Can you believe that many of us are looking to celebrate our 55th high school reunions? We’re just coming down from our 50th at ND. It must be true that clean living pays off. Jim Hawkins writes that he is looking forward to his 55th at Bishop O’Connell in Arlington VA along with the likes of Bob Rivello, Mike Rush, Pat Lannon, John Killian, Bill Rohlin and Dick Martiny. It is sad to note that the late Dan Morper and Jim Ballard were part of that class.
Also, you may have noticed that Brother Martiny was a deserving candidate for a senior alumnus slot on the ND Alumni Board. As of this writing, the election results were not available, but hope springs eternal. By the way, Dick recently married an old high school classmate. I understand that Lannon is out Denver way with wife Denise and is quite active in the local ND Club.
As many of you know, Class Prez Cap Gagnon is a prolific writer and has in the works a historical epistle on the first 30 years of ND football. It’s bound to be a great read. Cap also forwarded a summary of ND dorms with one category being “notable residents.” He shares the following about dome of our mates: Howard Hall, Bill Dwyre; Lyons Hall, Pedro Rosello; Pangborn Hall, the late, great (and my former roomie) Mike Wadsworth.
I heard from Anthony Bolton in Chapel Hill and he’s recently published an autobiography, Second Journeys: The Dance of Spirit in Later Life. It sounds like a relevant topic for us all; check it out at boltonanthony.com.
Paul Barry chimed in from Jupiter FL where he and Maryellen reside for most of the year. They stop at their Breckenridge CO home from time to time. They have been in Hawaii for a family reunion with the kids and grandkids. Paul has been in oil and gas for most of his career and lived in Jakarta for a period. He is semi-retired, but stays active in the business.
Jim Starshak was reminiscing about his football days at ND Niles, near Chicago, where he played with Parade All-American Alan Loboy and Ray Neihengen on the 1961 undefeated and untied team. That team was being inducted into the high school “wall of fame” in early February. Jim lives in Honolulu and reports that Max Graham deserves the greatest-distance-traveled award for the 50th, having come from Kauai, 75 miles west of Jim.
I also heard from Rev. Frank Quinlivan, CSC, who reports that he has spent most of his life as a priest in Bangladesh and gets back to the US every three years. Frank lived in Moreau and was active in CILA, going one summer with a group to Peru. He is alive and well and still captivated by the Bengal.
John Jakoboice checked in with Cap from the Palm Beach area, where he and Sarah were hanging out and warming up. He reported that the ND Board apparently was meeting there as well, as he bumped into Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC. John Rahiya sent word from the warm climes of Costa Rica.
Dennis O’Toole let me know that he and Joan were in Stuart FL for a few months and were headed back to Arlington VA around St. Paddy’s Day. Dennis also mentioned the passing of Tom Spurr in St. Louis. Tom had been in sales for a number of computer and tech companies and he and Linda retired back to St. Louis in 2015. Editor's Note: In addition, John Lungren of Fair Oaks CA, Benedict Martorano of Greensboro NC, and Charles McAuliffe of Red Bank NJ passed away recently.
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