Marcia (Milano) Drew retired to be a daytime grammy for her 3-year-old granddaughter, Stella. When not babysitting, Marcia and her husband have been completing items on their bucket list, including world travel. They went to Africa last year and have plans to visit Italy in September.
Larry Meathe has been enjoying his retirement since last May, splitting time between the golf course, gardening, and travel. Larry and his wife, Marie, went on an extensive trip through the Southeast, most of which was spent in Florida to help lower Larry’s golf handicap.
Dan Summers is the CEO of IHT Realty, which is based in Jacksonville, Florida. IHT is a privately held consortium that specializes in off-market multifamily real estate in the Southeast.
Pat Brennan and I enjoyed lunch in Royal Oak, Michigan, with four fellow IChis to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. John Kennedy ’69, Ray Zammit ’73, Garry Doherty ’88, and John Frendo ’90 joined us. Everyone is looking forward to seeing more members during the fraternity’s reunion on campus the weekend of Oct. 7.
Finally, Molly (Gibbons) ’75 and I enjoyed the wedding of our youngest daughter, Macklin, to Dan Pappano in April. The destination wedding took place on Boca Grande Island in Florida. Mack is a member of the strategic partnerships team for Chicago Ideas, and Dan is an attorney with a firm in Chicago.
Family updates, retirements, professional accomplishments, community activities, or other news are always welcomed. Please email your news. Have a great summer.
The eighth annual Palermo Classic took place this past October in Hilton Head, according to Larry Meathe. Joining Larry were John Palermo ’71, Charlie Carroll ’72, Mike Nienstedt ’73, Frank Palermo, Joe Virostek, Mike McShane, and Al Altieri. All had a great time. Larry said that even though the same stories are shared each year, everyone still laughs as hard as if hearing them the first time.
Jas (Jim) Obrecht’s newest book, published in November by Minnesota Press, is titled “Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar.” Reviewer Jim O’Neal, founding co-editor of Living Blues magazine, writes: “Jas Obrecht has long been recognized for his writing about the blues, and he shows a keen grasp of the music of these guitar masters and the life experiences that shaped their blues. No other book has been written with this particular focus, and Obrecht offers material that will be new even to readers who’ve been familiar with this music for many years.” The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Southern Folklife Collection has acquired Jas’ collection of papers, interviews, photographs, and films from the past 40 years. His work will be digitized and made available to musicologists, scholars, and fans for generations to come. The University of North Carolina Press will also be publishing his next book, “Talking Guitar: Conversations with Twenty Musicians Who Shaped American Music,” in April 2017. This book will feature printed and audio versions of Jas’ interviews with Tom Petty, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Eddie Van Halen, Carlos Santana, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Jas still loves writing about the music we were passionate about in Dolan Hall all those years ago. You can purchase his book on Amazon.
Speaking of music, Ed Staunton’s son, Chris, completed his first album in December. It features “I’ll Be Home By Christmas Time.” You can listen to it on YouTube. You can hear more of Chris’ music on his website, chrisstaunton.com. Joanne and Ed’s daughter, Sarah, is doing great with Americans for Prosperity.
Jay Tasse is almost as busy as when he was working full time in the hospital administration field. He’s finishing up a two-year appointment at Cornell University as an executive-in-residence for the graduate Sloan Program in Health Administration. He’s also serving as an executive advisor to hospital CEOs to help improve the patient-care experience. He also sits on two not-for-profit community service organization boards in Detroit. His son, Michael, just graduated from Case Western Reserve in the global MBA program, and his daughter, Anna, is working in the sales field in Detroit. Karen and Jay celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary in November, and Jay continues to appreciate the Latin adage “O quam cito transit gloria mundi” (“How quickly the glory of the world passes away”).
Val Street proudly wrote about one of the first men she coached through the EMS Corps in San Francisco. The young man came from a broken home, never knew his mother, and his father was disabled. Despite his circumstances, the young man overcame multiple life challenges, completed the EMS training, has been hired as a full-time fireman, and completed his paramedic certification in February.
Dan Sansone retired from Vulcan Materials after 27 years, then proceeded to become chairman of the board for Cristo Rey High School in Birmingham, Alabama, and join John Carroll’s board. Dan and his wife are building their “retirement” home on a lake about 80 miles from Birmingham. Their son, Michael, is six years out of college and graduate school and lives in Washington, D.C., where he’s a consultant.
After nearly 35 years in the music and club business, Chris Schuba sold Schubas Tavern and Lincoln Hall. He has returned to the advertising business full time as senior vice president of national sales for Tribune Publishing, handling print and digital revenue for their nine dailies including, the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, and Baltimore Sun. His son, Tom, graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Communication with a BA and is pursuing an entry-level job in the news business. Chris and Swanee still live in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and continue to enjoy city life.
Finally, adopted ’74 class alum Ken Rudzki ’75 wrote how lucky he is to have two beautiful granddaughters by way of his stepson, Jordan, and his lovely wife, Melissa. His daughter, Kate, was due to deliver granddaughter No. 3 on Dec. 19.
News, family updates, and milestones are always welcome.
This summer, Rosemary Amato attended the Institute of Management Accountants conference in L.A., where she was a guest speaker. She returned to Europe for an Information Systems Audit and Control Association board meeting in Brussels, followed by a strategy retreat in Mykonos, Greece. In November, after attending a family wedding in Wilmington, N.C., Rosemary attended the first cybersecurity event in Washington, D.C. Rosemary, the program director of Deloitte’s Global Client Intelligence team, still calls Amsterdam home.
Mike Bergerson is thoroughly enjoying his role as the newly elected judge of La Porte, Ind., Superior Court 1. Since Jan. 1, he has presided over eight jury trials. In September, he was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice to a three year term on the committee for jury reform. When he’s not behind the bench, he can often be found on the golf course, shooting in the low 70s. This summer, he was joined by fellow UClub members Chris Schuba, Tim McMahon, and Jim Cannan for a round of golf and recollections. Bergy’s youngest daughter, Mary Sinead, was married on Sept. 26.
Ed Staunton spent two weeks in Ireland in August with 15 friends playing golf. His daughter, Sarah, was just promoted to development associate at Americans for Prosperity in Washington. His son, Chris, spent a month in Hawaii composing music. You can listen to several of his songs at ChrisStaunton.com.
The Robinsons also celebrated a wedding this summer. Molly ’75 and I witnessed our oldest son, Brendan, marry Katie Donovan Wilson on Aug. 29 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. My brother, Jim ’68, and his wife, Pam, drove in from Oxford, Ohio; Terry Dwyer joined us from Indianapolis, where he’s the EVP, managing director of tax and transportation at First Advantage Corp.; as did Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis ’75, president of Saint Joseph Academy in Cleveland. On July 18, Molly and I were joined by Alexandra Edwards, assistant director of enrollment for John Carroll as we hosted our annual picnic for incoming freshmen and their parents from the Detroit area. Please send me any updates or news you’d like shared for the next column by Nov. 30. I hope to hear from you soon.
After more than 35 years in the bar and music promotion business, Chris Schuba sold Schubas Tavern and Lincoln Hall in April. Schubas Tavern and Lincoln Hall had the earned reputation as two of Chicago’s most-beloved concert halls in Chicago. In 2013, both venues were on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The Best Clubs in America. Chris has returned to the advertising business as SVP national sales for Tribune Publishing. He will oversee print and digital sales for the publisher’s collection of dailies including the Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Orlando Sentinel, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, and the San Diego Union.
Mary (Richards) and Bob Madden enjoy being grandparents to 10 grandkids. All four of their children and grandkids live in the Cleveland area. After more than 50 years, Bob retired temporarily and isn’t playing baseball this summer. He won the last game he pitched in 2014 for a 55-and-over league. Bob is an executive for a manufacturing company in Cleveland. He’ll begin his 25th season of coaching high school football late this summer. For the past 10 years, Bob has served on the board of the Hattie Larlham Foundation, which operates a center for disabled children and young adults, as well as programs for developmentally disabled people. Bob and Mary saw Frank Sossi and his wife, Phyllis, who live half the year in Nashville.
Rosemary Amato, director of Global Clients and Industries for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Netherlands, was elected to the ISACA board of directors. She recently attended her first board meeting in Brussels. ISACA is a global nonprofit association for IT and information systems professionals. In June, Rosemary was a speaker at the Institute of Management Accountants annual meeting in Las Vegas. Her presentation was about big data and advanced visualization.
Larry Meathe retired from the Materion Corp. after a long career as director of auditing. He plans to spend more time with his wife of 37 years, Marie, and his two daughters, Libby and Jackie. Larry resides in Solon, Ohio.
Frank Palermo’s youngest daughter, Anne, will be getting married this August. Frank and his wife, Amy, will be grandparents again this fall with the arrival of their fifth and sixth grandkids.
Joe Virostek is with JFS Wealth Advisors in the Pittsburgh office as director of investments and portfolio strategies.
News and updates are always welcomed.
Roger Hull, Ron Deneweth, Molly ’75, and I were some of the many guests invited to the annual Conway MacKenzie Christmas party in December. Van Conway hosted a fantastic party with live entertainment, incredible food, and beverages to satisfy anyone’s taste. It was a wonderful evening that helped kick off the holiday season. As reported in the last column, Van’s firm was instrumental in resolving the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy case. In February, a national organization of turnaround