Welcome to the class notes serving the Notre Dame class of 1968.

Classmates and friends of the Notre Dame Class of 1968,

Timeliness was the original appeal of a blog for our class notes, photos and messages: instead of waiting three months or so for news, we modern fellows and our friends could avail ourselves of the Internet for timely communication.  Since then, a second reason for the blog has come along: the notes submitted to the print magazine undergo a scrubbing for length and, apparently, for consistency with the “Notre Dame brand.”  But, as far as we are concerned, we are the Great ’68 and we are the Notre Dame brand.  So here we have a place for the kinds of interests and opinions we share freely when we are together.

Using the file directory at the right, you can navigate to pages set aside for various kinds of news: chances to get together (Rendezvous notes), game discusssions, how to find other Notre Dame alumni, several recent columns written about our class for Notre Dame magazine, photos and so on.  Perhaps some of you who are good at the technique will prepare a Podcast or a short video at one of the tailgate parties: let people give their names and their messages.  We can post the Podcasts and videos on our blog.

We can use the blog to leave comments, too.  In order to add your comment, you will have to register.  If you want to post photographs or new articles, send me your username at tfigel@lake-effect.com and I will take care of the blog administration needed.  You can also email me the note or the photo with instructions and I will post the material for you.

If you attend a game, look for the Class of 1968 flag.  There, between the stadium and Legends (once the Senior Bar), you will find many of your friends.


Class Notes Submitted Feb. 3, 2014

Notre Dame Class of 1968 Notes         Contact: Tom Figel, 312-223-9536 office

February 3, 2014                                                     tfigel@lake-effect.com


State of the Great 68 Address


                        President Tom Weyer’s State of the Class address delivered to the class council during late January included a call for continuation of a hallmark of the Weyer administration, class contribution inequality.  “Looking in the rear view mirror or 2013,” the President said, “we had a fantastic 45th reunion, wonderful get-togethers at our tailgates, and we suffered the loss of dear classmates.  During 2014, the year the Class of 68 turns 68, this administration pledges itself to protection of all the high average contribution rate privileges created by the recent generosity of Matt Walsh and Joyce.”  His administration, the President said, will support the plans for stadium enlargement while paying great attention to any encroachments that threaten the Mary Weyer memorial plantings honoring her parents and Honest John and Annie Weyer. 

                       January ended with an Evanston, IL get-together occasioned by the death of Moose Krause’s daughter Mary Carrigan, who succumbed to cancer six months after the death of Sandy Carrigan. 

Mary Krause Carrigan Aug 17, 1946 - Jan. 16, 2014

Mary Krause Carrigan
Aug 17, 1946 – Jan. 16, 2014

The four Carrigan sons and their sister Jill amused and saddened the memorial service audience with reflections on a lovely woman who had raised her own family while being Mom (“Mombo” in the Carrigan family) to many others.  The 68 contingent – Tom Weyer and Mary, Tom Gibbs and Sheila, Dave Kabat, Tom Moore, Bryan Dunigan,  Dennis Toolan and Mary Lou, Tom Figel and Nancy – heard son Chris remember that the romping Carrigan kids “tested the laws of physics, Mombo’s patience, and the limits of our health coverage.” 

                        Bryan Dunigan, of a family with generations of ties to the Krauses, said that his grandfather had known and helped the young Moose.  The grandfather, for whom Bryan is named, was in charge of printing for the Sears Roebuck catalog (“like being in charge of the Internet,” said Bryan.) Bryan’s own immense email directory shows that management of contacts is in the Dunigan DNA.  Frank Leahy, who took care of the grandfather’s yard work, was being recruited from Boston College when Notre Dame asked Grandfather Dunigan to help with the wooing.  Bryan said his grandfather flew to Cleveland for the successful pitch. 

                        January also saw a Chicago get-together organized by Shaun Reynolds and his family in memory of Shaun’s brother Damien, whose world-roaming, friend-gathering life included appearance in a Life Magazine photo taken at Woodstock.  Dave Hirschboeck, John Walsh and Dia were there with Nancy Figel (still Nancy Carlin SMC69 to Shaun, and to me).  . 

                        John Walsh and Dia organized a dinner evening with John Flemming, when John came to Chicago from New Orleans for presentation of his art at a December show.  The onset of Chicago winter had no apparent effect on John’s happy spirits and laughs about the late Eddie Kurtz’s novels as John visited with Geof Thornton and Christine, Peggy Barber O’Rourke, the Walshes and Figels. 

                       An Evanston, IL high school class seeking to interview U.S. war veterans during January received help – and powerful remembrances – from classmates Gene Cavanaugh, Tom Condon, Bill Brennan, Pat Collins, Joe Kernan, Mike Browning, and Mark Lies as well as Tom Nerney, three years behind us.  Gene Cavanaugh, seeking respite in Chicago from the cold of South Bend, visited the classroom during some days spent with his daughters and grandchildren in Evanston.  The reflections of people then slightly older than the Evanston students were revealing, generous and often painfully assembled.  . 

                       Pat Collins was one who called Tim O’Meilia, the former Observer editor and popular Palm Beach County, FL journalist whose cancer has him confined to home, though typically upbeat.  A couple classes behind us, Tim was a reporting godsend when Pat was Observer editor.

                      After considering the magazine pages devoted to class notes, John Grima sent this optimistic reflection: “It strikes me that, in magazine terms, the life of a Notre Dame class might be said to be 26 pages; that we have lived 18 of them and still have eight to go. That feels pretty good for a bunch of 67 and 68 year olds.  A lot of time gone by, still plenty to look forward to.”

Mike Baroody, Gonzaga High School, 1964, Washington, D.C.

Mike Baroody, Gonzaga High School, 1964, Washington, D.C.

                        In addition to photos, including a bow-tied Mike Baroody from the Gonzaga High School yearbook, our blog has instructions about using Notre Dame’s database for simple location of all alumni friends.  If you enjoy seeing old men and their young wives, see www.ndclass1968.com. 

                        Stay in touch – Tom Figel, 1054 West North Shore, Apt. 3-E, Chicago, IL 60626, tel. (off) 312-223-9536, tfigel@lake-effect.com.

Jan. 29, 2014: Tom Gibbs, Tom Weyer, Gene Cavanaugh, Dave Kabat, Dennis Toolan, Bryan Dunigan, Tom Moore, Tom Figel

Jan. 29, 2014: Tom Gibbs, Tom Weyer, Gene Cavanaugh, Dave Kabat, Dennis Toolan, Bryan Dunigan, Tom Moore, Tom Figel

Leo Welsh and Wendell Yim at Dallas Oct. 2013

Writes Leo:  Met up with Wendell Yim who flew in from Hawaii at the ND ASU game in Dallas in October. Got to have some beer and bar b que  and catch up. Wendell apparently has forgotten ND’s colors. Leo Leo Welsh Realtor®/Broker Click here for Linda's nifty KW mobile app to find homes Linda Welsh Realty Cell 512-657-7350 Office 512-263-1030

Writes Leo: Met up with Wendell Yim who flew in from Hawaii at the ND ASU game in Dallas in October. Got to have some beer and bar b que and catch up. Wendell apparently has forgotten ND’s colors. Leo
Leo Welsh
Click here for Linda’s nifty KW mobile app to find homes
Linda Welsh Realty
Cell 512-657-7350
Office 512-263-1030

Death of Rev. John Dunne, C.S.C. November 11, 2013

(Thank you to our classmate Father John Pearson, C.S.C. for sending notice of Father Dunne’s death.  Father John said that Father Dunne had been suffering from the effects of a fall several months prior.)

Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C. Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C.

Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C., John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, died early Monday (Nov. 11) at Holy Cross House after a long struggle with complications of a head injury sustained in July. He was 83.

“On behalf of the University, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Father John S. Dunne, a beloved teacher, scholar, priest and friend,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “John brought humility, honesty and intellectual prowess to a quest of faith seeking understanding, and in sharing the journey, he made lasting contributions to the lives of countless students, colleagues, fellow religious and many readers of his books. Like many others, I benefited greatly from classes and conversations with John, and mourn his passing. He will be missed by all.”

A native of Waco, Texas, Father Dunne attended St. Edward’s Academy in Austin before entering Holy Cross Minor Seminary at Notre Dame, where he made his first vows to the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1947. He studied philosophy and graduated from Notre Dame in 1951. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1954, in Rome, where he also earned advanced degrees from the Gregorian University.

Father Dunne returned to Notre Dame in 1957 to become one of its most popular, even beloved, teachers. In addition to teaching more Notre Dame students than any other person in the University’s history, he wrote some 20 influential works on theology and the spiritual life, including “The City of the Gods,” “A Search for God in Time and Memory” and “Way of All the Earth.” His most recent book, “Eternal Consciousness,” received a first-place award from the Catholic Press Association.

Gus Zuehlke, a friend and former student, spent some time at Father Dunne’s hospital bedside and reported on his visit in a post to Notre Dame Magazine: “As I was silently praying in John’s room, a nurse walked in and said to me, ‘I’m on my break. Can I stay in here for a while?’ ‘Sure,’ I replied. ‘You see,’ the nurse said, ‘I feel God here.’ I said to him, ‘I understand.’” Generations of Notre Dame students and alumni would understand as well.

Visitation will be from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 14) in the Lady Chapel of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15) in the Basilica and immediately followed by burial in the Holy Cross community cemetery.

Memorial contributions in support of the mission and ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross can be made to United States Province of Priests and Brothers, Office of Development, P.O. Box 765, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0765, or online at donate.holycrossusa.org.

Paul Robillard and Lyons Hall friends – USC game weekend October, 2013

Paul Robillard sent this email about the fun he and his Lyons Hall group had during the October weekend of the USC game:

We were “shaking down the thunder from the sky” as the Ghetto (Ron Droste, Doug Heisler, Tom Jansen,Jim McCoy,Mike Melewicz, Phil Morrow, Paul Rittman, Paul Robillard, Tom Theis and Ralph White) re-convened in Portland, Oregon on USC weekend October 18-20. The truths and un-truths from their days in four rooms above the arch in Lyons Hall were recounted with great drama and emotion.  A superb time was had by all.
Regards,   Paul Robillard ’68
Paul D. Robillard, Ph.D.
Executive Director
World Water Watch
3300 NW 185th, # 175
Portland, OR 97229WEB: www.worldwaterwatch.org

How to find other Notre Dame alumni

How to find other Notre Dame alumni

Notre Dame has an easy way for us to find one another.  Here’s how:

Use the site:  Mynotredame.nd.edu

See at the upper right of the page “Login.”  If you have not registered with the site yet, you will see a highlighted “Register for the first time.”  One way or another, log in.

Once you are logged in and have access to all the sections of the web site, see “Directory Search” among the other choices at the top of the page.

Click on “Directory Search”.  Then begin using the search form the way you use similar pages.  You can enter as little as a last name.  To improve your search, use the assistance that lets you pick a class year, a state, a city and so on.  When you see your friend’s name, click on it and you will have whatever Notre Dame has in its own contact database.