The header above refers to the skimpy array of news sent from mates since my last missive. Herb Seymourreported from Detroit through class president Cappy Gagnon that he spent time fly-fishing for steelhead in the Pere Marquette and numerous other rivers. He also reported that brother Ed Seymour is well and still working for a local accounting firm in the Motor City area after he and Marti put two kids through ND.

Herb recently spoke to Jim Smith, who is happy and well in Lancaster PA. Recall that Smitty did yeoman service for the late Pete Duranko, driving many miles to Johnstown PA on a regular basis to look in on Pete as he was declining from ALS. Great job Smitty! Herb also mentioned that Dan McGinn, Denny “Skeeter” Conway, Ken Ivan and Harry Long, all of whom he reported are in fine fettle. Herb is lobbying hard to encourage Mike “Bear” Webster to come in from Vancouver for our 50th…barely two years nigh!

Larry Dwyer continues to do a super job as assistant director of the ND Bands, spreading the Fighting Irish spirit far and wide. Sheila and Don Snyder were in England last fall visiting their son and his family.

Dr. Rudy Navarri has stepped down as dean of the Indiana U School of Medicine-South Bend to take a new job with the World Health Organization. Rudy has led the med school program since its opening in 2005. Rudy has led numerous initiatives, including an NCI task force to define research directions for long-term cancer survival.

Word is that Bob Downs is engaged to a lovely lady – Ermi from Manila – who was expected to join him in Phoenix after the first of the year, with a wedding to follow in short order. Cap G sent a reminder about the beginning of the ND-SMC co-exchange program, which first allowed ND students to take classes across the road. Among the 52 pioneers were Barry Barth, Barry Lopez, Pat Bauer and Cap…all taking acting.

Brevity it is for this issue. Hope to hear from more of you as we gear up for the 50th. Check out the class website (

Tom Sullivan; 2028 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette, IL 60091; 312-415-3359;

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