I continue to pick up notes and information from class president "Mr. ND '66" Cappy Gagnon, along with various others. Thanks for communicating.
Joe Hogan is still practicing podiatry in Binghampton and is growing his group. Five of his six kids were home for Christmas, and Joe's wife is still a practicing RN. Skip Medina recently tagged along with ND grid great Mike McCoy in Mike's ministry work in Skip's hometown of Galveston. Skip says Mike does a great job with the youngsters. John Leinhard checked in. He lives in Annapolis and is retired following a 2008 stroke. He spends time reading about politics and follows ND sports. John sees Al D'Allessandro, who used to be and may still be in the banking business in DC.
Ernie Austin reports from Gray ME that he has been retired from his VP finance position with Dunlap Corp for 10 years, and that he and Susan are fortunate to have all four kids living within 15 miles. Ernie spends his time on woodworking and golf, and Susan was just re-elected to the Maine House of Representatives for a fifth term. They also head to Myrtle Beach for some winter warmth.
I heard from Jack Gerken. He and Carol, living in southern California, finally pulled the plug and started to retire. Jack worked the launch of the new Corvette Z06 his first week on the beach, and Carol recently became a certified legal nursing consultant, so she can give expert testimony in legal cases. Jack had dinner with Al Loboy, who is retired from teaching and coaching, and with Chuck Reali, who subsequently bought a manufacturing company with his son, also a Domer. Jack broke bread with Glenn Man at Legends on campus before the Michigan game. Glenn has been an English professor at the U of Hawaii for 40 years. Jerry Erbach showed up for the Gerken's pre-Michigan tailgate, along with Jack's roomie, Dan Rooney, now retired in Maine. Don't forget to check out the class web site that Jack pioneered and produces, 1966.ndclass.org.
I heard from Bob Edler out of St. Louis, where he still practices law and keeps in touch with Don Hemmer, who does insurance, although both are dialing it back a bit. Bob notes that Bill Ott is also practicing medicine in St. Louis and that Bob and Don had a mid-Missouri reunion with retired mate Dick Hironick, who resides in Jefferson City. Jerry Kennell sent word that he is retired and splitting time between Cold Spring Harbor and East Hampton. He and Carol have endowed a scholarship at ND for children who have lost a parent in service of their country and feel very grateful to the University. They are looking forward to our 50th, barely a year hence.
Bob Corcoran, now retired from JP Morgan Chase and living in the Finger Lakes in upstate NY, brought wife Sharon to the Stanford game. They met up with Howard York and Pat for a great re-connect reunion. I heard from Pat McRedmond down Nashville way, who was looking forward to the ND-LSU festivities, which turned out quite well.
Reports from campus are that Rev. David Tyson, CSC, will assume the Luke McGuinness (our mate) Director of Nonprofit Professional Development position this July. John Kane, of the Miami area, and Gusti Riniexchanged holiday greetings and extended good wishes broadly to friends and mates.
Following contact from Tom Begley, I had a very nice note from Mike McKim, up Minneapolis way. Mike is courageously battling a numbers of cancers and fighting the great fight. He has been through numerous treatment regimens and maintains a tremendously positive and optimistic attitude. Mike is exceedingly grateful for the prayers and good wishes extended to him by so many. If you want to communicate directly with Mike, he would love to hear from you and his phone number is 651-343-1685.
Unfortunately, we lost Jim Keller unexpectedly and suddenly right at the end of the year in Dallas. Jim was known and highly regarded by many in the class. Among his good friends attending the memorial service on Jan. 3 were Ed Eiswirth, George Palmer, Tom Anderson and Dick Schreder.
I spent a few hours with Mike Rush in Boston during a mid-January visit. Mike continues to enjoy his teaching gig in the business school at BC and has moved his residence to southern New Hampshire. Keep me in your news loop, and plan for our 50th next June. It will be special.