Classmates live on camera 50th Reunion, June, 2018

Click to view: 1968 live on camera Reunion 2018

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.

 

Death of Dave Kabat Dec. 29, 2018

Kabat, David
David Lee Kabat

Born: July 6, 1946

Died:

December 29, 2018
Some of the notes from Dave’s friends:
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.

Mark Kush On Dec 30, 2018, at 12:51 PM, J. Michael Burman <jmb@reidburmanlaw.com> wrote:

God bless him and his family.

J. Michael Burman, Esq.

On Dec 30, 2018, at 10:26 AM, Mick Hyland <mick4sox@live.com> wrote:
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.

Death of Professor Donald P. Kommers

Thanks to Gene Cavanaugh for informing all of us of Professor Kommers’ death Dec. 21, 2018
Donald P. Kommers Obituary
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.

Info: www.kaniewski.com or 574-277-4444.

Published in South Bend Tribune from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2019

Judge Tom Phillips reflects on his service

Retiring Judge Reflects On Drug Court And More

By Patrick Sullivan | Dec. 26, 2018

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.

Class notes submitted Nov. 1, 2018

Tailgate and Marriage Secrets Revealed

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 WeyerTom 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.

Tom Corbett

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:
https://youtu.be/bJPGcmJ6usw.

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!”

Thanks to Bob Smith, Joe Hale, Jim Hutchinson and others who help us keep up with our news. Please send notes and photos to Tom Figel, 1054 West North Shore, Apt 3E, Chicago, IL 60626, tel. 312-223-9536, tfigel@reputecture.com.

Mike Carty death February 9, 2018

Michael Robert Carty

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.

For those wishing to write a note of condolence, please visit www.devaneybennettfh.com.

Death of John Longhi August 19, 2018

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.

These just in, September, 2018

Rick McPartlin arranged a golf outing that avoided rain in Oak Brook, IL on August 24, 2018.  President Tom Weyer, golfers Tom Gibbs and Dennis Toulan had gone on to other events by the time players and friends gathered for dinner near the course.  Back row: Rick’s brother Mike and nephew Pearce flank Roger Guerin, Mick Hyland of Pangborn Hall fame, Bob Ptak.  Front row: Bryan Dunigan, Patty and Rick McPartlin, Tom Figel and Tom Culcasi.

In attire obtained from Mike Burgener, Jim Hutchinson and Jerry Murray won the wardrobe competition during their summer golfing.

Meanwhile, in the back-at-the-office, workaday world category, Tom Corbett of St. Louis firm Thompson Coburn has been named one of the St. Louis, MO area’s Lawyers of the Year.  Tom’s practice concerns trusts and estates.

Tom Condon’s brother Jim Condon, state rep and longtime radio personality, dies at 60

from vtdigger.com

Jim Condon
Jim Condon speaks at the Capital Plaza hotel in Montpelier, in a photo from his campaign website.

Rep. Jim Condon, who served seven terms in the House following a long career in radio broadcasting, has died after battling esophageal cancer. He was 60.

Condon, a “Blue Dog” Democrat, represented Colchester since winning election in 2004. He decided against running for re-election this year after receiving an “unwelcome medical diagnosis” of cancer this spring. He also served as executive director of the Vermont Association of Broadcasters.

He is survived by his wife, Ginny McGehee, a radio personality on WJOY in Burlington, and their son, Thomas, who attends Syracuse University.

“I have been humbled by the trust you’ve given me to be a voice for common sense at the Statehouse,” Condon said in April when he announced he would not run again. “I hope I have lived up to your trust.” He missed much of this year’s session.

Condon partnered with radio personality Louie Manno in Connecticut before they moved to Vermont where they worked in the 1980s and 1990s at several Burlington radio stations.

Their morning news and comedy program,“The Manno and Condon Show,” ran on WKDR-AM from 1990 to 2000. Prior to that, they co-hosted a morning show on WQCR-FM (now WOKO), where they broadcast their notable sketch, “Leave It to Bernie,” a light-hearted takeoff of the “Leave It to Beaver” television show that poked fun at Sen. Bernie Sanders (played by broadcaster Joel Najman).

Condon, the deep-voiced, hefty straight man in the comedy team, was known for his sharp wit and hearty laugh. In addition to partnering with Manno, Condon was also news director at WKDR and at WQCR/WJOY.

“I was the wrecking ball, and he did the layups,” Manno said Friday. “Of all the gifts Jim had, he had an incredible sense of humor. He always had a twinkle in his eye and I don’t know if anyone was ever angry with him. Jim was a very gentle man, an everyman who was just as comfortable talking to a homeless guy as a head of state.”

Manno and Condon
Radio partners Louie Manno, left, and Jim Condon. Photo courtesy of Louie Manno

“We shared together several lifetimes worth of laughs,” said Manno, who held his best friend’s hand for the last time on Thursday. The two also ran a deli in Burlington together after they stopped broadcasting and before Condon ran for election to the House.

“He was the smartest and funniest man I ever knew,” said Dan Dubonnet, the general manager of Hall Communications, the parent company of WOKO and WJOY. McGehee, he said, was “in good spirits” and spending time with co-workers and friends at the station on Friday afternoon after completing her morning shift.

Condon passed away Thursday night at the McClure Miller Respite House in Colchester.

Condon served on the House Ways and Means Committee and had a reputation as a fiscal conservative. He described himself as a “Blue Dog” Democrat and made several efforts to reform and simplify the property tax system.

Gov. Phil Scott, who served five terms in the Senate, said he was sad to hear of Condon’s passing.

“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Jim during my time in the Vermont Senate. He was truly an independent voice, always acting in the best interests of his constituents. Jim was eager to reach across the aisle and work together on important issues. His experience and wisdom on the House Ways and Means Committee was incredibly valuable.”

“Jim set a strong example for all his colleagues, and his years of service are appreciated. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” the governor said.

Speaker Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of a dear colleague and friend to all, Representative Jim Condon. Jim was a devoted public servant, fondly known for his booming voice and sense of humor, who represented his community of Colchester with great distinction.”

Ways and Means Chair, Rep Janet Ancel, D-Calais, said: “Jim had a huge heart. I will deeply miss his wit, intelligence, and friendship.”

In July, Condon and McGehee celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary when they traveled to Ireland, the home of Condon’s ancestors.

Condon grew up in New London, Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Connecticut. He served as press secretary for congressional candidate Jim Guest during part of his 1988 campaign.

No funeral is planned. Instead, a celebration of life ceremony will be held at some time in the future, Dubonnet said.

Editor’s note: Mark Johnson worked with Condon at WKDR.

Class notes submitted July 10, 2018 (post-50th reunion)

A Great Time with the Great ‘68

With Mike Burgener at home in California for a son’s visit, with Monk Forness occupied as part of the Homeland Security force, and with Brien Murphy approaching middle years, Notre Dame was able to breathe a sigh of relief as the wave of returning ND ’68 celebrants, more than 500 strong, flowed across the weekend as a wave and not a tsunami. In deference to Fred Ferlic, who led the South Bend classmates and other volunteers in reunion planning, the events took place in English. John O’Connor and Ralph Neas, who spoke on Watergate history and on the modern political climate, would have been captivating in any language. John’s history of former FBI agent Mark Felt and the Watergate events paid attention to the impact of investigative articles written by journalists Pat Collins and by Tom Condon. You can hear a recent BBC report about John and the long search for the identity of Mark Felt by clicking.  Ralph Neas provided notes now available in a following post. Also on the blog in following posts are photos and the text of Father John Pearson’s class Mass sermon.  A video of Lou Holtz’s Saturday night speech is here.

Guests new to the Great ’68 may have been startled by the legions of Toms, as if the reunion were a final scene from a remake of Spartacus, this time with Class President Tom Weyer in the role of Tomacus.

On the big screen of the reunion, no one loomed larger than Rocky Bleier, whose two performances of his one-man play excited universal praise. The popularity of the play plus the talent of Rocky the auctioneer added to the till of an immense class gift. Ka-ching! Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., was able to acknowledge a gift exceeding $56 million.

With the gift so sizable, there was neither a first nor a second collection at the class Mass concelebrated at Sacred Heart by classmates Father John Pearson, C.S.C. and Father John Sheehan, S.J. Bob Smith, a deacon, assisted and Michael Minton, class president our senior year, was a Eucharistic minister. Some saw Jeff Keyes and Bob Brady, now Naples, FL neighbors, watching from confessionals.

Bill Cleary met Lou Holtz at the Saturday night dinner, then said he could mark off an item on his bucket list. Lou replied, You need to improve your bucket list!

The reunion attendance produced a rarity the Chicagoans enjoyed as much as anyone else: they were outnumbered by classmates from lands beyond South Bend and Chicago. Former roommates Walt Moxham and Tom Brislin rolled in from upstate New York and Connecticut. Hawaiians Pat Furey and Mike Trombetta came. Paul Higgins, as ready for golf as he was in the past for other sport, came from Oregon with Jim Chapman. Jake Keenan came from Cambridge, MA. Brian Schanning and Susan, used to sailing the globe, had the sensation of moving about on dry land. Charlie Schmitt and Lynn combined the reunion with other Midwest stops. Jay Schwartz regaled a group that included Dave Martins wife Janis with Dave’s football exploits, including scoring his only touchdown on an intercepted pass in the 51-0 beat down of Southern Cal in Los Angeles in 1966, the week after the 10-10 tie in East Lansing. Dave believes his real estate career may be more memorable than his foray in the NFL. Ned Buchbinder organized a seminar for General Program classmates including Tom Fitzharris, Tom Durkin, Guy Faris, Tiger Schaefer, and Bob Heineman. Following the reunion, former Naval officer Mike Baroody and Muff drove to Lake Superior for a look at the nation’s watery northern frontier.

The Keenan troops were a strong presence. Joe Hale’s report runs deep into the blog, so don’t be content with what’s here in print: “Keenanites who attended the Reunion:  Tom Voglewede and Dave Percio were both on my floor of Keenan. So were Dennis Dorratcague, Mike Woods, Rich Falvey, Rocky Bleier, Tom Culcasi,  Gene “Skip” Schraeder, Bill Nungesser, Wayne Micek, Tom Phillips and Ted Bratthauar.  The following had supper on Friday night at the Lasalle Grill:  Ted Bratthauar and his wife Ann Benton (we all at her request called her “Benny”);  Steve LaPlante and his wife Kathryn;  Skip Schraeder and his wife Ellen; myself.   Skip and Steve both served in the field artillery in Vietnam; they attended the Military Commemoration, and  I sat by them.”

At the same ceremony, Joe Kernan received honors.

Chris Murphy and Carmi gave the reunion a rousing finish with a generous Sunday brunch thrown at their home for the entire class.

Neil Rogers, Rich Rogers, and Bob Santaloci were in a car driven eastward by Pat Demare when Pat reached the Indiana-Ohio border: “He managed to blow through the gate going at least 60 miles an hour. The gate itself took off for the nearest cornfield,” reported Neil.

Mike Hampsey, much remembered during the weekend, succumbed to heart ailments on June 4th. John Walsh and Charlie Schmitt will be among those giving the lifelong musician a musical memorial in Titusville, PA on August 12, 2018.

Keep getting together and keep sending news and photos to Tom Figel, 1054 West North Shore, Apt 3E, Chicago, IL 60626, tel. 312-223-9536, tfigel@reputecture.com.