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.


70 years and with energy for ND baseball teammates

Bryan Dunigan, who was part of an annual reunion held by the baseball team, sent a photo and a note celebrating the hospitality of Gerry and Linda Goetz on February 20, 2016:

BaseballReunion-GoetzHome2016This is a photo of our baseball team mates taken at Jerry Goetz’s home course in Lutz, FL. on February 20th in celebration of Jerry’s 70th Birthday.  Included in the picture are our classmates Joe Kernan, Jerry Goetz, Tom Cuggino,  and me.   Also in the picture are Dick Licini, Tom Lux, Nick Scarpelli, and  Roy Martin.  The Gators were fed a lot of golf balls on this weekend.   Linda and Gerry Goetz are to be commended for their outstanding hospitality—and for putting up with all of us!!


Death of Arch (Mike) McCarthy’s mother March 19, 2016

Mary F. McCarthy; beloved wife of the late William L. McCarthy; loving mother of William L. Jr, M.D. (Laurie), Michael D., M.D. (Nora), Patrick D., Peter J. and the late Kevin J. McCarthy; cherished grandmother of Bill (Tracy), Ed (Christee) and Joe (Breanne) McCarthy, Michelle (Chuck) McHale, and Mercury McCarthy; devoted great-grandmother of Ryan and Sean McCarthy, Kendal and Curren McCarthy, William, Andera, and Emmett McCarthy, and Emma and Charley McHale; dear sister of the late Jean; fond aunt of Mary Pat (Francis) Shimandle, Amie (Chris) Winn, and J.D. McCarthy; great-aunt of Thomas Shimandle, Scott Winn, and Geoffrey McCarthy. Visitation Monday March 21 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Visitation Tuesday March 22 10 a.m. until time of Mass 11 a.m. at St. Edmund Church, 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Trinity High School are appreciated. Info: 708-383-3191 or drechslerbrownwilliams.com – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=mary-mccarthy&pid=178095094&fhid=16229#sthash.2gxcg8pV.dpuf

Joe Kernan and Tom Blum remember John Roche, killed in Vietnam

On March 5, 2016, Joe Kernan, who had been honored at the end of January during a Notre Dame hockey game, pointed out the oversight noticed by Tom Blum when the names of our classmates were read:

To Bryan Dunigan:

Tom Blum alerted me that John Roche had died in Vietnam.


What we do know is that John was an Army 1st Lieutenant


serving in Vietnam.  He was killed in action on December 15, 1969,


shortly after arriving in Vietnam.


Joe Kernan



John Walsh’s mother Loretta O’Mara Walsh died Feb. 18, 2016

Loretta O’Mara Walsh

Mother of John Walsh


Mar. 23, 1922 – Feb. 18, 2016

Loretta O’Mara Walsh, age 93, of River Forest, IL; beloved wife of the late John J. “Coach” Jr.; loving mother of John J. III (Dia), Kevin O. (Maggi), Mary W. (John) McHugh, Loretta M., and Therese W. “Tagger” (William) O’Brien; devoted grandmother of Kieran (Marianne), Briana, and Conall (Andrea) Walsh, Kevin (Kiera), Patrick, Michael (fiancée Claire Mullen), Emmett (fiancée Lisa Gonzalez), and Ryan Walsh, Molly (Bob) Crawford, Bridget, Colleen, and William O’Brien, and the late John McHugh; great-grandmother of 7; dear sister of the late Shirley (the late Alexander) Burke, Elizabeth (the late Edmund) Branand and Anne (the late Robert) Conroy; fond aunt and great-aunt of many. Loretta was a graduate of St. Luke, Trinity and Rosary College, all in River Forest. For over 50 years she along with her late husband were the owners and brokers of P.M. Walsh & Co. in Elmwood Park, IL. Visitation Sunday, February 21st from 3 to 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown, & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Friends and family will meet at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, Lathrop and North Ave., River Forest on Monday for Mass at 10:00 a.m. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (mda.org) are appreciated.

With daughter Deirdre, Neil Rogers Returned to Philippines

From Neil Rogers February, 2016
We recently traveled to the Philippines.
My daughter Deirdre was a nursing exchange student at Philippine General Hospital in Manila this past November. She worked in the poverty ward and it opened her eyes.
She returned in December to receive her RN from Johns Hopkins.
As I lived in the Philippines for 1969-1971 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Deirdre and I traveled to the island Negros where I taught high school students.
I had recently updated my contact with children of the family I lived with those many years ago through Facebook.  They’re now in their fifties.
It was an amazing reunion and something I wondered if I would ever get to accomplish and am so glad I did.

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.