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

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.

Dave Kil death January 17, 2017

David L. Kil Obituary

Mar. 19, 1946 – Jan. 17, 2017

SOUTH BEND – David L Kil, a devoted friend, father, and an especially loving grandfather, left us on Tuesday, January 17th after a short stay with illness. As the son of Roman and Sylvia (Niedbalski) Kil, he lived nearly all of his 70 years in South Bend, Indiana, departing only for a short time to work in Chicago, Illinois. Upon his return, he served as the Assistant Registrar under the Golden Dome for 38 years before retiring in 2012. Surviving David are his son, David Zachary, his 1-year-old granddaughter, Chloe Grace, and to-be-born grandchild.

David had simple passions, travel, photography, and the love of his family. Planes, trains and automobiles were no match for David’s pursuit of vast experience. His early years were spent bouncing from country to country through South America, Europe, and the States, often without a plan or itinerary.

David graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1964. He then graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1968 with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Psychology. He was a teacher for 2 years at Logan School for special needs children. He then moved to Chicago and was the project director for special needs adults. He returned to South Bend in 1974 to begin employment with the University of Notre Dame, retiring in 2012 after having been Assistant Registrar for 38 years. David was also a former member of Knights of Columbus #553 and Kiwanis, and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, South Bend.

The foundation for David was simple: He gave his all to his work at Notre Dame, his friends, and to his family. They were his priority, without compromise through all of his 70 years. Those who had the opportunity to know this about David would recognize it instantly: that is, he purposed his heart and his energies for others.

Visitation will be held at Kaniewski Funeral Home on Bendix Drive on Sunday, January 22nd from 3 – 7 PM, where a Rosary will be prayed at 3:00 PM by Reverend Paul Doyle, C.S.C. The Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, the following day at 9:30 AM. David will be buried St. Joseph Cemetery in South Bend. An additional prayer service will be held at the Notre Dame Grotto the morning of July 22, 2017, officiated by Reverend Paul Doyle, C.S.C.

Memorial Contributions may be made in David L. Kil’s name to your choice of St. Joseph’s Grade School in South Bend or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Online condolences may be left at www.kaniewski.com.

Published in South Bend Tribune from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2017

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Joe Scott died July 5, 2016

Mike Coleman, who attended Joe’s funeral, wrote: “It’s hard to think about all the good memories but know that Joe was great to be around as he had wonderful sense of humor and was fun to be with. He owned a box at Keeneland race track that was approximately 2 boxes from the finish line and I believe he spent many racing seasons there. I was lucky enough to attend a couple of race days there over the years. Race season is shortly before the Kentucky Derby. It is like a minnie Derby with all the pomp and beautiful people and he often hosted race parties at his home..  He fought a kidney disease and prostate cancer for years and finally had a transplant with a kidney donated by his youngest daughter, Jane. He always said it was his loving wife Patty who kept him on the straight and narrow for all those years prior to the transplant. He will be sorely missed.”

Classmates attending Joe’s funeral were:

Michael Coleman & wife Gloria
Ken DiLaura
Michael Wolf & wife Mary Bartlett (SMC ’68)
SCOTT Joseph Mitchell Jr., 69, former U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, died July 5, 2016. The son of the late Joseph Mitchell Scott and Marjorie Rush Scott, he was born September 1, 1946 in Lexington. JoeScott-grid-CroppedHe graduated from Lexington Catholic High School in 1964, the University of Notre Dame in 1968 with an accounting degree, and the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1972. He joined Stoll, Keenon & Park in 1972, where he created and headed the firm’s bankruptcy practice. He left to become the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky in 1999, serving as Chief Judge for 10 years, from 2001-2011. After retiring from the bench, he rejoined Stoll, Keenon Ogden in 2012. Prior to his law practice, he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve in 1968 and taught accounting at the University of Kentucky from 1968-1971. He formerly owned the Chevy Chase Inn, was an avid handicapper, and was known and admired for his quick wit, extensive knowledge, sound judgment and unparalleled sense of humor. He was devoted to his family and traveled widely with his wife and daughters. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Thompson Scott; daughters, Rush Scott Ray (Kyle) of Lexington and Jane Mitchell Scott (Ghuffran Ali) of Cincinnati; one granddaughter, Maryanne Scott Ray; sisters, Susan Scott Coughlin (Joseph E.) of Kenilworth, IL and Anne Scott Dadds (Harry) of Georgetown; brothers, John Geary Scott (Lynn McComas) of Lexington and Richard Campbell Scott (Anne) of Northville, MI; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many longtime friends. Services will be held 10am Friday, July 8, 2016 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8pm Thursday at Kerr Brothers-Harrodsburg Road. The pallbearers will be James R. Boyd, C. Timothy Cone, John G. Irvin, Gregory R. Scott, Albert E. Southwood and Frank L. Wilford. The family suggests contributions to Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2312 Alexandria Dr, Lexington, KY 40504, St. Paul Catholic Church, 501 W. Short St, Lexington, KY 40507 or the National Kidney Foundation , www.kidney.org in lieu of flowers.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader from July 6 to July 7, 2016

Tom “Wally” McCann death June 20, 2016

RickMcPartlin-TomMcCannCropped-TomMcCannTomMcKennaDaveKabat TomMcCann-2Yearbook (Photos: Top, Rick McPartlin with Tom McCann.  Tom McCann, at left, in natty attire with Tom McKenna and Dave Kabat.  Tom from ND 68 Yearbook)
Thanks to Rick McPartlin and to Bryan Dunigan for notifying everyone of this sad loss.

Thomas Walter McCann, of Oak Park; loving husband and best friend of Kathleen Drumm McCann; devoted and cherished father of Emmett (Lindsay), Mona (Denis) O’Keefe, Peter and Conor; adoring Pop Pop of Beckett, Judson, and Sullivan McCann and Charlie, Eva, Peter, Walt, and Alice O’Keefe. Tom enriched all of us with his wit, wisdom, and passion for life.

Visitation Friday, June 24th, from 3 to 8 pm at Drechsler, Brown and Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion Street, Oak Park, IL. Friends and family will meet at Ascension Church, 801 S. East Avenue, Oak Park, IL, for Mass at 11:30 am on Saturday, June 25th. Interment private.

 

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

 

 

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.

 

William Edison Sullivan September 2015

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