60 Finding Equilibrium

Hopefully, this virus era is finished, and we are on the way forward. It seems that during the malady, a lot of us lost our inhibitions in matters of decency with clerks, vendors and even our friends. It is time to call in the Holy Spirit and get our personal selves back on an equilibrium. I have been happy to see that most classmates have accepted our football program in the national stage of college football. Some of the thoughts and prayers would be good topics for our live feed on our class website. The newest are at the top. The entries drop down as more entries are made. There is a string of those on the live feed presently, and some of the oldest are several months old. Check them out. We are limited to 600 words for this article. I can put some of your informational emails up on our site. If anyone thinks this is not good for them, let me know. Here is an update from Emmett McCarthy: “Kay and I (53 years), split the year between Victor ID and Juno Beach FL. I do lots of hiking in the Teton Range. I can still take the 3-to-4-hour hikes with old timers. In Florida, I walk the beach most days. I worked in banking and consulting and did some buy/sell of small companies. I retired in about 2000 and spent time traveling in Ireland and other European countries.” Dick Healy writes, “Thank you for the information on classmates with Alzheimer’s. I was sad to hear about Bob Scholtz, a nice person and a very good football player. I want more classmate information. You have been doing an excellent job of keeping us informed. 248-879-5983.” Tim Carroll says, “In November, I headed south for hiking season in the Ahwatukee foothills in Arizona. I had two guests for their annual wine binge. A boy like me can hardly keep up. They are great to have around, full of vim and vinegar. Dave Leicht went to school with Tom Keegan from kindergarten through high school and ND. He recently got in touch with Tom and let him know that my thoughts and prayers are with him and Ann, who are in a memory care unit in Fallbrook CA.” Ed Bukowski says, “We all need each other’s prayers, and those of the broader ND community. Anne Marie and I (46 years) enjoy good health. Anne played golf this summer, we sailed on Lake Ontario aboard our self-maintained sailboat, and plan some skiing this season. Anne will have knee replacement in the spring before golf season. We do a lot of Zooming with grandkids. We try not to complain because we know how blessed we are and besides, no one’s listening.” A memory came from Jerry Lally from freshman year in Breen-Phillips when Foster Haunz came back from Christmas break with a stash of moonshine, which he generously shared. “I can still (a pun?) recall the horrible taste.” Paul Scagliarini and his wife pray the rosary in Divine Mercy Chapel daily. He says, “I appreciate hearing about classmates who need our prayers.” Please continue to share information on classmates who need prayers. — Joseph F. Jansen; 9190 Southmont Cove, No. 103, Ft. Myers FL 33908; cell 317-514-4478; jfjansen@aol.com 


60JD Class Secretary Wanted

The Alumni Association is in search of a class secretary for the Law School Class of 1960. Interested parties should email Alumni Editor Joanne Norell at jnorell@nd.edu using the subject line “Class Secretary 1960JD.”


61 A Busy Life

We have a mate who has been reported on with honor. I am speaking of James Goodwin. He was the subject of a lengthy article about his life after ND in the winter edition of this magazine. I must say his life has been a busy one. Yes, he is another one of our lawyers and specializes in civil rights and social justice in his hometown, Tulsa OK. I remember him on the third floor of Sorin Hall. He is also the publisher of a newspaper, the Eagle. I remember him all the way back to freshman PE where he matched us in swimming with only one arm, even the lifesaving test. He was and is a serious student and continues that value-driven practice today in his publishing work and his law practice. If you have not read the article, I hope you will. I had the pleasure of talking to Jerry Kearns recently. He told me of a great idea that Roger McMahon came up with last summer. The idea was that we need to communicate more with each other and suggested they try Zoom. This is a fantastic idea, especially now as we weather the pandemic. The meeting lasts about an hour every other Monday. What a great way to avoid the pandemic’s isolation. They even pray the rosary together to pray for our country and our leaders. While I am at it, Jerry also shared with me that his daughter, Ann Kearns Davoren, has been elected president of the National Alumnae Association of Saint Mary’s College. She graduated in ’98, has a master’s degree from Indiana U and a PhD from Loyola U, Chicago. Ann has many accomplishments to show for her great education. He also suggested we pray for Billy Pogue and Wally O’Brien. They have serious health issues. It is a sign of our times, but I have several deaths to report. Bob Schultze of Union MI was reported by his family. I found in the winter issue the following: Dr. Kenneth Brown, Albuquerque NM; John F. Carella, Napa CA; George W. Craven, South Lake Tahoe CA; Thomas E. Emmer, Minneapolis; Edward J. Fillenwarth Jr., Indianapolis; John F. McNamara, Rockford IL; Phillip R. Murtaugh, Two Rivers WI; and Martin Ronan, Alexandria VA. I saved John D. Tully for last to comment that he was our classmate who holds the world record for a college basketball player to foul out in the shortest time, about 1:32 on the clock. He was, like many of us, a lawyer with a good sense of humor. It has been a slow quarter and little communication. I know we are in a pandemic, but maybe you could use some of your isolation time to share what you are doing to avoid going nuts or worse. We are all in this together. Email is the best for me, but a letter is fine as well. One thing they cannot take away from us is Abbie at the front door with the latch string out hoping you’ll stop by for a visit on your way through South Texas. Oops, I forgot they are restricting travel. Well, we would still like to see you. Stay well and find happiness in your own domain. — Joseph P. (“Pat”) Kelly; 2103 N. Wheeler St., Victoria TX 77901; 362-573-9982; jpkellytx@sbcglobal.net


61JD Class Secretary John N. Moreland;



62 Hot Off the Press

Don Yates had his first book published: Good Business Sense for Doing Good Business, A Guide to Enhance Your Business Acumen. It can be found at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In the book, Don discusses key points about leadership, productivity/interactivity, language reception, written expression and cultural awareness. Don says it “is intended to help the reader approach the workplace with insights that need to be addressed to make the worker much more attuned to the higher levels of involvement he or she aspires to attain.” Jim Flynn and Jerry McKenna each received word that a grandchild has been admitted to the Class of 2025. Joe Drolla and Al Zangrilli are close friends. I recently spoke with Joe, not realizing he moved to St. Joseph’s Hall in the middle of sophomore year with the intent of joining the Maryknoll order. However, while there, he decided instead to join the CSCs and spent the following year in Jordan MN, “for an inspiring novitiate year.” After taking vows the following August, he returned to Moreau to complete his junior and senior years, graduating in May 1963. As a prerequisite, Joe had to major in philosophy with courses in languages. He then went to the theological seminary in DC but left after six months, returning home to New Orleans where he later enrolled at Loyola’s law school. Following graduation, Joe went into private practice concentrating on commercial law and then became a sole practitioner in 1990 specializing in real estate, estate planning, and succession law, as well as support litigation. Joe works every day and was in his office at 7:30 a.m. when we spoke. Al followed the same route as Joe but went to St. Joe’s Hall at the beginning of sophomore year. He completed his four-year theological course but elected to defer ordination at which point the CSCs assigned him to teach at Notre Dame High School in Niles IL. At the end of that school year, Al made the decision not to be ordained and returned to Pittsburgh where he worked in a political campaign for a US senator. He then went to Cornell Law School and, upon graduation, joined a firm in Pittsburgh as a litigator where he also specialized in local government law. In 1992, he joined an eight-person firm where he is today. Al said he aspired to get involved in electoral politics but never quite made the plunge to run for office. Instead he advises candidates. Like his friend Joe, Al also works every day. Recently, several have said my Sunday messages have not been received. They were deemed “junk” by the recipient or went to a spam folder. I am told one can indicate my email address (shown below) is not spam or junk, which may solve the problem. Also, if you have changed your email address recently, let me know. Assuming the vaccinations go well, keep the first weekend in June 2022 open for our class reunion. More later. We learned that Vic Grabowski died on April 26, 2020, but I have no further information. Chris Reid passed away on Oct. 30. Bucky O’Connor, our former class president and vice president, died on Nov. 4. He had some health issues that he kept to himself. Wayne Thompson went hunting in Montana in November. While there, he fell ill and returned home and was hospitalized with the coronavirus, and then had a stroke, passing away on Nov. 17. Bill Snyder also contracted the virus and was hospitalized in mid-December. He seemed to be progressing slowly but died unexpectedly on Jan. 4. — Raymond Raedy; 5310 Rileys Ridge Road, Hillsborough NC 27278; 919-967-8816; nd62secy@medicinemanremedies.com


62JD God Willing

This past October, Foster Haunz, 82, passed away peacefully with family by his side after a long battle with multiple health conditions. Foster is survived by his wife, Patricia, daughters Carla Haunz Rusconi (Mike) and Leah Haunz Johnson and son Marc Lewis Haunz. I have a recollection of Foster bringing some home-brewed, high-proof white lightning to an election party for John F. Kennedy. Foster brewed it in a still he found in a remote area on his father’s farm. It is a wonder we all survived. Christine Stucko informed me that the reunion scheduled for this May is postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. God willing, our 60th reunion will be held in 2022. Safety during this pandemic is paramount so availability of a safe and effective COVID vaccine is essential to the success of this reunion. — Tom Kelly; 802 Ambriance Drive, Burr Ridge IL 60527; 630-891-3182; marianne1956@sbcglobal.net


63 More Passings

Ed Delahanty sent along the obituary for Paul Lehner, who died in Bajamar, Mexico, on Oct. 4, a few weeks after the death of his wife, Linda. Paul and Linda were longtime residents of Dallas. Paul was a business major at ND and a member of the Navy ROTC. He served in the Navy from 1963 until 1967, was married in August 1967, and then enrolled in the Harvard Business School, receiving his MBA in 1969. Paul spent his career in the real estate business notably with Trammel Crow and was president of Cintron Lehner Barrett, an international consulting firm. Paul served on the boards of many Dallas civic organizations and foundations. He is survived by daughters Suzanne and Paulyn and three grandchildren. Ed Delahanty’s wife, Becky, was a grade school and high school classmate of Paul and Ed went to high school with him. The Delehantys and Lehners were fast friends during most of their married lives. John Walsh reported that Jerome “White” Schmidt went to his final reward on Oct. 25 in Troy MI, following a long and difficult battle with cancer. Jerry is survived by his wife, Clare, and had four children. Following graduation, Jerry moved to Pittsburgh where he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves and began his long career in the specialty steel business. In 1981, he went to work for Kenwal Steel, which brought him to the Detroit metro area. His obit said that Jerry “brought light to every room he entered, whether it was a party full of strangers, a local watering hole, or eventually the oncologist’s office, where he spread cheer to all of the fun seekers and their families also battling with chemotherapy.” Rev. Edward “Monk” Malloy, CSC, celebrated a Mass of Remembrance for White on campus on All Souls Day. John Walsh and Myron Busby represented our class. Thanks to Terry Desmond for a copy of Jerry’s obituary. Rev. Pat Cawley wrote that Walt Banas’ wife of 53 years, Carolyn, died on Nov. 11. She suffered for many years and was lovingly cared for by Walt. Walt was Regis Campfield’s roommate in St. Edward’s Hall our freshman year, which is where Father Pat met them, and all became good friends. Walt majored in accounting and had many battles with Paul Conway, the bachelor professor at the time. After graduation and some stints in Nashville, he ended up in Florida where he worked as an insurance auditor for the state, retiring after 39 years. He resides in Mareanna FL with his daughter, Heather. Walter L. Terry III informed me that Tom Hull passed away on Nov. 11 after a lengthy illness. The Alumni office has advised of the following members of our class recently deceased: Austin J. Doyle, CPA, died on Oct. 2 in Venice FL, survived by his wife, Marian, and two children; George W. Sheer III MD died on Oct. 25 in Wilmington DE, survived by his wife, Barbara, and one child; and William F. Parker died on Sept. 29 in Colonial Beach VA, survived by his wife, Mary Connors, and five children. Your officers hoped for an informal gathering at the Morris Inn before the University sponsored annual reunions in 2020 were “crushed” by COVID-19. The last gathering held May 28-31, 2018, was well attended and a success. While we continue to aim for an event prior to our 60th anniversary, we recognize that a return to normal from the pandemic must first occur. We will keep you updated regarding our plans. Finally, your classmates are always interested in what you have been doing since graduation, marriages, children, career, etc. Drop me a line. I have plenty of ink to use. — John F. Dougherty Jr.; 915 Exeter Crest, Villanova PA 19085; 251-510-0844; johndoc969@gmail.com


63JD Class SecretaryBob Saxe;

15725 Ranchero Drive, Morgan Hill CA, 95037; bsaxe5@aol.com 


64 Fascinating Career

Nick Iuppa retired in 2004 as VP/creative director of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment, but kept his small creative business going. This led him to write scripts for Disney, LeapFrog and Electronic Arts, while also designing learning games for World of Wonder, the Army and Navy. To stay busy, he has written six technical books and nine novels, as well as a script for a new film. Nick and Ginny, now married for 56 years, still live in San Francisco but travel extensively. Their three kids and three grandchildren are all well. David Fuys earned masters and PhD degrees in mathematics education from U of Chicago (where he met Carol, his wife of 52 years), before embarking on a 36-year career in math teacher education at Brooklyn College. They have two kids and three granddaughters and reside in Boynton Beach FL, returning to Boston for the summer. David stays close to Bostonian Ralph Kent and Chicagoans Jerry Seaman and Tom Butler. Barbara and Dick Miles continue to live outside Philadelphia, near three kids and two granddaughters. Health is good, as Dick successfully navigated a 2018 eye stroke, which caused permanent central vision loss in one eye but left enough vision to permit driving and most other stuff. We shared stories of graduation parties and our Navy years. John Nelson writes from scenic Montrose CO that he has been “surgically rebuilt” and all is well. He should now be good for another 50,000 miles, with abundant energy for his public safety projects. I had a nice conversation with George Callahan down in Red Oak AR. This Texas Law grad had a successful career as a trial lawyer, but now describes himself as a rice farmer and duck hunting guide. From New Orleans, Chip Carpenter writes that he joined Leon Reymond, Lance Babst, Joe LaNasa and Mac McCarthy for lunch last fall. Not surprisingly, the menu was seafood. Jon James checks in from home base in Honolulu to report that his orphanage and educational operation in India is successfully negotiating COVID. Prayers for continued progress. And for the record, Paul Tierney, Tom O’Brien, Dave Ellis, Mike Carey, Bruce Tuthill and yours truly (with spouses) have demonstrated sufficient mastery of Zoom technology to do calls every few weeks. I received notes from Pat Duffy and PJ Shelley that classmate Jim Milliman passed away in January. Though raised in Ohio, Jim became a successful commercial litigation attorney in Louisville before gravitating to politics after “retirement.” He ultimately became Rand Paul’s state director in Kentucky and a political pundit to boot. Wife of 48 years, Nan, survives. Fred Heroman passed in Baton Rouge during October. After ND, Fred studied for his MBA at Columbia and LSU before entering the floral business in his hometown. He was married in 1970 and widowed in 2006. He married Susie in 2011. Fred was deeply engaged in Catholic and philanthropic organizations in his community. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a platoon of children, stepchildren and grandchildren. John Hargrove shared the sad news that Jim Bove died in Vero Beach. Until retiring, Jim was involved in commercial and real estate development, primarily on eastern Long Island. He is survived by his wife, Patsy. Gene Serotini of Lake Geneva WI and Naples FL reported that former roommate Mike Kirchen of Pleasant Prairie WI passed in December. David O’Brien reports that good friend Robert Johnson died in June after a long illness. Other deaths include John Michalak in Evansville IN and Bob Patterson in Charlotte. — Paul R. Charron; 44 Contentment Island Road, Darien CT 06820; 917-860-5385; paul.richard.charron@gmail.com


64JD Social Constraints

This is being written in early January while I am arranging COVID vaccinations, adjusting to icy South Bend weather, and otherwise trying to behave within the social constraints of the pandemic. However, making my comings and goings more palatable is a recent clean bill of health over some scary health issues. As someone once said, “If I knew I would live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” To ensure that I have the most up-to-date information for my reports, I am asking you to send me an email containing your current addresses, phone numbers, etc. As time has passed, many of us have downsized, moved, changed internet addresses, etc. I also encourage you to send me any other info on class members since, among other things, the Alumni Association does not always have current death and other records. At the time of this report, I have no negative health information about anyone except for Bob Frost and his debilitating hip and back condition. Perhaps the most unusual news to report is the saga of Jack Jiganti’s car that was stolen from his Chicago abode, recovered by police, then stolen from the police impound lot and used in an armed robbery followed by a 50-mile chase that ended in totaling the car. Charles Sacher has expanded his philanthropy by taking up weekly gardening and care projects honoring Dorothy’s support of the Montgomery Botanical Center in Coral Gables FL. Frank Miele continues his commitment to outstanding physical conditioning in NYC even though the mayor continues to impose limitations on some activities. Frank says that to fill the growing time void, he is spending more time on computer projects. Lou Pfeiler had successful knee surgery following his fall while clearing snow from the deck on his Dubuque home. Bob Hanlon is well and told of St. Michael Parish near him in West End NJ that ingeniously devised a drive-in Mass that distributes communion to waiting cars. Gene Kramer sends his regards and reports he and JoAnn are fine and continue working. Eileen and Bob Cash have relocated to Venice FL for the winter following a large family Christmas get-together in Cincinnati and a temporary scare about the COVID virus. Betty and Larry Gallick also are in Venice and have a home on the same street as the Cashes. Jim Mercurio reports that he and Nancy are doing well and remain at their home in Chevy Chase MD. Jack Rammel regaled me with the exploits of his grandson at Northwestern, highlighted by a tale in which the grandson consumes a rattlesnake while on ROTC bivouac. Kay and Tom Conneely remain ensconced in Mill Valley CA in the Bay area. Always an outdoorsman, Tom has morphed into a prolific walker when not skiing. Recently Tom and I had a lengthy conversation about “the good old days” at ND and the recruiting of Alan Page ’67, who was the speaker at this year’s MLK event. Tom and our departed mate John Leahy were assigned by Coach Hugh Devore to help recruit Page to ND, which apparently developed into an extended party with copious amounts of spirits that led to the group nearly missing a breakfast meeting with the assistant dean, “Chief” John Broderick. During the meal, Page confided that he was inclined to go to MSU because they would guarantee his admittance to its law school. Broderick then quickly informed Page that he should first get a guarantee that MSU would build a law school. Jim Slater also has developed his prowess as a long-distance walker around beautiful Santa Barbara and sends his regards. Russ Bley, like the rest of us, says he is bored with COVID restrictions but otherwise is well. With that, let me wish everyone a happy, healthy and blessed year. — Richard Balfe Wagner; 1204 Erskine Manor Hill, South Bend IN 46614, res 574-299-9888; cell 760-567-1270


65 Awards, Elections and Grandkids

Bob Lee, class treasurer, and his wife, Margot, live in Chicago but winter in Hilton Head SC. Fran and Bob Zielsdorf have sold their Northern Michigan lake cottage and bought a home in the South Bend area but still spend winters in Vero Beach FL, which attracts their five adult children and 10 grandchildren. His proximity to campus reflects Bob’s family’s financial commitment to ND. They have provided an endowment to support The Center for Social Concerns’ summer service-learning programs and another to support corporate engagement in the Keough School’s Initiative for Global Development. In December, the Toledo Bar Association presented Tom Pletz with the Kelb Distinguished Service Award for his unselfish service to the bar association and its members. Tom has over 45 years of experience in state and federal court litigation and has served on the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners for years including as its chair. After 26 years in the Naval Reserve, he retired with the rank of commander. Bob Merkel lives in the Charlestown area of Boston and has had a career in the administration of local governments. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts chose him to be one of their electors to vote in the Electoral College. It was a special moment for Bob since he grew up in southeast Pennsylvania and while in high school gave a ride to school to his classmate, Joe Biden. Over the years the two remained close, and Bob helped raise money for Biden’s Senate races. John Roos is living in Nashville after retiring from an academic career at ND as a professor. John had two of my children in his classes. They still remember his superb teaching skills and excitement about the subject matter. John continues to pursue an interest in the writings of Flannery O’Connor and enjoys the works of Thomas Morton. Dick McCarthy is retired as a manufacturing manager. He spends summers in Bradford NH and winters in Pompano FL. His wife, Patricia Devine ’65SMC, died in 2010. They have three children and 10 grandchildren all living close to his home. Son Brian is a ’90 grad, Amy is ’91SMC and a grandson is in ND grad school. Dick oversaw our senior year Mardi Gras celebration. Stan Antoniovanni married Pat’s sister, Kathleen. They have 10 children, 28 grandchildren and one great grandchild. — James P. Harnisch MD; 6759 West Mercer Way, Mercer Island WA 98040; jphnd65@hotmail.com


65JD Class SecretaryJohn Donald O’Shea;



66 Annos Optigit

With apologies to Latin linguists, the headline speaks to the hope that 2021 is becoming a better year than 2020. I heard from Walter Babst down Big Easy way, where he, Bebe, and their daughter and son-in-law, who have blessed them with three granddaughters, are in the real estate game in suburban Lake Pontchartrain. Walter keeps in close touch with M. O. Miller and Diane, also in Nawlins, who are generous benefactors of the research chair in the ND Law School formerly held by Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett ’97JD. WB notes that Al Vitter is still teaching high level math at Tulane and that Jack Crawford and Scotty are retired from the Coast Guard in Alexandria VA. He adds that Claiborne Perrilliat and Jeannie are still recovering from his CP’s stint as Mardi Gras King of The Elves of Oberon Krewe in 2020. WB also reminded that his cousin Charlie Babst passed away a few years ago in Houston. More big news: we recall the Nightlighters, ND’s first rock and roll band, spearheaded by mates Tony Andrea, Bob Basche, John Houlihan, Tom Myers, Bob Melka and the late Bob Straker. The group recently compiled a picture book highlighting the history of their performances at numerous venues on and off campus. I have seen it and it brings back great memories. If reliving those memorable days is of interest, order a copy of the book, created on Shutterfly. Connect with Houli at ddesigner@aol.com, who will facilitate. Paul Sauer, in his final semester on faculty at Buffalo’s Canisius College, looks forward to retirement. He stays in touch with Gary Armstrong, retired in Navarro CA and Dean Planeaux, also retired down Florida way. Farley Hall and North Dining Hall friends Rick Dolan (NYC software consultant), John Beamis (Santa Barbara CA pulmonologist) and Jim Hawkins (Carlsbad CA Post Office guru) recently gathered via FaceTime. It was the first time they had convened since graduation and they were surprised at how good they looked. Don Umhofer sent word of Mike Bradshaw’s January passing in Richmond. Mike graduated from UVA law school and was a partner in a successful practice before serving as senior counsel for Freddie Mac. Don is retired in San Luis Obispo following 37 years of judging at various levels in California. He and Betsy recently celebrated 54 years of marital bliss. Ken Meyer related that he (Keenan Hall and now Winnetka IL), along with John Proos (Keenan Hall and later St. Joe MI), Tim Malloy (Stanford Hall and later Burr Ridge IL) and Jim Casper (Stanford and now Brookfield WI) and their wives have in various combos attended a Notre Dame game for 54 consecutive years, along with family weddings and celebrations. Unfortunately, John, a family physician, passed in 2014 and Tim, a patent attorney, in 2019. Jim is a pediatric oncologist and Ken an investment manager. I heard via Cap Gagnon from Paul Ruebenacker with belated news, who until the pandemic hit, was splitting time between New Jersey and Sanibel FL. PR retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1996 and operated a medical device sales company until 2018. John Rahyia down Atlanta way sent word of the passing of Bob Knight in the Omaha area. Bob had worked in IT for IBM and for a local hospital before retiring in ’09. Many of us recall Barry Lopez, who became a distinguished, award-winning author (National Book Award and numerous others) for his work exploring the kinship of nature and human culture. Barry, of Vida OR, died in January. We’ve also become aware of the passing of Bill LeFleur Sr. of Elyria OH, and Ernie Austin of Gray ME. My good and dearly departed friend John O’Hearn’s family recently suffered a tragic sudden death of his and Mary Jo’s son, Michael Jude, 39, on Jan. 1. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Stay the course, keep moving and send news. — Tom Sullivan; 227 Dunrobin Road, Mashpee MA 02649; cell 773-454-4343; t66sullynd@gmail.com


66JD Secretary Race Hotly Contested 

I am delighted to advise you all that after several (zero) volunteers stepped forward, I was the unanimous choice to serve as your new class secretary. It is somewhat ironic that Phil Ruddy’s father, Clarence, and my father, Joe Maxwell, were graduates of the Class of ’27. Clarence was the class secretary and later assisted by Phil. Almost 100 years later, Joe Maxwell’s son, me, Phil’s classmate, is now the secretary of our class. Those who subscribe to the reflections provided by FaithND may recognize a familiar name, Rev. Louis DelFra, CSC ’92, ’03MDiv. Father DelFra is a frequent contributor to FaithND, and Jim Anthony sent an email advising that Father DelFra is the son of our classmate, Mike DelFra. Al McKenna forwarded a copy of the obituary of Tom Hull. Tom was always smiling and everyone’s friend. A frequent attendee at our reunions, Tom will be sorely missed. Let’s stay in touch, so please send me information about yourself or classmates that you’d like to share. — Scott Maxwell; 5635 Turtle Bay Drive, Apt 9, Naples FL 34108; cell 215-920-0616; ndscotty@gmail.com


67 Lifetime Inspiration

Tony Karrat won the Lifetime Award from My Future My Life Awards in Broward County FL for his contributions in leadership, inspiration, family and education. Tony spent his lifetime of work supporting Legal Aid programs in Broward County and providing access to justice to the most underserved in his community. Rick Kalamaya writes from Loveland CO saying he has been retired from the practice of law for six years after trying his last case in Boulder County. He and wife Nanci have traveled extensively including to Patagonia, New Zealand and Scotland. They still ski the Colorado mountains, which help facilitate visiting their son who lives in Snowmass. Rick also mentioned that his freshman roommate in Farley, Robin Kennedy, recently died, as has his friend Jim Duchemin. Alan Page was a featured speaker along with Law School Dean G. Marcus Cole for a virtual MLK day event with the Law School. Unfortunately, the remainder of our Class Notes is about fallen classmates. Dan Madigan notified us John Beasley left us in December. Bob Peters let us know that Frank Yates passed away the week before Thanksgiving in his home in Ann Arbor MI. Frank was instrumental in Notre Dame changing its academic calendar so that the first semester ended before Christmas. Frank earned a PhD at the U of Michigan in psychology and remained at Michigan as a professor in their business school. Brian O’Connor passed away peacefully Oct. 5 in the Joliet Area Community Hospice. After Notre Dame, Brian earned an architectural degree from the U of Illinois. His primary interest was in airport design, where he was a significant player in the design of the United Airlines Terminal at O’Hare, the Frankfurt Airport, and the Bangkok Airport. Al Cinquino let us know that Patricia, the wife of Ed Dadura for 53 years, passed away Dec. 15. She was a beautiful lady who was famous for collecting cash for Al and Ed’s over-advertised ND concert dance at Curtis Hall in Philly. Ed also went to LaSalle High School with Al. Please write, hopefully with more than obituaries, although we are 75 or older. — Bert R. Bondi; 1891 Curtis St., Unit 1502, Denver CO 80202; bertrbondi@gmail.com


67JD Moving, But Not Traveling

Nancy and Jim Olson, like the rest of us, have canceled most of their travel plans for this year. They still plan to spend five weeks on Sanibel Island starting in late January. The Olsons hope to see Pam and Tom Sullivan while there, on a beach with proper social distancing. On a related note, we canceled our attempt at a minireunion in Florida during January or February. The Sullivans, by the way, are coping in Bonita Springs FL. Sully is feeling his age as two of their grandsons are graduating from Michigan universities. The Olsons were most disappointed with canceling their plan to attend the Tokyo Olympics last year and have their doubts whether the Games will be rescheduled for this year. However, their family is well. Dick Muench and family are also healthy. Their daughter’s family relocated from California to Arizona. Their grandson is finishing his third year at Cornell and playing defensive end on the football squad. Their daughter has settled in Montana after graduating with a wildlife biology degree. The pandemic doesn’t seem to have slowed Lois Brenner’s visits with family. She received a gift package from her kids for a spa vacation on the beach. At the spa, Lois met two couples who were ND grads and she says that it was fun to hear the Victory March at 2 a.m. Jack Couch has not let the epidemic close down his efforts in working with special needs kids at the therapeutic riding stable. His heart breaks when he sees them struggle with the face masks when many of them can’t understand why they are required. Jack and Sam are doing well as is their extended family of kids and grandkids in Maine, South Carolina and California. Frank Cihlar writes that he is coping like the rest of us. His son tested positive for COVID but recovered without a hospital stay. Frank is taking two online courses at a local university and working on a detective novel featuring two London barristers. Still on the calendar for July is a trout fishing trip to Montana with Brother Bayou Bobby Barkley. John Nelson reports that he has ceased raising livestock on his ranch in Colorado, but still hunts and fishes within 30 minutes of home. Jerry Berthold is proud of his golf game and last November, he shot his age. Congratulations to Jerry. I’ve done the same on a number of occasions on our local nine-hole course. Early this year, Jerry had an operation to repair a hernia and he hopes for a rapid recovery. On the saddest of notes, Jerry lost his older brother on New Year’s Day. Jerry comes from a large family and still has eight siblings, but no one can replace an older brother. The James Harringtons have given up their large house in exchange for a more manageable two-bedroom condo in the same community. Most importantly, it is close to their daughter and grandchild. Speaking of their daughter, she is still recovering from her COVID illness and is in a special COVID program at the hospital. Your continuing prayers are appreciated. Mary Jo and Kip Roe are moving after 60 years in Cincinnati to be close to their daughter, Mary ’86SMC, in Ft. Myers FL. — Jim Heinhold; 1200 Carmel Lane, New Bern NC 28562; home 252-638-5913; im4irish@aol.com


68 Brain Drain

The year 2021 opens with much of our world off the rails, doesn’t it? And what can be the cause of things going so wrong? Has anyone else noticed the consequences of so many class members entering retirement, their intelligence and good sense lost to the workplaces? The retirement of lawyer Forest Hainline is an announcement in a string that includes the age-mandated stepping down of Judge Tom Phillips in Traverse City MI; the departure of Gene Cavanaugh from First Source Bank in South Bend; the sailing away (literally) of Brian Schanning and Susan; Bob Brady’s departure from the company he founded; Jim O’Rourke’s reduced workload on the faculty of the Mendoza School of Business; Rich Roger’s absence from the FBI; Pat Furey, John Walsh and Jim Davis disengaging from legal practices. Fortunately, though, many slog on, their shoulders to the wheel of insurance agent training (Class President Tom Weyer); journalism (Pat Collins at NBC, DC and Tom Condon at The Connecticut Mirror); law (John O’Connor, Brian McTigue, Bryan Dunigan, Tom Gibbs, Tom Durkin); banking (Chris Murphy); medical care (Dr. Pat Demare, Dr. Rick McPartlin); investing and international relations (Richard Pivnicka); math and statistics (Mike Suelzer); law and general intrigue (Dick Farina); advances in healthcare (Fred Ferlic); tacos (Bob Ptak); national security (Monk Forness). We can be thankful and can be entertained: Rocky Bleier’s play seen at the 50th reunion is available on BroadwayonDemand.com. Tom Warner, retired CEO of Del Monte International, is chief of a volunteer fire department that was in the thick of Northern California’s fire battles during 2020. Tom and his wife Mary retired to the Shaver Lake area. Settled in retirement with his Irish wife Aideen in Cairns on Australia’s northeast coast, Charlie Stevenson has written a soon-to-be published memoir, tales of his time in the Army. Neither distance nor time zones are barriers for Charlie and the other Keenagers (Judy Donofrio’s name for the freshman Keenan residents) who join the regular Zoom meetings begun by Tom Phillips. Like many others in retirement, retired family physician and then psychiatrist Jim Druckenbrod, living with Jean, his wife of 50 years, in Chambersburg PA, makes generous use of his new free time: “Short term medical missions, most frequently to Haiti. These I have done in absolute gratitude to God, by whose grace I was able to attend ND.” Steve Kurowski’s wife Sharon passed away on Jan. 3 in Merrilville IN due to pneumonia. Steve’s note to his undergrad and law school classmate Bryan Dunigan was a wonderful testament: “Sharon and I started dating at age 16 and married in 1968 at age 22. We would have celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary this year. She gifted me with five children and nine grandchildren.” Tom Misch’s wife Linda, mother of their four children, died Dec. 13 in Northbrook IL. Tony Frierott’s wife Beth succumbed to cancer Nov. 25 in Minster OH. Classmates join three children and four grandchildren in grieving. Warren F. Smith Jr. died of coronavirus in August. The father of three, husband of Rosie, held positions with the Chicago Board of Trade before retiring to Asheville NC. The news came from Jim Burke ’69, a lifelong friend who traded through Warren’s Celtic Commodities Inc. Jim Knaus sent word of his freshman roommate Blair LaCour’s death in Medina OH on July 10. Retired from 3M and then Sherwin Williams, Blair and Linda raised two sons and a daughter. Jim sent a funny memory: “Blair was mature but fun-loving, tolerant of my behavior, and humble. In the early weeks, I had significant difficulty understanding calculus, which he knew was abstruse. I woke up at 3 a.m. with a flash; it had finally sunk in. His response? ‘Great, Jim. Now, go back to sleep.’” See our blog ndclass1968.com for full notes and bulletins. Unless you wish to risk concocted histories, please send me news and photos. — Tom Figel; 1054 W. North Shore, Apt. 3E, Chicago IL 60626; cell 312-241-7917; tfigel@reputecture.com


68JD Doing Well

Regarding my request for information, Bud Seall reported that he and Betty are doing well and enjoying excellent health. Bud retired Dec. 31 from the Coolidge Wall law firm in Dayton OH. Bud’s career included mostly mergers, acquisitions, securities, financings and commercial real estate transactions. I also heard from Ernie Abate, who is still working as hard as ever. Ernie stated that for the first time in his life, he will be spending three months in Naples FL where he expects to continue working and playing golf. J.C. Coyle had knee surgery and is mending well. Tom Curtin advised that he is beginning his third year at McElroy Deutsch in the commercial litigation department and is working almost exclusively in the federal courts in New Jersey. Tom is now in his 11th year as chair of the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the USDC New Jersey. In January, Tom also became president of Autism New Jersey. Sandy and Tom are well, healthy and happy, and he provided an update on the grandchildren, including a freshman at the U of Miami, and a senior in high school, who is likely going to attend the U of Alabama. As to our leading Domer, Tom reported that 2020 was the first time in 55 years that he has not been on campus. Allen Barnard announced his retirement as a lawyer. In response, Terry Kelly shared that he is likewise going through retirement. When he advised Alice that he had terminated his legal license, Alice informed him that he could no longer talk to her like a lawyer. In response, Terry added, “Isn’t it true, Alice, that we are out of butter?” John Scripp reported that he and Sue spent a month in California, visiting his son John Adam, daughter-in-law and five grandchildren. John and Sue have 14 grandchildren. As to lessons learned on this trip, he reported that his long-time practice of running did not enable him to keep up with his two-year-old grandchild. Our own Charlie Weiss and two lawyers from his firm were named lawyers of the year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly. This honor came after he and his colleagues worked to overturn the wrongful conviction of their client for a 1982 murder based on flimsy evidence. As to myself, I was the 22st attorney hired at Greensfelder and we were based solely in St. Louis. We now have offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Southern Illinois. The firm has 160 attorneys. I have enjoyed practicing law as a management attorney, which involved jury trials, arbitrations, collective bargaining and a major focus upon representing hospitals during union organizing campaigns throughout the United States in remaining union-free. Please remember in our prayers our deceased classmates including John Amerman, Emilio Belluomini, John Burgess, Albert Dudash, Richard Hirsch, Tom Kapacinskas, Joseph Ladd, Steve Madonna, Larry Miller and Robert Wilczek. As usual, I would appreciate everyone providing me with an update on what is happening with you and your family so that we can share this information with class members. — Dennis G. Collins; 2203 Derby Way, St. Louis MO 63131; bus 314-516-2648; dgc@greensfelder.com


69 More Authors and Zoom Calls

The College of Commercial Arbitrators elected John Holsinger president. The college is composed of fellows who are nationally and internationally recognized commercial arbitrators. New books by classmates: Ken Bieschke’s Miracle At Whistling Straits, a novel about a 64-year-old amateur competing in a PGA tournament, and Over the Rainbow: The Many Stories of a Born Storyteller about a fictional character telling coming-of-age stories; Mike Schaffer is the co-author of The Defender: The Battle to Protect the Rights of the Accused in Philadelphia, which charts the city’s Voluntary Defender Association’s history from 1934 through 2015; Bill Tenuto’s Dancing with the Spirits: A Novel is about a man’s journey to spiritual enlightenment. Bill Wade’s From the Greatest Generation: A Random American Love Story describes his parents’ WWII Navy service. Bob Arnzen, Joel Connelly, Bob Gladieux, Terry Hanratty, Bill Hurd, Coley O’Brien, Richard Rossie, Jim Seymour, Bob Whitmore, Don Wycliff appeared in The University of Notre Dame: A History by Rev. Tom Blantz, CSC, ’57, ’63MA. This past Veterans Day, Mike Cerre, Herb Kaler, Pete Sullivan, Megan Leis ’11 and Bob Noonan ’68 participated in a video panel discussion for the Notre Dame Senior Alumni group titled, “God, Country, Notre Dame: Honoring Our Veterans.” Dan Merritt hosted a Zoom screening of that panel’s video and conducted a discussion for the Milwaukee ND Club with Mike Fogarty, Don Jacobson, Steve Kavalauskas, Brian Schmidlin, Tom Shannon and yours truly also attending. Bill Murphy, Bill Schweitzer, Dick Lajoie and Mary Alice Herod Lajoie ’69SMC visit with their classmates from Bishop Noll Institute HS, Hammond IN, on bi-weekly Zoom calls. Steve Kirby wrote he has had mini reunions through the years with seven friends who met in Dillon in September 1965: Doug Hickey, John LaRossa, Jim Lauer, Bill Lynn, Eddie Mulligan, Chuck Palaces and Tom Scorza. Two others have passed: Charlie Katomski in 1971 and Mike Harrington in 2017. Rev. John Sheehan became the university chaplain of U of St. Francis in Fort Wayne IN in October. Dr. Ed Dunn wrote, “I am the medical director of palliative care in the five-hospital Norton Healthcare system in Louisville. We have been overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients since March. I have been in health care since medical school graduation in 1973 and have never seen so much death and suffering among patients and their families. I am proud of our staff.” Mike Brennan writes that Fritz Gast missed two holes-in-one by inches playing his home course in Pierson MI. Ebby “Alderman” Moran moved to Northfield IL after living in Evanston IL for 40 years. Bob McGrath is still riding his bike, attempting 50 miles per ride. John Garvie was to fly from Hawaii to South Bend for a classmate golf outing but canceled when surfing was not part of the activities. COVID prevented Tim Schlindwein and Peter McInerney from hosting their annual Christmas lunch in Chicago. I was sorry to hear of Denny Kiliany’s passing. After graduation he roomed with the late Bill Cella in Chicago. Bob Gibbons’ daughter Emily was promoted to commander in the Coast Guard. Celebrating their 50th anniversaries were Cella and Len Moretti (August), Dewey and Brad McConnville (December), and Susan and Jack Watson (December). Lynn and Delbert Hosemann attended the Rose Bowl Game. Linda and Charlie Shalvoy wrote they are healthy and doing well. Class deaths: Helen, the mother of Dave Yonto, Oct. 30, in Wooster OH; Dr. Mike Jolley Nov. 18 in Princeton NJ; Dennis James “Denny” Kiliany Nov. 22 in Youngstown OH; Bob Plain Dec. 18 in Raleigh NC; Dave Pierce’s wife, Kathy, Jan. 9 in Oakland NJ. Our deepest condolences to their families. — John Hickey; jphjr47@hotmail.com; notredameclassof1969blog.blogspot.com


69MBA Classmates Invited

There is not much news to report, except that several of us get together every other Monday from 5:30-7 p.m. Eastern time to catch up on life. There are normally seven to 10 of us. We would welcome any classmates or spouses of classmates to join. It really has become meaningful to many of us. Simply reach out to me and I will put you on the invitation list. — Bob Dowdell; 31625 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach CA 92651; 714-381-6104; bobdowdell55@gmail.com


69JD Class History

From the “Look to the left of you” orientation speech from Dean O’Meara to graduation, our three years together prepared us to enter the practice of law. Judging from the amazing accomplishments of our classmates, we have been successful. But our time together did more. It formed friendships that have endured for more than 50 years. The isolation of the COVID pandemic gave me an opportunity to read the 80 or so class columns I have written and confirmed the successes of our class and the bonds of friendship that we share to this day. Each of us has stories and events, scholastically and socially, that have not been chronicled but should be. Please think back on your days at Notre Dame and send me a story or two that you would like to have memorialized. I received stories from Joe Kennedy, Bob Greene, Bryan Hughes, Scott Atwell, Tom McCusker and Vince Stamp with promises from Jim Barba and our consummate storyteller, Joe Frantin. The stories range from “blow outs” at Fir Road and the Chief’s pep rallies, to Professor Rhodes falling out of the classroom window and debates of legal principles at Sweeney’s. I am sure there are many, many more. Please send me your favorite recollections of your days at Notre Dame. Let’s hope we are at the end of the pandemic and will be able to get together soon. I hope to see you soon. Stay safe. — Jim Starshak; 889 Kaohe Place, Honolulu HI 96825, res 808-395.0443; cell 808-778-4033; starman@hawaii.rr.com