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@reputecture.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.


Tim Fangman death June 6, 2015

Joe Hale informs us from Houston of Tim Fangman‘s death from an auto – truck accident June 6, 2015:

Timothy_FangmanI recently received an e-mail from Ann Reins Fangman (SMC ’68) in regard to the tragic death of her wonderful husband Tim in a vehicle accident on June 6, 2015.  I knew Tim from freshman year forward as he was on my wing of the third floor of Keenan.  He grew up in Omaha and graduated from Creighton Prep.   After Tim’s ND graduation he got his medical degree from Creighton and later spent a year or so at the Mayo Clinic before returning to his home town of Omaha to practice cardiology.  (Tim’s dad is still living and is a well-known Omaha physician.)

Tim_Fangman_ND68yearbookTim was the only occupant in his SUV and was wearing his seat belt when his SUV (heading north above Columbia Falls, Montana to a cabin – near Glacier National Park) was hit head on by a truck that crossed over and struck the SUV on a viaduct. Alcohol and speed were factors in the accident. The other driver has been charged with motor vehicular homicide, and is awaiting trial.

I last saw Tim and Ann after our 10th Year ND Reunion as I drove over to Omaha.  Tim and I traded a few e-mails during the last year or so.  I’ve circulated the news of Tim’s death to fellow Keenan and other ND classmates who knew him.  And my three-year ND roommate Tom Culcasi said his wife Judy (SMC ’68) would notify her SMC friends.  Gene “Skip” Schraeder replied that he could remember tiptoeing as his room in Keenan was close to Tim’s;  Skip didn’t want to jostle the needle while Tim’s stereo (once again) was playing Beach Boys recordings.   (I can’t think of a nicer way to disturb whatever peace existed in Keenan!)

Many really-nice comments in regard to Tim’s diligence and interest in his patients can be seen if you Google the obituary, etc. from the Omaha newspaper.  Tim was predeceased by his mother Jeanne and two granddaughters.  Along with Ann and Tim’s father, Tim is survived by a son, three daughters, 10 grandchildren, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

Bob Brady’s mother Dorothy Lindsay Brady Oct. 29, 2015

Cape Elizabeth, Me, 10/29/15—Dorothy Lindsay Brady, aged 102, died peacefully, surrounded by her seven children and several of their spouses.  She had been in good health, physically and mentally before suffering a stroke approximately a week before her death.

Dorothy Elizabeth Lindsay was born in 1913 in Lindsay, Oklahoma.  She was born in a town named after her father, and in a house built in the 1870’s by her maternal grandparents in what was then the Oklahoma Indian Territory.  They were of Choctaw heritage.  Dorothy was a member of the Choctaw Nation.

Her parents, Lewis Edward Lindsay and Anita Murray Lindsay, met and married when he visited the Murray ranch as a cowboy on a cattle drive from his native Texas.

Dorothy’s father taught her to read before she began her schooling in a one-room schoolhouse in Erin Springs, Ok., adjacent to Lindsay.  She attended the Lindsay schools and then graduated from a convent high school.  She went to Oklahoma Women’s College, Chicasaw, Ok. for two years, following which she attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Ok. Afterwards she did graduate work at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, MA, graduating as a dietician.  With the onset of World War II, she volunteered for the U.S. Public Health Service.

As a child, Dorothy studied piano and the cello.  She also was an active athlete, playing tennis and riding horses.  She met her future husband, Dr. Francis “Bud” Brady, on the tennis courts at the Public Health Service Hospital in Baltimore, Md.  They were married in Fort St. John, British Columbia, in 1942, after Dr. Brady, an Army dentist, was deployed to serve the troops building the Alaskan Highway.  

During World War II, they lived briefly in Alameda, CA, where their first child was born.  She then moved back to Oklahoma when he was redeployed to the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific.  Following the war, they moved to Titusville, Pa, “Bud’s” hometown.  He developed a thriving dental practice and together they raised their seven children, Anita, Mary Ellen, Robert, John, Michael, Lewis, and Lisa.   

Titusville-Kickham_wedding_group-1970Classmates at the Brady family’s Titusville home 1969

Dorothy was a force in her children’s lives.  She taught each of them to ride a bike.  She made sure each knew how to swim.  She insisted they take music lessons.  She monitored their academic progress and social lives.  She made their Halloween costumes.  She made sure they enrolled in “good” colleges.  As they married and her 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren arrived, she took on the same role for the succeeding generations.  

Even as she mothered her large family, Dorothy continued to have an active life.  She played tennis and golf.  She enjoyed bridge and other card games.   She was an active member of the Titusville Women’s Club and the PTAs of her children’s schools.  She read widely and maintained a life-long commitment to the liberal tenets of the Democratic Party. 

Following her husband’s retirement in 1980, they began to spend the winters and eventually re-located to Ft. Myers, FL, where they enjoyed playing golf and bridge, and had an active social life.  They traveled widely, to Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Central America.

Dorothy constantly entertained members of her family.  All of the grandchildren have fond memories of driving their grandmother’s golf cart, visiting the orange juice store, and going to Ft. Myers Beach.  She took many of them to Disneyworld and made sure that each of them had the opportunity to enjoy Deer Hill Camp in Durango, Co.

Bud died in 2009, and Dorothy re-located to Village Crossing Assisted Living, Cape Elizabeth, Me, in 2011, to be near her daughter Lisa.   Dorothy was grateful to Lisa, and her husband, Russ, for their unstinting help while she lived at Village Crossing.

Dorothy is survived by her three sons-in-law, Dean Jensen (Mary Ellen),  Jeff O’Sullivan (Anita), and Russ Leonard (Lisa), and three of her four daughters-in-law, Roberta Isleib (John), Jane (Mike), and Pat (Lewis).  Bob’s wife, Margaret, died earlier this year.  

She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Lindsay-Murray Mansion, c/o Lindsay Historical Society, Lindsay, OK.  Benson Memorial Library or St. Titus Church, Titusville, Pa., or Cape Elizabeth Library, Cape Elizabeth, Me., or Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Scarborough, ME.


Ex-MLB LHP Pat Misch throws no-hitter in Game 7 of Taiwan Series

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer
(from http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/25353880)

Pat Misch didn’t pull a Don Larsen, but he came pretty damn close.

Sunday night in Taiwan, Misch threw a no-hitter in Game 7 of the Taiwan Series to clinch the Chinese Professional Baseball League championship for the Lamingo Monkeys. It was the first no-hitter in Taiwan Series history. The Monkeys beat the Chinatrust Brothers 11-0 in the decisive Game 7.

Thanks to the magic of the internet, here are all 27 outs of Misch’s title-clinching no-hitter:

“My catcher called a good game, I just pitched to where he wanted the ball,” said Misch to Jason Pan of the Taipei Times after the game. “Then I got the batters down in order, inning by inning, and our defense was outstanding tonight.”

Misch walked one batter and otherwise faced the minimum in the nine-inning masterpiece. Here’s some more from The China Post:

Monkeys’ starter Misch came close to pitching a perfect game, the only blemish to his just over 100 pitch game being a walk to Brothers first baseman Peng Cheng-min in the fifth. He threw a complete game, striking out seven batters, limiting the opposing team to 24 at bats in the game, while the Brothers expended six pitchers after Chiu was relieved. Teammates swarmed the hero after the last Brothers hitter was thrown out at first, as the home field crowd’s cheers crescendoed euphorically. Misch’s no-hitter was the first ever in the Taiwan Series.

Misch, 34, spent the 2006-11 seasons as an up and down arm with the Giants and Mets. He posted a 4.80 ERA (89 ERA+) in 200 2/3 big league innings spanning 24 starts and 54 relief appearances. Misch spent the 2013-14 seasons in Triple A and an independent league.

The Marlins signed Misch to a minor league contract last offseason. He didn’t make the team out of spring training and instead reported to Triple A, where he went 5-7 with a 3.25 ERA in 72 innings. Misch was released in July and spent a month in an independent league before getting an opportunity in Taiwan.

I have to say, throwing a no-hitter in Game 7 to clinch a championship is pretty much the coolest thing ever. That’s something every pitcher dreams about as a kid. Congrats to Misch and the Monkeys.

Pat Misch threw a no-hitter in Game 7 of the Taiwan Series.
Pat Misch threw a no-hitter in Game 7 of the Taiwan Series. (@DavidTiao on Twitter)

William Edison Sullivan September 2015

From: bill kenealy [mailto:kenealybill@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 20, 2015 6:15 PM
To: Bryan Dunigan <bdunigan@duniganlaw.com>
Subject: Bill Sullivan…Sully
Zen – we lost our good friend and classmate, Sully,  last week. Would you be kind enough to pass on to classmates on yr great distribution list.  thanks  wheels
Mates – we’ve lost another ’68er.  William Edison Sullivan, of Merrick, Long Island died unexpectedly last week at his home in Lynn, Ma., where he lived for the last 10 years or so. From ’64-’68, Sully was the first to get coffee at the Huddle each morning. He greeted all he saw, with a smile, a laugh, and a genuine pat on the pack. At the end of the day, usually from the Senior Bar, he offered those same cheerful greetings to the many friends he made at ND. He was that 12th man Saturday, seen flying around with the defense. A job well done Sul.

Margaret Brady August 4, 2015

(In attendance at the memorial service with Bob Brady were many of Margaret Brady’s friends, including Brian and Susan Schanning, Tom Brislin, Dennis and Elise Reeder.)


Bob Brady‘s wife Margaret Brady of Guilford, CT., died peacefully at home, August 15, 2015 after suffering from breast cancer for several years.


               Margaret was born September 15, 1947, in New York City, to Fred Schmidt and Florence Bergwardt  Schmidt.  The family moved to Englewood, NJ, when she was eight years old.   She graduated from Dwight Morrow High School, Englewood, in 1969.  Margaret received her B.A. degree in economics from Connecticut College for Women (now Connecticut College), New London, CT, in 1969, and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut Law School, West Hartford, CT, in 1978.  She was admitted to the bar in both Connecticut and New York State.

               Margaret married Robert Brady in 1977.  He survives her, as do their daughter, Lindsay Brady Beile, and son-in-law, Tyson Beile,  of Seattle, WA.  Margaret’s grandson, Lewis Robert Beile, was born July 14, 2015.  She is also survived by a sister, Barbara, and a nephew, Alex Himes.

               In addition to her family, Margaret’s passions were land use, civic beautification, and gardening.  She combined these in her professional career and personal interests and activities. She believed that every generation is responsible for careful stewardship of the natural resources it inherits. She believed that a culture which allows the personal gain of a property owner to trump the collective interests of the community is morally bankrupt.

As a planner, she worked to insure that development respected the land, the community, and the neighbors. She thought life was too short to permit ugly buildings, or overbuilt or poorly landscaped sites. As a junior staffer in New Haven, then in more senior positions in Stamford and Westbrook, she developed master plans and zoning regulations to insure that forests and fields were not paved over and built up without careful management to minimize impact.

From 1969 to 1990, she worked as a land use attorney and city planner for the City of New Haven, the City of Stamford, and the town of Westbrook. In Westbrook, she introduced and oversaw the town’s implementation of recycling.  She also served as a member of the Madison Zoning Board and was a founder of SGOD, the Madison organization that helped protect the Griswold Airport from over-development.

               She labored daily to improve her personal gardens, first in Madison, where she lived from 1985 to 2002, then at her Guilford home, from 2002 to 2015.

Margaret was a dedicated member of the Garden Club of Madison for over 25 years, served on its board for many years, and was its president from 1994 to 1996 and again from 2000 to 2002.  She was a long-time member of the Madison Beach Club, where she was chairman of the Outdoor Planting Committee from 2003 to 2005.

               Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Garden Club of Madison, Civic Beautification Fund, P.O. Box 29, Madison, CT 06443, or the Guilford Land Trust, P.O. Box 200, Guilford, CT 06437.

               A memorial service was held on Monday, August 10th at 11 am at the Guilford Yacht Club, 379 Old Whitfield St. Guilford. To sign the online guestbook, please visit HawleyLincolnMemorial.com.

Peter J. Noonan June 27, 2015

His friend Ray Munchmeyer sent an affectionate and sad announcement of Pete Noonan‘s death:

Peter Noonan passed away in June following a 3 year battle with a brain tumor. He is survived by his wife Pam , and sons Matthew ’00 , and Greg ’04. Peter spoke throughout his illness of dealing with its effects “like a Notre Dame man” , and that he did honorably, in a manner that all of us would admire, and hope to emulate. He was fortunate enough to attend the wedding of Matthew, just days before the tumor reemerged , and that is one of the few bright spots about the demise of this great friend, and man. Peter was well enough to attend the North Carolina game this past Fall, and his presence is something that all of us present will always remember fondly.
Ray Munchmeyer
Peter J. Noonan

Peter J. Noonan

Peter J. Noonan, 68, of Little Rock, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on September 5, 1946, the son of the late James T. and Margaret (Owens) Noonan. Raised in Lee, Massachusetts, he graduated from the Cranwell Preparatory School. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s of Social Work and a Master’s of Business Administration with Concentration in Health Care Management from Boston University. Through his career in health care, he worked in hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts and Savannah, Georgia. In 1985 he joined The Holy Cross Health System in South Bend, Indiana and was a Senior Vice-President at Holy Cross Care Services through 2000. In 2001 he joined the St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, Arkansas as a member of the executive team. He retired from St. Vincent in 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Pamela (Berrigan) Noonan and two sons, Matthew Noonan (Christy) of Washington, DC and Gregory Noonan of Arlington, Virginia and one cousin, Patricia Macken, of New York City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Christ the King Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will occur at a later date at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lee, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent Foundation, Two St. Vincent Circle, Little Rock, AR 72205. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.

Death of Michael L. Philbin April 24, 2015


Born March 10, 1946, Akron, Ohio, passed away April 24, 2015 in Nashville, TN.

He graduated from Father Ryan High School in 1964, received his B.A. degree from Notre Dame University in 1968, and his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1971.

He practiced law in Nashville with the firm of Taylor, Philbin, Pigue, Marchetti & Bennett and its predecessors from 1971 to 1998. From 1998 until his death Mike was in the solo practice of law as Michael J. Philbin, P.C. and was owner and President of Lawyer’s Escrow Service, Inc. in the Green Hills area of Nashville.


Mike was a skillful and accomplished civil trial lawyer, and was one of the pre-imminent real estate lawyers in Nashville. He was widely known and respected in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee legal community as a lawyer of the highest integrity. He was a member of the American, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations. He served as President of the Young Members Section of the Nashville Bar Association (1975-1976), on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Bar Association (1979-1981), as a member and President (1993-1994) of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (1974 to present), as a member of International Association of Defense Counsel (1985 to present), and of the Middle Tennessee Title Agents Association. He was admitted to practice in all State Courts of TN, Federal District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals.

Mike was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. He gave tirelessly of his time, energy and talents to many charitable causes, including Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., St. Mary Villa, Inc., Villa Maria Manor, Inc., and St. Henry Property Development Corp. He served on the Board of Trustees for each of above organizations from 1978-1998 and during this period served intermittently in all officer positions including President. He was also an active member of Knights of Columbus from 1975 to present.

He was a passionate and accomplished golfer and a member of Richland Country Club since 1971.

Mike was known, admired, respected and loved by a wide circle of friends across the United States for his graciousness, genial nature, kindness, generosity, and sense of honor and integrity. His family and friends will always remember him for his quick wit, although sometimes it was not so “quick” as he spun a long yarn as no one else could. It was often funnier to watch Mike laughing at his own joke than the punch line was. He will be remembered for his signature dish of the best mashed potatoes ever. Mike had a gift of making each person in his presence feel special and everyone close to him knew that if he was needed, Mike would be there by plane, train or any available means to hold hands and share troubles. Heaven has gained a special soul, but this world has lost a great man.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Stephen Philbin and Ruth Cowen Philbin, and his sister Susan Philbin Walsh. He is survived by his wife, N. Shannon McKinnon Philbin, his son, Robert Jeffrey Philbin and his wife Bethany of Nashville, his daughter, Katherine Shannon Philbin Butler and her husband John of Norfolk, VA, three grandchildren who were the light of his life, Elizabeth McKinnon (Lily) Philbin, Isabella Rutherford (Ella Ford) Philbin and Charlotte McKinnon Butler, his brother Jeffrey Stephen Philbin and his wife Marge, of Albuquerque NM, his brother-in-law, James F. Walsh, of Nashville, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Denny Bennett, Ted Faust, Phil Hill, Dan Loftus, Jim Mondelli, Mike Mondelli, Ritchie Pigue, and Nixon Pressley. Honorary pallbearers are the Father Ryan Class of 1964, and Chris, David, Rob and Tim – the Crazy Crew.

Services are all at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3001 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN; visitation from 5pm-7pm on Monday, April 27th in the parish hall, and 10am-11am in the church followed by Mass of Resurrection at 11am Tuesday, April 28th.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Father Ryan Athletic Fund 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 or Special Olympics Tennessee P.O. Box 292549 Nashville, TN 37229-2549.