Graduate Schools

Accountancy Class Secretary Kim Talianko; 



Years ago, when the smaller Department of Architecture was in Crowley Hall next to the then-new LaFortune Student Center, freshman architecture students took freehand drawing classes in the room over The Huddle in the rear of LaFortune. There we learned the science of how light casts “shades and shadows” of brightly lit, small plaster casts of artifacts and geometric shapes. The resulting black and white art was painstakingly captured using charcoal and paper and sometimes pencil. Those alumni today would be amazed at the space for the school’s current related classes and the collection of architectural and sculptural casts on permanent display in the Turner Family Hall of Casts in Walsh Family Hall of Architecture. Included in the now expanded collection are 30 pieces from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art deaccessioned collection. These casts represent architectural and artistic masterpieces of the Classical world through the Renaissance. The focal point of the room is the 9-feet-high, 4-feet-wide Madonna and Child cast taken from the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris. The direct plaster cast was made in 1875 from the cathedral’s west portal and recently restored. Ron B. Blitch ’76 FAIA FACHA, Abita Springs LA, has his firm, Blitch/Knevel, in New Orleans. He has been elected as the 2023 vice chancellor of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. During 2017–19, he served as chair of the regional representatives for the College of Fellows and as bursar for 2021–22. (Col. Ret.) Michael D. Brennan ’92 PhD AIA is executive director of construction and facilities management at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Kurt V. Zimmerman ’86 AIA is assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and former principal/architect at Zimmerman Architectural Studios. David S. Heit ’94 AIA is the founding principal at Civium Architecture & Planning, Topeka KS. Civium is Latin for “for the citizens,” which reflects the firm’s focus on building community and their focus on churches and church-related facilities. In May the firm’s new Immaculata Catholic Church for St. Mary’s Academy and College in St. Marys KS was completed and opened. The church seats 1,500 and is the largest Catholic Church in KS, dedicated exclusively to the Latin Mass. John P. Haigh ’98, ’04MArch AIA is architecture program director and assistant professor at Benedictine College, Atchison KS. Timothy “Tim” Carroll ’10 is director in the Architecture and Design Studio at Ralph Lauren, NYC. He oversees design and construction for Ralph Lauren’s global freestanding flagship stores and hospitality projects. Bruce D. Turner ’85 AIA is in Vineland NJ, where he has his own architecture firm and is construction manager for the Cumberland County (NJ) Improvement Authority. Bruce is immediate past president of AIA South Jersey. Dan P. Sullivan ’96 AIA is principal and higher education leader for the DLR Group in Denver. The firm is receiving high praise for its submission for the National Museum of the US Navy, Washington DC. Our prayers and condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of Timothy “Tim” F. Cohan ’57, Albany NY, who passed away in July 2022. — 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

Communication from L. Philip Lounibos ’69 is appreciated for his comments on the last report in the April edition of the Magazine. In addition to adding stories about Jim Truman ’67 (and his view that Jim should have been elected to the NAS years ago), Phil pointed out an error in the graduation class of H. Frederik “Fred” Nijhout ’70, professor and former biology department chair at Duke U. Phil noted how easy it was to think that Fred, himself honored by election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018, was older than he actually was (and not a member of the Class of 1968) since he was all over the Department of Biology from his first day on campus. After doing his MS and PhD degrees in Carroll Williams’ lab at Harvard (like Truman and Nijhout), Phil has spent most of his career in Vero Beach with the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL), part of the U of Florida since 1979. Prior to taking the position at the FMEL, he was head of the Coastal Research Station of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). Phil maintains that he could be considered a double Domer because of the three years he spent with ICIPE in Mombasa, Kenya, with the sterile male mosquito trial as a NIH postdoctoral fellow with ND Professor George Craig as his adviser. Phil sees FMEL colleague George F. O’Meara ’64, ’67MS, ’69PhD on a regular basis since both have remained in Vero Beach FL after retiring with professorial rank at the U of Florida. Phil’s 2017 retirement celebration resulted in a Festschrift published in the Journal of Medical Entomology (56:299–300, 2019). E. Stephen Kirby Jr. ’69, being the proud grandfather of Madeline “Maddie” Reynders ’23, wrote to some of his ND contemporaries and your correspondents drawing attention to Maddie’s report on her summer experience in Ghana. Working under the supervision of ND assistant professor Dr. Cristian Koepfli, and supported by the Glynn Family Honors Program, Maddie evaluated the efficacy of a program that finds and treats asymptomatic cases of malaria in the hope of containing spread. After graduation, Maddie will work with ClearView Healthcare Partners, an international company based in New York City, while considering work toward an MPH degree. Grandfather Kirby was an undergraduate when he and his bride, Martha, moved to the second-floor apartment at 516 N. Notre Dame Ave. after their wedding in the Log Chapel. Little did they know that the first floor was occupied by a succession of graduate students from the Department of Biology. Steve and Martha, now married 56 years as of last April 4, fondly remember Don Mulcare ’68PhD, Wen Kilama ’67MS, ’68MA, ’70PhD, Bob Summers ’65, ’68MS and your correspondent PBC (until Joan came along). As his first year of graduate studies in biological sciences comes to an end, Penn State alumnus Tarrick Qahash writes to say that he will be joining Professor Michael Ferdig’s laboratory for his doctoral research. Like Maddie, he hopes to contribute to the eradication of malaria. — Joan Smith Carter ’71MS and Philip B. Carter ’67, ’71PhD; 12916 Barsanlaw Drive, Raleigh NC 27613-6400; res 919-848-2192;



I am very sad to announce the passing of two beloved members of our history family. Catherine Box, who “ran the department” for so many years, died April 1, 2023. On May 7th, my adored dissertation director and founder of the Cushwa Center, Jay. P. Dolan passed away. Coincidentally, both were living with their families in Oregon. Both came home to South Bend/ND to be buried. More to follow. — Mary Linehan ’91PhD;


Mathematics Class Secretary Patti Strauch;

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


Master of Nonprofit Administration

The Mendoza College of Business welcomed MNA alumni for a reunion weekend of learning, networking and celebrations. The featured speaker was our very own Mark Madrid ’15, associate administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the US Small Business Administration. We are grateful to Ryan Retartha ’07, director of alumni relations, Mendoza College of Business, for organizing the inspirational event and look forward to more opportunities to gather in the future. 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;

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


Graduate Degrees 

I attended Notre Dame from 1957-1962, receiving my MA in English in 1958 and my PhD in English in 1962. These were among the very best years of my life. Notre Dame was very kind to me. I had great teachers, great friends, and the great blessing of meeting my wife of 63 years, Marjorie Braun LaHood SMC’59 and having our engagement blessed in the log chapel. Notre Dame was a very special place. It educated graduates with a great sense of honor, a deep religious conviction and great altruism. Many graduates with those attributes are here in Buffalo today. I have written this column for 45 years (I am 90 now) because I believe in ND as a sacred place, the place I knew so well. — Marvin J. LaHood ’58MA, ’62PhD English; 93 Parkhaven Drive, Amherst NY 14228; 716-691-4648;