Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;



Daniel P. Sullivan, AIA, ’96 is director of client development for Hastings+ Chivetta Architects, St. Louis. The nationally recognized, award-winning, full-service firm is a leader in campus architecture and “shaping campus life.” Jason A. Montgomery ’92 has been promoted to associate professor, New York City College of Technology (City Tech), Dept. of Architectural Technology. Jason’s experience and expertise are rooted in the urban laboratory and he has worked in several international practices. His projects are worldwide from Central America, to Europe and the Middle East as well as many parts of the US. His teaching experience includes ND’s Rome Program and Yale Architectural Program. Mark J. Wendel ’97, Buffalo NY, is senior director of design at Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. The corporation “is committed to revitalizing Buffalo’s inner and outer harbor to help spur economic growth for western New York. The project will transform 12.5-acres of idle waterfront property into a contemporary tourism and recreational destination and redevelop more than 23 acres of dormant inner harbor lands for pubic, commercial and cultural usages.” Mark previously had been with Flynn Battaglia Architects, Buffalo, for 21 years ending as an associate principal. Sylvia and Jack Pruss, ’57 have moved to Issaquah WA and hope they can resume their retirement travel plans with a multiple light gauge rail trip in 2021. Matthew J. Bell, FAIA, ’83 has been named by the mayor to the Historic Preservation Review Board in Washington DC. Matt is a professor, School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation at U of Maryland, College Park. He is also on the staff of Perkins Eastman DC office. True to his word, Michael J. Molinelli, AIA, ’82, Briar Cliff Manor NY, created 13 new architectural videos for his YouTube “Architecture CodeX.” His informal, extremely knowledgeable delivery is preceded by his amazing left-handed sketch technique. (But he is ambidextrous a good portion of the time.) Fully illustrated with excellent contemporary photographs, the six-to-12-minute presentations are educational and entertaining. Included in the new group are No. 17 (2016) “Via West 57th St.” by BIG (Danish architect Bjarke Ingels Group), a million square foot ‘sort of pyramid’ shaped residential complex like no other; No. 19 (2002) “Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels” Los Angeles by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo; No. 20 “The Whitney Museums of Art” both in NYC, one, in a concrete Brutalist style by Marcel Breuer (1966) and the other, labeled Deconstructivist style by Renzo Piano (2015); No. 21 (1902), the neo-classical “Grand Central Terminal” by Reed and Stem, aided by Warren and Witmore; No. 22 “Habitat 67,” an example of concrete prefabricated Brutalist architecture designed for the 1967 Montreal World Expo; No. 23 “528W28”, by Zaha Hadid in the Chelsea section of New York City; No. 24 (1937) “Falling Water” by Frank Lloyd Wright; and No. 25 “Mont-Saint Michel,” the island monastery fortress just off the coast of Normandy, France. Congratulations to Prof. Emeritus Don Sporleder, FAIA who was awarded AIA Indiana’s highest honor, the Gold Medal Award. It “recognizes accomplishments in promoting aesthetic, scientific and practical excellence in the profession, advancing the science and planning and building as well as the standards of architectural education and training. It is also awarded to those who exemplify many years of service to society through service in the AIA and other voluntary endeavors.” Prof. Duncan Stroik won a merit award for new construction in the 2020 AIA Indiana Design Awards for his work on Christ Chapel, Hillsdale MI, for the “building’s elegant proportions, attention to craft and detail, and uplifting and inspirational effects on users.” — Orlando T. Maione, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; 631-246-5660; fax 631-751-7598;


Biological Sciences 

In these cold, dark days of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, complicated by COVID restrictions on travel and interpersonal contact, the holidays brought welcome communication from several alumni. Among the Christmas cards and annual letters was a most welcome communication from Harrison Richard Brown ’66MS. Dick, as his ND contemporaries knew him, retired from a fulfilling academic career, ending with his position at Life Chiropractic College in Marietta GA. He resides in nearby Griffin. After receiving his Master of Science degree from the Department of Biology, Dick took a teaching position at then Alabama College, south of Birmingham (now the U of Montevallo), which he describes as among the most satisfying positions of his career. With an assistantship in the Dept. of Anatomy of the Medical School, he then completed his PhD at the U of Arkansas-Little Rock. After a couple of postdoctoral appointments in the field of molecular biology, Dick returned to his teaching career at the medical college level. These included New York Medical College followed by the U of Utah, both in their anatomy departments. These appointments were followed by five years teaching anatomy at SUNY Buffalo. Along the way, Dick met his wife, Betty, a virologist focusing on RNA viruses. Dick well remembers undergraduates from the Biology 101/102 lab sessions, especially James W. “Jim” Truman ’67 (now professor emeritus at the U of Washington. He lives with his wife of 50 years, NAS entomologist, Lynn Riddiford, on San Juan Island, where they have use of the UW Friday Harbor marine biology labs). Communication with Dick led to reminiscence about his ND contemporaries and their current whereabouts. He would value communication from, among others, Bob Summers ’65, ’68MS, Ed Hiss ’66, ’71PhD, and Ed Havell ’70PhD, also Jim Sidie ’63, ’67MS, ’70PhD and Don Mulcare ’68PhD. Ed Havell would love to hear from John Caliendo ’66MS. Finally, we hope all read the article about the late Prof. George B. Craig, Jr. in the last issue of Notre Dame Magazine which was written by Deanna McCool. The article references several alumni from the department and presents a trip back in time for alumni who were impacted by their involvement with “G.B.” during their education. These include your correspondents: Joan Smith Carter ’71MS worked on mosquito genetics as part of her MS work with the late Prof. Morton Fuchs and in 1966; Phil B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD served as entomologist and acting technical director of the Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District, Chicago, as an undergraduate summer job arranged by Craig. — Joan Smith Carter ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613-6400; res 919-848-2192; 


History Class SecretaryMary Linehan ’91PhD;


Mathematics Class Secretary Patti Strauch;

255 Hurley Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556; bus 574-631-7083;


Master of Nonprofit Administration

As we welcome 2021, I am reminded of the Desmond Tutu quote, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” I am wishing hope and light to all in the MNA family as we begin the new year. Congratulations to Brenda Hunsberger ’13 for publishing a feature article in Synergy Magazine (fourth quarter). The magazine is a publication of the National Association Medical Staff Services. She is a physician recruiter for the Saint Joseph Health System in South Bend. I am continuing to send positive thoughts and prayers for hope for all of our alumni. You are encouraged to submit your news for upcoming Class Notes. You may email me directly at the address below. — Betsy Quinn ‘12; 2110 Brummel St, Evanston IL 60202; 847-733-0557;


Political Science Class Secretary Charlie Kenney;

455 W. Lindsey, Room 205, Norman OK 73019; 405-325-3735;


Graduate Degrees

Brian G. Morgen ’04MS Civil Engineering, ’07PhD Civil Engineering and Ecological, has joined the firm of Thornton Tomasetti as vice president and Seattle office director. Dr. Morgan has more than 16 years of experience in the Seattle market and an extensive background in structural analysis and design, and project management. John Wagner ’81MA English, has published an essay, “The Protestant at Notre Dame,” in the January issue of Liguorian magazine. Wagner’s humor has been published in Fisherman, Golf News and The Saturday Evening Post.  In the August issue of this magazine, I wrote about Dr. John Edward Hardy, the English professor at Notre Dame who made a great difference in my life. Two Notre Dame graduates responded with tributes to ND professors who had a similar influence in their lives. Jim Blum ’66BA English, writes, “I had two professors at Notre Dame who were my Hardy: Dr. Christen freshman year and Dr. Duffy for Romantic Poetry and Tragedy. I was Dr. Duffy’s assistant senior year.” Another response came from William J. Palmer ’65BA, ’69PhD English, who wrote: “I am sure that many of us had professors at Notre Dame who unquestionably changed our lives. For me, it was Prof. Joseph Duffy who taught me the English novel when I was an undergraduate and became my major professor and director of my dissertation when I returned to ND for my PhD. How did he change my life? Thanks to him I taught English literature for 41 years at Purdue U and spent my scholarly career not only writing on Dickens but also writing 11 novels. My basic rule of thumb was: ‘Would Mr. Duffy like this?’” Three tributes to three great teachers and our memories of a great university. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58MA, ’62PhD, English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648;