I recently learned of Jim's death. I first met Jim in 1963, when we were classmates at St. Procopius College. He was in the seminary then; and I got to know him, having lunch or coffee at the college cafeteria. He left the seminary in either our first or second year, and was readmitted as a regulary student (the first time that the college allowed readmission of a former seminarian). Like Jim, I had served in the U.S. Air Force prior to college. And, like Jim, I attended the of University Notre Dame after graduation from St. Procopius; he as a grad student and me as a law student. We even lived together off campus our first year at Notre Dame.
I remember his energy, his interest in a wide range of subjects, his sense of humor, and his great smile. The last time I saw him was at his wedding at Notre Dame. I wish that we had kept in contact. I always enjoyed his company.
My sympathy to his family. And while I am happy that he married and had such a geat family, I can't help thinking that he would have made a great priest. Again, my sympathy to his family.