Domers in the News

Author: Notre Dame Magazine

Matt Schlapp ’90 is the new White House deputy assistant to the president and director of political affairs. He reports to President Bush’s chief strategist, Karl Rove. . . . The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino ’70M.A. was named bishop of the 267,000-member Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin. He had been bishop of the Diocese of Helena, Montana. . . . James V. Strauss ’92MBA was named president and publisher of the Great Falls (Montana) Tribune. He had been executive editor. The paper won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2000 under his leadership. . . . Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Gerald J. “Rusty” Hills ’84M.A. announced plans to start a four-year Catholic liberal arts college in the Lansing area to be called Sweetest Heart of Mary Institute. . . . Philip A. Glotzbach ’72, former vice president of academic affairs at the University of Redlands in California, is the new president of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. . . . Ryan Tucker ’03 died in a car crash not far from his hometown of Buchanan in southwest Michigan in August. The SUV he was driving crashed head-on into a semi loaded with cement. Police said he was trying to pass on a two-lane road. . . . An article in The Hartford Courant that was picked up by other papers, including the The Washington Post, followed Ron Mazzoli ’54 as he settled into student housing this fall at Harvard. Mazzoli was starting a year-long master’s degree program in public administration at the Kennedy School of Government. The 70-year-old former congressman from Kentucky is the oldest person ever to attend the Kennedy school. . . . The Post also profiled Casper R. Taylor Jr. ’56, a longtime state representative from rural western Maryland who was speaker of the Maryland House until defeated last fall by just 72 votes. . . . Douglas Heisler ’68 was sworn in as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s representative to the Republic of Yemen. . . . James J. McFadden ’41, New York City’s chief labor negotiator under Mayor Robert F. Wagner in the 1960s, died in late July at age 83. A long-time Democrat active in the labor movement, he was in charge of arrangements for the final stop on President Harry S Truman’s famous whistle-stop campaign in 1948. . . . Bryan Samuels ’89 was named director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. . . . Josh Fink ’89 is the new director of the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy, which oversees public guardians of adults who cannot take care of themselves and guardians of abused and neglected children. The office also oversees public defense lawyers. . . . Attorney Florencio “Larry” Ramirez ’77J.D. was appointed children’s court judge in Las Cruces, New Mexico. . . . Gilbert J. Nadeau Jr. ’73 was appointed first justice of the Fall River (Massachusetts) District Court The first justice is the administrative head of the court. He had been an associate justice of the court. . . . Susan D. Livingston ’82 was running for district judge in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. . . . William K. Warren ’56, chairman of The William K. Warren Foundation and of Warren American Oil Company, was named to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, which honors service work . . . . James F. “Jay” Flaherty III ’79 was elected president and chief executive officer of Health Care Property Investors, a real estate investment trust that invests in health-care facilities. . . . Steve Linehan ’82 was named treasurer of Capital One, a subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation. . . . Deborah Derby ’90J.D., MBA was named executive vice president-human resources of Toys “R” Us Inc. . . . The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about how Bob Forgash ’70J.D. shot a hole-in-one on the par-3, 148-yard fifth hole at Little Mill Country Club and then, four holes later, watched as his son, Bobby ’03, playing in the group behind him, matched the feat on the par-3, 152-yard ninth. The unlikely double play occurred on an appropriate occasion, Father’s Day 2003. . . . Frederick W. Dow Jr., former vice president of marketing and sales for Burger King Corporation, joined Midas Inc. as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. . . . Michael Burman ’68, ’71J.D. was elected a fellow of the International Society of Barristers, which has about 600 members worldwide. Members are known to be outstanding in the field of advocacy and dedicated to excellence and integrity in advocacy and to the preservation of the adversarial system and the right to trial by jury. . . . Gregg S. Behr ’95 is founding director of the Content of Our Character Project, a national organization that promotes social consciousness among young people, and he’s managing director of the Copeland Fund, a nonprofit organization in Pittsburgh. . . . Former federal prosecutor Walt Brown ’85J.D., a specialist in white-collar crime, joined the San Francisco office of the international law firm Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP. . . . Margaret M. Foran ’76, ’79J.D., vice president of corporate governance and secretary of Pfizer Inc., was elected to the board of directors of the giant pharmaceutical company. . . . The South Bend Tribune described how Chris Martin ’03 lived in a South Bend fire station his senior year for free in return for working 10, 12-hour shifts a month at the station. . . . Ruben C. Berumen ’79 was appointed president and CEO of power controls within General Electric’s industrial systems division. He had been president and CEO of GE’s medical systems division and general manager of global vascular and X-ray. . . . Robert H. Kurnick Jr. ’86J.D. was named president and trustee of Penske Corporation, a diversified transportation firm headed by race-car legend Roger Penske. . . . The Supreme Court let stand a lower court’s ruling that allowed Potomac Electric Power Company, represented by Jim Gillece ’69J.D., to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act to sue an electric motor company over faulty repairs. . . . Dale S. Recinella ’77J.D., lay Catholic chaplain for Florida’s Death Row and Long-Term Solitary Confinement prisoners, presented the lecture “A Critical Analysis of the American Death Penalty Based Upon the Jurisprudence of the Ancient Hebrews Under Torah and Talmud” in Rome, Verona and Turin, Italy, and in a live radio broadcast on Vatican Radio’s worldwide English-language program. . . . Brian Wenzel ’89, ’91MBA is marketing communications manager and Jim Melvin ’83 is director of marketing for Unison Industries, winner of the Marketing Team of the Year award from Sales & Marketing Management magazine. The award honored their introduction of a new general-aviation spark plug with an ad campaign featuring “Autolite Annie,” a buxom blonde character patterned after the nose art on World War II aircraft. . . . Katie DeJulius ’03 finished second in a research poster competition at the Cleveland Clinic that culminated an eight-week summer program for 32 pre-med and medical students. Her presentation was on the use of new media for testing urinary tract infections. Chad Short, a junior at ND this year, finished first with a poster about preserving T-cells in spinal fluid.

(October 2003)