Play It Again (Fall 2019)

Oct 01, 2019

Bill Ehrhardt wrote, following a round of golf with Tom “Trip” Blythe, Dave McSorley, and Alan Braun that Al had been awarded a doctorate of humane letters from the U of Evansville. Bolton Anthony, noted author and Chapel Hill resident, asked for help connecting Chicago way with Vince Beckham, who had been struggling with Parkinson’s. Bolton planned to visit Vince, and John Twohey came to the fore, assisting him with transportation and accommodations. Vince passed away July 24. Keep Vince and his family in your thoughts and prayers. His full life with Carmen and family included service in the Peace Corps and VISTA, as well as a law practice and serious immigrant legal advocacy.

I heard from Paul Ahr, who recently earned his MA in International Affairs from Washington U in St. Louis. Paul began studying for the degree in 1987, but suspended pursuit in 1989, before recently returning to obtain it. He ran a research center on reducing substance abuse in Palm City FL and is in a psychology private practice in Missouri and Florida. 

I neglected to include info on the late Joe Woods in my last column. A grad of U Michigan Med, he had a stellar career in medicine and the Army, with postings in Germany and Hawaii, where he became chief of clinical pathology at Tripler Army Med Center before retiring. He is interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific. 

Mike Rush finally retired after a 15-year stint teaching business at BC, following a distinguished business career. He’ll spend time with his kids and grandkids. In June he saw Roger Kirwan and Bill Loftus in Golden CO and met up with Pat Lannon in Littleton CO. Pat is retired and in fine fettle. Tim Streb ran into Bill Wentworth in Paris, where Tim has an apartment and Bill was visiting. Bill started and ran two successful employee benefit companies and is enjoying the fruits of his labor. Tim wants Charlie O’Briento know that Dave “George” Rentschler is still skiing like a pro and biking like a maniac in Utah, while being grandpa for two youngsters.

Class president Cap Gagnon hit the airwaves in June, demonstrating radio nostalgia, with a local DJ, as part of Notre Dame Day. A lot of mates listened in and gave Cap positive feedback. Cap also saw Paul Ware, who was in South Bend visiting his son.

Doug Ford’s Ford Family Program at ND continues to do great work in Africa. Dick Martiny and Fran have been traveling Europe and the US. Dick says Mike Boone of Denver is doing an excellent job as rep on the ND Senior Alumni Association. I see Luke McGuinness regularly on Martha’s Vineyard during the summer months. He’s enjoying retirement.

Now to some sad news of more passings. Corey Hart died on June 9 following a courageous battle with a neurologic malady. A former US Marine and Vietnam vet, Corey enjoyed a successful career in the FBI. On hand for his funeral were Tim Streb, Howard York and Bill Hickey. I heard that Mike Mooney also passed. Jack Gerken sent word that he and Ray Neihengen broke beard in Chicago and that Ray will tailgate with Jerry Erbach and Denny Corrigan at the “Bob Davie Bowl” in September. Jack also noted the passings of Gary Kohs, Gerald Lipovski, John McCann and Tom Fuller. Check out the website 1966.undclass.org.

A final note: ND gridders is working with the top-tier CTE/Alzheimers experts at Boston U in an exclusive study of past ND players regarding the long-term effects of playing major college football. The project is independent of ND and is funded by voluntary contributions from the players, teams 1964-80, some 500 in all. The objective is to gather and analyze data and info that will help ND and other athletic programs better understand, prevent and treat head and neurologic injuries. Learn more via the website: independentndfootballers.com. Over and out.

Tom Sullivan; 1108 Westwicke Lane, Lutherville MD 21093; cell 773-454-4343; t66sullynd@gmail.com.


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