Domers in the News

Author: Notre Dame Magazine

President Bush has nominated engineer and long-time defense industry executive Francis J. Harvey ‘65 to become the next secretary of the Army. He is the former chief operating officer of a division of Westinghouse Electric Corporation. . . . Rich Baker ’65 came forward in August to dispute political ads charging that Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry didn’t deserve the Purple Hearts and medals Kerry won for courage during his four months of service as a Swift boat commander in Vietnam. “Every Swift boat officer gave his all in Vietnam, but Kerry stood above the rest of us,” Baker, a former Navy lieutenant and Swift boat commander, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He was number one as far as courageousness and aggressiveness. He set the tone.” Baker arrived in Vietnam in 1968, just before Kerry, the article said. . . . Air Force Lieutenant General Henry Anthony “Trey” Obering III ‘73 was appointed director of the Missile Defense Agency, which is charged with developing ways to thwart missile attacks on the United States, U.S. troops in the field, and allies. The agency is budgeted $53 billion over the next five years. Obering also received a third star as part of the appointment. . . . Army First Lieutenant Christopher Marvin ’01 was seriously injured in the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan in August. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known. One solider died and 12 were injured in the crash, which, according to news reports, did not involve hostile fire. . . . Brother Basil O’Leary, CFC, ‘65Ph.D., one of the “Milwaukee 14” who in 1968 burned the files of Milwaukee’s draft boards while reading from the Gospel to protest the Vietnam War, died last March at age 83 and was laid to rest in Cedar Grove Cemetery. O’Leary, an economics professor, served a year in prison for the protest, which was front-page news in many cities. Seven of the “14” were priests. From 1970 to 1980 he directed Notre Dame’s Program on Non-Violence, forerunner to the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He later served as an adjunct faculty member of the institute. . . . Amien Rias ‘74M.A. finished fourth in Indonesia’s presidential election this past July. . . . Alfred E. Abiouness ‘53 of Norfolk is leading an investor group trying to lure the National League’s Montreal Expos to the coastal Virginia community. He is the cousin of Peter E. Abiouness ‘68, also of Norfolk, whose daughter Lauren ’04 is a former design assistant at this magazine. . . . Kevin Reilly ’71 was named president of the University of Wisconsin after previously serving as chancellor of UW Extension. . . . Joseph A. Thie ’47, ’51Ph.D., former chief physicist at the Argonne National Laboratory, was the featured speaker and received an honorary degree at the University of Indianapolis’s commencement last April. . . . Michael J. Gorham ‘60, former director of market oversight for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the government agency that oversees derivatives trading, is the new director of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Center for Financial Markets, part of IIT’s Stuart Graduate School of Business. . . . Before Illinois Republicans settled on conservative commentator Alan Keyes of Maryland as their nominee for Senate, party leaders reportedly considered meat-processing mogul and Notre Dame Trustee Dave Duerson ‘83, but the former Irish and Chicago Bears defensive back said he wasn’t interested. . . . Retired Navy commander John D. Kolata ‘64 is the new city manager of Streator, Illinois, north of Bloomington. . . . Mary Brosnahan Sullivan ’83, executive director for New York’s Coalition for the Homeless, was interviewed on NPR about plans to help the city’s homeless find permanent housing. . . . Anne Maxfield ‘79, long-time traffic reporter on Chicago’s WGN-AM 720, was reportedly being wooed by cross-town rival WSCR-AM 670 to contribute to a new morning talk show. . . . Former NFL offensive lineman and Notre Dame licensing director Larry Williams ‘85 is the new athletic director of the University of Portland. . . . Frank Pomarico ’74, captain of the 1973 national championship football team, is the new athletic director of South Bend’s Saint Joseph’s High School, across the highway from Notre Dame. . . . A burglar reportedly stole three Super Bowl rings belonging to former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier ‘68 last June while Bleier was in Charlotte, North Carolina, giving a speech. . . . Southern Vermont College named Michael McDonough ’74 head coach of its men’s basketball team. McDonough was a student manager for the basketball and football teams under coaches Digger Phelps and Ara Parseghian. . . . Richard E. Byrne ‘85 was appointed chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s Trustee Program, which is designed to protect the integrity of the bankruptcy system. Byrne had been chief of staff of the department’s Executive Office for United States Attorneys. . . . Joseph Alvarado ‘74 was named president and chief operating officer of Lone Star Technologies in Dallas. . . . Howard Cyr ’82 was featured in the magazine Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for his work on a case involving the Barnes Foundation, an organization that owns one of the largest art collections in the state. . . . Josef Evans ’95 debuted his play_ Jimmy’s Getting Better_ in Saint Louis in June. The play is about the impact of lead poisoning on children. . . . Cynthia Bulik ‘82, a psychiatrist who holds the only endowed professorship in eating disorders in the nation, is the head of the new eating disorder treatment, training and research program at the University of North Carolina. . . . Barry Andrews ’75 was appointed by Unocal Corporation to lead its geothermal businesses worldwide. . . . Kym Worthy ’84J.D. has become the first African American and first female prosecutor of Wayne County (Detroit), Michigan. . . . Meaghan Donovan ’02, a law student at the University, represented Washington, D.C., in the International Rose of Tralee Festival in Ireland in August. The festival is a week-long celebration of Irish culture and spirit in which women from all over the world compete to be named the Rose of Tralee. The title went to a woman from Kilkenny, Ireland. . . . Jon R. Robinson ’77J.D. was promoted to vice president for utility law and regulation at Consumers Energy, a Michigan natural gas and electrical utility with more than 6 million residential customers. He’ll be in charge of all legal issues related to state and federal regulatory bodies.