Emails and reminiscences, post-50th Reunion

From Bob Smith (not from Chicago):

I, Bob Smith, am chipping in with my observations and will leave the Chicago mafia to Tom Figel, who I always enjoy seeing.  Thanks for the Thursday dinner.   I would like to say thank you to Tom Weyer who always remembers me and everyone else and congratulate him and his cronies for the fantastic reunion they pulled off.
    The aeronautical engineers were out in full force and had their own Thursday night dinner.  Most are retired but a few are still working.  Among those I know that attended and a few peronal notes include:  Dominic (Corky) Bozzelli, Paul Zalesky, Tom Follett, Arnie Vance (retired in Florida), Rick Jurjevic, Dave Tarkopwski, Dennis Dorratcague, Steve Sullivan (retired from Fedex as one of its original pilots back when they only had 9 planes), Ralph Salvucci, Ed Raffo, Rich Greff, and Bill Mordan.  Incidentally Corky’s nephew of the same name (Dominic Bozzelli) is making the cuts on the PGA tour.  Corky was from Rochester and a pretty good basketball player in his day as was another Rochester attendee, Jim Stoffel of Electrical Engineering fame.  He now resides on one the the Georgia islands.  Jim got his PhD at Syracuse after ND and joined Xerox where he became executive VP and hosted me and a group from Cryovac, where I retired from, on a benchmarking trip.  He headed up R&D and Innovation at Kodak briefly after leaving Xerox then headed off to the world venture capital in research, where he is now General Partner and Executive Partner at Tilliam Group, a private equity firm that invests in promising technologies.  He is also on the advisory board for ND’s efforts in innovation. Many of the Aero guys became Air Force Officers/pilots.
    Another small but mighty group were the Metallurgical Engineers (all 9 of us).  At the reunion was our class genius, Ron Jones, who got his PhD in 3 years then went to run the family box carton business after a brief career in metal’s research.  He still resides in his hometown of Joliet.  Also attending was Rich Guepe (also did not work in Metallurgy) and his St. Ed’s crew of Phil Fitzpatrick (accounting par excellant, CPA, etc.) of California, and Dr. Jim Druckenbrod who is semi-retired as a doctor but still part-time farm guy in Pennsylvania.  The 4th in attendace was Alex Clarke (in addition to me) who did not work in metallugy either (owned a couple of Mail Box franchises before moving on to another business relating to property and other things I cannot remember.  He resides in the greater Cleveland area.
    I spent much of my time with my Dillon friends, Rich DiLorenzo (who was my roommate there and spent most of his career as a prof at the Air Force graduate school program at Wright Patterson AFB and is retired in Naples, FL and Beavercreek, Ohio.  Len Niessen was a 5 year program (Liberal Arts and EE) and spent an illustrative career in EE and management beginning with Honeywell in the greater Boston area and ending with the last firm to own that business.  He still resides in the home he bought after graduation from ND in Farmingham, MA and also resides in Naples, FL, close to Dick where they still play hoops together.  Alex Clarke was also in our Dillon crew as was Bill Follette, who spent a career as a copter pilot and worked in the aero industry always in the greater Scottsdale, Arizona area (also in local government).  Other Dillon friends that I enjoyed seeing were Dr.Steve Anderson (congrats on finally retiring from ST Joe hospital in South Bend), Rocky Bleier, Dan Harshman, an amazing man who coordinated treatment and care for the mentally handicapped in St. Joe county for many years (who caught that touchdown pass in the 51-0 blowout of USC), Michael Browning (an accounting grad and media and property mogul of Indianapolis), and probably others I forgot to name.
    Many of us attended a very much appreciated surprise, honoring those from our class that were Vietnam Veterans that included many of the above names (myself included as a retired Army Colonel),  Rocky Bleier was keynote speaker and many of us attended one of his 1 1/2 hour performaces reminescing at his family bar (stage setting) in Appleton recounting his amazing life story (both dramatic and funny).  Went also to the presentation of John O’Coonor of Indianapolis and San Francisco fame (also same floor in Cavanaugh) on Deep Throat in the Nixon era and Ralph Neas, the consumate civil rights activist that has accomplished amazing things during his life (including coming back from near deathly illness).  Always enjoy seeing him again.
   My off campus roommate and dear friend, Brian Kenny was there with good friend Rudy Konieczny, still residing near his hometown of Chicopee, Mass.  Brian lives in Ellington, Conn and was also a 5 year student (liberal arts and aero eng.) and spent a career working for the state of Conn in enviromental engineering while having rental properties and a demogaphics data base on the side for the banking industry.  He is now the business manager for two Catholic churches in the area and runs the Catholic cemetary, an amazing guy.  Rudy spent a career in HR (personnel in the 70s) for several very lucky companies as I could not think of a kinder, more just person for this job that needs those traits.  I would have loved to have him as my personnel guy during my 35 years at Cryovac in Duncan, SC.
    I really enjoyed being deacon (just had my 11th anniverary of my ordination) at our class Mass Friday night with good friend FR John Sheehan concelebrating for FR John Pearson, CSC, of our class.  FR John was among the first theater grads from ND and is a world class tenor, actor and Jesuit priest, now serving in Jordan. Many Cavanaugh guys attended and I enjoyed reminescing with a few including Jim Chapman of Peace Corp fame (next door neighbor with notable John Hall whose band the Shags made our freshman year more interesting – remember Lola), Phil Feola (one of the lacrosse jocks who returned led by Len Niessen who wrote the first and only book on lacrosse at Notre Dame and another I enjoyed seeing was Tom Kingston also a lacrosse stalwart). Tom Follett, Alex Clarke, Dick DiLorenzo, Jim O’Rourke (retired Air Force and ND Business School Prof/Admin), Corky Bozzelli, Bill Follette (all Air Force ROTC), John O’Connor, Pete Farrell, Mike Carroll, Rudy K.,Jim Karol, and probably others I forgot.
     Also ran into Hank Schank, also aero and ROTC who is working in retirement for my old parish in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  Spent some time with Lloyd Adams (twin of Pete) and talked about the hours spent together playing bball at the Rock.  He told me Pete is very ill with cancer and I ask all for prayers for Pete.  Lloyd tell Pete I did beat him a few times.  It was good seeing Dr Fred Ferlic of South Bend Orthopedic fame and Gene Cavanaugh also of South Bend who has grandchildren in SC.   An old civil engineer friend, Carl Littrel, and I reminesced about some missing from the reunion, Brian Peters (of clean-up of ground zero fame and renovation of Grand Central Station fame, who was the other catcher on the baseball team with Joe Kernon who was so appropriately honored at the reunion for his service to the community and state) and Chuck Mattei (deceased and very dear friend and icon in PENNDOT).  I also bring news of the recent death of John Libb who battled heart problems and lived in St Joe Michigan where we stay when we return for football games and would visit with John while there.  Touched base with two attorneys, Dennis Kelly of the greater Philly area (in NJ)and Mike Heaton (part of the Chicago mafia) and we discussed our dear friend Bob Marotta (Columbus, Ohio) who did not make the reunion and has some health issues he has amazingly fought.  All three are leaders in the field of law.  I will leave Chicago to Tom and thank him for the great work he does as lifetime class secretary.


From Ken DiLaura:

Our group, including Mike Wolf, Jim Ewing, Andy Kelly, Jim Hoffman, Dan Dickman and Mike Murray, thoroughly enjoyed getting together at the 50 year reunion.  Lots of laughs and reminiscing and just hanging out.  Two of our buddies, Mike Coleman and Mike Cooney couldn’t make it, so we roasted them without their knowledge.  We also raised our glasses to our friend, Joe Scott, who passed away two years ago.  We vowed to make the 55th reunion so we will see you there!

Kenneth DiLaura

From Steve Sullivan:

After arriving Weds night before the reunion, on Thurs morning I raced up to Grand Haven, MI to check on a restoration project on my ’55 MGTF, then raced back to SB to host an Aero Eng dinner at Tippecanoe. In attendance were Joe Roman, Arnie Vance, Rich Jurjevic, Dave Tarkowski, Dennis Dorratcague, Ralph Salvucci, Ed Raffo, Rich Greff, Bill Mordan, Jack Gilmour, Pat Long, Mike Stephan, and Greg Yust. During the dinner I had each recount how they had squandered the past 50 years. Amazingly, no one apparently had. All had actually used their degree and many had worked for the Navy, AF, and NASA in the Aero field. I, on the other hand, condensed my career down to three words: I flew airplanes.
Great job on the reunion weekend! I tried to dress down for all events, but was hopelessly out done by Pat “Jake” Keenan.
From Joe Hale (all over the place):

Rich Falvey – with the beard – is next to Bill Nungesser (who is at the upper left.)  In between them is Steve Sullivan (third floor of Keenan with Rich, Nungesser, Mike Woods, Mike Stephan, Tom Voglewede and myself.)  Sullivan retired from FedEx as a pilot and is married to Kathy Huisking Sullivan (SMC ’68 – who served on her class’ reunion committee.)  Steve and Kathy (who had a twin sister named Karen at SMC) are still in the Memphis area.   Steve was instrumental in obtaining a wheelchair needed by Rich in order to make it to the induction plus the Saturday night dinner.   This photo was taken at Holy Cross Village.

And from Joe Hale to Jim Woods:

Jim,   Rocky put on “The Play” performance on Friday and again on Saturday.  Some of my friends from Keenan and their spouses went to the really-nice downtown South Bend Lasalle Grill after the Friday performance.  All of us were complimenting Rocky on his performance;  he is a natural actor who for more than one hour was both serious and comical –without having to refer to any notes.   Dave and I saw Rocky after the Friday performance as they, of course, knew each other well while Dave served as Ara’s head football student manager our senior year.   In short:  Rocky knocked it out of the park!

The Memorial Service in front of the Golden Dome was great as well.  Tom and Dave got to meet each other afterwards while Dave was talking to Dan Harshman (who is a good friend of Rocky.)   Rocky, Gene Cavanaugh and several others were in the receiving line as we ND veterans passed through to pick up items thanking us for our Vietnam Wartime Service (meant for all ND vets who served during that time whether in ‘Nam or elsewhere.)   Decals, buttons and a specially-designed pin were handed out.  In a folder we received a description of the pin along with a Certificate signed by Father Jenkins and a Certificate signed by President Trump.    (The memorial for vets who served in any capacity wherever during the Vietnam War started in 2012 and will continue through 2025, which will be the 50thanniversary of the end of that war.)  The names of all ND alumni who died during the Vietnam War while in combat were read commencing before when LBJ was president all the way through the end of the war.   Our finance major classmate Joseph William McDonald, Jr. was shot down just a few months before the war ended;  he was a A-6 pilot for the Marine Corps, and because his death wasn’t confirmed for a long time he was promoted to major. I got to speak briefly with Dennis Withers just before the program started.  Dennis is still in the Atlanta area and is retired from law practice as a litigator.  He said Jay Mannelly lives nearby in the Atlanta area, but he doesn’t see him much;  Jay remarried after his first wife died.  Jay and Frank Moye (who was also at the reunion) roomed together while at North Carolina’s MBA program right after our ND graduation.   At the Memorial Service I sat between Gene “Skip” Schraeder (whom I knew from Keenan) and our Army ROTC classmate Steve Laplante – both were in ‘Nam and served in field artillery (Skip as an enlisted man and Steve, of course, as a lieutenant.)  Skip (who early on got his MBA from ND after his ‘Nam service)  works in South Carolina (near plenty of golf courses he gets to frequent there by the coast) in securities in the banking business.  “Plant” is an attorney plus bankruptcy trustee in his hometown of Evansville, IN (he got his J.D. from IU right after ‘Nam service.)

Tom did a terrific job in organizing the Sunny Italy dinner that was held last Thursday night.   The place was packed as more than one hundred attended.  I had the privilege of sitting next to Mike Woods and my three-year roommate Tom Culcasi.  Tom Weyer announced to the mob that he would continue to be our class president “whether you like it or not.”   Vintage Weyer for sure!

Several of us helped Rich Falvey make it over from Holy Cross Village to the induction ceremony and the luncheon – plus the Saturday night class dinner.  Rich and his wife Janine now live in a villa of their own at Holy Cross Village (which is across the road – 31/933 – from WNDU.)   It is a really-nice facility.   Rich’s family hosted a nice graduation party in ’68 for a bunch of our classmates (including Mike and me.)  Rich and Mike were both from Niles, MI and were classmates at St. Joseph’s H.S. (then near the campus but now near Rocco’s restaurant which is still in business – south of Rocco’s on St. Louis Boulevard and not too far from Notre Dame Avenue.)   The high school really looks nice with a football stadium there along with it.   Rich had 39 years of accounting/computer work with Chrysler in Detroit before retiring.

At the induction (at the basketball court – Purcell) each of our class members were photographed individually with Father Jenkins.  The whole class was photographed in the stands.   The Friday and Saturday night activities were at the new Duncan Student Center at the west side of ND Stadium.

I guess that about covers the much-fun reunion, Jim.


J. Joseph (Joe) Hale

LTC, Ret. – U.S. Army Reserve

Active Army service:  1969-1971

Squad Tactical Officer for Army ROTC (whatever rank that was)

B.B.A. in Finance

From Allen Brown:

Allen Brown reports: “a group of us attending our 50th (Mike Carroll, Mike Ford, Tony Shaheen, Bill Clark, Ed Ferry and Brian McManus) got a half-hour Facetime session going with Geoffrey Thornton who was in the Seattle area and couldn’t make it.  It was great catching up with Geoffrey and was capped by a surprise ten minute conversation with Lou Holtzwho 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 he didn’t mention it for twenty years, but 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 with us in some interesting conversation.  Brian, as you recall played linebacker for Lou as well as the Indianapolis Colts.”
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From Tom Culcasi (Chicago area):

(to Joe Hale) Sorry I have been out of the loop for a couple of weeks.  Things were really hectic, but now slowing down.  Reunion was great.  Can’t believe we had so many Keenan and Zahm guys there.  Amazing how old those other guys are and we are just as young!

The week after reunion was our 50th Wedding anniversary.  We had all of my family up, and Judy had here family here as well.  We renewed our vows at Mass on the 9th, the day after our date.

We really need to keep in touch with these guys.  Life is way way too short.  Here are a couple of pics that I took and one of our anniversary.  The twins are 13, Ben is 4, Erika (in white dress) is 6 and Adam is 6 weeks in that picture.

Ted Bratthauar and his wife Benny, Skip Schradeder ( my freshman roommate) and me, Joe Hale, ( my roommate for the next three years), Wayne Micek and Dr. Phil Mika, Dennis Dorratcague, me, Dan Collins.

May 21, 2018 Funeral of Christine Costello

Gene Cavanaugh called when he learned of the death of Professor Don Costello’s wife Christine.  Known to many of us because of the Costellos’ endlessly open door at their home as well as Mrs. Costello’s support for her husband’s spirited Notre Dame life, Christine Costello lived fully.  This is the obituary from the South Bend Tribune:

Christine H. Costello

Oct. 15, 1931 – May 12, 2018

NOTRE DAME – Christine Helen Costello was born on October 15, 1931 and died of congestive heart failure in her home at Andre Place in Holy Cross Village. She died surrounded by all of her children, music, God, and her beloved husband.

She was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and came to South Bend in 1960 when her husband, Donald got a teaching position in the English Department at The University of Notre Dame. They settled on Wakewa Ave. in the North Shore Triangle neighborhood where she not only raised their six children, but also took numerous classes at the University of Notre Dame, and hosted glorious dinner parties. She was a foodie before anyone knew the word. She was farm to table before it was even invented. Her glorious garden was the talk of the neighborhood. Christine was also an expert needle worker and a member of the Embroiderers Guild of America. She read widely and was a longtime leader of the Evening Book Group of the Ladies of Notre Dame. She loved opera, theater, and travel.

Christine was preceded in death by her parents, Helen (Curtin) and John Kane; and by her sister, Mary (Harold) Schwind. She also lost her brothers, Br. John S.J., Gerald (Marilyn), and James. Fortunately, she still had her brothers, Thomas (Jean deceased) and Robert. Christine is also survived by her husband of 66 years, Donald; children, Christopher (Lois Vanderhoof deceased), Maria O’Connor, Monica (John) Dilenschneider, Paul, Matthew (Anne), and John (Leigh Ann Marchant).

Christine was a supportive and loving wife and an unfailingly kind, giving, and sensitive mother. She was the best grandma ever to twenty-one grand kids and three great-grand-kids, with one more on the way.

Christine said after learning of her heart failure, “Don’t worry about me: I’ve had a very good life and I’m old!”

Funeral Services will take place Monday, May 21, at 9:30am at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, on the Notre Dame Campus. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame. Friends may call Sunday from 3-7:00pm at the McGann Hay Funeral Home, University Chapel, 2313 E. Edison Rd., just east of campus. There will be a Wake Service at 3:30pm Sunday in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to: Logan Protective Services Board, PO Box 1049, South Bend, IN 46601; Community Foundation of Saint Joseph County; or your own favorite charity. To send your condolences or to share memories log on to:

Published in South Bend Tribune from May 16 to May 20, 2018

Ray Munchmeyer death March 26, 2018

The news came Wayne Micek.  Please remember Ray and his family in your prayers.

Raymond P. Munchmeyer “Ray” passed away on March 26, 2018 at the age of 71 years. Born in Brooklyn, NY and spending his formative years in New Hyde Park, NY and Breezy Point, NY (Roxbury). Leaving NY for the University of Notre Dame where he graduated in 1968. He later earned his MBA from Northwestern in 1969 (accomplishing a 2 year degree in 1 year). Ray served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant during the Vietnam War era from 1969 to 1971. In 1969 he began his career with the Polaroid Corporation where he worked 39 years and retired as a Senior Production Planner. For his son’s and daughter’s soccer teams, Ray coached for the Framingham United Soccer Club for over 10 years. Ray also served on the Board of Directors for the club as Treasurer. Ray was an athlete who ran and completed the NYC Marathon 3 times. Later on in life, Ray developed a love for spin classes (indoor cycling). He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carmela (Zito), son Paul, Paul’s wife Amy, daughter Michelle Salvi, Michelle’s husband Matt and 4 grandchildren: Anthony (Ray’s best friend), Eric, Shay and Libby. Ray lived a full life and touched many people. Whether it was “down the beach” at Roxbury, in college at Notre Dame, in Germany serving in the Army, working at Polaroid or at a spin class in NY or Massachusetts, Ray met and befriended almost a countless amount of people. If you became Ray’s friend, you were a friend for life. Not one person was more important to him than his wife Carmela. Ray and Carmela met at 16 and were never apart after that. Together they traveled the world, loved each other and created a loving family. Carmela, Paul and Michelle felt an endless amount of love from Ray and all of us will miss him immensely. Family and friends will honor and remember Rays life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St., Framingham on Wednesday, April 4th, from 4-7 P.M. Funeral services and interment will take place in Queens, NY in the following weeks. Details to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the CJD Foundation at www.cjdfound or PO Box 5312, Akron, OH 44334. For directions and online tributes, kindly visit

How to register for 50th reunion

You will be able to register at this site:

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.

Reunion plans as of mid-May, 2018

From reunion 2003, when we were young

As of May 18, 2018:

Probably because of the good work of Fred Ferlic, Gene Cavanaugh, Chris Murphy and other South Bend classmates, Notre Dame has become aware that a 50th reunion weekend is approaching.

Last minute news includes this note from Fred Ferlic about a campus architectural history presentation and below that, the reunion schedule as of mid-May:

Architecture of the campus presentation: All-for those that are anxious to “tour” our campus, Doug Marsh, chief architect for all new buildings past 15 years ND- see link below on bio-will give a presentation at 10-10:45 am with a 15 min. Q%A. Sat. following the Speaker’s Bureau (John O’Connor/ Ralph Nees) in the same location-DeBartolo Auditorium Business Building. It will entail the history, including our ‘64 arrival, up to the present, with special architectural notes on the Matt and Joyce/ Chris and Carmi architectural gems.
I have heard him before, and he is DYNAMITE !!!!!! He makes you proud of our ND campus.
And the reunion schedule:

“ The Great ’68” 50th class reunion is almost here! Mark your calendars for a weekend of renewed friendships under the Dome, May 31 to June 3 and reflect upon your personal and family experiences as part of the exceptional group known as “The Great ’68”.

Register now at .

We plan a very personal 50th reunion, including Rocky Bleier’s “ The Play ,” Friday and Saturday class dinners at Duncan Student Center overlooking “the House that Rockne Built,” a ceremony honoring the military of The Great ’68, a speakers bureau featuring interesting, “out of the box” classmates, a Saturday night tribute to The Great ’68 / Notre Dame by Lou Holtz and President Tom Weyer, and much more.

Here is a lineup of events for our weekend Reunion:


  • ●  TBD – Class of 1968 Golf Scramble at Burke Golf Course
  • ●  6:30am – Breakfast at Dining Halls (until 10am)
  • ●  9:00am – 10:30am – Flag Raising/Vietnam Commemoration with reception in front of the Dome
  • ●  10:30am – ND Perspectives (ND faculty offering an insightful discussion) at Washington Hall
  • ●  11:00am – Lunch at South Dining Hall with the Dining Hall Queens (until 1pm)
  • ●  1:30pm – University Leaders Forum at Washington Hall with John Affleck-Graves
  • ●  3:00pm – Rocky Bleier “The Play” , Decio Theater
  • ●  5:00pm – 1968 & 50 Year Club Mass at Basilica of Sacred Heart

○ Presiders: Fr. John Sheehan ‘68 & Fr. John Pearson ‘68

  • ●  6:00pm – Cocktail Reception at the new Dahnke Ballroom at the ND Stadium with views

    overlooking the field

  • ●  7:00pm – Dinner at Dahnke Ballroom (until 1am)
  • ●  9:00pm – Neverly Brothers (a great Chicago band!) performance at Dahnke Ballroom (until 1am)


  • ●  6:30am – Breakfast at Dining Halls (until 10am)
  • ●  9:00am – Seminar for Class of 1968
    • ○  Featuring the following speakers:
    • ○  John O’Conner “The Voice of Deep Throat”
    • ○  Ralph Neas “When America Works Again”
  • ●  10:00am – Seminar for Class of 1968 (until 10:30am)
    • ○  Doug Marsh, Vice President and University Architect
    • ○  “Then and Now: The Future of Our Campus”
  • ●  Noon – 1968 Induction Lunch for Class of 1968 at Joyce Center Arena with Father Jenkins
    • ○  Featuring the following class speakers:
    • ○  Tom Weier – Opening Remarks
    • ○  Chris Murphy – Invocation
    • ○  Matt Walsh – Presentation of Class Gift
  • ●  1:00pm – Class Photo immediately following at Joyce Center
  • ●  2:00pm – Rocky Bleier “The Play” , Decio Theater
  • ●  4:00pm – All Class Mass & Program at the Joyce Center Fieldhouse

○ Classmate Joe Kernan will be honored as the 2018 Sorin Award Recipient ● 6:00pm – Cocktails Reception at the Dahnke Ballroom

● 7:00pm – Dinner at Dahnke Ballroom (until 1am)
○ Featured speakers Lou Holtz and Tom Weyer ‘68, President for Life

● 9:00pm – Darryl Buchanan and The Motown Review – at Dahnke Ballroom
Show your ND pride by purchasing the exclusive 1968 Reunion polo produced by our own Skip

Strzelecki ‘68. Class of 1968 Polo Shirt Order Form

As part of our Reunion celebration, we invite you to participate in our class gift honoring the mission of our legendary coach, Ara Parseghian in his fight against Niemann-Pick Type C. We are all aware of the tragedy that befell Ara and his family, and this is a fitting tribute to them and the research that takes place on the campus of Notre Dame.

“There will be no cure without research and no research without funding.” ~ Coach Ara Parseghian

Our goal for The Great ’68 is to have the highest percentage of participation in the history of ND class gifts, whether the amount is $10 or $1 million. A group of our classmates have agreed to match class gifts made from April 2 to June 30, 2018 .

We believe our 50th reunion Great ’68 motto should be a quote from Ara:

“You know what it takes to win. Just look at my fist. When I make a fist, it’s strong and you can’t tear it apart. As long as there’s unity, there’s strength. We must become so close with the bonds of loyalty and sacrifice, so deep with the conviction of the sole purpose, that no one, no group, no thing, can ever tear us apart.”

Thank you for going above and beyond in your continuing generosity to Notre Dame. See you at Reunion 2018! Go Irish!

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 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 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.


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.


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!



Class notes submitted January 31, 2018

On your mark, reunion! With style.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dana Heart, death Dec. 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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