 years in Wisconsin Dells in real estate and property management. Before that, he worked 32 years in the manufacturing industry. JC Tomshack has spent many years working in pharmaceutical sales and was part of the formation of the Perrigo Company. JC resides in South Haven MI with his wife Geri, having retired five years ago. It was great to hear from good friend Mike Busick living in Louisville. Mike reports that he and wife Lisa are the proud grandparents of 14 grandchildren. Like most of us, Mike attended his 50th high school reunion this summer, in Wheeling WV. Also in attendance were Jack Hennen and Denny Obyc. Steve Jebbia was unfortunately absent. Pam King shares the unfortunate passing of her dear friend and former Saint Mary’s roommate Melanie Walsh Flannery in May of this year. Jeanie Lysaught Hull was also in attendance. Jim Bulger’s two grandchildren are outstanding golfers. His grandson Aidan qualified for the state championship in Pennsylvania while his younger sister, freshman Eva, was a participant in the girls’ state finals. The question I want to know is, Bullit, can you beat either one of them? It was nice to hear from Jim Zagata. Jim is with Integrity Ironworks in Sayreville NJ just outside of New York City. Congratulations to Larry Pino, whose son Jared is graduating from ND in May and will be working for Deutsche Bank in NYC. I am always looking for news. — Michael W. Hansen; 3013 Sanctuary Court, Joliet IL 60435; mikehansen@mikehansenlaw.com


73MBA Looking for Good Stories

Gene Schraeder writes that he had the chance to take his grandkids for the first time to the Virginia game. They had to endure the worst electrical storm they have ever seen on Friday night. Weather cleared for the game and they had a good time. They tried to enhance the trip by staying across the lake in the old seminary dorm, Carroll Hall. Let’s just say the Spartan surroundings were a tad too much for all six of them. His wife said one night was plenty and they drove back to Chicago Saturday night for a nice stay in a hotel before flying home on Sunday. Campus was great and Gene says that may have influenced his 13- and 14-year-olds to consider ND down the road. Earlier in the month, he met Dan Reelitz in New Brunswick, Canada, for a few days at the Bay of Fundy and Prince Edward Island. It was great seeing him and getting away from what had been a long hot summer in the South Carolina low country. His family may celebrate his wife’s birthday with a trip to the Del Mar area in Southern California. With much of the family west of the Rockies, California is a good place to gather. Gus Brown shares that nothing much is going in in Kankakee. We are, however, planning our next Euro Church Tour. They are off to Budapest in April. Otherwise, all is well. I celebrated quietly my 70th birthday in August. I have a new task at Boeing. I manage C-17 jet engine material budget dollars, which keeps me very busy. You are always welcome to contact us when in Southern California. Little news came this month from classmates. You don’t have to wait until I send a request for information. 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 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 News: Good and Sad

Lee Schoen sent me a note reporting the death of Fred Hogan in August, and Tony Shaker informed me that the passing in July of Charlotte Toulouse was reported in this magazine. Fred practiced with a small firm in Chicago of which he was a name partner. He managed to find time to enjoy woodworking (at which he was apparently quite adept) and sailing, notably sailing across the Atlantic “on a much-too-small” boat. I was unaware that he was an All-American swimmer at the U of Wisconsin. Fortunately, based upon his obituary, he did not need his swimming skills on his transatlantic voyage. Our deep condolences to his wife, Mary Beth, and the rest of his family. Charlotte passed away in her hometown, Albuquerque NM, where she practiced first with her father and then solo, since finishing a clerkship with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Her practice was varied ranging from medical malpractice to family law, with stints on several bar and state committees. Like her mother, she was active in state and local politics, several times serving as a state delegate for the Democratic Party. Of course, she was also known for making sure her son and the other youngsters in her family learned the “Fight Song” at the earliest possible age. Our condolences to her partner, Robert Secrest, her son, Trent, and the rest of her family. On the pleasant side of the ledger I got a nice update from Rich Reinthaler, who is nearing retirement from the New York office of Winston & Strawn. Earlier in his career, he was a partner at White & Case and Dewey, Ballantine (later LeBoeuf). After retirement, he and Mary intend to reside in Pinehurst NC. (I can’t imagine what he will do there.) Rich has been a corporate litigator for his entire career, highlighted by working on cases that presented the opportunities to put Neil Armstrong and Woody Allen on the witness stand. He and Mary have three children, all of whom went to Notre Dame, and three grandchildren. (If I counted correctly, they have two grand-dogs and six grand-chickens. I kid you not.) I am making my plans to return to Dublin for the Navy game next season. Think about it. We had a great time in 2012. — Paul Reagan; 16527 Heron Coach Way, Ft. Myers FL 33908; cell 847-915-9796; pvreagan@gmail.com


74 A Few More Reunion Items

Matthew Cavanaugh retired from the Federal Aviation Administration and rather than relax and kick back for a bit, he started his own consulting firm. He has two grown children, three great-children and a lovely wife named Annie. Also, Philip O’Brien is still working at Hugh Electronics in Vienna VA and has been married to Carolyn for 39 years. Dan Cronin enjoys the good life in Colorado Springs. He has a solid 43 years of married life with Barbara, along with two kids he appreciates each day. He enjoys officiating high school football, which also helps to keep him young. Former roommates Jim Hynan and Mike McGuire enjoyed reunion. If you recall there was to be a memory seminar that didn’t work out, so Jim is still working solo on his memory. Jim enjoyed connecting with Dan and Bob O’Hara, who in addition to being Jim’s ND friends, were also his high school classmates. Hynan also ran into Jim Pauer who was his roommate junior year. Jim Hynan also runs the senior alumni gatherings for the Notre Dame Club of Chicago. Aiming to keep it interesting, he has encouraged senior alums to meet for lunch in the Chicago loop and at happy hours, always before they are over. Many of our classmates are going to the Navy game in Ireland next year, which we anticipate being great fun. Russ Dodge does a great number with adding pictures on our class Facebook site. We encourage everyone to do the same. Five years can be a long stretch of time before our next reunion. Let’s aim to stay connected as much as possible. Please write, email, call or text me with news. It’s always a pleasure to serve you as your class correspondent. Many feel we are on the back nine of life headed to the club house, so share while you can. Email me at AOL, or as the young barista said, “AOL, how vintage.” Please put class news in the subject line, or I may accidentally delete you with the spam. Forever Irish. — Dede Lohle Simon; 440 N. Wabash, Unit 3905, Chicago IL 60611; domerdede@aol.com


74 MBA Travels with Jack and Helen

There were no messages from classmates since the last publication. I do have some news to report, so here goes. Helen and I attended the ND-Virginia football game on Sept. 28 with our daughter, Shannon, and son-in-law, Aaron. We met up with Charlie Lanktree, two of his children, CJ ’01 and Kelly ’04, five of Charlie’s grandchildren, and various friends and relatives of the Lanktree family. CJ and Kelly organized a fabulous tailgate party. A good time was had by all. Charlie and his wife, Donna, live in Morris Plains NJ. Charlie is still working full time. A couple of days after the Virginia game, Helen and I left on a 12-day vacation. We spent four nights in San Antonio visiting the Alamo, frequenting various establishments along the Riverwalk, and enjoying the other sights in San Antonio. We then flew to Memphis for three nights, visiting Graceland, Beale Street, the music and dining venues and the Peabody Hotel ducks. If you are not familiar with the Peabody ducks, Google it for an interesting view. Finally, it was on to Nashville for four nights. If you have never been to Nashville, you should add it to your bucket list. The people are friendly, the country music is great, and there is plenty of tasty southern cooking. There are a lot of things to do in Nashville, including the Ryman Auditorium, the Opryland Hotel, the Grand Ole Opry, and of course, lower Broadway. Where else in America can you stroll amongst the bars and restaurants along Broadway at 10:30 a.m. and there is live country music emanating from nearly every storefront. So, that is enough about the travels of the Burnett family. I continue to warn everyone that if I do not receive information from classmates, you will continue to hear about the continuing adventures of Jack and Helen. — Jack Burnett; 19248 Glen Eagles Drive, Livonia MI 48152; 734-464-3458; jburnet1@sbcglobal.net


74JD Rest in Peace

Matt Connelly passed away in June. Matt and his wife Deborah have seven children and 15 grandchildren. Matt practiced in Fort Wayne and was a friend to everyone he met. A Double Domer, Matt played rugby and was a Bengal Bouts boxer. Bob Mysliwiec passed away in August. He and his wife Joean have six children and 14 grandchildren. Bob practiced in Niles MI for 45 years and often represented clients that others might not care to represent. He was a Double Domer who turned down an appointment to the Naval Academy sponsored by Gerald Ford to pitch for Irish Coach Jake Kline. Bob coached baseball at many levels and took a Michigan team to the Babe Ruth Baseball World Series. His community involvement included work with the Mock Trial Teams of South Bend’s St. Joseph’s High School. After graduation Dave DeMuro spent 10 years with the US Securities and Exchange Commission followed by 30 years in private practice as a securities lawyer in NYC. Now retired, he shares his time between Ann Arbor, the site of his alma mater, and Rancho Mirage CA. Clark Arrington credits Dean David Link with providing him a foundation on which he developed several innovative business models for cooperatives and worker owned businesses. Clark had been involved with the socially responsible business practices world for most of his career, including 15 years in Tanzania and Tunisia. Currently he lives in Philadelphia, where he is general counsel for The Working World. I had a chance to visit with Mike Laird in Chicago while our wives, Janet and Mary Beth, attended their 50th high school reunion. Mike maintains an active practice as well as his active sense of humor. Take care. — Joe O’Reilly; cell 502-649-6955; joe.oreilly34@icloud.com


75 Dreamin’ of Jeanne

Jeanne Murphy writes that she “semiretired” in May after a long career in advertising, marketing and public affairs. She is a consultant for her former company, Ferrero, and works about one week a month, still selling chocolate. She plays golf, does volunteer work and is looking forward to the ND reunion in June. She promises a few more fun moments for everybody. Stay tuned. Classmate Tim O’Brien sadly reports the passing of his father, Eldon Sanford O’Brien in August. Eldon and his wife were married 70 years and had 10 children. Tim has four adult children and owned a real estate appraisal company for 30 years, until 2008. He now operates a religious articles gift store, Family Grotto, named after the grotto at Notre Dame. This year’s Greg Hunckler Memorial Golf outing was hosted by Celeste and Joe Melehan in San Jose CA. Joe won against Harry Van Bavel and Tim Negro. Frank Barrett joined the group for dinner in San Francisco. Frank has been teaching at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA and next year with be a visiting scholar at Harvard U. Noony and Jack Malone are celebrating their fifth grandchild, little Meghan Kathleen Martin, whose mommy is Mary Kate Malone Martin ’08. The Malones joined Linda and yours truly Norm Bower on a river cruise in France in May, touring Paris, Giverny and Normandy. While at the US Cemetery in Normandy, Deacon Jack offered a brief and very touching prayer service honoring the fallen heroes of WWII. Bruce Jiorle says he likes reading updates on classmates and B-P dorm mates Bryan Barnett and Dan Winnike. Bruce has been retired for two years after 36 years as a New Jersey orthodontist. He was at the Virginia game with sons Marc Jiorle ’11 and Matthew, and a son-in-law John Archible. Mark Keown is hoping to retire in a few years but still frequents ND Stadium each autumn, seeing buddies Nick, Chuckles, and George Sibley. Mark has seven grandkids who live nearby. Patrick McLaughlin of Santa Ynez CA is to meet Howard Stierwalt at the Stanford game. Patrick is engaged to Jenger Tabor. Remember in your prayers our classmate Richard Ciambrone, who passed away from pancreatic cancer and is survived by his wife, Karen. Please continue to send me your news. Thanks. — Norm Bower; 3946 Fernwood Ave., Davenport IA 52807; cell and text 563-349-0469; normbower@mchsi.com


75MBA Class Secretary Jim Ouimet;

215-862-3080; jimouimet@comcast.net


75JD Winter Notes

Lenora Popken is the latest Lardy Scholar, joining 44 other deserving law students who preceded her. Congratulations to Lenora and thanks to all of you who have contributed to the endowment fund over the years. Since 1976, the fellowship has provided tuition assistance to law students who embody the qualities we admired most in our classmates: courage, love, and understanding toward those around us. Lenora holds a political science degree from the U of West Georgia. While at NDLS, she has dedicated herself to the Exoneration Project, the Wrongful Conviction Externship, and served as an assistant coach to the undergraduate debate team. She is part of the Class of ’20JD, but she became one of us with this honor. To ensure that future scholars are rewarded, please make an annual contribution to the memorial scholarship honoring our late classmate, Peter A.R. Lardy. In other news, Jeanne Jourdan retired from the St. Joseph Superior Court in 1999 but continues to teach trial advocacy at NDLS in the intensive course and for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Jeanne and her husband, Tom Swartz, who retired after more than four decades on the University faculty, divide their time between Cassopolis MI and St. George Island FL. She looks forward to seeing classmates in 2020 for our 45th reunion. Bob Billmeier retired as a New Jersey Superior Court trial judge after more than a decade of service. Assigned exclusively to the criminal division in Mercer County, he presided over many of the homicide trials occurring in Trenton over the last decade. Before Bob’s nomination to the court, he was a civil trial attorney in private practice and a municipal court judge. In retirement, Bob and Lisa will spend more time with their children and grandchildren. They intend to slip in some golf as they enjoy the good life. Married 40 years, they have two sons who participated in college basketball, with Brad at Gettysburg College and Grant at Seton Hall despite recruitment efforts by the Irish. Grant is the top assistant coach at Seton Hall. Since graduating from law school, Bob has frequently crossed paths with Ben Cittadino, who also practiced in Mercer County. A football weekend last October presented an opportunity to tailgate on campus ahead of the football team’s rout of the visiting Bowling Green Falcons. Karen and I enjoyed time with Jojo and Pete Shirk, Brennan Farrell, Brian Short, Bob Foster, Ron Hein, Ray Garza, Mike Eldred, Joe Cooney, John Sperla, and Jack Garbo. In the cool autumn air, we talked sports, retirement, cholesterol counts, and grandchildren. We also kicked around reunion ideas. Our 40-year reunion in 2015 was enjoyable and well-attended. As you know, we folded our events into the University’s reunion, and it makes sense to do so again. For now, circle the June 4-7 on your 2020 calendar and look for further information via email or the old-fashioned post-office variety. We anticipate an event on the Friday of that weekend as our class arrives in the Bend. On Saturday morning, Jeanne Jourdan and her husband have extended an invitation to the class for a brunch at their home. Later that day, look for a Mass at the law school and a festive dinner replete with special guests, good food, fine wine and speeches. In a nutshell, those are our tentative reunion plans, and if you were looking for an excuse to return to campus, you just got it. Go Irish. — Frederick Giel; fggiel@gmail.com


76 Together Again

Members of SUNDEF VIII (those who studied in Angers, France) gathered at a lakeside estate in Michigan to ring in their Medicare membership together. The more ambitious enjoyed outdoor sports while the rest devoted themselves to sharing updates on children and grandchildren and reminiscing. In the progeny sweepstakes, Brian and Betsy (Bernard) McCorry lead the field with nine grandchildren while Mary (St. Ville) and Duncan Delhey shared that they would soon be grandparents. Tom McTamney announced that retirement “didn’t take” and is back at work at an Indianapolis nonprofit. Susan and Chris Laragy’s retirement is near and they and plan to travel extensively. The group also celebrated the engagement of Kit McCarthy’s eldest son. Tom Roehl disclosed that he retired at age 30. Other partyers included Paula (Payne) ’76SMC and Emmett Logan, Mary Beth Hagen, Sheila (Burns) Colabrese ’76SMC, Nancy (Kemp) DuCharme ’76SMC, Mimi (Philbin) Carlson, Dave Rust, Donna Drinan and Sandy VanGilder. Football season always brings classmates back home. Seen on campus this year were Pete Bialek, John Albers, Roxanne ’77 and Rocco Martino, Sharon (Zelinski) Haverstock, Pat Burke, Kathy (Gallogly) Cox, Pat Dore, Wendy Duffey, Sue (Caranci) Pronove, Debi Dell, Lynda and Pat Sarb, Bill Fallon, Tracy and Len Moty, Ed Byrne, John Carrico, Marybeth (Gillespie) and Scott Weber and Dan Fitzgerald. Debi continues to host parties for the class in her home. Dan is the third-generation owner of McAuliffe’s Ace Hardware in Marysville OH. He and his wife Becki have four grandchildren. Pat and Lynda participated in the inaugural Walk for NKH, which raised almost $17,000 for the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases. Scott Weber is an ophthalmologist in Grand Rapids. Tom Henzler splits his time between Houston and South Bend, where he gets to practice with ND’s fencing team. He was one of four who qualified to compete at the Veterans World Fencing Tournament in Cairo, Egypt. His performance raised his ranking from 54 to 20. Pat Novitzki shared news of his Morrissey gang. Joe Conigliaro, a retired optometrist, lives in Utica NY. Tom Aber is in Akron OH selling highway construction products and Dave Howe is the CFO for Premier Bank in Minneapolis. Pat is a banker living in South Bend and loves to attend sporting events and lectures on campus. Frank Fransioli was the impetus behind creation of the Class of ’76 Butterfly Garden on campus. He helped plan and plant a butterfly garden at Assumption Catholic Grade School in Denver. ACE students at the school coordinated with students in Sustainable Notre Dame to produce a curriculum featuring the garden as a learning tool. Frank intends to share the planting plan and curriculum with Notre Dame clubs. Betsy (Kall) and Pete Brosnan retired from public accounting after 43 years. They traveled to Paris last fall with Cathi and Tom Hogan, Becky and Terry Bowen, Pat Murphy, and Rock Basciano. Bill Vollmer retired from Kaiser Permanente after 30 years at its Center for Health Research in Portland. He and his wife just celebrated 40 years of marriage and have two sons and one granddaughter. A group of Farley friends gathered for a reunion in Austin TX in September. Planned by Denise (Crowley) Brenner, the gathering included Donna (Crowley) Campbell, Betsy Brosnan, Shelley (Muller) Simon, Mary Kay (Rochford) Demetrio, Mimi (Philbin) Carlson, Michelle Berberet, Marianne (Ries) Rogers and me. All enjoyed wine tasting, fine food and great company. We lost classmates William C. Keen and John Dowd. Please keep their families in your prayers. — Mary Anne Kennedy Reilly; 7423 18th St. NE, Saint Petersburg FL 33702; 727-480-1251; mareilly@rfs-pa.com


76MBA Need News

We have no news to report. Please send something for our column. 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 Dreaming in Shamrock Green

Colorful, modern sculptures at roundabouts now welcome visitors to South Bend with style, and the art is the work of sculptor, art professor, and Holy Cross Religious Superior, Rev. Austin Collins, CSC. Who’s thinking about the 2020 Shamrock Series in Dublin? Dan Hayden says, “I plan on attending the Navy game in Dublin again with my wife Annette ’78SMC after being there in 1996 and 2012.” We Are ND (weare.nd.edu), the online alumni magazine with stories of Domers making a difference in the world, recently featured Bonita Bradshaw, Michael MacDonald, and Kevin Urtz. Metro Mobile Recording’s Tim Powell did the Farm Aid concert in Wisconsin this fall, which showcased artists Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, and Bonnie Raitt. Tim has received Emmys, Peabodys, Midwest Emmys and is Grammy-nominated. The NDames Senior Women’s Rowing Team competed in the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. Included are Jody Gormley, Elizabeth CorbinMary Spalding Burns and Mary Fitzsimons. Dom Carbone’s sister, Maria Carbone Coyne ’82 is on the team. Brigid Fitzgerald and Tom Stoy MD and Mary Hansen Pedersen ’77SMC, and Michael Pedersen proudly saw their sons, Gilbrian Fitzgerald Stoy, CSC, ’13 and M. Joseph Pedersen, CSC, ’09,’11MA profess perpetual vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross at the Basilica in August, and as they were made deacons during Mass at Moreau Seminary the following day, celebrated by Rev. Jorge Enrique Izaguirre Rafael, CSC, bishop-prelate of Chuquibamba, Peru. Both sons will be ordained in April at the Basilica. Robin Franciscovich MD and family enjoy the Basset Bash in Woodinville, north of Seattle. “The hounds lead the parade and it’s so much fun. After the parade, they have talent, costume, howl and ear length contests and basset races, which are hilarious,” Robin says. Robin’s sister Nancy ’79 SMC is involved in Belly Rubs Basset Rescue of Tennessee. Sharon and Jeff Vitter’s son Scott ’10, PhD, U of Texas at Austin, former Army Ranger, married Lindsay Sena ’10 last summer at the Fleischmann mansion Greenacres in Cincinnati. Daughters Audrey ’13 and Jillian ’07 attended. The Vitter family has 11 ND and one SMC alumni. Patriarch A.L. Vitter ’35 graduated from ND at 19 years old. Pat Klepper enjoyed the Louisville game with family and friends. Among highlights of the weekend, the Four Horsemen made a guest appearance at Churchill Downs for Irish fans. Cinde and Robert Driscoll MD attended the New Mexico game where daughter Lucy Driscoll ’13, ’14MS was honored as part of the “Domer Dozen” program. Lucy encouraged girls to pursue science and technology. Deb Kenny Ellsworth and Bill Ellsworth joined Karen and Rich Wanders at the Virginia game. Marilyn Tomasko Sammarco MD and Michael Sammarco “had a BP reunion at the Bowling Green game, with a Flanner addition,” meeting Janet Spillman Noble, Linda Curgian, Mary Letourneau Mora, Maureen O’Neill and Terry Molony for a fantastic weekend. Mary-Louise Houghton Polo, Dan Bishop and I went to ND-USC with our children and friends, as did Jen Ryder Raabe. Jay Pittas, Mike Santillo, class president Rob Tully and Bill Walsh greatly enjoyed their annual Cubs ‘n’ pubs weekend in Chicago. Pastor and mental health professional Anne Dilenschneider PhD is a certified WPATH provider for transgender persons. Jack Bergen, Notre Dame Senior Alumni (NDSA) communications officer, was happy that September’s fifth annual NDSA golf tournament raised over $32,000 for the GCND Scholarship that benefits vets and families. Jeff Vitter, Dave Young and James Quinn were among participants. Our deepest condolences go out to Walt Ling on the loss of his wife, Darcy Jean; to Marybeth Diamond Evans and to Richard Evans, on the loss of Marybeth’s mother and Rich’s mother-in-law, Rosemary Diamond; to Bob Yurkovich on the loss of his mother, Lorraine; and to Dan Bishop, on the loss of his brother Marty’s wife, Kathy Bishop. We are heartbroken at the loss of Dan D’Antonio, after a courageous battle; may his family be comforted, and may these beloved rest in peace, in God’s loving care. — 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 Still Practicing in Hong Kong

Mike Arruda, who is partner-in-charge of Asia Pacific for Baker Botts LLP, has been a resident of Hong Kong since 2003. In addition to representing oil and gas companies investing in Asia, Mike has handled transactions related to oil and gas acquisitions for clients in more than 25 countries around the world. I caught up with Mike as he was heading to the airport in Bangkok, and for an update a few days later as he was heading to Beijing, so I hope to have a little more news to share in the coming edition. He sends his best wishes to the Class of ’77 and looks forward to Reunion 45. Since retiring as the federal public defender for Nevada in 2011, Franny Forsman earned her MFA in creative writing at Bennington College, and she has almost finished a novel about political corruption in Las Vegas. Her only legal work these days is as co-counsel to the ACLU in a class action to address the indigent defense system in Nevada. Mac Stuckey has not given up his law school dream of changing the world. His opinion piece about the two-party political system was recently published in TCPalm.com. He suggests a class project with others who wish to turn away from the present system, which Mac believes leads to alienation and discourages open-minded discussion of the issues. Mac is still practicing in Stuart FL. As Mac explains it, he didn’t plan to live this long, so retirement was not in his long-term plan. His son Taylor ’06 is an estate planning attorney in Lexington KY and president of the local ND Club. Mac’s daughter Erin, named after Notre Dame, has three sons. — Janey Bennett; 4100 Edison Lakes Parkway, Mishawaka IN 46545; 574-298-9251; bus 574-243-4100; jbennett@maylorber.com


78 Greetings and Guests

Greetings classmates. I trust you enjoyed a hearty fall and a merry Christmas. Onward we trod into a happy new year. Nace Mullen hosted a lavish and spooky Halloween party at his Center City Philadelphia home. It was also a celebration for his son Little Nace’s birthday. Among the guests on the VIP list was our own Vicki Lopez, up from Florida for the festivities. Local beverage czar Stan Ziehrel has had great success with his intermittent fasting diet. His golf game vastly improved when he got the right size shoe, and now I hear he may be considering leaving bachelorhood behind. Don Smail reported in from the USC game weekend. He stopped in to visit Jimmy Martin, who is building a new house in the Chicago suburbs. Danny at Casa Romano was host to a crew in town for the game including Jamie Stephens and Charlie Schultz along with John Talbot and Chris Crkovich. Kathy and Charlie Wolf invited several local and visiting alumni to the charity event on Thursday to support development of schools and public facilities in Africa. Dawn and Dennis Doughty hosted a gala soiree on Friday night, attended by BrianSleepy” Cronin, Jim “Doc” Whalen, Tom “Tippy Coryn” and Ann Combs. Don hosted the annual NorCal Wine Tasting by the Lake on game day, with record attendance. Wine crowd included Diane and Tony Crudele, Pat “Jaws” Coveny, Lisa Maglio Brown ’78SMC and a group of alumni parents and friends from northern California and the ND Club of Memphis. Laura and Pat Flynn hosted their usual magnificent tailgate on game day. Bruce Martin was there, along with Ann Combs, Mary Flannery and the usual gang. Pat Coveny told me that Bob March delivered an awesome talk on aortic valves at the Emil T. Hofman lecture on Saturday just before we ripped the heart out of USC. Don stopped in Phoenix on business and had dinner with Rich Barlow, who shared his recent travels with wife Lynn. Don is helping to organize the 30th anniversary of the ND-Stanford Game, including Ted Robinson as emcee, and featuring Lou Holtz as guest speaker for the Legends Luncheon. Pete Andreyev promised to fly in from China for the game. I hope to see Bill Reifsteck and Rich Barlow return as well so he can put the band back together. Tom Humen was at the UVA game and tailgate hosted by Pat Kennedy, and also attended by Vinnie Renz, Mike Reda, Jim Leonard, Tony Crudele, Jim Singer, Ed May, Mike Van Acker and Chris Crkovich, along with wife Mary Beth (Perpich) Humen’78SMC. Also at the game was Mary Beth’s roommate from ND Apartments Barb (O’Neil) Backscheider ’78SMC and husband Alan, a disappointed UVA alum. Noticeably absent was Jeff “Carp” Carpenter, who attended the Bowling Green game thinking that was our big rivalry. Mike Reda, former Cavanaugh Hall resident and currently an attorney in St. Louis, relayed the following info: Diane and Tony Crudele made the triangle trip from Nashville to Louisville for the football season opener, then to St. Louis where they attended a Cardinals game with Mike Reda and his wife Patti and then returned to Nashville taking all the Cardinals momentum with him. Share your life with us. Contact me. Peace and love. — Jim “Souls” Coyne; 1801 Butler Pike, Apt. 20, Conshohocken PA19428; 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 Class secretary – Vincent Johnson;



79 Wedding Bells

Congratulations to Sue Olin and Tom Soma, who married about a year ago. They live in Portland. In the rundown of the reunion last column, I neglected to thank Mark Ungashick and Don Wittgen for serving as eucharistic ministers at the class Mass. At the reunion, I encouraged many of you to send an update so that I can let our classmates know what you have been up to. I am trying to figure out how to send class email blasts to remind you to send me your news. In the meantime, please email me at the address below. — 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