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Two Minute Stories

Take Two: Summer 2012

Does this sound familiar? "You won't believe where I bumped into an old Marquette friend or where I spotted a Marquette banner or what award my Marquette roommate received." We hear the stories all the time now you'll hear them, too.

Dorks who drive

Twelve guys who met on Schroeder 5 South in 1989 repeat one summer ritual with religious fervor. They tee up for the annual golf weekend formerly known as the Dork Open, an eponym partly endowed by Rev. John Naus, S.J., (who knew them personally and called them "dorks"). The guys rebranded the reunion in 1994 but not the fun. Bradley Kalscheur, Bus Ad '89, Law '95, reports the now Warrior Open remains a "weekend filled with good-natured ribbing culled from memories and events from 1985 to present."

A banner and a blessing

A Marquette flag in front of his former home in Georgetown country was enough to catch the eye of Robert Hoch, Eng '59. Curiosity reigned. He pulled into the driveway to meet current owners and, wait for it fellow Marquette alums Tim Fitzmaurice, Arts '92, Law '97, and Ann Mulcahy Fitzmaurice, Nurs '92. The Fitzmaurice family needed a lift that day, and how perfect that it came from a fellow Marquetter. They had just returned home from attending a Mass during which they prayed for Tim's father, who had terminal cancer. "This fella informs me that he's a Marquette graduate. That he met his wife at Marquette and sent his children to Marquette. That he was a member of Triangle fraternity. Meeting Bob that day, hearing his Marquette connection and seeing his joy as he looked around his old home brought joy to me as my father was dying," reports Tim. "I shared this story with my mother and my eight siblings, and I know my father would have loved it."

Like father, like son

When Timothy Hanley, Bus Ad '78, accepted the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from the College of Business Administration at Alumni Awards Weekend, he let the crowd in on a family secret. His dad, David Hanley, Eng '51, took that award home 22 years earlier.

Bear hugs

He's a real hero, says Fredrick Bates, 'Bus Ad 79, of college buddy Louis Cairo, Bus Ad '80, for what he does to help kids with cancer. As a board member for the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation based in Chicago, Bates asked Cairo whom he hadn't seen in 20 years to support kids diagnosed with cancer. "Lou Cairo stepped up in a huge way to help a truly worthy cause at an old classmate's request," says Bates. And one link in the Marquette family network led to more good news. Cairo invited the Chicago legal community, "to join me in supporting this great organization" at the 2012 Bear Tie Ball.


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