Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;



The School of Architecture will establish a new historic preservation center and graduate degree program using a $30 million gift by ND Trustee Fritz Duda, his wife, Mary Lee, and the family’s foundation. The gift “will support the new preservation center, curriculum, student financial aid and conference opportunities within architecture.” It will be named the Michael Christopher Duda Center for Preservation, Resilience and Sustainability for the couple’s son who died in 2019. Michael Duda ’05Arch lived and worked in Dallas. Catalano Architects of Boston, “a boutique residential architecture firm” announced the promotion of Jennifer L. Burke ’11 to senior project architect. The firm specializes in luxury residential, small institutional and estate design projects. “In her new role, Jen will be responsible for peer mentoring, leading project teams, taking an active role in client service/presentation initiatives and project management and quality assurance practices.” Ann and Peter M. van Dyk ’72 relocated to Savannah GA after his retirement two years ago in Chicago. Contact him at In September, before the Purdue game, the School of Architecture hosted the Architectural Alumni Tailgate at the Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall. Dean Stefanos Polyzoides, Prof. Emeritus Norman Crowe, Prof. Phillip Bess and other staff welcomed returning archie alumni: Pam and Kurt Zimmerman ’86 AIA, with the Zimmerman Architect/ Landscape Architect firm of Milwaukee; classmate Kurt Weidmann ’86 of Rocklin CA, a program director for Vanir Construction Management at the California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation; and Brian Weidmann ’89 of San Antonio with ISS A/S North America. Jason Arnold ’97, managing director for the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate, provided a tour of the new 100,000 sq. ft. facility. Congratulations to Gerald Bauer ’17MArch of Milwaukee, who received the 2020 Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition in October 2021. Bauer was selected from a global pool of applicants and the award was presented by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. He was recognized for “his research and built work for its focus on restoring beauty and sustainability to the global architecture.” Spicer E. Emge ’19 of Fischer TX received the ICAA Texas John Staub Award for Emerging Professionals 2021 for his undergraduate thesis project, Avila Beach Public Library. The award highlights young professionals and their work done five or fewer years after graduation. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Dante P. Fuligni ’57 of York PA, who passed away in November. Passing in January was Assoc. Dean, Prof. of Architecture, John W. Stamper PhD of South Bend. His dissertation topic was published in 1989 as his first book, Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue: Planning and Development 1900-1930. His second book was a result of his research on ancient Roman architecture, with focus on the Architecture of Constantine and the Temple of Capitoline Jupiter and published in 2005 as The Architecture of Roman Temples: The Republic to the Middle Empire. A popular teacher, he received ND’s Kaneb Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2007, he joined President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, ’39 to narrate a video explaining the history and artistic elements of “The Word of Life” (or “Touchdown Jesus”) mural on the south side of the Hesburgh Library. — Orlando T. Maione, FAIA Emeritus, FACHA Emeritus, NCARB; 27 Bucknell Lane, Stony Brook NY 11790-2521; 631-246-5660; fax 516-578-5320;


Biological Sciences 

Young and mid-career alumni of the Department are encouraged to stay in touch with their contemporaries and fellow alumni by submitting updates, especially regarding career changes and any change in their contact information. Notre Dame Magazine has set its deadline for class notes submissions to the 20th of January, April, July and October; for most people, this is about one week after receiving the quarterly edition of the magazine. Having mentioned young alumni, it is a pleasure to hear about one of the oldest of Notre Dame alumni, Joseph F. Ackerman ’47MS, ’49PhD who will be 100 years old on Jan. 29, 2022. We thank Joe’s three Notre Dame sons and one ND grandson for writing: Gregg Ackerman ’69, Robert Ackerman MD ’71 (preprofessional), Mark Ackerman ’76 (biology), and Dan Ackerman ’03. In graduate school, Joe, an Air Force officer and meteorologist during WWII, and his family were post-war occupants in the married student housing referred to as “Vetville” when Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, CSC, ’39 served as the chaplain and baptized Gregg. Joe enjoyed a long and successful career in industry, marked by several important patents and discoveries of lasting impact. In retirement, Joe developed his artistic talent and delighted his family with over 75 excellent paintings. A true “Renaissance Man,” Joe was active in horticulture throughout his life and even involved himself in the study of equine genetics. Harrison R. “Dick” Brown ’66MS communicated his delight in reading about retired Notre Dame geneticist, Prof. K.S. Rai, in the last issue and would like to hear from Satish Bhalla ’67PhD and Cherianthenduni. Bob Summers ’65, ’68MS, retired professor of anatomy at the U of Buffalo, wishes to alert readers (who may know of MIA military personnel and/or their relatives) of the effort by the US Military’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to expand the use of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in the identification of recovered remains. Mitochondrial DNA is more plentiful and more stable in human remains than nuclear DNA and would increase the possibility of identification. Those who have a maternal line relationship (through which mtDNA is passed) with a missing service member, should consider contacting the DPAA. Lastly, retired professor of immunology at North Carolina State U, Ed Havell ’70PhD, has relocated back to his hometown of Chicago. Updated contact information is in the online alumni directory. — 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;

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Master of Nonprofit Administration

“We all know there’s something different about Notre Dame. We all know it’s something special.” These words spoken by new head football coach, Marcus Freeman, ring true. Our alumni, students, faculty and staff persisted through another year of the pandemic by staying connected and clinging to their enduring faith. My 2022 began with a trip to Glendale AZ to attend the Fiesta Bowl with Yvonne Delgadillo ’12 and Livier Delgadillo ’17. It was Livier’s first Notre Dame football game. While the game’s outcome was disappointing, it was a wonderful trip. The Irish faithful are already looking forward to next season. Congratulations to Andrew Wendelborn ’12 on his appointment as assistant dean for undergraduate studies at the Mendoza College of Business. He will lead Mendoza’s undergraduate academic advising team while serving as the dean’s designee for undergraduate academic matters. Please continue to send positive thoughts and prayers for 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; 847-987-6773;


Political Science Class Secretary Charlie Kenney;

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Graduate Degrees

Robert M. Bennett ’62 English, has had a distinguished career of nearly 60 years. After Notre Dame, he received a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the State U of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He also completed the leadership programs for non-profit CEOs at Harvard and the U of Michigan. He worked at the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County for 23 years, holding the position of president and CEO from 1985 to 2000. In 2002, he was elected chancellor of the board of regents of the State of New York and served in this position until 2009. Chancellor Emeritus Bennett received a wide range of awards and recognitions, including being named Citizen of the Year twice by the Buffalo News. He received the One Person Award from United Way, D’Youville College’s 2000 Community Service Award, the Bishop McNulty Youth Service Award, Citizen of the Year by the Food Bank of Western New York, the Theodore Roosevelt Award, Association of Vocational Education Leadership Award, Friends of Children Award from the Association for the Education of Young Children, Leadership Award from the National Center for Community and Justice, Parents Anonymous Leader Award, the Rev. John C. Cavanaugh Award from Notre Dame, the St. Bonaventure U Gaudete Medal, as well as the Father Baker Award for Service to Youth. He also received the Norton Medal, SUNY Buffalo’s highest award. Chancellor Emeritus Bennett has an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Niagara U and Doctor of Humane Letters from Canisius and D’Youville Colleges. He survives his late wife of 48 years, Audrey, and resides in the town of Tonawanda NY, and has two children, Maurine and Andrew, and four grandchildren, Clare, Alice, Adelaide and Robert. His father, two brothers and daughter attended Notre Dame. In my long and varied life, I have never known a better, more productive, or altruistic person than Robert Bennett. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58MA, ’62PhD English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648;