Noodlings (Winter 2014-2015)

Jan 01, 2015

I heard from James Zatopa that he retired a year or so back after 36 years as an Illinois Dept. of Employment administrative law judge, where he heard tax cases. James went on from ND to earn his JD at the U. of Chicago. He attended Fenwick and ND classmate Terry O’Donnell’s wake.

I bumped into Denny O’Toole at the Stanford game. He is enjoying retirement and while recently in St. Louis, he saw Tom Spurr, who is retired in Easton CT, Denny O’Connell, senior partner at a St. Louis law firm, and Ron Rhoades, retired and living in the St. Louis area. Out of that discussion came a query: has anyone heard from mates Don Hemmer or Bob Edler?

Denny shared lunch with Joe Bedell, who is living in Philly and retired from his law practice. Joe sees Terry Golden frequently down DC way, where Terry and his wife are active in the archdiocesan school program. Denny also attended the Syracuse game, where he saw Mike Carroll, a Long Island real estate magnate, and Bob Crotty, partner in a NYC law firm. Denny, inveterate adventurer Bill Hill and Dr. John Wylie were planning to host a major tailgating party at the Navy game in DC.

Tom Bergen took a low-level clerical job at Citibank in NYC back in ’72, thinking he would stay until he figured things out. He never left Citi and retired in 2000 as managing director and global treasurer. Tom and Linda spend half the year in Westbury NY and the other half in West Palm Beach.

Class president and stalwart Cap Gagnon often is responsible for lots of the news I get to share. He met up withJohn Berges after the Michigan game and had brunch at the Morris Inn with John Flatley, Hank Schlacter andJoe Pete Wilbert. Flats noted that Jay McDonald had been in Chi-town previously from California, spearheading the painting for one of the Transformers movies being shot here.  Cap also ran into John Rahiya at a baseball meeting and attended George Blaha’s birthday bash at Gaylord, MI along with Keith Stark.

Ray Flynn hosted a football prediction lunch in South Bend and joining in were Pat Farrell and Joe Guiltinan. Cap saw Tom Begley at Frank Murtha’s “world class tailgate” at Rice. I can attest to Frank’s unbelievable hospitality. I visited his hostelry, along with Cap, at the NC game.  Cap was in touch with Dick Frey and among the names that came up was Ralph Boyd, about whom I have no specifics. Cap and Doug Ford managed to hit a Red Sox game in Bean Town this summer.

Mike MacDonald sent word that he and Phil Morrow were planning to celebrate their 70th together last August with wives in Madison, where they both previously lived. Dr. Ed O’Connor sent word that he is still practicing neurology and was able to connect with Dr. John Frey in Santa Fe, finally catching up after 48 years. John is partially retired, but still practices family medicine at UW Madison. 

Al Loboy has retired from teaching/coaching after almost 40 years in Catholic schools in the Portland OR area. He still does some part-time teaching and sounds very busy with grandkids. Skip Medina’s cousin is an ND cheerleader; Dave Gadd is one of the top bridge players in Indiana; Jim Ireton was on campus for the UNC game; Cap keeps in regular touch with Floridians Jack Pavlic and Dean Planeaux.

I was honored to join ND grid teammates Phil Sheridan, Bob Meeker, Tom Longo, Rich Sauget, Nick Eddyand Jim Smith on the field at the Stanford game, as the 50th anniversary of Ara’s first team was celebrated. Also on the personal front, Kim and I have just acquired a home on Martha’s Vineyard, where we have been going each summer for 22 years and where Luke McGuinness also has a place. This could be a precursor to retirement, in five to seven years.

I have two passings to report this issue. Paul Bertagnoli MD died suddenly while hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Paul has practiced surgery and urology for 40 years and was a partner in a Manchester NH physician’s group. Fred Gund passed away on Aug. 3 in Pensacola, where he had worked as a CPA for many years, after earning his JD from SMU. Thoughts and prayers.

Send news, be well and plan now for our 50th, barely 18 months hence.

Tom Sullivan; 2028 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette IL 60091; cell 312-415-3353; tsullivan@ric.org


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