Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;



Congratulations to Joyce Owens ’84, FAIA, RIBA who was awarded the 2020 Medal of Honor for Design by AIA Florida. It is “The pinnacle design award for the profession, recognizing her as one of the most influential architects in the state.” Joyce’s firm, Studio AJO, established in 2007, has become an influential and renowned practice across Florida with an extensive portfolio that includes landmark commercial and community spaces, as well as distinctive modern island homes. Her firm is known for being an advocate of good design and incorporating passive and active sustainable principles into every project. The firm has offices in Fort Myers, Sanibel and Naples. She also has an extensive portfolio of residential and commercial architecture in the United Kingdom, where she was the founding partner of an international architecture design studio for more than 10 years. That London-based firm Azman Owens Architects had an influential clientele and received numerous awards from the UK Royal Institute of British Architects and international competitions. In early April, if you connected to ND’s popular “Gospel Reflection from Notre Dame,” you would have seen another illustration by Matthew G. Alderman, KM ’06, Concord MA. His latest Saint of the Day (for April 6) was St. Peter the Martyr. Matthew is one of America’s few heraldic artists. His firm, Matthew Alderman Studios, (MAS) offers services ranging from original illustration, graphic design, prints and heraldic painting to the design of liturgical implements and textiles. He received the Rambusch Prize for Religious Architecture in 2006 for his thesis project. (Matthew uses “KM” after his name to represent that he is a Knight of Magistral Grace in the Order of Malta, an 800-year-old lay religious and chivalric institution within the Catholic Church.) In 2015, he taught a summer course on sacred architecture at Santa Croce, Rome for American seminarians. Currently, he is a project designer at the venerable church design firm of Cram and Ferguson, Concord MA. His designs, writing and art have appeared extensively in religious publications and are in collections from California to Singapore. To see the full range of his amazing work, visit his web site: Stefanos Polyzoides, ND School of Architecture Dean and jury chair, announced that Sebastian Treese of Germany was the recipient of the 2021 Richard H. Driehaus Prize which was awarded during a virtual ceremony in March. Treese’s firm is based in Berlin and “represents a new generation of European architects who reinterpret the lessons of the past to produce a new traditional architecture and urbanism.” At the same ceremony, John Reps, a renowned historian of urban planning was posthumously presented the 2021 Henry Hope Reed Award also funded by the Driehaus foundation and selected by the ND School of Architecture. The award is given annually to an individual working outside the practice of architecture who has supported the cultivation of the traditional city, its architecture and art. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues whose lives were touched by Richard H. Driehaus who passed away in March. He was “a tireless champion of the creation of a built environment that is functional, durable and beautiful. Not content to merely make significant improvements to his own city of Chicago, he provided a global fortune and forum to amplify the efforts of leading classical architects and urbanists around the world.” Thank you to Ben Willis, AIA, ’10 of Philadelphia for reporting the passing of Herbert (Herb) G. Kern Jr. ’54 of Erie PA. And thanks to Ed Gauvreau, FAIA, ’79 for the news about the passing of his classmate, Steven M. Nilles, FAIA, ’79 of Chicago. Steven was a partner and head of Middle East operations for the architectural firm of Goettsch Partners, Chicago. He also taught graduate-level high-rise design at Miami U in Ohio. — Orlando T. Maione, FAIA, FACHA, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY; 631-246-5660; fax 631-751-7598;


Biological Sciences

We thank Don Mulcare ’68PhD, professor emeritus of biology at the U of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, for his timely notification of the death of Notre Dame professor emeritus of biology, Kenyon S. Tweedell, 97, who died March 30 leaving behind his wife of 65 years, Joan, and their five children. He is interred at Notre Dame’s Cedar Grove Cemetery on the campus where he spent most of his life, beginning with his faculty appointment in 1958. Don characterizes his doctoral mentor as “a true scholar to the very end.” Nancy (Lubben) Mulcare ’69MA who, like Don, is retired from an academic career at UMass-Dartmouth, remembers Professor Tweedell as a person who had great concern for students. Tweedell will not be forgotten by decades of ND students in the preprofessional program as the prof who taught the “hatchet course” in embryology. Don counters that characterization of the course saying that it was “demanding.” For years during his teaching and research career, and for decades after his formal retirement, Tweedell spent summers at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole MA where he had a lab, and later a table, to pursue his academic interest in aquatic animals and enjoy his love of fishing, especially Atlantic striped bass. His contemporaries in the department will likely remember Tweedell’s love of his antique Studebaker. Like professor emeritus Karamjit S. Rai, who wrote the historical treatise, Four Decades of Vector Biology at the University of Notre Dame (1999), Professor Tweedell left us a legacy through his thorough and candid publication, “The Lineage of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame” (1999). Moving from some of our elder alumni, Don and Nancy, to one of the most recent graduates, Katherine “Katie” Wasserman ’21MS (Global Health), joined our many distinguished alumni as a scholar, and brought fame to the group as an athlete. After running for Columbia U as an undergraduate, Katie had a season of eligibility left when she entered the Global Health Master of Science Program under the supervision of associate professor of biology, Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, the program director. The Notre Dame track team was only too happy to have her join them and did she ever deliver! Katie shattered NC State U’s track record in the 5,000 meters run at the Raleigh Relays on March 26. Katie’s record-breaking time of 15:33.35 ranks second only to two-time Olympian Molly Huddle ’06’s (Biology) 2004 5,000m Notre Dame record by 0.8 seconds and ahead of Anna Rohrer ’19’s 2017 time which ranks third all-time at Notre Dame. Katie’s undergraduate focus was neurophysiology, and she plans to pursue this interest as a research assistant in Professor Robert Stern’s laboratory at Boston U. The research focus of the Stern lab is on Alzheimer’s disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The latter disease has risen to prominence in the public mind due to the number of NFL players diagnosed with CTE. The BU laboratory confirmed the CTE diagnosis of Notre Dame and Chicago Bears great, Dave Duerson ’83, who died on Feb. 17, 2011, at age 50. Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, Nick Buoniconti ’62, died in 2019 at age 78 with disease generally attributed to CTE. — Joan Smith Carter ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613-6400; res 919-848-2192; 



Welcome. Quick congratulations to two of our UGHers and something special this month. The indefatigable David Fahey ’64 PhD, who taught at U Miami of Ohio 1969-2009, published Temperance Societies in Late Victorian and Edwardian England, in November. The previous month, my old buddy Thomas Curran ’93 saw his second book, Women Making War: Female Confederate Prisoners and Union Military Justice, published by Southern Illinois University Press. Tom is a teacher at Cor Jesu Academy, a Catholic girls’ high school in St. Louis. He says that each year he gets to send a few of his students to ND. Tom and his wife have a daughter who is a sophomore at the U of Missouri. From Rev. Wilson Miscamble, CSC, ’77, ’80PhD, ’87MDiv comes a remarkable new book, Telling Stories That Matter by Rev. Marvin O’Connell ’59 PhD. Father Miscamble says, “I was the shyest graduate student ever. I was afraid of Mrs. Box. And, although I never took his courses, no one scared me more than Father O’Connell. He was as physically imposing as he was brilliant. When I was writing about Eugene McCarthy, everyone told me I must talk to Father O’Connell. My reply was always, ‘Are you crazy?’ But, through this book, I was able to meet and understand O’Connell and, thus, I recommend it to you as a must-read for anyone who cares about ND and the Church.” The book has four parts. In the first, Bill introduces us to his friend and a “true embodiment of the history. O’Connell is revealed as a wise man who told stories about the past that were accurate and communicated his vision of life.” Or, as O’Connell himself described his scientific inquiry into church history as “a midwife to our faith.” We learn that he came to ND as a grad student in 1956 to study with Monsignor Hughes, taught for many years at the College of St. Thomas where he was known as a “brilliant lecturer and demanding teacher,” and that he came back to join the ND faculty in 1972. O’Connell remained under the Dome until his death in 2016. I loved the second part of the book which is Father O’Connell’s memoir of his boyhood in Minnesota and Iowa, his childhood friendship with Ralph McInerny, his study for the priesthood and his years as a grad student at ND. We learn of the Church and the world and the University and possibilities of Catholic intellectual life in the post-war period and the years surrounding the Second Vatican Council. ND grad students will be thrilled by his memories of social life in South Bend in the 1950s and O’Connell’s “shake down” of a young Rev. Ted Hesburgh, CSC ’39, for a larger stipend. The third part of the book is a rich collection of Father O’Connell’s writings from 1978 to 2001. This sampling of his contributions to church history includes pieces on Cardinal John Henry Newman, Hilaire Belloc, Thomas More and ND theologian Richard McBrien. Telling Stories That Matter introduces us to a fascinating, irascible, genius who strove throughout his life to bring the truth of history to his students and readers and illuminate the influence of the Church on the world over 500 or more years. I am off now to find a copy of McElroy. It is O’Connell’s only published fiction and is, apparently, a thinly veiled story about Eugene McCarthy. I urge you to rush off and get a copy of Telling Stories that Matter. It is important. It is good. It is ND. Finally, I must sadly report that our beloved Rev. Robert Kerby ’55BA, ’56MA, ’69PhD from Columbia U, passed away on April 14 after a long illness. Please see the obituary in the April 18 edition of the South Bend Tribune. If you have any memories of Dr. Kerby that you would like to share, please send them along. Our next column will be devoted to him. — Mary Linehan ’91PhD;


Mathematics Secretary Patti Strauch;

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Master of Nonprofit Administration

It is always wonderful connecting with our MNA alumni. This week, I was able to catch up with Andrew Wendelborn ’12. After more than five years serving as associate director of student services for graduate business programs at the Mendoza College of Business, Andy transitioned in 2019 to an academic advising and administration position with Mendoza’s office of undergraduate studies while he pursues a Doctor of Education Degree in Organizational Leadership and Learning through Vanderbilt U’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development. I continue to send positive thoughts and prayers for all 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 Secretary Charlie Kenney;

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Graduate Degrees

Joseph Millichap ’62MA, ’70PhD, English, professor emeritus at Western Kentucky U, published a book, Robert Penn Warren, Shadowy Autobiography, and the Makers of American Literature, with the U of Tennessee Press. Rev. Thomas G. Simmons ’81MA, theology/literature, retired as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish and School in Comstock Park MI in October after 43 years of priestly service. Father Tom served at various parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids and was the founding director of the Diocesan Worship Office. He is the author of several books on the liturgy including Holy People, Holy Place (second edition) published in 2020. He continues to assist at parishes in the Grand Rapids Diocese. In October, West Catholic High School, his alma mater, is presenting him with the Pope John Paul II Award for service to church and school. Vanessa Solis ’17MEd has recently been announced as the incoming president for Nativity Jesuit Academy in Milwaukee WI. The following three graduates were recently honored as part of the YoungND board and Alumni Association’s Domer Dozen young alumni recognition program: Maria Hinson Tobin ’14MS, Ashley Kalinauskas ’13MS, and Katarina Goitz ’16, ’18MA. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58MA, ’62PhD, English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; res 716-691-4648;