Domers in the News

Author: John Monczunski

A team of Washington Post reporters led by Tom Jackman ’82 received the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news this year for the paper’s coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre in which 32 people were murdered by a troubled student. . . . Lieutenant Colonel Michael Zacchea ’90 was featured in a New York Times story this spring about the efforts of Iraq war veterans to help protect their former Iraqi aides who have been branded collaborators. The story detailed his efforts to help his Iraqi interpreter, “Jack,” secure a visa to emigrate to the United States. . . . Annette Hasbrook ’85 led NASA’s Mission Control in Houston during the space shuttle Discovery’s 14-day mission to the International Space Station, which began on May 31. Before being named a flight director in 2000, she had worked on shuttle payloads, space station assembly and checkout operations. . . . The accused murderer of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, daughter of Mary Steiner Lauterbach ’81, was apprehended in April in Mexico. Lauterbach’s daughter, who earlier had accused the Marine of raping her, disappeared in December. In January, her remains and those of her unborn child were recovered in the backyard of the accused killer. . . . A $20 million gift from the estate of Frank Eck ’44 has endowed the Eck Family Center for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Originally known as the Vector Biology Laboratory, the center has conducted research on infectious diseases for more than 40 years. . . . Ralph Stayer ’65, the chief executive officer of the Johnsonville Sausage Company, donated $20 million to Notre Dame to fund the Mendoza College of Business’ new executive education building. . . . Saint Joseph’s Farm in Granger, Indiana, long owned by the Brothers of Holy Cross Southwest Province, was sold in March to Perry Vieth ’82J.D. and Paul Blum ’74M.A., ’76Ph.D., co-owners of the agricultural company Heartland Farms. The firm owns agricultural land in Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee. The Holy Cross Brothers’ farm, which once provided virtually all of the University’s food, was purchased in 1867 by Notre Dame’s founder, Father Edward Sorin, CSC. The 1,453 acre farm borders the Indiana Toll Road and had been valued in excess of $1 million. . . . Two time All-American basketball player and 1976 national player of the year Adrian Dantley ’78 has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. An assistant coach with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, he ranks second on the Irish career scoring list behind Austin Carr ’71 with 2,223 points. . . . Artist David Kastner ’79M.A. recently had a showing of his abstract paintings at New York’s Gallerie Icosahedron. The multimedia exhibit featured “Technicolor swirling and dripping abstractions . . . that often break the boundaries of the traditional frame.” . . . The Republican party’s unsuccessful courtship of John F. Crowley ’92J.D. to be its candidate for the U.S. Senate was detailed in an April New York Times story. The prominent New Jersey biotechnology executive withdrew his name after concluding the “time was not right.” Earlier Crowley and his wife, Aileen, were the subject of a best-selling book about their efforts to find a cure for their children, who have a rare muscular disorder. A movie based on the book is scheduled to begin filming in September. . . . Philip Agee ’56, a disillusioned former CIA agent and outspoken critic of U.S. policy who became notorious when he identified 250 agents in his 1975 memoir Inside the Company: CIA Diary, died in January in Havana. . . . John A. Boland ’98 was featured in a recent Washington Post story about his discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the U.S. State Department. The State Department had offered Boland a job and then withdrew it upon learning the Temple University adjunct professor suffers from a mild form of obsessive compulsive disorder. At the hearing, an expert from Harvard University Medical School testified that his condition is easily treatable and would not impair his ability to work. . . . George Adelo ’75, ’78J.D. recently appeared in the Academy Award-winning film No Country for Old Men. He was seen briefly in a scene as “the Mexican in a bathtub.” He also played the part of Little Mickey in The Lives of Angels, which won the best short comedy award at the 2008 New York Film Festival. . . . Dong Sun (Bamboo Shoots), a short feature film written, directed and produced by Jian Yi ’98M.A. won the Bronze Zenith Prize for “best world first film competition” at the 31st Montreal World Film Festival. Some 3,000 films were entered in the festival . . . . In April, Cordelia Chávez Candelaria ’72M.A., ’76Ph.D. was named dean of Southern Methodist University’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. She had been a professor at Arizona State University in Tempe. . . . Pope Benedict XVI recently commended Lynn Cassella-Kapusinski ’85 for her work on behalf of the Faith Journeys Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting young people with separated or divorced parents. She spoke at a conference at the Pontifical Lateran University and had an audience with the pope in his private Vatican residence. . . Attorney Daniel R. Murray ’67 was recently named Catholic Lawyer of the Year by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago. . . . Pete Mootz ’60 was profiled in the Florida magazine Naples Illustrated. He was cited for founding the Renaissance Group, a volunteer agency that improves low-income housing areas in Bonita Springs. The group has raised funds to pave roads and provide infrastructure for affordable housing communities. . . . Jim Gillis ’51, president of the Gillis Broadcasting Company, received the Southern California Sports Broadcasters High Five Award. Previous recipients include the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, Jerry West and the Los Angeles Lakers, and championship tennis player Jack Kramer. . . . Lisa Herb ’88 won the Phi Beta Kappa Pathfinder Award in Seattle for her work with the Alliance for International Women’s Rights, which supports female leaders in Afghanistan and Central Asia. She has done volunteer work and taught in Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand and China.