In answer to a request for photos and news, Jim O’Rourke, who is a member of the faculty of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business, sent this:
Joan Kenealy, Bill and Rick McPartlin June, 2011
From: Johnniejet [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, September 17, 2017 11:00 AM
To: Class of 1968
Subject: Sad News
Bill Kenealy’s wife, Joanie, passed this am–an inoperable and untreatable cancer. I will send along arrangements when I know them. Fuzz
From: bill kenealy [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:58 AM
To: bill kenealy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Joanie’s Services
Dear Friends, Thank you for all your love and support through an unspeakably difficult time. Below are the details of Joanie’s services.
The visitation/wake will be held at Tusculum Farm in Laytonsville on Wednesday September 27th from 2-4pm and 6-9pm.
Tusculum is located at 4601 Damascus Rd (click for map) and the entrance is easy to miss, especially if you are arriving after dark. Look for this sign:
The driveway is 1.3 miles from Sundown Rd. and Damascus Rd.; 2 miles from the intersection of 650 and 97 in Sunshine; 3.1 miles from the intersection of 108 and Damascus Rd.; and .1 miles from Griffith Rd. and 650. Please drive all the way up the driveway to the farmhouse.
The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Damascus on Thursday September 28th at 11 am.
St. Paul’s is located at 9240 Damascus Rd.
Following the mass, friends and family are invited to gather at Montgomery Country Club in Laytonsville.
Montgomery Country Club is located at 20908 Golf View Dr.
In lieu of flowers we request that you consider donating in Joanie’s honor to either the Jay Kenealy Fund at The Treatment and Learning Centers, https://ttlc.org/support-tlc/donate-now/ or to the Bwindi Community Program of Uganda, http://bwindicommunityprogram.org/other/donations.html
If you are looking for lodging, best to consider Germantown or Gaithersburg, which are closest to the services.
We are most grateful and deeply moved by the outpouring of love and support we have received over these difficult months. Thank you.
Coming into view: 50 Year Reunion
(While you read: hear Tom Dorsel’s song: Notre Dame football)
In the aftermath of every reunion, questions come: e.g., “Was Dave Martin there?” “Where does Steve Rechststeiner live these days?” This time around, with the benefit of 50 years of experience, we can learn the answers beforehand and avoid the post-reunion regret. Put the 50 year reunion, May 31-June 3, 2018 on your calendar. Pack your South Bend suitcase: one side for hot weather clothes, one side for the other type, and get in touch with people who are among the most important of your friends.
Finding other alumni is not hard. Notre Dame provides a site for finding addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and, many times, information about employers, spouses and the names of children. The website is www.mynotredame.nd.edu. You’ll need a username and password. On the mailing label of your Notre Dame Magazine is a number that will serve as your username (one you can change later). Once you have chosen a password to go with the username, you will notice “Find” at the right. Under “Find”, see “Alumni” and, from there, you are off to the races, ready to gather the contact information of friends from our class and from others. And if you have the illusion that a 50 year reunion is unimportant, speak to someone a year or two ahead of us about the experience.
Remember the advice of Eddie Kurtz: “No croakin’.”
Just in case some of us have lost a step during the five decades, the plans being made by Class President Tom Weyer and his committee make some accommodations. The climbing of the dome will occur during daylight hours. The rugby scrimmage will be five minutes shorter than the last time. To the disappointment of Mike Burgener and Joe Blake, there will be no South Bend Ironman competition during the weekend. Father John Sheehan, S.J, who has made his fashion mark at previous reunions, may be asked to design ceremonial garb for class officers; Father John is now pastor of a parish in Amman, Jordan. Chiseled Bill Cleary surely will be ready for dawn calisthenics at the shore of the lake: “Just won the Southeast Regional Handball Tournament (Doubles) in Chattanooga with my partner Rick Graham (Ann Arbor and U of M grad)”. In short, reunion excitement is in store.
Tom Dorsel, now retired from a career as a psychology professor, sent a link to a song he has written about the ND football team: Tom’s song. Think of Gordon Lightfoot and get ready to enjoy Tom’s humor. He also wrote another song in January, 2017 about Clemson’s national championship. Tom’s daughter graduated from Clemson, so he has what he terms “minimal loyalty”.
John O’Connor, who knew and represented Watergate’s Deep Throat Mark Felt, wrote an even-handed Hill blog article reflecting on former FBI Director James Comey and Mark Felt. See what John wrote.
Tom Loarie sent news of his former Alumni roommate Juan (John) Bolivar’s death during June, 2017:
“Many may remember John as the evening manager of the pool hall underneath the Huddle. John spent many years at United Technologies in senior roles then left to run his own business in Las Cruces, NM. John suffered from COPD. He leaves behind his wife, Susan, of thirty years and his sister, Christina, who attended St. Mary’s.” Tom is co-founder and CEO of Bryologyx as well as host of “The Mentors”, www.thementorsradio.com, a radio interview that airs each Saturday.
Dennis Lopez’s death in June, 2017, less than two years after publication of his book, “A Tradesman’s Tale”, www.tradesmanstale.org, had friends reminiscing and mourning him in emails and poetry. Our blog, www.ndclass1968.com, has notes and poems posted.
Please send photos and news to: Tom Figel, 1054 West North Shore, Apt. 3E, Chicago, IL 60626, tel. 312-223-9536, email@example.com.
Denny (Not one I wanted to write)
Returned to the ocean
the solace of grief,
erasing old footprints
of sorrow and joy.
Your wind driven grace
on the wave struck shore.
On May 27, 2017, at 11:56 AM, Louis MacKenzie wrote:
On the heels of Don’s and Betty’s moving words about Dennis and the sea, I am taken to those of France’s greatest poet, Charles Baudelaire, who opens his “Man and the Sea” with the following:
“Free man, always will you be drawn to the sea!
The sea is your mirror; you contemplate your soul
In the unceasing rolling of its waves […]
ps.I am sure you have all seen the piece Dennis wrote for Notre Dame Magazine last Spring. If not, here is the link: https://magazine.nd.edu/news/65768/
On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 1:37 PM, Elizabeth Doerr wrote:
No surprise you would choose the water’s edge to leave, sit in a beach chair with the roar of the waves your last sound. In Oregon you joked about selling the sand, just the right bottles, hipster typography. Coulda sold it at the Farmer’s Market and they would have bought it, you said. Wouldn’t even know that some things are free. Sometimes there’s no place left to go but the ocean.
On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 8:59 AM, Don Hynes <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
It’s been three days now
as you pilot to the other side.
You took off like a rocket
but the soul slows down
to the speed of life
without a body.
You’ve got a lot to ponder
but plenty of time.
You didn’t want to say goodbye
but we all must,
and with tears to guide you.
You ran out of fuel
and there’s no way
you’d ride without style.
Not sure if there are bass guitars
or corvettes over there
but I feel you honing in
on the welcome you deserve.
You cut the board straight
and played the music,
laughed at all the fools
and kept time for the band
in your fearless register.
You can lay down arms brother
but the journey’s far from over.
10-4 good buddy.
Let’s stay in touch.
On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 9:06 PM, Joe Brennan wrote:
Denny’s Passing Shocked sadness An absence of joy The thought of never seeing, talking, joking again A bright light that shone for 50+years of friendship extinguished We all share the tragic loss Knowing the charm, wit, humor and humanity of our departed brother, May our shared memories sustain us thru this trying time Dennis, may you find peace I love you and miss you
I would like to include a poem that Donna wrote last night:
within shrouded layers
of bewilderment and grief,
there is rendered
for the spirit
a balm, in the knowing
that a certain terrible suffering
luminous and completing:
inside the tears.
From: “Jack Lavelle”
We’re all poleaxed by this…this intolerable loss. I love reading how Dennis’ friends choose to share a few words. Mine are sad, of course:
For Dennis Lopez
His face is smeared in my memory, illumined by subway light.
I see him grinning through chicken-wire glass, the kind they use in emergency exits.
Our friendship was a kind of emergency exit.
We tried, but couldn’t be real friends.
We were both so confused, we tried to be so calculating.
We aimed conversation at each other, missing more often than not.
We were from the same place, sort of.
Our dads had been acquainted
Or so I was told.
Everything was at least arms-length.
Neither allowed anyone closer.
From: Louis MacKenzie
“Un seul être vous manque et tout est dépeuplé (Lamartine). “One person is gone and the world is empty.” Denny was–and still is–one of those larger than life, almost mythic, souls. But larger than life sometimes is bruised and beaten by life. Maybe that’s what we mean by tragic. Our world is a paler place without “Lobo,” without his smile, his laugh from the depths, his zaniness, his music and, dare I say, his struggles. Peace be yours, my friend. Louis
Then and Now, and All Between
When he moderated the April 21, 2017 journalism panel that lauched the 50 year celebration of The Observer‘s founding, Tom Condon began with the observation that “There is no now without a then.” Then the group of young journalists proceeded to a discussion meant to help a mostly student audience learn about chances and ways to enter today’s journalism. After that, what a “then” we and about 125 present and former Observer staff members celebrated. With John Twohey, Bob Anson, and Bill Giles present, our longtime champion Professor Donald Sniegowski refraining from clarifications, Professor Don Costello sending good wishes, and Pat Collins chiming in with a reflection sent before he headed to a family wedding he called a “no-cut” Philadelphia event, we roamed over our own storied histories as well as companion memories such as the time Brien Murphy opened a Sorin Hall door by ramming his unprotected head through a panel. We let it all hang out, some of us even risking caffeinated coffee during evening hours. It was that kind of weekend. At the Saturday night event that had our table looking like chaperones at a prom, one young speaker looked ahead to additional Observer reunions, maybe a 75th, for example. This brought laughter – from us and from those around us. But, that weekend and in following emails and conversations, all of us – Dennis Gallagher, John McCoy, Tom (Carmel, IN) McKenna, Jay Schwartz, Don Hynes, Tom Condon, Shaun Reynolds and the absent Bill Kelly and Tom Brislin – resolved to try, and to make use of other approaching celebrations.
As we anticipate the 50th reunion coming in June, 2018, the admonition of Eddie Kurtz holds true: “No croakin’.” There is no now without a then, and there is not much appreciation of then or now unless we are gathered for the celebrating. Let’s get the reunion on our calendars, buy the airline tickets, call the old friends, recruit the perennial no-shows (such as Dick Blumberg, John Alzamora, Pat Hermann, and Brian McTigue), change the hearing aid batteries, and build up a tolerance for nighttime cafein. The Great 68 needs full attendance, Philadelphia no-cut weddings and any foot booboos be damned.
Despite their austere, careful habits, Pat DeMare (now well on the mend), Tom Brislin (recovering from surgical correction of a broken neck after a fall) and Mike Hampsey, presently recovering from heart surgery, flirted with the “no croakin'” dictate. Let’s have no more of that.
During the same Observer reunion weekend, Class President Tom Weyer kept his distance from the journalists as well as the Blue-Gold game while he spent time with his St. Mary’s granddaughter, the popular blogger Shannon Weyer, and her lacrosse teammates. The team was trailing by three until Tom Condon‘s presence brought the score to even before Tom had to depart for an Observer dinner. Prior to the Blue-Gold exhibition, we had the benefit of some sharp analyses from Bryan Dunigan and Roger Guerin, assessments now available on our class blog, www.ndclass1968.com.
Some reunion training is already in progress. The Naples and Bonita Springs, FL area has become a winter training center, with Will Dunfey and Joan (Waters), Roger Guerin, Bob Ptak, Chris Murphy, Paul Dunn, Jeff Keyes, and Bob Brady part of a big Notre Dame group from multiple classes. Bill Mordan and some friends tried out their own get-together: “In April 2017, ‘Traveling Irish’ Dave Brueggen (Mary), Mike Granger (Vicki), and Bill Mordan (Sue), plus eight other ’68 Alums and their spouses, cruised for two weeks around Australia and New Zealand, an Alumni Association Travel Program trip. Professor Bob Schmuhl ’70 and his wife, Judy, were hosts.” Mike Brennan traveled back in time, to memories of the rugby team’s Irish trip 50 years ago: e.g., Dick Carrigan‘s snatching of the Irish flag from the Irish Post Office, the Guiness brewery tour, and the Irish admiration for Bill “Wheels” Kenealy‘s sprints to the try line.
Tom Fitzharris is ready after a heady Italian experience during summer of 2017: “I was a Visiting Artist for four weeks at The American Academy in Rome. Given the writers, architects, archeologists , classical scholars et al: dinners were like General Program seminars.”
John Walsh and Dia, making their wandering way home to Evanston, IL from a winter in San Diego, stopped in the Santa Fe, NM area for a visit with Joe Brennan. The Brennans are selling their desert spread in order to return to northern California.
Don Hynes brought (and sold) many copies of his poetry book “The Irish Girl” at the Observer reunion. The reviews are enthusiastic, including one from a 90 year old Hynes aunt who celebrated her birthday at the racetrack with a daughter, cigarettes and beer.
Awful news came through Bryan Dunigan: Chuck Kelsey‘s daughter, married mother of three, has died of cancer. The obituary (on the blog) is full of inspiring accomplishments and love. What a loss for Chuck, his family, and us.
Professor James S. O’Rourke has been named to direct Notre Dame’s business education program in the United Kingdom during Spring of 2018. In addition, Jim, who is Director of the Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication, is stepping down. No quit in our classmate, author of 19 books, he will return to the faculty to teach.
As Bill Mordan has shown, emails from outside Chicago, even those with an Alabama inflection, can make it to the class notes. Please send news and photos for posting on the blog: Tom Figel, 1054 West North Shore, Apt.3E, Chicago, IL 60626, tel. 312-223-9536, email@example.com, blog at www.ndclass1968.com
The Election: Get Over It
The election revealed a rift that reached into many groups, including the class of 1968. Some woke to cheer, while others woke to gloomy pondering of the madness that had been expressed at the polls. But our class is resilient and our friendships are well-forged. Eventually the partisans of victor Chris Murphy and of defeated Dennis O’Dea will reconcile. The 50th class reunion draws near.
During the past football season, Class President Tom Weyer took time for meetings with advisors, mostly family members, at his Weyer-a-lago complex on Paw Paw Lake in southwestern Michigan. Though unsuccessful in lobbying for 1968 class representation on the new national cabinet – the incoming administration wanted to stick with billionaires of mid-range wealth and so avoid the political pushback of selecting Mike Browning, Bob Brady, Tom McCloskey and some other excessively prosperous candidates – those Tom Weyer assembled at the Michigan retreat did work through other important matters. The Wall Street Journal article about his representation of Guantanamo prisoners – see link at www.ndclass1968.com – made Tom Durkin an unlikely name for any short list of Supreme Court nominees. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-terror-suspects-best-hope-in-court-1481735889) On the other hand, the group made progress with establishment of the Weyer Library and the maintenance of the important documents and artifacts. Kept in a sturdy Paul Powell shoebox given to the Weyer family by a former Illinois Secretary of State, the materials have moved from beneath Tom Weyer‘s Dillon Hall bed to many other locations over the years. Now, what to do with the records, all of such interest to scholars? Included are a Brian Sullivan business card clipped to John O’Connor‘s draft of a plan for a Weyer Global Initiative: “This would be wrong,” reads the note on the back of the card. A rare note from roommate Tom Condon asks for a wake up in time for an afternoon ROTC class. A clipped Tom Brislin column from an Observer, a scrap of cloth from a Spiderman costume damaged at a campaign stop, edited copies of a couple of inaugural addresses, a $10 Bryan Dunigan check drawn on a Continental Bank account in 2003, a “paid in full” receipt from Gilbert’s, the trove is full of interest.
In April, when the Observer celebrates its 50 year history, Dennis Gallagher, Tom Condon, Jay Schwartz, Bob Anson, Bill Kelly, Tom Brislin, Tom (Indiana) McKenna, John Walsh, Bill Siska, David Kahn, Steve McCormick, Shaun Reynolds, John Twohey and others from that storied time will assemble for discussion of the Observer investigative style Editor Pat Collins began with our own deep, unrelenting examinations of the transgressions of Scholastic staff. If April brings the snows seen during Dennis Toolan and Mary Lou’s wedding two years ago, there may be snowball fights as Bill Knapp begins an assault on deadbeats with unpaid advertising charges.
The powerful, understandable draw of grandchildren has led Paul Zalesky to leave the West Coast with his wife for residency in Rhode Island among in-laws, the new home proximate to grandsons in Boston and two children in New York.
The World Series outcome prompted a note from Ned Buchbinder about sex: Carmen Fanzone, a utility infielder for the Cubs who played in a jazz band, said, “Playing a trumpet is great. And sex is wonderful. But there is no greater thrill than hitting a baseball.” Bryan Dunigan and Joe Kernan can attest.
Bryan was part of a group whirling among Gotham sites in December: “Just spent the weekend in New York City with Joyce and Matt Walsh, Sheila and Tom Gibbs and had dinner with Eddie Broderick. Sheila and Matt’s grammar school classmate is Cathy Wendt Sudekis the mother of SNL’s Jason Sudekis and he was starring in the play “Dead Poet Society”. We saw the play and celebrated Cathy Sudekis’ 70th Birthday with her family. Play is terrific. Also visited the spectacular Calatrava train station, the 911 Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, had brunches at the New York Athletic Club and the Carlyle Hotel and attended Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.”
Tom Culcasi and his wife Judy now know what other Chicago classmates know: Bryan Dunigan’s annual Christmas party is a lot of fun, and a good place to find Ted Nebel, John Walsh, Tom Weyer, Bob Ptak and others, everyone nearly indistinguishable in red sweaters.
The funeral of Dave Kil, the South Bend native who made his career at Notre Dame as assistant registrar, took place in Sacred Heart on January 23, 2017. Father Monk Malloy, CSC, was one of the celebrants. Please keep Dave and his family in your prayers. Even as he drew within a day of succumbing to his prostate cancer, Dave could smile when his cousin Brian Sontchi (’75) came Notre Dame-bedecked into the hospital room.
Joe Blake discovered and sent some of us a fine article he wrote for the Scholastic in 1968 about the philosophies that continue to shape global and domestic relationships. Find the article posted at our blog, www.ndclass1968.com.
Ken DiLaura, after much deliberation, sent: “I’ve procrastinated long enough. I just wanted to send you a note regarding a 70th birthday party where roommates Mike Coleman, Jim Ewing, Andy Kelly, Mike Wolf and myself along with our spouses met at my home in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich last August. We had a great time reminiscing about our college days and telling lots of stories about the last 50 years. We want to wish all our friends we met at ND a Happy 70th Birthday!!!”
John Walsh is spending a couple of months in San Diego (instead of Evanston, IL) and had this experience:
While this item may not hold appeal for the family of Walt Moxham, everyone so fond of Buffalo in wintertime, a request from the principal of Maria de Nazareth school in Cordoba, Argentina may interest any classmate involved with a school. Father Gerardo Carcar is seeking to arrange exchange programs for 16-year old students who will live with local families. Get details from, send news and photos to: Tom Figel, 1054 West North Shore, Apt. 3E, Chicago, IL 60626, tel. 312-223-9536.
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
– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/southbendtribune/obituary.aspx?n=david-l-kil&pid=183658335&fhid=7050#sthash.3njkXDKa.dpuf
Joe Blake discovered an article he wrote in 1968 about conservatism and other political theories shaping many approaches to domestic and world relationships.
The Next Thrilling Episode
In the same way the old Tom Mix adventures used to end an episode with Tom in peril, maybe dangling from the face of a cliff, Pat DeMare had himself in frightening peril at the time of the previous class notes. Since then, in true celluloid hero mode, albeit with a Jersey accent, Pat has rebounded from the worst of the strange bacterial infection that made him unable to walk, put him on dialysis and wracked him with pain. (See following post, a note of thanks from Pat.) This was life-threatening, not the everyday after-effect of sharing a bottle in a South Bend alley with Bob Santaloci or Pat Furey. According to Rich Rogers, who spent hours at the Grotto while on campus and checked with Pat DeMare at home during the summer and fall, Pat was improving at a rate that would allow him to resume his physician work in November while continuing rehab. While all this was going on, Rich may have taken his prayerful mind off the needs of the football team from time to time. Rich did look in on that situation, for sure, with one of his annual weekend-through-weekend South Bend visits. At the ends, he overlapped with Jay Schwartz and then with Tom Condon.
Seen from another vantage point – Bryan Dunigan’s – Tom gathered an audience with funny stories about Class President Tom Weyer; the two Toms had been roommates in Dillon Hall during senior year.
Joe Hale included a compliment about Bryan Dunigan along with a reminiscence: “Bryan Dunigan was always so funny. When we as seniors were doing a good bit of celebrating at the Dunes, a bunch of us congregated at a bar near our Dunes playground. The elderly proprietor got a bit perturbed at the loud noises from our group. When we quieted down, Dunigan made the remark, ‘Don runs a speak-easy.’ The old gentleman was the only person in the bar who didn’t think that was funny.”
Brian used that wit with the grandson of Dan Lungren, attending the Stanford game: “I told Jack his Grandfather used to be the quarterback for Stanford when he was at Notre Dame, so Jack asked Grandpa Dan who replied—‘Yes…Stanford Hall.’ Dan now lives in Virginia—no longer a Californian. We were honored to spend some time over the weekend with former Badin Hall track stars– Shane and Pete Farrell (now retired as Princeton’s only women’s track coach), Sandy and Ken Howard, Katie and Bob Timm, and Ron Kurtz and Patty. Shannon Philbin and family visited our tailgate for the Stanford game as well. They were up from Louisville. Tom Gibbs, Tom Weyer, Gene Cavanaugh, Mike Ryan, Roger Guerin, Fred Ferlic and I have continued in our Great ’68 tailgate party for our friends and classmates the entire year despite the ridiculous requirements that we be parked in our spots at 9:00 am (8:00 am Chicago time) even for the two night games—thus requiring a 10.5 hour tailgating experience exacerbated by two losing efforts and a return home in the 1-2 am hour.”
Memphis residents Steve Sullivan and Kathleen go where the classmates and the fun are: “Last year, we met Wayne Micek and Jackie in Michigan after Steve’s niece, Anne Sullivan Pifer ND’2001, was married in South Bend. Ted Nebel visited us on his way to the soggy NC game. We visited with several SMC and ND classmates in Naples, Fl last winter; Mary Donohue ’68 and Tom Brueggen ’68, Penny Wingeir ’68, and Maurice Sullivan ND ’67. “ Steve and Kathleen plan to have another Micek visit, and maybe a Joe Hale visit, during the San Antonio game against Army.
Joe Hale weighed in on another period of class get-togethers – military service – an exchange prompted by John Schmelzer’s memory of training at Ft. Riley, KS with Joe and with Dennis Reeder during ND Army ROTC times. “The Army obviously lost a good man when (John’s service ended),” Joe said. “I remember seeing him reassemble an M-1 rifle while having his eyes shut.” As for Joe, “I stayed in the Army Reserve until retirement in 1996. I had almost all of my two years of active duty in then West Germany so I was fortunate. I took a European Separation so I could drive around the Continent while footloose; I traveled around Europe from January through March, 1971. While traveling I saw Ray Munchmeyer in Germany as he was also in a Hawk (replaced now by Patriot) Missile battalion. He had completed a MBA from Northwestern prior to going on active duty. I’ve seen Ray at the class reunions, of course. While traveling, I also saw Mike Moore (now retired from Cessna and the FBI) of our class as he was in the USAF at Bitburg, Germany. Mike was across the hall from me in Keenan, and, of course, was one of the first guys in our dorm that I met.“
Before all that European touring, Joe roomed for three years with Tom Culcasi, now retired and living in Lemont, IL near Chicago. Tom wrote: “Mike Moore and his lovely bride, Anne, were in Chicago this August for a family wedding and were able to extend their stay for two days. They stayed at the Culcasi B & B here in Lemont. My wife Judy (Donofrio) SMC class of 68 and Anne took up just like the last time we were all together in Ohio 48 years ago. What great friends. Now we are going to try and plan annual get-togethers. Mike and Tom Curtin and I are having great fun texting during the ND games. (Yes, we old farts can text). So far we have called perfect games, but the message just hasn’t gotten to the sidelines. Moore paces and stands the whole game, forcing Anne to buy new carpet each year. Curtin and I have been more on the negative side trying to see how far Mike will go. Sadly this has been more fun than the last few games. Would like to get together with some of the classmates from the Chicago area as I live just down the road in Lemont and have a son Dave, Class of 98, who lives in the city, so we get there regularly as well.”
If your Christmas packages arrive off schedule, it may be because Steve Sullivan, at center, retired from flying the Fed Ex goods some years ago and now has time to goof around with Joe Hale, left, and Dave Zell, right, at events such as the game in San Antonio.
In Naples, FL, Bob Brady and Jeff Keyes and Meg have set it up so that they don’t have to travel far to see one another: they just walk down the block, at least during the winter months, now that Bob has purchased a home nearby. If this is a Stanford Hall migration, they’ll have to save a golf cart parking spot for former rector, Father Robert Austgen, C.S.C.
A visit to the present Observer newspaper office during Jay Schwartz’s time on campus revealed a roomful of Sunday afternoon activity and produced word of the paper’s plans for a reunion celebrating 50 years in April, 2017. Already, the positive responses are arriving: Bob Anson, Pat Collins, Bill Giles, John Twohey, Bob Brady, Jay Schwartz, Tom Condon, Dennis Gallagher, Tom Figel and Nancy Carlin Figel, Bill Kelly, John McCoy, Bill Mitchell, Joel Connelly, Steve McCormick, David Kahn, maybe Mike Browning, Betty Doerr, Tom McKenna, Bill Knapp . . .
Jim O’Rourke had an early summer Notre Dame reunion right in the family: “Pam and I made it out to LaJolla (during June) and spent some time on the South Course at Torrey Pines with my daughter, Molly (Class of 2000), her two sisters, Colleen (SMC ’94) and Kathleen (ND 2007). Caught up with grandsons and visited Colleen’s art studios in the newly remodeled Liberty Station complex in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego.” Then Notre Dame began classes August 22nd.
Jim reminds us of the April 29, 2016 death of Tom Quinn, the ND’67 member who played on the 1966 championship team before spending his business career as a senior member of Jordan Industries. Tom Quinn was a member of Notre Dame’s Business Advisory Council.
With the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians presently engaged in the World Series, Bryan Dunigan takes a swipe at Jerry Goetz, whose nephew Stephen Goetz has written a well-reviewed children’s book titled Old MacDonald Had a Truck: “Goetz recommends this book highly and he was able to read it in only a few weeks as he was distracted by the success of his Cleveland Indians’ run to the American League Championship.”
Thanks to Kathleen Sullivan, Joe Hale, Bryan Dunigan, Tom Culcasi and Jim O’Rourke for all the messages about our class.
Please send news and photos to: Tom Figel, 1054 West North Shore, Apt. 3-E, Chicago, IL 60626, tel. 312-223-9536, firstname.lastname@example.org.