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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.
Haven’t viewed the video record Dennis Reeder created of the 50th reunion? Enjoy about 40 minutes of unvarnished classmate comments, emotions and behavior with a click here: ND68 50th reunion. If you’re ready for some binge viewing, click to John Oliver’s celebration of Pat Collins’ Washington, DC NBC Channel 4 reporting. And after reloading the popcorn bowl, click in order to watch the South Bend PBS station’s documentary about Joe Kernan. Among friends appearing on camera is Skip Strezlecki, who was present with many other classmates on March 14th, when station WNIT hosted a viewing. During the reception Matt Walsh and Joyce hosted in the new Architecture Building resulting from their family’s gift, class president Tom Weyer noted the ubiquity of the Great ’68 in the evening’s celebration: not only Joe Kernan himself, but the Architecture Building, then to the Debartolo building and the viewing in the Michael Browning theater. The crowd was strong and proud: Matt Walsh and Joyce, Chris Murphy and Carmi, Tom Cuggino, Gene Cavanaugh and Pat, Pat Barth and Jenny, Greg Downes, Jim O’Rourke, Steve Anderson, Dennis Toolan and Mary Lou, John Walsh, Tom Gibbs, Tom Figel among many. Former track team members Pete Farrell, Ron Kurtz, Ken Howard, Bob Timm, plus Paul Nowak traveled far for Joe’s evening and for a mini-reunion. Still, Matt pointed out that a May showing would have swelled the group to include those then wintering in Naples. As he looked about him at the reception group and the environs, Tom Weyer observed that as some guys age, they carve out a man cave in a basement or a garage. “But Matt Walsh did this,” the grand new building for the Architecture Department. The whole visit was a fine time for Ron Kurtz, who wrote, “Four former track teammates attended the Joe Kernan tribute, Ken Howard (San Francisco), Pete Farrell (Princeton, NJ), Bob Timm (Lake Geneva , WI) and Ron Kurtz (Houston), also joined by fellow Badin Hall denizen, Paul Nowak (Nashville). We stuck around until Saturday morning so we could be entertained/educated by two of our Class of 69 teammates who failed to escape Northern Indiana’s clutches, Mark Walsh and Dan Saracino. Lately, in an attempt to lessen the crankiness brought about by the preponderance of night home games on the schedule, our group has been gathering, along with our wives, at remote locations on fall football weekends. This fall we’ll be joined by John O’Connor and his wife Jan in Sedona, Arizona.” Later, Jim O’Rourke wrote: “I think we each imagine going out like Ted Williams to the adoring hurrahs and applause of our friends and family. Few of us, though, will ever get that chance. Joe deserved every minute of (the evening).”
During January, Dave Graves married Marcy Callahan in Del Ray, FL. At the ceremony were Rich Rogers and Pat, Neil Rogers, Marty Rogers, Pat DeMare, Mike Carroll and Joan, and Brian McManus, who hosted a reception in his Gulf Stream apartment.
Left off the guest list of 180 attendees was Jim Hutchinson, despite lab reports he let Dave “borrow” senior year; Jim took out the slight as victor against all comers in a nine-ball pool tournament. Look for future announcements of the Graves’ dog, minivan, and childrens’ soccer play. Brian Schanning and Susan cruised in Norway during January for viewing of the Northern Lights “and were on the same ship that got in trouble recently. No problems on our cruise, although we had to bypass a port on the way back due to weather conditions. It’s a good reminder that on the water, it doesn’t take many failures/mistakes to get into big trouble quickly. In March, we travelled to NYC to celebrate Sue’s latest decennial birthday with friends who came up from Baltimore. Tom Fitzharriswas on hand to offer us his Metropolitan Museum of Art docent services for an afternoon. We had a fantastic time as Tom led us through a tour of Greek, Roman and Egyptian art and architecture. Tom and I have been friends since growing up in Eastchester, NY and attending Immaculate Conception School from K to 8. Needless to say, Tom’s art portfolio has come a long way since we were in Miss Noble’s weekly art class.” Jay Schwartz has begun the blog “One More Thing. . . “ for expression of his sentiments on varied topics. Click https://jayschwartzonthegrid.com/category/uncategorized/.
In Scottsdale, AZ, where they have lived for eight years, Bill Kelly and his wife Mary, are happily engaged in grassroots political organizing for their Democratic Party candidates. Bill writes that they also enjoy cruise ship travel, even when schedules run afoul of class 50th reunions. In his letter, Bill said that he and Mary see Bill’s senior year roommate Tom Vecchi, ’69, who has lived in Phoenix more than 30 years. “We are heading off to an Arizona Diamondbacks game next month before Tom and his wife take off for their summer home on the finger lakes of upstate NY.”
In your prayers, remember the mother of Tom Misch, who died in March, and the family of James Bigler, who died in Gainesville, FL Dec. 18, 2018. After studying law for a time, Jim spent a career as a police detective in Miami. Also, remember Tom McKenna, Carmel, IN as he recovers from hip replacement surgery and anticipates surgery on his knees. Please send news to Tom Figel, 1054 West North Shore, Apt 3E, Chicago, IL 60626, tel. 773-764-4898, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Weiler suffered the loss of Edith in January. “Sadly, my beloved wife, Edith Weiler, passed away in January after a long fight with cancer. She was a professional photographer and loved visiting campus for all the ‘photo ops,’ and to visit with our favorite priest, Fr. Herb Yost at Holy Cross Assoc. “
Bill was Captain of the Irish Guard our senior year, Chairman of the Mardi Gras Carnival, and a past president of the New Hampshire ND Alumni Club.
An article Bill sent presents Edith and her creative use of an old process in her work.
Artist Profile: Edith Weiler
Chief Mark Tibbetts with Volunteer Matthew Kimball (left) Volunteer Charles Butler (right)
The Philbrick-James Library in Deerfield features the work of area artists in its gallery on a rotating basis. On display until the end of January 2017 is the photographic work of Edith Weiler.
There’s no question that the Philbrick-James Library has, until now, never exhibited the types of photos Edith Weiler creates: Tintypes. The images are contemporary and are made using the 19th century process that gave us the first-ever presidential photo, of Abraham Lincoln.
The simple definition of “tintype” is “a photograph taken as a negative, then turned positive on a metal plate.”
And that definition is about the only simple thing you can say about the process of creating a tintype. Those in the know refer to the craft as “wet paint collodion photography.” It involves the perfect mixing of volatile chemicals, some liquid silver, excruciatingly careful timing, and lots and lots of time. Oh, and a good eye.
Jack Sherburne – Resident – Age 94 Air Force Pilot in three wars – Past Town Selectman – State Rep
Deerfield resident Edith Weiler has been creating such photographs for the past seven years or so. She loves the uniqueness of the 19th-century medium and how it brings the past to life.
“Tintype is actually a nickname. During the Civil War, if photographers ran short of metal, they flattened tin cans — anything strong enough to apply chemicals to, including glass and metal plates of any kind.”
Edith uses trophy plates for her work because they’re easy to cut and they’re readily accessible.
It sounds very demanding. It is very demanding.
“It’s not at all forgiving. You can’t adjust anything once it’s finished and lots of things can go badly. I’ve had a few experiences where I just wanted to cry and quit because I’d have a perfectly wonderful image but I didn’t rinse it properly and it just turned black.”
But when things go well, the results can be striking.
“Lilly” – Deerfield resident
Edith was a trained photographer when she learned about tintypes on a whim. A friend urged her to come with her to a workshop given by a well-recognized photographer specializing in tintypes. The John Coffer workshop took place in the town of Dundee in the Finger Lakes region of New York in 2010.
“The minute I stepped on the property I was hooked. It’s a mix of things, it’s part chemistry, part photography, and part mystery.”
Edith says the work is dirty, requires knowing precise details about several chemicals and how they interact with each other and with the environment. They have to be mixed precisely and yet the end process is 100% guesswork.
Garland Barn Rt 107 – day before crew arrived from Barnyard Builders to dismantle
I wondered how long it takes to create a tintype from start to finish. There’s no easy answer to that. Edith says preparing the live (and highly dangerous) chemicals alone takes about half an hour.
Packing up the car with chemicals and equipment takes another half hour.
“The camera weighs 35 pounds. I use a Pelican waterproof box with a shroud to create a kind of free-standing dark room. It (the darkroom) is about the size of a suitcase. I put it on a suitcase stand like the ones you find in hotels and on the top there’s a solar panel with a red filter.”
It’s kind of like “Have Darkroom, Will Travel.”
Gary Duquette Chief of Police
By this time in the conversation we lose sight of how long things take and discuss the materials. Edith mentions that the environment has to be just right. The fussiness of the chemicals means it needs to be no colder than 50° and no warmer than 85°. Collodion boils at 89°. There’s plenty more involved.
“The developer shouldn’t be mixed until you’re ready to use it. I need about six gallons of water, three water trays for the dark room, one for developing, one for rinsing, and the third one for the second rinse.”
This is a precise undertaking. So, rather than trying to describe in detail and with great accuracy all the detail and great accuracy required to create a photograph using the tintype process, you may want to read the Artist Statement Edith Weiler created for her exhibit at Philbrick-James library. You can find it here.
Joanne Wasson – Lifetime Resident – Age 92 – Town Historian – Writer – Photographer – First town Woman Selectman – Retired Teacher
Edith tells me she’s not a patient person and indicates her devotion to photographing in this manner is a testament to her passion.
“That’s the absolute love and intrigue I have for it. This keeps you in the moment. You can’t think of anything else. You can’t stop and go back. You have to start it, you have to follow through, and then you have to finish it. You have to concern yourself with the process of time.”
“The other part I like about this is the adventure. Like at the transfer station, I spent all day there but I had the worst chemical spill ever. My entire darkroom fell over.”
Dennis Paradise – Resident – Deerfield Transfer Station Employee
“Everything went everywhere. How appropriate that it happened at the transfer station. But I had to come home, clean everything, remix everything and I made myself go back because I knew I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t do it then. And I’m so glad I went back because I did portraits of people all day, and still lifes of recycle material.”
One of the things she especially loves is that while the images of people in portraits appear to be fixed, there are between five and ten seconds where the exposure takes place. She says that’s one of the places where the mystery of these types of photographs lie.
“When you’re capturing people, it’s really like a movie. It’s a collection of ten seconds of thought and movement. During those ten seconds that person, or those people are thinking about something.”
It’s not like stretching time quite, but it does make me consider Einstein’s theory of bending time. And yet, the images are fixed, still photos.
Rick Pelletier – Resident – Building Inspector with “Herb” – Resident – Town Welder
Most of the photographs in the library exhibit are of Deerfield, in celebration of Deerfield’s 250’s Anniversary in 2016. She displayed them at the Fairgrounds so I asked what kinds of comments people made about them.
“Wow, that’s spooky,” was a not uncommon response.
Deerfield Fair Grounds
Edith uses a reproduction 19th century camera and an authentic 19th century lens. Everything she sees through the lens is backwards and upside down.
“In the modern-day world, it’s quite fascinating to go from a digital image that you can take in seconds and get results to something that takes hours before you’re even ready to start.”
Even Edith laughs at the disparity between the two styles.
Deerfield Center Gazebo
“I just love it. I love the messiness. It’s so hands-on and I think that’s the big intrigue and that every step of it is my doing.”
Dennis Reeder arranged the production of a video featuring classmates and companions – some eloquent, all interesting, many misbehaving – on the night of the class dinner during the 50th reunion, June, 2018.
Is this Sundance? Cannes? No, it’s not. It is authentic 1968, Great ’68 memories and entertainment.
Notice that you can add your own comments. Please go ahead. Fill a bluebook. And when you see Dennis, say thank you for the hours and the funds he invested in the work.
Keenan Hall residents prepping for St. Mary’s panty raid, Spring, 1965
Periodically, journalists begin turning to favorite words and phrases with the regularity of Fed Ex packages heading to Memphis. Examples from recent years include eponymous, iconic and bespoke. Now, there’s true freshman, which, it turns out, means something other than the people we were in the fall of 1964. Or does it? Weren’t our roommates true freshmen? Sure, at age 21 and a former Marine, Larry “Monk” Forness appeared borderline at first, an outlier able to help the true sophomores of Zahm Hall obtain alcohol. But he soon fell into step as a true freshman acquiring knowledge with everyone else of the Norton Anthology and the schedule of buses from Barat or St. Xavier’s. Paul Stulgaitis, Jerry Maglio, Dick Bertel, all of us lived as true freshmen with access to a proper Gilbert’s wardrobe and timed payments. Brien Murphy, equally true, eschewed that look for a sweatshirt with sleeves ripped – or with Brien, bitten – off. Who were truer freshmen than Class President Tom Weyer, Tiger Schaeffer and Chuck Grable as they belly-flopped onto the icy mud of the North Quad? Open our heavily redacted yearbook to any headshot and remember the true freshmen squirting shaving cream beneath doors or getting excited about Ara: Gary Olney, Dave Vecchia, Tom Sherer, John Myers, Paul Widzowski. And what about the poor rectors – Father Matthew Miceli, CSC, and Father Robert Austgen, CSC, for example – who tried to ride herd over the likes of Charlie Schmitt and Brice Parker?
True freshmen must progress to become true sophomores. To their dying days, Chuck Wordell and Eddie Kurtz probably made it no farther than that. As for true juniors, maybe Thomas D. McCloskey, Jr., James Leger, Jr., Thomas L. Bush, Jr., Daniel W. Casey, Jr., Frank Chuck, Jr., and Robert Wildes, Jr. held that station, while Christopher Murphy III, William M. Dewey III and Joseph A. Schwartz III over-achieved.
True seniors are impossible to imagine. Impossible. Jeff Keyes’ liking for 4 pm dining only makes him fiscally prudent, ready for his long true sophomore phase. Even after a half century and some, who can think of one true senior? Senior Class President Mike Minton? Fred Ferlic? Thomas F. McKenna? Boyish John Flemming? Nope.
True is an apt word, just the same: true friendship, true spirt and heart, the Great 68. This includes true loss, the death of Dave Kabat at the end of 2018, shortly after a fall in Michiana led to a rousing reception in South Bend as physicians Fred Ferlic and Steve Anderson led a line of visiting well-wishers; Gene Cavanaugh, Joe Kernan, Bryan Dunigan, and Tom Cuggino.
Dave “Lunch” Kabat
On November 13, 2018, we also lost Dr. Jim Fticsar, USN (ret) of Chesapeake, VA.
Bob Ptak flew from FL and Brian Gormley from VA for Dave’s New Buffalo, MI funeral, where friends included Sheila and Tom Gibbs, Mary Ann and Tom McKenna, Mary Pat and Rock McKenna, Skip Strezlecki, John Walsh, Bridget and Pat Herald, Jean and Roger Guerin, Mary and Tom Weyer, Mary Lou and Dennis Toolan, and Patty McPartlin, while Dr. Rick McPartlin tended his own hospital patients. Where did Dave pick up the nickname Lunch? Bryan Dunigan explained: “Often times, Dave, who was manager of the Notre Dame baseball team, could not be located and the team would say he was ‘out to Lunch’”.
Gene Cavanaugh sent news of former Government Professor Donald Kommers’ death December 21, 2019 at Holy Cross Village. The South Bend Tribune obituary appears in a following post.
True also joins with service and brilliance. In a following blog item, read about (mandated) retiring Traverse City, MI Judge Tom Phillips and the wise programs he began for offenders, including drug addicts.
Joe Kernan’s health is not good but the impact of his government service and kindness is powerful. Matt Walsh and Joyce, Class President Tom Weyer and Mary will be among many classmates attending a March screening in South Bend of a PBS documentary about Joe’s life.
Ted Bratthauar, Tom Curtin, Mike Moore and Mike Obiala
During the Christmas season, when Mike Obiala and Marilyn visited their DC daughter Julie, they had an evening of reunion with Ted Bratthauar, Tom Curtin, Mike Moore and their wives.
Tom Culcasi found levity in texts exchanged during Notre Dame’s game with Clemson: “Mike Moore, Tom Curtin, Tom Phillips and I have had a texting conversation going for a year now for each game. Mike starts the countdown by being the first to own and wear the year’s spirit shirt. He then gives us regular updates as to the start of the season. Mike stands and paces for the entire game unless he is at Tom Curtin’s house. There Curtin duck-tapes him to a chair until the end of the game. We start texting each other mid morning of game day with coaching tips etc. Moore is the eternal optimist–we could be down by 30 with 10 seconds on the clock and he still thinks we can win. The rest of us are not quite as positive.. The closer the game, the poorer we play, the more texts fly back and forth during the game. (Judy thinks we are worse than teenage girls with our texting, a feeling that Curtin’s wife also supports). We don’t have a name for our group yet, but it sure made the season even more fun. Almost like having 4 seats together in one of those fancy new skyboxes.”
Tom Fitzharris’ Warm Winter oil
Tom Fitzharris’s art secured another honor, presence in a January, 2019 show put on by the Blue Mountain Gallery Winter Show, Chelsea, NY.
Jim Schindler sent regrets from St. Louis about missing two reunions last year: the 50th and then the Marching Band’s fall reunion. You can imagine his year 2019 resolutions.
True or not, please send news and photos, epiphanies and fatwahs to Tom Figel, 1054 West North Shore, Apt 3E, Chicago, IL 60626, email@example.com, tel. 773-764-4898.
Hadn’t seen my old roommate for almost 50 years until the gathering in June of “The Great 68”. So happy that we connected then. And to Bryan: so pleased for both of you that you had good communication after his fall.
Truly one of the ” Greatest ” of the GREAT 68 !!!!
David Lee Kabat, 72, passed away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2018. He was born on July 6, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, to parents Leo and Eleanor (DeTrana) Kabat.
David is lovingly remembered by his wife, Leslie, and their children, Lindsey (Larry) Montgomery, Jonathan (Jenny), Allie and Jessie; and his four cherished grandchildren, Taylor, Anabelle, Emma and Bodin. He is also survived by his mother, Eleanor; sister, Betty Ann (Tim) Shanley; numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends. David was predeceased by his father, Leo and sister, Mary Ellen Barron.
David attended high school at Loyola Academy before earning degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School, where he made many lifelong friends. As he began his law career, David also served in the Army Reserves for six years during the Vietnam era. Among other things, David was admired for his humility, honesty, work ethic, and unwavering commitment to his loved ones. David focused his legal career on construction law, commercial real estate law, and banking law, with noted skills in contract negotiation and litigation. He achieved an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, in which peers rank a lawyer at the highest level of professional experience.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m. CST / 12:00 EST at St. Mary of the Lake Parish, 718 W. Buffalo Ave., New Buffalo, MI 49117.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of David may be made to Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer, where he volunteered his support to others for many years: https://www.spohnc.org/donate-to-spohnc/.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Geisen-Carlisle Funeral & Cremation services, located at 613 Washington St. Michigan City IN 46360.
To sign guestbook or leave condolences, please visit: www.Carlislefh.com. (219) 874-4214.
Thanks to Gene Cavanaugh for informing all of us of Professor Kommers’ death Dec. 21, 2018
Donald P. Kommers
August 26, 1932 – Dec. 21, 2018
NOTRE DAME, IN – Donald Paul Kommers, a political scientist and legal scholar well known for his writings on German law and politics and his pioneering work in the field of comparative constitutional studies, died Friday, December 21, 2018, at his home in Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame, Indiana. He was 86.
The eldest son of Donald M. Kommers and Gladys Janet (nee Braun), Don was born August 26, 1932, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He grew up in Stockbridge, a small town near Green Bay, where his father ran a grocery store serving hundreds of farmers in the surrounding area. He attended St. Norbert High School in DePere, on what is now the campus of St. Norbert College. He graduated from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In his senior year, after a debating contest at Harvard University in 1953, he was set up on a blind date with his future wife, Nancy Ann Foster, of Boston, Massachusetts, to whom he was married for almost 64 years. After college, Don served for two years in the United States Marine Corps. Honorably discharged in 1956, he went on to earn M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Don joined Notre Dame’s faculty in 1963. He taught a wide variety of courses on American and comparative politics until turning most of his attention to the constitutional systems of both Germany and the United States. He received the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Chair of Political Science in 1991. Over more than forty years, thousands of students took his popular undergraduate course in American constitutional law. In addition to teaching, Don served as the Director of the West European Studies Program; the Director of the Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil Rights, during which time he served as an advisor to President Carter’s Commission on the Holocaust; and the Co-Director of the Notre Dame Law Center in London. He was also the editor of The Review of Politics for eleven years. His more than 100 publications include 10 books and dozens of major articles and book chapters on constitutional and political themes in both the United States and Germany.
During his extensive career, Kommers was the recipient of many awards and honors, including: several senior fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with major fellowships and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), Max Planck Society (Germany), German Marshall Fund of the United States, Fulbright Scholar Program, American Philosophical Society, and Social Science Research Council; Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Prize for Senior U.S. Scholars; the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin; the Distinguished Service Cross of the Federal Republic of Germany; and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. In 1998, Germany’s Heidelberg University awarded Kommers an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of his published work on Germany, up to then only the fourth such honor conferred on an American since World War II. In 2007, he was the recipient of a second honorary doctorate from St. Norbert College, where he also delivered the commencement address.
In addition to his loving wife Nancy, Don is survived by his brother, James J. (Mary) Kommers of Reedsburg, Wisconsin; his sister, Kathleen Kommers of Hortonville, Wisconsin; three children, Cynthia Ann (Mark) Jordan of Seattle, Washington, Theodore Foster (Karen Hagnell) Kommers of Lake Bluff, Illinois, and Kristin Elizabeth (Paul) Czarnecki of Georgetown, Kentucky; and five grandchildren, Anne-Marie Kommers, Benjamin Kommers, Sophie Kommers, Nikolas Jordan, and Jack Jordan. His daughter Kristin Mary Kommers died in 1961.
Don will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.
Funeral Mass: Monday, January 21, 2019, 9:30 a.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Notre Dame, in memory of Professor Donald P. Kommers, either online at giving.nd.edu, by phone at (574) 631-5150, or by mail: University of Notre Dame, Department of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556.
This Friday (Dec. 28), 86th District Court Judge T.J. Phillips will hang up his robe and retire after presiding one last time over the “drug court,” which is fitting, because he started the specialty court in 2016 in response to the opiate addiction epidemic.
Drug court diverts hardcore drug users who face less-than-delivery charges away from prison and gives them a chance to get treatment and have their felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor.
Phillips also helped establish a community outreach court to serve the homeless population and an eviction diversion program to help people who might their homes. The Ticker sat down with him to talk about his time on the bench and how he looked for ways to help rather than punish many of the people who came before him in court.
Ticker: Does it make sense to you that judges cannot run for reelection once they turn 70 in Michigan? Phillips: I think I’ve done some of my best work after I hit 70. I started the drug court after I hit 70. I started the homeless court, the community outreach court after I hit 70. Started the eviction diversion a little bit before that. So, I mean, I think it is kind of ageism. If someone is doing a good job, why kick them out?
Ticker: Tell me about eviction diversion. Philips: It brings together various agencies and nonprofits that can help provide rent payments. And if the person can show they can sustain paying their rent, that they just got behind for a little while, then the agencies are willing to pay the rent and the tenants can stay in their homes; they don’t become homeless. And the landlord gets paid, so everybody wins. Ticker: Since you’ve been a judge, what insights have you had about how the criminal justice system should work? Phillips: You know, I have a job where most people don’t want to be there. And let’s say we have someone who works as a cook in town, and they get in trouble, and I’ll talk to them and I’ll ask, “What do you cook?” I always asked them, “What’s your signature dish?” I think then, you can bring it down to just two people talking. I think they’re more relaxed, and then get treated better by the system. You talk to them as individuals. They don’t want to be there. They’re scared. But you can reach out to them and make progress.
Ticker: Is that something that happens in drug court, or can that kind of interaction happen in any kind of proceeding? Phillips: I think it can happen in any kind of proceeding, usually criminal proceedings, because most of our stuff is criminal, 88 or 85 percent. I think it is important people have a good experience. It’s important to treat people with respect. I think that you should do it because it’s the right thing to do but it’s also the best thing to do. So maybe if the judge is nice to them, they will look inward rather than at the crappy old judge that came down on them.
Ticker: How did the drug court originate? Phillips: We have to respond to things, and we had to respond to the overdoses we were seeing. And the specialty courts had been successful in other areas, so it was time to get it up and going. Drug court is very different than my other courts, because in drug court, you kind of act like a cheerleader. You act like Oprah where you interview people and talk to them and see how they are doing. And you still have to act as a judge, too.
I have a lot of admiration for people that are trying to change their lives. Probably 75 percent of people feel they should lose 10 pounds, and they’re motivated to lose 10 pounds, but very few of those people ever lose those 10 pounds. That’s something they want to do, they are motivated to do, and yet it doesn’t happen. And here are people that have a terrible disease of addiction and they are motivated to do something that’s very hard. So, I hold them in high esteem, because they are trying hard.
Ticker: How successful has it been? Do you measure long-term results? Phillips: We haven’t reached that level yet, because we don’t have our first graduate. We’re getting close, probably within the next three or four months we’ll have a couple graduates, and then we will review how they do. The state will as well. They want to see what the rate of recidivism is for our drug court. Right now, we measure it on a day-to-day basis, because they are tested twice a day for alcohol, at least in the beginning, and eight times a month for drugs. So, every day we are seeing how they do and then twice a week we meet with them. Every week I hope no one messes up, and we are doing pretty well.
Ticker: Have very many people failed out of drug court so far? Phillips: We’ve had some people fail out. Usually they fail out in the first month or two because they just weren’t motivated. After they make it past that, they’re pretty good. We want to be open to the hard cases in drug court, so we should not be surprised that some of them don’t make it through, especially in the first couple of months. But sometimes the hard cases are the ones that surprise you the most.
Keeping the glorious reunion mojo going, the South Bend classmates in combination with the Chicago ones made a large swath of the near-stadium parking lot a tailgate gathering place for friends who just can’t get enough of a good time on fall weekends. Twice, Muffet McGraw arrived to show off her team’s NCAA trophy before photo-bombing a smiling, green-shirted row of Fred Ferlic, Gene Cavanaugh, Roger Guerin, Joe Kernan, Tom Gibbs, Bryan Dunigan, Dennis Toolan, Dave Dittman and Class President Tom Weyer. Tom McKenna of Carmel, IN, recalling the tailgate’s origin in Honest John Weyer’s discovery of an open Engineering classroom when we were students, called the gathering “a public trust.”
The core tailgate pack, minus the South Bend friends who had seen the Weyers all other fall weekends, met October 20th at the invitation of the Weyer children for a Chicago party celebrating a tradition almost as lengthy: Tom Weyer and Mary’s 50 years of marriage.
Mary and Tom Weyer, recent photo
The secret? “Find a woman you can’t live without and then stay alive,” Tom said. After he and Mary spoke, Roger Guerin said, “That’s the longest speech Tom Weyer has given without mentioning Rocky Bleier.” Bryan Dunigan, Rick McPartlin and Patty, Bob Ptak, Dennis Toolan and Mary Lou, Tom Durkin, Matt Walsh and Joyce, Tom Gibbs and Sheila were there. Mick Hyland was absent, caught up with the first reunion of his Pangborn Hall study group.
Three days later, with leaves turning color and temperatures falling, Bob Ptak went to join Donna in Naples. Roger Guerin and Jean will go after Christmas. . . along with Chris Murphy and Carmi, Paul Dunn, Jeff Keyes and Meg, Bob Brady. . . Expect a flow of postcards: alligators guarding golf balls (Guerin), a beach sunset (Dunn), and the off-color (Ptak).
On the East coast, Jay Schwartz hosted a lunch party at the fashionable Harry Browne’s in Annapolis for Mike Baroody and Muff, Pat Collins and Emily, Dennis Reeder and Elise, Tom Condon, Tom Figel and Nancy. See the Schwartz-centric menu.
Putting the fashion in the fashionable Harry Browne’s, Annapolis
The St. Louis legal community named Tom Corbett a leading practitioner in trusts and estates.
Jorge Robert R. Saavreda, regretting that he missed the reunion, wrote that “We have recently moved from Stafford County, Virginia (where we lived for 20 years) to Denton County, Texas (North of Dallas & Fort Worth). The move was encouraged by my mother’s failing health (she is 96 with associated physical challenges). Although originally from Puerto Rico, our family has, over the past 30 years, slowly relocated to the Dallas Metroplex. Health permitting, we will make the next reunion.”
And check the experience Allen Brown had. “A group of us (Mike Carroll, Mike Ford, Tony Shaheen, Bill Clark, Ed Ferry and Brian McManus) got a Facetime session going with Geoffrey Thornton who was in the Seattle area. (The FaceTime with Geoffrey) was capped by a surprise ten minute conversation with Lou Holtz who happened to also be on the 7th floor outdoor courtyard on the Duncan Center. Tony asked Lou if, prior to the Catholics v. Convicts tilt, he really said to “leave Jimmy Johnson’s a** for me.” Lou said yes, he recalls saying something to that effect prior to the game. The group also got to engage Dr. Brian Ratigan, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in South Bend who was also there. Brian, as you recall played linebacker for Lou as well as the Indianapolis Colts.”
Mike Hampsey’s death in June, followed in August by John Longhi’s death after 30 years of Parkinson’s suffering, led Chuck Perrin to compose a song:
After returning from Peace Corps service with the heart of nurse Tess, John earned a Harvard doctorate in geology and then became a research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
John Longhi, Peace Corps volunteer
Mike Carty, who would have been hard to keep away from the reunion, died months before, in February, 2018. Paul Zalesky brought John’s death to our attention; Phil Feola did the same for Mike. Father John Pearson, CSC, was in South Bend for a visit and a surgery when the South Bend Tribune announced the death of Professor Donald Sniegowski. Tom Condon’s brother Jim, a Vermont radio personality and state legislator some think was the funniest Condon, died in August. Funny? Listen to one radio skit, “Leave it to Bernie”, on soundcloud.com. On November 18, 2018, Tom McKenna, Carmel, IN, suffered the death of his brother Jim, age 78, after decades of diabetes illness. Jim (James, Jr.) was a Marine Corps veteran and a solid contributor to the McKenna’s hometown, Madison, IN. In following days, Joe Ferry wrote of the death of his brother Hugh Ferry: I am saddened to report the passing of my beloved brother Hugh, a member of the Class of 1959. He passed away to the strains of Notre Dame Our Mother shortly after the Irish victory over Syracuse on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Hugh was a first-generation Irish-American, the oldest of seven sons of Irish immigrants, a Korean War veteran, a world-class marathon runner, having run the Boston Marathon in 2:52 at age 50 in 1981, and a great big brother (I would never have been able to go to ND without his support). He was also very witty. Once, we went to Sweeney’s after an ND game and a string-band rendition of the Victory March was playing on the jukebox. When it concluded, Hugh cued up his recording of it by the ND Band and said “This is the Douay Version!”
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Sad already, Mike Carty’s death prevented him from attending the 50th class reunion, except in spirit. He had plenty.
GENEVA – Michael Robert Carty of Geneva, New York, passed away after a brief illness at Geneva General Hospital on February 9, 2018. He was 71.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. at the DeVaney-Bennett Funeral Home, 181 N. Main St., Geneva, NY on Thursday, (February 15). A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Friday (February 16) in St. Stephen’s Church.
Memorial contributions in Mike’s name may be made to Thrive to Survive, P.O. Box 1146, Geneva, NY 14456.
He was born January 12, 1947, also at Geneva General Hospital. Michael was the son of Doctor William Wade and Elizabeth (Kayes) Carty of Geneva, New York. He attended De Sales High School in Geneva, graduating with the class of 1964, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University. Of all his passions, Michael’s first and foremost was his alma mater. He would plan his fall Saturdays around the Fighting Irish football team, bringing his family and friends along for many pilgrimages to South Bend, Indiana. Most recently, the South Bend trip included campus visits by his grandsons Colin and Aidan. Michael traveled far and wide to watch the Irish, even following them to Ireland in 1996. He was a consummate host. Whether it was one of the annual Super Bowl parties hosted by he and Liz each year (for more than forty years!), a dinner for twelve of their closest friends, or a quick beer on the porch after a round of golf, Mike Carty never let a glass go empty, and a wine bottle was always poured to the last drop. Mike would say he wanted to be able to talk to “anyone about anything” for fifteen minutes. This talent he had for speaking with anyone – friend or stranger – served him well for many years as a salesperson in the food service industry. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Geneva Country Club. He was a lifelong member of St. Stephen’s Church.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Elizabeth (Doyle) Carty; and his two children Maren (Carty) Nicholas of Dallas, Georgia and Matthew (Niki) Carty of Phoenix, Arizona. Michael also was a grandfather of five, Colin and Aidan Nicholas of Dallas, Georgia, and Shaun Harris, Zoe Slagel-Carty and Samuel Carty of Phoenix, Arizona. His sister, Sheila (Carty) Cecere, resides in Jacksonville, Florida, and his sister-in-law, Barbara (Doyle) Barnes lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He had several nieces and nephews, and many cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers-in-law Stephen Cecere and Charles Barnes.
Paul Zalesky sent the news of John’s death and Tess Longhi sent the obituary John wrote for himself:
John Longhi was born in White Plains, New York, raised in Larchmont, New York, and lived most of his adult life in Hamden, Connecticut. Following his graduation from Notre Dame with a BS in geology, John entered the Peace Corps and served in Kenya for more than 2 years where he met and married Tess, a nurse volunteer, who had a smile that could light up a room. While in Kenya, John designed and supervised construction of rural water supplies. Upon returning to the USA, John and Tess moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where Tess worked as a visiting nurse and gave birth to a baby girl, Sarah. Meanwhile, John earned a PhD in geology at Harvard. Post-doctoral fellowships at MIT and the University of Oregon followed next. Subsequently, John had a successful career as a research scientist especially at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, where he worked on increasing our understanding of the origin of the chemical variation in lavas on Earth, the Moon, and the meteorite parent bodies.
John’s career and life were shortened by advancing Parkinson disease. He will be remembered for his calm disposition and timely sense of humor.