Back to Glory (Winter 2012-2013)
As of this writing, the Irish look mighty fine, with a 9-0 record and lots of positive vibes. I journeyed to the auld sod with my oldest son, Chris, and an entourage for some golf and the ND-Navy clash. I saw recently retiredLuke McGuiness and John Rahiya outside of the rally. I bumped into Tom Begley at the Stanford game, and he had seen Bob Conway, Larry Allen and Paul Joubert at the Morris Inn. TB also had lunch with Cole Clarkeand Susan in Park Ridge IL on his way home. I heard that Ed Schaffler and Jane were in Chicago for the Miami game and spent time on Lake Michigan with Joe Guiltinan and Sharon in their new home.
When Intellectual Asset Magazine recently published a collection of “The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners for 2012,” classmate Tim Malloy was described as “one of the best around, he just gets patent litigation.”
Class President Cap Gagnon continues to hold the fort for our group under the Dome and sees lots of folks, including Trip Blythe at the Purdue game, along with Gus Rini, Tom Belden, and wives. Cap also attendedFrank Murtha’s always outstanding tailgate, was planning a lunch with Bob Downs, and saw Larry Dwyer,assistant director of the ND Band for eons.
John Flatley reported that the Flatleys, Mike Smiths, and Joe Pete Wilberts were also in Ireland for the game and that Mike has since taken ill. John Rahiya sent word that he attended his 50th reunion at Louisville’s Trinity High School, along with John Berges and Rich Stuedle. Denis O’Toole also made his 50th at St. Louis U High School, where he saw Tom Gorla, who had a Navy career and now resides in Newport Beach CA; Dennis O’Connell, who practices law in St. Louis; Dr. Bill Ott, also in St. Louis practicing ob-gyn; and Tom Spurr, who resides in Easton CT and has had a long career in tech sales. Denny and Joan still live in Alexandria VA, but spend lots of time at Rehobeth Beach DE. He reminded me of the now-long-ago death of mate Larry Dirnberger, who we lost in Vietnam very soon after graduation.
Jack Gerken continues his yeoman service on the class web site (http://1966.undclass.org) and urges everyone to get active on the site. He also attended his 50th at ND High School in Niles IL, along with 20 “Irish Dons,” all of whom promised to be at our ND 50th. Attending were Steve Aufmuth (Woodbury MN), Bob Basche (Norwalk CT), Terry Casey (Malibu CA), Jerry Erbach (Chevy Chase MD), Jack Gerken (Fountain Valley CA), Fr. Mike Giesler (St. Louis MO), Tom Gorman (Athens GA), Fr. Joe Landauer (Miami FL), Alan Loboy(Milwaukie OR), Chuck Reali (Vancouver WA), Bill Scanlon (Oak Hill VA), Jim Starshak (Honolulu HI), and Don Stevens (Avondale AZ). From the Chicago area were Jim Blum, Jim Cullen, Chuck Datz, John Devona, Terry Kiwala, Ray Neihengen, and Ron Schmidt.
I made my 50th at Bishop McGuinness Catholic HS in Oklahoma City. Where Domers Bob Luetkemeyer andKen Khoury joined in the festivities. Bob is retired from SW Bell on Oklahoma City and Ken is practicing forensic psychiatry in California.
I can report that this past summer we opened the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, an $850 million, 1.25 million sq. ft. world-class facility in downtown Chicago, for which my staff has thus far raised some $660 million. It is a great resource for this region’s kids for a long time to come.
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