Class notes submitted January 31, 2018

On your mark, reunion! With style.

(Be sure and see a post below.  Walt Moxham sent the note Dennis Hunt, now-deceased, wrote about Notre Dame and friendship on graduation day, 1968.)

Likely reunion schedule: see the schedule in “People Coming to the Reunion”, which is one of the following articles or posts.  The calendar comes from a document sent to Fred Ferlic by a Notre Dame staff member helping Fred and his committee with plans.

Tiger Schaefer has been toning up for the reunion, with the aid of a manual Jim Chapman

left in their Howard Hall room at the end of a year.

     In June of 1968, as eager young grads, we departed from a campus life that could seem cloying and filled with regulations. Fifty years later, we return with well-developed habits of independence. Still, there are minor strictures on us. Take service animals, for example. Neil Rogers found that his ploy to attend as brother Rich Rogers’ companion will not work: Neil will have to pay, same as the rest of us. The stringent policy makes it unlikely that we will see Tom Culcasi’s honey badger or Jerry Murray’s comfort python. And cougars? Men, we are in our seventies. Cougars are out of the question.
Other than that, reunion time will be freewheeling. The bar service logjam affecting our class dinner five years ago will be solved with new staffing: a bartender for each 290 guests this time rather than 300. Spouses still need proof of age. So have fun. Compare handicaps. Boldy, go up to Roger Guerin and show him photos of grandchildren. Discuss Middlemarch with members of a new southwest Florida book group: Will Dunfey and Joan, Jeff Keyes and Meg, Bob Brady. Join Gene Cavanaugh, Tom Gibbs and Class President Tom Weyer in a gator pile. Watch Bill Cleary and Mark Lies resume a handball competition; Mark hopes someone will bring oxygen. Participate in the Depends raid Jim Hutchinson is organizing at St. Mary’s.
Presentations by John O’Connor (the Mark Felt Watergate history) and Rocky Bleier, plus a Friday morning performance of Ned Buchbinder’s play “Coming Attractions” will provide cerebral stimulation.

Fred Ferlic, Gene Cavanaugh, Chris Murphy, Class President Tom Weyer and Rick McPartin
are helping Notre Dame planners fix some bugs and get the reunion schedule ready for us.

The abundance of emails indicate that the reunion will have great attendance and rich conversation subjects. Here are bits from the letters, photos and posts found in full at Chris Murphy and Carmi, along with Carmi’s mother Ernestine Raclin, are lead donors for a new Notre Dame art museum. Physician Tom Mork and Dona will attend from Monterey, CA; Tom’s former Cavanaugh roommate Tim Swearingen now lives in Vancouver, WA. Mike Burgener and his wife are in a temporary Southern California residence after the widespread fires damaged their home and destroyed their business facility. Ken Howard will be at the reunion with former track team members Pete Farrell, Bob Timm and Ron Kurtz; they, their spouses and Paul Nowak and Barbara spent an October weekend with the Timms in Lake Geneva, IL. John O’Connor and Jan had to skip when John was needed for a San Francisco opening of his film Mark Felt. Long out-of-touch Dick Blumberg has surfaced – in the class of 1969. Former lawyer and ESL teacher (Laos), Dick splits his year between Polson, MT and Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. Tom Dorsel has composed and performed “Buy a Brew for Jesus”.  Philadelphia lawyer Joe Ferry likes to appear in the class notes as often as he appears on campus; he came back to the Temple game, first visit since 1968.  Pat Collins will be the grand marshal of the Washington, D.C. St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 11, 2018.

I’m in the middle of this photo.  Captained the 65 and over New England team, Outer Cape Stripers (Cape Cod), to 3rd place finish (out of seventeen national regions) at the National Championship in Surprise Arizona last weekend.
Regards,  Jim Bisceglia
PS.  Incidentally, my Uncle Pat (Pasquale Bisceglia) was a first team AP All American at ND in 1955.  He later played for the Montreal Alouettes.  His son, JP, was a classmate and football teammate of Brian Kelley (team captains in successive years) at Assumption College in Worcester.

Paul Ramsey, along with Richard Coburn, travel globally while devoting year-round attention to two robust programs they founded in India and in the Yucatan, Mexico. The 21-year old school serving Mexican Mayan families now counts numbers of college graduates. The program in India is on the same track.
After viewing a CBS Sunday Morning Report that included Dan Doyle’s work in Appalachia, Mike McCullough wrote about the network of health clinics our physician classmate and another man brought into existence. Father John Sheehan will come to the reunion from the Jesuit Center in Amman, Jordan. Gene Schraeder and Ellen live in Bluffton, SC where Gene is a Wells Fargo branch manager. Jim O’Rourke, teaching at Notre Dame’s London, England location (and shown in dining attire below), sent a grand report of dining at the Athaneum, a club with some history.

Chris Manion is one who will not attend the reunion; from Maryland, he sent some thoughts about the Notre Dame of then and now: ”

Tom and ‘mates: Last fall, ND’s guiding light these days, Dean Thomas McGreevy, announced to the world that the Notre Dame we graduated from (yes, “fifty years ago”) was “mediocre.” I was baptized at Sacred Heart and have three degrees from ND. I suppose that my attendance would allow others more progressive to mourn my mediocrity as I walked across campus from one fundraising event after another, disguised as a “reunion” …. clearly an act of humility and charity to those superior souls who had the sense to attend a more perfect Notre Dame in Later years. But no thanks. Notre Dame Our Mother, pray for us.”

See a following post, a moving one from Walt Moxham.  Walt sent a note received long ago from our now-deceased classmate Dennis Hunt.

Does joy ever come pure? We have the sadness of Dana Hart’s death Dec. 16, 2017 after years of trouble with Parkinson’s. John Hickey wishes us to remember Bret Bernoff, a class member who is carried on the 1969 list but began with us:  Barnett “Bret” Bernoff passed away after being involved in a motorcycle crash in Volusia County, Florida, on Thursday, March 16, 2017.  Pray, too, for Professor Donald Sniegowski and his family; the Sniegowskis’ youngest son recently learned he has leukemia.
Please send news and photos to: Tom Figel, 1054 West North Shore, Apt 3E, Chicago, IL 60626, tel. 312-223-9536,

Dana Heart, death Dec. 16, 2017

Dana L. Hart, 71, of Oro Valley, AZ, formerly of Gloucester Massachusetts, passed away on December 16, 2017.

Dear husband of Mary Ellen Flynn.  Also survived by his sisters, Diane Hart of North Adams MA and Patricia Hart of Warsaw, Poland, by his brothers in law Joseph (Judith) Flynn and Richard (Cindy) Flynn, by nephews Justin and Aaron Flynn, all of Massachusetts.

Dana was born in Brunswick Maine to George L. (Capt. USN) and Viviane Hart.  As a Navy brat, he lived in many places on the east and west coasts and attended at least 7 different schools before graduating from St. Anthony’s High School, Long Beach CA.

At age 10, Dana fell in love with golf on a Norfolk VA municipal course and played as much as possible for the rest of his life. 7 handicap for several years for any golfers reading this.  He was a long time member of Bass Rocks Go lf Club in Gloucester.

Dana also loved the University of Notre Dame and its sports and was a proud graduate (B.S. in Chemical Engineering 1968).  He greatly valued the friends he made at Notre Dame.  Dana also obtained a M.S. in Polymer Physics from the University of Akron.

And he loved Mary Ellen who did not golf, did not attend Notre Dame and knew nothing about Polymer Physics.  Go figure.

Dana had a long career with Raychem Corporation (Menlo Park CA) where he first worked in Research and Development but later moved into Sales and Marketing. He ended his career as a National Sales Manager.  Following his retirement, he worked as a consultant for Raychem/Tyco in East Asia.  Dana enjoyed his career with Raychem. He traveled a great deal for work (United Airlines Million Miler but was never dragged out of his seat as far as we know) and traveled for pleasure in North America, Europe and Asia.

Dana lived well with Parkinson’s Disease for many years but sadly he developed and battled Advanced Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia for the last few years.  An informal Memorial Service will be held on the Gloucester coast across from his much loved and sometimes detested (depending on what he shot) Bass Rocks Golf Club.

Jim O’Rourke on dining at the Athaneum, London, England

An update from London: the day went well, I taught a lesson on strategy at 12:45 p.m. here, then did a dry run for tomorrow’s lesson on Image, Identity, and Reputation in Corporate Communication back at Mendoza. The Zoom system we use to connect to the US seems to work nicely, so I’m looking forward to all that.

This evening, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto of the Notre Dame History Department (a Spaniard by birth but English by all other counts) took Father Jim Lies and me to The Athaneum for dinner and drinks. I can quite honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it my life.
It’s a 17th Century building not more than 1000 meters from Fischer Hall, remarkable in every respect. Outside, at the curb, The Duke of Wellington’s mounting block (late in life he needed a bit of assistance to get up on his horse. The block is still there, at the curb.
The members bar is exactly as you would expect: stuffy, a bit louche. The request for a martini took a while (“Would you care for that shaken rather than stirred, sir?”). Dinner followed. Each member fills out a dinner card for his guests. A truly odd selection on the menu, but I went with the chilled crab and mayonnaise to start, followed by a beefsteak and greens. Not bad.
The Drawing Room (massive, multiple portraits of people who’ve not been in the building in three hundred years) was our location for post-prandial aperitifs by the fire. The club has the largest private library collection in the world, taking up some five floors. The member’s only South Library was a real treat, since people like myself aren’t really allowed in there. (Photo attached).
Saw and touched a chair used by Charles Dickens to write in. Another chair, long story I’ll tell you later, owned by Charles Darwin nearby. They were admitted to membership on the same day.
It was the sort of club a hundred years ago that was loathe to admit women, though they readily took Catholics and Jews. (Queen Victoria was admitted to dine and drink as a member’s wife, you see). Tonight was Robert Burns night. Kilts flapping about, Burns poetry, and wonderfully, six bagpipers and a drummer on the central stairwell as we ascended to the Drawing Room after dinner.
To my delight (and the surprise of a few), I was able to quote a line from a Robbie Burns poem (To a Louse: 1786):
O wad some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
Jim Lies took a couple of pictures of me in the Members Only Library, we retired to the fire, had a last drink and headed out the door for home. It’s unlikely Jim (a C.S.C.) and I will ever have another experience like that again. I’ll fill you in on a few details in Florence.
For now, best wishes from Suffolk Street SW!

CBS Sunday Morning Report recognizes work of Dan Doyle

From Mike McCullough:

Our classmate Dan Doyle is  a key part of a story narrated by Ted Koppel on CBS Sunday Morning today.  If you didn’t catch it, you can see the full story at

Dan has one of the great stories of our class that, to my knowledge, is till untold to the rest of the class.  In the 1970s, Craig Robinson, who is also interviewed in the story, was working with United Mine Workers about health issues facing their members in West Virginia and made a trip to Harvard Medical School to try to recruit doctors.  Dan, I believe, was the only one who responded.  A few years later I attended the inauguration of a tiny medical clinic in which Dan was the only doctor and Craig was the business manager.  From that humble start they have built what is now a network of clinics which, the last time I heard, had  about a dozen doctors and many more physician assistants and nurses.

Dan is now retired but only in the sense that he doesn’t have a as rigid a schedule as he used to.  He’s still hard at work each week working at various satellite clinics.  I think our class should push for Dan to get the Laetare Medal or at least some other special recognition.


Mike McCullough