Staying Tuned (Summer 2018)

Jul 01, 2018

You will likely peruse this after the 52ndanniversary of our ND commencement. Pat McRedmond from Nashville stirred the pot to generate attendance and I expect to hear who made it to campus as part of the 50-year Club.

I had the opportunity to speak by phone with Dr. Jim Curran down Atlanta way. Jim is dean of the Rollins School of public Health at Emory U, following a long stint with CDC as asst. surgeon general. We recall that Jim was one of the early pioneers in HIV/Aids and the book and the movie, And the Band Played On, featured his groundbreaking work. His name came up in a recent conversation I had here at U Maryland, Baltimore with another world-renown HIV/Aids luminary, Dr. Robert Gallo, who related that it was Jim who first piqued his interest in studying the disease. These men saved millions of lives around the world.

I heard from Jim Starshak out Honolulu way, who is retiring from his law practice in August. Star continues his volunteer work with the Hawaiian Foodbank and he and Sue will travel and get more use out of their Chicago apartment. Star keeps in touch with his roomie John Ganahl and is secretary for the ND Law Class of ’69.

John Twohey in Chicago wrote that he and Mary Jane were celebrating the Pulitzer Prize awarded to daughter Megan for her New York Times stories on Harvey Weinstein, which may become a movie like All the President’s Men. John spent a weekend in Chicago with Tom Bettag and his students from U Maryland and was in touch with Jed Key, who was moving to Germany to be near his opera singer son. 

I had a brief contact with Dan Overholser in Raleigh, where he was helping his wife recover from back surgery. Also I spoke with Rich Sauget who continues to prosper in St. Louis (Sauget, IL) and sees Larry Mauch periodically. I phoned John Lien hard who is well and retired from the commercial real estate business in Annapolis. Gusti Rini sent Easter greetings to his posse, which includes class prez Cap Gagnon, Jamie Toohey, Tim Streb, Tom Begley, Paul Flatley, Jiggs McAuliffe, Tom Belden and Frank Murtha.

I heard from Paul Coogan in Ft. Myers, who shared the sad news of the death of Norm Nicola ’65. Many of us knew and loved Norm and some of us shared tenure on the gridiron with him.

Bob Campbell weighed in from Inyokern CA where he is director for the Naval Museum of Armament and Technology in China Lake. Bob is retired and was looking to connect with Bob Schmitt. Cap sent word that Jose “Pepe” Ballester was in touch and at Mayo for some retooling.

Here’s a voice from the past: George Gray, my old Pangborn bud, resurfaced with word that he’s continuing his plaintiff law practice in Indy, following the four years he spent with JAG, after Georgetown Law. He and Bev are sending daughter Marina to Purdue to study veterinary nursing. George was a real gym rat at the Rock.

More sad news came from Jim Mong and Mike Krach about the passing of John McCann in Richmond in late January. John had a distinguished career in the real estate business and was deeply committed to serving his community in multiple ways. Joining Mike and Jim at John’s funeral were Jack Stutz, ortho surgeon in Seekonk MA, and Paul Leahy from Norco CA. Jim Mong is still active in the tax prep business in San Mateo and Mike Krach remains active in Philly.

We also lost Tom McGuire who passed away in Norfolk. Tom enjoyed a successful law practice in Connecticut.

That’s all for now. Stay well and send news.


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