Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko;



Behind the main altar of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on ND’s campus is a reliquary chapel (also called Our Lady’s Chapel) where some of the relics of St. Margaret of Scotland rest. She was born a Hungarian princess and was married and had six sons and two daughters. On Nov. 11 last year for ND’s daily “Faith ND” link for daily prayer, she was featured. with a short bio and illustrated with an image created by Matthew Alderman ’06. Matthew has his own firm, Matthew Alderman Studios, that specializes in liturgical furnishings and interiors as well as heraldic art and religious illustrations. He is one of America’s few heraldic artists. He associates with local firms for architectural work and is currently a project designer with the Church design firm Cram and Ferguson, Concord MA. Jill (Kapadia) Christoff ’09M.Arch, Associate AIA, has been promoted to associate principal in the architectural firm of Bialosky & Partners, Cleveland. Jill specialized in complex renovations of public, academic, and federal buildings. Stephen P. Kromkowski ’88 AIA is a principal architect with DLZ Corp., South Bend. DLZ is a full-service architecture-engineering firm that is focused on public-section projects. David B. Kaahaaina ’87, Honolulu, is with the US Army Corps of Engineers, He is finishing his second year as AIA Hawaii State Council Secretary and is also CSI West Region president. Peter M. van Dyk ’72 and wife Ann are enjoying their new residence in Savannah GA. Pete retired a couple of years ago after working on his last project, the Obama Library in Chicago, and was ready to downsize and relocate to someplace with a slower pace and a lot of charm. Ben Pentreath, architect, designer, and educator, is the recipient of the 2023 Richard H. Driehaus Prize at ND. He will be awarded the $200,000 prize during a ceremony in March in Chicago. Driehaus Prize Jury Chair Stefanos Polyzoides, dean of ND’s School of Architecture, presented the jury citation, which states: “As a luminary within a rising generation of architects, his work encompasses what the prize celebrates most: beauty, durability and commitment to place.” Ben has his own architecture practice in London, employing more than 40 architects. His interior design shop, Pentreath & Hall, which he co-owns with artist Bridie Hall, is one of the most influential studios in the London design world. In conjunction with the Driehaus Prize, the $50,000 Henry Hope Reed award—given annually to an individual working outside the practice of architecture who has supported the cultivation of the traditional city, its architecture, and its art—will be presented to Adele Chatfield-Taylor, president emerita of the American Academy in Rome, historic preservationists and nonprofit administrator. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Charles Terence McCafferty ’58, Grand Rapids MI. — 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

“I think everyone knew that Jim was eventually going to be elected to NAS. Good for him!” Those were the words of former ND professor and noted herpetologist Kraig Adler, now professor emeritus at Cornell U, when he was informed of the election of James W. “Jim” Truman ’67 to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) this past year. The NAS was established by President Lincoln in 1863 to advise Congress on issues relating to science. Its membership represents the elite of American science (equally distinguished foreign scientists are honorary members). Jim had previously been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October 2009 and follows his wife, Professor Emerita Lynn Riddiford, as a member of the NAS. (Your correspondent [PBC] was not as certain as Prof. Adler about Jim’s election since Prof. Riddiford did have the power to black-ball a nominee. Fortunately, Jim and Lynn are happy to have been research colleagues at the U of Washington and spouses to each other for over half a century.) Jim’s undergraduate roommates in freshman, sophomore and junior years respectively, Robert B. “Bob” Peters ’67, PBC and Michael “Mike” Dauphinée ’67, ’70MS, ’73PhD, while stating no direct role in Jim’s extraordinary academic success, voiced pleasure in the news. Clearly, deceased ND Professor George B. Craig, Notre Dame’s first “homegrown” NAS member with whom Jim worked throughout his undergraduate years, would be ecstatic. The Craig lab at the time Jim was there also included H. Frederick “Fred” Nijhout ’68, future professor and department chair at Duke U who ended up following Jim to the same lab at Harvard for his doctorate. Both Jim and Fred, and your correspondents as well, put in their time “picking pupae” in the mosquito lab, all the while looking down their noses at those working in the late Prof. Harvey Bender’s Drosophila lab (that lab included future Princeton professor and 1995 Nobel laureate, Eric Wieschaus ’69). In a twist that Eric would relish, it may have been Truman’s more recent work using Drosophila that could very well have resulted in his election to the NAS. While visiting the department in early December, PBC met with several faculty members and it was the Martin J. Gillen Professor Nora Besansky who mentioned Jim’s election to the NAS. Nora came to Notre Dame from CDC after studying at Oberlin College and completing her PhD at Yale under the direction of Prof. Jeffrey Powell ’69 (himself also a Craig protégé and then a doctoral student at Yale under the extraordinary evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky). Nora, herself a member of the NAS (elected in 2020), says she was elated to learn of Jim’s election to the academy as one of its new members. Your correspondent and Jim met freshman orientation weekend, became roommates sophomore year (and again for an eventful week in Jim’s Harvard apartment in 1969 when both were grad students), and, perhaps because of parallel academic careers (although Jim was always a step ahead even making full professor at age 35), have remained friends throughout the years so it is with special pride in Jim’s career that this report is written. — Joan Smith Carter ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613-6400; res 919-848-2192;


History Class Secretary Mary Linehan ’91PhD;


Mathematics Class Secretary Patti Strauch;

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Master of Nonprofit Administration

As we welcome the year 2023, we also welcome news of our reunion. This will be an opportunity to join fellow Mendoza alumni on campus this coming April 28–30 for a weekend of learning, networking, and celebrating the journeys and accomplishments of hundreds of MNA alumni growing the good in business each day. The event is being organized by Ryan Retartha ’07, director of alumni relations, Mendoza College of Business. We are grateful to Janel Zakrzewski-Kuntz, the assistant director for admissions of the Executive Master of Nonprofit Administration, for sending the following profile of the class of 2022. There were 44 students with the average age of 24. Of those students, 96% received full-time job offers within six months of graduation with the average starting salary of $59,446. Thank you, Janel, for keeping us informed. All MNA and EMNA alumni 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;

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Graduate Degrees

One of the lucky people who attended the Clemson game this year was Jennifer Batt ’75MBA. Here is her account of a memorable trip: For almost 50 years now, The Notre Dame Club of Buffalo & Western New York has run a three-day annual bus trip to Notre Dame for an autumn football game. We take two buses of 50 each. This year, we went for the ND vs. Clemson game with the bus to ND on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 – a sunny day for traveling. The bus trip offers two nights on campus at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall dorm and game ticket this year for $550, extra proceeds for Club events and sponsorships. We arrived on campus at about 3:30 p.m. in time for a rosary at the Grotto followed by the five p.m. Mass in Sacred Heart Basilica. After that, many of us headed to the South dining hall for a great meal. It’s always special to be eating with the students again. Many of us from there attended the ND Glee Club concert in the DeBartolo Theater – always wonderful. At midnight, the band played at the Main Building. On Saturday morning, it was time to shop at the campus bookstore and visit the Snite Art Museum on campus to avoid the rain. Next, the five p.m. Mass at the Basilica followed by another great dinner at the South dining hall at six p.m. then into the stadium by seven p.m. to watch the pregame warmups. The game was an evening game starting at 7:30 p.m. and it was cold and windy but wonderful. Hot coffee and hotdogs during the game warmed the body. It was a big win and upset against #4 Clemson for the Irish and a flood of students, alumni and visitors stormed the field to celebrate the victory after the game to top it off. We were up early at six a.m. on Sunday for a walk to the grotto to pray a rosary and then Mass back in the chapel at Sacred Heart Parish Hall at eight a.m. with Father Leo. Buses departed at 9:30 a.m. for the return to Buffalo. Roberta J. Pentney, a professor emerita at the U of Buffalo since 2003, died January 5 in San Francisco. She was 86. After completing a doctorate at Notre Dame in 1965, she returned to the College of Notre Dame in Belmont CA to pursue research and moved on to the U of California, San Francisco. She did postdoctoral work at Columbia U and joined the faculty at UB’s School of Medicine. A professor of anatomy and cell biology, Dr. Pentney chaired the Anatomical Sciences Department from 1992- 1997. Her decades of research centered on the effects of chronic alcohol abuse on brain function. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58MA, ’62PhD English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648;