Joseph Coppola (MBA) passed away Dec. 27, 2017. At the time of his passing, he was chief operating officer of Knoll Inc., and previously held senior supply chain roles with Honeywell International Inc., Eaton Corp. and Norfolk Southern Corp.
Coppola loved to spend time traveling with his family and tinkering with new technology products. He enjoyed golf and was a true believer in Notre Dame football. He is survived by his parents, wife, daughters, siblings and several nieces and nephews.
James Harrison (ACCT) passed away Jan. 28, 2018. Following his graduation from Notre Dame, Harrison moved to California and worked for IBM. The desire to start his own business led him to Phoenix where he started Soda Strippers, a restoration company. His business adventures provided opportunities to travel throughout the United States. Harrison is survived by his wife, brother and several relatives.
Terrence McGlinn (ACCT) passed away Sept. 12, 2017. He was an emeritus member of the University of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees. A Trustee since 1994, McGlinn also served as a Fellow of the University, the governing body that elects trustees, adopts and amends bylaws and is charged with maintaining Notre Dame’s Catholic character. He previously served on the Mendoza College Business Advisory Council.
McGlinn was general partner of Walnut Street Associates, a private investment partnership based in Reading, Pennsylvania, was affiliated with several other limited partnerships, and was active in numerous philanthropic organizations.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, after which he founded McGlinn Capital Management. McGlinn and his wife, Barbara (Bobbie), were co-benefactors of the Mendoza College of Business and made a gift to underwrite the construction of McGlinn Hall, a women’s residence hall on campus. Their four children are graduates of Notre Dame.
Thomas Abrams (BS, Commerce) passed away Nov. 5, 2017. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy following graduation and spent his professional career as an accountant. He is survived by his ex-wife, children, grandchildren and siblings. A Mass will be celebrated on the Notre Dame campus for Abrams from his ND56 classmates.
Otto Laible (BS, Commerce) passed away Sept. 21, 2017. Laible and his three sons founded and operated a small chain of AAMCO Transmission shops. He is survived by his wife and sons. A Mass will be celebrated on the Notre Dame campus for Laible from his ND56 classmates.
Barry Schlager (BS, Commerce) passed away May 31, 2017. Following his graduation from Notre Dame, Schlager accepted employment at Buick Motor Company where he remained until his retirement in 1988. He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John “Jack” Schenkel (BS, Commerce) passed away Nov. 9, 2017. Schenkel founded Shawnee Construction in 1968. He was a past president of the Fort Wayne Notre Dame Club and was named its Man of the Year. Schenkel served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors and as a member of several others. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and siblings. A Mass will be celebrated on the Notre Dame campus for Schenkel from his ND56 classmates.
William Teschke (BS, Commerce) passed away Feb. 5, 2018. Following his graduation from Notre Dame, Teschke chose to serve his country by becoming a commissioned officer in the U. S. Navy, achieving the rank of 2nd lieutenant. After active duty, he continued in the reserves until October 1962 when he was honorably discharged. Teschke, who was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthanne, is survived by his children and grandchildren. A Mass will be celebrated on the Notre Dame campus for Teschke from his ND56 classmates.
Max Plante (BS, Commerce) passed away Nov. 14, 2017. He served as a midshipman and lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy. Plante was known for his dedication to his hometown, New Baltimore, Michigan, having served the city on many local boards and with many local groups. His professional career included serving as a board member, executive vice president and general manager at Carhartt and a board member of the American Apparel Industry Association. In the late 1970s, he purchased Stahl’s Bakery and was responsible for its famous Belly Button cookies.
William C. Roney Jr. (BS, Commerce) passed away Feb. 8, 2018. He was a stockbroker and senior partner at the firm his father founded, Roney & Co., and was a familiar name in the Detroit business community. Roney interrupted his studies at Notre Dame to enlist in the Army during World War II. After the war, he returned to ND to earn his bachelor’s degree in finance. Then, he joined his father’s Detroit firm, where he worked from 1949 until he retired in 1995. Roney was a devout Catholic who never saw the glass as half-full or half-empty, but always overflowing. He loved his faith, family and friends. His is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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