Why Wait? (Spring 2020)
Several mates have asked that we gather again as a class at this June’s Reunion, instead of waiting until our 55th. Class president Cap Gagnon is recruiting perennial South Bend stalwart Ray Flynn and other locals to develop a program that will inspire and amaze. So, make your plans now for June 4–6. Editor’s Note: Make that at least 2021!
I heard from Jim Throgmorton, who retired for the second time at the end of the year. Having retired 24 years earlier as a professor of urban planning at U of Iowa, he re-retired following eight years as a city councilmember in Iowa City, serving as mayor during his final four years. Jim noted that Libby and Jerry Bukiewicz recently moved to Middletown NY to be closer to kids.
Rose and Ed Hiss are living on the west side of St. Louis. Rich Paschal is living near Canberra, Australia, and Margaret and John Scanlan are in South Bend. Edie and Xavier Maruyama are keeping busy and enjoying life in the Carmel CA area and looking forward to more world travel this year. Brian Graham forwarded a note from Chuck Datz, who suffered a major cardiac arrest and thanks to his daughter-in-law is still with us and recovering well in Hawthorn Woods IL.
Honolulu-based Jim Starshak organized the ‘69 Law School reunion on the Georgia weekend on campus. Scott Atwellfrom Colorado attended. Star made the USC game with John Ganahl, who sees Nick Eddy out Modesto way and saw Matt Dwyer at SC. He reminds Bill Wentworth that he still has the amp BW sold him upon returning from Vietnam, and that it still works.
News arrived that Paul Fieberg had a serious auto accident last fall. Some major surgery and lots of rehab follow. Keep Feebs in your thoughts and prayers. Barry Barth sent word that he and Barbara hosted a group of ND buds in Hilton head last fall. On hand were Linda and Dave Worland, Jim Ireton, and Tom Doty. Barry and Barbara also made it for the New Mexico game.
Tom Eagan sent word from Cincy that he’s enjoying retirement following 45 years as a civil trial attorney. He and Fran get to South Bend regularly to visit their daughter and grandkids. Tom attended his 50th of the law school, along with Bill Joseph, who served as a municipal court judge in Zanesville OH for 20 years. TE mentioned that John “Tickets” Sheridan recently retired from a security business in Cincy and that Joe Rouse is still an active partner with his Cincy law firm.
Mike Rush noted that he’s moving from Beantown to the Bend, where he’s ensconced in a condo near campus. Mike connected was John Blum of Mishawaka who lost his wife in recent months. Mike had dinner with John and Cap. Mike’s also finishing his term as New England Regional Director for Senior Alumni. Mike looks forward to being closer to son Brian and family in Chicago and his 100-year-old mom in Ohio.
Dick Martiny reminded that Mike Boone is still a major force with the Notre Dame Senior Alumni in Denver, working hard on the “Kits for Kids” initiative. Dick is ramrodding senior alumni activities in the Baltimore area.
Sad news from Joan of Gary Fishburn’s October passing in Rocky River OH. Gary earned three degrees from ND and spent 20 years in the Air Force, retiring as a major. I made two ND games: USC with son Chris, and Duke with sons Chris and Mark, and the Carolina grandkids, including one Thomas Rockne Sullivan. Chris is obviously quite an ND fan, but his wife asked who Rockne was. Be well, stay happy and send news.
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