Cap's The Man (Summer 2012)

Jul 01, 2012

Thanks to your very positive response and John Buck’s graciousness, Cap Gagnon has officially assumed the presidency of our class…for the next 45 years. John will serve as president emeritus. Surely that will be a brilliant and effective duo at the top to shepherd us into the 22nd century. 

News: Barry Barth sends word from Augusta GA, where he manages the FOX-TV station. He plans on hitting the Purdue game and will do a traditional fall Hilton Head golf tour with Dave Worland and Jim Ireton. Tim Streb relates that, following some overseas travel, life remains copasetic. He plans on being at the ND-Miami clash in Chi-town in October. 

Luke McGuinness is stepping down from his CEO post at Central DuPage Hospital (newly renamed Cadence Health) in the western Chicago burbs, where he built a powerhouse medical institution. Luke, who had a very successful career in hospital management, will surely do a lot more sailing on Martha’s Vineyard, where they have a home and we have the pleasure of catching up with he and Gail every summer.

Mike Boone sends word from Denver that he and Sheila helped welcome the Irish women’s basketball team for the Final Four, along with Pat LannonPat Bauer continues as a political powerhouse in the Indiana House of Representatives, where he has been a fixture since being elected in 1970. When the Dems are in power, Pat is the second-most powerful political figure in the state and when the Reps are in power, he is simply one of the oldest.

Corey Hart recalls when he began Marine Corps OCS at Quantico back in October 1966 that Paul RubenackerMarty Brueckner and Greg Fader joined him in the same platoon. Top scholar Rudy Navarri, adjunct prof of biochemistry at ND, spoke to the Sorin Society in March, updating the group on basic science education at ND, as well as the effort to engage undergraduates in cancer research.

John Flatley reported on a minireunion down Dallas way with mates, including Joe Pete WilbertDick Van Etten, Hank Schlacter, Glen Rey and Mike Smith. Don Snyder was recalling his early lacrosse days at ND, when they were lucky to have 20 people at a game. Now they have capacity crowds and the Irish can play with anyone.

Bob Planck, of Evergreen CO, is still in afterglow from the 45th Reunion, especially having Fr. Ted with us. Bob had a visit from Dennis Mackin and wife Sue. Dennis is practicing law in Tucker GA. Tom Begleysent Bob a CD/DVD of the reunion festivities and Bob reported that Jim Egan, a Chicago attorney, was on the mend following a serious head injury. While at the reunion, Bob had a conversation with Jim Johnsonof Detroit, whose family somehow contributed a shillelagh to ND’s first leprechaun, the late Bob Guenard, who had to audition for Ara before officially getting the job. Bob P. also spoke with Joe Hibey, who is teaching in the DC area and keeps in touch with Paul Sauer, still a prof at Canisius College in Buffalo. Bob challenges John Gambs, an attorney in Lafayette LA, and Mike McDonald to be on hand for our 50th, in four short years.

I expect to have connected with Mike Rush on a May trip to Boston. We heard the sad news of the passing of London-based Joe King, who battled cancer for a year before succumbing. Joe had been recently installed as a Master of Worshipful Company of International Bankers and is survived by Ann and kids Clare and Jeremy. That’s it for this issue. Congrats again to Cap and keep in touch.


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