Domers in the News

Author: Jason Kelly '95

When Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued the findings of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn ’91 emerged with his reputation burnished after he was cited in the report more than any other witness. Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel in the Obama administration, wrote in The New York Times that “we should be grateful for Mr. McGahn’s resistance” to President Trump’s order to fire Mueller. Trump had a different reaction, tweeting in May that he was “Never a big fan!” of McGahn as the White House and Congress wrangled over access to the lawyer’s documents and testimony related to the Mueller probe. . . . A decorated Navy veteran who saw combat in the South Pacific during World War II and later served in Korea, Robert L. Miller ’42, ’47J.D. went on to spend many years as a judge of the St. Joseph County Superior Court. For all his military and legal accomplishments, he may be best remembered for his service to homeless veterans. In 2009, he established Miller’s Vets, which became the focus of his later retirement — and of the memories of those who paid their respects after Miller’s death April 27 at age 98. “He is the reason that we effectively have zero unsheltered veterans in South Bend,” Steve Camilleri ’94, ’01MSA, executive director of the Center for the Homeless, told the South Bend Tribune. . . . Thomas Hibbs ’87Ph.D. was named president of the University of Dallas in March after more than 15 years as the inaugural dean of the Honors College at Baylor University, where he was a professor of ethics and culture. A philosopher with a doctorate in medieval studies, Hibbs is a prolific scholar who has contributed to more than a dozen books, including three on the thought of Thomas Aquinas, and written 30 academic articles as well as hundreds of essays and film reviews for popular publications. . . . Soccer has taken Kelly Lindsey ’01 all over the world, and now she directs the game’s international growth as the first director of women’s football for the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA). The organization manages the global soccer associations that are not affiliated with the international governing body FIFA. An all-American and two-time team captain at Notre Dame, Lindsey played for the U.S. Women’s National Team and in the professional United Soccer Association before embarking on a coaching career. . . . Michael P. Leary ’86, ’96J.D. has been named inspector general of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). In addition to his experience at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, Leary spent 33 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He received a Bronze Star and a Legion of Merit award for his service and retired in 2016 with the rank of colonel. . . . Two decades with Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports took John Walters ’88 to major events around the world, an exciting and rewarding, if not especially lucrative, career. Highlights included writing a three-minute essay for Jim Lampley that closed NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. A year later, amid the financial crisis, Walters was laid off. In the decade since, he has waited tables in New York, an experience he chronicled in an April article for Deadspin, “How to Leave Sportswriting and Never Regret a Second.” Walters writes that he discovered an appreciation for “the simple dignity of being useful.” . . . At the International Studies Association’s convention in March, a roundtable discussion focused on the influential work of R. Scott Appleby ’78, recipient of the organization’s 2019 Religion and International Studies Distinguished Scholar Award. Professor Scott Thomas of the University of Bath said Appleby, the founding dean of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, has “pioneered a policy-oriented approach to the role of religion in international relations.”

Jason Kelly '95 is an associate editor of this magazine.