News Fit To Read (Spring 2018)

Apr 01, 2018

Following our highly successful and enjoyable 50th Reunion nearly two years ago, a number of you have suggested a reprise sooner rather than later. Now that we’re in the Fifty Year Club, no holds are barred. The dates this year are May 31-June 3 and as Pat McRedmond from Nashville notes, “Let’s not wait five years; some of us won’t make it that long.” Registration is open through the Alumni Office and contact Class President Cap Gagnon (cappygagnon@comcast.net) for information on what might transpire.

I had a recent email exchange with my Irish grid teammate Jim Smith in Lancaster PA. Smitty is distinguished in many ways, but in my mind is most noteworthy for staying close and helping Pete Duranko during the last stages of his debilitating fight with ALS. Smitty faithfully drove to Johnstown at least once a month to visit and lift Pete’s spirits.

I heard from Bill Dwyer out LA way. I recall that Bill was sports editor for the LA Times from 1981 to 2006 and was a columnist for the next nine years before retiring. Bill is now in the book publishing business and he and Jim Hayden are collaborating on an anthology on ND sports folks like Rocky Bleier, Johnny Lujack, Hannah Storm, RedSmith and Pete Duranko as well as George Blaha, radio voice of the Detroit Pistons, who catches up with Bill when he’s out west. 

Jim Hayden enjoyed a stellar corporate career in NYC as creative director for Mattel Toys before teaming up with Bill. Blaha keeps in close touch with George Dohrmann, who is a successful insurance man in Stockton CA.

Cap sent along much of the following news gleaned from his bog. Bob Bodnar has retired after “50 wonderful years of architectural work” in the Pittsburgh area, the last 15 as president of the firm. He still puts in three days per week as a consultant to the company.

Paul Mayeux sent word from Charlotte of a recent dinner with Mike Bernath and Tom Doty. Physician, whistleblower lawyer, health policy advisor and scholar Dr. Pete Budetti has published a novel, Hemorrhage, available on Amazon as a paperback and as an e-book on Kindle. It’s about the Russian mob stealing billions of medical care dollars. Pete, who lives in Kansas City, has had a distinguished career, recently modernizing the government’s anti-fraud efforts in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Gusti Rini sent word that his mom, who motivated him to attend ND, passed away two months shy of her 102nd birthday. Gusti has great genes. The class necrology unfortunately continues to grow. Mike Strubel passed away last September. He was a great benefactor of St, Martin of Tours parish in his area. We also got word of the demise of Gary Kohs of Royal Oak MI and Gerald Lipovsky of Austin TX. No details were provided.

I called Rich Sauget, the only person I know who owns his own town, Sauget IL, across the river from the arch in St. Louis. This is a light version of Class Notes. Send me more news. Stay well.

Tom Sullivan; 1108 Westwicke Lane, Lutherville MD 21093; cell 773-454-4343; t66sullyND@gmail.com


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