How to register for 50th reunion

You will be able to register at this site: http://reunion.nd.edu

Notre Dame’s notifications to classmates have been helter skelter: sent to some, not to others.  (Jay Schwartz forwarded his notice to the overlooked Figels.)  (Thanks to Steve Sullivan, we know that, at the time of our 1968 graduation, the class of 1918 was preparing for its 50th reunion.)

Only 50 years to get ready for the 50th reunion.  Notre Dame has

trouble keeping up.

The registration process seems simple. Still, people ask about accommodations.  A group of us – Tom & Anne Condon, Mike & Muff Baroody, Jay Schwartz, John McCoy, Ed Kickham, Tom & Mary Ann McKenna – took advantage of advice from Joe Hale and reserved rooms at The Doubletree.  The hotel has – or had – a good discount for our class.  Whether rooms are available there seems to depend on the person who answers the phone at the hotel desk.  John Walsh said Feb. 20th that the hotel is full.  Father John Sheehan found rooms available a few days ago.

During the registration process, you will see an offer of dorm accommodation at $35/night.

People ask about price options for reunion attendance.  There are options.  The Figels have the full $350 option for Tom and the $99 one night option for Nancy (Carlin SMC ’69), who will attend the class dinner and, otherwise, cruise around with St. Mary’s friends.

And what will we do at the reunion?  A Notre Dame staffer sent this prospective calendar after one of the meetings with Fred Ferlic, Chris Murphy, and Gene Cavanaugh, who are interacting with the Notre Dame staff about our wishes:

Reunion 2018 – Class of 1968- 50th Reunion 2/5/17, 12:30 p.m. ET

NDAA Team: Erin Thornton, Kristen White, Mike Sullivan
ROTC Partners: Captain M. Cody Brockelmeyer, U.S. Marine Corps, Regan Jones Director, Military and Veterans Affairs
Class Committee: Fred Ferlic, Tom Weyer , Rick McPartlin, Gene Cavanaugh , Chris Murphy, Skip Strzelecki, Steve Anderson, Michael Browning, Tom Figel, Rocky Bleier, David Martin, Matt Walsh, Bryan Dunigan, Joe Kernan, Richard Pivnicka

Telephone:
Dial: +1 646-558-8656 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 539.484.226

TYPE

TIME

Agenda Topics

Discussion with ND ROTC

10 min

Taps Ceremony & Vietnam War Commemoration Class Rep: Gene Cavanaugh

  • ●  Date: Friday, June 1
  • ●  Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. with a small coffee and donutreception either immediately before or immediately after TBD
  • ●  Location: In front of Main Building

○ NDAA will inquire about Basilica as a rain location or

confirm Carey Auditorium in Hesburgh Library is Basilica

is not an option: deadline March 15

  • ●  Contact information:
    • ○  Captain M. Cody Brockelmeyer, U.S. Marine Corps Email: mbrockel@nd.edu Office: 574-631-6061
    • ○  Regan Jones Director, Military and Veterans Affairs Email: reganjones@nd.edu Office: 574-631-9074
  • ●  Ceremony will have a Navy flavor to it – Naval ROTC will lead
  • ●  Ceremony will consist of:
    • ○  Flag raising / Color Guard (5 minutes)
    • ○  Vietnam Era Veteran Pinning Ceremony (Gene, Joe,Rocky, Reagan and Cody)
    • ○  Honoring the Killed in Action in Vietnam (approx. 45members of the ND family)
    • ○  Taps – Honoring those who dies (5 minutes)
    • ○  Classes of (1955 – 1967) 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973 (thosewho served between 1955 – 1975)
  • ●  Regan would like to schedule a short rehearsal beforehandDate and time: TBD
  • ●  Action Item : ROTC partners to create a script proposal and willshare with Gene.

Discussion

10 min

Rocky Bleier One-Man Show Class Rep: Chris Murphy

  • ●  Friday: 3pm
  • ●  Saturday: 3pm
  • ●  NDAA wishes to maintain an “all-inclusive” atmosphere atReunion – therefore we will not charge Reunion attendees to see the performance, but Class of 1968 can ask for donations to go toward the Parseghian Medical Foundation.
  • ●  Class would rather see full-auditorium than limit who can attend each performance.
  • ●  Leighton Theater / DPAC waiting on technical riders from Rocky Bleier to determine which venue would be best

○ Note- a separate email chain with Chris, Gene and Fred has been initiated to discuss the use of Leighton Hall

Discussion

10 min

Class of 1968 Dinner and Hospitality Locations Class Rep: Tom Weyer, Gene Cavanaugh, Fred Ferlic

Friday Dinner

  • ●  Location: Dahnke Ballroom at Duncan Student Center
  • ●  Time: Reception 6:00pm, Dinner 7:00pm – 1:00am
  • ●  Band Performance – Neverly Brothers (9pm-11pm)Saturday Dinner
  • ●  Location: Dahnke Ballroom at Duncan Student Center
  • ●  Time: 6:00pm-1:00am
  • ●  Additional entertainment – going ahead with another band forthe second night: Fred Ferlic to secure.
  • ●  NDAA will send layout diagrams (including 2 extra large bars fit for 3-4 bartenders each) when available: deadline April 1
  • ●  Class of 1968 provide technical requirement for their entertainment (bands both nights): deadline March 1
  • ●  Class of 1968 class member Matt Walsh heading up the Saturday night speaker – Matt Walsh will seek input from classmates and finance the speaker.

Discussion

5 min

Class of 1968 Seminar featuring classmates Class Rep: Tom, Fred

  • ●  Saturday morning – 9:00am – 10:30am
  • ●  Location: DeBartolo Classroom Building (exact room TBD) ● Format:
    • ○  5 speakers from Class of 1968 – each has 10 minutes to speak and 5 minutes for Q&A
    • ○  Follow with 15 minute panel discussion (all 5 speakers) to speak on three predetermined questions
    • ○  End with informal / casual conversation with attendees and speakers (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

● Class Requests a large lecture hall in DeBartolo Classroom

building for the entire 3 hours
● Fred Ferlic will fund coffee and donuts for the attendees to be

on-site at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Discussion

5 min

Class of 1968 Golf Outing Class Rep: Skip Strzelecki No updates at this time

Discussion

5 min

Class of 1968 Yearbook Class Rep: Rick McPartlin

  • ●  Updates?
  • ●  Class of 1968 is soliciting help from Tom Figel
  • ●  Decided NOT to use the formal yearbook company – instead willput together something less formal therefore less costly
  • ●  Class of 1968 will provide NDAA with questions for the Classsurvey: deadline March 1
  • ●  NDAA will help put together a Class Survey to collectinformation: deadline March 12
  • ●  NDAA will send the responses (spreadsheet form) to Tom Fiegelfor compilation into an “e-book”: deadline May 10

Questions/ Updates

5 min

Open Questions:

  • ●  Class of 1968 shirt color – review gold option
    • ○  Class requests that we use St. Andrew’s Products for this apparel item
    • ○  NDAA will work with Skip to confirm details: In progress
    • ○  Class of 1968 will advertise this shirt through a blastemail
    • ○  Class will sell via an ecommerce form supplied by NDAA
  • ●  Class of 1968 email blasts? Need dates and content for messages
    • ○  Tom Weyer and Tom Figel will put together plannedclass communications (including Class shirt sales, e-yearbook, and Rocky’s play) and will communicate the target dates to NDAA: deadline February 15
    • ○  NDAA will secure class communications dates: deadline February 22
    • ○  Class of 1968 will provide content for agreed upon communications : deadline two weeks prior to each email blast
  • ●  Monthly reports showing non-registered classmates – review plan
  • ●  NDAA Will provide the class committee with a monthly report showing which classmates have not registered for Reunion. Report will include names, addresses and phone numbers. No emails will be included per University policy.
  • ●  NDAA will supply Class of 1968 with planned communications from NDAA and Development (Reunion Giving): COMPLETED February 7

● Gene Cavanaugh working with Fr. John Sheehan, Fr. John Pierson and Fr. Tom Jones re: concelebrating the Class Mass in the Basilica on Friday 6/1/18 at 5:00 pm

Discussion

5 min

Class Fund Update
● Balance: $8,670.54 (after paying $2500 deposit to the Neverly

Brothers on 1/29/18)

Review

1968 Reunion Agenda Overview: All times may be subject to change

THURSDAY AGENDA

● 5:00pm – Grotto Mass for Class of 1968

FRIDAY AGENDA

  • ●  TBD – Class of 1968 Golf Scramble at Burke Golf Course
  • ●  6:30am – Breakfast at Dining Halls (until 10am)
  • ●  9:00am – 10:30am – Flag Raising/Taps/Vietnam Commemorationwith reception
  • ●  10:30am – ND Perspectives at Washington Hall
  • ●  11:00am – Lunch at Dining Hall (until 1pm)
  • ●  1:30pm – University Leaders Forum
  • ●  3:00pm – Rocky Bleier Play (location TBD)
  • ●  5:00pm – 1968 & 50 Year Club Mass at Basilica of Sacred Heart
  • ●  6:00pm – Cocktail Reception at Dahnke Ballroom
  • ●  7:00pm – Dinner at Dahnke Ballroom (until 1am)
  • ●  9:00pm – Neverly Brothers performance at Dahnke Ballroom(until 1am)SATURDAY AGENDA
  • ●  6:30am – Breakfast at Dining Halls (until 10am)
  • ●  9:00am – Seminar for Class of 1968 (until 10:30am)
  • ●  Noon – 1968 Induction Lunch for Class of 1968 at Joyce Center
  • ●  1:00pm – Class Photo immediately following and in the samelocation as the Induction Luncheon
  • ●  3:00pm – Rocky Bleier Play (Location TBD)
  • ●  4:00pm – All Class Mass at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse
  • ●  6:00pm – Dinner at Dahnke Ballroom (until 1am)SUNDAY AGENDA

● TBD – Class Brunch at Chris Murphy’s house

○ NDAA will work with Chris Murphy to create a Google Form to invite and RSVP as we start to get a better handle of who is coming to Reunion (will continue discussions with Chris on this)

5 min

Action Items:
● NDAA will provide lists:

  • ○  How many in the Class of 1968?
  • ○  How many in the Class of 1968 still alive?
  • ○  How many in the Class of 1968 have email address on filewith NDAA? Deadline: March 1

People coming to the 50th

From reunion 2003, when we were young

As of March 2, 2018:

The names are coming in an abundance that has let the list get away from me.  Jim Chapman and Paul Higgins from Oregon; Father John Sheehan, S.J. from Jordan; Father John Pearson, C.S.C., from Arizona, Jerry Murray, Paul Zalesky, Jake (Pat) Keenan, Jim Hoffman and wife Carla. . .  The no’s are scant: Joe Blake, Chris Manion. . .   Someone you want to see?  Get in touch.  Make plans.  Use www.my.nd.edu and look up contact information.

Tom Condon filled his article with humor, sentiment, photos of the likes of Tom Gibbs, Brien Murphy, and Sandy Carrigan, and stories when he wrote about the Rugby Club’s trip to Ireland for competition with Irish clubs in 1968: click on ND Rugby Club in Ireland 1968

As of February 9, 2018:

A Notre Dame staff member coordinating reunion preparation with Fred Ferlic and others on Fred’s committee sent a document yesterday, one showing a likely reunion schedule.  The last pages provide a good summary.

1968 Reunion Agenda Overview:

All times may be subject to change

THURSDAY AGENDA

● 5:00pm – Grotto Mass for Class of 1968

FRIDAY AGENDA

  • ●  TBD – Class of 1968 Golf Scramble at Burke Golf Course
  • ●  6:30am – Breakfast at Dining Halls (until 10am)
  • ●  9:00am – 10:30am – Flag Raising/Taps/Vietnam Commemorationwith reception
  • ●  10:30am – ND Perspectives at Washington Hall
  • ●  11:00am – Lunch at Dining Hall (until 1pm)
  • ●  1:30pm – University Leaders Forum
  • ●  3:00pm – Rocky Bleier Play (location TBD)
  • ●  5:00pm – 1968 & 50 Year Club Mass at Basilica of Sacred Heart
  • ●  6:00pm – Cocktail Reception at Dahnke Ballroom
  • ●  7:00pm – Dinner at Dahnke Ballroom (until 1am)
  • ●  9:00pm – Neverly Brothers performance at Dahnke Ballroom(until 1am)SATURDAY AGENDA
  • ●  6:30am – Breakfast at Dining Halls (until 10am)
  • ●  9:00am – Seminar for Class of 1968 (until 10:30am)
  • ●  Noon – 1968 Induction Lunch for Class of 1968 at Joyce Center
  • ●  1:00pm – Class Photo immediately following and in the samelocation as the Induction Luncheon
  • ●  3:00pm – Rocky Bleier Play (Location TBD)
  • ●  4:00pm – All Class Mass at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse
  • ●  6:00pm – Dinner at Dahnke Ballroom (until 1am)SUNDAY AGENDA

● TBD – Class Brunch at Chris Murphy’s house

○ NDAA will work with Chris Murphy to create a Google Form to invite and RSVP as we start to get a better handle of who is coming to Reunion (will continue discussions with Chris on this)

As of November 7, 2017:

Tom & Mary Weyer, Matt & Joyce Walsh, Tom & Anne Condon, Larry “Monk” Forness, Tom & Nancy (Carlin) Figel, Jim O’Rourke, Tom Scully, Tom Warner, Brian McTigue, Joe Hale, Tom & Judy Culcasi, Tom Phillips, Jake Patrick Keenan (now living in Cambridge, MA), Ed Kickham, Mike Tyrrell, Tom Dorsel, John & Dia Walsh, Bill Cleary (daughter ‘98 has her ND 20th with our 50th. We both agreed we will be there! Go Irish!!! – Bill),  Mike Burgener, Walt Moxham (Wouldn’t miss it and will make sure Tom Brislin joins us. I have already booked rooms. He wouldn’t agree to stay in the class dorm for that “real”Stanford or Farley Hall experience. But he is threatening to re write his valedictory speech. Hope all is well. Definitely a great year for the Irish faithful. Wally Moxham); Tom Gibbs, Bob and Donna Ptak, Bill Follette, Pat Demare with Bob Santaloci, Dave Graves, Neil and Richie Rogers and Mike Carroll. (We are all trying to get Pat Furey to join us.)

Michael Browning, Jerry and Mary Ellen Murray along with Bob and Sharon Kubiak, Jim & Eileen Hutchinson, Jim & Pam Stoffel, Mike & Beth Helmer, Tom Fitzharris, Rich Pivnicka, Jim Davis & Betty, Paul Zalesky, Bryan Dunigan, Jeff & Meg Keyes, Ned & Melinda Buchbinder, Roger & Jean Guerin, Ted Nebel, Bob Smith, John & Karen O’Brien, Ken Howard, Pete Farrell, Ted & Ann Bratthauar

Tom Cuggino, Tom McKenna (Chicago), Tom McKenna (Carmel, IN), Brian & Susan Schanning, John O’Connor, Ray & Carmela Munchmeyer, Wayne & Jackie Micek

Zingers that came with the notes Nov. 3:

From Mike Helmer: Beth and I are in! She has long told me that based on my stories, the classmate she really wants to meet is Bob Santaloci. Once I told her he’d be there we were a definite go.

From Bill Gormley regarding proof to Morris Inn of Class of 1968 membership: For purposes of national security it is under seal until 2050.

From Jim O’Rourke about same, proof of 1968 membership: I’m not showing anyone my transcript until Donald Trump releases his.

From Jerry Murray, who had an experience of Jim Hutchinson’s rental car choice during a post-season game trip: He just bought a used mini van. He is hosting a Woodstock party in the lot behind the hotel. He swears medical marijuana will be available.

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Says Pat Demare: I will be attending the reunion with Bob Santaloci, Dave Graves, Neil and Richie Rogers and Mike Carroll. We are all trying to get Pat Furey to join us.

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Bill Follette says: Just a note from a fellow ’68 grad that I am looking forward to attending my 50th with my wife of 50 years, Barbara (ND Homecoming Queen ’66).  I hope all my fellow Cavanaugh, Dillon, and AFROTC friends will join us.

Spent the last half century not being bored:
  • 20 years flying Air Force air-refueling tankers and Special Ops helicopters (active and Reserves)
  • 25 years Sperry/Honeywell
  • 6 years International Consulting
  • 8 years bureaucrat for City of Mesa, AZ
My son, Jim, ND ’93 and SMC wife tagging along for their 25th.
Morris Inn, here we all come!
Regards,


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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 www.ndclass1968.com: 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, tfigel@reputecture.com.

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 https://www.cbsnews.com/videos/living-with-copd/

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. http://cabincreekhealth.com/cabin-creek-health-center/

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

Class notes submitted Nov. 1, 2017

A Big Reunion, Big Plans

Tom Phillips and Tom Culcasi practicing for the 50th during a Traverse City, MI visit

     If you read class notes in the printed Notre Dame Magazine, what you are reading about the 50 reunion May 31 – June 3, 2018 may be two or three months old. There are ways to become current. As a safeguard, our blog, www.NDclass1968.com has a post titled “50th Reunion” (see categories at right, in column) and, in addition, www.my.nd.edu has a section titled “Reunion 2018” where, for example, you will find information about accommodations. Of course, the best way to make good plans is to make plans directly with the lifelong friends you made as a young man on the Notre Dame campus.

Tom Gibbs entertaining young ND grads at our 40th reunion

     Thanks to the effort of South Bend classmates led by Fred Ferlic, Gene Cavanaugh, Skip Strezlecki and Chris Murphy, October, 2017 ended with quite a reunion taking shape. The South Bend group plus Rocky Bleier and President Tom Weyer met often with the Notre Dame staff responsible for our class. There will be performances of Rocky Bleier’s “Rocky’s Show”. John O’Connor will talk about Watergate’s Mark Felt and the film John has produced, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House. Our class dinner, with help from Matt Walsh, may take place in the Architectural Building. Chris Murphy – hope he’s told Carmie – has invited the class for brunch at his South Bend home Sunday, June 3rd. There will be a class Mass celebrated by Rev. John Sheehan, perhaps with Rev. John Pearson concelebrating. There will be a hospitality center ready for heavy use. A ceremony will honor the military service of our class.

     The battle of the bands taking place in committee at the end of October will be resolved as a Rick McPartlin faction favoring a Neverly Brothers group and a Fred Ferlic faction favoring a Darryl Buchanan band come to an agreement. Fred has dance floor plans for a new knee gained in an October surgery. Whether the knee is of gatoring quality, well, that will be decided at the party, maybe with the help of a stack of other athletic classmates: President Tom Weyer, Gene Cavanaugh, Tom Gibbs, Tom Condon. . .

     The coming together will be great, the core of it talk.

     For the best of conversation, of course, we will need one another, so get in touch, begin catching up, and make plans. What about locating the friends who have become mysteries? Look up emails, phone numbers and addresses at www.my.nd.edu.

     Reunion practicing is a good idea, too. Tom Culcasi offers an instructive example: “Phil Mika and his wife Mimi spent a couple of days with us in early Sept. The plan was to head up to MI and find the famous judge Tom Phillips. Unfortunately, the hurricane (Irma) had other ideas and Phil thought it better to head back to Orlando to make sure his homestead was still there. So Mimi and Judy decided to make use of the shorter visit time by shopping. Judy and I then decided to try on our own to find the judge in northern MI. We made the trip to the wilds of Traverse City and found his Honor, Tom Phillips. We had not seen each other since graduation. Got to tell you we picked right up where we left off. Told lots of stories about Keenan Hall days. Tom is a great host and showed us the sights and dining places of Traverse City. We found that we can use the same barber now. We have made a promise that we will get together more often than once every 50 years. We all plan on going to the reunion so see you there.”

     Jim O’Rourke is coming and says that the same is true for Tom Scully (Illinois) and Tom Warner (California).

O’Rourke family pet Mochi ready for USC game

     The quality football play this season has been a good supplement to the attraction of the two tailgate areas of our class, too. Tom Condon and Anne were there with John McCoy at the NC game, saw both Tom McKennas as well as Dave Martin, Roger Guerin, Bryan Dunigan, and the birthday-celebrating Tom Weyer.

Kevin Daly and Jack Lavelle at wedding of Jack’s son, summer, 2017

     In late September, Bill Kenealy’s wife Joan succumbed to cancer. Please keep the Kenealys in your prayers.

     Please send news and photos to Tom Figel, 1054 West North Shore, Apt 3E, Chicago, IL 60626, tel. 312-223-9536, tfigel@reputecture.com.

Reunion 2018

This is Notre Dame’s Reunion 2018 site, useful for information such as accommodations in addition to events.

Go to www.my.nd.edu and look for “Reunion 2018”.

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According to the Notre Dame site, registration won’t begin until 2018.

Joe Hale sent this hotel advice Nov. 2, 2017: For the benefit of our classmates  who prefer to be lodged off-campus – rooms at the $130 per night rate (in our class’ group of rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton South Bend) should still be available.   Phone number there is (574) 234-2000.

Ken Castrop death Nov. 8, 2017

Obituary for Kenneth J. Castrop

Kenneth James Castrop, of Dublin, Ohio, passed unexpectedly Wednesday, November 8, 2017. He was 71 years old. He was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, supportive brother, and selfless friend to many. He was born September 18, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio to Richard “Dick” Castrop and Helen (née Haban) Castrop. Ken graduated from St. Charles Preparatory School in 1964, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1968, and master’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1970. He served in the Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Lesotho where he taught engineering and math, and where he met his future wife Mavis (née Hillary). They were married at Our Lady of Victories Cathedral in Maseru, Lesotho in 1973.
from 1968 yearbook
Ken’s commitment to service continued throughout his life, including as a devoted member of St. Brigid of Kildare Church, serving as a lector, choir member, and Eucharistic minister to the sick and homebound. Ken worked in a variety of fields but would ultimately retire from the workplace after serving as co-founder and principal of CWB Property Management for nearly 27 years. Ken enjoyed music of every genre, listening to and attending musicals, opera, and ballet, singing (including as a past member of Dublin Singers and current member of Capriccio Columbus), playing the piano, fishing, reading, playing golf, and following sports of all kinds, especially Notre Dame football and women’s basketball. He is survived by his wife Mavis, his children Jonathan, Hillary (and husband Alan), and Rachel, his grandchildren Adrian, James, and Brigid, siblings Julie, Rick (and wife Debbie), and Jane Luczak (and husband Ed), his Aunt Charlotte (née Castrop) Tulgetske, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, siblings-in-law, and friends. Ken is preceded in death by his parents and many beloved friends and family. Visitation hours will be Monday November 13, 2017 from 4-7pm, and the funeral Mass will be Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 11am, both at St. Brigid of Kildare Church (7179 Avery Rd, Dublin, OH). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Relief Services. https://support.crs.org/donate/hunger-crisis-east-africa