Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;



The second issue of the ND School of Architecture’s journal, ANTA: Archives of New Traditional Architecture, arrived and does not disappoint. It continues as a high-quality publication serving as “a venue for the exchange of ideas that serve to enrich architectural discourse.” Fully illustrated with sketches and photographs in color, this 284-page publication is filled with sections on projects, essays, critique, drawings, debates and positions and recent books of note. The editors and editorial committee members are seeking your support to continue their efforts to “promote a robust architectural dialogue.” They would consider “periodicals that put forward sensible urban, architectural and environmental approaches, or offer themselves as platforms for meaningful debate.” To contribute work for a future issue, email proposals to: To subscribe: Matthew J. Bell, FAIA, ’83 was named a fellow of the Congress for the New Urbanism at the 30th Congress held in Oklahoma City this past March. Matthew is a professor at the School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, U of Maryland, College Park MD. Mallory (Brooke Ertel) Baches, AICP, ’99, Beaufort SC, wrote Chapter 26, titled “Urban Design Strategies and the Smart City Paradigm” in the recently published book Smart Cities Policies and Financing: Approaches and Solutions. “The book strives to be the definitive professional reference for harnessing the full potential of policy making and financial planning in smart cities. It covers the effective tools for capturing the dynamic relations between people, policies, financing and environments.” Mallory is an urban designer with more than 20 years of experience and has her own practice working at the intersection of urban planning and community development. In addition to her writings, her research on historic preservation and social sustainability can be found in New Urban Research and her design work has been featured by Next City. Congratulations to the new AIA Fellows, “recognized with the AIA’s highest membership honor for their exceptional work and contribution to architecture and society”: D. Michael Hellinghausen Jr. FAIA ’77 principal and COO of Omniplan Architects, Dallas; Mark E. Trier FAIA ’78 with JRA Architects, Louisville KY; and Ricardo Alvarez-Diaz FAIA ’96 CEO of Álvarez Díaz & Villalón, Architecture & Planning, San Juan, Puerto Rico. In early April, the faculty of the School of Architecture selected as the 2022 Orlando T. Maione Award, laureate Barbara Panzica. Barbara retired in June 2021 after 29 years serving in nearly every staff role at the school, finally as executive administrator for more than 15 years. She was recognized for “her skill as an administrator, dedication as a team member and her immense value as a counselor to faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the school.” She was formally celebrated at the alumni and friends’ reception at AIA’s A’22 Conference in Chicago in June. After three years as professor of the practice and academic director of external relations, Sean Patrick Nohelty AIA ’97 is leaving the ND School of Architecture to pursue further professional and family goals. Edmond G. Grauvreau FAIA ’79, chief, Programs Branch Installation Support Community of Practice, HQ, US Army Corps of Engineers, Washington DC, is completing a two-year term as chief, Architecture Practice Community of Interest, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). He leads a 300-person community that advocates for quality design for military installations worldwide. He also leads the corps’ master planning community, which executes over $200 million annually in planning services and products worldwide. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of James B. Kesting ’49 of Sylvania OH; William Allen Nunnelley ’49 Louisville; and Richard (Dick) W. Quinn FAIA ’61 of Bloomfield CT. — 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

Just before the spring deadline for this letter, it was a pleasure to see Robert H. “Bob” Vonderheide ’85, MD, DPhil (Oxon) highlighted in a lead news article in Science magazine (April 8, 2022, Vol. 376, Issue 6589, p. 126). The report draws attention to his decades of work toward an approach to immunizing against cancer, specifically carcinomas, that is showing positive results. Many graduate alumni of the department in the early 1980s will remember Bob as an excellent student with the goal of becoming a physician. Accepted at Harvard Medical School after graduation from Notre Dame, Bob was able to defer entry to medical school when he received a Rhodes Scholarship to the U of Oxford. Instead of doing the standard MA degree at the end of his scholarship, Bob was able to further extend entry at Harvard and completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, an institution home to the development of penicillin in the 1940s. With his doctoral supervisor, Dr. Simon Hunt, a Keble College Fellow in immunology, Bob was senior author of an astounding five publications from his thesis work. Bob has spent his career to date in academic medicine at the U of Pennsylvania. In spring of 1996, Bob and retired Navy Capt. Robert G. Walter DDS ’63 served on the organizing committee for the Notre Dame symposium, “Perspectives in Molecular Medicine,” and authored a letter of invitation to alumni engaged in all fields of medicine. The symposium was held on campus over the ‘96 Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the 80th birthday of Prof. Morris Pollard, Notre Dame’s esteemed virologist and cancer researcher. Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, celebrated a special Mass in Sacred Heart Basilica on the Saturday evening, concelebrated with Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, CSC, ’37, and then enjoyed his own 79th birthday at the black-tie symposium banquet following. In addition to Vonderheide and Walter, other alumni who served on the organizing committee to make the event a success were: Lori R. Carter MPH, PhD, ’87; James W. Curran MPH, MD, ’66; Charles O. Elson MD ’63; David L. Huxsoll, DVM, ’65PhD; George C. Lavelle ’66PhD; Barbara E. Loughman ’72PhD; and Raymond A. Tennant ’62MS, PhD. Notably, Julie Simmons-Trapp ’95 saved the day by chauffeuring the HIV/AIDS virus discoverer and future Nobel Laureate, Luc Montagnier of the Institut Pasteur, to campus from O’Hare Airport so that he could arrive on time for the opening event. Through efforts by Edward A. Havell ’70PhD and others already mentioned, the symposium raised funds to endow a graduate fellowship in the Department of Biological Sciences at Notre Dame. — Joan Smith Carter ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613-6400; res 919-848-2192;



This month we have tons to report. From South Bend, John McGreevy ’86BA has been appointed University provost beginning July 1. John earned his PhD at Stanford, returned to ND as a professor in 1997, served as history department chair 2002-07, and Arts and Letters dean 2008-18. He is also a truly kind human being. John often made time to advise and help me even though we have never met, and I was gone from ND by 1992. Congratulations on this excellent choice. Congratulations also go to Kathleeen Sprows Cummings ’99PhD, who is a professor of history and American studies and director of the Cushwa Center. Another excellent person, Kathleen was awarded the 2021 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award. This is the highest honor in the College of Arts and Letters. A former Sheedy Award winner, Rev. Wilson Miscamble, CSC, ’77, ’80PhD, ’87MDiv, and an excellent person himself, sent a report on his cohort of ND grads. Dennis Foust ’78MA passed away on Jan. 17. He was a much beloved Europeanist and Father Bill presided at his funeral Mass in Cincinnati. Also in this cohort, Michael “Doc” Kopanic ’77MA continues teaching with the U of Maryland Global Campus. Kate Riley ’88PhD has taken emeritus status at Ohio Dominican U and returned to her beloved hometown of Lockport NY. Joseph White ’80PhD continues as associate editor of the Catholic Historical Review. Catherine Box, the heart and soul of the history department in the 1980s, has moved to Oregon where two of her four children live. She loves her independent living facility with wonderful food, great neighbors and in-unit laundry. Mrs. Box turned 93 in October and is healthy and happy. Well, except about the Cubs. If anyone would like to contact her, please email me for her address. Pat Conley ’70PhD writes from Rhode Island. He wrote his dissertation under Marshall Smelser, former chair of the Notre Dame history department and ’48PhD from Harvard. The dissertation was published in 1977 and reprinted in 2019 with a new introduction. Pat will be resigning as president of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame after 20 years at the helm. He recently completed a four-volume edition on Rhode Island’s ratification of the Constitution. This is part of a 32-volume series from the U of Wisconsin. In 2016, Pat founded the Heritage Harbor Foundation. Through 2021, the foundation had distributed $795,000 in grants and published or reprinted 22 books about Rhode Island. They also constructed a large WWII Memorial honoring Rhode Island combatants and the “soldiers of production” in the state’s many factories, especially the Woonsocket Rubber Company that built most of Patton’s “Ghost Army.” Please check out Pat’s website at This last bit of news has left me speechless. I only found out April 20 that Dr. Walter Nugent passed away in September. Dr. Nugent told me to call him Walter about six million times, but I can’t. He came to ND in 1984 from Indiana U. He held the Andrew V. Tackes Professorship. He was so kind and encouraging and I was such a dunce. Later, he was on my PhD exams (passed April 7, 1986) and was a reader for my dissertation. Even though I was extremely intimidated to know the president of the Western Historical Association and the Head of the Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Dr. Nugent always treated me with courtesy, respect and genuine interest. Most of all, he introduced me to his wife, Suellen Hoy, who became my champion in the relatively new field of women’s history. I am stunned and I send all my love and condolences to Suellen. I would appreciate it if Dr. Nugent’s students could send in some memories for my July 20 deadline. I am not the memorialist this excellent person deserves. Thanks very much. — Mary Linehan ’91PhD; 


Mathematics Class Secretary Patti Strauch;

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


Master of Nonprofit Administration

It is great sadness that I report the passing of our inspirational and well-respected professor, Roxanne Spillett. Ms. Spillett was a fellow in the Mendoza College of Business and taught the board relations and management course. She was the first female president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, spending 34 years with the organization. Her obituary noted that in recognition of her numerous achievements, Newsweek cited Spillett as one of “15 People Who Make America Great.” Pres. George W. Bush appointed Roxanne to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. She served as chairperson of Leadership 18, an alliance of executives from the nation’s most influential nonprofits and served on the boards of the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, Scholarship America, Berry College and as a special advisor to the board of the World Federation of Youth Clubs. She was the recipient of five honorary doctorate degrees. Roxanne Spillett will truly be missed. Sending positive thoughts to her family and continuing to pray 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 Class Secretary Charlie Kenney;

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


Graduate Degrees Class SecretaryMarvin J. LaHood ’58MA, ’62PhD English;

93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648;