Margaret Brady August 4, 2015

(In attendance at the memorial service with Bob Brady were many of Margaret Brady’s friends, including Brian and Susan Schanning, Tom Brislin, Dennis and Elise Reeder.)

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Bob Brady‘s wife Margaret Brady of Guilford, CT., died peacefully at home, August 15, 2015 after suffering from breast cancer for several years.

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               Margaret was born September 15, 1947, in New York City, to Fred Schmidt and Florence Bergwardt  Schmidt.  The family moved to Englewood, NJ, when she was eight years old.   She graduated from Dwight Morrow High School, Englewood, in 1969.  Margaret received her B.A. degree in economics from Connecticut College for Women (now Connecticut College), New London, CT, in 1969, and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut Law School, West Hartford, CT, in 1978.  She was admitted to the bar in both Connecticut and New York State.

               Margaret married Robert Brady in 1977.  He survives her, as do their daughter, Lindsay Brady Beile, and son-in-law, Tyson Beile,  of Seattle, WA.  Margaret’s grandson, Lewis Robert Beile, was born July 14, 2015.  She is also survived by a sister, Barbara, and a nephew, Alex Himes.

               In addition to her family, Margaret’s passions were land use, civic beautification, and gardening.  She combined these in her professional career and personal interests and activities. She believed that every generation is responsible for careful stewardship of the natural resources it inherits. She believed that a culture which allows the personal gain of a property owner to trump the collective interests of the community is morally bankrupt.

As a planner, she worked to insure that development respected the land, the community, and the neighbors. She thought life was too short to permit ugly buildings, or overbuilt or poorly landscaped sites. As a junior staffer in New Haven, then in more senior positions in Stamford and Westbrook, she developed master plans and zoning regulations to insure that forests and fields were not paved over and built up without careful management to minimize impact.

From 1969 to 1990, she worked as a land use attorney and city planner for the City of New Haven, the City of Stamford, and the town of Westbrook. In Westbrook, she introduced and oversaw the town’s implementation of recycling.  She also served as a member of the Madison Zoning Board and was a founder of SGOD, the Madison organization that helped protect the Griswold Airport from over-development.

               She labored daily to improve her personal gardens, first in Madison, where she lived from 1985 to 2002, then at her Guilford home, from 2002 to 2015.

Margaret was a dedicated member of the Garden Club of Madison for over 25 years, served on its board for many years, and was its president from 1994 to 1996 and again from 2000 to 2002.  She was a long-time member of the Madison Beach Club, where she was chairman of the Outdoor Planting Committee from 2003 to 2005.

               Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Garden Club of Madison, Civic Beautification Fund, P.O. Box 29, Madison, CT 06443, or the Guilford Land Trust, P.O. Box 200, Guilford, CT 06437.

               A memorial service was held on Monday, August 10th at 11 am at the Guilford Yacht Club, 379 Old Whitfield St. Guilford. To sign the online guestbook, please visit HawleyLincolnMemorial.com.

Peter J. Noonan June 27, 2015

His friend Ray Munchmeyer sent an affectionate and sad announcement of Pete Noonan‘s death:

Peter Noonan passed away in June following a 3 year battle with a brain tumor. He is survived by his wife Pam , and sons Matthew ’00 , and Greg ’04. Peter spoke throughout his illness of dealing with its effects “like a Notre Dame man” , and that he did honorably, in a manner that all of us would admire, and hope to emulate. He was fortunate enough to attend the wedding of Matthew, just days before the tumor reemerged , and that is one of the few bright spots about the demise of this great friend, and man. Peter was well enough to attend the North Carolina game this past Fall, and his presence is something that all of us present will always remember fondly.
Ray Munchmeyer
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Peter J. Noonan

Peter J. Noonan, 68, of Little Rock, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015. He was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on September 5, 1946, the son of the late James T. and Margaret (Owens) Noonan. Raised in Lee, Massachusetts, he graduated from the Cranwell Preparatory School. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s of Social Work and a Master’s of Business Administration with Concentration in Health Care Management from Boston University. Through his career in health care, he worked in hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts and Savannah, Georgia. In 1985 he joined The Holy Cross Health System in South Bend, Indiana and was a Senior Vice-President at Holy Cross Care Services through 2000. In 2001 he joined the St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, Arkansas as a member of the executive team. He retired from St. Vincent in 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Pamela (Berrigan) Noonan and two sons, Matthew Noonan (Christy) of Washington, DC and Gregory Noonan of Arlington, Virginia and one cousin, Patricia Macken, of New York City.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Christ the King Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will occur at a later date at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lee, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent Foundation, Two St. Vincent Circle, Little Rock, AR 72205. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.

Death of Michael L. Philbin April 24, 2015

MICHAEL J. PHILBIN, Nashville, TN

Born March 10, 1946, Akron, Ohio, passed away April 24, 2015 in Nashville, TN.

He graduated from Father Ryan High School in 1964, received his B.A. degree from Notre Dame University in 1968, and his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1971.

He practiced law in Nashville with the firm of Taylor, Philbin, Pigue, Marchetti & Bennett and its predecessors from 1971 to 1998. From 1998 until his death Mike was in the solo practice of law as Michael J. Philbin, P.C. and was owner and President of Lawyer’s Escrow Service, Inc. in the Green Hills area of Nashville.

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Mike was a skillful and accomplished civil trial lawyer, and was one of the pre-imminent real estate lawyers in Nashville. He was widely known and respected in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee legal community as a lawyer of the highest integrity. He was a member of the American, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations. He served as President of the Young Members Section of the Nashville Bar Association (1975-1976), on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Bar Association (1979-1981), as a member and President (1993-1994) of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association (1974 to present), as a member of International Association of Defense Counsel (1985 to present), and of the Middle Tennessee Title Agents Association. He was admitted to practice in all State Courts of TN, Federal District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals.

Mike was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. He gave tirelessly of his time, energy and talents to many charitable causes, including Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., St. Mary Villa, Inc., Villa Maria Manor, Inc., and St. Henry Property Development Corp. He served on the Board of Trustees for each of above organizations from 1978-1998 and during this period served intermittently in all officer positions including President. He was also an active member of Knights of Columbus from 1975 to present.

He was a passionate and accomplished golfer and a member of Richland Country Club since 1971.

Mike was known, admired, respected and loved by a wide circle of friends across the United States for his graciousness, genial nature, kindness, generosity, and sense of honor and integrity. His family and friends will always remember him for his quick wit, although sometimes it was not so “quick” as he spun a long yarn as no one else could. It was often funnier to watch Mike laughing at his own joke than the punch line was. He will be remembered for his signature dish of the best mashed potatoes ever. Mike had a gift of making each person in his presence feel special and everyone close to him knew that if he was needed, Mike would be there by plane, train or any available means to hold hands and share troubles. Heaven has gained a special soul, but this world has lost a great man.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Stephen Philbin and Ruth Cowen Philbin, and his sister Susan Philbin Walsh. He is survived by his wife, N. Shannon McKinnon Philbin, his son, Robert Jeffrey Philbin and his wife Bethany of Nashville, his daughter, Katherine Shannon Philbin Butler and her husband John of Norfolk, VA, three grandchildren who were the light of his life, Elizabeth McKinnon (Lily) Philbin, Isabella Rutherford (Ella Ford) Philbin and Charlotte McKinnon Butler, his brother Jeffrey Stephen Philbin and his wife Marge, of Albuquerque NM, his brother-in-law, James F. Walsh, of Nashville, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Denny Bennett, Ted Faust, Phil Hill, Dan Loftus, Jim Mondelli, Mike Mondelli, Ritchie Pigue, and Nixon Pressley. Honorary pallbearers are the Father Ryan Class of 1964, and Chris, David, Rob and Tim – the Crazy Crew.

Services are all at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3001 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN; visitation from 5pm-7pm on Monday, April 27th in the parish hall, and 10am-11am in the church followed by Mass of Resurrection at 11am Tuesday, April 28th.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Father Ryan Athletic Fund 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 or Special Olympics Tennessee P.O. Box 292549 Nashville, TN 37229-2549.

Thomas M. Connolly death Aug. 26, 2014

Thomas M. Connolly Aug. 26, 1946 – Sept. 6, 2014 SOUTH BEND – Thomas M. Connolly, 68, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 3:00 PM at Hospice House in South Bend, with his devoted wife of 46 years by his side, after a long and difficult battle with cancer. Tom was born on August 26, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois, the only son of Paul and Ann Connolly. Tom lived all over the Great Lakes region as a child, moving frequently as his father managed various industrial construction projects from Illinois to New York. He came to South Bend to attend Notre Dame in 1964 and graduated with a bachelor of economics in 1968. On July 20, 1968, he married Yvonne (Bonnie) McHugh at Christ the King Church in South Bend. Soon after that, Tom joined the Navy as an officer and was stationed in Pensacola, Florida where he successfully finished flight school to become a Navy fighter pilot and was commissioned Ensign USNR. He was awarded an honorable discharge in 1969 and he and Bonnie moved back to South Bend afterward. Tom’s lifelong love of cars and airplanes guided his long and winding career path. He was truly a jack of all trades working in outside sales in the insurance, trucking, and automotive industries, general manager in the retail industry, and for many years as a telephone system technician. He was a superb mechanic and opened his own automotive parts supply and repair shop, Imported Automotive Supply, in 1977. Many years later, he went back to college to become certified as an aircraft mechanic and had worked at LaPorte Aviation in that capacity until just recently. Tom enjoyed British sports cars and vintage WW II era aircraft, attending airshows and visiting aircraft and auto museums around the country. In his younger years he enjoyed car racing for a time on the SCCA Formula V circuit. He was also an athletic man who enjoyed spending time outdoors. He enjoyed cutting and splitting his own firewood, and at various times throughout his life tried his hand at skiing, surfing, bicycle racing, tae kwon do, fishing, and gardening. Tom was an avid reader for his entire life and could talk for hours on a variety of topics, though he had a particular interest in WW I history, and had done countless hours of genealogical research on his family. More recently, Tom and Bonnie enjoyed traveling to many exotic locales including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Barbados, Greece, Italy and many more places in between. A loving husband as well as a wonderful father and grandfather, Tom’s passing weighs heavy in the hearts of his family. He was also a man who could always be counted on to lend a hand to his friends and will be missed by those many friends he has made over the years. Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Ann in 1972 and his father, Paul in 1979. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; two sons, Neal (Jillian) Connolly of South Bend and Kevin (Jill) Connolly of Newnan, Georgia; and four grandchildren: Neal and Jillian’s daughters, Scarlet and Violet; and Kevin and Jill’s daughters, Caroline and Elizabeth. The entire Connolly family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Drs. Rafat Ansari and Binh Tran and their entire staff at Michiana Hematology Oncology and also to the Center for Hospice for the care, compassion, and support that they provided for Tom and his family throughout this difficult time. Viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 pm Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, where a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Thursday, September 11, 2014, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church Terre Coupee (meet directly at church). Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Osceola. In lieu of flowers, all memorial contributions may be made to the EAA Young Eagles Program www.EAA.org. To send online condolences, please visit www.kaniewski.com.

John Siverd death May, 2014

On June 4, 2014, Ron Kurtz wrote to tell all of us:

 

Sadly, this is to inform you of the death on May 17 of my freshman year roommate, John Siverd.  An incomparably good man, mature beyond his years, even as a freshman.  How he ever tolerated me, I’ll never understand.  We’ve lost another good one.

 

His  obituary, sent to me by his lovely wife, Nancy, is attached.

(Click here to view obituary published in Idaho area where John lived with his family:

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Jorge Mas death in Puerto Rico May, 2014

Ned Buchbinder called and then wrote with sad news of his friend and former roommate Jorge Mas’ death in his native Puerto Rico:

Jorge Mas who had a gift of enthusiasm (en theos=filled with the gods) for life and friendship and family passed away in his home in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico the last week of May, 2014.  Ned Buchbinder, Jorge’s roommate sophomore year shared that he and Jorge became hermanos, brothers/true friends for life.Condolences to his family and our deepest prayers.  All of Jorge’s children graduated from Notre Dame.
Jorge, who became a favorite of Ned’s mother, kept in lifetime touch with Ned, and with Mrs. Buchbinder.

Death of Steven G. Rothmeier May 14, 2014

In Memoriam: Steven G. Rothmeier

Steven G. Rothmeier, Member of the Board of Directors

Among the notes that originated with Tom Durkin was a remembrance distributed by Bryan Dunigan:

Steve Rothmeier aka “Sparty Spartan” because of his haircut in the mid-60’s was a great guy.  We lived in Stanford Hall and he was in a few of my classes Freshman year.  His room mate was Terry Quinn and he lived next door to Bob Ptak and Billy “The Big Cheese” Balsis.  Steve was always trying to study and the Fenwick guys were usually screwing around and occasionally trying to wrestle him to the ground.  I laugh when I picture Steve waving Terry Quinn like a flag as Terry tried to grab a leg.  Pretty sure Joe Kernan lived down the hall too.Steve’s high school principal in Fairbault, MN . , Sister Regina Kelly, was a classmate of John Walsh’s Mom and my Mom at Rosary College.  And Steve always would keep me updated on Sister Regina which was a delight for my Mom to hear of her dear friend.

  I always knew Steve to be a great Gentleman in every sense of that word.  I will always remember him as a great guy and I am sorry to hear of his passing.   May his soul rest in peace—he had little peace in Stanford Hall!!

Long-Serving Lumen Christi Institute Board Chair, Former Northwest Airlines CEO, and University of Chicago Trustee
1946-2014

Steven G. Rothmeier—a successful businessman who rose to CEO at Northwest Airlines and later founded Great Northern Capital, a private investment management firm in St. Paul, MN—died May 14th, 2014 after suffering from dementia and Parkinson’s disease. He was 67.

Born in Mankato, Minnesota in 1946, Rothmeier received a BA in Business Administration from the University of Notre, where he also played varsity football.

Following his undergraduate studies, he put aside his professional aspirations to serve his country and was decorated for his service as an infantry officer in Vietnam.

Upon his return to civilian life, Rothmeier earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1973. After working briefly at General Mills, he joined Northwest Airlines. Twelve years later—at the age of 38—he became CEO. His discipline and strong work ethic helped streamline the company and make it more competitive. Under his watch, Northwest added new routes and expanded hubs to cities such as Detroit and Memphis.

Through all his accomplishments, Rothmeier was devoted to the Catholic Church. He participated actively in St. Agnes Parish in St. Paul, MN—acclaimed for the beauty of its liturgy and sacred music. He erected a private chapel in his Bavarian-style home outside St. Paul, in Eagan, MN. Patterned after chapels in Europe, it featured traditional Bavarian leaded-glass windows, as well as a little bell tower.

Fr. George Rutler—who first met him about twenty years ago through visits to St. Agnes—was touched by his friend’s humble and profound faith: “He was a man of so many varied talents which he exercised as effortlessly as he was modest about them. Since Our Lord knows what is in the heart of man, and far better than we do, He knows the number of the numberless good things Steven did for the good of the Church.”

He was also deeply committed to his alma mater, the University of Chicago. He served as Trustee of the College and was a member of the Council on the Graduate School of Business.

It was while he was a U of C Trustee that came to know of the work of the Lumen Christi Institute. Thrilled about a place that could unite his love for the Church as well as the U of C, he joined the board in December of 1998, only a year after the Institute was founded. He was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors soon after and served faithfully from 1999-2009.

Under his guidance, Lumen Christi experienced tremendous growth. Noel Moore, who succeeded Rothmeier as Chairman of the Board, underscored his vital contribution to the Institute’s development: “Steve’s faith, leadership, and generosity nurtured Lumen Christi’s growth and stature when we needed it most; at the Institute’s founding and early days.”

Moore further added: “All that Lumen Christi has accomplished over the past 17 years, would not have been possible but for Steve’s early and sustained commitment.”

Thomas Levergood, Executive Director of the Lumen Christi Institute, remarked: “As a University of Chicago alumnus and trustee, Steve Rothmeier understood the culture of excellence of the University and the need for an articulate Catholic presence within its culture. He was especially pleased as the Institute developed its national Program in Economics and Catholic Social Thought.”

Rothmeier’s deep faith made a lasting impression on all who met him: “I am better for having known him, and take consolation in the fervent belief that we can be closer now in the prayers of the Mass than ever we were privileged to be in this passing world,” said Rutler.

Alfred (Fred) Mansour died May 28, 2014

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Fred Mansour’s brother-in-law sent news of our classmate’s death on May 28, 2014.  If you wish to post your own comments and remembrances of Fred on this blog, use the Comments instructions here or let Tom Figel know you are having trouble: tfigel@lake-effect.com:

 

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Mr. Alfred “Fred” Mansour Jr., 68, of West Point, GA, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at West Georgia Medical Center.

Mr. Mansour was born February 13, 1946, in LaGrange, GA. He was the son of the late Alfred Mansour, Sr. and Selema Azar “Nini” Mansour. Fred was a graduate of LaGrange High School and the University of Notre Dame. He also attended Executive Training at New York UniversitySchool of Retailing. He grew up in the family clothing retail business that was started by his grandparents in 1917. He was the former CEO of Mansour’s Department Store and owner of Plato’s Closet in Montgomery, AL. He was a very active member of the community, a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, and served in the Army National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Mansour; daughter and son-in-law, Destiny and Richard Stumhofer; grandchildren, Madison Stumhofer and Chloe Stumhofer; siblings and their spouses, Larry and Susan Mansour, Prissy and S.N. Thomas, Martha and Al Collinger, and Rita and Sam Farmer; and ten nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service was held on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Troup County Humane Society, Harris County Humane Society, or the

in memory of Mr. Alfred Mansour, Jr.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

Death of Rev. John Dunne, C.S.C. November 11, 2013

(Thank you to our classmate Father John Pearson, C.S.C. for sending notice of Father Dunne’s death.  Father John said that Father Dunne had been suffering from the effects of a fall several months prior.)

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Rev. John S. Dunne, C.S.C., John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, died early Monday (Nov. 11) at Holy Cross House after a long struggle with complications of a head injury sustained in July. He was 83.

“On behalf of the University, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Father John S. Dunne, a beloved teacher, scholar, priest and friend,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “John brought humility, honesty and intellectual prowess to a quest of faith seeking understanding, and in sharing the journey, he made lasting contributions to the lives of countless students, colleagues, fellow religious and many readers of his books. Like many others, I benefited greatly from classes and conversations with John, and mourn his passing. He will be missed by all.”

A native of Waco, Texas, Father Dunne attended St. Edward’s Academy in Austin before entering Holy Cross Minor Seminary at Notre Dame, where he made his first vows to the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1947. He studied philosophy and graduated from Notre Dame in 1951. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1954, in Rome, where he also earned advanced degrees from the Gregorian University.

Father Dunne returned to Notre Dame in 1957 to become one of its most popular, even beloved, teachers. In addition to teaching more Notre Dame students than any other person in the University’s history, he wrote some 20 influential works on theology and the spiritual life, including “The City of the Gods,” “A Search for God in Time and Memory” and “Way of All the Earth.” His most recent book, “Eternal Consciousness,” received a first-place award from the Catholic Press Association.

Gus Zuehlke, a friend and former student, spent some time at Father Dunne’s hospital bedside and reported on his visit in a post to Notre Dame Magazine: “As I was silently praying in John’s room, a nurse walked in and said to me, ‘I’m on my break. Can I stay in here for a while?’ ‘Sure,’ I replied. ‘You see,’ the nurse said, ‘I feel God here.’ I said to him, ‘I understand.’” Generations of Notre Dame students and alumni would understand as well.

Visitation will be from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 14) in the Lady Chapel of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, where a wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 15) in the Basilica and immediately followed by burial in the Holy Cross community cemetery.

Memorial contributions in support of the mission and ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross can be made to United States Province of Priests and Brothers, Office of Development, P.O. Box 765, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0765, or online at donate.holycrossusa.org.

John Stafford death May 17, 2013

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Dear Tom,
     I am writing to let you know about the death of my husband, John H. Stafford, who was a member of the class of 1968.  John was a past board member of the National Alumni Association and the Senior Alumni Association.  He was active in the Pittsburgh club, was a past president,  and a recipient of their Distinguished Service Award.  He was also the co-founder of a yearly raffle that provides money for scholarships to Notre Dame for students from the Pittsburgh area.  One of those scholarships was named in his honor.  He is survived by me, his wife of 43 years, and four children:  John Jr. who got his MBA from ND in 1999, Meg,  ND Class of 96, Michael, and Joe.  John had retired as a shareholder in a local firm, Schneider Downs and Co., Inc., and started his own consulting business in 2011.    I am sorry that he missed being here for his 50th reunion.  It would have meant so much to him.  Notre Dame was a place very dear to his heart.
Sincerely, Judy Stafford
From daughter Meg Delfausse, a photo of John (left) with three classmates: Rick Porach, John Amer, and Dick Crouch.  The four met at a game each year, probably at the entrance to the wardrobe section of Hammes Bookstore.
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Obituary: John H. Stafford / Notre Dame advocate and family man

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Feb. 7, 1946 – May 11, 2013
May 17, 2013 12:14 am

By Brittany Horn / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

John H. Stafford didn’t just get a degree from the University of Notre Dame — he ensured that many Pittsburgh residents could do the same.

With a passion and determination recognized by many who knew him, the Fox Chapel resident joined forces with fellow alumnus and the Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh to raise scholarship money to help fund future students at Notre Dame.

Mr. Stafford died from complications of a brain aneurysm Saturday in North Carolina. He was 67.

Growing up in Mt. Lebanon, Mr. Stafford attended South Catholic High School before moving on to Notre Dame.

In his college days, Mr. Stafford could almost always be found lying on his dorm room bed reading Time magazine, a photo of his soon-to-be wife propped nearby on his desk.

Even though his fourth-grade crush Judy Conley was set to join a convent and become a nun — a thought that friend and classmate Dick Crouch said “crushed” Mr. Stafford — he was convinced she would come back to him.

He was right, as proven by their 43 years of marriage and four children.

“I think he and Judy were more in love than anyone I’ve ever known,” Mr. Crouch said.

The couple settled in Fox Chapel a year after Mr. Stafford received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Notre Dame in 1968.

Mr. Stafford’s son Joseph said his father saw where the future of technology was headed and wanted to be a part of it. He gained his master’s degree in computer systems at the University of Pittsburgh, jumpstarting a career he only “half-retired” from last year.

Known in the computer consulting and technology business for his level head and calm nature, Mr. Stafford was considered a trusted leader by colleagues and clients at Aptech Computer Systems Inc. in O’Hara, Golf Digest Information Systems and Schneider Downs, Downtown, throughout his career. Most recently, he served as president of his private consulting firm, Ruby R. Consulting Inc.

“There was never a question with John,” said Raymond Buehler, president and CEO of Schneider Downs. “You didn’t have to look over your shoulder because you knew John was going to do what was right.”

Mr. Stafford never lost his love for Notre Dame football either, embodying the Irish spirit “down to his toes,” Mr. Buehler said.

At least once a year, Mr. Stafford returned to South Bend, Ind., to relive his days at Notre Dame and share his love for the Fighting Irish with his family.

His daughter, Margaret, and his son John Jr. went on to earn degrees from Notre Dame. Mr. Stafford and his wife most recently attended the BCS National Championship Game to see the Fighting Irish take on Alabama.

“He celebrated the little things in life,” Joe Stafford said. “[He said,] ‘If Notre Dame is in the national championship, we’ve got to go, no matter how much it’s going to cost.’ ”

Today, Mr. Stafford’s work is remembered through the local academic scholarship to Notre Dame that bears his name. He also received the Distinguished Service Award for his work with the university in 1986.

In addition to his wife and son Joseph, of Fox Chapel, Mr. Stafford is survived by his sons, John Jr., of Raleigh, N.C., and Michael, of Fox Chapel; daughter, Margaret Delfausse, of Atlanta; his brother, Regis, of Mt. Lebanon; and seven grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at John A. Freyvogel Sons Inc., 4900 Centre Ave. at Devonshire Street.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Scholastica Church, 309 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh Scholarship Fund in care of Susan Hagan, 153 Main Entrance Drive, Pittsburgh; or to the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, 6202 Alder St., Pittsburgh.